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Vol. XCV Issue 14 Week of May 1, 2018

ector With Magnitude & Direction

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

US Senators Pushed to Pay Up As of 2017, $1.5 million has been allocated for settlements that involve claims surrounding Senate workplace misconduct By Victoria Nguyen | Web + Multimedia Editor Male republican U.S. senators do not believe that they should pay for their own sexual harassment settlements. As of Thursday April 19, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was the only male senator of his party to join his male Democrat colleagues to call for a vote in rewriting workplace harassment rules for Capitol Hill’s politicians. Previously, taxpayer money was used to pay for such cases. Democrat Senator Jeff Merkeley of Oregon was one of the male Democrat senators to pen a letter that encouraged floor debate regarding this change in rewriting the sexual harassment rules for both the Senate and the House that were initially set by the Congressional Accountability

Act. The letter, which is co-signed by 31 male senators, addresses Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). The action taken by Senate follows the passing of new bipartisan harassment legislation in the House back in February. The House bill was created after a several politicians had to resign due to sexual harassment allegations in the wake of the growing #MeToo movement. This bill required congressmen to pay for their own settlements and lawsuits, instead of relying on taxpayer money as done in the past. The bill would also leave the reports of harassment claims

open and available to the public, and no longer require employees of the politicians to go through counseling before filing a claim. “Congress needs to show leadership and make it clear that we won’t tolerate sexual harassment anymore,” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) publicly stated, and has collaborated with Senator Ted Cruz to draft a Senate bill that mirrors the agenda of the House bill. “These are simple steps that would show that Congress is protecting victims and not harassers.” Cruz shared the same sentiment as his colleague when he expressed his public support for the Senate version of the bill by referring to the piece of legislation

as “the right thing to do.” With this, he stated: “We should have passed it weeks ago, and so anything I can do to encourage my colleagues — Republican or Democrat — to take it up on the floor of the Senate, I’m supportive of doing.” Before this course of action, politicians were generally protected under the Congressional Accountability Act, which delayed the accusatory process by forcing accusers to undergo long periods of counseling and paperwork between their reporting said harassment and the settlement of cases—which occurred more frequently than trial. Some notable politicians made headlines with their sexual misconduct: Senator Al Franken

(D-MN) resigned in January of 2018 after multiple women accused him of inappropriate groping; and Representative Blake Farenthold (R-TX) coincidentally retired after reports surfaced of his using $84,000 in taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit. As of 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department has allocated about $1.5 million for settlements that involve claims surrounding Senate workplace misconduct for the last twenty years.

Meet Kellen Kadakia Newly Elected President of Student Senate By Rick Cruz | Business Manager Rick: S e n a t e President Kellen, congratulations on the victory. So how do you feel right now as you transition? Kellen: I started off my Senate career as a student at large, which as you know, is basically a volunteer; you do the kind of work you want to. And it was just, like, a passion that grew for Senate. So even though I'm president, I still feel like I'm the same dedicated, passionate kid that I was my freshman year. It's a weird transition for sure because I personally don't feel any different, but everyone sees you a little differently now. So, uh, I think it's just, you know… definitely maintaining a new level of respect that everyone garners for you. It's a very large transition from what I was doing before to what I'm doing now, with the huge shoes Mark left behind I'm definitely trying to do my best there. Rick: So some of the things that he (Mark) had mentioned were, one of the big parts of your platform, to improve

financial resources allocated to the clubs. How are you're trying to make it easier to get funds to clubs? Kellen: Sure, sure. One of the biggest things right now is, we actually increased our single events budget, which is all the money that's allocated towards clubs, I think about $325,000 total. So this year alone we increased the, in the past it was around 298 [thousand], we had almost a $30,000 increase and we're hoping next year we can allocate even more. Rick: What is the single events budget? Kellen: So essentially Student Senate as a whole has three budgets: operating budget, which is the operation of Senate itself; programming budget, which is for our events or things that Senate does for the community. The last is single events budget, that's allocated to clubs, all x, y, and z clubs. I'm sure you know the line budgets. The way line budgets work are… you

fill out the budget form… and your money's allocated to you. But you still end up doing reimbursements and that money is taken from your line budget instead of having it taken from a general account. It's annoying for, I want to say, a lot of organizations because, you know… let's say a club has a huge food event or a DJ coming in and there's somebody dropping, you know, a thousand or $1500. It's not easy for someone to just hand over their credit card and spend that much. I want to work towards having a policy that if a certain cap goes over for an event or a venue, that Senate would pay for it. Until I can work with the current VP of Finance as well as the Finance Committee on Senate to find a way that clubs can have access to their own line budgets. They still have to come to us with the necessary measures and means to make sure everything is appropriately done. But it's not so much that they are suddenly handing over their own money… and then getting reimbursed two, three weeks later

Rick: I know in the fall you re-did the SAFRB Proposal to redo the fourth floor campus center carpets and furniture as well as basements. Originally that was supposed to be done during the winter break, but it had to get pushed back. What were some of the complications and setbacks that resulted in the delay? Kellen: When we approve SAFRB, we approve a specific money amount, we're not approving specific furniture or purchases. We approve that this general proposal is going to be a beneficial idea that's going to benefit all students on campus. That's what SAFRAB is. So when we approved, for example, the second floor, all the furniture we paid for, we approved a dollar amount. And with that

dollar amount, Student Affairs Committee diligently works with our vendors. Danker is one of the furniture vendors we use, and we work with them to make sure that we get the most from what we're spending. Rick: So once the, once the SAFRAB proposal is approved, you're just approving

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Third year Civil Engineering student, Tim Hesson, passed away from a sudden arrhythmia due to a congenital, lifethreatening heart defect... See page 3.

Also, right near the big highway, they built a gas station with prices so high that only the fools exiting would be dumb enough to pay that much and get right back onto their highway, probably noting to never stop there again... See page 8.

Rest assured—I will not miss the incessant studying or the stress over common exams. Instead, I am going to miss the other elements that made up the first year of my college experience... 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 Cassidy Lavine Executive Editor Akinlolu Pelumi Aguda Managing Editor Carmel Rafalowsky Business Manager Rick Cruz business-manager@njitvector. com Web and Multimedia Editor Victoria Nguyen multimedia-editor@njitvector. com Photography Editor Spencer Asral photography-editor@njitvector. com

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gesture. The driver pulled over and a fight ensued and he assaulted the student and took his phone.

12:32AM Officer issued summons to a Rutgers University Student for an Open Container at 241 MLK Blvd.


10:26AM Officers arrested a non-affiliate 10:51AM A Rutger’s Student reported on James Street for an Open Warrant. her vehicle was broken into while parked on James and Boyden Streets. The rear 3:59PM A student reported being the passenger side window was smashed. victim of a fraudulent scam after being contacted by an unidentified person claiming to work for Homeland Security. The caller asked for $1,000.00 via Gift Cards 11:11PM A non-affiliate was arrested for to avoid arrest and deportation. Driving While Intoxicated after he side swiped a police vehicle on Central Ave. and 11:09PM A non-affiliate reported Lock Street. somebody broke into his vehicle and attempted to take the radio. The vehicle was parked on Sussex Ave. and the front passenger side window was broken. The vehicle was unregistered and subsequently 4:19PM An NJIT Affiliate reported he was towed. the victim of a robbery off campus in the area of Broad Street and Clark Street. His wallet was taken and no injuries reported.


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



NJIT Vector Summary 4/27/2018 For 4/20/18 through 4/26/18

Times Shown are Times Reported Memory of Dr. Herman A. Estrin and Roger Hernande z


4/24/18 3:51PM Officers responded to a dispute on Lock and New Streets between a student and a non-affiliate. The dispute started after the non-affiliate blew his horn at the student who responded with a vulgar

5:29PM A non-affiliate reported while his vehicle was parked on Newark Street, items were taken from the trunk. There was no observable damage and the victim claimed he may have had the door unlocked. Items taken were jewelry, gym clothes and Timberland Boots all valued at Approximately 1,000.00.




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NJIT Mourns a Loss Timothy Hesson, NJIT Junior passed away on Friday April 3, 2018 By Rick Cruz | Business Manager Timothy Hesson, a third-year civil engineering student who died of heart failure on April 13, 2018 was remembered as a passionate gamer and hiker during a memorial service at NJIT last week. The service was organized by Dean Marybeth Boger and the Hesson family. Students, teachers, faculty, and family came to pay their respects and share memories of the life that Tim lived. “In the last couple weeks, thanks to the family and many of his close friends, I came to know him really well”, Boger said. “I got a sense of his spirit. I'm happy to hear the stories about Tim. I'm honored to be here to hear more about the reflections of Tim's life.” Hesson died of sudden arrhythmia, which is an irregular heartbeat and can disrupt the effective pumping of oxygenated blood. Hesson’s heart failure did not come as a total surprise; he dealt with a congenital heart syndrome for 21 years. Suzanne Hesson, Timothy's mother, explained: Timothy was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) the day after he was born, meaning the left side of his heart did not develop properly in utero. He had 3 open heart surgeries in the first three years of his life, the

first of which happened only a week after he was born. “It was the only thing we thought about,” she said, recounting the first years of his life with HLHS. “The pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon had to reroute his plumbing, so he could use the right ventricle to pump blood to his body. He turned the pulmonary artery into the aorta and opened up a passage between the atria, so that the oxygenated blood would flow freely between the atria.” According to the National Institute of Health, infants diagnosed with HLHS have a high mortality rate. However, if they survive childhood, individuals with HLHS are usually ‘in the clear’. Raphael Cobarrubias, a third-year civil engineering major, did not get to know Hesson until sophomore year in statics class. While Hesson did mention his heart, Cobarrubias said, he always made it seem like a thing of the past, and did not let on how severe the situation actually was. "I knew him as a friend, I knew him as a dormer, I knew him as a classmate. He was blessed with 21 years... we were blessed with 21 years." When asked how he was holding up, Cobarrubias said he is dealing with the death

much better than when he first heard the news. “When you're at that point, you're at that stage of nothingness where you don't know how to feel. Once I went to the wake, [it was] all just a big acceptance at [that] point." While at the memorial, a representative from the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (C-CAPS) offered condolences and reminded students that counseling services are available for those in grieving and in need of someone to talk to. A takeaway from Cobarrubias when dealing with grief is to “never say goodbye, cause if you don't, he's not really gone, he's just not here at the moment." Michael Mejia, a digital design major, had been friends with Hesson for three years and met him during freshmen orientation, one of the first people he met here at NJIT. In Mejia’s freshman year they were neighbors and would spend time together gaming, watching movies and TV shows, and ‘weebing out’. Hesson was an avid gamer, Darksouls and Overwatch being two of his favorites. “He loved small indie games, he would try a new one every week,” he recalled. Meija recounted

Photo of Timothy, courstey of the Hesson family. introducing Hesson to Berserk, an anime known for exploring the themes of isolation and camaraderie, and for the characters’ discussing what it means to struggle. "Just watching that character development really spoke to Tim, about changing yourself and not succumbing to the world,” Mejia said. While Hesson tended to keep to himself, Mejia said, once you got to know him, he was great company

and an even greater friend. Hesson was born in Summit and grew up in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. He is survived by his parents Joseph and Suzanne, his brother Kevin, and his sister Caitlin. Timothy Hesson will be loved, cherished, and missed. For those who wish, a donation can be made to the American Heart Association in his memory.

Student Senate Updates By Rick Cruz | Business Manager



President Kadakia began the meeting by congratulating the new Senate and discussing the NJIT 2020 Strategic plan, the guiding plan for the future of NJIT. It includes increasing retention rate from 60% to 66%, and increasing the Student body from 12,000 to 15,000. A committee called CUE (Committee on Undergraduate Education) discusses what curriculum in each major that each department uses and what curriculum the school plans on using moving forward. All senators will receive notice about those meetings. There is a desire for more academic research on campus and doing more with New Jersey Institute of Innovation (NJII). Renovation plans for the new soccer field will be done before the beginning of fall semester and ready for use.


Jeremy Bedient, Vice President of Administration, discussed his time at a Priority I committee. Degreeworks will be updated with new General University Requirements (GUR), give students a better idea of degree progress, automate notifications, and best time to schedule classes. An expansion of Summer/Winter scholarships will be granted for students who fail math courses to take them at those times. Bedient said, "We as Students have the ability to change what courses are offered at NJIT."


Aditya Patwardhan, Vice President of Student Affairs, said that his foci for SAFRB will be to, "focus on Open Educational Resources and the food discount program." So far twenty restaurants have signed up as well as some retail stores. More information can be found at Patwardhan wants to find 50 more restaurants by the end 2018 and establish a late night ride program in coordination with Uber, from 9-3 am students can get 15-20% discount on Uber rides.

5 The following students were sworn in:

Senate is looking to expand the NJIT Go app so that students can understand how all the NJIT offices work. Bedient's first focus is to work on curriculum and advising, since those are problems not addressed strongly enough.

Jenna Bousellam: Computing and Business Rahul K Matthew: Computer engineering Nelly Laevsky: Information Technology Representative Justina Shafik: Science, Technology, and Society



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Sculpting With the Blind

Senior Soiree

"A gift from the Young Alumni Association of NJIT; graduating seniors danced the night away on Thursday night, while others sought final words of wisdom from faculty."

Photo Credit: Carmel Rafalowsky + Shanee Halevi

The second annual Arts Inclusion event, students and community members were challenged to redefine their perception of art. The event showcased examples of visual and performing arts in the blind community.





Week of May 1, 2018 FOOD REVIEW

Ono Grinds Poke By Shanee Halevi | Senior Staff Writer + Photographer

Ono Grinds Poké is a bright and tropical oasis in the midst of downtown Newark, just a 10-minute walk from campus. Named after the Hawaiian slang for “delicious food,” Ono Grinds serves fresh, energizing, and delicious Hawaiian foods such as Poké and smoothies. The owners, Daniela Hoyos and Luis Valls-Amabile, have been running the restaurant for 7 months. Their inspiration for the food and decor is rooted in their love of the Hawaiian Islands, designed to be accessible and customizable in the busy northeast “grind”. Most notable of the dishes is the poké, which is best described as a sushi bowl. They can be ordered off the menu or customized to include or exclude different cuts of fish, rice, vegetables and sauces. I picked the OGP Bowl, one of their signatures, which includes fresh marinated tuna, cucumber, masago (capelin roe), jalapeno, cilantro, scallions, fried onions, wasabi aioli, and Hawaiian sauce. I almost cried at my first bite. The fish and vegetables were so fresh; the wasabi aioli and Hawaiian sauce infused the warm rice with every passing minute, and the fried onions added the perfect crunch to each forkful. I actually switched to chopsticks to pace myself; even though I ordered a small portion, there was definitely enough food to span two meals. Wanting to try the fruity side of the menu, I returned and got a Superfood Bowl. I chose an acai and coconut base, topped with granola, banana, berries, coconut flakes, honey, and peanut butter. Pro tip: pay the extra 50 cents for the peanut butter. It added the creaminess that made the icy base feel more like an ice cream. I also appreciated that the granola and

bananas were layered below and above the base. The granola at the bottom soaked up the base as it melted, saving me from the disappointment of those dreaded liquidy last bites. Like the poké bowl sizes, the small was more than enough for one person. I chose to share mine with a pal, and although the denial that we’d finish the bowl intensified as we ate, we were both left satisfied and energized. The restaurant itself is gorgeous and makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a tropical Hawaiian lunch spot. The owner pretty much hand picks the decorations; I’ve seen Daniela adding new plants and different touches to the restaurant on separate occasions. There is A/C, lots of light, and the seating is perfect for lunch dates or small groups. I must add, however, that there are not any customer restrooms. If you can’t hold it for the walk back, you can typically visit the Dunkin Donuts across the street. Otherwise, the 10-minute walk to/from campus is enjoyable and can be spiced up by walking through Rutgers’ green campus and enjoying the trees. Ono Grinds Poké attracts a wide customer base with their food, decor, and patient, welcoming staff, ranging from commuting professionals to curious locals. Students are, however, especially catered to. With a student ID, you can get a 5% discount all day and 20% off between the hours of 2-5 pm. The owner, Daniela, has mentioned plans to increase the allday student discount, so keep your eyes open! If you’re tight on money, I recommend visiting OGP and getting a student discounted smoothie. The bright, inviting and frankly unexpected atmosphere is worth it!

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the general idea. Then there's the next logistical step of "OK, now that we have our budget, we need to contact our vendors...” Kellen: We contact our vendors and tell them what we want. They come back to us when we go through five to 10 different types of proposals where they tell us different types of schemes where things would be outlined, that's why it usually takes a little longer. Rick: Commuters are still a niche of students [and] are not being as reached out to as they should be. Your thoughts? Kellen: It's unfortunate, the commuter population is definitely underrepresented, for sure. Residents take a lot of roles on campus and in organizations. In contrast, commuters have their own lives, they're working outside of here, maybe they're taking a lot of classes and they're going home every day. The commute is a big part of it, which is just something we as residents don't understand as much. There are governing bodies that look out for residents, commuters don't have that. There used to be the CARS (commuter assistance and resource services) program a few years ago but it got disbanded. I think my biggest problem as a resident on campus is that I'm either misinformed or I lack feedback from commuters, that's something I'm working on right away. The first couple weeks for that feedback are critical. Rick: I've heard complaints about SAFRB proposals when it comes to furniture and beautifying spaces. What would you say to people who feel like Senate [is] misspending money when it can be put towards more useful things. What would be your response to that?

Kellen: Those in Student Affairs Committee, we don't just sit down and be like, "You know what would be a good idea? More furniture". There's an entire process. Each year we have three weeks any student can submit a SAFRB proposal. I'd say we spent a good while receiving feedback on them, including public office hours, reaching out to students, departments and administration. Some have been furniture, another was the water bottle filling stations, a lot of the new gym equipment? We bought that. I understand furniture is the easiest to look at but SAFRB is a process. We take a lot of feedback and we pick the ones that garner the most amount of feedback Rick: How long would you say is the lifespan of a SAFRB proposal from inception to completion? Kellen: I'd say almost two semesters. So if you did a SAFRB proposal in the fall, it would be completed by the end of spring. That's how much work and time is put into all these proposals. It'd be a shame to cheat the students out of their money and to do a job that doesn't deserve justice. So we really do try to do the best for them. Rick: Last question, what is your mission statement? Kellen: My overall mission statement would be directed towards the NJIT student body population. I want to make sure that within my time I give them the most amount of resources, support, and ideas that benefit them. Since the time I came to NJIT and the Senate, I've seen so many things that have improved on campus. A lot of it stems with working with clubs and organizations. I want to work with all the students at NJIT and make sure that their experience here is better than when they started.

Growing Pains By Victoria Nguyen | Web & Multimedia Editor What I am going to say next will likely be an unpopular opinion: I am going to miss school. Rest assured—I will not miss the incessant studying or the stress over common exams. Instead, I am going to miss the other elements that made up the first year of my college experience; the great moments I have gotten to share with the friends—my family—that I am so lucky to have. Honestly speaking, I was terrified when I first stepped on campus in September. Would I be as successful as I was in high school? Would I adapt to the college life quickly? Who would I become? These questions followed me throughout move-in day, and into my first official day of classes. I felt the pressure to ‘find myself’, and ended up following the advice of my mentors and joined some clubs here at NJIT that initially captured my interest. While some of the clubs appealed to my personal interests and others did not have much influence at all, I am incredibly proud and happy that I made the choice to write for The Vector. It was here that I became more in touch with my passion for writing; got to contribute to my community by reporting news that kept my fellow peers informed of campus events; and got to connect with some of the most humble and hard-working student journalists and photographers that I can call my family.

Perhaps it is cliché to say it, but from my own personal experience, I truly do believe that it is important to extricate yourself from your comfort zone. Whether you are an incoming freshman or a junior already familiar with the essence of NJIT campus culture, there is always something new to discover both about the world and yourself when you take the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new role. From there, you will learn and refine your tastes and interests, and potentially be inspired to take a project to another level. The possibilities are all there; it is up to you to break out of the box you designated for yourself. Growth in itself is worthy—it is something to aspire to. Back in the fall, I wrote an editorial about why I chose to go to NJIT and to stay at my committed school. While the semesters may have changed, and the experiences may have differed from both that article and this one, my gratification for finding my own little niche has stayed consistent. Maybe you are like me and have found your sense of belonging in either one big family or multiple families throughout campus. If not, however, there is always next year—next semester to branch out and continue adding to your already-enriching college experience.

Dear Highlander:

an NJIT advice column

Dear Worried-Frosh,

Dear Highlander, I am currently a freshman here at NJIT, and I'm finishing up the first year of my college experience. A concern I wanted to raise with you is in regards to finding research experience. It seems as if everyone around me is involved in some sort of project! I would like to be involved in research too, only I do not know where to start. Who do I contact? Where do I go? How do I find research that is aligned with my own interests? I definitely feel the pressure to do something to boost my resume and hit the ground running. A final concern I have is whether not having much work experience is considered "okay" for an outgoing college freshman. Thanks for listening; I look forward to your advice. Worried-Frosh

`` You’re in luck just by being a student at NJIT! The best thing about NJIT is that it is a smaller research institution, meaning there is a smaller pool of students competing for research positions and a surplus of research opportunities. That said, getting involved in research at NJIT is as easy as 1-2-3! First, figure out what your research interests are. Is there a specific subject you’re interested in investigating more in-depth; e.g. the effects of alcohol on the brain? If you’re unsure of your interests, look at your department’s website and read about the faculty members’ research. Feel free to look at other departments’ websites as well. You never know, you might be more interested in the research of a faculty member from another department than that of your own department. Once you’ve found a faculty member whose work you’re interested in getting involved in, simply send them an email to schedule a meeting. In the body of the email, you should: 1. State specifically your interest in the faculty member’s research 2. Explain the importance

of research for your career goals 3. Provide the dates and times you are available Additionally, it is recommended that you attach a curriculum vitae to the email, so that the faculty member can have an impression of your person prior to your meeting with him/her. If after reading about the faculty members’ research, there are no research being done on the subject you’re interested in, you can always do an independent research project and ask a faculty member with the relevant background if they’d be interested in advising your project. (It is almost always guaranteed that they’d be happy to lend a helping hand!) To receive funding for your independent research project, I highly recommend that you apply to the Undergraduate Research and Innovation (URI) Student Seed Grant program. As you are just starting your research project, I’d begin with applying for a Phase-1 grant of $500. Once you prove the concept and feasibility of your project, you may then apply for a Phase-2 grant of $3000. Briefly, at the beginning of each semester, there will be a call for proposals for URI Seed Grants. Simply complete the application provided on the URI website and

submit it to Angela Retino by the deadline. Within a few weeks, you will be notified if you are chosen as a finalist for the grant. If you qualified, you will give a presentation in front of the URI External Advisory Board (EAB). Afterwards, after a few more weeks, you will be notified once more if the EAB has decided to award you with a Seed Grant. Nevertheless, even if you do not win a Seed Grant the first time you apply, you can still conduct your research project, and you can always try again the next semester! Finally, you are still a freshman. There are still three years before graduation. You should not feel pressured to gain work experience right off the past. Take your time and decide what you’d like to do rather than rushing into things. After all, quality matters more than quantity. Even if you are working on five different research projects, at the end of the day, if you are not doing well academically, you won’t be able to go far. Prioritize academics before all else, and if you are capable of handling more, take on whatever you can and put your best effort into them. I hope you’ll find this advice helpful, and I wish you the best of luck in your future pursuits! Sincerely, A Fellow Highlander


Features When I was a kid, my parents would move around a lot, so I’d end up switching schools every two to three years. All that moving and constantly being the new kid eventually did help me deal with the struggle of being in a new environment, as it made me more confident and open to all the possibilities that life offered. But I never did like leaving my friends and switching schools as a kid. In third grade my parents enrolled me in yet another new school—a math school. Once again, I would be the new kid who nobody knew, and who didn’t know anybody. I had just gotten used to my old school. Why did I have to switch again? I hated being the new kid. That whole summer my mom kept saying: “It’s a great math school, you can learn so much more and be so much more successful in life and…” Yeah… hearing those words for the fifteen-hundredth time made me tune her voice out completely. She wouldn’t listen to me. I didn’t want to move, and what even was a math school? For all I knew a school was a school. Was this school built by mathematicians? Was math an abbreviation for something? I was clueless. However, as the eightyear-old kid I was, it wasn’t my decision to make. My mom had already filled out the forms and signed me up. And so, I started in September. The first day wasn’t that bad. In my home country of Bulgaria, where I grew up, it is a tradition on the first day of school for the parents to accompany the children to meet the homeroom teacher and get acquainted with the classes. I spent the whole day near my parents. I didn’t have to deal with new people. I didn’t have to introduce myself. The teacher didn’t make us stand up and say something interesting about ourselves. Overall nothing embarrassing happened. Then the next day came. My dad drove me that day. The twentyminute trip passed in complete silence as I was too nervous to talk. The only words I spoke were a nervously muttered “Thanks, bye” as my dad told me to have fun and that he’d pick me up after school. And then he drove off. I turned around and faced my new school. A three-story building stretched before me in an elongated T-shape. A soccer field to the right side of the stem of that T. A deep forest to the left. At the base of the T, right in front of me, stood a massive four-door entrance seemingly lifted higher by a flight of stairs. I had just been there the day before,

Week of May 1, 2018

The Kid Who Bought Everybody Chips

a n d I did go back there something nostalgically later By Nikola G. Tachev | Contributing Writer different. I in my life, yet the took out a little building never seemed plastic pouch. It was the as big as when I saw it alone exact same size as the pouches on that eventful second day of that playing cards came in, so I school. I went up to the classroom and sat thought it was a promotion by the down, looking at the kids walking chips company to collect cards. in and taking their seats, forming But it wasn’t a playing card. small circles, throwing confused Before I say what was in it, I must and curious looks my way. I was explain something. The Bulgarian nervous. Then the worst thing currency was called “lev”, and happened. The teacher walked in neither one of us had a lot of levs. and said “Today, kids, we’ve got We’d both get a small amount of a new student in the class… Oh I pocket money from our parents, see he’s already here! Would you which was usually just enough to come up and introduce yourself buy lunch. We quickly found out Nikola?” And so, I introduced that instead of spending two levs myself. The teacher then pointed for a pizza or a sandwich at the me towards my new seat, as I cafeteria we could rather spend had sat in another student’s seat seven levs combined for bread, without knowing it. Mortified, I paté, and cheese, which would apologized to the boy whose seat last us both the whole week and I had taken and sat down at my save us six-fifty every week. new desk. Finally, our day began, But back to the plastic pouch. Turns out it was a promotion as normal as any. My first real friend turned out to by the chips company to lure be the kid whose seat I had taken people into buying the chips with that day. Evgenii was his name. the possibility of finding a prize We were inseparable. We’d run inside. We opened it with all the around causing havoc together. curiosity in the world. What we We’d make our own fortresses found inside was simply amazing. around the school together. We’d The bag of chips was worth two get caught for doing something levs, but in that pouch, stood a stupid and take the fall together. five-lev bill neatly folded, as if it Really it was him who introduced had just been printed. The chips me to all the other people around company promotion prize was the school. It was because of him real money! It blew our minds— I began to fit in. Finally, it was we could theoretically make pure because of him that I got to be a profit with every bag. I had to test little entrepreneur that year and that theory out. really earn everyone’s acceptance The next day, before school, I reached up to a box high up on for myself. He came to me one day a shelf, hidden from eyesight for with a bag of chips. It was time for a round blue money bank that I lunch and we had decided to eat had stashed all my bills in. I took outside in one of our fortresses ten levs out and went to school in the forest next to the school. with a plan, a young entrepreneur We weren’t supposed to leave at work. I had set my mind to school grounds, but we didn’t buy every single bag of chips the care. We went to the park and school store offered. I went there climbed up a tree, which was before school started and bought perfect for climbing since its fat a bag. Then again between every stem stretched out horizontally. It class possible. And for the last time was up on that tree that we finally that day right after school, before opened the fateful bag of chips. my parents came to pick me up. On the third or fourth reach I felt I’d buy the bags one at a time and

"First, never miss an opportunity no matter where you find it, ... Secondly, have confidence in being the new kid. Because being the new kid is awesome." - Nikola

eat them with my friends, looking for the money pouches inside. I bought six bags that day. I quickly realized that I’d have to eat a lot of chips to make a sizeable profit using this approach, but I had already discovered that the chances of finding money in the bag of chips were pretty good. I had left home with ten levs and for two levs a bag, I had come back with nineteen. I had found a tenlev bill, a five, and three twos’ that day. I had even heard that it was possible to find a twenty-lev bill inside. I almost doubled my money that day, yet I wasn’t satisfied with the pace of my profits. I needed to think bigger. So, the next day I took all my savings, and made my first investment. I went up to the classroom with four shopping bags full of individual bags of chips. I stood in front of the class and took out at least fifteen bags of chips then made an announcement. The chips were for everybody to eat. I was only interested in the money inside it. And so, we ate. The class next-door got a word of the free chips and they ate too. Not long after, I had people running to the store buying more chips and collecting the money that the others found in the bags for me. I was running my own little business. I felt like I owned the school. After countless highs and lows the chips company had stopped the promotion, so the bags didn’t have money inside them anymore. However, by that time my little company had resulted in three hundred levs of pure profit, which was a lot for me back then. More importantly, I had become the legend of the school: “the new kid who bought everybody chips”. To this day I remember and live by the two lessons this experience taught me. First, never miss an opportunity no matter where you find it, be it in a bag of chips, a classroom, or a train. Secondly, have confidence in being the new kid. Because being the new kid is awesome. Nobody expects anything from you—yet you can do anything and become a legend,

I come from a small suburban town about forty minutes west of New York City, giving me an easy way to describe where I live to those who aren’t from here. My town lies in the northern part of New Jersey, nestled in the prestigious Bergen County and tucked into a valley of the Ramapo Mountains. We have one main road that we call Ramapo Valley Road, though a map will label it as Route 202. Everything that means anything in my town lies on this road, making it the buzz of the town and the busiest street no matter the time of day. It doesn’t




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knows my town. Developers are always trying to build upon our ground, commercializing the main road, constructing new condominiums, adding more gas stations, things like that. But little do they know Oakland actually has everything it needs, and we townspeople are more than happy with what we’ve got. Need some paint or gardening tools to freshen up the house? We have a paint store, a hardware store, and a gardening facility all within three miles. Hungry for some Japanese, Italian, American, or Chinese food? There are plenty of family-owned and operated restaurants within walking distance for those with a diverse appetite. Looking for something fun to do? Try the local animal shelter, Great Oak Park, Crystal Lake, or the Oakland Recreation Center, all of which host events and entertainment for the townspeople to enjoy. In other words,

"I can’t remember the last time I walked out of my house and didn’t get a wave and a smile from over the fence, around the corner, or even through a car window."

help that the train tracks cut directly across it, causing traffic when the Mighty Susquehanna chugs through with its fifty-seven freight cars at 8:40 AM, 6:15 PM, and 9:30 PM every day. Nearly twenty years before I was born, State Route 287 was extended to meet Route 208, which happens exactly in Oakland. It didn’t change much, however, because the two highways were built literally over our town, allowing the commuters to drive right past us without a second glance. Sure, we’ve been constructed on and passed by countless times, but in all fairness, they gave us a fancy sign that says “Last Exit: Oakland, New Jersey”. At least people know of my town, but nobody really

- Jaime

you name it and we’ve already got it, so those developers should just let us be the independent and self-sufficient town that we are and always have been. Nevertheless, they still try, and they still fail. For example, a Walgreens was built about ten years ago, but my family and most others still pick up our prescriptions, toiletries, and other necessities at Oakland Drugs; it’s run by a little old lady who has watched our

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Week of May 1, 2018

r from the Editor

ounding Up the Year

year by all accounts. We saw the inauguration of Trump, the beration of Mosul, the Women’s March, the Vegas shooting, and 18. t enrolled here, at NJIT, they saw something more: the intimate ws; families pooling together to send resources to their loved uerto Rico; and so much more. y through 2018, I invite you not to look back on what we have ok right in front of your eyes at our student body. country, every ethnicity, every socio-economic and cultural us shows it. In this issue of The Vector, I ask not that you acke a trip with us as we delve into these identities. These back-

different from our own. urteenth, and last Spring 2018 issue of The Vector, we explore

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job was the best thing about my childhood, since it truly included everyone from my hometown and made me a more sociable, adaptable, and confident young woman. It was the perfect job for a high school student who was looking to give back to her perfect little town. I go back to Junior’s every time I visit home, because the sense of community and family that I experience in that pizza shop is one of the greatest things about my hometown. As with everything else, Junior’s Pizza lies on the main road, which is probably about two miles long. It starts with the local farmer’s market and ends at the ridiculously overpriced gas station, with the rest of the town being mostly neighborhoods and residencies that branch off from this strip. If you’re going north on Ramapo Valley Road, take the turn right beBy Jaime Felice | Contributing Writer fore this gas station and you’ll enter he pleasure and honor of work- my little neighborhood, nestled ng for the coolest bosses ever at on the shores of Crystal Lake. Our his amazing, old-fashioned, fam- homes are humbly sized and fairly ly-run pizza shop. Nearly every close together, which pretty much esident of Oakland comes here sums up the relationships we have egularly. We even have custom- with our neighbors. Some people I ers from other towns, way out of know from other towns have never our delivery range, that make the spoken to their neighbors or bareourney for our delicious pizza ly know their names, which I find and homemade Italian food. Ev- absurd! I can’t remember the last ery shift I work is more of a social time I walked out of my house and gathering than doing a job, since I didn’t get a wave and a smile from know almost everyone who walks over the fence, around the corner, nto our homey, warm restaurant. or even through a car window. I We have old couples and busi- have grown up with this supportnessmen at lunchtime, middle ive and loving sense of family in and high schoolers after school, my neighborhood that I bring with and families around dinnertime. me everywhere I go – even my colAnd that’s just Monday through lege dorm! I refuse to not know Friday. On weekends, we have to who I am living so close to, since double our staff, stay open way neighbors are a valuable relationpast midnight, and push aside ship and resource to have with ables just to accommodate the one another. I will always be able hungry folks of Oakland and be- to reach out to my neighbors, figuond. I think that working this ratively and literally, and I cherish

own develop since she was born here. Also, right near the big highway, they built a gas station with prices so high that only the fools exiting would be dumb enough to pay that much and get right back onto their highway, probably notng to never stop there again. Or, here’s the Pizza Hut that opened n a prime location on Ramapo Valley Road with big banners and flags announcing its business, which closed about six months ater after seeing a grand total of maybe a dozen customers. It had he best competition out there ince it was across the street from unior’s Pizza, also known as Oakand’s (and probably the world’s) best pizza place. Throughout high school, I had

My Safe Haven

Trip to the Land of the Yankees

My heart jumps into my tummy. I look around. Everyone on board seems unbothered except these two innocent kids, sitting next to me with their mom, probably in her forties. They grip her hands one of the boys so uneasy that he throws-up. A few minutes ago, the captain had made the regular announcements, and added, “Please fasten your seatbelts, the airplane will take off in approximately ten minutes; once again, you are welcome onboard. Thank you.” 13 August 2017: It is a day I have been waiting for like an expectant mother. I’m on board a flight from Lagos, Nigeria to Djougou Airport in the Benin Republic in West Africa. No layover-time. Immigration officers are hovering around the airport, like sniffing dogs. Different officers asking the same questions in different ways. Finally, I’m done with them. Lucky me! My seat is just next to the window. I imagine how beautiful the sight of the universe would be through a bird’s eye view. Five rows behind me is Hasan, who I met at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. He happens to be an international student like me. He got admitted to Texas A&M University and is coming to the United States for the first time.

that my town has allowed this bond to grow. As much as I love my town, I can’t say that I want to live there forever. I was raised from birth in that town, grew up there, and have developed into a successful grown woman so far. I give many thanks to my hometown for being the wonderful place that it is, and I never plan to leave it in my rearview. However, I think it has fostered me long enough and is ready for me to be sent out into the world and accomplish amazing goals. Oakland has always been and will always be my safe haven, which I am grateful for, since not many can say the same about their hometowns. When I do leave, it will be bittersweet – sadness that I won’t live there, but happiness and great memories of all my time spent there. And when I do finally return after years pass, I know without a doubt that I will be welcomed back with homemade pizza, smiling neighbors, and the comforting sense of my true home.

By Kizito Eke | Contributing Writer

At intervals, he walks up and says to me in Nigerian broken English: “O boy, how far?” This is a regular slang that asks how you are doing rather than the distance to a place. “No bad,” I reply, implying everything is all right. Of course, I know he wants to hear more than just that, but I’m not much of a talker. When I can’t come up with anything else, I ask him questions about his girlfriend who was at the airport with his family to bid him farewell as he embarked on his trip to the land of the Yankees. He had a thousand words to say about her. Six thousand feet above sea level. My goodness! It’s 2 am West African time. We’ve flown five hours non-stop and still, about five more hours to go. I smile as I think of my mom. She must have said the rosary a million times for the safety of my journey. Perhaps, my entire family joined her. Random thoughts come to my mind. I pull my phone, and the first thing to pop up is the picture of my father’s compound in my hometown of Ngwoma Obube. I took this picture about a month ago for no specific reason. Right now, it’s no longer just a picture. It’s a priceless piece of virtual reality. I never had the time before now to notice all details in this picture. The nicely trimmed isora flowers are like a fence in the front of the compound, giving it a calm shield from the prying eyes of passersby. The entire compound is about 4500 square-meters and my father’s 1970’s brick bungalow is right in the center. Two other houses, both under construction, are positioned left and right of my father’s home. Beautiful. I gaze at the picture more keenly and whisper to myself: “This is the house that built me.” I recall how I would meet my friends in the market square on holiday evenings and talk about some “good-nothings” over a well extracted African palm wine. I know I will miss this. The market square in Ngwoma Obube is always buzzing with activity, especially on Sunday evenings, when folks gather in the square in the center of the village. While a group of only women drinking beer and smoking openly is unusual, it is common to see a mix of men and women at a table drinking and having a good time

"Six thousand feet above sea level. ... I smile as I think of my mom. She must have said the rosary a million times for the safety of my journey."

- Kizito

together. Ngwoma, “The City Home” as it is known in my country, is a small town with a big mind. Legend has it that a man named “Ngwoma” from which the community descended was the youngest and strongest of his brothers. He was affluent. No wonder he settled close to the river to aid his farming business. The community is not wanting in talent. Just for the record: Ngwoma is located in the state of Imo, which was created on February 3, 1976 out of the old East Central State of Nigeria. This was made possible by the influence of a then-prominent Nigerian politician, Late Chief S.E. Onukogu, who also happened to be the traditional ruler of the community at that time. With about 300 inhabitants. Ngwoma is separated from the next village (Emii) by the Onumurukwa River, which forms a border between the two communities. In the good old days, virtually everyone drank from this river without having to clean and filter the water. It was said to have natural purity and was believed to have divine healing powers. Growing up in this setting automatically makes you a good swimmer, but I was especially good. “Shark in the river” is a title I earned from my peers because of my swimming prowess. I feel blessed to a member this community. We land. “Is this your first time in the United States?” the customs official asks. “Yes,” I reply. Where are you going to precisely? Who is picking you up? The questions go on and on. At last! I am cleared at the port of entry. I grab my luggage, and head straight to the arrival hall. As I walk, I look up and read a signboard with the words: “Welcome to Newark International Airport.” Oh! My phone won’t connect to the internet. How do I reach my uncle Ernest? He promised to be here on time, so I don’t feel stranded on my arrival. The craziest thing is that everyone I see seems to be talking and moving very fast. Surprisingly, he creeps up on me from behind. Thank goodness! “Uncle Ernest!” I yell in excitement. “Congratulations and welcome to United States, Kizito,’’ he says

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Society of Musical Arts (SOMA)

By Akinlolu Aguda | Executive Editor The Society of Musical Arts (SOMA) is a student organization whose main purpose is to support student musicians on campus. Their goal thus far has been to get involved with anything that involves music on campus. They are working towards building relationships with many of the student clubs on campus, and have already built working relationships with established groups like Gigabeats and Saavan. SOMA was established in 2014 with about 20 students; now, the club boasts of over two hundred active members, including students and faculty. They are currently composed of a Jazz Ensemble, a Wind Ensemble, a String Ensemble, a Pep Band (which plays at NJIT games), and other student groups including Gigabeats, Saavan, and Winter’s Contingency. Kevin Milfort-Sanchez, an NJIT sophomore—and recently elected president of SOMA—commented on the creative atmosphere at NJIT, and how SOMA plans to improve it: “A lot of things you see on campus is just academics and focus on studies, there’s no real outlets for students to either go out and artistically express themselves or go and listen to other people and the things they have to offer. What we want to do is bring forth a community where students can go and present their talents.” SOMA has already hosted six

concerts this semester and has collaborated with other clubs like the Student Activities Council (SAC), NJIT Dance Team, and WJTB radio on other events. A major focus of their events this semester has been securing New Jersey based acts. “There are many amazing musicians right here within a 50-mile radius” said Kevin, “[They] are more than willing to come perform for students and we really want to tap into that source.” Talking about the concerts they organized and their plans for the future, Kevin says “what we mainly go for is variety. We had +5 which was more of a jazz, old school kind of band along with Winter's Contingency, which is a newer pop-rock kind of group." This semester, SOMA also hosted alternative rock band Inversion Circus and R&B singer Bri Nicole to give a well-rounded musical experience on campus. Although most of the students who are part of the club are either instrumentalists or vocalists, opportunities are available for non-players as well. Students who do not play but are interested and want to be involved with the club are welcomed to join and help with organizing events and other club logistics. “We look for people that can help us plan events, concerts, and stuff like that and people who can help us find groups to perform,” said Kevin.

For students who are interested in learning an instrument, there are players in the club who are willing to help with that. “We have many faculty members, including the instructors for the ensemble, as well as students who are very proficient on their instruments and are more than willing to take on any person who is new to the instrument or struggling, mentor them, and help them [to] grow on the instrument" said Kevin. “The bands are open to students who want to come and play. There is no set commitment that you have to be at every meeting. You just have to be willing to work on the music and [if you want to perform], you have to be ready to perform well with the rest of the group." From their recent progress and track record since forming, it is evident that SOMA is here to stay. They are a club with a vision, and with the support and interest of our student body, along with the growing art scene at NJIT and with the Student Senate’s increasing interest in investing more funds into club organized events, NJIT is set to see a transformation in student life on campus. For more information, the club can be reached by email at

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