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October 31, 2018
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Spirit Week takes College by storm
Exhibit details College’s ‘Trenton Roots’ By Nadir Roberts Arts & Entertainment Editor
Competitors attempt to sink their opponents’ canoes during the battleship event.
By Madison Pena Features Assistant
Student Government organized various events for this year’s Homecoming Spirit Week from Oct. 22 to Friday, Oct. 26. Events ranged from a popcorn giveaway in the Brower Student Center to competitions filled with lines of eager students ready to participate. The week began with a flash mob fashion show at the Student Center on Monday. Students were encouraged to wear their most creative school gear on the runway. Kristine Spike, a senator for the School of Arts and Communication and a junior communication studies major, said that SG’s main objective of the event was to promote school spirit. “When we met with President Foster, she mentioned how she
would like the school to be more energized,” Spike said. “I think after that student involvement became a main objective for us.” Students had the opportunity to come out for an intense trivia night at the Traditions Lounge on Tuesday. In teams of four, students tested their knowledge on topics like celebrities and music. Phi Mu Alpha came in first place. The following day, a line beginning at the Social Sciences Building went as far back as Alumni Grove when students got in line to receive their free homecoming T-shirts. The shirts vanished quickly into the hands of eager students as the line for more grew longer. SG members and Student Ambassadors made their way down the line of students shouting out which T-shirt sizes were available and
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which were gone. Roscoe the Lion pumped up the crowd as he gave out high-fives before settling in the photo-booth to take pictures with students. During Pop into Homecoming on Thursday at the Student Center, students created their own popcorn mix with a range of treats such as M&Ms, marshmallows, pretzels, crackers and chocolate. Nick Marsola, a freshman music education major, appreciated SG’s effort to boost school spirit. “I didn’t go specifically for the popcorn, but I saw it happening and decided to go over,” Marsola said. “I didn’t hear a lot about the events but the Student Government did a good job organizing it.” Student organization members
When students, alumni, parents and other guests of the College walk through the lobby of Trenton Hall, they are now greeted with pieces of history that have been incorporated in the new “Our Trenton Roots” exhibit. The campus community celebrated the exhibit’s grand opening on Friday, October 26, at 3 p.m. both outside and inside Trenton Hall. The opening included many speeches about the progressive nature of the College, the inspiration behind the new exhibit and what is in store for the future. Remarks were given by several College administrators and faculty members, including College President Kathryn Foster, Vice President for College Advancement John Donohue and Chris Fisher, an associate history professor and the co-chair of the exhibit’s production. It was made clear that this is just the beginning for the everlasting relationship the College hopes to forge with the surrounding community. The exhibit consists of 12 instillations that tell the story of a historical event, person or moment in time that relates directly to the College. The panels included information about the College’s first president (then referred to as a principal) William Phelps, student protests in the 1960s, LGBTQ+ activism at Trenton State College and an image of The Signal that depicts the news of Trenton Hall’s 2017 name change from Paul Loser Hall. The exhibit shows a significant expression of identity by describing the school’s personal and institutional growth. The panels recounted the College’s origins and 163-year evolution into a diverse and prosperous institution that holds itself to high standards for academic excellence. Secondly, the exhibit is a expression of learning, representing the highlights of the College’s educational opportunities. Lastly, it is a expression of engagement, inspired by a community of engaged citizens on and off campus. see GALLERY page 15
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Student Affairs hosts policy feedback session By Skylar Darel Correspondent
In a open forum organized by Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Elizabeth Bapasola, students asked questions and expressed concerns regarding various policies at the College at the first ever Red Tape meeting on Friday, Oct. 26 in the Brower Student Center Room 216. Roughly 20 students attended as both individuals and representatives of various student organizations. Bapasola described the meeting as an opportunity to get feedback on various legislative changes at the College. A myriad of issues were discussed such as the new travel policy, funding for student organizations’ events and revising the criteria for having a service animal on campus. Brooke Chlebowski, a senior special education and iSTEM double major and executive president of Student Government, hoped to gain some more clarity on the travel policy.
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The travel policy outlines procedures that faculty, staff and student leaders need to follow whenever they travel off campus. It also sets standards for the authorization process for student organizations who request approval for their off-campus event sponsored by the College. Bapasola said that the policy is still somewhat under construction and that the Division of Student Affairs is aiming for a more definitive version by this upcoming January. Gary Miller, the director of compliance and privacy officer at the College, touched on the issue as well. “There is an expectation we have some control and some oversight in place,” Miller said. He stressed that it is not the intent of the College to oversee casual gatherings without reason, but rather to oversee gatherings from a liability standpoint. Miller then referred to the shared governance page on the College’s website, stating that its tab titled,“Status of Issues”
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Fisher discusses the College’s progress.
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Sarnoff Collection Exhibit displays history of radio in space
TCNJ SUCS Students perform Halloween-themed jokes in Graveyard Comedy Show
Men’s Soccer Lions end season on high note
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SFB fully funds a cappella concert, cultural events
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The board funds TMT’s production of ‘Into the Woods.’
By Garrett Cecere Staff Writer
Seven organizations were fully funded for their events at the Student Finance Board meeting on Oct. 24. The TCNJ Treblemakers were fully funded $409 for their winter a cappella concert, which will be held on Dec. 2 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Mayo Concert Hall. The organization will collaborate with Profecy A Cappella, Rowan
University’s all-male a cappella group, which will open the concert and serve as a co-sponsor. Shayla Nolan, a junior art education major and president of the Treblemakers, explained that Profecy A Capella will open for the Treblemakers at the event, and then both groups will sing songs together. SFB will cover expenses for student technicians and ushers, a house manager and expendable supplies such as decorations. Chi Upsilon Sigma received
$8,728.51 for its conference titled “This is America — Uncensored.” The organization explained in the event’s proposal that Chi Epsilon Sigma will dispel the belief that the U.S. is the No. 1 world power. The conference is part of the organization’s Making Achievement Continuous Conference. The conference will be held on Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Education Building. The Unified Greek Council, Education Opportunity Fund and Pride Mentoring Program will be co-sponsoring the conference. SFB will cover expenses for the keynote speaker, folders, centerpieces and catering from Sodexo and New York Bagel. TCNJ Musical Theatre received a total of $10,270 for its fall and spring shows. SFB will cover $4,900 in expenses for the microphone equipment for TMT’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” which was not included in its previous proposal to SFB. SFB will also cover $5,370 in expenses for the rights and royalties to the spring show, “Into the Woods.” “‘Into the Woods’ will be our biggest performance that we have done here at the College,” said Alex Hanneman, a junior chemistry major and treasurer of TMT. The spring show will be performed on March 27, 2019 from
Rules / Students request further clarification regarding service animals continued from page 1 gives students and faculty alike an updated assessment of the various legislative issues currently up for debate on campus. Sophomore marketing major Rupak Doctor also asked for more clarification on the policy. “The most significant topic discussed to me was the travel policy,” Doctor said. “It’s important that organizations like mine, who plan and attend outside events, understand the policy and discuss where we think there could be improvements.” Students emphasized the need for a succinct and clear definition of what is a service animal and what is an emotional support animal, and a fair policy for having these animals on campus. A student who has a service animal expressed discontent with both the College’s definitions of various support animals, as well as the rule that one must be in possession of a service animal for at least six
months before bringing it to the College. Students also brought up the importance of the cash-sharing app Venmo, which allows users to send each other money digitally and without cash. Students stressed how this app is useful for student organizations like the Student Finance Board, which needs to transfer funds to clubs without the potential possibility of physical cash being misplaced or misused. Bapasola believed the meeting was a success and expressed intent to have more meetings with students in the future. Students were satisfied as well, and hope that similar forums become more popular in the future. “I’m glad they held the meeting to allow students to directly address administration with concern about certain policies,” Chlebowski said. “I’d definitely want them to hold more open forums, but we don’t always get the turn out we hope for.”
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Miller outlines the details behind the College’s travel policy.
7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in Kendall Hall Mainstage Theater. The Asian American Association was funded $4,210.80 for its multicultural buffet, which will be held on Nov. 14 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Brower Student Center Room 100. According to the club’s proposal, the buffet will showcase food from various Asian cultures such as China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and India. Pan-Asian Alliance and Indian Student Association will serve as co-sponsors and will contribute food. Performers will include TCNJ Dragonflies, traditional Binasuan dancers and yo-yoers. SFB will cover expenses for a banner, multicultural food and various other items such as drinks, cups, utensils, condiments, tablecloths, ice, tea bags, chafing fuel, trays and aluminum foil. The Chinese Student Association received $1,188.44 for its event, Teahouse Chaguan. The Pan-Asian Alliance will cosponsor the event by helping with publicity and setting up the event. “Teahouse has been running since 2014, so we’ve had a lot of success with it,” said Andus Chan, a sophomore finance major and treasurer of the Chinese Student
Association. “We are seeing that more freshmen are interested in our club and what we have to offer.” The event will take place on Nov. 17 from 7 p.m to 9:30 p.m. in the Travers and Wolfe lounge. SFB will cover expenses for food, decorations, utensils, wristbands, polaroid film, tablecloths, playcards, ribbons, gold tinsel backdrop, markers, napkins, utility hooks, magnets and clothespins. Health Occupation Students of America: Future Health Professionals was funded $500 for its CPR certification class, which will take place on Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Trenton Hall Room 19. According to HOSA’s proposal, the goal of the class is to provide CPR and automated external defibrillator training to any interested students at a reduced cost. The School of Nursing, Health and Exercise Science will cosponsor the class, which be led by Tracy Perron, a professor of nursing at the College. The College’s Spanish club received $1,369.50 for its bus trip to New York City on Nov. 17. According to the club’s proposal, students on the trip will have an opportunity to visit the Museum of Modern Art, as well as El Museo del Barrio, which will expose them to Hispanic culture and art.
Vital Signs: Prevent viral outbreaks
Hand, foot and mouth disease is spread through bodily fluids.
By Anna Kellaher Columnist
Since early September, students at Johns Hopkins University and Lehigh University have been facing outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease, according to The Wall Street Journal. As of Oct. 19, Johns Hopkins reported more than 100 cases and Lehigh reported 116. Princeton University has also seen eight cases. Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral infection that starts with a fever, sore throat and fatigue, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After one to two days, it causes a skin rash of small, red spots on the palms, knees, elbows as well as painful blisters in the mouth and back of the throat. According to the CDC, the disease
is easily spread because there is a period when a carrier of the virus has not developed symptoms yet, but is already contagious. The disease is caused by a subgroup of viruses called enteroviruses. They are spread through bodily fluids, including saliva, mucus, stool and fluid from the mouth sores. While there are no reported cases of HFMD at the College, it is good practice to follow these tips from Johns Hopkins University to prevent the spread of any virus: wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water, avoid close contact with anyone who is sick and avoid sharing drinks, utensils or chapstick with anybody, even if they do not seem sick. If you start to feel sick, minimize contact with other people and avoid crowded events.
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Compete / Homecoming unites campus community Students enjoy array of events despite poor weather
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Left: Beta Theta Pi collaborates with Theta Phi Alpha for their Lip Sync and Dance performances. Right: Foster lip syncs to Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect.’ continued from page 1
armed with orange buckets competed in the canoe battleship competition at the pool in Packer Hall on Thursday night. Each team, which consisted of three students from each organization, poured water into each others’ boats until one of them sank. Allison Bronander, a freshman open options major in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences who represented the women’s club rugby team, enjoyed the competition. Her team won third place. “We did the event as team bonding and it was really fun,” Bronander said. “I thought it was a really creative event. It was probably my favorite of the week.”
Most of the event’s participants were either students from Greek Life or members of a sports team on campus. “Most events have a good turnout because of the involvement of Greek Life organizations on campus, as well as other clubs and teams,” Spike said. The Lip Sync and Dance event featured performances from a variety of Greek organizations, as well as Synergy and the College’s Dance Team. Performers showed off their acting and dancing skills by lip syncing original mashups and bringing their best moves to the Student Center Room 100 stage. After a night of anticipation, a team composed of Phi Alpha Delta, Zeta Tau Alpha and Delta Epsilon Psi members took home the first prize for both the lip sync and
the dance competitions. SG took a lot of time planning and putting together Spirit Week’s packed schedule. SG members were encouraged to sign up to help run the Spirit week Festivities, according to Spike. “I would have to give a shout out to some of the higher ups for doing the grunt work,” she said. While the Homecoming Tailgate was rained out, the days leading up to the festive weekend were filled with opportunities for students to enjoy themselves and show their school spirit. “Since the weather was bad I didn’t end up going to the tailgate or game,” Bronander said. “I’m hoping next year will be a better in that regard, but overall Homecoming was fun and I’m excited to see what’s in store for next year.”
SG outlines booking guidelines for student organizations
General body rejects Voting Day Resolution, passes new bill
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Samuels states deadlines to book specific spaces. By Alex Shapiro Staff Writer
Student Government met with Student Events Scheduler and Coordinator Carly Samuels to elaborate on the process of booking rooms at the College, rejected one resolution and passed one bill during its general body meeting on Oct. 24. Samuels outlined several deadlines in order for student organizations to properly book meeting
rooms, lounges and facilities. According to Samuels, a general classroom request in any academic building requires a zero to 48 hours minimum notice. If a student organization looks to book any meeting room in the Brower Student Center or the Decker Social Space, it must put a notice within one to 10 business days. If an organization wants to book a larger space such as the Education Building Room 212,
the Business Building Lounge, Student Center Room 100 or the Library Auditorium, it must submit a request within a minimum of two to 20 business days. If an organization wishes to book any art or athletic facilities, it must notify the college at least three to 30 days prior. According to Samuels, these facilities include Kendall Hall, Mayo Concert Hall, Packer Hall and the Recreation Center. SG’s general body discussed its Voting Day Resolution, which requests that the College cancel classes for this year’s midterm election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The resolution it aims to ensure that students, faculty and staff can participate in midterm and general elections. According to SG, the resolution could help increase the College’s midterm voting rate, which was 18 percent in 2014. Due to conflicting concerns from general body members, the resolution did not pass. SG passed a bill titled the Deputy Speaker Revision Bill, which calls for the Speaker of the General Assembly solely to appoint the Deputy Speaker of the General Assembly. The deputy speaker’s role, as defined in SG’s constitution, is to assist
the speaker, not to represent the General Assembly or the College’s student body. SG will have a fundraiser at Frutta Bowls on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is looking for a new senator. SG stated that applications for the position are due on Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 a.m.
Eashwayne Haughton, a senior philosophy major and vice president of diversity and inclusion, gave a special thanks to everyone who helped out with the inaugural diversity and inclusion week. Haughton encouraged any student who is interested in becoming a diversity advocate to email him firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Nov. 9.
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The cabinet reviews the duties of its deputy speaker.
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Migrant caravan continues journey to U.S. By James Wright Staff Writer
A caravan of more than 8,000 Central American migrants is currently on its way to the U.S.-Mexico border, and other groups are already following in its footsteps, according to CNN. The original group of migrants was organized in El Salvador, and has been making its way through Mexico since last week, according to The New York Times. To maintain efficiency, the migrant groups are highly organized. More than 500 people are using four different groups in the mobile messaging platform WhatsApp to effectively organize an additional caravan that President Donald Trump has identified as a national security issue, according to CNN. Despite being tracked by the
Department of Homeland Security, organizers of the migrant group’s caravan seem relatively optimistic. “Don’t be afraid,’” said an unidentified migrant who has contributed greatly to the formation of the caravan, according to CNN. “‘These caravans are being monitored by the entire world. Once you reach the U.S.Mexico border, if you don’t force your way through no one will hurt you. Only God knows what will happen though.” As of Oct. 25, the migrant caravan has neared Mapastepec, in Chiapas, Mexico, according to BBC. Some migrants seek a higher quality of life in the U.S., while some hope to reap economic benefits. Changes in American immigration laws have made it more difficult for asylum seekers to qualify and apply for refuge in the U.S. Despite the international mandate to hear asylum
claimants from those who are fleeing war-stricken areas, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in June that victims of domestic abuse and gang violence would no longer qualify for asylum in the country, and that refugees must be escaping persecution from their home countries in order to qualify, according to BBC. Refugees and economic migrants are not the same and are therefore not awarded the same protections, according to BBC. Trump has put pressure on the Mexican government to help curtail the growing caravan, as a newly-proposed bilateral agreement between the U.S. and Mexico allows U.S. border officials to legally turn away asylum seekers who have passed through Mexico, forcing them to find refuge somewhere else, according to The New York Times. Following an order from
Migrants cross the Guatemala-Mexico border.
Trump, Defense Secretary James Mattis is expected to deploy 800 troops to the border to stop the migrant caravan
from entering the U.S., as the administration sees the issue as an attack on the nation’s sovereignty, according to BBC.
Trump to pull out of Cold-War era nuclear treaty
Putin has yet to respond to Trump’s statements on the status of the treaty.
By Jesse Stiller Staff Writer
President Donald Trump stated on Oct. 20 that the U.S. will pull out of a Reagan-era nuclear treaty with Russia that limits the number of missiles both countries are allowed to have, according to USA Today.
The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was signed into effect in 1987 between former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. The treaty was declared dead by Trump during a question and answer session in Reno, Nevada, according to The Atlantic. “‘Russia has violated the agreement. They’ve been violating it for many years. And I don’t know why President Obama
didn’t negotiate or pull out. And we’re not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and go out and do weapons, and we’re not allowed to,’” Trump said before boarding Air Force One after the rally in Nevada, according to WhiteHouse.gov. Russian President Vladimir Putin ignored Trump’s statements, according to BBC. He did add, however, that if the U.S. were to strike, Russia would be sure to strike back. The reaction was different for U.S. citizens. A poll cited by Vox conducted by Civics Analysis between Oct. 20 and 22 surveyed 5,960 likely voters in the upcoming midterm elections and found that 49 percent of citizens were opposed to ending the deal, while 31 percent wanted the withdraw to happen. The other 20 percent of people polled were unsure of their choice. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg supported the move, agreeing that Russia had violated the treaty on numerous occasions, according to CBS News. “The treaty is not working if it’s only being respected by one side. The problem, the threat, the challenge is the Russian behavior, which has been ongoing for a long time,” Stoltenberg said, according to CBS News. Trump has not officially pulled out of the treaty as of Oct. 27, and has no formal plans yet to do so. Russia’s plans, regardless of an official decision, remain unknown.
18 dead, more than 100 injured after train derails in Taiwan By Danielle Silvia Production Manager
Puyuma Express, a Taiwanese passenger train, derailed from its track, killing 18 people, including at least three children, and injuring about 170 others in Taipei, Taiwan on Oct. 21, according to The New York Times. This was the worst rail accident in Taiwan in over 27 years. Most of the passengers first noticed smoke and heard a loud noise the moment the train began to derail, according to BBC. The train, which was headed for the destination of Taitung, a city on the southeast coast of Taiwan, was carrying 366 passengers, according to The New York Times. The train departed from Shulin in New Taipei City, came off the tracks and crashed in Xinma Station in Yilan County, Taiwan, at approximately 5 p.m., according to The New York Times. The Puyuma Express was composed of eight passenger cars. All eight cars
derailed during the accident and five of those cars overturned. The train had been in operation since 2011 and just completed maintenance work, according to CNN. Officials are still trying to determine the cause of the derailment, but speed is a factor that could have played a role, according to CNN. A report was also filed by the train’s driver nearly 20 minutes before the crash, which said that the air pressure in the brakes was thought to be “too low.” Lai Sui-chin, vice chairman of the transport ministry’s electrical engineering department, said that the air pressure in the brakes did appear unstable before the crash occurred. He continued to say that due to the lack of pressure there would not be sufficient power to brake the train before the crash, according to CNN. Of the victims, CNN reported that eight members of a single family traveling home from a wedding were killed. The cars landed in a “zig-zag pattern,”
The crash marks the worst rail accident in Taiwan in nearly 30 years. with most of the victims trapped underneath the train cars or thrown astray on the land nearby, according to The New York Times.
Many of the victims were crushed to death, while others attempted to escape by smashing windows or using emergency exits, according to BBC.
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Students should support each other during times of struggle
Unfinished papers, internship applications and dozens of empty soda bottles cluttered my room that I couldn’t bear to leave sometimes last spring. I could hear all the laughing, screaming and jubilation coming from neighboring dorms on weekend nights, but I couldn’t help but weep as all my physical and mental problems stood in front of me. After denying it for years, my daily anxiety had created a bitter, fatiguing rivalry within my consciousness. For a moment, it seemed easy to throw away all of my accomplishments and relationships I’ve worked so hard to forge at the College. I’m glad I didn’t. Despite wrecking my GPA with two C’s and two D’s and almost quitting The Signal last semester, I finally recognized my greatest resource — my friends. Those people I see everyday perfecting a note at Mayo Hall, researching in the STEM Building, making decisions upstairs in the Student Center that affect campus life and debating whether Central Jersey exists in Eickhoff Dining Hall. After having a couple of emotional outbursts in front of friends I’ve known for such a long time, I realized I wasn’t alone. At this land of brick buildings in Ewing, New Jersey, I have an arsenal of every resource imaginable to steer me to the right path. The mental struggle has no face, no race, no stereotype, no ethnicity, no socio-economic background and no image online to make a meme about. It can happen to anyone whether they’re a freshman or a popular student leader on campus. While it’s good to see that students recognize how important mental health is on social media, it’s more meaningful to check up on the people you see everyday in real life. Whenever a beloved celebrity such as Robin Williams or Anthony Bourdain die from suicide, or we are recognizing Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re quick to pull out our phones and post quotes, reactions and reminders for those who are struggling to reach out for support on social media. In place of hashtags, we should look up and ask how our friends — the people who matter to us more than any celebrity, icon, fictional character, athlete and national leader we inspire to be — are doing. “Hey, how you’re doing? Ready for your presentation tomorrow? I know you’ll ace it.” “Need a break? Let’s head over to the Ed Cafe for a quick snack.” It’s the human interaction, the communication, the words and that familiar voice that lifts the spirit of anyone who is feeling insecure, depressed or stressed out. It doesn’t hurt to take off your headphones and talk about your daily hustle as a college student with your peers. The beauty of the College’s size is that we can all interact on a regular basis, whether you see someone once at a concert or almost everyday as fellow e-board members. Five months later, I proud to say I’m on the right track to growing out of my anxiety. I know I would’ve not done it without the unconditional love from my family, but more significantly, those editors who love to make a newspaper in Forcina Hall, Room 204 on Monday nights.
— Miguel Gonzalez News Editor
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“It had to be related to what we do best, and that is educate people. We produce leaders.” — Chris Fisher Associate Professor of History and Co-chair of ‘Our Trenton Roots’ Exhibit
“It’s the first time we put together a complete football game. It’s a win we need for our program. After the start we had, to be able to chain together two wins is huge.” —Casey Goff Head Football Coach
“Since 1994, over 7,000 people have died crossing the U.S. border. In the heat of a summer, someone can become completely skeletonized within a week.” — Angela Soler Forensic Anthropologist
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WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY CAN MAKE!
4th AnnuAl DAy of GivinG
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2018 ONE DAY. ONE GIFT. BIG IMPACT.
SHARE YOUR LIONS PRIDE BY: 9–11 a.m.
Starting your day off right with coffee and donuts in the Brower Student Center.
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Making your gift in support of any area of the college at dayofgiving.tcnj.edu or on campus. Class of 2019 make your Senior Class Gift! Proudly sporting your “I Gave” sticker. Enjoying a sweet treat (and maybe a prize!) from Roscoe. Spreading the word using #OneDayTCNJ.
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Enjoying refreshments and various activities in the Brower Student Center including a photobooth, scrapbooking, and a prize wheel.
Spinning the prize wheel in Eickhoff.
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Liberal campuses stifle open discourse By Clare McGreevy
Your college years should be a time to learn and grow in all areas of your life. This is made possible in large part through the free and open conversation that the campus and classroom environments are meant to foster. Thanks to the College’s liberal learning requirements, all students find themselves in at least one discussion-based course that inevitably touches on critical political or social issues at some point in their undergraduate careers. These courses should serve as opportunities for all students to speak their minds and truly listen to the both similar and opposing opinions of their peers and professors. But for many students, instead of being met with fair consideration, they feel uncomfortable voicing their opinions in class because of a hostile environment of unapologetically intolerant peers and professors alike. It is a widely known stereotype that college campuses are breeding grounds for far-left thinking and political activism. Throughout history, each young generation has brought about energized progressive thoughts and
ideas as its members came of age to be politically active. This is an important contributing factor to the propulsion of sociopolitical change and development. It makes sense that social and political discussions in college classrooms are generally liberally biased. However, complete disregard for opposing opinions should not be an accepted aspect of classroom culture. No political discussion should be one-sided or closed off to opposing views. As an English major, many of my classes deal with contentious social issues. I witness the uncompromising hostility towards non-liberal opinions very often. I do not personally identify with any political party or ideology, and, like most independent individuals, I sometimes disagree with the far left agenda that is exclusively endorsed by class discussions. Most of my classmates and professors probably do not know this about me because it is seemingly impossible to voice dissenting opinions in the highly aggressive environment that is a discussion-based college course. While I often disagree with the prevailing opinion, I am by no means the most passionate about my oppositional views.
Before class begins or during small study group sessions, I sometimes hear peers discuss their discomfort with the intolerant classroom environment. Many of my close friends also often complain about the distress that they feel when sitting in the middle of a class discussion and feeling like they don’t have the freedom to speak their minds and contribute. Instead of encouraging students to think critically and openly debate contentious topics, the current classroom environment stifles dissent and forces a singular way of thinking on its members. Students who openly disagree with the prevailing opinions are usually met with condescension, aggression and disbelief. This situation is especially concerning considering the current national political climate. Our society is dangerously divided between two extreme opposites with little voice or recognition afforded to those of us on middle ground. On both sides, today’s extremists refuse even to treat opponents with standard levels of civility. After the 2016 election, I saw many posts on social media with messages along the lines of, “if you voted for Donald Trump, unfriend
Students fear backlash for sharing their opinions. me.” This is the type of intolerance that makes me want to unfriend you regardless of my political opinions. These extreme levels of intolerance can be seen regularly on campuses everywhere, and the College is no exception. Last semester, a pro-life display on green lawn was physically destroyed by students who disagreed with the demonstration’s message. Incidents like this are just larger and more public examples of the rampant intolerance that is manifested in everyday classroom discourse at the College. This type of behavior is aggressive, hostile and dangerous for both
the campus community and the larger culture of American politics and society. College campuses are crucial spots for sociopolitical reflection and activism, not to mention critical influencers over a large percentage of each generation entering adulthood and the workforce. The maintenance of open, balanced and tolerant discourse is crucial to the preservation of a healthy society. We must all remain open minded and considerate of others’ opinions now more than ever. This starts here, on our campus and in the classroom. Professors and students alike need to be more tolerant of all perspectives, not just their own.
Person first language essential for inclusion
Person first language separates individuals from their disabilities. By Colleen Rushnak Nearly one in five Americans has a disability, making them the nation’s largest minority, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As a person who is currently ablebodied, I do not think I will ever truly understand the life of a person with a disability. People with disabilities face injustices in nearly every aspect of their lives from people who refuse to understand their struggle. Although I am not able to comprehend
what life is like for America’s largest minority, I can treat people with disabilities with respect by fostering a positive environment with my words — person first language is essential to promoting full inclusion. Traditionally, mainstream society has treated people with disabilities as second-class citizens. It is common for those without disabilities to consistently disregard the way they address these 35 to 43 million Americans. Hushed voices and words with negative connotations have characterized the way that many
people speak about those with disabilities. A lack of knowledge, fear of offending people, and general disregard for others are all to blame for the way people slight those with disabilities. Although the language used to describe disabilities might seem trivial, it is crucial to remember that words matter. Language has consequences — it can both lift people up and tear them down. Person first language is the best way to promote inclusivity between people with disabilities and people without disabilities. For example, for an able bodied person naming a person by his or her disability by saying things like, “that Down’s kid,” “that autistic girl” or “that guy in a wheelchair,” is degrading and implies that a person is equivalent to his or her disability. The connotation behind words is just as important as the words themselves. The connotations behind words like “autistic” and “handicapped” carry historically adverse backgrounds. Person first language is a practice that emphasizes a person’s identity rather than his or her disability — this means mentioning a disability only when it is completely necessary, and using language that separates the disability from
the person. For example, I should say “My friend Jason has autism,” not “My friend Jason is autistic.” Another option is to use what is called identity first language. Self advocates are the biggest supporters of this kind of language. They see their disability as something that is deeply embedded in their personal identity, the same way someone would identify with their religion or ethnicity. Although some self advocates argue otherwise, I think person first language is respectful in the sense that it places emphasis on the individual and not on what they are unable to do. Individuals who have disabilities are so much more than what they are unable to do. People with disabilities have talents, favorite books, least favorite foods and all the wonderful attributes that make an individual different. By branding people by their disability –– which is only a single part of their identity –– we are perpetuating the myth that individuals are simply the equivalent of what they are unable to do. People do not call me “that girl who can’t sing,” so why should we use this type of language when referring to people with disabilities?
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Students share opinions around campus “Do you always feel comfortable expressing your opinion in class?”
Katherine Holt / Opinions Assistant
Emma Cohen, a freshman criminology major.
“Honestly, I have some professors who would bash on what you say.”
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Kailee Siedelhofer, a freshman psychology major. “No, I’m afraid people are going to judge me for what I’m saying.”
“Do you think person first language is important?”
Katherine Holt / Opinions Assistant
Julia Heim, a sophomore biology major. “I guess. It recognizes that you’re a person first instead of a disability first.”
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Danielle Ayoub, a freshman biology major. “Yeah, I feel like it is less derogatory and more respectful.”
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Engineer recalls broadcasting space missions
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Russell discusses the process of airing the moon landing on TV.
By Camille Furst News Assistant
The Sarnoff Collection presented an exhibit focusing on the the execution, recording and broadcasting of the Apollo missions on Oct. 24 in Roscoe West Hall. The collection, which documents the progress of the Radio Corporation of
America from its inception to the present day, exhibited multiple RCA inventions that advanced national communication, specifically the manned space program. The company gained contracts from NASA to be the official corporation to record all missions into space. The audience was given time to explore the exhibit and become familiar with the
RCA, which was followed by a presentation from Sam Russell, the former project engineer at RCA Astro-Electronics. Ever since he was a child, Russell was always intrigued by the idea of travel, space “and the possibility that someday a man might walk on the moon,” he said. After attending both Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Rochester Institute of Technology, he was able to exercise his engineering expertise during the Gemini GT-4 mission in 1965. Being one of six sailing out from Peru, he was part of the communication team during NASA’s first trip into space. “NASA decided just then to make this the first time a man has direct contact with space,” Russell said. “It was a really exciting time.” The minutiae of the “extremely slow” communication he was working with was juxtaposed with the monumental moment of man’s first contact with space heightened his passion for astroelectronics and communication. Although Russell said he was not directly involved with most of these missions, models of the communication devices used in these undertakings were presented at the exhibit. However, during Apollo 11 — the first mission to put man on the moon— Russell worked with other NASA employees who were working on the project in the TV
laboratory in Houston as part of the AstroElectronics Division of RCA. There were many complications with the previous Apollo missions in terms of recording it and having it broadcasted on television. For example, in a previous mission, the exposure of the picture was too high and the picture went blank. Because of the mistakes of capturing images of the previous missions, the stakes were high with Apollo 11. “Everyone’s reputation was on the line,” Russell said. “The whole Earth was watching. The most relief was when that picture came on the screen.” Russell then elaborated on the technology used for this mission. For it to be broadcasted to the country, it “was a separate autonomous television station” that was grounded on the moon. Audience members were enthralled by the revelation of these nuances involved in such a major space mission. Engineers, photographers and students alike were in attendance. College President Kathryn Foster also attended the presentation to learn about the “history of a memory.” “This kind of presentation brings people onto the campus who might never have otherwise come,” Foster said. “The Sarnoff Collection is phenomenal. I hope that people will go check it out.”
Forensic anthropologist discusses death of migrants Lecture shines light on humanitarian crisis at border By Arshya Chopra Correspondent Forensic anthropologist Angela Soler does not study immigration the way most researchers do — she works along the border and returns the remains of the dead back to their families. Soler spoke to students about undocumented migrant deaths on the U.S.-Mexico border on Oct. 23 in the Education Building Room 100. Soler is currently a primary research member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists. She spoke about the humanitarian crisis behind the immigration issue and its long-lasting effects.
“Undocumented migrants are dying in the deserts of U.S. borderlands,” she said. “The crisis is a cause of economic marginalization, distrust on the government, civilian victimization and government incapability.” According to Soler, people need to focus on limiting the deaths of largely innocent people who are simply in search of a better life. People make the decision to immigrate for a variety of reasons — some want to improve their economic status while others cross the border to escape violence on the streets of their home country or to reunite with their family members who successfully fled years ago. The main causes of death
For every deceased individual, you have to think about the other side of the issue— all the people that are still missing.” — Angela Soler Forensic anthropologist
for migrants include snake bites, falling in the desert and vehicular accidents, according to Soler. “Since 1994, over 7,000 people have died crossing the U.S. border,” she said. “In the heat of a summer, someone can become completely skeletonized within a week.” The journey of crossing the border is dangerous and often costly. Many save up for years to pay a smuggler to help them cross the border. This journey is tough and the migrants are directly subjected to morbid geographical conditions and safety hazards, according to Soler. Soler is in collaboration with the Colibri Center for Human Rights, a non-governmental organization that works to end migrant death and related suffering along the U.S.-Mexico border. “The NGO helps raise consciousness about the scenario on the border to spread awareness about the serious human rights crisis,” she said. “They take detailed information about the dead immigrant on their database and through a series of biomedical research, they help in matching them with their family.” Soler spoke at the College in an effort to raise awareness about an issue that she believes is unrepresented in the discussion of immigration. According to Soler, those who do not have a direct connection to the border
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Soler spreads awareness of migrants’ struggles.
lack exposure to the topic. “Unless you physically live in the border region, it’s not something that many people are even aware of,” she said. According to Soler, people often feel that the socio-economic fabric of their country will start changing with an influx of immigrants, which creates a fear and criminalization of immigration. Because of this fear among U.S. citizens, many
are afraid that reporting a missing family member will result in legal consequences. “How many people want to approach law enforcement when their family went missing at the border?” she said. “There are a lot of individuals who haven’t even been reported as missing at this point. For every deceased individual, you have to think about the other side of the issue— all the people that are still missing.”
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Presidents push for progress
Photo courtesy of the TCNJ Digital Archive
Gitenstein develops a strong relationship with the campus community. Every week, Features Editor Emmy Liederman hits the archives and finds old Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories. For some, homecoming is a time of nostalgia — some alumni come to reflect on their time at the school they once knew as Trenton State College, while others reconnect with old friends. This fall’s Homecoming Spirit Week was an opportunity for the campus community to reunite with alumni, showcase school spirit and get to know our new President, Kathryn Foster. During the annual homecoming lip sync competition, Foster danced and moved her lips to the song “Respect” as a tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, which was well-received by the audience. While Foster has been welcomed with open arms, it is still hard to imagine homecoming without reflecting on all former College President R. Barbara Gitenstein did for the College during her 19-year career. In an October 1998 issue of The Signal, the campus community predicted how her role would contribute to the advancement and progression of this institution. The faculty approved the appointment of
Dr. R. Barbara Gitenstein as president and hoped she will bring a sense of trust between faculty and administration to the college. Dr. Ellen Friedman, coordinator of women’s and gender studies and professor of English, said she is looking forward to Gitenstein’s arrival on Jan. 2. “This is an extremely positive move,” Friedman said. “The faculty all regarded her very highly.” Dr. Terry Byrne, chairman of the communications studies department, said Gitenstein was the most qualified candidate. “I rated her number one amongst the three candidates,” Byrne said. The faculty believes Gitenstein will help heal the wounds created between them and administration during the last few years of Dr. Harold W. Eickhoff’s reign as president. “Dr. Eickhoff did not communicate, he was an authoritarian, and had no respect for the faculty,” Friedman said. “(Gitenstein) has very good communication skills,” Friedman said. “She comes from a college faculty and knows how to talk to her constituents.”
Left: Complete your classic feminist look with denim and a red bandana. Right: Makeup adds detail to your scarecrow costume. By Lexy Yulich Columnist Some people have had their Halloween costume planned since the beginning of September, while others wait until the day before to decide what to wear — I’m someone who always waits until the last minute to decide what my costume is going to be. Here are five simple and easy costumes that are affordable, easy to find in stores and quick to assemble. 1. Rosie the Riveter. Nothing says girl boss quite like Rosie! For this costume, all you need is a red bandana or headband, a short sleeve denim shirt and denim jeans. Add some red lipstick and throw your hair in a bun and you are ready in less than 15 minutes. Thrift stores are a great place to look for Halloween costume pieces, and Forever 21 has a wide assortment of affordable denim and headbands. 2. Scarecrow. For this simple look, you are going to need a flannel shirt, overalls or boyfriend jeans and brown boots. To add more detail to your outfit, add some bright pink blush to your cheeks and draw some stitches on your face. I love
this costume because you likely already have these pieces in your wardrobe. 3.Sandy from “Grease.” This costume is timeless. For this look, all you need is black pants and a black off-the-shoulder shirt. Add some red lipstick and curl your hair, and you are ready for Halloween. If you really want to add color, add a pair of red shoes. 4.Cactus. I saw this costume on Pinterest and thought it was so different. It takes a little bit more time to assemble than the others, but it is worthwhile. The easiest way to create this costume is to purchase white pipe cleaners and glue them onto a dark green sweater or shirt. Once the pipe cleaners are glued on, bend them to make them resemble a cactus. For the cactus flower, glue a pink flower on a plastic headband and you are ready! 5.Rachel from “Friends.” This costume is in honor of my favorite sitcom and an absolute classic. You need a black long sleeve shirt, a bodycon skirt, black tights and black booties. This look is inspired by when she worked as the waitress as Central Perk, so you can also add an apron with the Central Perk logo drawn, pasted or printed on it.
Autumn apple crisp
Left: Use fresh-picked apples for this seasonal treat. Right: With six servings per batch, this recipe is perfect to share with friends. By Shannon Deady Columnist With brisk weather creeping in quickly this season, there are only a few weeks left to take advantage of prime apple picking season. Terhune Orchards of Princeton is a popular place for anything and everything fall themed, from apple and pumpkin picking to enjoying some apple cider or a hayride. It is completely normal to go a little
overboard and leave with more fruit than you would buy on an average trip to the grocery store. Making an apple crisp is the perfect way to avoid letting those extra apples spoil after your trip. This simple recipe requires ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen, and is a great way to use five to six apples for a tasty, warm treat. Another thing that I love about this recipe is its versatility; once you become a professional at making
the crumble, virtually any fruit can be substituted in place of an apple, making it perfect for peach or berry season as well. Makes: 6 servings Ingredients: Crumble: 2/3 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup melted butter 1 teaspoon baking powder
Apple filling: 6 Granny Smith apples peeled and cored (these apples work best but others can be substituted) 1/2 cup white sugar 2 tablespoons melted butter 1 tablespoon all purpose flour 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Optional: vanilla ice cream Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking pan with butter.
2. Peel and thinly slice six granny smith apples. Combine apples with white sugar, melted butter, flour and ground cinnamon. 3. Mix thoroughly until all apples are evenly coated and pour into greased pan. 4. In a separate bowl, mix crumble ingredients until it is still dry, but forming clumps, and spread evenly on top of apple mixture. 5. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, let cool. Top vanilla ice cream, if desired. Enjoy!
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Arts & Entertainment
Gallery / Display documents community engagement continued from page 1.
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Foster delivers remarks prior to exhibit’s grand opening.
“People can envision ‘Our Trenton Roots’ as a intentional engagement, sharing it with all of our circles,” Foster said in her opening remarks. Fisher explained the process of trying to successfully put the exhibit together and comply with time constraints. An 18-member commission, which consisted of four faculty members, four students, five students and five community members, worked together to design the exhibit. The project began back in February of 2017. Former College President R. Barbara Gitenstein wanted a report to be produced by the end of the fiscal year, which Fisher said only gave them about five months to work with. The main idea of the exhibit was that it had to align with the goals and messages of the College. The exhibit had to be consistent
with the College’s mission, consistent with resources they had available and speak to collective memory and their identity. “It had to be related to what we do best, and that is educate people, we produce leaders,” Fisher said. Art and interactive multimedia Professor John Kuiphoff helped with the technical aspect of the exhibit — from the concept, to the design, to the installation itself. He said that the exhibit will be updated regularly. “The exhibit includes Remastered film from the College from the 1930s 1950s,” Kuiphoff said about one of the exhibit’s features. The commission plans to remain dedicated to promoting a more inclusive environment on campus, and the “Our Trenton Roots” exhibit is just one step in trying to improve race relations and emphasize social justice within the campus community.
TCNJ SUCS show makes for ‘spooktacular’ evening By Lara Becker Correspondent
Seated comfortably on a wooden stool in the Library Auditorium, a plastic skeleton greeted students as they waited for the TCNJ Stand Up Comedy Society to take the stage on Sunday, Oct. 21. The student group’s Halloween show began at 8 p.m. with an introduction from performer Sean Delanoy, a senior interdisciplinary business major, who encouraged donations, prefaced the five acts to follow and got everyone in the Halloween spirit. Jason Thorpe, a sophomore history secondary education dual major, began the show in a referee costume, and talked about the downward spiral of the reputation of Halloween, from people dressing up as inanimate objects to the glorification of Halloween parties and everything in between. Next up was Nick Zelte, a sophomore biology major, who started off by talking about how the first thing people notice about him is how tall he is. “My mom is the statue of liberty and my dad is a microorganism, so I’m somewhere in the middle,” Zelte said. John DiBrita, known to friends as JD, is a freshman
history major who was performing with the group for the first time in a costume to make him look like a “Greaser.” He talked about some of his favorite historical moments, such as Australia’s Great Emu War, or as he liked to call it, “that one time Australia lost a war to a bunch of emus.” He summed up his bit by saying, “these birds were smart, they had math or something.” Delanoy was the fourth to perform. Setting the stage ablaze, he wore a fireman costume and commented on his mustache by simply saying, “Thanks, I grew it myself.” He talked about a wide range of topics, from the abnormalities of party themes in college to the mating rituals of animals in the wild. Caitlyn Connelly, a junior interactive multimedia major and the president of TCNJ SUCS, was the fifth and final performer of the night. She was dressed as Paulie Bleeker from the 2007 film “Juno,” and told the audience about her love for the movie characters’ sexual fluidity. She also channeled Halloween’s “spooky” vibes with some of her jokes. “What’s a ghost’s favorite fruit?” She asked. “Booberies! Ah, I get it, you’ve already heard all the classics.” What made this event quite special, however, was
Meagan McDowell / Photo Editor
Delanoy discusses his mustache.
not just the skeleton on stage that the members of TCNJ SUCS fondly named “Dave,” but was also the support the performers had for each other for the duration of the night. As each student took the stage, his or her clubmates’ cheers emanated from the back of the room, and made every audience member feel a part of the magic.
Acapalooza performances showcase variety of student talent
Meagan McDowell / Photo Editor
The Trentones put an aca-twist on hit tracks. By Kim Tang Correspondent
There wasn’t a single seat left open in Mayo Concert Hall on Oct. 21 by the time all of the College’s a cappella groups were ready to take the stage at 7:30 p.m. The Trentones, i-Tunes, Treblemakers and Voice of Hope all highlighted their own voice, style and passion for music in a fun-filled evening that helped start the week
off right. The Trentones, the only competing a cappella group on campus, opened up the night with Lipps Inc’s “Funky Town.” The song featured solos from several students, including sophomore early childhood education major Katelyn Dunkel and Karaline Rosen, a junior business management major. The group ended its first set with Coldplay’s passionate and haunting number, “Violet Hill,” which was
sung by junior urban education major Kieran Choi. Voice of Hope, the campus’ Christian a cappella group, performed next, singing Hillsong Worship’s, “Who You Say I Am.” Sophomore biology major Seth Marcelo performed a solo next when he sang Riley Clemmons’ “Broken Prayers.” The group closed its set by opening up the stage for the audience to join in during the song, “I Stand In Awe,” a hymn arranged by previous Voice of Hope singers that had been passed down to the new group members. The Treblemakers, the College’s all-female a cappella group, launched into Pentatonix’s mashup of Daft Punk’s biggest hits such as “Technologic,” “Get Lucky” and more. The soloists for that song included Lorri Guzman, a junior communication studies major, Najalis Gual, a sophomore history secondary ed major, Emma Eisenbeil a sophomore English secondary education major, Shayla Nolan a junior
art education major and Klaudia Stanislawski, sophomore international studies and history major. Nolan and Katie Ely, a freshman physics and secondary education major, later delivered an emotional rendition of Billie Eilish and Khalid’s “Lovely,” before Alyssa Fanelli, a senior math secondary education major, ended the group’s set with a performance of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” TCNJ i-Tunes, which performs both international music and American songs, were third to take the stage. The group opened its set with Estelle and Kanye West’s “American Boy,” and senior biology major Madhav Patel and sophomore secondary education and biology dual major Daniela Pareja rocked the stage with their duet. Arta Qosja, a freshman nursing major, performed Britney Spears’ iconic “Toxic.” The group closed its set with a powerful performance of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know,”
which was sung as a duet by Patel and Mallory Ilves, a senior special education and women’s, gender and sexuality studies major. The Trentones hit the stage once again to close the show, with Pulkit Gupta, a senior accounting major, and Dunkel singing their own rendition of Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam,” and finally closing with a mashup of Charlie Puth’s “Done for Me” and Michael Jackson’s famous hit, “P.Y.T.” All the groups gathered on stage one last time to sing CeeLo Green’s “Forget You,” although no one in the audience would soon forget their performance. “Acapalooza was an amazing event all round,” said sophomore psychology major Jennifer Bedele. “The talent showcased on the stage was tremendous. I had goosebumps for almost the entire event and didn’t want it to end. I’m glad to see TCNJ has a platform like this for students to showcase their amazing talents.”
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Student Band Night gets Halloween upgrade
Spooky decorations accent bands’ performances
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Round 2 plays covers of hit pop songs. By Nadir Roberts Arts & Entertainment Editor
Spooky season was in full effect on Friday, Oct. 26 for CUB Alt’s Halloween-themed Student Band Night. CUB collaborated with the
College’s Association for Music Production and Discussion to give the night an eerie atmosphere. The first floor of the Art & Interactive Multimedia building was decorated with festive favorites like black cats, thick cobwebs and string
lights that accented the tables filled with goodies and accessories just in time for the upcoming holiday. The fog machine and the laser lights projected onto the wall behind the stage filled the room with Halloween vibes, which set
the tone for the upcoming performances and helped the bands captivate the attention of their audience members. Round 2 covered many songs often heard at parties, such as “Stacy’s Mom,” by Fountains of Wayne “Holiday,” by Green Day, “All Star” by Smashmouth and more. With each guitar riff and high note, the band made sure the crowd was feeling the music — they were bobbing their heads and tapping their feet to the rhythm. The band then switched the set’s tempo up and played “Misery Business” by Paramore. The crowd loved every chorus the band members belted. “But God does it feel so good/ cause I got him where I want him now,” the crowd began to chant, “And if you could then you know you would/cause God it just feels so good.” Before the set closed, the audience started to shout for an encore. The band granted its fans’ wishes, reaching into its arsenal to whip out a blast from the past turned 21st century hit — “Africa” by Toto, to which the intimate but enthusiastic crowd sang along to every word.
‘First Man’ details heroic journey to moon New movie ‘one giant leap’ for filmmakers
This week, WTSR Music Director Brian Marino highlights some of the best new music that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.
Band Name: Cumulus Album Title: Comfort World Release Number: 2nd Hailing From: Seattle, Washington Genre: Pop Rock Label: Trans Record Alexandra Niedzialkowski’s pop rock project, Cumulus, is a new take on pop and rock music. Its relaxing background music mixed with the light lead vocals and backup vocals mix very well. “Stereo” is the perfect example of this mix of relaxing pop rock music that still has an upbeat spirit. Cumulus also has some slow beats, which let you can just sit back and chill. Cumulus has great potential in the pop rock scene. The group is still young it has time to develop a consistent sound. If you ever catch yourself listening to Paramore or Happyness, then Cumulus is definitely for you. Must Hear: “Sing to me,” “Wake Me” and “Stereo”
Left: Armstrong prepares for takeoff into space. Right: Viewers get a tender look into the astronaut’s past. By Garrett Cecere Staff Writer
Upon hearing that there was going to be a film about Neil Armstrong, I was a bit surprised when I realized there haven’t been any movies about him that I had heard of before. Director Damien Chazelle takes a distinct approach with “First Man” by giving us a look at not just the story of NASA’s accomplishment, but by also telling the story of Armstrong’s life throughout the 1960s and the personal struggles he faces, which culminate in the mission that completed the goal set by the U.S. in the beginning of the decade. The film starts out with a somber tone, as it presents a different side of Armstrong’s life that I never even knew about.
In the beginning, Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) and his family are coping with their young daughter’s cancer diagnosis. When you see the struggle behind Armstrong’s motivation to accomplish such a lifechanging mission, you feel more of a connection to the man behind the spacesuit. Gosling gives a very subdued portrayal of Armstrong, remaining quiet and humble in many of his scenes. Claire Foy is also very convincing as Armstrong’s wife, Janet. Foy manages to convey the fear of not knowing if she would see her husband again all while having to continue to raise her family. The best aspect of the film, by far, is the moon mission itself. The film needed to deliver a convincing takeoff and moon landing, and the special effects do not disappoint. When you see the launch
sequence you feel like you’re on a roller coaster. The camera is shaking, the sound is loud and you’re stiff in your seat. The film excels on a technical level. I love how it gets so loud when the rocket is launched and then falls dead silent when they’re on the moon, which captures the authenticity of the vacuum of space. Justin Hurwitz, who composed the incredible score for “La La Land,” unites with Chazelle once again to give viewers great music. At various points throughout the score, you can hear the sadness, thrill and sense of awe during each scene. “First Man” takes an interesting and emotional look at Armstrong’s personal and professional life, and delivers a captivating depiction of one of our country’s proudest moments in history.
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‘Élite’ joins list of high-quality Netflix dramas
Left: Complex love triangles breed bitterness among fellow students. Right: A murder mystery unfolds in the midst of classmate rivalry. By Gabriella Gerace Staff Writer Depictions of high schools in TV and film are included in some of the most intense and delightfully over-the-top forms of entertainment. A lot of those shows shed light on the humorous aspects of adolescence, while others take a more dramatic route. High school dramas like “Riverdale” often include stories about mysteries or kidnappings — the new Netflix series “Élite” also tells one of those dark tales, but with a fresh take on what I find can be an overused genre. First aired on Oct. 5, “Élite” has already proven to be a show loved by audiences of all ages for its refreshing take on a high school drama. It is Netflix’s second original
Spanish series, and it puts a European twist on shows like “Gossip Girl” and “13 Reasons Why.” The drama initially begins when the town’s public school mysteriously falls to rubble. In order to save face, the company that constructed the school offered three students a full scholarship to Las Encinas, a private prep school in Spain. As expected, the change in setting brings with it new rivalries and romances galore. The differences in lifestyles also result in murder, and the details of the crime are gradually revealed as the season progresses. As the events leading up to the tragedy unfold, each characters’ choices and secrets are revealed. Over the course of eight episodes, Samuel (Itzan Escamilla) and his brother Nano (Jaime Lorente) enter a love triangle with the wealthy and troubled Marina (Mária Pedraza). Marina’s
brother Guzman (Miguel Bernardeau) grapples with his sister’s choices and the estrangement of his friend group, which he believes is caused by the new scholarship students. The romance follows the typical rules of a love triangle, but also allows for discussion of taboo issues even beyond those usually included in teenage shows. “Élite” also relatively successful in its attempts to explore experiences of high school other than romance, like class and privilege, through a lens that does not ever begin to feel like glorification, demonization or even commentary on the high school experience. “Élite” is a worthy show to add to your watch list. With a succinct yet thoroughly enjoyable and nerve wracking first season, viewers can expect an engrossing story in each episode.
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Win / Team hopes to finish season strong Football
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Guckin receives a pass that leads to the Lions’ first touchdown of the game.
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William Paterson found a little bit of success on its third drive, but after trying a fake punt that was blown up in the backfield, the Lions were set up in great field position to score again. Jachera again used his legs to get the Lions down to the goal line, trucking and plowing through defenders. Pacini punched it in though on a five-yard run up the middle.
“Pacini is a workhorse,” Goff said. “He’s a real bright spot to watch play.” Pacini carried the ball a total of 27 times for 94 yards and a touchdown. But it was Jahera who stole the show on offense for the Lions, rushing for 165 yards and a touchdown while also passing for 81 yards and another touchdown. “The kid is special,” Goff said. “He is flat out a lot of fun to watch. He brings something different to the
position to where we know if the pass isn’t there, he can tuck and go. He’s continuing to mature. I think he got a lot of maturity this week considering he had a rough go last week. For him to bounce back this week showed a lot.” Despite his optimism, Goff hesitated to definitively say that he has found his man in Jachera to stand behind center. “He is the guy we are going with right now,” Goff said. “He just had a phenomenal football game. So I’d say he’s our man right now.” The Lions repeatedly dropped the hammer on William Paterson’s defense. Sophomore defensive back Jalen Harmon had two interceptions that ended William Paterson’s drives. He also had 59 yards in interception returns. Senior defensive linebacker and captain Max Busca also contributed to the Lions’ cause with a bone crushing sack, a clutch pass deflection and two tackles for losses. Freshman kicker Alex DeLeo also made his mark on the game, kicking the Lions’ first field goal of the year in the third quarter to put the Lions up by 10. In the fourth quarter, the Lions’ defense gave up a lot of ground to the William Paterson offense, which was trying to mount a comeback and capture its first win of the year. Time and time again, the defense seemed to fold, but stepped up in the red zone to keep them off the board. “I’m still a little pissed at the defense for that last drive,” Goff said. “But to come back and knock that ball down in the end was big.” The Lions return home to acknowledge the seniors on senior night on Saturday, Nov. 3, for a game against Christopher Newport University.
Field hockey continues winning-streak Lions top Rowan on senior night
Padilla assists with two goals for the team. By Kieran Nashad Correspondent
The field hockey team celebrated homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 27 with a 4-1 victory over Stockton University on a wet and rainy night. Prior to the game, the team honored its graduating seniors, midfielder/defender Sidney Padilla and defender Jackie Schwartz. Roughly five minutes in, sophomore forward Tori Tiefenthaler gave the Lions the lead after deflecting a shot taken by Padilla. From then on, both teams displayed brilliant athleticism as the Lions looked to further their lead and Stockton hoped to level the score. With less than 10 minutes remaining in the first half, junior forward Tori Hannah doubled the lead with another shot from a corner with assists from both Padilla and Tiefenthaler. Tiefenthaler scored her final goal of the night, resulting in a three-goal lead for the Lions going into halftime. With just under 29 minutes left in the sec-
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ond half, sophomore midfielder Samantha Reed charged down the right side of the field and passed the ball back infield where junior forward Cayla Andrews fired a shot into Stockton’s goal to give the Lions a 4-0 lead. There were just a little more than 10 minutes left in the game when Stockton forward Sarah Fisher scored a goal that briefly boosted Stockton’s momentum. Its sole goal was short-lived, and it proved to be a mere consolation as the Lions controlled the final minutes of the game. The game was a dominant display by the Lions, who outshot Stockton 16-3 with 11 shots on goal. This win brings the Lions to 13-3 for the season and to 4-2 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, where they are currently seeded at third behind 5-1 Montclair State and an undefeated Rowan University in first. The Lions are currently on a threegame winning-streak which they hope to continue in an away game against Montclair State University on Wednesday, Oct. 31 in the first round of the NJAC Field
Sample plays his final game as a Lion.
By Jordan Washington Correspondent
In an emotional final game of the season, the Lions took down New Jersey Athletic Conference opponent Rowan University 1-0 in Lion’s Stadium on Oct. 24. Many fans were in the stands to support both teams — a total of 277 loyal soccer fans braved the poor weather to watch the rivals go head-to-head. Both teams did not disappoint as they worked hard for 90 minutes, giving all they had from the beginning of the game. On an eventful senior night, senior midfielders Joerg Jauk and Nick Sample were honored as they took charge in their last game as Lions. Jauk put the team on the scoreboard in the 22nd minute on a penalty kick. Sample was fouled in the box, leading to a goal. Jauk recorded himself a perfect record of 5-5 for penalty kicks in his career. Though the start of the first half the game went back and forth, Jauk’s goal proved to
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be enough to put the Lions ahead. Rowan sent out seven first half shots, but they could not find the back of the net. In the second half, Rowan attempted to find the equalizer by ripping off 10 shots, but the Lions’ staunch defense held true as they held onto the win. Despite the win, the College was outshot 17-8, and sophomore goalkeeper Daniel Mecadon had a busy night with seven saves. The Lions only had one shot on goal — the goal that won them the game. After breaking their two-game losing streak, the Lions ended their season with an overall record of 10-6-2. The Lions had a promising start to the season with an astonishing 7-0; however, they went on a four game losing-streak in the middle of the season that hurt their chances of moving on to postseason play. It was a hard fought knock-down NJAC game, as Rowan built up a total of 15 fouls. With five offside infractions, Rowan may have missed out on many chances to score and take the win.
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October 31, 2018 The Signal page 23 O c t o b e r 3 1 , 2 0 1 8 T h e S i g n a l p a g e 2 3 Swimming and Diving
Lions splash into swim season Men emerge victorious against Montclair
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Left: Thayer backstrokes her way to second place. Right: Duff places first in the 200-meter medley. By Christine Houghton Staff Writer The men and women’s swimming and diving teams opened their seasons with a New Jersey Athletic Conference matchup against Montclair State University on Saturday, Oct. 26 at home in Packer Hall. The men’s team came away with a 162-112 victory, while the women’s team fell to 0-1 losing by a score of 168-126. The men’s team had a successful day highlighted by the 200-meter medley relay team of juniors Derek Kneisel and Harrison Yi and sophomores Andrew Duff and Andrew Thompson taking first place with a time of 1:38. Kneisel went on to win the 100-meter backstroke at
54.10 and the 100-meter butterfly at 54.50, and Yi later won the 1000-meter freestyle with a time of 10:15. Thompson won the 200-meter butterfly and 200-meter backstroke at 1:59 for both races. Senior John Gregory won the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 22.75 and senior Sam Maquet followed close behind Thompson in the 200-meter butterfly at 2:01. Sophomore Griffin Morgan was able to win three events, including the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter individual medley, clocking in at 1:46, 49.98 and 1:59 respectively. Despite losing the match overall, the women’s team had many individual victories. The 200-meter medley relay team placed second at 1:53 and was swam by senior Hailey Thayer, juniors
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Annie Menninger and Kazia Moore and freshman Zoe Chan. Menninger placed first in the 500-meter freestyle with a time of 5:31 and was followed closely by sophomore Melanie Fosko at 5:32. Chan made a splash during her first collegiate meet, placing first in the 200-meter and 100-meter butterfly events at 2:12.41 and 59.57 respectively. Freshman Kori Jelinek also made her debut taking second in the 200meter butterfly with a time of 2:20 along with freshman Meagan Healey, who placed second in the 200-meter freestyle at 2:05.20. Sophomore Kelsey Ballard followed close behind Healey, finishing at 2:05.33. Coming up next for both the men’s and women’s teams is a divisional meet in Mahwah, New Jersey against Ramapo College on Saturday, Nov. 3.
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Curtis celebrates her collegiate achievements during senior night.
By Christine Houghton Staff Writer
The Lions collected a win against Rowan University, 2-1 on Oct. 24, securing their place in the New Jersey Athletic Conference semifinals. The Lions now advance to 11-1-1 overall. Scoring off a corner pass about halfway through the first half, Rowan had an early lead that only lasted late into the second half. The team’s defense held strong, holding Rowan to only three shots — Rowan’s single point was the only shot on goal. In the 68th minute, junior defenseman Jen McGrogan sent a long pass in toward the goal. Junior midfielder Joriam Rivera kicked it in for a game-tying point, earning her fourth career goal. Shortly after in the 87th minute, senior midfielder Arielle Curtis sent a pass to freshman forward/midfielder Nikki Butler for a goal just over the head of Rowan’s goalkeeper to put the Lions up
2-1. This was Curtis’ second career assist and Butler’s sixth career goal. Curtis, McGrogan, sophomore midfielder Faith Eichenour and sophomore forward Randi Smith led the charge against Rowan, dominating on both sides of the ball until the clock ran out. The team’s offense maintained intensity on its side of the ball with 14 shots, two of which were successful goals. Prior to the start of the game, Curtis, the team’s only senior, was acknowledged and celebrated as a part of senior night. Gold balloons spelling out “TCNJ” floated behind the team’s bench as the players fought through the first half and launched a crushing comeback late into the second. With this win, the Lions now advance into the playoffs as the top seed in rankings. Their first playoff game will be in Lion’s Stadium against Montclair State University on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 6 p.m., as they compete for a spot in the NJAC finals.
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Lions celebrate Homecoming victory
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Harmon completes two interceptions to prevent William Paterson from scoring.
By Maximillian C. Burgos Staff Writer
The Lions marched to a 24-7 win over William Paterson University for a dominant homecoming victory. The Lions were in the driver’s seat the entire game, dictating the tempo of the game on offense and shutting down the opposition on defense. “It’s the first time we put together a complete football game,” said Head Coach Casey Goff. “It’s a win
we need for our program. After the start we had, to be able to chain together two wins is huge.” The Lions started the game with a 10-minute, 17-play drive for 80 yards. The team leaned on freshman rushing back Mark Pacini and freshman quarterback Dave Jachera during the drive. Pacini carried the ball six times, getting the Lions’ much needed yards between tackles. The cherry on top of the soul-crushing drive was Jachera’s pass to junior wide receiver Vinny Guckin in the corner of the endzone for a seven-yard touchdown.
The defense dropped the hammer on William Paterson’s offense, who was able to squeak out two first downs. Senior linebacker Jesse Streb stepped up and destroyed William Paterson’s running back in the backfield, taking the momentum away from the offense and forcing a third and long. The Lions held up on third down and forced a punt. “I think we started to progress defensively for real after the Montclair game,” Goff said. “We let the Rowan game get away from us on a couple of plays that we’d like to have back but we feel like we are progressing in the right way.” The Lions got the ball back and fizzled out in William Paterson territory after some initial success on the team’s second drive. William Paterson came out and immediately put itself in a bad position on the third down after throwing the ball away on first and getting stuffed in the backfield on second. On the third down, the defense swarmed the backfield, but in a play of sheer grit and athleticism, the William Paterson quarterback managed to complete the ball to one of his receivers who scored a touchdown on a 69-yard play. The Lions answered on an ensuing drive, with Jachera getting it done both through the air and on the ground. In the drive, Jachera found junior tight end Vince Ratamess for a key 13-yard gain and a first down. Jachera then carved up the defense with a rush for 10 yards and then another for 30 yards, making defenders miss and shedding tackles along the way like a freight train off the tracks. Unfortunately a few plays later, William Paterson picked off a pass intended for Guckin in the endzone, ending the spectacular drive. see WIN page 21
Cross country teams take home NJAC titles By Malcolm Luck Staff Writer
The Lions defeated Rowan University and won New Jersey Athletic Conference titles on Saturday, Oct. 27 when both the men and women’s cross country teams traveled to Glassboro, New Jersey to conclude the regular season. Many squads battled for first place, but the Lions brought the trophy home. The women earned the school’s 32nd conference title in dominating fashion by claiming the first four spots in the 6k event. Senior star Natalie Cooper continued her jaw-dropping season by leading the charge for the Lions and crossing the finish line in 22:47.22, more than 30 seconds before any other competitors. Following behind in second was senior teammate Erin Holzbaur with her time of 23:19.10. Senior Madeleine Tattory claimed third place in 23:28.18, followed by junior Gabby DeVito who claimed fourth place for the Lions, crossing the finish line in 23:33.30. Freshmen Emily Prendergast and Kelsey Kobus led the next wave of finishes for the Lions, respectively earning 10th place in 24:15.81 and 12th place in 24:23.32. Junior Hannah Fay raced to 14th place and ultimately contributed
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the final points to the College’s total as she was the seventh Lion to complete the race. The women’s team totaled 20 points, surpassing the home-field beneficiaries of Rowan by 35 points. Fay contributes her team’s performance to collective preparation and focus. “We went in with a really positive attitude and everyone really worked together,” Fay said. “We knew the conditions were bad but we put that aside and just focused on winning the meet. It was definitely a team effort and everyone has been working so hard. It was exciting to finally see the hard work pay off.” The men’s 29th conference title was won in a more dramatic fashion as the College managed to slip past Rowan University by just one point. The top finisher for the Lions was freshman Nick Falk, completing the 8k run in 26:34.52. Sophomore Pelle Nogueira claimed seventh with his time of 26:57.71, followed by four consecutive teammates beginning with freshman William Mayhew in 27:04.78. Sophomore Robert Abrams followed closed behind in 10th with his time of 27:10.99. Senior runner Quinn Wasko’s mark of 27:13.35 was good for 11th place, while senior teammate Luke Prothero pulled into 12th place less than a second later in 27:13.82. Sophomore
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Holzbaur and Tattory earn second and third place in the 6k race.
Matt Kole was the last participant to contribute points to the Lions’ total, claiming 18th place in 27:22.98. With its 40 total points, the College edged past Rowan University and Ramapo University, who respectively earned second and third places with 41
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and 47 points. The cross country squads will now shift their focus to the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships that will be held at Rowan University on Nov. 10. The action is set to begin at 11 a.m. for the women and 12 p.m. for the men.
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