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The Vector: NJIT’s Student Newspaper @TheNJITVector

Vol. XCVI | Issue 13


Week of May 1, 2019

MINDS MATTER With Magnitude & Direction

Brings Dogs Back To NJIT

By Sreya Das | Staff Writer

On Friday, April 27, about 200 members of the NJIT community stopped by the Campus Center Ballroom to play with seven dogs. The dogs ranged from a tiny Chihuahua nestled in the arms of a volunteer, to an exuberant black-and-white Papillon mix who couldn’t stop wagging his tail, to a gentle pit bull named Tulip who learned how to sit in five minutes when given the incentive of treats. Doggy Playtime was hosted for the second time by student organization Minds Matter–a club founded last semester dedicated to raising awareness of and stopping the stigma surrounding mental health–and the Newark branch of the Associated Humane Societies (AHS) animal shelter. This event sought to accomplish two goals: help students destress before finals and give the shelter dogs exposure to possible adopters. “I know there's a huge interest in dogs,” said Charu Arya, Minds Matter President, “so with this event we worked in collaboration with the Newark animal shelter … There's a lot of students here who are commuters, so these students go home and have places where they could

potentially keep dogs. Through this event, students get exposure to these dogs, and also have the opportunity to destress. One of our main goals is destressing for students because

we're approaching finals season and it can be really stressful.

We have so many things to do as college students” Research has shown that petting a friendly dog can reduce blood pressure, lower one’s heart rate, and relax muscle tension, which are all physical signs of stress relief. Interacting with pets can also lower the stress hormone cortisol, while increasing mood-improving and calming hormones such as serotonin and oxytocin, according to a joint study between Columbia University and the University of Missouri. To bring the dogs to NJIT, some Minds Matter members were trained at the animal shelter. Additionally, AHS volunteers and staff members stayed throughout the event to oversee the dogs. “[The event was] awesome; it's great exposure for our shelter, the kids seem to have fun, the dogs enjoy the day out,” said Jennifer Vuoculo, Assistant Director of AHS. continued on page 3






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NJIT Vector Summary 4/19/2019 Times Shown are Times Reported For 4/19/19 through 4/25/19

4/19/19 8:51PM Officers arrested a non-affiliate on Sussex Ave. for an open warrant out of Passaic, NJ. 4/23/19 1:44AM Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop at James and Nesbitt Streets for failure to observe signal. Officers arrested both occupants for open warrants out of Newark and Passaic. 5:33PM A student reported being the victim of cyber crime after he was scammed out of $400.00 to enroll in a work study program via e-mail.




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“Adopt, don't shop, and come visit us. If you're over 18, inquire about volunteering; we'd be glad to have you. We've had a few of your students volunteer with us, and I think last semester one of your students adopted after the event.” Some students were highly interested in potentially adopting one of the dogs from the event. Others were interested, but lamented the fact that pets are not feasible in their dorm or home. Regardless of whether or not they intended to adopt, it seems like everyone enjoyed petting the

dogs and attempting to take selfies with them, a task made difficult by the dogs’ high energy. A wide variety of students stopped by the event, ranging from seniors to freshmen (and even one professor!)—all united by their appreciation for dogs. “It's great that they have all these dogs here to let people know that [AHS] has dogs available for adoption, and to show that the dogs are still friendly [even if they're from the shelter]," said Joseph Adriance, a freshman with an undecided major who came

to play with the dogs before heading to class. “A lot of people think that pit bulls are a very aggressive breed, but these pit bulls here are obviously not aggressive at all.” Arya stated, “hosting the event was a little bit stressful, but it wasn't too bad because, having hosted it the first time, we knew what we were doing and were able to improve it for this semester.” If you missed out this year, fear not because Minds Matter and AHS are planning on hosting the event again next semester.

Photos by Michael Makar

One Dead, Three Injured in Synagogue Shooting By Daniil Ivanov | Managing Editor At 11:23 AM this past Saturday, the last day of Passover—the week-long Jewish holiday that commemorates the liberation of the Jewish people—a gunman entered the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in California, north of San Diego. Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, age 57, was the first target on Saturday. However, Lori Kaye, age 60, got in the way of the killer and was fatally shot. Rabbi Goldstein was shot in the hand, losing one of his index fingers. Two more members of the congregation were also injured by shrapnel: eight-year-old Noya Dahan, and 34-year-old Almog Peretz. Peretz was reportedly wounded while shielding his niece from the shooter. The shooter fled the scene and called the police to surrender soon after. The suspected shooter, a 19-year-old at California State University San Marcos, has been arrested. The investigation so far has revealed an online post from the shooter on 8chan—an online

forum—where he referenced the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue shooting from six months prior and the Christchurch, New Zealand mosque shootings in March. He also planned out an attack of his own. Poway’s Mayor Steve Vaus stated, "Just a few days after the Tree of Life Massacre in Pittsburgh we came together here with the Rabbi and his congregants ... and not only memorialized the victims of Pittsburgh but we talked about how to minimize future tragedies, and I have no doubt that saved lives yesterday." At the synagogue was an off-duty Border Patrol agent, who attended the service armed at the invitation of Rabbi Goldstein. This shooting seems to be yet another event in a rising trend of religious extemism. On April 21, last weekend, a series of bombings targeted churches in Sri Lanka. The BBC reported that at least 250 were killed and hundreds more were injured. On March 15, 50

people were killed and 50 more were injured in attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. On Oct. 27 of last year, 11 were killed and seven were injured at the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In a time of religious extremism and tension, Rabbi Goldstein said that "my missing finger will forever scar me physically, but it's going to remind me how vulnerable we are. But also [of ] how heroic each one of us can be."

*Note from the Editor: The name of the shooter has been omitted in an effort to reduce the glorification of hate crimes.

" missing finger will forever scar me physically, but it's going to remind me how vulnerable we are. But also [of ] how heroic each one of us can be."



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Club Spotlight:

American Society of Mechanical Engineers By Daniil Ivanov | Managing Editor

NJIT’s American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is an old club that is reinventing itself in front of our eyes. Per Vice President Stefan Knapik, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, the club now hosts 54 members and is working to become more active on campus and in the community. This past fall semester, ASME hosted a STEM day, where approximately 60 middle school students from the Newark area came to NJIT to learn about careers in STEM fields. Over spring break this year, ASME teamed up with NJIT’s Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to host Arduino Day, where Arduino boards were used to teach people basic programming skills. These boards act as small and simple computers that can be programmed for many different applications. Knapik and ASME President Jake Haefner, also a sophomore mechanical engineering student, stressed that this has been a rebuilding year. Haefner stated, “ASME was having a hard time with participation and was becoming very inactive, but it seems to be fi-

nally picking up some speed due to the new Human Powered Vehicle project. It is really peaking everyone’s interest and starting to bring the ASME community together.” Every year, the national ASME organization hosts the ASME E-Fest, where branches from all over the country compete in engineering competitions. NJIT’s branch is currently researching and developing their own human-powered vehicle for a race next spring. The human-powered vehicle is a recumbent bicycle—a bicycle where the rider is laying back when pedaling—and the ASME team splits up into groups to work on designing and building the chassis, steering, brakes, body, and drivetrain. “Our goal,” Knapik stated, “is to finish a design in CAD [Computer Aided Design software] by the end of the summer so we can spend the rest of the time building the vehicle and hopefully be done in time for the competition.” ASME is not limited to just mechanical engineering majors. If you have interest in joining their team, reach out to President Jake Haefner at


Marijuana Myth e k o m S Up in

By Zane Nogueras | Contributing Writer

Can marijuana keep you from putting on pounds? That is exactly the question Michigan State University researchers sought to answer through an assessment of data provided by the National Institute of Health. Marijuana has been a very hot topic in New Jersey these last few months, with Governor Phil Murphy attempting to pass a legalization bill through legislation, which made New Jersey only the second state to attempt this route after Vermont. Although the bill ended up being scrapped at the eleventh hour due to a lack of votes in the Senate, the topic is still in the public interest, with 62% of New Jersey residents in support of legalization according to a Monmouth University poll. This figure is even higher among the young adult demographic, with 82% of people between the ages of 18 to 34 in support of marijuana legalization. With the possibility of its legalization in the near future, could this research be the turning point for marijuana? According to the findings published in the Journal of Epidemiology, over a threeyear period people who smoked cannabis weighed less compared to adults who did not. These results should not be mistaken as supporting marijuana as a weight loss

option, as all the participants showed some sort of weight increase, with people who smoke gaining less weight. With a sample size of around 30,000 people, the weight difference between the two groups was about two pounds. Given that the results contradict the widespread notion that people who smoke marijuana tend to eat more and weigh more due to the “munchies,” lead researcher Omayma Alshaarawy notes that “it could be something that’s more behavioral like someone becoming more conscious of their food intake as they worry about the munchies ... and gaining weight.” While the research does look very promising for the future of cannabis use, there are some reasons to be skeptical about the data. First, it is the only paper to find that cannabis use does not increase weight gain, meaning further studies need to be done to confirm the results. Second, data collection was conducted via electronic questionnaire, leaving the possibility that inaccurate participant data could muddy the results. Either way, this research shows that marijuana needs to be studied further, as we simply do not know enough about this drug and its potential effects.

New Jersey’s Pollution is Unbearable for Asthmatics

COUGH By Isaac Scafe | Senior Staff Writer

It is a known fact that the Earth is growing warmer as the world continues to become more polluted. Greenhouse gases continue to be released into the atmosphere while the amount of carbon dioxide in the air is at its highest in recorded history. Here in the United States, New Jersey remains one of the most polluted states in the nation. New Jersey currently ranks in the top ten of fastest-warming states in the country, having experienced a temperature change of 3° F since 1970 according to research conducted by Climate Central. In comparison, the nation's average temperature rise is at 1.9° F, while the global average is similarly at 1.8° F. On top of that, 11 of the state’s hottest summers have occurred within the past 20 years. While 3° F is a small change in temperature, it still poses a health risk for many New Jersey residents. In a report conducted by the American Lung Association, large portions of the state failed their State of the Air Test, which measures air quality throughout the country. North Jersey, along with New York City, was ranked

the tenth worst metropolitan area in terms of air quality, while the Jersey Shore and South Jersey also received failing grades. These failing grades are due to the amount of smog increasing in the area, which in turn raises the amount of ozone (O3) in the troposphere. Although ozone is good higher up in the atmosphere (in the stratosphere), it has been proven to be harmful to humans at ground level (in the troposphere). Ozone, which is a component of smog, can trigger asthma attacks, putting at risk nearly 735,000 New Jersey citizens who have the disease. Specifically, 8% of North Jersey’s population suffers from asthma while another 10% in South Jersey are affected. These numbers do not account for those who suffer from other respiratory issues or heart problems. Although the number of asthma-related hospitalizations has dropped over the years, an average of 100 people die from asthma-related complications every year in New Jersey, according to the New Jersey Department of Health. While greenhouse gas emissions continue to in-

crease in the state, there have been attempts to lessen the amount of ozone closer to the ground. In 2016, PSEG Power closed its remaining coal-burning power plants in New Jersey. Located in Jersey City and Trenton, both were closed in favor of plants that burn cheaper, cleaner, natural gases. The last remaining coal-burning plant in New Jersey, B.L England's Generating Station in Marmora, is set to close this month. The removal of coal-burning power plants could improve the state's air quality and reduce the risk of respiratory issues for its residents. Older vehicles reliant on diesel engines are also being phased out. State and federal governments have offered to buy back high emission vehicles from private owners and have modified public service vehicles that relied on diesel fuel. Restrictions have also been imposed on diesel trucks to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Global warming is already having an effect on the planet whether or not people realize it. From plant life to animals, the studies now show that humans are also vulnerable to the side


effects of their carelessness. If that's not enough to make people worry about global warming, then what will?



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A President's Farewell

By Jeremy Bedient | Contributing Writer Perhaps I’m a bit biased, but I love the Student Senate. I got involved in this organization a week into my time here at NJIT after my NSO peer leader encouraged me to join. Serving as Freshman Resident Representative gave me a perspective on this university that can only be found as a member of Senate. I knew after that year that I wanted to lead this organization one day, and that day came sooner than expected when I took over as president this past September. As a sophomore, I was ill-prepared to be the president, but came in willing to step up to the challenge knowing that I had a terrific executive board by my side. Our greatest weakness coming into the year was how new we all were to our positions and to Senate as a whole. We had to learn quickly what our roles entailed and make our plans for the year while juggling the day to day responsibilities of our positions. Our inexperience was certainly a weakness, but I believe it was also our greatest strength. We questioned why things were done, and would

not take “because that’s how it’s always been done” as an answer. This led us to create changes to the organization to adapt it to the current needs of the students. If you ask anyone on our executive board, they’ll tell you that this was a clean up year. We cleaned up our finances after years of poor management, changed our system of overseeing student organizations, and made changes to our constitution that had remained more or less the same for the past decade. With these changes, we have a more concrete vision for the future, and the structures to make that vision a reality. Not all of the work we did this year was internally focused. This semester, the Senate-funded Highlander Hub platform was launched and is already being used by thousands of students to connect with their organizations, and everything else our campus has to offer. The Add/Drop date was extended thanks to work from our Academic Affairs committee and now students can have more freedom in changing their schedules. Dozens of our senators attended meetings with faculty, staff, and administra-

tors to provide student perspectives and influence the direction of the university. This is by no means all that we accomplished this year, but shows the wide array of things that Senate has been up to. I’m incredibly proud of what we did this year, and even more excited for what the next Senate will do. Serving as president took me outside of my comfort zone and challenged me in ways that I couldn’t have imagined. If it weren’t for my faith, and the support of friends, the executive board, and administrators like Dean Boger [Dean of Students] and Kristie Damell [Director of Student Life], I wouldn’t have made it through the term. I’m thankful for all of these people and their friendship, advice, and willingness to stand by me through such a big year. With elections being over, I look at the new executive board and see such incredible potential for Senate. Their leadership will bring this organization to new heights, and far exceed anything that we did this year. I look forward to seeing how they’ll serve our amazing student body and shape their undergraduate experience.

Photo by Noah Benipayo




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The Week in

Snapshots Earth Day

Photos by Regee Lozada and Zohaeb Atiq NJIT Green hosts their first annual Earth Day Celebration, packed with sustainable activities, food, and giveaways.

SAC Spotlight - Joe List

Photos by Regee Lozada and Birju Dhaduk

Students double down in laughter at the Highlander Pub at SAC's Spotlight with Joe List.


Drone Olympics Cheers of excitement and frustration flood the Campus Center Ballroom as students compete in RHA's Drone Olympics for Battle of the Halls. Photos by Sandra Raju

NADI Banquet

Photos by Katherine Ji, Michael Makar, & Maria DeOlivera Students take to dancing, singing, and delicious food at the North American Disease Intervention club's first banquet, celebrating the accomplishments of pre-health clubs on campus.



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Left, Right & Middle Do you think Donald Trump can get re-elected? By Nicole Cheney | Copy Editor

By Daniil Ivanov | Managing Editor

By Mark Pothen | Senior Staff Writer







n November 2016, dozens of forecasts all called the same result: Donald Trump was going to lose the presidential election. ABC News predicted an electoral vote of 274 for Clinton to 188 for Trump, with 76 votes in toss-up states. NBC predicted a landslide 274 votes for Clinton and 170 votes for Trump (94 toss-up state votes), while NPR predichted a much more modest 274 for Clinton and 214 for Trump (50 toss-up votes predicted). The New York Times favored Clinton with an 85% chance of victory. The striking similarity among nearly every pre-election poll, of course, is that they were all wrong. At the time, it was practically unthinkable that a television personality with no prior government or military experience would successfully win the presidency. The media frequently reported on Trump’s false statements; sexist, racist, and ableist actions; and other various illicit dealings, the least of which involve financial mismanagement. The major takeaway from this is to expect the unexpected. Despite countless nationwide protests and months of whispered desires to begin impeachment proceedings, there is no reason to assert that Trump cannot win reelection in 2020. Trump not only has a loyal voter base and huge wealth backing his campaign, but has previously proven that anything is possible. Will he stay in office another four years? It’s impossible to tell. But can he win reelection? Of course.

resident Trump has received abundant criticism from the media and has had a presidency mired in controversies. He oversaw the longest government shutdown in U.S. history and has received allegations of Russian connections since before he was even elected. However, according to FiveThirtyEight—a project that compiles presidential approval rating surveys—Trump currently has an average approval rating of 41.4%. At the same point in his presidency, Obama had an approval of 45.1%—a mere 3.7% difference. In Trump’s presidency, the GDP grew 2.2% in 2017 and 2.9% in 2018, compared to 1.6% in 2016 when Obama was still in office. The NASDAQ and Dow Jones also continuously hit record highs. The unemployment rate also dropped from 4.7% when Trump was inaugurated to 3.8% this March. Overseas, the United States has had peace talks with North Korea, ISIS is a shell of their former selves and no longer occupies any land, and the United States has yet to enter into any new wars. Though all of these facts and figures can be argued, attributed to Obama-era policies, or happen regardless of who sits in the Oval office, they still paint a positive image of the last two years. There also comes the likely possibility that Trump will have an easy primary race—either running unopposed or with minimal competition. On the other hand, whoever the Democratic candidate will be must first run through the gauntlet of Democratic primaries, where political heavyweights like Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders will likely be in fierce competition. The worry there is that the Democrats will tear each other apart before any of them ever makes it to the debate stand with Trump. When it comes to the quality of Trump as president, there is much contention. However, there is no doubt that Trump has every chance to be reelected. When it comes to the quality of Trump as president, there is much contention. However, there is no doubt that Trump has every chance to be reelected.




arring some cataclysmic action from the Trump administration, I will be voting for president Trump’s reelection in 2020. Conservative individuals are not voting for the president on the basis of his atrocious record with women or dysentery of the mouth, but rather because of how far Democrats have swiveled to the left. Instead of addressing issues that matter to an overwhelming majority of Americans, they have become convinced that the loudest faction within their party must be appeased through radical policy. It has become apparent that Democrats have moved wildly out of step with the American public on a bevy of issues. Over the last three years alone, they have now openly embraced the radical position of Medicare for all, abortion up until the point of birth, the catastrophic Green New Deal, slave reparations, and the allowance of convicted murderers to vote. If Democrats wanted to secure a 2020 victory, they simply needed to remain less toxic than the president. After watching them fulminate over the Russia investigation and fight amongst themselves for the last three years, they simply can’t do it. There is also the fact that Trump has exceeded our expectations within his short tenure as president. President Trump has given Americans tax cuts, textualist judges, and tough immigration policy, all of which are objectively beneficial for all Americans. In this binary choice, I believe voters will forgo their distaste for Trump given the alternative is radicalism of the highest order.

Movie Review

By Birju Dhaduk | Staff Writer On Friday, April 12, 2019, Netflix released another original romcom, “The Perfect Date.” The film joins some of the more well-known Netflix offerings in the genre, including “The Kissing Booth” and “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” One of the major themes in the movie revolves around realizing that although you may want the finer things in life, sometimes all you need to be happy is sticking with everything you already have. For the main character, Brooks Rattigan, played by Noah Centineo, these finer things are driving the hottest car, going to the best college, and dating the prettiest girl. After being able to experience all of these, Brooks decides to settle with a life that isn’t too far up in the clouds. However, a few of the key points in the movie are forced in order to help the plot move along. For example, no one in high school would let an acquaintance take their car just to have their house alone with their significant other for a night, especially if it is a brand new BMW i8 and the acquaintance is already getting paid to take a girl to a formal. There is also the fact that everything that is happening to Brooks seems to be a bit too good to be true. From the start we know that Brooks’ dream college is Yale University, and the other main char-

The Perfect Date acter Celia Lieberman, played by Laura Marano, just happens to have connections with the president of Yale. “The Perfect Date” also includes some other issues that make the movie feel more connected to everyday life. The first is the difficulty that many people go through in order to pay for college. This provides a basis for why Brooks moves forward with developing The Stand-In app to pay for his dream future at Yale University. Other obstacles in the way of Brooks reaching his goal of attending Yale include having to write an application essay that is about something worthwhile in his life, as well as pressure from his father to attend the University of Connecticut. These events helped make the movie more realistic to viewers as these are common issues that arise when people are going through the college application and decision process. There is also a lot of focus on the fact that you can never truly know what another person is going through. A few of the characters, including Brooks, have family problems that are hidden behind the fronts they maintain in public, and although these problems can surface through their personalities or their lifestyles, they can be easily shielded from others. You never truly know the story hidden behind

someone’s smile. The movie also criticizes social media and the culture surrounding it. Celia tells Brooks, “you think people actually go to a dance to dance? No, they come here to take pictures for their Instagram. I’m pretty sure that’s why people have babies too.” This seems to sum up the entire generation that has grown up in the world of Instagram and Snapchat. A lot of people nowadays focus on the image of their online self so much that it seems to dictate their life. “The Perfect Date” shows all the amazing things in life that can happen once one lifts his or her head up from the black hole of social media. The most important thing to take away from the movie is the fact that you shouldn’t have to try to be someone you are not in order to feel accepted. Celia expresses to Brooks, “you're just relying on external factors for your happiness, waiting for people to accept you instead of accepting yourself.” What people need to take away from this movie is that it isn’t the material objects you have that make you worthy, but rather you as a person that warrants the title. No one should have to pretend to be someone they are not in order to feel accepted, and it is because of this message that “The Perfect Date” is a movie that many people need to see.






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Last Week's Entertainment Solutions Do You Even Sudoku?








Rolling into the Future

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By Sagar Solanki | Staff Writer

The annual New York International Auto Show was hosted at the Javits Center in New York City from April 19 to April 28. Every year as April comes around, car enthusiasts around the tristate area get hyped up to see all the cool new concepts and production models of the most advanced vehicles. The minute they entered through the security scans this year, they would have noticed all sorts of wonderful machines. Ford, who brought their impressive 2020 Mustangs, also brought some cool tech such as virtual reality goggles which would allow the participants to explore an off-road driving experience while learning about the company’s driver assist technology. Nissan showed off their amazing beige and gold colored 50th Anniversary 2020 version of the GTR. The supercar will have a limited number of production models and will cost nearly one million dollars to purchase. The Japanese manufacturer also displayed the red striped ver-

sion of the 370Z model in celebration of 50 years of the model line. Volkswagen brought some of their concept designs, including the all-electric ID Buggy which is unlikely to go into production but provides insight into the creative minds of the VW design engineers. The company also updated their concept of the truck from last year’s show, which was based on their SUV’s design with more attractive specs. The truck was under the new name Tarok, and is still based on the SUV’s platform and suitability for a driver’s day-to-day work commute. As always, the German brand also reserved a section to allow guests to enter a modified Golf GTI and compete in a Track Challenge video game, which attracted many enthusiasts. Chevy got a lot of attention with their flashy Corvette Grand Sport along with their other standard models. They also hosted a tech studio to attract young and curious minds to operate a remote-controlled

car with obstacles in its path. All of these brands were great to explore, but those with exquisite taste and individuals who are true speed enthusiasts would have enjoyed the specific section past all of the everyday vehicles. This section hosted the most luxurious and expensive cars, such as the glorious and powerful Lamborghini Urus, the classic yet exotic Lamborghini Aventador, the magnificent-looking 110th Anniversary version of Bugatti Chiron, along with the captivating all-electric Rimac Concept 2. The NJIT community had two extra reasons to check out the Auto Show in the Empire State, as the university was represented by some of its talented students’ work. SAE’s Baja Car, as well as the NJIT Solar Car Team’s project, were presented. If you happen to have missed the show this year, be sure to mark your calendars and check it out next April!

Photos by Regee Lozada and Sagar Solanki




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Horoscopes By @poetastrologers




There is a peach book that has the answer. If you can’t find it try the green one. It’s icy where you are. Always remember the power of syntax.

Sweet and lovely—a half-phrase. Maybe you should go to a party. Or maybe you should hum quietly. Whatever the case, you must stick around.

Definitely make up your mind now if you can. All this love is there for you. It’s hard to select what isn’t free. All these peacocks love you.




You are almost to the place where there is purple water. Is it paradise? Only if that’s possible. There are at least two things you need there.

The night takes the number 3. The day is very periwinkle. Are you proud of what has happened. Did you have anything to do with it?

Love is a bouquet of circumstances housed in cinnamon. Climb the mountain. Do anything you need to. You are all right.




Don’t get trapped thinking that what you need is unattainable. Perhaps the blue is all right in front of you. What does it take to know what to ask for. Instead: Ask the light.

It will take a lot of strength to do what you need to do. If anyone believes in anything it’s you. What knowing forests house the place. Will it take you long to get there?

It could be very certain that you will find just exactly what you want to. The happy red blanket covers the chair. Is that what you want? Only you can answer.




You move so quickly. Take a lesson from your friends and pace yourself. Instead of giving in to an old habit substitute it for a new one. Instead of a new word find an old one.

Golden coatings cover the edge of the path. Would you take the challenge if you could take it. You love to feel certain. But what if comfort means not comfortable.

You will laugh while floral tones are plentiful in the breeze. Do not keep the thank you note. Do not intend to stay anywhere. You will get more than even you are looking for.






By Randall Munroe


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Week of May 1, 2019


Kennesaw State Sweeps NJIT in Saturday ASUN Conference Doubleheader By NJIT Athletics

PISCATAWAY, NJ—Kennesaw State registered an ASUN Conference doubleheader sweep over NJIT, 13-11 in game one, which saw seven home runs and 18-8 in game two Saturday at Bainton Field on the campus of Rutgers University. Kennesaw State improves to 21-23 overall, an even 7-7 in ASUN action while the Highlanders move to 12-231 overall, 4-13 in the ASUN. The two team will wrap up the threegame series on Sunday at 12pm. NJIT combined for 15 hits in game one, led by LF Julio Marcano, who finished 3-for-5 with five RBI, including two home runs. In game two, NJIT registered 12 hits, paced by senior SS Justin Etts, who went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs, including his fifth home run of the season in the bottom of the seventh, a two-run shot. Game One | KSU 13, NJIT 11 NJIT's Julio Marcano finished 3-for-5 with five RBI and two runs, including two home runs while Brett Helmkamp went 3-for-5 with three runs batted in. Senior SS Justin Etts and CF Michael Anastasia each registered a pair hits. Junior righty Jared Kacso took a no-decision, pitching 7.0 strong innings, allowing six runs on 10 hits while striking out four Owl batters. NJIT's fourth pitcher, Bryce Short (0-1) took the loss, letting up two runs and three hits. Kennesaw State's third pitcher, Deviner McCray was credited with the win, picking up his first win of the season, pitching 1.1 innings, giving up two hits and one Highlander run, a home run in the ninth to Nick Hussey. After two scoreless innings to open the first game of the scheduled doubleheader, NJIT scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third, taking a 2-0 lead over Kennesaw State. Freshman 2B Brett Helmkamp

drove in the first Highlander run with a ground out to shortstop, scoring CF Michael Anastasia, who single to right field and advanced two bases after a throwing error by the Owls right fielder. Sophomore LF Julio Marcano knocked home his fifth home run of the season to left field, pushing the Highlander lead to 2-0. NJIT pushed it lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth, after a three-run shot to left field by Julio Marcano, his second of the game and sixth of the season. Senior SS Justin Etts led off the inning with a single to shortstop while Anastasia followed with a bunt single down the first baseline. Kennesaw State tacked on its first run of the game in the top of the seventh with an RBI double to the left field wall by Jalen Smith. The Owls scored nine runs on seven hits, including two home runs in the inning, taking a 10-5 lead in the top of the eighth. Junior RF Matthew Cocciadiferro led off the bottom of the eight with a solo blast to left field, his third home run of the season and Etts hit in an RBI single to right field, scoring C Paul Franzoni, who doubled down the left field line. Helmkamp drove in a pair of runs with a two-out single up the middle and Julio Marcano drove in the fifth run in the inning, knotting the game at 10-all. Kennesaw State regained the lead in the top of the ninth, 13-10, with an RBI single up the middle by Tyler Tolve and a two-run home run to left field by Tyler Simon. NJIT added a single run in the bottom of the ninth on a home run to left field by Nick Hussey, his fourth of the season. Game Two | KSU 18, NJIT 8 Etts paced the Highlanders in game two, going 2-for-4 with three runs batted in and two runs, including his fifth home run of the season. RF Matthew

Cocciadiferro finished 2-for-3 with one RBI, including a pair of doubles in the game. NJIT's LHP Chris Gibbons, the Highlanders fifth pitcher in the game, entered in the middle of the fifth and held Kennesaw State scoreless over the final 4.1 innings, allowing just five hits while, fanning three Owl batters. The Owls jumped on the board quickly in game two, scoring on an RBI single to left field by Jaylen Smith for a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. NJIT tied the game at 1-1 on a fielding error by the Owls in the bottom of the second, scoring Matthew Cocciadiferro, who doubled to left center, stole third and scored on the error on Justin Etts at-bat. Kennesaw State regained the lead in the top of the seventh on an RBI single to right field by Garrett Hodges and a two-out two-run homer run to center field by Justin Russell for a 4-1 lead. The Owls exploded for nine runs on six hits in the top of the fourth to break open the game, 13-1. NJIT scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run homer to left center field by Justin Etts, driving in Nick Hussey, who led off the inning with a single up the middle. Kennesaw State rallied in the top of the fifth, scoring five runs, extending its lead to 16-3. The Highlanders added two runs in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI double to right field by Cocciadiferro, scoring David Marcano, who led off the inning with a single to shortstop and RBI single to right field by pinch hitter Edgar Badaraco. In the bottom of the ninth, NJIT added three runs on back-to-back RBI singles by Etts and 3B Jared Donnelly and a fielder's choice by CF Andrew Elcock.

Lewis and Cooks Earn Met Writers Basketball Honors By NJIT Athletics

WHITE PLAINS, NY--NJIT senior Abdul Lewis and sophomore Zach Cooks were named to the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Division I team for the 2018-19 season Chuck Stogel, president of the Met Writers announced on Monday. Lewis, who concluded his collegiate career with 1,247 points and 1,000 rebounds, was named to the second team while teammate Cooks, who averaged 17.6ppg, the third highest scoring total in school-history, earned third team honors. The 86th annual Met Writers Awards banquet will be held on Tuesday, April 30 at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, NY. The Met Writers awards program, the oldest of its kind in the country, began in the 1930s by honoring major college players and programs in and around New York City.

Known in area basketball circles as the Haggerty Awards, the honors have expanded to include men's and women's basketball programs from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut at all levels of the NCAA. Preseason All-ASUN and First Team All-ASUN forward, Lewis, led the team in double-doubles (9) and rebounds (9.1 rpg). The senior eclipsed 1,000 career points (1,015, NJIT & 232, South Alabama - 1,247 total) and reached 1,000 career rebounds (773, NJIT & 237, South Alabama) in his final game against Lipscomb in the ASUN Championship Semifinals. Lewis' 773 rebounds in his three years at NJIT broke Tim Coleman's (762) record, while his incredible 21 rebound game against Jacksonville broke his own program record. The Newark, N.J., native finished his NJIT career averaging 11.5 ppg and 8.8 rpg, with 22 career dou-

ble-doubles for the Highlanders, a program record. Second Team All-ASUN guard, Cooks, followed up his ASUN All-Freshman season with an impressive sophomore year, ranking nationally in steals (88, 7th NCAA), steals per game (2.5, 12th NCAA), total minutes (1,304, 6th NCAA) and minutes per game (37.3, 14th NCAA). Cooks led NJIT in scoring, averaging 17.6 ppg, which ranked third in the ASUN. His 34 point-performance in the CIT First Round tied Damon Lynn's single-game scoring record (12-20 FG, 4-7 3FG, 6-8 FT). The sophomore earned his first double-double at Jacksonville (24 points, 13 rebounds) and scored 20+ points in 15 games this season. With two seasons remaining, Cooks has combined for 873 points, 234 rebounds, 137 steals, 136 steals and 114 three-pointers.

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