The Vector: NJIT’s Student Newspaper
Vol. XCIV Issue 10 Week of November 7th, 2017
With Magnitude & Direction
Cast Your Vote New Jersey! By Babatunde Ojo | Managing Editor
The vote for New Jersey’s next Governor will take place on Tuesday, November 7, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find a polling location, all NJ citizens may go to voter. njsvrs.com. With his second and last term officially ending on January 16, 2018, Governor Chris Christie will be giving up his post for a successor who will lead the state until the next election taking place in 2021. Potential successors include Phil Murphy (Democrat), Kim Guadagno (Republican), Peter Rohrman (Libertarian), Seth Kaper-Dale (Green Party) and Matt Riccardi (Constitution Party). Other positions on the ballot include State Senators, Representatives, Freeholders,
Sheriffs, Councilman, and member of the School Board. Most of those positions vary by county and town. In Murphy and Guadagno’s final debate, Murphy spoke of his plans to raise taxes throughout New Jersey, focusing mainly on the wealthy. They found common ground on plans to invest in infrastructure throughout the state, but continued to differ in opinion on gun control, marijuana, and the minimum wage. Murphy wants stricter gun laws, legal marijuana, and a $15 minimum wage phased in. Guadagno believes that law abiding citizens should not be further restricted from purchasing firearms, believes that marijuana
should only be decriminalized, and feels that a $15 minimum wage would reduce the number of jobs available to the people for whom the minimum wage increase would help and would also raise prices for everybody else. Most analysts expect Murphy to have a massive advantage over Guadagno as registered Democrat voters greatly outnumber registered 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 U.S. President Barack Obama, 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. According to an article published by nj.com, there are roughly two million registered democrats and one million registered Republicans. Despite the advantage of having more registered voters, Donald Trump only lost NJ to Hillary Clinton by 14 points due to nine out of twenty-
one counties voting for him. Around the NJIT campus, the most common responses to the question, “What opinions do you have on the upcoming gubernatorial election?” include a lack of understanding of the word “gubernatorial” and the race in general. Freshman Resident Representative and Industrial Engineering major, Jeremy Bedient, said, “Kim seems like more of the same, and I don’t really want the same. On the other hand, Phil seems like an establishment candidate without any plans to back what he’s saying.”
Girl Up Surveys Students on Catcalling By Donna Sunny | Staff Writer
The Girl Up Club of New Jersey Institute of Technology serves as an advocate for change both on and off campus. In association with the United Nations Foundation’s nonprofit organization, this club promotes feminism ‒ the social, political, and economic equality of males and females. Recently, the Girl Up club gathered data regarding ‘catcalling’ through an anonymous online survey. 245 members of the NJIT student body responded to the survey. 86.1% of respondents were female, and 13.5% were male. The majority of respondents were 18-20 years old, with the second mass of respondents being 21-23 years old. When asked what they thought catcalling was, respondents generally commented on its objectifying nature and how it can come in a myriad of forms. This included, but certainly was not limited to, noises, whistling, unsolicited comments, unprecedented flirting, and other forms of verbal harassment. One respondent described catcalling as, “A person making sounds, calling you names and yelling different nonsense to obtain your attention and comment on your physical appearance, rather than approaching and speaking to you like a human being ....”. When asked if they or a loved one has been catcalled before, 83.7% of respondents said yes
and the remaining claimed that they had not or were not sure. Furthermore, when asked how they felt about being catcalled, individuals generally conveyed that it made them uncomfortable, disrespected, and unsafe. Following this, when asked if they were wearing what society views as provocative clothing, a majority of 68.6% said they were not. 95.5% of respondents replied that they do not wear the hijab, the Islamic headscarf. The respondents also agreed that the individuals who ignite the catcalling have low self-esteem, are ignorant, and are conditioned by society to see that it is an appropriate way to approach others. The mission statement of the greater Girl Up organization is “Girls are powerful. When they are educated, healthy, and safe, they transform their communities. When girls stand up for girls in need, they empower each other and transform our world...Led by a community of nearly half a million passionate advocates raising awareness and funds, our efforts help the hardest to reach girls living in places where it is hardest to be a girl.” Part of this community of half a million advocates, the Girl Up club of NJIT strives to not only bring awareness to various issues of sexism, but also to raise funds for women who do not have a voice.
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Week of November 7, 2017
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By Rick "Daniel" Cruz | Staff Writer Youssef and Mohamed Abdelrehem have started their freshman year with unabated determinism to make the Student Senate relevant. The brothers from Jersey City, both Biology majors, are two of the strongest voices in this year’s freshman class. I sat down with them to better understand the role of NJIT's Student Senate. With the responsibility of funding student events and organizations, and acting as liaisons between the students and university administrators, the Student Senate is the strongest advocate for taking students’ ideas of shaping the campus and enacting them through policy. As class president, Mohamed sees the Senate as a vehicle for building good relationships with the school’s administration, and to advocate for the freshmen. “The Senate has rigorous discussion with faculty senate, administrators, and deans. The success[es] of proposals are founded on having good relationships with the
administration,” he says. He is on a laundry list of committees, listing his membership in the Freshman sub-committee, Commuter subcommittee, Commuter-Resident sub-committee, and Student Affairs committee. “I try to be a man of the people,” says Mohamed, articulating his involvement in crafting social events and getting student feedback. "The purpose of the surveys and the public office hours and everything dealing with student affairs is to improve the quality of life for the students.” Raising public awareness is a huge focus for the Senate according to Mohamed, acknowledging that since this is a technical school, it is not in the nature of the student body to be engaged with the logistics of creating policy. However, students who do show up to office hours and feedback sessions have provided very crucial opinions and concerns to help inform the Senate. Yousef, as representative for
commuters, is on the Commuter sub-committee and Public Relations sub-committee. As a member of Student Affairs, Yousef is currently working on student events such as commuter brunch, a collaborative breakfast with the Student Activities Council, and currently hosts “Monday Night Football”. On Mondays, students play football from 6:00-8:30 before going upstairs to the Campus Center Pub to watch the MNF football game. He is also working on getting a freshman basketball tournament started using the Wellness and Events Center (WEC). Since there is some confusion amongst the incoming student body regarding what Senate does, when asked about the responsibilities of the Senate in contrast with university officials, Mohamed said, “Even though you might have trouble with the bathrooms or the PC Mall, that is not our responsibility. That is the university's responsibility." With respect to funds, the
Student Senate is not responsible for expenditures that concern renovations or payroll. Youseff said, “At the end of the day these are the people signing off on this stuff.” A proposal they would like to see come to fruition while on Senate would be to provide discounts for people who take the PATH train. Currently, there is a discount program for college students who ride on NJ Transit but nothing for PATH, causing people who utilize the light rail from its serviceable municipalities to spend more on commuting than their NJ Transit counterparts. When asked about how students can get more involved, Mohamed replies, "I'm a true believer that if you don't stand up for yourself, nobody will stand up for you."
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Week of November 7, 2017
GACHA GAMES GOTCHA WALLET By Jonpierre Garalas | Staff Writer These days, many smartphone users have software applications varying from fitness trackers to social media to video games. What many consider “free to play” games are “pay to win”, which tempts users to use real money to buy in-game consumables, upgrades, skips, or whatever they are trying to promote. These types of games that have been dubbed as “Gacha” games due to their Japanese origin of being related to toy vending machines for children. While some games may give players a way to practice their handeye coordination or hone their puzzle solving skills, these “gacha games” feed off of people who are unable to unable to control their addiction. Addiction to video games is not new. Kids, back in the early 1980s were addicted to arcade games like Donkey Kong or Pac-Man. It was so prevalent that a former
addict, Martin Amis, published a book titled Invasion of the Space Invaders: An Addict’s Guide to Battle Tactics, Big Scores and the Best Machines. The problem is that the” INSERT COIN” text on the arcade machine has transitioned into a device that most, if not all, Americans have at this point: the coveted mobile cellular device! Smartphones are now a gateway and enabler to addiction in gacha games due to the ease of access to our bank accounts and other forms of cash transaction accounts. This ease has continued to lure and trap “whales” (players who sink in a lot of money into games). According to Swrve, mobile marketing automation platform, only 0.15% of gamers account for 50% of the mobile game revenue. So, when whales pay up, they pay buckets of money into these “freemium” games. According to Think Gaming, Candy Crush Saga makes $2,166,978 in daily revenue
just through in-app purchases. Mobile games also have kicked it up a notch by forcing players to wait in real time to continue playing. To speed up the process, players may use special in game currency that is difficult to find, but easy to purchase. It has arguably made the game more addictive due to the long down time and the feeling of accomplishment once you beat a level. They further increase the addiction by manufacturing difficulty and essentially selling new items to aid a user to beat the task at hand and making it near impossible to accomplish when played without paying. Obtaining gems, armor, lives and other in-game bonuses has never been easier due to the simplicity of paying for them via debit/credit cards. These games prey on the young, the old, and those with addictive personalities.
Official NJIT Faculty Senate Statement regarding the administrative review of Dr. Jorjani This statement was Moved and Approved by Faculty Senate, October 12, 2017.
“NJIT is a university that embraces diversity and sees that diversity as a source of strength. The NJIT Faculty Senate finds racist pronouncements made by University Lecturer Jason Reza Jorjani to be morally repugnant. Hate and bigotry have no place on the NJIT campus.”
Week of November 7, 2017
Preventative Health: 8 Hours of Sleep? I Don't Know Her By Marzia Rahman | Copy Editor By Siri Uppuluri | Senior Staff Writer As kids, staying up late used to be a privilege; now, it’s just part of being an adult. Sleep is often the first thing college students give up when trying to juggle the myriad of responsibilities and commitments. Even if you believe that “sleep is for the weak”, lack of sleep can actually make you weak, leading to cognitive, behavioral, and mental deficits. The American Sleep Association defines sleep deprivation as the condition of “not obtaining adequate total sleep.” The definition of adequate and total sleep will vary from person to person; in fact, according to Healthy Sleep, an online resource from Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine, the healthy amount of sleep that any particular individual needs is dependent upon his or her age and genetics. Genetics plays a role in determining both the amount of sleep an individual needs, and his or her preference for waking up early (“early bird”) or staying up late (“night owl”). Age is the other major contributing factor determining how much sleep one needs as people generally require less sleep as they get older. For the vast majority of adults however, including most college students, a healthy night’s rest constitutes between 7.5 to 8.5 hours of sleep. Among the seemingly endless list of responsibilities college students attempt to shoulder within a given 24-hour period, it comes as no surprise that college students are well-acquainted with the feeling of sleep deprivation. In fact, a 2014 medical study published in the journal, Nature of Science and Sleep, found that within their sample of college students, 50% experienced daytime drowsiness, 70.6% reported getting fewer than 8 hours of sleep, and 82% of students believed that sleep deprivation impacted their academic performance. In addition to general feelings of daytime drowsiness and lethargy, there are also several other physical effects that accompany lack of sleep. The American Sleep Association found that in the short-term, depriving the body of sleep can inhibit its ability to process glucose as efficiently as it normally would with adequate rest. Furthermore, a 2005 study from the American Sleep Association analyzed data from over 1400 individuals and found that, “people who habitually slept for only a few hours were more prone to experience symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes.”
Moreover, in general, individuals who participate in continuous muscular activity without sufficient rest are more likely to experience cramping, muscle fascia tears, and hernias. Extreme sleep deprivation can even mimic psychosis symptoms, which include distorted perceptions, hallucinations, and delusions. Along with physical concerns, sleep deprivation can also lead to adverse cognitive effects. A 2017 study published in the journal, Sleep and Biological Rhythms, found that while one night of sleep deprivation had a minimal impact on a student’s cognitive abilities, habitual or frequent episodes of sleep deprivation can be linked to decreased cognitive abilities. Specifically, tasks related to working memory and executive function may be affected, considering that both rely heavily on the prefrontal cortex, anterior cingulate cortex, and salience network, which are areas that show reduced activation after an episode of sleep deprivation. Another study conducted by the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in San Diego and the UCSD School of Medicine studied the brain activity of sleep-deprived individuals using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The fMRI scans showed that sleep-deprived individuals had greater activity in certain areas of the prefrontal cortex when completing certain basic verbal learning tasks, when compared to non-sleep deprived individuals. These results imply that in sleepdeprived individuals, the area of the brain that is responsible for practical reasoning and working memory needs to work harder to accomplish the same task than in those who were well rested. There are a number of steps you can take to avoid sleep deprivation and build better sleep habits. Develop and maintain a consistent bedtime and rising time. Build a better night-time routine by avoiding caffeine, alcohol or heavy meals before sleep, as these substances can interfere with the quality of your sleep. For some, listening to soothing music or reading a good book can help with unwinding at the end of the day. If obtaining a full night's sleep is truly difficult, try to take naps of 20-30 minutes throughout the day. According to the National Sleep Foundation, naps of this duration can help with “short term alertness”, and enables people to perform better without interfering with “nighttime sleep” or causing drowsiness or grogginess.
Features COLLECTIONS voices from around campus
By Prasanna Tati | Editor in Chief THIS WEEK: A Collection of Problems We Want to Solve Each week, students send anonymous text, email, and phone responses to our weekly ‘Collections’ prompt. Send us your response for next week’s prompt: Tell us about a moment during class where you caught the feels. Email us at email@example.com with the subject line ‘Collections’. 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.
“Well should I just say war” “I think there are a lot of big problems and a lot of small problems in the world. i wish I didn’t have to pick sides, but solving a lot of the small problems makes the big problems go away.” “Let’s be nicer to each other!” “maybe we can begin with the President” “I want to see our opinions heard better as people” “If this is in regards to gun violence, then that” “apathy” “I want to solve the mystery of life, what is my purpose here.” “My GPA” “My car makes weird noises coming from the back...I just turn up the volume and ignore it.” “Why it's so hard for people to care about others.”
Week of November 7, 2017
On-Campus Opinion Not quite “Humans of NJIT.”
What do you do to take "Self Care" of yourself? By Marwa Moustafa | Senior Staff Writer
Biochemistry Major | Senior
Biomedical Engineering | Freshman
"I try to keep up with going to the gym and eating healthy. But the issue arises where every time you need more time, you take the time out of there--self-care. As a college student, you take it out of sleeping, going to the gym, finding time to actually cook food."
1 Brooke McGee
Chemical Engineering | Junior "One of my favorite things to do is meditate. I just started a 21-day journey with my friend/roommate, Carly. Hosted by Oprah and Deepack - who's like a philosopher dude. We literally do it in our room, we turn off the lights and listen to the guided meditation. It's day 5 today. It’s all about managing your time, how make the most of it, and to not get stressed out when you don't complete things on time.
"I'm a very religious person, so I find comfort in that. Usually I pray. Other times, I watch Netflix and just chill. Or I'll read a book."
Biology Major | Senior "To unwind, I like to watch movies or get home with a bowl of cereal and comfort food. I watch Disney movies or the Blacklist--a great show that I highly recommend!"
Mobeen Ahmed IT Major | Junior
"I listen to music. I don't have only one genre, but my favorite is Chillstep. I listen when I study and when I drive."
Left, Right & Middle
Does the U.S. Take Care of Those with Mental Disorders? By Babatunde Ojo |Managing Editor
By Beshoy Shokralla | Senior Staff Writer
By Adrian Wong |Senior Staff Writer
Absolutely not. When I think of U.S. citizens with mental disorders, I think of army/navy veterans throughout our nation’s history. Young men and women returning from the nightmare of war simply do not shed those memories of intense bloodshed and inhuman acts. Time and time again will people clamor to wanting to support the troops, but so often that is tossed aside after guilt-tripping whoever is on the other end of the argument. These brave soldiers need to recover from more than physical injuries, but it is much easier to focus on what you compared to what is invisible. Besides Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, other mental illnesses are just as difficult to find aide for. This is an issue with the current healthcare system in place; out of sight, out of mind and out of the hospital ‒ or any other institution that should assist in the recovery of these patients.
From a nonpartisan standpoint, I don’t believe that the U.S. truly takes care of people with mental illnesses. There are so many different factors to look at when trying to figure out how the country handles a particular issue, you can look at it from a social standpoint, in how society as a whole responds to mental disease, and from a political standpoint, the policies that government has in place to handle mental disease. From both standpoints I feel the US does not adequately address mental health care. From a social standpoint, I feel like people with mental diseases are often looked down upon or ostracized for their disease. People throw around insults like “you’re retarded” or “you clearly have down syndrome” and use a disease people are born with in such a negative connotation; and that kind of language contributes to how society as a whole looks at people with mental diseases. From a political standpoint, with the way healthcare is being thrown onto the chopping block and with how difficult it is for thousands of adults with mental disease to get insured, I don’t believe it’s being handled well at all.
No, and they shouldn’t. With the exception of government employees and veterans, the U.S. Government has no business in healthcare. Mental health is a serious issue which should be categorized the same as any other illness. Still, there is no place for socialized medicine in the United States. One of the most important reasons why the U.S. should not provide free healthcare is that so many health problems are brought on by poor decision making. Smoking and obesity account for a huge number of the deaths in the United States. The CDC has found that in deaths under the age of 80, about 30% of heart disease, 15% of cancer, 36% of chronic lower respiratory disease, and 28% of strokes are considered to have been preventable. These are 4 of the top 5 leading causes of death in the United States with the only other member being accidents. It is morally wrong to force a healthy individual to literally pay for someone else’s poor decision making. People should be allowed to make their own decisions; however, they should not be able to count on someone else to pay the price of their poor decisions. It is also morally wrong to force a doctor, who has likely spent several hundred thousands of dollars and nearly a whole decade of higher education, to work for someone. It should be their choice of what they want to charge and who they want to serve. With the exception of veterans and government employees, the U.S. should not be paying for anyone’s healthcare.
Week of November 7, 2017
What is “Real Depression”?
By Victoria Nguyen | Senior Staff Writer
By Carmel Rafalowsky | Contributing Writer
“That movie was so depressing.” “The lyrics are depressing.” “I’m so depressed.” For better or worse, depression has entered the public conscience and lexicon, and has since become synonymous with “sad”. However, depression is actually an illness as real as pneumonia or influenza and is a serious mood disorder that affects how an individual feels, thinks, and handles daily life. Depression is usually diagnosed when symptoms have been present consistently for two weeks or more. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), common signs and symptoms include: •Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood •Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism •Irritability •Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness •Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities (anhedonia) •Decreased energy or fatigue •Moving or talking more slowly •Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still •Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions •Difficulty sleeping, earlymorning awakening, or oversleeping •Appetite and/or weight changes •Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts •Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment People usually associate depression with prolonged anhedonia – the inability to feel pleasure - sadness, and pessimism and with fair reason, as those are all symptoms of clinical depression. However, there is a common sentiment that an individual is “not really” depressed unless the depression has taken over their entire life—probably due the dramatized portrayal of depression in films and other media sources. Nevertheless, it is important to note that depression can be both chronic and episodic. Episodic depression can be caused by anything from major life changes, to stress, to a traumatic event—and even medication! Over the past few years, there has been some controversy over diagnoses of depression. The American public has seen a significant rise in antidepressant
usage, prompting inquiry misdiagnosis among physicians and prescribers. Additionally, there have been disputes about the validity of diagnoses. While there is public concern regarding overuse of antidepressants, some individuals have raised the question: what is the difference between a self-diagnosis and one diagnosed by a psychiatrist? The individual in question will always know his or her body and mood best, and what is “normal” for him or her. Additionally, depression is not “one size fits all”, and unlike ADD/ADHD, there is no definitive method of testing or criteria to determine a diagnosis of clinical depression. Though this argument does have some merit, it is always best to seek a professional opinion, especially since there can be other issues at play. So what happens once a diagnosis is reached? Usually medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. There a few different classes of antidepressants, all of which take about a month to build up in the body and begin working. Often, patients will need to try several different types of medications before finding one that suits them. Like medication, there are many different psychotherapy techniques that a therapist will consider when evaluating treatment and patients may need to cycle through a few different therapists before finding one that they feel comfortable with. These methods are to be prescribed and overseen by medical professionals—but that does not mean you cannot take matters into your own hands! If you have been diagnosed or suspect you are depressed, some things you can do to boost your mood include being active and exercising (yay endorphins!), set realistic and attainable goals, and make a conscious effort not to isolate yourself. And remember, friends: the brain is an organ just like your spleen or appendix. It gets sick sometimes. If you’ve been feeling down, anxious, or have noticed that you do not enjoy activities that you used to, do not beat yourself up. Reach out. Be open. Ask for help. And know that things will get better—not immediately, but gradually. Just like recuperating from the flu, feeling well is a process—and a goal that we are all capable of achieving.
On October 26, 2017, President Trump publicly announced that the opioid crisis in our country was now a public health emergency. In the same press conference, Trump laid out the agenda in combating the drug crisis and expressed his determination to successfully do so. In a report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as of 2015, “12.5 million people misused prescription opioids.” 33,091 of those mentioned died from opioid overdose. Approximately 100 people die every day from such instances. With Trump’s recent declaration, acting Secretary of Health and Human Services, Eric Hargan, has the authority to order federal agencies to implement any emergency means in order to help confront the crisis. In addition, the Food and Drug Administration has recently released the “FDA Opioids Action Plan” which consists of methods such as developing more explicit warnings for opioid labels as well as expanding access to overdose treatment. “As Americans, we cannot allow this to continue.” President Trump adamantly stated during the conference. “It is time to liberate our communities from the scourge of drug addiction. We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic. We can do it.” Although Trump’s determination to stop the opioid crisis is
admirable, his administration as well as the rest of society must first acknowledge that drug addiction is a mental health issue, before coming together to formulate a medical agenda. The statistics on the epidemic that are being frequently released by the media are overwhelming and shocking, but serve to remind us that the war on drugs is not discriminately faced by a select racial group or social class. Anyone of any background can be susceptible to addiction. Despite NBC News’ report that overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50, the stigma we pinpoint on drug users ostracize them by depicting them as people of immoral and selfish character. Our stereotypes cast them as criminals and degenerates of our society. Because of such painful allegations, these drug abusers are too embarrassed to ask for professional help and repeatedly relapse into the dangerous cycle of opioid abuse. The same news report from NBC continued to explore how “more than 40 percent of people who struggle with addiction also have another mental health challenge of some kind,” which also implies that these drug users self-prescribe themselves to help cope with their issues. Trump’s reluctance to categorize the opioid epidemic as a public health emergency rather than a national state of emergency
also plays a factor into societal reluctance to consider opioid overdose as a judgement-free medical emergency. While situations of fatal natural disaster events often lead to states receiving money from the Federal Disaster Relief Fund, the Trump administration has withheld states from tapping into that same fund in order to help pay for overdose treatments. Thus, his refusal to classify the opioid epidemic as a national emergency is an act of not fully addressing the drug problem America has. Mental health is a whole concept that we must continue to educate ourselves on, to maintain by practicing healthy lifestyle and to separate it from the ignorant stigmas and generalizations cast by society. If you are feeling or dwelling on any dark emotion and thought, know that it is okay to reach out to your close friends and family. If you do not feel comfortable doing so, know that there are counseling services offered here at NJIT. It is better to talk to someone about your feelings than to numb the pain with substance abuse. Opioid abuse should not be a precursor or an effect of the silence we adopt when the conversation of mental health tries to begin.
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Week of November 7, 2017
By David Korty | Staff Writer
INTERVIEW WITH DONALD REID Co-owner and chef of Resa Grill Q. Where did you grow up? A: Grew up in Jamaica. Most of my childhood was spent in Jamaica. I moved to Bermuda, then North Carolina. Q. What do you consider your style of cooking? Your roots? The label? A: A crude of all my experience put together. I have some Italian, I have some Mediterranean. Some African southern such as New Orleans. It’s a variety of comfort food with influences that I’ve collected from traveling all over. Q. Is this your restaurant job?
A: No, I’m actually a professional chef. I went to Bermuda college to become a professional chef. Later on in life, I went to Rutgers and got a business degree which is how I transferred both of those skills to open up RESA Grill. Q. What do you recommend somebody new to try on the menu? A: Oh, the new cheesesteak on the menu has been a real hit. Chicken wings too. A classic favorite tossed in a Jamaican jerk chicken seasoning.
I’ve been on the hunt for a local comfort food restaurant for quite some time. Vast journeys scavenging around Newark’s eateries have left me stuffed, but my journey seemed endless. That was, until I found myself at Resa Grill; the hidden gem located on the outskirts of NJIT. The 5 minute walk from our Campus Center may seem endless, but believe me when I say you will be satisfied 100% of the time. My personal favorite is The Vermont Rooster, a hot buttermilk fried chicken sandwich topped with sliced radish, pickle, Vermont maple syrup
mayonnaise, and bacon. This symphony of flavors is seasoned to perfection and it is accompanied with the best friend of a sandwich: hot and crispy French fries. Inspired by his grandmother as well as his international influence, coowner Donald Reid brings passion, soul, and creativity into the kitchen. Full menu and delivery options are both available online, yet Donald’s kind-hearted personality, followed by Resa Grill’s comforting and relaxed atmosphere entices one to come and never leave. A welcoming breath of deliciousness overwhelms me when arriving at the
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Entertainment Music Review: Through the Years
Week of November 7, 2017
Harry Potter Film Concert Series
By Prem Naik | Staff Writer By Diego Ramos | Contributing Writer Music is an integral part of our lives today. A walk around campus will make this clear, as everyone can be found listening to music in some capacity. There are many options when looking for escapist pieces of music allowing each person to choose their favorite. When things become overwhelming, people often look for escapism, which can also be found in classic Jazz and swing music. Today it is hard to find avid listeners of jazz, which is a shame because there is an intrinsic undervalued healing power within jazz. The height of popular and classic jazz albums ranges from the 1940s through the 1960s. With sultry moments filled with upbeat sparks of energy, jazz has the ability to transcend emotion through sound. An endless list of classic composers can be found when delving into the world of Jazz and there are many good places to start. From John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Count Basie, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, to Dave Brubeck the list is neverending. “Kind of Blue” by Bill Evans is emblematic of the sentimental journey that jazz provides. On rainy days it is the perfect escape, allowing the listeners to feel moody, to come to terms with their lives when things seem most difficult. Jazz is all about feeling bad about yourself and so when there is music to match, things never seem as bad. Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald’s duo album “Ella and Louis” takes a much different approach to escapist jazz. The sweetness of Fitzgerald’s voice is balanced perfectly by Armstrong’s trumpet and trademark gravelly voice, creating a calming feeling which only Jazz can provide. With sweet lyrics and music to match, swing albums always lift the spirits of any listener and another perfect example is Sinatra/Basie. The
perfect combination of singer and composer provides a fun and suave experience. Another good escapist music genre from Brazil is Bossa Nova which fuses Samba, Jazz and Blues to create a soothing and smooth sound. Starting in Brazil, Bossa Nova gained popularity throughout the United States between the 1950’s and 1960’s. “The Girl from Ipanema” by Astrud Gilberto is arguably the most famous Bossa Nova song. Frank Sinatra’s version once graced the radio stations, providing listeners a quick escape to an island locale just through the sweet sounds of Bossa Nova. The lyrics in Portuguese often talk about love and life in eloquent ways. Even if you do not speak Portuguese, a Bossa Nova playlist can easily switch your mood because of the feelings and positivity it can give. Lyrics are not always necessary for giving meaning to a song. A perfect example is “A Ra” by João Donato. Without any lyrics, João hums in this song to envelope his audience in a world of feeling. Contagious and infectious, this song transmits an uplifting mood. This is yet another perfect example of music that is good for the soul. Coming from Brazil, Bossa Nova can provide listeners a new world of sound and an entirely new setting. A timeless feeling can be found in the classic Bossa Nova tunes from the sixties and their healing power should not be overlooked. There is no generation gap present that can prevent younger audiences to enjoy Bossa Nova. Looking around for new music is always a great way to deal with stress. Becoming interested in a new genre of music can be refreshing and can act as a means of escape when life can seem overwhelming.
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By Micaela Itona| Senior Staff Writer If you’re still waiting for your Hogwarts acceptance letter to come by owl, you’re not alone. In the nearly two decades since the first Harry Potter book title has been released, the series by J.K Rowling has become an international pop culture phenomenon. On October 28, 2017, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performed the score of the second Harry Potter film in the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at NJPAC, right here in Newark. The performance is part of the ongoing Harry Potter Film Concert Series™ with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO). Last spring, it performed the score to the first film in the series, The Sorcerer’s Stone, and this performance will follow in March with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The show came just in time for Halloween, with many fans,
young and old, arriving to the show in costume with wands, brooms, pennants, and scarves. The immediately recognizable score was performed live with a high definition screening of the film, giving a people a full view of the orchestra and musicians directly beneath the screen. People clapped when their heroes appeared on screen and some even repeated the most iconic lines. During intermission, fans in costume enthusiastically took group photos with each other. “The music really comes alive, and you become immersed in the full soundscape of it all,” says Kevin O’Connor, who saw the show with his mother. He became a fan after being introduced to the series in elementary school. That lifelong love of Harry Potter and his story holds for many young adult fans today who grew up with the series. The iconic score, composed by the legendary
John Williams, is arguably just as recognizable as the scar and glasses of Harry Potter himself. Performances like these uphold the phenomenon of Harry Potter in a unique way by bringing fans together and reminding them why they fell in love with the series in the first place. The stories of Harry, Ron, and Hermione are literally magic – in reading of their stories fending off evil and darkness, we learn how to be brave, courageous, and loyal for those around us. These stories of fending off dark magic and evil show fans how to be a brave hero and loyal friend – if not a good student of wizardry. Tickets for the next NJSO Harry Potter performance go on sale November 3. Be sure to check out the NJPAC website here for a list of all future events!
Mental Illness In Movies
Full Metal Jacket & Requiem For A Dream By Jonpierre Garales | Staff Writer By Prem Naik | Staff Writer Movies are the conglomeration of the director’s ideal frames and sounds stitched together to form what they consider a work of art. While some want to leave the audience with a chuckle to remember, others want to inform the audience and have them relate to certain groups of people. Some of these films focus on those suffering from mental illnesses and the daily struggle to live a “normal” life and overcoming their personal hurdle. But some characters are doomed and show the very, very dark side of mental illnesses. Two movies that depict mental illnesses in the worst light are Full Metal Jacket and Requiem For a Dream. Full Metal Jacket is a movie about the Vietnam War and follows Private Davis "Joker" and Private Lawrence "Gomer Pyle" as they endure horrid basic training. In the movie, Pyle can be interpreted as either dim-witted or slow, which causes a lot of trouble due to commands not followed when
ordered. As the movie progresses, with the help of Joker, Pyle becomes an exceptional soldier, but has just become a killing machine. Pyle has a psychotic break down, resulting in him killing his Drill Sergeant and himself. This section of the movie shows that not all enlisted during the Vietnam War (and sometimes today) are made for war and that by forcing them to become a soldier, they can lose who they are in the process. The war aspect harkens the idea of PTSD, which Pyle can also be shown to have due to his constant reliving of drills and commands. Requiem For a Dream deals with the methamphetamine epidemic and the terror of addiction on loved ones and the user them self. The movie follows four major characters: Harry, Marione, Sara, and Tyrone. Each have their own beginning traits and ending traits if you compare the movie as a whole. Sara is Harry’s mother who is addicted to the idea of being
on television and wants to lose weight, which leads her to use meth and her eventually falling into insanity. Harry is a meth addict who tries to go on the right path, but breaks down and relapses when he sees his mother in the “druggy” he was in and loses an arm due to constant abuse and negligence while using the drug. Tyrone is a user who becomes a dealer, but ends up going to jail when trying to find medical help for Harry who is on the verge of death and ends up working while in prison. Marione is Harry’s exgirlfriend who becomes a heavy user and is left by Harry with only her body to use for a “job” to get drugs. These characters and others have more depth to them and their interactions then mentioned. The movie details how a simple chemical compound can ruin lives and have a shock wave effect.
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The day is perfect for showing your talents. You may act more aggressive or assertive than you generally do and this is going to surprise the people around you. They will be put out of balance and will probably have to revise their opinions about you.
Today, you will be able to take the first step towards discharging an obligation or return a favour. This can be mental, financial or spiritual.
You seem to apprehend a lot many things, which are just increasing the stress levels. Try walking bare footed on ground, which will stimulate your mind and body.
Today you may have some problem with your transport. If you are going for an important work, double check your alternative mode of transport and keep a backup plan ready.
The time is just right to indulge in some light-hearted fun with friends. Go out for a party or a fun filled evening and you are likely to become the life and soul of the festivities.
You will be plagued by health concerns like acidity, indigestion, dry skin and falling hair. In addition to drinking more water and getting rid of any addiction that you may have, you need to realize that a poor diet is at the root of these problems.
Today you want to be a source of love and support for people who consider you as a close buddy! But do not neglect your health while caring for them.
This is a busy day for you. You will see a number of appointments piling up. Even though you try your best to fulfil all your commitments on time, chances are you will lag behind and this can give rise to some stress.
Minor but persistent health problems are going to create a lot of stress throughout the day. You may turn to alternative therapies and if you stick to it regularly you are going to get good results.
Mounting pressure at your workplace is creating stress and they may begin to manifest today through aches and pains and a feeling of restlessness. It is necessary to be more organized in your work to reduce this stress.
There is a chance that somebody near to you can steal your ideas to advance their own careers. So, be careful sharing new ideas with anyone. You have to keep a sharp eye out or your own interest at this time.
The day may start with some confusion. A person with spiritual bent may come to your rescue. The person will guide you. You may follow his advices as they are given with a pure intention today.
Week of November 7, 2017 WOMENS VOLLEYBALL
Womenâ€™s Volleyball Celebrates Senior Day with Thrilling 3-2 Win Over Stetson
By NJIT Athletics NEWARK, NJâ€”Senior Tess Albyn registered a career-best 23 kills in the Highlanders thrilling 3-2 victory over visiting Stetson Sunday afternoon in ASUN Conference women's volleyball action. On Senior Day, NJIT closed its 2017 home campaign and final match in the Fleisher Athletic Center with a 3-2 win over Stetson, 12-25, 25-23, 16-25, 26-24 and 1510. With the new state-of-the-art Wellness and Events Center set to open next week, the 3-2 home finale on Senior Day seemed like a perfect way for the women's volleyball team to bid adieu to the Fleisher Athletic Center. NJIT moves to 2-10 in the ASUN, 12-17 overall, surpassing last year's win-output while Stetson falls to 2-10 in the ASUN, 3-21 overall with two matches remaining on the season for both squads. In the fifth and deciding set, NJIT took control early, scoring the
first five points of the set. Stetson scored five consecutive to knot the set at 5-5 and went ahead, 6-5, on an NJIT error. Both teams traded points and after a 10-10 tie, the Highlanders closed out the set on a 5-0 surge, securing the 15-10 win on a kill by Alyssa Armada. In addition to Albyn's career-best 23 kills, Iva Mandic and Armada combined for 11 and 10 kills respectively. Hughes added eight kills. Sophomore setter Liz Benson piled up 45 assists and added eight digs and three block assists while junior libero Adriana Nieto led the Highlanders with 18 digs followed by Olivia Welsch with 13. Armada just missed notching a doubledouble, adding nine digs. Hughes led the Highlanders in front of the net with seven total blocks (one solo, six assists). NJIT edged Stetson in the service ace category, paced by Armada and Nieto with four aces apiece.
Stetson's Anna Bezhan registered a career-high 18 kills and added 12 digs for her second straight double-double. Hao Jin recorded 15 kills and hit .433 for the match, combining for nine blocks while Charlotte Earnhart tallied 14 kills and a career-high 17 digs for her first career double-double. Setter Naina Ivanova tallied a career-high 51 assists while adding 16 digs and five blocks. Defensively, Stetson combined for 82 digs as opposed to NJIT's 66, led by Chelcie Spence, who notched a career-high 26 digs. In pregame ceremonies, NJIT honored its four graduating seniors, Albyn, Alyssa Armada, Adrianne Bynoe and Mikalah Hughes. NJIT will close out the 2017 season at Jacksonville on Friday at 7pm and North Florida on Saturday at 5pm.
Week of November 7, 2017 PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL
Houston Astros Win Their First World Series in Historic Fashion
By Scott Rogust | Sports Editor
The Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers on November 1 in Game Seven to win their first World Series in franchise history. In a series that had it all, this yearâ€™s Fall Classic was decided in the final game. In the first inning, Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish did not come in top form as he surrendered a leadoff double to Astros centerfielder George Springer. Houston third baseman
Alex Bregman would reach on a throwing error by Los Angeles first baseman Cody Bellinger, scoring Springer. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve would then ground out in the next at bat, scoring Bregman to give Houston a 2-0 lead. The Dodgers would score their only run in the bottom of the sixth inning, coming on a single from pinch hitter Andre Ethier. Astros relief pitcher Charlie Morton would close out the game in four
dominant innings, leading the Astros to their first ever World Series. "It's hard to draw it up any better," said Astros manager A.J. Hinch. "I don't care who we beat or where we beat them, I just want to be the last team standing, and we're taking this trophy, this championship vibe we've got going back to Houston. We'll forever be a championship city." Springer won the Willie Mays
World Series MVP award for his outstanding performance in the seven-game series. In the Fall Classic, Springer finished with a .379 batting average, five home runs, and seven RBIs. Not only that, but eight extra-base hits, which is the most ever by a single player in the World Series. "This is a dream come true and an honor," said Springer, upon receiving his MVP award. "But it's about the Houston Astros tonight, our city, our fans. That patch on our chests really does mean something. We're coming home champions." Although Game Seven was the weakest of all the games in the World Series, we will always look back at the insanity that the Fall Classic gave us this year. Game Two saw a back and forth affair between the Astros and Dodgers, the lead would change in the ninth, tenth, and 11th innings, which would end with Houston winning 7-6. The multiple lead changes were attributed to six home runs in those three innings. Gonzalez, Altuve, Carlos Correa, Yasiel Puig, Springer, and Charlie Culberson would all hit a dinger out of Dodger Stadium. This show of strength showed how determined both teams were to take the second game of the series. Game Five proved to be absolute madness, as it lasted ten innings and would become the secondlongest game in World Series history at five hours and seventeen minutes. The Astros would go onto win the game 13-12 thanks to Bregman hitting a walk-off, RBI single in the tenth inning. Both
teams gave their all, as both teams had 14 hits, and one error each. These were record breakers, but there were much more additional records broken. Both the Astros and Dodgers hit combined 25 homeruns in the seven-game series, the most all time since the 2002 World Series between the Anaheim Angels and San Francisco Giants. 15 of those homeruns came from the Astros, which is the most homers hit by a single team in the World Series since the 2002 Giants. Game Two saw the most homeruns hit in a single World Series game, with eight. Game Five saw the most three-run homeruns in one game with three. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had 32 pitching changes in this series, the most all time since St. Louis Cardinals manager in 2011 (30). Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger finished the 2017 MLB Postseason with 17 strikeouts, the most in a single postseason run. The previous record holder was New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge, who struck out 16 times in this yearâ€™s playoffs. Records were broken. Dreams were fulfilled and shattered. Legacies were solidified. For a fan with no rooting interest, this World Series was exhilarating. For Astros and Dodgers fans, this World Series was a rollercoaster of emotions. One team emerged victorious, and that was the Houston Astros, who won it for the city of Houston, who is still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
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