The Vector: NJIT’s Student Newspaper
Vol. XCIV Issue 4 Week of September 26 , 2017
With Magnitude & Direction
NJIT Professor on Administrative Leave During Review of Alt-Right Involvement Forms the Alt-Right Corporation as Co-Founder (January 2017)
Published Prometheus and Atlas (February 2016)
Hired as a university Lecturer at NJIT (November 2016)
Resigns from Alt-Right Corporation following events in Charlottesville (August 2017)
By Prasanna Tati | Editor in Chief NJIT Lecturer Dr. Jason Jorjani was placed on administrative leave on Monday, according to Matthew Goldstein, Chief Strategy Officer of NJIT. According to President Bloom, NJIT administration is continuing their review of the situation involving Dr. Jorjani’s involvement with the alt-right movement, which was brought into the spotlight after the New York Times published a video where Dr. Jorjani appears to be making concerning statements. Last week, The New York Times featured a video as part of an opinion piece by Jesse Singal exploring the undercover report compiled by Hope Not Hate. Singal explores what the alternative right movement really is, who composes it, and why it is dangerous. The movement has been gaining momentum, according to Singal. He writes, “As a result of the growing influence of the far-right social-media ecosystem, oncemoribund hate groups in both the United States and Europe — groups that mostly existed long before “alt-right” entered
the vernacular — are enjoying a striking uptick in recruitment.’’ Singal asserts the movement is attracting mostly young white men who “appear to be exhibiting interest in far-right ideas in numbers that would have been unthinkable just a few years
a firestorm on campus with an extremely strong reaction on Reddit where users expressed their various opinions on the recent series of events and what Dr. Jorjani’s future should be at the university. As of Monday night, the article has a total of 46 comments. I n response to the article by Singal, N J I T President, Dr. Joel B l o o m sent an email to faculty and staff but not students - on Wednesday articulating that Dr. Jorjani’s statements in the video are “repugnant and antithetical to our institution’s core values.” The Faculty Senate meeting this Thursday is expected to discuss further updates on the review regarding Dr. Jorjani. According to the NJIT course schedule, Dr. Jorjani had been instructing two introductory STS lecture courses alongside one senior seminar in Humanities and Social Sciences called The History of Ideas, totaling approximately 125 students. In the video, Jorjani envisioned “a Europe, in 2050, where the bank
The Corporation that was my brainchild turned into a magnet for white trash. ago. These young men are being radicalized largely through the work of a popular group of new far-right internet personalities whose videos, blog posts and tweets have been consistently nudging the boundaries of acceptable conversation to the right — one of the explicit goals of racist extremists everywhere.’’ The piece singles out Dr. Jorjani as the “architect of the Alt-Right Corporation’’”- a label that Dr. Jorjani agrees with, because he helped consolidate multiple far-right groups into the single umbrella of the Alt-Right Corp in order to share content on the website altright.com. The recent news has created
Dr. Jorjani to take Administrative Leave (September 25, 2017)
Babatunde Ojo | Managing Editor
NY Times "Undercover With the Alt-Right" published (September 19. 2017)
notes have Adolf Hitler, Napoleon Bonaparte, Alexander the Great. And Hitler will be seen like that: like Napoleon, like Alexander, not like some weird monster who is unique in his own category — no, he is just going to be seen as a great European leader.” The video has caused a stir on campus, because many interpreted his quote to mean he endorsed Hitler. Dr. Jorjani says his words were taken out of context as a two hour conversation was stitched into a few-minute-long video clip. In response, Dr. Jorjani published a blog post on his website stating, “My nightmarish prediction of a future that would follow from Western policymakers’ failure to address the Muslim migrant crisis in the present has been taken out of context.” For the past week since the video was released, NJIT students have been discussing the news on social platforms such as Facebook and the unofficial subreddit. “I was pretty shocked because he never expressed his views while he was teaching… I was surprised this was the same guy,” said Donnell Recuerdo, a senior civil engineering major and a student of Jorjani’s in Science, Technology & Society 405 course last Spring. According to Dean Belfield of
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the College of Science and Liberal Arts, Jorjani’s year-end evaluation scores – submitted by students – are generally positive. Dean Belfield specified that there have not been any reports stating that he uses the classroom setting as a platform to share his political ideology. “I had good healthy debates with him,” said Aneesh Muthiyan, a senior majoring in Information Technology. Muthiyan said Jorjani’s knowledge of various religions was impressive, stating that he [Jorjani] knew about as much about Hinduism as himself after a long-winded discussion with him after class. Muthiyan added that, “Whenever the topic of politics or anything controversial was brought up, he made it a point of not discussing it in class.” Following the Charlottesvill rally, Dr. Jorjani and Richard Spencer have since had a falling out following the events after the Charlottesville rally. In the Sept. 20 blog post, Jorjani said he resigned from AltRight Corp. and Artkos Media because Spencer did not carry through on his promises to bring investors to their organization. In addition, he was upset at seeing “the corporation that was my brainchild turn into a magnet for white trash.’’
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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: managing-editor@njitvector. com. Advertisement Reservations are due two weeks prior to publication and should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org ADVISORS Operational Advisor Anthony LaViscount Faculty Advisor Miriam Ascarelli EXECUTIVE BOARD email@example.com Editor-in-Chief Prasanna Tati firstname.lastname@example.org Executive Editor Steve Arciniega Castro email@example.com Managing Editor Babatunde Ojo firstname.lastname@example.org Business Manager Joshua Rincon business-manager@njitvector. com Multimedia and Web 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 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 Ujjwala Rai
Memory of Dr. Herman A. Estrin and Roger Hernande z
NJIT Senate Update
Senate Meeting #2 9/20/17 By Rick Cruz| Contributing Writer There will be no senate meeting next week. Normally the Student Senate meets every Wednesday from 2:30- 4:00 in Ballroom B of the Campus Center. The guest speakers for this meeting were Chief of NJIT police Joe Marswillo and Lieutenant Mark Cyr regarding Public Safety and Albert Martinez discussing Campus Center Operations. The Public Safety Unit is considering creating a “Student Security Support” group to help improve communications between the unit and students. A committee would be created and potentially be a paid position. They also plan on expanding officers to be trained in EMT and emergency dispatch. Chief Marswillo said, “Our biggest challenge here is that we are in an urban environment in a wide-open campus. We have no physical barriers. It’s challenging as the campus grows in keeping pace with the safety perspective. How do we maintain the structure, maintain visibility.” The NJIT police has recently been accredited with the NJ State’s Association of Chiefs of Police, being in the 1 percentile of assessment with no deficiencies. Meaning that they operate within the highest ethical and professional standards the State has inscribed. The first Thursday of every month (Except January) from 7:00-7:30 p.m, in front of the Public Safety office, there will be a “lighting” survey where a walk will be done around campus grounds to determine what areas are in need of more/less lighting. Student President Mark Neubauer stated that “Public safety has been fantastic allies in working with us”. Public Safety has also become a 911 primary call center with emergency medical dispatchers. The 2nd speaker, Albert Martinez, discussed current/future renovations to student spaces and how, moving forward, the Game Room and Pub will be managed by Student Life. Some of these furnishings include on 10/6, food court tables will be replaced, the Pub will be receiving new chairs and a karaoke machine, and new furniture will be put into the library with a water station on the 2nd floor. Michael Tadros was appointed as the Public Relations Manager. As PR manager, he will be responsible for raising the profile and awareness of Student Senate in relating to the student body. Paul Adedeji beat Zackary Kellet in the race for Junior Class President and Mahek Parikh was appointed as Industrial Design Representative 3 new clubs were approved: Project HOPE, Archeological Computational Society, National Society of Leadership and Success.
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What is Cryptocurrency?
By Ralph Legge | Contributing Writer What is cryptocurrency? Most people have no idea, yet it might be the future of money. There are many kinds of cryptocurrencies, also referred to as cryptos, available such as Litecoin (LTC), Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin (BTC), & Monero (XMR). Bitcoin is one of the most popular decentralized cryptocurrencies created using a series of complex mathematical equations. This process of creating a Bitcoin is called mining and once created it is available for transactions on the network. This network behind these pseudonymous transactions in cryptocurrency is called the blockchain. The blockchain is essentially a system of ledgers, each a copy of all transactions ever that have occurred on the network. This ensures that no fraud can take place and that the whole network can maintain decentralization. Other cryptos, sometimes referred to as altcoins, have other features such as Monero which has more privacy built into its blockchain than Bitcoin and Ethereum which has a feature of digital contracts built into its blockchain. The history of Bitcoin is interesting, even the creator
Satoshi Nakamoto, is just a pseudonym. All we know is that Satoshi released his whitepaper on Bitcoin in late 2008 detailing what Bitcoin and the blockchain is. Soon followed a community of programmers who created the blockchain, and Bitcoin was born. The price for Bitcoin has increased, it was relatively low when it first released $1 for roughly 1,309 Bitcoin in 2009, to roughly $4000 for 1 Bitcoin as of September 2017. There have been people in the past to have claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto but no confirmations have been made. The identity of Satoshi will most likely remain a mystery forever. The idea behind decentralization and pseudonymous transactions doesn’t quite sit very well with governments and financial institutions. The US government has a dislike for cryptos because of its use in the online marketplaces like the famed Silk Road, the darknet marketplace shutdown in 2013, additionally, in an article by Leah Goodman on Newsweek. com, she mentioned how the US Government is monitoring bitcoin because it’s fears of cryptos undermining US interests. Banks
are also concerned and have regularly commented on their stance towards cryptocurrency, even CEO Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan and Chase voiced his fears and opinions of Bitcoin last week for CNBC calling bitcoin “a Fraud”, though from an article on fortune.com we see JPMorgan has been buying Bitcoin. As the growth of cryptos increase there might be more outrage towards them from the large institutions they stand to disrupt, but be sure they will have their piece of them, just like JPMorgan does. Why does it affect YOU, the average Joe? What does the increase in popularity and strength of cryptocurrency mean to you? An easy example of why Bitcoin is better than fiat money. Transferring money from one bank account to another account of a different bank can take days. International fees apply if transferring outside your country and it might even take longer than a few days. With Bitcoin is takes minutes, with Litecoin even less time. Cryptocurrency saves you money and time! What if you don't care for the issues of transacting times and
fees? Well, maybe you care for investment. Exchanges help provide an avenue for people to invest in cryptocurrency companies via their coins. For example, OmiseGO (OMG), a company trying to provide a system of coordination between payment processors and financial institutions in Thailand, Japan, Singapore, and Indonesia. You can use Bitcoin to purchase OMG coin on an exchange such as Bittrix.com, therefore, investing in the company. This system of exchange is easier and more direct that the stock market, which can for example even tack on more fees and taxes than online crypto exchanges. As college students, thinking towards future is vital. Why wouldn’t investing in an easy option that is both safe and cheaper than stocks and bonds be considered? Why wouldn’t better transaction times and full control of our money be important to us? There is so much potential in Bitcoin and I for one will not miss my chance to financial security and control.
The True Cost of Your Degree By David Korty | Contributing Writer Investing 4 years into anything is quite the commitment, even more so with 6 years and possibly 8. The length of acquiring degrees through a university comes with the expense of delaying your introduction to the working life. While it is not to say that universities do not give access to a much more vast audience of people, it is also quite the risk to push through college without networking. Throughout the entirety of their college degrees students are told to network with as many colleagues as possible as a way to possibly secure a future position either through a professor or a fellow student. However, where is the line drawn that students are spending too much of their time earning degrees compared to the rise in pay which is not compensated for the additional time spent studying as well as repaying added student loans. All arguments aside, if a dream career requires one to have a higher level degree such as a Master’s or Ph.D., then by all means pursue it. However, looking at this situation frugally reveals a slew of determining factors which
must be put into place before assessing the problem. Let us examine NJIT’s own tuition fees, cross-reference potential career salaries and an approximation of money which could have been earned while a student was studying. To begin, the average undergraduate NJIT in-state student who is taking 15 credits will pay $8,449.00 in tuition fees alone. Since the majority of NJIT students commute, we’ll ignore doorming fees ($4,803 on average semesterly), and add on a parking pass of $325 (semesterly) , in addition to the $1,670 yearly health insurance ($835 semesterly). With this data on average students who dorm are paying $14,922 semesterly and students who commute are paying on average $10,444. Against other tuitions of universities across the country, NJIT is quite cost-efficient against the national average of $33,480 yearly so already the thought of getting a degree from NJIT is quite smart. Congratulations, you have now graduated with your Bachelor's degree from NJIT and on your way into the workforce where on average you will earn $50,556
starting salary. While this number may not seem breathtaking, it sure beats the average salary of only having a high school diploma which is $30,500. With this information, we can now deduce a few interesting points. First, accumulating 4 years of student debt results with $119,376 for students who dorm and $83,552 for commuters; both results not factoring in interest. Secondly, the individual who dove into the working life immediately after high school was able to earn $122,000 within 4 years. Thirdly, comparing both average starting salaries leaves us with a difference of $20,056 in favor to the college graduate. What does all of this information mean when consolidated into a single point? It means earning a college degree from NJIT will prove to benefit one after approximately 11 to 12 years depending on if you were a commuter or dormer. None of the previous results take into account interest on loans, additional taxes, state funding, scholarships, grants, promotions at work (which are more likely with a degree), and much more. This time, without laying out the
data, earning a Master’s degree increases wages on average by 20% and earning a Ph.D. increases your wages by an additional 22% on top of having a Master’s. Factoring in the additional few years of schooling you’ll endure, the result is racing past the high-school diploma earner in approximately 8 years, or even 6.5 with the acquisition of a Master’s or Ph.D upon graduating. Is it worth it? Of course. Take away from this that each second you spend in school is costing you time in the future. Also, pursuing your higher degree dreams may enable you to retire happily on your ranch house in Bora Bora overlooking the coast sipping on a daiquiri.
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AROUND THE WORLD THE WORLD THIS WEEK
By Ujjwala Rai | Senior Staﬀ Writer
Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de facto leader, has canceled on this month’s UN General Assembly meet as the unrest in the Rakhine state of her country increases. The unrest is caused by the minority community of Rohingya Muslims, which has forced more than 370,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh since 25th August, as reported by the United Nations. Suu Kyi’s spokesperson said that there were two reasons for Suu Kyi to cancel- one, the currecnt state of Rakhine and second, there might be terrorist attacks in the rest of the country. The UN Security Council palns to meet on Wednesday to discuss this ongoing crisis as it has killed more
Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe has said in a statement that Japan will never tolerate any of North Korea’s dangerous actions, as North Korea fired its second ballistic missile across Japan. Japan has been trying not to give into these provocative moves, but PM Abe said that “If North Korea continues down this path, there will be no bright future.” Rex Tillerson, who is the US Secretary of State, has condemned the move and has said that China and Russia should do the same, as they are North Korea’s main economic partners. Tillerson said- “China and Russia must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own", thus pressurizing them to give a statement. So far, none of them has commented.
Zapad-2017 is a large-scale joint military exercise launced by Russia and Belarus, that is making the nearby NATO countries nervous. Russia’s defense ministry has reported that 12700 troops are participating in this exercise but NATO says that the number is higher. Thus has led to an increase in tension in and around Europe as war seems to be in the undercurrents with Belarus and Russia prepping with armored troops, aircrafts and warships. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that Zapad-2017 can be preparation for inc=vasion in Ukraine and has hence increased security on the Ukrainian borders. NATO is accusing Russia of supplying rebels with heavy arms and troop reinforcements. Russia has denied this claim, but says that some Russian “volunteers” are helping the rebels. The official end date for Zapad-2017 is 20th September, as
“Chibok girls’ were 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamists militants and kept in the Boko Haram in 2014. 100 of these girls were rescued and put through rehabilitation therapy. Now young women, they will reunite with their with their families in a party in the capital city of Abuja. The government traded five militants in exchange of the release of these women in May. They were in government custody since, undergoing therapy after the trauma they had to endure at the hands of the militants. Still, a 100 girls are held hostage in the Boko Haram camp.
NJIT Vector Summary Times Shown are Times Reported For 9/15/17 through 9/21/17
12:07AM Officer issued a summons to an ECC Student for an Open Container at 317 MLK Blvd.
9:48AM A non-affiliate was arrested for an Open Warrant subsequent to a Motor Vehicle Stop on Wickliff Street.
11:04PM Officer issued a summons to a Rutgers Student for an Open Container at 271 MLK Blvd.
12:23AM Officer issued a summons to a FDU Student for an Open Container at 317 MLK Blvd. 12:37AM Officers arrested a student for Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer at 317 MLK Blvd. 12:02PM Student reported his grey backpack was taken from an unsecured locker on the second floor of the gym at 80 Lock Street. The backpack contained a Macbook Pro Laptop, IPhone, an Apple Watch and miscellaneous items.
4:49PM The desk attendant at the Central King Building reported someone attempted to break into the cell phone charging stations.
11:09PM Officer issued a summons to an NJCU Student for an Open Container at 273 MLK Blvd. 11:22PM Officer issued a summons to a Montclair State Student for an Open Container at 321 MLK Blvd. 11:50PM Officer issued a summons to a Seton Hall Student for an Open Container at 263 MLK Blvd.
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The Cost of College Textbooks By Jason Odoom | Contributing Writer The cost of college textbooks has soared over the years. For students, this is can be an inconvenience. If a professor requires a textbook, it is mandatory that students purchase it for class or forfeit their grade. Students have very minimal options, and as result they are unable to escape from paying textbook fees that vary from class to class. Students do have an option, one that was not available tot heir parents and grandparents. There are many public and private trackers on the Internet that often host college textbooks. They have been a boon to many students and for some lifesaving, for if they were not available there would be no other option for students who cannot afford to purchase textbooks. Copyright laws protect the intellectual property of writers and their publishers, preventing anyone (especially students) from obtaining a copy of their work illegally (without purchase). Recently on NJIT’s unofficial subreddit, /r/NJTech, it was made known that a professor teaching an ethics course required that his students purchase the textbook for his course as well as provide a receipt for proof following the
release of a digital copy of the text on the class forum. Under NJIT's Acceptable Use Policy for Cyber Resources, it is required that all users abide by copyright and trademark laws relating to the use of computing resources. Posting copyrighted material on Moodle (a public forum) is a clear violation. Nevertheless, some may argue that regardless of the facts, the professor’s actions were dramatic and unnecessary. Conceivably, one of the more memorable quotes from the professor's email was, “...as a student that pays a couple thousand dollars per semester in tuition, this should not be a burdensome expense." Some may find this rationale to be absurd and even shocking from a former student. To many, this event is ironic, but a reminder to tread carefully when distributing copyrighted material in public. Particularly, in academia where the stakes are not only higher but such an outcome can have detrimental effect on one’s future. But what can students do to obtain affordable books when searching the web is no longer a viable option? There are numerous ways to combat this issue. For one,
On-Campus Opinion Not quite “Humans of NJIT.”
What is your favorite thing to do on campus? By Marwa Moustafa | Senior Staﬀ Writer
students may urge professors to use free and open source options such as the many offerings from the Openstax project. When asked how she feels about being forced to visit the site of publishers such as Pearson to purchase her textbook without choice, junior and Human Computer Interactions major, Gia Esposito stated, “They are taking advantage of the fact that we have to purchase their books and know they can charge whatever they want because their version is required. They also love making tiny additions to the books so they can act like it’s something totally new and charge insane prices for it.” The reason why college textbooks are so expensive is that there are a few major publishers who publish the editions of the textbook most college professors require that you purchase. For this reason, they have a monopoly on the market. Not to mention that most of these books are often bundled with software and access codes which are not optional. According to a 2013 article from The Atlantic, “College textbooks are 812 percent higher than they were 30 years ago.” As indicated, we can see this trend increasing over the years.
Mech. Engineering | Freshman
"I love to use the athletic center every weekend. Playing basketball with a bunch of friends and just getting together and have fun."
Gabrielle Gonzales Business | Senior
"My favorite thing to do on campus is hanging out with my friends, going out to the gym, and being outside because it's such a big beautiful campus. Also trying to meet new people, trying to go outside and interact with everyone else. Like today is such a beautiful day. We're here playing music and dancing. That's like my favorite thing to do. "
Biomedical Engineering | Senior "Probably just hang out at events that go on here, like the ones with bouncy houses, things you climb on, and stuff. I like them because you get to meet new people and make friends."
Biology | Freshman "My favorite thing to do on campus is hang out in the Tech Cafe and hang out with friends."
Post- doctoral Resarch Associate Mathematics Dept. "Talk with people in my department. I work in the math department. I'm a post doctoral researcher, so I do research projects with different faculty members. And my favorite part is getting to do research with them."
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COLLECTIONS voices from around campus
By Prasanna Tati | Editor in Chief
THIS WEEK: A Collection of Our Worst Non-Platonic Experiences at NJIT Each week, students send anonymous text, email, and phone responses to our weekly ‘Collections’ prompt. Send us your response for next week’s prompt: How far have you gone for extra money? Email us at email@example.com with the subject line ‘Collections’. Note: All responses are posted exactly as they were received. Understand there is an unwritten [sic] after every possibly erroneous (or not) response. Forward slashes are inserted to indicate line breaks.
“He was looking for something I wasn't, but told me he was. Then he complained about it to his friends, while I fell to pieces.” “As a lesbian, I have come to discover that NJIT doesn't exactly have the best dating pool. I later found out that the first girl I kissed here didn't even go to NJIT.” “We watched a movie past 10pm once and the next day he sent me nudes.” “This guy that I'm clearly not interested in and have told multiple times came up to me trying to start a convo and I was trying to ignore him when he resorted to asking me if I have any condoms.” “I fell in love with a girl then my bro and her smashed. Now they’re together and I gotta act fine around them.” “Someone on Grindr oﬀered to use a free GDS meal swipe on me.” “My current one.”
Steam Directly Aﬀects Developer's Pockets By Johnpierre Grajales | Contributing Writer The new curating system of Steam Direct has replaced Steam Greenlight and imposed a $100 recoupable publishing fee for each title, but this fee did not seem to have an effect on the number of bad games on the market. Valve has changed its old Greenlight format, where developers once paid a $100 fee to participate and create a Greenlight page, to Direct, where developers will have to pay the fee of $100 and fill out a form for every game they want to publish on the Steam Marketplace. The change was made in order to ensure quality content is being sold on the digital distribution platform. During the Greenlight phase of the Steam Store, pages were filled with “asset flippers” (games who use assets from other games directly and without contributing to creativity whatsoever) and other bogus titles. This caused indie games (games which do not have backing from a publisher), into which developers’ poured their heart and soul, to be lost in the sea of trash games. Steam Direct promised to relieve the market from these scammers by imposing a $100 fee per game and a lot of paperwork, which will hopefully deter scammers who do not want to invest this money. But similar to Greenlight, it will follow an algorithm that uses “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” from gamers to see what would be featured at the top of the list. Recent reports have shown
that Steam Direct's plan did not have the intended effect. In fact, according to Daniel Ahmad, analyst for Niko Partners, there will be 5,000 games released in 2017, a record breaking number. Although this may evoke an image of “a game for every type of player”, gamers must take note that many of these games are scams which only exist to take their money, not for their entertainment. Another problem is that indie games are having a harder time getting noticed through the masses of copycat titles. This not only affects players’ ability to find little gems in the rough, but affects the income of up and coming game developers. Sergey Galyonkin, author of Steam Spy (a website that shows Steam’s statistics and its current state of affairs), calculated that sales are up, as well as the total number of games. Much of this revenue is concentrated on the Top Ten games list (95% to be exact), which leaves the remaining revenue to be fought for between developers. This can lead to a dip in the number of indie titles on the Steam Marketplace. I, for one, hope to see Valve create a better way to curate games: I would prefer human-curation over algorithms to ensure that the store is not oversaturated with half-baked games. Only time will tell if the new Steam Direct will be a bane or a boon for both the developers and the players.
“My girlfriend broke up with me when I started college. I was grieving so badly that I missed that window of time when everyone is forming cliques and becoming friends." “Some boy I met at a frat house invited me on a date in Hoboken so next week we took the path in and we're waiting for a table at some Italian restaurant and they call our name and he had walked away for two seconds to take a phone call and so I go sit down and then like 10 minutes later I text him and he's not answering and I'm sitting at this table by myself and then after like 25 minutes I give the waitress $10 for her time and I go home and then he hit me up on Grindr weeks later and acted like he didn't ditch me in fucking Hoboken.”
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Left, Right & Middle The Current State of Politics By Babatunde Ojo | Managing Editor
By Beshoy Shokralla |Senior Staﬀ Writer
By Adrian Wong | Contributing Writer
The current state of politics is not that different when compared to any other era. Despite the advances made in technology, people still end up misinformed or trapped watching, listening or reading news that does not provide context to the situation. For example, one political event is usually followed by another. If President Trump mentions something about "Topic A", then two weeks later says something about "Topic B", it would be up to each political side to frame the political situation accordingly. Trump supporters may ignore "Topic A" and push for "Topic B" as the end all be; ignoring the context set previously. The same could be said for a Trump adversary. "Topic B" could paint Trump in a negative light and while "Topic A" provided a bit of backstory to "Topic B". The point of the example is that politics may seem more akin to "entertainment" television, but the state of politics has been consistent since JFK. Unfortunately, what has also stayed consistent is the media's portrayal of the situation and inability of searching for context by the consumer of national news.
The current political landscape is very polarized and often people try lay the blame on the other political party. Unfortunately, both parties are at fault for the current state of politics, and the sooner people realize this the sooner we’ll be able to work together as a country to fix it. Observing the last presidential race as someone who considers themselves as independent and as someone who voted third party in an obviously blue state, I noticed a lot of problems from both sides of the aisle. On the liberal side and conservative side I noticed a lot of people who focused not on issues but on name and party of the candidate. They didn’t care about Trump’s actual political plans or his platform, they simply didn’t want to elect Hillary Clinton, and vice versa. This kind of thinking blinds us to the realities of a candidate, and makes us evaluate them not as a political representative but as a social symbol. I know a lot of friends who voted Hillary not because they loved her and thought she represented them the most, but because they simply didn’t want Trump getting elected. Vice versa, when I spoke with friends from church who were planning to vote Trump, the main reason they gave me was because they thought Hillary was a horrible candidate. This thinking plagues us even at the state level, as anyone can observe from signs saying “Stop Trump and Christie, Vote Murphey!” We are so polarized now that politicians can just claim to hate our political opponents and list that as the main reason we should vote for them. That’s not where we need to be as a country, and if we want to accomplish anything, we can’t be electing officials based on who we hate. We need to pick ones that will do what the people want!
Today we can see a time where the United States is more divided than any other point in my twenty years alive. This was bound to happen given our most recent election where so many people cast their vote not because they supported a particular candidate, but rather because they hated one or two of them. Recently, there has been violence from certain minority groups on both sides. In the past year, we have seen the left, time after time, shut down conservative speakers at universities. A Brookings Institution poll shows nearly 1 in 5 college students supports violence against those who say “offensive and hurtful things.” We have seen video footage which appears to show a college professor beating a peaceful conservative over the head with a metal bike lock. A man went to the a practice for the congressional baseball game and purposefully shot the Republicans. On the other side, we recently saw an extreme conservative allegedly drive a car into a crowd at Charlottesville, Virginia. In addition at the Charlottesville rally a conservative was seen on camera firing his handgun at a counter protester. There was also a case of a man who allegedly shouted racial slurs at a two muslim women on a train before stabbing them. It seems almost as if violence has been normalized in today's world. Unacceptable violence on both sides has been a major issue recently and has shown the divide that exists in our country.
Betsy DeVos' Inadequate Attempt to Protect College Students By Victoria Nguyen | Contributing Writer On September 7 2017, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made the momentous announcement to roll back Obama-era Title IX regulations that were set in place to protect college sexual assault survivors. Secretary DeVos blamed the previous administration for lowering the standards of evidential support needed for sexual assault allegations, and pledged to defend those who were wrongly accused by such allegations. According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 mandates that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or
activity receiving federal financial assistance.” While this law is held valid in the eyes of both critics and supporters of the Obama regulations, the 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter the Obama administration sent to universities is the controversial and polarizing factor in the fight against college sexual assault. As reported by the New York Times, in the letter, the administration advised colleges to “change the standard for how to determine guilt from proof that was beyond ‘reasonable doubt’ to ‘preponderance of evidence’,” which is roughly equivalent to a 51% certainty to determine guilt. This here, is the problem for DeVos, as she has strongly emphasized the importance of protecting the group of students who have been wrongfully accused by their peers. While it is incredibly important
to treat every accused as “innocent until proven guilty,” I do not understand why DeVos has to strip away the protective rights every college student is entitled to in order to protect only one certain group of people, rather than protect the whole student body. The “Dear Colleague” letter is simply a relevant reminder that requires schools to actively pursue sexual assault cases and penalize violators who have jeopardized the safety of the schools’ environments. It is every university’s responsibility to not only educate every student that walks through their doors, but to protect, respect, and uphold their security as well. It’s already hard to provide ample evidence in a sexual assault case, and it’s already hard for survivors to come forward and experience
the consequential steps necessary in the name of justice. It is challenging to protect the rights of all parties involved, but what it is simply outrageous how Secretary DeVos has not devised any legitimate plan to substitute for the one she wants erased. She denounces Obama’s guidelines as a “failed system” but suggests that schools should come up with their own ways to address campus rape. As pointed out by New York Times writers Miriam GleckmanKrut and Nicole Bedera, under this Trump administration, who truly gets to define campus rape now? And when, I ask, should we laminate and frame the Title IX posters around the NJIT campus to remind students that we are a united front against sexual assault?
Week of September 26, 2017 SPECIAL
Letter to the Editor THIS WEEK: Lynn McVey, Executive Head of Operations NJII
I was 17 years old when a male doctor shoved his hand down my uniform pants. Straight out of high-school, I went to x-ray school. At 17, I was too naïve and scared to report the surgeon. I was also way too uncomfortable to share this story with my mom, sister or girlfriends. Looking back on this today, it appears that I must have assumed some of the blame; after all I was very friendly and outgoing. Several years later, I was sound asleep in my own bed when a “friend” took it upon himself to join me. That time, I did tell. But I became convinced that would only lead to worse outcomes. If my boyfriend found out, he would kill our “friend”, which would then lead to worse endings. So I kept my second secret. Here I am at 60 years old when I spot an advertisement in NJIT’s elevator. It’s a friendly photo of a young man with a happy Golden Retriever on his lap. Does it get more wholesome than that? The young female who shares the same ad space is the opposite of wholesome. The antonyms for wholesome are unpleasant, distasteful, objectionable, nasty, disagreeable, noxious, harmful, and insalubrious (that means seedy). Yup, those words describe her pose. She is not smiling like the young man. Her look is more of a gaze or intent stare for the camera. She certainly doesn’t look happy. Her halter top is pulled down to expose her breasts down to the nipple line. She looks unhappy. Why did this jump out at me? I can look back on my own 40 year career with pride. Less than 4% of Fortune 500 Company CEOs are females. The hospital industry has an overwhelming majority of females in the workforce; 73%. But only 18% of females become CEOs. I was fortunate to break that ceiling. I have worked side-by-side with many awesome males, and many outstanding males have reported to me. Although women are still far from holding the positions they should, I believe women have made great strides and advancements; especially here at NJII/ NJIT. The reason I am so disappointed by the grossly sexist advertisement is because I believed the world had improved for young females. For the fabulous female millennials I work with every day, I don’t want them to keep secrets for the next 43 years. But after seeing this ad in every elevator all over campus, I am shocked and disappointed. Now I believe secrets might still be rampant. Now I believe we haven’t made the great strides I thought we had.
Discipline: The Key to Creativity By Kaylin Wittmeyer | Contributing Writer When people praise exceptional creative professionals, they often talk about how incredibly talented they are. “This is amazing. I have no artistic talent,” they mutter, as they watch someone sketch a likeness or splash watercolor across the page. They speak of talent as this incredible, magical thing that one is either born with or without. But talent isn’t an ephemeral gift to be coveted. Any creative venue -- be it writing, drawing, music composition, sock puppet crafting, or anything else -requires hard work in order to perfect. Creativity is a technical skill that is developed. Discipline is the key to creativity. What does this mean? Jocko Willink is a Navy SEAL who creates podcasts explaining what discipline is, and how important it is in daily life. While Willink often speaks of physical discipline, particularly in regards to his military training, he also talks about mental fortitude and the will to succeed, which can be applied to any endeavor. Willink says that “Discipline calls
for strength, and fortitude, and will.” He explains that discipline requires daily practice. This certainly seems an apt description for many creative endeavors. A famous quote from Chuck Jones (the Looney Tunes artist who birthed Bugs Bunny, Wile E. Coyote, and others) says, “Every artist has thousands of bad drawings in them and the only way to get rid of them is to draw them out.” Author Brian Clark has similar advice for writers. He wrote: “10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer: Write. Write more. Write even more. Write even more than that. Write when you don’t want to. Write when you do. Write when you have something to say. Write when you don’t. Write every day. Keep writing.” Quotes like these are common, especially from some of the most celebrated artists. In high school, I remember scrolling through writing or art blogs, looking for advice, and I was somewhat frustrated when I discovered that every list had the same piece of advice: to just do it. Write, draw,
sing, paint. Do whatever it is you love to do, and keep doing it, because the skill develops with your discipline. So where does discipline come from? In the words of Willink: “From within... It’s an internal force. Self discipline comes from you, when you make a decision to be disciplined, when you make a decision to be better, to do more, and to be more.” Everyone is bad when they first begin. “Talent” may account for some kind of proclivity to a craft, or it may allow some to look at the world in a certain way, to wonder how they could capture it in music or paint or words. But creativity is a result of discipline, and the will to improve and to keep changing the way you perceive everyday life. Discipline not only helps you develop better technical skill, but it is often more valuable in the workplace than any “natural talent” is. In the first couple years of my high school career, I went to a panel to hear a local cartoonist speak. He said that when he first started working, he was told that his art was very good, but he
ultimately lost jobs because he completed projects last minute and did not spend enough time on them. Discipline is also the key to helping with things like “writer’s/artist’s block”. Making a commitment to work everyday, despite how creative you may feel, will ultimately help overcome the block. After all, you can edit a page of poor writing, but you cannot edit a page you did not write. This type of discipline-- the commitment to always do your best work, to practice until you master the craft, and the perseverance through the times that you don’t want to work-- really applies to any career or hobby, not just to creative endeavors. It is chosen self-discipline that allows one to really do well in something. Willink says that, “Self discipline comes when you decide that you want to make a mark on the world… And if you think that you’re not disciplined, or that you can’t be, its because you haven’t decided to create that will yet. So make the decision, make the commitment.”
Week of September 26, 2017
Devils’ Brian Boyle Diagnosed with Leukemiaiiaa By Scott Rogust |Sports Editor September 22, 2017—New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle announced in a conference call on September 19 that he has been diagnosed with an early form of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia. Boyle had not participated in practices for the better part of a week, which the Devils cited as “personal.” The 32-year-old veteran felt exhausted over the majority of the summer, which he thought was due to moving between Florida, Boston, and New Jersey, as well as having a two-yearold son and an infant daughter. Boyle underwent blood work with the Devils team internist, Dr. Michael Farber and discovered that he had an early form of CML, which is a form of cancer that is found in the bone marrow. Due to Boyle being in the early stages of CML, the disease can be treated with medications, which avoids the use of chemotherapy.
“We have a good plan of attack here, and I’m looking forward to getting on the ice and playing, to be honest,” said Boyle. “When that happens, I don’t know. But my mindset is Oct. 7 [season opener], to be honest with you. I don’t like missing games.” Boyle was signed by the Devils this offseason to a two-year, $5.5 million contract. Before that, Boyle was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings, and later spent the better part of his career with the New York Rangers from 20092014. Boyle’s play in 2014 helped the Rangers capture the Eastern Conference Championship and reach the Stanley Cup Final. The veteran center would then sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2014, where he would spend until 2017, where he was then traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. During his tenure with these various teams, Boyle made a lot
of friends in the NHL community, and they are all pulling for him to beat this disease. The consensus among all NHL players is that Boyle has the toughness to beat this disease with ease. “He's an inspiration for all of us, and he's doing all he can to get back for us, which is the least of our concern right now,” said Devils goaltender Cory Schneider. “We just want to make sure he's healthy and can live a fully, healthy life for his family and it that's the case, that's all we can ask for." “…We’re all here for him,” said Devils forward Drew Stafford. “That goes to show how closeknit the hockey community is. It doesn’t really matter where you are, people will reach out and always have support.” “…He’s a guy I’ve looked up to my whole career,” said Devils forward Jimmy Hayes. “…He’s a role model
for me and just seeing how hard he works and his compete level, this is just a minor setback for a guy who will jump all over this.” With all of the support Boyle has gotten from the hockey community, as well as the general community, Boyle is grateful for the positive vibes, as he feels this can help him return to the ice quickly. One thing that Boyle wants is for the outpouring of support to continue, as he knows that can help anyone that is fighting cancer. “We’ve had a tremendous outpouring of prayers, and I think if there is anything I can ask, it’s that that continues,” said Boyle. “That is something that I’ve seen firsthand heal cancers and heal situations that are said to be untreatable.”
2017-2018 NJIT Women's Tennis Captains Announced By NJIT Athletics Newark, NJ—The NJIT women's tennis program has selected senior Natacha Minc and sophomore Mayar Eltony to guide the Highlanders back to the ASUN Conference Tournament for the upcoming 2017-18 season. The Highlanders finished the 2016-17 season with a 3-3 mark in the ASUN Conference, reaching seven overall wins. NJIT, the third seed in the 2017 ASUN Tennis Tournament, won the school's first-ever postseason victory in the ASUN, edging the sixth seeded Kennesaw State, 4-3, advancing to the semifinals of the tournament. Then-freshman Eltony earned 2017 ASUN first-team and allFreshmen team honors while senior Nathalie Habegger, earned a spot on the 2017 ASUN Women's Tennis All-Tournament team for her performances in both matches vs. Kennesaw State and North Florida. "Both Natacha (Minc) and Mayar
(Eltony) were main reasons for the positive results that we achieved last year," first-year head coach Zaki Abdelrahman commented. "Minc was the firstever Highlander to be selected to be the Player of the Week in the ASUN. In addition, Minc started the 2017-18 season by winning the doubles tournament at Navy invitational and made to the final in singles. She is mature, energetic and a team leader. Lasy season, Eltony impressed everyone in the ASUN Conference by her skill level and the ability to handle pressure, as she represented NJIT at No. 1 singles. Her unlimited desire to compete on the highest level is inspiring to her teammates." Minc, joined the Highlanders in the Fall 2016, after transferring from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She became the Highlanders first-ever tennis athlete to earn ASUN Conference Women's Tennis Player of the
Week (March 8, 2017). The senior from Nogent-surMarne, France, moved up the Highlander lineup to third singles, finishing her first season as a Highlanders with a 15-7 overall record, which ranked second on the team. She went 7-12 in dual matches and 8-5 in tournament action, including two wins in ASUN action. She won a stretch of five matches early in the season (Oct. 29-Jan. 21) and then again later in the season, this time four straight (Feb. 11-Mar. 5). In doubles action, Minc and doubles partner Amanda Helminsky went 7-7 (all at the third spot) in dual matches and 4-1 in ASUN action. The pair won the last three-out-of-four regular season matches, including a win over USC Upstate. Eltony became the first NJIT women's tennis player to earn ASUN All-Conference honors and
second freshmen named to the ASUN Freshmen team. After joining the Highlanders in January 2017, Eltony combined for a 6-9 overall mark and 2-4 in ASUN action, including wins over Lipscomb and Kennesaw State. She finished 5-3 at second singles and played at the top spot in seven matches. In doubles action, Eltony and teammate Rafaella Sampaio combined for a 6-9 mark in dual matches, all at first doubles. The duo went 3-3 in ASUN action, defeating Kennesaw State, FGCU and Stetson at the first spot. Eltony secured the victory for the Highlanders, outlasting Kennesaw State's Alexandra Mercado, in a thrilling three-set victory, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5) tiebreaker win, at first singles, as the Highlanders defeated Kennesaw State in the ASUN quarterfinals.