The Signal: Fall '18 No. 7

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October 10, 2018

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College responds to mold in Townhouses

Students protest Kavanaugh

By Emmy Liederman Features Editor

By Michelle Lampariello Editor-In-Chief For some residents, moving into their room in Townhouses South marked their first time living without a roommate. For others, their first time with air conditioning. But for several Townhouses South residents, their arrival was not focused on new amenities or an upgraded living situation — instead, they were faced with an unexpected presence of mold in their dorm rooms and common areas. Mold was visible on “window frames, certain wall surfaces, furniture, some clothing and other interior surfaces,” according to Luke Sacks, the College’s head media relations officer. Students also reported smelling mold-like odors. The College has since taken steps to remove mold from the residence halls. The remediation process in each afflicted area was dependent on the amount of mold found, according to Sacks. “Typically, mold on surfaces was removed through wet wiping methods using products specifically intended to address such growth,” Sacks said. “If there were leaks onto carpeting and similar materials, the response was to address the leak, extract and treat the carpet and the use of dehumidifiers and fans to assist with drying.” see SOUTH page 4

Alumna runs for Ewing Town Council

on Oct. 3 in Alumni Grove. Three women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault. The most prominent accuser is Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University in California. Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick have also come forward. Ramirez is a volunteer coordinator at

When Kate McKinley (’11) received a letter from Trenton Water Works six weeks ago that stated her water contained toxic chemicals, she began to think about the lack of transparency between local government and its residents. She then received a voting ballot in the mail and noticed that many Ewing candidates were running for office with no opposition. As an alumna of the College and a longtime Ewing resident, she knew she had to do something to change the way her town was run, so she decided to run for town council. The 29-year-old believes that she can contribute a fresh perspective to a group that lacks young voices. As a town council member, McKinley would attend meetings twice a month, take questions from community members and advocate for the needs of residents. “I kind of just decided that it was something I had to do,” McKinley said. “I noticed that there was no one around my age or the student population age here on town council. I have the perspective of both student and resident.” McKinley felt that she could not just sit back and watch Ewing Mayor Bert Steinmann win without facing any competition.

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Protestors support sexual assault survivors. By Nicole Zamlout Reviews Editor

Armed with colorful posters and an array of chants and demands, students gathered to protest against the Senate hearings regarding allegations of sexual assault against then-Supreme Court Judge nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has since been confirmed,

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Campus Police introduces body-worn cameras

Sgt. Mastrosimone wears a body camera during his shift. By Nicole Viviano Correspondent

After being awarded a federal grant this summer, Campus Police finished equipping its officers with body-worn cameras at the start of October.

Campus Police began the discussion and application process to meet all U.S. Department of Justice criteria nearly two years ago. From the moment an officer receives their shift briefing, their cameras are fastened on the center of their chest. The cameras are

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worn throughout their shift, however are not constantly recording. The devices are triggered automatically during certain situations, such as when an officer turns his or her police lights on, or if he or she is at a scene where another officer’s device is activated. Opinions / page 11

Dash-cams on vehicles and body-worn cameras are synchronized while on duty. For instance, both would be activated when an officer’s car lights are turned on. The technology organizes the video taken per officer and per case. In the event of a second officer arriving at a scene where the first officer’s camera is activated, any video taken by the second officer will be filed in the same case as the first officer’s recordings. According to Police Captain Tim Grant, body-worn cameras are both a safety and training instrument for officers. Grant explained that the body-worn cameras will allow officers to review encounters with the public through archived video, which creates an opportunity for learning and improvement for officers and the department’s administration. Campus Police officers received training on how to use the body-worn cameras prior to implementation, and continue to learn on the job. According to Campus Police

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Lt. James Lopez, officers are understanding the device’s basic operations and learning to be more conscious of its presence while they are responding to calls. Lopez hopes that with rigorous training the College’s officers will achieve the device’s fullest potential. Lopez believes that the cameras will provide Campus Police with a new learning mechanism and a method of self evaluation. “When you play it back you actually get to see factual information for when you write your report,” Lopez said. Lori Thompson, director of strategic initiatives and program development in the College’s Office of Grants and Sponsored Research, acted as the grant writer for Campus Police. She spearheaded the process for the $43,000 federal grant, issued by the U.S. Department of Justice. The College of New Jersey Campus Police Services BodyWorn Camera Policy and see DEVICE page 3

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Sports / page 24

Block Party

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Women’s Soccer

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Campus Town hosts festive community event

YouTuber offers insight on popular music

Lions continue seven game winning-streak

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Students seek out lost laundry, headphones TCNJ EMS evaluates intoxicated student in Wolfe Hall By Brielle Bryan Business Assistant

Students seek help for intoxicated friend A community adviser in Wolfe Hall contacted Campus Police to report that there was an intoxicated female in one of the bathrooms at approximately 2:20 a.m. on Sept. 30. Upon arrival, Campus Police was met by two CAs, who stated that they were approached by two female students who told them that their friend had been drinking and possibly needed medical attention. One of the CAs stated that she responded to the women’s bathroom and observed the intoxicated student vomiting in the toilet. Campus Police spoke with the friends of the intoxicated student, who said that they went to an off-campus fraternity party. They stated that the intoxicated student had consumed an unknown amount of jungle juice from a barrel. They also said that they did not know which fraternity

hosted the party. TCNJ EMS evaluated the intoxicated student and did not deem it necessary to transport her for additional medical care. According to police reports, the student did not wish to seek additional medical attention. She confirmed that she had been drinking jungle juice and stated that she did not have anything else to drink. The student was not issued a summons due to her friends’ efforts in seeking medical attention, which fell under the scope of New Jersey’s 911 Lifeline Legislation. Laundry missing in Townhouse South At Campus Police headquarters, officers met with a male student who stated that his laundry had been stolen at approximately 9:20 p.m. on Sept. 30 in Townhouse South. According to police reports, the student brought his laundry to the Townhouse South laundry room at 8 a.m. He returned to the laundry room to retrieve his belongings at approximately 8

p.m. and found that his clothes were missing from the dryer that he used earlier in the day. The student contacted his student adviser and reported his missing clothes — two pairs of socks, two pairs of underwear, two bath towels and a T-shirt, police said. Altogether, his missing laundry was valued at $26. The student searched the laundry room with his student adviser and was unable to find his belongings. Campus Police completed an inventory of stolen property form with the student and informed him that he may request a copy of the case report in 10 business days. Campus Police advised the student to inform them if he finds his missing clothes. Campus Police AIMMs to find lost headphones Campus Police met with a male student at Campus Police Headquarters regarding the possible theft of his headphones at approximately 9:35 p.m. on Oct. 1. According to police reports, the headphones were described as a black

HyperX cloud gaming headset and cost approximately $75. The student said that the last place on campus he remembered having his headphones was when he stopped to use the men’s bathroom in the Arts and Interactive Multimedia Building. After leaving the AIMM Building, he went to his apartment in Hausdoerffer Hall to retrieve a homework assignment for his next class, police said. He then attended class in Bliss Hall where he realized that he lost his headphones somewhere on campus. The student retraced his footsteps and was unable to find the headphones at any of the locations he had been to that day. Campus Police informed the student that he could request a copy of the police report in 10 business days. Campus Police checked the cameras in the AIMM Building, but was unable to observe anyone leaving the men’s room with a pair of black headphones. Anyone with information can contact Campus Police at 609-771-2345.

SG approves co-ed engineering fraternity Vital Signs: Clean contacts

General Body discusses provisional student voting By Alex Shapiro Staff Writer Student Government approved one club and passed one bill during its general body meeting on Oct. 3. SG members discussed a bill that allows provisional students to vote in upcoming SG elections. Many SG members discussed how some provisional students feel left out after not being able to participate in this year’s fall SG election. Voting on this bill was postponed and will be revisited in next week’s meeting. SG passed a bill that required 75 percent of elected members to be present in order to vote for the speaker of General Assembly and the Parliamentarian. Student government approved Theta Tau, a co-ed professional engineering fraternity. Theta Tau outlined its goals and purpose, which includes programs to promote the social, academic and professional development of its members. In its first year at the College, Theta Tau aims to foster mentorship, increase awareness, bring in guest speakers and host study events for all engineering majors. Lauren Katz, a sophomore elementary education

and psychology double major and a senator for the School of Education, spoke on the cohort meeting held last week by the School of Education. Katz attended a meeting for student leaders within the School of Education in hopes of creating transparency and open communication. She hopes to cosponsor and help promote some of these organizations’ events. Brooke Chlebowski, executive president of SG and senior special education and iSTEM double major, announced that Mark Forest, the director of Counseling and Psychological Services is attending SG’s meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Taylor Mislan, SG’s vice president of student services and a senior marketing major, reported on details for SG’s upcoming Resilience Week, during which there will be therapy dogs, humanitarian yoga and more. CAPS and Anti-Violence Initiatives will also be hosting events. SG announced its spirit wear flash mob on Oct.22 in Brower Student Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 will be having Moonlight Cruise events. The Class of 2020’s cruise will be on Saturday, Oct. 13 and the Class of 2021’s cruise will be on Oct. 20.

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Left: Theta Tau becomes a recognized student organization. Right: SG plans Resilience Week.

to prevent eye infections


Sleeping in contacts increases infection risk.

By Anna Kellaher Columnist

More than 45 million Americans wear contact lenses. They are a convenient way to correct vision problems without the hassle and appearance of glasses, but when you do not properly take care of them, they can cause eye infections. Minor infections can cause discomfort and redness, while more serious infections can cause long term damage to your eyes, including vision loss. To minimize the risk of contact lens-related infection, closely follow all instructions from your eye doctor and use these tips from the Centers for Disease Control. Don’t sleep with your contacts in, unless your eye doctor directed you to do so. People often sleep with their contacts in to save money or because they forget to take them out, which a lot of broke and stressed college students might also be tempted to do. Sleeping with your contacts in is not worth the risk, as it significantly increases your risk of infection. The lens traps bacteria against your eye, so it is important to give your eyes a break, especially during the night when less oxygen is getting to your cornea. Always use fresh contact lens solution in your case. “Topping off” old or used solution with new solution reduces its effectiveness and cleaning power. Always wash your hands with soap and water before changing your contacts. Avoid wearing your contacts while you swim or shower. Germs from the water cling to the lens and can cause serious eye infections. Follow these habits and contact your eye doctor with any questions to keep your eyes healthy and free of infection.

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Device / Federal grant funds new security feature

New cameras prompt additional police training

Miguel Gonzalez / News Editor

Campus Police encourages students to ask questions about the body cameras.

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Implementation Program grant was accomplished through the dedication and collaboration of the College’s Campus Police and OGSR. “She worked side by side with us in getting all the technical parts of the grant down,” Grant said. The goal of the federal grant was to “support the implementation of body-worn camera programs in law enforcement agencies across the country,” as described by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. The funding is intended to aide in the development, implementation

and evaluation of a BWC program, to be used “as one tool in a law enforcement agency’s comprehensive problem solving approach to enhance officer safety and build community trust.” Campus Police is currently working to iron out privacy issues and other complications that specifically pertain to a college campus. Informing the public was one of many conditions required of the federal grant, upheld by the 2016 New Jersey Attorney General Law Enforcement Directive, that the Campus Police has met. “We want the community to know that our officers are wearing cameras,” Grant said. According to Bill Straniero,

associate director of campus security, body-worn cameras will provide Campus Police with more transparency and accountability when reviewing incidents. Instead of just relying on personal accounts, Campus Police can use footage to efficiently judge and resolve complaints. “It’s an equal playing field for everyone,” Straniero said. ‘There are no longer questions of he said she said, but instead the ability to call up specific encounters for review. The devices allow for complaints to be handled immediately and accurately.” Campus Police uses WatchGuard for its body-worn cameras, the same brand currently

used for the department’s dashcams. This allows for seamless downloads and organization of video from each individually assigned body-worn camera and dash-cam. Device deactivation can be requested of a responding officer by civilians. The request must be clearly and verbally stated on the recording once a decision is made whether or not to comply. The officer will determine whether it’s appropriate to deactivate the device, taking into consideration the safety of everyone involved. If the officer deactivates the device, he or she is required to inform a sergeant, once the situation has been addressed. Transparency is of great importance to the Campus Police. Straniero stated that he encourages

students to feel comfortable approaching Campus Police to ask questions about the device. He stated that his officers would be happy to speak and interact with any student. “I think it enhances the perception of (officers’) professionalism,” Grant said. Grant and Straniero presented a PowerPoint to the College’s Staff Senate and Student Government prior to implementing the bodyworn cameras. Campus Police also consulted its own officers, community groups and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. As per the New Jersey Attorney General Law Enforcement Directive, Campus Police posted pictures of the body-worn camera and an officer wearing it on the College’s website.

“It’s an equal playing field for everyone. There are no longer questions of he said she said, but instead the ability to call up specific encounters for review. The devices allow for complaints to be handled immediately and accurately.

—Bill Straniero

Associate director of campus security

Voice / Students advocate for survivors, women’s rights

Left: Students criticize Kavanaugh’s alleged transgressions. Right: Fleischmann recites her original poem.

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Boulder County Housing and Human Services in Colorado, according to CNN. Swetnick is a web developer who previously worked in the Internal Revenue Service and Customs and Border Protection in Washington D.C., according to the Chicago Tribune. Sarah Cortes, a freshman political science major, led the independent protest after advertising the event around campus a week in advance. She stated that Kavanaugh’s nomination and the allegations surrounding him could negatively impact women’s rights in the U.S.

The protest began at Alumni Grove, where Cortes spoke to the collection of approximately 20 students about the purpose of the event. “We are running out of time,” Cortes said. “We must use our voices now and tell the Senate committee that enough is enough with questionable government officials.” Freshman secondary education and history dual major Lucy Fleischmann followed up by reading an original work of poetry titled, “Never Again.” The poem drew upon past events similar to Kavanaugh’s case, including Anita Hill’s accusations against the Supreme Court

nomination of Clarence Thomas in 1991. “‘He still got on the bench of the Supreme Court,’” she said read from her poem. “‘Never again!’” Students then walked to Trenton Hall and looped around Green Hall while shouting several slogans, including “Notice the SCOTUS,” “I stand with Christine Ford,” and “You better bet Brett, we ain’t done yet!” Despite minimal reaction from the community, students felt they accomplished progress with this demonstration and had their voices heard. Fleischmann joined the student protest

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because she believed Kavanaugh’s nomination would have the power to overturn landmark decisions such as Roe v. Wade. “If he gets in now and lives for another 60 to 70 years, he could repeal Roe v. Wade, which is the most important thing for women’s rights,” Fleischmann said. Cassandra Fernandez, a freshman nursing major, said that sexual assault survivors should be taken more seriously and that politicians should be held more accountable for their actions. “For a man like this to be elected at such a high podium, that’s not OK. Survivors should be heard,” Fernandez said.

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In some instances, the College was required to replace furniture and wall surfaces, as well as re-insulate HVAC piping, according to Sacks. While students are happy to see that steps have been taken to halt the mold’s growth and remove it from their residence hall, some are dissatisfied with the lengthy process it took to come this far. Kevin Pilsbury, a junior international studies major, placed three work orders before the mold in his room was successfully removed. “The first time was very thorough and I was very satisfied, but less than a week later I noticed the mold was back,” Pilsbury said. “The second work order was useless; the guy came to my room with some wet wipes and lazily wiped the side of the dresser before leaving. The last work order was even more thorough than the first one; they cleaned the carpet and every inch of the furniture in my room, even the back of pieces.” Patikorn Trethasayuth, a junior finance major and international student who came from Thailand to study at the College, noticed “some discoloration, on his wall and furniture as soon as he moved in. However, he did not fully understand that there was mold in his room until he discussed the issue with a friend. The presence of mold in Trethasayuth’s room caused him to experience sinus problems. “I just knew it was hard for me to breathe, but I didn’t know what was wrong with me,” he said. Once Trethasayuth placed a work order for the mold, an anti-mold wipe was used

to clean his room. A wall in his room was cut open to fix issues with the piping, and dirt and dust was wiped out of the air conditioning unit in his residence. Pilsbury grew frustrated with the mold’s persistent regrowth after multiple measures were taken to remove it. Some of his property was damaged as a result of the mold, despite his efforts to wipe down his belongings on a regular basis. “The mold was on all the furniture and even on the carpets, so it felt really gross,” he said. “It got on some of my things and I even had to throw a pair of slippers and a T-shirt away.” The College hypothesizes that the presence of mold was a result of residents leaving their windows open while the air conditioning was on or setting the temperatures on their air conditioners too low. Sacks explained that these issues also could have been a result of the air conditioner’s inability to fully dehumidify the air, which is especially problematic due to recent prolonged periods of heat, rain and humidity. The notion that the presence of mold could be due to behaviors and habits of residents upset Pilsbury. “There shouldn’t have been mold in the first place,” Pilsbury said. “The worst part is that they would tell me that it was because I have the window open or because I have a wet towel on my AC. Placing the blame on me when this is not a localized issue is not OK.” Pilsbury is also frustrated that he has not received a formal apology from the College regarding the mold. While some students were temporarily and voluntarily relocated to other rooms in the townhouse complexes or on-campus

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Residents place multiple work orders due to the mold. apartments while the mold was removed, Sacks stated that most affected rooms were immediately reoccupied. Trethasayuth’s sinus issues have since resolved once the mold was removed, and the hole in his wall has been resealed. While he is happy to be feeling better, Trethasayuth recognizes the severity and widespread nature of the mold growth in Townhouses South. “I think that it’s something that should be taken seriously and fixed,” he said. The College will continue to respond to reports of mold on an ongoing basis, according to Sacks. The Office of Occupational Safety & Environmental Services invited an environmental consultant

to review the steps taken to remove the mold and advise on future procedures. On Oct. 1, the consultant began performing visual inspections of every room in Townhouses South and will advise the College of any measures necessary to prevent regrowth. Brian Webb, director of risk management, and Amanda Radosti, environmental programs specialist in the Office of Occupational Safety & Environmental Services, would not comment on this issue as individuals and instead chose for the College to provide information to the media through the College’s Office of Communications, Marketing & Brand Management.

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Scholar uses robots to advance chemistry research By Alexa D’Aiello Correspondent

The College welcomed University of Toronto professor and Phi Beta Kappa scholar Alán Aspuru-Guzik on Oct. 2 to present a lecture titled “(R)evolution? The Future of Computer Simulation of Matter,” in the Education Building Room 212. Aspuru-Guzik shared his ideas about pairing new technologies, such as robotics and augmented reality, with science to further research in various fields including organic chemistry and quantum chemistry. Aspuru-Guzik is a faculty member in the chemistry and computer science departments at the University of Toronto. He has received several accolades including MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35 list. He provided insight into his current research and what motivates him to look for new and more practical ways for future scientists to be productive and further their understanding of their research topics. Aspuru-Guzik’s grand vision is to use robotic designs to help scientists communicate. He hopes to design a robot or machine that will be able to be asked a question in any language regarding science and help solve a problem in the real world. He

showed an example of what dialogue might look like between a person like “Jane the chemist” and “Organa” the robot. The chemist would ask Organa to perform a certain task, and the robot would answer accordingly and follow through with the request. His goal is to create this machine in 10 years with a value of approximately $20,000. Aspuru-Guzik also shared pictures of a robot that specialized in martini making. The martini making robot only costs around $1,000 to create and assemble. Although this particular robot is used to make martinis, similar technology and programming can be applied to create robotics for the science labs that will help increase speed at which research can be done. Aspuru-Guzik feels the robot is a prime example of being creative on a small budget. “Hopefully that inspires you,” he said. “You can do research in robotics with only a thousand bucks.” With his goal for increased productivity in mind, Aspuru-Guzik argues that augmented reality would allow scientists to feel and understand chemical simulations better, and suggested that more people would be interested in science if it was just as engaging as video games. “You would be so much more addicted to organic chemistry if

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Aspuru-Guzik hopes his designs will expedite the molecule synthesis process.

it looked like Fortnite,” AspuruGuzik said. Aspuru-Guzik is now working with the Mexican government on its national project for Mission Innovation, a program put out by former President Barack Obama’s administration to get multiple countries to collaborate on research and propose new ideas. According to Aspuru-Guzik,

the making of molecules is a slow process. In his proposal for the project, he included an idea for robotozing and automating molecule synthesis to speed up the process. Maria Fairfield, a senior chemistry major, was fascinated by Aspuru-Guzik’s outlook on the future of science. “I think it was interesting how … everything can change and

how the future can look completely different based on new technology,” Fairfield said. Aspuru-Guzik concluded his lecture by reminding students how it is their responsibility to expand on the existing technology and combine it with innovative science. “You are the ones that have to flip the tortilla and make this happen,” he said.

SFB partially funds Homecoming Spirit Week activities

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The board partially funds ACT’s interactive dinner theater.

By Garrett Cecere Staff Writer

Student Government’s Homecoming Spirit Week was partially funded during the Student Finance Board Meeting on Oct. 3. SG was partially funded $783.32 for its Homecoming Spirit Week events, which will run from Oct. 22 to Oct. 27. SG will be holding events throughout the week such as a flash mob, trivia game, Tshirt giveaway, Canoe Battleship, lip sync and dance and Tie Dye Recreate Your Night. “We’re doing a flash mob,” said Taylor Mislan, a senior marketing major and vice president of student services for Student Government. “We’re going to have students wear their best TCNJ apparel.” SFB will cover expenses for sound equipment during the trivia games and lip sync dance, tie dye supply, a Gobo projector for the flash mob and snacks for the Brower Student Center, where the flash mob will take place. There will be two co-sponsors for Homecoming Spirit Week — the Office of Student Involvement will help with trivia, and the Department of Recreation and Wellness will assist with the Recreate Your

Night event. The sophomore class council was fully funded $10,050 for its Moonlight Cruise. The event will be on Oct. 20 from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 401 S. Columbus Blvd. in Philadelphia. “It’s a moonlight cruise, so when you’re out there you can watch the stars and it kind of adds to the atmosphere,” said Thomas Astarita, a sophomore open options business major and president of the sophomore class council. SFB will cover expenses for the cruise, security, additional fees, taxes and transportation. The Class of 2020 was fully funded $9,525 for its Moonlight Cruise. Justin Lewbel, a junior history and secondary education dual major, explained that trips such as the Moonlight Cruise have proven to be popular among students. “We had a lot of people who asked us to do this again,” Lewbel said. The event will take place on Oct. 19 at the same location as the cruise for the sophomore class. SFB will cover expenses for the cruise, fees, taxes, security and transportation. According to Lewbel, buses will depart at 10 p.m. and return to campus at 3 a.m.

The All College Theatre was partially funded $4,575 for its interactive dinner theater event. The event will encourage audience participation and feature outside catering and acting opportunities for all who audition, according to the club’s proposal. The dinner and show are set to take place on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. in Decker Social Space. “Bringing that tradition here makes (the dinner theater) more accessible to students,” said Sam Franz, a senior communication studies and English double major and president of ACT. SFB will cover expenses for catering, props, costumes and hair and makeup. The Chinese Student Association was fully funded $1,115.42 for its bus trip to the Museum of Chinese in America in New York City. According to the club’s proposal, the trip will have significant educational value since it will enrich students with knowledge about Chinese history and culture in America throughout different eras. “This trip opens up a different learning experience,” said Andus Chan, a sophomore

finance major and treasurer of the Chinese Student Association. The trip will be on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. SFB will cover expenses for transportation. Three clubs were fully funded for their events at the Student Finance Board meeting on Sept. 26. The Sophomore Class Council was funded $490 for its movie night. The event is expected to take place on Nov. 6. Deaf Hearing Connection received $3,050 for its deaf performance and pizza night on Oct. 18 from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Brower Student Center Room 100. SFB will cover expenses for two performers. “Our event will have two deaf performers who will do storytelling and workshop presentations in sign language with interpreters,” said Fabriana Andriella, a senior deaf education and psychology double major and president of Deaf Hearing Connection. The Indian Student Association received $1,825 for its Diwali Dinner event, which will be held on Nov. 6. SFB will cover expenses for food, decorations, utensils and drinks.

CSA is fully funded for its bus trip to New York City.

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Thousands die in Indonesian earthquake By Anandita Mehta Staff Writer

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Sept. 28, generating a massive tsunami in its wake, according to Al Jazeera. The death toll from the combined disasters reached 1,571 as of Oct. 5. The nation initially planned to use only its own military resources to respond to the disasters, but Indonesian President Joko Widodo agreed to accept foreign aid after viewing the extent of the damage, according to Al Jazeera. The United Nations has requested $50.5 million in aid for immediate relief as the full extent of the disaster becomes apparent. One-thousand of the earthquake’s victims may be buried in mud, as the tsunami and earthquake have made the ground extremely wet, according to Al Jazeera. The country’s economy is also


Rescuers work to recover earthquake victims in West Palu, Sulawesi.

suffering. The Indonesian currency, the rupiah, weakened this week to less than 15,000 rupiah per dollar for the first time in 20 years, Bloomberg reported. While the port of Palu did

reopen, rescuers are still struggling to deliver aid and supplies to the island of Sulawesi because of damaged roads and airstrips, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Widodo visited Palu for the second time on Wednesday, Oct. 3 and laid out steps for its recovery. Although power was restored there on Oct. 4, around 370, 000 people have been misplaced. Widodo is

prioritizing evacuation, rehabilitation and reconstruction of the area, according to Al Jazeera. The rescue efforts lack organization, according to Al Jazeera. Most citizens do not have water, rescue efforts have been impeded by a shortage of proper heavy equipment and rescuers cannot adequately sift through the debris by hand. Rescuers are almost certain that they will find no survivors in the neighborhood of Petobo, a city that Iris van Deinze, a spokeswoman for the International Committee of Red Cross described as “wiped off the map,” according to The New York Times. Highlighting nature’s unpredictability, the neighborhood of Balaroa –– a few blocks from Petobo’s vast destruction –– remained fully intact, according to The New York Times. Death tolls from the earthquake are expected to rise, and full recovery from the disaster is expected to take years, according to Al Jazeera.

Hackers compromise Facebook users’ security

The company is not aware of the motive behind the cyber attack. By James Wright Staff Writer

Facebook announced a major security breach into its network on Sept. 28. The company stated that hackers were able


to gain access to about 50 million of the site’s accounts, though the company has not specified whether the hackers actually took control over and used these accounts or what the motive of the attack was, according to CNBC.

If successfully exploited by the digital criminals, cyber-security experts warn that Facebook users’ data could be used to commit identity theft or to blackmail other Facebook users, according to The Independent. Several listings of people’s Facebook accounts are already available on the “dark web,” a section of the Internet that can only be accessed via special software. Accounts are on sale for as little as $3, according to The Independent. Facebook shares have dropped more than 3 percent after news of the hacking broke, according to ETtech. For many of the company’s users, the breach is reminiscent of the Cambridge Analytica scandal which made headlines this past spring. The U.K.-based conservative analytics firm obtained the personal data of up to 87 million Facebook users, according to Fortune Magazine. Facebook should expect the most severe punishment to come from online regulators, according to CNBC. Institutions such as the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and

the U.S. Federal Trade Commission expressed their discontent with the company’s response to recent security breaches. The GDPR has the ability to fine up to 4 percent of a company’s yearly turnover; the FTC can monitor companies’ activities even years after an incident. Facebook also faces lawsuit risks, especially by victimized customers, according to CNBC. Security analysts believe that the high value of the data collected by cyber criminals means hackers will show no signs of stopping, and hacking will continue to be a lucrative endeavor, according to The Independent. “‘Personal information is simply too valuable on the dark web,’” said Bill Conner, CEO of cyber-security firm SonicWall, according to The Independent. Conner explained that perpetrators use personal data to hold victims ransom, extort information and destroy property. “‘Organizations must exhaust all measures to diligently detect and protect their networks, devices and users,’” he said.

Musk to step down from role as Tesla chairman SEC sues CEO for misleading investors with marijuana joke

By Conrad Malinowski Correspondent Elon Musk, co-founder of Silicon Valley-based energy and automotive giant Tesla, will step down as chairman of the company, but will remain Chief Executive Officer and a member on the board, according to The New York Times. In a Sept. 29 agreement with the Securities Exchange Commission, it was concluded that Musk and Tesla must each pay $20 million in fines and that Musk must resign as chairman for three years in order to resolve the fraud charges that were brought against him, according to CNN. The SEC brought on a lawsuit against Musk, which stemmed from tweets he made that misled investors, back in August. The tweet he posted reads, “Am considering taking

Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.” Musk had not told shareholders, Tesla executives or the Securities Exchange Commision about taking the company private. This made the company’s stock soar, when in fact Musk had not secured the funding, according to CNN. Two new independent directors will join Tesla’s board. All future written communications by Musk, including his tweets, will be monitored to prevent further conflicts of interest, according to CNN. The $420 price point was a joke about marijuana between Musk and his then girlfriend, indie pop star Grimes, according to Business Insider. As controversy continues to surge around Musk and Tesla, Bloomberg reports that the company hit its production goal for the new Model 3 sedan, the most crucial vehicle in the Tesla fleet for helping Musk reach his profit goal.

Musk remains CEO of Tesla.


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Media influences people’s perception of politics

In the wake of the tumultuous Senate hearings involving Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a slew of evaluative content has been published on the internet. Most of this content stems from the video recording of the hearing that was broadcasted live on Sept. 27. Yes, the hearings did yield some entertaining comedic material, and yes, it was informative for the public to see the demeanors of both parties. However, one has to inquire –– at what cost was this footage achieved? What does the public gain from televised political proceedings like Supreme Court hearings? Eric Segall, a law professor at Georgia State University outlined his arguments for televising Supreme Court proceedings in an op-ed published in the Chicago Tribune. Segall equated the current procedures of publicizing the proceedings to a “blackout” of information. He states that the status quo “deprives the American people of something that is rightfully theirs: the ability to observe government officials perform important duties that only a select few can witness in person.” Segall continues to argue, “There may have been a period when cameras in courtrooms presented unknown risks, but that time is long past. Fifty state supreme courts already allow them, including the Texas Supreme Court, which live-streams and archives all of its oral arguments.” When the decision of whether or not to televise is weighed against the consequences, it is evident there are very good reasons why Supreme Court trials are not televised. As Edward Whelan of the Ethics and Public Policy Center points out, “The culture of the court is...predominantly textual. The overwhelming majority of the justices’ work consists of reading and writing, with reasoned deliberation among the justices about the meaning of legal texts.” Usually, 90 minutes after the trial, transcripts and audio recordings of Supreme Court proceedings are made public. They are then open to interpretation, scrutinization and judgement. History has proven time and again that individuals, especially those with high ranking positions, are prone to act differently when cameras are rolling. Look no further than the infamous Kennedy-Nixon debates the in the 1960s. Those who tuned in were swayed, regardless of if they wanted to be, by the “show” each individual put on when televised. In the age of 24-hour-cable news channels, live streaming, and incessant citizen journalism, serious questions arise as to whether it is the content of what’s being broadcast that creates impact and influences society, or the portrayal of that content by those involved. Supreme Court proceedings are just one example of influential political discourse to which the public should arguably not have unfettered access. The average American citizen does not fully grasp every legal concept and procedure standard in court, much less the context behind the actions of members of the highest court in the nation. Should these proceedings be publicized for immediate scrutiny by those who usually have very limited understanding of the context and consequence of the trial? Would that not result in a largely uninformed populus with extremely strong opinions on something that is supposed to be the pinnacle of fairness? If this Pandora’s box is opened and Supreme Court procedures are to be televised live, then all of the detriments that come along with reality TV, such as staging and dramatization will come too. As Whelan points out, “The court would become more politicized, and the resulting resentment and distrust among the justices would disserve the ideal of reasoned deliberation — an ideal, to be sure, that is often not realized but that is at least still professed and pursued.” If we decide to broadcast, how can anyone guarantee that a fair and balanced trial will take place given all of the obvious risks? — Gianna Melillo Nation & World Editor

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Prisoners should have access to paper books New regulations stifle inmates’ potential to succeed

E-books do not offer the same experience as hard copies. By Miguel Gonzalez Literacy is a significantly valuable skill in society.


Whether it be through computers, phones, newspapers, books, flyers, signs or one of the many other sources of the

written word, people read regardless of their ethnicity, socio-economic background and physical ability. Recently, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections announced its plans to halt book donations and exchanges at prisons in order to encourage inmates to use e-books instead. With book exchange programs, inmates are allowed to receive any type of book from donors and relatives through request. According to WHYY, inmates could even request books from publishers through catalogues. The current book exchange system will now undergo changes in order to curtail the practice of sneaking synthetic drugs into prisons. While it’s important to enforce policies that prevent drug use in prisons, the department’s new policies will have heavy consequences. According to Slate, inmates

will now have to purchase a tablet that will cost approximately $147, and then also buy e-books to load onto the tablet that can range between $3 and $25. It will be difficult for inmates to read if they cannot afford the devices, and prisoners will be at a high risk for losing their only connection to the outside world. For some prisoners who grew up in poverty and received poor public education in overcrowded schools, reading books provides a chance for rehabilitation and growth. Reading facilitates learning and allows inmates to familiarize themselves with literature and other types of educational material. Also, reading books gives inmates another way to pass the time while they’re stuck in prison serving long sentences. Reading also plays a huge role in maintaining any successful democracy. No matter the

circumstances, prisoners should never be restricted from any reading resources. The American Library Association emphasizes this concept by stating that “participation in a democratic society requires unfettered access to current social, political, economic, cultural, scientific and religious information. Information and ideas available outside the prison are essential to prisoners for a successful transition to freedom.” I believe prisoners should have access to as many books as possible. Nothing beats the feeling of opening a book and engaging with a story for hours on end. Reading helps prisoners with coping psychologically and can help to strengthen mental health. Prisoners already live miserable lives, so why remove one of the only opportunities to improve their quality of life?

Expertise does not equate to teaching ability

Some professors lack instructional, communication skills

By Linh Ngo As college students, we are constantly surrounded by the brilliant minds of our peers, mentors, bosses and of course our professors. The majority of the professors at the College are intellectuals at the top of their field. There are many accomplished professors who have been published numerous times, have ongoing research or own well-established businesses. However, brilliance does not necessarily correlate to teaching ability, and even the most knowledgeable professors can fall short when it comes to teaching their students well. One of my peers is enrolled in a course in which the professor does not have previous teaching experience. It is also her first year in an American college environment. She has an impressive resume, but she does not communicate well with her students and many of them struggle to grasp the material. Her lectures are dry and long with powerpoints more than a hundred slides long that she reads directly off of, according to her students. Although she has extensive experience in her field, she is unable to teach her students in a manner that is effective and purposeful.

One professor of mine often gets lost in the content of the subject. He has decades of professional experience and is also published. However, he is teaching a course that he is not well versed in and as a result, his students have a difficult time completing their challenging assignments. Usually, teaching is a second career for most professors, or in some cases a “side job.” Adjunct professors are not required to have a teaching degree in order to teach a class. There are several professors who have a day job in their field and only teach one class at the College. Teaching might not be every professor’s priority, and that is definitely apparent in some cases. When professors do not prioritize teaching their students, those students will become frustrated and their ability to engage and learn will wane. In some cases, a professor might be so brilliant that they have trouble relating to students who are not grasping concepts as well as others. It may be hard for a professor to break down complex lessons to simple everyday examples. Some professors quickly go through material without realizing that their students are not as well versed on the subject as they might have expected. They forget to slow down and pace

Some students struggle to keep up with fast-paced professors. themselves so all the students have time to absorb information, not just scribble down notes. Some professors are excellent in their field and can jump into teaching without taking the time to study how to be an


effective teacher. Teaching is not a skill everyone has, and it takes practice and experience to become a good teacher. It is important to also remember that not all people who perform well in their field can be good teachers.


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Students share opinions around campus “Do professors at the College lack teaching skills?”

Katherine Holt / Opinions Assistant

Angelina Francese, a junior music education major. “My professors have been more than willing to offer help after class — they’re dedicated.”

Katherine Holt / Opinions Assistant

Monica Alvarado, a junior music education major. “The classes here aren’t exceptionally large. That gives professors the ability to build connections.”

“Should inmates have access to donated books?”

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Lauren Hollowniczky, a sophomore psychology major. “Prisons should implement education programs to assimilate inmates after their sentences.”

Katherine Holt / Opinions Assistant

Rupak Doctor, a sophomore marketing major. “Prison’s main priority should be reform rather than holding.”

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Vote / Alumna pushes for public safety

Photo courtesy of Kate McKinley

McKinley wants to represent young people in Ewing.

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She teamed up with Ron Prykanowski, who is running for mayor, and Dick LaRossa, who is also running for town council. She says this partnership will allow for a more democratic voting process. “I’m running independently, but the three of us are on the same ticket,” she said. “What makes this interesting is that I decided to run with two gentlemen that are much older than me because the mayor had absolutely no opposition for the general election in November. He would’ve won by default, and that’s unacceptable.”

Due to her former business administration degree at the College and her current role as a financial reporter at Princeton University, McKinley is well-versed in budgeting. As a town council member, she hopes to reduce the salaries of certain government officials and use that money to hire a public safety director, which the town currently lacks. “The township has no public safety director, which is kind of important,” she said. “The mayor is filling in for this role with no experience in any EMS or the education and certifications that a public safety director would have. He has a lot

of power without the necessary training or experience.” If McKinley were to be elected, she would reduce all five town council members’ annual salaries from $12,000 to $2,000 and the mayor’s salary from $50,000 to $30,000. This would leave room in the budget for a public safety director salary, allowing the government to fund an additional position without increasing the budget. As a member of the town council, McKinley would also work to strengthen contact between the police department, residents and the College community. She cites how the town was notified of the shooting of resident Devon Green that took place just a few blocks away from the College last October as an example of poor communication. “That information needed to get to the students and residents a lot faster than it did,” McKinley said. “There needs to be better communication channels and more transparency between the mayor, residents and students.” As for Trenton Water Works, McKinley is appalled that residents only receive notifications about toxins in their drinking water after the problems are solved. “Trenton Water Works is way understaffed and there’s a lot of infrastructure that needs to be replaced,” she said. “It’s old and it’s been leaking toxins into the water source. As a resident, I think I’ve received four or five letters saying the water is fine now, but telling me about past issue

I didn’t know about. TCNJ kids are drinking it. The main reason I’m running is for public safety.” McKinley also hopes to increase tax revenue by encouraging the development of more local businesses, which would help students at the College secure more job opportunities. “We’re looking for businesses with long term viability, which will help TCNJ students in the long run with internships and jobs,” she said. “My main goal would be to increase tax revenue without increasing the actual residential population. If you increase the population, you put a burden on the police, the fire department and the schools.” McKinley recognizes the potential for local government to eventually make changes on a larger scale. She encourages students to get involved as much as possible and advocate for their beliefs. “I think local government is the most important focus for everyone right now,” she said. “The change is never going to come from the top — the change comes from the bottom. The more voices you have at the bottom pushing up, the more tension on the person at the top to change.” She encourages young people like herself to educate themselves on the community’s needs and try to take matters into their own hands. “Always be an active listener and understand why people are passionate about something,” she said. “If you share that passion, find a practical, polished way to be an advocate for it.”

Sigma Kappa’s Car Show accelarates Alzheimer’s awareness

Left: Sisters take showcased vehicles for a spin. Right: Sigma Kappa raises money for Alzheimer’s during its Ultra Violet week. By Colleen Rushnak Correspondent Students and community members alike strolled through the row of brightly colored cars that lined Lots 3 and 4 on Saturday, Oct. 6. Some cars were sleek and modern, while others carried a more classic vintage vibe, but all were brought for one purpose –– to fundraise for a cause. Sigma Kappa hosted its seventh annual Driving Out Alzheimer’s Car Show from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. to raise money to fight the lethal brain disease. Pennington resident George Dorsett, who owns a 1956 Chevy, has been coming to the Sigma Kappa car show for the past seven years.

“I have been here every year since they had it,” he said. “I talked to one of the girls and told them to get more fliers out to people at car shows, and every year it seems to get bigger and bigger.” The car show concluded Sigma Kappa’s Ultra Violet Week, which was a series of events that supopored the Sigma Kappa Foundation, which is committed to increasing Alzheimer’s awareness, research and treatment. “We do it every year to raise funds for a cause that is really close to a lot of our sisters’ hearts,” said Madison Storcella, a senior communication studies major and Sigma Kappa’s vice president of philanthropic service. “We like to spread light on this awful disease and have a fun event.”

Storcella has been planning this event since the summer. Event highlights included food trucks, face painting, pumpkin painting and a silent auction. The silent auction had gift baskets ranging from a month of free yoga to tickets to an upcoming New Jersey Devils game. Participants bid on the prizes while the TCNJ Dance Team and the Tap Ensemble performed for spectators. The Sigma Kappa Foundation has become a leader in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease, a condition that affects 5.7 million Americans, according to The Alzheimer’s Association. “Many people have no idea that Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in America,” said sophomore history and

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secondary education dual major and Sigma Kappa sister Laura Leonard. This event did not just support the members of Sigma Kappa — the sorority invited a variety of other organizations to table and raise money for their philanthropies. Kristine Spike, a junior communication studies major and president of the club swim team, hosted a tarot card reading station to raise money for the swim team’s uniforms. Sigma Kappa was proud to not only raise money for its own philanthropy, but to give other campus organizations an opportunity to reach their goals as well. “We feel like this is a great opportunity to come together,” Storcella said. “We have invited Greek organizations, clubs and sports teams to come out.”

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Union Latina hosts Gala de La Raza Performances showcase campus diversity

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Left: The Decker Social Space transforms into a Latin-American ballroom. Right: A variety of dance clubs put their moves to the test.

By Kalli Colacino Correspondent

A mix of silver and black table cloths sprinkled with sparkly stars covered the tables under the festive string lights of the Gala De La Raza on Friday, Oct. 5 in the Decker Social Place. Union Latina hosted the gala to embrace diversity on campus. Students dressed for the occasion in shimmering dresses and formal dress shirts. The night was filled with booming music, elegant dancing and delicious food.

Jennifer Largo, a junior early childhood education and biology double major and Union Latina e-board member, organized the event. She emphasized the role the gala plays in fostering a sense of unity on campus. “Gala De La Raza has been going on for many years,” Largo said. As the room quickly filled with people, the DJ played catchy music and students took to the dance floor. When students weren’t on the dance floor, they gathered at their tables to watch a variety of performances with

upbeat tempos that had them dancing in their seats. The first performance of the night was by Más Flow, a dance team from Princeton University. They stole the stage with a mixture of Salsa, Merengue and Bachata dancing. The crowd clapped wildly when the performance concluded. Más Flow’s routine was followed up by a performance from Rutgers Bachata Club, of Rutgers University-New Brunswick. The group’s graceful dancing had the crowd sitting on

the edge of their chairs, eager to see more. The College’s own multicultural dance group, Ritmo Latino, took the stage and amazed the audience with sharp Bachata dance moves. This style of dance, which originates from the Dominican Republic, was well-received by the crowd. Students took a break from dancing to enjoy dinner, which included empanadas and rice among other options. Sara Gonzalez, a freshman English and elementary education

double major, attended the gala as a member of Union Latina, hoping to get “the TCNJ community involved.” The event allowed people to socialize while becoming more socially aware and embrace the vast amount of cultural differences between students on campus. Students spent the rest of the night dancing, taking photos in the photo booth and enjoying the food and beverages served, all while embracing Latinx culture.

Campus Town celebrates new kids on block Event promotes new businesses, student unity “I love it. The management is great and super friendly.” One of the new businesses students can expect to enjoy this fall is Landmark Americana Tap and Grill. Landmark Americana will feature 40 tap beers, including local craft brews, flat screen TVs and e pub-style food in a sports-bar atmosphere. Cat Magee, a senior marketing major, recently started working at Lion Dog in Campus Town and expressed her excitement to represent the business at the block party. “Campus Town does a great job bringing in new local businesses and new activity,” Magee said. Magee, like many campus community

members, also looks forward to the opening of Landmark Americana. As retail and restaurant spaces fill up in Campus Town, the management staff is eager to draw more visitors to the area. “We’ve been planning this event since the summer,” said Pat Shanahan, assistant general manager of Campus Town.“We were so excited to have a good time and build a community.” Students and Campus Town employees came together to celebrate the growth of new businesses and the strength of its developing community. The block party, on top of the countless fundraisers held by businesses to support student clubs, speaks to Campus Town’s involvement in the lives of students.

Meagan McDowell / Photo Editor

Students hope to win giftcards to Campus Town businesses. By Isabel Vega Correspondent Lined with blue tents and a wide range of activities, Campus Town’s block party attracted students eager to win prizes and celebrate the community’s businesses on Oct. 3. The block party was packed with activities for students. In the cash cube, participants tried their luck at winning gift cards and coupons. Vendor tables lined the sidewalks to promote several Campus Town businesses, including Hair Worx, Lion Dog and Redberry. Campus Town Resident Advisers organized giant Connect Four and Jenga games.

Additional carnival games and a rock climbing wall allowed students to maximize their time on the warm fall afternoon. Free merchandise and food lured students to visit every table and learn more about future attractions. “This is right around the time housing applications are sent out, so it’s nice to be able to show students that this is what Campus Town has to offer,” said senior biology major Naz Tahia, who helped run the cash cube and the giftcard wheel. Tahlia prefers living in Campus Town as opposed to an on-campus residence. “It truly gives you a sense of what it’s like to live on your own,” she said.

Staff and residents mingle at the block party.

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Campus Style

Students react to pro-life protest

Photo courtesy of the TCNJ Digital Archive

Campus demonstrations can anger students with opposing opinions. Every week, Features Editor Emmy Liederman hits the archives and finds old Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories. TCNJ Students for Life planted blue and pink flags across green lawn last April in a display titled, The Graveyard of Innocents. Each flag represented 10 fetuses that had been aborted in New Jersey in the past month. This display caused an uproar among pro-choice students, who decided to vandalize the display and post a video of the vandalization on social media. The pro-life group fought back, arguing that the vandalization was an infringement on their freedom of speech. In an April 2002 issue of The Signal, a “shouting match” between students and Survivor, a pro-life youth ministry, was documented as a contested issue. Sixteen years later, abortion still remains a highly controversial issue at the College. The campus community was confronted by signs and pictures used by members of Survivor, a pro-life youth ministry, that came to the College last Tuesday. Survivor arrived on campus shortly after 10 a.m. and left shortly after 2 p.m.. after a group of students in front of the Brower Student Center engaged in a shouting match with adviser Cheryl Conrad and Kathy Benskin, a chapter leader

from Dayton, Ohio. “I am very mad at this,” Mike Young, freshman biology major, said. “It’s a gross exaggeration of the truth. They are so sure they’re right, they force their views on people who don’t want them. It’s an exaggeration of the truth and constitutes propaganda. They are using shock value.” However, members of Survivor felt the campus was open to their message. “We got here around 10:30, and students have been fairly receptive,” Benskin said. According to group members, it’s the last 30 minutes that are the worst. “By then, most people have found out that we’re here,” Benskin said. Six members of Survivor, which is based in Southern California, came to the College to “inform people about the truth of this issue, so if they are to make decisions, they are informed about it,” Keith Mason, chapter leader from Denver, said. Some students were angered by the posters the Survivor members were carrying around. One was a large picture of an aborted fetus with the words “Choice is Abortion,” and the other compared abortions to the Holocaust, saying, “Hitler’s Holocaust, America’s Holocaust.”

Lions Plate


Left: Mix up your autumn wardrobe with some pink pieces. Right: Hot pink pants can add some flair to your business casual clothes. By Lexy Yulich Columnist October is finally here— the leaves are changing color, the air is getting crisp and it’s about time to bring out your boots and sweaters. In addition to fall festivities, October is also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here are some tips for incorporating pops of pink into your outfits, allowing you to not only have some fun with your clothes, but also show your support for the cause. 1. Select your favorite shade of pink. Pink has a wide range of hues — from hot pink, to baby pink, to salmon, there are so many possibilities. Figuring out which shades of pink you like the most helps you decide which pink pieces to purchase. Pink can either be used as a neutral color or a statement color depending on which shade you wear. 2. Accessorize with pink. With the

chilly months ahead, now is the perfect time to purchase some pink accessories. Scarves, hats, gloves and other cold weather accessories are starting to hit store shelves. For now, pink wallets, purses, headbands, sneakers and even pink lipsticks are an easy addition your everyday outfits. 3. Mix feminine looks with edgier pieces. Because the color is so versatile, you can mix in pink with every type of outfit. For example, wearing a pink suede leather jacket with an all black outfit, or wearing a pink blouse with a black leather jacket, are easy ways to add balance and depth to your look. 4. Purchasing a pink sweater is an easy way to prepare for fall. Cable knit, cardigans, crop sweaters or crewneck sweatshirts can be your go-to fall staples. Sure, traditional fall colors such as orange, green, brown and neutrals are still widely in style, but switching up your fall color palette is a great way to add some variety.

Cream cheese pumpkin roll


Left: The cream cheese filling adds a flavorful twist to your pumpkin bread. Right: This fall-inspired treat can be served at Halloween parties.

By Shannon Deady Columnist

A pre trick-or-treat party was a Halloween tradition in my neighborhood when I was growing up. It was the best way for parents to ensure we had something substantial in our bellies before filling up on candy for the rest of the night. Each family prepared their best fall-themed treat, and my mother collected the recipes.

I’m not quite sure from whom it came, but this is how our family’s favorite pumpkin roll recipe came to be. It has since been passed down to me to bake and share with friends at school. This dessert is a guaranteed hit every October, especially for pumpkin and cream cheese icing lovers. It is a great way to put your baking skills to the test and is well worth the effort. Makes: 1 roll (8 servings)


Pumpkin Roll: 3 eggs 2/3 cup pumpkin 3/4 cup flower 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Cream Cheese Filling: 8 oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese

2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon vanilla 1 cup powdered sugar

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 2. Combine all ingredients for the pumpkin roll and beat thoroughly in large mixing bowl. 2. Grease cookie sheet and line well with waxed paper before spreading dough in pan. Once dough is spread, bake in oven for 15 minutes.

3. While the pumpkin roll is baking, beat filling ingredients in a small mixing bowl and set aside for later. 4. Take roll out of oven, place on clean dish towel, and roll up before placing in refrigerator for one hour or freezer for 15 minutes. 5. Take out and unroll. Spread filling evenly before rerolling. 6. Optional: dust roll with powdered sugar before serving or storing in the refrigerator. 7. Enjoy!

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Arts & Entertainment

Fantano drops needle, knowledge on audience

Left: ‘The Melon’ analyzes Smash Mouth’s ‘Allstar.’ Right: Fantano embraces his status as an internet meme.

By Denny Bolanos Correspondent

The College Union Board welcomed blogger and music critic Anthony Fantano to the College to deliver his lecture, “Music Journalism in the Digital Age,” on Oct. 2. Fantano’s YouTube channel, The Needle Drop, is dedicated to reviewing and recommending new music. He also gave advice to students looking to build an online platform. Because of his outgoing personality and opinionated content, Fantano has also developed a meme-like reputation on the internet, which he poked fun at during his lecture. Part of what makes him “meme-worthy” are his many aliases, one of which he brought up during the lecture. He earned the nickname “The Melon” in part due to his large bald head. His many bylines reflect the spirit of his reviews, with names like Badthony Scoretano, Spongethony Bobtano and many more. Fantano asked the audience upon reaching the stage, “I heard somebody was messing with my laptop. Is that true? I heard somebody put up a meme of a moth,” and true it was. In the minutes leading up to the lecture, a parody of Kanye

West’s recent music video “I Love It,” was displayed via the projectors, reading: “You’re such a fucking lamp, I love it.” Fantano delved into the new age of music and how music listening has changed over time. “The dinosaurs are dying,” he said. “How many of you listen to the radio for one hour a day? Two hours a day? Anybody?” Almost no one in the audience raised their hands. Fantano continued his mapping of the present state of popular culture and content creation. “Taste has been democratized,” he said. “People have way more choice, way more options than they ever have before.” While distinct tastes can lead to a diverse array of options, it can also paradoxically lead to a lack of fame and originality, according to Fantano. With too many people vying for the limelight, it grows harder to find a place under the sun. “It’s easier than ever to start your own thing, but it’s harder than ever to grow,” he said. Fantano’s journalistic and professional aura began to shed as he reverted to his meme-centric personality so commonly witnessed by his 1.6 million subscribers. Following his lecture, Anthony wasted little time in projecting a second slide

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show on the screen, this one titled, “BEHOLD: A Lyrical Breakdown of Smash Mouth’s ‘All Star.’” What ensued was a true adherence to the title of his presentation — the audience was subjected to 10 minutes of deep lyrical dissection of the Shrek anthem. Fantano, who has climbed his way up the social media ladder to fame, gave students advice in regards to establishing a presence in today’s saturated media landscape. A slide in his presentation communicated his message: “Three Things You Need to Build an Audience: Consistency, Quality, Identity.” The floor later opened up for a question and answer session. Joseph Natale, a junior computer science major, asked, “Was there a point at which you thought, ‘Maybe this isn’t for me. I’m not seeing the results I want to see?’” Fantano reassured Natale that self doubt is just a part of the creative process. “Yeah, I had that feeling all the time,” Fantano said. “I tried my best to balance it. If you want to build something that has longevity, it does take a while to get there. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not worth it.”

Seniors show off lens-based skills in exhibit

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Brand incorporates personal experiences into her work. By Nadir Roberts Arts & Entertainment Editor

After four years of developing and finessing their artistic abilities, the seniors of the art department can finally reap in their success of their efforts. Their use of a variety of mediums, themes and visual aids made for an exhibit that captivated its viewers. The first session of the senior solo exhibits was presented on Oct. 3 in the

AIMM building. The exhibit was open to the campus and local community, and gave the two presenting artists a chance to reveal the culmination of their artistic journey during their time at the College. Their work represented aspects from the artists’ personal lives and daily experiences. Olivia Brand, a senior visual arts major, based her series around the people and places that made her who she is today. Brand incorporated her hometown of Pittstown New Jersey’s landscape and family

members into her pieces, all of which intertwined with her titles, “With The Clouds,” “With Them” and “With Him.” Above Brand’s work were the coordinates of Pittstown, 40.5829° N, 74.9585° W, which highlighted how she keeps her town close to heart. “These are landscapes of my town that shape me,” Brand said. “I wanted people to know about it.” Brand’s portion of the showcase featured six photographs, which were all taken on a 35mm film camera and displayed on a 44 x 66 canvas. Each photo, printed in black and white, provided viewers a glimpse of the landscapes around her hometown. Whether it be the detail of winding roads or the clouds that painted the sky, the film gave a more intimate view of everyday sights that people would otherwise take for granted. Brand was intentional about her choice to use film photography over digital photography for the project. “I always loved film,” Brand said. “I knew I wanted to do this.” Danielle Rockowski, a senior fine arts major shared her collection titled “Transcendence.” All of her pieces were self portraits that incorporated long exposures and single source lighting. Rockowski experimented with exposures to add depth to her portraits. Blurred neon

stripes also enhanced her pictures. Her artist’s statement describes “Transcendence” as a self metamorphosis. Each portion of the collection slowly transitioned into the next, evoking emotions that floated from picture to picture. The transformations of Rockowski’s portraits forced viewers to observe and interpret what is real and what is not. “These self-transformations undergo a wrestling between the tangible and intangible — the outer surface and my internal fears, thoughts and feelings,” Rackowski wrote in her statement. The 12-piece collection featured visual juxtapositions that made the eye drift from the background, which displayed parts of Rockowski’s facial features to the brighter designs that she manipulated in the foreground. For example, in the picture entitled “Fear/ Yearning,” Rockowski’s face is partially visible, only showing her nose, eyes and glasses in the focal point, but Rockowski is surrounded by a spiraling rainbow. Her titles, which included names like, “All in / All Out,” “Lifted,” “Can’t See the Outside,” “Until The Thoughts Spread...” and “Hiding,” were named spontaneously in a process similar to her creative journey. “They were kind of predetermined, kind of not,” Rockowski said. “I just wanted the idea to come to me.”

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OSO OSO doubles down on CUB Alt concert By Nadir Roberts Arts & Entertainment Editor CUB Alt went full throttle with a lineup of bands that had students jumping, shouting and dancing to the rhythm. On Friday Oct. 5, Cicala and Toy Cars zoomed into the Brower Student Center Room 225 to open for OSO OSO. Once Toy Cars left the stage and OSO OSO began to set up, the crowd instantly doubled in size. The emo/indie rock band hails from Long Beach, New York and is signed to Triple Crown Records. The band is very intimate with the audience and has sentimental lyrics that reach listeners on a deep level. Playing a mix of songs from their debut album, “Real Stories of True People, Who Kind of Looked Like Monsters” and 2017 project “The Yunahon mixtape,” the band encouraged fans to sing along, while introducing new listeners to their music. “I can’t believe I thought I was safe in my most crooked shape, most vulnerable place … and all that time I was hangin’ on your shelf, I was just running away from getting to know myself” sang out lead singer Jade Limitri. The rolling theme of the night seemed to be jokes about the College that had the crowd laughing nonstop. “Everytime we play a college show it’s in New Jersey, it’s a scholar state,” Limitri said. “That’s what they call NJ

right? The education state? Cicala, a band from South Carolina kicked off the show in high fashion with a set comprised of climactic riffs and transitions that had the crowd yearning for their songs to never end. Some songs like “A Diner in Poughkeepsie” combined graphic lyrics with a soft approach. “And I will bleed out of my mouth, and I’ll never talk again,” whispered Quinn, Cicala’s lead singer. In between songs and sets, each band killed the awkward silence of setting up for the next song with jokes and appreciation. “Thank you to The College of New Jersey for having us,” Cicala said. “Thank you to hummus too.” Cicala met through the music scene a couple years ago and has been together ever since. The band, which has a record coming out this spring, gets inspiration from the likes of Big Thief, Ryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen. The two opening bands just finished a massive tour that spanned the entire US. Cicala’s most memorable stop was California, where they were able to meet many other bands and like minded artists. Next up onto the stage illuminated in purple was Toy Cars, a band from Asbury Park, New Jersey. The group kicked up the tempo and brought out high energy and a lot of movement. During the middle of its set, the band took a moment to sell merchandise, and announced that 100 percent of proceeds went to victims who lost their homes in

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Limitri’s lyrics have a sentimental and nostalgic vibe.

the California wildfires. Toy Cars, who did not leave much time in between songs, kept the ball rolling the whole show with fast paced hits accompanied by aggressive vocals. The band executed suspenseful transitions between verses

and then lowered the volume to deliver descriptive melancholy verses. In the band’s closing song, lead vocalist Matteo DeBenedetti sang, “Despite what you may think, everything good must come to an end.”

ACT puts 20th century twist on “Twelfth Night” Shakesperean classic sells out in Black Box Theater

Orsino and Viola test the strength of their romance. By Danielle Silvia Production Manager

Senior English and communication studies double major Scott Glading wanted to bring Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” to life for a contemporary audience. As director of All College Theatre’s first major production of the year, he put a 1930s spin on the playwright’s classic. From Oct. 3 to Saturday, Oct. 6, ACT performed the classic comedy in the Don Evans Black Box Theater in Kendall Hall. It was produced by Sam Franz, a junior English and communication studies double major, and Jill Merbach, a junior marketing major. ACT’s “Twelfth Night” tells the story of siblings, Viola (played by senior math major Rebecca Conn)

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and Sebastian (layed by senior science Political Science major Robert Hicks), who were separated after a shipwreck, but then unite in a foreign land. They find themselves intertwined in a love triangle. Orsino (played by Alec Skwara, a senior secondary education and history major) is in love with and eventually rejected by Olivia (played by Sydney Blanchard, a sophomore English major). Viola makes her way into Orsino’s land (after the shipwreck,) disguised as a male under the alias Cesario. Meanwhile, Viola is falling in love with Orsino, but Olivia is infatuated with Cesario, not knowing that he is truly Viola. Conn was thrilled to play Viola and enjoyed every moment of the production process. “It was a great experience to put on this show with both the cast and crew,” she said. “Everyone’s worked so hard

and it really shines through when you’re performing.” The plot thickens as each character begins to reveal his or her true identity with many elements of comedy sprinkled within. Glading explained the darkness behind the show’s humor. Some moments are funny at a glance, but its serious undertones give the show a certain flare Glading strived for. “I edited the three-and-a-half-hour show to a 80 to 90 minute script to add my own touches but also keep the story intact,” Glading said. Rehearsals for the play began in late August, and the entire show was cast, rehearsed and performed in five weeks. Glading attributed the play’s success to the cohesiveness of the group. “As a 15-member cast, the students were responsible for being communicative with me and one another,” Glading said. “We had some rehearsals that began in the late afternoon, and some that just began at 9 p.m. Because everyone has a different schedule, it is always a challenge for every show to set a schedule.” In the early stages of rehearsals, it became evident that there was a discrepancy in the set design. While the production team and Glading had their own vision, the set design team had different thoughts, putting the set in an opposite direction. “Everyone, the cast, crew, worked together to flip the set around,” Glading said. “We used the carpet as a base and strategically lifted each corner of the set to get it right. It turned out great because there was never a ‘bad’ spot for the audience to enjoy the show. Any angle allowed for the same view as the next.” Despite some challenges in the play’s production, Glading was grateful for the successful performances. “The students really are passionate about both academics and the arts, and it never fails to show,” he said. The show on Saturday evening was sold out, and the audience members there were extremely eager to catch the final performance. Senior iSTEM and elementary education double major Alanna Jenkins left the Black Box Theater smiling. “Not only was I laughing, but I felt transformed into the eras of both Shakespeare and the 1930’s, and it was definitely a fun way to spend my Saturday night,” she said.

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Close reading explores 17th - century poet Discussion delves into premodern British taboos By Camille Furst News Assistant

A poet ahead of his time, Thomas Traherne was a pioneer in 17th century British lyric poetry. He dared to write about what others would not, to give a voice to what others would only whisper about and change the way people interpreted poetry. As cataclystic as his work may seem, Traherne left only a light footprint in the pathway of progressive poetry. The faculty of the English department hosted a poetry reading on Oct. 2, from 12:30 – 1:50 p.m. in the Physics Building Room 101 to discuss Traherne (1637-1674). Little is known about the poet, other than what can be salvaged from the written works he left behind, but his poetry was greatly influenced by topics like sexuality and gender fluidity, which were often considered taboo during his lifetime. Jean Graham, associate chair of the English department, held the lecture after recently publishing her essay, “High Delights That Satisfy All Appetites: Thomas Traherne And Gender.” The paper discusses the recurring theme of homosexuality and gender fluidity not only in Traherne’s poem “Love,” a poem she cited during the lecture, but in other works of his as well. She was inspired to write her article and hold the poetry reading after

analyzing some of Traherne’s work. “Love,” particularly intrigued her — while she saw themes of homosexuality and gender fluidity in his piece, she was surprised to learn that her interpretation was not one that was shared by many others. “When I started researching it I found that ... very few people — fewer than five — had written about the poem as a homosexual love poem.” Graham asked audience members if they have heard the name Thomas Traherne before. Out of the audience of approximately 40 people, only the three other faculty members raised their hands. “There are not currently a lot of records kept about Traherne,” Graham said. “(He) is not your most commonly read poet. I’m actually not expecting many of you to have read a poem by him.” Despite an almost nonexistent reputation, Traherne wrote about rare subjects of conversation at the time, including gender fluidity. “Women cannot attend university or become clergy, men cannot care for small children, and, legally, married women are non-persons,” Graham said of the time period in which Traherne lived. “Most people would say that (these poems are) unusual.” Graham then explained that despite various forms of oppression against

women in the pre-modern era, gender fluidity still existed to a certain extent. She presented a treatise from 1860 that prohibited cross-dressing in any form. However, since women were not allowed to act in plays, men cross-dressed and played female roles. “I am His image and His friend, His son, bride, glory, temple, end,” Traherne’s poem “Love” reads. By having the speaker characterize himself as both a son and a bride toward

God, Traherne began a conversation on gender fluidity. Poetry at the time was described as metaphysical, where metaphors, imagery and harsh expression were favored writing techniques. Traherne used those techniques to talk about issues that were forbidden at the time. Poets like Traherne “want people to pay attention, they don’t want to be forgotten,” Graham said. “For Traherne to be forgotten is unusual for a metaphysical poet.”

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Graham dissects Traherne’s references to gender fluidity.

‘Hinowa ga Crush’ gears up readers for war

Action-packed Manga follows story of young soldier


Left: Hinowa is determined to avenge her fallen mother. Right: The sequel brings a fresh set of characters and new plot twists.

By Nina Brossa Correspondent

Takahiro is best known for writing the manga “Akame ga Kill!” It tells the story of Tatsumi, a boy from the countryside who joins a group of assassins in order to rid the empire of corruption. The final manga volume of “Akame ga Kill!” brought the series to a satisfying close in July. Now, from the same author, along with new artist Strelka, comes its sequel, “Hinowa ga Crush!” While there are a few flashbacks to the original, fans and newcomers alike will be able to enjoy this new action series. The manga takes place in an era of warring states on the island of Wakoku. Twenty-four countries are at war for leadership of the island, but the story mainly focuses on the conflict between the Soukai and the Tenrou nations. After Hinata’s mother, a Soukai captain, is murdered by a

formidable Tenrou commander, she adopts her name, Hinowa, and vows to end the war. She and her friends, all of low socioeconomic status, train under an elder in the hopes of entering the battlefield and distinguishing themselves. They are finally able to join the army, but will they be prepared to face the challenges of war? The characters have developed well, considering this is only the first volume. They have already distinguished their own personalities, goals and backgrounds. From just the first five chapters, you can tell that they already have good compatibility and mesh well with one another. In addition to the main group of friends, there is also a very important secondary character, Akame — the title character from the original series washes up along the Soukai shore and briefly trains Hinowa. Unfortunately, Akame watches the action from the sidelines in

this volume due to injuries. Takahiro’s story writing has also improved since, “Akame ga Kill!” While there are still scenes containing violence and sexuality, “Hinowa ga Crush!” does not solely rely on that kind of grit to tell its story. This may be attributed to this series’ lack of focus on corruption and depravity, unlike its predecessor, though such things certainly exist in the world of the second book. Although there is a new artist behind the second book, the change was not so jarring and I welcome a new artist for this new story. However, I do miss some aspects of the original artist, Tetsuya Tashiro, and his work. He gave the first story a distinct style that can’t be replicated. The start of the series is promising. If you are a fan of war stories or action comics, “Hinowa ga Crush!” just might be the manga for you. Even if you have never read or have an interest in reading “Akame ga Kill!” the plot and characters are fresh enough that you will enjoy this series.

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Sports Football

Montclair State soars to easy victory Lions hope to succeed in next home game

Jachera sets up his team with a first-and-goal.

By Maximillian C. Burgos Staff Writer

The football team lost its third straight road game against Montclair State University this past weekend 28-0. The Lions fell to 0-5 as a result.

Montclair State entered the game with an undefeated record, and looked to stay perfect on the season. Montclair State’s defense seemed insurmountable in the first half, as the Lions only totaled 10 yards of total offense. The Lions didn’t record their first

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first-down until the third quarter. Both teams had offensive struggles in the first half, as each team took turns punting the ball to each other. Out of the 14 total possessions in the first half by both teams, 10 of them ended with a punt, but Montclair did

just enough to score 21 unanswered points in the half. Montclair State made the game a 28-0 affair when it punched in the fourth touchdown late in the third quarter on a 10play 83-yard drive that killed six minutes and 20 seconds of valuable time on the clock. The Lions responded by having their best drive of the game, led by freshman quarterback Dave Jachera and junior running back Connor Owen. The Lions managed to get into Montclair State’s red zone after a 10-yard rush by Jachera, setting up firstand-goal for the Lions. On the next play, Montclair State halted the Lions’ drive and stripped the ball away from Owen to preserve the shutout. The Lions played hard until the end. On the last play of the game, the team drove 66 yards on 10 plays and managed to get back into the red zone. After a few passes to the endzone that fell incomplete, it was too little too late.

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There were a few bright spots for the Lions. Freshman running back Mark Pacini won his second Offensive Rookie of the Week award by the New Jersey Athletic Conference. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry for 29 yards on seven attempts for the Lions. Pacini ranks 12th in rushing within the conference. With this award, the football team has now earned six NJAC Offensive Rookie of the Week awards. On defense, freshman linebacker Sal Tardogno led the Lions with eight tackles. Sophomore linebacker Gavin Liepe totaled four tackles with two for losses. Junior punter Zach Warcola continues to be the national leader in punting, averaging 39.5 yards on eight punts, two of which were for 50-plus yards and three landed inside the 20. The Lions finally return home after a stretch of away games on Oct. 13 to play NJAC opponent Rowan University for a 6 p.m. start.

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Men’s soccer clashes in 1-1 draw Lions achieve 8-0 shutout victory By Alexandra Parado Sports Editor

The Lions traveled to Union, New Jersey to challenge New Jersey Athletic Conference opponent Kean University on Saturday, Oct. 6. The team played to a 1-1 double overtime draw. In the opening half, Kean freshman forward Ramesses Moore-McGuinness scored for the opponent. The first attempt was stopped by the Lions’ defense, but the ball deflected right in front of Moore-McGuinness, giving Kean the opportunity to score. The Lions attempted to end the lead but none of their four shots were able to get to the back of the net. It was not until the 73rd minute when freshman midfielder Ryan Santos spotted sophomore midfielder Ryan Vazquez and

sent in a cross, allowing Vazquez to score for the Lions. Vazquez earned his 12th goal of the season off of the goal assisted by Santos. In the final 35 minutes of playing double overtime, neither team could secure the golden goal. The score of 1-1 became final and the game resulted in a draw. Kean had 21 shots on the Lions with eight of them being on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Michael Kayal collected seven saves that game, locking down the net so Kean would not score any more goals. As a result of the draw with Kean, the team’s record is now 7-4-1 overall and 1-3-1 in the NJAC. Lions return home on Wednesday, Oct. 10 to face Stockton University at 7:30 p.m. in Lions Stadium. On Saturday, Oct. 13, the team will host New Jersey City University for an 11 a.m. duel.

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Kayal collects seven saves against Kean University.

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Hannah scores a pair of goals against William Paterson. By Alexandra Parado Sports Editor

The field hockey team extended its winning-streak to six, crushing William Paterson University 8-0 at home on Saturday, Oct. 6. The Lions now move on to owning an overall record of 9-1, and an undefeated record of 2-0 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. With just five minutes into the game, senior forward/midfielder Caroline Quinn scored the first goal of the game, which boosted the team’s momentum. Shortly after the first goal, the Lions went on a five-goal run and took a 6-0 lead going into halftime. Goals were accomplished by junior forward Jordan Allegretto, sophomore forward Tori Tiefenthaler and junior forward Tori Hannah. Both Tiefenthaler and Hannah finished the first half with a pair of goals. During the second half, all of the action was on William Paterson’s side. The Lions

were hungry and eager to keep sending shots to their opponent’s goalkeeper. The College outshot William Paterson by 37 shots, while the opponent only had two shots the entire game. In the final 10 minutes of the game, junior forward Cayla Andrews scored off of her own rebound, collecting her ninth goal of the season. Moments later, junior forward Iris Schuck received a pass from Quinn and made her way to the arc with ease and fired a shot that the opponent’s goalkeeper did not see coming. Junior goalkeeper Maddie Beaumont denied the single shot on goal attempted by William Paterson. This contest marked Beaumont’s fourth straight shutout of the season. The team improved its record and completed its sixth shutout in 2018. This weekend, the team will host NJAC opponent Montclair State University on Saturday, Oct. 13 for a 1 p.m. match.



Women’s soccer extends winning-streak

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Left: Curtis scores the Lions’ lone goal. Right: McGrogan hustles past Kean’s defense. By Christine Houghton Staff Writer Adding to its six-game win streak, the women’s soccer team was able to pick up two additional wins this week. Playing away at York College on Oct. 3, the team held a 1-0 shutout and held Kean University to the same score at home on Saturday, Oct. 6. Now falling to 4-7, York has been added to the list of teams dominated by the College’s defense. In the first half, the team shutout York in shots by 6-0, but could not get the ball

in the net. The College’s hard work finally paid off in the 53rd minute with a kick in off a rebound by freshman forward/midfielder Nikki Butler, marking her fifth goal of the season. Junior defensemen Nora Burge, Ally DeRiggi and Jen McGrogan, with sophomore midfielder Faith Eichenour, held the Lions’ defense tight against York, allowing zero shots on goal, compared to the team’s nine against York. Junior goalkeeper Nicole DiPasquale helped seal the deal this game, achieving her fifth shutout of the season and

the sixth for this year. The College, now nationally ranked sixth by the NCAA in the division III group, achieved its seventh straight win on Saturday, Oct. 6 in Lion’s Stadium against Kean University. Kean helped the Lions improve to 9-1 overall and remain undefeated in their conference. Holding to its consistently strong defense, the College held Kean to a 19-0 shutout in shots in the first half. Finally scoring in the 57th minute, senior midfielder Arielle Curtis cashed in on a penalty kick, giving the Lions their only point of the game, and her

third for the season. Dominating her position yet again, DiPasquale locked down the College’s goal, securing the team’s seventh shutout of the season. The Lions’ defense held firm until the end, only allowing one shot and one shot on goal for Kean. The offense finished with 30 shots and 12 shots on goal. The team plays both games away this week, one Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey and the other Saturday, Oct. 13 at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Cross country teams thrive at Highlander Invitational Men earn fourth place standing, women finish sixth By Malcolm Luck Staff Writer

Following a pair of solid performances on Sept. 29 at the Paul Short Invitational, the men and women’s cross country squads returned to the track in Newark, New Jersey to run in the NJIT Highlander Invitational. Both teams put together fantastic performances, resulting in a fourth place finish for the men and a sixth place finish for the women. The men participated in the 8k event with their top finisher, freshman Gabriel Calandri, coming in 27th place. His time of 27:31.00 was the top mark for the Lions and led the charge that gave his team its second best finish of the season. A wave of freshmen competitors for the Lions followed. Claiming 31st place was freshman Fabian Mestanza, clocking in at 27:42.00. Next in line was freshman John Raisley with his time of 28:14.00, good for 46th. Freshman Michael Iannotta finished in 49th, crossing the finish line in 28:24.00. Freshman Matthew Smith finished next for the Lions with his time of 28:37.00 in 57th place, followed by junior Luke Pacini in 62nd, clocking in at 28:58.00. Rounding out the event for the Lions were sophomore Alex Cafiero and freshman Jack Ennis, respectively completing the race in 64th and 69th places with their times of 29:01.00 and 29:19.00. In a slate of 239 total competitors, the men’s team

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did not have a runner who placed lower than 69th place. This remarkable display of consistency allowed the College to accumulate an average time of 28:05.60, which ultimately earned fourth place among 31 total teams. The women’s team displayed similar signs of consistency, beginning with senior Kelly Morrison. She raced to the top mark for the Lions, earning 26th place with her time of 20:09.00. Sophomores Jill Neggia and MaryKate Bailey completed the race just six seconds later, respectively finishing in 29th and 30th in 20 minutes and 15 seconds. Freshman Grace Cocanower was the next top finisher for the Lions with her time of 20:52.00, good for 48th. Placing 52nd was sophomore Amy Cmielewski in 20:54.00 followed by junior Kiera Cullen in 54th, finishing just two seconds later in 20:56.00. Sophomore Katelyn Morgan followed close behind in 21:10.00, good for 60th. Sophomore Emily Forester and freshman Brittany Schofield came in 64th and 65th respectively with identical times of 21:14.00. Rounding out the day for the women’s team were freshmen Tara Donoghue and Lauren Murphy and senior Gianna Melillo. Donoghue earned 69th with her time of 21:23.00, followed by Murphy in 82nd in 21:47.00 and Melillo in 118th, clocking in at 23:08.00. The team combined for a total time of 1:42:25.00, averaging 20:29.00 amongst all of the College’s participants. The team finished in sixth place in a slate of 29 total teams.

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Mestanza finishes 31st out of 239.

Both teams will travel to New London, Connecticut on Saturday, Oct. 13 to participate in the Connecticut College Invitational, the last scheduled meet for the Lions until the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships on Oct. 27.

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