The Signal: Fall '13, No. 7

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October 9, 2013

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Library Café completed Larry the legend The face of Eickhoff

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The Library Café is revamped to reduce long lines. By Natalie Kouba Managing Editor

During meal equiv hours, the Library Café is swarmed with students. Some are willing to wait up to a half-hour in

line to order their caffeinated concoctions and then another 10 minutes or so for them to be made, just to get their $7 worth. Even still, students withstand the discouraging lines in the Café every day.

The College took note of this issue and recently renovated the Library Café in the hopes of alleviating the lengthy lines. Over the summer, the College began a project that was just completed, and the Café reopened on Monday, Sept. 23. Some students were disappointed that the Café was still under construction for the first few weeks of school, but the College tried to move the project along quickly. “The original schedule was very aggressive, and while we realized it was unlikely to be completed by the start of the school year, it was decided that it was better to open a few weeks into the semester than to postpone renovations for a year,” said Stacy Schuster, associate VP for College Relations. Funded by Sodexo, the renovations cost $498,571. see CAFÉ page 3

Sharing autumn with Ewing

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Read about all of the exciting events from Community Fest on page 3.

By Tom Kozlowski Arts & Entertainment Editor

Most mornings, Larry Stevens swipes students into breakfast with a special name for each of them. “Cat-Cat’s in the house.” “My main man, my pots and pans.” The possibilities are endless. Towering over the counter at an unmistakable 6’5”, he’s the first friendly face seen before an 8 a.m. class and certainly the most eminent. Of course, we know him more intimately as “Big Larry” — the cultural epitome of Eickhoff Hall and, in some ways, the entire College administration. “I walk through campus and get about a hundred hellos,” Stevens said. “I bet you I’m more well-known than the president. Everyone knows me! They remember ‘Big Larry.’” And he’s right. The icon that “Big Larry” has seamlessly created for himself over a 21-year career at the College is as large as his posture: fake Twitter accounts, enthusiastic nods in Buzzfeed articles and, needless to say, the admiration of his students. He serves as the appetizer before all morning meals, an emotional pick-me-up that nullifies any complaints about the food. But there’s still plenty of room for guesswork. “Big Larry,” though the figurehead of Eickhoff, has an image that overshadows Larry Stevens, the man outside the College who students only meet halfway. Born in 1950, Stevens was the oldest of four brothers and sisters. He grew up in South Trenton amid the postwar boom, seeing the city flourish while he attended Trenton Central High School. He would go on to witness national desegregation and the era of the Kennedys: “personal idols” of his. But it wasn’t until 1973 when Stevens moved to Ewing, working and raising two sons, and it wasn’t until 1992 when he arrived at the College. “At the time, my brother-in-law worked here, and he helped give me the

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Stevens is the man on campus.

opportunity to join in,” Stevens said. Since then, he has served more than 20 graduating classes of students, each group of seniors saying “goodbye” and each wave of freshmen learning his legacy. “I especially like working with the freshmen,” Stevens said. “They’ve never been away from home before, and that’s a big step. You go away, and nobody’s telling you to go to class, no mommy and daddy telling you to get up. But it’s nice to have someone taking care of you, and that’s what I try to do.” From 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Stevens greets students on good days and bad. No matter what time they walk through the doors, he’s bursting with unbridled energy — a dance here, a joke there — something to transfer his own enthusiasm into a smile on each of likely hundreds of faces. That said, the opposite is just as true. see LARRY page 13

Sexual assault happens surprisingly often By Annabel Lau News Assistant She never imagined that her first time having sex would end in a used condom being flung far into the night from an apartment balcony. But that night, she lost her virginity at 17 years old on a filthy stained couch to a 21-year-old with a criminal record, all while she had been under the influence of an unknown substance — perhaps most significantly, the sex was

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without her consent. That’s the story of an anonymous junior elementary education major at the College. “It was really romantic when there was no trash can,” she said sarcastically. “Yes, no trash can, so he threw the used condom off the balcony outside.” Unfortunately, her case is not as uncommon as many may think. One in four women is or will become a victim to sexual assault in her college career, according to a study by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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And the statistics are not much better at the College. According to a 2009 survey conducted on campus, one in five women and one in 10 men are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence or stalking, said Robbin Loonan, coordinator of the College’s Office of Anti-Violence Initiatives. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, two-thirds of assaults are committed by a see ASSAULT page 5 Arts & Entertainment / Page 18

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Commuter Life The daily obstacles for commuting students

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Staying engaged to overcome the commute By Jack Meyers News Editor

Commuting anywhere can be a Herculean task. Commuting to school, on the other hand, takes even more time that traditional students would typically use to socialize and make friends during off-time. “When I started at TCNJ in the fall of 2011, I did not realize how hard it would actually be to make friends as a commuter,” said junior biology major, Avi Yehudai, who drives over an hour to school every day. “Although my grades were excellent and I made the dean’s list, my social life at school was basically non-existent.” In fact, according to a study done by the U.S. Office of Educational Research and Improvement, “more than 86 percent of U.S. College students” commute to school. Then logically, their

voices must be heard. This fall at the College approximately 100 out of 1,400 incoming freshmen live off campus, according to the Office of Student Affairs. While this number may seem small, these students contribute equally to campus life, especially due to the extra effort they must put in to stay involved. “As commuters, I think it’s the idea of putting yourself out there that helped me become integrated into campus affairs,” said senior biology and psychology double major and SG vice president of Equity and Diversity, Sadia Tahir, who drives about an hour to school as well. “We don’t have a floor so we don’t get this automatic group of friends to be with 24/7.” One solution the College has come up with on the matter is the Commuter Lounge, located by the ATMs in the Brower Student

Center, which harbors an environment otherwise unavailable to students who did not get the typical freshman year experience. In addition, the College’s OCSO holds regular meetings for just that purpose. The College also allows commuters to use the lockers in Green Hall to store their belongings during the day. “Try not to feel intimidated and remember that even if you commute, you’re still a part of (the College),” said senior history major and vice president of OCSO, Ashley Isola, as advice to fellow commuters. “OCSO aims to unite commuters with resident students and campus to promote a connection between off- and oncampus life.” While the College does not have any mention of commuter resources in their 2012-2015 Strategic Plan, in an internal focus group conducted by the college in 2012, one

member asserted commuters often feel “welcomed and encouraged to stay on campus,” even after class. “It is a living document that continues to evolve,” said Provost and VP of Academic Affairs Jacqueline Taylor of the plan. The focus group served mostly as a reference point and was not indicative of institutional agreements, according to Taylor. Angela Lauer Chong, associate dean of students and director of student conduct, pointed to the success of freshman Welcome Week as cause for keeping offcampus students involved. “We had a more intentional and concentrated effort this year,” Chong said. Approximately 40 off-campus students not only stayed for programming, but also for social events. Lauer Chong also spoke of an initiative beginning this semester where free coffee and doughnuts will be

provided for commuters in the while they are given time to discuss what they think the College could do better to serve their population. Yet, it is clear that this doesn’t entirely eradicate the daily difficulties they face. Commuters’ worries run the gamut from where to store food and how early to get to campus to when to schedule meetings and more. “People don’t realize how tiring driving long hours actually is,” Yehudai said. “Students should be mentally prepared to drive after a full day’s class and to stay alert. This means sometimes not being able to drive home.” Yehudai explained that involvement in the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and being able to rely on his fraternity brothers for housing has saved him on countless occasions. With that said, a commuter’s best bet is to stay involved.

Journalist a pro in covering disaster relief By Tom Kozlowski Arts & Entertainment Editor

Jonathan M. Katz, the only full-time American journalist to cover the events surrounding the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, spoke to students about the flaws of international intervention and the island’s slow recovery on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Katz, who penned the disaster relief efforts into a book called “The Big Truck That Went By,” was a reporter for the Associated Press at the time of the earthquake. From the crumbling second story of a rented house in Pétionville, he began reporting on the destruction unfolding around him, including the boondoggle of the United Nations’ efforts to provide aid, and broke the story of an unprecedented cholera outbreak stemming from U.N. activity. With these overt concerns in mind, Katz stressed that rushing to aid a nation in distress might not be the most effective measure. “Sometimes it’s better to be thoughtful than to be helpful,” he said. “And it’s more important for the person helping to step back and think through exactly what they’re doing.” Immediately stressing the point is the

subtitle of his book: “How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster.” There are innate flaws within an atmosphere where uninformed parties run amok in situations more complicated than originally understood. “You see a problem somewhere in the world, and you think that by spontaneously acting, you can solve the problem,” Katz said. “Our inherent notion of social justice, or just being helpful, is very much intimately tied up with our privileges … so we don’t stop to think what the actual repercussions of those actions might actually be.” The heralds of good will, though wellintentioned, weren’t aware of other underlying problems that may not have been visible. Many of these were infrastructure oriented — improved sewer and sanitation systems, for instance, were desperately needed. But the logistics of this are complex and overlooked. When it came time to find solutions regarding water, septic and sanitation systems, no foreign aid in Haiti was prepared to tackle the question. “These are problems that have been solved for over a century in developed areas of the world with good governance and infrastructure, but the solutions are really difficult,” Katz said. “It requires

boring work, long term investment … and many times without a statue in your name. But the work that you do may very well save the lives of millions of people.” Katz’s coverage of Haiti has been praised for its accuracy and cogent analysis of how disaster relief turned into a bona fide disaster. In taking on the mistakes of the U.N., though, he faced a gap between his own preponderance of evidence and the organization’s denial of the facts. “You never know how a story is going to be received, and you shouldn’t withhold a story solely because the people being implicated might be angry,” Katz said in an interview with The Signal. “At this point, the U.N. has stopped being in the business of denying their connections to the cholera outbreak and simply don’t want to talk about it. So the debate has shifted to ‘what should be done about it,’ and there’s a strong argument to be made on the merits of accountability.’ But as a journalist working in the field, he cited his preparedness and research as nothing short of essential in crafting a faithful story. “Almost by luck, I had been in Haiti for about two and a half years by then,” Katz said. “I really knew the place and I really

knew the situation … so the thing to do is prepare, both in terms of your training and your safety in responding to a dangerous situation, so that when something does happen, you find yourself in the right place at the right time.”

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Katz speaks to the College.

Student Government talks athletic changes By Natalie Kouba Managing Editor Student Government President Tyler Liberty opened the general body meeting last week reflecting on Gov. Chris Christie’s visit. “Everyone was really polite and he was really, really impressed with the way you guys conducted yourselves and the amount of support

we had showing up,” Liberty said. He also commented on how the turnout at the College was greater than what Christie had experienced when he visited Rutgers and Rowan Universities. Toward the end of the meeting, new updates and possible changes to the athletic scene on campus were discussed. One of the changes is that indoor and outdoor club

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Alex Brown discusses the fitness center in Campus Town.

sports now have safety officers for home games and practices. The fitness center in Campus Town will receive the equipment from the Packer Hall Physical Enhancement Center on campus. While some of the equipment has had a fair share of wear and tear, only suitable equipment will be moved from the current gym into the new one, said Hajar Lakhouili, bylaw review chair. For major competitions, the College is looking into the “missed class policy” for student athletes who have to miss class because of major competitions. “They want athletes to have something that says they are going to miss class. Then you — the professors — have to give them the opportunity to make up the work regardless of whether or not they missed class. But it’s only for major competitions,” Lakhouili said. The possibility of granting early

registration to athletic teams and ROTC to accommodate practicing schedules was also discussed. “Imagine getting 100 football players’ schedules to match up so that they can have practice. That would be like 4 o’clock in the morning or like 6 o’clock in the morning, and that’s when they practice,” Lakhouili said. Concerns on the Schedule Relief for Athletes proposal arose because it was not so clear where to draw the line on which organizations would receive early registration, should it extend outside the College’s athletic teams. “I think this is a great idea,” Magda Manetas, SG advisor, said. “One concern is if everybody appears to be piling on with, ‘Well our group needs it,’

‘Our group needs it,’ ‘Student Government needs it,’ I don’t think it will succeed and I really think it should be specific, pretty much, to varsity athletes.” The Schedule Relief for Athletes would only apply while the sport was in season. Sports that overlap in seasons, such as swimming and wresting, would receive early registration for both the fall and spring semesters. Next week, the Association of Students for Africa and To Write Love on Her Arms organizations will present to the SG general body for their vote to uphold Governmental Affairs decision to pass the clubs. This month the committee on Equity and Diversity is co-sponsoring Queer Awareness Week with PRISM.

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Café / Students react to eatery’s renovations continued from page 1 New changes included two queue lines and two registers as well as a turbo oven that will also allow for a wider variety of products such as breakfast sandwiches. “Long lines form at the Library Cafe and with the old design, the speed of service could not be increased,” Schuster said. “The new design allows for double queuing and double production of the most popular items.” Since its grand opening in fall 2005, the Library Café had not been updated until this year. While the Library Café was surely missed by students during the first weeks of school,

it is open for business and students have expressed their opinions about the changes. Some freshmen who were not here previous years to experience the Library Café pre-renovations seem to agree that it is a nice addition to the College. “It’s a Starbucks and I love Starbucks,” freshman nursing major Gretchen Heller said. “It’s awesome. Everything gets crowded, especially during meal equiv, and you can’t really change that,” freshman interactive multimedia major Chris Lundy said. A few students who were here last year were disappointed with the changes and had been expecting a bit more. “It doesn’t look like they spent

$500,000,” said sophomore elementary education and English double major Megan Bordonaro. “It’s nice, but not that much different.” “I would have done it differently,” sophomore health and exercise science major Kaitlyn Ogg said. Both students agreed that they would have liked to see more variety in the products and have both registers open as well. Only one register was open when Bordonaro and Ogg were at the Library Café during meal equiv on Sunday, Oct. 6, despite the long queue line. On Monday, typically a busier day for meal equiv, students were pleased to see both registers open.

“I definitely like the open two cash registers,” said sophomore international studies and economics double major Jimmy Jasamuzchett. “But at the same time the workers might get overwhelmed.” Cara Bramander, sophomore sociology major, agreed that the two line system seems to help alleviate the traffic, but noted that there also seems to be more workers behind the counter. Although the Café has not been open long, the College said it is pleased with the renovations so far. “We will continue to evaluate the success of the renovation over time to see if it has achieved the project goals,” Schuster said.

sheet of paper,” said Terri McQueen, a Target District Team Leader in New Jersey. “It should tell me, in a thumbnail sketch, what you want me to know about you.” Satik Dep, director of Student Services at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, said the thing people look for in a résumé is clarity. “Seeing as how the human attention span is as short as it is, and with those jobs, employers literally receive hundreds of résumés. (Résumés) have to be clear, easy to read, and they have to show, not just skills, but accomplishments,” Dep said. “A good résumé is like a really, really good marketing brochure.”

them ... We’re excited to hear about your qualifications for our position. Be enthusiastic in an interview and know your résumé.” “Generally the last question is ‘Do you have any questions?’ and the very worst answer you can give is ‘no,’” Dep said.

Employers give job search dos and don’ts

The Résumé. According to the recruiters in attendance, the most eye-catching feature of a résumé is also the simplest. “A résumé should be your story on a

The Interview. “Just be confident in your abilities,” said Nicole Brown, the talent and staffing manager at Media Ocean, on how students should enter their interviews. “One of the reasons we’re here is because the students are great and we want to learn more about

The Follow-Up. After the application and interview process, students often believe that they are finished. According to the professionals interviewed last Friday, there is much more to do. “Most employers appreciate a followup because typically there are a billion things going on ... So the concept of a follow-up is a good idea,” Dep said, while advising against being overly enthusiastic with the follow-up. “Calling, emailing, writing a letter every single day: You do not want to do that.” While the opinions and suggestions from the members of the fair help to prepare future students to land their dream jobs, it is up to students to dig for those opportunities.

Many members felt that because it is a holiday, most of the non-students would likely be family and therefore should not be charged. However, operations director Brian Hurler motioned to charge each non-student $3 “because students pay the student activity fee,” he said. The motion was passed by a split vote. The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 8:30 p.m. in the Brower Student Center. Another multicultural request was presented, resulting in the allocation of $2,152.25

to the Japanese Club for “Banzai.” This event is hosted every year by the club and will include activities highlighting Japanese culture such as performances by TCNJ Taiko and TCNJ Aikido. Banzai will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m. INK also presented to SFB for their event, “The Goods,” comprised of a day-long list of performances, and were fully funded for $2,221 by a unanimous vote. “It reaches a small niche group on campus,” said programming director Brian Green. “I think it’s really important

because a lot of students get to perform.” This event will be an ongoing showcase of students’ creative writing pieces from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Rathskeller on Saturday, Nov. 16. Renowned writer Tao Lin will also be a special guest performing poetry and prose. The final presentation was from the Deaf Hearing Connection Club for a bus trip to Gallaudet University. “It’s a huge cultural thing,” said presenter Lea Marx, “and that’s (Gallaudet University) the home of deaf culture.” The event was fully for $1,678 to fund a coach bus as members, like Hurler, felt strongly that events like these help “bridge the gap” between the deaf and hearing.

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Professionals and recruiters pursue students for future employment. By Kelly Davila Staff Writer

While soon-to-be graduates work on polishing their interview skills for immediate use, it was clear on Friday, Oct. 4 at the Opportunities Fair that there are also ways for the underclassmen to begin compiling their résumés and work on their communication skills for the future.

The professionals in attendance offered some useful advice to College students looking to kickstart their job search tactics — before it’s too late.

SFB funds community-oriented events By Julie Kayzerman Nation & World Editor

The Muslim Student Association was funded last week by the Student Finance Board for $4,404.24 toward food and music for their 8th annual Eid Al-Adha Dinner, the international Muslim celebration that closes the annual pilgrimage. “I feel like it’s a very informative event,” said administrative director Sara Stammer. “They really try to get everyone involved and a lot of people get a lot out of this event.” Several SFB members agreed with Stammer but disputed MSA’s request to allow non-students in for free.

Ewing and College Fair brings in the fall By Courtney Wirths Photo Editor

On Saturday, Oct. 5, Quimby’s Prairie was transformed into a vibrant field of tall, white tents and brightly-colored picnic blankets. It was Community Fest, an annual tradition that brings Ewing families, businesses and the College together for a day of fall festivities. The band Crazy Ivan could be heard all around campus, pumping out classic rock and backyardbarbeque tunes. Toddlers danced together on the green while parents watched from the stands. “The weather is perfect,” said Adam Priori. “It made us want to come out and enjoy the day.” Priori and his family painted pumpkins at one of the many craft

tents at Community Fest. Community Fest is entirely run by volunteers from both the College and the town. The Senior Citizen Advisory Council was one of the many local organizations assisting with the day’s events, according to Chirley Csercsevits. Csercsevits has been volunteering at Community Fest for over five years. Students and teachers from the local high school volunteered to paint faces. Many student organizations could also be found running booths under the event’s big white tents. The Student Chemists Association was conducting a bubble experiment for children using dry ice, bubbles and water. “We’re showing enthusiasm

for chemistry and sharing it with Ewing,” sophomore chemistry major Susan Knox said. The Ewing Green Team was playing Frisbee on the field and giving out Frisbees to anyone who wanted one. This organization, in cooperation with the College’s Bonner scholars, works to promote sustainability in the community. “We are always trying to make Ewing a healthier and greener place to live,” said sophomore biology major Aygen Heparker. The outside of the Prairie was lined with the booths, tents and trucks of various local eateries. The cuisines available at the event ranged from hotdogs and cheesesteaks to homemade sandwiches and Danishes. “It’s a really great day to

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Ewing residents revel in fall activities.

come out as a community,” said JoAnne Brown while she served a delicately decorated cupcake from her bakery, Let Them Eat Cake. Brown explained that Community Fest is a great opportunity for small businesses to introduce themselves to the neighborhood.

For the food-truck Pura Vida, meaning “pure life,” it was its first time at Community Fest. “We’re rookies today,” said Gilberto Ramirez from the window of the truck. “It’s an awesome day — a beautiful time with beautiful people.”

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Wall artist up to no good US lacks financial grasp of the fourth floor. Finally, Campus Police were dispatched to Elevator #1 in the Library at 10 p.m. on Tuesday where graffiti with the same dark ink or paint substance had been sprayed. For all of these cases Campus Police notified College Facilities to remove the vandalism. ...

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Vandalism continues to occur on campus, indicated in the locations by the map above. By Jack Meyers News Editor In the past week, Campus Police were dispatched to five more locations on report of criminal mischief where similar incidents of vandalism to previous weeks were found. The first instance was reported on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 8:55 p.m. for the second level stairwell of the Brower Student Center closest to the Rathskeller. Campus Police found the signature “EVaD” was found as it

was in described in reports from previous weeks. Campus Police also discovered the phrases “EVaD I’m back bitch” and “Prove your fucking mind bitch EVaD” with smiley faces on the wall and behind the first stall door of the second level men’s restroom, respectively. The second instance occurred at 4:40 p.m. on the same day at Lot 7 where Campus Police found similar graffiti on both a column on the first level and on a wall near a stairwell

On Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 11:30 p.m., Campus Police were dispatched to New Residence Hall on report of an intoxicated person. A CA notified Campus Police of loud noises coming from a room they passed while roving on the third floor. When Campus Police arrived, the three underage suspects admitted to having drank alcohol. One consumed an unknown amount of green apple vodka, another drank lemonade mixed with Svedka, and the last admitted to consuming two or three shots of whisky, according to Campus Police. The suspects were all issued their own summons for underage consumption of alcohol.

Demand for meat rises By Courtney Wirths Photo Editor • Towns around the nation are being forced to use state and local funds in order to keep national parks open in these last few weeks of the tourism season. All national parks were closed as a result of last week’s government shutdown, according to the Wall Street Journal. • The U.S. Military is making a large shift toward more energyefficient fuels and practices. The primary motivation is not environmentalism, but safety. Fuels like solar energy present much less of a risk to troops than do fuel tankers in dangerous regions of Afghanistan, according to Bloomberg. • Walmart Stores Inc., after struggling in Asia with regulations, slowing economies and competition, is now open to potential deals in China. China represents a large chunk of the discount giant’s plan for expansion in Asia, according to the Wall Street Journal. •A survey conducted by George Washington University revealed that more than a third of Americans currently

lack basic financial literacy, meaning they cannot compound interest or understand the differences in mutual funds and common stocks. The lack of knowledge can directly correlate to poor financial decision-making in the current complex economy, according to the New York Times. • The federal income tax celebrated its 100th birthday on Friday, Oct. 4. This century old tax’s big day brought with it a discussion on whether the tax needs to be reformed to fit today’s changing economy, according to CNBC. • After releasing detailed plans about their initial public offering, the social media site Twitter received a message that its 218-million-user audience may still be too small for many large-scale advertising companies, according to the Wall Street Journal. • Cattle and hog prices are expected to rise in the coming months due to a decrease in the supply of animals going to butcher. There has also been a recent increase in the demand for the meat, according to Bloomberg.

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person whom the victim knows. “A stranger ... jumping out from behind a proverbial bush wearing a proverbial ski mask, with a proverbial gun, right? That’s what rape is,” said a 2001 alumna and sexual assault survivor at the unveiling of an anti-sexual violence art exhibit at the College in April. “But that’s not how it happened to me, and that’s not how it happens to the majority of those who survive sexual assault every year.” For all College students, there are a variety of resources available to victims of sexual assault. The Office of AntiViolence Initiatives, or OAVI, has group and individual counseling programs for survivors. OAVI also advocates with professors on behalf of victims if they are falling behind in classes because of their assault. Loonan emphasizes that talking about assault can help victims to cope. Yet friends and family members of survivors have a role to play as well. “If you know somebody who discloses, believe them,”

Loonan said. “If you don’t believe them a hundred percent or you have questions, then refer them to somebody else who they can talk to, rather than say some things you can’t take back.” A campaign sponsored by OAVI, called “Green Dot,” advocates for bystander intervention against sexual violence on campus. “Green dots” are steps that all students can take to prevent sexual violence, as opposed to “red dots,” which involve actions that perpetuate sexual violence. According to OAVI’s brochure on the “Green Dot” campaign, “green dots” are meant to symbolize actions such as “(talking) to friends about consent” and “(calling) for help if you see someone getting physical with his/her partner.” “A ‘red dot’ is having sex without someone’s consent,” Loonan said. “‘Red dot’ is a push, a slap, intimidating, threatening behavior.” Loonan also believes that it is important to educate the public about mutual consent before a sexual relationship

is pursued. A “yes” to sex must be enthusiastic and unhindered, she said. Often, victims feel threatened or pressured to the point where they agree to sex, even when it is not what they truly want. “Consent is not only saying yes ... because sometimes we know that saying yes or absence of saying anything does not mean yes,” Loonan said. “Similarly, (it’s not consent) if someone is drunk or under the influence ... They don’t have to be physically forced, but they’re being intimidated in some way, or coerced into saying yes or not saying no.” But despite the emotional roller coaster ride that results from sexual assault, many survivors agree that life gets better. “In your darkest days, in the blackest of nights, how you come through it into the light really ... shows you strength that you never thought you had,” the 2001 alumna said. “How I’ve come out of a lot of this is to be a realist who is just hopelessly, hopelessly hopeful. Don’t lose your hope.”

Film and club value happiness above money By Gabrielle Beacken News Assistant Compassion was the key word of the night during the screening of the documentary “Happy” in the Library Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 3, sponsored by the TCNJ Circle of Compassion. “We wanted something that could apply to college students, not too heavy,” said senior biology major Maria Mostyka, vice president of the TCNJ Circle of Compassion club. “The goal of the Circle of Compassion club is to promote compassion and thought into action.” The film took its audience around the world to explore the different definitions of what it means to be happy. From a slum in India, to a housing community in Denmark, to a former debutante’s home in Texas, “Happy” portrayed the value of pursuing intrinsic pleasure in order to be happy, rather than cherishing materialistic extrinsic gratifications.

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Mostyka speaks about compassion.

“I feel I am not poor, but the richest person,” said a rickshaw driver with little financial stability during a scene in Kolkata, India, as his child ran toward him with excitement

at the end of every work day. This intrinsic happiness was the documentary’s introduction to the progressive field of positive psychology. Statistics shown in the movie indicated that Americans are becoming richer, but not happier. Research done by psychologists in the film recognized that there are three dominant structures of happiness: 10 percent class and status, 50 percent genetics and 40 percent intentional activities. This means that individuals have a major role in being able to create their own happiness. “Happiness manifests a lot in our relations,” said junior psychology major Amanda Fresnics, member of the Circle of Compassion club. “Humans crave bonding and connections.” “Coming away to college, you are constantly surrounded by people. Why isn’t it like that all the time?” Fresnics

said, concerning the high success rate of the community living in Denmark. This theory of the human connection leading to happiness is supported by the newfound Japanese word depicted in the film, “Karōshi.” In Japanese, this word translates into “death from overwork.” Karōshi is a recent trend in the Japanese work environment. “There needs to be a balance of work and play,” said Mostyka, opening up the discussion portion of the event. “I always used to study on my own, but now I study in groups. Little things as helping each other understand something makes you so much more content.” Mostyka, vice president of the Circle of Compassion club, explained how the club’s task is to shift the mindset of students on happiness. “Compassion is important for a full and successful life,” Mostyka said. “Especially for college students.”

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Nation & W rld

Underlying theories for government shutdown exposed

By Jennie Sekanics Correspondent

Just moments before the government shut down, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (DMass.) zoomed in on the issues that supposedly forbade Republicans from continuing funding for the federal government. According to The New York Times, Republicans have confirmed that their main issue was with the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and the funding it demanded. However, Warren suggested that there may be an underlying reason for their decision to revolt against the initiated law. According to The Washington Post, the Affordable Care Act requires that businesses with over 50 employees provide healthcare, ensure that insurance companies do not discriminate based on

preexisting conditions and grant women the access to birth control. This last notion, Warren claimed, is the real reason for the Republican tantrum. “Republicans have decided that the single most important issue facing our nation is to change the law so that employers can deny women access to birth control coverage … in the year 2013,” Warren said in her speech, “not the year 1913 — the year 2013.” In the world of 2013, females, by the U.S. law, have rights including the ability to obtain contraception without fear of extreme costs. Warren asked how it is fair that such high costs in the past have led women to make choices about their bodies based on money rather than health. Warren stated that Republicans would rather shutter the government and tank the

economy than ensure female’s access to birth control. “We have lived in that world and we are not going back. Not ever,” she said, refusing to revert to old policies. She added that although these shutdown threats may continue, they will not change the concrete reality of American democracy. “The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land,” she said, implying that the law is here to stay. Warren believes the government shutdown is nothing more than the Republicans holding the government hostage since they have failed to maintain their outdated policies. It seems that as long as Warren is passionately fighting in the Senate, she will make certain that women are granted their right to birth control refusing the Republicans from prevailing.

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Sen. Warren discusses underlying government shutdown issues.

Government shutdown shows no signs of ending soon

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Entering its second week, the government shutdown shows no signs of ending.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington is no closer to ending the government shutdown, which entered its second week Monday, as Democrats remain unmoved by refocused GOP

Obscure & Offbeat

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Nov. 28 is Thanksgivukkah. Gobble Tov!

Happy Thanksgivukkah! An extremely rare occasion will occur this year as Thanksgiving and the first night of Hanukkah both take place on Thursday Nov. 28. This has not happened since 1888 and won’t happen again until 79,043 years from now. All information from AP

efforts to reach a broader budget deal. “I’d reissue my friendly challenge to Speaker Boehner: Just put it on the floor,” Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., told CNN’s New Day, referring to a stopgap bill that would reopen the government without any strings attached. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, seeks to end the shutdown and raise the $16.7 trillion federal debt ceiling as part of one budget negotiation in which he hopes to extract some concessions from Democrats on deficit reductions. The Treasury Department has said the deadline for raising the debt ceiling is Oct. 17. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a leading voice in the shutdown debate for his advocacy of ending President Obama’s health care law, told CNN’s State of the Union Sunday that a debt ceiling package should include structural changes to reduce spending, no new taxes, and provisions to “mitigate the harms” of the health care law. “The debt ceiling historically has been among the best leverage the Congress

has to rein in the executive,” Cruz said. Boehner told ABC’s This Week that despite Democrats’ insistence to the contrary, “there are not the votes in the House” to pass a “clean” stopgap bill. Democrats will talk about a longer-term budget agreement only after the government is reopened and the debt ceiling is increased to assuage financial markets that default is not an option. “So it’s my way or the highway, that’s what (President Obama) is saying. Complete surrender, and then we’ll talk to you,” Boehner said. Obama visited the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Monday to reiterate his concerns about the shutdown. Obama told FEMA workers their jobs have been “made more difficult” by the shutdown, but they have performed their duties under “less than optimal circumstances.” He again called on the Republican-run House to pass a spending plan and raise the debt ceiling with no conditions.

Around the World:


US Navy SEALs fail to capture target NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The man U.S. Navy SEALs tried to take down in Somalia over the weekend was a Kenyan who had plotted to attack his country’s parliament building and the United Nations headquarters in Nairobi, according to a Kenyan government intelligence report. The pre-dawn, seaside SEAL raid on Saturday targeted Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir, who is also known as Ikrima, a U.S. official told The Associated Press. The U.S. troops are not believed to have captured or killed their target. The official insisted on anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release the information In the internal report by Kenya’s National Intelligence Service, Abdulkadir is listed as the lead planner of a plot sanctioned by al-Qaida’s core leadership in Pakistan to carry out multiple attacks in Kenya in late 2011 and early 2012. The AP has previously reported that those attacks, linked to the Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, were disrupted. The report, which was leaked to AP and other media in the wake of the Sept. 21 terror attack on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall that killed more than 60 people, lists Samantha Lewthwaite — a Briton known in British media as the “White Widow” — as one of several “key actors” in the plot to attack Parliament buildings, the U.N. Office in Nairobi, Kenyan Defense Forces camps and

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Kenyan children join together to pray for those injured and killed during the Westgate Mall attack on Sept. 21.

other targets. The plotters also intended to assassinate top Kenyan political and security officials, the report said. Police disrupted that plot. Lewthwaite, who was married to one of the suicide bombers in the 2005 attack on London’s transit system, escaped capture when she produced a fraudulently obtained South African passport in another person’s name. Late last month Interpol, acting on a request from Kenya, issued an arrest notice for Lewthwaite. The National Intelligence Service report, in an entry dated exactly one year before the Sept. 21 mall attack, said al-Shabab operatives were in Nairobi “and are planning to mount suicide attacks on undisclosed date, targeting Westgate Mall and Holy Family Basilica.” Two suspects were

believed in possession of suicide vests, grenades and AK-47 assault rifles, the report said. The report also warns of “Mumbaistyle attacks,” referring to the assaults in Mumbai, India in 2008 in which operatives stormed several locations with guns and grenades. The report makes no mention of Abdulkadir in relation to the attack on Westgate Mall. The men who attacked the mall last month and held off besieging Kenyan troops for several days were armed with grenades and AK-47s, but apparently had no suicide vests. It was unclear if one planned attack on the mall was foiled and then carried out again or if it was merely postponed for a year by al-Shabab, which claimed responsibility for the carnage.

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Homecoming Spirit Week Monday, Oct. 14th Banner Reveal and Yell Like Hell 12pm, BSC Atrium

Tuesday, Oct. 15th Tie-Dye and Free T-Shirt Giveaway 11am-1pm, BSC Atrium

Volleyball Tournament 3pm, Sundial Lawn

Wednesday, Oct. 16th Field Games

11am-4pm, Sundial Lawn (Rain or Shine) Men's Cheerleading - 11am Women's Tug of War - 12pm Potato Sack Race - 1pm Dizzy Bat Race - 2pm 3-legged Race - 3pm Human Pyramid - 4pm

Thursday, Oct. 17th Free Rally Towel Giveaway 10am-3pm, BSC Atrium

Community Service, Letters to Charity 7pm, BSC Atrium

Friday, Oct. 18th Blue and Gold Day!

wear your blue and gold to show TCNJ Pride

Spirit Item Giveaway

11am-1pm, BSC Atrium TCNJ Bookstore Discounts Sodexo Food Giveaways

Lip Sync and Dance Competition

Doors 6pm; Start 7pm; $5 Admission; Rec Center *No bags allowed inside the Rec Center*

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Mental health awareness

This month, as many of you may know, is Mental Health Awareness Month on campus. As a reporter who enjoys the broader implications of a story, I’d like to point out just how vital October is to us college students. We’re in school to network, to learn and to gain skills that, in theory, will get us jobs after we graduate. Many of us, myself included, take the extra step and pounce on any professional opportunities that arise during the semester — part-time jobs, internships, E-board positions, etc. As students, we are expected to succeed and even to achieve above our peers in order to secure our respective spots in the adult world. But what happens when you get overwhelmed? What happens when you’ve got two tests, an essay, a lab, and you’re late to your desk job because stayed up all night and you forgot to read for class? What do you do when you realize you can’t do everything? In my opinion, October is about the breakdowns and the panic attacks you never planned for. October is the month to remember that there is more to life than grades and money. Most importantly, Mental Health Awareness Month is about realizing that there’s more to you, and it’s about understanding how to deal with that other stuff, the stuff you don’t learn about in school (unless you study psychology, of course). I don’t want to pin down college or society or even the government for our general lack of focus on emotional intelligence. The first place we must look in order to become aware is within. Yes, and it is not as easy as it sounds, mostly because emotions are not visible. Yet partaking in class discussions, making friends, networking and being a generally effective student are a heck of a lot easier when you understand how and why you think and feel the way you do. It may not be simple or obvious, but emotions have a profound effect on our personal worlds. I pride myself on my insistent attempts to grasp where my regular thoughts come from and how they guide me from day to day. To circle back to my reason for writing this, I want to assert that I believe one feeling can make or break an entire day, week, or even ripple out for several years if it is not adequately addressed. I don’t mean to be frightening. What I mean is that bottling up your feelings and pushing forward without reprieve doesn’t make you cool or smart or practical. So take the next few weeks to honestly, deeply, thoroughly think things through. Is there something bothering you? Then address it maturely and talk to a friend, a boyfriend or girlfriend, a family member, or take advantage of the resources the College has for those seeking some help with what’s going on upstairs. Give yourself a chance this October and dive into the pool of your mind. Do good for yourself and be honest about your own feelings — even it means writing it down or saying it to the mirror. As long as you seek understanding, you will always find it.

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Quotes of the Week “I especially like working with the freshmen … You go away, and nobody’s telling you to go to class, no mommy and daddy telling you to get up. But it’s nice to have someone taking care of you, and that’s what I try to do.” — Larry Stevens, “Big Larry”.

“It’s a really great day to come out as a community.”

— JoAnne Brown of Let Them Eat Cake bakery at Community Fest.

“A résumé should be your story on a sheet of paper. It should tell me, in a thumbnail sketch, what you want me to know about you.” — Terri McQueen, a Target District Team Leader in New Jersey.

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Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs Information Fairs Tues 10/15 and Thurs 10/17 11:30-1:00 in ED 212 Winter: Experiencing Art: Barcelona—12/30-1/14 An Odyssey in Greece and Turkey—1/1-17 Caribbean Culture and Society: Trinidad and Tobago —1/4-1/12 African-American Women History/Global Women Writers: New Orleans—1/5-19 British Theatre in London and Stratford— 12/31-1/16 (Wait List)


Earn TCNJ credit while studying with a TCNJ faculty member abroad for two weeks to five weeks


Pay the same reduced tuition and fee rates for in-state and out-of-state students


Enjoy an international adventure while immersing yourself in another culture


Talk to faculty program directors and student alumni about the different programs

Maymester: Exploring London through Art and Chemistry Gendered History of Food –Italy (Wait List) Israel—Teaching the Holocaust through Art and Literature (Education K-8 and HGS) Paris—Landmarks (Art History) Summer:

Literary Landscapes– Harlaxton and Transylvania  Freshmen, sophomores, junMagic of Archival Research—Cornwall iors, and seniors welcome Gender and Development –Tanzania TCNJ Madrid Summer Spanish Program Health Communication Internship—South Africa Doing Business in Europe—Germany and France Rwanda—Counselor Education Grad Students)

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Protest worse than cause Tailgate will be fun Changes made for safety By Gregory Burr Economics Major

I am an economics student at the College. In light of recent events, I have dug into the state’s Department of Education’s finance numbers for Trenton. The city spent $285,038,315 in 2011 and 2012. That $285,038,315 was spent on 13,968 students, which means $20,400 was spent per pupil. All that spending means something like $360,000 is being spent per classroom. For top-tier private school prices, the citizens of Trenton deserve better than a rundown, mold-infested school. Attaching this money to the student in form of a public scholarship, and thus empowering the parents and students, would be a fantastic option. Trenton is in an emergency situation, and its citizens deserve more than the status quo. School choice is already empowering students and parents throughout New Jersey. School choice is not a panacea, but if expanded it could improve the lives of everyday citizens in the immediate future.

I’d also like to say that I’m disgusted by the conditions of Trenton Central High, but I’m also disgusted by some of my fellow student’s conduct. I support their exercise of free speech; however, once their free speech transformed from an attempt to express their voice to an attempt to silence the governor, I think they crossed a line that distinguishes expressing yourself from bullying another into silence. They would be well off to read J.S. Mill’s fantastic essay,

“On Liberty,” and John Milton’s “Areopagitica,” the great liberal works on free speech. I will not support or vote for the governor or his opponent in the upcoming election, but shouting down others is not the way to do things. The efforts of protestors are unfortunate because if protestors had kept from shouting down others and were still forced off campus, they would have been in a position to challenge unconstitutional free speech policies at TCNJ.

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Those protesting Gov. Christie have a valid message, but they act disrespectfully.

This article is a response to Tim Lee’s “Secret plan to raise more alumni dollars will backfire” and Anonymous Senior’s “Policy changes will ruin Homecoming for all,” published on Oct. 2. By John Castaldo Executive Director of Alumni Affairs

Much has been written about Homecoming 2013 and the few changes that are being implemented for this year’s event. Despite suggestions to the contrary, this will be a fun and enjoyable day for all who attend. Alumni and students will still have the opportunity to gather and celebrate friendships, support our student athletes and participate in all the traditional activities associated with the conclusion of Spirit Week. In the interest of promoting a safer and more respectful environment for all our guests, however, the College, not the Alumni Association, has made three changes: For safety reasons, no cars will be allowed in the designated event lots. Guests are, however, encouraged to bring tables, chairs, tents and food. Sodexo Dining Services will also have food, soda, water, beer and wine

available for purchase.

Alcoholic beverages will be permitted in designated areas for those of legal drinking age. IDs will be checked and wristbands will be required for all guests. A band chosen by the Alumni Association will provide pregame music. A student DJ (the winner of Greek Affairs DJ contest) will provide music for the post-game celebration. Out of respect for the athletic teams, there will be no music during the football game. The Alumni Association will pay for both the band and the student DJ. Again, these changes were put forth in the spirit of creating a safe environment for all to enjoy. I encourage everyone to come out and have fun. After the event, we will gather as we do every year and discuss ways to improve it for the future. Student Government has expressed an interest in being a part of this discussion and we will welcome their input.

Aisle between parties has grown too large Compromise is an integral missing component By Michael Nunes

Anytime you have a U.S Senator reading Dr. Seuss during a day-long talk-a-thon in Congress, something is seriously wrong. When Ted Cruz delivered his now infamous 21-hour filibuster against the Affordable Care Act, it was eye-opening. It is not often a speech references Nazism, the Baatan Death March and Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham.” It is true that government shutdowns have happened in the past, but they are a constant reminder of a political system in shambles. This time around, it is much more noticeable how far apart Democrats and Republicans are. Congress has abandoned what had once made it great for hundreds of years: the ability to compromise and find middle ground on hot-button issues. I mean, how long were we able to delay the inevitable Civil War because of compromises between slave states and free states? How could our founding fathers create a constitution that saw that each state had fair representation without being able to find middle ground? Could you imagine if the founding

fathers acted the way our 21st century Congressmen did? The Connecticut Compromise, which created our House and Senate, wouldn’t have happened. Instead you would have delegates from larger states, like Virginia, demanding to have more sway in government while smaller states like New Jersey would end up filibustering the whole preceding talking about how their opposition are filthy royalists who hate freedom and want to take your muskets away. Ben Franklin would be caught mailing pictures of himself in his pantaloons sent to every unmarried women in Philadelphia. Aarron Burr would have shot Alexander Hamilton over something as minuscule as political differences. On second thought, maybe our congressmen are not so different after all, but at least back then they were able to come to an agreement on serious issues. You might ask yourself reading this, “Why don’t we just elect new congressmen to replace the bad ones?” Great idea — if that ever happened. Congress is hovering around a 10 percent approval rating. To put that into prospective, 30 percent of Americans,

according to CNN, approved of American involvement in Syria. Meaning more people were in favor of going to war than in favor of the branch of government that decides whether we go to war. Now, if Congress’s approval rating is so low, how is its retention rate so high? In 2012, 90 percent of congressmen kept their seats, according to OpenSecrets. org. This is not how a democracy is supposed to work. We are supposed to give

Congressmen who don’t serve our interests the boot and elect new representatives. Clearly the American political system has seen better days. With hundreds of thousands of federal workers out of a job, national parks and monuments closed and important government funding cut for government social programs, we could clearly see our political house lies in tatters. The question is: Could we sew it back together?

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Senator Ted Cruz’s monologue on ‘Green Eggs and Ham,’ Nazism and the Baatan Death March shows a breakdown of U.S. politics.

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The College of New Jersey The Department of World Languages and Cultures presents

Monday, October 14th 5:30 pm in Roscoe West, Annex 202

Tey (Today)

Directed by Alain Gomis (Senegal, 2012, 88 min.) Winner of the 2013 FESPACO Gold Stallion Award and Best Actor for Saul Williams Join us for a special screening with director Alain Gomis

(The film opens officially in New York on October 6th. For information about the Oct. 6th screening only, please contact the North American distributor BelleMoon Productions.

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At the same time joyous, subtle and tragic, Tey is a powerful fairytale. In a village outside Dakar, the gods—or the stars, or destiny, have spoken: Satché must die by the end of the day. Until nightfall, the film follows him making his goodbyes to those around him—his family, his friends, his lover, his children, his wife. Initially fêted by his community with an enthusiasm tainted by melancholy, Satché, the one chosen to disappear, soon finds himself set apart from those closest to him, in beautiful scenes that seek to show those elements of friendship, desire, sadness, affection and anger that are usually left unsaid. In his third feature, director Alain Gomis takes a well-worn topic in Senegalese cinema and turns it on its head: unlike other films, many of which choose to focus on emigration and neo-colonialism, Gomis’ work instead tells the story of a man who leaves America to return to the land of his birth.

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Pink out and fight breast cancer By Andreia Bulhao Copy Editor

For many, this time of year is associated with fun fall activities such as pumpkin picking, Halloween decorating and enjoying seasonal goodies like apple cider. But for others, the month of October has a different, more serious significance as National Breast Cancer Awareness month. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. In an effort to educate and prevent diagnoses, various organizations throughout the country take time to raise awareness and funds in hopes of one day finding a cure for helping those affected by the cancer. Here at the College, the Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity hosted its annual event, Pink Out Week. ZTA is known for its philanthropy — breast cancer awareness and education — and seeks to not only inform the college community about breast cancer but to raise funds for the cause as well. Proceeds from the week-long event are sent to the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation and divided between various breast cancer awareness and education organizations. “Everyone knows one person who has been affected by breast cancer. It is our hope and goal to provide tools to cope with the experience,” said Amanda Soler, a senior biology major and ZTA sister. The week, which began Sunday, Sept. 29, featured a variety activities, including, haircuts,

Courtney Wirths / Photo Editor

To commence the week-long event, participants get ready to release pink ballons in memory of loved ones impacted by breast cancer. a T-shirt sale, a Zumbathon, pizza fundraisers, inspirational and educational speeches and an outdoor party. Pink Out Week kicked off with the second annual Balloon Release, where students gathered at the Science Complex on Sunday night. Here, pink biodegradable balloons were distributed. Students wrote the names of people they knew who had battled with breast cancer and released balloons in the honor of those people. The following Monday, Sept. 30, the week-long T-shirt sale

began. Shirts read “Don’t Stop Believing” and were sold for $10. Students were also able to receive haircuts and pink hair extensions that afternoon in the Brower Student Center. Festivities continued Monday night when free pink cupcakes were given out in Eickhoff and a pizza fundraiser took place at Piccolo Trattoria restaurant nearby. On the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 2, students gathered for an educational talk about breast cancer. The event, “Educate and Caffeinate,” featured speakers Matthew Wund of the biology

department and Sharon Byrne of the nursing department. Here, speakers shared personal experiences with breast cancer as well as explained their work with raising awareness across the nation. Wund began the talk by sharing his sister’s story. In her memory, he and his family founded the Christina S. Walsh Breast Cancer Foundation, which aims to assist breast cancer patients and their families with medical expenses. “We saw the toll this took on my sister, and this is a disease that affects the whole family,” Wund said. He continued to explain that

the foundation strives to hold fun events in honor of his sister’s fun personality. Wund ended his speech, commending ZTA’s work in aiding the Walsh Foundation among others. Shortly after Wund’s speech, Bryne took the stage. Bryne recently began working at the College and dedicated much time to her specialization of breast cancer research. Serving to educate the audience, Bryne took a different approach to her presentation. She played trivia games with students, as well as “Reduce Breast Cancer Bingo,” handed out small prizes and made it an interactive learning experience. The week continued with a “Kiss Away Cancer” banner event on the afternoon of Thursday, Oct 3. At this event, students were able to leave a kiss mark on a banner created by ZTA after donating $1 to the cause. The banner was then hung in the Student Center. The week ended with an outdoor Pink Out Party in Alumni Grove where tropical shaved ice was served. Pink Out Week was recognized as 2012’s Outstanding Program of the Year at the College. Last year alone they raised a total of $5,200 throughout the week. Their goal after this week’s events was a minimum of $4,800, bringing them to a total of $10,000 in two consecutive school years in hopes of being eligible for the Zeta Tau Alpha National Founders Club. “Hopefully, we not only make Founders Club, but exceed last year’s donations as well,” said Jade Gordon, a senior elementary education major and sister of ZTA.

Larry / Eickhoff greetings come with ‘big’ treat continued from page one “You guys, you make me feel young,” he said beaming. “The students here are like my own children. I’m 62, but coming in to work every day, you meet so many new people that it gives me a charge. You give me my youth.” Big Larry’s day-to-day optimism is an anomaly among his crowd, though. For a maroon-collar worker to hold as much status as the College’s own mascot, it’s indicative of his relationship with the student body. He said that he keeps in contact with many of his former students, and even went to a basketball game with one not too long ago. When he said “they remember Big Larry,” he also meant they reconnect. “I try to get to know everyone’s names, like a bank teller or a bartender,” Stevens said. “It makes them feel special. And when a kid can look at me and say ‘you

made my day,’ that makes me feel good.” By extension, he knows more tightly-knit information about his students than perhaps their own parents. “They tell me personal stuff. I’m like the Eickhoff social worker,” he said. Few cafeteria workers garner such attention. But the matter of recognition is one more of respect, a reciprocated courtesy shared between Stevens and everyone he meets. No message was stressed more powerfully to me than a few of his own choice words: “Without respect, you ain’t got nothin’.” If this boils down to Steven’s life philosophy, then he certainly has it all. Today, Stevens continues to live in Ewing close to the College. He prides himself on his family, his career and his love of the Philadelphia Eagles. He sees his seven grandchildren as often as possible, but the geographical distance

between them can be difficult. In their absence, he considers his students and his campus “a home away from home.” But Stevens, like all employees, is looking toward the future. “I want to be right here, really,” he said. “But I’ll tell you: in about two, maybe three years, I’m planning on retiring. Then there’ll be no more ‘Big Larry.’” At the very least, he promised to retire at the same time I graduate — “so we can go out together.” A campus life without “Big Larry” is slowly approaching down the road. But it’s impossible to assume his absence at the counter means the end of his legacy. Larry Stevens is a man, but Big Larry is a symbol. He has transcended beyond standards and into an inexorable feature of the College. Even the nickname, whose origins are amusingly unknown, echoes year after year across campus, as common and established as if it

were a building dedicated in his name. “I don’t remember where the name came from, it’s almost like Big’s my first name and Larry’s my last,” he said. “But I like it. It’s nice to know you’re loved by someone else besides your family. Students like me, know nothing about me, but still have respect for me. And that’s a gift.” I wouldn’t make the trip to an early breakfast without the pretext that “Big Larry” would be there to welcome me. Nor can I imagine the atmosphere of Eickhoff without seeing the 62-year-old tease students and crack jokes like he was 30. When the time does come, though, someone will have to pick up the torch. Someone will need to bridge the generational gap between students and staff, remember their names, high-five their successes and lift up their woes. That’s Larry for you, and those are some big shoes to fill.

Photo courtesy of Larry Stevens

A younger Stevens looking dapper in his snazzy suit.

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Midterm brain food By Andreia Bulhao Copy Editor

It is officially October, and if you’re anything like I am, you may have spent the last week wondering where the semester has gone. I’m already finding myself facing midterms within the next few weeks. Like most students here at the College, I start to panic about how I can prepare for these exams. While countless hours in the Library should definitely do the trick, many of us forget about other factors that come into play with our academic performance. In this case, the expression “you are what you eat” comes to mind. Maintaining a healthy diet filled with beneficial nutrients is key to conquering upcoming exams. There are a variety of super foods with great nutritious value to help you along the learning process. As I am sure you know, all food is not created equal. As delicious as that extra slice of cheese pizza is, when it comes to nutritional value, it won’t really do much for you. When you’re searching for foods that will stimulate your brainpower, there are certain things that should be on your radar. Here is a list of four nutrients that are essential to a healthy, focused brain and where to find them. Glucose. Quickly released into the bloodstream, glucose is the brain’s source of fuel and keeps our bodies on the move. For the most effective performance, be sure to eat foods such as oatmeal, beans, bananas and brown rice, as they provide better focus and higher attention levels.

This way, your body is kept concentrated on releasing slow and sustainable energy while avoiding a temporary sugar high, resulting in a crash. The “Right” Fat. Many of us have fallen victim to the common misconception that in order to be healthy, fats should be avoided at all costs. That, however, is 100 percent false. Fat is essential to clear thinking, having a good memory and obtaining a balanced mood. Still, it is important to remember that only certain fats will be beneficial to your brain. In this case, look for mono and polyunsaturated fats to help you along your exam preparations. Eating avocados, eggs and nuts will help you focus and remember your exam material, while ensuring you’re in an uplifted mood. Amino Acids. They can be found in protein-rich foods like fish, meat, eggs, cheese, lentils and yogurt and are essential in helping you improve your concentration and in fighting stress. Antioxidants. Antioxidants are your best friend when it comes to brain food. They are responsible for repairing neurons and damage associated with aging. More importantly, the consumption of antioxidants also boosts your immunity. You can find such nutrients in foods like dark chocolate, blueberries and tomatoes. Remember to keep these brain foods in your diet and they will help boost your concentration and memory, just in time for your upcoming midterms.

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Campus Style By Heather Hawkes Columnist

jean shirt tied around the waist and accent jewelry of your choice.

Flashback to the good old ’90s when dragging along your jacket wasn’t an issue. If you didn’t feel like carrying it, you would just tie it around your waist. Enter the 2000s when most of us wouldn’t be caught dead with anything tied around our waist, because, let’s face it, no one does that anymore. Well ladies and gentlemen, welcome to 2013 where waist-tying is not only acceptable but it is a pronounced fashion statement. Even though the cold winds of autumn haven’t quite arrived yet, tying a cool printed jacket or flannel around your waist is a great way to accentuate any outfit that is thirsting for something more. To get you started, here are some backpocket tips to keep in mind:

Perhaps the greatest thing about this trend is that it’s extremely versatile and easy to do. With the ever-changing weather conditions of the New Jersey autumn upon us, you’ll be prepared whenever that cold wind decides to blow.

Keep your base outfit simple. Especially if you have an intricately patterned jacket. You don’t want it to get lost in an outfit with too much going on. Pairing something as simple as a white T-shirt and jeans with a camo jacket tied at the waist can make a major statement. Don’t be afraid to get a little edgy. Hone in on your ability to pull off varying styles, and try an all black ensemble with a multi-colored flannel tied around the waist with combat boots. Keep an open mind. Don’t think that this trend can only be executed by the grunge-loving fashionista. You can make a chic and classy combination by donning a crisp white sundress with a light-washed

Accentuate outfits by tying outerwear around your waist.

Autumn sweet treats are pumpkin-tastic

By Tom Kozlowski and Courtney Wirths A&E Editor and Photo Editor

F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “Life starts again when it gets crisp in the fall.” So does the obsession with pumpkins. Autumn is the time when all can embrace the warm and cozy goodness of a cup or bowl of pumpkin. One Sunday morning, Tom Kozlowski and Courtney Wirths set off on a journey to the smalltown main street of Princeton, N.J. Their mission: vindicate or destroy every first-world fangirl’s craving for the seasonal veggie savor. Their targets: three pumpkin dishes. One was to be a hot drink, the second a dessert and the third, ice cream (which is, in fact, another dessert). Their success rate? Fall-ing fast. Coming in hot, the team landed on Nassau Street, hungry and impatient. With caffeine on their minds, they hooked a left through an alley and found themselves at Small World Coffee, Princeton’s premiere indie “we don’t accept your credit cards” café. Consequently, they were broke, especially after the meter gorged on all their coins. Still, with overzealous Greenwich rejected baristas pelting them with options, they settled: one hot pumpkin cappuccino and an iced pumpkin latte. Small — that’s how they would describe their purchases. Once they picked up their jaws and realized they were charged for sample cups, Wirths sipped the delicate foam off the cusp of her coffee while Kozlowski funnelled his latte

down like he was late for a meeting. The hot cappuccino was aesthetically pleasing, as there was a lovely pumpkin swirl through the white delicious steamed milk. The foam was also the best tasting part of the coffee — a light and airy sip of Grandma’s house. And while the latte was refreshingly cold, it blended the seasonal spices to a sweet perfection. Now caffeinated beyond safe levels, the team scampered from the café with dessert on their minds. Naturally, this encompassed all three meals in one day, so a balance of high fructose corn syrup and icing was totally kosher. House of Cupcakes stands out among its surroundings as a homely, enticing hamlet. Naturally, they barged in. The woman behind the counter greeted them with a big smile when, in unison, Wirths and Kozlowski asked, “Do you have pumpkin?” She smiled warmly and handed the pair a pumpkin cupcake in a small covered cup. The cupcake had a rich creamcheese frosting piped on the top and was sprinkled with cinnamon. At the tippytop was a candy corn pumpkin for decoration. The cake was moist and the frosting was perfectly sweet, but one thing that was missing from this pumpkin cupcake — the pumpkin. “I think this is carrot cake,” Kozlowski said. “No, this is actually carrot cake.” He was certainly not impressed. But they refused to end their mission on a sour note — they still had to get that cream. “Off to the Bent Spoon!” Wirths yelled with conviction. “I’m getting fat!”

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The season of pumpkin invasion takes over Princeton.

lamented Kozlowski. The ice cream establishments would not give in, though. Bent Spoon: pumpkin-less. Halo Pub: a myth. And as they dragged their feet in a CharlieBrown-trudge of disappointment, lo and behold came Thomas Sweets. The highest leaf of the oranging oak — a cup swirling with autumnal ecstasy, Thomas Sweets’ pumpkin ice cream was the essential seasonal treat. Like a cool creamy sister to pumpkin pie filling, this was the real cannedpumpkin deal. Any declared aficionado of the pumpkin persuasion is obligated to close a fall evening wrapped in a Snuggie with a spoonful of this frozen pumpkin cream. Bellies full, they rolled their way back to the car with their happiness raising like the Great Pumpkin. So this harvest, in celebrating the ancient rite of the pumpkin spice, make your way to Princeton on a hayride of flavor and simply, tastefully, enjoy.

Small World Coffee Where: 14 Witherspoon St. Princeton, NJ Contact: 609-924-4377 Hours: Mon. - Thurs.: 6:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Fri. - Sat.: 6:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sun.: 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Thomas Sweet Chocolate Where: 29 Palmer Square W, Princeton, NJ Contact: 609-924-7222 Hours: Mon. - Sat.: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sun.: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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SPRING 2014 REGISTRATION APPOINTMENT PERIOD Initial Registration Period for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Tuesday, November 5 through Friday, November 15 

Your enrollment appointment reflecting the first time you will be eligible to register for both the Spring and Summer 2014 semester can be accessed via your PAWS account. To view your scheduled enrollment appointment, visit the Enrollment Appointment section in the PAWS Student Center. Once eligible, students remain eligible throughout the registration period. Undergraduate Students who do not register by 11:59pm on Sunday, November 17th will be subject to a late registration fine. Graduate Students have until 11:59pm on December 15th: Undergraduate: $150 Graduate: $125

The Spring and Summer Schedule of Classes is available on PAWS and can be viewed by using the Search for Classes button.

Visit the PAWS HELP website for complete information on how to log-in to PAWS, search for classes, browse the Course Catalog, view your Holds, add courses to your Shopping Cart, and register for classes:

Use the Validate feature directly from your PAWS Shopping Cart to check for potential pre-requisite issues before registration! For more information on the Validate feature, visit:

Check PAWS for Holds that will prevent you from registering. All Hold Flag information can be viewed under the Holds section in the PAWS Student Center. Advising Holds and Health Holds have been posted. Financial Holds will be posted throughout October. Check your account early and frequently for Holds.

Access your Academic Requirements Report on PAWS to view your degree requirements via the Advising Tools link.

Make an appointment to see your advisor to discuss your Academic Requirements Report. Your advisor’s name and email address can be located in your PAWS Student Center.

Double-check call numbers and course sections prior to your registration appointment for schedule changes and periodic updates.

Graduate Students: If you are a non-matriculant who is applying for Spring matriculation, you should not register during this timeframe. If accepted for matriculation, you will be invited to register during the Orientation program scheduled for January 09, 2014.


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Get down and boogie at the Queer Ball By Julie Kayzerman Nation & World Editor

For most high school students, prom is a significant staple in their memories, providing old pictures to look back on. However, it’s often forgotten that several students consistently fall victim to the pressures of not only having a date, but having a socially acceptable one. That’s where PRISM’s Queer Ball comes in. “A lot of LGBTQ kids in high school never got to go to their prom or not with the people that they wanted to go to their prom with,” sophomore psychology major Disha Dass said. Dass, however, was among the few able to take her girlfriend at the time to her high school prom, but not without facing severe backlash from her peers. “I was told I shouldn’t be allowed to go school,” Dass said, recalling her high school prom. “One of my friends told me that we were ruining the symmetry (of the prom pictures) because all of the boys were wearing

black tuxes and my girlfriend and I were wearing dresses.” Dass was given a second chance to attend a prom-like setting at the 4th annual Queer Ball on Tuesday, Oct. 1 with her current girlfriend, Megan Osika. Both are proud to be on the executive board of PRISM, which put together this event. “People really do feel free to be themselves,” said Osika, a junior secondary education, English and women’s and gender studies triple major. “They get to dance with whoever they want to dance with and talk to whoever they want to talk to. They don’t have to worry about being stigmatized.” Room 202 of the Brower Student Center, where the Queer Ball was held, was exactly the type of atmosphere that Osika described. Students, regardless of their sexual preference — queer or straight — united together, dancing, laughing and genuinely enjoying themselves in a room void of judgment — something that is so rarely found. Open to everyone, includ-

ing non-students, the event was free, offering a large dance floor DJ-ed by WTSR and pizza to eat at tables provided on the side. Continuing their tradition of crowning a Queer Ball King and Queen, PRISM decided to make a new addition, including a gender-neutral Queer Ball monarch, won by senior Devhon Romulus. Queer Ball King was awarded to senior Remy Lourenco while Queer Ball Queen went to Dass, completing the night she never experienced in high school. Students dressed to their comfort level and danced wholeheartedly with no hesitation, following the example of the stunning guest appearance of drag queen alumna, Ms. Rosetta Stone. “It’s just really fun to dress up, but you don’t have to,” said Dass, commenting on the flexibility of the event. “You can wear anything from sweat pants to a ball gown.” But the outfits of the students were as irrelevant as their gender identities, as the most significant factor of the night were

By Johnanthony Alaimo Columnist

There are just a few questions I have. Like, why was she dancing in sweatpants? Why was she in a pool of sharks? Why didn’t the sharks have laser beams? Regardless, Britney is back and she is here to WORK. (Except between the hours of 12 a.m. and 11:30 p.m., with a lunch break at 11:45). Other people who are doing odd jobs include Justin Bieber’s bodyguards. Pictures surfaced showing the singer/shirt-hater being carried up the Great Wall of China by two of his bodyguards. First off, that wall needs some revamping if Bieber can get on it. Second, how pompous can

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Dass and Osika spread equal love through dance during PRISM’s annual bash. the obvious smiles plastered on each participant’s face. “It’s really just like the prom you never got to go to in high

school,” Osika said. “It’s just a really nice opportunity to dress up, go out and have fun with someone you love.”

Reality check: Paris releases new music

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Britney’s back and she wants you to work.

You. Better. WORK. So says Britney, and we all know how hard she works, so you better listen. Miss Britney Spears released the music video for her new (hit?) single, “Work Bitch,” last week. And let me tell you, she worked as much as someone in 1929. What I’m trying to say is it was a tad lackluster and nothing comparable to the Britney I used to pray to in 2003. I mean, I guess the government shutdown extended to the choreography in the video? It just wasn’t there! Yeah, we get Britney squatting in a desert with a car racing behind her, but we got that in “Breaking Bad” too, and I don’t think they called it dancing. I’ve gotta say, though, she looks HOT.

you get? If he had time, I bet he would have installed an escalator. It’s like he’s actively TRYING to make the world hate him by doing stupid shit he knows would infuriate people. Well, we won’t give in to your GAMES, BIEBER. WE LOVE YOU. HOW DO YOU LIKE THAT. And if you need any reason to stay in your room and never come out, Paris Hilton is releasing more music. Because remember how well it was received the first time around? The reality star turned (what is she even doing these days, honestly?) has a new song with Lil Wayne out called “Good Time,” which I’m sure is ironic. I could have listened to the song, but I was too busy enjoying my hearing.

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Bodyguards carry Bieber in China.

Parceled EPA shutdown poses environmental threat

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Government workers protest the government shutdown in Chicago. By Frank Saverino Columnist

The Environmental Protection Agency is one of the federal organizations that has been most affected by the recent government shutdown, with 94 percent of its employees furloughed indefinitely and many of its current activities put on pause. There are over 150 EPA facilities across all 50 states and four U.S. territories, the majority of which have been

given a window of five days to cease operations. The EPA has reserved a core group of emergency staff — 1,069 employees — to continue working in case of an environmental incident that might create an “imminent threat to human life,” and only experiments or activities financed by unexpired or unobligated appropriations have continued running. A whole slew of investigations conducted by the EPA across the nation have been halted after the federal government’s effective closure on Tuesday. For example, Brian Kelly, an on-scene coordinator for the EPA, was called on to inspect the ruins of the warehouse that had caught on fire just last week in southwest Detroit, but now the investigation has been put off because of the stalemate in Congress. The warehouse’s last proprietor was the owner of Biochem Technical Services LLC, a private medical waste management company. The building was foreclosed shortly after its acquisition this summer because the owner was unable to afford the unexpended taxes that were due. Shortly after the fire, a local neighbor submitted photographs of what were 100 boxes of hazardous waste that were stored in the abandoned warehouse. Because of the EPA’s closure, workers like Kelly are not able to properly handle the dangers of neglected hazardous waste and to find out who is responsible. The cause of the fire is still unknown, and not only is the release of chemicals and toxins from the storehouse polluting the air because of the fire, but the shambles left over after the building collapsed

could be contaminated and posing a harmful risk to the surrounding community. That is just one case of the way the government shutdown affects the normal activities of the EPA, and the employees are not only frustrated by the delay of their pay, but by the interruption of their work to solve environmental issues as well. One of the EPA’s employee representatives based in Chicago, John O’Grady, told The Guardian this week, “No one is going to be out inspecting water discharges or wet lands. Nobody is going to be out inspecting waste water treatment plants, drinking water treatment plants or landfills — nothing. None of that is going to be done. The employees are absolutely devastated.” EPA employees in charge of writing laws for U.S. environment standards, such as vehicle fuel-economy ratings and greenhouse gas emission rates, are completely stalled, including those involved with the most recent efforts of the Obama administration’s climate change agenda. One of the most ambitious and debated strategies for the EPA under the new plan was to tackle and restrict emissions by coal plants, which are the most responsible for greenhouse gas pollution in the United States. This year, the government mandated that all future plants should be 40 percent cleaner than by today’s standards. By next year, the EPA had planned to begin scrutinizing and regulating all existing coal plants. However, in light of the suspension of EPA funds and projects, the government shutdown has temporarily delayed the new climate change agenda.

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Arts & Entertainment

For Signals, new members and old tricks By Mike Herold Staff Writer

For fans of seat-of-the-pants comedy (also known as improv) here at the College, this past weekend was a good one. The Mixed Signals, the improv group here on campus, both put on a show and bolstered their numbers, adding three new members to the group after a long and grueling audition process. “It was a difficult pool to choose from. We had a lot of talented people come out,” Mixed Signals President Jonathan Dowler said. “Everyone who tried out was very entertaining, and we picked three people who we think are going to best exemplify what we’re looking for in new members.” Three new members emerged from the pack of talented potentials, all of whom had to perform multiple improvised games in front of the troupe with varying partners and groups. Ultimately, they narrowed it down to freshmen interactive multimedia major Beau Aranosian, freshman physics and secondary education double major Maxwell Calsetta

and sophomore computer science and interactive multimedia double major Matthew Steuerer. “I think this is the one kind of audition process where you can actually make friends,” Aranosian said prior to the troupe’s decision to adding him as a member. “You aren’t just trying to make yourself look good, but you’re trying to make everyone else look good ... that’s what improv is.” For Steuerer, getting in was some time in the making. “I’ve always gone to see the shows and tried out last year. I didn’t get in, so I’m coming out for a second try,” Steuerer said. With the new members decided, the Signals still had to put on a show Sunday night, which the group collectively called “our craziest show ever.” Performing games such as “Pull a Line,” “Oscar-winning Moment” and “No Minor Characters,” the Mixed Signals entertained the crowd with antics that were indeed a bit more chaotic than their usual fare. One especially memorable scene in “No Minor Characters” involved several members birthing fullygrown other members of the

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The Mixed Signals play a number of improv games, all of which induce comedic chaos. group, which made more sense in context — but not all that much more. Thankfully, when the crazy parts happened, the troupe knew what to do. “When we’re doing a scene (like that), it’s all on the spot,” sophomore history and secondary education double major Rachel Friedman said. “But we all

have a lot of ideas, and we want our ideas to line up. So, a lot of times, we’ll just whisper to each other what we’re going to do … It’s nice to kind of know what the other people are going to do.” “It’s amazing how many times we’ll go to each other to say what we’re thinking of doing. Then we’ll all be on the same page, and that’s kind of encouraging,”

Friedman added. Perhaps senior computer science major Lindsey Nice summed up the overall feel of the night’s event when she called out the troupe’s president after the show. “Dowler loves to twerk,” she said affectionately. After a full weekend of madeup jokes and quick thinking, who can really blame him?

Recital: a medley of music ‘MGMT’a let down By Jessica Ganga Staff Writer

An audience of peers, friends and relatives in Mayo Concert Hall eagerly awaited the recital led by students on Wednesday, Oct. 2. The Music Department’s Afternoon Recital Series showcases the talents of students throughout the semester, with this installment including performances by Joseph Pagani, Nicole DiBenedetto, Kyle Sheehan, Austin Barney and Daniel P. Malloy Jr. As Pagani, the first performer, stepped onto the stage next to his harp, the room burst with applause for the start of the show. Pagani opened the recital with “Sonatina for Harp” by Sergio Natra. With graceful sweeps along the strings, Pagani entranced the audience with delicate notes as he played. Next to perform was DiBenedetto, whose oboe playing was equally as beautiful. Accompanied by Kathy Shanklin on piano, she enveloped the audience with the playing of “Sonata for Oboe and Piano” by Camille Saint-Saëns. Each breath that she took allowed for a string of notes keeping the audience fixated on her performance. Regardless of her emotions before appearing on stage, performers like DiBenedetto have their own way of getting past being nervous. When asked about how she tackles her nerves, DiBenedetto said,“(I) take a few deep breaths, walk on stage and there I am.” The audience was given a change when Sheehan stepped out with his instrument: his voice. Singing Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Kuda, Kuda vy udalilis (Lenski’s Aria),” Sheehan pulled everyone into his performance as he held a hand out to the audience and matched the power and emotion of the song with vivid facial expressions. “You have to really, completely put yourself in the piece,” Sheehan said. “(You have to) get completely engrossed.” From one powerful performance to another, Barney performed a rendition of “Concerto for Trombone” by Gordon Jacob. The range of notes

Barney struck were effortlessly played — it was hard to take your eyes off the trombone slide, and the song ended beautifully with Shankin’s quick flick of the hand on the piano. Finally, Malloy took his place on stage, and like Sheehan, used his voice as his instrument. As he sang “Se vuol ballare,” an Italian song from “Le nozze de Figaro” by Mozart, and was accompanied by Sally Livingston on piano, he told a story with his voice. His steady eye contact captivated the audience, leaving them hanging onto every note as he sang. By the song’s end, a small smile spread across his face — a sure sign of a good performance. The recital series is something that should not be missed, at the least for the amazing talent and hard work of the performers. For freshman music education major Russell Teller, it is much more than that. “It’s a good representation that music is the best thing we have as people,” he said.

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Sheehan sings Tchaikovsky.

‘Time to pretend’ it’s good By Jared Sokoloff Staff Writer “MGMT,” the self-titled third album from the American psychadelic group, generally fails to break new ground. I cannot say I was impressed with this album, which is a problem, considering I don’t know anything at all about MGMT. There was absolutely nothing going against them. Frankly, it was boring. And, I know that psychedelic music isn’t the most “exciting” genre of music — it’s not supposed to be. But for however interesting these 10 songs could have been, they suffer from lackluster arrangements and repetitive production. Psychedelic music was originally designed to mimic the use of mind-enhancing drugs — and was commonly made under the influence of them. “MGMT,” however, seems to be more concerned with disorienting the music itself. I don’t think that there was a song on the album that didn’t contain a compressed-to-distortion instrument or vocal track. On top of this, the music never really picks up the pace. There are no journeys in these songs. Instead, they just ramble on. Remember “Strawberry Fields Forever” by The Beatles and how that song really took you on a journey with emotional movements and exciting changes? None of that is to be

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MGMT have lost much of their original ‘Kids’ luster. found here, and tracks like “Alien Days” walk in place with no definitive conclusion. The only song with substantial meaning is the album’s second single, “Your Life is a Lie.” The song is about exactly what it sounds like, but uses a repetitive, simple melody to stress how life itself is tedious and monotonous. It was the only song in the album that stood out from the rest. I have a feeling that this is one of those albums that was “designed” to be experienced while under the influence of drugs. Which, unfortunately, just makes this a dull album to listen to.

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Students band together, trumpets and all By Shayna Innocenti A&E Assistant

College students put down the books and picked up instruments at the Rathskeller on Friday, Oct. 4, as the bands Semiotics, Valgaian Trio and Keepin’ the Family showcased their talent for Student Band Night. Semiotics, an alternative-emotions duo, was the first band to perform. Senior journalism and media studies double major Nick Rapon from Rutgers, played the electric guitar and sang six original compositions, as well as a cover of Joyce Manor’s song “Constant Headache.” “The basis of our music is emotion,” Rapon said. “I get inspiration for lyrics from very negative places: family issues, school, work, ex-girlfriends. The music is more real that way.” One of their songs, “Astral Energy,” even discussed religion. The slow opening coupled with the fast-paced chorus truly took the audience on a journey. Rapon and drummer Alex Manoski themselves have been best friends for 12 years. “The first time I picked up a guitar, (Manoksi) was there,” Rapon said. “We have had some really great times.” While the two have been longtime friends, they have only been bandmates on and off for two or three years. “This is more of a fun thing than something serious,” Rapon said. Despite playing solely for recreation,

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Student performers come from as far as Rutgers to play at the College. Semiotics have appeared at various venues in both Philadelphia and the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J. “We do a lot of garage-base shows,” Rapon said. Bass player Jibran Miser, a Rutgers student, was absent from Semiotics during their performance. The progressive band Valgaian Trio took to the stage next. This purely instrumental set of an electric guitar, bass and drums played for 30 minutes and introduced the audience to music that was a harmonious and simultaneous blend of several genres. “The progressive music we like to play doesn’t call for lyrics or vocals,” bassist

Lucas Gisonti said. “We like to think that the music speaks for itself.” The warped sounds of their music coupled with the infectious rhythm carried throughout, raised multiple rounds of applause from the audience — even though the music did not stop. The band has only been playing together for four months, but they are already making a name for themselves. According to Gistonti, Valgaian Trio will be playing at Crossroads, N.J. at the Battle of the Bands on Sunday, Oct. 13. Gistonti said he was very happy with the performance and he was happy that he could share the experience with his two best

friends and bandmates: drummer Anthony Assante, junior biology major at Ramapo, and guitarist Vincent Assante, junior violin major at Montclair. The folk-rock band Keepin’ the Family closed the night, entertaining the audience with an unusual collaboration of instruments ranging from an electric guitar and drums to a banjo and a trumpet. The crowd pleaser of the night was trumpet player George Maher. Maher and his trumpet played echoed lyrics of the songs while keeping tempo alongside the drums, thoroughly impressing the audience. “The trumpet was great,” sophomore history major Rob Handerhan said. Handerhan’s surrounding friends all nodded in agreement while cheering for both Maher and Cafaro. Maher said that his parents first introduced him to jazz music when he was young, and his love for the genre grew and evolved. “I like infusing jazz music with different sounds and elements,” Maher said. Other members of the band included Mike Winnicki on drums, Riley Bryne on bass and Russell Gottlieb on both the banjo and guitar. The band has been together for two years, and they are eager to branch out and perform in other states, according Cafaro. “We would like to play in more venues in New Jersey, but also some in Pennsylvania and New York as well,” Cafaro said.

Highlighting Sarnoff’s legacy in technology By Courtney Kalafsky Correspondent On Friday, Oct. 4, the Brown Bag Series continued its series with Benjamin Gross’s lecture “David Sarnoff, RCA Laboratories, and the Dawn of the Electronic Age.” Gross presented the history of technology to a “standing-room only” auditorium, packed with both faculty and students. The lecture corresponded with “The Sarnoff Collection,” an exhibition of artifacts displaying technology’s progress from the era of telegraphs to LED screen

wristwatches and calculators. Gross is the consulting scholar and curator of the College’s Sarnoff Collection housed in Roscoe West Hall. David Sarnoff has been recognized as a key player in technology’s advancements over the past century. According to Gross, Sarnoff “stumbled his way” into his future profession while pursuing an early career in journalism. Shortly after, it was evident that fate had brought him into the world of higher technology. At a young age, Sarnoff was involved with Morse code and even performed an integral role

in organizing the rescue for the Titanic. As his dreams and ambitions grew, Sarnoff quickly realized that technology opened a world of opportunity. Sarnoff supervised a team of engineers through the creation of in-home radios, televisions and other innovations. Despite facing many financial and competative challenges, Sarnoff’s team at NBC made accomplishments that were once thought to be impossible. “It was a question of confidence … I let them know I believed in them more than they believed in themselves,” Gross said, quoting Sarnoff on his team’s success.

Gross displayed expert oratory in his ability to engage the audience in his lecture. He commanded the room’s attention simply by exhibiting his pure interest in the subject. Throughout his speech, Gross projected images of Sarnoff, his colleagues and their inventions, allowing the audience to visualize the developments. Additionally, comedic relief made the speaker relatable to the students. While discussing the names of various organizations, Gross said, “I am sorry for the alphabet soup.” The lecture was concluded

with a statement of the three most important things that Sarnoff left behind after his death in 1971. Technological artifacts, evidently, provide the most concrete testimony of his work. However, Sarnoff also created a community of scientists and engineers, and perhaps most importantly, a positive attitude toward innovation. Freshman graphic design major Ariana Sluyter expressed her overall deduction on the insight of the lecture. “It’s interesting to think that engineering and communications work hand in hand — they need each other,” she said.

addiction, violence and even patricide by looking through the minds of people like Vernon and Petunia Dursley of 4 Privet Drive: narrowminded, self-obsessed, patronizing and judgmental. In the quaint suburban town of Pagford, Barry Fairbrother suddenly passes away, leading to a political and personal fallout. As a result, the reader has the opportunity to read the twisted minds and disconcerting reactions of many townspeople affected by the sudden death. Rowling takes further steps toward revealing their deepest and darkest secrets causing extreme dysfunction imbedded within the community. With a multitude of serious and disturbing events scattered across the pages, it comes to an end with two abrupt and crude murders. Rowling received quite a bit of flack from critics across the board. The New York Times called her

novel far from engaging — odd, mundane and two-dimensional. No, the novel did not meet up to the imaginative and exciting plot of the “Harry Potter” series, but it did explore the harsh truths of societies everywhere. The insular town deals with class tension in a few ways: for one, a battle between one political party and a public housing project, and in another, a clinic for addicts against another with a moral sense of duty for the less fortunate. These issues hit home, especially when comparing it to the face-offs between American political parties. Although the content was dry, unconventional and often slow, Rowling got her point across: reality is not filled with magical tales of victory. Instead of departing platform nine and three-quarters on Hogwarts Express, we are brought straight back home. We did not fall in love with the characters, but in

turn, reflected our own. Regardless, our hearts will always belong to the seven volumes of the magical world of Harry Potter. We can only

hope Rowling does not pursue the banal life of Pagford, but instead brings more color to the pages of her work, like we are so used to.

Muggle struggles: Rowling takes on reality By Ananya Sen Correspondent The phrase “casual vacancy” is used when a local councilor fails to make his declaration of acceptance of office within the proper time, when his notice of resignation is received or on the day of his death. Last year, author J.K. Rowling stepped far out of the realm of Hogwarts, magic and wizardry to the real, tough and cruel depths the land of Muggles. “The Casual Vacancy,” her new book, was a definite surprise to Rowling’s audience. The “Harry Potter” series highlights themes of friendship, loyalty, faith, courage and perseverance. Readers of all ages from around the globe are accustomed to Harry and his friends fighting evil but somehow managing a victory every time. Rowling’s new novel instead features intense subjects of suicide, rape, heroin

Rowling takes a cutthroat look at a world of realism.

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Fun Stuff


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More Fun Stuff Brain Teasers

1. Paul ’s height is six feet, he’s an assistant at a

butcher’s shop, and wears size 9 shoes. What does he weigh? 2. You can hold this without using your hands or arms. 3. What is the longest word in the English language?

Answers 1. Meat.

2. Your breath.

3. Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, a form of lung cancer.

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Ground game paves the way for NJAC win Football

By Peter Fiorilla Sports Editor

The football team has been trying to establish a ground game all season, and it finally came to fruition late in a 21-16 win against NJAC rivals Montclair State University last Friday, Sept. 30. Sophomore running back Victor Scalici found an open seam in the middle of the Red Hawks defense at the start of the fourth quarter, and broke a 14-14 tie with a 44-yard touchdown that helped the Lions get off to the right start in conference play. The Lions (2-2, 1-0) got 140 yards on the ground overall and three rushing TDs, well above their early season average of 97 yards and fewer than one rushing TD per game, and more shut-down defensive play made sure the offensive display wasn’t wasted.

The defense rejected the Red Hawks on three attempted fourth down conversions in the fourth quarter, preserving a slim lead. The game had been a roller coaster before Scalici’s touchdown in the fourth quarter, though, as the Lions and Red Hawks traded leads throughout a tightly contested game. The Lions threw the ball sparingly, but it was sophomore QB Sam Paladino who opened the scoring six minutes in. Paladino ended a long Lions drive by scrambling for a 15-yard rushing TD, and Brad Young doubled the Lions’ advantage with a 14-yard rushing TD after a Red Hawks turnover gave the College offense a short field to work with. The Lions offense rarely threatened again after intermission, only putting up four yards of passing offense in the second half, but rushing the ball helped keep possession

away from the visiting team and kept the team in a position to win the game. Montclair managed to make its way back into the game, scoring touchdowns in the second and third quarters to even the

score, before Scalici ultimately rushed for the game-winning points. The Lions take on Kean University in another NJAC game this Friday, Oct. 11 on the road.

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The Lions’ rushing game picks up the slack against Montclair.

Ice Hockey

Lions out-think Wagner in contentious win

Julie Kayzerman / Nation & World Editor

Ice hockey lights the lamp six times in its win over Wagner College.

By Julie Kayzerman Nation & World Editor

All of the blatant banter between the two hockey teams wasn’t even the biggest spectacle on the ice at last Saturday’s game. Instead, it was the extremely controversial calls of the head referee that left fans screaming, players and coaches disqualified and the College with a severe disadvantage for more than half of the game. With over 16 penalties called against the College, the game became more about mental composure rather than physical talent. Although it was clear that the players were frustrated with the skeptical calls, they were able to keep focused and shut down their opponent, putting the game away with a 6-2 win against Wagner College on Oct. 5. As the only consistent part about the referee’s calls was the sounds his whistle made when he blew it, the College spent a sig-

nificant portion of its game on penalty kills. Nevertheless, they skated through the mental frustration under the leadership of senior captain Scott Rothlisberger. “I just tried to let them know that regardless of what we do, the calls aren’t going to go for us,” Rothlisberger said. “With that, we need to just focus on playing hard and keep our minds off of the officiating.” The first goal of the game resulted from a play by Rothlisberger that allowed freshman Will Sulpizio to assist junior Ryan Grum, who picked up the goal at 13:36 in the first. It didn’t take long for several small fights to break out between players, which were followed by a slew of roughing, holding, boarding and slashing penalties throughout the game, leaving the College excessively shorthanded. Whether legitimate or not, being shorthanded often forced junior goalie David Laub to step up and play one of his best games this season, making save after save.

“It got a little out of control,” assistant coach Andrew Ferencevych said.” “The ref was attempting to settle it down but he doesn’t do a very good job of that, and for some reason the penalties went against us and not against them, and you can’t explain that.” The refereeing was so badly received that both teams’ coaches were visibility upset with the calls. The College’s head coach, Joseph Cucci, received a game misconduct at the end of the second period due to his reaction to one of the ref’s calls, leaving Ferencevych in charge. The second period seemed to be a constant penalty kill for the Lions, but it didn’t even matter as they still came out faster and stronger than Wagner, scoring three more goals in the period. A little under three minutes into the period, Rothlisberger snuck the puck past the goalie during 4-on-4 play, with an assist from senior John Czarnik. Exactly six seconds later, the Lions plowed through Wagner’s defense with another 4-on-4 goal by Sulpizio, once again assisted by Czarnik. The most beautiful goal of the game came from junior Alex D’Alessio who, in a game full of frustration, skated through the opponent’s defense on a breakaway with excellent composure and a quick release, executing a phenomenal shot that put the Lions up 4-0 at 7:17 in the second. As things heated up at the end of the second, though, the College found itself down a man once again. Wagner finally capitalized on one of their many power plays, scoring a goal during a play that left Laub screened and unable to see the puck. “We were just telling them to play between

the whistles,” Ferencevych said of the obvious frustration coming from the team. “And to stay out of the scrums after the whistles, keep their hands down and just not get involved so they won’t get suspended.” But even so, both the College and Wagner suffered from player game disqualifications. Wagner’s came early in the first as a player was thrown out for checking a player from behind, forcing him headfirst into the boards. That type of dangerous play has not ended well for the Lions as freshman Luke May and senior captain Anthony Santisi were both injured this past week due to hits from behind. Sulpizio also received a game disqualification for spearing. “I think that call was a little exaggerated on their (the refs) part,” Ferencevych said. “They were both battling back and forth and the call didn’t warrant a disqualification, but we can’t change the score sheet.” As the pattern of penalties never let up in the third, Wagner found their way to another goal, not long after the College’s fifth and sixth goals were scored: first by a quick release from sophomore Gary L’Heureux and then by Rothlisberger who put the puck in the net off of a beautiful pass from senior captain Kush Patel. However, despite the unpredicted challenge of facing not only an opponent, but also the inconsistency of the referee, the College managed to keep their heads in the game and walk away with the win. “The team has been great so far this year,” Rothlisberger said. “It’s fun to watch some of these guys work together. No matter what the lines are it seems everyone has been able to play well with each other.”

Red Bulls clinch berth, chance for history Cheap Seats

By Peter Fiorilla Sports Editor

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The Red Bulls get a late goal.

It wasn’t pretty, but the New York Red Bulls’ 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution kept them alive in the hunt for their first-ever trophy while providing a few compelling arguments for why they will finally win something substantial. The end result was just a draw at home, albeit one that saw New York become the first team in MLS to clinch a playoff berth. But it was the way the Red Bulls battled past adversity in a way they haven’t been able to before that made it so inspiring. New York fans have become accustomed to teams that wilt under pressure. The defining example is when Kenny Cooper missed a potential go-ahead penalty kick in last year’s

painful playoff loss to D.C., partly thanks to the antics of Thierry Henry. Cooper’s teammates didn’t regroup and rally for what should have been an easy result at home — instead, Rafa Marquez got thrown out of the game, and D.C. stole a late game-winner in Red Bull Arena. That is pretty much how things have always gone for the Red Bulls, for better or worse: a lot of high-priced potential and no return on investment. Saturday was different, though. It continued season-long trends that might give even the most cynical of fans a little bit of hope heading into this year’s playoffs. Even after being hosed with a penalty call against New England that tied the game at 1-1, and then falling behind 2-1 after pressing high for another lead, the Red Bulls never panicked or lost sight of getting a result and were

rewarded for it with a 97th minute equalizer from Tim Cahill that brought down the house. The result with New England is a good look at why the Red Bulls have left behind the ghosts of past playoff choke jobs, and in particular, more defensive talent than ever. The central triangle of Cahill, McCarty and Olave is about as intimidating as it gets in MLS, forcing turnovers, covering passing lanes and breaking up plays in the box at an elite rate. And New York is still able to score timely goals from a variety of sources, whether it be Cahill, Henry or Bradley Wright-Phillips and co. So the Red Bulls don’t have history on their side, and at this point, New York fans deserve to have a healthy skepticism of getting optimistic come November. But if any Red Bulls squad can break the Curse of Caricola and bring home a trophy, this one’s it.

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Andrew Grossman “The Ref”

Nicholas Haff Staff Writer

Joe Caputo Correspondent

Chris Molicki News Editor

In this week’s Around the Dorm, the “Ref,” Andrew Grossman, asks our panel three questions: will Peyton Manning break Tom Brady’s 2007 record for throwing 50 touchdowns in a season, which teams will come out of the American and National Leagues in the MLB playoffs, and who will end the year in men’s tennis as the top-ranked player.

1. Will Peyton Manning break Tom Brady’s record of 50 TD’s in a season? Nick: Peyton Manning has a very good shot of eclipsing Tom Brady’s 50-touchdown record: With 12 games left in the regular season, Manning needs 35 more touchdowns to reach the 51 mark. So, on average, he only needs about three touchdowns per game. Now let’s look at the defensive quality of the opponents he has left on the schedule: He still has a game versus Jacksonville, Oakland and Washington and two games against San Diego, who are all struggling defensively. Plus, out of all of the quality defensive opponents left, the only proven defense at this point in the season they will be facing is the Chiefs. I do not see how Manning will put up less than three touchdowns per game going down the stretch, and even if he only puts up two touchdowns per game against the Chiefs, you can’t tell me dropping four touchdowns on the favorable match-ups listed above is out of the question.

Joe: There is a great possibility that Peyton Manning will indeed break Brady’s 50touchdown record. Let’s review a few things about the chase. First, in the first quarter of Brady’s 50-touchdown season, he had 13 touchdowns. Manning, through the first quarter, has 16. Secondly, Peyton Manning has one of the best receiving corps in recent memory. And let’s not forget the Broncos’ schedule, which still has them playing four games against bottom-seven defenses. And that’s not even including the Raiders and Jaguars. If I had to bet on it right now, I would say yes, Peyton Manning will indeed break Tom Brady’s 50-TD record. Chris: It’s very difficult to sustain the pace that Peyton Manning is on right now, so in order to truly determine whether the guy in orange can top Tom Brady’s mark, I had to watch his game against Dallas. It didn’t really matter that Dallas was the best defense he’s played yet, Manning was on fire and reached 20 TD’s

less than a third of the way through the season. There are three huge factors that will lead to Manning breaking the record. First, Manning’s passes have been incredibly crisp. This is a quarterback who, despite having already won a Super Bowl and enjoyed so much statistical success, is always looking for ways to improve. Heading into this season, Manning knew that at 37, he had to get even sharper to keep up with the league, and he sure did. Second, despite losing Ryan Clady to injury, there has been great protection for Manning, and it showed against DeMarcus Ware and a fierce Cowboys’ pass rush. Finally, Manning has such a deadly corps of receivers that someone is always open. Whether it be Wes Welker, Julius Thomas, Eric Decker or Demaryius Thomas, it’s nearly impossible to account for everyone. The only thing that could derail Manning’s chase at the record are blowouts and the coaching staff sitting him near the end of the season, but Denver passes so much that

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matter what there will be more close games like against the Cowboys than you think.

Chris wins for saying Manning could sit out, Joe gets 2 points for saying Denver has four games against NFL-worst defenses, and Nick gets 1 point for showing statistics.

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2. Which teams will make the World Series? Nick: The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers are going to end up fighting it out in the World Series. Let’s look at the Red Sox. These players, after being embarrassed last year professionally and publicly, have come into this season with a clear chip on their shoulders. Home-field advantage is going to be monumental to their success as they climb through the AL. John Lackey this season has held opponents to a .232 batting average

throughout his starts at home this season, and if anything is needed to win your way through the playoffs, it’s wins at home. On the opposite end, the Dodgers pitching core is one of the deepest in the playoffs, and although their series against Braves, and most likely the Cardinals in the NLCS finals, may be close, their pitching core will carry them through. Joe: The Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers seem like the two teams to beat to me. The Red Sox, to start, ranked first in baseball in runs, slugging percentage and

on-base percentage this year while rankings second in average. Their lineup is nearly impossible to shut down for an extended period of time, and their pitching is not too bad either. The back end of their bullpen, which always is a vital part of a postseason roster, is rock solid with arguably the best closer in baseball in Koji Uehara, and their starters ranked third in pitcher’s WAR (Wins Above Replacement) this season. As for the Dodgers, pitching, pitching, pitching. Kershaw/ Greinke is easily the best 1-2 punch you can find among the playoff teams, and that lineup is unstoppable. Look for Yasiel Puig to shine on the big stage and, of course, at the back end of their bullpen you can find Kenley Jansen and his 13.03 K/9 ratio. Chris: The two races in the American and National League will likely come down to two teams each: the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers for the AL, and the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL. While the Tigers are loaded with studs Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, who are complemented by the likes of Austin Jackson, Victor Martinez and Tori Hunter, they are not as good, top to bottom, as Boston. Sure, the top of the lineup is among the best in baseball, starting off with Jacoby Ellsbury who, if he

gets on base, is a good bet to steal. Then, if you can somehow manage to get past Shane Victorino, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Mike Napoli, underrated Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Stephen Drew are waiting for you, along with Will Middlebrooks, who has been on a tear since returning to the majors. Bench guys like Xander Boegarts and Mike Carp only make this team more formidable. The pitching is there too, as the quad of Clay Bucholz, Jake Peavy, Jon Lester and John Lackey can match Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Annibal Sanchez and Doug Fister. In the NL, I like the Cardinals. Sure, the Dodgers are led by the scary 1-2 punch of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, but keep in mind, these are the Cardinals we’re talking about. For the majority of the season, many thought this team had no flaws, and we’ve seen what they can do in the postseason. The absence of Allen Craig hurts, but veterans Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltrain and Yadier Molina should take this team to the promised land. But you say playoffs is all about pitching? Well the Cards have a fellow named Adam Wainwright, who has a 2.94 ERA with 219 strikeouts. He’s complimented by potential Rookie of the Year Shelby Miller and Lance Lynn (four earned runs over his last four starts). Expect

Chris wins for giving two picks in each league, Nick gets two points for saying Boston has a chip on its shoulder, and Joe gets 1 point for mentioning Boston’s high-powered offense. 3. Who will end the year at No. 1 in men’s matches for the remainder of the year are tennis, Nadal or Djokovic? on hard courts. He has definitely returned Nick: As we near another classic Djokovic to form in 2013, winning the French and and Nadal match-up in the China Open, this US Open, while Djokovic has seemingly question becomes a difficult one to predict, taken a step back. By year’s end, the No. 1 but my gut is telling me Nadal. Let’s face spot looks like Rafa’s for the taking. the facts here: Nadal has just been on fire Chris: Djokovic has been No. 1 for so long, lately, winning Grand Slams as if he were that it’s hard to not see him regain that rankordering them from Denny’s. By reaching ing, despite losing it to Nadal recently. The the China Open finals we see him slide into fact is, as soon as Nadal gained the top rankthe No. 1 spot, and I do not think his end- ing in the world, Djokovic came out with of-the-year status will fall squarely on the a vengeance and beat Nadal in the China match-up against Djokovic in the finals. Open in two sets. Djokovic had previously Sure, beating Djokovic again will only been No. 1 for nearly a year, and after just help solidify his world rank. But as long as narrowly losing that ranking, he beat Nadal he doesn’t get decimated, I believe he will and should get it back soon. The other issue still end the year atop the charts. Nadal has for Nadal is time. With the year having just a put forth a dominating performance this little over two and a half months left, it will year that cannot be overlooked, and that is be very hard for him to gain the ranking back why I believe he will remain No. 1 as the from Djokovic. This, of course, is all assumseason closes out. ing that Djokovic is renamed No. 1. But after Joe: Rafael Nadal has not lost a match on his strong showing in China against Nadal, I a hard-court surface all year, and all of his expect that to happen sooner than later. Joe wins for mentioning Nadal’s hard court performance, Chris gets 2 points for saying Nadal is getting old, and Nick gets 1 point for mentioning Nadal has been on fire lately.

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Chris wins Around the Dorm, 8-6-4

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Lions Fantasy World

Through the Uprights

I wasn’t quite sure what to write about this week. Right now, the only things going on in football are what everyone is talking about far too much already, and I just didn’t have it in me to rant about Tony Romo in the clutch or how good the Colts and Niners look. Plus, there wasn’t anything remarkably goofy I could make fun of … at least not for an entire column. So I was stuck. My only options were to either talk about something actually happening in the world at large (eww) or put together a string of random suggestions I got from talking to people and relate them to fantasy football somehow. You’ll never guess which one I went with. The first suggestion I got actually centered on fantasy football. It was mentioned that defense is rarely mentioned when talking about fantasy sports, and that brings up a good point: Why don’t we ever really talk about that? Defense is half the game in any sport, and defensive statistics show up in fantasy, too. But my guess is that pretty much every other fantasy sports writer (there are more of those than you might think) is talking more about Knowshon Moreno than they are the Browns defense, even though the two were even in points last week. Plus, a bad defensive effort can hurt you. The Broncos and Cowboys put on a heck of a show on Sunday, but both defenses scored in the negatives fantasy-wise. The other suggestion I got for a column was a little more fun but a little tougher to relate to what I’m supposed to write about. That happens to be my specialty, so I ran with it. I was told that the New Jersey Devils (a hockey team, because hockey is a thing, too) changed their goal-scoring song. That is actually exactly what you think it is, and it made me remember something: Pretty much every professional sports team plays music at games now, and often, the same songs come up just about every game. So what happens if a player really doesn’t like a particular song? I mean, that’s got to be distracting, right? I know that most athletes kind of get into a zone when they play, but music at stadiums/arenas tends to be incredibly loud so it can be heard over the fans. Wouldn’t you be just the tiniest bit annoyed if you had to listen to a song you hated play every single time you try to do your job? And wouldn’t that annoyance get in the way of performing to the absolute limit of your abilities? The problem is, there are very few players who could do anything about it. Do you really think that a tight end who hasn’t been performing well recently is going to be able to tell his team that the problem is in the stadium music? I guess the point I’m trying to make here is that professional athletes are people, too. Giant, insanely rich super-people, but people nonetheless. And any person can be distracted at work. Gee, I hope something interesting happens soon.

By Mike Herold Fantasy Guy

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I May Be Wrong, But...

Here’s what I would do in Fantasy Football this week: Add: It has been brought to my attention yet again that this page appears to be cursed. Apparently every week of this season I’ve recommended a player who subsequently was injured in his next game. As a result, I will not suggest anyone to add right now, and instead will merely point out that Frank Gore is quietly having a good year.

Be Cautious Of: Michael Vick was injured on Sunday, and Nick Foles came in and threw two TDs en route to a victory. This means that all of Philly is calling for Vick to be benched, while the coach says Vick is the starter. Sound familiar? Also, remember the bye teams this week, the Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins.

Drop: Matt Schaub. Really just about anyone on the Texans offense would fit into this category right now, but Schaub just might still be starting for some fantasy teams, and he’s been pretty bad recently. Schaub has thrown nine interceptions in five games this season, and Houston appears to be headed downhill. If you haven’t done so already, I’d drop anyone you have on that team. Look Out For: I am obligated by the rules of writing about football this week to mention that the Broncos are favored by 28 points against the Jaguars this weekend, which makes for the largest spread in history. If Peyton Manning/Darth Touchdown has anything to say about it, Denver will cover and then some.

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Lions stay tough to beat in NJAC play Soccer holds its own against No. 2 team Men’s Soccer

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Men’s soccer gets its third result in four tries against ranked teams. By Ryan Molicki Correspondent Once again proving they are not going anywhere anytime soon, the men’s soccer team ran with the Scarlet Raptors of No. 2 Rutgers-Camden in NJAC play for 1-1 draw on Wednesday, Oct. 2, though they fell to No. 7 RutgersNewark on Saturday, Oct. 5, in a heartbreaking 2-1 loss that went to double overtime before being settled. In the draw with Rutgers-Camden, the Lions (7-3-2, 2-2-1) were awarded

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a penalty kick in the 31st minute when senior midfielder Kevin Shaw was taken down by a Rutgers-Camden defender right inside the box. Being the leading scorer for the Lions, Shaw took the penalty kick and blasted it past Rutgers-Camden goalkeeper Mike Randall to put the Lions up a goal with his 13th goal of the season, en route to the Lions’ third result against ranked teams this year. “We have shown that we can play with anyone in the country,” Shaw said. “We are confident going into these

types of games knowing that if we come out and play well that we have a good chance of winning.” The Lions went into halftime up one goal against a very physically and mentally tough team. Coming into Wednesday night’s game, the Scarlet Raptors were undefeated with an 11-0 record. After the break, the Scarlet Raptors came out firing and had three shots, two on goal, within the first 10 minutes of the second half. Senior goalkeeper Aaron Utman played an extremely tough game, recording four saves. The score was evened by the ScarletRaptors in the 76th minute, when senior midfielder Stevan Austino ripped a shot from 20 yards out past Utman. Determined to regain the lead, the Lions were able to put two shots on goal in the last two minutes of the game, one being off a corner kick in the last 10 seconds. The first overtime period was filled with lots of energy from both teams, which were looking to score that winning goal. In the second overtime period, Shaw had two more shots on goal — both saved by Scarlet Raptors’ keeper Mike Randall, who finished with nine saves in the game — but the Lions could not break through from the run of play, and the game ended in a 1-1 draw. “I was happy with the way our team played, and we wish we could have won,” Shaw said. “But walking away from that game with a tie was not a bad result.” After a hard-fought draw against the

Scarlet Raptors of Rutgers-Camden, the Lions played the Scarlet Raiders of Rutgers-Newark. Trying to keep momentum going from the draw, the Lions were determined to have a strong showing against the Scarlet Raptors. Senior midfielder Sean Casey was determined to keep the team’s mindset in the right place and get the win. “To be honest, the team knows what has to be done, and we do a good job of getting ready come game time,” Casey said. “We really wanted to carry the momentum from the win and tie against ranked opponents into the RutgersNewark game.” Playing from behind for most of the game, the Lions persevered and tied the game late with a goal from Shaw, his 14th of the season. Although the Lions came back from being down 1-0, Rutgers-Newark was able to capitalize in the end of the second overtime period and fell to the Scarlet Raiders 2-1. “As a captain, it is my job to make sure the team has solid training sessions, the same mindset and is ready to go come game time,” Casey said. “I am extremely lucky to be a part of the team we currently have. The team is extremely talented and everyone has the same goal, to reach the NCAA tournament.” The Lions will play out of conference on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Muhlenberg College. They will return to NJAC action on Saturday, Oct. 12, when they host William Paterson University.

Cheap Seats

XC Invitational All eyes on the beautiful game By Colleen Murphy Review Editor

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The men’s team places second.

By Julie Kayzerman Nation & World Editor

Participating in the Paul Short Run Invitational that resulted in the largest turnout in the history of the event, with over 6,000 runners from 450 different schools, the Lions proved themselves to be among the best when they took to the track on Saturday, Oct. 5. The women’s cross country team placed seventh out of 45 teams in the College Brown 6K, ranking third among DIII teams. Crossing the finish line at 22:13 was senior Megan Flynn, who finished 17th in a field of 299 runners, and junior Tara Nealon inched her way into the top 50 at 22:54. On the men’s side, it was freshman Andrew Tedeschi with the fastest Lions time once again. Finishing the men’s 8K at 26:04, Tedeschi placed an outstanding 31st out of 307 runners. Following with a time of 27:02, freshman Kevin Scott placed in the top 100 runners at 98th.

I remember the game that solidified my love for soccer. Ghana and Uruguay were vying for a spot in the semifinals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. A win for Ghana would have made them the first African team to reach the World Cup semifinals. A win for Uruguay would have been its first trip to the semifinals in 40 years. A missed penalty shot by Ghana during the last minute of extra time forced the game into a suspenseful shootout where Uruguay clinched the semifinal spot. I also remember the moment when I realized that the love and respect for soccer that other countries had would eventually catch fire in America. Algeria and the United States were tied at zero going into extra time when Landon Donovan scored the miracle goal seen ‘round the world. It was also the goal that I believe paved the way for Americans to appreciate the game, its beauty and its internationality. Soccer has had its spikes in popularity in America. When Brandi Chastain tore off her jersey after winning the penalty shootout against China in the 1999 World Cup, there was a pique in interest. Before that, in the 1970s, Pelé was brought to the New York Cosmos. This caused a significant increase in the amount of youth who played. But after each of these events, it seemed as though America’s interest in soccer would gradually wane. Something was different after the United States’ amazing runs from both the women’s and men’s national teams in the most recent World Cup tournaments. The interest in soccer has not only stayed alive, but it has increased. NBC caught on to this trend and took advantage of it when they signed a three-year deal and paid $250 million for the rights to broadcast the top-notch English Premier

League games. It was considered a risky deal, but numbers show that NBC made the right move. One of the first games aired was Chelsea v. Manchester United, and it broke records for the station. NBC Sports Network averaged 536,000 viewers for the game — its best weekday audience since the 2012 London Olympics — while viewership peaked at 682,000, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Though these ratings aren’t anywhere close to those in other countries, it does show that more and more Americans are getting interested in the sport. According to the New York Daily News, Pelé said that the sport is more popular than ever among the nation’s youth and now played at a higher level. Of course, it would be wrong not to mention the tremendous impact that the FIFA video games have had on this trend. The excitement that I had watching all of the World Cup games has transferred over to the Premier League, largely because my brother is a huge Chelsea supporter. Because of him, I know the chants for Chelsea, Fernando Torres and Frank Lampard. I know that it is football, not soccer. It is a kit, not a

uniform. It is a boot, not a cleat. And it is the pitch, not the field. I get excited when I see a game on in the dining hall. English Premier League offers some of the best soccer in the world, and Americans are lucky that NBC offers these games. My professor asked the class the other week which of their teams were playing over the weekend. Most people said Giants and Rangers, but one person said Liverpool. This just goes to show how the game is creeping into American society. Though soccer is not yet a mainstream sport in the United States, I think one day it will be one. With some of the world’s best players coming from the United States, such as Alex Morgan and Clint Dempsey, soccer supporters have a lot to be excited about. Also, now that NBC broadcasts the Premier League without any subscription needed like FOX had done in the past, all Americans can be witnesses to some of the best players in the world. Soccer is not boring. It is an exciting, beautiful, international game, and the United States. is continuing to understand why the rest of the world has already been in love with the sport for so long.

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Luis Suarez handles the ball in Uruguay’s World Cup win over Ghana.

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ports Week In Review AP Photo Like us on Facebook to follow the College’s breaking news.

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Team total: 204 Alex Spark 53 Jillian Nealon 35 Jen Garavente 34 Lauren Pigott 23 Erin Waller 20 Kendal Borup 11 Lauren Karpovich 9


The Horizon For


Sports Men’s Soccer October 9 @ Muhlenberg College, 7 p.m. October 12 vs. William Paterson University, 1 p.m.

Megan Flynn Cross Country

Placed 17th at Paul Short Run 6K Race

Women’s Soccer October 9 vs. Johns Hopkins University, 7:30 p.m.

Senior Megan Flynn had an exceptional week as she led the Lions to a seventh-place finish out of 45 teams. Individually, she scored a time of 22:13, which was good enough for 17th out of 299 official runners. Flynn averaged a 5:22 mile time throughout the race.

Field Hockey October 8 vs. Eastern University, 7:30 p.m. October 11 @ Montclair State University, 7 p.m.

This week’s picks from the staff Point leaders

(NCAAF) LSU vs. (MLB) Pirates (NFL) Saints vs. (NFL) Packers


vs. Cardinals


vs. Ravens

Andrew Grossman 3

Football October 11 @ Kean University, 7 p.m.

Julie Kayzerman 2 Peter Fiorilla 2 Chris Molicki 1 Amy Reynolds 1 Mike Herold 1

Last week’s Signal Trivia Answer:


Signal Trivia


In the NFL, how many footballs should the home team provide for an outdoor football game?

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The actual playing time in an average MLB game is nine minutes and 55 seconds. Although games typically last around three hours, most of the game consists of foul balls and waiting for the pitchers to warm up each inning.



Field hockey turns to offense for results

Lions score early and often in pair of wins By Andrew Grossman Sports Assistant

Another two games and another two victories for the field hockey team, as the Lions extended their impressive winning streak to nine games last week. The first win came against Manhattanville College, as the women dominated the Valiants in a 6-0 win. The Lions were back in action just three days later, with the difficult challenge of playing William Patterson University, a New Jersey Athletic Conference team. Despite facing their rival, the Lions were resilient and cruised to a 7-2 victory. “We are extremely happy because we have been having a lot of hard practices lately and those games showed that they have paid off,” sophomore defender Mikayla Cimilluca said. “We have been doing a lot of different drills in short spurts, which is very intense in that short amount of time.” These new types of drills have certainly paid off, as the Lions have been nearly unstoppable on both sides of the ball. During their winning streak, the women have outscored their opponents 35-4. This week, junior forwards Erin Healy and Lindsey Hatch each had monster games and scored five and six goals, respectively.

“It benefits the whole team because having them score so many goals allows the ball to stay on the offensive end a lot,” Cimilluca said. “It allows the whole team to push up and play together, which takes the weight off our shoulders.” Even with the big leads early, Cimilluca knows that there is never time to have a brief lapse in concentration. “Just because there is a big gap between us and the other team, we still have to (be aggressive),” she said. “Even though we beat William Patterson 7-2, it was still a very competitive and physical game because the goals didn’t come easy to us and we had to work extremely hard to get them.” Next week will be a much tougher test as they host Eastern University and then travel up to play the nation’s top team, Montclair State University. Before looking too far ahead, the Lions’ first concern is the Eagles. “Eastern is a highly skilled team and we always have very close games with them. So we just need to play like a team and we should win,” Cimilluca said. This game should be a good one as it sets up perhaps the season’s most important game. “I think Eastern is a very good game to have before we play Montclair because their styles are similar,” Cimilluca

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Healy’s scoring streak keeps the Lions in the win column.

said. “We just have to come out strong and score first so we can catch them on their heels a little bit.” Despite the Red Hawks’ ranking, the College has had much success against them in the past, winning five of their last six meetings. “I think it is going to be a very fastpaced game because they are a highly skilled team and very fast,” Cimilluca said. “We just want to keep control of the

game, so to do that we will have to score early and force a lot of corners.” In order to come out on top, Cimilluca says that they have to head into the game as if it was like any other. “There is always pressure, especially because it is an NJAC game. But I think that we have to put that aside and just play the game, because it depends on how we show up that day,” she said. “If we play well then we will win.”

Women’s soccer gets back in the zone Lions outscore opponents five times over

Courtney Wirths / Photo Editor

The Lions rebound from their first loss with a 2-0 week.

By Chrissy Onorato Staff Writer

It didn’t take long for the women’s soccer team to bounce back from its first loss last week. After brutally pounding both

Lions’ Lineup October 9, 2013

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teams they played this week, the Lions are back in the zone and ready to fearlessly take on the rest of the season. After losing to Montclair State University by one goal last week, the Lions looked to make up the

deficit by scoring an incredible 11 times this week. Their opponents never stood a chance after the Lions took the field roaring. The Lions took on Rutgers University-Camden on Wednesday, Oct. 2, on the road. From the start, it was evident the Lions would dominate their opponents, and the Scarlet Raptors were crushed, 5-0. The first goal came in the first half from freshman forward Christine Levering, who scored with 4:04 left in the half. The Lions’ defense was working hard, keeping the ball down toward the Raptors’ goal. Though this was the only goal scored in the first half, things heated up quickly in the second. With 13:08 elapsed, sophomore midfield Shannon White bumped the score to 2-0 with an unassisted shot from down the field. Within the next three minutes, Levering scored again. With 10 minutes left in the game, three goals didn’t seem

enough for the Lions. They wanted more. Freshman forward Chalen Noble soon scored with junior forward Gina Caprara following soon after. The Lions had a total of 19 shots on goal in this game, with senior forward Katie Lindacher and Levering leading the team with three a piece. Senior Kendra Griffith and junior Cristina Gacos shared the save with excellent goalkeeping. The Lions would dominate the Scarlet Raptors 5-0 in this New Jersey Athletic Conference game. The Lions pushed their record within the Conference to 3-1. After boosting their confidence from this mighty win, the Lions looked ready to take on their next opponent this week, Rutgers University-Newark. The Lions would come to dominate them as well, boosting their score even higher than the last to a 7-0 victory. On Saturday, Oct. 5, the Lions came out even stronger than before.

With 17:18 left in the first half, Levering began the scoring again with an assist from freshman midfield Lauren Malajian. Levering then assisted sophomore forward Justine Larocca with the second goal of the game. Levering then went on to score once more in the first half, ending it with a score of 3-0. And it all began again in the second half. Freshman midfield Sarah Marion netted her first collegiate goal 17 minutes into this half. Sophomore midfield Emma Culleton then got her first goal of the season, boosting them further to a 5-0 lead. Caprara finished the game off with two more goals, giving the team an incredible 7-0 victory in a game for the record books. The Lions had a total of 35 shots while their opponents had only four. The Lions boosted their Conference record to 4-1. This week, the College will take on Johns Hopkins University Wednesday, Oct. 9 on home turf.

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