Funk, pop and Indie Rock on a friday night
Goalkeeper Kendra Griffith pitched her fourth shutout See Sports page 24
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Unified League makes its way to the College Vol. CXXXVII, No. 4
September 19, 2012
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By Peter Fiorilla Sports Assistant
A small but inspired community met for the first time at Green Lane Fields on Sunday, Sept. 16, as students and Special Olympics athletes teamed up to play soccer in a new club created by Special Olympics New Jersey called Unified League. Weekly soccer games that partner College students with athletes with disabilities are the current focus of Special Olympics New Jersey and aim to provide an enriching experience for all parties involved. “Unified sports are so important because it gives Special Olympics athletes a chance to interact with typical peers, and (my son) is inspired by that,” said Liz Donahue, mother of Special Olympics athlete and goal-scoring machine, Will. “For TCNJ to say, ‘OK, we want to really establish an organized program,’ is phenomenal. For kids like Will, any opportunity for organized sports is fantastic.” During Sunday’s two-hour event, three athletes and five students stretched, ran ba-
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Michael Capone dribbles past a defender on his way to scoring a goal.
sic drills and played a friendly four-on-four game of soccer. The athletes were immersed and com-
petitive — Will showed off his ruthless shot early and often, Michael Capone performed his best Lionel Messi impression and Becky
Scheick played defense that would make Vincent Kompany envious. The day reinforced the College’s commitment to athletes with disabilities a few months after hosting the 2012 Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games. “We hope this league will enhance the already strong relationship between the College and Special Olympics N.J.,” said Ed Dean, assistant intramural and sports club coordinator for the College. “It is a new and exciting experience for everyone involved and we are happy to be a part of.” The now weekly 1 p.m. event represents an enjoyable, social and ultimately beneficial experience that everyone involved can look forward to, allowing athletes with disabilities to exercise in a community with faces they recognize. “Staying in shape is a life-long thing for these guys. (Will) has no way of working out but he loves the game of soccer. He loves the competition, and to be here at TCNJ with college students,” Donahue said. “We wish there were more opportunities.” see UNIFIED page 5
Fioccos settle at $425,000 World Champ steps up, delivers Mystery remains unsolved
John Fiocco Jr.
By Jamie Primeau Editor-in-Chief
Six-and-a-half years later, the mystery remains unsolved. It is still unknown what exactly happened to freshman John Fiocco Jr. when he disappeared from Wolfe Hall in March 2006. One month after he went missing, Fiocco’s body was discovered in a landfill in nearby Bucks County, Pa. The story, which has basically become an urban legend on campus, has perhaps reached as much of a conclusion as it ever will. After four years of litigation, the civil lawsuit filed by the Fiocco family against the College and the state of N. J. reached a $425,000 settlement in March, according to a legal release provided by the Office of the Attorney General. Looking back Drawing, listening to Green Day and
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watching professional wrestling were among Fiocco’s favorite hobbies. The 19-year-old graphic design major had a “total South Jersey accent” and was “handsome as hell,” according to former floormate Myles Ma, ’09. Fiocco even resembled George Michael from Wham! — or at least Ma thought so. Ma saw Fiocco hours before he disappeared on March 25, 2006. Although Fiocco had been drinking, his mood was “nothing disastrous,” Ma said. As a freshman, Ma resided on Wolfe 4 with Fiocco and described him as “probably the most chill guy on the floor.” The two got to know one another because Ma went to high school with Fiocco’s roommate, and according to Ma , he spent a lot of time in Fiocco’s room. On the night of the disappearance, Fiocco happened to pay a visit Ma’s room after returning from a party. “He was in a really good mood so that put me in a better mood as well,” Ma recalled. Later on, Fiocco fell asleep in a girl’s room. The next day only his shoes were there and nobody knew his whereabouts. As the day went on, Ma and other students eventually called Fiocco’s parents and Campus Police, but the authorities could not act before he had been missing see FIOCCO page 2 Opinions / Page 8
Lions TV After a hiatus, LTV is back on the air in fall 2012 See Features page 15
By Shaun Fitzpatrick Opinions Editor
Who is Judah Friedlander? Karate master? Navy SEAL? Sex symbol? He claimed to be all that and more, but it’s really only important to remember one role: He’s the World Champion. Friedlander, along with Matt Braunger, Jermaine Fowler and Josh Rabinowitz, performed at the College Union Board’s Comedy Central on Campus Tour on the Kendall Hall Main Stage on Saturday, Sept. 15. If the students in the audience were looking for the chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the show in relative anonymity, they were out of luck — Friedlander’s routine was largely interactive, and no one within his line of vision was safe. “No boys tonight? World Champion’s here for you,” he reassured a group of
girls in the front row before beginning his routine, which predominantly revolved around his campaign for presidency. Watch out, Obama and Romney, because the World Champ had some pretty definite ideas of how to turn this country around. Gay marriage? Mandatory,
with Friedlander insisting that any man who wanted to marry a woman had to first have sex with a man. Debt? Invade the countries we’re indebted to, of course, making it then legally America’s money. Job creation? see JUDAH page 12
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Judah Friedlander lays out his agenda at College.
CUB announces fall concert
At the fall comedy show on Saturday, Sept. 15, the College Union Board revealed that the fall concert will feature Neon Trees with the Cold War Kids. The show will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10, on the Kendall Hall Main Stage.
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Helen Shaw Awards recognize faculty Ninth annual ceremony awards five College employees See News page 3
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Lots of Fun Stuff Celebrate Neon Trees with neon trees. See page 20
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Campus aims to become fully wireless by 2017 By Jamie Primeau Editor-in-Chief
When Chief Information Officer Jerome Waldron first came to campus in May, the task at the top of his to-do list was to work on the College’s wireless network. Suggestions from students and staff alike resulted in making improved Internet access a priority. After attempts at jump-starting work on the wireless network several times over the past few years, the issue is finally being addressed. Waldron said, “What I think finally hit home is that they were hearing from new students and applicants. One of the first questions they ask is, ‘Does your campus have wireless?’ A lot of schools do and TCNJ does as well, but there were some areas where it didn’t for a lot of different reasons. So we’ve really focused in on that.” There is a five-year plan to add wireless access points at locations all around campus, though according to Waldron, a majority of the plan will be completed in three years. “The goal in these three years is really to hit the highvalue targets. The high-value targets are residence halls and academic buildings,” he said. Buildings that are currently not in heavy use and have uncertain futures are not at the top of the priority list. These include locations like Roscoe West and Holman Hall. A rise in smart phone, laptop and tablet usage makes Waldron aware that students and faculty are seeking ways to easily access their devices. Almost every building on campus has at least some amount of wireless, Waldron said. Over the summer access points were added to Norsworthy and New Residence Halls. Information Technology asked Residential Education and Housing to rank which dormitories have the highest priority,
regarding the need for Internet access. Due to renovation plans, some buildings rank higher than others. For example, Ely, Allen and Brewster Halls are slated to get wireless during fall break, but Travers and Wolfe Halls will not likely be given full wireless access until 2014 or 2015. This is because when buildings have scheduled renovations, the school sometimes waits until then to add wireless Internet. Another goal of IT’s wireless improvements is to make students’ ability to log into the network quicker
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The dark areas indicate spots with wireless already.
and simpler. Speaking of authentication or network access, Waldron said, “We’ve made some tweaks to that this semester. One of the things I’ve heard from students is that they complained about getting kicked off the network.” Up until this year, the College had three wireless networks, which have since been combined into one. The school plans to continue growing that one network and make its usage more comfortable for students. “Our goal, for the short-term, is to have you authenticate once a day,” he explained. “In the longer term, what we’d like to have you do is authenticate once a semester.” Though sometimes seemingly a hassle, Waldron pointed out the necessity of authentication when logging into the network. “Authentication is more important than people think,” he said. “When you’re in a residence hall or a library and get up and walk away, we want to make sure you’re the one using the device. If it’s stolen or someone walks up and uses it, that’s where authentication and security come into play.” “We’re certainly not watching what people are doing on the network every minute,” Waldron added. Other future focuses include improving cell phone service on campus and developing a mobile plan. While the projects take time, Waldron encourages students to offer insight and suggestions. “I would definitely love feedback as we go along,” he said. “The goal is to make (wireless Internet) comfortable, quick, everywhere.” “I’m excited to be here,” Waldron continued. He believes it’s important when students voice concerns “to make sure that the students are aware that we hear it, we know it and we’re on it. That’s really what we’re all about — trying to get things where they need to be technologically.”
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for a full 24 hours. “It progressed from there, to where it started to sink in that he was truly missing. The mood on campus got more hysterical as more people started to find out,” Ma said. He described an atmosphere where reporters were constantly on campus, even lurking outside Wolfe Hall and trying to sneak in through the swipe-access doors. While the disappearance and death of Fiocco affected the entire College community, it felt extremely personal for the residents of Wolfe 4. “To me it sort of felt like we were kind of insulated, like we were going through this thing and nobody else on campus was,” Ma said. “We kind of felt like we were surrounded by rumor and speculation and we kind of hated everyone else for it — or at least I did.” Though at times it seemed like Fiocco’s former floor was dealing with this on its own, Ma said, “At the same time, everyone on campus was amazingly supportive.” He fondly remembered residents of Travers Hall hanging a sign that his floor could see from their Wolfe elevator lobby, saying something along the lines of: “We love you, Wolfe 4.” Legal battles In 2008, Susan and John Fiocco Sr. filed a $5 million wrongful death suit against the College and the state, claiming insufficient security measures led to the incident. According to legal documents, Fiocco was last seen alive on March 25, 2006 at approximately 3 a.m. in Wolfe Hall. On the morning of March 28, a “voluminous amount of blood” was found on and around the floor of a trash compactor room located on the lower level of Wolfe Hall. The trash compactor room was allegedly not securely locked. According to court documents, “The Court finds that a jury could reasonably conclude that TCNJ’s failure to ensure exterior doors leading into Wolfe Hall were closed and locked created a dangerous condition.” The court documents cited “gross negligence” on behalf of the College. Examples include 16 daily hours of open access to Wolfe Hall; failure to ensure the doors to Wolfe Hall and its compactor room were locked; open access to the compactor room;
and allowing individuals to enter Wolfe Hall without signing in at the front desk when sign-in was required. In October 2011, the Fioccos alleged that an unnamed College alumnus privately admitted to murdering their son, but no criminal charges were made and the cause of Fiocco’s disappearance remains undetermined.
A conclusion? To avoid a lengthy trial and the cost of ongoing litigation, a settlement was reached on March 30, 2012. “We are pleased that The College of New Jersey has finally, after six years, recognized its responsibility for John’s death in failing to provide adequate security for the students in Wolfe Hall,” said Christine O’Hearn in an email. O’Hearn, of Brown & Connery, LLP, represents the Fiocco family. O’Hearn also provided comment on behalf of the family, stating: “While we are pleased to have reached a settlement to the civil case, it will not in any way lessen the loss of our son, John Fiocco Jr.” “Although six years have now passed, we continue to hope that law enforcement will at some point develop sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against the perpetrator of this crime,” the family’s statement said. The College also commented on the settlement. Matthew Golden, associate vice president for Communications and College Relations, provided a statement via email in May: “The sorrow resulting from this tragedy has been compounded by the realization that we do not yet know and may never learn how John died. Although the State of New Jersey has determined that settlement of this matter was prudent to avoid the continued expense of litigation, there has been no finding of any wrongdoing or liability.” “Nevertheless, our top priority continues to be the maintenance of a safe, secure and welcoming campus, and our deepest sympathies remain with John’s family and loved ones,” Golden continued. Reflecting on what happened, Ma mentioned how some of Fiocco’s former floormates don’t even like to talk about it. Ma concluded, “He was a great kid and it was a horrible thing that happened to him and that happened to all of us.”
By Brandon Gould News Editor
Services for Sodexo employee Orlando Sanchez were held on Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Chiacchio Funeral Home, 990 South Broad St., Trenton. The funeral service was held the next day at the funeral home and was followed
by his burial at Colonial Memorial Park. “Those who knew Mr. Sanchez well were touched by the positive approach he brought to his work at (the College),” said Matthew Golden, associate vice president for Communications and College Relations. “We are deeply saddened by his death, and our thought and prayers are with his family and loved ones.”
Staff receives honors By Andreia Bulhao Correspondent
Various faculty members gathered in the Business Building lounge this past Friday to applaud nominees and recipients of the ninth annual Helen Shaw Awards, honoring staff members for their work and achievements here at the College. The Helen Shaw Staff Excellence and Special Achievement Awards were established in 2003 as a memorial in honor of Helen Shaw, class of 1936. The awards are designed to recognize the vital role staff members play here at the College in creating a well-rounded campus community, by enhancing both the educational process and institutional activities. Of the 13 nominees, five received the award. These faculty members include Deborah Simpson (Athletics Department), Elizabeth Alcaro (Records and Registration), Angela Lauer Chong (associate dean of students and director of Student Conduct), Elizabeth Gallus (assistant director of Student Conduct) and Lynette Harris (Career Center). Before the final selections were announced, each of the nominees was called upon to receive a certificate. Members of this year’s Selection Committee made sure to note that making that final selection was not easy. “TCNJ is very fortunate to have numerous quality nominees and staff,” said Joe Hadge, convener of the Helen Shaw Committee. “There was a lot of dialogue in making a final selection.”
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Roscoe makes an appearance.
The committee is made up of nine faculty members, all of whom are selected by the College Staff Senate. As the award ceremony came to a close, one topic persisted in overall discussion — the interests of the students at the College. “These awards are based on our common denominator, the students. That is why we are all here,” Joe Hadge said. “The more we work together the more we help each other. Our staff exemplifies that and they make it happen for the most important people — our students.” Student’s also recognized the importance of staff members play at the College and made sure to come out and support them. “As a part of Student Government, we work a lot with these staff members and it’s great to see them honored because by working with them first-hand we see how hard they work and its nice to see them recognized for that,” said Kyle Magliaro, senior marketing major and executive vice president of SG.
Italian Club awarded $1,100, CUB tabled September 19, 2012 The Signal page 3
By Andrew Miller Staff Writer
After much internal debate, the Student Finance Board awarded the Italian Club $1,100 for an additional bus for the club’s trip to the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy on the condition that any person who already signed up for the trip had to vacate their seats. The Italian Club told only their members about the bus trip during the summer, before other students had a chance to even hear about it. Moreover, the club did not make any substantial effort to promote this event, which will occur on Sept. 22, less than a week away. Due to the preference that it showed its own members and the lack of demonstrated effort in advertising the event, it became clear that the Italian Club violated SFB’s bus trip policy, which basically states that all bus trips that SFB funds must be open to the public. Katrina Notarmaso, president of the Italian Club and junior political science major, attempted to distinguish between active members and students who are on the club’s mailing list, however, SFB still believed that the leadership of the Italian Club showed significant bias toward a certain group of people, active members or not. “We should give outside students a chance to go,” said Brian Hurler, the administrative director and sophomore economics major. SFB’s senior representative and finance major Andrew Palmieri raised the question
of whether the Italian Club was aware of the bus trip policy, but it was noted that clubs are expected to read SFB’s online manual. SFB funded the additional bus, stipulating that the students who received a seat on the first bus had to vacate their seats so that the Italian Club executive board could follow a process more in line with SFB’s bus trip policy. The College Union Board asked for $25,000 to bring one of four speakers — Colin Mochrie, Alec Baldwin, Ice-T or the creators of The Onion Network — to the College for a pop culture lecture, but its request was tabled until next week. When asked about what each speaker would specifically lecture about, the CUB representatives did not know.
“They don’t know what they want,” said Milana Lazareva, the operations director and junior math education major. SFB believed that CUB was simply picking whom they believed to be the biggest name in order to guarantee attendance. Gordon Sayre, the sophomore representative on SFB and a psychology major, captured SFB’s beliefs about the purpose of this event, saying, “We attend lectures to learn something, and I don’t think Alec or Colin bring anything to the table.” If SFB funded this event, they would have in essence given CUB a license to book any of these four speakers. SFB was uncomfortable giving CUB that power because they did not know the topics about which each speaker
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SFB decides to table CUB’s request for $25,000 for a speaker until next week.
would lecture. The motion to table stipulated that CUB had to revise its list of potential speakers and actually explain the lecture topics for each speaker. The Central Eurasian and Middle Eastern Studies Society asked for $300 for Middle Eastern and Central Asian food to introduce students to the myriad of cultures present in these regions. However, SFB voted to zerofund this event. Jessica Sparano, the treasurer and junior international studies major, demonstrated the need to educate students about the Middle East. “People can’t identify Eurasian countries,” she said. “We’re using this event to get people interested in our organization and establish ourselves.” A problem that SFB had with this event was that the club did not seem to be adequately prepared to host the event, for they were only budgeting for 30 students total to show up. Moreover, the club did not make any attempts to advertise its event to bring in new members. In essence, because the time of the event coincided with CESMES’s biweekly meetings, SFB did not believe that CESMES was effectively encouraging additional students. Sophomore international studies major and programming director Rachel Leva summarized SFB’s position on this event. “We don’t want to fund a closed event,” she said.
SG honors Sanchez, praises 9/11 blood drive
By Natalie Kouba News Assistant
The Student Government officers held a brief moment of silence on Wednesday, Sept. 12 for the late Orlando Sanchez, a dining hall worker at the College who was killed last week. They are passing around a card to express their condolences and having the SG members to sign. Later in the week, the card will be given to Sanchez’s family. Applicants for the provost search are still being reviewed. “The process is in full swing,” according to SG president Christina Kopka, senior Spanish and marketing double major, regarding the search for a Provost. The references of the applicants are now being checked before the Provost is selected. In an effort to improve the wireless technology on campus, vice president of Student Services, Annie Montero, will be meeting with Chief Information Officer Jerry Waldron this week to develop a feedback survey. Sadia Tahir, senior biology and psychology double major, announced the overall success of the 9/11 Blood Drive which SG co-sponsored with the Muslim Student
Association. The drive accumulated 35 units of blood. The PRC Group will be coming on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. to the Education Building to discuss further plans regarding the Campus Town project. Tony Gattone, a representative from Barnes & Noble will be visiting, regarding the bookstore in the campus town. The Helen R. Shaw staff awards were held on Friday, Sept. 14 in the Business Building. A representative for the Class of 2014 announced the success of their class fundraisers. They sold over 200 wristbands and will begin selling T-shirts. The Class of 2015 is planning to create a “Welcome Back Presentation” which would look back on freshman year and help them to publicize for future fundraising, mainly for senior week. A representative for the Class of 2016 has not yet been selected. Katie Cugliotta, senior history and secondary education double major, pointed out SG meetings are typically not as short as this one was, which ended after only 19 minutes. She said, “We are still picking up where we left off from last year.” Pictures and a closed session followed the general body meeting.
Holy protesters, Batman!
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Preachers came back on campus, discussing the Bible and the sins of students at the College. Students at the College say, “The Dark Knight is Lord.”
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SG discusses a wireless technology feedback survey.
College ranks No.1 By Brandon Gould News Editor
The College remains the top-ranked public institution in U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best Regional Universities for the northern region of the country, according to a press release from College Relations. The 2013 edition ranks the College as the top public and No. 6 overall school in the standings for the Best Regional Universities category for the north. For the third time since 2009, the College was listed as an “Up-and-Comer” for 2013. The College was one of 49 institutions cited by its peers for making the most
promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus and facilities. The College ties with No. 1-ranked Villanova University for highest average freshman retention rate, 95 percent, and also has the highest percentage of freshmen in the top quarter of their high school class. “Rankings such as this provide validation for what we who are part of (the College) family have long known that (the school) is one of the best public colleges in the nation and is both a innovator and a standard setter when it comes to undergraduate education,” said President R. Barbara Gitenstein in the press release.
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By Betsy S. Blumenthal Correspondent
Eleanor Horne, chairwoman of the College’s board of trustees, said the administration is looking for a new vice president who, in addition to raising money, can practically “walk on water” — which in today’s economy may seem to be the same thing. For now, the school is immersed in this exercise of finding the Holy Grail of fundraising. At an open forum on Friday, Horne — who also heads the search committee for the vice president of College Advancement — introduced Kenneth Boyden, who presented himself as ready to help ease the school’s money woes. Yet when pressed by a board member, Boyden appeared somewhat uncomfortable with the exploding new world of social media and skirted the subject when asked how he would utilize it. He said he uses e-newsletters and hard copy “pretty aggressively” to solicit donations. Horne said the committee has been “charged with finding the best candidates” they can, giving “special points to anyone who can handle all the aspects” of the position, including marketing and communications, government, academic and community relations, and the College’s annual fund and capital campaigns. Boyden, who holds a B.A. in science from West Chester University, a J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law at
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Boyden makes his first impression.
Penn State and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Pennsylvania, has held several fundraising positions. He said the College’s Department of College Advancement is staffed with a great team of professionals and that “those professionals are doing wonderful work. “But like any initiative,” he said, “it can grow.” Boyden said that if selected he would first turn his attention to the school’s capital campaign and effectively stop the traditional dollarsand-cents approach of the annual fund. This would be part of a “refurbished, reorganized, re-energized fundraising initiative,” he said, and would redouble the effort to “reach back out and engage”
the College’s 70,000 alumni. Boyden, who is currently the vice president of institutional advancement at CUNY Staten Island, described the capital campaign as a “historically bricks and mortar” effort to raise money for new buildings, but has morphed into a project that can include “raising scholarship dollars for students, faculty support, capital improvements and other miscellaneous causes.” Aside from this endorsement of a new approach, he said additionally that perhaps the school had not tapped its greatest resource to fulfill these goals — entities beyond alumni. He suggested the school befriend other institutions, philanthropic organizations and individual donors — not an easy feat if they have no connection to the College. On another topic, he described how alumni could give back to the College by teaching classes, serving on advisory boards or mentoring students, providing “counsel and wisdom and experience.” It was an extension of his preference to measure success not in dollar donations, but by the alumni participation percentage, which tracks levels of alumni engagement with the college — i.e. visits, attendance at school eventsand the like. Honored by the nomination from his most recent employer Tomas Morales, previously the president of CUNY Staten Island, Boyden will have to hold his breath as the board debates his qualifications and his fit to the College’s agenda.
Not only do athletes enthusiastically interact with students, but they can develop long-lasting relationships with each other through athletic competitions. “Becky and Will have been doing this for a long time, and the Special Olympics athletes get to know each other,” Donahue said. “Becky is five years older than Will, but they’ve been friends because they’ve played on teams together, and it’s great.” And while attendance among athletes with disabilities was small for Sunday’s event, numbers are expected to increase after the word about the new league starts to circulate. “We just have to get the word out — communication is the hardest thing. They all go to different schools, we all live in different towns. There’s not a central communication,” Donahue said. While athletes with disabilities benefit from the program, the Unified League can also be a rewarding experience for student volunteers. “Individuals volunteering will gain experience and leadership along with developing team skills with athletes who are not as physically skilled as students without a disability,” Dean said. Donahue also pointed out how beneficial the support of volunteers will be for the league. “It’s just so great that (the College’s) opening up its fields, that the students will get up on a Sunday and come and play soccer,” Donahue said. The College’s commitment to athletes with disabilities will also be on display as it phases in unified volleyball and other sports throughout the year and the same advantages — as well as excitement — will be there for athletes and students alike. “We’re thrilled,” Donahue said. “(Unified League) really benefits everyone — it’s a winwin-win.”
Special Olympians kick it with TCNJ students
Ashley Long / Photo Editor
Michael Capone (top right), Will Donahue (top left) and Becky Scheick (bottom left) came out to the Green Lane fields on Sunday, Sept. 16, to join students from the College in the inaugural game of Unified League, a joint venture between the College and Special Olympics New Jersey.
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Embassies under attack CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaida’s most active branch in the Middle East called for more attacks on U.S. embassies Saturday to “set the fires blazing,” seeking to co-opt outrage over an anti-Muslim film even as the wave of protests that swept 20 countries last week eased. Senior Muslim religious authorities issued their strongest pleas yet against resorting to violence, trying to defuse Muslim anger over the film a day after new attacks on U.S. and Western embassies that left at least eight protesters dead. The top cleric in U.S. ally Saudi Arabia denounced the film but said it can’t really hurt Islam, a contrast to protesters’ frequently heard cries that the movie amounts to a humiliating attack that requires retaliation. He urged Muslims not to be “dragged by anger” into violence. In the Egyptian capital Cairo, where the first protests against the movie that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad erupted, police finally succeeded in clearing away protesters who had been clashing with security forces for days near the U.S. Embassy. Police arrested 220 people and a concrete wall was erected across the road leading to the embassy. In his weekly radio and Internet address, President Barack Obama paid tribute to the four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, who were killed in an armed attack on the U.S. Consulate in the eastern Libyan city on Benghazi last week. He also denounced the anti-U.S. mob protests that followed. In Afghanistan, the Taliban claimed
An amateur video insulting the Muslim religion sparked both violent and peaceful protests across the Middle East.
responsibility for an attack the night before by 20 insurgents on a sprawling British based in southern Afghanistan that killed two U.S. Marines. Friday’s demonstrations spread to more than 20 countries in the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia. While most were peaceful, marches in several places exploded into violence. In Sudan, crowds torched part of the German Embassy and tried to storm the American Embassy. Four demonstrators were killed in Tunisia, two in Sudan, one in Lebanon and one in Egypt. The Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, considered the most dangerous of the terror network’s branches to the U.S., called the killing of Stevens “the best example” for those
attacking embassies to follow. So far, there has been no evidence of a direct role by al-Qaida in the protests. The protests were sparked by an obscure, amateurish movie called “Innocence of Muslims” that depicts Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a pedophile. A 14-minute “trailer” for the movie, dubbed into Arabic, was posted on YouTube. The top religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Grand Mufti Sheik Abdel-Aziz al-Sheik, condemned the movie on Saturday but said it “will not harm” Islam or Muhammad. “Muslims should not be dragged by wrath and anger to shift from legitimate to forbidden actions. By this, they will unknowingly fulfill some aims of the film,” he said.
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The American Civil Liberties Union of N.J. filed suit against the state police because they refused to disclose internal policies on how certain officers earn promotions. The ACLU claims the state police are “operating in virtual secrecy with no accountability to the public.” The state police maintain that the policies are confidential. A former N.J. Department of Transportation official admitted to accepting a $24,000 bribe in Trenton federal court on Monday. Three N.J. residents bought 71 luxury cars without paying for sales tax under the guise that they were rasing money for children’s cancer. The couple settled the case for $65,000 and didn’t admit any guilt or liability for the crime. All info from AP Exchange
Election corner 2012
• French, Italian and Irish tabloids published photo spreads of the U.K.’s Prince William’s wife. A French court will rule on requests to stop publishing them this week. • New reports show that Libyans tried to save the U.S. ambassador of Libya, Chris Stevens, when they discovered his lifeless body in what was believed to be a safe room in the U.S. Consulate in Libya. • The mayor of Chicago and former chief of staff for President Obama, Rahm Emanuel, asked a state court on Monday to force Chicago school teachers back to work and end a week-long strike that he calls illegal. • Apple iPhone 5 pre-orders topped 2 million in under 24 hours. That is more than double the amount of orders received for the its predecessor in the same amount of time. • After being threatened with steep fines, Twitter agreed to hand over three months worth of tweets to a judge overseeing a criminal trial of an Occupy Wall Street protester. • An antibiotic-resistant super bug killed a seventh victim at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Maryland. He was the 19th patient in NIH to contract the disease, but the first to do so since January. All info from AP Exchange
Barack Obama struggled to lower national debt, while Mitt Romney still has no plan.
As part of a weekly series, The Signal will publish the viewpoints and policy records of President Obama and Mitt Romney. Each week will feature a different topic until election day, which is Nov. 6. This week’s topic is: the economy. WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama: The Obama term was marked by high unemployment, a deep recession that began in the previous administration and officially ended within six months and gradual recovery with persistently high jobless rates of over 8 percent — 8.1 percent in August, up from 7.8 percent in February 2009, which was Obama’s first full month in office. The rate hit a high of 10 percent in October 2009. Businesses have added jobs for more than two years straight while public sector jobs have lagged. Obama responded to the recession with a roughly $800 billion stimulus plan that nonpartisan Congressional
Budget Office estimated cut the unemployment rate by up to 1.8 percentage points. He continued implementation of Wall Street and auto industry bailouts that begun under George W. Bush. He proposes tax breaks for U.S. manufacturers that are producing domestically or repatriating jobs from abroad and tax penalties for U.S. companies outsourcing jobs. Won approval of South Korea, Panama and Colombia free-trade pacts begun under previous administration, completing the biggest round of trade liberalization since the North American Free Trade Agreement and other pacts went into effect in the 1990s. Romney: Mitt Romney’s goals are to lower taxes, reduce regulation, balance the budget, and to add more trade deals in order to spur growth. However, he has yet to address in detail how he will balance the deficit while cutting revenue and expanding military expenditures. Romney also plans to replace jobless benefits with unemployment savings accounts. Proposes repeal of the DoddFrank law that toughened financial-industry regulations after the meltdown in that sector. He proposes changing, but not repealing, the Sarbanes-Oxley law that tightens accounting regulations in response to corporate scandals, and to ease the accountability burden on smaller businesses. “We don’t want to tell the world that Republicans are against all regulation. No, regulation is necessary to make a free market work. But it has to be updated and modern.
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Students have a responsibility to remember By Cameron Dering
In the days leading up to 9/11, I was on the lookout for the TCNJ official email regarding an on-campus memoriam, moment of silence or any of the like, and grew increasingly concerned when none ever popped up in my inbox. September 11, 2012 came and went with absolutely no campus recognition. Last year, Student Government did organize a 9/11 memorial ceremony, which was a larger remembrance event than was typically held at the College, because it was the 10-year anniversary of the attacks, but it’s extremely disappointing that College administration didn’t step in to resume its responsibility to organize some sort of smaller remembrance event this year, as they had held in the student center in years past. Meanwhile, other colleges and universities across the nation, even in areas not nearly as directly affected as New Jersey, continued to commemorate what is now actually a national holiday, Patriot Day. “Students and staff at Lake Superior State University launched 231 balloons in memory of the number of Michigan victims lost in the attacks,” according to The Detroit News, and students at Grossmont College in San Diego, California “wrote their thoughts on cards and hung them from an olive tree,” according to KPBS. In Texas, students at Texas Christian University placed 2,977 American flags in the campus common areas, with one flag representing each person killed in the 9/11 attacks, according to the Star-Telegram. But we at TCNJ — a state institution of New Jersey — did nothing as a campus community, when 749 people from our state were killed in the attacks and, as of July 10, 2012, another 148 men and women from New Jersey have been killed in the subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to nj.com. Living in Middletown, a town with one of the largest numbers of New York City commuters in New Jersey, I vividly remember sitting in my fifth-grade computers class during last period when our teacher told us what had happened. I remember how frightened, distressed, and panicked I felt watching the news coverage — of the plane crashing into the second tower, the towers crumbling to the ground, American citizens jumping from the buildings to their deaths or running from the scene, terrified and covered in dust — over and over and over again on the classroom television and bulky Dell monitors. I think it’s extremely important to look back each and every year and remember the day our country was attacked and thousands of innocent lives were lost, and to remember the waves of betrayal, anger, fear, love, support, hope, and fervent patriotism that swept from coast to coast during the aftermath. And I can’t be the only one. After the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony last year, current SG President Christina Kopka was quoted in an online Her Campus TCNJ article saying, “It’s really important that our generation
remembers 9/11 and keeps in mind what happened, because we’re the ones that are going to be carrying it on. Our brothers and sisters were too young to remember what happened. We need to be the ones to make sure it is not forgotten.” This year, not only we the students, but the entire campus community has failed to fulfill this vital duty. As the generation defined by 9/11, in the future we must actively make the effort to convey the poignant reality of that day, and the effects it has had on our lives and on our country, to those younger than us. This is our obligation. In choosing not to do so, we let the true impact and implications of September 11, 2001, as well as the memory of those lives lost, die with us. Numerous TCNJ students did post Facebook statuses and pictures claiming they will “never forget.” But that’s exactly what we seem to be doing. The prospect of the September 11 attacks slowly drifting into our nation’s subconscious until they are merely a blip on our radar, remembered only once every 10 years, together with the thought of all of those lives lost and sacrifices made by American families in the years to follow being completely forgotten, really scares me. Almost as much as the original attacks did 11 years ago.
We promised to never forget 9/11, but this year the day seems to have come and gone with little fanfare.
Romney and Ryan for fiscal leadership By Ryan Manheimer “Reality exists as an objective absolute — facts are facts, independent of man’s feelings, wishes, hopes or fears.” These are Ayn Rand’s words and my strongest conviction. Lately, government and higher education in parallel have been ignoring reality at a terrible cost. Our national debt exceeds $16 trillion. Student loan debt has outpaced credit card debt. Our government
and our college students spend money they do not have. Social Security is broken. People cannot work for 35 years and expect to retire comfortably for 25 years. Modern medicine is wonderful and makes our lives longer. However, that means we need to work longer, too. Public workers with pensions are collecting those pensions for a longer time once they retire and bankrupting state governments. Meanwhile, Social Security
Romney and Ryan say that they plan to cut back on Social Security and Medicare while dropping the debt if elected into office in this upcoming election.
and Medicare are bankrupting the national government. We need leadership that understands this and is willing to make the hard choice to reform Social Security and Medicare. We need Romney/Ryan. College costs have skyrocketed. We all know that. Half the people I know here picked TCNJ over a private school that charged upwards of $50,000 a year. We are the smart ones. Fifty percent of college graduates do not find employment or are underemployed. Good luck paying off all that student loan debt with an unskilled job you could have gotten right out of high school. It is irresponsible and foolish to spend upwards of $200,000 on college and go into over $100,000 in debt for a useless degree that makes you no more qualified for a job that a high school student; but people do it. My own cousins do it. That kind of irresponsibility means paying student loans for the rest of your working life. That debt weighs you down. It holds you back. The government’s debt does the same thing at a national level. Romney and Ryan will turn the government around. Many of us made the responsible fiscal decision to come to TCNJ to avoid crushing student loan debt. Romney/Ryan will make responsible fiscal decisions to reduce the deficit and lower the national debt.
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One ‘dumb’ freshman wants to defend herself This letter was written in response to Shaun Fitzpatrick’s opinion piece “In defense of dumb freshmen,” published on Sept. 5, 2012. By Abbi Lamparelli I am brand new here on campus. I am a freshman. And I really hated the article “defending” my classmates in last week’s Signal. I’m sure you’re just shocked. First of all, it was extremely paradoxical. Even the title in itself is contradictory. The writer is defending us, yet thinks were “dumb little assholes,” yet — not to worry — we shouldn’t be offended because all upperclassmen were once “dumb little assholes,” yet if he sees us walking with our lanyards he will tell us to “cut that shit out?” Yes, that’s very simple to understand. Shaun Fitzpatrick is the “Opinions Editor” and can’t even convey a simple point. Does she want to truly defend us? Or is she too set in her “freshmen-suck” ways to really say anything positive about us? She wants others to shut up with the complaints and give us dummies a break, yet, she classifies us as “dumb” right in the title, not enforcing her own policy. She uses words that are, believe it or not, offensive (she is obviously very professional and diplomatic), and makes herself seem like she somehow has the authority to tell others what to do about the “problem” of our existence. Is she the leader of the freshman haters, then? By the way, love that allusion to Whitney. You act like YOU are not the future too? What are you like, three, four years older than us? Get real. I look at all of YOU around campus and I’m not excited that you’re in my future either. Who wants leaders that insult and harass the newcomers just because they feel like it? HELLO?! Nobody. She wrote that she knows that being a freshman is scary. And guess what? She is RIGHT. My first few weeks here have been the worst of my entire life and you know what? Reading this article confirmed my suspicion that I am, in fact, an unwelcome newbie. And please tell me who granted her, the all powerful, omniscient opinions editor, the ability to automatically know what each and every freshman is like? I might just
be speaking for myself, but I do not party, drink, smoke, flirt, none of it. So how can she group me with all the “dumb little assholes” who embarrass themselves at frat parties and miss the toilet when they puke? It’s clear that she doesn’t know me or my straight-edge friends. Don’t worry though, after this, we don’t want to know her either. One of the reasons that students pick this college is the sense of community. There are so many clubs that cater to people from different backgrounds, sexual orientations and interests. We try to ensure that everyone is given unbiased opportunities and try our best to ignore stereotypes. Yet, you have just enforced a stereotype, and not tactifully at all, I might add. Maybe if you upperclassmen got to know some of us, you would see we have the same complaints as you do. Take the blinders off and step away from the TCNJ shot glasses long enough to come to the rational conclusion that there is no reason to pick on us besides, of course, your primitive and ignorant tradition. “Call for blood?” Seriously? You want to speak in defense of freshmen? Do me a favor, don’t defend us if you’re going to do so by publishing an article like THAT, especially when it makes the opinions editor seem like she needs some serious lessons in simple rhetoric. I sure hope she doesn’t want to be a journalist. If she really wants to stop the hatred of the class of 2016, she should just tell people about it; instead, the poor girl wrote an article that is tangible proof of the fact that she has no clue what he is really trying to say. And if you want to expose her honest opinion? Expect to get some honest opinion right back. Still want to judge US? Feel free. But keep in mind, we are judging YOU too, and branding YOU as the people who make college unwelcoming and socially discouraging. Thanks a bunch. Sincerely, A dumb little asshole
A reader explains why she’s an angry feminist This letter was written in response to Jamie Primeau’s editorial “The ‘F’ word — why it’s still relevant today,” published on Sept. 12, 2012. By Ama Banahene “I don’t understand why feminists today are so angry. I never did anything to you. Back in the day, they were seeking equality, but now there’s no reason to be angry.” This was the comment made by a classmate of The Signal’s Editor-in-Chief to which she wrote an editorial in response last week. Frankly, although on the surface this comment is offensive based on the speaker’s misguided notions about feminism and the issues surrounding gender equality, there is some truth to the underlying question being asked. In modern day western societies, women can vote, own or inherit property, open a bank account, exercise financial freedom, are legally required to be educated to at least the secondary level, are enrolling and graduating from college at high rates, can run for office and hold high executive positions, among other things. With so much progression being made, is there still the need for feminism, particularly in the U.S.? The truth remains that even in present day America, women are still at a disadvantage in various aspects of society due to factors such as race, culture, religion and social-economic status. And there are still laws and public policies in existence addressing issues such as violence, health care, reproductive rights, etc. that are still damaging rather than beneficial to a lot of women. However, there might be those who will argue that these modern day disadvantages are only experienced by women of low economic and class standing, limited education, illegal migration status, from ultra-conservative cultural or religious groups or those with limited grasp of the English language. And that women who belong to groups believed to be more “privileged,” such as those with at a college
education, are very much equal to men. In the article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” Anne-Marie Slaughter points out that social norms surrounding motherhood and child rearing, alongside workplace policies addressing it, continue to place women at a disadvantage. These policies lead to the creation of gaps in terms of career advancement and the implicit financial well-being of women in comparison to men irrespective of qualification and individual work ethic. Though the topic of motherhood and child rearing is not of much immediate importance to majority of college students and is rather personal, the fact remains that in the next decade or so, a majority of our female readers will have to consider making a choice between building career or family or trying to balance the two. And even those who choose not or simply can’t participate in motherhood will still be at a disadvantage. Due to the emergence of politicians and authority figures who want to instill polices that will make reproduction a privilege heavily policed by the government instead a right influenced by personal choices and preferences. In an economy plagued by high levels of unemployment, lower wages, reduction or removal of pension/health care plans alongside the increase in overall standard of living and the amount of personal debt (student loans), the financial well-being of women is very much at risk than that of men. Due to more college graduates today being of the female gender, a large portion of the youth entering a weak workforce will be women crippled with personal debt from student loans. With high interest rates from private loans, a recent police change which has made direct student loans unavailable to graduate and professional students, and the possible increase in interest rates of federal loans, the development of
financial status is on very shaky ground for collegeeducated women. Statics indicate that a large percentage of these women hold degrees in fields that are traditionally “low-paying” such as education, arts and humanities, though some hold degrees even in prospering economics. Given that these sectors are more negatively affected by the depression of the economy, women face a high risk of unemployment or underemployment due to limited job opportunities and decrease in wages. Discriminating policies surrounding motherhood and child-rearing, alongside the rather negative American attitude which equates a strong work ethic to the degree of availability in time and devotion to work-related tasks places women at a higher risk of job loss or less likely for promotion based on so called “lack of dedication or motivation.” Therefore to answer the speaker, the modern feminist is still “angry” because she has to fight policies which will make her career advancement rather difficult if she chooses to participate in motherhood. Demand for laws that will protect rather than punish her for being a victim of sexual violence. For there to be the understanding that in spite of her personal or religious beliefs, the decisions she makes concerning reproduction are valid, important and private and must be respected. There should be polices towards making post-secondary education affordable and debt-repayment easier. More importantly, there should be a celebration of intelligent women in the media which should include more of those with science, math, technology and non-administrative aspects of business as well. Also, there should be an emphasis on science and math education targeting females, thus increasing their desire to pursue qualification and degrees in such fields and thus decreasing their financial risk and creating a more balance in the job market.
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A note about our Fiocco wrap-up
In this week’s issue, The Signal staff decided to revisit the story of John Fiocco Jr. While it has been over six years since his disappearance, it remains relevant to our campus today. Throughout our time at the College, we have heard plenty of guesses about the cause of Fiocco’s untimely Signal archives death when he was a freshman in 2006. The disappearance of Fiocco and the subsequent lawsuit have taken up many of A common rumor is that Fiocco fell down the our headlines in the past six years. We are aiming to tell the story one more time. garbage chute in Wolfe Hall. Others speculate murder. The fact that he had been drinking has also caused assumptions to arise. In writing this article, our intention was not to fuel further speculation about Fiocco’s cause of death. What’s your opinion on the current state Instead, we wanted to provide an overview of the facts we do know and pay tribute to this freshman of the College’s wireless network? whose life was taken far too soon. • I get Internet access where I need it. By poring over old issues of our newspaper and reading through legal documents, we tried our best to • I don’t get it in my dorm, and I’m annoyed. include the most necessary information to make the • I get it in my dorm, but it works erratically. “I’m not running story whole. • What is wireless Internet? We don’t have all the answers and it was impossible for president. for the article to encompass every detail that we know I’m standing for cast your vote @ tcnjsignal.net ! — but that’s not the point. Moving past rumors and legal jargon, Fiocco was a president. Running person. Previous poll’s results means you’re He was a 19-year-old graphic design student and it How would you feel if Hassan wasn’t until delving deeper into this story and talking scared. I’m not to his former floormate that we learned about Fiocco’s stops delivering pizza? scared.” personality and interests. • I’ve never tried Hassan’s, and I’m okay with Getting caught up in the speculation and litigation, it — comedian Judah that. 33% can be easy to forget that he may not have been much Friedlander, during an • I won’t know who to call when all I have is different than ourselves as freshmen. interview before his Fiocco’s story became timely once again when a $5 bill and an empty stomach. 33% earlier this year the 2008 civil lawsuit filed by Fiocco’s performance at the • Sad, just sad. Especially late on Friday nights. 27% family reached a settlement of $425,000. After four College on Saturday • I can adapt and just order something else. 7% years the case is finally over. Now with some sense of conclusion, we wish to share this story that has taken up many of our headlines over the past six years with our readers for what may be the final time.
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“She has stepped up into her role in such a great way and has been making such a positive impact on the team.”
— senior midfielder Camille Passucci speaking of teammate goalkeeper Roisin Dougherty
In last week’s issue of The Signal, a photo of the men’s soccer team was incorrectly credited to Ashley Long. The photo was actually taken by Lauren Del Turco. We regret the error.
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Arts & Entertainment
Judah / Friedlander knows how to fix nation
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Jermaine Fowler shows off his material for the students. Friedlander wants to move the midwest to somewhere above Canada, bringing California and New Jersey within a 20-minute train ride of each other. It’s a big project that’ll require lots of workers, perfect for the abysmal unemployment rate.
but Fowler’s upbeat attitude turned even the most serious situation into a joke. Rabinowitz, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, joked about his college life and attempts to be cool, with little success. In an interview, when asked what his most embarrassing college moment was, he said, “One time I emailed a girl asking her to be my girlfriend. I emailed her that three times, and she said no all three times. I guess my advice would be if at first you don’t succeed at something, just quit immediately … Don’t persevere. Just quit, just lay down.”
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One member of the audience asked help with the ladies. After an inspired him if he would lower the drinking age, performance of a Britney Spears song at to which he replied that he would lower it a karaoke bar, Braunger confessed that not to 18, but to 3. “If you’re old enough he replied to a woman’s compliment to get laid, you’re old enough to party,” by saying, “Thanks a lot. Where do Friedlander rationalized. you live?” Creepy, yes, but maybe not Just don’t as creepy as accuse him Rabinowtiz’s If you’re old enough of “running” story about to get laid, for president. how, when you’re old When asked asked at enough to party. about his his college campaign in orientation if an interview could go —Judah Friedlander he before the back in time show, he and change replied, “I’m not running for president. something, he decided that he would I’m standing for president. Running return to the sixth grade and kiss his means you’re scared. I’m not scared.” 12-year-old crush. Rather than think If nothing else, Friedlander should this was heartwarming, his classmates be able to rest assured that he’ll have labeled him a “time-traveling pedophile.” the female vote (and 10 percent of Maybe the World Champ can give them the male vote) if his stories about his some advice. sexual prowess are to be believed. In an Fowler and Rabinowitz, though interview, he revealed, “Sometimes I’ll newer to the stage than the veterans be walking down the street, before you they preceded, more than held their know it there’s like 30 chicks surrounding own with the crowd. Fowler talked me, and a couple of dudes … When I do about life with his twin brother, comedy, I actually have to tone down my Jerome, who he would constantly get sexuality, otherwise people wouldn’t be confused for. Because Jerome was a able to concentrate on the show.” drug dealer, however, this confusion Friedlander assured the audience that was often less about wacky hijinks he does have to put some work into his and more about trying to avoid sex life. “It’s not all about a huge cock people Jerome owed money to. and perfect balls,” he explained. “You Fowler also joked that, when he got need strategy.” That strategy? “Location, bad grades as a kid, his dad would take location, penetration,” according to him for drives to look at crackheads on Friedlander. Take notes, boys. the street, threatening that if he didn’t Not everyone can live such a charmed shape up he would end up like them, life, though. Braunger and Rabinowitz “doing drugs and sucking dicks.” In print both admitted to needing a little more this seems more horrifying than funny,
Grizzly Bear takes more risks with their ‘Shields’
Grizzly Bear’s fourth EP touches upon more experimental concepts. By Thomas Kozlowski Correspondent
Being an original can carry consequences. The Brooklynbased quartet Grizzly Bear frequently succeeds in being so creative, so brilliantly inventive, that their critics can never slap a universal style on their music. Even singer Ed Droste plays with his own label; when rehearsing “A Simple Answer,” a song off their new album, Droste said it sounded “too vanilla … We need to make it less vanilla.” It’s an abstract statement, but abstract statements could be useful to describe a band as eclectic as Grizzly Bear. Experimental folk,
psychedelic pop — you can place a nuanced genre on one Grizzly Bear song and be dead wrong on the next. Perhaps it would be better to call their sudden key changes “velvet” or their golden, dulcet trumpets “milky.” Either way, abstract ideas do accentuate the rich environment of Grizzly Bear’s new album “Shields,” with all the sounds, visuals and even tastes transmitting into concrete senses. It is still not definable, hardly conventional. Yet, the band’s fourth album continues their standard of exploring the beautiful, nebulous musical frontier that can persist without designation. Coming off a 2009 critical success like “Veckatesmit,” there’s a stumbling block over how best to follow up. Not to begin anew, but to carry the baton further — not merely more sound and fury, but a more dynamic relationship between tagteaming singers Ed Droste and Daniel Rossen. Their collaboration on “Shields” makes that apparent. Writing sessions a year ago had the two bouncing lyrics off one another. Droste begins
a song like “Speak in Rounds” while Rossen sweeps in for the chorus. But they always maintain a balance: a whisper of solo vocals, spotlighted and desolate, and the sudden harmony of all four members, rushing in to sweeten the air. Harmonies have always distinguished the band’s panache, they frequently reverb the 1960s melodies of the Beach Boys (second single “Yet Again” screams homage to Brian Wilson). Where Grizzly Bear really blooms is in their menagerie of instruments; guitars strums in and out, cellos hum and horns blow a haunting wind. “Shields.” Especially makes use of gentile piano flourishes, bringing old jazz chords into the indie foreground again. The album marches along, but its gorgeous sounds poke their head in and out. So, while their previous album “Veckatemist” felt much like a lush summer, “Shields” unfolds the atmosphere of a steady, breezy autumn turning fast into winter. The lull of songs like “What’s Wrong” let the seasonal chills creep in while “Gun-shy” has Droste frozen in the cold pondering
Grizzly Bear have been known for pushing their stylistic boundaries, and on ‘Shields’ they make no exceptions. why the shadow of memories follow him so. Amidst imagery, the album is totally introspective, one trying to reconcile the human desires to grow apart and stay together. “And I live to see your face / and I hate to see you go / but I know no other way / than straight on out the door,” sings Rossen on lead track “Sleeping Ute” (and their most intricate rock song to date). By the album’s finale “Sun in Your Eyes,” Droste and Rossen are gasping for breath; “so bright, so long, I’m never coming back.” The final rays of winter sunshine are dimming. Now, Grizzly
Bear has nowhere to go but forward through the snow. Is it jazz? Is it folk? Is it a blend of faded musical techniques that wrench your head back into different decades altogether? Ultimately, that’s an irrelevant debate. Grizzly Bear’s creativity to bend and weave through styles on “Shields” is an accomplishment all on its own. Consider the aural rhapsody of the tracks themselves, and the band has crafted an album of repeated listens and continued discoveries. Being an original may have its ambiguities, but it never outweighs the ability to be remarkably talented in the face of every defined genre.
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Bad Rabbits pump some funk
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Bad Rabbits delivers an energetic performance at the Rathskeller with their own mixture of funk, pop and R&B. By Thomas Kozlowski Correspondent When a performer at the Rathskeller can get a sleepy, dinnertime crowd to leave their seats and dance, it’s a definitive sign of success. Last Friday, Massachusetts’s Indie-funk/R&B group Bad Rabbits rocked the stage with an hour-long set of grooving, high-intensity material, new and old. The quintet, composed of a diverse group of ethnicities and styles, played a fluid variety of dance tunes to an audience on its feet — outside, anyone
passing by might have thought the Brower Student Center was a funk-pumping disco. First up, however, was Brooklyn-based rock group The Constant, a preppy fusion of Green Day punk and DaveGrohl-style vocals. In contrast to Anthony Raneri’s unplugged show last week, The Constant hammered out a set list of amplified energy. All four members were given plenty of room to showcase their talents, and there was even breathing room for decisive drum and bass solos on the side. The Constant also made
strides to connect with their audience — they remembered what it was like to be in college too. During a fine-tuned cover of Harvey Danger’s “Flagpole Sitta,” the lead singer Steven Baggs asked an audience member to jump on stage and sing with him. “It takes a lot of guts,” Baggs said admittedly, but the two belted out the chorus jauntily together — not too harmoniously, but still fun to watch. Soon after, Bad Rabbits appeared in the spotlight, at first playing an instrumental crescendo until, in a burst of excitement, vocalist Fredua Boakye rushed the stage, jumping and waving. “We’re going to have a party tonight,” Boakye shouted, and the crowd soon surged to the floor to jive with the band. T h e band’s music reflected their commitment to warping styles and genres together. Layered drums laid a beat while sonically charged guitars strung out funky riffs. The bass dropped deep sonic waves as Boakye crooned in a falsetto while strutting up and down. Put TV on the Radio’s music in a bouncy house and you get Bad Rabbits. The band played much of their 2009 EP “Stick Up Kids,”
but they also debuted some new material from their upcoming projects. One piece, “We Can Roll,” included some heavy rock influences alongside R&B patterns. “We’ve never played this one before, so turn the cameras off,” Boakye ordered in good humor. In between songs, Boakye and fellow members joked lively with the crowd. “Obamacare? I wanted to say something funny about that, but not now.” Boakye said, keeping political jokes to a minimum. Later on, he remarked “You guys are the quietest dancers I’ve ever seen, you should’ve all been plastered.” But the audience didn’t have to be. As Bad Rabbits finished their sets, the audience graciously received them with a flurry of applause and a long line for merchandise purchases. Viewers may have been unaware of the band’s music before, but they were a stage show not soon be forgotten. In the coming year, Bad Rabbits will release two new EP’s titled “American Love” and “American Dream,” advancing their style of cross-cutting genre experiments. But for Bad Rabbits, joining together as first — and second — generation immigrants to make music is, unequally, their American Dream.
A little more variety
By Heather Koenig WTSR Music Director Two Door Cinema Club “Beacon”
Three-piece Irish rock band Two Door Cinema Club is back for their sophomore effort, after the incredible success of their debut, “Tourist History,” both in the U.S. and in Ireland. Beacon was produced by Jacknife Lee, who has worked with U2 and Bloc Party in the past. With the help of Lee and the larger variety in the style of the tracks, “Beacon” could even be a step-up from its predecessor. Rather than sticking to one specific sound like they had done in the past, Two Door Cinema Club took more creative liberty with this album, such as using horns on “Sun” and tempos that differ from one track to the next. This fresh variation only enhances the group’s appeal. The band creates a likeable sound once again. Alex Trimble’s sweet and precise vocals are a central part of the sound. Being that there is a stronger variety of instrumental elements, it is only fitting that the vocal parts remain a consistency. This isn’t to say that the group doesn’t experiment with different vocal elements. On the track “The World Is Watching,” female vocals are featured by Valentina. Altogether, Two Door Cinema Club has learned what they need to do to receive acclaim and employs those qualities once again, with a newfound variety. There is inevitable expectation that comes along with a group’s sophomore release, and Two Door Cinema Club handles the pressure well and creates a entertaining album.
Rigby explains his career and artistic works By Chris Minitelli and Kaitlyn Dougherty Correspondents
On Friday, Sept. 14, the first Brown Bag of the semester marked the beginning of this year’s afternoon presentations in the Earnest and Mildred E. Mayo Concert Hall. “An Artist’s Journey” was delivered by accredited artist and professor at the College, Bruce Rigby. With a laser pointer in hand, Rigby took the audience through the various art series that he has developed throughout his lengthy career. Many of his series have been displayed in numerous national showcases including 20 one-person exhibitions. His Mapstract series involved the use of acrylic on canvas and various views of actual maps. Rigby even took airplane rides in order to achieve authentic topographical and aerial views of many different environments. In reference to his art, Rigby states, “I have always been interested in landscapes.” Curiously, Rigby often titles his pieces simply by numbers such as, “Map Piece #70,” as opposed to naming them after the specific country or state map embedded in a piece. He said he’d rather focus on the general feeling of the
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An exhibition of Rigby’s work is currently on display in the AIMM building.
piece, and he believes that numbers can symbolize and evoke the particular personal emotion or memory he was experiencing during the creation of each work of art. Rigby also discussed his Wall Series. Once he began this series, he finally returned to a more hands-on and organic process that his earlier series encompassed. For this series, Rigby was greatly inspired by the “unintentional aesthetic” of things people were not meant to see. He was greatly interested in informality, human-made and worn or weathered things — such as the rusted side of an old United States ship. Rigby went on to discuss his next series, the Earthly Endeavor Series. In this series, Rigby utilized Photoshop in order to add certain elements and designs to his digital images, which he then printed with archival ink on museum-grade paper. Finally, Rigby said that he eventually made a return to his Wall Series in 2009. There is an exhibition of Professor Rigby’s recent work, celebrating his forty years at the College, which will be ending when he retires at the end of the current semester, in the art gallery of the Arts and Interactive Multimedia Building. The showing will continue through Oct. 11.
‘Winter’s Bone’ is a raw drama, but worth a watch
By Brendan McGrath Managing Editor
I went to look for a movie to review this week and I can’t help but feel that the current in-theatre selection is running pretty thin. “Lawless” looks alright and I’d like to catch “Sleepwalk with Me,” but the overall quality of screenings right now just isn’t that strong. So I decided to look on Netflix before I dished out $10 for a movie like “The Possession” or the umpteenth version of the Bourne saga or Resident Evil. I saw “Winter’s Bone” sitting there and figured I’d give it a shot. I knew that it received four Oscar nods a couple of years ago and that it features a break-out performance by Jennifer Lawrence, now of “Hunger Games” fame. Basically, this movie is an hour and forty
minutes of raw pain. Ree, Lawerence’s character, is 17 and taking care of her two younger siblings, as well as her mother, in ultra-rural Missouri. She seems to be pretty self-sufficient in doing so, but we quickly learn that her meth-cooking father has posted their property for bail and is a no-show for court. Thus begins Ree’s journey to find him before the state seizes her land, leaving her family with no place to go. She dives into the ugly scene that director Debra Granik shows the rural meth trade hierarchy to be, and she does it in an unrelenting, yet largely believable way. Ree doesn’t really seem to care about the well being of her missing father — I’d say she does, but her love for her siblings takes precedent. She just wants to find him, even if he’s dead when she does, so that she can keep the land.
Having abandoned any thought of justice, Ree repeatedly sticks herself right in the line of danger by calling out some very powerful people. Without giving anything away, her journey is terrifying and I really wasn’t sure how things were going to turn out. That optimistic sense you get with a lot of movies, that feeling that you’ll be rewarded for sticking through a tough time with some type of positive ending, that doesn’t exist in “Winter’s Bone.” You don’t really build up much hope, because there isn’t much to build on. So, this is nothing light-hearted. I don’t think it’s something you can enjoy, but it’s definitely worth seeing. It’s an amazing movie, and more than that, watching it is just an experience worth having. I’m not even going to rate this one, I’m just going to say that if you have the time and are in a somber mood, turn on Netflix and watch it.
Brendan’s Netflix recommendation for this week: “Winter’s Bone”
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Channel your attention: LTV is back on the air By Sara Stammer Columnist It was only last week that I informed the campus community to keep in mind WTSR is in the basement as you pass Kendall Hall. To my surprise, I returned to Kendall this week to meet with LionsTV, the oncampus television station situated on the first floor of Kendall. Up to this point, the only things I knew of in Kendall were the classrooms and the Don Evans Black Box Theater. I am trying to educate the campus community about organizations and clubs, but in reality I am also educating myself. LionsTV (LTV) took a huge leap of faith this year going from five or six single episodes featured on Facebook and YouTube to four consistent programs — including news, Lions Lineup and the political debate. After a close and apparently controversial election, LTV decided to put its faith and its station in the hands of one man, Alec Zucker, junior political science major. Zucker took the extra step and ran for such a vital role in the studio after seeing all the potential LTV had last year. To Zucker, “the most important product is the final
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LTV is located on the first floor of Kendall Hall and currently has 15 active members. The experience gained from LTV can be great for any résumé or future job hunt. product,” something he clocks in over 12 hours a week to try to reach. Available on every TV equipped with cable on the College’s campus, LTV currently has roughly 15 active members in addition to 15 members that come and go. If you aspire to one day be in front of the camera, behind the lens or behind the scenes, joining LTV is a must. The experience you will gain from LTV is pertinent to any résumé or future job hunt. As I floated around the set
and control room, I was able to see new members express interest in everything ranging from sound control to filming. Without having to go through prolonged training, these members shadowed for the first half of the show and got hands-on experience during the second half. Anyone who was eager to do any part of LTV was welcomed and positioned accordingly. Jaqueline Ilkowitz, sophomore communication studies major and secretary of LTV, was first drawn to theater in high school.
After taking a class on television production, she was hooked and knew that she needed to pursue it further in college. “(LTV is) the perfect way to build my résumé plus it is fun too,” she said. After touring the studio and interviewing various members, I was able to hang around join the live audience for the first debate of 2012 between the College Democrats and the College Republicans. Surrounded by three cameras, numerous microphones and beaming lights there was friendly
chatter between the groups. This seamlessly transitioned to an array of political jokes, but the minute the cameras were turned on and the red light flashed, a clear line was drawn. When quiet was called on the set, a series of hand gestures and nods created a new dialogue between those filming the debate. LTV’s new members quickly picked up on the this silent system of communication. As stated by the College Republicans, there was “a clear divide on the issues,” which ranged from the deficit to economics, all the way to unemployment, healthcare and gay marriage. Statistics flew back and forth as fingers were pointed from one candidate to the other. There was no shortage in tough questions as moderator and sophomore transfer student Cait Flynn, political science and journalism double major, held both sides to their allotted two minutes in the interest of time. LTV is very excited to be back on air and reaching the campus community through cable television again. Even if you do not want to join the crew, join in on the excitement and tune in to channel 17 starting this week. For more information, check out tcnj. edu/~ltv.
House of Cupcakes is the best of the best By Julia Corbett Columnist
Not all cupcakes are created equal. Some are tiny with a punch of flavor, while others look fantastic but are actually disappointing. Either way, some of the best have a home in Princeton. House of Cupcakes offers a tasty variety of fresh-baked cupcakes, from the distinct brownie cupcake to the classic favorite vanilla cake with chocolate icing. With an assortment like this, it’s no wonder that this cupcake bakery won Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” in 2011. In part due to Food Network’s stamp of approval, I knew I had to try House of Cupcakes the minute I heard about it. As a cupcake lover who legitimately gets excited just thinking about the small delights, I’ve had my share of cupcakes, but many lack key components, such as moisture and an appropriate level of sweetness. Stepping into the rather plain-looking House of Cupcakes storefront, I wasn’t expecting much and truly believed that Magnolia’s in New York City would always have my heart. I ordered four cupcakes: red velvet, chocolate-filled, fudge
truffle and Boston cream. I saw the chocolate-filled immediately, with its milk chocolate frosting covered in chocolate sprinkles — when I split the cupcake in half, chocolate oozed out of the center and in one bite, I was in chocolate heaven. Next was the Boston cream cupcake, which was, of course, just like the popular cake. It was a vanilla cake topped with rich chocolate icing and a custard middle. Though I personally did not like it as much as the chocolate-filled, fans of Boston cream pie should definitely try this cupcake. Likewise, when I tried the fudge truffle, I thought it would be better suited for mega chocolate lovers. The red velvet was definitely the best I’ve ever had. Most red velvet cakes are a little dry, but this cupcake was moist and delicious and the cream cheese frosting was not too overpowering. Definitely a grade-A cupcake. There is a cupcake for everyone at House of Cupcakes. Though my personal favorite was chocolate-filled, the others were certainly better than most cupcakes I’ve had. For just about $2 a pop, you really can’t go wrong with these sweet treats.
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Yoga is better with a group of other people
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Doing yoga in a class with a group of people can be motivational. By Samantha Sorin Columnist It’s a cold winter morning. My alarm goes off. I am way too tired to get up and pee, let alone drive to a yoga studio to put my leg behind my head. Yeah, not happening. After wrestling with myself for five minutes in my warm inviting bed, I roll to the floor, gather my yoga pants and mat, and head for the door.
Why even leave my room when there are plenty of yoga DVDs and countless websites where I can just take a class naked, in my pajamas or while watching television? Also, I can take breaks whenever I want. I can go eat something, text a friend while I’m in pigeon pose or do any number of things. The reason I keep going to class is that there is a sense of community in a class setting. Everyone is there to do
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By Carly Koziol Columnist Tushar Gupta, junior public health major What are you wearing? I have on a light blue button-down shirt from Macy’s, khaki shorts from H&M, Sperry Top-Siders and a Skagen watch. How would you describe your style? I consider myself to be more of a casual dresser — presentable, yet comfortable. Where do you like to shop? Carly Koziol / Columnist
J. Crew, H&M and department stores. Most of my button-downs are from department stores because they carry simplistic styles, which I prefer.
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Unless you’re really skinny, don’t wear skin-tight jeans. Slim jeans are fine, but you have to be a twig to wear skinny jeans. As you get older, tuck in your shirts because it makes you appear more presentable. Stick to solid colors — you can never go wrong with solids.
Do you have a favorite item of clothing or accessory? I like my watch — it goes with almost everything I wear. I recommend Skagen watches because they are so light it feels as though you’re not wearing one. Where does inspiration for your style come from? This is a weird answer but I base my entire outfit around my pants. I choose my pants first and contrast them with various shirts
or DVD might tell you to keep your knee over your ankle, but he won’t be able to reach through your television or computer screen and adjust you or reiterate it when you are hanging out in Warrior II for the first time and not knowing what you’re doing or where you’re doing it or what the hell is a Warrior II and what warrior ever stood like this. Ever. That sense of community and hands on adjustments, whether it be an adjustment of the mind to keep you in check and encourage you, or a physical adjustment in the pose, going to class is extremely beneficial. So the next time you wake up or are tired or just don’t feel like going to class, you may not put your leg behind your head or show up the person next to you, but you will certainly be glad that you showed up for your practice.
Envisioning Europe: The Holocaust
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yoga, everyone is there to better themselves — be it spiritually, mentally, physically or a little bit of all three. The people around you motivate you. Now I am not talking motivation in the sense that someone next to you is rocking a split and though your legs feel like they are going to fall off, you do the split anyway because you want to show up the girl who magically just doesn’t sweat in class and does everything effortlessly. I am talking about pushing yourself further and breaking through doubt, fear and the ego, because you have a support group full of people who are there for the same reasons. They are there to lift you up, not bring you down about your own practice. Additionally, especially when starting out, going to class is great because you do not know all the poses. A teacher is there to guide you and make sure you are not hurting yourself and doing an expression of the pose that is right for you at this present moment. A teacher on a website
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When people think about World War II, they often think about the Holocaust. And thoughts that come to mind about the Holocaust are typically about concentration camps, yellow stars and the persecution of the Jewish population in Eastern Europe. But in Atina Grossman’s keynote lecture “Remapping Death and Survival: Flight, Displacement, and International Aid for Jewish Refugees during the Holocaust,” it was clear that there was much, much more to it than that. Grossman is a history professor at the Cooper Union, who, after studying 20th century European history, decided to delve further into the past of Nazi-occupied Germany. She researched the unknown sides of WWII and the Holocaust, including the sites of refuge and relief for Polish Jews who managed to escape the Nazi’s persecution. Since the College’s liberal learning theme this year is “Freedom and Tyranny,” it was only appropriate to feature this installment of “Envisioning Europe: Tyranny and Freedom in History, Literature and Film” on Thursday, Sept. 13 in the Mildred and Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall. Grossman traveled to New York City, Washington, D.C. and Jerusalem while researching this history, gathering all of the photos used in her lecture at the Holocaust museum in D.C. She began speaking by mentioning what the Jews would refer to as the “cursed bloody soil” of occupied Germany during WWII, and how they escaped it. After the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, some Jews from Poland were brought to the Soviet Union to avoid the terrors of the Nazis, Grossman said. However, some
I’m particular about my hair. I never base my hairstyle off of celebrities or anything of that nature. I just experiment with different buzz cut lengths, but I always try to keep the top long. Do you have any fashion disasters? In seventh grade, I went through a gangster rap phase. I would wear shirts that were longer than my shorts and I bought a silver chain that fell below my chest that read “G-Unit.” I refuse to look back on pictures from middle school.
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Grossman discusses in depth the history of Nazi-occupied Germany.
Jews were immediately forced into labor camps and deported elsewhere into newly Sovietized areas, and wanted to go back to Poland. A lack of kosher food combined with panic and an unclear national identity caused uncertainty over whether or not they should have fled. Some who tried going back to Poland were turned away at the border — this turned out to be their best chance for survival. The Jews continued to be deported from 1940 to June 1941. They were brought to the Soviet interior and were integrated into Soviet schools and jobs, according to Grossman’s lecture. Approximately 700,000 Polish Jews escaped extermination by going to Siberia, and although their conditions weren’t good by any means, they had it better than those still in Poland. They were essentially treated as Soviet citizens. In the summer of 1941, Stalin and the Soviets negotiated amnesty with Poland. Within the agreements came the formation of a Polish army and the release of Polish citizens from the Soviet Union. The freed deportees rushed south, but when they reached central Asia they were faced with disease, poverty and hunger. By 1942, the Polish government was minimally supporting the Jews. The Jews were slowly deported to places such as Teran, Palestine and farther east into Asia. Grossman shared how American Jews and their organizations tried to help, sending over 10,000 packages of supplies to the Jews each month. Approximately 220,000 Polish people returned on trains in 1946. Because they had been in countries far from Poland, they were part of the 10 percent of Polish Jews who managed to survive WWII. Those 220,000 people accounted for almost 80 percent of all people who survived, Grossman said. So, the great majority of survivors came not from concentration camps, but from the wartime Soviet Union. Brittany Hamilton, sophomore history and secondary education major, was surprised by these statistics. “I love studying the Holocaust, and I had no idea any of this had happened,” Hamilton said. “A lot of people think ‘Holocaust’ and only think of Germany or Poland, but it really is a melding of different cultures.” Grossman emphasized multiple times in the lecture that “the experience of survival encompasses other parts of the globe we don’t normally think about,” and that it is truly a transnational history, not just centered in Europe. When you put all of the different stories of survival together, she said, “you get the stories from Poland, Germany, the Soviet, Iran … but it will never be just one story.”
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Cross country gets freshman boost Cross Country
By Andrew Grossman Correspondent At this year’s Yellow Jacket Invitational in Rochester, N.Y., both the men’s and women’s cross country squads finished in seventh place out of competitive fields of 23 and 24 teams, respectively. Head coach Phil Jennings was pleased overall with both performances, although he feels that there is some room for improvement. “It was the first 8K for the guys and the first 6K for the women so we just wanted to get off on the right foot and have a good, solid race and compete,” Jennings said. Heading into the meet, Jennings knew that the field would be filled with a lot of tough opponents, which would provide a special opportunity. “We didn’t know about the girls’ team, but for the guys we knew the top 11 regional teams from last year were going to be there,” said Jennings, a 10-year veteran coach. “It was good because there was a lot of competition for them.” For the men’s team, it was the underclassmen that played somewhat of a surprising role. “I want to give a shout-out to the freshmen who were in our top seven because they really carried us which was unexpected,” senior captain Andy Gallagher said. “We didn’t run as well as we could have, but as the team progresses and our upperclassmen step up, we
will be a lot faster than (Saturday’s race).” Gallagher led the squad with the top time of 26:06.1, which was good enough to finish 22nd out of 333 racers. Behind him, placing 36th, was fellow senior Mark Sidebottom, who finished in 26:23.4. The top freshmen leading the pack for the Lions were Jack Leahy, Jon Stouber and Roberto Guiducci. They finished with times of 26:35.4 in 50th, 26:37.4 in 56th and 26:52.4 in 69th, respectively. “For the freshmen especially, it was really good first race,” Jennings said. “We lost five of our top seven guys from last year, so (this race) was a real opportunity for everyone because we wanted to see them step up and they all did that.” On the women’s side, they ran well but are still looking to improve for next week’s invitational at Richard Stockton College. “The women were good and I think they made some forward progress,” Jennings said. “We beat some good teams, but we were also beat by a couple of teams we hoped to beat.” The Lions were led by senior Cathy Goncalves, who placed 18th out of 360 runners and posted an excellent time of 22:47.4. Right behind her in 23rd place, junior Julie Jablonski finished at 23:03.1. They were followed by sophomores Jillian Manzo and Tara Nealon, who came in at times of 23:44 and 23:45.5, respectively. The duo finished just outside the top-50, grabbing 54th and 55th place respectively.
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The Lions ran well against tough competition.
Looking forward, Jennings is excited for the upcoming invitational next weekend. “I think we can get a little better for next week and focus on working together a little more,” Jennings said. “If everything bodes well and improves, we can potentially do better than last year.”
It’s hard to choose between fantasy and reality By Brandon Gould News Editor
This weekend, I went home to watch the New York Jets take on the Pittsburgh Steelers with my family and a couple of friends. We hopped in the car and headed over to the same bar we watch all the games at — it was a good time. I found myself in an interesting internal debate though while the game was going on. I’m watching the Jets do their thing in the first half, but at the same time I’m crossing my fingers hoping that running back Shonn Greene doesn’t even look at, let alone touch, the football. Let me explain. I’m in a fantasy football league with my cousins and some of our friends. This week my team (Jizzlord of OZ) was matched up with my cousin’s team (Brave Nude World). After the 1 p.m. games ended, I had a comfortable, but not insurmountable lead of 25 points. With five players left to play for my cousin’s team and only two for mine, this was not a good spot to be in.
Naturally, my cousin had Greene starting for his team, so of course I’m hoping that he ends the day with zero yards and about, I don’t know, 10 fumbles. However, at the same time, I’m watching the Jets suck on offense and getting extremely pissed off over the fact that the ground game is not running rampant on the Steelers defense. Then again, I’m also rocking a smile on the inside because Shonn Greene is sucking majorly. The game continues and the Jets are falling into a deeper hole. I’m sitting there watching and thinking, OK, Greene really needs to come back in and get some yards before this thing is totally out of reach — although I hope that anybody, even Tim Tebow, gets the score. If I had any type of idea what number to call to get in touch with Rex Ryan, I’d be on the cell belligerently yelling this to him. Don’t laugh, I’m completely serious. For some reason, I care that much about wiping the floor with Brave Nude World. Call it pride or call it competitiveness.
The game comes to an end and Greene finishes with 2.30 fantasy points. I turn to my cousin and tell him he’s stupid for starting Greene because he sucks — I am happy. I then turn to my friend and say that the Jets would have had a shot if only Greene could have had a successful game on the ground — I am pissed. For the rest of this upcoming week, I will brag about the wonderful and brilliantly managed victory of Jizzlord of OZ. But, I’ll also be complaining about the Jets and how they couldn’t run the ball, mainly blaming Shonn Greene. I used to watch the games and simply look and root for wins and losses. Now, I watch games and think to myself, sure the Jacksonville Jaguars have no shot at beating the Houston Texans after going down 27-7, but would it kill Mike Mularkey to call a play to spring Justin Blackmon for an 80-yard touchdown so that I can get an extra 14 points? Help a guy out here. Is that crazy? I don’t know, but that’s fantasy football for ya.
Football gets beat by the long ball in defeat Inability to stop the big play leads to Lions’ loss
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The defense struggled in the air.
By Chris Molicki Sports Editor
It was a rough night for the College football team, as their issues with preventing the big play continued. They gave up three touchdown passes of 40 yards or more in a 41-17 loss to The College of Brockport on Saturday to start NJAC play.
The Golden Eagles were led by a masterful performance from quarterback Joe Scibilia, who torched the Lions’ defense for 366 yards and five touchdowns. The game started off tight for the two teams. After the Lions let up a touchdown pass, junior linebacker Johne Ringo recovered a fumble and senior running back Justin Doniloski punched in a first-quarter touchdown from two yards out to tie it at 7-7. Doniloski finished the game with 81 yards. “The line has been blocking real well and we have been getting downfield blocking from our wide receivers, which is key for our running game,” Doniloski said. “The main thing we need to do is to keep playing team football.” In the beginning of the second quarter, the Lions’ deficiency with the big play reared its ugly head. A 57-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Joseph Innes put Brockport up 14-7. After senior kicker Derrick Hughes hit a 42yard field goal with time in the half winding down, it seemed like the Lions would escape with only a 14-10 deficit. That would not be
the case. A 69-yard home run pass to wide receiver Jake Spalik was a backbreaker and put the halftime score at 21-10. “It’s hard to say how we’re going to limit the big play,” Doniloski said. “On defense, we need to get 11 players to the ball. On offense, we need 11 guys doing their responsibilities on every play and then we will start having big plays as well. Our problem has been from penalties and turnovers, which we will be working to improve on in the upcoming week.” When the second half began, more problems arose. On the first play from scrimmage, the Golden Eagles showed they could hurt the Lions on the ground as well when running back Tyrone Nichols scampered for a 55-yard touchdown run. The College continued to fight back as freshman running back Victor Scalici ran in a score from three yards out for his first career touchdown. However, after two more six-pointers for Brockport, the Lions were finished. The offense struggled, looking much different from its 45-point outburst last week over Farleigh Dickinson University-Florham. Senior quarterback Dan Dugan was held to just
130 yards against the Brockport defense. It’s hard to know what to make of the Lions’ defense. On one hand, they had some great individual performances. Junior linebacker Nick Bricker had 14 tackles, senior linebacker Greg Burns had 10 and junior linebacker Sean Clark had eight tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. On the other hand, the College’s defense as a whole has given up too many big plays. In three games so far, they’ve given up nine scoring plays of 40 yards or more. The Lions enjoy a bye week before they travel to Western Connecticut State University in two weeks. They’ll use it to fix some of the problems they’ve had on both sides of the ball and figure out how to stop the big play. This team has the potential to be very good, but just needs to improve in a few areas. “It’s our responsibility to take advantage of this bye week by getting healthy and cleaning up the scheme on offense and defense so everyone knows their jobs,” Doniloski said. “Everything is very much open in the NJAC right now, so we just have to learn from our mistakes from this loss and focus on Western Connecticut right now.”
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DORM 5 3
Kevin Lee “The Ref”
Mike Herold Correspondent
Peter Fiorilla Sports Assistant
Mike Pietroforte Staff Writer
In the third edition of Around the Dorm, the “Ref,” Kevin Lee, challenges correspondent Mike Herold, sports assistant Peter Fiorilla and staff writer Mike Pietroforte to answer questions about a Roger Clemens comeback, which players are in the lead of baseball’s MVP races and how well Peyton Manning will fare the rest of the season. than the standard, I believe that with a standard fastball at his disposal, a crafty veteran with the field experience of Roger Clemens should be more than apt to challenge a Major League lineup. Do I think he will dominate? No. Do I think he will be able to compete? Yes.
1. With Roger Clemens pitching well in the Atlantic League, what are the odds he pitches for a Major League team again? If so, which team? What type of success do you think he would have? MH: As much as we fans hate to admit it, a professional sports team is at its very core a business. Businesses exist to make money. Roger Clemens, formerly a Cy Young-winning machine, and more recently the defendant in a trial which received a level of news coverage somewhere between that of the Dwightmare and Tim Tebow’s shirtless jogs, would be big news if he returned to the majors. Big stories equal big money in sports. So will Roger Clemens pitch in the majors again? Of course. He might pitch this year for the Astros (who have expressed interest, and could certainly use a little publicity that doesn’t mention the whole “Worst Team in Baseball” thing until at least the third paragraph), or next year for any team with bad ticket sales and nothing to lose. As for what success he’d have — if any — he’s 50 years old, has been out of the game for a while, and we all know that he’d never rely on any extra help (too soon?). So I wouldn’t expect much in terms of pitching, but from a business standpoint? Oh yeah, he’ll be successful. PF: Roger Clemens probably has the ability to pitch for a Major League Baseball team as awful and desperate for attention as the Astros, whose primary reason to sign Clemens is to appear slightly less irrelevant to the baseball world. Whether Clemens wants to indulge them is another story. A couple weeks ago, Clemens essentially said he did not want to this year, saying “I just don’t think I’m close to pitching in a Major League game.” Throw in his age, questionable history and the dubious quality of the Atlantic League, and I can’t see a positive return for Clemens if he ever does try to pitch in the majors again. Think pitching well in the Atlantic League is any indicator of quality? Joe Thurston, who the Astros cut in spring training earlier this year and played poorly in a couple of brief stints with AAA teams, has become a star in the Atlantic League with a line of .311/.391/.503. I don’t see Clemens pitching until next season, when he will rack up a high ERA and retire again soon after. MP: The Astros are already flirting with the idea of adding the 50-year-old vet and appear to be the only team doing so. Clemens likes the idea. It seems unlikely that he would see any major league action this season, but he has alluded to the fact that he feels nearly prepared to play at that level and should be able to train in that direction this off-season. In his initial start with the Sugarland Skeeters, Clemens hit 88 mph on the radar gun, and even said that some added work could get his fastball up to 90. 90mph gas is plenty enough to work with at the major league level. Although it’s a little lower
Peter gets 3 for comparing how different the MLB is from the Atlantic league, and for pointing out that it’s also Clemens’ decision. Mike P. gets 2 because Clemens’ success and mentality relies heavily on the fact that he’s a power pitcher, and not a crafty veteran. Mike H. gets 1 because Clemens may not be concerned with the Astros as a business. 2. Last week we discussed the AL/NL Cy Young. This week let’s talk AL/NL MVP. Who are your picks? MH: I guess I’ll be boring and just go with Mike Trout to win the AL MVP. Not that he’s a boring pick per se, but with everyone else saying he’ll win, it isn’t exactly an original choice. But that’s the way MVP races tend to go these days — everyone picks a player who is among those who deserve to be in the MVP discussion, hype that player up until most people are sick of hearing his name, and then make that guy the MVP anyway. Trout’s been the media darling for the last couple of months, his stats are all there and he’s a very interesting story (which is also a huge factor in MVP determination — no one wants an MVP they can’t talk about for hours on end), so he’s getting the hardware. As for the NL, the award was basically Andrew McCutchen’s to lose a month ago … only the Pirates have fallen out of the playoffs and are hovering awfully close to another losing season (that would be 20 in a row, not exactly the type of streak you want). I’m still picking him though, if only because no other candidate really stands out, and I feel bad for Pirates fans.
PF: Whether the Angels make the playoffs or not, the AL MVP should go to their 19-yearold monster, Mike Trout. Not only is he leading the league in WAR, but there has not been as significant a difference between the player with the best WAR and the player with the second best WAR since he was born in 1991, when Cal Ripken Jr. won the award despite his team going 67-95. And consider this: When the Angels called up Trout, they were 6-14, and are now well above .500 while fighting for a playoff berth. I do not believe the race for NL MVP is as clear-cut, but my vote would go to Buster Posey, the leader for the Giants in the locker room, on defense and on offense. Posey plays well behind the plate, has a fantastic arm and has an impressive stat line for a team that needs offense: 22 HR, .333 BA and 92 RBI.
MP: The AL MVP race comes down to three guys — Josh Hamilton, Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera. All three have good numbers, but one stands alone. Trout is currently hitting .331 with 27 HRs, 117 runs and 45 stolen bases. He’s also arguably the best defensive outfielder in baseball right now. What sets him apart from the other two guys, aside from the fact that he’s the total package, is that he’s been a sparkplug for his team. The Angels without Trout are 8-16 and while they are 70-50 with him. In terms of WAR, a statistic that puts into consideration a player’s entire game, offense, defense and base running, the competition is laughable. Trout towers by a large margin, with a 10.3. The NL MVP is a two-horse race. You have Buster Posey, an offensive threat who also plays the game’s most demanding defensive position, and you have Ryan Braun, the last guy I think a pitcher would want to see step up to the plate right now. Both players are the cornerstones of their respective teams’ offenses, but Posey’s batting .339 while Ryan Braun is hitting .310. Braun tops Posey in HRs and RBIs, but I give the edge to Posey because of his defensive value as a catcher. Since you all picked Trout for similar reasons (rightfully so), I’m judging this by the NL MVP. 3 points for Mike P. for discussing Braun, making his argument stronger that Posey deserves the award. 2 Points for Peter for telling me Posey’s value both offensively and defensively. 1 Point for Mike H. for not diving into why McCutchen deserves the award. 3. Peyton Manning had a fantastic debut Week 1. What’s his projection for the remainder of the season and where will he rank amongst the league’s quarterbacks? MH: Before I predict how the rest of Peyton’s season will go, I just want to take a quick look at his debut. While it was certainly impressive, he was facing an aging and anemic Steelers’ D (literally anemic — free safety Ryan Clark could not play last week due to the conditions in Denver being incompatible with his sickle cell trait. Talk about the ultimate home field advantage). Not exactly the stuff legends are made of. Anyway, I think Peyton will have a fine year, although I do think he’ll drop off a bit in a few weeks, once the constant pounding takes more of a toll on his still-not-100 percent body. As for where he’ll rank amongst quarterbacks, I don’t think he’ll crack the top four — Rodgers, Brees, Brady and Little Brother Eli — but he’ll certainly be in the discussion for the next group under them, alongside Matthew Stafford, Philip Rivers and maybe Cam Newton. No matter what he does though, it’ll sure be interesting, especially once the “Which Manning is better right now?” debates really start. (Call me crazy, but I think Cooper’s got
something up his sleeve.) PF: Partly because of the relative weakness of the AFC West, partly because of the Broncos’ complementary assets on offense and partly because Peyton Manning is Peyton Manning, he will put up great numbers — phenomenal for a man his age — this season. The NFL is a young man’s league, sure, but the Broncos’ above-average offensive line will protect Manning and allow him to dissect defenses as he always has. His perfect timing and precise throwing will give Romeo Crennel recurring nightmares, and solid receivers like Demaryius Thomas (an excellent possession target) and Eric Decker (varied skill set) will enable that. There are questions about the Broncos’ ability to run the ball, but overall Manning should be expected to win a lot of regular season games this year for Denver before the inevitable postseason crash and burn.
MP: Peyton completed 19 of 26 for 253 yards and two touchdowns against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, one of the toughest defenses in the league. The talent is without a doubt still there, and the rust appears to be minimal. He also has some serious weapons in that offense. Demaryius Thomas is freakishly talented, has a very high ceiling and I don’t think we’ve seen his best football yet. Eric Decker is a great complimentary receiver who reminds me a little of Wes Welker, and Jacob Tamme is a solid pass-catching tight end. What worries me is the neck injury he’s returning from. It seems like such a freak injury, so who knows when a random hit could land him back in a similar situation to last season? Barring an injury of some kind, I would project Peyton to put up top-five QB kind of numbers. As long as he stays healthy I believe he will remain elite. 3 points for Mike P. discussing how the Broncos team will help Manning be successful, while also saying that Manning’s success relies on his health. 2 points for Mike H. for believing that Manning isn’t a top four quarterback and for discussing a slight drop off. 1 point goes to Peter for not discussing any type of drop off that is expected.
Mike P. wins Around the Dorm, 8 - 6 - 4.
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Rough week for men’s soccer with two losses Men’s Soccer
By Mike Herold Correspondent
Sometimes things just don’t go your way, no matter how hard you try. This certainly seemed to be the theme for the men’s soccer team this week, as they were outscored 4-0 in their least succesful week so far, dropping the team just below the .500 mark for the season. The Lions lost in two very different ways this week — a close contest on the road against Stevens Institute of Technology and a blowout at home against conference foe Ramapo College. The game against Stevens was a defensive struggle, with neither team attempting more than eight shots (and with even fewer shots that were actually on-target) during play. The only goal came midway through the second half, the only one of three possible saves that freshman goalkeeper Maciej Libucha failed to make. The College’s offense struggled during the game, attempting only four shots total, just one of which had to be saved. “Stevens is a great squad and they do a really good job holding the ball up with their defense and midfield,” junior midfielder Tyler Higgins said. “They made it hard for us to
work up the field and broke up a lot of our passes. We were able to get through a few times but couldn’t finish it off.” By contrast, the Lions’ second game of the week was a much more offensive battle, one in which the team certainly appeared to be superior to their opposition — despite the game’s final score of 3-0. The College lost due to their failure to convert opportunities, missing 10 of their 14 total shots, rather than being outplayed by Ramapo, who missed only four of 11. In fact, for a good portion of the first half, the team looked much stronger than Ramapo, and not until an offsides call halfway through the period which negated a possible penalty kick did they show any signs of weakening. “We decided we hadn’t pressured as much in the Stevens game and that we needed to change that,” Higgins explained. “We added a second forward from the start and a third one in the second half to keep up the high pressure and try to break up their play from the back.” After that play though, Ramapo scored the first goal of the game occurred less than 10 minutes later. The Lions’ collective confidence seemed drained and the rest of the
game just seemed to go Ramapo’s way. Not only that, but after Ramapo’s second goal in the 58th minute, the College seemed to be frustrated, missing two shots well over the goal (which went impressive distances into the next field). Tension was high during the game’s final 15 minutes, with yellow cards being issued to a player on both teams, along with several penalties (many of which were gasp-inducing to the otherwise tame crowd, including one headbutt by a Ramapo player), but the Lions were just unable to thrive in the chaos, while Ramapo managed to convert one final drive in the 86th minute to close out the game. The Lions will try to rebound next week with three games: home games against Richard Stockton College on Tuesday and Farleigh Dickinson University-Florham on Thursday followed by an evening road game on Saturday at Montclair State University. “We’ll just take things one game at a time and look forward to Stockton on Tuesday night,” Higgins said. “We’ll have to keep doing our best to create chances and just hope that we can put as many of them away as we can and get some wins through that.”
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The team fights hard, but can’t convert. Men’s Tennis
Women clinch NJAC Men win at home Wipe away competition By Kevin Lee Staff Writer
Coming into the weekend, the College’s tennis team had been rolling through the competition. The Lions finished their week victorious, defeating four NJAC opponents. They faced Richard Stockton College on Wednesday, sweeping all nine matches. The Lions then took on William Patterson University, Ramapo College and Rutgers-Camden University on Saturday, once again sweeping all nine matches. With the victories, the Lions clinched the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship, while pushing their conference win streak to an impressive 148 games. “I thought we all played pretty well,” senior Karisse Bendijo said. “During doubles, I saw everyone talking to their partner which is essential because communication is important in doubles. Our doubles were really good at being aggressive from the beginning. During singles, I thought everyone played well and used their strengths well.” The Lions went a combined 36-0 in their matches last week. With the success the Lions have had, one would expect some type of secret
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formula, but this is not the case. Whether it was singles or doubles matches, the Lions believe their key to success lies in team unity. Like anything, strength lies in numbers. “We have a pretty outgoing team and we all get along pretty well,” Bendijo said. “We like to hang out together outside of tennis. We all genuinely like each other which makes us that much closer as a team.” On the season, freshman Jasmine MunizCadorette, senior Lauren Balsamo and Bendijo lead the Lions in singles victories with nine. Balsamo has not loss a game and has a nine game winning streak. Doubles teams of senior Paige Aiello and Bendijo and sophomore Alex Bologno and Balsamo have been dominant throughout the season. The pairings have eight victories a piece with zero losses. With so many talented players, the Lions’ depth has carried them a long way. “We have become a very deep team,” Bendijo said. “I think our team has gotten better with being aggressive with volleys and poaching. Because everyone has a new partner, it takes time to get used to speed of the ball and how it bounces. It takes time to know when to poach across.” With the success Bendijo has had all season, she had the joy of facing her sister Krystle Bendijo, a junior for the Stockton Ospreys, one last time. The two faced off in the first singles match with Karrisse taking home the sibling rivalry, 6-1, 6-1. “I was pretty satisfied with my play because I played my sister for the last time of our college careers,” Bendijo said. “Anytime we play against each other, it is not really a match. We laughed most of the time and just had a blast.” The Lions have a week off and are back in action on Sept. 22, as they will take part in the ITA Northeast Regional hosted by William Smith College.
By Kevin Lee Staff Writer Playing host to the Lions’ Kick-off Invitational, the men’s tennis team impressed throughout the weekend. The Lions faced two formidable non-conference opponents, New York University and Stevens Institute of Technology. In the two-day tournament, the Lions played doubles matches on Friday and singles matches on Saturday. For the weekend, the Lions went 13-3 in singles play and 7-1 in doubles play, showing their ability to play well in both. “Both the singles and doubles matches went really well this weekend,” said senior Jordan Cruz. “I thought everyone played really good, aggressive tennis, which is what we need to do to have success this year. All three of our top doubles teams got more comfortable with one another, which really manifests itself in our self-confidence and level of play overall.” The top three pairings kicked off the tournament by going a combined 6-0. In Flight A, the pairings of seniors Marc Nichols and T.J. Riley, and junior Howard Telson and freshman Pierce Cooper, each won both matches. In Flight B, Cruz and freshman Billy Buchbinder also won both matches. For the season, the Lions are 16-2 in doubles with the Telson/ Cooper and Cruz/Buchbinder duos leading the way with five victories each. “I was not satisfied at all with my own play,” Riley said. “I’m still trying to get my game back after a long summer without playing and I was in control of my first singles match. I let it slip which is uncharacteristic of my game. So I was disappointed with that, but it will turn around.” The hot rackets continued into the singles matches the following day. The Lions have had no shortage of depth in their matches. On day two of the tournament, the Lions had five different players come away with wins. Junior
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The College ousts their foes.
Gabe Allen, Buchbinder and Cooper lead the Lions with four victories on the season, and the team as a whole is an impressive 26-5. Keeping a loose and relaxed locker room has reflected the Lions’ play on the court. This team has a variety of different personalities contributing on the team’s overall unity. The cohesiveness of this squad has shined to many aspects of the doubles pairings where teamwork is needed. “We have a lot of fun together and work hard for each other,” Riley said. “Gabe and I are the ones that keep the mood light. We’re the jokers. The freshmen are the quiet ones that people goof around with, while Jordan and Howie like to chime in with intelligent conversations.” The Lions will continue their outstanding play as they get the opportunity to match up against some of the top teams in the region, taking part in the ITA Northeast Regional hosted by Ithaca College on Sept. 28. “The team’s chemistry is definitely different from years past,” Cruz said. “We have a more cohesive group this year with everyone making their own contribution. We now have a few weeks off which will be very helpful in getting everyone back to 100 percent.”
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Lions Roundup Charts `N Things
STUDENT ATHLETE OF
THE WEEK Kendra Griffith Women’s Soccer Perfect through more than 471 minutes in goal this season
Kendra Griffith, sophomore goalkeeper for the women’s soccer team, played 150 perfect minutes in goal this week to help the Lions earn two more shutouts and improve to 6-0. Griffith stopped all three shots she faced to extend her season shutout streak to 471 minutes, a record reminiscent of her form in 2010. Then, Griffith had two shutout streaks of more than 500 minutes and a goals against average of .33 en route to being named NJAC Rookie of the Year.
Men's soccer Soccerleaders, Leaders,points Points Women's Matt Taylor Shannon White Kevin KorrieMcCartney Harkins Casey JordanSean Downs
This Week In
Tyler Higgins Jessica Davila Greg Perri Sloan DePiero Vinnie Carbone Katie Landrigan Tokio Nakamoto Allyson Anderson Vince McEnroe Katie Lindacher Kevin Shaw
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Predictions from the staff Baltimore Ravens Philadelphia Union vs. N.E. Patriots vs. D.C. United
Michigan vs. Notre Dame
Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox
Men’s Soccer (3-4) Sept. 18 vs. Richard Stockton College, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 vs. FDU-Florham Sept. 22 @ Montclair State University, 6 p.m. Women’s Soccer (6-0) Sept. 22 vs. Montclair State University, 1 p.m. Men’s Tennis Off this week
Women’s Tennis (6-0) Sept. 22, 23, 24 vs. ITA Northeast Regional (William Smith College), TBA
Brandon Gould Brendan McGrath
Men’s, Women’s Cross Country Sept. 22 @ Osprey Open (Richard Stockton College), 11 a.m.
Last Week: Peter (4-0), Brendan (3-1), Brandon (2-2), Chris (1-3) Wins: Peter (1), Chris (1), Brandon (1)
Last Week’s Signal Trivia Answer:
In the 2005-06 EPL season, this player won the Golden Boot and scored more goals (27) than the entire Sunderland team did (26).
Field Hockey (5-0) Sept. 18 @ Kean University, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 @ Richard Stockton College, 7 p.m. Sept. 22 vs. Juniata College, 5 p.m.
The Bears were originally named the Decatur Staleys in 1919, when they were the company football team for the Illinois food starch firm A.E. Staley. In 1921, “Papa Bear” George Halas bought the team for $100 and re-named it the Bears.
Field hockey streak reaches 19 games
Jillian Nealon continues to come up big for the team
Photo by Chandler Hart-McGonigle
The Lions have been running like a well-oiled machine. By Brandon Gould News Editor
After wins over Gwynedd-Mercy College and Johns Hopkins University, the College’s field hockey team has now extended their winning streak — which dates back to last season — to 19 games. The No. 1-ranked Lions (5-0) made it through the week unscathed,
starting with a 4-1 victory over the Griffins (4-2) on Thursday, Sept. 13. Falling behind to the Griffins initially, the College’s offense took on its stride in the first half with senior forward Jillian Nealon deflecting in two shots to give the Lions a 2-1 lead at halftime. “Nealon has been great in the circle and a lot of that has to do with the timing of her cuts,” senior
midfielder Camille Passucci said. “She knows exactly when to sprint towards the cage as the ball is being sent in and is able to finish the play by connecting with the back of the (cage). Her stick-ball coordination is also great, she has a great nose for the goal.” Nealon, who leads the Lions with 10 goals scored on the season, credited her defense and midfield for arranging the chain of events that have put her in the right position to cash in and score for the team so often. “It’s definitely exciting (to score), but what’s more exciting is the plays and passing sequences that create the goals and that comes from (goalkeeper Roisin Dougherty) in the cage and all the way up through the defense and midfield.” In the second half, the Lions relied on the sticks of two sophomore forwards — Erin Healy and Erin Waller — who both found the cage during penalty corners. Healy scored about 10 minutes into the second half to extend the Lions lead to two and then Waller took an assist from Passucci with
time expiring and put it into the cage. Passucci said the corners are plays that the Lions try to capitalize with high-quality shots. “With corners, we have numerical superiority, so we try to maximize shots as much as possible,” Passucci said. “With that mentality, every corner we want to shoot to score. When a corner is successful, we generally take an extremely hard and accurate shot.” Against Johns Hopkins (3-3) on Sunday, Sept. 16, the Lions posted a nearly identical score, walking away from their trip to Baltimore with a 5-1 victory. Passucci led the Lions offense in the win, tying Waller with a gamehigh five points. Passucci scored twice with both goals coming off assists from Waller — who had three helpers on the day — while also assisting Waller’s lone goal of the game. Healy began the Lions’ offensive output in the first half, scoring the team’s first two goals within the first eight minutes of the game. The play of Healy, along with Waller, has been an integral part of the Lions
strong start to 2012. “Both Healy and Waller have stepped their game up from last year,” Nealon said. “They came off great freshman seasons, but kept growing. So far, they have both been playing really well and have been a huge contributing factor to our success.” The Lions have also seen a great effort in the cage from Dougherty, who stepped in to replace sophomore Amanda Krause after she sustained a concussion earlier this season. Doughtery has only allowed two goals on her way to a 4-0 record to start her college career. “Roisin has been excellent,” Passucci said. “She has stepped up into her role in such a great way and has been making such a positive impact on the team. As a goalie, she is an excellent communicator, which is essential in the backfield. As the anchor of our defense, she really has been playing at such a high level and I am excited to see where she will go from here.” The Lions will look to continue their winning streak against Juniata College on Saturday, Sept. 22.
Women’s soccer continues shutout streak
As Lions roll, opponents keep hatching goose eggs By Chrissy Onorato Staff Writer
When it seems as though the women’s soccer team has played their best and are due for a stumble, they impress us yet again. The Lions came out of this week unscathed, holding steady in their undefeated season. Their first game this week was against Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham on Thursday. Coming off of a series of victorious tournaments the previous few weekends, the team was ready to hold off their opponents this week. The first goal for the Lions came from senior forward Allyson Anderson and was assisted by sophomore forward Korrie Harkins with 26:16 remaining in the first half. Next, it was senior forward Jessica Davila’s turn to score, and she did so with 1:06 left in that first half. Anderson had one final goal in the second half of the game, helping the College attain its fifth win of the season with a 3-0 victory. And so continues the Lions’ shutout season. They had a total of seven shots on goal. “It feels great,” Anderson said about the win. “I’m proud of what we have accomplished so far, scoring goals, preventing them and just working together and getting closer as a team to help bring us one step closer to our goals.” With one win under their belts for the week, the team was looking forward to a promising game against
Lions’ Lineup September 19, 2012
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Ramapo College on the weekend. This was the opening game of the New Jersey Athletic Conference. With only 7:34 gone in the first half, junior forward Katie Lindacher scored the College’s first goal. Lindacher is the team leader for scoring with five goals so far this season. Junior midfielder Sloan DePiero then scored on an assist from Lindacher. At 7:33 into the second half, Lindacher stealthily scored again, being assisted by sophomore forward Jordan Downs. Sophomore goalie Kendra Griffith saved two shots from Ramapo and continued her shutout streak. Freshman forward Kendal Bernardini had a great game as well, having one shot on goal, as did freshman midfielder Taylor Lusardi. “The freshmen are coming along and really picking up on our style of play quickly,” Lindacher said. “With our deep roster, positive attitudes and all the work we’re putting in, there is no doubt we can keep this winning streak alive.” The College won 3-0, wrapping up another dominating week. They had a spectacular 14 shots on goal in the game. The wins kept the Lions undefeated at 6-0 on the season, and they look for their No. 17 ranking to continue to rise. This coming week, the Lions are at Richard Stockton College on Wednesday and are home against Montclair State University on Saturday.
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The women have blanked everyone so far.
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