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Online Issues The Vector: NJIT’s Student Newspaper @TheNJITVector

Vol. XCV | Issue 6


Week of October 9, 2018

With Magnitude & Direction

Newark Arts Festival Brings

LIGHT to NJIT See Page 9...

Photo by Spencer Asral | Photography Editor

Senate Gets a New Vice President of Finance By Victoria Nguyen | Web-and-Multimedia Editor & By Beshoy Shokralla | Senior Staff Writer

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Amanda Azer, previously the Student Senate Secretary, has become the new Vice President of Finance. Azer is now tasked with working with administration to properly spend the annual budget Senate receives, and has the responsibility of allocating funds to student clubs, therefore ensuring that all financial resources are used for the improvement of the NJIT campus. Azer attributes her successful campaign to the platform she ran on, and her acknowledgement of the in-house issues senate e-board must collaborate on to address and improve. She also credits her determination to investigate NJIT’s tuition in order to learn the exact areas tuition is allocated towards for the benefit of the student body and her emphasis on equipping clubs with information on how to properly spend their budget.

“I acknowledge that people have always said ‘Where is Senate’s money going? What are they doing with it?’” Azer states, when discussing the public’s lack of enthusiasm for Senate’s budget management. “The problem is people will talk about us not showing how our money is spent, but they won’t just come and ask us,” Azer notes. “[Most of ] our budget goes towards clubs. We budget for every single club on campus, and we want to give all clubs as much money as possible to be able operate, so a large amount of our money goes there.” After that? “We budget for several events that we personally host for students, such as Casino Night. Then, we have a

small operating budget for purchasing office supplies, such as paper and ink, so we can print out flyers for our events and for clubs. But a majority our money goes towards student organizations.” For now, Azer recognizes that one of her priorities as Vice President of Finance should be to improve the process club organizations must go through to access their money. In terms of fulfilling GDS orders, Azer credits her progress on that issue to her collaboration with NJIT’s new Director of Student Life, Kristie Damell. The two have received approval from GDS Catering Director Thorin Aiello to give clubs direct access to the GDS ordering system and their food budget.

The NJIT Student Senate has successfully filled a vacancy in their executive board these two past weeks. Amanda Azer, previously the Student Senate Secretary, was elected to become the new Vice President of Finance (VPF). The Vice President of Finance holds a key role in Student Senate and is an integral liaison to all clubs at NJIT.

Regarding the reimbursement process, Azer and Damell will join forces again to look at both old and new budgets to ensure that all students have been reimbursed for their purchases. “I want to make more information regarding club finances transparent,” Azer says, apropos another goal she seeks to realize as VPF. “My intention is to make an accessible handbook that provides information for all clubs to learn about their line budgets, help them understand what they can do with their money, what they can ask for, etc… Maximizing the presence of the Student Senate Moodle page, having quick PowerPoints, and the [aforementioned] handbook posted would make it easier for all

clubs to understand how to utilize their budgets to the fullest.” The position of Vice President of Finance was vacant since this past summer, when elected official Sophia Mufti resigned due to personal health reasons. Mufti expressed her optimism with this crucial position now being filled. “I am super happy [about the results of the VPF elections]. Amanda was my finance assistant and she was always amazing at the job. I really believe that she can do great things as the new VPF and I really hope she continues the vision I saw for the position, which I have no doubts she'll be able to do as she's incredibly capable.”



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: Advertisement Reservations are due two weeks prior to publication and should be sent to: ADVISORS Operational Advisor Kristie Damell

Week of October 9, 2018

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SENIOR STAFF Copy Editors Karen Ayoub Colin Bayne Adrian Wong Siri Uppuluri Marzia Rahman Layout Assistant Steve Arciniega Castro Sreya Das Shehab Ibrahim Senior Staff Rachel Deahl Jonpierre Grajales Shanee Halevi Yasmine Ibrahim Daniil Ivanov David Korty Prem Naik Ujjwala Rai Siri Uppuluri Adrian Wong Colin Bayne Siri Uppuluri Ralph Legge Beshoy Shokralla Nicole Cheney STAFF Contributing Writers Isaac Scafe Ivan Hernandez Sreya Sanyal Sreya Das Anuj Patel Katherine Ji Arif Uddin Owen Busler Rahul Kapoor Rick-kendy Noziere Divjyot Singh

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8:31PM Student reported his bike was taken from a bike rack near the ECEC Building. 9/29/18 8:28PM A non-affiliate was arrested for an Open Warrant subsequent to a motor vehicle stop conducted On Central Ave. and Lock St. 9:08PM Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop at Nesbitt and Orange Streets and arrested the driver for an Open Warrant.

Web and Multimedia Editor Victoria Nguyen Photography Editor Spencer Asral


NJIT Vector Summary 10/5/2018

Times Shown are Times Reported

10/1/18 3:56PM Student reported $20.00 was taken from his locker in the Honors Locker Room. The locker was not secured.

For 9/28/18 through 10/4/18

10/2/18 8:20AM Officers responded to the Subway Restaurant at 250 Central Ave. on a report of a female stealing boxes of gum. The individual left the premises before officers arrived. Employees did not wish to file a report. 1:17PM A non-affiliate was arrested at Lock and Bleeker Streets for obstruction. The individual was processed and released with a court date. 10/3/18 4:36PM A non-affiliate reported the passenger side window of his vehicle was broken while it was parked on James and Boyden Streets. Nothing reported missing. 10/4/18 11:36PM Officer issued a summons to a Montclair University Student for an Open Container at 291 MLK Blvd.

Student Senate Update: By Owen Busler | Contributing Writer The senate meeting this week started in a bit of confusion as Ballroom B, where senate meetings are usually held, was booked by another event. After scrambling to CKB 202, Jeremey Bedient called the meeting to order and introduced the new Director of Student Life, Kristie Damell. Damell comes from Stevens Institute of Technology, where she spent 10 years in their resident life department. She is already working with the senate e-board to align her goals with those of the student body. Kristie concluded by stating that all students should feel comfortable reaching out to her with concerns either by email ( or at her office in the Campus Center, Room 485. The meeting then moved onto the president’s report, during which Bedient shared his summary from the University Senate meeting where concerns over the efficiency of NJIT’s service desk were addressed.

The service desk recently began outsourcing low priority tasks to a third party. This third party is still getting up to speed on NJIT’s system. Once the training period has completed, the IT Service desk will have improved 24-hour support. Additionally, the university is beginning the process of moving its network infrastructure to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Currently NJIT utilizes servers on the 5th floor of the Guttenberg Information Technologies Center. Moving to AWS will increase uptime and security of the school’s data. With the reshuffling of senate e-board last week, there were two open spots to be filled. Beshoy Shokralla ran unopposed for Vice President of Administration and was elected into the position. Shokralla has years of experience with X-Clubs, as both senior staff and an e-board member, and is an active member of the NJIT community. He hopes to work with individuals as well as with

the greater NJIT community to encourage changes around campus. Three candidates ran for the position of secretary, though it was Andrew Edmonson who won the vote. This was Edmonson’s second time running for secretary and he shared how he felt more prepared this time around: as a former senator and Vice President of a club, he gained the leadership experience necessary to enact his plans to take charge of the management committee. Three senator positions we filled at the end of the meeting. Ivan Chaudhary won the election for College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) Representative. Ayanna Garrett is the new Junior Class President, and Paul Bosin was sworn in as the Survey Engineering Technology Representative. The elections for Freshman Commuter and Resident Representatives were tabled until October 10.





Week of October 9, 2018

Safety On Campus

The first of its kind, NJIT Launches First Aid and Community Service Officer Program By Daniil Ivanov | Senior Staff Writer On October 15, NJIT will be launching a pilot program for on-campus student Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Community Service Officers (CSOs). This is a new endeavor headed by NJIT Public Safety and will also be governed as a club under Student Senate. NJIT Public Safety teamed up with Student Senate, the Dean of Students and Campus Life, Dr. Boger, the Director of Pre-Health Programs and Pre-Health Advisor, Dr. Desai and Professor Chang Yaramothu, and Vice President for Real Estate Development and Capital Operations, Andrew Christ, alongside the University. Together, they formed the long awaited addition to NJIT’s campus: the NJIT First Aid Squad. Prior to this venture, all medical emergencies on campus were responded to by University Hospital EMS (UHEMS), thus crucial response time was depen-

dent on the availability of UHEMS ambulances. NJIT First Aid will be a direct affiliate of UHEMS and provide on-scene medical attention while still utilizing University Hospital for ambulance transport. Student EMTs will be first responders in the instance of any medical emergency on campus, such as a motor vehicle accidents, cardiac trauma, or other injury. They, with the aid of campus police, will provide care such as CPR, defibrillation, bleeding control, and other protocols for patient stabilization. They will also do all primary assessments and administer certain medications based off the New Jersey EMT scope of practice. University Hospital will still send their ambulances to NJIT, and our student EMTs will be responsible for transferring patient care to their transport team. On the other side of the club, Campus Safety Officers

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are unarmed and uniformed students who will patrol campus by foot or bicycle and identify any potential safety risks in our community. CSOs will work with campus police and Public Safety Officers to maintain a safe campus, providing escort services and security support for special events. Certified EMTs and CSOs will be trained throughout the year on various topics; both will be trained in mountain bike patrol substance abuse issues, and cultural diversity. CSOs will be trained in first aid and CPR, along with a 40 hour academy training specific to safety in New Jersey colleges and universities. A variety

of other training initiatives for EMTs and CSOs will be implemented throughout the year. NJIT Police Chief Joseph Marswillo stated that “it is my honor as Chief of Police to welcome the newest members to the Student EMT and Community Service Officer program. On behalf of the Department of Public Safety, it is a privilege to be part of such a noteworthy achievement. The formation of the recently sanctioned student club recognizes an established need

for continued development of safety initiatives for our campus community. Most importantly, our student EMTs and CSOs are provided with growth opportunity in creating a safe learning and working environment as well as honing their decision-making, communication, and leadership skills. I look forward to supporting this valued undertaking and all of our future shared successes!”

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Week of October 9, 2018

This Halloween, Wear Pink! By Sreya Sanyal | Contributing Writer

It’s October: fall, midterms, and spooky season is all that most NJIT students associate with the second month of the semester. However, October is one of the most important months in the United States, as it is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and many NJIT students are dedicating their time and efforts to contribute towards this national campaign. In New Jersey, 13% of women have or may be diagnosed with breast cancer each year. In Essex County, home of NJIT, the rate of breast cancer mortality is over 10% higher than the rate in New Jersey at large. To many students, breast cancer is not just another disease— it’s personal. Mothers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, cousins, and friends have all had to fight against breast cancer, and each of their stories could fill volumes. The goal of National Breast Cancer Awareness month is to raise funding for research into curing and treating breast cancer, and awareness about screening for breast cancer through mammograms. This funding is raised primarily through donations to charities

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like the Susan G. Komen Foundation, affiliated product purchases, and fundraising events like Race for the Cure. While these events are held across the nation during the month of October, there are still many opportunities here at NJIT to make a difference for those affected by breast cancer. One club in particular, the Pre-Health Society (PHS), is dedicated to making a difference in the Newark community and here at NJIT. Last year,

PHS was able to raise $1,000 for the American Cancer Society through their annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. This money is then put towards research and supporting patients and families who are struggling with breast cancer. PHS partners with a service fraternity, APO, and assists them with their food deliveries on campus on Thursday nights—an endeavor which helped PHS raise $400 last year! PHS will also be fundraising this

year by tabling and selling pink ribbons in the Campus Center on October 8, 11 and 16. At these tabling sessions anyone can donate or buy a ribbon. This act of donating towards a cure acts in conjunction with the physical ribbons to raise awareness, and remind the public that breast cancer can truly affect anyone—in the US alone, one in every eight women will develop invasive breast cancer. The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is set for 10

am on Sunday, October 21, at the Prudential Center. One thing worth remembering is that while October is breast cancer awareness month, the disease doesn’t go away Halloween night—though we all wish it would. Across Newark, breast cancer is a huge problem. Women may lack access to screenings via mammograms, or to healthcare at large. Just a block off campus, the Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Saint Michael’s Medical Center has the express goal of lowering the financial burden faced by women in Essex County, and specifically in Newark. Rutgers University-Newark and the New Jersey Medical School are also making strides in researching the causes, cures, and therapeutic approaches that most help the women of Newark, and those affected by breast cancer. Taking down breast cancer is not as easy as taking down your Halloween decorations after Halloween, so this season, consider donating and help raise awareness about the disease that affects us all.

Cannabis Set For Canada Legalization By Isaac Scafe | Staff Writer

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Cannabis is set to be legalized in Canada on October 17, making it the largest country to do so at this time. While the ban is currently nationwide, individual provinces have set up different systems regarding the handling of marijuana. On September 26, Ontario officials revealed a set of rules to govern the retail of cannabis sales. Ontario is set to be a big market for cannabis, with 40% of sales in Canada occurring within the province last year. If passed, the new set of regulations will not set a cap on the number of cannabis shops, a benefit for consumers. Ontario will exclusively sell cannabis online beginning on October 17, the same time the Cannabis Act takes effect. Along with governing retail, the Ontario government has also addressed the consumption of cannabis. Residents will now be able to smoke recreational cannabis wherever smoking tobacco is legal. Consumers are expected to follow the same rules as tobacco smokers, meaning smoking in enclosed spaces is prohibited. Additionally, smoking outside will only be allowed 9 meters from a public building

or 20 meters from a children's building. Previously, only those above the age of 19 were legally allowed to smoke cannabis in private residences, but now laws have eased those regulations. Canada has a long history with cannabis, and the new regulations will end 95 years of prohibition. The substance was added to the list of banned substances in 1923 without debate or public acknowledgment. At the time, however, most Canadians weren't even aware of cannabis, nor was it available in the country. The maximum punishment for possessing marijuana was 6 months in prison and a $1,000 fine, but these convictions were deemed harsh, as otherwise law-abiding young Canadians were often the culprits. Many saw the early legislation to be “the making of a law without a problem,” as marijuana has a low toxicity level and potential for abuse. Reports suggested the removal of criminal penalties for cannabis possession, yet the government denied a chance for reform. Some changes occurred in 2001, allowing those with serious illnesses to obtain legal access. The government

still showed signs of uncertainty, with only a few exemptions (about 3000) being granted. Behind a confusing application process and an unreliable supply of cannabis, the program was a failure. Legalization didn't begin to build up steam until Justin Trudeau, the current prime minister, pushed for cannabis to be legalized. Trudeau established the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, and it was argued whether legalizing by province or country was the better choice, ultimately deciding on nationwide legalization. While our neighbors from the North have finally acted on the substance, the United States remains adamant in our present stance on the substance. Cannabis is still classified as a Schedule 1 Drug—the same as heroin—and there has not been a major push for the legalization of its use nationwide. Politicians are also torn on the issue of legalization, the main concern being whether marijuana a danger to the public. With governments around the world moving towards legalizing cannabis, how much longer will it take for America to do the same?



Week of October 9, 2018


Top: NJIT Green Composting


Below: Sculpting Station Photos By David Korty | Senior Staff Photographer

TOP: NJIT Green hosts composting demo at GDS. The diverted food waste is donated to local community gardens. BELOW: The highlander art club provides clay for students to follow a guided sculpting or sculpt independently during common hour.




Week of October 9, 2018

Panic at Global Citizen Festival By Donna Sunny | Senior Staff Writer

The Global Citizen Festival was initiated by the Global Poverty Project in 2012 as a movement to shed light on extreme poverty and the socioeconomic divides of society. It is held annually in New York City, Mumbai and Hamburg with a lineup of artists, world leaders, activists and other celebrity figures. Major artists including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Alicia Keys and Shakira have headlined the show in the past few years. This year, on September 29, the festival was held in Central Park on the Great Lawn. At over 60,000 attendees and a titanic venue, the park was packed to the brim. With my bright yellow MetroCard, fluorescent sunglasses, and gleeful roommates in tow, I was exuberant to see the much-anticipated performances of The Weeknd, Cardi B and John Legend. We arrived at the venue at 12:20 PM and waited in line for about an hour and a half. I was certain we wouldn’t get seats up front, but we somehow ended up about 20 feet away from the main stage. Before entering this area, we went through a security check that would put the TSA to shame. After settling in, employees handed out box-shaped water bottles made from paper-based recyclable ma-

terial; much to our relief as standing in the scorching Manhattan sun had left us dehydrated. After waiting another half an hour, the speeches and performances began. John Legend sang a rendition of “All of Me” that left the audience in tears. Shawn

significance of voting and other major global concerns. The crowd was moved by seeing members of their generation whom they look up to speak candidly about these weighty topics. As inspiring as the whole scene was, it was also vaguely uncom-

sounded like gunshots. The crowd reacted immediately, and push turned to shove as we all ran for our lives without another thought. Everyone toppled over into one other. In this horrific process, I lost not only my shoes, sunglasses, and jacket, but also my room-

Mendes performed all his hit singles. Cardi B dazzled the audience with not only her voice, but her choreography. Following their performances, the artists spoke of the United Nations’ global goals and expanded on different issues that plague today’s society. They spoke of domestic violence, world hunger, the

fortable. In an effort to be as close to the stage as possible, the whole crowd kept rolling forward like a wave, pushing everyone into the people in front of them. It was extremely cramped. Despite this, my roommates and I remained optimistic. This youthful optimism stayed with us until we heard what

mates. Around me, employees of the festival called out to the crowd to “get down,”; people were sobbing, and I just ran. I ran like Forrest Gump all the way to Fifth Avenue, a few blocks away from the MET. There, I was lucky to bump into old friends from high school. After speaking to a few law enforce-

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ment officers, we learned that the terrifying sound we’d heard was not an active shooter, but rather a fallen police barrier. Overwhelmed, but still yearning to see the Weeknd, we went back to the Great Lawn, where I was reunited with my roommates—unlike my fluorescent sunglasses, sneakers and windbreaker. Clad in only my neon green socks, I saw the Weeknd perform a magnificent set. The night ended on a good note. The Global Citizen Festival was incredible, but also terrifying. As New York City is only a train ride away from Newark, plenty of NJIT students were in attendance. For instance, Smriti Nair, a second year Biology major and avid Shawn Mendes Fan, was there. When asked about her experience, Nair simply stated, “We shouldn't live in a world where people hear a loud sound and conclude it’s just another shooting.” Dozens of individuals sustained injuries from the night. It was certainly an interesting experience. I, for one, do not regret my attendance at the event as an experience—no matter how awful—is an experience.


Featuring Mentalist Mark Zacharia



Week of October 9, 2018

Dear Highlander

Dear Out of Time, Here are some tricks I’ve picked up over the years. Following these points helps me maximize my time and stay on-target throughout the day and semester. Hope they help! Sincerely, Your Fellow Highlander 1. Schedule your appointments. If you think you can handle this appointments by “winging it”, you are sadly mistaken, as most people suffer fromtend to their loss ofloseing track of time. Once you set a schedule in an ordered orderly manner, it becomes a routine and easier to handle.

Dear Highlander, I'm having trouble managing my time well. I always know when everything is due and budget my time, but things never turn out the way I planned or wanted them to. W--what are some tricks you've learned to help you do things you want to do/study/complete assignments in a timely manner? Sincerely, Out of Time

2. Clear your mind. When you are tired or otherwise distracted mind if is busy with activities and other events, you will be prone to errors and suffer from bad poor judgement calls. Make sure you to get plenty of rest and eat well, as both can affect your thought process, which has a negative impact on your studying. 3. Leave room to breathe. It may seem like a good idea to make the most of the day in the day by doing the most you canattending every event you possibly can, but you will eventu-

ally suffocate when under stress. There will be times when the gap between two events shrinks and places pressure on your psyche, and that can ruin your whole day. I advise you to leavesuggest leaving a 15-min to 30- minute gap between events, so you have time to rest, talk to friends, staff, etc. 4. Trim events when necessary. There will be times when doing an event drags on or takes longer than expectedan even takes longer than necessary. This canDepending on how important it what you’re doing is. This leaves you with a schedule which can at worst, cause you to be late for future plansa future event. If an event starts is taking too long, the best thing you can do is trim it—.cut There will be times when you will have to cut what you’re doing short and move on. 5. Stretch events when necessary. There will also be times when doing an event become ends ahead of schedule. Try not to take this as a bonusfor granted, because as that way of thinking could make you lazy andcause you to lose track of time. When an event ends early, take the time to do things you haven’t did not planned for, such as dou-

ble-checking your work, helping others, and going the extra mile. However, don’t let these extra actions make cause you to fall behind your schedule., for it is quite easy to let it occur. 6. Write down your schedule. At most a person can remember two or three items on a schedule. It is not effective to plan an entire day in your head. Odds are that you are going to forget what you are going to doshould be doing next, because of what you are doing now. Make sure that youto write the date and , the beginning time, and the end time of each event, andevent and check frequently to verify if you a’re moving along your schedule. 7. Important things to account for when making your schedule: • Study time (sStart and eEnd) • Transportation (tTry to make Ddeparture and arrival times part of your a routine) • Eating (sSometimes eating can last a few minutes or up to an hour) • Distance (iIt takes time to walking from Point A to Point B) • Breathing room for unexpected incidents occurrences and to get your head clearclear your head)

Left, Right & Middle Do you believe the Kavanaugh hearing has been presented fairly? By Arif Uddin | Contributing Writer

By Nicole Cheney | Senior Staff Writer

By Beshoy Shokralla | Senior Staff Writer




he presumption of innocence is the cornerstone of the American legal system, and one of the fundamental rights provided to us by the Constitution. While this principle applies specifically to criminal cases, we still apply the principal in less severe areas. To be a well functioningwell-functioning society, we still must afford people this presumption of innocence in the public sphere, in the workplace, and in our lives. This is especially important in such a highly polarized country like America, where any accusations of wrongdoing will whip up political bases regardless of truth, evidence, or what have you. ISo in a climate like this, you would think we would afford a Supreme Court nominee the very same presumption of innocence we expect from the judiciary, but in the case of Brett Kavanaugh people did not. Immediately after the accusation was made public, people were calling ed for the committee to vote against Kavanaugh, and for the nomination to be rescinded. While Kavanaugh’s behaviourbehavior during the testimony was unbecoming of a Supreme Court nominee, the reaction he faced from the public, and the fact that his name was raked through the mud immediately without investigation, trampled on such a treasured and fundamental right.

o anyone who sees the Supreme Court as an institution central to the preservation of American democracy, appointing Brett Michael Kavanaugh to the highest court is an absurd proposition. During his recent testimony, Kavanaugh’s inability to think, act, and articulate clearly under pressure became fully visible. It seemed as thoughIt appeared Judge Kavanaugh could not stand being challenged by those who hold a different view. His Kavanaugh’s breakdown is was sufficient cause to question his ability to serve justly on the Supreme Court. Being on a panel with 8 eight other Supreme Court Justices, Kavanaugh would need to cooperatively converse and calmly articulate ideas. However, evidence shows that he may not excel in such affairs. A thorough examination of Kavanaugh’s qualifications is did not takeing place, as his confirmation is was being rushed. MWhile many who knew him in his college days are urginged that his nomination be delayed until a full investigations into the allegation could occurs, the White House is ignoringed their advice. While Kavanaugh claimss to have committed no wrongdoing, he seems to be trying toit appeared he was trying to avoid a full and thorough FBI investigation. If he is was truly innocent of all accusations, he should would have allowed the FBI to investigate his past and confirm his innocence.



f a general election nine months away is a sufficient enough reason to nullify Supreme Court appointment proceedings, then one would contend that treason, election tampering, sexual misconduct, and lying under oath combined all reasonably justify the same hesitation. Unfortunately, after the closure of a fairly inconclusive FBI background investigation into Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, it appears that this process currently only applies to Democratic nominees. In March 2016, led by a Republican majority, the Senate refused to hear proceedings on “lame duck” President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland on the grounds thatclaiming the American people should have a voice in the issue – which, since it was Obama’s last year in office, would come in the November 2016 general election. Garland’s nomination was never heard. This Last week, the Senate is voteding to proceed on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court – a lifetime appointment made by the president who many suspect of treason and election tampering. This doesn’t even begin to touch on the many allegations levied against Kavanaugh himself, including sexual assault and perjury, both of which stand contrary to the sense of integrity a justice on America’s highest court is expected to have. Moreover, Kavanaugh’s anti-Democrat outburst last week suggests even further that he is unfit for the position of interpreting the Constitution in a fair and nonpartisan manner. With so many overwhelming negatives, it is nonsensical unbelievable that to even consider confirming Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed.








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With the College of Architecture and Design By Katherine Ji | Staff Writer A twisting tower of glowing scissors, shadowed footsteps under a door, and a model of natural light streaming through a bedroom over one day. Curated by M. Gosser, these art pieces and more litter the exhibition named Light, held at the College of Architecture and Design from October 4 to November 19. Presenting distinguished artists and designers from around the world, the College of Architecture and Design has garnered works from many mediums—paintings, photography, architecture, engineering, design, and sculptures. Light is a powerful theme that connects these artists and their pieces. When we think of light, we often think of sunbeams and shadows in nature. However,

this exhibit explores the application and appreciation of both natural and artificial light in art. For example, Spanish architectural firm estudio.entresitio’s work displays a windowless building that still incorporates natural sunlight from open ceilings above, with little gardens dispersed throughout the building. Steven Sheer’s photographs depict stars and lightning; examples natural sources of light which he prefers over artificial lighting for their unpredictability. Santiago Calatrava, architect of the World Trade Center Oculus, designed the building to allow the sun’s beam to cross over the entire floor. According to a spokesperson for the Oculus, this path of light symboliz-

es “the light that continues to shine through after the darkness of tragedy” in response to 9/11. Showcasing the advent of innovation in technology, many artists sought artificial lighting for their projects. Visual artist James Clar used artificial lights and a door in Nobody’s Home to depict human activity through footsteps under a door. The exhibit also featured Clar’s art piece named No Gravity, a twisted ladder held together by wire. Alex Czetwertynski explores creative technology, displaying light traveling through fiber optic wires. His piece intends to connect light to technology, noting that “light is a foundational element in images, we just never see it or ever think

of it.” By sending light through fiber optics, often used to transport data, he presents his idea that “light is the essence of everything.” What is most interesting is the intertwining of fixed and variable ideas. This matched beautifully with the theme of light, which only offers its quality of brightness when contrasted with darkness. For example, James Clar’s ladder, which generally represents stability, is completely twisted up in his piece. Wire, often used to mold or sculpt art pieces in a certain direction, forms a straight-edged geometric shape in this piece. When asked about the experience of building his sculpture, Clar noted that “forming the busted ladder involved a lot of manual

work, but other elements,” such as the plastic edges holding the work together, “were 3D printed and required a lot of precision.” Raisa Nosova projected colorful lights onto a painting of a bedroom, demonstrating the ephemerality of a day that a fixed painting could not represent. Just as light has brought humans comfort and guidance for centuries, this exhibition brings artists the world over together to showcase their ideas. Light presents beautiful pieces that simultaneously demonstrate human innovation and the unrelenting beauty of nature.

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Week of October 9, 2018


Murder of the Monarchs By Jagathi Calluru | Contributing Writer

Summer vacation in elementary school meant humid evenings at the local park, picking and tasting sour berries from random trees, and endless efforts to capture an intricately patterned monarch butterfly. Monarch butterflies were everywhere, but now I can’t recall the last time I saw one. These butterflies are being closely monitored by the US Wildlife and Fish Service to determine whether the species warrants federal protection and the conservation status of ‘endangered’. The Center for Biological Diversity released a notice describing exactly how dire the monarch situation is, reporting that in the mid-1990s the monarch “population was estimated at nearly one billion butterflies, but this year’s population is down to approximately 93 million butterflies.” That is a 91% drop in population size in only

two decades, and if you love to eat, you should be worried. Monarch butterflies are pollinators—organisms that facilitate reproduction in onethird of all crops by allowing the spread of seeds and the flowering of fruits. Without pollinators, we would face drastic food shortages with grains as our only food source. Brazil is already facing the financial consequences of a crop shortage due to dwindling numbers of pollinator species, with an estimated decline of agricultural contribution to the GDP of 6.46-19.36%, resulting in a net loss of 4.86 to 14.56 billion dollars per year. Regardless of the course of our past actions, we must closely examine the environmental and anthropogenic roots of this issue—climate change, loss of habitats, and pesticide usage—to effectively identify a solution. Environmental issues like climate change have influenced the migration and breeding pat-

terns of butterflies. Monarchs migrate to Mexico or Southern California for the winter, and travel back to the Northeast to lay eggs which hatch, undergo metamorphosis, and cycle through four generations over the summer months. Inconsistent temperatures have created existential problems for monarch butterflies, who have been observed migrating to the Northeast both too early in the season, and too late. When the butterflies are too early, they end up without plants to lay their eggs. Too late, and they face harsh winters. What's more, the increase in severe weather conditions such as droughts and storms have killed millions of butterflies at a time. Anthropogenic developments have contributed to this rapid decline too. Acres of land in Mexico have been deforested for housing developments, resulting in a loss of overwintering spots for monarchs to nest and breed. According

to the World Wildlife Fund, of the 49.17 acres of breeding grounds, “47.27 or 96% were affected by large-scale illegal logging”. In addition to the low count of monarch communities that have survived erratic migration conditions and a lack of proper habitats for breeding, monarchs return to the US find a new problem: a dearth of milkweed crops to lay their eggs. Agricultural habits in the Midwest have led to a proliferation of GMO crops that require pesticides to be managed. However, these pesticides kill all

weeds, including milkweed, and are used indiscriminately. Excessive pesticide use has resulted in widespread extermination of habitats and limited food availability for the lucky caterpillars that do hatch. The monarch butterflies will not be able to make a comeback until we make serious lifestyle changes. Expectations are high for the upcoming decision by the US Wildlife and Fish Service in June 2019 regarding the protection of monarchs from further harm. Until then, we must do our part to rescue the monarchs by planting milkweed, butterfly bushes, cosmos, zinnias, dill, fennel, and more in our backyards.

Is Bitcoin in Trouble? By Ralph Legge | Senior Staff Writer September has been quite the ride for anyone keeping up with Bitcoin. On October 18, the cryptocurrency’s developers released a denial-of-service bug found in the Core software. Luckily, it took less than 24 hours to correct the issue, but the whole situation still left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. While this issue seemed bad, the public’s confidence in the developers remained, as it appeared they had a solution ready to go. However, it was later determined that the developers didn’t quite release the whole story. In a Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) report released by the Bitcoin Core Team, it was explained that the bug could have allowed for an attacker to create new Bitcoin as well. That creation could have inflated the price and devalued the currency immensely. The developer team likely held off on reporting the bug right away to prevent exploitation of the bug on non-updated nodes. It should be known that any-

one running a node, or mining, should in fact update to the latest version. The scariest part is that the vulnerability had been hiding in

the code for more than a year. While the code is strong, and any coins created should have been deleted

once the node checked transactions, it is still frightening to think this bug hid in plain sight for over 12

months. Concern over the potential for inflation and devaluing of the cur-

rency that the process in place to find these bugs has been brought under scrutiny. Most Bitcoin companies don’t help at all with Bitcoin Core code. This could be a problem, since there are thousands of lines of code that must be held to the highest standards if Bitcoin will continue to thrive. One thing is for sure: if there is any hope for Bitcoin, then not only must more developers dedicate themselves to finding and preventing bugs, but more companies should contribute to this issue--because if there were bugs in the past, there can be bugs in the future. It is important to note that if you are a user of Bitcoin, or a holder, that while this bug could have affected you, as of right now there have been no reports of issues due to this bug. I could speculate about the effect on the price of Bitcoin because of this news, but because the price has in fact not tanked then there is still hope and a bright future for Bitcoin. Hodl those coins!




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Captain Toad

A Puzzle Lover’s Treasure Trove By Joseph Mauro | Contributing Writer

Strap on your backpack and grab your pickaxe, it’s time for a treasure-hunting adventure! This 2014 spinoff Mario puzzle “platformer” re-released on the Nintendo Switch and 3DS systems this past July and features the colorful and cartoony adventure of Captain Toad and Toadette on their quest to retrieve Power Stars from Wingo, a giant crow interested in shiny objects. Along the way are isometric obstacle courses that must be maneuvered through using only their surroundings. Unlike every other playable character within the Mario universe, Toad and Toadette cannot run or jump, as their backpacks weigh them down. Despite their limitations, they can solve every puzzle they face—a grand total of 82, in fact. The Nintendo Switch port offers a more comfortable and flexible playing style along with new content compared to its Wii U counterpart. For example, while the console is docked or in tabletop mode, players can use the right joy-con as a pointer to control interactive objects like platforms and levers, as opposed to the standard touch controls, which is great for players who use their Switch as a traditional home console and those who prefer not to use touch. Additionally, this version introduces a co-op mode, allowing one player to control Captain Toad and another to control the camera, objects, and even throw turnips at enemies in a pinch. Included with this version are new course designs based on levels from last year’s Super Mario Odyssey, with four kingdoms represented and available after the main campaign or by scanning a compatible amiibo figure. Of course, handheld mode plays like the original, using touch to manipulate objects instead of the joycons. On the other hand, the somewhat impressive Nintendo 3DS port wraps the game in a much more portable package while emulating the original Wii U playstyle more faithfully. As a late-generation title, it looks pleasantly vibrant, plays fairly well on the handheld’s lower-resolution screens, and even supports full stereoscopic 3D. The game outputs on both screens like the Wii U and heavily relies on touch controls for manipulating interactive objects and allows more control over the camera (though the C-stick and shoulder buttons work too). This version suffers from a lower resolution and lack of co-op play compared to its sister port, but fortunately has the same new Odyssey-styled stages and content. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is an enjoyable game either way you play it. For one, fine details lurk in every nook and cranny of every level, cramming special power-ups hidden underground and coin piles in secret rooms. The puzzle elements offer more than enough to add replayability to the game, with each stage having three gemstones hidden throughout the course and a specific objective to complete, ranging from collecting a certain number of coins to defeating every enemy. Captain Toad retails for $40 on both systems.

Dodge Poetry Festival Returns To Newark

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The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival is returning to Newark from Thursday, October 18 to Sunday, October 21. The Dodge Poetry Festival is the largest poetry event in North America and has been held on every even year since 1986. Newark will be hosting it for the fifth time, having hosted the event since 2010. Over 60 poets will take stages throughout the four days. The nine stages will be spread throughout the downtown Arts District: First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church, Trinity & St. Philip’s Cathedral, Newark Museum, Express Newark, Military Park, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), and North Star Academy.

For those interested in attending the festival, a four-day pass can be purchased for $110 ($55 for students). A weekend pass is $70 ($35 for students), and single day admission is $50 ($25 for students). College students and faculty can receive single day admission on Thursday, Saturday, or Sunday for only $10 when they use their college email to register and provide school ID upon pick-up at NJPAC. This offer expires Tuesday October 9. Tickets can be purchased on the Dodge Poetry website. A detailed daily itinerary for the festival can also be viewed on the Dodge Poetry website.






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Women's Volleyball Picks Up First ASUN Conference Win By NJIT Athletics JACKSONVILLE, FL—NJIT picked up its first ASUN Conference win of the 2018 season in the Highlanders, 3-2, come-from-behind victory at Jacksonville Saturday evening at Swisher Gymnasium. NJIT (1-5 ASUN, 3-17 overall) snaps a three-match skid in the win at Jacksonville while Jacksonville moves to 1-5 in the ASUN, 2-16 overall. Trailing, 2-0, the Highlanders recorded a 25-21 win in the third set and 25-17 victory in the fourth to force a fifth and deciding set. NJIT secured the win with a 15-12 win in the fifth set. Jacksonville won the first two sets, 25-16 and 25-19. In the fifth and deciding frame, the set saw four ties and one lead change, the final tie at 8-all. NJIT scored four consecutive points, pushing its lead to four, 129, after back-to-back kills by

Iva Mandic. After a point by Jacksonville, NJIT scored the next two points on a block assist by Madi Busler and Jovana Baosic and block solo by Baosic, giving the Highlanders a 14-10 lead. The Dolphins responded with consecutive points, pulling within two, 14-12, but NJIT's Baosic secured the 15-12 win with her 13th kill of the match. Senior middle Jovana Baosic paced the Highlanders with 13 kills while Madi Busler and Udo Nwosu added eight kills apiece. Highlander setters Marissa Soistman and Liz Benson split time at the setting position, notching 21 and 18 assists respectively. Defensively, NJIT senior libero Adriana Nieto led the Highlanders with 19 digs followed by Olivia Welsch (17) and Busler (12). In front of the net, the vis-

itors held a 10-to-8 advantage led by four total blocks (one solo, four assists) from Iva Mandic and Busler. Jacksonville had three players reach double-digit kills led by Mallory Mattingly with 18 followed by Sara Dyslin (12) and Hannah Marchand (10). The Dolphins Natalie Wehner posted a match-high 29 digs while Morgan Dees combined for 16. Four different Dolphins posted six digs. The home team held a 10to-7 advantage in the service ace category led by Marchand with seven aces. NJIT's Nieto and Welsch each recorded a pair of aces in the win. NJIT will return to action at home on October 9 when the Highlanders host firsttime opponent North Alabama in the Wellness and Events Center. First spike is scheduled for 7pm.

Sports Debate

Is Le'Veon Bell Being a Bad Teammate?

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"He is being forced to hurt his team" - Adrian Wong


e’veon Bell is undoubtedly one of the top offensive weapons in the NFL. It is reasonable that he expects to be paid as much as the other top weapons. Unfortunately, to achieve this, he is being forced to hurt his team. He is not being a good teammate, but that isn’t required of him. NFL players are constantly disrespected by their teams. Teams refuse to give guaranteed contracts to players, and regularly cut players when they are hurt, or when they begin to slow down. Recently, Seattle showed their willingness to disrespect players by cutting team legend, Richard Sherman, after he tore his

Achilles tendon. Sherman lost the final year of his four-year $56 million-dollar contract. Bell knows the risk of injury, especially after leading the NFL with 406 touches last year. Bell has earned himself a large, guaranteed contract, and his holdout is simply a method to ensure it. Without Bell, the Steelers are an undeniably worse team, and they will notice this every week, until Bell is forced to return to the Steelers locker room. With Bell set to be a free agent this Spring, he appears poised to get the payday he deserves, by whichever team makes him the best offer.

"Selfishness is good for business...but not in this case. " - Rick-kendy Noziere


f the question was “is Le’veon Bell being a bad negotiator?”, I would have said no. I believe that people should stand up for what they believe in. But the word teammate is important in this aspect. If your decision is affecting your team, then you should probably stop doing what you are doing. Being part of a team is a sacred thing; it is telling your teammates ‘you can count on me’. But Bell essentially

said to the club owners “I need more money,” undermining the clichéd maxim “there’s no I in team”. Le’veon Bell is a great running back and arguably because of his decision, the Pittsburgh Steelers lost two games, tied one game and won two so far this season. In my opinion, Le’veon Bell is being incredibly selfish here. Selfishness is good for business, which football certainly is in a way, but not in this case.

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Do You Even Sudoku?

Horoscopes credited to Poetastrologers



You reach your arm back and sigh Who knows where your friend nearly everyday now. You are look- went. It’s not a partnered road. ing for the hand to grab you back. Turn left if you have to. Do not fret But you must look behind you to if you have to do this alone. see it. There are so many hands— you just have to actually chose one.

SAGITTARIUS People try to tell you what’s best for you. Oh but what do they know. Follow the deep foam at the end of the fallen water. Swim until the end no matter what they say.

VIRGO You will use this time to reconvene with yourself. Find a very yellow tent and sleep there. Things will continue to change. Mostly you must learn that fall is forever.


A time of great industry is upon you. Even if they can’t know they will know soon. Everyone mixes the sweet syrups for you. Even if they can’t know you’re there to take them they will soon.

SCORPIO Someone is dreaming of you. So what you might say. You will have dreams, too. The future involves an ocean, some trees, moods, memories—feelings.


You might forget and think it’s your birthday. You might throw a big party. You might forget when people show up they aren’t there for the reason you think they are. Take heart, everything calms down eventually.

TAURUS You can’t believe what stretches out in front of you. It is a purple road. You can’t believe that the tiny room can still hold you. Go home now—they’re there.

CAPRICORN You will find a street with a name you recognize but it will not be familiar. You will buy blue sheets and never use them. You’re tired but even stronger now. No one around you exactly knows how you feel.


LIBRA This week life is hot pink and the sun is bright pink and the ocean is light light pink. Turn the lights on to see what’s in front of you. Although you can’t see it well there is love all around you. Dance like there’s a party in the wall.



You are looking for something. You will ask whoever is around you if they have it. You are looking for an undefinable morning. But it’s night now, so relax.



You are feeling a deep exhaustion. Still your dreams frame a golden center where they call and call. Be gentle if you want to. If you don’t just make sure you let everyone know you’re there.


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Across 1. Trunk, in art class 6. Under control 11. __ Na Na 14. ''__ Irish Rose'' 15. Unaided 16. By what means 17. Scram, like an ovine? 19. NASA spacewalk 20. Small sofa 21. Mix up 22. Toon shriek 23. Antarctic explorer 25. Paint with dots 27. Toe the line 30. Cue-stick end 32. School cheer 33. Murphy had one 34. Leave unsaid 36. Is afraid of 39. Played to a tie 41. They're taboo 43. Minimally 44. ''Us'' and ''them'' 46. Subject word 47. Slangy suffix 48. Makes a choice 50. Sgt., e.g. 51. Poker card 52. Middlesex middles 55. Pueblo Indian 57. Chart topper 58. Numerical word form 60. Sorority hopeful 64. Web pop-ups 65. Ovine city? 67. Teachers' org. 68. How we stand 69. Senator Lott 70. Take a stab at 71. French Open champ at 16 72. Couldn't stomach



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