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Vol. XCIV Issue 2 Week of September 12 , 2017

NJIT 2020 Vision

With Magnitude & Direction

By Katrina David | Copy Editor

2020 Vision was devloped with the goal of continuing “NJIT's the school's trajectory towards becoming a leading institute


of technology.

Two years into the 2020 Vision plan, NJIT has been initiating a number of changes across campus – and students have started to notice. Dubbed the “blueprint for achieving the vision shared by the NJIT community for 2020,” by authors of the plan, NJIT’s 2020 Vision was developed with the goal of continuing the school’s trajectory towards becoming a leading institute of technology. The plan was developed through collaborative efforts between the administration and the larger NJIT community, focusing on improvements in five strategic priorities: Students, Learning, Scholarly Research, Community, and Investments. Each strategic priority is divided up into specific objectives, and progress in these areas is recorded by monitoring Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) regularly, with reporting frequencies varying between annually to every 90 days. If completed on time, these objectives will likely impact all areas of the university,


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as they include tasks from reforming and standardizing class curriculum across departments to increasing the percentage of women and underrepresented minorities in administrative leadership. They also differ greatly in their ambition for completion by 2020; a goal within the Students category aims to increase average High School GPA of admitted students by 0.15 points (from 3.15 to 3.65), while the aim within the Learning priority involves the increase of undergraduates completing milestone experiences from 20% to 50%. We are already seeing results just two years into the Vision, as the school is anticipated to meet and exceed some KPI targets by the end of 2017. According to the June 2017 report, the number of Freshmen applicants is expected to reach 7,250 – a number that is well above 2020’s target of 6,000. Beyond metrics, these changes are also rippling throughout campus – the construction of the brandnew Wellness and Events

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Center on Warren Street plays into the Investments in Infrastructure objective and the opening of NJII in CKB is part of the goal of developing greater private sector partnerships for the Scholarly Research strategic priority – and students are feeling the improvements, whether they agree with them or not. Anne Marie Lim, a sophomore Civil Engineering major and Honors scholar, is one student who is excited about the changes that are happening around campus. “I would say that [the 2020 Vision plan] can only help our university, as long as the funds are used efficiently. I think we would benefit a lot from it.” she stated. When asked about which part of the plan is particularly interesting to her, Anne Marie was quick to speak about increasing representation for women and underrepresented minorities within the Community strategic priority: “Based on NJIT’s location and affordability, it’s the ideal school for continuing on the path of

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increasing representation for these groups in STEM fields.” she said. While many students like Anne Marie are excited about these anticipated changes, many also believe that the 2020 Vision does not address smaller problems that the student body faces today. “The whole program sounds great, but when NJIT can’t do simple things like get everyone the classes that they want or get anyone housed properly, how can we expect them to do those things?” says Adithya Kannan, a senior Biomedical Engineering student, “NJIT thinks that it is time to expand, but I think the school should focus on improving the problems students face today.” Regardless of the issues at hand, there is no denying that NJIT has experienced a large number of changes since the 2020 Vision was implemented in June 2015 – and since we are only two years into the plan, this is just the beginning.

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Week of September 12, 2017

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 t o r @ n j i t v e c t o 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 Joshua Rincon business-manager@njitvector. com Multimedia and Web Editor Cassidy Lavine multimedia-editor@njitvector. com


Hurricane Season By Babatunde Ojo |Managing Editor Following the events of Hurricane Harvey, the United States of America was once again slammed by another natural disaster – one far stronger than the previous. Hurricane Irma has swept another southern U.S. state – this time Florida – in winds topping out at 120 mph. The last time the state encountered such high winds was in 2005 when it was ravaged by two category five hurricanes, Katrina and Wilma. The latter of which reaching a maximum wind speed of 185mph. The conditions needed to elevate a tropical storm up the category list is based off the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS). To be classified as a “Category 5” storm (the highest achievable category), a storm must sustain a wind speed of at least 156mph. The collateral damage inflicted by each of these storms has a lasting effect as seen in New Orleans, Louisiana. More than ten years have passed since Katrina decimated the area and there is still progress being made to restore the city. Hurricane Harvey was the most recent hurricane to have touched the United States, and was at most a category four storm. Despite this, the amount of damages done to the state of Texas, where the storm had reached its peak, is unlike any other the state has experienced. Mass flooding devastated the areas resulting in the destruction

of approximately one-hundred thousand homes. At this time, the overall cost in damages for Harvey is not yet known, but may exceed that of a projected $70 billion. “I spent summers growing up in Florida and preparing for any incoming hurricanes was honestly the norm.” said Austin Dalton, a third-year dual majoring in Computer Science and Information Technology. According to Austin, the building code in Florida is catered towards the defending against extreme weather conditions. Compared to locations such as New Orleans that do not experience dangerous weather

conditions as often, Florida citizens are accustomed to the possibility of a powerful storm strolling through the state. The biggest worry for most is the possibility of losing power. Unlike the severe flooding damages compared to Hurricane Harvey, Florida homes are built to handle the situation. “A majority of Florida homes have basins at the bottom of lawns to trap water and allow it to flow down and away through the neighborhood” continued Austin. When comparing Florida’s ability to cope with storms compared to New Jersey, Texas, and Louisiana, Austin believes that due to the

frequency of terrible weather conditions, Florida may not be in as much peril as expected. “For Hurricane Irene, we (New Jersey) overprepared and for Hurricane Sandy we underprepared. In Florida, they’re always prepared, but it is more casual and the citizens don’t panic as much as in other states.”

Photography Editor Regee Lozada photography-editor@njitvector. com

Music at NJIT

SENIOR STAFF Copy Editors Colin Bayne Shuhrah Chowdhury Karen Ayoub Katrina David Nanditha Lakshmanan Scott Rogust Social Media Managers Shrina Patel Marzia Rahman World News Editor Ianiz Patchedijev Sports Editor Scott Rogust Senior Staff Shanee Halevi Beshoy Shokralla Micaela Itona Zohaeb Atiq Ahmed Javed Riya Pamar Amisha Naik Jonathan Martinez Yagiz Balkay Nikhil Kanoor

Memory of Dr. Herman A. Estrin and Roger Hernande z

By Jay Kappraf | Contributing Writer

This fall the NJIT Music Initiative is beginning its third year and has quickly become a fixture in the NJIT landscape. Each week three musical ensembles meet to rehearse in preparation for a concert at the end of the semester. The string ensemble, conducted by Karen Pinoci, meets on Thursdays from 4:15 – 6:15 in Campus Center room B35 of the campus center. The wind ensemble, conducted by Nicholas Santoro, meets on Wednesdays from 4:15 – 6:15 in Central King Building room 116, and the Jazz band, led by Dave Rimelis, meets on Tuesdays from


7-9PM in Campus Center room B35. The Music Initiative is housed in the Theater Arts and Technology Program under director Michele Rittenhouse and student participants are eligible to earn one credit per semester up to a total of 3 credits for participating in one of the ensembles. Students may email and request a permit to enter the course. Send your name, ID number, section you are interested in joining for THTR222.001, 003 or 005. Also, students should be on

the lookout for concerts where musicians are brought in outside of the school. This semester, Ed Shea a percussionist from the Broadway scene will be coming to perform on Oct 6 and Francoise Choveaux a French pianist and composer will be coming on Nov 29 to perform her own compositions together with an art show relating to the pieces entitled Music in Museums. This semester promises to continue the same quality of excellence that we have learned to expect under the expert tutelage of our wonderful conductors.

In addition, this fall the string ensemble will be joining with the Rutgers-Newark chorus to perform the Pocabel Magnificat. In addition to students, administration and staff are welcome to join the ensembles. If you are an interested musician, get your instrument out of mothballs and join us. If you don’t have an instrument but wish to play in one of the groups, we may be able to supply you with one. For further information you can contact

String Ensamble Thursday 4:15pm- 6:15pm CC B35 Wind Ensamble

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Week of September 12, 2017 EDITORIAL

More Than Just One Person By Babatunde Ojo |Managing Editor

The everyman has daily responsibilities on their mind that take precedence over anything else happening around them. Going to and from work, balancing their finances to prepare for any upcoming bills, and socializing with their peers may be too time consuming for most when the day comes to an end. This leaves them in a situation where they lack the energy necessary to keep up with what is happening in their town, state, or even country. It is the job of journalists and news publications to pass on truthful information to individuals who do not have the time to connect the dots. If the people are fed misinformation, it can manipulate their decision making, regardless of the possible malicious intent behind the source of information. Whether the misinformation results in a “good” or “bad” ending, the reputation of the source of information is damaged and the truth becomes unimportant. The job of a journalist is to ask questions and form a story around the answers they find. Some answers may lead to more questions creating a never-ending chase down the rabbit hole. These questions and answers take time to think of and require even more time to form an in-depth conclusion worthy of meeting the public eye. This goes back to the everyman who does not have the time (and possibly the resources) to dive into a question and connect the dots to form a cohesive conclusion. The amount of time and energy

that goes into publishing a weekly paper filled with content is a daunting task for small sized college newspapers. The everyman in this case are regular college students who may be taking on a high amount of credits, working full/part-time, or are interested in their own club affairs. Thinking of unique ways to convey information to the public while maintaining their interest is a difficult feat, but worthwhile for the few who learn something new from reading the paper. Just like any national paper, if an article were to be published with false information, readers would be led astray by the information and lose trust in said publication. Researching info for an article can be easy or difficult depending on the content of the piece being written. There are not any corners that can be cut due to the standards set by the industry. Time and time again, readers notice mistakes and inconsistencies in every article and to combat this, there is a process to check for misinformation, spelling, grammar and most importantly plagiarism. In the case of plagiarism, the student at fault would take the brunt of the punishment. Compared to the writer of a plagiarized article, where it is not just the individual at fault, but the entire publication.

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9/7/17 11:58 AM Resident Student reported the theft of her Wells Fargo Debit Card. She last had the card in an Uber vehicle when she was dropped off in front of Laurel Hall. 10:38 PM Non-affiliate was issued a summons in lieu of arrest for an Open Container at Central and MLK Blvd. 11:07 PM Two NJIT Students were issued summonses for Open Containers in front of 277 MLK Blvd. 11:44 PM NJIT Student was issued a summons for an Open Container in front of 279 MLK. Blvd.

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The Aftermath By Sarah Umer | Staff Writer During the late afternoon hours on August 17, 2017, Barcelona witnessed the deadliest terror attack to take place in recent memory. At approximately 5 p.m. local time, a van was driven into the crowds on the main street, Las Ramblas. The aftermath resulted in 15 people dead and more than 130 injured. As the driver escaped, the city remained on lockdown until Monday, August 21 when a shootout between police and the suspect resulted in the driver’s (identified as Younes Abouyaaqoub) death. In the days following the attack, many marches and feelings of anti-hate, anti-fascism, and antiterrorism were prevalent citywide. A rally consisting of more than 2500 Muslims took place on Thursday, August 24, where, not only this attack, but all attacks carried out in the name of Islam, were condemned. The largest rally took place on Saturday, August 26, where more than 500,000 people attended an anti-fascism march. I saw the days following the attacks firsthand. I arrived in Barcelona on the 18th of August, not quite sure what to expect when I landed. Many of my friends and family asked me prior to boarding if I was scared, if I was sure if I still wanted to go, if I’d be alright. Never the type to scare easily, I assured them I’d be fine. But I was not “fine,” my heart was broken and I was grieving. Barcelona was my home. My old

apartment is a mere 600 feet from where the attacks occurred. Had these attacks taken place four years earlier, it’s entirely possible I could have been a victim. That’s the part that made everything real for me. Any one of my friends working on the Rambla could have been a victim, any one of them who lived right off the Rambla, as I once did. After finally making my way to the city’s center, love and solidarity were on full display. Candlelight memorials, Anti-Isis signs, chants of “No tenim por”—Catalan for “We are not afraid”— were up and down the Rambla. The amount of love was beautiful and the show of solidarity absolutely powerful. Being amongst the crowds of people from all corners of the globe to show our respect and love, to show that we were there in spite of the hate that transpired, was one of the most inspiring things I’ve had the pleasure of taking part in. All of us on the Rambla were grieving. All of our hearts were broken—not just for Barcelona, but for Berlin, Nice, London, New York City, a world that often seems like it’s too broken to fix. In the face of all the tragedy that seems to surround us in the world, we have always managed to bounce back. We rise from the ashes. We become stronger. But never do we become afraid.

Photo Credit: Sarah Umer Note left at one of the memorial sites: “Yes, we cry because we have a heart, but we are not afraid. Barcelona, I love you”

Photo Credit: Sarah Umer

Photo Credit: Sarah Umer Biggest candlelight memorial, located at the corner of the Rambla and Plaza de Catalunya (where the attack began)

Left, Right & Middle What is the Difference Between Free Speech & Hate Speech By Babatunde Ojo | Managing Editor

By Beshoy Shokralla |Senior Staff Writer

By Jean-Paul Rincon| Contributing Writer







The difference between free speech and hate speech is that hate speech falls under the umbrella of free speech. Free speech allows American citizens the right to express their thoughts verbally or artistically without worrying about the government censoring the original message. In other countries, such as Russia and China, the people and the press are unable to speak truthfully if it has the chance of slandering a powerful public figure – at least without fearing for their own safety. In America, hate speech may not necessarily be one hundred percent true, but that does not mean it should be censored. Ultimately, it is up to the individual receiving the message to decide to believe in the words being spoken by anyone else, President, new station and neighbor alike. The individual may ignore the hate speech or speak out against it using their own right to speak freely. The one exception to the rule – when hate speech crosses the line unprotected by free speech – is when the speech leads to imminent violence.

The first amendment is the most known of the amendments in the Bill of Rights. Despite this, there has been an ever-growing debate between what constitutes unconstitutional hate speech and what truly is free speech. While there is no defined list of what is free speech, the United States Supreme Court has defined what speech is not protected under the first amendment. Types of speech that are not covered by the first amendment, according to the Supreme Court, are: speech that incites violence, speech that incites suicide, some types of false statements (such as libel, slander), obscenity and child pornography, fighting words, offensive speech, and speech owned by others (copyright). A lot of the problems we run into today are people arguing whether certain viewpoints such as those of racist groups, meet the definition of offensive speech. The legal definition of hate speech is very strict in many of the cases, and there are very complex tests put in place to decide the difference. Regardless, unless words are directly inviting violence, I don't believe it's fair to limit speech because of political differences. Using the government to limit other’s political activity will only yield bad precedent.

Liberty and freedom of speech come hand in hand, this is the principle that our forefather built our beloved republic on. However, over censorship is a path towards oppression as seen in Syria. Like all good things, there has to be a limit where a good thing towards into a bad thing, this limit is hate speech. The Supreme Court has upheld there is no hate speech exception in the first amendment through its ruling in Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, in which the Supreme Court ruled any words that incite violence, or hatred are not protected. Thus, arises the question why can various white nationalist groups conduct rallies and have not been suppressed by the authorities. Well, the answer is in the 1992 R.A.V. v. City of St. Paul Supreme Court case, the Supreme Court ruled “hate speech” is protected unless it incites violence. As a Libertarian Conservative, I believe it is essential to protect the rights and liberties of every individual no matter whom they are or what they are. However, there comes a point where the law must prevail. If we do not safeguard ourselves from bigotry and hate we will follow the same path as Rome, towards self-destruction. As the great Benjamin Franklin once said “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech”. We are a virtuous people, let us always believe in liberty, equality and fraternity for all.



COLLECTIONS; voices from around campus

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When are Headphones Too Loud? Preventative Health Tips By Marzia Rahman | Senior Staff Writer

By Prasanna Tati | Editor in Chief

THIS WEEK: A Collection of Our College Bucket List Items Each week, students send anonymous text, email, and phone responses to our weekly ‘Collections’ prompt. Send us your response for next week’s prompt: What was your worst dating experience at NJIT? Email us at with the subject line ‘Collections’. S; Note: All responses are posted exactly as they were received. Understand there is an unwritten [sic] after every possibly erroneous (or not) response. Forward slashes are inserted to indicate line breaks.

“Lol. Get laid?” “Get free textbooks and access codes” “Finding out who I am?” “I want a job before I graduate.” “Befriend a GDS worker.”

People listening with earbuds and headphones is a common sight whether on campus, while commuting, or as leisure. In fact, some of us are guilty of turning up the sound so loud that others can hear it despite wearing their own listening devices. We also spend a lot of time using them, which may cause irreparable harm. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 1.1 billion people, from ages 12 to 35, are at risk of hearing loss due to listening to increased volumes of music, further heightened by the extensive use of smartphones and other portable devices. In fact, the incidence of hearing damage has increased over the past ten years, according to WHO. Unfortunately, once damage to hearing has occurred, it cannot be reversed. The human ear functions to convert sound waves to electrical waves. Those electrical waves are then transmitted to the brain, which then makes sense of the sound we hear. Ear damage can occur for many different reasons, though they often center around three main reasons: how intensity of the sound, how close a person is to the source of the sound, and how long a person was exposed to the source of sound. Noise-induced hearing loss is a term which describes an impairment in hearing due to continued exposure to loud sounds. How loud or intense sound is measured by the unit decibels. For example, a whisper is about 30 db, a normal conversation is about 60 decibels, and sirens are 120 decibels. Listening to sounds less than 75 decibels will not normally do any harm. However, listening

to sounds more than about 85-90 decibels over a long period of time can lead to permanent hearing loss. To put these statistics into perspective, if a person sitting next to you can hear the sound from your listening device, the volume is too loud. Another way to test the intensity of volume is to set the device at your normal volume and hold the device at arm's length. If you can still hear the sound, the volume is too high. Another aspect to consider is the impact of different listening devices. Interestingly, earbuds are more harmful to ears than headphones. Because of their design, earbuds are more intrusive as they directly enter the ear canal. This positioning can increase the decibel level of the sound you are hearing. Even though hearing loss is permanent, there are ways to prevent or at least lessen the damage to ears. To prevent hearing damage, doctors advise wearing larger headphones that cover the ear instead of earbuds, which are more intrusive and directly enter the ear. The WHO recommends using noisecanceling headphones, which may prevent users from turning up the volume too high. Moderation is also key. People should aim to listen for at about sixty percent of the maximum volume for no more than sixty minutes a day and no more than five minutes per day at maximum volume. In general, the louder the noise or sound is, the shorter the time a person should listen.

“Actually passing college” “Go on a vacation with good friends.” “Get laid.” “Getting in A in class” “I’ve always wanted to do a semester at sea.”

“Probably to go on a roadtrip with the boys...I'm talking about country wide and even Canada too. Just visiting all the major cities and just generally just enjoying our youth as much as we can in the span of our break or summer.”





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

What is your best or worst First Day of School memory? By Marwa Moustafa | Senior Staff Writer

Fatima Mostefasidelarbi Biology Major Freshman

Hasan Intisari Computor Science Junior "My worst first day of school memory was definitely kindergarten. I moved to the US the year before, so I was a 'FOB'--fresh off the boat. I was not that accustomed to US traditions. I refused to go to pre-school because that meant I had to leave my mom. Kindergarten came around and I had to get on that bus and my mom was leaving me. I was not having a good time. I was crying on the bus. We got to kindergarten and it wasn't that bad. But then they told me there was going to be a fire drill. I thought they were going to light the school

on fire. I thought we had to run out for our lives and I was really really upset that I was going to lose my 64 pack of Crayola crayons. So I ran to the closet, got out all my crayons and supplies, as well as my jacket. The teacher was like, 'Hasan, what are you doing?' And I said, 'I don't wanna die and I wanna bring my crayons with me'. I'm sitting there crying and she's like, 'That's not what a fire drill is'. Then she explained to me what a fire drill is and it's definitely my worst first day of school memory."

Ryan Yu IT Major Freshman "I think I just made one today. I played the banjo in front of everybody in Mr. Arnowitz's humanities class. I didn't bring it, he brought it. We were supposed to give a presentation on geese and how they fly in a V-formation. We were supposed to relate that to people because we can actually learn lessons from that V-shape formation. I don't know what he was thinking, but he said if you're not presenting you can play the banjo. My partner wasn't here today and he didn't make me present but I had to play in front of everyone. It was pretty fun. It's a great memory that I'm going to remember."

"I'm gonna say senior year. We like trashed the school. It was a f*** you. Like 'we're seniors and we don't care'. This is my best memory. We threw papers and had a water balloon fight-- not in the building, in the backyard. It was just the 'cool people' in the class. We were a graduating class of 81 students, it was 61 of us who did it. It was a very small school so we were all very close."

Amanda Contino Computer Science Junior "Best is probably freshman year when I walked into Calc II for the first time and I had Professor Horntrop. Immediately I knew that class was going to be awesome and I was much less worried about NJIT as a whole. So good professor memories, I'd say. I don't have a worst memory. I usually have good first days of school because I try not to think of them negatively."

Jose Antunes Biochemistry Major Junior

Rola Shehata Biology Major Senior

"The whole summer before high school I was very scared that it would be like in the movies, because I didn't have any family that went to high school in the US. I was very scared, not of being put in a locker because I knew I couldn't fit, but about being put in a trash can. So I spent the whole summer dreading it but when I got there, it turned out to be a really cool place. I was kinda happy and relieved and that panic just went away. And I didn't cry that night. The first day of high school was a lot of stress going up to it and then when you get there, you realize that not everyone was the spawn of Satan. Not everyone wants to murder you. It turned out to be completely fine. It was a memory that turned out to be three months of anxiety and then everything went away in an hour."

"My birthday usually lands on the first day of school. My worst memory was that I went to school in second grade and fell on my face in front of the entire school. I tripped on my own pants. I was getting off the bus and I fell ploob on my face. I never forgot it. But I embarrassed myself often, so I'm okay now. My best memory was when my sister got me a bird feeder when I was fifteen. I was really into birds back then. It was a cute gift."



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Spotlight Review By Karen Ayoub | Copy Editor “Break the Story, Break the Silence” – the slogan of the 2015 crime drama film Spotlight – rings powerfully. Based on real events, Spotlight tells the story of a news team investigating widespread child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests in the Boston area. The film gets its name from an investigative team on The Boston Globe called “Spotlight.” The Globe hires a new editor for the team named Marty Baron. A column about a lawyer named Mitchell Garabedian piques his interest in a case, in which Garabedian says Cardinal Bernard Law knew that clergyman John Geoghan was molesting children but did nothing to stop him. Baron and another reporter, Michael Rezendes, push for the Spotlight team to investigate this case that drew little press attention previously in the 1970’s. A critical pattern comes to light in the investigation: the priest John Geoghan was not the only

one guilty of child molestation. Baron and other members of the Spotlight team come to this conclusion after discovering a group called Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). They talk to the victims of such abuse, many of which share heart-wrenching stories of how life was never the same after being molested. Rezendes and Baron discover that, on the flip side, a support group for priests who exhibited pedophilic tendencies exists. The former priest in charge, Richard Sipe, indicates that statistically six percent of priests are abusive, which amounts to about ninety priests in Boston. The Spotlight team works relentlessly to see if this shocking number of child-abusing priests is truly accurate - little do they know what they have gotten themselves into. In this story of a dark, twisted epidemic, it is not as easy as one would think to root for the Spot-

light team members as “heroes.” For example, Rezendes reveals to Garabedian that he is a member of the Spotlight team, even though his superior tells him otherwise. Furthermore, there are multiple situations the reporters push the victims out of their comfort zone in speaking about their traumatic experiences. The film raises questions about the ethics of reporting, and what journalists’ limits are. For example, one of the senior editors of the Spotlight team reveals later in the film that he had been concealing important information regarding the epidemic for nearly a decade. Spotlight’s captivating story received overwhelmingly positive responses from critics and was extremely successful in the box office, grossing $92.2 million worldwide. In addition, it received three nominations for the Golden Globe Awards and won two Academy Awards. With regards to its accuracy, the

Charging: Then and Now By Amanda Soliman | Contributing Illustrator

director Tom McCarthy made several changes to the story. However, the individuals represented by movie characters confirmed the similarity to some degree. Furthermore, the Roman Catholic Church responded positively to the movie, saying that it encouraged the Church to reform itself and to remain accountable. According to Luca Pellegrini from the Vatican Radio, the reporters “made themselves examples of their most pure vocation, that of finding the facts, verifying sources.” Spotlight is a film worth watching, because like the Spotlight team members, viewers will want to know the truth of what really happened with the Catholic priests in Boston. After watching, one can decide whether to agree or disagree with Pellegrini’s statement – whether the journalists’ end justified their means.





Week of September 2017 September,12, 2017 MENS SOCCER

By NJIT Athletics


men's soccer team continued its undefeated streak with a 3-0 shutout victory over St. Francis Brooklyn Saturday afternoon. NJIT extended its win streak, improving to 5-0-1 in 2017, marking the best start in program history since 1975, when the Highlanders started the season 9-0. Saturday also marked the Highlanders second all-time win against the Terriers (last time NJIT defeated St. Francis Brooklyn in 2015, 3-2 over then #22-ranked St. Francis Brooklyn. Leading the Highlanders (5-01) was senior forward Mamadou Guirassy, who posted a careerbest five points on two goals and an assist. The senior broke the NJIT D1 single season record with his eighth goal of the season and tied his own record for points in a season holding 17 points after six

games. Guirassy also broke the NJIT D1 record for career points, surpassing former teammate Marko Drljic ('14), accumulating 42 points. To add onto his accolades, the senior is also the national leading scorer with his eight goals. The Highlanders had a 1-0 lead at halftime. The first goal of the game from Guirassy in the 34th minute, when he received a pass from freshman Pablo Jimenez, beating his defender to the left and sneaking the ball past Terrier keeper Robert Bazzichetto. NJIT piled on two more goals in the second half. In the 53rd minute, Guirassy blasted a shot from outside the 18, that was saved by Bazzicheto and ricocheted into the area of senior co-captain Danny Cordeiro, who fired another shot that was almost blocked by a Terrier defender, but

found the back of the net. Guirassy struck again in the 62nd minute with a ball from freshman Thomas Radon. Guirassy beat his defender and the keeper to comfortably stick the ball in the far corner. St. Francis Brooklyn (4-2), which came into the match ranked #8 in the Northeast Region and on a four-game win streak had their opportunities, tallying 11 shots to the Highlanders eight. NJIT's sophomore Victor Pujades and Bazzicheto posted three saves. Pujades recorded his fifth shutout and win of the season. NJIT will return to action on September 13 when the Highlanders visit Stony Brook at 7pm.



Week of September 12, 2017 WOMENS SOCCER

By NJIT Athletics


women's soccer team won its fourth straight match of the season with a 3-1 victory over visiting Rider Sunday afternoon at Kean University's East Campus Facility. The four straight wins sets a new program record (all Divisions) as the Highlanders, 4-3 on the season, move above .500. The visiting Broncs, still in search of its first win of the 2017 campaign fall to 0-6. The Highlanders held a 1-0 lead heading into halftime on a goal by Briana Hackos in the 32nd minute. The visiting Broncs knotted the contest at 1-1 after a goal by Kourtney Cunningham in the 75th minute. NJIT scored a pair of goals with five minutes remaining in the contest by freshman Katrina Nguyen-DeMary and junior cocaptain Arianna Gerber to earn the 3-1 victory. The Highlanders edged the Broncs, 17-11, in total shots and shots on goal, 10-4, while both team were even with six corner kicks. Rider started off the contest with two dangerous, scoring opportunities in the opening two minutes with a pass that slipped through the NJIT defense but saved by senior keeper Amelia Sapirman and a chip shot over the cross bar by Ellie Smith went high. In the fifth minute, NJIT's Nicole

Baldassini's right-footed shot curled wide for the first shot of the game for the Highlanders. Rider's Cunningham's shot from the top of the arc in the ninth minute was saved by Sapirman. Baldassini got off her second shot of the game, a left footed one bouncer save by Rider's Carmen Carbonell. An opportunity for NJIT to score in the first half on a give-andgo from graduate student Carly Berdan to junior forward Neema Liverpool but Rider goalkeeper Carmen Carbonell made a diving save on a collision between the two players at the six yard mark. NJIT sophomore Briana Hackos tapped in a rebound for the first goal of the game off a corner kick by junior Noelle Batista after the initial punch out save by Rider's backup goalkeeper Amy Kozlowski. Hackos notched her second goal of the season. Another dangerous scoring opportunity for the Highlanders came in the 42nd minute, after Liverpool led Gerber with a pass down the left side, who then crossed the ball into the box where freshman Carlitah Cortina's shot went high and left, nearly doubling the Highlander lead. Cortina, who nearly scored to end the first half for NJIT, chipped a shot in the first minute of the second half to the near post to the right. Cunnigham made a run into

the box in the 49th minute, but her shot sailed high. A minute later, she nearly got the Broncs on the board, gaining a step on the Highlander defense, chipping a shot high over the cross bar. Rider scored the equalizer in the 75th minute unassisted on a goal by Cunningham, who scored over a leaping Sapirman to far post, knotting game at 1-1. The goal for Cunningham was her second of the season and the fourth for Rider as a team. Under 10 minutes to play, NJIT combined for back-toback opportunities to score on consecutive headers by Heckman and Berdan. NJIT broke through with a 2-1 lead in the 85th minute on a chip pass from Berdan inside the box to freshman Katrina NguyenDeMary, for her first collegiate goal. An insurance goal for NJIT with 20 seconds remaining in the contest, credited to Gerber sealed the win for the Highlanders. After a miscommunication between the Rider defense and goalkeeper, the ball slipped past Koslowksy and rolled over the goal line before a diving Koslowsky could make the stop. NJIT will return to action on September 15 at Wagner. Kickoff is slated for 7pm.


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