The Signal: Fall '19 No. 6

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Me Too movement founder visits College

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Burke addresses the crowd in Kendall Hall.

By Camille Furst Managing Editor

She began by listing off their names. Jenny Lumet, Bobbie Phillips, Anthony Rapp, Katherine Brooks Harris, Lulu Garcia-Navarro, Vanessa Tyson, Jennifer Araoz, Jane Doe, John Doe. In the room filled with hundreds of people, everyone was fully aware of their alleged perpetrators’ names. But only a few hands rose when asked if they were aware of the victims’. “The names of these men we hear over and over and over again,” said

Tarana Burke, the civil rights activist who founded the Me Too movement in 2006. “The names of these survivors, and really, the lives of these survivors, are inconsequential to most people … because the mainstream media doesn’t have an interest in telling us, and we haven’t asked.” Anti-Violence Initiatives and the department of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies hosted “Tarana Burke, Compassionate Advocacy,” where students, professors and local activists flooded into Kendall Hall on Sept. 23 to listen to Burke’s words.

Before the main event, Burke hosted a private session in the Biology Building lounge for those heavily involved in activism, including women’s, gender, and sexuality majors and those involved with AVI. Burke answered questions about activism work and compassionate advocacy. One of the main topics of conversation turned to self-care and the wellbeing of activists themselves. Burke mentioned that everyone on her team is a survivor — and while that makes it more fulfilling, it can be an emotionally heavy line of work. When it comes to having compassion

Composer recounts influential career

By Connor Iapoce Staff Writer

Technology dominates the modern music industry, but there was a time when composers first started experimenting with technology to make “dumb computers sing.” The College welcomed influential 20th-century composer Paul Lansky on Sept. 25 for a conversation hosted by Teresa Nakra, an interactive multimedia professor, and Florencia Pierri, the Sarnoff Collection’s curator, as part of the exhibit “In the Groove: A Century of Sound.” Lansky spent the majority of his career working with these “dumb computers” and helped define a generation. The conversation consisted of his lengthy career in music, as well as his 45-year teaching tenure at Princeton University, where he was the William Shubael Conant Professor of Music. Lansky shared anecdotes from his experience, including his beginnings in the 1950s and 1960s working with computers and playing excerpts of various forms of his own “sound synthesis.” “I worked on a piece in the ’60s,


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Lansky discusses making music with computers.

it was a really hard-nosed 12-tone piece,” Lansky said. “I worked on it for a year-and-a-half. I listened to it one day and said, ‘you know what, this sounds terrible.’ I threw it out and for a 22-year-old composer to throw out a year-and-a-half worth of work, it was a very liberating experience.”

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for perpetrators, “it’s not easy,” she said. “It’s just possible.” Zachary Gall (’13), the director at the Office of Violence Against Women Grant Project and one of the prevention education specialists at the College, found the private session to be the most illuminating. Having graduated from the College with degrees in English and psychology, he currently works on the professional staff of AVI. Gall’s work has been heavily concerned with social justice and victim support and advocacy. “What ‘Me Too’ really did … (was) create a little discomfort,” Gall told The Signal. “Because we don’t change unless we’re uncomfortable. And so ‘Me Too’ generated that discomfort of like, ‘wow, people are getting hurt in my community. Maybe I can do something about that.’” However, during Burke’s main speech, she spoke of her work’s background. The idea came to her 20 years ago when she was writing on a legal pad on her living room floor. She said that she never expected to speak in front of an audience of people who wanted to listen. During the Q&A portion of the event, Burke addressed questions about supporting victims, searching for community and finding “empowerment through empathy.” She emphasized the importance of treating sexual violence for what it is rather than concealing it behind closed doors. Burke also questioned the audience

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Social media influencer Kelvin Peña, also known as “Brother Nature,” visited the College on Sept. 24 to discuss his origin as a viral sensation. Peña earned the name of “Brother Nature” by posting videos of himself feeding and making friends with a family of deer on social media, which made people eager for more of his interactions with wildlife. Born in New York City, the 21-year-old bounced around from several parts of the world due to unforeseeable circumstances. At the age of 2, he moved to Puerto Rico due to his grandmother being diagnosed with cancer. After growing up in Puerto Rico, he moved to Texas. Instead of dwelling on the move, Peña remained optimistic and comedic. “On the flight there, me and my older brother were just talking, like, ‘damn, bro, we’re about to ride horses to school,’” he said. However, when Peña came back to the U.S., he wasn’t focused on school until he decided to enroll in a college readiness class. He received his promising — yet not exactly excellent — ranking in his high school class. He then decided to get serious about his grades, join the swim team and become more goal-oriented overall.

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Recovery Rally unites College in healing process By Sophie Popp Correspondent

The College hosted the Unite Recovery New Jersey Rally on Saturday, Sept. 28, outside Trenton Hall. The event harbored a fun time for all with food, games and music. The Coalition for Addiction Recovery Support hosted the event, where it focused on bringing people in the community and from all across New Jersey to rally together and celebrate people’s recovery processes. Aaron Kucharski, an author and recovery advocate, spoke about his experience, his career and what recovery meant to him. Kucharski wrote a book, titled “Elliot and Elliot: Awake in the Dark,” which is about a character who goes through his own selfdiscovery and challenges. He is currently working on another book titled “Vagrants & Vessels,” which is in its last stages of being edited. Kucharski has been in recovery since Sept. 6, 2003, having just begun 16th year. During this time, he worked with New Jersey recovery organizations from 2010 to 2018. To begin his speech, he highlighted what he and his community members have done to help people in recovery. While he was with Unite Recovery New Jersey, he held trainings

with members of the organization, as well as community events. “We’ve created this culture of speaking out, that it’s OK to tell your story, it’s OK to talk about recovery, it’s OK to educate your decisionmakers about what a collegiate recovery program is,” Kucharski said. He said the model they have created in New Jersey that allows people to speak out and tell their story should be a model that other places around the country should follow. “When you see actual change in communities, you see it from the ground up and you see it from the people and the community,” Kucharski said. He gave an analogy about china plates and how they are stuck in the cabinet and never used for their actual purpose, and compared it to people having ideas about recovery but not going through with them. Kucharski highlighted the importance of having ideas that will help communities with recovery, but the fact is that it is necessary for people to implement them — they cannot remain in a cabinet and never be used. “Everything that you guys need to make the change that you envision in your communities is inside of you,” Kucharski

said.“Recovery has given me everything I need to create the life I want to live. If the recovery process is not giving you what you need or what the community needs, then you need to ask why and try and fix it.” Kucharski also acknowledged points made by recovery historian William White, saying that recovery is not unattainable, but rather real and within the reach of people. He also noted that each recovery process is different, saying that because people have different pathways, it is important to realize that individual recovery stories may be different. Kucharski also pointed out that all the work that organizations are doing will not just affect people now, but also those recovering in the future. “Can you create something that’s going to help people for generations of people that you are never going to meet in your life?” Kucharski said. Heather Ogden, who is a recovery advocate, was not supposed to make it to the rally due to her college graduation. However, Ogden was in attendance and brought her whole family to the rally with her as well. Members of the Unite Recovery New Jersey organization

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The URNJ organization volunteers at the event. gave her flowers at the rally to show her how much they appreciate her dedication to the Unite Recovery New Jersey organization. Ogden praised her family for supporting her through her journey. “These are the people that told me I could do this when I didn’t think that I could,” Ogden said. “If anyone tells you that can’t do it, or that you’re doing it wrong,

they are the ones that are wrong.” He ended his speech by telling people to get their ideas heard by talking to the elected officials in these organizations and starting a conversation. “People need access to lifesaving care, people need access to continuing recovery support services,” Kucharski said. “We do not have the luxury to be quiet about these issues anymore.”

Vital Signs: Better skin care Change / Burke evokes tears, routines for clearing pores, acne encourages students to act

Sun spot erasers provide a healthy glow.

By Victoria Giardina Columnist

To reap the benefits of glowy and bouncy skin, skincare expert and aesthetician Jennifer Modisette has all of the tips to focus on self-care during a potentially stressful semester. Modisette recommends an all-natural approach to beautifying yourself straight from your dorm. “I start the day with a light cleanse using a simple foaming cleanser, followed by a toner, then my hyaluronic acid serum and end with my coQ10 facial oil,” she said. “In the evening, I take my makeup and thoroughly cleanse with an oil cleanser, followed by a toner.” Modisette then uses a sun spot eraser roll and follows up with a facial oil and a lip treatment. Many do-it-yourself formulaic recipes can be found online for clear and feel-good skin.


But it’s not just about the Persian buffet of treatments, according to Modisette. “College students should know that beautiful skin isn’t just about skin care — beautiful skin comes from within,” she said. In turn, she advised to get plenty of sleep, drink enough water and manage your stress to avoid breakouts and have a more tranquil state of mind. Modisette also advised to read skincare labels and keep your skincare regimen as natural as possible. In addition to practicing these self-care tactics, Modisette also recommends eating healthy. “Eating as natural as possible will do more good for the skin than what is applied topically,” she said. Modisette said college students should know that most skin issues stem from a compromised gut, food allergies and/or hormones, so the cleaner you eat, the more balanced your body will be and the better your skin will look.

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on why if an act of physical violence were to occur, the whole community would be in uproar, but if the act was sexual violence, “we don’t see the same response.” According to Burke, one of the factors in the manifestation of the Me Too movement was to bring awareness and give victims a chance to speak out, regardless of race, ethnicity or sexuality. Nonetheless, her team continues to receive messages and emails asking about the effectiveness of the movement in terms of recent sexual assault cases regarding notable celebrities, including Jeffrey Epstein and Tony Robbins. Burke’s response is that the movement isn’t necessarily meant to cause a shift, but rather a stir. “It’s at the stage for a shift, but that really depends on what you do next,” she said. Salomine Ekambi, a sophomore public health major who attended the event,

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agreed with Burke’s sentiments. “People typically shy away from topics that make them uncomfortable,” she said. “If we don’t talk about it, things will remain the same.” For the future, Gall also agrees that more work still needs to be done. “I think (the event) will help us remember to be responsive,” he said. “It’s going to remind us that … needs shift and things change, and we want to be adaptive to that.” But the energy in the room shifted at the end of Burke’s presentation. Audience members were emotional and uplifted as she finished her speech. “I shouldn’t be making these speeches in five years,” she said. “I shouldn’t be the face of the Me Too movement in five years. I am praying every single day that one of you … will say, ‘you know what? Your idea was good, but this is better.’ So I’m asking you to join me. Let us heal together. Let’s heal ourselves, and let’s heal our communities. And if you are ready to do that, I can only leave you with these two words: me too.”

SG swears in newly elected members General body introduces four resolutions

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Left: Student Government congratulates incoming individuals. Right: People accept their positions.

By Caroline King Staff Writer

Student Government introduced four bills at its fourth meeting of the semester on Sept. 25 in the Education Building Room 115. The meeting began with the swearing-in of new members who hold senate positions, student council and the sole parliamentary position. Those who were sworn in won their votes during the summer and fall. Following the swearing-in of the new members, including seven Freshman Class Council members, SG brought New Business to the floor, where new bills are discussed and scheduled to be voted on at the

next meeting. The first bill introduced in New Business included B-F2019-06, Mandating Special Elections. This bill states that in the event a cabinet position becomes vacant by resignation, impeachment or any other means, SG’s president will have the power to appoint a suitable individual to the position through an application process, with the exception of the student trustees. The bill will be discussed further at the next SG meeting, where a possible vote will take place. The next bill introduced in New Business was B-F2019-07, Equitable Senator Cohort Positions. If passed, the bill would allow for the restructuring of the

current SG senate cohort model, and would go into effect for the upcoming spring semester. While keeping with the same amount of total senators serving in SG, the numbers would be distributed evenly among the seven schools, with a total of seven senators representing each. As proposed in the bill, four senators for each school would be voted in for the upcoming spring semester, and the remaining for the fall 2020 semester. The purpose of the bill would be to instill a more equitable approach to the senate, so that schools with smaller members would have just as much power as larger schools. The following two bills were

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reminiscent of bills that failed to pass the week prior, with additional changes made to the contents of the bill in order for them to be brought to the floor for a possible vote. B-F2019-09, Judiciary Board and Recall Proceedings, hold an additional segment, which states that the judiciary board will be responsible for adhering to the previously set standards in the constitution regarding GPA maintenance, academic integrity and adhering to the Student Code of Conduct. The bill also says that if the executive vice president is involved in the impeachment investigation, he or she must remove themselves from the

board, so as not to have a conflict of interest. The final bill introduced was B-F2019-10, titled Membership Accountability. The bill is in conjunction with the previous bill, and was previously tabled at the meeting last week. The bill stems from the need for members to adhere to the academic integrity policy and for the Judiciary board, in conjunction with SG advisors, to abide by the standards set in the previous bill. As these two bills go handin-hand, the first would change SG’s constitution and the second would change its bylaws. The bills will be discussed further at the next meeting, where members will potentially vote on them.

Viral / ‘Brother Nature’ inspires students

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Peña was thriving under his newfound responsibility. However, the manner changed when his mother’s boyfriend had an affair. “The boyfriend that my momma had ended up cheating … and she put his ass out,” Peña said. “Which is good for her, but for the household, it kinda messed us up.” With bills piling up, the Peña house became nearly uninhabitable. On every winter morning, Peña would see his breath inside his home. “I would wake up, see the breath, but I just, like, forced myself out of bed and go to swim practice and bust my ass in school because it was the only thing I could do,” Peña said. In a scholarship interview with the school board, Peña was asking the ultimate question — what he wanted to do with his life. “I don’t know where these words came from. I told them ‘honestly, I feel like I go so hard everyday that I’ve mastered humanry (human life). So I want to go out into the Amazon and hang out with the animals and see how they live,’” Peña said. These words meant little to Peña in the moment, but they turned out to be foreshadowing success. After making himself and his family proud in his academic success, he was on his way to East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. One afternoon after Peña and his cousin were playing video games, they walked out

into his cousin’s yard and locked eyes with a deer. His cousin then nonchalantly hand-fed a piece of bread to the dear. Peña was impressed. “This man got a pet dear … this is crazy,” Peña said. Upon pulling into his own driveway, Peña spotted a deer in the front yard, where he saw an opportunity. “I grabbed some apples, bread and crackers … I gotta gain his trust,” he said. “I rolled him the apple and it hits his hoof. He sniffs it a little bit, takes a bite, shoots his head up, wiggles his tail, looks me in the eye and I knew I had him.” Peña wanted to give the deer a name that was meaningful to him. He named the deer ‘Money.’ His next action would make him a viral sensation. Peña pulled out his phone, opened Snapchat and recorded a video saying, “I’m out here with my pet deer. His name is Money. We love the woods. We love it all.” He posted the video to Twitter and within a day, it garnered approximately 700 retweets, starting his viral career. The next day, more deer were in his backyard. He walked out to the deer and hand-fed them fruit. He coined his catchphrase in the second video he posted. “This the deer squad — everybody eats,” he said. With his viral buzz, Peña wanted to do good for the community. His manager helped him

Peña’s humor makes the room erupt with laughter. start the Everybody Eats Foundation, which provided poor families in the East Stroudsburg community with Thanksgiving dinners. His fame only grew from there — a documentary on his rise as a social media superstar made it to the Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the U.S. His viral status has allowed him to travel the world with the aid of several wildlife organizations such as Khama Rhino Sanctuary in Africa. While unorthodox, his rise to fame

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has been for the greater good of nature — his experience, whether feeding animals or the people of his community, could be boiled down to the catchphrase that changed his life — ‘everybody eats.’ He left attendants with the message of being patient in their quest for success. “Every small action counts. The universe is paying attention to what you do, so be true at heart,” Peña said. “Just know that someday … things are just gonna go up.”

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Nurses strike for better staffing across nation

By Sarah Adamo Staff Writer

On Sept. 20, over 6,500 nurses from California, Arizona, Florida and Illinois led a strike against their hospitals, urging for better working conditions and higher salaries, according to The Associated Press. Most of the strikers are employed at Tenet Healthcare, a multinational health services company that oversees 65 hospitals and 500 other related facilities, according to Business Insider. The New York Times reported that the event was precipitated by failed contract negotiations between National Nurses United, the largest organization of registered nurses in the country, and nationwide hospitals such as the University of Chicago Medical Center. Many nurses are concerned about the indifference with which their pleas for better staffing have been met. One registered nurse from Arizona, Dominique Hamilton, told Business Insider that “‘the strike is first and foremost about patient care and patient advocacy.’” Nurses from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson, Ariz., argued that “‘patients are more likely to get optimal care when the hospital prioritizes investing in the nursing staff,’” according to U.S. News.

“‘We’re here to advocate for our patients,’” said Yajaira Roman, an intensive care unit nurse in Hialeah, Fla., according to The New York Times. “‘(Research shows that) every patient over four assigned to one nurse in a medical surgical unit, there’s an increase in mortality of 7 percent per patient.’” Business Insider reported that a survey of Illinois nurses from this year showed that only 18 percent of them believe that their hospital’s nurse-to-patient ratios are safe. The alleged staff deficiency has been forcing nurses to work many hours, impairing their abilities to perform their jobs. Denise Summers, a registered nurse, told CNN that “‘nurses are not able to take lunch.’” She added that they are often prohibited from taking breaks and penalized for falling ill themselves. Hospitals, in turn, have raised their own objections to the occurrences. The Chicago Tribune reported that chief nursing officer Debra Albert of the University of Chicago Medical Center said the union’s “‘primary interest is in striking rather than reaching a deal.’” CBS News reported that at the medical center, replacement nurses were brought in for the strike and were promised the ability to supplement the work of protesters until Sept. 25. This decision stemmed from the result of complaints from those who planned to return the day after the strike.

Workers protest against their conditions.


Additionally, CBS journalist Mugo Odigwe tweeted, “‘The hospital says their staffing numbers are some of the best in the state.’” With the disputes, the strikers are unwilling to compromise on what they feel their patients deserve. The Chicago Tribune reported that a second strike is not out of the cards for the union. “‘We’re going to bargain until we don’t feel like we’re making any progress anymore and then we’ll step back and make a decision,’” Marti Smith, the Midwest director of National Nurses United, told The Chicago Tribune.

Worldwide protests demand action on climate change


Employees and students skip work and school to make their voices heard. By Ariel Steinsaltz Staff Writer

The Guardian reported that this time, the students asked adults to join them — and many did, with employees skipping work All throughout the world, people took to protest. to the streets to protest the lack of action The strike was worldwide, and different taken on climate change on Sept. 20, ac- parts of the globe stressed various issues, cording to The Guardian. from “rising sea levels in the Solomon IsSwedish student Greta Thunberg start- lands, toxic waste in South Africa, to air ed a worldwide youth climate movement pollution and plastic waste in India and about one year ago, with students proceed- coal expansion in Australia,” according to ing to go on strike from their schools. The Guardian. However, the message was

a unified demand by the people across the world demanding action to be taken in response to climate change. The strikes took place right before a U.N. climate summit, which was called to attempt to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as agreed by the Paris Climate Accords in 2015. The Guardian reported that carbon emissions reached a massive high last year, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned that there is not much time left to cut them down. People protested in Australia, the world’s biggest coal exporter, as well as across Japan. There were protests in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, and in Nigeria. There were also protests in most European countries. Thunberg spoke at the strike in New York City, where public school students were permitted to miss school and attend the strikes, according to The Guardian. The strike was massive, and while exact numbers are difficult to determine, it was likely the largest mass protest about climate change in history. Over 2,500 events took place in over 163 countries on all seven

continents — including a small protest in Antarctica — and more than four million people took part, according to Vox. There was even a strike at the College, in which many students participated. However, China was missing from the list of nations, as its government prohibited any strikes. According to Vox, youth movements in China said they would find ways to protest despite government intervention. No big commitments were made to limit greenhouse gas emissions, but youth activists noted that they changed the conversation around climate change, according to Vox. Another strike was planned for Friday, Sept. 27. However, New York City schools would not be excusing students to participate. Thunberg traveled to the summit via sailboat, saying that she wants stricter regulations on airlines, according to Vox. “‘My message is that we’ll be watching you,’” Thunberg said at the U.N. climate summit on Sept. 23, according to Vox. “‘We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth.’”

House moves forward with impeachment inquiry

By Ian Krietzberg Staff Writer

After months of caution, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry toward President Donald Trump on Sept. 24, following the release of a whistleblower complaint to Congress, according to CNN. The complaint concerns a phone call between Trump and Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25, according to CBS News. On Sept. 25, the White House released the phone conversation’s memorandum, in which Trump asked Zelensky to speak with his personal lawyer, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Guiliani, and Attorney General William Barr. The purpose was to “‘find out what happened with … Crowdstrike,’” according to the released document, published by The New York Times. The president additionally asked Zelenksy to open an investigation into former

Vice President Joe Biden — who leads the Democratic race for the 2020 election — and his son, Hunter. Before speaking with Zelensky, Trump blocked almost $400 million in military aid to Ukraine, which was later cleared for release on Sept. 11, according to a timeline by BBC. This release of military aid came more than a month after the phone call in which Zelensky promised that his prosecutor general would “‘look into the situation, specifically the company that (Trump) mentioned in this issue,’” according to the memo of the phone call. “The times have found us,” Pelosi said in a tweet on Sept. 24 that includes a video of her speech live from the Capitol. “The actions taken to date by the President have seriously violated the Constitution. It is for this reason that the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.” In the days since Pelosi made her official announcement, Trump has

taken to Twitter, loading his timeline with a variety of retweets and original content culminating in a tweet on Thursday, Sept. 26. “A whistleblower with second hand information?” he tweeted. “Another Fake News Story! See what was said on the very nice, no pressure, call. Another Witch Hunt!” The unclassified version of the whistleblower document, which The New York Times released on Thursday, Sept. 26, has reports of the whistleblower, who remains an anonymous intelligence officer, speaking out against the president. “In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election,” the whistleblower said. In that same document, the officer cited several areas of concern, including the July phone

Pelosi speaks after the complaint’s release.

call, circumstances that led to the call and efforts to hide records of the conversation. In this document, the officer explains that Trump “pressured” Zelensky to begin an investigation into Biden and his son to work to uncover the truth behind allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election and finally to speak with Barr and Guiliani. The document also detailed that White House lawyers “directed” White House officials to


“remove the electronic transcript” of the call, and place it instead in a system used to store classified information, despite the fact that “the call did not contain anything remotely sensitive from a national security perspective.” According to CNN, at a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, Sept. 26, acting U.S. Spy Chief Joseph Maguire said that the “‘whistleblower acted right in an “unprecedented” situation.’”

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People should realize they’re not alone

When I transferred to the College last fall, I’ll be honest — I didn’t think I belonged at first. It wasn’t because the environment wasn’t welcoming or I thought I should’ve gone to another school; it was because I felt alone and different for being a transfer student. As others recalled stories from their freshmen year, like living in Travers and Wolfe Halls, I felt like I had missed a part of the college experience I’d never be able to live. All around me, it seemed as if people had already formed their friend groups, and I soon found myself feeling very isolated and out of place. As a result, my mental health worsened, and I started going to group therapy as part of the College’s Mental Health Services. Even though I was already seeing a therapist who was closer to home and still talked to them on the phone once a week, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to speak face-to-face to people on campus. While I was — and still am — an open mental health advocate, I was ashamed that I was struggling with my transition from community college to the College and was seeing another therapist. I thought, “I already had trouble adjusting to community college after high school, and now I’m struggling again? This isn’t fair. I must be weak.” I guess, in a way, I felt like a freshman again. But during a group therapy session last fall, when I was talking about my feelings of loneliness, a peer said something I’ll never forget — we all feel like outsiders at some point in our lives, and we all struggle at making friends. This person, too, had difficulty in making friends, even though they had been at the College a year longer than I had. What they said stuck with me, even to this day. Looking back now, what they said was obvious. Of course we all understand what it’s like to feel alone. My friends and I talk about it all of the time now. But at the time, I didn’t think anyone else felt that way, and they said what I needed to hear in order to feel comforted and keep going. Now that I’m a senior, I can wholeheartedly say that I know I belong at the College. Though this sense of belonging didn’t happen until the first day of this school year, it helped that after that conversation in group therapy, I became more involved at the College and started to build meaningful relationships along the way. Sure, it took a bit of trial and error, since I’m no longer in as many clubs as I joined last fall. But what mattered then still matters today: whether you’re a transfer, freshman or just a person struggling to find your place in the world, it’s important to put yourself out there, give yourself time to adjust to the situation you’re in and remember that there’s always someone who’s going through the same struggles as you.

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‘Brother Nature,’ Social media star

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Arts deserve to receive same respect as sports Painting, music strengthen children’s confidence

By Jennifer Somers Photo Editor A majority of children are automatically enrolled in sports over dance classes when they’re out of the womb. Dance and music are not a parent’s first choice when deciding what their child should start getting involved in unless the parents themselves have done it either. Why is that? Well, it’s simple. We live in an aggressive society where people would rather see two people wrestling over a ball than people creating meaningful messages for an audience. Heck, people pay thousands of dollars for a sports game over a concert. It’s ironic when we always think about children’s safety and then we force them to play the most dangerous sports. While there are health benefits to playing sports, there are also greater health risks when playing a sport long-term. According to Stanford’s Children’s Hospital, there are more than 3.5 million injuries each year from sports. Some injuries could even lead to permanent damage. But when parents think of an activity their kids should become involved in, they think of

“teamwork” as a term exclusive to sports and fail to realize that that aspect is also part of theatre, dance and music. Before you’re thinking of putting your child into a jersey, try putting them into a costume. There is a vast difference in budget between sports and fine arts. Ever wonder why the arts are always cut in school budgets before any other clubs? Some schools don’t believe the arts even compare to their numerous championship wins. When you’re talking about a school, you don’t hear, “wow, I hear their theatre club is the best!” You always hear, “isn’t their soccer team No. 1? That’s incredible!” Yet, the fine arts have been proven to be a strong asset for students. They have proven to strengthen a student’s math, reading, critical thinking and verbal skills. They also help improve motivation, concentration and confidence. The arts are just as important as playing a sport. Yes, in sports you learn how to be a team player and have fast reflexes and determination. But art is a form of expression, whereas sports are a form of aggression. The ability to express yourself


Kids find long-term value in exercising their creativity. is one of, if not, the most important ability one can have, especially for children and teens. As a society, we are still learning that it is OK to express our feelings and emotions regardless of gender or judgment. It is a necessity to be able to express yourself to save yourself. Sports can help you lash it out, while art can help you be free of it and teach others how to heal as well. That feeling of putting on your ballet slippers for the first time or donning your costume in your first play fills you with

so much empowerment. That’s what the arts are all about — feeling powerful for being able to feel everything inside of you and share with an audience so they can feel it too. If the arts were put on the same hierarchy as sports, they would have much more appreciation and dedication to keeping them a strong part of education. In a perfect world, there would be a way to bridge the two together. But it’s not a perfect world, and they will probably stay at war with one another due

to the stigmas and popularity of one over the other. Before thinking of cutting the arts budget first, listen to your favorite song and think of how it makes you feel. Does it make you want to get up and dance? Burst out into song in public? Does it make you feel happy or emotional? Soak it all in. Now think of every person that created that piece for you and the impact that it had on you. It most likely had the same impact on them, which is why they created it for you.

People should unite against climate change

Protesters march to raise awareness for environmental protection. By Michelle Lampariello Former Editor-in-Chief Ask anyone who attended one of the many worldwide climate strikes what needs to be done to meet their demands, and they’ll likely call for widespread topdown change. While I personally have not crunched the numbers on global greenhouse gas emissions or rising sea levels, I see merit in their argument that we need to make large-scale changes. But, therein lies the rub for the average


college student. Not everyone is in a position to push world leaders to make changes, miss class or work to attend a demonstration or adopt sweeping lifestyle changes. However, financial or physical limitations are not excuses to ignore climate change altogether. Not every facet of sustainable living is going to fit every person, but making small changes is a necessary step toward treating our planet better. The push to solve the climate “crisis,” as several outlets including CNN put it, is growing so rapidly that it tends to

marginalize people who have legitimate reasons for resisting. For example, NPR reported that when Starbucks announced its ban on plastic straws, the disability community spoke out against it and explained that these bans were exclusionary for people who cannot sip from an ordinary cup. The widespread availability of reusable straws has largely solved this particular issue, but ableism is still rampant in eco-friendly culture. Single-use items are sometimes the only solution for keeping things like towels and tissues sanitary for people with compromised immune systems, but paper products are shunned by many climate change activists. Plant-based living can be a nightmare for people with dietary restrictions, and it is impossible to ask someone who relies on single-use medical supplies to minimize their waste. The climate-conscious movement may have room to grow for inclusion, but we cannot ignore it entirely if some parts don’t fit us individually. I was personally put off by the plant-based movement when I saw how many allergens were being promoted as protein substitutes, knowing I’d never be able to go vegan with a nut allergy. But rather than give up

on my carbon footprint, I decided to concentrate my efforts to be green in other areas, such as choosing efficient transportation and sustainable products. Making eco-friendly choices tailored to your needs is also important in the realm of financial limitations. Reusable products and renewable energy sources often help consumers save money over time, but upfront, their cost can be far too much for an individual living paycheck to paycheck. It’s time we stopped shaming consumers into buying the newest, greenest products, and instead emphasized that any change we can make to our existing lifestyles can go a long way. If you can’t afford glass food storage jars or silicone baking mats, try being more conscious of unplugging small appliances that aren’t in use or not letting the water run in between washing dishes. Not only will you save on your utility bill, but your kitchen will be just as green as if you could afford those products. As a relatively new and fast-growing movement, the fight to stop climate change is not perfect. There are gaps in our capabilities as individuals with distinct needs and limits, but by focusing on what we can do instead of what we can’t, together we can make an impact.


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Students share opinions around campus “Should art programs receive the same attention as sports?”

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Olivia Picone, a junior economics major

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“Yes, because it’s unfair. Glorifying one area doesn’t give focus to another. Everyone has their own talents.”

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Mary Buck, a sophomore elementary education and STEM dual major “Yes, it’s important that we embrace all fields of study.”

“Should students do more to help with climate change?”

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Mia Decker-Steckhahn, a sophomore photography major

“Yes, we are the future. The Earth is our responsibility.”

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Michael Davidian, a sophomore marketing major

“Yes, absolutely. Climate change is such a serious issue. The more people do to help, the better. ”

The Signal’s cartoon of the week ...

The Chip: My Weekend Without Water By Tony Peroni Correspondent Water — it makes up the very basis of human life. We drink it, we use it to make Ramen, we do our number 2’s in it and, sometimes, we wash our hands with it after. This weekend, I had the opportunity to live out one of my real-life survivor man scenarios I dream about every evening before my melatonin kicks in and I dream my very good dreams. Due to a lack of chlorine in the county’s water supply, bacteria had the potential to grow in water that would have otherwise prevented its existence. As a result, a boil advisory was issued for anyone using the tap water, whether it be to drink or use for hygienic purposes, such as

brushing teeth or washing hands. No water? No problem. I am a sponge. Seventy percent of my body is water for Pete’s sake. I called my landlord, borrowed her antique cauldron and got to work. This would be the best water I had ever tasted. I call it “Survivor Man Juice” because A) I am a Survivor Man, and B) this will be my juice. But alas, challenges encroached upon my slowly dehydrating body. The recipe for Survivor Man Juice is quite simple, actually. All you need is one giant black cauldron and 12 gallons of tainted Ewing tap water. Bring the water to a rolling boil for 10 minutes. Let it cool for 30 minutes. Then consume it. For badasses only, skip the last step. In order to consume the water quicker, I added a fair amount of salt in order to speed up the boiling process. You would think the salt would all just boil out in time, right? Wrong. I was so wrong. My first sip of Survivor Man Juice tasted like a pirate

in a hot tub. I heaved and gagged and grubbled and gurgled. Pro Tip: Do not by any means add salt to your Survivor Man Juice As my shriveled, dying body lied down on the kitchen floor, I scrolled through Instagram to see how my fellow Ewingites were dealing in the debacle. I found that The Brower Student Center was distributing FREE ($0.00) WATER. I poured my Survivor Man Juice down the drain and said goodbye to my dreams of living in the wilderness. Although the chemical imbalance in the county’s water supply had absolutely nothing to do with the College, people lined the Brower Student Center, receiving their one (1) bottle of water each Friday afternoon. And boy, were their gears grinding! “I can’t believe we pay 30 grand a year to attend this school, and THIS is how they treat us? We can’t even get clean water?!?” shouted an outraged James Montgomery Flannigan, a freshman political science major.

“Haha, wow, OK TCNJ. I get it, pay for all these benches, but make me drink lead water…” grumbled an annoyed Javery Toback, a junior public health major. “Still better than Eick,” claimed a confident Boyl McBoylington, a senior health and exercise science major. The following Sunday was like Christmas in September. An email from Trenton Water Works stated the Boil Advisory had been lifted, and the water was once again safe to consume. After all this worry and all of this work, I took a step back and realized that some of the greatest things in this world are taken for granted every day. So drink your water. Text your mom. Smell a flower. Be kind. Because you never know when you’re gonna have to make more Survivor Man Juice, and frankly, that shit sucks. Disclaimer: This is obviously a satirical piece and does not describe a real event.

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Goo Lagooner transforms campus into Bikini Bottom ‘SpongeBob’ fans unite for Kelp Shakes

Left: Participants wait in line to get Krabby Patties. Right: A student plays with bubbles on Green Lawn. By Lara Becker Arts & Entertainment Editor

Are you ready, kids? Kelp shakes, bubbles, krabby patties and surfing transformed Green Lawn into a “SpongeBob” fever dream on Sept. 23. As the first CUB-sponsored Nooner of the semester, the organization pulled out all the stops to transport students to Bikini Bottom. An inflatable ride with a mechanical surfboard kept students occupied as they tried to stay figuratively afloat for as long as possible. Nearby were gigantic bubble makers that made for hydro-electric-looking Instagram posts. Also in store for participating students were disguised hamburgers and soda made to look like Krabby Patties and Kelp Shakes to make students feel like they were at Goo Lagoon. The event’s organizer, junior elementary

education and psychology dual major Julie Hyun, also hooked up her Spotify to a speaker to blast “SpongeBob’s” themed music around campus, taking students away to an underwater paradise. “I thought, ‘what makes me happy?’ And I realized bubbles — bubbles make me happy,” Hyun said. “And then ‘Goo Lagooner’ rhymed so well with Nooner, so I thought, ‘we have to do this, let’s get this done.’” Like many college students, Hyun grew up with “SpongeBob” as a staple in her childhood. Importing the memories into the College’s campus felt just like home. “‘SpongeBob’ is what I grew up with, so I appreciate all the references,” Hyun said. To make the creation a reality, Hyun conceptualized ideas that aligned with the CUB budget and the norm of the standards for Nooners. “A lot of the time, our Nooners are just

things that we regularly do,” Hyun said. “We usually have activities like inflatables, and this time, we wanted something more interactive.” In discussing the process for securing all of the materials, Hyun explained the importance of Googling what the best prices are and reaching out to the best rated vendors. “All of the other inflatable surfboards looked really sketchy, but this one was nice and it had a wave,” Hyun said. Other attendants agreed that the celebration of the “SpongeBob” themes reminded them of simpler times and brought a fun aspect to their Monday afternoon. “I loved it,” said Meimounah Sherif, a sophomore sociology major. “I think it brought out the inner child in everyone.” In thinking about what the organization would want for future events, sophomore nursing major and CUB member Andi Aggarao thought back to last semester’s

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Nooners where students came out and had a great time. CUB has also been advertising frequently on its social media for people to apply to join. The organization is hopeful to bring in candidates who can brainstorm ideas for on-campus events. “I love being creative,” Hyun said. “That’s the main reason I wanted to join CUB because you’re just coming up with new ideas and new concepts.” In a space where students can often feel stressed and overwhelmed by the demands of college life, Goo Lagooner was a breath of fresh air for students to take a break from the library to return to the pineapple under the sea of their childhoods. “I just love CUB Nooners in general, because they’re a time to get your head out of being a college student with work 24/7,” Aggarao said.

Yogathon promotes mental health, wellness Students learn about benefits of mindful practice

The group channels its inner zen.

By Jennifer Somers Photo Editor

Every college student stresses out at some point. Although their time at school can be frustrating between classes and internships, students have ways to combat anxiety, including exercise and doing yoga. On Saturday, Sept. 28, TCNJ Humanitarian Yoga Club hosted “Yogathon.” The day started out

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with a relaxing and mindful yoga session hosted by Daniela Luna, a senior economics major and treasurer of TCNJ Humanitarian Yoga Club. After Luna’s session, everyone had a chance to enjoy lunch and have henna tattoos done. “Yogathon offers the opportunity to take a break and focus on yourself over the weekend,” Luna said. Lindsay Worek, a yoga instructor and energy worker at

Lindsay Worek Yoga & Healing, had a card reading session that involved learning about people’s chakras. She had each individual knock on the deck three times and ask the universe a question. Worek then had each individual flip each card over at a time and she explained what each one meant, which provided an interesting and mindful way for participants to learn more about their inner spirit and connections. The motivation behind the event was to encourage the College community to learn more about the spiritual practice and promote campus-wide mental wellness. Gwen Krol, a senior international studies major and president of TCNJ Humanitarian Yoga Club, has been doing yoga since she was in middle school and has found that it has made her more flexible, given her a stronger core and cleared her mind. “When I leave a yoga session, I feel like I can breathe better,” Krol said. “(When you end a yoga session,) you thank your body for coming and for doing what it did

for you today. It sounds cheesy, but it’s more mindful when you do it and it really helps. This makes me feel ready to take on the day ahead of me.” With the help of events like “Yogathon,” Krol believes more students will be encouraged to try the practice.

“So many people think it’s cool, but they’re not flexible enough to do it,” Krol said. “They don’t know that you can do what you want with it. Don’t compare yourself to the instructor. You have to start doing it and the more you practice, the more you get better at it.”

Individuals perform a variety of poses.

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Campus Style

Students find value in writing letters

Receiving handwritten notes is more sentimental than emails or texts. Every week, Features Editor Viktoria Ristanovic hits the archives and finds old Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories. Doesn’t it feel more sincere when you receive a hand-written card from a friend or family member versus getting a simple text for a special occasion? As technology advances, it will become more difficult to pull ourselves out of the vortex of technology obsession. Just because something is easier, doesn’t mean it’s better to do it all the time. In an October 2003 issue of The Signal, a reporter wrote about how snail mail is worth waiting for and is a more heartfelt, personal way to show someone you care about them. How would you like it if all you received on your birthday were email and IM celebration wishes? What about if on your anniversary, your significant other said, “Here’s some flowers, I e-mailed you the card”? The point is that even in today’s technologically abundant society, virtual greetings — whether they are through email, IM or even online cards— leave something to be desired. I’ll readily admit that I am an AIM junkie, and that I check my e-mail nonstop. In no way am I saying that it doesn’t make me happy to interact virtually with my family or friends. So what’s the difference between e-mail and snail mail? The monetary aspect is not really an

issue (I don’t think anyone really cares if you spent $2.99 on a Hallmark card and 33 cents on a stamp.) However, I would much rather get something tangible — a card, a letter-something I can put in a room or hang up in my dorm. I’m not saying you can’t print out and hang up your virtual messages, but I think it would look a little more than odd if you had e-mails adorning your walls. Not only is snail mail more tangible but it is also more personal. True, AIM and e-mail may allow you to talk to individuals whom you may never have the guts to speak to in person, but there is no way to guarantee that these conversations are genuine. It’s not that the feelings won’t be there, but that you may never know for sure. Technology makes it virtually impossible to read the sender’s emotions and this can be a bit sketchy (pun intended). How many times in an AIM conversation do you say “lol” in response to something that isn’t even funny? Technology has made us automatons in that some emotionally related reactions come as automatic response to anything and everything. If, however, one of those individuals whom you never had the guts to talk to other than on AIM writes you a letter, then you would get the impression that whatever he or she had to say was sincere. It would be in his or her own handwriting.

Lions’ Plate

Left: A teddy bear coat pairs well with skinny jeans. Right: Wear a jean jacket and sweater for the perfect fall look. By Diana Solano Distribution Manager Fall is one of the best seasons of the year. You hear the crunch of fallen leaves under your feet as you walk across campus and trips to the beach are replaced with weekend plans to pick apples and pumpkins. With the change of the season, your closet will soon be full of knits and jeans. Fall brings a new color scheme to our closet, and this year, it’s all about burgundy, navy, green, mustard and gray colors. Since we still have some heat leftover from summer, lightweight jackets and coats are the perfect pieces to add style and edge to your look. 1. Bomber Jacket They’re smooth, cozy and look great on everyone. If you’re looking to add a bit of an edge to your fall look, wear a solid color bomber jacket in black, tan or green. The solid colors not only look great in autumn, but they can also be transitional pieces for the winter and spring. Bomber jackets are usually oversized, which means you can wear a hoodie or

sweater underneath to keep yourself warm on colder days. Pair a bomber jacket with skinny jeans, a knit sweater, ankle boots and a matching scarf, and you’re set for the perfect apple-picking outfit. 2. Teddy Bear Coat This is one of my personal favorite items. This trend started last year and the coat should definitely be an item to have in your closet this fall. A teddy bear coat looks exactly as its name describes it to be. It is an oversized coat with the softest faux fur on the outside and is usually tan, chestnut, creme or black. Wearing this makes any outfit look good. 3. Denim Jacket At first, many people think of a regular structured denim jacket they wear during the spring, but there are all sorts of denim jackets for the fall. Try looking for a denim jacket that is oversized or soft and less structured. Look for white, black or olive green colored jackets. It’s all in the details that can make your denim jacket pop out this fall. You can also look for jackets with a little fray at the bottom, flannel patches or a faux fur collar.

Simple turkey chili

Left: Add dark chocolate for extra sweetness. Right: This spicy dish is great for a chilly night.

By Elizabeth Casalnova Columnist

This recipe is one of my favorites because it’s one of the first ones I’ve made myself. This chili is perfect for the days I don’t feel like cooking because I can throw everything in my crockpot and come back to it later. If you don’t have a crockpot, don’t worry! You can cook it on the stove on low heat for a fraction of the time

it takes in the slow cooker. The ingredients list is lengthy, but with many of them being canned vegetables and spices, it is still a cheap meal that you can store for the week.

Ingredients: - 1 lb lean ground turkey - 1 15oz can black beans, mostly drained (leave some liquid) - 3 15oz cans of stewed or diced tomatoes


- 1 15oz chickpeas, drained - 1 medium onion, diced - 1 ½ tsp minced garlic - 1 bell pepper, diced - 1 cup mushrooms, chopped - 2 stalks of scallions (optional) - 1 ½ tsp paprika - 1 ½ tsp cumin - 1 ½ tsp chili powder - ½ tsp cayenne pepper - 1 tsp garlic powder - 1 ½ tsp italian seasoning blend - Salt and pepper to taste

Slow-Cooker Directions: 1. Add all ingredients to 4-quart crockpot, cover and cook on low heat for about five to eight hours. Stove-Top Directions: 1. In a pan over medium-low heat, sautée onions in olive oil until translucent. 2. Add in bell peppers, and sautée for three minutes. 3. Add mushrooms and sautée until the mushrooms are soft.


4. While the vegetables are cooking, preheat a large pot over medium-high heat and add olive oil and ground turkey. 5. Cook, stirring occasionally, until turkey is all brown, and then reduce the heat to low. 6. Add sautéed vegetables and the remainder of the ingredients to the pot and stir. 7. Simmer for at least 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, and enjoy!

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Arts & Entertainment

Sound / Lansky shares years of wisdom

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Left: Pierri discusses the musician’s songs. Right: The composer inspires the crowd with his love of music. continued from page 1 was installed at Columbia University and not easily accessible. This work was instrumental in facilitating the computer as a serious way to write music. One of Lansky’s earliest computer works from “Mild und leise” (1973) was sampled by English rock band Radiohead for its song “Idioteque” on the 2000 album “Kid A.” Lansky joked of wanting the spacey music to die a quiet death, until the band used it in its song. Lansky shared his most lasting works, including “Six Fantasies on a Poem by Thomas Campion” (1978-1979) and the series of “Idle Chatter” (1985). “Six Fantasies” is a recording based

on the poem “Rose-Cheeked Laura” by Thomas Campion and read by Lansky’s wife Hannah MacKay. The piece was slowed down, adding a choral effect to the speech, as well as Lansky’s preferred technique of linear predictive coding and various filtering techniques. “This was a moment in my musical career where I felt as if I hadn’t chosen the wrong major,” Lansky said.” What happens technologically in this piece is a bit of magic.” Lansky’s experience with the piece helped reinforce his role as an innovator and pioneer in computer music, as he continued to work steadily in the computer music field for the next 25 years. Lansky also played part of his series, “Idle Chatter,” for the audience. “It occurred to me that I wanted to

do something on tape that didn’t get to sound old,” Lansky said. “I discovered random number generators and I used random selection without replacement. The thing I discovered about this was this didn’t get as old quickly on recording. It still sounded fresh each time.” The “Idle Chatter” series used the same technique of speech, having babble in the background create harmony. Each series had different structures to make it sound as if the machine had made it up on the spot. Lansky had been influenced by early rap music in the 1980s to create the piece. Lansky also reflected on his later years as a composer, including meeting the creator of the theremin in the 1990s, the importance of access to places such as Bell Labs in New Jersey and the leap

forward in technology to computers like the neXT and the iMac. Lansky also wrote his own software, Cmix, with the C-based programming language. He also used the software SuperCollider to aid in the random number generation and linear prediction techniques of his music. Lansky stopped making computer music around the early 2000s and made the switch to instrumental music. To this day, he continues to work on writing music for people. “I discovered one day, I was trying to reinvent my relationship to the computer,” Lansky said. “I turned 60 and decided maybe I should change my major. I often miss writing for the machine. I really enjoyed going into a room and coming out with this finished product. Writing for people is a totally different experience.”

‘Hay Fever’ delivers laughs, smiles to audience

Family members in the play lean on each other. By Chelsie Derman Correspondent All College Theatre’s “Hay Fever” captivated audiences, who burst with laughter, joy and enthusiasm over the showing’s fourday run, which began on Sept. 25. Performed in the Kendall Hall Black Box Theater, the comedic play focuses on the eccentric Bliss family. Written by Noël Coward, the play is set in an English country house in

the 1920s. With short notice, each family member decides to bring a guest home, causing bickering to ensue. With just the right comedic timing, the performers led the crowd to erupt with laughter. “I thought it was very funny,” said Megan Iradi, a freshman early childhood education and mathematics dual major. Already an act in, the audience was eager for the show to continue. “The first part was very good,”

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said David Muller, a professor who teaches his freshman seminar program, “The Necessity of Theater?,” at the College. “I’m really enjoying the exposition of the play. It starts out and you don’t quite what’s happening at all, and slowly over the course of the 45 minutes, you start to understand the character relationships.” Acknowledging the play from a theater standpoint, Muller described the show’s first act as being a way to introduce a variety of characters.

“You don’t know who’s going to come next,” Muller said. “Each time someone comes in, they are obviously very different and have a very different motive for being there, so I find that very interesting.” Iradi felt that the overall play was successful, attributing much of her enjoyment to its wit. “I never saw a play end like that,” she said. The performers thought that their recitals paid off in how they delivered their comical lines. “Along the recital process, we all developed bits of character,” said Brian Nigro, a freshman business management major who starred in the play. “Hay Fever” marks the first ACT play for Nigro, who shared what it was like to get into character. “We can develop our own funny bits,” Nigro said. “(We’re) discovering what new funny things people would bring to the table.” Dylan Jonas, a junior interactive multimedia major who was also in the show, described his favorite aspect of his performance. “I really enjoyed interacting with all the other characters,” Jonas said. “(Getting into a character) gives you freedom and gives you a lot of room to play with.”

Ambar Grullón, a junior English major and vice president of ACT, was the assistant director of the play and talked about how the cast and crew came together to make the show happen. “Typically, we have a really short timeline for the show,” Grullón said. “We didn’t even cast the show a full month ago and so it’s always a matter of — OK, this is exactly what we need to get done. Let’s make a plan, let’s make a schedule.” Fortunately, for Grullón, everyone was on top of communication for the production, and the practices ran smoothly. “It’s a community,” Grullón said, “It’s never just about the leads.” Grullón said she always enjoyed something different on every night of the show’s four-day run at the College. “I think that’s because the cast feeds as much of the energy of the audience as much as the audience feeds on the cast,” said Grullón. However, if she had to choose a favorite, she said she enjoyed when the characters played adverbs, a game of charades where one person acts out an adverb and the others must guess. “The pace was on fire,” Grullón said. “It was fun to be a part of.”

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INK slam poetry celebrates power of words By Lauren Petite Correspondent

Creative writers rejoiced as INK celebrated another poetry slam on Sept. 26 in the Bliss Hall lounge. The club’s publicist and emcee of the event, a junior English major Nicole Zamlout, chose audience members to be judges, who sat in the front of the room to critique and pick the winner of the night. Once judges were chosen, members of INK began to read their poetry aloud and were allotted 10 minutes each to present their work. As the night went on, it was evident that all of the writers shared a similar passion towards their work, and strived to support one another through each poem. However, the performers had their own ways of crafting and presenting their work. “I call my poems jokes that go a little too far,” said Caroline Geoghegan, a

freshman English and secondary education dual major, who participated in the poetry slam. Geoghegan’s current project is crafting a poem for each track on Mario Kart. She recited a poem from the working collection at the slam, titled “Delfino Square.” “I like making poetry that people can find humor and sadness in,” said Geoghegan, whose series of poems delves into deeper topics under the guise of the family friendly video game. Some writers even found inspiration for their poetry through other written works that motivated them. Up next to perform was junior English major Dylan Sepulveda. One of his works for the night was titled “I love you,” which was greatly inspired by “Why Can’t Men Say ‘I Love You’ To Each Other,” an essay written by Ricardo F. Jaramillo for The New York Times Modern Love essay contest.

Geoghegan discusses her Mario Kart series.

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Sepulveda wins the contest with his anecdotal poem. The Modern Love selection of The New York Times consists of weekly essays that discuss the ever-changing aspects of love. The article consists of the author telling his story, and recounting how uncomfortable he and his fellow childhood friends felt about saying “I love you” to one another. “When men say ‘I love you’ to another male friend, there is always the need to add a ‘bro’ or ‘man’ to the end of it,” Sepulveda said. In working to erase these stigmas, Sepulveda used his work not only to ponder this question himself, but also to bring awareness of this quandary to the audience. “I feel like that’s kind of stifling, like we are afraid to say ‘I love you’ to each other,” Sepulveda said. Other highlights from Sepulveda included “Like a Boy, Still,” and “Conan: The Bowling Barbarian,” which all recounted anecdotes from small snippets of his life. To wrap up the night Briar Peng, a senior English and secondary education major and

president of INK, recited her poetry from her working repertoire, including a memorable rendition of the classic “My Favorite Things,” where she sometimes sarcastically described her thought process. Before Zamlout presented her final remarks, she recited a poem that she had memorized for a while about her voice being constantly silenced by the world around her. Zamlout used her poetry as a way to break free from these labels, and be as powerful as the “thunder” she described in her work. By the night’s end, the judges landed Sepulveda as the winner, to which he graciously thanked everyone in the room for listening to what he had to say. Through the often personal content of these poems, the performers all agreed that their inspiration for writing wasn’t specific — it could be as arbitrary or as fleeting as a lightning strike. “I try not to take it too seriously. I try not to focus too much on the technicals — it just comes to me,” Geoghegan said.

Music Faculty Recital highlights flute mastery

Professor demonstrates impressive talent for audience

DiGiacobbe plays in perfect tune alongside a piano. By Jennifer Somers Photo Editor Fluttery and crisp melodies sounded like birds chirping through Mayo Concert Hall on Sunday, Sept. 29 at David DiGiacobbe’s Music Faculty Recital. DiGiacobbe, adjunct professor of music, performed with the flute, while pianist Vladimir Rumyantseve accompanied him. Rumyantseve has been a featured artist at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, the German consulate, Le

Poisson Rouge and The Frick Museum. Currently he teaches at several prestigious preparatory schools in New York City and is an active soloist and collaborative pianist in the surrounding area. DiGiacobbe and Rumyansteve performed “Sonata in G Major BWV 525” with three movements — Allegro moderato, Adagio and Allegro by JohannSebastian Bach. The combination of flute and piano truly complimented one another, as the piece was magical and

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energetic with some eerie tones in certain parts. They then performed “Sonatine” by Henri Dutilleux and “Duo for flute and piano” by Aaron Copland. After each piece, the audience was in complete awe. Murmurs could be heard from the crowd saying how beautiful and brilliant each song was. “I feel strongly about all music reflecting emotions,” DiGiacobbe said. His passion radiated throughout his entire performance as he

let the music flow throughout his body like he was sitting on a wave and letting it move him to and fro. His facial expressions also enunciated each note. The first song after intermission was “Poison Mushroom,” which was written by Dai Fujikura in 1977. “This next piece is about World War II, when the atomic bomb hit Hiroshima. Dai Fujikura was raised outside of the town. Growing up, he had to visit the memorials,” DiGiacobbe said. The piece had a distinct score, as the flute was accompanied by electronic sounds provided by Hunter Green, one of DiGiacobbe’s students. There were sounds of aircrafts, screams of horror and natural surroundings. It captured history in every essence in just nine minutes. “He couldn’t believe the beauty of it all now compared to the disaster that it once was years ago. This piece is a reflection of him watching the videos of destruction on Hiroshima,” DiGiacobbe said. DiGiacobbe and Rumyantseve then performed “En Bateau” by Claude Debussy. The flute and piano never overshadowed after each piece, as they bounced back-and-forth while the audience basked in each note.

They performed their last piece, “Sonata in A major,” with four movements — allegro ben moderato, allegro and ben moderato, Recitativo-Fantasia, and Allegretto poco mosso by Cesar Franck. When he played his final note, he got a standing ovation from the audience. Even after a two-hour recital, the audience still wanted an encore. When DiGiacobbe walked off stage, the crowd was still applauding and cheering for him. As they left the show, audience members waited in the lobby for DiGiacobbe, who was still receiving applause to their fullest abilities. Nick Napier, a senior music education major, was very inspired by the performance DiGiacobbe gave. As a music education major, Napier also got an idea of how he should be playing his instruments through technique and style. “I just recently started taking woodland classes, learning new instruments,” Napier said. “I found myself through the performance studying his posture, distance from his flute, embouchure (the way in which a player shapes their lips to the mouthpiece of the instrument). It provided a good outlook for studying instruments that aren’t my own.”

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Toronto Film Festival features upcoming hits ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘The Lighthouse’ deliver distinct stories By Richard Chachowski Staff Writer The 2019 Toronto Film Festival has come and gone, with many films premiering this year that audiences should be excited to see. I spoke with Mike Kamison, programming director for the Princeton Garden Theater, who attended this year’s festival, to get his impressions of the films he saw that moviegoers should look out for this year. “Jojo Rabbit” (Release date: Oct. 18) Amidst the overwhelming nationalism gripping Germany during World War II, Jojo, a lonely young boy whose only friend is an imaginary version of Adolf Hitler, cartoonishly portrayed by director Taika Waititi, questions his Nazi loyalties when he discovers his mother hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Torn between his country’s nationalism and the morality of his ideology, Jojo must come to terms with his changing worldview in this outlandish comedy. Kamison’s Thoughts: “‘Jojo Rabbit’ was excellent. It’s a lot of fun. It’s really sweet and charming, which I know sounds strange considering the log-line premise of the film. But it’s one that

maybe looks controversial on the surface that once you see how it’s crafted and how it’s directed that you realize is very much well-intentioned and handles those subjects with humor and satire, but also takes it very seriously. I really appreciated how it conducted itself with things that may be a bit more sensitive. I think it’s a movie that may be hard to sell, but one that people will definitely leave having enjoyed and maybe even having gained something from seeing it.” “The Lighthouse” (Release date: Oct. 18) From Robert Eggers, acclaimed director of “The Witch,” comes the story of two lighthouse keepers, played by Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, on a remote, mysterious New England island in the 1890s in this stylistic, psychological horror film. Kamison’s Thoughts: “I was a huge fan of ‘The Witch.’ It was a critically acclaimed film that I think a lot of mainstream horror fans also found something they really enjoyed. That being said, this one I liked more than ‘The Witch.’ It is somewhat disorienting and chaotic — and both of those are positive descriptions for me, but may turn off

the casual horror viewer.” “Waves” (Release date: Nov. 1) From Trey Edward Shults comes the highly anticipated family drama film, “Waves,” an in-depth look at a suburban black family in Florida dealing with loss, love and forgiveness in the wake of a tragedy. Early audience reactions seem overwhelmingly positive, and much of the film’s acclaim goes to its incredible performances, especially those of Sterling K. Brown in the role of the family’s patriarch and Lucas Hedges as the protagonist’s love interest. Kamison’s Thoughts: “I am a big fan of Trey Edward Schults — ‘Krisha’ and ‘It Comes at Night,’ I both found really fascinating. (‘Waves’) is much larger in scope. Sterling K. Brown gives a really Oscar-worthy performance and A24 is going to be releasing it right in the middle of award season in November, which means they’re really confident about it as well. That was a title I wasn’t going into it planning to see, but because everyone was talking about it, I had to check it out, and it’s really worth it. To me, it felt like a look at what the future of cinema will hold for us, because it’s a very young director, a very creative,

Sandler stars as a jewel hustler in ‘Uncut Gems.’ unique style that borrows from films of years past, but also has a very modern take on filmmaking, and I thought it was fascinating.”

“Uncut Gems” (Release date: Dec. 13) After a small string of successful comedies, Adam Sandler returns to take on a more dramatic role. He plays Howard Ratner, a successful New York City jeweler in the diamond district who must find a way to repay some old debts when his merchandise is stolen in this comedic crime thriller from Benny and Josh Safdie, the brothers behind their previously acclaimed


“Good Times” and “Heaven Knows What.” Kamison’s Thoughts: “I was such a huge fan of ‘Good Time’ and ‘Heaven Knows What,’ and (‘Uncut Gems’) does not disappoint. It’s a fast-paced thrill-ride that also has room for comedy, a lot of styles, really cool music — it’s just like a speeding train from beginning to end.” Evidently, Kamison believes 2019 is a promising year for audiences, as there will be many movies to see on the big screen this fall and winter, with many more films on the way in 2020.

‘It’ sequel chills, suffers from bloated runtime

Left: Pennywise returns to terrorize the town of Derry. Right: The film excessively shows flashbacks of the ‘Losers Club.’ By Isabel Vega News Editor The return of the demonic — and at times hilarious — clown arrived in theaters on Sept. 6 with director Andrés Muschietti’s “It Chapter Two.” Whereas its predecessor focused on the characters as children, the new film deals with their adult versions, who must relive the horror they faced as nearly 30 years prior. Picking up where 2017’s “It” left off, the sequel opens with the young protagonists — dubbed the “Losers Club” — in 1988. Beverly (Sophia Lillis) has a vision of the group coming face-to-face with Pennywise the Clown (Bill Skarsgard) as adults. The premonition becomes a reality 27 years later, as the friends honor their promise to destroy the clown if it comes back to their hometown of Derry, Maine.

However, reuniting the adult Losers is difficult, since everyone but Mike (Isaiah Mustafa) has moved away. Richie (Bill Hader) is a successful standup comedian, the stutter-free Bill (James McAvoy) is a writer who cannot deliver satisfying endings to his stories and Ben (Jay Ryan) is in shape and still secretly in love with Beverly (Jessica Chastain), who is now a fashion designer. James Ransone is instantly recognizable as Eddie, capturing the same anxious energy as the character’s younger version. Meanwhile, readers of Stephen King’s novel will anticipate how Stanley (Andy Bean), the quietest Loser, reacts to the clown’s return. After Mike and Bill convince the Losers come back to Derry, the group reminisces on its childhood with a series of flashbacks, in which the young cast members from the predecessor return with their witty and comedic banter.

The characters Eddie and Richie, past and present, engage in a series of humorous disagreements, proving nothing has changed between the two. In the first film, the Losers faced Pennywise alone. With the power of memory, the new film focuses on those individual moments, diving further into what caused the Losers’ despair. The sequel also includes the return of adult Henry Bowers (Teach Grant), the Losers’ bully from childhood, who escapes from a psychiatric ward on the hunt for the Losers. Pennywise plays a part helping Bowers escape so he can antagonize the Losers, since he tormented them in their past. However, since they are now adults, Bowers has no effect on the group anymore. By the end of the film, the Losers relearn the values of love, friendship and bravery. They band together and stay by each other’s side even though they


contemplated leaving early on. The second film’s flashbacks were a bit unnecessary because they presented information audience already knows, had they seen the first movie. The sequel is disappointingly stapled with an unnecessary run time of almost three hours. However, visually speaking, the scenes with Pennywise were so scary and detailed that you feel like you’re there with him. Pennywise’s face will make you crawl with fear, and seeing it shrivel up will make your spine tingle. Although “It Chapter Two” brings the Losers’ journey to a satisfying end and successfully creates new forms of monstrosity, as the film tries too hard to give the audience background on the Losers’ pasts. However, the nods to the source material and the campy creepiness of some of Pennywise’s scenes may enough for enjoyment.

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Lions beat Stevens, tie Ramapo By Ann Brunn Staff Writer The men’s soccer team improved its overall record to 8-2 after a 2-1 victory over Stevens Institute of Technology on Sept. 25 at Lions Stadium. The Lions found the back of the net first in the 32nd minute when junior midfielder Kevin Esteves sent in a corner kick to sophomore defenseman Dante Bettino, who headed it in to give the Lions a 1-0 lead. It was merely 37 seconds later when Bettino was able to steal a pass from a Stevens defender intended for the goalkeeper and score on an empty net from 25 yards out. In the 71st minute, Stevens cut the lead in half with a free kick, but the stifling defensive unit of senior midfielder Michael Maltese, junior midfielder Sam Monaco, junior defenseman Sebastian Leon and sophomore defenseman Timmy Suchora kept Stevens’ offensive attack contained. Junior goalkeeper Daniel Mecadon played a crucial role in the Lions’ victory, tallying four saves on the night, two of which came within less than five minutes left in the match, as Stevens desperately attempted to tie the game. On Saturday, Sept. 28, the Lions battled their way to a draw with Ramapo College, which boosted their overall record to 8-2-1 and 0-1-1 against New Jersey Athletic Conference opponents. Ramapo scored first in the 18th minute and maintained the 1-0 lead throughout the first half. The Lions had a 7-5 shot advantage during this time. Freshman midfielder Riley Furlong knotted the

match at 1-1 with his second goal of the season in the 61st minute off an assist from Monaco. Eleven minutes later, freshman midfielder Luke Yates put the Lions on top 2-1 with a header. In the 88th minute, Ramapo tied the game 2-2. Maltese and sophomore midfielder Nicholas Franco both had opportunities to give the Lions the advantage in the second overtime, but the Ramapo goalkeeper saved both shots.

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Bettino looks to defend the goal.

XC competes in Mike Woods Invitational Cross Country

By Ann Brunn Staff Writer The men’s and women’s cross country teams ran in the Mike Woods Invitational at SUNY Geneseo on Saturday, Sept. 28. The men’s team placed fourth out of 24 with a score of 120. Junior Robert Abrams led the charge for the Lions with a fourth-place overall finish in the 8-kilometer event with a time of 25:46.8. Senior Evan Bush and junior Matt Kole placed 23rd and 27th, respectively, with times of 26:38.8 and 26:48.4. Sophomores William Mayhew and Patrick Mulligan rounded out the scoring

In the 107th and 109th minute, Yates had two good looks on goal, but Ramapo’s goalkeeper came up with the saves yet again. Meanwhile, Mecadon collected eight saves on the afternoon. The Lions are back in action tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Lions Stadium, where they will face NJAC opponent Rutgers University-Camden. On Saturday, Oct. 5, the men have another NJAC home game against William Paterson University.

for the Lions with finishes in 35th and 42nd place, respectively. The women finished seventh out of 21 teams in their event. Sophomore Kelsey Kobus paced the Lions with a time of 23:53.9, finishing in 28th place overall. Senior Gabby Devito finished in second place among the Lions and 40th place overall with a time of 24:16. Junior Emily Forester and sophomores Jazzlyn Diaz, Emily Prendergast and Grace Cocanower all finished in a large pack with placements between 59th and 67th. Both teams will head to the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Saturday, Oct. 5 to compete in the Highlander XC Challenge.

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Abrams powers through the 8-kilometer race.




Women’s soccer continues to dominate, moves record to 8-1 By Seva Galant Staff Writer

On Sept. 23, the women’s soccer team faced off against the York College of Pennsylvania at Lions Stadium. The Lions have been on a hot-streak, as they entered Monday’s match with three straight victories, two of them being shutouts. Producing another shutout victory, the Lions managed to improve their record to 7-1-0 on the season. The game went scoreless for the majority of the match, with the College outshooting York 11-0. York’s goalkeeper put up a solid effort, as she only let one shot slip by her. In the 58th minute, junior forward Randi Smith got off a pass to the middle, finding sophomore defensivemid Alexandra Ryan for the only goal of the game. From then on, the defense completely suppressed any hopes of a response from York’s main scorers. As usual, the Lions controlled the pace, holding the ball for 75 percent of their 1-0 victory. On Saturday, Sept. 28, the Lions went against Ramapo College once again at Lions Stadium. The College managed to allow no goals for the fourth straight game, as it came out on top 7-0. Blowing past Ramapo, the College got on the board with sophomore forward Nikki Butler shooting a rebound into the back of the net, taking the lead just under five minutes into the game. Sophomore midfielder Lauren McLaughlin was the next to score, this time off a corner kick assist. Junior midfielder Kelly Carolan scored another one

Ryan looks upfield to make a pass.

of many insurance goals in the 59th minute. Four more goals came from junior defender Ally Weaver, freshman forward Jessica O’Brien, junior midfielder Caroline Rubin and freshman forward Gianna Minerva.

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The Lions outshot Ramapo 44-1 over the course of the match, improving their record to 8-1-0. The College will take the field again against Rutgers University-Camden in a New Jersey Athletic Conference match tonight at 7 p.m.

Field hockey scores big Tennis plays in ITA, Michibata goes far

By Christine Houghton Sports Editor The women’s field hockey team traveled to Cabrini University on Sept. 24 for an out-of-conference duel. The team continued its dominant performance, posting an 8-0 shutout and pushing its record to 7-0. Scoring began for the Lions just a minute into the game with a goal by freshman midfielder/defender Jess Hatch off a pass from junior forward Tori Tiefenthaler. Hatch now has three career goals. Tiefenthaler snuck behind the Cabrini defense alongside senior forward Cayla Andrews for the Lions’ second goal of the game. Senior forward Tori Hannah broke the scoring silence when she scored about a minute into the second quarter. Hannah scored the third goal of the day for the Lions, sending them into halftime with a 3-0 lead. To start off the second half, Hannah made a strong pass to Andrews for an easy goal behind Cabrini’s goalkeeper. Andrews wasn’t satisfied with just one, as she came back shortly to score another goal, moving the team up 5-0. Sophomore forward Sophia Popp beat out numerous defenders for her first career goal, pushing the Lions further into

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By Seva Galant Staff Writer

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Hannah dribbles the ball.

the lead. Senior forward/midfielder Kayla Peterson assisted sophomore midfielder/ defender Camryn Ley in delivering another strike to the Cabrini defense. Junior midfielder Samantha Reed closed out the game with a final swing, sealing the 8-0 shutout. The Lions return to the field on Thursday, Oct. 3, as they take to the road again to battle Ursinus College.

The men’s tennis team competed in the Northeast Regional Tournament on Friday, Sept. 27. A total of four singles and doubles teams made it into the second round, while two singles and a doubles team made it to the second day of the competition. Sophomore Matthew Michibata won in two sets, 6-2 and 6-4, against Ioannis Binopolous of Union College, and in another two sets against Jeremy Auh of Vassar College, both 6-3. Sophomore Justin Wain won in two sets as well against Patrick Matthews of Rochester Institute of Technology, with sets of 6-2 and 6-0. He also won 6-0 in both sets against Nathan Tauber of The University of Scranton. Seniors Thomas Wright and Gokul Murugesan faced Eric Stein and Joe Reiner of Hamilton College in a doubles match, beating them 8-2. Their second-round match was against Jack McClaren and Jason Keye of Skidmore College, which they won 8-5. Saturday, Sept. 28 marked the second

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day of regionals, where Michibata once again quickly disposed of his freshman opponent, Abrahame Yohannes of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, winning both sets 6-3 and 6-1. Michibata then went head-to-head against Jack McLaren of Skidmore to reach the semifinal on day three with sets of 6-2 and 6-3. Wain played against JT Wynne of Skidmore in a three-set thriller for the semifinal spot. Taking the first set, Wain managed to hold Wynne off with a 6-4 set. Wynne came back to win 6-2. In the third set, Wynne forced his way past Wain to win 7-5. Wright and Murugesan faced the defending regional champions, Alan Dubrovsky and Walker Anderson, in the double quarterfinal. The Lions lost 8-3 against the reigning champions. On Sunday, Sept. 29, Michibata went three rounds in singles play to win and advance to the finals at the ITA Cup in Rome, Georgia. He will be the first Lion to do so since 2007. Michibata returns to the court on Oct. 17 for the three-day ITA Cup tournament.

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