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Professor reflects on distinguished career
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Filo is a Pulitzer Prize winner. By Emmy Liederman Managing Editor
The photographer is still not sure how he survived. The bullets were an arms-length away. “I don’t know how I was missed,” said John Filo, an award-winning photographer who now takes pictures for CBS and is an adjunct professor at the College. “I always thought I should’ve been shot.” When students were protesting the expansion of The Vietnam War and advocating for peace at Kent State University on May 4, 1970, they were met with
gunshots fired by The Ohio National Guard. Filo, who was a student at the university, did the only thing he knew he could — he pulled out his camera. Not only did he live to talk about that Monday in 1970, but he also captured it with a photograph. Filo knew he had a story to tell — a story that ended up being worthy of a Pulitzer Prize. “A guard at the crest of the hill started firing down — I thought it was a scare tactic,” he said. “I’m dodging people and can’t take my picture. Guns are going off. I finally get the camera in my eye and see a guy pointing a rifle in my direction. A chunk of bark came off a tree. I didn’t realize they were using live ammunition.” After the first shot rang through the air, the gunman promised that if the crowd did not disperse, he would shoot again. No one moved, so neither did Filo. The rookie journalism student has not changed since that day in 1970 — he still remains stubborn and unsatisfied. The protest ended with four students dead and nine injured. Filo walked away unscathed and with a photograph of Mary Ann Vecchio sobbing over the see PHOTO page 13
Diversity office assembles Bias Response Team By Garrett Cecere Managing Editor Since last semester’s racial incident at Wolfe Hall, the College has taken several measures to combat future occurrences of bias. A large step came on Jan. 2 when College President Kathryn Foster announced to the campus via email that Ivonne Cruz would serve as the Acting Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In a March 1 campuswide email, Cruz delivered an update on actions that have or are scheduled to occur within the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. “Over the past eight weeks, our priorities have been to organize the office, build a mechanism for reporting and responding to bias incidents on
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our campus and to begin developing meaningful opportunities to build the diverse, inclusive and equitable community TCNJ inspires to be,” Cruz said in the email. Foster also said that Cruz would work to develop a Bias Response Team with Chief Diversity Officer Kerri Thompson Tillett and Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion Don Trahan. Cruz announced the members involved in this team in her recent email. The new team includes Cruz, Tillett, Trahan, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Dispute Resolution Elizabeth Gallus, Director of Campus Police Tim Grant, Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs William Keep, Student Government Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Eashwayne
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Haughton and other faculty, staff or student advocates, according to Cruz’s email. “The Diversity Advocates program was actually initiated last semester by Dr. Don Trahan,” she said. “The campus community (faculty, staff, and students) were invited to volunteer for the program. I believe we currently have 86 Diversity Advocates.” Cruz also announced that the Office of Disability Support Services will include the new position of disability specialist, whose responsibilities will include ensuring accommodations in classrooms, residences and dining areas, as well as developing programs, workshops and panels on topics pertaining to disabled students’ experiences and sharing the information see EQUITY page 2
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College provides update on recycling process
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The school uses a single-stream recycling system.
By Alexandra Parado and Lily Firth Social Media Editors
Over the past few years, global warming and environmental change have been at the forefront of many political conversations. Most experts agree that the Earth’s temperature is rising — a phenomenon that could ultimately put human life at risk. According to NASA’s website, the planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit because of higher levels of carbon dioxide and other pollutants. Ice sheets in the poles are shrinking at an alarming rate, with Greenland losing an average of 286 billion tons of ice per year. The global sea level rose approximately 8 inches in the last century and continues to rise. Humans have contributed to global warming in countless ways –– overpopulation, deforestation and reforestation, as well as other activities that contribute to pollution such as smoking, driving and producing waste. Although some have taken action to fix this, the problem still persists. An easy way to help the planet is by
recycling, yet many are still unaware of how important this practice is in the long term. According to the Compactor Management Company, recycling leads to fewer landfill sites, which pollute the air when products decompose. Recycling also lessens energy consumption — it takes more energy to create new products than it does to recycle old ones. Because of the positive environmental effects of recycling, many colleges nationwide such as Rutgers University, the University of California Los Angeles and Arizona State University have developed recycling initiatives to keep their campuses more green and environmentally friendly. At the College, recycling efforts are done through a partnership with Solterra Recycling Solutions, which properly sorts out items collected throughout campus. These items are collected by Building Services, which prepares compiled recyclables to be picked up by Solterra Recycling Solutions. The College’s grounds team does the same, but for all of the outdoor containers across campus. see GREEN page 5
Lions’ Hour forum supports campus community in mourning By Jennifer Somers Correspondent
This academic year, the College has faced many tragedies, including the deaths of senior psychology major Jenna DiBenedetto and freshman psychology major Charlie Schulz. A Grief & Loss Lion’s Hour was held on Friday, March 8 at 1 p.m. in Brower Student Center Room 225W to discuss handling suicide
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prevention and grief in general. The event focused on the importance of uniting the campus community. The College established Lions’ Hour sessions to gain insight and feedback on how to handle conflicts and tragedies. These forums are regarded as a safe space where faculty, staff and students can voice their opinions freely. The Lion’s Hour was hosted by College President Kathryn Foster and co-hosted
by Assistant Vice President for Health and Wellness Mark Forest. The small gathering consisted of both students and mostly faculty. During a raw and emotional discussion, many faculty members voiced their concerns about how could they do more to recognize the signs that a person might be in distress. The focus of the open discussion was the language that see LOSS page 3
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Provost announces community engagement interim director
Aydelotte’s office is located in Forcina Hall Room 324.
By Michelle Lampariello Former Editor-in-Chief
The College announced the appointment of a new interim director for community engagement in a campus-wide email on March 1. Brittany Aydelotte (’09), a former Bonner scholar who previously held multiple positions in community engagement at the College, will serve
as the new interim director, according to the campus-wide email from Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs William Keep. Aydelotte, who graduated with a bachelor’s in English and secondary education, earned a master’s degree in counseling from the College in 2017. Prior to her appointment as interim director, she was the program manager for Community
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Engaged Research and Initiatives. In her new position, Aydelotte will report directly to the provost and will be responsible for community engagement efforts, as well as outreach to community partners. Aydelotte plans to continue to build on the foundation of the Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research’s 15-year history at the College and develop relationships with
more campus stakeholders and community members. “In order to develop the best plan moving forward, our team will be gathering and sharing information with the campus and community,” she said. “We value the input, expertise and perspective of those invested in community engagement and we are confident that together we will continue to advance our efforts at TCNJ.” Aydelotte and her team plan to work closely with the Community Engaged Learning Council and the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to collaborate on community projects that pertain to a wide array of academic departments. While she does not yet have any concrete ideas for new community partners with whom to develop relationships, Aydelotte is optimistic about CELR’s role in enriching learning experiences. “As we review and consult with campus and community stakeholders, we will be looking for ways we can best meet the learning goals of the College and the community-identified concerns through our community engagement projects,” she said. The CELR values potential projects that community members bring to its attention, since it views the College as a member of the local community and
recognizes that engagement goes beyond the work done at the CELR. “One of the most important values to us at (the CELR) is the true collaboration with our partners in the community,” Aydelotte said. “In order to design and implement meaningful, reciprocal community engagement projects, community members and partners will continue to be valued as experts and members of our team.” Aydelotte explained that community engagement plays a vital role in helping the College achieve its goal to prepare graduates to be lifelong learners and responsible community members. “Looking at TCNJ’s mission, vision and values, it is clear that community engagement is essential to meeting our goals as a college,” she said. “Community engagement, in collaboration with rigorous classroom learning, provides students with the opportunity to bring what they are learning to life. Experiences outside of the classroom, in the community, give students the chance to actively engage, often exposing potential and inspiring excellence.” In the campus-wide email, Keep stated that, in her new position, Aydelotte will work closely with Bonner scholars and Stephanie Shanklin, director of the Bonner Institute. Shanklin declined to comment on Aydelotte’s appointment.
Vital Signs: Staying safe on St. Patrick’s Day Equity / OIDEI strives for inclusion
Eating before consuming alcohol reduces the risk of alcohol poisoning. By Anna Kellaher Columnist Next week is St. Patrick’s Day — a day associated with celebrating Irish culture, the color green and, for many people, binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined as the consumption of four drinks in two hours for women and five drinks in two hours for men. In the short term, this kind of excessive drinking increases the risk of car crashes, sexual assault and injury. Binge drinking in the long term can damage the liver and other organs as well. These guidelines from the University of Iowa’s Student Health Services will help keep you safe and responsible as you celebrate. Stay hydrated — drink one glass of water between each drink. Alcohol inhibits your body’s ability to retain water.
You might notice this effect when you find yourself urinating more frequently during a night of drinking. Eat before drinking. Having food in your stomach will slow down how fast alcohol is absorbed in your stomach. Try to limit yourself to one drink per hour. Not all drinks are created equally. One drink is equivalent to 12 ounces of beer (a standard can or bottle), 4 ounces of wine or 1 ounce of hard liquor. Watch out for signs that you or a friend has consumed too much alcohol. Signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning, according to the Mayo Clinic, include but are not limited to confusion, vomiting, slow or irregular breathing (less than eight breaths per minute), blue-tinged, pale skin or passing out. If someone you are with experiences any of these symptoms, immediately call 911 and do not leave them alone.
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The office holds campus-wide workshops to promote diversity. continued from page 1 with the campus. Megan Sellett, director of DSS, is coordinating the search for a disability specialist, according to Cruz. An online “bias incident” form is also in development. According to Cruz, a draft of the form has been developed but is still being tested. She hopes the form will be finalized by next week and sent to the campus after spring break. Until the form is available, students can report incidents of bias to the Office of Student Conduct. Some students expressed how they felt the development of a team represented a step in the right direction. “I think it’s good … to diminish that feeling of hatred,” said Debra Schafer, a freshman journalism and professional writing major. Xuanyi Zhao, a senior physics major, thought that the team’s presence shows commitment to countering racial incidents. “I think it’s always good to have people dedicated … they want to improve the situation,” Zhao said.
In addition, OIDEI has developed the Diversity Education Series, which includes workshops pertaining to inclusion and diversity, in an effort to further the office’s principles. The next workshop, titled, “It’s Not Just Personal: Examining Institutional and Systemic Inequalities,” is scheduled for March 26 at noon in the Brower Student Center Room 216. In addition to the series, the second annual Diversity Summit is scheduled for April 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Center. “The Keynote Speaker will be Sonia Aranza, who will address the topic of Cultural Competence for a Complex World,” Cruz announced in her email. Cruz said that more details will be communicated to the campus as OIDEI continues to expand. “We are committed to advancing a cultural shift that creates an environment where all members of our community feel safe, heard, and valued,” her email read. “Having diversity of thought is important, but making sure we can all engage in respectful dialogue and shared values is the key foundational element to this process.”
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Left: Meeting attendees focus on the importance of mental health. Right: Forest concludes with a sentiment about the College’s caring community.
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surrounds suicide and mental health issues. Faculty stressed that it is sometimes difficult to frame mental health issues in an adaptive way. Students and faculty have been struggling with how to approach the topic of suicides –– some were cautious about glorifying the issue while others felt that the topic was not talked about enough. “How do we sustain these kinds of interesting issues so we can be talking honestly and freely about where we’re at with our emotions, death, suicide?” Foster said. “We want to find a way to do that and a lot of the conversation today was about some of the possibilities of that going forward.” Forest, along with other faculty members, have been working on changing the language
of faculty syllabi to spread awareness of and remind students at the beginning of each semester of the resources that the campus has to offer. The effect of social media on mental health was also discussed. “Everyone’s perception of reality is deteriorated from portraying a “perfect” life on Instagram because not being okay isn’t aesthetically pleasing,” said Jillian Brueckner, a junior psychology major and friend of the late senior psychology major Jenna DiBenedetto. During the Lions’ Hour, Brueckner introduced the idea of creating a group on campus when studentsza could discuss suicide awareness and prevention. Although Breuckner’s idea is still in a premature stage, she plans on collaborating with many of the faculty who attended the Lions’ Hour, such as Forest, Foster, the
Collegiate Recovery Program and Thrive. “I want to have the community come together and acknowledge that suicide is a problem and an epidemic,” Brueckner said. “We need to have open communication about mental health. It is a bridge between a social organization, similar to sororities and fraternities, and an educational organization in which we will be talking about the signs and awareness of suicide, and coping mechanisms along with resources.” Brueckner plans on creating fundraisers and social events for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She also plans on collaborating with other clubs and organizations that are dedicated to supporting the mental health of students on campus. Her agenda includes group therapy and mindfulness sessions to “make everyone comfortable with
the discussion of mental health.” “I lost a lot of people to suicide, depression, anxiety,” she said. “I’m done and something has to change. This is the perfect time to have as many different groups on campus come together.” Discussions such as these Lions’ Hour forums are held to help the campus recover from loss while also promoting the growth of the community. “We are a community that does care about one another,” Forest said at the conclusion of the Lions’ Hour. “We need to have each other’s backs. We need to be able to talk with one another, find out if they’re okay or not okay and let them know they will be alright. We do the best that we can and we are constantly trying to improve our methods, policies, procedures and initiatives.”
SG meeting addresses mental health awareness Foster to attend next week’s College budget meeting
Forest discusses the growing demand for counseling services. By Alexandra Shapiro Columnist
Student Government discussed multiple initiatives that the College is taking toward creating a community more supportive of mental health awareness at its meeting on March 6. SG began its meeting by welcoming Assistant Vice President for Health and Wellness Mark Forest and Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator Jordan Draper, who gave a presentation on mental health and wellness resources present at the College.
According to the presenters, the College uses a “Wellness Wheel” to look at not just one aspect of an individual’s life, but the emotional, intellectual, physical, social, environmental, financial and spiritual wellness levels of all students. Forest presented the following data, which was gathered from the American College Health Association in 2018. According to Forest, 59.1 percent of college students nationwide felt overwhelming anxiety in the past year (with 65.1 percent at the College); 27.4 percent of college students nationwide (38.5 percent at the College)
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felt so depressed that it was hard to function in school; 10.6 percent of college students nationwide seriously considered suicide during the past year (9.3 percent at the College). According to Forest, the most common presenting problems of college students are anxiety, depression and relationship issues. Forest and Draper said that there has been an increase in the demand for services at Counseling and Psychological Services. Both scheduled appointments and walk-in appointments have been rising in recent semesters.
They announced that staffing at CAPS has increased by 50 percent since the fall of 2014. With more staff, CAPS is able to offer services to more people and therefore be more available to the community. CAPS now has enhanced its referral capabilities for long-term treatment with community counseling collaboratives. It is also instituting increased programming in Health and Wellness. Draper spoke about CARE Reports, which are used for students who would like to recommend other students for services through the Dean of Students’ office. SG proceeded to discuss a resolution, “In Support of Assembly Bill,” which requires that institutions of higher education to test for lead in drinking water annually, report test results and install lead filters and treatment devices as is needed. This bill will be further discussed in the weeks to come. Executive President of SG Brooke Chlebowski announced that College President Kathryn Foster and other administrators are coming to the general body meeting next week to give a presentation discussing the College’s ongoing budget priorities. Senior engineering major
Ricky Brum, and vice president for advancement, announced that SG and the Freshman Class Council will be holding a Panera Bread fundraiser on April 3. Senior communication studies and women’s, gender and sexuality studies double major Rachel Smith, and vice president of community relations, stated that Trenton Middle School Day will take place on April 10. The event will allow students from Trenton Middle School to visit the College to learn about campus life and career fields. The Junior Class Council will be holding a sticker fundraiser on Tuesday, March 12 through Friday, March 15, with the College and Class of 2020 themed stickers both for juniors and for any other students at the College. The council announced that it received funding from SFB for gift cards for TCNJ’s Got Talent, which will be held on April 2. Details are to come via email soon. The Class of 2021 announced that it is working on its apparel designs, with more details to be announced soon. The class is also actively searching for venues to hold a spring formal. The Class of 2022 announced that its formal will be taking place on March 30.
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The College is an Energy Star Partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As an Energy Star Partner, the College shares data, ideas and benchmarks with additional institutions and is kept aware of new environmental initiatives. Amanda Radosti, the environmental programs specialist at the College, gave insight on current efforts to improve recycling at the College. “We have recently started tracking our recycling volumes,” Radosti said. “(The College) recycled just over 129 tons during the last 12 months. We are working with Solterra to collect data on our non-recycled refuse so that we can understand recycling as a percentage of our total waste and so that we can find opportunities to continue to improve.” She also said that there are several upcoming events that will include food waste demonstrations and a big push to improve recycling during move out at the end of the spring semester. In an effort to increase the amount of items recycled on campus, the College implemented single-stream recycling in 2010. Single-stream recycling allows all recyclable items to be put into one recycling bin, which makes the process simpler for members of the community. Once the College became single stream, students designed a single-stream sticker that was applied to the recycling containers on campus to help educate users, according to Radosti. The College has been implementing a multi-year project to place exterior recycling containers next to every exterior trash container. These containers have specific lids and lid decals that detail what should be placed in them for recycling. Prior to single-stream recycling, the various types of recyclables needed to be disposed of in separate recycling containers, which created more opportunities for recycling containers to be contaminated. Radosti also highlighted how the College is attempting to reduce carbon emissions. “The College carefully monitors the natural gas and electricity that we purchase and are always looking at ways to improve our energy performance,” she said. “The College tracks our energy use through our Key Performance
Indicators. In order to normalize the data over time, we use the internationally recognized “‘Energy Usage Index’” metric and have a goal to reduce our EUI by 10 percent from 2018 through the end of 2020.” Radosti explained that some of the strategies that the College uses involve replacing inefficient light sources with more efficient ones, setting back or turning off equipment during periods when buildings are empty and improving insulation and building facades. The biggest contributor to the campus’s overall efficiency is the TCNJ central utility plant that has a Heat Recovery Steam Generator. The HRSG uses natural gas to make electricity and then collects all of the wasted heat from that process to make steam, which helps heat all of the buildings. This works even in the summertime – the College has steampowered air conditioning equipment and does not rely solely on electricity-powered equipment. Missy Greenberg, a senior sociology major and sustainability sales intern for Sodexo, has noticed the efforts the College has taken toward becoming a green community. “I think that (the College) is doing pretty well from an environmental standpoint,” Greenberg said. “In just two short years here, I have seen so many amazing environmental initiatives that I didn’t see at my previous college. I think we’re still a long way from perfect, but I am happy that (the College) is trying at all.” Greenberg also commented on the progress of recycling at the College. “Our recycling program is good, but I think it could be better,” she said. “The fact that we do single-stream recycling is really great from a student standpoint. It takes the thinking out of the equation, and I know that recycling isn’t always the first thing on students’ minds.” According to Greenberg, students need to be properly educated on the difference between trash and recycling. “I would like to see more recycling education campus-wide, as I know a lot of people still aren’t sure exactly what can and cannot be recycled, which can still lead students to just throw something in the trash,” Greenberg said. Throughout campus, there are brochures, flyers and stickers that promote recycling. Despite the College’s efforts to supply information, there is still a
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disconnect between students and the proper ways to recycle. As a community adviser, senior biology major Madhav Patel said that he is knowledgeable about the College’s recycling efforts through his training with Residential Education. “We had to do recycling training as CAs because it is important to help encourage our residents to recycle properly,” he said. “Some people still do not know which things to recycle or where to put their recyclables and it’s our duty to teach them.” Although he has noticed improvements, Patel wants the College to place more of an emphasis on recycling. “I think the College is doing better, but it can still make more of an effort to encourage students to recycle,” Patel said. “Recycling is one of those things everyone knows they should be doing, but it’s so easy not to. Putting more of an emphasis on encouraging students to recycle and doing it properly, or even creating fun initiatives to do so, would benefit the campus community a lot.” The administration can emphasize recycling as much as it wants, but according to Patel, it is up to students to listen. “Recycling is tough because so much of the process is invisible to us, but if we focus on educating students on their ecological footprints, we might be able to get more people involved,” Greenberg said. “The first step to caring about
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something is to learn about it.” Patel stressed that when thinking about environmental issues, people must consider the conditions future generations will be forced to experience. “As a biology major, we learn a lot about environmentalism and the largely negative impact humans have on ecology,” Patel said. “It gets frustrating sometimes because people like to focus on tiny actions that make them feel good about recycling … At the end of the day, (there are) major corporations still pumping tons of plastic and chemical waste into the ocean, and me switching to metal straws realistically won’t make even a drop of a difference.” Although he is skeptical of significant change, Patel has hope for the future, as long as people do their part. It is up to members of the community to partake in recycling and cooperate with the College to become a more environmentally friendly campus. “Real environmental action won’t take place until we hold these corporations and companies accountable for the huge damage they’re doing,” Patel said. “By choosing what corporations we give our business to as a college campus, and by getting politically active and voting, we still have a shot at stopping and reversing all the environmental damage we’ve done. We have to start now though, and as college students, we are in a good spot to do that.”
SFB funds Junior Class Council’s ‘TCNJ’s Got Talent’
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The board sponsors Late Night Take’s event.
By Leigha Stuiso Correspondent
The Student Finance Board fully funded five events during its meeting on March 6 at 12:30 p.m. The board fully funded Late Night Take $446.34 for its event, which is a viewing of the season premiere of the popular series, “Game of Thrones.” The money will go toward food and beverages, including pizza from Salerno’s III. “‘Game of Thrones’ is undoubtedly the most watched TV show,” said Svanik Shirodkar, a freshman international studies major and president of LNT, while pitching the event.
The viewing is scheduled for April 14 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Education Building Room 212. The Inter-Greek Council was fully funded $4,447.57 for its second component to the “Rollin’ Latenighter,” which the College Union Board co-sponsors. This funding will assist with decorations, snacks, a cotton candy machine and other activities, explained junior marketing major Mohammad Rahmatullah. The “Rollin’ Latenighter” is estimated to have a 20 percent attendance rate from each Greek organization, according to the IGC. However, the event is open to all students, not just those in Greek life. This event will take place on March 28 in the Brower Student Center Room 100 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The All College Theatre was fully funded $3,113 for its annual event, “Festival of OneAct Shorts.” This festival is comprised of short plays that students write, direct and present in a collection. This event attracts a large audience, including College students and outside community members, according to ACT. Students can attend the event for free, but for those who are not students at the College will have to pay a $10 fee. The festival is a two-day event that will take place on April 13 and April 14 at The Don Evans Black Box
Theater in Kendall Hall. SFB fully funded the College’s Junior Class Council $301.30 for prizes for its event, “TCNJ’s Got Talent.” This will be the 10th edition of “TCNJ’s Got Talent,” a campus-wide event where students showcase their talents and promote unity within the College’s community, according to the council. The show will take place on April 2 in the Student Center Room 100 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funding will go toward prizes and sound technicians. Prizes include gift cards from the Panera Bread in Campus Town, according to the council. Justin Lewbel, a junior history and secondary education dual major and president of the council, said they have two confirmed judges and a “verbal agreement from Big Larry from Eick,” to judge the event. SFB fully funded The Mixed Signals $5,475 for the group’s annual event, “R.O.C.K.,” which stands for Rather Outrageous Comedy Kickout. Samantha Franz, a senior communication studies and English double major, presented for The Mixed Signals, which received $5,475 for the event. The show takes place every spring semester, and this year it will take place on April 6 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Mayo Concert Hall.
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WGSS alumnae discuss post-graduate success Female panelists inspire young activists
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Left: The panelists discuss the controversy surrounding the Trump administration. Right: Nicolosi advocates for the WGSS program.
By Len La Rocca Distribution Manager The College invited alumnae from the women’s, gender, and sexuality studies program for a panel held to celebrate Women’s History Month on March 6 at 6 p.m. in the Library Auditorium. The panelists discussed how WGSS has become a practical major that has led to fruitful careers. Alumnae of the WGSS program Erin Shannon (’16), Alyssa Fountain (’13) and Hakima Lamour (’04) addressed the backlash that WGSS is an allegedly useless major and countered that claim with
“People don’t believe you get jobs in our WGSS major, but our alums are living to disprove that.” —Ann Marie Nicolosi Professor at the College
the evidence of the careers they have found with the degree. “People don’t believe you get jobs in our WGSS program, but our alums are living to disprove that,” said Ann Marie Nicolosi, a professor in the WGSS program who lead the panel. Shannon is in graduate school at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, currently working toward her master’s degree in women’s studies. Fountain, who graduated with a double major in WGSS and psychology, is a psychologist and president of the College’s collegiate recovery alumni program for recovering addicts. Lamour is a popular cake artist who formerly worked at Pennsylvania’s only black-owned and operated a.m. talk radio station, WURD 900. The panel kicked off with Nicolosi asking the alumni about the most important lessons they learned in the program. Fountain was eager to speak about how she became a better critical thinker. According to Fountain, technology’s ability to give anyone a voice who may carry a distinct bias to oppress others, such as the emergence of fake news propaganda, pollutes the minds of social media users. “What I use the most in my dayto-day living was how to be a conscientious consumer of information,” Fountain said.
One of Lamour’s most valuable lessons from the program was understanding equality amongst interpersonal relations. “It helped me understand equity in relationships, like how supervisors should be treating employees,” she said. WGSS even helped Shannon discover that she was not heterosexual. Realization of privilege was another major takeaway from the program. “I was poor and I am black, so I was a double minority,” Lamour said. Fountain had an eye-opening experience while studying her major. She realized her privilege was far greater than she had imagined prior to the program. “I had no understanding of the privilege I was raised with,” she said. Nicolosi shifted to discuss President Donald Trump and the current controversy surrounding his treatment of women. “I don’t think anyone was ready for this,” Lamour said. “This is a level of hate — level of vitriol that nobody was ready for … WGSS puts it in better context for me. It forces you to figure out why somebody is saying or doing something.” Fountain’s work with woman of sexual abuse skyrocketed when Christine Blasey Ford stepped forward this past year to tell of her experience with sexual assault and named now Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh as
the attacker. “When Kavanaugh was on the front page of the newspaper, we had more women scheduling to talk about their trauma than in the last 365 days,” Fountain said. Students in the WGSS program were comforted by the alumni’s reported success in their careers. “I liked it,” said Dylan Broadwell, a senior WGSS and psychology double major. “It was a requirement for my class that I had to come to this event, but I also was planning on coming to it anyway just because as a WGSS major everyone tells you all the time, ‘oh, what are you gonna do with that?’ It’s interesting knowing that people actually did something with their degree.” The panelists’ words also resonated with students, who were not in the WGSS program. “I’m curious to hear because … I’m not a woman,” said Joshua Grabenstein, a sophomore computer science major. “So I’m out of touch to some of the issues that might be affecting them and it can better me as a person if I realize I’m doing one of these things.” Nicolosi concluded the panel with advice to all WGSS majors in attendance. “Don’t let anybody laugh at your degree,” Nicolosi said. “Be proud of your ability to advocate for yourself and others.”
Non-consensual sexual act occurs on campus By Raquel Sosa-Sanchez Columnist
Police respond to roof access tampering On Feb. 28 at approximately 6:45 p.m., a College superintendent and project manager reported to Campus Police that the roof access door of Wolfe Hall appeared to be tampered with — the lock was jammed and the door could not be opened. At approximately 7:03 p.m., a College Access Control employee on call was contacted to address the issue. Professional Staff arrived on the scene at approximately 7:31 p.m. and reported that there was damage to the door — which appeared to be old — and said that the supervisor of Access Control had been notified. He
stated that he tried to access the door with a screwdriver and was met with negative results. He believed the situation would be fine until a more permanent solution could be arranged. Campus Police arrived on scene at approximately 7:50 p.m. and observed signs of tampering to the access door. However, the door remained secured. Photographs were taken in addition to the report. The case still remains open. Intoxicated student vomits several times On March 3 at approximately 1:30 a.m., a senior security officer observed two males
walking near Cromwell Hall assisting their friend. The SSO determined the male who needed assistance was intoxicated and called for Campus Police. Upon arrival, Campus Police observed the male sitting on a bench near Cromwell Hall, visibly intoxicated. There were two other males who were identified on scene as residents and students at the College. The two males admitted that they were coming from an off-campus party and were trying to assist their friend back to his dorm room. When Campus Police asked the visibly intoxicated male for his license, he failed to produce one. Campus Police noted that the student’s speech
was slurred. He was then asked for his date of birth, which he provided. The student then proceeded to provide another possible date of birth. Campus Police provided both dates to dispatch. Dispatch was then able to confirm the identity of the intoxicated male. The intoxicated student then proceeded to admit to Campus Police that he had consumed an unknown amount of vodka. Professional Staff and TCNJ EMS then arrived on scene to evaluate the student. While they were assessing the student, he vomited multiple times. TCNJ EMS requested for Basic Life Support ambulatory services to transport the student for further medical treatment. Ewing EMS then arrived on scene and transported
the intoxicated student. He was then issued a summons for underage drinking.
Campus Police receives report of sexual act On March 7 at approximately 6:54 p.m., a campus-wide email alerted the College community of a report of a non-consensual sexual act that had taken place in a residence hall on campus. The crime occurred after the parties had allegedly met through a dating app. The alleged perpetrator is not a student at the College. The email detailed precautionary measures for students to take when interacting with various strangers. The case is currently under investigation, according to Campus Police.
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Nation & W rld
Devastating Alabama tornadoes leave 23 dead By Ariel Steinsaltz Staff Writer
Within hours of a tornado warning sent out to the central Alabama area on March 3, tornadoes had reached Alabama, Georgia and Florida, leaving devastation and 23 people dead in their wake, according to The New York Times. All 23 deaths reported were from Lee County, Alabama, which was hit by two tornadoes. One of the tornadoes was at least half a mile wide. The New York Times reported that people were sent to hospitals, homes were destroyed and trees were uprooted. “‘There was a mobile home frame in the middle of the road at one time,’” said Chief Byron Prather of the Opelika Fire Department, according to The New York Times. Rescue teams, totaling more than 150 people, barely had more than flashlights and vehicle
lights as they searched into the night for victims and survivors, The New York Times reported. Some people had very little time to prepare for the tornadoes. The first warning in Lee County came at 2:58 p.m., with the first damage report coming in only five minutes later. The warning for the second tornado came at 3:38 p.m., followed by reports of damage after 13 minutes. After the tornadoes swept through, as many as 20 people were unaccounted for in addition to the 23 dead. Some people were receiving treatment for injuries that were said to be “‘very serious,’” according to ABC Action News. According to the LedgerEnquirer, the oldest of the 23 victims of the tornado was 89 years old, while the youngest was 6. Four of the victims were children, who were 6, 8, 9 and 10 years old. The half-mile wide tornado in
Lee County reached wind speeds between 136 and 165 mph. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey extended a state of emergency that was issued last month “due to tornadoes and severe weather,” according to ABC Action News. Alabama was not the only state affected. An airport on the border between the two states was destroyed. In Talbotton, Georgia, six people were injured and at least 15 structures, including an apartment building, were destroyed. A pastor at a church in Talbotton said that because media reports were focused mainly on Alabama’s impending tornado, people in town were not expecting tornadoes to hit their areas as well, which partly prevented them from being able to prepare before damage could strike, according to ABC Action News. According to USA Today, on Friday, March 8, President Donald Trump flew to Alabama
Citizens face homelessness after the natural disaster.
to tour the area. The president described the damage as “‘hard to believe.’” Many Alabama residents expressed their gratitude for the president’s tour, including a 7-year-old boy, who wrote a message thanking Trump for his visit. USA Today reported that the
president tweeted on March 4 that the Federal Emergency Management Agency would provide “‘A-plus treatment’” to those affected. The New York Times reported that the death toll is more than double the 10 people killed by tornadoes in the U.S. in 2018.
Senator to vote against emergency declaration
Paul anticipates Trump’s veto.
By Anandita Mehta Staff Writer
On Feb. 26, the House passed a resolution opposing President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency in order to obtain funding for the
construction of the border wall, CNN reported. The resolution has 18 days from the date of its approval by the House for the Senate to vote on it, according to CNN. The resolution was created to block the president’s use of $3.6 billion from the military construction fund. However, it does not stop him from using $2.4 billion from the Defense Department’s funds for the fight against illegal drugs, nor does it stop him from using $600 million from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund, according to The Wall Street Journal. Congress already passed a bipartisan legislation in February to allocate $1.38 billion for border wall funds, The Wall Street Journal reported. It needs a simple majority to pass, according to The Wall Street Journal, and the resolution is expected to be voted on before the week of March 18, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. In addition to the Senate Democrats, four Republican senators are needed to support the resolution in order for it to pass, according to CNN. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he will vote against the resolution, according to NPR. Along with Paul, Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Lisa Kurkowski, R-Alaska and Thom Tillis, R-N.C.
will also oppose the president’s declaration of a national emergency, NPR reported. Paul’s support of the resolution is unusual, as it represents a check on the president by a Republican-controlled Senate, according to The Wall Street Journal. NPR reported that Paul has otherwise been Trump’s close ally, with the exception of the national emergency declaration, which also contributes to the significance of his move. According to CNN, Paul explained that he believes it is dangerous to take away the system of checks and balances. “‘I can’t vote to give the President the power to spend money that hasn’t been appropriated by Congress,’” Paul said, according to CNN. Other Republican senators have also expressed their discomfort in allowing the president to use more money when he was already given funding by Congress last month, The Wall Street Journal reported. The president has indicated he will veto the resolution if it is passed. Paul’s support indicates that the resolution could get through the Senate with bipartisan support and lead to Trump’s first veto, according to NPR. Due to rules set in the National Emergencies Act of 1976, the vote for the resolution cannot be filibustered, NPR reported.
Saudi Arabian government reportedly torturing U.S. citizen By Megan Mayernik Staff Writer
Dr. Walid Fitaihi, a dual citizen of Saudi Arabia and the U.S., has “reportedly been beaten, tortured and jailed” in Saudi Arabia as of March 3. Fitaihi is a physician who came to the U.S. for schooling and work, reported CNN. According to The Washington Post, Fitaihi was reportedly grabbed from his room at the Ritz Carlton, “slapped, blindfolded, stripped to his underwear, bound to a chair, shocked with electricity and whipped so severely” that he was unable to sleep on his back for some time. Howard Cooper, Fitaihi’s lawyer, stated that Fitaihi is a well-known motivational speaker who became recognized in Saudi Arabia for advocating ideas of civil rights and equality, according to CNN. He is also the founder of a medical center in Jeddah, The Washington Post reported.
Fitaihi was detained in November of 2017 in a supposed corruption crackdown in Saudi Arabia. He still “remains imprisoned without any public charges or trial,” according to The New York Times. Fitaihi’s lawyer has written to the State Department saying that the doctor “is in fear for his life, that he cannot take his situation any longer and that he desires all possible help.” Fitaihi is not alone. In fact, about 200 prominent Saudis were detained with him in 2017 and he is one of dozens who remain in prison, according to The New York Times. According to The New York Times, the fact that Fitaihi is an American citizen and is being held captive and tortured under the command of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman should force President Donald Trump to take action. According to U.S. intelligence agencies, the crown prince ordered the killing
Fitaihi is still being detained in the Middle East.
of the Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The Trump administration’s public silence about the incarceration of Fitaihi seems to contradict the president’s boasts about his successful efforts to extricate American citizens held abroad, according to Fitaihi’s American friends.
The New York Times stated that at the end of January, when Saudi Arabia announced the end of its corruption purge, they notified that 64 people were “still being held for prosecution on new or pre-existing criminal charges.” Fitaihi’s friends said that they believe he is one of them.
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Studying abroad allows for cultural immersion
After spending three weeks abroad in Italy during a Maymester program this past spring and summer, I came back as a changed person. The way I viewed culture, history and the world was completely different from the way I viewed life before my trip. The first thing that hit me the second I landed in Rome were the cultural differences. Most of us are used to American culture and our own family traditions, but studying abroad gave me the chance to see other cultures and perspectives in the world. Living abroad, even though it wasn’t for an entire semester, gave me a completely different experience than what I would have gottenhad I just gone on vacation. In Rome, I lived in an apartment for around two weeks with three other girls. In Florence, I was in a hotel with a roommate for four days. Studying abroad helped me gain a sense of independence. I was given a place to live for a set time and I got the chance to learn about the neighborhood and discover my favorite coffee shop and dinner spot down the street. When I came back home, I noticed the way I viewed life was altered, but in the best way possible. I felt more independent and lighter on my feet. I felt accomplished. I had just lived in Italy — a country I’ve never been in — for three weeks and absolutely thrived there. Throwing myself into a new, unknown environment gave me a sense of independence. This kind of experience matured me and gave me the seeds of confidence I needed to continue growing individually and intellectually. Going abroad benefitted me in the professional world as well. Living in a different country while completing my degree served as a great addition my resume. It highlighted that I am open to different ideas and able to adapt to new environments. Exploring a different country while you are not tied down with work and adult responsibilities is absolutely unforgettable. The memories you make are beyond priceless. Experiencing a culture that is not your own is something every college student should experience. — Viktoria Ristanovic Nation & World Editor
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“Having diversity of thought is important, but making sure we can all engage in respectful dialogue and shared values is the key foundational element to this process.” — Ivonne Cruz Acting Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
“Don’t let anybody laugh at your degree. Be proud of your ability to advocate for yourself and others.” — Ann Marie Nicolosi Women’s, gender, and sexuality studies professor
“Processing your own film was instant gratification. Even if it was a piece of crap, you thought it was great because you were doing it yourself. You had no instructor in photo. We were doing it on our own.” — John Filo
Photojournalist and adjunct professor
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Housing should be more gender inclusive On-campus living abides by outdated policies By Patricia Nguyen
Whether you’re looking for a spot in a specific dorm or trying to get all your friends in the same living space, housing selection can be hectic. What makes the system especially frustrating is the lack of a streamlined choice to live with friends of different legal sexes. The majority of the College’s dorms are co-ed, but the rooms themselves are gender-specific, and the current system locks students’ rooming selection to their assigned gender. In the Townhouses, floors are even segregated by gender. My group of friends of mostly girls and I wanted to have one or two of our guy friends live with us in a Townhouse. When housing selection came around, we could select rooms for female-locked floors but could not place male friends on the other floors of the Townhouse. Our male friends had a couple options – they could wait for their housing selection time slot, and cross their fingers that those beds wouldn’t be taken, or select another townhouse and hope to switch into ours later on. This sort of scenario tends to get chaotic and I’m sure that, every year, requests
to Residential Education and Housing pile up. Another scenario where this becomes an issue involves rooming in a suite or apartment. These spaces only share common areas like a bathroom and a living room — all living spaces have separate bedrooms. Even so, students still cannot live with friends of the opposite sex because the entire space is reserved for either males or females. A while back, a friend of mine had to make a specific request to switch his gender from female to male in the housing system, which was a temporary exception just for the summer term in order to live with other men during the Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experience program. He had to go through special accommodations to achieve this arrangement, and shouldn’t the switch be made permanent since his new gender identity is not a temporary decision? These disservices suggest that the College should make gender inclusive housing designations an option on a default same-sex designation. On the application for next year’s housing, the rooming survey will ask about the usual topics, such as when you sleep
and if you would allow guests. An additional question should be added that asks whether or not a student would feel comfortable living with someone of a different sex. Answering “yes” to this question should not keep you out of a same-sex room – it opens up all rooms in co-ed dorms for both same-sex roommates and roommates of different genders. In all cases, students should also be able to view the names of those who have already selected a particular living space when deciding where to live. This common-sense safety measure allows students to avoid those with whom they may have had previous conflict. This new option would give students more freedom and less stress during the housing selection process. Gender inclusive housing also addresses the safety concerns of the transgender community. Under the current system, students of different legal sexes must specifically opt to live together in the same house, apartment or suite using a separate form linked to the College’s housing website. Opening up the opportunity for a gender-neutral designation to all spaces would alleviate the distress and alienation faced
The floors in the Townhouses are separated by gender. by transgender students. In 2019, it doesn’t seem too unattainable for friends of different genders to live together — students are already embracing this concept in offcampus housing. People need to become more understanding
of gender inclusivity and Residential Education and Housing is a great way to start implementing this change. It may be time for more members of the campus community to embrace change in the College’s housing process.
Four-year college path not required for success
Trade schools prepare students for careers that are in high demand. By Isabel Vega and Jamie Yoos Opinions Editor and Correspondent Every year, the price of a college tuition rises, which fuels the debate over whether or not a traditional, four-year higher education program is actually necessary for everyone. Because students can end up in such extreme
debt, I think attending college is definitely not a required path for everyone. If people do decide to attend college, their choice should be independent and uninfluenced by their family, peers and society at large. Some parents may need to be involved in this choice for financial reasons, and no one should feel pressure to go to college,
especially when those expenses put a heavy burden on families. Although a college degree is necessary for many career paths, it is possible to get a job that brings in a high enough income to support a family without needing higher education. Education does not always come in the traditional form of a four-year degree. There are numerous jobs that are becoming increasingly popular, pay well and are accessible to workers who possess an associate’s degree, post-secondary award, certification or apprenticeship. Investing in trade school is a smart move that can be beneficial to your career as well. Trade jobs are in high demand and do not require a costly college education to pursue. Fast-growing careers that require minimal schooling include becoming a dental hygienist, a plumber or an electrician. These jobs don’t require much education and in many cases, all you need is a two-year associate’s degree, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For some jobs, even a high school diploma or certificate is enough to get you started.
According to www.bls.gov, the median salary for dental hygienists is $74,070 per year and job opportunities have grown by 20 percent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost 75 percent of people with a traditional bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering or math are not even employed in the fields they studied. This proves that a traditional four-year education is not always all it’s cracked up to be. College is not necessary for everyone, and no one should feel shame or ridicule for deciding not to pursue higher education. Only certain careers require a college education, so there’s no reason to be shamed for not going. College should be a choice that students make for their own future. The stigma that everyone needs to go to college is wrong and harmful, and I believe people who choose not to go to college should not be looked at as less qualified than those who do. The only thing that should matter is finding a career you enjoy that supports your lifestyle. After all, everyone deserves to make an independent choice for their own future.
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Students share opinions around campus “Is a four-year college education vital for success?”
Isabel Vega / Opinions Editior
Selma Sose, a freshman psychology major.
“If you want a professional job, yes. It depends on the person and what their strengths and weaknesses are.”
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Keley Kobus, a freshman elementary education and psychology dual major. “For certain careers it’s necessary, but it’s possible to have success without a college education.”
“Should on-campus housing be more gender inclusive?”
Isabel Vega / Opinions Editor
Gabe Caruso, a freshman philosophy major.
“I think people of different genders can live on the same floor but not in the same room.”
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Kelly Ryder, a freshman communication studies major.
“Yes, we are all adults and of a mature age. Students should be able to live with whoever they want.”
The Signal’s cartoon of the week ...
Swole for What:
Dudes Angry Over New Definition of Attractive
By Tony Peroni and Vinny Cooper Correspondents Ewing, NJ — For hundreds of years, young men have been striving for the perfect body. Men at all levels of buff sweating through their weight-lifting, diligently track their macronutrients and buy protein powder in bulk. These are all staples that have been a critical component of the hunk lifestyle for as long as anyone can remember. Women used to agree — muscles are hot. The most desired man at a party was the guy wearing a tight,
white T-shirt who could throw the keg the farthest. Women want a man who can protect them and their future families, and a man who can bench 315 for reps can obviously do that best. It’s true. Read the science. Hunks make better husbands. In fact, strong men deserve to be considered attractive. They work hard in the gym every day to sculpt their gorgeous bodies. Those biceps certianly did not grow themselves. Those gorgeous lumps of dense muscle are the result of thousands of dumbbell curls, spread out over years of steroiddriven dedication. Within the past few years, however, these huge men have been realizing something — women are no longer attracted to them. In 2016, Zac Efron was hot. Zac Efron had big muscles, a v-line, abs and heart eyes from girls around world. Today, muscle heads everywhere are scratching their chiseled jaws as girls fawn over skinny kings and slightly overweight teddy bears. The same ladies who used to want a set of huge pecs to rest their head on are now walking around on the weak arms of men who haven’t been to the gym in years. Ladies now want two types of guys — frail guys or guys with dad bods. The muscle men are angry.
For years, they have been putting hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of hours into the gym in order to achieve ultimate hotness. We sat down with local tough guy, Dirk McManigan, a junior health and exercise science major and brother of Delta Tau Delta, to get his take on the recent mind-blowing epidemic. “I’m fuming,” he said. “I did not spend the last two years of my life at the Campus Town gym, pumping iron and getting into my peak physical form, just to get outdone by some dude who eats nothing but Wawa all day.” One such “Wawa dude” happens to go by the name Phil Tuttles. When asked about his physical condition, Phil described it as “not that fat, but definitely not in shape.” As for his daily routine, he eats “that sweet sweet Eick chicken.” “I never asked for this cultural shift to happen,” he said as a size-2 super model freshman nuzzled his neck beard. “It’s definitely my fault that I have the body of a 40-year-old man, but I have no control over the fact that no one likes muscle dudes anymore.” DISCLAIMER: This is obviously a satirical piece and does not describe a real event.
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Photo / Professor reflects on Pulitzer-winning picture
Kent State alum remembers Vietnam protests continued from page 1
lifeless body of Jeffrey Miller moments after he was shot. Shortly after the photo surfaced, Filo received a letter in the mail from his longtime hero, photographer Eddie Adams, who was covering the war in Vietnam. “He said, ‘That was a good picture. Let’s see what you can do tomorrow,’” Filo said. He knew that he couldn’t relish in yesterday’s achievements –– he had to keep at it. “I cherish (his compliment) more than the Pulitzer prize.” On the weekend before the protest, Filo left campus to photograph tea berry and green moss in the woods of Pennsylvania. However, when he learned of the riots that trashed Kent, Ohio and burned the ROTC building on his campus, Filo rushed back in a state of depression, thinking he had missed his big break as a photojournalist. In reality, he was hours away from the most pivotal moment in his career. “I changed the film in my camera and started shooting around the body of Jeffrey Miller,” he said. “As a photographer, no one really liked you — students or law enforcement. You had no friends. I was shooting pictures and people were screaming in my ears and asking me why I was shooting this. I said, ‘No one is going to believe this happened.’” When Filo started taking photos as a teenager, his father told
him to try football instead. As a steelworker in a Pennsylvania running mill, he didn’t view his son’s passion as anything more than a hobby. When Filo expressed interest in switching majors from biology to journalism at Kent State, receiving financial support from his family was out of the question. “When I was growing up, my family was very security-interested,” he said. “The only thing you could possibly be growing up was a doctor or lawyer. I finally had to tell my parents I was switching colleges. They said, ‘If you’re gonna do that, you have no support from us.’ The school offered me a job as a lab assistant, and when I wasn’t making enough money, I switched to full-time. I worked 40 hours a week and took my course load as a full-time student. I basically lived in the University.” Filo’s father, a star athlete, wanted his son to follow in his footsteps, while also pursuing a more financially-secure career. But unlike football and medical school, photography was a largely unpopular and undiscovered endeavor — there wasn’t anyone pressuring him to improve except himself. “I was given a camera to shoot the yearbook during my sophomore year of high school and was amazed with the reaction it got,” he said. “Processing your own film was instant gratification. Even if it was a piece of crap, you
Vecchio cries over her friend’s lifeless body in Filo’s iconic photo.
thought it was great because you were doing it yourself. You had no instructor in photo. We were doing it on our own.” Since graduating from Kent State, Filo’s dedication to photography has allowed him to move his way up from a being student photographer to becoming the president of CBS Photography Operations, while working for The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Associated Press in between. Although he is undeniably passionate about his career, there have been moments when he’s wondered if he had chosen the right path. After profiling cowboy Georgie Sickling, a rancher who was inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum Hall of Fame
in 1989, Filo began to doubt his purpose as a photographer. “She took me to her favorite places and talked about riding and hurting cattle when she was nine months pregnant,” he said. “You say, ‘This is the 1980s and this is some hard living.’ That’s when I realized that these people had done so much and all I’d done was take pictures. I felt like my life was reporting on other people’s lives.” Shortly after meeting Sickling, Filo gave up photography to become a photo editor, but he eventually moved back behind the camera. Now, at the age of 70, he is still eager for opportunity and improvement. Last month, he flew down to Atlanta to shoot Super
Bowl LIII and the specials surrounding the big game, such as Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.” At the College, Filo’s photojournalism class meets every Friday at 8 a.m., which may sound miserable to most college students, but the class is filled with young journalists who are eager to take a page from his book and learn his craft. “As soon as I looked up John Filo’s name, not only was I starstruck but I was also intrigued,” said junior journalism and professional writing major Lindsey Harris. “As a photojournalist, he has experienced so much. I look forward to continue sharing wildly-interesting conversations throughout the semester.”
Competition grows heavy at video game tournament
Left: Participants play Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Right: Students battle for the crown. By Kailee Walsh Correspondent
All that could be heard echoing throughout the Business Building Room 101 were the ear-shattering yells of participants chanting, “Get him with the down smash! Now the dodge roll!” No, this isn’t a scene from David Fincher’s “Fight Club.” It is actually the third annual Big Blue and Gold Tournament, which was held on Friday, March 8 by the Competitive Gaming Club. Out the 23 people who entered the tournament this week, one visiting
player, Chris, also known by his gamer name “Strawhat,” became the Triple Crown winner of the tournament. The Competitive Gaming Club hosts the tournament, where students from the College and the general public compete against each other in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Players have the option to play in teams for the doubles portion of the tournament or fight one-on-one. At last Friday’s tournament, the turnout was lower than usual. “The last two we had about 55 people in here,” said Jacob Johnson, a senior public health major and former vice
president of the club. “Last semester, it could get up to 100 people in this room.” To kick off the evening, Shaun Cardone, a junior computer science major and current vice president of the club, began by laying some ground rules. One of the rules was that players couldn’t use echo fighters during the games, which is a pair of characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate that use the same basic moves, such as Peach and Daisy, who are echo players of each other. Throughout the event, matches were broadcasted on the TCNJ Lions Gaming YouTube Channel. The channel has almost
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50,000 views. Gamers also had the opportunity to watch players across the country play through a live-stream video that was projected on a screen in the front of the room. The video featured two people playing along while both cheering and sighing throughout each round. “People like to use (the tournament) for practice for other competitions,” Cardone said. “It’s free so anyone can play.” Cardone said that those who didn’t win shouldn’t be discouraged in trying their hand at the tournament again in the future.
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College denies university programs
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The College lacks the graduate programs needed to be a university.
Every week, Features Editor Jane Bowden hits the archives and finds old Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories. It’s hard to imagine this institution as anything but a college, but in a February 2002 issue of The Signal, a reporter wrote about rumors of the College becoming a university and why the administration said that would never happen. Forget any rumors you might have heard — the College is not in the process of becoming a university. “The institution doesn’t want and is not seeking university status,” said Jesse Rosenblum, associate vice president of College Relations. Contrary to that, he said that the goal is to become the best undergraduate college in the state. “College,” said Rosenblum, “is a name that more fits our status.” He cited the College’s mission statement, which is posted online, and states that the College “is primarily an undergraduate and residential college with targeted graduate programs.” Becoming a university means expanding the graduate programs, and Rosenblum said that the College does not foresee this happening. Instead, the College plans a constant refining of its undergraduate programs. Rosenblum said that the College has
the facilities for this and is getting more undergraduate programs. “Should we be like Rutgers?” asked Rosenblum. Rutgers University, he said, spends all of its time and energy on its 100 plus graduate programs in many areas of study which have 3,000 to 5,000 students enrolled. The College, on the other hand, has about 30 graduate study programs, as well as certificate programs, and most are related to teaching. Rosenblum said that people tend to see university status as being better than college status. In the 1960s and 1970s, he said, parents began sending their kids more and more to universities. The philosophy, said Rosenblum, was, “If it’s big, it’s better.” He said that there are other respected colleges, such as The College of William and Mary in Virginia. When fewer students attend the big universities, Rosenblum said, they are left with lots of empty classrooms and space. In order to fill that space with more students, these universities may drop entry requirements. The College’s goal, he said, is to have a fine undergraduate program and maintain high standards. “Why should we dilute it?” asked Rosenblum.
Left: Ruffled socks help add detail to your springtime look. Right: Knee-high knit socks are both comfortable and fashionable. By Danielle Silvia Columnist
Wearing ankle-cut pants to show off patterned socks has become a popular trend on campus lately. While socks are meant to keep your feet warm during the winter, they can also be a fashion statement. With countless designs and colors, it’s easy for anyone to coordinate their socks and clothes or be bold by wearing socks that pop with a monochrome outfit. Socks come in a variety of heights that will pair well with different shoes. Whether you prefer long socks with your tall boots or ankle socks with your skate shoes, either can really spice up any outfit. Here are a few sock trends that will add detail to your look. 1. Long argyle socks. This design is one of my favorites because it’s vintage and combines a bunch of colors in a classy way. Argyle socks come in both springlike pastels and dark winter tones, which makes it easy to match your socks with everything in your closet.
2. Ruffled ankle socks. This trend is an easy way to add a decorative touch to your outfit during any season. In the winter, wear low-rise shoes to keep your feet warm and add detail to your look. In the spring, wear ruffled socks with a pair of Mary Janes, a denim skirt and a blouse with a Peter Pan collar for a vintage look. If you want to keep your outfit modern, pair your ruffled socks with half-open sandals, ankle jeans and a thin sweater during those cooler spring days. 3. Knee-high knit socks. These socks are great in the winter when it’s freezing outside because they can be paired with boots or snow gear for extra warmth. Pull your socks up closer to your knee and fold them over to give your look added layers and comfort. Knit socks also come in a variety of colors, like beige, brown and black, which make them easy to pair with any outfit in your wardrobe. Match your knee-high socks with a pair of boots, jeans, a sweater and vest and you’re set with the perfect transitional ensemble.
Homemade Coconut Granola
Left: This healthy snack provides a boost of energy for midterms. Right: Mix your granola with yogurt for a creamy, crunchy breakfast. By Shannon Deady Columnist
With midterm season in full swing, it is easy to lose track of your mental and physical well-being, especially when you’re busy studying for exams and writing papers. If I have learned anything throughout my four years of exams, it is to prepare ahead when it comes to snacks if you want to
keep your health intact keep from going hungry. Granola is a great snack to have on hand at all times. It is a quick source of carbohydrates, which are essential for brain power. They can be paired with a smoothie and yogurt or munched on alone. When I noticed how many added sugars are in granola bar brands that are marketed as healthy, I decided I would try my hand at creating my
own. Now that I have done it once, I will never go back. It is so easy and fun to make, and this recipe left me enough for an entire week of studies. Makes: 12 servings (about 1/2 cup each)
-1/2 cup sunflower seeds -3/4 cup coconut oil, melted -1/2 cup honey -2 tablespoons natural maple syrup -1 tablespoon cinnamon -1/2 cup shredded coconut -1 teaspoon sea salt -1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Ingredients: -5 cups traditional oats -1 cup chopped almonds
Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Put dry ingredients (traditional
oats, chopped almonds, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt and coconut shreds) in a bowl and mix thoroughly. 3. Add maple syrup, melted coconut oil and honey in a separate bowl and mix. 4. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix thoroughly before putting on a greased pan. 5.Put in the oven for 20 minutes, let cool and enjoy.
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Arts & Entertainment
CUB Alt show attracts rock ‘n’ roll fans
Headliner keeps crowd in state of ‘Bliss’
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Left: Repasky sings soothing melodies. Right: Hendricks stirs crowd with her passionate performance. By Nicole Zamlout Arts & Entertainment Editor Music junkies raided Brower Student Center Room 225 and rocked out to a night of live music on March 5 at 8 p.m. Cub Alt’s lineup featured three bands — Teenage Halloween, Lunar Vacation and Charly Bliss. Each contributed a distinct sound, image and tone for the audience to enjoy. The headliner, Charly Bliss, featured music with a strange but wonderful contrast — the lead singer, Eva Hendricks’, soft voice and gentle lyrics were paired with hard rock instrumentals. Hendricks was also very expressive and energetic during the performance while she danced and rocked along with the audience. The band shared anecdotes in between songs, such as how Hendricks and her brother, drummer Sam Hendricks, both have history in New Jersey — their parents owned a
video store in Nutley before moving to New York. One of the openers, Teenage Halloween, a group based in Asbury Park, resonated with both music lovers and social activists. Their songs touched on themes such as gender identity, police brutality and LGBTQ+ rights. Because the band is local, some students had a personal connection to the members, which added to the excitement of the night. “Two of the members in Teenage Halloween went to my high school,” said Julie Hyun, a sophomore elementary education and psychology dual major. “I’m really excited to see them because I’ve never seen them live. I’ve only heard about them and their music.” Teenage Halloween’s songs mimicked old rock ‘n’ roll hits, which left the audience dancing and headbanging along to every beat. The band also featured a saxophone player, which set Teenage Halloween apart from other typical rock groups.
The other opener was Lunar Vacation, a band with a slightly different tone — its music was dreamlike and soothing but with an undercurrent of rock. The band is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and this was its first performance in New Jersey. The group was quick to thank CUB for its accommodations, which included food and a private room for performers to relax in before showtime. “It was our first time being in New Jersey and we haven’t really ever played colleges before besides our hometown colleges sometimes,” said lead singer Grace Repasky. “This was really cool and everyone has been really nice.” Even students who are not typically fond of this of alternative rock music spoke positively about the night. “ I thought it was pretty cool,” said Jessica Shek, a sophomore English and secondary education dual major. “I’m normally not into super hard core stuff but I grew to like the opening band.”
Concert supports College’s substantiality efforts
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The ensemble plays water-themed music.
By Richard Miller Opinions Assistant
Music is one of the most powerful mediums people can use to send their messages to the public, and the College’s Wind Ensemble endeavored to
accomplish just that. On Friday, March 8, the ensemble, led by Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands Eric Laparde, performed the “Springs Eternal” concert. This concert, which addressed various current environmental
issues occurring on our planet, was held in conjunction with the TCNJ Art Gallery exhibit, which is also called “Springs Eternal.” These are just two examples of many other environmentallyfriendly events sponsored by various departments in the School of Arts and Communication. These environmentally friendly efforts and initiatives were proposed by the institute of social justice in the School of Arts and Communication and Humanities and Social Sciences, which is spearheaded by Associate Professor of Music Colleen Sears, to showcase the importance of a healthy environment and clean water. According to Sears, this was the first event of its kind to take place at the College. The evening began with a pre-concert lecture featuring Laparde, Sears, Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, the project’s curator, and director of the TCNJ Art Gallery and Kathleen Webber, associate professor of journalism and professional writing, who
discussed the impact of the fashion industry on water supplies around the world. The concert opened with a performance from the College’s Concert Band and then the focus shifted to the Wind Ensemble, which played pieces that ranged from 1715 to 2019 with themes centered around water. Perhaps the most innovative piece was “Early In the Morning” by Eve Beglarian, students were arranged in a circular formation, reminiscent of a campsite, and the piece opened with an audio of an “early morning” in the Iowa wilderness. The audio consisted of sounds from different frogs and insects and served as a backdrop for the entire piece. These nature sounds formed a beat for the students to perform around non-traditional instruments, which included a large, orange bucket and stainless steel bowls. The night began to wind down with a performance of “High Water Rising” by Sally Lamb McCune, a piece that in
its own way reminded audience members of the dangers surrounding climate change and rising water levels around the entire world. “‘High Water Rising’ was my favorite piece,” said Christina Siciliano, a freshmen open options science major. “I liked how it slowly got more and more intense and faster to really illustrate the problem at hand.” The ending piece was “Give Us This Day” by David Maslanka. The piece provided a sense of alertness and awareness in an effort to build a better future in the face of danger, which was a common theme throughout the concert. Students were elated by the concert’s distinct themes and powerful performances. “Seeing how they were able to make music with just natural sounds and then a bucket, it certainly was different than your average wind ensemble and I loved it,” said Haleigh Moriarty, a freshman math and secondary education dual major.
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Top five Asian dramas to watch over spring break
This week, WTSR Music Director Brian Marino highlights some of the best new music that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.
Left: ‘Love 020’ depicts romance in the digital age. Right: ‘Khoobsurat’ documents a story of forbidden love. By Amani Salahudeen Staff Writer
has a single dull moment.
With the rise of K-pop, and bands like BTS (also known as the Bangtan Boys) and Korean dramas, it is clear that Americans are beginning to dip their toes into Korean culture. I compiled a list of the top five Asian dramas to watch on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime over spring break. Love 020: Netflix In this series, a gaming expert falls in love with a ridiculously-talented girl in an online video game. Once he finds out who she is, he does everything he can to win her over in real life. Will their love contain enough XP to succeed or will it never level up? This show’s 30 binge-worthy episodes will make you fall in love with the characters and their stories. Additionally, there are a lot of sub-plots that will keep you thinking about the show, even when you’re not tuned in. The story transitions in and out of the video game world and reality. It has a similar concept to the movie “Ready Player One,” but this show is a lot more interesting. It’s one of those rare finds that never
Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon: Netflix Bong-Soon is born with a supernatural strength that she uses to fight against injustice. For the last 27 years, she has attempted to keep it a secret until a kidnapping case occurs in her neighborhood. Now, Bong-Soon must work together with a cocky CEO and her childhood friend to solve the mystery before it’s too late. The show reminds me of Disney’s “Hercules,” but if the title character was a girl who fought criminals — It has a little bit of a “Hercules” meets “Sherlock Holmes’” feel to it. While You Were Sleeping: Hulu A young woman’s dreams come true when she meets two people who acquire the same prophetic abilities. This TV show is similar to the movie “Inception.” It features lots of dream shots and flashbacks but is a lot less confusing. There are a lot of plot twists within the show that will keep you engrossed, but it plays off as more of an adventurous romantic comedy than a heavy drama. The plot also ties in so well with each character’s development and heartwarming moments.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge: Amazon Prime This was the first Bollywood movie I have ever watched without being disappointed. It’s a romance that deals with the strains of traditional families. Two young people who meet on a trip to Europe and fall in love, but the girl, Simran, has been engaged to a guy that is the son of her father’s friend. I thought the actress was perfect for this role and the songs were all really catchy. This is a good choice for anyone who has just started watching Bollywood movies. Similar movies that come to mind are “Romeo” and “Crazy Rich Asians” because those characters also deal with familial obstacles. Khoobsurat: Netflix A hopeless romantic falls in love with a prince who is engaged to someone else. While the plot is one we all know, I found comfort in its familiarity. This film reminded me of the classic movie, “Princess Diaries.” It’s actually produced by Disney, so I would highly recommend it as a exemplary first Bollywood movie. The cast is incredible and it’s perfect for a Friday evening or whenever you’re in the mood to watch a romantic comedy.
Musicians trumpet through Mayo Concert Hall By Len La Rocca Distribution Manager
In an afternoon of melodic riffs, sonatas and percussion, students performing in the Tuesday Afternoon Recital Series were at it again on March 5 at 12:30 p.m. in Mayo Concert Hall. The music department allowed the instruments to speak for the show — the majority of the seven-act show was comprised of instrumental performances and two vocal performers. Kicking off the program was freshman music education major Jacob Ford on the vibraphone performing “Rain Dance” by Alice Gomez. His percussion instrument reverberated tropical, ambient and cinematic sounds across the stage. The first of the two singers, Joseph Ribbert, a sophomore music education major, performed the French song, “Si mes vers avaient des ailes” (“If my verses had wings”) by Reynaldo Hahn. He was accompanied by music department faculty member Nicholas Gatto on piano and together they performed a beautiful rendition of the French song filled with gentle rifts and vocals. Next came Ryan Barry, a sophomore music education
major, performing a sonata on the trumpet (by Kent Kennan.) His trumpet rang off strong with the vigor of a fresh triumph complimented by Kathy Shanklin, who is a collaborative pianist at the College. Keith So, a freshman music education major, followed with a sonata by Paul Creston on his alto saxophone. He performed a series of swirling excellence, which left the crowd in awe. Following that performance was Shrish A. Jawadiwar, a sophomore political science and music double major, performing his original song, “Songs Without Words No.1 in G Major” on his double bass. The large instrument contributed a deeper tone to the mostly high-pitched affair and leveled out the show nicely. Mackenzie Miller, a freshman music major, took the stage with her oboe and performed a sonata by Camille Saint-Saens. Her mesmerizing sound had the crowd in a trance. “It was exhilarating,” Miller said. “I loved it.” Last up was soprano Artemis Fraine, a sophomore music major, who captured the crowd’s attention with the German song, “Verdi prati, selve omene” by the George Frideric Handel. Fraine’s powerful
Band Name: Marissa Nadler Album Name: For My Crimes Release Number: 8 Hailing From: Boston Genre: Indie Label: Sacred Bones Records This album is about failed relationships, but it comes from a dark and somber place, rather than a place of rage or resentment. The pain and heartbreak Nadler has been through is shown through her emotional voice, which is often coupled with equally beautiful harmonies. The album’s instrumentation is very simple — most songs just feature vocals, guitar and some strings in the background. This simplicity leads to a very real and more emotionallydriven album. Must Hear: “For My Crimes” and “Blue Vapor”
Band Name: Advance Base Album Name: Animal Companionship Release Number: 4 Hailing From: Chicago Genre: Synth Pop Label: Ordinal Records U.S.A.
Barry performs Kennan’s sonata.
yet graceful vocals concluded an excellent afternoon in the Tuesday Afternoon Recital Series. After the show, the audience gathered outside in the lobby of the Music Building to applaud the performers. So received an uproar of applause and was hoisted into the air by a pair of fellow musicians. Students left Mayo Concert Hall satisfied with the show. “I thought it was really, really great.” said Gina Luizzi, a
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junior music education major. “Mackenzie was really great and everyone did a great job.” Other audience members were also impressed with the soloist’s performances. “The comfort the performers had with their respective instruments was apparent and made for an entertaining show,” said sophomore history major Jack Bednar, “I loved the trumpet sonata especially as a trumpet player myself.”
The new album “Animal Companionship” combines a strong, spacey synth with intimate lyrics about relationships between pets and humans. This album flows together seamlessly from track to track, making it feel like a complete story from beginning to end. The beauty of this album is that the more you listen, the more you fall in love. Must Hear: “True Love Death Dream,” “Rabbits,” “You, Me, & The Moon” and “Christmas in Nightmare City”
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Softball falls at Salisbury Invitational
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Namit winds up to pitch during the Invitational. By Malcolm Luck Staff Writer Following a 1-1 start to the 2019 season, the softball team dropped three of four games at the Salisbury Invitational in Salisbury, Maryland. The College played four games in a pair of doubleheaders beginning with Salisbury University, ranked No. 17 in the nation, on Saturday, March 9. The Lions put the first run on the board with a walk from senior outfielder
Gaby Bennett. She eventually came in to score courtesy of a sacrifice fly from sophomore infielder Lauren Conroy, which put her team up early 1-0. Starting pitcher Alanna Namit struggled to maintain the early lead and coughed up two runs in the bottom half of the inning. She eventually surrendered two more in the bottom of the third, giving up a two-run home run to the second batter she faced in the inning.
Namit managed to go all six innings, but was ultimately charged with four earned runs while walking seven batters. The Lions attempted a late comeback in the seventh inning. Down 4-2, the College scratched out a run after a Conroy hit a double down the left field line and reduced the deficit to one run. Following a walk from senior catcher Jess McGuire, junior infielder Annalise Suitovsky lined out to second base to end the game, giving the College a 4-3 loss. The offense exploded in the second game of the first doubleheader, posting nine runs on eight hits. Salisbury scored the first run of the game in the second inning, but the Lions responded with nine unanswered runs in large part due to a five-run fourth inning. Following a groundout from sophomore catcher Marissa Devincenzo to start the inning, six consecutive Lions reached base. By the end of the frame, the Lions had a comfortable 6-1 lead and went on to win with a final score of 9-1. The second doubleheader was held a day later against the University of Lynchburg, which bested the College in its two games and won by a score of 5-3 in the first leg of the doubleheader and 15-3 in the second game. In the first game, seven innings were
not enough to settle the score –– the game was knotted at two runs each. Namit bounced back from her rocky start against Salisbury by only giving up one earned run over her first eight innings of work. Entering the bottom of the ninth inning with a 3-2 lead, courtesy of an RBI groundout from Devincenzo in the top half of the frame, Namit surrendered a game-tying double and a walk-off two-run home run to back-to-back batters to give Lynchburg the 5-3 win in extra innings. In the second game, the Lions were once again held to three runs and were no match for the Lynchburg offense. Sophomore starting pitcher Eliza Sweet was lit up for eight earned runs in three innings. Junior pitcher Kristen Barrera came in for relief, allowing four earned runs in two innings. Senior pitcher Sara Bielamowicz followed her and surrendered three runs without recording an out. Ultimately, Lynchburg compiled 15 runs on 19 hits in a weak game for the Lions, sending them home with a 2-4 record through six games. The Lions will travel to Plant City, Florida for the 2019 Sunkissed Games taking place from Saturday, March 16 to March 22. The first doubleheader is scheduled against Babson College.
Harper vs. Machado: Who’s the better pick?
Left: Machado dons his new Padres uniform. Right: Harper sports his new red Phillies uniform. By Albert Gregorio Correspondent With Spring Training in full swing, two of Major League Baseball’s prized free agents finally signed new contracts with their new teams. The deals were nearly a week apart from each other and the wait was well worth it. These contracts are the two biggest free agent signings in MLB history, according to MLB.com. The first contract was signed by shortstop and third baseman Manny Machado, who signed a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres on Feb. 20. The other contract was a 13-year, $330 million deal signed by right fielder Bryce Harper with the Philadelphia Phillies on Feb. 28. Machado’s deal came completely out of left field.
While many realized he was going to get a huge contract since he is a four-time All-Star who has hit more than 30 home runs every season since 2015, no one expected him to sign with the Padres. Teams that were expected to sign him were either the Phillies, the Chicago White Sox or the New York Yankees. Unlike Machado, Harper ended up going with a team that was not all that surprising. The three finalists in the Harper race were the San Francisco Giants, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Phillies, the latter of whom signed him. Even though the Machado signing will not have an immediate effect, it may end up having a bigger impact than the two signings once both players say goodbye to the game. This signing puts the Padres back on the map since the team has been mediocre for well over a decade.
San Diego has not had a winning season since 2010 and has not made the playoffs since 2006. The signing of Machado will help the Padres get some respect back from around the league, but just because they signed this one superstar does not necessarily mean they will make the playoffs in the coming years. The only players that have any name recognition on the Padres other than Machado are Will Myers and Eric Hosmer, who have both played in the All-Star Game in the past. These three players alone are not going to be able to carry the Padres back into the playoffs in 2019, but what makes the Machado deal exciting is that the Padres now have an excellent core to build around. see DEAL page 23
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Deal / Baseball players join new teams Cheap Seats
Left: Machado plays in one of his four All-Star Games. Right: The Phillies celebrate their last World Series win in 2008.
continued from page 21 These three players are all proven leaders in their mid-to-late 20s who will be around the Padres for the next four years minimum. Combine them with the best farm system, according to MLB.com, and they will become a perennial playoff threat in years to come once some of these prospects mature and make it to the majors. Unlike the Padres, the Phillies are now just entering their playoff window. The team has been on a steep decline since it won the World Series in 2008 and has not made the playoffs since 2011, but things are looking up in Philadelphia. The team occupied first place in the National
League East at times last season with the emergence of left fielder/first baseman Rhys Hoskins, who hit 34 home runs and had 96 RBIs in his first full season in the majors. Even before adding Harper, the Phillies had already made a few other notable offseason moves to bolster their lineup and make a push for the playoffs. They traded for catcher J.T. Realmuto (who played in the All-Star Game last year), signed closer David Robertson (who played an underrated role in a stacked Yankees bullpen) and signed Andrew McCutchen (a former National League MVP and five-time All-Star). With these moves, they were already likely to make the playoffs, but with Harper — a former National League MVP, National League Rookie of the Year and
six-time All-Star — in the mix, the Phillies will become much more of a threat not only in the playoffs, but on a deep run, too. Because of all this, the Harper signing will have a more immediate impact that will allow the Phillies to compete for the World Series for the next few years. The only real thing that is guaranteed about these signings is that it is an exciting time for both of these franchises. They both spent a hefty amount of money for a pair of fantastic baseball players who have changed the courses of their respective teams drastically. It will be fun to watch how both of these deals play out and if both of these players can live up to the huge expectations that have been put on their shoulders by these organizations.
Indoor Track and Field
Budzek wins NCAA title Women compete in nationals
Budzek stands on top of the podium. By Christine Houghton Sports Editor The Lions traveled to Roanoke, Virginia on Friday, March 8 to compete in the NCAA Championships. The team took eighth place overall. Senior Ryan Budzek, junior Dan Kilroy and sophomore Jake Giordano took the competition by storm. Giordano started the day in the consolation bracket of the 133-pound category. After several takedowns, he moved on to the next round only to fall to his opponent and take a spot in the fifth-place match. Earning a final takedown in the last seconds of the match, Giordano was able to secure fifth place in his weight class and finish the season with a 28-5 record. Budzek began in the semi-finals of the 149-pound category and moved on to the finals after a 8-1 win.
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After an even battle, Budzek came out on top in the final round to secure his championship title with a 4-2 victory. After four years on the team, he ended his career with an 84-20 record. In the 174-pound category, Kilroy lost in the first round and then advanced to a consolation semi-final match, which he won. After advancing to the third-place match, Kilroy took the fall and settled for fourth place, ending his season with a 32-3 record. Giordano ended the season with his first ever All-American honor. Budzek ended his career as a twotime national qualifier and as a 2019 weight-class champion. Kilroy ended his season as a threetime national qualifier, two-time regional champion and two-time All-American. The team finished the season on a 16match winning streak with a 16-1 record and was ranked 13th overall in the division.
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Cooper runs to her All-American honor in the 3000-meter race. By Jordan Washington Staff Writer On Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9, members of the women’s track and field team competed in the NCAA Division III Indoor Championship at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The best from around the country participated for a Division III Championship, but the College saw its two-meet winning streak snapped this weekend. The women’s track team has had a successful season and many team members have received accolades for their dominance. Six student athletes were in Boston representing the College, which marked the most in attendance since 2011. Senior middle distance runner Kathleen Jaeger qualified for the 800-meter. This was her third time qualifying in her career. The 4x400-meter team that included Jaeger, junior sprinter Sam Gorman, sophomore
sprinter Shannon Lambert and freshman Megan Gasnick qualified as well. Senior distance runner Natalie Cooper took home All-American honors for her dominance in the 3000-meter race and Gorman was awarded for her work in the 400-meter race. Freshman Kassidy Mulryne was also honored for the high jump. Cooper and Gorman were two of the runners who represented the College at the indoor championship. They both saw tough races early, but were able to advance past the preliminary stage and make it to the finals that took place on Saturday, March 9. Sam Gorman raced well in the 400-meter, seeing a fifth-place finish, which helped with the College’s total points. Mulryne also saw herself in the mix for the high jump, but she finished in eighth place. The team will compete again on March 28 when it travels to Austin, Texas to compete in the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays to begin its spring season.
Lacrosse bounces back with two wins
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Left: Chrone racks up a career-high 19 saves. Right: Fitzpatrick scores 10 goals over two games. By Christine Houghton Sports Editor On March 5, the lacrosse team defeated Ursinus College 16-1 and then went on to take down Dickinson College 16-9 on Saturday, March 9. Starting the College off strong, junior attacker Talia Bouzakis scored the first goal within a minute into game play. To continue the nine-goal rally, Bouzakis added two more goals and an assist. She also recorded a hat trick from an assist by junior defender Jessica Allen. Junior attacker Kasey Donoghue contributed two goals, one
being off an assist by junior attacker Olivia Cleale. Junior midfielder Alexandria Fitzpatrick scored her 100th career goal with 17:50 left in the first and went on to score four more goals and one assist. With one second left, Donoghue scored the Lions’ 10th goal of the half to put the team up 10-1. Outscoring Ursinus 6-0 in the second half, midfielders junior Chloe Pottillo and senior Erin Harvey both had four draw controls on the day. Senior goalkeeper Miranda Chrone finished the day with nine saves. A pair of goals from Fitzpatrick started the team’s game against Dickinson strong and she went on to score three more goals and an assist before the final buzzer.
Harvey followed the first two goals with one of her own and went on to score three on the day. Cleale also contributed a goal before the first half was over. Donoghue scored one of the team’s 10 goals in the second half and was followed by Fitzpatrick’s goal off an Allen assist and an Allen goal off a Cleale assist. Finally, junior midfielder Allie Gorman had a goal to close out the game. Chrone had an impressive day with 19 saves, setting a new career high. The Lions have improved to 3-1 as of this past weekend. The team will take to the field again on Saturday, March 16 to take on Amherst College.
Tennis team dominates, remains uncontested
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Minassian keeps the volley to help sweep doubles.
By Miguel Gonzalez Photo Editor
The men’s and women’s tennis teams blazed through their opponents’ plays this past weekend. The men’s team outdueled Salisbury University 5-4 on Saturday, March 9 at the Hopewell Tennis Club in Hopewell, New Jersey. Meanwhile, the women’s team defeated its Salisbury counterpart 7-2. The women finished off the weekend with a resounding 7-2 victory against Wellesley College at home on Sunday, March 10. Salisbury proved to
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be a fierce adversary for the men’s tennis team. With all three doubles matches determined by a tie breaker, only one Lions squad prevailed. Junior Thomas Wright and senior Mitchel Sanders snatched a 8-7 win against Salisbury juniors Alec Angradi and Matthew Ryan. The Lions roared back during the singles competition, winning four out of six matches. Sanders started off with a 6-1 win against Angradi, freshman Matthew Michibata lost his match 6-4 and freshman Justin Wain followed up with a 7-5 victory against Salisbury junior Colt
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Williamson. Senior Tim Gavornik kept the winning momentum by defeating Salisbury sophmore Stefan Hein, 6-3. Afterwards, senior Matt Puig endured a 7-5 loss to Salisbury senior Kelson Weber, 7-5. Despite the setback, Wright outlasted Ryan, winning 6-3 and clinching the team’s victory. While the men battled Salisbury, the women broke no sweat in the battle against their opponents. The Lions swept Salisbury in the doubles competition. Freshmen Liya Davidov and Katrine Luddy set the tone when they dominated Salisbury junior Annika Kezman and sophomore Sydney Soto 8-0. Freshmen Navya Yemula and Sarah Phung followed up with an 8-3 win against Salisbury senior Taylor Cooper and freshman Sarah Dover. Seniors Grace Minassian and Alyssa Baldi also claimed an 8-3 victory against Salisbury sophomore Laura Brown and junior Jordan Schaefer. Salisbury was no match for the Lions in the singles competition. Davidov performed well against Kezman winning 8-0. Baldi fought set-to-set against Brown and prevailed during the tiebreaker 7-1. After junior Audrey Chen and Phung dropped their matches, Yemula put the Lions back on track with a 6-1 win against Schaefer. Freshman Julia Yoon closed off the Lions’
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victory and blew past Salisbury senior Shannon Hickman 6-0. On Sunday, the women’s team continued its winning streak against Wellesley College in the Recreation Center. In the doubles, the Lions were initially behind when Davidov and Luddy lost against Wellesley senior Justine Huang and junior Selina Peng 8-3. The Lions immediately bounced back when Yemula and Phung defeated Wellesley freshman Michelle Shen and senior Rosanne Hu 8-5. Baldi and Minassian then secured the second doubles victory 8-6 against Wellesley freshmen Michaela Markwart and Libby Chang. The Lions barrelled past Wellesley in the singles as well. Davidov defeated Huang 6-2. Minassian then marked her win against Markwart by a score of 6-3. Luddy kept the Lions’ momentum going when she outlasted Shen in a 6-2 tiebreaker victory. Baldi also claimed her victory off of a 6-3 tiebreaker against Peng. Wellesley broke the Lions winning streak when Chang and senior Sojin Ki defeated Yemula and Yoon respectively. After a week of wins, the men’s and women’s teams face upcoming challenges against nationally ranked foes. Both teams will go on to compete against New York University at the Recreation Center on Saturday, March 16.
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The 3/13/19 issue of The Signal, The College of New Jersey's student newspaper