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Vol. XCV Issue 8


Week of March 20th, 2018

ector With Magnitude & Direction

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

Do You Know Your Student Senate? Including Excerpts From an Interview with Student Senate President Mark Neubauer By Akinlolu Aguda | Copy Editor & By Kalyani Velamuri | Staff Writer What is the responsibility of the student senate? Conveyed on its website,, the NJIT Student Senate undertakes the responsibility of improving the overall NJIT experience by representing the student body and acting as a liaison between NJIT students and the school’s administration to assess academic policies and campus facilities. To discuss some of the activities of the Student Senate and their various responsibilities, as well as to get some updates on student senate affairs, the current Student Senate president, Mark Neubauer has agreed to answer a few questions students may have. The following is a summary of the discussion on the responsibility of the student senate. The Senate Committees There are 8 different senate committees, each with specific responsibilities. A majority of times, the individual committees w o r k together to achieve a joint goal. The eighth committees that make up the NJIT Student S e n a t e

include: T h e A c a d e m i c Affairs committee, Constitution committee, Elections, Finance, Public Relations, Management, Student Affairs, and the Judicial Review committees. The Academic Affairs committee is all about “inside the classroom,” said Mark. “How the curriculum is, or the professor is. Any teaching needs not met.” A recent improvement effected by the committee is the implementation of a 5-minutes allowance period between class start and end times. This committee focuses on any areas to improve within the classroom and how students are learning. The Constitution committee is responsible for overseeing the needs of both current and prospective clubs. Headed by the “Club Manager” senate position currently held by Mina


Morcos, t h i s committee works to make sure that the school clubs are in good standing, and that all questions about club activities and affairs are answered correctly. Furthermore, the constitution committee runs monthly cabinet meetings to keep clubs up to date on any new changes or policies to which they must adhere. For Senate elections, The Elections committee comes into play. This committee is responsible for ensuring that senate elections are carried out in a fair, impartial, and unbiased way. Their task is to help students vote for the best and most responsible candidate.

Regular elections for most senate positions are held in April, while the Freshman elections are usually in the Fall semester. The Finance committee is in charge with funds for things like event catering, office supplies, and will even supplement costs for conference/convention participation. “The fund planning has been improved over the years in terms of the process. It's more possible now,” said Mark. Some new initiatives recently implemented by the finance committee include Event grants and Asset grants. Event grants enable very active clubs in good standing to organize more events than their regular budgets would allow, while Asset grants are beneficial for providing more supplies for clubs in need of

them. Public Relations is the main communication link between the senate and the student body. They work to make sure information is effectively passed to students. They keep students posted of any new process or policy change, and update students on the situation of ongoing senate proposals. Currently, the committee is planning a concert for next semester. The Management committee is responsible for overseeing senate meetings, keeping records and senate inventory intact, maintaining the tidiness of the senate office, and running student surveys. Next semester, Senate will be moving to the campus center lobby to be more accessible for the student body. Student Affairs handles certain conditions outside of the classroom. They deal with issues such as food quality and availability, parking space

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The State of the Senate open forum for students to provide feedback on Student Senate performance will be on Friday, April 13th during common hour (11:30am-1:00pm).






When asked about how he is able to ignite all of his collaborations, he replied, "My general advice is, most of the time, people are going to say no to your interesting ideas and that shouldn’t stop anyone from doing what they want. See page 3.

To correct a common misconception, PHS is not only for pre-med students, as the club welcomes anyone who is interested in any branch of healthcare (doctors, dentists, physician assistants, public health specialists, etc.). See page 4.

The Nintendo Switch is not all too different from what the Wii U tried to do, but was better executed, with an abundance of games announced and available for the system spanning from “triple A” companies to indie game studios. . See page 14.



Week of March 20, 2018


THE VECTOR As the official student newspaper of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, our mission is to infom and entertain our readers, cultivate awareness of issues concerning the NJIT community, and provide a forum for purposeful, constructive discussion among its members. Deadlines for Articles or Letters to the Editor are due on Thursdays prior to publication at 10 P.M. Submissions should not exceed 750 words. For more information on submissions, e-mail: m a n a g i n g - e d i to r @ n j i t v e c to r . com. Advertisement Reservations are due two weeks prior to publication and should be sent to: ADVISORS Operational Advisor Anthony LaViscount Faculty Advisor Miriam Ascarelli EXECUTIVE BOARD Editor-in-Chief Prasanna Tati Executive Editor Steve Arciniega Castro Managing Editor Babatunde Ojo Business Manager Shravanthi Budhi business-manager@njitvector. com Web and Multimedia Editor Cassidy Lavine multimedia-editor@njitvector. com Photography Editor Regee Lozada photography-editor@njitvector. com SENIOR STAFF Copy Editors Akinlolu Aguda Karen Ayoub Colin Bayne Shuhrah Chowdhury Katrina David Nanditha Lakshmanan Amisha Naik Scott Rogust

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Week of March 20, 2018

Twenty Minutes with Dr. David Rothenberg By Akinlolu Aguda | Copy Editor

David Rothenberg (PhD) is a distinguished professor of music and philosophy at NJIT. He also wields other titles such as author, composer and jazz clarinetist, technical writer/copywriter (in his graduate days), book and journal editor, and music producer, amongst others. Like Dr. Rothenberg’s professional and academic pursuits, his leisure interests involve going outside and being in nature like hiking and biking. He also enjoys playing music with friends, organizing events, and curating works of interests. Born in New York city and raised in Connecticut from the age of six, Rothenberg was brought up in a time of national unrest. It was around 1968 when, “there was all these riots and blackouts,” he recollects , “. . . I remember it as a little kid how upset my parents were. They moved to Connecticut to this little cottage-like house, and that’s where I grew up.” Rothenberg’s father was an architect and his mother was an artist and art teacher. The town he grew up in, Westport, Connecticut, is the town where both versions of the film, The Stepford Wives were shot. “It tells you something about the town,” he said.

S i n c e finishing both his undergraduate (Harvard College, 1984) and graduate education (Boston University, 1991), Dr. Rothenberg has written and edited many books on various topics and has performed and recorded with several electronic and jazz artists. From writing about performing music with other animals like insects, birds, and whales; to writing about art, philosophy, and the evolution of art; to curating editorials and books on nature and culture, Professor Rothenberg continues to explore the world around him and take on various collaborative projects. Recently, he has been playing music with nightingales in Berlin and is writing a book about it.

When asked about how he is able to ignite all of his collaborations, he replied, "My general advice is, most of the time, people are going to say no to your interesting ideas and that shouldn’t stop anyone from doing what they want. You might have to be rejected like two hundred times until someone finally says yes. You just have to keep [up] – you have to assume people would be skeptical about anything interesting because interesting stuff hasn’t been done yet. It’s going to surprise people and confuse them," he said. Why Birds Sing, one of his more popular works, chronicles m a k i n g music with birds. It has been published in six languages and was adapted to a BBC documentary of the same title. On the recording side, his CD, On the Cliffs of the Heart, met critical acclaim including a spot on the top ten releases of 1995 by JAZZIZ Magazine. Between his undergraduate and graduate years, he roamed Europe working at different institutions, mostly dealing with environmental issues. By the time he started graduate school in Boston, just before the internet took off,

Professor Rothenberg was writing manuals and marketing texts for software companies, helping them to turn the otherwise abstract vocabulary of computer engineering in the late 80s into more comprehensible and relatable terms suitable for the general consumer’s understanding. On how he got involved with NJIT, Professor Rothenberg explained how he applied to a hundred and fifty jobs and got one interview! This is the one job he has had for the past twenty-five years now. “I have been happy here,” he said, commenting on his career at NJIT, “I have

been able to pursue my changing interests and no one has ever told me that ‘you can’t do that.’ “I teach music classes but I came here to teach philosophy— philosophy of technology, philosophy of culture, but the department said ‘Great. Teach music classes. We’d love it if you do that.’” In 2010, Professor

Rothenberg was awarded NJIT’s Board of Overseers Excellence in Research Medal for “contributions that have enhanced the reputation of NJIT” following a prior 2008 Excellence in Research Award from the College of Science and Liberal Arts. “It meant a lot that this institution really values the kind of unusual stuff that I was doing.” he said. “…’He plays music with animals,’” Rothenberg continued, referencing the school’s consideration of his work, “[He] writes books about it, and that is research and we are valuing that,’ and that meant a lot to me.” In a 2010 interview with New Jersey’s Star ledger, NJIT Vice President for Research and Development Donald Sebastian, who was involved in selecting Professor Rothenberg for the award, expressed that Rothenberg was using “the same methodologies a chemist or physicist might, and he may actually grab something with respect to models of communication that scientists may have missed." Some of professor Rothenberg’s favorite classes to teach are with electronic music, where “students make music live with computers. They use a computer as a musical instrument to get

together and jam, forming a band out of machines. I really like doing that,” he said. “And I like teaching globalization where we just look at the world and what is going on in economies and culture and how it travels around the planet. And I like the senior seminar because every year it is different. I can [always] change it and it is really fun.” After taking his classes, professor Rothenberg hopes that his students will always remember that they learned something useful and valuable. “Particularly over time,” he said, “I'd like them to remember something ten years from the time they take the class rather than right away. Right away, they may remember that they a got a C, but in ten years, they may remember that they learned something interesting.”

When asked what piece of advice he has for young students, Rothenberg encourages students to go to office hours and engage with professors. “Professors are one of the best things about this university and they are accessible,” he said. “Go talk to people. Learn more about what they are doing. Come to them not [just] with questions that come from class but from you,” he advised. Between this year and the next, Professor Rothenberg will continue working on his nightingale project, which will be released along with a documentary film with filmmaker Ville Tanttu, and a possible music album for which he already has “hours and hours of recordings” to use. He will also be working on a book project, which will be based on interviews. Some of Professor Rothenberg’s books can be found on the library stacks at NJIT’s Van Houten, Rutgers’ Dana, and at the Newark Public Library. To learn more about his music, events, or other works, check out his official

website at or you can stop by his office hours in Cullimore Hall! This week, find time to engage one of your many interesting NJIT faculty members available during office hours. Do you have a professor in mind that you would like the Twenty Minutes columnists to interview? Please contact managing-editor@

Photo from Dr. Rothenberg's personal website,, and altered for use.


Features Dear Highlander: an NJIT advice column

Dear Highlander, I’m a commuter and I’m looking to get more involved on campus. It's a little difficult to do this because I take the train back and forth. A lot of clubs meet at times that I’m not available and I end up feeling very left out. How do I get involved when I can’t show up to any meetings for any club? I’m getting worried about what to put on my resume. Sincerely, Can’t-Compute-Commuting Dear Can’t-Compute-Commuting, Building a good schedule for yourself, whether you are a commuter or a resident, can be difficult, but it is definitely manageable. If you are looking to join a club, you should know how clubs are broken down within the school. SenateRecognized clubs are split into three categories, X clubs, Y clubs, and Z clubs. X Clubs serve the entire NJIT community. They receive the same privileges as Y Clubs and Z Clubs in addition to a budget granted by Student Senate and a priority for office space through the Student Organization Space Allocation Committee. There are 4 X clubs, The Nucleus (NJIT’s yearbook), Student Activities Council, WJTB Geek Radio, and The Vector (this newspaper!). Y Clubs make up most of the clubs recognized by Student Senate and include clubs related to academics, culture, and other interests. Y Clubs can request office supplies, the use of the Senate van, and free advertising in The Vector, in addition to other privileges. Y-Clubs include the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Habitat for Humanity, the NJIT Anime Club, and many more. Z Clubs are eligible to apply for office space, request meeting space, and use Senate electronic media. They are religious, athletic, charity, or politics-based organizations that can be selective in formation. Some examples of Z Clubs are fraternities, sororities, and other identity-based organizations. You can find a list of clubs that are Senate-Recognized on the Student Senate website, along with contact information if you are interested in joining. If you want to learn more about a club, try emailing the address listed. Some clubs, such as WJTB, work with commuters who are unable to attend regular meetings. Clubs often meet either during Common Hours or late at night. Common Hours are set hours every week where there are no classes on campus. Common Hours are scheduled from 2:30pm to 3:55pm on Wednesday and from 11:30 to 1:00pm on Friday. This can make it difficult to join multiple clubs as they might meet at the same time, but there are still plenty of organizations that meet at different times that you would be able to join. Finding a club that is a good fit for you might require a bit of work, but in the end, it is worth it. It is important to make connections and use your resources to the best of your ability. Good luck! Sincerely, A Fellow Highlander

Week of March 20, 2018



h t l a e H Pre ociety S Pursuit of a career in the healthcare field while studying in a technical school may be challenging. At some point, you will need to be surrounded by people who share similar goals, which is why the presence of Pre-Health Society is critical on campus. The main mission of the PreHealth Society (PHS) is to guide and connect all pre-health students. To correct a common misconception, PHS is not only for pre-med students, as the club welcomes anyone who is interested in any branch of healthcare (doctors, dentists, physician assistants, public health specialists, etc.). The society offers great advice and mentoring essential for one’s pre-health path. This guidance prepares its members both academically as well as professionally for their long upcoming journey in the healthcare field. Members get the opportunity to attend workshops that are vital for their preparation when applying to their specialized schools, have access to different

volunteering and service opportunities that are important for their success, and network with their fellow prehealth colleagues. One characteristic of PHS is that they are interested in giving back community; not just at NJIT but Newark as a whole. The society holds many events which serve our community and the public. PHS aims to encourage the NJIT community to offer a helping hand in good health related causes. Within the community, members work with elementary school kids, running sessions with the goal of making children aware about what it means to be healthy as well as to how to look out for nutritional options that can keep them healthy. This initiative is called the “Health Heroes Program”, whose primary objective is to have children lead healthier lifestyles. They want the children to learn something new that, though it has weak relation with their progress in the classroom, will positively affect them in their lives. Also, PHS works in great

'Senate' continued from front availability, public safety, library hours, campus center lounges, offices, outdoor furniture, etc. One new initiative that the student affairs committee has been working on and will be launching this Friday, March 23, is the NJIT Student discount program. This program incentivizes businesses around the NJIT area to offer a suggested 15% discount to NJIT students, and in return, the Student Senate, will provide advertisements and enhance awareness of their business and offers across various ad platforms. Finally, The Judicial Review committee’s main purpose is to keep senators accountable to their students and given responsibilities. If a student senator for example, repeatedly fails to attend mandatory meetings, or fulfil their position duties, an impeachment will be enacted. Other responsibilities of the Student Senate Besides the given responsibilities of the individual senators and senate committees, the NJIT student senate also engages in other activities to maintain the effectiveness of the organization, as well as to maintain a good relationship with the students that they are responsible for looking out for.

Excerpts from interview with Senate President, Mark Neubauer Q: What is the relationship like with NJIT Administration? A: [Our relationship] has improved over the years, especially since Dean Boger started being on board with what we are doing. We have placed new furniture on the second floor with their support. Currently, we are working with the library facilities to improve study rooms, and other furniture. We are able to work with increasing library hours to help students for their study needs. Q: What is your relationship with other clubs & organizations? A: We have a new club manager who has been progressing well in terms of making the funding process easier for all the clubs. Q: Can you tell us what a day in the office is like for the Student Senate? A: [It is] more inviting and cohesive than before. We are open for any student to come in and talk about any issues that they think is in need to be addressed by senate. The office will be moved from 4th floor of Campus center to the lobby on first floor. We expect that this will allow our office to be more inviting and accessible to

By Yasmine Ibrahim | Senior Staff Writer

co op eration w i t h Highlander Thon and helps collect donations for good causes. In 2016, PHS was the largest fundraising organization on campus for the annual Highlander Thon Dance Marathon event. "Pre-Health Society is an organization dedicated to others just like you and aims to provide meaningful experiences and information that will help you succeed." If you decide to join the PreHealth Society, you will have the opportunity of developing as an individual while serving your community, all at the same time.

students. Q: What are some other projects you are look forward to? A: Work on Campus center terrace furniture, basement club offices—we will be working over this spring break to be ready after it. New volleyball court in honors green, library study spaces. Currently $230,000 has been approved for new improvements. Q: Where does your general funding come from? A: Funding for the senate comes from the student activity fee for the semester. Q: Are there any words you may have for students outside of Senate? A: Engagement in elections. Students can get involved by running for positions to represent their classes, or majors. If you are unable to commit hours for senate, you can start off small and get a foot in the door by being a student at large in various committees. This does not demand hours or commitment except for any weekly meetings that helps to get the tasks to do aligned. There has been an improvement in involvement for students at large. In my freshman year, there were zero members in this aspect, now there are about 66 people involved.

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Week of March 6, 2018

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

How can NJIT improve its student experience? By Marwa Moustafa | Senior Staff Writer



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Rytis Vaitekonis

Civil Engineering | Third-Year "Tuition could be lowered and change all the advisers. The current advisers are not very understanding or helpful. They could also bring back the sauna from the old gym and bring it into the new one."

Harini Rajashekar

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Nicoia Maxwell

Mechanical Engineering | Third-Year Pharmaceutical Chemistry | First-Year Masters "I think for people to stay on campus more, since most of the school are commuters, more efforts should be done. A bigger campus presence would improve NJIT and get people to come here. Also, more females should be hired as faculty. Most professors are male. Female professor would encourage students to pursue engineering."  

"I think we need more printers in the library for sure. I just came from the library and there's a ridiculously long line people waiting to print stuff. I also think we need more scholarship opportunities for international graduate students, seeing that we're a very diverse school and there's a large population of international students."


Julio Mengha

Civil Engineering | Third-Year "I think the Wi-Fi needs improvement. Whenever you try to login to a commuter, it takes like fifteen to twenty minutes. To me, that's pretty much it."

Letter to the Editor Regarding "Diversify Your Portfolio Part II" Published on March 6th, 2018 Dear Editor: On page 3 of The Vector’s edition of 6 March 2018, you published the following statement, in an article titled: “Diversify Your Portfolio” by Ralph Legge: “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 tax deductible, you can withdraw from the account at any time, sometimes even without income tax liability or early withdrawal penalties.” This statement is highly misleading. (1) A Roth IRA is an individual retirement account that offers tax-free growth and taxfree withdrawals in retirement. As you've owned your account for 5 years and you're age 59½

or older, you can withdraw your money when you want to and you won't owe any federal taxes (source: Therefore Legge’s statement that “when you withdraw money from the account, you will have to pay income tax on it” is exactly the opposite of the truth, at least when we are discussing withdrawals in retirement (which are the objective of setting a Roth IRA to start with). In fact Legge managed to distort the basics of the Roth IRA savings tool by a blatant mistake. The whole idea of Roth IRA is to allow the owner to withdraw funds from the account tax-free in retirement, not “to pay income tax on it” as Legge stated. (2) Legge says that “because the money you put into the IRA is not tax deductible, you can withdraw from the account at any time, sometimes even without income tax liability or early withdrawal penalties.” This is so vague and superficial that it is really a misrepresentation.

First, Legge referred here to “IRA,” when he really meant to say “Roth IRA.” There is a very big difference between an “IRA” and a “Roth IRA.” Second, Legge is dangerously simplistic when he presents the withdrawal rules. Let me explain. Money in a Roth IRA account consists of two kinds, contributions and earnings. Contributions are the funds that you, the owner of the account, have deposited into your Roth IRA account. Since your contributions into a Roth IRA account are always made with after-tax dollars (you already paid income tax on that money), you can withdraw your contributions before retirement from your account without having to pay taxes or penalties on this withdrawal. Earnings are what you have earned in the Roth IRA account on top of your contributions (for example, because the investments you have chosen for your Roth IRA have paid inter-

est or dividends). Any money in a withdrawal from a Roth IRA account that exceeds the amount of your original contributions is considered “earnings,” and is subject to possible penalties and taxes. The penalty for early (pre-retirement) withdrawal of earnings, except under certain specified conditions, is 10 percent of the earnings that you withdrew. In addition, you may have to pay income taxes on those withdrawals. (Source: https://www. It is true that “sometimes” you may not have to pay taxes or early withdrawal penalties on a preretirement withdrawal from a Roth IRA, but these circumstances are the exception, not the common situation. Unless you have reached retirement age, you will pay penalties and income tax on withdrawing earnings from a Roth IRA account in almost all circumstances. Here are the exceptions (the circumstances under which you can withdraw money from a Roth IRA before retirement and not pay penalties or taxes):

You are making the withdrawal five (5) years or more after the IRA Roth account was opened; and in addition you either … (1) …are withdrawing $10,000 or less to buy, build or rebuild a first home (the money has to be spent within 120 days of the withdrawal); OR (2) …are withdrawing the money because you have suffered a disability; OR (3) …have died and the money is distributed to your beneficiaries or estate. In any case it is simplistic (and therefore highly misleading) to state, as Legge had, that “you can withdraw from the account at any time, sometimes even without income tax liability or early withdrawal penalties.” Sincerely, Moshe Kam Newark College of Engineering Note from the Editor: This letter has been abridged to fit the 750 word print maximum for Letters to the Editor.



Week of March 20, 2018

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Week of March 6, 2018

Horoscopes PISCES




Partnerships, possibly business related, are on the agenda, Pisces. You might find yourself in discussions dealing with such partnerships, as well as contracts and other paperwork.

A creative project, perhaps one that could earn you some money, might well be the primary focus of your attention today. Perhaps you've been doing some writing or intend to teach a class.

A new business opportunity may come your way, Leo. You aren't likely to want to commit to a permanent involvement, but you might take it on temporarily simply for the sake of the money.

The completion of a long-term goal might have you feeling enthusiastic, energetic, and happy. You're also likely to be looking to the future, Scorpio, formulating ideas for other projects and discussing them with friends.





If you've been thinking about trying some new investments or starting a new savings plan, this is the day to get started, Aquarius. You're a lot more mentally focused than usual. People around you might have ideas that you should consider.

A couple with a child might visit you today. One or both of these people could be connected with you in a business capacity. Whatever the connection, Gemini, a lot of interesting discussion should take place, and promising plans for the future could well be made.

Your physical energy is high and your ambition even higher, Virgo. You're likely to want to turn your mind to new projects that can advance your socioeconomic status.

Career matters are at the forefront of your concerns today, Sagittarius. Opportunities for advancement may suddenly appear that you weren't aware of yesterday, and you'll need to make snap decisions and go for what you want right away.





Paperwork regarding finances, possibly those connected with your job, might take up a lot of your time today, Aries. You should be feeling especially strong, confident, and focused, so if you've been thinking about looking for a new position, this is the day to check the ads.

A lot of paperwork involving new plans for your business interests could need immediate attention. Getting it done properly is probably going to require a lot of ingenuity on your part, Cancer, but you'll manage it.

Practical abilities that you didn't know you possessed might suddenly appear today, Libra. You could be working behind the scenes on a project of some kind, perhaps involving earning some extra money or raising funds for a worthy cause.

Travel that is possibly related to business could come up for you, Capricorn. A friend or colleague may accompany you. Expect the unexpected where your career is concerned. Unusual developments may open new doors so you can pursue different goals.




Week of March 20, 2018

The Nintendo Switch More Than Just a Standalone Gaming System By Babatunde Ojo | Managing Editor

With approximately fifteen million units sold within its first year on the market, Nintendo’s newest console, the Switch, has outperformed its predecessor. Being the eighth major console developed by Nintendo in its impressive forty-year run, it cannot be called just your average home entertainment system. Unlike its predecessors and competitors, the Switch is capable of being played on-the-go without the need for a television or monitor. While many were unsure about its dual console-portable capabilities, those who have paid attention to the company’s products and philosophy were excited to see what new ideas would be implemented in this generation of gaming. Being the only gaming company to properly support and develop multiple portable gaming devices in the market (before smartphones and tablets), Nintendo has gathered an incredible amount of data on what players liked about them, the limitations of technology and how to work around them. Starting with the legendary Game & Watch handheld system in 1980, it was clear how popular the idea was in a time of arcade gaming and budding home consoles. Since the success of this product, Nintendo began to develop a more powerful handheld product known as the Game Boy. Around this time, the tech giant had been releasing hit consoles, such as the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) and its younger sibling, the SNES. The desire to integrate their handheld systems to consoles resulted in the development of the Super Game Boy, allowing players to put their smaller Game Boy

game cartridges into even bigger cartridges meant for the SNES. Players would have the chance at being able to play their favorite games on a smaller screen, to a much larger one (sounds familiar). When other consoles began to compete in the market, Nintendo did not buckle but continued to bring new ideas to the table. With the introduction of the Nintendo 64, the first successful three-dimensional device in the company’s history, new ideas began to creep out to match the designs of the controller used to play the games. It was also at this time that they developed the “rumble-pack”, which gave players feedback through vibrating the controller based on the actions being made in the game (e.g., colliding with an enemy projectile in Star Fox 64 (1997)). Another innovation began with the attempt of creating “motion controls” for their portable devices, but everything would not come together until the release of one of their most important consoles, the Wii. Combining almost every innovation made by its older sibling consoles and handhelds, the Wii console used the “nunchuk”, separate controllers that, once plugged together, would work to control movement with an analog stick in one hand, and motion sensors and buttons on the other. On top of being backwards-compatible with the Gamecube, 'This system sparked others to follow in Nintendo's footsteps by implementing the motion control dynamic in various ways to increase the immersive quality of gameplay. These motion controls did come with a downside as the system was not as graphically powerful as its

competitors, but with an array of games to play – such as Wii Sports and Mario Galaxy – it became one of the greatest consoles in history. The Wii was not the only product that brought Nintendo success at this time. The Nintendo DS (abbreviated for either “Developers’ System” or “Dual Screen”) introduced touch controls to handheld devices. On the bottom screen players would interact with their stylus through gameplay and the top screen would usually show the results of their input. Both of these ideas of touch controls, dual screens, and motion controls came together in the Wii U. Unfortunately for the renowned gaming company, the console was a commercial failure and ceased production ending with close to fourteen million units sold. However, the failure of the Wii U only seemed to urge Nintendo on. By understanding what mistakes were made with the Wii U, they were able to grasp what the market, and more importantly the player, wanted. The Nintendo Switch is not all too different from what the Wii U tried to do, but was better executed, with an abundance of games announced and available for the system spanning from “triple A” companies to indie game studios. Coupled with the ability of being able to play on the console/ handheld hybrid anywhere, Nintendo seems to have made another hit product that is perfectly in line with everything it has been trying to do since its first step in the electronic gaming industry. With their newest product, the Labo, on the horizons, who knows where the company plans to go.





Week of March 20, 2018

Men's Volleyball Sweeps Charleston 3-0

By NJIT Athletics NEWARK, NJ—NJIT hit an impressive .314 for the match, sweeping visiting Charleston (WV), 3-0, in EIVA action Saturday evening in the Wellness and Events Center.

In front of the net, Berger led all players with four blocks (all assists), while three different Highlanders – Namiotko, Whitaker and Myren added three block assists apiece.

NJIT snaps a five-match skid, moving to 2-6 in the EIVA and 4-16 overall while Charleston (WV), winners of the last three matches, drops to 3-4 in the EIVA and 11-5 overall.

NJIT held a 6-to-2 service ace advantage led by Gimeno with three aces.

NJIT won the first and second set by identical scores, 25-18 and secured the sweep with a 25-23 victory in the third frame. The Highlanders were led by freshman Alvaro Gimeno's matchbest 13 kills, followed by Piotr Namiotko with 12. Middle Kevin Myren finished the match hitting .833 (5k, 0e, 6a), while Luca Berger hit .556 (5k, 0e, 9a). Setter Ricardo Whitaker paced the match with 27 assists, while libero Chris Wise notched a match-high nine digs. Whitaker and Tyler Brandow added six digs each.

Charleston (WV) was led by Ryan Santos with 11 kills while Anthony Rivera piled up 25 assists and seven digs, which tied teamhigh honors with libero Darrin Depellegrini. The first frame seesawed backand-forth to the late teens. After a 15-all tie, NJIT used a 4-1 spurt, pushing ahead, 19-16. The Golden Eagles scored two points, pulling within one, 19-18, but the Highlanders scored the last six consecutive points for a 25-18 win.

Eagle timeout. NJIT kept a threepoint advantage late in the set and scored the final six-out-of-seven points for a 25-18 win. NJIT took control early in the third frame, the closest of the three, 8-2, resulting in a Charleston timeout. The Golden Eagles regrouped and pulled within four, 11-8, on a kill by Rajahl Moxey but the Highlanders extended their lead to six, 18-12, on a Golden Eagle attacking error. The Golden Eagles scored the next six-out-of-seven points, slimming the Highlanders’ lead to one, 19-18, after a service ace by Stepfan Krumerac. NJIT went ahead by three on two occasions late, the final at 24-21, on a kill by Berger but two back-to-back kills by Charleston, brought the visitors within one, 24-23, resulting in an NJIT timeout. Middle Myren put down the final point of the match, securing the 25-23 victory.

The second set, which saw five ties and four lead changes, saw the Highlanders go from 10-all to 15-10, resulting in a Golden

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Vol. XCIV Issue 8  
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