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The Vector: NJIT’s Student Newspaper





Vol. XCIV Issue 6 Week of October 10 , 2017

With Magnitude & Direction

Where's Your Next Crib? NJIT Students' Close-Proximity Dorming Options

Photo Credit: Yagiz Balkay

By Babatunde Ojo | Managing Editor




Honors College


University Centre

For NJIT students, the only rooming options available are either on campus, across the street in the University Center, or an apartment within the boundaries of Newark. On campus, all students have the option of residing in either Cypress, Laurel, Redwood, Oak, or the Greek Village. The only exceptions to this are specific rooms in the Greek Village belonging to Greek organizations and the Honors college which is strictly for honors students. Emad Haque, a third year Biomedical Engineer, lives in the Greek Village with his brother of Phi Sigma Kappa. “. I really vibe with our village house because we treat it as an open space where we can share our living experience. That’s why living in the village was my first choice,” Haque had to say. To Haque, the only downside he needs peace and quiet to continue doing his homework. For students, the cheapest housing option available on campus is Oak, located between GITC and the Fleisher Athletic Center. Third year mathematics major, Hana Oi, has stated that she enjoys her time in Oak for the hidden benefits, “Even though the bathrooms are communal, they stay pretty clean because of how small the community of girls are in the dorm.” Oi continued saying that the only downsides to Redwood is that they still use keys to enter their rooms and

HOUSING COSTS Cheapest Housing Options (Semesterly rates/5 months)

University Center 3 Bed/3 Bath Shared ~$3,645

that students can be a bit rowdy at night, “People complain about it, but it’s not as bad as people say.” If an NJIT student does not want to stay in any of the dorms on campus, they have multiple apartment options to choose from. Most notably, is the University Centre (U.C.), located on Locke St., one on the opposite side of GITC. Most students opt to reside in the University Centre due to having the cheapest housing option at $729 a month. Nazifa Hamidullah, a fourth year Digital Design major, had original lived in Laurel Hall over the summer. Not being satisfied with her experience, she decided to give the U.C. a chance. Hamidulla used to commute during her first few years at NJIT, but does not look back now that she found a comfortable space. “I like that it's an apartment and not a dorm. There's a kitchen right in the apartment and a living room so it really feels like a home rather than just somewhere you're living in the moment.” Depending on which residency a student chooses, they may be able to choose their floor plan: a double in which two people live in the same space, a single for people who do not wish to share their space, and other options to either use a communal, shared, or private bath.

Redwood Double Room $4,150 Cypress Double Room $4,340 Laurel Double Room $4,340 Honors Double Room $4,450 Greek Village Double $4,450

The Puerto Rico Crisis By Babatunde Ojo | Managing Editor


thing. It turns out that everyone went to each other's houses and set everything up for each other.” Four days after Maria moved on, Mendez was relieved to hear back from his family, “…we spoke through Wi-Fi and he told me there was no power at all. Not any running water in the houses either. However, everyone I personally know is okay, so I'm grateful.” The aftermath of Maria resulted in almost the entire population with electricity, and roughly half without proper drinking water and cellphone services. The tragedy affects not just families and their homes, but hospitals as well. Hospitals require constant power and supplies, and with the current energy crisis they must rely on generators. This

causes internal issues such as where most of the energy being generated should go, such as to life-support machines, lights, X-ray machines, and other critical systems. The lives of patients are already in danger as few have been reported to having lost their lives. Being a Commonwealth of the United States – meaning that Puerto Rican citizens are also considered U.S. citizens – Puerto Rico is capable of receiving aide much of the same way as States. Aide in the form of the National Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “There's not remotely enough aid. I'm just an average person, and just this past weekend we sent my cousin to the island with a massive amount of rechargeable

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batteries to provide for my family. I'm frustrated because nothing has been getting done with the situation at all,” said Mendez. President Trump had approved for federal resources to support the recovery a day after the Maria made contact. There have already been voices claiming that the

current aide from the U.S. is slow and not enough to restore some balance during the situation. Many organizations have either formed or are focusing on relief for Puerto Rico.

I personally “ Everyone know is okay, so I'm grateful.

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 hurricane, ravaged Puerto Rico in early September resulting in 1 million Puerto Ricans without power. Almost two weeks later, the American commonwealth was struck again by another Category 5 storm, Hurricane Maria. By the time Maria made contact with Puerto Rico, an estimated 60,000 citizens were still without electricity. Andrew Mendez, a fourth year Medical Informatics Technology major, was able to reach out to his family in Puerto Rico before the next clash with nature, “I managed to call my cousin the night before the storm asking him how he prepared for it and if my other family members did the same

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THE VECTOR As the official student newspaper of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, our mission is to infom and entertain our readers, cultivate awareness of issues concerning the NJIT community, and provide a forum for purposeful, constructive discussion among its members. Deadlines for Articles or Letters to the Editor are due on Thursdays prior to publication at 10 P.M. Submissions should not exceed 750 words. For more information on submissions, e-mail: m a n a g i n g - e d i t o r @ n j i t v e c t o r. com. Advertisement Reservations are due two weeks prior to publication and should be sent to: ADVISORS Operational Advisor Anthony LaViscount Faculty Advisor Miriam Ascarelli EXECUTIVE BOARD Editor-in-Chief Prasanna Tati Executive Editor Steve Arciniega Castro Managing Editor Babatunde Ojo Business Manager Joshua Rincon business-manager@njitvector. com Multimedia and Web Editor Cassidy Lavine multimedia-editor@njitvector. com Photography Editor Regee Lozada photography-editor@njitvector. com SENIOR STAFF Copy Editors Colin Bayne Shuhrah Chowdhury Karen Ayoub Katrina David Nanditha Lakshmanan Scott Rogust


NJIT Senate Update Senate Meeting #4 10/4/17 By Rick "Daniel" Cruz | Staff Writer

President Joel Bloom, the guest speaker at the Student Senate meeting last week, spoke about the current state of the university, fielding several questions from senators regarding renovations and the future of enrollment. A strong advocate for the school, President Bloom captured the undivided attention of everyone in the room from start until finish. "NJIT exists for multiple purposes, but first and foremost [to] educate all of you", said the President. He mentioned that 2017 has been great for the improvement of college facilities, citing the addition of 108 new faculty, almost $20 million in renovations this past year, and the opening of the "Makers Space" this December. Senator Renel Anglade (Chem. Engineering) asked about the possibility of Tiernan Hall and Faculty Memorial Hall (FMH) being renovated. Bloom responded that although there is budget space for fixing FMH, Tiernan Hall would be more of a piecemeal project; both projects, however, are queued behind finishing other development projects first. Bloom was very hopeful in the future of the school and looked forward to working with the Student Senate in upcoming projects. He suggested the possibility of the Senate hosting a national student conference that would encapsulate some of today's critical issues facing the world. "You have to know that you are

the future. You have to be part of the improvement," he said. Senator Yasmine Elfarra (Commuter Representative and Head of Campus Improvements) asked, "as NJIT is growing how do you feel we can maintain the quality. When you look at Rutgers, It's really hard for them to still connect with the students. We still have that face ... the students can look at and talk to. I'm worried that as we're expanding if people still will see a face when they see their advisor." President Bloom agrees that there is a limit to NJIT's growth if teacher: student ratios exceed what we have now, 18:1. In the current strategic plan, 1200 students are planned to be enrolled by 2020. It would be tough to maintain the quality if the population does not increase gradually. Sugosh Anur, VP of Student Affairs, stepped down this week due to personal matters. "From my time since April, it's been great experience where I learned about my campus, how things operate as a whole, working with the administration, and the power of the student voice and how it could make a difference on campus. He discussed the focus of Student Affairs, saying that " The target of student affairs is to write proposals to get interactive equipment on campus to better the experience of students." He listed examples such as increased water bottle stations and refurbishing the Campus Center Terrace with better furniture and a golf putting space.

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NJIT Vector Summary 10/6/2017 For 9/29/17 through 10/5/17

Times Shown are Times Reported



5:25PM Student reported somebody made an unauthorized purchase with his credit card. A Gold Curtain Rod was purchased with the card and shipped to Hollywood Florida.

8:23AM Officer arrested a nonaffiliate on MLK Blvd and New Street subsequent to a motor vehicle stop for Possession of CDS.

10/1/17 2:47PM Officer arrested a nonaffiliate on Orange Street for an Open Container and 3 Open Warrants.

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

10/3/17 6:56AM Officers arrested a nonaffiliate off campus in connection with a previous theft.

5:16PM Staff Member reported the lettering on the signage of the Naimoli Center was tampered with and four letters were removed. 6:23PM Officers arrested a juvenile on Central Avenue for intentionally damaging a vehicle with her skateboard. She was processed and released to her father.





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AROUND THE WORLD The World This Week

By Ujjwala Rai | Senior Staff Writer



After North Korea’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test, China has asked North Korean companies in the Chinese territory to cease operations. This includes all Chinese companies with North Korean partners as well. China has banned textile trade and limited oil export to North Korea. China was North Korea’s best ally and with China backing out, North Korea is now politically and economically isolated. China has always been supportive of North Korea but has also had opposing opinions about its nuclear tests and escalating rhetoric. When the UN Security Council called for a vote, of which China is a member, the council unanimously voted for fresh sanctions on 11th September. China’s commerce ministry has set a deadline of 120 days from the date of the passing of the resolution for all North Korean companies in its territory to close. Now, with the severed ties with China, North Korea has lost a major portion of its foreign income.

India Gauri Lankesh, a Bengaluru-based journalist, activist and a staunch critic of the Bhartiya Janta Party, the current ruling party, was shot to death outside of her house on the evening of September 5. Her murder is a high profile case and has been the country’s top news headline since it happened, but the police still haven't been able to find a suspect or motive. On September 20, another journalist was found murdered, after he was kidnapped by a separatist group in North East India. An organization in India, known as Committee to Protect Journalists or CPJ, has released a report which states that over the last 25 years, 41 journalists have been killed who've had assignments covering politics or corruption. These journalists were deemed, “dangerous." This seems to threaten the freedom of the press in India, which is why people have taken to the streets to protest against it.

EUROPE Spain Catalonia is in the northeastern part of Spain, widely known for its beaches of Costa Brava. Recently, the region had a referendum to split from Spain and after 90% of the votes were in favor of the split, Spain has been in a state of political and constitutional crisis. There has been a violent crackdown to stop the protests, which the President of Catalonia- Carles Puigdemontsaid has been the worst violence Catalonia has seen since the military dictatorship of Francisco Franco. The Catalonia health ministry has said that 893 people were injured after Spanish police raided polling stations, dragged people out and fired rubber bullets to prevent people from voting. The Catalan President has demanded a withdrawal of Spanish forces from Catalan territory. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has said that “all acts of violence will be investigated independently and impartially.” Under the referendum legislation passed by the Catalan parliament, the regional government has 48 hours after the result is finalized to declare independence from Spain.

Russia Russia had sued journalists who wrote about the Kursk Submarine disaster in 2000. Now, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Russia has sued against free speech and must compensate the journalists. Russia must now pay 3,388 euros to a newspaper named Novaya Gazeta, and 2,170 euros to Yelena Milashina. Novaya Gazeta is an investigative newspaper and is a critic of the Kremlin. It had accused the military of allegedly failing to properly investigate the incident, which killed 118 sailors. This was based on the fact that the naval investigating officer, Viktor Kulkutin, reported that 23 sailors died after eight hours of the explosion. However, Novaya Gazeta disputed, asserting that the sailors had survived longer than that and the navy had bungled the rescue attempt. The European court ruled in favor of the newspaper as by prosecuting the journalists, the Russian defense ministry had violated Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights which safegaurds freedom of speech.



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This week with Dr. Flammang By Quratulain Malik | Contributing Writer

What is your role here at NJIT? I'm an assistant professor of Biology here at NJIT.

Where did you grow up? I’m from a small town in Connecticut, very small high school. It only had seventy-two people in its graduating class.

Where did you receive your undergraduate degree? I went on as a first-generation college student and I ended up choosing this school that gave me a full-tuition scholarship and sent me to Hawaii for a semester. It was a small liberal arts college, unfortunately though, it did not really prepare me for research. Which ultimately made it harder for me to get into any sort of graduate program.

Where did you receive your graduate degree(s)? For a couple years while I applied to programs I worked as an EMT and then as a paramedic and then finally, I crashed graduate school. I just showed up and started taking classes as a master’s student at California State University. I had met people through scientific conferences (Moss Landing Marine Labs), so I knew that was the place I wanted to go for a master’s degree, and I had made a lot of connections there, so I transferred as a paramedic with my company and started working nights as a paramedic and going into the lab during the day to finish my master’s degree. I went there originally thinking that marine ecology was what I was interested in. While I was there I realized that that wasn’t the most exciting thing to me, and I took a class on biomechanics that changed my life. I just thought that this was the most exciting stuff, it was what was keeping me up at night to read more papers. So I took a summer class at the Friday Harbor Labs at the University of Washington, and I accidentally discovered a brand-new muscle in the tail of sharks that no one had ever seen before. That turned me into being really excited about the field of biomechanics. From there, I went and I got my PhD from Harvard working with Dr. George Lauder, and he was the perfect person in helping me figure out how that muscle in the tail of sharks worked as my PhD.

When did you first come to NJIT, and why did you choose to come here? Again, with him (Dr. Lauder), I stayed on as a postdoc, because we got a Navy grant to build a fully autonomous underwater robot based on bluegill sunfish. So, I stayed there for three years as a postdoc and then I came here (NJIT). I am very interested in doing research and I really wanted to be in a position where I could help students have an opportunity to do research, because I recognized, as I said, when I was an undergraduate being at a smaller school that didn’t have research opportunities held me back, for a few years, from jumping into graduate programs and academics. I like being at a place where there are a lot of other first-generation college students and students with a lot of diversity in backgrounds who might be interested in sciences, and especially research. I’m really excited about the fact that they have a strong research program at NJIT that allows students to be able to get involved and get some hands-on experience

What are your favorite hobbies, and/or non-academic interests? I have a family, I have a seven-year-old who loves science. She started coming to the lab with me when she was six weeks old and her first word was actually “fish”. I like yoga, I do a lot of yoga for stress-relief. I like running 5Ks. Our whole lab, we do a lot of these silly obstacle course, 5K races as sort of group bonding a couple times a year.

What are your favorite classes to teach? I love that I get to teach classes that I love. Every fall I teach comparative anatomy, and that’s a really fun class. It’s really exciting, because a lot of people study anatomy from a human-only perspective; comparative anatomy tells the story of why the human body is so screwed up because of evolution. It’s fun, because it opens up a new perspective to students who take that class. Then, when I teach robotics and comparative biomechanics as well it’s sort of the same thing with perspective that students have never looked at science this way before. What I really like about those classes is that when I teach them they're mostly hands-on project-based. Students learn a little bit of conceptual material, and then they’re building things, they’re 3D printing things, they’re playing with robots trying to learn how to replicate biological phenomenon. It gives them a better understanding behind the physics of how these organisms work.

How would your students describe you? I don’t know, hyper? It’s funny, because I’ve given scientific talks so I think I’m being really calm, and people come up to me and they’re like “That was super amped, you are so intense about what you do” and I’m like “I was being really calm”. But I love what I do and I think that comes out so I’m really excited about things. I think probably excited is probably the best one I can think of.

What is one piece of advice about life you want to tell your students? Don’t be afraid to look around to find out what it is that you really want to do, we don’t get a lot of exposure to what’s actually out there in the world of science, right? A lot of people go into science thinking their options are pre-med, field ecology, or lab-based genetics. So students start their undergraduate years thinking that they have these three or four options, and then they realize when they start to learn more about specific things that there’s a lot more out there that is interesting to them and that they’re curious about. I say follow that curiosity, some of the best things in life will come out of asking questions and just taking a chance of figure out what the answers are, so don’t be afraid of changing your mind - that’s a big one. A lot of people, when they’re halfway through their undergrad, they think “Oh God, have I made a terrible mistake?” They think they’re locked into something - you’re never locked in.


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Motivation By David Korty | Staff Writer

What does motivation look like? Beyond the hills of illustration, lie the lands filled with motivation. Over the lake of hibernation, under mountains of decoration, spawns you from rehabilitation.

What does motivation smell like?

What does motivation taste like?

Breathe in air of rejuvenation, exhale the gusts of limitation. Avoid scents of procrastination, toxic fumes of exaggeration, use your perfume of inspiration.

No more oceans of dehydration, bring forth drinks of cooperation. Eat the fruit of improvisation, prepare the cake of maturation, now unleash your true motivation.

What does motivation sound like? Echoing bands of stimulation, insight riots of orchestration. Harmony bring the combination, into the ears of publication, your heart fills with illumination.

What does motivation feel like? Skin shivers with anticipation, waiting for upcoming vacations. Lay the seeds to start fermentation, stand up; exit your comfort station, grow your tree of self-pollination.

The Great Wave by Hokusai

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


Raphael Asfour

Biology Major | Junior

What is an adult and do you consider yourself one? By Marwa Moustafa | Senior Staff Writer Rama Hannineh

Biomedical Engineering | Freshman "You could take that in many different directions. An adult is responsible and independent. I'm not completely an adult. I'm responsible and mature, but I'm not independent. I still rely on my parents for a lot of things."

"An adult is someone who has their life together, and I don't. So..."


Sena Kumapley

Biomedical Engineering | Freshman


"An adult is someone that's mature enough to take care of themselves and doesn't need someone else to guide them and hold their hand through processes like taxes and owning a house. I'm not an adult in the slightest."

Dominik Utler

Computer Science Exchange Student




"Legally, I am an adult since I'm already 21. But there's more to that to being an adult. I would say, I'm glad I'm not a complete adult yet because I still have some childishness inside me and that's what I'm trying to keep for as long as possible. But other than that, it's being able to take care of responsibilities and being aware of what your actions will have an impact on."

Dr. John Egan, PhD

Professor in Technical Writing, Cultural History, and ESL | Humanities Department


"[chuckles] It depends. There's a legal answer, the legal drinking age, the voting age, or the mental age. We all act childish at times. Look at adults at a wedding or a party, or something like that, we all act childish sometimes. A part of us will never grow up. But then again, we all have different phases and facets of our lives. So in some ways we're very adult and in other ways, we still like our music, our rock and roll, or whatever was popular when we were young. I wouldn't say that we have our lives under control, but I would say that we have a general idea of what it takes to have a decent life in the world. What it takes to get jobs. If you get married and have kids, you take care of the children. But life has so many unexpected aspects, no one really knows everything they're getting into."




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From the Department of Biological Sciences at NJIT The Department of Biological Sciences at NJIT advances the understanding of living systems, from neurons to ecosystems, through research and education. We encourage academic excellence, rigorous conduct of research based on the scientific method, original thinking, and clear communication. We support the open discussion of ideas, and aim to nurture department members and students in the pursuit of science. We are proud of our outstanding students and staff, who make this possible, and of the diversity of people that engage with us in this endeavor. As part of a broader community we adhere to the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which establishes that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” On current events, we strongly object to the use of pseudoscience to support racist ideology. In particular, we object to attempts to use details related to human evolution to support eugenics and white supremacy. Such opinions have been expressed by Jason Reza Jorjani, who until recently taught some of our students in courses on science, technology and society. What we have learned in the last decade and a half of human genomics, and more than a century of human paleontology, is that humans share much more than they differ; and that epigenetics, development and environmental factors can have as much effect as the slight genetic difference among individuals. We believe that Dr. Jorjani’s beliefs, as revealed by his remarks, cannot help but produce a discriminatory and intimidating educational environment for our diverse student body. This makes him unfit to teach at NJIT, or indeed at any academic institution that considers its students to have equal value and potential.

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Dirk M. Bucher Daniel E. Bunker Eric S. Fortune Gal Haspel Horacio G. Rotstein Maria L. Stanko

M. Sherri Brown Caroline M. DeVan Simon J. Garnier Mary Konsolaki Gareth J. Russell John J. Yarotsky

FOOD REVIEW By Joshua Rincon | Business Manager Photo Credit: Shanee Halevi

Forte’s Pizza is located right on the first floor of the Campus Center and is always lively, with students and faculty coming in and out to enjoy the finest pizza on campus. Forte’s Pizza was recently upgraded with new chairs and tables to offer its patrons a more modern and comfortable environment. Some of the tables have charging ports so that people can work while they enjoy their food. The new chairs are not only stable (compared to last year’s wobbly ones), but they are more comfortable too. The restaurant has a couple of stools and tables overlooking the employees where you can watch them make the batches of delicious pizza. Forte’s offers a large selection of pizzas, ranging from the plain cheese slice to a chicken bacon ranch slice and other enjoyable varieties. In addition to pizza,

Forte’s offers sides of garlic knots and the largest calzones you will ever see. The price of your meal depends on how complex your slice is, with plain cheese pizza being the cheapest option and a Sicilian slice being one of the more expensive choices. The complexity of your order and the time of day will affect how quickly you get your food, but Forte employees typically have your meal ready for you within a few minutes of waiting. That first bite of warm crispy pizza resolves any resignation you may have had about spending a couple dollars on a slice. The sauce in particular is a highlight that marks Forte’s great quality. The slices themselves are quite large, especially the Sicilian (again, justifying the cost). If you decide to order garlic knots, ask for the sauce to dip them in - the faint sweetness of the tomatoes

is the perfect complement to the salty, doughy goodness. As a heads up, the pizza can be a little greasy and the cheese, although delicious, can be too stringy. Make sure to have a lot of napkins on hand, and maybe don’t bring a date here if you are still trying to pretend that you are not actually a mess. Forte’s friendly environment is solidified with its vibrant employees and easy-going conversations. You can hear music playing in the back as they make the pizza and you can sometimes catch a few dance moves. The pizza is always fresh and ready to be enjoyed within a short wait, thanks to their quick order taking. Forte’s offers delicious pizza at relatively low cost, at the most convenient location on campus.





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NJIT MAJOR minor By Yasmine Ibrahim | Staff Writer Whether to declare a minor or to pursue a dual degree is a welldebated topic. Students always question which looks better and which will employers find more valuable and prestigious on a resume Before declaring any extra degrees, it is important to know the difference between a major with a declared minor, a dual major, and a dual/double major. An academic minor is a secondary discipline that a student would study without going into the very core details of that declared discipline. It usually requires about 4-5 upperlevel classes to complete, but keep in mind that these upperlevel courses will likely have prerequisites that do not count towards your minor. The minor itself is only listed on academic transcripts but not diplomas.

A dual degree is when two university degrees are awarded for studying two different fields and completing the requirements of each respective field. This program, according to student opinion, requires the heaviest coursework of the three options. When graduating, dual majors receive two separate bachelor's degrees. A dual major is when two different subjects are combined in one curriculum to lead to one bachelor's degree. When it comes to deciding which is more worthwhile, the answer depends on the situation, interests, and career goals of the student. For example, for a student who wants to attend medical school as soon as possible, a minor would be preferred because it allows a student to explore a new field while keeping the degree

requirements short. Pursuing a dual degree in this case, however, will not help much because it will only take longer to complete than a single bachelor's degree and minor. There is not really an unequivocal answer to whether a dual degree or single degree with a minor is more worthwhile. Employers do not seem to prefer one over the other. Yet, they prefer an applicant who excelled in what they did, whether it was any of the two options or even none of them. So, keep in mind, just try your best in whatever you feel you are more interested in. On the other hand, though employers may not prefer one option over the other, a dual degree or dual major may allow a student to have more work opportunities because it enables the student pursue a career in any of the two majors studied.

Left, Right & Middle Thoughts on the NFL Players' Protest? By Victoria Nguyen | Contributing Writer

By Rick "Daniel" Cruz | Staff Writer

By Jean-Paul Rincon |Contributing Writer







"Taking a Knee" is a movement that has caused controversy throughout the nation and has shed light on the different attitudes the American people have in regards to addressing police brutality. Nevertheless, every individual should feel encouraged to embrace his/her right to free speech and protest. This was not held true, however, when former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem to advocate for Black Lives Matter and received backlash for it, as well as unemployment. It is unfair for Kaepernick to still be unsigned and according to The New Yorker, “blackballed” by the NFL community. It is unfair that when other football players kneel in support of Kaepernick and his stances, they get denounced as “sons of bitches” by the President of the United States. It is unfair that racial inequality is still present in society. Kneeling when the national anthem is playing is not a sign of disrespecting the flag, our servicemen and servicewomen or the beautiful ideals in which America was founded upon. Instead, it is to symbolize our desire to push our country forward and have it keep progressing to reach racial and social equality.

Taking a knee has reignited the debate of “appropriate protesting”. The players in the NFL are roughly 70% African American. Taking a knee is a means to protest the injustices of police brutality to unarmed black men and the statistical disproportionality of arrests done to black people. In contrast, there are many people who feel that taking a knee is disrespectful to America, the working idea being that you cannot stand for its values by protesting its symbols. From a legal argument, any team owner can fire a player for "engaging in personal conduct reasonably judged by Club to adversely affect or reflect on Club." By now most owners have already commented on this issue, some going so far as to stand in unity or kneel with their players as a means to convey support. As for the moral argument, both sides want justice in their own perspective. It would be appropriate to say that both sides are "right" if only because both are discussing issues that have little correlation. Patriotism and Black Lives Matter have no middle ground because there is no conversation between the two parties. An answer by Patriots to the question as stated once by Trevor Noah, "What is the right way for black people to protest?" is needed in order for continued conversation in the hopes of reconciling these two perspectives.

Is there such a distinction between Sports and Politics, or are they inherently intertwined? These are at the forefront of much dining table and bar stool discussions due to the recent increase in “Taking a Knee” during the national anthem prior to games in the NFL. Following Colin Kaepernick's protest of taking “Taking the Knee” prior to a football game last fall, he was under much scrutiny. Many argue “Taking the Knee” is disrespectful to the flag and politics inherently do not belong in sport. Further this style of protest has become much more popularized as more and more NFL players or as many call them “bandwagoners” are “Taking the Knee” during the national anthem. I was listening to a radio report days after the mass protests in the NFL, and the news reporter stated many people watch sports in order to stray away from politics therefore players have no right to protest because politics and sports are not intertwined. After much analysis I found, it is true people utilize sports as an outlet away from the hardships of their daily lives. However, Sports and Politics are inherently intertwined. Sports are magical in the sense, they break all forms of barrier; socioeconomic, racial and gender barriers. They break down walls built upon prejudice uniting people of all backgrounds to support their sports team.




Week of October 10, 2017

COLLECTIONS voices from around campus

By Prasanna Tati | Editor-in-Chief


THIS WEEK: A Collection of the Worst Excuses

We’ve Given Professors

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 strengths and weaknesses do you see in our university? Email us at with the subject line ‘Collections’. Note: All responses are posted exactly as they were received. Understand there is an unwritten [sic] after every possibly erroneous (or not) response. Forward slashes are inserted to indicate line breaks.

“I told them I have pneumonia, but I actually had pneumonia.” "I got food poisoning from GDS"

“The worst excuse I’ve ever given a professor is that the library printer is jammed, so I had to wait for it to be fixed.” “I usually make up some technical mumbo jumbo about emails not sending right or Moodle not uploading right.” “I told my prof that I had a family emergency and my sister flew in from out of state for it.” “I told them I missed class because I had a common. But it was a Tuesday.” "My grandmas in the hospital."


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"I was told I can drop your class so I don't need to come to the exam." “One time I told my boss that I was late because someone died getting hit by a train that I usually take to commute. someone actually did die but it wasn't my train lmao.” "I had to pick someone up from the airport."



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Week of October 10, 2017

First ASUN Conference Win of 2017a By NJIT Athletics HILLSIDE, NJ – NJIT women's soccer collected their first ASUN Conference win of 2017, a 1-0 victory over Stetson at Kean University's East Campus on Sunday. Briana Hackos  tallied the game winning goal for the Highlanders (7-7, 1-4 ASUN), off a corner kick in the 86th minute. The Hatters (7-3-3, 2-1-2 ASUN) were undefeated in the ASUN prior to today's game with wins over Kennesaw State and USC Upstate and ties with FGCU and Lipscomb. The shots were close with Stetson posting 16 and the Highlanders 14, with each team notching nine shots on goal.

Both teams broke open the game in the 11th minute, with the Highlanders attacking first with a shot by Nicole Baldassini. Stetson countered seconds later with a shot by Adrianna Suarez to the upper right corner that NJIT keeper Karen David stopped making a jumping save denying the Hatters a goal. Stetson added six more hots in the half and the Highlanders added three, with the score tied up at 0 going into halftime. The Highlanders outshot the Hatters 10-9 in the second half, with their first opportunity coming in the first five minutes. Neema Liverpool  launched

a high shot that landed right on top of the net. Another close NJIT attempt came from Carly Berdan, when she blasted a shot from 25 yards out that Hatter keeper Emily Plotz made a diving save to keep from going in. Brooke McGee  tallied one of her team-high three shots, in the box after a free kick by  Emily Heckman. Mcgee's shot was saved and teammate Berdan tried to score on the rebound but also got denied by Plotz. With under four minutes remaining Berdan made a run into the box and was taken down earning a penalty kick for the Highlanders. Sophomore Hackos took the

kick for NJIT tucking the ball into the left side of the net. In the final seconds of the game Stetson had one more opportunity to tie the game, off a direct kick. The ball was served into box and bounced around to the Hatters Ellie Hackett who took a point blank shot on David, that David kicked saved away as the time ticked to zero. David notched nine saves in the Highlanders win, her first shutout of the season, while Plotz made eight saves on the day. The Highlanders continue ASUN play, traveling to Georgia to take on Kennesaw State on October 14th for a 12pm game.


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2. The first month of Autumn. 4. The second month of Autumn. 5. Blood is his favourite drink. 7. This scares away animals that eat vegetables on a farm. 8. Witch's fly on this. 9. A feast in the middle of October in Canada and America. 10. A witch's favourite pet. 12. Spins a web to catch its food. 17. Kids get this on Halloween. 19. Big orange vegetable that grows on vines.

1. A scary apparition, said to haunt houses. 3. A red fruit. 6. An undead being. 9. Say this to get candy on Halloween night. 11. A scary celebration at the end of October. 13. Kids wear this on Halloween. 14. This monster is made from bones. 15. A place with many tombstones. 16. She flies on a broom and uses magic. 18. The word for gathering all of the crops. 20. Black birds who fly together. 21. The third month of Autumn. 22. Wrapped up in cloth, originally from egypt. 23. A yellow vegetable that comes from a tall plant.




Week of October 10, 2017

Horoscopes PISCES




Little fish are well equipped to glide through troubled waters, though friends may flounder about in confusion. Be very gently with all the cranky moods around you, especially Tuesday.

Matters at a distance change your present plans. On Tuesday, be ready for anything. The techies among you suffer reversals with your inventive pursuits; it’s best to leave the computer off until Saturday, if possible.

Another of those confusing weeks, when you think you got up early, but somehow wind up arriving late through no fault of your own. It isn’t easy to relax with all this electricity charging you up.

Unexpected trips and visits may interrupt your routine. An unscheduled absence of a professor provides an unexpected break from pressure.





Do you have a chance with that exciting Libran? Yes, but it will take some time for your new romantic interest to get free of past involvements.

The competition is hot for spots where your papers and projects can be done in peace. You handle the Uranian goofiness better than most, because you can adapt almost as fast as Uranus can change the game.

Romance is up one minute, down the next. Your remarks are taken out of context or misunderstood. Overall, communication is difficult. Helping others is important on Friday.

A job may come and go before you have a chance to try it out. Funding opportunities are iffy now; don’t put in your application for scholarships or student aid until next week.





Just don’t smart off Monday, and you’re on your way to success. Maybe you’re hit by ricocheting sarcasm, but resist the urge to strike back- and you’ll be glad in the end.

Troublesome vibes in your partnership sector urge independent thinking and an objective point of view. You need plenty of understanding, too, but this week is for giving.

Dorm life may drive you to distraction Monday and Tuesday. Escape to the home of a sympathetic friend or professor, and study there.

Take your time. Get there early and quietly stick with a task through confusion and mishap. It’ll all get done. Be careful with possessions all week. Yes, it’s possible you have a light-fingered roommate, and the best way to handle such problems is to take extra-security precautions.





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