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December 2, 2009

No. 13.


Unions question equality of new savings plans

By Diana Bubser Opinions Editor and Matt Huston Nation & World Editor

Union leadership at the College disagrees with administrators who say that union members are getting equal treatment under new salary pool reductions Ralph Edelbach, associate professor of technological studies and president of the College chapter of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), said a difference in furlough days sends the wrong message to union members. Union-affiliated faculty and staff will be required to take up to six more unpaid days off than non-union managers and administrators. “That seems to be saying that managers are more important than the rest of us,” Edelbach said. “It would have been better in my view, and that of many other union leaders, to have exactly the same salary-reduction plan implemented for everyone.” Breaking with an exemption from past years, New Jersey has required that state colleges and universities make personnel-related cost cuts equivalent to those made by the state furlough plan. At the College and most other state schools, the savings plans for union members, negotiated with the state by the Communication Workers Association (CWA), International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) and AFT, the three main representatives for college workers, differ from plans implemented for non-union employees.

“The salary savings that New Jersey negotiated with its unions, including the state colleges and universities … are the result of the unprecedented downturn in the nationʼs economy,” E.J. Miranda, director of public relations at Rutgers University, said. Faculty, librarians, and professional staff at the College and other schools affiliated with AFT will take delayed salary increases and seven unpaid furlough days, but will get three of those days back as future paid leave days, according to Karen Siefring, president of the Rowan University chapter of AFT. Clerical, maintenance, and facilities staff and other employees represented by CWA and IFPTE will take salary increase delays and 10 furlough days, recouping seven of those as paid leave days. At the College, non-union managers and administrators will be required to take just one furlough day, but they also face a one percent pay cut, a stop on salary increases and reduced retirement contributions. The state required that the College realize the same savings from each employee group. Both union and non-union adjustments were calculated to reduce expenditures by five percent of the respective salary pools, and College officials say the non-union plan is proportional to the one negotiated by the unions. But Edelbach expressed disappointment with both savings plans. He said the furlough days will have a significant impact on teachers, who will not be allowed to miss any classes. Instead, the furlough

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CUB ready to bring Max, HelloGoodbye accepts bid After much controversy and two sets of votes, the College Union Board (CUB) will bid this week for Tucker Max to come to the College. Max won the entertainment repoll distributed last week, claiming 44 percent of the 1902 student votes. Duff Goldman of the Food Network reality show, “Ace of Cakes,” came in second with 26 percent of the vote, according to Raquel Fleig, CUB director. If Max accepts the bid, tickets will go on sale sale Jan. 18. Musical acts HelloGoodbye and Ace Enders will come to play at the College after the semester break. The concert will be held during the studentsʼ first weekend back.

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International Education Week brings students around the world

By Caitlyn Camacho Staff Writer

exchanging global education. This is an effort of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that can prepare Students experienced the worldʼs cultures with- Americans for an international environment. The events held at the College involved out ever leaving the College Tuesday Nov. 17 through Friday Nov. 20 , which marked presentations by professors and stuInternational Education Week. dents regarding counterinsurgency Various activities offered throughin culture, a solidarity project by out the week focused on international Women In Leadership and Learning dedication and awareness. (W.I.L.L.), a study abroad fair, stuThe week was put together by dent cultural music performances Regina Morin, modern languages and reading of Chinese poetry. 2009 department chair, who was content Morin knew that students could with the variety of events on campus benefit from this week long event. presented to the students. “First, some events like the pre“We reached out to many departments sentation on counterinsurgency in Brianna Gunter / News Editor and programs on campus, so it wasnʼt just Afghanistan help expose the students a modern languages week of events. For to various points of view on national example, our faculty panel had invited speakers from and international issues — the conflict in Afghanistan English, classical studies and history, in addition to is both. modern languages,” Morin said. Events like the presentation of Chinese poetry and According to Morin, International Education Week calligraphy give students the chance to experience provides a time to commemorate the benefits of facets of a culture they may not be familiar with.

Other events, like the student and faculty panels on study abroad, provide practical suggestions for successful study abroad experiences,” she said. Jessica Baker, sophomore english major, said she enjoyed the study abroad panels the most because she wants to study abroad in Italy. Baker said she liked hearing what the foreign students studying in the U.S. at the College had to say, as well as the the College students who had already studied abroad. Thursday night was a musical night for all students in the basement of the library. Those who attended these musical performances by students got to listen to a variety of cultural music and other performances such as classical guitar and opera singing. “Some events, like the student performances have a cultural component, but they are also just plain fun,” Morin said. Angelica Garcia, sophmore international business major, liked the idea of International Education Week as an international business major. “(It was) helpful in getting to know other cultures and getting a brief view of what other cultures do,” she said.

The world in pictures Students to unleash artistic talents Library showcases photos SFB agreed to fund a campus mural project from around the world. that will invite all students to participate.

Lions go for the gold Women’s soccer will go to national semifinals.

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All students eligible to paint campus mural

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SFB approved funding for a campus-wide mural project, hosted by the Art Student Association. By Kelly Johnson Staff Writer With the end of the semester drawing near, the Art Student Association (ASA) will give students a chance to let out their built up steam from this fall with a campus wide “Free Canvas” collaborative mural.

The Student Finance Board (SFB) granted $188.35 toward the project at its Nov. 18 meeting. This mural will serve as a response to the end of the semester, with all students eligible to contribute to the canvas. According to ASA, the theme of the mural

will be “What stresses you?” ASA is hoping to hold this event on the lawn at the College between Green Hall and the Brower Student Center. However, if inclement weather proves to be a problem, an inside room is booked as an alternative. The date for this event is set for Dec. 4 from 11-3 p.m. SFB also decided to deny Gospel Choir Ministriesʼ request of $50 for their 37th anniversary celebration. The group annually celebrates their existence on campus in hopes of bringing awareness to students of their presence and to possibly inspire others to join. SFB unanimously decided that this event was not appropriate to fund due to the fact that it is a celebration of their group specifically and is not encompassing enough to include other groups and students. “I think every year they request this and every year we tell them we canʼt fund this type of event,” Michael Stolar, executive director and senior finance major, said.

Model United Nations students awarded

By Laura Herzog Arts & Entertainment Assistant Top awards were presented to two members of the Collegeʼs International Studies Club at the Nov. 12-15 Model United Nations (MUN) Conference held by the University of Pennsylvania. Club president Parshva Bavishi, junior international studies major, was named Best Delegate in his “Mafia Wars” ad-hoc crisis committee, while Patrick Bieger, senior international studies major, representing Belgium in the Social, Humanitarian Cultural Committee (SOCHUM), was awarded a Verbal Commendation. In winning their awards, the two beat students from highly established Model UN Clubs such at Georgetown University, Yale University, West Point Military Academy and Harvard University. “This is my fifth Best Delegate award and my first for the College,” Bavishi said. Bavishi, who was named TCNJ 2009 Student Organization President of the Year, won a Top Delegate award at the Harvard Model UN Conference last spring. “I was really happy to win this year … I feel like it validates my presidentʼs award because before it was great, but I felt like I didnʼt have anything to back it up,” Bavishi said. This yearʼs award was Biegerʼs second Verbal Commendation in two years. “It was an honor to be recognized, and I was really proud to win as a single delegation against all the big schools,” Bieger said, who

has been a MUN member since his freshman year. The Collegeʼs International Studies Club, which has been active on the MUN circuit for five years, currently has a roster of 30 to 40 members, but 16 were selected via an application process to represent the College at this past MUN conference. The College imposes this 15-member limit on the club due to budget constrictions, according to Bavishi. “The majority of people on campus donʼt really know about the club, yet if you look at the majority of other campuses, the Model UN is the largest club on these campuses,” Bavishi said. “I hope that the College in a few years evolves into one of these Ivy League MUN clubs.” “I started here four or five years ago and the club was in disarray, in part because the student leadership was seniors and they would leave,” said the clubʼs advisor, Brian Potter, associate professor of political science. “(Bavishi) has done a really great job … He does a good job with training the younger students.” The conference, which was held at the Doubletree Hotel in Philadelphia, is one of two conferences that the club trains for each year. The club is funded by the dean of the school of Culture and Society, Benjamin Rifkin, who according to school policy, can only allot each student one school-funded off-campus trip per year. “The value (of being in Model UN), youʼd only see that if you actually went to a conference — networking — you meet thousands of kids, the ability to represent any country, to debate,” Bavishi said.

SGA will pursue FOX’s Huckabee By Arti Patel Copy Editor

At its meeting on Nov. 18, the Student Government Association (SGA) announced it will be pursuing Mike Huckabee, the former Republican Governor of Arkansas and current host of the Fox News Channel talk show “Huckabee” to be their spring semester speaker. Huckabee also ran for President in 2008, but lost the Republican Party bid to Senator John McCain. SGA wanted to pursue a speaker who would be “the Cory Booker on the Republican side,” said vice president of Legal and Governmental Affairs Olaniyi Solebo. “Cory Booker had a dynamic story and so does (Huckabee).” Newarkʼs mayor, Booker, brought to campus as the SGAʼs fall semester speaker earlier this month, garnered rave reviews from students. “(Huckabeeʼs) kind of a dynamic speaker,” sophomore class vice president Corey Dwyer said. “Heʼs probably the most viable speaker we have.” Huckabeeʼs fee would be upwards of $36,000. “Itʼs a lot of money to attach an organizationʼs name to,” Solebo said. According to Solebo, Bookerʼs appearance fee was “about $11,000” in total. During the meeting, senator of science Kevin Hodulik, junior math and secondary education major, proposed two resolutions, the first to honor the faculty of the office of Student Health Services for their continued service to the College. “(The office of Student Health Services has) really done a lot and theyʼre very, very responsive with health concerns,” Hodulik said. The second resolution honored College Dining Services for their efforts toward improving student life. “Itʼs really a sin that weʼve waiting this long,” Hodulik said. He also said the newly renovated Eickhoff Hall is “colorful and vibrant.” “I know the food is the same, but it tastes better just sitting in there,” he said. “(Itʼs) 100 times better.” Alternate Student Trustee Tom Little also proposed a bill to revise the SGA election and voting procedures located in the 200 level bylaws. The general body will vote on all three proposed pieces of legislation during their final meeting of the semester on Dec. 2.

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days will take up time that would be spent doing prep work, research or grading. “It is not realistic to think that employees who were working those days would just pick up the slack,” he said. Edelbach anticipates that the furloughs will force teachers to work harder and more quickly. He also said it is “not productive to attempt to justify any variations on the basis that the work of some employees is more essential than that of others.” College officials have said that the variations in its furlough days and pay cuts correspond to the needs of campus services. “I can affirm that our decision at (the College) was based on our conclusion that we could not afford to damage services to our students any more than was required by the state negotiated contract,” President R. Barbara Gitenstein said. “Thus, we instituted salary cuts rather than additional furloughs for our non-unionized employees.” Matthew Golden, executive director of Public Relations and Communications, said that the functioning of campus operations depends on the availability of non-union managers.

“When union staff members take their furlough days, non-union staff members are trying to pick up some of the work that the union members would be doing. This allows us to keep offices open and performing their functions,” he said. Golden said that requiring non-union workers to take the same amount of furlough days would shut down offices or create backlogs that would disrupt campus operations. However, Siefring said that it was possible for non-union administrators to have an equal amount of furlough days as union faculty members without disrupting business at Rowan University. Although Edelbach said it appears that the various savings plans will have a generally similar impact, he doesnʼt buy the idea that identical furlough plans would seriously impair the operation of the College. “Thereʼs a way to have a perfectly even system, but that wasnʼt done,” he said. Both union and College spokespersons agree that the situation could be worse. Edelbach said the unionsʼ furlough plans were a better option than pay cuts, and Gitenstein expressed confidence in the Collegeʼs ability to overcome financial barriers. “The personal and institutional impact of these reductions in investments in our

dedicated faculty, staff and administration will surely be felt across the campus,” she said in an e-mail to employees. “However, we simply must not focus all of our attention on our collective frustration and anger — real as these feelings are.” Gitenstein said she was optimistic that no College employee would have to take furloughs until June, when she was informed of the new state conditions. “I cannot imagine that anyone at the College is happy about cuts to their compensation, either through salary cuts, or furlough, or deferred increases. No one at (the College) deserves these cuts,” she said. Cynthia Curtis, president of the faculty senate, declined to comment on the issue. Rutgers University, which is not covered under the same contract agreements as other state schools, formed a different strategy and brought on the resistance of union members. According to Miranda, Rutgers met state budget requirements by “deferring wage increases without the use of furloughs, which are difficult to administer in a research university environment.” “Management did not want us to take furlough days. Eventually, we agreed to negotiate on the basis of holding back raises until it equals the amount of 10 daysʼ pay,” Lucye Millerand, president of the Union of

Rutgers Administrators-American Federation of Teachers (URA-AFT), said. Rutgers University laid off about 30 URAAFT members this year, Millerand said. At Rutgers University, URA-AFTʼs dissatisfaction over the implemented wage freezes prompted its boycott of Rutgers University President Richard McCormickʼs speech in September. “Management simply wants to get back more out of us (union members),” Millerand said, and mentioned that communication between union workers and upper management has not improved since the boycott. Miranda said the audience at McCormickʼs address was standing room only, and that Rutgers University “has been in routine contact with union representatives.” In early September, Richard Stockton College announced that it would institute the same savings plan as the College. But a week later, Stockton ceded to union pressures and agreed to model its non-union savings plan on the union agreement. Edelbach does not think that there is substantial resistance at the College to prompt such a turnaround. Diana Bubser can be reached at and Matt Huston can be reached at

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Roscoe to host life of Sarnoff By Caitlyn Camacho Staff Writer

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The Art and Interactive Multimedia building may open in the spring semester.

Reactions mixed on construction By Stephanie McAlary Correspondent

The new Art and Interactive Multimedia building is planned to open within the next year. “The goal is to have the Art and Interactive Multimedia Building opened for the spring semester, but classes will not begin there until the fall,” Matthew Golden, executive director of public relations and communication at the College, said. Decker Hall will be closed until fall semester 2010, due to the bathroom replacement project. Other upcoming projects on the college campus include Kendall Hall roof replacement, Loser Hall patio drainage, Music Building water-proofing, Administrative Services Building roof replacement and the Roscoe West Library 1968 Wing renovation, Golden said. It is unknown whether or not Cromwell Hall will be closed during the 2010-2011 school year. Some students at the College are beginning

The David Sarnoff Library will move to the Collegeʼs renovated Roscoe West library in 2010, according to Matthew Golden, executive director of public relations and communications. According to the libraryʼs Web site, the David Sarnoff Library is a collection documenting the life of David Sarnoff and the history of radio, television and communication and, more specifically, the history of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). Sarnoff was a corporate executive who contributed to the electronic revolution by advocating the development of both radio and television. In 1946, Sarnoff introduced the worldʼs first electronic color television system. The David Sarnoff Library closed its doors at its present location at Sarnoff


headquarters in Princeton, N.J. on July 31. The Sarnoff museum curator, Alex Magoun, could not be reached for comment. “Plans are currently underway to prepare space for the collection, and the construction is expected to be complete in the spring of 2010,” Golden said. “The Sarnoff collection will be housed on the second floor of the renovated 1968 portion of the Roscoe West Library.” In addition to housing the Sarnoff Library, the 1968 wing of Roscoe West Library will hold offices for the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), tutoring and career services as well as two large multi-purpose rooms. The older wing of the Roscoe West Library, the 1934 side, is slated to house the College art gallery, and the offices of admissions, development and alumni relations.


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to feel both frustrated and excited about the new construction happening on campus. “I think that itʼs great that theyʼre trying to update the campus,” said Cat Jung, freshmen open options culture and society major. Some students are more irritated by the construction then excited. “Itʼs just annoying when I need to take a new route to class because of some construction project,” Natasha Walulik, a freshmen nursing major, said. “It seems that the campus is in a constant state of construction.”

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The David Sarnoff Library will be moved to the renovated Roscoe West Library.

Ewing Police confiscate fraternity member’s computer, student: ‘we’re smoking pot’ By Alyssa Mease Staff Writer Ewing Police confiscated computer equipment on Friday Nov. 6 from an off-campus house occupied by members of fraternity Sigma Pi Theta Delta chapter. According to Lt. Jerry Jacobs of Ewing Police, the situation is currently under investigation and no arrests have been made. Carlos Rosado, president of Sigma Pi, offered comment on the incident, “The issue that you are referring to is one of a personal nature related specifically to an individual from which the organization has disassociated. We have cooperated with the authorities in every way possible and will continue to do so. We cannot comment further out of respect for that individual as this is an ongoing investigation.” … Two females were found smoking marijuana at 6:05 p.m. on Monday Nov. 16, in the woods behind Travers and Wolfe Halls, according to Campus Police. When Campus Police asked what the females were doing, one replied, “Weʼre smoking pot.” … Two intoxicated males entered a femaleʼs room and asked if she wanted to go outside and smoke weed at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday Nov. 18, in Cromwell Hall, Campus Police said. The female declined and contacted Campus Police. Upon arrival, three males were spotted outside of Cromwell Hall. When they saw Campus Police, they ran inside. After searching the building, the three males were found in a lounge. They all denied involvement. … A bicycle was stolen between 5 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 17 and 1:15 a.m. Wednesday Nov. 18 from outside the

New Library, according to Campus Police. The victim said he left his bike unsecured and returned to discover it was missing. He searched campus, but to no avail. The bike is valued at approximately $200. … A black flat screen computer monitor was stolen between 12 p.m. Friday Nov. 13 and 10 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 17 from a room in the basement of Cromwell Hall, Campus Police said. The director of Campus Media Services (CMS) said he was working on a work-related matter on the computer, and the computer was in place when he left the room on Friday, Campus Police said. … According to Campus Police, four males used a pocket knife to cut a 25 foot length of bamboo tree from campus to knock down a branch, which was hanging over their driveway at 10:45 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 15 on Crescent Ave. They were issued a summons for criminal mischief. … An unknown person stole video game equipment between 4 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15 from a lounge in Cromwell Hall, Campus Police said. The equipment is valued at $500. … A security officer found a male staggering into Travers Hall at 2 a.m. on Sunday Nov. 15, Campus Police said. When Campus Police arrived, the male was lying face down in his bed and smelled of alcohol. He said he drank three or four beers at an off-campus house. Lions EMS and Pennington Road EMS arrived and

transported the victim to Helen Fuld Medical Center for further treatment. He was issued a summons. … An unconscious male was found lying on a bathroom floor covered in vomit at 6:25 a.m. on Saturday Nov. 4 in Hausdoerffer Hall, according to Campus Police. Lions EMS and Pennington Road EMS arrived and transported him to Capital Health Systems at Mercer Medical for further evaluation and treatment. Residential Education and Housing was on the scene, documented the incident and went to the hospital with the victim. … According to Campus Police, a purse was found at 10 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 14, on the side of the road west of the Green Lane Fields. Campus Police tracked the owner of the purse through a New Jersey vehicle registration found inside of it. The female was then contacted and said she left the purse in her car, which was parked in Lot 8. An inspection of the unlocked car revealed that a Garmin GPS had been stolen, and various items had been taken from the glove box and put into the purse, which was then deposited on the side of the road. … An American Eagle wallet and dormitory keys were stolen between 4 and 4:45 p.m. on Friday Nov. 13 from the Packer Hall weight room. The victim said he left his wallet and keys on a shelf in the weight room and, upon his return, discovered they were missing. He searched the area to no avail. The wallet and its contents are valued at $39. … A victim came to Campus Police at 2 p.m. on Nov. 12 to report a harassment from Oct. 6. The victim also said he signed a complaint in Ewing Township Court on Nov. 12.

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Is Dubai washing its hands of debt woes? DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — If global investors were looking for reassurances from Dubai that it would stand behind its massive, debt-swamped investment conglomerate, they got none Monday. Instead, the Gulf city-state seemed to wash its hands of the financial woes that have rattled world markets. The muddled message from Dubai has fueled worries over a possible default by the conglomerate, which is involved in projects around the world — from Gulf banks and ports in 50 countries to luxury retailer Barneys New York and a grandiose six-tower hotel-entertainment complex in Las Vegas. Many investors are hoping that the conglomerate, Dubai World, will either openly discuss restructuring of some $60 billion in debt with its creditors, or that Dubaiʼs larger, oil-rich neighbor, Abu Dhabi, will step in to restore confidence by promising to foot any bills. The two are the most powerful of the seven highly autonomous statelets that make up the United Arab Emirates, but their sharply different styles have long made them rivals. For any help, Abu Dhabi will likely demand a price, possibly including increased say over Dubaiʼs affairs. Abu Dhabi, the seat of the UAEʼs federal government, has been the more conservative, religiously and financially, relying on its oil wealth to fuel growth. Meanwhile, smaller Dubai — without any oil resources — has for the past decade been the freewheeling boomtown, racking up debt as it built extravagant skyscrapers, artificial residential islands and malls complete with indoor ski slopes. Government-owned Dubai World has been the engine for much of that growth at home and abroad. So it was a bombshell last week when Dubai announced that

the conglomerate wanted to defer debt payments until at least May. The United Arab Emiratesʼ two main stock exchanges registered record declines Monday as they opened for the first time since the announcement, after a long Islamic holiday. The Dubai Financial Market was down seven point three percent, while Abu Dhabiʼs bourse was off over eight percent. Brokers said they hadnʼt seen such declines in at least a year. Mohammed al-Ghussein, managing partner of Atlas Financial Services in Dubai, summed up the dayʼs trading, saying, “The whole screen is red, regardless of the industry.” Global markets leveled after heavy drops last week. Investors appeared to have a better sense of the size of potential losses from Dubai and were reassured for the moment that its woes donʼt signal a new crunch for credit markets, still recovering from last yearʼs near-shutdown. But the impact from Dubaiʼs comments on Monday could rekindle the same concerns. Investors with strong exposure to Dubai had the sinking feeling that not only is Dubai sticking to the opaque ways that many feel helped cause the mess, it was continuing to deny the city-state even has a problem. Dubai officials have largely been silent since last week, and when its top financial official made his first comments Monday, it was hardly reassuring. Abdulrahman al-Saleh distanced the emirate from Dubai Worldʼs debt, saying that while the conglomerate was government-owned, it was “established as an independent company.” “Given that the company has various activities and is exposed to various types of risks, the decision, since its establishment,

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The Burj Dubai, the worldʼs tallest building under construction, is seen in the background of a site at the Business Bay district in Dubai on Nov. 30. has been that the company is not guaranteed by the (Dubai) government,” he said on Dubai TV. Moreover, lenders take some of the responsibility for the problems, he said, arguing that they lent money to the company on the basis of the feasibility of its projects, not on assurances provided by Dubaiʼs government. Further fueling the confusion from Dubai authorities, the only other official to speak out about the debt mess was the emirateʼs police chief, Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim. Tamim said Dubai faces “unfair competition” aimed at “the defiling of the emirate so that it will not be a hub for finance, work or foreign investment.” He said the Dubai governmentʼs debts “are not worth mentioning” and shouldnʼt be confused with those of local companies.

Senator: Afghan forces key to success WASHINGTON (AP) — The leading Senate Democrat on military matters said Sunday that President Barack Obamaʼs anticipated plan for significantly expanding U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan must show how those reinforcements will help increase the size of the Afghan security forces. Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that more Afghan army and police are central to succeeding in the eight-year-old war and more U.S. trainers and equipment can help meet that goal. But itʼs unclear, Levin said, what role tens of thousands additional combat troops will play and Obama has to make a compelling case during a national address heʼs scheduled to give Tuesday night from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. “The key here is an Afghan surge, not an American surge,” said Levin, D-Mich. “We cannot, by ourselves, win (the) war.” Levinʼs remarks are a preview of the possible roadblocks Obama faces from his own party as he prepares to sell a broader, more expensive battle plan for Afghanistan to an American public weary of the conflict that began just weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. At West Point, Obama is expected to announce an increase of up to 35,000 more U.S. forces to defeat the Taliban-led insurgency and stabilize a weak Afghan government. The escalation, which would take place over the next year, would put more than 100,000 American troops in Afghanistan at an annual cost of about $75 billion. Democrats concerned over the price tag have proposed a war tax to pay

The financial world is eager for some transparency. “The statement we are all waiting for is about Dubai World sitting down with its lenders and reaching a refinancing agreement,” said Seif Fikry head of EFGHermesʼ brokerage arm in the UAE. Another possibility is that Abu Dhabi will step in, more to salvage the UAEʼs creditworthiness and economy than out of any filial or legal obligation to Dubai. Abu Dhabiʼs rulers appear to be furious over Dubaiʼs handling of last weekʼs debt announcement, showing it by remaining silent amid the crisis. “Abu Dhabiʼs leaders have long viewed Dubaiʼs economic growth model as excessively risky, and they now feel vindicated,” Hani Sabra, a Middle East expert with the New York-based Eurasia Group, wrote in a recent report.

News Bits Tiger Woods withdrew from his own golf tournament Monday, citing injuries from a car crash near his Florida home.

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In this photo provided by CBS, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., speaks after appearing on CBSʼs “Face the Nation” in Washington on Nov. 29. for operations. Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, has introduced legislation to impose a war surtax beginning in 2011. The bill would exempt service members and their families. “If this war is important enough to engage in the long term, itʼs important enough to pay for,” Obey said. Lawmakers want a greater commitment from NATO allies so the U.S. isnʼt footing the bill on its own. “Iʼve got a real problem about expanding this war where the rest of the world is sitting around and saying, ʻIsnʼt it a nice thing that the taxpayers of the United States and the U.S. military are doing the work that the rest of the world should be doing?ʼ” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said that several allied nations will offer a total of 5,000 more troops. But speaking Saturday at a news conference in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad, Brown also said Afghan President Hamid Karzaiʼs government must meet specific benchmarks that allow foreign troops to gradually hand over control of the fighting to local forces. Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, said he was wary of strict benchmarks that put both sides in an untenable situation if theyʼre not met. But he said an early test of success will be whether Afghan forces can hold onto southern parts of the country after the U.S. and NATO succeed in chasing out the Taliban.

Iran is holding five British sailors after stopping their racing yacht in the Persian Gulf, the British government said Monday. The move could heighten the tensions between Iran and major world powers that are demanding a halt to its nuclear program. The Secret Service director and the couple who crashed the Obama administrationʼs first state dinner have been called to testify before Congress this Thursday about the incident. Making oneʼs true love happy will cost a whopping $87,403 this year according to the latest cost analysis of the items named in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

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The Signal bids farewell to our EIC

A long time ago, a prophecy was made: an editor of remarkable talent and world-renown (at least according to editors at The Philadelphia Inquirer) would come to The Signal. Three years ago, Megan DeMarco fulfilled this prophecy. And for the next seven semesters, she would give her life to the cause of NJPF-award winning college journalism, finally reaching Editor-in-Chief. But she now takes her leave of The Signal, and we wanted her to know that she would be missed. M = Mechanical; she’s a robot! E = Euphoric when the rest of us want to kill ourselves G = Great at journalism A = Apparently everything The Philadelphia Inquirer wants in an intern N = Nefarious (I just think this word is really cool and wanted to use it) -Brianna Every time she spoke, it seemed like it was just for me. When she bossed me around and told me I was a bad editor, my heart skipped a beat. I’ll cry every time I think of the eloquent way she crossed out paragraphs in my article in purple pen and told me it sucked. But most of all, I’ll miss her talking about all her awards and accomplishments. R.I.P. Megan DeMarco -Garrett Megan, I’ll always remember the way you were firm but kind in running the newsroom. It’s sad to say I’ll only have gotten a year to spend with you, but you’re a role model to us all and I hope to follow in your foot steps. Good luck in the future. Go out there and kick some ass in the world of journalism! -Hilarey Megan DeMarco is a ruthless dictator who beats her staff and makes Intro students watch. Thank you, Megan, for bringing in treats, being a journalistic force, editing the shit out of my section, making me feel welcome in the dungeon and for yelling at Tim for being a sleaze. You will be missed.

The Signal Editorial staff will miss Megan in the coming months.

The Weekly Poll: What are your plans for the coming winter break? • I’m celebrating a religious holiday and/or Festivus. • I’m going someplace warm where there are little umbrellas in the drinks. • Getting a head start on reading for next semester! • Sleep, and more sleep. cast your vote @ Last Week’s Results: Do you want Tucker Max to come to campus? 40% No. I hate him, he degrades women and I really hope he doesn’t come. 34% Yes. I think he’s funny and would definitely go see him. 15% I couldn’t care less either way. 11% I hope he comes but I won’t go and see him.

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Palin gains popularity through media

Sarah Palin was spoken for in the 2008 presidential election, or so we thought. A politician who is sometimes credited as single-handedly losing the election for John Daniel Gustave Pazos McCain seems to be showing up on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News a lot lately. After a series of horrendous interviews with Charles Gibson and Katie Couric, it was clear to the country that interviews were not Palinʼs strong suit. In order to “protect her family, which has faced withering criticism and occasional mockery,” Palin decided to remove herself from the political lime-light for now by resigning as Governor of Alaska. According to CNN, Palin is staying relevant through her use of social media awareness similar to the way Barack Obama was able to win the presidency last November. Palin is generating success on the web front, as well, boasting over 15,000 followers on Twitter and 990,848 supporters on Facebook. Palinʼs new book, “Going Rogue: An American Life” is also adding to her media machine. She will also participate in a series of interviews, appearing on Oprah on Monday, Nov. 16, as well as an interview with Barbara Walters and an extensive book tour. Although Palinʼs major downfall was her inability to perform during interviews, it has not stopped Palin from being as vocal as ever through different media outlets. Palin is constantly tweeting and updating her Facebook in order to sound off on “hot button” political topics. Many times, her tweets and wall posts end up being discussed on MSNBC or Fox News. Without a doubt, Palin is changing the way the conservative Republican Party is running the political spectrum, without even being a

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Sarah Palin signs her book ʻGoing Rogue: An American Lifeʼ at the Samʼs Club warehouse store signing in Washington, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 21. candidate for political office. With her use of social media, Palin is moving the Republican party into the future, even if running for president in 2012 is not in sight for her. The real question is whether this is a good thing for the Republican party as a whole. It seems as if moving toward running a campaign like Barack Obama did in 2008 will help republicans garner more votes in the 2012 election. But, is Sarah Palin the right person to front the new movement within conservative politics? According to a recent poll conducted by CNN and the Opinion Research Corporation, fewer than three in 10 Americans believe Palin is qualified to be President. The sentiment follows within political circles as CNN reports


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“Itʼs a time to get ready “Watching movies for the holidays.” like ʻElfʼ hundreds of times.” —Nick Manno, freshman business major

a Palin nomination would be “catastrophic” for the Republican party in 2012. Although Palin has such a strong following on the Internet, her ability to get people to believe in her as President is lacking. Despite what political commentators like Keith Olbermann argue, Palin has not yet admitted concern in running for President in 2012. Olbermann was seen on MSNBCʼs Countdown suggesting that Palinʼs book tour, which happens to roll through a good amount of swing-states, is a presidential campaign in disguise. The question of whether this is true or not can only be answered by Palin herself.

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International photo exhibit promotes cultural awareness By Kevin DeStefano Correspondent “Picturing TCNJ Around the World,” a photo showcase in the main lobby of the New Library, helped to raise awareness for international culture, studying abroad and showcasing the many experiences students have had while taking part in the international experience. The exhibit was set up to support International Education Week, “Bodies & Borders,” and it displays many photos taken by students abroad, as well as international student profiles, which talked about students currently taking classes at the College, raising awareness of other cultures. In addition to offering insight into other cultures, Jon Stauff, director of International and Off-Campus Programs said, “the profiles of international students offer us insight into our own campus community from the perspective of our new friends.” The project was put together by members of the International House, a residence located in the Townhouses which are comprised of both domestic and international students, and itʼs just one such venture taking place during International Education Week to encourage international diversity. Wendy Holland, a junior Spanish and elementary education major and member of the International House, said the vision behind the photo showcase was to bring together members of the International House. The exhibit is also being used “to create an exhibit that would promote awareness not only concerning international studies but also the many similarities that are found

between different cultures,” she said. Not only does a semester abroad expose students to other cultures, but it also brings them out of their comfort zone and stimulates growth through a fresh perspective. “I believe that (College) students enjoy every minute of their study abroad experience. The benefits of a semester abroad are truly endless. You grow so much as a person when you travel the world,” Holland said. International students residing at the College this semester are native to countries including Argentina, Germany, Thailand and Japan, and although they might be faced with obstacles including the language barrier, one of the hardest things to get used to is the cuisine. Friedrich Freund, a 23-year-old physics major who came to the College from Frankfurt, Germany said, “Although the food here is different, when I return to Germany I will miss things like a Tabasco-burger.” Despite the challenges when planning to study abroad — such as finances, degree program requirements, or simply not wanting to leave friends and family — people in the international community at the College would argue that all these issues can be worked around. Holly Ogren, Japanese program coordinator and International House academic adviser, said that despite certain dilemmas, the most common issue facing students wishing to travel abroad is misconceptions. “Some people think that they canʼt study abroad because of not being able to fit it into their degree program(s), finances,

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Photographs from traveling abroad were placed in the New Library lobby from students in the International House. or any other of a number of things. However, more often than not students find that they can in fact work around these perceived obstacles, if they take the time to carefully consider their options,” Ogren said. However, studying abroad is just one option for students aspiring to diversify themselves culturally. New Jersey is host

to a multitude of cultures and the College reflects that with many diverse student organizations. “Students can practice getting out of their comfort zone right here on campus,” Ogren said, and the “Picturing TCNJ Around the World” showcase is just one of many projects that promotes ideals of cultural awareness.

College juggler’s passion helps campus relax By Randolph Portugal Staff Writer

Life for students can be rough with all the tests and extra-curricular activities, but a new organization on campus promises to make students relax and have fun throughout the semester. The TCNJ Juggling Club was formed in early September, and assures students have new methods for relaxation and socialization. The clubʼs president is sophomore Pat Catalano, a math secondary education major. He runs the organization with sophomores vice president Mark Kaplan, anthropology major, treasurer Mike Stefanelli, math major, secretary Angelina Harr, bio-medical major, public relations administrator Shannon Robertson, math/science/technology (MST), elementary major and webmaster Darcy Gabiele, graphic design major. Catalano, also the clubʼs founder, started juggling when he was in seventh grade and learned from a close relative. “My uncle taught me back when I was in middle school and from there, I basically started teaching and practicing myself,” Catalano said. “The reason why my uncle knew how to juggle was because he was with the traveling circus at the time. I learned more than juggling too. I learned things like swallowing fire.” After improving his talent, Catalano decided to use his juggling skills as a form of entertainment for the College and for the outside community. “Iʼve done a lot of talent shows and performed for lots of clubs and events. One event in particular was Dance Away Domestic Violence, which was sponsored by the Office of Anti-Violence Initiatives (OAVI).” Catalano has also performed at the Rathskeller. “When I performed at the Rathskeller, it was

TCNJ Juggling Club meets once a week and aspires to do much more than simply offer juggling lessons. “Weʼre more about relaxing and hanging out,” Catalano said. “We want people to come and not only learn how to juggle but also share any other skills or hobbies people might have. Itʼs a good way to relieve stress, socialize, and learn how to juggle obviously.” Nevertheless, Catalano has a vision for his new organization. “As a group, I hope that we can ultimately do

“One idea I had in mind was that we could

go to hospitals and juggle for ill children as a form of entertainment. As you know, laughter is the best medicine ”

-Pat Catalano

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Catalano runs TCNJ Juggling, a club where students can learn juggling or perform other skills. somewhat of a last-minute thing. I opened for a band from Erie, Pa. called Matty B and the Dirty Pickles,” Catalano said.

things either here at (the College) or outside the community. One idea I had in mind was that we could go to hospitals and juggle for ill children as a form of entertainment. As you know, laughter is the best medicine. We also want to be involved with some fundraisers that include different forms of entertainment.” “I really donʼt want to limit it to just juggling, there is a lot of potential for something exciting to happen here that hopefully students on campus can enjoy,“ Catalano said. While Catalano envisioned this dream for the club, he also knows his club is young. “Anyway, the process right now is to try to get people who have any skills or even want to learn one to come join our organization. Itʼs a chill group, so why not?” Interested students can reach the TCNJ Juggling club can be reached at

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Energy drinks: Don’t crash and burn during finals By Andrea Thyrring Staff Writer

With the semester winding down, you might find yourself struggling to fit in time for all of your work. Pulling allnighters becomes a regular practice, and crashing after class is the norm. Stocking up on energy drinks at the C-Store helps keep you running, but have you ever stopped to think about the effects of those drinks? Consider the following information before gulping down your next can or cup. While we all need an energy boost from time to time, more often than not, we reach for sugar and caffeine-laden energy drinks for a late night pick-meup. According to WebMD, however, the Food and Drug Administration does not even define the term “energy drink” — the name is up to the manufacturersʼ discretion. So what exactly goes into these drinks? Some of the more common ingredients are taurine, ginseng, guarana, vitamins and green tea. “There is scant scientific support for (those) ingredients to make the kind of claims manufacturers use in hyping their products. Most of the energy from these

drinks comes from the sugar and caffeine, not from the unnecessary extras,” Suzanne Farrell, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association on WebMD, said. Keep in mind that one serving can contain 200 milligrams of caffeine according to WebMD, depending on the brand. This is nearly twice the amount found in a regular cup of coffee, and almost seven times the amount found in a can of Coca Cola. This same serving can contain upwards of 260 calories. If you are guilty of drinking the whole can, these numbers increase with every serving you have. Many equate a single can or bottle to a single serving. However, donʼt be surprised to see that your drink contains more than one serving. When the average person guzzles down a can or bottle of his or her favorite energy drink, he or she is most likely drinking an amount meant for two to three people. Before you go for your next Monster or Red Bull, read the nutrition facts. If you absolutely must have a drink, try and divvy up the portions – pour some out in a cup, rather than drinking from the can. This will prevent you from having more than the recommended amount in one sitting. There are also healthier alternatives to the ingredients found in energy drinks. Believe it or not, a cup of coffee with skim or soymilk is a safer bet. Since we know more about the effects of caffeine, there is not as much risk associated with caffeine as there is with the stimulants

found in energy drinks. Other drinks that can give you a boost include fruit juices, sport drinks and even water. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, so be sure to drink at least eight cups of water per day to help keep you running. Also, getting a healthy amount of whole grain and fruit-based carbohydrates can give you energy. Snacking on fresh and dried fruits, vegetables and whole grain cereals or bread are just a few options. Starting your day with a cup of low-fat yogurt, an apple and a handful of granola can get you up and running after a long night of work. Be sure to snack every couple of hours, and sit down for your

The idea of longterm relationships often seems daunting to free-spirited college students. Single young adults commonly have the mindset that a serious relationship will hinder their college experience or take them away from their friends. Although this may be true for those who love the single life, others have found that experiencing college with a partner makes the experience far more enjoyable. “The biggest perk of being in a relationship during college is that you have someone to go to or talk to when times get rough,” said Jason Cantor, a senior business major who has been dating his girlfriend Karen for more than three years. Think of how much stress the average student experiences. When youʼre in a longterm relationship, you know there will always be someone by your side who understands. “College is an emotional roller coaster of highs and lows, and itʼs nice to have someone around for both,” Cantor said. One trap couples tend to fall into is spending too much time together. Although couples love being together, it is important to do the same things you did before you got involved with your partner. If you ran the Metzger Drive loop every day, you should still keep that as part of your routine. If youʼre on the Deanʼs List every semester, you should strive to uphold that. After all, these factors are what attracted your part-

ner to you. Jon Irizarry, a senior management major who has been seeing his girlfriend Katie for more than two and a half years, knows the importance of keeping your identity and having “me time.” “We do a lot of things together and always enjoy each otherʼs company,” Irizarry said. “But we do have our space as well.” A healthy balance is imperative in every relationship, especially in college where it is likely for couples to spend more time together. Spending all of your time with your significant other without making time for friends could cause exclusion from group get-togethers. Just as itʼs important to engage in activities you did prior to your relationship, itʼs also important to make time for your friends, since they should be another major aspect of your College experience. “Iʼm sharing my college experience with the person who means the most to me,” said Jason Lipshutz, a senior English major, who has been dating his girlfriend Jen for more than two years. Lipshutz has high hopes for the future of his relationship, but knows that anything can happen. He recognizes the possibility of relationship strain after college, but is optimistic about his romantic future. “We donʼt know exactly what will happen after college, but weʼve become close enough to plan on sharing our post-college futures with each other,” Lipshutz said. “If we break up one day, I wouldnʼt regret having this relationship in college, because the memories have been fantastic.” For story ideas or advice, e-mail Lauren at

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Before chugging an energy drink while youʼre studying or writing a paper, consider a healthy alternative.

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meals to feel truly satisfied. This will help keep you going throughout the day. While energy drinks might not be necessarily harmful, they are surely not your best alternative. Laden with sugar and caffeine, they can do more damage to your health than any benefit in the long run. Question the ingredients and serving sizes, and if you can, turn to healthier choices. While sleep is the number one way to combat fatigue, providing your body with adequate and appropriate fuel will keep you running through finals.

Campus Style ing. I always find myself trying something new. Where do you like to shop? I love shopping at Madewell 1937, Anthropologie, Loehmannʼs, H&M and my momʼs closet. What attracts you to fashion? Fashion is different to everyone. Each person sees it in a different way. There are so many ways to put together an outfit. There are endless possibilities to it. I love that flexibility.

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By Kristen Kubilus Staff Writer Josephine Cusumano TCNJ Alumna, ʼ09 What are you wearing? I am wearing Steve Madden boots, Madewell jeans and shirt, and a Zara sweater. How would you label your style? Comfortable. Youʼll always see me in a big sweater, skinny jeans, leggings and yes, even jean leggings. As long as Iʼm confident with what Iʼm wearing, thatʼs what matters. My style is also constantly evolv-

How has your style changed from when you first started college to now? When I first started college, I was a bit confused by fashion, honestly. I was trying to keep up with popular brands, looks and making sure I followed all the rules. Now Iʼve gotten to the point where I donʼt care about the rules anymore. I just dress for whatʼs comfortable, what fits and looks best on me. I hate it when people tell me that you canʼt match this with that. As long as it looks good on me, and I feel confident, it goes. You studied English and professional writing while you were here. Do you see yourself writing about anything fashion-related in the future? Writing is definitely in my future, but writing about fashion

would be a dream. However, I donʼt want to write about the fashions you see on the runway. I want to write about fashion in an accessible way, taking it from the runway and making it practical. People wonʼt be wearing 10-inch heels to work every day. Sorry, but thatʼs not how the real world works. So making it work on the street and in your closet is what I want to write about. Is your hair naturally curly? Yes, it is naturally curly and also big and crazy, and I wouldnʼt have it any other way. I used to keep it straight a while back, but I just got fed up with it. I wasnʼt myself with straight hair. So I decided to embrace the curl and let it grow wild. Itʼs annoying at times and gets frizzy, but itʼs a part of me. You can spot me a mile away because of it, and everyone recognizes me for the curls, so I guess thatʼs a good thing. Do you have any fashion icons? Ashley Olsen — she dresses for comfort, goes for the basics and doesnʼt follow any rules. She is making such a big impact in the fashion world, itʼs hard not to notice her. I also admire Lady Gaga for her fearlessness in fashion — of course I wonʼt be walking around in a bubble suit — but itʼs her confidence I admire.

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‘Reefer Madness’ lights up the stage with satire By Caroline Russomanno News Editor

When I walked into Kendall Hall on opening night, Nov. 19, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. All I had to go by was the slightly foreboding, possibly informative, but definitely intriguing title of the show, “Reefer Madness.” To my surprise, “Reefer Madness” was all of those things, and more. The show was intensely interesting. Portrayed as a warped morality tale with a school lecturer trying desperately to get parents upset about marijuana, the play spoofed the original movie’s intention perfectly. The opening number, “Reefer Madness,” was spot-on. “Reefer zombies” slithered and writhed while singing the creepy refrain, also the name of the song. “Romeo and Juliet,” the play’s introduction to lead characters Jimmy and Mary Lane, played by freshman accounting major Joe Fillari and senior communication studies major Elaine White, was both adorable, silly, and a little sad. It wasn’t hard to figure out something was going to go terribly wrong in the young couple’s lives. Vincent St. John, senior computer science major, stole the show as The Lecturer, the mad ringmaster of the entire

show, who was trying to get parents to understand the dangers of marijuana. For the play to work, The Lecturer had to capture the audience and keep all in attendance interested, and St. John did both of these things. From directing the other actors during the show to popping up at the most interesting times, he was by far the most memorable character. Events took a turn for the worse after the opening songs. While singing the jovial “Down at the Ol’ Five and Dime” — an homage to ’30s-style music and dance — Jimmy was coerced by Jack Stone, played by freshman engineering major Joe Tible, into coming back to his place to learn how to dance so he could impress Mary Lane. It’s there that “Jimmy Takes a Hit” and the play got off and rolling. Cat Cosentino, senior communication studies major, and Dreena Moran, senior English major, were believable as potheads stuck in Jack Stone’s reefer den. Moran’s performance shined at the end of the play when she finally stepped up and saved Jimmy. Newcomer Tible was great as Jack Stone, the perpetrator of all the “Madness.” The character was easy to hate, and that spoke wondrous volumes of Tible’s performance. Once when Jimmy was high as a kite

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Junior Ray McCue, as ‘Jesus,’ gives the protaganist a divine warning.

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Reefer zombies lurk in a haze of marijuana smoke during TMT’s ‘Reefer Madness’ on Nov. 19. for the first time, “The Orgy” occurred. This was the most provocative number, both sexy and a little discomfiting, with the entire cast grinding together in flesh-colored body suits with only oversized marijuana leaves preventing full exposure. The song itself was slinky, the choreography imaginative, but from up close, it was also a little much at times. Still, they definitely got their point across. Another song worth mentioning is “Lonely Pew,” a solo number by White. Mary Lane was upset that Jimmy hadn’t joined her at church (since he was off being a crazy reefer zombie), and the song that follows was sad and beautiful. Whereas other parts of the play made fun of Mary Lane for her purity, with this song the character was vindicated. White, in her last main stage performance at the College according to the playbill, was brilliant. Finally, there were “Listen to Jesus, Jimmy” and “Lullaby.” The latter was a sad little song about a baby, played by senior nursing major Freddie Paiva, sold by his mother for pot money (“My mommy never named me/I guess she was too high”).

And the former was another one of those provocative-bordering-onuncomfortable numbers. Jesus came down and told Jimmy to stop smoking weed and get back on the right path — with scantily clad angels and religious mockery thrown in, of course. Ray McCue, junior Spanish secondary education major, was a hoot as the sleazy Son of God. Fillari’s portrayal of Jimmy was equally strong — his descent from boy-next-door to weed junkie was silly yet sad — and the introduction of these two fine freshmen suggests that TMT will be as remarkable as always in the next four years. “Reefer Madness” was, in the end, a thought-provoking musical, most likely without meaning to be one. The original was trying to educate clueless parents about a new danger, and this musical version made fun of both their fear and the ’30s time period. Nevertheless, “Reefer Madness” was a fantastic production, and we will definitely think twice before lighting up. Caroline Russomanno can be reached at

Sidewalk artist illustrates an earthy concept By Amy Keitel Correspondent

Students in passing may have noticed patterns of birdseed and maple syrup decorating the area outside the Roscoe L. West library. The creator of the all-natural sidewalk art is senior graphic design major Nicole Lyons, who has decided to create her senior project for her capstone class solely out of environmentally-friendly resources. The piece is made out of birdseed and maple syrup (used as glue) in an attempt to demonstrate how art materials can be helpful in improving the environment. The mural is an eco-friendly fall landscape, according to Lyons, and will include a “self-reflective question to make people think about their personal impact on the environment.” “I wanted to make something in which nothing would be left behind,” Lyons said. The class’s assignment is to create a series of posters or designs based on each student’s thesis. Lyon’s thesis is based on environmental design, and she is exploring how different materials can be used to have the least impact on the environment. She emphasized that one of her biggest priorities is to keep her work as chemical-free as possible because of the harmful effects they have on the atmosphere. “I really find the direction of Nicole’s research and her concept behind her outdoor advertising project to be

extremely relevant to both contemporary issues in Graphic Design and the environment,” Elizabeth Mackie, professor of graphic design, said. “It is important for designers to address important social issues and lead the way for change.” As stylists for businesses, graphic designers help create a company’s identity. Posters and flyers create waste with all of the paper and ink that is used, and a better alternative to multiple small advertisements would be a poster, Lyons said, because they are “loud and big.” But posters are still less environmentally-friendly than Lyons’ completely ecofriendly work. “This project could be a fascinating look into the future of sustainable advertising,” senior graphic design major Diane Marra said. Lyons said her project was inspired by a piece at the 365 Annual Design Exhibition, which was sponsored by the American Institute for Graphic Arts (AIGA), a professional association for design. The piece by Sagmeister Inc., a New York City-based graphic design company, consisted of only pennies, Lyons said. “Anyone can put a series of images together,” Lyons said. “But the fact that you can think outside of the box is how you beat the next designer.” Lyons’ project will remain outside the old library until the elements destroy it, or animals eat it, which is what Lyons said she intended. “Saving the world isn’t someone else’s job, it’s yours,” Lyons said.

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Nicole Lyons pursued an eco-friendly vision with her sidewalk patterns made entirely of natural materials.

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Noise rock meets Shakespeare at ink fest By Katie Brenzel Arts & Entertainment Editor

Amid the mounting frenzy over finals and the invasion of numerous tours on campus, students showcased their talent at ink’s biannual festival, The Goods. The Rathskeller played host to the all-day celebration of the arts on Saturday Nov. 21, featuring headliner, poet Michael Dickman. Dickman concluded the night of student performances with a reading from his book of poetry, “The End of the West.” With simplistic, yet profound reflections on relationships, especially the one

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Seniors Paul Bernardo (top) and Cat Costentino were among the several student musicians who performed at The Goods.

between him and his father in “Some of the Men,” Dickman delivered his work with a relaxed conviction. “Scary Parents” and “My Dead Friends Come Back” explored the interactions of his childhood, while “My Autopsy” tackled an “upbeat take on the afterlife,” Dickman said. Though his reading style lacked an engaging enthusiasm, his sincerity and friendly approach made his poetry particularly accessible. Following the reading, there was a question and answer session in which Dickman was asked about the autobiographical nature of his writing. Dickman told the audience that while aspects of people he knows exist in his writing, they transformed into mere characters in service to the message of his poetry. “When things become art, they stop being autobiography,” he said. Continuing in its convergence of the arts, The Goods highlighted the musical and poetic expertise of student performers. The Undercover Rabbis transformed the Rat into a battleground of sound with its noise music set. Relying on cacophonic drum beats and guitar chords, along with the incorporation of a water jug, guitarist Steve Klett, senior English major and drummer, and Umar Fahim, a Stockton University student, created coordinated chaos with a series of original songs, including “One by One We Fling Ourselves into the Ocean” and “Bigger than Boston.” For its last song, the band invited fans to join them onstage. “Our motto is, if you’re a fan then you are in the band,” Klett said. Freshman journalism major Melisa Easaw read original poetry, including “Eyes,” “If Only,” “Planes” and “Lost.” The focus of her writing ranged from the importance of life’s essentials to the concept of time. Reading from poems riddled with imagery, Noah Franc, sophomore history major, introduced originals such as “The Lone Wolf of the Woodlands” and “Boston is Beautiful in the Evening.” In addition to demonstrating his mastery of metaphor and descriptions heavily involving nature, Franc introduced his experiments with Shakespearean sonnets entitled “Night of Nights” and “Starwars Sonnet.”

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Headlining poet Michael Dickman read from his book ‘The End of the West’ at ink’s biannual festival held on Nov. 21.

Among the musical performances was Paul Bernardo, senior business management major. Bernardo performed a series of covers, including “Lady in the Blue Dress” by Senses Fail and “My Hero” by Foo Fighters with his acoustic guitar. According to Bernardo, though his set was composed of only covers, he changed the style of each song, primarily by altering the speed, in order to make it his own. “I wanted to capture them in a different way,” Bernardo said. Katie Brenzel can be reached at

Chinese artist wows with uplifting poetry, visual art By Laura Herzog Arts & Entertainment Assistant Huang Xiang, a renowned poet and calligrapher in contemporary Chinese literature, entertained an audience of faculty and students on Nov. 20 in the Library Auditorium. On his second visit to the College in five years, Xiang performed his poetry between showings of three short documentaries on his life and major works, ending the night with a calligraphy exhibition and book signing. “The oldest way to write poetry is with the brush. The newest way is with the body,” Xiang said in the first documentary. To say Xiang’s story is inspiring is an understatement. Imprisoned for 12 years by the Chinese government and put on death row twice, he was viewed as a threat because of his artistic expression and his efforts advocating for human rights in China. Living in exile in the United States since 1997, he was selected as the first resident poet in Pittsburgh under the Cities of Asylum program for writers. Though subtle, Xiang’s presence was commanding. Because Xiang speaks solely in Mandarin, Trista Chiu, sophomore psychology major, translated his words in between his recitations. This task proved difficult, as she sometimes seemed to be searching for the words to explain his complex ideas which touched on “the vastness of time and space” and “talking to the clouds in the sky” to avoid loneliness while he was in solitary confinement.

“My professor (Jiayan Mi, assistant professor of English and modern languages) coordinated the event to educate people on Chinese culture and he asked me to translate,” Chiu said. “I guess because I can actually understand the poem, it’s actually pretty moving. He talks about the body, earth, and Heaven. It’s not just about us.” When he recited his poetry, Xiang captivated Mandarin and non-Mandarin speakers alike with his forceful tones complimented by hauntingly artistic gestures. A projector behind him displayed a PowerPoint of the English translation of his poems. A key theme of Xiang’s poetry included the union of the body with the cosmos and the natural world: “Floating clouds/rise at/ the break of dawn/of the heart/The Sun sets/in the twilight of the navel.” “He’s so free in every word and every action. It’s amazing,” Nikki Poiesz, sophomore English major, said. The weight of his profound wisdom was countered by his childlike energy, obvious in the way he rolled on the floor at points during his poetry and raced around the room. “(Chinese people) are in touch with Mother Nature … This is why his life is continuous and he’s always young. He says he’s younger than most of you guys,” translated Chiu as Xiang grinned mischievously. After performing and reciting several poems, Huang gave a silent calligraphy performance of a short haiku-style poem. Audience members observed as he painted on a white banner set in the middle of the room.  After completing

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Huang Xiang, who was imprisoned in China for advocating for human rights, recited poetry and performed calligraphy for students and professors on Nov. 20. the project, he offered it as a gift to a faculty member’s young son. “Any true artist is a threat to a totalitarian system ... It shows you the power of art that a totalitarian regime was afraid of ... his very individuality,” Michael Robertson, professor of English, said. As a lover of Walt Whitman’s poetry, Robertson was particularly interested in Xiang who, he said, has often been called “China’s Walt Whitman.” Xiang’s most recent and ongoing project is a collaboration with IrishAmerican acrylic artist William

Rock called “The Century Mountain Project.” The two artists have collaborated on dozens of portraits — in acrylic depictions and poetic calligraphy — of people of every race, gender and nationality that they both deemed to represent, according to Rock’s statement in a documentary shown on the project, “historical, cultural, or human greatness.” This project contributes to Xiang’s lifelong purpose of spreading cultural awareness and unity between the East and the West through art.

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Author traces schizophrenic roots By Adrienne Slaght Correspondent Captured by his sincerity, students flooded the Brower Student Center on Nov. 16 to hear author Patrick Tracey discuss the disorder that is “all about the voices” from his book “Stalking Irish Madness: Searching for the Roots of My Family’s Schizophrenia.” Tracey said writing this book was like “treating an open wound,” and refers to the memoir as a “conversation piece for a thing that doesn’t get talked about.” Schizophrenia has become extremely prevalent in the United States — one in 100 suffer from the mental illness, Tracey said. It has also become uncomfortably familiar to Tracey, as he has watched the disorder take over the lives of several relatives, including an uncle, two sisters, a grandmother and a great-great grandmother. Tracey read passages from his work to the audience, sharing some of the bizarre experiences he encountered with his sister, Michelle, who suffers from schizophrenia, including one instance when she informed him that “the whole world is getting ready for her marriage to Jesus.” Rita Khanna, junior biopsychology major, said “I could really relate to Tracey and his stories because I also have a family member who is schizophrenic. After listening to him talk about his sisters’ experiences it gives me hope for my aunt’s future.” Tracey spoke of his long line of family history dealing with the disease, and offered

Editors drop the guitars, indie veterans amble on Editors “In This Light and On This City”

By Chris Payne WTSR Music Director

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Patrick Tracey talked to students on Nov. 16 about his experience as a relative of schizophrenics, which he explored in his award-winning book. words of inspiration to students who share a relationship with someone mentally disabled. “The best thing you can do for a person with a disability is let them know you’re not ashamed of them by their condition but that you’re proud to stand next to them,” Tracey said. And that is exactly what Tracey has done his entire life. When asked about the use of prescription drugs for treatment of schizophrenia, Tracey asserted that there is no “magic pill” and said that drugs, for the most part, put patients into

a “medicated head fog.” Tracey advocated change in the field of medicine to the audience, specifically to those who would someday become a psychiatrist. “You have a chance to make a big, big impact,” he said. Despite the hardships Tracey’s family has endured, he said, “We’re a family who believes in wishful thinking.” Tracey’s compelling story has earned him the 2009 PEN New England Award, according to a news release from the 2009 PEN Hemingway Foundation.

Mind reader takes Rat crowd by surprise, impresses students with sixth sense By Emily Brill Staff Writer

There was no shortage of hype for Robert Channing’s appearance at the College last Monday, Nov. 23. Posters adorning the walls of just about every building advertised the “Night of Enchantment,” the College Union Board-sponsored event featuring the world-famous mind reader. White type leapt from a swirling dark blue background: “Witness the impossible … Watch your friends squirm with anticipation and scream with sheer thrill as your mind is read and your future is foretold.” As if the poster itself could predict the future, that’s what happened. Channing, introduced to a packed Rathskeller as “the man who knows what you’re thinking,” began his show by assuring the audience that anyone who could prove he was using any form of assistance would receive a $100,000 reward. Knowing he had successfully enticed the cash-strapped College students comprising the audience, he immediately set to work proving no one would receive it. Channing began his performance with several basic activities to acclimate the audience to the novelty of a mentalist show. He asked all men to stand up and choose numbers between one and 100 — then rattled off the numbers, to bewildered nods, as if reading from a shopping list. He called two students up to the stage, a tactic he would employ throughout the night, and asked them to flip to a random page in two lengthy books he provided, pick out a word and not show him. He identified the words within 30 seconds and asked the students to confirm. “Extended?” he asked the first student to a nervous titter of assent. “Curiously?” he asked the second. Marisa Gonzalez, junior marketing major, laughed and nodded. The games had more than sufficiently piqued the crowd’s interest, but Channing had only just begun. The mentalist called up two members of the audience and asked them to blindfold him. Armed with seven pieces of duct tape, two half-dollars and a double-thick cloth napkin, all provided by Channing, the two students rendered him blind for the next activity, in which he claimed to tap into his “sixth sense” — something more easily accomplished, he said, when another sense is closed off. He sent his two accomplices into the audience to obtain three items — “the wackier the better,” Channing said — from various students. Once they returned with a small arsenal of items, he correctly identified a ketchup bottle, a woman’s “kitty cat” watch, and a shoe — “a moccasin, from a female’s … right foot? Is that correct?” Nat Sowinski, freshman international studies major missing a

Following two highly successful records in the U.K., post-punk revivalists Editors decided to experiment with a third album. Pegged for years as Interpol clones, the Birmingham foursome strays from its comfort zone on “In This Light and On This City,” crafting an album that contains almost no guitars. The empty space is filled with electronics, as massive use of synthesizer take the band’s arena posturing to new heights. Where the band once worshiped ’80s altrock gods R.E.M. and U2, its muse has shifted to past electronic staples Depeche Mode and New Order. For a band that once seemed content as a cut-and-paste version of its influences, Editors often seem surprisingly comfortable in its new style. The formula is perfected on “Papillion,” a pulsating synth-rocker perfectly driven by the tension of its verses and the catharsis of its refrain. The album struggles when the group abandons this attention to buildup and release, and bogs itself down in droning, directionless songs like “The Boxer” and “Eat Raw Meat=Blood Drool.” Lyric-wise, baritone guitarist Tom Smith is as earnest as they come, which tends to be a problem. As with previous efforts, the scope of his lyrics carries a Bono-like ambition, yet falls far short of the target. Key Tracks: “Papillion” and “You Don’t Know Love” Built to Spill “There is No Enemy”

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By Melissa Virzi WTSR Assistant Music Director

Robert Channing invited students up to the Rat stage Indie rock icons Built to Spill have been on Nov. 23 to participate in a series of confounding strumming and singing since the ’90s, but demonstrations.

right shoe, called out to confirm Channing’s suspicion. For what would be the longest activity of the night, Channing asked students to write down a question as well as some other identifying information — nickname, a number and a funny moment in their lives. Without taking off the blindfold, he would draw a card, identify a student based on one of these pieces of information and answer their question. The results dropped every jaw in the audience. Spellbound, students watched as Channing drew a card, and, though he could see nothing, called out to them. “Allie Cat?” he said after drawing a card. “You had a dream you were reading a book — about how to pee?” Allie Axel, junior sociology major, stood to explain her funniest moment with a laugh. Channing concluded the show by unveiling his prediction for the show, made prior to his appearance. He asked four students to stand up and asked each to name one facet of their dream vacation — the date, the location, the budget, and the person they’d want to accompany them. Students told him they’d want to spend $5,000.23 on a vacation to Antigua on June 15, 2013, with Greg. Presenting a double-sealed envelope marked “Prediction,” Channing had a student open it to reveal his prediction. A gasp ran through the audience as the student read “5,000.23. Antigua. June 15, 2013. Greg.” Channing’s “Night of Enchantment” left students baffled, captivated and with the feeling they had truly witnessed something clairvoyant. “I thought it was awesome,” Axel said. “I love magic.”

unlike most ’90s bands, its managed to remain relevant today. With very little lost over the years, frontman Doug Martsch and his band strive for an alt-pop sound and are constantly compared to Pavement, Dinosaur Jr. and the Flaming Lips. Though similar to its 2006 release, “You in Reverse,” on its latest album the band trades all its three-minutes-or-less pop packages for more jam-focused, ambling guitar fills. “Hindsight” features all the literate songwriting of Martsch with the usual pedal-enhanced guitar riffs. Tracks such as “Aisle 13” and “Nowhere Lullaby” are worth a listen as well, with a slightly more pop-oriented feel. Key Tracks: “Hindsight” and “Aisle 13”

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SignalSports College punches ticket to Final Four in Texas Lions upset No. 2 Williams with stout defense By Michael O’Donnell Staff Writer After pulling off an impressive string of victories, including defeating undefeated No. 2ranked Williams College, the Lions are headed to the national semifinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament. For the veterans, it’s another chance at a National Championship. “It feels great to be going to San Antonio for the Final Four,” junior forward Briann McDonough said. “This is something we have been working for and wanting all season.” And for the first-year players, it’s early success that can be beneficial to such a young career. “I’m so excited to be playing at this level with a team filled with such talented athletes, especially as a freshman it makes it that more

memorable,” freshman forward Allyson Anderson said. Nevertheless, the Lions had their chance to advance to the semifinals by first upsetting the 19-1 Ephs of Williams College on their home field in Williamstown, Mass. by a final score of 1-0. The win meant a little extra, as the Lions were knocked out of the tournament by the Ephs just Lions Ephs one year ago in the round of 16. “I absolutely think that it was Lions appropriate for us to knock them out in the same round just as they Bombers did last year,” Anderson said. “This was our chance to regain what the team lost last year and it was a perfect way to regain respect.” Anderson put the only goal in net in this very defensive matchup. Her unassisted

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Senior defender Jillian Casey has tallied 19 points this season.

score at 64:56 was her eighth of the year, including her third game-winner. Anderson has been the offensive spark plug for her team, as she has tallied one point in each of the Lions’ first four tournament games. She has two goals and two assists thus far. “My goal, along with the effort from every player on that field goes to show you that we fight for everything 1 until the job gets done,” Ander0 son said. The defense provided a nec1 essary spark of its own, as se0 nior goalkeeper Jessica Clarke notched a season high nine saves to keep the high-powered Ephs offense silent for 90 minutes. “Williams is a great program and we are happy with how we performed to advance,” Clarke said. “Our defense has been stepping up tremendously.” The team made their biggest collective impact the following day. The Lions advanced to the Final Four for the fifth time in seven years after edging out Ithaca College 1-0 in the quarterfinals. The lone goal of this contest was off the foot of McDonough, who added yet another heroic play to her resume. The junior avoided the oncoming Ithaca junior goalie Jessica Platt and placed the ball into the net on a well-timed pass from Anderson. The goal at 19:13 was McDonough’s eighth of the year, and her team-leading fifth game-winner. “I don’t really see myself as the hero,”

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McCarthy takes a shot at the goal.

McDonough said, who played on the semifinals teams in 2006 and 2007. “All my goals come from all my teammates working hard and me being lucky enough to get it past the keeper.” The defense did their part as well, and they did exactly in this game what they’ve done for the past 702 minutes and 33 seconds — not allow a goal. Much of that is due to the stellar play of Clarke, who, with the win, recorded her 16th shutout of the season. She had five saves in this contest. Including their tournament games, the Lions have put up eight shutouts in a row. “I am happy with the streak, but that does see CHAMPIONSHIP page 17


Grapplers finish first in Oneonta State Invitational

College blows past Hawks and Violets to remain undefeated By Bobby Olivier Managing Editor After several dual meet wins early this season, the Lions flexed their muscles at the Oneonta State Invitational last Saturday. The College finished first overall in the 12-school tournament, scoring 152 team points, while four individual grapplers were winners in their respective weight classes. Individual winners for the Lions included sophomore Jim Somma at 141 pounds, freshman Brian Broderick at 174 pounds and juniors Mike Denver and Adam Koziol at 184 and 197 pounds respectively.

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The Lions are off to a dominant start this season.

“We wrestled really well, we are coming along and keep getting better each time,” head coach David Icenhower said. “Overall it was a very good weekend and we are continuing to progress.” Koziol credited his training with his success. “I think the kids I wrestle with at practice every day and coaches really helped,” he said. The Lions finished far in front as a team, scoring 152 points with Oneonta State finishing a distant second with 110 overall points. Also on Saturday was the East Stroudsburg Open, hosted by East Stroudsburg University. Two College wrestlers, senior Tyler Branham and graduate student Dan DiColo, competed in this tournament featuring more than 70 grapplers. Branham was victorious in seven matches to come out on top at 149 pounds. “Branham wrestled great,” Icenhower said. “Out of the seven guys he wrestled, five were Division I. Danny (DiColo) wrestled well too.” DiColo went 2-2 on the day in the 157-pound weight class. The Lions were riding high into the invitational, taking down two foes at home earlier in the week. The Lions bested Hunter College 37-7 on Nov. 18 and overtook New York University 31-6 on Nov. 19 to improve their record to 3-0. Against Hunter, the Lions won their final six individual bouts to gain victory over the Hawks. Branham began the streak with a 10-2 major decision at 149 pounds. The Lions followed suit with victories by DiColo, senior Al Wonesh, juniors Justin Bonitatis, Mike Denver, Koziol and sophomore Ben Ostner. The Lions returned to Packer Hall the next day to put on another dominant performance versus the Violets of New York University. The College rattled off another six-win streak in the mid weight classes to grab its third victory this season. Joining the win streak was Broderick

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The College improved to 3-0 over the last week.

who won by technical fall 21-5 at 174 pounds. “What you look for is to get a little better each time you go out, and the team is starting to get into better shape and believe in their conditioning and taking little steps,” Icenhower said. The Lions will be put to the test on Saturday at the York (PA) University Invitational, a meet including many difficult foes. “This weekend is going to be tough because there are three Top-15 teams we will be going up against,” Icenhower said. Bobby Olivier can be reached at

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Frank leads senior squad to early 4-2 record Championship / By Garrett Rasko-Martinis Sports Editor The Lions have had no shortage of offense in the first two weeks of the season. The College has been led by the strong scoring efforts of its seniors, with the duo of senior guard and captain Jay Frank and senior forward Aaron Syvertsen pacing the group. For the second consecutive week Frank was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Player of the Week. He leads the NJAC in both scoring and steals with 21.5 points per game and 2.83 steals per game. He also raised his career point total to 938, a mere 62 points away from the 1000point mark. “It’s something my mom and dad are real excited about,” Frank said. “It would be pretty cool to do it at home.” In the team’s first six games, the Lions have scored 90 or more points twice and 80 or more four times. The College now stands

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Frank leaps for the jump shot.

at 4-2 as the team prepares for conference play this week. The Lions most exciting win of the young season came with its 76-71 upset of No. 8 DeSales University in the first day of the four-team Albright College Tournament on Nov. 20. Syvertsen led the team with 25 points after shooting 10 of 16 from the floor. The Lions led at the half 35-29 after Frank hit a three-pointer with two seconds remaining. But the Bulldogs fought back and took a 10-point lead with 9:41 remaining in the second half. The Lions offense responded with a 10-0 run in two minutes to tie the game back at 58. Both teams kept making big shots until the game was tied 68-68 with 1:33 remaining in the game. Syvertsen put the game away with a three-pointer, his fourth three-pointer of the evening, to complete the upset. Junior forward Steven Siracusa earned the double-double with a 16 points and 12 rebounds. Frank also scored 14 points with four assists. The next day the Lions fell to the host Albright College in the championship game 8574. The College played from behind for most of the game, as Albright started the contest with a 16-4 run. The Lions were trailing 4226 at the half, but went on a 17-2 run at the start of the second half to pull the score to 44-43. But that was as close as the College would get to the lead, as Albright’s offense made shot after shot to secure the win. Frank and Syversten hit double-digit points again with 18 points each. Siracusa compiled his second straight double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. “I think we’re going to get better as the season goes on,” Frank said. “It’s interesting because three of the teams we beat are better than the two teams we lost to. The last game at Albright we were tired after playing our fourth game in seven days. Our loss this weekend was inexcusable.

We should be 5-1 and we could be 6-0. But we should be fine and we’re going to keep playing better.” The Lions were once again led to a 9385 victory on Nov. 24 against Muhlenberg College by the strong play of Frank and Syvertsen. The two seniors alone accounted for more than half of the team’s points as Frank made a season-high 29 points and Syvertsen tied his career-high with 27 points. The College was most challenged in the final five minutes of the first half, as the two teams traded the lead back and forth nine times. After that the Lions started the second half strong with a 13-2 run to give the Lions a lead they never relinquished. Senior guard Will Manhart made a career-high 11 points and senior forward Christoph Schoenbeck made a career-high eight rebounds. The Lions finished off the week with a tough 97-88 loss at Centenary College. The College once again fell behind early and were trailing 51-43 at halftime. The Lions made a strong push at the end of the game and brought the score to 90-86 with 1:22 left in the game. But the Cyclones made seven straight free throws to put the game out of reach for the Lions. Frank once again lead all scorers with 28 points, and made a career-high 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Albert Matlock added a career-high 16 points, and Manhart contributed nine points, six rebounds and five assists. The Lions will play only its second home game of the season against conference rival Rowan University at 8 p.m. on Dec. 2. “We know how important this game and any conference game is,” Frank said. “It’s our first home game in four games, and it will be nice to be home. Physically we know we’re ready to go, we just have to prepare mentally and play a good game.” Garrett Rasko-Martinis can be reached at

Lions fight for finals continued from page 20 not compare to my excitement about the Final Four,” Clarke said. After advancing to this point by virtue of their win over the College’s New Jersey Athletic Conference rival Rowan University 2-1, the No. 15-ranked Bombers end their season at 16-5-1. This win is certainly the Lions’ biggest of the year, but their next game may be against their toughest opponent to date. The College will go head-to-head with the top-ranked Falcons of Messiah College, who are 23-0-1 on the season. These two powerhouses will play at Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, TX on Friday, Dec. 4 at a time to be announced. The two teams are no strangers to each other. The Lions defeated the Falcons in semifinals in 2006, with the Falcons gaining revenge the following year in the exact same round. “A bunch of us remember losing to Messiah in the semifinals and it is in the back of our mind,” McDonough said. “But overall, we are all just excited to be playing in the semifinals and hope to advance to the finals.” After advancing to the finals in two of the past seven years, the 20-2-1 Lions know that this is a spot that they cannot take for granted. “Our goal of achieving a national championship still has not been achieved,” Clarke said. “Although we have been there numerous times it is still not enough and keeps us hungry and motivated.” They have taken down giants before, so if the Lions can upset the best Division III team in the nation, just one more win would secure the program’s first national championship in nine years.

Women’s Basketball

College rebounds from two straight losses with tournament win By Matt Hammond Correspondent

three-pointers in the Swarthmore game. Sophomore guard Jessica Imhof also provided an offensive spark as her 16 points led all scorers against Haverford. The Lions dominated their opponents the last two “From the beginning of the season, we’ve always weeks, leaving a lasting impression after their first emphasized that every single member of the team is appearance in the four-team bracket of the Swarth- important,” Lassoni said. “And every single player, more Tip-Off Tournament. After cleaning up its com- at any time, can have the opportunity to step up. This petition in blowout fashion, the College now boasts year we really don’t have any star players, and that’s a two-game winning streak at the expense of Swarth- what we’ve been focusing on—working as a group.” more College and Haverford College. The Lions showed glimpses earlier in “We started our journey, and I think Greyhounds 72 the week, in a home game on Nov. 18 68 against Moravian College. The ball-movewe’re on the right track,” senior guard Lions Karen Lassoni said. “I’m really excited ment that gashed holes in defenses days 69 later just didn’t produce openings on for this season. I’m really excited to work Lions 43 Wednesday. Still, the promise it showed with a group of girls that are really hard- Garnet working. And I definitely think we have their coach didn’t go unnoticed. 68 all the components to win another (confer- Lions “We made leaps and bounds from what Fords 44 we were able to do against Stevens toence) championship.” To its credit, after the off-season lownight,” Henderson said. ered experience on its roster and disassembled its It seems the Lions have broken through and are low-post game, the College has struggled to reestab- starting to show signs they’re ready to revisit last lish last season’s dominance. The Lions may have year’s form. dropped their season’s first two games, but only by a “We’re getting into our offenses better, we’re setcombined six points. tling into our defenses more,” Lassoni said. “I defi“Some girls have been on the team for two and nitely see an improvement from the first game to the three years, and it takes a little while to get used to last game that we played. It’s easy to look at wins and the new system,” Lassoni said. “Coach (Dawn Hen- losses, but at this point in the season, we want to look derson) definitely changed our outlook of what we at how we’re playing.” needed to do, because of our personnel.” But she also noted the job is far from finished. With Lassoni in foul trouble for most of the week“In games we have a lot of highs and a lot of lows,” end, sophomore guard Katie Occhipinti was thrust Lassoni said. “We really want to work on keeping into an important role during both games. She didn’t a steady pace. We definitely improved, but we still have statistics to show for her effort personally, but have a long way to go.” Hoping to keep an even keel and maintain its by taking the reins of their fast-break offense, Occhipinti orchestrated a 32-4 run in the second half momentum, the Lions dig into their in-conference schedule Wednesday night in Packer Hall, welcoming against Swarthmore that buried the Garnet. Emerging as an off-the-bench compliment to Occhip- NJAC-rival Rowan University. Tip-off is scheduled inti, sophomore guard Hannah Tait scored 16 points on four for 6 p.m.

The College then travels to Salisbury University over the weekend for the four-team Salisbury University Optimist Classic. The first game against Frostburg University starts Friday Dec. 4 at 8 p.m.

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The Lions won two games after losing two straight.

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Bobby Olivier “The Ref”

Drew Conn Correspondent

Jason Cantor Correspondent

Mike McLoughlin Correspondent

It’s time to fight for the crown. Correspondents Drew Conn, Jason Cantor and Mike McLoughlin will duke it out to win the highly-coveted AtD Fall Semester Championship. Managing Editor Bobby Olivier will ask our contestants if the Bengals’ signing of Larry Johnson was wise, if Tim Lincecum and Zack Greinke deserved their Cy Young awards and if Kansas is in danger of losing its No. 1 spot in the standings. Who will take home the gold?

1. With all of his baggage, was signing Larry Johnson a smart move by the Cincinnati Bengals?

ing time. Benson has something of his own to prove, and would do much better for himself playing well instead of worrying about the people behind him. Johnson is a good depth signing, but will not have much on or off-thefield impact. BO: Mike gets the 3 here because he is clearly the one that did his research. Johnson is a No. 4 back for the Bengals and shouldn’t see much playing time, so Mike gets the 3. Drew and Jason both mentioned that either way, his financial impact will be minimal, so I give you each 1.5 points for similar answers.

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2.Tim Lincecum and Zack Greinke took home the NL and AL Cy Young awards this year. Were they both deserving, and if not, who should’ve received the award? DC: Both pitchers deserved the Cy Young. Greinke was absolutely dominant against all teams, including those in the AL East, despite playing for the pathetic Kansas City Royals. With his league-leading 2.16 ERA, you cannot place any blame upon Greinke for his lack of wins. No matter who he played, good or bad, Greinke went out there and pitched dominantly for the entire season. With Lincecum leading in strikeouts, Adam Wainwright leading in wins, and Chris Carpenter in leading ERA, the award really could have gone to any of them. Carpenter and Wainwright took votes away from each other and the vote would have been different if they were on separate teams. I would have given the award to Wainwright because his pitching was most clutch and essential to a winning team, but I’m not appalled by the voters’ decision to go with Lincecum. JC: I think it is about time that players are awarded for what they did and not what their teams did. Due to terrible lack of run support, Zach Greinke and Tim Lincecum did not put up gaudy win totals, but they both were lights out almost every appearance they made. Greinke’s league leading 2.16 ERA was a full run lower than CC Sabathia’s 3.37, who ranked fourth in the AL. Greinke ranked in the top two players in strikeouts, ERA, walks and hits per innings pitched (WHIP), batting average against (BAA), complete games (CG) and shut outs pitched. Greinke’s 2009 season is arguably the most dominant season by an AL pitcher since Pedro Martinez was throwing for the Red Sox. Lincecum deserved to win the award, but if Carpenter or even Wainwright won the award it would have been more than justifiable. Like Greinke, Lincecum was also in the top two in the NL for strikeouts, ERA, BAA, CG, and shut outs pitched. However Carpenter and Wainwright were just as dominant. The reason I give Lincecum the nod is because Carpenter’s win total and ERA were not better than Lincecum by enough to negate his lack of strikeouts and BAA. Wainwright had a great year, but his WHIP, BAA, and lack of CG’s aren’t overshadowed by his win total. With that being said, if Wainwright and Carpenter weren’t on the same team Lincecum likely wouldn’t have won, but he would have my vote. MM: The writers got both the AL and NL Cy Youngs correct this year. It was refreshing to see that the writers did not rely on a statistic like wins, which does not paint a good picture of their overall performance, and instead gravitated toward numbers that better evalu-

DC: I think it was a good move because he has been signed as a reserve and as a veteran influence. With their backup being rookie Bernard Scott, it’s a smart idea to grab Johnson in case Cedric Benson’s injury lingers for the season. It’s hard to gauge how much talent Johnson has left because the Chiefs are so bad this year. If Benson gets healthy, then Johnson may still be able to contribute to the team as a spell running back, adding another element to their offense. The Bengals don’t need to worry about his off-field antics. He said some bad things about Chiefs’ fans but he isn’t a locker room destroyer like Terrell Owens. And if he does begin to distract the team, then the Bengals can easily cut him without worrying about a big contract. JC: Although it is not a move that will put them over the top, signing Larry Johnson was a very wise decision by the upper management of the Cincinnati Bengals. Even though Larry Johnson is known for his antics, the Bengals will only be paying him $255,290 to finish the season. If he has any intelligence, Johnson will be on his best behavior so a team will sign him next year. With Johnson, the Bengals get a guy that only a few years ago put up back-to-back 1700-plus yard seasons. Although everyone will agree that Johnson has lost a few steps as most running backs do by the time they hit 30, he was playing on an awful team. Just last year Johnson put up a respectable 4.5 yards per carry. The man can still contribute. The Bengals are a team that could really make some noise in the playoffs and signing Johnson can only help. And if it doesn’t work out, the Bengals can waive him and hardly take a hit at all. MM: Larry Johnson could be a prime example of an athlete who just needs a change of scenery. In the past, risky moves on embattled stars have worked (Randy Moss to the Patriots) and have not (Moss to the Raiders). The starting running back of the Bengals right now is proof that a struggling player with baggage can come in and turn a team around. The effectiveness of this move completely hinges on Cedric Benson. If the Bengals are not confident he will be healthy enough to run effectively, this is a smart move. Johnson would add depth behind Bernard Scott and Brian Leonard, and for a team poised for a playoff run, depth at running back is a necessity. If Benson is out for just one week, the move could pay dividends, allowing him to spend more time recovering. However, Benson has not exactly embraced the idea of the Bengals signing Johnson. If he is unhappy, the Bengals locker room could become an issue that could spill out onto the field. At the end of the day, I do not see Larry Johnson making much of an impact either way. The fourth running back rarely sees play-

ate a pitcher’s skill. In the AL, Greinke was far and away the best pitcher in the league. The only other pitcher within striking range was Felix Hernandez, but his numbers were not on Greinke’s level. Posting a 2.16 ERA in the NL would be ridiculous, and in the AL it is unheard of. To compare, an AL ERA is usually about one run higher than a comparable NL ERA. If Greinke pitched to the tune of a 1.16 ERA in the NL, it would rival Bob Gibson’s 1.12 ERA in 1968, a year in which he was so dominant that they changed the height of the pitcher’s mound. The NL race was a little tighter, with Lincecum, Carpenter and Wainwright having stellar seasons. It is unfair, again, to look at wins because the Cardinals were a better overall team than the Giants. Wainwright led the league in wins, Carpenter in ERA, and Lincecum in strikeouts. The Cardinals played in a more pitcher-friendly ballpark than Lincecum, with a better defense behind them. While they had fine seasons, Lincecum was the most dominant pitcher in the league. He struck out the most batters, and when you isolate his performance, regardless of the talent behind him, the numbers back him up as well. BO: Drew gets the 3 here for avoiding the stat vomit. Jason gets 2 for comparing Greinke’s season to old Pedro Martinez seasons, a fair comparison. Mike gets 1 for assuming the AL-NL converter.

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3. No. 1-ranked Kansas University almost lost to unranked Memphis University this past week. Do the Jayhawks have what it takes to go the distance and make waves in the NCAA tournament this year? DC: They definitely have a chance to do well in the tournament this year. Kansas is not a very strong No. 1 though, and I don’t see them going undefeated and holding that rank for the entire season. Last year the University of North Carolina was the No. 1 team at the start of the season, and it looked like they had potential for absolute dominance. I don’t see that same potential in Kansas this year. There are some very good teams right on their heels such as Texas and Michigan State, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see three or four different teams hold the No. 1 spot this year. Their near loss

occurred in the first game of the season so they were probably just rusty and nervous in their first game as the No. 1 team. But let’s face it – November and December are pointless months anyway. In college basketball it’s all about January, February and March. JC: The Jayhawks absolutely have what it takes to go the distance. In college, the team with the best big man will usually win. Kansas’ Cole Aldrich is one of, if not the best, big men in college. Last year North Carolina was ranked No. 1 in the preseason and went the distance. Florida did the same in 200607, and Connecticut in 2003-2004. Michigan State is returning a bunch of players, Texas is playing great, even Duke is back as an elite team. The bottom line is that there is going to be a lot of really good teams this year. Literally every team ranked in the Top 25 can do damage. Even pesky younger teams like Memphis showed Kansas that this is not going to be an easy season. MM: While Kansas was a huge favorite in this game, it is not entirely surprising that the game was as close as it was. Memphis has been a solid basketball program for years, but was stripped of its recruits when head coach John Calipari left. Still, the team showed the heart and grit of a team playing with a chip on its shoulder. The reason I am not worried about the Jayhawks is that the team played part of this game without its star and team leader, Sherron Collins. Collins played 32 minutes in the game and committed two turnovers. His replacements came in and proceeded to turn it over 11 times. Do the Jayhawks have what it takes? If they stay healthy they do. They came into the season ranked No. 1 because they have the best team on paper in the country. As long as the team plays to its potential, the players will definitely make waves in the NCAA tournament this year. BO: And it all comes down to this. Drew wins the final question and the semester, scoring 3 for ultimately saying that this game didn’t matter because it’s so early. Mike gets 2 for mentioning Collins and the turnovers in the Memphis game, and Jason gets 1 for the least interesting answer.

Drew wins the AtD Fall Championship, 7.5 - 6 - 4.5

“The champ is here — GET SOME.” -Drew

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LIONS ROUNDUP Date 11/15/09 11/18/09 11/20/09 11/21/09 11/24/09 11/28/09 12/2/09 12/5/09 12/17/09 12/19/09 1/4/10 1/6/10 1/9/10 1/13/10 1/16/10 1/20/10 1/23/10 1/27/10

Date 10/23/09 10/31/09 11/1/09 11/7/09 11/13/09 12/4/09 12/5/09 12/6/09 1/16/10 1/23/10 1/24/10 1/30/10 2/19/10 2/20/10 2/21/10

Date 11/15/09 11/18/09 11/21/09 11/22/09 12/2/09 12/4/09 12/5/09 12/8/09 12/12/09 12/30/09 1/2/10 1/3/10 1/6/10 1/9/10

Menʼs BasketballTime/Result Opponent @ vs. @ @ @ @ vs. @ @ vs. @ @ @ vs. vs. @ vs. vs.

Lehman College Berkeley College Albright Co. Tournament Albright Co. Tournament Muhlenberg College Centenary College Rowan University William Paterson U. Davidson College Drew University Delaware University FDU-Florham New Jersey City U. Rutgers University-Camden Rutgers University-Newark Kean University Montclair State University Richard Stockton College

W W W L W L 8 1 7 1 7 7 4 8 3 8 3 8

83-76 2 OT 96-50 76-71 74-85 93-85 88-97 p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m.

Womenʼs Swimming Opponent

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Montclair State University Ramapo College Stevens Institute of Tech. So. Connecticut State U. Franklin & Marshall Co. TCNJ Lions Invitational TCNJ Lions Invitational TCNJ Lions Invitational C.W. Post New York University William Paterson U. Rowan University Met. Conference Champs. Met. Conference Champs. Met. Conference Champs.


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Menʼs Basketball Senior guard Jay Frank led the Lions to two victories last week over Muhlenberg College and Centenary College. Frank averaged 28.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals in the two contests and was named NJAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. Gould, Staff Writer

This Week In Sports Menʼs Basketball

Dec. 2 vs. Rowan University, 8 p.m. Dec. 5 @ William Paterson University, 1 p.m.


Stevens Institute of Tech. L 46-48 Moravian College L 68-72 Swarthmore College W 69-43 Haverford College W 68-44 Rowan University 6 p.m. Frostburg University 8 p.m. Salisbury University 8 p.m. Arcadia University 6 p.m. William Paterson U. 1 p.m. Marymount University 3 p.m. Norwich University 2 p.m. York Co./Ursinus Co. Noon/2 p.m. Alvernia University 6 p.m. New Jersey City U. 2 p.m.

Trivia Question Answer to Last Week’s Trivia Question: 111

This Saturday’s Conference Championship games in college football will be headlined by the rematch of last year’s SEC Championship game between No. 1 Florida University and No. 2 University of Alabama. The Crimson Tide will look for revenge after falling to the Gators 31-20 last year. Counting this year, how many times have these two teams met for the SEC title since the game was established in 1992?

Jay Frank


W 151-86 W 188-61 W 150-112 W 169-126 W 127-74 5 p.m. TBA TBA 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 9:30 a.m 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m.

Womenʼs Basketball Opponent

Lion of the Week

Womenʼs Basketball

Dec. 2 vs. Rowan University, 6 p.m. Dec. 4 @ Frostburg University, 8 p.m. Dec. 5 @ Salisbury University, 8 p.m. Dec. 8 @ Arcadia University, 6 p.m


Dec. 5 @ York College Invitational, 9:30 a.m.

Swimming and Diving

Dec. 4-5 Lions Diving Invitational, 5 p.m/10:30 a.m. Dec. 5-6 @ Franklin and Marshall Invitational, 9 a.m/10a.m

Womenʼs Soccer

Dec. 4 @ NCAA Tournament - Messiah College, Noon.

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