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Vol. XCV | Issue 8 Week of October 23, 2018


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Digging Into Newark's Kitchen "Taste of Newark" event brings local delicacies to campus Article located on page 6

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NJIT Earns No. 2 Seed in 2018 ASUN Conference Championship By NJIT Athletics The NJIT women's soccer team earned the No. 2 seed, a first-round bye and hosting rights for the 2018 ASUN Conference Women's Soccer Championship in the programs first-ever appearance in ASUN postseason. With Kennesaw State's overtime loss to Lipscomb on Sunday evening, the Highlanders locked up the No. 2 seed and will host the Kennesaw State Owls (No. 3) and North Alabama (No. 6) on Friday and await the winner on Sunday. 2018 ASUN Women's Soccer Championship Field #1 Lipscomb: The Bisons won their first-ever outright ASUN Women's Soccer Regular Season title with an extra time affair that ended on a goal from Maycie McKay, assisted by Olivia Doak. Lipscomb came close to pulling ahead numerous times, just

missing left, right and high throughout the night before the championship winner finally came. Having already clinched a bye before the game tonight, the path to the NCAA Tournament now goes through Nashville. The postseason starts for the twotime ASUN Regular Season champs next Sunday as they face the winner of the first round match between FGCU and Liberty which takes place on Friday at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex. #2 NJIT: The Highlanders earned a first-round bye and hosting rights for the ASUN Championship in their first-ever appearance in the ASUN postseason after collecting a 0-0 tie against North Alabama. With that Kennesaw State's overtime loss to Lipscomb, the Highlanders locked up the No. 2 seed as they host the Owls and North Alabama on Friday Continued on Page 12...

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Week of October 23, 2018

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“Steps to a Nuclear Free World’’ A Nuclear Conference at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ The Doomsday clock stands at two minutes before midnight. This mythical clock, signifying the level of nuclear threat, is maintained by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. This is the closest that the clock has been to midnight since 1953 during the era of atmospheric nuclear testing. Nuclear arms are the only weapons of mass destruction not yet prohibited by an international convention. Recently a letter was signed by more than three thousand scientists including 23 Nobel laureates in support of talks at the United Nations whose aim is to make nuclear weapons unthinkable as with biological and chemical weapons. On April 14, 2019, from 9:00 – 5: 00 the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will host a conference on nuclear war entitled, Steps to a Nuclear Free World to speak out on the many facets of this critical problem. Eight experts will join the conference attendees to examine the crucial problem of reducing the nuclear threat to our planet. The Conference will be led by two renowned keynote speakers with the title of their addresses:

DANIEL ELLSBERG– The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, and ROBERT JAY LIFTON -The Apocalyptic Twins: Nuclear and Climate threats

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Week of October 23, 2018 Student Senate

STUDENT SENATE UPDATE By Owen Busler | Staff Writer

The Student Senate meeting on October 17, 2018 began with a presentation from Dr. Marybeth Boger, our Dean of Students and Campus Life. Dr. Boger opened by sharing her excitement over Kristie Damell joining the Dean of Student’s staff. This addition brings the Office of the Dean of Students back to full staff for the first time in two years. Boger was pleased with the inaugural NJIT homecoming weekend and requested feedback on the event if students have any. She then discussed future projects on campus, such as the opening of the NJIT Food Pantry and the Veteran’s Student Lounge, which will serve food-insecure students and veteran students, respectively. The Dean reminded Senate that she is still in full support of NJIT becoming a tobacco-free campus and concluded with a reminder that NJIT will be having a flu shot event on campus, if students would like to take advantage of that. Boger also said the field is expected to be completed by the end of November, and the policy to extend the add/drop period will be up for vote in the faculty senate. E-Board Reports Beshoy Shokralla, Vice President of Administration, began by sharing details from his meeting with several NJIT Vice Provosts. They discussed the add/drop policy and made plans for Student Senate to present to Faculty Senate at their next meeting. Another policy to which Student Senate is contributing is the pass-fail resolution. This resolution, which would allow students to elect to take a class on a pass/fail basis, was denied in the Faculty Senate. Shokralla and the academ-

ic affairs committee plan to research other universities to make amends and submit a new resolution to Faculty Senate. Aditya Patwardhan, Vice President of Student Affairs, met with Public Safety and was informed that they plan on hosting Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate (ALICE) in addition to drug and alcohol awareness training. These events are scheduled for Friday, November 2 from 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m.

Public safety will also be hosting a feedback table outside the Senate office on Fridays from 1:00--3:00p.m. Lastly, Patwardhan shared that public safety is still looking for trained EMTs to join the newly-formed EMT club. If you or someone you know is a trained EMT, please reach out to Patwardhan or Public Safety. Senator Reports Renel Anglade, the Newark College of Engineering (NCE) Representative, shared a brief overview of his meeting with Dean Moshe Kam. Anglade and Kam discussed the possibility of reimbursing students who take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam,

designed by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Currently the Civil Engineering Department reimburses their students, but it would be great to extend this program to the entire college. Kam and Anglade talked about creating a portal where all research in NCE could be pooled together only to find out it already exists, but is underutilized. Kam will look into revitalizing the system to connect

students with research. The Engineering Technology Department will become a sub-school within NCE. Anglade discovered that while the Makerspace is ready for use, the system for students to pay for consumed materials is not yet in place. An opening date was not given. Lastly, Kam will soon send out a college feedback to all NCE students. Clubs The creative writing club, chemistry honors society, society of physics students, and Temet Nosce all presented to Senate. The chemistry honors society was rescheduled to present next week. Temet Nosce must


clarify a few items before presenting. However, the creative writing club, The Minerva, and the society of physics students were both approved as official clubs. The Minerva hopes to create an environment for creative writers to express their ideas and get feedback. They plan to publish a yearly book with a compilation of the members writing, and to hold open mic nights centered on poetry and literature. The society of physics students is a club for all students who love physics. They hope to build a community, academically help their members, and connect their members with researchers. The society plans to host social events, like movie nights and liquid nitrogen parties. General The last major discussion topic was areas to improve at NJIT. Senate plans to create a list of areas on- campus that need improvement and poll the student body to discover what they think is most important. Senate will then focus on those areas. During this discussion Wanda, a GDS employee, spoke about how she has plans to renovate much of the continuous dining area through grants from the state of New Jersey and funds from NJIT. Other areas of improvement included university customer service, creating more transparent teacher evaluations, streamlining the club event process, more parking spaces, updating degree works, and the line to get into continuous dining. If you feel strongly about any of these improvements or have additions to the list, please reach out to your senator. The meeting concluded by announcing Susmita Duvvapu as the Senator of the month.

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Week of October 23, 2018


The Murky Waters of Environmental Regulation By James Nanchanatt | Contributing Writer lakes, and other surface waters. This law acts to limit the amount of pollution that point sources— such as industrial facilities and municipal governments—are legally allowed to release into navigable waters and the amount of pollution that comes from nonpoint sources like runoff. According to a recent review done by researchers at UC Berkeley and Iowa State University, the 1972 Clean Water Act has had a significant effect on reducing water pollution. The review found that rivers have become healthier for both humans and animals, with a 12% increase in the percentage of rivers safe for fishing. Despite the clear improvements in water quality, researchers concluded that these benefits were far outweighed by the economic cost. The direct costs of the act alone amounted to over $650 billion of federal grants for the creation of municipal sewage treatment plants, which does not account for indirect investments,

A Gallup poll indicated the number one and two environmental issues causing a “great deal of concern” among Americans are the pollution of drinking water and the pollution of rivers, lakes and reservoirs, respectively. This places concern for water quality above air pollution, the loss of tropical rainforests, or even global warming. Accordingly, the US has invested over $1.9 trillion since the 1960s to decrease pollution in national bodies of water. A large portion of this expenditure has been used to enforce the Clean Water Act (CWA) of 1972, the primary federal law used to restore and maintain the quality of water in rivers,

such as the cost to improve upon existing plants. After performing a cost-benefit analysis of the law, researchers concluded that the overall effectiveness of the act was worth less than half the amount that it took to enforce these policies. The researchers admitted, however, that their results are not conclusive, as they “may be biased downward due to the exclusion of missing services like health impacts, missing pollutants like toxics, and missing resources like impacts on coastal areas and surface-groundwater interactions.” The relative ineffectiveness of the act goes against the policy of the past three administrations, which placed an emphasis on environmental regulations that generate a net positive cost-to-benefits ratio. The review used a median analysis of 20 recent evaluations of the CWA and found that the cost-benefit ratio was 0.37. This value pales in comparison to other environmental regulation like the Clean

Air Act, which had a median ratio of 30-to-1, according to the EPA. Overall, most environmental regulations have had a cost-benefit ratio with a range between a low estimate of 3.5, to a high estimate of 12.3, according to EPA sources. The Clean Water Act magnifies the larger question of whether the United States should pursue environmental policies that enforce costly regulations for minimal environmental gain. Should the nation prioritize environmental regulation at the cost of economic growth, or should it value the economy to the detriment of the environment? This question should not only be asked of the administration running the country, but also of each individual living in it. What sacrifices should one make in life to help preserve the environment?

Canada, Cannabis, and Blockchain By Ralph Legge | Senior Staff Writer For those of you keeping up with cannabis legalization, it should bring you much joy that our neighbor to the north, Canada, officially legalized recreational marijuana on October 17. Those aged 18 or older can now possess up to 30 grams of cannabis in public, share it with other adults, and purchase cannabis items at licensed retailers. Those with a bit of a green thumb can also legally grow up to four plants per home.

How does blockchain play a role in the sale of marijuana? Cointelegraph recently released an article detailing how DMG Blockchain Solutions Inc. (DMG) will create a global supply chain management platform for the newly legalized cannabis industry. Supply chain is defined by Oxford Dictionary as “the sequence of processes involved in the production and distribution of a commodity”. In other words,

supply chain includes all the processes involved in producing and delivering a product. The article goes on to detail how DMG will be interacting with numerous facets of the cannabis industry. Using a blockchain-powered platform, they will be able to make huge strides forward. Companies such as IBM have already deployed blockchain technology with agriculture and food supply chains. If

more companies get behind this technology, we could see a boom in adoption of blockchain—which could boost other aspects of blockchain technology, like cryptocurrencies. This may translate to a rise in the value of cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.


Dear Highlander Dear Highlander, My midterms are coming up, and I am really stressed. Just thinking about them makes me feel anxious and sweaty. I feel like I am drowning in studies even though I’m behind in almost all my classes. Every week is just a cycle of exams and stress. I need some advice on how to study, how to manage my time between all classes, and how to balance my academics and personal life. Send HELP please!Sincerely, A Stressed Highlander

Dear Stressed Highlander, We all go through stressful times, especially during midterms and finals season. But this does not mean there are not healthy ways to approach such worries. You need to develop good study habits and skills. Also, it is important to have some time to socialize and relax. Studying 24/7 is never the way to success. We still need to enjoy other aspects of our lives. Always consider these tips whenever you are stressed out, whether during midterms or even in general: Make sure to manage your time wisely In college, there is plenty of time,

but the challenging thing is to estimate how much time each task needs. Therefore, my solution to this is to write down a to-do list at the beginning of your day and estimate how much time you will need to accomplish each task. Make sure to estimate the time of each task according to your strengths and weaknesses—not according to how much time other people think this task should take. Motivation Never regret the hard work you do because it will always pay off, whether sooner or later. Do not give up easily. Talk to people who you know will praise your accomplishments and make you feel better about yourself.

Work on Stress Management Always try your best to lead a stressfree life. One way to be stress free is to manage your time and stay motivated. Also, consider doing activities that reduce stress! Sometimes all it takes is a walk or a good sleep pattern. These ‘trivial’ details can make all the difference. Make sure to jump out of bed each day excited for the new adventures and experiences you are going to face. Always remember you can do it, and that the challenges you face is what will shape your beautiful destinations.




Week of October 23, 2018

Newark Tech Week Initiative: City-Wide Celebration of Technology By Sreya Das | Staff Writer

Last week, from October 16 20, Newark celebrated innovation and technology by hosting the Newark Tech Week Initiative. More than 15 events were featured over the course of 4 days, ranging from Venture Capital Hotseat to Newark Gaming Expo, to Diversity in the Fintech Revolution. Additionally, 20+ influential speakers presented here, including Hansgregory C. Hartmann, an NJIT alumnus and the Chief Operating Officer of Oculus VR. Hartmann returned to NJIT to discuss innovation through collaborative product development. With 38 years of experience, Hartmann “has a proven track record in product development, supply chain management, sales operations and information technology executive management,” according to the event description. This panel took place on Wednesday, October 17, at the NJIT Campus Center Ballroom A. For attendees who prefer more hands-on activities, Newark Tech Week offered events like the Gaming Expo. The expo in-

volved an amateur esports tournament with “tons of giveaways & prizes”, according to sponsor CalixTech, in addition to retro and indie games, gaming challenges, a Halo Tournament, and a demo of virtual reality gaming with the HTC Vive. Aside from the generous giveaways at certain events, Newark Tech Week itself was free— something anyone can appreciate. This event was an excellent opportunity to network while having fun. Additionally, there were numerous opportunities to volunteer. Organizers encouraged any “talented and proactive individuals with an interest in tech” to register as volunteers to staff the numerous tech summits, discussions, and panels. Tech Week 2018 was the third annual iteration of Newark Tech Week, and there are no signs of it being discontinued. The co-founder of Newark Tech Week, =SPACE CEO William Medina, enjoys having the opportunity to display the up-andcoming tech companies in Newark. =SPACE, self-described as “a premium co-working space”

and incubator for startups and tech companies, hosted several of the Newark Tech Week events and was one of its sponsors. “The mission of Newark Tech Week is to showcase the amazing startups and businesses that are fueling Newark’s growth,” stated Medina. “We understand the power that each tech company in Newark has individually, and now we have a chance to make Newark our stage to show everyone what our community is made of.” According to the Newark Tech Week press release, this weeklong event provided “an opportunity for all tech-based businesses in Newark to connect and explore the city’s burgeoning innovation scene. Newark boasts a number of tech startups that produce ground-breaking ideas, in addition to noted tech giants Panasonic and” Newark Tech Week is part of an overall initiative for the city to be rebranded as a “Silicon City”. As more and more technological events occur here, Newark is becoming better recognized for its diversity and technological growth.


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Taste of Newark By David Korty | Senior Staff Writer ...continued from page 1

What better way to bring college students together than with free food? Everyone must eat regularly to function properly. Why not enjoy these daily rituals by experiencing local cuisine with your friends? This is what Taste of Newark accomplished. Funded and run by the Senior Class President, Taste of Newark took place Tuesday October 16 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Campus Center Atrium. Though the food arrived almost an hour late, the liveliness and assortment of restaurants compensated for the small blunder. This event featured restaurants like La Cocina (a personal favorite) and Brasilia (a local Newark steakhouse), which all supplied a copious and diverse assortment of entrees. Like everything in life, this event had its pros and cons. While I loved the idea of this event, I do think it can be improved.


A Taste of Newark may have succeeded in bringing students together, but it lacked empathy. The selection of food was fantastic, but severely limited. I loved the assortment of dishes because I do not have any dietary restrictions. Options like the Jamaican beef patties, bacon-wrapped chicken, and pepper steak stew were all delicious—but they showcased a blatant oversight: the foods were primarily meats, or meat-based. While this issue did not affect me personally, I recognize that may not be true for everyone. In a culturally diverse environment, I think it would be wise to offer more vegetarian or vegan options, and to take suggestions from the student population. Better yet, a BYOF (bring your own food) event could showcase diversity amongst the senior class, and truly help students bond.



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La Cocina Vonda’s kitchen Ramen Gami Mon Berger African Halal Restaurant Blueberry Cafe Juice Bar And Vegan Grille People’s Choice Lounge



Assorted Butter Cookies (light ones) Pan of beef ribs, pork ribs, chicken, rice and fries Pan of chicken Pan of pork ribs. Each comes with 1 pan of rice and 1 pan of fries Gandules rice, chicken stew, pepper steak Southern Style macaroni and cheese 25 Vegetarian miso with egg Plantain, jollof rice Black tacos Beef patties & chicken patties



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Taste of Newark Students enjoy a literal taste of Newark at an event intended to showcase the diversity of Newark, provide a networking opportunities, and encourage conversations among seniors

Hero Demonstration Firefighters collaborate with Theta Chi to discourage drunk driving, and demonstrate the tools and method used to free individuals trapped inside crashed vehicles.

Garba Students celebrate and perform Garba, a form of dance, before Aarti.

AFSA Paint + Sip Students enjoy a guided painting experience with mocktails, hosted by the African Students Association. Photos by Akin Aguda, David Korty and Katie DeMottie | The Vector


Opinion Why The Silence? Male Victims vs Society

By Beshoy Shokralla Senior Staff Writer

Week of October 23, 2018 When I think about why we do not hear from male victims of sexual assault or harassment in the media, I immediately think of a Saturday Night Live skit. In this skit, Pete Davidson plays a 15-year-old high school student on the witness stand for a trial against his teachers. His two female teachers committed statutory rape by sleeping with him, and he’s asked to testify about the event. Davidson is ecstatic: he recounts how happy he was driving there, how he told the whole school, and how the event even brought his estranged father and grandfather together. The judge, played by Kenan Thompson, says “My man!” as he high fives the 15-year-old boy. His

mother is distraught, and calls the women monsters. The whole skit jokes about a legitimate problem: society does not consider female teachers preying on male students to be a genuine problem—it is not considered a big deal. While the law is clear and gender-neutral, news articles about a female teacher or authority figure sleeping with a male minor will often have many comments calling the boy “lucky”, and praising him, as if being raped is a kind of accomplishment. In fact, the articles themselves seldom, if ever, even use the word “rape” to describe the situation. Instead, they typically use phrases such as “grooming the

student” or “slept with”. Why? This is just one aspect of a larger issue: society does not take the rape of men seriously. This is a mentality that even men primarily enforce; men cannot be “raped” by women because men should always enjoy sex. Although society may agree that men and women are “equal”, stereotypes that men should always enjoy sex and should take it when they can persist. This stereotype strips away the autonomy of men to consent, and instead makes consent implied. While not all people think this way, the stereotype does exist and makes it harder for men to find resources or people to go to when they have been raped. Oftentimes, men find


their stories brushed aside, or not taken seriously by family, close friends, or even law enforcement. This is on top of the fact that rape is often not addressed in the public eye as a gender-neutral crime, but rather something that happens almost exclusively to women. Women are overwhelmingly the victims of sexual assault, but by focusing only on those instances, society alienates male victims and makes it difficult for many of them to speak out.

Left, Right & Middle Is there a problem with straight-ticket voting?



By Beshoy Shokralla | Senior Staff Writer

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By Nicole Cheney | Senior Staff Writer





n a country with a broken political system, it’s hard to place the blame on any one individual for their particular voting choices. Straight-ticket voting, an option which allows one to automatically cast votes for every candidate running in their same political party, is no more harmful than designing an electorate which unevenly represents the population. In an ideal society, one would exercise their “civic duty” by researching every candidate and weighing the pros and cons of their positions, regardless of partisan lines. Unfortunately, the United States is not an ideal society; in many states’ general elections, the vote of the unpopular party is a complete waste. Votes matter more in local elections, but even then, many municipalities do a poor job of providing adequate information to the general public about lesser-known candidates, so it is common to assume that the candidate representing one’s party also represents their values. The U.S. party structure is simply too polarized from the top-down for straight-ticket voting to be the biggest problem in the system.



o, there is absolutely no issue with voting entirely for candidates of one party or another. This is America, where people have the freedom to vote for whoever they want. There is nothing stopping someone from voting for Tom Brady to be president or voting for Nick Saban to be Senator from Alabama. People should not be afraid to vote for the candidate they want to win. Voting for someone just because they are from one party and not another is a valid reason. A person’s vote does not require a reason. If someone thinks that one party is better than another, that person is more than welcome to cast their vote down party lines.


traight ticket voting is one of the biggest problems with politics today. Hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of people vote purely based on party, going down a ticket and selecting everyone registered under the correct party—their own—without a second thought. Why wouldn’t they? Republicans are evil! Democrats are idiots! This horrible mentality is perpetuated when politicians cater to such extremes. Republicans are expected to always vote with Republicans, Democrats always to vote with Democrats. Take Senator Flake, who expressed great concern about Kavanaugh, then turned around and voted to confirm after plenty of worried posturing. Or almost any Democrat during the Gorsuch confirmation, most voting “No”, even though Gorsuch did not have any issues. This is exactly what their voters wanted. It doesn’t matter what politicians claim to stand for, or what he/she is against. As long as they have a magic D or R next to their name, many voters will select them without ever looking into their platform. So what can people do to break this cycle? Don’t vote for someone you haven’t actually researched! I don’t mean listening to attack ads on TV; I’m talking about looking at past voting records if they have one, their platform, who they accept donations from, what their plans for office are. All these factors should be important in voting, especially with local politicians. Once you elect them, HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE.

Room for Debate

Not Spanking Children By Nicole Cheney | Senior Staff Writer

Last week in The Vector, the case in favor of spanking children as a practical tool for parents was proposed. It is a surprising claim, considering recent scientific literature reporting the negative effects of spanking, the suggestions of many medical professionals against the act, and the changing culture of increased autonomy given to minors. It is even more surprising considering the inaccurate evidence used to support the claim. It was purported that spanking is a form of behavioral conditioning, like that of Pavlov and his dogs. That much is true, but the connection is flimsy at best – training dogs to associate a bell with food is a form of

classical conditioning which does not involve the encouragement or reduction of a behavior. Operant conditioning, on the other hand, studied by B. F. Skinner, requires either reinforcement or punishment to increase or decrease a behavior, respectively. Spanking is a form of positive punishment meant to theoretically decrease an undesirable behavior. “Positive punishment” in this case means the addition of an unfavorable outcome, as opposed to “negative punishment”, which refers to the removal of a favorable outcome. In order to construct a successful argument, one must be confident in the validity of their evidence and

"There is never an excuse to inflict violence on a child incapable of defending themselves." relatability of their examples. To propose that spanking is “effective as a teaching tool, not a punishing tool,” is simply untrue on an academic basis alone. On the efficacy of spanking as an effective punishment, there are mixed reviews. Some studies suggest that it can be effective in encouraging immediate compliance on behalf of the child, but others found no support for the effectiveness of physical punishment in comparison to other methods. Moreover, studies also warn of many potential adverse outcomes: physical abuse, mental illness, increased childhood aggression and antisocial behaviors, and abuse of

one’s own children or spouse are all strongly associated with children who experienced corporal punishment growing up. Furthermore, both the American Academy of Pediatrics and Canadian Paediatric Society caution against the administration of physical punishment, citing limited effectiveness and, again, detrimental side effects. Of course, it is irresponsible to claim causation from correlation, but it is safer to err on the side of caution. There are multitudes of other nonviolent forms of discipline that serve the intended pur-

pose of being firm but fair without teaching children to fear their parents. As of 2018, there are 54 countries worldwide that prohibit all forms of corporal punishment, even in the home. It is clear that the culture surrounding the rights of children is changing. There is never an excuse to inflict violence on a child incapable of defending themselves.

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Bellator Takes the Weekend By Daniil Ivanov | Senior Staff Writer Two weeks ago, Bellator Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) hosted their 207th and 208th pay-perview events. Bellator, the second largest MMA organization after the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has been rising in popularity and raising the quality of their fights. Bellator 207 was hosted at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut. Carrington Banks took on Mandel Nallo at 155 pounds to start the main card, fighting an even-matched first round and a slow starting second round that was ended by a knock-out right knee strike from Nallo. In the second fight, Corey Browning took on Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Junior at 155 pounds. Baby Slice is the son of the late heavyweight MMA and boxing legend Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson Senior. Slice dominated the first half of the first round before Browning’s jiu jitsu took the fight to the ground. The fight ended two minutes and seven seconds into the second round when Browning finished with a series of punches on the ground. Fight three was between Lorenz “The Monsoon” Larkin and

Ion Pascu at 170 pounds. The first two rounds were slow and mostly uneventful, with Larkin showing a marginally better performance. The third round took place on the ground with back and forth grappling. Larkin was given the win at the end of three rounds, with the judges scoring it 29-28 in his favor. Roy “Big Country” Nelson then took on Sergei Kharitonov at 263 pounds, ending with one second left in the first round via knockout by Kharitonov. The main event was the quarter final matchup of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix between former NFL defensive tackle Matt Mitrione (255 pounds) and Bellator light heavyweight champion Ryan “Darth” Bader (230 pounds). The fight went through all three rounds with absolutely no offense by Mitrione and a dominant performance on the ground by Bader. Bader was granted the victory by unanimous decision. The very next day, Bellator 208 took over the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York. The main card pinned Rockaway, New Jersey native Andy Main against Henry Corrales at 146

pounds. The first two rounds were an uneventful kickboxing match, but the few kicks from Corrales looked more painful than anything the lanky Main delivered. The fight ended two minutes into the third round when a left hand from Corrales stunned Main and took him down. Fight two put two middleweight Russians together: Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko and Anatoly Tokov. Shlemenko is notable for his spinning backfist hit, but he was unable to land any of them in the fight, giving Tokov and his clean jabs a victory via unanimous decision after three rounds. Fight three ended in one minute and ten seconds when Cheick Kongo (239 pounds) took Tim Johnson (265 pounds) to the ground and won via knockout. The next fight, the co-main event, was a lightweight bout between “Smooth” Benson Henderson and Saad “The As-

sassin” Awad. With the brief exception of Awad exploding into the third round, Henderson was able to dominate most of the fight on the ground, granting him a victory via decision. Finally, “The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko (236 pounds) took on Chael “The American Gangster” Sonnen (227 pounds) for the right to fight Ryan Bader in the finals of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix. Apart from some half-decent wrestling by Sonnen, Fedor showed why he is considered one of the best martial artists to ever come out of Russia, ending the fight in four minutes and 45 seconds via knockout. With the chaos of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor at UFC 229 one week prior (Khabib beat Conor and a brawl ensued afterward), Bellator provided ten old-fashioned, clean, and respectable mixed martial arts main events on top of sixteen undercard fights for two back-to-back days.

Celeb Gossip: Who’s Voting for Whom this November? By Sreya Sanyal | Staff Writer Today’s political climate is volatile, to say the very least. Among the ludicrous politicians, heads of state, and political hopefuls there is another emerging trope in the Age of Trump: the “woke” celebrity. These celebrities seem to think it is their duty to let the public hear their political opinions, often denouncing politicians or policies that don’t align with their world view and encouraging their fans to vote a certain way. Though of course celebrity opinions are nothing new, the question truly has become: why are celebrity opinions so virulent, and so potent? What makes a celebrity more or less entitled to their political voice and political opinion? ‘Celebrity’ status has taken on a new meaning in the age of social media. Even the most irrelevant opinions are easier to share than ever before. This means that for many young

people across America, it has become easier to passively form political opinions based upon the whims of the celebrities they idolize. Yet these idols are younger and younger, having achieved stardom by climbing that slippery ladder of talent, wealth, opportunity, and most of all, exposure. What new starlet has no rabid social media following? What new rapper lacks a Twitter or Soundcloud through which he speaks his unfiltered thoughts? These same celebrities whose fans all but fall at their feet have barely begun to form their own coherent political opinions, and so are prone to spewing rhetoric rather than giving thoughtful, nuanced opinions. While there are clear pitfalls to idolizing any celebrity, at least those who have recently attained prominence are—on some level—tenuously grounded in reality, as they became

famous when anyone with Internet access can have their shot at stardom. ‘Established’ celebrities are worse, as they have spent more time accruing wealth and living in the spotlight and are therefore more removed from reality. This brings us to the juxtaposition of two major stars: Kanye West and Taylor Swift. Both have ascended to the uppermost echelons of wealth and, by some measure, power that are afforded by musical celebrity. Their political opinions serve as antitheses of each other, while still highlighting the central problems with celebrities in politics. Swift, who for a decade stayed conspicuously silent in terms of politics, has suddenly come out denouncing GOP candidates from her adopted state of Tennessee. This is a huge move as she joins the ranks of her center-of-left peers and disavows

her former neutrality. This neutrality was an almost classic example of white, feminist privilege: Swift chose to ignore the inequalities and difficulties faced by others because they didn't affect her and would narrow her broad appeal. Now, after the 2016 election and rumors of being beloved by white nationalists, Swift cast her lot with the liberal cultural elite and has transitioned away from her conservative faux-country roots. On the other side of the aisle, Kanye West has declared his shared “dragon energy” with President Trump. Kanye stated that Trump is a free thinker, who is disrupting a calcified political system. But this is the same Kanye West who vehemently declared “President Bush doesn't care about black people” 14 years ago in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Politics have changed, but West

has changed more; insulated from the world he grew up in for almost 20 years now, West takes pride is his disdain for reading and established thought and has thus equated incendiary statements with so-called ‘free thinking’. What is common between these two stars, along with many others who have flooded the headlines, is one thing: privilege. These stars are isolated by wealth, profession, and their own social and political echo chambers. Members of the public should take their favorite celebrities’ political opinions in this context, ultimately rendering them irrelevant.




Week of October 23, 2018


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Horoscopes credited to Poetastrologers

PISCES You both read and wrote the book. Poetry makes more poetry. If you can’t be sure who turned the lights on, then you won’t be sure who turned the lights off. Of all the things: Believe.

SAGITTARIUS Holy realism is making its way to the moon. If you want the thing— sure you will get it. Ask yourself what you want. The answer will more than surprise you.

VIRGO You will fight all this exhaustion with new things. There will be endless light and a rain of endless inconsistencies. If you couldn’t wait for the ice to be pink, then that’s ok. It’s not a problem


You just want to get to sleep on time. Holding fast you hold out for the time utterly alone. Lock time if you have to. Don’t be scared to walk alone.

AQUARIUS You made a move and now you have to see what the outcome is. Don’t worry, it won’t take long. You should know that they wait for you. You will know in time that they are far from long gone.

SCORPIO You will be feeling a sense of charm. Someone is dreaming of you during the afternoon. Don’t feel foolish for dreaming too. It’s everything to live in the space of the sun.


A great new idea will emerge from the night. If you could hold on forever you would. Palm trees and places will exalt you. Get excited for a new audience awaits the news.

TAURUS High romanticism holds the sun. You fill the globe with candy until it crushes itself. All that sweet but what about the bitter. You fill your soul with lightning but what about the rain.

CAPRICORN Is it enough to say that it all was time well spent. The memories are old and fading and yet you hold true to them. What is it that drives these instincts. Instead of intuition learn to drive the car.


LIBRA ou couldn’t hold it all in for this long. You had been waiting with all of this endless gratitude. Could you keep doing all of this for a secret. Oh just tell everyone—it’s your space to fill.



A call will come to you to help. You will do it. A new phase is coming. You will be glad when it’s over but you can’t think about that now.



You will be drawn to old memories, old exes, old ideas. You will think there was a point when you could have made a better decision. Oh but not you. You made every choice out of the right veil.


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Tweet @TheNJITVector a photo of your completed crossword puzzle (only if you can solve it, though)! DOWN 1. Hardly basic 2. One of the Finger Lakes 3. Breeding ground 4. ''Go-to-guys'' on the pitching staff 5. Debilitating spray 6. Slip up 7. Bronx cheer 8. French wine region 9. Detest 10. Topsoil 11. Uncorrupted 12. Possessive pronoun 13. Product pitches 18. Snookered 19. Luminary 23. Not taken by 24. Coveted Cup some fight for? 26. Computer menu option 27. U.S. capital, 1789-90 29. Danish physicist 30. Monet's ''Water Lilies,'' e.g. 31. Bib and tucker 32. Malarial condition 33. Part of the eye 34. Peruse 35. Charlatan 36. Afternoon gatherings 37. Piercing tool 38. Trial evidence 41. ''No ___ luck!'' 42. Game coins 43. Least confined 44. East Indian tree 45. Creepy-crawly 47. Tiny 48. Return letters 50. Figure in a Rimsky-Korsakov opera 51. Thick, flat slice 52. Troubles or woes 53. Bowler or porkpie 54. Umbrage 55. Club of diamonds? 56. 1994 World Cup host

ACROSS 1. Wednesday preceder 4. Marine biology subject 9. Kind of radioactive particle 14. He bosses the Pres. 15. Holiday tune 16. Disinterested 17. Sighted 20. Dishonor 21. Molecule pieces 22. Hockey term 23. Sought-after statuette 25. Sawbuck 28. Bounder 29. Idle chitchat 31. Spick-and-span 32. Main artery 33. Greek column 34. Exactly where it should be 38. Raise objections 39. Companion of Clark or Martin 40. Mane setting 41. Purloins 43. ''The ___ Story'' (1959) 46. Tizzy 47. Harbor floaters 48. Oil-rich country 49. Cohere 51. Warning sounds 53. Meets all requirements 57. Zones 58. Twangy 59. Biological container 60. Steelers' legend Bradshaw 61. Employs a stiletto 62. Metal shell filling



Week of October 23, 2018

NJIT Scores Pair of Wins to Open Season By NJIT Athletics

Photo By NJIT Athletics NEWARK, NJ -- The Highlanders men's swimming and diving team opened the 2018-19 season with a 2-1 record at the NJIT Invitational on Sunday at the Wellness and Events Center (WEC). NJIT posted a 149-81 victory over Mount Saint Mary's and a 139.5100.5 win over Manhattan College, while being nipped by Saint Peter's University, 118-115.

The Peacocks finished a perfect 3-0 on the men's side while LIU Brooklyn earned a 3-0 sweep on the women's side. The meet consisted of four programs for both men's and women's competitions. "I'm really proud of the way our guys stepped up and raced today," said Head Swimming and Diving Coach Ron Farina, who

enters his first season with NJIT. "We knew Saint Peters was going to be a challenge, but we won both relays and had numerous close losses. I like the where we are this point in the season and look forward to continuing the work to achieve our goals." The Highlanders eked out their initial first-place finish of the season in the Men 200 Yard Medley Relay, as Edward Madrigal, Nicholas Lyons, Mattheau Bonner and Tyler Pollock finished with a time of 1:36.79 -- just 0:00.24 ahead of a quartet from Saint Peters. NJIT also finished the meet strong with the top finish in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, as freshman Joshua Franco, Pollock, Lyons and freshman Kai Legband combined for a time of 1:41.65. Junior diver Cole Becker became the first Highlander to attain an individual first-place finish, when his final score of 222.45 in the Men One Meter Dive nipped teammate Avery Bechtel, who finished in second place with a 208.45. The pair also finished in the same order in the Three Me-

ter, posting scores of 192.70 and 186.20, respectively. Freshman Joshua Franco scored his first career individual firstplace finish in the Men 500 Yard Freestyle, topping the pack of 15 swimmers with a score of 4:48.66. The product of Union (NJ) High School also placed second in the 200 Yard Freestyle (1:42.96). Also competing for the first time collegiately, Legband finished second in the 50 Yard Freestyle (21.10) and 100 Yard Freestyle (46.49) Individually, Lyons finished second in the 100 Yard Breaststroke (59.45) while Bonner placed second in the 100 Yard Butterfly (52.45). Also of note, freshman Lane Griffis finished fourth in both the 500 (4:58.11) and 1000 Yard Freestyle (10:17.71) in his first NCAA competition. NJIT will next compete in a home meet against UMass on Saturday. The meet will be held in the WEC starting at 1 p.m.

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nament for the first time since joining in 2015. NJIT held the advantage in shots, 18-11 and corner kicks 7-2. Senior Gerber was a threat all game for the Highlanders leading all players with eight shots, seven of them coming on goal, and four of them notched in the overtime periods. Fiona Wright tallied six shots in the game. In the 56th minute the Highlanders earned a penalty kick taken by Gerber that Lion keep-


er Shelby Thornton made a diving save to stop from going into the back of the net. At the end of the second overtime, NJIT tallied three shots in the final four minutes. With 40 seconds to go, Gerber broke out behind the Lion defense and attempted to laser a ball past Thornton whose quick hands grabbed the ball before it went in. Thornton made 11 saves for her team, while Highlander goalie Amelia Sapirman

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Women’s Soccer Finishes Regular Season With a 0-0 Tie With North Alabama on Senior Day HILLSIDE, NJ – NJIT women's soccer finished out their regular season with a 0-0 overtime tie against ASUN Conference opponent North Alabama during Senior Day on Sunday at Kean University's East Campus. Eight women's soccer seniors were recognized in a pre-game ceremony including Arianna Gerber The Highlanders finished the regular season 11-4-2 and 5-21 in conference play, and made the ASUN post-season tour-


notched four saves and another shutout which brings her career total to 13. The Highlanders have a chance to host the first round of the ASUN tournament which will be determined after the Kennesaw State verse Lipscomb match on Sunday night. The tournament starts on Friday October 26 and the first round and semifinals will be hosted by the top two seeded teams.

and await the winner on Sunday. Freshman Fiona Wright set the program record for most goals by a freshman in a season (11) and will be the key Highlanders star in the rematch of the season finale in the postseason premiere. #3 Kennesaw State: As stated above, the Owls fell 1-0 in a tough contest that could have elevated them to the top seed in the postseason. A back-and-forth affair that required extra time, Kennesaw State missed by inches numerous times to fall at home. Tiffany Sornpao was just minutes away from her tenth shutout of the season in the finale and looks to continue her top form to carry the Owls to a conference crown and NCAA Tournament ticket which begins with a first-round matchup vs. North Alabama at NJIT next Friday. The Owls lost to the Lions 3-2 in UNA's first-ever ASUN contest earlier this year on the road and hope to avenge that loss. In fact, it is possible that Kennesaw State will play teams in which it lost to in every round of the ASUN Championship depending on how the field breaks down. #4 FGCU: The reigning ASUN Championship title holders, FGCU falls to the four seed in the postseason for the first time as members of the league. The Eagles have rebounded nicely from a

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