The Vector: NJIT’s Student Newspaper
Vol. XCIV Issue 5 Week of October 3 , 2017
With Magnitude & Direction
The Health Department's New Digs
NJIT Establishes Partnership with St. Michael’s Medical Center By Prasanna Tati | Editor in Chief
Photo Credit: Cassidy Lavine
St. Michael’s Medical Center will be the new home of the NJIT Health Department, a partnership established over the course of this year. Students will be able to receive all of the same services they are entitled to, formerly available at the Health Department in the Fleischer Athletic Center. Last year, the lack of an oncampus physician was shown to have potentially affected student performance inside and outside of the classroom. Students were unable to receive local care and, in some cases, had to have medication prescribed and shipped from across the country. Dean of Students, Dr. Marybeth Boger, headed the initiative to restore the reliability and availability of health services on campus. “We wanted to stretch NJIT’s campus. We’re growing and expanding every year. This is just another way we can provide more space for students.” The new location of the NJIT Health Department is on the ground floor of St. Michael’s Medical Center, next to the primary care clinic. Students who wish to locate the new health clinic can follow the numerous directional signs posted throughout the hospital. In addition, the front desk of the medical center is willing to assist
students with locating the new clinic. The clinic itself is painted a bright red and accompanied by appropriate NJIT-specific signage, indicating that the space and services are exclusive to NJIT affiliates. The waiting area is newly renovated as well. For students worried about any new health insurance policies, the Health Department has not made any changes. All of the same insurance is accepted. An advantage of the new space is the bracket of a larger medical center, offering access to a larger range of services. Students will no longer have to travel to an outside clinic to have testing, MRI, and other services rendered. All testing and scanning will be conveniently done within the medical center, making it a one-stop shop for all health services. In addition, multiple primary physicians will be available to address student needs rather than just one. “We want students to feel comfortable with the new space and consider it theirs. They can even get food here or study between classes,” said Dean Boger regarding the hospital cafeteria and courtyard space. The new NJIT health clinic is still in the process of being beautified, but it is completely operational. Students who wish to make use of the new clinic may do so as soon as they would like.
The Career Fair: Two Sides, One Story By Katrina David | Copy Editor On an abnormally hot Wednesday in late September a line stretched across campus for entry into the Fleisher Athletic Center, but this time not for a basketball game or a trip to the gym. Rather, the line was filled with people waiting to attend NJIT’s 25th Annual Fall Career Fair hosted by Career Development Services. CDS calls it a “signature event of the fall semester” on their website, and for 200 employers, this year’s Career Fair marked an important beginning of the job recruitment season. Though the companies in attendance ranged from big names such as Exxon Mobil to smaller engineering and architecture firms, all sent representatives out to NJIT with the same purpose in mind. For these employers, NJIT’s Career Fair events are an opportunity to filter through the talent NJIT students have to offer and fill their vacancies, ranging from internships and co-ops to full-time positions. Giuseppe Seno, an NJIT ’13 Architecture alumnus, had the opportunity to stand on the other side of the booth this year as a representative for VRH Construction, recruiting students
interested in project management and construction. When asked about his thoughts on career fairs as a whole, Seno stated, “I personally like them. It’s a little challenge to find a position, but it’s a good chance to see what’s out there. It cuts out the online aspect of sending emails out to companies.” This challenge in finding a position begins before the Career Fair opens its doors, as recruiters suggest that students take time to prepare before even stepping foot into the event. “I think [career fairs] are effective, but students need to be doing their due diligent research,” says Lauren Smith, a campus recruiter for Cognizant, “You don’t want to be standing in line for something not aligned with your goals.” Research and preparation can mean different things for different students, and for Jeffrey Skros, a junior Chemical Engineering major, preparing for the Career Fair means taking notes. “I write down everything that I want to say, and then I review it while I’m in line to talk to recruiters,” he states. After preparing for the career fair, the next hurdle job hopefuls must
cross is the need to be memorable to the employers in attendance. As the event attracted 2,500 registered students and alumni of different ages and majors this year, it may seem impossible to stand out from the crowd. However, recruiters say that there are a few actions that hopefuls can take in order to leave a lasting impression. “Strong communication, body language, and written skills are important,” says Smith, “Job seekers should have a resume that is concise and direct as well as confidence when approaching the table.” After the final handshake of the day, both recruiters and job seekers walk away with a lot to think about. For recruiters, the end of the career fair means sifting through resumes and making phone calls. For many hopefuls, including Skros, it is the beginning of a waiting game. When asked about the personal outcome of this semester’s career fair, Jeffrey expressed a mixed bag of emotions characteristic of many job seekers in attendance. “It’s hard to tell,” he stated, “but I’m very hopeful.”
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Week of October 3, 2017
NJIT Administration Releases Updated Statement on Dr. Jorjani Review By Prasanna Tati | Editor-in-Chief NJIT Lecturer, Dr. Jason Jorjani, was placed on administrative leave on Monday September 25, according to Matthew Goldstein, Chief Strategy Officer of NJIT. 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. On Tuesday, September 19, The New York Times featured a video as part of an opinion piece by Jesse Singal exploring an undercover report by Hope Not Hate. The recent news has created a firestorm on campus with an especially strong reaction on Reddit where users expressed their various opinions on recent events and what Dr. Jorjani’s future should be at the university. Even the Faculty Senate meeting last Thursday featured faculty openly expressing their opinions on the situation. NJIT President, Dr. Joel Bloom sent an email to faculty and staff but not students - on Wednesday, September 20, articulating that Dr. Jorjani’s statements in the video are “repugnant and antithetical to our institution’s core values.”
Last Thursday, Matthew Goldman, Chief Strategy Officer of NJIT, provided an updated statement from the university: The nexus of free speech and hate speech often is a space where opinions diverge and emotions become intense. We presently are dealing with a situation where such a nexus has been created. We have stated publicly and clearly that NJIT is a university which draws great strength from the diversity of its campus community, and that statements made by Jason Jorjani in a video published by The New York Times are antithetical to our institution’s core values. As a result, a review is ongoing and Dr. Jorjani has been placed on administrative leave pending its conclusion. It is important to note that we have been aware of Jason Jorjani’s political leanings as well as controversial views he has espoused in various settings for nearly a year, yet we have made no effort to quell his speech. We all are entitled to our personal beliefs. In this instance, however, the published video has been viewed by some to advocate for both violence and illegal discrimination against groups of people based upon religious affiliation and ethnicity. This is a serious issue and has caused great angst for many in our university community who believe that such commentary crosses a distinct line. To the extent those comments promote violent outcomes and illegal discrimination, they are not simply offensive but also are potentially dangerous. Dr. Jorjani has asserted that his comments were taken out of context and has shared information with us regarding his activities and affiliations outside of NJIT in support of this assertion. We believe this situation deserves a thorough review before any permanent decisions are made. Given the volatility of the situation and disruption to the university community, however, the decision was made to place Dr. Jorjani on administrative leave until we have fully vetted the matter and determined the appropriate course of action. We have not and will not make any determination regarding Dr. Jorjani’s permanent status at NJIT until we have completed a full review of the matter and all available information related to this situation.
In the aforementioned Hope Not Hate video, Jorjani says he envisions “a Europe, in 2050, where the bank 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 fewminute-long video clip. “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 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.
We understand that some may want us to go further and others may disagree with that position. We respect both points of view, and we believe that we have chosen the most responsible course of action in responding to this situation.
Memory of Dr. Herman A. Estrin and Roger Hernande
Last week, in Issue 4, the front page timeline incorrectly stated that Dr. Jorjani was hired as a lecturer at NJIT in Fall 2016. He was actually hired in Fall 2015.
Week of October 3, 2017
Preventative Health Tips: Eating Healthier By Marzia Rahman and Siri Uppuluri | Contributing Writers
As college students, our lives are consumed with classes, studying, papers, jobs, and clubs. In the time we can squeeze into our busy schedules for meals, we often choose food that is quick, tasty and more often than not, unhealthy. Though the myth/stereotype of the “freshman fifteen” may not apply to everyone, an article in the Chicago Tribune mentioned that a study revealed that students gain an average of about ten pounds over their four years in college. ChooseMyPlate.Gov is a website under the US Department of Agriculture which features MyPlate, the latest visual food guide established in 2011, which serves as a “reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime.” Compared to previous food guides, such as the Food Pyramid from the 90s, current guidelines recommend eating less bread and more vegetables, as a general rule. The USDA recommends that one half of the plate should consist of vegetables, which should come from all subgroups: dark green, orange, red, starchy, and legumes. On a daily basis, the USDA recommends to eat about 2.5 to 3 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit. In regards to grains, one half of the plate should consist of them. The recommended daily intake for women is 3 to 5 servings, while for men, it is 4 to 8 servings. For instance, a half cup of brown rice and 1 slice of wheat bread are both 1 serving each. In general, at least
half of consumed grains should be whole grains. Furthermore, college agedadults should consume dairy that is low fat or fat free which encompasses milk, yogurt and cheese. Recommended daily intake for women and men is 3 servings. One cup of milk is one serving, for example. In addition, the recommended daily intake of protein for women is 5.5 servings and for men is 6.5 servings. One chicken breast is 3 servings while 1 ounce of nuts is considered to be 2 servings. The general rule is that protein should take up one fourth of the plate. A study conducted by Oregon State University researchers and later published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that college students struggle with attaining these recommended daily servings, especially of fruits and vegetables. Beyond struggling to get the recommended five daily servings, college students often forgo eating even one serving per day. The OSU study compared food habits between males and females, and found that while male students have slightly higher fruit and vegetable intake per week than females, both male and female students fall short of recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Moreover, the study found that both males and females consumed more than 30% of their calories from fat. This far exceeds the recommendation
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of the American Dietetic Association, which advises that calories from fat should account for no more than 30% per week. Another OSU study examined the issue of “food insecurity” among college students, which was defined by their subjects’ responses to the USDA Household Food Security Survey Module: SixItem Short Form. The assessment is designed to measure access to healthy food options. The study found that of the 354 college students aged between 19 to 24-years old involved in the study, nearly 59% expressed “food insecurity” regarding their inability to access healthy food options. While college institutions can take steps to encourage healthy and balanced diets, the ultimate responsibility for healthy eating falls on the student. There are several easy ways to adjust one’s diet, involving simple changes every day. For example, ChooseMyPlate.gov recommends
that students attempt to make their own meals, instead of relying on pre-made items. In addition, students can consider drinking water instead of other beverages such as soda or juice. Such changes can make a big impact, considering that the average American has been found to drink about 400 calories per day. Another tip for eating in the dining hall is to not linger for long periods of time. While eating can definitely be a social experience, by avoiding staying in the dining hall for long periods of time to hang out with your friends you can reduce your temptation to keep eating. Eating healthy, in addition to adequate exercise can confer numerous benefits. For instance, a proper nutrition, diet and physical activity enables one to maintain a healthy weight, be in a better mood, prevent health problems, gain increase in energy and perhaps even have a longer life.
12:16AM Officer issued a summons to a non-affiliate for an Open Container at 98 James St.
8:51AM Officer issued a summons to a non-affiliate for Public Urination at James and Burnette Street.
2:07PM Officers arrested two non-affiliates for Possession of CDS at James and Boyden Streets.
12:31PM Officers arrested two ECC Students for Possession of CDS on Raymond Blvd.
12:42AM Student reported his phone was taken from the Plaza. The phone was left on a stone planter between the Campus Center and Fenster Hall. 3:15PM Officers arrested a nonaffiliate on James and Burnette Street for Possession of CDS.
11:23PM Resident Student reported exchanging photos with a female he met via a dating site. She told him the pictures would be posted on-line in an attempt to extort money from him.
Week of October 3, 2017
On Twitter’s Free Speech and Robot Account Issue By Akinlolu Aguda | Contributing Writer On Twitter, free speech is not always free. It comes with strings that are sometimes tangled in various levels of community policies and individual interpretations There are every day conversations being held on Twitter every day. We send greetings to the world (#HelloWorld), we make announcements, we discuss current issues, and we share personal messages – Free Speech. Irrespective of the sale of personal data and advertisements based on subject interests and life activity, free speech on Twitter is free. However, what happens when a persistent user goes overboard with their rights to free speech? Say they begin to infringe on other user’s rights to express themselves (think Chuck Johnson, Yiannopoulos) or they begin to take liberty at propagating hate and violence like the recently suspended Daily Stormer. How does Twitter deal with this issue when this is after all, still free speech? Based on the rules stated on its policy page, Twitter condones no form of abusive behavior, hate speech, or negative rhetoric. Twitter’s issue however, is not whether or not it appropriately rebukes such activity as an infringement on the right of
others, but rather the handling of cases where things have become objectionable. As is expected, violation of Twitter’s terms is subject to action by the company. In the same vein, one may reasonably wonder, how does Twitter review its millions of active users everyday? In a recent transparency report, Twitter announced that over the course of about twenty three months (until January of this year), more than 935,000 accounts had been suspended for the promotion of violence, citing the use of proprietary tools to facilitate their effort. Lucrazon, for example, an e-commerce company in 2015 found that their Twitter account had been identified as spam and had been suspended. After contacting Twitter’s support, a representative revealed to Lucrazon’s account handler that Twitter uses automated systems to manage the expulsion of multiple automated spam accounts, often suspending them in bulk quantities all at once. Another user, Joseph Cox of the Daily Beast, recently got his Twitter account suspended after writing on a controversial topic at the time. He soon found out that his account’s suspension was effected due to the numerous amount of bot users
that followed him shortly after he published his work, tripping Twitter’s anti-bot spamming tools into action. Cox’s account had been targeted by an opposing party, bringing into question the justifiability of Twitter’s rampant suspension of suspected spam accounts. The application of their automated expulsion method, though seemingly efficient, is just as well quite debatable. Consider for example, if it is good practice to carelessly cause inconveniences to policy-abiding users, diminishing their user experience, and ultimately the reputation of the company. Consider how easy it is for a user to be harassed through the manipulations of this susceptible anti-spam software – is this justifiable practice? Perhaps, someone who has not gone through retrieving a suspended Twitter account may suggest that a greater good in having safe spaces for open conversation may well be worth the occasional inconvenience of being wrongfully suspended. Among the activities listed under ‘Abusive behavior’ on Twitter’s support page are ‘Multiple account abuse’, ‘Impersonation’, ‘Harassment’, and under spam descriptions, standouts like “aggressive following and
unfollowing”, sending “large numbers of duplicate replies and mentions”, “creating misleading contents and interactions”, etc. are listed. Most of these listings are activities known to be facilitated by robotic programs. A New York Times article from 2013 gives a summary of some bot applications common at the time, adducing usages from automatically replying to scrutinizing tweets with counteracting links, to their use as marketing tools to promote e-cigarettes. A recent study by Indiana University in fact, suggests that up to fifteen percent of Twitter users are bots; an estimate achieved mostly by assessing English speaking users alone. Knowing this, one can only imagine what the actual number of Twitter bots are – as the website itself can hardly tell what portion of its users are real people, and what proportion is robot. As a company that has been openly dedicated to the notion of free speech and the use of information to positive effect, Twitter needs new innovative (and reasonable) ways to properly handle its robot accounts and their activities, and perhaps, be one step further at maintaining its safe space for conversation.
Snapchat and Streaming Apps Kill Your Battery By Jonpierre Grajales | Contributing Writer
Snapchat, a video and photo sending application, is known by many of its users to be a “battery hog” or a software application that uses up a lot of battery. This can be attributed to its high bandwidth usage and its location tracking services. But the momentsharing app is not the only culprit in battery draining. Apps such as Netflix, YouTube, Google Maps, and Facebook all kill a user's battery at a staggering rate. Many of these apps run in the background to give their users the most recent data, such as Gmail fetching a recently sent email or the Weather Channel App projecting the most up-todate weather report. Netflix and YouTube must stream data for their videos and use up a lot of battery by lighting up your screen. One type of app that is a major offender of exhausting energy cells are gaming apps. These games must use a lot of data,
especially when playing in online multiplayer, storage space, and, you guessed it, battery. In fact, Verizon states games such as CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars, Ballz, Candy Crush Saga, and Asphalt 8: Airborne drain about 2.0, 2.4, 2.6, and 2.8 times more battery than normal. To combat the dreadful draining, many suggest that the user dim the screen’s light. Dimming the screen will allow for battery usage to be allocated in smaller amounts for the screen display. Another suggestion is closing all apps in your background and to disable notifications. By doing so, phones will not needlessly expend battery life on updating information when it is not being used and sending alerts on "what is trending" or "Highlights" on Twitter. Also, turning off location services and turning it back on when being used or just setting it to only use data/battery when using the
software is another viable option. Another way to beat the battery bleed is by deleting these apps all together! This may seem ridiculous, but using apps, like Facebook, on mobile browsers can reduce battery usage significantly. Although many users want to use as little battery as possible, it is inevitable that they will reach a point where they cannot optimize their setup. Two ways to save energy (to the extreme are) are to turn off the phone completely or to buy a power bank. Turning off the phone will save battery, but it will cut it off from the web (unless the user goes onto a laptop/PC) and take time to boot up. A power bank does not reduce battery usage, but provides another way to charge the phone and acts as a "second storage cell". Hopefully, this article saves you the terror of seeing the empty battery symbol on your dead phone.
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Week of October 3, 2017
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Week of October 3, 2017 LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To President Joel Bloom, Provost Fadi Deek, and the NJIT Community : On September 19th, the New York Times published an article, “Undercover in the Alt-Right,” detailing a Swedish graduate student’s year in the white supremacy movement of the United States.1 The article featured a video with New Jersey Institute of Technology University Lecturer Jason Jorjani, a co-founder of altright.com with white supremacist Richard Spencer. In the video, he predicts the redemption of Adolf Hitler as a great leader of European history, the expulsion of citizens and immigrants from the United States, and the creation of concentration camps of Muslims here in America. These comments echo sentiments found in Mr. Jorjani’s writing wherein he argues for a neo-eugenics movement that posits racial hierarchy is real and whites at the top. NJIT is a diverse community which is proud to welcome teachers, staff, and students of all nationalities, cultures, religions, and backgrounds. We, the members of the Lecturers and Educators Congress, are appalled and sickened by these hateful opinions and condemn them without reservation. As instructors, we believe these comments create a hostile learning environment for our community abridging the academic freedom of our students. Therefore, Mr. Jorjani’s words contradict the mission and culture of NJIT. Though his words may be protected by the First Amendment, much as a Klan rally is a protected expression of free speech, Mr. Jorjani’s comments do not reflect political judgments or an expression of intellectual interpretation protected by the code of academic freedom. Academic freedom is essential to a vibrant learning community and the cultivation of an informed citizenry. The LEC strongly affirms that all of our students should be free to learn in a non-hostile environment and that faculty and instructional staff should be free to pursue path-breaking and even controversial teaching and research topics to fulfill this mission. However, Mr. Jorjani’s words are hate speech designed to divide and degrade those deemed inadequate for citizenship and basic human rights. His presence among us violates our values and commitment to academic freedom for both professors and students. Therefore, we ask the administration to act to protect the academic freedom of our students and erase hate from our campus. Sincerely,
The Representatives of the Lecturers and Educators Congress New Jersey Institute of Technology
COLLECTIONS voices from around campus
By Prasanna Tati | Editor-in-Chief
THIS WEEK: A Collection of Things We’ve Done for Extra Money Each week, students send anonymous text, email, and phone responses to our weekly ‘Collections’ prompt. Send us your response for next week’s prompt: What’s the worst excuse you’ve ever given a professor? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
“It’s so hard to find ways to make extra money. I usually just try to get more hours at work.”
“A research study.” “A job?” “I do my parents favors.” “I drive for Uber and Lyft at the same time. It’s called double dipping lol.” “I made out with my gf at kappa for a free jello shot if that counts.”
Week of October 3, 2017
Is Self-Learning More Beneficial than Being in the Classroom? By Yasmine Ibrahim | Staff Writer Learning is the process of attaining new knowledge. It does not really matter the way one learns, as long as he or she is getting the information and knowledge from a reliable source that is known to be exposing the truth about a topic or an issue. Also, people can learn in different ways. Therefore, the most important part of the learning process is that the method used matches the learner's need. Recently, many debates have been made that self-learning is more beneficial and important that being in the classroom. I find that the reason behind this controversy is that recently, classroom learning became connected to e-learning. In other words, professors, instructors, and lecturers now post all their presentations online, which makes it more encouraging to students to skip classes with the excuse that they will teach themselves the material discussed
in class. However, I find that even if the materials needed to study can be found online, being in the classroom is an essential factor in passing the class. While in class, you will get the chance to question some ambiguities that come across your mind while reading a slide or so. Yet, if you are just selflearning, you may ask Google, but Google could not be able to answer your question in the same way the grader will need you to answer this same question on a test. So, being in the classroom is really important. (Be there mentally not only physically!) I would greatly recommend both being in the classroom and self-learning as well. Being in the classroom helps you outline the goal of each lesson and what is really important to know from each section. Also, it may be a good source to know what to expect on a test.
On-Campus Opinion Not quite â€œHumans of NJIT.â€?
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Although the internet may have its dangers, it is a great place for learning and inspiration. With the entire world as your audience, what would you teach them in an online video? By Marwa Moustafa | Senior Staff Writer
On the other hand, selflearning is essential in studying and mastering the subject. Selflearning should be the time that you use to master a subject and know your strengths and weaknesses on each topic. This method of learning also allows you to discover the most successful methods of studying, memorizing, and even thinking that work with you as a person. Finally, for every student reading this; please make good use of the opportunities that are offered to you. Make use of the assigned class time that is assigned mainly for the aim of your own success. Institutions want their students to graduate with knowledge rather than with the ability to pass a test. And, that is why being in a classroom is very important. But also, do not forget to know the best methods that work for you while self-learning.
Biomedical Engineering | Senior "I would teach how-to videos on ceramics. I'd try to incorporate ceramic pieces and structures from different cultures to open peoples' mind. While I'm teaching about the ceramics, I'd give background on the cultures. I'd show clay ceramics, like vases, pots, and lamps."
Mech. Engineering | Freshman "I would teach the world to be positive, especially right now with all the chaos. There are better ways to do things. Our country's pretty much separated right now and I think we can fix that with positivity. If we all joined together for some great that'd be great. "
Science, Tech, and Society | Senior "I would teach the world basic network security. I feel like a lot of people don't have proper anti-viruses installed in their commuters, let alone corporations. Make sure everyone has the proper security in place."
Environ. Engineering| Freshman "I would probably want to teach either ultimate Frisbee or Calc III once I learn it again. Ultimate Frisbee is a sport that was actually created at my high school, Columbia High School, in 1968. It's a game that's growing very quickly and has elements of other games in it, like soccer and football. People go crazy when they play it, its very competitive."
Pamela "Pam" Rivera
Biomed. & Electrical Engineering| Super Senior "I would teach how to get ready for an interview. How to have confidence when speaking to interviewers. And how to sell yourself."
Week of October 3, 2017
NJIT First Impressions
By Yasmine Ibrahim | Staff Writer
I always hear the phrase "What is your first impression?" but wasn't able to truly decide what it means exactly, or even its importance. I always find it a confusing question because you may not always feel connected to something that does not stand out to you. However, first impressions about potential colleges are very important factors in deciding where to commit. Once I realized a first impression's importance to me, I decided to analyze the first impression each college gave me. As any other high school senior, I visited many colleges and universities. But I can say that the only college I felt attached to was NJIT. My first impression gave me a lot of insight as to what my experience at NJIT would be. I felt that this would be the place where I would feel at home and
fulfill all my dreams and goals. I found that it would be the place where I could find people who care about their future and at the same time manage to enjoy life. It would be a place where I would be around many like-minded people. I was also impressed with the helpful community at NJIT. To be more specific, I did not get this impression only during the open houses, tours, or information sessions. I continued to see how helpful the community was even as I started school. As any other freshmen, I was full of anxiety during the first day of classes. I was worried that I would feel disconnected or feel like I didn't belong or that I even made the wrong college choice. Within the first couple of hours of September 5 (the first day of classes), I was able to find new
friends, talk to upperclassmen, and even get to know some professors. At that point, I was able to decide exactly what my impression of NJIT was. I was able to decide that NJIT is a great university with highly sociable people and caring professors. As I completed my first week of classes and I was introduced to many different resources and facilities, I can say that I was impressed; I liked how the college has many resources and is highly involved in research, while still being a small campus. I am really proud to be a highlander as NJIT is a place that helps build leaders, not only in your field of study but in life in general.
Left, Right & Middle Is it Okay to Punch a Nazi? By Beshoy Shokralla |Senior Staff Writer
By Adrian Wong | Contributing Writer
It depends. Is said Nazi expressing his beliefs out in public shouting "Heil Hitler"? Or are they physically attacking someone who they perceive to be of Jewish descent? In the case of the former, it is absolutely not okay to strike another individual for their beliefs, but even then there is a line that I touched upon (Issue 2 in The Vector) when comparing free and hate speech. For the latter scenario, if one is being physically harmed in anyway, you have the right to selfdefense and may then "punch a Nazi" or whoever is attacking you. The issue with this whole "Punch a Nazi" trend is that it takes away from what makes America great. Being able to combat other people verbally is more constructive than throwing down and physically assaulting one another over disagreements. The bottom line is that if you cannot handle someone spouting what you deem as hateful rhetoric, walk away. If you see that same individual laying their hands on you or someone else, maybe then is the time to take action beyond words.
Over the past few months, a popular trend has emerged on twitter. #PunchANazi is a trend that started in the midst of the previous presidential election and has continued for sometime. Some people, claiming to be acting under the banner of anti-fascism, have attacked Trump supporters and Nazi supporters. This response has stemmed from the idea that we need to fight fascism with more than words, and need to ensure that it will never spread in the United States. From my perspective though, the idea of responding to fascists (yes, even Nazi ideologies are covered under free speech) with violence to protect our freedoms is inherently contradictory. We cannot as a nation proport to stand for freedom but respond to free speech with violence. Silencing people using violence is a fascist tactic, using it against people we label as “fascist” and thinking it makes us great is woefully naive. If we truly want to defeat the fascist ideology we need to be better than them, and set a high standard for society, not stoop down to their tactics.
It is unfortunate that we live in a time where it is even questionable whether or not it is acceptable behavior to punch someone only because you two do not share the same beliefs. In this particular case- no it is not okay to punch a Nazi for being a Nazi. The only reason a person should be allowed to punch someone outside of a sport is self defense. Someone else having different beliefs is not justification to sucker punch them and put them on the fast track to CTE. It doesn’t matter what they think, you do not have the right to go out and punch someone. There really isn’t much to be said on this issue. I’m sorry if you think it is acceptable to punch someone because you are too fragile to accept that others have opinions that you dislike, regardless of how evil their opinion is. Until someone actually begins to attack you physically, you do not have the right to punch them. People are allowed to have opinions that may not seem socially acceptable. If you cannot accept that and choose to punch people with other opinions, I think you would make good friends with Eric Clanton.
By Babatunde Ojo | Managing Editor
Week of October 3, 2017
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Week of October 3, 2017
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1. A fall color. 3. The last month of autumn. 4. Someone who harvests crops. 5. Fall weather. 6. A fall color. 9. A feast in fall. 10. Gather all of the crops. 11. Red fruit. 12. A yellow vegetable that comes from a tall plant. 14. Kids wear this on October 31st. 16. The opposite of city. 19. A fall color.
2. Big orange vegetable that grows on a vine. 4. Another word for autumn. 7. The month in the middle of fall. 8. Many birds do this in autumn. 10. A scary celebration in autumn. 13. The food that the farmer grows. 15. It protects the crops from birds. 17. These turn color in fall. 18. The first month of autumn. 20. Another word for cool.
Week of October 3, 2017
Finances may go well for you this week, so try to use the money consciously and invest to reap longterm benefits.
Confusion in your love life will diminish, and any undecided decision about your lover will become clearer to you. Your love life will get even better after the end of the week.
Communication with people in your life will go especially easily. Any new people that you introduce to your family will be received positively.
You will feel extra confident, and others will notice it too. Expect more attention from your partner if you have one.
Any issues you have had recently about making decisions with someone else will meet good news: you will have a time where both of you can talk and find an answer to the problem. Just be patient.
You will be in harmony with your partner because this week it will be easier for you to put yourself in their shoes and see from their perspective.
Some stressful points in your life will loosen, and communication will be effective this week. Misinterpretation will be cleared between you and others as well.
Your social life will be extra busy this week, so make the most of the hangouts with friends and be sure to attend the events you are invited to. It will be an optimal time to reflect on what you want in a relationship.
This week, you and your partner will learn something educationally or culturally, and this new knowledge will bring both of you closer to each other.
You may feel attracted to someone by the end of the week, and they will express mutual feelings towards you. The person of interest will be characterized by knowing the business of others but will keep his/her own a mystery.
Your natural personality will be irresistible to your friends and strangers, so continue to be yourself this week.
Any worrying about a romantic relationship with a friend will be dismissed because mutual feelings will be sensed. Try to explicitly discuss how you feel with them.
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Week of October 3, 2017
Athletes of the Week
By NJIT Athletics
Junior Lukas Zvikas
NEWARK, NJ – Cross country's Kelly DiCristina was named Female Athlete of the Week for her performance at the Ted Owen Invitational on Saturday. In the meet, hosted by Central Connecticut State, the freshman placed 26th breaking the women's course record and becoming NJIT's first woman under 20 for the course clocking in at 19:49. DiCristina has been a top performer in the Highlanders first three meets, and posted a season-best run with her 19:49 5k time.
NEWARK, NJ – Lukas Zvikas from men's tennis was selected as NJIT Athlete of the Week for his performance at the Binghamton Championships over the weekend. Zvikas captured the White Singles Flight title on the final day of the championships, defeating Valentin Bouchet of Binghamton 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. On day one of the championships Zvikas picked up two wins, one in singles and one in doubles play. In the White Singles draw, Zvikas combined for an identical 6-1, 6-1 victory over Colgate's Alec Dardis. In the Green Doubles
round robin Zvikas and George Svensson beat Jason Wisely and Pere Padro Parra of Niagara 6-2. Day two Zvikas remained undefeated in singles action grabbing another two wins against Binghamton. The junior beat Amerigo Valenti 6-0, 6-0 to reach the semifinals where he then defeated Sebastian Quiros 7-6 (2), 6-3 to play in the Sunday finals. Zvikas tallied another win in Black Doubles consolation with Svensson on the final day winning against Colgate's Cameron Swanson and Bingamton's Alejandro Pena 6-4.
Volleyball Records First ASUN Win; Notches 3-1 Win Over North Floridaaa By NJIT Athletics NEWARK, NJ—NJIT senior Tess Albyn led the match with 14 kills leading the Highlanders to a 3-1 win over visiting North Florida in ASUN Conference women's volleyball action Friday night at the Fleisher Athletic Center. NJIT, winners of its last seven-out-of-eight matches, improves to 9-8 overall, 1-1 in the ASUN while the visiting Ospreys drop to 7-10 overall, 0-2 in the ASUN. The Highlanders notch its first ASUN Conference win of the 2017 season, taking the first two frames, 25-15 and 25-19 for a 2-0 lead. The visiting Ospreys rallied back to take the third set, 25-22. NJIT cruised to a 2517 victory in the fourth set to earn the 3-1 win. Albyn finished the match with a .444 hitting percentage on 14 kills, two errors on 27 attempts. Madi
Buslerfollowed with 10 kills while Iva Mandic added nine kills on 14 swings for a .429 hitting percentage. Setter Liz Benson piled up 30 assists, seven digs and four block assists while libero Adriana Nieto shared match-high honors with 12 digs followed by Alahna Diaz with nine digs. Diaz led the match with three service aces while Olivia Welsch recorded two aces as the Highlanders held a slight 8-5 edge in that category. Senior middle Adrianne Bynoe put together a strong performance in front of the net for the Highlanders, combining for seven total blocks (one solo, six assists). Bynoe added six kills with one error on 14 swings, finishing the match with a .357 hitting percentage. North Florida had two players reach double-digit
kills led by Katarina Kaicevic with 13 kills followed by Taryn Griffey with 10. Carinne Turner paced the Ospreys with 27 assists while Ashley Laborde led the way with 12 digs. Alana Shoff combined for four blocks (one solo, three assists). In the first set, the Highlanders combined for a .407 hitting percentage, combining for 14 kills on 27 swings with just three errors. Albyn led the frame with four kills followed by Mandic with three. HNJIT took control early, jumping out to a 12-7 lead and later pushing its lead to 18-11. The Highlanders went on to win 25-15 to take the first set. The second set saw seven ties and three lead changes. NJIT held a 14-10 lead but the Ospreys rallied back to pull within two the Highlanders, 16-18, resulting in an NJIT
timeout. NJIT used a 4-1 spurt to push ahead 22-17 and scored the final two points of the set for a 25-19 victory. In the third set, which was also played tight, saw its final tie in the early 20's, 22-22 after a block solo by Bynoe. North Florida closed out the set on a 3-0 spurt to earn the 25-22 win, forcing a fourth set. NJIT jumped out to a 10-5 lead in the fourth set. North Florida battled back scored six consecutive points for a one-point lead, 11-10. NJIT used a 7-1 spurt pushing ahead, 17-12 and never looked back to earn the 2517 win. The Highlanders will have a quick turnaround and host Jacksonville on Sunday at 12Noon.
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