The Signal: Spring ‘17 No. 4

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February 15, 2017

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Involvement fair gets cold shoulder

CUB Alt student soloists soar Journalism program in midst of major changes

By Ellie Shuckman Staff Writer

By Elizabeth Zakaim Reviews Editor

Small crowds, a few booths and a snow day defined the Spring 2017 Student Involvement Fair. For the first time, campus organizations were split up over the course of four nights — Feb. 6 to Feb. 9 — based on common topics or interests. “I think it’s a really good idea, especially because if people are interested in certain areas (or interests),” said Kathleen Zaro, a junior communication studies major. “I know when I was looking for clubs my freshman year, I wanted to do community service and advocacy, but there was so much happening all at once. Now that they split it up, it’s good.” This year, organizations were divided to help point students in the right direction. “Splitting the nights helped students in finding organizations based on their interests faster,” said Nicole DiMarco, graduate assistant for the Office of Involvement. Organizations were lined in rows in the screening room of the Brower Student Center, and eager newcomers had the opportunity

As recent as the Spring 2016 semester, the College’s journalism website was unheard of until it was accidentally unearthed from the College’s homepage. It was just a small extension of the English department that was buried under the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. However, a decade-long dream for the journalism faculty has finally come to fruition — the journalism and professional writing major is now its own department under the School of the Arts and Communication. “I think this gives us a chance to really flex our muscles as this small, but very rigorous program,” said Emilie Lounsberry, The Signal’s adviser and an associate professor of journalism and professional writing. “We can be more visible on campus as our own department, and we’re hoping that that will enable us to grow our own program.” Since as early as 2004, the idea of switching departments has been on the minds of the College’s journalism professors, as they were interested in attracting more students to the Jason Proleika / Photo Editor

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Aspire High teaches eager middle schoolers about college life By George Tatoris News Editor Seventy students from Carteret, Franklin and Lakewood middle schools woke up early on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 10, for long bus ride into Ewing, N.J. The students were a part of the Aspire High Youth program, a nonprofit devoted to showing underprivileged youth aged 10

through 17 the many pathways to college available to them by visiting campuses across New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. During each visit, college students act as mentors to middle schoolers as they explore what the future may hold for them. Each campus visit has a different theme. Saturday’s was “Positive Life Choices.” The program works with schools to seek out students who believe college is not viable

for them and teach them that college can be for everyone. All three districts’ high schools ranked below the state average for SAT participation in the 2014-2015 school year, according to N.J. School Performance Reports. Torrie Hurd, the eighth grade vice principal of Franklin Middle School, believes one reason children don’t consider college is a lack of people in their lives attending college. It’s hard to break that barrier. “If you don’t see it, if you have no one in your family to say, ‘This is what you’re going to do.’ It’s hard to imagine it,” Hurd said. Hurd compared the phenomenon with children of color not having strong role models in their lives. “If you’ve never seen a doctor, you can’t dream to be a doctor,” Hurd said. “If you’ve never had interactions with a lawyer, you can’t dream to be a lawyer.” Thelma Carrera, a junior philosophy and Spanish double major, can attest to the effectiveness of programs such as these. Carrera grew up in Trenton, N.J., where it was difficult for her to envision a future in academics. She received little help from her family as she would become the first in her family to attend college. “Growing up, I was in a program similar to this,” Carrera said. “And that really helped me throughout high school to have my mind straight and help me with my grades and really prepared me to look at college as a possibility.” Now, Carrera is a member of Lambda Theta Alpha, the Latin sorority that hosts

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these sessions throughout the state. The sorority teamed up with the Golden Key International Honour Society as well as Alpha Phi Alpha, Sigma Lambda Beta and the PRIDE mentoring program to provide mentors for the children. Ashley Lai, the program coordinator of Golden Key and a senior psychology and music double major, was not thinking about college when she was in middle school. “I was probably more focused on high school and just trying to survive middle school,” Lai said. Lai acted as a mentor at the event, asking about their interests and answering any questions they had for her. The morning consisted of mentors and mentees exploring topics like bullying, social media, peer pressure and drugs, and how the students can make positive life choices as they grapple with these issues in the future. Working in groups, students defined their topic, named the reasons the issue occurs, listed what effects they have on people and determined how to prevent them from happening. The children’s findings were all posted on poster board. Over lunch, the mentors talked about the college application process and afterwards, students toured the campus. The purpose of these exercises was to equip students with the life skills needed to make good life choices. see ASPIRE page 3

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major, according to Donna Shaw, an associate professor and chair of the journalism and professional writing department. The idea to move quickly caught on, and the transition began just three years after its inception in the early 2000s, according to Kim Pearson, associate professor of journalism and professional writing. “This is the culmination of conversations that have been going on for years,” Pearson said. Those conversations included meetings and strategic planning processes between the journalism professors and Jacqueline Taylor, the provost and vice president for academic affairs. Some technical changes for the new department include reformatting and revising documents on journalism’s disciplinary standards that explain the program’s curriculum. The documents have to be revised to remove any references to the English curriculum, a topic discussed in the journalism department meeting on Feb. 8. Though there was no specific timeline, the transition last semester was certainly not a surprise to any member of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences or School of the Arts and Communication. Since Pearson’s arrival at the College in the mid ’80s, journalism had been a track in the English department, which was run by Professor Emeritus Bob Cole and Ellen Friedman, now a literature and Holocaust studies professor at the College. By the early ’90s, it became clear to Pearson that methods of journalism were changing — the world was taking a digital turn, and it was in the school’s best interest to adapt. Pearson began by turning her magazine writing course into an online publishing course. Her and her class began collaborating with graphic design professors to create an online magazine with their students called “unbound.” Pearson also had a hand in developing the interactive multimedia major under the School of the Arts and Communication in order to continue infusing technology into the journalism curriculum. In the early 2000s, the College began encouraging interdisciplinary

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courses, from which the IMM major grew. “We created the major for it to be a space where people interested in the online and interactive aspects of journalism could develop their knowledge and their skills,” Pearson said. That is also why some IMM and journalism courses, such as Data Journalism and Writing for Interactive Multimedia, are still cross-listed, so students get a taste of how both majors interact in the real world. Soon enough, terms such as “mobile journalism” were a regular part of students’ vocabularies. Shaw also acknowledged how times have changed since she started at the College in 2004. “It was painful to leave the English department,” she said. “We were surrounded by writers.” But journalism was turning digital, and there was little anyone could do to stop it. “We talk much more in terms of holding audiences in the digital age. We talk about graphics and data visualization, and using social media to find sources,” Shaw said. None of which were a part of the major back in the 1980s. With the world of higher education moving in a more modern direction, it made sense for the journalism track to not only be cross-listed with IMM, but to also move to the School of the Arts and Communication in order to have better access to the equipment the school offered students. The journalism students were eager to get a hold of the camera equipment and experience the television and radio studio in the

communication department. During the department meeting, the journalism faculty discussed more ways to engage journalism students in more communication related events. They brainstormed a possible Brown Bag event with guest speaker and alumna Kristen Zimmerman (’05), vice president of digital programming at Nick Jr. Kathleen Webber, an assistant professor of journalism and professional writing, acknowledged that with Zimmerman’s skillset, she would be able to give advice to communication, IMM and journalism students alike. This academic diversity is just what the journalism department was hoping for in terms of engaging students from similar disciplines and showcasing what the College’s alumni are capable of accomplishing with a journalism degree. Shaw was seeing more students pick up either a journalism or communication studies major or minor, which indicated that the transition was in the best interest of her students. Sophomore open options major Jamie Gerhartz had not heard of the major before her adviser suggested she take a journalism class to explore different academic areas. She is now planning on declaring a journalism major. During her freshman year, she had assumed that journalism would be under the School of the Arts and Communication, but was surprised to learn that it was in fact under the English department at the time. She’s glad that the major is on more students’ radars, but still small enough for her to

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build a relationship with her professors. “The professors are all really passionate about journalism,” Gerhartz said. Benjamin Zander, a junior communication studies and journalism double major, started off college as a communication studies major, but later saw the benefits of picking up a journalism major, as well. “I am aspiring to be a television news reporter, and I knew that journalism would pair really well,” Zander said. He knew that the writing and storytelling skills he would learn in journalism would come in handy in a television or film career. “One of the most beneficial classes for my broadcasting career happened to be a (journalism) topics course,” Zander said. It was in his broadcast journalism class that he learned how to write a news rundown and format a 15-minute newscast for a television script. Zander said all of the jobs and internships he is interested in applying to look for applicants who have studied either journalism or communication, which is evidence that journalism is successfully wedging its way into a new career skill set. Shaw hopes more students will be interested and aware of the major in the future. The goal of the transition was to not only help students interested in a career in journalism, communications or interactive multimedia, but also those who are also looking to benefit from the general skill set involved in the major. “There are so many other businesses that need people who can write quickly and with accuracy,” Shaw said. Those businesses can include nonprofit organizations and any corporation looking to hire new employees. Shaw said a recent study she had read surveyed CEOs from a variety of different corporations. They were asked what skill they looked for most in a potential employee. “Communication skills –– in particular written communication skills,” Shaw said. “Journalism and professional writing teaches those.” As the digital world expands around us, Shaw said we can’t forget about the importance of good old fashioned pen and paper. “Students need to know how to write,” Shaw said.

SG approves new Habitat for Humanity chapter on campus By Megan Kelly Staff Writer

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to greet current members of their prospective clubs. “My thinking was that because a lot of freshman went to the first one, they’re not really going to come to this one, it’s not going to be as big,” said Rohan Ahluwalia, a member of Active Minds and a junior journalism and professional writing major. “But honestly, it’s been a lot better than I expected it to be. Overall, a massive success.” According to DiMarco, having fewer attendees than the fall fair was to be expected. “Each year, the spring involvement fair has lower attendance,”

DiMarco said. “Possibly due to students finding their organizations in the fall.” While some organizations felt they had a decent turnout, others were discouraged by the event being split into several nights. Especially with the recent snowstorm, which forced Thursday’s fair to be canceled. Tyler Law, president of Student Film Union and a sophomore communication studies major, was scheduled to be at the fair on Thursday. “As the president of a relatively small organization, I was quite excited to use the involvement fair as a way to inform some TCNJ students

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about SFU,” Law said. “We have a new meeting time and quite a few things planned for this semester, and I was hoping to spread that word at the fair.” As of now, the Office of Involvement is trying to pick a date to reschedule the fourth night, according to DiMarco. Still, those who were able to make it seemed to enjoy the decision. “Now that it’s split into four days, there’s more focus on our club because it’s a smaller group of people, so I think that benefits, especially the smaller clubs, greatly,” Ahluwalia said. “I think they should definitely do this for fall and spring.”

Student Government unanimously approved Habitat for Humanity at its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The College’s new chapter hopes to create opportunities for students outside of the Bonner Community Scholars program to get involved in giving back to surrounding communities. Habitat for Humanity also wants to work with other organizations to help them do more community service by possibly co-sponsoring events with organizations on campus. The College’s chapter will still

need funding allocated to them by the Student Finance Board for planning fundraisers and transportation to and from build sites. The club hopes to host several build days during each semester. As of now they are planning to offer rides to build days every Thursday. “Depending on how many build days we have per semester or year, we’ll have a requirement of how many (members need to attend). ... Once we know exactly how many we’ll have, we’ll tell members, ‘You need to attend two build days,’ or, you know, depending on how many build days we can secure,” said Kerstin Baran, president of Habitat for Humanity.

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The chapter is working with other organizations.

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Aspire / Middle school students learn about college continued from page 1 In addition to student mentors, those in the program receive help from teachers and counselors known as liaisons, who help arrange the trips and run an afterschool program at school. Toni Planko, a guidance counselor and liaison at Carteret Middle School, feels the college visits benefit students. “I think it’s an excellent program for the kids that gets them exposed to different colleges where I think they otherwise, normally wouldn’t get a chance to attend,” Planko said. Jonathan Gant, a guidance counselor and Aspire High liaison at Lakewood Middle School, said the kids who are a part of the program are usually the ones who want to better themselves while doing an extracurricular activity that will look good on transcripts. Like Lai, Gant didn’t think about college until junior or senior year of high school. “For them to be able to see this stuff at the middle school level, is something I wasn’t provided with when I was growing up,” Gant said. When the Aspire High program was pitched at a meeting at Franklin High School, chemistry teacher Katie Barillas knew “that’s exactly what I want to do with my kids.” Barillas soon became a liaison

Students design poster board around their chosen topic.

herself. She explained how she learned through her own experiences the benefits of guidance. “I didn’t become what I thought I would be at that time,” Barillas said. “I had no one focusing my goals or telling me this might be a good way to go.” While these students will have guidance just as Carrera did, Lillian Perez, the president and co-founder of Aspire High,

was treading on new territory as she was applying to college. “What people don’t realize is that this one Saturday can change the lives of so many kids,” Perez said. As students from Lakewood Middle School filed in, Perez greeted each like a friend. Perez and the students have a lot in common. Perez was the first member of

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her family to attend college, and she did so without a group like Aspire High at her back, which was one of her inspirations for founding the company. The nonprofit started with one school, Piscataway Technical High School, and branched off from there. Now they serve five districts. “When you have kids who are in middle school, coming in, waking up at 7 in the morning to

go to a college or a university, it’s a need, it’s something that they want to do,” Perez said. Although it was only their first year doing the program, Franklin Middle School is looking to branch out to others students who might benefit from Aspire High. Days before arriving at the College, the school held a workshop for parents about studying strategies. Four more students joined the fold as a result. Hurd believes that the lack of mentors in addition to the steep price tag of higher education deters students who do not want to be a burden on their parents. She recalled one student who said that because he did not have $60,000 at his disposal, he could not go to college. Through Aspire High, he quickly learned that not all colleges are that expensive, and there are ways to lower the price tag, such as a scholarship. Hurd was not originally an educator. Originally a member of the business realm, she returned to school to get a teaching degree 10 years ago. She only started working at the middle school last November. “What really excites me about middle school is that they’re really not sure what they want, and it’s a great opportunity to mold... their minds and give them the opportunity to see what’s out there,” Hurd said.

SFB funds Haitian culture night, tables writers

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The previously tabled Ambiance celebrates Haitian culture. By Olivia Rizzo Staff Writer The Student Finance Board fully funded several cultural events and HackTCNJ 2017 at its Wednesday, Feb. 8, meeting, while tabling and zero funding others due to price concerns and a breach of SFB guidelines. The Haitian Student Association returned and received full funding in the amount of $7,504 for the previously tabled costs of entertainment for Ambiance, a Haitian culture celebration. “Ambiance is a celebration showcasing Haitian culture and traditions via music, dance, food and comedy,” the proposal packet read. The event will take place on March 4 in the Decker Social Space at 7 p.m. The board did not grant funding to the American Choral Directors Association

for a trip to the Philadelphia Opera. SFB could not grant funding to the organization because they violated the board’s protocol by advertising the trip before receiving approval for funding. The organization requested $1,333.20 to cover the cost of bussing and parking. INK’s request for $5,532.50 for Leslie Jamison to appear as a part of its Visiting Writers Series was tabled due to the high cost per student. “Leslie Jamison is a critically acclaimed novelist and nonfiction writer,” the proposal packet read. “INK would like to host Leslie Jamison for the Visiting Writers Series, in which we normally invite an external writer to read/perform some of their work and discuss their take on the craft of writing.” The organization also sought funding to bring author Danez Smith to campus as a part of the Visiting Writers Series, but

the visit was not approved for funding. “Danez Smith is a nationally acclaimed poet and performer with multiple slam poetry championships, acclaimed chapbooks and community involvement,” the proposal packet read. The board could not approve the funding request because the organization signed a contract with the author prior to gaining SFB’s approval, which is a violation of the board’s rules. A vote on Deaf Hearing Connection Club’s event Deaf Awareness Day was tabled in order to try to negotiate a lower price for its main speaker, Sean Berdy. “The day will consist of several events throughout the day, including a Deaf monologue with several students speaking as well as a professor from our staff,” the proposal packet read. “Our main event will be a talk with a very successful actor, Sean Berdy. He is best known for his leading role on ‘Switched at Birth.’” Chabad was funded $3,570.60 for its Pre-Purim Celebration. “The purpose of this event is to celebrate and educate the campus community about the Jewish holiday of Purim,” the proposal packet explained. “Often considered the most festive and joyous holiday on the calendar, it commemorates the miraculous survival of a persecuted people.” Funding will cover the costs of food, drinks, entertainment, decorations and gift bags. The board tabled the cost of a photobooth in hopes of finding a less expensive option. Chabad’s Pre-Purim Celebration will take place on March 6 in room 212 of the Education Building. The Asian American Association was fully funded $2,552.95 for its event Mystique of

the East 2017. “Mystique will feature performances that have origins rooted in various Asian countries, such as China, Japan, India, the Philippines and Korea,” the proposal packet read. Mystique of the East 2017 will take place on March 23 in Kendall Hall at 6 p.m. Funding will cover the cost of props and costumes as well as Kendall Hall fees. The Black Student Union received full funding in the amount of $1,309.79 for its Black History Month Celebration Banquet. “This event is meant to wrap up Black History Month,” the proposal packet read. “It is a time for the TCNJ community to come together to celebrate the advancements and achievements of the black community not only through history but on TCNJ’s campus, as well.” Funding will cover the costs of catering, decorations, Sodexo rentals and performer costs. The Black History Month Celebration will take place on Feb. 25 in the Decker Social Space. The Association for Computing Machinery was fully funded $2,525.50 for HackTCNJ 2017. “HackTCNJ is TCNJ’s annual Hackathon, a 24-hour programming competition where students from TCNJ as well as many other schools involved in the design and technology fields come to compete, learn and create technology products as well as make valuable connections with the corporate sponsors attending the event,” the proposal packet explained. Funding will cover the cost of food, prizes, police officers and miscellaneous items. HackTCNJ will take place from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26 in the Education Building.

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Several bicycles snatched from students

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By Brielle Bryan Production Manager

• On Feb. 5 at approximately 1:10 a.m., a Campus Police officer was dispatched to a women’s restroom in Wolfe Hall on the report of an intoxicated female. Upon arrival, the officer observed the student lying on the ground with vomit on her face and in her hair. A strong odor of alcohol emanated from the student’s breath, and she had a hard time speaking coherently. After attempting to speak to the student several times, she finally responded to the officer, saying, “Fuck. Fucker. I drank a lot tonight,” according to Campus Police. The student continued to spit up on the ground, as well as herself, as she told the officer that she was at an off-campus “highlighter” party hosted by Sigma Pi. The student had bright orange highlighter ink on her boots, according to police reports. She said she “drank lots of shit” in the residence hall before the party. Ewing Township EMS arrived on the scene and transported the student for further treatment and evaluation. The female student was issued a summons for underage drinking, police said. • On Feb. 4 at approximately 11:52 p.m., a Campus Police officer was dispatched to Decker Hall to investigate an odor of marijuana. When the officer arrived on the scene, the odor of marijuana was strong and grew stronger as he approached the suspected room. Loud voices reverberated into the hallway as the officer knocked on the door

of the room, police said. Two students answered the door and the smell of marijuana was present, according to police. While the officer didn’t see marijuana, he saw a 30-pack of Budweiser beer, empty Budweiser beer cans in the garbage and red solo cups on the table, according to police reports. The officer had the two students sit at the desks and called for backup. After backup arrived, the officers searched the room and came up with a bottle of Burnetts liquor, Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka and a bag of Vella Wine, but no marijuana or paraphernalia was found, Campus Police said. TCNJ EMS and Pro-Staff arrived on the scene. The two students refused any further medical attention and were both issued a summons for underage drinking.

• On Feb. 1 at approximately 2:30 p.m., a Campus Police officer was dispatched to Campus Police Headquarters on a report of a stolen cream and pink colored bicycle. Upon her arrival, she met with a student who noticed that her bicycle, which is valued at $40, was missing at 1:30 p.m. that day. The student informed the officer that the last time she saw her bicycle was when she locked it on the bicycle rack in front of Eickhoff Hall, facing the Library, on Jan. 31 at 2 p.m., according to police. The officer advised the student that Campus Police would be in touch with her if the bicycle was found. • On Feb. 2 at approximately 12:06 a.m., a Campus Police

officer was dispatched to the Social Sciences Building due to a report of a stolen bicycle that was last seen on the bicycle rack facing the Brower Student Center. Valued at $40, the navy blue and silver bicycle had a black pouch attached to it, two black mud flaps attached to the tires and a black bicycle rack connected to the rear wheel, according to Campus Police. The student stated that her bicycle was stolen between 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 1 and midnight on Feb. 2. The officer advised the student to contact Campus Police if the bicycle was found. • On Feb. 4 at approximately 12:20 a.m., a Campus Police officer was leaving Travers and Wolfe halls, after being dispatched there due to an accidental fire alarm, when she was alerted that there was an intoxicated student outside of Travers. She obtained the driver’s license of the vomiting female student and asked her how much she had to drink. The student stated she drank an unknown amount of vodka, according to police reports. The officer had the intoxicated student sit down at a table outside of Travers until all of the residents of the Towers reoccupied the buildings after the fire alarm stopped. Another officer arrived to help relocate the female student to the Travers and Wolfe Lounge where TCNJ EMS arrived and determined that the student didn’t need any further medical attention. Pro-Staff arrived on the scene and

determined that the student could stay on campus in the care of her friend. The intoxicated student was issued an underage drinking summons, Campus Police said. • On Feb. 4 at approximately 10 p.m., a Campus Police officer was dispatched to Wolfe Hall on the report of an intoxicated male. The caller, who wished to remain anonymous, stated the male was breathing, but unconscious, according to police reports. When the officer arrived, the male was sleeping on his bed, and there was vomit on the floor. After being woken up, the intoxicated male was able to answer questions with slurred speech and revealed that he drank an unknown amount of vodka in his room. TCNJ EMS arrived to assess the intoxicated male and determined that he needed to be transported to the hospital for further medical attention. Trenton EMS arrived on the scene and transported the intoxicated male, along with a member of Pro-Staff, to the hospital. Due to the New Jersey Lifeline Legislation, a summons was not issued, police said. • On Feb. 5 at approximately 1:10 a.m., two Campus Police officers were dispatched to Allen Hall on reports of an intoxicated male. Upon arrival, the officers met with the intoxicated student who admitted to drinking an unknown amount of tequila and beer, Campus Police said. He

also had a cut above his left eyebrow, which he seemed to have no recollection of obtaining, according to police reports. The student did not disclose where he was drinking in Allen Hall, and neither of the friends who were with him had any knowledge of where he was previously. TCNJ EMS arrived and determined that the intoxicated student did not need any further medical attention. He was issued a summons for underage drinking, according to police

• On Feb. 6 at approximately 1:15 p.m., a student arrived at Campus Police Headquarters to report a stolen bicycle. She told Campus Police that she left her bicycle on a rack near the laundry room located in Townhouses West on Feb. 3 at 5 p.m. The student said she noticed that the bicycle was missing on Feb. 6 at noon. She reported that the bike, valued at $50, is a dark blue beach cruiser with black handles and has “Regency” written in white near the gears, according to police reports. The officer advised the student to contact Campus Police if she locates the bicycle, and Campus Police said they would contact her if the bicycle was found. • On Feb. 6 at approximately 5:10 p.m., a Campus Police officer was dispatched to Campus Police Headquarters to talk to a student who reported a stolen calculator. The student stated he last saw his graphing calculator, a gray Texas Instrument TI84 silver edition valued at $116, on Jan. 30, according to

police reports. At 10:50 a.m. on Feb. 6, he left class and didn’t realized it was missing until 12:20 p.m., according to police reports. When he went back to the classroom to retrieve it, his professor said she did not see the calculator. The student was advised to contact Campus Police if he found it, and Campus Police would contact him if the calculator was found. • On Feb. 7 at approximately 8 a.m., a Campus Police officer was conducting vehicle patrol in Lot 7 when she noticed a vehicle with a suspicious looking decal. Upon further inspection, she found that it was not a sticker decal given out by TCNJ Parking Services, but, instead, it appeared to be a copy of a sticker that was cut out from paper and taped onto the window, police said. Another officer arrived on the scene and confirmed that it was a fraudulent reproduction of an official decal. The vehicle was registered to a student who didn’t have a decal issued to him and had been previously booted for having an outstanding balance after receiving multiple tickets. As per the College’s Parking Policy, the vehicle was booted and issued the appropriate citations for the offense. An orange immobilization notice was placed on the windshield, which notifies the owner that the vehicle is booted and to see Campus Police for boot removal, according to police. Anyone with information can contact Campus Police at 609-771-2345.

NJEA Teacher of the Year offers advice to future educators By Jake Mulick Social Media Editor

While speaking to education majors like she would her high school music students, Argine Safari detailed her journey to becoming the New Jersey Education Association’s 2016 Teacher of the Year. Safari spoke on Feb. 6 in the Education Building about her childhood in Armenia, specifically the transition from attending an Armenian music high school and the Moscow Conservatory to teaching music at a high school in the United States. Safari praised the music field, saying it instills certain traits in those who pursue it. “I believe music cultivates skills that you can’t find elsewhere,” Safari said. “It teaches creativity, perseverance and discipline.” Safari displayed such discipline when her Moscow music professor requested that she add five pages of music to the recital she had to perform upon graduating from the conservatory, with only a short amount of time to prepare. While an extra five pages of music is more than enough to make any student blanch before a recital, it didn’t help that Safari was expecting her first child within a week of the recital date. She was able to perform 48 hours before delivering her first born, five extra pages and all. Safari serves as a model of determination to her students much like her own teachers before her. Safari was accompanied by alumna and Camden County Teacher of the Year Julie Wright (’90), who has two children currently attending the College. Wright spoke highly of her experience here, and how it shaped

her love of teaching, despite having faced adversity in the education field, which resulted in her not immediately landing a teaching job in New Jersey. After close to 10 years of searching, Wright found a home teaching elementary education in Gloucester Township, N.J. Both Safari and Wright referenced the teachers they had in their past and how they influence them when they decided to pursue careers in education. Safari mentioned the music teachers that helped shape her while in Armenia as well as Moscow. Safari and Wright broke up the prospective teachers in the audience into groups in order to study their teaching style, as well as try and pass on any lessons

they could to those who were about to enter the teaching field. Safari said there is a “distant and professional relationship” in European teaching, but the most rewarding part of her job is connecting with her students, and that she had a special empathy she didn’t think her European influences had. An audience member asked Safari if she had any advice for future teachers. “You should find your own passion and combine that with a passion for teaching,” Safari said. “Don’t think that you are not important. Don’t give up. It takes time.”

Safari speaks to students about their teaching methods.


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Nation & W rld

Federal judge halts Trump’s travel ban

Trump is not happy with the latest federal ruling. By Danielle Silvia Staff Writer President Donald Trump’s travel ban has been suspended. Federal Judge James L. Robart issued a temporary order on Feb. 3 invalidating


Trump’s ban in which he gave those holding visas from the seven previously restricted countries “safe passage,” according to NBC. The same source reported that routine air travel has resumed in accordance with Robart’s ruling. The ban originally prevented people from

seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the U.S. for the next 90 days in order to protect against terrorism. This impacted travelers from Libya, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia, as well as refugees. Refugees were banned for 120 days, and “all Syrian refugees were stopped indefinitely” from entering the U.S., according to NBC. The Department of Homeland Security has revoked Trump’s order, formally suspending any action taken to comply with the travel ban, NBC reported. Protocol used prior to the travel ban will again be implemented to inspect travelers entering the U.S. from these seven nations, according to NBC. The Justice Department needed to challenge the ruling “at the earliest possible time,” according to CNN. The State Department has also reversed the annulling of visas under Trump’s executive order, CNN reported. The State Department reported that there fewer than 60,000 foreigners who had their visas repealed once the ban went into effect, according to CNN. “Those individuals with visas that were not physically cancelled may now travel if

the visa is otherwise valid,” the State Department said, according to NBC. The International Air Transport Association sent a message to all airlines on the morning of Feb. 4 to confirm that the repeal of the travel ban means regular practices should resume, NBC reported. The same source reported that visas previously disregarded have been reinstated for all those affected. “This ruling shuts down the (president’s) executive order immediately — shuts it down — so people can travel like they did before,” said Bob Ferguson, Washington attorney general, according to Fox News. Many travelers from the previously banned countries are currently attempting to enter the U.S., as they are concerned that their window of opportunity is narrow, according to The New York Times. Americans and foreigners alike have been responding positively to this change, while Trump fired a storm of tweets rejecting this repeal. A tweet from Trump on Feb. 4 reads, “The judge opens up our country to potential terrorists and others that do not have our best interests at heart. Bad people are very happy!”

White House approves sanctions on Iran By Jake Mulick Social Media Editor

President Donald Trump approved sanctions on Iranian businesses and individuals following missile testing in Tehran, the Iranian Capital. These missile tests occurred on Jan. 29. The only conclusive information available to the U.S. was that the Iranians had tested ballistic missiles, according to The New York Times. The deal with Iran forged under the Obama administration states that the Iranians do not currently have the power to enrich uranium that could fuel possible nuclear weaponry, according to the Obama White House archives. The same source reported that this deal is supposed to abate the threat of nuclear weaponry from the administration and was a

major deterrent from the Iranians building up a nuclear stockpile and increasing their military threat in the region. Although the Trump administration was openly critical of the deal forged by former Secretary of State John Kerry and former President Barack Obama, they have yet to renegotiate any sort of military agreement with the Iranians. However, the weapon testing was enough to put the White House on guard. Due to the complex history of aggression and instability in the region, any weapons testing in Iran was enough to put the White House on alert, according to USA Today. Trump reacted quickly, imposing sanctions on 13 Iranian based companies and 12 individuals, according to USA Today. He reiterated his “no nonsense approach” to Iran in a tweet on

Iran’s ballistic missile test is cause for concern at the White House.

Feb. 3: “Iran is playing with fire — they don’t appreciate how ‘kind’ President Obama was to them. Not me!” The sanctions have been largely viewed as a move in the right

direction, drawing some support from Congressmen in the Democratic Party, according to Forbes. There is concern that the White House will impose heavier sanctions that may violate the


nuclear deal reached with the previous administration. The Chinese, who were partners in negotiating this deal, voiced their concerns over the possible violations, Forbes reported.

100 dead in Middle East after heavy snow and avalanches

in the past week that has killed 106 people and injured scores more on both sides of the border. The snow closed down highways and airports, and spurred avalanches across the mountainous region. “Avalanches have buried two entire villages,” a representative of Afghanistan’s Ministry of State Natural Disasters said, according to a BBC report. After one avalanche, 53 died in the province of Nuristan in northeast Afghanistan, according to BBC. The same source reported that there were 13 deaths after an avalanche near the town of Chitral in Pakistan. The death toll is expected to rise as continued snowfall has blocked access to remote towns, forcing the rescue efforts to rely on helicopters to search for survivors and deliver aid, according to Time magazine. Hamid Karzai International Airport, the largest in Afghanistan, was forced to shut down after 2 feet of snow accumulated on the runway, according to NPR. Likewise, snowfall on Kabul-Kandahar highway has stranded upwards of 250 vehicles. Motorists are trapped without food on the highway — at least two motorists froze to death in Twitter their cars, BBC reported. The death toll is expected to rise due to blocked access to towns. “Most affected are women and children,” said Hafiz Abdul Qayyom, Nuristan Province Governor. “The area is completely blocked because of snow, so it is very difficult for us to By Cait Flynn send support, but we are trying our best,” according to Al Jazeera. Staff Writer American intelligence agencies and upwards of 13,000 NATO troops are currently in Afghanistan aiding in a so-called train, advise, assist mission, though it is unclear yet if they will Northern provinces in Afghanistan and Pakistan have been hit with nearly 10 feet of snow be playing a role in recovery efforts, NPR reported.

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By Anandita Mehta Correspondent

As the Trump administration seeks to dismantle many of former President Barack Obama’s policies, several people have been nominated to enter President Donald Trump’s cabinet. The confirmation process for Trump’s cabinet nominees has been an unusually slow and grueling one, according to NPR. Trump has, for the most part, chosen Washington outsiders for his team. Rex Tillerson, the new secretary of state, was the CEO of ExxonMobil, ABC reported. He was also a donor to the Republican Party, just like many of the other nominees, according to ABC. According to Trump, “he has vast experience dealing with all types of foreign governments,” which seems to bolster his qualifications for the position in the president’s eyes, The Atlantic reported. His ties to foreign governments include an “Order of Friendship” from Putin in 2012,

which, at the time, was seen as alarming to many, The Atlantic reported. He was confirmed with a tight margin: 56 to 43. This is still wider than the votes for Betsy DeVos, but with the most votes against confirmation in senate history, according to The New York Times. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a former Alabama senator. Sessions has faced accusations of making racist comments in the ’80s when he was appointed to District Court, CNN reported. While he has denied the comments, former colleagues have testified both in denial and in affirmation of his racist behavior, according to CNN. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren was dismissed as she presented evidence in the form of a letter by Coretta Scott King, the wife of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., in a final effort to reject him as attorney general, The New York Times reported. As senator, he has made some conservative claims and stances on issues such

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Students should be careful with the media they consume

Madonna is dead, and you have 10 minutes to write an obituary. As I manically composed a story about her sudden death, I got so caught up in the restrictions: I have to be fast, I have to be factual and I have to be first. In reality, I was not quick — I took about 15 minutes — I was not accurate — I might have spelled her name wrong — and I was not first — I was among the last to file the story. Of course, the Queen of Pop is not dead, but I had to react to her fictional passing for an assignment in one of my journalism classes, and the result was not something of which I am proud. Modern journalists face an unseemly amount of challenges: They have to be accurate, eloquent and beat everyone to the punch. But I’m biased, right? Or at least that’s what everyone tells me. I find myself being a self-proclaimed crusader for journalism, trying to defend those who do honest, thorough work to inform the public. I have actually had fights with people during class after a conversation about anything suddenly turns into “Well, it’s the media’s fault.” Again, I am not proud, but I feel like someone has to do it – someone has to offer the other side of the conversation. I’ll be the first one to admit that not all news sources are original — which is evident in Conan O’Brien’s bit “Newscasters Agree: Valentine’s “I Love You” Edition” on YouTube — and some are not even factual. Luckily, there are a few ways to determine between what’s real and fake. Check the URL as some, such as, are not real news sites, according to Take a look at the website’s “About Us” section because it might say the site is satirical, or the use of over dramatic language might indicate it is an unprofessional site. Despite these bias or fake sources, some honest people are still trying to inform the public. Without professional journalists, who would uncover the corrupt and unjust? Who would be the gatekeeper of what information can and should be allowed into the mainstream? Without them, there would be endless fake news seeping into society and penetrating minds to further widen the divide between left and right, conservative and liberal, honesty and falsity. In my Introduction for Cultural Anthropology class this semester, I was captivated by my professor’s words, as she was giving the most honest opinion about the media I have heard during my time at the College — one that didn’t require me to fight back. “A free press is an integral part of what makes our society open. It is also our constitutional right,” said Rachel Adler, an anthropology professor. “When the press is silenced or delegitimize, it is a serious problem, as it is a step toward authoritarianism.” She said that while sources like The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal are not perfect, they are trustworthy publications that try to present the facts. She talked about how “fake news blurs the line between fact and fiction,” and how some scholars argue that there is no real objective truth. However, she agrees that objective truth is unscientific, as truth is based on evidence and facts. With the creation of fake news, people are stuck in an echo chamber of their perceived reality and truth, which damages their perception of unbiased, hardworking journalists. “It is easy to find ‘evidence’ for something that we already accept as fact,” Adler said. “I think that we must be critical of the news that supports our own point of view. This is not second nature — it takes effort, and it can be disconcerting. But it is well worth it.” — Chelsea LoCascio Editor-in-Chief

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Trump supporters refuse to hold him accountable By Paul Mulholland

I realized later than most that Trumpanzees have no standards whatsoever. After the Iowa Caucuses, after Donald Trump lost to Ted Cruz (he wasn’t “Lyin’ Ted” yet) many insisted he had, in fact, won because nobody expected the real estate mogul to come this far at all, and, more importantly, it was the first time people had come out to vote for him. About a year later, we are confronted with the same problem on a larger scale: Could Trump lose his supporters under any circumstances? Don’t count on it. They do not seem discouraged that Trump’s recent executive order is not the total ban on Muslims that they were promised during the campaign. Trump cut the number of refugees the U.S. would accept this year in half — more refugees come from Congo than any other country, according to Pew Research — and banned all Syrian refugees indefinitely. He also banned all citizens of Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Syria from entering the U.S. for 90 days, according to a White House Release. According to The Guardian, he has prevented several professors, Yazidi refugees — non-Muslim polytheists that ISIS tried and failed to exterminate — and about

500 Iraqis that were granted U.S. visas for assisting the U.S. military. He has inconvenienced foreign workers of Google and Microsoft far more than any jihadist outfit. Meanwhile, not one terrorist attack has been committed by a citizen of the seven countries in the last 10 years, according to The Economist. And the order only discriminates against less than 10 percent of the world’s terrorists-to-be. Trump has fallen short of his own stupid policy. The order reads, “The United States cannot, and should not, admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law.” Now that is a proposition worth considering, especially its second half, however, the order applies this to every last national of seven countries. Although Trump’s Muslim ban is crude, discriminatory and ineffective, it is not terribly unpopular. Despite protests across America’s airports, only 53 percent of Americans oppose the order, according to a CNN poll. I witnessed one such protest that took place at Philadelphia International Airport. The number of cars pouring into the airport, as well as a few intentionally blocking the road, definitely caused some to miss their flights — our shuttle driver drove on the shoulder for about half of the way. But

Travel ban protests continue across the country. the most noteworthy part was that many of the protesters were new to the experience. One of them, a 55-year-old named Ben, told me that he had been to three protests in his entire life, and they have all happened since Trump was elected. He did not want to feel powerless, as if things would happen with him having something to say about it. I also saw a middle-aged woman awkwardly, but successfully, start a “Build a fence around Mike Pence” chant. Although poll numbers are disappointingly low, they may not capture the momentum involved with newcomers becoming


politically aware for the first time. The courts stayed the order on due process and equal protection grounds, and it does not seem like Trump will appeal to the Supreme Court. He is more likely to try to rewrite the order, according to Washington Post. His clownish and sinister attempt to ban a religion and explicit contempt for the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution make Americans less safe and reaffirm, again, one of Trump’s few honest statements: “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”

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Managing a classroom can be a difficult task for teachers. By Sherley Alaba Teaching is a physically and mentally demanding job — standing for several hours in front of 50 or so students after doing extensive research on the lesson’s topic is no easy feat. Anyone who has presented in front of a large group of people knows how scary it can be, but if it’s a group of kids, be prepared for frequent interruptions, too. Aspiring teachers should know that despite how stressful the job is, every problem has a solution. For example, it is natural to have one student that you like best, but it is advisable not to show you favor them, so no one feels left out. If a student in your class gets an exceptionally good grade, then by all means showcase it to the class, but you should display the efforts of other students who have improved or performed well, too. This way, more students in your class can get recognition for their efforts. In order to make everyone feel included, you should have the class interact with each other as much as possible. Don’t just lecture — let them share their views on the topic or have them research it. You can create groups and assign them small activities so they get a chance to mingle with each other. By providing them with an activity, you are giving

them the chance to discuss and listen to each other’s views. When you are teaching a large class, it can also take some time to learn your students’ names. If you’re bad with names, then you can let them know that you will try your best. You can also try to get to know your students on a more personal level to help you remember their names more effectively. The bigger the class, the more difficult it becomes for teachers to keep an eye on their students and prevent them from cheating on tests. Multiple choice answers are the easiest to cheat off of, so it is best to include some writing component in the student’s exams. Make the students aware of the consequences of getting caught cheating — this kind of fear is good for maintaining discipline and class decorum. Keeping students focused and holding their attention is a tough task, but technology has helped teachers in this area. We are blessed with computers and the ability to organize information into presentations. In college, students and professors present pictures, information not from the book or a short documentary to better communicate with one another. There is no denying the fact that teachers bear the huge responsibility of shaping children’s minds. By applying these tips to the classroom, teachers have the power to guide students with their expert knowledge through a well-controlled class.

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Students share opinions around campus “How do you feel about Valentine’s Day?”

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Megan Hyjack, a sophomore graphic design major. “It’s not as enjoyable when you don’t get candy from everyone in your class anymore. ”

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Kevin Dempsey, a freshman business open options major. “I think that it’s a good holiday – if you’re in a relationship.”

“Is is difficult to learn when you are in a large class?”

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Jenna Finnis, a senior special education and Spanish double major.

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Snowstorm cancels anticipated events

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Icy conditions are dangerous for commuters and faculty.

By Alyssa Gautieri Features Editor

Wearing your pajamas to bed inside out, sleeping with a spoon under your pillow or throwing ice cubes out the window. Regardless of your go-to snow day superstition, students, faculty and administration awoke on Thursday, Feb. 9, to learn that the College had closed or canceled all classes, offices and events for the day. On the eve of the expected snowstorm, eager students awaited the email from College Spokesperson David Muha. He delivered the final decision at 9:48 a.m. on Thursday morning via an email to the College community. “Due to the weather… all classes are canceled. Administrative offices will be closed. Evening events are canceled,” the email read. While Muha has gained cult-like appreciation for announcing class cancellations in the past, some students were not pleased to find that the snowstorm canceled many highly anticipated events including the Black Student Union’s Black Monologues, Chinese Student Association’s Chinese New Year and the Student Involvement Fair.

On-campus events require extensive coordination, such as locating an open space on campus, securing a vendor and advertising. “My reaction (to the cancellation of the Chinese New Year) is one of dismay, as no one likes to see an event that has been planned for months fall through on the day of,” said Hubert Hsu, president of CSA and a junior nursing major. With more than 4 inches of snow hitting Mercer County, N.J., and the safety of those traveling to campus to consider, canceling classes appeared to be the right call. However, Hsu felt that the College made the wrong decision in canceling all on-campus events. “I believe class cancellation was important to ensure student and staff safety, but events starting later in the day should not have been canceled,” he said. “An incremental update as time went on would have been a better approach to announce cancellations. On-campus events, especially those catered to the students, could have been better handled.” Julia Dzurillary, vice president of TCNJ Culinary Club and a sophomore journalism and professional writing major, was also

disappointed by the College’s decision to cancel all events. With only four members on the Culinary Club’s executive board, Dzurillary said it was not easy to coordinate a table at the Student Involvement Fair, which was scheduled for Thursday evening. Beside the struggle of coordinating their involvement at the event, the e-board was looking forward to recruiting new club members. “The involvement fair was our opportunity to get more students involved,” Dzurillary said. “Of course, I love snow days as much as the next person, but I do not believe that classes or campus events were rightfully canceled. While the morning was super snowy, by (noon) the roads and the sidewalks were clear.” Chris Haines, president of club fencing and a junior history and secondary education dual major, was also saddened by the fair’s cancellation. “The involvement fair always gives us the opportunity to introduce students to fencing, a sport many people don’t get to try,” he said. “Canceling tonight’s events was problematic for the fencing team.”

Despite his disappointment, Haines thought the College made the right decision. “I do think it is always better that the College (is cautious),” he said. “Many of the people that work at the recreation center, in the Stud and elsewhere on campus have a long commute. While the roads might have been clear by 6 p.m., I think the school ultimately made the right decision.” Kristina Malmstrom, president of TCNJ Manhunt Club and a senior English major, agreed. “I thought the involvement fair could have gone on,” she said. “The roads were much clearer by Thursday night, however, I understand why the College chose to close campus.” Students and staff are actively working on rescheduling events that were canceled due to Thursday’s snowstorm. “CSA’s No. 1 priority for the upcoming week is to find open space and a new date,” Hsu said. “We will work to ensure these cultural events go on and provide the College with the enrichment of not only Chinese culture, but also the camaraderie that can be built within the College’s diverse community.”

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Snow coats campus and cancels classes.

INK celebrates Valentine’s Day with poetry and passion

Left: Students perform poetry with passion. Right: Music, poetry and short stories are welcome at INK’s Valentine’s Day. By Jennifer Goetz Staff Writer Usually a spot to study inbetween classes, the Bliss Hall Lounge transformed into an intimate space for writers, readers and performers on Friday, Feb. 10, for INK’s annual open mic Valentine’s Day Coffeehouse. In addition to coffee and donuts, the College’s creative writing club treated the audience to literary performances focusing on love, heartbreak and more. From 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., speakers could take the floor and read — or sing — any work they chose, whether it be a poem written that day, an original song or even an interesting Reddit feed.

Alena Woods, co-president of INK and a senior English major, encouraged everyone to speak up and read. She read several interesting written works and shared some of her own poetry. “We always hold a coffeehouse right before Valentine’s Day,” Woods said. “This is one of our more popular reading events, along with slam poetry event.” INK is responsible for hosting and organizing several events throughout the year for individuals to express themselves through written work. Two of its most popular coffeehouse events are centered around holidays: Valentine’s Day and Halloween, according to Woods. Other on-campus reading events include the Student Reading Series

in April, the Visiting Writers Series and the Goods. “Our primary goal is to provide a creative outlet for student writers and readers of prose and poetry,” according to INK’s Tumblr, and that goal was achieved at the Valentine’s Day Coffeehouse. The audience felt welcomed to share their poems, songs, lists, stories and more. For many participants, this was their first time sharing their work or volunteering to read in front of an audience. “I’ve never really read (my own work) before today,” said Ian Gray, a freshman English and special education double major. “I pretty much only write, and then I put it on a blog sometimes, (but) today was really fun.”

In addition to reading his own poetry, Gray displayed his musical talent by singing Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon.” Kendel Stiles, a sophomore political science major, first encountered slam poetry during high school. “I got so into it,” Stiles said about seeing another student practicing “awesome” slam poetry at a club meeting during high school. “The next day I looked up all the slam poems online, and I started practicing other people’s works. And I started writing poems for just the purpose of doing slam poetry,” she said. Stiles read several times at the coffeehouse, and it was evident she had experience with

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slam poetry. While the audience members were encouraged to share written works, original or not, the relaxed setting allowed audience members to avoid participating and, instead, enjoy listening to others read. “We had an amazing turnout,” Woods said. “It was a great time.” “(Tonight) was awesome,” Stiles said. “There were so many good vibes (that) came from people just singing to talking about heartbreak and love and everything else.” The Valentine’s Day Coffeehouse was an opportunity for students to meet and learn about each other. “Poetry has a way of connecting everyone,” Stiles said.

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: April ‘94

Crime on campus continues

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Campus Police help students track down stolen cars.

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After long hours in the Library and three-hour lectures, tired and confused students wander around campus in search of misplaced bicycles, only to discover them stolen. Throughout the month of February, students have reported stolen and damaged bicycles around campus. From seeking peers’ advice on both the Class of 2018 and 2019 Facebook groups to reporting the incidents to Campus Police, students are unhappy about the College’s most recent thief. Unfortunately, theft is not a new issue for students at the College. More than 20 years ago, students’ property was reported stolen and damaged while on campus. In 1994, students sought out Campus Police after their parked cars, stereos and computers suddenly went missing. On April 19, two cars were stolen from the student center lot, according to the Director of Campus Police Thomas Thompson. The cars were stolen between 8:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Bernadette Piassa reported that her 1987 Nissan was valued at $16,000 and Katherine Pellegrino reported her 1988 Mazda to be worth $14,000, according to Thompson.

Edward Gerety reported on April 19 that his car had its stereo, valued at $350, stolen. The vehicle, a 1987 Ford Escort, was parked in lot 8 at the time of the theft. According to Thompson, a computer valued at $2,500 was stolen from room 101 in Centennial Hall on April 14. The incident was reported by Jennifer Vonderhorst. On April 18, Kevin Zitko filed a criminal mischief report, according to Thompson. His vehicle, parked in lot 7, was scratched on the side and given a flat tire. A vehicle owned by Jeffrey DeYoung had its drivers side window broken. The incident happened between April 18 and 19 while the car was parked in lot 8. Stacey Nemerson reported that there was vandalism on the wall on the second floor of Norsworthy. The incident happened between April 15 and April 16, according to Thompson. A VCR, a 19’ inch television and a cart valued at $725 were stolen from Trenton State. The incident happened between March 11 and March 31, but was reported by Daniel Pohl on April 15.

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Left: Rubin pairs a simple white sweater with a solid black T-shirt. Right: A statement necklace dresses up any outfit. By Jillian Greene Columnist

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Name: Brielle Rubin Year: Junior Majors: Elementary education and mathematics JG: Where do you shop? BR: I mostly shop at Express. Their jeans are super comfortable, and their tops are so cute. But I also shop at Nordstrom Rack, American Eagle and I always find cute clothes at Marshalls. JG: What is your go-to outfit for class? BR: I usually wear black leggings with a big sweater and boots, or jeans and a cute top. I’ll usually dress it up with some type of necklace. JG: Where do you get most of your inspiration from? BR: I find a lot of outfit inspiration on

JG: What is your favorite trend? BR: My favorite trend right now has to be either the choker or lace-up tops. JG: What is your least favorite trend? BR: My least favorite trend is definitely the fishnet tights under jeans. JG: How would you describe your style in three words? BR: Casual, trendy and simple. JG: What is your favorite accessory? BR: Definitely my lace choker. JG: What are you most excited about incorporating into your wardrobe following graduation? BR: Since I will be teaching, I’m excited to wear cute dresses and pair them with accessories such as statement necklaces or big earrings.

Celebritease : Clooneys welcome a twin pregnancy


Left: The Clooneys announce the latest celebrity pregnancy. Right: Levine receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. By Mackenzie Cutruzzula Columnist

Hollywood’s baby bump club grew after Amal Clooney announced she was pregnant with twins, according to several sources confirmed by PEOPLE. As if Beyoncé’s pregnancy wasn’t enough, the music moguls can now have playdates with the Clooneys. George Clooney, a notorious playboy for most of his career, will now take on the role of fatherhood. In the meantime, pregnancy hasn’t slowed down Amal, who continues to jetset around the world as a human rights lawyer and visit her husband on set. While working with Clooney last fall, Matt Damon learned of the couple’s pregnancy. Damon almost started crying when he heard the news, but cautioned Clooney not

to spread the word until Amal was at least 12 weeks along, according to US magazine. “I’m thrilled for him. She’s amazing. He hit the jackpot. Just on every level. She is a remarkable woman. They’re gonna be great. They’re gonna be awesome parents. Those kids are lucky,” Damon told “Entertainment Tonight Canada.” After being hospitalized for less than a week following an all-terrain vehicle accident, Jamie Lynn Spears’s daughter, Maddie, is back home and recovering, PEOPLE confirmed. “Maddie Aldridge, 8-year-old daughter of entertainer Jamie Lynn Spears, has been discharged from the Children’s Hospital in New Orleans,” the hospital told PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. “She is breathing well and interacting with loved ones. Doctors say she is on the way to a full recovery.”

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Spears took to Instagram to thank all the first responders that helped her daughter’s speedy recovery. Maddie’s aunt, Britney Spears, also used social media to thank fans for their prayers, citing that her niece’s recovery was a miracle. Over the weekend, Adam Levine received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Maroon 5 frontman was joined by wife Behati Prinsloo and 4-month-old daughter, Dusty Rose, for the momentous occasion. “I have a daughter, I have the most beautiful wife in the entire world,” Levine said during the ceremony. “I’m one of the luckiest people who’s ever lived, and it has nothing to do with me, it has to do with the people who love me the most. So, I thank all of those people.” Levine wasn’t the only lucky one this week. Thanks to College Spokesperson Dave Muha, the entire campus enjoyed a well-needed snow day on Thursday, Feb. 9.

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The Culinary Club Presents...

By Emily Laskey Columnist

Lions Plate

Are you craving authentic buffalo wings, but you can’t afford to go out to a restaurant? Are you looking for a shareable snack to enjoy with friends on a night in? The TCNJ Culinary Club is here to help satisfy any hankering — mild, medium or hot — you may have this season. Buffalo Chicken Dip is a quick, tasty alternative to traditional hot wings. The dip can be almost entirely made with ingredients found on campus. Customize it to your liking by adding as much hot wing sauce as you’d like, or serve it with celery sticks instead of tortilla chips for a healthy alternative. Whichever way you choose to shake it up, you really can’t go wrong when it comes to this addictive treat. This easy appetizer can be done in less than half an hour. It is the perfect dip to serve up with friends (or for yourself) on game day or movie night. It’s all about staying warm — and full — as we take on these next months of cold weather. So, whether you opt for a subtle

buffalo flavor or extremely hot, this alternative take on one of America’s favorite appetizers is sure to bring on the heat and leave you wanting more.


8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature ½ cup ranch dressing ½ cup hot wing sauce (add more or less to adjust the hotness of the dip) ¾ cup shredded cheddar jack cheese 2 cups shredded chicken or two cans of premium chicken breast in water Optional: Tortilla Chips 3-4 celery stalks, cut into sticks


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 2. In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese, ranch dressing, wing sauce, ½ cup shredded cheese and the chicken breast (dried, if from a can) with a fork or small whisk. 3. Spoon into a small baking dish. 4. Top with the remaining ¼ cup of cheese. 5. Bake for 20 minutes and serve with tortilla chips and/or celery sticks.

Buffalo chicken dip is an easy and spicy snack.


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Arts & Entertainment

Students shine in CUB Alt Soloist Night

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Left: Crasto performs both original songs and covers. Right: Lundy’s songs are based on life experiences. By Elizabeth Zakaim Reviews Editor Inspiration struck Chris Lundy in his stuffy dorm room on the eighth floor of Travers Hall, and he hasn’t stopped songwriting since. The senior interactive multimedia major soon evolved from songwriter to performer, and at CUB Alt’s Student Soloist Night on Tuesday, Feb. 7, he shared his musical inspirations with the eager crowd in Traditions. “I had been toying with the idea (of performing) for a while,” Lundy said. Prior to this recent performance, he hadn’t been onstage in a couple of years. Once his performance started, though, he felt more grateful than nervous at having the chance to share his music with an appreciative audience. “I was very in the moment and

felt comfortable telling these stories (through music),” Lundy said. CUB Alt hosts student soloist and band nights on a biweekly basis in the Decker Social Space or Traditions, according to Max Falvey, CUB Alt co-chair and a sophomore communication studies major. CUB Alt posts about the events on Facebook and invites students from the College to perform. The first people to respond get a slot, according to Dana Gorab, CUB Alt co-chair and a sophomore communication studies major. The three performers scheduled for the night each had 30-minute sets comprising covers and original songs. When it comes to writing lyrics, Lundy doesn’t look too far to draw inspiration. He usually writes about his daily experiences. “I tend to pull creative inspiration from real life, whether it

be something I or a friend is going through at the time or in the past,” Lundy said. In between the cheerful strums of his ukulele, he often dedicated his pieces to his friends sitting in the audience. However, Lundy said some of the inspiration for other pieces seems to come out of nowhere. “Some of my songs are written about absolutely nothing, which goes back to… how dynamic and personal writing music can be,” he said. Lundy wasn’t the only performer with a lighthearted sound and knack for creativity. Amidst the clanging of dishes and the chatter of Traditions’s diners and kitchen staff, junior statistics major Ethan Crasto performed a few covers and originals. “This is my first time doing something like this,” he said as he took the stage.

But his apprehension wasn’t necessary –– his friends loved his performance. “This was his first time performing in front of an audience like this, and I’m really proud of him for having the courage to go through with it,” said Theresa Pham, a junior computer engineering major. Chris Moncada, a junior communication studies major who has been writing songs since he was 14, took Traditions on a more serious musical journey with originals like “Loathing” accompanied by heavy acoustic-electric guitar. Moncada’s sound held everyone’s attention, even the Traditions staff, who could be heard singing parts of Moncada’s melody in between his songs. Moncada’s sound was something both consciously crafted and a product of spontaneous inspiration. “In this age where everyone has

the tools to record and promote their music, a lot of content is being thrown out there,” he said. He said he is working on finding his niche in the world of songwriting, while simultaneously creating his own musical style, a challenge most singer-songwriters face. “A lot of times, people try to stay in safe zones with their music because it’s easy and more mainstream,” Moncada said. “What inspires me to write is the opportunity to sound different, but still stand out.” The performers were grateful to CUB Alt and the audience for the chance to showcase their music and creativity. “The night went better than I could have hoped,” Lundy said. “I was in the company of friends doing what I love and having a great time. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to share my music.”

Brown Bag discusses value of history in music By Thomas Infante Arts & Entertainment Editor Students and faculty from the College gathered in the Mayo Concert Hall on Friday, Feb. 10, for the second Brown Bag discussion of the semester. Entitled “Social Justice, Music and Education,” the presentation centered on the recent efforts of Assistant Professors of music Colleen Sears, coordinator of music education, and David Vickerman, director of bands, to raise awareness for social issues within the context of musical compositions. Sears and Vickerman believe that most music education curriculums are largely ignoring the social and historical context of the music being performed. Without that knowledge, the students feel less connected to the music and their education. Alongside the Institute for Social Justice in the Arts, they began to integrate their ideals into the College’s music programs. In March 2015, they organized a performance of Ted Hearne’s “Katrina Ballads,” which Hearne described as “portraying the experience of seeing it unfold from a distanced position, as an American.” They also developed a performance called “New Morning for the World” with the College’s wind ensemble, which contains excerpts of famous speeches by prominent civil rights leaders. Recently, they have been working with the wind ensemble on a composition called “Of Violence and Peace,”

which, according to Sears, “includes music written as statements on the horrific, violent events in the Civil Rights Era, Nazi Germany and the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.” The College’s wind ensemble will perform this composition in Kendall Hall on Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. “We feel like we have to address these painful issues, but we don’t have to give up hope,” Vickerman said. “Music has the power to bring forth social change.” After finding success with their efforts at the College, Sears and Vickerman believed their programs would also work within a high school setting. They began to reach out to local high schools, hoping that one of them would be interested. Eventually, they partnered with Montgomery High School. “We were fortunate to have support from the teachers and administration of the school,” Vickerman said. According to Vickerman and Sears, many high school administrations were reluctant to include any politicized material in their music curriculum. “We have the privilege of location in higher education,” Sears said. “K-12 teachers are very hesitant to include material that may overtly challenge political or social beliefs.” Evidently, the focus on social justice hit somewhat close to home at Montgomery High School. Within the past year, there had been two incidents of hate speech at the school, including one in which racial slurs were spray painted on the band room wall.

While working with the school’s band director, Adam Warshafsky, Vickerman and Sears wanted to choose a piece with historical significance that is still easy enough for a high school band to play. They chose “Walking into History,” a piece based on a group of people known as the Clinton 12: the first black students in Tennessee to attend the previously all-white Clinton High School after the decision of Brown v. see MUSIC page 17

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Speakers advocate for updated music education.

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Board of Education in 1954. To educate the students about the historical and social significance of the piece, Sears and Vickerman led four hourlong discussions that aimed to meaningfully connect the music to the students’ lives. In the first discussion, they presented them with a famous quote from Leonard Bernstein, which reads, “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” The students were asked to discuss the quote, and they concluded that there has to be a better way to respond to violence, Sears said. In the second discussion, the professors showed the students pieces of documentary on the Clinton 12 and found that the students were able to easily relate to their situation. “The students acknowledged the bravery that it must have taken for the Clinton 12,” Vickerman said. “In the same situation, many of our students said that they would be extremely evident to change schools.” For the third discussion, Sears

and Vickerman set up a video chat with JoAnn Boyce, one of the Clinton 12 students. The students asked her questions, especially in regard to the societal parallels between Boyce’s adolescence and the present day. Boyce acknowledged similarities between racial tensions in the past and present, and she said much of it is due to the hateful

rhetoric used in modern politics. “I hope young people recognize these issues and are willing to address them,” Boyce said. “I hope that they can be the shoulders that we can stand on moving forward.” In the final discussion, the students were asked to connect racial issues to their own lives. “One Indian student said that when she was in South Carolina,

people were yelling at her to ‘Go back to your country,’” Sears said. They spent the remaining time rehearsing the musical piece and found that they were better able to connect with the piece because they now understood its historical context. Afterwards, the two professors had the students creatively reflect on the project by putting

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Sears and Vickerman value the power of music to bring forth social change.

together essays, poems, art pieces and music. “I have never had such a hands-on lesson in any other class in high school,” one student wrote. “This composition is the first that I have felt truly connected with after eight years in band.” According to Sears and Vickerman, not all of the feedback they received was positive. One community member wrote to the school that he was “subjected to a politically motivated, one-way presentation” when he was just there to see his kid perform. “In education, there is a tendency to silo certain subjects from one another,” Vickerman said. “In many music curriculums, the historical context and the focus on instrumental proficiency are separated, but the discussion of these topics fuels the performance of the piece.” The two professors are proud that they were able to achieve what they called “proof of concept” with their curriculum’s efficacy. “The students that we worked with were very respectful of one another,” Sears said. “Many were relieved to be having this type of discussion.”

‘The Mick’ serves up some ‘Sunny’ style sleaze By Grant Playter Correspondent Premiering at the start of 2017, “The Mick,” starring Kaitlin Olson of the cultcomedy “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” has had eight episodes to find it’s footing. Created by brothers Dave and Josh Chernin, who worked as writers alongside Olson on “Sunny,” the show both draws comparison to its bleak, spiritual predecessor while struggling to find its own identity. The show’s premise is that Olson, who plays sleazy con woman Mickey Murphy, is recruited into watching her rich sister’s children Sabrina (Sofia Black-D’elia), Chip (Thomas Barbusca) and Ben (Jack Stanton) after a run-in with law enforcement has her and her husband fleeing the country. Rounding out the principal cast is newly liberated maid and caretaker Alba (Carla Jimenez) and Olson’s equally sleazy, but somewhat good-natured, on-again, offagain boyfriend Jimmy (Scott MacArthur).

As one might expect of it’s crew’s pedigree, the show’s tone is very dark. The principal characters are not particularly good people, and it’s a testament to the actors’ performances and charisma that we’re able to find ourselves somewhat sympathetic to their lives. The show seems to take a gleeful delight in bringing forth conventional sitcom tropes, such as a birthday party or imaginary friend, before savagely and thoroughly subverting the audience’s expectations in extreme ways. Olson and D’elia in particular have an amazing onscreen chemistry, trading casual barbs at each other whenever given a chance. I find myself looking forward to their interactions because they elevate any scene they share. D’elia’s performance as a snarky and smart teenager who has a tendency be a bit reckless meshes incredibly well with Olson’s haphazard, dim-witted, but sometimes pseudo-wise character.

Alba is also worth noting, as she seems to be undergoing a slow evolution from reticent participant in the main cast’s debaucherous activities to an active participant. By the end of the seventh episode, she’s not only poorly driving the family’s expensive cars, but has 5-year-old Ben burn it down in order to cover up the fact that it got keyed, too. From ingesting a balloon filled with heroin to having his inhaler extorted while having an asthma attack, Ben’s frequent misfortunes is good for a few laughs an episode, but is still fairly one note. Chip treads the clichés of pubescent awkward teenager, and while the angle of having the confidence of a rich kid is a somewhat new twist on that formula, it still feels somewhat worn. His shrieking outbursts at a befuddled audience in a given episode have some potential, but the performance seems a bit muted compared to the outlandish events surrounding him.

In its eight episodes, the show seems to be undergoing an identity crisis. There is an emotional tinge to the show regarding the importance of family, particularly with Chip’s frequent bouts of melancholy about his disappeared parents. However, any emotional resonance one may get from these is undercut by the general tone of the show and the derision the characters have for each other — it’s like trying to sympathize with a caricature. There needs to be a balance between the outlandish and grounded moments or else one will overpower the other and dilute the overall product. “The Mick” is about as outlandish as one would expect given the premise, and it’s deeply funny in a way Fox may have not expected. While there have been some missteps along the way, the core premise of the show and the cast’s strong performances make it one of the best shows on this season and definitely worth checking out.

Left: Olson’s character is crass and morally questionable. Right: Murphy is put in charge of her sister’s privileged kids.


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‘Human Acts’ tells tales of mortality

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Kang writes from several vivid perspectives.

By Jenn Zuccaro Correspondent

To say that the purpose of Han Kang’s fiction book “Human Acts” is to merely retell the nonfictional 1980 Gwangju student uprising overlooks the compelling themes, haunting language and even the work’s title. On the surface, Kang’s novel is about a boy named Dong-ho, his tragic life in the midst of the uprising in Gwangju, a southern city in South Korea, and the aftermath,

revealed to us in bits and pieces strewn across the interconnected chapters. Each chapter is told from a different perspective, from Dong-ho’s best friend, to a former prisoner, to Dongho’s own mother. These characters are all connected to the young victim in a different way, each carrying the same burden of grief and sorrow under a different set of shoulders. These are the barebones of the story. But, as Kang makes clear enough with her vivid descriptions

of rotting corpses and piles of bludgeoned bodies set aflame, we aren’t meant to focus solely on the bones of this story — we are meant to uncover the flesh. While this is essentially a novel highlighting the struggle of the oppressed against the harsh rule of the oppressors, one thing to take note of is that there is no real focus on the censoring, restricting forces. The increasingly authoritarian government that becomes a catalyst for an abused people hungry for change and desperate for the voice that might help them instigate it are pushed to the background. This isn’t to say that they are not vital to this story being told properly — they are the necessary action to cause the reaction of the resistance, after all. But they are not given a chapter told from their perspective — they are robbed of what they are attempting to take away from their people: a voice. This loss of voice is something Kang is deeply concerned about throughout the novel, and it’s apparent — one of the chapters focuses on a

young editor named Kim Eun-sook who is struggling against the censors to published a nonfiction work that examines the psychology of crowds. While this is a more literal example, there are other civilians being actively silenced throughout their respective chapters, as well. There is the prisoner who is tortured and starved into obedience as well as Dong-ho’s friend, Jeongdae, who shares his story from beyond the grave. There is also the factory girl who keeps silent, attempting to come to terms with the losses of close friends and allies at the hands of her government. Kang provides these characters with the very thing they have been deprived of during their existence under authoritarian rule — the ability to share their side of things. Another topic that Kang is concerned with is the nature of humanity: Are human beings inherently good or evil? The novel seems to present us with both sides of the argument. One particularly memorable passage, which comes from one of the concluding paragraphs of the prisoner’s chapter, reads “It

happened in Gwangju just as it did on Jeju Island, in Kwantung and Nanjing, in Bosnia, and all across the American continent when it was still known as the New World, with such a uniform brutality it’s as though it is imprinted in our genetic code.” We are also shown humanity on the other end of the spectrum, from the endless lines of people waiting to donate blood to the volunteers working tirelessly to clean and identify the bodies of the young victims. Regardless of whether Kang is showing us the good or bad side of humanity, one thing is constant: She is always honest with us. Her honesty is rarely pleasant, but humanity isn’t always a pleasant business. In fact, during times of oppression and hardship, perhaps the only glimmer of hope is the notion that the pressure might have a shot at making some diamonds. Although the bleak accounts of the victims and bereaved may leave us feeling wary of our own species, it shouldn’t be discounted that the novel concludes with the image of a bird — a symbol of life, freedom and hope.

‘Duality’ showcases Kappa Pi artwork By Mia Ingui Opinions Editor Members of Kappa Pi, the College’s honors art society, showcased their take on art media outside of their respective specialty in an art exhibition called “Duality.” “‘Duality’ is meant to show that each artist is well-rounded,” said Megan Hyjack, a sophomore graphic design major. “We can do so much more than what people expect.” The exhibition officially opened on Jan. 26 and closed on Sunday, Feb. 12 to showcase the College’s art department through the work of various talented art students. The exhibit features two pieces from each of the 11 artists, one of the medium they specialize in and another they experimented with for the exhibit.

Hyjack has two pieces in the gallery: four photo prints called “Music in Lights,” which are four close-up shots of various instruments in low-lighting, lit only by string lights wrapped around them, and a colorful graphic design piece made in Adobe Illustrator and InDesign called “iFont,” which is a collection of faux-iPod ads that tell the story of the font Myriad. “(‘iFont’ was inspired by) the study of the font Myriad, which was used as Apple’s primary font for their iPod ads in the 2000s,” Hyjack said. “The entire book was developed along the lines of the old iPod ads to suit the font and have a nostalgic effect for the viewer.” For her “Music in Lights” project, she said the inspiration came from an assignment for her photography class in which they had to

photograph something beautiful. “Since music and Christmas are two things that are beautiful to me, I wrapped instruments in string lights to create an effect that was truly beautiful,” Hyjack said. All the members of Kappa Pi developed beautiful pieces for this gallery, including Rob Birnbohm, a junior graphic design major and a cartoonist for The Signal. His piece entitled “Brushes” was a video played on a loop projected onto a wall in the gallery, and “Modest Mouse Zeitgeist Image” was an 11x17 print of a paper airplane flying through a hand made on Adobe Illustrator. Senior art education major Emily Vogel’s original pieces are among the most interesting, as “untitled” was a collection of items housed in insulation and “abstract

figure #7” was created from charcoal and rubber cement. Junior art education major Angela Rossi had two thoughtprovoking pieces in the exhibition, one entitled “For Mom,” which is a line of cigarettes on the wall, and “Yellow,” a 19x25 drawing with yellow crayon on toned paper. Ashley Swiderski, a junior art education major, created artistic 4D projects: “14 Feet,” which is yarn emitting from the wall, and “Cracks,” a complication of broken ceramic cups and mugs. “We produce work to represent TCNJ as a school and their art program,” Hyjack said. “We love to make a difference in our community through art. We support each other and really came together as artists for this amazing show.”

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Left: Swiderski’s sculpture ‘Cracks’ features atypical geometrics. Right: Other works are more traditional.

This week, WTSR Assistant Music Director Nelson Kelly highlights some of the best new albums that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.

Band Name: Matthew Squires Album Name: “Tambaleo” Release Number: 6th Hailing From: Austin, Texas Genre: Poppy Indie Folk Rock Label: Already Dead Tapes Singer-songwriter Matthew Squires returns for his sixth album, and he’s just as quirky as ever. Combine the psychedelia of the Flaming Lips with the rampant all-over-the-place-ness of Dr. Dog and you get “Tambaleo.” This album is laid back, yet optimistic at the same time. Unlike so many writers today, Squires focuses on joy and positivity, kind of like a non-depressed Andrew Jackson Jihad. Must Hear: 2. Welcome 3. Shining 4. Hosanna 5. Grace’s Dream 12. Shape of Your Heart

Band Name: WYLDLIFE Album Name: “Out on Your Block” Release Number: 3rd Hailing From: New York City Genre: Upbeat Power Pop Label: Wicked Cool “Out on Your Block” was recorded in Atlanta on a shoestring budget, but marks a big sonic leap forward for the group, never compromising its charmingly ragged aesthetic. WYLDLIFE’s bright and brash rock and roll attitude updates ’70s punk, glam and garage rock for the modern age in this record. Singer Dave Feldman notes that “Out on Your Block” is about “wanting to move through life at the speed of sound, at any cost” and these 10 new songs speak to the themes of eternal youth: love, sex, partying and rock and roll. Must Hear: 2. Teenage Heart 4. Deadbeat 10. Get Loud

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Wrestling drops tough loss against Falcons By Maximillian C. Burgos Correspondent

The Lions traveled to Doylestown, Pa., to wrestle Delaware Valley University on Friday, Feb. 10. The Lions won a tight 21-19 match. Senior Pat Schinder clinched the narrow victory with a winning decision. The weekend was bittersweet as the Lions suffered a tough home loss against Messiah College, 37-6, on Saturday, Feb. 11. The Lions were confident hitting the mat Friday night. “We tied last year, winning on criteria,” head coach Joe Galante said. “We have some great matchups, and it should be another great match this year.” Galante wasn’t wrong. Delaware Valley University had a lot of ups and downs this season. Coming into Friday’s match, the Delvals were 8-8, having lost a close match to Camden County College on Feb. 4. Meanwhile, the Lions were coming off a tough loss to Wilkes University a week prior. The Lions got off to a quick start with an opening victory from sophomore Luis Rivera. Afterwards, sophomore Ryan Erwin got a pin at 141. The win stretched the Lions advantage to 12-5. After a close loss at the 157 bout, the Lions won two in a row thanks to sophomore Kyle McIntyre and senior Nick Herring at 165 and 174, respectively. With his victory, Herring extended his seasonal record to 19-1. Herring is also currently ranked No. 9 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association poll. With a final win coming from Schinder, the Lions secured the victory, 21- 19. Overall, the Lions won five matches by decision. The win improved the Lions season record to 12-12, leading into Saturday’s home match against Messiah College. The 16-3 Falcons came into Saturday off a flurry of victories. The day prior, the No. 8 Falcons beat Elizabethtown College, 29 -20, adding to their dominant 11game winning streak. Before the match, three graduating

Herring wins his bout at 174.

seniors for the Lions were honored. Galante had faith in his wrestlers coming against the mighty Falcons. “They are a great team,” Galante said. “Wrestling them gives us a chance to knock off a top tournament team. It gives us a chance to wrestle against highly seeded opponents. If we can catch them off guard, it can help us in future tournaments.” Messiah College flew across the floor mat and overwhelmed the Lions. The Lions initially came out with a quick victory by Rivera. The Lions managed to tie the match with a hard fought victory from Erwin, and Erwin’s win was the last

Men’s Basketball

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for the Lions. The team endured loss after loss, leading to a final score of 37-6. All the losses came at the hands of ranked Falcons wrestlers. The loss dropped the Lions season record to 12-13, marking Galante’s only losing season. The Lions now look forward to the 2017 NCAA Eastern Regional Championships at Ferrum College and Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount, Va. The Championships are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25. The top three finishers from each weight class in the tournament will automatically qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships.

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Senior Brandon Mazzarella followed Johnson, finishing in 8:59.39. On Saturday, sophomores Brian Mitchell and Daniel Brennan came in ninth and 10th place in the mile run with times of

Murdock Jr. scores 22 points.

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forward Bobby Brackett said. “We never realized it dated back to the 2004-2005 season, so it feels even better knowing that we could finally do it.” Continuing their trek through New Jersey, the Lions battled Montclair State University on Saturday. They eventually fell, leaving them tied for second place in the conference. The Lions got off to a hot start. However, their defense was not able to return the favor, allowing the Red Hawks to easily score. The game remained close until the end of the second half when the Red Hawks went on an 11-2 run. The Lions did not counter. “Montclair played great Saturday,” Brackett

4:33.67 and 4:34.86, respectively. “The team performed really well, and there were tons of personal records and season bests all around,” Mazzarella said. “Training has been going amazing, and it really showed in this weekend’s competition.”

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said. “They had to win to make sure they were in the playoffs and they played like it. They’re big and physical.” The notable differences between the two teams were free throw shooting and rebounding. While they were very effective in getting to the stripe against the Pioneers, the Lions only converted half of their eight attempts. In comparison, the Red Hawks went 19-27 and secured their lead. The two teams lead the conference in rebounding, but the Red Hawks was able to secure a 46-35 advantage on the glass. The Lions return home on Wednesday, Feb. 15, for the regular season finale against Rutgers University-Newark. The match starts at 8 p.m.

Osterhus runs the 800-meter dash.

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Fun Stuff Celebrity Crossword Celebrity Crossword Puzzle


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ACROSS 2. He is known for playing odd roles, ranging from a man with scissor hands to the Mad Hatter from “Alice in Wonderland.” 7. He appeared in “That ’70s Show” and “Two and a Half Men.” 10. She played a lead female role in the show “Gossip Girl.” 11. She is best known for her role in the TV show “Friends.” 12. The only person who can put up with Kanye. 13. She likes to swing on wrecking balls in her free time. 15. “Hello. It’s me.” 18. His religion is Scientology. 19. This girl is on fire. 20. He was a figure in popular music for more than five decades and passed away in Jan. 2016.

DOWN 1. Her latest album is titled “Lemonade.” 3. His daughter is named Blue Ivy. 4. An American DJ duo consisting of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall. 5. He’s dated Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie. 6. He is famous for his role as Deadpool. 8. She is famous for starring in a movie called “Pretty Woman.” 9. “You’re fired.” 14. She jumped from the roof at the Super Bowl. 16. He won Best Rap Song at the Grammys in 2017. 17. She performed her new single “Chained to the Rhythm” at the 2017 Grammys.

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Baylor’s future in question after alleged assaults By Michael Battista Staff Writer Baylor University is currently facing a lawsuit that claims at least 31 Baylor football players committed 52 rapes from 2012 to 2016, according to a federal lawsuit filed on Jan. 27. A Washington Post article from the same day said the lawsuit included “five gang rapes, two of which involved 10 or more players at the same time, some of whom videotaped the rapes on their phones and passed the recordings around to teammates.” I’m the type of sports fan who gets critical of punishments directed at sports programs. The idea that an entire group of players, some who came looking to make it big, must suffer when they had no association with the crime usually bothers me. During the scandal at Penn State University, not only did I feel horrible for the many children who suffered during those decades of abuse, but I also felt for the football players who had to suffer because of Jerry Sandusky’s horrific actions. The seniors, whose last year it is with the program, would be under sanction with no chance of a postseason. Sure, they could have left, but after playing in a program for three years, it seems like a shame to drop everything and play your last year in a new environment. Baylor is not going to get that same sympathy as Penn State did. If the news continues to emerge that this disturbing case is true, the NCAA needs to be incredibly swift and harsh in its actions. It was also reported that the former football coach Art Briles, former Athletic Director Ian McCaw and former President and

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Chancellor of Baylor University Ken Starr were aware of these heinous crimes and didn’t act on them. Reports from victims claim they reached out to top level personnel in the organization only to be ignored. Few players were disciplined when accusations aroused, but some were convicted such as former defensive end Tevin Elliot, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in early 2014 for two counts of sexual assault against a former female Baylor athlete. Baylor University’s case is a failure and a disgrace that spans not only the program, but deep into the administration of what is arguably one of the nation’s most recognizable schools. This was a despicable culture

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that was accepted and spread like cancer. If the reports and charges are true, multiple players had to be well aware of the crimes. The Big 12 announced on Wednesday, Feb. 8, that it will withhold 25 percent of future revenue payments to Baylor. However, with the university’s recognition in both the academic and college sports world, I fear this may not be enough. Last semester, I reported on a story for The Signal regarding players on Harvard University’s men’s soccer team who created vulgar lists that rated players from the women’s soccer team on looks and other sexualized factors. Instead of waiting for the NCAA to possibly step in, the school

canceled the team’s remaining games and withdrew them from any postseason play. I would actually admire Baylor University if it did anything like this. However, since NCAA Division I football is such a lucrative sport, I doubt it would. The team is also coming off a bowl win last December when it beat Boise State University, 31-12, in the Cactus Bowl. There is only one thing to do when a program and administration fails this many people, and that is to enact the NCAA death penalty. Dan Madigan, a writer for the University of Connecticut’s student paper, The Daily Campus, explained in detail in a story from Thursday, Feb. 9, what the death penalty entails for Baylor. “The death penalty would mean no competitive football, recruiting or really anything football related other than conditioning for Baylor for one season,” Madigan said. “Players would be allowed to transfer, and scholarships would likely be cut. A multi-year bowl ban could be implemented as well.” The penalty would be harsher than what Penn State received a few years ago. Regardless, I feel this case is worse. I don’t want to argue that abusing women is worse than abusing children because these actions against any human are incredibly disgusting and heinous. In Penn State, the sports and college officials failed. The Baylor University players failed, too, and that failure spread through multiple people who could have done something. The NCAA will be under scrutiny when it announce if it will discipline Baylor further for this incident. If it wants to remain good in the public eye and avoid a Brock Turner incident, the NCAA needs to make a statement.

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Men’s basketball Lions track records national times chases top seed

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Ellenbacher finishes at 1:00.49 in the 400-meter dash.

By Nicole DeStefano Staff Writer

The women’s and men’s track teams traveled to Boston to compete in the Boston University Valentine Invitational on Friday, Feb. 10. The Lions continued to impress at the Monmouth Winter Collegiate meet on Saturday, Feb. 11. The lady Lions had a strong performance in the sprint events. Freshman Samantha Gorman clocked in at 58.69 and junior Jenna Ellenbacher finished in 1:00.49. The duo now hold the top two times in the

New Jersey Athletic Conference. Junior Danielle Celestin ran a season best in the 200-meter dash, crossing the finish line with a time of 26.23. Celestin and freshman Kaila Carter sprinted to 8.26 and 8.29 finishes in the 60-meter dash, respectively. “My 200-meter time was a season best, which I am happy about,” Celestin said. “Working back into training after a hamstring injury was a minor setback regarding where I want to be at this point in the season, but I am looking forward to the NJAC conference met and another opportunity to run in a really competitive atmosphere.”

Freshman Katie LaCapria ran a season best time in the 800-meter race at the Valentine Invitational. She clocked in at 2:14.20. Her time currently ranks No. 11 in the fastest time among 800-meter Division III runners in the nation. The women also had a strong showing in the distance events. Sophomore Erin Holzbaur competed in the 3000-meter race, clocking in at 10:05.97. Sophomore Madeleine Tattory also ran a time of 18:26.30 in the 5000-meter run. In the field events, sophomore Danielle Cozzarelli finished fifth with a 10.53-meter jump in the triple jump. Meanwhile, freshman Allison Zelinski launched to eighth place with a 10-meter jump. “The team thus far has put on a great showing at all our meets this season,” Celestin said. “We saw a handful of personal records and noteworthy performances this weekend.” On the men’s side, the Lions came to compete. Sophomore Noah Osterhus ran 1:52.38 in the 800-meter dash, placing him seventh in the nation for D-III 800-meter runners. Osterhus’s speedy performance garnered him the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC)’s Track Athlete of the Week honor for the week of Feb. 12. Meanwhile, sophomore Nathan Osterhus had strong performances in both the 400- and 200-meter dash. Osterhus clocked in at 49.83 in the 400-meter and 22.20 in the 200-meter, dashing to a time of 22.63. In the long distance events, junior Dale Johnson finished 8:54.79 in the 3000-meter run.

By Otto Gomez Staff Writer The Lions continued their push for the New Jersey Athletic Conference title as they faced off against two conference foes this week. They first traveled to William Paterson University on Wednesday, Feb. 8, and came out victorious for the first time in more than 10 years, finishing on top after a 90-85 shootout. On Saturday, Feb. 11, they squared off against Montclair State University on the road and conceded to the Red Hawks, losing 70-63. The men’s basketball team beat the Pioneers on its home court for the first time since 2005 mainly because of senior forward Corey Stanford and junior guard Eric Murdock Jr.’s pinpoint shooting. Stanford ended the game with a very strong line of 21 points and 17 rebounds. Meanwhile, Murdock Jr. led all scorers with 22 points. The team started furiously and scored 10 points. They led by as much as 13 in the first half, eventually closing out with a 45-39 lead. The second half proved to be a tougher challenge for the Lions, as the Pioneers gained momentum and went on a 15-3 run. Roadrunners junior guard Dapo Badmos scored six points in the short run. With the game tied at 82, Stanford and Murdock Jr. took over the game, each scoring four points in the game’s final minute. The late push secured the win. Stanford and Murdock Jr. combined to go 6-for-6 from the free throw line down the stretch to preserve the victory. Overall, the team was 21-26 from the free throw line. “William Paterson has always been a tough place to play for us,” senior

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Women’s basketball close to postseason play By Dylan Calloway Staff Writer The Lions split last week’s games, beating William Paterson University, 50-37, on Wednesday, Feb. 8, and losing to Montclair State University, 56-47, on Saturday, Feb. 11. With one game left in the regular season, the Lions sit on a three-way tie for fifth place in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Only the top six teams qualify for the NJAC tournament. On Wednesday, the Lions took on the Pioneers and won by double digits with a score of 50-37. The Lions defense was a key factor in the victory, as the Pioneers only shot 27 percent and scored a season-low 37 points. At one point in the first half, the Pioneers managed just one basket in 12 minutes. “We played very well up at William Paterson,” head coach Dawn Henderson said. “It’s always a tough place to play, and I thought we handled the pressure very well.” Junior forward Nikki Schott led the team in points, with 12 total, and

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Shatsky scores eights points against the Red Hawks. grabbed seven rebounds. She also swatted away three shots in the first half. After the win against William Paterson University, the Lions took on the

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NJAC leading Montclair State University, whom they upseted earlier in the season. The Red Hawks won this time around, beating the Lions, 56-47.

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The Lions came out strong, ending the first quarter with a 16-10 lead. The second quarter saw a strong reversal by the Red Hawks, as they went on a 20-3 scoring run. The Red Hawk’s lead accumulated to 20 points in the third quarter. The Lions later countered with a 13-0 run, putting them back in contention. With three minutes to go, the Red Hawks defense secured their victory by not allowing the Lions to score once. “We came out very strong against a very good Montclair team,” Henderson said. “It went back and forth for a while. They took a big lead, and we fought back. Competitive fire drives any comeback and this team really is competing hard for a playoff spot.” Sophomore guard Kate O’Leary scored 12 points to lead the team in scoring while Schott went a perfect 5-for-5 and ended the game with 10 points. On Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m., the Lions will host Rutgers UniversityNewark in their final regular season game. The last time the two teams competed, the Lions came away with a 5947 victory.

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