Vol. XCV Issue 7 Week of March 6th, 2018
The Vector: NJIT’s Student Newspaper @njit_vector @TheNJITVector Njitvector.com
On Wednesday, February 28, President Trump hosted a bipartisan meeting between congressional policymakers to discuss what actions should be taken to ensure that the reoccurrence of heinous acts of gun violence is put to an end. Following the meeting, President Trump posted on his personal Twitter account, “It was an honor to welcome bipartisan members of Congress for a discussion on SAFE schools and SAFE communities. As we continue to mourn the loss of so many precious young lives in Parkland,
By Daniil Ivanov | Senior Staff Writer
The Congressional Merry-Go-Round
With Magnitude & Direction
we are determined to turn our grief into action.” Trump called Democrats and Republicans alike to action, saying that he had already spoken with representatives of the National Rifle Association—the powerful lobbying group advocating for gun rights—and told them that we must act upon the causes of the tragedies in Florida and all across the United States. Among the first few sentences of the hour long roundtable, Trump quoted the statistic/factoid that “98% of all mass shootings in the United States since 1950 have
taken place in gun free zones” and claimed that “if you had one person in that room that could carry a gun and knew how to use it, it wouldn't have happened.” The factoid, however has been disputed on numerous occasions as it uses a loose definition of “gun free zone” and presumes that mass killers would not commit the same crime in an area where concealed carry is allowed. President Trump went on to tell the lawmakers to not worry about legislation over bump stocks— rifle attachments that make semi-automatic rifles mimic the
firing speed of fully automatic rifles—because he would use an executive order to immediately ban the device. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) followed Trump by advocating for greater communication between government agencies in the reporting of criminal activity, mental status, and factors that would be measured in background checks. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) pointed out that 97% of Americans advocate for universal background checks for gun owners and that it is a common sense idea that would get universal support.
The bipartisan team of Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) further pushed the universal background check idea, which would require any and all gun sales to be registered with accompanying background checks—including interstate sales and gun show sales. Toomey and Manchin noted that such ideas were around in the Obama era, but the former president’s strong views on gun control made voters and lawmakers fear that he would push the laws beyond their comfort. Thus, laws that could not pass in the Obama presidency have potential for implementation under the Trump presidency. Trump went on to introduce his belief that “you could take the guns away immediately from the people who you can judge very easily are mentally ill.” This has stirred controversy that the president is willing to suspend due process and court proceedings, pushing the government’s power to a new and upper limit. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) brought up the counterpoint that many people with mental illness are not at all dangerous to themselves or others. Another point brought up was the fact that handguns are off limits until the age of 21, however all rifles and shotguns are accessible at the age of 18. This is a matter of controversy as many young adults are responsible hunters and gun owners—even serving in the military at such a young age—and the actions of a few mentally ill individuals could prevent them from exercising their Constitutional right to bear arms for another three years. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) brought up the issue of domestic violence and the fact that “states that have these background checks have a 38% lower domestic homicide rate.” Trump responded with great support of domestic violence considerations within a new gun control expansion bill. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) shared the belief with President Trump that violence in media, including video games and movies, exposes children to harmful ideas and visuals that desensitize them. Throughout the meeting, multiple attempts by lawmakers were made to push the topic of loosening concealed carry laws in order to allow civilians to stop shooters, which Trump pushed aside saying that it would hinder the bill from getting passed and is an issue for another time. Overall, the meeting has left many optimistic for steps forward in prevention of these mass shootings, while leaving others questioning which side Trump is on.
BOONES AND BANES
A few apps, like Acorn and Robinhood, allow you to set up accounts for less than a broker would charge. Robinhood recently added a feature to trade cryptocurrency and have begun testing it out in some US States. See page 3.
We have the power to show our work to millions from the comfort of our homes, right off our phones. It does not get any easier than that. So, go ahead, use your social media accounts for the good of you, not just to view memes or post selfies. See page 10.
Annihilation boasts strong performances, an intriguing premise, and brilliant visuals, and these elements come together to give an extremely bizarre and creepy end result. See page 14.
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University Lecturer Jason Jorjani to Not Return in the Fall By Victoria Nguyen | Senior Staff Writer Jason Jorjani, the NJIT lecturer who was placed on administrative leave after his role in the alt-right was highlighted in a New York Times article last fall, will not be returning to the university for the 2018-2019 school year. In an email sent to The Vector, Matthew Golden, the Chief Strategy Officer of NJIT, confirmed that Jorjani has received a letter stating that his contract would not be renewed at the end of the Spring semester. Jorjani was placed on leave shortly after the article published. Alongside the article was a video secretly recorded by Swedish graduate student, Patrik Hermansson, of the group Hope Not Hate, where Jorjani predicted that “[In 2050], we will have a
Europe where the bank notes have Adolf Hitler, Napoleon Bonaparte, Alexander the Great. And Hitler will be seen like that: like Napoleon, like Alexander, not like some weird monster who is unique in his own category — no, he is just going to be seen as a great European leader.” A day after the video was published, Dr. Jorjani made a blog post titled, “Why I Left the AltRight”. There, he recollects that the conversation with Hermansson took place over two hours instead of the five minutes shown in the video clip. “My nightmarish prediction of a future that would follow from Western policymakers’ failure to address the Muslim migrant crisis in the present has been taken out of context.”
By Babatunde Ojo | Managing Editor
The New York Times article prompted NJIT President Joel Bloom, to denounce Jorjani’s statements as “repugnant and antithetical to our institution’s core values.” Prior to being placed on leave, Jorjani taught two introductory Science, Technology, and Society (STS) courses at NJIT. The Times piece singled out Jorjani as the “architect of the Alt-Right Corporation’’”- a label that Jorjani acknowledged was accurate, because he helped consolidate multiple far-right groups into the single umbrella of the Alt-Right Corp in order to share content on the website altright.com. He had close ties with Richard Spencer, an alt-right leader, whom he co-founded the Alt-
Right Corporation with in January 2017. However, following the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in August, Jorjani and Richard Spencer appear to have had a falling out. In the same blog post where he criticized the Times, Jorjani said he resigned from AltRight Corp. and Artkos Media, a farright publishing house where Jorjani served as Editor-in-Chief, because Spencer did not carry through on his promises to bring investors to their organization. In addition, he was upset at seeing “the corporation that was my brainchild turn into a magnet for white trash.’’ The blog post has since been taken down.
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Preventative Health Tips The Health Effects of Digital Eye Strain
Diversify Your Portfolio
By Marzia Choudhury | Copy Editor & Siri Uppuluri | Copy Editor
ccording to a report by the Nielsen Company regarding media usage by Americans, the average adult in the United States spends almost 11 hours using electronic media, including smartphones, laptops, desktop computers, video games, and television. Of these 11 hours, the average adult spends close to two hours on a smartphone alone. Given the increasing amounts of screen time individuals are subjected to each day, it is reasonable that every year there are an increasing number of cases of people reporting eye strain from intense periods of electronics use. The Vision Council, a nonprofit organization for optical industry manufacturers and suppliers, refers to the different symptoms of physical discomfort that can result from several hours of screen use as digital eye strain. Digital eye strain encompasses a number of symptoms, which include dry eyes, eye redness, headache, blurred vision, and neck and shoulder pain. In total, about 60% of Americans report experiencing one or more of the symptoms of digital eye strain. Specifically, neck and shoulder pain tend to be the most commonly reported symptom. Digital eye strain affects all demographics, but it is especially common among young adults. Statistics from The Vision Council reveal that digital eye strain symptoms have been reported by almost 90% of surveyed adults ages 18 to 39. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), digital eye strain is caused by prolonged usage of cell phones, computers or tablets. It is important to note that eye strain usually occurs after usage of the above technology for long periods of time and that it can get worse the longer a person uses them. Common symptoms of digital eye strain can be caused by the following: poor lighting, screen glare, viewing distances that are not optimal, poor posture and vision problems that are not corrected, or even a combination of these factors. Uncorrected vision problems include astigmatism, far and nearsightedness. Potential treatment for digital eye strain often involves some form of eye care or a change in body positioning when using certain forms of technology. Regarding eye care, those who do not normally wear corrective lenses may need to get eye glasses specifically when using a computer. For those who already wear some form of corrective lens, the AOA states that it is possible the current prescription is inadequate and that users need to get specially designed lenses, which cater to “the unique visual demands of computer viewing”. In a world increasingly dependent on technology, it is impossible to completely eliminate the use of digital media in one’s life, nor should it have to be done. Digital eye strain symptoms can be reduced by taking simple steps to manage one’s screen use. One popularly suggested method of reducing eye strain is the 20-2020 rule. This refers to taking a 20-second break from the screen once every 20 minutes and taking the time to stare at an object located 20 feet away. Other preventative measures include reducing the overhead lighting to mitigate screen glare and keeping the screen an arm’s length away. Ideally, the screen should be placed 15 degrees, or about 4 inches, below eye level. Some internet browsers, such as Chrome, even offer extensions designed to alleviate eye strain by changing screen temperature and luminescence. Examples of such extensions include Deluminate, Screen Shader, and Blue Light Filter Guard. The effectiveness of these extensions has however, not yet been verified.
By Ralph Legge | Senior Staff Writer
n the final part of our threepart series, we will discuss the investment avenues of Roth IRA, forex trading, and U.S. savings bonds. Although some of these options might be a little out of reach if you have a relatively small starting income, they do offer alternatives with which even if the market crashes, you will have a range of fallback options. A Roth IRA is a retirement plan that allows your money to grow free of tax. The only caveat is that when you withdraw money from the account, you will have to pay income tax on it. Usually, you will hear about Roth IRA’s when you are saving for retirement. This is generally a practice not exposed to the average college student. Starting to save for retirement while in college could mean a huge difference in money available when it is time to retire. Additionally, because the money you put into the IRA is not taxdeductible, you can withdraw from the account at any time, sometimes even without income tax liability or early withdrawal penalties. The foreign exchange is where global currencies are traded. Much like crypto, the forex market has much room for investment for anyone, not just large funds. Because the Forex market is active worldwide and has no central marketplace, there is most likely always changing rates and opportunities to trade. Some forex brokers are OANDA, TD Ameritrade, Forex, and ATC Brokers. Each site has its trade-offs. Some have account minimums, maximum leverages, commission rates, and ease of use. If you were to choose Forex, it should be known that it is a very competitive market and that
one should not rush into trading right away. Furthermore, a minor course in technical analysis and macroeconomics would aid in the potential gains one can make. Savings bonds, specifically U.S. savings bonds, are government issued bonds that offer a fixed rate of interest over a fixed period. For example, buying a savings bond in 2018 for $100, might be worth $200 in 2068. It is important to note that when one buys a bond, only available from $25 to $10,000, the bond gains interest semi-annually for 30 years. After 30 years, the bonds will no longer gain interest. If a holder of a bond wishes to redeem the bond before its maturity date, they may do so while only gaining the interest accrued up to the month of redemption. There will be no penalty if redeemed after at least 5 years. If the bond holder tries to redeem the bond between 12 months and 4 years after purchase, then there will be a fee, usually taken out of the interest gained. U.S. savings bonds are also exempt from state and local income taxes, although federal taxes do apply in the year that they are redeemed. Given that these bonds are federal government endorsed, they provide for a relatively safe option for investing and saving money. While all three of these options are viable for the college student, it is important to note that there are many other options available for a college student not mentioned in these three articles. No matter which you choose, it is paramount that you do not only do your research when choosing, but also learn all that there is about that option to protect yourself and your investment.
No matter which you choose, it is paramount that you do not only do your research when choosing, but also learn all that there is about that option to protect yourself and your investment .
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Portuguese Architecture: Identity and Opportunity
Photos By Carmel Rafalowsky | Senior Staff Photographer
Exhibit at the College of Architecture and Design
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SAC Poetry Contest
Photos By Shanee Halevi | Senior Staff Photographer
With up to $300 in prizes, the Student Activities Councilâ€™s poetry contest was a great opportunity for students to show their grit and perform in front of their peers. The top prizes were a Kindle, Snowball microphone, and a Bluetooth speaker. With 10 contestants performing, it was a welcoming environment for both seasoned poets and first-time performers. The first-place poem was by Sarah Ebert, a first year Civil Engineering major. She brought the audience along with her as she told a compelling story about the relationship she has with her mother in 7 "points".
In The . . . By Shanee Halevi | Senior Staff Writer In the Heights, presented by the RU/NJIT Theatre and Arts Technology program, took a creative and heart-wrenching, yet fun and light hearted approach to illustrate the struggle of “leaving home.” The Tony-Award winning musical, based on the book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, was directed by Michael Kerly, the Associate Director of the Theatre Program, and performed in NJIT’s Jim Wise Theater between February 28 and March 4. The production used AfroLatino and rap music, composed by Robert Felstain and Gonzalo Valencia, which was a refreshing surprise. The choice of music genre effectively connected the audience to the type of culture that one would find in Washington
Heights. This effect was exaggerated with Spanish lyrics, particularly using colloquial slang, like in the song “No Me Diga,” a sort of Washington Heights spinoff of “Tell Me More” from the famous musical, Grease. The choreography by Jacob Toth was especially effective at creating the Washington Heights “feel” when the characters were supposed to be dancing, particularly during the song “The Club” in which the four main characters dance salsa and more intimate night-club style moves. A dinner scene in which the main female characters danced lightly to Spanish music emphasized the contrast between the old generation, complacent with living in the Heights, and the
young and ambitious generation trying to get away. This is evident when “Abuela” comments on young Vanessa’s promiscuous dance style. The central theme of “leaving home” was illustrated by the four main characters as they confronted their future. When Usnavi, hilariously named after his immigrant father’s misunderstanding of “US Navy,” finds that someone in the Heights won a $96,000 lottery ticket, the community goes wild with dreams about what they would do with the money. What first seems like a large sum is soon seen as a speck of what it would take to get the people from the Heights out of debt and living worry-free. The financial dissatisfaction
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come back for support when they run into trouble. As Nina, a first generation college student, sings, “I found my island, I’ve been on it the whole time. I’m home.” I personally found the content to be well balanced between intense scenes like Kevin nearly crying in character, with the comic relief offered by the Piragua salesman and the hair salon ladies. However, it was a little long for my liking, with a total of 27 songs. The set was clearly affected by a low budget, which I will not hold against the production. I believe certain improvements, like using a stencil or ruler on the business signs, would boost the visuals at no cost. I did appreciate, however, that the set design included modest porch steps, on which many heartfelt
conversations were held, and a realistic bodega store front – the watering hole of the community. This production included some surprisingly modern elements, such as 2018 bottled wine. Additionally, during a chaotic blackout scene in the club, the party-goers produced cell phones to light the stage with their flashlights. Priyanka Racharla, a first year business major, expressed that this was one of her favorite scenes. “Most female actresses were wearing dresses where they could not hide their phones,” according to Marisa Sigas, who played Daniella. “The phones were kept hidden on the set and some females gave their phone to their male dance partner.”
Students who watched the play felt its message resonated with them, “Through every song I felt the ups and downs that the community was faced with throughout the play”, said Bob Burghart, a third year Mechanical Engineering major. “I thought it was great. The singing and acting were all very good and had me engrossed in the story,” Thomas Schlein, a third year Computer Science major said. Other comments included improvements for the set and visuals, however, the overall sentiment was that the play was touching and well done.
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On-Campus Opinion Not quite “Humans of NJIT.”
What do you think about Social Media? By Marwa Moustafa | Senior Staff Writer
Chemical Engineering | First-Year PhD
Biomedical Engineering | Second-Year
Engineering Science | First-Year
"I think social media is a good way for people to interact with others and stay updated with current events. But the thing is, it can distract you from what is happening right in front of you."
"I think social media is something that connects all of us. Say like Snapchat. I know some people use it for streaks, but for me, it really helped me connect with a bunch of other people on campus. Especially my track team. I wouldn't have gotten to know them if it wasn't for Snapchat. I consistently snap them. We had group chats that helped us meet up. It also helps with networking."
"I think it's interesting and very useful. I think it really helps new students like me adapt and connect."
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Mechanical Engineering | SecondYear "Social media is something everyone wants to do. It has both positive and negative impacts. It all depends on how people use it. Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat. It influences the younger generation. But how it’s going to impact us depends on how individuals use it. If you let it distract you from school, that's negative. But if you use it to communicate and listen to motivational speeches, then it'll have a positive impact on you."
Left, Right & Middle Thoughts on Government Surveillance By Quratulain Malik | Contributing Writer
By Akin Aguda | Copy Editor
By Adrian Wong |Senior Staff Writer
very person in the United States has the right to privacy, and that constitutional right extends beyond the reach of the government. Surveillance is wrong, collecting data on people without their knowledge is wrong. However, recent surveillance methods and reasons are not harmful to individuals. In fact, this everyday surveillance is taking care of the citizens of this country. Surveillance to help combat terrorism, threats, and malicious acts are not impeding on your right to privacy. Knowledge is extremely accessible in this day and age, and the government is absolutely right to access your technology to protect you. There is real evidence that the National Security Administration’s (NSA) surveillance has helped to combat possible terrorist plans. This surveillance is hardly an intrusion on your private life – it is really just a check on people who may be dangerous. Personal privacy is important, but at what cost? What important information are we giving up protecting this personal freedom? How many lives are we giving up? Does your right to stream the web anonymously overpower criminal justice? These are really the questions we should be asking ourselves before we take a negative stance on what the NSA does.
want to begin by saying that I absolutely understand why government surveillance exists. I am old enough to remember the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and how terrified everyone was—not only on that day, but for months afterward. With terrorism and the protection of a country’s civilians in mind, I completely understand the point of government surveillance. That said, I personally am against widespread government surveillance. I do not support warrantless wiretaps, data mining, or in-depth domestic surveillance, because I feel that this gathering of data is often baseless. I also believe that when agencies such as the NSA surveil and gather data on everyone regardless of background, that they overwhelm themselves with information and data to sift through. I think this then increases the likelihood of missing critical information on a terrorist or attack. I understand that usually algorithms are the mechanisms behind this sifting, but algorithms are only as effective and efficient as the people who write and program them. When I tell people I am against government surveillance, the usual retort is, “Why do you care if you do not have anything to hide?” And the answer is quite simply because I do not believe it is any of their business. As long as I am not putting myself or others in jeopardy, I feel that I have a right to privacy—and I do not think it is radical or extreme
urveillance is an incredibly complex issue. Citizens are not privy to much of the information regarding it. A huge amount of the information that is known comes from the 2012 Edward Snowden leaks. Snowden revealed that the NSA was spying on various foreign leaders and that the NSA could surveil anyone within three degrees of separation of a suspect. The NSA also was reported to have tapped into fiber optic cables for metadata collection, and to have a program named “PRISM” where leading tech companies would share data to the NSA. Former NSA director, Keith Alexander, initially claimed that these programs stopped 54 terrorist plots, only to be challenged by ProPublica who argued that only four plots were prevented. Eventually, deputy director, John Inglis, admitted that only one plot “might” have been thwarted using the bulk phone records program. Between the NSA and the Patriot Act, the government collects an enormous amount of data, yet it is still incredibly difficult to thwart a terrorist plot. If the NSA is going to admit that they cannot effectively use this data to stop crime, they should not be entitled to view it. They should only be able to collect data from suspected terrorists and individuals within one degree of separation from the target. There is no reason why millions of law-abiding Americans should have their private information recorded by the NSA. If the NSA is not effective, the time and tax dollars would be better spent elsewhere.
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Dear Highlander: an NJIT advice column
By Scott Rogust | Sports Editor
As millennials, we are looked at by previous generations as being nonproductive in society. The usual criticism of our generation is that we are on our phones “constantly,” as they say. Even though it looks like we are just looking at what other people are doing or shopping for clothes, they do not know about the advantage that we as “millennials” have: the ability to create personal brands. Individuals have their own talent. Whether it is singing, designing clothes, hardware/software development, or engineering, we have it a bit easier than the previous generations who had to go from place to place, to let as many people as possible see said talent. In the age of social media, a person can share his or her talent on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, for millions to see. When creating your personal brand, social media is a must to build your reputation. If you write for a website, you can instantly share your article on the vast platforms with just a single click. What helps increase your audience is by using hashtags that relate to the topic of your work. Say you write about the New York Yankees, you just use “#Yankees,” and the post will show up for anyone who searches for that term. The more you use social media, the more you learn how you can bring in a larger audience. On Twitter, you can view your “tweet activity,” where you can see how many people viewed your post, clicked on your link and visited your profile. That is a lifesaver for
anyone, as you get a better feel of what viewers like and do not like to see. It might make more sense to view social media as your own personal agent. With positives, come the negatives. When writing on a specific topic, you are not going to please everyone. Journalism helps build a callousness internally, as you are bound to get the everconvenient “FAKE NEWS,” reply. You can provide all the facts in your article from various sources to make your article legitimate, but some person from North Dakota will refuse to believe it. And guess what? You are the one at fault. Most content creators firmly believe that the best practice when using social media is to avoid the comments section. Even if you are emotionally tough, it can still take its toll to read anything hateful directed at you. Also, never feed the trolls, because that is what they want: attention. And if they continue to tag you in direct tweets or posts, there is always the mute button, which can come in handy, but only when necessary. Regardless of the negatives of social media, it plays a crucial role in fostering your passion or career. We have the power to show our work to millions from the comfort of our homes, right off our phones. It does not get any easier than that. So, go ahead, use your social media accounts for the good of you, not just to view memes or post selfies. Produce “You, Inc.” Just remember to ignore the trolls. They have nothing better to do than knock others down.
Dear Highlander, I cannot go for more than 5 minutes without checking my phone. It’s such a problem. I didn’t really think it was a big deal, but my friends and various significant others often tell me that I’m obsessed with social media. I’m always checking notifications to see how many likes my newest Instagram post got, or if anyone new followed me or commented on a picture. My feed is themed, and I’m almost at 2,000 followers who all adore the filters I use. I’m an avid fan of Snapchat and have a couple streaks that are over 500 days. I habitually snap my breakfast in the morning and during classes- all of which are time-stamped of course. While Snapchat and Instagram take up the majority of my time, I tweet at least once a day and post on Facebook as well. Last week, I was so busy editing a bunch of pictures to fit my Lo-Fi theme (this week is Inkwell and 90s grunge), that I didn’t get to submit my homework on myMathLab, and this isn’t the first time that’s happened. What should I do? -@SOc-Obsessed Dear @SOc-Obsessed, First of all, know that we all have our guilty pleasures, and it is ok to take some “me time” doing what you love. No one can judge you for that. However, when you start taking too much “me time,” problems can arise. It is important to set and keep priorities within your life. Try to write down a list of the things you believe are most important to you, in order. Personally, I rank my education and health above extracurriculars and social activities. On your list, be honest. If you find that social media is towards the top and takes priority over other items that are generally seen as important, write a second list. This second list should be a goal that you would like to reach, with social media listed as not as important. If it is difficult to simply put your phone down, try to make a plan for yourself to use it less and less every day. Ask a close friend to help you out: if you spend time studying with them, they could guard your phone so you do not constantly check it. During class, shut your phone off and slide it into your bag in a hard to reach place. The key is to make the difficulty in accessing the phone serve as a deterrent. You do not want to ruffle in your bag too much or your professor will catch you and you will get in trouble. Placing your phone at the very bottom of your bag underneath several of your books can help prevent this. Another way to limit constantly checking your phone is to turn off notifications and I do not mean to just flip the switch to “Do Not Disturb.” In Settings, turn off notifications for social media apps specifically, so “1 New Comment” does not pop up on your lock screen, urging you to unlock your phone. It is still important to remain available in case of an emergency, which is why I advise against cutting cold turkey. There are plenty of ways to deal with obsessions like this. It is important to know that you are not alone and that you have people who can help you. Remember, the first steps are always admitting you need some help.
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Week of March 6, 2018
Career and business continue to play a powerful role in your life now, as new ideas, new people, and considerations as mundane as modern equipment open up new doors for you, Pisces. In addition, romantic involvements could intensify.
As the world economy continues to boom, Taurus, don't be surprised if you're surrounded by new work possibilities. More than one chance to increase your income could come your way today.
Today is likely to prove very busy, Leo, and full of interesting, unusual developments. You might find yourself having to run a lot of errands in your neighborhood, perhaps also making a few short visits.
Today, Scorpio, a subject that particularly interests you could cause you to delve into obscure sources to shed more light on it. Your intuition should help, but today you're more inclined to search for solid evidence.
Unexpected communications from people far away could open up new opportunities regarding career, education, travel, or other broadening experiences. As a result, Aquarius, new friendships could develop, as well as new ideas and possibly exciting new goals.
You should be feeling especially creative at this time. Social events could put you in touch with some exciting new people, Gemini. Contact with those in interesting professions could open up new personal and intellectual avenues to explore today.
Opportunities to increase your income by working out of your home could well present themselves today. There might be more than one, and you could be tempted to take them all on. Think about this carefully before you commit, Virgo.
Keep your fun-loving spirit pure, Sagittarius. Be careful that you aren't making witty conversation or entertaining jokes at someone else's expense. This type of behavior is likely to come back around and haunt you later.
udden changes in your romantic situation could occur today, Aries. If you're currently committed to someone, expect some surprising propositions from your partner. If you're involved but not committed, a marriage proposal might be in the picture.
One or more exciting new people could come into your life today, perhaps through friends or group activities of some kind. They might actually visit you in your home.
Paperwork regarding financial matters may need to be executed at some point today, Libra. You're in the mood for some adventure, perhaps physical or romantic.
A lot of effort, energy, and enthusiasm that you've put into various business or personal projects in the past could finally pay off today.
Week of March 6, 2018
ANNIHILATION By Prem Naik | Senior Staff Writer
Walking out of the theaters, I did not know what to feel after watching Annihilation. The one word that circled in my head was “bizarre”. Long after I left the theater, it was difficult to form an opinion, as there was much to love about the film, and yet it ultimately felt inconclusive. Alex Garland’s latest science fiction film Annihilation, based on the novel of the same name, is certainly a peculiar film. Natalie Portman stars as Lena, an ex-military biology professor, whose husband mysteriously returns from an undisclosed mission. After a year’s absence, he returns but is not quite the same, and soon collapses. After Lena and her husband are taken to the site of the mission, Lena learns about the Shimmer. Strange and deadly, the Shimmer is the site of an alien asteroid crash, shrouded
in a colorful shimmering field. Lena’s husband had embarked on a mission with other military men to explore the world of the Shimmer. As all previous explorers had disappeared, his return was an odd case. Lena decides to embark on a final mission to finish what her husband started. Joined by four other women, she ventures into the Shimmer to reach the lighthouse, the site of the asteroid crash. Each of the women are said to be qualified in different fields, as Jennifer Jason Leigh’s Dr. Ventress is the head of the operation, Tessa Thompson’s Josie is a physicist, and Gina Rodriguez’s Anya is a paramedic. However, as the team explores the Shimmer, none of their skills are showcased or used to give the characters depth. Lena is the only character who uses her expertise in biology to attempt
to understand the Shimmer and what it does to those who enter it. However, when the actors are able to show the emotional toll the Shimmer takes on their characters, strong performances shine through. Overall, each actor makes the most of their screen time, giving a full character arc to each team member. Viewers will definitely be captivated by the fantastical world of the Shimmer. A color palette straight out of a saturated polaroid gives the eerie setting of the movie a strange beauty. Everything in the Shimmer is warped, but colorful and washed out with light, serving as a visual treat in a cinematic environment. The beauty of the shimmer is matched by the monsters it contains, with mutant alligators and horrific bear hybrids, which are shown attacking the team at various
times throughout the film. Annihilation boasts strong performances, an intriguing premise, and brilliant visuals, and these elements come together to give an extremely bizarre and creepy end result. Much of this is due to the themes presented in the story, and also, the lack of an explanation as to what actually is the Shimmer. By choosing to remain inconclusive about the Shimmer and its meaning, the film raises more questions than it answers, leading to an overdrawn romp through an alien type world, much like Alien Covenant (2017). Much of the issue of this film is its love of mystery and providing style rather than substance. Long and at times boring, it is an interesting, albeit weird watch, and a hard 6 out of 10 in my book.
Quick Stats Runtime Written by Based on
115 minutes Alex Garland The Novel by Jeff VanderMeet
Alex Garland Directed by Cinematography Rob Hardy Music by Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury Barney Pilling Edited by Films, Skydance Media, Production Co. DNA Scott Rudin Productions February 23, 2018 Release Date Opening Weekend $11,071,584
Week of March 6, 2018
NJIT and Navy Split Saturday Doubleheader
By NJIT Athletics
ANNAPOLIS, MDâ€”Navy pitcher Noah Song recorded a seveninning complete game shutout (4-0) in game one before the Highlanders picked up its first win of the 2018 season with a 7-1 victory in game two at Max Bishop Stadium. In game one, Navy's Song pitched a seven-inning complete game shutout, his first of the season allowing three Highlander hits, two walks and five strikeouts. The Mids scored its first run in the bottom of the first and that's all Song would need, as 3B Jacob Williams doubled to right field, scoring RF Stephen Born. Navy added three insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth and held on for a 4-0 victory. In the second game, NJIT scored single runs in the first, third and seventh innings to build a 3-0 lead. Navy's Liam Lowery hit a home run to right field to pull the Mids to within two, 3-1. The Highlanders tacked on four runs in the top of the ninth to extend its lead and went on to earn the 7-1 victory. Game One | Navy 4, NJIT 0 (Final) The Mids jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning with an RBI double by Williamson into right field, scoring Born. In the bottom of the fourth, Navy scored three runs, pushing its lead to 4-0, after Evan Lowery led off with a walk and Ryan Duffy's RBI
single to center field, driving home Michael Coritz. Navy scored the fourth run on a single by 2B Zach Biggers, scoring C Alex Smith. The Mids out-hit the Highlanders, 7-3, led by Duffy, who finished 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI and a hit apiece by five different players. NJIT's 2B Tom Brady, DH Evan Pietronico and 3B David Marcano each finished 1-for-3. Highlanders Brian Sondergard (0-1) was credited with the loss, pitching 3.1 inning, allowing four hits and three runs. NJIT's fourth pitcher, Brett Lubreski held the Mids scoreless in the final 2.1 innings. Game Two | NJIT 7, Navy 1 (Final) Sophomore Tyler Stafflinger (11) recorded the win, pitching six scoreless innings, allowing six hits. Relievers Tommy Derer and Johnny Malatesta pitched the final three innings. Malatesta pitched the bottom of the ninth, striking out the Mid batters. Navy's Sean Kamhoot (0-1) took the loss, pitching 8.0 innings, allowing 10 Highlander hits, three runs, two walks and one strikeout. NJIT jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by LF Jesse Uttendorfer, scoring CF Michael Anastasia, who doubled to right field, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on Uttendorfer's single. The Highlanders added a single
run in the top of the third on a groundout by SS Justin Etts, scoring RF Matthew Cocciadiferro, who reached on a fielder's choice. NJIT increased its two-run advantage to three in the top of the seventh on a leadoff double by C Paul Franzoni and a sacrifice fly by Anastasia. Trailing 3-0, Navy's Liam Lowery connected on a solo home run out to right field in the bottom of the seventh, for the Mids first run of the game. Leading 3-1 through seven innings, the Highlanders shut down the Mids' offense over the final two frames and added four runs in the top of the ninth to close out the game, 7-1. NJIT's Etts put down a bunt single, driving in the first run of the frame, Brady sent home two runs with a single to right field, and Pietronico sent home a single run with a single to left field. NJIT's Franzoni went 3-for-4 with one run scored while Uttendorfer finished 3-for-5 with one RBI and one run. Etts finished 1-for-5 with a pair of RBI and one run scored while RF Matthew Cocciadiferro, Anastasia and David Marcano, each posted a pair of hits in the win. The Mids and Highlanders will conclude their four-game series on Sunday with an 11am doubleheader at Max Bishop Stadium.
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