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Vol. CXXXVII, No. 5

September 26, 2012

Serving The College of New Jersey community since 1885

Department extends hours Hotel New Jersey Art Students feel loss of concentration By Amy Reynolds Features Editor

Photo courtesy of Mallory Guzzi

College has begun to house students in hotel rooms like this in 2012. By Jamie Primeau Editor-in-Chief Imagine a kitchen complete with a stove, coffeemaker, dishwasher and toaster; access to a gym not packed with students; a full bathroom with a waterfall showerhead; and weekly housekeeping services. This is the residential reality for College students living in the Element by Westin hotel. The Element is one of two hotels provided as alternatives to living on campus. With Cromwell Hall closed for renovations, there was an estimated shortage in bed spaces. Through Residential Housing and Education, upperclassmen signed up to live in the Element by Westin and the Courtyard Marriott — both located in Ewing, approximately 10 minutes from campus. According to Ryan Farnkopf, director of housing operations, there are around 100 students living in hotels this school year. “Almost all of the available rooms were filled,” Farnkopf said in an email. “We have a couple open spaces that are being offered off our waitlist.” Matt Luppino, junior biology major, chose the hotels because of the potential bed shortage and how hotel residents were selected on a firstcome, first-serve basis. “To make things easier and less stressful, it seemed like the best option,” said Luppino, who lives in the Element. “But lo and behold, everyone got housing, so it kind of worked out for everyone.” Likewise, Rachael Voysey, who is a senior health and exercise science major, decided to live in the Element because she was not guaranteed

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housing. Junior graphic design major Mallory Guzzi also feared not getting housing. Unlike the other three, senior cognitive science major Taylor Enoch lives in the Courtyard. Still, he made the decision for similar reasons. “It was scary to be advised that upperclassmen ran the risk of not getting housing for this academic year,” Enoch said. “Also, the chance to live in a hotel for a year seemed to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” In the Marriott, College students make up a majority of the top floor of the five-story building, while students in the Element take up the second floor. “Being on the fifth floor, my view is gorgeous,” Enoch said. “The design and size of the rooms are luxurious as well, and I feel like I’m living in a home now, rather than in a dorm.” Guzzi agreed about the aesthetics. “The rooms are beautiful, and the bed is the most comfortable slice of heaven I’ve ever slept on,” she said. Some rooms in the Element have queen-sized beds, while others have standard TCNJ beds. Students residing in the hotels can access hotel amenities. These include breakfast, pool/gym usage, airconditioning and a flat-screen TV. Luppino described the Element’s continental breakfast as having plenty to choose from. Options include hot sandwiches on half bagels or biscuits, and sometimes breakfast burritos. There is also yogurt, cereal and fruit. Meanwhile, Enoch said the Courtyard doesn’t offer a continental breakfast, but provides coffee — however he prefers brewing his own. Residents can use their hotel’s 24-hour see HOTEL page 5 Opinions / Page 9

Campus Style Focusing on Fashion Week in New York City See Features page 15

At the College, a typical class lasts either one hour and 20 minutes twice a week or two hours and 50 minutes once a week. However, some classes in the art department can last up to eight hours. Starting this school year, each credit that a class offers corresponds to two hours worth of class time for art students. Therefore, a class that is worth four credits must have eight hours’ worth of class time per week. “The reason for art classes being extended from four hours to eight hours total was that the school’s art program wanted to compete with other art schools that had higher credentials,” said sophomore digital arts major Ben Schuckman. “To get higher credentials they had to increase the amount of in class time for art classes.” Typically, Schuckman’s classes last three to eight hours and are usually broken up into different types of work, lectures, demos, videos and inclass studio time or other free time to use the labs and equipment. Each class usually begins with a critique of the work that was due for that week, followed by a lecture on the next assignment. Afterward, time is allotted for students to independently work on assignments, which often leads to loss of concentration. Students frequently feel that classes are dragged out just to make them a full six hours long. “I do find myself losing concentration easily

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Long classes don’t deter College artists.

after a few hours of class, which affects the information that I retain from class and definitely does not make the class enjoyable,” said sophomore graphic design major Jeremy Nevitt. “By losing concentration in the six hour classes and only doing independent work for most of the class I feel like the classes can be shorter while still attaining the necessary critique and lecture on the next assignment.” John Laughton, dean of the School of Arts and Communication explained that the studio classes are mentor-based; therefore, they’re longer and demonstrate close teacher-student relationships. see ART page 2

Rifkin shares love for College

Photo courtesy of Benjamin Rifkin

Dean Rifkin poses with his dog, Webster. By Brendan McGrath Managing Editor

The ad called for Benjamin Rifkin. Maybe it didn’t outright say his name, but when the College began to look for a new dean for what was then the School of Culture and

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Society (now Humanities and Social Sciences), the ad they placed certainly spoke to the man who has now held the position for over three years. “It just seemed like everything that was specified in the ad was part of my professional journey to that point,” Rifkin said.

The dean, currently 52, had held other leadership roles in higher education before applying for his current position, but the College community grabbed him by reflecting the values that he holds close to his heart. Touring the College in 2009, it was clear to him that education was the priority over all else. Dean Rifkin noticed that this was not always the case while working at other institutions, but according to him, his time here has only reinforced this opinion. “Whenever there is a conversation about ‘how do we solve this problem?’ or ‘what do we do?’ and there is a number of options, (education is) always the answer, and the answer comes from everyone, that the number one priority has to be what’s in the best interest of our students,” Rifkin said. see RIFKIN page 12

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Campus Town set to be completed in 2014 After years of planning, this vision is coming to fruition See News page 2

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Mixed Signals are back Improv group entertains with witty jokes See A&E page 16

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Campus Town to break ground in October 2013

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College displays blueprints and brick samples. By Tom Ciccone Arts & Entertainment Editor

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, an information session about the current developments of the Campus Town construction project was held in the second floor auditorium of the College’s new Education Building. According to the representatives of PRC Group, who hosted the information session, Campus Town is currently expected to encompass 278,317 square feet adjacent to the College’s campus along Pennington Road. Nine buildings are currently planned to be built, with demolition and construction set to begin in October and an expected completion date expected in time for the spring 2014 semester. Large poster boards were placed about the information

session, showcasing current blueprints and brick samples. The residential housing for the College’s students will consist of 94 four-bedroom, two-bathroom units; 28 two-bedroom, two-bathroom units; and 14 one-bedroom, one-bathroom units. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom and the two-bedroom, two-bathroom designs will both feature private bedrooms with locking doors and double-size beds — as well as full kitchens and living rooms. “We’ve gotten into a little more detail on the signage and what it’s going to look like,” said Greg Lentine, vice president of Sales & Marketing for PRC Group. Lentine said that student dorms will also feature full wireless access provided by PRC with a separate developer support system apart from the College’s IT department. According to Lentine, the housing will be targeted for upperclassmen and a plan is still being developed to determine whether or not community advisors will be needed. The residential option will not be part of the College’s lottery process, Lentine said, because Campus Town will be considered an off-campus option. All residential units will be on the second floor of the buildings — much designed in the architectural style of the College’s current structures — with retail stores on the first floors. “The rental space can’t survive alone with just college students,” Lentine said. A sandwich shop, sit-down Italian restaurant, convenience store, sushi bar, business center and yogurt store are all possible businesses that are being targeted for signage, Lentine wrote in an email interview. According Matthew Golden, the College’s vice president of

College Relations and Advancement, it is unlikely the current Physical Enhancement Center will be demolished; it will probably be used for student affairs and athletics. Other questions were raised during the information session as to the availability of student parking for those who choose to live in Campus Town. With .65 parking spots available per bed, Bill Feinberg, an architect on the project, noted that a plot of land to the west of Campus Town’s maintenance facility is currently being set aside for possible expansion of student parking options. One attendee at the information session was disturbed by the rising costs of the Campus Town project, which Lentine said would have no effect on the College’s future tuition rates. Golden said in an email, “Tuition rates are not affected by Campus Town.” “The College has had some expenses related to Campus Town, and those have been paid from institutional reserves,” he continued. “These expenses stemmed from a piece of private property the College bought to be used for Campus Town, along with the financial costs of moving existing tenants and the legal fees involved.” Golden explained that the College is not providing any funds to the developer for planning, permitting, design or construction of Campus Town. “The net present value of the ground lease payments to the College have been estimated to be in excess of $11 million, so in addition to providing facilities that the College cannot afford to provide itself, the project is generating significant net revenue,” he said.

College’s pilot program Next up — Donohue Students redefine waitlist By Andrew Miller Staff Writer

Approximately 75 prospective students who were waitlisted expressed significant interest in matriculating to the College, which caused the Office of Admissions to create a program that provided a framework under which to accept them. Twenty-two students agreed to the College’s offer, and are considered to be “new kinds of students,” according to Matt Middleton, an admissions counselor. These students’ acceptances were predicated on the following conditions: They could only enroll in the same three classes as non-matriculating students — one freshman seminar and two liberal learning classes — and they had to find housing off campus. Moreover, the students were not eligible for financial aid because they are not technically full-time students. The admissions department had to balance its desire to admit these students with the physical limitations of the College. “We want them to be as close to being fulltime freshman as possible,” Middleton said. “They are expected to graduate in four years, just like any other student.” The admissions department has provided resources to find housing and placed these students in the same classes. The students’ tuitions were approximately $6,000 for the three courses, which had been slightly reduced, according to Middleton, in light of the absence of financial aid.

Though the terms of acceptance may seem harsh, the students are only bound to those stipulations during their first semester at the College. “They will automatically be enrolled as full-time students with a major and live on campus in the spring,” he said, as long as they attain at least a C+ in each of their courses. The students will also be allowed to apply for financial aid in the spring, which will define them as typical College students. The College chose to start this program not only because it offered students a chance to come to the College, but also because there is a certain percentage of students that, on average, drop out each semester. “If we have to fill in the gaps, why not have students who are already used to the College?” Middleton said. The identities of these students have been kept confidential. They were allowed to participate in Welcome Week and had their own orientation, which was when the students in the program were introduced to each other. These students are allowed to join any club, but not varsity sports because NCAA restrictions require that varsity athletes be full-time students. When registration for spring classes occurs, these students will most likely have later time slots because they have not technically matriculated. That is, they have one less class than most full-time students, and any advanced placement credit will not yet have transferred.

Art / Desire is still there continued from page 1

He said, “Instantaneous feedback allows for correction and feedback and therefore allows students to adapt more quickly for development and fixation.” Although long classes can drag on at times, students are still eager to pursue careers in art. Schuckman said, “I like the hands-on aspect of the work that I do. Less studying and writing, more creative and hands-on projects. Digital media is my specialty, I love working on the computer and using creative software, cause once I get started on a project I could work for hours on end making sure that it’s perfect.”

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Students enjoy hands-on experience.

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John P. Donohue discusses his background and potential future. By Betsy S. Blumenthal Correspondent With a week to sit on Kenneth Boyden’s address, the College’s board of trustees and a speckling of students returned on Friday to greet the second and final nominee for the position of vice president of College Advancement. John P. Donohue, a man who has logged more years in corporate positions than in institutional ones, had a little bit of swagger as he walked into the conference room. He seemed more at ease than the other candidate — maybe this was because there were fewer attendees, or maybe he was just puffing up his feathers for the audience. Maybe his credentials have something to do with it. Donohue attended the State University College at Oswego, N.Y., earning a BA in biology and an MS in counseling. He then went on to attend Harvard University where he received his Master’s in higher education and education management, and has since held several positions in development. He began his career at United Way of Long Island where he was a senior vice president and campaign director, and has held similar positions at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Dillard University in New Orleans. He was clear about the respective drawbacks, however, whether it was his inability to see the turn-around of the funds raised or the lack of a student presence. He also spoke about his current position at the United Negro College

Fund, where he is the executive vice president for Strategic Assessment, Planning and Coordination, with a fondness usually reserved for describing grandchildren. But of the job, he said he was “missing students and faculty, the reason for doing the work.” Bearing this in mind, he and his wife — a quiet, pleasant-looking blond in the back of the room — decided that it was “time to go back to the work that (they) wanted to do,” leading him to seek out opportunities in academia. Referencing his brief 27-hour marathon tour of the College, Donohue said that he “liked what he saw,” and wants to help the school “at the next stage of its evolution.” Donohue then laid out his plans for the alumni: He wants them to champion the College, to help bring about a level of national recognition whose absence is much maligned among students. Donohue emphasized that he wants the College to be “known beyond the borders of New Jersey,” and that we need to “engage alumni and have focus groups and research to help us figure it out.” A self-proclaimed storyteller, Donohue expressed a desire to create an “internal narrative” for the school — like a comprehensive self-image among students and staff — that could eventually transcend college borders and give people a focused picture of the College. Alumni “want to brag about their school,” and Donohue sees nothing wrong in taking advantage of this fact. Donohue’s enthusiasm was well noted, and he signed off with a compliment to seal the deal: “Y’all have a really bright future.”

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SG receives information detailing Campus Town Political awareness events planned for election

By Natalie Kouba News Assistant

In an effort to promote political awareness for the upcoming election, Student Government discussed various events they will be organizing at their meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 19. SG is in the process of planning a registration drive. Students would be able to register to vote at on-campus locations, such as Eickhoff and the Library Cafe. A presidential themed dinner at Eickhoff, panel of political science professors to speak before the election, as well as a flyer campaign to inform students of the interests of both political parties, are among other events SG is organizing to spread awareness on the presidential election in November. Tony Gattone, the College’s construction project manager, presented further plans for the Campus Town in regards to the Barnes & Noble Bookstore to SG. The bookstore is expected be approximately 14,200 square feet and two stories high, about twice the size of the current bookstore. Gattone said it will replace the bookstore in the Brower Student Center, although it is still unknown what will fill that space. “It’s really just taking the location and moving it to a bigger better place,” Gattone said. Plans for the color scheme of the new bookstore were also discussed. “They have a high intent in making this a TCNJ Barnes & Noble,” Gattone said.

Barnes & Noble will add blue and gold to the store, and the College’s school spirit wear and supplies will be sold at the new store. There will also be a child care center in the bookstore, to help advance the community outreach programs. The bookstore will also have an online book pick-up station, wireless internet and possibly a patio. SG will be sponsoring events for Blind Awareness Month in October, such as inviting a blind

pianist to play at the Rathskeller. Representatives from the Class of 2013 announced the success of senior night, and the Class of 2014 will begin selling class T-shirts. At the meeting, C.J. Gutch, a senior finance major, was sworn in as vice president of Administration and Finance. Previously, he was a student advocate, senator of business, and was on the Committee for Legal and Governmental Affairs.

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Tony Gattone goes over the plans for Campus Town during Student Government’s latest meeting.

No use crying over spilt blood, summons issued By Thalia Ortiz Production Manager A male student was found vomiting blood at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, in front of Brewster Hall, according to reports. Campus police approached the student and found him being held up and supported by another student while vomiting into a trash can due to drinking an unknown amount of vodka and whiskey. The student said he began drinking in his dorm room, but later continued drinking in a female dorm room in Brewster. The female students said he was intoxicated prior to his arrival into their room. A resident found the male student vomiting blood and reported it to the ABE Residence Hall office. Lawrence Township arrived and transported him to Capital Health Systems Hopewell. The student received a summons and mandatory court appearance. … A Vera Bradley wallet was reported missing at 2:30

p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from the third floor of the Library. A female student said she went to the restroom and left her bookbag on a table next to the library offices on the third floor. When she returned three minutes later, the student said her wallet was removed from the bookbag. According to reports, later that day at 7:25 p.m. the student’s wallet was found and returned with all of its contents by an unknown party.

on Sunday, Sept. 23 the first level of Lot 9. The student said that he properly secured his bike to a stairway rail closest to Decker Hall. When he returned, the student found the lock on the ground, according to reports. The bicycle was valued at $850.

… Campus police observed a male student stumbling towards the front entrance of Centennial Hall at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The student was drinking alcohol in New Residence Hall with friends, where he consumed 10 beers and Jägermeister, according to police reports. The officer asked the student “What is going on?” to which the student responded “I’m fine.” Lions EMS evaluated the student and transported him to Capital Health Systems in Hopewell. The student received a summons for underage drinking. A black Fuji bicycle was reported stolen at 3:45 p.m.

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Campus Police patrols the paths of the College.

Off the table, Onion may come to campus By Andrew Miller Staff Writer

After being tabled last week, the College Union Board was awarded $20,228 to bring the producers of The Onion News Network, a critically acclaimed and satirical online news network, to campus. As opposed to last week, CUB warranted that The Onion producers would benefit the campus because they

would inform students about incredibly important points of clash between the two presidential nominees. SFB’s main objection last week was that it did not feel that CUB adequately researched the speakers that it wanted to bring to the College, nor did the list of speakers — save the producers of The Onion — seem relevant to students. CUB has reserved Kendall Hall on Oct. 10 and 11 as likely dates if they are able to contract the event.

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After tabling the proposal last week, SFB awards CUB’s $20,228 request.

CUB also received $2,600 in additional funding for a coach bus for an overnight Niagara Falls/Buffalo, N.Y. bus trip. The weekend of the trip has not yet been decided. However, CUB provided a detailed itinerary, which includes going to Niagara Falls state park, exploring downtown Buffalo and going to the Buffalo Naval and Military Park. In order for students to participate in all of these activities, the bus will depart the College early Saturday morning, and return Sunday evening. SFB liked this trip particularly because students had requested to go to Niagara Falls and to Buffalo after CUB’s Boston bus trip. “Using the feedback from the Boston trip is a good gauge of success,” said Gordon Sayre, SFB’s sophomore representative and a psychology major. SFB clashed slightly on whether going to two places would be a deterrent for students to go on the trip, or if seeing two different places would appeal to more students.

“The students may feel like they didn’t get to do what they wanted to do,” said Andrew Palmieri, finance major and SFB’s senior representative. However, the fact that students wanted to go to these places strongly outweighed Palmieri’s argument, and SFB motioned to fully fund the event. The Trentones received $195 to cover Mayo fees to host an a cappella collaborative concert. “We want to expose the campus to a cappella,” said Kalvin Foo, senior biology major. Various a cappella groups from other schools in the U.S., such as groups from the University of Pittsburg and Bucknell, are coming to the College to perform. SFB really liked this event, and voted to fully fund it with a full-page Signal ad in order to help the Trentones advertise. Even though SFB agrees to finance certain events, there is no guarantee that these events will take place. The approval only makes the funds available.

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Envisioning Europe

Tyranny and Freedom in History, Literature and Film A lecture and film series at The College of New Jersey 2012-2013 A day of

ENVISIONING THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR Film screening and discussion led by Dr. Marimar Huguet-Jerez and Dr. Agustín Otero

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Hotel / Students divided on whether they like hotel life continued from page 1

fitness centers. Voysey enjoys not having to make reservations for a treadmill or deal with open swim hours. Fitness freedom is not the only liberating aspect of hotel life. According to Guzzi, “It is definitely nice being here and not having all the restrictions we have in on-campus housing. I feel like I’m not being baby-sat. We don’t need to check in guests and can just do our own thing.” The buildings are staffed by the hotel and community advisors from the College. All four students spoke highly of the personable hotel personnel. The desk staff is cheerful, as are the housekeepers. Maid service is one of Luppino’s favorite perks. “I don’t mind cleaning, but it’s nice when someone does it for you,” Luppino said. One maid cleans the bathroom while another dusts and vacuums. They also take out the garbage or wash dishes. For liability reasons, students must be present for cleanings. Though Guzzi enjoys the service, she finds the mandatory timeframe “a little bit inconvenient,” having to wait in the room for a four-hour period each week. For transportation, a shuttle service runs from the two hotels to the bus stop outside the Brower Student Center. Luppino described the shuttle as a good option. “It also makes me maximize how much use I get out of my gas,” he explained. He usually drives to campus once a day, but uses the shuttle if he has to go back and forth. Guzzi uses the shuttle more frequently because it drops her off closer to class. “We were told the shuttle would go from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. every half hour, but the

shuttle currently runs 7:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. about every 45 minutes, and only 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends, once an hour,” she said. Voysey agreed that more frequent shuttles would be beneficial. Though she likes the service, Voysey feels like she is “always waiting for it” and it does not coincide with class times. She has class at 10 a.m. but the shuttle gets to campus at 10 a.m., so she winds up late. While Farnkopf said housing has received “largely positive feedback” from students residing in hotels, he acknowledged the importance of student feedback. “I’m grateful to the few students who have reached out to express their interest in extending the shuttle hours, and we will keep their interests in mind when reviewing the schedule with our vendor,” he said. Originally students were told they would use commuter parking (Lots 4 and 6) but were

then moved to residential parking (Lots 8 and 9, behind the Towers and Cromwell Hall), according to Guzzi. This shift happened only two weeks prior to move-in. “For me, the parking was a big part of agreeing to live in the hotel,” Guzzi said. She is an art student, who stays in the art building until all hours of the night and serves on the College Union Board’s Executive Board, and sometimes staffs late-night events. “I now have to walk to the opposite side of campus by myself — a five-foot tall female — from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.,” she continued. “This is something my parents are very uncomfortable with, and I probably wouldn’t have agreed to live there had I known that’s where they would be making me park.” Enoch brought up similar points to Guzzi: “The worst part is the fact that we have to park in Lots 8 and 9,” he said. “This is what is most inconvenient to me, since it seems so far away

Photo courtesy of Rachael Voysey

Hotel rooms come with a kitchen, allowing students to make their own food.

from the hustle-and-bustle of campus.” After calling the school multiple times regarding parking, Guzzi was eventually put in touch with a supervisor, who was helpful, but her phone calls have since gone unreturned. As it was explained to Guzzi, the parking location switched because the amount of students needing commuter parking was underestimated and hotel students have shuttle access. Despite slight disadvantages, Voysey is happy with her decision to live in the hotels. “I really enjoy living in the hotel,” she said. “If I had the chance to do it again, I totally would.” Guzzi sums up her experience on a partially positive note. “I love my room, and the hotel is great, but we were promised a lot of things at the beginning that have now been taken away,” she said. “The entire process, all the way through move-in, was very stressful and unorganized.” Meanwhile, Luppino has no regrets about residing in the hotels. When asked how he thinks it compares to previous residential experiences, he said, “I think it’s a lot better quite honestly.” Likewise, Enoch said he’s ecstatic with the living arrangement and deemed it the best he’s had, after previously residing in Cromwell, Norsworthy and Hausdoerffer Halls. “Whenever I talk about the hotel to anyone I say this: the pluses are big pluses, the ‘minuses’ are big minuses, but all in all, it’s an incredible experience,” Enoch said. “I thank TCNJ for setting this situation up, and Marriott for cooperating,” he continued. “Each day I’m welcomed with a smile and a ‘welcome back home.’ And I have to say, I do feel welcomed and at home.”

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Nation & W rld

Iran addresses violence NEW YORK (AP) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday dismissed threats of military action against Iran’s nuclear program, asserting that his country’s project to enrich uranium is only for peaceful purposes and disputing that the country worries at all about an Israeli attack to destroy Iran’s nuclear capacity. Speaking to a group of editorial leaders, the first full day of his visit to N.Y. for the annual U.N. General Assembly, Ahmadinejad said it was not too late for dialogue with the United States to resolve differences. He also said that Iran is neutral in the Syrian civil war, and denied that Tehran is providing weapons or training to the government of President Bashar Assad. “We like and love both sides, and we see both sides as brothers,” he said. He referred to the conflict in Syria as “tribal” fighting and said that international “meddling from the outside has made the situation even harder.” He refused to say whether Iran would accept a government not led by the Assad regime, which for years has been Iran’s closest ally in the Middle East. It was Ahmadinejad’s eighth visit to the U.N. gathering held each September, which he cited as proof that he is open to understanding other countries’ views. In spite of his assertions on the importance of dialogue and respect for others, Ahmadinejad presented a hard line in many areas. He refused to speak of the state of Israel by name

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Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad concludes his address to the U.N. General Assembly on Monday.

and instead referred only to the “Zionists,” and when asked about author Salman Rushdie he made no attempt to distance himself from recent renewed threats on the author’s life emanating from an Iranian semi-official religious foundation. “If he is in the U.S., you should not broadcast it for his own safety,” Ahmadinejad said. He said this would be his last trip to N.Y. as president of Iran, because his term is ending and he is barred from seeking a third consecutive term. But he did not rule out staying active in Iranian politics and said he might return as part of future Iranian delegations to N.Y. “Fundamentally, we do not take seriously threats of the Zionists,” Ahmadinejad said. “We believe the

Zionists see themselves at a dead end and they want to find an adventure to get out of this dead end. While we are fully ready to defend ourselves, we do not take these threats seriously.” He also sought to delegitimize Israel’s historic ties to the Middle East and their political and military power in the region and the world, saying that Israelis “do not even enter the equation for Iran.” On the other hand, he said the argument over Iran’s nuclear program was a political rather than a legal matter and needs to be resolved politically. “We are not expecting that a 33-yearold problem between America and Iran to be resolved in speedy discussions, but we do believe in dialogue.”

Quick Bits

Capital city report

The American Civil Liberties Union of N.J. filed suit against the state police for the second time this month for subjectively forcing visitors of the Statehouse in Trenton to remove political pins without making the policy of what pins are permitted public. The N.J. Senate Education Committee approved a bill that would extend school days. The N.J. Assembly advanced a bill that would prohibit lasers capable of reaching airplanes. U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) is pushing to extend the federal Highlands Conservation Act for another decade. Gov. Chris Christie called N.J. Senate President Steve Sweeney’s plan to raise the minimum wage a “truly ridiculous idea.” All info from AP Exchange

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• According to the New Mexico Spaceport Authority, nine spaceports are currently being planned around the U.S. and 10 more are being proposed. • People across America protested against the natural gas drilling method known as fracking on Saturday in a “Global Frackdown.” • Global health officials are closely monitoring a new respiratory virus related to SARS that is believed to have killed at least one person in Saudi Arabia and left a Qatari citizen in critical condition in London. • Scientists reported Sunday that they have completed a major analysis of the genetics of breast cancer, finding four major classes of the disease. They hope their work will lead to more effective treatments, perhaps with some drugs already in use. • International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who took over from Kofi Annan as the U.N.-Arab League special representative for Syria, said that the war in Syria is getting worse and threatening to spill across the Middle East. • The Marine Corps says it will court-martial two non-commissioned officers for allegedly urinating on the bodies of Taliban fighters last year in Afghanistan and posing for unofficial photos with casualties. All info from AP Exchange

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Barack Obama opposes a military strike against Iran, while Mitt Romney has shown more support.

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: foreign policy. WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama: Opposes a near-term military strike on Iran, either by the U.S. or by Israel, to sabotage nuclear facilities that could be misused to produce a nuclear weapon. Says the U.S. will never tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran but negotiation and pressure through sanctions are the right way to prevent that outcome. Reserves the right to one day conclude that only a military strike can stop Iran from getting the bomb. Declined to repeat the Libya air power commitment for Syrian opposition, instead seeks to build international consensus toward the goal of persuading President Bashar Assad to leave and to press Russia and China to stop shielding his government from international

sanctions. Chastised Israel for continuing to build housing settlements in disputed areas and has pressed both sides to begin a new round of peace talks based on the land borders established after the 1967 Arab-Israeli conflict. Signed law to expand military and civilian cooperation with Israel. The law affirms U.S. support for negotiating the establishment of a Palestinian state, reflecting a U.S. bipartisan consensus. Opposes citing China as a currency manipulator, which could lead to broad trade sanctions, instead pressing the matter through diplomacy and aggressively bringing unfair-trade cases against China to the World Trade Organization.

Romney: Appears to present a clearer U.S. military threat to Iran and has spoken in more permissive terms about Israel’s right to act against Iran’s nuclear facilities without explicitly approving of such a step. “Of course you take military action” if sanctions and internal opposition fail to dissuade Tehran from making a nuclear weapon, he has said. Has spoken in favor of covert action by the U.S. and regional allies in Syria but “the right course is not military” intervention by the U.S. Associates himself more closely with hardline Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, pledges more military assistance to Israel and agreed with Israel’s position that Jerusalem is the capital, disregarding the Palestinians’ claim to the eastern sector annexed by Israel in 1967 in a move that is not internationally recognized. Has branded Russia the “No. 1 geopolitical foe” of the U.S. and threatened to label China a currency manipulator in a move that could lead to broad trade sanctions.

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Mitt Romney running on empty By Tom Kozlowski Opinions Assistant

Mitt Romney is a man of small matters. He can handle a state, but a country is unwieldy. He can manage several businesses, but macroeconomics is a maelstrom. Yet, there’s a constant urge, an obligation, a paranoia for Romney to pretend — to know what he doesn’t know, says Socrates. There’s a world of understanding outside his window, but Romney hides inside studying the papiermâché globe on his desk. His campaign is outside, though. They’re constantly on patrol for damage control, sweeping up broken glass from his Olympic blips in July, putting out flames from his comments on Latinos and rebuilding his public approval (as long as the public isn’t part of that disgusting 47 percent). How long can they chase their candidate’s bull in a china shop? Or more likely, will there be anything left of the campaign to pick up? By now, the odds are slim. Romney knows what he wants to know and assumes the rest will float in the Tea Party’s ilk. But that doesn’t mean his positions are right. When Romney encounters a problem at close range — either cats stuck in trees or private equity firms — he can analyze it well with a magnifying glass. But when forced to examine the big picture, he’s absentmindedly gazing through a kaleidoscope. For Romney to be president, he should first have a decent comprehension of the country he’s running, let alone the people he serves. According to the man himself, he can barely understand nearly half of the American population. The governor let his wealthy fundraisers know where his sympathies lay in a recently released video. Because 47 percent of Americans do not pay income taxes, Romney pretends that their lives are vats of government dependency, shallow goals mucked in irresponsibility. The stereotypical rich people clapped their hands. Congratulations. But his empty knowledge just called out the elderly, the military and blue collar workers. Hey, he didn’t know. But social policy isn’t all the president packs in the quiver. There needs to be some developed thoughts on how to cope with the nations forever ensnared in our affairs, or what we call foreign policy (America is not the only country on earth, and its economy often depends on, shockingly, the rest of the world). Romney’s strategy was to focus on the economy. Now that 99 global problems are on his doorstep, blindly avoiding them is no longer one. Instead, he can

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Apparently Mitt Romney’s tanning tactics before a media event did not appeal to Latino voters. speak about them blindly, hoping his archenemy Russia sparks a sequel to the Cold War. Rebutting much of Romney’s foreign policy is difficult when it doesn’t exist. But when it does poke its head from under the covers, it’s no pretty sight. Consider just a few quirks: on Iran, the candidate spoke of its mullahs as “crazy people” using dirty bombs, a point neither diplomatic nor correct according to radiologists. He dribbled details on Afghanistan only when pressed, and they seem conveniently aligned with President Obama’s withdrawal plans (despite that the Obama administration is always wrong, right?). Even further, as a businessman, Romney believed it would be best to enflame trade restrictions on China, our nation’s biggest debt creditor, our supplier of cheap goods. This field is where Romney’s private sector career should be most adept. If punching up American interest rates and wounding the markets he so salivates to protect is protocol, then let him continue to defy the economists. Let him continue to reject his own experiences — there’s a better candidate running. Hey, he just doesn’t know. So, it’s safe to say there are a few dents in the candidate’s armor. That’s not to say that Romney’s a bad person, an unintelligent person or a malicious Mr. Burns throwing America under the bus. He is simply looking beyond the grand scheme of the world for the narrowed interests of the far right. He simply knows what he doesn’t know. And he’ll stand by what he’s said — “whatever it was.”

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They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

Unfortunately, when students apply to the College, there is no mention of the early morning drilling and construction vehicle traffic they will have to endure over their four years of study. On this campus that’s never finished, there is never a moment to enjoy what’s here, rather, everything is constantly getting bigger and the College is always finding problems with the buildings and spaces it already has. Now the College feels the need to build Campus Town, to drain the campus’ finances into a two-plus year project that will ultimately clear and redevelop the land along Pennington Road. The plan is ambitious but wholly unnecessary and poorly thought out. This project will ultimately flatten and pave a lot of the land that makes TCNJ the quaint college campus it advertises for in its brochure. Retail and parking will be put in its place, and traffic around the college will increase as new roads and traffic lights are created to cope with the expected influx of traffic from the College as well as the Ewing community. The proposed development of buildings includes a new bookstore and a new physical fitness center, two buildings the campus already maintains. What is to happen to these old spaces? Will they become wasted, haunted areas as Holman Hall has become for many students? Like Holman Hall with its poor lighting and lack of sufficient ventilation, will the College simply allow these spaces to be reduced to a decrepit state, wasting valuable real estate and potentially creating more unnecessary construction opportunities for itself in the future? Why not simply restore the PEC, revamp the bookstore and restore Holman Hall? It seems as though it is not a priority to repair existing problems but to simply create more work by plowing down naturally beautiful land and ultimately disturbing the surrounding community of Ewing. As College students know from the statements made by the mayor of Ewing regarding student behavior, we aren’t the community’s ideal choice for neighbors. It seems counterintuitive to open up our “Campus Town” to the community when it is being built in the heart of a community and disrupting their lives for twoplus years. What’s worse is that TCNJ’s longstanding problem of insufficient parking spaces will not be remedied but only continued after Campus Town has been built. As one of the developers stated at the Campus Town meeting, there will only be 0.65 parking spaces per bed of the new residence halls being developed. It was also mentioned that if necessary, the developers would continue to develop the College’s land by Lake Sylva in order to accommodate vehicles. So, the proposal to remedy a situation that they will only worsen, the developers have wrested the authority to develop one of the few remaining wooded areas on campus. The campus has already been hard at work attempting to develop what little land there is left whether it was when trees were cleared to accommodate the new Education Building or when the Ecological Study Forest was reduced to its meager state when the Armstrong parking lot was developed. I have to ask, is the College trying to make the campus just one giant parking lot because at this rate of development and destruction, this is the path being pursued. If the College does destroy the beauty that is left by draining campus finances into unnecessary construction, our campus will definitely match the overly developed area of Trenton and no longer be the oasis it has been described as in the past. It is embarrassing to be associated with a project that will so extensively disrupt the balance in the natural as well as Ewing communities. For current students, there is no benefit of Campus Town. It is another disruptive College construction project that will prevent us from simply enjoying the campus in the time we are here. For at least a semester, I would like to enjoy a quiet campus where I do not have to be concerned with construction vehicles following close behind on my way to class. – Ashley Long, Photo Editor

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Quotes of the Week “The number one priority has to be what’s in the best interest for our students.” — Benjamin Rifkin, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Each day I’m welcomed with a smile and a ‘welcome back home.’ And I have to say, I do feel welcomed and at home.” — senior cognitive science major Taylor Enoch, on his experience living in the Courtyard Marriott hotel


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Rifkin / Dean’s journey

Photo courtesy of Benjamin Rifkin

continued from page 1. Students may be familiar with Dean Rifkin’s passion for learning and his appreciation for taking advantage of all types of learning opportunities. He’s famous, particularly to those in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, for his weekly emails detailing any number of events going on around campus. But what are the roots of this passion? Where did this man who is so involved in the College come from? Born in New York City, Rifkin was raised in N.Y. and N.J., and went to college in Connecticut. He’s a selfdescribed “tri-state kind of guy.” When he arrived at Yale University, he planned on majoring in history and going to law school. Then, after initially being discouraged from taking a foreign language by an adviser (who suggested a math class instead), he placed into a high level French literature course. He did so

well that he decided to challenge himself further. “So I decided over the summer that I was going to choose between Russian and Chinese, and that I was going to go to Russian on the first day of classes and Chinese on the second and I was going to pick one,” Rifkin said. He never tried Chinese. After falling in love with Russian from the first day, he went on to change his major, and eventually his career path. Instead of a law degree, he wanted to get a Ph.D. and teach Russian. He traveled to the Soviet Union for a semester, returned again for a shorter time, then finally went back to work for a publishing firm there for two years. This path led to experiences that would shape his journey as a person, an educator and, eventually, an administrator.

In the Soviet Union, Rifkin was made more aware of his identity as an American. He learned the ways of his new culture through translating at a Soviet publishing house, and he engaged in profound discussions that lasted into the morning hours over literature, films and philosophy with his Russian friends. Through his graduate work at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Rifkin took up an interest in how students learn. While at Michigan, he also met his wife, who happened to be from Ewing. This combination of experiences led Rifkin to years of teaching in higher education, and now has led him back to N.J. His philosophy still holds strong today. “What can I do to give (my students) the skills to keep learning and to be excited and engaged about learning more,” Rifkin said.

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Dean Rifkin and Webster are joined by a group of students.

Meet Webster Rifkin’s ‘golden’ pup

By Jamie Primeau Editor-in-Chief

Essentially a canine celebrity, students may be familiar with Dean Benjamin Rifkin’s dog Webster from his campus visits. Rifkin acted as a pup publicist, answering questions for The Signal on behalf of his four-legged friend. Technically a golden retriever, Rifkin explained that Webster prefers to just be called a “golden,” because he does not see a point in chasing after inanimate objects. In May 2004, the Rifkin family adopted Webster through the “Rescue a Golden of Minnesota” program. Webster is estimated to be 10.5 years old now. Tummy rubs and ear scratches are Webster’s weaknesses, and he loves leaning against whoever scratches him. Webster’s favorite food? “Whatever I am eating at the given moment,” Rifkin said. His favorite campus location is Alumni Grove, Rifkin said, “because that’s where the action is: people moving between books and food and sometimes they drop the food … And the squirrels.” He enjoys attempting to chase squirrels. “Another thing Webster loves about TCNJ is PAWS. He

thinks that the symbol of PAWS looks just like his own paws,” Rifkin explained. When asked what dogs Webster admires, Rifkin said, “I think his number one role model is Ben, a golden retriever who appeared as Shadow in ‘Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey.’ Part of the reason he likes Ben is that he thinks that Ben has a very cool name.” Tied for second place are Buddy from “Airbud” and Paddington from the Bush’s Baked Beans commercials. Though a fan of “Airbud,” Webster is not the most successful canine athlete himself. According to Rifkin, “He has on occasion while playing with another dog run into a tree or a person. My daughter once called him a klutz and I told her that that’s just another reason why we know he is a true member of our family.”

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Potato perfection at Pete’s Steak House By Brandon Gould News Editor

So, I made it a whole two weeks before going out to eat again, but this past weekend I really had to get something that I didn’t make myself. For a change of pace, I went out to a place that I’ve driven past a thousand times, a place I’ve always said I needed to eat at: Pete’s Steak House. Pete’s is right down the road from the College, just off the corner of Pennington Road and Olden Avenue — a mere fourminute drive. It’s always been a place that catches my eye when I’m on the way to the bank or ShopRite, but I never followed through any more than that. This weekend that finally changed. On the outside it says that Pete’s serves breakfast all day long, so for this review I decided to get dinner and breakfast all at once. The first meal I ordered was a hamburger with french fries. I followed up by indulging in a pork roll and egg sandwich, which comes with home fries. Just doing my due diligence. After waiting a few minutes for the food to be cooked, I dug into my meal, hamburger first. The burger, which I ordered medium, came out pretty good. Pete’s serves its burgers on a Kaiser roll and adds a pickle on the side if you’re feeling adventurous — I was. The burger was a little dry, but the addition of the pickle and some ketchup made a combination that made a damn good hamburger. The fries also helped elevate the meal, impressing with their crispness and an amount of salt that could be felt, but wasn’t overbearing. Everything that the hamburger and fries were for dinner was matched by their early morning counterparts. The pork roll, just like the hamburger, could have been better on its own. I liked that it was thicker than some pieces of pork roll, but I think it could have been cooked a little longer to give it more of an edge. The egg, however, came out really well; not too dry, but also not too watery. Thrown together like it was on the Kaiser roll — meat, egg, meat, egg

— allowed the flavors to gel and, in the end, made a respectable pork roll sandwich. The best part of either meal though was the home fries. Home fries are really tricky. It’s so easy to undercook them and get a dry end result with a lame taste or overcook them and have too much grease along with a burnt taste. Pete’s fell into neither of these categories with the batch of home fries I received. The home fries were cooked enough to give them a crispness, like the french fries, creating a defined, brown edge and a golden middle — a look that all home fries should have. While I was enjoying my home fries, I noticed a sign that said ’50s style drinks.” There were some cool choices, but I ultimately selected the vanilla Coke — clutch decision. The beverage had a great blend of Coke and vanilla, leaving an after taste that reminded me of a soda float, the only thing missing was the ice cream. Overall, Pete’s was a great experience. Even if the food didn’t impress me, the atmosphere was enough to keep me coming back. The ’50s style of the joint — posters of James Dean, jukeboxes and even coat racks attached to your booth — was cool to experience and made an already enjoyable meal better. If you don’t have a car on campus and can’t find a way to actually get to Pete’s, don’t worry, you can still enjoy the food by ordering online for delivery. Pete’s Steak House Where: 1855 N. Olden Ave., Ewing Number: (609) 771-6747 Web orders: Find them on

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Whether for breakfast or dinner, Pete’s Steak House has great variety .

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Post-9/11 America — not yet healed By Jackie Kraus Correspondent

No wound comes without pain. The question is, however, how long until that pain begins to heal, and how long until the pain becomes accepted? Monica Jacobe, associate director for the College’s Institute for English as a Second Language and American Studies, posed these questions, regarding America after Sept. 11, 2001, to those who came out to watch the film “Land of Plenty” on Tuesday night in the Library Auditorium. This film and discussion were a part of the Envisioning Europe series here on campus. The movie portrays a post-9/11 America, following 20-year-old Lana, who has just returned home to the U.S. in search of her only living relative, Uncle Paul. Ex-Sergeant Paul spends his time playing special agent in a surveillance van, on the look-out for any sign of terrorism on the streets of Los Angeles. The two finally met after one of Paul’s suspects was killed in a drive-by and brought to a mission home nearby, where Lana resided. Then embark on a road trip to

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The screening of ‘Land of Plenty’ and discussion were part of the Envisioning Europe series at the College. bring the body to the victim’s brother, Lana in hopes of giving him a proper burial and Paul wanting to further his investigation. After the movie finished, Jacobe opened up a question to the audience: What kind of America is this, according to the movie? The majority of the students

agreed that although America has not healed completely, we are still working toward that goal. Fiore Corcione, freshman biology major, said, “Although the lead character, Sergeant Paul, was a little corny at times, I think the movie kind of showed that

even though America isn’t perfect post9/11, we’re still trying to get there.” From the discussion, it was clear that the events of 9/11 still affect Americans the same way now as they did then, though maybe now we are starting to look a little more to the future. The program was mainly run by professor Jon Stauff, director for the Center of Global Engagement and history professor Cynthia Paces. The New Jersey Council for Humanities provided Stauff and Paces a grant to put together what became Envisioning Europe. “It was inspired by the theme of tyranny and freedom this year, which was inspired by the revolution in Egypt last year. We felt it had global relevance because of that — a lot to do with fascism and communism in the 20th century,” Stauff said. “It came about through conversations between faculty, and kind of went from there.” Last week, the topic of discussion was the Jewish refugees during the Holocaust. The next event in the Envisioning Europe series will be showings of the film “Los Girasoles Ciegos” (Blind Sunflowers) on Oct. 7 and 10.

‘Princess and the Frog’ theme night at Eickhoff

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On Thursday, Sept. 20, the Atrium at Eickhoff transformed into “Tiana’s Place” with New Orleans style food for a “Princess and the Frog” theme dinner, sponsored by the Residence Hall Association and TCNJ Dining Services.

‘American Idol’ hires judges of all kinds By Johnanthony Alaimo Columnist It’s time to talk about the favorite show of people who don’t know that 2002 is over. “American Idol” hit headlines once again, but because Paula has long since left, the word “vicodin” is absent from this story. The newest season of the series that refuses to be put down has a whole new array of judges. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, the judges for the past two seasons, have departed from the show after realizing they were not from “The Voice.” Thus, replacements were needed. The first to sign a deal was Mariah Carey, best known for her vocals and vocal insanity. I mean, c’mon people. The only good thing that could come out of this is that she’s at least under observation now. I just hope she doesn’t find Paula’s old medicine cabinet on set. And if you thought Carey was going to be

the poster child for straightjackets, you thought wrong. Nicki Minaj also snagged a spot at the judge’s table after I assume the preferred choice, Mrs. Potato Head, declined to participate. Minaj, while a huge name of course, is much too fresh in my opinion to be propelled onto a national stage to judge other people’s talent. You need experienced professionals who have been in the business for years, not Nicki Minaj who is currently popular for being diabolically possessed. The other new judge is Keith Urban, the Australian celebrity best known for his country music hits and for not being Hugh Jackman. Urban seems to be the most well-rounded of them all, but if they seat him in between Minaj and Carey, he might as well start wiping his tears on Nicole Kidman’s forehead. And of course Randy Jackson is still on the show because I think he lost his keys to his house and he has nowhere else to go. Overall, I do enjoy the concept the pro-

ducers are going for. Carey represents pop music, Urban represents country, and Minaj represents nervous breakdown, different backrounds that appeal to different types of people. Honestly, I can predict who’s going to win already. It’s the shy, humble white boy from Pleasantville with no personality other than his milking skills. Where is another Kelly Clarkson? Or maybe Jordin Sparks? Hell, I’ll even take a Fantasia. Ok, maybe not — let’s not get carried away. But I just want some variety. The same type of guy has won for the past few seasons. If the show keeps churning out the same bland nobody over and over again, it won’t matter who’s at the judge’s table, because it’s boring. Ratings have been dropping, and it’s only a matter of time before America realizes the show has not only jumped the shark, but it’s been eaten by Ruben Studdard. So honestly, change the channel. Let Ryan say, “Seacrest Out” for the last time. And put on “X-Factor.” Britney needs the love. And maybe some of Paula’s medicine cabinet.

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Nicki Minaj is a new judge this season on ‘American Idol.’

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Sleep is for the healthy, not the weak By Ruchi Shah Columnist

By this point in the semester, you’ve probably heard the phrase that embodies every student’s day-to-day routine: sleep, study, socialize — pick two. Many of us tend to forgo sleep in favor of the others without realizing how detrimental this choice can truly be. Sure, sleep seems the natural option to disregard. What exactly do we accomplish while doing this anyway? Quite a bit actually. In fact, sleep enhances both your studying habits and socializing skills. Sleep has been found to improve memory. Your mind is by no means inactive while you slumber. Research has found that

part of the purpose of sleep is to process data from short-term memory to long-term memory, a process known as consolidation. In addition, declarative memories, which are longterm memories that can be consciously recalled, such as facts and events, become more cohesive and more thoroughly engrained in our minds while we sleep. This is precisely why professors urge you to get a good night’s sleep before the day of the exam. You’ll be prepared to perform optimally if you’re well rested. Furthermore, our memories are reconstructed and reorganized and their emotional components strengthened while we slumber, resulting in greater creativity. Statistics prove that

college students who fail to get enough sleep have lower grades than their peers who do get sufficient amounts of sleep.

Rewarding work at shelter

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Volunteering at an animal shelter is hard work, but worth it.

By Sara Stammer Columnist

It is not hard to look around campus and find an animal lover or people who miss their pets from home. Having a rescue dog of my own, I know how difficult it is for some shelters to take in and take care of all the pets in need. This week I had the opportunity to travel with the New Jersey Animal Rights group here at the College, or as they fondly refer to themselves, the Animal Benefits group. I first discovered the group when a few of my friends volunteered one week and were buzzing with excitement. They informed me that they would not be able to go the following week, but that the organization was surprised at the turn out this year. Intrigued, I reached out to the organization and was welcomed warmly. Upon arrival this past Saturday, the 15 people that showed up were broken into groups, those who were going to work with the dogs and those who were to work with the cats. Being the dog-lover I am, I volunteered to help with the dogs. Currently housing nine dogs, we were greeted by a barrage of loudly barking and tail-wagging from the enclosures that surrounded us. This club is not for the fainthearted who are looking to sleep in or play with kittens and puppies for a few hours. It was hard work on an early morning, leaving campus just after 8 a.m., but it was more than worth it. I found myself wanting to come back again after becoming irreversibly attached to each and every dog there. We began by putting all of the dogs outside and emptying their cages of the

contents. Throughout the day, I scooped poop, scrubbed cages with chemicals, cleaned dishes, restocked the cages and mopped the floor. After our dog duties were complete, we were able to go and work with the cats. Once at the cat location, we were instantaneously surrounded by dozens of kittens and small cats. Each one meowing for our attention, we paired off, one person holding the kitten and the other clipping their toenails. Jessica Cassera, sophomore aspiring psychology major and treasurer of Animal Benefits said, “It’s nice that we can all come together and have a lot of fun while helping these animals because they need it. Everyone there is so passionate about what they do, it makes the time there fly and be extremely worthwhile.” Before we left, one of the women in charge of the shelter educated the group on the Trap Neuter Return feral cat program. Through this program, the shelter is able to catch homeless, wild cats, take them to the vet, spay or neuter them, clip the tip of their ear to show the process was complete and release them back into the wild to live out their lives. This allows the cats to live how they have always known, yet not have the opportunity reproduce, leaving more kittens to come to the shelter in desperate need of a home. The pets do find loving, permanent homes. People cannot just walk into the shelter and walk out with a new pet. References and veterinary approval are needed. This does not make it difficult to adopt though. During the four hours I was present at the shelter, three kittens found new homes and a little boy is returning within the week to pick out one of his own. I know if I had the proper facilities to have a pet, I would have taken the lab-pit mix Justin home with me. The Animal Benefits club is eager for anyone who is willing to dedicate their time to coming to the Ewing Animal Shelter. During the week, the two women of the shelter must spend hours doing the work a group of students completes in half the time. It is a treat for the shelter when the students get up early to show they care and come to help. If you want to put a little more meaning into your life and help out an animal who needs you, sign up and help out. You can either join the Animal Benefits club or log on to and fill out an application to help out on your own time.

Sleep deficiency causes a lack of attention and an inability to focus, which in turn lead to inefficient study habits and a loss of productivity. Fall behind on sleep and you’ll fall behind in your academics in no time. The relationship between sleep and stress has been found to be inversely related — more sleep means less stress. A less stressed student is a more successful student. A few of sleep’s benefits for studying apply to socializing as well. Less stress is a significant mood enhancer. The better your mood, the more pleasant your presence. In addition, a deficit of sleep can lead to depression, because sleep diminishes our anxiety and gives us greater emotional stability.

A healthy sleep schedule also leads to an overall healthier lifestyle which results in a healthier body. The body essentially undergoes house cleaning while you sleep — your cells produce more protein which repair damage caused by stress, sun exposure and so on. Your radiant, well-rested self will be sure to turn a few heads on campus. Low self-esteem has been found to be a byproduct of constant fatigue. Confidence is the key to a multitude of endeavors that you will be unable to undertake if you aren’t mentally and physically up to par. You’ll be missing out on important, enjoyable opportunities if you’re suffering from a lack of sleep. Sleep, study, socialize — pick three.

Campus Style By Victoria Moorhouse Columnist New York City hits me in my happy spot. I thrive in the fast-paced, cultural and complex environment. Throw in a week devoted to demonstrating spring and summer collections created by the world’s greatest fashion designers — I’m love-struck. Clothing and style have integrated themselves in my daily life. I’m constantly dissecting my style — trying to figure out what message I’m sending and quite literally, staring endlessly into my closet. Like any female suffering from the Carrie Bradshaw fashion syndrome, fashion week would be my equivalent of cloud nine. This year, I was lucky enough to be floating on that fluffy cloud. Yes, I was in the fashion capital of our country during the New York Fashion Week celebration. Assignments for my internship sent me winding through huge backstage tents where I found magic. Before this, I never realized how much hairstylists and makeup artists weigh into the entire equation. With a straightener and product in one hand, and a brush or makeup in another, these Picassos of beauty create the looks that walk down the runway while giving detailed interviews to countless amounts of journalists. Every article of clothing I saw was in-

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Every article of clothing at Fashion Week is a work of art.

Victoria Moorhouse / Columnist

Fashion Week will inspire you to step up your style.

dividually a work of art. Out of all the collections I viewed and all beautiful people in the streets of Manhattan, my favorite style wasn’t exactly material. Those that caught my eye were wearing confidence. Yes, confidence. Everyone was wearing it and it got me thinking. There is nothing more unattractive than wearing self-doubt. You know what I’m talking about. Self-doubt is that person tugging on their clothes or the girl looking in the mirror 35 times in less than 60 seconds. It’s easy to type and I’m one of the first people in the world that should be repeating this lecture to myself at night, but the confidence I saw was addicting. These men and women loved what they were wearing. It probably took them weeks to figure out what they would be showing off at the Lincoln Theatre, but their radiant smiles were the perfect accessory to a natural look. If any of you find life and love in clothing, you should take a trip to New York Fashion Week. Hang out around different venues and do your research. If you’re anything like me, you’ll leave inspired and ready to step up your style. Forget Christmas — Fashion Week is my favorite holiday.

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Arts & Entertainment

Mixed Signals bring back comedy genius

Photo courtesy of Nailah Mubin

Mixed Signals perform one of their games titled ‘Half Life,’ in which Lindsey Nice (above) does a cheerleader routine in shorter and shorter acts. By Nailah Mubin Correspondent If you entered the Library Auditorium after 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, you would have been forced to sit on the floor. Almost every corner was filled with eager audience members awaiting the first Mixed Signals’s show of the semester. The College’s improvisational comedy group performed a solid oneand-a-half hour show filled with witty

jokes and clever puns that had the room echoing with laughter. While the group lost a few members to graduation last year, it didn’t stop them from putting on a fantastic first show. To those unfamiliar with improv comedy, Dan Loverro, senior biology major, explained that improv is a type of theater that is made up directly on the spot, using ideas provided by the audience. Mixed Signals played various games that were well-received by the audience.

One called “Party Quirks” required a party hostess to guess the crazy or weird habits her guests had. The audience decided what these quirks should be — obsessing over cheese, mooing and being Canadian. Nina Shulgach, junior nursing major, received a huge round of applause as she introduced her character as “Brie” right off the bat, while Graham Mazie, junior computer science major, acted out the hugely apologetic, maple syrup-obsessed and moose-loving Canadian. Halfway through the show, they played a game called “Fill in the Blank” where Loverro and Garrett Verdone, sophomore interactive multimedia major, called two volunteers from the audience who had to complete a sentence with their own choice of words whenever they were looked at. Although the original topic was Superman, the conversation soon escalated to ridding the world of Kelly Clarkson, using sniper rifles and convincing everyone to subscribe to Other skits included “Half Life” and “Drunk Game.” In the first, Loverro and Lindsey Nice, junior computer science major, had to condense a two-minute scene at cheerleading camp into one minute, 30 second, 15 second and finally one second acts. In the latter game, two members were supposedly in a burning building and became drunker every time the Signals said, “Ding!” The Mixed Signals wrapped up the show with a final game called “Le Swipe,” where members would freeze

and switch spots with each other, acting out comical new scenarios while also and bringing back older jokes. The audience laughed throughout, especially when they ended with the final declaration: “The best thing about being French is not being Canadian!” Perhaps one of the most interesting features of the show was the constant allusions to pop culture. Lines like “That really hurt Charlie,” referencing the infamous “Charlie Bit Me” YouTube video, or “Hey, sexy lady” from the recent Korean sensation “Gangnam Style,” or “I need to go watch ‘Honey Boo Boo’” elicited knowing laughs from around the room. “I felt really good about it, the audience reacted really well and it was a lot larger than we anticipated,” said Nice after finishing up. Audience member Ryan Manheimer, sophomore math and physics double major, agreed, saying, “It was a great show. I love these guys and I’m really looking forward to the workshop.” Other members of the group include, Jonathan Dowler, Morgan Teller and Shannon McGovern. The Mixed Signals perform a free show almost every month, with the next one on Oct. 7. If just watching isn’t enough for you, the troupe is holding auditions on Oct. 13 and 14. They also organize improv workshops throughout the semester. The next time you get a chance, make sure to check them out and enjoy a night of laughter, jumping around and interesting discussions about the origin of rainbows.

AVRA’s dark opus is well worth the listen

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AVRA’s debut is a strong first effort, but may lack a variety in mood.

By Tom Ciccone Arts & Entertainment Editor

Rock music is changing. Bands are becoming more diverse in their choice of genres and the general soundscape is becoming increasingly Lynchian. Layers upon layers of reverb and other effects are creating tracks that utilize a thick soundscape to produce new and exciting palettes of sound. Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, of Mars Volta fame, has followed this technique avidly in his prodigious quantity of solo LPs. Now, more and more bands are beginning to utilize these layers of ambient effects and sound. AVRA’s debut LP is a perfect example of this cacophonous layering of reverb and delay

effects. AVRA, led by front man Stellios Maroulis, have put together an interesting record. Paul Scozzari, who just recently earned his graduate degree in Educational Administration last December from the College, is also a member of the band. AVRA’s debut album opens up with “Engineer,” a perfect example of how rock music is becoming more progressive in its musical expressions. Its once sparse opening soon kicks into a driving beat with its energy growing throughout the course of the piece. AVRA displays the obvious truth that bands are beginning to get bored with the typical verse, chorus, verse, chorus and then throw-in-abridge song structures. Throughout the record Maroulis channels a Morrisonlike, dark inflection that often curls in and out of the music. His lyrics are heavy, often reflecting the pained emotions in the music. There is great interplay here, oftentimes lyrics can get lost in the music, but with AVRA the words flow with the music. The mood will often shift throughout AVRA’s songs as ghostly guitar lines splatter “Cellophane” with reverb that seems to transmit sounds as dark and distant as the subtle pains

expressed in Maroulis’s lyrics, which often find their most power in a crescendo effect. The great strength of Avra is in their dark, post-punk inflections. One could say many of their songs reflect the setting in which their art was conceived — a humble house in the middle of the desolution that is a Trenton suburb. While at first it may seem that AVRA’s lyrics hang on the typical angst-ridden emotions characteristic to the postpunk genre, their messages are often more complex and even political. For instance, “White Hall” is about the current geopolitical issues facing our world. To some listeners, AVRA’s sound may seem a little too heavy with emotion, but that doesn’t mean their heaviness is their weakness. Perhaps it means that their audience will be more selective. Though I must admit that I felt AVRA hung out on one emotion for too long, which makes their album somewhat repressive when listened to from start to finish. This isn’t to say that their consistency is an utter weakness. Oftentimes bands develop many great ideas only to put together a record as convoluted and varied as a Pollock painting. AVRA have

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AVRA, hailing from Trenton, draws its influence from various post-punk groups like the Smiths and Joy Division.

done the complete opposite, their sound is mature and developed, yet there are too few moments when the mood brightens. “Reconcile” does achieve this change of mood. As the lyrics shift to a thematic idea of finding common ground between two lovers, the guitars take a change of pace from their usual dissonant, reverb –drenched guitar lines to more bright tonalities and major chords. The great interplay between the piano and guitars on “Strap Discipline” is something illachieved by many rock bands, as the instruments are very similar in how they relate to the overall scope of the band’s sound. AVRA achieves a necessary balance

with their instrumentation. It’s a refreshing record when you can tell the musicians are playing to the song, not to their own insular musings. So, if you enjoy the types of bands that have influenced AVRA, you will no doubt enjoy this debut LP. It is a well-crafted and thoroughly produced record and is filled with plenty of gems with lots of replay value. AVRA are currently looking foward to doing promotional shows in the tri-state area, so if you like what you hear, be sure to check out their social media at You can also score a free download of their music by emailing them at

‘North’ is Stars’ right direction

The Dangerous Summer kills

By Matthew Jannetti WTSR Music Director

Stars “The North”

Janika Berridge / Photo Assistant

Stars has a problem, and that problem is “Set Yourself

On Fire.” It is the name of their seminal third album that came out in 2004. The album’s shadow is so large that no review of any Stars album since will go without mentioning it. As a result, the last two albums that the band has put out have been seen as huge disappointments. This does not bode well in terms of critical reception for “The North,” since the record owes its biggest debt to its immediate predecessor. However, Stars have never been a band that has been content to do the same thing twice. The LP still contains the cutesy interplay between lead vocalists Amy Milan and Torquil Campbell, and they are still, at heart, a band that sings about love. Yet there is a new infusion of energy and production. “Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It” and “Backlines” are perfect examples of this fusion. Amy Milan’s voice has developed, soaring through notes she might not have tried in previous LP’s. A more electronic sound can be heard on “The North,” another example of Stars pushing their artistic voices in new directions. The album is pretty much everything you could ask for from Stars but it doesn’t outshine their previous work. For many, though, that may not be enough to take a listen.

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The band rocks out with their pop-punk sound. By Nicole Ferrito Correspondent Students got to kick off the weekend on the right note, with a performance from Maryland rock band, The Dangerous Summer. They opened their College Union Board performance with an intense showing of their song “Permanent Rain” and brought the Rathskeller crowd to its feet. The Dangerous Summer consists of lead singer and bass guitarist AJ Perdomo, rhythm guitarist and background vocalist Cody Payne, lead guitarist Bryan Czap and percussionist Tyler Minsberg. Perdomo greeted the students with energy and

encouraged his fans to stand in the front. As their first song began with an exciting clash of the drums followed by the guitars and vocals, a group of fans had gathered at the foot of the stage and were singing along. Their songs, such as “Reaching for the Sun,” were sung with much emotion and angst as the lead singer belted lyrics like, “I wrote a song about war / The kind that lives in your head / I found a place I can sit / A place where everyday light hits.” “They were lively and energetic,” said Josh Lewkowicz, sophomore interactive multimedia major, who helped set up the band’s equipment. The band kept their powerful stage

presence throughout the entire performance. Between songs, Perdomo thanked the students for coming out and supporting them, and talked of how he wished he had his own college experience. He even mentioned, in a comical manner, how he knows college kids do not have a lot of money, and then said he would charge students whatever they were willing to pay for their band sweatshirts, T-shirts and CDs. “He really, really stressed how lucky we are to be college kids, because he never had that opportunity because he was always playing music,” said Joey DiCarlo, sophomore political science major. After the show, the band members urged the audience to come talk to them. “This is my second time seeing them,” said Madison Ouellette, freshman biology major. She also enjoyed how the setting was “more intimate.” Two opening bands preceded the Dangerous Summer. The first was a rockand-roll band called Gianna’s

Sweet Debut. Loud and lively, they started off the night, with a dynamic performance. They are made up of five members — two of them are students here at the College. Chase Destierro, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, is a senior early childhood education major. Matt Mance, junior interactive multimedia major and Signal Photo Assistant, sang and played the keyboard and guitar. “It’s really awesome to have an opportunity to be able to open for them,” said Destierro, on his reaction to The Dangerous Summer. The second opener was a band from New York City, The Condition. They had a more alternative rhythm and great vocals. They performed “a song about college” and “a song about being a college kid.” The animated stage presence and energetic rock music of the opening bands got the crowds clapping and warmed up. By the time The Dangerous Summer stepped on stage, the eager crowd was pumped up and anxious to hear them play.

Rifkin and Blake discuss classic literature By Tracey Napoli Correspondent

The Business Building Lounge was full on Thursday, Sept. 20, as students gathered to hear Benjamin Rifkin, professor of World Languages and Cultures (Russian) and dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and David Blake, professor and department chair of English, read and analyze excerpts from Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” and Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.” The unity of these two books and professors in a single Close Reading event was brought about by their “Summer Reading Challenge,” which entailed Rifkin and Blake trading books for the summer — Rifkin gave Blake “Anna Karenina,” while Blake offered Rifkin “Moby Dick.” For the event, they both spoke about the books they had given the other. Rifkin took the podium first to speak about “Anna Karenina.” He read the opening passage in Russian, while students followed along on English translations. He began his commentary by saying the first chapter of the book was “like an overture to a symphony,” alluding to the chords and notes that come together to make

cohesive, beautiful music. Rifkin went on to describe the familial ties of the characters in the book, as well as Tolstoy’s frequent use of foreshadowing and “superfluous detail” throughout the book. He spoke of the themes in “Anna Karenina,” such as “family is fate” and being unable to “impose our order on the world.” He concluded his portion with Tolstoy’s letters on “Anna Karenina,” where the author himself stated that he was “very proud of the novel’s architecture.” Blake opened his reading of “Moby Dick” by disclosing that although he loved “Anna Karenina,” “Moby Dick” was his first love. After reading the first passage of the book, beginning with the famous line “Call me Ishmael” (which he confessed to having a bumper sticker of in his office), Blake compared “Moby Dick” to “Anna Karenina.” He explained that whereas Tolstoy begins with plot and characterization, Melville begins with voice and character as revealed by mood and language. Blake concluded by stating, “Melville takes the task of making this individual story everyone’s story.” Aqeela Naqvi, junior English major, said, “I thought it was interesting to see their perspectives on it, and how

Photo by Chandler Hart-McGonigle

Dean Rifkin speaks to the students on selected passages of ‘Anna Karenina.’

they used the opening paragraphs in each book to relate it to what happens throughout the rest of the book.” The session ended after a fairly lengthy questionand-answer period, where students and professors voiced their opinions and their misconceptions about the books. As they delved deeper into the layers of the first few paragraphs of each book, Blake’s initial statement that he and Rifkin were “two people with two very big books” was proven true — there was not enough time to realize just how big they were.

Heffernan and Recht shed light on stage production By Shirley Guzman Correspondent

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Heffernan discusses stage development and the various steps to putting together a show, including lighting effects and scene direction.

A duo of directors led the second Brown Bag discussion titled “Putting it Together — the Art of Collaboration” on Friday at the Ernest and Mildred E. Mayo Concert Hall. The lecture was presented by Maureen Heffernan, a professor in the arts and communications department at the College, and Ray Recht, a scenic designer with experience on and off Broadway. Heffernan and Recht discussed the behind the scenes process of developing a show from beginning to end. According to Heffernan and Recht, different genres and themes of plays affect how the set design is created. The way a scene is designed plays a huge role in having the audience have a feel for what the play is about. Recht emphasized how the lighting of the stage can really affect the set up of the stage and bring focus to a specific area of the scene. Herffernan and Recht have both collaborated on scene designs over the years and were able to provide feedback on how important it is to

equally share ideas when collaborating with others. Heffernan is also the director of Young Audiences New Jersey, a program designed to inspire and strengthen the creativity of children across the country through workshops and assemblies that help kids connect art to life. The professor is also involved in the Emerging Artists Creativity Hub, a Saturday 10-week program for teen artists ages 13-17 at the College. Furthermore, Heffernan led the workshop “96 Hours” this past summer as part of the Aruba International Film Festival which focused on film production, acting and creative writing. Ray Recht is a professor of Theatre Arts at Marymount Mahnattan College in New York City. He has also designed for Theaters, Films, Television and “Saturday Night Live” Spoof Commercials. Examples of some of the plays which he helped design are “How I learned to Drive,” “Rabbit Hole” and “Shirley Valentine.” “Rabbit Hole” takes place at a home so Recht designed the stage to look like a house with different rooms. His hard work led him to win the 2006-2007 Abbie Award for Best Scenic Designer.

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Depth puts cross country at the top Cross Country

By Andrew Grossman Staff Writer

The Lions came to Richard Stockton College for the Osprey Open with high hopes. After winning the event last year, both the men and the women knew what to expect and did not disappoint. Although they easily dispatched the other Division III schools, their main focus was to get a better understanding of the course. “Later in October we have our NJAC Championships there so the main reason for going to the meet was to see the course,” senior captain Cathy Goncalves said. “We just wanted to figure it out because it has changed from last year so we knew it was going to be low key when we went there.” Although the Lions tried to reserve energy for next week’s Paul Short Invitational, they were still able to dominate, with eight of the women finishing in the top 10. Leading the college was Goncalves with a time of 23:56.17, good enough for second place. Right behind her were juniors Julie Jablonski, Anginelle Alabanza and senior Rachel Morris finishing third through fifth, respectively. “(This meet was a confidence boost) mainly because it was good for the girls to work together,” Goncalves said. “It’s not just about going out there to race against yourself and your opponent, but it’s also important to race with your teammates and to help each other out.”

After Saturday’s performance, it is definitely safe to say that the women are currently clicking together as a team. As for the men, they were equally as impressive as the women. “We ran this meet last year and won by a big margin,” senior captain Mark Sidebottom said. “Coming in this time, we just wanted to follow the race plan which we made. It ended up working pretty successfully.” Placing second, Sidebottom led the Lions with the time of 26:33.07. Behind him in fourth and fifth place were senior Michael Berti and sophomore Andrew DeMaria with times of 26:46.66 and 26:52.21, respectively. The Lions finished off their team score by showing their depth, having runners place from eighth through 16th. The finishers were freshman Roberto Guiducci, junior James Seyffart, freshman Jon Stouber, junior Ryan Ure, junior Dominic Tasco, freshman Jack Leahy, senior Alex Matteson, junior Walter Ingram and freshman Mike Olivola in that order. “We ran a good showing,” Sidebottom said. “Judging by the results, we had three of the top five runners so we were really able to do what we wanted to do.” With next week’s Invitational at Lehigh University, the Lions are ready for another top notch performance by a full team effort. “It’s one of the biggest ones in the nation so we are really excited about that,” Goncalves said. Only time will tell, but after this past weekend’s

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Several runners place in the top 25.

results, the Lions hope to use their momentum and run well next week. They will be competing in the Paul Short Invitational on Friday Sept. 28.

Cheap Seats

Hey ‘America’s pastime,’ let’s see some action!

Entertain us, Mike Trout.

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By Mike Herold Correspondent

In this age of 24/7 sports coverage, frequent player arrests and dozens of athletes

dating Kim Kardashian at a time, fans need something new and exciting every day to hold our interest. We crave the thrills of a controversy, the discussions we can have about who was right in an on-field argument and the spectacle of a brawl. Basically, we want our sports to entertain us not only during the games, but also on ESPN the next day. And baseball, you’re slacking off. Think about it — we call you “America’s Pastime” not as the compliment it once was, but in more of a “Well, we need to kill a few hours and I don’t feel like having to pay attention to anything. Hey, there’s a baseball game on, that should be easy to watch while napping,” kind of way. You have so many games that none of

them matter all that much. You aren’t like football or basketball in that every game players are knocking each other down and a fight could break out at any moment. Let’s face it, baseball, you’re kind of boring us. Fear not though, there are changes you (and by you, we mean your players, managers and league) can easily make that will stop us from dreading the summer months where you are the only sport in business. For example, you could make some sort of nudge-nudge-wink-wink-not-a-rule that at least once every night some player has to charge the mound. We’d eat that up! Failing that, if there haven’t been any punches thrown, the managers of the night’s final game could accuse each other of something. It doesn’t matter what. Just think

about it — last week, Tom Coughlin yelled at Greg Schiano and we’ve had discussions, Facebook polls and back-and-forth bickering ever since. You just don’t get that kind of attention anymore, baseball, and you have so much potential for it! Here’s another idea: we all know you want to get away from the steroids thing. But we still love it when a player gets ousted for steroid use. So throw us a bone, baseball. Any time the news gets slow, “leak” the news that another star has been linked to steroids! We’ll be talking about you for weeks after that! Basically, baseball, we fans have kind of outgrown you. If you want us back, you’re going to need to prove it. And there’s nothing that does the trick quite like a story we all love to hate.

Women’s Tennis

Lions garner success against massive field Singles and doubles shine in weekend tournament By Kevin Lee Staff Writer Wrapping up their 2012 fall campaign, the College’s tennis team ended their season at the ITA Northeast Regional hosted by William Smith College. The tournament was a three-day event beginning on Saturday and concluding on Monday with more than 70 studentathletes, representing 24 institutions. Ending the fall season against some of the toughest competition in the Northeast will serve as a great measuring stick for how the Lions will need to prepare come springtime. In a monster 64-player singles championship, the Lions saw success, once again showcasing the depth of their team. Five of the six players in the singles tournament, advanced past the first round for the Lions. Senior Paige Aiello and freshman Jasmine Muniz-Cadorette went the deepest into the tournament, advancing to the third round of the tournament. In an epic three matches, Aiello lost by set scores 5-7, 7-5, 6-3. The Lions added to their success, by advancing deep into a 32 pairing doubles championship. The Lions had two pairings of Muniz-Cadorette and sophomore Deborah Wu, and Aiello and senior Karisse Bendijo partake in the championship. With both pairings advancing far

into the tournament, the chance of an all Lions final seemed possible. Facing the host pairing from William Smith in the quarterfinal, Muniz-Cadorette and Wu were defeated by a score of 8-4. While the loss may be seem disappointing, the young sophomore-freshman pairing has plenty of time to grow and be a dominant duo for many years to come. Representing one of the best duos in the tournament, Aiello and Bendijo advanced to the semifinals. Cruising through the tournament, the pairing defeated the likes of Bard College, Nazareth College and the University of Rochester by decisive margins. With what could be their last chance at a doubles championship, Aiello and Bendijo hope to cement their place in the College’s illustrious history. The highlights of the tournament came from both ends of the spectra, showing the unlimited potential of the youth and the dominance of the veterans. Both shall continue to flourish and carry further success in the spring. With the fall season coming to a conclusion, the Lions went 6-0 while continuing their 148 game win streak against the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Singles and doubles championships in the Swarthmore College Invitational and a successful ITA Northeast regional was icing on the cake for the Lions.

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The women continue playing well at Ithaca.

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Fun Stuff

Optical Illusion! Look at it long enough... Are the wheels moving?

Week 4 NFL Mascot Battle

With the upcoming matchups in the NFL in Week 4, which teams mascots do you think would win in a fight?


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Mike Pietroforte “The Ref”

Andrew Grossman Staff Writer

Joe Caputo Correspondent

Brendan McGrath Managing Editor

In the this week’s edition of Around the Dorm, the “Ref,” Mike Pietroforte, challenges staff writer Andrew Grossman, correspondent Joe Caputo and managing editor Brendan McGrath to answer questions about Greg Schiano’s kneel down defense tactics, the subpar officitating of the replacement refs, and what the top of NBA’s Eastern conference will look like.

1. As the New York Giants knelt their way to a victory last weekend, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers proceeded to run over the Giants’ line and knock Eli Manning to the ground. Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin was outraged but Bucs’ coach Greg Schiano stood firmly by his decision. Did Schiano break an unwritten rule of football? Or was his team simply playing the game to the final bell? AG: Football is a tough, hard-fought sport for 60 minutes. NOT 59. I was always taught to play until the final whistle. Pertaining to the issue between Schiano and Coughlin, I personally don’t care about “proper etiquette.” Tampa Bay is paying Schiano $3 million annually to win football games, not to be liked by his opponents. Coughlin’s main problem with the Buccaneers’ decision was that one of his players could have been hurt. But how is that different than any other play in football? Once the game begins, the players are on their own and risk getting injured. This aggressiveness almost paid off, as it caught the Giants off guard and nearly forced a fumble. If Eli Manning had turned the ball over and Tampa Bay ended up winning the game, the story today would be totally different and perhaps more NFL teams would adopt this strategy. JC: I compare this situation somewhat to a blowout in baseball. If a manager is leading a game by double digits, he tells his team to stop stealing bases. Now take that situation and add in the chance that players can get hurt as a result. As much as I would love to sit here and applaud Schiano for making his players play hard for all 60 minutes, I just simply cannot do so. Schiano did indeed break an unwritten football rule in this instance, primarily because what he did not only caught the Giants off guard, but could have resulted in an injury as well. There comes a point in a football game where you have lost, and this could occur even before the 60 minutes is up. It has been an unwritten rule ever since the kneel down began — when the losing team can no longer get the ball back, the game is over.

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BM: I don’t mind a team playing the entire game out, within reason if a coach didn’t want to just accept defeat, as long as he and his players don’t do anything dirty in trying to prevent the loss. I’m sorry that Coughlin was startled by Schiano’s move, but how do you get enraged at anything that’s within the rules of the game and is not intended to hurt someone? Schiano presumably thought there was at least a small chance of recovering the ball and evening the score. And if he did, he has every right to go for it on that play. I’m not a big fan of this play, but don’t tell me Schiano violated some sacred ground of football. The football gods should be far more concerned about the overprotection of the quarterback, than about Eli Manning getting knocked on his ass.

refs is overblown, because they actually aren’t much different than the union refs they’re replacing and much of the difference that exists is probably a result of the intense pressure that is on them. If you don’t remember the atrocious calls that have been made by refs in the past, you need to think harder. About a quarter of the games I’ve watched in life have had at least one major “are you kidding me?” moment. I mean, on pass interference and roughing the passer calls alone I have gone out of my mind. It sucks when refs cause your team to lose, but it happens all the time. The league won’t fall apart if the replacements stick around. AP Photo

Brendan gets 3 points for noting that the game was still winnable. Andrew gets 2 for mentioning that Schiano isn’t looking to make friends here. Joe gets 1 for considering the possibility of injury. 2. After seeing the mistakes by the infamous “replacement refs” in Week 2, can the NFL stand to not pay the union referees for another week or so? AG: The NFL could truly care less about whether they pay the union referees or not. Unfortunately for the fans, the NFL is a business, and they are all about making money. So think about it, we may be frustrated with the replacement refs, but it does not change the fact that we still watch football. No matter what decision the NFL makes, it will not make a difference with their fan revenue. This is because we will still continue to buy tickets, jerseys and other memorabilia. In fact, the substitute officials are actually much more cost effective for the NFL, because they are making much less per game than the union referees. That being said, these new refs are ruining the integrity of the game and something must be done. Whether the NFL decides to do anything about it, however, could mean we may just have to let nature take its course. Just don’t hold your breath though, because we may be waiting awhile. JC: The problem with the replacement officials is not necessarily that they are terrible. The problem is that they are the replacement officials. Anything they do can and will be magnified, dissected and in most cases unfairly judged because people simply don’t want them there. With that being said, I think it would be in the NFL’s best interest to work harder to bring back the original officials. Even putting aside the fact that I miss Ed Hochuli’s gun show every Sunday, the decision has to be made with the fans in mind. Every decision the NFL ever makes is for the fans. Just this year, they moved the 4:05 games back 20 minutes to 4:25. Why? So the fans can catch as much action as possible. We now have a Thursday night game every week. Why? So the fans can now watch the NFL three days a week instead of two. So, regardless of how good or bad the replacement officials are performing, if the fans want them out, it is the NFL’s responsibility to get them out. Sure, they can stand not bringing the originals back, but it should always be in their best interest to continue pleasing the best fan base in all of sports. BM: I honestly don’t think it makes that big of a difference in the game. I’ve never finished a game saying, “Wow, the referees were just excellent today.” It is impossible to get every call right and they have a pretty difficult job. Plus, if they do well, you just don’t notice them at all. So all of this talk about the replacement

Joe gets 3 for mentioning that the replacements are getting flack mostly because they are replacements. Andrew gets 2 for pointing out the fault of the NFL. Brendan gets 1 for saying that having the replacement refs doesn’t affect the game very much. 3. With the NBA season right around the corner and a number of big moves happening in the Eastern Conference, give me your top five teams in the East entering this season. AG: I am not jumping on the bandwagon yet, but the Miami Heat are clearly the favorites in the East for a reason. As the defending champions, their big three look to be nearly unstoppable once again this season. Not too far behind them are the Chicago Bulls. Former NBA MVP Derrick Rose back make an immediate impact. Add in Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah and this team is solid. Remember, that Chicago came into the season as the top team in the East, but couldn’t keep it up when Rose got injured. As for the third seed, the Celtics are experienced, not old. The loss of Ray Allen will not affect Boston as much as some think. During the postseason, if it were not for injuries, he would not have taken the court. And let’s not forget about Rondo, Garnett and their captain Pierce. Talk about a triple threat. The Pacers may not have a star player, but they are a very complete and deep team. With a lot of young players on their roster, they will definitely improve. My surprise pick, taking the fifth spot, is the Brooklyn Nets. The addition of Joe Johnson will significantly help out Deron Williams, who is arguably one of the best point guards in the league. JC: This is a near impossible question to me due to many of the changes and injuries that’ll ultimately affect the outcome of the East, but here goes nothing. The only lock to me in this top five is clearly the Miami Heat. They are the only team in the conference that can afford losing their best player and probably still comfortably finish in the top two. They’re the defending champs, and LeBron has finally proven he can do it all. Here’s where it gets hairy. In no particular order, my remaining four teams are

Brooklyn, Indiana, Atlanta and Philadelphia. Here’s why: Brooklyn is the most improved team in the NBA, and they sure need to be to go from 22 under to a top-five seed in the East, but they are much deeper than just Deron Williams and Joe Johnson. Indiana is probably the closest thing to the second “lock” of the top five. After finishing third last year, they return their starting five and add capable backups in DJ Augustin and Gerald Green. Atlanta loses Joe Johnson, but brings in Devin Harris to solidify the backcourt. Don’t forget, Devin was a 16-point, seven-assist per game all-star a mere three seasons ago. And finally Philly. They were a major facilitator in the biggest trade of the offseason, but I’d say they made out pretty nicely themselves. Not only did they bring in Bynum in the trade, but also made a splash in free agency signing Dorrell Wright and Nick Young to help out the bench — not to mention Evan Turner is a rising star in the NBA.

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BM: Heat, Nets, Bulls, Pacers and Celtics. In that order. The Heat are the obvious choice in the East and it seems that they’re likely in a three-team race for the championship right now. I don’t think there is any arguing their supremacy as they have just gotten better over the past year. The Nets are obviously a better team this year, but how much better? A lot. Sure they didn’t get Howard, but they have Joe Johnson, as well a full season of both Brook Lopez and Gerald Wallace. Their starting five is going to light it up, plus they’ve got a decent bench. The Nets will take advantage of all of the non-elite teams in the league and land among the best in the East. The Bulls will surprise people with their play, and if Rose comes back healthy before the playoffs, they could beat anyone outside of Miami. The Pacers are a solid team and they should be in the top half of the conference this year after retaining Hibbert. It’s time for them to pass the Celtics, who are done being at the top of the East after a solid five-year run. Joe gets 3 points for considering all the variables after this offseason. Brendan gets 2 for taking D. Rose’s injury into account, and giving the Pacers the leg up on the Celtics. Andrew gets 1 for mentioning Ray Allen’s departure.

Joe wins Around the Dorm, 7 - 6 - 5.

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Nealon’s hot start has field hockey in control Field Hockey Feature

year back, and Jillian has fit in with them really well,” Lyle Fulton said, the assistant sports information director for the College. Nealon attended Hunterdon Central High School and played field hockey there all four years. She always knew that she wanted to continue playing in college. She chose the College for both the academics and the field hockey team, and she has played both field hockey and lacrosse for her entire college career.

It doesn’t matter who is the one putting it in the cage. We want to be happy after the game. —Jillian Nealon

Courtesy of the Sports Information Desk

Nealon has broken out this season. By Hillary Siegel Correspondent

Jillian Nealon has scored a team-high 11 goals so far this season for the Lions’ field hockey team. While this feat is impressive in itself, it is more impressive when you consider that those 11 goals are more goals than Nealon scored in her first three years on the team combined. Talk about a jump. During these first six games, Nealon impressed coaches and teammates alike. “The team had five of the six top scorers from last

She attributes her success thus far this season partially to her coach because they are both a part of the same athletic teams. According to Nealon, it is “extremely helpful” that her coach understands her hectic schedule. “When I’m in season, she’s in season,” she said. An alumna of the College, Leigh Mitchell has been Nealon’s role model for both lacrosse and field hockey. Nealon is grateful that she had such a good role model on the field. “Being able to play with her was just incredible,” Nealon said. When asked about the ridiculous scoring pace that Nealon is on so early in the season, Nealon described it in one word: crazy. “It doesn’t matter who is the one putting it in the cage,” Nealon explained. “We want to be happy after

the game.” That of course means scoring as much as possible and winning. The Lions like to take the games one at a time, knowing that they can’t succeed unless they are focusing on the game right in front of them. Nealon’s goal for the season is to keep working hard, especially with tougher games coming up soon in the future. She mentioned their upcoming game against Ursinus College, a big rival and nationally ranked team, as a tough test. In Nealon’s sophomore year, she received the NJAC Offensive Player of the Week award, and received the TCNJ Athletics Player of the Week award earlier this season after scoring four goals in the season opener against Stevens Institute of Technology. Nealon hopes to continue her dedication to field hockey even after she graduates. She is a health and exercise science and education major. She hopes to teach physical education and coach field hockey and lacrosse. “I chose teaching as my major so I could coach,” Nealon said. She also plans to continue the Lions win streak this Thursday, Sept. 27, at home against 16th ranked Ursinus College. It will be a true test and Nealon will have to be on top of her game. But with the way she’s been playing, it seems like she won’t slow down any time soon.

Women’s Soccer

Soccer splits pair, but stays sharp on defense

Noelle Skrobola / Staff Photographer

It was sweet and sour for the College this weekend, as they picked up a solid 1-0 overtime win against Richard Stockton College, but then fell to Montclair State University by the same score in overtime, ending the hopes of an undefeated season. In the first game, junior midfielder Sloan DePiero knocked the ball into the net with her head to clinch the victory. It was DePiero’s second game-winner of the season. In the second game against Montclair, the Red Hawks scored on a free kick with 4:15 left in overtime. Sophomore goalie Kendra Griffith’s absurd scoreless streak came to an end at 559:01, an incredible number. The College returns to action on Wednesday against Rutgers-Camden University, where they plan on getting back to their winning ways. – Chris Molicki Sports Editor

September 26, 2012 The Signal page 23

Lions Roundup Charts `N Things



Field hockey history: goals per game leaders Leigh Mitchell (2008)

Kevin Shaw

Caitlyn Jenkins (2009)

Men’s Soccer Manlier than you, scored two goals vs. Ospreys

Kathleen Notos (2010) Camille Passuci (2011)

Kevin Shaw, senior attacking midfielder for the men’s soccer team, scored two goals against NJAC rivals Richard Stockton College in a come-from-behind 2-1 win that temporarily moved the Lions to .500. The goals ended a 236 minute goal-less streak for the Lions and raised Shaw’s point total to 12 this season, one more than his team-leading total of 11 last year. Shaw has six goals overall and is averaging 1.2 points per game.

*Jillian Nealon (2012)

*Through 6 games






Women's soccer history: consecutive wins to start the season 25 20 15 Wins


This Week In


Football (1-2) Sept. 29 @ Western Connecticut State, 12 p.m.

5 0 2012







Field Hockey (6-0) Sept. 26 vs. Ursinus College, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 vs. William Paterson University, 7 p.m. Oct. 1 @ Kean University, 7 p.m.


Men's soccer history: goals leaders * Kevin Shaw ('12) Kevin Shaw ('11) Ray Nelan ('10) Kevin Luber ('09) Kevin Luber ('08)

Men’s Soccer (4-6) Sept. 26 @ Rutgers-Camden, 7 p.m. Sept. 29 vs. Rutgers-Newark, 1 p.m.

Kevin Luber ('07) Matt Luber ('06) Matt Luber ('05) *Through 10 games








Predictions from the staff Philadelphia Eagles vs. N.Y. Giants

Ohio State vs. Michigan State

Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels

Chris Molicki Peter Fiorilla Brandon Gould Brendan McGrath

Jamie Primeau Andrew Grossman Last Week: Brendan (4-0), Chris (3-1), Brendan (2-2), Peter (2-2) Wins: Peter (1), Chris (1), Brandon (1), Brendan (1)

Signal Trivia

This is the name of the Bubbilicious bubble gum flavor named after Lebron James.

Sporting K.C. vs. Chicago Fire

Women’s Soccer (7-1) Sept. 26 vs. Rutgers-Camden, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 @ Rutgers-Newark, 7:30 p.m. Men’s Tennis Sept. 28, 29, 30 vs. ITA Northeast Regional (Ithaca College), TBA Women’s Tennis (6-0) Off this week Men’s, Women’s Cross Country Sept. 28 @ Paul Short Invitational (Lehigh University), 10 a.m. Last Week’s Signal Trivia Answer:

Current Red Bull and former Arsenal great Thierry Henry scored 27 goals in the 2005-06 EPL season, while the entire Sunderland team only found the back of the net 26 times in 38 games. Henry has AP Photo scored 228 goals in all competitions for the Gunners.



Defense shuts out again as Lions win

Discipline keeps field hockey on impressive run

Photo by Chandler Hart-McGonigle

Whether it’s scoring goals or preventing them, the College is playing at a high level. By Brandon Gould News Editor

Moving forward in an undefeated season, the College’s field hockey team has one thing on their minds: paying attention to detail. That has been the focus for the No. 1-ranked Lions, who extended their winning streak

to 20 games in a 3-0 victory over Juniata College. After going ahead early in the contest, the Lions fell back on their defense, which recorded its third shutout of the season. “Our defensive unit has been strong because of our attention to detail,” senior midfielder Camille Passucci said. “Defense is about strong, disciplined fundamentals

and we have definitely been focusing on making sure the simple things are done correctly every time.” Freshman goalkeeper Roisin Dougherty continued to play well in the cage, making one save, while sophomore defender Lauren Pigott notched her second defensive save of the season.

“(Pigott) is such an integral part of our team,” Passucci explained. “At the center back position, she has a lot of responsibility and has been handling it so well. She has improved tremendously already this season and is always looking to get better.” Offensively, the Lions received goals from three different players, starting with a goal by sophomore forward Erin Healy, who scored 26 seconds into the contest. Healy has now scored five goals on the season — all of which have come in the last four games. “Healy is such a strong girl that when she directs her shots on cage, they almost always find the back of the net,” Passucci said. “She has been so successful lately because she has focused on staying low and directing all her strength and momentum towards cage, which has really increased her scoring opportunities.” Later in the first half, senior forward Jillian Nealon scored

her team-leading 11th goal of the season off an assist from sophomore midfielder Victoria Martin, who also assisted on Healy’s goal. The final goal of the game came about 15 minutes into the second half when sophomore midfielder Erin Waller directed a pass from Passucci into the back of the cage on a penalty corner. It’s a shot that Passucci says is becoming second-nature to Waller. “Waller constantly practices her direct corner hit,” Passucci said. “She was so successful in this game because she has practiced that hit countless times to the point where it undoubtedly feels natural.” The Lions will face their most difficult test of the season when No. 16-ranked Ursinus College comes to the College for a 7 p.m. start on Thursday, Sept. 27. That contest will be followed by another tough contest against William Paterson University on Saturday, Sept. 29.

College struggles mightily in extra periods

Two overtime losses leave men’s soccer heartbroken By Peter Fiorilla Sports Assistant

In a week defined by spectacular goals and acute heartbreak, the men’s soccer team generated plenty of drama but few goals to slip two games below .500 for the first time this season. The snake-bit Lions (4-6) came from behind to beat Richard Stockton College on the strength of a brace from senior midfielder Kevin Shaw, but were on the wrong end of late-game heroics in double overtime against Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham and in overtime at Montclair State. Goals have come at a premium for the Lions, who came into last week in the midst of a 236-minute goalless streak and have scored just three times in their last five games. “Scoring has been our downfall so far,” junior midfielder Sean Casey said. “It’s not that we aren’t creating enough chances it’s just that we haven’t been putting them away. I think you will see that change in the next few games we play.” Converting opportunities was no issue in the team’s massive 2-1 win over Richard Stockton. The game opened up with Ospreys forward Chris Katona scoring an audacious front-footed

Lions’ Lineup September 26, 2012

I n s i d e

chip from 15 yards out in the 49th minute. From then on it was the Kevin Shaw show, as Shaw found the back of the net twice in four minutes to improve his season total to a career-high six goals and give the Lions a much-needed W. “That was huge for our team’s morale and it really gave us confidence moving forward throughout the season,” Casey said. “(To) have someone like Shaw who can make a scoring opportunity out of nothing is something we need as a team, and I can’t express how Shaw is key to making our team play to their full potential.” Richard Stockton took the lead with a goal, but the Lions countered. Shaw outran his marker, chested the ball down and slotted it home to the far post for the equalizer, four minutes before rounding off the scoring by getting on the end of a free kick from senior defender Vince McEnroe. McEnroe put a pass on the ground to Shaw, who was left alone 30 yards out from goal, and the Lions’ top scorer blasted the ball into the upper 90 for a highlight reel finish and an important game winner. “The Stockton game was huge in this past stretch of games,” Casey said. “It showed that we could come back and win

when we are down. That was a big morale booster for the season.” Since weather had delayed the game against Richard Stockton to a day before a match versus FDU-Florham, head coach George Nazario played a B-team against the Devils for most of regulation, and the strategy worked even if the Lions lost. The Lions conceded a goal in the last minute of double overtime to continue a bizarre winless streak in overtime games, which dates back to October 2010. Following a corner for the Devils, McCartney took the ball from deep within the Lions’ half, dribbled it 70 yards down the field and rounded the goalkeeper before calmly sliding it into the net for his first goal of the season. “I didn’t see it coming,” Shaw said. “That came off of their corner — it was deflected — (McCartney) made a great run and he was able to put it in, I was glad he was able to do that.” The Lions continued to dominate and were unlucky not to be up a man when freshman forward Greg Perri appeared to have his shirt tugged on a breakaway, but the Devils equalized in the 26th minute and managed to bend but not break for the rest of the game. The unfortunate combination of a positive performance and bad result would re-appear

Lauren Del Turco / Staff Photographer

Scoring plagues the Lions.

for the team’s loss at Montclair State, when Red Hawks junior Dan Mendoza scored a goal from 22 yards out less than 90 seconds into overtime to hand the Lions another harsh result and heartbreaking loss. Improvement is expected, though, and with seven games left in the season, the Lions have ample time to become a stronger unit and eventually earn a playoff berth. “Overall, we are improving in regards to the chemistry of the team and I feel that is going to be key come the end of the season,” Casey said.

46 53 Around the Dorm page 21

Jillian Nealon feature page 22

Soccer in overtime page 22

Tennis playing well page 19

The Signal: Fall '12, No. 5  

The 9/26/12 issue of The College of New Jersey's student newspaper, The Signal.

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