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Trustees review post-College employment survey By Julia Ireland Correspondent
The prospect of finding a job or applying to graduate school looms in the mind of every senior preparing for graduation. At the Board of Trustees Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 4, the results of a survey taken by the College’s class of 2010 presented hope for a quick entry into the real world — and a considerable salary. Of the survey’s 843 participants, 95 percent said they are either working and/or in graduate school one year after graduation, and of that number, 59 percent work in their chosen field. This is a 1 percent decrease in unemployment from the class of 2009. The mean starting salary was $45,999, with the highest average salary by school, $52,300, in the School of Nursing, Health and Exercise Science. In addition to reading the survey results, the Board submitted a capital budget request for Fiscal Year 2013, swore in members and addressed Ewing Township representatives’ thoughts on the new Student Conduct Code. Eleanor Horne, a member of the Student Life and Enrollment Management Committee, said the student code of conduct passed last week during an open forum between the campus and township. According to Horne, concerns on both sides were discussed at the forum. Despite township advocacy for additional penalities, no changes were made to the code, she said. The College chooses to enforce its rules in its own way, and “there is an understanding by the township of why,” Horne said. Horne observed that the township is taking appropriate action, and there has already been
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At their Oct. 4 meeting, trustees read the results of a survey of the class of 2010. Most respondents are employed or in graduate school. an increase in the number of student arrests this year. Board of Trustees Chair Christopher Gibson, who took over the post from former chair Susan Svizeny during the meeting, presented capital budget requests. The capital budget determines the College’s spending capacity for an allotted time period. A grand total of $18,955,000 was requested for the 2013 Fiscal Year and $307,042,000 for the seven-year term of 2013-2019. The Board approved the request. “We’ve put together a capital budget every year for the state of New Jersey for 12 to 13 years now and don’t get a nickel,” Gibson said. Gitenstein called the budget request “somewhat of an exercise,” but also said the document is helpful to the College for internal financial planning.
In addition to the bugdet discussion, the board dealt with transitions in its leadership. As former chair Susan Svizeny turned over her gavel to former vice chair Gibson, she fought back tears. “I think the best place you can give back to is the institution that educates you,” said Svizeny, who will continue serving on the board. “She has been an outstanding leader and good friend,” Gibson said as he presented Svizeny with a plaque. Former secretary Bradley Brewster moved to the vice chair position, and Horne, a former general member, filled the secretary position. With her mother present, junior mathematics secondary education major Megan Coburn was sworn in as the alternate student trustee to accompany senior history
major Randi Lynn Veenstra on the board. “I don’t know if you’re all as aware as I am about how wonderful this type of leadership is,” President R. Barbara Gitenstein said. “We’re at a very dangerous juncture. If we don’t have this type of leadership, the world will be in a terrible place.” Indeed, financial troubles and a worsening economy seemed to be a recurring theme throughout the evening, but the class of 2010 survey results presented the board with reassurance for today’s students. Horne reported on the survey results and the graduates’ suggestions about how to improve the College. “We need to work with our students to improve skills in conflict resolution and in education to cover all disciplines,” Horne said. The survey reported that 82 percent of the class of 2010 participants had an internship or practicum experience during their undergraduate careers, and 99 percent either used the Career Center or received career advice from a faculty member at the College. Horne said the College’s Opportunities Fair was a success, with over 700 students and 150 employers and graduate/ professional schools in attendance. Some trustees took the survey results as a welcome reminder that employers continue to look to the College when hiring graduates, despite the harsh economy. “We live in a time when it is extremely difficult to see the glass as half full,” Gibson said. “It is very difficult with all the cutbacks going on, (but) I do all in my power to keep this the very best state college that it is.”
Students share ‘coming out’ stories By Katie O’Dell Correspondent
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Students gathered in Alumni Grove at noon on Oct. 5 to protest inequality in the U.S., inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests. Senior philosophy and political science double major Matt Janansky is pictured.
It was a night of confessions, pride and courage as students flocked to the Library Auditorium for PRISM’s annual “Coming Out Monologues” at 8 p.m on Monday, Oct. 3. The event, which took place in recognition of PRISM’s Queer Awareness Month, offered a chance for LGBT students to share their experiences in coming out to family, friends and peers. “Tonight is about being true to yourself and allowing that truth to shine,” junior English secondary education major and PRISM president Michael Dalpe told the assembled students, whom he charged to “speak the truth, even if your voice shakes.” “At this point in our society, we (the LGBT community) still have to justify that we’re normal people,” junior sociology major Kyle Tomalin said. His sentiment became a refrain as students took to the stage with tales of rejection, heartache, humor and acceptance. “Everyone goes through that point where (coming out is) real. It’s scary, and it’s real,” junior philosophy major Taylor Enoch explained before bringing his mother onstage to help him tell his story. In a piece titled “A Tribute to My Son,” Enoch’s mother
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Junior philosophy major Taylor Enoch’s mother joined him onstage in an expression of her support.
choked up as she confessed to reacting with “raw emotion and ignorance” when first confronted with her son’s sexuality. “My face lights up every time I see you, and you make me so happy,” she told him, noting that she eventually came to accept her son’s identity. The two left the stage holding hands amidst
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Weightlifting club recognized after failed bid
By Kelly Johnson Staff Writer
After a second formal request, Student Government approved weightlifting club TCNJ Strong during its Wednesday, Oct. 5 meeting. TCNJ Strong was denied recognition last week because according to SG members, it seemed too much like a group of friends trying to start a club and the Physical Enhancement Center already offers weightlifting training. This week, however, the group emphasized the particular qualities of the club and the benefits it has to offer students at the College. According to junior criminology major Jon Wilfrid, the group already
has 40 active members. Wilfrid said he has also observed students go to the gym and use the equipment incorrectly, and then never return because they see no results or improvement. Although the decision was not unanimous, the majority of SG members concluded that TCNJ Strong would be a useful and successful club at the College. SG also voted in favor of Student Film Union, the first organization focused on film in the history of the College. The club has a wide array of plans, including showcasing student-made short films in Brower Student Center, showing selected independent films and bringing in speakers. The group also mentioned
the possibility it will hold a film festival in the future. Some SG members still did not agree with recognizing the club. “There was no concrete vision,” senior political science major and SG president Olaniyi Solebo said. However, the majority of SG members believed the group would bring something worthwhile to the College and recognized its enormous faculty support. Speaker and senior communication studies major Jillian Irizarry added, “this is a club that focuses on film, which a lot of communication majors are interested in.” Junior business major Kyle Magliaro also announced that the Physical Enhancement Center will be returning to last year’s schedule
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Junior criminology major Jon Wilfrid spoke on weightlifting group TCNJ Strong’s behalf at last week’s SG meeting. by extending its hours Monday through Thursday and on weekends. It will now be open until 10 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and until
6 p.m. on weekends. Earlier this year, it was open until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
AAA events approved, BSU to host discussion about ‘The Help’ controversy
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SFB funded an AAA fall concert and comedy show for November. By Mylin Batipps Correspondent
The Asian American Association’s requests to fund a fall concert and a comedy show were approved by the Student Finance Board on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The AAA Fall Concert will provide a night of free music that features performances from Charlene Kaye, a solo artist from Brooklyn, and Tim Be Told, a band that blends pop, rock and soul. “The event is not going to be geared just
toward Asian Americans because of the artists’ diverse musical styles,” said Abigail Nanquil, co-president of AAA and senior international studies major. “We believe that different students of different backgrounds will want to come to this event.” SFB granted $5,750 of AAA’s original request of $5,935 after cutting costs for publicity due to the difficulty of reaching other campuses, such as Rutgers and Princeton. The concert will take place at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2 in the Mildred and Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall. SFB also approved AAA’s request for $3,815 to bring comedian Eliot Chang to the College to perform in Mayo Concert Hall. Chang has a “Comedy Central Presents” special and is popular on the college circuit, having performed at over 400 colleges. Following Chang’s stand-up segment will be a one-hour Q&A workshop that presents diversity issues relevant to both Asian Americans and other cultures. Some members of SFB were concerned about the length and relevance of the Q&A session, but Administrative Director and senior finance and political science double major Warren Samlin defended the session. “Most comedians perform for 45 minutes and leave,” Samlin said. “Anyone that’s interested will stay for the Q&A, and those who aren’t will leave. It’s not like he’s going
to come any cheaper.” SFB unanimously agreed to approve Black Student Union’s request for $3,250 to have a night for students, faculty and members of the Ewing community to discuss the controversy of the book and movie “The Help,” as well as general issues that pertain to the history of African-American women and domestic labor. Rutgers history professor Deborah Gray White will be the guest speaker of the event, and most of the requested expenses will cover White’s travel, dinner and water service. This event will take place at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30 in Mayo Concert Hall. Samlin, president of the newly approved school-spirit club Lion’s Pride, was granted $975 for Blue and Gold Day, to be held later this semester. Lion’s Pride plans to give away goldfish at the event, like College Union Board did last year at the Spring Latenighter. Expenses will cover the goldfish, fish containers, games that will be played in order for students to win the fish and art supplies for decorative purposes. SFB approved Samlin’s request after suggesting he buy enough containers for every fish given away, since not every student will have something to put the fish in at home. SFB also approved the Italian Club’s request to host an event to celebrate National Italian-American Heritage Month. The event
will highlight the academic achievements of Italian-American scholars. Three guest speakers will be at the event, including awardwinning poet Maria Fama. “Media today reflects Italian Americans in very poor light with a lot of the TV shows that are currently on the air,” said Vincent Pelli, president of the Italian Club and senior history secondary education major. “We are just trying to shake the negative aspects.” Other organizations will contribute $1,000 in total for the event, and SFB will give the Italian Club $540 if it can book Mayo Concert Hall for the venue and $240 if it is unable to. The Art Student Association’s request for $218.50 for an open-mic night was also approved by SFB. ASA will partner with the Indian Student Association to host the event. ASA plans to bring together art, performance and culture with their open-mic night tradition and the cultural aspect of the ISA’s past “coffeehouses.” Drawing pads will be set up in the back so that students attending the event can take inspiration from the performers and draw if they want to. “We want to increase the awareness of arts and how they can combine between two groups on campus,” said Lindsey Hardifer, president of ASA and senior graphic design major. The event will take place at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26 in the Brower Student Center Food Court.
Menu deliveryman issued summons for trespassing By Shaun Fitzpatrick Arts & Entertainment Editor
An Asian man distributing menus from Fu-Wah Restaurant was issued a summons for trespassing in Cromwell Hall on Sunday, Oct. 2. Campus Police dispatched an officer at approximately 2 p.m. to the third floor of the freshman residential hall on a report of a suspicious Asian man wearing a brown shirt and jeans handing out Fu-Wah menus. Reports say that upon arrival, a community advisor saw the man headed toward the staircase. The officer entered the staircase and went down to the second floor, which was searched with negative results. The officer proceeded to the first floor, where he found the male matching the caller’s description. The male was issued a summons for criminal trespass and was then released on his own recognition at 3:20 p.m. … Campus Police issued an intoxicated Wolfe Hall resident a summons for underage drinking at about 2 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. After being summoned to the freshman residential hall, two officers arrived at Wolfe at 1:45 a.m., where they were met by ResEd staff and the accused student. The female
student was alert, conscious and able to answer all questions, according to reports. Police say she was sitting on her bed with glassy eyes and stated that she was at a “mixed” party at an off-campus location, where she consumed “jungle juice.” Lions EMS also arrived to evaluate the student. … Campus Police issued an intoxicated student a summons for underage drinking around 3 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7 in Wolfe Hall. According to reports, the student said he had been drinking beer at an off-campus party and had consumed shots before the party. An officer on foot patrol in Wolfe Hall first observed the student stumbling through the first-floor hallway at about 2:40 a.m. Upon speaking to him, the officer noticed that the student was slurring his words and that his face was flushed. Lions EMS arrived and assumed patient care, reports say. Pennington Road EMS arrived, assumed patient care and transported the student to Capital Health Systems, Mercer Campus for further evaluation. … A female student reported her iPhone 3 missing after leaving it on a table in Eickhoff Hall while she got her food on Thursday, Sept. 29. She said she had been in the dining hall between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29. She stated that she left
her cell phone unsecured and unattended with several other items on a table in the dining area while she got her food. Police say that when she attempted to leave the dining hall, she realized the phone was no longer in her possession. Her search of the surrounding area was unsuccessful. The iPhone and its blue cover are collectively worth $70. … A man who had lost a clear plastic bag containing his wallet and other personal items stopped an officer on vehicle patrol at approximately 8:20 p.m. on Oct. 1. The man, who stated that he was the referee of a soccer game on the College turf field, said he had searched the area where he believed he had lost the items but recovered nothing. The game ended at 6 p.m., and he returned to his vehicle in Lot 5. Police say he did not recall whether he placed the plastic bag on the ground or on top of his vehicle. After the game, he left the College and arrived at Hunterdon Medical Center at approximately 6:30 p.m., when he realized his bag was missing. The bag contained a brown tri-fold wallet containing 10 one-dollar bills, his New Jersey driver’s license and his Bank of America debit card, according to reports. The man also stated that a black comb, ChapStick and four 20-dollar bills were inside the bag. The officer sent him to Brower Student Center to identify the recovered wallet. All of the items were present except the four 20-dollar bills.
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Cairo riots kill 19 and injure many CAIRO (AP) – Massive clashes raged Sunday in downtown Cairo, drawing Christians angry over a recent church attack, hard-line Muslims and Egyptian security forces. At least 19 people were killed and more than 150 injured in the worst sectarian violence since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February. The violence lasted late into the night, bringing out a deployment of more than 1,000 security forces and armored vehicles to defend the state television building along the Nile, where the trouble began. The clashes spread to nearby Tahrir Square, drawing thousands of people to the vast plaza that served as the epicenter of the protests that ousted Mubarak. On Sunday night, they battled each other with rocks and firebombs, some tearing up pavement for ammunition and others collecting stones in boxes. At one point, an armored security van sped into the crowd, striking a half-dozen protesters and throwing some into the air. Christians blame Egypt’s ruling military council for being too lenient on those behind a spate of anti-Christian attacks since the ouster of Mubarak. The Coptic Christian minority makes up about 10 percent of the country of more than 80 million people. As Egypt undergoes a chaotic power transition and security vacuum in the wake of this year’s uprising, Christians are particularly worried about the increasing show of force by the ultraconservative Islamists. The Christian protesters said their demonstration began as a peaceful attempt to sit in at the television building. But then, they said, they came under attack by thugs in plainclothes who rained stones down on them and fired pellets. “The protest was peaceful. We wanted to hold a sit-in, as usual,” said Essam Khalili,
a protester wearing a white shirt with a cross drawn on it. “Thugs attacked us and a military vehicle jumped over a sidewalk and ran over at least 10 people. I saw them.” Wael Roufail, another protester, corroborated the account. “I saw the vehicle running over the protesters. Then they opened fired at us,” he said. Khalili said protesters set fire to army vehicles when they saw them hitting the protesters. Television footage showed a military vehicle plowing into the crowd and also showed Coptic protesters attacking a soldier, while a priest tried to protect him. One soldier collapsed in tears as ambulances rushed to the scene to take away the injured. A government-funded newspaper, AlAkhbar, reported that some of the protesters snatched weapons from the soldiers and turned them on the military. Others pelted soldiers with rock and bottles. At one point, a group of youths with at least one riot policeman among them were seen dragging a protester by his legs for a long distance. The protest began in the Shubra district of northern Cairo, then headed to the state television building along the Nile where men in plainclothes attacked about a thousand Christian protesters as they chanted denunciations of the military rulers. “The people want to topple the field marshal!” the protesters yelled, referring to the head of the ruling military council, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi. Some Muslim protesters later joined in the chant. Later in the evening, a crowd of ultraconservative Muslims known as Salafis turned up to challenge the Christian crowds, shouting, “Speak up! An Islamic state until death!” Armed with sticks, the Muslim assailants
Egyptian security forces respond to a burning church in Cairo, Egypt. Fierce clashes erupted Sunday between Christian protesters and the Egyptian military. The violence lasted late into the night. chased the Christian protesters from the TV building, banging metal street signs to scare them off. It was not immediately clear who the attackers were. Gunshots rang out at the scene, where lines of riot police with shields tried to hold back hundreds of Christian protesters chanting, “This is our country!” Security forces eventually fired tear gas to disperse the protesters. The clashes then moved to nearby Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the uprising against Mubarak. The army closed off streets around the area. The clashes left streets littered with shattered glass, stones, ash and soot from burned vehicles. Hundreds of curious onlookers gathered at one of the bridges
Activists critique Wall Street protests NEW YORK (AP) – To veterans of past social movements, the Occupy Wall Street protests that began in New York and spread nationwide have been a welcome response to corporate greed and the enfeebled economy. But whether the energy of protesters can be tapped to transform the political climate remains to be seen. “There’s a difference between an emotional outcry and a movement,” said Andrew Young, who worked alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as a strategist during the civil rights movement and served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. “This is an emotional outcry. The difference is organization and articulation.” The nearly four-week-old protest that began in a lower Manhattan park has taken on a semblance of organization and a coherent message has largely emerged: That “the 99 percent” who struggle daily as the economy shudders, employment stagnates and medical costs rise are suffering as the 1 percent who control the vast majority of the economy’s wealth continues to prosper. Labor unions and students joined the protest on Wednesday, swelling the ranks for a day into the thousands, and lending the occupation a surge of political clout and legitimacy. President Barack Obama said Thursday that the protesters were “giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works.” ome Republicans have been seeking to cast Occupy Wall Street as class warfare.
Andrew Young, former ambassador to the United Nations, talked about the recent OccupyWall Street protests. The growing cohesiveness and profile of the protest have caught the attention of public intellectuals and veterans of past social movements. “I think if the idea of the movement is to raise thediscontent that a lot of people from different walks of life and different persuasions have on the economic inequity in this country — it’s been perfect,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who plans to broadcast his nationally syndicated radio show from the park on Monday and five days later lead a jobs march in Washington, D.C. He said he felt it was necessary to be there to talk about how blacks and Latinos are also buffeted by the economic difficulties. “I think it is more a movement to show dissatisfaction. I think that is effective and useful,” he said. The Rev. Jesse Jackson said the protest was a growing success. “There is a legitimacy to their demands
for economic reconstruction,” he said, with the analysis of the problems in the economic system “dead on,” as he wrote in a commentary. He said the protest could become a powerful movement if “it remains disciplined, focused and nonviolent — and turns some of their pain into voting power.” History is littered with social movements that failed to emerge as political forces to create lasting change — including mass labor protests to end unemployment and to call attention to job injustices,s a i d Immanuel Ness, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the editor of the “Encyclopedia of American Social Movements.” He compared it to the Tea Party movement, saying both were raising concerns about general anxietiesover the economic system. “The messaging is directed at working people,” he said. “Both the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street are arguing that something needs to change. The question is, What is the source of the problem?” In the late 1990s, a global movement to reject corporate-driven globalization took to the streets, most famously in the U.S. by shutting down the 1999 meeting of the World Trade Organization in Seattle. In spite of several actions aimed at summits by world institutions, the “movement of movements,” as it soon came to be known, faded away. Much like the Occupy Wall Street protests, one of the main criticisms was that it lacked a cohesive message.
over the Nile to watch the unrest. After hours of intense clashes, chants of “Muslims, Christians one hand, one hand!” rang out in a call for a truce. The stonethrowing died down briefly, but then began to rage again. Protesters said the Copts are demanding the ouster of the governor, reconstruction of the church, compensation for people whose houses were set on fire and prosecution of those behind the riots and attacks on the church. Last week, the military used force to disperse a similar protest in front of the state television building. Christians were angered by the treatment of the protesters and vowed to renew their demonstrations until their demands are met.
Relatives and government officials say they are concerned about Matthew VanDyke, an American from Baltimore, Mass., who spent nearly six months in a Libyan prison and now has joined the rebels fighting against forces loyal to longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi. Tunisian police on Sunday arrested dozens of Islamist demonstrators set on attacking the offices of a television channel that had shown the awardwinning film “Persepolis.” The assault is the latest in a rise of attacks against perceived symbols of secularism by extremist Muslims in Tunisia ahead of this month’s election. The leaders of Germany and France announced Sunday they have reached an agreement about how to strengthen Europe’s shaky banking sector. Paul McCartney married Nancy Shevell on Sunday at the Old Marylebone Town Hall in London. It was the same location where McCartney married his first wife, Linda Eastman, in 1969. Information from AP Exchange
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The late Steve Jobs, inspiring to students
Unless you don’t watch the news, have a Twitter or Facebook account, or own any sort of technology whatsoever (in which case you likely wouldn’t care if you knew), you know that Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, died last week at age 56. I wouldn’t call myself a “techie” (although as a journalism major, I hope to be one someday) but this news still hit me pretty hard. Yes, I own a Macbook, and (despite some initial fear of the switchover from a PC to a Mac when I first got it) I love it. Yes, I think iPods and iPads and iPhones are cool and sleek, just like Justin Long. However, Jobs’ products aren’t my primary reason AP Photo for writing this editorial. My focus is his life story. It’s one I believe should really speak Despite only attending college for a short period of time, the late Steve Jobs was to every College student, senior, freshman or in-between— an innovator who took the path less traveled, says News Editor Laura Herzog. those who are afraid of never finding their place in the “real world” beyond the College. Because, despite all his success, Quotes of the Week Jobs was once a young adult, lost and searching for meaning. I first learned about Jobs’ life a year ago, when I watched his “We’re at a now-famous Stanford graduation speech about his one semesvery dangerous Where do you see yourself after college, honestly? ter in college on Youtube. Jobs emphasized that the paths we take might not seem significant at the time but may be later on. juncture. If we For example, while he attended an expensive liberal arts col-.Going to grad school. don’t have this lege, Jobs dropped out, thinking it wasn’t worth the cost. Still, -.In a low-paying job, living with my folks. type of leadership he sat in on several classes for no credit afterwards, including - In the military (G.I. bill, right?) the world will be a typography class that ended up influencing Macintosh’s sans - Starting the next Apple company. serif and serif typefaces. a terrible place.” Jobs then traveled to India and San Francisco on a soulcast your vote @ — President R. Barbara searching journey. The Buddhist and Zen philosophies he adGitenstein on certain tcnjsignal.net opted later affected the design schemes for his products, as well members of the Board Last week’s results as his personal life (in which he was known for wearing blue of Trustees. jeans to work and having almost no furniture in his apartment). “Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard Did you catch ABC 6’s video on students annoying “Speak the truth, to get your thinking clean to make it simple. 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By Danny Pazos Opinions Editor When it comes to women achieving a certain level of respect in United States politics throughout history, the examples are scarce. While it is true that today, women are represented at every level of government from local to state, in the national sector, a woman who makes a splash with Americans as a whole is still a rarity. Since the creation of the U.S. senate in 1789, there have only been 39 women who have served, and currently only 17 of the 100 senators are female. The fact still stands that there has never been a female president. Recently, some women have been thrust into the national political scene, and some are doing great things for women across America. There has been a recent spur of women who are doing the opposite. It is difficult to say that one or two women who are visible on a national political scale speak for all women, but the obvious connections can be made. When there are so limited a number of women who are represented at this level, it is the duty of those elected to pave the way for women to be accepted into the national spotlight. The women in these positions of political power must do as good a job as the men who serve alongside them. It is their hard work and determination that will change the opinion of many in this country who still do not consider women relevant in politics. Unfortunately, the women who are at
Michele Bachmann has been at the front of the GOP presidential race. the forefront of the political scene today are failing to live up to the expectations put on them by society. Over the past four years, there have been incredibly vocal women who, instead of championing preparedness, openness, credibility and intelligence, are making a stand not for science and education, but taking a very anti-intellectual point of view. In the 2008 election, Sarah Palin was chosen as the vice presidential candidate for the Republican ticket. The choice of Palin came completely out of left field, and left most politicians and political analysts were stunned. The obvious choice of a conservative male senator or representative was shunned for a female governor from Alaska. This was a chance for women in America to vote for a candidate that could prove that women can hold their own on a national scale. But that isn’t what happened. Instead, the voters of this country were subjected
to someone who did not prepare for interviews, did a poor job in debate and winked a little too much. Ultimately, no one was going to overtake Barack Obama’s internet-centric campaign and his ability to get young and minority voters out, but this attempt at getting some resemblance of a women’s vote for Republicans was a sham. As the 2012 election takes shape, we have yet another poor example for women on the national scale: Michele Bachmann, right now running for president, may be even a poorer representation of women in America than Palin was. She is staunchly anti-homosexual and does not give a second thought to the possibility of evolution. Like Palin, Bachmann’s camp also does a terrible job of putting a filter on her speeches. She has given the comics of America mountains of material. Just Google any late night talk show with Michele Bachmann and you are guaranteed something hilarious. It’s not her conservative politics that make her a terrible representation of the American woman. It’s her social standings against the majority of Americans and clearly anti-intellectual rhetoric that makes it difficult for anyone but Tea-Party enthusiasts to take her seriously. These two women are more cartoon than candidate, and have left a void for an actual intelligent and capable woman to fill. Luckily, with a plethora of intelligent women in the house of representatives, and even more doing great things on the local and state political level, this void should not be vacant for long.
What does Occupy Wall Street change? By Richard Schultz The recent protests across the United States are hopeful signs of something that has appeared, until now, to have been eliminated in the United States. A physical but peaceful example of frustration, covered by most major media institutions. The reason for frustration stems from the income disparity and the evaporation of the middle class. Folks from all demographics, cultures, and social standings have banded together to take to the streets. This is positive action; however there is a complaint that should be heard. But, these protests, which were sparked by those educated and uneducated, are clearly due to an inability to find jobs that suit the lifestyles they wish to live. The issue is, where were these protests when the majority of these people had jobs? They complain that the upper 1 percent has had more wealth then the other 99 percent — a truthful statement, but this has been true for a long time. The breaking point is occurring due to inaction when conditions began to allow for this and that is cause for desperation. That desperation is a lack of a jobs and therefore inability for folks to provide for themselves or their families. When protests arise out of this desperation or anger they are not always peaceful, though this not
making any judgment of the current protests as they remain relatively peaceful. However it would be wise to not allow these issues to occur. It is dangerous of a nation to allow things to reach the level of desperation where these protests occur. It is much easier to have an economy recess then to expand and grow, so it is important to avoid prolonged protesting. Here is where things need to change. We have a chance in our generation to reverse the mistakes of the people before us. They allowed things to swing from left to right by always giving in to personal greed and selfishness. The pendulum swinging from left to right is reason for revolution the world over. Our generation has to attempt to be the pioneers to curb this and create the world you and your neighbor can live comfortably in. In this situation, protests such as Occupy Wall Street need not to happen. Capitalism is all well and good, but we cannot allow it to run away at the expense of others because that is at its core. Disregarding the lives of our brothers and sisters of the world for oneself is an act harder to live with then helping them. I propose we create a world where we can live comfortably together and leave behind the one where CEOs make 262 times their workers’ paychecks.
Protests have spread around the U.S This new world can be a happier place, where the CEOs and super-elite will be filled by our generation, who hold the power to destroy their greedy weaknesses. Unlike the past, where the goal was a dollar sign, we can instead create an intangible asset for humanity as a whole, happiness. Each and every one of us has the power to make the place of our career choice a better place. It may take more effort, but if you make the right choices every day, when you arrive at your last one, you will not look back and feel guilt for how you lived your life because we are all in it together.
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sniffles and tumultuous applause. “To me, it’s hilarious,” PRISM secretary Melissa Nesi said of her own experience coming out. “If you’re in a position to be laughing about it and taking it lightly, then you’re in a really great place.” “Growing up, my mom used to joke that I was named after Melissa Etheridge,” the junior women’s and gender studies major quipped. “Joke’s on you, Mom.” Others discussed their experience dealing with two realms of sexuality. “I know what it’s like to be straight, I know what it’s like to be gay, and let me tell you, they’re totally different worlds,” junior sociology and women’s and gender studies major Remi Lourenco commented, noting the
criticism she received for kissing her girlfriend in a Walmart. “You can’t do that if you’re in a samesex relationship.” Lourenco is pansexual, a term which, as she was quick to point out, does not indicate an attraction to pots and pans. “I don’t like cookware,” she jested. “I don’t even cook.” The tone of the evening darkened as students discussed familial rejection and self-harm. A former student of the College related his harrowing experiences growing up transgendered in an abusive family. “I don’t want to live like this forever,” he said of a life that has included physical and sexual abuse, alcoholism, cutting and bulimia. He told the audience that officials at the College forced him to return to his abusive home after he became suicidal. “I was given no chance to defend myself,” he said.
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At the Coming Out Monologues, Taylor Enoch was joined on stage by his mother, who presented a heartfelt piece titled “A Tribute to My Son.” “Our integrity sells for so little, but it is all we really have. It is the very last inch of us, but within that inch, we are free,” he added, quoting the movie V for
Vendetta. “Being transgendered means you get to find out what that last inch is.” He concluded with his thoughts on identity.
“In the end you wind up being who you are, not because you are particularly strong, brave or tenacious,” he said, “but because who you are is not a choice.”
Getting to know the assistant The scoop on Halo Farm director of the Inter-Greek Council pus was left in the dark about all of the good things that came from the Greek community. As a result, membership was declining. Much of Connor’s work has gone toward improving the way an organization’s progress is measured. With GPA checks for all members, as well as records of how much money is raised and how many hours of community service are completed, the Chapter Assessment Program — lovingly referred to as “the ass packet” — is used as a quantitative measurement of an orgaPhoto courtesy of Alison Ball There is no actual “director” of the nization’s progress and success. While no two days of Connor’s work week IGC — Dave Connor does it all. are alike, speaking with members of the current By Alison Ball fraternities and sororities is a big part of his day. Columnist Whether he’s speaking with a chapter president, alumni, parents or an organization’s national diTo date, the College’s Inter-Greek Council is rector, communication plays a big role. made up of 10 fraternities, 13 sororities and a coIn the end, Connor said, “I try to be intentioned fraternity. As the assistant director for Frater- al about advancing the program to where I think nity and Sorority Life, Dave Connor works with it should be.” On that note, he argues that “being one of the College’s largest, most active groups. in a sorority or fraternity is the most developDon’t let the “assistant” tacked onto his title fool mental experience a student could ever have.” you; there is no “director” in this department, nor Connor also oversees the arrival of new orgaare there any other members. With no secretary, nizations, which is a lengthy, three-step process. office assistant or other Current IGC members first “Being in a sorority or support staff, Connor litreview the status of the erally does it all when it fraternity is the most de- campus community, with comes to Greek life at the velopmental experience a enrollment numbers being College. In fact, until this critical. Letters of interest year he was even without a student could ever have.” are then collected from a budget, “borrowing paper of individuals — — Dave Connor variety clips from the vice presicurrent students, alumni or dent (of student activities),” he said. an organization’s headquarters — and these letAs an undergraduate student at the University of ters all go into a file. After the new group is chosen Delaware, Connor was first introduced to fraternity and accepted, they spend a year on a probationary life as a member of Theta Chi. As vice president, pre-active status. After a year, their grades and “ass president and “Greek Man of the Year” of his chap- packets” are evaluated to see if they’ve done well ter, he had first-hand experience learning what it enough to stay. As for the newest sorority, Sigma means to be a brother, a mentor and a leader. Upon Kappa, “they’re doing a great job,” Connor said. graduating, the University asked him to act as a Connor is clearly passionate about his work graduate assistant to train the next Greek advisor. and his age likely helps him connect with his auWith an offer to pay 100 percent of his tuition, along dience. At 30, Connor’s interests intersect with with a stipend, it was a difficult deal to turn down. those of the college community. As a writer of Acknowledging that most people advise his own music and a DJ, he’s “ridiculously exagainst doing your graduate studies at your un- cited” about the recent increase in popularity of dergraduate institution, Connor said, “If they pay house and trance music. As surprising as this for it, say thank you.” He graduated with a mas- may be, he’s also a fan of old school hip-hop, ter’s in higher education and administration. from Biggie and Big L to EPMD. He’s also such After working at St. Joe’s University and a Beastie Boys fan that he has their book. While Delaware Valley College, Connor applied to another interest of his is technology, he also enthe College. He was the fourth Greek Advi- joys completing DIY projects. “It’s satisfying. sor within four years. “The previous system You have an end product that you can look at was challenged,” Connor said. With a strict, and go, ‘Hey I did that!’” Maybe this explains “punitive” system for punishment, the cam- his dedication the College’s Greek community.
By Katie Occhipinti Columnist
There are two things that many college students have in common: We shop on a budget and we love ice cream. Whether it’s the sweet deal or sweet treats, Halo Farm, a grocery store gone micro-dairy, is a heavenly gift for College students. If you have never been to Halo, do not expect to be awed by a state-of-the-art stocking system, high-tech registers or friendly cashiers. On the contrary, it appears that nothing in this place has been updated since it first opened in 1975, and if you get a smile at check out, you’re lucky. One look through the window on your right upon entering this barn-style establishment and you will see the heart and guts of Halo Farm. The Hershey Park-meets-Willy Wonka display allows you to see the dairy factory that is filling and packaging the milk cartons that are about to be purchased. You’ll feel as if you have been time-warped to an old-school mom-and-pop store where your grandparents may have shopped in a simpler time. Just like any other successful business, Halo Farm started with an idea. In 1974, Jerry Reilly quit his job as president of a large food company to pursue his idea to eliminate the need for distribution trucks by having a store directly attached to a modern dairy. What he accomplished was reduced prices for consumers (by eliminating transportation fees) and a product that is always fresh and made of top-quality ingredients. Every bit of dairy sold at Halo Farm comes from a local, small, family-run farm. Reilly’s commitment to reduced prices and a quality, fresh product is what keeps customers coming back for more. College student and Trenton local Keri Washington has been shopping at Halo with her parents for as long as she can remember and now shops there on her own. “I love their juice and ice cream, but most of all I love the low prices,” said Washington, senior health and exercise science major.
Try Halo ice cream once and you are hooked for life. Every pint is made in small batches and every batch starts off the same way, with good old-fashioned raw milk and raw cream. The entire ingredient list can be counted on one hand, and none include artificial ingredients, preservatives or fake sugars. They use only the finest fruits and nuts and chocolate, they say, imported straight from Belgium or France. Be prepared to choose from about 10 of their 53 different flavors on any given day. (My favorites include Chocolate Peanut Butter Paradise, Maple Walnut and Pistachio.) Halo Farm does not stop at ice cream. Small, medium, large and jumbo eggs are not only fresh and locally raised but are the cheapestpriced eggs you will find anywhere. The same goes for the milk and special Halo juices. Other staples on your shopping list can be found there as well, including cheese, yogurt, potato chips and bread, all at an exceptionally low price. It is no wonder that for many, “Halo” has become synonymous with ice cream. Got some free time one night? Grab some friends and declare it a “Halo Night.” It may sound too good to be true, but this place truly abides by its philosophy, “Local, Natural, Honest.”
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Pints of Halo Farm ice cream come in a variety of fresh flavors at lovably low prices.
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Architecture adventures: the faces behind the buildings By Brianna Gunter Managing Editor
A common joke told by ambassadors to prospective students is that the College’s central building is named Green Hall because “it’s where all your money goes.” Though it’s humorous because financial services operates out of this building, it’s not at all true. Several weeks ago, I went over the various people that our residence halls are named after, but since campus tour season is upon us, I will now do likewise with nonresidential buildings. Let’s start with Green Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus (a time capsule from 1931 was discovered this past
summer in its cornerstone). This central campus building was named for James M. Green, principal of the College, then the New Jersey State Normal School at Trenton, from 1889 to 1917. In those days, “principal” was equivalent to president. Another original building is Kendall Hall, which was named for Calvin N. Kendall, who created the Office of the Commission of Education in 1911. He also served as New Jersey state commissioner of education and later as the president of the department of superintendents of the National Education Association. Since 1985, new buildings on campus have been designed to reflect the Georgian Colonial architecture of original buildings like Kendall and Green. This explains why the Brower Student Center, opened in 1976, does not match well with the buildings around it. It, too, however, was named for a College president — Clayton R. Brower. Brower was president from 1970 to 1980 and was a professor and department head before that. Nearby Packer Hall was also named for a member of the
College from the time in which it was constructed (1932). Marianna G. Packer was an instructor of physical education and hygiene and the head of the health and physical education department from 1932 to 1945. Starting at the College a year before Packer was Armstrong Hall’s namesake Fred O. Armstrong, professor and chairman of industrial arts from 1931 to 1958. According to the College’s engineering website, a scholarship is presented in Armstrong’s name to certain incoming freshman engineering majors. Not far from Armstrong is Bliss Hall, which saw many years as a men’s dormitory. Don C. Bliss was the principal of the College, then the Trenton State Normal School, from 1923 to 1930. Although it is the former art building, Holman Hall’s namesake was not involved in this field. Alfred P. Holman was an English and speech professor from 1947 to 1975 and served as English department chairman. Next to Holman is Forcina Hall. This building’s namesake is James J. Forcina, who served in various administrative roles from 1959 to 1978, including profes-
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Marianna Packer, Fred Armstrong and James Forcina are the faces behind some campus buildings’ names. sor of education, dean of instruction, vice president of academic affairs and executive vice president. Forcina was also an alum (class of 1937) and was involved with many clubs, including The Signal, as a student. Although the Library has no namesake, its predecessor did. Roscoe L. West Hall was only recently reopened as a multi-purpose building. It served as the College’s library for decades, and it currently houses the Career Center and large conference and lecture rooms and is planned to be the home of the David Sarnoff Museum. Roscoe L. West was president of the College for 27 years and is also the namesake of Roscoe the Lion.
The most peculiar namesake on campus would appear to be Loser. I have to admit that I was a bit judgmental when I first saw Loser Hall, but like everyone else I quickly learned to pronounce it correctly with a long “o” sound. This building was named for Paul Loser, who served as superintendent of the Trenton Public School System from 1929 to 1954. With so many buildings lacking proper names (just painstakingly obvious ones; I don’t think anyone mistakes what the Music Building is for), we have all the more reason to take pride in those with namesakes. Who knows? Maybe some of the people we know today will one day have a building named for them.
Community Learning Day lecture inspires College crowd
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Artie Isaac’s lecture about innovation urged the College community to embrace creativity. By Kathryn Picardo Correspondent
One of the most dynamic events of the College’s Community Learning Day was Artie Isaac’s lecture on
Campus Style By Carly Koziol and Albert Matlock Columnists Do you have an old pair of sneakers in the back of your closet that you haven’t put on in a year or so? Don’t throw them away! What was once old can become new again with a simple household product.
“Pursuing Innovation at TCNJ.” On Wednesday, Oct. 5, Isaac came well-equipped to give such a lecture, having taught classes like Personal Creativity and Innovation at Ohio State and Strategy, Creativity and Ethics in Marketing at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Isaac described his job as “corporate brainstorming that creates new products and saves ailing businesses.” His talk, however, focused on how to apply creativity as a student at the College. Issac defined creativity as a way to keep ourselves sharp, which could be “just thinking, hearing new thoughts, and challenging your ideas.” To Isaac, creativity is just another obligation — like personal fitness, it “requires time, energy and intentionality to make sure that things don’t stay stagnant.” His number one rule in pursuing creativity is to break conventions. In accordance with the college atmosphere, Isaac cited Chipotle as an example for its concept of using locally grown products. Later in the lecture, Isaac discussed failure. To Isaac, failure is just another way of saying unintentionally brilliant ideas, and he held firm to the belief that “anything worth doing is worth doing poorly.” His final piece of advice was to turn off the TV and
cease watching the lives of others pan out, because, after all, he said, “was Mother Theresa upset that she missed the last episode of ‘24’?” Isaac’s personality and ease on stage immediately made the audience receptive. He was thoroughly engaging, often posing questions directly to the audience and making remarks about their reactions. There was no script and no monotony to the lecture. Following the lecture in Kendall Hall, Isaac headed an interactive workshop on Creativity and Innovation in Armstrong Hall. Isaac’s visit headlined the College’s Community Learning Day, which is part of an effort to enhance the intellectual community here. Community Learning Days have historically been a way to promote higher thinking among college students. This year, the theme that the Cultural and Intellectual Community Program Council chose was “innovation.” This past summer’s reading assignment for incoming freshmen, “The Victorian Internet” by Tom Standage, reflected this theme. Like Isaac’s lecture, the book focused on experimental designs and new ideas. Other events scheduled for the remainder of this year will follow along with this theme as well.
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Arts & Entertainment
‘Tenor’ might not have singing, but it has talent By Brendan McGrath Arts & Entertainment Assistant Relationships fundamentally shape the human experience, allowing people to learn, develop and evolve. All College Theatre’s production of “Lend Me a Tenor,” which played from Oct. 5-8 in Kendall Hall, exemplified the power of relationships through Max, the meek assistant to a self-serving and obnoxious theatre manager, as he discovered the inner-strength needed to reach his dreams. Max’s interactions with his boss, his idol and his long-time crush all had a major impact on his character’s development. His struggles to overcome self-doubt were largely based on his relationships with these people. In search of success, respect and love, Max (played by senior English major Justin Mancini) begins as a sheltered
man whose hopes are just that. His boss, Saunders (senior psychology major John Eldis), is a humorously boisterous and demanding figure who refuses to see Max as anything other than a tool to be used and abused as necessary. As Saunders prepares for the most important opera his theatre has ever hosted, Max is assigned the task of ensuring that the star of the show, Tito Merelli (freshman history major Aaron Harmaty), manages to get himself to the stage on time. Max’s admiration for Tito, as well as his desire to sing like him, leads to instant camaraderie between them. Harmaty delivered in his role as Tito, as he displayed an indisputable confidence and warmth that almost tangibly rubbed off on Max. Eldis was equally skillful as he acted in contrast to Tito as Saunders, whose
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Eldis (left) erupts as Mancini (middle) and Chalek (right) listen on.
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Junior digital arts major Liz Gerger listens on as Eldis kicks senior communcations major Sam Paternostro out of the room. character showed no regard for Max’s talent or emotions and was so perfectly obnoxious that the audience could not help but laugh. Max’s interactions with Maggie (freshman early childhood education and mathematics double major Sam Chalek) represent the positive impact that confidence has on his character. Maggie becomes increasingly interested in Max as his confidence rises. This comedy really takes off once Max and Saunders mistakenly come to believe that Tito has committed suicide. Saunders forces Max to assume Tito’s identity and consequently his role in the opera. The result? Max nails the role, and in the process solidifies the confidence that Tito has given him. Tito, however, is still very much alive, leading to mass confusion between the various characters in the play.
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In the second act, this confusion leads to laugh after laugh as Tito is completely unaware that Max is impersonating him, and therefore misunderstands nearly every character he interacts with. Only the audience realized what was happening, as the underlying theme of relationships was coated with a hilarious set of complications. The excellent chemistry of the cast allowed them to perform this complex play without a hitch. Each actor delivered the exact balance between thoughtfulness and comedic relief that their role called for, enabling the audience to absorb the show in a meaningful yet lighthearted manner. Mancini excelled as he tied together the play that was so reliant on his character’s development. He convincingly and entertainingly portrayed the tale of an individual’s journey through life in search of confidence.
By Shaun Fitzpatrick Arts & Entertainment Editor
It’s not every day that books are referred to as “the obituaries of wood.” Then again, it’s not every day that Shelley Jackson visits the College. Jackson, a writer of novels and short stories, was the first in this semester’s Visiting Writers Series, sponsored by ink and the College’s Writing Communities class. Jackson read three unpublished short stories titled “Simon Says,” “Flat Daddy” and “The Cat’s Meow.” What did a story about a boy who is half-robot, a girl with a replacement father made from a cut-out and a girl who owed $3.8 million in library dues have in common? All three of the pieces that Jackson read were made up of words taken from a single page of The New York Times. When asked about this unusual writing process, Jackson said she liked the idea of a “cloud of the real news hovering above my story.” It would take a particularly attentive listener, however, to catch the instances of news within Jackson’s stories — she proved skillful at manipulating everyday stories into tales of robot apartheid and cut-outs running for president of “The United States of Overly Friendly.” These stories, however, were fairly conventional for Jackson. She is most well-known for her more off-thewall and off-the-page projects, such as “Patchwork Girl,” a reimagining
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Jackson drew inspiration from one page in The New York Times. of the “Frankenstein” story written in hypertext, and “Skins,” possibly her most ambitious work to date. Described on her website as “a story published on the skin of 2,095 volunteers,” Jackson was inspired to do the project when she worked on a story about skin. “It struck me that of course we already publish on skin, in a certain sense, in the form of tattoos, and also that in the history of writing, paper was originally made out of skin … so it was a really natural form, actually, but one that I thought hadn’t been exploited for literature before,” Jackson said in an interview. “But I thought, you can’t write a very long story in the form of a tattoo on skin. Who’s going to sit still for it? Who has that much body space?” So, instead of writing the entire story on one person, Jackson decided to call for volunteers who would
each tattoo one of the story’s words onto their bodies. Although she has “plenty of applicants,” Jackson has yet to complete the project and is still accepting applications. It’s an unusual project, for sure, but what can readers expect from an author whose online bio states that she “has spent most of her life in used bookstores, smearing unidentified substances on the spines?” In reality, Jackson said, she enjoyed reading fantasy and historical fiction novels growing up. “Really, almost any book that was not about reality as it stood was interesting to me. Even though those books were narratively traditional, I feel like in some way they provided the basis for my interest now in much wilder forms, because it’s really the same drive to see the world transformed that motivates me.”
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Band ends night at the Rat with a ‘Bang’ By Tom Ciccone Nation & World Editor
Photo Courtesy of Vicki Wang
Empires rhythm guitarist Tom Conrad takes the stage with his band Friday night.
The rousing sound of hard-rock music emanated from the Rathskeller on Friday night as headlining act Empires took the stage and gave an explosive performance. Frontman Sean Van Vleet was electric, mirroring the dynamic power of the band as they played through an array of original songs. “Voodooized,” a song off of Empires’s new EP, “Bang,” was one of the many highlights of the night. Its slow, grinding intro, with tasteful slide guitar licks supplied by Max Steeger, alluded to blues rock before the song crescendoed into a remarkably powerful chorus. Van Vleet’s vocals were truly original, and while his range was limited he made up for it with his charisma, consistency and vocal tone. “This is great. I feel like I’m playing to a private dinner party, but when you guys scream I know this is a rock show,” Van Vleet said to the crowd before the band played “Shame,” another cut off of “Bang,” “Shame” kicked in with a more laidback verse, showing the band’s ability to control its dynamics to harness the full effect of its sonic attack. The chorus had a combustive kick that seemed to rattle the Rat’s tables as drummer Ryan
Luciani slammed his drum set. Steeger and rhythm guitarist Tom Conrad showcased spot-on syncopated leads while Luciani and bassist Chris Hershman held together the backbone of the song. At one point, Van Vleet and Steeger were left on the stage during an unofficial set break as they played an original called “Jamie,” while Van Vleet walked into the crowd to sing to random people. Opening band Red Wolf Serenade, a five-piece from South Jersey, played both original music and some interesting cover songs. One of their best originals of the night was “No Regrets,” on which pianist Tim Pearson showed serious chops with a blazing keys intro before the band kicked into the verse, which had a laid-back, almost reggae feel. Red Wolf Serenade has an unusual sound, often doubling Pearson’s piano playing with acoustic guitarist and keys player Kevin Finn’s synthesizer. The result was a lush, melodic sound covering the foundation of the songs that bassist Alex Greskn and drummer Ray Gallagher supplied. Pearson and electric guitarist Michael Sherry displayed this great harmonizing on many of the songs, including a cover of Coldplay’s “The Scientist.” Pearson and Sherry shared vocals, often performing vocal harmonization with complex melodies. Red Wolf Serenade also played a strong cover of Muse’s “Hysteria,” a challengingly virtuosic song in both instrumentation and vocals.
Nostalgia reigns as professor reads from favorite book By Andrew Miller Staff Writer
Photo Courtesy of Julia Novak
Amtzis spoke about themes in his favorite coming-of-age story.
Everyone has a favorite book, but few are passionate enough to analyze it in front of an audience. Alan Amtzis, a professor at the College, did just that when he spoke about his favorite novel, “The Member of the Wedding” by Carson McCullery, on Thursday, Oct. 6 in the Business Building Lounge. “No matter how many times I have read it, I am reminded of the time in adolescence when I realized that the world was bigger and better than just my family,” Amtzis said. This time of adolescence is highlighted expertly in the novel. Frankie, the protagonist, is a 12-year-old
girl who is trying to discover what the world means and how she fits into that world. Amtzis read aloud two excerpts from this novel that best demonstrated this principal theme of autonomy versus dependence. “I chose these two excerpts because they capture the essence of what the title means, the idea that we want to be individuated from our parents, but also want to find a group where we belong. We want a connection,” he said. Explaining the relevance of the title, Amtzis said “the wedding is not just a physical wedding but also a wedding between man and God, which exemplifies this yearn for a connection to something greater than us.” The audience and Amtzis then turned to
the essence of the protagonist’s character. “Frankie wants to go with her brother and her future sister-in-law on their honeymoon. She wants to leave the south and explore,” Amtzis said. “She is very strong-willed and philosophical, but she is also very anxious.” He added that Frankie “wants to know her place in the world and has never been given any recognition for her insights.” Lauren Miller, a junior English and secondary education major, commented on the presentation, saying, “It was interesting and relatable. Everyone can relate to wanting to feel connected to humanity, and everyone feels anxious about it.” “This talk made me want to read the whole book,” she added.
The MOMA: Art just ain’t what it used to be By Shaun Fitzpatrick Arts & Entertainment Editor
It’s only fair to start off by saying that I have very little appreciation for art. When I look at a painting or sculpture, the extent of my analysis is either “I like this” or “I think this is kind of shitty.” Don’t talk to me about brushstrokes, cubism or whatever else art-folk like to talk about; my only response will be to stare blankly before saying, “I still think this is kind of shitty.” By all accounts I’m a complete Philistine, and proud of it. That’s not to say that I hate all art. Some of it can be kind of cool-looking. That Van Gough guy? Not bad. I’ve even visited the Philadelphia Art Museum of my own free will on numerous occasions and enjoyed it. However, there is one type of art that I truly do despise to the point that I would happily send all those who create it down to the deepest pit in Tartarus: modern art. Modern art must have started out as someone’s joke on the art world: “Let’s make literally the worst
piece of art ever and see who takes it seriously.” Unfortunately, sarcasm apparently does not exist in the art world, as today some of the most nonsensical and mindbogglingly awful pieces of art are the most respected. Critics go crazy over them; the more abstract, the better. Surely, if people who actually know about art love them, then I must be missing something. I decided to educate myself the best way I knew how. I decided to visit the Museum of Modern Art. It seemed like the perfect plan. I would go to the MOMA and be so totally blown away by all of the amazing, not-at-all-sucky art that my opinion of modern art would be forever changed. I mean, it’s the MOMA, for god’s sake. There’s no way the art there could be bad. I have rarely ever been so wrong. The very first thing that I saw was some sort of interactive art piece. Visitors could walk through a maze of white, gauzy curtains and hope that the microphones suspended from the ceiling wouldn’t fall onto their
heads. It kind of reminded me of a haunted maze, apart from the fact that it was missing everything that makes a haunted maze enjoyable. Instead, it just kind of felt like I was walking through Florence Welch’s closet. As for the microphones, I’m still unsure of why they were there, as they didn’t seem to be amplifying anything in particular. So what if I didn’t like the first piece that I saw? Things can only get better, right? I gave myself a mental pep-talk as I headed up the stairs. Unfortunately, it didn’t get better. I spent the next 45 minutes looking at white squares, a pink plank propped up against a wall and a sculpture that included a dead rabbit. (I prefer to think that the rabbit was fake rather than an actual carcass. It helps me sleep better at night.) My breaking point, however, came when I entered a room that featured a piece that was nothing more than a hanging sculpture of a penis. As I looked up at the ball sack dangling above my head, I knew it was time to give up my quest. I was never going to appreciate modern art. I spent a total of an hour and
a half in the MOMA, which breaks down to less than twenty minutes on each floor. Many would argue that this isn’t nearly enough time to really understand the artists’ intentions and appreciate their work. I would tell these people to shut up. Had I spent another minute there, I would have performed hara-kiri with the sharpest sculpture I could find. It wasn’t even that I hated everything
that I saw — I admit, some of the pieces were very well done. The vast majority of the pieces, however, left me baffled and more than a little angry that someone, somewhere, was making money off of a blank piece of canvas. I had hoped that I would leave New York feeling more cultured than I had been before. Instead, I just kind of wished I had gone to a movie.
Shaun Fitzpatrick / Arts & Entertainment Editor
Pictured above: Art? Really, anyone’s guess is as good as mine when it comes to this.
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INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25 6:00 PM LIBRARY AUDITORIUM ANNA FROM 6 TO 18, Nikita Mikhalkov dir. /0ussia, 45567 0ussian with English sub=tles
A MOVING FILM ABOUT THE FALL OF THE SOVIET UNION AS A CHILD GROWS UP Director Nikita Mikhalkov, winner of the Oscar for best foreign ﬁlm in 455E, documents the collapse of the Goviet Hnion while crea=ng a personal ﬁlm about his daughter, Anna. Every year he asks his daugh‐ ter Anna such Lues=ons as "What do you love the most?", "What scares you the most?", "What do you want above everything" and "What do you hate the most?" to create a record of how she grows from toddler to child to young woman. As she grows up, the country around her falls apart. Mikhalkov connects the personal to the public in this rive=ng ﬁlm that lies in between a feature and documentary ﬁlm. Discussion led byP Dean Qen 0iRin and Dr. Ghaun Wiley
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October 12, 2011 The Signal page 21 Women’s Soccer
Women’s soccer defeats tough Gettysburg team By Mike Pietroforte Staff Writer The 13th-ranked women’s soccer team won 2-0 against Gettysburg College on Wednesday, Oct. 7. In a game that remained scoreless by halftime, the Lions rallied early in the second half when senior defender Brenna Rubino scored an impressive goal from a distance. Senior midfielder Brittany McGinley scored later in the half off a long cross from the left side, with freshman forward Jordan Downs on the assist. The Lions controlled play throughout and dominated in shots, putting up 25 of them during the game over Gettysburg’s one. Gettysburg went to the Sweet 16 last year and was supposed to pose stiff competition for the Col-
lege’s women this year, but the loss put them at 5-5 on the season. Freshman goalkeeper Cristina Gacos lifted her shutout total to seven on the year, thanks to a strong performance from the defense, which has become the norm. On Saturday night, the Lions got back to NJAC play and continued their winning ways by beating William Paterson University 2-1 in a rough match containing a number of fouls. The Pioneers drew first blood by scoring 12 minutes into the first half. This goal broke a streak in which the Lions had not allowed a goal in eight full games. “Having them score and end the scoreless streak was very disappointing,” Gacos said. “It was something the defense and I worked very hard for.” The College team found itself in an un-
familiar position, but battled back nonetheless by scoring with 15 minutes left in the first half. The goal was tallied unsurprisingly by senior defender Brittany McGinley, who scored in her fourth consecutive contest, giving her eight goals on the year. Sophomore midfielder Sloan DePiero put away the deciding goal in the second half on a ball delivered by senior defender Nikki Migliori. The College will face a real challenge on Wednesday as they take on sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins University. The women will be looking for revenge against the team that bounced them from the playoffs last year. “Moving forward, we need to continue having momentum and winning games,” Gacos said. “The second half of the season (is much tougher).”
Photo courtesy of Lisa Nitzsche
Brenna Rubino dribbles downfield.
Men’s soccer goes 0-0-2 vs. non-conference foes By Kevin Lee Sports Assistant
In need of wins, the Lions saw themselves in the midst of one of their toughest stretches of the season, taking on Muhlenberg College and 18th-ranked Salisbury University. The College finished the week with a modest two ties, pushing their overall record to 4-5-4. All in all, the results were not bad. Be-
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The team hung with No. 18 Salisbury.
cause the games were non-conference, it gave the Lions an opportunity to mix and match lineups in preparation for their conference games this week. “With these two out-of-conference games against two respectable opponents, in reality, we had nothing to lose,” said senior forward Chris Pisano. “We experimented with the lineup a little to give us an idea of how we can have a different approach for our upcoming conference games, and overall, two ties is nothing disappointing. What’s most important now is to get wins against our upcoming conference opponents so we can make it into the playoffs.” The College began the week against a strong Muhlenberg squad. The two clubs battled each other right from the very beginning. The Lions fired off seven shots, while the Mules responded with six shots of their own. With neither team able to enter the score column, the teams remained deadlocked entering the second half. In the second half, neither team could push the envelope. The teams once again matched each other shot-for-shot, as the Lions fired 15 shots and the Mules ripped 14. The Lions nearly scored the gamewining goal when senior midfielder Anthony Dipalmo fired a shot that ricocheted off the crossbar.
When neither team could score in the two overtime periods, the game finished in a draw. It was only fitting that the teams came to a tie, since their stats were nearly identical to one another. The Lions had three more shots than the Mules, and the Mules had one more save than the Lions. Corner kicks were also fairly close, as the Lions edged out the Mules by three in that category. “We experimented with the lineup and gave some players some different looks from different positions, and overall we out-shot them and came out with a tie, so it wasn’t a disappointing result,” said Pisano. “We definitely had some chances late in the game, hitting the crossbar and leaving a couple just wide of the post, so we definitely gave it a shot, but had to settle for the tie.” To end the week, the team took on 18th-ranked Salisbury University, which came into the game with a 7-2-1 record. The Lions hung in and even proved that they could beat the Sea Gulls as they jumped to an early 1-0 lead. The Sea Gulls responded 23 minutes later to take a 2-1 lead, which they would hold onto to finish the first half. With two minutes left in the game, the Lions elevated their play and came up big
‘Moneyball’ takes over MLB playoffs
The Brewers have put together a winning formula.
By Chris Molicki Staff Writer
With the ALCS and NLCS fully underway, many are considering the postseason to be completely wide open. The Brewers and Rangers are trying to score the first World Series win for their respective franchises, while the Tigers and Cardinals are trying to return to the World Series for the first time since they were both there in 2006. But with the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies all gone, this year’s postseason still has fans scratching their heads. It’s fitting that the movie “Moneyball” hit theatres right before the postseason. The film shows how an Oakland team used an unorthodox drafting strategy to get wins for a small market team.
New York, Boston and Philadelphia are the opposite of small market. They have the highest salaries in baseball — all over $150 million. On the contrary, the Tigers and Cardinals are just over $100 million, and the Rangers and Brewers fall just under that. This just goes to show that money alone does not win championships. The Red Sox have always been good at developing young players. Kevin Youklis and Dustin Pedroia are prime examples of that. However, when the signing of Carl Crawford turned out to be a huge bust, it made the team look bad. A miserable September collapse looked even worse. “Greatest pitching rotation ever” is a term that was seriously used to describe the four top pitchers on the Phillies. Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cliff Lee were all acquired with expectations of sending them to a World Series, but they couldn’t even get an NLDS win in a five game series against a Cardinals team without one of their best players, Matt Holliday. Finally, the team that has always been built around money, the New York Yankees, struggled in the playoffs. Their pitching staff was average and they didn’t try to get another arm before the trade deadline. Usually, a lineup like the one New York has would be able to bail them out — not after the way A-Rod, Teixeira and the others were hitting. They were not the clutch hitters they needed to be. All three of these amazing ball clubs couldn’t get it done when it mattered the most. Maybe after this year’s postseason, they may start changing the way they build their team.
in the clutch. The Sea Gulls had a red card against them, giving the Lions the player advantage. Senior midfielder Michael Recchia took a feed from junior midfielder Taylor Gregory to strike the back of the net for his second goal of the season, which evened the score. “It was late in the game where the ball was played through to Taylor Gregory and he only had the keeper to beat, and a comefrom-behind tackle gave their defender a red card and a 11-10 player advantage for us,” said Pisano. “It was only a matter of time before we could tire out the defense by moving the ball around, and the game-tying goal came pretty easily.” In the overtime periods, the teams battled back and forth. Both teams had two shots on goal in the first overtime, while the Sea Gulls outshot the Lions by two in the second. With no team able to hit the gamewinner, the Lions were handed their fourth tie of the season. After having mild success in their nonconference games, the Lions will look to improve upon their 0-3-2 NJAC record. The Lions have five NJAC games remaining, all of which are very important for the Lions’ pursuit of post-season play. They will get the ball rolling again at home against William Patterson on Wednesday.
Swimming and Diving
Photos courtesy of Lauren Del Turco
The men’s swimming and diving team began its season this week with a scrimmage against University of Pennsylvania on Saturday. Both the men’s and women’s teams have an inter-squad scrimmage on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the College.
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Chris Molicki “The Ref”
Kevin Lee Sports Assistant
Bryan Bellanca Correspondent
Mike Pietroforte Staff Writer
In this week’s Around the Dorm, the “Ref,” Chris Molicki, challenges Sports Assistant Kevin Lee, Correspondent Bryan Bellanca and Staff Writer Mike Pietroforte to answer questions about which team will come out on top in the NFC East, which of the surprising Lions and 49ers has a better chance to stay successful, and who will advance to the World Series in an upset-riddled MLB playoffs. be expected to lead their teams to victory. CM: I’ll give Bryan 3 points because he points out all the Giants injuries, as well as Prince Amukamara’s eventual return. Mike gets 2 for saying that a team’s most crucial position is the quarterback. Kevin gets 1 because making a dream team for an NBA team is a lot different than making one for an NFL team.
1. With the preseason favorite Eagles starting off slow, the Cowboys mediocre and the Giants and surprise Redskins up top, the NFC East seems completely wide open. Who will win the division and why? KL: I still think the Philadelphia Eagles will take this division come season’s end. The Eagles had lofty expectations and many new additions to their roster. In many respects, the Eagles are like the Miami Heat. The Heat had huge expectations and even struggled to begin their season, similar to the Eagles. It takes time for teams with major roster overhauls to develop chemistry, especially for the Eagles due to the lockout that cancelled much of training camp. In addition, it’s always tough to live up to the immense hype and pressure that fans place on teams — at least initially. The Eagles will go on a huge winning streak very soon and will come out as one of the best teams in their conference, similar to the Heat. They are too talented not to. BB: I believe the New York Giants will win the NFC East this year. In a division that has been known as one of the best over the last decade, this year is no different. The Giants are currently tied for first place with the Redskins and they are the most injury-riddled team in the NFL. Their two best players on defense, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora, have been injured for most of the first quarter of the season, but both are close to returning, which will only make their defense better. The Giants are also without their first-round pick, Prince Amukamara, who should be ready to go in a few weeks and will instantly improve their secondary. So far, the Giants have found ways to win despite all their injuries, and I see no reason why they won’t keep it up as they continue to get healthy. MP: The Eagles simply have too much talent to continue playing at this pace. I expect the Eagles’ offense to explode, but more importantly, I expect the defense to begin playing as they should. Expect the tandem of Asante Samuel and Nnamdi Asomugha to step up and make turnovers happen. My prediction is that the Eagles will win the division simply because their ceiling for success is drastically higher than those of the Cowboys, Giants and Redskins. The most crucial position in the NFL, especially in the last few years, has been the quarterback. I feel like the Eagles have such a superior quarterback in Michael Vick that Eli Manning, Tony Romo and Rex Grossman can’t
2. Both the Lions and the 49ers have had surprisingly good starts this season, effectively reshaping the NFL landscape. Which team do you see continuing their winning ways? KL: Although I think the Lions are a vastly superior team, I think the 49ers will continue their winning ways. The 49ers have an absolute cupcake schedule by playing in the NFC West. On the other hand, the Lions have yet to play the Packers and are scheduled to play them twice later in the season. Roster-wise, the 49ers have a good team as well. Alex Smith is playing very efficiently this season, and Frank Gore and Vernon Davis are legitimate offensive threats. However, the 49ers’ real strength is on the defensive side of things — the team currently ranks seventh in points allowed. They have an amazing rush defense, fourth in the league, led by beast middle linebacker Patrick Willis. The 49ers may not have the flashiest names on their roster, but they are a solid team with a favorable schedule. BB: While I believe the Lions are a much better team than the 49ers, I believe the 49ers have a better chance of continuing their winning ways, and that is all because of the division they play in. The NFC West has been the biggest joke of a division over the past few years, when being a mediocre team got you into the playoffs. The Lions are going to have a hard time beating the Packers to win their division, and the Bears might even push them for second place in the division. The 49ers, on the other hand, don’t have the same challenge the Lions have since there is no competition in the NFC West. The one team that was thought to compete for the division, the Rams, has gotten off to a terrible start. Niners QB Alex Smith has finally shown that he can manage a football game and allow Frank Gore and his defense to win games for him. MP: I can definitely see the success of the Detroit Lions continuing. They have legitimate offensive weapons in Matthew Stafford, Jahvid Best and Calvin Johnson. From years of losing and high draft picks, the Lions have grown from a team with a handful of promising newcomers to a team with a handful of playmakers. Thus far they’ve beaten only average teams — the Buccaneers, Chiefs, Vikings and Cowboys — but faced a true test Monday against the Bears. The 49ers on the other hand, depend on the shaky arm of Alex Smith and the seldom-healthy legs of Frank Gore. Although they play in a significantly less competitive division than the Lions, the 49ers will not be able to succeed with the mediocre-at-best Alex Smith at the helm. CM: Kevin gets 3 for his mentioning that the 49ers having one of the best-ranked defenses in the league. Bryan gets 2 for saying that Alex Smith has finally shown he can win football games. Mike gets 1 for pointing out that the Lions have gotten a lot of playmakers through the draft.
3. With the Rangers and the Tigers meeting in the ALCS and the Cardinals and Brewers squaring off in the NLCS, who do you think will make it to the World Series? KL: The Brewers will represent the National League. The Brewers already have the upper hand by being at home. They also have a favorable matchup by being able to start Zack Greinke vs. Jamie Garcia in game one. The Brewers’ rotation is absolutely filthy, led by Greinke, Yovani Gallardo and Shaun Marcum. It’s a bit right-handed heavy, but that plays to their advantage considering the Cardinals don’t have a real left-handed bat. In addition, Matt Holliday is banged up, putting the Cardinals at even more of a disadvantage. In the American League, the Rangers will beat the Tigers. The Rangers are a very tough team to beat at home and have homefield advantage, boasting the second-best record at home during the season. I’ve also said this before, but I’m still not a believer in the Tigers’ rotation, especially against a good hitting team like the Rangers. The only reason why the Tigers were able to advance was because they played the Yankees in a short series, and the Yankees’ pitching was equally as bad. The Tigers had a –11 run differential in the ALDS. During the season, the Tigers were 20-16 against the AL East, 18-18 against the AL West and 50-22 against the AL Central. I just don’t think the Tigers are a very good team, and they are only in the playoffs because they were able to beat up teams in the terrible AL Central. BB: I believe the Rangers and Brewers will play each other in the World Series. The Rangers have battled a lot of injuries throughout the season, but the entire team is finally healthy, and when healthy, they have one of the best lineups top-to-bottom in baseball. The Tigers’ pitching staff is not deep after Verlander, and I believe the Rang-
ers’ bats will get to the rest of the staff. On top of their lineup, the Rangers are also very deep in the bullpen, especially since they put rookie pitcher Alexi Ogando in there. The Brewers were the best home team in baseball this past season and now have home field for the rest of the playoffs. On top of that, their game-one starter, Zach Greinke, has not lost a game at home all season long. The Brewers also have one of the best onetwo punches in the middle with NL MVP front-runner Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder. Combine all of that with the Brewers’ deep bullpen and pitching staff and the Brewers will be a hard team to beat. MP: After seeing the Phillies and Yankees lose this week, the rest of the playoffs seem completely up for grabs. The matchup that seems most intriguing to me is the Cardinals vs. the Brewers. They’re division rivals who really don’t like each other very much and have seen the benches empty this season. I think what will sway the series is the Brewers’ core of Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun. Both are game-changing hitters. I also like the top of the Brewers’ rotation much better than the Cardinals’. Yovani Gallardo is a big-game pitcher who racks up the strikeouts, Zack Greinke is a former ace who can still pitch like it, and Shaun Marcum has been very dependable this year. The Brewers also bring an intensity to their games that I think the Cardinals lack. After seeing the Tigers drop the opening game with stud pitcher Justin Verlander on the hill, I think the Rangers’ bats will be too much for the Tigers. World Series matchup: Rangers vs. Brewers. CM: Kevin gets 3 for saying that Holliday is hurt and the Brewers have a pitching advantage. Mike gets 2 for pointing out that the Braun/Fielder combination is one of the best in the league. Bryan gets 1 for showing how deep the Rangers’ bullpen is.
Kevin wins this week’s AtD, 7 - 6 - 5.
“Beast mode: On.” — Kevin
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LIONS ROUNDUP This Week’s Fantasy Football Picks Quarterback Kevin Lee (249) Alex Wolfe (248) Brandon Gould (277) Ketul Shah (313)
Running Back Ray Rice
Wide Receiver Calvin Johnson
Sleeper Colt McCoy
Lion of the Week
Soccer Freshman goalkeeper Cristina Gacos recorded her seventh shutout of the season against Gettysburg College on Wednesday. The shutout improved the Lion’s overall record to 8-1. For the season, Gacos has allowed only one goal, giving her a 0.12 goal average and a 0.909 save percentage. —Kevin
Lee, Sports Assistant
This Week In Sports Football
Oct. 15 @ Buffalo State College, 12 p.m. Men’s Soccer Oct. 12 vs. William Patterson University, 4 p.m.
Oct. 15 @ Kean University, 1 p.m. Women’s Soccer Oct. 12 vs. Johns Hopkins University, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 @ Kean University, 1 p.m.
Answer to Last Issue’s Trivia Question: Four Minutes The Indianapolis Colts are making a case for being the worst team in the NFL, with an 0-5 record. In fairness, the Colts are playing without their best player and leader, Peyton Manning. Manning is sidelined with a neck injury, but there is a chance he can return toward the end of the season. It will probably be too late for the Colts to salvage their season, but it shows the importance of Manning. With that said, what is Manning’s career win-loss record as a starter for the Colts?
Field Hockey Oct. 15 @ Montclair State University, 12 p.m. Oct. 18 vs. Kean University, 7:30 p.m. Cross Country Oct. 15 @ Connecticut College Invitational, 10:30 a.m.
Lions’ Lineup October 12, 2011
Lions drop Golden Eagles 26-17 By Alex Wolfe Sports Editor In a game they needed to win in order to keep their footing in a tough NJAC race, the College’s football team stepped up big time to take down the SUNY-Brockport Golden Eagles 26-17 at home on Oct. 8, bringing their record to 4-1 on the season. “It’s certainly better than being 1-4, which we were this time last year,” Head Coach Eric Hamilton said. “Four-and-one means we’re
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Brian Mills had a big game with 58 yards.
taking care of business.” Senior quarterback Jay Donoghue’s performance earned him NJAC Offensive Player of the Week honors after he threw for a career-high 299 yards and rushed for 46 yards and three TDs against the Golden Eagles. For Donoghue, his confidence in himself and the offense has taken the team far this season. “I think we’re just getting more comfortable in the offense,” Donoghue said. “We’re running the ball well, so if I can complete a few passes here and there, that helps too. The little bubble passes, I think those get me going, and once I complete a few of those, we get rolling.” The defense also stepped up big while the offense was struggling to put anything together, recovering a fumble and intercepting a pass in the second half to keep Brockport at bay. Sophomore linebacker Nick Bricker posted a career-high 15 tackles on the day and earned NJAC Defensive Player of the Week. Senior safety Shawn Brown recorded another interception, his fourth within the last three weeks. “For our defense, it’s bend a little bit, don’t break,” Donoghue said. “Don’t give up too many big plays. That’s what we’ve got to do, we’ve got to help them by staying out on the field and scoring a few points.” One of the main reasons for Donoghue’s success was the great play from his top two wide receivers, juniors Brian Mills and Matt Rosati. Rosati recorded 119 yards on seven catches Saturday, while Mills also grabbed seven balls for 58 yards.
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Women’s soccer wins big page 21
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Joe Falco has anchored the run attack.
“They’re awesome. Rosati, Mills, (senior RB Joe) Falco out of the backfield, (sophomore RB Nick) Tyson is big,” Donoghue said. “All of those guys, man, they make plays and I just have to get them the ball.” What stood out to Hamilton was that when the game was on the line, the experienced seniors on the team pushed harder to make sure the team won the game. “Look who stepped up: the quarterback who’s a senior, Falco who’s a senior, Jon Power, the lineman,” Hamilton said. “When we had to get it going, the guys who did it were the seniors.”
Men’s soccer ties Salisbury page 21
Cheap Seats page 21
Sea Gulls prove to be too much for the Lions
Field hockey wins vs. Neumann but drops to No. 1-ranked Salisbury University By Brandon Gould Staff Writer
There was nothing head coach Sharon Pfluger could do but stand there and watch as the final seconds ticked off the clock in a 3-0 home loss to No. 1-ranked Salisbury University on Sunday. The loss had Pfluger wondering exactly what happened to her team just a few days after the No. 6-ranked Lions extended their winning streak to eight games with a win over Neumann University. “You come out against another really strong team and you need to do your best,” Pfluger said. “I think we had tremendous
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Erin Waller works it down the field.
possession time, but we didn’t take advantage of our opportunities. I think we were very hesitant and I don’t know why really, but that’s my job to figure that out.” The Lions (10-2) certainly had their opportunities, but with each one came another breakdown, Pfluger said. “It was standing up in the middle of a hit, thinking about shooting before we even got the ball, the ball being on the line or not getting our hips around enough,” Pfluger said. “You can’t blow those opportunities. You’re going to make mistakes, but you can’t blow fundamental opportunities in front of the cage like we did.” While the Lions were wasting their opportunities, the Sea Gulls (12-0) were taking full advantage of theirs. A clear example of that was Salisbury senior midfielder Courtney Webster, who put two of her four shots past senior goalkeeper Shannon Syciarz during the contest. Webster scored at 9:30 into the game to give the Sea Gulls a 1-0 lead and later tacked on another goal early in the second half. Pfluger took nothing away from the Sea Gulls’ attack, but stressed that she believes her team could have produced a better performance. “I thought (Salisbury) was very good, but I think we played poorly,” Pfluger said. “I was not happy with our midfield at all today.” Junior defender Camille Passucci accepted the criticism, citing a decreased amount of correspondence between the players as a reason for the Lions’ inefficiency. “I think our level of communication
was not where it should have been,” Passucci said. “When things get tough, talking through it definitely makes a difference, and not having that affected our game.” Everything that wasn’t there for the Lions against the Sea Gulls was present earlier in the week when the Lions defeated Neumann University (2-10) by a score of 4-0. “The organization (against Neumann) was very crisp the whole game and I was very happy with our performance,” Pfluger said. Junior forward Caitlyn Jenkins continued to provide the Lions with an offensive spark as she scored just 35 seconds into the game. Her fellow classmate, junior defender Christy Wham, was involved in the rest of the Lions’ scores as she put two shots into the back of the cage and assisted a goal scored by Passucci. “I think Jenkins and Wham have been so productive because they are so calm in front of the cage,” Passucci said. “They know what they have to do and they do the simple things right in order to get it in the back of the cage.” Pfluger has been pleased to see the pair of juniors incorporate themselves into an offense that has had to adjust to the absence of senior midfielder/forward Leigh Mitchell and junior midfielder/forward Kathleen Notos. “I feel like they’re hanging onto the information better than they did in the past,” Pfluger said. “They’re juniors and they’ve both had a lot of playing time, and this is where they should be really showing ev-
erything that they’ve learned, and I guess for me, it’s putting it all together.” With the loss to Salisbury behind them, the Lions are looking forward to retreating to the basics and getting their season back on track as they head to No. 9-ranked Montclair State University on Oct. 15, according to Pfluger. “(Against Salisbury) we lost our discipline, so we need to get back to our discipline, get back to keeping it really simple and read the play better,” she said. “We’re a determined group and a very hard-working group, so I think the combination of those two things will give us the best opportunity to bounce back and return to form.”
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The team lost to No. 1 Salisbury, 3-0.
Published on Oct 11, 2011