The Vector: NJIT’s Student Newspaper
Vol. XCIV Issue 3 Week of September 19 , 2017
With Magnitude & Direction
The Newark Crime Rate: How Safe are You? By Beshoy Shokralla | Senior Staff Writer
Despite all the accomplishments NJIT and the city of Newark have made in reducing crime and increasing safety, an air of danger will always hang around the campus. Even before students arrive on campus, they are met with several warnings and stories about how dangerous Newark is, and how wary they need to be if they attend. The result is a culture of students being scared to leave the campus when they first arrive. Many students don’t leave campus until after the first few weeks, while others may not leave at all. An optional survey conducted by the Student Senate in the Spring 2017 semester revealed how some students feel about campus safety, on a scale from 1 to 5. When asked how safe they feel on campus, over 120 responders rated safety at ‘4’, approximately 100 rated it ‘5’, and fewer than 40 rated safety at ‘3’. This shows students are confident in the safety on campus, but when asked how safe they felt off campus, approximately 100 rated it a ‘3’, 60 rated it at ‘2’, while fewer than 40 rated it at a ‘4’. While students are confident with campus security, it is clear that there is still a lot to be done to make the area around campus more appealing. The question then becomes, how does NJIT compare to other colleges in major cities? For this comparison, Illinois Institute of Technology, a fellow tech school similar in size, and then larger and more populated campuses such as Penn State, NYU, and UC Berkeley, were chosen. The website used to obtain statistics is "ope.ed.gov/ campussafety", which is run by the Department of Education. The DoE depends on colleges to report their crime data, and does not independently verify them. The crime statistics available through the DoE cover: Burglaries, Physical Assaults, and Robberies on campus, on campus living
facilities, and on public property near campus. Disciplinary actions conducted on campus, mainly drug violations and liquor law violations on campus as well as in on-campus living facilities, are also available to all. When directly compared to a similarly-sized learning institution in a large urban city, NJIT actually reported fewer burglaries, physical assaults, and robberies on campus across 2013, 2014, and 2015. Both universities also reported very little crimes in on campus student housing facilities. As for Public Property, both campuses reported a higher number of robberies than any other crime. Both reporting the same amount for 2013, while NJIT showing a drop in 2014 and 2015, while Illinois rose in reports for 2014 then dropped in 2015. For disciplinary actions, NJIT had much fewer liquor law violations across all 3 years both on-campus and in on-campus student facilities. Compared to much bigger schools like Berkeley, NYU, and Penn State, NJIT reported less crime. In comparison to Penn State and Berkeley, NJIT had much less burglaries, robberies, and physical assaults. This is expected since larger schools have more students and are located in urban cities. The only major discrepancy comes from NYU, which reported much less crime than Penn State and Berkeley, and was similar to NJIT in terms of reports. As for disciplinary actions, as one would expect, NJIT reported fewer of them than any of the other school all three years in a row. Each school is in charge of reporting their crimes and what is considered what type of crime varies from state to state, and where the cut-off is for reporting certain crimes’ locations also differs. Thus, it is critical to realize a lot of these differences can come from inconsistencies in reporting protocols. Another important
point to note is that schools with more people and in larger cities tend to have more crime; it’s not necessarily that NJIT is a dangerous school, but more that Newark is a large city, and is therefore more susceptible to crime than smaller cities are. The data presented is not supposed to imply that Newark is actually safe, and that precautions are not needed. The data serves to contextualize the crime rate in Newark and help students and faculty alike understand that it is simply part of living in a large city.
Yearly Crime Totals Include Robbery, Burglary, and Aggravated Assault
data presented is not supposed to imply that Newark is actually “ The safe, and that precautions are not needed. The data serves to contextualize the crime rate in Newark and help students and faculty alike understand that it is simply apart of living in a large city.
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NJIT HISTORY: Robert Van Houten By Marzia Rahman | Social Media Manager Many NJIT students visit the Van Houten library on a daily basis to study, use any available computers, or to print anything deemed necessary. Despite most students making frequent visits to the building, few know the origin of the name. Robert Van Houten was the President of Newark College of Engineering, the former name for NJIT, during the years 1947 and 1970. However, his relationship with the college and the city of Newark lasted much longer than that. Van Houten was born and raised in Newark in 1905, where he also attended public school. He then became a graduate of New Jersey Normal School in 1924, the former name of Kean University, which was also originally located in Newark. Subsequently, Van Houten discovered his passion for teaching after his experience teaching in public schools of Essex and Roseland. In 1926 Van Houten entered NCE as a freshman and graduated in 1930 with a Civil Engineering degree. He was an exceptional
graduate as he received high honors in his courses, as well as a “highest general faculty honor.” Because of his extraordinary tenure achievement as a student and immense potential, the current President of NCE (at the time), President Cullimore, offered Van Houten a position as senior instructor in mathematics “with small pay and no promises”. From there, Van Houten served as “an instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, assistant to the president, assistant dean, dean, acting president, president, and president emeritus after retiring in 1970”, according to NJIT’s website. He was so loved and cherished by NCE faculty, that a letter signed by nearly all faculty members asked him to delay his retirement for two years beyond his proposed date at June 1970. Van Houten graciously declined and penned a response letter to both faculty and staff which was published in The Vector, explaining his decision to retire in 1970. Looking through the archives of The Vector, there were many issues found that were published under
his Presidency, which mention him or feature letters written by him. In a December 1969 Issue, an article titled “Pres. Van Houten Honored by Urban Assn”. "In that meeting, Van Houten was recognized for being an important and active member, as as for his past service as president from 1953-1954."Houten had represented NCE at the AUU for more than twenty years. Van Houten’s prolific career also included honorary degrees from numerous colleges which included: Stevens Institute of Technology in 1955, Doctor of Engineering; Rider College in 1955, Doctor of Science; Clarkson College of Technology in 1956, Doctor of Science; Newark State College in 1961, Doctor of Letters; Seton Hall University in 1966, Doctor of Law; and Newark College of Engineering in 1970, Doctor of Engineering.
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NJIT Professor Accused of Distributing Child Pornography By Babatunde Ojo | Managing Editor NJIT Lecturer, Paul King, has been arrested and charged following investigation results disclosing his involvement with distributing images and videos of child pornography. Following a summer-long operation spanning across multiple counties in New Jersey, the Monmouth County prosecution office has charged King and 13 others for their involvement sharing illegal and explicit images of children across the web. NJIT students and faculty are shocked upon receiving the news. Kevin Wheat, a third year Mechanical Engineering student had taken Humanities 102 with King in the past. “He was a relatively good professor. He may have expected an excessive amount of drafts for our essays, but he was open to suggestions from students for the structure of the class.” As seen by his Rate My Professor score – receiving an “Overall Quality” score of 4.3 – King seemed to be adequate in teaching his classes. “On a scale of one to ten, he was a five,” said Evan Martin, third year Electrical Engineering
student. “It’s crazy. Ask anyone from class and they would say he was a bit weird, but I definitely wouldn’t have expected it.” Whether NJIT will release a statement concerning King’s situation is not yet known. However, the online Humanities Department faculty listing no longer displays King’s name or email among the other professors. Couple this with the fact that Paul King cannot be found as an instructor in the school’s registrar system, the chances of King instructing any courses this Fall semester seem unlikely. According to the press release from the Monmouth County prosecution office, King has been charged with “one count of second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Distribution of Child Pornography) and one count of third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Possession of Child Pornography).” Each of the accused have been released on the conditions of not communicating/interacting with anyone under the age of 18 and were supervised to avoid internet usage. If convicted of each of the
charges, the defendant could be sentenced to a decade of imprisonment in New Jersey, and to parole supervision for the rest of their life. As defendants in the United States of America, King and the other defendants are presumed innocent and cannot be found guilty without evidence being brought forward in a court or trial setting. There have not been any dates set for a trial, but should there be, King will be represented in court by Daniel Petersen of Red Bank.
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Week of September 19, 2017 STUDENT SENATE
NJIT Senate Update Senate Meeting #1 9/13/17 By Daniel Cruz| Contributing Writer Dr. Marybeth Boger is the new Dean of Students and Campus Life. At the first Senate meeting she discussed the role of her office, the vision she has for its direction, and offering an open line of communication for members of the Student Senate. Her assistants are Shakera Rodgers (Executive Assistant to the Dean of Students and Campus Life) and Ms. Shyron Edwards (Administrative Assistant). Her 3 pillars were about academic integrity, student advocacy, and connection building. She also mentioned the importance of improving the “ethical behavior of taking tests” since she envisions NJIT to be in a league as renowned as MIT or Rutgers. “I want very high standards… I want NJIT to be a household name…to be one of the big IT’s.” Mike Tadros questioned her as to whether or not they would be able to help in paying off some fees to the FCC since the radio station is currently
inactive. Boger reported that she will do a background check on the situation and it would be good to have the station up given the situation with the WEC Building. The Student Senate has some good ideas to help get quality feedback on some campus problems. Students and Campus Life encompasses Resident Life, Counseling Center, Health Services, Fraternity and Sorority life, and Campus Life. She also mentioned NJIT Day being an important event on October 14th. For the longest time there was no on campus physician for people with ailments, but in recent developments the NJIT Department for Health Services has moved to Saint Michaels.
NJIT Vector Summary For 9/8/17 through 9/14/17
Times Shown are Times Reported
12:05AM Officer issued a summons to Rutgers Student for an Open Container at 317 MLK Blvd.
12:27AM Nona-affiliate was arrested for an Open Container subsequent to a Motor Vehicle Stop conducted By officers at Central Ave and Summit Street.
12:09AM Officer issued a summons to a BCC Student for an Open Container at 371 MLK Blvd. 12:30AM Officer issued a summons to a Montclair State Student for an Open Container at MLK Blvd and Bleeker Street. 4:04AM Non-affiliate was arrested for a Robbery he committed on the west side of Warren Street. The suspect used brass knuckles and assaulted a student, who sustained minor facial injuries and refused medical assistance. Two other suspects fled the scene heading west on foot. The proceeds taken during the incident were recovered by NJIT Officers. Investigation in progress.
9/9/17 5:36PM Student reported cash and a Visa Credit Card were taken a wallet at 281 MLK Blvd on 9/7/17.
9/12/17 2:47PM Student was issued a summons for skateboarding erratically in the parking Deck.
9/14/17 1:33 AM Non-affiliate was arrested for 4 Open Warrants at 317 MLK Blvd after panhandling on the property. 6:23 PM A stolen vehicle was towed from Norfolk and New Streets. 10:15 PM Officer issued a summons for an Open Container at Central Ave. and MLK Blvd. 10:35 PM Officer issued summons for an Open Container at 317 MLK Blvd. 10:38 PM Officer issued a summons for an Open Container at 317 MLK Blvd. 11:24PM Officer issued a summons for an Open Container to a Ramapo College Student at 321 MLK Blvd. 11:43 PM Officer issued a summons to a Seton Hall Student for an Open Container at 317 MLK Blvd. 11:45 PM Officer issued a summons for an Open Container to a Seton Hall Student at 317 MLK Blvd.
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NJIT THEN & NOW
Septmeber 7, 2017
By Yasmine Ibrahim| Contributing Writer The New Jersey Institute of Technology is one of the nationâ€™s top polytechnic universities. The institution prepares its students to one day be able to lead our technology-heavy world. Though NJIT is a smaller than most other technical institutions, it provides the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is proud of the fact that approximately one-fourth of New Jersey engineers are its graduates. Additionally, NJIT has one of the highest percentages of students on the pre-medical track who are accepted to medical schools nationwide. NJIT continues to develop plans that focus on the success of the university as a whole and on the future of its graduates. NJIT has a 2020 Vision - A Strategic Plan with 5 core priorities. The five goals include that the number of high achieving students who graduate should increase; the learning environment should be challenging, intellectual, and
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hands-on; scholarly research is to increase; the community is to engage locally, regionally, and globally; and investments should increase. NJIT has a rich history; it opened in 1881 as Newark Technical School, with the support of local industrialists and inventors. It then grew to be Newark College of Engineering. In 1973, the School of Architecture was added, making NJIT a polytechnic university that now proudly boasts six colleges. The school was only renamed from Newark College of Engineering to the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1975. Part of why NJIT has such a fascinating history is because it developed during the industrial age. Newark, the largest city in New Jersey, was a thriving industrial center, and also the main setting for Thomas Edison's achievements. An act passed by Essex County Assemblymen in the state legislature called "An Act to Provide for the
Establishment of Schools of Industrial Education" played a major role in the formation of the Newark Technical School; as it was believed that more schools should be established in Newark to teach its people how to help more with the ongoing industrial growth. The Newark Technical School opened on Monday, February 9, 1885 with 88 students who were motivated enough to attend the first day despite a terrible snowstorm. NJIT continues to serve in Newark's economic development, and also helps small and mediumsized companies throughout New Jersey by providing technical assistance. furthermore, NJIT is highly renowned for its challenging coursework, and high achieving graduates. NJIT is well known for its a great return value for its graduates, which they obtain quickly after they graduate. Students, faculty, and Newark eagerly await to see how the university works to achieve its 2020 Vision.
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By Babatunde Ojo | Managing Editor Jonpierre Grajales | Contributing Writer
Seventy-four alumni from the class of 1967 have written biographies reflecting upon their lives since graduating from the Newark College of Engineering, now known as the New Jersey Institute of Technology. As time moves forward, things are often left behind: pieces of pop culture, clothing trends, technology, and the events that took place while they lived “in the moment.” What stands the hands of time however, are the characteristics of those living through those time periods.
I have to admit, there were times during those tests that I sat in a trance, having no clue and wondering what everyone else was doing, both dreading the fall of the axe and at the same time looking forward to the final buzzer and my escape from the ordeal,
-Robert J. Gnerre
For some, what they remember from NCE are not the only the dread from taking tests or the stress from doing homework the next day, but the joy they partook in from activities. George Findura, EE, fondly remembers the Broadway show performed in the auditorium, which he commented on saying, “NCE wasn't known for the performing arts, but it was special for me”. Findura humorously remembers a day when he and his friends wanted to go swimming in the pool, but were greeted by kayaks instead! Although he had to take an early retirement due to his circulatory problems and bipolar disorder, he has an incredible rock and support group from his wife and her family. “She is a wonderful person, and I am lucky to have met her.” The class of ’67 underwent a transformative experience during their time at NCE/NJIT, and upon graduating, they truly had the chance to find themselves. The experience of job hunting and switching between careers was
mentioned repeatedly throughout every biography. One difference between college students then and now would be the urgency to secure a job upon graduating. Many graduates of ’67 had multiple jobs lined up and did not seem to stress the difficulty of finding a job, let alone one that was well-paying. There were no mentions of having to pay back student loans or having to deal with that kind of financial burden. Alumni did not mention the economy as often in comparison to the conversations college students would have post-2008, when the stock market crashed. Despite graduating with engineering degrees, many alumni found themselves in high-ranking positions in fields like project management, sales, financial planning or marketing. Some went and acquired a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), while others found themselves working in management. In fact, a little more than half of the graduates dropped their field of study to pursue different careers.
On-Campus Opinion Not quite “Humans of NJIT.”
Founded in the 18th century, Newark had a long rich history. What is your favorite historical landmark/site in Newark? By Marwa Moustafa | Senior Staff Writer
However, this did not occur immediately. Many graduates spent most of their early years within their initial engineering focus, it was not until they had gained enough experience that they began to climb the ladder of success. Practically every graduate bounced around job positions before being able to retire. Gary Gajewski, B.S. Electrical Engineering, was just one of the alumni who had encountered multiple career paths. “I held several jobs over the years including at Hughes Aircraft where I was a Member of Technical Staff (MTS) and then a Group Head (7 yrs),” said Gajewski. “Subsequently, at IBM I was a Staff Engineer (4 yrs), CTEC/ Program Manager (5 yrs), small businesses/VP (4 yrs). SAIC/AVP (6 yrs), SC Research Authority/VP (16 years).” Most alumni are what you would consider retired in the traditional sense. Many have built families that they stay close with as most of them have and are expecting
grandchildren. Some of their grandchildren are gearing up to take part in the college experience just as they did in ’67. The enthusiasm in finding out they were grandparents was something that stuck out. Continuing the cycle and having the opportunity to take part in their grandchildren’s lives is something many spoke excitedly about. In the fifty years that have passed since departing from NCE, many of the alumni have gained unforgettable experiences shared in their bios. Each biography is a reminder as to how complex life can be at times. When graduating and moving on to their new lives after school, they had expectations and dreams to follow through with. Whether this is unfortunate is up to the individual, but it would seem as though the alumni have enjoyed their journey thus far and continue to look forward to what the future brings.
Civil Engineering | junior
"My favorite landmark is Washington Park because it's right in front of the Robert Treat Hotel. Some conferences take place there. The last time I was there was for Latin Chambers of Commerce Conference. But it's also right next to NJPAC, so you get parking right there."
Chemistry | Junior
"I haven't been to many, but there's a statue next to the Rutgers Business School that I like. It's a statue of a horse. I just really like the structure of it."
Dr. Burt Kimmelman, PhD 3 Humanities Dept. | Literature, Communication and Arts
"My favorite landmark is Washington Park because it's right in front of the Robert Treat Hotel. Some conferences take place there. The last time I was there was for Latin Chambers of Commerce Conference. But it's also right next to NJPAC, so you get parking right there."
Indstrial Design | Senior
"My favorite landmark of Newark I guess is NJIT. It's the most personal to me. Specifically I really like the TV. It's my favorite. I think she's called 'the TV'. It's actually part of a five sculpture piece on technology scattered around the school. There's two phones; one in front of CKB and there's one in Fenster. There's a fourth one that I don't know where it is. I'm gonna find it someday. But for now, the TV is my favorite because it's obnoxious. I like it."
Computer Science | Freshman
"St. Patrick's Pro-Cathedral. It was the first cathedral of Newark. It's a really cool place. I was there over this past summer. They're still active. They have mass every weekend."
(Formally Warren St. Pizza and Cafe)
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Week of September 19, 2017
The Experience of Studying Abroad By David Korty | Contributing Writer
Millennials By Katrina David| Copy Editor & Kaylen Wittmeyer | Contributing Writer
This Tumblr quote encapsulates, in a rather on-the-nose way, what it seems to mean to be a “Millennial”. But it is possible Millennials truly are not that different from any other generation. According to the National Public Radio (NPR), it is true that people born between 1985 and 2003 (also known as “Millennials”) are marrying later, attending college longer, and facing larger student loans than any generation since the 1950’s. Perhaps this does show a shift in priorities, but it is one that evolved largely out of economic need in today’s age. With people retiring well after sixty, many Millennials are more focused on finding a job, as they are one of the most educated yet underemployed generations. Millennial ideology has proven to differ from previous generations as well. A But Millennials are not just believed to value different things than the generations before them. There are many stereotypes that have come to haunt Millennials, such as the belief that they’re under-motivated and entitled, that they can not take criticism, and that
they hold no respect for tradition. There have been thousands of news articles headlined with “Why Millennials are Killing…”, filled in with everything from the napkin industry, to personal communication. Due to the commonality of these generalizations that are associated with Millennials, they even flood into the workplace, and a simple Google search will provide a thousand more sites articulating “How to Overcome Millennial Stereotypes at Work”. The general theory for this originates from a combination of parental coddling and a childhood filled with the first cell phones. The millennial stereotypes are said to stem from the notorious, “Participation Trophy”, for standing around in youth recreational sports, increased parental involvement during the early years, and a childhood overflowing with social media and new technology. Yes, these actions may have bred that sense of entitlement and the need to feel special. But maybe Millennials really aren’t that different from any previous generation; maybe
Unfortunately, the majority of NJIT students do not capitalize on the opportunity of continuing their degree overseas without falling behind. Certainly, each student's experience will be different depending on which country they choose as well as the duration of their mobility. Nonetheless, regardless of your major, NJIT has a program ready for you. Start by conducting some research on your own before truly committing to the application process. Visit www.njit.edu/ studyabroad for all the intel possible regarding your mobility abroad including the application, a list of possible countries to travel to, housing recommendations, and much more. Also, certain requirements are to be met such as having a GPA over 2.8, discussing your plan to study abroad with multiple advisors (including the dean of students), and submitting your application before upcoming deadlines. Once your application is approved, the difficulties of planning begin. Flights, housing accommodation, meal plans, and transportation should all be
planned before your departure. Of course, the advisors at the Office of Global Initiatives (located at 140 Fenster Hall) will be there with you 100% of the way to assist you in any questions or concerns you have. Furthermore, take advantage of the students who have previously traveled because they may give you tips and tricks about your upcoming adventure. While it may seem a bit overwhelming at first, it is all worth the effort. I cannot stress enough how valuable this opportunity is in regards to constructing your professional demeanor, resume building, cultural acceptance, teambuilding, and of course the luxury of being free to willingly travel. You’ll create circles of friends that range from all across the Earth, develop business relations with foreign professors, explore iconic islands, visit museums, admire historic architecture, and the list goes on and on. I encourage every reader to apply for this once (not limited to going only once) in a lifetime trip.
My generation is going to be known for wanting to die and memes.
the traits associated with being a “Millennial” are not really a “Millennial” thing. Perhaps older generations, like the Baby Boomers, are simply seeing what their parents saw in them when they were young. After all, the GI Generation was appalled at radio, television, and Elvis, and their complaints about the Baby Boomers are quite similar to what the Boomers criticize Millennials for now. While the technology available may be different, the general consensus seems quite simple: “You aren’t doing this the way that I was raised to do this, so what you’re doing must be wrong.” This is more a testament to a difference in generational thinking than a definitive characteristic of the Millennial generation. Ultimately, being young is about finding oneself. Innovation is the job of the youngest generation; they prepare to run the world in a few decades or less. This mentality of finding your own way to do things in order to produce your best work, regardless of the traditions of past generations, is and has always been a feature of the twenty-something generation.
Imagine a climate similar to that of New Jersey, then remove the humidity and stench of Newark. Breathe in the fresh air of the Tuscany region as you pass by dozens vineyards and small villages looking as if they were ripped out of paintings. You step off the train with luggage in hand to witness a red Vespa cruise by and you take your first steps onto the cobblestone streets of Siena, Italy. This is where I spent a semester overseas thanks to NJIT’s study abroad program. Before this study abroad experience, I had never flown on a plane. I had never left the country. I had never lived independently. I had never spoken a language outside of English to make conversation. I had never eaten pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in the same day. Regardless, there’s a plethora of unfamiliar activities I was thrown into, and I am thankful for each one I embraced. I know I am more developed and mature as a person after this experience and this is why I want as many fellow students as possible to also apply for this program and create their own stories.
For many Baby Boomers, this desire to succeed in the workplace manifested in the “workaholic” mentality - for Millennials, this desire manifests in the need to find “purpose” and be passionate about their careers and in their lives. Perhaps this search for a place in the world is an explanation for why Millennials are known for being “job jumpers”. Today, many - young and old - are searching for careers that offer freedom and mobility, not just a job that pays bills. And statistics show that Millennials switch jobs in their first few years of employment no more frequently than any other recent generation did, as research from the Pew Research Center shows that 3.5% more Millennials held a job than their Generation X counterparts between the ages of 18 and 35. So perhaps this is simply another way that the term “Millennial” represents a shift in perspective, not a shift in culture. Maybe the only thing Millennials are guilty of is having the ability to think more freely. It is true that the advent of technology today brought many new resources to
all, allowing people to try new things or learn about other ideas more easily than ever before. Millennials are also recognized for being the most creative in their chosen field of work their willingness to challenge conventions and innovate is being lauded for pushing businesses forward today. In a way, Millennials have to thank the Baby Boomers and other generations for allowing them the opportunities to explore the world so freely. It was the drive to create better lives for their children, to learn from their parents mistakes, that encouraged older generations to create a sort of “American Dream” for the younger generations of today. And in a few years, the Millennials will do the same for their children, ensuring that they have the ability to explore themselves and leave their own mark on the world-while warning them against the dangers of overspending on avocado toast, of course.
Week of September 19, 2017 PROFESSIONAL SPORTS
Jon Jones Stripped of UFC Title for Third Time
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September 15, 2017
By Scott Rogust | Sports Editor
UFC fighter Jon Jones was stripped of the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship on September 13 because he failed the prefight drug test at UFC 214. Jones won the light heavyweight title this past July by defeating Daniel Cormier by way of third round TKO. Shortly after the fight, however, the U.S. AntiDoping Agency confirmed that Jones had tested positive for the anabolic steroid, Turinabol, during a prefight urine test. The USADA would then undergo additional testing, and it was found that the B sample turned up positive for Turinabol. Jones’ victory was declared a no-contest by the California State Athletic Commission, and Cormier was reinstated as UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. “…the truth is I would never do steroids, I put that on my children and I put that on my Heavenly Father,” said Jones through a tweet, his only public statement
about the decisions made by the UFC and USADA. This is Jones’ second time failing a drug test in three years, and was stripped of the Light Heavyweight title three times in those years. In 2015, Jones was handed down a one-year suspension after his arrest hit-and-run incident, and was subsequently stripped of the championship. Not only that, but Jones tested positive for cocaine after he defeated Cormier in their first fight that year. In 2016, Jones returned from suspension as the interim Light Heavyweight Championship, and was set to face Cormier at UFC 200 in a title unification fight. However, mere days before the fight, Jones tested positive for two anti-estrogen agents, which are both banned by the USADA. Now Jones was suspended for the third time by the USADA, and is currently undergoing the appeals process. Jones and his camp deny that Jones willingly
took Turinabol, and claim that the positive test was caused by a tainted supplement that Jones took. If Jones loses his appeal, he will face a mandatory four-year suspension by the USADA, which could put an end to his fighting career. By the time the suspension is over, Jones will be 34-years-old, and will likely face octagon-rust. Jones has been the centerpiece of this whole controversy, but Cormier has been caught in the middle of this as well. All of Jones’ failed drug tests came in fights that involved Cormier. Despite Cormier’s UFC 214 defeat that was stricken from the record, his legacy has taken a hit. Although Cormier has won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship in the past, the UFC has banked on Jones taking the right road and finally living a clean life. However, Jones has let down not just the UFC for the past three years, but Cormier as well. “"The people around me, my
friends, they tell me that nothing has changed because if he was not fighting completely clean, then there was no fight," Cormier said in an interview with ESPN. “But I was there. I fought. In my mind, I lost a competition, but if it was an unfair competition -- I shouldn't have been in it.” Now Cormier will lead the Light Heavyweight division for the near future, but Jones’ UFC career is left in doubt. Jones had all the talent in the world, especially since he had almost a foot reach advantage over his opponents throughout his career. However, mixed martial arts fans will not be thinking about his talent in the octagon. Instead, they will only remember the numerous failed drug tests and the many opportunities that he let slip through his fingertips due to questionable decisions he has made in the past three years.
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Week of September 19, 2017 MENS SOCCER
NJIT and No. 21 Fairleigh Dickinson Play to a 1-1 Soccer Draw
By NJIT Athletics HILLSIDE, NJâ€”NJIT and No. 21 Fairleigh Dickinson played to a 1-1 men's soccer double overtime draw Saturday afternoon in non-conference action at Kean University East Campus Facility. NJIT moves to 5-1-2 after the 1-1 double overtime draw while the Knights, who entered the match undefeated and ranked in the Top-25 Men's Soccer Nation Poll, move to 5-0-1 on the season. "We played well for 110 minutes dominating in the possession by a large margin and statistically in all categories, but we came up short in our final shot in around the 18 yard box," second-year head coach Fernando Barboto added. "In the end it was a game we should of won." Fairleigh Dickinson scored in the thirty-fifth minute on a penalty kick by Ahu Obhakhan while NJIT scored the equalizer in the seventy-seventh minute on a goal by Paulino Marques.
NJIT goalkeeper Victor Pujades recorded four saves while FDU counterpart Tiago Capela notched six saves in 110 minutes of action. Senior Mamadou Guirassy, the nation's leading scorer, combined for eight shots and one shot on goal but couldn't find the back of the net for NJIT. The Highlanders closest chance to score in the overtime, came in the 109th minute as Guirassy received the ball inside the box from Andrew Nino, turned and fired quickly but his shot went wide. Pujades made an exceptional diving save in the twenty-second minute on a shot outside the 18 by Fairleigh Dickinson's Jacob Labovitz. Fairleigh Dickinson got on the board in the thirty-fifth minute on a penalty kick by Ahu Obhakhan, his fourth of the season. Two close scoring opportunities for NJIT came in the thirty-seventh minute, on a shot by Furkan Kokcu
from just above the box, which sailed high and in the fortieth minute as freshman Carlos Garcia came inches away from scoring inside the box; however, his shot was saved by the Knights keeper. In the forty-second minute, the home team had two more chances to score inside the box, on a shot blocked by defender Hugo Espuela and a shot saved by Fairleigh Dickinson's Capela, on a shot from the top of the box by Andrew Nino. An early scoring opportunity for the Highlanders came in the first minute of the second half, when freshman Thomas Radon's header off a cross went high. In the forty-ninth minute, Guirassy settled the ball inside the box off an initial shot but FDU's Capela made a one-footed save. Guirassy with another opportunity in the fifty-fifth minute, after a long serve from freshman Pablo Jimenez from the midfield, floated over the Knights
defense. Guirassy settled and shot high on a tough angle. The Highlanders got on the board in the seventy-seventh minute on a goal by Paulino Marques, his first of the season. Marques rebounded the initial shot that was taken by Pablo Jimenez and scored inside the box to the left of the diving keeper. Jimenez was credited with the assist. In the eighty-fifth minute, Guirassy nearly put the Highlanders ahead after a hard shot from outside the box but the ball curled to the right of the frame. The shots favored NJIT, 21-9 and corner kicks 17-3. NJIT will open ASUN Conference action on Wednesday at 1pm, hosting USC Upstate at Kean University's East Campus Facility.
Week of September 19, 2017 WOMENS SOCCER
3-0 Shutout Over Hampton Womenâ€™s Soccer Extends Win Streak to Six
By NJIT Athletics HILLSIDE, NJâ€”Junior forward Nicole Baldassini registered a goal and an assist in the Highlanders 3-0 shutout victory over visiting Hampton on Sunday afternoon in women's soccer non-conference action at Kean University's East Campus Facility. The win marks the sixth-straight victory for the Highlanders, which is a new program-best. The Highlanders, which started its 2017 campaign 0-3, including two overtime losses, began its winning streak on August 30. NJIT concludes the nonconference portion of its schedule with a 6-3 record, heading into ASUN Conference action on Saturday vs. Lipscomb. Hampton, in its third season as a varsity sport, is still in search for its first win of the 2017 season, falling to 0-7. The three Highlander goal scorers Sunday were: Baldassini,
freshman Jennifer Callaghan and sophomore Briana Hackos. Baldissini got the Highlanders on the board in the ninth minute after being taken down hard inside the box, resulting in a penalty kick. This was her first goal of the season. In the nineteenth minute, NJIT doubled its score on a goal by Callaghan assisted by Baldassini. Baldassini dribbled down the left side and crossed the ball to a running Callaghan inside the box for her second goal of the season. Freshman Carlitah Cortina nearly scored in the twentyfourth minute with a shot from the top of the box that curled, but Hampton's goalkeeper Maya Andrew stretched out for a diving save. An opportunity for the Highlanders in the forty-fourth minute, came on a shot by sophomore Chinyere Chambers from twnety yards out on the left
side but Hampton keeper made an exceptional save elevating and punching the ball out over the cross bar. At the half, NJIT led 2-0 and held a 10-4 advantage in shots and 4-2 in corner kicks. In the second half, Hampton's Garvin put a shot on frame in the sixty-fifth minute off a free kick, but Highlander senior keeper Amelia Sapirman grabbed the save. NJIT junior Neema Liverpool split Hampton defenders and dribbled into the box in the seventy-first minute but her shot went high, while junior captain Arianna Gerber followed up with a pair of chances in the following minutes, on a left-footed shot to the left post saved by a diving Haley Nelson and a header that went just over the cross bar. A late opportunity for Hampton to score in the eighty-eights minute came off a shot by Michelle
Zillberman, which went wide. With twenty-one seconds left in the match, Hackos scored her third goal of the season, chipping the ball over the Hampton keeper, who came out on the play. NJIT keeper Sapirman notched her fourth shutout of the season, grabbing four saves in 66:27 minutes. Graduate student Karen David finished the final 23:33, recording one save. For Hampton, starting keeper Andrews combined for five saves while backup Nelson notched five saves in the second half. The overall shots favored NJIT, 21-8, holding Hampton to just five shots on goal and 10-2 in corner kicks. NJIT will begin ASUN Conference action on September 23, hosting Lipscomb at Kean University's East Campus Facility.