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‘Broad City’ star brings laughs to Kendall Hall By Len La Rocca Distribution Manager Ilana Glazer’s comedy show was a night full of comedic relief and jokes that covered everything from politics to sex and drugs. Her material had the Kendall Hall audience erupting with laughter. Glazer, who stars in the hit TV show “Broad City,” attracted both fans of the sitcom as well as comedy lovers seeking an escape from hectic college life during her performance on Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. Glazer presented with undeniable wit and charisma. She offered political commentary on President Donald Trump and commended students for their commitment to social progression. Later on in her show, she hilariously articulated the struggles of menstruation. She shared her gripes over the Diva Cup, which is a silicone menstrual cup that can be used instead of a pad or tampon. “I can’t see an actual diva using a Diva Cup,” Glazer said. “Can you imagine Ariana Grande doing that waddle to the sink? Mariah
Glazer pokes fun at the use of marijuana dab pens. Carey bending down at just the right angle?” She also shared some of her career highlights, which included working with RuPaul and Seth
Rogen at Comedy Central. “I can text RuPaul,” Glazer said. “I don’t, but I have the capability.” Students were more than satisfied with her performance.
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“I thought she was fantastic,” said Marissa Marchello, a senior public health major. “The school … somehow knew I just discovered her and all of a sudden she
shows up on campus.” Glazer concluded by giving some life advice to students — she encouraged them to exercise their right to vote, use marijuana only in moderation and emphasized the need to stay away from smoking concentrated marijuana through “dabs.” “For the love of God please don’t dab,” she said. “That’s just crazy.” Comedian Shalewa Sharpe opened for Glazer. Sharpe was a hit among students, as she poked fun at the fashion industry and how hard it was to find clothes that fit. “It’s like ‘The Hunger Games’ having to find a pair of jeans that fit online where I gotta’ fight with all the other fatties and beat them to it,” Sharpe joked. Josh Leidig, a junior finance major and show organizer for the College Union Board, thought the show was a massive success in the end. “It went really well,” he said. “She was hilarious and everyone seemed like they had a great time. I was just incredibly excited because so many people love her.”
Trenton Mayor emphasizes need for local student activism
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Gusciora strives for change.
By Liya Davidov Correspondent
The College’s political science department hosted Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora on Feb. 26 at 12:30 p.m. in the Library Auditorium, where he addressed the challenges of urban cities and the critical role that millennials have in making a change in Trenton’s development. The mayor discussed his plans for
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reinventing Trenton by focusing on its greatest concerns, which included economic development, water infrastructure, public safety and education. “There seems to be always a disconnect between the Board of Education and the public school system and then the city government,” Gusciora said. “I believe the mayor should be actively involved in the education process.” As a potential solution to the miscommunications between the Board of Education and the city government, Gusciora communicated his plans for an Innovative Learning Center where bordering colleges would have a presence in their capital city and would be able to connect undergraduates with the city’s high school students. “I am a Trenton resident of my own,” said Aleecia Figueroa, a freshman psychology major. “I did experience a lot of the hardships of all the mayors that came in and kind of tarnished the name of Trenton. The city never knew what was going on with the Board of Education and the Board of Education never knew what was going on with the city.” There are similar Community Engaged Learning programs throughout the College. During CEL days, students engage in community-based activities in surrounding neighborhoods that correspond to learning objectives within classroom settings. The College also has a Bonner Editorial / Page 7
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program that provides students with opportunities to promote positive change in neighboring communities. In addition to improving education, the mayor spoke about the need to develop the water infrastructure and enforce public safety. With one of the oldest running pipes in the nation, Trenton needs engineers to renew the watering system throughout the city. Regarding public safety, the mayor wants to look into drones and other creative ways to sustain a safer community. The mayor also emphasized how the job market should rise with Trenton’s economic development. He said that the city is actively marketing its older factories to companies to create new business opportunities and assembly line employment. With growing business opportunities and reinvention strategies for Trenton, the mayor believes the city will eventually attract younger generations. The mayor recognized how millennials want to be heard and involved and that he understood their hard-working capabilities. By promoting the career opportunities throughout Trenton, millennials would be inspired to apply their skills in the capital city. “Millennials want that empowerment, want that independence and want a walkable city,” Gusciora said. “We are trying to make a fun city, a livable city that people can enjoy and take part in.” Along with the celebration of Chinese Features / Page 13
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New Year in downtown Trenton, Gusciora mentioned other plans to celebrate more cultural events, including Bastille Day and Jamaica’s Independence Day. The mayor believes that planning and executing community events will engage the residents of Trenton and bordering cities, which would create a more unified neighborhood that would also attract millennials. Kendel Stiles, a senior political science major, has been involved with the city government since her sophomore year at the College. She used to work with State Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and in positions within the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Stiles is currently working for Gov. Phil Murphy. “People don’t realize how up and coming Trenton is,” she said. “(Gusciora) is shedding a lot of light on the better side of Trenton that people don’t really talk about … He is definitely a mayor for the people.” Gusciora emphasized that Trenton has a lot of potential to reinvent itself and build its reputation once again, given the city’s affordable residencies and career opportunities. After addressing the challenges that arose and recognizing millennials’ critical roles in the city’s potential transformation, students felt that the mayor was trying to advocate for positive change in the capital city. “I feel like he is on the right track, actually,” Figueroa said. “He has a lot of good ideas that can really grow Trenton as a whole.”
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By Julia Bechtel Correspondent
In recent years, the conversation about how people of color will soon be more populous in the U.S. than white Americans has flooded tabloids and news outlets, which raises questions about how minority groups are perceived in society. These questions were examined by Maureen A. Craig, an assistant psychology professor at New York University, during her lecture titled, “Beyond majorityminority: Presumed alliances and intergroup relations in the 21st century,” which was held on Friday, March 1 at 12:30 p.m. in the Library Auditorium. Craig began by posing the question, “What kind of alliances do people expect among American racial groups?” There seems to be a standard that all minority people swing the same way –– they are progressive and Democrat, according to Craig. However, the oversimplified binary of white and non-white leaves a lot of information out when it comes to interracial coalitions. Craig’s study involved asking a few hundred participants of different races how they thought other races as a whole would respond to political issues. She posed the question, “How much do you think white Americans, black Americans, Hispanic-Americans and
Asian-Americans support these (political) issues?” Craig found that overall, participants’ answers reflected the concept that certain racial groups have a higher social standing or are more American than others. While it may seem easy to group minorities together in the same political categories, most have differing political opinions. The study showed that participants of all races felt that black Americans and Hispanic-Americans would be more in favor of having more low-income housing, while Asian-Americans and white Americans would be less supportive. Alternatively, the study found that white and black Americans would be more supportive of a measure to make English the official language of the U.S. What the data says, according to Craig, is that people categorize white and black Americans as being “more American” than Asian-Americans or Hispanic-Americans. Furthermore, black-Americans and HispanicAmericans represent a lower socioeconomic level than their white or Asian-American counterparts. Financial issues, such as low-income housing and welfare increase, saw Hispanic and black Americans as being more supportive. Issues perceived to relate to one’s “Americanness,” like promoting English as the official language
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Craig analyzes intergroup relations and alliances present in the 21st century.
or immigration decrease, were more supported by white and black Americans. “There are a lot of things I’m going to think about going on in everyday life, like about politics, stereotypes and different types of racial points in modern America,” said Caroline King, a junior elementary education and psychology dual major, in reflection of the event.
Noel Chan, a junior psychology major, agreed. “I thought the talk was really interesting,” Chan said. “I knew about the majority-minority concept coming into it, but I didn’t realize how it could affect political coalitions.” Craig closed the event by stressing the importance of being aware of all different ethnic groups, rather than simply
generalizing them into one category as “minorities.” “It’s important to think of this beyond just majority-minority, and instead really take seriously that there are so many different groups and lots of different relationships you could have within those groups,” she said. “And so, it’s a lot more complicated than how it gets framed.”
SFB funds Visiting Writers Series, Freshman Semi-Formal
Left: The board funds Chabad’s Passover holiday event. Right: SFB funds Global Mind’s trip to the U.N. By Amani Salahudeen Staff Writer The Student Finance Board funded eight events at its meeting on Feb. 27 at 12:30 p.m. Delta Sigma Theta was funded $3,950 for a speaker for its event titled, “I Never Thought About it Like That.” The speaker, Rasheed Ali Cromwell, is an attorney and Greek life expert. The event will be held on March 27 in the Decker Social Space from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. “His lecture series are more like a workshop,” said Gayle Mayani, a senior international studies and marketing double major and president of Delta Sigma Theta. “It would be a continued dialogue of the racial incidents that occurred last semester … we want our students to be student activists.” The College’s Ski & Snowboarding Club requested $1,215 for a coach bus for its upcoming trip to Camelback Ski Resort in Pennsylvania on Sunday, March 10, from 7:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The club was fully funded and the parties agreed on a 38-person bus to accommodate everyone. INK, the College’s creative writing club, was fully funded $2,509 for its annual Visiting Writers Series, which consists of a presentation by a famous slam poetry author and a short meet-and-greet. This will take place on April 14 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Library Auditorium. Expenses will cover the speaker and space for the event. “People perform poems,” said Emily Miller, a senior English major and president of INK. “It’s almost like a rap song. The English department would help us advertise the event and get people to come.” The College’s Deaf Hearing Connection presented for its bus trip to Gallaudet University, an institution for the deaf and hard-of-hearing in Washington, D.C. This trip is open to American Sign Language majors, minors and those within the club, due to the distinct experience. SFB funded the $1,723.70 requested. It will take place on March 25, from 8 a.m.
to 6 p.m. SFB fully funded the College’s Global Minds organization $1,538 for its United National Guided tour to the United Nations in New York on April 24 from 7:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. “This trip will encourage both domestic and international exchange students to value the importance of being more involved in an increasingly interconnected world where we can promote and encourage respect for human rights for all without divergence as to culture, race, ethnicity, gender or religion,” said Kia Fatahi, a sophomore international studies major and a member of Global Minds. The organization is requesting that students pay an additional $10 for a permit fee. The board fully funded the Freshman Class Council $3,887.48 for its Freshman Semi-Formal on March 30 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Cedar Garden Banquet Hall. The council is looking to charge $20 per person
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for food and asking for a service charge, a bus and DJ funding. Chabad requested $2,854.12 for its Passover holiday celebration on April 19 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and requested funding for its Pre-Purim celebration for $2,396.05. SFB fully funded both proposals. “The magician is there to provide an educational entertainment,” said David Zakaim, a sophomore special education and math double major and treasurer of Chabad. “It’s sort of a magical event.” The Japanese Student Association requested $3,090.83 for the TCNJ Night Market event, which will be held on March 29 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Quimby’s Prairie. “This event is free and open to all students,” said Nanako Kawasaki, a senior accounting major. “We want to relocate to Quimby’s Prairie to have a nicer event. We decided we needed more (space) due to the turnout we had last year.”
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Police respond to multiple reports of intoxication
Keyboard By Raquel Sosa-Sanchez Columnist
Student discovers criminal mischief on keyboard On Feb. 14 at approximately 3:44 p.m., Campus Police was dispatched to Green Hall regarding criminal mischief. Upon arrival, Campus Police met with the assistant director of Information Technology, who reported that he was told by a professor that an unknown student had rearranged keys on a computer keyboard in one of the multiple computer labs in the STEM Building to read the words “NIGER” and “MEXICAN GOD.” Campus Police was provided a room schedule and photographs of the keyboard. Campus Police then spoke with the advising professor on the matter. The professor told them that a student pointed out the keyboard to him soon after he arrived to class at approximately 8 a.m. There are currently no suspects in this investigation. CA reports intoxicated student in Wolfe Hall On Feb. 23 at approximately 1:14 a.m., Campus Police was dispatched to Wolfe Hall on the report of an intoxicated person. Upon arrival, the Police discovered a female individual sitting
in a chair in the lounge on a floor in Wolfe Hall. The individual was seen sitting upright, conscious and alert. A community adviser stated that she saw the individual staggering up the stairs and brought her to the Wolfe Hall lobby for evaluation. While speaking to the female individual, who was confirmed to be a student and resident of Wolfe Hall, Campus Police detected an odor of alcohol emanating from her breath. The student’s speech was slow and slurred, according to reporting officers. Campus Police asked the student if she had consumed any alcoholic beverages. The student then stated that she had consumed multiple mixed drinks. TCNJ Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene to evaluate the student. She was then cleared and allowed to return to her room. The student was issued a “B” summons for possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages in a public place or motor vehicle by a person under legal age. Campus Police discover intoxicated female in Wolfe Hall On Feb. 24 at approximately 12:15 a.m., Campus Police was dispatched to Wolfe Hall on the report of an intoxicated person.
Upon arrival, Campus Police discovered a female student laying on the floor in front of Wolfe Hall’s rear lobby elevators. The student was accompanied by multiple other female students. Upon questioning, she was unresponsive and her speech was incomprehensible. Campus Police detected the odor of alcohol emanating from her breath, as well as vomit on her shirt, pants and the floor where she was laying. Campus Police questioned two of the accompanying students, who they stated that their unconscious friend had consumed multiple mixed drinks at an unknown off-campus house party. The CA at the scene stated she saw the female student laying on the floor and throwing up on the Wolfe Hall rear lobby elevators. The CA then proceeded to call Campus Police. TCNJ Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene and evaluated the student. She was transported to a nearby medical facility for further evaluation. Campus Police did not issue a “B” summons for possession or consumption of an alcoholic beverage by person under legal age
due to the level of intoxication of the student. Campus Police reported that she will be issued the summons at a later date. Intoxicated male vomits in Wolfe Hall On Feb. 24 at approximately 3:05 a.m., Campus Police was dispatched to a men’s room on one of the floors of Wolfe Hall on an intoxicated persons call. Upon arrival, a male individual was seen sitting up on the floor inside the hallway doors, being evaluated by TCNJ EMS. The individual, confirmed to be a student, appeared to be alert and conscious. The student told Campus Police that he had consumed nine Bud Light beers at an off-campus location. He was initially found by a female student who stated that she found him lying on the floor outside of her room, having already vomited. The male student vomited a second time while being evaluated by TCNJ EMS. When asked if he wanted to be transported to a hospital for further evaluation, the student stated that he did not. TCNJ EMS determined that the student was able to return
to his room for the evening. The student was then issued a “B” summons for possession or consumption of an alcoholic beverage by person under legal age. Theft occurs at Campus Town Fitness Center On Feb. 26 at approximately 9:15 p.m., Campus Police met with a male student who wanted to report a theft from the Campus Town Fitness Center. The student stated he arrived at the Fitness Center at approximately 7:45 p.m. and proceeded to the men’s locker room. He stated that he rolled up his wallet in his jacket and placed the items in a locker without a lock. He went back to the locker at approximately 8:45 p.m. to take his belongings from the unlocked locker. Upon exiting the Fitness Center, the student checked his wallet and found that all his cash was missing from his wallet. He reported that he had $80 in all 20-dollar bills prior to the theft. He notified the front desk attendant before leaving and proceeded to TCNJ Campus Police Headquarters to report the theft. The student advised Campus Police that nothing else was missing from his wallet. The case is currently still open for investigation.
SG approves organizations, announces upcoming events
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Left: The general body recognizes Kinks and Koilz as an official club. Right: O’Brien stresses the importance of employee recognition. By Alexandra Shapiro Columnist Student Government discussed policies and voted on two student organizations and an impeachment bill at its meeting on Feb. 27 SG began the meeting by welcoming Jennifer Palmgren, the assistant provost for academic affairs. Palmgren attended the meeting to discuss the College’s shared governance system. Palmgren described certain procedures, programs and institutional missions that are reviewed through a shared governance between SG and the administration. The governance document, “Governance Structure and Processes 2017,” outlined the charges and membership of governance committees and councils. Palmgren urged anyone interested in the governance process to look at governance. tcnj.edu for more information.
Next, SG welcomed Staff Senate President Joseph O’Brien, who encouraged the SG to fill out a survey designed to acknowledge superior staff and give exceptional employees recognition. Members of an organization called the Healing Arts Club testified before the general body on why it should be recognized as a student organization at the College. The club wants to engage the campus community in different crafting activities that also serve as a way for people to develop a healthy creative outlet. SG voted to approve the club, which will be recognized as an official club at the College after a registration process. Members of the Kinkz and Koilz organization also testified why it should be a recognized student organization by the College. Its goal is to educate on different hair textures, curls and backgrounds
of different hairstyles. The organization aims to provide a safe space for students to embrace their natural hair and roots, embrace their inner beauty and boost their self-confidence. Kinkz and Koilz was approved by the SG body and plans on registering to become a recognized club at the College. Next, SG debated a bill titled, “Open Session Impeachments,” which was made in an effort to publicize impeachment processes and have proceedings voted on in an open session that includes associate members of SG. After a general body vote, this bill was not passed and will not be taking effect. Vice President of Academic Affairs Niki Taneja informed the general body that senators for the Schools of Arts and Communication, Humanities and Social Sciences, Nursing, Health and Exercise
Science and the Public Health program will be announced next week. SG also announced upcoming events. The rescheduled spring career fair will be held on Monday, March 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Brower Student Center Room 100. The main event for the Celebration of Student Achievement’s month-long showcase is scheduled for May 8 throughout various buildings on campus. The deadline to sign up for the Celebration of Student Achievement is March 22. Senior communication studies major and Vice President of Student Services Taylor Mislan announced the event “Out of the Darkness Walk,” which will take place on April 6 and was created to support mental health and suicide awareness. Further details on the event have not yet been announced.
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McTerrell discusses how students can stand up for their values and beliefs.
By Lara Becker Reviews Editor
Most students did not know what to expect when the #StudentVoicesMatter event happened in the Brower Student Center Room 216. The event, held on Feb. 27 at 10 a.m., consisted of a detailed presentation and a period of student feedback and discussion. Assistant Director
of Student Employment Joli McTerrell helped students develop their own value systems and encouraged them to speak up in situations where they felt that their voices would make a difference. The event motivated students to exercise their personal voices in their everyday lives, whether that be through participating in class or debating about passionate issues.
McTerrell explained the reason for organizing this event. “It happens to be Black History Month, and as a woman of color, I thought, ‘what better way than to talk to the students about the power of voice, and why it’s important?’” she said. McTerrell, who is always looking for new and exciting ways to engage students, was elated to use her position at the College to talk to students about the meaning of
their personal voice in writing, activism and self-motivation in their daily lives. McTerrell raised many thought-provoking questions during the course of her presentation. She started out by generally inquiring why people use their voices every day. Sophomore communication studies major Brandon Long was pleasantly surprised with how the event turned out. “I liked her attitude,” Long said. “She was very positive, she was super inclusive and I liked the points she was bringing up.” McTerrell related the idea of developing one’s voice to the importance of debate and participation in classes at the College. She stressed why it matters that they bring their own life experiences to the table in everything that they do or say. “This program helped me to listen to my inner voice more and establish monologues for myself on a day-to-day basis,” said freshman finance major Akshay Badade. “I learned about the power of my voice. It matters to other people, and most importantly, it matters to yourself.” Everyone involved was invigorated by McTerrell’s presentation and enthusiasm for the content within the student-led discussion. The well thought-out and meticulously planned points were well-received, according to
attending students. “She was pressing about the meaning of the voice,” Long said. “I wasn’t sure what angle she was going to take, but from her perspective, the most important way to use your voice is internally.” Long explained how once a personal voice is refined within someone’s mind, it can then be used externally in everyday life to advocate for that person’s beliefs. McTerrell said that workshopping each students’ own voice is key to fostering personal and professional development. She was thrilled to see a variety of students from different years attend the event. She also made it a point to connect the discussion with powerful voices throughout history who have left their mark on the world through their distinct values. Exploring how both the collective and individual voices can make a difference challenged students to think of the change they can ignite. “If your voice is important … who is it important to?” Long said. “It’s important to the school, it’s important to get good grades, but you have to assign your own meaning to it. Especially at this age, and with all the activism that’s happening right now, it’s a critical time to go out and use your voice.”
Vital Signs: Keep track of your cold
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Some illness symptoms may require medical attention. By Anna Kellaher Columnist
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During the winter months, it’s common to catch a cold or two, but it can be hard to decide exactly what you need to get better and whether or not you need medical attention. The following are common ailments that require different treatments, according to the University of Michigan’s student life health service. You likely don’t need medical attention for a cough. Use cough drops and warm liquids, such as tea, to soothe your throat and try taking a hot shower to breathe in moisturized air. You should call for medical advice if the cough is persistent or if you are experiencing chest pain, wheezing or shortness of breath or have mucus that is brown or bloody. For a runny nose and sneezing, if your mucus does not smell bad or have a brown or bloody color and you are not experiencing severe discomfort, you can take care of this issue on your own. Keep tissues on hand and gently blow
your nose as needed. Avoid irritants like cigarette smoke. A headache that is mild and is relieved by over-the-counter pain medicine, such as Advil or Tylenol, likely does not require medical attention. If you are experiencing a headache with blurred vision, dizziness, nausea, a stiff neck or back, confusion, a fever or a rash you should seek medical care immediately. These symptoms could be a sign of meningitis, an infection in the brain. If you have a fever that is less than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, you can self-treat by drinking fluids, resting and staying cool by dressing in light clothing and keeping a damp washcloth on your neck or forehead. If the fever is above 101 degrees Fahrenheit for longer than three days or if you experience shaking chills, you should seek medical help. When in doubt, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Don’t hesitate to visit your primary care physician or utilize Student Health Services, which is located in Eickhoff Hall Room 107.
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Hundreds of civilians flee last of ISIS territory By Ariel Steinsaltz Staff Writer
On Feb. 22, CNN reported that thousands of Syrian civilians were still living under ISIS control in its last enclave in the country. A commander with the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said that many civilians are fleeing the ISIS-held territory through tunnels and buildings. Most of the people fleeing ISIS custody were women and children, who were separated from the men, who were taken for interrogation, according to NBC News. An SDF commander said that civilians have been informing him that numerous ISIS fighters want to surrender, while many as 200 or 300 were planning to “‘fight to the end,’” according to CNN. ISIS’s reigning control has dwindled over time. At its peak, ISIS had control of a population of 10 million people. That number
has now been reduced to just thousands. According to CNN, it formerly controlled “an area the size of Great Britain,” but it now only has control over about a half of a square kilometer. According to Commander Chia Kobani, the head of SDF operations, SDF fighters have slowed their advance on the remaining ISIS territory to avoid harming any civilians since ISIS often uses civilians as human shields, CNN reported. In Syria, there are approximately 2,000 U.S. troops, who are primarily there to aid the SDF in the fight against the Islamic State. Mustafa Bali, an SDF spokesman, reported on March 2 that “the SDF were advancing on two fronts using medium and heavy weaponry.” He also stated that three SDF soldiers were wounded so far, according to the NBC News. CNN reported that Nadim
Houry, the director of terrorism and counter-terrorism at the Human Rights Watch, was worried about the well-being of the civilians. The civilians in custody include relatives of ISIS members or sympathizers. HRW interviewed civilians escaping ISIS custody, who reported that the town had been destroyed by shells and air strikes. Conditions grew difficult and food supplies were short, but those who attempted to escape areas controlled by ISIS found it difficult because the group was punishing them and smugglers “‘were charging up to $400 per person,’” according to CNN. Some of the people who had been bussed away from the territory, including a woman named Um Bassam, said that they still believed in and were loyal to ISIS, said CNN. She claimed that they wanted peace and to be ruled by the “‘law of the Almighty.’”
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On Thursday, Feb. 28, President Donald Trump said that U.S.backed forces “‘just took over’” the territory and defeated ISIS in the country, CNN reported. “‘That means the area, the land, we have 100 percent, so that’s good,’” Trump said. However, members of SDF said they were surprised to hear this. SDF spokesman Adnan Afrin said no final decision had been made. Others in Syria contradicted
the president’s statement, saying the fight was not over. Even once ISIS loses its territorial holds, it is still likely to be a threat, which is why a few hundred U.S. troops will remain in Syria, according to The Washington Post. ‘“ISIS is not simply laying down arms and surrendering. Instead they’re preparing to make a last stand,”’ Zana Amedi tweeted, according to The Washington Post.
Trump suggests signing new trade deal with China
The president will meet with Xi this month. By Garrett Cecere Managing Editor
President Donald Trump announced on Feb. 25 that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping would engage in a “‘signing summit’” as the two nations approach a trade deal, CNN reported. The announcement is a sign that the trade deadlock
may be approaching an end, as the deadline for negotiators was set for Friday, March 1, according to CNN. However, The New York Times reported that Trump said he would delay the deadline for increasing tariffs on Chinese imports. “‘...I will be delaying the U.S. increase in tariffs now scheduled for March 1,’” Trump tweeted on Feb. 24, according to The New York Times. “‘Assuming both sides make additional progress, we will be planning a Summit for President Xi and myself, at Mar-a-Lago, to conclude an agreement.’” While Trump backed off on raising the tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, the president was optimistic that he would be signing an agreement with Xi “‘fairly soon,’” according to The Washington Post. On Sunday, March 3, The New York Times reported that the Trump administration and China are nearing a deal to “roll back tariffs on both sides of the Pacific.” A person who knows about the agreement said that China wants all of Trump’s tariffs to be eliminated. It is uncertain if Trump will remove all tariffs or have some remain in effect, stated The New York Times. Under the agreement that is being discussed, markets for farmers and financial services firms in the U.S. would increase, with the stipulation that China purchases farm
goods and energy — such as soybeans and liquid natural gas — in high quantities, The New York Times reported. China’s government has been open to discussing purchases of commodities for factories and adjustments to its foreign investment laws, according to The New York Times. However, those who are knowledgeable of the position of the nation’s government say China will not accept policy changes that it does not find beneficial. The New York Times reported that much of the necessary legal work for passing a law on foreign business investments has been done. “The law will be the framework for China to reduce its limits on foreign stakes in Chinese banks, insurers and asset management companies — something that Mr. Xi had agreed to do in November 2017, when Mr. Trump came to Beijing for talks ahead of the trade war,” The New York Times reported. Last week, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer went before Congress and indicated that much work still needs to be done before coming to an agreement. According to The New York Times, he said that the U.S. and China were attempting to enforce a system that involves meetings at different government levels and the threat of tariffs if China were to go against the trade agreement.
NFL Patriots owner pleads not guilty to solicitation charges By Viktoria Ristanovic Nation & World Editor
According to the Palm Beach County court documents, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has pleaded not guilty on Thursday, Feb. 28 to his two charges of solicitation prostitution, Sporting News reported. Kraft, whom authorities said visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida in January, was charged with two first-degree misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution on Feb. 25, according to NFL News. NBC News reported that Kraft and at least 24 other people were arrested on allegations of soliciting prostitution at the Florida massage parlor, which has been one of several spas under investigation in a human-trafficking probe that has been going on for months. According to NFL News, a representative for Kraft stated that they “‘categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any
illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.’” The not guilty plea was entered Thursday, Feb. 28 through Kraft’s attorney, Jack Goldberger. Kraft also appealed for a non-jury trial, Sports Illustrated reported. As a first-time, non-violent offender, it is possible that Kraft could be eligible for Florida’s pretrial misdemeanor diversion program. If Kraft engages in the program, he would take blame for his actions and make a compensation via fine or community service. If Kraft were to cooperate with the program, the charges would be dismissed and he would have no criminal record, according to Sports Illustrated. Sports Illustrated reported that the Jupiter Police Department affirmed that there is video evidence of the Patriots owner at the spa engaging in “sexual acts with women.” However, there is no audio in the video, which will render it difficult for prosecutors to prove that Kraft is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Dave Aronberg, a Palm Beach County
Kraft could face up to a year in prison if the allegations are true.
state attorney, stated that if Kraft is found guilty of either misdemeanor charge, he could serve up to one year of jail time, pay a mandatory fine, complete up to 100 hours of community service and be obliged to
take a class on the dangers of prostitution, Sporting News reported. Court documents showed that Kraft is scheduled to be appear in court on March 27, according to Sporting News.
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Employees deserve recognition for hard work
When I applied for a part-time job as a waitress at a local restaurant, I had no idea how involved my position would be. I like talking to people, have a solid memory and am always on my feet, so I was eager to start. Working in the restaurant business has taught me a much more valuable lesson in terms of treating people well in the service industry –– people who work for less don’t necessarily work less hard and that should be recognized by the people they serve. This summer, a couple from California stopped at the restaurant for dinner and asked me for recommendations on the best places to visit in New York City. I wrote them a list of my favorite spots and was candid about my menu recommendations. I was always honest with customers. I told them when I didn’t care for a dish or if it was my favorite option on the menu. After bringing the couple their dessert and closing the bill, they left me a generous tip and told my boss to keep me around. That kind gesture made a huge difference in how I viewed myself as an employee. As cheesy as it sounds, the smallest gestures really do have the biggest impacts. If the burger you ordered at a restaurant is the best you’ve ever had, tell the chef. If you are impressed with the speediness of a store clerk, let her know. In the real world, when you do something well, your boss probably isn’t going to reward you with a gold sticker and a pat on the back. This is why it is crucially important for us, the consumers, to bring to light those small things that typically go unnoticed. A lot of work that goes on behind those “Employees Only” doors goes unrecognized. My co-workers are some of the most intelligent people I have ever met. They have to keep up with the pace of a busy Saturday and know how to deal with anything that can and will go wrong. From clocking in at the beginning of a shift to locking the doors at the end of the night, there is never a dull moment. There is always a drink to be made, an order to be placed and a table to be cleaned. I am convinced that the employees at my restaurant work just as hard as people holding some of the highest paying jobs in the U.S. Unfortunately, maximum work often means minimum wage. Even as a college student who has received generous scholarships and doesn’t carry the stress of paying monthly bills, minimum wage is admittedly frustrating. Working a minimum wage job while trying to support a family is unimaginable to me. Since the hard work of these employees is often not recognized in their bank accounts, people should try to acknowledge their efforts like the couple in the restaurant did for me. It really will make a difference. — Emmy Liederman Managing Editor
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Showing appreciation for minimum wage workers can have lasting effects.
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“Millennials want that empowerment, want that independence and want a walkable city. We are trying to make a fun city, a livable city that people can enjoy and take part in.” — Reed Gusciora Mayor of Trenton
“For the love of God please don’t dab. That’s just crazy.” — Ilana Glazer ‘Broad City’ star
“If your voice is important … who is it important to? It’s important to the school, it’s important to get good grades, but you have to assign your own meaning to it. Especially at this age, and with all the activism that’s happening right now, it’s a critical time to go out and use your voice.” — Brandon Long
Sophomore communication studies major
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Students should engage in open dialogue
Political discourse sparks passion for change By Ariel Steinsaltz
‘We don’t want to talk about politics.” I hear this phrase pretty much everywhere I go. People often don’t want to get political because it’s not a particularly fun topic or because some might get offended. I understand — talking politics can be unpleasant, heated and it can cause arguments between friends and family. But we don’t talk about politics because it’s fun, we talk about politics because it’s important. These conversations are ones that we need to have. Politics isn’t just some mess that comes up in a presidential election every four years — the subject is always relevant and impacts every single aspect of our lives. The internet that we use on a daily basis is affected by the regulation, or lack thereof, by the Federal Communications Commission. The medications we take are approved or denied by the Food and Drug Administration, which also makes rules about what can and can’t be in the food we eat. On a more local level, the amount of funding in public schools is determined by the level of property tax in a district. The funding of public colleges and universities, like the one we attend, comes primarily from the state government. Some may decide to remain apolitical beause they aren’t as affected by the government as others, which is where privilege comes into play. When the president instituted a ban on transgender people serving in the military, cisgender people
didn’t suddenly lose their jobs. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, some citizens would be stripped of their reproductive rights while others would remain unaffected. When families seeking asylum at the border are ripped apart and migrant children are detained in cages, people living far away from the border may not be directly impacted. But just because an issue doesn’t affect us personally, that doesn’t mean we can just let it go. It’s easier and more pleasant to ignore these things, but what is right is not necessarily what is easy or pleasant. As South African Cleric and Civil Rights Advocate Desmond Tutu once said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” I’m not condemning anyone who identifies as bipartisan — you shouldn’t have to align with any specific political affiliation to have a problem with stripping people of their basic rights. If you don’t want to talk about tax rates, foreign trade or regulation of the internet, that’s fine. But if your response to hearing about the government locking children in cages “that’s politics, let’s not talk about it,” then you are telling me, whether you intend to or not, that you are okay with children being locked in cages. Which you might be, but if that is a case, you should just come out and say it. Many people adopt the mentality that “talking about it won’t make a difference, so what’s the point?” This is an important question, and something I used to wonder
College students participate in diplomatic discussions. about, but there is a point. For one thing, if you educate yourself to form an opinion on why certain policies are wrong or harmful, you might be able to convince people to stop isolating themselves from the political realm. If more people realize that certain policies are wrong, then more people can do something about them. The largest protests for change in history all had to start with a few people
talking about the issues they were passionate about changing. We have to talk about the problems of this generation or the next great protest might never come to be. Talking about politics might be unpleasant, boring or spark disagreement, but it has to be done. No matter what your opinion is, if you don’t share it, you will never have the opportunity to do your part.
Smart phone applications hinder productivity
Some apps are more distracting than others. By Alexa D’Aiello Since the first smartphone was
created, the world of technology has expanded into a whole new realm. iPhone applications have
changed the way we live our everyday lives. From banking apps to Instagram and Twitter, this technology has become an integral part of our daily routines. When I first wake up, I go through my social media like I’m reading the morning paper. At night, I follow the same routine, and I always check these apps throughout the day, too. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t check my phone or scroll through social media. Even if I am checking my phone for a school-related purpose, like the Canvas app, this often leads to getting distracted by checking my texts or Instagram feed. When it comes time to writing an essay, like the majority of students, I have the option to use an iPhone app too, though I don’t use one. Although there are apps that can be used for essay writing purposes such as FreeMind and
Manuscript, which try to make scholarly writing easier and more intuitive, it is hard to stay as productive on a smartphone app than on a computer or laptop. It is hard to accept that the majority of tasks that are typically completed on a computer are now being offered through apps on smartphones. Apps were created to be useful for people on-the-go, and although they make some tasks easier, they mostly tend to distract from the work we really have to do. Instead of checking homework on the Canvas app, it’s much more tempting to answer a Snapchat from a friend. Gaming apps also tend to be addicting and end up wasting a significant amount of time. Angry Birds and Candy Crush are two examples of apps that pull players in and prove to be time consuming.
Despite the distractions caused by many of these apps, some are able to help us in the ways they are supposed to. Without the clock app, many of us, including myself, would sleep through our morning classes. Even using something as simple as the calculator app to double check a math problem is a simple yet significant technological perk. These basic apps tend to be the most helpful and least distracting. Most apps may not be a helpful tool for getting work done, but they are now a part of most people’s everyday lives, so we must learn how to manage them. They tend to make certain tasks easier, even if they can sometimes also be a large distraction. It is up to the consumer to navigate through the technological world and decide which apps are doing them more harm than good.
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Students share opinions around campus Should students prioritize political involvement?
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Christina Sicliano, a freshman open options science major. “Being a college student, it’s important to be politically aware and hear every side.”
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John DiBrita, a freshman secondary education and history dual major. “Yes, it’s important to be politically involved. It wouldn’t hurt to educate yourself on what’s going on.”
Are smart phone applications helpful or distracting?
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Casey Lewis, a freshman open options science major. “They are helpful in small doses but overuse can lead to unnecessary distractions.”
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Stephanie Geer, a freshman early childhood education and psychology dual major.
“Most phone applications are social media based, which becomes a huge distraction.”
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Hot Spot: Wolfe resident seen cooking entire four-course meal on top of ‘hot tile’ By Tony Peroni and Vinny Cooper Correspondents It was a cold, brisk February afternoon. As the sun set on beautiful Ewing, New Jersey, the temperature dropped to a biting six degrees Farenheit. While most residents made the decision to head to Eickhoff Hall for dinner or make a quick stop at T-dubs, one student decided to break all convention and cook an entire four-course meal atop the infamous hot tile in front of the Towers. Kyle McAtasne, a freshman culinary arts major and math minor, decided to take his skills to the streets — literally. Powered by a rouge water pipe and a bunch of angry little devil people hiding beneath the soil of the school, the hot tile has been a landmark at the College for generations.
Students, more often than not, have been seen laying on the tile in order to battle extreme cold. “This is a good tile,” said Edna Ortega, a junior public health major, when asked about her experience with the tile. “It’s my favorite tile on campus. It is very hot. I like that. It’s nothing like the tile in front of Norsworthy. I hate that tile. That tile, frankly, sucks eggs. This tile is nice and warm.” McAtasne dawned a large chef’s hat and a tattered, yet still intact shirt that read, “Hug Me! I’m ½ Italian!!” “You want an egg?” Chef Kyle said, smugly, not even waiting for an answer. He asked that he be referred to only as Chef Kyle from here on out. Chef Kyle broke the egg in his fist as if it were a great big stress ball. The bits of egg that made its way to the intended target steamed and sizzled. Chef Kyle kept smashing eggs onto the tile until the cooked eggs came to resemble the face of actor Tom Hanks, famous for being the voice of Woody in Pixar’s “Toy Story,” his role in the 1994 classic “Forrest Gump” and for being one of the least problematic men in Hollywood to this day. “Usually I only cook in the privacy of my Aunt’s pool house, but the temperature of the hot tile,” he said as he began kissing his fingertips like the true jolly Italian chef he is, “mwah!”
Chef Kyle got into many verbal altercations during his cooking process. The majority of these altercations spawned from the same issue –– Chef Kyle completely blocking off a busy, public campus sidewalk. Students trying to walk to their evening classes were forced to either walk on the grass around the hot tile or step directly on Chef Kyle’s masterpiece of a meal. One student, who will remain anonymous, stepped on top of one of his Italian sausage links yelling, “This tile is for everybody to feel a brief period of warmth while walking in the cold! It is NOT for you to prepare all of these delicious meats on! I just got out of an 80-minute microeconomics class and the last thing I wanted to see was some bozo out here in a Spirit Halloween chef costume cracking eggs into the shape of Tom Hanks’ face!” The sidewalk potluck came to an abrupt end as Chef Kyle was tackled to the ground and handcuffed by top executives from the FDA. That’s right, The Food and Drug Administration. “I was just trying to make a beautiful four-course meal on the comfort of my own sidewalk!” shouted Chef Kyle. DISCLAIMER: This is obviously a satirical piece and does not describe a real event.
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Students raise awareness of male sexual assault By Diana Solano Staff Writer
The #MeToo Movement started captivating mainstream media in 2017 as celebrities steadily began to open up about their experiences with sexual assault. The campus community is doing its part by hosting events that discuss the different types of survivors and their experiences. The sisters of Sigma Lambda Gamma, Inc. and the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. hosted “Male Sexual Assault: ?%” in BSC 225W on Feb. 26 at 8:30 p.m. The event emphasized the concept that sexual assault isn’t a phenomenon that only women face –– men are affected as well. To open the discussion, the audience watched Seth Shelley’s TED Talk, “Men Need to Talk About Their Sexual Abuse,” which displayed society’s harsh neglect of male survivors of sexual assault. Office of Violence Against Women Grant Project Director and Prevention Education Specialist Zach Gall, who graduated with a masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (’17) and is a member of Anti-Violence Initiatives and Men for Integrity Leadership and Ethics Society, gave the audience a clear definition of sexual assault. “(Sexual assault is) any form
of unwanted or involuntary touching or penetration of intimate body parts by a person of any gender or being forced to touch anyone in those intimate areas,” he said. “If a person does not ask or if they were not able to give an answer or if that answer was not respected, then there is no consent.” Throughout the night, the presenters explained that men often do not report their sexual assault cases out of fear that they will be shamed. However, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in six men in the U.S. experiences some sort of sexual violence and according to a 2018 data collection conducted by Gall, one in five men has experienced sexual assault on this campus. Andrea Hormaza, a junior public health major and the historian, moral and ethics chair and cultural awareness chair of the Gammas, is passionate about encouraging male survivors to open up about the abuse. “I know a few close male friends that have been sexually assaulted,” Hormaza said. “They all told me that they felt uncomfortable speaking up about it because they felt that people would judge them for being males.” Hormaza’s friends faced the same criticism that Shelley described. In his TED Talk, Shelley
reflected on the words he heard from his assaulter that made him keep quiet. His assaulter said, “This is all your fault. I thought you wanted this — no one is ever going to believe you.” The topic of masculinity and consent was brought up throughout the night. “They expressed to me that people would say ‘they wanted it’ just because they are males,” Hormaza said. “As a community, we need to learn how to stop having gender perceptions and be there for survivors. Survivors should never feel that they cannot express their feelings.” Stephanie Cajamarca, a junior public health major and a member of the Gammas, spoke about Project Unbreakable, which was created by Grace Brown (’11) for her Women in Learning and Leadership senior capstone project. Over 2,000 victims of sexual assault held posters with direct quotes from their attackers in an effort to break the cycle of silence and shame on campus. Brown focused on empowering both females and males to have a voice and share their stories. Images of two male students holding papers read, “You’re gay. You should want this” and “You’re a guy. You can’t say no to a girl like me.”
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The activities educate students on healthy relationships.
Stations around the room taught participants the differences between healthy and toxic relationships. Students also had the opportunity to play games to test their knowledge about sexual assault and write a letter to a survivor. Dejon Ricketts, a senior urban education and history dual major and treasurer of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., asked the audience to consider what they can do to make students at the College feel accepted about being survivors. Many participants answered with the same response –– the subject of male sexual assault needs to be talked about regularly and survivors need
to know that they are supported. “I didn’t know that male sexual assault was so prevalent on our campus,” said Viane Villanueva, a sophomore nursing major. “I was surprised to find that out. I’m glad that I came so that now I can raise more awareness for this.” At the end of the night, participants signed a banner to pledge their support for sexual assault survivors. “It’s vitally important for people to come out to this event because people coming from different backgrounds as a freshman might not know about consent or the full ramifications of what consent looks like,” Ricketts said. “You need to have an understanding of this.”
Chabad celebrates 13 years at College
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Photo courtesy of Georgann Kaliroff
Left: Rabbi Greenbaum honors Chabad’s founding brothers and sisters. Right: Sperling celebrates his bar mitzvah at the event. By Camille Furst News Editor Music flooded the room as participants got up from their seats and danced in celebration of tradition, community and Judaism. While cherishing the past and looking toward the future, members of the Chabad community at the College cultivated an atmosphere of laughter and joy during their bar mitzvah celebration created to honor of the organization’s 13th year as a recognized student organization on campus. While a bar mitzvah is a Jewish tradition in which individuals celebrate a boy’s coming-of-age at 13 years old, Chabad used this to symbolize the celebration of the organization’s 13th year of existence at the College. The event was held in the Education Building Room 212 on Sunday, March 3 at 1 p.m. “When you are Jewish, you celebrate a bar mitzvah when you’re 13 years old, so
that was the point of this event,” said Sarah Goldstein, a junior special education and iSTEM dual major and member of Chabad. “This event is pretty awesome I think because it’s our 13th anniversary on campus. It’s just a little home away from home.” The event began with the official donation of a Torah, the Jewish holy scripture, from Aliza Scheinfeld and her family to Chabad in memory of her husband, who recently died. Scheinfeld’s nephew is Rabbi Akiva Greenbaum, the adviser for the campus organization. “(The Torah) takes over a year to write, so we are so grateful,” she said. “And so here we are. The more we use the Torah, the more we do good deeds in his memory, (and) the greater the happiness of his soul.” While keeping with the theme of bar mitzvah celebrations, Chabad honored the belated bar mitzvah of one student at the College. Freshman economics major Zach Sperling had his bar mitzvah during
the event since he wasn’t able to celebrate when he turned 13. During the ceremony, Rabbi Greenbaum clothed him in the traditional garb that bar mitzvah boys wear in honor of their milestone –– a white shawl, known as tzitzit, and black leather phylacteries called tefillin. “(This tradition) symbolizes the connection that we have to our past, which is so valuable,” Rabbi Greenbaum said. “If you don’t know what you’re coming from, how do you know where you’re going to?” He began to describe how the bar mitzvah emphasizes the purpose of every individual. It is a symbol that “we are part of something larger than ourselves.” Once the ceremony concluded, the dancing commenced. Dozens of audience members got up from their seats to dance together in circles and celebrate Chabad’s and Sperling’s milestone. Many lifted Sperling up on a chair, which often happens at Jewish celebrations. Roscoe the
Lion even joined in on the celebration, which added excitement to the event. Junior psychology major and Chabad member Angelo Di Cori emphasized the importance of this sense of community in his life. “Judaism to me, if you have to sum it up in one word, is family,” he said. “Both of my parents are Jewish (and) I grew up with very strong Jewish roots. Although we are not actually blood related, to me, all Jews are one family so I’m here to support my family.” The event concluded with an award ceremony for community members who have helped Chabad grow for the past 13 years, which included the founding brothers and sisters of Chabad at the College. “The Jewish people have a rich history of overcoming challenges and everybody in their own life has their personal challenges,” Rabbi Greenbaum said. “(Judaism) means that we are here to make the world a better place, and we are well on the way.”
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: Feb. ’99
Students donate gift of life at blood drive
Photo courtesy of the TCNJ Digital Archive
Donating blood is one way for students to give back to the community.
Every week, Features Editor Jane Bowden hits the archives and finds old Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories.
Left: Vary the direction of your stripes for a playful look. Right: Polka dots add subtle detail to your manicure.
Between balancing school, work and extracurricular activities, students might find it difficult to volunteer their time to help their neighboring communities through clubs like Habitat for Humanity and Student United Way. However, campus-wide blood drives serve as a low-commitment way for students and faculty to give back in just a matter of minutes. In a Feb. 1999 issue of The Signal, a reporter wrote about a blood drive that collected 118 pints of blood from over 143 students and staff members.
By Danielle Silvia Columnist
Brave souls participated in a two-day random act of kindness — over 143 people donated blood on Monday and Tuesday last week. Sponsored by Medical Careers, Biological Society, Tri Beta, Professional Nursing Organization of Students and Delta Phi Epsilon, the college’s Blood Plan Drive collected 118 pints of blood at its Spring Blood Drive. The Blood Plan includes participants from the entire college community — students, alumni, administrators, faculty and staff. A donation, either personally or by proxy, of one unit of blood every 18 months qualifies membership in this life-saving organization.
Members between the ages of 18 and 70 are eligible to donate blood. Seventeenyear-olds may donate if they have written parental permission. The Community Blood Council of New Jersey also allows persons older than 70 to donate as long as they meet Blood Center criteria and have been a regular donor. The Blood Plan Drive has been a recurring blood drive on campus, serving the community since the ‘60s. “I’m proud of the longevity,” said Dr. Ray Fangboner, chair of the Blood Plan. “We’ve been here for a long time. This is a very critical time for donations. (Donors) contribute to another life.” “There’s a lot of people who are Signal Photo / Liza Pate Over 143 people, including Vanessa Rodriguez (on table), donated 118 pints of blood at The Blood Plan’s Spring Drive, held last Monday and Tuesday. four years they’ve been here. (The ill and need blood, especially in chemotherapy,” said Cynthia Poynor, a registered nurse supervisor.”People need platelet replacements, so the platelets they get with donors will help them so they don’t bleed to death. Also, there are babies who need (blood). People are saving lives every day by donating blood.”
No matter the time of the year, I love painting my nails. While spring and summer typically call for pedicures, giving yourself a manicure is appropriate in every season. Since manicures can be expensive for a college student, I have found that painting my own nails is a cheap and fun alternative. It’s a meditative activity that allows me to be creative and experiment with the latest nail art trends. While there are many nail kits you can buy that teach you how to paint different designs, sticking to the basics and adding to current trends is the best way to give your nails a personalized spin. Here are simple tips and tricks I have learned for my favorite designs. 1. Stripes. This is a pattern that’s in style every season and simple enough to do on your own. To keep the pattern simple, I tend to stick to three matching colors that vary depending on the time of year. For instance, you can use pastel colors during spring or shimmery gold hues for
the holidays. To make painting on the stripes easier, you can use tape to cover sections of your nails to create even stripes. Start at the top of your nail and then move the tape as you go stripe by stripe to avoid smearing. 2. Sparkle. You can purchase colored nail polish with sparkles or just go for clear sparkle polish to coat the solid colors you already own. While sparkles add detail to your solid nails, the extra layer also protects your nails from cracking. To increase glamor, apply sparkle stickers to a few of your nails to make your design stand out. 3. Polka dots. Since I started watching hundreds of DIY nail videos, I’ve fallen in love with this trend. You have the freedom to change the shape, size and color of each dot, depending on what you’re feeling. Although this is a tricky design that takes time to learn, it can be mastered with a smaller brush and tons of practice. Rounder, bolder dots on your nails pair well with heavy sweaters and yoga pants, whereas plain pencil skirts and tank tops tend to match smaller polka-dotted nails.
Old Bay French Fries
Left: Baking the potatoes is a healthy alternative to frying them. Right: Dip your fries in a creamy cheese sauce for added flavor. By Shannon Deady Columnist
The first time I ate at Campus Town’s Landmark Americana Tap & Grill, I fell in love with its Old Bay Seasoning french fries and American cheese dipping sauce. I had been making a lot of different variations of homemade french fries for years, but I had never tried them with this much
added flavor and wanted to see if I could make the fries and dipping sauce myself. When I cook at home, I try to keep things on the healthier side for every meal. For this recipe, I bake my french fries instead of frying them and use a mix of hearthealthy oils like canola and olive oil. I’ve also found that the cheese sauce can be used as a dipping sauce for bread and vegetables.
Makes: 4 servings Ingredients: French fries -4 large Russet potatoes -2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning -1 tsp salt -1 tsp pepper -1 tbsp canola or olive oil Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 2. Cut washed potatoes into long strips, taking care to leave off ends.
3. Mix oil with salt, pepper and Old Bay Seasoning. 4. Distribute mixture evenly on fries before placing on a baking sheet and into the oven. 5. Cook for 35 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. 6. Let cool and enjoy. Cheese sauce (optional) -2/3 cup whole milk -1 tbsp all purpose flour -1/2 tsp garlic powder
-1/2 tsp onion powder -1 cup shredded cheddar cheese Directions: 1. In a saucepan, whisk the whole milk, flour, garlic powder and onion powder constantly on medium to high heat until mixture becomes thick. 2. Turn heat to a simmer and mix in shredded cheese, stirring until melted. 3. Let cool and enjoy for dipping.
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Arts & Entertainment
Music instructors take center stage
Left: Faculty members perform pieces from various genres. Right: Sierra connects to his roots with a native Peruvian song. By Mae Kristy Calacal Correspondent Amidst all of the student performances and recitals, one adjunct professor at the College wanted to give music faculty their time to shine. Christopher Sierra, a voice instructor, invited faculty members from different colleges to help host his event, “Crossing Genres,” which was created to showcase the versatility of classical singers. The event was held on Saturday, March 2 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in Mayo Concert Hall. Sierra wanted audience members to realize that classical singers can sing in all genres. Any singer looking to improve their talent, according to Sierra, should try stepping out of their comfort zone by singing in genres they may not have considered before, particularly those included in commercial music, such as theater, jazz and contemporary pop. Sierra quelled myths about classical singers, particularly the idea that singing in other genres will damage their vocal cords. Learning to cross genres actually has the potential to enhance their vocal technique and improve adaptability. “Classical singers are just as likely as commercial singers to be diagnosed with a voice disorder,” Sierra said. He then presented examples of artists who accompanied classical music with other genres, such as Cristina Ramos, a 2016 contestant on “Spain’s Got Talent” who performed an opera rock rendition of “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC. After the lecture, the overhead lights shifted from the audience and spilled onto the stage. Four vocal studies
professors from different colleges and the main faculty singers of the night — Sierra (tenor), Elise Brancheau (soprano), Bridgette Gan (soprano) and Scott Johnson (baritone) — opened with Richard Rodgers’s 1933 song, “Sounds of the Earth.” For the remainder of the show, viewers were treated to a rotation of performances from compositions that spanned both decades and a variety of genres. As a tribute to his Peruvian roots, Sierra chose Chabuca Granda’s “Fina Estampa” as his first song. To balance out the rolling of his “r’s” and the upbeat and finely sequenced notes from guitarist John Orluk Lacombe’s tugging of metal strings, Sierra later sang the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody,” which is the famously-feature ballad in the 1990 movie “Ghost.” Sierra later shared his inspiration for the show — while getting his doctorate, he immersed himself in classical music, only to later realize that he hadn’t spent much time with other genres he loved. “I used to think I was going to be a pop star,” Sierra said. He hoped that audience members will see that all genres are of value. “Commercial music is virtuosic,” he said. “It deserves the same space and attention as classical music.” Brancheau covered the slow, piano-heavy “Samson” by indie artist Regina Spektor. She fluctuated evenly between high and low soprano as she weaved through the verses and chorus. Later, she would be on her feet for the lively folk song “California” by Joni Mitchell.
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Johnson sang Jason Robert Brown’s “Someone to Fall Back On.” He later countered the sentimental number with “The Dynamo of Volition” by Jason Mraz. He bopped his head to the staccato rhythm of the piano. Pianist Martin Néron matched Johnson’s lightning-speed rhymes. Before performing Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” Gan partnered with Johnson for a duet. They sang “I’d Give It All For You” by Jason Robert Brown in perfect harmony with one another. They incorporated some theatrics to the number by simulating lovers in a conflict. Johnson turned away from Gan as he sang, “God knows it’s easy to hide, easy to hide from the things you feel.” The distraught-looking Gan responded with, “God knows it’s easy to run, run from the people you love.” The duo joined hands as the song came to an end. Gan and Johnson were interested in the recital because they shared the same concerns as Sierra — hyperfocusing on only one genre. “There’s this stigma with classical music,” Gan said. “It isn’t just, ‘Oh, you studied opera? You have to do opera!’” In the middle of the show, all four singers came out to perform. They gathered around the grand piano, where Néron pulled the cover over the keys and began playing. The group broke into an a capella version of Adele’s hit “Send My Love (To Your New Lover).” Sierra provided the harmony to Brancheau’s and Gan’s buildup to the bridge as their voices echoed throughout the hall. At the end, the quartet took their bows and welcomed the thundering applause of the crowd.
Senior recital marks pinnacle of student achievement
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Kaba showcases her mastery of the trumpet.
By Ariel Steinsaltz Staff Writer
Music filled the air as two music majors took the stage to showcase their skills and love for their craft.
On Sunday, March 3 at 4 p.m. in Mayo Concert Hall, two students in the music department presented their senior recitals, which is a requirement for all music majors. Marisa Blackman, a senior music performance major
and flute player, and Madeline Kaba, a senior music education major and trumpet player, took the stage. The event opened with Kaba playing the trumpet, accompanied by Kathy Shanklin, a collaborative pianist at the College. The powerful notes of the trumpet filled the room and delighted the audience as Kaba played the “Sonata for Trumpet and Piano” by Halsey Stevens. Next was Blackman, also accompanied by Shanklin, playing the “Hamburger Sonata” by Bach. Blackman produced a pleasant melody with her flute. Kaba then performed the “Concertino for Flugelhorn” by William Himes on the flugelhorn and Blackman performed “Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra” by Lowell Liebermann on the piccolo. After intermission, Kaba played “Légende” by Georges Enesco and Blackman played “Canzone for Flute and Piano” by Samuel Barber. Kaba then performed “Quintet” by
Michael Kamen. Blackman finished the event by playing “Ballad for Flute and Piano” by Frank Martin. “Really the preparation started as soon as I got here freshman year,” Kaba said of the culmination of her work as a music student. “Everything builds to the end.” Kaba explained that she had to do a lot of practicing to make sure that her performance was the best that it could be. For Blackman, preparation for the event started during winter break and carried into the semester. She worked with Shanklin to find songs that were the best possible fit. As far as picking the songs for the event went, the inspiration came from a variety of places. Kaba explained that some of the songs were ones she had played before or heard other people play, but some came from internet browsing. Blackman started playing piano in the second grade and started playing the flute in fifth
grade. In high school, she picked up the piccolo but changed mediums later on. “I’m kind of a special case because I switched instruments my freshman year,” Kaba said. “It’s a gut feeling you have, the connection to the instrument.” Christopher McEwan, a senior music education major, came to the event because he is good friends with both of the performers. “I thought it was absolutely fantastic,” he said. “They both did a phenomenal job.” Gina Luizzi, a sophomore music education major, was also present at the event in support of her fellow classmates. “Marisa and I are both in the flute studio, so I wanted to support her, and also I was just really looking forward to hearing some great music,” Luizzi said. “I thought it was really beautiful. I’ve never really heard solo trumpet before. I really loved hearing Marisa play and showing off her amazing talent for an audience because she’s such a great player.”
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Windy day calls for classical music
Students perform at Tuesday Recital Series
This week, WTSR Music Director Brian Marino highlights some of the best new music that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.
Left: Cross sings a piece in Italian. Right: Smith showcases her musical skills on the clarinet. By Anthony Garcia Correspondent
Six students eased audience members’ minds with melodies of graceful classical pieces. These musicians brought their instruments and elegance to the stage at the Tuesday Recital Series at 12:30 p.m. in Mayo Concert Hall. On the windy Tuesday afternoon, music students from every grade executed an array of classical styles, accompanied by the professional playing of pianists Kathy Shanklin and Stefanie Watson. Once the lights dimmed, freshman music performance major Jael Cross welcomed the crowd with her soprano voice, hitting pitches with ease and allowing her sound to resonate in the auditorium effortlessly. The student’s voice dynamically accompanied Shanklin’s playing. For her first performance at the College, Cross sang two pieces: “Silent Noon” by Ralph Vaughan Williams and an Italian song, “O del mio dolce ardor,” by Christoph Willibald Gluck. When she finished, the crowd released its energy through a strong applause.
“Being here makes me want to work harder as a musician and a performer,” Cross said. “And I’m building more on that every day, every lesson, every week.” Next, Melissa Smith, a freshman music performance major, brought her clarinet to the stage. She played with a rich tone that cascaded up and down in register. Piano and clarinet combined beautifully and floated through the fast-paced Gerald Finzi piece, “Five Bagatelles, Op. 23.” Jonathan Anderson, a senior music performance major, followed Smith, playing fancy legato runs on euphonium. The senior’s mastery of tempo, as well as both low and high ranges, were a true testament to his musicianship at the College. Playing Herbert L. Clarke’s “The Debutante,” Anderson met the speedy piece headon, which showcased his musical ability. Maxwell Mellies, a junior music education major, presented compelling style while leading his way through “Sonata for Alto Saxophone” and “Piano I. Allegro.” His body swayed, feeling the classical melody that Bernhard Heiden composed. His ability to control his instrument and produce a balanced sound called for a
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lively embrace from the audience. Bryan Cook, a sophomore music education major, then took the stage. Pointing the bell of his trumpet directly towards the crowd, he played phrases that encapsulated a collection of emotions. Shanklin’s piano rang out deep tones while Cook explored escalating scales. The dark fanfare provided a blissful release into difficult upbeat sections surrounded by powerful strings of notes. “I had to nitpick the piece and slowly piece it together,” Cook said regarding his rendition of “Andante et Allegro” by J. Guy Ropartz. “It’s a classic with a lot of fun parts and sections of contrast.” Capping off Tuesday’s recital, Konstanza Kovalev, a freshman music education major, sang with accompaniment from Watson on piano. Her mezzo-soprano voice vibrated sweetly during the melodic Johannes Brahms piece, “Wiegenlied Op. 49, no. 4 (Lullaby).” The audience, which mainly consisted of music students and professors, was elated to hear young musicians pour their hearts and souls into renditions of classical music.
Band Name: Dirty Projectors Album Name: Lamp Lit Prose Release Number: 8 Hailing From: Brooklyn, New York Genre: Edgy rock Label: Domino Recording Company The singer’s raw, personal emotions are on full display in this album. The group makes tempo the key point in its boundary-pushing record. The orchestrational background and intricately-placed harmonies make these rockers stand out as quality musicians. The band has moved past its early days of very stereotypical indie music and has taken the musical bull by the horn, driving the sound straight into the realm of soulful power ballads with truly prose-like lyrics. Must Hear: “Breakthru,”“That’s a Lifestyle” and “She’s a Caveman”
‘Dragon’ trilogy bids fans farewell By Amani Salahudeen Staff Writer
As far as a conclusion to a series goes, this was one of the most satisfying that I’ve seen. When the nefarious Grimmel (F. Murray Adams) plots to destroy all dragons, it’s up to the Viking’s new chief, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), to bring both clans together to find a land called Caldera in “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” “What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” This is a quote that resonated with me and helped improve Hiccup’s storyline. He thinks he can defeat anything as long as his best friend, Toothless, is with him. It isn’t until Astrid (America Ferrera) tells him this quote that he starts to realize that he’s capable of doing things without the aid of the dragons he’s relied on. Hiccup is able to build self confidence and grow into himself more in the last movie. Hiccup also soon learns that
although he is perfectly capable of doing things on his own, a little extra help doesn’t mean he’s weak. He learns to trust those around him and develop closer relationships with others. This movie series allows viewers to watch Hiccup grow up, and in this final movie, we get to see glimpses of his past. The flashbacks add to each character’s development and help me understand the characters on a deeper level. The romance was well-balanced and it was sweet to watch Hiccup’s dragon, Toothless, come out of his shell as he fell in love with a Light Fury, who returned his affections. This movie had everything you could possibly want — fantasy, adventure, romance, a formidable antagonist and a bond between friends. It’s got a feel-good vibe and the ending was pretty satisfying. However, I think producers rushed the romance because there was a lot of time jumps and I would have liked to see more of a dialogue between the two main lead protagonists. I liked Grimmel as a villain
Artist Name: Joyce Manor Album Title: Million Dollars to Kill Me Release Number: 5 Hailing From: Torrance, California Genre: Emo pop Label: Epitaph Records
Hiccup and Toothless form an even closer bond.
because he makes you despise him, but at the same time you can also see why he acts the way he does, which allows for a bit of depth to his charcter arc.
Overall, this movie for a wide-range of audiences. It induces some tears but you end up leaving the theater with a smile on your face.
Joyce Manor’s new album is filled with contradictions. Despite covering sadder topics in his lyrics, the instrumentals are continuously upbeat and sound happier than the songs’ topics really are. The album has a summery vibe that could be played at a party, during a workout or just for fun in the car. This album make you simultaneously sad and excited about life and its ups and downs. Must Hear: “Silly Games,” “Wildflowers”and “Up the Punx”
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Congratulations to the six semi-finalists in the
2019 Mayo Business Plan Competition! AeroLife
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Giovanna Costa Sophomore, Civil Engineering
Brooke Schwartzman Senior, International Studies
Pulkit Gupta Senior, Accounting
Anthony Prisco Senior, Finance
Sophie Crossley Senior, Communications Studies
Sarah Sleiman Senior, Management
Justin Brach Senior, Finance
Sai Batchu Senior, Biology
Ben Schulman Senior, Finance
Kate Galgano Senior, Finance
Justin Fernandez Senior, Finance
Thomas Holland Junior, Computer Science
Peter Stahl Junior, Mechanical Engineering Jordan Sinoway Sophomore, Computer Engineering
Matthew Liebers Senior, Finance
2019 Mayo Business Plan Competition finals Wednesday, April 3 @ 5:00pm Mayo Concert Hall Open to all! $30,000 will be awarded
Harrison Kelly Senior, Interdisciplinary Business
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Jonas Brothers fans ‘Burnin’ Up’ for new single
Left: The band’s revival elicits excitment among long-time devotees. Right: ‘Sucker’ quickly jumps to the top of the charts. By Debra Kate Schafer Correspondent The ‘J’ in TCNJ stands for Jonas, right? Well, if it didn’t before, it does now. The reunion of the seminal Disney Channel band of brothers has spurred a newfound Jonas fever across campus, which is quite possibly stronger than it’s ever been. Upon hearing about the reunion, the world seemed to explode with excitement. It’s been just about six years since the band announced its breakup. The Jonas Brothers were the first love, first boy - band obsession and first concert of many young girls in the 2000s. The group’s comeback announcement alone sparked these old feelings, so when the band’s first single dropped at midnight on Thursday, it immediately shot to the No. 1 spot on the iTunes charts. Personally, I was more intrigued than anything while I sat awaiting the song’s release. As a longtime fan, I was just
as shocked and excited as everyone else. It has been some time since the Brothers have released any band-related music. Nick and Joe have branched out musically — Nick has become a solo act and Joe is the singer for DNCE. I had to remind myself that they are much older than the “Year 3000” boys the world fell in love with, but they seemed to take both their old and modern image and apply it to a new sound. “Sucker” takes the brothers back to their pop music roots, but the elements of maturity and experimentation are evident throughout the entirety of the track. It’s adultlike and sensual, yet still youthful and upbeat. Traces of R&B, pop and guitar-heavy rhythms linger throughout the background, while the melody counters it with swirls of rock — something they’ve intertwined in their music since they were young. The song is lyrically beautiful and pulls on the heartstrings of every fangirl. Since Kevin, Joe and Nick are all married or engaged, they implement those feelings
and experiences into their music effortlessly. As they sing the leading line, “I am a sucker for all the subliminal things that no one knows about you,” they are practically singing it directly to their significant others. The adoration for their wives and fiancées is palpable, which is both uplifting and soul-crushing. Released alongside the chart-topping song was an equally upbeat music video. The video was a spectacle itself and included the band members’ significant others in stunning costumes. They are so clearly in love and doing what they love and that’s evident through every aspect of the music video, which keeps it electrifying and fun. They didn’t miss a beat when it came to matching up each shot with the love song that they’re using to revive the band. “Sucker” is the perfect comeback song for The Jonas Brothers. They are showing the world that they can return to the current music scene with a fire in their souls and that they only get better with age.
‘DnD’ play brings laughter, tears to Black Box stage
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The characters learn to cope with loss and grief. By Julia Duggan Correspondent
The All College Theatre performed the play “She Kills Monsters” from Feb. 27 through March 2 in the Don Evans Black Box Theater. The play features a main character named Agnes who discovers a tabletop role playing game called Dungeons and Dragons, which is a interactive story where players make
up quests and characters of their own in any style or genre of their choosing. The game Agnes plays was created by her deceased sister, Tilly. Agnes’ family died in a car crash, and while she was packing up her sister’s things, she discovered a Dungeons and Dragons game that Tilly had created before she died. Agnes finds someone named Chuck who knows how to play Dungeons and Dragons and goes on
an adventure to learn more about her sister as a way to heal. The theater group performed from Feb. 27th to March 1 at 8 p.m., with two shows on March 2 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. “She Kills Monsters is a play about acceptance, something about which our world could still learn a thing or two,” said director Marie Nichole. Nichole is a new director for ACT and works as director and choreographer in residence with Stagedoor Manor in New York. “It is about taking the time to get to know people before jumping to rash conclusions. Today’s young adults are the ones shaping tomorrow’s future. This is a piece that is not only relatable and will make people laugh, but will make a statement and have people thinking about its themes long after they leave the theater.” The show forced the crowd to leave the theater in a state of mixed emotions— some were in high spirits and still laughing while others were in tears. The plot featured a beautiful mixture of heartfelt moments and memorable comedy. Praise for the hard work and talent of the actors could be heard echoing in the lobby as the crowd waited to greet the actors with another thunderous round of applause. “It means so much for us to be able to put this on stage for an audience to enjoy,” said Kelly Colleran, a senior history and Secondary education dual
major. She played the character Lilith in the play. “Hopefully people are coming away crying from both laughter and the touching moments we are hoping to provide.” While this plot features a lot of comedy, it also touches on the grieving process after the death of a loved one. “Be tender with the people you love,” said Ambar Grullon, a sophomore English and communication studies dual major. She played one of the main leads, Agnes. “An entire life can change within something as small and insignificant as a day. An hour, even. Remind your loved ones that you treasure them.” According to the assistant director Katherine MacQueen, the cast and crew had a month to memorize lines, learn fight scenes, perfect all the special effects and design costumes. Evan Noone, a senior technology education major, explained why he decided to audition for the show. Despite all of the the challenges of production, he valued his experience with ACT. “This show was going to be my last opportunity to act during my college career, and with it being such a fun show, I knew that I had to be involved,” Noone said. “Additionally, I have been playing Dungeons and Dragons for at least five years, so getting to tell a story using the game as a medium was something I felt a responsibility to
be a part of and I was honored to be.” When choosing the cast for the production, there was not a specific set of criteria for every role. “We really were looking for people who were able to come into their own and they could be silly with it,” MacQueen said. “So, people we knew we could mold and make into making these great monsters out of nothing.” Aside from memorizing lines and learning fight scenes, the actors faced another challenge with the production, which was fighting in blacklight. The fight scenes were done in blacklight to help the audience keep track of what scenes were fantasy and what scenes took place in the real world. The normal spotlights were used for any scene that happened in the real world.This added another dimension to the fantasy world because it added more surreal elements to the production. “Fighting in blacklight is tricky,” said Danielle Hecht, a freshman music education major. “You have to take things very slowly to get it and you have to have the lights at a certain level so you can see what is happening.” Nichole emphasized how much she valued her experience working on this show. “It has been a pleasure to work with All College Theatre,” she said. “The cast and crew of She Kills Monsters, thank you for the honor of letting me be your Dungeon Master and trusting me in this quest.”
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