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Vol. XCV Issue 9


Week of March 27th, 2018

ector With Magnitude & Direction

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

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NJIT By Carmel Rafalowsky | Senior Staff Writer

As an urban campus, NJIT has quite a lot of traffic cones at its disposal. Between directing traffic, road closures, and on-campus construction for NJIT’s 2020 Vision, there is an estimated 200 or more cones strewn across the university’s 48 acres. Though the cones are normally expected to be found in the above locations, they are just as likely be found lodged between tree branches, atop light posts, awnings, and statues, and shoved upside down into drains. “It’s nothing new,” said Adrian Wong, a third year Biology major. “You always see them shoved in a tree while walking across campus, and just kinda laugh to yourself.” When asked just how long cone culture has been a part of NJIT, Adrian responded, “I can’t say for sure, but it’s been a thing since my freshman year.” A recent creation of an Instagram account documenting these cones and the shenanigans they get up to, aptly named @Cones_of_NJIT, has only fueled the fire of “cone culture” at

NJIT. The account, run by Sharmi Sukhia, a Junior Web & Information Systems major, operates on a submission basis and posts photos of the cones in unusual or entertaining spots, sometimes with students, and always with a clever caption. The account has seen rapid traction in the weeks since its creation and now boasts nearly 80 posts and over 1000 followers. When asked about the account’s speedy success and origin, Sharmi said, “I thought I’d get like maybe a hundred followers at most, and then it kinda went crazy.” She explained that a friend of hers had originally come up with the idea of making an Instagram account a few months prior, but when a class project required Sharmi tackle content management, she chose to create the account herself. Her intent was to memorialize the cone, and eventually promote her article on NJIT’s cone phenomenon on the platform. The account quickly gained popularity and inspired students to get more creative with their cone antics, from posing next to cones on campus, to even wearing them as headgear. Sharmi’s account also spawned the creation of two ‘troll’ accounts, @anti_cones_of_njit and @cones_of_joel_bloom. The individual running @anti_cones_of_njit declined to comment. NJIT is not purely unique in its cone culture; while other institution’s may not play around with traffic cones, they do have their own ‘inside jokes’ among the student population. Murray State University in Kentucky, for example, has a tree with students’ shoes nailed to it. Though there are several theories regarding the tree’s origin, like the stories of a couple who met on campus to display their love, or a student art project—the tree has been a home to students’ shoes since the mid-1960’s and even has its own Facebook page. Meanwhile Swarthmore College, located in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, has a pterodactyl hunt every year, where students come together, dressed in garbage bags and wielding foam bats and swords to defeat vicious pterodactyls and other monsters, such as goblins, orcs, and trolls. While these phenomena are entertaining and, surely, dear to students’ hearts at their respective institutions, in my opinion, none quite match NJIT’s, as cone positioning can vary daily and does not depend on an outside or immovable fixture (like MSU’s trees). At the end of the day, if balancing a cone atop a lamp post is how the students of NJIT blow off steam and engage with one another, who is to fault them? It is innocent, silly, and always exciting to see where you will spot a cone next.

Cone Culture Coming to an Alley Near You FEATURES



The Parkland Effect

Stephen Hawking

On Camera

About 2,500 walkouts were planned at high schools and universities throughout the United States. See page 6.

When he began grad school, there was much debate between the two schools of thought of the creation of the universe: The Big Bang and the Steady State theory. See page 7.

Last year, an estimate from Info Trends estimated that 2017 would have a hundred billion more photographs taken than in 2016. See page 11.



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Events & Weather March 27th, 2018


Trivia Tuesdays in the Pub Campus Center Highlander Club Sponsered by NJIT Student Life

March 28th, 2018

Operational Advisor Anthony LaViscount


Faculty Advisor Miriam Ascarelli

Weekly Anime Club Meeting Kupfrian Smartcast Classroom 204 Sponsered by The Anime Club

EXECUTIVE BOARD Editor-in-Chief Prasanna Tati Executive Editor Steve Arciniega Castro Managing Editor Babatunde Ojo Business Manager Shravanthi Budhi business-manager@njitvector. com

March 29th, 2018


Creative Place Making Course Fenster Hall COnference Room 190 Sponsered by Cont & Professional Education

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Week of March 27, 2018 STUDENT SENATE

Student Senate Updates By Rick Cruz | Senior Staff Writer



This week's guest speaker was Blake Hagggerty, NJIT’s Executive Director for Information Technology and Support. He came to the Senate to discuss the current status of printing on campus.


The Van Houten Library is recorded as printing 3 million pages a year, and there is the intention of adding a 4th printer when negotiating the new printer lease. A printing credit system is being considered since, with that, color printing could become more viable.

April 5th is the deadline for Students to run for Senate positions, all forms must be handed in by this date. On April 11th there will be debates hosted in the GITC, and on the 16th and 17th votes will be cast.


On April 14th and 15th clubs will come with their line budgets to Senators for approval.


On Friday April 13th in Ballroom A during common hour, The State of the Senate Address will be presented by Senate President Mark Neubauer.




Anna Baronos, the Public Relations Manager, resigned.

The following positions are vacant on Senate Bioinformatics Information Systems Interior Design Theatre Arts and Technology Web and Information Systems

The Food Discount Program By Rick Cruz | Senior Staff Writer

his past Friday, the food discount program, started by the Student Senate, went into effect. Yasmine Elfarra, Vice President of Student Affairs, spearheaded the effort of actualizing this initiative. By reaching out to different restaurants and establishments, this program is a means to connect NJIT with the greater Newark community. Elfarra said, "The goal is that almost every store around NJIT will be able to offer a discount to NJIT students just by presenting them their ID." Currently the Senate website has eleven restaurants listed as participating with more being added on as the days continue

with a current estimate of sixteen They are looking for and expecting more restaurants to come into the fold. In November, the Student Affairs Committee began an initial reach out to restaurants before finalizing committed parties in a second round of outreach this spring. Upon the success of this program, the Senate will also be looking into getting establishment retail and service-focused stores to take part. In this, local businesses can be supported by the NJIT community and students can have access to services without having to pay the typical prices. Amber Braycewski, the general manager of Jimmy John's, was looking forward to the discount

program as well as the prospects of new students going to eat there. With respect to the 15% discount, Amber said, "any little bit helps, I remember what it was like to be a student." Jimmy John's will receive an increased amount of traffic from NJIT students so it's a win-win for both the business and students alike. Speaking with some students, there was a mixture in awareness of the food discount program but a strong emphasis on food. Ismail Elmmoussi, a bartender at the pub, has an hour and a half commute and rarely utilizes anything in Newark save for its food. "As a commuter I don't use these services a lot, mostly restaurants and drinks." Some

of the suggestions for places which should be added included Wendy's, E-Z mart, ShopRite, McGovern's, and Barcade. Students also wished to see more businesses on University Ave take part in this program as well as places such as Best Buy or Staples. Students can submit a form for restaurants or other businesses they'd like to see added to the list. OR see the current list of businesses at: index.php/discount-program/



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Photos By Loumy Volmar | Staff Photographer

NJIT Splash is a program that enables college students to teach classes to local high school students on a diverse range of topics from self-defense to potting plants to building a computer and more.



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Photos By Lukasz Lupin | Staff Photographer

NJIT Minicon

This past weekend, NJIT hosted its fifth annual anime and gaming convention, MiniCon, hosted by the Anime and League of Legends club. The event brought out the best in fans of both entertainment mediums through cosplay and head-to-head video game tournaments. Vendors were also invited to the event to sell any specially crafted trinkets, clothing, posters, and figurines that con-goers may be interested in. Throughout the day there were panels dedicated for fans to discuss their thoughts on niche topics within the community, as well as how to build their skills for the real world like in the “Building a Web App� panel. Despite unfortunate weather, participants still came to the event in waves to express themselves in a community that they can identify with.



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Women of the Future By Rachel Deahl | Senior Staff Writer


marks the fourth year the Women Designing the Future Conference was held at NJIT. This year’s conference focused on environmental studies and how across the world, we can do more with less. There were numerous speakers at the event, including Debbie Manns, Mary Landry, and Lucia RodriguezFreire. NJIT President Joel Bloom also made an appearance welcoming attendees to the concert. In his opening statement, President Bloom remarked, “We need to do more with less, but we need more people to be involved with understanding environmental impact and be more aggressive about it.” President Bloom highlighted the overall theme of the conference: The need for STEM workers in this technologicallyadvanced society we live in. As soon as attendees were seated, Debbie Manns, New Jersey’s new Deputy Commissioner of the

Department of Environmental Protection, was welcomed to the podium. “Newark” She began, “is at the frontline of what we want to do.” The time has come for change, and Manns plans to spearhead this. Manns has previously served as Governor Jon Corzine’s Environmental Policy Advisor and the Executive Director of the NY/ NJ Baykeeper. Judith Sheft, NJIT’s Vice President of Technological Development, commented on Manns’ speech, focusing listeners’ attention on collaboration and the need for a variety of perspectives from people of academic and government backgrounds. Mary Landry – another keynote speaker who served as the Federal on Scene Coordinator in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in addition to being Senior Advisor to President Obama on Resilience Policy – spoke about her time working to solve the many issues that arose during the events of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Her speech about Women Leaders in

Crisis Response urged listeners to think about things logically and acknowledge the importance of looking ahead. She emphasized that we are, “on an evolutionary journey. Don’t underestimate what you are doing…It’s all building blocks…each of you can end up in a situation that contributes.” Landry stresses the importance of energy being a global issue and the international effects it has. Within her career, its detrimental to “manage the dynamic tension of all these elements” that make up the world, whether they are responders, NGOs, the government, the media, congress, and more. Landry went on to address her time working in the White House and the difficulties of being a woman within her field. When she enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1980, only 11% of its members were females. “Now,” She said, “we have role models for the next generation to look up to.” These role models come from different

backgrounds, different places, and each carve different roles for themselves in their respective field. The conference broke into its first panel shortly after 10:00 a.m., in which the three panelists, Nancy Jackson, Mary Landry, and Lucia Rodriguez-Freire, discussed responses to environmental challenges. The panelists recommended that attendees follow three basic rules when concerning crisis response: 1. Plan ahead of the crisis 2. Prepare for the unexpected 3. Have a succession plan Mary Landry stressed the importance of “integrating science into your decisions” as she had done with her team. The women addressed the importance of deciding your response with confidence: the technology and the means you have in that moment govern you, not the technology or the means of the future. Nancy Jackson, an NJIT professor in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, reminded

attendees that it was important to get the information out there and to take advantage of our society’s informational powerhouse: the media. The next panel, regarding Urban Agriculture, started at 10:45 a.m. Next on stage was Lisa Newman, Annie Novak, Qiana Mickie, and Jennifer Papa. Lisa Newman is the Chief Operating Officer of AeroFarms, “the world’s largest-producing vertical farm.” She discussed AeroFarm’s methodology and reasons behind why they create farms like they do. She also mentioned that while she is the COO of AeroFarms, she is also “a soccer mom, a wife, a daughter, and a sister,” stressing the importance of self-identity in a world where the numbers of women often dwindle. Story after story and woman after woman, The Women Designing the Future Conference made it its goal to spark many young women into striving to reach the top and ignite a fire within every attendee.

I'm glad that they're speaking up. These demonstrations are instrumental in the first step towards change.” However, there were many high schools that encouraged their students to voice their political beliefs and advocate for gun reform, there were also some schools that reprimanded those who chose to walkout, citing reasons that ranged from safety concerns to class disruptions. The

of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate,” the ruling only protects students of public schools whose protests do not disrupt the functioning of class. The Parkland survivors organized a “March for Our Lives” protest that took place on March 24 and was centered in Washington D.C. and extended to other cities not only across the United States, but also around the world. About 800,000 participants were estimated to attend the protest of the school shootings and gun violence, advocating for reform. “To those politicians who say change will not come, I say we will not stop until every man, every woman, every child, and every American can live without fear of gun violence," Parkland survivor and ardent advocate David Hogg addressed the crowd at D.C. “"To that, I say, 'No more!'"

The Parkland Effect By Victoria Nguyen | Senior Staff Writer

Thousands of high school and University students participated in a national school walk-out as part of an ongoing protest movement against gun violence on Wednesday, March 14. This nationally organized event was held in the commemoration of the 17 students and faculty members whose lives were taken at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Soon after the tragedy, Parkland sur vivors decided to speak up and denounce gun violence. Teenagers from the high school, such as David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, became known faces of the advocacy group and inspired fellow high school students across the United States to join them with the cause. Twitter hashtags such as

#Enough and #NeverAgain sent

waves throughout social media platforms, which prompted EMPOWER (the youth branch of the Women’s March) to organize a walkout demonstration. About 2,500 walkouts were planned at high schools and universities throughout the United States. The demonstrations which all took place at 10 a.m., lasted for 17 minutes to honor the victims. Participants also took part in demanding lawmakers to pass stricter gun control laws and to fully ban assault weapons. “I'm just proud of what these Parkland students have done and are continuing to do,” said Jay Rana, a first year Computer Science major. “They all experienced a tragedy and decided to take action to prevent it from happening again. No matter what anyone else says about them, they will continue to fight until there is change and

schools that opposed “walking out,” such as Needville High School in Needville, Texas, punished violators with suspension. This is only possible because the United States Supreme Court ruling of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969) grants students the constitutional right to “freedom




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About the Guns By Daniil Ivanov | Senior Staff Writer


un control has been a hot topic in politics for years now, with mass shootings pushing the issue into the public sphere more and more. Two weeks ago, my older brother and I became American citizens and celebrated by going to Thunder Mountain shooting range. Over the snow covered fields in northern New Jersey, we shot clay disks out of the sky with shotguns, being guided by an instructor that could not have been older than seventeen. It was an intense and satisfying experience to feel the recoil and see the orange clay smash in the air, competing with friends to see who could shoot better. Being out there was a taste of the rural environment that many Americans live in, bringing perspective to a heated issue. The issue, however, is a lack of understanding and dialogue

between gun advocates and those who are for strict control. What starts as a debate on the future of gun control often quickly devolves into a guns or no guns standoff, with both sides becoming deaf to criticism. As said in a bipartisan meeting of legislatures hosted by President Trump several weeks ago, many Obama-era gun control law proposals were supported by members of the public who are armed, but these laws were not passed out of fear of government overreach. As with any issue, the solution will lie in the middle, and this middle ground which will allow for preservation of the American way while preserving American lives can only be reached through open and honest dialogue. Yes, this dialogue will include polar opinions ranging from disarming all members of the civilian world including the police (as is done in the United Kingdom) to arming our own teachers. But

eventually some resolution must be reached that can reduce gun violence while protecting the rights of law abiding Americans who are practicing their way of life. Whether you are a seventeen year old shooting shotguns up north or someone living in a city with a high crime rate, the right to bear arms is an essential civil liberty. Pest control on farms, hunting for sport and food, and the feeling of personal protection in areas where police response times are too long all make gun rights supporters passionate about how they feel. Thus, it makes sense that many feel apprehensive about strict gun laws. That being said, stricter gun laws must be put in place that let responsible gun owners continue to exercise their rights while also preventing firearms from reaching those who are unfit to bear arms. Measures should be taken such as closing the gun show loophole-which allows a private

party to sell a firearm to a person from the same state without any background checks- and requiring re-registration if a rifle is brought across state lines. A more unified system of gun laws, mental health checks, and background checks across the nation would help seal the cracks that allow for guns to get into the wrong hands. Though arming teachers is not an idea that many Americans support, a police presence within schools as well as active shooter response training are ideas that have already been implemented and can not only minimize impact of a mass shooting but may even deter them. The issue of gun control is too important with too many consequences to be tainted with party politics and misunderstanding, so a constructive dialogue must be in the works with immediate action taken.

1942 - 2018 In Memory of Stephen Hawking By Jonpierre Grajales | Senior Staff Writer On March 13 of this year, the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking passed away after an incredible 50+ year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). While this disability greatly affected him physically, it forced the cosmologist to think in ways no one had before. The early life of this great man was filled with constant mental challenges imposed by his “eccentric” family, covering topics like sexuality, abortion, theology, and others that were not standard to discuss with children. His bright mind focused on math, science, and inventing things. He had the natural curiosity that drives people to do great things in life. He attended Oxford for his undergraduate studies. He found it to be extremely easy and was bored and lonely until he joined the university’s boat club. After receiving a first-class Bachelors of Art (Honors) degree, he moved onto Cambridge for his graduate studies. When he began grad school, there was much debate between the two

schools of thought about the way in which the universe was created: The Big Bang and the Steady State theory. Hawking preferred the Big Bang Theory's way of explaining the universe. With Roger Penrose, he showed that Einstein's general theory of relativity implied space and time would have a beginning in the Big Bang and an end in black holes, which indicated that it was necessary to unify general relativity with quantum theory. One repercussion of such a unification that he discovered was that black holes should not be completely black, but should emit 'Hawking' radiation, and eventually evaporate and vanish. After gaining his Ph.D. with his thesis titled 'Properties of Expanding Universes', he became, first, a research fellow then Fellow for Distinction in Science at Gonville & Caius College. Hawking’s adult life was full of highs and lows. His disability is the most notable low and caused strains in his life both for himself and his family and friends. Diagnosed with motor neuron

disease in 1963 and was expected to only live for two more years, Hawking made the most of it, living every day to the fullest. Marriage, children, and divorce are some things that people tend not to think about when discussing famous scientists, but Stephen Hawking went through it all; some of them multiple times. Stephen also made many bets; he won many, but he was not infallible. He made a $100 wager with Peter Higgs that the Higgs boson would never be found. Ultimately, CERN announced that the Higgs boson was found and Hawking conceded that Higgs should get a Nobel prize for this work. Stephen Hawking did many public presentations and was awarded various medals, titles, and honorary degrees. Hawking gave a speech at the 2012 Summer Paralympics opening ceremony, was made a Commander of the British Empire and a Companion of Honour, had multiple movies detailing his life and work, held the title of Lucasian Professor, published various papers and children’s fictional books, and was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Hawking’s ashes will be interred in Westminster Abbey, one of the world’s most significant and breathtaking churches, near two other renowned scientists, Sir Isaac Newton and Charles R. Darwin. With his death, came the release of his final paper, one that deals with the concept of the multiverse and a theory known as cosmic inflation. It is aptly titled “A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation?” The paper was being worked on by Stephen Hawking and Thomas Hertog and tried to propose that there are boundaries which these other universes may have, and that they are similar to ours. The analogy that many use to get the idea across is “a bathtub full of soap bubbles (with the bubbles being different universes) of different sizes and shapes” and that the paper is suggesting “a mechanism by which the variety that is available is not as large as we thought”. Both authors concede that “a significant extension of holographic cosmology to more

realistic cosmologies” will be needed to get a full theory. While the paper proposes some mind-boggling ideas, it has not gone through the process of peerreview and has not been officially published. It is also to be noted that this, like many of his other papers, deals with a lot of theory, and at the moment it is untestable. However, it will surely be an advancement in cosmology that can change the way we perceive the universe, and Stephen Hawking will change the world of physics, yet again, after his death.



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

What trends or fads do you follow? By Marwa Moustafa | Senior Staff Writer


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Aisha Aminu

Jacob Ponulak

Computer Science | Second Year

Information Technology | Third Year


Mustafa Aslamy

Mechanical Engineering | Third Year

"A fad I never stopped following is that I've never given up on the Vine videos. I still watch Vine compilations."


"I'm really interested in the explosion of 80s nostalgia that's taking over pop culture right now. I watch the movies, buy some of the shoes. I'm kinda into the vintage clothes. I listen to old music from the 60s to the 80s."

Katherine Orellana

Civil Engineering | Second Year "I like to keep up with the makeup community and the trends in general. Cut creases and the new make-up that comes out that month."

"Whatever's mainstream. I see people vaping, that's pretty dope. Bubble tea also. I call it 'Bible tea' because that is my religion at this point. I believe in that. And fidget spinners. That's a big one." 

Left, Right & Middle What is the Duty of Congress? By Babatunde Ojo | Managing Editor

By Carmel Rafalowsky | Senior Staff Writer

By Adrian Wong |Senior Staff Writer







he duty of Congress is to draft and pass laws that better the lives of a government’s citizens. This may be in the form of keeping the state/country’s citizens safer, enriching their lives, or simply putting standards into place to make for a more organized society. Ideally, Congress is the citizen’s voice in federal government, and a way for us to have a say in what is going on in our country. The real question to me is not so much “What is the duty of Congress?” as much as “Does Congress succeed in its role?”, and I think the answer to that is a clear “No”. Congressmen may humor their constituents by discussing topics citizens want to see reformed, but at the end of the day, their main interest is staying in power, and collecting that sweet government salary. Take any major issue plaguing the American people today, and you can see this type of behavior at its finest. For example, since the Stoneman Douglas shooting, gun control has once again become a hot topic of debate—but state representatives and Congress members have neither held a forum to receive citizen input, nor suggested any sort of actionable reform. This is just one example of a critical topic that must be addressed, but that our representatives discuss as if they are part of a high school debate team and their actions have no consequences. To me, the real duty of Congress is to be a puppet — “Just smile and wave, boys.”

ongress is an incredibly powerful machine with many tools that can influence the United States. The framers of the constitution used their first article to outline the powers of congress. In the most general sense, congress is a collection of individuals who are elected by citizens to represent their district or their state at the federal level.   Some of the powers that congress is given are the power to pass laws, override presidential vetoes, and the power to control federal spending.  There are many other powers that congress holds which function in the federal system of checks and balances. Congress in union with the Judiciary and Executive branches, forms the federal government and each branch is able to check the other branches power.  This system has proven to be effective in creating a global superpower. It is also notorious for causing a rather slow rate of change. This was highlighted during Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency when he attempted to pack the supreme court in order to implement his changes more rapidly.   Congress is supposed to represent their constituency in many different ways.  They face the possibility of losing their seat in the event that their constituency disapproves of them.


he duty of Congress is to serve the people. Short and simple. “By the people, for the people”. Congress should serve its citizens and prioritize them over anything else. When an official is elected into office, it is expected that they will do their best to meet the expectations of those who voted for them. Congress men and women should not be afraid to enter townhalls and listen to the concerns of the people. By listening to the people and what they want, congress men and women should be able to make decisions with citizens in mind. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case. With stalemates concerning gun control, marijuana legislation (primarily in New Jersey), consistently low funding in the education system and a lacking infrastructure plan, it appears the people as a whole have been forgotten. What makes matters even worse are the stories of corruption being found and published almost every other month. Congress should care more for the people instead of their positions. Without the people, they would not be where they are.






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Dear Highlander:

On Camera

an NJIT advice column


By Akinlolu Aguda | Copy Editor

Taking photos has always been a part of people's lives. However, with smartphones and apps for people to share their photos, moments, locations, and "memories," have things gone too far?

Technology has improved immensely since the invention of the camera. Gone are the days when taking a simple photo was an arduous task. Today, taking a photograph is as easy as a click of a smart phone button. What is more, apps like Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook enable users to take and share photographs and short videos instantaneously. These videos and photographs are often branded with terms like “stories” or “memories.” Even more recent is the ability to go live online and be virtually present with any interested users and followers. However, at what point do we decide that we have shared enough about our lives with our friends, data companies, and our FBI agent? In 2017, a PEW research study showed that more than 80% of households in the U.S reported having access to a phone, and in 2013, a study by the same institution found that about 78% of teens owned a phone, with 47% of that population’s devices being smartphones. Are memories and historical records any better kept than in previous times? Just like previous generations, we still pass on accounts of events orally through individual or group conversations. However, the introduction of these fast, easy, and large-storage-space devices and virtually unlimited cloud spaces have made our ability to communicate stories even more effective. Recently, Facebook launched a camera feature for their

smartphone app that will enable users to take videos in 360 degrees and provide a more immersive sharing experience. This feature is promoted as being able to improve the effectiveness of conveying the experience of an extraordinary adventure to family and friends. At some point however, one may begin to wonder what the point of all this is. Given the recent scandal with Facebook’s privacy issues, where they have been criticized for selling personal data to data miners and having allowed breaches to continue to go unchecked, the time has perhaps come for people to be more conscious of the things that they share on social media. Last year, Info Trends estimated that 2017 would have a hundred billion more photographs taken than in 2016. Photographs are not the only things that are constantly being shared on social media. Major platforms like Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook have features that let users associate their location with the media that they post online. And with Snapchat, a recent feature, “maps,” allows users to share their location in real time in an augmented map scene where you can see exactly where friends who choose to share their location information are located. People post different things on social media, but most of the time, the photos are either of their food, their surroundings or “views,” or other interesting

finds. Artificial Intelligence systems built into social media apps are able to identify people’s particular interests based on what they share. Not just that, but the content they view and posts, images, media they react to are recoded and used to sell advertisements to them. Commenting on the nature of these characteristic social media features, NJIT undergrad Enrique Cruz expressed dissatisfaction, saying, “I don’t like the fact that the algorithms are so sophisticated now that they’ve mapped out my personal profile and my interests. I understand that it is to help me be a better consumer but I don’t like the psychology of it. It’s a little too much.” This view most likely resonates with many other peers, as there have been many recent protests on social media against the exploitation of social media users by their platform providers. With new features being added to social media services every so often, the system does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon. If anything, people will become more conscious of the way their media is used and probably attempt to update their privacy settings. Besides that, there is not much that can be done about limiting social media and content sharing, as this has already become an essential part of our daily lives.

Our greatest Ally and our greatest Foe

Dear Highlander, I act differently around different people and I don’t know who I am. I know that there’s a time and a place to use certain kinds of language and situations where you should avoid discussing topics with others, but I’ve noticed that I take it to the next level. It's one thing not to use crude language around parents or professors, but it's another when you’re a completely different person. To my parents, I’m a straight-A student who dedicates his time and efforts almost entirely to managing his future. I go to bed by 9pm every night, so I can get the necessary sleep needed to wake up at 5am and go for my morning jog. To them, I wasn’t a fan of gaming, I was an avid history buff, and I adored the saxophone. This was the son they wanted, a son who had a love of music like his mom and who was athletic like his dad. To my friends at school I was their track star who didn’t have to try hard for an A, I was the guy who was good with the girls and advice, the guy who smoked in the bathroom with them during free period. To my teachers I was the student who aced every test and kept quiet the majority of the time, I was a “pleasure to have in class” and an “above satisfactory” or “excellent” student. To my coach, I was the MVP, early to meets and always prepared. All my life I’ve been someone for someone else – I’ve never just been me. I wanted to break this in college, to finally snap out of the rut I fell into in high school, but I’ve found that I’ve just been continuing the same trend. How do I break out of this? Sincerely, Not-The-Boy-In-The-Mirror Dear Not-The-Boy-In-The-Mirror, It sounds like you put other people before yourself way too often. You should keep in mind that you need to take care of yourself first. The way you describe how you are around each person or group of people, seems as if you mold yourself into the person you think they want you to be, as if you are afraid that they won’t like the person you really are. But you need to have more selfconfidence. If no one, not even you, knows who you are, then who is to judge whether they’ll like you or not? Try taking some time for yourself. If some people make you act differently, then get away from those people for a while. Without them, you will not feel the pressure to change yourself and you can take this time, without your mask on, to discover who you really are. Try new things, even if they are things you have done already, do them alone. You might find that you actually do like running every morning. You might realize that you prefer biology over history, or that you are more into gaming than you are into music. Whatever it is that you do, choose it for yourself. Be selfish once in a while. You could also give taking a personality test a thought. Tests like the Jung personality test and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator can help you better understand your functions and preferences. There are free online tests that you can take, and if you answer honestly, you can learn a little bit about general strengths, weaknesses, and more. Talk to your parents and friends about the issue, they can help you work through it. And of course, they will forgive you if you prefer playing Fortnite over practicing your scales. Your friends and family care about you because ultimately, you are still you, beneath all the changing interests and hobbies. When you have things in common it can help a relationship, but mutual interests are not all that matters. If you feel that the situation is extremely out of hand, talk to your parents and seek out a therapist. Finding one that deals with the issues you are facing and meets with people your age might take some time, so take advantage of the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CCAPS) right here on campus. C-CAPS is located in Campbell Hall 205, and you are able to set up appointments with counselors that you can talk to about anything, no matter how trivial it might seem. Best of luck finding yourself!



Week of March 27, 2018


Activity of the Week: Crossword Tweet @TheNJITVector a photo of your completed crossword puzzle (only if you can solve it, though)!

ACROSS 1 Assault like a Stooge 5 Shows curiosity 9 Foolish folks 14 Capitol Hill helper 15 Writerwhose mission/Is rhymed composition 16 Cinnabon allure 17 "Sell when the price hits $50," say 19 Showed terror 20 Bug-eating burrower 21 Place a passers, on a highway 23 Intense craving 24 Punter's asset 27 The younger Manning 28 Calf-length slacks 34 Aerate, as a lawn 37 Nerve, slangily 38 Wader with a curved bill 39 Angels and Devils 42 Pause, on a score 43 In dots and dashes, maybe 45 Syrup in gingerbread

DOWN 47 50 51 52 55 60 62 63 66 67 68 69 70 71

Notation after a clef Superhero creator Stan Ponderer's sound Uncle on recruiting posters Dinners with speakers, often Submit a paperless return Guesstimate word Unrealistic notion Lamp dweller of lore Not just occasionally Folklore brute Assembly stages Green sage of sci-fi Faberge egg insets

1 Liable to talk back 2 Flexible, like a ballerina 3 Add holly to, say 4 Toon stinker Le Pew 5 Common mo. to 60-Across 6 Groundskeeper's roll 7 Stem-to-stern structure 8 Meryl of "The Post" 9 Rite involving water 10 Viva voce test 11 "Nana" author Emile 12 Sign of what's to come 13 "Smooth Operator" singer 18 Hooting hatchling 22 Annual vaccine target 25 Tighten up, as text 26 Wind of 34-47 knots 28 They're struck by bodybuilders 29 Woolly animal at a petting zoo 30 Stagecoach team member 31 Former flames 32 Head skyward 33 Ashe Stadium units

34 Politico Santorum 35 Bassoon's kin 36 Neat as a pin 40 Streetlight circler 41 Urban renewal target 44 Thins out 46 Ready for a gunfight 48 __-whiz technology 49 Take-home figure 52 Attack on Troy, e.g. 53 Antitheft device 54 Trending posts 55 Overhead bin items 56 Harbor, as a fugitive 57 Fourth little piggy's share 58 Wisecracker's line 59 Farmscape sight 61 Lily pad occupant 64 Chickpea holder 65 H, to Hellenes




Week of March 27, 2018

Horoscopes PISCES




Work on projects that require imagination and sensitivity could well take up a lot of your time today, Pisces. Some in-depth research may be involved. The work might require a lot of energy and concentration, perhaps more than you expected, but you should be more than satisfied with the results in the end.

Study of intellectual or spiritual subjects that particularly interest you could keep you at home for much of the day, Taurus. More than one visitor might drop by in order to discuss these matters, perhaps bringing a few books.

You could make a trip to the library today, Leo, as you may need to track down some intellectual, spiritual, or practical information required for a task or project you're working on.

Professional interests are definitely served by your intuition and fertile imagination today, Scorpio. Writing, speaking, or the dramatic arts could be involved. If your career involves communication in any form, expect to capture the interest of a lot of people now.





You're apt to be especially attuned to the thoughts and feelings of partners at this time, Aquarius. In fact, you might find yourself picking up so much that it's a bit overwhelming. Nonetheless, it is an advantage.

Intuition enhances communications of all kinds today, Gemini. If you've been thinking about doing some writing, this is the day to get started. Your mind is particularly expansive, and your imagination is working at a very high level.

Your intuition has been steadily increasing over the past few months, Virgo, and today it could operate at a particularly high level. More than one premonition may come to you, and you'll probably find yourself picking up more frequently on the thoughts and feelings of others.

Your mind is probably taking a mystical turn, Sagittarius. This is a great day to study spiritual or metaphysical concepts or expand your knowledge of fields like astrology, numerology, or the other occult sciences.





Words of love, perhaps of a very idealistic nature, could be exchanged today between you and a romantic partner, Aries. One of you could even write a song or poem for the other. This can be a very healing and transformative experience, and could therefore make both of you feel very good.

Imagination combines with intellectual abilities to enable you to make some creative changes to your home, Cancer. This could be something minor, such as purchasing plants, or a major project, such as remodeling or redecorating.

Assessment of others' ideas may be a main focus today, Libra. Group activities could require your intellectual input. A friend could come to you with an idea for a project of some kind. Writing or speaking may be involved in some way.

Dreams or visions could bring sudden and exciting insights with regard to career issues, Capricorn. These dreams could steer you toward books, websites, and other sources of information that can provide further guidance that could well prove invaluable.




Week of March 27, 2018


"Mumble Rap" Music What is mumble rap?

By Akinlolu Aguda | Copy Editor Used in reference to the often poorly articulated delivery of the lyrics sung, “mumble rap” is a term sometimes scornfully used to describe a new type of rap. Unlike traditional rap music, composed of bars built from scratch, laced with metaphors and intricate wordplay, and delivered to a population of listeners who will waste no time in executing critical judgement, mumble rap is more relaxed and simplistic; performed for the vibes-within, rather than for general acclaim or advancement of a political or social justice statement. This style, usually performed with spirited trap beats, is characterized by the use of simple rhyme schemes often accompanied with ad-libs, like “skrrt,” to support the song’s melody. Some might say that this style of music is reflective of contemporary times and thus reflects an increased ignorance of social justice issues and disregard towards historic influences. In late 2016 for example, 90s hip-hop star, Pete Rock, along with other hip-hop legends and revered contemporaries like Snoop Dogg and J.Cole, at one point openly criticized the new style of rap, accusing rappers like Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert of making a joke out of rap culture and singing meaningless words. Regardless of what these critics

might say, this style of rap has resulted from the unrestricted license to create that these artists have found for themselves. Its popularity stems from the networks and connectivity made possible by today’s technology and social media. Many artists, like Desiigner and Migos, have risen to fame from their use of online platforms like SoundCloud and YouTube to release and distribute their work. Mumble rap is proving to thrive in the distorted social justice landscape that we have today. In a time where there are increased tensions between political parties and amplified discussions on social justice issues, it is not unusual to have art and music that is politically driven and have artists be vocal with their opinions through artistic expression. These rappers, however, refuse to be influenced by the social justice issues that plague our time. Instead, they are just fine singing about money, sex, and drugs, and for this choice of topics they are often criticized. This should not be the case, however. Zaytoven, Atlanta Hip-hop producer said it right in a Rolling Stone interview discussing 21 Savage’s album Issa Album. He said, “A lot of times artists rap with a whole lot of words and metaphors – to simplify it and say all that you are trying to say in a few phrases is a gift.” This statement is not ill

placed. Furthermore, these types of lyrics relieve the listener from the need to have a working knowledge of hip hop history in order to enjoy a rap song. They deliver songs on an “as is” basis and sing about their present days, present thoughts, and present states of mind. The genre provides an escape from the intensities of our current societal issues. Rather than bring the difficulties and tensions from the world into their songs, a mumble rapper’s style becomes a manifestation of a liberation from social standards and general principled expectations. The songs are simple, and although they are mostly incomprehensible, their incomprehensibility is not of much importance. Sometimes, music is about everything but the lyrical content. The production, performances, and even the eccentric or exaggerated personalities in this music genre are what make it successful. People have not grown into “mumble rap” out of nowhere. From its initial acceptance by our young population to the eventual acceptance by hip-hop stars like Drake and Kendrick Lamar, the popularity of mumble rap has always been an organic process.

"To simplify it and say all that you are trying to say in a few phrases is a gift" Zaytoven, Hip-hop producer to Rolling Stone Magazine Photos colleted from wikimedia commons





Week of March 27, 2018 LACROSSE

Aaron Forster Tallies 100th Career Point in Highlanders 12-8 Loss to Fairfield By NJIT Athletics FAIRFIELD, CT – Aaron Forster  tallied his 100  career point in NJIT's 12-8 loss at Fairfield on Tuesday, March 20. The Highlanders junior is the all-time leading goal scorer, assist leader and points leader at NJIT with 72 career goals, 30 assists and 102 points after Tuesday's game. NJIT received two goals and an assist from Forster in addition to two goals apiece from juniors Ryan Darrow and Cole Robillard. Darrow also tied the NJIT record for caused turnovers in a game with four. Ryan Kaden tallied a goal and an assist and Max Wilson grabbed NJIT's final goal.  Collin Fogerty notched his first two career assists. For Farifield, Colin Burke had a game-high seven points on four goals and three assists, while Joe Rodrigues added three goals and two assists and Taylor Strough produced a hat-trick. NJIT outshot the Stags 12-9 in the first, and scored first at 8:56 with a goal from Robillard off a feed from Fogerty, his first assist of the season. The Stags evened things up with a goal by Horning, and then went up 2-1 with goal by Burke who picked up his own shots rebound and caught goalie Marzullo off guard. Fairfield added another two goals in the last 28 seconds of the

quarter to take a 4-1 advantage. The Highlanders scored the first two goals in the second period to pull within one, 4-3, on goals from Robillard and Darrow. Fairfield scored the next four goals to give the Stags a comfortable five-goal lead, 8-3 at half. The Highlanders had its best scoring quarter in the third, netting four goals. Forster scored his first goal of the game, posting his 100 career point at 13:30 in the third quarter. The Stags led 10-5 lead in the third, as NJIT answered with three goals to cut the Fairfield lead down to three. The Stags would come out of the quarter with an 11-7 lead. Darrow was the first to score in the fourth, but the Stags answered right back off the next face-off on a win by Will Fox and Rodrigues' third goal of the game. Those would be the only goals of the fourth quarter, which would have been more if not for some big saves by freshman goalie Alexzander Hunt. NJIT starter Marzullo made the start for the Highlanders and grabbed eight saves, while Hunt came in to relieve Marzullo and made eight saves, letting up two goals in 24 minutes. Sean McKee made nine saves in the Stags win.

NJIT Ryan Darrow (Junior) plays Midfield in Tuesday's clash vs Fairfield. PHOTO CREDIT: NJIT Athletics

Team Statistics Shots Turnovers Caused Turnovers Faceoffs Won Extra-Man Opps Ground Balls


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34 12 7 7 4 21

45 12 6 15 2 35



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