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March 22, 2017
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By Kimberly Ilkowski Staff Writer
The last time Turnover played at the College was at the very loved, loud and now demolished Rathskeller in the Brower Student Center more than three years ago. To the handful of students in the audience then, it was just another night at the campus bar. Who would have thought that after several years and a monstrously popular, genre-bending sophomore album, the band would find itself back onstage for one of the biggest CUB Alt shows in recent memory? Turnover played to a packed crowd along with openers Rhea and Peaer for another gig on CUB Alt’s stacked spring lineup on March 7 in the Decker Social Space. New Jersey four-piece Rhea opened the show with its own brand of melodic indie. Although the set was rather short, the band’s sound complemented the others’ of the evening, making for a very cohesive lineup. As up-and-comers in the scene, Rhea told the crowd that this was the biggest show the
By Chelsea LoCascio Editor-in-Chief As the College’s president, R. Barbara Gitenstein has a lot to think about on the local, state and national levels. When people ask her “What keeps you up at night?” she responds: “the students… what’s happening that would put them in harm’s way.” The Signal sat down with Gitenstein on March 8 to learn about what she believes are the biggest threats to her students’ well-being.
Turnover returns to the College after its second album.
band had played to date and made the most of the final song by performing a heartfelt solo to round out the set. As the self-proclaimed “one piece-turned-three-piece subtle
Towers to remain with renovations By Mia Ingui Opinions Editor The Towers are here to stay. After two years of debate, an open forum for students and faculty last October and strong opinions from the College community, the Business and Infrastructure Committee of the board of trustees decided on Feb. 15 to renovate Travers and Wolfe halls rather than demolish and rebuild them, as previously discussed in the open forum. The deliberation between demolishing or renovating the Towers ultimately came down to budget, and the renovation plan would prove the most cost efficient, according to College President R. Barbara Gitenstein. Since this is the largest project the College has tackled in recent years, there was a lengthy planning process before the idea was proposed to the board of trustees. Vice President of Student Affairs Amy Hecht proposed the renovation presentation to Gitenstein, working closely with a consulting firm as well see RENOVATE page 2
math rock trio,” Peaer played songs from its recently released eponymous second record via Tiny Engines such as the single “Pink Spit.” The band also went back into older material from
2014’s “The Eyes Sink Into The Skull,” a home-recorded effort solely developed by singer and songwriter Peter Katz.
Mental health The College identifies as a survivor campus, with five deaths by suicide in a four-year period, according to Gitenstein. Compared to other colleges, the College is very academically competitive, which puts a lot of pressure on the students, however, the College is making moves to provide long-term mental health care to its students. Gitenstein cannot comment yet on what exactly the College has planned to provide more mental health services to students since the TCNJ Clinic is set to close at the end of the academic year, but she assures the students that there is a plan in the works.
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High school students shine in Poetry Out Loud By George Tatoris News Editor
“I have just come down from my father. Higher and higher he lies Above me in a blue light Shed by a tinted window.” Amos Koffa, a senior from Burlington County Institute of Technology, carefully recited the first four lines of James L. Dickey’s poem “Hospital Window” to a crowded Mayo Concert Hall. For the third year in a row, Koffa was one of 12 finalists in the New Jersey Poetry Out Loud state finals on March 9. Poetry Out Loud is a nationwide poetry recitation competition that allows high school students to choose, memorize and recite poems to be graded by a panel of judges. It is currently in its 11th year. It took Koffa over a year of writing down the poem and listening to himself recite it to get it right, he revealed in a Q&A after the show, and it seems the effort paid off. Koffa finally won. He will represent New Jersey in the National Finals on April 25 and April 26. Breana Senna, from Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School, won runner up. In “Hospital Window,” the narrator has just visited his father in the hospital. As he walks
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out into the street, he turns and gives a final look to the window to his father’s room. Traffic halts and drivers honk, and six stories up the narrator can make out his father waving and smiling at him through the glare of the hospital window. He waves back. It is implied that the father will not last long. His father lies “Above me in a blue light” like a spirit rising to heaven. Koffa emphasized this element of the poem by making his voice ascend in pitch during the lines “Higher and higher.” “Now (Koffa) is one student who will tell
you he overcame a lot to participate in the program,” said Kay Potucek, New Jersey’s state coordinator. Poetry Out Loud is not Koffa’s first exposure to poetry, he also does spoken-word poetry, through which he hopes to speak out for the oppressed. He considers himself a “fierce” LGBT advocate. “It’s my job to use my talents and help other people,” Koffa said. “Since there is such a lack of representation, it’s my job to represent the silenced.” see LOUD page 19
Winner Koffa recites poems in Mayo.
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Renovate / Tower demolition deemed too expensive continued from page 1 as construction and business finance professionals, according to Gitenstein. “I considered her analysis and accepted her recommendation, and that was the recommendation that went to the board committee for consideration and action,” Gitenstein said. Head Media Relations Officer Luke Sacks said the demolition was no longer considered a viable option, but it was Residential Education’s first plan for the Towers. “In 2015, Residential Education undertook a housing demand and master plan study, which suggested it was financially and programmatically better to demolish Travers and Wolfe halls and replace them with a new building,” Sacks said. “The College then embarked on a detailed programming effort with the architect who did the original study to fine tune the program, cost and schedule.” As the planning progressed, the costs started adding up. “The cost of demolishing Travers and Wolfe and constructing a new building would be much more expensive than initially thought. The cost ballooned from $105 million to approximately $140 million,” Sacks said. That costly of a project was not in the best interest of the College or its students, according to Sacks. “The College concluded that the benefits of a new facility were not worth the cost. A renovated Travers-Wolfe could meet the needs of the institution,” Sacks said. “The decision reflects the College’s commitment to fiscal responsibility. This housing solution will keep
costs to students as low as possible and preserve resources for other institutional priorities.” The timeline for the tentative plan, according to Sacks, goes as follows: The $87 million renovation will first be presented to the board of trustees at its July 2017 meeting. Then the design of the renovation will take approximately 18 months and will hopefully be completed in spring 2019. The Towers are going to be renovated separately. Renovation on the first tower — it is currently undecided which tower will be first — is expected to begin in summer 2020, and the renovation on the second is expected to begin in summer 2021. The project is estimated to be completed in summer 2022. “(The College) will continue to guarantee housing to freshmen and sophomores and plans to
Professor discusses rise of white nationalism on the internet By Michael Battista Staff Writer The Women’s and Gender Studies Department kicked off Women’s History Month on March 8 with a lecture entitled “Tweet Storm: The Rise of Trump, the Mainstreaming of White Nationalism and the Real Threat to Building just and Sustainable Communities.” Jessie Daniels, a sociology professor at Hunter College and sociology and psychology professor at The Graduate Center, CUNY, led the event, which fell on International Women’s Day, and discussed the rise and sustained presence of white nationalism in sustainable, non-racially or sexually segregated communities within the country. As the first part of the event’s title suggests, Daniels looked back at the election of President Donald J. Trump. Later that week, for example, white supremacists like Richard Spencer, of the now famous “Nazi Punch” video, were heard chanting and shouting phrases like “Hail Trump!” This sort of rise to power was aided by Trump’s use of false, racially biased statistics on topics such as black-on-black crime in the U.S. and murder rates by other minorities, according to Daniels. She said false information like these statistics led Dylann Roof to shoot
Travers and Wolfe house most freshmen at the College.
up a church in Charleston, S.C., in 2015 because he felt black people “were raping our women.” “People’s lives are at stake because of these kinds of false statistics,” Daniels said. In an interview with The Signal, Daniels said she hoped the audience understood that Trump is an example of modern white supremacy from her presentation. “I wanted to talk about how the current president is really an example of something that I’ve been studying for a long time,” Daniels said. “I’ve been studying white supremacy’s various manifestations, in print and online, and one of my main arguments is that white supremacists’ rhetoric is very connected to the mainstream of political discourse, and in many ways Trump is exhibit A of what I’ve been talking about for 25 years.” To help understand how this all came about in the U.S., Daniels used the example of a woman at an alt-right meeting who was interviewed by journalists. The woman, named Emily, said she hated herself after reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” for a school project. “‘I hated myself my whole life because I was white, ever since I was 11 years old and the guilt was just piling on,’” Daniels read off see TWEET page 3
investigate off-campus housing options for the periods when students will be displaced from the Towers,” Sacks said. The renovation will include the addition of air conditioning, Wi-Fi, redesigned bathroom layouts to increase privacy and more. For the T-Dubs fans, the inbuilding dining option will remain in the renovated Towers, according to Sacks. Gitenstein addressed concerns of straying from the proposed renovation schedule. “There are always concerns about the schedule of a construction project, particularly a housing project and particularly a renovation,” Gitenstein said. “Renovations are much less predictable than new construction because there can always be surprises.” Having housed more than 45
years of freshmen classes,Travers and Wolfe halls have become an iconic part of the College’s landscape since they were built in 1971. As expected, many members of the campus community are enthusiastic about the renovation. Maximillian C. Burgos, sports assistant at The Signal and a sophomore mechanical engineering major, was glad to hear that the renovation is officially a go, as he felt that the Towers needed much improvement. “They should’ve done it sooner,” Burgos said. “I think that it will improve the campus community, and the freshmen will stop being so grumpy.” Joey Baldofsky, vice president of RHA and a sophomore history and secondary education dual major, is optimistic about the renovation and emphasized it could improve the
freshman experience. “It is a much better option for the future of the campus,” Baldofsky said. “It will keep costs down low, as tuition is always on our minds. And is preserving a piece of TCNJ culture. Generations have gone through the Towers, and I think that’s so cool.” Alumni are happy to hear that the Towers they knew and loved will be preserved on campus. Laura Fecak (’03), who previously told The Signal last November she was not ready to see the Towers go, could not be more thrilled about the renovation. “I’m so excited they are keeping the Towers and look forward to seeing the new and improved T/W after renovations,” Fecak said. “I think that it is a much needed improvement and will help keep TCNJ competitive with other colleges and universities that have much nicer housing for their underclassmen.” The administration is just as excited as the campus community for the renovation. Gitenstein believes the renovation is the right choice for the College. “While there are downsides to the renovation, like the temporary loss of a number of housing beds while each tower is renovated, we would be losing many more beds in a new construction,” Gitenstein said. Sacks said the College looks forward to starting the renovations. “We are excited about the prospect of a terrific renovation that will combine the best of the old and the new,” Sacks said. “Ultimately, we think the campus community will find the experience to have the best elements of the old, the opportunity for new traditions and a better experience overall.”
SG approves president’s office hours
SG discusses the new Stand-Up Comedy Club.
By Megan Kelly Staff Writer
Student Government held a meeting before spring break on March 8 to approve the Stand-Up Comedy Club, determine office hours for SG’s executive president and vice president and see the T-shirt design for the T-shirt Swap. Student Government approved the Stand-Up Comedy Club, which aims to put on performances at the College, teach club members about the art of stand-up comedy and bring in outside comedians to perform. Now that it has been funded and recognized, the Stand-Up Comedy Club hopes to begin performing at Traditions, as the intimate environment is optimal for gauging the audience’s reaction while performing. The Stand-Up Comedy Club also wants to have regular service trips and co-sponsor comedy events with other clubs. Before the club was recognized, the only outlets for students to perform comedy acts were through the College Union Board, which usually only holds one comedy event per semester, and the improv comedy troupe, the Mixed Signals. SG also passed Bill B-S2017-02, which proposed that the executive president and executive vice president of SG hold office hours each week. The
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executive president will be required to have eight office hours a week, four of which must be held during regular business hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. The executive vice president has to hold six office hours, three of which must be during the aforementioned business hours. The bill’s goal is to make both the executive president and vice president more accessible to those who are not in SG, but want to bring an issue to SG’s attention. “(SG) can contact the executive vice president and the president, and they are always there for us, which is something that is phenomenal. But the general student body can’t just shoot them a text and say, ‘Hey, let’s meet up,’” said Dana Disarno, student trustee. “I think it’s really important to have these hours, so that the general body can come in.” The T-shirt design for the T-shirt Swap was revealed. It will be a white, short-sleeved crew neck that says, “TCNJ LIONS” in navy blue and feature a navy silhouette of a lion standing on it’s hind legs. The Class of 2018 announced that its tank top sale is cancelled, but students can still buy other merchandise. In addition, TCNJ’s Got Talent auditions will take place on Wednesday, March 22, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on Monday, March 27, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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Tweet / Speaker reveals Trump’s role in internet racism continued from page 2 her powerpoint, quoting Emily. This all changed, however, once she learned about white nationalism: The idea that white people are their own race and have their own white national identity. The guilt went away and she became more empowered. Daniels used examples from her books “White Lies” (1997) and “Cyber Racism” (2009) that further explained the phenomenon. She said that over time, white nationalism disguised itself and found residence within the mainstream. Some believe that white nationalism is gendered down to it’s core beliefs, but remains similar enough to mainstream rhetoric about race and gender. She defined terms such as white nationalism and white supremacy, and helped connect it to things people may see in everyday life such as the role of women as mothers or men as the breadwinners. Daniels said male white supremacists see others, including white women, in roles that are not as crucial to the workforce. They believe white men built the country while women were building the family among other smaller tasks. As this ideology has grown, the news media has been able to bring in viewers from examining and showing off these ideas, according to Daniels. Appearances
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Daniels discusses ties between white nationalism and false statistics. of white supremacists on shows such as Geraldo Rivera’s talk show and replays of racially charged messages from Trump’s rallies have helped TV networks’ ratings. “‘It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS,’” Daniels said, quoting CBS Chairman Les Moonves. Daniels explained this tactic allows the media to appear as if they are not white supremacists. “What news media is doing there is
they’re distancing themselves both from the white supremacists and from Geraldo,” Daniels said. “And what that does is it lets news media… off the hook when it comes to examining their own white supremacy.” As this integration has become more commonplace, so has hate speech within the public eye. Some websites, which Daniels labeled “cloaked websites,” are able to trick web viewers into visiting by appearing to provide information they
want. In reality, the site only contains hate-induced propaganda that may undermine racial and social accomplishments that the U.S. has achieved over the last century, according to Daniels. Websites like martinlutherking.org, which is hosted by the white nationalist forum stormfront.org, help move the idea that there are “two sides to every story,” Daniels said. That is the ultimate goal of white supremacists — to have their voices heard. As the presentation went on, Daniels answered questions from the crowd, and the ideas circulating still proved this is a major issue. “I think it’s important because… I think people’s lives are at stake,” Daniels said. “When the policies of our government are based on this entrenched system of white supremacy, then people die because of it, and it’s not a random distribution of people in the population that die — it’s disproportionately people of color, it’s immigrants, it’s poor people. “And that’s part of what Trump’s policies are enacting,” she added. “That system of white supremacy where, again, we have white people systematically benefitting and people who are racialized as other (are) systematically at a disadvantage. And there’s something inherently wrong with that, and we have to pay attention to it.”
SFB dips into reserves to fund several cultural events By Olivia Rizzo Staff Writer
The Student Finance Board received access to $60,000 of SFB reserve funds after submitting a request to Vice President for Student Affairs Amy Hecht. “Our request was granted,” said Robert Mitchals, SFB executive director. “This will allow us to not be so strict when funding events for the remainer of the semester.” The Muslim Student Association returned to present MSA’s Comedy Show Featuring Hassan Minhaj and was fully funded the amount of $2,596. SFB also requested $20,000 from the Student Activity Fee reserves in order to cover the costs of the talent, according to a memo addressed to Hecht. The request was granted, and MSA received the reserve funds, according to Mitchals. “This event is a part of Islam Awareness Month. We take this month to address any questions or concerns people have about Islam as a religion,” said Shaziya Ahmed,
MSA treasurer. “We feel that a comedy night brings people together from different backgrounds and allows everyone to learn something new and have fun.” Funding will cover the costs of an opening act, Campus Police officers and Kendall Hall fees. MSA’s Comedy Show Featuring Hassan Minhaj will take place on April 26 in Kendall Hall. Student Government’s Epcot event was tabled due to the board’s concerns over timing and planning as well as worries the event focuses on entertainment rather than education. “Epcot, also known as All Around the World, it’s basically when we have the multicultural organizations on campus in order to provide a fun, entertaining and educational way to promote and celebrate diversity on TCNJ’s campus,” said Brianna Antoniello, a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. “Each organization will be presenting their culture through whatever lens they want to, whether it be by performances
SFB discusses Greek, Italian and Indian events.
and demonstrations, or tabling with an interactive craft,” Antoniello said. SG was seeking funding to cover the costs of food, a DJ, henna tattoo artists, an electrician, a mechanical bull, sumo suits and a Chinese calligraphist. TCNJ Hellenic Society was fully funded $3,411.33 for Greek Fest, which is scheduled to take place on April 12 in the Decker Social Space. “Greek Fest will provide an assortment of Greek food, Greek dance performances from TerpsiXorians Hellenic Dance Group of New Jersey Inc., and we play Greek music to really add to the experience,” said Maria Kalavrezos, president of the Hellenic Society. Funding will cover the costs of food, water, a DJ and the dance group. Indian Student Association was funded $1,650 for Bollywood Night 2017. The event will take place on Saturday, March 25, at 8 p.m. in room 212 of the Education Building. “This event will showcase the
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multi-faceted culture of India. ISA’s Bollywood Night allows our members to come together and celebrate our culture, and we encourage our members to bring their friends to experience the Indian culture,” said Varahi Trivedi, ISA’s vice president of Publishing. “Bollywood Night 2017 will feature traditional Punjabi food and performances put on by TCNJ Jiva.” Funding for Bollywood Night 2017 will cover the costs of food, decorations, utensils and drinks. TCNJ Italian Club was fully funded $838 for La Bella Note, which will be held on April 21 at 8 p.m. in room 212 of the Education Building. “This event commemorates and showcase Italian culture, and will give students a chance to give students to learn more about Italian culture,” said Gabriella Guardascione, Italian Club president. “We will be playing Italian music and have a powerpoint that pays homage to similar festivals in Italy that we are trying to replicate.” Funding will cover the costs of traditional Italian foods, drinks, utensils, carpet bocce, decorations and masks. The Student Film Union received $15, 637 in funding for Campus MovieFest. The event will take place from April 4 to April 10. “We have a week to film something completely original,” said Tyler Law, SFU president. “Everything is completely original — it’s original films with original music.” According to the proposal packet, Campus MovieFest has been present on campus for the past five years. Several of the films that have been nominated won awards at the national festival four
out of the last five years. Funding will cover the costs of the event fee for Ideas United, which is the organization that runs Campus MovieFest, and Mayo Concert Hall staff fees. The board tabled the costs of food and lodging for Ideas United staff, in hopes that they will be able to pay for their own food and lodging. The Freshman Class Council was fully funded $3,265 for the Second Annual Freshman Farewell Fest, which will be on April 22 on the T/W Lawn at 11 a.m. “It was an event last year that we want to do again, bring the class together one last time before freshman year ends,” said Patrica Kou, Freshman Class Council president. “The event is almost half the price that it was last year and will feature interactive inflatables for students to enjoy,” said Lauren O’Brien, Freshman Class Council treasurer. “This is our only class unity event that we’re going to have this semester, so we want it to be a uniquely freshmen experience.” Funding for the event will cover the costs of police officers, balloons, WTSR generators and various inflatables — including their delivery and insurance. The Mixed Signals were fully funded $4,100 for R.O.C.K (Rather Outrageous Comedy Kickout), which will take place on Saturday, March 25, at 8 p.m. in Mayo Concert Hall. “We will bring The Upright Citizen Brigade to campus they will hold a performance, and will have a workshop for Mixed Signal members during the day,” said Ian Cooley, Mixed Signals treasurer. Funding will cover the costs of performer fees and food.
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Tuition cap Gitenstein said she does not want to increase tuition any further, but it becomes problematic if the legislature tries to implement a tuition cap. “TCNJ begins building its budget by positing what would be a reasonable tuition increase,” she said. “Then we try to meet the needs of the institution within that revenue limitation.” One of the best features of New Jersey’s four-year public higher education is its diversity, but that diversity relies on each institution’s board of trustees, according to Gitenstein. “The underpinning of that diversity is the fact that these individuals’ institutions have separate boards of trustees — each of which has the fiduciary responsibility to assure that the individual institution is true to its mission,” she said. Gitenstein also said that since the state has not been generous with allocating money to higher education for capital investment, such as construction, the College is among the many colleges that have to borrow money. “We had to sell bonds to fund these projects and one of the features of our bonds’ attraction has been the bond ratings (determined by the bond rating agencies),” Gitenstein said. If the ratings go down, then it becomes more costly for the College to borrow money, which translates into greater costs for students, according to Gitenstein. “The bond rating agencies have all said that one of the reasons our bond ratings are so high is because our board of trustees determine our budget,” Gitenstein said.
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The president also said that although people do not like the tuition increases, the College costs less for the state per student because students are actually getting their undergraduate degrees in four years. Seventy-three percent of students at the College graduate on time compared to the national average of 33 percent, according to collegefactual.com.
National concerns Gitenstein called this a “disruptive time,” citing the second version of President Donald Trump’s immigration executive order and the recent riot at Middlebury College, which resulted in a controversial sociologist not being able to speak and an assault of the event’s moderator. The Trump administration announced a second version of the immigration executive order on March 6, which would suspend immigration into the U.S. from
six predominantly Muslim countries — Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya. The order would have gone into effect on March 16, but was frozen by a federal judge in Hawaii, according to The Washington Post. The government said it will appeal the decision of a Maryland federal judge, who also blocked this executive order, CNBC reported. “While I do believe that there are some significant improvements in the new travel executive in response to the legal objections that were raised, I continue to have concerns,” Gitenstein said. “Most specifically, I am concerned about what messages the order sends to the world and to our own citizens about the history of immigration, diversity and global engagement that is at the heart of the United States.” At Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt., students violently protested
sociologist Charles Murray on March 2. Murray is most known for his book “The Bell Curve” from 1994, which connects lower socioeconomic status with race and intelligence. In response to this incident, Gitenstein found herself asking, “How do we deal with those kinds of speakers?” and “Can we learn from them?” Gitenstein is optimistic about one national issue, though — the Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream of Growing Our Economy Act. Proposed by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the BRIDGE Act allows people who have received work authorization or temporary relief from deportation through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to continue living in the U.S. with the federal government’s permission, according to the National Immigration Law Center’s website. Former President Barack Obama announced DACA in 2012 in which the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would not deport undocumented youth who came to America as children and granted them temporary permission to stay in the U.S. “These people have grown up in the United States — they have no conscious memory of life in any other country,” Gitenstein said. She added that of the approximately 800,000 people that fall into DACA, about 300,000 are current students. “I am not sure that the BRIDGE Act is the only way to address the needs of these individuals, but I am committed that their special status should be considered in any discussion of their immigration/citizenship status,” Gitenstein said.
Scent of smoke puts student in cuffs By Brielle Bryan Production Manager No thank you for smoking On March 6 at approximately 3:35 p.m., two Campus Police officers were dispatched to Wolfe Hall on a report of a student setting paper on fire in their dorm room. The officers knocked on the suspected student’s door. When the student answered the door, the responding officers could smell a burnt odor in the air, according to Campus Police. The officers then observed a lighter and a piece of paper with burnt edges. The suspected student told the officers that he burns paper because he likes the smell of smoke, Campus Police said. The evidence was collected by one of the officers who transported it back to Police Headquarters. The other officer stayed with the student until backup arrived at 3:38 p.m. Pro-staff arrived on the scene at 3:41 p.m., police said. The student was told by Campus Police that he would be removed from his campus residence hall temporarily, pending a hearing with TCNJ Student Conduct. The student was then placed under arrest for criminal mischief. The student
was handcuffed, searched without incident and transported to Police Headquarters for processing, according to Campus Police. The male student was placed in a holding room and secured to the bench at 4:15 p.m. At approximately 4:41 p.m. the student was escorted by an officer back to his dorm. The evidence was placed in the evidence safe at Police Headquarters. Student loses license plate On March 8 at 11 a.m., a female went to Police Headquarters to report a lost front license plate. The female advised the officer that she parked her vehicle in Lot 18 at 1 p.m. on March 7 and noticed that the plate was missing when she arrived home at 5 p.m., Campus Police said. The female told the officer that she checked the area and could not find her license plate anywhere. The Campus Police officer advised the female to turn in the old license plate to the Department of Motor Vehicles, which would then issue her a new one. Windstar window smashed On March 5 at approximately 9:40 a.m., a Campus Police officer was on patrol and observed a van parked
in Lot 8 with the rear driver’s side panel window shattered. The van was a 2000 white Ford Windstar owned by the College, according to police reports. Two other officers arrived on the scene. Upon further investigation, the officers observed a 12-oz. brown beer bottle lying on the ground near the shattered glass pieces next to the van, Campus Police said. One of the officers took photographs of the damaged window and beer bottle. The estimated value of the window is $250, according to Campus Police.
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Wallet woes plague student On March 2, a male went to Police Headquarters to report a lost wallet. He stated that he lost his wallet in Forcina Hall between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m, according to Campus Police. The male searched Forcina Hall with negative results and returned days later to look again, but he was still unable to find his wallet. The male was advised to call his credit card company to cancel his Visa debit card, Campus Police said. The male was given a copy of the Victim Notification Form and advised to call Campus Police if he were to recover his property. Anyone with information can contact Campus Police at 609-771-2345.
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Nation & W rld
US attorney fired after refusing to resign
Bharara is among the 46 US attorneys who were asked to resign.
By Anandita Mehta Staff Writer
The Trump administration issued requests on March 10 for the immediate resignation of 46 U.S. attorneys held over from
the Obama administration, The Washington Post reported. Among these 46 attorneys was Preet Bharara, attorney of the Southern District of New York, who refused to resign due to an agreement made between him and
President Donald Trump in November, according to CNN. Pending his refusal to resign, Bharara spoke to the acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente on the phone and later tweeted that he was fired, CNBC reported. Bharara’s tweet on March 11 read: “I did not resign. Moments ago I was fired. Being the U.S. Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life.” The manner in which the Trump administration requested the immediate resignation of these 46 U.S. attorneys reflects the rocky transition between the Obama and Trump administrations, The New York Times reported. It is common practice for an administration to ask for resignations from attorneys appointed by the preceding administration, but the last two presidents have allowed the attorneys to gradually leave their offices, according to The Washington Post. Replacements for these attorneys have not yet been confirmed, leaving pending cases in limbo, according to CNN. Some of Bharara’s pending cases include an investigation of fundraising by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for his campaign,
investigations of sexual harassment accusations against Fox News’s previous chief, Roger Ailes, and investigations of former aides of former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, The New York Times reported. According to the same source, Trump Tower is also under the jurisdiction of Bharara’s former office. Trump’s Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the move to request resignations from the U.S. attorneys was meant to give the administration a clean slate, The Washington Post reported. Two White House officials have stated that it is possible Bharara was promised he could remain in his position as a favor from then President-elect Trump to Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is now senate democratic minority leader, according to The New York Times. The same source reported that the relationship between Trump and Schumer has declined since November. Some analysts believe Bharara’s refusal to resign could boost his career and will be lauded for his decision, according to CNBC. Bharara’s portfolio includes crackdowns on banking fraud and insider trading as well as hedge fund corruption, according to CNN.
Landslide in Ethiopian landfill kills at least 65 people
Many people remain missing as the death toll rises.
By Danielle Silvia Staff Writer
A massive landslide occurred on March 11 in the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at one of the nation’s most prominent landfills. The disaster left at least 65 people dead, according to AOL News. The landfill is known as Koshe and has served as an important site for the growth of Ethiopia, CNN reported. Hundreds of people have been living in makeshift
homes on top of the garbage outside of Addis Ababa, both the capital and largest city in Ethiopia, The New York Times reported. “It’s a sad story because the government has been trying to resettle the people residing in the area,” said Negeri Lencho, Communications minister, according to CNN. At the moment the landslide occurred, 35 people were killed, most of whom were women and children, The New York Times reported. The death toll has soared in the last few days and many others are still missing, according to the same source.
“We have warned the authorities for more than 10 years as the rubbish piled up. There has not been any response. It is criminal negligence,” said Taye Woldeamanuel, a 48-year-old whose sister narrowly survived the landslide, according to AOL News. There were 290 people living on the landfill who were not injured in the accident. They were transferred to a temporary shelter in Addis Ababa, CNN reported. Although the cause of the landslide is unclear, it is thought by many environmentalists as well as citizens of the area that “the resumption of garbage dumping at the site in recent months” contributed to the disaster, according to The New York Times. Nearly 500 waste-pickers work and spend time at Koshe seven days a week, which could have disrupted the settlement of about 300,000 tons of waste collected annually by the capital, most of which is dumped straight into the landfill, The New York Times reported. According to the same source, officials have proposed to make Koshe a site of clean energy that can produce more than 50 megawatts of electricity a day to power Addis Ababa, rather than a garbage disposal area. There was a $120 million investment set forth to accomplish this innovation, and construction associated with this project has been underway since 2013, according to The New York Times.
Canadian judge resigns after inappropriate comments By Eric Preisler Staff Writer
Canadian Federal Judge Robin Camp resigned on March 9 after the Canadian Judicial Council recommended his firing,The New York Times reported. Camp’s resignation comes after the scrutiny of his inappropriate comments made toward a sexual assault complainant in 2014, according to the same source. Camp asked the female 19-year-old complainant, “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?” according to an NPR report. During the trial, Camp also commented, “Sex and pain sometimes go together. ... That’s not necessarily a bad
thing,” NPR reported. Camp acquitted the accused perpetrator, Alexander Wagar, according to CNN. Camp gave Wagar the following advice for his “male friends” when they encounter women: “Be very careful. To protect themselves, they have to be very careful,” CNN reported. Attention was called to the 2014 trial after Alice Woolley, a law professor at the University of Calgary, filed a complaint about Camp’s behavior during the trial. Eventually, several online petitions calling for Camp’s removal were made, and Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley requested for the Judicial Council to review Camp’s behavior, according to NPR. After Camp’s comments
came to light, the Alberta Court of Appeal ordered a new trial in which Wagar was found not guilty for a second time, according to CNN. “The judge’s conduct... was so manifestly and profoundly destructive of the concept of impartiality, integrity and independence of the judicial role that the judge was rendered incapable of executing the judicial office,” the Judicial Council said, according to NPR. In Camp’s resignation announcement, he apologized “to everyone who was hurt by my comments,” CNN reported. Twitter Camp, who was originally a Camp’s remarks on sexual assault are infamous. judge in South Africa, had no knowledge of Canadian crimi- became a federal judge in 2015, any pension, payment or comnal law and no training on sex- according to CNN. pensation because of his resigual assault cases, however, he Camp will not be eligible for nation, NPR reported.
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Hard work in school leads to future successes
Sun beaming on my face, palm trees blowing in the wind and my toes buried in the sand — an ideal spring break for most, but I just wanted to head home, work and watch endless movies on Netflix. From Florida to Cancun — to even as close as the Jersey Shore — many students headed out for a much-anticipated spring break and were eager to laugh and make memories amongst their friends. While that may seem like a great time to many, I was eager to put on my comfiest clothes and do nothing for the entire week. I prefer working, relaxing and enjoying home-cooked meals than spending a fortune of money on a vacation. To some people it may sound crazy, but right now I would rather save money to move out and have my own apartment one day than spend it on a vacation with my friends. I’ve realized a lot throughout my collegiate career. I’ve come to know what I want in life, how important making it in this world is and what it takes to get there. Staying at home over break was one step closer to proving I’m ready to be out in the real world instead of spending the money I don’t have… for what? A short-lived week of fun? Being on your own, having a job and paying bills scares some people, but I can’t wait for that day to come. I love my family and my home, but I’m yearning to get out, move where I want and work to provide for myself. I never used to be like this, so what changed? When I transferred to the College after attending West Virginia University, known as a huge party school, I needed to get my life in order. My mind was focused on all of the wrong things. I constantly needed to be out doing things and could never enjoy a quiet night at home. Coming home while my friends were away at school gave me an opportunity to see that there is so much more to life. I quickly got my priorities in line when I came home. I started working, attending classes and maintaining good grades. In my mind, it’s important to work hard now and focus on participating in extracurricular activities, stepping out of your comfort zone and really challenging yourself. When you see all of the things you can accomplish, you realize that hard work does pay off. I’m so thankful that I have been granted the opportunity to earn a degree from the College and conquer what used to seem impossible. Growing up isn’t easy, but it’s all about the steps we take to get there, what we learn from our mistakes and how we improve each and every day. —Ashton Leber Social Media Editor
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In an article published two weeks ago entitled “IMM department celebrates largest graduating class,” it was said that this year’s graduating class is the largest, but this year’s graduating class is the same size as last year’s. The department has had a 42 percent increase in graduates over the last three years.
Quote of the week “These people have grown up in the United States — they have no conscious memory of life in any other country.” — R. Barbara Gitenstein, president of the College
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Students should support Planned Parenthood By Katie Wertheimer and Ashley Van Riper Planned Parenthood celebrated 100 years of providing compassionate and accessible health care for its patients last October. Despite the lifesaving care Planned Parenthood provides, patients’ access to care is being threatened as it never has been before. Now is the time to learn about these issues and take action in our communities. Planned Parenthood provides a wide range of reproductive health care services. More than 90 percent of services are preventive family planning services, including lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings, birth control and sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, according to Planned Parenthood’s website. It is also proud to provide abortion services, ensuring that individuals have accurate information about all of their options. While the lifesaving effects of these health services are well-documented, Planned Parenthood remains threatened by anti-abortion legislation. Gov. Chris Christie eliminated funding for preventive family planning services from the New Jersey state budget in 2010, according to Planned Parenthood New Jersey’s website. Christie’s budget cuts had intense, realworld consequences for patients throughout New Jersey, with half of New Jersey counties experiencing increases in cases of bacterial STIs of nearly 50 percent or more between
Demonstrators show support for Planned Parenthood. 2009 and 2015, as well as significant increases in breast and cervical cancer rates statewide, according to Planned Parenthood’s website. Without the guarantee of state funding, now more than ever the federal push to defund Planned Parenthood would devastate patients’ access to care in New Jersey. At the federal level, legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act and limit access to
Planned Parenthood’s services would leave 14 million more people uninsured by 2018, reduce access to family planning services that prevent unwanted pregnancies and remove access to care for patients who live in lowincome areas or rely on Planned Parenthood as their sole health care provider. In the wake of such unprecedented threats to accessible health care, it is important to act
now. We both intern for Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey, which will host student activist training on April 1 to provide students across the state with the tools they need to advocate for reproductive rights. The Reproductive Health Summit: New Jersey Student Activist Training seeks to educate attendees on how to create effective change in response to current threats to reproductive rights and organize activist and grassroots mobilization in response to any social injustice. The student summit will feature a keynote speech by Assemblywoman Shavonda E. Sumter, focusing on her experiences as a woman in New Jersey politics and the importance of student activism in creating effective change on a grassroots and statewide level. The event will also include workshops that cover how to lobby elected officials, create a campaign strategy to organize your community and communicate effectively about an issue through various mediums — social media, personal storytelling, letters to the editor, etc. The role of students in standing up for reproductive rights is crucial right now, but you can gain the necessary experience to stand with Planned Parenthood and ensure that their doors stay open at this summit. Anyone can attend the summit for free on April 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. To register, go to bit.ly/ReproHealthSummit17.
Housing selection odds are one in a million
The housing selection process is stressful.
By Kristen Frolich Students all around campus recently endured the stress of the College’s housing lottery. They are constantly asking, “Who do I want to be roommates with? Where do I want to live on campus? Do I even want to live on campus?” I know that’s what I have been constantly asking myself. How can I make all of these decisions that impact my next academic year if I don’t even know what I’m going to eat for dinner tonight? I definitely know that I have fallen victim to the
housing lottery stress, as I have never had to pick where I was going to live until this year. My friends and I, however, have been discussing living together next year on campus during the first semester, so we were all excited when the assigned time slots came out on Feb. 27. I assumed that either myself or one of my friends would get an early time slot so we would be able to achieve a rising sophomore housing goal: living in Decker Hall. My friends and I have all heard that Decker is known as the social building for sophomores and is basically like living in the Towers for another year. Not only did we want Decker, but we wanted to be in a double-triple room — though there are only two per floor — since we are a group of five girls. Finally, Feb. 27 rolled around, and I was so excited to open my email. That excitement faded once I saw that I got a 3:30 p.m. time slot. Luckily, my roommate was scheduled for 11 a.m. and my friend received a 10:30 a.m. time slot. Consequently, we all were sure that we would get the double-triple, or at least a double-double, room in Decker. By the time my friend’s 10:30 a.m. time slot came, all double-triple and double-double rooms were taken. The only option that we had was to separate due to our time slots, causing my roommate and I to be in New Residence Hall, two of my friends in Cromwell Hall and another in Townhouses East. At the end of the whole housing process, I was amazed at how many rising sophomores desired to be in Decker since it is known as the most social residence building. Just because a residence hall is acclaimed
for being social does not mean the other buildings will not provide you with the same experience or that you will not meet new people. That is up to you. Although the housing lottery was not in favor of my friends and I, I’m confident that we will still make the most of our sophomore experience.
Decker houses sophomores in suite-style rooms.
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Students share opinions around campus “Is housing important to your college experience?”
Mia Ingui / Opinions Editor
Lindsey Davidson, a freshman open options humanities and social sciences major.
Mia Ingui / Opinions Editor
Lindsey Abramson, a junior computer science major.
“I feel like it is, but mainly freshman year.”
“Yes, it is.”
“Should students support Planned Parenthood?”
Mia Ingui / Opinions Editor
Jasmine Mahajan, a freshman biology major. “It is definitely an individual choice, but we should support it. It allows young women to control their bodies.”
Mia Ingui / Opinions Editor
Nivetha Srinivasan, a freshman biology major. “I think we should. It provides a way of birth control, which has many other uses.”
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Active shooter training preps officers
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An officer participates in the simulation. By Brielle Bryan Production Manager
A trail of red sticky residue lined the floors and walls of the Bliss Hall Annex as gunshots resonated throughout the building. Luckily, the guns fired contained simunition, or non-lethal ammunition that left behind a water-soluble, color-marking compound. While most students spent their spring break skiing, lying on a beach or shoveling snow, Campus Police spent the break training its officers and preparing them for the possible scenario of an active shooter encroaching on the College’s property. The training took place from March 13 to Friday, March 17, excluding March 14 due to a snowstorm. Throughout the training course, Sgt. Bob Clement, one of the training officers, consistently stressed the importance of reaction time. Officers cannot afford to hesitate when entering a room with an active shooter. “When violent physical assault becomes evident, selecting the appropriate course of action is very vital to the outcome,” Clement said. “It’s significant between life and death.” Bill Straniero, assistant director to Campus Police, agreed. “Every second you wait someone else can get killed,” he said. Officers have about three-fourths of a second to get into a room and overwhelm an active shooter, according to Lt. James Lopez. This makes it even more important for the officer to get through the door fast and overpower
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the shooter. The Law Enforcement Active Shooter Emergency Response course is a training course created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that Lopez, Clement, Sgt. Scott Leusner and Sgt. Kevin McCullough are certified to teach. The mandatory training session is administered about once a year at the College. The training officers not only stressed the ideas of staying alert and acting fast, but emphasized thinking ahead. “It’s like a chess game,” Lopez said. “You have to be thinking a couple moves ahead.” When entering a room with an active shooter, an officer has to be ready for multiple scenarios: the shooter could have a gun pointed at one or more hostages; the shooter could be hiding in the corners of the room or the victims could come running toward the door, distracting the officer from identifying the shooter. “You have to be alert to everything around you,” Lopez said. “Whether you’re coming down the hall or making entry through the doorway, you’re always scanning and looking for where the threat is located.” Officers were taught to respond to an incident in either a dynamic or covert manner. According to Leusner, a dynamic operation is based on speed, surprise and force of action. This operation is executed when the officer hears the shots fired and can identify where they are coming from. On the other hand, Leusner said a covert operation entails remaining undetected because the officer cannot be sure exactly where the shooter is located. After going over the main concepts, the officers proceeded to participate in hands-on training exercises. The first training exercise dealt with the way an officer and their partner should clear the stairwell when traveling to higher or lower floors in search of an active shooter. The second focused on how to enter a doorway and get out of the “fatal funnel,” or the more vulnerable area of a room for an officer. The fatal funnel is the cone-shaped area of the room located at the door’s opening. The last two training exercises consisted of the officers clearing a hallway and entering a room using a cross and hook technique. After practicing the training exercises individually, the officers were then thrust into a simulation where they got to use fake ammunition to apprehend an actor playing an active shooter. Some of the officers teaching the course took turns playing the roles of active shooter and victim, however, there were also student participants. A few students volunteered to role play as the shooter or the victim. Senior biology major Sabhya Gupta, a member of TCNJ EMS, volunteered. While her experiences as an EMT were very different than the exercises she observed that day with Campus Police, Gupta felt a new appreciation for the officers following her participation in the training course.
By Julia Dzurillay Columnist
As the snow melts and the flowers grow, the baking season begins to vanish. While I am the type of person who can eat soup all year round, some believe that the spring season dictates meals. Some of the best comfort foods are not enjoyed once spring rolls around, but I say throw that idea out the window. Who says you can’t have hot tea in May, bake pumpkin pie in July or enjoy chicken pot pies in March? I am here to say you can. Our mini chicken pot pie recipe is a perfect personal and shareable meal to eat with friends. If you are cooking for a small number of people, don’t be afraid to throw the leftovers in a bag and freeze them. This is a recipe designed for beginners
“As an EMT, we’re always told to stay back until the scene is safe and wait until (Campus Police) gets there,” Gupta said. “It makes me happy that we have such great people who are willing to put their lives at stake for us.” Junior physical education major Tyler McGilligan also volunteered. Hoping to become a police officer himself, McGilligan found the training exercises and live simulation to be educational. McCullough recorded the live simulations with his GoPro camera, which he played for everyone after the last live simulation. McCullough believes that it is important to watch oneself in action to see where they went wrong. Leusner agreed. “Mistakes will be made during training,” he said. “The goal is to be able to see where the weakness is so that it can be improved.” Officer Kristen Albertson also emphasized the importance of improvement. “Everyone’s perspective is different,” she said. “When given tips on how to make something better, it always helps.” According to Lopez, the active shooter training course used at the College to train the officers is being adopted by all police agencies in Mercer County, N.J., as a way to standardize the police response to such incidents county wide. With an abundance of mass shootings taking place around the nation, Campus Police are working to stay one step ahead.
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Police train in Bliss Hall classrooms.
: Shareable chicken pot pies
to test the waters of cooking, but luckily, there is no sacrificing flavor with this delicious treat. Mini Chicken Pot Pies Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of butter 1 package (10 oz.) of frozen mixed vegetables 1 cup of diced, cooked chicken 1 can (10 3/4 oz.) of condensed cream of chicken soup 1 can (16.3 oz.) of Pillsbury Grands!™ flaky layers biscuits Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 375° F. 2. Cook the frozen vegetables in a small pot according to the directions on wrapper. 3. In a medium bowl, mix together the cooked vegetables, chicken and soup. 4. Coat muffin tray with melted butter to prevent sticking. Firmly press one biscuit
into each muffin cup, smush the biscuit along the bottom and the sides of the cup to form a liner. 5. Add the chicken and vegetable mix into each biscuit-lined muffin cup.
6. Bake at 375°F for about 25 minutes or until the biscuits are a golden brown. 7. Remove from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before removing each pot pie from the tray.
Mini pot pies are perfect for sharing.
Students celebrate Purim with food and comedy page 14 The Signal March 22, 2017
Left: Students enjoy complementary food. Right: ComedySportz Philadelphia entertains the crowd. By Kayla Lafi Staff Writer “Today we are celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim, which, like all Jewish holidays, is about people trying to kill us,” said David Lapidow, vice president of Chabad and a fifth-year career and community studies major. Every year, Purim is celebrated to commemorate the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from King Haman’s plot to annihilate all Jews in a single day. After marrying Haman, Esther hosted a feast where she revealed her Jewish identity. This led to the hanging of Haman and a festival of celebration. Chabad and Hillel, two organizations dedicated to the College’s Jewish community, came together on March 6 in the Education Building to celebrate the holiday. The event featured a flipbook photo booth, complementary food and a comedy show. “I think that the Purim Party was so successful because Hillel and Chabad came
together to put on the event,” said Rachel Miller, a junior communications studies major. “Purim is one of the most fun holidays in the Jewish religion, a day for celebration and being among friends.” As guests arrived, there was upbeat music playing, a YouTube video about Purim streaming and a buffet filled with kosher food such as pasta, vegetables and sandwiches. The buffet featured the traditional Purim holiday cookie, Hamantashen. The triangleshaped cookies, which symbolize Haman’s defeat, are filled with different kinds of filling such as fruit preserves or poppy seeds. According to tradition, the triangle shape represents the king’s tri-corner hat. “I think the Purim Party was an important event because it brought the community together of Jewish students and others who wanted to learn about our culture in a really enjoyable, interesting way,” Miller said. Lapidow also emphasized the holiday’s importance. “(Purim) is not one of the most known holidays,” Lapidow said. “But people
think that Hanukkah is a big deal, when really Hanukkah is one of the least significant holidays in Judaism. Purim is actually more important.” According to Lapidow, the holiday is supposed to be about fun. In celebration, children usually dress in costume and indulge in the festivities. To continue with this tradition, ComedySportz Philadelphia provided the night’s entertainment. The comedy troupe, comprising Kristine O’Brien, Sean Roach, Jessie Preisendorfer and Josh Holober-ward, arrived in sports jerseys and a referee uniform. “Almost every year I perform at a Purim show at the College and at a couple of other synagogues,” said Preisendorfer, a player who has been with ComedySportz Philadelphia for 18 years. “It’s not a tragic story, it’s a festival, so people are always in a good mood.” During the performance, two teams of comedians competed for points by playing a series of improv games and encouraging active participation from the audience.
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Although some students arrived at the event with little knowledge about the holiday, they went home with a new perspective. Students celebrated Purim by dressing up in costume and taking photographs in the photobooth. “The holiday of Purim is celebrated as a party with costumes to represent that God’s hidden, but if you look hard enough you can find him,” Lapidow said. “Also, it represents that we aren’t always what we seem to be.” The event featured a flipbook photobooth that printed out 28 photos in a stop-motion style booklet in addition to party favors like kosher treats, a plastic crayon coin bank and colorful to-go cups. Both Hillel and Chabad created a fun environment to remind students of their new home at the College. “We are here for the Jewish community at the College to let them know that when they come to campus, Chabad is here to make them a home away from home,” Lapidow said.
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: March ‘04
Residence halls are here to stay
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Rumors spread about Norsworthy, Centennial and the Towers.
Every week, Features Editor Alyssa Gautieri hits the archives and finds old Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories. In 2004, the College reported that Centennial Hall would be demolished within the year. While students expressed sentimental feelings, they were eager to see the old building replaced with an updated residence hall. The College also said Norsworthy Hall would be demolished in 2005. Fast forward 13 years and both buildings still stand. In the Fall 2016 semester, the College announced that Travers and Wolfe halls might be demolished. Upon hearing both the students’ and alumni’s opposition as well as considering what was generally best for the College, it was recently decided that the Towers would, instead, be renovated. Students, alumni and faculty are now left to wonder if the College will ever demolish a residence hall. To satisfaction of many rising sophomores, Centennial Hall will be demolished this summer after 50 years in operation, making way for freshman housing that will better accommodate the First Year Experience. Construction on new housing for approximately 500 students will begin in March 2005 and should end in August 2005, she added. Discussion of tearing down Centennial began several years ago. Due to its maintenance problems in the past and aged appearance, Centennial has the most notorious reputation of all the College’s
residence halls. “There’s a very short life left in the building,” Stafford said. “We’re better off if it comes down and we build something new than if we try to renovate it.” Freshmen seem relieved by the elimination of the possibility that they might live in Centennial if they happen to receive a low number in the housing lottery. “It’s good because students should be comfortable and nobody wants to live in a crappy building,” Justin Roberts, freshman opens options business major, said. Though some residents of Centennial admit having had such an impression of the building before moving in, they said that the residential experience is not as negative as many think. Chris Cirone, senior computer science education major who works as an office assistant and for hall security in the building, also takes an optimistic view. “As ugly as it may be, it’s got a lot of character,” Cirone said. “It’s so different from other residence halls.” Sentimental attachment to the building is another factor. “I’m kind of upset because my first two dorms are not going to be here next year,” Mike Chiumento, sophomore English secondary education major, said. Last year, Chiumento lived in Norsworthy, which will be demolished after Centennial in January 2005. Its replacement will also house around 500 students.
Left: A peacoat is a fashionable way to stay warm. Right: Some students enjoy warm weather during spring break. By Jillian Greene Columnist While most of us are longing for warmer weather, we must not forget about our favorite winter fashion items just because Mother Nature decided to be particularly inconsistent lately. During my trip to Florida, where the temperature dropped to a low of 34 degrees, I was reminded of my warm winter clothing left behind in New Jersey. I scrambled to piece together the warmest possible outfit I could with my suitcase filled with shorts, flip flops and bathing suits. I was unsuccessful and, unfortunately, I had to take a trip to the local mall. However, not everyone who traveled for spring break was affected by the cold weather. I was very envious as I scrolled through my Instagram and Snapchat feeds to see many of my fellow classmates in bathing suits on the beach.
I regretted not having packed my winter coat to warm myself from the unexpected cold weather. I particularly missed my neutral black peacoat. Peacoats have exploded in fashion as it seems everyone — males and females — own at least one. Peacoats are very versatile. You can wear it over a business casual outfit as you go on an interview or you can pair it with leggings and sneakers while running errands. Either way, you’ll look great. While black and beige are the most popular shades, I see more and more people pulling off gray and burgundy peacoats. You can find a variety of styles of this jacket at different price points in stores including Lord & Taylor and H&M. My advice to all fashionistas planning their next vacation — regardless of if it’s to the sunny state of Florida or a Caribbean island — is to make sure to bring at least one warm outfit as we all know how unreliable Mother Nature can be.
Celebritease : Latest ‘Bachelor’ accused of inauthenticity
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Viall proposes in ‘The Bachelor’ season finale. By Mackenzie Cutruzzula Columnist
Bachelor Nation can finally take a sigh of relief as bad boy Nick Viall’s season has finally ended. Viall proposed to Vanessa Grimaldi, a special education teacher from Canada. Months after the final rose was handed out, along with an engagement ring, the couple was finally able to enjoy their first public date.
Immediately, the Twittersphere noticed that the couple appeared awkward and the show was accused of being inauthentic. Another slight flub from “The Bachelor” finale included a reused ring. Viall proposed with a 3.75-carat round-cut center diamond stone surrounded by a halo of smaller diamonds and two larger baguette-cut diamonds, made by celebrity jeweler Neil Lane, however, viewers noticed that the
ring looked familiar. Coincidentally, Robby Hayes used the exact ring to propose to JoJo Fletcher in season 12, where he was rejected. “I bring six rings and over the years, over the nine years, some are the same, some have changed settings or are redesigned, and some are totally new,” Lane told PEOPLE. In other news, Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski eloped over the weekend to avoid drama. Sadoski showed off his wedding band on “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” where he talked about the intimate event. Maybe Viall and Grimaldi should follow in their footsteps, since the couple is expecting their first child together and have been engaged since last September. Meanwhile, Khloe Kardashian has been anything but shy when it comes to showing off her boyfriend and basketball player Tristan Thompson. The two recently spent a vacation at the beach, where Kardashian called Thompson “my love” in an Instagram post. She also threw her new beau a gold-themed birthday bash.
Posting a loving photo on Instagram of the two gazing into each other’s eyes, Kardashian seems to have officially put ex-husband Lamar Odom in the past. “To the happiest of birthdays my love! To the first of many more together! May God continue to bless you in all of your days! And may we forever look at one another like this,” Kardashian said in the caption. To ring in the St. Patrick’s
Day festivities, Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrated together in London on Friday, March 17. Middleton wore a deep green coat with a matching hat as she greeted residents. The two also participated in the Irish Guards St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Household Cavalry Barracks and then drank a pint of Guinness beer for extra measure. It’s pretty lucky being famous, right?
Middleton greets a giant Irish Wolfhound at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in London.
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Arts & Entertainment
Concert / Turnover returns for CUB Alt
Kimberly Ilkowski / Staff Writer
Left: Turnover ends its most recent tour with a show at the College. Right: Peaer plays a math-rock influenced set of songs to a receptive crowd. continued from page 1 The addition of two new members has allowed the band a fuller sound, which helps old songs like “The Dark Spot” gain a new, sturdier feel. The members of Peaer were all smiles throughout the set, noticeably at ease with the crowd and enjoying the lengthy jams they would dive into mid-song. Turnover wasted no time after getting onstage, going right into 2015’s “Peripheral Vision” opener “Cutting My Fingers Off,” rallying the crowd and even prompting a few crowd surfers. As the band cycled through all of the album favorites, it was interesting to see the band a bit out of its comfort zone. Just a day earlier, Turnover wrapped a two-month touring cycle with emo heavyweights Circa Survive for the band’s 10-year anniversary of its monumental second album “On Letting Go.” Vocalist and guitarist Austin Getz spoke to the crowd about how the intimacy of the venue was not something they were used to anymore, but
a small-scale show like this one was a nice way to end the band’s experience on the road. The band buzzed through a speedy rendition of “Take My Head” before settling back down into more mellow territory a la “Humblest Pleasures” off the record of the same name, as well as the night’s closing number “Dizzy On The Comedown,” one of the band’s standout tracks. The evening’s crowd was a dedicated one — across the room people sang along to every word while some started a mosh pit in the middle of the crowd. Although a strange dichotomy between the band’s laid-back energy and the audience’s sudden jolt of life, this isn’t a new territory for the band. Turnover has been on several hardcore show lineups in its history, such as the Back To School Jam in Freehold, N.J., last September. In an interview with The Signal, the band members credited their ease in these environments to growing up in Virginia Beach, Va., listening to hardcore music, despite their own music not reflecting the styles of the genre. With a third album in the works, it’s worth noting the
prolific rise in popularity “Peripheral Vision” attained, as it redefined the band’s sound and scope from pop punk to more melodic, washed out tones. Turnover told The Signal that the band continued to experiment with new ideas, but kept true to what it created on “Peripheral Vision.” While the group admits they don’t take quite as big of a leap as they did from 2013’s “Magnolia” to “Peripheral Vision,” there’s still plenty of growth to be heard. “I’d say it’s more dynamic,” Getz said. “There’s probably some songs that could fit ‘Peripheral Vision’ and there’s some that would definitely surprise you.” The band also noted how inspiring it was to come back to the College to such a large and welcoming crowd. The fans’ strong support is something that has not been lost on them. “It’s been a wild ride for ‘Peripheral Vision,’” Getz said. “We’ve been touring for a long time and in the last two years, and the growth has been very quick and very large. We’ve been working hard for it, and we’ve been very lucky.”
Wolverine is gory and gruesome in ‘Logan’
By Kevin Shaw Staff Writer
I came into “Logan” with high hopes. Even with my high expectations, the movie blew me away. It is supposedly Hugh Jackman’s last performance as Wolverine –– my undisputed favorite X-Man –– and its R rating made for a really refreshing superhero movie. “Logan” is set in Texas in 2029 when mutants are a dwindling species, an alternate timeline from the rest of the X-Men films. This is Jackman’s ninth portrayal of Wolverine –– 10th if you count his cameo in “X-Men: First Class” –– but there is something different about the character this time around. Director James Mangold chose to adapt this movie’s storyline from genius comic book writer Mark Millar’s “Old Man Logan” version of Wolverine. In this movie Logan is old, weak and drinks whiskey like it’s water just to get through the day. Logan and mutant Caliban (Stephen Merchant) care for a failing Professor X (Patrick Stewart). Their relative peace is shattered
when Logan is recognized as the iconic X-Man and introduced to a young mutant girl named Laura (Dafne Keen) whose character impressed me throughout the film. From the first Red-Band trailer, which featured a man being stabbed in the skull with adamantium claws amongst other gruesome acts, it was clear that this was going to be a violent movie. But the trailer did not do justice to the film’s true violent nature. There was a plethora of blood, guts and severed limbs, but the violent scenes were tastefully done –– the action was incredibly well choreographed and masterfully executed by movie veteran Jackman and first-time movie actress Keen. Logan’s diminishing powers added suspense to the realistic thrills of the movie, always leaving me wondering which punch would be the one to break him. The heart and soul of any movie is in the actors’ performances. A dry performance would betray a well-written script. Luckily, Jackman and Stewart are masters of their craft. Keen, however, was the most surprising of all given her
age. Her role as X-23 is both physically and emotionally demanding, but the 12-year-old delivered a stunning performance. Thanks to the R rating, the typical allotment of one non-sexualized use of the f-word allowed in PG-13 movies was replaced with a multitude of viciously delivered swears. I often feel that dialogue constrictions forsake the theme of
a movie. The characters are usually restricted to unrealistically clean-mouthed dialogue because of a movie’s rating, but “Logan” does not have this problem. A grumpy, alcoholic ex-super hero would play fast and loose with his word choice, and the dialogue of this movie reflects that. It’s a little thing, but something I really appreciate.
“Logan” has proved that with a dedicated cast and crew, and a director with a vision and a passion for the art of filmmaking, it is possible to create an unparalleled movie masterpiece. With the recent success of both “Deadpool” and “Logan,” two R-rated X-Men movies, I have high hopes for the future of adult superhero films.
Jackman reprises his role as an aging Wolverine with diminishing powers.
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The Shins experiment on ‘Heartworms’
Mercer moves the band’s sound away from indie rock on ‘Heartworms.’ By Thomas Infante Arts & Entertainment Editor
After five years of anticipation, indie rock band The Shins released its fifth album, “Heartworms,” on March 10. It’s the first release since the band’s 2012 album “Port of Morrow,” which is when the band saw major personnel changes. The only remaining original member of The Shins is lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter James Mercer, who is now almost solely responsible for creating the band’s music. Although Mercer has not lost his talent for quirky lyrics and catchy musical arrangements, he has abandoned much of the edgier indie rock inspirations of The Shins’s first few albums. “Heartworms,”
in contrast, has more of a pop-influenced sound with some psychedelic and electronic elements that take some minor risks with the band’s tried-and-true sound. The singles released from “Heartworms” thus far could not be any more different. The lead single “Name for You” acts as a sort of summary statement for the entire album. It’s a fun song, with Mercer’s silly lyrics and high-pitched singing complementing the cheerful instrumentation. The song gets repetitive quickly, however, and doesn’t stand out from a creative or musical standpoint. The other single “So What Now” was released as part of the soundtrack to the 2014 film “Wish I Was Here.” This song is mellower, with airy synthesizers that
crescendo with the percussion into a strong, memorable chorus. The disconnect in both the sound and release dates of these tracks epitomize the album as a whole. While the songs individually are above average, it doesn’t seem that Mercer had much of an idea what he was trying to achieve with “Heartworms” musically. None of the songs on “Heartworms” are terrible, but several of them sound like outtakes, B-sides from previous albums or from Mercer’s side project, the indie rock band Broken Bells. The song “Dead Alive,” for example, is pretty good, with some eerie synthesizers and trippy vocal harmonies and effects that give the track some ethereal qualities while still sounding upbeat. However, there is nothing about this song that sonically separates it from the last decade of material that Mercer has released. The song could easily fit on 2007’s “Wincing the Night Away,” the last album released featuring The Shins’s original lineup. Other songs are so forgettable that it’s hard to believe that it took five years to put this album together. This is not to say that every song previously released by the band has been a standout masterpiece, but The Shins’s sound did not suffer from the overproduction until “Heartworms.” The song “Fantasy Island” sounds extremely artificial, with layered synthesizers that all blend into one another in the blandest way possible. Mercer’s distinct voice is drenched in effects to make it echo, creating a sleepy soundscape. The album picks up around the midway point and from there the songs are mostly solid, even if some sound reminiscent of the band’s earlier material. “Mildenhall” is an acoustic ballad with
a western folk tinge to it. Mercer’s lyrics detail his childhood experience of moving to England to be near his father who was stationed there for the Air Force. The small details in his phrasing, from a classmate giving him a cassette tape of indie band Jesus and the Mary Chain to skating along cobblestone paths, give the song a personal quality that feels absent elsewhere on the album. “Half a Million” is the only song on the album to prominently feature an electric guitar in the instrumentation, which is a breath of fresh air from the other synthesizer-heavy tracks. The guitar power chords combined with the keyboard riffs create a danceable and energetic sound, while Mercer’s lyrics discuss growing up and taking responsibility for one’s actions. The album ends with the song “The Fear,” which “is about someone who realizes that he missed an opportunity with a relationship and he’s sad about it. The door has closed and he’s sad about it,” Mercer said in an interview with NME. While the title and lyrics of the song are melancholy, the music is calm and blissful. The instrumentation draws from Latin music, with percussion instruments that sound like maracas and claves present in the rhythm section. Mercer also makes use of ukulele, harmonica and violin on this track, giving it easily the most sonic diversity of any song on this record. Overall, “Heartworms” is more disappointing than it is bad. With Mercer’s dominant creative lead, The Shins are now less of a band and more of an ongoing musical project headed by one individual, like Justin Vernon’s band Bon Iver. Hopefully in time Mercer will learn to develop his own distinct sound without his old band mates, or cave in and rehire them.
Cannibals and comedy mix in ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ By Alyssa Gautieri Features Editor Drew Barrymore chewing on dead flesh, biting into a neighbor’s neck and tossing fingers and toes into a blender are just a few of the things you’d see if you watched the first season of the Netflix original series “Santa Clarita Diet.” Society has always been revolted by cannibalism, so when Netflix released an original series about a suburban mother who engages in violence, murder and cannibalism, I was taken aback. Despite it being a little strange, I was surprised to find the first season both entertaining and intriguing. The new show joins a list of other popular Netflix original series including “Orange is the New Black,” “Stranger Things” and “Fuller House.” Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star in the new series as married realtors named Sheila and Joel. The first season brings viewers on a journey as the characters try to understand Sheila’s spontaneous transformation. While I had to occasionally look away as Sheila tore into human flesh, the series goes beyond gore by exploring
universal curiosities. The characters, unsure of whether or not to call Sheila a zombie, try to understand the binary of life and death. Sheila claims to feel more energized and alive, yet she can no longer detect her own heartbeat and her blood has turned into black ooze. Aside from debating philosophical issues, the series also highlights the strong bonds between families as well as friends. After discovering that his wife needs human meat in order to survive, Joel willingly hunts for food alongside his high school sweetheart. The couple’s daughter, Abby, also supports her mother’s new habit with her best efforts. Eric, a neighbor and science geek, keeps the family’s secret as he proposes possible reasons for Sheila’s new desire for human flesh. Conscious of the fact that they could all go to jail for murder, the characters do their best to hide the bodies — which isn’t always hard considering Sheila can eat most of the remains. Families that kill together, stay together, right? In a strange way, the series provides a heartwarming portrayal of a dedicated family. Despite their casual attitude toward murder, the family hasn’t lost all morality — they intend to only kill
deserving prey. “We have to kill someone that deserves it,” Joel said to his wife in the second episode entitled “We Can Kill People!” I found myself sympathizing with the family, despite the fact that they really are murderers. While the concept behind cannibalism and zombies is entirely unrealistic, the characters are strangely relatable as they struggle to adapt to this obstacle. Despite the serious topic discussed in the show, the original series is a hit as a comedy. As the family discovers the best way to successfully kill, store and consume human beings, their go-to coping mechanism is humor. Without comedy, “Santa Clarita Diet” would be just another unoriginal zombie series. Instead, the series takes a different direction, one that incorporates a variety of different themes including humor, love, death and humanity. A good show takes its audience on an emotional journey, and this series had me laughing, questioning, sympathizing and, at times, feeling a little queasy. While the first season of the series was a little weird, I will definitely tune in for the second season.
Left: Sheila develops a taste for human flesh. Right: Sheila and her husband try to adjust to her new cannibalistic lifestyle.
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Ed Sheeran’s ‘Divide’ unites fans
‘Divide’ has Sheeran experimenting with new sounds. By Lily Firth Staff Writer
It’s not news to anyone that Ed Sheeran has been a very successful and popular artist. Fans of the British singer fell in love with everything from his poetic ballads to his upbeat acoustic songs accompanied by his trusty guitar and loop pedal. Sheeran devastated his fans, though, when he announced in 2015 that he was going radio silent and dropping off the grid for a while, absent on social media and no longer creating new music, in order to do some quiet soul searching. Finally, Sheeran dropped his highly anticipated album on March 3, and he did not disappoint. Although his other albums were amazing, Sheeran outdid himself with his most recent album, “Divide.” He branched out
of his comfort zone and experimented with new instruments and sounds, including two very Irish sounding songs, “Galway Girl” and “Nancy Mulligan.” Of course, he still breaks hearts with his slow ballads, such as “Save Myself” in which he sings about having to save his own heart before he can love again. In the somber song “Happier,” he admits that his lover will truly be happier with someone else. Sheeran taps deep into his own emotions and experiences to make his music so personal and relatable to the audience. We can feel his pain through his tender and poignant lyrics. He added some upbeat songs to bring us back up, too. Some of his songs actually made me laugh out loud like“New Man,” which makes fun of the materialistic new man his past lover is bragging about to him. Even the
perky flutes in “Barcelona” made me want to smile and dance in my seat. Even some songs have important messages that make me reflect on our society. In “What Do I Know?” he ponders how to save the world with just a piano and some positivity. “Castle on the Hill” reminisces about simpler times and plays on my homesickness while I recall fond childhood memories. He also does an impressive job of rapping in “Eraser.” His lyrics aren’t nonsensical either –– he taps into his emotions and pours his heart out about what fame and money has done to him and how it is destroying a lot of his relationships. His album makes you laugh, cry, reminisce and even fall in
love with him. It is truly a beautiful work of art. There are a million praises I can say about this album, and I’m sure his fans will all agree with me. The charts agree, too –– his single “Shape of You” is already No. 1 in many countries and played repeatedly on the radio. This album is No. 1 in several countries, as well. Everyone has been buzzing and tweeting about this new album, including other successful artists such as Calvin Harris, who sent a loving tweet Sheeran’s way. Spotify also recently crowned Sheeran as the No. 1 streamed artist on its site. With the success of his album, I’m sure we will see a lot more growth and success from Sheeran in years to come.
Sheeran’s lyrics and singing cover a range of emotions.
Loud / High school students recite poems continued from page 1
Koffa first participated three years ago with his school, but last year, no teacher would run the program, preventing him from participating again. He started a poetry club and worked with Poetry Out Loud and the vice principal of his school to get involved again. “He’s an amazing young man,” Potucek said. “This concept opened up a world for him.” After competing in the regional competition in Camden, N.J., Koffa took the stage to talk about what the competition means to him. Potucek summarized what he said. “This was his window, his way to get out, his escape,” Potucek said. Breana Sena, the runner-up from Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School in Jersey City, N.J., gave a moving performance of “I Sit and Sew” by Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson. The poem reflected the author’s desire to escape to something greater. “I sit and sew — a useless task it seems,/ My hands grown tired, my head weighed
down with dreams,” Sena said quietly. Sena, Koffa and the other finalists were scored based on physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding and overall performance. In addition, an accuracy judge deducts points based on any mistakes a contestant makes. “We always tell the students up front… that it’s about the simplicity of your poem and connecting with the audience,” Potucek said. “If that means you need some hand gestures or some facial expressions — of course — then you should use those.” Potucek believes the most important thing about competing is clearly delivering the poet’s message. “I think probably the most important thing… is that the student becomes the shell for the poem,” said Potucek, a former accuracy judge. She hopes students learn something out of competing, whether they win or lose. “(I hope) they find out a little bit about more themselves,” Potucek said. In between the second and third rounds,
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a video honoring the 2010 state champion Shamsuddin Abdul-Hamid was projected onto the screen. Abdul-Hamid, affectionately called “Sham” by his friends, died unexpectedly at the age of 25 on March 3. In the video, Abdul-Hamid explained how Poetry Out Loud gives students access to great writers they might not have been able to study in school. “Organizations, like Poetry Out Loud and the New Jersey state arts council, they say that you, too — you, too, can do this,” Abdul-Hamid said in the video. “There are no boundaries, and I think that that’s sort of what we felt as a student having someone hand you a William Shakespeare sonnet — you sort of sit up and say, ‘What else am I worthy of?’” Like Koffa, Abdul-Hamin won the state championship on his third try. In two lines of “Hospital Window,” the narrator realizes that, although his father is likely close to the end, he is not afraid. He can still smile. “I am not afraid for my father— Look! He is grinning.”
Left: Students recite famous poems from memory. Right: Koffa wins the competition for his accuracy and emotion.
This week, WTSR assistant music director Nelson Kelly highlights some of the best new albums that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.
Band Name: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Album Name: “Flying Microtonal Banana” Release Number: 9th Hailing From: Melbourne, Australia Genre: Psychadelic Experimental Rock Label: ATO Records “Flying Microtonal Banana” is the first of five albums that Melbourne’s King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard claim to have in store for us in 2017. If that was not enough ambition for you, the bad boys from down under recorded this album using decked out microtonal instruments to play in keys that do not exist on standard instruments. Signature guitar noodles and harmonies, syncopated drums and thumpin’ bass are joined by the wailing shrieks of a zurna, a traditional Turkish horn. “Flying Microtonal Banana” is a perfect entry point into Gizzard’s intimidating discography and a welcome sign of a great band pushing to expand their musical pallet. Must Hear: “Sleep Drifter,” “Bilabong Valley,” “Anoxia,” “Doom City” and “Nuclear Fusion”
Band Name: Pissed Jeans Album Name: “Why Love Now” Release Number: 5th Hailing From: Allentown, Pa. Genre: Noise Punk Label: Sub Pop Veteran punk band Pissed Jeans is back with its most socially conscious effort yet. Crusty, noisy and almost obnoxiously loud, “Why Love Now” is the soundtrack to your 40-minute riot about social justice. “Why Love Now” is chock full of angry and rowdy anthems. Simple song structures with repetitive, shouted choruses combined with feminist and socially conscious themes keep the record fresh. Must Hear: “The Bar is Low,” “Ignorecam,” “Love Without Emotion” and “Have You Ever Been Furniture”
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Softball team wins six games during spring trip Softball
By Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor
While Dr. June Walker Field was buried under snow, the College’s softball team headed down to Kissimmee, Fla., to compete in the annual Rebel Spring Games at the Osceola Softball Complex. From March 11 to Thursday, March 16, the Lions won six games and dropped two. After losing a doubleheader against Randolph-Macon College, the Lions started their spring break by beating Muskingum University, 4-1, and shutting out Westminister College, 8-0, on March 11. The fighting Muskies maintained a 1-0 lead until the Lions offense woke up in the top of the fourth inning when junior catcher Jenna Schwartz hit a sacrifice bunt, allowing junior outfielder Madison Levine to reach third base. Levine then tied the game off a single from infielder Danielle Carey. The Lions later gained a 3-1 lead on two unearned runs. In the top of the fifth inning, the Lions added another run to their lead when sophomore outfielder Gaby Bennett landed home off of Carey’s RBI. Junior pitcher Sam Platt later protected the lead as the team secured a 4-1 victory. In the subsequent game, the Lions toppled Westminster College, 8-0, while sophomore pitcher Sara Bielamowicz only gave up two hits in a shutout effort. At the bottom of the third inning, freshman Megan Mayernik blasted a solo shot over the left field fence. The Lions then increased their lead to three when Levine hit a double and drove in a run. Carey smacked a single to left field two innings later, which allowed senior infielder Colleen Phelan and sophomore infielder Jess
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Santelli registers a hit against Springfield College. McGuire to score and increase their lead to five. The team immediately scored another two runs in the next at-bat. In the bottom of the sixth inning, sophomore infielder/outfielder Jess Santelli capped off the 8-0 win with double, allowing Mayernik to reach home. The following day, the Lions were edged off 4-3 by the Springfield College Pride in 10 innings. Despite scoring three runs, the team’s offense was held to only two runs from the Pride’s junior pitcher Talia Loda. “One big thing that could help us improve upon loses like the one against Springfield is adjusting our at bats,” said Jess Santelli, sophomore infielder/outfielder. “It took us too long to get acclimated to the Springfield pitcher and our hits weren’t getting strung together like
they should. It’s easy to become tired after waking up at 7 a.m. to play a 10-inning game and another right after, but each player has their own way of keeping their energy up.” Grasping on a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 10th inning, the Lions weren’t able to stop the Pride’s bats. With the Pride loading all the bases, junior infielder Kristen Drobiak hit a double to left field, driving in two runners and handing the Lions a 4-3 deficit. In the next game, the Lions rebounded and defeated Lesley University, 9-4. The Lynx rushed a 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. With bases loaded, Lynx junior Courtney Goggin launched a grand slam. The Lions quickly responded in the following inning when sophomore outfielder Arielle Couso hit a double and drove Carey to home base. The Lions climbed ahead to a
7-4 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning and never looked backed. In three consecutive at-bats, McGuire, Santelli and Carey all earned RBI’s. On Tuesday, March 14, the Lions soundly defeated Dubuque University, 9-1, before conceding to Case Western Reserve University, 4-0. The Lions offense continue to sizzle against the Spartans as they scored every inning and concluded the game in five innings. In the midst, Platt had an outstanding performance on the mound, allowing only one hit. In the following game, the Lions were shutout by the Case Western Reserve University Spartans. The Lions weren’t able to drive baserunners home. The Spartans took advantage of Bielamowicz’s shaky performance and scored three runs in bottom of the third inning. The Spartans then shielded their 4-0 lead to their win. In the last day of the Rebel Spring Games, the Lions swept a doubleheader against McDaniel College. In the first game, both teams were locked in a tie at 2 until the Lions pulled ahead in the bottom of the third inning. Bennett smacked a single toward center field and drove in Carey and McGuire. The Lions later won the game, 5-2. The Lions then clamped the Green Terror in a 5-1 victory. The team scored five runs in the top of the second inning and preserved its lead to the win. With a 6-4 start to the season, the Lions are set to play their first home game against DeSales University at Dr. June Walker Field on Wednesday, March 22, at 3 p.m. The team takes on back-to-back doubleheaders at home on Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26, at noon against State University of New York-Cortland and Ithaca College.
What makes Madison Square Garden iconic Michael Battista Staff Writer I got an early gift on March 13, one day before my birthday: I was brought to the ice at Madison Square Garden for a few photos after that night’s Rangers game The visit was a thank-you gift from the Rangers organization to my father for being a season ticket holder since 1978. He also received a custom jersey with the name “Battista” on it and the number 78, a few weeks back during another special ceremony. His season ticket holder representative allowed him, my brother Joseph and I to come for a game during spring break and get a few minutes on the ice. There’s few places I hold in higher regard than Madison Square Garden in New York City. It’s called “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” and I think it’s earned that mantra over the years. I can honestly say it’s my favorite place to watch a hockey or basketball game.
The Rangers had many glorious moments at Madison Square Garden.
When you step into the building, you feel the history all around you. You see moments and memorabilia thanks to tributes and plaques scattered around the arena. When I was younger, I took places like Madison Square Garden, the original Yankees Stadium and Giants Stadium for granted. It wasn’t until after I was older, after the latter two places were replaced by bigger and newer stadiums, that I realized how much these details mattered. I have been lucky enough to stand on the grass at Metlife Stadium during the Non-Public Schools Group 4 Championship game between St. Peter’s Prep, my alma mater, and Paramus Catholic in 2013. The same turf on which Super Bowl XLVIII would be played, wide receiver Victor Cruz came to his own and former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin would coach his last game — the operative word in most of those moments being “would,” as I still hadn’t really adopted the stadium as my own at that point. I hadn’t made my memories with it, but it was still an incredible night. Up until this point, I didn’t think I’d reach that same sort of experience until I found a job as a sports journalist. I couldn’t help but remember stories my 98-year-old grandfather had told me about being able to leave the original Yankee Stadium after games by walking across the outfield when he was younger. He and my late grandmother were able to walk across the same grass some of the most iconic baseball players in the history of the game, like catcher Yogi Berra or center fielder Joe DiMaggio, had just played on before their eyes. In today’s world, where security guards keep a close eye on fans and professionally trained crews make meticulous changes to a field or rink so it meets established standards, it’s nearly impossible to imagine this sort of event even happening for any sport. I’ve grown up watching hockey players come and go. I’ve sat in the upper seats in Madison Square Garden for most of my life, section 423 and now section 211, post renovations, and I’ve seen these men glide along the ice back and forth. It’s was only once I got right next to the glass toward the end of the game that I truly realized I’d been watching giants my whole life from above.
The clock struck zero and the Rangers 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning was final. The players exited the ice, leaving my family and other groups waiting to head onto it. It wasn’t as slippery as I thought it would be, which was a relief after the MSG legal team had me sign a waiver that kept me from suing in case of injury. I stepped onto the same ice that I’d watched so many times from high above. The memories came back at me, some good and some bad. This is where I saw former Ranger greats like centerman Mark Messier, defenseman Harry Howell and right-wing Andy Bathgate get their numbers raised to the rafter. This is where I watched left-wing Chris Kreider score and tie the Montreal Canadiens at 2 with 30 seconds left in regulation during Game 3 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Final, resulting in me nearly choking my brother from the force in which I wrapped my arms around his neck. This was the ice where I saw the Rangers collapse during the 2015 Eastern Conference Finals and fall 2-0 to the Lighting in Game 7. This was the ice that had brought me countless memories, both tears of joy and sorrow as well as expletives of why the Rangers couldn’t take advantage of power play situations and so much more. It may have only been for a minute or two for the photo, but it’s one of the best experiences of my life thus far. I’ve stepped on the same ground as the giants who shoot down the ice and whose names I’ve worn across my back for years. I didn’t have to do it as a sports journalist, where emotions and favorites are suppose to be checked at the door. I got to do it as a fan and really enjoy the moment. After we finished the photos, I saw my brother kneel down and run his hand across the ice as he walked toward the exit. I was standing near one of the faceoff circles and for a moment, I stood where centers Derek Stepan or Kevin Hayes would before challenging the other team for a faceoff. I kneeled down and put my hand on the dot for a few seconds. I couldn’t help but look up at section 211, seat 9 and pretend to see a screaming fan hoping to win the draw. I smiled and walked off, taking with me the memories and the ice on my hand, knowing I had walked where the giants had.
page 22 The Signal March 22, 2017 Tennis
Lions cause a racket indoors Ball / Baseball’s bats ignite By Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor
After starting the season undefeated, the Lions took their first loss against the Colby College Mules, 3-6, at the Student Recreation Center on March 11. The Lions then blasted Goucher College on March 12, 9-0. The Mules dominated in both doubles and singles. The lone Lions win in the doubles competition came from sophomores Matt Puig and Mitchel Sanders, who defeated junior Shaw Speer and senior Cam Hillier. Junior Chris D’Agostino nearly won his match against Speer until Speer fired back and broke through a deuce. “Colby College came to compete,” head coach Scott Dicheck said. “Everyone played hard, but there is much to improve and learn early in the season.” Sophomore Tim Gavornik and senior Mike Stanley were the only victorious Lions
in singles. Gavornik and Stanley swept their opponents in straight sets, however, their efforts only decreased the Lions losing margin to three points. The following day, the Lions resurged and shutout Goucher College, 9-0. Sophomore Jack August and Stanley only allowed one point in their 8-1 win against Gophers freshman Slade Dumas and sophomore Elliot Diehl. In singles, the Lions buried the Gophers and swept each match. In his singles match, Stanley shunned Gophers freshman Frankie Mullinix and earned a shutout in straight sets. “Stanley gives it his 100 percent at the court,” Dicheck said. “Stanley is a great competitor. No matter who’s at the other end of the court, Stanley will always to be prepared.” Gavornik only allowed two points against Gophers sophomore Josiah Meekins. Well into March, the Lions look forward to warmer weather, as they hope to transition to the College’s outdoor tennis courts.
The Mules edge out the Lions in singles.
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Varone scores the game-winning run against the Pioneers.
continued from page 24 The following day, the team then concluded their spring trip with one last extra inning win against Suffolk University, 6-5.With the team behind 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Anderson delivered the game-tying hit to push the game to extra innings. The Ram immediately responded in the subsequent inning when Rams freshman outfielder Zack Aresty scored on a RBI. The Lions wasted no time replying in their next at-bat. Junior outfielder Mike Follet and Christiain landed home on throwing errors to carry the Lions to a 6-5 win. Throughout the week, junior relief pitcher Matt Curry protected the Lions leads in four games. “Matt was our closer last year, and he did a great job in his role,” Glus said. “He has the mental aspect to be the closer and he loves the role.”
On Wednesday, March 22, the baseball team will travel to Reading, Pa., for a game against Alvernia University. The Lions will play their first home games of the season this week. On Thursday, March 23, the Lions will play against Ursinus College at George Ackerman Pack at 3:30 p.m. Then on Saturday, March 25, the team will compete in a doubleheader at home against Franklin and Marshall College starting at 11:30 a.m.. Despite the numerous competitive games, Glus knows his team is capable of beating high caliber opponents. “When you play four extra innings games and a few of those games were against top 25 ranked teams, it takes the entire team to win those games,” Glus said. “This team has a lot of heart and the ability to keep playing hard until the final out and you do need some luck on the way.”
March 22, 2017 The Signal page 23 Swimming
Swimming pushes forth to top rankings at Nationals By George Tatoris News Editor The men’s swimming team thought it was over once senior Scott Vitabile touched the wall, but they were wrong. Both Vitabile and Massachusetts Institute of Technology junior Josh Tomazin touched the wall in the men’s 400-yard freestyle relay at 3:00.51, tying both teams for eighth place — the final spot to qualify for the finals. To determine a winner, the teams went head-to-head in a swim-off on the final day of the NCAA Division III National Swimming Championship. While most students were riding out the unseasonable winter storm, the men’s swimming and diving teams were facing the heat down in Shenandoah, Texas. The competition took place over four days from Wednesday, March 15, and Saturday, March 18. Overall, the Lions finished 12 out of 50 teams, scoring 101 points. Emory University swept both the men’s and women’s meets, the second team in Division III history to do that. Vitabile was joined by sophomore Alex Skoog and seniors Ryan Gajdzisz and Andrew Nesbitt for both the initial preliminary and the swim-off. The Engineers came out on top by a sliver. They posted a time of 2:58.20 against the Lions time of 2:58.74. The Lions were
Nesbitt swims in the 200-free relay.
awarded an All-American Honorable Mention for their efforts. If the Lions had made it to the final, they would have finished third with that time. “Having two teams go at it in front of a packed house was pretty cool,” head coach Brian Bishop said. “Both teams swam even faster than they did in prelims and, had both gone that fast, would have been seeded one and two for finals. However, only one spot was open, and we came up a little short. I’m incredibly proud of the effort the guys made.” The dramatic closer capped off a weekend of success for the Lions. Over 40 events, they compiled 21 All-American citations — most of
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which were for relay events. In the 800-free relay, the quartet of Gajdzisz, freshman Harrison Yi, Vitabile and Skoog secured an honors citation with a fifth-place finish. Their final time was 6:38.84. This performance boosted the Lions two spots to 11th place on the second-to-last day of the meet. In another relay, the 200-free, the team of junior Adam Coppola, Gajdzisz, Nesbitt and Vitabile earned All-American Honors with a sixthplace finish and a time of 1:22.33. They finished milliseconds ahead of the seventh-place team. In the 200-medley relay, Skoog, Gajdzisz, Vitabile and Coppola earned an honorable mention with a combined time
of 1:30.18, crossing 10th in the consultation final. Another mention came out of the 400-medley relay, in which Skoog, Gajdzisz, Coppola and Vitabile finished 12th with a time of 3:18.93. The 200-medley team had their best performance all semester in the preliminaries, reducing their previous best time by nearly a second. They took another half-second off that time in the finals. In addition, several Lions earned individual victories throughout the meet Gajdzisz beat his best time in the 200-free preliminaries with a 1:39.23 finish. In the consultation final, Gajdzisz finished 16th. Gajdzisz also finished 13th in the 100-yard breaststroke. Skoog set a personal record in the
50-free preliminaries with a time of 21.36 seconds, finishing 42nd. Coppola finished 26th with a time of 20.79 in the same race. Gajdzisz, Vitabile, Nesbitt swam their last race as a Lion. Seniors Anthony Gurrieri, Sean Johnson and Vince Masciandro also will be graduating. “These guys put in a incredible amount of hard work over the years, and I am very proud of the accomplishments they achieved throughout their career,” Bishop said. “I’m even prouder of the legacy they will leave with the program and the impact that will have for years to come.” The women’s diving team also had strong showings in the postseason. Senior Sarah Grassi, earned a spot to Nationals in the 1-meter for her last diving meet as a Lion at the NCAA Division III Region 4 Diving Championships held on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25. She finished sixth overall. The first day of the meet, Grassi placed 10th overall on Friday. The end of the season marks the men’s team’s 25th consecutive trip to the Championships and Bishop’s 28th year coaching the swim team. The 12th place finish was the Lions 23rd top 20 finish. “It’s an honor to compete in the NCAA championships and we have had an incredible run over the last four years,” Bishop said. “While we had hoped for a higher finish, 12th place with six all Americans is still pretty good.”
Track and Field
Two runners finish in top 20 at National Championships By Nicole DeStefano Staff Writer
Two of the College’s own competed at the 2017 Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 10. Senior Jake Lindacher and sophomore Noah Osterhus represented the Lions in their respective races at the Al B. Carius Track at North Central College in Naperville, Ill. Lindacher raced in the preliminary heat for the 60-meter hurdles. Lindacher sprinted to a fourth-place finish, placing 11th overall. “After not being able to compete last year due to injury, it was just great to be
back at Nationals,” Lindacher said. “It’s always such an unforgettable experience.” In the 800-meter dash, Osterhus finished 14th overall. He clocked in at 1:59.40. “Indoor was a good season for the team and being so young as a whole, it was certainly a learning experience for many of us,” Lindacher said. “I’m excited to see how everyone uses that experience to carry the energy and momentum from indoor into the outdoor season.” Both the women’s and men’s track teams will compete next at the Ursinus College Invitational on Saturday, March 25, as the spring season begins.
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Lindacher places 11th overall in the 60-meter hurdles.
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Lions prevail over tough opponents in Florida By Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor After picking up their first season win against Stevens Institute of Technology, the Lions trekked down to Winter Haven, Fla., to compete in a week of games from March 11 to Saturday, March 18. Almost each win was hard earned, as the Lions played in four extra innings games, won six games and lost three. Arriving at Lake Myrtle Complex, the Lions were immediately placed into a tight game situation against St. John Fisher College. The Cardinals, ranked No. 9 in the nation, made a comeback in the top of the ninth inning. With the Lions up by two runs, Cardinals freshmen outfielder Anthony Mantova and outfielder/pitcher Stephen Edgett landed home on wild pitches. The Lions were not able to regain the lead in the following inning, leading to extra innings. Both teams were scoreless until the bottom of the 11th inning. In his at-bat, junior infielder Patrick Anderson was issued a walk. After the Lions hit a pair of singles, Anderson was on third base. Senior catcher CJ Gearhart drilled a hit, allowing Anderson to score and give the team a 3-2 win. The following day, the Lions were defeated by University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 6-4. Despite out hitting the Eagles, a couple of errors in the bottom of the fifth inning put the Lions into a 5-1 hole. The team could not climb back from the deficit. Locked in a tie at 1, junior pitcher Brandon Zachery overthrew to third base for a pick off attempt, allowing Eagles sophomore infielder Nate Heili to reach home. The Eagles then scored off a wild pitch and increased their lead, 5-1.
Curry wins four games over spring break.
The Lions were then held scoreless by Eagles senior pitcher Jameson Lavery. The team rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning, but they only scored two runs. The team rebounded in the next two games as they handily defeated Gordon College, 8-5, and Dickinson College, 12-7. In both games, the Lions offense smashed at least eight hits while junior pitcher Austin Lindsay and sophomore pitcher Michael Fischer secured the wins. From Wednesday, March 15, to Thursday,
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March 16, the Lions prevailed twice in backto-back extra inning games. Competing against University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the Lions were quickly overwhelmed by the Pioneers. Down by 6-2 in the bottom of fourth inning, the team gradually recovered and pushed the game to extra innings. With one out remaining in the ninth and freshman outfielder Jacob Simon staying on third base, junior infielder Zachary Shindler ripped a single to left field. Simon
scored the run to tie the game at 7. Similar to the extra inning game against St. John Fisher College, the Lions clinched the win in the bottom of the 11th inning. Shindler once again played superhero and lined in a single to right field, driving in senior infielder Ben Varone for the winning run. The Lions edged out the Pioneers, 8-7. The next extra innings match featured a pitchers duel between the Lions and the Webster University Gorloks. Junior pitcher Joe Cirillo whiffed the Gorloks, striking out nine batters and limiting them to one run. Meanwhile, the Gorloks used five pitchers to silent the Lions bats until the top of the 11th inning. Locked in a 1-1 stalemate, the Lions broke free when freshman outfielder Donovan Stallworth scored on a wild pitch. Senior infielder Alex Christian then hit a single to right field, allowing Anderson to land home and increase the Lions lead to 3-1. The Gorloks did not counter in the next inning, giving the Lions a 3-1 victory. The Lions were not so lucky on Friday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, as the team endured two consecutive losses, 7-1 and 7-2, against Western New England University. “We played a high intense game the night before against Webster that went into extra innings,” head coach Dean Glus said. “Then we had to get up early and be on the field at 7 a.m. the next morning. We didn’t play to our level against (Western New England University), but you will have days like that. We proved to ourselves that even after a bad day against (Western New England), we need to flush it from our minds and come out the next day and win.” see BALL page 22
Freshman wrestler achieves All-American status By Maximillian C. Burgos Sports Assistant The College concluded its wrestling season on March 11 in La Crosse, Wis., at the NCAA Division III Wrestling National Championships. The team finished 35th out of 68 teams in the competition with freshman Dan Kilroy earning All-American honors. Kilroy, who weighs 174 pounds, is the second active Lion to place eighth nationally next to senior Doug Hamann. Kilroy’s season has been a truly successful one, leading the team with 29 wins and 12 pins. He now joins the legacy of Lions achieving All-American status. The team has had at least one All-American during the past 47 seasons. “My season has been about dreaming big, working hard and taking advantage of opportunities,” Kilroy said. “I have countless people to thank for helping me to be successful. It is an amazing feeling to achieve my goal.” After an opening round loss, Kilroy won two straight matches to earn his All-American status. Ultimately, Kilroy lost to senior Mike Labell of Johnson & Wales University in the seventh-place match. Kilroy fought hard, but finished eighth in the end. Head coach Joe Galante’s confidence in his wrestlers never wavered. Before the NCAA D-III Eastern Regional Tournament, he told The Signal the Lions were the team to look out for, and he had no doubt that his wrestlers will move on to the National stage. His confidence was repaid by Kilroy’s eighth place
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Kilroy wins two consecutive matches.
and All-American finish. “Having a freshman All-American is important to the growth of our program,” Galante said. The Lions have a lot of young talent that have the potential to gain an All-American status in the future. The Lions finished a turbulent year with a record of
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12-13, marking the first time the wrestling team has finished a losing record under Galante. The team aims to improve for next year, however, the Lions effort is never a question. With 47 consecutive years with an All-American wrestler, the Lions have a strong legacy to tap into in the coming years.
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