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Visting “Koto” player Yumi Kurosawa from Japan performed for the College.
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Kel Mitchell headlines ‘Laugh in the Face of Cancer’
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Last Thursday’s comedy show was hosted by former Nickelodeon star, Kel Mitchell (center) and featured a variety of acts made up of students, alumni and others. (Left), Rick Cohen performs with his costumed band. (Right), Shelley Snyder entertains with her guitar. By Garrett Rasko-Martinis Sports Editor
Whether it was for the good cause or to see a childhood hero, students packed into WTSR’s “Laugh in the Face of Cancer” event hosted by Kel Mitchell on Thursday April 1 in Kendall hall. Senior business management major Jason Cantor organized the event to raise money in honor of his mother. “My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time this past summer,” Cantor said. “She is currently doing well, but it is eye-opening to see how many people have suffered with or even succumbed to cancer. If it weren’t for the medical advancements, it’s hard to say if my mom would still be doing as well as she currently is. It is very important for us to continue to raise money for research, even when times are economically trying.” To help him with this event, Cantor recruited his friend, former Nick at Nite comic actor Kel Mitchell, to host this
College reacts to health care bill
By Garrett Rasko-Martinis Sports Editor
In response to the new health care bill that passed through Congress last March 21, the College community has been as split on the subject as the rest of the country. College democrat President and junior political science, public policy/analysis/ management and economics major Brian Block weighed in on the new bill and its effect it will have on graduating College students. “Well first and foremost, students will be able to stay on their parents’ health plan until age 26 which makes paying for health care right out of college much less of a worry and burden,” Block said. “Also, the attached student loan reform is huge for students as it increases Pell Grant amounts and will make students loans much less expensive and cumbersome, especially in paying them off after college.” But College Republican Treasurer and senior political science major Brian Hackett was less positive on what this new see BILL page 3
event. Cantor first met Mitchell three years ago when one of his best friends, Adonis Smith, passed away. Cantor established “The Adonis Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund” and started organizing an annual comedy show in his high school. “(Mitchell) has been helping me with my show at home the past two years and I knew I could rely on him,” Cantor said. “He is not only a crowd-pleaser, but he is also a great and genuine person that will go out of his way to help a charitable cause.” Noah Houlihan, a recent graduate of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, opened the event with a routine that focused mostly on his sexually-frustrating experiences with his recent ex-girlfriend whom he dated for nearly five years. Senior Gordon Baker-Bone from Fairleigh Dickinson University later performed what might have been the night’s most hilarious routine. Baker-Bone’s standup focused on a variety of topics, mostly on race. His jokes on racism in the NFL combine and how playing Street Fighter has improved his sexual life garnered some of the biggest laughs of the
evening. He met Cantor at one of his comedy shows for the Adonis Smith fund and was again asked by Cantor to perform. “I had a great time it was actually my second show with Kel,” Baker-Bone said. “I didn’t know that (the College) was that laid back because some colleges I go to my material doesn’t go over that well. But the students were real laid back and laughed and had a good time.” Following the short intermission, junior english major Rick Cohen took the stage in a bizarre, yet entertaining set of musical comedic performances. His first song was a rap performance with several dancers dressed in odd costumes such as a gingerbread man suit and a large bottle of mustard. Cohen then sat down to perform two songs on his acoustic guitar while his dancers provided back-up musical accompaniment and some interpretive dances. His last song was a scathing ballad to a girl from his freshman floor whom see COMEDY page 19
Journalist shares filming experience
By Emily Brill Art & Entertainment Assistant
The College hosted Jennifer Redfearn, environmental journalist and film producer, on April 31. Redfearn spoke about her experience producing the forthcoming documentary “Sun Come Up.” The film tells the tale of the Carteret Islands, a small string of islands in the South Pacific that is rapidly disappearing due to a global warming-induced rise in sea level. The film chronicles the lives of the islands’ displaced former inhabitants, who are dealing with the two-part challenge of being forced to relocate while not being officially recognized under international law as refugees. Redfearn hopes to bring the Islanders’ remarkable situation to the public consciousness with her documentary, which premieres April 8. “These islands, from a distance, look like a tropical paradise,” Redfearn said, “until you get closer, and you can see the destruction on the island. It’s quite evident.” She described scenes of uprooted trees, rampant saltwater contamination of food and water sources, and, most notably, a swiftly
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Journalist Jennifer Redfearn spoke to students and faculty about her documentary, regarding global warming in the Carteret Islands. disappearing shoreline. “The kids were fishing on land where they used to garden,” she said. “What the Carteret Island people are seeing is … the front lines of climate change.” Though the Carteret Islanders, as the film purports, may be the world’s first “environmental refugees,” they face a more complex issue than simply leaving their homes behind,
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in itself an imposing feat. Once they are relocated, they may face the future on their own, without assistance from the global community; “environmental refugee” is not yet a recognized condition under international law. And as many still consider climate change an imagining, legitimization of the Carteret
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Professor muses on dynastic politics
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The College’s Lillian Farhat, an Arabic professor in the Modern Languages department, presented students with a preview of her doctoral thesis entitled “Ibn Khaldun and Dynastic Politics” as part of the politics forum series on April 1. Farhat’s doctoral thesis concentrates on the social and historical theory of Ibn Khaldun. Khaldun, born in Tunis, North Africa in 1322 is the author of an early Muslim view of universal history called the Al-Muqaddimah and several scholars credit him as “the first social theorist and world historian,” Farhat said. “(Ibn Khaldun is) the first person who thought about social history,” Farhat said, “(and) the person who felt compelled to be the first world historian.” According to Farhat, the start of modern Islamic philosophy starts in 1830 and “in many respects, (Ibn Khaldun) is a summary of all that has come before him and begins what comes after.” Khaldun came from a family of Muslim legal scholars, studied law and apprenticed under political rulers in Maghreb and Granada where he became close friends of Ibn Al-Khatib, the Vizier of Granada. Farhat claims that scholars today studying “contemporary empirical relevance, Islam and state formation, tribe-state relations and cyclical theories of
history” continue to write about what Khaldun previously wrote about centuries prior, but do not credit him. “A lot of people do not use Ibn Khaldun because he has his own theory,” she said. “You have to really enter the theory and see if it matches your theory.” This theory of the Islamic world history of the Persians, Arabs and Berbers revolves heavily around the religion of Islam. Farhat explains that the relationship between religion and social science is the central driving force of Khaldun’s theory. Khaldun was “so infused by theology” that he thought there were only a few people who could interpret religion and put it to use. Farhat said, “he sees religion as a really uniting front and that’s why he never lets go of it.” As part of his political obligations to the leaders he worked under, Khaldun went to the many small tribes outside the main cities established at the time and spoke with their leaders. It was through these interactions where Khaldun cultivated the idea that by living in modernized and sophisticated cities, people were losing their freedoms. “City people sooner or later fear fighting and will be slack, unable to fight,” Farhat said, “to lose the capacity to fight (is) to lose freedom.” Freedom is dependent upon one’s ability to rebel against injustice and from Khaldun’s perspective, living in cities makes people complacent and thus, weaker than those living in desert tribes. “When he went, he viewed the people he was dealing with intimately and he built this idea that they were
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Professor Lillian Farhat discussed her doctoral thesis ‘Ibn Khaldun and Dynastic Politics.’ braver, (had) a strong sense of solidarity than people in the city,” she said. If students should take away anything overarching from the presentation Farhat hoped it that it would be the responsibility of social science to the world we live in. “The theory of Ibn Khaldun was indicated by other modern theorists after four or five centuries.” Farhat said. “What we’re doing now, three or four centuries later can be said “Hey, this person know what they’re doing’. His theory stands the test of time.”
SGA approves organization for out-of-state students By Emily Brill Arts and Entertainment Assistant
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SGA approved two new organizations at its last meeting.
The College can count two new organizations among its roster of activities after last Wednesday’s meeting of the Student Government Association (SGA) general body. The SGA sanctioned the Out-of-State Student Alliance (OOSA) and National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), both unanimously. Both organizations aim to bolster a sense of community among often-underrecognized groups at the College. The Out-Of-State Student Alliance hopes to provide a support system for members of the College community who do not call the Garden State home. Members of OOSA plan to implement a buddy system for freshmen to adjust, hold activities during the “low times” – times when it
would be difficult for out-of-state students to go home such as fall break and labor day weekend, and events during Welcome Week. They have an activity already under way for this year’s Accepted Students Day, happening April 10. Gabrielle Fuller, sophomore interactive multimedia major, felt the organization’s undertakings would be beneficial to the College. “As an out-of-state student from Maryland, I think this would be great for campus,” Fuller said. The other organization proposed, the National Residence Hall Honorary, met support from the general body as well. Passed by a unanimous vote, the NRHH aims to recognize employees, faculty and students of the College who provide exceptional service, inspiration or just bring that extra something special to
the campus community. “The NRHH recognizes all those from those who clean the study rooms in the library to the students who use them,” said Vincent Pelli, sophomore history and secondary education double major and executive vice president of the new club. “We are the official sponsor of smiles at (the College).” Also discussed at Wednesday’s meeting was the recent meeting of the Public Safety Advisory Committee, whose members met with chief of Campus Police John Collins to discuss a report from several years ago listing student discrepancies with Campus Police. “We went through a report from two or three years ago and found that many problems listed about campus police are now being solved or aren’t present anymore,” said Robert Poss, sophomore economics and political science double major.
Tye-dye and balloons planned for luau-themed finals By Kelly Johnson Staff Writer The Student Government (SGA) will holding its biannual FinalsAssociation Fest after the Student be Finance Board (SFB) unanimously voted to allocate $17,490.77 for the event during their March 31 meeting. Following a survey distributed to the student body, SGA found that students expressed the interest in having more of a luau theme for the spring Finals Fest. As a result, this semester will feature more tropical blowups and hula dancers, as well as “mocktail” drinks. The popular massage therapists will also be back for this Fest along with tye-dye, sand art and a possible water balloon fight. There will also be the traditional bagels in the morning, and pizza, burgers, hot dogs and other goodies later in the day. “Everybody loves taking a study break for pizza or cupcakes,” Garrett Hoffman, administrative director and junior mathematics major, said. “This is probably one of the most cost effective events,” said Ashley LaRose, senior representative and psychology and communication studies double major. Finals Fest will take place from May 2 - 5. Women’s Center will be holding its annual “Take
Back the Night” event after SFB approved their request for $2,607. The event is to raise awareness about rape and sexual assault, and will feature River Huston, an inspirational speaker and advocate who is HIV positive as a result of sexual assault. The event will begin on the steps of Green Hall where Huston will speak, and then the attendees will proceed to walk around campus with candles, and will end their procession at Quimby’s Prairie where students will be asked to share their personal stories. “Take Back the Night” will take place on April 21, and this is the 17th year that the event has been running at the College. SFB also approved funds of $955 for Bodsquad’s Human Rights and Sexuality Week, meant to heighten awareness about sexuality and gender in the extent to which human rights are defined for each. The week will feature a showing of “Born into Brothels,” a documentary about child sex trafficking, a coffee house night, a speaker form Amnesty International Headquarters in New York and the day of silence to advocate for gay rights. The week will be from April 12 - 16. Synergy Dance Company will also be hosting its annual dance recital, with SFB allocating $673.50 for the event. The recital will feature student performers and
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The SFB granted funding to SGA for its biannual finals fest.
choreographers. The show is expected to run for about two hours, beginning at 1 p.m. in Kendall Hall. The recital will be free for students and $5 for non-students and will take place on Sunday April 11. Deaf Hearing Connection will be bringing deaf author Rose Pizzo and her interpreter to the College after SFB approved their request for $434. Pizzo will be speaking about her book, “Growing Up Deaf,” and the struggles of living with the disability. Deaf Hearing Connection anticipates an attendance of about 170 people, including some from nearby Katzenbach School for the Deaf.
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Film / Journalist examines victims of climate change continued from page 1 Islanders’ condition may be far off. “There’s been a lot of opposition,” Redfearn said of the attempts of her documentary to classify the Carteret Islanders as refugees of climate change. “There was an argument saying the changes on the island weren’t being caused by climate change, it was by geological subsidence, or tectonic plate shift. This seemed like a pretty viable reason … but scientists say the movement is so small that it can’t be explained by a tectonic plate shift.” Redfearn intends for her documentary to serve as a sort of magnifying glass, exploring the lives of one set of victims of climate change, in order to raise awareness of the issue as a whole – and, as a natural accompaniment, awareness of
the Carteret Islanders’ situation. Students and professors alike were moved by Redfearn’s lecture and screening. During the question-and-answer session following the presentation, Kim Pearson, associate professor of journalism, extended a note of appreciation to the journalist and producer. “You have taken a subject that for many of us may seem abstract or remote,” Pearson said, “and you have really humanized it.” Becky Bernot, senior journalism major, echoed the sentiment. “It was definitely very moving,” Bernot said. “Before I heard the presentation I had never heard of the Carteret Islands before. It’s really amazing to me that we can live in a culture that has the potential to have so much impact on their situation and we don’t even know about it.”
Fireworks on Metzger By Alyssa Mease Production Manager
Several individuals were illegally in possession of fireworks at 10:25 p.m. on Saturday March 27 on Metzger Drive East. The fireworks were recovered, logged and placed in the evidence room. … An intoxicated male was found sitting covered with scrapes and with a bloody nose at 1:20 a.m. Sunday March 28 at the rear entrance to Wolfe Hall. He said he consumed four to five beers at Slocum’s, and his speech was slurred. He said that he was not a student of the College and gave Campus Police someone else’s drivers license. Lions EMS called Pennington Road EMS and the victim was transported to Capital
Health Systems at Mercer Medical. … A backpack was stolen between 6:20 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday March 29 from the front desk of the Recreation Center. The victim left her bag unattended and, upon her return, discovered her bag was missing. A search of the area yielded no results. The bag and its contents are valued at $65.
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legislature means for students at the College. “The recently passed health care bill has both short and long term implications for graduating (College) students,” Hackett said. “In the short term, several different provisions of this act kick in almost right away — the most major of which is probably the fact that kids can be covered under their parents’ insurance until the age of 26. This may be viewed as a positive but what this Obama-care
means for us (College) students and young people is more unemployment, high taxes, worse-quality health care, and staggering national debts to be left to US to pay for.” Other students at the College were indecisive about their feelings on the new health care due to conflicting feelings on the matter and lack of information. “Haven’t really heard that much about it except for the part about students being covered by their parents insurance until 26,” freshman history major Kyle Romero said. “For the most part I agree with that. But I have a
problem with (raising taxes) generally, with my political beliefs.” When junior elementary education and english major Sean Carpenter was told he would be covered by his parents’ insurance until age 26 by the new health care he said, “I’m really taken aback by it, because right now my parents got me under their health care. Without that I don’t really know what I would do.” Garret Rasko-Martinis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Documentary questions spending in public schools
By Kristen De Lorenzo Correspondent
Film director Bob Bowdon presented his documentary “Cartel: Education + Politics = $” to both educators and students at the College this past week. “Cartel,” a documentary that examines New Jersey schools, focused primarily on excess spending and low performance rates in public schools. Bowdon also included evidence supporting vouchers and charter school programs to help inner-city children. According to the film, only 37 percent of high school seniors in the United States can read at an eighth grade level. Specifically, only 39 percent of New Jersey eighth graders are proficient in reading, and only 40 percent are proficient in math. These statistics are the results from the No. 1 highest spending state in the nation. In the film, award-winning Trenton American history teacher, Beverly Jones, said, “Children are not the focus. Money is the focus.” Bowdon highlighted the misallocation
of money within the New Jersey public school systems. Bowdon blamed the corruption and problems of the public school system on several factors including the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), and the rejection of vouchers and charter schools. Bowdon claimed in the documentary that the NJEA protects bad teachers through tenure and good teachers do not receive enough support. During a debate after the film’s viewing, Bowdon said referring to the NJEA, “They often buy the legislators to do what they want.” He also said private schools funded by vouchers would increase competition. Therefore, private schools, such as charter schools, and public schools would compete to provide the best education possible. In response, educational officials claimed that Bowdon gave a “skewed view” of New Jersey public schools, and a voucher system is not a simple solution. The College’s elementary and early childhood education associate professor,
Brenda Leake, offered some opposition and insight. “My greatest concern is it paints a very distorted picture,” Leake said. “It was really targeting urban schools. The direction and bulk of the movie was directed toward urban districts. There are successful urban settings … To solve problems it’s not whether you have a voucher, charter, or magnet school, it’s deeper than that.” Additionally, she claimed that the NJEA has flaws but serves a good purpose. She said, “The union is not all bad. There is a need for unions.” However, Leake asserted that Bowdon clarified some very important points about New Jersey’s public school system. Specifically, she said, “He did highlight how all the money allocated toward education never gets to the classroom.” Furthermore, Leake agreed that district consolidation is needed in New Jersey’s public school system. “I did like the point to consolidate districts. We have duplicate districts and duplicative roles. There is some waste. However that’s not the union
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Director Bob Bowdon presented his documentary, ‘Cartel,’ exploring the inadequacies of public education in New Jersey. or the teachers, that’s the legislature’s call,” Leake said. Regardless of their stance on public education, Bowdon and New Jersey educators agree that the real concern is the quality of public education. Additionally, educators agree that the lack of sufficient test scores, corruption and urban schooling are all problems that need to be dealt with in the near future.
College student loan process revised By Marisa Silva Correspondent
The House of Representatives passed a revision in the New Jersey student loans program legislation on March 21 that will ultimately cut out the “middlemen” in the loan distributing process. This Congressional bill proposed that the private firms who offer the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) will be removed and instead will allow the loans to come from the colleges and go directly to the students. Based on calculations made by the Congressional Budget, over $62 billion could be saved through this process and $36 billion of that would go toward Federal Pell Grants. According to studentaid.ed.gov, the Federal Student Aid Web site, eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant includes “exceptional financial need” and is given to undergraduate
students only. Once the student submits the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), containing their family’s financial information, the government will award and distribute the Pell grant to those who qualify. According to Michael Dennis, student loan manager in the Office of Student Financial Assistance, “The College made the decision to become a Federal Direct Lending institution prior to this current academic year.” Dennis explained that because the College is already involved in a Direct loan program, most students will not be affected by this bill. “(The College) did however allow students to choose a different Federal Loan lender this academic year,” Dennis said. Those students will be the only one’s affected by the FFELP revision. When asked about his position regarding the bill, Dennis
said that because of the economy, the “Federal Student Loans were no longer profitable to the private lending firms and in the end were being sold back to the Department of Education.” He explained that in this process, the private firms were essentially becoming direct loans, so this revision was the next needed step. Dennis said if the revision accumulates revenue of $36 billion toward the Federal Pell Grant Program, “then of course one would be in favor of this bill.” Dennis also added that because the College has already had the chance to become a Direct Lending Institution prior to this revision, he said that it has been a “smooth transition” and is “very satisfied with the level of customer service our office has received from Direct Loans.” Dennis hopes this will continue when, because of the revision, all higher educational institutions are required to switch to Direct Lending.
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Lawmakers: Afghan leader threatens to join Taliban KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai threatened over the weekend to quit the political process and join the Taliban if he continued to come under outside pressure to reform, several members of parliament said Monday. Karzai made the unusual statement at a closed-door meeting Saturday with selected lawmakers — just days after kicking up a diplomatic controversy with remarks alleging foreigners were behind fraud in last yearʼs disputed elections. Lawmakers dismissed the latest comment as hyperbole, but it will add to the impression the president — who relies on tens of thousands of U.S. and NATO forces to ﬁght the insurgency and prop up his government — is growing increasingly erratic and unable to exert authority without attacking his foreign backers. “He said that ʻif I come under foreign pressure, I might join the Talibanʼ,” said Farooq Marenai, who represents the eastern province of Nangarhar. “He said rebelling would change to resistance,” Marenai said — apparently suggesting that the militant movement would then be redeﬁned as one of resistance against a foreign occupation rather than a rebellion against an elected government. Marenai said Karzai appeared nervous and repeatedly demanded to know why parliament last week had rejected legal reforms that would have strengthened the presidentʼs authority over the countryʼs electoral institutions. Two other lawmakers said Karzai twice raised the threat to join the insurgency. The lawmakers, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of political repercussions, said Karzai also dismissed concerns over possible damage his comments had caused to relations with the United States. He told them he had already explained himself in a telephone conversation Saturday with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that came after the White House described
his comments last week as troubling. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said reports Karzai threatened to abandon the political process and join the Taliban insurgency if he continued to receive pressure from Western backers to reform his government are troubling. “On behalf of the American people, weʼre frustrated with the remarks,” Gibbs told reporters. The lawmakers said they felt Karzai was pandering to hard-line or pro-Taliban members of parliament and had no real intention of joining the insurgency. Nor does the Afghan leader appear concerned that the U.S. might abandon him, having said numerous times that the U.S. would not leave Afghanistan because it perceives a presence here to be in its national interest. Karzai spokesman Waheed Omarʼs phone was turned off and another number for him rang unanswered Monday. Deputy spokesman Hamed Elmiʼs phone rang unanswered. The comments come against the background of continuing insurgent violence as the U.S. moves to boost troop levels in a push against Taliban strongholds in the south. NATO forces said they killed 10 militants in a joint U.S.-Afghan raid on a compound in Nangarhar provinceʼs Khogyani district near the Pakistani border early Monday, while gunmen seriously wounded an Afghan provincial councilwoman in a driveby shooting in the countryʼs increasingly violent north. NATO also conﬁrmed that international troops were responsible for the deaths of ﬁve civilians, including three women, on Feb. 12 in Gardez, south of Kabul. A NATO statement said a joint international-Afghan patrol ﬁred on two men mistakenly believed to be insurgents. It said the three women were “accidentally killed as a result of the joint force ﬁring at
Afghan President Hamid Karzai (center) surrounded by his body guards walks through Kandahar city, south of Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday April 5. the men.” The two men killed in the Gardez raid had been long-serving government loyalists and opponents of al-Qaida and the Taliban, one serving as provincial district attorney and the other as police chief in Paktiaʼs Zurmat district. In the latest of a series of targeted assassination attempts blamed on militants, Baghlan provincial council member Nida Khyani was struck by gunﬁre in the leg and abdomen in Pul-e Khumri, capital of the northern province, said Salim Rasouli, head of the provincial health department. Khyaniʼs bodyguard was also slightly injured. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the shooting, although suspicion immediately fell on Taliban ﬁghters who often target people working
Census Bureau urges same-sex couples to be counted
NEW YORK — With strong backing from the Census Bureau, gay-rights activists are urging maximum participation by their community in the ﬁrst U.S. census that will tally same-sex couples who say theyʼre married — even those without a marriage license. The move has drawn ﬁre from conservatives, who complain that itʼs another step toward redeﬁning marriage. For the ﬁrst time, the bureau has deployed a team of professional ﬁeld workers — about two-dozen strong — to reach out to gays and lesbians. On Monday, the bureau unveiled its ﬁrst public-service videos encouraging gay Americans to mail in their census forms. “What I tell folks in the bureau is that this is a powerful, important part of American society,” said Tim Olson, a Census Bureau assistant division chief helping to oversee the campaign. “We have to reach out and engage this part of the population. Anything less than that is a failure,” he said. Only the District of Columbia and ﬁve states (Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Iowa) have legalized gay marriages, starting with Massachusetts in 2004. But the Census Bureau says samesex couples in any state who consider themselves spouses should feel free to check the “husband” or “wife” boxes on the census form, rather than “unmarried partner.” The bureauʼs willingness to count gay marriages — despite a federal law that denies legal recognition to any of them — has been hailed as a historic milestone by gay-rights leaders. “Itʼs humongous,” said Jaime Grant, director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Forceʼs Policy Institute. “Our opponents are rightfully concerned, because it does lend an air of legitimacy to our marriages,” Grant said. “Itʼs another way of weaving us into the fabric instead of continuing to see as outsiders.” Some conservatives have complained that the eventual count of same-sex unions will be legally inaccurate while serving as ammunition for gay-marriage advocates.
with the Afghan government and their Western backers. One month ago, a member of the Afghan national parliament escaped injury when her convoy was attacked by Taliban insurgents in eastern Afghanistan. Female government ofﬁcials regularly report receiving threats to their safety. Some women leaders, including a prominent policewoman, have been assassinated. The Taliban rigidly oppose education for girls and womenʼs participation in public affairs, citing their narrow interpretation of conservative Islam and tribal traditions. Militants, who are strongest in the south and east, carry out beatings and other punishments for perceived womenʼs crimes from immodesty to leaving home unaccompanied by a male relative.
News Bits Islamist militants unleashed a car bomb and grenade attack against a U.S. consulate in northwestern Pakistan on Monday April 5, killing four people and striking back after months of American missile strikes against Taliban and al-Qaida ﬁghters in the region.
Actor George Takei (right) and his husband Brad Altman speak at a news conference on Monday April 5 in New York. Gary Randall, president of the Bellevue, Washington-based Faith and Freedom Network, complained in a blog posting last month that the census “is leaving it to responders to characterize their own relationships, regardless of legal status.” “Will homosexual numbers be inﬂated by this ʻyou decide what you areʼ policy? Probably,” Randall wrote. “This policy shift is another attempt to confuse the discussion about marriage by creating a problem of sorts, then providing a solution that advances the homosexual agenda of redeﬁning marriage.” Olson said an act of Congress would be needed to add a sexual orientation question to the form, and some activists are already planning a campaign to achieve that. In a ﬁrst step, a campaign called “Queering the Census,” activists are distributing stickers for gays and lesbians to attach to this yearʼs forms on which they can identify themselves as gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual.
Haitian schools reopened on Monday for the ﬁrst time since the earthquake. Only a few hundred schools are planned to open this week in a country where the earthquake destroyed some 4,000 schools. A Saudi cleric announced on Monday on his television show that he will visit Jerusalem next week to bolster Muslim claims to the city. If Sheik Mohammed al-Areeﬁ goes ahead with his plan, it would be an unprecedented trip for a prominent Saudi. The majority of Muslim countries — including Saudi Arabia — strictly boycott Israel and ban travel there. Russian arms exports to Venezuela may reach as much as $5 billion, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Monday. Information from AP exchange
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Editorial A retrospective on the changes occurring at The Signal College is a place for finding your niche, and I think many students would agree that they find their extra curricular activities more enriching than their actual classes. For the past two years, The Signal has dominated my personal college experience. I have spent an ungodly amount of hours in the Brower Student Center basement. Though I probably have shed a few years off my life from the countless stressful Mondays, I care about The Signal. A LOT. This year some things have changed. We no longer have color pages. We have cut circulation from 4,000 copies to 2,750. The number of pages per section is limited. Why? Because, we’re in horrendous debt. Why? Because leadership in the past wasn’t careful, leadership that existed many years before the current editorial board even arrived at the College. $14,000 in debt doesn’t happen overnight, and if you’ve seen our production room, you know the debt isn’t a result of our lavish interior decorating. Luckily, the Student Finance Board (SFB) has been understanding of this, and has worked with us to come up with a solution to this problem, one in which the number of pages we produce will depend even more strictly on our ad revenue, as we are funded entirely by ads, and money received from SFB is a loan. We have to pay it all back because we get no funding from the school. And for the first time in a long time, we ended last semester in the black (that is, we didn’t lose any money) because of the things we’ve changed and the efforts we’re making. Also, many students newspapers, such as Rutgers University’s Daily Targum, charge the student body a subscription fee or get money from the school. As mentioned above, we have never done that. Last spring, previous editors Joe Hannan and Megan DeMarco met with Tim Asher and SFB and made some immediate changes. For example, they cut circulation initially, added advertising on our Web site and assembled an advertising team instead of just one person to go out and get advertisements. When they realized at the end of the Spring 2009 semester that we weren’t on track to turn a profit and start working toward paying SFB back, we did an online-only issue, which saved us a significant amount of money. The Signal has been the College’s newspaper since 1885. We are independent of the College’s administration, meaning we are a newspaper made by and for students. It might sound corny, but we take it seriously. I’m explaining all this, not because I want to advertise the sad state of our finances or validate our existence, but to provide reasoning for the changes you have seen and will see over the next few years. As our readers, I think it is important for you to know the reasons behind these differences and learn from someone with authority on the subject. This is a rough time for all organizations, given the status of the budget. Some organizations are at risk of being cut, organizations, which may not be important to the entire student body, but are essential to many. As someone who is part of an organization that represents one of the main reasons I didn’t transfer, I think it is important that we all pull together in this time of need and change and support all of the various organizations on campus in whatever stuggles they may be going through. — Katie Brenzel News Editor (with additions by Caroline Russomanno)
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Quotes of the Week “I thought the audience was fantastic. You cannot perform comedy without an audience, and I thought we had a great and very accepting audience. I couldn’t have been happier with the overall reception of the show. I hope that this is something that can go on for years to come … I thought the event went fantastically.”
— senior business management major Jason Cantor on “Laugh in the Face of Cancer” “If we play like we did at Ramapo I have nothing but confidence that we’re going to be just fine. We’re playing great defense which helps us win games … We were in this situation last year so we know as a team what it takes to finish strong and how to win games.” — senior outfielder Chris Esperon
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Opinions The Signal says ... Stop: stressing, being late, asking so many questions, driving aggressively, ignoring responsibilities. Caution: last month of the semester, job applications, busy schedules, stalkers, hot dorm rooms, birthdays. Go: for a long drive with friends, plant flowers, smell the fresh air, take pictures, plan a summer vacation, get a job, play softball, eat a banana, treat your sibling to brunch, do your school work outside on a blanket, swimming, laugh.
Government careers can help graduates
It’s probably safe to say that most students at the College know at least one recent graduate who is struggling to ﬁnd a job. With unemployment at 10.4 percent, we as college Michael Stallone students are feeling the brunt of an economy gone south. As the private sector has begun scaling back its fresh hires, however, the public sector has been steadily expanding. According to the Partnership for Public Service, for the 2010-2012 period, the federal medical and public health sector alone is expected to see 54,114 new job openings, a 53 percent increase from the 2007-2009 period before it. In all, by the end of President Barack Obama’s term, the Partnership expects an overall increase of 600,000 job openings at the federal level. This past summer, I had the opportunity to experience work at the federal level ﬁrsthand as an intern with the Ofﬁce of International Affairs (OIA) at the U.S. Department of Justice. When foreign countries need international legal assistance from the United States government, they go through my ofﬁce. Essentially, I was in charge of researching legal treaties, conﬁrming the legality of requests from South American countries and helping attorneys put together extradition packets. I had a fantastic experience, and it really helped me understand the scope of a lot of the jobs available at the federal level. In fact, I had such a great experience that I decided to take a position with the Partnership for Public Service as a Federal Service Student Ambassador at the College for the past year.
Eighty-four percent of government careers are located outside of Washington D.C. and are available to a large variety of academic areas. I ask everyone reading this article right now to consider what exactly they’re looking for in a career after graduation. For me, I know it’s about three things — ﬁrst, work that I can say I enjoy, second, competitive pay, health beneﬁts and work/life balance, and three, job security. I’m willing to bet most students feel the same way, and I can say that careers with the government really do offer all of these things. The federal government boasts some of the most comprehensive health coverage around. On top of this, there’s real potential for advancement at a tremendous pace. As a lowly undergraduate intern, I was working with international cases dealing with high level military ofﬁcials involved in war crimes in the 1970s, large-scale drug trafﬁcking schemes and bank fraud. Clearly, there’s no shortage of interesting work. Some agencies will even repay up to 10,000 dollars of
your student loans per year. So why don’t we see more students out of college looking for work with the government? I think most people are just misinformed. Contrary to popular belief, 84 percent of federal jobs are located outside of Washington. What’s more, there are jobs available to people of literally every academic discipline. In fact, liberal arts majors only make up 34 percent of the public sector. In short, next time you hear one of your recent graduate friends is having trouble ﬁnding a job, suggest the government. When it comes time for you yourself to be seeking out permanent employment, consider a federal career. The public sector is only expanding, and it will continue to do so. It really is a great way to start off one’s professional career. Sources: data.wherethejobsare.org
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It’s true — After 10 years, Kel still loves orange soda
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Kel Mitchell of ʻKenan and Kelʼ fame visited the College to take part in the ʻLaugh in the Face of Cancerʼ comedy event. By Garrett Rasko-Martinis Sports Editor In the lobby of the WTSR station in the basement of Kendall Hall, there sits one of Segaʼs arcade classics — Golden Axe. The game was released back in 1989, when Kel Mitchell was 11, ﬁve years before his debut on Nickelodeonʼs “All That.” Although he is now 31-yearsold and itʼs been almost 10 years since the the series ﬁnale of “Kenan & Kel,” Mitchell was captivated for 10 to 15 minutes as he deposited quarters into the machine and relived part of his childhood. As people walked in and out of the station, staring at one of their childhood heroes, Mitchell was still enjoying himself while playing an arcade game he loved in his youth. In those few minutes, the now adult Mitchell played with the same genuine excitement and silly noise ac-
companiment that endeared him to the hearts of millions of pre-teenagers who watched Nick at Nite in the early 1990s. Mitchell came to the College last Thursday April 1 to host WTSRʼs “Laugh in the Face of Cancer” comedy show. Mitchell was recruited to host the event by senior business management major Jason Cantor, who organized the event with the help of WTSR. But in reality, this wasnʼt the ﬁrst event Cantor had asked Mitchell to help out with. “A good friend of mine Jason Cantor got me here,” Mitchell said. “Iʼve been doing events for him for many years, it started with a comedy event he organized for the Adonis Smith foundation, in memory of one of his friends who passed away. (Cantor) organized a high school comedy show and he contacted me via MySpace and he said he really wanted to do this event for his friend and he was trying hard to
ﬁnd a celebrity host. I said, ʻYou know what? This guy has got a great story and I want to come out and help him out.ʼ We became friends after that and he told me about this event and I told him, ʻCool man Iʼm down.ʼ” Mitchell spent the early parts of the day walking around the Brower Student Center, trying to sell tickets to the show and posing and talking with students who approached him. “I love my fans, man, and I love hanging out with them,” Mitchell said. “If it werenʼt for them I wouldnʼt be doing what Iʼm doing. The students here are great, theyʼre really really cool. Theyʼre not crazy, which is good, they seem to have their stuff together so I had a good time.” Despite being on opposite coasts, Mitchell still keeps some limited contact with past costar Kenan Thompson. “Our moms still keep in touch all the time and tell us how the other one is doing,” Mitchell said. “Heʼs in New York and Iʼm in L.A., so weʼre both doing two different things so we havenʼt really talked in a while. But weʼve always talked about doing something else together again so that would be cool … We got to get the whole (“All That”) gang back together soon and hang out and do something crazy.” Although his years on Nickelodeon are behind him, Mitchell has still remained active in recent years dabbling in several different industries. He currently serves as the voice of the Ant in the animated cartoon “The Pink Panther and Pals” on Cartoon Network. He was also recently part of Cartoon Networkʼs “Freaknik: The Musical” along with such rappers as Snoop Dogg and T-Pain and comedians such as Andy Samberg and Charlie Murphy. Mitchell is also working on a new
Author dissects ‘American’ family By Todd Petty Features Assistant
For the ﬁnal event of womenʼs history month, co-sponsors the Women and Gender Studies department and the Committee for Cultural and Intellectual Community invited acclaimed author Stephanie Coontz to the College last Wednesday to speak about “The Revolution in American Family Life.” Coontzʼs lecture was held in the New Library Auditorium and began with an anecdote which demonstrated the challenge inherent in talking about the status of the “American family.” “I got two calls from newspapers this morning, one reporter wanted to know whatʼs wrong with marriage and the other wanted me to talk about how American families are doing better,” she said. “At ﬁrst glance it may seem that Americans are taking marriage less seriously,” Coontz said. “Forty percent are expected to end in divorce. However, in the latest Gallup poll 70 percent of people said they believe that divorce is morally acceptable, but more people think that domestic violence and adultery are less tolerable.” According to Coontz, this is the paradox of the modern American family. “Almost every problem is the result of a solution weʼve devised for an earlier problem,” she said. Unlike many people who remember the days of the “Leave it to Beaver”-style American nuclear family, Coontzʼs research has suggested that these were not necessarily better days for married families. “Our judgment is clouded when we are jeopardized by nostalgia.” For example, although 40 percent of births today are out of wedlock (some are a matter of choice), and although this may be difﬁcult for children, the only way to reverse this statistic may be to go back to the day where illegitimacy laws were in place, Coontz explained. According to Coontz, until 1968 a child born to an unwed mother couldnʼt collect money, debts or sue, and had no claim to family property – it wasnʼt until 1991 that they had a right to a fatherʼs support. According to Coontz, it wasnʼt until the Enlightenment, an
show for Cartoon Network called “Alien Samurai” which features a rap artist named Asia Lee whom he also represents. Mitchell will be writing episodes, producing the show and providing voices for various characters. “There have been so great moments,” Mitchell said. “I always wanted to meet a lot of people like Will Smith, and I got to meet him. I even had the chance to work with Danny Glover, who I think is a great dramatic actor, on a ﬁlm with director John Sayles. He is an amazing director and his independent ﬁlms are really riveting and it was really cool he gave me a chance to do a drama with him in the movie ʻHoneydripper.ʼ” Mitchell is also really excited for the release of his new movie “Chicago Pulaski Jones versus Dance Fu.” “Itʼs a ﬁlm about a guy who can only ﬁght when music is playing,” Mitchell said. “I wrote it and produced it and star in it. It also features Cedric the Entertainer in his directorial debut and he will also be acting in it. I will be playing a lot of different characters so if you liked me in ʻAll Thatʼ youʼre gonna love me in this.” When asked if he is annoyed by fans constantly asking him if he loves orange soda, like his character in ʻKenan & Kel,ʼ he let out a big laugh and smiled. “Iʼm actually working on trying to get some kind of deal with orange soda,” he said. “Some kid I guess put up on my Wikipedia page that the sales of orange soda went up when my show was on the air and stayed there. Iʼm going to have to try and get a deal with them.” Garrett Rasko-Martinis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
age where Western philosophy ﬂourished, and the Declaration of Independence that it became socially acceptable to say that young people should choose their partners on the basis of love. “Pretty soon you would have poor people demanding marriage, gays and lesbians – how would you stop divorce when the biggest concern was how to maintain male dominance over women?” Coontz asked rhetorically. “Yes, we could probably turn the clock back, but at tremendous cost.” “Marriage never again will be as stable and widespread as when people didnʼt have as any options – there is an inverse relationship between whatʼs good for the marriage and whatʼs good for the institution,” she said. Coontz also talked about how teen birth rates, homicide, drug abuse, binge drinking and sexual victimization rates have dropped signiﬁcantly in recent years. “Hookups have largely replaced dating and the one-night stand. I think we have to look at hookups as an interesting experiment which may go awry, but as a new way of people negotiating terrain with opposite sex.” “I was surprised by the paradoxes, normally people focus more on the criticisms, that society need to make changes, but it Photo courtesy of Kaitlin Tambuscio was really enlightening to hear the bad things but also the good things,” said Upasana Madan, freshman engineering major, in By Kristen Kubilus response to the lecture. Staff Writer Kaitlin Tambuscio Senior Journalism Major
What are you wearing? Cardigan - Ann Taylor Loft, Tank - Gap, Scarf - Ann Taylor Loft, Knotted Belt Thrifted, Jeans - Lord & Taylor, Bracelets, Bag - Rebecca Minkoff, Sunglasses - Ray Ban, Shoes - Bakers. Tim Lee / Photo Editor
Author Stephanie Coontz talked about the American familyʼs pros and cons.
Where do you typically shop? For basics, Iʼm a fan of the Gap
and Ann Taylor Loft. Forever 21 and H&M are great for trendon stuff and cheap accessories. I also love combing through the racks at big, department stores like Macyʼs and Lord and Taylor. And I LOVE shopping alone. People have tried to talk me out of some of my favorite purchases, but you just have to be conﬁdent in your decisions and know what you like. How would you label your style? Iʼm not sure if my style has a “label,” but I like taking something classic and putting an unexpected twist on it somewhere. I love grandma-ish ﬂoral prints and studded, edgy things all the same. So I guess I would say classic and fun, infused with bits and pieces of everything. What are you inﬂuenced by? Lady Gaga. Just kidding- kind of. Iʼm inﬂuenced by a lot of bloggers, most notably Jessica Schroeder of “What I Wore.” Also, both my grandmothers have great style, so itʼs always fun to clean out their closets. Read the rest of the interview online at tcnjsignal.net. Kristen can be reached at email@example.com.
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Student’s Jersey Shore inspiration wins t-shirt contest
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Anthony Steversonʼs t-shirt design, ʻTCNJ Pump,ʼ was chosen as the winner of Pi Sigma Epsilonʼs ʻYour T-shirt, Your Ideaʼ contest. By Jamie Primeau Staff Writer Following in the footsteps of the stereotypes portrayed in MTVʼs “The Jersey Shore,” ﬁst-pumping has made its way onto College t-shirts. When Pi Sigma Epsilon, the Collegeʼs co-ed marketing business fraternity, decided to hold the “Your T-shirt, Your Idea,” contest, senior graphic design major Anthony Steverson decided to jump on the over-tanned bandwagon.
Steversonʼs t-shirt, titled “TCNJ Pump,” was selected as the winner of the contest and was printed on shirts and sold to the Collegeʼs student body. “We had a vote amongst everyone in the chapter,” Almanzar said. “My personal reason for voting for Anthony is that it was the most original and different, but still incorporated (the College) into it, so I liked that a lot.” “The goal (of the contest) was to spread creativity and produce the shirt for whoever won the contest,” said Josel Alman-
zar, senior ﬁnance major and member of Pi Sigma Epsilon. “It shows the business aspect (of the fraternity) and fundraises for us.” The white t-shirt features the personiﬁcation of New Jersey — taking the stateʼs shape, adding a ﬁst-pumping arm protruding from the stateʼs East Coast, and sneakers at the foot of the state that are available in both blue and pink. Steverson explained what the ﬁst pump means for those who already do not know. “I would deﬁne the ﬁst-pump as a cultural icon,” he said. “The ﬁst-pump is recognized from all parts of the world, it is mainly used for celebration and success. Over the past few years the ﬁst pump has been used in clubs in Jersey to celebrate the youth and living life to the fullest.” “I live at the Jersey Shore. And basically I wanted to capture the ﬁst pump and I wanted to integrate (the College) into it and make it our own,” Steverson said. “Since ʻThe Jersey Shoreʼ just ended, I know the ﬁst pump is still on peopleʼs minds.” Between the MTV mania surrounding this move and the countless Jersey Shore parties popping up off-campus, many students at the College should be familiar with the ﬁst-pump. Despite the inspiration, Steverson admits that he is not an avid watcher at the show. “The question about who is my favorite character of the Jersey Shore is
a tough one because I didnʼt follow the season as other viewers have. Since I grew up at the Jersey Shore all my life, I felt that I knew the lifestyle that they would live throughout the show without even seeing the episodes.” While he may not be Jersey Shoreʼs No. 1 fan, Steverson is passionate about graphic design. “I decided to enter the contest because there are really not enough contests for graphic design majors so when I saw the opportunity arise, I chose to take it,” Steverson said. “Also, I work for a clothing company so this is my forte. This is my expertise” Steverson currently works as the vice president of Aztro Clothing Company. As a winner of the contest, Steverson was given two free t-shirts, the production of his design, and $100 spending money. “Iʼm going to buy my mom a new house,” he laughed. “No, but Iʼm going to save it for now until I really need it because $100 goes quick. Iʼm probably going to put it towards gas when I go home this weekend for Easter.” While he may have gotten some money and few t-shirts, to Steverson the reward is something greater than that. “Itʼs basically a big accomplishment for me,” Steverson said. “It feels good to know that people are going to pay for my design and I didnʼt even graduate college yet. Itʼs a dream come true.”
Fitness tips for the bedroom Using sex to improve By Andrea Thyrring Staff Writer
A regular ﬁtness schedule increases strength, ﬂexibility and stamina — all things you need in the bedroom. Did you know that a number of exercises could actually enhance your intimate experiences? According to Discoveryhealth.com, regular exercise revs up hormones and increases blood ﬂow to the genitals. Include these poses and exercises in your normal workouts, and you can increase pleasure for both you and your partner. Central to any activity is a strong core. By increasing the strength of your core and pelvic muscles, you can prolong your lovemaking, and in the long run help facilitate orgasm. A good way to start is with pelvic lifts, or the bridge pose. With your knees bent and feet ﬁrmly planted on the ground, inhale and clench your core and buttocks. Elevate your hips off the ground, but be careful not to arch your back. Keeping your core engaged, hold your hips off the ground for 10 seconds. Exhale, and release to the ground. Repeat this pose at least three times daily, and watch your core stamina skyrocket. Flexibility and strength go hand in hand. Strengthening your hips and core enables you to last longer, but simply going strong doesnʼt necessarily equate to a pleasurable experience. By adding ﬂexibility, you allow for a greater range of motion. Going from the bridge pose to the butterﬂy is a good way to cover your bases. Let your knees fall out to the side, and bring the soles of your feet together. Take a deep breath, and as you exhale, focus on letting your knees relax toward the ground. Stay here for 30 seconds, eventually building up to a full 60 seconds as your ﬂexibility increases. If you are feeling a little tight through your inner thighs, you can sit up and continue this pose to relieve any excess strain. Plank pose is a simple yet effective way to build muscle where it counts. Targeting your core, arms, as well as your glutes, plank is an all around good pose to practice to strengthen up for bedroom games. Keep your arms straight, palms under your shoulders. Tuck your belly button in and engage your core muscles, keeping a straight line all the way down to your ankles. Hold here for 30 seconds, and repeat three times, build-
ing your way up to ﬁve repetitions. A move you can practice any time, anywhere, is the Kegel. You may have heard about this exercise that strengthens the muscles of the pelvic ﬂoor. Women can practice this exercise to increase the intensity of orgasm. But donʼt think Kegelʼs are strictly for the ladies. Men can easily practice the same muscle movements to prolong intercourse and prevent ejaculation. To locate your pelvic ﬂoor muscles, imagine that you are trying to interrupt your urine stream. Slowly tighten these muscles, and hold for 5 seconds, then release. Once you are comfortable controlling these muscles, you can try a quicker repetition. Experiment with different speeds, as slow and fast muscle movements work different muscle ﬁbers. You can practice while you sit in class, waiting at a stoplight (hint: try and match your Kegelʼs to your turn signal. Itʼs a good way to get your practice in, and challenge yourself with a set speed), or are watching TV. Aim for 10 reps, or 10 second holds. You can practice Kegelʼs as often as you remember. No one can tell youʼre working these muscles, and they are the best way to add a quick improvement to your intimate experiences. Regular exercise, as well as cardio, is the best way to shape up for sex. By including these exercises into your routine, you can increase your own performance, as well as enhance the experience for your partner. Since sex is largely an endurance activity, making sure your body is in adequate shape can mean the difference between a quickie and a night of fun. Andrea Thyrring can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrea Thyrring / Staff Writer
By improving ﬂexibility and strength, you can increase your intimate action.
By Lauren Gurry Copy Editor
It happens to the best of us. You look down at your stomach or legs during sex and realize itʼs time to shed a few pounds. Brace yourself, because this next sentence may be the answer to your problem: You can indulge in sexercise – exercises that work key muscles, like biceps, abs and gluteus maximus – while actually having sex. In fact, according to an article John Gray Ph.D. wrote on MarsVenusLiving. com, having intercourse for half an hour can burn 350 calories, as many calories as walking quickly for one hour. Whatʼs funny is that if youʼre sexually active, youʼve probably been engaged in sexercise without even knowing it. Have you ever broken into a sweat during sex? Have you ever felt sore after having intercourse? If so, then youʼve deﬁnitely utilized sexercise before. Although you may engage in sexercise without realizing it, being conscious of your sexercise is a “must” if youʼre trying to shed some pounds. Every sexual position is a form of sexercise, but some “sub-positions” are more beneﬁcial as sexercise. The missionary position is commonly viewed as “the boring position” that requires the least effort, but if the bottom partner exerts him or
herself by thrusting his or her body toward the top partner, this position can yield sexercise results. “It depends on how enthusiastic you are about it, but missionary can be great for the core muscles,” Stacy Berman, a New York Citybased certiﬁed ﬁtness trainer says on Fitness Magazineʼs Web site. “If your partner is thrusting toward you, you want to have an equal and opposite thrust back, and that requires a lot of core strength. It actually will start burning.” Read the rest of this weekʼs column online at tcnjsignal.net.
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A note from Lauren and Andy: Spring is ﬁnally here, and that means more people are suddenly jogging the Metzger Drive loop and showing some skin by the volleyball court. Itʼs the time of year when “love is in the air,” and people are focusing on losing weight before bathing suit season. The good news is you can kill two birds with one stone by adding your cardio and strength training in the bedroom, and using your normal workouts to increase your performance between the sheets. Andy showcases good workouts to get in shape for sex, and Lauren explains which sexual positions also provide a good workout. Just remember, sexercise works best when implemented both in and out of the bedroom, and when combined with a healthy diet!
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The Coalition for Change and Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum present...
Human Rights & Sexuality Week To raise awareness on the role of gender and sexuality in how human rights are defined and defended
April 12-16, 2010 Monday 4/12: Screening of Born Into Brothels, 7:30 p.m. in the Library Auditorium
Born Into Brothels is an Oscar-nominated documentary on prostitution and the sex trade in Calcutta, India.
Tuesday 4/13: Coffeehouse, 7:00 p.m. in the Rat Wednesday 4/14: Speaker on Amnesty Internationalâ€™s Demand Dignity campaign, 2:00 p.m. in Roscoe West Library Room 201
Nan Strauss, a researcher from Amnesty International, will be speaking about Demand Dignity, a campaign to bring health care to mothers and children in developing countries.
Thursday 4/15: Interfaith Religious Panel on Human Relationships, 7:00 p.m. in Roscoe West Library Room 201
Come and join us for a panel discussion in which representatives from oncampus religious groups will talk about their faithâ€™s view on certain aspects of human relationships.
Friday 4/16: The Day of Silence
Take part in the campus-wide protest against intolerance and suppression of homosexuality by remaining silent all day, hosted by PRISM.
Week-long events: Display of banned books in the Library Auditorium;
T-shirt clothesline display in the Library Auditorium; Table in the Stud
**Come visit the Human Rights & Sexuality Week table in the Stud everyday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Be sure to make a t-shirt for the clothesline display at the table on Monday and Tuesday, and donate sanitary napkins and tampons for a charitable collection hosted by WILL. Co-sponsors: Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum, WILL, Hillel, Amnesty International, Bonner, PRISM, OAVI Peer Educators, Interfaith Council, Canterbury House, Bod Squad, Ink, Sodexo, SFB-funded
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Comedy / Mitchell introduces College comics continued from page 1
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Kel Mitchell served as an energetic emcee for Thursday night’s comedy fest in Kendall Hall.
he despised. Junior interactive multimedia major Shelley Snyder also serenaded the crowd with her funny musical numbers focusing on a variety of amusingly controversial subjects. Her final number was a comical song inspired by a multitude of “dead baby jokes.” College alumnus and comedy veteran Adam Mamawala returned to campus to close out the event. He provided the crowd with his usual spot-on delivery and his uncanny impersonations of President Barack Obama. His routine was also inspired by real-life events as he read from a funny “Lost Cat” pamphlet he discovered and a hilarious text message from the 13-year old teenage sister of one his friends begging her mother to let her attend Zootopia. Cantor received financial support from WTSR for the event and asked several other comedians he had met in the last few years to perform. “With my experience, I knew that I would be able to put on a similar show and have it be a success, it
was imperative for WTSR to financially support the show. It would have been impossible to promote, sell tickets and staff the show without their help,” Cantor said. “The rest of the comedians I have come across through various competitions and shows I have done. I tried my best to get a wide variety of different types of comedians with very different styles to keep the show interesting.” At the end of the evening Cantor was beyond pleased with how the event went. “I thought the audience was fantastic.” Cantor said. “You cannot perform comedy without an audience, and I thought we had a great and very accepting audience. I couldn’t have been happier with the overall reception of the show. I hope that this is something that can go on for years to come … I thought the event went fantastically. We almost sold out Kendall and I thought we put on a great show. We raised over $3,000 for the American Cancer Society, and hopefully brightened people’s day in the process.” Garrett Rasko-Martinis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students score rock star moments at Rat karaoke By Matt Huston Arts & Entertainment Editor
The College Union Board’s (CUB) Friday night karaoke spectacle beat the hell out of “Rock Band.” “Live Band Karaoke!,” held in the Rathskeller on April 2, matched the instrumentation of an able student band with a cast of volunteers who brought some real talent, or at least a bit of humor, to the stage. Despite the Easter weekend exodus, the singers drew a small crowd and pulled out a number of cheer-worthy moments with their newly acquainted backing band, The Poor Player. Most of the singers, who made their song requests in advance, were excited to step into the frontperson’s shoes. “I’ve been singing this song in the shower and now finally, I get to have a band play for me,” Satchell Drakes, senior graphic design major, said. His singing in the shower seemed to have paid off. Drakes, whose version of Mute Math’s “You Are Mine” included falsetto and skat singing, gave the strongest performance of the night. Gabi Crespo, sophomore nursing major, fished for laughs while performing a nonetheless powerful and on-key rendition of Weezer’s “Hash Pipe.” Crespo flaunted
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Julia Beekman’s performance of Tenacious D’s ‘Fuck Her Gently’ got a chuckle out of Friday evening’s Rat crowd. a fake sickle — one of the props available to singers — throughout the grinding rock song and wore a “Kick Me” sign on her back, which she turned to reveal during the appropriate lyric. Several CUB executive board members stepped out of their organizational roles to put on amusing performances. CUB event coordinator Dreena Moran kicked off the event with Sean Kingston’s “Fire Burning.” Shaking a tambourine, Moran sang through the refrain (“somebody call 911/
shorty fire burning on the dance floor”) before stopping to ask the audience, “are there any more words?” Laughter ensued, and Moran won the crowd as she donned an Easter bunny hat and triumphantly recited the chorus. But the CUB crew’s most stylish performance was probably Salt-n-Pepa’s “Push It,” sung by the duo of CUB director Raquel Fleig and CUB-Rat co-chair Estephanie Betances. Dressed in appropriate sweat jackets, the onetime hip-hoppers carried out semi-synchronized dance moves
and summoned crowd members to the pit. An outsider won for humor, however. Sophomore music education major Julia Beekman performed Tenacious D’s “Fuck Her Gently” to a tee, elliciting laughter as she sang its mock-romantic lyrics while affixing a colorful prop bra over her shirt. Audience excitement reached a predictable peak with a final song, Lada Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” performed by senior music education major Heather Beach. Listeners clapped, cheered and sang along with Beach as she and The Poor Player powered through the synthy hit chorus. Guitarist and lead singer Erik Romero, senior music education major, said that this was the first live-band karaoke event for The Poor Player, which also includes senior music education majors Lisa Ball and Charlie Winkler and Rowan student Dave Lester. In addition to the karaoke performances, The Poor Player did several covers of its own, including two Beatles songs. The infrequent live-band karaoke event appeared, after all, a success. Drakes said he would participate again if he could. “The Karaoke events are a great outlet, especially with good musicians like The Poor Player,” he wrote in an online message. For full article, visit tcnjsignal.net. Matt Huston can be reached at email@example.com.
Professor voices message of love in the face of prejudice
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Piper Kendrix Williams linked the words of civil rights activist James Baldwin to current events. By Ivy Hollander Staff Writer
Two snow postponements later, the English Department held its first close reading of the semester on April 1 in
the Business Lounge. The Close Reading Series featured a detailed reading of James Baldwin’s “My Dungeon Shook: A Letter to My Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation” by Piper Kendrix Williams, assistant professor of African-American studies and English. English professor David Blake introduced Williams with a warm welcome, saying that students rant and rave about Williams and her classes. Then, Williams took to the podium and began by paralleling the long-awaited close reading event to a blind date that keeps being canceled. Instead of discussing poetry or a short story, Williams delved into history — analyzing what it meant to be superior, inferior, innocent and guilty in the heated 1960s. “Professor William’s close reading was different from the other close readings I have seen,” said freshman elementary education and English major Jenna Rizzi. “Her presentation was very informative, but most of all, passionate.” Baldwin, who helped combat the plight of racial injustice and social construction during the time of Martin Luther King Jr., wrote a letter to his nephew telling him not to be defined by white superiority or black inferiority. In his letter, Baldwin writes, “You must accept them and accept them with love.”
To Williams, this line makes Baldwin one of the greatest minds of his time period. While others advocated violence or acceptance, Baldwin advocated love for all men and women. Baldwin even goes so far as to call white men “innocent,” for “they have had to believe for many years, and for innumerable reasons, that black men are inferior to white men.” While reading about the past wrongs of America, Williams reminded the audience to question their own beliefs about individual rights, especially gay rights. Throughout Professor Williams’ reading, the audience was enraptured with not only the insightful words of Baldwin, but also the thoughtful analysis of Williams. While discussion centered on the 1960s, other recent topics, such as “Beer Gate” and Michelle Obama, were mentioned. Williams was witty throughout the entire reading and question-and-answer session, asking sarcastically, “Should I pretend to know everything?” Despite the delays of the first close reading of the semester, students seemed to find it worth the wait. Freshman English major Rachel Smith said, “I found Piper Williams’ close reading very interesting, especially the relationships she highlighted between Baldwin’s letter and other modern concerns.”
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was like to be a kid who went through embarrassing situations. He even had an alter ego named Quailman! Doug survived through his underwear-on-theoutside, belt-on-head-wearing alter ego, and of course, his friends who came in all different colors and sizes, with names like Patti Mayonnaise and Skeeter. ~Hilarey
Kel Mitchell’s visit to campus inspired a small wave of nostaligia down in the Signal office. Nickelodeon’s diversity of cartoons and live-action shows gave children of the ’90s a brightly colored outlet for their collective imaginings. Along with stations like Cartoon Network and Disney Channel, Nick paved the way for a new TV-based culture that binds us to this day — no matter where we’ve ended up. Recounted below are some of the most memorable pieces of that culture. “Rugrats” The diminutive kings and queens of Nicktoons? Klasky-Csupo’s through-thebottle odysseys still color what’s left of my childhood imagination (and there’s a lot of it left). A few weeks ago, while touching on an instance of surreal personification in 19th century literary journalism, I made an in-class comparison to “Rugrats.” Hesitantly, I asked my professor, “are you familiar with ‘Rugrats?’” She replied, fortunately, that she was. ~Matt
“The Fairly OddParents” “The Fairly OddParents” is a great cartoon that probably not enough of students our age watch. The hilarity that ensues in each episode with the foolish wishes of young Timmy Turner and the funny commentary of Cosmo, his fairy godfather, never ceases to make me laugh. And with a slew of great characters such as the diabolical Mr. Crocker and Adam West as himself/Catman, “The Fairly Oddparents” is cartoon comedy at its finest. ~Garrett Illustration by Sandra Thompson
relate to Alex Mack. ~Katie
“The Angry Beavers” When I first saw Norbert and Daggett moving away from their family to build a dam of their own, I fell in love with the witty dialogue and goofy voices that came to be “The Angry Beavers.” From Muscular Beaver to Old Gramps, the show always brought a smile to my face. Favorite character: Daggett. ~Jeff
Helga Pataki (“Hey Arnold!”) Helga Pataki is without a doubt the most complex cartoon character in the history of children’s programming. Her intelligence, her angst, her bullishness all worked to obscure and motivate the beautifully tormented poet that emerged in the privacy of her closet shrine. Helga was a “modern” woman and therefore an enigma — repulsed by conventional femininity, yet secretly attracted to it on her preteen quest to reconcile her varied impulses and carve out her own womanhood as the masculine, unibrowed girl with a pink bow and a passionate love for the nice, even-headed guy. ~Laura
“The Secret World of Alex Mack” Not only was she the quintessential ’90s pseudo-grunge icon, this preteen protagonist was the victim of a chemical spill — making her pretty much the essence of cool. Fighting “the man” via her puddle powers, it’s difficult NOT to
Face Okay, so “Face” was on Nick Jr. and was only as long as a commercial, but his colorchanging visage is burned into my memory forever. He was the host of Nick Jr. and his duties included introducing and wrapping up shows, expressing different emotions
(often with corresponding colors), making a trumpet sound and talking to the audience in a funny voice — impressive feats for someone devoid of all body parts save for two beady eyes and a lipless mouth. Face was always a welcome friend on my television screen and even though I didn’t stop what I was doing to watch a lot of shows when I was little, I would often pause just long enough to watch Face. ~Brianna Kenan & Kel Aww, here it goes! Seriously, who still giggles every time someone asks if you want orange soda? I do I do I do I dooewwww. And who dreams about getting a job at Good Burger? I do I do I do I doo-ewwww. And who believes that Nickelodeon will never be as good as it used to be? I do I do I do I doo-ewwww. Thank you, Kenan and Kel, for making the ’90s worth growing up in. ~Alyssa “Doug” “Doug” gave kids a sense of what it
“Rocko’s Modern Life” When I think back to my obnoxiously orange, Nickelodeon-filled childhood, the first cartoon that pops into my head is “Rocko’s Modern Life.” I loved that everything about it was a little off. Whether it was Rocko’s inability to properly assimilate into American society (who says “Happy Christmas?”), Filburt’s obsessive idiosyncrasies, or the hellish Peaches character that played with a ball and paddle, “Rocko’s Modern Life” was my personal favorite. ~Bobby “Spongebob Squarepants” I was a late rider on the Nickelodeon bandwagon, but I joined mostly on the merits of “Spongebob Squarepants.” It’s one of those shows that is mindless entertainment that makes you think — Spongebob’s mindless love of his menial job, Mr. Krab’s obsession with money, Patrick’s obvious stupidity, Sandy’s girl power and ka-ra-te and Plankton’s plans to reign supreme in the burger world all combine to make this show so much more than a silly kid’s show. Plus Patchy the Pirate and Polly the parrot puppet? Pure genius ’Nough said. ~Carrie
Japanese koto virtuoso introduces students to deep musical tradition By Matt Huston Arts & Entertainment Editor
An expert koto player dazzled an audience in the dimly lit Library Auditorium on March 30, working her fingers entracingly over a stringed instrument that some in attendence had likely never seen. Yumi Kurosawa, who has 30 years of experience with koto, the national instrument of Japan, visited the College at the behest of the Japanese Club and performed a beautiful sequence of traditional and contemporary pieces. She started with an original composition, emitting shimmering cascades of notes and deep, punctuating bends as she gracefully plucked and pulled on her koto’s 21 strings. From the outset of her concert, Kurosawa navigated the large wooden instrument through a range of intense and sparse energies. Following a round of applause, the musician adjusted the koto’s tuning — shifting some bridges and discarding others — and asked her listeners, many of whom were members of the Japanese Club, a question. “Anybody speak Japanese?” “Yes,” a young man exitedly pronounced, sparking laughter from the audience. Kurosawa continued through some arrangements of traditional pieces, including one whose name translated to “Disorder.” After a number of solitary strums, the piece appropriately segued into a highly complex and unchartable progression. The music shifted almost imperceptibly between purposeful driving and unsteady
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Yumi Kurosawa performed complex pieces on the koto, a traditional Japanese instrument.
treacherousness. On “Disorder,” the koto player used only 13 strings, the number on traditional kotos.
Kurosawa, who grew up in Japan and moved to New York City in 2002, kept up an informative coversation with the audience. In addition to differentiating between traditional and contemporary koto music and notation, she touched on technique and the materials used in picks, strings and the instument itself, which was made from paulownia wood. Kurosawa also discussed her musical experience in New York. She estimated that there are only about four or five professional koto players in the city, but said that she improvises with different types of musicians, including jazz players. Kurosawa’s modern vibe seemed to surface in the exciting final pieces. A dancing melody reminiscent of a jazz song emerged on one composition, and her final piece was marked by patterns of rapid strumming. Holly Didi-Ogren, assistant professor of Japanese, concluded the event, revealing that she had known Kurosawa and her parents for years and telling the audience that Kurosawa was a “very brave person” to come to the U.S. on her own. Several listners had additional questions for the performer. One asked Kurosawa about her favorite kind of music to play. Kurosawa misheard the question and responded, “Reggae,” prompting laughter, including her own. Correcting herself, she said that she enjoys playing mixed styles, including Arabic music. “I’ve never tried with a reggae band,” she added. Matt Huston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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College holds No. 23-ranking continued from page 32 Lions rallied for a win against Skidmore College in the team’s ﬁrst home game of the season. Shtemberg came back with two big wins in both singles and doubles. The senior triumphed over the Thoroughbreds’ senior Danika Robinson, defeating her in two sets, both with a score of 6-1, for the win. Sophomore Felice Trinh joined Shtemberg in the doubles round, taking on freshman Nataly Mendoza and Robinson, ﬁnishing the match with a win of 84, and setting the Lions up to sweep the competition. Doubles teams of Karisse Bendijo and Tierney, and Petersack and Balsamo, also defeated their opponents with wins of 8-5 and 9-7. “Although we had a tough loss against Hopkins, we refocused on Saturday,” Shtemberg said. Senior Stefanie Haar and Balsamo each took home a win in the singles round, as well. Haar beat out the Thoroughbreds’ freshman Brittany Trimble in three sets at sixth singles. Balsamo grabbed a win against Mendoza in two sets at fourth singles. The win against Skidmore College leaves the Lions with a record of 11-2. According to Shtemberg the energy and intensity was obvious on the court on Saturday. “If we continue to keep this up, we could have some great results the rest of the season,” she said. Hilarey Wojtowicz can email@example.com.
Doubleheaders / College recovers after losses continued from page 32 In the top of the 11th inning, three walks, a hit batsman, two passed balls and a ground out gave the Lions a 4-1 lead, which junior reliever Joe Marchitelli maintained to grab his first win of the season. “Anytime you take two games from a good conference team, it feels good,” head coach Dean Glus said. “I believe we learned in that game, that we are a good team and we have each others backs.” “The two wins on Saturday against Ramapo were huge for us to finish the week on a good note,” Spatz said. “As a starting pitcher it’s tough to watch some games from the dugout helplessly so when I got my opportunity to help the team and succeeded, it was very satisfying for all of us.” This doubleheader sweep could not have come sooner, as late-inning mistakes and an explosive first inning gave the College two losses to Rowan
University and Rutgers UniversityCamden on Thursday and Friday. A wild pitch in the 12th inning against the Profs erased a strong performance by junior pitcher Connor Henderson, as the Lions fell 3-2. Adversely, the College’s game against Rutgers-Camden was decided right away, as a nine-run first inning sunk the Lions in a 13-8 defeat. “It was a good game against Rowan and it was tough to lose that game in the 12th but we learned a lot from that game and we will use that to our advantage during the remaining part of the year,” Glus said. “The game on Friday was tough but we got down 9-0 and we fought back to make it a close game.” Continuing through the meat of the season, Glus is not fearful that the team will stray from its recent winning ways. “It’s not difficult at all to stay focused,” he said. “Our players train for this. We start training in September
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A Lion returns the volley with a forehand.
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Sophomore outfielder Ed Zakrzewski rounds the bases.
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The Lions make the play at first. for the season and they understand that it takes 100 percent focus at all times to be ready to play. The team has develop goals for the season and to reach those goals, you need to be ready 100 percent of the time.” Spatz agreed with his coach. “After tallying just under 20 games and getting into conference play I feel it’s actually a bit easier to stay focused,” he said. “The NJAC is full of tough teams so we know that each game will be a battle and we prepare for this accordingly. Our preparation keeps us focused because we know we work hard each day to compete and we always believe we can win every game.” Esperon added, “If we play like we did at Ramapo I have nothing but confidence that we’re going to be just fine. We’re playing great defense which helps us win games, the pitchers both in the bullpen and the starters are starting to pick it up, and the hitting is coming along nicely. We were in this situation last year so we know as a team what it takes to finish strong and how to win games.” Bobby Olivier can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lions make it seven-straight against Bullets By Brandon Gould Sports Assistant The College’s women’s lacrosse team extended their undefeated streak to seven after two physical match-ups with Gettysburg College and Fairleigh Dickinson University-Fordham last week. The last time the Lions and Gettysburg met, the College was knocked out of the 2009 NCAA tournament. But this time, thanks to the superb play of junior goalie Mary Waller, the Lions were able to edge out the Bullets 13-10. “We saw (Gettysburg) in the regional championship last year and we lost by one,” head coach Sharon Pﬂuger said. “I think the girls remembered that and knew we could get more out of ourselves.” Waller ﬁnished the day with a season-high 10 saves, well above her season average of 4.7. “Mary played great today,” Pﬂuger said. “She was on her game. They came at her with a variety of
shots. She got the high ones, she got the low ones and she was right on the ball when they pressured her out.” The Lions defense came into the match allowing only 5.6 goalsper-game – second best of all Division III teams – and made sure to continue that strong defensive trend against the No. 6-ranked Bullets. “Our defense stepped it up today,” Waller said. “When the defense plays well in front of a goalie it deﬁnitely makes (my job) a lot easier, so that was key. We were just very in-tune with each other (today) and it helps a lot when you’re on the same page.” The Lions also received plenty of offense from its powerful offensive attack that came into the match ranked No. 8 in the nation with 17 goals-per-match. The efforts of senior attacker Lisa Seldeen, junior midﬁelder Ali Jaeger and sophomore midﬁelder Kathleen Notos on the attack were essential for the Lions to take an 8-4
lead into halftime. The Lions trailed 3-4 when Seldeen tied things up with 9:38 left in the ﬁrst half. The Lions then took the lead when the referees awarded Jaeger a goal after initially calling the shot a miss when it went in and out of the net. With the Lions leading 5-4, Notos took over as she scored three of her game-high ﬁve goals to end the half. “We had good ball placement,” Pﬂuger said. “We were really working well together, reading each other, and I thought they fought hard to maintain possession of the ball, to get it back when he lost it, and then to capitalize. It was a really nice run for us.” The Lions began the week by traveling to FDU-Fordham to collect a 20-10 victory. “(FDU-Fordham) was a hard fought game all the way through,” Pﬂuger said. “Our goals were good goals and we kept maintaining control of the game. It was a very
physical game, but it was a good game to have prior to Gettysburg.” Notos led the attack for the Lions with ﬁve goals. Jaeger and sophomore attacker Sara Keating each ﬁnished with four goals and one assist. The Lions will look to stay focused and keep their undefeated
record alive as they start their play in the New Jersey Athletic Conference against the University of Rutgers-Camden on Apr. 6. “I feel that we see the best of everybody that we play,” said Pﬂuger. “So, we have to be prepared for all our games.”
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Junior midfielder Ali Jaeger rushes past the defense.
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By Chris Rotolo Staff Writer Duke, Michigan and North Carolina State … these are just a handful of the mammoth collegiate programs the Lions shared a track with this past weekend in Durham, N.C. at the Duke Invitational. “It was a little intimidating competing against D1 opponents but I did not let it ruin my focus,” senior Priscilla Senyah said. “But I just kept telling myself
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Junior sprinter Tiffany Etheredge.
to just do what I went down there to do and have fun.” The Lions’ relay teams had the best showings of the weekend. The foursome of juniors Tiffany Etheredge, Meryl Wimberly, Miriam Khan and Senyah raced to a fifth place overall finish in the 4x100 meter with a time of 48.63. ���The competition was high in most races, but as a team, the college always puts on a respectable showing, and we continue to demonstrate our ability to compete with D1 and D2 schools,” freshman Andy Gallagher said. Sophomores Chris Medina and Rob Jiggetts, junior Kyle Gilroy and freshman Kyle Magliaro busted the tape at 3:27.16, good enough for 18th place in the 4x400 meter race. Jiggetts, Medina and Magliaro also ran the 100meter dash. Jiggetts finished in 22nd with a time of 11.23. Medina posted a time of 11.38 while Magliaro crossed the line at 11.46. Gilroy competed in the 110-meter hurdles recording a 20th place finish at a time of 15.44. Apart from her relay team performance, Priscilla Senyah competed in the 100-meter hurdles and crossed the finish line eighth place overall with a time of 14.43. Senyah’s eighth place finish was something special as she was the only Division III runner to reach the finals. Senior Jianna Spadaccini posted a ninth place finish with a time of 57.71 in the 400-meter sprint. Wimberly also competed in the 400 meter sprint finishing just behind her counterpart in 12th place at 58.23. The Lions take to the track again this upcoming weekend when they will host the New Jersey Invitational. “I’m just really excited to run at home in front of friends and family,” Senyah said.
State runner to reach third base while only giving up two hits in the process. Her team shut out the Red Hawks once again, this time by a final of 5-0. The junior is now 8-0 on the season. “She has been taking control of games, and the thing about her is that she adjusts really well against whatever team we’re up against.” Florczyk said. “She’s really consistent. She hit her spots today.” The girl known as “Fitz” to her teammates did get more than enough help on offense. Florczyk took advantage of a Montclair State error, scoring a run in the top of the third. The team never looked back. Florczyk, who has been hot recently, cracked a base it in the following inning to score another run for the College. She had a pair of hits on the day. “It was frustrating because I went 0-for-2 the first game, and at the beginning of the second I knew I needed to get one (hit),” Florczyk said. “I just had it in my head to get on base any way possible and to score. We all needed that sense of urgency.” It seemed to work. Three runs later, the College had themselves a doubleheader sweep of their New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) rival. “It feels great to start out conference play with two wins over a competitive team like Montclair,” Minervini said. After the two victories, the Lions are riding high at 15-3, with the undefeated 2-0 start in the NJAC. “We as a team know how important it is because now having the No. 8 ranking, we have a target on our back,” Minervini said. “Teams are now out to get us so it’s important to maintain composure and continue making strides in improving our game.” Looking to do just that and build on this impressive start, the team will travel to Haverford College Thursday to take on the Fords. The double dip will commence at 3 p.m.
Jets, Giants and Eagles prepare for 2010 draft By Brandon Gould Sports Assistant While most people are focused on Tim Tebow’s new delivery and who will be the top pick in the NFL draft, fans in New Jersey are more curious about what the draft boards of three teams will look like. A majority of the football fans in the Garden State cheer for either the New York Giants, the New York Jets or the Philadelphia Eagles, so come draft day, Tebow will be an afterthought to what direction these teams ultimately decide to go in round one. So, for all those who have an interest in these three teams, here are some possible selections for the 2010 draft. Let’s start with the G-Men who have the No. 15 overall pick in the draft. Antonio Pierce is gone and the Giants’ once dominating defensive line has seemed to have vanished. So, when pick 15 rolls around the most likely area to be addressed will either be the defensive end or the middle linebacker position. If the Giants decide to go for a defensive end one option seems to stick out — Derrick Morgan. The 6’4”, 275 pound defensive end is not only stout against the run, he also registered 12 sacks coming off the edge for Georgia Tech in 2009. Morgan would certainly help bring the
Giants’ dominant defensive line back, but middle linebacker may be a more pressing issue for the 2010 season. Enter Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain. McClain has been acknowledged as one of the smartest players coming out in this year’s draft and he also has impressive size to pair with his mind. McClain’s 6’4”, 258 pound frame allows him not only to talk the talk, but also walk the walk. His presence in the middle of the Giants’ defense could make fans forget all about Pierce. Next on the clock is the Philadelphia Eagles who have the No. 24 overall pick. The Eagles, like the Giants, could use a dominating presence off the edge to pair with defensive end Trent Cole. Former Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap has some character issues, but he would be a prime candidate for the Eagles to select. When Dunlap goes all out he is a game-changer, but some scouts think he takes too many plays off. Another area of need for the Eagles could be the offensive line. Center Jamaal Jackson missed part of the 2009 season with an ACL injury and the Eagles just released guard Shawn Andrews. If Andy Reid doesn’t favor Dunlap, then he could go after another former Gator, guard/center Maurkice Pouncey. Reid loves big offensive lineman and Pouncey — 6’5”, 304 pounds — is one
of the biggest and most talented interior linemen in this draft. The last of the three teams on the clock is the New York Jets at pick No. 29. The Jets brought in new faces to shore up the running back and cornerback positions, but they still could use some playmakers at safety and wide receiver. The most intriguing option at safety is former USC Trojan Taylor Mays. He is the biggest hitter in this draft and at 6’3”, 235 pounds he seems to be a force that fits Rex Ryan’s style.
Unfortunately, Mays aggressive style could lead to some big plays for NFL receivers. This may lead the Jets to be more inclined to pick wide receiver Golden Tate. Tate is small, but he ran a 4.36 in the 40-yard dash and he can also run plays out of the Wildcat. Tate’s big play ability may just be too much for the Jets to pass up. A lot can change from now to April 22, but it’s never too early to form an opinion and prepare to boo or cheer on draft day.
Former Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain (left) may interest the Giants.
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Chris Rotolo “The Ref”
Garrett Rasko-Martinis Sports Editor
Brandon Gould Sports Assistant
Bobby Olivier Editor-in-Chief
It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year. Not opening day or the conclusion of the NCAA Tournaments — it’s the starts of the AtD Playoffs. For the ﬁrst week top-seeded Sports Assistant Brandon Gould will match up against Sports Editor Garrett Rasko-Martinis and Editor-in-Chief Bobby Olivier. Staff Writer Chris Rotolo will be asking if amateur baseball games should use wooden bats, the merits of the Eagles trading McNabb and who will be the next MLB star?
1. A 16-year-old from Marin Catholic High School in Marin County, California is the latest victim of a severe aluminum baseball bat induced injury, when he was struck in the head by a line drive on March 11 during a pre-season game. This incident has once again spurred the argument of whether wooden bats should be mandatory in amateur baseball events. Do you believe amateurs should be forced to use wood bats for safety reasons alone if at all?
GRM: In any sport there will be freak accidents and players are going to get hurt. Is it something that should be done to protect these kids? It probably is. Will it happen? I doubt it. The reason they have aluminum bats in the ﬁrst place is to help the younger players hit the balls further and get more home runs. This in turn leads to better TV and more ratings and more money. Sure, if you take away aluminum bats, the balls won’t jump off the bat as quickly, but there will still be freak accidents where players are struck in the head with line drives. In the end making the kids use wooden bats will probably lessen the severity of some of these incidents, but the rule won’t be implemented because it would cost TV viewers in the long run because there would be less home runs. BG: I believe that amateurs should be switched over to wooden bats not only for safety, but also to prepare them for a possible future in baseball as well. Last time I checked they use wooden bats in the major leagues, so why should youth, high school and college players be using aluminum? Sure, it makes home runs look and sound cooler, but it’s not really helping anyone. A ball that is hit with an aluminum bat travels about four miles-an-hour faster than a ball hit with a wooden bat. In some cases that lower velocity could save a life. The transition from aluminum to wood will take some time, but in the long run it’ll be better for everyone if we scrap the aluminum and go with wood. BO: Honestly, I had not heard about this incidence until just now and was not aware that this was a growing problem. Having heard this, I would have to agree that, if it is proven that wooden bats make a signiﬁcant difference in potential injuries, wooden bats are the answer. The fact that balls coming off of aluminum bats and killing or severely injuring those who play
the game, is an aspect that should be remedied if possible. Also, getting kids used to the weight distribution of a wooden bat early is probably a good thing considering when I switched from an aluminum bat league to a wooden bat league during high school, it was a huge difference in feel. When it comes down to it, baseball is a game, it’s not worth risking lives if a small change like what the bats are made out of can avoid a fatal problem. CR: Garrett gets 3 for pointing out the probable course of action … nothing, and basing the non-action on money. Brandon gets 2 for pointing out that a switch should be made, not only for safety reasons, but to prepare an amateur for the future. Bobby gets the 1. 2. Donovan McNabb, the Eagles franchise quarterback for more that a decade, is on the brink of being traded to the Oakland Raiders. McNabb has led the Eagles to ﬁve NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl appearance in 2004. Is it the right decision for the Eagles to part ways with McNabb and if so, do they owe him more than shipping him off to one of the worst teams in the NFL? GRM: Even as a die-hard Giants fan I have always felt bad for Donovan McNabb. If you talk to an Eagles fan they all have different reasons for hating McNabb, but all that guy has done is played his heart out for fans that started booing him literally the second he was drafted. The only way trading him makes sense is if the Eagles think they have another quarterback who could step in and be a winner right away and the Eagles don’t have that. Kevin Kolb may have played well in a few games last season, but that was way too small a sample size to convince me he can play as well as McNabb. And Michael Vick, even if he could play anywhere near his level of play pre-incarceration, is still not as good a quarterback as McNabb. If the Eagles still decide to ship him they should have the decency to not stick him in a broken franchise like the Raiders without his consent.
BG: McNabb has done about everything he could, except win a Super Bowl, in Philadelphia and it looks like it is Kevin Kolb’s time, so if the Eagles can get the pick that they are looking for than I don’t see why they wouldn’t trade McNabb. The Eagles owe McNabb more
AtD Playoffs No. 1 Brandon No. 5 Bobby No. 8 Garrett No. 2 O’Donnell No. 4 Chris No. 9 Leather wood No. 3 Mike No. 6 Dan No. 7 Jason
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than a ticket to Oakland, but there aren’t any better options right now. Don’t forget that the New England Patriots traded Richard Seymour, a key part to their Super Bowl victories, to the Black Hole for a ﬁrst round pick last offseason. Sometimes an organization has to move on to take that next step forward and if the Eagles need to trade Donavan McNabb to do that than so be it.
BO: I have talked to a few Eagles fans about this potential trade and most are in support of getting McNabb out of Philadelphia to make room for Kevin Kolb. I am going to have to agree, simply because without Brian Westbrook to dump the ball off to, McNabb does not really ﬁt with the Eagles’ offense anymore. Historically, McNabb has not been very accurate throwing the long ball and has been prone to low throws in the mid-level passes as well. He got lucky this past year with DeSean Jackson being able to break free and chase down several balls that were not on the money, but this year, teams are going to know about Jackson as the deep threat, and a more accurate passer is going to be needed with that tighter coverage. The Eagles are ready to move away from the McNabb-to-Westbrook screens and unfortunately for McNabb, it’s time to catch a ﬂight to Oakland. CR: Garrett gets 3 for commenting on Kolb’s inadequacies and lack of in game experience at the position. Bobby earns 2 for crediting the players around McNabb for making the quarterback what he is. Brandon grabs 1. 3. There are a slew of young 20 year olds winning roster spots and starting jobs out of spring training this year, namely Jayson Heyward of the Braves, Austin Jackson of the Tigers, not to mention all the young talent coming back like Rick Porcello (Detroit) and NL Rookie of the Year Chris Coglan. Not conﬁned to these four players, who will be the next super star in Major League Baseball? GRM: Stephen Strasburg is going to be an absolute stud for a long time. He may be starting the season in the minors, but it’s only a matter of time before he’s called up and will likely be the only reason people will be interested in the Nationals this season. When comparing him to Aroldis Chapman, the other anticipated pitch-
ing prospect to make his debut this spring training, Strasburg may not throw as hard but he has way more polish. As opposed to Chapman, Strasburg has more than two Major Leaguecaliber pitches and he has signiﬁcantly better control. Chapman struggled in spring training but Strasburg was absolutely lights out and he is poised to enter the Major Leagues and give the Nationals their ﬁrst dominant ace. Heyward has all the tools to be an All-Star and an overwhelming offensive force, but I think Strasburg has the raw ability to be one of the best, if not the best, pitchers in the majors in a few years. BG: Those four players have certainly shot their way up the ladder pretty quick, but I think the next big superstar in Major League baseball is going to be Buster Posey. Posey is a 23-year-old catcher in the San Francisco Giants’ organization who has some serious potential. He hit 18 home runs, drove in 80 runs and posted a .325 batting average last season in A+ and AAA play. He’s already made it to the show, he played in seven games in 2009, and some scouts say the sky will be the limit once Posey takes over for Bengie Molina. I’m not saying that Posey is the next Joe Mauer, but I think he has the tools to be one of the best catchers in the league. BO: As a Yankee fan, I really hope Austin Jackson does not turn out to be the next big thing, as they just dealt him away, but I really like what I have seen with New Jersey’s own Rick Porcello. It is quite depressing that he is less than a year older than me and is already hurling in the majors, but Porcello deﬁnitely has the potential to be great. He can dial it up to 96-97 mph with his fastball and has very good control for a rookie (2.7 walks per nine innings). Porcello also sported a 3.96 ERA in the American League, not an easy task for any pitcher. Finally, he has Justin Verlander, another hard thrower to model himself after. He has what it takes to be an All-Star in the next few years. CR: Brandon picks up 3 for offering an intriguing answer to this question with Buster Posey. Looking back, Posey did win every major collegiate award in 2008 when he hit a robust .463, with 26 home runs and 93 RBIs for Florida State. Bobby gets 2 for his Porcello argument. And Garrett picks up 1 … I’m still skeptical about Strasburg , his offspeed stuff is not on the level and anybody can hit a fastball in the show.
Garrett moves on to the ﬁnals, 7 - 6 - 5
Championship begins for Issue 14
“I’m gonna pull a John Elway and retire on top after I win the ﬁnals.” —Garrett
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LIONS ROUNDUP Menʼs Tennis
Date 2/28/10 3/7/10 3/8/10 3/9/10 3/17/10 3/20/10 3/21/10 3/27/10 3/27/10 4/7/10 4/11/10 4/17/10 4/18/10 4/21/10 4/27/10 4/28/10
vs. @ @ @ vs. @ vs. @ @ @ vs. vs. @ vs. vs. vs.
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Skidmore College University of Rochester Carthage College Vassar College Muhlenberg College Swarthmore College Kalamazoo College St. Lawrence University Hobart College Drew University Salisbury University New York University Trinity College Bates College Haverford College Stevens Institute of Tech.
L 4-5 W 9-0 W 8-1 L 4-5 W 9-0 W 5-4 L 4-5 W 5-4 W 7-2 4:30 p.m. Noon Noon 1 p.m. 10 a.m. 4 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
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Baseball Senior leftﬁelder Chris Esperon collected ﬁve hits, drove in ﬁve runs, drew two walks and scored seven times in four games as the Lions went 2-2 during the week. —Brandon
Concordia (Ill.) Monmouth (Ill.) Keene State (N.H.)(DH) Western New England College Muhlenberg College Ursinus College Haverford College Gwynedd-Mercy College Penn State Abington Rowan University Rutgers University-Camden Ramapo College (DH) Widener University Rowan University Kean University
L 2-8 W 11-5 W 9-7/L 10-4 L 2-10 W 16-6 L 4-5 W 13-0 L 6-10 W 20-2 L 2-3 L 8-13 W 14-2/W 4-1 3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Gould, Sports Assistant
This Week In Sports Baseball Apr. 8 vs. Rowan University, 3:30 p.m. Apr. 9 @ Kean University, 3 p.m. Apr. 10 vs. New Jersey City University (DH), 11:30 a.m. Apr. 13 vs. St. Josephʼs College, 3:30 p.m. Softball
Richard Stockton College University of Rochester Emory University Coe College St. Lawrence University William Smith College John Hopkins University Skidmore College New York University Williams College Middlebury College Muhlenberg College Bates College Wellesley College
W 9-0 W 7-2 L 1-8 W 8-1 W 9-0 W 9-0 L 0-9 W 6-3 3:30 p.m. 3 p.m. Noon 1 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 10 a.m.
@ Haverford College (DH), 3 p.m. Apr. 10 @ Rutgers University-Newark (DH), Noon Apr. 13
vs. Richard Stockton College (DH), 3 p.m. Track & Field Apr. 9-10 vs. New Jersey Invitational, TBA Menʼs Tennis
Trivia Question Answer to Last Week’s Trivia Question: 1959
Tiger Woods will make his return to professional golf at the U.S. Masters tournament this week in Augusta, Ga. Woods has not played in a tournament since he crashed his car on Thanksgiving and had his transgressions exposed to the world. The last tournament Tiger broke out the clubs for was the Australian Masters on Nov. 15, 2009. How many days has it been since Woods has played professional golf?
Lion of the Week
Date 9/23/09 3/7/10 3/8/10 3/9/10 3/27/10 3/27/10 4/1/10 4/3/10 4/6/10 4/10/10 4/11/10 4/18/10 4/27/10 4/24/10
Date 3/11/10 3/11/10 3/13/10 3/14/10 3/17/10 3/18/10 3/19/10 3/24/10 3/26/10 4/1/10 4/2/10 4/3/10 4/6/10 4/8/10 4/9/10
Mar. 27 @ Drew University, 4:30 p.m. Mar. 27 vs. Salisbury University, Noon Womenʼs Tennis Apr. 10 @ Williams College, 3 p.m. Apr. 10 @ Middlebury College, Noon Womenʼs Lacrosse Apr. 10 vs. Salisbury University, 1 p.m. Apr. 12 @ Ramapo College, 4 p.m.
Lions’ Lineup April 7, 2010
Lions open conference play with win 46 College sweeps Red Hawks at home 53 Around the Dorm page 29
By Michael O’Donnell Staff Writer
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Senior infielder Ellen Seavers slides into second base above, and secures a popup below.
After getting off to a hot start in Florida, the Lions continued its strong play to begin the conference portion of their schedule, as the team swept the Red Hawks of Montclair State University in a doubleheader this past Friday. The pitching was the anchoring factor for the No. 8-ranked Lions, as senior Ashley Minervini and sophomore Lauren Fitzsimmons each tossed a shutout in their respective outings at Lions’ Park. Minervini got late help in game one from classmate Ellen Seavers, as the Lions’ shortstop singled in the bottom of the sixth, allowing rookie second baseman Ashley Sogluizzo to score the lone run of the contest. “We came out really flat, and the entire game, Coach (Sally Miller) was yelling at us to pick it up,” sophomore right fielder Rebecca Florczyk said. “We knew we could get a run on the board, and finally Ellen got it for us. We were glad to get it, but it shouldn’t have had to come to that.” With that lone run of support, Minervini executed her teamleading eighth complete game of the season, blanking the Red Hawks with four strikeouts. She allowed six hits over the seven innings. Seavers went 2-2, including the game-winning single as well as a double in game one. “It was very stressful actually since we didn’t get a run until the sixth,” Minervini said. “While we were playing a bit flat, I had nothing but faith that my team would do anything and everything they could to get a run on the board. I just had to focus on my job of providing the best defense I could on the mound.” More of the same came in the latter contest. Fitzsimmons continued her dominant season, as she did not allow a Montclair
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Women win home opener Lions burn Roadrunners
Lions top Thoroughbred
By Hilarey Wojtowicz Opinions Editor In its home opener of the spring season on Saturday, April 3 the Lions defended home court as they defeated
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Partners Balsamo and Petersack.
Skidmore College 6-3. The No. 23ranked Lions proved that the 9-0 loss to No. 13- ranked Johns Hopkins University on Thursday April 1 was not going to hold them back against the No. 24ranked Thoroughbred. The Blue Jays (4-6) ended the Lions three-game winning streak, leaving the team’s record at 10-2. “Hopkins has always been a strong team,” senior Jackie Shtemberg said. “I think that since we have a young team, nerves are playing a big role in these matches.” In singles, senior Anita Bhamidipati shut out the Lion’s freshman Allison Tierney in two sets, 6-1 and 6-2. Freshmen Candace Wu and Andrea Berlinghof were right behind Bhamidipati, each finishing off their matches against freshmen Lauren Balsamo and Paige Aiello in two sets. The Lions doubles teams of Aiello and Shtemberg put up a fight, losing to the Blue Jays’ doubles team sophomore Carolyn Warren and Bhamidipati with a close score of 9-7. Sophomore Emily Petersack and Balsamo also finished their doubles match with a close score of 8-6, but sophomores Courtney Boger and Mallory Willenborg of Johns Hopkins University pulled out for the win. On Saturday, April 3, however, the see SPRING page 25
By Bobby Olivier Editor-in-Chief Following two losses to kick off the month of April, the College’s baseball team tallied two wins in an away doubleheader against Ramapo College on Saturday. “The sweep of Ramapo was huge for us,” senior outfielder Chris Esperon said. “We showed a lot of heart going up there and taking two games from them. The pitching was nothing short of amazing and that really helped us get those two wins.” Esperon drove in three runs and scored four more in the Lions’ 14-2 rout of the Roadrunners in the first game of the double dip. The Lions (8-10) grabbed 10 runs in the fourth inning behind a stellar performance on the mound from Greg
Spatz. The senior held Ramapo’s batters to only two runs (one earned) on two hits over eight innings, while striking out six. Also chipping in offensively for game one were senior infielder Ryan Anzelone who claimed two hits and two RBIs, as well as sophomore outfielder Ed Zakzrewski and freshman infielder Scott Kelly who each contributed multiple hits. The night cap was a much closer contest, as it would take 11 innings for the Lions to best the Roadrunners, 41. Freshman pitcher Robert Graber allowed only one run over seven innings, but did not factor into the decision as the Lions’ offense could not produce more than a run of its own on an Esperon RBI-single. see DOUBLEHEADERS page 25
The Lions celebrate a run scored at home plate.
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