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October 16, 2013
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A cappella soars Sporting attendance rises
Student singers charm By Tom Kozlowski Arts & Entertainment Editor Bridging the divisions between a number of diverse a cappella groups, the College’s annual Acappellooza, held on Saturday, Oct. 12, showcased just how many styles of all-vocal performances could be arranged and deftly delivered. Organized by campus troupe The Trentones, five groups passed the mic over the course of the evening. Each shared the typical characteristics needed to compose an a cappella group — layered tenors and sopranos, a beatboxer to steer the course of the song — but each group’s thematic focus shifted dramatically, from its choice of songs to its underlying mission statement. The Trentones, as the hosts of the evening, opened and closed the show with separate sets. Their first couplet of tracks included a rendition of James Taylor’s classic beauty “That Lonesome Road” and a mashup of Beyonce’s “Halo” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone.” But their standout performance came in the closing set — with a powerhouse female performance from sophomore secondary education and math double major
Ali Falcone, the troupe stomped out the gospel-charged rhythms of Delta Rae’s “Bottom of the River.” To take an original song and format it for a cappella, though, can require some vocal gymnastics. “We basically choose songs based on what we like and what we think can be arranged in a cool way,” The Trentones’ president Corrina Santos said. “The complexity of arrangements is varied based on the song and the person arranging it, but there is a lot to think about while arranging. The harmonies, tempo and vowels are just the beginning.” As evidenced from their performance at Acappellooza, the Trentones often set the bar as the College’s most recognizable a cappella group. For some students, the groups to follow were entirely new discoveries. Take Voice of Hope, the only Christian a cappella group on campus. By eschewing the variety of genres performed by other groups and relying solely on religious hits, the group has gained less mainstream coverage on campus. Still, Voice of Hope has some nascent talents brewing, if not for a few see ACAPPELLOOZA page 15
Fans show in greater numbers this year than in years past. By Peter Fiorilla Sports Editor
The College is not a traditional “sports school” — academics will always be its first priority — but its sports programs have been growing in various ways over the past few years, a trend highlighted by growing attendance stemming from continued success on the field from the Lions. For a lot of people, attending sporting events at a Division III school like the College translates to watching friends
compete, excluding the obvious exception of football events in which thousands of people turn up. The numbers are showing that either more people than ever are acquiring an interest in College sports, or that the 10 percent of the student body — the school’s varsity athletes — are making more friends than in the past. An average of 144 people showed up to games last year in non-football varsity sports that track attendance, while the average roster size for those
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teams was just 21, acccording to TCNJ Athletics. In other words, nearly seven people attended games for each athlete on the team, which is up from years past. Add football’s average attendance of 2,114 people, buoyed by big crowds for the home opener and Homecoming, which are major social events, and the average attendance from last year jumps to 256 people per sporting event, according to TCNJ Athletics. There are further signs of see SPORTING page 2
Board of Trustees meets to induct new members
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Ryan Boyne is inducted as alternate student trustee. By Regina Yorkgitis Web Editor
The Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, Oct. 10 in Paul Loser Hall to discuss recent achievements, upcoming building initiatives and potential programs at the College. First, the Board swore in new trustees: Treby Williams and the alternate student trustee, junior chemistry major Ryan Boyne. “I think it is extremely important that representation extends all
the way to the Board of Trustees, for it allows for student input,” Boyne said. “Although at times the students’ best interest may not be in the College’s best interest.” For the past 17 years, the U.S. News & World Report recognized the College as the No.1 public institution in the North. President R. Barbara Gitenstein shared her excitement, because this year the College was also ranked as No.1 in commitment to undergraduate education out of both public and private colleges in the North.
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“Last year was an extraordinarily successful year at The College of New Jersey,” Gitenstein said in her report. The College continues to build even with recent building projects having been completed. “The students are thrilled with the updates to Cromwell,” Gitenstein said about the recent renovations to the residence hall. The President is looking forward to the Campus Town project as well. “We’re very pleased to finally see shovels in the ground,” Gitenstein said. She expressed her pride in the students for their astounding attendance at the Campus Town groundbreaking ceremony with Gov. Chris Christie. “I was very, very proud of our student participation,” she said. Rutgers University only had 150 students show up for their College Ave. redevelopment groundbreaking ceremony, whereas the College had about 500 students attend. The College also continues work on the STEM building
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initiative and the Brower Student Center renovations. “The Brower Student Center project is still very preliminary, but it looks like its going to be very exciting,” vice-chair Bradley Brewster said. The board approved a motion to raise the salary of Gitenstein. She will receive a one-time 3.172 percent salary increase due to her effective leadership last year in propelling the Campus Town plans to fruition. “I wouldn’t say that I would do it for nothing, but I do love this college,” Gitenstein said. The next Trenton State College Corporation meeting is scheduled for Oct. 17 at 8 a.m. in Loser Hall. John Castaldo, former executive director of Athletics was appointed to executive director of Alumni Affairs in September. This year, the Alumni Association plans to focus on volunteerism and encouraging undergraduates to get involved in the Association. Secretary Eleanor Horne listed the outstanding accomplishments
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of students at the College. This year, the College has 42 international students, 419 students studying abroad and 14 Fulbright Scholarship student applicants. The efforts, especially those of the Bonner Program, in the Community Engaged Learning program have vastly improved community and college relations, Horne said. The CEL Learning program involves 2,000 students each year in the Ewing Community. “Can you imagine living next to 6,000 students?” Horne asked. “That can be a really trying experience.” Athletes and coaches registered for fall sports were required to attend training sessions about the dangers of sex, drugs and alcohol. These prophylactic measures will continue for the spring semester. The College hopes to raise money by sending nursing faculty to some local hospitals to help train RNs to BSNs. The next public Board of Trustees meeting will be on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
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Theatre Review “Lysistrata” plays upon ancient feminism
Mental Health There will always be light at the end of the tunnel
Food Review Tapas restaurant puts spice back in Spanish
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increased popularity for campus sports early this year, too. The major fall sports other than football — men’s and women’s soccer and field hockey — are averaging 168 people, up a whopping 37 percent from last year’s average of 123 people for the same sports. No one will mistake any College events for professional games, or even many Division III teams with fervent fan bases like Messiah College’s for soccer. Crowds at the College rarely crack the Top 50 in Division III. But improvement at any level is beneficial, considering that regardless of how many people enjoy the events, the school’s 20 varsity sports will be subsidized largely by the student
body. Colleges are limited. Only several sports — football, basketball and soccer — have ticket prices, according to the College’s athletics website, none of which apply to students. Increased attention on sports is not a coincidence, either, or even a way of showing that College students are expressing their school spirit through sports. The correlation between increased attendance at the College, as it is with most sports programs in the world, is pretty obvious: winning. The most obvious example comes from the current fall season, in which all team sports have been gang busters on the field. Women’s soccer and field hockey have combined for more than a few impressive wins, including
the former’s victory over No. 2 Johns Hopkins University last week, while men’s soccer went from luckless and offensively challenged last year to consistently challenging the country’s best teams on the field this season. The same is true when the opposite happens and teams lose. Baseball had a rough record last year and went from attracting crowds of 123 people per game in 2012 to just 95 for a roster of 31. In other words, attendance is directly proportionate to a team’s win percentage at the College, which is true for eight of the nine teams in their last two seasons. The only exception is football, which has Homecoming in shouting distance, an event that exemplifies the spirit of College
sports: smaller than it is at most schools, but with a winning team
impedes on the education of students enrolled due to its oppression of tyranny. “Tyranny can coerce curriculum concession,” Rifkin said. Tyrannical influences the kinds of professors staffed, students enrolled and subjects taught. Keep later mentioned, “Sexuality, religion and politics become off-limit topics.” The “against” side made it clear that while they do support students traveling or studying abroad, high capital costs of satellite campuses would hinder students enrolled in American university’s education quality. Palvannan, on the “pro” side, argued that satellite campuses, providing education for youth, would create agents of change in oppressive regions. “Universities are inherently liberal in nature,” Palvannan said. “They offer and accept discourse.” These intellectual discussions, Palvannan said, will lead to progressive reform in the oppressed region. “Regardless of where they are born or governed, they are born under the right to education,” Palvannan said. Palvannan said satellite campuses will allow oppressed
individuals to not become prisoners of their birthplace. “Influencing youth of the region can have long term change,” Palvannan said. Satellite campuses can provide progressive activities such as student government or student newspapers, according to Palvannan. Rifkin later said the notion of these campuses having these extracurricular activities is “absurd.” Miller argued that nations want to keep educated individuals within their country. “Satellite campuses allows students to be educated in their home environment, so they can change their home environment,” Miller said. Disputing the Dean’s worry about censorship on these campuses, Miller noted that since satellite campuses are not financed by any local or state government, government censorship would not be an issue. “The host country is resistant to change,” Keep said, supporting his opposition stance. “They do not want advocates or agents of change.” Therefore, host countries would not be supportive of this type of liberal learning. Keep also noted
that captures the imaginations of students when they pay attention.
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Fans are watching more field hockey, among other sports.
Students triumph over Deans in debate
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Deans Rifkin and Keep prepare their arguments.
By Gabrielle Beacken News Assistant
Students and deans discussed whether American colleges and universities should be prohibited from instituting satellite campuses in countries that do not respect freedom of speech during a special “Debate the Deans” event that took place Wednesday, Oct. 9 in the Library Auditorium “Debate the Deans” was originally started by Benjamin Rifkin, the dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, who was one of the two deans participating in the debate. “The purpose is to help build interest in debate on campus and at the same time to help build community,” Rifkin said. Rifkin, along with William
Keep, the dean of the School of Business, supported the prohibition of satellite campuses in freedom of speech countries, which they do not have. The pro-side consisted of two members from the Society for Parliamentary Debate: junior biology major Prashanth Palvannan and junior physics major Andrew Miller. Rifkin thanked Keep for his participation, as well as the Society for Parliamentary Debate and the audience, and began the night presenting his “against” side. Rifkin noted that this debate was not merely talking about legal declaration, but actual practice. Two of the Dean’s main points were that not only does building satellite campuses take away money and resources from the home campus, but it also
that anti-freedom laws in oppressive countries are reinforced. Consequently, students practicing liberal education would suffer the appropriate punishment. “Education does not automatically lead to progressive freedoms. That is an assumption,” Keep said. Keep supported his theory by referring to Thomas Jefferson’s original view of the French Revolution. What began as a fight for freedoms in France, however, became the devastating Reign of Terror. “I am the only one here who has lived, studied and worked in a totalitarian society,” Rifkin said in the last round. “It’s not just freedom of speech, but freedom after speech.” After each team presented their opposing final arguments, no hard feelings seemed to be present, as the students were declared the winners. The four debaters posed for a picture together, side-by-side. “Regardless of the content of our remarks, the important point of the evening is that we came together to discuss an important issue and enjoyed the process of analytical argument,” Rifkin said. “This is, after all, the heart of the College’s mission: academic freedom, critical thinking and intellectual inquiry.”
‘C’ is for cookie, that’s good enough for me By Natalie Kouba Managing Editor Campus Police responded to five counts of underage drinking on Saturday, Oct. 12. At 4:55 a.m., a female student returned to her dorm to find an unknown male student sleeping on her bed. Upon waking up, the student said he had “more than a couple beers” and thought he went into his own room. Lions EMS evaluated the student, but no further actions were deemed necessary. A female student who consumed “two orange drinks” was reportedly “slightly intoxicated” in Decker Hall at 7:53 p.m., according to Campus Police. Campus Police responded to the Brower Student Center at 7:58 p.m. to a student who had been drinking Bacardi in Wolfe Hall. At 8:30 p.m. a female student at the Brower Student Center who drank an unknown amount of alcohol was transported to Capital Health Systems-Hopewell Campus
for treatment. On Sundial Lawn, Campus Police reported an intoxicated student who “had trouble balancing” and had “one shot of Fireball whiskey” and several shots of vodka. According to reports, she smelled strongly of alcohol and had difficulty remembering where in Wolfe Hall she lived and gave several different birthdates when asked. She was transported to Capital Health SystemsHopewell Campus for treatment. … Campus Police responded to a report of shoplifting at the C-Store on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 10 p.m. A security officer called in that two male students who were running from the C-Store after nabbing a cookie, according to reports, as indicated by C-Store personnel. When Campus Police arrived to the scene, the security officer was with the guilty party at the benches outside Decker Hall. One of the students was placed under arrest, according
to Campus Police, for shoplifting and was brought to Campus Police for processing. The stolen cookie was valued at $1.05. … A male student wearing khaki pants and a green shirt with “shaggy” hair who was “obviously intoxicated” was called in to Campus Police when he was seen walking around the flagpoles outside the Brower Student Center on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 2:10 a.m. Campus
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The cookie thief was reprimanded.
Police arrived and searched the area for the student, finally finding him unconscious on the grass outside Lions Stadium. When he was questioned, the student said he drank three beers and jungle juice at an off-campus location. He was issued a summons for underage drinking. … Four bicycles were reported missing this week from different on-campus locations. On Friday, Oct. 11, a black Huffy BMXstyle bicycle, valued at $100, was stolen from outside Hausdoerffer Hall. A brown DBX bicycle, valued at $200, was stolen after being locked to a trash can in Lot 11. A black mountain bicycle valued at $100 was stolen from outside Wolfe Hall sometime between Friday, Oct. 11 at 12 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 12 at 9:30 a.m. A red, blue and silver Schwinn mountain bicycle valued at $75 was stolen from outside Phelps Hall on Thursday, Oct. 10 between 12:01 a.m. and 12:05 p.m.
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CUB gets funding in hopes for 21 Pilots By Julie Kayzerman Nation & World Editor
Going full speed ahead with programming for the College, the College Union Board was funded for three different events by the Student Finance Board on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Receiving full funding of $33,035, CUB will host the annual Welcome Back Concert in Kendall Hall. CUB hopes to get
its first choice band: 21 Pilots. “I think this is something that has become a staple for TCNJ students to expect,” said administrative director Sara Stammer, whose motion to fully fund the event was passed. It will cost $5 per student and is expected to take place on Saturday, Jan. 25. CUB’s second most expensive request came in the form of a proposed a cappella show
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Student Finance Board goes over funding for various events.
headlined by Pentatonix and opened by the Trentones. CUB was allocated $18,573 to host this event in Kendall Hall on April 1 at 8 p.m., costing students $10 per ticket. CUB’s final request for funding was for $3,173 to host “Haunted TCNJ,” with Derek Bartlett, which passed by a unanimous vote. This event will provide a guided tour by Bartlett through Kendall Hall — infamously known by the student body to be haunted after an unsolved murder in 1977. Bartlett’s presentation will take place on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. in celebration of Halloween. The tour will only be open to the first 30 students who sign up. On the multicultural side, the Asian American Association was allocated $4,320 to fund their multicultural buffet
on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The event will showcase food from various Asian cultures, as well as a performance from TCNJ Taiko. It will charge $3 per student and $1 extra for bubble tea. The Black Student Union was also among the participants, presenting for “Write it Out,” highlighting two different workshops to improve creative writing, featuring renowned poet Bruce George. SFB liked the event, allocating $1,500 to BSU to host the workshops on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The sophomore class council also made a successful appearance, receiving $2,077 in funding for a sophomore class NYC trip on Saturday, Nov. 23. A pair of health-related events was also funded during SFB’s weekly meeting, as
the Gospel United Ministries was funded $188.84 to host the United Health Fair and the Pre-Dental Club was funded for $326 to host “Keep Your Fangs Clean on Halloween,” in effort to promote dental hygiene during the holiday infamous for increased candy consumption among students. Finally, SFB received a total of four conference requests from Amnesty International, The Women’s Center, PRISM and Circle K International. The Women’s Center was allocated $1,304 and PRISM was funded $1,601.93 to send students to national conferences. Amnesty International was funded $1,110 to send members to a regional conference, while Circle K International was zerofunded for their regional conference request. “For the cost, I’m not sure that this benefits the student body,” said operations director Brian Hurler, and SFB members agreed.
Ancient poet’s work brought back to life By Devon Ziminski Correspondent
In the warm glow of the tranquil auditorium, with a backdrop of Persian tapestries setting the scene, the words of Rumi were elegantly recited and accompanied by authentic music on Monday night at the “Voice of Rumi in Poetry and Music” presentation in the Library Auditorium. Introduced by Jo-Ann Gross, professor of Middle Eastern and Central Eurasian history, Peter Rogan, presenter of Rumi’s famous love poetry, spoke with grace as he recited Rumi’s words, pausing to add in his own reflections on the selected pieces. Rumi, the renowned 13th century Sufi poet and mystic and literary genius, has inspired people for centuries as the “revealer of Love’s secrets.”
Rumi was “a devoted Muslim and mystic, a lawyer who wrote mystical love poetry, a philosopher who danced,” Rogan said. Each of Rumi’s poems has a secret, a secret that can be uncovered by listening to his poems. Between poetry readings, Amir Vahab, an international artist, performed various authentic Persian and Turkish songs, singing Rumi’s poems in their original language. Performers playing the “drums of Rumi,” 4,000-year-old ancient drums called “dafs,” accompanied Vahab. Hearing the poems in a mild song form in Persian gave the audience a “taste of what it sounded like when Rumi uttered it,” Rogan said. Rogan challenged those with a sense of adventure to fast for 30 days, not from food, but from complaining. This endeavor requires a lot of knowledge,
love and discipline. Rogan illuminated Rumi’s idea that in life there are openings and closings: We need both to thrive as individuals. The deep thoughts of Rumi continued throughout the readings. “The cure is in the pain,” he said. Rogan offered the recent Trayvon Martin case as an example of how we can use Rumi’s ideals in our modern lives. If the goal is to alter gun laws, Rogan explained we cannot expect one letter to Congress to change the law. We may have to write 30 letters and continually badger Congress for change to occur. Rumi teaches us that it takes energy to adhere to your passions. The provocative words of Rumi, in combination with the rhythmic, buoyant music of Vahab, created a serene atmosphere for the audience to reflect on the prose.
Peter Rogan toured with the Whirling Dervishes Sufism group from Turkey and has performed at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, Boston, Duke, & Yale University. Amir Vahab is a skilled musician, playing the nay (flute), tanbor (lute), daf (drum) and saz (lute). Amir has performed at major arenas in the United States, Europe and Australia. This program was SAF funded and was sponsored by the Cultural and Intellectual Program Council, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Center for Global Engagement and the Eurasia/Middle East Society. The “Voice of Rumi in Poetry and Music” presentation is part of the Cultural and Intellectual Program Council’s 2013 theme “constructing the past.”
SG looks into possible scheduling changes By Annabel Lau News Assistant
Representatives from two college-wide committees presented before Student Government on Wednesday, Oct. 9 to receive student input on proposed changes to the current scheduling grid and academic policies. Provost and VP of Academic Affairs Jacqueline Taylor and Frank Cooper, director of Records & Registration, addressed issues with the current scheduling grid, which involves four-credit Monday/Thursday and Tuesday/ Friday classes with a scheduled “fourth hour” on Wednesday, which departments may choose to utilize if they wish. “The scheduling grid that we’ve used has a lot of inefficiencies built into it,” said Taylor, who is also co-chair of the Committee on Strategic Planning and Priorities. “So as a result, a number of our classes sit empty more often than they might wish.
A second thing that a lot of people made me aware of was the lunch hour from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. means that the cafeteria and other food service facilities get real heavy traffic from the 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. time slot.” As a result, Cooper met with the deans of many schools on campus and proposed three alternate scheduling grids, which he presented to SG, in an effort to prevent scheduling conflicts and to utilize space on campus more effectively. Decisions must be made on a new scheduling grid by December 2014 in order to implement it by fall of 2015. Barbara Strassman, chair of the Committee on Academic Programs and Patricia Van Hise, assistant dean of the School of Science, requested student input on changes to the existing policies on repeating and withdrawing from a course. The current policy on repeating a course dictates that students may repeat a course once without approval. If a student wishes to take the class
more than twice, the student must obtain a signature from the chair of the department of the student’s major, as well as a signature from the department of the class the student wishes to take. No significant changes will be made to the existing policy except for revisions in wording and the addition of a recommendation for students to meet with their advisors before proceeding. Changes will be made to the policy regarding course withdrawal, however, which will now also address course withdrawal during the winter and Maymester terms. Strassman also explained how the two policies will now affect each other. “If you take STAT 115 and you withdraw, and then you decide to take it again, that’s your second attempt,” Strassman said. “You’re done. You can’t take it a third time, whereas, currently, you could.” In response to concerns from SG members, Strassman clarified that these policies only apply if a student withdraws from a course after the add/drop period has ended.
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Frank Cooper discusses scheduling issues. Vice President of Governmental Affairs Alex Brown also addressed progress with SG’s voter registration drives for the upcoming state elections, as well as a potential Gubernatorial Dinner in Eickhoff, similar to last year’s presidential dinner, featuring foods like steak and salmon. Class of 2015 President Brian Garsh also mentioned some updates from the Dining Services Committee regarding
a Halloween-themed night at Eickhoff on Wednesday, Oct. 30 and a multicultural night, featuring foods inspired by the many languages taught at the College, on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Next week, two organizations, the Association of Students for Africa and To Write Love on Her Arms, will present to the SG general body, which will then vote on whether to officially recognize the clubs.
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Connecting US to Africa Starbucks gets politcal Advocating about abroad By Courtney Wirths Photo Editor
By Annie Elfers Correspondent
On Thursday, Oct. 12, Kim Pearson, the chair of the African American Studies Department and associate professor in the English Department, led a politics forum discussing how social media has become a platform to discuss and fight global social injustices in places as different as Nepal and North Carolina. Pearson, who was invited by the State Department to travel to Nepal last year, was struck by the similarities between its civil rights issues and American issues like the Trayvon Martin case and North Carolina’s “Moral Monday” protests. She quickly realized that in societies with political systems dominated by wealthy elitists, social media is a means for the people to communicate and express their oppositions. “In order to have democracy,” Pearson said, “you have to have a broad access to the public square.” Even with Nepal’s nearly 29 million inhabitants being divided by language barriers and mountains alike, activists were still able to organize a protest in November 2012 at the Prime Minister’s home, demanding justice for a female gang rape victim named Sita Rai. Even after a man was convicted and fined — notably, a measly sum of $506 U.S. — the protest turned to larger women’s rights issues, such as the continued practice of bonded labor. If networking through social media in a country where only half of its inhabitants
have Internet access has proven fruitful, it is no surprise that, in a technologically savvy nation like the United States, the keyboard has become a much-needed catalyst for social change. Pearson went on to discuss “Moral Mondays,” a set of weekly gatherings in North Carolina protesting Gov. Pat McCrory’s new policies that cut jobless benefits, discriminate against voters without IDs, restrict early voting and student voting, and expand concealed weapons permits, among other issues. Nearly 900 protesters have been arrested at their weekly gatherings at the state legislature building. Some protesters are young citizens, while many others are veterans of the 1960s civil rights movement. Almost all of which are communicating and organizing their protests through social media. While protesters of the 1960s stayed connected through church groups, civic organizations and newspapers, modern-day civil rights movements gain momentum one tweet, post and message at a time. Though Nepal’s infrastructure and communicative system still has a long way to go, Pearson believes that the shift toward a more technologically connected society, no matter how slow, will continue to give a voice to the voiceless in crucial civil issues. Pearson, who studied political science in college, is greatly excited by social media’s new role in civil justice. When preparing her presentation on the subject, Pearson truly loved “looking at what people created, and seeing the kind of debate that it generated,” she said.
• President Obama officially nominated Janet Yellen to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve. If appointed, she will be tasked with deciding when to end the controversial bond-buying program, according to the Wall Street Journal. • For the third straight month, Americans cut back on their credit card use. This could mean a decline in consumer spending, according to the New York Times.
• The number of Americans who watch online video content has grown significantly over the past four years. Humorous and educational videos are the top genre viewed by adults today, according to CNBC. • Google Inc. will now be including the names of users in advertisements on webpages. For the tech-giant to include a user in an ad, he or she will have to share, like or follow something on Google+ (Google Inc.’s Facebook equivalent), according to the Wall Street Journal. • Starbucks, led by CEO Howard Schultz, kicked off a petition to encourage law-makers to come to an agreement to reopen the government.
On the first morning of its creation, more than 200,000 people had already signed, according to CNBC. • Consumer confidence recently reached its lowest level in nine months. Though sentiment declined, the drop was relatively small as consumers spook less easily when reading about major economic indicators, according to CNBC. • Americans Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller took the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for their research into the operations on financial markets, asset prices and behavioral economics, according to the Wall Street Journal. • A new psychological study that was released asserted that chewing popcorn in movie theaters allows people to avoid internalizing the subliminal messages of advertising, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. • Blackberry Ltd. eased customers’ concerns in an open letter it realeased on Monday, Oct. 14 about its recent financial struggles. According to CNBC, the company has had trouble selling its most recent products, but claimed that their label is “here to stay.”
The College of New Jersey School of Business Distinguished Speaker
Dr. Paul Krugman
October 23, 2013 • 4 p.m. Kendall Hall Free & open to TCNJ Campus Community Paul Krugman, recipient of the 2008 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, is Professor of Economics at Princeton University. His research is mainly in the area
Nobel Laureate, Professor at Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, author and Op Ed columnist for the NY Times.
of international trade, where he is one of the founders of the “new trade theory”; he also works in international finance, with a concentration in currency crises. He is a regular op-ed columnist for the New York Times and is the author of numerous best-selling books including End This Depression Now! and The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008.
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Nation & W rld
FBI catch prime suspect creator of e-commerce drug site
By Hajar Lakhouili Correspondent
aggression amongst mankind,” he said. Silk Road had a million registered users worldwide — 30 percent of them based out of the United States, with over a billion dollars in sales, according to The Huffington Post. The site provided users with guidance on how they can vacuum-pack their products and encrypt their communications before they ship through the postal service, in order to prevent exposure by law enforcement, CNN had discovered according to the indictment. In the U.K., the country’s National Crime Agency stated that there would be more arrests when they unravel the network of drug dealers who used the website for their products, The Huffington Post reported. In Canada, a user by the name of “FriendlyChemist” blackmailed “Dread
The FBI caught 29-year-old Pennsylvania State University graduate Ross William Ulbricht, who was accused of creating Silk Road, an e-commerce site for the trade of illegal goods and services. It included hard drugs, hackers, counterfeit cash, forged ID documents, firearms, ammunition and even hitmen — Ulbricht allegedly enlisted one to kill a blackmailer, CNN reported. After completing his studies in 2010, Ulbricht described to CNN that his goals “shifted” to match his libertarian economic views. “I want to use economic theory as a means to abolish the use of coercion and
Pirate Roberts,” the creator of the site who is suspected to be Ulbricht, for the amount of $500,000 in order to stop him from releasing the information about the website to the authorities, according to CNN. “Dread Pirate Roberts” ordered a hit on “FriendlyChemist” for $150,000 in the website’s currency of bitcoins. The FBI said that the hitman sent a picture of the victim after the job was done, but there are no records by Canadian authorities regarding the homicide, according to CNN. The FBI had discovered Ulbricht only after he posted his Gmail account on the site. They tracked the IP Address used by “Dread Pirate Roberts,” which matched with a visit Ulbricht had made to a friend in San Francisco, according to CNN.
Silk Road offers a variety of illegal drugs for trade.
Libyan al-Qaida suspect captured, waits to be charged
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) discusses the capture of terrorism suspect Abu Anas al-Libi.
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a weeklong interrogation aboard a U.S. warship, a Libyan al-Qaida suspect is now in New York awaiting trial on terrorism charges, U.S. officials said Monday.
Obscure & Offbeat
The forgotten bride A German couple’s marriage got off to a rocky start when the groom forgot his bride at a highway gas station on the way home from their honeymoon after she got up to use the bathroom. Only after two-and-a-half hours on the road did he notice she was gone and called police, who said she was patiently waiting. All information from AP
Abu Anas al-Libi was grabbed in a military raid in Libya on Oct. 5. He’s due to stand trial in Manhattan, where he has been under indictment for more than a decade on charges he helped plan and conduct surveillance for the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York, confirmed that al-Libi was transferred to law enforcement custody over the weekend. Al-Libi was expected to be arraigned Tuesday, Bharara said. President Barack Obama’s administration took criticism years ago when it decided to prosecute admitted 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York, rather than at the naval prison at Guantanamo Bay. After reversing course, however, the government has successfully prosecuted several terrorism cases in civilian courts. A federal law enforcement official and two other U.S. officials said al-Libi arrived in New York on Saturday. The officials insisted on anonymity because they were
not authorized to publicly discuss the matter. Intelligence officials interrogated him for a week aboard the U.S.S. San Antonio in the Mediterranean. Interrogations at sea have replaced CIA black sites as the U.S. government’s preferred method for holding suspected terrorists and questioning them without access to lawyers. Al-Libi’s al-Qaida ties date back to the terrorist group’s early years, according to court documents. That would make him a valuable source of information about the group’s history. It’s unclear whether he could offer fresh intelligence on the group, the core of which has been battered and fragmented. Al-Libi has longstanding health issues and will get medical testing while in custody to determine whether he needs treatment, U.S. officials said. Where exactly al-Libi is being held and where that testing would take place is unclear. Al-Libi, whose full name is Nazih Abdul-Hamed alRuqai, used to be on the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists. His family denies he was in al-Qaida.
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Iran promises new nuclear proposal GENEVA (AP) — Iran is promising a new proposal to break the deadlock over its nuclear program when it resumes talks Tuesday with the U.S. and five major world powers — the first since the election of a reformist Iranian president. The U.S. and its partners are approaching the talks with caution. They are eager to test Tehran’s new style since the June election of President Hassan Rouhani but insist that it will take more than words to advance the negotiations and end crippling international sanctions. Iran has long insisted it does not want nuclear weapons and that its nuclear program is entirely peaceful — a position received with skepticism in Western capitals. But Iranian officials from Rouhani down say their country is ready to meet some international demands to reduce its nuclear activities and build trust. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, a senior member of Iran’s negotiating team, said Sunday that Tehran is bringing a new proposal to the talks to dispel doubts about the nuclear program. While offering no details, he told Iran’s student news agency ISNA that the Islamic Republic should “enter into a trust-building path with the West.” “In their point of view trust-building means taking some steps on the Iranian nuclear issue, and in our view
Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, spoke to the UN last month, advocating for decreased violence in the Middle East.
trust is made when the sanctions are lifted,” Araghchi said. No final deal is expected at the twoday session. However, if the Iranians succeed in building trust, the talks — including the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — could be the launching pad for a deal that has proven elusive since negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program began in 2003. That would reduce the threat of war between Iran and Israel and possibly the United States. The latter two have vowed never to accept a nuclear-armed Iran. From the six-power perspective, the ideal outcome would be for Tehran to scale back aspects of its nuclear program that many nations fear could aid in making a bomb. That would trigger a gradual lifting of the economic
sanctions on Iran. On the eve of the talks, a senior U.S. administration official said Washington was encouraged by Rouhani’s more moderate tone and would be testing Tehran’s intentions in the coming days. But the official, who was not authorized to speak on the record and briefed reporters on condition of anonymity, said the United States would insist on confidence-building measures “that address our priority concerns.” Heading Iran’s delegation at the talks is Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, a veteran, U.S.-educated diplomat who helped negotiate a cease-fire with Iraq 25 years ago. He says his country is ready to allow more intrusive international perusal of Tehran’s nuclear program.
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What does Homecoming mean to you?
“I transferred to the College after my freshman year, and I have covered the Homecoming football game my sophomore and junior years, so I have yet to sit back, relax and experience the Homecoming festivities. However, I can say that the Homecoming football games are easily the most enjoyable to cover. The crowd is always the biggest it is all year, the stakes are higher than they’ve been all season, and the players play with a different kind of intensity. It’s a lot of fun to watch.”
— Chris Molicki, News Editor
For many students, Homecoming is an important event in the fall semester. The Signal “As a freshman last year, my club soccer team had our Re- staff reflects on past Homecomings and their significance to their college experience.
gional Tournament during Homecoming, and therefore, I wasn’t able to attend. I was extremely bummed out when I got back to hear from just about everyone that it was the ‘best day of the year at TCNJ.’ As you can imagine, when I found out that this year’s regional tournament schedule didn’t coincide with Homecoming his year, I was so excited to be able to experience not only my first Homecoming but the ‘best day of the year.’ It seems that with all of the new rules and changes to the tradition of Homecoming, however, I’m not actually going to experience ‘the best day of the year’ anymore, and that is really disappointing. Coming from a high school that prided itself on school spirit and athletic pride, I feel like I’m missing that part of my school experience here at the College. Apparently, however, Homecoming was supposed to make up for that, but now during the year that I can actually attend, it won’t be even close to meeting up to the hype it once held.”
— Julie Kayzerman, Nation & World Editor “You don’t have to attend Homecoming to recognize its significance. It’s a tradition that seamlessly bridges generations of alumni and attending students to one single event, representing the College’s past and present with unbridled spirit. That said, I will only attend on two conditions. a) Homecoming needs more dogs. Most alumni are not hairy enough to pet. And b), cover bands should never set foot on campus. Our national ranking goes down as soon as a washed-up Jimmy Buffett knockoff plays ‘Cheeseburger in Paradise.’ Frankly, this is more perilous than alcohol consumption — coincidentally our only salvation from another ‘Margaritaville’ cover.”
— Tom Kozlowski, Arts & Entertainment Editor “My relationship with Homecoming is very closely tied to my experience in greek life. As a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, Homecoming and Spirit Week are probably my best chances to boast my letters proudly. Homecoming was one of the events I got to attend as a recently initiated member last fall. So, Homecoming for me means a break from the usual Saturday morning malaise from late nights and long hours. It means spending some quality time with my brothers. It means jumping that ever-widening gap between work and play, even for a short time. It also gives me an opportunity to remember how fortunate I truly am to be a part of an organization of people who are wholeheartedly dedicated to genuinely enjoying their lives. Homecoming is that time of fall, the season that evokes memories of my childhood freedoms, where I get to spend time the way I want to — that is, with people who have a sure good time.”
— Jack Meyers, News Editor
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Quotes of the Week “We want to leave each game knowing we haven’t left anything but our best out there, for each other and for all the Lions who played before us.” — Freshman soccer defenseman Aubrey Andrews.
“It was the first time I ever felt like I was in a place where I would be accepted.”
— Sophomore Jordan Stefanski on the College at the Coming Out Monologues.
“Hopefully the wall sparks a thought inside of the heads of our campus’s students and encourages them to believe in themselves and put their best foot forward.” — Junior Jillian McCarthy on Kappa Delta’s Confidence Week initiative.
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To insure or not to insure America’s unemployed By Christopher Rightmire Opinions Editor
The old adage goes, give a man a fish and he will eat for the day, but teach a man how to fish and he’ll eat forever. But what if a man is getting fish for free every day? Then what is his motivation to learn how to fish and provide for himself? This analogy personifies a major theme in the argument against high rates of unemployment benefits: If people are given high rates of unemployment benefits, they will not have as much incentive to look for work. As a result of people being motivated to not look for work, unemployment grows, the governments’ funds are
Denmark’s labor policies are worth studying.
strained and overall productivity sinks. While this argument is structurally sound, it ignores the possibility of feeding the man, but only on the condition that he learns how to fish. The government should focus spending on active labor market policies (ALMPs) and use unemployment benefits as a way to incentivize the unemployed to utilize ALMPs. An excellent case study for this argument is Denmark and its famed flexicurity system. The system allows companies the freedom to easily fire their employees, but ensures jobless citizens one of the highest transfer payment rates in the world — it averages 64 percent of an unemployed citizen’s former salary, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The model clearly works for Denmark, as it currently has around four percent unemployment and has a top-15 GDP per capita, according to the OECD. Thanks to this success, the model has been trumpeted by politicians and reporters in both Europe and America since the mid-’90s. However, Denmark didn’t find success until it added ALMPs to the flexicurity equation in the mid-’90s. Before that, Denmark had over a 10 percent unemployment rate and was considered a country in crisis, according to OECD numbers. According to Danish scholars Torben Anderson and Michael Svarer, Denmark’s “social safety net served to protect incomes, but not to bring unemployed back into employment.” To motivate people to get back to work, a series of labor reforms introduced ALMPs and conditions for collecting unemployment benefits in the mid-’90s. With the reforms, the unemployed were forced to meet
with job counselors and take training courses or they would lose their unemployment benefits. As a result, people were forced to look for employment and train themselves to become employable. According to the OECD, after the implementation of these reforms, unemployment dropped from a high of 13 percent in 1994 to 4.5 percent in 1999. According to Andersen and Svarer, ALMPs help to reduce unemployment in a two-fold way by using the “post-program effect” and “threat effect.” The training and educational aspects of ALMPs help to prepare people for jobs. Post-program effect, however, is the fact that unemployment benefits are cutoff if workers don’t start training and actively looking for a job helps to push the unemployed back into the labor market. Obviously the cultures of Denmark and the United States are extremely different, and a system like Denmark’s flexicurity would be difficult to transplant into America. However, examining the Danish social insurance system should spur the creativity of America’s labor officials to perhaps put greater emphasis on ALMPs to get our unemployed back in the work force. Currently, Denmark spends 2.26 percent of its GDP on ALMPs and America spends .57 percent. Denmark’s unemployment is 4.4 percent and America’s is 7.3 percent, according to OECD. While macroeconomic and international factors have to also be accounted for, these numbers do show that tapping into the “threat effect” and “postprogram effect” via ALMPs can get people back to work. There are different methods of providing unemployment benefits, just as there are different methods of fishing, and success can vary depending on which method is used.
There is always light at the end of a dark tunnel By Elizabeth Kamel
In light of Mental Health Awareness month, I feel that it’s imperative to spark a conversion on mental health. These are words that are rarely spoken about, especially in college. College is supposed to be the best four years of your life. Or that’s what people say. But rarely do young adults talk about the struggles they had with making friends, adjusting to college life and this newfound independence. Not to mention the drug and alcohol use that teenagers entering college are unaccustomed to. There is such a negative stigma against getting help from a therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist. If you’re on antidepressants in college, you certainly aren’t going to talk about it, and you’re probably going to lie and tell your friends they are allergy pills. My school has the counseling offices in the same room as the infirmary, so students sneak in thinking that no one will know they are going to talk to a therapist. That’s what I did. And when I went to the school therapist every week, I went there in secret. In the waiting room, the other students stared at me. We all were dealing with different issues, whether they were adjustment issues, family issues or something of the like. But we all had one commonality. We were dealing with some form of depression or anxiety. And we were all trying to hide it from our friends and family because, for me, it was embarrassing. Because apparently talking to a professional about personal issues makes you weird or weak. The difficulty with depression is that when it reaches a certain intensity, it starts
to become impossible to hide. I no longer wanted to eat. I lost weight. I didn’t laugh or smile anymore, and my personality did a 180-degree turn. I am known for my piercing laugh and at that point of my depression, I felt like I forgot how to laugh. I didn’t think it would get better, and my parents had to force me to start an antidepressant because I refused to believe that anything would work. A switch had been turned off in my mind. My mental health was unsafe. I didn’t care, but my family and friends noticed right away. Depression in college is so scary because becoming a “young adult” and not having your parents or guardians at every turn is daunting. And not to mention that students are still judgmental and condescending in college. No one wants to be the “depressed kid” because people form negative ideas about you and they attribute your sadness as a part of your personality. No one can truly understand what depression is until they go through it themselves. Until you are at a point when you don’t have the strength to get out of bed in the morning, you can’t judge someone who suffers from depression. It takes a hold on you that is almost impossible to shake without the proper help. This help includes therapy and sometimes antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with needing a little extra help. You can’t do it on your own all the time. You don’t need to only rely on yourself and keep your feelings inside. Because when you keep your feelings inside, that is when the damage is truly done. Depression is a slippery slope. Those who
are severely depressed contemplate suicide and some decide that their life is not worth living and decide there is no other option but ending it. And for the people who decide to commit suicide, they feel like they have run out of places to turn and can’t find the strength to continue living. Every breath is a dagger to their heart. They wake up sad. They go to bed hopeless. They don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. But that’s why the mental health field is so important and why this negative stigma against therapy and antidepressants is detrimental to young adults. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. There always is. You may just see darkness now, but I promise the dark tunnel does end and you will see the light of day again. And you will smile again. And you will feel like you are worthy of living. I promise because I went through this. I waited through the dark time and went to a therapist every single week. And I told her that it wouldn’t get better, but, in time, it did. This was three years ago, before one of my fellow College students, Paige Aiello, committed suicide. I rarely think about that time of my life anymore. But the four weeks where authorities weren’t sure if Paige was missing or if she committed suicide, that’s all I could think about. All I could think about was whether Paige was getting the help she needed before she disappeared. On the outside, she appeared perfect. She was graduating cum laude with a communication studies degree and was a star tennis player. She was accepted to nine law schools and was about to start her time at Rutgers Law. She was, and still is, a beautiful person who is loved
by many. Her friends and family mourn the loss of this amazing human being because she had so much to contribute to the world. The articles about her would always mention her smile and her kindness. But on the inside, she was hurting really badly. Hurting enough to look out into the Hudson River and make the conscious decision to leave her friends, family and future behind. Depression clouds the mind to the point where you just can’t think straight. And that’s why I truly think that if you haven’t suffered from depression before, you can’t really understand what it feels like. But it’s just so important to reach out for help. To tell your friends you’re struggling. To tell your parents that you just don’t have the strength to get out of bed in the morning. This doesn’t make you abnormal or weird. You just need some extra help. And you will get through it. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. The darkness doesn’t continue forever. You will prevail.
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It is important to look for the light through tunnels of depression.
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Students share coming-out stories
Photos courtesy of Megan Osika
The PRISM event explores many sexual preferences, including pansexuality.
By Kelly Corbett Correspondent
PRISM hosted its annual Coming Out Monologues, a night full of inspiration, tears and laughter as students of the LGBTQ community shared their coming-out stories, on Wednesday, Oct. 9 and Thursday, Oct. 10. “This place is unabashedly queer,” said Jordan Stefanski, sophomore nursing major and PRISM’s Queer Awareness Month Chair. “Might as well call it ‘TCNgay,’” he chuckled. Students and peers were invited to lend their ears as they gathered in the Library Auditorium for the two-night event. This event sought to shed light on National Coming Out Day, which was celebrated on Friday, Oct. 11.
Lauren Purdon, a sophomore biology major, explained to the audience how in high school she started having crushes on a wide range of people. “I still like boys, so I can’t be gay,” she told us. Purdon was right — she wasn’t gay, nor was she straight. She identifies as pansexual, in fact — meaning she was attracted to those who identified with various sexual and gender identities. Her face lit up as she said, “Finding the word for what I was has made me so happy.” When Adam Fisher, senior graphic design major, strutted across the stage in a pair of shiny black stilettos, he livened up the audience as he said, “I knew I was gay when I could walk better in heels than most women.” Many young adults in Fisher’s position struggle with the reality
of coming out to their parents. However, Fisher had a weight lifted off his shoulders when his parents confessed that they already knew. At the end of his act, he said, “I’m so comfortable with who I am.” “Acceptance is the key to being happy in life,” said Billy Wolf, a freshman secondary education and English double major. Growing up in a traditional Catholic household, coming out to his mom wasn’t easy. After he mustered up the courage to tell her, he was greeted with disappointment instead of a warm hug. This wasn’t the end of Billy’s story, however. It took some time, but he finally received his mother’s blessing. “I’m really blessed and lucky today. I have a good support system, not everyone is as
fortunate,” Wolf said. Which was true. The night illustrated some of the difficulties members of the LGBT community deal with. One of the most prominent concerns was whether their families would accept them. Some were forced out of their homes and even attempted self-harm. Stefanski, the last act of the night, explained how when he first visited the College’s campus on a college tour, he saw a Queer Awareness sign nested in the lawn of the Social Sciences Building. “It was the first time I ever felt like I was in a place where I would be accepted,” he said. The College happened to be the only college he applied to.
The audience learned throughout the night that many of the acts were thankful they decided to come to the College, where they feel accepted. As the night winded down, the stage was opened up to any other students who weren’t given the opportunity to do an act, but who were inspired to share their stories. A handful of students, inspired by the acts of the night, briefly opened up to the audience. The Library Auditorium had ultimately transformed into a peaceful, loving and safe environment. In the closing remarks of the night, Stefanski said, “Keep calm and queer on!”
Photo courtesy of Megan Osika
The two-night event draws a full house.
Kappa Delta cultivates college confidence By Colleen Murphy Review Editor
Only 2 percent of women think they are beautiful. 90 percent of all women want to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance. One out of four college-aged women have an eating disorder. These statistics, provided by the Confidence Coalition, highlight the need for women and girls to have confidence in themselves, and this lack in confidence begins at a young age. In fact, 81 percent of 10-year-old girls are afraid of becoming fat, while every seven minutes a girl is bullied in her school yard, playground, stairwell, classroom or bathroom. According to its website, the Coalition was founded in 2009 by the Kappa Delta Sorority in order to support the organizations, companies and individuals that promote self-esteem and confidence among girls and women. The College’s chapter of the Kappa Delta Sorority, a member of the national Coalition, promoted confidence on campus by holding Confidence Week from Monday, Oct. 7 through Saturday, Oct. 12. According to junior marketing major and Kappa Delta vice president for Public Relations Jillian McCarthy, the sorority created a Facebook event with their confidence pledge on it, giving students the opportunity to pledge toward a goal
outside the Brower Student Center and passed out blue and gold balloons with inspirational messages on them. “Confidence is important for everybody to have in order to succeed in life. It is important to have confidence in order to stand up for yourself, believe in yourself and realize your full potential,” McCarthy said. “Confidence can be the driving factor that makes so many positive things happen for an individual, and based on the statistics, it is clear not enough women and girls have confidence.” By holding Confidence Week, Kappa Delta hopes to spread not only confidence, but also self-esteem throughout the campus community.
“I think the week brings the word ‘confidence’ to the front of people’s minds and helps them to stand up a little bit taller and believe in themselves. We hope students walk past the wall outside of the student center and pledged to do something better, whether it was to be more confident, happy, friendly or supportive,” McCarthy said. “Hopefully the wall sparks a thought inside of the heads of our campus’ students and encourages them to believe in themselves and put their best foot forward.” Kappa Delta continues the Confidence Coalition’s goal even though Confidence Week has ended at the College. According to McCarthy, the sorority will hold
Girl Scout Days, where the sisters will act as role models for the young girls. Kappa Delta will show visiting Girl Scouts that it is important to always be confident. “We hope to live up to the Confidence Coalition’s vision: ‘A world of confident girls and women who embrace the belief that they can achieve anything, and consistently exceed their own expectations,’” McCarthy said. “Confidence is an issue that affects everybody, not just females, and we are proud to be able to promote it through Kappa Delta. If we can help one person believe in themselves, then we have made a positive impact.”
Courtney Wirths / Photo Editor
The chalkboard outside the Brower Student Center boasts with positive text on confidence.
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Don’t be SAD, get help By Ruchi Shah Columnist Is the cold weather getting you down? Your unhappy mood coinciding with the transition of seasons from summer to fall is no coincidence. Every year between four and six percent of Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), according to familydoctor. org. SAD is typically more prevalent among adults at or above the age of 20 and is more common in women than men. It is also more common in northern regions, as the winter season tends to be longer and more severe. Symptoms of SAD tend to manifest themselves toward the beginning of fall and persist into winter, according to familydoctor.org. The particular cause of SAD is unknown, but a combination of the following factors is believed to play a hand. Disruption of your circadian rhythm (24-hour mental, physical and behavioral cycle) is a consequence of the reduced sunlight during the fall and winter seasons. This may lead to depression. This reduced sunlight may cause a decrease in serotonin levels. Serotonin levels in the brain affect mood. A reduced level of serotonin leads to depression. In addition, a change in the levels of the horomone melatonin may contribute to change in sleeping patterns and mood, according to Harvard Health Publications. The specific symptoms of SAD vary between individuals, but certain signs tend to be common. Physical ailments such as headaches, weight gain due to changes in appetite, fatigue due to a decreased amount of energy and insomnia
are usually present. In addition, a person may undergo emotional chances such as hypersensitivity to social rejection, increased irritability and anxiety, and constant feelings of guilt and hopelessness. The aforementioned symptoms of SAD come and go around the same time every year. SAD is difficult to diagnose because its symptoms are so common. Criteria specified by the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM) includes experiencing depression for at least two years during the same season every year, periods of depression are followed by periods without depression, and having no other explanations for the changes in your mood or behavior. There are a number of therapies that can be applied to treat SAD, such as light therapy, medicine therapy and psychotherapy. Light therapy is fairly straightforward — your doctor will instruct you to sit in front of a light box every day as means for your body to obtain light. Medications prescribed for SAD include a variety of antidepressants. Psychotherapy can aid you in recognizing and changing thoughts and behaviors that negatively impact your mood. Don’t just dismiss physical and emotional changes as simply being under the weather — get help! On-campus resources include Student Health Services and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Both are there to help you, so do not hesitate to make an appointment and make a change.
Campus Style By Jordan Koziol Columnist Niki Yerram, junior biology major What are you wearing? I’m wearing a maroon skirt from Cotton On, a black and white striped threequarter-sleeved shirt from Forever 21, a black and gold necklace from Forever 21, a tortoise shell rose gold Michael Kors watch and black Steve Madden combat boots.
10 years down the road? I want to be a dentist, so I hope to still dress very stylish — just under a white coat! Kind of like Dr. Addison Montgomery from “Grey’s Anatomy”? Yes!
Where do you find your clothes? Mostly H&M, Forever 21, Cotton On and Toby. I buy my jewelry from Forever 21 and Express — jewelry helps tie my outfit together. Where do you get your inspiration? I follow a lot of people on Instagram whose styles I admire. Many of them post what they are wearing each day, so I like to take tips from them. How would you describe your style? I’d say that I try to keep up with the trends but make them my own. I like to stand out and look different in regard to how people put outfits together. Do you find yourself altering your style often? Yes. It depends on my mood. One day I’ll wear a skirt and the next I’ll wear leather pants. I like to switch it up so that I’m not stuck on one style. I also like to dry out different looks. How do you envision yourself dressing
Jordan Koziol / Columnist
Media hot spots like Instagram can serve as fashion inspiration.
Princeton Spanish restaurant es delicioso
Jack Meyers / News Editor
Pan tumaca and berenjenas match posh display with tasty satisfaction. By Jack Meyers News Editor You know those days when you just walk outside after class and realize you’re in need of some adventure? That’s how I ended up at Despaña, a Spanish market-café fused restaurant in Princeton. I grabbed my go-to new-foodplace friend (we all have one). We got dressed up in our uppity “Princeton casual” attire so we might fit in among the armchair theorists and housewives, and we hit the road. The good thing about being a student here is that we are only ever about 15 minutes from the best meals students can never afford. But really, Princeton’s got some quality eats. When we sat down at our table at Despaña,
our waitress brought us the water, which came in a needlessly elaborate glass vase, making me think it was composed of the sweat and tears of religious fanatics during La Semana Santa. Also, it was a good sign that we’d be spending quite a bit on our meal, something uncharacteristic of tapas, which are known for their affordability. We immediately looked at the prices and, feeling around in our pockets for loose change, realized we couldn’t spend much. But with the waitress’s suggestion to simply split three tapas, and our undying commitment to good food, we acquiesced. First came our salad. It had that fresh, wholesome, flavorful, savorysweet combination that is so hard to bring to the right balance. Then the berenjenas fritas, or fried
eggplants, arrived. The berenjenas were in long, skinny form and sprinkled with honey and ginger zest. They were essentially healthier, lighter, sweeter French fries. If you go, I recommend starting with these and finishing them fast, because they tasted sort of flat once they cooled off. Next came the pan tumaca, a glorified bruschetta with a ton more zing in each bite than any tomato-bread combination I’ve ever had. Although when I asked the waitress what the spices were, she responded with, “It’s just salt, olive oil, tomato and bread.” That alone signaled to me the fact that I was engulfing the creations of an expert chef. Finally was the Alhambra palace of the meal, the true gastronomic venture that should define any Hispanic cuisine experience: the chorizo. Our dish was called the “chorizo picante flambeado and chestnuts,” which also happens to be a prime example of my native language — Spanglish. What the first two dishes lacked in body, the last dish made up for tenfold. Stuck through with a toothpick, the baked chestnut tasted sweet and earthy, almost as if I had taken a bite out of a maple tree and the syrup came out in solid form. The chorizo added its muchanticipated kick and, to be completely honest, it was a certifiable foodgasm. The décor was sleek black and red, reminiscent of the running of the bulls. Or, if you’re drunk, it probably looks more like La Tomatina, the festival in Spain where people spend a whole day throwing tomatoes at each other. I couldn’t make that up if I tried. Three words to wrap this meal up: simple, sweet, gone.
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Whip up a tasty chicken cordon bleu dish By Amy Reynolds Editor-in-Chief
could, in fact, have handled cooking the meal on my own. It was easy to make and absolutely delicious. Here’s how to make chicken “accordion” bleu:
Chicken “Accordion” Bleu Ingredients: Chicken Breast (4 pieces) Deli Ham (1/4 pound) Sliced Provolone Cheese (1/4 pound) Olive Oil (2 tablespoons) Flour (1 cup) 1 egg *The above measurements are approximations I’ll admit that I’m not the best cook in the world. Give me a recipe to follow and I’ll fare just fine, but tell me to cook a meal from scratch with no instructions, and you probably won’t like the results. The other night, my boyfriend and I decided we didn’t want to have yet another meal from Taco Bell or Wendy’s, so we decided to cook our own meal for a change. And by “we” I mean that he did the actual cooking while I took the eggs out of the fridge and stirred some pasta. Afterward, though, I realized that I
1. Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board or hard surface. Using a meat mallet, flatten the meat to about a half-inch thick. Place two slices of cheese on top of the chicken. Place two slices of ham on top of the cheese. 2. Fold the chicken-cheese-ham combo in half “hamburger-style.” 3. Put the olive oil into a skillet and place over medium-high heat. 4. Crack the egg and put it into a bowl. Whisk. Place the flour in a separate bowl. Dip chicken-cheese-ham combo into the bowl of whisked eggs, coating it completely. Immediately place the chicken-cheese-ham combo into the bowl of flour, coating it completely.
5. Place the chicken-cheese-ham combos onto the skillet. Cook for approximately seven minutes on each side. Then cook for an additional minute on each side on high heat. Once the chicken is cooked completely (you will be able to see on the side of the chicken) and the ends are browned, you are finished cooking. 6. Remove chicken from skillet and place on paper towels. Dab with paper towels to remove excess oil. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by how easy this was to cook! All in all, it only took about 30 minutes, and it was absolutely delicious. We accompanied the chicken with a side of fettuccine alfredo, but it would go nicely with potatoes or vegetables as well. Don’t live off campus? No worries. There are kitchenettes scattered across campus, including in the lounges of Townhouse South, Hausdoerffer, Phelps and Cromwell, available for use.
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(John) Wolf cooking up some chicken for a delicious meal.
Hollywood family drama: Jenners divorce By Johnanthony Alaimo Columnist It’s official folks. There is no hope for love and matrimony now that Kris and Bruce Jenner are calling it quits. Kris and Bruce are ending their 22-year marriage after realizing they were married for 22 years and not 22 minutes, which is unlike a Kardashian. Honestly, I think the real reason is that Bruce saw Kris’s daytime talk show and immediately decided that he was more of a “The View” fan — Whoopi ain’t called “Whoopi” for nothing. The two have released a statement saying the split is amicable and that the two will remain “best of friends.” I love it when divorcing couples say they will stay “best friends.” Like bitch please, you are not going to call
him up and ask him to go to Taco Bell with you. Get real. That’s what you get when you keep up with the Kardashians. That show should just be re-named “Pre-nup with the Kardashians.” There is, however, hope for friendship as Sinead O’Connor and Miley Cyrus are just the best of pen pals. Sinead O’Connor, best known for ripping up a picture of the Pope while on “SNL” in the ’90s, once again demonstrated her public relations skills by penning a few open letters directed to Miley. In them, Sinead complains that Miley is allowing herself to be “pimped” and oversexualized for the sake of the music industry. Miley replied that she does not have time to
respond to Sinead’s letters since she is hosting “SNL.” Sinead did not take that lightly and wrote ANOTHER letter claiming Miley was making fun of mental illness and should apologize to Amanda Bynes. Yes. Yeah. Mhm. This is all happening. I literally can’t believe this. It BLOWS my mind. It’s so hard to comprehend … that people are still writing letters. Sinead, have you heard of email? Another person going berserk these days is Eminem, who was elated that his daughter was crowned homecoming queen in her Michigan high school. Eminem, however, did not want to cause a scene at the school and instead opted to watch his daughter’s crowning from inside the school. Eminem has stated that he is “a father before
Eminem practices family values while the Jenners ripup their marriage license.
a rapper.” It’s good to know he’ll first say, “I love you,” to his daughter rather than, “caught her
stealin’ my music, so I tied her arms and legs to the bed. Set up the camera, pissed twice on her. Look, two pees and a tripod!”
Human and society at fault for global warming
Protestors warn of global warming’s threats. By Neha Vachhani Columnist
The controversial topic of global warming has risen to the attention of the public yet again. This time, however, it’s not a matter of whether it’s real (if you don’t believe in global warming, I suggest you stop reading now). Climate change is precarious and everyone will suf-
fer the consequences of Earth’s rising temperatures if nothing is done to prevent it. There has been much deliberation about the gravity of the situation and even more dispute concerning the cause of it all. Scientists never cease their research in discovering the source of the problem, and recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stake the claim that humans are indeed the cause of global warming. The IPCC is 95 percent certain that humans are the source of the planet’s rising temperatures, sea levels and rate of deterioration. Although this may seem like old news, there is now scientific evidence pointing to the seven billion people inhabiting this planet as the problem. The biggest contributor to the decay of the ozone layers, and ultimately global warming, is the emission of greenhouse gases — primarily, carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide goes essentially unrecognized by the sun. Its invisibility allows sunlight to pass through and heat the planet. CO2 also traps Earth’s natural heat as it attempts to surpass the ozone layers. The excess amount of greenhouse gases occupying Earth’s atmosphere is causing the planet’s climate to escalate at a detrimental rate. CO2 emissions are byproducts of burning fossil fuels, so to delay global warming, people need to take advantage of other resources and limit the amount of fossil fuels used. The solution seems simple enough, but the prob-
lem is that no alternative option is as fiscally resourceful. Fossil fuels are used to provide energy in a variety of ways. From creating gas for public transportation to powering up factories to produce goods, they are indeed beneficial to many economies around the world. The versatility and convenience of the energy source makes it difficult for many industries to seek substitutions. The truth of the matter is: If the level of carbon dioxide emissions does not decrease, global warming will prove harmful for all. Many effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels, extreme weather patterns, melting sea ice and increases in temperature, are already evident and have been for years. From melting ice forcing polar bears to make their way onto the endangered species list to recurring droughts causing crop failures in agriculture, many ecosystems and organisms are already experiencing the consequences. In order to prevent more catastrophes from occurring in reaction to climate change, people need to recognize that they are causing global warming and then take the first steps toward reversing it. Making a difference can be as easy as carpooling, using public transportation, or even opting to ride a bike or walk. Recycling, using resources like water and electricity sparingly, and choosing items produced in an environmentally cautious way are steps that can be taken to slow down global warming. If we want mankind to continue to live on this planet, we need to stop killing it and start taking care of it.
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Arts & Entertainment
Acappellooza / Styles across the century
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The Treblemakers perform Imagine Dragons’ hit song ‘Demons.’ continued from page 1
scattered pitch issues. Following their set, the all-female Treblemakers took the stage. Founded in 2007, they’re a recently established group who struck a chord with their pop selections, including a brilliantly arranged cov-
er of Lorde’s single, “Royals.” Although lacking in basses and baritones to underpin their vocals, the girls managed to perform faithfully to their selected pieces while allowing room for improvisation. In contrast, International Tunes (or “iTunes”) focus largely on global hits. What began as a tumbling song in Swahili tran-
sitioned into a medley of Adele, representing one of the U.K.’s most popular female artists. The group closed with Colombian native Juanes’s megahit “La Camisa Negra” and fervent applause. To the group’s credit, the lead males covering Juanes struck a surprisingly convincing Spanish accent, no easy feat when mastering the rhythms of a romantic language. But the dark horse of the evening came from the visiting students of Franklin & Marshall College’s “Poor Richards” troupe. Invited by the Trentones, “Poor Richards” stretched genres from Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” to Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” with plenty of sexual tension ebbing from the group. “Having outside troupes is a blast,” Santos said. “It’s really cool to simply exchange stories about performance experiences, alumni of the groups and traveling to different colleges.” Despite coinciding with the thumping bass of TCNJ Glow, Acappellooza surprised its attendees with a show as stylish and colorful as the paint-splattered rave. Its diversity of tunes, from “Come on Eileen” to “Rolling in the Deep,” never
failed to stoke the anticipation of listeners, and the acoustics were frankly gorgeous. Their differences were sharp, but the energy of the night was far from flat. “Personally, I really enjoy doing this event because I get to see the diversity that a cappella is capable of having,” Santos said. “No matter what the style or genre, voices can come together without the use of instruments and make music.”
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The Trentones harmonize and host.
Enders returns to the Rat, aces another show
Ace Enders, the lead singer and guitarist for the pop-punk band
The Early November, returned to the Rathskeller on Friday, Oct. 11 for yet another phenomenal allacoustic set. Prior to Enders’s appearance,
Jonathan Cooney of solo project No Stranger helped set the tone for the rest of the show. Cooney performed an array of melodic acoustic tracks from both his demos and his soon-to-be selffunded EP. Afterward, Enders took the stage. His set included songs not only from The Early November, but also pieces from his acoustic side project, I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business. Enders has played acoustic sets at the Rat in previous years. But after The Early November reunited from their 2006 hiatus and released a new LP in 2012 off Rise Records entitled “In Currents,” fans were able to hear
some of the songs off the album live for the very first time, including “Frayed in Doubt.” “Enders put on a highly interactive show,” junior marketing major Jon Santangelo said. “He was friendly and comical throughout the show, and of course his voice was perfect, as always.” Veteran fans of Enders’s music got to hear older tracks ranging from “Ever So Sweet” to “1000 Times A Day,” leaving them in a state of nostalgia for Enders’s earlier years as the frontman for The Early November. “Enders was such a powerful performer for such a small venue,” junior history major Mike Cort said. “Seeing Ace Enders,
By Jared Sokoloff Staff Writer Call me a hipster, but I really love albums. If you have ever read a review of mine, you’ve probably figured this out already. I just love the journey that an album can take you on, the range of emotions across a perfectly organized set of songs and the masterfully conceived artwork and packaging designs. Fine, call me a hipster. I’ll allow it just this once. As a so-called hipster, I run into a lot of problems reviewing new albums. More specifically, they generally break all of the criteria mentioned above, as well as having songs that, individually, are either written or produced in a terrible fashion. Which makes it even more painful when a set of songs is well written and produced overall, while the actual concept of compiling them
into an album format fails. Individually, the songs on “Drizzy Drake’s” newest release, and “Nothing Was the Same,” are, individually, pretty good. As a whole album, though, it’s pretty boring. The 13 songs and two bonus tracks of Drake’s third studio album can be described overall as slow, dark and gloomy. But while Kanye West achieved these elements using minimalist production techniques and extremely unconventional (and slightly disturbing) samples on “Yeezus,” Drake just uses a lot of dark, atmospheric sounds. And unfortunately, this causes all of the songs to meld together into a mush of dark and slow. But there are standouts. The album’s opener, “Tuscan Leather,” is a thrilling six-minute tune full of reversed samples, interesting and “bounceable” beats, and false-endings that keep you wanting more. I also personally enjoyed the
track “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” mainly because it reminded me of Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience.” So lovers of thatalbum should at least check out this smoothly pop track. These songs may be good individually, but they suffer from “rich-rapper syndrome.” This is a condition in which rich rappers rap about how they’ve overcome racial barriers (with heavy usage of the “n-word”), all the drugs and alcohol they use and all the women they have pointless sex with. In other words, themes that got old about 20 years ago. Overall, this album is a very good collection of songs. But that’s all it is: a collection of songs. The most this album could accomplish would be as a soundtrack of dark background music, and these songs are better suited to pop up in your iPod shuffle. That said, it’s still a very good effort from the Canadian-born rapper.
Drake drops an emotionally and sonically darker album.
Melanie Orr / Staff Photographer
Ace Enders plays a nostalgic set recalling his early career.
By Kris Alvarez Correspondent
who has been in the music business for so long, taking requests and telling little stories about his songs was a very humbling experience to have.” Enders and The Earlier November will be performing a twoshow tour for the 10-year anniversary release of “The Room’s Too Cold” on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City and Saturday, Dec. 21 at Union Transfer in Philadelphia. The album will be played from cover to cover in its entirety. But, for some fans, seeing Enders perform in the cozy environment of the Rat was just as rewarding as having the fullband experience.
‘Started from the bottom,’ not quite there
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ACT’s ‘Lysistrata’ delivers whole package
Courtney Wirths / Photo Editor
The women of ‘Lysistrata’ band together to bar their husbands from sex.
By Mike Herold Staff Writer
Presenting a work written 2,424 years ago to a modern audience is no simple task. Yet that is what the members of All College Theatre did this past week, as they performed Aristophanes’s hit play “Lysistrata” (written in 411 B.C.), and the performers did so admirably. Working off an adaptation of the play from 2003, ACT members told the audience the story of an Athenian woman, titular character Lysistrata, who sought to end the 20year long Peloponnesian war by convincing all the women of Greece to band together
and deny the men the one thing they knew men could not go without: sex. The overall theme of the play, despite what the premise may suggest, is one of equality and peace, with several speeches regarding the lousy ways women are treated — both at the time it was originally written and in the present day. “It feels really good to (play Lysistrata),” said sophomore business management and women’s and gender studies double major Grace Flagler, who portrayed the lead. “I believe in everything the character is saying, and I really feel like a lot of the themes about equality and peace ring true today.” The themes of the play do indeed carry
over from generation to generation. But don’t just take the word of current students at the College — ask those who preceded them. “This play is absolutely timeless — I mean, written in 411 B.C. and it still works!” said class of ’72 alumna Doris Woscyna, who played Lysistrata in 1970 and “loved the show” as a member of the audience this time around. As serious and important as the overarching themes of the play may have been, the show itself was, in fact, a comedy, highlighted toward the end of the play with the male cast members. Laughter abounded when the men wandered on stage with, to put it lightly, very noticeable bulges around their midriffs. As you might imagine, giant fake erections were not always the most comfortable thing for the men of the cast to wear while performing. “It’s really fun, although a little awkward,” said sophomore political science major Sam Waxenbaum, who performed as two unnamed men in the show. “But after a few instances of ‘I’ve got to watch the way I turn,’ you pretty much come out and know that people are either going to laugh or gasp at your appearance.” The prosthetics also caused some problems during the production stage of putting on the show. “When we first got (the giant fake phalluses), all the guys knew it wasn’t going to work,” Waxenbaum said. “So we redesigned them. We basically had a workshop, ‘How to Build a Better Boner.’”
As the cast was quick to point out, however, focusing too much on the pretend playthings was not the intention of the play. “If you really concentrate on the penis parts, you’re missing the point of the show,” sophomore international business major Adam New said, playing Old Geezer #1. “At the heart of it, it’s really an anti-war message. The rest is just there for laughs.” With a clever blend of humor and serious discussion, ACT’s production of “Lysistrata” certainly gave the audience a lot to think about.
Courtney Wirths / Photo Editor
The elders fight for male control.
Interactive gaming is a psychological tool By Courtney Kalafsky Correspondent
The “Little Bird Games” lecture focused on different types of gaming and their applications, using models as part of the Brown Bag Series hosted in Mayo Concert Hall on Friday, Oct. 11. Lucas Blair was welcomed to campus to present his work in interactive multimedia. Blair is the founder of Little Bird Games, a company that combines research and current practices in order to create educational and therapeutic
games. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida in modeling and simulation, and one of his key messages was that good game design is good instructional design. Educational games can be used to teach, to test knowledge, or to do both. Often, these games are used with younger children, as they create visuals and ways of association for the topics that they are learning. These topics can range from school subjects, such as mathematics, to outside matters, such as not digging in the grass where there are utility
marking flags. Therapeutic games are created in collaboration with psychologists and can actually be used to provide therapy. They are designed to train players to recognize their own symptoms and are especially used for treating disorders affecting large populations, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “Another great thing about games is they let you see something from someone else’s perspective,” Blair said. It is easier for patients to see symptoms in game characters
than it is to see them in themselves. Over time, “helping” virtual characters actually aids in recognizing how to help themselves in reality. Along with digital gaming, Little Bird Games has also created board and card games with similar educational and therapeutic values. One of Blair’s highest goals is to work with schools and other organizations to help learners achieve more at a young age. His passion for interactive gaming showed in every word he said and became more evident
as the presentation continued. When displaying game models to his audience, the entire auditorium could feel Blair’s pride in his work. Freshman communication studies major Sam Celona was intrigued by Blair’s lecture and thought it had the potential for useful applications. “I thought it was really cool when he talked about the game that his company worked on to help soldiers with PTSD,” Celona said. “It’s a really great cause that you would never think a game could help with.”
Acoustic action from Deeghan and Icarus By Sloan Seiler Correspondent The lights were low as small groups of friends gathered to relax, socialize and listen to an array of music at the Rathskeller last Tuesday, Oct. 8. Singer/songwriter Jimmie Deeghan and acoustic band The Icarus Account played an enjoyable, low-key show. Jimmie Deeghan displayed a selection of country music. His first song, “Cigarette,” was a playful and upbeat piece with classic country undertones. “I’m burning down the dream like a cigarette / I’m burning down the dream until there’s nothing left,” Deeghan crooned in the song’s chorus. Next, Deeghan decided to soften the mood with several bittersweet songs including “Home River Blues,” “Good Men” and “Sad and Blue.” He also performed a cover of “Miss Chicago,” a well-known love song by alternative-country singer Ryan Adams. Following Deeghan’s set, The Icarus
Account, an acoustic band of two twins from Florida, took the stage and showed off their talent. “I Wanna Grow Old With You” by Adam Sandler was Ty and Trey Turners’ first selection, a piece popularized by the movie “The Wedding Singer.” Next they played one of their own compositions, “Yellow Shirt.” “I love them. I think they are adorable,” freshman computer science major Angela Huang said of the group. The Turner brothers’ performance was also enhanced by comedic and inspiring stories about the creation of each song. For example, “Too Young” was written about Trey’s ex-girlfriend, but his wife believes it was actually written for her and considers it her favorite song. Another piece, “I Love You Always,” was written for Trey’s wife during his parent’s divorce to remind her that no matter what, he will always love her. “Proud,” which was written during the Turner brothers’ first two weeks of college before they dropped out to pursue their
Kyle Bennion / Staff Photographer
From country to guitar rock, the groups play an evening of acoustics. musical career, poignantly described how parents take pride in their children. In addition to their compositions, they performed two cover songs: “Burn” by Usher and “I Just Want You to Know Who I Am” by the Goo Goo Dolls.
“I really liked (the performances) and thought they were fun,” freshman interactive multimedia major Erin Kramer said. Both performances from Deeghan and the Icarus Account made for an engaging and enjoyable night.
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Steinway Benefit instrumental in raising funds By Stephanie Pilipshen Staff Writer The feet of faculty, students and alumni tapped while their bodies swayed, performing classic instrumental pieces at the College’s Steinway Benefit Concert on Thursday, Oct. 11. “What I’m really inspired by this evening is the quality of the music, and when we listen to our faculty and staff perform, it’s just remarkable,” vice president for College Advancement John Donohue said. To start off the concert, a dramatic and intricate rendition of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Serenade No. 12 in C minor” was performed by a mix of students and faculty. The complex chords of the melody flooded the concert hall as the oboes, clarinets, horns and bassoons were played by their
animated musicians. Their performance was then followed by Robert Schumann’s “Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47.” The quartet, made up of a violin, viola, cello and piano, was played rather quickly. There were, however, sections of the piece that slowed and intensified, having an emotional effect on the packed audience. “Sextuor Mystique” was performed next, and due to the various types of instruments that were played — specifically, a flute, oboe, saxophone, guitar, celesta and harp — this Heitor Villa-Lobos piece inspired a dreamy sensation in the listener. In the night’s final performance, a flute, a clarinet, bassoons, trumpets and trombones came together to create the dramatic sounds of “Octet for Wind Instruments” by Igor Stravinsky.
“(This piece) is an opportunity for you to hear some playing that will knock you right off your seat,” said John Laughton, dean of the School of Arts & Communication. “I guarantee that if you haven’t heard bassoons play like this before, you’ll really hear it now because it’s amazing.” And Laughton was right. Sophomore music major Nicole Hunnemeder especially favored “Octet for Wind Instruments” over the other performances of the concert. “It was so different from the other ones,” Hunnemeder said, “and it was a lot darker.” As part of the Steinway Benefit Concert mission, the College’s Center for the Arts and the Department of Music raised $550,000 toward their goal of $1 million in order to fund the future purchases of Steinway pianos for the campus.
Courtney Wirths / Photo Editor
The concert raises more than $500,000 for pianos.
But ultimately, the audience that attended the concert that evening left inspired by the talented
musicians — an indicator that the Steinway campaign is on the road to success.
‘Don Jon’: Gordon-Levitt’s stroke of genius
Left: Gordon-Levitt and Johansson strike up a relationship too cute for words. Right: Gordon-Levitt portrays a stereotypical Guido. By Chad Berman Correspondent
The “Don Juan” legend, the ultimate ladies man, has been ubiquitous in popular culture since the 1600s. Girls want him and guys want to be him. Since then, the character has been hashed and re-hashed in cinema, leading to mixed results. “Don Jon,” the directorial debut of Joseph GordonLevitt, is a modern take on the classic legend, a retelling for the digital age. It is both a superb debut for GordonLevitt and a nice addition to his canon as an actor. His confidence in both the material and his own direction are evident in the finished product. The story of “Don Jon” centers on bartender Jon Martello (Gordon-Levitt), a contemporary Don Juan figure. He has the six-pack abs, the bronzed skin and the staccato articulation of a 21st-century guido. Luckily, Gordon-Levitt brings to Jon a witty self-awareness, which diminishes the ridiculousness of the character. Jon has the fortunate ability to, as he puts it, “pull 10s” every weekend. He is a selfcentered, materialistic guy, professing to care about a short list of things in life: “My body, my pad, my ride, my family, my church, my boys, my girls, my porn.” That’s right. He said porn. Jon’s main vice in life, and, believe me, there are many, is his addiction to porn. He habitually visits pornographic websites, sometimes as often as 100 times a day. Such frequent viewing is bound to impart unrealistic sexual expectations, which is precisely what it does. Jon cannot have meaningful romantic relationships because he objectifies women based on what he sees in his pornographic videos. He craves the hyperbolic nature of pornography, a quality that he has been unable to achieve with a real woman. That is until one night when he sees the drop-dead
gorgeous Barbara Sugarman (Scarlet Johansson) at a club. Or so he thinks. He walks up to her, quietly cocky. He gives her a nod. Cut to the two grinding on the dance floor — Jon is a regular Casanova. He believes this will be like every other sloppy encounter he has had with a curvaceous woman: back to his pad, sex, then off she goes into the night, never to be seen again. However, when he tries his familiar “let’s get outta here” shtick, she rebukes his advances and catches a cab home. Unsatisfied that he was unsuccessful in his pursuit of her, he decides to actually ask her out on a date. He believes that he has finally found the woman who will live out his pornographically-charged fantasies. Barbara and Jon begin a romantic relationship and much to Jon’s chagrin, they do not have sex for a month. In the meantime, he attends night school, because Barbara thinks he possesses more potential than simply being a bartender. There he meets the yin to Barbara’s yang, Esther, played with an alluring craziness by Julianne Moore. She is a vulnerable and damaged woman, and much older than Jon. However, they develop an unlikely bond that leads him to question his sexual expectations. Barbara herself has unrealistic romantic expectations. She gets off to fluffy romantic comedies the same way Jon gets off to pornography. At one point, she chides Jon for cleaning his apartment, because it “isn’t sexy.” Despite her domineering nature, Jon still believes she is the woman who will live up to his skewed sexual standards. However, when they finally do have sex, it is just as unfulfilling to Jon as every other anonymous encounter he has ever had. Jon then despairs about his inability to satisfy his very specific sexual urges, before he starts to become cognizant of his flawed expectations. Gordon-Levitt succeeds in making a film not simply about pornography. He crafts an exposé about its
psychological effects and the tangible ramifications it has on a person’s life. It confronts the perils of reducing women to sexual objects, a very philosophical endeavor for a romantic comedy. Jon has dysfunctional relationships with women because he has a dysfunctional relationship with pornography. Jon has failed to understand that porn is entirely one-sided and made for his benefit whereas relationships are meant to be reciprocal. The film is not quite as clever as it thinks it is, but it certainly reinvents the typical Hollywood romantic-comedy. It is fearless in tackling the unusual subject matter. Moore is characteristically fantastic, although her character is a bit superficially drawn. It is clear that Esther exists mainly to “fix” Jon, showing him how to love someone more than himself and his porn, which ultimately detracts from her own character. Moreover, Johansson shines as Barbara, striking the perfect balance between trashiness and sexiness. Tony Danza, in the role he was seemingly born to play, is hysterical as the bombastic and foul-mouthed father of Gordon-Levitt’s character. This is a welcome return to comedic form for Danza, reminiscent of his days on “Taxi.” Danza’s interactions with Gordon-Levitt are some of the funniest sequences within the film, perfectly embodying the relationship between a father and son who both possess egos too big for the small space they occupy. The Catholic confession sequences are understatedly hilarious, staged by Gordon-Levitt with a verve and unlikely ease for a first time director. He also gives a wonderful, instinctive performance as the titular character, establishing himself as the next big acting/directing threat. All of this culminates in the fact that “Don Jon,” both a reinvention and a throwback, is definitely worth the price of admission.
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ACROSS 5. Explorer who is given credit for discovering the “New World” 7. Ocean that Columbus sailed across 8. Name of one of Columbus’ ships, which means “The Girl” 9. Name of the Spanish queen who helped to pay for Columbus’ trip 10. City in which Columbus was born 11. To find something for the first time
DOWN 1. Number of ships that Columbus had 2. Name of one of Columbus’ ships, which means “The Painted” 3. Country from which Columbus set sail 4. Name of the Spanish king who helped to pay for Columbus’ trip 6. The largest of Columbus’ ships 9. Country in which Columbus was born 12. Vessels used for transportation on water
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1. An electric train is going 40 mph north, the wind is blowing 60 mph south. Which way is the trainâ€™s smoke blowing? 2. A rooster lays an egg on the top of the roof. Which way does it roll? 3. This brain teaser involves a family relationship and a gun.
Answers 1. There would be no smoke, the train is electric. 2. Roosters donâ€™t lay eggs. 3. Son of a gun.
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Foreign NFL, NBA idea needs explaining North America is enough for pro leagues Cheap Seats
The Vikings beat the Steelers at Wembley Stadium in London, while the Nets become one of the NBA’s teams to play abroad. By Mike Herold Staff Writer
I’ve noticed recently that professional sports teams have been playing a lot of games overseas. This has actually been happening for a while, but it’s been big news lately. There have even been talks about having pro teams in our leagues stationed in other countries, and I don’t really understand why this is happening. See, there’s this little word in the title of the two biggest leagues sending games, and potentially teams, overseas: the NBA and the NFL. That word is “national.” Forgive me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t “national” mean “Of one nation”? And isn’t that nation the United States?
So how exactly would having, for example, an NBA team in China work with the whole “National Basketball Association” title? OK, so I know that we have teams in some of these leagues — the NHL in particular — that play in Canada. But since those teams are mostly there for our own enjoyment — they tend to be terrible — and Canada is on the same continent as we are, with a massive amount of sports fans and very few pro leagues of their own, I tend not to worry about that much. Having an NFL team in Lon-
don, though? Do you really want NFL plays called in a strange accent with players constantly being referred to as “chaps”? Actually, that might be entertaining. I can definitely picture Clay Matthews or J.J. Watt trying to tackle an entire broadcaster’s booth because they overheard someone calling them a word that means something very different across the pond than it does here. (For example, a term for cats means two radically different things in the U.S. and Britain.) Entertaining commentary and angry football players aside, do we really want to put an NFL team on a continent that still believes soccer — a game played using primarily the players’ feet
— should be called football rather than the game we call football, which is played with a ball mostly is in players’ hands? Seriously, I think that would be ridiculous. I have somewhat different problems with playing individual games overseas, though. I get that leagues can make a lot of money by expanding to a global market. What confuses me is how they weigh the liability of sending entire franchises across oceans (not the safest or easiest of travels), along with the whole “if a player was injured in an overseas game, how much would he sue us for?” part of the equation, and still manage to come up with a “send them everywhere” strategy.
Especially since teams, and sometimes leagues, complain so much about players competing overseas for things like the Olympics — which are meant to show the world what our teams can do — expand the market globally and the oft-forgotten representation of our country in front of the entire world. Seriously, where is Mark Cuban on this issue? We need his Maverick-ness to play a part here! I guess my question is this: Why are we sending teams in our leagues to play for fans in other countries? I mean, it’s not like we send our soldiers to fight in … Wait, that’s right, we do that a lot. Maybe we should just change all our league names to “global.”
Lions stay calm and win on in NJAC play Field hockey pulls off pair of comebacks
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Field hockey scores three unaswered goals against Eastern.
By Andrew Grossman Sports Assistant
Last week, the field hockey team knew it had a lot on its plate with the first of two games coming against the competitive Eastern University. Just three days after pulling out a 3-1 come-from-behind victory, the Lions had to travel north to play the country’s second-ranked team, Montclair State University. Although the Lions were competitive, they fell short, losing 2-1 to their NJAC rival, which snapped the Lions’ 10-game winning streak. Despite this loss, the women are
currently 10-2 this season and remain tied for first place in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. In their first game against Eastern, the Lions fell behind 1-0 early in the second half, but despite this deficit, the women were never worried. “We didn’t panic because we knew we just had to continue to play,” sophomore defender Mikayla Cimilluca said. “We just had to pick up our game in general because I think that when they scored first, it made us all (play even harder) and get the ball in the cage so then we scored three easy goals right after that.”
The streak of goals started when junior forward Lindsey Hatch scored just two minutes after falling behind. Seven minutes later, Hatch once again found the back of the cage to put the Lions up for the first time 2-1. Moments later, junior forward Erin Healy scored the final goal of the game. “We didn’t want them to get too comfortable with the lead, so we knew that as soon as that goal was scored, we had to come back and make a statement to win,” Cimilluca said. “I think everyone was just smarter with the ball … (Hatch) had a shot from the top of circle, and she just cranked it right in so we were really aggressive and had to get the ball in the cage.” In the following game against Montclair State, the Lions were unable to pull off the comeback that they had hoped for after a last-minute goal by Cimilluca. This goal marks the first goal of the sophomore’s career. “It was exciting. Not so much so that it was my first goal, but because it was better to walk away from the game knowing that we got the ball in the cage,” Cimilluca said. “We didn’t want to leave Montclair ending on a bad note … so we left them knowing that we were there to play.” Although upset with their performance, the Lions have moved on and are now looking toward next week with games against Albright College and another
NJAC rival, Rowan University. “We will just take the loss and see what we need to improve on and use it as a learning experience,” Cimilluca said. “I think we just need to come out early and score right away. Especially after coming off of a loss, we want to score and keep both teams shot less and goalless.”
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Alicia Wagner passes the ball.
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Lions Fantasy World
Through the Uprights
Geeze, you ask for something interesting to happen … Last week was quite the doozy for the National Football League. We saw some exhilarating games (cut to screaming Pats fangirls), some mind-numbingly bonehead plays (Browns fans nodding sadly), some things that were so close to being perfectly hilarious (I will forever maintain that the Jags would have won that game if they’d signed Tebow), some lousy things and at least one truly horrifying piece of news. I’m going to focus on the lousy part — mostly because it’s the easiest to make fun of. As you may or may not be aware, Matt Schaub is the quarterback for the Houston Texans. Or, at least, he was. Schaub hurt his ankle this past weekend during the Texans’ loss to the Rams and had to leave the game because of it. The fans cheered at his injury — the way many classless fans do at sporting events. Here’s the thing: The Texans were playing at home. That’s right, it was Texan fans cheering for the injury of their starting quarterback, a man who led their team to the playoffs in each of the past two seasons. And that’s not all the bad these fans have done lately — evidently, a few overzealous Houston fanatics went to Schaub’s house to yell at him for playing so poorly recently. Now, admittedly Schaub hasn’t been having the best season so far. He threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown in four consecutive games, and the Texans have a losing record due in part to his lacking performance. But what the “fans” of his team have been doing lately is simply ridiculous. It got me thinking. Wouldn’t fantasy sports be a little more interesting if, just as in football where you draft a team’s defense, the option existed to draft a team’s fanbase? Just think of the possibilities. The points system is pretty obvious. The fans give you two points for a sellout, one point if there are at least 10 different people dressed as the team’s mascot and another point for a line of shirtless fat guys with the team’s name spelled out (correctly) on their stomachs. A fanbase could also give you additional points if they cheer for a worthy opponent, or if they do something crazy like break the world record for stadium noise during a game. Of course, the fans could hurt you as well. They could get negative points for doing all the nasty things sports fans do these days: booing injured players on opposing teams, cheering on injuries of any kind, fighting in and around the stadium, looting, picking on small children who are there cheering on the “wrong” team or doing something absolutely insane, like stalking a player to tell him he sucks. I just would like to see what would happen if fanbases could be held responsible for once. Wouldn’t you?
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Here’s what I would do in Fantasy Football this week: Add: Is Brandon Jacobs really back? He went crazy this past week, and with the Giants in such desperate need of something resembling a running game, he’s certainly earned a more permanent starting job. And with so few dominant, or even consistent, rushers this season, adding Jacobs might not be the worst idea.
Be Cautious Of: Betting Lines. They’ve been pretty shaky this season, in which pretty much everything has happened already. The Broncos should have been a sure thing this weekend, but they didn’t even come close to covering the spread. The Bears barely (puns!) beat the Giants, the Bengals needed OT against the Bills … there are no sure things this season.
Drop: Ah, Julio Jones, why did you have to go? The season ending injury to Jones is probably the biggest of the year, and it might have a negative effect on Matt Ryan’s numbers as well. The Falcons were already struggling, and with Roddy White injured as well, it looks like the time to bail out on this team. On the plus side, Tony Gonzales might get even better. Look Out For: I’ve held off long enough. The New England Patriots are, despite their outlook early in the season, a legitimate title contender. They took down the previously unbeaten Saints on the type of play they are more used to seeing from Eli Manning (sorry, couldn’t resist), and can now be seen as scary again.
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DORM 5 3
Chris Molicki “The Ref”
Chrissy Onorato Staff Writer
Mike Herold Staff Writer
Peter Fiorilla Sports Editor
In this week’s Around the Dorm, the “Ref,” Chris Molicki, asks our panel three questions: if Jason Collins being without a contract in the NBA is because of his sexuality, which NFL team has been the most surprising six games into the season, and who would win in a Super Bowl between the undefeated Denver Broncos and 5-1 New Orleans Saints.
1. Jason Collin, the first actively gay athlete in major U.S. sports, has had trouble finding work in the NBA after coming out. Why? Chrissy: For as big a deal as the media made about Jason Collins last April when he publicly announced that he was gay, it seems surprising that he has had such a hard time being picked up by a team this season. I definitely do not believe that his sexual orientation is the reason for this, however. Many movie stars and artists have come out recently (or have been out) and people accept this. It seems hard to believe that a team would turn him down based on this fact alone. It is probably more because of his age and his play on the court. Any 34-year-old free agent is going to have some trouble finding a spot on a team just because of his age. Collins is past his prime years. He averages 3.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for his career and there are other players with much more impressive statistics. Mike: The media circus. Look, Collins is a decent NBA backup center — he’s going to give
you 10-12 minutes of tough defense, rebounding and fouling whoever needs to be fouled. He hasn’t averaged more than two points a game in five years and is 34 years old, which would be the standard argument against signing him (for the veterans’ minimum, which is
just over $1.3 million this season). And while Collins would bring a steady veteran presence to any locker room, which would offset the price tag and lacking offensive stats, he would also bring many more cameras than the dozen or so other players who fit his mold. Any team that signs Collins would get kudos at first, followed by dozens of angry questions about why he isn’t playing more often or getting the ball on offense much. The teams who typically want the media swarm and could answer those questions well are either struggling right now (Mavericks, Lakers) or already have an abundance of older big men (Knicks, possibly Nets). So Collins hasn’t been signed yet not because he’s openly gay, but because of how the coverage of his team might turn out. I think he signs for the minimum for a decent team halfway through the season when there will be more news to cover it up a bit. Peter: Apart from Collins’s status as a replaceable role player, I believe his potentially distracting sexual orientation is keeping him
out of contract, which — if true — is unfortunate but hardly surprising. The sports world has never been particularly fond of political pioneers, and for recent evidence, look no further than (former?) NFL safety Kerry Rhodes. Rhodes had a pretty good eight-year career with the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals from 2005-2013, but he was photographed with his arms over another man in the offseason, popularizing the idea he is gay. Rhodes is now without a contract at just 31, which is pretty astonishing for a player who has proven himself in the NFL for so long — I’d think without the gay rumors, at least one of the NFL’s 32 teams would have been willing to give him a chance to make a 53-man roster. Unfortunately, nonessential players like Collins and Rhodes have significantly reduced chances at getting pro contracts again, if not because of continued homophobia then because there is a certain level of pragmatism in avoiding players whose sexuality would (inadvertently) create distractions for the team.
Chrissy wins for saying Collins’s stats are less than desirable, Peter gets 2 points for giving the example of Kerry Rhodes, and Mike gets 1 point for mentioning the short-lived media circus. 2. Which NFL team has surprised you the most this far into the season? Chrissy: While there are a lot of teams that have impressed me this season, I have to say the Dallas Cowboys have actually far exceeded my expectations (my loyalty biases aside). Going into this season, I thought the NL East would end up with the Giants in first and the Eagles in second. However, the Cowboys are currently tied for first with the Eagles while the Giants remain winless at the bottom. Tony Romo just had the game of his life two weeks ago against Denver. Dez Bryant has been killing it with touchdowns and looks to be one of our best assets this year. Even though they lost against the Broncos, their offense was up to par with that of Denver. Even though its defense needs work, this team will be a playoff contender. Mike: I have two — one good, one bad. I’m surprised most by the Colts, since I was one of many people who thought that Andrew Luck might have a sophomore slump and drag his
team down with him a bit. But he’s been surging, Indianapolis has been playing great, and the team is looking even better than they did last season. On the negative side, I’m surprised that the Pittsburgh Steelers are so awful. It was pretty easy to predict that they wouldn’t be great this year, but this bad? An 0-4 start against two decent and two lousy teams, giving up 27.5 points a game with their once-great defense and being outscored by 41 so far? That’s quite a bit worse than I thought they’d be. So I’d say the Colts have been the biggest surprise, but the Steelers are a close second. Peter: It’s been a pretty unbelievable start for the division-contending Cleveland Browns, who have not been in first place after five games since 1995 and have almost stumbled into respectability despite trading away Trent Richardson. Everything about the Browns’ 3-3 start has defied conventional wisdom’s prerequisites to winning in the NFL: that you need a dependable run game (Cleveland is averaging
just 79 yards on the ground), a quarterback not named Brian Hoyer (or Brandon Weeden) and more than a couple of viable targets for the quarterback who can raise the team’s passing completion rate above 53 percent. To sum it up, the offense is a talentless mess that should not have any expectations of winning games in the NFL. And the usual reason a mediocre
team racks up a few early-season wins in the NFL, an easy last-place schedule, is not why the Browns are 3-3 — wins in Minessotta and against Cincinatti are pretty impressive. Given that it looked like Cleveland might not win three games all year after their 0-2 start, I have no hesitation in making the Browns my surprise team of the season so far.
Peter wins since no one saw Cleveland’s 3-0 streak, Mike gets 2 points for saying the Colts have avoided a letdown, and Chrissy gets 1 point because Dallas’s inconsistency is unsurprising. 3. Hypothetical situation: The Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints play each other on a neutral field in the Super Bowl. Who wins and why? Chrissy: If the Super Bowl came down to the Saints and the Broncos, I would definitely have to pick the Broncos, because Peyton Manning is unstoppable this season and the team has some of the best stats in the league. When it comes to overall points scored, the Broncos are solidly at the top with 46 points averaged per game. No other team comes close. They are also leading in total offensive yards per game with 489 and it’s hard to argue with numbers. The Saints are putting up extremely good numbers as well, but
definitely not as good as the Broncos’. As long as Manning is able to stay healthy, I believe these are the guys to beat if it came to them against the Saints in the Super Bowl. Mike: Denver. Not really because they are the better team (although I do think they are marginally better), but because of the “neutral field” part of the question. If we assume neutral field conditions, like MetLife stadium in New Jersey where the Super Bowl is actually scheduled this season, then Peyton Manning and the Broncos have a distinct advantage: They aren’t playing in a dome. Brees is an effective quarterback no matter where he plays, but this season his outdoor numbers in two games (92.1 QBR,
3 TDs, 2 Int) pale in comparison to his indoor numbers in 3 games (117.8 QBR, 9 TDs, 2 Int). By comparison, Manning has only played in one game indoors so far this season, and it was arguably his worst game (129.6 QBR, 4 TDs, 1 Int), especially when compared to his dominance outdoors (four games, 138 QBR, 16 TDs, 0 Int). Add in the cold weather in Jersey in February, and it only adds to the increased difficulty for Brees and the Saints. I think the game is a shootout, but the weather and slightly better overall team favor the Broncos. Peter: In what would be a pretty epic matchup, I think New Orleans would come out on top in a neutral venue thanks to the Saints’ suddenly scary defense. Neither the Broncos nor Saints have significant flaws, and with Peyton Manning and Drew Brees quarterbacking the
teams, there would be a lot of indefensible scoring going on. But the Broncos have not shown they can win games in anything but a shootout so far, having given up at least 20 points in all of their games (whereas the Saints have yet to concede 20 points in a game). Denver’s defense has had opportunities against bad teams but has yet to shut down anyone, from Eli Manning’s winless Giants (23 points) to a a pretty-good-but-not-great Cowboys offense (48 points against Denver, 26 points against first four teams). On the other hand, the Saints have been a much more well-rounded team thus far. Thanks to Rob Ryan, they have not had to rely on Brees and co. for their 5-0 start, and with the fourth-best defense in the NFL, I think they will be able to stop Manning a few times in a Saints victory.
Peter wins Around the Dorm, 7-6-5
Mike wins for highlighting Manning’s dome advantage, Peter gets 2 points for pointing out Ryan’s exotic blitzing D, and Chrissy gets 1 point for talking about Denver’s offense.
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Lions keep it late vs. William Paterson Men’s Soccer
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Steve Cukar helps the Lions defense earn its fourth shutout.
By Peter Fiorilla Sports Editor
The record-setting offense of men’s soccer has grinded to a halt: The Lions have only scored one goal from the run of play in their last 225 minutes, down from their early-season
pace of three or four goals a game. But the Lions (8-5-2, 3-2-1) made last week’s lone goal from the run of play count, rebounding from a non-conference 2-1 loss at Muhlenberg College with a 1-0 win against NJAC rivals William Paterson University (2-3-1) on a late goal from junior midfielder
Kevin McCartney. It was McCartney’s second goal of the year, both game-winners directly on free kicks from just outside the box, and came on a play drawn up by head coach George Nazario. “On this instance it felt almost the same after the referee had called the free kick,” McCartney said. “(Senior midfielder) Dan Durnian made an awesome run and as he was beating the guy, he got taken down by the defender right on top of the 18. I stepped up and as a team we decided to run this fake kick play set up by coach Nazario. It worked perfectly enough as the goalie shifted his weight to the opposite side, (which) allowed me to just bend it into the lower far post.” The defense put up another big performance with seven total saves, six of which came from sophomore goalkeeper Maciej Libucha for his first shutout of the year and the Lions’ first in nearly a month. “The defense stayed organized throughout the whole game and kept it simple and clean,” Libucha said. “They eliminated any dangerous opportunities and gave us a chance to win.” Despite being outshot on goal 7-2, the Lions put up a solid performance from the run of play and only ended up needing one moment of
magic thanks to the defense. “I feel that although we didn’t put up many shots on the board, we did a great job as a team playing well defensively and keeping the ball under pressure,” McCartney said. “My teammates and I all have faith in each other’s skills and we know that if we are able to keep the ball, positive chances will come.” It was anyone’s game, though, and the Pioneers would have gotten on the board first early in the second half, if not for a smart save from sophomore midfielder Nick Costelloe. “He was in the right place there and got an important clearance for us,” Libucha said. “It was an important one too as it kept us tied.” Muhlenberg ensured the Lions’ mid-week game did not stay tied for long, putting them in a two-goal hole in the first 15 minutes. Senior forward Kevin Shaw scored his 15th goal of the season in the 71st minute to bring the Lions back into the game, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the loss. “After our Wednesday night game versus Muhlenberg, I think as a team we realized that we can’t come out in the big games playing a nonchalant first half,” McCartney said. “We have to work hard and play consistent, and let everything fall into place.”
NFL teams rated as Top 100 Billboard hits By Chris Molicki News Editor Six weeks through the NFL, it’s hard to truly feel like we understand every team. There’s still plenty of mysteries to be solved, games to be played and injuries to be had. But right now, teams have defined themselves enough to where they can be described in the most fantastic of ways: music. I’ve given every NFL team their own theme song, a song off the top 100 Billboard hits right now that accurately describes each team.
New England Patriots: “Still Into You” by Paramore. No Rob Gronkowski? No problem. Despite having a banged up receiving core and underwhelming big-time on offense, Patriots’ fans still love Tom Brady — and he showed why with his game-winner against the Saints. Miami Dolphins: “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry. A common sports term, Miami seems like they fit the bill of dark horse better than anyone else. Ryan Tannehill, Lamar Miller and the defense have shown promise, but are they there yet? New York Jets: “Treasure” by Bruno Mars. Make no mistake, Geno Smith does not come without flaws. But he is a treasure for this team. With virtually no offensive weapons, he’s gotten the lowly Jets at .500 and given them a reason to move on from Mark Sanchez. Buffalo Bills: “I Need Your Love” by Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding. This is the Bills’ fans needing E. J. Manuel’s love. After such a long time of losing in Buffalo, the rookie seems destined to turn things around if he stays healthy. Cincinnati Bengals: “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake. The Bengals finally got their first road win on Sunday, but it was over Thad Lewis’ Bills. This seems like a team that is simply good at home and bad on the road. Baltimore Ravens: “Clarity” by Zedd. If the love between Joe Flacco and Ravens’ fans is tragedy, why is he their remedy? If their love’s
insanity, why is he their clarity? Cleveland Browns: “Team” by Lorde. Thanks to some team-oriented football lacking Trent Richardson, they rattled off three straight wins and are only a game out of a division lead. Pittsburgh Steelers: “Everything Has Changed” by Taylor Swift. It seems like the end of an era in Pittsburgh. The defense is aging, which could put the steal curtain on hold. Indianapolis Colts: “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. The Colts are the good girl, Andrew Luck is the model young quarterback, Chuck Pagano is the head coach who emotionally battled his way back from cancer and the team as a whole is having great success. But as we’ve seen since the Trent Richardson trade, Indy has been more ground and pound, showing they “must wanna get nasty.” Tennessee Titans: “Bruises” by Train. Every team has bruises and injuries, but perhaps none as significant as the Titans losing Jake Locker. Ryan Fitzpatrick is not good enough. Houston Texans: “Red” by Taylor Swift. OK, maybe the song meaning is a bit different than the Texans’ current predicament, but after poor play and interceptions galore, Matt Schaub and Houston are seeing red. Jacksonville Jaguars: “TKO” by Justin Timberlake. The Jags were probably knocked out a while ago, but Denver put the finishing touches on this abomination of a team on Sunday. Fans hope Blaine Gabbert is down and out. Denver Broncos: “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus. If you’ve seen the Broncos offense this season, you can see that they can’t be stopped. If you see the relentless way they’ve played in garabage time, you know they won’t stop. Kansas City Chiefs: “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus. Everyone expected the Chiefs to be improved from last year’s two-win team, but no one expected this. Kansas City has quite literally come into the 2013 season like a wrecking ball with their ferocious defense, putting up 10 interceptions and 31 sacks in their 6-0 start. San Diego Chargers: “Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood. The Chargers of the past have always been slow out of the gate, only to come back in December. This wasn’t the case last year, but with the resurgence of Phillip Rivers, Chargers fans are longing for cold weather. Oakland Raiders: “All Me” by Drake. We thought this team was a lock for the basement of the NFL, but Terrelle Pryor has already led them to two wins. However, it’s pretty much all Pryor making this team competitive.
Dallas Cowboys: “Demons” by Imagine Dragons. Tony Romo has been having a phenomenal statistical season, similar to the one he had last year. But like he showed with his interception against Denver, there are still demons haunting Romo and the Cowboys. Philadelphia Eagles: “Slow Down” by Selena Gomez. The Eagles put on a spectacle the first game of the season, but have since slowed down. Now, with Michael Vick hurt, it may be time for Chip Kelly to pump the brakes more. Washington Redskins: “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk. With the struggles of Robert Griffin II and the team as a whole, it’s clear this team got a little lucky winning the NFC East last year, which they’ll need if they want to do it again. New York Giants: “Wake Me Up” by Avicii. This goes for the whole Giants team, who really need a wake-up call. Champions two years ago, New York has 20 turnovers in six losses with a minus 106 scoring margin (second worst only to the Jaguars). Or maybe Tom Coughlin is hoping to be woken up from this nightmare. Green Bay Packers: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. With the addition of Eddie Lacy — and thus some offensive balance — and a healthy receiving corps, not many defenses will hold them. Detroit Lions: “Beware” by Big Sean. The Lions have impressed, but fans beware. This team has yet to completely shed its label of immaturity and can shoot itself in the foot at any time. Chicago Bears: “Roar” by Katy Perry. After years of offensive mediocrity, Marc Trestman has given Chicago’s offense some bite: Jay Cutler has looked more efficient than he’s ever been and Matt Forte is being used in a variety of ways. Despite a mini two-game slump, you can hear the Bears’ roar.
Minnesota Vikings: Counting Stars by OneRepublic. This song has been thought to describe a man struggling to support his significant other. That’s what the Vikings are dealing with with Adrian Peterson, who has virtually no talent surrounding him.
New Orleans Saints: “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities. New Orleans has rebounded from an off year to be the class of the NFC. And with a 5-1 record and the closest thing to them in the division being the two-win Panthers, the Saints are safe and sound in the Superdome. Carolina Panthers: “Heartbreaker” by Justin Beiber. Ever since Ron Rivera and Cam Newton have come to down, they’ve been heartbreakers for Carolina fans, going 2-14 in games decided by a touchdown or less.
Atlanta Falcons: “Just Give Me a Reason” by Pink and Nate Ruess. I’m looking for a reason the Falcons are broken, not bent. The defense is a mess. Steven Jackson, Roddy White and Julio Jones are hurt. Is Matt Ryan enough? Tampa Bay Buccaneers: “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons. This team is far less toxic than they were when they had Josh Freeman, but Greg Schiano’s personality is still there. Unless the 0-5 Bucs can start winning games, the locker room will continue to be radioactive. Seattle Seahawks: “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake. This team needs to look in a mirror when they’re on the road and when they’re at home, because they can’t be the same team. Seattle must amp up the intensity in opposing stadiums if they want to reach a Super Bowl. San Francisco 49ers: “Royals” by Lorde. The defending NFC champs have had their fair share of struggles, especially with injuries to offensive weapons, but getting back to smash mouth football makes them royalty of the NFC. St. Louis Rams: “Brave” by Sarah Bareilles. The Rams have gotten back on track with backto-back wins, but they’re in the NFC West and have to plays the defenses of the Niners, Seahawks and Cardinals — a combined four more times. Sam Bradford, I want you to be brave. Arizona Cardinals: “Sunny and 75” by Joe Nichols. It’s always sunny in Arizona, but we’ll have to see how long it takes for the sun to go down on this team. Carson Palmer is clearly not the answer at QB, and the defense can only keep this team respectable for so long.
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Scored lone goal against William Paterson University
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Junior midfielder Kevin McCartney scored the gamewinning goal against NJAC rival, William Paterson University. This win puts the Lions at 8-4-2 on the season, and third in the NJAC. McCartney now has two goals on the season with four assists.
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referees with 36 footballs for an outdoor game. If the game is played indoors, then the home team only needs to provide 24 footballs.
Football puts out late fire in 7-0 win
Goal-line stand ends perfect defensive outing By Chris Molicki News Editor
It was fourth and goal with under two minutes to go. The Lions needed one stop to knock off Kean University, and they got it as sophomore defensive back Matthew Fleck stuffed Kean quarterback Robert Meade at the 1-yard line to sexure a 7-0 victory. It was another strong defense effort for the Lions (3-2, 2-0) as they shut out Kean. With the win, the team has allowed an average of six points per game on their current three-game win streak. The team was also ranked 21st nationally in yards allowed going into the game, and after allowing only 222 yards to the Cougars, they’ll likely rise in the rankings. “Our defense has been incredible this whole year,” sophomore quarterback Sam Paladino said. “They are an experienced group and the most impressive part is we have been rolling in a lot of different players, and we don’t lose a step. If they give up a big play, they don’t panic. They have a short memory and line up and play the next play, and limit the damage.” The scoring action happened early but not often. A solid kickoff return by senior defensive back Matthew Chierici gave the Lions good field position, which they took advantage of. Palladino
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The Lions’ defense shuts down Kean for a rare road win.
led the team on a 68-yard drive that culminated in a 15-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Victor Scalici. “It always helps to grab the momentum like that in the beginning of the game, especially with the way our defense is playing,” Paladino said. “We executed very well on the first drive. We need to be more consistent throughout the game to take stress off of our defense.” Once again, the Lions’ defense was fir-
ing on all cylinders, especially in the first half. They allowed only three first downs in the first two quarters and were led by junior lineback Ryan Lowe with eight tackles. Fleck added six tackles of his own. Sophomore linebacker Zack Visilenko nabbed an interception, helping out the defense. “Every week we have a great game plan in place by our coaches that always put us in positions to succeed,” Lowe said. “I feel that we are coming together as a group and understand-
ing the type of play it takes to win. Everybody knows every week that all that is expected is for them to do their part, and fortunately, over the last three games, we’ve done that. Even on special teams, the College dominated. Kean had a 36-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter as they looked to get on the board. The Lions had other plans, however, as the kick was blocked by none other than special teams ace Chierici. Paladino’s numbers weren’t flashy. He only completed six of 10 passes for 55 yards and a pick to go along with 22 rushing yards. But this team has played differently with Paladino at the helm. Everyone has followed his lead, which has brought them to a three-game win streak. “(Paladino) has done a great job and has been a huge part of our recent success,” Lowe said. “He’s been a great team player and has helped us win games. We are confident with whoever is playing quarterback (that) they can help us win, but (Paladino) has given us the extra push to win the close games.” Next up is the Homecoming game, where the Lions look to win their fourth straight game and defend home turf against SUNY Morrisville on Saturday, Oct. 19. There will be a lot of emotions as the College not only looks to impress the Homecoming faithful, but also stay undefeated in the NJAC.
Lions down No. 2 Johns Hopkins University Freshman ends epic clash with goal in OT By Chrissy Onorato Staff Writer
Another week gone by, another top-notch win for the women’s soccer team. The Lions only had one game this week, but they made it count by putting down previously undefeated Johns Hopkins University in an overtime match of epic proportions, resulting in a 2-1 victory. This dropped the Blue Jays to 10-1 on the season, while the Lions upped their record to 11-1. The first half of the game was pretty quiet for the most part. Both teams’ defenses provided stellar defense and kept the ball back and forth down the field for quite some time. Senior defender Lauren Giles had a fantastic diversion shot, taking away a possible goal for the Blue Jays and keeping the score tied at zero. Unfortunately for the Lions, the Blue Jays capitalized on their perfect defense first and
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scored the first goal of the game with 1:08 left in the first half. However, once the Lions came back out in the second half, they knew what they had to do. Great defense can only get you so far when you are not scoring goals. The Lions got the ball down the field in a hurry and tied the score 1-1. Junior forward Leigh Applestein made the initial attempt at the goal, but it was saved. Junior forward Korrie Harkins was there for the rebound, though, and netted her first goal of the season. The score stayed consistent at 1-1 throughout the remainder of the second half as both defenses were once again on a roll. In the first overtime, senior forward Katie Lindacher came extremely close to ending the game with a great shot that ultimately hit the bar of the net and was deflected. The Lions were not dismayed, though. They played hard throughout the rest of the first overtime and pushed
the game to its limits with a second overtime. They did not need that second overtime for long, though, as the Lions scored the winning goal only 13 seconds in. Freshman forward Christine Levering scored the goal with ease, netting the most important goal of her freshman year thus far. There are huge things in store for this young player, as she has already exhibited why she belongs on this team on multiple occasions. Out of the eight goals Levering has had this season, four of them have been the game-winning goals, something that is basically unheard of as a freshman. When asked what keeps these players so motivated to come out every single week and dominate the way they do, the answer has overwhelmingly been their sense of family and teamwork. These players say they are a genuine family and they know that every second during a game is crucial.
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A goal in the 116th minute clinches an upset for the Lions.
“We practice very hard as a team,” junior forward Gina Caprara said. “And we are all very friendly and cooperative with each other and I believe that is what is making us win so many games.” Freshman defense Aubrey Andrews has also expressed this same cooperation. “Each and every game we play, from the girl next to us, or on the bench or field, starter or
someone who plays two minutes, we want to leave each game knowing we haven’t left anything but our best out there, for each other and for all the Lions who played before us.” With determination like that, it is not hard to see why these Lions have been dominating all season and will continue to do so. This week, the Lions take on William Paterson University on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
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