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College takes action against DC++ By Katie Brenzel News Editor

It’s easy. Endless movies, music and television shows downloaded in minutes to your computer, free of charge. Problem? It’s illegal, and the College is taking action. In an e-mail to the campus community, Nadine Stern, vice president for Information Technology and Enrollment Services, announced potential consequences awaiting users of the popular file sharing software, Direct Connect (DC++). Students discovered using the program might face “disciplinary action by the College and substantial financial liability to the copyright owners,” the e-mail warned. The program, which has disappeared from Facebook, enabled students to access files on other hard drives connected to the local network. Allen Bowen, manager of information technology security, said DC++ runs on a server component that acts as a directory that indicates other computers connected to the local network. A majority of the computers connected to the network were found to be student residents. According to Bowen, an article in The

Chronicle of Higher Education detailing the widespread use of DC++ at the College inspired action. An anonymous senior at the College reported in the article that one third of students on campus are engaged in DC++. Matthew Golden, executive director of public relations and communication, said that because DC++ is not administered or monitored by the College, the number of students using it is unknown. “That interview made it clear that DC++ is being used in ways that are in violation of both copyright law and campus policy,” Golden said in an e-mail. “We, therefore, needed to take action at this time.” Golden said on a first offense, a student’s account will be blocked by IT until the student has a case conference and can prove to IT that he or she has removed the files. The student may also receive an official warning. Repeated or more serious offenses, he said, may result in probationary status. In addition to violating copyright law, the file-sharing program restricts the total available bandwidth, which could potentially cause other peer-to-peer applications on the Internet unusable, Stern said in the e-mail. In an effort to comply with the Higher Education Opportunity Act regarding “peer-to-peer file sharing on

campus networks” violating copyright law, according to the College’s compliance page on its website, information technology (IT) is working to route out DC++ on campus. “We have several mechanisms to detect (DC++) use … We have put in additional technical controls enforcing the computer access agreement,” Bowen said. He declined to elaborate on the specific mechanisms. Golden said no student files on personal machines or resources provided by IT have been involved. Many students aren’t happy about the program’s disappearance. A junior history major at the College and avid former DC++ user, who asked to remain anonymous, said he has deleted the software for fear of legal consequence. He said the program has potential for legal uses, such as sharing projects and information with peers. “I don’t think they should shut down the whole program just because some people are breaking the law,” he said. “I was operating under the assumption that people have the legal rights to it … at least that’s what I’ll say.” Katie Brenzel can be reached at

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Board discusses tuition increase

By Emily Brill Arts & Entertainment Assistant

The College’s Board of Trustees discussed Governor Chris Christie’s plans to instate a 4 percent cap on tuition increases at state colleges during its annual public tuition hearing last week. A 4 percent increase would translate to approximately $500 tacked onto instate tuition and about $850 added to out-ofstate tuition. Christie’s proposed state budget would slash $173 million in funding from higher education for the next fiscal year. This would be in addition to the $62 million the governor cut from public colleges and universities upon taking office in February, which, put into effect this fiscal year, translated to a two million dollar slice off state aid for the College. see TUITION page 2

New roof planned for Green Hall, dorms see new improvements

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Fences have been placed around Green Hall to prepare for the replacement of the building’s roof and storm windows, scheduled to take place this summer. By Calogero Nocera Correspondent

Green Hall’s roof and storm windows will be replaced over the summer, along with the paint-

ing of the clock tower, according to Matthew Golden, executive director of public relations and communications at the College. Several dorms have been renovated and are expected to be

ready for students to move into by the end of summer. Decker Hall, which was not available to students this past academic year due to renovations on the bathrooms, is expected to be ready

for the fall semester, Golden said. With the final renovations being installed, it is projected that Decker will be completed by summer’s end. Renovations on Ely, Allen and Brewster (E.A.B.) Halls will also take place over the summer, according to Golden. The aim of this project is to add new showers to the building and replace thermostats. Minor changes will be made to Travers and Wolfe Halls over the summer and into the fall. The handicap ramps are going to be replaced and a new concrete patio will be added in front of the buildings. Phase II of construction in Eickhoff Hall will be completed by the end of August, accord-

ing to Golden. The aim of the project is to gut and rebuild the inside of the building. This project has already started, and once students leave for the summer, the bulk of the project will be completed, Golden said. According to Golden, Eickhoff is also going to have roof replacements. Aside from improvements to the dormitories, the demolition of Forcina Hall has begun, and construction on the new education building is going to start in the middle of July, according to Golden. The building is going to go out for bid in May to obtain a contractor. Construction on the building is expected to continue until the spring of 2012.

Budget cuts affect databases, funding will come from College By Katie Brenzel News Editor

nor’s budget passes with the current implications, these databases will no longer be funded by the state. These particular databases or those State funding for databases at pub- that serve similar functions, however, are likely lic libraries will be discontinued as of June to remain available to students, Pavlovsky 30, based on Governor Chris Christie’s said, but will be funded instead by the College. budget proposal for the fiscal year of 2011. “There will be a general purGov. Christie’s proposed budget for the pose academic database … There has 2011 fiscal year announced a 74 percent, $10.4 to be. It’s essential,” Pavlovsky said. million, reduction in funding to public libraries, The lack of funding may require a $15,000 according to The Newark Star-Ledger. Taras to $20,000 reallocation of expenses from other Pavlovsky, dean of the library at the College, resources, such as on books, movies and other said state funding currently provides EBSCO databases, to divert funds to maintaining these Host’s Academic Search Premier and Business databases, Pavlovsky said, though it remains a Source Premier for libraries in the state, includ- possibility that the College will cover these costs. ing the College. Pavlovsky said if the goverThe potential cut would also affect the

Student wins film festival Documentary on soldier wins student short award. See page 3

interlibrary loan program, which enables students to request books from other libraries. According to Pavlovsky, the state currently dedicates a total of $1.4 million annually to transportation of these materials, an expense that will fall to libraries if the budget proposal passes. Pavlovsky estimated the cost for the school to pay for UPS transportation of materials is approximately $3,000 to $5,000. He said that academic libraries, such as the College, will likely adopt the costs of transporting materials on a short term basis, at the least. The public library loaning program, JerseyCat, however will likely be discontinued if funding is extracted.   “This will affect the public libraries much

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more than it will the academic libraries, since not only will they lose their access to the computer system that generates and coordinates the requests, but they lose the delivery service,” he said. “So, the effects on students will be felt only moderately while they are here on campus. Should they try to get a book through interlibrary loan while home for the summer, however, they will feel the effects very differently.”   The ramifications of the governor’s proposed cuts to public libraries remain ambiguous, in conjunction with the total $5.2 million potential decrease in funding to the College. Katie Brenzel can be reached at

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Princeton professor dissects Saudi road racing culture

By Matthew Flamenbaum Correspondent

Pascal Menoret of Princeton University spoke about his studies on Saudi Arabian car counterculture on April 25 in the last Politics Forum of the year. Menoret explained to a crowded Business Building Lounge how young ethnic Bedouins have taken to acting out by destroying cars in an activity known as “drifting,” popularized in America by the movie “The Fast and the Furious” as well as numerous other media portrayals. Menoret detailed the history of how Bedouins transitioned from a vast migratory culture to one existing primarily in the urban slums of the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh. Menoret began his lecture by asking, “What is the connection between rich young Saudis destroying cars and politics as we know it?” After the Saudi government criminalized drifting, talking about drifting and being a part of a crowd to watch other people drift, Menoret said that drifting became a way of resisting the dominant Saudi culture, which he said attempts to marginalize Bedouins living

in the slums. “Resistance to boredom has slowly become a way of resisting the police and the state,” Menoret said. “The sexuality of it was interesting, and how (one of the racers) dedicated the race to his beloved, that was another man, was interesting,” Stephanie Kraver, sophomore English major, said. She was also intrigued about “how this is also a politicized movement, it’s not just dangerous action, it’s a protest against authority.” One of the most interesting points brought up by Menoret is that in Saudi drifting culture, there is no distinction between heterosexuality and homosexuality as defined by the West. Many “skidders,” as Menoret referred to them, performed for the primary hope of seducing another boy. Women, Menoret said, constituted a very small minority of drifters due to their relatively low access to cars in the highly segregated Saudi society. While Menoret spent a significant amount of time performing his research in Saudi Arabia on this drifting culture, he said he had only drifted once in his life, and would not like to repeat the experience.

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Menoret looked at ‘drifting,’ a destructive racing activity, as social expression in Saudi Arabia.

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The governor’s suggested tuition cap would ensure that public colleges could not raise tuition by more than 4 percent in a scramble to attain the funding necessary to run financially and academically healthy institutions. This struggle to maintain quality for a significantly reduced cost has been an issue of great concern for College trustees, who expressed their concerns at Tuesday’s meeting. “The state budget has actually cut the budget for (the College) by 15 percent,” said Susanne Svizeny, chair of the Board. “It has presented quite a challenge for both the state and (the College) to effectively maintain the quality and cost of the education during a difficult time.” Barbara Wineberg, treasurer of the Board of Trustees, expressed the Board’s commitment to examining other opportunities to trim the budget before increasing tuition for students, but acknowledged that tuition and fees will be an area assessed.

“We will make cuts in our non-salary allocations – reductions such as our computing software and hardware and renovation projects. These are areas we can cut this year and next year, but they cannot be sustained. Then we would be looking at tuition and fees, after we have looked at savings and enhancements in other areas,” Wineberg said. The state budget must pass through the legislative approval process before going into effect July 1, something Wineberg made note of in light of the date of the next Board of Trustees meeting, during which tuition and fees for the 2010-2011 academic year will be set. “The Board will be acting on our tuition and fee increases on July 13. That will be after we determine our appropriations, so we’re working with an exact number,” Wineberg said. As the proposed increases are contingent on legislative approval, so is the budget cap. “The proposed cap is 4 percent, but where that’s negotiated to, if anything, by the legislature, is something that

Religious activists return Tim Lee / Photo Editor

Two born-again Christian demonstrators, chronicled in The Signal in September 2009, returned to the space outside Brower Student Center on April 22. The two men, who identified themselves only as Greg and Robert last semester, decried homosexuality and the supposed behaviors of College students. A number of students gathered in counter-demonstration.

would be finalized by July 1,” said Brian Block, vice president of administration and finance of the Student Government Association (SGA). Block, junior political science major, acknowledged the difficulty of finding an effective solution to problems presented by budget cuts that works for both students and the College. “It’s more positive for the students,” said Block of the proposed tuition cap. “For the school itself, with their financial situation, it’s just a little more difficult because they have to pick up the gap, the tab, with reserves and stuff.” The College “picking up the tab” is a concern Block’s fellow SGA executive board member, Tom Little, junior political science major, shares. Little sits on the Board of Trustees as Alternate Student Trustee. “I’m not against (a cap), I’m just worried about the long-term cost of using that kind of action,” Little said in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, noting that previous tuition caps at the College “worked for a while, but that didn’t really stop the inevitable

rise in tuition and fees.” Though finding a way to balance budget cuts and budget caps is a situation that frustrates students, faculty, administrators and trustees alike, Christopher Gibson, vice chair, urged the Board to remember that the primary function of an institution of higher education is to serve its student population, and to take that into account when deliberating tuition. “I assume that the function of a state college was, at one point, to provide the opportunity for a baccalaureate education at a cost-effective price. Not costeffective for me, as a partner in a law firm, but for the middle class and lower middle class,” Gibson said. “There’s something wrong with a situation where sending my child to a Maryland state school or a Virginia state school is more cost-effective for the Gibson household than sending them to a wonderful institution in our state like this one.” The Board of Trustees determines tuition and fees for the 2010-2011 academic year on July 13, at their next public meeting.

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thus far all speakers have been willing to come for free, according to the Economics Club. The Economics Club also expressed some frustration that the speaker events are open and congruent to students outside of the club, but it has been difficult to get more attendees because of the lack of publicity. “After seeing this club come from nothing last year to how they are now … I see no reason not to fund them,” said Anthony Czajkowski, junior accounting and economics double major and representative of SFB. As of right now, SFB will be funding Economics Club for 200 photocopies, approximately between twenty and twenty-five flyers per event.

Economics Club earns SFB funds for flyers, photocopies The Student Finance Board (SFB) unanimously voted to pick up the Economics Club and budget them for publicity purposes during their brief April 21 meeting. The purpose of the Economics Club is to discuss and analyze current events in economics and relate them to what is learned in class. During the year the Economics Club brings an average of seven speakers to the College. Speakers discuss economics in relation to relative categories such as the nursing and medical field and environmental concerns. The school of business pays each speaker $250 for their appearances, but

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Student film on alumnus vet wins festival award

By Brianna Gunter News Editor

The Garden State Film Festival shows over 100 films annually and has over 30 award categories. This year, Jenna Bush, junior communication studies major, received the award for “Home Grown Student Documentary Short” for her documentary “Minor Details” on Sunday March 28. The festival took place at various theaters in Asbury Park. “Minor Details” focuses on James Henderson, a soldier who graduated from the College in 2009 after returning home from serving a 15-month tour in Afghanistan. Bush began the film as a project in her documentary production class, originally wanting to do a documentary on TCNJ STRONG (Supporting our Troops Reaching those Overseas Now and Going). “We wanted a soldier’s point of view,” Bush said during a screening of “Minor Details” last Wednesday in the Kendall Hall TV studio. “We saw a story in James.” Bush started working on the film last spring, and continued with the project throughout the summer. Terry Byrne, professor of communication studies, and Christina Eliopoulos, a film director with

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Jenna Bush stands with James Henderson, an alumnus and veteran of the war in Afghanistan and the focus of her award-winning documentary. whom Bush worked with as an intern, later encouraged her to submit “Minor Details” to the film festival. The short documentary is a combination of footage from Henderson’s time in Afghanistan, which he shot himself on a personal video camera, and that of his last semester at the College, includ-

ing his graduation. The film explores Henderson’s physical and emotional transition from the severity of war to the normality of civilian life. “Minor Details” is the film’s title for multiple reasons. In the film, Henderson refers to the soldiers’ poor living conditions as “minor details,” but according to

Bush the meaning goes much deeper. “(Henderson) may be one in millions of troops who have fought overseas, a minor detail. Yet the film highlights how big of a person he truly is,” Bush said in an e-mail interview. “At one point (Henderson) also talks about the small things he has come to appreciate after his experience in Afghanistan … The message of the film is to be the opposite of a minor detail and to appreciate the small things (minor details) in life.” Bush said winning the award reassured her that the film was recognized by the outside world. “It’s one thing to have your friends, family and professors praise your work, but it’s a whole different story to have it recognized by the film community,” she said. “It really has encouraged me to continue doing what I’m doing.” Bush also said she is currently working on a screenplay for a film she is planning to produce and direct with fellow communication studies student Dan Quinn in the upcoming semester as an independent study.   She is also working with Eliopoulos on a documentary feature called “Demon on Wheels.” Brianna Gunter can be reached at

Vegetation, believed to be pot, discovered in smiley face container By Alyssa Mease Production Manager

A Vera Bradley wristlet was stolen between 10:15 and 11 a.m. on Sunday April 18 from a cubby in the Physical Enhancement Center in Packer Hall, campus police said. … Spray paint was found in various locations at 8 a.m. on Friday April 24 in Lot 9 and the sidewalk between Cromwell Hall and Travers Hall. According to police, some cans of spray paint were found, and the Grounds Department was notified for removal of the paint. …  Two individuals were found with a metallic container with a smiley face on it and green and brown leafy veg-

etation, believed to be marijuana, inside at midnight on Wednesday April 21 at the Green Lane Fields. One male was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia and was released, police said. … An underage male was found staggering outside at 12:50 a.m. on Sunday April 18 outside of Eickhoff Hall. According to campus police, the male said he was 21 years old, but according to his identification, he was 18 years old. He said he consumed two beers at an off-campus party and was issued a summons. …  A wooden bench and some garbage cans were found knocked over at 4:40 a.m. on Sunday April 18 in Lot 17

and the walkway next to Packer Hall, police said. … A bike was stolen between 6 p.m. Friday April 14 and 4 p.m. Sunday April 18 from outside of Travers Hall. The victim put the lock around his bike but is not sure if he locked it. Police said that upon his return, the bike was missing and the lock was found on the ground. The bike is valued at $190. …   An intoxicated female was found walking up the stairs at midnight Friday April 23 from the Travers Hall Link. She was alert, conscious and cooperative. She said she consumed several shots of vodka at an off-campus party. A member of Residential Education documented the incident and it will be referred to the Office of Student Affairs for unacceptable behavior, according to campus police.

SGA president delays decision on activity fund increase By Emily Brill Arts & Entertainment Assistant

Billy Plastine, Student Government Association (SGA) executive president, vetoed a majority vote by the SGA general body to strike down a resolution supporting a proposed $45 increase to the Student Activity Fee (SAF) during their meeting last week. The Student Finance Board (SFB) outlined some of their reasons for the proposed change in a brief presentation held prior to voting. “Every year there are a few things you look at in the increase plan … This would allow us to fund more events students are asking for and begin events that are not currently in place,” Mike Stolar, executive director of SFB and senior finance major, said. The SAF typically increases by about 3 percent every year to match inflation rates, according to Stolar. “It was 2.6 percent last year,” Stolar said. This fiscal year, the increase was capped at 3 percent in conjunction with the capped increases to “tuition, other general fees and general inflation,” according to SGA Resolution R-S2010-06. The resolution, drafted by Brian Block, vice president of administration and finance and SGA representative on the SFB, outlines the rationale behind the suggested fee hike. “The (SFB) has successfully executed its (SAF) increase plan for the current fiscal year,

and students have responded positively to the last SAF increase of $60, as seen in increased attendance to SAF-funded programs, including many sold-out events,” the resolution stipulates. The resolution met a majority vote of “no” from the general body, failing it, but Plastine vetoed the decision of the general body, delaying the verdict on the resolution until next week. “Billy’s veto neither failed nor passed (the resolution). It more tabled it,” said Olaniyi Solebo, sophomore political science and economics double major. Solebo is the current vice president for legal and governmental affairs and executive president-elect of SGA. “You have to override my veto by a 2/3 vote, taken next week,” Plastine said. Stolar hopes the SGA will reconsider their decision not to support the proposed increase. “I’m kind of taken aback by that decision,” Stolar said. “One person came to see me to ask a question … One thing is, we’ll notice a jump in programming every time there’s an increase … I would like to have the opportunity to meet with the main opponents of this resolution to discuss what their problems are with it and why it wasn’t approved.” The SGA also heard a presentation regarding changes to the faculty office hour policy. Jie Kang, member of the Committee on

Faculty Affairs and professor of health and exercise science, spoke to students about the revised faculty accessibility plan. The plan has been in the works for some time now, with the Academic Affairs committee of the SGA working closely with the Committee on Faculty Affairs. The policy, originally intended to mandate office hours for professors, has been revised to encompass accessibility in all forms. Sophomore elementary education and mathematics double major Karyn Unger listed two reasons why the policy was revised in this aspect. “At some points in the semester you may have to make appointments more than others,” said Unger, senator of the school of education. “It also might be inconvenient for adjunct faculty.” “We’re trying to not only include office hours, but have each course syllabi indicate how you can communicate with students … list office hours, but also try to go above and beyond. Sometimes, office hours are just not enough. We didn’t want to call for just office hours, because that can be interpreted in different ways by different professors. That’s why we created an accessibility policy,” Kang said. The SGA also sanctioned a new club, the Order of the Nose-Biting Teacups. The club aims to unite students who might otherwise never meet through a mutual love of Harry Potter. It also intends to embark on humanitar-

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An SGA majority voted against a $45 increase to the Student Activity Fee. ian pursuits, primarily through volunteering at local schools to promote children’s literacy, according to president Siobhan Sabino, sophomore computer science major. “We want to reach out to the campus and spread Harry Potter awareness … We also want to reach out to the community, because a lot of the time, we don’t look outside the (College) bubble. We want to ensure that no Harry stays stuck in the cupboard,” Sabino said.

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Nation & World

Iraqi court bans candidates in election disarray

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi court threw the nationʼs disputed election into deeper disarray Monday by disqualifying 52 candidates, including one winner, in a legal ruling that cast doubt on the slim lead of a Sunni-backed alliance over the prime ministerʼs political coalition. The decision by the three-judge election court intensified political turmoil and dealt a new setback to efforts to form a new government in Iraq nearly two months after the vote for a new 325-member parliament, which must select the next prime minister. U.S. officials had hoped the elections would boost efforts to reconcile Iraqʼs divided ethnic and religious groups as American military forces prepare to withdraw combat forces by September, with the rest to follow by the end of next year. But the maneuvering following the inconclusive vote instead has created a giant political vacuum and fears of new violence. It also threatened to anger anew Sunni voters, who had thrown their support behind secular candidate Ayad Allawiʼs bloc to give it a two-seat lead. The winning candidate who would lose his seat was from Allawiʼs Iraqiya coalition. Sunnis largely have spurned Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and their anger against the Shiite-led government in 2006 and 2007 was one of the key motivators for their bloody insurgency that only recently abated. The court also is considering the fate of at least seven other winning Iraqiya candidates who are accused of having ties to Saddam Husseinʼs ousted Baath Party. That decision, which is expected as early as Tuesday, could deal a fatal blow to Allawiʼs lead. Iraqiya captured 91 parliamentary seats compared with 89 for al-Malikiʼs State

of Law alliance. It promised to fight the ruling and call for a new election if it is upheld. “We will not accept such an unjust decision, and we will not stand still to such illegal and illegitimate measures,” Allawiʼs spokesman Abdul-Rahman al-Bayder said, adding that the court order “endangers the whole political process and democracy in Iraq.” A member of the Independent High Electoral Commission, Saad al-Rawi, cautioned it was still unclear if Mondayʼs decision would change the vote results. The banned candidates have a month to appeal the decision. If upheld, Mondayʼs decision meant ballots cast for all 52 disqualified candidates would be voided, requiring a new tally. But al-Rawi said most, including 22 from Iraqiya, received only limited support. Iraqiya and other coalitions can replace the barred candidates with others from their lists as long as their blocs maintain the same level of overall votes, al-Rawi said. The actions compounded tensions that were sparked before the March 7 vote, when a controversial, Shiite-led vetting panel tossed out hundreds of vote-seekers because of suspected Baathist ties in a move that was seen as trying to dilute Sunni influence in the election. The 52 candidates disqualified Monday had been named to replace some of those previously banned. Electoral commission chief Faraj alHaidari said only one candidate among those banned had won a seat in the vote, and identified him as Ibrahim al-Mutlaq of Iraqiya. Al-Mutlaq, the brother of another banned prominent Sunni politician, Saleh al-Mutlaq, called the courtʼs ruling a political move to weaken their alliance.

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Election campaign posters for many candidates lined the streets in Baghdad. Al-Maliki has fiercely challenged the election results, successfully demanding a court-ordered ballot recount in Baghdad that could further complicate the process. The electoral commission chief said the Baghdad recount would begin in a few days, although he criticized it as a political decision. “We, as IHEC, consider the decision taken by the court to be incorrect,” said a visibly exasperated al-Haidari. “Now the other political blocs will also complain, ʻWhy didnʼt they respond to our complaints? Why did they just respond to the State of Law complaint?ʼ” He also rapped the order as vague because it failed to specify whether all votes cast in Baghdad should be recounted, or just those from 1,021 ballot stations in the capital where complaints were raised. Iraqʼs election law allows for all parties to appeal the election results, even after each recount, meaning the process could drag out for months.

Wal-Mart to face massive class action suit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A sharply divided federal appeals court on Monday exposed Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to billions of dollars in legal damages when it ruled a massive class action lawsuit alleging gender discrimination over pay for female workers can go to trial. In its 6-5 ruling, the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said the worldʼs largest private employer will have to face charges that it pays women less than men for the same jobs and that female employees receive fewer promotions and have to wait longer for those promotions than male counterparts. The retailer has fiercely fought the lawsuit since it was first filed by six women in federal court in San Francisco in 2001 and said it would appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling “opens up every company in America that has employees to class actions like this,” said Theodore Boutrous, the companyʼs lead lawyer on the largest gender bias class action in U.S. history. The appeals court upheld a lower court ruling allowing the lawsuit to go forward as a class action, which attorneys for the Wal-Mart employees said encompasses more than 1 million women. Wal-Mart disputes that figure and asserts fewer than 500,000 women are covered by the decision Monday. Either way, the company could lose billions of dollars if it is found liable and required to fork over back pay to the affected women. The appeals court did order the trial court judge to reconsider two important issues that would alter any potential pay out. U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco was told to determine the appropiateness of punitive damages and whether former employees at the time of the 2001 filing of the lawsuit should be part of the class action. The case was transferred to Walker after the resignation of U.S. District Court Judge Martin Jenkins, who ruled against Wal-Mart on those two issues. Wal-Mart employs 1.4 million employees in the United States and 2.1 million workers in 8,000 stores worldwide, and argued that the conventional rules of class action suits should

In an interview aired late Monday with Iraqi state TV, al-Maliki predicted the recount would not take more than a week, saying a new government should not be formed “with the presence of such doubts and appeals.” “I think that this process is very normal and it aims at facilitating the formation of the government,” he said. So far, the court has rejected 140 complaints from political coalitions seeking a review of results and has only granted a recount in Baghdad, al-Haidari said. It is still considering requests from the Kurdish political alliance for a recount in parts of the northern Tamim and Ninevah provinces that are disputed with the Sunni Arabs. Speaking to reporters Monday, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill expressed concern about the delay in forming a new government. “It seems it is time to get this show on the road here,” Hill said.

News Bits U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in New Jersey say they seized 15,000 pairs of fake Nike shoes on Monday at Port Elizabeth as part of a nationwide sweep of counterfeit products.

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Betty Dukes (right), lead plaintiff in a potential class-action suit against Wal-Mart, poses with fellow plaintiffs in 2003. not apply because each outlet operates as an independent business. Since it doesnʼt have a companywide policy of discrimination, Wal-Mart argued that women alleging gender bias should file individual lawsuits against individual stores. Finally, the retailer argued that the lawsuit is simply too big to defend. “Although the size of this class action is large, mere size does not render a case unmanageable,” Judge Michael Daly Hawkins wrote for the majority court, which didnʼt address the merits of the lawsuit, leaving that for the trial court. Judge Sandra Ikuta wrote a blistering dissent, joined by four of her colleagues. “No court has ever certified a class like this one, until now. And with good reason,” Ikuta wrote. “In this case, six women who have worked in thirteen of Wal-Martʼs 3,400 stores seek to represent every woman who has worked in those stores over the course of the last decade — a class estimated in 2001 to include more than 1.5 million women.”

The Oklahoma House voted overwhelmingly Monday to override vetoes of two restrictive abortion measures Gov. Brad Henry has called unconstitutional intrusions into citizensʼ private lives and decisions. The Senate is expected to follow suit as early as Tuesday, after which the bills would become law. Israelʼs prime minister has effectively frozen new Jewish construction in east Jerusalem, municipal officials said Monday, reflecting the need to mend a serious rift with the U.S. and get Mideast peace talks back on track. The British ambassador in Yemen narrowly escaped a suicide attack Monday, when a young man in a school uniform detonated his explosives belt near the diplomatʼs armored car in a poor neighborhood of the capital Sanʼa, officials said. Information from AP exchange

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Two editors bid farewell to their beloved paper

There was once a prophecy made by an aging old oracle about a young, dashingly handsome, incredibly intelligent and all aroundamazing journalist who would join the ranks of The Signal and lead it to never-before-seen heights. In my junior year, the prophecy came true when former Arts and Entertainment Editor Joseph Hannan hoodwinked me into wasting away every Monday for the rest of my college career in the worst basement room in the history of basement rooms. In my senior year I become Sports Editor, and spent an ungodly amount of hours in the window-less abyss of the Brower Student Center basement. Some Monday nights I would be up until 5 a.m. throwing together articles and pages at last minute. Other nights I would be bashing my head against a wall, wondering how I could possibly finish all my work when I was spending nearly 16 hours laying out a sports section most of the student body would probably never read. And the funny thing is I haven’t regretted one single minute of it. As much as I may bitch and complain about the stress or amount of hours I’ve put in to this silly newspaper of ours, my only regret is that I didn’t get involved sooner. As someone who never joined clubs in high school, I found my time in The Signal to be some of the most challenging, enriching and rewarding ways to spend my Monday and Sunday nights. Every person I’ve interviewed, written for, wrote about and worked with has left a lasting impression on me that I will never forget. I will most certainly not miss laying out sports pages until the early morn next year, but I will miss everything else about this awful basement. To everyone whose contributed to my Signal experience, thank you for being part of one of the best decisions of my live and for helping to shape me in to the person, journalist and editor I am today. I wish everyone the best of luck in the future, and think of me from time to time. — Garrett Rasko-Martinis Sports Editor I’m Tim Lee. You may know me as that guy that shows up at your events, takes your picture, and leaves. For the past two years, I’ve been the eyes of The Signal. I’ve had a whopping 587 pictures published as of last issue. I’ve gone to more concerts, comedy shows, plays, politics forums, meetings, art exhibitions, lectures and sports matches than anyone else on campus. Chances are, if it was newsworthy, I was there at least once in the past four semesters. I’ve gotten to do some pretty exciting shit on the job. I’ve crept the Towers looking for models for Let’s Talk About Sex (*knock knock* “HEY CLIMB ON TOP OF HER AND LET ME GET A PICTURE”). I’ve stepped over assed-out students at Homecoming and waded through the sloppy half of the student population, repeatedly being asked drunkenly to take their picture (“C’mon... man. I’ll a beer if you put me on the front page”). I watched the campus unite (for some really passionate and dramatic images) when we were told that “God hates fags” and to “repent or perish.” Before I joined The Signal, campus bored me. Aside from the big-name concerts and comedy shows, I never took advantage of campus-sanctioned events and activities. I rarely attended concerts in the Rat, watched fellow students perform on stage or cheered on our sports teams. Then I joined The Signal. What better way to appreciate what this campus has to offer than by going to everything at once? It’s been fun, and it’s time for me to step down. I know I’ll only benefit with my newfound appreciation of campus life and activity. Next time you’re bored on campus, remember that there’s plenty going on. Just look. — Tim Lee Photo Editor

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Garrett Rasko-Martinis and Tim Lee have worked at The Signal for a combined three and a half years.

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“We’re older and it’s harder on us to tour. As far as playing the gigs, it’s the same as always. We enjoy playing, we enjoy making the people feel. When you’re older, it’s a lot more difficult, you know. But we’re still doing it and I guess we’ll do it until we drop dead.”

• Vacay in the islands, baby. • Working at Mickey Ds making the money for our most likely increasing tuition … • My 60-hour internship should really make a difference on my résumé, right? RIGHT? • Does sitting around and watching TV count as a plan? cast your vote @ Last Week’s Results: What do you think about the possibility WTSR may be shut down?


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— Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra, drummer of Canned Heat “‘We want to reach out to the campus and spread Harry Potter awareness … We also want to reach out to the community, because a lot of the time, we don’t look outside the (College) bubble. We want to ensure that no Harry stays stuck in the cupboard.” — Siobhan Sabino, president of the Order o f the NoseBiting Teacups

Corrections • In our April 21 issue, a front page preview said that the Art Student Association’s (ASA) “Salon des Refusés” “displayed art made of trash.” In fact, the exhibit featured diverse student art made of many materials, as described in the page 16 article. We regret the error.

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The Signal says ... Stop: making excuses, saving that 15-page term paper for the last minute, stress eating, getting mad at yourself for stress eating. Caution: just missing meal equiv, people who are different, voices only you can hear, late nights in the library, not having summer plans. Go: fly a kite, reread your favorite book, buy a plane ticket, try a new flavor shot, get a job, put a little love in your heart, on a run, buy a bathing suit, ace those finals.

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Black Student (Dis)Union By Lauren Sampson Member of the Black Student Union The Black Student Union (BSU) has been an official student organization at the College since 1981. Since that time it has been an integral part of the campus community. That is, until now. BSU was the political voice for not only the minority student body but also faculty and staff. In the George Jackson Center (GJC), there are photo albums of events past. While flipping through the pages I saw pictures of students in Washington, D.C. protesting, students celebrating Kwanzaa and general body meetings that were so full students had to stand along the walls. I can only ask — What has happened? This academic year BSU has hosted a number of programs and events that have had very low attendance. Black History Month, in the opinion of many students, was a failure. It would be easy to point the finger at the current president, Otasha Clark, but the problem lies deeper. Ms. Clark organized a wonderful program that presented students the opportunity to network with young professionals. Not only was general body attendance low but those who hold leadership positions in BSU did not attend. How does a leader in an organization not attend a program that his or her organization is sponsoring? The disunity within BSU is simply a reflection of the entire black student population. Several organizations are under BSU — National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), Haitian Student Organization (HSA) and National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), among others. I would assume that with the strength of these organizations, along with fraternities

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On the Haitian flag there is the motto ʻLʼunion fait la Force,ʼ meaning there is strength through unity. Black Student Union (BSU) member Lauren Sampson supports student “unity” to overcome apathy. This year, there has been low attendence at several BSU events. and sororities of the National Pan-Hellenic Council at the College (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority) attendance at a BSU event wouldn’t be a problem. Then I noticed that all of these organizations have poor attendance at their events (with the exception of parties) as well. The apathy within the black student population is both sad and disappointing. But how do we change this? On the Haitian flag it states “L’union fait la Force,” meaning there is strength through unity. And that is how we overcome the apathy within the student body, through unity. We must first start by unifying the student leaders; they must be informed on what each other’s organization is doing. All draw from the same small population of students, so there shouldn’t be four events

occurring on the same night at the same time. And all the organizations must support each other. Members of NSBE should be attending events sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity should be in attendance at an NCNW event. And all the organizations should be present at events sponsored by the Black Student Union! We have been taking the mentality that if our organization isn’t co-sponsoring the event then we will not attend, and this very thought has lead to the invalidity of black organizations on this campus and the weakening of BSU. It is not too late to save BSU and all of these organizations. It is not too late to, once again, have an influence on the politics of this campus. But we must act now. We must support each other. Black students, we must work together. “L’union fait la Force.”

How do you feel about the school taking away DC++?

“I think that itʼs going “I never used it.” to anger a lot of people.”

“Iʼm just sad to see it go, “I think itʼs like Iʼm sad to see Print understandable ... but it Sense go next year.” sucks to not have it.”

—Herman Chu, senior —Melany Narvaez, marketing major junior international business major

—Megan Kearney, junior —Will Munoz, senior crimonology major international business major

Enjoy your summer! If you get heated, who you gonna call? Me! E-mail

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Female students strive to redefine feminism By Alexa Rozzi Correspondent The members of the Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) capstone class watched months of hard work come alive in the Library Auditorium on April 20 as they presented “Reclaiming the F-word,” where the “F” stands for feminism. The program was one of transformation — aiming to remove the hairylegged, man-hating stigma so often attached to the word, while informing the audience that the feminist movement is, in fact, beautiful, empowering and far from over. “Reclaiming the F-word” presented the engaging and provocative realities of feminism through a documentary-styled video, interactive discussions with the audience as well as through the experiences of WILL members. The packed audience made up of friends, family, alumni, professors and supporters, as well as those who were just plain curious about the F-word watched in awe as they heard first hand accounts of how students at the College view feminism through the documentary-style video. The misunderstanding surrounding the F-word manifested itself into the responses of students who participated in the video. For instance, when asked questions such as “What is feminism?” responses varied from describing strong willed, independent females to man-hating, society-hating women. The video shed light on the fact that there is still work to be done, and that the goal for gender equality has not yet been reached. Ryan Pilarski, freshman open options Culture and Society major, spoke at the program and stated, “Education is the panacea for misunderstanding.” Pilarskiʼs statement rang loud and true as an au-

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Students from the Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) capstone class engaged audience members with a multimedia presentation titled ʻReclaiming the F-Word.ʼ

dience member raised her hand and said that she would not have called herself a feminist prior to the program. WILL capstone class member Lauren Crespo, senior biopsychology major, felt that the program offered students the opportunity to think about gender issues and how they affect their own lives. “After taking classes, Iʼve had the resources, guidelines and professors to look outside the box,” she said. Through programs like “Reclaiming the F-word,” Crespo and the other WILL members aim to inspire that same way of thinking in others.

WILL members placed a strong emphasis on the idea of unity as a tool to advance the feminist movement and to take the negative connotation out of the word. Senior communication studies major Lauren Lorenzo believes that due to feminismʼs relevance in todayʼs world, a call to action is required. “A lot more education needs to be done. There are too many wrong ideas about feminism today,” she said. The WILL capstone class of 2010 has answered that call to action. They are determined to continue enlightening others about feminism and aim to get more and more people to “reclaim the F-word.”

Surviving summer romance

Five easy tips to make it work By Lauren Gurry Copy Editor

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AFROdisiac shows style

Last Saturday in Kendall Hall main stage the Black Student Union (BSU) presented its 12th Annual Fashion Show which featured clothing from local New Jersey designers as well as live performances and special guests. AFROdisiac was directed by Aneka Williams, junior nursimg major at the College, hosted by comedian Roland “Lil Duval” Powell and featured music by Heavy Hitter DJ Wallah and TCNJ i-Tunes. The show included a diverse range of student models and highlighted the influence of culture on fashion.

If youʼre dating someone who also attends the College, youʼre lucky enough not to endure the stresses of a long-distance relationship during the academic year. Unfortunately, that changes quickly over the summer, when many college couples used to close proximity find themselves suddenly an hour or more apart. This change, although it is short-term, can be shocking for couples that are assimilated to seeing their loved one several times a week. Having been through this experience more than once, here are my top five tips to ensure your romance survives the summer. 1. Discuss the terms before going home for the summer. Itʼs important to discuss your expectations of your longdistance summer with your partner before packing up your dorm room and heading home. Your significant other may expect to talk and see each other far more often or not nearly as often, so itʼs vital to set the terms before you are already living through the long distance. 2. Find a balance between “not enough” and “too much.” A trap many couples fall into is either visiting their partner relentlessly, or not visiting them at all. If youʼre spending the entire summer visiting your loved one, youʼll be spending a lot of money on gas, and your family and

friends will feel both left out and rejected. On the other hand, if you rarely visit your partner, tension is bound to ensue. From my experience, visiting your partner for only a portion of the weekend is the best balance to strike. 3. Set standard times to talk with each other. Itʼs entirely possible that you and your partner will have opposite summer job schedules. For this reason, itʼs vital to decide when and how often youʼll talk to each other. This goes along with the “not enough” versus “too much” tip. You donʼt want to be spending countless hours on the phone with your partner, but never talking to them is unhealthy for the relationship. 4. Spend time with your friends. Summer is your chance to catch up with old friends, so donʼt neglect them by spending superfluous amounts of time commuting to see your boyfriend or girlfriend. Make sure to invite them to group outings, meet your loved one and also spend time with your friends without your significant other. 5. Make your time together more meaningful. During the academic year, dates with your partner may typically consist of dinner and a movie, but since youʼll probably see one another less over the summer, a good idea is to make every moment memorable. You can include your friends, too, by taking trips to the shore, Six Flags, concerts and camping. Use your time off as an opportunity to do extra-fun things with the person you love.

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Stay active with summer sports, avoid injury with stretching

By Andrea Thyrring Staff Writer

With the weather getting nicer, many are moving to their favorite outdoor sports. If you始re worried about shirking your gym routine in favor of spending time in the sun, rest assured. Many of your favorite summer sports and outdoor activities provide an excellent workout. Tennis is a fun, competitive sport that you can carry outdoors after a winter of playing inside. It is a great cardio workout, and challenges your agility and hand-eye coordination. You始ll come out with sculpted arms, as well as a toned back and legs. Meeting with friends for an afternoon game is a good way to keep your heart pumping over the summer, and can burn up to 400 calories per hour according to If you prefer a more solitary activity, hiking can let you disconnect from society after a busy week at your internship and enjoy the beauty of the summer season. Another plus is that you are in control of the intensity of your workout. You can take an easy stroll, or burn up to 400 calories per hour by upping your speed and the difficulty of the trail. Just be sure to invest in a good pair of shoes and break them in before you head out. Cycling is also a good way to melt

calories outdoors. Depending on the speed and terrain, you can easily burn 500 to 700 calories, according to You will end your season with solid legs and glutes, as well as improved cardiovascular fitness. Though spending time outside during the summer is preferable to being tied to expensive equipment in the gym, keep in mind some of the limitations of your favorite sports and activities. They may get you a great workout, but sports such as tennis and golf require a lot of movements that can lead to muscle imbalances and joint pain. Much like golfers and tennis players, runners can suffer from overusing certain muscles. Adding stretches and poses to increase muscle fitness and flexibility will benefit your performance and keep you on track in your workouts. Tennis can put an incredible strain on your body. The sport demands more from your dominant side, and can lead to muscle imbalances and ultimately injury. Shoulder strength, flexibility and proper alignment are a must in order to avoid getting sidelined. Classic yoga poses such as downward-facing dog and cow face pose will benefit your rotator cuff muscles, as well as strengthen your arms and wrists. Stretching your lower body before you head out for a hike or run will prevent overuse injuries, which result from getting stuck in one-directional movement. The repetitive forward momentum of running can lead to runner始s knee, shin splints, and pain along the sole of the foot. Poses such as a low lunge, as well as half moon, will make

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Stretching and yoga can help prevent muscle damage caused by summer sports and activities. sure that your hips are adequately opened and stretched. While cycling is a low impact sport, it comes with its fair share of muscle pain. Your legs are in constant motion, which can lead to tension in the quads, hamstrings and hips. Suggested poses include side-stretch (shown in picture) and reclining hand-to-bigtoe pose. They are excellent ways to stretch out your legs, especially your hamstrings.

With a multitude of outdoor activities available to you, finding something to keep you engaged but out of the gym should be an easy task. Join in with friends, or sign up with a club near you. Find something to keep you moving during the summer, add in the proper stretches, and you始ll be on track to maintaining your health. Andrea Thyrring can be reached at

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Students spent their time off at Lions Fest last Wednesday afternoon on the lawn in front of Travers and Wolfe Halls. The festival is an annual outdoor event hosted by the Residence Hall Association. Activities included rock climbing, a dunking booth and ice cream, as well as other food and refreshments served throughout the day.

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Kendall resonates and reminisces with Woodstock heroes By Matt Huston Arts & Entertainment Editor

Two-thirds of the way through “The Heroes of Woodstock” show on April 25, it was time for a little cheerleading. “Give me an ‘F’!” yelled counterculture legend “Country” Joe McDonald, and the Kendall Main Stage Theatre audience followed his lead. “Give me a ‘U’! Give me a ‘C’! Give me a ‘K’! What’s that spell?” And the seated audience, a mix of students and adults, gray-haired or otherwise, loudly shouted back the obscenity. A moment later, McDonald launched into one of the 1969 Woodstock’s most memorable tunes, the anti-Vietnam War “I-Feel-Like-I’mFixin’-To-Die Rag.” McDonald, with his acoustic at hand, jangled his way through the verses and hit the line “Whoopie! We’re all gonna die!” with his old sardonic pep. By the last refrain, the audience was singing the lyrics for him. The “Rag” was one of McDonald’s several appearances Sunday night. As host of the “Heroes” showcase, which featured classic bands Big Brother and the Holding Company, Canned Heat and Jefferson Starship, he performed a number of intermediary songs — including the anecdotal “Entertainment Is My Business” and a cover of Neil Diamond’s “Red Red Wine.” Some might say his duties as emcee were a little different Sunday, considering the venue. Although older fans constituted the majority of the audience, there was a notable presence of 20-somethings and teenagers. “I’m surprised to see young people that want to hear ’60s music, but that’s great, you know?” McDonald said. “Back in the ’60s, of course, we were college-aged ourselves, playing college campuses.” The gravity of the music started to kick in as McDonald introduced Big Brother with his own “Janis,” a song he wrote for Janis Joplin, the band’s late singer, when the two were boyfriend and girlfriend. But the transition began with a rendition of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land,” on which the members of Big Brother joined in. Then the band took the helm and ran straight into the groovy, mid-tempo “Down On Me.” Only one member of the band, guitarist and singer Sam Andrew, had

performed at Woodstock, and two of the members — guitarist Ben Nieves and singer Sophia Ramos — are relative youngbloods. Nevertheless, the veterans rocked and Nieves and Ramos added their own flavor to crowd-pleasers like “Summertime,” “Piece of My Heart” and “Ball and Chain.” Nieves, who has been sitting in with bands since age 16, worked flawlessly with Andrew. The two doubled up for a huge psychadelic guitar solo on the band’s first single, “Blindman,” and the guitars clashed and meshed wildly throughout the set. Yet the greatest burden was on Ramos, tasked with carrying on Joplin’s revered vocal tradition. The singer’s performance exceeded expectations — her expressive approach and extraordinary, Joplin-esque squeals and sustain earned the audience’s admiration. Ramos and Nieves were playful on the dramatic “Ball and Chain,” enacting a stage confrontation and having a joke tiff when the guitarist threw a water bottle in her direction after one particularly long note. In the song’s monologue she joked, too. “It’s so hard to find love, d’you know what I mean? That’s why when you find it, you gotta get knocked up,” she said, rubbing a progressively pregnant tummy. “Corrupting the baby already,” she added as the crowd laughed. According to Andrew, though, the young musicians are “much better than we were.” The collective talent, younger and older, converged in a final blasting finish. Next it was the blues-rock band Canned Heat, whose hits “On the Road Again” and “Going Up the Country” are ’60s staples. “Going Up the Country,” what the band called “a Woodstock theme song,” seemed more seasoned than the sprightly version immortalized in the “Woodstock” film. Drummer Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra took over vocals in the place of the original singer and airy harmonica replaced the flute, giving the song a more reflective sound. Canned Heat drove through egalitarian anthems and no-nonsense blues, laden with pounding bass and howling guitars. On “So Sad (The World’s In a Tangle)” an environmental song, recent addition Dale Spalding sang with a swagger and a smooth tenor about “too much smoke, too much gas” while Harvey “The Snake” Mandel’s guitar wailed like a big, fuel-burning machine. Following Canned Heat, McDonald and

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Big Brother and the Holding Company personalized fan favorites with original and new members. the members of Jefferson Starship joined for a performance of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth.” In his effort to rile the audience, the host confused many by cheering on Princeton University. As McDonald and the band sang the famous lyrics, the crowd joined in with enthusiasm. Starship worked the audience up with the hits of its former incarnation, Jefferson Airplane. Despite a sound imbalance — the rhythm guitar overwhelmed the mix in certain spots — the band’s big riffs and bigger songs resonated with the crowd. Darby Gould took the place of singer Grace Slick, proving her robust vibrato on psychdelic classics “Volunteers,” “Somebody to Love” and, especially, “White Rabbit.” On that song, Gould swung around in a dress and pumped her fist as she sang the monumental line, “Feed your head!” On “Somebody to Love,” perhaps the Airplane’s best-known song, original guitarist Paul Kanter and the rest of the band timed their riffs like clockwork. Singer David Freiberg, who joined the band a few years after Woodstock, closed his eyes and seemed lost in a different world. “The Heroes of Woodstock” tour began last year in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the festival and included Quicksilver Messenger Service, Ten Years After and a number of other classic artists. “I knew all of those people before any of

us were known, when we were, indeed, ‘indie bands,’” Andrew said. “So it’s kind of like a high-school reunion.” Andrew said that “there’s sort of a retrowrinkle these days.” Indeed, concerts at college venues show that bands like his still have a youth following, at least amongst the handful of students who bravely stood and danced at their seats. “I appreciate the ones that were here because it’s been so many years,” de la Parra said. “For a young person to go to a Canned Heat show is an act of rebelliousness. Anything related to that is okay with us.” As far as the future of the tour is concerned, Andrew is humorously skeptical. “What’re you gonna call it next year, the ‘Wounded Veterans of Woodstock?’” he joked. De la Parra, by contrast, was morbidly optimistic. “We’re older and it’s harder on us to tour. As far as playing the gigs, it’s the same as always. We enjoy playing, we enjoy making the people feel,” he said. “When you’re older, it’s a lot more difficult, you know. But we’re still doing it and I guess we’ll do it until we drop dead.” “Heroes of Woodstock” was the highlight of the 14th season of Celebration of the Arts, which is co-funded by the College and the Student Finance Board.

A capella group raises voices to inspire hope By Laura Herzog Nation & World Editor

Music melded with prayer at Voice of Hope’s Spring Concert, which took place on Saturday April 24 in the Library Auditorium. Voice of Hope (VOH), a Christian a capella group of 10 students, praised God in 11 songs and performed an original skit to the Lifehouse song “Everything.” Each of the songs was chosen by a group member to represent a component of his or her “testimony” of life as a Christian. Testimonies were poignant moments during the show. Students talked about difficulty expressing their love of God adequately in words, forgetting the meaning behind their words of faith and overcoming challenges to their faith. “In College, you have lots of different voices. Lots of people in VOH, they’re science majors,” freshman Brian Spears said. “Even lots of your friends, they’re not Christian and they question you and eventually you start to question yourself … You have to stay true to God and stay true to yourself.” The skit, an at times uplifting and other times chilling portrait of the struggles a person’s faith can encounter, demonstrated exactly this message. As Lifehouse played in the background, a young woman, played by Chelsea Stewart, senior biology seven-year optometry major, met God, played by freshman Steve Malone, dressed all in white. The performance had an artistic, otherworldly

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Voice of Hope, a Christian a capella group, performed at the Library Auditorium.

quality as a kind of interpretive dance unfolded, in which Malone guided her arms like wings, offered her the food from his hearth and gathered rain for her to drink. She is happy, but then out, stage left, comes a boy who dances with her, abruptly separating her from her God and removing her sweater. This turbulence continues — businessmen drop money that she hurriedly tries to gather, drunk friends offer her their bottles, girls enter the room with judgmental glares as they measure her waist and remove her ponytail. Finally, as her God beckons her from behind the crowd, a black-hooded figure offers her a gun to kill herself. At a climatic point in the song (“You’re all I want, You’re all I need”), she throws the gun on the ground and runs back to her God.

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The passion of all the performers was palpable from off stage. They smiled as they sang, at times closing their eyes, and seemed to eradiate a genuine joy in sharing their faith. While the message of VOH performances was often the focus more so than the performances themselves, the performances were also beautiful and showcased the range of the performers. Songs ranged from the traditional to the modern, like Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel.” The song “Listen to Our Hearts,” including featured soloists sophomore graphic design major Tiffany Hsieh and sophomore bioengineering major Max An, was goose-bump inducing in its dynamism. The VOH members made sounds like ticking clocks and hissed through their teeth like air blowing through reeds, creating an eerie base on which the strong vocals of Hsieh and An could build. At all times, the group was very conscientious of anyone in the audience that might not share their beliefs. “I just pray that if anything I said bothered anyone, I hope that you will have them come to me because I definitely didn’t mean to do that,” Sarah DeGenova, junior biology major, said. “Also, please, calm my nerves, because I’m shaking.” Earlier in the show, after the skit, she similarly addressed the fact that the skit may have been a “little different” for some people and “a little hard to watch.” “I think that being a Christian, you have so much love in your heart and it’s very easy to share it,” VOH president Chelsea Stewart said after the performance.

Robots invade Mayo Concert Hall

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Three robots conducted orchestra of music majors.


By Garrett Rasko-Martinis Sports Editor The human element of music is something that cannot be duplicated or constructed with computer programs or schematics. But even still, the students of the interdisciplinary class, Conducting Robots, collaborated all semester to make a functioning robot that could conduct an orchestra. On April 26 in the Mildred and Ernest E.

Mayo Concert Hall, three different robots were revealed as the eager students and teachers watched their creations conduct an orchestra comprised of College music majors. The first robot to be rolled on stage was called the Continuation of Cybernetic Conducting Contraption (C4). The robot displayed humanoid characteristics as the robot held up two robotic arms that moved to the beat of the piece. The orchestra performed a string arrangement of “Hungarian Dance No. 5” by Johannes Brahms. C4 also featured a computer screen displaying a couple of basic facial expressions that were set to change with the mood of the piece. The “Super Conductor Robot” employed a different design philosophy. Instead of emulating human-like features, the robot used a clock-like interface with a hand that rotated and lit up different LED’s to the beat of the song. The orchestra played along to an original composition entitled, “A Super Piece for a Super Conductor,” written by senior interactive multimedia major Brett Taylor, a member of the Super Conductor Robot team.

The final robot, Automated Conducting Robot Experience (ACRE), had the most human-like appearance of all the robots featured. The robot was designed with two arms, one holding a conductor’s baton. Although there was a mechanical problem prior to the performance that limited the movement of ACRE’s left arm, the right arm still moved with impressive precision. ACRE also had a computer positioned as a head that displayed different facial expressions of a female face to reflect how the song changed. ACRE conducted the orchestra in its performance of a John Moss arrangement of a medley of songs from “West Side Story.” As the medley shifted in song the robot was able to compensate for the change in tempo. “(The class is) definitely pretty interesting, it’s really different from most other classes,” senior mechanical engineering major Jason Coppola said. “You get the chance to work with music majors, (Interactive Multimedia) majors and (Computer Science) majors. We each have different ideas for how everything can work and we all work at it and put it together.”

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Nooner mural takes over Alumni grove

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The Art Student Association (ASA) created a massive chalk mural in the Alumni Grove for the College Union Board’s (CUB), nooner ‘Street Art’ on April 23.

‘Goods’ explores creative and ‘uncreative’ arts By Emily Brill Arts & Entertainment Assistant

“Celebration” doesn’t even begin to describe it. Following the tradition of welcoming the end of the semester with culture in the Rathskeller, ink held its annual campus-wide arts festival, ‘The Goods,’ on Saturday April 22. The daylong event, featuring student poets, musical groups and essayists, was capped by a poetry reading by Kenneth Goldsmith. Goldsmith, self-professed pioneer of “uncreative writing,” is a novel poet specializing in placing found language, or words from other sources, in new contexts to surprise readers. Following student performances was headliner Goldsmith, who performed several of his “poems” – actually dispatches from news sources and other media he reads as poetry. He evoked news reporters covering the assassinations of John Lennon and Bobby Kennedy, the Sept. 11 and Columbine disasters and Michael Jackson’s death. “I just read what happens, and I read it out loud,” Goldsmith said, a professor of the genre he pioneers, “uncreative writing,” at the University of Pennsylvania. “I try not to do anything with it. I try to make it as dull as possible. It looks like a term paper. It’s supposed to look like a term paper.” Goldsmith, who studied sculpture in college and professes to hate traditional poetry, prefers to capture the “relevant” moments in contemporary America through using this

found language. Ink describes ‘The Goods’ as a “celebration of student art.” But, throughout the sevenhour day, it also served as a reunion for ink presidents past, present and future, a poetry slam, a concert hall and a comedy show featuring a scene from a Monty Python film and several humorous poets and essayists. And that’s to say nothing of its 20-minute conversion to a “musical improv” show in which a band called the Undercover Rabbis donned monstrous visages and jammed to a song they call “Our Numerous Tongues Shout with Resolve Towards an Empty Sky.” Why? “Syllables sounded good next to each other,” said Steve Klett, senior English major and frontman of the Undercover Rabbis. Undercover Rabbis was not alone in its baffling choice of name. It joined a host of other bands that serenaded ‘The Goods’ – the 14th act titled themselves Jose Jaime and the Best Valentine’s Day Ever and closers Nicole Pieri, junior English major, and Chris Hallberg, interactive multimedia and computer science double major, call their outfit Nicky and Chris and the Bipolar Cover Band. Joining Jose Jaime and the Best Valentine’s Day Ever in filling the Rat with music were solo artists Cat Cosentino, senior communication studies major, Matt Huston, sophomore journalism major and Signal Arts and Entertainment Editor, Klett of Undercover Rabbis and, in a surprise addition, Ben Krupit, senior music education major, who stepped up to perform in the absence of a scheduled

musician. All played a few numbers on their acoustic guitars, startling the Rat with their strong, clear voices. Cosentino played original numbers “Parallel,” “My Ending” and “Lethargy Apothecary,” a song she wrote after attending a Missy Higgins concert in New York. “Her style definitely intrigued me, and that’s a lot of how I write – listening to other people and having an emotional response to it. That inspires me to write music,” Cosentino said. “My voice I can’t compare to anyone. But my influences, the people who are famous who got me into the swing of writing and performing, are No Doubt, Stevie Nicks and Jewel.” Poetry abounded at ‘The Goods,’ with nine poets bringing their work to the mic. Katie Brenzel, sophomore English and journalism double major and Signal News Editor, and Noah Franz, sophomore history and international studies double major, began the day with their original work. They were followed by Samantha Zimbler, freshman English major, Nick Pelullo, senior history major, Rebecca Suzan, president of ink and senior English major, Esteban Martinez, junior interactive multimedia major, Lou Klein, junior statistics major, Rebecca Baum, junior English major and Duncan Slobodzian, senior English and secondary education major. Their words graced patrons of the Rat that came and went throughout the day, garnering a crowd that ranged from a rapt few to a

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Kenneth Goldsmith, pioneer of ‘uncreative writing’ headlined ink’s annual ‘The Goods.’ boisterous Meal Equiv-induced congregation. They provoked and soothed, painted pictures and then ripped them apart, crafted sumptuous images of love, devastating scenes of treachery and a punk-infused descriptive epic. “Let thine Casbah be rocked!” proclaimed Pelullo, reading a selection from the “mock epic (he’s) working on,” called “The Battle of Punks and Hippies.” Reading short stories were students AnChi Do, sophomore biology major, Nathan Fuller, junior self-designed film major and Tom Sales, 2008 alumni, who studied political science while at the College. Rounding off the 20 performances was a scene known as “Wink Wink, Nudge Nudge,” from a Monty Python film, performed by Franz and Justin Mancini, sophomore English major.

Final installation of 4x4 celebrates student art By Emily Brill Arts & Entertainment Assistant

The Art and Interactive Multimedia (IMM) Building saw its last installation of the 4x4 Debut Student Art Exhibition Series last week with four exhibits installed, painted, photographed, sketched, constructed or curated by students. Exhibits by Andrew Lubas, senior digital arts major, Ewa Pietrzyk, junior art education major, Dalia Elhaj, senior art education major, Amy Lu, senior fine arts major, and Crystal Kan, junior digital art major and YenHui Sophia Liu, senior art education major, graced the East and West galleries from April 15-21. They were the final exhibits of a four-week art series that showcased student work in the Art and IMM Building’s four exhibition spaces. “(The 4x4 series) is an outgrowth of an annual program we do in the art department every year,” Sarah Cunningham, director of the College’s Art Gallery, said. “In the past, we had

one big exhibit each year, and this year, in the new space, we had a chance to reconsider the concept and work in a new area. I think seeing the results has really been very rewarding.” Cunningham commended artists on their hard work as host of an awards ceremony held last Wednesday. The ceremony paid tribute to the achievements of students who participated and doled out purchase awards, awards given out by certain individuals or departments who plan to purchase the art they recognize. She also noted the groundbreaking nature of this year’s student art exhibition. “We had student curators for the first time in the history of these exhibits,” Cunningham said. Those walking away with purchase awards were Liu (President’s Award), Meghan Baier, senior fine arts major (Provost’s Award), Matt Pembleton, sophomore art education major (Student Affairs Award), Jim Tramontano, senior art education major (Dean’s Award), and Lubas and Lindsey Hardifer, sophomore graphic design major (Art Department

Awards). Receiving commendation were Katie Rossiter, junior fine arts major (Award for Conceptual Art), Pietryzk (Art Department Certificate of Achievement) and Patrick Hughes, senior art education major (Student Choice Award). The Art Students Association (ASA) coordinated the Student Choice Award, which invited students to vote on the exhibit they found most deserving of recognition. “This is something that actually gave students a chance to participate directly in the judging process,” said Katie Petrillo, ASA co-president and junior art education major. President R. Barbara Gitenstein, awestruck by the quality of art exhibited, expressed her trouble choosing just one to purchase. “It was very difficult, because it was an extraordinary collection of student talent,” Gitenstein said.

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Lions host home invitational By Chris Rotolo Staff Writer Thirty track and field programs competed this weekend on Saturday April 24 at the Lions Track Complex during the Lions Invitational, none of which were able to outshine the host. “We had a great meet,” Coach Philip Jennings said. “The team loves to compete at home, and we faced a lot of good competition.” Freshman Andy Gallagher posted an impressive time of 4:00.74 in the 1500-meter event earning second place, only to be bested by his own teammate. Junior Dennie Waite beat his underclassman counterpart by less than one second, breaking the tape at 3:59.75. “Dennie wasn’t happy with his time,” Jennings said. “But, he really wasn’t going for a great time, so much as it was a case of a junior hanging back and pushing a freshman to a better time. It wasn’t really a competitive thing, it was a junior helping a freshman.” Junior Kyle Gilroy clocked in at 53.61 in the 400meter hurdle race. Gilroy’s time not only gave him the victory, but, set a personal record and earned the junior a national qualifying time. Gilroy also placed second in the 110-meter hurdle event, crossing the finish line at 14.97. “Kyle was hurt last year (hamstring injury),” Jennings said. “And he’s really had a good comeback season.” Gilroy has progressed throughout this season and has improved his hurdling with every event. “Kyle is one of our better athletes,” Jennings said. “The 400-meter hurdles event is a rhythm event. Kyle is going to continue to get stronger, faster, and more durable allowing him to stay in rhythm longer as time goes on.” Freshman Steve D’Aiutolo competed in the triple jump event recording a distance of 13.88 meters. His second place finish broke the school record,

which was set by himself earlier this season, and was an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) qualifying performance. When D’Auitolo broke the record earlier this year, he shattered a 45-year old mark set back in 1965. It was the longest standing track and field record the College. Sophomore Emma Tucci competed in the women’s long jump and posted the longest leap at 5.44 meters, earning a spot in the National Championship Event. Junior Brianna Brennan recorded a distance of 39.82 meters in the javelin toss. Brennan’s performance earned her a spot in the National Championship event along with her teammate Tucci. The track and field program will take to the field again on May 1, down the road a bit when Princeton University hosts its own Princeton Elite event.

By Steve Hofstetter, Ryan Murphy and Chris Strait The 2010 NFL Draft is finally over. The three-day process lasted longer than the careers of some of the players selected. Subway created a life-size bust of Ndamukong Suh made out of 1,000 slices of pepperoni. We haven’t seen a draft bust that big since Ryan Leaf. The NCAA is expanding March Madness to 68 teams, giving fans a few more games they can guess wrong. The noise level at Oklahoma City’s Ford Center reached 109 decibels during the playoffs. It’s amazing how loud people can yell, “yeehah!” And David Stern handed out $35,000 in fines to various players and coaches for criticizing officials. It’s the first step towards NBA expansion in North Korea.

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Yankees fans, more than just boos and taunts

New York fans show a different type of respect toward players By Garrett Rasko-Martinis Sports Editor As I am staring down the harsh reality of losing my childhood, and I write my last Cheap Seats article ever, I decided I would use this opportunity to defend myself and other Yankee fans. Yankee fans are always getting criticized for being impatient, ungrateful and just generally obnoxious. In a lot of cases, I would not disagree that hordes of Yankee fans are downright dumb and awful. Just the fact that the term “Bronx Cheer” was created to describe being booed by Yankee fans indicated the ugly side of the fans of the pinstripes. But there is another side of Yankee fans that is never discussed and often ignored by members of the sports media. It may not be easy to obtain, and it’s certainly easy to lose, but when a Yankee gains the loyalty of the Yankee fans, they will show that player love, respect and class like almost no other franchise can. Yes, I know that Yankee fans booed Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, two players who should probably never be booed by the fans for anything they do, short of signing with the Boston Red Sox. But I think it’s hilarious that the sports community lauds Red Sox Nation as being fiercely loyal and patient fans. Yet I seem to recall Boston Red Sox fans booing Kevin Faulk in 2005 when he struggled through injuries because of the toil he inflicted on his body as he almost single-handedly willed the Red Sox through the late innings of Games 4-6 of the American League Championship

Series. Am I saying that Red Sox fans are bad fans? No, not at all – I am simply saying that they are not perfect fans either, and the Yankee-faithful get a bad rap. There have been times where I’ve wanted to strangle Yankee fans for booing players I didn’t think deserved it. But when I think of my Yankee brethren I will think more of the times where my chest swelled with pride at their heartfelt displays of loyalty and gratitude to players who

gave their all for their fans and their team. You would have to look no further than the Yankees’ home opener this season against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Former Yankee slugger Hideki Matsui was not offered a new contract by the Yankees and instead signed with the Angels. The Yankees were given their World Series rings during the opening ceremony to celebrate their 27th world title. With Hideki Matsui in the opposing dugout, he was given the chance to pick

Hideki Matsui is still a part of the New York family.

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up his new piece of hardware in front of the crowd he played in front of for the past seven seasons. Matsui was almost immediately swarmed by his old teammates. It didn’t matter that he was now an opponent, they were generally excited to see a teammate who had become a great friend in his time with the Yankees. It showed a level of team chemistry the Yankees have reclaimed under Joe Girardi that they haven’t had for a long time. All I could do was be proud and hope the Yankee fans would receive Matsui as well in his first at-bat as they did during introductions. The fans in attendance did not disappoint, and gave him a rousing ovation the first time he stepped in the batter’s box. They even went one step further and gave him a courteous cheer when he hit a home run. Would they have cheered if that home run had tied the game or given the Angels the lead? Probably not – but I can still be proud of all the Yankees fans who showed that being a fan of the pinstripes means more than being a drunk and annoying fan. Yankee fans are not perfect, and I’m not saying they’re the greatest fans in the world, but show me a group of fans that doesn’t boo a player when they’re doing poorly. If you are on the bad side of the Yankee fans, you will know about in abundance. But if you endear yourself to the fans of the Bronx then that player will have a loyal following for the rest of their career. Garrett Rasko-Martinis can be reached at

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Strong / Lions Split / Lions go 1-1 against Ramapo College lose 8-1 to Bates continued from page 20 giving their opponents a chance to score a point. For the men, the mid-week result was their only match, as the Lions fell to Bates 8-1. Sophomore Dan Lee provided the silver lining in the match, winning his 16th match this season by defeating senior Zach Fenno 6-4, 6-3. The No. 29-ranked Bobcats swept the three double teams. Senior Amrit Rupasinghe and freshman Matt Bettles defeated sophomores Steven and Stewart Fernandez 8-4. Senior Max Berger and sophomore Jeffrey Beaton took on freshmen TJ Riley and Dean Thompson 8-3. Finally, Fenno and freshman Rob Crampton defeated Lee and junior Jonathan Yu 8-4. Bates College continued with an impressive effort in singles as well, taking five of the six matchups. “Bates was the second hardest team we played all season,” Steven Fernandez said. “They definitely didn’t deserve to be ranked 29th.” Even though the team has hit a collective slump by losing two consecutive matches, they still keep a positive attitude heading into their last two matches against Haverford College on Tuesday April 27 and familiar rival Stevens Institute on Wednesday April 28. “If we can raise our intensity and really focus, I think we can beat both teams,” Fernandez continued. “When we played Stevens in the fall we beat them.” “Our team dynamic is amazing, especially when it comes to doubles,” Stewart Fernandez said. “As twins, Steve and I read each other well, and Dean and TJ are best friends, so their chemistry is great too. I have confidence in the team as we get ready for nationals.” The men finish the regular season with home matches against Stevens Institute of Technology today at 3:30 p.m. at the College’s Tennis Complex.

continued from page 20 she worked the hitters well, especially with her screwball and keeping the ball down,” Kent said, who was behind the plate for Minervini’s gem of a performance. “She did really well.” All the help Minervini would need was from an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Freshman second baseman Ashley Sogluizzo scored on an infield error after reaching base on a single. “During any type of game like this, you’re tense, and you’re pushing for your offense to do well,” sophomore pitcher Lauren Fitzsimmons said. “Sometimes when facing a dominating pitcher, we have to make adjustments in the box. Luckily, we made something happen and pulled out a win.” However, the same cannot be said for game two. The lack of offense finally caught up to the team, as the Roadrunners broke out with five runs in one inning against Lions’ game two starter Lauren Fitzsimmons. All of those runs came with two outs. “When I had runners on second and third, I was pitching against Michelle’s (Kent’s) sister, Amanda, and on a full count, I didn’t get a call that we all thought was a strike,” Fitzsimmons said. “We all thought it was a questionable call, but it wasn’t the strike three pitch the ump was looking for. You got to bounce back, but I got taken out shortly thereafter.” Fitzsimmons suffered her first loss of the season. Her worst inning, the

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Senior Ashley Minervini gathered her 12th win of the season. fifth, did not go as she planned, as the sophomore walked home two runs with the bases loaded, followed by a basesclearing triple. The loss was her first after running off 14 straight wins to start the season. “To be honest, the record doesn’t matter to me,” Fitzsimmons said. “Just because a win of mine is recorded as a win doesn’t mean I feel I pitched that way. My record doesn’t mean anything. We win as a team, and in this case, we lost as a team.” Only getting one run in two games may be a cause for concern to some teams, but to Michelle Kent, who had one hit in the double-dip, it’s all about

becoming better against this type of adversity. “Honestly, we didn’t make adjustments to win, but in the future, we just know what we need to do,” Kent said. “We should be fine, we need to just make the adjustments.” With just one more doubleheader, Saturday at Lions’ Park at 1 p.m. against the New Jersey City University Gothic Knights, the 26-6 Lions need to get their best efforts in the weeks ahead. With the conference tournament just days away and the Lions facing the best pitchers the NJAC has to offer, offense will most definitely be at a premium.


College’s six game winning streak comes to an end Cougars begin upset against Lions in conference games By Hilarey Wojtowicz Opinions Editor The men’s baseball team went 0-4 this week against Kean University on April 22, Richard Stockton College on April 23, and a double header with Rutgers University - Newark on April 24. The Lions hit a rough patch after a six-game winning streak, setting the team’s season record at 15-17 and at 8-7 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC).

“We need to make small adjustments to get back on track,” junior pitcher Connor Henderson said. “We’re a good team and can turn things around.” The Lions were defeated by the Cougars 10-6, bringing the team’s six game conference winning streak to a close on Thursday. Sophomore infielder Jimmy Ruzich started the Lions with a run in the first as a sacrifice fly drove in freshman infielder

Scott Kelly. The teams were back and forth with the Lions finally taking the lead in the bottom of the sixth as sophomore catcher Mike Galeotafiore singled in Kelly for the 5-4 lead. The Cougars took the lead again, however, in the next inning. Freshman infielder Stephen Nappe helped the Cougars grab the win with a three-run homer in the ninth to seal the deal, 10-6. On Friday, the Lions trav-

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Freshman infielder Nick Cifelli stands at bat for the Lions on Saturday April 24.

eled to Richard Stockton to the first which held them to an take on the Ospreys in a game overall loss of 8-3 by the ninth. that resulted in a Cougars 10 The Lions gath14-3 loss. ered just three 6 runs on nine The Ospreys Lions took control of Ospreys 14 hits throughthe game by the out the game. 3 Junior Jason third inning af- Lions ter sophomore Scarlet Raiders 4 Zegarski and outfielder Dan Lions 0 freshman Mike McGuckin hit a Murphy helped three-run hom- Scarlet Raiders 8 the Lions with er propelling Lions 3 a pair of hits. Stockton to a 9Junior Anthony 1 lead over the Lions. The Os- Palmiotto also chipped in with preys followed up with four a base hit and two runs for the more runs in the fourth for the Lions. These four losses put the overall win. The Lions continued the Lions in a bind for post seaseason on Saturday April 24 son play, as the Lions need to with a double header against win all three upcoming NJAC Rutgers University – Newark games in order to make it to where the Lions were met with the playoffs. two more losses added to the “It’s not just pitching, hitteam’s record. ting or fielding that has hurt Game one proved difficult us. It’s a combination of all as the Lions were shut out three and not producing at the by the Scarlet Raiders’ junior right time,” Henderson said. pitcher Billy Ceruti 4-0. The “If we win all three conference team picked up three runs in games, we are in. We’d like to the third on Henderson as se- win them and make it easy on nior third baseman Joe Furna- ourselves.” guera of the Scarlet Raiders The Lions continue the picked up an RBI double and season with five consecusenior first baseman Matt Lin- tive games at home this week, go collected a two-run homer starting with Stevens Institute for the 4-0 win. of Technology at 3:30 p.m. on The Scarlet Raiders contin- Tuesday, April 27 in Ackerman ued the team’s triumph over Park. the Lions in game two, as well. The Lions fell right from the Hilarey Wojtowicz can be start allowing seven runs in reached at

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Drew Conn “The Ref”

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Chris Rotolo Staff Writer

Jason Cantor Correspondent

In this semester’s AtD championship, previous champion, Correspondent Drew Conn, will act as “The Ref.” Sports Editor Garrett Rasko-Martinis, Staff Writer Chris Rotolo and Correspondent Jason Cantor will discuss whether they think LeBron James will continue to play with the Cavaliers, how the publicity of mixed martial arts will affect those who promote it and which major sports city — New York, Boston or Philadelphia — is truly the best.

1. With the Cavaliers poised to make a deep run in the NBA playoffs, what gives Cleveland a better chance to retain LeBron James in the offseason – winning the championship this year or not winning it?

that have the cap space to sign James aren’t very good, which makes me think he’ll stay with the Cavs unless they somehow get embarrassed. DC: Jason gets 3 for acknowledging James’s near-obsession with becoming the first billionaire basketball player and for his extensive knowledge on the matter. I do not think James has the strong attachment to Ohio like Chris and Garrett assume because he chose Duke over Ohio State before declaring for the draft. But I give Garrett 2 for mentioning that the Cavs get better talent each year, and that this year’s group is the best yet. Chris gets 1 point for having the most confusing answer.

a hit? Yes. But it was already dragged through the mud when Kimbo Slice was employed and promoters decided to fix fights.

2. Recently, there has been much controversy surrounding mixed martial arts (MMA) after the pay-per-view antics of Anderson Silva and the street brawl after Strikeforce’s debut on national TV. How should promoters of this sport handle situations like these? Are these antics good or bad for the sport? GRM: Both the brawl and Silva’s antics take away from what I consider to be one of MMA’s strongest features — the camaraderie and competitive spirit of fighting. I’m not saying that all MMA fighters aren’t influenced by economics, but I legitimately feel from watching these fights — and keep in mind I am not a huge MMA fan by any means — that a lot of these guys fight to enjoy the thrill of competition. Unfortunately events like this undermine these aspects of MMA and just make it seem like it’s a sport where arrogant muscleheads just brawl without brains or conscious.

JC: In a sport that is already considered by many to be a brute, disgusting and distasteful sport this only confirms disbeliever’s predispositions. The Strikeforce card was aired on CBS, and was probably the first time a lot of people watched MMA. This was a terrible first impression for those fans. The promoters of the sports should hit fighters where it hurts, their wallets. The CEO of UFC (Dana White) apparently agrees. He has threatened to kick Silva out of UFC if he acts foolishly again. This is a step in the right direction, but a specific conduct policy full of penalties and fines should be laid out so these fighters do not embarrass themselves and the sport. DC: Chris gets 1 point for claiming that MMA is a “fad” and “irrelevant” when it consistently draws more attention and interest from people our age than boxing … oh yeah, your argument was pretty weak as well. MMA fighters do not make a lot of money relative to boxers and other athletes, so fines or suspensions would likely have a strong effect on these fighters. But I give Garrett the 2 and Jason the 3, mainly because Jason mentioned White’s threat against Silva and that the UFC needs a legit conduct policy.

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GRM: This is something I keep changing my mind about, but now I’m committed to the belief that if the Cavaliers win it all then James is going to stay in Cleveland. Probably the only thing holding back James from re-signing with his hometown team is the lack of hardware, and if the Cavaliers can change that this postseason, James will want to stay. People keep saying James may want to go to New York and, “start a dynasty there.” But Cleveland has put the best team around James to date, and if they can win it in the finals, James may not have to travel to create that dynasty. If the Cavaliers win it all, that won’t be in the back of James’s mind and he will stay with the team and the fans he’s grown to love and relish in finally delivering them the title. CR: I don’t believe James will leave Cleveland regardless. The mutual love fest is too strong between Cavs fans and King James. However, James will be more likely to leave if Cleveland closes its season without a title. I believe these rumors of James leaving all started a few years ago when James openly criticized Cleveland’s front office for not providing their star with enough surrounding support. Since then, Danny Ferry brought in Mo Williams and a broken down Shaq, neither one can be considered a viable NBA star. So, in terms of this question, it would take a ring for James to forget his frustrations and stick around in Cleveland. But he won’t go anywhere. JC: I think it all depends how Cleveland loses. If they are knocked out early and ugly, odds are that James will go find a supporting cast that is worthy of his greatness. If they win, James will return in search of a dynasty. Recent reports indicate that if James does resign with the Cavs, that it would be a three year deal. This three year deal would force the Cavaliers to remain competitive to hold on to James for the rest of his career. Even though James wants to be the second billionaire athlete (Tiger Woods was the first), he knows he is at the point that if he doesn’t win a ring soon, he will get the reputation of a player that can’t win the big games. Most of the teams

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CR: I hadn’t thought about MMA fighting in months prior to this question, so I suppose anything that gets people interested and puts the organizations name in the limelight is good. The cliché “there is no such thing as bad publicity” applies here. MMA, as we have come to know it, is a fad, much like poker. And like that poker phase, MMA will soon fade. The fact that Anderson Silva’s actions made national headlines rather than the results of his match proves that he, the organization he fights for, and all nationally televised MMA fighting leagues are in the early stages of irrelevancy. What should promoters do? Nothing . Let the rabid pit bulls off their leashes to brawl in the streets. Will the reputation and credibility of MMA fighting take

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Garrett wins 7-6-5 Jason wins 8-7-3 Chris wins 8-7-3

3. From a sports perspective, considering fanbase, prestige of the teams, sports complexes, etc. which of the following is the best sports city — Boston, New York or Philadelphia? GRM: It has to be New York, even with my bias aside. In baseball, the Yankees have had more success than any other team in sports history, and they have the beautiful park and good fan base to put them far ahead of any other team in the baseball discussion. New York also wins it in football because of the Giants success throughout their history, and the Jets fan base that has endured heart break after heart break and only have one Super Bowl to show for it. Even though I will say the Knicks fans have stuck with awful teams in recent memory, and Madison Square Garden is a great place to play, Boston wins in basketball. In hockey, the combined success of the Rangers and Islanders, the loyal fan base that leads to continuous sell outs

at Madison Square Garden gives New York the win in hockey. CR: When I think of Boston and Philadelphia the image that resonates in my head is of their baseball fans. And often, when you come across a Phillies or Red Sox fan, you get to discussing who their favorite teams are, and, for some reason it is never quite clear. The line often uttered is “I love the [enter Phillies or Red Sox] and whoever is playing the Yankees.” At least Red Sox fans have somewhat of an excuse for rooting against the Yankees, both teams in the AL East and all. And as for fanbase — Nobody is more passionate than New York Sports Fans. Complexes — Yankee Stadium and The World’s Greatest Arena. And do I have to touch upon prestige? JC: As a diehard New York fan it pains me to say it, but Boston is the best sports city. Even though every major sport is run out of NYC and despite it being the largest of the three cities with a very rich winning history, knowledgeable fans and brand new beautiful stadiums, New York City is not nearly as united as the other cities. If you’re from Philly, and especially if you’re from Boston, it is rare to find someone that doesn’t root for the unified hometown team. This brings people together. In addition, every major team in Boston has a history of being good, especially recently. The Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics have all won championships in the last five years. Fenway Park is probably the most iconic stadium of any sport in the USA. Every franchise in Boston is run the right way. I cannot say the same for New York and certainly not Philadelphia. DC: Garrett gets 3 for stating how New York fans always stick by their teams, win or lose, which is something that cannot be said about the “what have you done for me lately” attitudes of Philly and Boston fans. Jason and Chris say opposite things about Boston fans, but I have to give the benefit of the doubt to Jason because he makes a good point about Boston only having 1 team for each sport (and logically should have unity amongst the fans) but I can’t give you 3 because I am not sure I agree Fenway is more iconic than Yankee Stadium. And also Jason mentioned that Boston has been much more successful than NYC in recent times, which Chris may have blocked from his memory.

Jason wins this semester’s championship, 8 - 7 - 3

Drew passes on the top spot to Jason in this semester’s championship!

“Thanks for reading. Goodbye TCNJ.” —Jason

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Date 3/18/10 3/20/10 3/25/10 3/30/10 4/3/10 4/6/10 4/10/10 4/12/10 4/15/10 4/17/10 4/20/10 4/23/10 4/27/10 4/29/10 5/2/10


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Rutgers University-Camden L 8-13 Ramapo College (DH) W 14-2/W 4-1 Widener University L 6-21 Rowan University L 2-3 Kean University W 5-3 N.J. City University W 18-2/W 14-7 St. Joseph’s College W 20-6 Alvernia University L 2-7 W 10-1 Richard Stockton College William Paterson Univ. W 3-2/W 11-5 Kean University L 6-10 Richard Stockton College L 3-14 Rutgers University-Newark L 0-4/L 3-8 Stevens Institute of Tech. 3:30 p.m. Elizabethtown College 3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Rutgers University-Camden Montclair State University 11:30 a.m.

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Cabrini College Drew University Ursinus College FDU-Florham Gettysburg College Rutgers University-Camden Salisbury University Ramapo College Rowan University Frostburg State University Montclair State University Franklin & Marshall Kean University Stevens Institute of Tech. SUNY-Cortland

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Stefanie Haar Womenʼs Tennis

Senior Stefanie Haar made her last home match a memorable one as she won her sets 6-2 and 6-1 to secure a singles victory for the Lions as they defeated Wellesley College 9-0 on Saturday. Haar also won a singles match earlier in the week against Bates College. Haar leaves the College with a 127 combined victories — 66 wins in singles play and 59 in doubles. —Brandon

Gould, Sports Assistant

This Week In Sports Baseball April 28 vs. Elizabethtown College, 3:30 p.m. April 30 vs. Rutgers University-Camden, 3:30 p.m.



Moravian College Muhlenberg College(DH) Messiah College(DH) SUNY Cortland(DH) Montclair State University Kean University(DH) Haverford College (DH) Rutgers University-Newark Richard Stockton College William Paterson Univ. Rutgers University-Camden Ramapo College (DH) Rowan University (DH) New Jersey City University

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Trivia Question Answer to Last Week’s Trivia Question: 3

Hundreds of former college football players had their names called last week during the NFL draft. Nine of those players came out of the University of Florida. The Gators ranked first ahead of the University of Alabama for the most players drafted in the 2010 NFL draft, but Ohio State University ranks first all-time with the group of players selected in the 2004 NFL draft. How many Buckeyes were drafted that year?

Lion of the Week

May 1 vs.Montclair State University (DH), 11:30 a.m.


May 1 vs. New Jersey City University (DH), 1 p.m.

Track & Field May 1 @ Princeton Elite, TBA

Menʼs Tennis April 28 vs. Stevens Institute of Technology, 3:30 p.m.

Womenʼs Lacrosse April 29 @ Stevens Institute of Technology, 7 p.m. May 2 @ SUNY-Cortland, 1 p.m.

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Lions’ Lineup April 28, 2010

Lions defeat defending nat’l champs

Seniors propel College to win over Kean By Brandon Gould Sports Assistant The College’s women’s lacrosse team continued to build on their already impressive résumé with wins in their last two home games of the season over the No. 4 ranked Franklin and Marshall College and Kean University this week. The Lions came out on top against Franklin & Marshall, the defending Division III national champions, with an 11-7 victory. The Lions came at the Diplomats with a balanced offensive attack, but the deciding factor of the game came down to ball control.

Tom O’Dell / Photo Assistant

Senior attack Lisa Seldeen.

Sophomore midfielder Kathleen Notos played a prominent role in assuring possession for the Lions as her stick helped the Lions win 16 of the 20 draw controls. Even when the Lions lost out on the draw controls Notos and the rest of the Lions were there to take the ball back. “Everybody wanted it so bad,” Notos said. “We just ended up getting the ball and everyone had each other’s back, so when I missed a ball someone else was there to come up with it.” The Lions’ defense also dug deep to provide a strong effort to silence the sticks of the Diplomats. Senior attacker Blake Hargest, a nominee for the Tewaaraton Award, and the Diplomats were shut out for the last 19:48 of the first half and then for another span of 19:42 after they scored two quick goals in the second half. “We played really well in the midfield,” junior goalie Marry Waller said. “They couldn’t bring it down on us and when they did we played with confidence and as a unit, they just couldn’t get through us.” On the offensive side, junior midfielder Ali Jaeger and sophomore attacker Sara Keating lead the Lions with three goals. Notos and sophomore midfielder Leigh Mitch-

ell provided two more goals apiece to round it out for the Lions. With the 16-1 win over Kean University on Sunday April 25 also came the final minutes of playing on the turf of Lions Stadium for senior attackers Lisa Seldeen, Lisa Malloy and Robin Deehan. “It’s bittersweet,” Deehan said. “I’m happy that we won, but it’s sad at the same time because it’s the last time I’ll ever play in this stadium.” The seniors brought their best games to the table to come out victorious in the last home game of their careers. Deehan headlined the group of seniors with three goals and two assists, while Seldeen had a goal and two assists of her own. Malloy, who came into the game with one career goal, was the most pleasant surprise for the Lions as she walked off the field with two goals against the Cougars. “It’s hard leaving the turf,” Malloy said. “It’s a little bit emotional knowing that it’s last game on the turf, but we had a good run and I’m proud to be on this team.” “(Seldeen, Malloy and Deehan) have done a great job over the last four years,” head coach Sharon Pfluger said. “Three girls who never gave me a problem, they’re


46 53 Around the Dorm page 17

Baseball hits rough patch page 16

Tom O’Dell / Photo Assistant

Midfielder Lisa Malloy.

into it. They’re the reason why we keep getting kids in the program, they make the program. They have been outstanding leaders and I couldn’t have asked any more of them this year.” The Lions will conclude the regular season with away games against Stevens Institute of Technology and SUNY Cortland. “We have two really big games left,” Pfluger said. “(Stevens) will be a competitive match, so we’re totally concentrating on that right now. Hopefully we’ll reach our goals for that and then we can move onto Cortland.”

Lions host invitational page 15

Yankees fans know how to act page 15



Women finish strong Lions stay on top in NJACs Men fall to Bates College

By Krystal Spencer Staff Writer The women’s tennis team finished their season with two back-to-back home wins last week, including a 9-0 shutout of Wellesley College on April 24. Seniors Jackie Shtemberg and Stefanie Haar were honored for their contributions to the No. 23-ranked team, which includes a combined effort of both singles and doubles for a total of 297 wins for the College. Haar triumphed over senior Alice Cummings 6-2, 6-1. Shtemberg defeated sophomore Marie Watanabe 6-3, 6-3 in singles, and paired up with freshman Felice Trinh to defeat Watanabe and her partner junior Jacqueline Shen 8-3. After losing the first set 2-6, Trinh rallied back in 2nd singles to defeat Shen 6-2, 10-2. The second doubles combo of freshmen Allison Tierney and Karisse Bendijo defeated the team of senior Mohona Siddique and junior Nathalie Herman 8-3. Bendijo went on to defeat senior Meghan Stubblebine 6-3, 6-4 while Tierney shutout Siddique 6-0, 6-0. Freshman Lauren Balsamo and sophomore Emily Petersack rounded out the effort in doubles by taking down Stubblebine and Cummings 8-6. “My four years here on the team have been surreal. Most of my favorite college memories have involved the tennis team,” Shtemberg said. “The team has grown during my time here and i am so proud to have been a part of the College’s tennis team.” In midweek play, the College won 7-2 over Bates College on April 21. Shtemberg led the team with wins as an individual and with Trinh

By Michael O’Donnell Staff Writer

Keeping a tight grip on first place in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC), the Lions split their doubleheader on Saturday April 24, against the Roadrunners of Ramapo College. The No. 7-ranked National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll, the Lions squeaked out the win in game one 1-0, while the Roadrunners handily took the second contest by a final of 5-0. “We were disappointed with our offense, but happy with our defense,” sophomore catcher Michelle Kent said. “We managed the Ramapo runners really well. They have a lot of speed.” The split with Ramapo keeps the Lions

in first with 24 points, while the Roadrunners sit in third with 20 points. Second place belongs to the Profs of Rowan University, who have 22 points. “The NJAC is still one of the most competitive conferences, and anyone on any given day can win,” Kent said. Game one was all about senior Ashley Minervini, as the College’s ace outdueled Ramapo counterpart Deanna Giordano to pick up her 12th win and sixth shutout of the season. The Lions’ starter scattered seven hits while fanning seven. Giordano took the loss despite not allowing an earned run on six hits. “She was completely dominant, and see SPLIT page 16

Tim Lee / Photo Editor

Sophomore Felice Trinh.

in 1st doubles. The pair easily defeated sophomore Meg Anderson and senior Alexandra Piacquad 8-3. Tierney and Bendijo were also successful over the Bobcats’ freshmen Ashley Brunk and Nicole Russell 8-2. In singles action, Shtemberg dominated Meg Anderson 60, 6-1. Freshman Paige Aiello bounced back from her loss in doubles to shut out senior Jean Gulliver 6-0, 6-0. Balsamo, Haar, and Petersack all won their matches in 2 sets, barely see STRONG page 16

Tim Lee / Photo Editor

The Lions split the double header with the Roadrunners.

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