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Issue 11 December 1, 2011
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The Curtain Falls on Movie Nights
'Every Day I'm Shovelin'
Men's Soccer Makes Final Four
New Job Offer for Students
Matthew Mitchell Staff Writer
Jennifer Davila Contributing Writer
Swank Motion Pictures has threatened to sue MSU after they discovered organizations were promoting their films for campus events. This brings an end to informal campus "movie nights" or film based events. “[CSI] (the Center for Student Involvement) would no longer be approving rooms for movie nights without organizations ensuring that they have or will be getting the rights to show the movie,” said Fatima deCarvalho, the assistant dean for Student Life. Swank Motion Pictures, a privately owned global nontheatrical film distibutor and licensor represents Walt Disney, Paramount, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and many others. In her report to the Student
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The Men's Soccer team has made it to the Final Four of the NCAA tournament.
Matt Moreno Staff Writer
Men’s soccer will enter the Friday, Dec. 2 contest on the brink of making history. The Red Hawks will be mak-
ing their first-ever appearance in the Final Four of the NCCA tournament. Their opponent: the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops lead by head coach Jay Martin, the all-time wins leader among active coaches. The game is being
hosted at Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, Texas, pitting two of the premiere teams in the nation against each other in what is set to be a thriller.
University Facilities is offering a new job opportunity for students to shovel snow on campus following the snowstorm that hit the east coast in late October. Assistant Vice President of University Facilities Dr. Timothy Carey said that they have been working closely with the Division of Student Development and Campus Life since last summer on increasing the number of students working on campus. The hourly rate for the job will be $12 and employees will be provided with “an initial training session [and] ongoing training if/as needed.” This opportunity is extremely convenient for students because the location of
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Shop 'til You Drop
Nicki Minaj Scammer Update
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A mob of shoppers purchasing electronics during the Black Friday craze. Haylee Lenkey Assistant News Editor
Over 226 million shoppers combined to create an incredible surge of consumerism with a reported $52.4 billion spent this past Black Friday weekend. This amount has jumped 16 percent from the $45 billion spent last year. The total includes all spent over the weekend, including the early opening of stores on Thanksgiving Thursday. Many retailers, such as Walmart,
created special opening times at 10 p.m. and midnight to allow a greater influx of shoppers and revenue. “The larger than anticipated sales figures during the recent Black Friday weekend represent a much needed boost to the nation’s retailers,” said Brent Chrite, dean of the School of Business. “While it’s too early to determine whether or not this Shopping Continued on Page 4
INSIDE news feature Library Amnesty Policy
Apple Legacy Continues with iPhone 4S
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Minaj was allegedly booked to perform at the 2010 Homecoming Concert. cident occurred, officials said that the criminal investiga-
It’s been a year since the Nicki Minaj incident at Mont-
clair State, but reminders of what happened still linger. Although the scammer, Romarick Hough, was caught in Illinois just days after the in-
Maya Jordan Staff Writer
Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All
Facebook Reveals MSU's Theft
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Red Hawks Split Home Weekend
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Change Your residence Hall or Find New Roommate nate housing through the room change process. Students had until noon on Nov. 28 to fill out forms requesting their desired destination. The time of the year has come Kevin Shafer, the assistant direcwhen students have the opportunity tor for Housing Assignments, points to change their living arrangements. out that there are popular locations Whether they are unhappy with their into which students have been seeking current housing assignments or would entrance. “Currently, the most popular simply like to upgrade their living arrequest is for a single in the Heights rangements, it is possible to seek alteror the Village at Little Falls,” Shafer said. While only one to two percent of students change their mind on a room change request, an action that can hold up the process, most students need a change of venue. “Due to graduation, study abroad and students withdrawing, we are able to approve 50-60 percent of room change requests in the spring semester,” he added. Joseph Giuliana, a sophomore and resident of Sinatra Hall, is among the approximately 100-150 students who requested a room change. In his situation, differences of opinion have affected the mood in the room. “I don’t get along with my roommates,” Giuliana said. As clashing personThe Montclarion | Andrew Mears alities are a common occurrence, the room Roommates Bobby Moser and Rich Karcher. Mike Conforti Staff Writer
change process exists to remedy these unfortunate incidents. On the other hand, various students who get along with their current roommates would rather live in closer proximity to their classes. Connor Broesler, a sophomore and resident of Sinatra Hall, finds this aspect to be appealing. If he lived in the Heights, “I can roll out of bed and get to Sam’s or the gym.” There are also the students who prefer the upperclassman feel of the Village, an apartment-style living arrangement in which exists a feeling of an independent lifestyle. A sophomore and resident of the Heights, Alejandro Rios, would like to relocate to that particular area. “Whenever I visit the
Village, I always wish I lived there because it feels like there is more of a sense of freedom than living in a dorm,” he said. Dominic Petruzzelli, executive director of Residential Education and Services, encourages students to be mindful of the deadline. “We do not allow the room change process at the beginning of the semester,” said Petruzzelli. Recognizing that Residential Education attempts to improve the quality of a student’s time as a resident of Montclair State University, the deadline serves as the student’s opportunity to assist in this process. “The decision of who gets placed where is on a first-come, firstserved basis,” said Petruzzelli.
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Library Amnesty Policy: You Will not be Fined for that Book Catherine Baxter Staff Writer
For the first time ever, the Sprague Library is holding an “Amnesty-Clean Sweep” for those who may have an overdue or missing book borrowed from the library. The amnesty period will run from Nov. 14 through Dec. 23. During this period, all overdue materials may be returned to the library, and the student’s library patron record will be cleared. If a student has borrowed any books that he or she believes may now be missing, the Sprague Library staff will be glad to discuss their replacement policy. Library books that are not returned are books that cannot be used by others. The library staff wants to make
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the resources available to students, faculty, staff and the community, which is not possible when items that have been borrowed are missing or overdue. Many students plan on taking advantage of the Amnesty-Clean Sweep. “It’s cool that the library is giving everybody a chance to return their books,” said Jimmy Gavin, freshman. “Now a lot of students who forgot to return their books have a second chance.” The library opens on Sundays at noon and remains open until Friday at midnight. It is also open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until midnight. For more information about the Amnesty-Clean Sweep program, please call the Access Services Department at (973) 655-4288. They will be glad to provide any information needed about the current standings of library accounts.
Overdue library books? Return them now with no penalties.
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the employment would be right on campus. Jonathan Catalan, 21, agreed that the location is certainly a huge plus for the job but said that “it is more beneficial for resident students since there would be no travel involved.” The position is, however, open to both resident and commuter students. Catalan and Adrian Sanchez, both 19, said that they would consider the job opportunity “for the extra cash.” Rey Sentina, 19, said that this new
opportunity is a good idea and a “quick, easy way to get some extra cash while helping out the campus community.” One of the main concerns for all of these students was the hope in having this opportunity offered throughout the entire year, not only in the winter. Dr. Carey explained that last summer, MSU employed approximately 15 students to assist with other jobs like “important landscaping and housekeeping projects.” He also said that
This could be you!
Digging out the Student Center.
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students “appreciate more on-campus job opportunities so that they can earn money without the challenges of leaving campus.” “More job opportunities are always a plus,” Sentina said, “especially if these job opportunities have range. That way, it can appeal to more students.” Catalan answered similarly, saying that students would also become more
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“motivated to be involved if the opportunities were throughout the year.” Students who work or are involved in other activities on campus are known to feel more engaged with their college community and as a result may perform better academically. If interested in this position for the winter, please email snow-work@mail. montclair.edu.
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was merely an unanticipated ‘blip’ or the start of a new trajectory related to consumer spending, the net effects are very positive.” Many consumers were bolstered by low prices on originally expensive items, such as $4.47 on baby clothes and $1.28 for towels. Of course, many Montclair State University students chose to take advantage of the new early times in order to cash in on great deals. Jennifer Larson, 20, a junior fine arts student, took advantage of the early morning hours to score low-priced items she needed. Leaving her house at 2 a.m. Friday morning, she came back with full hands. “I wanted to get some good deals on stuff that I needed,” said Larson. “I got a pillow for $2, a new eight-gigabyte memory card for $10, a new headlight but no Christmas presents. I know places opened at 10 a.m., but I wanted to get there after the rush of initial people. It was perfect; no one was there.” Other students, however, hesitated when considering the earlier times and were later met with opposition. Josef Trajanoski, 21, an illustration student, was tempted by the $99 price tag on new Nintendo Wiis at Wallmart, but as it was Thanksgiving night, he chose to go later on Friday instead. “The mall was packed with too many characters and I waited on line for a long time only to find out I was too late
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to get a deal on a computer I was looking for,” said Trajanoski. “Then, Walmart was flooded with more people, all of whom wanted to buy flat screen televisions and other electronic devices while the rest of the store was almost completely deserted. It was a mess,” he said. Despite the deals, the influx of revenue will have various effects on Montclair State University students. In the case of many fashion studies and design students, the prospect of a boost in consumerism will garner positive results. “I think it’s very exciting. I’m always interested in creating possibilities for students, and when the industry does well, it generates jobs for retailers,” said Linda Reilly, associate professor of fashion studies and art and design. “The whole design industry is energized by purchases, so this is very exciting that shoppers are purchasing and buying products; it creates job possibilities for our students,” she said. While the aspects of a bolstered consumer economy will benefit design students, the effects of days like Black Friday yield mixed results for those pursuing business. Pamela Honores, a business administration, management and marketing student, said, “These revenues can help businesses forecast the amount of products they need to
obtain from suppliers and wholesalers, help determine how many employees are needed for next year’s holiday season and forecast marketing costs and various other factors that can contribute to their profit.” “As a business student, the effects of Black Friday give us an insight into the economic changes our country is going through. In addition, it shows us how consumer behavior is changing and how different types of businesses have to work together in order to make this business day a success,” Honores said. However, whether this boost will create jobs for students is still up in the air, as only time can tell if this large consumerism will continue throughout the holiday season. “I’m not sure that I would characterize this good news as particularly beneficial for May graduates,” said Chrite. “Many companies have been making lots of money for a long time and healthy balance sheets have not translated into a stronger job market for college-aged students.” It is advised that students take this Black Friday news as a positive sign, yet continue to study hard, network constantly and strengthen their analytical skills to continue compiling experience.
There were over 226 million shoppers this past Black Friday weekend. Shoppers spent $52.4 billion. Sales jumped 16 % from the $45 billion spent last year. Retail Sales were up 9.1% compared to last year's sales. Statistics provided by National Retail Federation and The Huffington Post
tion continues. “The defendant’s attorney has worked a fiscal arrangement with the SGA for restitution [of the funds], but this does not negate the criminal charges,” which are still pending with a grand jury in the state of Illinois, according to Lt. Kieran Barrett. Dr. Karen Pennington made a statement saying, “I am pleased that this individual was caught. It was through the good work of both the SGA, who provided the information to the University Police, and the great detective work that the individual was found, warrants issued and an arrest made. [However], the process is still ongoing and until it is resolved, the SGA will probably not see any return of funds. This is typical for cases such as this.” However, the question of what will be done about the missing money still remains. The SGA was forced to tap into unappropriated funds to pay for the Fabolous concert as a replacement for Nicki Minaj. Press Secretary Ryan Fanning stated that while nothing financially can be dealt with until the criminal investigation is completed, the SGA is taking the proper steps to ensure that this type of incident will not occur again. “This year, the SGA has set up a series of checks with their legal consul before dispersing any amounts of money for concerts[…] The Jason Derülo concert was one of Montclair’s biggest concerts and it went off without any problems,” said Fanning. Although the SGA may have things under control for future concerts and events, some students don’t feel as comfortable about the fact that Montclair State might not see its money anytime soon. “Luckily, he was found,” said senior Ashley Barlow. “I’m glad the students got their money back for the tickets, but it’s a shame [Montclair] will probably never see that money again.” Senior Jillian Knight said, “I feel like using unappropriated funds wasn’t the best idea. They should have waited until we had the appropriate amount of money to have another concert. It’s good to know he did get caught, but it’s wishful thinking that we’ll get all the money back that we paid this guy.”
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Government, deCarvalho also stated that, “It is important that the legislature also question whether an organization has a license to show a movie if they are coming for appropriations.” Individual rights can be purchased from licensing distributors for over $100. The exception is if they are having an educational or academic event in which they have checked out a movie from the library, which is acceptable because the licenses are already held by the library. These films are not to be shown for a “public performance” without owning the license. Public performance is central to copyright and is the main issue of protection for these intellectual properties. Royalties are the shares paid to movie producers, script writers, authors, computer programmers, playwrights, musicians and inventors among others out of the proceeds resulting from the sale, performance, or use of their work. These laws have always been in use,
but only recently has the University begun to limit and potentially stop organizations hosting events that attempt to show films that they do not own the rights to. This is unfortunate for any group that does not have the funding to rent a license but owns the DVD or video. In the past, groups were often appropriated money through the Student Government to purchase films with the promise that they would show them in the following years. However, these same groups are now obligated to follow the new rules that have been announced, preventing them from showing the film until the rights and licenses have been bought. The new restrictions make it more difficult for groups to show films, and it appears that the end result will only cost the students of Montclair State University more money for groups who are forced to request an increase in funding at the next Student Government meeting.
Swank Motion Pictures Represents: Walt Disney Pictures
Tri Star Pictures
Hallmark Hall of Fame
The Weinstein Company
New Line Cinema
Warner Independent Pictures
First Look Studios
First Independent Pictures
Fine Line Features
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WMSC Underground Radio Gets Modern Michelle Procida Staff Writer
While a majority of college radio stations are going digital by broadcasting through an Internet radio stream, MSU’s radio station, WMSC, has been digital for five years but is approaching exciting new changes for the station within the next year. Since streaming its program online in 2006, WMSC has built up a larger base of listeners compared to the standard FM radio station which only covers about a four-mile radius from MSU. Since portable radios are outdated, listening to online radio is a growing trend. Not only is online radio more accessible for Montclair students, but for a variety of outside listeners as well. “Online streaming allows us to gain many more people across the world,” said Michael Bufis, loud rock director at WMSC. “I have people from New York listening to my show. Another DJ actually has a few people from other countries listening to his show, so online streaming has to have improved viewership.” With online streaming, there are no limits for WMSC’s fan base. WMSC radio has listeners ranging from northern New Jersey to the United Kingdom and Australia. While WMSC currently doesn’t have the technology to see the locations of all its listeners, they know based on fans connecting through Facebook, email or even calling in to request a song. Through their radio website, listeners can tune into live on-air broadcasts which mostly play underground music. They can also access previously aired shows, such as interviews with some underground bands.
The WMSC radio station is gaining popularity, not just around campus, but world-wide through online streaming.
While this is the station’s standard format, changes are coming to WMSC radio as they upgrade into the technology age, just as other college radio stations have been doing recently. Within the next year, WMSC radio will move its location from the small, underground room in the Student Center Annex to the brand new facility in Finley Hall, which will be renamed Conrad J. Schmitt Hall opening in Spring 2012. For WMSC radio, this means more
Unity to Fight Campus Crime Debbie Encalada Staff Writer
Our campus is in a crime crisis. Now is the time to take action and stop this problem from spreading. A variety of solutions have been proposed in order to solve this problem, such as implementing surveillance cameras or increasing police presence. However, these solutions may wind up costing us more than the actual crimes, as both would require additional expenses that students would be charged for. Students simply cannot afford these expenses. Fortunately, there is another moneysaving option: a community watch program. A community watch program is an organized group of people who strive to make their community a safer place for all. These crime-preventing programs can work together with local police in order to decrease the crime rate in their neighborhood. Because these watch groups consist of volunteers, the programs do not have a formal budget. Community watch programs focus on awareness and observation as a means to stop criminal activity. Members of the community stay alert for any suspicious activity and work in shifts to patrol areas of the community. Recently, Vice President Karen Pennington and the Student Government Association have been working towards bringing a community watch program to campus. Pennington has released this statement: “In a community, it is important that everyone plays a part in watching out and protecting our environment. We are all responsible for maintaining the community in which we live and alerting authorities when we see problems. So in essence, we are all (or should be) part of a community watch program. That being said, I am working with the SGA to identify a group of students
who will serve as a coordinating committee to help facilitate programs and services, such as an adopt the campus anti-litter campaign, that will be part of an overall community focus strategy in the future.” Community watch programs have proven highly effective in neighborhoods throughout the country. In fact, FBI statistics show that an area that has an active watch program is 43 percent less likely to be targeted by criminals. The most common crime found in these communities was “theft” or “burglary.” Another community reported that only 16 percent of burglary cases from the month of October occurred in a watch area in comparison to the rest of the city. Our campus community can benefit from such a program. The surveillance of the campus by fellow residents and authorities alike can reduce crime by deterring possible offenders. Even someone who is not a part of the watch program can help and become involved in ensuring their safety and that of others. The community is an integral part of how this program can work as they are the ones who will be watching and reporting criminal activities. If criminals see that the likelihood of getting reported has increased, they may fear the risk of getting caught and facing consequences. Over time, the program can reduce crime by increasing the flow of information from the public to the police. Information may include crimes in progress or the reporting of suspicious people and events. With useful information provided by the public, law enforcement has a better chance of finding those guilty of the crimes and preventing them from committing other unlawful acts. Communication is key. MSU can overcome the current crisis, but it needs the help of its community — its campus community.
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opportunities to expand and improve their radio station and its online content as well. Leaving the outdated broadcasting room behind, WMSC will soon have all new equipment and technology, bringing them into the future. “We’re in transition, so things are changing very fast,” said Dick Hinchliffe, station manager of WMSC. “We’re going from the basement of the Student Center, which is really circa 1970s, and we’re going to 2012 in the new facility.
It’s both a challenge and an opportunity.” With a new facility and equipment, WMSC will have the opportunity to expand its radio station and content. “Our plan is to develop more online streams,” said Hinchliffe. “One will probably be news, public affairs primarily, and another one will be experimental radio.” Adding more content and streams, WMSC plans to model its new changes based on the radio station at Emerson College, WERS, which has a strong radio station program. While WMSC plans to update its radio, it will still keep the station’s originality. “We pride ourselves on being an underground station,” Bufis said. “The majority of the music played on our station won’t be played anywhere else.” “We’re going to be able to do so much more, we’re going to have brand new state-of-the-art equipment, we’re going to have other streaming services,” Hinchliffe said. “There will be lots of chances for students to get involved in music, news, public affairs or whatever they are interested in.” Anyone can tune into WMSC online at wmscradio.com or on the radio dial at 90.3 FM.
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No Shoes, No Tutu, No Problem Stephanie Milot Staff Writer
As many of you Red Hawks may already know, the Student Recreation Center offers free classes as part of the Group X fitness program. There are over a dozen classes held throughout the fall semester including Zumba, yoga, kickboxing and ballet tone. Staying physically fit is an important part of our health, and attending the Group X fitness classes is one way to do so. They are fun and challenging alternatives to running on the treadmill and lifting weights everyday. It’s even worthwhile to try a class to give yourself a break from homework and studying. To participate in the classes, there is no experience required and no commitment to returning each week. The classes do not have special dress codes. Just come to class in comfortable workout clothes and sneakers — in the case of ballet tone, you dance in either socks or bare feet. The ballet tone instructor is Stephanie Silver, 21, a senior at MSU. A dancer her whole life, she wanted to
teach a class for students of all levels of dance experience. Silver said that the goal of the class is, “to help people gain strength in a different way, get different exercise and do something fun and new.” Gloria Li, 20, a junior at MSU, has attended every ballet tone class this semester. “After the first day I loved it,” said Li. “It is not that intense, like I expected.” One of Silver’s favorite parts about the class is “the people who come back,” she said. “I can see improvement in them each week.” Li is an example of a student showing progress. “I believe I have improved,” she said. “The instructor is really helpful. She corrects little mistakes and does not make the moves too difficult so everyone can learn it — even the ones [who have] never had dance experience. I hope she will teach ballet next semester too.” You might not be a fitness fanatic or a ballerina by any means, but you can take advantage of the Group X classes. Fun and fitness — what more can you ask for in a class?
The ballet tone class practices along a mirrored wall. Check the Montclair website for the class schedule.
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The Dirt on Campus Bathrooms: Cleaner than they look Amanda Balbi Feature Editor
The cleanliness of public restrooms might not always be on your mind, but when you gotta go, you gotta go. We all would rather use the clean-smelling, sparkling bathroom on campus verses the stinky, dingy one — even though that doesn’t necessarily mean a bathroom is sanitary. Montclair State University’s facilities staff is currently improving every restroom on campus. Associate Vice President of Facilities Services Dr. Tim Carey and Director of Housekeeping Services Lenny Jones agree that the bathrooms on the first floor of University Hall and the Student Center are among the most used bathrooms on campus. “Traffic in some restrooms makes it hard to clean during the day,” Jones said, “especially in University Hall.” Students agree that University has some of the best bathrooms on campus. Because they’re newer, the bathrooms are more frequently visited. “I like the fact that the hand dryers are high tech,” said Luis Rosales, senior English major. “They’re my favorite bathrooms to use.” However, just because a bathroom is dingy, doesn’t mean it’s dirty. Some of the older buildings can’t be renovated to look new overnight. The bathrooms in the Dumont Center appear dirty, but that’s just because it’s an old building. No matter how hard the housekeepers scrub, the yellow toilets will not appear “clean,” even though they are. The University’s standards are based on the Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA), who determine the level of cleanliness of a building. A level one building means the bathrooms are cleaned most often and are categorized as “orderly spotlessness.” A level two building is maintained not as often as a highly traveled bathroom, but still is categorized as “orderly tidiness,” by APPA’s standards. The APPA’s standards are based on a one to five scale — from “spotless” to
“neglected.” Every college and university follows the APPA standards. MSU has two level one buildings on campus: the Kasser Theater and the Recreation Center. Because the buildings are more public than academic, they need to be cleaned more frequently. Although University Hall is highly traveled, it is not a level one building. Carey compared the first floor of University Hall to “Grand Central station,” and Jones suggested a bathroom attendant. All in all, it would be too expensive for MSU to convert University Hall into a level one building. Level one bathrooms are cleaned every couple hours and policed in between. All of the other buildings on campus are classified as level two, which are “cleaned daily to twice a day and are policed every couple of hours,” according to Jones. Policing a bathroom means that a housekeeper will check the soap, paper towel and toilet tissue dispensers and clean the floor or sinks if necessary. There is a checklist that each housekeeper is asked to follow. They are trained to look at the ceiling first, down the walls to the mirrors and then to the sinks and floor. Jones said that housekeepers look for graffiti in all buildings. In cases where housekeepers find graffiti, they try to scrub it off with a Green product made by Misco — 95 percent of the cleaning products used on campus are environmentally friendly. If that doesn’t work, they file a work order with MSU’s paint shop to paint it over. Carey also added that the police are currently investigating a different kind of vandalism: a person has relieved himself on the bathroom floor, instead of using a stall. There were 10 to 15 incidents that affected three to four buildings last semester and they are still occurring today. “It’s frustrating for the housekeeper,” Jones said about the vandalism. One of the challenges that housekeeping and facilities services are faced
with is balancing the time between vandalism work orders and regular work orders. “Unfortunately, vandalism takes time away from what we need to do,” Carey said. Typically, the housekeeping department will get about 25 work orders per day, according to Jones, ranging from no paper towels in a bathroom to broken sprinklers in a dorm. Work orders are prioritized based on a few things: Is it vandalism or graffiti? Is it broken? Or is the work order for scheduled maintenance? Graffiti and/ or vandalism are top priority followed by broken items. Bathrooms on campus are significantly cleaner than other public restrooms. In fact, checklists have been posted on the back of every bathroom door in order to keep track of who cleans each bathroom at what interval. The housekeeper signs off every time he or she cleans the bathroom and what he or she has cleaned. Students like the fact that they can see who’s been cleaning the bathrooms, not only because students know it’s being cleaned, but also if someone is slacking. “If people are held liable, they’ll clean the bathrooms better,” Rosales said. In addition to the new checklist, MSU will also install new hand dryers in the newer buildings — some have already been placed in the first floor bathrooms of University Hall. Housekeeping services has also implemented a machine called a Kaivac, which is a no-touch restroom cleaning system. It’s a high-power sprayer that can even take the dinge out of the hardto-clean grout. Usually, housekeepers clean each bathroom with the Kaivac in between each semester and during Thanksgiv-
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There is a full drawing of Justin Bieber in Calcia’s ladies’ room.
ing and spring breaks, because of the small number of people on campus. Carey also added that the University is “working with an outside consultant to find out how well [they’re] maintaining sanitation.” “They will be able to tell us our weak and strong points,” Carey said. “We are interested in continually improving our services, so feedback is very helpful to us.” Carey and Jones urge students and staff to file complaints if things aren’t up to expectations or are broken. Since there are so many buildings, it gets hard to keep track of what’s broken and what’s working. That’s why work orders are encouraged. “We want feedback,” Carey said. “We want work orders when things aren’t working.” Proof positive: the stalls in the Student Center Annex were fixed within hours of filing a report.
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Apple Legacy Continues with iPhone 4S Jay Hrina Assistant Sports Editor
It’s amazing to see how far technology has taken us. We have the ability to call or video chat people in a pocket-sized device. We can find out any publicly known fact (and then some) anywhere we have a connection to the Internet. We even trust a voice-in-thebox to guide us to almost pinpoint accuracy. The latest invention from one of the front-runners in this evolution, Apple, is the iPhone 4S; but while people were getting excited over the annual iPhone release ritual, the company was creating its next life-altering product: the robotic prototype, Siri. “It’s scary to know that your phone can do just about anything you ask it to,” says potential iPhone 4S buyer and MSU sophomore Jessica Bielen. Siri can do just about anything you wish your cell phone could do for you, short of reading your mind. “Your wish is its command” reads Apple’s specific webpage that highlights all of Siri’s features. The iPhone 4S is essentially packed with your own personal assistant, which can come in handy while you have your hands tied or are too lazy to search for the answers yourself. The interaction between you and your iPhone will be so realistic that you will feel as if you’re talking to a butler, at your command, to accomplish anything the iPhone is capable of doing. While this hassle-free method of performing daily tasks is convenient
and possibly preferred, it’s scary to see how all of this technology combines to form one artificially intelligent device. On Apple’s feature page of Siri it reads: “Siri does what you say, finds the information you need, then answers you. It’s like you’re having a conversation with your iPhone.” iPhone 4S Features - Duel-core A5 processing chip - 8 megapixel camera with HD video recording capability - iCloud: connecting all your Apple products together - iOS 5: Apple’s newest operating system One Apple employee, who asked to remain anonymous, said they spent “the entire day trying to stump [Siri], and couldn’t.” When asked how realistic they thought Siri was, the response was instant and enthusiastic: “Totally … just imagine where it will be in five years if it’s at this stage now.” One of the most prominent, or disturbing, aspects about Siri is her ability to know where you are. According to Apple’s website, through the iPhone 4S’s GPS system and “Using Location Services, it looks up where you live, where you work and where you are.” Siri uses GPS satellites to find your location and knows which stores’ parking lots you’ve entered, the most efficient traffic route and how long you’ll be sitting in traffic. It can send a text message for you, open up specific web pages or check the
weather while you’re just waking up. A demo done by cnet.com demonstrated some of the basic functions Siri can perform along with its ability to know where you are and what’s around you. The demo also illustrates that the phone knows what you’re saying, even if you don’t say those exact words. It has the ability to infer what you’re saying, rather than taking what you say literally, word-for-word. iPhone 4S owner Pat Dalvin said Siri “makes life easier and is a technological marvel, but I feel it is an unnecessary accessory that preoccupies too much [of my] time.” The iPhone 4S isn’t without flaws. Recently, people have been complaining about the lack of battery life in their new phone. The phone is supposed to have over 200 hours of standby battery life, but is providing customers with considerably less. This problem has been noted and is connected to the new iOS 5 update which contains most, if not all, of the features mentioned. Apple has taken responsibility for this, claiming that it was a bug on their part. Although they have come up with an update (iOS 5.0.1) to fix the battery life, it seems to have no effect and the problem still persists as of now. The accessibility and ease of Siri is going to lead Apple, and technology as a whole, to an entirely new level. Whether robots will roam the Earth or whether we become as reliant on Siri as we have become to calculators remains to be seen.
Steve Jobs’ legacy as a technological Zeus may only be the beginning of a world that we’ve only seen in sciencefiction movies. According to Apple’s website, Siri is still in her Beta stage, which means she still hasn’t been finalized, leaving the possibilities of growth to your imagination.
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Siri is your new personal assistant.
December 1, 2011 • The Montclarion
Transfer Misconceptions Bianca Perez Staff Writer
Get the best grades in high school. Start preparing early. Consider all your options and go to the best school you get accepted to. That, plain and simple, was the road to success for many years for young people across the United States. However, a surge over the last few years in the number of students who begin in local community colleges and then transfer to four-year institutions, known also as the two-four transfer, has changed perceptions about the best way to earn a bachelor’s. That trend has become evident at MSU. Jeff Indiveri-Gant, assistant director of admissions, said that this year 46 to 48 percent of the incoming class are transfers. A number that, according to the MSU Fact Books, compiled by the office of institutional research, has been on the rise. From 2005 to 2010 there was a 57 percent increase in transfer applications, a 37 percent increase in those accepted and a 20.7 percent increase in those enrolled. Last year alone held a 13.91 percent increase in transfers enrolled. Students who make the two-four transfer to MSU chose to begin at community colleges for different reasons: proximity, fewer students and lower tuition. Most of all, students are making a more conscious decision to remain focused. This is a decision which seems to extend nationwide. According to the Association of Community Colleges, there has been a 41 percent increase from 1999 to 2009 in the number of people who enroll in community colleges. Of those, 50 to 80 percent say they plan to transfer to a four-year institution. Anne Mallari, a junior who transferred from Bergen Community College,
said, “I think that the first year here I would’ve wasted money. I wouldn’t have achieved as much academically.” Mallari said that the amount of social life in a large institution, like MSU, would have distracted her at first. While this happens to many incoming freshmen who soon get it together, the effects show forever in their academic records. Mallari said that a friend who went to a big institution messed up and had to transfer to community college to refocus. But the damage was already done. “I didn’t want to make a $22,000 mistake like [she did],” said Mallari. Robert Triano, junior at MSU, learned the hard way. After high school, he went to West Virginia University on an academic scholarship, which he lost after his freshman year. “I was young and not responsible enough to live on my own. I got sucked into the party school antics, skipping class, partying every night,” Triano said. He returned home and enrolled in Bergen Community College. “I didn’t want to pay university money again until I knew exactly what I wanted to study. I learned my lesson and wanted to make sure I was truly ready before I went back to a big university,” he said. According to the College Drinking Prevention Organization, about 25 percent of all college students report having academic problems because of alcohol abuse. The heaviest drinkers tend to be student athletes and Greek organization members, while two-year college students drink the least. The organization reports that drinking patterns develop in the first year of college. However, a study by UCLA showed a nationwide record low in the percentage of students who spent six or more hours partying. At MSU statis-
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tics agree. The Montclair Social Norms Project shows that from 2003 to 2009, most students reported drinking only zero to four drinks when they go out. The reported lower temptation isn’t the only reason students feel community college keeps them more focused. Melissa Dahud, a junior who transferred from Hudson County Community College, said, “It puts you in a college environment without all the pressure. It’s a stepping stone.” Arleen Alva, junior, said community college was a lot like high school, which was precisely what attracted her to Bergen Community College. “The familiar faces and small setting was a comfort zone for me. It made me feel less intimidated and more at home,” she said. Not having to worry about making major adjustments allowed Alva to concentrate on her academic progress. Students aren’t alone in believing that community colleges create less dramatic transitions. A report by the College Board states that community colleges have fewer students per class, offer more flexible schedules and have professors who are less involved in outside research and therefore have more time for students. “It is a huge misconception that transfer students don’t do as well as native students. They do very well and have strong graduation rates,” said Indiveri-Gant. According to the MSU Fact Book, in 2009 86.6 percent of transfer students were retained for a second year, compared to 81.2 percent of native freshmen. Changes to accommodate transfers have begun nationwide. In 2007, New Jersey created the Lampitt Bill, a New Jersey-wide agreement which assures smooth transportation of up to 60 credits from community colleges to other state institutions. Many states have
created similar bills over the last few years, making it easier for students to transition from two- to four-year schools, said Gant. The rising number of transfer students into MSU has affected the way student life is run. Keya Burks, student life coordinator, said that most transfers tend to be commuters and less involved in student life. While this lack of involvement might keep them out of the party scene, it also keeps them out of other valuable experiences. “What we work on now is creating events and activities that these students will be interested in and accommodate their schedules,” said Burks, highlighting the creation of weekend and night activities. Alva and Dahud agree that community colleges had little student life and that they missed out on some social aspects of the college life. Triano has had difficulty transitioning into student life because, “most juniors already have a set of friends and activities.” The lack of involvement by transfers is nationwide. According to Braintrack, a college research site, two-four transfers participate significantly less in study abroad programs, internships and research work. MSU wants to invite transfers to be part of student life from the very beginning. Burks will be part of this spring’s transfer orientation for the first time. “Involvement typically happens when someone invites you. The reality is that many transfer students don’t have that opportunity to be invited,” she said. Involvement is not just about socializing and having fun — it is also about developing skills that will be important to your career and make you more lucrative, she said. “In two years it will be a completely different thing to be a transfer at MSU,” said Burks.
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The Montclarion • December 1, 2011
Indi-visuals Rashard Bradshaw Staff Writer
This fall season’s freakish high and low temperatures would put a cramp in anyone’s style but for the fashionforward, no forecast should affect their personal style. Whether it’s a light hoodie or a chic biker jacket, Montclair State University’s student body prove time and time again that they can handle anything mother nature throws their way. Last issue we touched on the importance of boots, jackets and scarves in your wardrobe to stay warm and stylish. In this issue, we are adding another hot item to the list: winter bags! No look is complete without an accessory for flair and no accessory delivers a douse of fashion and functionality better than a bag. Whether it’s a purse, backpack, messenger or tote, invest in an amazing bag this season. Give your closet a facelift by adding a touch of punk or biker pieces, two trends that are very important this season. Always remember: you don’t have to pay a million bucks to look it.
Josh Lee Senior Animation/ Illustration
Kristen Owens Junior Fashion Studies/Journalism minor
Greg Skroce Junior Public Relations
In college it’s easy to blend into the crowd, as opposed to standing out, while getting dressed in the morning. How many of us have rolled out of bed in our PJs or those comfortable sweatpants and gone to class? Even with the lack of enthusiasm on campus, there will always be those few who decide to go against the norm and wear their identity. I met Lee on the third floor of University Hall. His laidback fashion mixed with a heavy urban taste was a comfy hip-hop mash up that made him stand out amongst the crowd. His tattoo of a young Goku outlined on his wrist only made him that much more amazing.
There is always a chance you might bump into someone with an air of individuality in the quad. Whether they’re on the steps reading a book or playing a game of football on the lawn, MSU is filled with fashionable individuals. When I ran into Owens, I definitely knew that she was ahead of the pack. This fashion rebel added a soft touch to a rough look that proved that even the most delicate flower could have a few thorns. Her crafty use of an everyday bandana as a headscarf was also genius.
If there ever was a god of chill, his name would be Greg Skroce. Skroce has done the impossible task of maintaining the max amount of comfort without substituting style. Though he doesn’t think about fashion too much, I could tell he had a certain swag that didn’t really need much thought. This skateboarding DJ delivered a basic look that was still extremely style-appropriate as well as a fashion rhetoric that might leave Taylor Swift fans in a hissy fit.
R: If you had to describe your personal style in three words, what would they be? J: I guess just “innovative.” R: If you could only shop at one store for the rest of your life, what store would that be and why? J: I would say Uniqlo, because I’m getting older and I feel like I should dress more appropriately. R: If you had to give one piece of advice to the campus regarding fashion, what would that advice be?
R: If you had to describe your personal style in three words, what would they be? K: “Feminine, rugged and cultural,” because I wear a lot of head wraps. R: If you could only shop at one store for the rest of your life, what store would that be and why? K: Any thrift store with more than two floors because you can find designer items without paying designer prices. R: If you had to give one piece of advice to the campus regarding fashion, what would that advice be?
J: Go against the grain!
K: Stop being copycats! Have your own mind, your own version of style. Don’t look to other people for style.
R: If you had to describe your personal style in three words, what would they be? G: I’m a DJ, so I guess “skateboarding, music and hallucinogens.” I don’t pay attention a lot to what I’m wearing. I just make sure the colors match. I just wing it. R: If you could only shop at one store for the rest of your life, what store would that be and why? G: The Internet because it has endless possibilities. R: If you had to give one piece of advice to the campus regarding fashion, what would that advice be? G: Don’t listen to country music!
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Fashionably Early Mara Balagtas Staff Writer
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While I’m sure many of us share the common interest of pop diva Lady Gaga and high-end department store Barney’s New York, if you haven’t already heard the exciting news, here is your chance to catch up. This past week, the two have come together to bring us one crazy, fun and colorful collaboration that is the Gaga Workshop, housed inside Barney’s until Jan. 2, just in time for the holidays. Barney’s and Gaga have created a carnival-like atmosphere full of amazing limited edition, trinkets, apparel, cosmetics and even chocolates. As expected, there are different shapes and sizes of studded and chainlink jewelry, the perfect touch to any outfit. Personally, there is a pair of black gem moto gloves that I am dying
to get my hands on. For a pretty penny, about $425, you could get your hands on them too. But let’s be real, if $425 for a pair of gem moto gloves seems a little steep for a college income, like many of ours, there are some reasonably-priced gifts to ask for or to give your friends this holiday season. The press-on Minx printed nail polish, available in two patterns for $35 each will add a lot of style to your manicure. If you are a fan of the 12-inch heels Gaga sported in her “Bad Romance” video, there are armadillo shoe-shaped
earrings available in red, yellow and blue for $25, in remembrance of her close friend and legendary designer, the late Alexander McQueen. If you haven’t made your way over yet, I suggest you catch the train from the Transit Deck this instant and get your hands on something from this amazing limited-time collaboration. Between all of the studs, chains, red lipstick and faux python available at the Gaga Workshop, it would be hard not to find something that speaks to the little monster in all of us.
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Facebook Shows Movie Night Theft
uiet on the set, roll sound, roll camera, slate, scene 3 take 2 — action! When a moviegoer sits down with their family to watch their favorite blockbuster, many of them have little to no idea what goes into creating a film. Imagine, for a moment, that you spend over a year of your life on a single project. This project not only has the ability to progress or ruin your career, but also decides part of your income for what could be the next decade, requiring hundreds of people to work in near perfect coordination in order to meet their release date... Only for it to be pirated one week after its grand premiere. Piracy is certainly not restricted to the film industry, but on Montclair’s campus, Swank Motion Pictures is airing their grievances. “Movie nights” on campus will no longer be as commonplace as they once were. Swank Motion Pictures has decided to investigate the films released by the studios that they represent. Through Facebook, they discovered that Montclair State University was showing their films without a license. Swank Motion Pictures represents such famous studios as Universal, Disney, Sony and MGM, just to name a few. Facebook is not a safe haven and just like every other crevice of the Internet, it is not private. Social networking boasts the mere illusion of secrecy but, as shown in this case, corporations use these websites to spy on the public. Even though some of these organizations have charged money to students for entry into their film screenings, even though they did not pay the proper amount for a license. The same organizations were well aware that they needed a license to show any film publicly but neglected this fact regardless of the legalities.
And therein lies the issue. We find it astounding that an organization, that should always follow the proper legal precautions, could knowingly commit a form of piracy. We don’t want to hear that they simply did not want to spend money on a license. Request a budget increase if the amount was that much of a problem. The SGA is supposed to exist to benefit students. Procuring a license would only benefit the student body because then we would legally be able to view these films. Just to be clear, this regulation is only in the case of public viewings. If a professor chooses to show a film in class for educational purposes, they can do so without paying for a license. We don’t believe that Swank Motion Pictures is stepping over the line by protesting these “movie nights.” There is nothing wrong with inviting a few friends over to watch a film in your dorm room, but there is something wrong with screening it publicly without paying for a license or the rights to that film. The organizations have been hosting “movie nights” for years with no repercussions. We are surprised that it took such a long time for the film industry to discover the screenings. We are sure that Montclair’s campus was not the only college caught screening films without licensing. The industry loses billions of dollars worth of profit due to piracy. It is within their rights to enforce a concept as simple as royalties. Don’t get us wrong: it is no secret that most college students engage in a degree of piracy, whether it is in music or film. We just find fault in a University organization knowingly committing a crime against an artistic industry. Hannah Scherba | The Montclarion
Pizza Gets Political
ood news for you moderately health-conscious folks who would like to believe that you’re eating more vegetables: Pizza now comes with a full serving of vegetables vis-à-vis tomato paste! And we couldn’t be happier. Now on those mornings when you wake up famished only to find last night’s cold pizza in you fridge, you can nosh with the assurance that you’re eating right, at least according to a bill recently passed by Congress. But what leaves a bad taste in our mouths is the fact that this pizza/tomato paste declaration doesn’t help nutrition-deprived school lunch programs, particularly in under-funded, low-income school districts where more children rely on federally subsidized school lunch programs for their main meal of the day. Additionally, it appears to counter the work done by the Obama administration, as well as Michelle Obama’s personal efforts towards reducing childhood obesity and future health care costs by improving school lunch programs. Earlier this year, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed a bill before Congress with standards that would ideally
Hannah Scherba | The Montclarion
Hannah Scherba | The Montclarion
Hannah Scherba | The Montclarion
improve the quality of school lunches by placing limits on sodium and starches and requiring more whole grains per serving in cafeteria food. However, the bill also included counting tomato paste and processed variations of it used in pizza sauce as a vegetable serving.
Unfortunately, this really does little to improve the quality of school lunch menus, which are not at a loss for frozen pizza or French fries. This bill doesn’t necessarily transform a slice of Ellio’s into broccoli. As one Washington Post blogger noted in a recent post,
according to a 2007 USDA audit, “Just 20 percent of schools served meals that met federal guidelines for fat content.” So what, if anything, will this official declaration do other than make us shake our heads at Congress’ latest brilliant move? It’s also another obvious
example of the excessive control and lobbying power that corporations have over Congress. Food giants ConAgra and Scwhan allegedly pressured and persuaded our elected officials into keeping the pizza/ tomato paste stipulation on the bill, thus reassuring their lucrative position as food suppliers to our nation’s schools. Genuinely healthy, unprocessed foods, including whole vegetables and low-salt meals, are considered expensive and unattainable because food corporations have made them that way. Moreover, the notion that kids just don’t want to eat healthy food is ludicrous. They are bombarded with advertisements and slick marketing campaigns that create desires for specific brands and products. And if that’s all they’re offered at home and at school, they’ll follow those consumer habits into adulthood. We don’t want to make pizza seem sinister; it’s delicious any way you slice it. But choice is also a great thing. Food corporations and agribusinesses should not have the power to determine what we eat, force-feed school children processed garbage and call it nutritious. And anyway, tomatoes are a fruit.
December 1, 2011 • The Montclarion
New Generation Divorces Love From Marriage Do they still go together like a horse and carriage?
uring this past year, our country and our world have been rocked by some horrible natural Travis Lancaster disasters. In 2011 columnist alone, we’ve witnessed devastating floods, earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes. These tragedies have altered disaster relief policies almost as much as they’ve altered the landscapes they’ve affected. And in some cases, they’ve left rifts between political allies larger than the rifts they left in the earth’s crust. It’s true that there are few things worse than Mother Nature’s fury, but a peculiar thing has happened in the United States of America. As a society, we’ve been more affected by unnatural disasters than we have been by all of the hurricanes, floods and tsunamis combined. The most recent “unnatural disaster” that comes to mind is the absolute abomination of a marriage between two peo-
ple I truly couldn’t care less about: Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries. Their complete joke of a union lasted a staggering 72 days, and on the day that it ended there wasn’t a corner of the Internet you could run to to escape hearing about it. The American public was devastated by the break-up of such a perfect union. At first this got me thinking about how screwed up our nation’s priorities are, but, like a gale force wind, that quickly shifted in a completely different direction. I started to think about how absolutely misguided our generation is in regards to love and marriage. I mean, those two notions are supposed to be two of the most important to human existence, but to our generation, they are two of the most misconstrued. And because of our generation’s complete dependence on the media and popular culture, I fear that we were never really given a fair shot at understanding love. Where do we really expect kids or even young adults, such as ourselves, to learn about love? The media, which we rely so heavily on, does a phenomenal job of tarnishing the concept of marriage, and the antiquated ways in which the previous generations (our
parents) teach us about love, are just that, antiquated. Time after time after time I come across individuals who have an extraordinarily fractured view of what love is (or is “supposed” to be). This idea that love is “supposed” to be anything is somewhat astounding to me. First of all, love is in no way, shape or forms a “preconceived” notion; love is perhaps the most relative of emotions and feelings, meaning that it is completely unique to the individual who is experiencing it. So it seems strange to me when I come across an overabundance of individuals who have similar views on love and marriage. For me personally, the notion of love has become poisoned over years and years of human misuse. It was once the purest of emotions (read any Shakespearean sonnet to understand that) but now it is just the most over conceptualized. I feel that this is because there’s too much pressure on young people these days to find “true love” and to get married. We look at the generations that have preceded us: our parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents, and we see a group of people who are married, some happily, some
unhappily, but ultimately, those are the people we associate with marriage. What we’ve always been taught by our families and our ever-present societal norms is that it is integral to our lives that we get married and start a family. Add to that the fact that the rusty pipes of popular culture are forever leaking into our stream of consciousnesses, and we find that somewhere along the lines love got caught on a branch while flowing down that stream. The films we watch, the books we read and the songs we listen to all talk to us about love, filling our heads with the idea that we need to fall in love and get married fast. But the sad truth is that the complex mathematical equation of love + marriage just doesn’t compute anymore. At least, that’s how I see it. Now, I don’t pretend to know everything about love, but I know one thing: you won’t find love if you’re looking for whatever it is your parents and the television are telling you to look for.
Travis Lancaster, an English major, is in his second year as a columnist for The Montclarion.
Spending Cuts Leave Thanksgiving Leftovers Budget balancing is the not-so-supercommittee’s kryptonite
nyone who was surprised that the so-called Supercommittee failed at agreeing to a plan for deficit reduction should schedule an appointment Dillon Eliassen with a neurologist. columnist To label our elected representatives “incompetent” would be generous. “Ignorant” and “stupid” would satisfy, if not for the seriousness of the situation that warrants the name-calling. The Supercommittee had the opportunity to show that Congress could be decisive when faced with the tough challenge of balancing the budget by cutting runaway spending. Instead, they punted, with each side blaming the other for intransigence and unreasonable demands. It is no wonder they could not come up to an agreement, considering the absurdity of the scenario: all they had to do was come up with recommendations for a $1.2 trillion reduction in the national deficit over a period of 10 years. This may seem like a lot of money, but the deficit for fiscal year 2011 is about $1.3 tril-
lion, so what they failed to do was reduce the deficit by less than 10 percent. Even if they had met that requirement, multiple trillions of dollars would still be added to the debt over the proposed 10 years. The goal for the Supercommittee should have been to completely eliminate the deficit, and hopefully arrive at a surplus to pay down the debt, the interest of which consumes six percent of the budget. Democrats made it clear that their preferred method of reducing the deficit is through tax increases, and that most, if not all, of that burden should be borne by the wealthy. There is popular support for increasing taxes on the wealthy, and why not? The vast majority of Americans are in the middle and lower classes and would not see their own tax rates go up. On Aug. 15, Robert Frank of the Wall Street Journal wrote: “In 2008, there were 236,883 tax filers reporting income of $1 million or more. The Patriotic Millionaires, a group advocating the repeal of the Bush tax cuts on tax filers making $1 million or more a year, estimated that their plan would raise $500 billion to $600 billion over 10 years. “That sounds like a lot. But only $100 billion of that is projected savings from lower government debt costs. So the tax would
actually raise $40 billion to $50 billion a year: equal to about three percent of the annual federal deficit.” So, the Democrats’ plan of raising taxes on the wealthy is not the cure-all for our deficit woes that they promised it would be. A tax increase on the wealthy would just be a drop in the bucket towards solvency. Cutting spending should have been the only option on the table to reach an agreement, with everything on the chopping block, especially the military and entitlements. Revenue increases of any method should not have been considered, since Washington, D.C. has a spending problem and that is the situation that needs to be addressed. The United States Congress has become so divorced from reality that it is a wonder our legislators are even able to find their way to the Capitol building (they probably don’t need to know how to get there; that’s what chauffeurs are for). The reality is clear: Real cuts were not even on the table; the discussions were over raising revenues and reducing predicted rates of spending increases to reduce less than 10 percent of the deficit. When the recession hit, federal tax revenues decreased. But rather than cut spending to compensate for the lack of funds, spending increased substantially.
Federal spending is out of control, and has been for a long time, but the last five years saw a massive increase incomparable to the overall trend. According to the Congressional Budgetary Office, in 2007 federal spending was about $2.7 trillion; in 2011 it was about $3.6 trillion. That is a 32 percent increase. Compare that rate of increase with some other trends: from 2007-2010 the rate of inflation was about two percent and so far this year it is at about 3.2 percent; average salary increases are about three percent; and the normal average yearly stock market increase is eight to 10 percent. The lack of correlation of these trends that affect average Americans to the exploding trend of federal spending is an obvious indicator that it is unsustainable and that Congress lacks any restraint or accountability when it comes to fiscal responsibility. Any normal business or household would become insolvent if spending increased when revenues decreased. So why do we allow our elected officials to handle America’s finances in this manner?
Dillon Eliassen, a graduate student, is in his second year as a columnist for The Montclarion.
Black Friday a Dark Day for American Consumer Pepper-spray is quickly becoming America’s new favorite flavor
t’s that time of year when we prepare to celebrate the most exploited holiday in America — Chr istmas. No matter if craig mccarthy you are is a com mu n ist, web editor socialist or occupier, everyone is a consumer in these months. So ‘tis the season for retailers to slash prices of over-priced, unneeded luxury items that are necessary to buy our loved ones’ love. And this year did not disappoint big box retailers from making an estimated $11.4 billion, a 6.6 percent rise, reported CNN. Black Friday, originally named for putting stores “in the black” after months of slow sales, now more aptly named for the grim
results of violence for the mere $100 saved (not an exact number). Across the country, these bargain-buy retailers (Target, Walmart and Best Buy for example) saw lines of people and a few campers ready to buy whatever cheap piece of merchandise it had. On a day generally geared towards family and lethargy after too much turkey, these people wasted their time and blew off their family for a mere 20 percent off (again, not an exact number). And the responses received from people when I complain about this marketing madness are that these people have no one to be with on Thanksgiving. So, who are they buying an Xbox bundled with a Kinect at Walmart for that these people justified the need to pepper-spray 20 shoppers in L.A.? There were so many incidents of people being pepper-sprayed it had to be a door prize. Now herein lies the problem with our consumer-based country: saving whatever
amount is worth more than life. The proof would be an old man who was trampled at another Walmart savings deal in West Virginia, who died earlier this week without repercussions to anyone. As well as a shooting in San Leardo, Calif., shots being fired outside Fayete, N.C. and a stabbing in Sacramento, N.Y. These businesses need to be held accountable for the safety of its shoppers if they plan for such things. 56.5 million people went out to take advantage of these extra early hours without real control besides some places having police, where available, direct traffic. This would be the equivalent of not hiring security to create a sort of order at 706 Giants games — something we say would be outrageous and irresponsible. Yet these stores do it every year, snowballing every year, to more and more injuries. As fiscally irresponsible as Wall Street, these companies haven’t seen a hint of backlash. The most ironic part is that most of the items in these “doorbuster” deals are electronics, which continually go on sale closer to
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Christmas, reported NBC on Thursday. Along with these extra early hours or the opening on Thanksgiving itself, since it is dark, shoppers have also been robbed (not just by the retailer); directly after leaving with their consumer champion cup in hand, muggers have made a market. Even with the institution of online savings, people still follow the sloppy shepherd of retail to watering grounds of minimal savings — just to follow the herd (Best Buy almost makes this analogy for you with construction of its lines). Retailers need to be held accountable for the stupidity and greed of its created crazed consumers just like everyone else would be — except for politicians, government, Wall Street or anyone who amassed money through capitalism. So I guess they won’t be tried anytime soon.
Craig McCarthy, an English major, is in his first year as web editor for The Montclarion.
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.
Arts & Entertainment
Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All Brash young hip-hop collective dazzles David Acosta Staff Writer OFWGKTA is creating quite the buzz in the music industry and one of the reasons is certainly be the name which stands for “Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All.” Odd Future is a hip-hop based collective that started from a bunch of friends in Los Angeles, Calif. who skateboard together and all had a passion for music. The group is composed of rappers, singers, hype men and producers and is led by frontman Tyler, the Creator. Tyler who released his first solo album at the age of 17 to critical acclaim, has always been a musical person, from teaching himself to play the piano at age 14 to standing onstage to accept his MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist at age 20 this year. With two albums released so far and a third scheduled for release next year, Tyler has already left a mark on the hiphop community. His controversial lyrics and uncensored attitude has led him to become the target of many critics alike. From what started as a couple of kids having a dream, to a group of young adults living out their dreams, OFWGKTA have recently started their own “Odd Future Records” label to distribute their music in stores after having only two past commercial releases, with the rest being available for free online. OFWGKTA is subject to much controversy among many other artists, critics and people in general due to the extreme and
The members of Odd Future posing for a group shot. Not pictured: Recently free Earl
graphic lyrics in their songs and the fact that they hold no boundaries in their lyrics. However, the mistake in the controversy is that many people seem to take the lyrics a bit too personal, which is exactly the point that Odd Future is trying to make: just because something is said in a song, it doesn’t mean it reflects the true opinions of the artist. The group is made up of five rappers, one singer, three producers and two main hype men, the rappers being Tyler, Mike G, Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats and the recently returned Earl Sweatshirt. Earl Sweatshirt is notable for being the youngest member of
Odd Future, but is perhaps better known for his complete and sudden disappearance from any activity since April 2011 when he was reportedly found to have been sent to the Coral Reef Academy in Samoa. A former student stated that Earl did not have a say in being sent due to him being underage and that it was his mother’s choice. Earl has recently returned to the group. One of the other rising stars of Odd Future is the lone singer and oldest member of the group, Frank Ocean. While he is signed to Def Jam records instead of Odd Future records, he is still very much a part of Odd Future. His romantic and
easygoing voice has put his singles on the Billboard 100 chart and even got him featured on two songs on the recent JayZ and Kanye West collaboration album Watch the Throne. Left Brain, Matt Martians and the only female member of the group, Syd tha Kyd are the producers of Odd Future. Syd tha Kyd and Matt Martians make up the duo The Internet with the album Purple Naked Ladies due for release on Dec. 20. Meanwhile, producer Left Brain and rapper Hodgy Beats are together the duo known as MellowHype whose recent commercial album BlackenedWhite charted on the Billboard 200. With
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another instrumental group known as The Jet Age of Tomorrow and hype men Jasper Dolphin and Taco Bennet, Odd Future is a large group with a very wide variety that is slowly taking the nation by storm. Just wrapping up their Golf Wang North America tour, which had a show right here in Montclair, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All is preparing for a European tour and more album releases through their new record label, Odd Future Records. Look for the next release, Tyler, the Creator’s Wolf sometime near May of next year.
Thirteen Reasons Why: Haunting Bestseller
Young adult novel offers chilling narrative of suicide Vanessa Hargreaves Asst. Arts Editor Th1rteen R3asons Why, the book that spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list and has sold over 1 million copies in print in over 30 countries, is truly a suspenseful and chilling, yet a beautifully self-motivating and lifechanging masterful addition to young adult literature. Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher is about Hannah Baker, who commits suicide due to 13 reasons revolving around 13 people in the high school of the town she recently moved to. One of the students and also the narrator, Clay Jensen, literally walks you through Hannah’s gripping and devastating adventure as he listens to her speaking about why she killed herself through a set of audio cassette tapes she recorded before she died. The set of tapes are given in order, one at a time, to each of those she mentions on the tapes and are then passed on to the next person that she talks about. The students are given a map with locations she refers to on the tapes, which allow for a more realistic feel to Hannah’s life journey. The use of the audio cassettes allow the reader to hear all of Hannah’s thoughts as Clay plays each tape and gets to decide who is to blame in this tragic story about a girl who just wants to be accepted in her high school. Together, the reader and Clay will gain scandalous yet heart-
Th1rteen R3asons creates a haunting atmosphere for young adults. wrenching knowledge about all of the people named on the tapes and to a painful degree, they must reevaluate themselves and the actions they’ve committed. Brace yourselves, because there are several moments in the novel that will make you
want to throw the book at a wall and quit as an innocent spectator looking in. You become so enraged at the characters that commit these heinous acts but know you can’t stop them or save Hannah. But you must remember, as Clay must, that the truth must be heard
and shared so that others will not suffer like Hannah did. Thus, Th1rteen R3asons Why is a spark of hope for readers who have dealt with similar things as Hannah, things that teen girls go through on a daily basis. It offers an immense lesson for young teens
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about how they must treat one another with respect and it reminds everyone that even the smallest most unrelated actions can mean a lot to the right people. Hopefully this message gets heard.
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Alexander Payne Delivers Again
The Descendants is a heartful emotional masterpiece Ken Macri Staff Writer The Descendants is a flawless film that ranks very high on the list of the year’s best pictures. It attests to human imperfection as we are invested fully into the lives of the characters during some of their more heartwarming, adverse and even humorous times. The film takes place in Hawaii, a land we conventionally deem as paradise, but the emotional rollercoaster director Alexander Payne (Sideways, About Schmidt) takes us on is far from felicity. The star of the film, George Clooney gives a true, emotionally raw performance in which his glamorous persona is left completely idle and all that’s left is a humbled, vulnerable man. Clooney plays lawyer Matt King, whose thrill-loving wife Elizabeth (Patricia Hastie) is in a coma after a boating accident, and he is left to take care of their two kids, outspoken teenager Alexandra (Shailene Woodley) and the younger Scottie (Amara Miller). Matt is also heavily involved in a major land management deal, as he holds the controlling share of his extended family’s estate in which the majority of his cousins, led by cousin Hugh (Beau Bridges), want to sell in a multi-million dollar deal. If his life wasn’t already burdened enough, everything is further complicated when he discovers that his wife had been having an affair with a realtor named Brian Speer (Matthew Lillard).
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Shailene Woodley and George Clooney deliver excellent performances in The Descendants
Speer is not altogether a bad man, as he cares for his wife (Judy Greer) and two kids, but his true motives are challenged. It is put into question whether or not Speer was sleeping with Elizabeth just to get to Matt, as Speer is handling the transactions for Matt’s major estate deal, and is going to make quite a sum of money if the deal goes through. Another man who seems to be the bad guy throughout the film is Mr. Thorson, Elizabeth’s father, who is played by the great Robert Forster. He is a complex and angry man who cannot tame his emotions as he takes them
out on Matt, but it is not clear whether one can blame him under these harsh circumstances. As we gradually meet certain people in Matt’s life, Payne’s film takes us through Matt’s legal, family and emotional troubles in careful detail, until he shows us, without forcing it, that they are all coiled together. Payne knows Clooney’s face makes for a bruised and eloquent canvas, as his eyes reflect long-buried ferocity. Every performance in this film, from the stunning and unreserved Shailene Woodley to the disoriented yet seemingly astute Nick Krause as Sid, makes for a key
role in Matt’s evolving world which challenges his moral obligations in their own distinct way. Everything about The Descendants is carefully constructed and accomplished by Payne, from the aesthesics, to the cast, to the impassioned events of Matt’s life. We’ll definitely be seeing this one come Oscar time.
Ken’s Grade: 5 stars
A Turkey dress? A Very Gaga Thanksgiving Rashard Bradshaw Staff Writer Thanksgiving dinner wasn’t just about the turkey and stuffing this year thanks to ABC which aired the 90-minute special A Very Gaga Thanksgiving starring Mother Monster herself. The production was a performance-packed holiday extravaganza that ended with a heartfelt interview with Katie Couric. The special delivered an intimate look inside the life of America’s brightest and most talked-about star, Lady Gaga. Gaga did not disappoint and her highenergy performances combined with her high-fashion couture proved why she is definitely the pop star of the moment. Gaga performed eight chart-topping hits in front of a small audience filled with her close friends and family. The songs included past hits “Bad Romance” and “Born This Way” as well as some newer ones off her recent album Born This Way. “You and I” and “The Edge of Glory” were stripped down and performed with just a piano to showcase Gaga’s skills as a pianist. There was also a special duet performance of “The Lady is a Tramp” with Tony Bennett as well as a sneak-peek of the video for her newest single, “Marry the Night.” Gaga also added a touch of flair to a Christmas staple when she performed the holiday classic “White Christmas.” Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a feast and with the help of chef Art Smith, Gaga prepared a Thanksgiving banquet that included deep-fried turkey and waffles for her guests. Some of the special was filmed at Gaga’s alma mater, Sacred
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Heart Catholic School in Manhattan. Gaga even took the time to do some arts and crafts with third- and fourth-graders from the school. Gaga shared some words of advice and we got to see another side of Gaga as she interacted with the children. During the finale, Katie Couric sat down with the icon at Sacred Heart Catholic School and the two discussed the inspiration behind some of Gaga’s biggest hits. Gaga opened up about her relationship with family and friends and her negative feelings about celebrities who sell their wedding photos and discuss their personal love lives during interviews. It was touching that even a star as big as Lady Gaga still has a sense of privacy and tries her best to maintain it. The performance of the night was definitely “Hair” off her new album Born This Way. During the performance, Gaga reflected on moments in her past where she felt different or isolated from the rest. She shared that “Hair” was a song about identity and that “No matter what anybody says, it’s what’s on the inside that matters.” During the song Gaga put an array of brightly colored wigs stacked on top of her head. When Gaga added the last wig, a vivid teal one, she added, “And this one is for all the kids that are bullied in school who are afraid to be themselves. I’m going to put this big funny piece of teal in my hair and tell you that I feel fabulous because it is my freedom and my choice to do so and I hope that everyday at school you remember, you remember that there’s somebody that’s fighting for you.” Now that’s something to be thankful for.
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The two teams have met only once in school history in which Montclair stole the show with a 2-1 victory back in 1997. The Red Hawks, lead by first-year coach Todd Tumelty, plan to improve to 2-0 alltime against Ohio Wesleyan in what will be the team’s toughest opponent so far. “Their program has a great reputation along with their head coach, but that hasn’t affected our level of focus during practice,” said Tumelty. “We plan to go out there, play our game and in the end, come out with the victory.” Montclair (19-3-3) has put together one of the most memorable seasons in recent school history. After falling to Rutgers-
Camden in the NJAC final, many questions were raised over this team’s ability to deliver in the big game. The Red Hawks silenced the critics by dominating four straight NCAA tournament games with wins over Farmingham State, Dickinson College, Neuman College and Stevens. “Losing the NJAC finals really brought us together as a team,” said sophomore captain Dan Mendoza. “We knew that we had to bounce back and fast. At the end of the day the way we have played as a team over the past few weeks [and have] really proved the type of team we are. “We are not ready to back down,” said Mendoza. “We plan to play our best soccer in what we know will be one of the
toughest games we play all year.” With a national title within reach, both players and staff prepare to compete on what will be the biggest stage of their college careers to date. The Red Hawks’ focus at practice has been to continue to work and play as a team. The magnitude of the game has not seemed to faze many of the players or coaches, as they look to continue their dominance by consistent play from both veterans and freshmen alike. “We haven’t felt any added pressure,” said junior Will O’Connor. “We realize that what we have done is huge accomplishment for the program and University. We know how well we can
play and we plan to show the nation this weekend in Texas. “This NCAA run has been a dream come true not only for myself, but also for the MSU soccer problem,” O’Connor said. “This run justifies what the Montclair program is all about.” Having fallen in the previous two years in the Elite 8 and Sweet 16, Montclair is determined to accomplish one of the goals that they set out to do since day one of training camp. With only three days until the big match, the team left early Wednesday morning to begin their quest for the first national title in school history.
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Urban Meyer Returns to Roots to Coach Buckeyes Meyer returns to coach Ohio State after taking year off
Jay Hrina Assistant Sports Editor
Tim Tebow is performing with all kinds of flaws, yet heâ€™s still winning games at an exciting rate. Heâ€™s drawing criticism and â€œHow does he do that?â€? from all kinds of â€œexpertsâ€? yet heâ€™s performing better than counterparts Tony Romo and predecessor Kyle Orton. It took one-third of the season to convince Broncosâ€™ coach John Fox that skills arenâ€™t the only thing you need to win a football game. Now, five games later, Tebow is performing one miracle victory after another and has everyone in Denver believing he is their savior. No one thought that he would be this good in the NFL; his mechanics were flawed and his arm motion takes longer than Byron Leftwichâ€™s did. How could you possibly win with a player like this? The only person that can say â€œI told you soâ€? is former Florida Gator and current Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. A saint in his own right in his four years in Gatorville, Meyer took a program going nowhere and turned it into a powerhouse. Between his main man, Tebow, and a few other pieces to the puzzle (the Pouncey brothers, Percy Harvin), Meyer was able to win two national titles in six seasons as head coach. Now Meyer has the chance to bring back the powerhouse that Ohio State once was under Jim Tressel. He returns to his home state and is most certainly in a more comfortable position than he was at the end of the 2009 and 2010 seasons when he tried stepping down and away from Florida. He stated health scares and concerns and the desire to spend more time with his family as the reasons he left Florida. Those reasons are all understandable. Sometimes I wonder why more coaches donâ€™t take that path and step away early, instead of spending their whole lives as a football coach and missing out on everything a father shouldnâ€™t. But his desire to coach Ohio State
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In his six seasons at the University of Florida, Meyer led the Gators to an outstanding 65-15 record along with a 5-1 record in bowl games. Meyer plans on continuing that success with Ohio State University. this year, a year removed from being the Florida Gators head coach, is baffling. His health cleared up so suddenly and his family no longer misses him? With the graduation of his stellar quarterback, Meyer no longer looked like the immortal that walked the sidelines from 20052009. He posted a 7-5 record in the 2010 season, his worst as a coach at Florida, and abruptly announced his retirement after the regular season. When Tebow left and the next quarterback had to step in Meyer couldnâ€™t seem to grasp the reigns of another undefeated and no. 1-ranked season. His departure is fine, as mentioned earlier, but now that
heâ€™s the Ohio State coach, I second guess if his reasons for leaving dealt more with his inability to win without good players and the negative reputation that would follow. Instead of risking all of that, he left â€“â€” not to take a year off, but to work as an analyst for ESPN. Not many coaches win two national championships in a lifetime, regardless of how many teams they coach. An unproven commodity in Lane Kiffin still has a job, and heâ€™s done nothing but fail with his short tenures as head coach of the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee football. Urban Meyer certainly would have found another job, regardless of how awful he
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Men’s Basketball Splits Home Weekend Nick Verhagen Assistant Sports Editor
The Red Hawks won their home opener and increased their record to 2-1 with a stellar 77-53 win over Berkeley College on Tuesday, Nov. 22. After a close first half, the Red Hawks had no problem dismantling the Knights’ defense. The Red Hawks played outstanding basketball on Tuesday, only losing the lead once in the entire game. On top of that, MSU had a 16-0 run with 18 minutes left in the second half and had a 26-point lead with 11 minutes left in regulation. MSU finished the first half up 24-18. The Knights’ only lead was for a mere three minutes when they had a fourpoint lead before giving the lead back to the Red Hawks. Sophomore forward Ordel Goldson was the backbone of the Red Hawks during the first half, finishing the half with 11 rebounds and 12 points.
The second half was a complete blowout of the Berkveley defense. The Red Hawks did not lose the lead once during the entire half. Even though Goldson had a quiet second half with six points and four rebounds, senior forward Andrew August exploded on the court with 17 points and five rebounds. August went 5-5 on field goal attempts and sank seven out of eight free throw opportunities. August finished the game with 21 points and eight rebounds while Goldson finished the game with 18 points and 15 rebounds. After the rout of Berkeley, the men’s basketball team fell to 2-2 after a 70-60 loss to the College of Staten Island on Saturday, Nov. 26. The first half was a back-and-forth contest. The largest lead of the half was only seven points. The Red Hawks finished the first half with a 21-20 lead. Junior guard Ken Rubenstein led the team with eight points while Goldson grabbed 11 rebounds, six on offense and five on defense. August had an uneventful first half with only three
points and three rebounds. The second half was slightly more one-sided but was still a close game throughout. The largest lead of the half was 10 points, but both teams increased their offensive outputs after halftime. The Red Hawks scored 19 more points in the second half than they did in the first but that was no match more Staten Island’s impressive 30-point improvement. MSU managed to tie the game 50-50 with six minutes left but after that, they spent the rest of the game chasing the Dolphin’s lead. The Dolphins went on a 20-10 run to finish with a final score of 70-60. Rubenstein finished with a game-leading 24 points and Goldson finished with an outstanding 16 rebounds. August stepped up his performance in the second half to finish 13 points and six rebounds on the day. Jordan Young, T.J. Hibbs and Magliore Bloochey of Staten Island scored a combined 53 points. Check TheMontclarion.org for a recap from last night’s game.
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This Week 12/2 vs. Coast Guard 8 p.m. 12/3 vs. Maritime 1 p.m. vs. Connecticut College 3 p.m.
Last Week 11/18 MSU 97, Brockport 92 11/19 John Jay 89, MSU 79 11/22 MSU 77, Berkeley 53 11/26 Staten Island 70, MSU 60
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Zak Westerberg Freestyle — Men’s Swimming Westerberg won three events during the Golden Bear Invitational, and was a part of four relay victories. He won the 50-meter freestyle in 22.44 seconds, the 100meter backstroke 57.29, and the 200-meter backstroke in 2:04.72 minutes.
This Week 12/3 @ Stockton
Last Week 11/19 MSU 73, Regis 66 11/20 Eastern Conn. 75, MSU 68 11/22 Mt. St. Mary 66, MSU 57 11/30 RU-Newark, MSU
Swimming & Diving Janitza Aquino Guard — Women’s Basketball Freshman guard Janitza Aquino was the lone highlight in MSU’s 66-57 loss to Mount St. Mary. Aquino scored 15 points on 5 FG’s, two of which were 3-pointers. She was 3-for-3 from the foul line and grabbed two rebounds in just 13 minutes of play.
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This Week 12/5 @ Seton Hall
Game of the Week Men’s Soccer 2011 Division III Final Four December 2, 6:30 p.m. San Antonio, Texas vs. Ohio Wesleyan You can follow the action live through the Men’s Soccer link @ montclair.edu/athletics/teams
Last Week 11/18-11/19 Golden Bear Invitational MSU Mens - 2nd Place MSU Womens - 3rd Place
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This Week 12/3 vs. Central Conn. State 9:10 p.m.
Last Week 11/19 NYU 5, MSU 4 11/20 MD-Baltimore County 4, MSU 2
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Check out TheMontclarion.org Men’s Basketball splits first weekend at home on Monday for Recaps of this Weekend’s Games p. 18
Swimming: Golden Bear Invitational
Men and Women finish successful weekend in Penn. For the women’s team, Kelly Abner finished second in both the 200 and 400 individual medley events and Ashley Vallone had three second-place finishes in the 50 freestyle (25.60), 100 freestyle (56.17) and 100 breaststroke (1:12.06) “There was a lot of swimming in a short amount of time, [but] I think we did really well for a two-day meet,” said head coach Brian Mclaughlin, who is in his 23rd season. “I think the competition on the women’s side, swimming Division II teams can only help us for the rest of the season.”
Montclair will be off until Dec. 5 when they host Seton Hall University at Panzer Athletic Center Pool at 5 p.m. The Division I Seton Hall men are currently 6-1 in dual meets and the women are 5-2. Seton Hall will be the first of three meets in one week as the teams host Misericordia on Dec. 8 and will go to St. Peter’s College on Dec. 9 where they will also face Manhattan College at the same time. Currently the men’s and women’s teams are both 2-2 in dual meets with wins against Drew University and Adelphi University.
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The men’s and women’s teams are 2-2 and 0-1 in NJAC play. The Red Hawks will be back in action on Dec. 5 when they host Seton Hall University.
Ryan Fanning Staff Writer
The Montclair men’s swimming team finished second and the women’s team third in the Golden Bear Swimming Invitational in Kutztown, Penn. last week. The women put up 425 points and the men accumulated a total 667 points throughout the meet while winning 13 events. Junior Zak Westerberg won three of his individual events over the two-day tournament while also helping four different
relays to first-place finishes. Westerberg won the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.44, finishing just ahead of fellow Red Hawk Thomas Long, who came in second with the time of 22.50. Westerberg would continue his strong finishes in the 100 and 200 backstroke, where he recorded a time of 57.29 and 2:04.72 respectively. The men’s team would have a 1-2 finish in the 200 freestyle relay with times of 1:29.16 and 1:50.96. Chris Lee, Michael Volski, Nikolas Lumkong and Westerberg would also win the 400-medley relay with the time of 3:47.91. The men would also dominate in the 200 individual medley as Lee, Volski and Donny Keenan finished first, second and third, respectively.
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Last season, the men’s and women’s teams went 6-5 and 5-5. Both teams went 2-2 against NJAC opponents.
Ice Hockey Falls in SECHL
Red Hawks lose back-to-back games and fall to 7-4-1 Steve Ricci Staff Writer
The Red Hawks were back on the ice again on Saturday, Nov. 19 against Super East Collegiate Hockey League rival New York University and Sunday, Nov. 20 against Maryland-Baltimore County University. Montclair State University dropped both games this weekend by the score of 5-4 against NYU and 4-2 against Maryland-Baltimore and fell to third in the SECHL standings behind William Paterson and NYU. Despite a 43-save performance from goalie Kevin Fox on Saturday, the Red Hawks (7-4-1) surrendered five goals in a 5-4 loss to the New York University Violets (11-4-2). Goalie Kevin Fox faced a total of 48 shots in 60 minutes of play on Saturday. “When you face that many shots, a couple of goals are bound to go in and with four goals, our offense gave us a chance to win,” said Fox after the game. Defensemen Robert Hayden and Rich Latta both recorded two assists in the loss to NYU. Forwards Cody Inglis and Sean Mertens both put up a goal and an assist in the 5-4 upset and John Talamo and Nick Lieback added to the score sheet with a goal apiece. The Red Hawks racked up a total of
28 penalty minutes on Saturday with assistant John Tully accounting for 12 of those 28. Even though Montclair had 28 penalty minutes, they only surrendered one goal while killing off their penalties. Returning to the ice Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m., the Red Hawks had only 14 hours to shake off the hard loss and play against a tough Maryland-Baltimore County University (12-2-2) team. Cody Ingles and Sean Mertens executed again with a goal each and putting up the only two goals that Montclair scored. After Fox allowed two goals on 28 shots in 38 minutes of play, head coach Frank Barone decided to give him a break in the net, or so Fox thought. Back-up goalie Joe Calandriello was put in during the second period with 1:41 remaining. Once he let up a goal on the first shot he faced, Barone went back to Fox for the third period. In total, Fox faced 38 shots and saved 35 of them while Calandriello let up the other lone goal. On Dec. 3 the Red Hawks will face off against SECHL rival Central Connecticut State University at home in Floyd Hall Arena at 9 p.m. With both teams only playing a total of six SECHL games, a win for the Red Hawks will give them 10 points and move them back into second place in the Super East Collegiate Hockey League standings, only one point behind William Paterson. The matchup between the Red Hawks and the Blue Devils will be the first of the season.
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The Red Hawks (7-4-1, 4-2 NJAC) are currently in third place in the SECHL with eight points behind New York University and William Paterson University.