The Vector: NJIT’s Student Newspaper
Vol. XCV Issue 3 Week of February 5th, 2018
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With Magnitude & Direction
Can You See Into VR?
An Update on Tau Kappa Epsilon Brother's Murder Trial By Victoria Nguyen | Senior Staff Writer
An NJIT student tests the FOVE eye tracking virtual reality headset at the Vision and Neural Labratory in Fenster Hall.
Do You Know the Way? By Alejandro Villena | Staff Writer Some of you may have heard of VRChat, a free-to-play mmo that has gained popularity in recent weeks. It’s a virtual chat room where you can be whatever character you desire and interact with other players. A meme emerged from this game known as Ugandan Knuckles. A caricature of Knuckles the echidna that speaks in a heavy accent, asking if you know the way. It seems like we only use VR for video games. Though we may hear about applications for VR that doesn’t just involve entertainment, there hasn’t been anything concrete released to the world. This is because these other applications are still in development. In fact, VR development is happening right here at NJIT. There are many labs that do VR research I only interviewed one: the Vision and Neural Engineering Laboratory. In Fenster 685695, under the direction of Dr. Tara Alvarez, John Vito d'AntonioBertagnolli works on Virtual Reality Vision Therapy.
They focus on convergence insufficiency. Convergence insufficiency is when someone has trouble making an inward rotation of their eyes or can’t hold it for very long. If you were to hold both pointer fingers some distance apart, one behind the other in front of you, and look back and forth between each finger, you’ll notice your eyes rotate inwards as you go from the farthest to the closest finger. Your eyes constantly correct themselves so as not to see double, which is why seeing double is a common symptom. This isn’t an unsolved problem. Vision therapy is incredibly effective with 75% of patients who go through a full 8-12 week course with an optometrist would see remission of their symptoms. However, the current therapy
is very difficult to finish. It’s expensive, incredibly boring, the time commitment is substantial. A common exercise is to do a “pencil push up” which is holding two pencils, one in front of the other some distance apart, in front of you and looking back and forth between each pencil for 5-10 minutes a day, everyday over the course of the therapy. This is especially boring for children. What John and his team have done is create a game that is only controlled by your eyes. They use an eye tracking headset in conjunction with a VR game, to mimic vision therapy. The game consists of tracking your eye movement as an object approaches you. If your eye movements matches the movement of the object, the difficulty is increased. The game is responsive to the patients capabilities. So far John and his team have released a few units for field testing. They’ve essentially created a new form vision therapy that is just if not more effective than what’s already being done in the field. Creating novel solutions to problems that FOVE (pictured above) is the first VR headset ever to incorporate eye-tracking. already have been
After two years, the surviving family members and friends of slain Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity member Joseph Micalizzi may finally receive justice. Micalizzi was shot after an attempted robbery that occurred on May 2, 2016. At approximately 3:20 AM, two young men allegedly broke into the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. After an altercation that involved Micalizzi getting shot both in the head and one of his hands, he was taken to University Hospital and was pronounced dead at 5:02 AM. Nafee Cotman, 19, of Irvington and Taquan Harris, 21, of Newark have been indicted of charges involving murder, felony murder, robbery, burglary and weapons offenses in Micalizzi’s death. The case is being prepared for trial and as of January 29, 2018, Essex County Judge Ronald Wigler did not set a trial date per the defense’s request for more time. The next hearing for this case is on February 16. The Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity has since then issued a statement regarding Micalizzi’s murder case: “Tau Kappa Epsilon is grateful to New Jersey's Essex County Prosecutor's Office for their continued work to bring the killers of Joseph Micalizzi to justice. We continue to pray for the family and friends of our fraternity brother to find healing and hope the conclusion of this trial provides at least a small level of solace.” The Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity chapter at NJIT did not respond when asked for a comment.
North Korea Calls for Reunification By James Lyle | Contributing Writer North Korea and South Korea have agreed to march together for the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. This will be the first time the two countries march together since 2006 at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. They also have agreed to create a joint women's ice hockey team, which has raised controversy. As part of the agreement for the joint march, the South has agreed to add 12 North Koreans to a 23-player roster for the Olympic games. This has upset the South Korean players, who have made
the team and trained for years to get to that point but are now being simply kicked off overnight. According to an article published by USA Today, “A survey by SBS television station this month found 73% opposed a combined hockey team, including 82% disapproval among those in their 20s and 30s”. Clearly this joint team is not being received well and may end up hurting the public opinion towards the reunification efforts. It has been twelve years since the two countries have marched together under the unification flag. The South
Korean government sees it as a diplomatic victory and as a step to further unify the region. The North Korean motivations are debatable. Some people say that they actually want to try to strengthen relations with the South. Others believe it is simply an act to buy time for the development of their nuclear program, especially at a time when the sanctions imposed on the North are starting to hurt. The biggest thing the South gave up for this to happen was the annual joint defense military exercises, which were delayed. One of the biggest concerns of
US politicians is that the united effort to stop the North’s nuclear program will be weakened by this situation. At the end of World War II, the fate of the Japanese empire was decided at Allied summit meetings. During those meetings Korea, a colony of Japan since 1910, was split in half, giving the North to Soviet Russia and the South to the United States. Each side created a government that reflected their own ideologies, which inevitably lead to conflict along the 38th parallel, the line separating North and South.
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Full scale war broke out after the North invaded the South in 1950. The war reached a stalemate, and in 1953, a ceasefire was enacted. To this day, the two sides are still technically at war. The motivation for the North's decision to start up these talks will become clearer as time passes. In the meantime, the North and South Korean people can enjoy this step towards reunification and be distracted temporarily from the increased tension the nuclear program has brought to the region.
Week of February 5, 2018
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NJIT Senate Update By Rick "Daniel" Cruz | Senior Staff Writer
The following positions are currently open for students to apply for due to resignation by former office holders:
Last week's guest speaker was Dr. Matthew Golden, NJIT’s Chief Strategy Officer. His office oversees events and conference services, digital content, marketing intelligence, and web services design. The department learns people’s interests by using sophisticated analytics to assess the content that viewers and audiences engage with respect to NJIT's media. When asked by Senator Renel Anglade about the long-term vision of his office and its impact to the university, Dr. Golden reiterated the three visibility priorities he had previously described: to increase awareness of NJIT, support student recruitment, and support revenue generation from business partnerships, fundraising, and rental venues. “We're trying to learn what that user cares about and provide them with content for their area [ of interest]. That's what we need to focus on, those [who are] important to us for the overall health of the university, they help drive many of the operations."
Vice President of Finance Club Manager Business Representative Freshman Commuter Representative Industrial Engineering Representative Computer Engineering Representative
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On March 7, the Senate meets to discuss SAFRB ideas. The current proposals are to update library offices, place furniture on the terrace, install a staircase mural in the Campus Center, place more furniture outdoors throughout campus, and update the Warren Street gym (install a sauna, mirrors, and some new machines).
The next Senate meeting will be on February 14th in Ballroom B at 2:30 p.m
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NJIT Vector Summary 2/2/2018 For 1/26/18 through 2/1/18
Times Shown are Times Reported
10:54PM Officer completed a report for a student who reported while his vehicle was parked on James Street. The front passenger window was broken and the stereo taken.
11:01AM NJIT Student reported he lost out of approximately $760.00 via a fraudulent scam through E-mail correspondence.
8:02PM Officers arrested a non-affiliate for Driving While Intoxicated on MLK Blvd. and Bleeker Street.
11:57AM NJIT Student reported he parked his vehicle on Lock Street and Central Ave. When he returned to the vehicle, the rear passenger door was unlocked but not damaged. He reported his backpack was missing and replaced with a different backpack.
1:07PM Officers arrested an NJIT Student for being disorderly in the Library.
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Week of February 5, 2018
Spotlight Toastmasters By Yasmine Ibrahim | Senior Staff Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization whose main goals are to help its participants and members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills, in order to boost their confidence and selfesteem. On NJIT's campus, the Toastmasters Club upholds the same goals of the organization. They follow the standard international Toastmasters format of prepared speeches, meeting roles, evaluations, table topics, etc. The purpose of the club here is to develop students into leaders in business, science, technology, or politics. Toastmasters hosts workshops and events that focus on improving everyone's public speaking skills and provides the opportunity that everyone gets the chance to develop all different kinds of communication skills and self-confidence. The club also actively collaborates with NJIT’s Career Development Service department (CDS). Last semester, they co-hosted an event called "Coffee with CDS," where students got introduced to some useful communication techniques, whether for an interview or to guarantee success in any career. Some other events that took place last semester were Bloomberg Terminal Training, End of Semester Speech Contest, and Charter Ceremony. The Bloomberg Terminal Training turned out to be a successful event, with the rate of students starting their Bloomberg Certification increasing by 20 percent in only one month. The End of Semester Speech Contest was sort of summing up all the semester's hard work and recognizing the person who was most able to develop their public speaking skills. This was really a great way to push students into working harder on their skills. In conjunction with their major events, Toastmasters continue to meet weekly and have people talk about different topics and learn new communication skills. Toastmasters is really a great club to join, as it will help you build your own personal characteristics and still get sociable as you will certainly meet new people. Coming up soon this semester is "Public Speaking Workshop with CDS," which will discuss public speaking tactics and help students compose themselves with the help of CDS. As David Liptsyn, Founder President of the NJIT Toastmasters says: "Toastmasters is a life-changer: the leadership, speaking, and communication skills learned have opened countless doors for our members. I am dedicated to helping our students develop these skills and take their personal and professional lives to the next level." If you want to join, learn more about the club, or have any questions, always feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coinbase vs Robinhood
he largely popular trading app Robinhood has recently announced the ability to trade cryptocurrencies. Robinhood app is known for having no trading fees. This is a huge game changer for the users of the Coinbase app, who can be hit with some significant fees while trading. Does Robinhood stand a chance against the current giant in the cryptospace? Let’s jump right into the comparison between their platforms. Robinhood, currently with roughly 3 million users, will most likely see a huge user increase in the next few months. This number pales in comparison to the roughly 13 million users registered with Coinbase. If Robinhood has the potential to steal some of those current Coinbase users, it could spell trouble for the giant. Sadly, however, the Robinhood crypto trading is only available in California, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, and New Hampshire, while Coinbase is
By Ralph Legge | Staff Writer open for all U.S. citizens. I’m sure Coinbase has some time before Robinhood makes that move. Robinhood’s claim to fame is fee-free trading, which is coupled with their gold-membership for roughly $6 a month. Additionally, Robinhood offers up to $1000 instantly from money transfer into your account. For anything above that, there is a fee and takes a few days to verify. Coinbase has a by-account money transfer limit program, which applies to both Credit/Debit card purchases (instant but with a fee) and bank account connection, (with a smaller fee) and takes a few days to verify. Coinbase also allows you to connect to its trading platform, GDAX.com, to limit trade and remove the fees from trading between USD and cryptos. A large difference between Robinhood and Coinbase is that Coinbase gives you the ability to export your tokens from their site. This allows you the ability to store it in a hardware wallet for security or move it to another exchange to purchase altcoins. With Robinhood, you do not
own the coins you trade. Much like with their stock trading, you don’t hold the stocks; rather Robinhood does on your behalf. Currently Robinhood is planned to support Ethereum, Litecoin, and Bitcoin at least, with more coins on the way like Dash and Monero. Coinbase is limited to Bitcoin, BitcoinCash, Ethereum, and Litecoin. Robinhood does, however, allow you to purchase ETF’s on cryptos. An ETF is an exchange-traded fund, which is much like a common stock but provides more functionality and security than trading crypto for the average Joe. Coinbase currently has no plan to allow ETF trading on their platform. Both platforms have things in common as well as things that are more favorable. Time will tell which the average crypto trader will choose. Make sure to do your research before investing in either site, and be aware of the financial implications of doing so. Both sites are a great way for college students to invest and trade, even in a bear market if one knows what he or she is doing.
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Letter to the Editor It is interesting to discuss the idea of a protest, which may be strictly assumed here as People raising voices against the state. Is the role of the state to deliver, of which failure will result in a protest? I felt there were only two characterizations of protests discussed. The writers should have actually gone further to discuss how a protest (violent or non-violent) actually affects the state and the people. Also, there was a preconceived idea that protests, being limited, carefully bring about a change and have a set of boundaries to explore – Welfare of People. Who defined this boundary that may actually not affect the majority in large? Examining the objective of a protest, some fail even if they have a goal that may seem completely realistic from one frame of mind. The Arab Spring had a lot of influence on the people’s ability
to make the right choices. With perseverance, overthrow of a regime looked plausible to many. Representative democracy and referendums looked more realistic to even the common man on the streets. Did the protest actually help in bringing about a change that the people hoped for, or was the transition that followed later on more systemic than actually conceived? The question of the success of the protests also had a question to answer following the instability in the Middle East. Did the protest actually have detrimental effects? Was the failure of this revolution spreading outside the continent an indication of the incapacity of the ideas of governance that people decided were right for them? However, this explanation goes on to show the extent of deciding what is unrealistic in terms of what
the people collectively think they want. Looking at the context of refraining from protests that are violent, it is very necessary to consider that most of the protests are not pre-determined to be violent. People do not gather in large numbers with the intention of getting hurt or hurting others. Circumstances can suddenly make a protest become violent. Will a peaceful hunger strike that results in the loss of life be termed “violent”? However, I will have to agree that even though there have been examples in history which shed light on the success and significance of violent uprisings, there must be more effort in the direction that leads us to being more peaceful in expressing our ideas.
A Conflicted Asian-American's Perspective on:
Noun (N). an action or policy favoring those who tend to suffer from discrimination, especially in relation to employment or education; positive discrimination. By Victoria Nguyen | Senior Staff Writer
s affirmative action necessary? Is it detrimental in today’s college admissions process, to some degree? There has been much heated debate as to whether the policy does in fact help promote opportunities for minorities and bring about equality, or whether this practice ends up endangering the opportunities of other racial groups in an attempt to help out the selected few. Affirmative action was first introduced to the nation during the Kennedy administration in 1961, when President JFK signed an executive order declaring that the government must “take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed...without regard to their race, creed, color, or natural origin.” Since then, this order has cascaded from the area of employment to the area of
college admissions. As a young Asian-American woman, I am aware of the public’s assumptions that the admissions process is a bit more challenging for members of my ethnic group. It has been generally posited that Asian students have to score higher on standardized tests, and that Asian students have to find ways to “stand out” more in the competitive application pools to strengthen their chances of being considered. There is a constant frustration that while Asian-Americans are perceived as the members of another minority group, they are being disadvantaged by a policy that is supposed to stand by the minority. That’s why various groups of Asian-Americans are coming together to sue Harvard University, by claiming that the institution considers race as a factor in admissions. The Justice
Department is currently reviewing the claims. To be quite honest with you, I am conflicted. There is one particular side of me which does not favor affirmative action because of reasons relating to personal bias. But there is another side of me that sees good in the goals affirmative action seeks to accomplish in terms of helping the African American and Latino communities acquire more opportunities in higher education, as well as better employment. This is the government’s attempt to help eliminate -- since we can’t undo -- the discrimination and inequality these communities have experienced in the United States’ past. In theory, the concept is wholesome; college campuses nationwide would enjoy diverse student bodies of faces, majors, and life experience. While strong critics of affirmative
action point out that by implementing such a mandate, colleges’ evaluation of candidates become racially-conscious, I would like to know how they have arrived at such conclusions. How can we people, individuals who are not college admissions counselors, accuse these institutions of actively considering race as an admissions factor when we do not have the insight? We have our biases, our personal beliefs, and our tendency to simplify issues and fail to see the bigger picture. We cannot simply state that affirmative action grants universities the right to prioritize the admittance of students of color (regardless of their credentials) in the name of “equality.” How can we, if all we have are assumptions and lack evidence and concrete rulings from the courts? My dad frequently tells me that affirmative action helped him get
accepted into law school during the 1990s. As a Vietnamese refugee who immigrated to America a couple of years before, the policy helped make his dreams come true. I believe that there are stories that mirror the same gratitude and appreciation for affirmative action, and that the system still continues to work today. I believe in established opportunity. I just don’t believe that there is a systematic bias that college admissions employ by actively factoring in race. The benefit of the doubt should be given, and the American Dream should be pushed forward, for all.
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By Marwa Moustafa | Senior Staff Writer
Not quite “Humans of NJIT.”
Do you Think There is Cultural Diversity on Campus?
Information Technology | Sophomore
Biology | Sophomore
"I definitely feel the school is diverse. If I read it correctly, I think white people are the minority of the school population. And every month, whether it is Hispanic Cultural Month or February's Black History Month, they have lots of events. I've been to a lot of Hispanic events, since I'm Hispanic. And I'm going to the fashion show sponsored by AFSA."
Computer Science | Sophomore
"Yes, I think it's diverse here. You walk through and you see different people. You can learn about new cultures from everyone. I made new friends from different backgrounds, different ethnicity, different holidays. Where I'm from, everyone is sort of the same in my community. But coming here to NJIT, everyone's different and you could learn new things."
Mechanical Engineering | Freshman
"I feel NJIT is culturally diverse... but to an extent, where if people are in the same organizations, they see the same people over and over. But if people expand more into other clubs, then they can see the diversity. But I guess people choose to stick to their own cultures."
"It is, very much so. I see a lot of different races here: Blacks, Whites, Latinos, Asians. International students. Last semester, I went to an Indian ball. Someone invited me. They had dance. That was nice.
Left, Right & Middle What is Cultural Appropriation? Liberal
By Daniel "Rick" Cruz | Senior Staff Writer
By Carmel Rafalowsky | Senior
By Adrian Wong |Senior Staff Writer
I believe that to a certain extent, cultural appropriation does not really exist. Individuals can certainly be disrespectful of one another’s culture-that goes without saying. But actually appropriating another individual’s culture purposefully is much more difficult to do. Let me give you an example: say Tessa decides that she is Peruvian, and tells people so. Tessa’s parents are of German and Italian descent, none of her friends are Peruvian, she has not been to Peru, and does not speak Spanish. For example, a white/ Caucasian girl gets henna done for her Coachella themed party, because it is aesthetic and really pretty. This is an example of stripping the nuances of an cultural element for superficiality. Any stable person would agree that Tessa is delusional, and needs urgent mental help. But that is how I usually interpret situations that are deemed ‘appropriation;’ utterly ridiculous. A third of the time, it is an overreaction. Another third of the time, what is mislabeled as cultural appropriation is actually just disrespect. And the last third of the time? That is when cultural appropriation actually is cultural appropriation.
In its most basic sense, cultural appropriation occurs when one culture borrows something from another. People of the culture whose idea was borrowed then complain and try and stop anyone else from using their idea. Recently, Jeremy Lin of the Brooklyn Nets was called out by former player Kenyon Martin. Martin claimed that Lin’s dreads were cultural appropriation of black culture. Lin quickly responded by saying it was out of appreciation and pointed out that Martin has Chinese tattoos on his body. In my opinion, ‘cultural appropriation’ should only be used when someone is clearly mocking a culture. For example, when an Arizona State fraternity had a racist party on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day which mocked black culture, it is reasonable to accuse them of cultural appropriation. On the other hand, I think it is ridiculous to accuse someone of digital blackface, or to be mad at a non-black person for making macaroni and cheese. It should not be hard for one to understand the difference between someone mocking a culture, and someone simply enjoying something that was not created expressly by their culture. People should be allowed to respectfully incorporate pieces of other cultures into their lives without any issue.
Cultural appropriation is the adoption of cultural content from its original creators (usually in the minority) into another ethnic group that commands a wider audience and influence to the masses, (the majority). It happens frequently in the music industry, like Elvis Presley appropriating rock and roll from black artists or the Kardashians selling shirts with the image of Tupac Shakur. The frustration arises when these forms of expression are used by people without honoring either the roots of their intention, or pay homage and respect to those that created it. With the modern westernization/appropriation of yoga, now a multibillion dollar industry, it created a bastardized version of this ancient old practice. The purpose of yoga was a practice to help attain enlightenment, detach from earthly desires and materialism, and acquire superhuman traits through years of practice. There is very little recourse in cultural appropriation, it seems like appropriation is an inevitability, since the theft of ideas is rampant in today’s society.
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Book Review: Things Fall Apart By Siri Uppuluri | Senior Staff Writer
Chinua Achebe’s 1958 novel, Things Fall Apart, which takes its title from W.B. Yeats’s poem, “The Second Coming,” is set in latenineteenth century Nigeria and spans both the pre-colonial and post-colonial eras. Although the novel serves as a commentary on the effects of European colonization at a larger scale, the plot itself follows a single individual, Okonkwo, a warrior from the Umuofia clan, a tribe in lower Nigeria. Plagued by the shadow of his father’s reputation as a poor, lazy coward in every aspect of his existence, Okonkwo strives to achieve what his father could not: status as a wealthy, courageous, honorable warrior. At the story’s onset, we see that Okonkwo has been largely successful in this goal. He is a revered warrior, known for his physical and mental strength and bravery. From the beginning of the novel, it is apparent that Okonkwo’s beliefs are simple
and steadfast; he believes that honor is comprised of unyielding masculinity, unwavering ruthlessness, and unrelenting adherence to tradition. Honor is also to be valued above all else, including life. However, as the
lives of tribal communities. However, Achebe provides a unique and enriching perspective that appears in stark contrast to the traditional, western-centric narrative of imperialism. Things Fall Apart is as much an
Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world… -W.B. Yeats plot progresses, Okonkwo himself becomes victim of his own ideals, as those same values he venerates lead to hardship and an inability to recognize that the tides of change are beyond his control. Achebe explores Okonkwo’s story against the greater backdrop of the beginning of colonialism and its complex effects on the
exploration of an individual’s fight to maintain his personal identity and the cultural identity of his community as it is of the subjugation of a people, whose voice has been largely absent in Western literary canon until this novel’s publication. A quick read at just over 200 pages, Achebe’s novel crafts a
captivating plot that builds to an impactful and highly symbolic ending. Achebe also seamlessly weaves cultural references and Igbo proverbs and language into the story, giving readers a culturally enriching experience. Through the lens of Okonkwo’s weaknesses and shortcomings as a husband, father, and village leader, Achebe crafts a narrative in which every reader can observe the universality of human weakness, although we are separated from the historical context of the novel by many geographical miles, decades, and cultural differences. At the very least, even if one cannot relate to the themes of the novel, Things Fall Apart provides a critical look at the narrative of a person, place, and time period that has been largely left out of the literary conversation. Achebe’s novel is not only a commentary on masculinity, tradition, and honor, but also an incisive criticism of Western imperialist perspectives.
We Are the World By Andrew Megalla | Contributing Writer
A truly captivating song that displays unity in the world collectively is; “We are the World.” It was co-written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones. The song was originally written in 1985, and then had a new version released in 2010. Its title itself questions indirectly how we can be together in harmony. It resounds with soul reaching lyrics, calls for immediate action of aid, and hums of love, and the lyrics are sung by leading artists from all over the world. For this debut, race was only a means of definition and not of separation. They also came from unique musical backgrounds, each one of them. Artists from the 1985 version include Billy Joel, John Oates, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, and Stevie Wonder. The different instruments used are drums, pianos, and strings. Specific instruments
included percussions, keyboards, and synthesizers. Of course, in the newer version even programming was used. In 1985, Greg Phillinganes played the keyboards, John Robinson played the drums, and Michael Boddicker synthesized. What makes this song so special is that it sings, “One world, Our children.” It reached the number one single in so many places. In Australia, Italy, Sweden, UK, and Norway. In other words, ‘We are the World,” went international. It was performed at several locations. In the White House even President Clinton joined in. This song was one for the record books. I think the best thing about this song is how it announces that as an evolutionary world we will never leave someone behind, and even more importantly we will never ever depart from one another. Daring to be a
good influence for the sake of humanity. The reception across the globe had mixed reviews. One journalist noted that it reminded him of a Pepsi commercial jingle. It was well received by the rock music industry even though it was mostly a pop song. Despite the criticism it acclaimed, it was created for a humanitarian cause. To help Haiti after the impact of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in 2010. Meanwhile, the original from 1985 was created to help famine relief in Africa provided by the USA (United Support of Artists). Such efforts by musicians raised 14 million dollars for the USA to use in 1985. On a wider scheme of events, the solo single, ”We are the World,” left a legacy for other musicians to follow. It calls for other songs to raise awareness and lead a helping hand.
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Nintendo Labo: Thinking Outside the (Cardboard) Box By Joseph Mauro | Staff Writer Nintendo really had a great year. 2017 brought creative games and systems to the table, such as the Switch, the two well-received games Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, and a new addition to the still-popular 3DS family of consoles. However, they weren’t done yet; they rang in the New Year with a unique accessory for their latest home console in mid-January. Named collectively as Nintendo Labo, this line of assorted doit-yourself cardboard pieces for the Switch aims to increase the interactivity between players and their video games. In the words of Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, it is “an exciting evolution of the Nintendo Switch platform.” The company plans to
release two sets on April 20 of this year for a starting price of $70. Digital Trends noted it has already been a best-selling item for preorder on Amazon. From Nintendo’s website, Labo has three aspects to its design: make, play, and discover. MAKE different creations from a piano to a fishing pole or a motor bike with step-by-step instructions. PLAY with those creations with a Nintendo Switch. Hold a recital, win a race, or catch a fish! DISCOVER the mechanics as you build and play with them. According to The Verge, each
Best Anime of 2017 By Andrew Megalla | Contributing Writer In 2017 there were many top contenders for best anime. For those who do not know, anime is a form of animation made primarily by Japanese companies. Anime ranges in genre, from adventure stories, to crime dramas, and everything in between. There were many incredible works of anime released this year, but in my opinion, My Hero Academia is one of the best-written and bestexecuted. This anime is about a child in a super-powered society who doesn't have any powers himself. As time progresses, he meets his superpowered idol, who passes his own powers onto him. While watching this anime, I was thrilled to discover each character's unique power, and for some, wondered which characters were heroes and which were villains. My Hero Academia features not only action, but problem solving and comedy as well, coming together to form a heartwarming and action-packed tale of friendship and heroics that asks the question: what does it mean to be a hero? Now My Hero Academia is not the only awesome new anime;
Made in Abyss is a close second. It features children living in a town surrounding what the townspeople believe to be a bottomless hole, which holds a degree of mystery. These children encounter a mysterious child, and discover he is an android. The children begin to investigate the hole, but they are met with challenges and the adventure becomes lifethreatening. While fairly new, this anime will not disappoint if you are looking for one that will put you on the edge of your seat. As you watch, you will be rooting for the young adventurers on their quest to reach the bottom of the Abyss. Both these anime are quite long, with episodes thirty minutes apiece. However, many of you binge-watch Netflix series, so exploring anime is not that huge of a feat. Try watching any of the anime mentioned and decide for yourself; you may be surprised, and end up watching more anime than you anticipated.
set comes with a few cardboard sheets, strings, and a game cartridge that show step-by-step directions to construct them. The Joy-Cons each have an integral part in the process as well—for example, the Switch becomes the controller for the car (one of the many “Toy-Con” creations in one of the kits) by vibrating each of the controllers, effectively “steering” the car. Labo also teaches how basic set pieces work, explaining the concepts of infrared cameras and motion controls. Options exist for customizing each Nintendo Labo set (like paint, stickers, etc.) through a Customization Kit releasing alongside the two kits, selling for about $10 each. Nintendo Labo’s announcement video has 11 million views on
YouTube at the time of this writing and has garnered mixed, yet mostly positive reactions from consumers. “It’s just overpriced cardboard! There’s no special use from it,” remarked Chris Tapia, a freshman Mechanical Engineering student who thinks Labo is just a gimmick. An anonymous student praised its innovative mechanics and stated: “It looks pretty unique and quirky, but then again, this is Nintendo we’re talking about. Of course it’ll be something unexpected.” With about three more months until launch, only time will tell whether or not Labo will be the next big thing going for the 129-year-old company.
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ovies to Look Forward to in 2018
By Michael Tshimanga| Contributing Writer
Black Panther is the Marvel Cinematic Universe's eighteenth installment, and the first to feature a primarily black cast. Directed and written by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Lupita Nyong’o, this superhero flick is set in the fictional country of Wakanda, where King T’Challa (played by Boseman) returns home to his kingdom, only to find that Killmonger (played by Jordan) plans to overthrow the kingdom. It is up to T’Challa, as the titular Black Panther, to prevent this siege of power, with the help of CIA agent Everett K. Ross (played by Martin Freeman) and the Dora Milaje. At the time that this article was written, Black Panther is already doing well commercially. The movie is expected to make as much as $150 million by Presidents’ Day weekend . Fans have been gushing over this movie on social media, so look forward to seeing it later this month.
ith the first month of 2018 already over, now is a good time to take a look at some of the movies that people are looking forward to this year. From superhero flicks, such as Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, to animated features, such as Wreck-It Ralph 2 and Hotel Transylvania 3, here are some movies to look forward to this year.
May 4th Many comic book fans have waited eagerly for this movie; now that its release is imminent, the hype has risen dramatically. In it, the now tornapart Avengers team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop Thanos (played by Josh Brolin) from collecting all six Infinity Stones and bringing destruction to the universe. Fans of Marvel have been waiting for this movie ever since the release of the first Avengers movie. It is one of the biggest events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, bringing together characters that have yet to interact with each other until now, and introducing a villain that many fans have been anticipating. Although many of the studio’s villains have been lackluster, many people are hoping that Thanos won’t disappoint on the big screen.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom sees the island in danger from an erupting volcano as Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) try to save the remaining dinosaurs from their doom.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (6 Jul)  This installment into the MCU introduces Hope Van Dyne as the Wasp as well as an interesting new concept. The trailer shows several objects and characters shrinking and growing in size, something that seems like an interesting concept for this film. We will just have to wait and see just how it all plays out.
After the success of the first Deadpool in 2016, Ryan Reynolds returns as the Merc with a Mouth with all new characters such as Cable (played by Josh Brolin). Not much else is known about what will take place during the movie, but if the success of the first movie is any indication, the sequel is definitely something to look forward to.
After about 14 years, the Incredibles are returning to the big screen. This time, Bob Parr stays at home with the kids while Elastigirl is out fighting crime and discovers Jack Jack’s new powers. Older fans of the original will definitely be looking forward to the sequel after so long.
December 14th Based on the novel by Madeleine L’Engle, this sci-fi movie stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling as three immortal beings who travel with Meg Murray (played by Storm Reid) to help find her missing father. A Wrinkle in Time looks to be a promising movie.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse finally introduces Miles Morales as the Afro-Latino web-slinger who takes Peter Parker’s place after his death. This is something to definitely look forward to seeing when the time comes. Here’s to hoping that these movies, along with others coming out this year, will turn out good.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 The first Wreck-It Ralph was an enjoyable film that took place in several video games. The sequel now seems to be breaking away from that as the titular character travels to the World Wide Web. It definitely sounds like an interesting concept, and it definitely would be interesting to see appearances from the Disney Princess lineup.
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Lewis, Tarke Guide Amazing Comeback at Lipscomb
By NJIT Athletics N a s h v i l l e ,T N — N J I T
junior Abdul Lewis scored a career-high 27 points, leading the Highlanders to an 81-77, come-from-behind victory over Lipscomb at Allen Arena on Saturday. Despite the 27 points and his game-highs in rebounds (13) and assists (5), it was the last of his game-high four blocks that saved the day for the Highlanders. NJIT (12-12, 5-4) had trailed by 10 at 77-67 with just 3:35 remaining. The Bisons (15-9, 5-4) never scored again and the Highlanders finished on a 14-0 run to secure a huge road victory. NJIT took its first lead of the second half with 51 second to go on a three-pointer by sophomore Anthony Tarke, who also scored 27 points to tie his career-high. His triple put the Highlanders up, 78-77. Tarke later hit one-of-two free throws to give NJIT a two-point lead with 19 seconds remaining. Moments later, Lewis completed his masterpiece. Bisons point guard Kenny Cooper shook free into the paint for a game-tying field-goal attempt. Although his initial shot was no good, he grabbed the offensive rebound for another chance. Only his second shot would never get to the rim, as Lewis swatted it away and into the hands of freshman Zach Cooks. Cooks was fouled and managed to hit both free throws with seven seconds left to seal the improbable come-from-behind victory. Not only did Lewis stuff the stat sheet, he held junior Rob Marberry to just 10 points on 5-for15 shooting. Marberry entered the game having scored at least 20 points in each of his last four affairs – averaging an incredible 27.7 ppg on 71.6-percent shooting
over the span. For the Highlanders, it was an appropriate payback from last Saturday -- when the Bisons erased a 21-point deficit for an 8679 overtime victory in Newark. The two teams spilt the regularseries and are now tied for third place in ASUN standings. Remember, the Highlanders had been predicted to finish last in both the conference's coaches poll and media poll. Lewis and Tarke were joined by Cooks (12) in double-figures, while junior Garrison Mathews finished with a game-high 28 points before fouling out with 1:06 to go. LU had three other scorers in double-digits in Cooper (13), Buckland (11) and Marberry (10). The Highlanders shooting helped to offset a 45-31 rebounding deficit, as NJIT drained at a 49.1-percent (28-for-57) clip from the floor and at 52.6-percent (10for-19) from beyond the arc. LU finished at 42.4-percent (28-for66) overall and 35.3-percent (6for-17) from deep. It looked as though the Bisons had all but wrapped up the season sweep when their lead bulged to 10 points late. Mathews handled a significant portion of the heavy lifting, scoring 20 of his 28 points in the second half. Mathews, who entered the night as the ASUN's leading scorer (22.1), enabled the Bisons to seize initial control of the game coming out of the locker room. Whereas the Highlanders had tied the game, 37-37, at the break by scoring the final nine points, the Bisons started the second half with an 11-2 run. Nine of the points were scored by Mathews – including eight straight from 19:23 to 17:36. Two of Mathew's points in the span resulted from an offensive
77 board. Offensive rebounding accounted for a significant difference for most of the game. Entering the contest, NJIT led the ASUN in offensive rebounding (11.04) – but by just percentage points over Lipscomb (10.96). The Bisons finished with a 17-7 edge on the offensive glass that led to a 21-11 advantage in secondchance points. As mentioned earlier, NJIT made strong run at the end of the first session to send the game to break tied, 37-37. Down, 37-28, with 2:16 to go, the Highlanders went on 9-0 run fueled by five points from Tarke – including a step-back three-pointer with four seconds left to give NJIT its first tie since 19-19. The teams played evenly for the first 10 minutes, but it was the home squad that featured the first run of the game. With the scored tied 19-19, Eli Pepper hit a free throw that kick-
started a 9-0 spurt. The next eight points belonged to sophomore Michael Buckland – who canned an elbow jumper and a pair of three-pointers to extend the LU lead to 28-19 with 8:17 remaining in the half. His eight points in less than two minutes exceeded his season average of 7.8 ppg entering the affair. Lewis led all scorers with 14 points at the half, while Buckland's eight paced the Bisons. Lewis also grabbed a game-high six rebounds through the first 20 minutes of play. Lewis has tallied at least 20 points in back-to-back games for the first time this season and for the fourth time in his career. The Newark native is now averaging 17.0 ppg in his last five games on 67.4-percent (31-for-47) shooting. His previous career high was 24 points at Florida Gulf Coast on Jan. 21, 2017. Lewis also tied his career single-
game high with two treys and has now buried four triples over his last three games – all coming against the Bisons. Tarke has now scored in double figures in each his last six contests, averaging 18.7 ppg during the stretch. He set his career high when he poured in 27 points in NJIT's last road game – a 66-60 win over Kennesaw State on Jan. 24. NJIT has won back-to-back bouts away from Newark after snapping a 16-game, road losing streak that dated back to the 2016-17 season. The Highlanders next return home for a showdown against first-place Florida Gulf Coast (18-8, 9-0) on Thursday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Wellness and Events Center (WEC) in Newark. The Eagles took the first meeting of the season against the Highlanders with a 68-54 victory on Jan. 13 at Alico Arena in Fort Myers.
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XFL Making Return in 2020 It’s back, it’s really back By Scott Rogust | Sports Editor
n January 25, World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon announced the return of the XFL, which is scheduled to re-debut in 2020. McMahon’s venture will be entirely backed by him, as he invested $100 million of his own money into the league. In order to separate itself from the WWE, the chairman created Alpha Entertainment, where the XFL will be its first product. "The new XFL is an exciting opportunity to reimagine America's favorite sport," said McMahon. "As we move towards kickoff, we look forward to listening and implementing innovative ideas from players, coaches, medical experts, technology executives, the media and most importantly football fans." It was nearly 17 years since the football league’s presence back in 2001. The XFL was dubbed, “Not Your Father’s Football,” and it correlated with the then-World Wrestling Federation’s “Attitude Era.” Perhaps it was best known for its violent play on the field. Instead of a usual coin toss, McMahon implemented, “The Human Coin Toss,” where two opposing players would run 20 yards towards midfield to gain possession of the ball. On its first attempt, Orlando Rage free safety Hassan Shamsid-Deed suffered a separated shoulder, ending his season. The XFL failed in its debut season, resulting in the folding of the league. McMahon, however, looked to bring it back at some point but had to wait for the perfect timing. That time appears to be now – a time that has the NFL’s viewership dropping drastically due to rise in streaming services and anthem protests. In contrast to the original XFL, however, this new venture will be a familyfriendly, toned-down version. In his introductory press conference, McMahon set the
ground rules for the resurgence of the league. McMahon stressed that he wants the games to be faster allotting a maximum time of two hours. In regards to the three hour-plus NFL games, McMahon called them, “laborious.” In the new XFL, players will not be allowed to bring awareness to political or social issues on their platform. McMahon iterates the leagues goal of focusing solely on football. McMahon stressed the importance of the national
The new XFL is an exciting opportunity to reimagine America's favorite sport" anthem, insinuating that all XFL players will stand, not kneel. "People don't want social and political issues coming into play when they are trying to be entertained," he said. "We want someone who wants to take a knee to do their version of that on their personal time." One of the main questions entering this press conference was who would be allowed to play in the league. To play in XFL 2.0., you must have a clean criminal record. If you have a DUI on your file, you are considered ineligible to participate in the league. That rule officially put an end to the rumors of embattled quarterback Johnny Manziel from playing in the league. “We are evaluating a player based on many things, including the quality of human being they are,” said McMahon. “If you have any sort of criminal record or commit a crime, you aren't playing in this league." In 2020, the XFL will boast eight teams, all owned by McMahon. It is unknown which cities will have teams, but McMahon will use the next two years to evaluate any possible candidates. Considering this, we may not get a return of the New York/New Jersey Hitmen or the Memphis Maniax. Each team will have a 40-man roster, which is
slightly less than the NFL’s 53-man roster. In regard to the season, the league will have a ten-week regular season, followed up by a four-team semi-finals. The winner of those two games will play in the Championship Game. McMahon stated the XFL is not a competitor of the NFL, rather it is concentrated as its own league. Based off this statement, it is entirely possible that the XFL’s season will be played in the Spring, when the NFL season is over. It is unknown if the player nicknames will make a return, a la the infamous, “He Hate Me,” of former Las Vegas Outlaws running back Rod Smart. Major League Baseball created Players Weekend, where the league allowed each player to emblazon their uniform with their chosen nickname. Everything is not all set in stone, as there is a chance that changes could be made to reach its 2020 starting date. Regardless, the XFL is making its return, for real this time.
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