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The Vector: NJIT’s Student Newspaper


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Vol. XCIV Issue 1 Week of August 29 , 2017

Magnitude & Direction

NJIT Raises Price of Parking

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For Full Time Commuters, the price to register has increased yearly, from twenty-five dollars in 2013, to thirty, thirty-five, and forty dollars each following year

By Babatunde Ojo | managing editor For the fourth consecutive year in a row, NJIT has increased the price of parking for commuters and residents alike. With roughly eleven thousand students (undergrad and graduate students), the New Jersey Institute of Technology hosts a plethora of students who commute to and from the campus daily; roughly 70% of students. Students voiced their opinions on the school’s unofficial Reddit page, /r/NJTech. It was here that students questioned if it is worth their time and money to register for parking at NJIT or scour Newark’s streets for available parking spaces. Students also took note that not only is the price of parking increasing, but the amount of how much it increases is also rising. Despite the prices rising for students, the amount paid by

faculty and staff has remained consistent since 2015, when a new fee structure was implemented. Instead of paying a lump sum fee similar to students, NJIT employees will be paying roughly .4% from their annual salary towards the parking fees. According to NJIT’s online parking page, adjuncts, temporary and hourly employees will receive a fee of .4% of gross pay for every biweekly paycheck issued. Being primarily a commuting school, NJIT recognized the need to increase the amount of parking spaces available. Their solution to this issue was to build a new parking deck on Summit Street. At the same time, NJIT closed several lots around the area. Taking into account how many spaces available in the parking deck located on Wilsey Street – roughly 830 – and the numbers

Farewell to Dr. Sarah Vandermark By Prasanna Tati | editor in chief

One of the more recent individuals to transition out of their position at NJIT is Dr. Sarah Vandermark, former Executive Director of the Center for Student Success. Dr. Vandermark started off her NJIT career in 2004 as an academic advisor for the then College of Computing Sciences, now known as the Ying Wu College of Computing Sciences. For almost a decade,


she continued her role as an academic advisor before become the Director of the Advising Success Center in 2013. Just a couple of years later, in 2015, she was promoted to become the Executive Director of the Center for Student Success. A notable project that Dr. Vandermark has headed was the creation of the Advising Success Center (ASC), which helps oversee undecided, probationary, and transfer students. Dr. Vandermark realized there was potential to help the aforementioned population of students have a smoother transition into their university and major. Thanks to her and the rest of the ASC, the retention rate for undecided, probationary, and transfer students rose to match the retention rate of the rest of the university. Dr. Vandermark fondly recalled this accomplishment,


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available from the new deck at approximately 982, NJIT students have close to 1.9k spots available to them throughout the year. Students have already recognized the lack of enough spaces and question the need for parking to increase. Without a public statement from NJIT explaining the reasoning behind the consistent price increases, many are left to assume what they can about the situation at hand. Student Senate President, Mark Neubaur, shares the students’ sentiments and is accepting input from them on the situation. The total number of students registered for parking may not be known until sometime during the semester, but for many students the difficulty of finding consistent parking throughout the day is a difficult feat in itself.

The 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial Elections By Ianiz Patchedijev | world news editor Phil Murphy (Democrat) and Kim Guadagno (Republican) are currently leading their parties in the race for Governor, both of whom enjoyed a wide margin of victory in their respective primary elections last Spring. Murphy, the former US Ambassador to Germany and a former executive at Goldman-Sachs, was able to beat out Jim Johnson and John Wisneski during the Democratic Primary with 48% of the vote (241,353 votes). Guadagno, the current Lieutenant Governor under Chris Christie, managed to overcome Jack Ciattarelli during the Republican Primary and won 47% percent of the vote (75,275 votes). The candidates now face off for the general election on November 7. Most analysts expect Murphy to have a massive advantage over Guadagno as registered Democrat voters greatly outnumber registered

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Republican voters in New Jersey. On top of this, Governor Christie (who is a Republican) is historically unpopular and state polls give Murphy a sizable lead. However, President Trump’s surprise victory last November keeps many hopeful for Guadagno’s chances. Notably, Phil Murphy holds endorsements from several highprofile Democrats like former Vice President Joe Biden and both NJ Senators, while Kim Guadagno holds mostly state endorsements. In fact, Guadagno has repeatedly criticized and distanced herself from both President Trump and Governor Christie, likely due to their unpopularity in the state.


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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: m a n a g i n g - e d i to r @ n j i t v e c to r . com. Advertisement Reservations are due two weeks prior to publication and should be sent to: ADVISORS Operational Advisor Anthony LaViscount Faculty Advisor Miriam Ascarelli EXECUTIVE BOARD Editor-in-Chief Prasanna Tati Executive Editor Steve Arciniega Castro

Farewell to Dr. Sarah Vandermark CONTINUED FROM FRONT “We felt so good with that statistic, because the retention rate for our students was supposed to be lower than the rest of the university’s. We were able to disprove that and match our retention rate with that of the university’s.” Another project that Dr. Vandermark successfully contributed to was creating a committee for academic advisement in order to help with the university’s graduation rate. This committee enables advisors to get on the same page about what is going on at the university so that they can better assist students through graduation. This helped lead to the creation of the Center for Student Success as well as Disability Services in partnership with the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CCAPS). In reference to the summary of her NJIT career, Dr Vandermark would like to thank Dr. Charlie Fey for giving her the opportunity

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to create the ASC and Center for Student Success, having a vision for advisement at the university, and simply believing in her. She would also like to thank Grace Gangitano for taking a leap of faith and being by her side throughout the last five years, creating a model for advisement at the university, and really trying to help students in need. This fall semester, Dr. Vandermark will be transitioning into her new role as the Assistant Provost for Student Success at New Jersey City University (NJCU) in Jersey City, NJ. She hopes to help increase the retention for undergraduate students and develop an advisement model for NJCU. “I feel like I’m a change agent. I want to create the same model of a warm supportive advising environment we have here,” says Dr. Vandermark. Elizabeth Sheridan, a third year Civil Engineering major, wants to thank Dr. Vandermark for being

an exceptional mentor, “Sarah Vandermark was a really great boss and role model. Working in the office with her, I learned a lot about how to be a good leader. She was always willing to help others, even when she had lots of other things to do. The NJIT community was really lucky to have her for the last 13 years, but we all wish her the best of luck at NJCU!” When asked about her time as NJIT, Dr. Vandermark said, “I truly loved my experiences at NJIT and feel that NJIT has given me the opportunity to become a true professional in my field. I’m going to miss the students and my Center for Student Success team the most. I’m going to miss all of you so much. The students at NJIT are amazing. I’m so happy to be leaving behind a warm and supportive team here that has the best interest of the students in mind.”

Senate Update

Managing Editor Babatunde Ojo

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By Babatunde Ojo | managing editor Following the recent renovations done on campus – most notable being Central King Building receiving an aesthetic upgrade (the interior and exterior), and the Wellness and Events Center to be opened to students and faculty sometime in the Fall of this year – the Student Senate has also been working on their own tasks to improve students’ experience at NJIT. One of the goals of the current Student Senate was to become more transparent with the student body. Many students will notice that the school Bookstore, formerly found on the first floor of the Campus Center, has been moved to Weston Hall. In its place is the new location of the Student Senate office. By changing locations, Student Senate hopes to improve the accessibility students have with their senators. The change in office space is not the only physical transformation being renovated on campus. There have been plans to replace the furniture in select hang out points (such as the Commuter Dining area and Highlander Pub). Other plans for the Campus Center revolve around the 2nd floor. Plans of replacing carpentry, repainting the interior, and the addition of booths are currently in the works with updates to come. Most recently in the works are the renovations in the school library. There has been an effort to improve the overall aesthetic with new furniture that fits the image of NJIT. On top of the designs of the furniture come functionality in the form of USB

charging ports in a select number of couches and chairs. Exterior wise, the Honor’s College greens will be receiving a charging solar connect table. Afterwards, once the rest of the campus’s greens are free from construction, the plan is to spread more connect tables throughout the rest of the campus. Student Senate hosts and co-hosts events on campus frequently for students to enjoy. Such events are a great place to get to know the senator representing for your major. A few of the upcoming events are: New Student Orientation on September 1, 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on September 11, and Freshman Convocation on September 27. If students want their voices to be heard or stay up to date with Senate decisions there are a few courses of action. Students may participate in a weekly survey hosted by the Student Senate to present feedback on certain school issues. Most importantly, all students can attend the General Body Meetings, with the first taking place on September 13. At these hearings, Senate goes over previous action items, their budget and proposals to be brought forward to administration.




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The 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial Elections CONTINUED FROM FRONT

The candidates will face off for the general election on November 7. In order to cast your vote, you can register in person a day before the election, or register 14 days prior through mailing in the necessary paperwork.

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Phil Murphy

Kim Guadagno

Wants to create a state bank owned by the state that would offer loans to small local businesses and students and give tax money to community banks. Critics say the bank would hurt local banks and is susceptible to political corruption and influence.

Wants to implement a “property tax circuit breaker” that would limit the school portion of homeowners to 5% of their household income through state tax credits. Critics say this plan is incredibly expensive, costing over $1.5 Billion and planning to withdraw crucial funds from other tax relief and state programs.

For college students, Murphy wants to increase state funding to lower tuition costs, create new vocational programs, provide loan forgiveness for graduates working at STEM-related state jobs, and offer refinancing of student loans to NJ students through the new state bank. For high school students, Murphy wants to end PARCC testing and eliminate exit test graduation requirements.

Most of Guadagno’s education policies concern reforming state funding for education. For example, she wants to “remedy fairness” by mandating cities like Jersey City and Hoboken to contribute funding to programs like pre-schooling and school construction that are currently funded by the state. Regarding college students, she promises to make higher education “more flexible and affordable”.

Murphy has repeatedly compared Trump and the political climate created by his administration to Hitler to the rise of Nazi Germany, especially after the clashes in Charlottesville. Notably, he says this as the former US Ambassador to Germany under President Obama. Some of his policy proposals are presented as direct rebukes to those of President Trump.

Last fall, Guadagno stated that she did not plan to vote for Trump and has published tweets demeaning Trump for his vulgar remarks about women. However, on election day, she called upon voters to choose republican leaders “from the top of the ticket to the bottom”. Recently, she condemned the violence in Charlottesville but didn’t criticize President Trump over his delayed remarks as many others did.

Murphy wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, mandate paid sick leave, ensure equal pay, and establish a state child and dependent tax credit. He has promised to fully fund NJ’s pension crisis, partly with increased taxes on the wealthy.

On top of Guadagno’s promise to veto tax increases and cut property taxes, she wants to make NJ more veteran and military friendly, grow the tourism industry, and invest in improving our transportation infrastructure. Regarding the pension crisis, Guadagno has proposed several reforms designed to lower costs and curb abuse

Murphy plans to oppose any efforts led by the Trump administration to use state police to assist in mass deportations. He also wants to provide driver's licenses and state ID to undocumented residents, extend in-state financial aid to Dreamers, and increase access to professional licenses for immigrants.

Guadagno opposes having “families torn apart” by deportation but says that refusing to cooperate with federal immigration officials is not viable. She opposes sanctuary cities “on any level for any reason”, claiming that they put law enforcement in greater danger. Instead, Guadagno has promised to work with state and county officials to plan effective solutions.

Phil Murphy’s views are in line with most other Democrats. He favors increased gun safety regulations, the legalization and taxation of marijuana, and the funding of Planned Parenthood.

Guadagno strays from President Trump but still holds popular Republican views. She does not support the legalization of marijuana or the funding of Planned Parenthood although she is surprisingly pro-choice.



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Venmo: The Social Media of Finance “Can I borrow some cash from you? I left my wallet at home.”

Platforms Available On: iOS & Androi

“Ah, I actually don’t have any on me either; I only carry my card. I’ll pay, and you can just Venmo me.” By Karen Ayoub| copy editor This is a likely situation that many college students may find themselves in. Enter Venmo, a “digital wallet,” or a mobile payment service that people can use to transfer money easily. Originally a subsidiary of PayPal, Venmo has existed since 2009 and is currently available on Android and iOS, as well as on the web. Venmo costs nothing to use and is free of advertisements. On Android, uses 42.3 MB of storage, and on iOS, 72.4 MB. So how exactly does Venmo work? Users can either pay or request payments from other users. When one first opens an account, he or she will be required to create a username; this is what others can use to search for him or her. One can login to Venmo using either Facebook or email. After selecting the recipient of a payment or a request, a user will be prompted to enter the amount and to title the transaction before confirming it. There are several ways to pay through Venmo. Users can link

their Venmo account to a credit or debit card. Additionally, one can link it to his or her bank account. Any transactions made through a debit card or bank account are free. However, using a credit card entails a 3 percent fee (for the individual sending the money). Furthermore, when one receives a payment, he or she can either keep it in his or her “Venmo balance” (using it for future transactions), or transfer it to his or her linked bank account. Similarly, if one’s Venmo balance is depleted, transactions will be charged to his or her bank account/card. An additional feature of Venmo is the option to change the privacy of transactions. Users can make them private (only visible to the initiator and recipient of the transaction), visible to both parties’ friends, or public. The default setting for transactions is public, but users are allowed to alter this when making them. Furthermore, a user’s “friends” on Venmo are his or her Facebook friends, although one can friend-

Pocket Casts By Babatunde Ojo | managing editor When traveling long distance there tends to be a need to fill in the gap with something worth your time. When you are tired of listening to music and would like an update on world news, economics, music, home décor or gaming, a podcast may be what you need for that moment. Pocket Casts boasts a number of over three-hundred thousand unique shows to listen to. If you already follow a podcast on a different application and switch over to Pocket Casts, they would more than likely have it available no matter how niche the topic is. And if you are new to podcasts, you can sort by Category, Networks, Trending podcasts, Top most viewed podcasts, and the Nearby feature that allows you to see what other listeners near you follow. When you are in a hurry, but want to listen to your favorite podcast on your commute, Pocket Casts has features that can accommodate those needs. Users can select the “Trim Silence” option, which cuts out any silence or pauses in the conversation you are listening to. Couple this feature with the ability to adjust the playback speed from a crawl of .5 to the blur of words at 3 times normal

speed, and users can shorten the amount of time it takes to listen to their favorite hosts. This is most useful when certain podcasts can stretch for as long as three hours. With both speed boosts, it is possible to listen to the same talk in significantly less time. If you realize that you may be flying or riding an underground rail without free Wi-Fi available, you can preemptively download your selected episodes to listen to whenever you want. Afterwards, users can remove the downloads from their phone with ease. The application also allows episodes to stack up in a queue so that there is always something new to listen to. You can listen to a podcast from NPR and as soon as it finishes, listen to your favorite group of indie music artist being interviewed by a smaller scale company. You can favorite certain podcasts that you liked, receive daily news on which one of your subscriptions released content, see which podcasts you have not finished from the queue, or listen to previous "episodes" from before you began following your subscribed podcaster. The choice of what to listen to – and when – is up to the user.

request others on Venmo. Aside from the ability to pay others or receive money from them, Venmo users have a “feed,” much like that of Facebook or Instagram. They can see the captions for transactions between their friends (although not the amounts), as well as any other public transactions. Venmo has a rather aesthetic user-interface and is very easy to use. One other advantage to Venmo is the social culture it creates. Users can not only scroll through a feed, but they can also comment on and like others’ transactions. Often, people try to come up with creative captions or even make inside jokes. Like any mobile application, Venmo has its downsides. Aside from the 3 percent credits card fee, Venmo takes several days to transfer money from the app balance to a linked bank account. Additionally, some people are skeptical of Venmo’s security. Venmo does not have buyer/seller protection. However, Venmo does use data encryption for bank

account/card information as well as all transactions. Venmo, despite a few cons, has become increasingly popular, and accordingly, some competitors have arisen. A few similar apps are Sqaurecash and Popmoney. However, Squarecash has been less popular because it only allows use of a debit card; Popmoney charges a fee of $0.95 per transaction. Also, Facebook and Snapchat allow users to send money in the app. Finally, native Apple Pay or Android Pay have also been competing with Venmo. With so many options, lending and paying back money has never been easier. Whether you are trying to split a check at a restaurant or contribute to a group gift, there is an easy solution for you!

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COLLECTIONS; voices from around campus

By Prasanna Tati | editor in chief

THIS WEEK: a collection of Our Summer Flings Each week, students send anonymous text, email, and phone responses to our weekly ‘Collections’ prompt. Send us your response for next week’s prompt: What’s the one secret thing you’d like to check off your bucket list in college? Email us at managing-editor@njitvector. com with the subject line ‘Collections’. S; Note: All responses are posted exactly as they were received. Understand there is an unwritten [sic] after every possibly erroneous (or not) response. Forward slashes are inserted to indicate line breaks.

“My boyfriend. We were both busy working but it’s the age for Internet romance.” “Uhh my boyfriend of two years?” “Wendy’s 4/$4” “I got a kitten!” “This bearable girl I became better friends with over the last year. I’m pretty sure she just mooched off of me for free housing in my apartment smh.” “This guy I met on Tinder who turned out to be pretty decent. We would Netflix & Chill once a week in my room, right after orgo.”

Is Sitting the New Cancer? Preventative Health Tips By Marzia Rahman | social media manager Is sitting the new cancer? This attention grabbing and alarming statement was first made by Apple CEO, Tim Cook when he was marketing the benefits of the new Apple Watch. The feature of the watch in question was a reminder which would alert the user to move around at the end of every hour, as reported by The Guardian. Though cancer remains the same, a disease in which an uncontrollable mass of growing cells spreads throughout the body, the question remains--Is sitting or a sedentary lifestyle one of the new health epidemic of our age? And, how bad is it really? According to the Mayo Clinic website, in a question answered by Dr. James A Levine, M.D., Ph.D., studies conducted over the years have shown that increased rates of sitting are connected to higher number of health problems, such as hypertension, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and increased body fat in the waist region. Furthermore, in a study comparing adults who spend 4 or more hours compared to those who spent less than 2 hours sitting in front of a screen (such as TV/recreational reasons), researchers found that the first group had a fifty percent chance of increased risk of death from any cause and a 125 percent increased risk of cardiovascular disease symptoms (angina or heart attack). According to an article by The Washington Post, sitting too much can have problems elsewhere in the body. For instance, a slowdown in activity level can also cause a decrease in brain activity. Always straining your

neck to look at a computer screen puts a strain on the cervical spine and lead to poor vertebrate alignment. Slouching in the neck can also spread to the shoulders and back. In addition, excessive sitting does have a link to an increased risk of getting cancer in the colon, breast and endometrium, as written by The Washington Post. Because muscle cells that are inactive have a decreased level of response to insulin, the body is compelled to produce more insulin. This increase in insulin production also causes an increase in cell growth, one of the factors in cancer. To combat the ill effects of sitting too long throughout the day, experts recommend walking when commercials air and to switch between sitting and standing when busy at the workstation. If that isn’t possible, experts recommend standing up and walking around about every thirty minutes. Yoga poses are also a great way to increase flexibility in the back. Finally, if sitting for a long amount of time is inevitable, then experts recommend proper sitting posture. This includes sitting with the back straight, having relaxed shoulders, and feet flat on the floor.

“She fell for me because of my Jersey accent. She was out of my league and she lost my favorite hat, but i still have feelings for her.”

“I guess myself? Yeah, I took better care “She was the best thing that has ever happened to me in a very long time, yet of myself.” when I told her, she didnt believe me.” “I met her on a trip out of state and she was intelligent, funny, and too cute to bear.”



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Left, Right & Independent How old should you be to buy cigarettes & Other Tabacco Products? By Babatunde Ojo | managing editor

By Beshoy Shokralla |senior staff writer

By Ryan Romanowski | contributing writer




N Governor Christie said that the increase in age will give young people more time to develop maturity, but this contradicts what being “adult” means; someone capable of taking on responsibilities for their actions. At the age of eighteen, young adults can already legally vote, own land, buy a home, watch any adult film they want or even enlist in the army. Most teenagers should already understand what is “good” or “bad” for them, so it seems like Gov. Christie is acting as an overly protective mother. Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you, and this is only made more apparent with how the annual percentage of people smoking has dropped significantly since 2005 (according to an article posted by the Washington Post). I remember watching television and there being multiple anti-smoking commercials that showcased what can happen to people who overindulge in the act. Add this on top of the vaping trend, and it appears people are more aware of the dangers of smoking than ever before. I do not agree with Gov. Christie’s decision because it insults young adults’ intelligence and hinders their freedom of choice.

Issues of age restriction have plagued politics since their very inception. How old do you have to be to engage in the consumption of something that is known to cause major health risks to only you? Well in New Jersey, the government is moving up the age you have to be in order to buy cigarettes. On one hand, the government has a job to protect minors from addictive and harmful products, like cigarettes and alcohol, which society has deemed to only be consumable by someone mature enough to understand the consequences. The other side is that once society has deemed you are old and mature enough to elect key government positions and sign up to die for your country in times of war, then you should be given all the privileges of an adult. By changing the age to twenty-one, the government is making a point that eighteen-yearolds are not mature enough to understand the dangers of cigarettes. But if that’s the case, then why are they mature enough to understand what it means to vote? There needs to be some sort of consistency in what it means to be a legal adult, and I don’t believe this change is promoting such a consistency. If you need to be twenty-one to be mature, then we might as well consider people "teens" until twenty-one, and move the age to sign up for the draft and the age to vote to 21 as well.

Governor Chris Christie's decision to raise New Jersey’s age restriction on the purchase of tobacco products have caused some outcry among teens and young adults. But besides those whom the law directly effects, most see this decision as a progressive and forward-thinking one. Despite being relatively unsurprising, the decree makes my inner conservative red with anger. A decrease in tobacco related deaths is most certainly a good thing, however let us give the devil’s advocate a turn to play. The government giveth, the government taketh away. This is the frustrated opinion of any smoker between the age of nineteen and twenty-one – sparking the age-old debate about big brother and big government power. Without any mention of grandfathering people in, this is sure to widen the divide between government and young adults. It also serves as a reminder and will probably mobilize a number of republicans to vote for and support a more conservative governor in the upcoming November election.

XOXO Friends vs. Acquaintances By Katrina David | copy editor Fact: relationships are complicated. More specifically, college relationships are complicated - gone are the days of the black-and-white definitions of friends & non-friends. Now, friendship exists on a spectrum, and while we like to think that we treat every person that we meet with the same level of respect and kindness, there are definitely distinctions in the relationships that us college students build at school. In an attempt to simplify things, college relationships might be classified into three different groups (not including romantic relationships): peers, acquaintances, and friends. Of course these distinctions are not solid lines; relationships flow in and out of different cycles, and some friends may become more distant over time while stronger bonds are developed with an acquaintance. As a result, I like to think about my relationships through the lens of how I would define them to other people – if I was asked if I knew as specific

person, what would my answer be? When asked about a peer, “I know of them,” is my goto answer. Although my interpretation is different from the textbook definition, to me a peer is someone that I know very distantly. Maybe someone that was in my freshman year orientation group, or someone I met at a SAC event; regardless, a peer is someone with whom I’ve had little to no interaction with, and haven’t made the time to develop the relationship further. Though I can’t know every person I meet as deeply as I know my closest friends, my peers are still important to me – sometimes a passing “hello” in the Campus Center is all I need to brighten a bad day, and often times my peers are the ones to provide that little bit of comfort. “I know them!” is usually how I answer questions about my acquaintances, as the line between acquaintance and friend tends to blur for me. Whether it is the person I sit next to in my

math class or someone I met through a club I am a part of, acquaintances are the people in my life that I see on a regular basis and feel comfortable engaging in conversations a little deeper than small talk. These relationships I find to be the trickiest, because they tend to drift towards one end or the other of the spectrum depending on how I approach them. With a little bit of nurturing and effort, acquaintances can blossom into great friendships, as has been the case with many of my close friends today. On the other hand, if neglected, acquaintances can become very distant very quickly, “peerzoning” a potential friendship. Finally, “Of course I know soand-so!” is the answer for my friends, or the relationships in my life that I hold closest to my heart. My friends are the people in my life that I make an effort to spend time with, my closest confidants, and the people I go to when I need advice. I am completely comfortable around my friends, and we push each

other to be the best possible versions of ourselves. Many of my past friends have become acquaintances due to a lack of effort from both parties, and from that I have learned that friendships require effort and nurturing in order to keep a certain level of closeness. I cherish the friends I’ve built at college deeply, and it is a personal priority of mine to maintain these relationships for as long as I can. These three different groups of relationships have proven to be essential in my college life, and I do not think that I would pick one over the other. Yes, relationships are complicated, but in the end, it’s important to note that relationships can devolve as quickly as they’ve evolved – all politics aside, the most important thing is to treat everyone with kindness, and that is the philosophy I believe we should all carry throughout our college careers.





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Food Review: Food Truck Extraordinaire

By Shurah Chowdhury | copy editor Food trucks, apart from the eateries in the Campus Center, are a huge staple in NJIT students’ diets. There are three food trucks: Sahara (also known as the "blue" food truck by students), Taj Mahal, and A La Carte. Similar in style and food they serve, each food truck has their own special qualities that separate them from one another. All three food trucks are located on Warren Street; A La Carte is relatively closer to the Campus Center, along Weston Hall; Taj Mahal is across the street from A La Carte by the Otto York Environmental Sciences Building; and Sahara is located alongside Laurel Hall. They all come in around 11:00 am on weekdays and with the exception of A La Carte, they stay until 9:00 pm, just in time for a meal after a 6-9 class. Sahara is a Halal food truck that serves platters and gyros

similar to The Halal Guys, but the platters are more flavorful and better priced, compared to the popular Halal cart. For a medium meat based platter (they offer chicken, lamb, or a combination, with a salad and pita bread), it is $6.00, a large being $7.00. Gyros are $5.00, and they also offer a falafel sandwich or platter for vegetarians. They also have white and red sauce, which are quite amazing and you can ask the worker if you want more or less sauce. Many students love the food they get from this truck and the service they get from the owner. “I love the blue food truck,” says Elijah Matthew, a Mechanical Engineering sophomore. “I go here with my friends often and the red sauce here is the bomb.” Sahara is available during the school year, except on major holidays and breaks, so try it while it’s here!

Taj Mahal is also a Halal food truck that serves a variety of food, such as platters, sandwiches, gyros, and has a large collection of chips and drinks. Taj Mahal has the typical red and white sauce, and you can definitely find a line during lunch and dinner time. Prices range from $5.00 to $13.00, depending on the food ordered; fat sandwiches and platters are typically around $7.00- $8.00, and gyros are around $5.00$6.00. When asking for students’ opinions on Taj Mahal, there were mixed reviews. "I decided to give it a try after a while,” said Nicole Andanar, a Biochemistry senior. “I decided to get some falafel and a combo over rice, and I was not disappointed! The people who run the truck are nice & work fast. Only thing is that sometimes the food can be a little too oily but nothing that would prevent me from eating there

Anime Review: Standing Out Whether it’s being a hero, dancing in a ballroom, or during a job interview By Babatunde Ojo | managing editor When stepping into a job interview, most applicants study as much as they can about the company they are applying to. This can aid an applicant building their resume and rehearse what to say to showcase their skills in order set themselves apart from the rest of the crowd. This competitive mindset is prevalent beyond western borders and is best seen by how entertainment and the media have changed to fit the bill. Since the ending of Naruto and a few other significant anime and manga (Japanese comic books), there has been a shift in what types of entertainment has been produced. Series’ such as Naruto and Fairy Tail boasted the “power of friendship” trope since both of their inceptions. While arguably

shallow, they both delivered home a point of overcoming challenges together as one unit. While each show had its main characters, there would usually be an attempt to form bonds with the current villain(s) of the current arc (otherwise known as “Talk no Jutsu” among fans of Naruto). This was usually done with an explanation of a main character speaking of or recalling fond memories with people they have a positive relationship with. Anime with a similar message seem stagnant in popularity when compared to the newcomers that have replaced the previous titans, and there is a good reason for it. The cultural differences between high school and college students in Japan and the United States have reached a point where they

seem to mirror each other. Why do students want to go to good colleges? So that they have a higher chance of their university’s name pushing them to the top of a mountain of resumes. Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia) follows similar themes taken from both previous hit anime while being relatable to students currently undergoing through the struggle of every day academics. The main difference between BnHA and its predecessors is easily seen with how the cast interacts with one another. The main character and his classmates enter a prestigious high-school to become professional superheroes- license and all. This goal is shared among every character, but each have

again.” Some students say that Taj Mahal has the best fat sandwiches and platters, whereas others would disagree and say that the food is not flavorful, but it’s up to the reader to make their own decision. Taj Mahal has a wide selection, and the food truck is on campus year round, except during winter holidays. A La Carte is the newest food truck in the scene. They came alongside in Spring 2016, and offer a variety of cuisine platters, from Latin to Indian. They also have rice platters and fat sandwiches, but they have more options for vegetarians compared to the aforementioned food trucks. The food truck also offers a variety of drinks and snacks in the front, just like Taj Mahal. The prices range from $6.00- $10.00, depending on the options. The real star of the truck is the fat sandwich. They are so huge—

stuffed with fries, mozzarella sticks, and filling, depending on the type— that it is physically impossible to finish off the entire sandwich unless you are starving. A La Carte has multiple positive reviews from students and faculty alike, and is heavily populated during lunch. The food truck does not stay in the area too long though; the truck is usually gone by 4:00 pm on weekdays. As of now, there are no student discounts at any of these food trucks, but in the writer’s experience, she has gotten away with a free drink once in a while from Taj Mahal and extra rice and bread from Sahara if she asks nicely. Taj Mahal does have some deals, such as a free drink if you buy certain fat sandwiches. Overall, these food trucks have much to offer to students’ cravings and mealtime needs.

their own motivations that drives them. How each character goes about achieving their goals is similar to standardized tests and competitions. To intern with a high ranking professional hero, each student needs to separate themselves from the herd in some way. This is shown by how every aspiring hero hones their unique superpower (“quirk”) to catch the eye of a recruiter. The same can be said for students in the real world. People you see in your classes over the course of four or five years are just like you. Everyone has something they wish to accomplish, but how people go about it is up to them. Students have “quirks” of their own that they must capitalize on to truly set themselves apart from the crowd much like those seen in BnHA. Outside of the “battle” genre commonly seen in anime & manga, another series embodies what it means to stand out, but in the form of competitive ballroom dancing. Ballroom e Youkoso (Welcome to the Ballroom) focuses on all the points previously mentioned, but in a more realistic setting. In competitive ballroom dancing,

a pair/couple must out preform their fellow competitors in a specific genre of dance by capturing the attention of the judges. If successful in this, it raises the chance for that pair to achieve a high enough score to move on to the next round until they eventually win the competition altogether. A common theme shared among BeY and BnHA, is to find what you are good at and keep practicing it (without completely neglecting other valuable fields). Where one pair may excel in the traditional Waltz, another pair may be even better at the Foxtrot. Alternatively, that same pair may struggle immensely in the Quick Step category. Both new age series’ give their own insight on what it takes to be somebody in the professional world, whether it’s being a superhero, or world-famous dancer. One possibility for the success of these types anime, may be due to the state of young people trying to pave a path open for themselves. By finding your own strengths and weaknesses, you may be able to propel yourself into the spotlight to the right company.



Week of August 29, 2017 WOMENS VOLLEYBALL

NJIT Picks Up First Win of 2017; Tops Saint Peter’s 3-1

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By NJIT Athletics

LEWISBURG, PA —NJIT picked up its first win of the 2017 season led by sophomore transfer Madi Busler's match-best 15 kills in the Highlanders 3-1 victory over Saint Peter's on day two of the Bucknell Invitational at Davis Gym. NJIT (1-1) took the first set 2520 but the Peacocks evened the match at 1-1 with a come-frombehind victory, 25-20, late in the set. The Highlanders answered in the third frame with a convincing 25-11 victory and went on a 14-2 run to close out the fourth set, 2518. In addition to Busler's 15 kills, senior Alyssa Armada combined for an impressive .429 hitting percentage, notching 10 kills on 21 swings with just one error. Junior Iva Mandic added eight kills while senior middle Mikalah Hughes recorded a .375 hitting percentage, combining for seven kills on 16 attempts with one error. NJIT junior setter Emily Krachenfels piled up a matchhigh 34 assists while sophomore Alahna Diaz led the match with 19 digs followed by libero Adriana Nieto(16), Krachenfels (8) and

Olivia Welsch (7). Senior co-captain Adrianne Bynoe paced the match with six total blocks (all assists) Hughes and Armada added four assists each for NJIT. The Highlanders led the service ace category, 13-7, led by Nieto's seven aces, which ties her careerbest mark (7 vs. Saint Peter's; Sept. 13, 2016). Busler and Diaz added a pair of aces. Saint Peter's (0-3) Natalia Carbonell recorded a team-best seven kills followed by Alexus Sharp and Kali Viles with six apiece. Setter Wildalys Soto added 19 assists and six digs while defensively Viles and Danielle Lopez notched 13 and 10 digs respectively for the Peacocks. Viles and Sharp led Saint Peter's in front of the net, combining for five total blocks each. NJIT set the tone quickly in the first set, scoring the first four points of the match. Saint Peter's responded with four consecutive of their own, to tie the set at 4-4. The Highlanders scored the next six points, pushing its lead to 10-4 after a kill by Hughes. Saint Peter's cut the Highlander deficit to four, 14-10, on a kill by Sharp and later pulled within two, 19-17, with a kill by Caitlinn Williams.

NJIT, ahead 22-18, closed out the set on 3-2 run to pick up a 2520 win in the first set. The second frame saw four ties and three lead changes late in the set. NJIT, down 11-16, scored nine straight points, pulling ahead, 20-16, after consecutive kills by Hughes. The Peacoks went on a 5-2 spurt, cutting the deficit to one, 21-22, resulting in an NJIT timeout. Both teams traded points and saw its final tie of the set at 23 after a kill by Saint Peter's. After the Highlanders second timeout, the Peacocks would score the final two points of the set, taking a 25-23 victory. In the third frame, NJIT jumped out to a 9-3 advantage and later extended its lead to 14-5, securing the 25-11 victory. The fourth set, which was played tight until the mid-teens, saw the Highlanders rally back down 1017, scoring 13 consecutive points, pulling ahead, 23-17. After a point by Saint Peter's, NJIT scored the final two points and went on to win, 25-18.


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