The Signal: Fall '13, No. 9

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Vol. XXXIX, No. 9

October 23, 2013

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Weekend festivities Mental Health Awareness

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Students tailgate the game. By Colleen Murphy Review Editor

Old friends, good food, fun times, nice weather and a win for the Lions: What else could the College’s students and alumni ask for? Homecoming was surrounded by a controversy this year due to some of

the new regulations implemented by the College — cars were not allowed in the tailgating area, tailgaters needed to wear wristbands to identify who was over and under 21, and attendees were not permitted to have their own music. But whatever qualms people may have had about the changes were replaced with excitement for the day’s celebrations as students, alumni, family and friends showcased school pride on Saturday, Oct. 19. “It was nice to see everyone so bonded. Everyone had TCNJ swag — they had their shirts and pins and hair ties — and they had a lot of fun together,” senior biology and women’s and gender studies double major Stephanie Cervino said. “Even other organizations were mixing because they were so close together. It was a nice way to build community.” However, there were people who thought that the changes did damper the Homecoming spirit a bit but had see HOMECOMING page 3

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Career center presentation aids in job searches

Workshop for students on the employment prowl By Jonathan Machlin Staff Writer A job-search workshop on how to educate students on the mission of the Career Center, its resources and how to use each one was given to a group of students by the director of the Career Center, Deb Kelly, on Friday, Oct. 18. Kelly began the presentation by stating the

mission of the Career Center: to help students find the career path best for them by providing all of the tools they need to get started. Among the topics Kelly addressed in the presentation were one-on-one interviewing, group interviewing, résumé critiques, talking about oneself in an interview, being able to tell one’s story, accepting or refusing job offers and the benefits of LinkedIn. The presentation was interactive, as Kelly

asked questions to many of the students about their experiences, fields of study, job searches and even what to do when unexpected topics are broached. While Kelly was hoping to present an innovative online program called Perfect Interview, technical difficulties prevented her from giving the tutorial. In its place, she gave all attendees a leaflet on how to set up the program. After the presentation, Kelly said that she

hoped students would take home the fact that “they are in charge of their job search. There are a lot of resources available (through the College).” She added, “I hope they’ve left knowing there are options and opportunities available for them.” As far as quantifying the success of the presentation, Kelly stated that she would

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President R. Barbara Gitenstein, as well as $300, according to the Homecoming Spirit Week Committee’s website. Also receiving cash prizes are the secondplace team of Zeta Tau Alpha and Sigma Pi (“Willy Wonka”) and the third-place team of Delta Phi Epsilon, Phi Kappa Tau and Delta Lambda Phi (“Footloose”). According to the Committee’s website, the week was created “to bring the community together while demonstrating our campus’s student pride and involvement.” A volleyball tournament, cheerleading competition, tug-of-war game and other field games led to the week’s biggest events: the lip sync and dance competitions. On Friday, Oct. 18, each team performed a skit, which included elaborate backdrops, costumes and props of the team’s theme. Each skit was required to involve the College, the Homecoming football game and the team’s

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Teams come together in Spirit Week events Twenty-eight College organizations, 13 teams and one week to prove that your team has the most school spirit. To rally school pride in time for this year’s Homecoming, the Homecoming Spirit Week Committee and the Office of the Dean of Students held the 26th annual Spirit Week, with the theme of “Musicals,” from Monday, Oct. 14 through Friday, Oct. 18. After competing in the week’s 11 events, the “Phantom of the Opera” team of Sigma Kappa and Phi Alpha Delta came out victorious, proving they possessed the ultimate school spirit. The team captured first place in six events: the backdrop, lip sync and banner reveal contests, as well as the three-legged, human pyramid and potato sack races. The winning organizations’ names will be added to the President’s Spirit Trophy. The winners will also receive a dinner hosted by

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Tug-of-war is one of the many competitions in Spirit Week. INDEX: Nation & World / Page 7 The Signal @TCNJsignal

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Opinions / Page 11

Features / Page 12

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Arts & Entertainment / Page 15

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Poet presents Paul Legault speaks to students

Student Government Students’ rights and clubs discussed

Wives’ tales of health Beliefs discussed about common cold cure

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Dance crew on its way to the College By Julie Kayzerman Nation & World Editor

The third runner-up of “America’s Best Dance Crew,” Phunk Phenomenon, will be coming to the College for a dance show hosted by the College Union Board. CUB was allocated $10,957.52 last Wednesday, Oct. 16 by the Student Finance Board to host this event co-sponsored by Lion Latenight. Phunk Phenomenon will entertain with creative urban dance moves highlighted by breakdancing, following an opening act by Synergy. The show will take place in the Brower Student Center on a date that has not yet been set. Admission will be free. TCNJ Barkada also presented to SFB to request funding for “Barkada Barangay,” a multicultural presentation of Filipino art forms through several performances and a display of culture through a variety of traditional food. SFB had concerns over the increase in food quantity compared to previous years, but ultimately decided to allot funding for the event for $1,571 with the stipulation to

charge $3 per non-student. Student tickets will be free. The rest of SFB’s weekly meeting was spent hearing new club requests for eligibility of SFB funding. The Public Health Communication club impressed SFB with the extensive programming they have already achieved without SFB funding. “I’m thoroughly impressed by the things they’ve accomplished without funding,” said administrative director Sara Stammer. “That was the most impressive club request I’ve ever seen,” programming director Brian Green said in agreement. He proceeded to implement a motion to pick up the club, which passed by a unanimous vote. SFB picked up several more clubs, including TCNJ Saathiya, the Chinese Students Association, Off Campus Student Organization, She’s The First*{TCNJ} and TCNJ Secular Student Alliance. Net Impact was not picked up as an SFB recognized club by just one vote. “I love their mission but they don’t have a sense of what

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SFB talks about Phunk Phenomenon.

SFB does,” sophomore representative Tom Athan said, explaining that SFB’s job is to allocate money that benefits the student body as a whole, not the local communities. The majority of members agreed with Athan, voting to not back the club.

Activist enlightens about sexual identity By Gabrielle Beacken News Assistant

LGBT activist and co-editor of “Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World,” Robyn Ochs, presented “Beyond Binaries: Identity and Sexuality,” discussing sexual orientation identity at PRISM’s event on Thursday, Oct. 18. “I invite you on a journey of a landscape of identity,” Ochs said, starting off the night. “A landscape of sexual orientation identity.” Ochs discussed how human beings like to map, organize and classify people into categories. There is a really big difference, Ochs said, between how people identify themselves and how other people read them. Ochs noted how all people have many different identities. “Intersectionality: the idea that identity is complicated and identity is a journey,” Ochs said. Everyone has different identities that relate and intertwine with one another, such as race, religion, gender, age and more. Experiences in one of those categories affects experience in another category, Ochs explained. Each audience member was given a purple sheet of paper, illustrating various charts and scales created by sexology researchers Alfred Kinsey and Fritz Klein. As an introduction to her own

experiment later on in the evening, Ochs provided the audience with a brief history lesson about the continuum spectrum of sexual orientation. Kinsey conducted the first large-scale, allmale sexuality study in the 1940s, interviewing over 6,000 men. Kinsey found through his research that 10 percent of the male population is homosexual. Homosexuality, however, ranged through an entire spectrum of sexuality, Kinsey discovered. Utilizing the

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Ochs talks about sexual orientation.

numbers zero — exclusively heterosexual — to six — exclusively homosexual — Kinsey created “The Kinsey Scale,” illustrating the range of sexuality. Klein approached the sexuality continuum a little differently. Instead of a line scale, Klein created two axes with the variables past, present and ideal in the x-axis, and sexual behaviors such as attraction, lifestyle and emotional preference in the y-axis. “Kinsey and Klein made the assumption of the gender binary,” Ochs said, criticizing elements of the researchers’ work. “I do not use the words ‘opposite sex.’ It reinforces the binary.” Those words put things in opposition, Ochs said. It exaggerates differences of male and female, when they are actually just a variation of the same theme. Ochs also stressed the significant difference between the words “gender” and “sex.” “They are not interchangeable words,” Ochs said, as gender means “man” or “woman,” and sex means “male” or “female.” Ochs noted that gender means the actual understanding of what it means to be a man or a woman. Sex is our physical and biological characteristics that define us as male or female. The majority of the event was an

interactive portion that consisted of each person filling out an anonymous KinseyKlein questionnaire. Each member of the audience assigned a number zero to six, using the Kinsey scale, to questions such as emotional, romantic, attraction, fantasies and more before the age of 16, during 2012 and in the past month. These sheets were then shuffled and randomly assigned to different audience members. Ochs placed the numbers zero to six in a rainbow shape around the room. Question by question, audience members stood by the answered numbers on their sheet. The answers provided by the audience displayed that there is always a spectrum, always a wide range. The audience never solely stood by the numbers zero and six, rather members were constantly scattered across the spectrum. After the experiment was presented and Ochs shared her own life story, each audience member said what he or she had learned in the presentation. “I thought this was just going to be on sexuality, but it was about spectrum,” sophomore biology major Hailey Marr said. “It was very eye opening.” Ochs emphasized that human beings are incredibly complicated on so many levels. “None of us can be defined by a single word,” Ochs said. “We are all stories.”

Spirit / Organizations have friendly competitions

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musical theme. Sound bites anywhere from Cher’s “Believe,” to the “Drake and Josh” catchphrase of “Hug me brother,” to the viral video of “Charlie bit my finger” were used. In Sigma Kappa and Phi Alpha Delta’s winning skit, the SUNY Morrisville “Phantom” took the College’s cheerleader hostage. In

order to win the game, the football player had to rescue her. In between performances, the crowd danced, celebrated and cheered their team’s name and chant. Spirit Week is crucial to the campus because it is the one week when the College feels like a community, according to junior psychology major and Sigma Sigma Sigma education director

Kaitlin Shepard, who was on the “West Side Story” team. “It is important for TCNJ to have a Spirit Week because it brings the school together. It allows the opportunity for all different student organizations to come together, form teams and have a fun week,” Shepard said. For those who did not compete in the week’s competition, there were free giveaways throughout the week, including cupcakes and rally towels, as well as the chance to tie-dye a Spirit Week T-shirt. According to Shepard, the week is a great way for students to build up school unity in time for Homecoming. “The overall atmosphere of Spirit Week is upbeat and lively. Every day of the week there is something exciting going on to look forward to,” Shepard said. “The competitive nature of the events makes things fun, but in the end, everyone remembers that they are all one school and comes together to

celebrate on Saturday.” The week was co-chaired by senior English and Chinese double major and Student Government President Tyler Liberty and senior elementary education and math double major Stefanie Grossman. According to Grossman, this year’s Spirit Week was a success, and a goal for next year is to have even more people join in on the fun.

“People should want to participate in Spirit Week next year because it is a week full of fun and a way to make great memories. Everyone on campus has a different talent to offer, and Spirit Week provides an outlet for those talents to shine,” Grossman said. “It’s a busy week, but in the end, it’s something to do to show your school spirit and have a great time with friends, as well as make some new ones.”

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Oompa Loompas make an appearance at the lip sync.

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Homecoming / Students celebrate at the College

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fun regardless. “I think that there’s less unity, because not everybody who goes to school is at the tailgate. Most people are doing their own thing in their dorms, and I think that kind of takes away from the whole feel of homecoming,” sophomore communication studies major Theresa Soya said while going to watch the football game. “But it’s better than I thought it was going to be. There’s a lot of people still out and the music’s good ... I love Homecoming.” Tiffany Moscatello, a ’00 graduate of the College, agreed that last year’s Homecoming was better than this year’s, but said that the energy was still there. She was there with her husband, also a College graduate, and her

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Students and alumni jam out during festivities.

three young children. “It’s great coming back every year. I love bringing my kids back,” Moscatello said. Moscatello pointed out that the first time the College had tailgating for Homecoming was her senior year. Before that, she said the big hang-out place to celebrate the day was the Rat.

Trenton State College alumnus Frank Haas also mentioned that tailgating was a new aspect of Homecoming since his graduation in ’77. He was at this year’s Homecoming to meet up with his old friends from Sigma Tau Chi. More than 70 of the fraternity’s members attended this year’s Homecoming.

According to Haas, besides getting to re-connect with his friends from school, the best thing about coming back to the College was seeing all of its recent updates. “My favorite part is to see how much it’s grown. It’s huge. Same space, but it’s unbelievably huge. There’s so many new buildings here,” Haas said. There was a performance by the College’s cheerleading and dance teams before the winners of the two-week Homecoming Queen and King contests, seniors Ryan DeAngelis and Stephanie Rindosh, were crowned. “It’s a huge honor. You know, everyone out there deserved it, and they’re a great bunch of guys and girls. It was really cool, especially representing the Ambassadors.

I really appreciated it,” said DeAngelis, a chemistry major who represented the Ambassadors. Rindosh, a civil engineering major who represented Delta Phi Epsilon, was also elated and said that being honored with the title “means that you just truly embody the TCNJ spirit and that you make the most of this place while you have it here.” After the ceremony, the Lions took the field once again to defeat SUNY Morrisville 21-20. “It was my first and last Homecoming as an undergraduate, and I’m really glad I went because it’s a big experience that undergrads have,” Cervino said. “I saw a lot of alums and it was good to see them again, and I know next year it’s going to be me doing that.”

Advocating for North Korea Jobs / Technology

Refugee’s story is told in film

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LiNK displays inspiring refugee story. By Rashida Ricketts Correspondent

Five long months went by and the terrified 18-yearold boy’s nerves boiled to its highest point when there were still no signs that his mother would ever return home from the dangerous journey to China in November of 2004. LiNK, Liberty in North Korea, an organization in North America devoted to North Korean human rights and providing protection and aid to North Koreans hiding in China, visited the College to share a video of Danny Lee’s story and ultimately spread the message that there is still hope for North Koreans. Representatives Jena Talmadge and Kendra Akase came to share Lee’s story and the mission that LiNK has on college campuses. Ten years prior to his story, in the mid-1990s, the

North Korean government suffered a collapse, and as result many of those left ended up starving, while others left their families behind to make a better life for themselves in China. Lee’s mother was among those who stayed to support her son and mother. Lee was only 8 years old, but vividly recalled being too weak from hunger to even step outside of the house. No longer wanting to see her family suffer, Lee’s mom went on her 10-year journey between North Korea and China in order to find ways to bring a steady income to feed her family. “I will never understand my mom and grandma’s sacrifice for me,” Lee said. Lee’s mother took her final trip to China, and when she didn’t return, the 18-year-old left his grandmother and home in search of his mother. His escape was a success, and it was in China where Lee was introduced to LiNK. LiNK helped Lee get to the U.S. Embassy in China safely and then to the United States. “North Korea is actually a hopeful situation,” said LiNK volunteer Kendra Akase. “Last year when LiNK visited campus, after hearing Lee’s story, a few passionate students decided that they wanted to make LiNK a club here on campus,” sophomore biology major Janice Kwon said. “Unlike many other nonprofit organizations, LiNK informs people of where their money is going,” said junior international studies major Theja Varre. LiNK has also provided reintegration services for the refugees now living in the United States or South Korea. “We work with building community, traveling assistance, translation and assisting with scholarships,” Talmadge said.

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like to see at least six of the 15 attendees utilize the “Perfect Interview” program in the near future. “I think that is a good number because if each of those six tell just one other person about the program, it can make a difference for them,” she said. Ellen Plattman, a junior math and music double major, stated that she gained useful knowledge from the presentation. “I feel that getting the perfect internship or fulltime position is definitely something that students control mostly on their own,” Plattman said. “But the Career Center definitely helps with the process. Giving feedback on résumés and presenting workshops on how to land the perfect interview, as well as all the other workshops that are offered, are very useful tools that the Career Center offers.”

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Kelly talks jobs of the future.

Mental health services prepare for safety By Kelly Davila Staff Writer Purple ribbons and informational posts decorate the campus in honor of Violence Awareness Month, sponsored by the Office of Anti-Violence Initiative (OAVI), while the College is also showcasing its own Mental Health Awareness Month. Along with other centers on campus, peer educators and staff have missions of both promoting awareness of safety concerns and of personal development. OAVI, the Alcohol and Drug Education Program (ADEP) and the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are oncampus services made readily available to students at no extra cost. Although these services are free, some people consider the help they provide to be priceless. The value of consistent mental health awareness and self-care cannot be understated.

ADEP, CAPS, OAVI and Student Health Services (SHS) were established under Student Wellness Services at the College to ensure that students can find the care and help they need without having to leave campus. While it is very likely that most students have become familiar with the SHS office in Eickhoff Hall, few may know the functions of the other three divisions — much less might they know their locations. Sharing a suite with SHS, CAPS has a different set of responsibilities designed to ensure the emotional and mental wellbeing of every patient. “By design, we are a short-term model, meaning that we deal with issues acutely as they arise, trying to provide some semblance of structure so that students are successful in their academic work,” said CAPS director Marc Celentana. “If a student is coming in and they are so depressed that they can’t get to class,

we are trying to get them to the point so that they can get to class,” Celentana said. “A part of that might be therapy, some of that may be a referral for psychiatric care, or it may be follow-up care.” These offices deal with highly personal matters to which they have accommodated students with complete confidentiality, which would only be overruled in extreme circumstances. OAVI and ADEP are located across campus in Forcina Hall. While CAPS’ focus is on the medical counseling of their patients, ADEP and OAVI work from an educational standpoint to inform and help their patients. Although all three centers are focused on the student’s safety and well-being, these programs do not use force to provide the students with the help they need. Joe Hadge, director of ADEP, works face to face with patients and has experienced various cases each person brings into the program.

“It’s challenging. Some students, I will hand several referral options to them from a place right on the corner down the street … or I can give them names of a carrier clinic, and I can encourage them. I can advise them. I can support them, but it is their choice,” Hadge said. While students may be hesitant in seeking out help from these programs, each section of the Student Wellness Services provides a high level of confidentiality to the patients. “Someone who is entering into a therapeutic relationship with someone in our center ... their communication is considered confidential by law. There are a few exception frames where by confidentiality could be violated by the therapist, and the reason that that would happen is that the person is communicating a threat to themselves or an imminent threat to another person,” Celentana said.

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Sleeping student is robbed ‘Gravity’ hits No. 1 By Jack Meyers News Editor

On Friday, Oct. 18, the night before Homecoming, three summonses were given by Campus Police for underage consumption of alcohol. The next day Campus Police reported 25 summonses for underage drinking that occurred during the Homecoming festivities. With other additional summonses included, the total was 31 summonses for the weekend. ... Campus Police and N.J. State Police removed a male student from TCNJ Glow on Saturday, Oct. 12, who was reportedly intoxicated and both physically and verbally threatening to other participants. At 8:24 p.m., the student was strapped to a stretcher and transported to Capital Health Systems at Hopewell, according to Campus Police. He was given a summons for drinking alcohol under the legal age and public disorderly conduct. There was nothing further to report. ... The same night at approximately 8:25 p.m., Campus Police gave summonses to two other intoxicated female students. The first suspect smelled strongly of alcohol and eventually admitted to drinking

four shots of vodka, according to Campus Police. The second student had also drank vodka, slurred her words, and was unable to walk on her own. Both suspects were issued summonses on account of public disorderly conduct and underage consumption of alcohol. ...

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, a female student fell alseep on the fourth floor of the library and awoke to find her plaid backpack stolen. She reported her bag and its contents missing at 12:58 p.m. Shortly thereafter, the student was notified that her bag had been received in the Library’s main office. She reported that her silver coach wristlet, $40 in cash, one credit card and one debit card had been stolen, along with her student ID and driver’s license. The victim was promptly advised to contact Campus Police if she should receive any further information. ... A male student was found vomitting with his head and hands in a toilet on the Travers Hall eighth floor men’s restroom on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 2:23 a.m. He admitted to Campus Police that he had consumed between four and seven solo cups of beer at an off-campus house. The suspect was given a summons for underage drinking.

Apple tablet is best-seller By Courtney Wirths Photo Editor • Three weeks after its initial launch, Americans still struggle to get through some of the bugs and glitches on “No one is madder than me about the fact that the website isn’t working as well as it should ... It’s going to get fixed,” President Obama said in the Rose Garden, according to the New York Times. • Classic characters of rock ’n’ roll, such as Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, refuse to allow their content to be put on the music-streaming site, Spotify, saying musicstreaming sites have the potential to ruin music’s creativity, according to CNBC. • Science-fiction movie, “Gravity,” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, was No. 1 at the box office for a third week in a row. The 3D hit is a huge success for Time Warner Inc., according to the Wall Street Journal. • Netflix Inc. reached 30 million subscribers as of Sept. 30, and the online video streaming giant is poised to pass HBO in paid U.S. subscribers. The milestone will

prove that the company is reaching its goal of becoming a web-based television network, according to Bloomberg. • Apple Inc. is on track to unveil their new iPads on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The company’s iPad mini is the best-selling tablet in the world and accounts for two of every three iPads sold, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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• Last week, Google, after reporting better than expected quarterly earnings, traded at over $1,000 per share. The drive was caused mainly by increased usage on mobile devices, according to the

• Betty White is making her safety video debut. Air New Zealand, famous for providing entertaining in-flight safety videos, released a new video featuring the “Golden Girl” in a retirement home, according to CNBC. • Retail giant J.C. Penney has decided to sell less Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. products. The two companies were sued by Macy’s on allegations of breaking an exclusive merchandising deal between Macy’s and Stewart, according to CNBC.

Students’ rights policy to be more inclusive

By Annabel Lau News Assistant

Student Government passed motions to approve two student clubs and rejected a third on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Three clubs — To Write Love on Her Arms, the Association of Students for Africa and TCNJ Paintball — presented before Student Government in hopes of receiving official organizational status. To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit movement that strives to assist those suffering from mental illnesses, depression, self-injury and suicidal thoughts. The club was approved by an overwhelming majority. While some members of SG expressed that the Association of Students for Africa should be a subgroup of the existing Black Student Union, many lauded the club for its mission to represent an even smaller minority on campus. “African students on campus are a group that feel as though they don’t have a presence on campus,” said Alex

Brown, vice president of Governmental Affairs. “They specifically told me that they don’t want to be a part of BSU because BSU doesn’t focus on the things that they’re focusing on.” The SG general body was even more divided on whether to grant TCNJ Paintball official organizational status. Many SG members questioned the club’s mission and criticized it for a lack of leadership, as the executive board currently consists of only two members. When asked about the future of the club, president of TCNJ Paintball Sean Harshman responded hopefully. “We have interest from all different grades here,” Harshman said. “I think the (recreational) events will help build interest to become more competitive. The (recreational) events will really feed into the competitive side and just perpetuate.” TCNJ Paintball did not receive approval from SG. However, Magda Manetas, associate vice president for Student Affairs and advisor of SG, clarified that even

unrecognized clubs have many options. “If (SG does not) recognize a group, it doesn’t stop them from being able to affiliate and continue their activities,” Manetas said. “They can come back before the group at a later time. They can continue to affiliate and never go for recognition again.” In addition to voting on the clubs, SG also reviewed changes to a policy regarding reporting child abuse, as well as a document that explains students’ rights on campus. The old policy requires students, faculty and staff to report incidents of child abuse to Campus Police, as well as to the Division of Youth and Family Services — a state agency of the Department of Human Services that guarantees confidentiality. The policy has been amended to “strongly recommend” individuals to report the incidents to Campus Police instead of requiring it. SG reviewed one other document on student rights and freedoms, which guarantees rights like freedom of expressionand protection against improper academic evaluation. The document is in the process of being updated.

Award-winning director screens new film By Albert Cavallaro Correspondent Director Alain Gomis came to campus for a screening of his film, “Tey” — the recipient of multiple awards, such as the 2013 FESPACO Gold Stallion Award — last Monday, Oct. 14. The film screening was sponsored by African-American Studies, the International Studies Program, the Center for Global Engagement, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the World Languages and Cultures department. “Tey” (or “Today”) is presented as a type of modern-day fairytale, an exhibition of magical realism. Set in Senegal, a man named Satché, who recently returned from America, knows that it is the last day of his life, his death foretold before the movie begins. Satché — a healthy man, a hus-

band, a father, a son — is going to die at the end of the day and that is that. The movie was simply about acceptance. Throughout the day he visits family, friends and people from his past. It is a film that focuses on simple moments and the drama and power they can posses in and of themselves. It is also a film that is noticeably lacking in dialogue. Instead of conversation, the movie focuses on images, sensations and the power imbued in them. This silence artistry of the movie is prone to leave the viewer in a dream-like state and gives the movie a quieter, more intimate feel than perhaps a movie filled with big explosions and car chases could provide. “I want to create suspense with simple moments to open the time as in a magical moment,” Gomis said in a director’s statement. It was from his imagination that this

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Gomis speaks about his new film.

movie was created. This movie, however, could not have been so vividly brought to life without the main actor Saul Williams — an American

singer, poet and actor, who portrayed the mostly silent Satché. Williams was described by Gomis in the Q&A following the film as having a kind of “aura — a special energy.” The audience’s reaction to Williams’s aura and Gomis’s film was mixed. Two students’ differing reactions to the film capture the differing reactions quite well. “The movie was something I have never experienced before. It was a true culture shock,” junior sociology major Patrick Dubuis said. One other student pointed out how relatable and accessible the film was. “The overwhelming amount of silence made the film more universal. With its absence of language and focusing on human expression and sensations, it became accessible to any culture, much in the way that fairytales and myths are universal as well,” junior psychology major Mariah-Lynn Black said.

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WINTER SESSION AT TCNJ! JANUARY 2-17* *Travel and blended courses may start sooner.

Check for summer courses, too. On campus, blended, and travel.


TCNJ Faculty-Led Study Abroad: Open Programs Winter Session: Barcelona, New Orleans, Trinidad (Deadline Extended to October 29)

Maymester: London (Art/Chem), Paris, Israel (Education)

Summer: Harlaxton/Transylvania, Cornwall, South

Africa, Tanzania, Madrid, European Union (Business)

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Nation & W rld

Women instrumental in ending government shutdown By Jennie Sekanics Correspondent

Although America has spent much time rejoicing over the end of its government shutdown, the question as to how an agreement was met still remains. As our federal government is composed of two binary parties, who could have paved the path toward the settlement? Ann McFeatters, columnist for Newsday, said it was the women. During one of the darkest moments of the government shutdown, Susan Collins (D-Maine) took the senate floor and said, “I ask my Democratic and Republican colleagues to come together. We can do it. We can legislate responsibly and in good faith.” Other female representatives, Republican and Democratic alike, quickly seconded

Collins’s notion. Despite the current governmental deadlock, the women leaders were the ones who used their determination and diligence to ensure that a compromise was issued. Collins’s statement sparked a chain reaction that led to talks among opposing senators and inspired some of the male politicians to become more open to raising the debt ceiling and making only minor adjustments to Obamacare, TIME reported. “The women are an incredibly positive force because we like each other,” Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said to TIME as the negotiations continued. “We work together well, and we look for common ground.” US News pushed the issue further as they began to consider which gender works better in the governmental field. Although it

has been previously stated that women may have the upper hand in the ability to understand relationships and maintain better communication skills, perhaps the problem truly rests in the unequal representation of the female gender within the governmental body, US News proposed. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) brushed upon this issue as he stated, “I am very proud that these women are stepping forward. Imagine what they could do if there were 50 of them.” According to this theory, the most viable option would be to elect more women. US News also reports, however, that the real problem perhaps lies in the way female characteristics are regarded in the realm of solving political issues. Concepts such as compassion, peacemaking and placing compromise over individual victory are viewed as weak,

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Sen. Collins asks the Democrats and Republicans to come together. despite the fact that their strength prevailed through the recent and successful ending of the government shutdown. Susan Milligan, writer for US News stated, “It’s not just the gender makeup we need to change in Washington. It’s the gender-based mindset.”

New Jersey legalizes gay marriage, Christie backs down

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Beth Asaro and Joanne Schailey become the first same-sex couple to marry in NJ.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie dropped his fight against gay marriage in New Jersey on Monday, framing the decision in a pragmatic way: No point in fighting a

Obscure & Offbeat

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Knitting-while-running record broken The “Guinness” scarf-knitting-while-running-a-marathon record was broken during the Kansas City Marathon this past Saturday. David Babcock finished Saturday’s marathon in five hours, 48 minutes and 27 seconds, while he created a scarf just more than 12 feet long. All information from AP

losing battle. Just hours after gay couples began exchanging vows with the blessing of New Jersey’s Supreme Court, Christie announced he was withdrawing his appeal to the high court. New Jersey is the 14th state to legalize gay marriage. As the Republican governor seeks re-election two weeks from now and ponders a run for president in 2016, Christie’s decision holds both risks and benefits for him. It delighted gay rights activists and could enhance Christie’s appeal to independents and moderates of both parties. But it angered members of the GOP’s conservative wing, which already distrusts Christie and wields outsized influence in some state primaries. Bob McAlister, a veteran Republican strategist in South Carolina, said Christie’s latest move “is absolutely going to hurt him.” “Abandoning foundational principles that go beyond

politics is not the way to get positive attention in South Carolina,” he said. Brian Brown, president of the conservative National Organization for Marriage, said he was “extremely disappointed” with Christie’s decision, which he portrayed as “effectively throwing in the towel on marriage.” Last year, the New Jersey Legislature passed a bill to legalize gay marriage, but Christie vetoed it. The issue ended up before Christie again after a trial-level judge ruled last month that the state must allow same-sex couples to wed. Christie appealed that ruling to the state Supreme Court. The court agreed to take up the case but unanimously refused on Friday to delay the start of gay weddings in the meantime, saying the state had little chance of prevailing in its appeal. Same-sex couples began exchanging vows Monday just after midnight. Advisers to the governor said that in dropping the appeal, Christie had stayed true to his principles.

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Suicide bomber on bus kills five MOSCOW (AP) — A female suicide bomber blew herself up on a city bus in southern Russia on Monday, killing six people and injuring about 30, officials said. The attack in Volgograd added to security fears ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The suspected bomber was from the North Caucasus, a region in southern Russia where an Islamic insurgency has been simmering for more than a decade following two separatist wars in Chechnya. A local official said the suspected attacker was married to an Islamic militant. Volgograd lies 650 kilometers (400 miles) to the northeast of the North Caucasus, while Sochi sits to the west along the Black Sea. No one immediately claimed responsibility for Monday’s suicide bombing, but it was the first outside the North Caucasus since Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov three months ago called for a resumption of attacks on civilians and urged militants to target the Sochi Games, which are to be held in February. Russia in past years has seen a series of terror attacks on buses, airplanes and other forms of transportation, some of them carried out by suicide bombers. The last suicide attack on a bus was in 2008. Twin bombings on the Moscow subway in March 2010 carried out by female suicide bombers killed

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A total of five people were killed during a suicide bomb explosion on a bus carrying 40.

40 people and wounded more than 120. In January 2011, a male suicide bomber struck Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, killing 37 people and injuring more than 180. Umarov, who had claimed responsibility for the 2010 and 2011 bombings, ordered a halt to attacks on civilian targets because of the mass street protests against President Vladimir Putin in the winter of 2011-12. He reversed that order in July. The suspected bomber was from Dagestan, one of the predominantly Muslim republics in the North Caucasus, said Vladimir Markin, the spokesman for the Investigative Committee, Russia’s main investigative agency. In a statement, he identified the suspect as 30-year-old Naida Asiyalova. Russian state television showed pictures

of Asiyalova’s passport. In Dagestan, the center of the insurgency, bombings and shootings occur almost daily. Most of them target law enforcement officers, not civilians. The Tsarnaev brothers, accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings, have roots in Dagestan and Chechnya. Rasul Temirbekov, a spokesman for the Investigative Committee’s branch in Dagestan, said the suspected bomber was married to an ethnic Russian, Dmitry Sokolov, whom she had met while both were university students in Moscow. She encouraged him to become a rebel, and he quickly gained a reputation as an expert in explosives, Temirbekov said. Sokolov, whose nom de guerre is Abdul Jabbar, has been on the run.

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Homecoming success

Like all exciting days of the year, Homecoming 2013 came and went far too quickly. On Saturday morning, similar to many students and alumni, I was worried that this year’s Homecoming would be a disappointing fraction of past celebrations. I thought students might be discouraged by an event that had been planned without them in mind. I took my place in the under-21 line to receive my blue wristband. Walking onto the pavement, the lot was full. Grills were fired up. Cornhole and KanJam games were in full swing. Friendly faces offered hot dogs and hamburgers to any passersby. Music was blasting from both sides of the lot and crowds filled the rows between tents to dance and visit. The music was of course thanks to the determined efforts and petitioning of recent alumni and current students. Many students at the College signed the online petition demanding a voice in future Homecoming’s planning and a compromise on this year’s changes. Making my way around tents and through crowds, the mood was joyous. The day’s fun, however, was not without it’s challenges and obvious changes. Undercover patrols and campus police wandered the lot checking wristbands and questioning students about the contents of their cups. In total, 25 students received charges for underage drinking, according to Campus Police. Set-up and cleanup were made difficult as students lugged tents, grills and coolers from cars in other parking lots. And finally, the festivities ended at 4 p.m., — two hours sooner than years past on a day that already doesn’t pass slowly enough. My conclusion on the day was that it was not the Homecoming we are used to or look forward to every year, but because of the amazing character of the College’s students, everyone still had a wonderful time being together. Regardless of changes or regulations, students will find a way to make the day into something fun, maybe even a bit wild. It will still be one day of the year when we turn into our own. What Homecoming 2013 celebrated was not just the school spirit surrounding our sports and organizations, but the efforts of students and alumni to make have a voice in Homecoming coming to fruition. Next year’s event should be the result of alumni, administration and student input from the early planning stages to the end of the memorable day.

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Quotes of the Week “It is important for TCNJ to have a Spirit Week because it brings the school together. It allows the opportunity for all different student organizations to come together, form teams and have a fun week.” — Junior psychology major and Sigma Sigma Sigma education director Kaitlin Shepard.

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Re-evaluating generosity Effects of Obamacare Unemployment on the rise By Patrick Dyer

It has been theorized that strong unemployment insurance would result in relatively higher rates of unemployment. These benefits fuel frictional unemployment and essentially provide an incentive for people not to work. Of course this is not the case for everyone. There are countless examples of how unemployment insurance (UI) have helped those struggling and in need. However, even for the clear benefits these programs offer, there is undoubtedly a correlation between UI benefits and unemployment. New Jersey is among the top three states that offer the best UI benefits and also has the 41st highest unemployment rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). While the reasons for New Jersey’s 8.6 percent unemployment rate are too complex to be sufficiently covered in this article, I believe that the state’s generous UI benefits partially contribute to the high rates of unemployment. First some background on New Jersey’s UI program: A person is eligible after losing a regular job (for reasons other than being fired) that was held for at least 20 weeks in the state. The amount of unemployment benefits received each week is 60 percent of the average weekly wages earned during employment. The UI compensation also varies from person to person based on

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High UI benefits cause unemployment.

dependency and the living costs of the area. New Jersey offers the third highest UI maximum payment with $624 a week, while the national average is less than $400. New Jersey is also a part of the five states that offer benefits for up to 79 weeks, compared to 72 weeks or less for the rest of the country. On a personal note, one of my family members has been able to take advantage of New Jersey’s generous UI and welfare programs for her own gain. My aunt owns a small house and recently purchased a new car, even though she has worked sporadically throughout her life. She has managed to work about four months a year for the past 20 years and still live a comfortable life. It seems her goal is to work as little as possible while maintaining her lifestyle. Essentially, she works when she absolutely needs to and then stays at home collecting UI benefits along with welfare for the rest of the year. Because of New Jersey’s program, she has been able to coast through life while working as little as possible. I am sure the majority of people who receive UI benefits in New Jersey genuinely need it, but this is just one example of how someone can abuse the benefits offered. Based on personal experience and the statistics found online, I think New Jersey should consider re-evaluating the generosity of current UI benefits. The states that offer the smallest UI benefits also generally have the lowest rates of unemployment in the country. On the other hand, New Jersey offers higher than average UI and has among the highest unemployment rate in the country. I believe these UI compensation packages can be attributed to the unemployment rates seen in the state. Some people, like my aunt, will choose to work as little as possible but still want to reap the benefits and take advantage of programs like UI. New Jersey should consider reducing UI benefits to national levels. This will decrease the incentive for some not to work and in turn slightly reduce unemployment rates.

By Anonymous Sophomore

As small and medium size businesses prepare for the start of the Affordable Care Act, frequently referred to as Obamacare, there will be an increase in the number of part-time positions offered by businesses and thus an increase in the number of Americans who are underemployed. When it begins, the Affordable Care Act will require businesses to provide health benefits to full-time employees and their dependents, if a business employs over 50 full-time workers, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Once businesses are required to provide healthcare to full-time employees, this will increase the cost of an individual employee for the employer. The labor demand curve is downward sloping. Therefore, as the cost of one full-time employee increases, the business will not offer as many full-time positions. To adjust for this decrease in the number of workers companies are able to afford, they will offer more part-time positions. The advantage of part-time positions is that companies are not required to supply them with healthcare. They are also not included in the count that could potentially put businesses over the 50-employee line that requires benefits to be given. Part-time employees also provide employers with greater flexibility. One can easily be made a full-time employee if a position opens within the company. “Shifts from full-time to part-time work will be remarkably more attractive for employers,” said University of Chicago professor, Casey Mulligan, in an article he

wrote in The New York Times regarding the effects of The Affordable Care Act. In an economic environment where the unemployment rate is high and workers are more desperate for jobs (much like the current economy), there is a greater number of employees with a lower than normal initial asking wage. These individuals will likely take the newly created part-time positions. Once these individuals take the job, they will be considered employed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate will not, however, account for the fact that the newly employed individuals had been looking for a full-time job, but took part-time jobs due to the lack of fulltime positions. This side effect of the current employment survey process is known as underemployment. There will also be a group of job seekers who choose to hold out and continue the search for a full-time position. Parttime positions typically offer lower wages than full-time. The increase in the length of their job search will cause greater frictional unemployment. Frictional unemployment is unemployment caused by the time it takes workers to find job openings that fit their skillset and asking wage. In conclusion, while the Affordable Care Act offers a potential solution to the health care crisis facing Americans, the unintended consequences are an increase in the number of Americans forced to take part-time positions. This deepens the errors found in monthly unemployment numbers (those who are underemployed) and will increase frictional unemployment as workers seek full-time positions.

Mirror can be menace for men, as well as girls By Jonathan Edmondson Opinions Assistant

When I was a little boy I would wander into my living room and find my family, eyes glued to the television screen. My mother, father, sister and grandmother were all intensely watching whatever athletic event was happening on screen. I would feign interest for a few moments before I was utterly confused and simply bored by what was happening, then plod over to my action figures and play silently in a corner. My father, a brilliant man with a huge heart, taught me everything he knew about sports. He taught me how to throw a baseball, kick a soccer ball and pass a basketball. I treasured these moments when I was learning from someone who I looked up to as my role model. Despite this dream, my athletic skills were lacking. My passes were all wrong and I would instinctively duck when a ball was thrown my way. I tried a variety of sports, everything from soccer to basketball, but nothing stuck. Unlike the rest of my family, I did not have a single athletic gene in my

body. In fact, I found the whole concept of sports dry and dull and would much rather make up stories in my head. So that’s what I did. I spent the remainder of my childhood writing poems, drawing pictures and reading books. When I entered middle school, I discovered acting, and I never looked back. I was fully absorbed into the beautiful world of artistic expression. I had found my home. The only problem was society playing against me. As I grew more passionate, I also grew self-aware of how different I was from other boys around me. I did not fall into the stereotype of a typical high school male. My interests were diferent. I felt myself diverging from what I was supposed to become by society’s definition. In our current generation, there is rarely a discussion on male identity. We are apparently predestined to fall into the niche of boyhood, following in the footsteps of our fathers and older brothers. Our generation does not discuss men’s body issues or identity struggles nearly enough to be brought into the center of popular culture. It’s the simple truth that males, too, are

struggling to find themselves. Those who do not fit into the classic image of the AllAmerican male may feel lost and confused. Young men struggle to find themselves in this ever-changing world where deviating from the norm is still occasionally viewed as a bad thing. Finding yourself amidst the drama, the technology and the stress of the current age is an extremely difficult task. We are so often asked: What do we want to do when we grow up? What is the next step? We are told, “It’s early, but start planning now, the future is coming sooner than you think.” With this enormous amount of stress, we often lose ourselves in a vision of what others want us to be, rather than what we are destined to become. As time went on, I began to find the pieces of myself. I solidified my masculinity, but in my own way. I am no longer ashamed of my deviations from the stereotype, but rather quite proud of the man I am becoming. I still do not know who I am, and I think I will spend my whole life searching. The point is that it is okay to fall outside “society’s guidelines.” No one knows who you are supposed

to be. Sometimes it’s even hard to figure it out yourself. Regardless of who you are, creating a complete version of yourself is a goal that might extend much further than college. In fact, most won’t find the answer until they are long into adulthood. We are lucky to live in a generation that is becoming so open and accepting, but we all still have a long way to go. Abolishing stereotypes and accepting our differences rather than hiding them is the first step to discovering who we really are.

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Stereotypical male activities aren’t necessary to be masculine.

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PRISM hosts LGBTQ activist and vigil By Melissa Reed Correspondent To raise awareness to the difficulties and triumphs of the people in the LGBTQ community, PRISM hosted two events on Monday, Oct. 14 and Wednesday, Oct. 16 for Queer Awareness Month. The “For Those We Have Lost” balloon vigil, hosted at Alumni Grove on Wednesday, Oct. 16, had students pause in remembrance of LGBTQ community members who lost their lives due to violence and bullying. Participants wrote names of individuals who had lost their lives to anti-queer violence or anti-queer bullying and eventually released the biodegradable balloons in remembrance. The president of PRISM introduced the vigil’s guest speakers, Magda Manetas, associate vice president of Student Affairs and

dean of students, and Lisa Cato, an Episcopalian minister and chaplain of the College’s Canterbury House. “The group grows every year,” Manetas said, adding that every year a larger amount of students join PRISM and the event, causing the vigil to really gain momentum in its mission to raise awareness. Cato led a short prayer as participants readied themselves to release the balloons in ceremonious remembrance. Sophomore psychology major Disha Dass, sophomore biology major Lauren Pardon and junior computer engineering major Kari Gilbertson also added to the awareness service and sang a musical commemorative performance, Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Though some families might not be very accepting of their children’s sexual identity or

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Balloons rise to the sky’s horizon in commemoration.

orientation, the College has an open environment facilitated by groups like PRISM. Throughout the month, PRISM has many events and speakers that encourage awareness of the LGBTQ community. On Monday, Oct. 14, PRISM hosted a speaker who supporters and members of

the LGBTQ community could really admire: S. Bear Bergman. At the event titled “LGBT, Tikkun Olam, and Me,” Bergman — an author, theater artist, longtime activist and poet — shared his childhood memories as a Jewish female and his transitioning to a male.

When Bergman’s parents found out that he was in the newspaper for lecturing people on issues surrounding intersections between genders, sexuality and culture, they were horrified, Bergman explained to the Library Auditorium audience. “I’m addressing ignorance with education,” Bergman said. “My dad would say, ‘I just don’t understand. Like, if you’re going to be queer, bisexual or gay or whatever I was identified as at the time, I just don’t understand why you couldn’t please just do it quietly.’” Bergman explained that he understood his father’s perspective, but continued educating people on sexual and gender identities. “I’m a storyteller,” Bergman said. “I’m not shy, I’ve always been prepared to stand up in front of people and do a little song and dance, and I always have been.”

T. Swift evolves: new album unlike the rest By Johnanthony Alaimo Columnist Do you hear that? No, turn off the megahit “Work Bitch” for a second and listen even closer. Yes. It’s the sound of women waxing their legs, plucking their brows and bleaching their, well ... Because, everyone, Zac Efron is single. And he only likes the most bleached of them all. (Vanessa Hudgens, bleach your heart out.) The young heartthrob/your daughter’s wallpaper print recently declared he is single and not dating anybody at the moment. You know that phrase, “plenty of fish in the sea”? Well, fuck

the fish. I don’t want a flounder. I don’t even want a hefty albacore. I want a chest of doubloons. And I have reason to believe Efron has plenty of good doubloons. Speaking of fish, Taylor Swift is making like one hanging out in Chinatown, attracting the worst of attention. The singer/breakup enthusiast recently spoke about her upcoming album. That’s right. We have a lot more to look forward to. She also mentioned how the album will be “different than the last.” What, did you date and break up with a woman now? Tegan and Sara have already cornered the lesbian angst market, back off! Rumors are spreading,

though, that the album will be called, “At first I did not know it was your diary. I thought it was a very sad, handwritten book.” And finally, Britney Spears has released the title of her upcoming album slated for a release on Tuesday, Dec. 3: “Britney Jean.” I’ll tell you now, Billie Jean might not be my lover, but BRITNEY Jean certainly is. The iconic pop star also had a bit of “surprising” news. She will be taking a break after the album. Well, Britney has been really busy lately. I think they’re making her wake up before 3 p.m.! It’s a grueling schedule. But I’m proud of what my homegirl has done. An eighth studio album? That’s the kind of change I like to see, SWIFT.

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Zac Efron and his sultry look are recently single and looking for love.

EPA faces heat over emission standards

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Vice President Biden visits the EPA headquarters. By Frank Saverino Columnist Vice President Joe Biden visited the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters on Thursday, Oct. 17, and formally welcomed back more than 160,000 workers who were furloughed by the 16day stalemate in Congress. “They’ve got all that work piled up, so they’ve got a lot to do, so I’m not going to hold them up very long,” Biden said in his

speech to the staff as they began settling back into their desks. It’s finally another day at the office, but now that the EPA workforce is back on the clock, the heat over the EPA’s latest greenhouse gas emission standards recommences and continues to ignite. The Supreme Court’s decision last Tuesday to allow a hearing on a particular segment of the Massachusetts v. EPA case in 2007 has brought both states and big businesses to battle on Capitol Hill over the federal regulations imposed by the Obama administration’s recent Climate Change Act. In 2007, several industrial groups, now revisiting Washington, claimed that the EPA’s justification to regulate carbon dioxide was exaggerated and that the economic consequences of restricting coal plants are dire, considering the energy market is now graduating toward utilizing natural gas sources for fuel, such as fracking, instead of the traditional means of the coal fleet. Then, the EPA’s guidelines had received the Supreme Court’s approval as permissible by the Clean Air Act. But the authorization was contingent on the EPA’s determination of whether greenhouse gas emissions are hazardous to human health and life.

In 2009, the EPA made its case clear on the dangerous effects of carbon dioxide pollution and presented carbon limitations for both vehicles and stationary sources, such as power plants, factories, etc. The restrictions were hit hard with criticism by 13 states and a slew of industrial factions and companies, such as the National Mining Association, American Electric Power, Southern Company and Xcel Energy. A Federal D.C. circuit court ruling in 2012 deemed the EPA’s endangerment clause on greenhouse gas emissions sound, so it remains protected and separated from the current judicial review. The Supreme Court, however, will begin to hear six of the cases debating the new EPA standards for future coal plants starting next year, and the court plans to reach resolutions by next summer. According to Forbes, the EPA will “require that all future coal plants be as clean as combined cycled natural gas units,” and that the plants can “emit no more than 1,100 pounds of carbon per megawatt hour, a significant drop from their current levels of 1,850 pounds.” Vehicle standards will remain untouched by the judicial review, but the

Supreme Court will begin to examine and decide whether the new standards on future plants are symptomatic of excessive government regulation and if the economic effects will be as drastic as the industrialists have argued. Many opponents of the EPA, especially big oil states like Texas, have tried to disclaim the EPA standards as unconstitutional and have pressed the judicial branch to shift the powers to uphold and direct environmental reforms over to the hands of legislation representatives in Congress. The Texas attorney general, Greg Abbott, has even said that “the EPA violated the U.S. Constitution and the federal Clean Air Act when it concocted greenhouse gas regulations out of whole cloth.” The Obama administration defended its implementing agency and said that it was Congress specifically that desired the EPA to have sovereignty in controlling and creating the laws of the new Climate Change Act. The Supreme Court is left to mediate a highly bureaucratic and incentivized environmental issue, which has further implications both economically and politically as Obama’s Climate Change Act seats the EPA as its main enforcing organization.

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Wives’ tales of health By Andreia Bulhao Columnist

It’s cold and flu season and many of us are spending much of our time in search of ways to fight off the sickness or avoid it from happening altogether. For many of us, that includes taking part in old wives’ tale type remedies or avoiding certain behaviors to keep from catching a cold. And while some of these old traditions do ring true, it has often been shown that ideas of what causes colds or what helps you get rid of them is misinformation. Here is a list of some of the most common cold beliefs explained. Walking outside with wet hair can cause you to catch a cold. I can’t even begin to think of how many times I have heard this one before. Thought to be true by mothers everywhere, this old myth is false. Skipping a blow-dry does not guarantee that you will catch a cold. You get sick by acquiring a virus, usually in your upper respiratory tract, that your immune system has trouble managing. This only happens when coming into contact with a sick person who might sneeze around you or picking it up from touching a doorknob contaminated with some sort of infection, for example. Going outside with wet hair does not affect your immune system in that way, and while it might not necessarily be a good look, it certainly won’t give you the sniffles. Drastically changing weather brings on a cold. This myth is partially true. Drastic changes in temperature do not necessarily give you the cold, as you

must actually acquire some type of virus to show any symptoms. Fluctuations of temperature do not actually trigger any sniffling or sneezing. However, there is some truth to the idea that colds do occur more frequently this time of year. This is because when the temperature drops, people are naturally more inclined to be cooped up inside of the house. Being in close quarters with a lack of fresh outdoor air makes it easier to pass a cold virus back and forth. Comfort foods, like chicken soup, can help heal a cold. Commonly thought to be a myth, this belief is actually true. Chicken soup, or any other warm liquids, is comforting and helpful when you’re suffering from cold symptoms. They help clear nasal passages and aid the immune system while relaxing the inflammatory response often caused by an infection. Honey can help a sore throat or control a cough. This belief is also true. According to research published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, sweet things help soothe soar throats and honey beat out cough suppressant dextromethorphan in symptom relief of children battling upper respiratory infections. That may be because honey is rich with antioxidants, which can help soothe irritated mucous membranes that trigger coughing. Feed a cold, starve a fever. This is also an idea I hear universally shared when being advised on ways to combat a cold. The solution is to stay hydrated and maintain a proper caloric intake. Being dehydrated and consuming less than the recommended minimum of 1,200 calories a day can cause your body to take a longer time to recover.

Campus Style By Heather Hawkes & Jordan Koziol Columnists It’s not often that you can adopt the identity of Two-Chainz, a giant banana or Catwoman without raising some eyebrows along the way. Herein lies the sheer excitement of Halloween — the one day when we can forget social norms and allow creativity to guide our outfit choices. If you’re like most college students, costume selection involves frantically searching your dorm room for random articles of clothing and supplies. Fear not! Before you rip the sheet off your bed and decide to go as a ghost, consider the following:

Hurricane Sandy. Grab a clear poncho from any local convenience store and draw a map of New Jersey on the front. Glue a spiral of cotton balls over the map to replicate the storm clouds. WARNING: This costume may provoke locals to spill their drink on you throughout the course of the night.

Catch some game: Wear a flannel or camouflage shirt with a pair of blue jeans and boots to be a “Duck Dynasty” dude. If you’re too short on time to grow a beard, get creative with cotton balls or a wig to mimic some serious facial flow. Top off the look by carrying around a rubber duck or gallon of iced tea. Blurriest lines: If you want to go as Miley Ray Stewart’s alter, alter ego, wear a cheap crop top with a pair of shorts. Style your hair in those funky little buns, rep combat boots and throw on a foam finger to perfect the costume. Get a friend to wear a black suit or allblack ensemble. Decorate the outfit with stripes of white duct tape sold at most craft or department stores. Be the encore that no one at the VMAs wanted. Blow them away: Show up to the party as New Jersey’s most recent archenemy,

Dress as a ‘Duck Dynasty’ star for Halloween this year.

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An order of sesame chicken and lo mein noodles is the right dish to make the best of a rainy night. By Julie Kayzerman Nation & World Editor There’s nothing better than take-out Chinese food on a rainy day when being productive just isn’t in the cards and Eickhoff just won’t cut it. Luckily, the surrounding area is filled with an array of quality Chinese cuisine options, so I hopped into my car and drove about 10 minutes to Lawrenceville Township’s Golden Empire to try something new. In the mood for my personal favorite, I ordered the sesame chicken and white rice along with a side of plain lo mein. Its aroma tortured me during the

10-minute drive back to campus, before I could savor the meal. I should’ve just asked them for delivery, but I felt like going for a drive. My excitement was so unbearable that I snuck a few noodles on the way as I hiked back to Decker in the rain. The chicken was so sweet and tangy with well-distributed sesame seeds on top. The portion size was also good, leaving me with leftovers for a delicious, non-Eick dinner the next day. The white rice that came on the side was cooked to perfection and tasted wonderful when mixed in with the sauce from the chicken. The chicken also came with a few pieces of broccoli that were probably

tasty. But I don’t like broccoli, so your guess is as good as mine. The lo mein on the side was definitely satisfying, although it wasn’t as good as other restaurants like No. 1 China, where I could’ve gotten an egg roll with my meal for roughly same price I paid for this one, $12.45. Overall, the lo mein was fine, but it just wasn’t as great because it seemed a tad burnt, with a “charcoal-y” taste. I was certainly full after my meal and excited for the next day’s leftovers, since it was delicious. But I’m not sure I’ll be ordering from there again, as No. 1 China certainly is still number one. I did learn how to say “cherry” in Chinese from my fortune cookie, though, so bonus points there.

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Arts & Entertainment

Lost in translation, Legault recites his poetry

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Legault blends absurdism with humor in his postmodern poetry. By Tom Kozlowski Arts & Entertainment Editor Modern times are a beautifully absurd place to be for Paul Leagult. Hailing from the postmodernist enclaves of Brooklyn, the critically acclaimed poet and translator offered a reading of his work to the College on Wednesday, Oct. 16. At times, Legault twisted cultural mysteries into an upside down art form — at others, his poems seemed to pilot a thought process without his listeners

quite on board. Perhaps that’s the point. Born in Ontario and raised in Tennessee, Legault had originally wanted to be a screenwriter after “renting too many movies out at Blockbuster.” He obtained his B.F.A. in screenwriting from the University of Southern California, but after dedicating so much of his spare energy to poetry, decided to earn an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Virginia. There was never a definitive moment when he learned how to write, as he noted in his question and answer

session. It was indefinitely started but constantly pursued. Legault has since published three books of poetry, selecting a few pieces from each to read aloud. These books include “The Madeleine Poems” in 2010, “The Other Poems” in 2011 and, most recently, 2012’s “The Emily Dickinson Reader.” The latter is a self-described “Englishto-English” translation of all 1,789 Dickinson poems, only condensed into quipping, 21st century one-liners. It’s a rare combination of both Legault’s voice and the 18th century Amherst poet. The result, when flipping between the originals and Legault’s stripped-down drag translations, is enlightening and hilarious. “I live dangerously indoors,” reads one translation. Dickinson, the formidable recluse, may have chuckled at Legault’s catty interpretations of her work. But his adaptations were often faithfully sentimental, too. “You live very far away, but I would still like to see you,” read another. The audience swooned. There are, after all, emotional bridges between dead poets and their readers centuries later. “I used to get angry when people tried to connect (Dickinson’s) poems to things happening in her life,” Legault said. “But then I realized that these funny things

people were saying, pointing out that she had emotional feelings parallel to our own, was really useful.” The translations within “The Emily Dickinson Reader” are succinct and relatable, but these are qualities that tend to evade Legault’s other works. His previous poetry, littered with dialogue between inanimate objects and incomplete observations, is a winding path to follow. Dogs put on hats with no conclusion, and “tiny versions of yourself (are) stacked” atop one another like a Tower of Babel in more ways than just the figurative. It’s unclear what’s really going on in these poems. To analyze individual stanzas would be to shake a mixed bag of unsorted thoughts. And while these may be clear to Legault, both quirky and brilliant, readers may view its contents through a distant kaleidoscope. Still, that’s modernity to Legault: a dizzy, funny, inscrutable take on the universe, far from the truth but maybe inching closer to it. And for all his topsy-turvy writing, he’s still grounded in the moment of his northeast home. “All of my ideas come from here, this tri-state area,” Legault said. “That’s how my ideas travel but stay in one location at the same time.”

Down to brass tacks: horns and voice impress By Lucas Snarski Staff Writer Music and rhythm flowed from a powerful voice and a skilled horn as they came together for the final song of the Music Department’s Afternoon Recital Series, held in Mayo Concert Hall on Sunday, Oct. 20. At the senior recital of Val Kuntz and junior recital of Raquel Nobile, the two alternated songs

over the course of the hour’s performances. When they arrived at the last number of the evening, the two joined together to play a beautiful finale, accompanied by the piano Senior music education major Chris Hotchkiss praised the performance, commenting that the last song of the night stood out to him the most. “How they ended the concert playing and singing together was a

great way to end,” Hotchkiss said. Kuntz, a horn player, performed solo and with piano accompaniment. In a special piece, he was also joined by fellow horn-player Andrew Unger. At first, the two played the brass instruments separately, but later began to perform a duet, playing off one another’s contrasting notes almost combatively as the piece progressed. After the horn performances

concluded, Nobile took the stage to sing a selection covering works in a multitude of languages, including French, Russian, Italian, German and English. Nobile was serious and emotive during her songs, but later broke into a broad smile upon the completion of each piece. After such talented vocal performances, she had much reason to smile. Music majors must perform in a recital as part of the requirements

for a music degree. These recitals are typically planned to include two performers, each of whom chooses what they play, and they are encouraged to plan a piece to perform together. The recital series will continue over the course of the semester with more performances. The talent of these students are incredible for college-level musicians, and the quality of their work shows no signs of slowing down.

Not so blown away by Windy City’s musical By Jonathan Edmondson Opinions Assistant “Chicago” celebrated its 7,000th performance at the Ambassador Theater in New York City, on Tuesday, Sept. 24. A month prior, I took a trip to see this highly acclaimed show, which is also the longest running American musical on Broadway. After sitting through the two and a half hour performance, I realized that reaching such a milestone as 7,000 performances may not be such a great thing. The musical, with an impeccable score and simplistic design, tells the tale of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly. Both women are vaudeville actresses, the latter more seasoned and experienced. The two bombshells are ultimately locked up in the same Chicago prison. Set during the Prohibition era of the ’20s, crime is abundant and makes for splashy headlines and fresh gossip. Billy Flynn, an electric and smooth lawyer, is seemingly the only ticket out, and the musical highlights the back and forth of Roxie and Velma’s journey. Ultimately, the two girls realize that the only way to reach the success they both desire is to join forces, resulting in “Nowadays/Hot Honey Rag,” the show’s big finale.

The dialogue is sharp, the music is complex, and the Fosse choreography is unmatched. The problem lies within the current production, which runs like a machine with more than a few rusty screws. For the most part, the cast is uninspired. The performances were not as sharp as one would expect from such a dazzling Broadway show. The set and costumes are also extremely minimalistic. Such is the design of the original Broadway production, where the show was supposed to be performed “Cabaret” style, with a master of ceremonies introducing most songs from the pit orchestra. The simplistic approach worked then, but is perhaps too dull for the Broadway of our generation. After all, tickets are not cheap, despite how long the show has been running. The musical is entertaining, sure, but is it worth the $150 price tag for orchestra seats? Perhaps I, like many others, are jaded by the wildly successful 2002 film adaptation that won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The movie was a masterpiece with razor-sharp performances and perfectly produced numbers. It is a rare case where the movie is much better than the actual stage production. After running for so long, it is in desperate need of a makeover. The

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‘Chicago’ has longevity, but its acting isn’t safe from decay over time.

music and story are still timeless, but the entire production needs to be redone. In addition, the performance I saw was the last night of TV personality Wendy Williams playing the role of Mamma Morton. Williams was flat during most of her performance, and her only saving grace was the smile she wore the whole time. “Chicago” is constantly bringing in B-list

celebrities to sell tickets. For example, up next is world champion figure skater Elvis Stojko. But they seem to be focusing on all the wrong ideas. Instead of employing fresh talent from the streets of New York, they are digging up celebrities who think being on Broadway would simply be fun. Overall, the show needs to refocus its design if it wants to continue its record-breaking run.

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Tim Rollins, miracle worker of the Bronx By Courtney Kalafsky Staff Writer

Artist Tim Rollins set the bar high for the Visiting Artist Series, presented by the Art and Art History departments on Wednesday, Oct. 16, with a powerful message on second chances and the values of a community. Rollins, originally from Maine, received a B.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts in New York. It was during his graduate studies at New York University when he began teaching art at an intermediate school in the South Bronx. The position, originally meant to be temporary, changed his life forever. “All works of art are like a time machine,” Rollins said. He believes that through art, we are able to visit the past and the future. At the same time, he explained, “My favorite word in the universe is now.” The South Bronx middle school lacked many amenities, such as proper classroom space and a dedicated faculty. Teachers had

no control, leaving students the freedom to do whatever they pleased. Its reputation intimidated Rollins from the beginning. However, through art, Rollins was able to give a second chance to the children. By conducting an environment of respect and withstanding leadership, Rollins was able to keep control of his classroom. The reaction, although unexpected, was phenomenal. Students loved the class so much that they began to call themselves K.O.S., or “Kids of Survival.” As acceptance by students expanded, so did Rollins’s curriculum. He began to teach other school topics through the engagement of art. Creating pieces based on works such as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Huckleberry Finn,” students were forced to study literature that society believed was too advanced for them. Eventually, K.O.S. moved into a bigger studio outside of the schoolhouse walls. As Rollins and his students proved the world wrong, they began to receive offers to purchase their works, many of which are displayed in well-known museums.

Rollins’s world truly changed when the youngest boy in K.O.S. was murdered in the crossfire of a drug conflict. It was in this moment that Rollins realized the reality of the lifestyle of the South Bronx — the good majority was condemned by the actions of the immoral minority. Nonetheless, his project’s own reality of progress remained bigger than any of its obstacles. “I am here to testify that we won,” Rollins said. “The good guys won.” The Kids of Survival program is continuing to expand, and next week a new group of fifth-graders will be adopted into the program. Freshman sociology major Bridget Applby was amazed by Rollins’s testimony. “I couldn’t be more inspired!” she said. “It strengthens my faith in the healing aspects of art.” That inspiration is not just intangible — it sews the seeds of our future contributions to society. Freshman early childhood urban education and English double major Brianna Dioses said, “I want to go out and be the inspiration that he is to us.”

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Tim Rollins creates and inspires.

Recital plays upon students’ musical strengths

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Singer Agnes Kalinowski performs with graceful precision. By Stephanie Pilipshen Staff Writer

The College’s various music majors showed off their skills

and hard work this Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Mayo Concert Hall for another edition of the Afternoon Recital Series. To begin the recital, students

Justin Ploskonka, Alyssa Aiello, Andrew Unger, Paul Kady and Nick Licitra played “Two Ayres for Cornetts & Sagbuts” by John Adson, as well as “Two Pieces from Pavans, Galliards, Almaines and other Short Airs” by Anthony Holborne. The performers played their various brass instruments with nothing short of professional skill, which created powerful and celebratory sounds for the audience to enjoy. On the bassoon, Marlee Ernst played “Bassoon Concerto in D minor” by Antonio Vivaldi. Ernst’s piece was more melancholy than the others, but she made the concerto come alive with her passionate playing. Moving away from instruments briefly, Agnes Kalinowski sang “The Crucifixion” by Samuel Barber as well as “My Twelve-Tone Melody” by Leon-

ard Bernstein. Kalinowski sang with annunciation and elegance. The audience especially loved her performances, evidenced by their shouts of praise as she walked off the stage. Next, Rebecca Hoffler performed a rendition of “FantaisieBallet” by Jules Mazellier on the clarinet. Hoffler’s talent emerged as she played the quick scales of her piece smoothly and effortlessly. Also on the clarinet, Rachel Kopania then performed “Concerto No. 3” by Carl Stamitz. The delicateness of her playing made the song feel like a sweet lullaby. “Waldesgespräch” by Robert Schumann was sung by Jessica Pierce, a soprano with a powerful voice. Sophomore music major Cristina Villagomez was thrilled with her performance. “The control over (Pierce’s)

breathing was quite accurate,” Villagomez said. Unlike the other students, Ellen Plattman played “Sonata for Solo Violin in G minor, BWV. 1001” by Johann Sebastian Bach without the accompaniment of a pianist, allowing the audience to focus on Plattman’s sharp and precise movements. Finally, Zachary Berkman finished off the recital with “Drei Romanzen, op. 94” by Robert Schumann. Although he had difficulty creating sound out of his oboe during some moments, Berkman still played with incredible proficiency, and the audience applauded him with supreme energy. “Schumann is complicated,” Villagomez said of the composer. “Things happen. However, (Berkman) still had so much energy. His sound was pure and his performance was sweet.”

‘20/20 Experience’ sequel fails to mirror first Timberlake’s voice soars, but lengthy B-slides bore By Jared Sokoloff Staff Writer

Surprise! Justin Timberlake has a new album out, and this time we didn’t have to wait six years for its arrival. But alas, after listening to the album (and glancing at the respective Wikipedia pages), I realized that “The 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2” is merely a collection of B-sides that didn’t make the first album. Now I’ll say this off the bat: I really love part one. While the songs were about three times as long as they needed to be, they were both written and produced strongly enough to not induce complete boredom. The same thing happened in this new set of 10 songs, yet they don’t contain the original magic of the album’s first part (which

probably explains why they are B-sides in the first place). The first half of the album is a bunch of rap beats that Timberlake sexily sings over, and they’re really no different from anything you’d hear on rap radio nowadays. And yes, Timberlake’s partner in swag, Jay-Z, is back for a cameo, as well as Mr. Darkness himself, Drake. The sole exception to this first half is the album’s lead single, “Take Back the Night,” which simultaneously rips off about five Michael Jackson songs at once. The second half of the album returns to the randomness we now expect from Timberlake. “Drink You Away” is a country-blues tune, overproduced until all the real feeling is removed from it. This song could have easily gotten away with just an acoustic guitar and Timberlake’s voice.

For all you ’N Snyc diehards, the album’s supposed closer, “Not A Bad Thing,” sounds like a decade-old deep cut from the singing group. The best track on this album is the hidden track, “Pair of Wings.” This ballad is really the only song on the album with any true feeling, its minimalist production leaving plenty of room for, you know, feelings. Now, I’m a progressive rock fan, so I have a musical attention span of about five hours. But for the many fans who enjoy listening to normal music, it may be hard to get through this album. All of the songs are at least five minutes, which is long by pop standards. If you’re going to commit the concentration to listen to an extremely lengthy pop album, simply go back and listen to the original “The 20/20 Experience” again.

Though sexy, JT’s B-slides aren’t quite ‘justified.’

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‘Carrie’: remade with a gory vengeance

By Shaun Fitzpatrick Staff Writer

The promotional posters for the reboot of “Carrie” promise “you will know her name.” This is less a threat than a statement of the obvious. Even those unfamiliar with the 1976 film know the story of Carrie White, a loner who discovers that she’s telekinetic just in time to release a world of hurt at the senior prom. While I understand the concept of treating a reboot as its own film rather than comparing it to the original, in the case of “Carrie,” the new mimics the old so much that it doesn’t seem worth it to view one independently of the other (the film even uses much of the same dialogue). The new “Carrie” does a lot of things right. That doesn’t mean, however, that sometimes we shouldn’t just stick with the classic. Let’s start with the positive. Julianne Moore, you are beautiful and incredible and absolutely terrifying. This film opens not with the infamous shower scene (don’t worry, that’s coming) but

with Moore, playing the insane Margaret White, giving birth to Carrie alone in her bedroom. We hear Moore’s shrieks of pain before we see her, and when she finally does pop out our favorite little telekinetic mass murderer, the baby gets an up-close-and-personal look at a pair of scissors. The scene is perfect in setting up the environment that Carrie must contend with for the entirety of her short life, and establishes Moore’s psychotic take on a much more violent Mrs. White. Luckily, Chloe Grace Moretz’s Carrie can handle herself. While she lacks the pathetic, kicked-dog characteristics of Sissy Spacek, Moretz plays up on Carrie’s powers, giving her a greater amount of control over her strength than we see in the original. This Carrie is ready and willing to use her powers, which gives her more agency in the film. My main problem with this is that Carrie has too much power — not only can she move things with her mind, but she can also apparently fly, weld locks shut and cause roads to crumble like

she’s some kind of earth bender. These extra powers are one of two completely unnecessary changes made to the film (I won’t even bother talking about the other. It’s stupid and pointless and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about when you see it). The film lacks the undercurrent of sexuality that pervaded the original film (you won’t be seeing anyone’s dirty pillows in the locker room this time around), which means that the menstruation scene isn’t quite as drawn out and animalistic. Portia Doubleday, however, is just as vicious as potential sociopath Chris, and is one of the few actors in the film who surpass their predecessor. But there was an element of the plot that wasn’t as fully explored by the movie (neither this new version nor the original, actually) as I wish it had been, however, and it gave me the wigs even worse than Moore. “Carrie” is, at its core, a movie about bullying and the effects it has on both the victims and the perpetrators. The scariest moments of “Carrie” aren’t necessarily

the ones that involve carnage — they’re the ones in which a poor girl is humiliated by her peers, made a laughingstock both in school and online. This new “Carrie” does a good job of demonstrating the devastating effects of online bullying, and its timing unfortunately couldn’t be better. With the suicide of a young girl from Florida and the charges her tormentors face appearing in headlines around the country, we need to consider the story that “Carrie” isn’t telling: the story of kids that are getting bullied but have no hidden superpower to hide behind. We revel in the revenge Carrie takes against her bullies, but in the end she, too, dies alone and frightened. Both films get so caught up in the carnage that they fail to see and capitalize the social commentary imbedded in the plot. “Carrie” may be momentary escapism for the weak, but we can’t let her rise to power obscure what maybe should have been the real point of the movie: there are Carrie Whites everywhere, and we’re doing nothing to help them.

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Left: Carrie prepares for prom, unaware of her peers’ impending cruelty. Right: Carrie exacts her revenge, but do we learn our own lesson?

No glee in Monteith death, but show goes on By Colleen Murphy Review Editor Cory Monteith’s death was one that you remember upon the exact moment you heard the news. It was not only the death of a talented and young actor and artist, but also the death of a beloved character. One of the first questions that crossed people’s minds after hearing the news was, “How will ‘Glee’ handle it?” Would the show’s creator, Ryan Murphy, use Monteith’s real-life addiction as another one of the show’s life lessons and write that Finn Hudson, Monteith’s character, died from drugs? It was the question on everyone’s mind, and we could not wait until Oct. 10 to find out how Finn would die. But we never found out.

Monteith’s tribute episode, “The Quaterback,” reminded us that it did not matter how he died — what mattered was what he did while he was alive. The episode showed us that we should not care how Finn died, but that we should focus on what a great character he was and how both Finn and Monteith affected the lives of so many. As Finn’s stepbrother Kurt (Chris Colfer) put it so perfectly in the opening lines of the episode, “Everyone wants to talk about how he died, too, but who cares? One moment in his whole life ... I care more about how he lived.” The tribute episode was beautifully done. It begins three weeks after Finn’s funeral and many members of the original cast reunite to attend a memorial that Mr. Schuester (Matthew

Morrison) held specially for the glee club. Each character dealt with Finn’s death differently. We saw how Finn’s teacher, parents, stepbrother, best friend and girlfriend coped with not having him around anymore. The heartbreaking thing was that the tears were real and unstaged. No acting was required for the emotion in this episode. Yes, the characters lost Finn, but the actors lost a friend, and for Lea Michele, a boyfriend. One of the more difficult scenes to watch was of Finn’s mother (Romy Rosemont) and stepfather (Mike O’Malley) separating their son’s belongings. Then there was Mercedes’s (Amber Riley) performance of “Stand By You,” which Finn sang in the first season. But with each emotionally draining part came a nice memory

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‘Glee’ tackles the death of a star with great humility. of Finn or a little joke. Watching the episode, you could tell how very special of a man Monteith was. In the first

season of the show, Mr. Schu tells Finn that “sometimes being special sucks.” And special he was, both as Finn and as Cory.

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Fun Stuff Sporty Chris

Fratty Chris


Battle of the Chrises

Height: 6’1” Weight: 185 lbs Best quality: Dem Ladies Worst quality: Personality Pick-Up Line: Are you tired? Because you’ve been running through my mind all day. Finishing Move: The People’s Elbow Famous Look-Alike: James Harden

Height: 5’8” Weight: 170 lbs Best quality: Muscles Worst quality: Giggling Pick-Up Line: Can I borrow that quarter? My mom told me to call home when I fell in love. Finishing Move: The Stunner Famous Look-Alike: Barney Stinson

Vote for your favorite Chris by tweeting at us @TCNJSignal!

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More Fun Stuff Brain Teasers

1. A man drove to a hotel, and as soon as he got there, he was bankrupt. Explain. 2. What can you catch but not throw? 3. What are four things that each have an “eye� but cannot see? 4. Why is it illegal to bury a man living in South Carolina in North Carolina?


1. The man was playing Monopoly. when he rolled the dice, he landed on a property he could not afford to pay. 2. A cold. 3. A needle, a potato, the alphabet and a hurricane. 4. It is illegal to bury a person while they are still living.

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TCNJ AMBASSADORS Interest Sessions

WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM? Attend one of our interest sessions for more information about the best job on campus and how to apply! Online Application Available on Nov 15th at:

Wednesday November 6th, 1-2pm Library Auditorium Sunday November 10th, 8-9pm Science Complex P101 Tuesday November 12th, 8-9pm Science Complex P101

Application Deadline: Dec 1st

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Lions Fantasy World

Through the Uprights

It seems that just about every week several incredible things happen in the NFL that would be oh so easy to mock — which means I always have to talk about them before I get to the meat of what I’m really writing about. But not this week. This week I refuse to mention anything regarding something other than what I talk about, so you’ll just have to imagine what I’d make fun of. Or, you know, read the bottom half of this page where I’ll end up mocking those things anyway. I’m just going to jump right into this one without any distractions, if that’s OK with everyone, and completely ignore the fact that saying what I’m doing took up three paragraphs of space. Here’s the premise: Injuries suck. No, it’s not really that simple. Injuries in sports are a major bummer, though, and tend to wreck many real teams as well as fantasy teams. If I had a nickel for every fantasy player I’ve owned who got injured, I wouldn’t need student loans and would probably drive a nicer car. If we added in teams I root for being damaged by injuries, I’d probably be rich enough to buy the school and rename it after some obscure reference to a TV show no one else remembers. So watching Reggie Wayne go down against the Broncos this week was painful to see. Not because he’s on my fantasy team, but mostly because you could just see how crushing that injury was to not only Wayne, but also to the Colts and hundreds of fantasy owners across the world. Wayne’s injury, one of many this week, stood out to me for several reasons. First and foremost, you can always tell with an ACL tear — players with that injury have a limp that other injuries just don’t cause. Second, Wayne was just 10 games away from tying Tim Brown for the most consecutive games played by an NFL wide receiver, and to come so close to such an astonishing mark and not make it just seems unusually cruel. And third, Wayne’s injury happened on an errant throw from Andrew Luck, who started to look shaky late in the game just as Peyton Manning was really heating up. The dark powers of Darth Touchdown continue to grow even in defeat. The real problem with injuries is that there is little the NFL can realistically do to prevent them. Or, to be entirely accurate, there is little the NFL can do to prevent injuries that would not result in crazed talking heads and wacky fans calling out the league for being wimps not fit to play the man’s game of football. We can just ignore the part where most of those talking heads and screaming fans spend their weekends sitting and yelling at screens while avoiding athletic activity like the plague. I guess the point I’m making here is that injuries happen whether we like them or not, and as fans and players, everyone just has to accept that getting hurt is just part of football. Hey, better to be injured than mocked, right?

By Mike Herold Fantasy Guy

The Scoreboard

Team Molicki (5-2)


Team Gould (4-3)


Owner: Chris Molicki

Owner: Brandon Gould

Suh Girls One Cup (2-5) Owner: Tyler Caccavale

Team Matos (4-3) Owner: Rob Matos

Team Shubiak (4-3) Owner: Corey Shubiak

64 124 134

End Zone Dancers (3-4)


More Cushing for the Pushing (2-5)

44 75

Owner: Bryan Dunphy-Culp

Owner: Tommy Lagerman

T 7-11 Represent! (3-4) Owner: Sean Hynecamp

Team Jha (3-4) Owner: Ashray Jha

Signal Squad (5-2)

Owners: Peter Fiorilla, Mike Herold

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Fantasy Player of the Week

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I May Be Wrong, But...

Here’s what I would do in Fantasy Football this week: Add: We’ve now hit the point in the season where the injuries have piled up so high that back-up players are starting to look like reasonable options to start in fantasy. Kellen Clemens should start at QB for the Rams. Now, if you’re injury-wrecked, it might be chance-taking time. Also, Gronk owners, it’s time to take him off the bench.

Be Cautious Of: Seriously, how cursed is this page? Last week I talk about how the Pats are contenders and Jacobs would be a good addition, then New England loses to the Jets and Jacobs gets hurt. If I were Clemens or Gronk, I’d be worried right now. Anyway, the bye teams are Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, San Diego and Tennessee, so prepare accordingly.

Drop: Injuries: Sam Bradford, Reggie Wayne, Jay Cutler. You know the injuries have become a real problem when most of this page is dedicated to them. These are probably the top players brought down this weekend, but make sure you check your whole team. Chances are at least one player on your roster won’t be seeing the field any time soon. Look Out For: Future Geno Smith. Did the Jets really just beat the Patriots? Hold on. I need to stop laughing real quick. It should only take a few days. Anyway, Smith has been up and down in his rookie season, but considering the pre-season outlook for the Jets, he’s looking like he’ll be real good once he gets a few seasons under his belt.

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SPRING 2014 REGISTRATION APPOINTMENT PERIOD Initial Registration Period for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Tuesday, November 5 through Friday, November 15 

Your enrollment appointment reflecting the first time you will be eligible to register for both the Spring and Summer 2014 semester can be accessed via your PAWS account. To view your scheduled enrollment appointment, visit the Enrollment Appointment section in the PAWS Student Center. Once eligible, students remain eligible throughout the registration period. Undergraduate Students who do not register by 11:59pm on Sunday, November 17th will be subject to a late registration fine. Graduate Students have until 11:59pm on December 15th: Undergraduate: $150 Graduate: $125

The Spring and Summer Schedule of Classes is available on PAWS and can be viewed by using the Search for Classes button.

Visit the PAWS HELP website for complete information on how to log-in to PAWS, search for classes, browse the Course Catalog, view your Holds, add courses to your Shopping Cart, and register for classes:

Use the Validate feature directly from your PAWS Shopping Cart to check for potential pre-requisite issues before registration! For more information on the Validate feature, visit:

Check PAWS for Holds that will prevent you from registering. All Hold Flag information can be viewed under the Holds section in the PAWS Student Center. Advising Holds and Health Holds have been posted. Financial Holds will be posted throughout October. Check your account early and frequently for Holds.

Access your Academic Requirements Report on PAWS to view your degree requirements via the Advising Tools link.

Make an appointment to see your advisor to discuss your Academic Requirements Report. Your advisor’s name and email address can be located in your PAWS Student Center.

Double-check call numbers and course sections prior to your registration appointment for schedule changes and periodic updates.

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October 23, 2013 The Signal page 23 Field Hockey

Resilient Lions have perfect 2-0 week Field hockey stuns Rowan to stay on top By Andrew Grossman Sports Assistant The field hockey team may have been down against Rowan University, but for the second time in the past four games, the Lions were not out. After quickly falling behind 3-1, the Lions (12-2, 4-1) stormed back and scored three unanswered goals to defeat the Owls, 4-3, two days after a 6-0 win over Albright College, which was never a serious doubt. Junior forwards Lindsey Hatch and

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Field hockey continues its run of perfection at home.

Erin Healy continued their impressive play as they combined for three of the six goals against Albright and pushed their season marks to 15 and 13 goals this year, respectively. This duo ranks second and fourth for total individual points in the highly competitive New Jersey Athletic Conference. “They have both worked so incredibly hard and are talented in different ways,” head coach Sharon Pfluger said. “They complement each other very well, so it’s nice for us to have that on our team.” Freshman goalie Kelly Schlupp only needed to make one save to keep Albright off the board, as the Lions ousthot their opponents 27-1 in a dominant display. In the following game against conference rival Rowan, the Lions came in expecting a battle. “A lot of the NJAC games are very competitive, but I feel like every game is a big game, so our preparation was no different than the preparation from any other game,” Pfluger said. “I just (wanted the girls) to go out and play their game, play hard and learn from the lessons we’ve experienced along the way and do what we are supposed to do.” After being down in a 3-1 hole deep into the first half, the Lions began to limit their mistakes against the Owls. “We shifted girls around on the field a little bit and getting that second goal before the second half was really important for us,” Pfluger said. “I think we just started to do the little things really well … and the team (was thinking) that there

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Waller scores twice in the Lions’ 6-0 win against Albright.

was no room for error.” That is exactly what the Lions did in the second half as they maintained possession and remained aggressive to score three consecutive goals. Hatch made the final one to give the Lions the lead and ultimately the victory. On Tuesday, Oct. 22, the Lions face Ramapo College for their final conference game of the regular season. Despite being the favorites, the women know that they cannot take any game for granted. “(I expect) that we will play a nice game of hockey and that we capitalize on our opportunities,” Pfluger said. “We just

need to continue to play our game and continue to improve every day, and that’s our goal.” Although the Lions will soon be finished with games within the NJAC, Pfluger stressed that each game following is equally as important. “I don’t just want to count on (winning the NJAC tournament) because all those other games on our schedule are important,” Pfluger said. “We finish with a very strong schedule … so we have to do well against those teams so that we are positioning ourselves in a high position in our region that is so competitive.”

Surplus of injuries can’t stop ice hockey Wins put Lions in contention for regionals Ice Hockey

By Julie Kayzerman Nation & World Editor

Despite being severely shorthanded from injuries, the Lions showed no signs of slowing down as they dominated their home ice this past weekend and put wins over Monmouth University and Georgetown University in the books. Suffering collectively from shoulder, wrist, knee, ankle and several other injuries, the offensive powerhouse “purple line” — consisting of sophomore Sal DiBrita and seniors Nick Lisciandro and Kush Patel — still ran down the defense of both opponents, collecting a total of nine points over the weekend. “I thought the entire line was really strong,” head coach Joseph Cucci said. “They led the way for us again tonight.” Monmouth focused most of its energy on trash talking and dirty play rather than playing hockey, and a hard hit forced leftwinger Lisciandro off the ice only minutes before getting slashed in the wrists — injuries that left him unsure of his ability to play Saturday’s game against Georgetown. Nevertheless, the Lions finished with a 3-0 win off goals from Lisciandro, junior Alex D’Alessio and freshman Luke May, despite many being shut down on several breakaway opportunities by the fantastic play of the opposing goalie. Against Georgetown, the Lions cut their Homecoming experience short to take the ice again on Saturday, Oct. 19. Lisciandro made the last-minute decision

Julie Kayzerman / Nation & World Editor

Ice hockey dominates at home to keep bid for regional games alive.

to play despite his injuries, giving the purple line an explosive showing against a faster team than they usually play. “He got hurt yesterday and it was gutsy effort to come out here,” Cucci said. “He wasn’t even sure if (he) was going to be able to play. He played exceptional.” The line, yielding three goals for the College, showcased the defensive tactics of forward DiBrita, blocking shots and winning back the puck to provide forwards Lisciandro and Patel with several offensive plays. The chemistry of Patel and Lisciandro was unbelievable, with Patel capitalizing on two goal opportunities assisted by Lisciandro.

The sixth goal of the night stemmed off of a breakaway from Lisciandro, who brought the goalie over to him while flawlessly dishing the puck off to Patel for a one-touch into the open net. “The chemistry on offense this year is as good as I’ve ever seen it,” Lisciandro said. “I’ve been playing with Kush for three seasons now, so we’ve gotten real good at those one-touch goals.” Lisciandro himself put one on the board during an evenly played second period at 6:28, when he beat the goalie after a play by Patel from DiBrita. But it wasn’t just the veterans who impressed on the ice as the explosive speed of freshmen May and Will Sulpizio gave the

Lions three more goals. “With injuries to three key returners, we’re lucky that some of the freshmen like May and Sulpizio have stepped up and meshed together so quickly,” Lisciandro said. “When everyone is healthy, we have legitimate scoring threats on every line.” May returned this weekend from a shoulder injury that he acquired two weeks ago in a game against Wagner College and showed that he was ready to be back on the ice as he grabbed two goals for the College, while Sulpizio finished with a quick catch-and-release power play goal. The defense of the Lions proved to be strong despite two of the top defensemen being out due to injuries. Sophomore Steven Czachor stepped up to block shot after shot and senior Scott Rothlisberger contributed three assists. The College nearly missed out on a shutout, though, as Georgetown capitalized on a goalie mistake and a defensive letdown, putting two goals into the net during the last two minutes of the game. The Lions, though, still led by four goals — an impressive showing from a game with almost even shots on goal at 31-30 in favor of the Lions. “I loved it,” Cucci said. “This one tonight, we needed it. If we want any hope of regionals now, these games are must-wins. So I know we’re shorthanded now but we have to find a way to pull them out and we were able to with these two wins. I thought we played very well tonight.”

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Peter Fiorilla “The Ref”

Mike Herold Staff Writer

Tom Kozlowski A&E Editor

Greg Oriolo Correspondent

In this week’s Around the Dorm, the “Ref,” Peter Fiorilla, asks our panel three questions: can the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs seriously challenge Denver for the AFC title, how far can the US men’s national team go in next year’s World Cup, and if a historically bad 0-16 season for the Jacksonville Jaguars is inevitable.

1. The Chiefs are the last undefeated team. Can Kansas City challenge Denver in a home-and-home for the AFC (West) title? Greg: There is no doubt that the Chiefs can contend with the Broncos for the AFC West title and beat Denver head to head. In my mind, this team is built to contend with the Broncos, both on offense and defense. Offensively, the team is built around running the ball and keeping possession for as long as possible. This is essential to beat Denver because keeping Peyton off the field will only lower Denver’s production. Defensively, the Chiefs have both a pass rush to disrupt Peyton as well as one of the deepest/most talented secondaries in the NFL, which is often overlooked by the “Legion of Boom” in Seattle. With three above average corner backs — Sean Smith, Dunta Robinson and Brandon Flowers (who is a top 5 CB), and Berry and Demps being one of the best safety duos in the league — it is

not easy for receivers to get open. Factor in a devastating pass rush with Hali, Poe and Houston, Peyton will not have much time to find his targets. This team is 7-0 for a reason, and don’t be surprised if they beat Denver at least once. Tom: Do you recall “Remember the Titans” and their stirring win against adversity? I don’t. The Kansas City defense will be forced down the field enough to measure out the Trail of Tears. Now let’s namedrop: Peyton Manning will throw 600 liters, Michael Oher will, in fact, protect his blindside, and Randy Moss will steal Alex Smith’s lunch money in front of millions of fans. Plus, the Broncos’ running game has horsepower. That’s because their running backs are actually horses. Mike: Absolutely. The Cheifs have the unstoppable power of angry Alex Smith, and as everyone knows, angry Alex Smith is the only power in the universe capable

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of stopping the wrath of “Darth Touchdown.” They’ll take Denver’s breath away in the mile-high city, and, as anyone who’s ever been to Kansas City knows, horses do terribly in the city atmosphere. The Chiefs, led by MVP

candidate Jamaal Charles, are going to stop the Empire that is the Broncos and go right on to win the Super Bowl against the Colin Kaepernick-led Eagles, because sometimes the universe works out absolutely perfectly.

Greg wins by highlighting the Chiefs’ top-ranked defense, Tom gets 2 points for the ‘Remember the Titans’ reference, and Mike gets 1 point for saying Kaepernick will be on the Eagles.

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2. World Cup Qualification is over for the US men’s national soccer team, which has won 15 of its last 16 games. How far can this team go in the World Cup? Greg: The USMNT, which ranks number 13 in the world right now, has looked promising over its last 16 matches. With

the World Cup approaching, there are talks about the United States finally contending for the most coveted trophy in all of sports. Unfortunately, in my opinion, it may make it out of the group stages, but not much further than that for these three reasons. First, the USMNT has had a very easy schedule over the last year, beating subpar North American teams of the same qualifying group. Next, it lacks depth, which is extremely overlooked in big tournaments. The reason why depth is so important is because due to yellow/ red cards being issued, players become suspended for future games in the tournament. Lastly, the USMNT does not have the star power to compete with the likes of Brazil, Spain, Italy, etc. The USMNT’s best player and captain, Clint Dempsey, may not even make the squad due to management and the popular, yet overrated, Landon Donovan would not

play a single minute for many world powerhouses. Yes, the USMNT is the most promising in a long time, but it does not have the skill, depth or star power to contend for the World Cup. Tom: Approximately three kilometers, and that’s catering to Europe’s metric system where people actually like soccer. For the rest of us, watching a soccer game is like trying to watch the grass grow, but the players just won’t get off the field. Mike: The U.S. men’s team can absolutely win the World Cup. Mostly because “USA-USA-USA!” is the easiest country name to chant, and as we all learned from the last World Cup with the vuvuzelas, the cheers are all that really matter in the highest levels of soccer. Plus, with the globalization of U.S. football, halfway through the World Cup the world will accept that football is much better than soccer and will turn

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the World Cup into a massive American football tournament, where the U.S. team will have a natural advantage, having been told by their fathers their entire lives to stop playing such a European game and start knocking the stuffing out of each other.

Greg wins for pointing out some of the USMNT’s shortcomings, Mike gets 2 points for saying it is easy to chant ‘USA,’ and Tom gets 1 point for being a smart aleck. , 3. There are still a few winless teams in the listed above is entirely plausible. wins the game, Tebow will fade into the last fumbledown — a phrase that will enNFL, including the Jaguars. Is an 0-16 sea- Tom: Chad Henne throws passes like one background. But the city of Jacksonville ter the football vernacular forever, after son for Jacksonville inevitable, and if not, of Chris Molicki’s parties: late and usually shall forever speak of the time he saved it he uses it to beat the Colts with Andrew how will they get their first win? incomplete. If the Jaguars are ambitious, from the annals of terrible failure and the Luck, making half of a facial expression Greg: By far the worst team in the league, perhaps they can edge out a win over a eternal shame of an 0-16 season with one on the sideline. the Jacksonville Jaguars appear to be local youth football league on NFL Kid’s heading to an 0-16 season in some peo- Day. But if they’d like to tackle some ple’s minds. As for me, I feel like the bot- real men, they’ll need to employ uncontom dwellers of the NFL have a chance to ventional strategies. Perhaps release an at least get two wins. The reason for this actual boxcar of imported feral jaguars is because of their remaining schedule and onto the field to mawl the other players. playmakers on offense. The remainder of Or perhaps hold their heads high and just the season has some “winnable” games retire like everyone else in Florida. (cue Carson Palmer in AZ). With home Mike: The Jags will definitely win a game. games against Houston, Tennessee, Ari- You know why? Because eventually Tim zona and Buffalo, it is completely possible Tebow will play for them. Not because he for the Jags to steal one of these games. signs with the team, because no team will AP Photo Throw in the fact that they also play Ten- actually take a flier on the ’Bow now, but nessee and Houston on the road, as well, because at some point Chad Henne will Greg wins Around the Dorm, 9-5-4 and they have another shot at these under- get injured during a game. When that happerforming defenses, which leads to the pens, Tim Tebow will emerge from the next point. If the Jags get solid QB play tunnel — clad in Jaguars gear and framed for just one game, they have the receivers by a ring of glowing light to signify his (Blackmon, Shorts, Lewis) and MJD who glorious return to the football stage. He can get the job done offensively. Remem- will proceed to lead the team down the ber, just a few weeks ago, this team com- field in one final touchdown march, takpeted for half a game against Denver. If ing down any opponent foolish enough to they could keep up 30 minutes of that type face him head-on in battle with his magof play, a win against any of the teams nificent flowing chin stubble. After he Greg wins for saying the Jaguars have a chance at a win, Tom gets 2 points for the Molicki party reference, and Mike gets 1 point for predicting Tebow will play for the Jags.

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Men’s soccer clinches NJAC berth early Kean victory guarantees a place in playoffs Men’s Soccer

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Perri scores his fifth goal of the year to ensure a playoff-clinching win. By Ryan Molicki Correspondent With the regular season nearing its end, the men’s soccer team captured a huge 2-0 victory on Saturday, Oct. 19, over the Cougars of No. 10 Kean University after battling the Rangers of Drew University on Wednesday, Oct. 16, under the lights at Lions Stadium in a heartbreaking 1-0 loss. With this win, and losses by Rowan and William Patterson University, the Lions (9-5-2,

4-2-1) clinched a berth in the 2013 New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships after missing out on the big dance last year. The team started off its game against Drew University offensively, taking five shots in the first 20 minutes of the first half. Two chances from junior defender Ryan Sullivan and junior midfielder Kevin McCartney were both turned away by Rangers goalkeeper Michael Reyes. The one and only goal of the game came for the Rangers in

the 28th minute when senior Ricardo Castro scored his fifth goal of the season. This goal ended up being the deciding factor in a crucial nonconference game for the Lions. “We wanted to start building momentum going into our last three conference games,” senior midfielder Sean Casey said. “Unfortunately, we did not come out on top, but that made us more focused as a team and I think will help us down the road.” On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Lions hosted Kean in their last regular

season home competition, which was also Senior Day. The Lions came out of the gates and had nine shots in the first half, as red shirt senior forward Kevin Shaw was determined to get this victory on Senior Day. “Everyone knew how important the game against Kean was, and practicing before this game knowing what the stakes were proved to be helpful. We knew a win would essentially clinch us a spot in the NJAC playoffs,” Shaw said. “Getting this win was very important for us and we have to keep up the intensity for the rest of our games.” The six seniors — Sean Casey, Aaron Utman, Dan Lyons, Daniel Durnian, Kevin Shaw and Tyler Higgins — were honored for their hard work and long dedication to the team at halftime. “Everyone on the team is very close and the last home game in the Soccer Complex for the seniors was the perfect stage for the team to perform,” Casey said. “It’s the team that makes everything possible from the guys who get no time to the full 90. Everyone contributes and makes us better.” To begin the second half, the Lions came out with a lot of energy, determined to break the deadlock. The tie was broken in the 67th minute when Casey scored

his first goal of the season. Another goal added by sophomore midfielder Greg Perri in the 79th minute sealed the victory for the Lions. Senior goalkeeper Aaron Utman returned from injury and recorded three saves for his second clean sheet of the season. “I would like to thank all of (the players) for putting in the time from preseason to now — (it) makes this win on Senior Day that much better,” Casey said. The win on Saturday combined with losses by Rowan and William Patterson University allowed the Lions to clinch a playoff berth in the NJAC Championships. The shots were an incredible 25-9 in favor of the Lions. “It is a sad feeling knowing this could have been my last game at the Soccer Complex. Coach Nazario reminded us of this before the game and told us that you always want your last game on a field to be a win,” Shaw said. “Fortnuately, we were able to get a win so that makes it a little nicer to know we won for the last time on the field. We have spent so much time and put in so much work.” The Lions travel for their last two regular season games to face New Jersey City University on Saturday, Oct. 26, and Rowan University on Wednesday, Oct. 30 in opportunities to seeding in the NJACs.

Why Charles deserves MVP consideration Chiefs RB underappreciated in 7-0 start Cheap Seats

By Peter Fiorilla Sports Editor

There are a lot of fun stories coming out of the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs this year — one of the best among them being that Jamaal Charles is (very) quietly building a legitimate case for MVP. No matter what Charles does, the path to the award goes through Peyton Manning. Quarterbacks have an inherent advantage in football, and Manning’s the best of the best. But arguably no team has relied on any player, quarterback or not, as significantly as the Chiefs have relied on Charles this year. The oft-overlooked Charles has been his team’s best offensive player over the past five years, whether it be as a hyper-efficient secondary threat under Todd Haley’s pass-heavy offenses or a grinder for Andy Reid’s cautious 2013-14 team. Being the best did not mean much in the past, when the number of wins

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Charles has a league-high 171 touches this season, helping the Chiefs close out games. the Chiefs had could often be counted on one hand. But this year, being the leader of the 7-0 Chiefs — while playing with an inexperienced offensive line and an average passing game — is the high point of Charles’s career. What has been best about Charles has not just been his ability to move the ball downfield, either, although that

has resulted in a team-high of eight touchdowns — or 33 percent of the Chiefs’ total points so far — and 898 yards through seven games, which pro-rated is more than 2,000 yards. The other important feature Charles has brought to the table is enabling the Chiefs to become a true “game management” team, meaning it is almost virtually guaranteed to win a game if it has a lead at any point in the second half.

Part of this stems from his natural effectiveness as a running back, but it also comes from his ability to tough it out and run the ball more often than anyone else through fatigue and injury, keeping opposing offenses off the field and unable to attempt a comeback. Charles has the third-most rushing attempts in the NFL (135), most touches overall (171) and has helped Kansas City close out one-touchdown game after

one-touchdown game, including a nine-minute drive in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles and a stellar performance against the Dallas Cowboys. As a result of Charles’s gamekilling abilities, an already-scary defense is well-rested when it gets on the field. This is a leading reason is why the Chiefs have conceded just 2.43 points per game in the fourth quarter — a historically awesome rate. There are a lot of reasons why Charles should not win MVP. He is not the best running back in the league, especially when you take into account his 4.2 yards per rushing attempt, and there are other candidates: Manning, for example, or even teammates on the defensive side of the ball. Through seven weeks, his numbers are not quite as good as those of Adrian Peterson’s last year. But it’s at least something to consider: the best player on the league’s best team should be talked about in the MVP race, and Charles is definitely the Chiefs’ best player. All that remains to be seen is if the Chiefs turn out to be the best league.

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THE WEEK Football

Named NJAC Defensive Player of the Week

Senior linebacker Nick Bricker was named NJAC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this year after posting 19 tackles against SUNY Morrisville. The Lions’ co-captain now leads the team with 67 tackles on the season and has been a major contributor in helping the College win four consecutive games.

This week’s picks from the staff

(NCAAF) Sooners (MLB) Red Sox (NFL) Steelers (NFL) Cowboys

vs. Raiders

Andrew Grossman 3 Julie Kayzerman 3

Sports Men’s Soccer October 26 @ New Jersey City University, 2 p.m.

Nick Bricker

Point leaders vs. Red Raiders vs. Cardinals

The Horizon For

vs. Lions

Women’s Soccer October 23 @ Stevens Institute of Technology, 7 p.m. October 26 vs. New Jersey City University, 1 p.m. Field Hockey October 22 vs. Ramapo College, 7:30 p.m. October 24 @ Ursinus College, 7 p.m. Football October 26 @ SUNY Cortland, 1 p.m. Swimming & Diving October 25 @ Montclair State University, 4 p.m. October 26 vs. Ramapo College, 2 p.m.

Peter Fiorilla 3 Chris Molicki 3 Amy Reynolds 1 Mike Herold 1


Signal Trivia


What was the score of the longest tennis match in history?

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Last week’s Signal Trivia Answer: Each year at Wimbledon, the club uses about 42,000 tennis balls throughout the two-week tournament. With an average of 650 matches played, the tournament uses about 65 tennis balls per match.



Defense clutch again for Homecoming

Football improves to 3-0 in conference play By Peter Fiorilla Sports Editor

The stage was set for something dramatic at the end of Homecoming, a game in which quarterback Chris Spellman came alive and the football team’s defense stayed dominant for a 21-20 win over visiting Morrisville State College. Leading by just a point in front of nearly 1,500 fans with less than two minutes remaining, the conference-best Lions (4-2, 3-0) defense needed to stop Morrisville’s conference-best offense only one more time to push the College to the top of the NJAC standings. Morrisville drove to the College’s 37yard line, but the Lions defense did what it needed to do in crunch time: end the game by forcing a turnover on downs, which it has done regularly this year. “That really comes from our mentality,” senior linebacker Nick Bricker said. “Although we may not be the biggest, fastest or strongest team, we have a great team chemistry and truly believe in one another. Believing that your teammate will get the job done is pivotal to our success. As for our defense, we have a bend-but-don’tbreak mentality that has helped us succeed tremendously, especially late in games.” Bricker led the way with a game-high

19 tackles, including an assist to force fourth down on Morrisville’s final drive, while junior linebacker Ryan Lowe added 15 to limit Morrisville to season-lows of 20 points and 431 yards. “Our main goal in every game is to shut down their offense,” Bricker said. “We were extremely excited to go up against the topranked offense, to truly test our defense. (Defensive coach Rocky) Hager and the other defensive assistants put together a great game plan in defending Morrisville, and our guys executed on game day. It is great to see our defense melding together and some new faces making a huge impact.” While clutch play from the defense has been largely responsible for the Lions’ four-game win streak, its best stretch since 2010, opportunistic play from Spellman and the passing game put the College on top from the beginning. The College never actually broke into the red zone and only entered Morrisville territory four times, but never needed anything more — getting three long TDs from Spellman, including the fourth-quarter winner. With 10:09 remaining in the game, senior wide receiver Fred Sprengel made a beautiful over-the-shoulder catch for the 30-yard TD to tie the game at 20-20, and sophomore kicker Evan Costello stayed cool in delivering the extra point for the

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Receiver Jeff Mattonelli catches a 51-yard touchdown.

final 21-20 score. “Getting a win on Homecoming is always a great feeling,” Bricker said. “To show our friends, family and alumni that we are able to succeed is a great experience. It is very fortunate that this Homecoming win also concluded with us being first in the NJAC.” Spellman ended the night 11-for-22 with 190 yards, 3 TDs and one INT, while sophomore running backs Victor Scalici

and Brad Young were largely responsible for the Lions’ 121 rushing yards. The Lions have another big game this week, though, as they travel to SUNY Cortland (2-1) on Saturday, Oct. 26 to stay in first place in the NJAC. “Now we have to keep the momentum rolling and get ready for a great opponent as we travel up to Cortland,” Bricker said. “Take it one game at a time is our mantra from this point on.”

Lions in driver’s seat heading into playoffs Women’s soccer stays on top in NJAC play

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Harkins plays a role in four goals against WPU.

By Chrissy Onorato Staff Writer

With three games left in regular season play, the Lions continued to close in on a top seed in the NJAC playoffs with an 8-1 win at William Paterson

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University and a 1-1 tie with Kean University. Relentless in every game they play, the Lions (12-1-1, 5-1-1) have proven to the conference why they deserve a spot in the post-season and ended this week at the top of

the standings. They were still coming off of a high after beating then-No. 2 Johns Hopkins University in double overtime last week, which provided some motivation before traveling to WPU. “I’m so proud of the team because of how we came back from a 1-0 deficit at halftime to win the game 2-1 in double overtime,” junior defender Jordan Downs said. “That was a huge win for us and a big confidence boost after losing to Montclair.” On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the Lions scored a season-high number of goals in an 8-1 victory at WPU. The Lions’ offense shined like never before, with junior forward Korrie Harkins opening the scoring just 36 seconds in. Just a few minutes later, freshman midfielder Sarah Marion doubled the College’s advantage by tapping in a shot from senior forward Katie Lindacher. The Pioneers fought their

way back into the game with a goal in the 24th minute, but junior forward Leigh Applestein made sure there was not more damage done by scoring her fifth goal of the year in the 27th minute off a feed from freshman forward Christine Levering. In the second half, the goals came fast and furious as Harkins scored again and Marion added another two — both of which were assisted by Harkins — from the 53rd to 55th minute. The final goal of the game came from freshman midfielder Lauren Malajian, assisted by junior forward Gina Caprara, with 20 minutes left in the game. It was a dominant offensive display on the stat sheet as well as the scoreboard, as the Lions had a total of 19 shots on goal to WPU’s four. Goalkeepers senior Kendra Griffith, junior Cristina Gacos and sophomore Jessica Weedler all contributed with a save to limit the Pioneers to one goal.

Next, on Saturday, Oct. 19, the Lions used a late goal to earn a 1-1 tie against Kean. The Cougars scored first, but the Lions’ offense quickly stepped up and began barreling down the field. The Lions outshot their opponents 33-6 but could not find the back of the net heading into the game’s final stages. With 7:56 remaining in the game, though, Lindacher scored and evened out the score on an assist from Downs. Griffith finished the game with two saves. Levering describes the way the players are able to communicate on the field, due to “great chemistry.” “This has a lot to do with our success,” Levering said. “But we still have a long way to go.” This week, the Lions take on Stevens Institute of Technology on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. and New Jersey City University on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.

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Field Hockey stays resilient page 23

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