Vol. XCV Issue 12 Week of April 17th, 2018
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With Magnitude & Direction
Syrian Chemical Attack By Quratulain Malik | Senior Staff Writer
The war in Syria is nowhere near resolution and as more fatalities occur, more human rights and war crimes occur. The latest weapons being used against civilians in Syria are chemical weapons. On Saturday, April 7, over five hundred people in the town of Douma, East of Damascus were experiencing symptoms similar to that of chemical attacks after several bombs were dropped in the area. Of these five hundred civilians affected, seventy died from the severe effects of the substance. The usage of chemical weapons in Syria during the war have remained a constant issue since the start of the war in late 2013. The Syrian government has reportedly used chlorine gas as a weapon against civilians several times. However, this attack was similar to a “nerve agent” with can cause death by asphyxiation: the major cause of death in the attack. It has been confirmed by U.S. intelligence officials that this was a verified chemical attack after finding traces of a nerve agent and chlorine in blood and urine samples. It has not yet been verified that the Syrian government
was responsible. World leaders like President Emmanuel Macron of France and U.K. government officials strongly believe that this attack was a motivated chemical attack on civilians carried out by the Syrian government. Several world leaders agreed that action must be taken in Syria to help mitigate the effects of future attacks, and to charge the Syrian government, especially President Assad, with the responsibility of the seventy civilian fatalities and more than five hundred injuries. President Trump himself announced plans on Twitter of removing U.S. soldiers from Syria and authorized and carried out a missile strike in Syria. In a recent UN security council meeting, the U.S. and other western countries failed to avert military engagement with Russia in Syria in response to the chemical attack. However, the U.S., U.K., and France remained adamant in their resolve to discipline the Syrian government after the
attack, while they also attempted to accommodate Russia and its stance on the attack. Russian representatives at the council believed that the opposing side was trying to undermine Russian control in Syria, using the attack to justify the use of further military action in Syria. The countries opposing the Russian stance like the U.S., U.K., and France said that allowing the Syrian government, whose collusion with Russia is well-known, to use these weapons is
endangering international security. Now, the international
community is cautiously anticipating the clash between major world leaders.
Senate President Profiles By Rick Cruz | Business Manager
Kellen is currently the Executive Board's Secretary to the President, a Sophomore biology major, and has worked on several Senate Subcommittees and proposals.
Steve is a Law, Technology, and Culture major with a communications minor, a member of the NJIT Pre-Law Society, an employee at the highlander pub, and former Executive Editor of the VECTOR newspaper.
GOALS: • Establish and create the NJ Association of Student Councils (NJASC) • Improve campus life programs for residents, commuters, and international students • Improve access to financial resources for clubs • Make sure administrative offices work effectively with senate
STEVE CASTRO "I decided to run in order to serve the NJIT Community and provide them with resolutions to the problems everyone seems to discuss yet few attempt to resolve."
"I believe that anyone can do a great job as president, but having that experience already present makes you one step ahead of the game."
• Increase Student Communication and connectivity on campus • Improving and expanding services to C-Caps (center for counseling and psychological services) • Expand NJIT SS clarity and information to the Student Body.
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State of the Senate
Students Walk Out
As a result of the improved club management system, NJIT has seen 16 new clubs be officially recognized by the Senate. See page 4.
Lisette Morel, the creator of various abstract artistic works and plays on light and dark, made a dramatic appearance at the Gallery Aferro art exhibit. See page 8.
Oklahoma public schools have been plagued by funding cuts over the past decade, culminating in one of the worst education systems in the United States. See page 10.
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On-Campus Events & Weather Tuesday, April 17th 49°F | 37°F 15 mph
Wednesday, April 18th
Thursday, April 19th
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Senate Election Voting
Sikh Awarness Day YOGA & Meditation
Wynona's Book Drive
@ CC Lobby @ Lower Green @ Meditation Center B 90 5:00-6:00pm 2:30-4:00pm 9:00-11:00pm @ the Pub (CC 3rd Floor)
@ CC Lobby
Job Hunting 101
@ CC Conference Room 240
Friday, April 20th Saturday, April 21st Sunday, April 22nd 51°F | 40°F 13 mph
61°F | 43°F 9 mph
Pizza Palooza Triathalooza
TrapAerobics Greek Week
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12:04AM Officer issued a summons for an Open Container to a Rutgers Student at 291 MLK Blvd.
4:58PM Two non-affiliates were involved a domestic dispute at 256 Central Ave. One of the parties slashed the tires on of the others vehicle with a knife.
12:05AM Officer issued a summons for an Open Container to a Rutgers Student at 289 MLK Blvd.
Senior Staff Babatunde Ojo Rachel Deahl Jonpierre Grajales Shanee Halevi Yasmine Ibrahim Daniil Ivanov David Korty Marwa Moustafa Prem Naik Carmel Rafalowsky Ujjwala Rai Siri Uppuluri Adrian Wong
10:43AM Officers arrested a nonaffiliate on Raymond Blvd. for three Open Warrants.
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4/11/18 12:44AM Officer discovered damage to the door leading to the Concrete Lab on the first floor of Colton Hall.
3:02AM Officers arrested a non-affiliate for an Open Warrant subsequent to a motor
9:52PM Officer issued a summons to a Montclair University Student for an Open Container on Broad Street.
6:04AM Employees of the NJIT Bookstore reported the theft of 3 scientific Calculators and some Voice Recorders. .
11:07PM Officer issued a summons to a Montclair University Student for an Open Container at 317 MLK Blvd.
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State of the Senate By Victoria Nguyen | Web + Multimedia Editor
The Student Senate held their first annual State of the Senate address last Friday, April 13, that was open to all students and faculty of NJIT. Senate President, Mark Neubauer, and other cabinet members led the address. The presentation was structured as: Student Senate
accomplishments in the 20172018 academic year, the Senate’s future goals, as well as a public forum where students had the opportunity to discuss any concerns with the student representatives. In regards to this year’s accomplishments, Neubauer praised his team’s
work in filling up a lot of vacant seats in the student government, increasing the number of participating Student-at-Larges in Senate’s various subcommittees, as well as improving their club management system.
This Year's Accomplishments In addition to securing office renovations for all club offices, the Academic Affairs Committee of Student Senate was successful in creating an adviser evaluation form that was not available to students prior, as well as establishing a 10 minute break between all classes—a considerable improvement from the previous 5 minute break. Meanwhile, the Student Affairs Committee has been working to fully integrate the Student Discount Program into everyday campus life: through the program, which launched March 23, 2018, NJIT students can enjoy a discount within the range of 5%-20% at 20 participating restaurants,
which the Student Affairs Committee plans to expand to 50 participating locations. The Open Education Resources (OER) is another at-work Senate initiative intended to improve the educational experience. Within this program, more learning materials and books will be made free and accessible to students via the NJIT Library website as an attempt to help combat the rising costs of higher education for all college students. Many improvements to the school can be attributed to the Senate’s management of SAFRB
Club Management and Funding As a result of the improved club management system, NJIT has seen 16 new clubs be officially recognized by Senate. Such clubs, such as the Brick City EHAAS and Sky Highlanders, will contribute to the diverse campus of NJIT. While the presentation addressed the significant growth in organized clubs, it also addressed improvements in Senate’s club funding to existing organizations. With the projection that the Single Events
Budget will progressively increase to about $350,000 for the 20182019 school year, clubs will receive more money (as the single events budget is evenly divided amongst all organizations). New clubs will all receive a $1,000 probationary budget grant. Line budget hearings, which are opportunities for clubs to schedule all events and submit proposals for funds, are now occurring for the benefit of early organization and planning.
and its drafting of proposals. The SAFRB budget had steadily increased throughout recent years, and will approximately reach $500,000 for the upcoming year. Senate has taken advantage of this by investing into the renovation of library study rooms, installing a volleyball court on the Honors Green, and moving the Senate office to the vacant space the NJIT bookstore previously held. SAFRB has previously overseen proposals to improve the quality of the NJIT experience by renovating/enhancing: both CC lounges in the basement and the fourth floor, the Warren Street Gym, and the Water Bottle Filling Stations.
The public forum was led by Senate Secretary, Kellan Kadakia; Club Manager, Mina Morcos; Engineering Technology Representative, Aditya Patwardhan; Freshman Resident Representative, Jeremy Bedient; Computer Engineering Representative, Siddharth Vemuri; Science, Technology, and Science Representative, Kimberly Prince; Vice President of Finance, Sophia Mufti; and Senate President, Mark Neubauer. Before turning to the public, each representative took time to talk about their personal accomplishments within Senate over the past year, and then opened the space for students with any questions. Ashley Fitzsimmons, a fourth
year Biomedical Engineering student, raised her concerns regarding the lack of an organized senior field trip that traditionally takes place during the summer following graduation. Fitzsimmons stated that Senior Class President, Manogna Guduru failed to plan a summer trip and that the senior trip was not budgeted for. Fitzsimmons then claimed that Neubauer was also in the senior class GroupMe chat but did not respond to the issue when it was posed in the group chat. To this, Neubauer responded: “Sophia [Mufti, Vice President of Finance] can touch more upon that, but most of the money that is not being used is reallocated in the single events budget, which is the
money that goes to all the clubs and organizations on campus.” He continued: “And you are correct, any money that is not used rolls over to the next year so that more money will be available to the student class trip next year.” “Of course this is not a huge issue, but it just seems like everyone we talk to on Senate has come back with no update on it,” Fitzsimmons stated, when she was approached for further comment. “ We have [also] contacted the senior class president about it many times. After I spoke about it at the State of Senate, various senators came up to me willing to get it planned and Christina Pascucci [Associate Director of the Office of Student Life] reached out to me as well.”
Thoughts on the First State of the Senate or Studnet Senate Overall “In terms of the State of Senate in general, I think it is a great concept and something they should have at least once a semester to keep students updated on what Senate is doing. I learned a lot.” -Ashley Fitzsimmons, fourth year Biomedical Engineering major “The Student Senate works hard to represent students. Despite all of Senate's successes this year, we had an incredibly small attendance at the State of the Senate event. Personally, I think this stems from the fact that we haven't been able
to communicate well with the student body, and that students don't feel like they have much of a stake in what Senate is doing. Moving forward I think it will be important that we increase our transparency, and make sure that we convey to students why we do what we do.” -Jeremy Bedient, first year Industrial Engineering major, Senate Freshman Representative “Being a part of the NJIT Student Senate was one of the most positive and best experiences of my college career. From the five
minute resolution to the NJIT Discount Program to the SmokeFree Campaign, NJIT Student Senate has been making a lot of positive changes to campus. I unfortunately had to resign from my position in order to focus more on my grades, especially as I am approaching my senior year. I received nothing but support from the Senate when making this decision.” -Anna Baronos, thirdyear Biology major, former Senate Public Relations Manager
Features Thomas Sousa
Week of April 17, 2018 STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
From left to right: Sousa’s friend named Connor, TimTheTatman, Sousa.
By Adrian Wong | Senior Staff Writer From Thursday, April 5 to Sunday, April 8, tens of thousands of gamers and cosplayers flocked to Boston to attend PAX East. PAX, originally known as Penny Arcade Expo, boasts hundreds of booths where vendors of all sizes can display their products and games. In addition to the displays, there are also various presentations that visitors may attend. PAX East is also sure to bring out plenty of celebrities in the gaming/ cosplaying community. This year one of the celebrities was TimTheTatman, a video game streamer who boasts 1.6 million followers and 74 million views on Twitch, a website where users can livestream themselves playing video games. A recent addition allows people to broadcast themselves doing everyday tasks in the “IRL” section. Those who wish to watch others play video games almost always look at Twitch. NJIT’s own Thomas Sousa streams on twitch @Nikiski. Sousa considers TimTheTatman as the “guy who got me [sic] into streaming” and was able to meet him at PAX East. Sousa said he “dabbled into streaming” during high school but began seriously streaming at the start of July of this past summer. He made it a goal to stream at least 8 hours a day, and occasionally streamed for 24 straight hours. On average, Sousa would stream 350-400 hours per month during the Summer. His streaming schedule has slowed
down since he has returned to NJIT in the fall. Sousa started out streaming shooters like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Player’s Unknown Battlegrounds, but has now moved on to playing Fortnite. With hours of refining his skill at Fortnite, Sousa has become absolutely dominant at the game. This season, he has an 8.5 kill/death ratio while winning 34% of his games. Perhaps most impressively, he has won 99 of 279 solo matches, which is well above the expected value of 2.79 wins. On top of this, his channel has amassed over 5,200 followers and nearly 20,000 total views. Currently, Sousa is on the Fortnite squad for Unnamed Gaming, a semi-pro e-sports team. At PAX, he was able to meet the manufacturer of Unnamed Gaming’s jerseys. Sousa still streams, albeit less often than during the summer. One thing he has learned over his time streaming is the value of presentation. He has invested in a high-quality microphone, webcam and graphic design to make his stream appear as professional as possible. For the future, Sousa plans to further “develop [his] social media a little more” because he believes that, “social media is big for marketing anything online.” He can be found at @Nikiski24 for both Instagram and Twitter, and streaming Fortnite on the weekends at twitch.tv/nikiski.
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KELLEN KADAKIA Kellen Kadakia had several brief stints in several x-clubs before finding his home in the Student Senate, working closely with both e-board members and directly under the current president . As Secretary, Kellen was instrumental in implementing the food discount program. His work ethic and logistical mind have been tested true in this and other projects. His participation in a multitude of activities and events on campus as well as the responsibilities of Executive Secretary have shown a person who knows the inner and outer workings of the Student Senate. Some students have questioned his relatability to the general body and there have been strong criticisms of his proposals focused on the "beautification" of the campus. Students want to be better informed on work done by Senate, claiming that SAFRB money should be spent on other things aside from furniture projects.
STEVE CASTRO Steve Castro has a pulse on the voice of the people given his tenure as a pub employee and reporter. With his experiences as a salesman and an e-board member, he is consciously aware of the great influence and responsibility that Senate President has. Steve has impeccable interpersonal skills, a proven work ethic, and a strong vision for what he would like to see changed at the school. It is unclear how he would fair in the transition, having no experience on chairing meetings with dozens of other representatives. The Senate President is an all-encompassing job that requires one to work not just with e-board and other member Senators, but also with the dozens of club presidents, high level faculty administration, President Bloom, and (with the creation of the NJASC) other public universities.
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SAC Carnival Photos By Shanee Halevi | Senior Staff Photographer & Rampee Kalia | Contributing Photographer Students enjoy the Student Activities Councilâ€™s (SAC) annual carnival. Activities included button making, bounch house obstances courses, darts, and much more!
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Annual CoAD Brick Build
Photos By Lucas Lupinska | Staff Photographer
Sophomore Architecture students turn their computer models into real life structures. The final structures of a brick building competition are displayed outside of the College of Architecture and Design.
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Gallery Aferro Releases New Exhibits Through May 26th By Daniil Ivanov| Senior Staff Writer
Lisette Morel, the creator of various abstract artistic works and plays on light and dark, made a dramatic appearance at the Gallery Aferro art exhibit. As her presence was announced, the crowd created a semicircle around a blank wall which stood next to a ladder, a bucket of paint, a stack of canvas material, and a hammer. Morel appeared through the crowd, barefoot and in an all white combination of a blouse and leggings. Without words, she tied her hair back and kneeled to her work station, opening the paint bucket and pouring black paint into a container. She stood up and took each of the three canvases one by one, twisting three knots into each one before dipping the knots into the paint. She then scaled the ladder, holding a canvas in her hand, pulled nails out of her left breast pocket—leaving a black stain over her heart—and pounded the nails into the wall as fifty or so people
stared in silence. The nine knots hung down, dripping paint onto the floor, as Morel proceeded to passionately grab each knot and swing it to her heart’s desire— leaving the black residue of her emotion on the wall. She wiped her hands and feet free of the wet paint, her white outfit now paint splattered, and exited as quickly and silently as she had entered. The paint on the wall will remain until the end of the current exhibit, which goes through May 26th. Aside from this work, Lisette Morel and a number of other artists are featured throughout the studio, with the first floor capturing a number of abstract plays on color and dimension. Certain works begin on the wall and forget to stop, moving onto the floor and out into all three dimensions past their origins as two dimensional works hung up on a wall. Another white canvas is marked in copper metallic spray paint,
Artist Lisette Morel performs a painting installation at gallery opening. Title:Knots Photos By Akinlolu Aguda| Executive Editor
originating as a neat singularity that uncoils rapidly into chaos. The abstractions don’t have definitions written out for them, so staring deep into the curves and bends of black and white is like staring into a Rorschach test where you are both the patient and psychologist. The second floor, however, is instantly a juxtaposition to the abstract images below. The first site is a wall of male nudes by Luis Carle and Gerardo Castro, but they accentuate feminine aspects to question gender norms and the binary gender classification system. Another wall displays Ernesto Rodriguez’s giant colorful ice cream bars with ants made from spoons crawling around. Each ant is uniquely painted with rust colored paint, bringing the creatures to life in the scene that reminds one of a childhood summer day. Past these is a collection of three
Caribbean still life paintings. An arm’s length out from a wall and a bookshelf, the corners of the painting barely make it into one’s periphery when the books are at your back. This seems counterintuitive since the images are blurred and are difficult to discern at such a short distance, but this is not unlike being in the picture itself with the living and breathing scenery constantly moving around you in a blur. This insinuates that the image is not close and blurred because of a lack of foresight by whomever hung the picture, but rather because the viewer is supposed to experience the vibrant colors and scenery as a virtual tourist in the Caribbean rather than a bystander at an exhibit. These exhibits as well as photography and a music exhibit can be seen Wednesday through Saturday between 12PM and 6PM from now to May 26th at 73 Market Street in Newark.
T h e challenge presented f r o m ascending Celeste Mountain is not only physically draining, but mentally and emotionally for both Madeline, the main character, and the player. Celeste was released on January 25, 2018, and is available across multiple gaming platforms. Initially developed by Noel Berry and Matt Thorson for a game jam, the two saw potential in their idea and decided to improve on the PICO-8 prototype. Designed with the intention to test the player’s reflexes, grit, and interest in speedrunning, C e l e s t e b o r r o w s inspiration f r o m other twodimensional platformers and mashes them up into a cohesive game that anyone can pick up and play regardless of skill. As opposed to most games that bombard the player with an assortment of buttons to press, Celeste only requires three “action” buttons (aside from walking/running): jump, climb, and dash. From start to finish, the player’s ability to maneuver obstacles will rely on their understanding of each movement option and their ability flow from one to the other. Instead of traversing through long levels similar to those used
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balancing difficulty for any player interested in the game. You can choose to play the game the way it is intended, or use the “Assist” mode if you feel
unconfident in your platforming skills. With over 600 levels to play through, including secret areas, hidden “sides” for each chapter, and the ability to play the game jam prototype, there is an abundance of replayability. No matter how difficult a room is, you can either skip it or die to it as many times as it takes for
you to clear it in one fell swoop. At the end of each chapter, the game counts up every one of your deaths and while it seems like it may be a deterrent, it should be used to urge you forward as you proved you can make it through any obstacle in your way. “This is it, Madeline. Just breathe. You can do this.”
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A visitor observes photographs by Luis Carle documenting gay life and activism in New York City in the Early eighties.
A featured painting from collection.
Two Spirits Curator Jo-El Lopez (right), discusses with gallery visitors (two right) at art show exhibit.
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Civilians Suffer at the Hands of Their Government Following many other similar but less reported chemical attacks in Syria, Syrian civilians continue to suffer as government fights for power. By Carmel Rafalowsky | Managing Editor
A United States Air Force combat unit member checks the fins on an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile during a simulated chemical warfare exercise.
The Who: • Military: Syrian military forces, backed by and proAssad (supported by the US, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia) • Rebels: Syrian citizens/freedom-fighters, home grown and against Assad (supported by Russia and Iran)
On April 7th, 2018 a chemical attack was reported to have taken place in rebel-held Douma, a suburb east of Damascus. The Union of Medical Care and Relief Organization, a nonprofit humanitarian organization that provides medical support to individuals in the region, attributed 70 deaths to the use of chlorine and sarin nerve agents. Over 500 citizens were rushed to nearby medical centers, said the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and World Health Organization (WHO), and were treated for burning eyes, breathing problems, and other “symptoms indicative of exposure to a chemical agent.” The attack received international condemnation, and was attributed to the Syrian Arab Army, the land force branch of the Syrian Armed Forces. On April 14th, a missile strike was carried out in retaliation against the Syrian government by the United States, United Kingdom, and France. A total of 105 cruise missiles were launched by ship and air, and targeted Barzah Research and Development Center, Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Site, and Him Shinshar CW Bunkar. The Syrian government called the airstrike
a violation of international law; however, prior to the strike, the UK published its legal position which established that the strike was justified on humanitarian grounds. I have very mixed feelings on the recent events going on in Syria. I steadfastly disagree with terror and the acts of ISIL. Regarding Syria’s internal conflict, however, I am unsure—I feel a sense of entitlement even discussing the issue in this matter when civilians are so obviously the ones caught in the crossfire. It is on that human level that I feel the need to intervene and to resolve the conflict at hand. However, on a more practical and rational level, I don’t think America should be involved at all. I think Trump’s public criticism and agreement to carry out a missile strike was a huge mistake, and an overstep. Those actions were not representative of the American people, or of America’s role in global affairs and politics. Though it might be seen as cold, I lean towards an isolationist viewpoint. The United States isn’t anyone’s babysitter, and it is neither our right, nor our duty to police the actions of other countries.
• Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL/ISIS: a terrorist organization that follows the Salafi doctrine of Sunni Islam
Students Walk out of Class By Nicole Cheney | Contributing Writer After nearly two weeks without class for half a million Oklahoma public school students, the teachers’ walkout has come to a conclusion. The president of the Oklahoma Education Association, Alicia Priest, has called for an end to the nine-day strike, which began April 2nd, after state legislature passed a $6,100 annual salary hike. Most classrooms will resume instruction Monday. Oklahoma public schools have been plagued by budget cuts over the past decade, culminating in one of the worst education systems in the United States. Budget reports from 2013 rank Oklahoma as 48th in the nation in yearly spending per student at $7,672, while Education Week’s 2017 Quality Counts study ranks Oklahoma classrooms 5th worst. These statistics are staggering, yet unsurprising given the current state of the system. Low
salaries for teachers discourage prospective educators from remaining in-state; it is reported that Oklahoma loses 13% of its teaching force annually to outof-state positions. Just last year, Oklahoma’s Teacher of the Year, Shawn Sheehan, moved to Texas for better financial prospects. This trend leaves Oklahoma not only with fewer teachers overall, but
achievement status receives a failing grade. The end of the walkout comes at a critical time in which momentum has begun to slow. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R) likened the clamor for pay increases to a teenager’s desire for a nicer car. However, the success of the pay raises does not directly translate to classroom benefits, the fight for which prolonged t h e duration of the strike. Ultimately, the teachers’ union faced pressures to return to class or deal with a significant elongation of the school year. Critics of the walkout purport that Oklahoma teachers’ salaries are approximately on par with the rest of the nation once cost of living comes into play. Most sources cite Oklahoma among the worst states for teachers, with an annual mean wage of $41,880. But recent analyses from the 1889 Institute
"Oklahoma public schools have been plagued by funding cuts over the past decade, culminating in one of the worst education systems in the United States" with an especial lack of quality ones. To make matters worse, the funding deficit is painfully obvious as soon as one steps foot into a classroom. Many schools have not updated materials in decades, resulting in torn and tattered textbooks full of outdated information. It comes as no surprise that Oklahoma’s K-12
Broken Arrow Elementary-Junior High School. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. and the Kahler Financial Group suggest that, after factoring in cost of living, Oklahoma only falls between 30th to 35th in the nation. It is important to note that these studies base their findings off the Council for Community and Economic Research cost-of-living index, which investigated the living standards of moderately affluent professional households in urban areas. Almost 33% of Oklahoma’s population resides in rural communities with a distinctly different labor market
than those cited in the Council’s index. Ultimately, the Oklahoma teacher’s union achieved a major victory – the $6,100 salary increase is reportedly enough to make up for ten years of lost compensation, but still pales in comparison to the national average. Union leaders now urge voters to turn their attention to the upcoming state elections in November. This walkout was a sweeping success, but still indicates more work to come.
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Minutes with LEON CRISTO
Director of Research at the College of Science and Liberal Arts By David Korty | Senior Staff Writer
David: Greetings Mr. Cristo, where did you grow up? Leon: I grew up in Mexico until I was about 19 to which I proceeded to Wisconsin to study as an exchange student in 98’. Afterwards I went back to Mexico to finish my degree in Theater and Cultural promotion. From there I moved to South America for a couple of months to connect with the communities and complete my research. Then I came back to Mexico and then moved to Paris for almost 2 years. Then I came back to Mexico and I ended up meeting my wife to which we moved here in Newark. I’ve been living in the states for the last 6 years and I’ve been working at NJIT for 3 years. Before here I was working at a County Community college as an assistant director for e-learning. David: What is your role here at NJIT? Leon: I am an admin. Basically, my position is quite interesting. Couple of years ago our director’s decided that they needed to get from one level to the next. This is when they created the Vision 2020 and for the particular field that is research, they decided they needed to restructure a lot of things. One of the things they needed was a professor of research in the colleges. In my case, I was assigned as an ambassador that has two bosses. The director of the office of research, and the dean. Being put into that 50/50 split, I need to be translating between both worlds. Part of the time I am defending what the chair, the dean, and the professors would like to implement but if they come up with an idea that doesn’t follow policy I report it as a bad idea. Oppositely, when I am working for the office of research, I say, “These ideas are really great, we should support them, I know you do not approve of them, but I have confidence in them”. So I am kinda like in a really weird ambassadorial position in between these two branches. David: Where do you see the benefit of research and how has it translated back to NJIT? Leon: I come from selling intangible value. What I am trying to do is go to the government and tell them they need to invest in the culture and happiness in kids. When you are trying to sell that to the government, they ask if you are out of your mind. Well, there are studies that happy kids grow into happy adults. If these grants are presented where you show that these kids will benefit in a few years then vote for you again, they understand your approach. David: A long-term investment rather than a short-term project? Leon: Culture is always a long-term investment. There is not a single society that can get to thinking going to watch theater when they are at war or some other type of conflict. When I moved from that role of selling impossible dreams to where we have a course that has been proven to work, that is a for example a business course, that is super tangible, it makes the case much easier to sell. When I came to NJIT, what basically happened is that the culture that NJIT has built itself upon has now allowed it to expand in research. When they get to 20 million, how do we get to 30 million? Then how do we get to 50 million? It turns out to get to the next level, you have to do more educational research, more humanistic research and we do not have a college for that. That is when NJIT decided to do a lot of changes in the college of research and that is when they brought in my position to open up more research at other college departments. David: Thank you very much for your time Professor, I hope to speak with you again soon. Leon: You as well David. Thank you for this interview.
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Week of April 17, 2018
On-Campus Opinion Not quite “Humans of NJIT.” Curated By Marwa Moustafa | Senior Staff Writer
With only a month left until Commencement, what are you most looking forward to after graduation?
Shalini Sakhamuri Biology | Third-Year
"I'm most looking forward to money. I'll be working with my father in the electrical computing field."
"I'm most excited for resting for three months, before my Master's degree. I'll probably do it in either NJIT or Columbia."
Computer Engineering | Fourth-Year "Definitely, my full-time position at Cognizent. It's an IT and consulting company. They'd be moving me away from my house and I'd be going around to different states for different projects, so I'm looking forward to the traveling."
"Being in a new environment and meeting new people who are slightly involved in different types of activities and come from different backgrounds. Next year, I might be attending a Master's in Public Health one-year program in New Hampshire. We'll see where it takes me. I'm actually an out-of-state student from Massachusetts. I'll be closer to home, but hopefully I'll keep in touch with my New Jersey friends and family."
IT | Fourth-Year
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Left, Right & Middle What media sources do you rely on? By Akinlolu Aguda | Executive Editor
By Babatunde Ojo| Senior Staff Writer
By Adrian Wong | Senior Staff Writer
potify, Facebook, Instagram; in that order, these are my primary mass media sources. They are mostly all that I have the energy for. I utilize other media sources once in a while but none compare to how I use either Facebook or Instagram. To use adjectives to describe how I rely on each of the media sources I utilize, “Dependent” covers my relationship with both Spotify and Facebook. I depend on Spotify for access to a virtually unlimited library of music and the current accompanying student access to a free Hulu account. I depend on Facebook for content ranging from the news and friend updates to dark memes and jokes about death. Also, for quick sign-ins into other online accounts, Facebook usually has me covered. With Instagram, my connection is that of devotion. I keep tabs on my favorite music artist and art gallery accounts and constantly scour my feed for interesting artwork, look through photos of peers, and will occasionally engage in some minor investigative activities--only on rare occasions, however. Other media sources I tend to visit now and then include YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter, Vimeo, Reddit, The Television Set, and The Car Radio. For print media sources, I read the school newspaper every week.
edia sources like James Corbett’s, The Corbett Report, is one example of a well-balanced media source. From covering the now mainstream “deep state” years ago, to rationalizing how little we actually know of climate control. Whether it is an article, video, documentary, or podcast, James provides and urges his viewers/readers to read his sources and to reply with their own when discussing the material. From this example, what makes a media source legitimate is whether or not it provides information for their readers/viewers to verify for themselves. It is only recently – within the last 2 or 3 years – that mainstream media organizations have begun to hyperlink PDFs or other important documents in their online articles. Usually, one independent media outlet will collaborate with others willing to cover more ground. This can lead to a reader finding other outlets that may cover a subject another media source has been unable to dive into as deeply. Mainstream media is fine for current news as a quick rundown, but should never be taken at face value without doing independent research.
urrently, news companies are put in a difficult situation. The desire to make money regularly outweighs the desire to publish newsworthy stories. Companies like BuzzFeed have capitalized on the opportunity to make money by passing off articles such as “37 Things White People Need to Ruining in 2018” as news. Overall, it is best to get news from many different sources from all sides of the political spectrum. Almost every article published falls under one of three categories. The first are the articles which are solely produced to make money. These include the typical BuzzFeed article that is nothing more than clickbait and a few lines of fluff. The next category are articles that are published to prove a point. These include opinion articles and media groups which selectively report on news that justifies their bias. The final category is neutral reporting which is unfortunately the least common and includes things like sports scores, weather, and rarely political news. I completely avoid the clickbait category and only read the second two types of news. I think it is valuable to read news from all sides of the spectrum to get a feel for which arguments are being put forward, and eventually for judging which side I agree with the most. This does a great job of helping me formulate opinions.
Week of April 17, 2018
Activity of the Week: Crossword Tweet @TheNJITVector a photo of your completed crossword puzzle (only if you can solve it, though)! Crossword credited to pressreader.com
ACROSS 1 Jay-Z output 6 Reach great heights 10 Attempt 14 White house? 15 Fair 16 Bear in the heavens 17 Carnivores 19 Invite abbr. 20 Job application fig. 21 Hang around 22 "National Velvet" sister 24 Appliance needed for a hot bath 26 Got the ball rolling? 30 Smooth-talking 31 "60 Minutes" regular 32 Improvised jazz part 34 Element Prometheus stole from Olympus 38 Latvia and Lithuania, once 41 Harbinger of spring 42 "Beetle Bailey" dog 43 1990s-2000s skating champ Slutskaya 44 Davenport's place 46 1974 hit with Spanish lyrics 47 2015 NFL controversy involving air pressure 52 Italy's __ Coast
53 Like arf and meow 54 Hallucinogenic letters 57 "Pleeease?" 58 It consists of a couple of couples ... and, when divided differently, a hint to something hidden in 17-, 24-, 38- and 47-Across 61 Writer Shere 62 Avant-garde 63 Font flourish 64 "Regrettably ... " 65 Grasps 66 Like horror films
DOWN 1 What "nothin' but net" shots don't touch 2 Periods 3 Not leave things to chance 4 x bed 5 Succeeds 6 Tuned to 7 Daisy variety 8 Car ad abbr. 9 Botanical source of vitamin C 10 Commuter's cost 11 "Have a taste" 12 In harmony
13 Kiddie lit elephant 18 Somewhat 23 __ Taco 25 Lover of Shakespeare? 26 Sibilant "Yo!" 27 Its motto is "Industry" 28 "Cheerio!" 29 Jittery condition 32 Curriculum __: rĂŠsumĂŠ 33 Brief writer, briefly 35 Words before and after "what" 36 Dollars for quarters 37 Biblical twin 39 Good times for eachcombing 40 Indefatigable 45 Lummox 46 Lat. shortener 47 Russian country house 48 Online message 49 Crush rival 50 Overcharge but good 51 Chain known for roast beef 54 Actress __ Flynn Boyle 55 Show signs of life 56 Stand up to 59 Laudatory poem 60 Usual Hanukkah mo.
Week of April 17, 2018
Horoscopes Horoscopes credited to horoscope.com
You might find yourself wrestling some ongoing, unresolved issues that could interfere with your ability to do your job. Be mindful that you're a bit brittle today, particularly if you're working on financial matters, Pisces.
OK, up and at 'em, Taurus! You might feel like you're walking through sand today, but you really need to shake your booty and get the blood flowing. If you don't get up and do something, you'll be a slug all day.
Things could be up and down for you today, Leo. You might experience some confusion as a result of communication snafus or computer glitches that affect financial issues you're trying to solve. Persevere and you'll succeed.
You'll want to respond to your creative juices, which will be flowing freely today, Scorpio. Don't suppress the urge to sing, compose, paint, or write.
If you find yourself second-guessing plans you made earlier, Aquarius, perhaps for a plane trip, try to look objectively at your concerns. You don't have to cancel everything if you have money worries. Your fears will probably turn out to be unfounded.
You could be startled to find that your artistic talents, although dormant for a while, are called into service today. A particular undertaking of those around you could benefit from your gift in this area.
You might be feeling a little tense because you and your partner are grappling with some thorny financial issues right now, Virgo. You could be frustrated because you need to postpone some purchases or investments until the cash starts flowing more freely again.
Tugs on the home front could be pulling you away from attending an event with friends that you've been looking forward to for some time. Try to be reasonable and sort out the needs of those at home with kindness in your heart.
There is a possibility that you'll fall into a bit of a regression today as old feelings of anxiety or inadequacy surface. Although you've reached a good place in terms of self-confidence, some old childhood fears could resurface.
This could be a tough day for you emotionally. It might surprise you to find that some very old, deep-seated feelings get churned up in the course of investigating a subject of keen interest to you. It might be difficult to process these feelings.
This will be an exciting day for you intellectually, Libra. A number of intriguing concepts will catch your fancy, and you'll be hungry to learn more about them right away. Your research could take you to a library or onto the Internet.
Cool heads will be needed today, Capricorn, as tempers may flare at work because of frustration with ongoing problems. You might need to take the lead in keeping everyone calm by facilitating clear and open communication.
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