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Vol. XCV Issue 11 Week of April 7th, 2018


The Vector: NJIT’s Student Newspaper @njit_vector @TheNJITVector

With Magnitude & Direction

Governor Murphy Receives Backlash for Proposed Budget By Daniil Ivanov | Senior Staff Writer New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy released a budget proposal that would increase taxes and spending beyond what even some of his fellow Democrats agreed with. One of the highlights of his proposal for increased state revenue is the “millionaires tax” which would create a state tax rate of 10.75% on income over one million dollars. This tax is estimated to create $765 million in revenue, alongside $100 million from closing tax loopholes. His office also deemed that the decrease in sales tax to 6.625% this year due to the gas tax of last year was marginally beneficial to consumers while majorly detrimental to the state government’s budget, thus his plans include reinstating the 7% sales tax. His budget proposal anticipates $60 million in revenue from legalizing marijuana— though the recreational usage has yet to be legalized—and proposed a tax on ride sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft as well as home sharing programs such as AirBnB. Overall, they anticipate $1.5 billion in new revenue. As for spending, he wishes to increase public school funding by $283 million, allocate $50 million for free college to 15,000 low income students, and put $3.2 billion toward public pensions (compared to Governor Christie’s $2.5 billion last year). He also took a step toward his eventual goal of a $15 minimum wage by setting the minimum at $11 for all state employees and contractors. Murphy also wishes to alter the tax

code by increasing the maximum gross income tax deduction from $10,000 to $15,000 (costing $80 million), creating a tax credit for daycare costs (costing $12 million but helping 74,000 families), and a three-year plan for increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit from 35% of the federal limit to 40%. The EITC is a tax credit for low income families that is based off of income and number of dependents. The tax breaks along with his social program spending will create $2.7 billion in new spending. This tax proposal has stirred controversy in Trenton beyond party lines. For one, the $2.7 billion increase in spending is not balanced by an equal amount of taxation, creating a budget deficit. Also, Murphy had previously criticized President Trump’s tax plan for lowering the amount of state and local tax that citizens can deduct from their federal taxes— an issue that severely affects those in New Jersey. As Trump’s plan has gone through, capping state and local deductions to $10,000, Murphy’s new taxes add a burden on top of the decrease in federal tax deductions for New Jersians. New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) opposes his fellow Democrat’s tax plan. He argues that the new federal tax code along with Murphy’s proposed tax plan would be too much too soon on wealthy NJ residents, and may prompt them to leave the state. Sweeney proposed the alternative of an increase of the business tax rate from 9% to 12% on all businesses with earnings over $1 million.

For current college age students, Murphy's plans are a net positive as minimum wages are being pushed toward an increase, and community colleges will become more affordable for low income students. For college students graduating soon and entering the adult world with financial insecurity and debt, Governor Murphy’s proposals are conflicting. Daycare cost taxcredits for those who want to start a family without sacrificing their careers, as well as overall increases in tax breaks for low income individuals will help young adults to get on their feet as they establish their independent lives. However, an increasing minimum wage increases inflation rates and creates insecurity within the job markets. According to the economic research group EMSI, “most occupations that pay at or above the living wage aren't affected by any changes to minimum wage laws." Thus, a minimum wage increase will increase the income of those working for minimum wage, but those in entry level positions after college will have an immobile salary resulting in a devaluation of their income and degree.

NJIT Seeks to Save Students’ Money By Siri Uppuluri | Senior Staff Writer

This past year, NJIT piloted the Open and Affordable Textbook (OAT) Initiative, a new program launched by the NJIT University Libraries and Office of Digital Learning with the goal of reducing the cost of textbooks for NJIT students. The OAT Initiative relies upon use of Open Educational Resources (OER). As defined by the Hewlett Foundation, “[OER] are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium - digital or otherwise - that reside in the public domain or have [been] released under an open license that permits nocost access, use, adaptation, and redistribution by others with no or

limited restrictions.” OER provide participating institutions with teaching and learning materials that have been published online using an open license granting permission. Therefore, with the OAT Initiative, students at NJIT would be able to legally access and download digital files, print hard copies of materials, and keep/use copies of the materials forever, all at a low or eliminated cost. The initiative is being financially supported by the NJIT Institute of Teaching Excellence and the Office of the Provost. Since initial faculty grant proposals were submitted in May


2017, ten faculty members were awarded a $1,000 grant each by the OAT Initiative to redesign their curriculum and implement the use of OER materials in either their fall 2017 or spring 2018 courses that they proposed in their grant applications. Grant recipients include: Matthew Bandelt, Barry Cohen, Walid Hubbi, Antje Ihlefeld, Burt Kimmelman, Esther Lewars, Junmin Shi, Mark Somers, Maria Stanko, and Anika WaltzCummings. Of the ten faculty members awarded grants, four of NJIT’s colleges are represented (NCE, CSLA, MTSoM, YWCC), and eleven course curricula were

redesigned. According to Ms. Ann Hoang, NJIT University Librarian and member of the OAT Initiative team, “the redesigned course curricula range from Literary Journalism to Roadmap to Computing to Reinforced Concrete Design.” So far, the OAT Initiative has impacted 1,735 students, with projected cost savings of $163,382. NJIT University Libraries and the Office of Digital Learning will once again be accepting applications for development grants for faculty to reduce the costs of textbooks for their students as part of the OAT Initiative. Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2018


semester and can be accessed through: oat/. The application deadline is April 16. Available grant awards total $11,000, with six awards of $1,000 available for undergraduate courses, and two awards of $1,000 available for graduate courses. In addition, a new, $3,000 award is also available to the course coordinator who adapts open access course materials using existing OER, and adapting those resources across six or more course sections. These courses must be offered in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019.


WEC vs. Birds

NY Auto Show

Prof Ray Leibmann

The newest behemoth on campus is now local birds' worst enemy. See page 3.

This year, the show had an extensive list of amazing cars that includes both production and concept models. See page 6.

Leibman grew up as a latchkey kid in the Bronx after moving from Belgium at the age of 7. See page 7.



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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 to r @ n j i t v e c to 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 Managing Editor Babatunde Ojo Business Manager Shravanthi Budhi business-manager@njitvector. com Web and Multimedia Editor Cassidy Lavine multimedia-editor@njitvector. com Photography Editor photography-editor@njitvector. com SENIOR STAFF Akinlolu Aguda Karen Ayoub Colin Bayne Shuhrah Chowdhury Katrina David Nanditha Lakshmanan Amisha Naik Victoria Nguyen Scott Rogust

On-Campus Events & Weather

Sports Editor Scott Rogust

65°F | 52°F 19 mph

5:00-6:00pm 12:00-6:00pm 5:00-11:00pm Trivia Tuesdays SAC Carnival Murder Mystery Party @ the Pub (CC 3rd Floor)

@ Laurel Green @ CC Ballroom B

8:00-10:00pm 4:00-5:30pm 9:00-11:00pm Ms. Pi Kapp Senate Debate SAC Comedian

@ CC Atrium @ GITC 1100 @ CC Ballroom Friday, April 13th Saturday, April 14th Sunday, April 15th 75°F | 57°F 14 mph

79°F | 54°F 16 mph

61°F | 51°F 17 mph 11:30am-1:00pm 11:00am-3:00am 11:00am-11:00pm

State of the Senate

Art Afternoon

@ CC Ballroom A

@ CC Lobby

Highlander Pub Sundays @ the Pub (CC 3rd Floor)




Senior Staff Spencer Asral Rachel Deahl Jonpierre Grajales Shanee Halevi Yasmine Ibrahim Daniil Ivanov David Korty Marwa Moustafa Prem Naik Carmel Rafalowsky Ujjwala Rai Siri Uppuluri Adrian Wong

Thursday, April 12th

Tuesday, April 10th Wednesday, April 11th 49°F | 38°F 53°F | 42°F 8 mph 13 mph

Layout Assistant Akinlolu Aguda Photography Assistant Yagiz Balkay

12:10AM Officer issued a summons for an Open Container to a Union County Student at Central Ave. and MLK Blvd. 12:21AM Officer escorted a non-affiliate from 317 MLK Blvd. No further incidents. 12:39AM A summons for an Open Container was issued to a non-affiliate at Central Ave. and MLK Blvd. 12:42AM Officer issued a summons for an Open Container to a Middlesex County College Student At 317 MLK Blvd. 1:39PM Officer issued a summons for an Open Container to a non-affiliate at Lock Street and Bleeker Street. Subject was subsequently arrested for an Open Warrant.

3/31/18 Memory of Dr. Herman A. Estrin and Roger Hernande z


For 3/30/18 through 4/5/18

Times Shown are Times Reported

motor vehicle stop conducted on Raymond Blvd. for speeding. The subject was also charged with obstruction and hindering. 8:11AM Officers arrested a non-affiliate on New and Newark Streets for an Open Warrant.

4/3/18 3:15AM A non-affiliate was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated on West Market Street.

4/4/18 10:29AM Officers arrested a non-affiliate on Bleeker Street for Possession of CDS.


3:15AM A non-affiliate was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated on West Market Street.

9:57PM Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop on Central Ave. and Newark Street. The drive was arrested for Possession of CDS.


11:34PM A summons was issued to a Rutgers Student at 281 MLK Blvd. for an Open Container.

2:00AM Officers arrested a non-affiliate for an Open Warrant subsequent to a motor




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The WEC has Risen

but the Birds are Dropping By Shanee Halevi | Senior Staff Writer

Following the completion of the WEC, the surrounding sidewalks have become host to an increasing number of bird carcasses. This likely is due to the reflective windows which are known to be major tormentors to passing birds as they cannot tell that there is a solid

barrier. Dr. Maria Stanko, a biology professor at NJIT, first heard about this issue through accounts from her students. Typically, she does not walk past the WEC, however, on the one occasion that she did, she found a dead Woodcock on Warren street. “It was

pretty obviously a window strike. The bird had a broken neck and was right under the building,” Stanko recalled. According to the American Bird Conservancy (ABC), up to one billion birds die in the US each year from hitting windows and other built structures. While this is best avoided by building less reflective buildings to begin with, there are some postconstruction solutions that can be implemented. Some examples of these include applying window tape, nets, or window films. The tape can be applied in vertical stripes to indicate a barrier, the nets can reduce impact force if a bird flies into them, and the films are the most elegant approach to blurring the windows while still letting light in. The WEC resembles t h e

type of building that typically results in frequent window strikes. Its predominantly glass surface is reflective and often lit at night, which is distracting to birds. Dr. Stanko suggests applying tape or banners to the windows, “anything that would indicate that there is in fact a barrier. It doesn’t have to look disruptive, adding NJIT banners could be a fairly simple solution.” Dr. Stanko accepts that the recent increase in dead birds has helped her to build her collection of birds. “As a biologist I tend to collect things that are in good condition,” Stanko said “If I get enough birds – not that I’m hoping for more birds to hit the window – I might have a workshop on how to preserve the specimens.” The birds are kept in a freezer in a biology lab. Dr. Stanko is open to donations.

On the other hand, the dead birds give insight on the ecology of Newark that would have otherwise been difficult to obtain. Stanko noted that Woodcocks are “not that easy to see in the wild,” and since this is her second collected Woodcock, it “actually highlights that we have some urban diversity here in Newark!” It is unclear how big of a problem the dropping birds are, since the observed birds have not been counted. It is also true that birds will hit buildings regardless of deflective strategies; built structures are inherently aviary obstructions. Also, relative to other bird death statistics, like the fact that cats kill between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds annually in the US, window strikes may not be the most pressing of issues.

NCE Holds First Professional Seminar of the Series for Communication and Interviewing Skills for Engineers By Samantha Miccio | Contributing Writer The First NCE Professional Seminar of the series for communication and interviewing skills for engineers was held on March 28, 2018 in Campus Center Ballroom A. The event began with an introduction of the program from NCE Dean, Moshe Kam. Following Dean Kam’s introduction, keynote speaker, Mr. Greg Sauter, founder of Smart City Works and a member of NJIT Board Overseers, spoke on the topic “Where are the engineers? An exploration into Engineers roles in society.” Mr. Sauter, through his empowering words, shared personal stories about his experience with companies and students. He expressed how crazy it makes him when he sees students he has encountered think, “... I ask how many (students) think about starting businesses, how many feel like entrepreneurs or feel comfortable pursuing that. At least put that in your field of possibilities, very few put their hands up, I don’t understand that.” Mr. Sauter expressed his desire that everyone should feel empowered to start a business, “do something different and feel free to challenge the Status Quo.” Correspondingly, the attendees were engaged and encouraged to consider the major changes around the globe going on every day in which engineers are involved. Mr. Sauter suggested, “Who did they call to do it? The engineers.”

His statement to, “Rock the boat, do it humbly, but rock the boat,” stressed the idea that engineers should be humble to keep something from failing since we, as engineers, do not have all the answers and that is even more of a reason to ask questions. Toward the end of his presentation, Mr. Sauter engaged attendees as to what they thought emotional intelligence was. Emotional intelligence is just what it sounds like: the ability to control and express/handle emotions. He explained the value that emotional intelligence has when it comes to communication. So, where are the engineers? They are everywhere, putting the public first, improving lives globally and starting new projects. Things in our everyday lives invented by us as engineers, e.g. transportation to and from school, are taken for granted. Following Mr. Sauter was a panel discussion, as well as Q&A, moderated by Robert Cohen, NJIT Alumnus and active member of the NCE board of visitors, about the importance of communication and interviewing skills for engineers. The panel included; Dr. Vatsal Shah, a senior project engineer at Mott McDonald Ms. Danielle Rosenblatt, a university recruiter from Stryker Corporation Mr. Ahmed Elslayed, a cyber security engineer at PSE&G Mr. Muhammad Elgammal, a civil engineer at The Port Authority NJ and NY.

Throughout the panel discussion, the key topics emphasized were related to communication, preparation, interviewing the company, investing oneself in the company and how to approach the NJIT Career Fair. The panelists, as well as Robert Cohen, shared their best advice and personal experiences with the attendees. Communication is key when it comes to interviewing for a job. Interviews hold more weight than a resume and the importance of showing the ability to express that you can communicate, grow with the company, and show strong leadership is very high. Stay in contact with companies you show strong interest in. Persistence can be your key to success. Cover letters are your time to shine. Anything you cannot express through your resume can be expressed here. One panelist added “thank you emails/letters go a long way and can put you above the rest.” Comparatively, preparation is everything when it comes to an interview; it is what can help you easily stand out. It shows your desire to work for a company. You must know the company that you are applying and even do some digging about the person in which you are interviewing with. Simply do you research so you can connect with the interviewer on a new level; find that common ground. Panel member, Danielle Rosenblatt, expressed, “Ask

'NCE' continued on page 6



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NJIT Dance Showcase

Photos By David Korty | Senior Staff Photographer

Co-hosted by the NJIT Students Activity Council and Dance Teams, students had the opportunity to perform their routines for an audience in the Jim Wise Theater. Students from NJIT and Rutgers Newark showcased their dance moves, singing skills and musical instrument proficiency.




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HighlanderThon hosted their annual high-energy 12 hour dance marathon at NJIT. The reason for the event is to help benefit youth at the Children's Specialized Hospital as a member of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. This year, NJIT's Highlanderthon raised over $24,000.

Photos By Noah Benipayo| Staff Photographer



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Vehicular Heaven

What's crackin' at the NY Auto Show? By Sagar Solanki | Contributing Writer

Once you get through the minor daily inconveniences caused by all the construction in the concrete jungle that is NYC, you will be able to enter through the transparent glass doors that lead to the automobile heaven known as the New York International Auto Show. The week-long event, which is held annually at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, is hosted by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association. This year, the show had an extensive list of amazing cars that includes both production and concept models. To most people this show may be just about nicelooking cars as there are distinct types of machines that add some light to the otherwise empty halls of the convention center. There are many car companies competing to extend the mileage to go green, while keeping up with the latest technology installed into their models, such as Toyota and Honda with their plugin hybrids. Such companies have a competitive advantage with

'NCE' Continued from page 3 questions to employees such as, ‘How do you like working at your company?’” Interview the company. They prepared an interview for you and you should prepare too. It is an excellent way to show your interest in them if you stay in contact, ask intelligent questions, and come prepared. Relax, if you have an interview it means the company already likes you on paper, so an interview is a chance to fill in the blanks paper cannot possibly show. Tell your story any way you want. Take advantage of

their cheaper price tag for the car, but still must compete with fully electric vehicles like the Chevy Bolt, the brand-new Hyundai Kona, along with the seductively fancy and futuristic Karma Revero. Some autonomous vehicles showed their presence as well, from various brands like Jaguar Land Rover’s I-PACE, a driverless vehicle called Waymo, which was formerly a Google self-driving car project. Ford also had their autonomous project vehicle, which is still under active research, with its focus on delivering food to consumers in partnership with Domino’s. In addition, there were many supercars engineered with a traditional combustion engine. These include the Bugatti Chiron, which is notorious for its W16 engine, and the Lamborghini’s new SUV named Urus. Competing with them was the all-electric variety, Rimac C_Two hyper-car, that carries enough power to be faster than the forthcoming Tesla Roadster at 1.408 kW and can smoothly drive 0-60 in a mere 1.85

seconds. Volkswagen stole the show with their attractive corner that consisted of a concept version of the Atlas Tanoak pickup truck model sitting next to the production version of the new Atlas SUV. They also showed off their new sleek and fancy model Arteon, which will be replacing the CC series. While numerous car enthusiasts across the Tri-State area got the chance to experience the visually appealing and dream come true vehicles, NJIT had its own reasons to attend the show as it was represented by our school’s SAE Baja car that had its own booth showing off the club’s project vehicle that won them sixth place at the Kansas competition, tenth Place in Illinois and thirteenth overall at the California competition. The team is currently working on the next Baja car, which will soon be participating in the national competition soon over the summer.

the opportunity to ask questions. Invest yourself, show desire to take the company to another level. Ms. Rosenblatt advised attendees to “Rip apart the job description prior to attending an interview.” By ripping apart a job description you know what will be expected of you. Another panel member said, “The organization of your resume shows how organized you are. Employers are not just looking for key words and achievements, they look at the big picture of how you present yourself.” Energy, preparation, and

confidence are ways to express your desire for a position. An attendee asked a question regarding the NJIT career fair. Some of the panel members expressed that when at a career fair they do not look at the resumes, and if they do, they only briefly glance once over for keywords and qualifications. The panelists spoke from experience. An employer can look at your resume at another time. When there are hundreds of students coming up to them at a career fair, it can be exhausting. A panel member suggested, “Stand out, give your two-minute

elevator pitch, show who you are. Do not just shove your resume over, ask at the end of speaking to the recruiter if they would take a look at your resume. It will be far more effective” At the conclusion of the event there was the opportunity to network with the attendees, panelists, and speakers, as well as light refreshments. The attendance to the event was low, though many students did attend, through advertisement of the event or scheduling it closer to a career fair. There were more students that signed up and could

not make it since many name tags of the students who registered were unclaimed. Since NJIT had those crazy snow days and this event was the first Wednesday classes were held since before spring break, it might have had an effect on attendance with rescheduled common exams. The panelists at some point got repetitive instead of additive in answering questions since the questions correlated to each other.




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20 Professor Ray Leibman

Minutes with

By Ujjwala Rai | Senior Staff Writer & Akshay Somana | Contributing Writer Prof. Ray Leibman is currently an Adjunct Professor teaching Marketing at the Martin Tuchman School of Management. Before getting to NJIT, Professor Leibman taught part-time at RutgersNewark until 2011 when he received an invitation to come teach the Executive MBA Program at NJIT. He then taught there for three years and soon transitioned into teaching undergraduate business courses which he has now been doing for the past three years. Leibman grew up as a latchkey kid in the Bronx after moving

“Where Owls know my name” attempts to test the limits of progressive death metal music. Like many sounds from the genre, Rivers of Nihil have incorporated elements of jazz, electronica, and some ambience into many of the songs in the album. Although some of the ambient elements, along with an occasional lack of variation in melodies, at times make some of the songs seem boring to listen to, these qualities allow for a really good, relaxing experience. As opposed to what one might expect, the presence of saxophones do not make the album any more lighter than what the average metal album would sound like. Rather, there comes a new dimension of melodic brawn and harmonious sophistication that could only be interpreted as an improvement to the listening experience that the compositions provide. The music can be rocked just as much as it can be listened to quite passively. To listeners who are accustomed to listening to softer sounds and the like, many of the tracks in this album will sound quite extraordinary. A useful suggestion will be to start off with the title track, “Where owls know my name,” which begins with a pop sounding melody before switching-in within the second minute. The melodious sounds of electric guitars and sonorous saxophones, harsh growls, and ornate riffs accompanied by drums that throb with life give this track a mesmerizing quality. The lyrics are heartbreaking and yet life shines in its performance. It is a song of distress that very much resonates with hope. The following song, which is the last in the album, “Capricorn / Agoratopia” comes up next quite fittingly in line after “Where owls know my name.” from here on, this album can be played from the beginning and enjoyed in all its gloriousness. To further discuss the character of this album, Robert Stenko, NJIT senior and an avid fan of death-metal music, agreed to a short interview to evaluate the

from Belgium at the age of seven. He says, “I come from a very fascinating background because my parents went through the war. It was very fascinating to listen to my parents' stories about how they survived. For me, life was wonderful after coming here.” He and his second elder brother started school in the Bronx public schools. Shortly after, his eldest brother joined them after returning from service in the Belgium Army. Apart from his studies, growing up, Leibman had a passion for business. He recalls attending trade shows, saying, “I

loved the environment, loved the meeting of people at the trade show, and loved the way they dress[ed].” Shortly after receiving his High School Diploma, Leibman was drafted into the Vietnam War. Initially being scheduled for Officer Training, he ended up transitioning to Infantry. After the Vietnam war, he was transferred to Korea twice, after which came the end of his service. Coming back from the war, he chose to study Accounting at Pace University. Due to the war, the social and political tensions were high in

America. He says, “[sic]Everyone was yelling at us and calling us war mongers, so I was not the least bit comfortable. So, I just went crazy, took 21 credits and graduated in 3 years instead of 4.” With his diploma in accounting and a year of working in the accounting field, he realized that it was not his cup of tea. Leibman then moved over to working Sales at American Express in Manhattan and he loved it. He signed American Express to restaurants in the East Side, then before being moved over to the West Side. Leibman was the one who got Broadway to sign up for American Express along with many other New York theatres. Enjoying the perks of free dinners at restaurants and first row tickets at shows, he knew he had found his true calling. As his career progressed, Leibman had the chance to work for French, German, Japanese, and Italian companies, and each offered its unique cultural backgrounds and experience. He states, “I just loved

it! I am encouraging all of you young people to step out of New Jersey, travel and see the world.” He continues sharing that the expectations from millennials is greater than his generation, “Five years ago it used to be, I wanna work for a firm that believes in ecology, sustainability, and I wanna save the whales. Now they say, I wanna make a lot of money. The change has come about simply because of the pressure; college education is not free.” When asked about his most rewarding experience, he stated, “I think the most rewarding [thing] is that I can help people,” and goes on to state that the happiest moments of his life were the births of his kids. Prof. Liebman, with his excellent track record, plans to continue teaching for as long as his health permits. “I feel like I am paying forward. I don’t want to die with regrets, and if I can get through to a few students, I'm fine because I can only show them the water.”


"Where Owls Know My Name" By Akinlolu Aguda | Senior Staff Writer & Robert Stenko | Contributing Writer

album from a die-hard fan’s perspective. A: How much of a metal-music fan would you say you are? R: I am a die hard fan of metal. I don't listen to much else. I go to see bands play live as much as I can and try to turn others into fans of the genre with every opportunity I have. A: How would you rate this album on a scale of 1 - 10? R: As of now it would be 8.5, but next week it can be a 7 or a 10. It depends on my current mood. But officially I'll go with 8.5 A: What do you think of the overall approach to the album? R: It is not the heaviest nor the fastest album out there. They are not the first metal band to use the saxophone, but this just swallows you whole. It's different from anything I've heard before and it's refreshing. Don't get me wrong-I side with the idea of "don't fix it if it's not broken," but a little change of direction from their past albums is very welcomed. To a

casual "metal" fan, a lot of bands that play similar music will sound alike, and I see their point, but what Rivers of Nihil have done on this album is set themselves apart from fellow musicians simply by adding another instrument (saxophone). A: So you have been a previous listener to their other releases?

How would you rate their strength in comparison to what you would expect from an average metal band? R: I knew a few songs by them before, but this last release really got my attention. I'm not sure what the average metal band is, I guess it's up to everyone's own interpretation. I personally can't compare one band to another, hell I can't even compare one album from the same band to another album by the same band. There are certain favorite bands of mine that I have a few expectations from, and Rivers of Nihil is not at that stage yet, but if they keep this pace then they will be one of my favorites. I have to go back and revisit their entire catalog to see how I really feel about them. A: Do you have any favorite tracks

from the album and why so? R: “A silent life” is my favorite I guess, simply because it was the first track I heard, and it's the one that made me more interested in the band. A: What emotions would you say accompany this album? R: A very relaxed feeling as opposed to listening to something like Deicide or Dying Fetus. I'm just in a better mood every time I hear something I enjoy. A: What words come to mind? R: A bit of an overused word comes to mind but the album is EPIC! A: What are the negatives to the album? R: I don't see any negatives when it comes to the album, it's a very solid album. I haven't given it a 10/10 because I am comparing it to my favorite albums by other bands. A: Would you recommend this to a non-metal head? R: Yes! Thanks lot for your time! It’s been a pleasure. R: No Problem!




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


Jenny Callaghan

What is your favorite oncampus activity or event?

Chemical Engineering | First Year "The Dance-a-thon. The NJIT Dance team had an event where people were dancing and some acts were singing, like acapella. It happened last week. It was really cool."


By Marwa Moustafa | Senior Staff Writer



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Enrique Coronel

Information Technology | Third Year "Job opportunity events, like Career Fair. NJIT has a lot of relationships with a lot of companies here." 

Flavio Cuenca

Industrial Engineering | First Year "Throwback to the 90's. A bunch of friends and people who dorm here came together in the Atrium a few days ago. It was pretty fun. We played some old games, like War and Twister. The RAs from Cypress organized the event."


Monisha Ramesh

BIS | Graduate Student Watching the basketball game! The energy is so high in there. To see your college play makes you feel proud and want to support them. I'd love to watch more games in the new stadium.



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ACROSS 1 Shopper, at times 6 Driving hazard 10 The last game there was played 9/28/2008 14 Olive Garden staple 19 __ cuisine 20 Newcastle's river 21 Changes lanes on? 22 One way to think 23 Laura's classic "Dick Van Dyke Show" wail 24 Baseball family name 25 Got off the horse 26 Hit-by-pitch reminders 27 Mediators burn calories by __ 31 Increased 32 Short relative? 33 __ spot 34 March family creator 38 Cancel at NASA 40 Brainstorm 45 Employees burn calories by __ 50 Those, in Tijuana 51 2018 "Sunday Night Baseball"addition 52 Org. with specialists 53 Bust unit 54 Carve up 55 Like many an AARP mem. 56 Got glasses on credit? 60 Trent Reznor's band, initially 61 College near Albany 62 Earthshaking event 64 Researchers burn calories by __ 67 High winds 70 Monterrey day 71 Blackens, as a flue 72 Forensic investigators burn calories by __ 77 Clan symbols

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