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Vol. XCV | Issue 10 Week of November 6, 2018

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With Magnitude & Direction

NJIT On November 8, from 5-10pm in the Jim Wise Theatre, NJIT will host a Tedx event featuring leaders from business, academia, and the arts. The event, themed ͞ReFraming͟, will be live simulcast worldwide, and aims to address ͞common places, objects, and ideas from another angle͟. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, aims to bring faculty and students together over their passion for innovation. ͞We want to focus this year on ideas that engage the community to think about a wide range of social issues,͟ said Judith Sheft, associate vice president for technology development at NJIT and the event’s co-organizer. ͞We have put together an outstanding array of thinkers and visionaries to discuss topics of interest to everyone, as we all try individually to make the world a better place.͟Tickets for the event are $30 for the public, NJIT faculty, staff, and alumni. Student tickets are $15. To purchase tickets, register online at http:// www.tedxnjit.com/ register.

By Carmel Rafalowsky Managing Editor


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THE VECTOR As the official student newspaper of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, our mission is to infom and entertain our readers, cultivate awareness of issues concerning the NJIT community, and provide a forum for purposeful, constructive discussion among its members. Deadlines for Articles or Letters to the Editor are due on Thursdays prior to publication at 10 P.M. Submissions should not exceed 750 words. For more information on submissions, e-mail: managing-editor@njitvector.com. Advertisement Reservations are due two weeks prior to publication and should be sent to: business-manager@njitvhector.com ADVISORS Operational Advisor Kristie Damell Faculty Advisor Miriam Ascarelli EXECUTIVE BOARD eboard@njitvector.com Editor-in-Chief Cassidy Lavine editor-in-chief@njitvector.com Executive Editor Akinlolu Pelumi Aguda executive-editor@njitvector.com Managing Editor Carmel Rafalowsky managing-editor@njitvector.com

Week of November 6, 2018

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BSU Bake Sale SAC Art Day Dinner with Soldiers Diwali Puja Islamic Awareness Week TEDx NJIT Recepion

CC Lobby CC Atrium Kupfrain 107 CC Ballroom A CC Faculty Dinig Room Jim Wise Theatre

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SAC Movie Night Frappe Giveaway The Future of Electric Transit Public Saftey-Alice Training

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Web and Multimedia Editor Victoria Nguyen multimedia-editor@njitvector.com Photography Editor Spencer Asral photography-editor@njitvector.com SENIOR STAFF Copy Editors Colin Bayne Adrian Wong Siri Uppuluri Marzia Rahman Daniil Ivanov

10/25/18

12:00PM Officers arrested a non-affiliate at 79 University Ave. for aggravated assault. 11:16PM Officer issued a summons for an open container to a Rutgers University student at 265 MLK Blvd.

POLICE BLOTTER

11:19PM Officer issued a summons for an open container to a non-affiliate at 267 MLK. Blvd.

Senior Staff Rachel Deahl Jonpierre Grajales Shanee Halevi Yasmine Ibrahim Daniil Ivanov David Korty Prem Naik Siri Uppuluri Adrian Wong Isaac Scafe Colin Bayne Ralph Legge Beshoy Shokralla Nicole Cheney

11:21PM Officer issued a summons to a Bergen County Community College student for an open container at 267 MLK. Blvd. 11:24PM Officer issued a summons to a Rutgers University student for an open container at 269 MLK. Blvd. 10/27/18 7:51PM Officers arrested a non-affiliate on Central Ave. and MLK Blvd for an open warrant.

STAFF Katherine Ji Owen Busler Sreya Das Kayla Mitchell Katherine DeMottie Ivan Hernandez Anuj Patel Sreya Sanyal Rick-kendy Noziere Arif Uddin

10/28/18

12:32AM Officer issued a summons to a Bergen Community College student for an open container at 265 MLK Blvd. 12:55AM Officers arrested a non-affiliate at 240 MLK Blvd. for an open warrant.

Contributing Writers Jagathi Kalluru Rahul Kapoor Divjyot Singh Veronica Andrade

11:18AM Officers arrested a non-affiliate at James St. and MLK Blvd. for an open warrant.

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2:47PM Officers arrested a non-affiliate for simple assault after being involved in an altercation at 10 Nuttman St.

11:24PM Officer issued a summons to a non-affiliate for public urination on Central Ave. and Newark St. 10/31/18 5:30PM Officers arrested a student at the Campus Center who assaulted a fellow student. Both students are members of the NJIT Swim Team.

11:17PM Officer issued a summons to a non-affiliate for an open container at 265 MLK. Blvd.

Layout Assistant Shehab Ibrahim Sreya Das

9:50PM A student was arrested on Bleeker Street for possession of controlled dangerous substances.

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1:13AM Officer issued two summonses, one for an open container and one for underage drinking at 267 MLK Blvd.

NJIT Vector Summary 11/2/2018

Times Shown are Times Reported For 10/25/18 through 11/1/18

6:35PM Student reported his vehicle was scratched with a key and side view mirror was broken while the vehicle was parked on Dey St and Central Ave. 8:10PM Student reported his vehicle’s front passenger side window was broken, and a Kenwood stereo was taken while parked on James St.

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12:28PM A Pepsi representative called to report the vending machine in Kupfrian Hall was broken into and items were removed. 1:22PM Officers arrested a non-affiliate on Bleeker Street for an open warrant. 6:54PM Two students were arrested on Greek Way for possession of controlled dangerous substances.

1:25AM Officer issued a summons to an NJIT student for an open container at 265 MLK Blvd. 1:27AM Officer issued a summons to a William Paterson University student for an open container at 265 MLK Blvd. 1:28AM Officer issued a summons to a non-affiliate for an open container at 265 MLK. Blvd. 1:31AM Officer issued a summons to a Rutgers University-New Brunswick student for public urination on Warren and Colden Streets. 1:34AM Officer issued a summons for an open container and underage drinking to a Linden High School student. 10:59PM Officer issued a summons to a Seton Hall University student for an open container at 321 MLK Blvd. 11:13PM Officer issued a summons to a Fairleigh Dickinson University student for an open container at 321 MLK Blvd.

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Week of November 6, 2018 Student Senate

Student Senate Update By Owen Busler | Senior Staff Writer Vector Summary 10/31/2018

The Student Senate meeting on October 31 begin in a lively mood as most in attendance were dressed in Halloween costumes. Dean Boger spoke briefly during the public forum to wish everyone a happy Halloween and support the senate.

E-Board Reports Jeremy Bedient, Student Senate President, recounted his meeting with Lenny Kaplan, NJIT’s athletic director. Issues regarding the availability of the Wellness and Events Center (WEC) for non-student athletes was discussed and Kaplan explained that the athletics program is still getting used to the new athletic center, though they are actively working to improve the facilities schedule to better accommodate athletes and the entire NJIT population. Students should keep an eye on the WEC schedule which is updated every two weeks. The outdoor turf is roughly estimated to be completed the end of November. There are plans for the indoor turf to be upgraded with a retractable batting cage. When those upgrades are complete, the indoor turf should be open from approximately 7–10:30pm on most nights. Next, Beshoy Shokralla, Vice President of Administration, shared his experience at the NJIT Faculty Senate meeting. The first order of business was Faculty Senate’s progress regarding NJIT’s search for a new pres-

ident. In the Spring 2019, the search committee will work with a consulting firm to generate a profile of an ideal NJIT president. In Fall 2019, the search committee, which will include the sitting Student Senate President, will begin to decide which candidates are most promising. In early 2021, the committee is expected to pick the next president of the university. There was discussion at the Faculty Senate meeting over the specific use of course evaluations by NJIT. Members argued that using one semester of poor evaluations to dock a professor’s pay or otherwise punish them is improper and possibly illegal. Some faculty members disagreed. The matter will be further discussed before new course evaluation guidelines are put in place. Lastly, a new resolution stating that online classes beginning Fall 2019 and later must offer midterms and finals online was put in place. These online exams must be administered through a monitoring software, such as Respondus or ProctorU. This resolution sparked debate, as ProctorU costs between $30-50 dollars per student per exam. As of now, Spring 2019 online exams will be online, but the details have not been sorted yet.

Senator Reports Joey Massaro, the Physics Representative, spoke with his department head to find out what is done with course evaluations. He learned that if a tenured professor earns a positive review, that professor’s salary may increase. The last time course evaluations were considered regarding in a professor’s firing was 10 years ago. Massaro believes if better professors are hired, then the department will grow, more students will enroll in that major, and a positive feedback loop will be created within the department.

Aditya Bemby, the Business & Information Systems (BIS) Representative, met with the informatics department chair, Frank A. Biocca to discuss Biocca’s previous work and his attempts to add new classes to the department. There are concerns about the disconnect between the BIS curriculum and industry expectations of knowledge and skill set.

Club Approvals The two newest clubs on campus are the Polish Student Association and the Minds Matter club. The Polish Student Association intends to represent Polish culture on campus with traditional and contemporary Polish values. Minds Matter is a mental health organization that aims to start conversations about and end the stigma surrounding mental health. Minds Matter will be working with the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services to provide mental health services to students.

Resignations Abhishek Bose, the Law, Technology & Culture Representative, stepped down from his position. If anyone is interested in running for this position, contact a senate e-board member.

Announcements On November 6, the men's basketball team will have a home opener in the WEC. On November 15, Student Senate will host a Casino Night in the Campus Center Ballroom B. Lastly, the next Senate meeting is on Wednesday, November 7 at 2:30pm in Campus Center Ballroom B. To those who wish to participate in the public forum, please arrive promptly at 2:30.

The $289 Million Monsanto Case

Monsanto found liable of causing a school groundskeeper's cancer By Katherine Ji | SeniorStaff Writer On August 10, 2018, a San Francisco jury awarded Dewayne Johnson, a former school groundskeeper, $289 million on account of Monsanto’s Roundup ‘weedkiller’ causing terminal non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. This verdict included $39 million in compensation for Johnson’s family, but also $250 million in punitive damages to castigate Monsanto for knowingly selling Roundup without proper warning. Having experienced two accidents in which his body was doused in the herbicide, Johnson testified it was components in Roundup that led to his diagnosis of lymphoma in 2014. As Johnson’s attorneys explained in court, glyphosate—the active main ingredient in Roundup— was classified as a probable human carcinogen in 2015 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Additionally, several internal Monsanto documents suggested that the com-

pany knew that glyphosate was dangerous, leading to the harsh sentence in punitive damages. However, as Monsanto Vice President Scott Partridge said in a statement, “more than 800 scientific studies and reviews and conclusions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and regulatory authorities around the world support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr. Johnson’s cancer.” Thus, Monsanto sought to appeal, which came to a head when Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos chose to partially overturn the verdict, reducing the award for punitive damages to $39 million, a whole $211 million less than originally ruled by the jury. This decision came even after a unanimous decision by the jury that Roundup caused Johnson’s cancer, even with conflicting scientific evidence. Several

jurors believed so strongly in their decision that they wrote to the judge not to accept Monsanto’s appeal. With the ball in his court, Dewayne Johnson had to make the decision as to whether he would accept the reduced rewards or whether he wanted to bring Monsanto back to trial. On October 26, Johnson’s attorneys told the court that Johnson wished to “accept the reduction of punitive damages” to “avoid further burden of a new trial or appeal.” Here lie several issues under current tort law. In most tort cases, the plaintiff must prove that he or she sustained damages that were definitively caused by the defendant. In Dewayne Johnson’s case and in many similar cases, it is not possible to conclusively point to one specific cause for cancer, such as is the case with excess drinking and smoking. As such, a court battle could continue even

now. Indeed, Johnson’s lawyers made it a point to mention that although Johnson would prefer to accept the reduced award of damages, if Monsanto chose to appeal again, they would continue to fight. With no definitive test for a cause of cancer, any jury decision in a case such as Johnson’s is directed by perception of facts, which boils down to each juror’s opinion. And when faced with someone like Johnson—a father of three, visibly affected by cancer, set against a corporation as large as Monsanto—it is impossible to say whether the jurors did not have swayed opinions. There will always be some doubt, so should that be considered in the awards distributed to plaintiffs? As stated in an interview with the Guardian, Johnson hopes that Monsanto and other corporations realize that “people in America and across the world are not ignorant” and that “they

have already done their research” into the products they use. Johnson also hopes for a long-term impact that will yield new restrictions and labeling for dangerous substances. Regardless, Johnson’s story fired up America. Being terminally ill, Johnson was the first in line to take Monsanto to court—the first of more than 4,000 cases. Johnson’s case sets a precedent for thousands of victims, but also forces companies to take a stronger look at their warning labels and encourages citizens to be more cautious in their use of everyday products.


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Over 300 students get spooked by Student Activity Council's Haunted House, held on October 31 in collaboration with Student Senate, WJTB, The Vector, and other student organizations.

Snapshots Hack NJIT Students wrack their brains and type away at HackNJIT, an official Major League Hacking hackathon, during which students forgo sleep to build awesome projects!

Photos By David Korty, Katie DeMottie & Kayla Mitchell The Vector


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The Melting Arctic And why it's important to the rest of society...

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By Isaac Scafe | Senior Staff Writer The Arctic is turning green. It is not snowing or getting colder—instead, plants are growing in the cold tundra. A team from Los Alamos National Laboratory, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently conducted research that supports that areas of the Arctic, which were once frozen for thousands of years, are now thawing. Along with signs of green life flourishing in the region, increasing amounts of permafrost are beginning to melt. According to Dr. Cathy Wilson of the Los Alamos lab, the melting of permafrost happens “as insulating snow accumulates atop tall shrubs, it boosts significant ground warming.” But why is the melting Arctic important to the rest of society? In a study published in Geophysical Research Letters, scientists uncov-

ered that underneath the permafrost is a massive reservoir of mercury, as much as 10 times the amount that humans have produced in the last 30 years. As climate change affects the world, the thawing ice could release mercury back into the environment. Mercury is naturally toxic and affects the development of children and motor function of adults. Mercury can also find its way into our food and water supply; this is why fish advisories are often posted near infected rivers and why children are urged to avoid eating tuna, and other long-living fish. Most mercury released into the air ends up staying in the most northern latitudes, compared to anywhere else. Now that the thawing permafrost threatens to release even more mercury into the atmosphere, there is no telling where it might end up.

Along with significant amounts of mercury, the world's largest supply of organic carbon also lies underneath the Arctic. A study conducted by NASA shows that “carbon in Alaska's North Slope tundra ecosystems spends about 13 percent less time locked in frozen soil than it did 40 years ago”. The Arctic is now adapting similar traits to a Northern American forest, as opposed to a frozen desert. As the frozen layer melts, carbon transforms to carbon dioxide and methane, and is then released into the atmosphere. As more greenhouse gases are released into the air, more heat is trapped, raising the temperature. This in turn melts more permafrost, perpetuating the carbon cycle. While the rate of plant growth is increasing, aiding the removal of carbon dioxide, that might not be enough to neutralize the ever-grow-

ing release of carbon. While models have shown that an increase in the carbon cycle speed was bound to happen, long-term data shows those were underestimates. The thawing permafrost sparks even more issues, besides releasing carbon and mercury into the air. The melting ice also leads to increased sea levels, an issue for many coastal towns and islands. As temperatures continue to rise, countries near the equator will likely become uninhabitable due to floods and unbearable heat. Climate change has also affected weather patterns, which explain the frequency and severity of storms in the Atlantic during hurricane season. Our planet is overheating. Despite all the signs that there is something dangerously wrong, nothing has been done to address the thawing Arctic and other climate issues.

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The State of Culture at NJIT By Prem Naik | Senior Staff Writer

While the phrase “get some culture” is often thrown around carelessly, at NJIT, more should take heed. As a tech school, many students are constantly focused on meeting deadlines and studying for major exams, which often leaves them with a little to no time to develop as people. A definitive method to facilitate personal growth is through exploration of the arts, music and literature—topics which are often lumped into ‘culture’. However, because of their demanding schedules and workloads, many students do not take the time to engage with culture on any level. And so, to some extent, NJIT lacks a certain level of culture which

individuals need to become well-rounded citizens of the world. Since most the university’s students are science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors, they often take classes to fulfill requirements that are applicable in their career in the future. As such, they overlook liberal arts courses, some of which they could take to genuinely learn about the world. For example, with a stellar (and underrated) history program, students could potentially take classes just for the sake of venturing outside of their curriculum-based classes. By taking classes that expose them to new topics, students can develop

new ways of thinking and connecting with the people around them. These courses could help students develop an interest in certain styles of art or a certain period of literature or just a certain time period. Fascinations with these topics can only lead to people finding meaningful ways of spending time and pursuing hobbies past college. Classes are just one way students can become cultured. In an environment where the arts, music, and literature are appreciated, students may be inspired to try something new. While this is the case on many other campuses, it does not seem to be the case on ours. More often than not, events are held on and off

campus that might introduce students to new music or literature in some way, and students are not able to attend. In recent years there have been many improvements in the state of culture at NJIT, with successful plays and musicals in the spring and fall, along with performances by various musical ensembles on campus. These groups make a difference for those involved, and as their numbers grow and interest increases, arts and culture may soon be a staple for NJIT students.

CRYPTOJACKING

Should you be afraid for the future? By Ralph Legge | Senior Staff Writer On October 29, students, faculty, and staff received an email from NJIT’s Information, Services & Technology (IST) Service Desk with the subject line, “What is Cryptojacking? How to prevent, detect, and recover from it”. In this email, IST described what cryptocurrency is, what cryptojacking is, how it occurs, and how to prevent it, detect it and recover from it. Cryptojacking is when a person’s electronic devices, such

as a phone or a laptop, is used without their permission to mine cryptocurrency, a process in which transactions are verified and added to the public ledger (blockchain). This mining of cryptocurrency can generate profit for the attacker, while usually doing little damage to the victim’s devices. In most cases, the tools used for cryptojacking will just slow the device down and drain the device’s battery. Incidences of cryptojacking have jumped significantly in the last year, as indicated by an article on Coindesk.com, which reported a 400% increase in reports of cryptojacking. This increase is due to the relative ease for sites to set up ads to mine cryptocurrency, as well as the simplicity of hiding malicious code in downloads for innocent applications which run in the

background. It is important to understand that there are a variety of ways to prevent these attacks. A good rule of thumb is to only download files from trusted sites. Unfamiliar or unfriendly sites can lead to the download hidden code, among other things. Updating software is also a powerful tool against these attacks, since outdated software is likely to have more bugs and possible openings for cryptojackers to place malicious software. NJIT is dedicated to keeping its students safe, not only physically, but technologically. If you have any questions regarding cryptojacking, your cyber security, or if you think you might be a victim of Cyberjacking, contact NJIT’s IST Service Desk at 973-596-2900 or https://servicedesk.njit.edu.

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Goblin Slayer

ANIME REVIEW

By Aaron Kellett | Contributing Writer

Goblin Slayer, a 12-episode anime series adaptation of the light novel series and manga of the same name, starts out as many fantasy anime do: a fledgling group of adventurers take up a low-level eradication quest. They enter a cave bragging about their abilities and how weak goblins are. Only the newest member of the party—the priestess—seems to be concerned. The party is ambushed, and the sorceress takes a knife to the abdomen. The swordsman is overwhelmed by the goblins and the boxer is incapacitated by the strength of a hobgoblin. The priestess drags the stabbed sorceress away as the goblins tear into the boxer. Just as a pair of goblins fall upon the wounded sorceress, a figure carrying a torch approaches them. Armor covers his entire body and he uses a short sword and shield to slay the two. He addresses the priestess’ wounds but ignores her pleads to tend to the poison killing the sorceress. Instead, he obliges the suffering sorceress and slits her throat as a mercy. When asked who he is, he merely replies “Goblin Slayer”. As a twelve-episode anime, Goblin Slayer needed to grab the audience’s attention from the very first episode—and it did just that. The show presents a unique perspective in an overcrowded genre (fantasy anime) and avoids certain tropes. First, Goblin Slayer is graphic. It is rated R for a reason; within the first ten minutes, there is a sexual assault.

One of the biggest draws to the show is the pacing and portrayal of the combat. Adventure anime protagonists are typically either exceptionally strong or smart. This leads to fights being won because of a flawless strategy concocted by the protagonist and executed by others, or the protagonist’s overwhelming combat prowess. Goblin Slayer uses a mix of tactics, preparation, and pure violence to exterminate goblin nests. He does not attempt to dodge every strike but instead wears armor that can withstand most of their attacks. It does not feel as if Goblin Slayer could defeat any opponent, but rather has become highly specialized in the one thing he cares about: killing goblins. Goblin Slayer is far from a perfect anime. In its first four episodes, it has done little to develop one-dimensional side characters. The show features fan service, which spends time on the audience’s gratification at the expense of character development, plot, and other storytelling elements. Additionally, it attempts to integrate computer generated (CG) animation into the visuals of the show, which is mostly animated in 2D. The result is jarring and uncomfortable. Nobody enjoys CG animation. All that said, Goblin Slayer still packs a punch. The visuals, action, setting, and premise intrigue the viewer, and make the show a forerunner of the season. With an incredibly strong first few episodes, Goblin Slayer is an anime worth checking out.

Professor Moodle, PhD By Sreya Sanyal | Staff Writer

Tonight, you must upload a rough draft of your essay to Moodle. Tomorrow, you have to post on every social media account to promote your club event. You fill out Google forms, share your presentations on Prezi and Google Slides, and make a frantic Skype call for help finishing the homework due at 11:55pm. A whole week’s worth of assignments are completed without being in the same room as another human being. Is this how campus life dies? Many people, specifically those who belong to previous generations, feel the campus community is on its deathbed, diagnosed with an advanced case of malignant digital learning. They point to the ease with which students skip class, cheat, and earn degrees without forming meaningful personal connections.

These curmudgeons have a point: it is easier today than ever before to shallowly communicate with other classmates, taking the path of least resistance toward good grades. What they are missing are the many opportunities digital learning provides to every aspect of campus life. When turning in an essay online, there is no panic over library printers malfunctioning. When fundraising for a club, there is no need to dorm-storm when a simple social media blast will be more effective. Digital learning and social media are working synergistically toward a more connected campus—not a more divided one. The information that can be disseminated online is permanent and consistent, much unlike the flyers and word of mouth that were used before.

Outside the campus community, and inside classrooms themselves, digital learning has lowered many barriers. To do homework, students need only to have access to a computer, or one of the many computer labs on campus. By submitting their work online, students have more chances to check their work before handing it in for a grade, instead of handing in paper homework or essays. One obvious con to the use of online homework and assignments may be cheating. However, cheaters only rob themselves of the skills or knowledge that any given exercise is trying to instill. If a student cheats on all their online homework instead of solving problems on their own, they are only setting themselves up to fail the in-class exam by not practicing or learning the material.

Whether in class, on our phones, or on a computer, digital learning is here to stay. By making education and extracurriculars more accessible to more students, digital learning is bringing the students on campus closer together instead of further apart. The lifelong friends formed by studying for tests or joining clubs are still being formed across campus. Instead of cliques, however, a more integrated student body inhabits the 21st century campus, learning from each other every day.


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Horoscopes

Do You Even Sudoku?

Horoscopes credited to Poetastrologers

PISCES

AQUARIUS

You will reach out to an old friend. You are very loyal and fair in ways Open your eyes in the night. In the you don’t always get credit for. The dark you can see the red sun. In the next time someone says you live dark you can hear your old friends. in the clouds, tell them the clouds are very fair. Explain the strength of rain and art. Don’t listen to anyone who isn’t listening.

SAGITTARIUS You keep asking for what you came here for and you will continue to do so. Just like always if you keep standing everything else will fall down. Is it this magnetic pull that is so serious. Or is it you that is so serious.

VIRGO You like to put all of your things that you love in a little row. But some of these things cannot be put there. Maybe because some of them are ideas and must expand versus contract. Things are changing and it’s for the better.

GEMINI

You are awfully good at telling people what’s wrong. Now you will feel that skill go inward. Be strong and peppery. You will be ok if you remember the violet light.

SCORPIO It’s probably ok to dream. Just because you can go into everyone else’s dreams doesn’t mean they too have that power. If you look into the eyes of the ocean, will you see dreams. Ask yourself that question a few times.

LEO

It’s not really your way to make a big fuss unless you need to. Ok but sometimes you need to. Now is not that time. Shut the door—things need to end.

TAURUS

CAPRICORN Some things will turn out exactly or even better than you have expected. But other things you couldn’t have planned for. You are sure you have the answer. You might be sure but don’t be so sure.

EASY

LIBRA You are trying to help and you are helpful. What if you can’t wait to be a star but then it starts. Is it only that the things you love you love them only because. Be kind and you will be.

MEDIUM

CANCER

You are preparing for something. I mean you always are but in this case it’s something you were expecting. If you can’t wait then don’t. Don’t count on anything until you can.

ARIES

HARD

You might be feeling like it’s So be it that the sun glows green. Is it terror that keeps us looking. No everyone’s business to say no to it’s the aftermath of bliss. Don’t be you. No, more so it’s your business not to listen to anyone say anything. frightened to look out. Be the fire or don’t even bother. Don’t look back.

EVIL

Crossword Crossword credited to onlinecrosswords.net

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1. Preference 2. Nearby 3. Wall ornamentation material 4. 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup captain 5. Full 6. Sobieski of "Joan of Arc" 7. Moved, as a movie camera 8. Mollusks in bowllike shells 9. Payment 10. Able to be upright 11. Settled 12. QED part 14. Formal accessory 15. Leave the harbor 24. Times for revolutions: Abbr. 26. Be off 27. Words before above or earlier 28. Towel word 29. New World bound, say 30. Greek chorus parts 31. Like many amphibians 32. Martinique town destroyed by Mt. Pelée in 1902 36. More irritable 39. Mythical messenger 40. Symphony that includes a funeral march 41. Like some potato chips 42. Puerta del Sol site 43. Record holder 45. Care for 47. Tough look 48. Tamblyn of "West Side Story"

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Sports

Week of November 6, 2018

Dolphins Survive in 5 Set Thriller By NJIT Athletics

NEWARK, NJ – Jacksonville ended a thriller by tallying the final three points in the fifth set, defeating NJIT, 17-15, to seal the road victory at the Wellness and Events Center (WEC) on Friday. The Dolphins were facing elimination until a kill by junior Mallory Mattingly evened the score, 15-15, in extra points. Jacksonville (4-21, 3-10 ASUN) won by scores of 17-25, 25-20, 2522, 17-25 and 17-15 and has now won back-to-back matches for the

first time this season. NJIT (4-25, 2-11 ASUN) has dropped eight-consecutive matches since posting back-toback conference victories Oct. 6 and Oct. 9. NJIT forced a deciding set after recovering in the fourth stanza – staying alive with a 25-17 win. The Highlanders reeled off the final seven points – the last six of which came off of serves by senior Emily Krachenfels and three on kills by freshman Makayla Greenfield.

Greenfield posted a set-high four kills, including set-point on an assist from senior Adriana Nieto. Jacksonville sophomore Hannah Marchand boasted a match-high 20 kills while her teammate, senior Lauren Petersen, handed out a match-best 53 assists. Junior Madi Busler led the Highlanders with 17 kills. Freshman Marissa Soistman (24) edged junior Liz Benson (22) for the teamhigh in assists. Nieto finished with a match-high 23 digs. Senior Jovana Baosic had eight blocks, including a match-high seven block assists. Busler again got the Highlanders off to a fast start – recording five kills in NJIT’s 25-17 victory in the first set. Up 9-8, the Highlanders reeled off 16 of the final 25 points for a 25-17 edge. Benson tallied eight assists in the set including two in a row that sparked the run. Jacksonville stormed back to take the next two sets, 25-20 and 25-22. In the second set, Mattingly did her own “hit man” impersonation

by registering a set-high seven kills. Her final two provided the Dolphins with two of their final three points to even the match. Petersen also had an eye-popping performance with 18 assists in the second stanza. The third set featured an impressive Jacksonville comeback. Down 21-17, the Dolphins reeled off eight of the final nine points for a win – five stemming off serves from sophomore Madison Rayam. In fact, Jacksonville crawled back from a deeper hole after backto-back Busler kills extended the NJIT lead to 17-10. Grad student Sara Dyslin and Marchand led the way with six and five kills, respectively. The Highlanders will complete the home portion of their schedule with Senior Day on Sunday against Stetson University (13-10, 5-6 ASUN). The match is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the WEC in Newark.

NJIT Wraps-Up Two Day Meet SMITHFIELD, RI -- Freshman Kai Legband stole the headlines for NJIT as the Highlanders swimming and diving team wrapped up a two-day meet at Bryant University on Saturday. The meet also features women’s competition between Bryant, Central Connecticut University and Wagner University. Legband, who won his first race as an NCAA student-athlete in the last meet against UMass (Oct. 27), attained two individual first-place finishes at this meet. On Friday, the Union, N.J., native earned the top finish in the 50 Yard Freestyle with a time of 21.27 -- 0.20 faster than second-place Bryant finisher Andrew Allen (21.56). But he wound up making more of a splash on Saturday. Legband paced the pack in the 100 Yard Freestyle, topping the second-place finisher by nearly two full seconds. His time of 46.19 set a pool record at Chace Athletic

Center. He wasn’t done. The product of Union H.S. later set another pool record leading off the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 45.82. The quartet wound up finishing second in the race with a time of 3:13.56. Legband also notched a second-place finish in the Men 100 Yard Butterfly (53.03) on Saturday. There were also several other notable performances turned in by his Highlanders teammates. “I was really pleased with how the team stepped up and raced both days,” first-year head coach Ron Farina said. “We still have some good training to get in before the holiday as we prepare for the ECAC championships in December. I like where we are right now.” Freshman Joshua Franco earned the other individual first-place finish captured by NJIT. The Hillsborough, N.J., native paced the sixman field in the 200 Yard Freestyle

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on Friday, finishing with a time of 1:46.09. He touched with less than one second to spare against a pair of Bulldogs swimmers. Franco also placed second in the 200 Yard IM (2.01.10) and in the 500 Yard Freestyle (4:51.18) on Saturday. The Highlanders also had several other second-place finishes. In the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay on Friday, the quartet of Franco, juniors Nicholas Lyons and Tyler Pollock, and Legband posted a 1:26.54 -- trailing only one relay team from Bryant that finished with a 1:25.15. Additionally, the 400 Yard Medley Relay team of Franco, Lyons, sophomore Mattheau Bonner and Legband touched second with a 3:35.59 during the Day 1 events. The same group placed second on Saturday in the 200 Yard Medley Relay with a time of 1:37.14. Lyons finished second in the 100 Yard Breaststroke (59.61) on Friday as well as in the 200 Yard Breast-

stroke on Saturday (2:12.44). Coming off a pair of wins last week, Bonner was runner-up in the 200 Yard Butterfly with a time of 1:58.90. Finally, freshman Lane Griffis placed a comfortable second in the Men 1000 Yard Freestyle with a time of 10:20.67. On Saturday, freshman Edward Madrigal recorded a second-place finish in the 200 Yard Backstroke (2:02.81). Also of note on Saturday, freshman Justin Andersen swam to a fourth-place finish in the 400 Yard IM (4:37.18). On the diving side, junior Cole Becker led the Highlanders with a fourth-place finish in the One Meter Dive (192.70) while senior Avery Bechtel paced NJIT with a third-place rank in the Three Meter Dive (215.60).

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Men’s Basketball Names Co-Captains By NJIT Athletics NEWARK, NJ -- The NJIT men’s basketball team has selected senior Reilly Walsh and junior Shyquan Gibbs as co-captains for the 201819 season, as voted on by teammates Friday. The two returnees were the only players to start all 30 games for the Highlanders last season. “It is a great honor to announce Reilly Walsh and Shyquan Gibbs as team captains for this season. Not only have Reilly and Shyquan performed tremendously on the basketball court, both are the true definition of a student-athlete,” said Brian Kennedy, who enters his third season as NJIT men’s basketball head coach. “Both represent the very prestigious Albert Dorman Honors College here at NJIT; both are very involved with the athletic department, fellow students, student-athletes and the NJIT community as a whole. They are great role models for all student-athletes.” Walsh, voted by fans as the ASUN Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, has been selected to the ASUN All-Academic Team in backto-back seasons. As a sophomore, he became the first NJIT player to achieve the honor while being the only selection with a 4.0 grade point average. As a junior last season, the Staten Island native wast the lone unanimous selection while again being the only member with a 4.0 GPA. A management information systems major, Walsh was also recognized by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) for the prestigious NABC Honors Court. Additionally, he was named to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Scholar-Athlete Team and was presented with the Joseph M. Fitzgerald Award by NJIT Athletics as the junior with the highest GPA (one of two honorees with a 4.0). Gibbs, the St. Anthony (NJ) High School valedictorian in 2016, was also selected to the ASUN All-Academic Team last season. Additionally, the business major was named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll. Gibbs has appeared in 60 of 61 Highlanders games since his arrival in Newark, starting 13 games at point guard as a freshman. Last season, the Hillside, N.J., native ranked seventh in the ASUN in assists-to-turnover ratio (2.0) while averaging only one turnover every 23.1 minutes. In addition, he shot a sizzling .500 (24-for-48) from threepoint territory, which would have ranked second in the conference had he enough attempts to qualify. “At NJIT, we pride ourselves in being true student-athletes -- being students first, athletes second,” Kennedy said. “In today’s age of big money, win-at-all-costs college football and men’s basketball, these two are the epitome of student-athletes.”

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