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Vol. XCIV Issue 11 Week of November 14th, 2017

With Magnitude & Direction

Murphy Wins Jersey By Daniil Ivanov | Staff Writer


1,165,001 Votes

On November 7, 2017, Democrat Phil Murphy won the New Jersey Gubernatorial election with 56% of the vote, making him the Governor-Elect of New Jersey. Considering the brooding atmosphere amongst New Jersey citizens with Governor Christie, polling at 15% approval, and current disappointment in the Republican presidency, it is unsurprising that Republican candidate Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno was unsuccessful in her gubernatorial run. Montclair State University’s Center for Cooperative Media Associate Director, Joe Amditis, stated, “I didn’t like either candidate, but I was a one issue voter [that issue being legal marijuana] .... It’s a victory in the war on drugs.” NJIT’s Junior Civil Engineering student Jorge Fuentes stated, “It would have been more interesting if CNN hadn’t called it so early [referring to the news organization projecting a Murphy victory as soon as the polls closed], but I expected Murphy to win anyway.” Under the Murphy administration we have been told to expect legalized marijuana, stricter gun control, increases

in minimum wage, and social programs funded by increased taxes. Murphy promises that these tax hikes will be mostly for those in the top tax brackets who can afford it and that he would improve the economy of New Jersey so that there is more revenue to tax as a whole. Following the data from Colorado’s marijuana legalization, Murphy’s plans for legalization could draw in hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue along with billions of dollars of economic stimulus through jobs in the marijuana industry and “weed tourism.” Considering the presence of legal recreational marijuana is virtually absent on the east coast, and New Jersey is centered in a dense metropolitan area, these profits could grow even higher. Billions of dollars of economic activity however may not be enough to offset the GovernorElect’s plans to fund the education system or to finance the pension and healthcare plans of New Jersey’s 800,000 state employees. He points out that the education system is underfunded by nine billion dollars, while financing pensions and health care would

cost another fifteen billion dollars. According to, this year’s election had the lowest ever voter turnout for a gubernatorial election in New Jersey’s history, with only 35% of registered voters coming out to vote. At the same time, most students who I talked to on our campus were either unaware of an upcoming election or had no opinion on the subject matter. Speaking to Montclair State University’s Joe Amditis, who is also a project coordinator for Voting Block: NJ, an organization which makes politics local by bringing townspeople together over dinner to discuss political opinions and what really matters to them, when asked whether or not NJIT should join in on such projects to increase voter knowledge and potentially voter turnout Mr. Amditis was eager to report that Montclair and numerous other institutes have successfully carried out such round-table political discussions. At the end of the election, it seems that the only surprising turn of events was the low barsetting voter turnout, which we can only hope organizations like Voting Block: NJ can change.


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Final Board of Trustees Meeting of 2017 By Katrina David |Copy Editor NJIT’s Board of Trustees Met for Its Final Session of the Year on Thursday, November 9, 2017 in the Eberhardt Hall NJIT Alumni Center Board Room. According to NJIT’s website, the Board of Trustees is the “legal governing body of the university appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state senate.” The Board meets about six times a year to discuss strategies, funds, and other key topics affecting the state of the university. This month’s public meeting focused on the approval of resolutions, Research & Growth Strategies, as well as fundraising goals for 2018. Following role call, Chair Mr. Stephen DePalma addressed a number of Action Items to be voted on by members of the Board. Resolutions that passed unanimously included an acquisition of 200-214 Warren Street, the MLK Gateway Project, as well as an extension of President Bloom’s contract. President Bloom then proceeded to give his regular report. Speaking on the topic of the university’s new partnership with IBM as the first and only “IBM University,” President Bloom stated, “This is a very big leg-up for our students.”


Additionally, the President spoke on the formation of the New Jersey Continuous Manufacturing Institute in partnership with Rutgers University, as well as NJIT’s new place as one of three internationally-ranked institutions from New Jersey, next to Rutgers and Princeton. After the conclusion of President Bloom’s report, the floor was turned over to Provost Dr. Fadi P. Deek and Sr. Vice Provost for Research Dr. Atam P. Dhawan who presented the Research and Growth Strategies Report under the 2020 Vision Plan. Dr. Dhawan spoke in detail about the recent re-organization of the Research Office, which provides faculty with a more streamlined process for preparing proposals for grants. On this topic, President Bloom added that this structure makes the university “highly competitive in seeking research grants, research contracts, and opportunities…this is very, very important for the university going forward.” According to the presentation, the university has also experienced a 76% increase in external academic awards since 2014 in addition to a 7% increase in patents and

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Intellectual Property since 2016, with 16 patents filed this fiscal year and more than 100 now in the pipeline. Of these growth strategies and their progress, Dr. Dhawan said, “We…expect that [we are] not only going to be ahead of the 2020 Vision target, but we expect that the projection will lead us either the next year or the following year across the 2020 target.” The meeting then moved to the University Senate Report made by Dr. Deek, who stated that shared governance and the culture around strategic planning are being cited as “points of pride” for the university, and the report on the goals for fundraising in the Fiscal Year 2018. With respect to FY-2018, the report stated that the university will meet its tuition projections for the year. Alongside the confirmed schedule for Board of Trustees meetings, the minutes for this public session meeting of the Board of Trustees will be posted on the NJIT website. The next Board of Trustees Meeting will occur on Thursday, February 8, 2018 in the Eberhardt Hall NJIT Alumni Center Board Room.

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NJIT Drops Low-Scoring Affair to Wagner in WEC Opener By NJIT Athletics NEWARK, NJ— In a lowscoring defensive affair, the NJIT Highlanders (0-1) fell to the Wagner Seahawks (1-0) by a 6049 score in the season opener and the opening game at the state-ofart Wellness and Events Center on Saturday night in Newark. Neither team led by more than six until the final minute in a game in which both teams struggled to shoot from the field as NJIT shot 31.9% (15-47) and Wagner shot at a 36.4% clip (20-55). The Seahawks' Tyler Plummer hit a layup with 7:08 left to kickstart a CONTINUED ON PAGE #12

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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 Managing Editor Babatunde Ojo Business Manager Shravanthi Budhi business-manager@njitvector. com Web and Multimedia Editor Cassidy Lavine multimedia-editor@njitvector. com Photography Editor Regee Lozada photography-editor@njitvector. com SENIOR STAFF Copy Editors Colin Bayne Shuhrah Chowdhury Karen Ayoub Katrina David Nanditha Lakshmanan Scott Rogust


Student Senate Update Twitter Increases

Character Limit

Senate Meeting #5 10/11/17

By Carmel Rafalowsky | Contributing Writer

By Rick "Daniel" Cruz | Senior Staff Writer Manogna Guduru and Sophia Chan have both received the honor of Senator of the Month for November. The Student Body becoming more aware of Student Senate's works in improving quality of life for students has been attributed to the work done by the Public Relations Committee. With benchmarks such as the success of fall Senate events and the rapid filling of Student Senate seats, Manogna has been very pleased with the progress Senate has made so far. "It's nice to see the things we worked on all of last year are coming to life now" she said, showing her satisfaction for current successes yet focused on future plans for the school year. Sophia is the Sophomore Major Representative for Digital Media Design under the School of Architecture and Design. She was recommended to join the Senate by a couple friends that were already a part of it and "it seemed like a pretty cool community, so I tried it." The Senate is a means for her to advocate her own ideas and those aimed at improving aspects of her major. Sophia said, "I think we've done a really good job networking with the student body and recruiting more people, getting ourselves out there and getting more known with the student body." As a member of the PR committee Sophia said that "our goal is to reach out to the students, get them more involved, get them to know what's going on around Campus." Since the revitalization of the PR committee, there has been a huge

surge both in the occupancy of Senate seats and in outreach/ feedback from students. "We are open to hearing any ideas that they have" said Sophia, using the smoking free campus initiative as an example of someone from the Student Body who first suggested the idea and has influenced school policy. Manogna is not only the Senior Class President, the main student responsible for planning Senior events, but is Vice President of the Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority and a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity. She has been on the Senate for 2.5 years now and is also on the PR and Academic Affairs Committees. She has helped coordinate signature events at NJIT such as Spirit Week, Freshman Weekend, and the upcoming 'Casino Night' which will be held at the Highlander Pub on November 30th. When asked about how she manages her time given the demand of these positions, she made a strong point that writing and creating a schedule is key. " I remember my freshman year I would keep things in my mind, but now I write it down every day. Even with a great memory there are things you'll forget. With planning events, there's so many minor details that involve making it happen you HAVE to have it written down, there's no other way." While Manogna places the highest importance on her academics, she also said that it is important to make time for yourself and to have fun.

Despite issues with bullying and bots, Twitter, an online platform where registered users can post and reply to one another via messages— “tweets”—has done well since being founded in 2006 and is now a primary medium for news distribution and social interaction/networking. Whereas users were previously, users were restricted 140 characters for their tweets, on Tuesday November 7, 2017, Twitter increased the limit to 280 characters for all languages except Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Twitter was originally designed to be used through wireless carrier’s SMS services, hence the 160-character limit. The founders of Twitter reserved 20 characters for the username, leaving 140 characters for the content itself. Until now, Twitter’s character limit has been its claim to fame, in a sense—the attribute that set it apart from Facebook and Instagram. Yet a frequent complaint by users of the service was that the character limit was too low. Analysts dug into user data, and found the only languages in which users did not face difficulties with the character limit were Korean, Japanese, and Chinese, likely due to the density and structure

of those languages. Aliza Rosen, product manager at Twitter, addressed the change in a blog post, writing that “Historically, 9% of Tweets in English hit the character limit. This reflects the challenge of fitting a thought into a Tweet, often resulting in lots of time spent editing and even at times abandoning Tweets before sending. With the expanded character count, this problem was massively reduced – that number dropped to only 1% of Tweets running up against the limit. Since we saw Tweets hit the character limit less often, we believe people spent less time editing their Tweets in the composer. This shows that more space makes it easier for people to fit thoughts in a Tweet, so they could say what they want to say, and send Tweets faster than before. You can see this happening in the graph below .” According to Eddie Lorenzo, a freshman Architecture major, “tweets are meant to be short sentences or phrases, that’s what Twitter is all about. I feel like it defeats the purpose, at that point it’s just Facebook.” Nikhil Kanoor, a junior Human Computer Interaction major, simply said, “I don’t use Twitter so it doesn’t matter to me.”

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Week of November 14, 2017 TECH TALK

Bitcoin Fork Canceled & It's Possibility as an Investment

Fall has been an interesting time for bitcoin. By Ralph Legge | Contributing Writer

We have seen price action from $3,500 in September to $7,600 this month. This might be attributed to what was Bitcoin’s hard fork, Segwit2x. However as of November 8, the Segwit2x fork has been canceled by the community behind it. The community, in this case, refers to the miners sustaining the transfer network and the developers behind the coin. One may wonder, what is a fork and what does it mean for Bitcoin and the Average Joe trying to use Bitcoin as an investment tool? Forks refer to a change in code programming and implementation of the core system behind a cryptocurrency. There are two kinds of forks, soft and hard forks. In a soft fork, the community decides that there is need for change in the code programming, leading to implemented change. The old version is no longer kept up by the network and the network is copied while the old network is fully lost. In a hard fork, only part of the community comes to a consensus to implement change while the other part of the community remains unmoved. The network is copied and a new code is implemented, however, the old network is kept intact and in use, hence creating two similar coins. With Bitcoin’s August hard

fork, Bitcoin Cash, there was a disagreement in the direction for the future of Bitcoin. This hard fork successfully occurred, and Bitcoin Cash was implemented and accepted. This was not the case for the latest proposed fork, Bitcoin Gold. Bitcoin Gold occurred midOctober and was not met with the same openness. The Bitcoin Gold fork received opposition and little support from the community, and was left to be a lesser cryptocurrency. Without proper support and with various issues with the security of the code, Bitcoin Gold had little success. Again, a new version of Bitcoin, Bitcoin Segwit2x, was scheduled to be implemented but was dropped on November 8. The core developer team behind the fork was met with much backlash and therefore chose not to continue. The choice of the community to not go through with a hard fork implies a want for stability. Forks add volatility to the market, allowing for price surges and steep falls. Because of the possible Segwit2x fork that was going to happen, we saw the price move to all new heights. This price would most likely have dropped just as it rose if we look at the price change that occurred around the Bitcoin Gold fork. The pushback could mean a more reliable Bitcoin price

and this in turn means a greater opportunity for investment. Investors like less volatility and you should too. As a monetary system and as a community, Bitcoin has proven by this pushback to provide an outlet for investment. All investment involves risk, but not all investments can provide the benefits that cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin can. Decentralization, the returning of power back to the average person, is something that you should be aware of. A Forbes contributor from earlier this year points out that the amount of debt incurred by an average college student in the class of 2016 is about $37,000. The average college student has little capital to invest with, meanwhile most possibly have none. It is important to note that investing is an opportunity to obtain financial stability. Financial stability although, may be an idea most college students fail to regard; some may be willing to invest time to use traditional methods. Bitcoin is the answer. Bitcoin can provide a tax free, self-controlled, method for investment that is ideal for the average student. Currently with the possibility for large growth, Bitcoin can be the new investment outlet for the average Joe and college student alike.

By Diego Ramos | Contributing Writer Genius is the world's biggest collection of song lyrics and musical knowledge. It is based in New York and focuses on breaking down the knowledge behind music records and bringing meaning to curious listeners. Have you ever listened to a song and wondered, “What does that line mean?” or “What language is that and what does that translate to?” If you have, there is a high chance that someone on Genius has already explained or translated that. Genius takes pride in the quality of their lyrics. This is the reason you can find impeccable lyric transcriptions upon release of a song. Some fans wait frantically for an album or new single to be released and immediately start transcribing it. The lyrics are then annotated by the community or the artist themselves. These annotations aim to explain the

history or meaning of a certain verse or bar. There are also articles created by outstanding users and staff members. Furthermore, Genius has multiple video series’. One of them is the “Verified” series in which an artist explains some parts of a song line by line. Another one, “Deconstructed,” involves hosting interviews with music producers. "Deconstructed" takes you behind the scenes as the producers give amazing details about the creative process and technicalities of a certain song. It is truly amazing to have the chance to see exactly how these songs were made. In many occasions they provide details about the song which one would otherwise never know about. Initially known as RapGenius, once focused primarily on rap music. This bit of history may explain why the genre was once the most popular on the website.

However, as the community has grown, so has the scope and culture. Now, Genius hosts any type of music there is and this is clearly reflected on the Genius charts. “Despacito (Remix)” ft. Justin Bieber dethroned Eminem’s “Rap God” as the most viewed song on the website. The best part about Genius is that the users are the foundation of the website. There are moderators and hundreds of editors. They are granted these roles by the community and they help with everything on the website. I am a moderator in Genius. I focus on managing Latin music. I have had the opportunity to publish an article about my favorite rapper, Residente. It is tilted 'Puerto Rican Rapper Residente’s New Video for “Guerra” Sheds Light On The Refugee Crisis', and I talk about how Residente used his music to symbolically defeat war.


Features Preventative Health Tip Winter Skin & Hair Care Tips By Marzia Rahman | Copy Editor & By Siri Uppuluri | Senior Staff Writer

As the weather gets colder, our first line of defense against the elements – our skin – tends to suffer. Colder weather is associated with dry skin in the winter, which can crack and bleed if not treated with proper care. Dry skin can result from both exposure to wind and dry air outside, and dry air indoors because of the use of heating systems. In addition, as the temperatures outside drop, we may be more inclined to take hot showers and baths, which can dry out the skin’s natural oils, which keep it moisturized and prevent cracking. Washing your hands too frequently or using copious amounts of hand sanitizer can also dry out your skin. However, just because these different factors contribute to dryer skin in the winter does not mean you have to shiver indoors, without heat, avoiding washing your hands, or taking hot showers in order to maintain healthy, moisturized skin in the winter. Instead, by understanding the importance of healthy skin and the common skincare problems, you can take simple preventative measures to have healthy skin this winter. Some common winter skin problems affect the face and hands, as they are most exposed to the dry air. Symptoms include roughness, dryness, redness, and increased sensitivity. Regarding roughness, if your skin feels bumpy or noticeably cracking, that is a major sign of dry skin and should be treated using a therapeutic moisturizer and/or topical ointments to reduce any pain. In addition, if your skin is scaly-looking or flaking, that is also a sign of dry skin. However, it should be kept in mind that a single application of lotion or moisturizing cream is not enough to treat this type of dryness. Furthermore, if your skin is noticeably red or pink and accompanied with itching or dryness, that may be a sign the area of skin will crack and potentially bleed soon. If you see certain areas of the skin are both red in color and sensitive to wearing clothing or even the slightest touch, this is a potential sign that the patch of skin is suffering from dryness and/or cracking. To keep skin healthy and glowing, there are a number of things that can be done. Dermatologists recommend


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using a broad-spectrum sunscreen (at least 30 SPF) daily to protect the skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun. To get the adequate amount of sunscreen, recommends using a “nickelsized dollop to the face alone”. The face should be washed when you wake up, before going to bed and whenever you are sweating. Stress is unavoidable for college students, but it is important to exercise, since stress can cause flare ups of skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and rosacea. In addition, cold weather and dry conditions indoors are also associated with brittle, unhealthy hair. Although, the more frequent bad hair day in the winter may not seem particularly dire, the condition of your hair can provide clues as to other physiological conditions. The presence of dandruff can be exacerbated by the dry indoor and outdoor conditions in colder weather. While dandruff can lead to itching, white dandruff is not particularly alarming. However, if the dandruff flakes appear greasy and yellow, that could be a sign of anti-inflammatory skin condition. Other consequences of poor hair care include brittle hair, split ends, and general frizziness. Dermatologists offer numerous advice on how to maintain healthy hair. For example, the frequency a person should wash hair depends on how much oil is produced by the scalp. For those who have very oily scalps, washing daily may be necessary while those who have drier scalps need to wash less frequently. However, if there are flakes in the hair, this may indicate that you are not washing enough, leading to dandruff and other scalp diseases. Shampoo should be focused on the scalp, rather than on the entire length of hair. On the other hand, conditioner should be focused on the ends of hair. Try to avoid excessive heat, such as flat irons or curling irons; these should be used on a low or medium setting and should not be in contact with the hair for more than a couple of seconds. Try to take breaks from tight hairstyles, such as hair extensions, braids or pony tails. These restrictive hairstyles can often lead to increased tension in the hair shaft and cause breakage or even irreversible hair loss.

COLLECTIONS voices from around campus


By Prasanna Tati | Editor in Chief

THIS WEEK: A Collection of Moments When We Caught the Feels in the Classroom Each week, students send anonymous text, email, and phone responses to our weekly ‘Collections’ prompt. Send us your response for next week’s prompt: Send your crush a message! Email us at 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.

“In sociology we learned about social constructs and that really f---ed me up for a while if that counts.” “My first time watching Gattaca in summer school after 8th grade” “my crit was wearing a new shirt and got a haircut and i was like okay i see you ur wife is lucky” “She told me “I’m not playing footsies with you” when her leg hit mine.....she then started playing footsies with me That reverse psychology hit me so hard and I️ caught feelings” ”so many concepts in so many classes make me feel so small” “One time i realized that people can't argue because emotion is tied intrinsically to intellect and it made me sad” “the girl I hooked up with started playing footsies with me the next day in class even though we’d been sitting next to each other all semester”

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On-Campus Opinion Not quite “Humans of NJIT.”

What is your dream job and why? By Marwa Moustafa | Senior Staff Writer



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Biology Major | Sophomore "My dream job is in hospital administration. With my family in 1 and out of the hospital, I am always there so I see the problems Fiifi Coffe going on. I want to fix it." Electrical Engineering Major | Senior "My dream job is to start my own company, become a billionaire, and rule the world. But seriously, my company is going to find a way to create clean energy and help with reforestation."

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Biology Major | Junior "I want a job that will let me travel all over the country. Maybe an FBI agent?"

"My dream job is to work for the government as a cyber security specialist because I think it's really cool to work for the government. I am really interested in working in cyber-security and since I am part of the Cyber-Corp Program, I already have to work for them. I am very excited to work for the government and move down to D.C. I have worked for the US Coast Guard before in their research center. I have worked for the Liberty Science Center and PTC Therapeutics. I have also worked on the cyber security center here on campus, so I know what I want!"


Pete Tsivis

Computer Science Major | Junior "My dream job is to be an actor and I'm trying my best to make that happen. I have a theater minor and I'm in a theater performance coming up this month. The play is called ‘NERD: Neighborhood Requisition of Doom.’ It's basically warped reality becoming reality, video games becoming real. It's a creepy horror story, with zombies that are actually family members. I will be playing Tobias. The director made the concept to have me be the creator of the game. My character is a little creepy, but it's fun."

Why I Chose NJIT & Why I Chose to Stay

By Victoria Nguyen | Senior Staff Writer

By Donna Sunny | Staff Writer Ranked #140 in National Universities by U.S News and World Report and often considered a “nerd school”, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is most certainly an underrated institute for higher education. A lot of college freshmen come into NJIT with low expectations and much unease. As time goes by however, some of these students find their niche and even fall in love with the school. As first year NJIT students, we describe our experiences adjusting to NJIT.


Truth be told, NJIT was far from being my first-choice school. Starting the new school year – the first semester of my college experience – I entered campus with depression and dread. Along with these feelings, I felt an overwhelming amount of pressure to excel so that I could transfer to a college that offered my dream major in Political Science and overall give me an enriching liberal arts education before I could move on to law school. In hopes of getting some humanities courses, I enrolled into NJIT as a double major in Biology (B.A) and History (B.A.). The Biology degree was to appease my mother, who initially wasn’t fully

convinced that I should pursue law over medicine. The History degree was for myself, yet I found myself unsatisfied and unhappy. I met with my History academic advisor and was soon introduced to the Law, Technology, and Culture major; a major that placed emphasis on the exact liberal arts curriculum I was yearning for. Just after I decided to change majors, my life seemed to turn around for the better. Following this momentous change, I got accepted into the Student Affairs Committee of the Student Senate and was immediately assigned to projects that would help enhance the student life on campus. On a weekly basis, I am given the freedom to express my thoughts and exercise my passion for writing with the incredible school newspaper, The Vector. I am also honored to say that I currently intern for U.S. Senator Cory Booker, a respected politician who I personally revere. With this internship, I am starting my first co-op as a freshman. Though some of my classes are proving to be a bit challenging, I finally have established my personal happiness and have found my place at school.

Exactly a year ago, I was a hopeful high school senior yearning for Ivy League admission. Today, I am a proud NJIT Highlander ready to take advantage of opportunities both in Newark and at NJIT. I no longer feel the need to transfer schools, I just want to make the most of my undergraduate experience and prepare to be the best lawyer – a defender of the people – that I can be.


With dreams of the California sun, coming to NJIT in the heart of the urban jungle that is Newark, New Jersey was not part of my plan. However, on May 1st of 2017, against all expectations, I put in my deposit for NJIT. My decision ultimately came down to the money. Financially, NJIT was one of the best option for me. The scholarship money provided by the honors college was more than adequate; it would have been foolish of me to pass it up. In addition, as a frequent backyard tourist of New York City, I was happy about NJIT’s close proximity to the city. I knew it would provide me with greater access to innumerable internship and co-op opportunities. At NJIT, I have decided to be a Chemical Engineering major. So

far, I have had a decent college experience. Commuting on NJ Transit has indulged my newfound sense of independence. I really do enjoy the commuting lifestyle but certainly wish I had more opportunities to socialize with my peers. My professors have all been very welcoming and kind. They seem to understand that being a freshman, I am currently easing into the course material. I have joined various clubs including The Vector, Girl Up and the Honors Social Committee. I hope to meet more people and become more involved on campus in the coming months. I am excited for the rest of the semester. It is interesting how neither of us placed NJIT as our first-choice school, and yet, we both have managed to grow accustomed to the college life and have since found our places in the school community. Our experiences have morphed us into expanding our perspectives. These experiences continue to motivate us to keep contributing to our campus in areas of academics, social life, and volunteer work. Hopefully, our stories are parallel to those of our peers as well.


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Horoscopes PISCES




Your ability to feel things on a deeper level than most can be a blessing and a curse—as you know well, Pisces. But what really hurts is when you keep those feelings inside.

Confusion in your love life will diminish, and any undecided decision about your lover will become clearer to you. Your love life will get even better after the end of the week.

Life without friends is like the sky without the Sun, Leo—and you know it better than most. Today, as caring Venus unites with effusive Jupiter in your fourth house of family and nurturing, you’ll be reminded that you’re blessed with the best.

Full speed ahead, Scorpio! Magnetic Venus and lucky Jupiter have paired up in your sign, fanning the flames of your wild and glorious life today.





Costume designer Edith Head famously said you can have everything you want if you dress for it. YOU know there’s a lot more to it than that, Aquarius, but it doesn’t hurt to wear your confidence like a pair of Jackie O sunglasses—especially today.

Share the love! Today gracious Venus and expansive Jupiter unite for the only time this year in your sixth house of health and service. As you float along on these buoyant yet grounding waves of goodness, don’t forget to thank the people who have helped you get here.

Some stressful points in your life will loosen, and communication will be effective this week. Misinterpretation will be cleared between you and others as well.

Are you holding a grudge or stewing in resentment? Step out of that emotional prison and throw away the key. Peaceful Venus unites with your ruling planet, generous Jupiter, in your twelfth house of closure and surrender.





Love is in the air—and if you don’t take a chance on “we,” Aries, how will you ever know how amazing something might be? Today’s rare hookup between risk-taker Jupiter and romantic Venus is lighting fireworks in your eighth house of sex and deep merging, making this THE day to strike up a conversation or send a racy Snap to the cutie you’ve been tracking.

Go ahead and let yourself believe in fairytale endings today, Cancer. Romantic Venus syncs up with starryeyed Jupiter in your passionate fifth house. If you’re single, consider whether you’ve been looking for love in all the wrong places.

Perhaps the hardest part about saving money is simply getting started—but even the smallest contributions will eventually add up. Today is a great day to establish that nest egg the two “benefic planets”—abundant Jupiter and magnetic Venus—hook up in your second house of income and finances.

Time for a new crew? Magnetic Venus and jovial Jupiter unite in your collaborative eleventh house today. Take inventory of your teams and friendships and check whether the people in your life are delivering what you need.







Week of November 14, 2017 MENS BASKETBALL

NJIT Drops Low-Scoring Affair to Wagner in WEC Opener By NJIT Athletics 16-6 run for the visitors over the remainder of the contest. Wagner hit 14-22 (63.6%) from the charity stripe on the night, but sank seven of their final 10 attempts to ice the victory. Plummer's layup came on the heels of an Anthony Tarke bucket that had given NJIT a 43-42 advantage at the 7:28 mark. The Highlanders trailed 50-47

with just under two minutes left before Plummer hit a three to make it a two-possession game, a lead that would hold the rest of the way. NJIT had their chances down the stretch and kept the game close throughout, but made just 15-30 (50%) from the free-throw line on the night. Tarke led head coach Brian


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Kennedy's squad with 13 points, while junior forward Abdul Lewis notched a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Sophomore guard Shyquan Gibbs chipped in with 9 points on 3-4 shooting, including a pair of treys and backcourt mate Reilly Walsh had two points, four rebounds and three steals along with numerous hustle plays on

both ends of the court. Lewis is the ASUN'S leading returning rebounder after averaging 8.5 boards per game a year ago. The double-double for the Newark native was the sixth of his NJIT career. Sophomore guard Blake Francis paced Wagner with a game-high 22 points on the strength of three three-pointers and hitting 9-11





Week of November 14, 2017 PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL

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By Scott Rogust |Sports Editor The baseball world is in mourning after learning that former two-time Cy Young pitcher Roy Halladay was killed in a small plane crash off the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday at the age of 40. An Icon A5 plane was found upside down in shallow waters off New Port Richey, Florida, where authorities found one dead at the scene. The tail number located on the back of the plane matched that of Halladay’s. After a couple of hours of investigating, it was confirmed that Halladay was the sole fatality of the crash. Halladay is survived by his wife, Brandy, and his two sons, Ryan and Braden. “Our family is heartbroken after receiving confirmation that Roy passed away in a plane crash Tuesday afternoon,” said the Halladay family in a statement. “While many will remember him for his success as a major league pitcher, we remember him as an amazing father, loving husband and loyal friend.” Halladay was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1995, where he debuted in 1998. The right hander dominated during his 12 years with Toronto, where had 3.43 ERA, 1495 strikeouts and 15 shutouts. He would be named an All Star six times with the Blue Jays, and would win the Cy Young Award for most outstanding pitcher in 2003 where he would finish with a 22-7 record in 36 games. In that 2003 season, Halladay posted a 3.25 ERA, 204 strikeouts, and nine complete games. “"The Toronto Blue Jays organization is overcome by grief with the tragic loss of one of the franchise's greatest and most respected players, but even better human being,” said the Blue Jays organization in a press release. “It is impossible to express what he has meant to this franchise, the city and its fans. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends." After the 2009 season, Halladay

was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies at the age of 33, where he proved that age was only but a number. As dominant as Halladay was with the Blue Jays, he was equally as dominant with the Phillies. In his 2010 season, Halladay threw a perfect game against the Florida Marlins on May 29, as well as throwing the second no-hitter in postseason history, in his first ever postseason start. Halladay’s strong 2010 campaign would earn him his second Cy Young Award, with a 21-10 record, 2.44 ERA, 219 strikeouts, nine complete games, and four shutouts in 33 games started. “There are no words to describe the sadness that the entire Phillies family is feeling over the loss of one of the most respected human beings to ever play the game,” said the Phillies in a press release. “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we pass along our condolences to Brandy, Ryan and Braden.” After retiring in 2013, Halladay took solace in the one thing that brought him joy, and that was flying airplanes. The former pitcher purchased the plane this year, and devoted his time to learning the craft. Halladay would use his Twitter account to express his joy and share the views he would see while flying. Unfortunately, his joy led to his untimely demise. Baseball has been struck by tragedy the past three years, losing the likes of Jose Fernandez, Yordani Ventura, Oscar Taveras, and now Halladay, way too soon. With Halladay eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019, there is no doubt that he will be a first ballot Hall of Famer. It is a true shame that he would not be there to accept the honor in person. However, Halladay will continue to live on through the countless memories that he gifted to baseball fans through his sixteenyear career.


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