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TCNJ Cribs Oliver entertains I-House living Dorm deco
By Julie Kayzerman News Assistant
Surprising as it may be, stepping into a small room with white cement walls, yellow closet doors and a stranger as a roommate doesn’t always provide first-year students with the home-like feeling that they’ve grown used to living in. However, for two freshmen in Wolfe Hall, “home is where the heart is.” Winning the first ever TCNJ Cribs contest, roommates Gail Schulman, open options humanities and social sciences major, and Kate Caratenuto, communication studies major, both decorated their room with inspiration from home. “I always bring my paintings wherever I go,” Schulman said. “We both happened to decorate our sides in a way where it just worked, the great thing is that it feels at home whenever either of us walk into our room.” The contest was co-sponsored by the Residence Hall Association and the Sophomore Advisory Board. see CRIBS page 9
Photo courtesy of Gail Schulman
Freshman roommates win with style.
By Amy Reynolds Managing Editor
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Dan St. Germain (left) and John Oliver crack up the crowd. By Shaun Fitzpatrick Features Editor
John Oliver wanted a very specific type of reception from the College students assembled at his College Union Board-sponsored show on Tuesday, March 6 in Kendall Hall. He mentioned that when he first became a puppy owner, his pooch got so excited when he returned from a trip that it pissed itself at the sight of him. That, he said, was the reaction he wanted from the audience. Hopefully the College had the janitorial staff on hand, because by the reactions of the crowd, there was probably more than a little urine running down the aisles. Oliver walked on stage waving like the Queen herself, and wasted no time in busting the College’s “balls.” “I will not perform at any College that does not have four enormous ornamental balls,” he said, mocking the infamous “pixels.” Famous for his role as a correspondent on “The Daily Show With John Stewart,” Oliver launched into a politically charged routine, starting with the most recent election. “You have to spend at least $1
billion to fail to live in the White House,” he said, mocking Mitt Romney and referring to his contempt for the poor as “borderline Dickensian.” Oliver went on to share his plans for making the debates more exciting, suggesting that new rules should be instated to liven them up. These rules included a hot dog eating contest, shots and the releasing of a live chicken half- way through the debate (the candidate who catches it wins Virginia). During an interview before the show, however, Oliver was slightly more serious about the country’s election process. “The American political system is, at best, a mess. That might be one of the things that America needs to look at the most. Elections cannot cost that kind of money … you can’t have an election cycle last 18 months because then you end up having, in a four-year term, maybe six to 12 months that you can actually govern, and the rest of the time you’re tied up with midterms, with running again, with being a lame duck. There’s not a lot of governing time,” he explained. see OLIVER page 18
From red solo cups to the average yellow school bus, there’s something about the College, and the United States for that matter, that’s “just like the movies.” For many international students at the College, this is the first time that they’ve visited the United States. However, the International House, located in Townhouses South, has helped to make the transition easier. “It was my dream to come to the U.S.,” said Laetitia Vong, an international business major at Université Blaise Pascal in France. “It sounds so cliché, but it’s true.” Vong chose to study at the College, as opposed to a larger school, mostly because of its proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia. However, she also viewed the College’s small size as a positive. In fact, she has friends who are studying abroad in Oklahoma, and there are many French students there already, so they’re not forced to speak in English all the time. “At first it was really difficult to adapt to speaking English all the time,” she said. “Sometimes it’s difficult to get into a conversation.” The goal of the I-House, according to their website, is to create an environment for international and domestic students to engage in a variety of learning activities, such as culture nights, trips and special events. “Initially it’s similar to when ambassadors help freshmen on campus,” said English major and domestic student William Westerman. “Where you go for food, if you need help with classes, things like that.” see I-HOUSE page 7
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Graptsul crowned Mr. 2015 in class pageant By Christopher Rightmire News Editor
Half naked men, the Harlem Shake and poetry readings usually are not associated with fundraisers. However, the sophomore class council and 12 diverse male members of the class used their creativity and boldness to generate $550 in the first Mr. 2015 male beauty pageant, according to sophomore class president, Brian Garsh. The officers of the 2015 class council chose contestants after evaluating many different fields and tried to approach different sports teams,
fraternities and multicultural clubs, according to sophomore class treasurer Mehak Aswani. “The main idea was to bring in a diverse crowd and the only way we could do that was by bringing in a diverse group of contestants,” Aswani said. The Mr. 2015 contest differed from other male beauty pageant contests because each contestant was assigned a month and gift baskets were raffled off in between rounds. “I thought the baskets were a little more geared for women, but it was cool to see my friends dress up in the
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different monthly outfits,” said sophomore finance major Tim Curry. In addition to adding a new flare to the contest, the assignment of a month to each contestant allowed for the contestants to be more creative, according to sophomore vice president Kristen Lipari. “Earlier in the year the juniors had a Mr. 2014 and we wanted Mr. 2015 to be different. This was another reason we gave the boys their own months and raffled off baskets in between rounds,” Lipari said.
Photo courtesy of Kristen Lipari
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Women take the stage APO and WILL hold a Women in Theatre night
Stand for Freedom 27-hour campaign for 27 million in slavery
Ecology Column Learn how to stay green on campus
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SG recognizes 3 clubs Create and compete Stud planning underway By Natalie Kouba News Editor Three student organizations presented to Student Government hoping to gain official recognition on Wednesday, March 6 at the weekly meeting. The first organization presented, Soka Gakkai International, would provide a safe place to practice Buddhism on campus. SG saw potential in the organization for expansion as well as a necessity for this group for students. SGI announced they have four charter members, but have other students who have expressed interest in joining. TCNJ F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was the next club that was presented. Student representatives from F.I.R.S.T. wanted to form a College chapter of the organization, which aims to inspire young people with an interest in science and engineering. The group explained how they differ from other engineering and science organizations on campus through their volunteering projects and outreach service to the community. TCNJ F.I.R.S.T. passed despite some SG members expressing concerns that the organization is too similar to current clubs at the College. A classical Indian dance club was the last student organization presenting at the meeting. Jiva’s purpose is to promote cultural diversity on campus and can become a competitive dance team.
SG passed all three organizations after a quick vote. The College will be making renovations to the Brower Student Center, SG executive president Christina Kopka announced, as SG has been advocating for years. “Really what we want to see is turning the student center into sort of the living room of campus,” Kopka said. “I think right now it’s a little more of just a meeting center. It’s where we come when we have business to take care of. It’s where we come when one of our friends is playing in the Rat, but it really isn’t a place where we all come and just hang out when we have nothing else better to do.” The College will be undergoing the decennial review in 2015 and has 14 standards to uphold. Preparation for the review will begin, as the process is intensive, according to SG. Annie Montero, the executive vice president for student services, has been working with the committee for student services to create and promote the 15 Days of Ewing campaign. 15 different local stores and restaurants, possibly including Halo Farms and Yo-licious, will be highlighted and be giving out discounts for the campaign period. More information about which businesses will be participating will follow. Patrick Kelly, a senator of business, was recognized as Senator of the Month for February at the meeting.
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HackTCNJ sees 80 students participate in competition. By Brian Kempf Features Assistant Twenty-four hours, 80 tech-minded students, and a $1,000 prize: no matter how you add it up, the stakes were high for those who competed in HackTCNJ this past Saturday in the Brower Student Center. The challenge was to create an application for web or mobile from scratch: a tall order for college and high school students to complete within the day. While there were professionals in the field to assist, this was the ideal showcase for students to showcase their talents. Peter DePasquale, a computer science professor at the College, noted that potential employers in the technology sector “want a portfolio, not just how’ve you done in college, but what you’ve designed.” With this in mind, participants were eager to display their skills. Sponsors included LocalWisdom, FrontRush and Tumblr, and their presence was marked by a plethora of swag that seemed
to up the ante. And indeed, the wee hours of the night and early morning were spent in dimly lit rooms staring at computer screens, typing line after line of code. After a full day of coding, the hackers then demonstrated their creations. Some failed, but even these were recognized. “As an undergraduate, I find most Hackathons to be a unique opportunity for those that have an interest in programming, computer science and engineering to explore certain aspects that universities can’t teach,” Roberto Cruz, a freshman computer science major and organizer of the March 30 and 31 Hackathon at Rutgers University said. Dan Mundi, a senior English major noted that “HackTCNJ really went smoothly,” adding that the first-place Hangman game “was really cool.” The overall winner was an application titled “Hangman in Color,” in which a web application presents a blank white frame and a palette of colors. Users then choose a color, then try to guess the images.
TCNJ Debate Inequality in the Middle East Conditions compared to values By Natalie Kouba News Editor
This past week, TCNJ Debate attended the Rutgers American Parliamentary Debate Association tournament on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9. Two teams were sent to participate in the APDA tournament. Zach Ellis and Aparna Yarram were on one team and Zach Myshkoff and Jared Meltzer on the other. “Although none of our teams ‘broke’ we still had a great experience and improved our argumentation skills and had an interesting and informative debates,” said sophomore political science major Zach Myshkoff. TCNJ Debate competed with top teams from schools like Yale, Princeton and Johns Hopkins. “Topics that faced included aid to North Korea, the role of the media in disseminating information that gives US soldiers a bad image, and whether it would preferable to live in an anarchocapitalist or anarcho communist society,” Myshkoff said. TCNJ Debate meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Social Sciences Building Atrium. They will also be attending another tournament at Boston University this weekend.
By Christopher Rightmire News Editor
While the Middle East may sometimes have the reputation of being a land committed to religious ideology, a political science professor at the College, Miriam Lowi, presented research findings juxtaposing Islamic religious morals found in the Quran regarding distribution of wealth and resources and the concentration of Middle Eastern wealth. Lowi spent five months in four different Arab countries and presented her findings Wednesday, March 6 in the Education Building. Lowi examined Oman, Quatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to consider the distributive services of the government, how Muslim constituencies evaluate government behavior, and how society responds to large amounts of oil financing. The results of these are especially interesting because of many of the distributive values taught in the Quran. In the Quran, it is taught that fire, water and pastoral land are shared by the community. More importantly, it teaches that all wealth and property belong to God and that people are God’s trustees. Property is meant to be used as God’s property for the betterment of humanity, private property is recognized with the understanding that the
owner is a trustee of the property and people must use it for their own betterment as well as others, according to Lowi. It is also preferred that Muslims give anonymously. In practice, nationals of the countries are given free education and health care, university students receive a monthly allowance for going to school, and all nationals are guaranteed a plot of land in a certain dimension, according to Lowi. However, according to Lowi, the monthly allowance is distributed to all students regardless of their family wealth, Saudi nationals are often turned away from collecting their plot because there are no more plots left and in Qatar the plots are of unequal dimension. Also, 70 percent of the Saudi Coastline was given by a former king to just five princes and 80 percent of the Saudi population rent land rather than own it despite their “right” to a plot of land. Furthermore, many residents of these countries are not classified as nationals, and, thus, don’t receive the benefits of one. According to Lowi, Kuwait is constituted of 80 percent foreigners and Saudi Arabia has hundreds of thousands of Muslims who are considered to be non-nationals. These nonnationals endure terrible living conditions and do not benefit from the distributive systems. Also, there is a blurring of distinction between public and private funds to use charity
as a means of securing allegiance. When rulers don’t use anonymity, the act of giving includes the expectation of a debt and political benevolence, according to Lowi. Lowi identified the most productive charities as those that don’t give handouts, but instead lend money to poor women who have a plan for a small business project to increase productivity. Lowi believes her findings highlight the tension between states that don’t practice embedded values. She believes two factors are at blame for this, the autocratic political structure and an economic structure where revenues from vast oil and gas reserves fall into leaders’ hands and cause a deep sense of entitlement and irresponsibility.
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Lowi shares her Middle Eastern research from four different countries.
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ABC Mardi Gras and CUB Ratfest funded By Julie Kayzerman News Assistant
The Student Finance Board met on Wednesday, March 6 to discuss the funding of Ratfest ’13 and a Hip-Hop Showcase among many other events for the students to enjoy. CUB Rat was funded for $37,825 to hold Ratfest ’13, an outdoor concert featuring popular artists on the Sundial Lawn. The proposed list of bands includes The Maine, The Starting Line, Saves The Day, We The Kings and A Rocket To The Moon. CUB was also funded by SFB for $13,064 to hold a Hip-Hop Showcase which will include a mix of professional and student performers. The student performances will consist of a step team battle between TCNJ and Rider students, a rap battle, and a spoken word poet, according to CUB. It is set to be held in Brower Student Center 202 on
April 9 at 7 p.m. Wrapping up CUB’s presentations to SFB was their event “College Cooking with MasterChef’s Monti Carlo.” SFB funded this event for $6,410 and it is set to be held on April 22 at 8 p.m. in room 115 of the Education Building. SFB also funded the TCNJ Hellenic Society for $3,010.09 to hold Greek Fest on April 17 in the Brower Student Center. Greek Fest will offer traditional Greek food, dance troupes, costumes and music in order to immerse the College in Greek culture. The Alternative Break Club presented to SFB for their Mardi Gras Masquerade, an event held to bring the New Orleans culture to the College. They were fully funded for $5,707.01 to hold the event on April 3 at 8:30 p.m. in the Brower Student Center. In addition, the Sophomore Class Council was funded for $6,675 for their
event, “Laughing at Our Differences,” a presentation from a speaker that uses his experiences as an amputee to share lessons about disability and diversity. This event will be held on March 28 in the Brower Student Center food court. Union Latina also presented to SFB to hold “Los Carnivales de UL,” their opening ceremony for Latino Awareness Celebration Month. They were fully funded for $1,250 for the event which will include an experience of Latino culture through traditional foods, the history of Latinos and other events for the students. Also among the presenters was Chabad for their Passover Seder on March 25 in at 7:30 p.m. SFB fully funded them for $1,840 with the stipulation that they add funds in order for them to hold the event on campus in the 1855 room. SFB funded $1,150 for the Mathematics
and Statistics Club to host a bus trip to the Museum of Mathematics in NYC in order to expand people’s understanding and admiration for math and science as a discipline, according to the club. The event will be free to all students and will take place at 10 a.m. on March 23. After that, the Leadership Development Program was funded by SFB for $3,500 to hold “Lead Week” at the College beginning on April 1. According to LDP, Lead Week is a week long celebration to promote leadership on campus and will include keynote speakers and leadership training. During the meeting, SFB tabled the Inter-Greek Council for Cirque du TCNJ because there would not be enough publicity for the event to be held on the date originally proposed. *Even though SFB agrees to finance certain events, there is no guarantee that these events will take place. The approval only makes the funds available.
Students ‘Stand for Freedom’ Building education Innovative approaches By Emma Colton Web Editor
There are 27 million slaves worldwide. To raise awareness of the cruelties faced by the oppressed, students affiliated with the New Jersey Christian Fellowship participated in a 27-hour demonstration outside the Brower Student Center from March 5 to 6. The Stand for Freedom campaign was organized to support the International Justice Mission’s goal to bring freedom to people afflicted by slavery, sex trafficking and other violent forms of oppression. Colleges across the country partook in the Stand for Freedom campaign. “Our primary goal is to raise awareness that slavery exists today,” said Juliana Fidler, senior English major and the College’s Stand For Freedom co-organizer. “There are more slaves today than at any other one time in history.” IJM is a human rights agency that rescues people from slavery through specially trained lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals. IJM works with local authorities in areas occupied by oppressed people to ensure thorough rescues of the victims and immediate arrests of the perpetrators. Fidler and Tammy Mall, senior biology and sociology double major and co-organizer of the College’s Stand for Freedom, learned of Stand for Freedom while at a conference in St. Louis this past December. The duo attended the Urbana Intervarsity’s Student Missions Conference, an event dedicated to compelling Christian college youth to doing good deeds on a global scale, according to its website. Fidler and Mall attended a workshop presented by IJM focused on God and global justice. “Tammy and I just looked at each other and said, ‘We have to do this on campus,’” Fidler said. After a few months of planning, Stand for Freedom was made a reality on the College’s campus. For 27 hours, students took shifts promoting awareness of in-house slavery, forced labor slavery, sex slavery and other forms of abuse. Though donations were collected, educating fellow students on the
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Students stand together for freedom.
harsh realities of slavery was the true motivation. According to Mall, standing in the bitter cold all night was a challenge, but completely worth it. “People have been really receptive on campus,” Mall said. “They know, but they don’t realize that there are that many slaves in the world.” According to both Fidler and Mall, religion and faith are not only significant influences in their personal lives, but religion also assisted in making the Stand for Freedom a reality. Central, a Christian church located on Pennington Road, gave its support to the cause by advertising the event, supplying tables, food and blankets for the demonstration, and according to Fidler, some congregants gave their support through prayer. Although religion was a driving force behind the materialization of the event, the co-organizers made clear that regardless of religious background, slavery is a serious issue that needs to be brought to an end. “It’s a human issue, a human problem,” Fidler said. “We shouldn’t let our fellow humans suffer under this type of oppression.”
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Curious students approach the campaign table that was outside from March 5 to 6.
Three educators from the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society visited the College on Wednesday, March 6 to discuss an innovative approach to early childhood education in urban areas. Students and faculty from the school of education and other departments of the College came to the Education Building for a lecture, “From Cinder Blocks to Building Blocks,” to learn how this organization has created an arts-based curriculum that prepares young children for entry into New York City public schools. The Brooklyn Kindergarten Society was founded in 1891 and now runs five pre-schools in low-income neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Despite the name of the program, none of the schools are kindergartens, and the ages of the children range from two to five. The schools offer full-day, full-year classes for children from low-income families. The program is funded by the government, private foundations and donors. Takiema Bunche-Smith, the curriculum director of the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society, described the history of the organization and her current role aiding instructors with their curriculums and showed the audience a video that further explained how BKS benefits the community. The goal of the program was described as “high quality education and family support services.” Alexzia Plummer encouraged the audience to “get uncomfortable” by starting her presentation speaking rapidly in Spanish, which several members of the audience later claimed they were confused but engaged by Plummer, who teaches three-year-olds
at Cleaveland Children’s Center in Crown Heights, spoke on how she and her students all come from different backgrounds, and the struggles and successes add to the teaching process. At BKS, Plummer said they emphasize “learning through play,” and explained her current curriculum, which includes activities like cooking every Friday, music and dancealong with reading and writing. “It was really cool to see urban education modeled,” and that it was “refreshing to see urban education in a positive light,” said freshman urban education major, Amanda Mastronardi. Laurel Wyatt, a teacher of four-year-olds at Sumner Children’s Center in Bed-Stuy, showed a slideshow of pictures of her current class and described how one theme was integrated throughout the curriculum to give students structure, a practice Plummer also used and one that is common in all of the program’s schools. Her class does dramatic storytelling on Monday, chess on Wednesday and music on Friday, all themed around Broadway. At the end of the presentations, the audience expressed their interest in this approach to urban education for young children. BKS encourages children to explore what interests them while the teachers guide the learning process and provide another strong influence in the children’s lives. Both instructors also emphasized the role of parents, many of whom take an active role in their children’s education and work together with the teachers. By the end of the discussion, the audience had learned about early urban education that was creative and innovative, an approach that prepares the young students for New York city public schools and allows them to learn in their own way.
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Contestants started off the modeling portion of the event by dressing according to their respective months. Along with adding a creative wrinkle to the event, contestants were able to show off a little bit about their personalities. The modeling portion also included standard sleepwear and beachwear segments. The only commonalities between the contestants’ outfits in these portions were their scantiness and their outlandishness. Some of the most outlandish looks came from communication studies major Ryan Bigger. Bigger went for the speedo look on the beachwear segment and an Under Armour/thong hybrid for the sleepwear section. Following beauty pageant tradition, a talent portion followed the modeling portion. This open segment allowed the
contestants to create diverse acts. Some of the notable acts were: physics major Ben Straitman reciting poetry with a unicorn head on, social science open options major Sean Harshman singing 50 Cent to the ukulele, Bigger’s shirtless Harlem Shake, health and exercise science major Keith Diamond’s cheerleading rendition of “You’re So Fine (Hey Mickey!),” and the final act featuring political science major Kevin Morrissey, political science major Garrett Stein, political science major Eddie McCartney and finance major Dom Forcella dancing to “Shorty It’s Your Booty.” Bigger was able to organize about a 20-person Harlem Shake that shocked the crowd. “I wanted to incorporate the Harlem Shake and a bunch of people into the talent section. So I texted and called a bunch of people before the competition,”
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Drew Grapstul (above) beat 11 other contestants to be crowned Mr. 2015.
Bigger said. The class of 2015 class council was motivated to put on the beauty pageant after seeing similar shows have success in their high schools, according to Lipari. The winner was chosen by whoever received the most money from the audience, and, in the end sophomore Drew
Grapstul won. “We made a little over $550 which is great because at the end of the year SFB triples whatever amount the sophomore class council makes,” Lipari said. The money will go to the class of 2015’s senior week. Senior week cost the class of 2012 $50,000, according to Lipari.
Professor explains the mindsets of liberty Tea Party movement relies on God’s will By Linah Munem Correspondent
If you ask an average American what the meaning of liberty is, they will search through the cobwebbed files in their brain and recover Patrick Henry’s quote, “Give me liberty or give me death!” which represents the homogenous idea of freedom and liberation in the United States. But the definition of liberty is not so cut and dry, the College’s Women’s History Month speaker, Cynthia Burack, explained on Wednesday, March 6. Burack, a professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Ohio State University, presented her speech about the vastly different definitions of liberty that exist in modern political thought. The event was sponsored by the departments of psychology, women’s and gender studies and political science. “When Americans talk about liberty today, we’re not necessarily talking about the same thing,” Burack said.
The political theorist used the ideologies of Christian conservatives and Libertarians, participants of the modern Tea Party movement, to explain this widely unknown idea. According to Burack, the political party coalition advocates a limited government and economic conservatism as a way to possess true liberty, but that the Christian conservatives put a unique twist on the idea of freedom. “For Christian conservatives, liberty is only possible when we are obedient to God’s will,” Burack said. Thus, by living under a limited potentially “Godless authority,” Christian Conservatives believe that there is no way to achieve true liberty. Burack also addressed the Christian conservative’s “hidden agenda” during the Tea Party movement. According to Burack, Christian conservatives have figured out a way to stop LGBT people from obtaining rights, such as protection from employment discrimination, receiving benefits of marriage, and having the ability to form families. “Today the Christian right doesn’t just argue that samesex relations are immoral and should be stigmatized and
possibly punished ... they argue that (LGBT) rights violate the liberty of Christians,” Burack said. Christian conservative’s recent strategic shift from arguments of immorality to liberty proves to be extremely difficult to beat. Burack reports that some LGBT people believe that the actions of Christian conservatives are even “zero sum,” meaning they strip the freedom of others in order to gain their own. “I think that’s really interesting how people can use liberty as a defense against pretty much anything,” freshman history major Rebecca Flores stated in response to this aspect of Burack’s lecture. Despite Burack’s strong disapproval toward the beliefs of Christian conservatives, she believes that it is improper to completely dismiss their opinions. “It (instead) makes sense to keep in mind,” Burack said, “that any time we are forced to live under someone else’s conception of liberty that is not our own, we may indeed feel that we are living in a tyranny.”
New galaxy released National level of J&J competition Chinese wages rise By Courtney Wirths News Assistant
• 3D versions of movies are providing a new source of revenue for theaters that were having trouble competing with online streaming. There is some concern, however, that 3D movies are leaving viewers with headaches and nausea and making for an unpleasant movie experience, according to CNBC. • Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 allows users to scroll through pages by simply moving their eyes and navigate through the phone by gesturing over the screen, never actually touching the phone. The smartphone was released in New York City, the first time Samsung has released a phone in the United States in three years, according to CNBC. • The demand for labor in China’s factories is rising, and wages are rising with it. While increased wages will create higher net worth for households in China, rising labor costs threaten China’s competitive advantage when it comes to exports, according to the Wall Street Journal.
• The consumer sentiment in early March fell to the lowest level since 2011. Consumers feel uneasy about recent economic policies and current unemployment rates, according to CNBC. • Facebook is planning on incorporating the hashtag (a pound symbol preceded by a phrase) as a way to sort conversations and posts. The hashtag was made famous by Facebook’s social media rival, Twitter, according to the Wall Street Journal.
• Demand for cotton is rising, especially in China, and prices have reached the highest level in 11 months. The United States is the largest exporter of cotton in the world, according to the Wall Street Journal. • Boeing released its planned fixes for the 787 Dreamliner that has been grounded since January. The fixes, better insulation of the battery and gentler charging will be finished with testing in one to two weeks, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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Team Juke and Jab celebrates their victory at the College’s level of the competition. By Courtney Wirths News Assistant The winning team from the College’s level of the Johnson & Johnson University Case Competition moved on to compete at the national level on March 14 and 15 at Johnson & Johnson’s corporate headquarters in New Brunswick, N.J. Florida International University was announced as the competition’s winning team. “We did not win the competition but it was a great experience,” said sophomore economics major Davis Craig. Craig was the captain of team Juke and Jab, who represented the College at the corporate level. Team Juke and Jab was awarded $2,000 from Johnson & Johnson for winning at the College level. The money is awarded to the business school and the team will decide how they would like it to be allocated. This is the first year the College has participated in the case competition. The company only asks 10 colleges in the nation to compete. “We competed against schools like Rutgers, Penn State and Florida University. All of these schools have been competing in the competition
for many years and were accompanied by an academic adviser,” Craig said. At the competition, the team was able to learn from their competitors and get a sense of what the judges are looking for at the national level of a business case competition. Johnson & Johnson asks students to put together a small team and become the decision makers in a hypothetical pharmaceutical company similar to Johnson & Johnson. The team must decide how to produce and finance a drug that would be used for patients with late stages of prostate cancer. Johnson & Johnson hoped that, in addition to providing students with a positive experience in making business related decisions, the competition would also raise awareness about the dangers of prostate cancer. The company hopes to reach out to communities and get in touch with consumers directly. “Cancer is one of J&J’s biggest areas,” said Richard Minevich, senior financial analyst at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. “One in six men are diagnosed with prostate cancer.” Johnson & Johnson feels the competition went very well and is looking forward to bringing it back to the College for years to come, according to Minevich.
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Female scientists recognized for research By Annabel Lau Staff Writer The Biology Commons was bustling with activity on Wednesday, March 6 as 14 female scientists, all students of the College, were honored for their groundbreaking research in the Celebration of Women in Science. “We’re incredibly proud of all of our students, and we really wanted to provide an opportunity to highlight the great achievements that women students in the School of Science are achieving through their research, through their internship experiences, through working collaboratively with the faculty,” said Jeffrey M. Osborn, dean of the School of Science. Each woman was nominated by her individual department and received a certificate of recognition for her work. The nominees then exhibited their findings in the form of posters and brief oral presentations to an eager audience of students, professors, deans and assistant deans, who listened intently and asked thoughtful questions. Michelle Dey, junior computer science major, conducted her research
as an intern at the New Jersey Courts. There, she scanned and evaluated different software to ensure compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. One of the New Jersey Courts’ many functions involves processing revenue from traffic tickets; because it often deals with sensitive credit card data, it requires PCI compliance, Dey said. Kayla Spector, a senior physics major with a biomedical specialization, created a computational model to simulate the growth of cancerous tumors in micro environments of different densities. She found that tumors tend to be more symmetrical when grown in low-density micro environments. When grown in highdensity environments, however, tumors develop into asymmetrical shapes with “finger-like” edges and are more likely to be invasive. Maya Williams, junior biology major, conducted her research on the island of Lesvos, Greece. In her study, Williams observed the effect of adding a plant competitor, Vitex agnus-castus, on the existing Centaurea solstitialis plant population. She found that the introduction of
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The Celebration of Women in Science honors female scientists.
the competing plant, which had a higher standing crop nectar volume, disturbed the visitation of large-bodied bees to Centaurea solstitialis, which occurs in relatively low densities on the island. The other scientists and the titles of their presentations can be found on the Celebration of Women in Science webpage, which features a picture and a brief biography of each of the women. The webpage also displays a list of numerous
female alumni and faculty who are willing to mentor other women interested in conducting scientific research. “(The presenters) were nominated by their departments but they represent the many young women who have done outstanding research and internships in science,” said Patricia Van Hise, assistant dean of the School of Science and coordinator of the event. “These young women are amazing.”
I-House / Cultural sharing LiNK helps refugees Assists foreign students
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Throughout the semester, domestic students in the I-House hold four culture nights, the only formal activities that the I-House students do, which include food, music and sometimes a small presentation. In addition, they coordinate dinners throughout the semester in order to talk and get to know each other. They’ve also gone on trips to New York City, Princeton and local shops. “I was trying to be more involved on campus,” said English major and domestic student Liz Wimberg, about why she chose to live in the I-House this year. “And I knew I wanted to study abroad in the future, so I thought it would be a good intro kind of thing.” Westerman, on the other hand, viewed it as a good opportunity to meet people who aren’t from New Jersey, as most students who attend the College are from the state. In the fall semester, 25 international students lived in the I-House; this semester there are eight — two from France, two from Brazil, two from the U.K. and two from Australia. “Everyone was coming in with the mindset of ‘This is going to be a fun experience, this is going to be something new. Be open, be social,’” Wimberg said. “I don’t think anyone was nervous or avoiding people.” For most of the I-House students, both domestic and international, the best part of their experience has been meeting people of all different cultures. “It’s been a really good experience getting to know not only American students, but other international students from all around the world,” Vong said. In addition to getting to know students from different countries, domestic students have also gained insight as to what traveling abroad would be like. “What I wanted to achieve I definitely did,” Wimberg said. “I got an idea of what a study abroad experience would be like before I went. I feel generally more informed about lifestyles of other countries.”
Photo courtesy of William Westerman
Students celebrate different cultures in the International House.
The North Korean-Chinese border is an obstacle for escaping North Koreans. By Mike Nunes Correspondent Danny Lee stood on the banks of the Tumen River. It was a dark winter night. Snow covered the iced-over river. His steps were tentative at first. He knew the dangers of being captured while trying to cross the border from North Korea into China. He could be shot on sight by Chinese guards, or sent back home to be made an example of. Urgency set in, he needed to get to cover, and quickly. His slow-paced walk turned into a sprint. Within minutes, he was on the Chinese side of the river, but the danger was not over yet. Danny’s story is a familiar one to North Korean refugees making their escape across the Tumen River to escape one of the most isolated countries in the world. Every year, thousands of refugees illegally escape from oppressive Kim Jong-un regime. Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) is an organization dedicated to helping North Koreans defectors by giving them food and shelter and even finding them new places to live. LiNK came to the College to share their message with students. “We’re here to change the perception of North Korea from the politics to the people,” said Greg Meyer, a LiNK traveling representative. Meyer and his group travel throughout North America, showing documentaries to college and high school students to help them understand the crisis in North Korea. Danny is one of the examples they use in order to show people what is going on in one of the most closed-off regions in the world. North Korea is known for being one of the most oppressive governments in the world. Citizens are taught to see their leaders as gods.
During the mid-90s, the economy crashed, causing nation-wide starvation that continues to this day. “I remember being so hungry I didn’t even have the energy to leave the house,” said Danny, who escaped in 2005 to China. He was later found by LiNK and they were able to fly him to the United States to start his new life with his mother. Danny now works as a photo journalist. “Growing up in America, you only see one certain perspective about North Korea,” said LiNK member Unis Kwon. Much of the focus on North Korea in the media is often geared toward their nuclear weapons program. “When North Korea is in the news here, the focus is always on weapons, violence or riding military power,” said junior history major Ashley Isola. “The people themselves, who are struggling to survive within their own nation, are rarely mentioned.” The goal of LiNK is not only to bring refugees to safety but also to launch a social media campaign to spread awareness. They are seeking 50,000 signatures to prove that there is national interest in the cause. Once they get enough signatures, LiNK will try to break into the mainstream media. “We’re going to lobby the media in an online protest, the likes they have never seen before,” said Meera Kaushik, an Australian born member of the group. So far, LiNK has been able to rescue and relocate 58 refugees. They estimate that there are between 30,000 to 50,000 refugees still living illegally in China with the possibility of being sent back. “Until all people are free, none of us are,” Danny said.
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Cribs / Students show off interior decorating
Photo courtesy of TCNJ Cribs Facebook
Residents from Decker, Ely and Centennial personally decorate their dorm rooms for the TCNJ Cribs competition, hoping to win the grand prize. continued from page 1 “Our plan was to have the contest so that people could not only show off their room but so they could also see how they could decorate their room,” said Boskett, who also ran the TCNJ Cribs Facebook page. “On top of that, we figured it would help people who didn’t know what certain residence halls looked like and to see where they could be living.” Several submissions were sent in and judged by the residential education and housing professional staff for the first round. The winners of each residence hall were picked
and given a gift certificate to Target. The second round consisted of a display of each residence hall winner’s pictures on the Facebook page. 40 percent of the vote was based on the amount of “likes” the pictures received and 60 percent of the vote was from the residential directors in order to make sure the process was fair, according to Boskett. Several of the contestants had creative rooms, including mood lighting for every occasion in the Townhouses and a poker table in Centennial Hall. The winning room was favored with its creativity
and was highlighted by Caratenuto’s newspaper cutout letters spelling out, “For in our dreams we enter a world that is entirely our own.” “The quote took me a while,” Caratenuto said. “But in the end, it’s my favorite addition to our room.” As the first ever TCNJ Cribs contest wrapped up for the year, Schulman and Caratenuto happily accepted their first place prizes of iPod Nanos. “It felt absolutely awesome,” Schulman said on the feeling of winning. “We’re both pretty psyched, and hey, what’s not to love about a free iPod?”
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Nation & W rld
With Chavez gone, Venezuela’s future is uncertain
By Cait Flynn Staff Writer
Hugo Chavez served as the president of Venezuela for over 14 years. Earlier this month, he succumbed to a two-year fight with cancer which he had supposedly overcome this past summer. Chavez started a socialist revolution in the early 1990s as a Lieutenant Colonel in Venezuela’s army. As president, he ushered Venezuela into an economic golden age. This was mostly the result of an oil boom in Venezuela and Chavez’s nationalization of the oil industry. According to a U.S. Energy Information Administration report, the
price of oil more than tripled during the Chavez Administration. While Chavez relished in the extravagance of an economic boom, he did little to address the crumbling infrastructure and economy of Venezuela. He left behind a country with deteriorating roads and buildings and sharp rises in crime and inflation. With the death of Chavez, Venezuela now looks to their interim President Nicolás Maduro. Maduro served as the country’s vicepresident for the last year and was designated by Chavez himself as his “political heir.” Despite Chavez’s influence, the opposition has a strong presence in Venezuela.
The most notable opposition candidate next month is Henrique Capriles, who, in the general election last fall versus Chavez, won 44 percent of the vote. Maduro’s biggest advantage next month may be the legacy of Chavez himself. While he was president, Chavez maintained a 64 percent approval rating. Thus, Chavez’s public endorsement of Maduro could secure the vice-president’s spot in the forthcoming April 14 election for Chavez’s permanent replacement. There is no doubt that the chances are in Maduro’s favor next month. Yet, the question remains as to whether the upcoming administration can handle the financial woes left behind by Hugo Chavez.
Chavez speaks in July 2012, falsely assuring Venezuelans of his health.
New requirements might mute the minority vote
The U.S. Supreme Court debates over Arizona law to require proof of citizenship to vote.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider the validity of an Arizona law that tries to keep illegal immigrants from voting by demanding all state residents show documents proving their U.S. citizenship
New Jersey Report
Senate bill to ban “conversion therapy”:
Opponents of a bill that would bar licensed therapists in New Jersey from trying to convert minors from gay to heterosexual say it would infringe on the rights of parents. A state Senate committee took testimony Monday from advocates on both sides. Those who want the bill include people who say they went through therapies that included electric shocks and telling them that they are “abominations.” But people speaking for some conservative groups say the law should not tell parents what’s appropriate for their children.
New Jersey’s largest teachers union has endorsed Democrat Barbara Buono’s bid to unseat Republican Gov. Chris Christie. The vow of support for Buono, a state senator from Metuchen, was announced Saturday.
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before registering to vote in national elections. The high court will hear arguments Monday over the legality of Arizona’s voter-approved requirement that prospective voters document their U.S. citizenship in order to use a registration form produced under the federal “Motor Voter” voter registration law that doesn’t require such documentation. This case focuses on voter registration in Arizona, which has tangled frequently with the federal government over immigration issues involving the Mexican border. But it has broader implications because four other states — Alabama, Georgia, Kansas and Tennessee — have similar requirements, and 12 other states are contemplating similar legislation, officials say. The Obama administration is supporting challengers to the law. If Arizona can add citizenship requirements, then “each state could impose all manner of its own supplemental requirements beyond the federal form,” Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. said in court papers. “Those requirements could encompass voluminous documentary
or informational demands, and could extend to any eligibility criteria beyond citizenship, such as age, residency, mental competence, or felony history.” A federal appeals court threw out the part of Arizona’s Proposition 200 that added extra citizenship requirements for voter registration, but only after lower federal judges had approved it. Arizona wants the justices to reinstate its requirement. The Associated Press reported in September that officials in pivotal presidential election states had found only a fraction of the illegal voters they initially suspected had existed. Opponents of Arizona’s law see it as an attack on vulnerable voter groups such as minorities, immigrants and the elderly. They say Arizona’s law makes registering more difficult, which is an opposite result from the intention of the 1993 National Voter Registration Act. Proposition 200 “was never intended to combat voter fraud,” said Democratic state Sen. Steve Gallardo of Phoenix. “It was intended to keep minorities from voting.”
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Israel to make peace with Palestinians JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister said Monday that his new government was extending its hand in peace to the Palestinians, declaring that he is ready to make a “historic compromise” if they return to the negotiating table with good will. Laying out the agenda for his new term, Benjamin Netanyahu said he hopes to rejuvenate peace efforts, which remained frozen throughout Netanyahu’s just-completed fouryear term. Netanyahu spoke before a ceremony to install his new coalition government, stitched together after nearly six weeks of negotiations following Israel’s Jan. 23 parliamentary election. The new team appears to be focused more on domestic issues than peacemaking. Netanyahu struck the conciliatory tone on the eve of the arrival of President Barack Obama, who will hold separate meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. But he spoke only in generalities and gave no details on any concrete concessions he has in mind. “We extend our hand in peace to the Palestinians,” Netanyahu said. “Israel has proven time and again it is ready for concessions in exchange for real peace, and the situation today is no different.” “With a Palestinian partner that is willing to hold negotiations in good will, Israel will be ready for a historic compromise that will end the conflict
Netanyahu focuses on capping Iran’s nuclear supply in September 2012, another issue that persists for the PM this year. with the Palestinians once and for all,” he said. Recognizing the deep gaps between the sides, the White House has already said Obama will not bring any bold new peace initiatives with him, but will instead send Secretary of State John Kerry back to the region in the near future to see if progress can be made. The Palestinians refused to negotiate with Netanyahu in his last term while Israel continued to build homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. The Palestinians say construction in the areas, which Israel captured in 1967 and where they hope to establish a state, is a sign of bad faith. More than 500,000 Israelis now live in the
two areas. Netanyahu has refused to halt settlement construction, saying negotiations should resume without any preconditions. Since winning re-election, Netanyahu has said he would make peace efforts a priority in his new term. But during weeks of coalition negotiations, he gave little indication of what he would do. Ahead of Netanyahu’s speech, one of his key partners, Avigdor Lieberman, said anyone who thinks peace can be reached is “delusional.” Lieberman also said he would fight any attempts to freeze settlement construction. Considering this recipe for deadlock, the Palestinians have shown no optimism over the new Israeli government.
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Compounds & Cuisine The Science of What You’re Eating
Have you ever thought about the connection between science and food? Science is not just for the lab, but for kitchens too! Join us for this fun event where we explore how science inﬂuences what we eat and how we cook. The Compounds & Cuisine lunch, part of TCNJ’s Week of Science, will feature guest chefs, along-side our campus Executive Chefs, demonstrating techniques in molecular gastronomy like geliﬁcation, turning liquids into powder and making ice cream from liquid nitrogen.
Wednesday March 20th 11am – 2pm The Atrium at Eickhoff
Sponsored by the School of Science Student Advisory Board
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Maintenance for a cleaner campus
It is often claimed that a first impression is the final impression. Then again, those same cliché-users say that you can’t judge a book by its cover. So, when a visitor comes to the College and happens to use the urinal in the first floor men’s room of the library, he may experience an array of feelings, some of them attributed to the baffling graffiti scrawled on the wall. But the existence of graffiti going un-cleaned symbolizes not only poor maintenance, but a student body that disrespects and vandalizes property. The same goes for a rotten banana stuck inside a chandelier outside Decker Hall, or trashed bathrooms in the Towers. While the cleaning staff has a duty to ensure that the campus is well-maintained, those who use the campus must do their share, too. When tough financial times come to institutions, maintenance is among the “little things” that gets chipped away at first. Such budget cuts prevent staff from having enough resources to keep the campus in tip-top shape, or even having enough staff in the first place. While the results are often subtle, they add up over time: walls go un-painted, facades of the buildings crack (such is the case with the columns outside of the library), and floors go un-vacuumed. Discrete observers may notice this, but students most likely will not. However, students must do their part to make up for this, primarily by treating their campus and the facilities with the respect that it deserves. This means, among other things, not leaving trash strewn about outside, or urinating in the elevators of residence halls, or leaving paper towels in a pile on the bathroom floor when the bins are full. Proactivity is required (when you see something, say something!) to keep facility managers aware of maintenance problems that occur across campus. Combining the efforts of those who maintain the campus with those who use the campus will result in a community that is cleaner and more enjoyable for everyone.
— Brian Kempf, Features Assistant While you should always practice not judging a book by its cover, people are always going to do it. That’s why no one in their right mind would wear sweatpants to a job interview, and that’s why no one would invite someone into their home without first cleaning the dirty dishes and vacuuming the floor. First impressions mean a lot. So, just as we would never (hopefully) recklessly throw garbage on the floors of our homes or slam doors so hard that the doorknobs fall off, we should treat our homes at the College (this includes the entire campus) in the same way. If you throw something into a garbage can but accidentally miss, take the extra three seconds to pick it up. When you feel the urge to write something on the door of a bathroom stall, don’t; we’re no longer in high school (although I don’t think this was even acceptable then). We should all the love the College campus and be proud of the school we attend. Therefore, we should treat it with the respect it deserves. As we should always want to make a great first impression for ourselves, we should all, through a combined effort, help the College make the same great first impression for itself. Treat our campus with respect and it will, in turn, make that great first impression and will be given the respect by others that it deserves.
— Amy Reynolds, Managing Editor
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Quotes of the Week “We’re both pretty psyched, and hey, what’s not to love about a free iPod?”
— freshman Gail Schulman on winning the first TCNJ Cribs contest
“We don’t see that as being lost, we see that as an active war that we are losing.”
— comedian John Oliver on the Revolutionary War
“I was certainly excited to be an All-American, but I wasn’t content with that, I wanted to be a national champion. An All-American citation is an accomplishment I’ll hold for the rest of my life, and for that I am proud.” — junior Brian Broderick, wrestling
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ExpErimEnts at thE intErfacE of chEmistry & cuisinE
As Part of TCNJ’S Week of Science, The College of New Jersey School of Science Presents
Kent Kirshenbaum, PhD March 20, 2013 • 3 – 4:30 P.M. Education Building room 212 Lecture, followed by a “meet the Expert” reception Kent Kirshenbaum
This simple fact makes food a relevant topic of scientific inquiry for the entire population. Cooking instruction is gaining popularity as entertainment and as a central focus for improving public health. A study of cooking thus provides a palatable route to foster an appreciation for the scientific method and the chemical composition of matter. The Experimental Cuisine Collective was created at New York University to provide a venue for collaborations between scientists and chefs.The Collective enables dynamic interdisciplinary discussions of the overlapping influences of science and cooking. We highlight the chemical investigation of foods such as: stretchy ice cream, mango caviar, liquid smoke, and an unusual combination of dessert topping/floor wax. Our objectives are to excite students about chemistry, to formulate new recipes, to encourage cooking skills at every level, to impart knowledge relevant for making dietary choices, and to improve human health. Sponsored by the School of Science and the Chemistry Department
was born in San Francisco and was raised amidst fog and hippies. He studied Chemistry at Reed College and then obtained a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of California, San Francisco. Following post-doctoral studies at Caltech, Kent joined the faculty at New York University, where he is an Associate Professor of Chemistry. His research explores biomimetic chemistry and macromolecular design. His laboratory pursues new antibiotics and cancer therapeutics. Kent co-founded the Experimental Cuisine Collective in 2007 with Professor Amy Bentley (Food Studies) and Chef Will Goldfarb (Pastry). Television appearances include Food Detectives (Food Network) and Sid the Science Kid (PBS).
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Reconciling the hipster, before it was cool By Brian Kempf Features Assistant I remember the first time I ever encountered the concept of hipsterism. I was watching an episode of “Saturday Night Live” with my dad sometime in 2007. I thought the band that was performing had what appeared to be a dynamite sound, so I asked my dad who they were, and he said that they were Arcade Fire. He went on to explain that despite being a good band, once they got popular, people started to dislike them. As a naïve, culturally devoid middle schooler this made no sense to me. Why would anyone want to dislike something just because other people like it? That seemed to defeat the purpose of liking something in the first place. It seemed that I had inadvertently stumbled into the realm of the hipster. In the 21st century, the term “hipster” is often negative. Few would want
to consider “hipster” as an objective descriptor about themselves. The problem is, however, that nobody seems to know what a hipster really is, despite vague notions of obscure bands, independent films, certain West Coast (or is it Best Coast?) cities and parts of Brooklyn. Is it someone that dresses in flannel, wears dark, thick-rimmed glasses and enjoys literature? Or someone that can name a single movie by Lars von Trier or Michelangelo Antonioni? Or an elitist person that still listens to vinyl and condescends people’s music tastes? The fact that a hipster encompasses so many traits — none of them inherently evil — indicates that perhaps the label itself should be reconsidered. Part of the problem with so-called “hipsters” is that their negative traits — such as snootiness or over-saturated irony — clouds any sort of appreciation for what hipsters themselves appreciate. This
in turn stigmatizes legitimate sources of entertainment. For example, listening to music on a record player is damned awesome: not only is the sound quality better, but there is a degree of novelty to be had in hearing the hisses and cracks and watching the vinyl spin. However, because listening to records is a “hipster” thing to do, people who may otherwise enjoy it may avoid it. The same goes for movies, music or fashion. Most of it is not bad or tasteless in and of itself, but those things start to look a lot less palatable when the people who take part in that culture act like snobs. Those who participate in hipster-related activities can help their reputations — thus preserving the integrity of what they enjoy — by not being pretentious or elitist. This means continuing to like a band even after the number of likes it has on Facebook triples from one to three, even when nothing else about the band has
changed. If hipsters are supposed to be liberal and open-minded, this means being open-minded to everything, not just what fits the archetype. If you stop being friends with someone because their favorite musician is Garth Brooks, then you’re part of the problem. The same goes for not being friends with someone because they just started reading “On the Road.” Everyone can benefit from what aspects of hipster culture has to offer, but hipsters and non-hipsters alike should assume a nonjudgemental attitude toward each other’s tastes. After all, one of the last times that a bunch of pretentious people dug up a bunch of stuff from the past, they called it the Renaissance. For every culture, there will always be a culture to counter it. The problem stops when everyone realizes that neither is better than the other and that the two can coexist in peace.
Left: The cast of ‘Portlandia’ mocks the ’90s hipster uprising in a hippie bookstore. Right: Hanukkah hipsters accept heritage but not sightly sweaters.
The real libertarians of Ewing Township This article was written in response to Jack Werner’s opinion piece “Free yourself from free market mentality,” published on March 6.
By Greg Burr President of TCNJ Student Liberty Front
Jack Werner’s recent opinion article in The Signal contends that libertarians have “seized the college campus.” To make his case, he creates a giant caricature that lacks nuance or even the most basic understanding of markets and market processes. He then proceeds to dismantle his own straw man and proclaim victory. Werner contends that markets are harmful and should be abolished because standard supply and demand analysis relies on the assumption of perfect information. But this is akin to arguing that we should ignore physics because physicists often assume a perfect vacuum. In general, models are conceptual tools that allow for abstract understanding of complex systems. The test of the validity of the model is whether it explains and predicts the phenomena in question, not whether the assumptions hold in all circumstances. Because Werner does not seem to understand markets and market models, he fails to recognize that markets solve a series of problems that range from difficult to impossible to solve using available alternatives. By generating prices, markets help us to decide what to produce, how to produce it, and how to allocate inputs like labor
and materials across available alternatives. Markets are not perfect, but they do not need to be. They only need to be better than the available alternatives. Since information is never perfect, the important question is whether markets are more efficient than other methods of allocation, such as central planning boards, autocratic control or democratic vote. If not allocation by market prices, then what? Looking back over the course of the 20th century, attempts to supplant markets with non-market mechanisms generally failed (e.g. the Soviet Union). Werner’s article also condemns markets because Big Tobacco committed fraud and John D. Rockefeller made tons of money in the oil business. In condemning markets based on the behavior of cigarette companies, Werner conflates a defense of markets with a defense of corporations. Big Tobacco secretly changed the characteristics of a product to make it more addictive. Such actions are indefensible and should be condemned. However, indefensible behavior is not unique to markets. Arguing that markets are harmful because Big Tobacco defrauded smokers is like arguing that government is bad because Joseph Stalin killed 20 million people. Neither markets, nor any other mechanism, will eradicate evil in the world.
The argument Werner offers against John D. Rockefeller is similarly unconvincing. Werner concedes that Rockefeller (and Standard Oil) raised oil output and lowered oil prices, but then contends that the lower prices and higher outputs were associated with “market and social cost(s).” However, he fails to specify exactly what these costs are and why they exceed the benefits of the lower prices and higher outputs. Finally, in equating support for libertarians with support for George W. Bush, Werner shows that he clearly has no idea what the libertarian position actually entails. Libertarians opposed the Iraq war and the occupation of Afghanistan. Libertarians opposed the PATRIOT Act. Libertarians stood up against torture and executive spying. Libertarians opposed the trillion dollar increase in the federal budget during Bush’s two terms. Libertarians opposed irresponsible military spending. Libertarians stood with the left against the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Today, libertarians have continued to stand against torture, against war, and in favor of civil liberties. By contrast, self-described Democrats have not been reliable proponents of civil liberty. One recent poll finds that 53 percent of liberal Democrats and 67 percent of moderate Democrats support keeping Guantanamo Bay open. No matter who sits in the White House, libertarians have remained principled in their stance for free markets and a free society.
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At the College, students Kim makes a new friend party like it’s Norwuz By Johnanthony Alaimo Columnist
Brian Kempf / Features Assistant
Norwuz, the Persian New Year celebrated primarily in Iran, was brought to TCNJ by the TCNJ History Department and Eurasia and Middle East Society. Amir Vahab, a distinguished composer and performer of folk and sufi music, was on hand with an ensemble to provide traditional Iranian music for the event. The New Year has been celebrated for over three millenia and focuses on the link between labor and the natural renewal.
What’s red, black and ass all over? Kim Kardashian, sillies! One of Kim’s elusive beauty secrets has finally been revealed! Turns out, she loves injecting blood into her face! No, you read that right. KIM KARDASHIAN IS A FUCKING GHOUL. From Wikipedia: “The Vampire Facelift is the trademarked name for a non-surgical cosmetic procedure involving the reinjection of a gel-like substance — platelet rich fibrin matrix (PRFM) — derived from a patient’s own blood back into multiple areas of the skin of their face in an effort to treat wrinkles and ‘rejuvenate’ the face.” Ohhhh, well when you put it that way … IT’S NUTS. Gurl, go buy some Olay, not Type A! The entire procedure costs $1,000. What are you doing? This just goes to show that the beauty industry has lost its goddamn mind. What happened to appreciating the natural woman? For shame, witch lady. Speaking of witch, witchever (yes I mean that) teenage witch put a curse on Justin Bieber, stop it! Give the boy a break! First he has an awful birthday, he passes out, has a Twitter feud, cancels one of his shows AND NOW HIS HAMSTER DIED. What’s next? Is his Capri Sun going to explode? First off, who let Bieber have a hamster? Can’t we start him off with a Tamagotchi? A hamster is a lot of responsibility. That’s why he broke up with Selena! It was too much. Word of advice, Justin: DO NOT BURY YOUR HAMSTER IN THE PET CEMETARY. Once it’s dead, it should stay dead. Think of your hamster like Jewel. Nobody wants her to come back. And just like Bieber’s hamster, Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus are no more! Apparently, the two have called off their engagement and called it quits. A source leaking to the New York Post claimed that Miley was
too much of a party girl and Liam couldn’t deal with it anymore. Well, that and maybe he finally discovered that Miley was really just a cockatoo in disguise. Either way, Liam is back in Australia and Miley is probably sobbing in an Outback Steakhouse. But someone whose whereabouts you usually don’t hear much about is Dennis Rodman. The former basketball star and current basket case star is jetting around the world and ending up at places he doesn’t belong. Like, for example, the dude was in North Korea chatting it up with dictator Kim Jongun. After the trip, Rodman said he was his “friend.” Bitch, he ain’t your friend! A friend doesn’t let his other friend starve millons of people to death. Rodman continued his Around the World in Crazy Days tour when he ended up in Rome during the picking of the next pope, where he offered his prediction of who the next pope would be. EXCUSE ME DENNIS RODMAN WHAT ARE YOU DOING? WHO IS LISTENING TO YOU WHO ARE YOU. Listen, this has been a difficult week and I need to go plan a hamster funeral so if you would excuse me, I’m going to have to leave you with all this bullshit. Baiiiii!!! Jessica Simpson Baby Watch!: Jessica turned down an offer to be pope as she has enough on her plate and placenta.
North Korea: where even the free throws aren’t free.
Chuck’s offers quantity over quality By Amy Reynolds Managing Editor
Now that we’re well into March, it’s safe to say that I am more than excited for warm nights and summer. And with summer, as everyone knows, comes great barbeque food. Because I’ve been craving summer all week (okay, actually the past three months), I decided to order from a BBQ place that had scattered their take-out menus all across campus: Chuck’s Big Time BBQ. Now, by the time I decided to order, I had lost the menu that I found in the laundry room on campus, so I was forced to rely on the online menu on allmenus.com. I ordered the three-
Amy Reynolds / Managing Editor
When it comes to food from Chuck’s, don’t count your chickens before they hatch.
piece southern fried chicken platter, which came with two sides and cornbread, whereas my friend ordered the sloppy BBQ chicken sandwich meal, which came with one side and a drink. For my two sides, I decided to try their spicy fries and macaroni and cheese, while my friend decided to play it safe with cheese fries and an orange soda. Although every item on the menu sounded delicious, I was most excited about the prices. My meal, listed online, was just $5.25 and my friend’s meal was only $6. After about a 40 minute wait, our food arrived and we could finally dig in. To start, the portions were huge. Rather than just three pieces of chicken, my meal actually came with five. While there were only a few fries, the large amount of mac and cheese made up for that. Quality, on the other hand, wasn’t that great. None of the food was that warm, the fries were a bit soggy, and my “cornbread” was actually just half of a hoagie roll. My friend also said that his BBQ chicken sandwich was good, but nothing special, and his cheese fries were also a little limp. On top of that, he received a can of Mountain Dew rather than the orange soda that he ordered. In addition, the prices online did not match the actual prices. In fact, my friend’s BBQ sandwich meal was $2 more than what was listed online. Also, the three-piece southern chicken platter that I ordered wasn’t even listed on the take-out menu that came with our food, so who knows if it’s actually on the menu. Although the prices online were cheaper than the actual
items, everything on the menu is still pretty well-priced. Most of the sandwich and burger meals are around $7 and all of the large sides are under $4. I definitely wouldn’t call this a great meal. In fact, I think “very average” suits it pretty well. The prices were good and the portions were large, but other than that, this place doesn’t really have anything going for it. Chuck’s slogan is “The Best Darned BBQ in Mercer County” and, although you do get a lot of food for your money, I’m sure it’s not difficult to find better BBQ in the area. Chuck’s Big Time BBQ Where: 1980 Olden Ave Ewing Township, NJ 08618 Contact: (609) 882-2140 Hours Sun. - Thurs. : 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri. - Sat. : 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Overall Rating (3 out of 5)
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How to be eco-friendly at college By Sorraya Brashear-Evans Columnist Before I went off to college, I heard horror stories about the massive weight gain from unhealthy eating, exhaustion from too much work and an overall decline in health and hygiene. After being here for almost a year, I can honestly say IT’S ALL TRUE. I’m sure you’ve all heard of the “Freshman 15,” but in my case it was more like “Freshman 37.” In a little over a semester, my diet has gone from mostly salads to mostly bean burritos. My consumer habits have also become very lax within the past semester-and-a-half that I’ve been away; at home, it’s easy to monitor how much I’m buying and how much I’m throwing away. So I’ve compiled my top five ways to be eco-friendly while away at college. 1. Ride your bike/walk instead of driving This is an awesome way to burn a few calories while reducing your carbon footprint. You will no longer be a slave to your gas gauge, traffic accidents or construction work. Riding your bike or walking around campus gives you a dose of fresh air while allowing you to explore. Not to mention that, by opting to not drive a car, you’re helping to improve the air we breathe. Almost every car on the road today runs on fossil fuels that emit harmful chemicals into the atmosphere, polluting our air. And to all the broke college students out there, riding your bike can be your salvation.
2. Wash clothes in cold water I know this doesn’t sound appealing to most, but honestly it’s not that bad. Did you know that just heating the water to wash ONE load of clothes uses almost 90 percent of the machine’s power supply? Washing clothes in cold water not only saves money, but also helps to preserve your clothes from fading and shrinking. Tide has just come out with cold washing detergent, so go try it out! 3. Recycle, Reuse, Reduce We’ve all heard this saying before, whether it was in school, from our parents or on television. Recycling is more than dragging those blue bins to your curb every week; it’s about separating what can be used again from true waste. Doing this ensures more use out of lesser products. Reusing something cuts down the amount of generated waste, which, in turn, relieves some stress on the environment. Finally, reducing the amount of goods you consume saves you money while lessening waste amounts. Try to squeeze everything out of what you have; you’ll be surprised by how much you save. 4. Hit up thrift shops No longer is the thrift shop exclusively for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Thrift shops are great places to buy unique pieces of clothing — or anything else you can find — for GREAT prices. Hipster moment: I’ve been thrifting way before that song came out and can honestly say I’ve found better clothing there than at any retail store. Scared to wear someone else’s clothes? Well the washing machine was invented in 1908 and
‘Tis the season to diet
Try to stomach some lifestyle changes to get that summer body.
By Ruchi Shah Columnist
Now that the spring season is upon us, the clocks are not the only things that should be moving forward; our minds should be, too. And where exactly should this foresight be geared toward? My answer would be toward a healthier lifestyle, of course. However, if you are in need of a little extra incentive, your focus can also be more shortterm: the summer, the season of beaches. Even if you’re not particularly health-conscious, you are probably self-conscious. You’ll want to shed that layer of stomach fat in favor of that toned six pack and look great in your bathing suit. It’s never too soon to start. Here are a few common myths to be aware of when working to get those killer abs. The most important thing to remember is that you simply can’t will your tummy fat away, no matter how hard you try. You will be working toward a long-term goal; those abs most certainly will not appear overnight. You will have to develop a consistent exercise schedule and stick to it. With the proper perseverance, though, you will succeed. The optimal way to obtain those abdomi-
nal muscles is neither through crunches nor cardio. While crunches do strengthen those muscles, they only burn a few calories per minute. Thus, crunches won’t be especially helpful in ridding your stomach of its layer of fat. Cardio is not the only path toward chiseled abs. While such training will aid you in burning a sufficient number of calories and speed up your metabolic rate, enabling you to experience a faster rate of fat loss, there are alternatives. You will get the same results through intense weight training and a good diet plan. In addition, by good diet plan I do not mean actually dieting, in terms of lowering your carbohydrate intake. Don’t believe me? A recent study divided participants into two groups: diet only and diet and exercise. Upon completion of the study, the diet group lost considerably less abdominal fat than the diet and exercise group. This occurrence has been tested and proven time and time again. While managing your diet is not the only solution, it definitely is a contributing factor. Be sure to include healthier eating habits in your plan for fulfilling your abdominal aspirations. A common belief that is not actually a myth is that males have an easier time developing abs than females — they do. This is due to the fact that men have a lower necessity for body fat levels than women. Yes ladies, you may have to work a bit harder, but be up to the challenge and the end results will be compatible. The final myth is that once you have developed your sexy six pack, your work is done. Nothing could be further from the truth; the battle isn’t over just yet. Once they’re there, they’re not permanent facets of your body like tattoos. You must maintain your diet and exercise and only then will those abs be as faithful as a dog. With all that having been said, spring forward and start working on your abdominal muscles today!
seems to do the trick! Not only is thrifting good for your wallet, but for the environment too, harnessing already made or used clothing reduces the amount of waste that’s weighing down the Earth. 5. Get involved Talk with eco-reps on campus about how to get involved with the movement for a more environmentally friendly campus. At the College, we have many environmental outreach groups such as Water Watch and Bonner’s Environmental Team, which both do a phenomenal job of garnering awareness about how we treat the planet while also having fun doing it. Getting involved exposes you to many great opportunities at hands-on conservation while allowing you to make new friends in the process. I encourage everyone to reach out to their local eco-friendly organizations, whether they’re in your town or right on campus.
Living an earth-friendly life shouldn’t ‘brake’ once you’re off to college.
Campus Style By Carly Koziol Columnist
5. Trench coat
There is no time for spring-cleaning when so much spring shopping needs to be done. Ditch the feather dusters and head out to pick up these six spring essentials. Bonus: You now have an extra hour of sunshine to show off your new look!
Every young professional needs a trench coat in her organized closet. This trench will carry you through the rainy weather and shield you from breezy mornings. Thanks to Burberry, the piece is timeless. Stick to a khaki rather than a trendy color in order for the piece to last you a decade.
1. Structured tweed jacket
6. Orange lipstick
Pick up one with pastels woven into the material. This is a great piece that will balance flowy dresses. Don’t feel guilty if you splurge on this one — you can pair it with black leggings and riding boots next fall.
This color is a great way to brighten up your face for the season. If orange is too bold for your liking, swipe on a coral. Don’t let the season pass without trying it at least once!
2. Peplum top After dieting and working out for spring break, this flattering cut will show off your trimmed waistline … and create one if you didn’t. 3. Mod shift dress Although boxy, this ’60s revival can be feminine. Choose a bright color and wear it with your hair straightened. When the weather warms up, pair the look with flats instead of booties to elongate your legs. 4. Mint green and royal blue Step out of your black comfort zone and try out these refreshing colors. Worn together, they create a crisp, two-toned look. If you’re fair-skinned, play up the mint green, and the reverse goes for those who are darker-skinned.
Fashion yourself a new look with peplum tops and bright lipstick.
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Arts & Entertainment
Oliver / Popular British satirist performs continued from page 1
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The witty John Oliver performs at CUB’s comedy show.
Oliver, who came to the United States sixand-a-half years ago, prefaced the last half of his routine with, “I love it here. I need you to remember that.” He then proceeded to (lovingly) mock America, wondering what the U.S.’s legacy to the world would be. He first considered the Internet, then went on to describe the horrors it has unleashed on the world, particularly his life. He recalled that, within seconds of posting his first tweet, someone responded to him saying, “You’re terrible, go eat a bag of dicks.” The abuse only continued when a friend told him about “The Daily Show” slash fiction that could be found online. “It was story after story of John Stewart and Stephen Colbert having sex with me,”
Oliver told the crowd, mentioning that after reading it for the first time he couldn’t look Stewart in the eyes. He then suggested that the American legacy could be the T-shirt cannon, or the illfated military plan in the ’60s to fire a nuclear missile at the moon. Finally, he offered up a less material legacy: one of defiance. Fitting, considering the whole “Revolutionary War” thing. (No hard feelings, John.) Despite being a U.S. citizen, Oliver hasn’t forgotten his roots, or completely forgiven America for its “defiance.” In an interview before the show, he said of the Revolutionary War, “We don’t see that as being lost, we see that as an active war that we are losing.” At the beginning of the show, it was announced that Oliver would be taking over Stewart’s role as host of “The Daily Show”
for a few weeks in the summer while Stewart directs a movie. Opening for Oliver was Dan St. Germain who, with his mane of hair and beard giving him a lion-like appearance, joked, “I think the school wanted to get someone who was the opposite of John Oliver.” His comedy was indeed a 180 from Oliver’s, favoring jokes based on personal experience rather than politics and the news. While at times his jokes were a bit too personal to be funny (for instance, hearing about his depression didn’t draw huge laughs from the crowd), his dating fiascos had the audience roaring, especially when he admitted that a girl who he tried hitting on told him, “You remind me of a heavier Charles Manson.” He followed this with a story asking for a girl’s number and having her return within minutes, demanding her number back.
The long awaited return of ‘Whose Line’ By Mike Herold Staff Writer Nostalgia is a powerful emotion. For those six people still watching “The Office,” it might also be known as one of the greatest human weaknesses, ranking just below the neck. Nostalgia brings back memories of happier times, which make us ache for those times to return. So what happens when something wonderful from the past actually does come back? That’s what we’re all going to discover this summer, when one of the shows from our childhood (assuming we’re all collegeaged) returns for a second try. That’s right, “Whose Line is it Anyway?” improvisational comedy show extraordinaire, is making its return to the small
screen this summer on the CW network. Naturally, people in the world of improv are excited about the return. “I’m really excited to see the new show,” said Morgan Teller, a sophomore women’s and gender studies major and a member of the College’s own improv comedy troupe, the Mixed Signals. “When I was younger, I would always watch it with my family, and we all loved it,” she said. In fact, the entire group is thrilled with the show’s return (when initially asked, the Mixed Signals reacted with a sound best written as “YEAHHAHOO!”), as the program’s initial run back in the late 1990s and early 2000s gave young performers inspiration and something to aspire to. “In fifth grade, my band teacher told me very up front
that I would never become a world class trumpeter, but that one day I could be like the weird funny people on that show,” said junior history and secondary education double major Jonathan Dowler, of the Mixed Signals. “‘Whose Line’ is an amazing show, and they do very short form comedy, with props, and so I do watch it for inspiration, even though it’s a different style from what we do,” said junior computer science major Lindsey Nice, a mixed signals performer. “I’m definitely excited to see what they do with the show now.” The main headline for the program’s return is the inclusion of the original’s main three cast members: Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles. The trio will come back with-
out original host Drew Carey (which the Mixed Signals agreed was not the biggest loss), who has been replaced by Aisha Tyler, perhaps best known for her brief stint on “Friends.” The change, however, had nothing to do with Carey’s lacking improvisational skills. “Drew Carey is contractually obligated to ‘The Price is Right.’ That’s why they couldn’t get (Brady, Mochrie and Stiles) for the other improv shows that have been popping up — the others were contractually obligated to other shows,” Dowler said. The return of the big three, however, is what’s really getting fans excited to see the series back on the air. “Everyone loves Wayne Brady and all of the music things. If you ask the average person, they love that so much,” Teller said, adding
Fans get nostalgic for improv return.
that “Colin Mochrie is becoming one of my favorites improv-wise, he’s so quick.” So prepare yourselves, fans of laughter and wit. “Whose Line” is coming back, and it looks to be even better than it was before. Of course, that could just be the nostalgia talking.
Bender gives a taste of magical realism
‘The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake’s’ mature take on fairy tales proves whimscal. By Megan Whalen Staff Writer Although Aimee Bender is renowned for her short stories, “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake,” her most recent
novel, has earned her much-deserved success as a novelist. Using her signature blend of realistic settings and elements of the paranormal, Bender’s novel simultaneously entrances the reader with mysticism and sheds light on the problems of the modern-day family. The novel begins with its heroine and narrator, Rose Edelstein, on her ninth birthday, when she discovers something slightly odd when she bites into her mother’s lemon cake. Instead of the delicious cake she knows and loves, Rose tastes her mother’s emotions. However, Rose’s magical gift is, in actuality, a curse. Her mother, normally bright and cheerful, tastes of bitterness and despair. From her ninth birthday on, food becomes a peril for Rose as she cannot help but taste, and therefore feel, the emotions of the people who make her food. Through her curse, Rose is given an unwanted glimpse into the private lives of her family. What normally is kept hidden is impossible for Rose to miss. Her mother’s life outside of the home, her father’s indifference to his family and her brother’s mysterious inability to relate to others all force their way into Rose’s life and mind. Bender paints a picture of family and of a young girl that is at once insular and incredibly relevant on a universal scale. Rose’s constant position in the background, both at school and at home, makes her a sympathetic character to the wallflower within us all. Her family’s inability to communicate is juxtaposed with
Rose’s inability to escape their private thoughts and their effect on her throughout her life. However, perhaps the most interesting aspect of the novel is not its commentary on family, but its ability to incorporate magic seamlessly into modern life. Rose’s gift allows the reader to view the world through a supernatural lens without distorting the reality. As Rose navigates life, family and, most importantly, food, she finds that perhaps she is not the only one with a strange talent. Upon opening the novel, our modern, skeptical world is suddenly brimming with enchantment. The supernatural talents of the characters in a modern setting give the novel a realistic mysticism that makes its readers feel that they are delving into a mature version of childhood fairy tales. Bender’s version of magic does not always grant true love’s kiss or happily ever afters, but it certainly gives her novel an enchanting edge. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” charmingly dances along the line of reality and magic without straying into the implausible. It is a testament to Bender’s expertise that the novel reinvents classic fairytale motifs and seamlessly blends these motifs with the everyday tragedies of the modern family. If you grew up loving the Disney classics of the ’90s, this book will make you rethink your perspective on “tales as old as time” and what it means to live in a world where fairy tales rarely end with a prince.
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Plays celebrate women’s history By Katie O’Dell Review Editor
Women took the stage for a night of drama as a part of Alpha Phi Omega and Women in Learning and Leadership’s “Women in Theatre Night” on Wednesday, March 6. The event, which showcased four student-directed plays, was an opportunity for women to showcase their talents as writers, actresses and directors. The night began with “Waiting for Evangeline” by Blaire Deziel, a love story told as a flashback during an old man’s final moments. Though it focused on the romance between Jim (Dan Malloy) and Evangeline (Casie Fitzgerald), the play touched on feminist issues. Jim’s friend Ray (Steve Munoz) represents the sexist attitudes of the 1940s as he tells Jim that “there’s not much that goes on in a gal’s head.” Evangeline is more forward-thinking, telling her friend Minnie (Kim Horner) that “we always get to keep moving forward, and one day maybe things will change. Women will own corporations and a black man will be president.” Deziel’s play is all about the passage of time, and we’re reminded of its power when we see that these ideas, so laughable in the 1940s, have become a reality by 2013. The play follows the story of Margaret (Shannon McGovern) and Max (Garrett Verdone) as they break off a long relationship. The third play, “Nothing to Write About” by senior psychology major Maegan Boutot, was a humanizing
but unromanticized look at a group of drug addicts. When Emma (Nina Schulgach) is almost forced into prostitution, her brother protests. “Everyone is somebody’s sister,” speaker (Maggie Fuller) reminds him. “I do a lot of psych work about people with drug abuse problems, and I feel like there’s a lot of moral stigma attached,” Boutot said. “I wanted to look at people we don’t look at a lot.” The night was rounded out by “The Poet’s Curse” by sophomore history major Aaron Harmaty. Based on an Irish folktale, the play focused on Breothighearn (Rachael Scott), a queen who saves her kingdom from a conniving poet. “In the original version, the king’s a moron. I decided to tell the story of the much more competent human being (Breothighearn) in that king’s life,” Harmaty noted. Though it involved both male and female characters, the cast was comprised entirely of female actresses. “If men were in the cast, I thought Breothighearn might be overshadowed,” Harmaty said. “I wanted to show that Breothighearn did have agency.” Although the plays often touched on feminist themes, the larger mission of the night was to bring more women into playwriting and directing. “March is Women’s History Month, and we thought, why not celebrate? We don’t really get to showcase the talent women have in the theater,” APO president and junior biology major Matt Luppino said, noting that he approached WILL with the idea for the event.
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APO and WILL emphasize women as playwrights in a student theatre production.
“It’s a shame that we have a lot of talented female writers and directors who just can’t seem to push through,” Harmaty told his fellow writers. “You ladies are really to be commended.” “There are a lot of women writers, but in terms of screenwriting and playwriting, there aren’t as many,” Boutot said, explaining that these fields have traditionally been less accessible for women. Perhaps Deziel’s character Casie explained their mission best: “There comes a time when you can’t just wait for things to get better because they won’t. The world is always moving forward and you have to move forward with it or you’ll just get left behind.”
‘Side Effects’ leaves viewers with depressed feelings By Tom Kozlowski Opinions Editor Mystery writer Agatha Christie never handled prescription meds in her stories, but “Side Effects” might be the product of her plotline on Lexapro. Sure, the sets are less exotic — Christie’s Nile becomes a drizzly Hudson River and the Orient is a forever overcast New York labyrinth — but the new film from director Steven Soderbergh is simple modernization of a formula already well-established. Drama, sub-character investigation, resolution. This one’s just heavily medicated. In the 21st century of prescription panacea, Soderbergh attempts to make a film as close to an eloquent murder mystery as the times can provide. To do so, he turns the drug industry and modern emotional distress into weapons as lethal as knives or candlesticks in a game of “Clue.”
Their initial victim, then, is Emily, undergoing unspecified white collar despair. She’s played by Rooney Mara, former “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” detective, now girl with the manic depression. It seems strange to watch such a powerful actress as Mara being subdued into a hazy, soft spoken invalid — that’s a role for someone like Kristen Stewart. But like any decent Christie tale, Mara is at the forefront of the murder. She’s married to actor Channing Tatum’s heavy-handed Martin, a convicted felon of insider training. Just out from a four-year sentence, he returns to find his wife Emily prescribed to “Ablixa,” but what he also notices are its glaring side effects. They’re quite common by-products of medication: sleepwalking, lack of memory, and stabbing your husband after chopping some tomatoes. After all, Ablixa’s the perfect name for a pill that makes you kill your loved
ones. This is a murder mystery. What did you expect? The rest of the film is carried by an antagonism between Emily’s psychiatrists: the heroic-looking Jude Law and the snake-eyed conspirator Catherine Zeta-Jones (then again, that’s how she always looks). Emily’s stabbing spree has landed her in a psychiatric ward, since it’s the side effects of the pill that made her do it. But Law’s character suspects differently. All that remains is for the audience to connect the dots while the film catches up in another hour. Following a formula can make quick hits. Blockbusters, sequels, they make themselves accessible by being equally obvious to an audience unprepared to think. “Side Effects,” to its credit, takes topical issues in today’s healthcare playground and twists them into a semi-cynical narrative, one screaming “this could happen to you.” That’s probably unlikely though.
The only reason this would ever happen to you is if a déjà vu from other mystery movies kicks in to falsify its originality. For in a genre so easily bought and sold, “Side Effects” is a clever, ineffective placebo. You will take it when asked. But upon the credit roll, you’ll only feel a slight sensation of boredom and relief.
Rooney Mara swaps her dragon tattoos for prescription pills.
Netflix series stained with dirty politics By Chris Minitelli Staff Writer
The Netflix series ‘House of Cards’ is a successful attempt made by the company to produce original programming.
A few years ago, it was a little known fact that Netflix has been venturing into producing their own original programming. I didn’t know about it until they announced the return of “Arrested Development.” However, they already released two original scripted series, one of which is “House of Cards.” When I first heard about the series I was completely intrigued. With names like David Fincher and Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey attached, any film geek would be intrigued. Although this sets the bar high for the series, it completely delivers with style. The series tells the story of Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a Democratic congressman and House Majority Whip who uses his charm and power to get revenge on those who betrayed him after he was passed over for a promotion to Secretary of State. The series also features Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), Francis’s wife and the leader of a non-profit organization that gets entangled in Francis’s crusade. The rest of the series’ cast is simply composed of the pawns that Francis manipulates in his crusade. Peter Russo (Corey Stoll) is an alcoholic congressman who is blackmailed by Francis for his loyalty. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) is a newspaper reporter who gets insider information from Francis. Although a serialized political drama may not be the first
choice of most television viewers, the series manages to be entertaining and addictive. It is peculiar in the fact that Francis frequently speaks directly to the audience to explain who certain people are and the mechanics of his plan. This makes the entire series more streamlined and, frankly, less confusing than most political dramas. It also offers flashes of much-needed humor. Many of the characters may seem heartless and blinded by power, but there are surprising moments of humanity. The characters are well-defined and their motivations and vices are completely in view. “House of Cards” ironically lays all the cards on the table and doesn’t hide much from viewers. Everything from Zoe’s daddy issues to Peter’s drug addiction makes viewers want more. However, the juiciest part of the series is still the dirty politics that pollute every episode. Affairs, addiction, corruption and betrayal run amok, but it is the main character who defines the series. Francis goes to some incredible lengths to keep his plan going and eventually reaches a point of no return. Francis is the epitome of an anti-hero, a man that we should hate but we root for along the way, and that is what is going make “House of Cards” a series that we can’t get enough of. The entire first season is up on Netflix, and now the waiting game begins for the second season of this addicting new series.
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No-hitter leads softball in winning trip Softball
By Chrissy Onorato Staff Writer While the rest of campus was able to go home and relax for a much-needed week off from classes, the College’s softball team continued playing. There was no rest for the weary as the team played a total of 12 games in the course of one week. Coming out of this long week, the Lions have a mighty record of 9-3, as they dominated the competition over break. This included a no-hitter for freshman pitcher Ashtin Helmer, an amazing achievement. The Lions traveled down to Florida over spring break to take on a variety of schools to start their season. Originally, their opener had been scheduled for the previous week against Messiah College, but it was rescheduled due to poor weather. In their first day of the season, the Lions were victorious against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Rochester, posting scores of 12-4 and 5-4, respectively. Junior pitcher Alex Carisone began the season for the Lions with
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A successful trip to Florida is just what the doctor ordered.
a strong outing, letting up only four runs, while the College’s offense did the rest of the work. In the second game that day, freshman pitcher Ashtin Helmer gave another strong outing, holding her own, as the College scored less runs than in the first game, but still came
out on top. Helmer allowed only two earned runs and had a mighty 10 strikeouts. The next day, the Lions collected their first loss against Denison University 2-0, but bounced right back in their game against Keene State College with a huge 15-2 win. With two six-run innings, the Lions were right back to normal. Junior infielder Lindsey Williams, freshman catcher Brianna Cetrulo and freshman outfielder Christine Desiderio had three hits apiece, pushing the Lions’ score to the max. In their game against Rhode Island College, the Lions showed what they were really made of, in the form of Helmer’s no-hitter in only her second collegiate start. She allowed only three base-runners throughout the entire game and won 10-0. “It was extremely exciting,” Helmer said. “Florida has been an amazing experience for all of us. We have been working so hard all year for this, and it is great to see it all pay off. We came out strong from our first game to our last and I think when you look at the scores of our games, it really shows.” And the Lions just kept steam-rolling
the competition. The Lions then went on to win another three in a row: 11-2 against Manhattanville College, 12-7 against Wesleyan University and 14-2 against Farmingdale State University. Freshman pitcher Nicole Hroncich picked up her second win of the season against Farmingdale. Toward the end of the week, the Lions dropped two games to Bethel University and Haverford College, but did not have long to dwell on the losses. The Lions bounced back again in their last two games of the week, beating Plymouth State University and Trinity College 12-3 and 8-1, respectively. If the rest of the season is anything like this past week in Florida, the College has something to be proud of. The Lions are ready to start their games back in the northeast and they promise to be just as exciting and rewarding. The Lions will take on Ursinus College on Wednesday, March 20 at 3 and 5 p.m. and will have their first home games against Muhlenberg College on Thursday, March 21 at 3 and 5 p.m.
The expert’s tips to pick a winning bracket By Chris Molicki Sports Editor For sports, it’s the greatest time of the year. March Madness is upon us, and it’s truly a time where all sports fans, no matter how big or small, can rejoice. The NCAA tournament gives us a chance to be part of something that’s bigger than us. That’s what makes picking brackets so exciting. If your Final Four teams go far, it’s one of the most exhilarating feelings in the world. Like me, I assume you will all be racking your brains when you decide which teams will win each matchup. Being a college basketball expert and bracketologist, I’m here to give you some tips
for how to pick your bracket. • Look at conference champs Recently in sports, we’ve seen the hottest teams come out and win titles. In college basketball, it’s no different. It seems that every team that either makes it to the finals of their respective conference tournament or wins the whole thing has success in March. For example, the past three Big East champions have all made it to the Final Four. Louisville seems to follow the trend. Also, keep an eye out for Oregon, New Mexico and Ohio State. All three have won their conference tournaments and are on a true roll right now. • Visit kenpom.com One of the best statistical predict-
ing sites on the internet, kenpom.com gives you the adjusted offensive and defensive ratings for every team, good ways to predict how teams will fare on both sides of the ball. If you love scoring, pick Michigan, Creighton or Iowa State. If defense is more of your thing, Louisville, Florida and Wisconsin are the top teams in the country. Whatever you need, kenpom.com has you covered. • Coaching wins titles Good coaches win a lot of games in March. They know how to prepare their teams and what to do to get the most out of each individual player. Tom Izzo of Michigan State is the perfect example. Izzo is the guy who always has the
Spartans ready for the NCAA tournament and manages to squeeze as much out of his teams as he can. Other coaches who have had some great success are Rick Pitino of Louisville, Shaka Smart of VCU and Brad Stevens of Butler. • Don’t be afraid to pick upsets Every year, the NCAA tournament has some crazy surprises and this year could be the most wild one yet. If you go the safe route and pick all of the high-seeded teams, you’re going to get burned. Your best chance is to pick a few upsets and check out the matchups. Cinderellas are synonymous with March Madness. Some popular sleepers are South Dakota State, Davidson and Montana.
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Winter Track & Field
All-Americans all around for track & field Tasco and Alorro perform masterfully at NCAAs By Julie Kayzerman News Assistant
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Alorro leaps above the pole and into history.
Checking “All-American” off of their bucket lists, senior Julio Alorro and junior Dominic Tasco left the NCAA Championships in Naperville, Ill. with the completion of a successful season. “I told myself it was just like any other meet,” Alorro said. “I kept to myself and acted like it was practice.” Becoming the first All-American in the pole vault in the College’s history, Alorro cleared the bar with a height of 4.79 meters (15’ 8.5”), also setting the school record. “Sometimes I still think it’s not real,” Alorro said. “It’s like a really good dream.” Clocking in with a time of 1:52.16 in the finals of the 800-meter race, Tasco finished in fifth place to also become an All-American for the Lions. “It is an amazing feeling,” Tasco said. “It didn’t fully hit me until I stepped on the podium. I’m happy that all the hard work has paid off.” Tasco first competed in the 800-meter
trials and raced for the top two in his heat in order to be guaranteed a spot in the finals. It’s a tough task, but Tasco was ready. “Being at nationals before made a huge impact on my race strategy,” Tasco said. “I was able to relax in the beginning and pick people off each lap. I was sitting in second with a lap to go and my thought was to do just enough to take second and save my energy for the finals.” As the finals came around, the top eight athletes raced for time as they had already achieved All-American honors. “The goal was still to place as high as I can,” Tasco said. “I ran faster than I did in the trials, so I’m happy with the result.” Preparing for their events under the pressure of coming close to their goals can be challenging for most athletes. However, Tasco simply relaxed at the meet by joking around with his teammates and coaches while Alorro listened to classical music leading up to the meet and then switched to “The Intro” by XX when he arrived and warmed up. “This time around I ended my season
with the results we were looking for,” Tasco said. “It’s a great experience and I’m grateful for the opportunity to compete at Nationals.” Also competing at the meet in the triple jump was senior Steve D’Aiutolo who finished 12th among all Division III athletes in the country. “Competing at Nationals was a great experience,” D’Aiutolo said. “Very few meets have that sort of atmosphere about them and it was rush competing against the best athletes in Division III.” As the Indoor season comes to a close for the Lions, both the men and women’s track and field teams will begin their spring season, opening at the Ramapo College Northeast Challenge in Mahwah, N.J. It will be hard to top the winter season, which was a memorable one, but these athletes are up for the challenge as they get ready for the spring. “Now that I’ve been there once, this time just qualifying for Nationals will not be good enough,” D’Aiutolo said. “I not only want to make the trip to Wisconsin, I want to become an All-American.”
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By Mike Herold Fantasy Guy
Nothin’ But Net
Every week, hidden in the depths of my computer, sits a list. It’s a very short list, usually no longer than a single bullet point. What that list contains is the idea for this column. All it usually says is Fantasy League, which means I’ll actually write about what’s happening in that fancy lookin’ chart on the right. You may have noticed that I never end up writing about that. The reason for this is simple — something interesting always pops up. So every week that little list of mine grows by one bullet point, and the column ends up being about that. This week there weren’t any other bullet points. Nothing particularly interesting or absurd had caught my eye. So I was all set to actually, finally, write something about this fantasy league. But that’s the thing about sports — if you wait long enough, something interesting or absurd always pops up. What sprang forth this week is the news that Tiger Woods (you may have heard of him, he’s kind of famous) is officially dating Lindsey Vonn (she’s a skier, also somewhat famous). That in and of itself isn’t very interesting. Not even absurd. You can’t possibly think of a link between that and fantasy basketball, or fantasy sports in general. (Is there a fantasy golf league? Or fantasy Winter Olympics? How would the points systems work? I’m assuming there would be yelling bonuses for both.) Allow me to explain. See, we care about who our sports figures are romantically linked to. Sports fans (or at least the fanatics) are consciously aware of who our favorite athletes are, to put it delicately, coming home to at night. We know Tom Brady is with Giselle. We know Andy Roddick married Brooklyn Decker. We know Melo is married to LaLa. We know all this because sports players’ careers are often linked to their significant others. Who can forget how bad Tony Romo was when he was vacationing with Jessica Simpson? Who else remembers the monstrous streak Kobe Bryant went on when his wife was filing for divorce (even though they stayed together — we know that too)? And isn’t Anthony only on the Knicks because LaLa wanted to live in NYC? And that’s the connection between Tiger Woods dating Lindsey Vonn and fantasy sports. When an athlete changes relationship status, something interesting always happens on the field, court or sprawling hills he plays on. So be mindful of your fantasy players and who they’re dating. Pay attention to if that changes, because something interesting — could be good, could be bad, but definitely a change from the usual — is about to happen with that player. You just never know whether to start them or drop them. Maybe next week I can write about this league. My list is down to a single bullet again.
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Team Name Team Allen Team Friedman Team Matos Team Molloy Signal Squad Team Vazquez Team Nichols Team Gannon Team Caputo Team McG Team Myshkoff Team Jha
Team Owner Gabe Allen Remy Friedman Rob Matos Kyle Molloy Chris Molicki Victor Vazquez Marc Nichols Andrew Gannon Joe Caputo Brendan McGrath Zach Myshkoff Ashray Jha
Points 28110 26109 25855 25258 25074 23794 23631 23550 20925 20252 18726 14580
Top Performer (Season) Top Performer (Past Week) Jrue Holiday (3353) Ricky Rubio (270) David Lee (3781) Dwight Howard (277) Russell Westbrook (4075) Russell Westbrook (247) James Harden (3967) James Harden (196) Joakim Noah (3391) LaMarcus Aldridge (230) LeBron James (4858) LeBron James (281) Kobe Bryant (3983) Marc Gasol (175) Kevin Durant (4636) Kevin Durant (242) Al Jefferson (2987) John Wall (328) Greg Monroe (3316) Deron Williams (209) Stephen Curry (3366) Stephen Curry (211) Dwyane Wade (3258) Dwayne Wade (244) All standings are accurate as of 6 p.m. Monday, March 18
Moves Made This Week Team Allen: Added Spencer Hawes Dropped Kawhi Leonard Team Friedman: Added Kawhi Leonard, Derrick Favors Dropped Amar’e Stoudemire, Kevin Martin Team Matos: Added Vince Carter Dropped Rodney Stuckey Signal Squad: Added Tobias Harris Dropped Earl Clark
Good Moves, or Bad? I would say that Team Allen made a good choice, but what’s shown is the sum total of moves: Gabe actually added Hawes twice, once right after his 24-10-7 night, and again after his insane 18-16-8-7 night. He dropped him in between for Tiago Splitter … so not really the best week for him. Team Friedman dumped an injured Amar’e and Martin (who isn’t the best fantasy player) for two potential beasts. I think that was a good call. Vince Carter has gone all around this league, I hope Team Matos doesn’t catch something. Bad luck too, Stuckey’s been better these past two weeks. As for the Signal Squad, Harris has been tearing it up, so smart move.
I May Be Wrong, But...
Here are the moves I would make in Fantasy Basketball this week: Add: Well, Spencer Hawes certainly comes to mind. He’s been phenomenal lately, and a lot of leagues could still have him available. Other than that, I’d say add rookies on lousy teams, as the regular season wears down and the lottery tanking begins, they’ll start to see big minutes and therefore big numbers.
Be Cautious Of: Anyone on a frontrunning team. Once the Heat streak ends, there won’t be much reason for Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh to play big minutes, so they might start resting. Anyone on the Spurs might sit on any given night, and no one except Durant is a sure thing to play all too much for the Thunder.
Drop: The most obvious one is Kyrie Irving, who is out for the season with an injury. That’s also the saddest drop, since Irving sure looks to be the kind of superstar Cleveland hasn’t had since … well, that other guy. You might also want to let Carmelo Anthony fall, he’s missed several games with injury and played poorly in those games he didn’t miss. Look Out For: The MVP candidates. LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant are running out of time to really distinguish themselves from the rest (there are arguments to be made for each), so they’ll use the final month of the season to put on the best shows they possibly can. I’m excited.
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In this week’s matchup of Around the Dorm, the “Ref,” Chrissy Onorato, challenges staff writer Mike Pietroforte, correspondent Joe Caputo and Editor-in-Chief Brendan McGrath to answer questions about World Series favorites, the rising interest in NASCAR, and which NFL players could use a change of scenery.
1. Since Spring Training began, we have seen some exciting MLB action. With Opening Day drawing closer, who are your picks out of each league for the World Series this year? MP: From the National League, my selection is the Cincinnati Reds. They saw young starting pitchers Aroldis Chapman, Mat Latos, Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey all flash some dominance and put together solid year last season. I expect those pitchers to take another step forward this year. Cincinnati boasts a lineup containing Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce. They added another all-star caliber bat in Shin-Soo Choo. They’re a team that finished with the second most wins in baseball last year and they’ll only be better this year. There are a few teams in the American League with ridiculously scary lineups, the Los Angeles Angels and the Toronto Blue Jays being two of them. However, the Blue Jays seem to have the questions about starting pitching answered while the Angels do not. The Jays have two hitters in their lineup that threaten to hit 40 home runs in a season with Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. They also have serious up-and-coming prospect Brett Lawrie at third base. After they committed highway robbery this offseason and took Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buerhle and Emilio Bonifacio from Miami, they went out and got R.A. Dickey from the Mets to add to an already potent pitching staff. My money is on Cincinati to win in six games. JC: To me, baseball is all about pitching. Although scoring runs is how you ultimately win games, holding the opposing team down makes it so much easier to manufacture runs on the offensive end. With that said, I have Detroit returning to the World Series out of the American League. Not only do they have one of the best pitchers in baseball in Justin Verlander, but the rest of their pitching staff may be one of the most underrated in baseball. Max Scherzer is primed to be a star in the league, coming off a season in which he boasted an 11.08 strikeout per nine innings ratio, which was easily the best in baseball. Doug Fister and Anibal Sanchez have consistently posted excellent advanced numbers that continue to improve, including high strikeout and low walk rates. Oh, and their offense isn’t too shabby either, as they’ll add Victor Martinez back from injury to the lineup that already consists of triple-crown winner Miguel Cabrera. From the National League, I have the Washington Nationals. To this day, I believe that Washington would have made the World Series last year had they let Strasburg pitch in the postseason. He’ll be out there this year, and the team will only be better than it was a year ago. Budding young stars in Harper, Ramos and Desmond coupled with arguably the best rotation in the National League will give them an edge and bring them to the
Fall Classic. In that matchup, I’ll take Detroit in six. BM: As a Mets fan, it pains me to say this, but the National League is going to come down to the Nationals and the Braves this year. I think the Braves will surprise a lot of people by overcoming a deep Washington team and show that their starters can rival any rotation out there. Plus, if the Braves are winning after six innings, they’re nearly guaranteed a “W” thanks to what is by far the best bullpen in the game. Throw in the most dynamic outfield in a generation, and this team has what it takes to win it all. The Blue Jays will be the team the Braves beat in October, as Toronto’s exciting offseason comes together to pull them ahead of the rest of the American League. Dickey, Morrow, Johnson, Buehrle. Reyes, Cabrera, Bautista, Bonifacio, Encarnacion. This team won 73 games in a really good division last season, and Encarnacion is the only player listed here who played a full season for the Jays. Couple this surge of talent with weaker (though still very good) divisional foes, and the Jays will be in great shape to make the playoffs, where their top heavy rotation and great offense will carry them through AL play. Brendan gets 3 points for talking about the Blue Jays’ stacked lineup. Joe gets 2 points for talking about how pitching is the key to winning games and for mentioning the talent in Detroit. Mike gets 1 point for talking about prospects and trades for the Blue Jays and how they will come to dominate this season. 2. With NASCAR back in full swing, Danica Patrick is taking the media by storm. Nascar is not normally seen as an interesting “sport” but with the addition of a female driver, do you think it can expand its fan base and get over its normal stereotypes? MP: There are some places in the country where NASCAR is a really, really big deal. Hundreds of thousands of people go out to see some of the bigger races and they truly are a rabid fan base. There are also some places that have almost no interest in NASCAR. I, along with most of the New York/New Jersey area, groan whenever I see a segment about NASCAR come on ESPN. Danica Patrick has seen some mild success along with some overbearing publicity. She’s definitely changing the perspectives of a lot of people who don’t think women can compete in sports dominated by men, but I don’t see that growing the national fanbase that NASCAR already sees. You either love NASCAR or you just really wish it would stop showing up on ESPN.
problem is they cannot seem to expand to certain parts of the country, and I do not believe there is much hope to do so. The people of the metropolitan areas (including myself) have pre-conceived notions about NASCAR that I don’t think they will be able to shake, not even with the addition of Patrick. A major problem for NASCAR, in my opinion, is that there are too many other sports that cities like New York follow, and there is not enough available attention that can be paid to NASCAR. NASCAR will continue to attract its usual fan base, but the chances of the addition of Patrick actually expanding the sport’s interest seem very slim. BM: I’m not sure about the interesting part. I think a lot of people find it interesting and, though I’m not crazy about it, I see why some people love NASCAR. In terms of stereotypes, I think Patrick could help a lot of people in the Northeast get over the thought that car racing is in some way not worthy of their attention. I understand sports fans who don’t enjoy NASCAR, but I think a lot of people judge it more in terms of culture than entertainment. The fact that this sport features a woman competing directly with men, something that no prominent sports league I can think of has, may make people think twice about how they characterize it. As Patrick continues to compete and propel herself into the limelight, the sport will gain a greater base of fans just from the additional coverage it gains. Throw in the fact that huge sections of the country will be forced to confront their stereotypes about NASCAR, and this will prove to be a boom for the sport. Mike gets 3 points for recognizing how Patrick has overcome many stereotypes. Joe gets 2 points for mentioning how NASCAR needs to expand its fan base to other parts of the country. Brendan gets 1 point for saying how we are now more compelled to listen to NASCAR coverage because of the publicity Patrick gets as a female driver. 3. With multiple trades and changes occurring in the NFL, which player, rumored to be in the process of a change, would you most like to see go to a different team? MP: The highest profile player rumored to be on the move this offseason is the N.Y. Jets’ Darrelle Revis. Before a knee injury ended his season early, Revis was widely regarded as the best cornerback in football. The latest rumors suggest a trade to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the most interesting landing spot was the team that was the early on favorite to land him, the San Francisco 49ers. The Jets handcuffed themselves when it became clear that they would not be re-signing Revis and at this point it doesn’t appear that the Jets will get back the value that they’ll be trading. It would be crazy to imagine the league’s premier shutdown corner going to one of the most intimidating run defenses. San Francisco allowed only 155.7
rushing yards per game last year, and they get after the quarterback with elite pass rushers like Justin Smith. It would be very interesting to see a team like that add a player like Revis. JC: Darrelle Revis MUST be on a different team before this season starts for various reasons. To start, the Jets are, or at least should be, in a rebuilding stage, and they should be trying to acquire as many top picks as they can, and there are certainly teams out there that are willing to part with first-round picks for Revis. When you’re in a rebuilding stage, you need volume and competition at nearly every position, and keeping Revis will not allow you to have that. Why? Because the guy is going to ask for near $15 million next season. The Jets cannot afford to pay a defensive back $15 million while they watch their quarterback finish top-five in the league in turnovers, and their offense perform as one of the worst in the league. Therefore, since the Jets should not be planning to re-sign Revis, whose contract expires after this upcoming season, it would make the most sense for them to trade him now, while he still has pretty high value on the trade market.
BM: Darelle Revis. I love the Jets. I love Revis. But this team has become so full of problems that there does not seem to be any hope of a good season this year. If he walks and the Jets don’t capitalize on his value, they’ll just cut down their chances of turning it around. They need to squeeze some draft picks out of him. If they do this and chop out all of the bad players in their clubhouse, they can put themselves in decent position to bounce back next year. They have a good coach, and they finally have a good general manager, who won’t trade away all of their picks. If they trade Revis now, they have a shot at being a good team in 2014 and getting back on track If they hold on to him, they’re just going to hold themselves back. Brendan gets 3 points for stating how the Jets must trade Revis and set themselves up for better seasons in the future, as there isn’t much hope for them currently. Joe gets 2 points for recognizing how Revis will be demanding a huge amount of money next year and that the Jets need to capitalize on that. Mike gets 1 point for predicting Revis’s move to the 49ers.
Brendan wins Around the Dorm, 7-6-5
JC: Contrary to popular belief of people living in this part of the country, NASCAR actually does have a pretty large fan base as they attract nearly 130,000 fans to each race. However, the
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Lions are superior in clash of the titans Lacrosse
Knock off ranked Messiah in big matchup
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The team’s success over spring break is second to none. By Peter Fiorilla Sports Assistant Continuing a multi-year winning streak in the conference while splitting a pair of games with ranked non-NJAC opponents, the lacrosse team had a fruitful spring break to prepare them for the upcoming roadheavy schedule. The sixth-ranked Lions (4-1) defeated No. 10 Messiah College, 16-10, in perhaps their most high-profile win of the year so far by riding momentum in the middle of the first period into the second. After falling behind 3-1 early, the College methodically built up a commanding 15-7 lead — scored seven straight goals at one point — as six different Lions got on the scoreboard and junior goalie Kelsey Zinck picked up a season-high 10 saves. Junior Jen Garavente had five goals and an assist, junior Lauren Pigott found the back of the net four
times, senior Alex Spark added another four points, and senior Jillian Nealon dished out a pair of assists in the win, which came after the team rolled past NJAC opponents Kean University and Ramapo College earlier in the break. Those two wins, 17-2 over Kean and 19-1 against Ramapo, extended the Lions’ conference winning streak to 14 games and more than 1,000 days as they outplayed their opponents all over the field for a pair of comfortable margins of victory. It was a total team effort that dispatched Kean, as eight different players got on the scoreboard including sophomore midfielders Erin Healy and Kendal Borup and freshman midfielder Megan Devlin for a goal each, as the Lions paced themselves to a commanding 12-0 lead with seven minutes left in the first half. They were impossible to stop. The win over Ramapo was similarly efficient, as the Lions allowed just seven shots during the course of the game and hamstrung the winless Roadrunners’ offense while netting a season-high in goals. Spark set the tone early with a remarkable eight consecutive points to start the game, as the Lions again created a double-digit advantage by halftime, while Zinck and sophomore goalie Julia Giordano shared time in net but only needed to make four saves for a near-shutout performance. The blemish of the break came in a repeat of last year’s NCAA semifinal matchup with No. 3 SUNY Cortland, with both games ending 15-13 in favor of the Red Dragons, and despite outshooting their opposition, the Lions never managed to take the lead over SUNY Cortland. The College also earned more than two thirds of the game’s fouls and facilitated a pair of near-comebacks that made the game close for long stretches, as the Lions went from 7-2 to 7-5 in the first period and from 14-8 to 15-13 with about nine minutes on the clock, but Cortland’s defense held firm down the stretch to give the road team already its second win over a ranked opponent. Spark, Pigott and sophomore Erin Wahler combined for 11 goals against the Red Dragons, while
Zinck made seven saves in the team’s last game in the state of New Jersey until March 28. On Wednesday, March 20, the College visits No. 4 Gettysburg College, which is also off to a winning start, before travelling to Eastern University this Saturday, March 23 and rounding out their Pennsylvania road trip at Ursinus College. They look to continue the success that has made them a national power.
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The College hopes to never stop their winning ways.
Tennis makes Florida schools their beach By Chris Molicki Sports Editor A trip to Florida for spring break is something college students generally do to relax and have fun. Not the Lions, who saw both the men’s and women’s tennis teams defeat all comers in the Sunshine State, continuing their usual dominance. The men scored wins over St. Lawrence University, Franklin & Marshall College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute by scores of 8-1, 7-2 and 5-4 respectively. The women captured a pair of victories against St. Lawrence and Franklin & Marshall 6-3 and 9-0, respectively. “I definitely expected the team to compete hard, but I think most of my teammates and I went in with a mindset of knowing we had three tough matches and we were going to have to earn these wins,” junior Howard Telson said. “We went into each match expecting ourselves to be pushed and that allowed us to be our best out there.” In the match with Rensselaer, the men (5-0) had four of six singles competitors defeating the opposition. Senior T. J. Riley, Telson, freshman Pierce Cooper and senior Jordan Cruz all won their matches, with Telson’s being the most dramatic. With the College desperately needing a win to keep pace with the Engineers, he squeaked out a close victory by scores of 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4. “I knew that we were going into singles down 2-1 and we were going to have tough matches all around and needed every point we could get,” Telson said. “I had my
teammates out there on the court and off cheering for me and pushing me to keep fighting the whole match. That really carried me through.” Telson also won his doubles match with senior Marc Nichols, 8-5. Next up against Franklin & Marshall, the Lions nearly completed a clean sweep, with five of the six singles competitors and two of the three doubles teams succeeding in their matches. Riley, Cooper and Telson won again
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‘Two-Shot’ Telson comes up big.
in singles, with sophomore Jack August and freshman Billy Buchbinder getting their first W’s of the trip. Telson and Nichols were once again successful in doubles, as was the team of Buchinder and Cruz. “The day before, we had a tight 5-4 win against RPI and we knew F&M was going to be tough,” Cooper said. “We got off to a great start in doubles winning two out of three. We knew the singles matches were going to be close and four of (them) went to three sets. We competed well and won five of the six singles to close out the match.” Finally, in the most impressive win of the vacation, St. Lawrence fell to the College 8-1, with every Lion except Nichols, in first singles, getting the job done. Riley, Cooper and Telson completed the trifecta by each going 3-0 in their matches over the course of the trip. Cruz and August also each picked up another singles win, as none of the matches even went to a third set. The Nichols/Telson and Cruz/Buchbinder tandems notched doubles wins again, while Cooper and August won the third doubles match. “Even though we were all feeling run down and sore after two days of competing and getting used to playing outside, that really got us playing well and on a roll,” Telson said. On the women’s side, the College’s (10-0) play was just as eye-popping. In their first duel with Franklin & Marshall, the Lions shut out the opposition 9-0. Seniors Karisse Bendijo and Allison Tierney set the tone by winning the first
two singles matches by scores of 6-0, 6-3 and 6-1, 6-1, respectively. Freshman Jasmine Muniz-Cadorette won her contest by the same score as Tierney’s, while freshman Emma Allen and sophomores Alex Bologno and Sarah Lippincott all won in just two sets each. In doubles play, the six girls put together three winning combinations, with Bendijo and Tierney, Muniz-Cadorette and Allen and Bologno and Lippincott winning with ease by scores of 8-3, 8-5 and 8-1, respectively. The win against St. Lawrence was not as dominant, but a win is still a win. Bendijo, Allen and Bologno got singles wins again, and junior Tara Criscuolo got a victory as well. The Lions swept the doubles matches to secure the perfect break. To get this kind of momentum over break is crucial to the team’s winning ways. They showed just how good of a team they are, both on and off the court. “We all competed well and supported each other in close matches,” Cooper said. “Even when the guys weren’t playing their best, they were able to pull out critical wins when the team needed them.” Both teams have a bit of time off now, with the men not playing again until Wednesday, March 27 against Drew University and the women having an absence until Tuesday, April 2 versus Washington College. “We just want to keep improving,” Cooper said. “At the end of the year, our goal is to qualify for the NCAA tournament and do as well as possible there.”
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ports Week In Review NCAA tournament results, wrestling
Location, location, location
-Lacrosse extended its NJAC winning streak to 14 games
-It was the first time the College featured two top-four wrestlers since 2007, when current coach Joe Galante wrestled for a championship -With three wrestlers in the top eight this year, the Lions have now earned a total of 140 All-American honors since 1972 (3.4 average)
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-Regional realignment across a handful of sports — including men’s basketball, women’s basketball and women’s lacrosse — is expected to come to D-III because of three NCAA Realignment is affecting the NHL, D-I and now D-III. needs, according to d3sports.com: “keeping conferences consolidated within a single region, establishing more uniform regional nomenclature, (and) considering equitable numbers among regions as much as possible.”As as result, the College’s lacrosse team is projected to move from the Metro region to the East. -DePauw University women’s basketball became the seventh team in D-III history to finish a season undefeated, and the only one to win 34 games, by winning the NCAA title last week. -Wartburg College wrestling earned its third straight national title after a 19-0 season.
Softball hitting leaders through 12 games
Batting Average (min. 10 at bats) Christine Desider Liz Huttner Lindsey Williams Ashley Sogluizzo Kelly Hommen Jamie Purcell Deanna Utter Michelle Casale Team average: .377%
Runs Batted In Ashley Sogluizzo Kelly Hommen Jamie Purcell Liz Huttner Christine Desider Michelle Casale Kristen Lake Deanna Utter Team total: 90
STUDENT ATHLETE(S) OF
The Horizon For
THE WEEK John
Lacrosse March 20 @ Gettysburg College, 4 p.m. March 23 @ Eastern University, 1 p.m.
Darling Broderick Wrestling
Wrestled for championships, earned All-American honors
Senior John Darling and junior Brian Broderick reached the final rounds of the NCAA tournament for the 165-pound and 184-pound weight casses, respectively, leading the wrestling team to its second straight inclusion in the top 10 as a team last week. Darling fought for three tournament wins, including one over the top seed, to improve on his sixth-place finish last year and end his Lions career just shy of 100 wins, while Broderick added another three wins for his first All-American citation to end the season 28-3.
Swimming & Diving March 21 - March 24 @ NCAA Division III Championships Softball March 20 vs. Ursinus College, 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. March 21 vs. Muhlenberg College, 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. March 23 vs. SUNY Cortland, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
This week’s picks from the staff United States Chicago Bulls N.J. Devils vs. Oregon vs.
Point leaders vs. Costa Rica vs. Indiana Pacers N.Y. Rangers Oklahoma State Peter Fiorilla
Amy 2 Reynolds Mike “H” Herold 2
Baseball March 19 vs. Moravian College, 3:30 p.m. March 20 @ Gwynedd-Mercer College, 3:30 p.m. March 21 vs. Penn State Abington, 3:30 p.m. March 22 vs. Muhlenberg College, 12 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Chris Molicki 2 Jamie Primeau 1 Brendan McGrath 1 Andrew Grossman0
Last week’s Signal Trivia Answer:
Through 30 games, this is the number of Ilya Kovalchuk’s 10 goals which have been scored short-handed. AP Photo
Before Lebron James turned on God Mode in February, the last time an NBA player shot 64 percent through a month (minimum of 200 shots) was when Kareem Abdul Jabbar did it in 1983. During February, the Heat went 12-1 as James averaged 29.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.8 assists.
Baseball looks to improve from break
Games in Florida have College encouraged
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Kelly looks good in his second win of the season. By Andrew Grossman Staff Writer
Although the Florida spring break trip for the College’s men’s baseball team may not have gone according to plan, with much of the season left, they remain optimistic. Despite posting a sub-.500 record,
the Lions were pleased with the way they competed against the nation’s top teams. In their first game against Wheaton College, who at the time was ranked No. 1 in the country, they stayed competitive and scored the final five runs of the game. Unfortunately, that comeback was not enough as they were narrowly defeated 9-6. “The score didn’t really show how close the game really was because it was just one inning when they got a couple of breaks that went their way and they scored a bunch of runs,” senior outfielder Mike Murphy said. “We really didn’t want to give up and everyone kept on passing the rope to the next guy and we were able to put some runs up on the board, which was nice.” Although the Lions were unable to pull off the upset in their game against Rhode Island College, they picked up their first win in Florida thanks to the heroics of sophomore infielder Josh Limon, who went a perfect five for five on the day including the game-winning hit in the ninth. “(He) has been hitting the ball hard every time up and he’s had a bunch of hits down here and drove some runs in,” Murphy said.
In their next string of games against No. 9 Webster University and Suffolk University, the Lions remained tough but fell short by one run both games in extra innings. “We have pretty much been in every game, we hadn’t lost by a lot of runs or won by a lot of runs, it has been a lot of close games and maybe you could see some of the youth being the difference between them pulling it out and us pulling it out just with a lack of experience,” Murphy said. “We just haven’t gotten that break which we could have used some luck to have walked away with a win.” The tide quickly changed, however, during their final two games. In the second game of their double header against Worcester State University, freshman pitcher Steven Volpe threw the Lions’ first shutout of the season, winning 3-0. The following day against the University of Massachusetts Boston, the College continued its momentum as they beat the Beacons 6-4. With the two consecutive victories to end the Florida trip, the Lions were able to pick up their first winning streak of the season. While they may have liked to have played better, finishing strong is very
important. It gives this young team something to build off of, and shows promise for the rest of the season. “There are a lot of freshman that are playing and people who did not see a lot of time last year who are in the lineup now and it is going to take (some time) for everyone to come together and start clicking as one unit,” Murphy said. “You could start to see it because there were flashes of it so we will be alright.”
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The Lions have work to do after returning from Florida.
Lions put the hurt on opponents at NCAAs Darling and Broderick secure runners-up By Peter Fiorilla Sports Assistant
Re-capturing some of last year’s glory with a second consecutive top-10 performance at nationals, three wrestlers made runs into the top-four spots of their weight classes while a pair of those battled to the championship round at the NCAA tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa last week. Senior John Darling (165) and junior Brian Broderick (184) were the headliners, finishing in second while junior Zach Zotollo (174) ended in fourth to lift the program’s alltime total of All-Americans to 140, many of which were earned by the coaching staff and head coach Joe Galante, and earn a seventh-place team finish a year after sixth. “The program has had spectacular finishes for the NCAA tournament the last two years under Galante,” Broderick said.
Lions’ Lineup March 20, 2013
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Darling wrestles his way to a second-place finish.
“He wrestled in the tournament himself and placed several times and was even a national finalist. He was able to prepare us greatly with regards with what to expect during the whole tournament. He has been 6/6 with qualifiers/All-Americans so that must mean he is giving us good advice and preparing us
the best for the tournament. Our assistant coaches do a great job with that too: Dempsey, Flynn, Goduto and Ilaria.” Darling narrowly missed out on a fairy tale ending after fighting for three wins at the tournament, including an 8-6 upset over last year’s champion and the top seed, only falling
6-3 in the final round. The Moorestown, N.J. native finished his spectacular four years at the College with 97 wins and two impressive AllAmerican citations. Broderick’s tournament performance was similar, as he picked up three wins by scores of 7-2, 11-0 and 8-5 en route to narrow defeat in the final round of the match. While he was proud of the accomplishment, Broderick will aim his sights on first place for next season. “I was certainly excited to be an All-American, but I wasn’t content with that, I wanted to be a national champion,” Broderick said. “An All-American citation is an accomplishment I’ll hold for the rest of my life, and for that I am proud.” Zotollo came into the season without any national experience, but put up a career year that he capped in stylish fashion, as he went from going 17-10 to being
the nation’s fourth-best wrestler at 174 pounds with a 24-11 record, a remarkable story, especially given the circumstances. Zotollo earned a dramatic victory in the first round with a 8-7 win, and after a loss by technical fall in the second round, added three more wins through the consolation bracket for the first All-American finish of his career. A few key pieces of the team, like Darling and former All-American Dan Herr, will be graduating, but going forward the team will need to continue to live up to its high standards for a repeat of the last couple of years’ success. “The team has depth and there are many solid wrestlers throughout our line-up but it is going to be difficult to replace guys like Darling and Herr. The team must continue working hard during the off-season to prepare themselves for a successful upcoming year.”
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