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Fall concert performers chosen Cartel and Motion City Soundtrack will perform in Kendall Hall on Dec. 4. See News page 2 tcnjsignal.net

FSP embraces the Boss The Freshmen Seminar Program gets creative with courses on hip-hop and Bruce Springsteen. See Features page 15

The College of New Jersey Student Newspaper since 1885

October 21, 2009

No. 8

Vol. CXXXI.

Recession affects alumni donations Number of donations to College down from ’08 By Jeffrey Roman Features Editor

The number of alumni donors giving back to the College has dropped 12 percent from last year, according to John Marcy, vice president for College Advancement. Major factors contributing to the decrease in alumni participation include the current recession and a lack of data, such as contact information about the alumni that could be contaced, according to Matthew Golden, executive director of Public Relations and

Communication. “At one point last year when the stock market crashed, we were 21 percent behind in alumni participation,” Marcy said. “That’s when we held a special meeting to see what we were going to do,” he said. After revising their efforts, the College managed to close the gap, only falling 12 percent behind what their donor participation rate was in 2008. The total amount of donation money being raised from previous years has stayed roughly the same, however.

Rush Holt tackles gay rights, education By Amanda Pini Staff Writer

Rush Holt, Congressman for New Jersey’s 12th district, spoke at the College Monday night. Though Holt addressed his stance on the issues surrounding the environment, the education system, financial regulations, the volatile state of politics, gay rights and the state of the Democratic Party, he tackled the nation’s hottest topic at

the moment — health care. “An awful lot of misinformation (has been) in the press about healthcare,” he said. “If you look at health care in America … Most Americans don’t like to hear that we’re not number one,” he said. Holt was met with applause and cheers when presenting his ideas on the health care system and discussing the “three pillars” of the health care bill. Holt first addressed the many things that Congress has been at work on so far this year. “There are a

In 2008, donations dropped to $959,648, a decrease of $44,991 from 2007, but jumped back up to $1,104,043 in 2009. “For the cash to have stayed the same over the course of the three years is almost miraculous,” Marcy said. The College currently participates in “phonathons,” direct mailings and class agent letters to contact alumni and ask for donations, said Donna

-The College of New Jersey Foundation, Inc., Giving Comparison to Previous Fiscal Year, FY10 YTD

Green, director of annual giving. “I’m the class of 2005 representative,” Green said. “I would write a class agent letter that goes out to everyone who graduated from that year asking for support,” Green continued. The current focus has been

on student giving, according to Green. Last year was was one of the most successful, with 300 gifts being raised, about 226 of them being senior gifts. “Everyone currently enrolled feels good about the College and they want to support see DONATE page 5

College students march for equality

Photo courtesy of Jessica Cantermen

Approximately 65 student marchers from the College, Rider University, and nearby Princeton High School marched alongside over 200,000 people in hopes of achieving federal equality rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community on Oct. 11 at the National Equality March in Washington, D.C. ‘The march proved to me that a grass roots organization can really make the king of progress we need across state lines,’ Joanne Wiedman, senior elementary education and English major and trip organizer, said.

According to report, crime spikes on campus in 2008 Tim Lee / Photo Editor

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By Melissa Redmond Correspondent

The College experienced considerable spikes in burglary last year, rising from 20 in 2007 to 34 in 2008, specifically motor vehicle theft, which rose from one in 2007 to 14 in 2008, according to the newly released 2008 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. On campus, there was a significant increase in drug related violations — 17 were reported in 2008, up from 6 in 2007, the report said. Thefts, particularly in Lot 6, dropped in the spring 2009 semester, with only one reported car stolen in the beginning of the semester. “We are doing better with our crime statistics this year,”

Board of Trustees meeting Among the decisions made, new buildings are being funded. See page 5

Collins said. In other categories, the College completely eliminated reported crimes such as sex assaults, which were at 3 in 2007, and had none reported for 2008. For the majority of categories pertaining to hate crimes, the College has been able to keep crime at zero, except for reports of criminal mischief and vandalism. The College also had no reports of arson in 2008, the report said. Weapons possession has also gone down from three in 2007 to zero in 2008. Crime statistic reports are released every October for the year prior, so the College will not be able to fully realize the changes in crime on campus from 2008 to 2009 until next October. Liquor law violations have decreased from 2007 to 2008, but there were still over 500 violations in 2008. A consultant to install security cameras on campus will

9-1-1 lifeline passed Corzine signs new bill that affects underage drinking. See page 2

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Campus Police have cracked down on crime.

be hired by early spring at the suggestion of a security report released earlier this year. “Improvements to surveillance in the parking lots are in the works for this year,” Chief of Campus Police John Collins said.

Nicaragua visited WILL and the Bonner Scholars talk about cultural projects. See page 5

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Underage drinkers looking for help are safe SGA is educated about recycling on campus By Katie Brenzel Arts & Entertainment Editor

“We don’t want the law to be interpreted as condoning underage drinking. Students should view the Underage drinkers may receive law as ‘good samaritan’ legislation a break thanks to a new bill recently that affords them an opportunity to signed into law by Gov. Jon Corzine. call for medical assistance when a In an attempt to curb alcohol- fellow student’s life may be in jeoprelated deaths among minors, ardy,” Grant said. “9-1-1 Lifeline Legislation” grants In order to qualify for immunity, immunity from prosecution to up the minors are required not only to to three minors who have been call 9-1-1, but also cooperate with drinking if they law enforcecall for medical “We don’t want the law to be ment and assistance for interpreted as condoning m e d i c a l another intoxi- underage drinking.” responders cated underage by providdrinker. The law ing their applies to the -Capt. Timothy Grant names and person needing remaining at assistance and up to two individuals the scene with the sick minor. who aid in seeking help. Student opinion of “Lifeline” When asked if the legislation was varied only slightly, those asked an effective way to decrease alco- expressing hope that the law would hol-related deaths among minors, eliminate the fear of legal repercusassociate director of Campus Police sions in many situations. Many said Capt. Timothy Grant acknowledged they thought the bill would encourthe positive qualities and possible age students to call for help for a faults of the bill. friend suspected of having alcohol “If the legislation increases the poisoning, when previously self likelihood of underage drinkers call- preservation was a primary motive ing for medical assistance when for abandoning a friend in need. faced with an alcohol-related emer“It’s a good way to prevent kids gency, it has a chance to help avert from being scared. It will save a lot some tragedies. Alcohol issues, of lives,’’ said junior biology major however, demand a comprehensive Laurie Dabaghian. When asked if and thoughtful approach. No sin- she thought the bill would incite gle action can solve this problem,” abuse due to the possibility of Grant said. immunity, Dabaghian said she did The bill’s potential to encourage not. Other students, however, recunderage drinking with the possibil- ognized that there are prospective ity of immunity has been a point of dangers existent in the legislation. contention among critics. “I feel like it might motivate

people to be more proactive in those situations. At the same time, they may be more likely to take advantage of it, use it as freebees because at the end of the day they will be in less trouble,’’ said junior nursing major Jessica Munoz. According to Grant, “the College’s policy may need to be adapted to reflect this legislative change.” Under the College’s current policy, students under 21 who are charged with either consumption or possession of alcohol may be subject to removal from assigned housing, expulsion, and/or their parents may be notified according to the College’s Web site. New Jersey state policy dictates that underage individuals charged with either consumption or possession of alcohol may be subject to a $250 fine for the first offense, and $350 for any subsequent charge. Courts may also suspend the offender’s driver’s license for six months. Though the status of the legislation’s application at the College is still ambiguous, Grant said ultimately, “Students will be the ones to determine the effectiveness of this legislation. Sometimes saving someone from alcohol poisoning is a matter of convincing fellow students to act. If providing immunity will encourage a greater number of students to call 9-1-1 when faced with that type of situation, that would be a welcomed result.”

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Class Council Coordinator Arielle Simonis, junior environmental studies and women and gender studies major, and Water Watch Co-President Julia Flagg, junior Spanish and sociology major, alongside Heather Daley, sophomore English and secondary education major, told the Student Government Association (SGA) about misconceptions surrounding the College’s current recycling program at the Oct. 7 meeting. “The College only recycles No. 1 and No. 2 plastic bottles,” Daley said. “That means you have to check the bottom of the plastic bottle before you recycle it because otherwise the entire bin is contaminated and cannot be recycled and instead is thrown away.” Simonis said contaminated recycling containers are a growing problem on campus, forcing those in charge of recycling to throw away a significant amount of reusable items. The College enlisted SGA senators to sit on task force and ad hoc committees during the school year. “I don’t think SGA has ever been asked to sit on this many ad hoc committees before in all my years in SGA,” President Billy Plastine said. Katie Brenzel can be reached at “I think it’s a great way for you to brenzel2@tcnj.edu. step outside your regular SGA duties

and help the school.” At SGA’s Oct. 14 meeting, the College’s Director of Dining Services Karen Roth and Dining Services Marketing Manager Joanna Brunell presented their ‘Tray-Free Dining’ program. They explained the benefits of College students going tray-free as part of the Eickhoff Hall renovation process. According to the pamphlet created by Dining Services handed out at the meeting, trayfree dining reduces the amount of food wasted by 50 percent per student diner, and there is a reduction in the amount of water, detergent, and energy used. Student representatives from Get Loud!, an organization that will put on open-mic nights, the Polish Club, the Travel Eminence Agency, and Greeks Gone Green met with SGA in an attempt to gain official campus-wide status. The SGA senatorial body passed all but one. Senator of Arts and Communication Gabrielle Foullard, sophomore interactive multimedia major, spoke up for the thrice-denied, but finally passed Travel Eminence Agency, an on-campus travel organization that would teach students travel planning skills. The only organization denied SGA approval was Greeks Gone Green, due to the other service organizations on campus.

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SFB approved ‘Dance Fest: Groove Theory’ for the Gospel Choir.

Cartel and Motion City Soundtrack are on

By Kaitlin Olcott Production Manager

Cartel accepted a $21,000 bid for the Fall concert and Motion City Soundtrack accepted a $23,000 bid in lieu of Cobra Starship, who denied a bid. Cartel and Motion City Soundtrack will perfom on Dec. 4 in Kendall Hall. Cartel will open and Motion City Soundtrack will close. The Committee of the Arts attempted to bring Stevie Wonder to the Sovereign Bank Arena for $250,000, according to Tim Asher, director of Student Activities. However, Wonder denied the bid for unspecified reasons. The Committee of the Arts has brought artists like Bill Cosby and George Carlin to campus in the past. The Student Finance Board  (SFB) began its Oct. 7 meeting by approving the Asian American Association’s (AAA) bid for $1,800 for its request of the live band Tim Be Told to perform at the College, cutting approximately $700 after a previous request. “This is a great band that mixes several cross-cultural genres and will add to the

atmosphere of this event,” Larry Joo, AAA Treasurer and senior accounting and philosophy major, said. This ceremony is taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 28 for the multicultural buffet in the Brower Student Center atrium. SFB unanimously voted to give $1,101 to Barkada for its Filipino Cultural Showcase. This event will feature ethnic dishes and traditional and modern dances in the Filipino culture and will take place on Oct. 30 in the Cromwell lounge. It will be part of the Asian American Association’s “Experience Asia month. “This is a low cost event for a highly projected amount of people,” Eva LaSata, SFB Representative-at- large, said. SFB also approved the Gospel Choir’s request to hold “Dance Fest: Groove Theory” in a unanimous vote. The original request of $897.50 was reduced to $712.50 cutting out 500 flyers and some food. “Dance Fest: Groove Theory” will encourage the participation of other dance groups and clubs at the College. It will take place on Friday Oct. 23 from 8-11 p.m.

number of things we’ve done in Congress this year … We’ve set aside millions of acres of wilderness … We’ve put in workplace protections,” he said. He managed to lighten the mood by entertaining the crowd with a joke about the recent press attention to “flying saucer balloons.” After only a short period of lecture, Holt opened up the floor for questions. The questions ranged from the health care system to the air quality in New Jersey to the volatile state of politics in America. He responded to a student’s inquiries on the division between youth and the older generations in the Democratic Party. Another inquiry was about the tuition hike in relation to new bills about student financial aid, and another was the ever-present war in the Middle East. At the end of the session, he addressed questions on gay rights, which he termed “the next stage of the civil rights movement in America.” The Congressman made sure to address competing ideas in this forum, as he discussed the logic of politics and the “balance of competing interests.” He also expanded on the state of politics in America by saying, “Practical politics is building coalitions.” Holt said, “(I am) happy to hear from you anytime ... I need to hear from you.” Holt specified that he was not at the College to campaign for the Democratic Party, but to keep in touch with his district.

“It’s my job to be in touch with 7,000 people and what’s on their minds… (And) give voice to what they’re thinking.” He made sure to specify and address competing parties, stating that he “represents more people who didn’t vote for me than did.” Holt said that he responds to all letters, e-mails and inquiries made to him though sometimes, “not in the time many would like.” Brian Block, President of the College Democrats said that their reasons for choosing Holt to speak were simple. “(Rush Holt) loves the opportunity to speak and discuss with students at institutions in his district.”

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TV no match for pepper shaker By Alyssa Mease Staff Writer

A plastic pepper shaker was thrown at a flat panel Plasma television between 9:15 and 10 p.m. on Oct. 4 in Eickoff. According to reports, the Sharp Aquos television had a large crack in it and a table with pepper spread all over it was found directly underneath it. … Profanities written in orange marker were found covering an exterior door frame to the Allen Hall office between 12 a.m. and 5:20 a.m. Sunday Oct. 4, according to campus police. … An intoxicated person was found at 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday Oct. 7 in Wolfe Hall. Reports said the suspect said he had been drinking earlier at an offcampus party. He was issued a summons. … A student fell out of his bed and was found wandering down the hallway at 3:40 a.m. on Wednesday Oct. 7. Pennington Road EMS transported the victim to Capital Health System at Fuld in Trenton, police said. … A person was found unconscious and breathing in his dorm at 1:50 a.m. Friday Oct. 9 in Centennial Hall. After several minutes, the victim recovered consciousness and said he consumed about five shots of vodka. He was transported to Capital Health System at Mercer. … A Mitsubishi Galant drove over a curb and crashed into a light pole at 2:50 a.m. on Thurs-

day Oct. 8 near Lot 3. Campus Police found the car and its driver, who smelled of alcohol, while on patrol. According to reports, the driver admitted he had consumed alcohol. A summons was issued. … Between 7 p.m. Saturday Sept. 26 and 7:50 a.m. Sunday Sept. 27, $455 was stolen from a student in Cromwell Hall. The victim reported the theft at 4:30 p.m. on Oct 13, reports said. … Five 1-inch by 1-inch plastic bags containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana were recovered at 6 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 8 in the Travers/Wolfe “T-Dubbs” dining hall. The dining hall supervisor and the dining hall manager turned the bags over to Campus Police. … A wallet was stolen between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Oct. 13 from a room in Cromwell Hall. Reports said the contents of the wallet totaled $35. … A female employee at the College was assaulted by a coworker at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 13. The woman told campus police she was struck on her left chest with an open hand, and the coworker used profanities against her. … A 1989 Chevrolet Grummen Truck was damaged between 3:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 8 and 7:20 a.m. on Friday Oct. 9 in the construction parking lot on Carlton Road. The truck and its trailer had broken lights, reflectors and mirrors.

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Charity runners brave weather Alpha Phi Omega and Phi Kappa Psi hosted the first annual TCNJʼs Fund our Friends 5K and Fun Run on Oct. 17. All proceeds were donated to local charities including the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Boys and Girls Club of Trenton, and Philabundance Food Bank. The event, which was supposed to take place in Lot 2A, had to be moved inside the Brower Student Center due to rain. The race began at 8:30 a.m. with 62 runners and walkers braving the poor weather conditions, while bystanders watched. Approximately $2,900 was raised. Nonperishable food donations were also collected.

Angela Chong welcomed to College staff By Katie Brenzel Arts & Entertainment Editor

In an effort to focus more on students living off-campus, the College has expanded the role of director of community standards with the introduction of Angela Chong as the temporary Associate Dean of students and director of student conduct, according to Vice President for student affairs James Norfleet. Norfleet said the position is not newly created and is a replacement that “was redefined and expanded to meet the Collegeʼs educational mission and priorities.” It incorporates duties previously assigned to the director of Community Standards, a post that was eliminated earlier this year when core functions of the former Community Standards department were realigned under the Office of the Dean of Students, Norfleet

said. In an e-mail Norfleet said the responsibilities of the new position will require Chong to “oversee non-academic student conduct, serve as a policy and strategy adviser to the dean of students, and lead initiatives that foster student learning and responsible citizenship.” The revised role will encompass all nonacademic student conduct, with the intent of improving the Collegeʼs relationship with nonresidential students. Chong explained this element of her position in an interview. “The (College) identified that we have a portion of our student body living off campus and not one role dedicated to checking into what the needs are of that population,” Chong said. Because she has only been acting as associate dean since Sept. 14, changes to

student conduct are still in the preliminary stages. Chong said she is still becoming accustomed to the College and “learning about the campus community, climate and culture, and determining what the needs are.” According to Chong she is evaluating current student conduct policies in order to plan future initiatives. “Part of it is trying to access current policies and procedures that are already here, accessing what the needs of the community are, and also comparing that to the best practices in the field and determining whether they would be successful programs here,” she said. Though new to the College, Chong plans to open up discussion with the off-campus community to receive feedback on what changes need to be made, while working

to make sure the policies regarding student conduct are consistent in treatment of students. “It is a balance between finding out what things we can do to be more inclusive of our off-campus population, and at same time determining what we need to do to help address student conduct off-campus,” she said. Chong will be serving the position on a one-year interim basis since a formal search couldnʼt be conducted prior to the beginning of the fall semester according to Norfleet. The salary range for Chongʼs position is currently set between $71,000 and $115,920 annually according to Matthew Golden, executive director of communications and public relations. Katie Brenzel can brenzel2@tcnj.edu.

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College Prof: Patronage is a problem By Elizabeth Carbone Correspondent

Students were taken out of their own backyards during the politics forum on Oct. 8 when lack of development and the need for politics reform in Bolivia was the main topic of discussion. Miriam Shakow, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at the College, based the forum on her research. Once believed to be the cause of a lack of democratic values in the Bolivian people, Shakow said political conflict and a lack of development have arisen out of the peopleʼs economic situation. The chief problem in Bolivia that is preventing development and enabling political conflict is patronage. Patronage is not tied to the democratic values of Bolivians however, as it arises out of the economic situation of the majority of the population.

“Democracy depends on economic justice,” Shakow said. According to Shakow, patronage is the act of buying votes from a population with favors and secret deals, a practice that even the U.S. is no stranger to. Most of Boliviaʼs population selfidentifies as indigenous, but this majority has been kept away from wealth and power. Patronage has become essential to obtaining resources, and resources mean a dramatic rise in the standard of living for the poor majority. Shakow said Evo Morales won the presidency in 2005 as a member of the MAS Party, becoming the first Bolivian president to self-identify as indigenous. Despite Morales having a platform that advocated demolishing corruption and patronage, patronage continues as a practice. Shakow said while people condemn patronage and want change, they also

are in need of a job and and want upward class mobility. Patronage then becomes necessary. This is a practice that is likely to continue until the economic need of the majority of the population is met, she said. “Values are inseparable from economic needs, values alone do not drive democracy … when there are vast disparities in wealth and power, there is no way to make democratic structures follow through,” Shakow said. Steven Elliott, a senior history major who attended the forum, agreed. “People will always worry more about whatʼs in their wallet than their political ideals if they are forced to choose … you can agree with someone and their platform but that doesnʼt matter if youʼre out of work and starving,” he said. Shakow graduated from Swarthmore College in 1997 and holds advance degrees in anthropology from Harvard University.

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The Oct. 8 politics forum focused on social and economic issues in Bolivia.


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Students share Nicaragua experiences Author/Poet reveals

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Members of Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) were some of the students who visited Nicaragua for summer projects. By Paige Giorla Correspondent Not everyone stayed close to the Jersey Shore this summer. Students from two different organizations who journeyed to Nicaragua to complete separate projects came together on Oct. 7 to share their experiences with faculty and their fellow students. Twelve girls from Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) and their group leader went to Nicaragua in June to complete the Nicaragua Solidarity Project. Six students who are Bonner Community Scholars also went to Nicaragua during the summer. Their project was given the name “Bonneragua,” and was taken with their director and another

organization, Witness for Peace. The Nicaragua Solidarity Project allowed the girls in WILL to see the struggles and successes of “socially, economically, politically marginalized people,” said Carolin Guentert, junior international studies major. “Their reality and our reality are so different, and yet they have no complaints,” said Debra Cho, senior biology and women and gender studies major. The students self-funded their trip, through fundraisers, odd jobs and personal donations. In an outreach to the students of the College, they explained the ways that you can help — donate, volunteer, or create your own solidarity project.

“Instead of guilt, you should use your privilege,” said Janine Bernardo, a senior biology major. The girls ended their presentation with a quote they heard from a woman on their trip. “How do you reinvest in a world that keeps breaking your heart?” The second half of the presentation was given by two members of the “Bonneragua” trip. Besides sharing photos of cultural dances and sharing other memories, the students recounted their discomforting trip to the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua, where the supposed leaders admitted to not even going out on the streets or really getting to know the people of the land. The two students also described a place they visited called “The Dump” where many impoverished Nicaraguans live and find refuge. “To see their optimism keeps me going,” said Jonathan Waltz, senior management major. They also showed the audience pictures of Free Trade Zones and their day at the beach, which was mostly empty except for a few stands that sold hand-made trinkets. Megan Torpey, junior physics major, came to the presentation in support of her friend who went on the WILL trip. “Itʼs very easy to go on living and not think about (the situation in Nicaragua). This is eye-opening,” she said.

New education building: $44.5 million By Caitlyn Camacho Correspondent The Board of Trustees approved the financing of a new education building, sitework and utilities upgrades at its Oct. 6 meeting. The appropriation of an amount not to exceed $44.5 million for the project was recommended by the Finances and Investment Committee. In President R. Barbara Gitensteinʼs report to the board, she named the preparations for the H1N1 flu as a new challenge facing the College. Trustees Anne McHugh and Robert Altman commented on the Collegeʼs strides to reduce risk of the H1N1 virus. According to Altman, the College has seen 115 cases of H1N1, a number that is low for a campus of this size. The committee asked to receive weekly reports to monitor and be aware of the presence of H1N1. Speaking on behalf of the College Advancement Committee, Trustee Bradley Brewster said the College has recovered almost 100 percent of its investments since the economic crisis. In a closed session, the Student Life and Enrollment Advancement Committee saw a presentation on financial aid, Altman said. During the boardʼs public session Altman reported that “of approximately 6,000 students, 73 percent of them receive financial aid” and 40 percent of $33 million in financial aid is paid for by the College. Altman said the College will make changes in the way it looks at financial aid. A recent study recommended that the College allocate more merit-based financial aid to students identified with financial need in order to attract the best students. The board also accepted nominations for current board members Susanne Svizeny, Christopher Gibson and Brewster to continue in their positions as chair, vice chair and secretary, respectively.

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The Board of Trustees approved financing for new contruction projects, discussed H1N1 and swore in new members at its Oct. 6 meeting.

The board also saw the swearing in of three new board members. Those sworn in were Eleanor Horne as a trustee, Jumana Jaloudi, senior biology major, as student trustee and Thomas Little, junior political science major, as alternate student trustee. Svizeny said the board will soon be reconfiguring committees and committee chairs. The board also discussed a Celebration of the Arts concert that would feature Stevie Wonder. Wonder later declined the bid. The event would have been funded by the Student Finance Board and ticket sales. The next public meeting of the board will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The time and location will be announced at a later date.

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it,” Green said. Other tasks currently being conducted by the College include gathering more data in terms of contact information, according to Golden. “Part of that is due to fundraising,” he said. “But a bigger part is being able to communicate consistently with our alumni and engage them in a number of ways whether it is having events on campus or participating in satellite alumni groups.” The objective is to get alumni to feel

good about the institution they graduated from, Golden explained. “When alumni feel good, they give back and they also speak highly of the institution,” he said. “That helps the reputation which helps students who are currently enrolled, who go out on the job market and students coming in.” Alumni who donate money to the College have control over where it goes, according to Marcy. When an alumnus or alumna donates a gift, he or she can specify where the gifts go, be it a certain building or certain program, and will be spent there.

“Itʼs usually used for scholarship support or to enhance the program,” Marcy said. The College hopes to raise moral connectivity among alumni, as well as financial giving, Marcy explained. “The be-all and end-all is not fundraising,” Marcy said. “We want all alumni to feel connected like one big family. It doesnʼt just end up in dollar support. We become strong as an institution because of the good feeling among alumni.”

tragedy, inspiration By Matt Huston Nation & World Editor

Poet, memoirist, and author of the Collegeʼs summer reading book, “Black Dog of Fate,” Peter Balakian addressed community members at noon Wednesday as part of Community Learning Day events. Balakian discussed themes of family and tragedy that inspired his story and the historical event — the Armenian genocide of the early 20th century — that dominated his familyʼs past. The presentation, called “The Transmission of Trauma across Generations: The New Jersey Suburbs to the Armenian Genocide,” centered on Balakianʼs coming-of-age discovery of his familyʼs tragic secret, which he depicted in his award-winning memoir. Balakian, whose grandmother immigrated to the United States after losing most of her family in a wave of state-sponsored violence, detailed his gradual revelation in book excerpts and anecdotes. A child of 1950s suburbia, Balakian remembered his early years as characterized by “balls, parties, girlfriends, school pranks, all the stuff that goes into the mainstream American narrative.” Nonetheless, he said, his family history ultimately found its way to him. “As hard as my family tried to repress the news about the Armenian genocide, that inferno which every Armenian family passed through … the darkness would leak, in its own strange way, through the light,” he said. “Every family is defined by some secrets” waiting to be uncovered, he said. Balakian combined his personal descriptions with a reflection on the larger implications of genocide. He showed the audience images of the capture and murder of innocent Armenian families and described the current “vicious and malignant” campaign by the Turkish government to rewrite the history. Reminding listeners that “the United States is not without its own genocidal past,” he argued that these past events still have “urgent ethical meaning in our contemporary lives.” Balakian encouraged students to read books as often as possible, to think critically of the past and challenge institutions. “Iʼm really grateful to be part of your community conversation,” he told the audience. “Youʼre doing something really special here by keeping large ideas on your radar.” Following the Kendall address, Balakian appeared at the Library Auditorium for a book signing and a panel discussion with three College professors. The discussion, moderated by English professor David Blake, focused on the overarching Community Learning Day theme, “The Family.” Matt Huston can huston4@tcnj.edu.

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Pakistani army presses assault on Taliban base DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Troops fought militants on three fronts and fighter jets bombed insurgent positions near the Afghan border Monday as Pakistan pressed ahead with an assault on the countryʼs main Taliban and al-Qaida stronghold. The army and the Pakistani Taliban have each claimed early victories in South Waziristan, a lawless, semiautonomous region that Islamist extremists use as a base to plot attacks on the Pakistani state, Western troops in Afghanistan and targets in the West. As the offensive entered its third day, Pakistani intelligence officials revealed that the army had reached prior agreements with two militant commanders — whose supporters are believed to fight U.S. forces in Afghanistan — to stay neutral during the assault. That could trigger concern in Washington, which has been pushing Islamabad to launch the offensive, seen as the most crucial yet against militants who are in control of a large swath of Pakistanʼs northwestern frontier region. Militants have carried out a string of bloody attacks in recent weeks, including a 22-hour siege of army headquarters. On Monday, U.S. Central Command chief David Petraeus met Pakistanʼs prime minister and army chief in the capital. U.S. Sen. John Kerry also met the two Pakistanis to try and ease tensions over an American aid bill that has caused a rift between Pakistanʼs army and civilian government. Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said 78 militants and nine soldiers have been killed since the offensive began Saturday. It is nearly impossible to independently verify what is going on in South Waziristan because the army is blocking access to it and surrounding towns. Intelligence officials said the army before the offensive had reached verbal agreements with two militant commanders, Maulvi Nazir and Hafiz Gul Bahadur, aimed at ensuring they stay neutral during the offensive. In return, the army will not attack the men and their fighters, who concentrate on battling U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the officials said on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information. Abbas told The Associated Press “there was an understanding with them that they will not interfere in this war.”

“There is always a strategy to isolate your main target,” he told reporters, adding you “sometimes have to talk to the devil in this regard.” Asked whether the agreement was holding, he said, “Obviously, they are not coming to rescue or to help.” The offensive is focused on eliminating Pakistani Taliban militants linked to the Mehsud tribe, who control about half of South Waziristan and are blamed for 80 percent of the suicide attacks that have battered Pakistan over the last three years. The army wants to isolate the Mehsud tribe from others in the region, something many analysts say will be key to its success or failure as the army does not have the strength to take on all the groups in the region simultaneously. Pakistan troops have been beaten back from the mountainous region in South Waziristan three times since 2004. The United States has made it clear it would like Pakistan to target all militant groups in the northwest, regardless of where their interests lie. U.S. Embassy officials declined comment when asked about the deals apparently struck with the two commanders. Abbas said forces were moving deeper into militantcontrolled territory from three directions Monday, taking rocket fire and fighting insurgents. Jets were making bombing runs in the Ladha and Makeen areas, he said. Some 30,000 troops are up against an estimated 10,000 Pakistani militants and about 1,500 foreign fighters. As many as 150,000 civilians have left the region in recent months after the army made clear it was planning an assault, but some 350,000 people may be left. Authorities say up to 200,000 people may flee in the coming weeks. “The situation in Waziristan is getting worse and worse every day,” said Haji Sherzad Mehsud as he lined up for aid in Dera Ismail Khan, a town near South Waziristan. Accounts from residents and those fleeing Sunday suggested militant resistance was far tougher than in the Swat Valley, another northwest region where insurgents were overpowered earlier this year. Officials have said they envisage the operation will last two months, when winter weather will make fighting difficult. The U.S. has rushed to send equipment, such as nightvision goggles, to aid the offensive. Petraeus, who oversees the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,

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Soldiers of the Pakistani security force search people who fled Waziristan, where Pakistan security forces were fighting with al-Qaida activists and Taliban militants on Monday, Oct. 19 in Pakistan. is a regular visitor to Islamabad. Kerry is the co-sponsor of a bill signed by President Barack Obama last week that gives $1.5 billion annually over five years for economic and social programs. Pakistanʼs government supports the bill, but the army and opposition politicians have complained that some of the aid comes with strings attached that amount to American meddling in security affairs.

ʻThe Simpsonsʼ celebrates 20th season News Bits

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Forget red. The arrivals-line carpet leading into Barker Hangar was yellow — appropriate, given the nightʼs honorees: Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge and Maggie Simpson, all on hand to celebrate 20 years of “The Simpsons.” Their series is the longestrunning American sitcom, the longestrunning American animated program, and it recently surpassed “Gunsmoke” as the longest-running American primetime scripted entertainment program. “You know, itʼs really weird,” noted Simpsons creator and series executive producer Matt Groening. “I mean, I thought the show would be successful. But the fact that weʼre still standing here some 20 years later and talking about it is very peculiar. But very happy.” Brace yourself for another “Simpsons” milestone, as matriarch Marge Simpson appears on the cover of Novemberʼs Playboy, as well as in a three-page spread for the adult magazine. “Well, I talked to Marge today,” said Al Jean, “The Simpsons” executive producer. “Sheʼs a little embarrassed. She wanted people to know the photo is Photoshopped. Itʼs really the body of Wilma Flintstone.” The carpet was crammed with guest stars whoʼve lent their voices to “Simpsons” episodes, including Robert Englund, the actor best known for playing Freddy Kreuger in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” movies, and one who appears eager to see more of Mrs. Simpson. “Marge is hot — big hair and all,” he confessed. “And Iʼve loved (actor) Julie Kavner (who supplies the voice of Marge) since ʻRhoda.ʼ So, Iʼm

U.N.-backed fraud investigators on Monday threw out nearly a third of President Hamid Karzaiʼs votes from the countryʼs disputed August election. Bank customers who overdraw their checking accounts would get new protections from excessive penalties under legislation proposed Monday by the Senate banking committee chairman.

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Matt Groening is flanked by people costumed as Homer Simpson, Bart Simpson, Lisa Simpson, and Marge Simpson holding Maggie Simpson at The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XX & 20th Anniversary Party in Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. on Sunday, Oct. 18 glad some manifestation of her is getting to finally show it off.” “It is hilarious,” added “Star Trek” actor George Takei. “(The Playboy spread) is the kind of thing that makes ʻThe Simpsonsʼ a perennial. Itʼs going to live long and prosper,” he continued, laughing. Some reporters along the yellow carpet couldnʼt resist drawing comparisons between “The Simpsons” precocious Bart Simpson and the so-called “Balloon Boy,” a 6-year-old who was said to be hiding in the rafters of his familyʼs garage following

reports Thursday that he was flying over the plains of Colorado in a giant, homemade helium balloon. Authorities said Sunday that the story was a hoax concocted to land a reality television show, and the boyʼs parents, Richard and Mayumi Heene, will likely face felony charges. “Such a perfect ʻSimpsonsʼ episode,” commented documentarian Morgan Spurlock, who serves as director of “The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D on Ice,” which will air in January.

Marijuana-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers should not be targeted for U.S. prosecution in states that allow medical use of the drug, the Justice Department said Monday. Astronomers have found 32 new planets outside our solar system, adding evidence to the theory that the universe has many places where life could develop. Information from AP exchange


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Opinions The Signal Letters Vote-by-mail fee unconstitutional says ... Stop: leading people on, sleeping through your classes, cheering on the Yankees, crying at the drop of a hat, substituting coffee for sleep. Caution: ‘Paranormal Activity’ nightmares, cold weather, Balloon Boy, inappropriate Halloween costume ideas, Sue Sylvester, Homecoming. Go: see ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’ have a pumpkin spice latte, smack a pinata, purchase a Snuggie, discover your secret talents, play in the leaves.

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Earlier this year, New Jersey passed the voteby-mail law, which instituted a process in which registered could Brian Block voters vote in advance through use of a mail-in ballot. We, as students, must applaud the state legislature for making the process of voting more inclusive, and more accessible to every citizen. However, in its noble pursuit of alleviating the burden of leaving school and driving home to vote on Election Day, the state mistakenly included within the law a provision which I believe to be unconstitutional. A single line in this law reads, “At the discretion of the county clerk, the outer envelope may be a postage paid return envelope.” Essentially, when a voter is mailed a ballot, he or she is responsible for purchasing 44 cents postage in order to send his or her vote back to be counted. In my opinion, this stipulation in the vote-by-mail law violates the 24th Amendment to the Constitution which says, “ The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.” The postage fee amounts to nothing short of a poll tax, which if not “paid,” results in a person being unable to cast his or her vote through the mail. There is one argument against this reasoning — a person is allowed to physically hand their

D.C. equality march lacked College faculty

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Vote-by-mail allows registered N.J. voters to vote in advance by a mail-in ballot, but charges 44 cents for postage. ballot to the county clerk in which he or she lives. I strongly believe this argument is without merit. The purpose of vote-by-mail is to make it easier for registered voters in any situation, whether a college student is attending a distant school, an average working man or woman who cannot make it to the polls on Election Day, or the people who need every cent that they have, to be able to cast a vote. Since many of us are New Jersey citizens who live hours away from the College, we would like to utilize the voteby-mail system so that we do not have to drive home to vote (again satisfying the purpose of law). To do so, we must pay a poll tax of 44 cents. While there are no federal elections this year, which would have to occur in order

for the 24th Amendment to be applicable, there will be as soon as next November. Yet, I believe that we can all agree that in any state or national election, nobodyʼs right to vote should be denied or hindered by an expense, however small. The rights and interests of every College voter registered in New Jersey are at stake. How many car-less freshman will be, or even should be, making a trip to the Robbinʼs Pharmacy satellite post office to purchase a stamp in order to be able to vote? Therefore, I call on the legislature to amend the vote-bymail law to require that county clerks pre-pay the postage required on ballot return envelopes. This will, at minimal expense, create a more equitable system of voting that will not needlessly disenfranchise citizens.

On Sunday, Oct. 11 more than 65 College students traveled down to our nationʼs capital in order to participate in the National Equality March. This march was not only to catalyze progress in our nationʼs policies which suppress gay rights — it was in essence a march for all civil rights. This event was monumental — largely the result of grassroots organizations throughout the United States, tens of thousands of individuals crowded the streets of Washington D.C. hailing from all corners of the nation. As students of the College, we felt tremendously proud to be on the right side of United States history. To be surrounded by so much energy, love and tolerance was truly an amazing experience and the march was executed with the intent of a wholly just and democratic cause. It is, however, unfortunate to note that only two members of the College faculty attended the march. As members of the College community, students acknowledge that tolerance, awareness and community are integrated into the Collegeʼs pedagogical disciplines. Many of the students on Sunday could not help but remark on the absence of our professors, our advisors, and our administrators. Particularly those credited with the fostering of community awareness and leadership, with utmost sincerity, you were missed. We hope next time to see you there, beside us, practicing the values you so fervently preach. Jessica Cantermen and the rest of the College equality marchers

Signal Spotlight What do you like most about fall?

“Itʼs not too hot and not “The changing of the too cold.” leavesʼ colors.”

“The squirrels go away.”

“My birthday is in fall.”

—Alicia Hill, junior early —Mavis Britwum, freshman English/prechildhood education/ med major psychology major

—Matt Horner, sophomore civil engineering major

—Jimmy Hung, senior English/secondary education major


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Editorial

Why doesn’t anyone care?

It has become evident that this college community is very good at one thing – not caring about things happening on campus. Home football games produce virtually no crowd of cheering fans. Rathskeller performing AP Photo acts are met with little notice as students dine and mumble to each other. The room was less Maybe people will care about Motion City Soundtrack and Cartel (above), but what about the other great things going on at the College? than filled for Lt. Gov. candidate Loretta Weinberg during this contentious election season. Few people attend lectures and theater shows, and most do not take advantage of the various campus media outlets, nor do they care about Now that Motion City Soundtrack is the issues raised by these organizations. It seems coming to the College instead of Cobra like only big name talent, like Brand New or Starship, how do you feel? “The concept we Michael Ian Black stir up any sort of buzz or came up with is • Happy. I love Motion City Soundtrack. excitement around campus. hate comes up If you have read this far, your response is • Sad. I was hoping for Cobra Starship. • I don’t care, I’m apathetic like the editorial says most likely “Yeah, so?” Here are a few reasons in places where I am. why we should care about our campus. love used to be First off, there is definitely a stigma around • I hate both bands and wish they would have chosen … We don’t hate campus that it is not “cool” to care about things someone else. anyone until going on around the College. Well, that chunk of cast your vote @ we’ve loved change you paid for your student activities fee is tcnjsignal.net being wasted on your peers – itʼs your loss. them … Lucifer We would also like to acknowledge that some Last Week’s Results: and God, it’s extremely driven students are legitimately Would you go see Cartel and Cobra Starship? the biggest bogged down with work who wish they had the breakup in the time to be apathetic about anything. This is not 56% I hate both bands with a fiery passion. world.” directed at you, this is directed at the students 29% Definitely. I love both bands. 10% I like Cobra Starship but not Cartel. who sit in front of a television or on Facebook 5% I like Cartel but not Cobra Starship. — Director chat in their rooms for hours and donʼt even Jonathan Elliot know the schoolʼs colors. An exception to this rule is definitely the passionate group of students who migrated to Wash“We expect a lot ington D.C. on Oct. 11 for the National Equality out of Montclair. tcnjsignal.net March. More students should feel so strongly They’re probably Telephone: Mailing Address: about something that they are willing to stand Production Rm - (609) 771-2424 The Signal going to be a Business Office - (609) 771-2499 c/o Brower Student Center up and fight for it. The College of New Jersey Fax: (609) 771-3433 lot like Willie If you donʼt know what is going on, check the P.O. Box 7718 E-mail: signal@tcnj.edu Ewing, NJ 08628-0718 P with bigger, calendar in The Signal each week, or next time more athletic you are waiting for an elevator, take a look at a Editorial Offices Arti Patel Kristen Lord players than bulletin board, itʼs likely filled with things to do Megan DeMarco Copy Editors for every interest. Editor-in-Chief Hilarey Wojtowicz us. They always Bobby Olivier Sports Assistant Go on a SAF-funded trip, attend a Community play aggressive Tom O’Dell Managing Editor Advisorʼs program or climb the bleachers at a Caroline Russomanno Abby Hocking and it’s always Brianna Gunter Photo Assistants campus sporting event, but do yourself a favor News Editors Laura Herzog a good game. — do something. Garrett Rasko-Martinis Arts & Entertainment Assistant

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We really have to pay attention to the little things this week because we know they are looking to kick our ass.” — Senior wide receiver Cameron Richardson


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Features

Springsteen and hip-hop educate freshmen By Brandon Gould Correspondent

Students strolling the hallways of Bliss Hall should not be alarmed to hear “Baby we were born to run” or “Let me hear you say fight the power.” The noise is not booming from an inconsiderate student, it is coming from Lincoln Konkle, professor of English, and Cassandra Jackson, associate professor of English, preparing for class. The professors teach two of this semesterʼs freshman seminar programs (FSP). Konkle plays the role of lead guitarist in Springsteenʼs Lyrics as Literature, while Jackson is the disc jockey of Hip-Hop and Beyond. Both FSPs portray music not only as words and rhythms, but as literature and expression. According to the professors, goals are to show students that songs have deeper meaning than what first meets the ear. Konkle used to teach an FSP on Thornton Wilder in the past, but said “it was time for a new topic.” He has had a passion for Bruce Springsteen ever since he was introduced to his music in college, but the idea of teaching The Bossʼs music as literature did not develop until five years ago. The objective of the course is to regard Springsteen as more of a poet or short-story writer than a music artist. “Springsteen isnʼt like Kiss. He puts a lot of thought into his lyrics,” Konkle said. One of Konkleʼs favorite Springsteen lines comes from the song “Growing Up.” The line reads, “And I swear I found the key to the universe in the engine of an old parked car.” The line takes a dead metaphor and brings it to life, according to Konkle. Each week Konkle focuses on one album and has the class discuss themes and symbolism hidden in the lyrics. “Iʼve always loved Springsteenʼs music, but now it actually applies to school. Itʼs pretty awesome,” freshman history and

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Springsteenʼs Lyrics as Literature, and Hip-Hop and Beyond aim to teach deep lyrical meaning.

secondary education major Joe Palmisano said. Konkle also provides links to Springsteen songs on his SOCS page and allows his students to analyze and discuss songs in interactive threads. “Itʼs like having a course on Walt Whitman or Emily Dickinson … but instead of them weʼre listening to Springsteen,” Konkle said.

CAPS brings hope with depression screening By Randolph Portugal Staff Writer

Community Fest

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The College hosted Community Fest on Saturday, Oct. 10 between Lots 4 and 5, where Ewing township residents and College students, faculty and staff took part in food, attractions and fun.

Jacksonʼs class, Hip-Hop and Beyond, focuses on the scholarship, politics and literature hidden in the lyrics of the trendy tunes as well as rap music and graffiti art. Jacksonʼs course canvasses the influence that slavery, the civil rights movement and the 1960ʼs Black Artʼs movement had on hip-hop. These actions are believed to be the roots of the first hip-hop movement started in New York City in the 1970ʼs. “It is amazing that (hip-hop) was sprung up by a bunch of kids in the ghetto,” Jackson said. Jacksonʼs SOCS page — like Konkleʼs — also includes selections of music for her students to listen to. However, instead of Springsteen, Jackson has selections from groups such as Public Enemy and The Sugarhill Gang. Jackson acknowledges that older hip-hop may be difficult for the students to interpret, so she encourages her classes to bring in samples of new-age hip-hop. Jackson has heard the likes of Lil Wayne, Drake and Kanye West during the course of the year. Her students have begun to apply the same concepts to new-age music that Jackson applies to her old-school beats. “I learn as much from them as theyʼll ever learn from me,” she said. The students are required to write several papers and do a presentation on a topic of their choosing. Jackson has seen presentations on topics like hip-hop dance and “turntablism.” Shabani Ahluwalia, freshman psychology major, performed and explained the expression of hip-hop in popping and locking. Popping is the quick contraction and relaxation of the muscles that causes a jerk in the dancerʼs body, Ahluwalia explained. Locking relies on fast and distinct arm and hand movements along with a more relaxed motion in the hips and legs. “I love to dance and I love the style of hip-hop,” Ahluwalia said. Whether students enjoy popping and locking to Lil Wayne or rocking out to Springsteen, the College has found a place for them to funnel those interests.

College students know that school, work and friendships can cause unbelievable stress, and sometimes that stress can lead to something more. When the opportunity presents itself, getting checked for your emotional health is important. The National Depression Screening Project, a mental health screening program, sponsors National Depression Screening Day on Oct. 8. People who sought to be screened for depression did so on this day at one of more than 1,000 sites nationwide. The College was home to one of those sites and held a screening in Eickhoff Hall, sponsored by major mental health organizations including the National Institute of Mental Health. “This is the first time we have offered in-person screenings in many years,” Hue-Sun Ahn, coordinator of outreach for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), said. “We are trying to reach out to every student who may be concerned about having symptoms of depression or anxiety. This screening offers an easy first step for students.” CAPS was in charge of the screening, along with peer educators who act as liaisons for students. The advisor for the CAPS peer educators is Ahn, a licensed psychologist who received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1999. Throughout her six years at the College, she has helped students by reaching out to them, providing counseling in oneon-one or group therapy sessions. Throughout the screening there were

four different surveys testing students on a variety of mood and anxiety disorders, with the screening usually taking 10 to 15 minutes. All the tests were self-written reports that students filled out and scored through a grading system. Not only were the screenings free and anonymous, but students also had the opportunity to discuss their results with a mental health professional from CAPS. There are also online screenings for students to take anytime at the CAPS Web site, tcnj.edu/~sa/counseling. One of the peer educators, Glenn Kliemisch, junior math secondary education major, said CAPS Peer Educators have been working on events for the year. “Since this is our first full year as an organization, we are trying out lots of things,” he said. “Our goal is to develop the overall wellness of people on campus, socially, mentally and physically. Recently there was a workshop on mindful and healthy eating and we also will be having a workshop later this month for stress and time management. If things go well, we hope to continue doing this every year.” One student who took advantage of the information CAPS provided was Mike Davies, sophomore civil engineering major, who shared his personal story of a relative who suffered similar conditions depressed students feel. “My brother is schizophrenic,” Davies said. “Some of the time heʼs there and sometimes heʼs out of it — kind of spacing out — but with medication and therapy he is more stable throughout the time. He is also forgetful most of the time but it is not a big of an is-

sue as it was before. Iʼm glad that there is information somewhere on campus about this because itʼs really important to cover topics like these.” For students suffering similar conditions, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Another CAPS Peer Educator Alex Prontnicki, junior psychology major, encouraged students not to be afraid to look for help. “Depression is a lot more common than people are willing to admit,” she said. “One in four people have some sort of a mental disorder so itʼs very real. Itʼs great to have clubs like this that reduce this stigma behind seeking counseling and help people become less afraid of seeking help.” CAPS is trying to provide alternative routes for students who wish to seek help, Prontnicki said. The focus is to destigmatize mental health disorders and the perception students have in searching for counseling. “We hope students will feel comfortable speaking with us,” Ahn said. “Donʼt be afraid to reach out and look for help because we are here to support you.”

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A feel-good mood is only a few steps away By Andrea Thyrring Staff Writer After fall break, itʼs common to find yourself feeling more relaxed and ready to tackle the rest of the semester. Youʼre caught up on work, well-rested and had a break from attending class. But what happens when schoolwork and other responsibilities begin to pile up? According to WebMD, a new study of 1,000 workers in Europe found that stressful work accounts for 45 percent of new cases of depression. You might not be down in the dumps, but the everyday grind can definitely wear you down. This in turn affects your outlook and productivity. So how can you keep the feel-good mood of fall break with you through finals? There are a few simple tricks you can use to pick yourself back up when youʼre feeling the fall semester grind taking its toll. A good way to improve your frame of mind is to flip through old pictures. In a recent study,

researchers at the United Kingdomʼs Open University found that viewing photos raised participantsʼ mood by 11 percent — compared to alcohol and TV, which only improved mood by one percent. So instead of crashing in front of your television or partying every night, upload photos to your computer to make a rotating screensaver. You could even create a photo collage to hang in your room for some added decoration. If youʼre not much into pictures, adding a calming scent to your living space could create an equally uplifting environment. According to Prevention magazine, in an Austrian study, researchers wafted the smell of oranges before some participants and lavender before others. The two groups felt less anxious, more positive and calmer when compared with participants who were exposed to no fragrance at all. Finding a diffuser with either of these scents will help you keep your calm. Similarly, adding more natural light to your room could also lighten your mood. Many doctors are now utilizing light therapy to combat depression and seasonal affective disorder. While light therapy typically involves the use of a high-intensity fluorescent lamp, you can mimic this practice by spending about 30 minutes in the morning sun. Natural light is also easier on your eyes — if you can complete

your schoolwork next to a window, you will reduce eyestrain and all of its negative side effects, like headaches, nausea and tiredness. Organizing your room is also a good way to regroup. Keeping your belongings in disorganized clutter can agitate feelings of anxiety. Invest in a filing system or binder to store all of your class work, or dedicate a drawer in your desk for the same purpose. Simply straightening a few surfaces where you spend the most time, like your desk and shelves, will take away some of the visual distractions that can lead to stress. And most importantly, donʼt let yourself

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Looking at old pictures, organizing your room and finding “you” time are important elements to improving your mood when times seem tough.

Campus Style other month. I went through a punk phase, a Baby Phat princess phase ... I was definitely experimental. I discovered what I did and did not want to wear. I was finding myself. What attracts you to fashion? Fashion is expressive. I love the New York City and London fashion culture. I love people who have the mission to look good. I like to dress up, and I like looking put-together. What else do you love most about fashion? Thereʼs no right or wrong in fashion. You can do what you want to do.

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By Kristen Kubilus Staff Writer Regardless of whether weʼd like to believe it, how we present ourselves on the outside says an awful lot about the type of people we are on the inside. If you are someone who puts even a bit of thought and effort into putting yourself together each morning, then you translate to others that you take pride in your image and have confidence in your character. Just think, you wouldnʼt show up to a job interview in an old sweatshirt with your hair undone, so why should any other day be different? Every day is an opportunity to bring out your best appearance and deliver your best impression. Senior communication studies

major Ana Pereira is a woman with “a mission to look good.” While she may not be loud in tone, she certainly makes up for it in style. What are you wearing? My dress is from Urban Outfitters, my shoes are from Nine West, and the stockings I bought from The Limited. How would you characterize your style? I associate my style with my eclectic music taste. Iʼm a very big music fan. Iʼll listen to everything from The Allman Brothers Band to Lil Wayne. I donʼt have a defined style. How has your style evolved over the years? In high school, my style would change drastically about every

become swamped in work. Setting aside time for you to do the things you enjoy will keep you from getting run down. If you can include your friends in these activities, make a point to do so. Getting back into the swing of your busy schedule can leave you feeling drained and in need of another vacation. But with just a couple quick fixes, you can improve your mood. Staying upbeat is essential to staying motivated, and with half of a semester left, finding what makes you feel good could be the difference between getting a “B” and an “A” on your transcript.

Do you like to stand out with your style? Yes, absolutely. It is my goal in a sense. Iʼm not one to blend in. Iʼm not a loud person, so itʼs my way of setting myself apart from people. My style isnʼt over-the-top, but it doesnʼt go unnoticed. How do you go about standing out with your look? Iʼm always trying to step outside the box. I love when people are almost amused by what Iʼm wearing. I still donʼt completely understand fashion — itʼs something that Iʼm learning. I like to feed off other people and be inspired by what theyʼre wearing. Do you envision yourself with a career in fashion? I want to start out with wedding planning, but I would love to work in the entertainment industry — with music or fashion. I would never want to be a celebrity. Well, maybe a B-list celebrity.

Sex: Better safe than sorry By Lauren Gurry Copy Editor

In last weekʼs column, I discussed hook-ups in college, and there seems to have been a misunderstanding about my intent. I do not encourage consistent promiscuity, but I recognize it occurs regularly in college, so it should be discussed. Through the editing process, the word “sex” was edited in. In my first draft, I never referred to hooking up as having sex, but everyone has a different definition of what hooking up means. To me, hooking up means kissing, while to others, it means having sex, which caused discrepancies in the article. Several comments were made on my article online that sexually transmitted infections (STIʼs) should have received more attention, so this column is devoted to safe sex tips. 1. Discuss safe sex and sexually histories with your partner, whether youʼre dating or not. You may trust the person youʼre having sex with, but itʼs important to know who he or she has been with before you. Your partner may have different ideas about how to practice safe sex and what the two of you should do if the female gets pregnant. Even if you arenʼt dating your sexual partner, having a conscious conversation about sexual pasts is definitely preferable for a healthy sexual relationship.

always use a condom, thereʼs no harm in doubling up on your birth control methods. Itʼs possible for condoms to come off or break, and in those cases, youʼll breathe a sigh of relief that youʼre taking a birth control pill, using a Nuva Ring or so forth. There are many different birth control methods for you to explore, and not every method is a perfect fit for each woman. 4. Females: Visit a gynecologist at least once a year. Whether or not youʼre sexually active, visiting a gynecologist after the age of 18 is imperative. It is possible for you to have gynecological issues, like cists, without ever having sex. If you feel uncomfortable discussing gynecologist visits with your parents, there is a Planned Parenthood on campus, and you can inquire about checkups and birth control. 5. Get tested for STIʼs regularly. Thereʼs no excuse to not get tested. There are frequently free HIV tests on campus. It doesnʼt matter how many people youʼve had sexual encounters with. Itʼs still possible to have an STI. Again, it is likely you trusted your past sexual partners, but itʼs reassuring for you and your new partner to both get tested before you start having sex. 6. Practice safe oral sex, too. College students tend to regard oral sex as safer than intercourse because the possibility of pregnancy is eliminated. Unfortunately, oral sex leaves you more susceptible to STIʼs, and there are measures to take to protect yourself and your partner. Flavored condoms and dental dams are made to promote safe oral sex, so utilize them.

2. Always use a condom. No ifs, ands or buts about it — using a condom is an extremely important thing you can do to have safe sex and prevent pregnancy. It doesnʼt matter how long youʼve been dating or how much you love each other. Condoms are absolutely essential.

7. Be monogamous. By being in a serious relationship, you have a contract with your partner that you will only have sex with each other. Although it is still important for you to take all the precautionary measures mentioned above, there is a lower chance of contracting STIʼs.

3. Females: Investigate other means of birth control. Although you should

For story ideas, e-mail Lauren at gurry2@tcnj.edu.


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Poet captivates with history, Dylan and soup By Matt Huston Nation & World Editor Poet and memoirist Peter Balakian exposed listeners to his experience as a man touched by tragedy and provoked by the homogeneity of mid-century America. Balakian, author of the College’s 2009 summer reading book, “Black Dog of Fate,” preluded his Community Learning Day address with an hour-long poetry reading Tuesday, Oct. 6 in the Business Building Lounge. He selected his material from his most recent poetry release, “June Tree: New and Selected Poems 1974-2000,” and from an upcoming release, “Ziggurat.” Balakian, a Bergen County native, indicated his comfort at speaking with fellow New Jerseyans. The foldout lounge seats filled with English students, and professors, and a number of the first-year students who were required to read Balakian’s book over the summer. Though the writer acknowledged that the Armenian genocide — the historical backdrop of “Black Dog of Fate”— played a role in his poetry, it soon became clear that Balakian’s work draws from a collection of historical, personal, and pop-cultural experiences. “Ellis Island” portrays the arrival of seaborne immigrants. This first piece introduced the descriptive style prevalent in Balakian’s poetry to the audience, conjuring vivid American imagery, as someone like his Armenian grandmother may have experienced. Another poem rooted in family is “Granny, Making Soup,” which shares his grandmother’s influence and pulls apart the social significance of soup-making. Other poems centered on personas closer to the writer’s own heart. “Rock ‘n’ Roll” makes the discovery of popular music an ethereal, near-religious experience. His colorful celebration of what he described as “intense electricity of pop music” uncovered a passion for music that bled into his poetry. Balakian told listeners that Bob Dylan gave him the early impression that “the poem could emerge out of new crevices.” Throughout the reading, the speaker emphasized poetry’s musical nature. This and other titles read like a lyrical revolt. Balakian,

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Peter Balakian read from his most recent poetry on Oct. 6 prior to addressing students at Community Learning Day on Oct. 7.

a rock n’ roll convert at a young age, described the 1950s culture from which he’d emerged as “very Velveeta … very macaroni and cheese.” Much of Balakian’s work examines both his and society’s response to that period of total conservatism. Similar to many of his poems, “Warhol/Electric Chair/’63,” brandishes a postmodern edge. The poem intermixes Christmas colors, Cold War keystones, and motherly warnings against electrocution. Another of Balakian’s themes probably resonated more closely with his audience — the events and aftermath of Sept. 11. Balakian, who started writing during shifts as a young mail runner, said that he had witnessed the life of the towers from inception to destruction. He meditated on post-Sept. 11 city life in “Going to Zero” and resurrected

the colossal towers in a vivid rememberence for “World Trade Center/Black Holes/’74.” Balakian, who recited a crux of thought-provoking material, ended the reading on a gentler note. Balakian chose “Reading Dickinson/Summer ’68,” the story of a football player’s secret poetic revelation. English professor David Blake, a former student of Balakian’s, prefaced the afternoon reading. Balakian, who taught him as an undergraduate at Colgate University, had an enormous influence on his choice of career, he said. Along with Bob Dylan and T.S. Eliot, Blake said, “I hold him responsible for ruining my plans to become a big Wall Street lawyer.” Matt Huston can be reached at huston4@tcnj.edu.

Drivers’ music and poetry a vehicle to empower

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Good Asian Drivers Melissa Li (above) and Kit Yan performed their fusion of folk music and slam poetry on Oct. 9. By Laura Herzog Arts & Entertainment Assistant

The Good Asian Drivers, a Boston-based folk-pop duo who speak out on issues of race, gender, and sexuality, performed for a small but enthusiastic audience last Friday Oct. 9 in the Mayo Concert Hall. Before beginning their set, female drummer and singer/songwriter Melissa Li and slam poet Kit Yan held a one-hour “workshop.” Several audience members from PRISM shared their coming-out stories along with Li, who came out at

the age of 11. “Art is as simple as being out to friends and family and sharing that with people,” said Yan, who added that he began living as a male five or six years ago. Highlights of the set included Yan and Li’s collaborative efforts, Yan’s humorous poetic call for “U.S. government-issued strap-ons,” and Li’s most serious songs about her college roommate’s sexual assault experience and her anger at hearing people say homophobia is a dead issue. “Do you know how long it took for me to look in the mirror and actually like what I see?” she wailed while strumming on her guitar. Sincerity was the hallmark of both artists’ performance. PRISM sponsored the event as part of its Queer Awareness Month line-up in association with the music Department of music, the Asian American Association, the National Association for Music Education and the American Choral Directors Association. Gary Fienberg, chair of the Department of Music, “was really excited that we were doing something together because it’s really important to have diversity in the music department … and issues like this aren’t brought up all the time,” said Heather Lemley, president of PRISM. In addition to sharing their stories via music and poetry, Yan and Li champion “creative strategies for making political statements” on prejudice and homophobia. “There’s a lot of homophobia in the Asian community, as well as a lot of racism in the homosexual community,” Li said. During the workshop, Li and Yan projected two video clips on a screen set up on the stage, and held a brief question and answer session. One of these clips was a scene from “Surviving the Nian,” a musical about an Asian-American girl who comes out to her mother during the Chinese New Year that Li wrote and directed while studying film in college. The other was a spoof of Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl” music video, which included scenes of lesbian women and transgender adults kissing. Last year, Yan and Li upped the ante by taking their message on the road in their first tour, which included stops in 40 cities in the U.S. and Canada. For Li, highlights included New Orleans, performing before thousands of people at the San Francisco Pride Main Stage, and playing the “only gay bar” in Billings, Mont. Sophomore music education major Jacqui Pastore, a member of PRISM, said the event was planned last spring, when fall break had been scheduled to be a week later. “I’m happy they came, I just wish we had a bigger audience for them,” she said. “I think they deserved it.” According to Li, their album “Drive Away Home” will be available on iTunes in six to eight weeks.


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‘Creation’ incites controversy and other business

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Lucifer (left) tempts Adam (middle) and Eve to eat an apple from the Tree of Knowledge in Arthur Miller’s ‘Creation of the World and Other Business.’ By Katie Brenzel Arts & Entertainment Editor Eden, Heaven and Hell on Earth collided in the Don Evans Black Box Theater for All College Theatre’s (ACT’s) production of Arthur Miller’s “The Creation of the World and other Business.” The unconventional rendition of “Genesis” and John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” presents a controversial picture of the dynamic between God and his creations. Lucifer incites sympathy, and God is a bit of a hothead. Comical at times, ultimately haunting and thought provoking, Miller deconstructs biblical archetypes and leaves the audience questioning … everything. The play opened on Oct. 13 to a small audience. Though sparse, the crowd animatedly received director and 2004

alumnus Jonathan Elliot’s version of Arthur Miller’s 1972 production. According to Elliot, the original cast only calls for one woman — the role of Eve. Elliot’s decision to make the angels, and specifically Lucifer, female roles, surprisingly highlighted the women of the story as free thinkers contrary to biblical stereotypes. This alteration developed a fascinating new dimension to Miller’s work, something that the performers masterfully captured throughout the production. Senior English major Heather Duncan was brilliant as Lucifer. Through her fluid movement and wide-eyed expressions, Duncan conveyed the cunning, yet genuine intentions of Lucifer to achieve peace. Duncan’s unwavering eye contact with Eve, played by junior biology major Rose Filoramo, established the sense that she was

Eve’s “only connection to femininity,” as Elliot said — one of the intentions of having Lucifer played by a female. Though freshman biology major Dan Loverro mastered his role as a tempered father figure, many instances of his rage as God seemed forced. When expressing satisfaction with Adam and Eve, his gentle adoration was achieved organically, while moments of defeat came across as more recitation than reaction. While Loverro succeeded in humanizing God, his internal conflict could’ve been more strongly established. The play begins as slow-paced comedy set in the Garden of Eden, but quickly transforms into tragedy as each individual character struggles to identify his or her purpose. Adam clings to his blind obedience of God, while Eve falls in and out of doubt

Poets tackle sex, dialogue and death at first Student Reading Series By Shaun Fitzpatrick Correspondent

Three talented students performed at the Student Reading Series on Oct. 8 in the lounge of the Business Building. Freshman English major Mary Dwyer, junior English major Rebecca Baum, and junior interactive multimedia major Esteban Martinez all presented original pieces to the delight of the attentive crowd. Martinez, a member of New Jersey’s 2009 LoserSlam National Slam Team, wowed the crowd with his elaborate hand gestures and fast-talking style. Although his poems dealt with serious topics such as unplanned pregnancies and strained family relationships, Martinez broke the tension with jokes throughout his performance. “I feel really awkward when no one claps after I go,” he said after one of his pieces, referring to a request made at the beginning of the show, asking the audience to hold its applause until the end. This was greeted with laughter and applause from the crowd, who ignored the initial call for silence for the rest of the night. Martinez continued to captivate the audience with the remainder of his poems. “I can see it now in The Signal ‘Man who can’t come during sex!’” He laughed at the end of a particular piece that mentioned his sex life. Martinez finished off his set to cheers from the audience, who enjoyed his ability to cover solemn topics while still managing to poke fun at himself, such

as mentioning in his bio that he enjoys “long walks on the beach and is housebroken.” Martinez was followed by Baum, who was introduced by assistant professor of English Nagesh Rao, who praised her work, jokingly referring to her as a “riot girl” and a “radical feminist.” Her poetry consisted of powerful, thought-provoking works often centered on death and loss. A particularly provocative piece dealt with Baum’s dilemma regarding what to do with the objects left in the car belonging to her dead brother-in-law. Her set did have some lighthearted moments, however. A crowd favorite was a poem she wrote about a boy named Ken, mentioning her admiration at his pinball score. The show was opened by Dwyer, who was introduced by her mother. Her five pieces covered a variety of topics, and showcased this young poet’s sophisticated writing style. One poem in particular, “Two From Opposite Sides of a Shooting Rink,” stood out due to Dwyer’s impressive use of dialogue between her narrators. When asked if she experienced any nerves being the youngest presenter, she replied that she had. “I’ve performed my work in high school … but I was definitely nervous performing in front of scary college kids,” she said. Dwyer’s poems were received with a respectful hush from the crowd, who saved its applause for the end of her set. The Student Reading Series is sponsored by Ink. The next reading will take place on Nov. 3.

with the help of Lucifer. Though there was some line stumbling, no instance interrupted the flow of the performance. Junior communications major Mark Smith as Adam clearly captured the different manifestations of his eagerness to please God, differentiating ignorant devotion shown in the garden, from the nostalgic, automatic obedience beyond Eden. Through consistently clear facial expressions and believable portrayal of anguish, especially while giving birth, Filoramo flawlessly showed Eve’s vulnerability to doubt. Sophomore cognitive science major John Cherney was frightening as Cain, unstable with explosive jealousy and hatred. With the addition of a teddy bear, sophomore history major Casey Perno posed the perfect contrast as Abel, innocent from his introduction. The utilization of space and the set in this play was impeccable. The murder of Abel, coupled with music and perfectly coordinated movement, was terrifying. The subtle presence of Chemuel played by freshman vocal music education major Alli Gibbons, junior communications major Julianna White as Raphael, and junior interactive multimedia major Shelley Snyder as Azrael, behind the action added an even greater haunting element to the scene. The day prior to opening night, dramaturge and assistant production manager Noah Franc, sophomore history major, hosted a discussion about the religious context of the play following a dress rehearsal that was opened to the campus. Among topics discussed were the play’s alteration of the Bible, Lucifer as a possible protagonist, and God’s relationship with his creations. Elliot and assistant director Jillian Hernandez, junior philosophy major, also discussed the intent of the play. “The concept we came up with is hate comes up in places where love used to be … We don’t hate anyone until we’ve loved them,” Elliot said. “Lucifer and God, it’s the biggest breakup in the world.” Katie Brenzel can be reached at brenzel2@ tcnj.edu

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‘Invention’ misleads By Nathan Fuller Staff Writer

Though “The Invention of Lying” brims with potential, it ultimately fails to deliver. The premise is fantastic. In an alternate universe in which lying hasn’t been discovered, Mark (Ricky Gervais), a pathetic loser, realizes that by telling simple lies he can get anything he wants. The idea works for the opening half hour. While Mark cons everyone, Anna (Jennifer Garner) repeatedly rejects his romantic attempts with honest, dead-panned criticisms, and his reactions are hilarious. Gervais’ comic timing is impeccable. But the concept eventually wears thin. When Gervais “invents” God and religion to comfort his dying mother, the world fawns all over him, but Anna is still too dense to see beyond his appearance. At the inevitable conclusion, the movie doesn’t live up to its promising opening. It also wastes an incredible cast, in which the stellar Tina Fey and Philip Seymour Hoffman get a few lines, while the bland Rob Lowe just takes up space.


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get freaky, Student soloists rock apathetic Rat Conchords redhead shows promise By Shaun Fitzpatrick Correspondent

Flight of the Conchords “I Told You I Was Freaky”

The Rathskeller played host to a number of talents on Friday Oct. 16 for Student Soloist Night. The event, sponsored by the College Union Board (CUB), featured six musicians who did their best to excite the largely apathetic crowd. Many of the student performers were Rathskeller veterans. Junior graphic design major Colleen. Napolitano is no stranger to playing at the College. She opened for the band Sugartime just a few weeks ago. Playing under the name White Star City, she covered the Misfits and Saves the Day, while playing some of her own material on acoustic guitar. Although she tried to involve the audience in her act, even asking it to help her name a new song she performed, her strong performance was greeted with weak applause. Fellow vet, senior chemical engineering major Dave Ginsberg, closed out the night with several well-known acoustic covers including Death Cab for Cutie and Jason Mraz. After playing “You and I Both” to applause from the audience, Ginsberg joked about a previous performance at the Rat. “I got flamed by The Signal for this last time,” he said. Despite performing mostly what he termed “vagina music,” Ginsberg ended the night on a lighthearted note, much to the enjoyment of those left at the Rathskeller. After a brief technical problem with the

By Chris Payne WTSR Music Director

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Colleen Napolitano played under the name ‘White Star City’ at the Student Soloist Night.

sound, sophomore international studies major Maggie Pakutka sang and played the guitar under the pseudonym “Maggie and the Hat” early into the show. A highlight from her set included a song dubbed “The Key Guy,” which referenced various College landmarks, such as the fountain in the center of the Science Complex and Cromwell Hall. Pakutka encouraged audience members to take a copy of her EP “Rooftop Garden.” Senior communications studies major Cat Cosentino kicked off the night by singing a number of original songs on acoustic guitar, creating a mellow atmosphere for listening diners.Her vocals were strong and her songs well-written, however, she was not able to capture the attention of the audience. She did, however, get applause and some laughter,

“I Told You I Was Freaky,” the second Flight of the Conchords compilation released by Sub Pop records, serves as a welcome reminder of some of season two’s musical highlights. While not quite as musically-rich as its 2007 predecessor, “I Told You I Was Freaky” finds Bret and Jemaine fooling around with more musical stereotypes than one can easily remember. “Hurt Feelings” serves as the hip-hop parodying follow-up to “Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenocerous.” “We’re Both In Love With a Sexy Lady” subscribes to the comedic storytelling of “Business Time” and “Petrov, Yelyena, and Me” pokes fun at cultural stereotypes much like “Foux Du Fafa.” Expect plenty of Bret’s intentionally ostentatious falsetto foiled by Jemaine’s deadpan drawl.

particularly after telling the crowd a story about two homeless men she had recently befriended. Playing back-to-back were sophomore political science major Patrick Alexander and sophomore English education major Christian Fernandez. Alexander, who received weak applause throughout his set, did excite a table of fans at one point when he pulled out a harmonica and proceeded to play it, along with his guitar, and sing all in the course of one song. Fernandez followed with a series of skillfully-played covers, including Jimmy Eat World and The Starting Line. He Key Tracks: “Hurt Feelings” and “I Told also performed an untitled original piece, You I Was Freaky” which he said was about “getting drunk and making a fool of yourself at college.” La Roux During his last song, a few diners began “La Roux” waving their cell phones in the air, concert style, in an amusing show of appreciation.

Flying Change lands in Kendall

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The Flying Change introduced ‘landscape pop’ to the Kendall Hall Television Studio on Oct. 5. By Ben Sherer Staff Writer

The Flying Change, a seven-man ensemble based out of New York City, played at the College on Oct. 5 as part of WTSR’s Concert Series. The band delivered a sound that engaged the audience in a form of expression that was uncommonly pure in both the literal

composition of the music and the illustrative content it sought to convey. The band itself bears a distinct form — seven men playing instruments ranging from the acoustic guitar to the obscure euphonium to the electric keyboard and the flute. The band’s sound was fashioned out of a folk background but due to its simple elegance, exists on an entirely different plateau from the majority of contemporary folk music. Watching The Flying Change play was much like watching a novelist write a book, or an artist paint a portrait. With every song they told a story and with every story they sent a message and added color to the landscape of sound they created. The band generated a logical progression of sound and emotion that was both natural and full, and this sound resonated in ways that most modern music cannot. Each band member seemed to make full use of the instruments he had at hand. Drummer Marc Dahlio used the framework of his drum kit just as effectively as he used the drums themselves. Bassist Rob Jost implanted some extraordinary bass lines as he, in a rather unusual style, read from his sheet music. “The band had a very distinct quality about them, I wouldn’t call it normal folk rock, it had a different taste to it,” said freshman biomedical engineering major Vishal Jani. “It was as if they came here with a message and they delivered on it.” The Flying Change is a group that is difficult to classify because it seems to be, in effect, so distant from any normal folk rock band. Perhaps the most accurate description is that on the band’s MySpace, announcing the band’s sound as “landscape pop.”

By Melissa Virzi WTSR Assistant Music Director La Roux have been circulating the blogosphere and generating the typical attention for an indie band for nearly a year now. With the release of their album, one might shrug it off as overhyped, but in the end they produce some quality retro-dancey, synth pop that’s worth a few plays. “La Roux,” meaning redhead in French, perfectly matches the fantastic red hair of British front woman Elly Jackson. Jackson and keyboardist Ben Langmaid’s debut album has seriously exploded onto the scene since its June UK release. Jackson’s sweet and slightly edgy vocals combined with the synth of Langmaid’s keyboard produce easy electronica listening. “Bulletproof,” the lead throwback-to-the’80s was recently the iTunes single of the week. Key Tracks: “Bulletproof,” “I’m Not Your Toy”

Steinberg shines light on duality in ‘Mourning’ By Ivy Hollander Correspondent

Although the weather was gloomy, the mood at Assistant professor of English Diane Steinberg’s Close Reading about heavenly, lasting love was to the contrary. During the Close Reading, which was hosted in the Business Building Lounge on Oct. 15, Steinberg not only read and analyzed John Donne’s “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning,” but also detailed the connections between Donne’s elegant, precise poetry and Galileo Galilei’s enlightened scientific theories. Before Steinberg began her reading, Professor David Blake introduced his colleague and made note of Steinberg’s modesty and thoughtful work ethic — even mentioning the worksheet that she prepared for the audience. After the introduction, Steinberg provided background information on the poem, saying that Donne built his poem

around the duality of heaven and Earth, the pure and the impure, and the soul and the body. After detailing some of the poem’s context, Steinberg began to read in a clear, melodious voice, making sure to stop after every sentence of the poem in order to clarify and explain. Freshman English elementary education major Kandace Pollison said of Steinberg’s reading, “She did such a good job of analyzing the poem that I was able to understand it in a new light. Her analysis on the compass metaphor was particularly interesting.” Steinberg said the compass metaphor furthers Donne’s heaven versus Earth duality of love. Like the rotating pencil and the permanent needle of the compass, the heavenly speaker and his earth-bound beloved “can be together yet separate, separate on Earth, but together in the heavens.” According to Steinberg, by using the compass as a

metaphor, Donne connected Galileo’s revolutionary ideas concerning heavenly bodies and the Earth to his poetry. Using “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning” as a vehicle, Donne confirmed that there is not such a disparity between the Earth and the heavens — the Earth is “not the sink of all dull refuse of the universe.” While Steinberg spoke of Donne and Galileo as renaissance men, she too came across as a “renaissance woman” with her knowledge of both poetry and the celestial world. By the end of the reading, the audience was well-acquainted with Donne’s “technical fireworks,” as Blake eloquently summarized — capturing the powerful words of Donne as well as the audience’s enthusiasm for Steinberg’s reading. “I liked how Steinberg did not just talk about what was written,” said freshman secondary English education major Michael Santoro, “but was also able to integrate other disciplines and issues of the time period.”


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Jackie Shtemberg (left) and Felice Trinh were better than all but one doubles pair at Nationals. By Hilarey Wojtowicz Sports Assistant The Lions’ duo entered the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Small College Championships at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala. unranked between Oct. 15 and 18. Senior Jackie Shtemberg, along with first-season partner, sophomore Felice Trinh, matched up against and defeated six teams en route to the final game. Shtemberg and Trinh defeated not only six teams, but also upset the No. 1 seed from the

University of Chicago in the first round. Junior Chrissy Hu and sophomore Kendra Higgins fell to the unranked Lions’ pair, 7-5, 6-4. “The match against University of Chicago was the toughest game mentally because we were going up against the first seed and we knew we weren’t supposed to win,” Trinh said. To reach the finals the Lions’ pair had to go through sophomore Laura Chen and junior Ashley Herrick of Carnegie Mellon University. This match presented Shtemberg and Trinh with the greatest

challenge of the tournmanet yet. The Lions won the first set 6-3. The Tartans responded by winning the second set 6-1. The last set came down to the wire, but Shtemberg and Trinh came through in the third set 1-0 (10-9) and moved on to the finals. “We felt confident and we had a positive outlook. But we knew Tufts was a good team,” Trinh said. Junior Julia Browne and senior Meghan McCooey, the 2008 ITA National Small College champions, defeated Shtemberg and Trinh in two

sets, 7-5 and 6-3. “People didn’t expect us to go this far in the tournament,” said Trinh. “Neither team dominated, it was back and forth throughout the match — we held our own.” “The finals were a bitter sweet ending to our fall season,” Shtemberg said. “This was the best anyone at the College has done ever in doubles. I’m a senior, but Felice is a sophomore and I hope she can go far in the future.” Shtemberg, Trinh, and the rest of the Lions will continue play in the spring.

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Lions defense baffles opponents for sixth straight shutout By Michael O’Donnell Staff Writer

“Our defense has taken that loss in stride,” Clarke added. “We have learned from it and made sure to build since.” Since losing its first and only game of The Lions’ lone goal came from the season to Rowan University just sev- freshman midfielder Toni DeMaio, who en games ago, the No. 18-ranked Lions hit a one-timer at the left side of the have not only gone undefeated — the de- box on a beautifully-placed pass from fense has not allowed a single sophomore defender Nikki Lions 4 Migliori. The goal, which was goal. “We’ve been playing very Ducks 0 scored on a restart at 21:48, well with creating chances on was DeMaio’s second on the 0 season, and the assist was Mioffense and becoming solidi- Eagles fied on defense,” head coach Lions 5 gliori’s seventh. Joe Russo said. “Toni’s just getting 0 back from an ankle sprain, so The College recorded its Ospreys 1 she’s just getting her feet wet sixth shutout victory in as Lions many games by edging New again,” Russo said. “It’s her Jersey Athletic Conference rival Richard second game winner for the year. She’s Stockton College 1-0 last Wednesday. been playing very well since coming The story of the game was goalkeep- back.” er Jessica Clarke. The senior had three The goals were more plentiful for the saves on the day to tally her ninth shut- Lions in a matchup against Eagles of out of the season and the 41st of her ca- the University of Mary Washington, as reer. This ties her with Victoria Nusse the home team downed their opponent for most in the program’s history. Nusse 5-0 on Oct. 11. set the mark back in 2001. The scoring happened early and of“I feel so honored to have achieved ten. Junior midfielder Casey Caruso this,” Clarke said. “The record is defi- scored on a pass from Migliori via a nitely a tribute to all of the girls who direct kick to put the Lions up one just have played defense during my four 1:38 into the match. year here. It would not be possible Fellow junior Briann McDonough without them.” joined her classmate, tallying her first Both teams exuded a very stingy goal of the contest to put the hosts up defensive game plan on the field, with 2-0 midway through the initial half. She very few scoring chances allowed for then netted yet another on a nice assist either team. from Caruso to increase the College “It’s our overall commitment as a lead to three. team defensively,” Russo said. “We’ve “She’s been outstanding right from been buying into defending as a group, the get-go (of the season),” Russo said. and it’s been working effectively. We’ve She’s a remarkable athlete, and a good been very, very good at defending.” leader on and off the field. She’s a real

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Jessica Clarke prepares to deflect the ball away from the net. pleasure to coach.” Two more goals were tallied in the second half courtesty of sophomore defender Brittany McGinley and freshman forward Allyson Anderson, respectively, to ice the game at the final score of 5-0. McGinley’s goal was the first of the season for her, while Anderson tallied her fourth on the campaign. “Overall, it was a great team effort,” Russo said. The win kept the Lions undefeated at home, but they have been just as dominating on the road. Their most recent contest away from home was a convincing 4-0 win over the Ducks of Stevens Institute of Technology on Oct. 7. The Lions completely controlled this

game from start to finish, as they forced the Ducks to play back on defense for the majority of the game. The scoreboard was lit up twice by freshman forward Katie Landrigan, who came off the bench to provide the spark for the Lions offense. Landrigan got into the game at the 26-minute mark and scored less than three minutes later. The goals were her third and fourth on the season. “It’s a good freshmen class, and they’ve contributed since they’ve been here,” Russo said. “We have high expectations. They’re getting better as a group every day.” see WINNING STREAK page 31


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Football

Winning streak / Lions

Pioneers pummel Lions on road

blanking opponents College drops early lead to NJAC rival continued from page 36

The two remaining scores were off the feet of seniors Jillian Casey and Kristina Shemming in the second half of play. Casey notched her fourth on the year on a header from Migliori’s corner kick. Midfielder Shemming got her first of the season after recovering a loose ball in the box which she rocketed into the net. Overall, the Lions outshot the Ducks 30-3. With that dominating performance, the Lions now stand at 13-1 overall, including a 5-1 record in the NJAC. Their attempt at a seventh win in a row in their match at William Paterson University was washed out on Saturday due to rain. It is scheduled for makeup Tuesday at 3:30 pm. “We’re just concerned with the next game,” Russo said. “We don’t look ahead, and we have to take care of business and control how well we are going to compete in the next game.” The College’s next contest is on the road today in a 4 p.m. match against Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

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Sophomore defender Annie McCarthy.

By Bobby Olivier Managing Editor

After being stomped on by an elusive Pioneer, the Lions added another chapter to a season that, so far, has been a tale of feast or famine. At home the College is 4-0, devouring opponents for an average of 55 points per game with an average differential of more than 23 points. Away from Lions Stadium, as they were Saturday in their 28-43 loss to William Paterson University, the Lions are now 0-2. Much like their 7-28 loss to Kean University, the Lions’ defense was unable to withhold its opposing rushing attack, as 220-pound sophomore running back Marcus McKinney burned the Lions for 224 yards and four touchdowns on 42 carries. “(McKinney) was a really big back, probably the biggest we have faced all year,” senior wide receiver Cameron Richardson said. “We are an undersized defense and we are opportunistic, but we got overpowered as we were not used to tackling such a big back.” “We couldn’t respond to the physical pounding and our guys wore down, especially at the second level,” head coach Eric Hamilton added. “A lead with a power ground game is tough to beat.” McKinney’s dominance was on display early in the fourth quarter when the back gained 94 yards on 12 carries, leading the Pioneers from their own six-yard line to the end zone for his fourth touchdown. Although McKinney torched the Lions late, the College led 28-14 into the third quarter on the strength of two connections between senior quarterback Chris James and senior wide receiver Mark Gardner. James hit Gardner early in the first quarter for a 57-yard strike to break the scoreless

Photo courtesy of Sports Information Desk

The Lions couldn’t establish a consistent rushing attack. tie, and again in the third quarter for four yards to give the Lions a two-score cushion before surrendering the lead. “On both sides of the ball, our execution deteriorated,” Hamilton said. “After we scored to take the lead, the wheels fell off starting with poor kick coverage and special teams play that let them back in the game. Momentum was tough to get back and we were physically handled on both lines of scrimmage.” “Their defense was very aggressive and excited because it was their homecoming,” Richardson added. “They definitely scouted us well and were able to take away the bigger plays we had been having and were able to stop our rhythm.” The Lions’ defense also played a large role in the early goings, grabbing an interception and forcing two fumbles which led to three College touchdowns

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on offense. The College will look for its fifth home win at 2 p.m. on Saturday as the Lions take on the Red Hawks of Montclair State University for its annual Homecoming Game. “We expect a lot out of Montclair,” Richardson said. “They’re probably going to be a lot like Willie P with bigger, more athletic players than us. They always play aggressive and it’s always a good game. We really have to pay attention to little things this week because we know they are looking to kick our ass.” Hamilton added, “With so many of our former players coming back and the fact that it is not only a very good Montclair team, it is a long standing rivalry that I hope our guys get caught up in by the end of the week. There’s no better way to shake off a disappointing loss that and exciting upset win.” Bobby Olivier can be reached at olivier6@tcnj.edu.

College hits rare cold streak for two straight losses Field Hockey

By Kristina Shemming Staff Writer

In a week of tough matchups, the Lions fell to two opponents in the final minutes of overtime battles. On Oct. 6, the Lions fell 2-1 to the No. 13-ranked visiting Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins University. Just four days later, they again faced the same fate, falling 3-2 to the No. 14-ranked Profs of rival Rowan University. The loss to the Profs marked the first conference loss for the Lions in 20 outings. “It’s frustrating to lose backto-back games in the final minutes but this experience of the pressure of overtime games can only help us in the future for our tournament run,” senior forward Gabby Cafone said. Against the Blue Jays, the Lions got on the board early when

freshman Emilie Taylor knocked in her second goal of the season off a feed from junior midfielder

Kellyn Riley. Both teams scored in the first 15 minutes of the game but the score remained

Tom O’Dell / Photo Assistant

The Lions have hit the first losing streak of the season.

knotted at one for the duration of regulation. It was not until the 94th minute that junior midfielder Ariana Branchini saved the Blue Jays when she knocked in a penalty stroke past Lions sophomore goalie Shannon Syciarz. “We need to score and take the lead earlier because we can’t leave the game up to one play or one call made by the ref in overtime,” junior midfielder Mary Waller said. The Lions have been able to possess the ball well and play solid and organized defense but have failed to put teams away early to escape these overtime battles. “We set the pace of both overtimes well and forced a number of offensive corners. Capitalizing on those corners is crucial, though, for us to win in overtime,” Syciarz said.

It was an overtime penalty stroke that again spoiled the victory against the Profs. Despite holding a 17-7 shot advantage, the Lions traded goals in regulation, knotting the game at two a piece until the 83rd minute when they again fell on a penalty stroke. Despite two tough losses to respectable opponents, the Lions are optimistic for their return to the post season in just a few weeks. “Our team is stronger now because we have been playing a better team defense in the midfield and we’ve improved our passing game a lot,” Waller said. The Lions have a chance at redemption when they return to the field on Thursday Oct. 22, for a match up at home against the Cavaliers of Cabrini College in a 7:30 p.m. start.


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LIONS

AROUND THE

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Dan Neyman “The Ref”

Mike McLoughlin Correspondent

Andrew Amadeo Correspondent

Chris Rotolo Correspondent

Correspondent Dan Neyman has concocted a series of questions that will test our contestants’ sports knowledge and creativity. Correspondents Mike McLoughlin, Andrew Amadeo and Chris Rotolo will make their early picks for the NBA championship, argue whether Braylon Edwards or Michael Crabtree will help his team more and decide which sports family has the richest history.

1. With the 2009-2010 NBA season about to get underway, who do you see coming out of the Eastern and Western Conferences? Who will win the NBA Championship?

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MM: The Los Angeles Lakers are still the favorites in the West. Teams like the Spurs are facing health concerns with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, and a court that includes Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest is truly frightening. In the East, I see the Cavaliers being the favorites this year. Yes they added Shaquille O’Neal, but they also added Danny Green and Leon Powe — not flashy players but definitely useful. Cleveland also knows they may lose LeBron James after this year, and I imagine they will do whatever it takes to win, even if it involves a blockbuster trade at the deadline. Regarding the Celtics, until we see how Kevin Garnett’s legs hold up I am hesitant to pick them as the favorites. The Orlando Magic are also in the mix, however the loss of Hedo Turkoglu could hurt. In the finals, I see James and the Cavs winning, adding further drama to the 2010 offseason regarding where he ends up. AA: It looks like the Nuggets, whom I love with a passion, will break my heart again. The obvious choice in the West is the Lakers with Artest joining the champs. However, I rarely take the obvious choice and I will go with the Spurs, with one of the all-time greats leading them in Tim Duncan. They now have a healthy big three with Duncan, Ginobili, and Tony Parker and added a scoring threat in Richard Jefferson (19.6 points per game last season) which is what they were lacking the past couple of years. In the East, I’ll take the Cavs, only because after you double or possibly triple team James and double Shaquille O’Neal then you have one guy to play three others, and no matter how bad they are, three on one is almost never hard to beat. Look for the Spurs to win it all though, with a better bench, and the best coach in Greg Popovich. CR: David Stern’s James vs. Bryant championship wet dream will finally become a reality when James and his Cavaliers come out of the East. Yes, Nike’s creepy puppet campaign will be back again, and this time it will be justified. Cleveland added Shaquille O’Neal who, only a few seasons ago, was considered the most dominant force in the game, and last year, when he was supposed to be washed up, the Diesel still managed almost 18 points and eight assists per game. Put him along side James, who is currently the NBA’s most dominant player, and you have an Eastern Conference Championship team. In seven games Cleveland will overcome Los Angeles but not before game four’s half time show where O’Neal and Bryant will partake in a bare knuckles brawl. DN: I’m surprised that no one went with any potential sleepers here, but everyone’s answer was pretty much the same. Three points for Mike because while him

and Chris had similar answers, Mike also mentioned key additions to the Cavs, the Cavaliers’ willingness to win at all costs, as well as reasons why other teams won’t come out of their respective conferences. Two points for Chris who made the same argument as Mike, but didn’t back it up as much. One point for Andrew because no one will know how healthy the Spurs are until they actually play, and no one is going to double team LeBron and Shaq simultaneously and leave one other guy on the floor to defend three. 2. In the NFL this week, Michael Crabtree ended his holdout with the 49ers and Braylon Edwards was traded to the NY Jets. Which player will have the greatest impact both in the short-run and long-run? MM: In the short run, Braylon Edwards will have a bigger impact on the Jets than Michael Crabtree on the 49ers. Even though Edwards is not the receiver he once was, the change of scenery to a contending team could be the spark he needs. Also, he will command a double team at times, and another weapon like Edwards will help the rookie Mark Sanchez get his feet wet. On the other hand, Crabtree has not played football in almost a year, and is coming off a broken foot. There is no way of knowing how he will perform this year, if he plays much at all. In the long term, however, Crabtree will have the greater impact. He is a crisp route runner, and in college lined up in the flank and slot positions, finding success at both. This skillset should translate well to the NFL given he has time to learn the speed of the game. Edwards has had problems with his hands, and is not getting any younger, and will not have the same level of long term success Crabtree will.

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AA: In the short and long run, Braylon Edwards will have a bigger impact for his respective team. Crabtree is the better wide receiver, but Shaun Hill cannot help out Crabtree like Mark Sanchez can Edwards. The Jets are a better team than the 49ers, better defense, better offense, and better special teams. Edwards is not too far removed from a 16-touchdown and nearly 1,300-yard season, and he can get back to that in New York. Crabtree has great hands and is fast, but there’s only so much you can do when you have no help around you. Just ask Terrell Owens in Buffalo. CR: Braylon Edwards will have the greatest impact because he is the missing piece for the Jets. The defense is solid and Rex Ryan has it flying all over the field smacking opposing offenses in the teeth. Thomas Jones and Leon Washington compliment each other nicely in New York’s two-back system. Mark Sanchez is transitioning smoothly from the college game and the one thing he needs is a security blanket under pressure, a big time wide out he

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can dump the ball off to when he feels the heat, and Braylon Edwards is that guy. At 26-years-old he has the talent, experience, and youth to be more of a factor than Michael Crabtree in the short and long term. DN: Interesting that some of you are so big on Edwards, even though he has been in the league for four years with only one impressive season under his belt. Three points for Mike here for realizing that Edwards has a case of the butterfingers (led the league with 16 drops last years), and that his better years are behind him, whereas Crabtree has a long career ahead of him. Chris and Andrew made the same argument, but two points for Andrew here for acknowledging that Crabtree is the better wide receiver, but doesn’t have the quarterback. One point for Chris because Edwards needs more than 2007 to be “a security blanket” on the field. 3. Many professional athletes come from families with an extensive sports pedigree i.e. Eli, Peyton, and Archie Manning or Serena and Venus Williams. Which sports family do you think is the most impressive and why? MM: While everyone knows the high profile families like the Mannings and Williams, the most impressive sports family of all time is clearly the Espositos from the NHL. Phil Esposito won the Art Ross Trophy five times and the Hart Trophy twice. He was a 10-time allstar and when he retired was the second highest goal and point scorer and ranked third in assists. His brother Tony, pioneered the butterfly goalie style that is so commonly used today. He also won three Vezina Trophies and the Calder Memorial Trophy. The Williams sisters may eventually pass these hockey brothers if they can sustain their success for years to come, but no family can match the way the Espositos revolutionized hockey, or the stellar numbers this Hall of Fame duo put up. AA: Archie, Peyton, Eli and Cooper. Best sports family ever. Peyton is the greatest quarterback of all time. He has a Super Bowl MVP, three season MVP’s, a Pro-Bowl MVP, a nine-time Pro Bowl Selection, and four-time first-team NFL. Archie threw for over 23,000 yards, had

125 touchdowns and played 14 seasons in the NFL for a bad team in the Saints. Eli has a Super Bowl ring, a Super Bowl MVP, and led the Giants to the playoffs four straight years. Not to mention, Peyton and Eli have an older brother Cooper, who they say was a great wide receiver until he had a medical condition that forced him to quit the game. Serena and Venus are nice, but I’ll take four over two any day. Griffey was great, dad was ok. Manning’s are the greatest of alltime. CR: The Boones are the most impressive sports family. The family’s lineage dates back to 1948 when Ray Boone broke into the majors with the Cleveland Indians. The infielder was a two-time all-star and was considered for the league MVP three times. Ray’s son Bob grew up to have a very decorated catching career from the early ’70s until 1990 for the Philadelphia Phillies and the California Angels in which he was a four-time all-star and seven-time gold glover. Bob’s sons Aaron and Brett are the pair of Boone’s we know the best. Aaron, although he does not have as flashy of a resume as his brother, forever cemented his name in the history books of the the New York Yankees, with his 2003 ALCS performance. His brother Brett was quietly one of the most prolific offensive second basemen in the game from 1992 to 2005. The three-time all star finished his career with 252 homeruns and 1,021 runs batted in, as well as three all-star game appearances, three gold gloves and two silver slugger awards. DN: Pretty impressive arguments here. I like the fact that some of you thought outside the box. Mike completes the sweep here with three points. The Espositos? Talk about a ballsy pick, but Mike had the stats to back it up. Collectively, Phil and Tony did more for their sport than any other family in the history of sports. Two points for Chris for going with the Boone family. Yes, they have a longer lineage, but it’s full of good, nowhere near great ballplayers. One point for Andrew, not for lack of stats or rationale, but simply for lack of creativity.

Mike earns the sweep and the win, 9 - 5 - 4

“Bartender — Jack!,” Mike McLoughlin

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LIONS ROUNDUP Football

Date 9/5/09 9/18/09 9/26/09 10/2/09 10/10/09 10/17/09 10/24/09 10/31/09 11/7/09 11/14/09

Opponent vs. vs. vs. @ vs. @ vs. @ vs. @

Menʼs Soccer

Date 9/1/09 9/5/09 9/6/09 9/11/09 9/12/09 9/16/09 9/19/09 9/23/09 9/26/09 9/30/09 10/3/09 10/10/09 10/14/09 10/17/09 10/21/09 10/24/09 10/28/09

vs. @ @ @ @ vs. vs. @ vs. vs. vs. @ @ vs. @ @ @

vs. @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ vs. @ vs. vs. @ @ vs. vs.

W 47-31 W 58-28 W 67-34 L 7-28 W 48-34 L 28-43 2 p.m. Noon Noon 1 p.m.

Lion of the Week

Jessica Clarke

Womenʼs Soccer

Opponent

Time/Result

Drew University N.C. Wesleyan College Greensboro College Albright College Arcadia University Stevens Institute of Tech. Kean University Rowan University Montclair State University Rutgers University - Camden Messiah College New Jersey City University Richard Stockton College William Paterson University Muhlenberg College Ramapo College Rutgers University - Newark

T 0-0 2 OT W 3-2 W 3-1 T 0-0 2 OT L 0-1 L 1-2 OT W 2-1 2 OT T 1-1 2 OT L 0-1 W 4-2 L 0-6 W 4-3 T 0-0 2 OT Postponed Canceled 1 p.m. 7 p.m.

Womenʼs Soccer

Date 9/1/09 9/4/09 9/5/09 9/12/09 9/13/09 9/16/09 9/19/09 9/23/09 9/27/09 9/30/09 10/3/09 10/7/09 10/11/09 10/14/09 10/20/09 10/21/09 10/24/09 10/28/09

Buffalo State College FDU - Florham Morrisville St. College Kean University The College at Brockport William Paterson U. Montclair State University SUNY Cortland Western Conn. St. U. Rowan University

Time/Result

Senior goalkeeper Jessica Clarke achieved her ninth shutout of the season in the game against Richard Stockton College on the 14th, giving her a career total of 41. Clarke only needed three saves in order to gain the shutout win and tie the Lions’ record, set by Victoria Nusse in 2001. -Hilarey

Wojtowicz, Sports Assistant

This Week In Sports Football

Oct. 24 vs. Montclair State University, 2 p.m.

Field Hockey

Opponent

Time/Result

New York University Lycoming College Misericordia U. Oneonta State College Hartwick College Swarthmore College Kean University Rowan University Montclair State University Rutgers University - Camden N.J. City University Stevens Inst. of Tech. U. of Mary Washington Richard Stockton College William Paterson U. Johns Hopkins University Ramapo College Rutgers University - Newark

W 2-0 W 8-1 W 5-0 W 2-1 2 OT W 5-0 W 2-0 W 1-0 L 0-4 W 1-0 2 OT W 2-0 W 7-0 W 4-0 W 5-0 W 1-0 3:30 p.m. Canceled 11 a.m. 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 22 vs. Cabrini College, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 vs. Messiah College, 8 p.m. Oct. 27 vs. Kean University, 7:30 p.m.

Menʼs Soccer

Oct. 24 @ Ramapo College, 1 p.m.

Womenʼs Soccer

Oct. 24 vs. Ramapo College, 11 a.m.

STAT OF THE WEEK

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Trivia Question Answer to Last Week’s Trivia Question: 1993

The New England Patriots shutout the Tennessee Titans on Sunday 59-0. The Titans’ sixth loss of the season also marked the team’s worst since 1960. The 59-point margin matched the largest in NFL history, since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970. Which team last shutout an opponent with a differential of at least 59 points?

The Lions women’s soccer team is currently on a six-game winning streak after beating Richard Stockton College 1-0 last Wednesday. With the help of senior captain goalkeeper Jessica Clarke, the Lions have not allowed a single goal and have outscored the opponents 20-0 during the last six wins. The Lions have only suffered one loss this season, a 4-0 defeat to rival Rowan University. AP Photo


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