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October 24, 2018
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steals stage at Foster outlines top initiatives for her first year D’Elia Fall Comedy Show By Michelle Lampariello Editor-In-Chief
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Foster plans to make improvements to the College on an ongoing basis.
By Michelle Lampariello Editor-In-Chief
College President Kathryn Foster sat down with The Signal on Friday, Oct. 19 to share her goals for her first year as president. With the College’s future at the forefront of her mind, Foster divided her initiatives for this academic year into four subcategories: fundraising, campus conditions, external conditions
Students share why “I am TCNJ”
and opportunity. Foster feels it is imperative that leaders at the College consider how the decisions they make today will affect the school three, five or even 10 years later. Her primary goal is to set up the campus to be successful through a continuous cycle of improvement and to help the College continue thriving in the future. Her goal of maintaining the College as a place of excellence goes hand in hand with her
Students shared their perspectives on what sets the College apart as a diverse institution at the inaugural “I am TCNJ” monologues on Thursday, Oct. 18 in the Brower Student Center Room 100. As part of Student Government’s Diversity and Inclusion Week, both SG and the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion encouraged students to share why they chose to attend the College and to what extent they feel accepted here. The event was hosted by senior philosophy major Eashwayne Haughton, who collaborated with Sean Stallings, the interim Vice President of Student Affairs. The concept for the event was inspired by Charles Bennefield’s poem, “I Am Diversity.” Stallings said that the purpose of the monologues was to emphasize the importance of diversity and that students of different backgrounds should celebrate and take pride in their cultures. see UNITY page 14
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Keep honors LGBTQ+ students.
By Deirdre Kelshaw Correspondent
Seen as a perfect chance to celebrate incoming and returning members of the LGBTQ+ community at the beginning of their time at TCNJ, PRISM and Student Government co-sponsored the first annual Lavender Convocation with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion on Oct. 12 in the Brower Student Center.
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efforts to fortify the school’s reputation as a high-quality institution. While she is still “meeting and greeting and listening and learning,” Foster is quickly becoming acclimated to life as the College’s president. She sees fundraising as the fuel that keeps the College’s engine running and dedicates a lot of her time to finding new sources of revenue.
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The event gave the College the opportunity to support the LGBTQ+ community without attendees needing to reveal their personal sexual orientation. According to hrc.org, The Lavender Graduation, an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor LGBTQ+ students, was created by Ronni Sanlo in 1995 after she was denied entrance into her children’s graduation ceremonies due to her sexual orientation. Sanlo understood the pain felt by LGBTQ+ students, and designed the first Lavender Graduation at the University of Michigan. There were only three graduates at the time, a number that has since grown. “We adopted (The Lavender Convocation) from our annual Lavender Graduation,” said Director of Diversity and Inclusion Don Trahan. “Upon speaking with a former colleague, Carol Evangelisto from CAPS who retired at the end of the last academic year, we realized that this would be an excellent opportunity to honor members of the LGBT community at the beginning of their time at TCNJ.” Trahan explained that The Lavender Convocation also serves as a networking opportunity for students to mingle with supportive faculty and staff members. see PRIDE page 16
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Comedian, actor and podcast star Chris D’Elia shared his commentary on everything from drive-by shootings to his two yorkies during the College Union Board’s Fall Comedy Show on Oct. 10 in Kendall Hall’s Main Stage Theater. D’Elia got the crowd laughing by pointing out the venue’s “spooky” rundown vibe. Gesturing toward the light fixtures on the walls, he ridiculed the “awful” chandeliers for their small size and commented on their placement next to the theater’s “prison windows.” He noted that the stage “was not dressed up at all,” and that a series of fake staircases used in unrelated theater productions were haphazardly decorating the stage. As soon as D’Elia took the stage, he noticed the youngest member of the crowd: 1-year-old Alena. He was shocked to hear the cries of an infant at one of his shows, but ran with the idea and quickly turned the situation into a joke. “I’ve never heard a baby cry at my show before,” he said. “I was like, ‘is that a sheep?’” D’Elia explained to the audience that he once growled at an infant in a mall who he felt looked at him wrong the way. When D’Elia approached the infant, the baby did not stop staring at the comedian’s face. D’Elia was frustrated by the baby’s lack of politeness and said that this meant the baby “was not ready for the world.” The comedian explained that he growled at the baby before he considered the consequences of his actions. see LAUGH page 19
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Jungle Nooner Students partake in safari-style event
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Distinguished professor covers Cosby trial Award-winning journalist recounts recent career highlight By Alyssa Louis Social Media Editor
The School of Arts and Communication continued its fall 2018 faculty lecture series with its fifth presentation titled, “Celebrity Culture and the Criminal Justice System” in Mayo Concert Hall on Oct. 19. Emilie Lounsberry, a professor in the journalism and professional writing department, shared her experience covering the trial and sentencing of Bill Cosby for Variety magazine. “How many of you grew up watching ‘The Cosby Show,’” Lounsberry asked the audience. The hands of students and faculty alike were raised in the air, showing how Cosby has long since been become a household name because of both his celebrity status and the sexual assault accusations against him. Variety was one of the first news organizations to have reported on the guilty verdict of the Cosby trial, according to Lounsberry. Lounsberry showed a brief video that documented the life of Cosby from his time as a beloved television star to his downfall as the 81-yearold standing trial for the sexual assault of Andrea Constand in 2004. The professor and awardwinning journalist jumped at the opportunity to cover this trial during the pivotal “Me
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Too” movement, a campaign that shines light on sexual assault and harassment. According to Lounsberry, the movement served as the backdrop for the Hollywood icon’s fall from grace with protesters often gathered outside of the courthouse. The influence of Cosby’s notoriety and the growing “Me Too” social media movement cast a shadow of potential biases from jurors, according to Lounsberry.
The jury could not come to a conclusive verdict for Cosby’s first trial, which soon ended in a mistrial. The former entertainment mogul was found guilty of three counts of aggravated sexual assault and sentenced to three to 10 years in prison in his retrial, Lounsberry, who covered both legal proceedings, explained. Lounsberry explained the gravity of remaining clinical and unbiased in her articles and other accounts of
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the trial via Twitter –– a sentiment she echoed consistently in the courses she teaches at the College. “We don’t have an ax to grind,” Lounsberry said. “We are there to tell the story.” Lounsberry gave her students the opportunity to join her inside the courtroom of the high-profile trial, proving her passion for both the practice of journalism and educating the journalists of tomorrow. While she loves teaching at the
College, Lounsberry established her journalistic roots within the courtroom while studying at Temple University, and the drama and thrill are still able to coax her back from time to time. “As strange as it may sound, I love being in a courtroom,” she said, “It’s like getting a free ticket to Broadway.” Though Lounsberry enjoys the atmosphere of a courtroom, the job is brimming with challenges. Forbidden from using electronic devices in the courtroom, Lounsberry, equipped with a cup of coffee, pen and paper, would quickly write her notes, though she humbly admitted that she is “not quite as good as the court stenographer.” The journalist was also faced with the challenge of determining when the jury would cease its deliberations to reveal the verdict. Lounsberry was supposed to teach a class at the College when she had to leave to attend the trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania. She arrived to the courthouse only to see the doors to the courtroom closed. Her heart sank and her mind raced. Fortunately, her connections from her days as a journalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer procured her entrance into the courtroom for the final verdict of the trial she had followed for months. “The angels of journalism were looking out for me,” she said.
Vital Signs: Mind your mental health
Meditation can reduce stress and boost your mood. By Anna Kellaher Columnist
The week of Oct. 7 to Oct. 13 marked the 28th annual Mental Health Awareness Week. Critical for a person’s overall health and well-being, mental health refers to conditions that affect a person’s thinking, feeling or mood. Mental health is a prevalent issue for college students, as 75 percent of young adults develop chronic mental health conditions by age 24, according to National Alliance on Mental Illness. The college transition can be stressful since it involves a lot of changes, such as living with a roommate, being away from home and getting used to having a heavier workload. It can also be a challenge to manage a pre-existing mental health condition in a new environment. However, there are resources available to all students at the College that help students maintain their mental health. Counseling and Psychological Services provides group counseling sessions and
short term individual counseling sessions. It also has workshops specific to issues that students face, including anxiety, family functioning and sexual identity. CAPS will also help you find off-campus services if you want longer individual counseling. CAPS is located in Eickhoff Hall Room 107 and is open Monday through Friday. At the TCNJ Clinic, graduate student interns provide low-cost counseling services under the supervision of licensed professionals. The services are available to the College’s students and faculty, as well as members of the surrounding community. The TCNJ Clinic is located in Forcina Hall Room 124 and is open Monday through Thursday. The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion hosts 30-minute drop-in meditation sessions in the Spiritual Center that can help ease stress. These sessions run on Mondays at 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 7 p.m. Remember that mental health is just as important as your physical health, and don’t hesitate to use the resources available to you.
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Intoxicated man steals ladder to drink on roof By Brielle Bryan Business Assistant
Man attempts to drink on roof of Eickhoff Hall Campus Police responded to Eickhoff Hall at approximately 5 a.m. on Oct. 6 in reference to a suspicious male attempting to climb onto the building’s roof with a ladder. Upon arrival, Campus Police met with the complainant who stated he arrived to work at the loading dock of Eickhoff Hall and observed a suspicious male with a ladder. According to police reports, the complainant stated that the person did not appear to be a contractor and pointed to his location. All units proceeded to the area. The suspect was on the south side of the building, west of the Sodexo Human Resources Office. The suspect stated he was not using a ladder and was walking through the area. Campus Police observed a backpack on the ground lying against a wall, which the suspect denied was his property. Campus Police also noticed a brick ledge nearby, which had a multi-colored pipe containing a raw and burnt green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. The paraphernalia was within
approximately three feet of the backpack, police said. The suspect denied that the pipe belonged to him. Campus Police began opening the backpack and the suspect admitted that the backpack was his and stated he lied because there was a bottle of wine in the main pouch. Campus Police opened the main pouch of the backpack, which revealed a 1.5-liter glass bottle of Fetzer wine that was filled a quarter of the way with the cork in the bottle and the top sealed by plastic and a rubber band. The individual’s eyes also appeared to be glassy and red, police said. The suspect stated that he was going on the roof to drink. The suspect was handcuffed and placed in a patrol vehicle. He was then transported to Campus Police Headquarters for criminal processing and later admitted he took the ladder from the top of a truck near the power house station in Lot 15, police said. He was issued a complaint summons, advised of his court date and released without incident. Campus Police catches candy creepers Campus Police responded to a report of two male individuals soliciting candy to students
behind Packer Hall at approximately 1:40 p.m. on Oct. 4. The first individual was described as an African-American male wearing a gray sweatshirt, a hat and a red backpack, police said. The second individual was described as an African-American male wearing a white T-shirt, according to Campus Police. The two individuals also fit the description of a report of a possible harassment that occurred at the College on Sept. 24. Campus Police arrived at the sidewalk between Packer Hall and the Brower Student Center and made contact with the first suspect. One of the officers turned on his body-worn camera as he spoke with the suspect, who stated that he was at the College to sell candy with his friend, but was unable to contact his friend’s cell phone, police said. Upon request, the suspect provided his driver’s license. Campus Police identified the suspect that matched the description of the first individual and he was transported to Campus Police Headquarters for questioning. Upon arrival, the individual was placed in double-locked handcuffs, searched and then handcuffed to the bench in the processing room.
Campus Police then observed a man on C-Street by Townhouses South who fit the description of the second individual at approximately 2:20 p.m. Campus Police spoke to the suspect, who said that he was on campus selling candy with the first individual. He also stated that they were selling candy on campus the week prior, as well. He was voluntarily transported to Campus Police Headquarters. Both individuals were issued a summons for municipal ordinance for soliciting and advised of a court date. Mystery culprit vandalizes vehicle with chocolate Campus Police responded to a report of a vandalized vehicle in Lot 7 at approximately 9:25 p.m. on Oct. 5. Upon arrival, Campus Police met with a male individual who stated that at approximately 5:10 p.m., he parked his car on the first floor of Lot 7 near the northwest entrance. The individual arrived back at his vehicle approximately four hours later to find his driver’s side door covered in dried chocolate, police said. The individual stated he was unsure who may have vandalized his
vehicle. Campus Police checked the security footage and returned with negative findings. Student reports stolen Pokémon wallet Campus Police was dispatched to Campus Police Headquarters at approximately 9:25 p.m. on Oct. 5 to investigate a report of a stolen Pokémon-themed wallet. Officers met with a female student who stated that she realized she lost her wallet on Oct. 4. She said she remembered going to the Brower Student Center after her math class to eat dinner. She then walked back to her residence hall and arrived at the main entrance. She said that it was when she reached for her wallet, which contained her student ID card, that she realized she did not have it with her. At approximately 6 p.m., she went back to the Student Center and spoke with student workers at the information booth, police said. The student workers stated that they did not have a wallet that matched the description she provided and referred her to Campus Police, according to the police report.
Alumnus shares experience working for Gov. Murphy
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Roseman discusses the challenges of his job as a speechwriter.
By Miguel Gonzalez News Editor
TCNJ College Democrats invited alumnus Derek Roseman (’96), Gov. Phil Murphy’s chief speechwriter, to speak to the student body on Oct. 9 in the Social Sciences Building Room 325. Roseman, who plays an instrumental role in Murphy’s communication team, never imagined being Murphy’s chief speechwriter while he attended Trenton State College. At the College, Roseman was involved in the College Democrats and WTSR, the College’s radio station. Despite his participation in the College Democrats, Roseman was more dedicated to WTSR. He hosted his own show for three and a half years. By the spring semester of his senior year, Roseman had no desire to live in New Jersey, and believed his degree in political science only provided a path to attend graduate school.
He applied to many graduate schools near Washington D.C. that offered a master’s in public policy or public administration. Roseman ended up traveling south to Georgetown University to pursue a master’s degree in public policy. While studying, Roseman also interned in the press office of former South Dakota senator Tom Daschle, who at the time was the senate majority leader, according to the New Jersey Herald. Roseman said he had the opportunity to intern at the White House, but he chose to work on Capitol Hill because he wanted to write reports on policy issues instead of doing what he thought would be meaningless busy work, like delivering coffee. After two years of drafting policy reports on a wide range of topics such as healthcare, education, transportation, commerce and foreign relations, Roseman assumed he was going to be a Capitol Hill staffer. “I didn’t want to be a policy analyst,” Roseman said. “I thought I would get this
degree and be a staff member on Capitol Hill working on policy issues. Life doesn’t turn out the way you scripted it to be.” After finishing his master’s degree at Georgetown, Roseman stayed in Washington D.C. and worked at the Brookings Institution as a media relations officer for two years. During his tenure, he got to meet E.J. Dionne, a Washington Post columnist. Roseman recalled his expertise in politics and his fun personality. Roseman returned to New Jersey in 2004 and worked as a press secretary for the senate Democrats in the state legislature, but Roseman’s father thought he was making a huge career mistake. “I was willing to roll the dice and follow my gut when I went back to New Jersey,” Roseman said. By 2010, Roseman was hired as communications director for Senate President Steve Sweeney. Two years later, Roseman left his job to become a freelancer for a consulting firm. Moving along his career in New Jersey, Roseman recalled his first time meeting Murphy in 2014, when Murphy was campaigning for governor. “We just sort of hit it off,” Roseman said. “He didn’t have a job for me. I’m glad I met him though because he said ‘someday, our paths will cross again.’” In the spring of 2016, Roseman was asked to be the communications director for Hillary Clinton’s Democratic primaries campaign. He was close to taking up the offer until he heard about Murphy’s upand-coming gubernatorial campaign. In June of 2016, Roseman joined Murphy’s campaign as the communications director and spokesperson. As the communications director, Roseman resorted to drafting and writing speeches for Murphy. As the 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial elections waged on, Roseman became Murphy’s go-to man for speeches. “I wrote speeches the way he likes speeches,” Roseman said. “What I became
from his campaign was being a storyteller.” In January of 2018, Murphy announced that Roseman would be part of his communications team as the chief speechwriter, according to Insider NJ. Since the beginning of Murphy’s first term, Roseman had the opportunity to write Murphy’s inaugural address on Jan. 16, his first budget address on March 13 and his speech marking 100 days as governor on April 25. Roseman said he has written 400 speeches from Jan.16 to the end of September this year. Despite the stressful work, Roseman is proud to work for Murphy. “To know he trusts me to put forward his vision is incredibly fulfilling,” Roseman said. Roseman recognized how many mistakes he made on his journey to becoming Murphy’s speechwriter. In spite of several challenges, Roseman reassured students that it’s OK to make mistakes after college. “People think college is the last great time to make mistakes and kind of get away from them,” Roseman said. “I’m proof that sometimes you can make mistakes in your adult life.” Garrett Racz, a junior political science and economics double major and president of the College Democrats, asked how students can be more involved in politics. Roseman said that students should canvas for local campaigns in order to interact with constituents. “If you think someday, you want to be involved in office, you have to experience knocking on doors,” Roseman said. David McMillan, a sophomore economics and philosophy double major, was impressed by Roseman’s effort to pursue his passion in public service. “Derek sharing his story has enabled us to listen and think profoundly about our professional aspirations,” McMillan said. “It was inspiration to hear, especially for anyone interested in working in public service.”
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Frizell constructs a rich narrative in her documentary.
By Nicole Viviano Staff Writer
In the third installment of the Fall 2018 Faculty Lecture Series, the School of Arts and Communication presented excerpts from a film titled, “Seven Square Miles” in Mayo Concert Hall on Oct. 12. Lorna Johnson Frizell, Communication studies professor
and award-winning filmmaker, along with two colleagues, alumna Genevieve Faust (’08) and senior communication studies major Aaron Watson Wilson, elaborated on their experience filming the documentary. The filmmakers documented Trenton police detective Alexis Durlacher and community activist Abdul Mohammed in their efforts
to reduce violence in Trenton. All three speakers focused on the different steps taken in creating a relevant film and developing a piece that is understandable to its audience. Faust, the film’s editor, has worked on projects with Frizell in the past, reviewed the process of acquiring raw footage and eventually categorizing it into a series of rough cuts, or unedited sections of film. The detailed explanation and clips from the film allowed students to comprehend the idiosyncrasies of filmmaking. With more than 50 hours of raw footage compiled, Faust explained the specifics of transforming that footage to a concise, thoughtful finished product. She took personal notes to categorize parts of the footage while Frizell’s students organized and transcribed the daunting amount of video. “I end up treating the film more like a puzzle,” Faust said. Faust began editing in January
of 2018, and Faust and Frizell anticipate that the film will be finished by early next year. “I have to show the impact of the journey of the characters,” Frizell said. Wilson explained how he also helped work behind the scenes on the film, helping to profile Trenton residents, and documented the efforts taken by both residents and police to reduce crime in the city. He was passionate about putting his documentary film skills to use in Trenton,where he grew up. His work helped shed light on the city’s mass incarceration rates. “We were trying to focus on these overarching issues, but doing it through individual stories and individual people,” he said. According to Frizell, a filmmaker’s goal is to construct a narrative using characters, goals and challenges to ensure the audience connects and identifies with
the story. These aspects ensure an emotional connection between the audience and the film. “My job as a filmmaker is to create stories,” Frizell said. “I have to build stories.” Before Faust and Wilson discussed the process of filming, Frizell showed clips from other films that depicted a large scale social justice issue through the lens of specific individuals. One example was from the 1961 film, “West Side Story.” The song “America” brought up themes of racism and immigration while focusing on the struggles that a family of Puerto Ricans faced moving to the U.S. The film clips curated Frizell’s main discussion of how to construct a story in film. The goal is to illustrate larger forces in the human experience. “What you are left with is the humanity,” Frizell said.
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Under the umbrella of internal campus conditions, Foster keeps her eye on how the College is performing according to its mission and values. She is also concerned about the well-being and satisfaction of students, faculty and staff members. Program quality is a high priority for Foster, who hopes that the programs students participate in during their time at the College will prepare them well for postgraduate success. The maintenance of the College’s buildings and facilities are also important to Foster, who is concerned about the presence of mold in Townhouses South this semester. “Let me be very clear — it is not acceptable to have unhealthy spaces where students are living, and that’s why we’re trying to take care of it and figure out what it is,” she said. “If it is the kind of thing that’s a recurring problem, then we’re going to have to go to a much more extreme solution — either people can’t be living in those spaces, or those buildings are no longer going to be habitable.” Foster encourages the College’s administration to ask questions about how the
school can better meet the needs and pursue the interests of students. She pays close attention to student demand and is willing to take suggestions from both prospective and current students. The College does not exist in a bubble, and Foster emphasizes the significance of the school’s interactions with the outside world. “What’s the picture and the profile not only of our student body and our faculty and staff, but what is the world doing? How can we be caring about where New Jersey is at, where the region is at, where the nation is at? What about international students? I’m really trying to keep my eye on the changing demographics,” she said. The expectations for institutions of higher education are important to Foster, who is eager to rise to the challenge of what is being asked of her and the College by the government, students and their families and nonprofit agencies. She understands that employers and graduate schools also operate with expectations, and hopes to provide students at the College with a high-quality education that will allow them to meet
and exceed these expectations. Foster recognizes that her “meet and greets,” during which she engages with the campus community, are her chance to bring the dreams of students, faculty and staff to fruition. She feels that listening to and learning about the aspirations of academic departments, student organizations and individual students, staff and faculty members is a valuable step toward realizing their goals. “You can do this at an individual level or a unit level,” she said. “And when you do that, you begin learning about strengths that you can build on, opportunities that might be out there, new partnerships that you might be able to develop, connections that you might be able to make.” She also sees the potential renovation several building on campus — particularly Forcina Hall and Roscoe West Hall — as opportunities to grow as a college. “This campus has done a tremendous amount of new building,” she said. “There might be some new building in our future — no campus stands still — we’re always looking for opportunities that way… but once we’ve made an investment in an area, we
want to make sure we’re keeping it up.” Foster used an analogy of a car to explain how building new may be necessary when the investment makes sense. “Do you keep rebuilding the engine to try to get another six months out of it before something else breaks, or do you at some point say ‘I’m gonna mount that car on the wall — that’s my beautiful car, I have great memories of that car, but I’m going to go get another kind of car,” she said. “And that happens with buildings too. At some point you say ‘We’re going to fix it. It’s a great building, it’s in a great location, we really want to do it.’ And then at other times you try to be real with yourself and say ‘Is this an old car?’” Foster explained that while renovations may be cheaper, the College would not likely renovate a building that has become obsolete due to inferior heating systems, windows, air conditioning and ventilation, or one that was built with “the various old materials we used that are no longer legal.” During her first year as president, Foster is working to assess the current status of the College with respect to each of her goals before crafting a strategy to reach them.
CAPS shares College’s mental health statistics with SG By Alex Shapiro Staff Writer Student Government met with Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Health & Wellness Mark Forest, and recognized one student organization during its general body meeting on Oct. 10. Forest addressed the services that the Division of Health and Wellness provides on campus. These services include the Alcohol and Drug Education program, Anti-Violence Initiatives, the Collegiate Recovery Program, Recreation and Wellness and Student Health Services. Some members of the general body explained that rigorous coursework at the College was a large factor of students’ stress and anxiety. Forest presented data from a survey of the College completed last spring to SG’s general body. According to the data, 65.1 percent of students felt overwhelming anxiety, 38.5 percent of students felt so depressed they found it difficult to function during the school year and 9.3 percent of students had seriously considered suicide during the past year. Forest highlighted the progress made by Counseling and Psychological Services since the fall semester of 2014. According to Forest, CAPS has since increased staffing by more than 50 percent. The services now provide enhanced referral capabilities for longer term treatment and increased programing in health and wellness, resiliency
and holistic health. According to a national survey by the American Psychological Association, college students often experience anxiety (41.6 percent), depression (36.4 percent) and relationship problems (35.8 percent). SG approved NAfME, the National Association for Music Educators. NAfME’s goal is to create a lasting community of music educators that can support early career music educators with professional development opportunities, club members explained. The organization plans on hosting and co-sponsoring events on campus with other music-based organizations. The program also plans on expanding group membership and helping the College’s Department of Music with events and auditions. SG formally announced that the lion statue next to the Brower Student Center will be revealed before the Homecoming tailgate begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. SG will also host a “Pie an SG” event on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. outside the Student Center. The Sophomore Class Council announced its pajama themed movie night will be held on Nov. 6. SG is sponsoring Red Tape @ TCNJ on Friday, Oct. 26 at noon in the Student Center Room 216. Elizabeth Bapasola, the assistant vice president for student affairs and Gary Miller, the director of compliance and privacy officer at the College, will discuss with students the College’s institutional bureaucracy and new policies the school plans on implementing.
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Forest outlines available counseling services.
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Mafia-tied gangsters have historical roots
Gardaphé discusses celebrated mafia members like Al Capone. By Camille Furst News Assistant
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Women in Learning Leadership program sponsored a seminar titled “The Gangster: From Ancient Archetype To American Obsession,” on Oct. 8 in the Library Auditorium. With the help of Fred Gardaphé, a professor of English and Italian-American studies at Queens College, the event taught students how and why the gangster figure has become so prevalent in the U.S., why gangsters are stereotypically portrayed as Italian-American and how it reflects manhood in American culture. Gardaphé, who has conducted research for more than 30 years and written multiple books on how the gangster became a pivotal and influential American icon, grew up in Melrose Park, a predominantly Italian-American suburb of Chicago. He began his speech by discussing his personal connection to the topic of gangsters. Recalling his life in Chicago, Gardaphé felt personally affected by the violence of gangsters. “Living in a neighborhood of Chicago, violence was
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not only common, but expected,” Gardaphé said. “If it were not for reading, I would’ve become a gangster. This I know for a fact.” In high school, he began researching about the Italian mafia, specifically the Valachi Papers, a book chronicling the lives of real mafia members. Gardaphé recalled one moment at a work party for the restaurant where he was employed when his boss asked him what he was reading and he replied, “The Valachi Papers.: As it turned out, Gardaphé’s co-workers were members of his neighborhood’s mafia and he was staring at the same people he was reading about. “Everyone stopped talking and turned to look at me,” Gardaphé said. “I immediately realized that there were men in that room who had their names in that book.” Once Gardaphé realized how connected he was to the mafia, he further pursued his interest in researching the historic figure of the gangster. After his years of research, Gardaphé came to the conclusion that the figure of the gangster is ingrained in the history of American culture. “The gangster represents the last stand for patriarchy in
America, and a chance for Americans to live in an unknown past as we head into an unknown future,” Gardaphé said. He further argued that the gangster figure was always molded to fit whatever pleased the American public the most. Films such as the Godfather portrayed the gangster as a heroic protagonist –– gangsters in the U.S. then imitated this representation. “The real gangster started imitating the characters in the Godfather films,” Gardaphé said. “After a generation, you could hardly tell the difference between the real and the artificial gangster.” The transformation of fact into fiction and vice versa led Gardaphé into a discussion about why the Gangster has always played such a pivotal role American culture. He said that the gangster figure has been previously portrayed as a hero who overcomes poverty, discrimination and other societal bias. With popular Italian-American gangsters such as Al Capone rising out of poverty, Gardaphé claimed they “captured popular imagination” throughout the U.S. The legacy of these valiant gangsters were cemented in films and television shows during the 1990s and 2000s with movies such as Goodfellas and shows like the Sopranos. “The figure that first appeared in newspaper reels and newspapers of the 1920s has grown to heroic proportions,” Gardaphé said. “Americans –– especially Italian-Americans –– must understand why contemporary America needs the gangster, and why it needs to be an Italian-American.” Gardaphé explained how Americans have singled and labeled foreigners as the antagonists. He explained that during the 1980s, Former President Ronald Reagan would call the Soviet Union the “evil empire.” Gardaphé also explained how the figure of the gangster continually reflected cultural perceptions of manhood. The gangster figure, as portrayed through the media as a hero rising from poverty, transformed the ideal masculinity of male honor to violence and aggressive behavior. “After all, for centuries, a man’s honor was measured in terms of his ability to deal with violence,” Gardaphé said. Gardaphé stated that this misrepresentation of manhood has played a role in his personal life as well. “Many of us young Italian-American boys became so infatuated with the attention given to Italian-American criminals that we found our ways of gaining that notoriety and power,” he said. “I want men to think differently of themselves.”
SFB fully funds pro-life lecture in Kendall Hall By Garrett Cecere Staff Writer Seven organizations were fully funded and two were partially funded at the Student Finance Board meeting on Oct. 10. TCNJ Students for Life was fully funded $2,070 for its event, Lies Pro-Choice Politicians Tell, at which Kristan Hawkins, president of the Students for Life of America, will be speaking about the pro-life movement. TCNJ Students For Life expressed in its proposal how the College has not recently hosted prolife speaker on campus, and this event will allow people who are pro-life to feel more represented, as well as give pro-choice people a chance to hear a new perspective. The event will take place on Nov. 7 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Kendall Hall. SFB will be covering expenses such as student technicians, student ushers, expendable supplies, Campus Police, a student house manager, Hawkin’s speaking fee, note cards and pens. Barkada was fully funded $4,440.55 for Barangay 2018. The event will be co-sponsored by the Association of Students for Africa, Sigma Lambda Beta and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for purposes including set-up,
clean-up, service and publicity. The event provides FilipinoAmerican students an outlet to join together and celebrate their culture, according to the proposal. SFB will be covering expenses for the performers, Project D and aReJay Ella, a banner, sound technicians, attendance bracelets, tablecloths, decorations, balloons, helium tanks, cups, plates, napkins, utensils, food and beverages. The event will be held on Nov. 10 from 7:30-11 p.m. in the Brower Student Center Room 100. TCNJ Musical Theatre was partially funded $17,922.50 for its production of Little Shop of Horrors. The first time the organization put on the production was in 2008, when it began holding fall shows. “We’ve had this event for the past 10 years,” said Alex Hanneman, a junior chemistry major and treasurer of TMT. SFB will cover expenses for the set, technical design materials, costumes, sound, lights, rentals for instruments and an accompanist, hair and makeup, stage management, programs, props and Kendall staff charges. The show is scheduled to take place on Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Don Evans Black
Box Theater. The Student New Jersey Education Association was fully funded $2,838 for bus trips to the New Jersey Education Association Convention at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Nov. 8 and Nov. 9. SFB will cover expenses for the fee for the two buses. The trip will be co-sponsored by the School of Education, the Kappa Delta Pi education honor society and Friendship and Unity for Special Education. More than 300 workshops,
seminars and programs will be offered to the students at the convention center. “It’s the New Jersey union for teachers,” said Shelly Rasnitsyn, a junior special education and iSTEM double major and treasurer of the Student New Jersey Education Association. “You’re there with actual teachers and principals and counselors.” Student Government was fully funded $4,705 for Homecoming Spirit Week expenses that were previously tabled on Oct. 3. The expenses include a photo
booth, an electrician and additional lighting and sound for the Lip Sync and Dance. The photo booth at the TShirt Giveaway will serve as another way to promote school spirit and allow students to have something that will help them remember the week and the good time they had with friends, according to SG’s proposal. Hillel was partially funded $4,200 for its Shabbat and Havdalah Experience. see BOARD page 8
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The board partially funds TMT’s production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’.
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Left: Representatives listen to NJCF’s proposal for a Cultural Coffeehouse. Right: SFB funds BSU’s Thanksgiving Remix. continued from page 7 The organization will educate the campus community about Judaism by having all members come and experience Shabbat and Havdalah, including learning about what the Torah teaches, according to the club’s proposal. SFB will cover expenses for food. The dinner was held on Oct. 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and was co-sponsored by Chabad for public relations purposes. Shabbat was held in the Spiritual Center, and Havdalah
will be held was New Residence Hall lounge. New Jersey Christian Fellowship was fully fund $466.56 for its Cultural Coffeehouse event. Sophomore public health major Diana Da Silva commented on how using music, artwork and poetry at the event relates to the club’s mission of inclusion. “In terms of a coffeehouse, there are so many ways we can show love,” she said. Three organizations will serve as co-sponsors: SG’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee will help
with setup and performances, and the Black Student Union and Gospel United Ministries will assist with performances. The event will take place on Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Brower Student Center. SFB will cover expenses for beverages, cookies, a brownie platter, string lights, a banner, a party kit, paper plates and napkins. The College Union Board and PRISM were fully funded $6,552.50 for their celebrity drag show, which is scheduled to take place on Nov. 26 in the Brower
Student Center Room 100. CUB will book the venues and contact production and security, while PRISM will find and work with the talent. Both clubs will provide staffing. SFB will cover expenses toward production, security and police. BSU was fully funded $930.31 for its Thanksgiving Remix, which will be held on Nov. 9 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. in the Decker Social Space. The event will be co-sponsored by Union Latina, the Association of Students for Africa and
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the College’s NAACP student chapter for food, academic presentations and advertising. “We plan on advertising through social media. A lot of it is also just advertising through word of mouth,” said Anisa Douglas, a junior elementary and early childhood education and psychology double major and treasurer of the Black Student Union. SFB will cover expenses for food, beverages, tablecloths, plates, utensils, napkins and chafing fuel.
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Officials confirm death of missing journalist By Jesse Stiller Staff Writer
Saudi officials confirmed on Friday, Oct. 19 that a Saudi journalist working for the Washington Post was killed at Turkey’s Saudi Consulate on Oct. 2, ending weeks of speculation about the journalist’s whereabouts, according to BBC. Jamal Khashoggi, a permanent resident of the U.S., went missing after he walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on Oct. 2 to retrieve marriage documents, according to The New York Times’ initial story on his disappearance. The reporter was critical of Crowned Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s rule in Saudi Arabia. A video from the consulate in Istanbul, obtained by The New York Times, shows Khashoggi entering the consulate alone to pick up the supposed documents.
Khashoggi’s fiancée, friends and the Turkish government all reported he was still in the consulate a day after his disappearance, while the Saudi Government reported that the journalist had already left, according to The New York Times. More information has been revealed to the public that indicates Khashoggi may have been brutally tortured and promptly killed while in the consulate, while Saudi Arabia denied anything to do with the disappearance. A New York Times article published on Oct. 15 reported that Saudis were preparing to say Khashoggi was killed, but were planning to defend the death as a mere “accident.” A New York Times article reported on Oct. 17 that an audio recording had been given to an anonymous Turkish official, who said it reveals that Khashoggi was tortured, killed
and dismembered. “‘Mr. Khashoggi was dead within minutes, beheaded, dismembered, his fingers severed and within two hours the killers were gone,’” the senior Turkish official said, according to The New York Times. ABC News reported on Friday, Oct. 19 that, according to the senior Turkish official, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listened to a copy of the audio, which picked up screams of Khashoggi as he was reportedly killed. The State Department later declined to confirm Pompeo had heard such a recording, but stated the agency was aware of the situation. On Friday, Oct. 19, Saudi officials confirmed to BBC and other news outlets that Khashoggi had indeed died at the consulate, but after a fight broke out. Saudi officials denied any foul play in Khashoggi’s death, and
Audio clips reveal details of Khashoggi’s violent death.
announced the arrest of several officials in the consulate. In another move by the U.S. in response to Khashoggi’s disappearance, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin tweeted on Thursday, Oct. 18 that after conversing with Trump and Pompeo, he would not be attending
the Future Investment Initiative Summit, an international economic development summit being held in Saudi Arabia later this month. According to Bloomberg, Republican Congress members have called for sanctions against Bin Salman’s regime.
Pope defrocks Chilean bishops amid sex abuse scandal
Pope Francis meets with Chilean President Sebastian Piñera.
By Pooja Paidipalli Staff Writer
Pope Francis expelled two retired Chilean bishops from the priesthood amidst claims that they committed sexual abuse against minors. The Vatican released a statement claiming that the pope made the decision — the harshest available in church law — on Oct. 11, according to The New York Times. The decision was announced after Pope
Francis met Chile’s president, Sebastian Piñera, in Vatican City, according to BBC. The two spoke about the clerical sexual abuse allegations against minors. One bishop, Francisco Cox, 84, served as archbishop emeritus of La Serena and now suffers from dementia. He has a record of sexually abusing minors that dates back to his post as bishop of the Chilean diocese in 1974, according to The New York Times.
Cox was accused of sexual abuse by approximately a dozen people over multiple decades, according to The Wall Street Journal. Cox reportedly joined the Schoenstatt religious order following abuse allegations in 2002, according to The Washington Post. The Washington Post released a statement from the order saying, “We receive this news with much shame for the damage caused to the victims. We show solidarity with them and their profound suffering. Today more than ever, we deplore every act of abuse that offends the dignity of people.” Representatives of Schoenstatt in Chile released a statement saying that they were “embarrassed” by the harm caused by Cox and that they supported Francis’ decision, according to The Wall Street Journal. Ordenes Fernandez, 53, was the second bishop to be defrocked. Fernandez is a retired bishop of Iquique in northern Chile. Six years after his appointment as bishop, Fernandez retired, allegedly for
health reasons, but allegations of abuse soon followed his retirement, according to The Washington Post. Fernandez has not been seen publicly since 2013, according to The New York Times. He has been living in Peru and it is believed that he adopted a life of prayer and penitence. Cox and Fernandez will be forbidden from celebrating mass, administering the sacraments or identifying as priests. However, the Vatican will permit Cox to remain a member of the Schoenstatt religious order, according to The Wall Street Journal. Prosecutors have launched extensive investigations into decades of clerical sexual abuse against children in Chile, according to The Wall Street Journal. All active Chilean bishops offered to resign in May for mishandling the sexual abuse scandal of Cox and Fernandez. Pope Francis has accepted seven of those resignations, according to The New York Times.
Senators voice safety concerns following limo crash By Danielle Silvia Production Manager The aftermath of a limousine crash that killed 20 people on Oct. 7 in upstate New York is raising more questions than answers. Inside the vehicle was the driver, Scott Lisinicchia, and 17 passengers, who were celebrating a friend’s birthday at a local brewery. Both Lisinicchia and all 17 passengers, as well as two pedestrians, were killed in the crash. The limousine merged onto a busy intersection and suddenly lost control, hitting an empty car, according to The New York Times. This crash, the cause of which is still unknown, has put limousine safety in the spotlight, and politicians across the nation are trying to configure solutions to prevent future accidents. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York is currently working with the National Transportation Safety Board to keep track of all future limousine crashes in order to discern a cause. Schumer also stressed a need for stricter safety regulations for limousines, according to The New York Times. “Stretch limos exist in a gray area. They’re not a car. They’re not a bus. And that’s the problem,” Schumer said at a news conference in Manhattan on Sunday, according
to The New York Times. “They fall through the regulatory cracks and there are no safety standards for them. That has to change.” Companies like Lyft and Uber have no regulations at all, which is a hazard many lawmakers are also concerned about. Senator Toni Boucher, a Republican from Connecticut who sits on the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee, expressed this concern. “That crash has left questions about the vehicle and the driver,” she said, according to the CT Post. “We need to determine if our laws are well-written as to the qualifications of drivers and the inspection of these vehicles.” The limo had failed “safety inspection in part due to an anti-lock braking system (ABS) malfunction indicators for the hydraulic brake system,” according to ABC News. Such an error could either indicate a malfunction with the entire braking system of the limo or the indicator light connected to the braking system. ABC News also stated that Lisinicchia did notice issues with the limousine and was warned not to operate the vehicle. He had also complained of such complications to his wife prior to the accident. “They said that one time he was driving one of the vehicles and a muffler fell off with clients in the car and he had to stop the car, get out of the car, remove the
This crash is the deadliest since 2009.
muffler and move it to the side of the roadway,” Richard Burke, a spokesperson for the Lisinicchia family, told ABC News. Lisinicchia previously worked as a truck driver and had extensive driving experience. Those who knew him and had driven with him noted that he was both an experienced and a safe driver, according to ABC News. Since this was the deadliest transportation accident in the U.S. since August of 2009, many politicians feel serious actions must be taken to prevent future tragedies.
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Fall out of harmful stereotypes of women
Everyone loves the fall; it’s the start of cool, crisp weather, exciting holidays, bonfires, yummy pumpkin flavors and sweater season. What is frustrating about the fall, though, is the stigma that comes with it when it comes to women – if a girl likes fall, she is deemed “basic.” Society often chastises women for what they enjoy. Whether it be boy bands, UGGs, romantic comedies or drama novels, women are insulted constantly by both men and other women for liking these products and ideas. If a woman loves boy bands, she is deemed “crazy and obsessive,” if she loves UGGs she is called “basic and unoriginal” and if she loves romantic comedies or drama novels, that must mean that the content she likes lacks substance. The same goes for fall-themed products of activities. If girls want to have a fun time going pumpkin picking, purchase a pumpkin-spiced coffee or own an autumn-scented candle, they are ridiculed. As a whole, our patriarchal society wants to keep putting women down. Society wants women to feel bad, stupid and cheesy for liking what they like, yet it also shoves these products and ideas down their throats, because they market well and keep women feeling bad about themselves. Society in general pits women against each other, such as male attention and perfecting their bodies, and fall products are no different. Society wants women to buy these things, but also congratulates women who do not conform to “stupid girly stereotypes.” This results in a lose-lose situation for women; society markets feminine products and then berates women for buying them. My advice for women is to do what makes yourself happy. If you don’t like traditional fall activities, then don’t take part in them, but don’t make other girls feel bad for liking them. If you’re a woman who likes those aspects of the season, make yourself happy, because at the end of the day, who cares what society thinks? If you like a boy who makes fun of you for interests, then he is not the one, and if your friends make fun of you, then they are not true friends. As girls we have to deal with so much as it is, so if a pumpkin-spiced latte is going to make your morning, then drink that flavorful treat. — Lily Firth News Editor
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“This campus has done a tremendous amount of new building. There might be some new building in our future — no campus stands still — we’re always looking for opportunities that way… but once we’ve made an investment in an area, we want to make sure we’re keeping it up.” — Kathryn Foster College President
“We all deserve to be here. We all have to work to be who we are. We have to continue to strive in order to improve this institution so it becomes better than when we found it. We’re all capable leaders and determined visionaries. We are TCNJ.” —Brooke Chlebowski Executive president of Student Government
“Today we have the privilege of celebrating you,” Osborn said. “It can be a lot tougher being a queer college student — our community is strong and we are resilient.” — Alina Osborn
Senior biology major
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Corporations exploit breast cancer for profit By Camille Furst With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, both corporations and citizens alike have been smothered in the color pink, all in an effort to bring awareness to this disease. However, a light must finally be shed on the true consequences of these pink ribbons and other products being sold throughout the nation in the name of breast cancer awareness. According to the University of British Columbia, corporations like Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Reebok, KFC’s Bucket for the Cure, Avon and many others are guilty of “pinkwashing,” or the exploitation of the pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness for their own profit. This surge of the commercialization of breast cancer awareness has been present and growing for the past two decades. While women are now able to talk freely and openly about their disease, unlike those who struggled with breast cancer several decades ago, there are severe consequences of this
transformation. Through this overcommercialization, breast cancer has become oversexualized, oversimplified and completely misrepresented. Lara Huffman, in her article “My Disease Isn’t A Cutesy Slogan,” mentions various advertisements and slogans that are the product of this commercialization. These include “Save the Hooters” and “Save Second Base.” “What I and so many others have been through isn’t funny,” she wrote. “It’s time we start taking a life-threatening disease seriously.” This disease is also completely misrepresented — labeling an entire disease with the color pink assumes that it is innocent, pretty and fleeting. Justice Hehir in her poem, “I’m Not Buying It,” describes the deceptive association of the color with the disease. “None of it prepared me for laying back on the ultrasound table, as I waited for the killer to show itself,” she wrote. Not only are these corporations smothering such a horrible
disease with a frilly facade, but the American people are purchasing these products without any awareness of the consequences it has for women with breast cancer. The consequences of the commercialization of breast cancer are so hidden in American society that many are not aware of what is truly happening. These women who struggle with breast cancer must undergo treatment and severe hardship while being expected to simply “think pink.” It is time we pay attention to the consequences of marketing and purchasing pink ribbons and other products. Hehir once again summarizes her argument by stating that “when women get sick … they bleach the red of our pain … and they make it pink.” When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she is expected to have breast cancer in a pretty way — one that doesn’t frighten others or show pain. They are expected to fight against this cancer by wearing pink and masking their fear. These corporations who are
Breast cancer survivors want the disease to be taken seriously. bleaching the red of this pain make it pink so that they can “sell it back to us,” according to Hehir. The one simple solution, however, is “not buying it.” One (in eight women) will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her life, according to cancer.gov.
It’s time we put down the pink ribbons and products and instead take a deeper look into the disease that causes harm to so many women. We must take breast cancer seriously and truly acknowledge those women who have undergone or are currently undergoing treatment.
College needs more on-campus study spots
Students struggle to find a comfortable place to get work done. By Will Kitson A vital skill that all successful students need to have in college is the ability to study effectively. This can be done in a variety ways as well as in a variety of places, such as in the library, a dorm room or even at Starbucks. Sometimes it can be helpful to study
with a group of classmates or friends. Most days you can find the library packed with students. This is by no means a bad thing, but it can be hard to find a suitable place to study effectively. Students often find themselves wandering around all four floors of the library looking for a study room or even just an empty table to talk around, but many often find it
very difficult to find a spot. Though this is an issue throughout the entire semester, this problem is exacerbated during finals season when it can sometimes seem like the entire student body is in the library studying. Finding a study spot can be hard for even those who choose to study solo. Yes, looking alone is easier than when searching in a group, but it can still be hard to find a good place to study. Not everyone can just plug in their music and put their head down to get some work done. I have found myself walking around the library, the STEM building and various other academic buildings looking for a seat, only to decide that it would be easier to go back and study in my room. This dilemma causes students to waste valuable time that they could use to study, and this sometimes dissuades them from studying at all. I know that the third and fourth floors of the library are not as busy as the first or second, but without an open study room, group studying is nearly impossible because of how quiet the upper floors are. As someone who studies alone most of the time, the upper floors are even too quiet for me while I’m by myself, and even when I am listening to music I can still sense how unsettlingly silent it is.
Sometimes, I feel like John Krasinski’s character in “A Quiet Place” when I do something as minor as cough or move my backpack. Most days I will also find myself attempting to knock out some homework in the short time between my classes. The middle of the day, however, appears to be one of the busiest times in the library. Although I have been told by some peers that the Brower Student Center is a good place to do homework, if I were to go here during the middle of the day it would be too loud and distracting. There are many steps the College could take to alleviate this problem. For instance, the old library in Roscoe West Hall could be converted into a few more study rooms. From what I have been told by my peers and also during official tour of the College when I was in high school, Roscoe West Hall used to be the library. It now houses the Center for Student Success and the Career Center, however it seems like there is still a lot of unused space that could be utilized to create much needed study places on campus. If this is not a viable option, the College could build more study rooms somewhere else. Regardless of the location of new study rooms, something needs to be done in order to better counter this issue and allow students to study more effectively.
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WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY CAN MAKE!
4th AnnuAl DAy of GivinG
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2018 ONE DAY. ONE GIFT. BIG IMPACT.
SHARE YOUR LIONS PRIDE BY: 9–11 a.m.
Starting your day off right with coffee and donuts in the Brower Student Center.
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Making your gift in support of any area of the college at dayofgiving.tcnj.edu or on campus. Class of 2019 make your Senior Class Gift! Proudly sporting your “I Gave” sticker. Enjoying a sweet treat (and maybe a prize!) from Roscoe. Spreading the word using #OneDayTCNJ.
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Enjoying refreshments and various activities in the Brower Student Center including a photobooth, scrapbooking, and a prize wheel.
Spinning the prize wheel in Eickhoff.
November 3, 2016
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Students share opinions around campus “Is breast cancer awareness overcommercialized?”
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Alexandra Fountaine, a sophomore political science major. “The way that it is commercialized is sometimes problematic. I don’t like ‘I love boobies’ slogans.”
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Jessica Robinson, a sophomore English and women’s, gender and sexuality studies double major. “It’s good to raise awareness, but it’s kind of branded for people’s profits.”
“Does the College have enough study rooms?”
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Rosemary Bill, a sophomore English and early childhood education double major. “No, and individual people always spread themselves out so groups can’t use them.”
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Trisha Vasak, a junior English and secondary education dual major. “It depends on the building, but, in general, yes.”
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Unity / Student speeches promote diversity continued from page 1
Joseph Ballesteros, a senior nursing major and the vice president of Barkada, took the stage to showcase his Filipino pride. Being a second generation Filipino American, Joseph discussed his parents’ efforts to assimilate him into American culture. He believed that he has become more culturally aware and confident since he came to the College, and encouraged other students to do the same. “Get over the fact that you’re the only one that understands that being Filipino is not the same as being Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Cambodian, Tai, Gintalense,” he said. “I laugh when you slant your eyes. I laugh at the small penis jokes. I laugh when you said you wouldn’t date me cause I’m Asian. I laugh daily at the dog-eating jokes.” Brooke Chlebowski, a senior special education and iSTEM double major and executive president of SG, spoke about the rejection she faced before securing her leadership positions at the College, such as losing an SG election and being denied a position as a student ambassador. As president, Chlebowski is proud to represent such a diverse and capable student body. “We all deserve to be here,” she said.
“We all have to work to be who we are. We have to continue to strive in order to improve this institution so it becomes better than when we found it. We’re all capable leaders and determined visionaries. We are TCNJ.” Lloyd Padmore, a junior finance major and baseball player at the College, spoke about being the only African-American member of the 33-person team. “Being the only kid that looks like me was something I never had to deal with,” he said. In the past, Padmore has struggled to identify with a single ethnic group, which he always felt pressured to do. “I was too white to fit in with the black kids, but I was too black for the white people,” he said. Padmore emphasized the need to connect with a variety of students on campus, regardless of their identity or cultural background. Yvonne Njoku, a senior nursing major, talked about her religious journey and struggle to completely identify as a Christian. Her mother is a pastor and she grew up in an African-American church, and she viewed religion as a restrictive culture. “See, I find myself doing things not because I want to do them, but I think that’s
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Students take the stage to discuss what they contribute to the College. what God wants me to do,” she said. “Because as a Christian I can’t do what I want, right? No, that wouldn’t be religion.” Don Trahan Jr., the director of the College’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, ended the event by remarking on the student body’s need to come together as a community, despite any differences.
“The purpose of (the event) is to recognize and understand that it does not matter what your major is, it does not matter where you come from and it does not matter if you believe if its Taylor Ham or pork roll,” he said. “You’re TCNJ. I’m TCNJ. We’re TCNJ. Your voice matters.”
Prisoners discuss life before incarceration Petey Greene tutors work to educate inmates
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Left: Prisoners share their stories with the campus community. Right: Volunteers are proud to represent the Petey Greene Program. By Lara Becker Correspondent Keisha was the MVP of her basketball team for three years as a highschooler, but by the time she got to St. Peter’s University, she had slipped into habits such as drinking and smoking. Soon enough, she was selling drugs, which landed her a 20year prison sentence. “I was headed down the wrong path, but I was too blind to see it,” she said. As students filed into the Education Building Room 115 on Oct. 9 for Project PRIDE, all they could see were four people in bright orange prison uniforms. What they could not see was the
adversity they each faced, and the stories that made them more than just another faceless prisoner. The Petey Greene Program coordinates tutoring sessions for people who are incarcerated, allowing them to make advances toward academic success during their sentences. As of 2018, they are celebrating their 10th year of bringing these tutors to several prisons along the east coast. The program is sponsored by Students for Prison Education and Reform at the College, who present Project PRIDE annually. Ayman came from a stable home life, where he was never really exposed to crime. He rhetorically asked the audience, “How did I end up in this world? A world of rapists,
kidnappers and criminals?” When Ayman started drinking and doing drugs at age 12, a friend warned him, “A dance with the devil could last forever.” Ayman only understood the gravity of the quote after he faced consequences for his choices. At the time, it was not enough to stop him from spiraling into longterm addiction, which resulted in a drunk driving accident and an eight-and-a-half-year sentence. Chris inherited an addictive personality from his parents, who suffered from years of drug abuse. By the time he was 18, he was living on the streets with his brother and selling heroin to get by. When he was caught, Chris was sentenced to
five years in prison. “If you’d told me I’d be in prison for selling drugs, I’d tell you that you’re crazy, but look where I am now,” he said. Nicole’s mother died when she was 12, which triggered the beginning of her drug abuse. After Nicole got into an altercation with a group of girls, the fight resulted in a 15-year prison sentence. “I thought I could be involved in drugs and not in the culture that came along with it,” she said. Each speaker stressed that the people you surround yourself with will ultimately determine who you will become. The presenters also wanted students to know that they are
not indestructible, despite what they may think. Ayman mentioned this as he discussed the normalization of alcohol and drugs in college settings. “Be mindful,” Chris said. “Life can get away from you, and it could happen to anyone.” Petey Greene tutors who attended the event were glad to help spread awareness about drug use and addiction to the campus community. “You can tell it makes such a difference just in those two hours,” said Viane Villanueva, a sophomore nursing major and Petey Greene tutor. “It helps (prisoners) move forward in their life and achieve their aspirations and goals.”
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PRISM hosts annual Coming Out Monologues LGBTQ+ community showcases pride, acceptance
By Julia Meehan Correspondent
The Library Auditorium stage served as a platform for students to share their personal stories with both members of the club and the greater campus community when PRISM hosted its annual event, The Coming Out Monologues, on Oct. 10 and 11. Despite the serious nature of the act of coming out, the atmosphere in the room remained light and upbeat. Although the monologues detailed lifechanging events, many also featured jokes and were delivered in a lighthearted manner. Forum Modi, a freshman computer science major, spoke about his multifaceted journey to find his true self as a member of the transgender community. “All my coming out stories are awkward,” Modi said as he described the first time he came out to his high school friends, who were all supportive. “It was pretty nice, casual and wasn’t a big deal.” Coming out to his family, however,
“Coming out is never easy. This is my first time ever talking about it. Take your time, as long as you need, because there’s no timeline on coming out.” — Giselle David Senior elementary education and English double major
was a different experience. After coming out to his sister as transgender on the phone, he used her support to work up the courage to tell his dad. As the moment crept closer, his courage began to wane. “I said, ‘I need to tell you something,’ but then I couldn’t talk, so my sister came out for me,” he said. Although his dad was relatively accepting, he warned Modi against telling his mother, who did not share his father’s views. Modi avoided telling his mother he was transgender until it was unavoidable. “She wanted to know what was wrong with me and why I was always wearing men’s clothes,” Modi said. Modi’s monologue included both a Shakespearean-style poem, which was met with snaps from the audience, and a heartful song with ukulele accompaniment. The song’s upbeat melody was juxtaposed with serious and emotional lyrics that asked for acceptance from his mother. All of the speakers smiled as they recounted their uncomfortable years of confusion about their identity. They had stories about first crushes, miscommunications and awkward situations. Several speakers addressed the labels that accompany gender and sexuality. They spoke about trying on multiple labels and the process involved in finding the one that fits. Some embraced the idea of labels, while others shrugged them off and doubted their importance. All of the speakers seemed to agree that coming out was an ongoing process for them. They spoke about coming out to friends, parents, extended family, partners and teachers. Later in the evening, Giselle David, a senior elementary education and English double major, spoke about how her journey was influenced by Youtuber Ingrid Nilsen. David watched Nilsen’s coming out
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Speakers explain how coming out is an ongoing process.
video when it was first posted three years ago and thought, “Why am I relating so much to this?” When David started to have feelings for a girl, she did not know what was happening. She wondered, “‘Why am I getting so excited when I get a Snapchat? Why am I getting so excited when I get a text?’” until it finally clicked. David smiled as she described what it was like to come out to her roommate. “I made it all dramatic. I turned off the lights,” she said. This story had a happy ending — her roommate was supportive of her sexuality. She went on to speak about coming out to her mother. David told her mother about her relationship with a girl and was met with tears. Her mom insisted she was gay, while her brother chimed in
and suggested that she might be bisexual. However, she was not as quick to define herself and pick a label. “Friends will be like ‘shes a lesbian’, and I’m like, ‘did I say that?’” she said, casting doubt on the importance of labeling yourself and your sexuality. Throughout all the monologues, the audience remained captivated. The sound of snaps repeatedly filled the room and there was a sense of camaraderie among the members of the crowd as they related to the stories being told. David ended her monologue with her reflections on coming out. “Coming out is never easy,” she said. “This is my first time ever talking about it. Take your time, as long as you need, because there’s no timeline on coming out.”
Lions go bananas over jungle-themed nooner
Left: The inflatable obstacle course is a popular attraction at the event. Right: Students get creative at the tie-dye station. By Debra Kate Schafer Correspondent It is safe to say that students got their hands dirty at the College Union Board’s Jungle Nooner on Tuesday, Oct. 9 as they immersed themselves in neon-colored dyes, delicious tacos and hard-earned sweat. The midday event featured a tie-dye bandana station, a taco stand and an inflatable obstacle course. The course supported a massive gorilla, which helped tie in the nooner’s jungle theme. Max Falvey, a senior communication studies major and executive director of CUB, explained that nooners have a long history at the College that dates back to 2008. “There are a lot of different events like these nooners,
like the zooner we had not too long ago which was the petting zoo themed one that people loved,” Falvey said. “The Salooner was last week and that was popular. Clearly, we like to be punny with the names.” The nooner commanded a lot of attention from the campus community — students stopped in the middle of their commute to class just to see what was attracting the crowds and long lines. Students competed against their peers at the obstacle course while getting a much-needed break from their homework, midterms, jobs and meetings. The tiedye station and the taco station were also quite popular among students and faculty alike. “I think it’s really been successful,” said Zach Rich, a freshman computer science major and CUB member. “I’d say over 100 people did the obstacle course so far.
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Tie-dye is probably even more popular.” Some students waited up to 20 minutes to grab some grub from the taco stand, but according to Maia Franco, a freshman biology and secondary education double major, the food was worth the wait. “Having real and seemingly fresh food is the highlight of any college student’s day,” she said. “If it’s free like these are, thanks to CUB, it’s the highlight of their week.” Harrison Township’s middle school and high school students were on a field trip to campus that afternoon and were able to participate in the day-time festivities too. Students were eager to race their friends in the obstacle course and try out the other activities. “The point of (nooners) is just to have random, during-the-day, stress-relieving activities,” Falvey said.
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Students fly high at late-nighter By Kali Colacino Staff Writer
Students embraced their inner Superman at the College Union Board’s superhero themed late-nighter on Thursday, Oct. 18. Quimby’s Prairie was bustling with students eager to fly on the zipline or jump on the bungee trampoline. The late-nighter also gave students a chance to show their love for the Marvel franchise with an outdoor screening of the newest Avengers movie, “Infinity Wars,” which was released in April. Students watched the film on blankets, which were sprawled out across the grass. The lawn was decorated with Marvelthemed lanterns, which created a warm and cozy feel on the cold October night. The zipline, which was a popular attraction, had students facing their fear of heights. “The zipline was super cool because I had never been on one before,” said Lucia Gardiner, a sophomore art education major.
Another popular attraction was the bungee trampoline. Students were strapped into a harness and hooked up to bungee ropes as they got ready to test their flying powers. Students showed off by doing flips and other tricks on the trampoline as their friends clapped in amusement. Throughout the night, students socialized while waiting in line to brave the many attractions. “Events like these really bring the campus together,” said Kieran Nashad, a freshman open option arts and communication major. “I met a few new people and I partook in many cool attractions,” Nashad said. Although it was a chilly night, students were more than happy to enjoy liquid nitrogen ice cream while watching the movie. CUB encouraged students to come dressed up as their favorite hero or villain for a chance to win a costume competition and be featured on CUB’s Instagram. A photo booth with themed props was also a popular destination for friends to show off their superhero side.
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Students channel their inner Marvel characters on the trampoline.
Pride / College welcomes LGBTQ+ students
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Osborn promotes acceptance.
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Although these convocations are held at college campuses nationwide, Trahan explained that there are many institutions that still lack these types of inclusive events. “Different colleges have a variety of different support systems and it kind of looks different from campus to campus,” Trahan said. Interim Provost and vice president for academic affairs William Keep began the convocation with a YouTube video about inclusion before passing the spotlight onto Sean Stallings, the interim vice president for student affairs, who shared his role of serving as an advocate for students by promoting diversity and
inclusion on campus. Senior biology major Alina Osborn, an intern in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, also spoke at the event. Osborn works specifically to help solve LGBTQ+ issues on campus and helped to organize and run The Lavender Convocation, along with Dr. Don Trahan and her fellow intern Aviva Ron, a junior women’s, gender and sexuality studies major. “Today we have the privilege of celebrating you,” Osborn said. “It can be a lot tougher being a queer college student –– our community is strong and we are resilient.” After initial presentations, students were given the opportunity to get to know one another over refreshments. To members of the LGBTQ+ community on campus, the Lavender Convocation “means that TCNJ is an accepting college full of diversity,” according to Forum Modi, a freshman computer science major. Faculty members view the event as a great opportunity to celebrate a segment of the student population. Trahan is also happy to help spread awareness of the LGBTQ+ community on campus. “It is an opportunity to celebrate our students from the time that they enter The College of New Jersey,” Trahan said. “We wanted to make sure that … we honor our students throughout the entire time that they’re here.” Trahan expressed his appreciation for all the support shown by the entire campus community. “It makes my heart smile,” he said. “It’s exciting to see the commitment of everyone willing to move our campus forward.”
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Muhammad Ali visits campus
Photo courtesy of the TCNJ Digital Archive
Racial tensions remain an issue on college campuses. Every week, Features Editor Emmy Liederman hits the archives and finds old Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories. On Nov. 13, 1972, “The Greatest” spoke to a group of 200 students in Packer Hall about racial tensions in the U.S. Muhammad Ali wanted to make it clear that he did not come to the College for publicity or personal benefit — he used the speech to initiate a call of action, saying, “the problem between white and black people is the worst problem in the whole world, and for the last 450 years we’ve gotten nothing but conceit, conniving, and jiving.” Ali’s words were well-received by students — his speech was followed by a question and answer segment, and The Signal reported, “He proved to be as articulate in responding to questions thrown out by the audience as he was during his entire lecture.” Muhammad Ali, ex-Heavyweight Champion and probably the most colorful sports personality in America today, spoke to an audience of about 200 here on Monday night in Packer Hall. Ali dressed casually and using no notes, spoke primarily about his religion, the Islamic faith. In opening his speech he said that he was scheduled to fight Bob Foster, “the Light Heavyweight tramp, I mean champ”, on November 21 in Lake Tahoe,
Nevada. Ali said that he first started speaking publicly after being stripped of his title for refusing induction into the Armed Forces. Ali, who was born Cassius J. Clay, said he changed his name because this was the name given to his ancestors by slave-owners. Thus, “Mr Clay’s slaves”, after the Emancipation Proclamation, “took on his name. We don’t belong to Mr. Clay anymore.” Referring to the allegation that Blacks are violent, Ali said that “we can’t be violent ‘cause we don’t have nothing.’ “ Commenting on the racial atmosphere in the U.S. Ali said that “the problem between white people and black people is the worst problem in the whole world, and for the last 450 years we’ve gotten nothing but conceit, conniving, and jiving.” Ali received $2,500.00 for his appearance. He remarked that “I’m not here for the publicity or the change. I want to do all I can to help my people. I keep hearing all you saying power - that’s cause you broke probably. As soon as you get on top, you act like Jim Brown, Diana Ross, Sidney Poitier and Sammy Davis, Jr.”
Left: Spice up your wardrobe with animal prints. Right: Fuzzy jackets are a stylish choice for a chilly night. By Lexy Yulich Columnist
The leaves are changing, the air is crisp and pumpkin spice-flavored treats have hit the shelves. Since the forecast predicts that fall weather is finally here to stay, here are the top 10 fall trends to help you style your autumn wardrobe. Animal print. This trend has been popular on both the runway and the streets. Pair your favorite animal print item with neutral pieces for a bold look — I love to wear a fun pair of leopard print booties with an all black outfit. Chunky Cardigans. Cardigans are a simple way to transition your favorite summer T-shirts or tank tops into the fall season. Turtlenecks and denim skirts. A cozy turtleneck with a dark denim or black skirt is a polished look that will also keep you warm. If the temperatures continue to drop, throw on a pair of tights under the skirt. Over-the-knee boots. Boots are not only practical because they keep your legs warm, but they are also so cute! You can style them with any outfit. Leather jackets. I am a huge leather jacket fan and I love to pair mine with
a leopard print bag to incorporate multiple fall trends into my outfit. Yellow sweaters. Yellow became widely popular over the summer, and luckily the trend is continuing into the fall. Pair a yellow sweater with black jeans and brown booties for an easy, comfortable outfit. Alternative denim. Ripped, high waist, alternative hem and fringe jeans are some examples of trendy, alternative denim. Alternative denim can be pricey, but if you head into stores like Forever 21, you are likely to find an affordable pair. Front-tie thermal sweaters. Stores like Anthropologie frequently showcase front-tie sweaters, which have also become a popular trend at the College. Fuzzy jackets. There’s nothing better than throwing on a fuzzy sweater or jacket when it starts to get chilly. If you don’t want to break the bank on a jacket, check Amazon! It has a great selection and affordable prices. Color block sweaters. I love wearing a color block sweater if I can’t decide what to wear, because I get to mix stripes with various colors. During the fall season, I tend to purchase color block sweaters in maroon, brown, yellow, orange and purple.
Vietnamese spring rolls
Left: Rolls can be loaded with vegetables to make a nutritious lunch. Right: The traditional dish is ideal for meal prep. By Shannon Deady Columnist
Health food restaurants have become all the rage recently. Ocean Cafe, a chain with four locations in Monmouth County, has a special place in my heart. The restaurant has a variety of healthy options, and one of the most popular is the rice paper spring roll. The traditional Vietnamese dish can be served with a number of different ingredients, but my favorite is the tuna roll,
especially since Ocean Cafe has sushi grade fish. After discovering that my local Shoprite sold a pack of 12 rolls for just $1.99, I decided it was time to give rice paper spring rolls a shot at home. I am no sushi chef, so I stuck with cooked shrimp for my first attempt. The rolls were surprisingly easy to assemble and are delicious for a light lunch or a protein-packed study snack. Rolls stay fresh for up to four days in the refrigerator, depending on what you
pack in them, so they are convenient for those who like to meal prep. Makes: 2 rolls
Ingredients: 2 rice paper spring rolls 1 bag of frozen shrimp 1 bag of butter lettuce 1 avocado, diced 1 tomato, diced 1 tablespoon diced garlic 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons soy sauce as desired
Directions: 1. Follow directions on package to thaw the shrimp. If frozen, place shrimp in a colander in the sink and run them under cold water for about five minutes. 2. Once thawed, place in a large skillet with olive oil and diced garlic. Cook over medium to high heat until shrimp are pink and opaque, or for about five minutes depending on their size. 3. Slice tomatoes, butter lettuce and avocado into long strips.
4. Follow instructions on rice paper roll wrapper for preparation. Most will instruct you to fill a bowl with warm water and dip the rice paper in for five seconds before placing it on a plate for rolling. 5. Once on a plate or a traditional plastic roller, place ingredients into the middle of the wrap and roll the middle and then the sides as you would a burrito. Be careful about overstuffing rolls, as the rice paper is thin and easily disassembles. Put soy sauce in a small dish for dipping and enjoy!
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Arts & Entertainment
Laugh / Comedian pushes boundaries in offbeat set
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After snarling at the child, he panicked when it screamed and its mother turned around. “I said ‘I don’t know what’s wrong with your baby. I didn’t do anything, and you’re obviously raising it wrong — you’re a bad mom.’ And then I nervously walked into a Forever 21,” D’Elia said.
D’Elia soon called out several of the audience members throughout his set, including one person who attempted to record the show. “Hey, you over there — I see you recording me,” he said. “You got it, right? You understand what I’m saying, right? You speak English — yeah or no?” “Yeah,” the audience member meekly replied. D’Elia asked the audience member if
they were recording his performance on Snapchat so that his friends would believe that he attended the show. D’Elia assured the rogue crowd member that his friends would certainly believe he saw D’Elia’s set in “prison with the chandeliers,” throwing another jab at the venue. He hoped that the audience would better understand how embarrassing it is to be singled out in a crowd, a feeling D’Elia often experiences as a performer. “How hard do you think this is?” He asked. “At least I’m not recording you with your fucking bitch-ass face like that.” Inspired by a friend’s grandfather who had an accident while sitting on the couch with the comedian, D’Elia made the audience wonder about what would happen if someone who was about to commit a drive-by shooting had a sudden urge to go to the bathroom. He imitated a man who was dedicated to his criminal plans, confidently counting down the blocks to his destination. Once the fictitious shooter was one block away, D’Elia paused his narrative and simply looked at the audience, pantomiming the shooter’s actions after his plans were foiled and his pants were soiled. D’Elia told the audience that his two pet yorkies are always by his side, and that the dogs were probably unhappy to be apart from him during the show. “They’re probably looking at me right now on Google Earth,” he said. D’Elia explained that he usually feeds his dogs outside, but this created an issue when his least favorite animal — the possum — discovered the food and began to eat it. To help the audience understand why he dislikes possums so much, D’Elia repeated the phrase “Possums have hands!” several times, but the comedian was equally uncomfortable with the animal’s face. “It looks like if you make eye contact
with them, they’ll download your soul,” he said. Opener Mike Lenoci’s performance was quite similar to D’Elia’s — both comedians incorporated current events, toilet humor and even baby Alena into their sets. Lenoci talked to the audience about how being in his 30s has vastly changed his lifestyle, and that he now takes his contacts out before bed and tries to be more responsible. He described going to college as “the biggest mistake of my life,” and regrets racking up costly student loans. “Alright Sallie Mae, what are you, the Mafia, just going around collecting money from people?” He said. During Lenoci’s five years studying sociology as an undergraduate, he was also a fraternity member. “I was a good frat guy. It was always consensual. I was a good one, you know? I didn’t go to Yale or anything,” he said. Just as Lenoci was wrapping up his set, Alena made herself heard. To the audience’s delight, he imitated her cooing, and ironically reminded the audience not to record D’Elia before he left the stage. D’Elia completely understands that his often vulgar humor may offend some people, but said that free speech is essential to preventing comedy from becoming an excessively censored, “corny” industry. He supports comedians who stand by their jokes and do not back down when someone questions their material. “Sometimes it’s up to us to do a joke that we think is funny,” D’Elia said. “Sometimes not only does the audience not laugh, but they’ll literally be like ‘no.’ But we gotta be like ‘uh huh, I swear to God.’’’
Brockhampton loses member but not vibrance on ‘iridescence’ By Jack Lopez Staff Writer Brockhampton is rap’s first real boyband. While front running members like Kevin Abstract, Dom McLennon and Merlyn Wood take on vocal work, other members curate the music and video production, promotion and more. Last year, the group released three albums that were all met with high critical acclaim. Brockhampton’s newest album titled, “iridescence,” made an immediate splash, debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in September. The album, which happens to be the band’s fourth in just over a year, comes following a dramatic summer that involved two canceled albums, the expulsion of Ameer Vann, one of the group’s lead vocalists, and the success of its own Beats 1 Radio show. Production-wise, the album flows incredibly smoothly. Hemnani, the group’s in-house producer, proves his versatility with the ability to create an album full of beats that is starkly different to much of what the group has done before. Song transitions, particularly between the opening tracks “NEW ORLEANS” and “THUG LIFE,” are almost unnoticeable. The album works better as one cohesive project rather than as a compilation of songs put together. It’s obvious that a lot of care was put into the sound design and album layout. The group wanted the project to be recognizable to its fans while also establishing a new sound and direction. For the most part, “iridescence” succeeds. A lot of the grittier lines and flows left the group along with Vann, and other members were forced to step into different roles and evolve. Bearface, a member who typically had only been used
for interludes and album outros, is now featured more prominently. His artistic style is significantly different to Vann’s and it comes across noticeably. Tracks like “TONYA,” “SAN MARCOS” and “THUG LIFE” are used to showcase Bearface’s vocal range and the new direction that the group seems to be taking. The album plays better as an entire piece of art, rather than a compilation of singles. Some songs are a bit harder to listen to out of the context of the album. Songs like “NEW ORLEANS” and “THUG LIFE” almost need to be played together due to how effective the transitions are. The songs on “iridescence” have completely different tonal vibes from the group’s previous work, and I view that as a good thing. Having the ability to try different sounds and use so many different combinations of voices is what makes Brockhampton one of the most exciting modern groups out right now. Each member of the boyband has their own standout moments. On “WEIGHT,” Abstract opens up about his insecurities and struggles coming to terms with his own sexuality. While rapping about being gay isn’t new to Abstract, this is the first time he shows such raw emotion about how he deals with his sexuality. Wood and Champion are given an entire song, “WHERE THE CASH AT,” that plays off of each others’ energies. As two of the most eccentric members of the group, they carry a swelling that gives them an opportunity to shine. McLennon proves once again to be the most technically gifted member of the band with his ability to deliver powerful lyrics in varying cadences on “NEW ORLEANS,” “TAPE” and “TONYA.”
The rap group releases a 15-track album.
JOBA has one of the best overall moments on the album with his rage-fueled verse on “J’OUVERT,” which is inspired by his frustration with how other people judge and perceive him. Overall, this album wasn’t what I expected. “iridescence” hits on different tonal notes and provides a perspective into how the group will continue following the expulsion of Vann. Artistic growth is a positive change, and I found it interesting to see how a band of this size would cope with the change in tone that it had to make.
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‘A Star is Born’ shines light on music industry
Left: The duo bonds over their mutual musical talent. Right: Ally finds her voice and grows more confident throughout the film. By James Mercadante Staff Writer Bradley Cooper made his directorial debut with “A Star is Born,” and he presents a reimagined version of the 1937 film that tells the same tale in an intimate, yet authentic way – but don’t expect to come out feeling completely euphoric after seeing the film. The movie forces you to watch and ruminate over pressing issues that people face every day, and centers itself around the relationship between Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), an infamous songwriter and alcoholic, and Ally (Lady Gaga), who is an unknown artist struggling to establish herself in
the industry. Jackson discovers Ally at a drag bar, where she sings “La Vie En Rose” in French, with drag-inspired makeup and a theatrical presentation. After their first encounter, the movie follows their romance and musical journey as they both support one another in their endeavors, whether its Ally giving Jackson musical inspiration or Jackson pushing Ally to find her voice. One of the strongest aspects of the film is its soundtrack. The most acclaimed track, “Shallow,” is the first song the couple sings on stage together, which sets the standards high for the upcoming songs. Cooper sings with conviction and validates himself to be a true storyteller, while Gaga gives the crowd chills with her powerful vocals and raw passion.
The film was Gaga’s debut as a cinematic actress, yet you might have mistakenly assumed she’s been in the industry for years. She emulates excellence and proficiency and her performance was compelling, emotional and impactful, thus making this film even more spectacular. “A Star is Born” is quite lengthy at times. It includes scenes less entertaining than others, however, it gives viewers an opportunity to emotionally invest in the characters and watch a beautiful narrative unfold. The details in this film, from a tap of the nose to a simple lyric, are important because it reminds us to appreciate the details of our mundane lives, to fight for what we are passionate about and to contemplate the meaning of being human.
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Students perform original standup routines
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Zelte jokes about his narcolepsy throughout his set.
By Kevin Doyle Correspondent
Nick Zelte, a sophomore biology major, lumbered onto the Traditions stage in his Boston College sweatshirt ready to crack a few jokes about his narcolepsy, his mother and the Lifetime television channel known for its cliche soap operas during CUB Alt’s Student Comedy Night on Oct. 19 in the
Traditions Lounge. Nick’s mother, Karen Zelte, was the main focus of his comedic set. She works as a nurse in a prison nearby, which gave her son with the perfect material for the show. “I feel like I can go to prison with all the advice my mom has given me,” Zelte said. He mentioned how some prisoners were stabbed multiple times and, to avoid facing
trouble, they used the excuse that they had simply fallen down the stairs. Zelte then talked about how his narcolepsy is triggered by the simple lulling sound of a car engine. He described his mother as an “abnormal superhuman” since she often has to lift him up out of the car and carry him to his bed — her strength probably fueled by frustration because of his
spontaneous napping. “I’m a weird person and weird things tend to happen to me sometimes,” Zelte said. He then smoothly transitioned into talking about the Lifetime movies he and his mother watch together. Zelte jokingly observed that all the protagonists on Lifetime movies are oblivious white women unaware of the violence that occurs around them. “When you’re in the suburbs everyone mysteriously dies — and in unrealistic ways like falling down the stairs and dying on the last step,” said Zelte. Sean Delanoy, a senior interdisciplinary business major, ended the show with relatable jokes about going to the gym, parties and his grandparents. Delanoy’s material is inspired by personal experiences or ideas that randomly pop into his head. He proudly stated that he has not been to the gym at all during his four years at the College, except for when, recently, he was forced to enter through its doors as part of a group project. “As I was checking in, I was scared that they would think my ID was stolen since I’ve never been here before,” Delanoy said.
‘Venom’ streams through viewers’ veins
This week, WTSR Music Director Brian Marino highlights some of the best new music that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.
Band Name: Advance Base Album Title: “Animal Companionship” Release Number: 4th Hailing From: Chicago, Illinois Genre: Lo-fi Super Synth Pop Label: Ordinal Records U.S.A. Singer/songwriter Owen Ashworth (also previously known as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone,) released his fourth full length album, “Animal Companionship.” It combines strong, spacey synth with intimate lyrics about human/pet relationships. Take a walk through the park or fall in love all over again with your high school sweetheart while listening to, “You & Me & The Moon” — the song of many emotions. The album flows seamlessly together from track, to track making it feel like a complete story from beginning to end. Must Hear: “Rabbits,” “True Love Death Dream” and “You & Me & The Moon”
Left: Venom takes over Brock’s body at will. Right: Brock is still learning to cope with the evil alien’s mind. By Jane Bowden Staff Writer
For many people, the name “Venom” instantly reminds them of Tobey Maguire’s 2002 Spiderman portrayal when Venom was first introduced into the live-action world. Who could forget that scene in “Spiderman 3” when Peter Parker is under Venom’s control, strutting down the street with jazz music in the background? Director Ruben Fleischer has expounded upon the liquid alien’s character with Marvel’s long-awaited movie, “Venom.” With dark humor and thrilling visual effects comparable to “Deadpool,” the film is guaranteed to entertain a general audience, but to many Marvel-lovers’ dismay, it leaves viewers confused and unsatisfied with its rushed plot. The film follows Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), a journalist investigating the unethical experiments of Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), the founder of the bioengineering organization, Life Foundation. While the organization is renowned for researching life-saving technology and medicine, Drake is tricking lower-class individuals desperate for
money into becoming subjects for experiments with superpowered, alien organisms referred to as symbiotes. During his investigation, Brock becomes exposed to a symbiote and his body merges with Venom, a liquid, black, monstrous alien that gifts Brock with powers. Throughout “Venom,” Brock must learn to co-exist with the villainous alien, who has a tendency to bite people’s heads off and seeps his dark humor into Brock’s psyche. Meanwhile, Drake combines with a different symbiote named Riot, a stronger and more evil alien than Venom, and begins his plan to bring more symbiotes to Earth. Venom reveals to Brock that the symbiotes’ intentions of living on Earth is to kill and eat the entire population of humans, and as time goes on, Brock and Venom begin to form a deep-rooted connection and Venom’s opinion of humans changes. Together, the pair eventually agree on one thing — to defeat Drake and Riot and save the planet. Although the two-hour movie promises the audience an entertaining plot, the storytelling of “Venom” is rushed, and jumps from
scene to scene without thorough explanation. As a result, it is difficult for viewers to develop a full connection with the characters other than Brock and Venom. However, Hardy’s portrayal of Brock and Venom outshines the fact that it is a less-than-perfect movie. With his delivery of Brock’s compassionate but smart-alecky personality and Venom’s dark and outrageous tendencies, he produces authentic banter between the characters that makes movie-goers wish for more scenes with the pair. Another factor that upped “Venom’s” quality was the animated effects used to create a realistic visual of a real-life Venom. In the comics, the alien is described as an amorphous creature with rows of razor sharp fangs, an elongated tongue and eyes that resemble those of Spiderman. On screen, Venom’s two dimensional descriptions come to life in a believable manner that keeps the audience engrossed in Marvel’s world. “Venom” might not be the movie Marvel fanatics hoped for, but it is an entertaining and humorous way to spend a Friday night when you have nothing else to do.
Band Name: Marissa Nadler Album Title: “For My Crimes” Release Number: 8th Hailing From: Boston, Massachusetts Genre: Ambient Indie Label: Sacred Bones Records Marissa Nadler showcases her experience in music and life. The album is about failed relationships, but comes from a dark and somber place. The pain and heartbreak she’s been through is shown through her sad voice, which is often coupled with beautiful harmonies. The album’s accompaniment is very simple, most songs are paired with vocals, guitar, and some strings. Must Hear: “Blue Vapor” and “For My Crimes”
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Rowan / Lions gain confidence after victory continued from page 28
“Dave is an athletic freshman,” Goff said. “But he’s still a freshman. He’ll make a dynamic play and then one that makes you scratch your head, but that’s life with a freshman QB. What he brings consistently is a swagger, a confidence and an undeniable love of the game. The kid is just having a blast playing football and that’s contagious.” Against Kean, the Lions’ defense again came out to play, shutting the door on Kean’s offense frequently and often, only allowing them to score eight points in the game. To open the game, Jachera connected with Clevenger on a 46-yard bomb to put the Lions out to an early lead in the game with 9:07 to go in the first quarter. After the first score in the game, both teams struggled to move the ball offensively. Kean’s only score came with a little less than 10 minutes to go in the first half. Kean blocked a punt from deep within the Lions’ territory and recovered it in the endzone. They converted a two-point conversion, taking the lead 8-7. The defense had five sacks on the day, putting immense pressure on Kean’s passing game. Senior wide receiver and defensive back Ibn Bailey benefitted from that pressure and also made the difference in the game in the first half. On two drives where Kean made it into Lions territory, Bailey made two interceptions. Goff spoke about Bailey’s transition from wide receiver to defensive back. “He has been a big part of that stability in the secondary,” Goff said. “He’s done what’s asked, picked up quickly with the scheme and is making plays.” The second half of the game was largely a defensive struggle. With less than three minutes left in the game, Graham made a clutch sack, ending Kean’s drive and
Jachera makes a record of 61 rushing yards against Rowan.
forcing them to punt the ball. After a bad punt for Kean, the Lions were set up with a short field with two minutes to go in the game. Sophomore quarterback Andrew Donoghue took the helm and drove the Lions into the endzone, finding Guckin for a 12-yard touchdown pass. The Lions reclaimed the lead 13-8. Goff commented on Donoghue’s comeback drive. “Andrew showed a lot of poise and maturity stepping in when his number was called and driving us down the field,” Goff said. “He showed the confidence
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we have been looking for from him.” Kean tried to reclaim the lead with under a minute left to play. Trying to get too much on one play, Kean’s quarterback heaved a deep pass that was intercepted by sophomore defensive back Jalen Harmon. The game ended 13-8, giving the Lions their first win of the season. “Build on the positives and keep improving,” Goff said. “It’s one win, we still have massive improvements that have to be made in every phase.” The Lions return home to play William Paterson University Oct. 27th for their homecoming matchup.
Strong defense helps keep team on track
Left: DeRiggi prevents MSU from scoring. Right: DiPasquale earns her 20th individual career shutout.
By Christine Houghton Staff Writer
The women’s soccer team continued its winning-streak against Stockton University and tied against Montclair State University. The team now improves to 10-1-1. Playing on Oct. 10, the team advanced its winning-streak to eight games in a 3-0 victory over Stockton. Yet again, the College’s defense held strong against its opponent, holding Stockton to only one shot and one shot on goal in total. Scoring started early for the Lions with freshman midfielder/forward Amelia Curtis, who scored not only the first goal of the game, but the first of her college career in
the 37th minute. When asked about her first collegiate goal, Curtis said, “It was really cool! We really wanted to score and I was just so happy that I could help the team and get the goal.” Adding to the team’s offensive intensity, freshman midfielder/forward Lauren McLaughlin cashed in on a defensive gap in the 59th minute, extending the lead 2-0. Soon after, junior midfielder Taylor Nolan punched in the College’s third and final goal during the 72nd minute, acquiring her fifth goal of the season. The team’s offensive domination marks its 25th point and eighth shutout of the season. After about a week and a half without any games, the College showed up ready to play
against Montclair State University on Saturday, Oct. 20 at home in Lions Stadium. The game appeared to be an equally competitive match from the very beginning — the Lions kept fans on their toes through both halves of the game. Despite the tie, the Lions maintained their defensive dominance throughout the game with 23 shots compared to the four Montclair put up, and 11 shots on goal compared to the two by Montclair. Junior goalkeeper Nicole DiPasquale had two saves for her 20th career shutout, playing a vital role in preventing a loss for the Lions. The team’s intensity increased late in the second half. The team kept the ball around
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Montclair’s goal and away from its own. Its defense remained strong throughout the two 10-minute overtimes, but yielded no goals. The game ended in a tie. “The defense has been outstanding so far this year,” said freshman forward/midfielder Nikki Butler. “We are clearly dominating in shots on goal this year with the huge help from our defenders. Defenders Faith Eichenour, Jen McGrogan and Ally DeRiggi are all very quick and talented and get the job done every game.” Ranked sixth in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division III group, the Lions play their last regular season game on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at home for their senior night.