The Student Voice of Montclair State University Since 1928 Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Volume XCIV, Issue 11
Canvas To Replace Blackboard? Online education supplement to take a different form
Michael Klein Staff Writer “Is Blackboard still down?” is a common phrase amongst many university campuses. Blackboard has long been an integral part of our academic learning process, as professors post class information, syllabi and assignments. Every student needs it, but unfortunately, it is swamped with maintenance and it crashes so much so that it’s not the most dependable resource despite its necessity. On Nov. 19 alone, three separate emails were sent out to students within three hours in regards to Blackboard being down for maintenance and then for extended maintenance. However, there has been a solution presented to this problem: Canvas. Canvas is a similar program to Blackboard, but it integrates social media into its format. Profiles can be made and personal information can be added. In addition, your profile can be
Personal Coverage of JFK Assasination for 50th Anniversary
Students turn to Canvas for learning.
connected with social media giants like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Its intention is to create an allencompassing platform for students. “The user-interface design of Canvas is much simpler and more user-friendly, which reduces the learning curve for both faculty and students—this is an important factor as the University introduces additional fully online degree programs,” explains Dr. Edward Cha-
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pel, Vice President for Information Technology, “Unlike other LMSs [learning management systems] currently in use, which are oriented more towards course administration and management than teaching and learning efficacy, Canvas is designed within a new pedagogical paradigm centered clearly on learning and collaboration.” Though most students have yet to interact with it, a select few have begun
Susan Cole Honored
Teacher of the Year Award given to Montclair State’s President
Jessica Czarnogursky Editor-in-Chief Fifty years ago, Americans stood back in horror as they heard the news of a hopeful young president’s assassination. Not having the modern technology we of the 21st century are accustomed to, they took to power on television sets and radio broadcasts for the most upto-date coverage. They then voraciously read the newspapers, whether it was the morning, afternoon or late edition, for the facts the broadcasters couldn’t fill in. Journalism professor Ron Hollander, in light of the 50th anniversary, recounted his work for The Norfolk-Virginia Pilot in 1963, his first newspaper job after graduating from Brandeis University. For The Pilot, he was told to cover the local lead, giving the much needed information of the death and eventually the funeral JFK continued on Page 4.
President Susan Cole.
Joseph Remmert Staff Writer Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole was selected as educator of the year by the New Jersey Research and Development Council on Nov. 7 at the 43th Edison Patent Awards Ceremony and Celebration at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. Cole was
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awarded for her contribution to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. The NJ Research and Development Council (R&D Council) is a nonprofit organization that aims to cultivate “an environment that supports the advancement of research and development Cole continued on Page 3.
to use it as the University makes a move towards it. The LGBTQ Center on campus has started to integrate it into its work with the peer educator volunteers. “From what I’ve seen so far, I like it,” expresses sophomore peer educator Johanna Durazzi. “As long as it’s going towards the positive, then I’m happy with it.” In December 2012, Provost Willard Gringerich announced a conduction of an evaluation of Canvas, and in February 2013, a committee was created to review the program. The review committee included leaders from among the academic community of faculty and stakeholders from Academic Affairs and Technology Training & Integration. Fifteen student representatives were also included in the review process. “The Canvas review process was carefully planned and structured to allow for presentations of the product by the vendor, as well as Canvas continued on Page 3.
John Ryle House Jonathan Molina Entertainment Editor
Inspired by the Irish
Students moved by poet’s words of wisdom Erin Mathis Staff Writer Many Montclair students fail to take advantage of the many “outside the classroom” learning opportunities regularly offered on our campus. Isaac Asimov, the Russian-born American science fiction author once stated: “Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.” One event in particular was the Marie Frazee-Baldassarre Irish Poetry Reading. Dr. Marie Frazee-Baldassarre, a 1946 Montclair State (then the Montclair State Teachers’ College) master’s degree graduate earned her doctorate from the Teachers College at
“I believe that education is necessary to be a citizen.”
As I turned left onto the final street, rows and rows of cars made it near impossible to reach the John Ryle house. An older house in the community, the John Ryle house has a different vibe that was uniquely New Jersey. The familiar scent of smoke stood in the air as people were milling about on the couches, intently staring at the Roku logo on the CRT television while stifling laughs with beer and Scotch every time that the logo bounced closer and closer to the edge. It would never happen that night, though, probably because the television was never properly calibrated with wasted space surrounding the rebounding image. This, however, was after a beer run was made and a beret was bestowed upon my head in a mock ceremony that lasted all of two seconds. It was a great prelude to what was in store at the John Ryle house even though unfortunately, the main attraction was not the bouncing logo but the clashing of cymbals and drum machines that would identify the John Ryle house as one of New Jersey’s basement shows.
Columbia University and worked as the academic advisor to the School of Mathematics and Science. In her will, she left a generous bequest to Montclair State for the creation of an English Department chair named in her honor. This position is held today by Professor Lucy McDiarmid, who uses a portion of this grant to fund the Marie Frazee-Baldassarre Irish Poetry Readings, which are yearly or bi-yearly visits and poetry readings by established Irish poets. The first poet to read in this semester’s series was Paula Meehan, an Irish poet and playwright who has recently been named Ireland Professor of Poetry, the highest honor awarded to a poet in Ireland and comparable to the position of Poet Laureate in the U.S. She
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Poetry continued on Page 3.
News, p. 3
Feature, p. 10
Opinion, p. 13
Entertainment, p. 17
Sports, p. 21
Montclair State Updates Real campus and local news with a twist
The Craze for Crossfit
From Commemoration to Education
Something About Streetcar
Football Wins Season Final The Montclair State football team ended their lackluster 2013 season with a victory over NJAC rival Kean University on Nov. 16 at Sprague Field.
In last week’s election, there were 1,749 Montclair State University students registered to vote,but only 192 ballots were cast with only a 10.98 percent turn-out.
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Student Daniel Avento, 24 of Montville, N.J. was charged with theft of services for exiting the Red Hawk Parking Deck without payment. He is scheduled to appear in Montclair Municipal Court. (building #21)
On Nov. 14 A student reported that his tire was removed from his/her vehicle while it was parked in CarParc Diem; this case is under investigation. (building #50)
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On Nov. 13
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On Nov. 14
A staff member of the Rathskeller in the Student Center reported he/she was passed a fraudulent $5 bill. This case is under investigation. (building #40)
On Nov. 14
Nermeen Elneanaey, 18, Dana Kaminsky, 18 and Shayna Gordon, 18, all of Manalapan, N.J. were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia while in Barton Hall. All parties are scheduled to appear in Little Falls Municipal Court. (building #58)
On Nov. 14
On Nov. 14
A faculty member reported that he/she purchased a fraudulent handbag from another faculty member. This case is under investigation.
A student reported that a taxi cab driver stole his/her iPhone 4 as he/she was being dropped off at Dinallo Heights. This case is under investigation. (building #49)
The Montclarion willingly corrects its factual errors. If you think there is a mistake in a story, please call Editor-inChief Jessica at ext. 5230.
Writers and Contributors
Andrew Guadagnino Kelly McGeary Victoria Nelli Kevin Camilo Megan Rose Spinelli Mike Panepinto Joe Stanley Kurp Ivette Cordero Justine Giletto Joseph Remmert Michael Klein Erin Mathis Stephanie Chavarria Camila Malvar De Sousa Corey Aron Nick Patriarca Troy Strozeski Kenneth Macri Kimberly Asman Yasmin Abboushi
On Nov. 14 A faculty member reported he/she was passed a fraudulent $20 bill in the C-Store. This case is under investigation. (building #40)
On Nov. 15 Two staff members of Café Diem reported that a 6’2’’ or 6’3’’ Latino male with pale complexion wearing a short length black trench coat and black rimmed glasses made harassing comments. This case is under investigation. (building #28)
On Nov. 18 A student reported that his/her vehicle sustained damage to the driver side door and rear quarter panel while parked on the third floor of CarParc Diem. This case is under investigation. (building #50)
Anyone who has information regarding these incidents is urged to call the police station from any campus phone at T-I-P-S (8477). All calls are strictly confidential.
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Facing a World of Disruption Canvas Entrepenuers learn secrets to success
Jayna Gugliucci Staff Writer With the support of the School of Business, a presentation was given Monday night by the Senior Vice President of Cisco, Carlos Dominguez. Entitled “Disruption,” the event aimed to show “how technology, innovation and global competition are disrupting careers, companies, industries and markets.” Today, the technological world has advanced so far that it has even begun to interfere with the traditional pattern of the job market, proving a serious threat for college students, as well as its current employees. However, in the fast-paced age of change, the words Dominguez had to offer inspired teachers, entrepreneurs and students alike. With technology advancing so quickly in the new digital age, Dominguez stressed that “mankind is moving where we’re living longer and we’re making more money per person.” Today, people have become “connected in a way that we’ve never been connected before.” The hyperconnectivity of the world, although expatiating quickly, is a challenge that has thrown “a notion of disruption” into the developing market. With the rebooting of business, government and society happening before, the tradition has carried itself through every industry. With the creation of Napster and later iTunes, the music industry was set off-balance and eventually adopted a new method of survival. Meanwhile, online courses and universities have troubled the educational
Dominguez delivering his presentation.
setting that so many universities have worked hundreds of years to foster. The disruptions, although seemingly destructive, are unavoidable and will only continue to change the fate of the entrepreneurial world. In fact, by 2020, it is predicted that “three-fourths of companies in the market will be those we have not even heard of yet.” Though unbelievable, Facebook bought Instagram for $2 billion the same year Kodak filed for bankruptcy. Neither of these companies even existed at the time Kodak came into the marketplace. With the development of artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles and 3D printing, these sorts of disruptions are only predicted to increase. In response to these expected technologies, Dominguez shared how companies can stay relevant despite the times. Through “leverage of the present, preparation for the future and embracing
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change,” the new entrepreneurial world stands less of a chance in the face of big companies. Meanwhile, easing the minds of students in the room, “being adaptive, opening oneself to opportunity and understanding technology” will ensure success after school in all areas of business. At the end, Dominguez stressed that “we have to keep reinventing ourselves” in order to cope with the constantly changing world. Graduate student Kristen Shah said Dominguez “gave a lot more insight into the field” she and her colleagues will soon face after school. Stimulating the imaginations of everyone in the room, Dominguez could not have painted a more descriptive picture of the disruptions currently occurring in the developing age of technology. As Dominguez stressed at the beginning and end of his presentation, now is an “incredible time to be alive.”
Montclair State Updates Real campus and local news with a twist
Tom Mika Contributing Writer
Jared Cardenas, Evan Dickerson, Ryan Moore
Jordan Manglona Contributing Writer
•“Selfie” was recently named Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries. We look forward to next year’s Word of the Year: “mistake.”
•The world’s oldest animal, a clam, was killed by scientists in an attempt to discover its age. “We feel so bad about this,” said the scientists as they warmed their butter dishes and put on their bibs.
• The former Bayonne Plumbing storage facility was demolished to make way for new housing. In related news, Bayonne will no longer be considered one large plumbing facility.
•The East Rutherford council is considering $550 million in bonds to finish the American Dream shopping and entertainment center in the Meadowlands. That’s right; the government is now literally throwing money into a swamp.
•A recent study shows that New Jersey’s most obese county is Cumberland County. The result comes as somewhat of a surprise, as it suggests that somebody lives in Cumberland County.
• Media continues to speculate as to whether or not Governor Christie will run for president in 2016. Some might say the famous Bruce Springsteen fan was born to take part in a presidential election.
• Universal Pictures has announced the upcoming film Jurassic World, not to be confused with the other highly anticipated sequel about dinosaurs, The Expendables 3.
• Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Giudice received a ticket for careless driving, proving that not even he could care less about what Joe Giudice is doing.
• Montclair State University performed a production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, which was sponsored by the beer Stella! Artois.
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presentations by faculty and staff from other colleges and universities that had selected the Canvas LMS to replace their previous learning management solutions,” explains Chapel. “The evaluation process concluded with an online vote that was conducted to elicit a recommendation for Montclair State University’s next learning management system.” Therefore, the Canvas program has been tried and tested, looking to be the move the University is going towards. However, most are now asking, “When?” “Blackboard serves its purpose, but I feel we will be able to do more with Canvas,” says graduate student Anna Verdes-Montenegro. “I wish it was just more concrete than ‘on this date’ we will switch to this.” The full replacement of Blackboard with the new program is set for the Fall 2014 semester. Pilot users of the new system have begun with some faculty and professors trying the software with their students. “Specifically, during the Fall 2013 semester, 26 faculty members are offering more than 50 courses using Canvas. By all reports thus far, Canvas has been well received by these early adopter faculty and their students,” states Chapel. It looks to be that Blackboard is going out and Canvas is coming in. Hopefully, with the new system, students can see more technological opportunities as well as less system failures for the university to endure.
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in New Jersey,” according to the R&D Council website. In addition to recognizing outstanding educators, the R&D Council also awards scholarships and helped to raise money for the construction of the Liberty Science Center. Cole has been president of Montclair State since 1998 and has reigned over an unprecedented expansion of the University, particularly in the sciences. After receiving the award, Cole touted the University’s research initiatives such as, the Sokol Institute for the Pharmaceutical Life Sciences, the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies, the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning, among others. “We have built hundreds of millions of dollars of new instruction, research and campus facilities, with a new Center for Environmental and Life Sciences under construction as we speak,” Cole said during her acceptance speech. Cole also noted that nearly 2,000 students are studying in the sciences, engineering, technology and mathematics at Montclair State. Cole introduced each Montclair State faculty member present at the ceremony and briefly described their research and fields of study. Of all the faculty present, Cole said, “It is they who are the educators of the year and I accept this award on their behalf.”
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Meehan interacting with students after her reading.
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performed on Oct. 31 in Dickson Hall’s Cohen Lounge. After a warm introduction by Lucy McDiarmid, Meehan opened her reading with a smile, saying that it was her second time here at Montclair and that it was “lovely” to be back. For the next hour, Meehan engaged the room full of wide-eyed students and teachers with her upbeat and passionate voice, steadily sailing through her poems with the help of some beautiful alliteration. She unknowingly slightly rocked to the rhythm of her poems, allowing herself to become fully immersed as she read to them aloud. After her reading, some of McDiarmid’s Art of Poetry students had the opportunity to bring Meehan over to Café Diem for tea. What started as a conversation about poetry took a turn into a discussion about the importance of education. Meehan supports the opportunities in Ireland for second-chance education, saying, “I believe that education is necessary to be a citizen.” Ironically, Meehan was expelled from her secondary education school (the equivalent of high school in Ireland) for organizing a protest
march against the school’s regime. She then studied for her Intermediate Certificate on her own and went to a vocational school to study for her Leaving Certificate. She also took a full year off from pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree at Trinity College to travel Europe, where she became involved in street theatre as well as other kinds of performance. After graduating, she travelled again and was offered a teaching fellowship at Eastern Washington University, which led to a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Poetry. Even though Meehan values traditional education for the great opportunities based on her own life path, it’s evident that her passion for learning through self-education and exploration is also a vital reason for her grand success today. Therefore, it is not enough to passively absorb formal education. Instead, one must take an active approach by exploring alternative means of education. For English majors, Meehan’s visit acted as an invaluable exposure to the modern world of poetry.
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that he personally attended, to the mournful and in some cases hysterical readers of The Pilot. For the 50th anniversary, he reflected on the piece he originally wrote and the emotions surrounding it, and how to this day, he will never forget or take for granted the importance of being “that boy reporter telling Tidewater that its President was dead. The following is the reflection piece that will run in The Pilot Friday, Nov. 23, for the anniversary: The cop had a sheepish expression. Embarrassed. It wasn’t a look I usually saw on a cop, especially not in 1963 before things like sensitivity training were introduced. His Virginia Beach PD cruiser slid up beside our stopped press car with “Virginian-Pilot” on the door. We had a remote phone, frontline technology in that day. He rolled down his window and leaned out toward me. He didn’t say hello. He hesitated, not wanting to sound the fool. “You hear anything about the President being shot?” Perry Breon, the photographer at the wheel, and I looked at each other. He reached the mic first and keyed the city desk. “We just heard that the President’s been shot. Is that true?” “That’s correct.” It was Chuck Marshall, city editor, whose early baldness made him feel avuncular to me. “We want you to get some color, then come in. We want Hollander to write the local
Ron Hollander’s original article from Nov. 23, 1963.
lead.” I was 22, the youngest on the staff, and it was my proudest moment in journalism. If Hemingway thought the place to be as a young man was Paris in the Twenties, I knew even then that the moveable feast just given me was to be a cub reporter on the day JFK was shot. Fifty years later I still know that. We left the cop and stopped at the first house with a car in the driveway. I knocked, said we were with the Pilot and could we watch the TV? The lady was wearing an apron. She nodded, and let us in without a word. The black and white, console TV was on as they would be across America for the next four days. What we saw was a blur: Parkland Hospital, Dealey Plaza, the Trade Mart, Air Force One, maybe Walter
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Cronkite. I think she was too shocked even to ask us to sit or to have coffee. After a few minutes we thanked her and left. I’m not sure she moved from the TV. Perry turned the car to Frank W. Cox High School. A blonde girl born the year FDR died, sobbed. “I just don’t know what’s going to happen,” she sniffled. “Maybe it will bring the country closer together.” A civics display case had a magazine cover: “Kennedy’s Worry: Solid South Lost for ’64?” I scribbled it in my reporter’s notebook, and used it later in my story. So the next morning, 122,000 readers at breakfast saw it spread over eight columns. And 50 years later that social studies teacher’s display must endure still in yellow, brittle-edged papers in dried cartons under attic
rafters across Norfolk. The newsroom didn’t seem any different than usual. The wire machines clattered. Whether the stories were the death of a president or a cat stuck up a tree, the robo-typing sounded the same. The bells that rang when a bulletin was being sent had long since stopped. I sat at my desk and waited for reporters twice my age to feed me anecdotes from their beats. Suddenly I felt alone. JFK had been my president, elected in my sophomore year at Brandeis. After eight years of Eisenhower who looked like my father’s father, here was a movie star intellectual, and I bought into it all gratefully. Fifteen years later I woke crying in the middle of the night, and a girlfriend comforted me: “You must have loved him very much.” The anecdotes were
passed to me on scraps of cheap copy paper: A tug on the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River cut her engines and lowered her flag; a woman called the Norfolk police hysterical: “Why did you let them do it?”; a Hampton man heard the news and died of a heart attack; “Who’s going to be President now,” a little boy wailed to his father on Brambleton Avenue. “Jackie?” I started to type on my manual, upright Royal with carbons between the sheets: “In a red-eyed city echoing with the cry of `Extra, extra’ they mourned and mourn still their President. “Beneath the half-masted flags…they gathered in small, quiet groups around TVs and radios, listening and shifting from foot to foot, like children trying to understand where they’ll be when they die.” The story ran Saturday across the top of the local section: “On a Sunny Afternoon, Death Turned City’s Face Sad.” I walked along Granby Street already decorated for Christmas. A bookstore had a black-bordered portrait in the window. A TV in another showed mourners in Washington, but pasted on the screen was “No Money Down.” I would report from many places in the years to come: Africa, China, the Amazon, and cover presidential campaigns. But still today I am that boy reporter telling Tidewater that its President was dead.
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The Must See Exhibit of the Year: A Queer History of Fashion Yasmin Abboushi Staff Writer
There’s an obvious correlation between gay individuals and the fashion industry. To question the importance of LGBTQ influence on fashion today is, well, undeniably ignorant. However, this is all hush-hush. Of course we know the infamous Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, Valentino and so many other remarkable designers of our time are gay. They are acknowledged as so, and we fashion followers don’t question it. There’s a lingering emptiness in fashion when our culture tries to push down the LGBTQ individuals wearing what we wear, how we dress and why we dress. Behind the labels, designers and brands we adore, there’s a buried history of queer fashion that society just doesn’t recognize. Frankly, with all the contributions LGBQT individuals have provided to the fashion industry, it’s a shame to have such a history so hidden.
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Pierre Balmain, Jean Cocteau and Christian Bérard, Riding Costume for L’Aigle à Deux Têtes, 1947
Joyce Culver, 2013
Vouge Germany by Daniele & Iango, 2012
Earlier this fall, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology uncovered a suppressed history of queer fashion. Throughout the exhibit, each garment on display uncovered topics that have been buried in political, cultural and societal pressures for hundreds of years. The significance is overwhelming. Being a Fashion Studies Major here at MSU, it’s alarming to me that there isn’t a complete course on the history of queer fashion. The most prominent displays of any kind of gay subculture started as early as the late 18th century. The details are subtle, but there is evidence of a clear queer influence on fashion.
Photo Courtesy of Museum of FIT.
Photo Courtesy of Museum of FIT.
Jean Paul Gautier, 1984
Gianna Versace, 1992
Countless pieces from Jean Paul Gautier showcase the deliberate destruction of restricted sexuality, some of which are men’s skirts and a short cone bra mini dress. These garments, though shocking or deliberately violating cultural norms, explain a simplistic view: sexuality isn’t something to be repressed. Donna Karan even established a presence in menswear in the early 1990s which provided a feminine sensibility in menswear. The presence of leather and uniforms in Gianni Versace’s collection grew a strong influence from queer subcultures, too. The uncovered history of queer fashion in this exhibit is only a surface glance at the hidden influence of the gay community on fashion. However, the exhibit draws on the deep unanswered questions about sexuality as the fuel for fashion. It’s the fact that our society today can openly discuss sensuality, and the feelings that garments have on individuals (gay or straight) is a revolutionary thought. There is no invisible queer presence lingering behind oppressive, closeted partitions in our culture. The curtains are pushed back in this exhibit and it yells right back at us, “Look there’s nothing to be ashamed of; this is beautiful.” The taboos, aesthetic norms and political values can be put on the dated shelf they belong on. Fashion is changing and the queer contribution allows it to move forward.
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Slimming Down Thanksgiving Dinner Kimberly Asman Staff Writer With the holiday season quickly approaching, it may seem harder than ever to enjoy yourself without sabotaging an otherwise healthy diet. Thanksgiving, in particular, is a holiday marketed as eating large amounts of generally unhealthy foods. Before you worry about gaining weight or ruining your month when it comes to eating healthy, just remember that one or two days of eating very unhealthy food now and then will not immediately make you unhealthy. Being healthy is a lifestyle, and it is normal and completely okay to indulge on holidays. There are ways, however, to still make Thanksgiving feel like a normal holiday while lightening up the foods you eat. With a few tricks, some of the classic Thanksgiving dishes can be made slightly less devastating for your waistline. This solution can help you feel comfortable not worrying about what you are eating, and just enjoying the time with family, friends and good food. Here are a few tips to make your Thanksgiving dinner this year a little healthier. Remember, not everything has to be healthy on a holiday; after all, this does only come once a year. If you have a favorite fattening dish you cannot imagine Thanksgiving without, make that your treat and focus on making other dishes healthier. To find any recipes of these items, use websites like allrecipes.com and eatingwell.com.
Sweet potatoes are generally considered a very nutrient-dense and good-for-you food, packed with over 300 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A. On Thanksgiving, however, they are often turned into a very fatty dessert-like side dish in the form of sweet potato casserole, full of butter and sugar. There are a lot of other ways to prepare sweet potatoes that retain their nutritional value without overshadowing it with fat. Try cutting sweet potatoes into wedges and baking them with spices, such as cinnamon or ginger, to bring in flavor. If you want to make them sweeter, go with a little maple syrup or honey, as sweet potatoes are naturally sweet and only need a little boost. Baked sweet potatoes are delicious on their own, and everyone will love their natural flavor.
Gravy is traditionally made using drippings from the cooked turkey. However, be aware of its high content of saturated fat and cholesterol, two things that should not be eaten in large quantities, especially on a day when you may be eating a lot of extra food. Instead of using the drippings from the turkey, there are a few ways to slim down the gravy that still give you a yummy sauce to add to your white meat turkey, or just to mix into everything on your plate. One option is to replace the turkey drippings in gravy with vegetable oil. Yes, oil is still a fat, but it has less saturated fats and no cholesterol. This will maintain the fatty flavor in a healthier way. For an even better way to enjoy your gravy, go for a broth-based recipe instead of fat-based.
Like most pies on Thanksgiving, pumpkin pie can be filled with lots of fat and sugar. There are a few ways to lighten up this classic dish. For the crust, instead of a pastry crust, use one based with gingersnap cookies that are chopped and combined with a small amount of oil that you simply freeze to set. For the pie filling, instead of mixing the canned pureed pumpkin with heavy cream, you can use low-fat or light vanilla ice cream.
Canned cranberry sauce, although appealing thanks to the beloved ridges left from the can, has a shocking amount of sugar: 52 grams for one half cup (think about the size of half of a tennis ball). Try using fresh cranberries instead of canned and finding a recipe that uses orange juice or applesauce as a sweetener instead of simply adding more sugar.
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Reduce Your End of Semester Stress Camila Malvar De Souza Staff Writer
1. Stay positive.
We’re waist deep into the semester now. This could mean it’s now crunch time. Your assignments may be adding up, and you could be viewing your calendar as a countdown. You may be thinking, “When will the work be over?” As you worry about getting good grades and meeting all of your assignments on time, you may feel the pressure and anxiety building up inside of you. On top of that, you have your job, personal and social lives to take care of. You may have been there in the past when things have gotten so stressful for you that you have a meltdown. To avoid that happening again or ever happening to you, here are five tips to manage and reduce your stress during the end of the semester.
When you look at the bigger picture, things may look overwhelming. There are so many assignments that need to be completed, but you have absolutely no idea how you’ll finish them all. The answer to this is to stay positive. Know that no matter what, the work will get done. There’s no reason to build up scenarios in your mind of failing a class or getting a poor grade. Sometimes, simply doing the work and putting in effort is enough. It does not need to be perfect.
2. Manage your time wisely.
Schedule your weeks ahead of time and commit to the schedule. Choose the work that is the top priority and get it completed first. This might mean you’ll be missing out on a social activity or two, but knowing that you’ll be on track with schoolwork will be worth it. Put into your mind that your schoolwork is the number one priority, and that the gym, a party, Facebook, Twitter or your favorite television shows aren’t. You’ll be surprised by how much time you’ll have in your schedule when you clear away the extra-curricular activities.
3. Eat and sleep well.
This might be obvious, but how many of us leave everything until the last minute and end up staying up the entire night writing our paper or studying for the final in the morning? Believe your parents. Sleep is important. Get it all done during the day so you don’t hate yourself in the morning. What you put into your body to energize yourself is just as important, so skip the fast food and eat real meals to fuel yourself.
4. Realize what exactly you’re stressing over.
Yes, you’re stressed out about school, but really, how hard is your work? Often times, we overthink about the amount of work that we have to do and end up dreading actually doing it. We paint this horrible picture in our minds about how miserable it’s going to be completing it. However, try to actually think about the work that needs to be done and you’ll see that it isn’t all that bad. It may be a lot, but it’s not impossible. If you need help, email your professor or form a study group.
5. Fit relaxation time into your schedule.
In the morning or at the end of your day, take a moment to disconnect from everything and everyone. Listen to music, take a nap, read a magazine or take a bath. Fitting in time for yourself while taking a break from studying will make you relax and will get your mind off of your worries for a moment.
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Want a Job After Graduation? Get an internship
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In many ways, an internship is like a tryout. It gives students with dreams of working in a particular field the opportunity to get their foot in the door, to learn about an organization and to do real work within a professional setting. At the same time, employers get extra help and could end up finding potential new hires over the course of a student’s internship. There are many great resources on campus to go to get more information about internships and securing a Co-op for credit through the University. Getting an internship can be one of the most important steps towards setting yourself up for a job upon graduation. During my time at Montclair State, I have had three internships and plan on interning during the spring as well. Last spring, I was a community relations intern with the Brooklyn Nets. I helped organize and coordinate events in the community, specifically Brooklyn. This included team events, player appearances at schools and parks and company-wide community service events. I was also responsible for filing all of the donation requests and mailing out autographed balls and pictures to be used at fundraising events. Over the summer, I was a communications intern with the New York Red Bulls. I wrote feature stories and match recaps for the team website, interviewed players and coaches and tracked the team’s coverage in newspapers and on the web. On game days, I was responsible for setting up the press box and media room and “running” stats and lineups to members of the media. After the game, I was responsible for attending the head coach’s press conference and then going to the team locker rooms to get quotes from players. After I recorded the quotes, I had to transcribe them and then distribute them to members of the media. Currently, I am interning with the Brooklyn Nets again. This time, I am a public relations intern for the team. I help update the media guide, put together packets of the daily “clips” and occasionally write as well. On game nights, I will set up the media workroom and press box and bring stat sheets to members of the media. After the game, I “record and transcribe” player quotes.
Three major takeaways from my internships: 1. Network, network, network.
3. Create your own portfolio.
You never know who you could meet or who knows who. My supervisor with the Brooklyn Nets last spring once told me, “Never be afraid to put your hand out.” For all of my internships, I always remind myself of this. So far, I have made a lot of connections in the industry. I am trying my best to get my name out there and make good impressions on the people I work with.
Over the summer, while I was interning with the New York Red Bulls, I wrote match recaps and feature stories for the team website (newyorkredbulls.com). For all of my stories, I was given a deadline, and my work was edited before it “went live” on the website. There were even times I had to go report on the games and write a recap or interview the players. The experience really helped me grow as a writer and I even learned a lot about my own writing style.
2. Opportunities come with a strong resume. People are very impressed by a strong resume filled with a lot of internship experience. For the fall semester, I applied for internships with the New Jersey Devils and the Prudential Center, CBS Sports and the Brooklyn Nets. After I secured a position with the Nets, the New Jersey Devils and CBS Sports both offered me positions. The New York Red Bulls, where I was interning at the time, offered me a position with the social media manager, and my supervisor there wanted me to come back. Through my LinkedIn profile, I have also been contacted about possible internships with various companies.
The Craze for CrossFit Stephanie Chavarria Staff Writer
What is CrossFit?
CrossFit is a new workout routine that a lot of people have adapted as a lifestyle. For some people, it is not only a workout, but a life changing experience. The program delivers fitness to a broad spectrum of people, children, teenagers, adults and even the elderly. CrossFit is a principal strength and conditioning program that many police academies, military and elite athletes use around the world. It is an intense program that targets weight loss and builds up muscle mass. Some of the different exercises used include running, rowing, jump rope, weightlifting and rope climbing, along with barbells, dumbbells, pull-up bars, kettle bells, medicine balls and box jumps. CrossFit is a franchised name, with many different individual gyms authorized by CrossFit employees around the country.
What does an average CrossFit class consist of?
This is not your average gym. CrossFit concentrates on having instructors on hand and taking classes that usually last from 45 minutes to an hour. Each class will push you even harder so you can reach your ultimate goal for your body. Generally, if you are a beginner, there are beginner’s classes that consist of teaching the core moves, workouts and a quick overview of what the program will consist of. Beginner’s classes are often offered for free, as they are sample classes the gym offers before you join the membership. After that, regular classes start once you have gone through the training and learn how to use all the equipment. The class starts with a general group, with you going at your own pace. There will be instructors walking around to make sure you have the right form and also motivate you to work harder when you start getting tired. The workouts are usually split into four core sections: Dynamic warm-up, skill/strength work, WOD, or Workout of the Day and a cool down and stretch. Photo Courtesy of davidlasnier.com
The Pros of CrossFit
•It gives you results. If you have a healthy diet and work your hardest in the classes, you will feel better and look better in a short period of time. •It’s a great community aspect. It’s a different environment from a gym. Here, you will get to make friends and have a sense of teamwork. •It has constant coaching and support. Instead of working out alone, here you have instructors and peers pushing you harder and not letting you give up on your workout. •It introduces you to a new way of working out. The workouts do not use machines, as it’s all about incorporating your whole body as a workout. It introduces weight lifting as a benefit instead of something to be intimated by. •Competition. You’ll start to notice that you will be pushing yourself harder because of the other people around you. You want to look your best and, with some friendly completion, you’re going to be working out harder than you would do at any other gym.
The Cons of CrossFit
•CrossFit is usually expensive and the price to obtain a membership is usually two to three times more expensive than a regular gym membership. •A bad coach can cause problems. Classes are run by coaches. If you have an unforgiving instructor or are having trouble with one, it will make you less motivated and not even want to return to the gym. •There are many reviews that say it is a family oriented gym. However, the people in there are close friends and some people feel uncomfortable if you just joined. Some may say these types of gyms are cliquey. Finding the right CrossFit gym could be a key if you want to work out comfortably. •Look for best time and most reps. CrossFit concentrates on how many reps you can do and how fast you can do them. This can be good if you have great form and have been doing CrossFit for a while. However, form is often comprised because of the demanding workout. •It’s exhausting and intimidating. Once you finish the workout, you feel like sleeping for the rest of the day. The workouts are so intense that you have to be mentally and physically prepared. Also, many of the people there may feel that CrossFit is the best thing out there and push certain diets and beliefs on you.
Overall, CrossFit is a new exercise craze that has been very successful with weight loss and gaining muscle mass to both men and women. It is a different type of workout program, and if you are the person that loves variety in exercise, then CrossFit might be for you. Take an introduction class and you might fall in love or loathe CrossFit. Remember, with any type of exercise, you must always think what is best for your body and your health. If you are interested in CrossFit, why not give it a try? It might be intense, but it will definitely give you results!
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From Commemoration To Education Question of the Week Do you feel that you were educated enough on the full history of the United States (from 1776 to 2013)? Nick Wager Sophomore English “I’d say so. I would definitely want a refresher. I took one course in college about it, and then whatever they have in high school. A refresher would be nice every once in a while, but I think I’m pretty educated on it.” Brian Ramirez Senior Business “I feel that schools really educate you about stuff that happened in the past, but not the modern things that are going on right now. They don’t really do a good job with that.”
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his Friday will Rob Ramirez be the 50th anniversaJunior Television and ry of the John F. Kenassassination. Digital Media nedy Many professors at “I have to say this school can recall that they do fo- the event as if it hapcus a lot on his- pened yesterday, but tory. I do feel that I learned a lot about how many students wars and all the laws made. I feel that realized that this Frithey don’t focus on what politics is real- day commemorated ly about and how these decisions came such a significant date about. They tell us what happened, but in U.S. history? Even not why.” this year’s 9/11 was nothing in comparison Quasan to the last 11 years Hunter remembrance. Events Junior that were once sigSociology nificant to us will not “I don’t think have any meaning to so, because dur- the younger generaing high school, tion. The world stops they will tell you certain things like, for example, Christopher Columbus was the for no one. Society will first one here, then once you get to college, continue no matter they’ll say something totally different or what. It’s a harsh resomething that you should have known ality, but one day, 9/11 in high school that you don’t know now. will only be rememYou really weren’t prepared and history bered as another date changes depending on what courses you in history. Of course, no one take. It’s a different story.” should be joking about Emma Stidman tragedies like many Junior people on the InterBiology “No. I feel that there is a focus on certain things, but not a broad spectrum of what was actually supposed to be taught.” Jessica Lieberman Freshman Undeclared "I don't think I was fully educated on the history of the United States from 1776 on because we learned a lot about the Revolutionary War, and we learned about the coming of the United States, but we didn't learn about things relevant to today's history." Kyle Kowal Junior English "Honestly, I wouldn't pass the citizenship test. They don't really teach us anything ever. They teach us the same thing four times repeatedly throughout grade school and high school, and they never cover anything in between. I don't even know what caused World War I."
net do, but eventually, time passes. Time might not heal all wounds for some people, but as time passes, less people are left to remember it. This column starts to sound morbid with every sentence, but the past is important and always repeats itself. With events such as 9/11 and the JFK assassination, we realize that those are times when Americans felt vulnerable. We can’t speak on behalf of the entire education system throughout America, but in our experiences, many of us have not learned much about modern American history. So much stress in grade school and high school history classes is on the birth of America, the Revolutionary War and the formulating of the Constitution. We are taught about the Civil War and about World War II, but many of us aren’t taught anything past the 1940s. This isn’t just about remembering tragedy, but about upholding our country’s history. Maybe there is some concern over sensitivity. There are people who
are still alive today that remember the Vietnam War or the day Martin Luther King Jr. was shot, and maybe it’s a matter of not trying to rehash the past. Then again, we shouldn’t be scorned when we don’t remember the dates of certain events. Maybe we shouldn’t know the capital to every state just because we don’t live in them. That is not the way knowledge works. Knowledge is passed down to those who have experienced it firsthand. One day, we’ll be the ones recalling 9/11 or we’ll be the people who dare not tread on the topic. All that can be said is that we should work to educate students on all aspects of American history, starting from grade school. There may have been a lot of tragedies in recent American History, but so much development has happened as well. We were the first country to send a person to the moon. We had the second wave of feminism, and we progressed to promote equal rights. So many good things have happened in the last few decades that many of us have
no recollection of because we were not yet born. If we are going to be taught American history, we should get to know about every aspect of it. It’s important to realize that what might be memories to some people might be history to others. Some might argue that if students truly cared about this country’s history, they would research it themselves. Many young, impressionable grade schoolers aren’t going to take an interest in something that isn’t presented to them. It should be an educator’s scholastic duty to ingrain all aspects of history in a child’s mind throughout their time in school. Commemorations for these events may stop, but that does not mean people must stop remembering what happened. A country’s history is its identity and we must honor the good, the bad and the ugly.
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The Philippine’s Serial Killer Typhoon Haiyan is Mother Nature’s newest weapon
other Nature may indeed be the greatest serial killer kenneth macri of all time. Last year, columnist S u p e r storm Sandy devastated the tri-state area. This year, it was the people of the Philippines who watched gusts of wind tear their homes and families apart. Typhoon Haiyan left the Philippines so battered; recovery seems like an unachievable reverie. The storm was so vicious that it made the brunt of Sandy now seem like a light summer breeze. Mother Nature may not be creative, but she is powerful, for sure. Haiyan killed an estimated 10,000 people and left another 600,000 unaccounted for. Additionally, the typhoon destroyed about 80 percent of the buildings and homes in its warpath, leaving the cen-
tral Philippines looking like a junkyard. Those who were lucky enough to survive the deadly typhoon were left without food, water or safe shelter; relief efforts could not get off the ground due to the fact that the majority of the Philippines’ roads, airports and bridges were destroyed. The Philippine government reported that sustained winds reached 195 mph and certain gusts were as high as 235 mph. To put those numbers into context, buildings were being uprooted like small trees and villages were flooded, leaving bodies floating atop the water as debris fell atop their corpses. Recently, the U.S. began its relief operations in the Philippines, as President Obama sent 90 U.S. Marines during the first wave of relief efforts. Various aid groups have launched a multi-million dollar relief campaign led by World Vision, who has provided thousands of blankets
and plastic beds from Germany. The aircraft carrier USS George Washington teamed with seven supply ships last Thursday to begin delivering water and emergency food to the derelict country. Many have wondered why a warning system was not in place to help the people of the Philippines adequately prepare for the impending typhoon. The Philippines is not a wealthy country by any means. When you couple that with its developing economy, an effective warning system could not have been actualized due to improper funding. Even if that warning system was in place, it most likely would have not fully prepared the people of the Philippines for the severe magnitude of the storm anyway. As of right now, the U.S. is working with the United Nations to get the people of the Philippines the rations they need to live. Unlike Superstorm Sandy, Typhoon Haiyan
does not offer a small light of hope. An opportunity to rebuild seems, at this time, unimaginable. The people of the Philippines are more concerned at this point with their survival rather than the reconstruction of their homeland. Typhoon Haiyan silhouettes the words of Bruce Springsteen’s “My City of Ruins” to perfection: “windows are boarded, the ground is cold and tears saturate a child’s pillow if he or she is lucky enough to have one tonight.” So, instead of praying for a solution to Obamacare or the Giants winning on Sunday, pray for those who find themselves in ruins. Pray for the people of the Philippines.
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SGA Lead Organizations to Self-Destruct Communities prefer to disband rather than face failed rechartment
few w e e k s ago, a student organization that I was a part of Troy strozeski collapsed. columnist It was the Student Secular Alliance, or SSA—a small discussion-based group that examined a variety of social and political issues in both secular and religious lights. It never had a huge turnout; there were maybe six or seven regulars and three or four stragglers at each Wednesday night meeting. I started going my freshman year when a friend wanted to check it out. We ended up as regular members for the better part of the term, and it was a nice outlet.
We talked about relevant issues and much of the meeting was spent offering our opinions. We planned events and charity projects. As an SGA Class III organization, we received a substantial allowance that made these possible, but we consistently barely scratched the surface of our budget. We hosted a food night in the spring of last year that saw a decent student turnout, sent volunteers to help clean up a series of parks in Paterson and were planning on sponsoring a blood drive. We could have perhaps done more, but the basis of the group was on discussion and debate first and foremost, with event organization and co-sponsorship taking a lesser role. This year, the SSA’s charterment was up for SGA re-
newal. As a group, we looked over the guidelines. The SGA treats organizations with business-like standards, examining their spending practices, budget-planning and event history. The guidelines to renew an organization’s charter maintain that a certain number of events need to be held in co-sponsorship with another organization and that a certain amount of the allotted budget must be spent in order to receive organization recognition and funding. For large membershipbased organizations, especially those that co-sponsor— which the SGA vigorously promotes—these requirements seem manageable. For small membershipbased organizations and those that focus on discussion for their basis, these requirements can be more than trou-
bling. The SSA was unfortunately no exception. Being a small discussion-based group interested primarily in discussion of philosophical or sociopolitical issues, we struggled with these requirements. Hosting events that maintain this theme is hard enough as it is, let alone finding cosponsorship opportunities among fellow Montclair State organizations. Our intent for the group and that of the SGA did not match up. Our vision was invalidated. To add to the stress, our membership turnout was waning to the point where, at a few meetings, five or less of us were present. We were busy with our own college careers, and what was once a pleasant retreat from all the hectic dayto-day stress became more deadweight and work, with the added work of seemingly-
unattainable requirements. That’s the reason when it came time to renew our charter, the SSA decided to abort and disband. In many ways, it’s good; we don’t have to worry about missing meetings, organizational responsibilities or meeting SGA requirements that don’t always give smaller membership-based groups any break. However, at the same time, since we’ve disbanded, my former group members and I seem to miss the outlet the SSA provided us. It seems a shame that, because of our small size and our discussion-based orientation, we couldn’t manage to carry on like the other, bigger, cosponsoring organizations the SGA seems to prefer.
Troy Strozeski, an English major, is in his first year as a columnist for The Montclarion.
Online Jealousy: The Green-Eyed Monster Social media no longer making connections, but breaking them
s social networking destroying relationships? I don’t only Justine giletto mean rocolumnist mantic relationships but also family relationships, friendships and even work relationships. The idea of social networking aims to help foster relationships by allowing us to stay in contact with others on a more convenient level than we would be able to before social networking. Social media aims to help relationships, yet it can also hurt our real life relationships. In the past, we were able to keep personal life and professional life separate
from one another, but now with social networking playing a large part in almost everybody’s lives, it’s becoming increasingly harder to keep work and personal relationships separate. Keeping personal life private is an issue for many people. As college students, we face some other issues as well. Personally, I see mainly romantic relationships taking a hit because of social networking and the jealousy developing out of online platforms. People who use Facebook more than once a day are more likely to report relationship conflicts from social media than people who check Facebook less often, according to a new study in the Journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking. Facebook and other so-
cial networks have changed the phenomena of social and personal relationships. Often times, we hear about people acting more jealous because of social media which may result in fights or breakups because of the issues they may have had coming from social-network related issues. I’m not saying you have to deactivate your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to have a healthy relationship. Perhaps logging onto your social networking less often may prevent you from becoming a jealous green-eyed monster. Social networks should be for recreation and professional purpose and not for replacing human interaction all together. Facebook may be great for our social lives, but turmoil for our romantic relationships and
“Facebook jealousy” affects couples of all ages. Research has supported that “Facebook jealousy” mainly occurs when one significant other accessibly monitors the activity of their partner on social networking. Why exactly does “Facebook jealousy” exist, and why do we feel the need to impress people online? I would say that in some ways, social networking is doing the opposite of what it set out to do. The idea of social media is to bring people closer together, but it is often pushing us more apart. I find myself contemplating if we look at our friends on social media and think, “Why not me?” when something good happens to one of our Facebook friends. I think it would be wise to friend request your ex with caution, understand-
ing that breaking up is harder to do in such a digital age. One of the biggest risks of Facebook is the ability to reconnect with an old flame. This has the age-old debate going, Can you really be friends with an ex? Well, with social networking, it is amplified. Personally, I would not want to make a point of finding my exes on Facebook after we have become involved with other people, but who knows what Facebook and other social networks’ future will be. Perchance we will realize what a poor substitute our Facebook accounts are for real life interactions and how damaging it can be to our individual growth.
Justine Giletto, a Psychology major, is in her first year as a columnist for The Montclarion.
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The Crusade on Religion Pointing fingers in the wrong places
ately, it seems as though there has been a g r o w i n g Tiffany Saez trend of production Atheism editor around me. For almost everyone I meet claims that he/she is an Atheist or doesn't believe in God. I used to hold a similar idea when I was in high school and started reading Nietzsche. However, looking back at it now, it just seems so ridiculous. Although an avid critic of religion, Nietzsche wasn’t an Atheist, and I realized that I wasn’t one either. I was just more passive when it came to a particular faith. Today, when I meet another peer who identifies as an Atheist, I feel compelled to ask, “Why?” And when I do, one of the most common response I receive is, "Religion causes war." Although I can see why one would draw such a parallel between war and religion, I have
to disagree with this assertion, as it is too narrow-minded. Yes, we have had numerous wars and conflicts that have emanated from religious elements (e.g. The War on Terror, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Crusades, etc.) But religion, in itself, does not have the power to make the world a better or worse place to live in. The problem is that any particular religion's doctrine can become easily distorted and used to harm a population as much as help them. Individuals who assume power will use whatever instrument they can to control their subjects, even if that includes leading them to war if it is in their interest. One of these instruments, unfortunately, includes religion, for those who seek control can simply twist the "word of God" and consider their version to be "the truth." In light of this, I'd like to reference one of my favorite quotes from Karl Marx. He once wrote that "Religion is the opiate of the masses." In a way, I do agree with Marx
in that religion is something that a majority of people believe they "need" in their life, almost like a medicine of some sort. Given that power-bearers are well aware of this fact, they will turn to religion, being the "opiate" that it is, and employ it as one of their tools to mobilize the masses or — in this case — the faithfuls. As such, religion is not the one to blame. When looking to point the finger at someone or something, one should point at the twisted fundamentalist abusing religion. Let's look at the case of suicide bombers. Suppose these martyrs really are blowing themselves up in God's name as they say they are, but they really aren't. Most religions, as one may know, advocate ideas of peace, forgiveness and condemn acts of murder and suicide. The aforementioned Atheists contend that Atheism would never cause such crises to occur. Even if this were the case, powerful elites will exploit any other kind of ideology to the same effect in the
absence of religion. Again, may I remind you of the very militant Atheistic regimes of Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot and the Kim dynasty of North Korea? Despite the fact that religion has undeniably been the reason behind a myriad of conflicts such as murder, war and hate crimes, there are so many other things that can impel one to cause harm. Human nature brings forth malevolent feelings like greed and envy, which have resulted in actions that have left many innocent others dead. Some may engage in violence to protect their property while others may do so to obtain such property, and there are many more who will act in similar manner out of
pure hatred, fear, racism or pleasure. All in all, there are so many underlying factors to one's actions and motives which need not be related to religion. As for myself, I am not very religious nor am I an Atheist. However, I do believe that there is certainly nothing wrong with religion or with following it. Everyone is and should be entitled to have their own beliefs. The question is, though, how far will one go to demonstrate that belief?
Tiffany Saez, a Political Science/ Economics student, is in her first year as the Production Editor for The Montclarion.
Forgetting the Philippines’ Disaster Is the international aid effort for Typhoon Haiyan falling flat?
is c l e a r f r o m reading the p a p e r, kristen bryfogle w a t c h ing any asst. opinion n e w s editor shows or even casually checking your Facebook that Mother Nature has struck again. In the past decade, our world has seen the damages of tsunamis in Japan and Thailand, the wreckage of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy in our own country and massively destructive earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. Last week, the Pacific Ocean experienced another disaster, Typhoon Haiyan, which affected many countries, although the Philippines have suffered the most from this recent natural disaster. Images of houses washed away and testimonies from
survivors, searching without hope for loved ones, are penetrating our media. Facebook now has an advertisement at the top of its website encouraging users to donate to the American Red Cross. The blogging site Tumblr has a similar feature. However, these temporary donation buttons only appeared on the websites around Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the earliest, despite that the first impacts of the typhoon occurred on Friday, Nov. 8, and anxieties about the strength of the storm, with an impact 3.5 times worse than Hurricane Katrina, led many to seek shelter before the typhoon even occurred. In these situations, sometimes it’s difficult for those unaffected to know how and when to respond. In the aftermath, however, it is nearly always the responsibility of the people of the world to lend a helping hand. Through the generosity of others; food, clothing,
shelter and medical supplies become more readily available, sustaining life even in the worst of crises. Even when a natural disaster affects only one area, the wreckage usually becomes a global concern or problem. The question I think communities need to ask themselves now is whether the typhoon in the Philippines has really become a global focus in their lives. Admittedly, many images of devastation have made their way to our television and computer screens, and thus our hearts, but I feel that there’s a lack of media coverage and public awareness in the recent disaster. For example, when I mentioned the natural disaster to people on campus, some had not heard of the disaster at all, even a week after it had occurred. Is this just dumb luck or an indication of our community’s lack of public awareness? Although it may have taken
a few days for the Philippines to assess and report the severity of their situation, why did it take five or six days for websites to put up donation links? Why are people still unaware? Has this disaster passed through national and local media, which seems to value shocking headlines referring to the weight of our state leader and evaluating Miley Cyrus’ EMA performance over extremely significant reports of global issues? Last year, Hurricane Sandy affected the lives of nearly everyone living in the tri-state area. Campus closed for a week, the Student Recreation Center offered showers to people whose homes were flooded, and Residential Education offered housing to commuters who wanted to stay on campus. However, a week after the typhoon occurred, I have seen no relief efforts on campus. I have no doubt that many are now aware of the disaster and that organizations on campus will
probably raise money for Filipinos in the future. However, the most critical time for help and donations is now when the inhabitants are surviving at a bare minimum. The sooner you send your donations, the sooner the people in the Philippines can receive your help. My call to Montclair State University? Don’t delay! Find a way to help and do it, even if it’s just setting aside $10 from your paycheck to donate to the Red Cross. If everyone does a little, our campus can make a big impact in the relief efforts. Use your talents, organize events and give the Philippines the support which we received internationally last year after our own disaster.
Kristen Bryfogle, an English/Classics student, is in her second year as an Assistant Opinion Editor for The Montclarion.
Clash of the Gaming Titans With PS4 and Xbox One released, which console will reign supreme?
ven b e f o r e Sony representatives left the stage the Jayna gugliucci at asst. News editor Electronic Entertainment Expo, commonly known as E3, a fight-to-the-death had been declared. Overshadowing their rival company Microsoft, Sony promised a next-generation system supporting innovative graphics, continuance of favored titles and utilization of the PlayStation Vita as a controller. Most importantly, Sony won over the crowd and world with its overwhelming support of physical game discs. With the assurance of sharing discs between users, the ability to trade games to retail stores and the option of
keeping them forever, gamers flocked to Sony’s PlayStation 4. Nearly left behind in the dust by their competitor, Microsoft struggled with earning consumer appreciation for their next-generation system, the Xbox One. Set to come out during the upcoming holiday season, the system boasted of its cloud storage of its games, a constant connection to the Internet and utilization of the Kinect as a major contributor to game play. Though the Xbox One did not fare well on the E3 stage this past spring, consumers began to see promising specs in both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems. Immediately, the focus for gamers shifted away from the constant deliberation between hot summer titles. Instead, the question was taken to a much larger scale: PlayStation 4 or Xbox One? In search of an answer, consumers began flocking to stores across the nation
in the search for a system before the holidays. At exactly 12:01 a.m., the morning of Nov. 15, Sony’s PlayStation 4 was released to the American public. According to IGN, Sony shared the news over the weekend that “in the space of 24 hours, over a million PS4s were sold in North America.” Compared to other console lunches, Sony has definitely come to hold the record for “the most successful game console launch in recent history, if not all time.” In fact, had the PlayStation 4 launched in Europe and Japan on the same day, the number of consoles sold could have been “much, much higher.” Releasing with titles such as Killzone: Shadow Fall, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, the PlayStation 4 was sure to allow instant play of next-generation games. With modified graphics, a split-screen capability using
the Eye camera and online sharing, the console received immediate, successful feedback. Meanwhile, the promise of releases including Infamous: Second Son, Destiny and Watch Dogs has hooked gamers from the first day and will continue to do so through the spring. With little to complain about, Sony seems to have crafted the first next-generation system to really hit home to most of the gamer world. Though Nintendo had released the Wii U last holiday season, its mere 425,000 consoles in its first month cannot compare with the one million sold by Sony in just 24 hours. In response to its massive success on opening day, Sony hopes to “sell five million PS4s by the end of March.” Seeming quite possible, the realm of opportunity before Sony seems unstoppable and certainly unmeasurable. Without proper feedback from
its first weekend, the success of the PlayStation 4, of course, can only be predicted so far. Though the PlayStation 4 outnumbered the Xbox One in terms of pre-orders across the board, the fate of Microsoft’s next-generation console has yet to be seen. Evidently, the destiny of both systems has been left in the hands of the gamers themselves. The question as to which system prevails over the other still cannot be answered, but has undeniably tilted towards the PlayStation 4 this past weekend. With the holiday season just beginning, it will certainly be a race to see which system comes out on top in the war of next-generation systems.
Jayna Gugliucci, a Television and Digital Media, TV Production student, is in her first year as an Assistant News Editor for The Montclarion.
Concerning Editorials and Columns Main editorials appear on the first page of the Opinion section. They are unsigned articles that represent the opinion of the editorial board on a particular issue. Columns are written by individuals and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Montclarion staff.
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Jonathan Michael Molina Entertainment Editor When the syncopated drum machine beats became louder and more rhythmic, there was a general unspoken consensus that the first set was about to start. As something that would never happen in a New York venue or Philadelphia bar, everybody in the house maintained an implicit understanding with the musicians that night by filling the basement when the moment was right. Four sets were scheduled in the basement of the John Ryle House and, despite the order, the first was just as important as the last. In the unfurnished basement with one fluorescent light in the corner and 20 bodies clumped together across from speakers and amplifiers, the night began. Time shifted vocals and 80s drum machines surrounded Christopher Yaple and his solo act, mailgirls. The nonde-
script lyrics and thick waves of synths caused everybody to sway back and forth, caught in the lulling tide that filtered out of the budget instruments. As the set progressed, similarities were drawn to artists such as John Maus and Tearist, two other artists that matches Yaple’s selfdescribed “haunted minimal electronic makeout music.” After the last digital kick flew out of the speakers, applause rose from the crowd appreciating the performance despite the lack of production and technical difficulties, a problem that would plague a majority of the sets yet to perform. A quick 15-minute shuffle of equipment and instruments later, the femaledominated Arch Ives took the “stage” and began their two piece “mathnoisepost” set. The ladies of Arch Ives, Dawn Fos-
ter and Heidi Le, progressed through their set in stark contrast to mailgirls. Loud raucous synthesizers and fuzzheavy guitar pierced through the haze that Yaple’s set left in the air with screams from Dawn leading the charge. Technical issues would strike again, as microphones went out of commission again, with the lull in riffs cured by an impromptu reading of a book titled, Lesbian Sex. Once the microphones began functioning again and the applause from Lesbian Sex ended, Arch Ives finished their set and took residence near their merchandise table—a wobbly card table with a layer of dust and cobwebs hanging from the support beams. With the room flaring with glowing embers from cigarettes and tube amplifiers, Party Cops and their galactic officers
beat their guitars and basses in a way that would embarrass the LAPD. James Shrafe and Dashiell Coombs spent the set losing their footing, headbanging and fulfilling their “sweat rock” genre description by finishing their set glistening as if they finished a 5k run. Midway through the set, Shrafe inadvertently stopped the set to sing “Happy Birthday” to Jeff Marczak, one of the residents and organizers of the John Ryle House. It was a song that would have to be done twice because for some reason, Marczak was nowhere to be found. Closing their set with an announcement of their upcoming album, Party Cops finished to well-earned applause. The night continued on as a group of four started moving equipment back and forth while plugging in guitars and
effects. I Have Been Floated was the crux of the night, as the gathering would switch from performances to partying. Brian McLendon led the group on vocals and rhythm guitar as the band progressed through track after track in their discography with each song sounding tighter than the last. Described as “real deal garage psych that will take you places,” I Have Been Floated bared similarities to trending psych rock band Tame Impala with a decisively New Jersey flavor. As the speakers were being shut down and final thank yous being said before the party started, plugs were made for each band for their music and websites, which wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the New Jersey basement scene.
Pulled over by Party Cops: Speaking with James and Dash Jonathan Michael Molina Entertainment Editor Listening to your music, it kind of gave off the vibe of punk. Would you agree with that categorization or would you call it something else? James: I mean, my hair is worth thousands of dollars. Anyway, I started playing a bass that wasn’t plugged in and there were just two other guitarists and no drummer. Dash: We’re big fans of punk rock, but I don’t know if I would call us punk rock What would you guys call yourselves? Dash: I don’t know…sweat rock? We’ve been called surf doom. James: Party Cops is sweat rock. Theres this weird scene in New Jersey, and I can only call it weird rock because its all over the place. So the first album that you recorded and are inevitably going to put out, the whole process of it, was it done DIY as well or did you go out to a studio? Party Cops. Any names prior to that? James: What do you mean? Jon: Like any prior monikers, personas James: Well Party Cops was a sentient being at one point. We were just consumed by the party cop. Pulled us over one night, recruited us. and then he died in our arms. But no, party cops has always been party cops. We’ve played under the same name, but different faces. How long have you guys been around? Dash: Well, I’m 27. (laughter) Dash: Centuries. Since the primordial ooze cooled. So older than gwar? James: Yeah, we’re older than gwar. Dash: Can this interview can be about gwar?
James: What did we do, just scream into an envelope and just open it? Dash: We went into a room with some microphones
Is there anything that you feel is pertinent to you as a whole? Conceptually, realistically, theoretically? James: Gabe what are you getting out of this? Gabe: I’m getting hungry.. So sweat punk hungercore? Dash: We’re post hunger James: We have a song up on bandcamp that called Party Cops and Dash wrote the lyrics to that with help from me and one line says the number one rules is don’t be a jerk. And that’s us, a lot of punk and hardcore is very negative and we just want everybody to have a good time. The full unedited audio recording of the interview with Party Cops is available online at themontclarion.org
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‘Streetcar’ Parks on Normal Ave. Kelly McGeary Staff Writer “I don’t want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic. I try to give that to people. I do misrepresent things. I don’t tell truths. I tell what ought to be truth.” Throughout the classic American theater, this line was famously uttered by Blanche Dubois of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. On Nov. 16, the BFA acting program of MSU’s Department of Theater and Dance performed this iconic relic of American theater and, under the direction of director/ choreographer Kari Margolis, shed an entirely new and revolutionarily innovative light on this classic story. The ensemble and crew brought magic, and revealed powerful, unexpected truths through this classic story of love, power, loyalty and “that rattle trap streetcar” called Desire. The play centers around poignant remarks and poisonous outbursts that all transpire into a vicious powerstruggle between the seemingly civilized Blanche Dubois and the animalistic Kowalskis. Margolis breathed new life into this well-loved text with intuitive vision and a neo classical artistic edge. Margolis is a critically-acclaimed director who is world-renowned for her movement-based performance technique coined the Margolis Method. For this production of Streetcar, Margolis altered the play’s original setting of a 1940s New Orleans apartment to a warped and everchanging dreamscape that ultimately project Blanche’s inner perceptions of the the world around her, her paranoia and her innermost fears. This dreamscape concept was evident through out the slightly warped and supernatural elements found in the atmosphere created by the set and soundtrack. The set in the Alexander Kasser Theater, consisted primarily of massive, angular, clothcovered pieces in which various projections were shown of buildings and more abstract images to reflect the tone of the scene or the various emotions of the characters. Many
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All four Blanches on stage.
of the smaller set pieces, however, still played into a more realistic vision of concrete bits of furniture throughout the Kowalskis’ apartment and a staircase leading up the the apartment complex. The juxtaposition of concrete pieces with the more distorted images of the projectors created an grotesque, otherworldly landscape that mimicked the mind’s sporadic remembrance of dreams. This justified the more abstract and almost supernatural aspects of the show’s rendition. Dubois was played by senior BFA Anna Voyce. Darned in illustrious costumes, a graceful Southern drawl and an unraveling psyche, she and her innermechanisms revealed the tragic history behind this seemingly hysterical character. “Blanche is a tired soul struggling to hold on to any hope and beauty left in her life and is looking for peace,” Voyce re-
flected. “She is trying to secure a future to up a past that is riddled with pain.” Through heartwrenching psychical embodiments of Blanche’s tragic history, Voyce and her counterparts depicted years of internal pain and struggle. Voyce wanted to portray Dubois not as a crazy woman but a misunderstood one: “I could not ever look at Blanche as crazy, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to do my job,” says Voyce. “I feel that her story is important to remind us that people are delicate creatures, that we should not just throw them away.” “The inner characters dove into the intertext of the story,” says “inner Blanche” Aryana Sedarati. “We were a representation of what was going on in Blanche’s head, both consciously and subconsciously. In some ways, we represented Blanche’s raw truth in a specific moment in time, and in some
Love lost in flames.
sense, we represent the fantasy, the ‘magic’ that she craved.” A senior BFA Acting Major, Sedarati played one of three of Blanche’s inner mechanisms. Characterized by their lack of eyebrows, ballet movements in bare feet, pastel-colored night slips, the inner Blanches presented an eerie and ethereal quality to Blanche’s character; encompassing her innermost desires and the massive array of emotions, her character called for at any given point in time. While the inner Blanches expressed distinctly different emotions, the four inner mechanisms of Stanley Kowalski moved together in a powerful unison that enhances his allencompassing presence. “I find that Stanley is a rare specimen of a human because he is both a hero and an anti hero,” reflects one of the inner Stanleys, senior BFA Michael Lasry. “I love parts of him but I hate parts of him as well.” The four inner Stanleys embodied passion and a primitive masculine energy that was frightening, primitive and enigmatic. They helped the audience to understand the reasoning behind Stanley’s explosive behavior: “I think we can all identify with the feeling of having our emotions pull us in several different diStella in the arms of her husband, Stanley.
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rections at once, and I think a lot of people can control their impulses and understand which emotion to go with,” explained Lasry. “But Stanley feels that all of these emotions and impulses must be acted upon immediately, otherwise he’ll explode, which he often does.” The purpose of these many inner Stanleys, according to Lasry, was “to give a visual representation of those many inner emotional struggles.” Lasry’s counterpart and the lead Stanley Kowalski was played by senior Matthew Petrucelli, whose primary goal was to enunciate Stanley’s larger-than-life personality and animalistic nature. “I see him as a typical American male who enjoys ‘macho’ things like drinking, gambling, bowling and sex” said Petruccelli. “But his biggest struggle comes from his uncontrollable emotions.” Petrucelli and his inner counterparts embodied this ubiquitous character with charm and a strong command of the sexual, animalistic nature which drives Kowalski’s actions throughout the course of the show. It was what the performers described as one of the most physically taxing, yet incredibly rewarding experiences.
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A New Year In Front of the Screen
Smith’s New Roles Megan Spinelli Staff Writer
W i l l Smith is adding another movie project to his already long list, as he signed on to star in The City that Sailed with director Shawn Levy, Deadline reported last week. Although this 20th Century Fox adventure film is still in development and does not yet have a release date, Smith has been linked to the project as far back as 2010 and is now officially on board. Smith will play Will Smith gettin jiggy with Shawn Levy. a father living in Manhattan as a street magician, who has also wrote The Game Plan. a daughter living in England. Overbrook Entertainment His daughter discovers a lighthas produced numerous wellhouse and finds a room inside known films, many of them with magic candles where she starring Will Smith, including wishes to see her father again. I, Robot, Hitch, The Pursuit of This wish results in ManhatHappyness, I Am Legend, Sevtan breaking away from the en Pounds, Hancock and After states and drifting across the Earth, among others. Atlantic. This role comes after Smith’s Shawn Levy is set to devellast film, After Earth, bombed op and direct the fantasy with in theaters and received lessSmith and James Lassiter’s than-satisfying reviews among production company, Overcritics. Smith co-starred alongbrook Entertainment, to proside his son, Jaden Smith, in duce it. The screenplay is being the M. Night Shyamalan acwritten by Audrey Wells, who tion movie.
The City That Sailed is not the only film that Smith has lined up. The highlyacclaimed actor and rapper, best known for his 90s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and movies like I Am Legend, Men in Black and I, Robot, will also be seen on the big screen starting Feb. 14, in Winter’s Tale. Smith will be starring alongside Matt Bomer, Russell Crowe, Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay and Jennifer Connelly in this supernatural drama about a burglar falling in love with a dying girl and
tastic Voyage a couple of years ago when Smith passed on the role. Levy is also working on another 20th Century Fox film, Selling Time, which is said to be a supernatural thriller. This director is currently working on Night at the Museum 3 with Ben Stiller and Robin Williams. Levy’s famed directing is also seen in some well-known movies such as the 2011 action drama, Real Phtoto courtesy of wordpress.com. Steel, starring Hugh Jackman the idea of reincarnation. and Evangeline Lilly, as well This A-lister is set to star in as the highly profitable Night multiple other movies as well, at the Museum franchise. including Focus. Smith will Aside from directing, Levy be starring opposite to Marhas produced popular films got Robbie as a con man who such as The Spectacular Now, falls for a rookie who he takes Date Night, The Internship under his wing. Two other fuand Cheaper By The Dozen 2, ture movies are The American among others. Can, a movie about a marine Audiences everywhere can who risks his life in the afterexpect to see Will Smith’s actmath of Hurricane Katrina, ing and producing, as well as and Hancock 2, the sequel to Shawn Levy’s directorial work the 2008 film. on the silver screen many Levy has reportedly wanted times to come. to work with Smith for a while now and even dropped Fan-
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Kevin Camilo Staff Writer - Eminem’s weeks just keep getting better, as this week’s album sales show him scoring the second-biggest first week sales of the year. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 792,000 albums in his first week. The only artist this year that has sold more is Justin Timberlake. This makes it his seventh #1 album on the charts. - On Nov. 24, the 41st American Music Awards will commence, and it looks stacked with many huge names set to perform. Rihanna will be taking the stage twice, once for a performance and the other for receiving the Icon Award for her extensive success. Other artists set to perform include Luke Bryan, Miley Cyrus, Florida Georgia Line, Imagine Dragons, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Jennifer Lopez, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, One Direction, Katy Perry, Pitbull with Ke$ha, Justin Timberlake and TLC. - This week was big for Lorde. Not only is her hit song “Royals” #1 for the seventh week in a row, but she also signed a multi-million dollar contract with the independent Song Music Publishing. The contract is worth approximately $4 million. The battle was huge because many labels have been trying to get Lorde. However, Lorde eventually decided to sign to Songs Music primarily for creative control. - New music this week: Timbaland’s “Know ‘Bout Me” featuring Drake, Jay Z and James Fauntleroy, Lily Allen’s “Hard Out Here,” Justin Bieber’s “PYD” featuring R. Kelly, Colbie Caillat’s “Hold On,” Christina Perri’s “Human” and Imagine Dragon’s “On Top of the World.”
Gaga’s alter ego
#1. Royals - Lorde (Last week - #1, Weeks on chart - 19 weeks) #2. The Monster - Eminem feat. Rihanna (Last week #3 - Weeks on chart - 1 week) #3. Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus (Last week - #2, Weeks on chart - 12 weeks) #4. Roar - Katy Perry (Last week - #4, Weeks on chart - 14 weeks) #5. Wake Me Up - Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc (Last week - #5, Weeks on chart - 20 weeks)
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Billboard Hot 100 - Week of Nov. 18
#6. Hold On We’re Going Home - Drake (Last week - #7, Weeks on chart - 14 weeks) #7. Counting Stars - One Republic (Last week - #9, Weeks on chart - 21 weeks) #8. Dope - Lady Gaga (Last week - first week, Weeks on Chart - 1 week) #9. Demons - Imagine Dragons (Last week - #8, Weeks on chart - 29 weeks) #10. Applause - Lady Gaga (Last week - #10, Weeks on chart - 13 weeks)
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MILF’s in Action
Theadora LeCour Assistant Entertainment Editor
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Lindsay Wagner Contributing Writer
“Once upon a time, there was a little goose that went, ‘HONKKKKKK.’ Her name was Rocky. And, one day, the wind picked up this goose and transformed into a Goosenado. And when the wind let go of the geese, the gaggle of geese—that’s what they’re called—their feathers swarmed through the air, meeting each other, like particles destined to work together, interlocking and weaving, creating a thatched roof which fell upon a large oak tree. Seven dwarves then built a little cottage next to it, because Snow White. The house was under construction for a while, indefinitely under construction, but Dopey said it would be done soon. Anyway, the dwarves left the Drop-In Center and then encountered a beautiful LGBTQ, diverse, I don’t know what I’m saying,
uhh, princess, which spoketh unto the dwarves, saying ‘Carpe diem, Café Diem, CarParc Diem, Goose Poop Diem, and those are the days of the week at Montclair. It rains every Tuesday, usually around one o’clock. So, carry an umbrella with you at all times, Dopey, but get one of the bubble ones because it’s really windy.’ And then the princess, the diverse Queen of Hearts—it was actually a Red Hawk Queen mama—knighted Dopey with a bubble umbrella, saying, ‘Dopey, I will tell you the secret to always finding parking at Montclair.’” The ending of the story can be found at Mega MILF. To be continued. Players present Montclair Improv League… and Friends twice a semester.
On Nov. 15, New York’s involved intellectuals, writers and musicians gathered at the Rubin Museum of Art on West 17th Street. In the basement level of the museum, a number of social and art events take place. Supported by a number of New York City celebrities like Alec Baldwin and the late Lou Reed, the Rubin Art Museum has become known for its cool collection of Himalayan art and smart “talks.” Last Friday’s discussion was called Fantasy and Fact, and turned out to be a discussion about storytelling. The small, pleasant performance artist Laurie Anderson, the widow of the late Lou Reed, found herself in the new position of interviewer alongside writer Neil Gaiman, who both got to explore aspects of creating fantasy. Both artists were lively and excited to be conversing in such an intimate space for discussion. Gaiman has written a number of books, including the popular children’s novel, Coraline. Anderson is the musician/performance artist known mostly for her single, “O Superman” and, of course, being married to Lou Reed. Gaiman spoke a bit about what it’s like when he writes a story. One of the nice things about the Rubin Museum is that lots of
Buddhist philosophy accompanies the Himalayan art that permeates the atmosphere. A question asked of most writers is where their ideas come from. Can an idea come from nothing ever thought before? Gaiman goes on to explain that to create something “new,” he first combines a number of other existing things. “Being good, being on time and being pleasant to get on with” are the three things Gaiman says is most important for working as a writer. “And really, you only need to be two of the three things.” This statement was something Anderson had to step in about. “But that isn’t the formula for good art, right?” questioning such a simplistic plan for the creative processes of young buds. Anderson expressed her love of children as creators. The bigger, eloborate, unanswerable and sometimes ridiculous questions we ask as kids that we forget to ask as adults was big for her. “Artists are just children who’ve survived.” Both Anderson and Gaiman generated a warm and interesting atmosphere that engaged the audience of about 100 people. Both writers proved that they were just as good storytellers in person as in music or print.
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Red Hawk Round Up Womens Soccer
Rob Rowan Assistant Sports Editor
The Red Hawks hosted the first two rounds of the NCAA Division III Womens Soccer Championship this past weekend, picking up a 1-0 win over Colby-Sawyer College on Saturday and then a decisive 7-0 win over Bowdoin College on Sunday. With those two wins, Montclair moves forward to take on Trinity University down in San Antonio, Texas this coming Saturday.
AJ Scoppa became the 12th running back in MSU history to rush for over 2,000 yards as his football career as a Red Hawk came to an end this past Saturday under the lights of Sprague Field. His 60 yard touchdown run, along with a pair from his successor, freshman Denzel Nieves put Montclair over Kean 21-14 in their final game of the season.
The Red Hawks are advancing to the sectionals of the NCAA Division III Soccer Championship with wins in the first and second rounds of the series. Saturday’s game came down to penalty kicks, as Montclair narrowly picked up the win over Misericordia University. Sunday’s game was just as dramatic, as MSU managed to keep a 1-0 lead for nearly two-thirds of the game. They move on to face the University of Rochester in Camden this coming Saturday.
Field Hockey Montclair’s phenomenal season has come to end with the Lady Red Hawks’ loss to Bowdoin College in the third round of the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship. After winning in the second round over Mount Holyoke in a hard fought 1-0 victory, MSU was forced to hang up its stick as an equally hard fought game ended in the opposing team’s favor.
Basketball Both the mens and womens basketball teams have kicked off their tip-off tournaments and are looking forward to their new respective seasons. The Lady Red Hawks picked up a pair of Ws against the University of Scranton and Gwynned Mercy University. Senior Nicosia Henry and Junior Melissa Tobey look to have another outstanding season. The men did not fare as well, as they start off their tournament winless, but look to turn that around soon.
NFL Power Rankings 1. Denver Broncos (9-1) Bummed ankle or not, along with the absence of head coach John Fox, and still, nothing seems to phase Peyton Manning. Could the 85’ Bears be able to stop this offense?
8. San Francisco 49ers (6-4) Since taking over the starting job, Colin Kaepernick has taken criticism from former 49ers quarterbacks. At least Frank Gore continues to be the most underrated running back in the game.
2. Seattle Seahawks (10-1) The Legion of Boom is what their secondary calls themselves. I’d love to see this team on HBO’s Hard Knocks next year.
9. Detroit Lions (6-4) This offense is right up there with the best. However, this team needs to take advantage with both Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler going down in their division.
3. New Orleans Saints (8-2) Drew Brees will go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time regardless if he wins another ring or not. 4. Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) This all-star defense wasn’t able to stop Denver’s well-oiled machine. KC’s offense simply can’t just rely on Jamaal Charles taking the load. 5. Carolina Panthers (7-3) This is the hottest team in the NFL. Cam Newton is finally living up to his Superman image. Linebacker Luke Kuechly might just be the best linebacker in the game. 6. New England Patriots (7-3) There are no more excuses now that everyone is back and healthy. This also means this team is Super Bowl or bust as always. 7. Indianapolis Colts (7-3) We’re all starting to witness how truly special Andrew Luck can be with his 10 game-winning drives. However, that offensive line has been suspect as of late.
10. Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) Rookie tailback Giovanni Bernard has been a little ball of fire. But will this team finally hunker down to win this division already? 11. Philadelphia Eagles (6-5) With only 25 more pass attempts, Nick Foles can surpass Michael Vick as the team’s all-time leader in throwing the most passes without an interception. 12. Chicago Bears (6-4) The Bears seem to be able to win without Jay Cutler. However, are they really a legitimate contender with Luke McCown under center? 13. New York Jets (5-5) This year, a win-loss pattern has resulted in a 5-5 record thus far. Luckily, they only have one team over .500 left on their schedule. 14. Dallas Cowboys (5-5) It doesn’t matter if Tony Romo is third in the league with 21 touchdowns. If linebacker Sean Lee doesn’t return soon, they can kiss their season goodbye thanks to a defense that’s given up the most total yards.
Corey Aron Staff Writer 15. New York Giants (4-6) The acquisition of Jon Beason has worked wonders. This franchise is known for making special runs with their backs up against the wall. 16. Arizona Cardinals (6-4) I’m not sold on this team just yet, but don’t disregard them, especially with a strong defense and great home field advantage. 17. San Diego Chargers (4-6) The Chargers are a lot better than their record indicates. They haven’t lost a game by over 10 points. 18. St. Louis Rams (4-6) This ferocious defense has 20 sacks and five defensive touchdowns in their last five games. Running back Zac Stacy seems like the guy to rely on going forward for this teams bright future. 19. Baltimore Ravens (4-6) They had to make cap room to sign Flacco to an absurd contract. However, they cleaned a little too much house by not retaining key contributors in Bernard Pollard and Darnell Ellerbe. 20. Green Bay Packers (5-5) This team rides and dies on Aaron Rodgers. He’s going to miss his third straight start due to a shoulder injury. 21. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-6) Rumor has it that Ben Roethlisberger asked to be traded this upcoming off-season. That seems as doubtful as their chances of making the playoffs for a second straight season.
22. Tennessee Titans (4-6) Regardless of Jake Locker being injured, it still wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring in one of the handful of the highly-touted quarterbacks come draft day.
28. Houston Texans (2-8) When fans are cheering their own QB Matt Schaub going down in a game from an injury, you know things have been downright ugly.
23. Miami Dolphins (5-5) Ace Ventura Pet Detective has been “incognito” during the whole Martin situation. On a serious note, despite being 5-5, their surprising spending spree this past offseason hasn’t met up to full expectations yet.
29. Tampa Bay Bucs (2-8) Monday Night Football commentator Jon Gruden had to wear an eyepatch while watching his former team play back in Week 10.
24. Cleveland Browns (4-6) For some reason, they had the hindsight to trade their workhorse running back Trent Richardson from a year ago, and it seemed to have been the right choice. 25. Buffalo Bills (4-7) CJ Spiller was supposed to get the ball until he threw up. Instead, it may have been the other way around because he’s been the biggest fantasy football dud. I’m so glad that I drafted him. 26. Washington Redskins (3-7) You’d think it would matter that their defense is 30th in the league with most points given up, as well as an offensive line that breaks down within the blink of an eye. However, at the end of the day, most of, if not all of the blame still falls on RGIII’s leg (I mean shoulders.) 27. Oakland Raiders (4-6) Mathematically, they still have a shot for that second Wild Card spot, but realistically this team has and will be in rebuilding mode for quite some time.
30. Atlanta Falcons (2-8) Without question, this has been the NFL’s most disappointing team. Maybe Tony Gonzalez should have retired. 31. Minnesota Vikings (2-8) Can they fire Leslie Frazier already? This might sound crazy, but trading Adrian Peterson with the return of an abundance of high-stocked draft picks would be turning back the clock to 1989 when they got Herschel Walker. However, in this case, the Vikings would be the sellers. 32. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9) Even London wouldn’t want to take over the rights of this franchise, I’ve got two words for you, “Johnny Football.” In other words, drafting Johnny Manziel would bring back some relevancy.
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Football Wins Season Finale Joe Stanley Kurp Staff Writer
The Montclair State football team ended their lackluster 2013 season with a victory over NJAC rival Kean University on Nov. 16 at Sprague Field. The game was filled with cheers and emotion, as the team’s seniors were introduced for the last time during player introductions. The team’s graduating seniors this year are Adnan Sakiri (linebacker), Joe Janovic (punter), Rashad White (defensive back), Omar Morales (fullback), AJ Scoppa (running back), Clario Sampson (defensive back), Matt Mancino (defensive back), Matt Trivigno (defensive lineman), Dan
Avento (linebacker), Marc Aspinwall (linebacker), Steven Rahbari (offensive lineman), George Buono (offensive lineman), Joe Koonce (defensive lineman) and Chris Petrucelli (defensive lineman.) The game started well for Montclair State. With 3:51 left in the first quarter, Scoppa ran for a 60-yard touchdown run to give Montclair State a 7-0 lead. However, as the second quarter began, Kean struck back and tied the game at 7-7, as sophomore quarterback Ryan Meade threw a five-yard touchdown pass to freshman tight end Dominic Trimarco with 13:38 left in the half. After Kean scored, the rest of the first half was a defensive struggle between both teams as the score remained tied at halftime. The Red Hawks came out flying to start the second
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C.J. Conway waiting patiently for the ball to be hiked.
half, as junior defensive back Billy Merz returned the opening kickoff 52 yards to the Kean 38 yard line. They would end this 38-yard, six-play drive with a two-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Denzel Nieves, giving Montclair State a 14-7 lead. The Red Hawks added another touchdown on the board before the third quarter ended, as they ended a 12-play, 85-yard drive with another Nieves touchdown, this time a six-yard run with 58 seconds left to give Montclair State a 21-7 lead. Kean would not go away in the final quarter, however, as they ended a nineplay, 73-yard drive on their next possession with a twoyard touchdown run by Meade to cut Montclair State’s lead to 21-14 with 12:01 left in the game. The Red Hawk defense would stifle the Kean offense for the time remaining, ending a 21-14 Montclair State victory, sending the team’s seniors out victorious. “The winning tradition was why I loved playing football at Montclair State University,” said Trivigno. “Although we had a rough year, it was great to beat a local rival like Kean and end my college football career a winner.” On offense, sophomore quarterback Ryan Davies completed 10 of 15 passes for 68 yards, threw an interception and was sacked twice. Sophomore wide receiver Aaron Williams led the team in receiving with 42 yards. Finally, Nieves ended his breakout season rushing for 107 yards with two touchdowns. Additionally, along with his touchdown run in the
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Adnan Sakiri prepares to chase down the ball carrier. first quarter, Scoppa rushed for 93 yards in his final game. Montclair State gained 284 yards on total offense and had 14 first downs. Montclair State’s defense held Kean to 329 yards of total offense, 17 first downs and three sacks on the night. In his last game, Sakiri led the team with 10 tackles to go with his big sack in the fourth quarter while sophomore linebacker Dan Vales finished right behind him with eight tackles. “It felt good winning and going out on top with all the men I came in with” said Koonce, who sat out the majority of the season with a broken
arm. “We have a solid group of young players that will come out strong next year with the incoming freshmen that will arrive.” With the victory, Montclair State wraps up their 2013 campaign with a 4-6 record overall and 3-4 record in NJAC play. Although the team went through many hardships on the field this year, they found a way to stick together and fight until the very end. With a variety of young and talented players and some incoming freshmen, the future looks bright for Montclair State Football as they hope to return to consistent success next year.
Title Fight Turns Heads Andrew Guadagnino Staff Writer
As the buzzer sounded the end of the fifth round, Johny Hendricks thought he won. However, two of the judges did not agree. Georges St. Pierre held onto his welterweight title in a highly controversial split decision over Hendricks in the main event of UFC 167. Judges Sal D’Amato and Tony Weeks gave GSP the nod by a score of 48-47 while Glenn Trowbridge saw it for Hendricks by the same score. Hendricks was the aggressor for the majority of the fight, using brutal knee strikes to leave St. Pierre battered and bloodied after their five-round championship bout. He mixed it up with takedowns throughout the fight and staggered the champion with a powerful uppercut. “I thought I clearly won the fight,” Hendricks said. “Georges was a great guy. Did you guys see the same fight that I just fought? I’m pretty sure I won.” Another surprise to the fans occurred in GSP’s post-fight interview when he announced that he was taking some time away from the sport. “I have a bunch of stuff in my life happening,” Pierre said. “I need to hang up my gloves for a little bit and make a point of focusing on my life. I have to step away for a little bit. That’s all I can say right now.” In the co-main event, former Light Heavyweight Champion “Suga” Rashad Ev-
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Poster of UFC 167 main event. ans annihilated his “UFC Tonight” co-host Chael Sonnen via first-round TKO. Evans made quick work of his opponent, taking Sonnen down midway through the first round and systematically improving position. When Suga took Sonnen’s back, he unleashed a barrage of punches that caused referee Herb Dean to stop the contest. “I thought he was going to transition to the takedown right away, but he wanted to wall-and-brawl, so I obliged,” said Evans. “Me and Chael are close. I like Chael a lot as a person. When you have to land those shots on somebody you
really like, it’s kind of hard to do, but it’s part of the sport.” Strikeforce veteran “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler made a huge advance in the welterweight division with his split decision win over Tristar Gym stud Rory “Ares” MacDonald. In the first round, Lawler used leg kicks to keep the Canadian at bay and from getting comfortable in the stand-up. MacDonald turned in a strong second round, taking Lawler down and wearing on him with elbows. Going into the third round, it was anyone’s fight. “Ruthless” drilled MacDonald with a left hook, sending him reeling and tried to finish but was unable. Despite a late flurry from “Ares,” Lawler walked away victorious. “I’ve had a tough road, up and down, but I kept getting up and pushing forward,” Lawler said. “That’s what happened tonight.” American Top Team’s Tyron Woodley knocked out Josh Koscheck at 4:38 of the first round of their welter-
weight bout with two wellplaced punches. The Ultimate Fighter alum was battered with Woodley’s right hand despite backing the Missourian up with a right of his own. Late in the round, Woodley nailed with two right hands, putting him to sleep. “There was no other way [it was going to go],” said Woodley. “We’re too similar. We’ve got the same height, reach and background. I knew it was going to be a brawl.” Vicious punch combinations propelled Russian flyweight Ali Bagautinov to a unanimous decision over Tim Elliot and, in doing so, improved his winning-streak to 10. Elliot kept his opponent backing up throughout the fight, but Bagautinov picked his spots and scored. Despite a brutal knee from Elliot in the third round, the two-time Sambo World Champion had his hand raised. With this fight, Bagautinov should expect to see his stock in the flyweight division rise.
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Johny Hendricks came within inches of winning the welterweight title.
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Who’s Hot This Week Season Stats Goals - 10 Assists - 17 SOG% - .540
Lucas Terci Midfielder — Soccer Terci was named NJAC Offensive Player of the Week thanks to his three goals in MSU’s 2-0 run to advance to the NCAA Div. III National Championship.
Who’s Hot This Week Kaila Fasano Forward — Soccer Fasano helped lead the Red Hawks to their first NCAA Sectional with three goals and one assist.
Season Stats Goals - 11 Assists - 8 SOG% - .607
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Red Hawks Fall in National Tournament Mike Panepinto Staff Writer
The dream season for the Red Hawks field hockey team ended Sunday with their second loss of the season. MSU made it as far as the quarterfinals before being knocked out of the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Tournament. Montclair State was the #1 seed in the bracket. The Red Hawks drew a bye in the first round and ended up hosting the second and third rounds of the tournament at Sprague Field. MSU drew Mount Holyoke on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. The score was at a 0-0 standstill through 70 minutes of the contest, forcing overtime. After nobody could break the lock during the first overtime, Montclair State was able to find the back of the net in double overtime. Senior midfielder Stephanie Lewis crossed a shot in front of the cage, which was knocked in by senior midfielder Jennifer Tafro to seal the deal.
The goal was the 21st of the season for Tafro. Sophomore goalkeeper Rebecca Brattole had two saves in the game and recorded her 10th shutout of the season. With the win, the Red Hawks advanced to the quarterfinals on Sunday, Nov. 17, where they faced off against a solid Bowdoin squad. MSU lost the game 1-0 to end their postseason hopes. The first half of the contest was very similar to the one before in that it was a defensive struggle. The teams entered the half tied at 0-0. The second half featured much of the same stout defense, but Bowdoin forward Rachel Kennedy netted a score in the 51st minute of the game to break the scoreless contest. This was the first time all year that Montclair State was shut out. The Red Hawks finished the season with a 21-2 record overall and a 5-1 record in the NJAC (New Jersey Athletic Conference). MSU was 14-1 at home and 7-1 on the road. This was the second straight year that Montclair State claimed the NJAC title.
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Jennifer Tafro getting ready to pass the ball. The five Red Hawks who were seniors on the squad were forward Allison Jillons, forward/midfielder Brooke Hullings, midfielder Jennifer Tafro, midfielder/captain Stephanie Lewis and defender/captain Sierra Rauchbach.
Lewis was named NJAC Defensive Player of the Week in the final field hockey awards announced by the NJAC this season. Lewis provided the assist for Tafro in MSU’s 1-0 win over Mount Holyoke in the second round
of the NCAA Tournament. Lewis also helped a strong defense limit the Chargers to seven shots in the shutout win for Montclair State. The 13th shutout of the year for the Red Hawks was also a new singleseason record.
Womens Soccer Advances to Sweet 16 Nick Patriarca Staff Writer
The Montclair State womens soccer team is on their way to the NCAA Division III Sectional Tournament with wins in the two opening rounds of the tournament at home. The Red Hawks found a late goal to get past the visiting Colby-Sawyer Chargers in the first round on Saturday and followed it up with a dominating 7-0 win over the Bowdoin Polar Bears on Sunday. Making their first ever appearance in an NCAA Tournament, the Chargers came out firing in the first half, forcing Red Hawks junior goalkeeper Gina Policastro to make three saves in the opening 45 minutes. Junior midfielder Melissa Koster had an opportunity to put the Red Hawks in front right before the half, but her shot hit the crossbar. The two sides went into halftime scoreless and even on shots at three each. The Red Hawks took control of the game in the second half, forcing the Chargers’ goalkeeper to make a save just over a minute in. They earned three corners in the first 10 minutes of the half, but were unable to find the net on any of them. Junior forward Kaila Fasano managed to get three shots off in the space of three
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Francesca Gibson attempting to clear the ball. minutes, but Chargers goalkeeper Karley Hamilton stood her ground to keep that zero on the scoreboard. Policastro came up big again for the Red Hawks, making her fourth save in the 70th minute. The Red Hawks’ persistence finally paid off in the 84th minute, when Fasano knocked in junior forward Francesca Gibson’s delivery to put the home team in front. They would hold on for a 1-0 victory to put them into the second round against the Bowdoin Polar Bears. With a first trip to the NCAA Sectional Tournament in program history on
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the line, the Red Hawks had a much easier time dispatching the Polar Bears in the second round. Fasano picked up right where she left off, scoring the first goal just six minutes in with a header from eight yards out. Sophomore forward Martina Landeka added another with just five minutes remaining in the half, one-timing junior forward Melanie Greco’s cross into the back of the net to double their lead. Fasano added her second goal of the game following a perfect through ball by freshman forward Jennie Hornstra. Hornstra scored a
goal of her own just eight minutes later after following up on her original shot to knock in the rebound to put the Red Hawks up by four. Greco made it 5-0 a minute later by redirecting Fasano’s cross into the net. She had a chance to add another nine minutes later, but her header hit the crossbar. Goals by sophomore forward Stephanie Gomes and sophomore forward Kendel Bernardini would seal a dominating 7-0 win for the Red Hawks, sending them through to the Sectional Tournament for the first time in their history.
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Hornstra was named New Jersey Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week, netting a goal and providing two assists in the second round win over Bowdoin. Policastro continued her phenomenal season with her 14th clean sheet and is currently the NCAA leader in goals against average. With 16 teams vying for a national title, the Red Hawks will travel to San Antonio, Texas this weekend to take on the second-ranked Trinity Tigers. The winner will square off with the winner of the Wheaton vs. Emory game for a trip to the Final Four.
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