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2018 London Design Biennale Medal Winner By Sreya Das | Senior Staff Writer

The Egyptian installation “Modernist Indignation”.

The London Design Biennale, hosted from September 4 - 23 of 2018, represents an international exchange of ideas and ingenuity in design. With 39 countries and territories competing from all six human-populated continents, the biennale had a diverse array of exhibitions. This year’s London Design Biennale Medal, awarded to the most outstanding overall contribution, was won by NJIT alumnus Mohamed Elshahed (Bachelor of Architecture ‘05). The 2018 theme was “Emotional States.” “At its core, the Biennale is about how design can create emotions, play off emotions and learn from emotions,” said John Sorrell, president of the event, to the New York Times. “I want to make people think about the challenge that designers have to try and make things better, and how emotional response fits within this.” This medal represents a win not only for NJIT, but also for Elshahed’s home country Egypt—this is the country’s first time participating in London’s biannual design competition. Elsha-

hed’s piece, “Modernist Indignation”, provokes viewers to consider the erasure of Egyptian history in modern architecture. Despite focusing on Middle Eastern studies, which are generally not part of the cannon in modern architecture, Elshahed is the 2018 recipient of the biennale due to his powerful contribution to the design exposition and unique background. Although Elshahed was born and currently resides in Egypt, he began his architectural journey at NJIT. After graduating in 2005, Elshahed matriculated at MIT for a Master of Science in Architecture Studies, which is “a two-year program of advanced study founded on research and inquiry in architecture as a discipline and as a practice” (MIT SMArchS). He then pursued and completed his doctoral degree at the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Department at NYU. Elshahed remains humble despite his considerable accomplishments, attributing much of his success to the knowledge he gained from NJIT pro-

fessors. “Everything I do is informed by what I learned in Gabrielle’s class,” he said, referencing Associate Professor Gabrielle Esperdy. In an interview with NJIT Architecture Professor Esperdy, she said, “[Elshahed is] trying to walk this interesting line between practitioner, designer, and curator.” Unlike many architecture majors, Elshahed is unique in that he designs museum exhibits and writes books in order to fulfil the blind spots in his own culture, as opposed to designing buildings. Just as Elshahed clearly remembers certain professors, he himself stood out to some of his professors. When asked to recall what Elshahed was like as a student at NJIT, Esperdy said, “I remember Mohamed clearly, one because we became friends after he graduated, but also because even when you are teaching a big lecture course, there are those students who you know are listening to what you are saying … Mohamed was one of those students.” As we reflect upon Elshahed’s

achievements, Professor Esperdy recalls key facets of his personality that predicted success from the time he was an undergrad student: “Mohamed was always a super engaged student who, from the beginning, understood something that still today students struggle to understand, which is he never had the assumption that what was taking place outside the studio was not fundamental to his architectural education.” Even as a student, Elshahed’s ability to connect his background to his work and attention to his surroundings made him stand out from his peers. “I know this sounds like ancient history, but back before the era of smartphones, students were just much more engaged in the classroom than they are now,” continued Esperdy. “We’ve gained a lot through technological change, but we’ve actually lost a lot because students don’t realize the disservice that they are doing to themselves by sitting there staring at their stupid phones during the lecture.”



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NJIT Vector Summary 2/1/2019

Times Shown are Times Reported For 1/25/19 through 1/31/19

1:13AM Officers arrested a non-affiliate for an open warrant out of Newark subsequent to a motor vehicle stop at Warren and Hudson Streets.

3:56PM Officers arrested a non-affiliate for 5 open warrants at Norfolk Street and Sussex Ave. The suspect was initially pulled over for driving with an obstructed view.

1:46AM Officers arrested a non-affiliate for possession of controlled dangerous substances on Lock Street. The suspect initially attempted to gain access to Redwood Hall.

4:47PM Officers arrested a non-affiliate at Nesbitt and Orange Streets for an open warrant out of Newark.

1/26/19 4:25PM A student reported a hole had been punched in the men’s restroom on the second floor of Redwood Hall.

6:10PM Officers arrested a non-affiliate at Norfolk Street and Sussex Ave. for an open warrant from the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. 1/29/19

1:35PM Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop on Norfolk and Orange Streets for excessive littering. The driver was arrested for an open warrant out of Newark and the passenger was arrested for possession of prescription drugs with no name on the bottles. 1/30/19 4:46PM Officers arrested a non-affiliate for warrants out of multiple jurisdictions. The suspect was pulled over for driving with tinted windows. The vehicle was towed for having fictitious license plates.





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Student Senate Update Vector Summary 01/30/2019

By Owen Busler | Senior Staff Writer Public Forum The first Student Senate meeting of the Spring 2019 semester began with an announcement from NJIT Green regarding their Earth Day event, scheduled for April 22. They will be hosting a fair on the CKB green where interested clubs can have tables to demonstrate how they contribute to the mission of Earth Day. Clubs interested in participating should reach out to NJIT Green. E-Board Updates Jeremy Bedient, the president of Student Senate, provided updates on projects around campus. Amazon lockers have been installed in the campus center and are ready for use. Located in Room 476 on the 4th floor of the Campus Center, the NJIT food pantry is officially open to all students facing difficulty affording healthy

food. Anyone interested in this service can make an appointment by emailing foodpantry@ or going to walk-in hours from 2 – 4 p.m. on Thursdays. Bedient also discussed the university's campaign for distressed students. This new campaign provides training for professors on how to better connect with students who may be distressed. Bedient concluded with some internal senate improvements based off last semester’s feedback, which mostly focused on e-board transparency, and the significance of senate’s work. Overall, senate will focus on approving new clubs, filling all vacancies in the senate, and major constitution amendments. New Senators Susmitha Duvapu ran unop-

posed as the new Information Technology representative. She was previously the Freshmen Resident representative and will carry the skills she learned there to her new position. Duvapu plans to aid IT majors in the difficult decision of choosing a specialization, as well as connect younger students to older students as part of a mentorship program. There were two candidates for the open Mechanical Engineering representative position; however, senate was unable to confirm either candidate and the election was tabled to next week's meeting.

of Computing and Business, Computer Engineering, and Mechanical engineering without representatives. Anyone interested in running for one of these positions should reach out to Student Senate.

Resignations/Vacancies Both Jenna Bousellam and Rahul Matthews resigned from their senator positions due to more valuable time commitments filling their schedules. This leaves the majors

World News

Unrest in Venezuela By Marzia Choudhury | Copy Editor

previous election. According to the Times, the low turnout was evidence of widespread disillusionment with Maduro’s government and was due to opposition leaders calling for a boycott of the elections. The election had been met Nicolás Maduro as president re-elected for the period 2019-2025. Photo via National Assembly of Venezuela with international condemnaVenezuela has been in the government’s actions remtion. Countries middle of tremendous tension inisces of [sic] when Stalin such as the United States, and civil upheaval since the would make people opposing Canada and a dozen Latin highly contested election-win him ‘disappear’ through co- American countries and the of Nicolas Maduro in May vert executions,” said Patrycja EU declared the election and 2018. Dziewa, fourth-year Interior subsequent voting procedures Following Maduro’s recent Design and History major. as “unfair and anti-democratinauguration as President in The conflict has both political ic” and “illegitimate”. Jan. 10 of the new year, there and economic roots. It began Adding to the chaos, opposihas been significant protest with Maduro’s allegedly fraud- tion leader Juan Guaidó, presagainst his government by ulent election-win in May of ident of the opposition-conVenezuelans who favor the last year. According to a New trolled National Assembly, opposition. According to the York Times article, the presi- declared himself to be the acUN Human Rights Office, at dential election was “heavily tual interim president of Venleast twenty people have been rigged in [Maduro’s] favor”. ezuela on Jan 23. The National killed in clashes with the poVoter turnout was extremely Assembly is a legislative body lice. low; voting lines were scarce of the Venezuelan govern“The human rights violations and less than 46% of registered ment. against protestors is beyond individuals voted, compared In a piece published in the atrocious. The Venezuelan to 80% participation in the

Times by Guaidó, he explains that since Maduro’s re-election is illegitimate and his presidency was originally supposed to cease on Jan. 10, Maduro is “usurping the presidency” by remaining in office. Thus, according to the Constitution, “power is vested in the president of the National Assembly until free and transparent elections take place”. On Jan. 23, President Trump declared via Twitter, that he recognized Guaidó as the leader. Consequently, Maduro broke diplomatic ties with the US and ordered all US diplomats to leave within 72 hours. Many may recall a video of Trump from August of last year, saying there may be “military options” for Venezuela amidst its civil unrest. The insinuation of US interference struck a chord, as the United States has a well-known history of intervention with Latin American countries. Professor Rosanna Dent of NJIT’s federated history department said, “The current situation with both Maduro and Guaidó claiming the presidency is dramatic, and untenable. Venezuelans need and deserve a better government.

However, the United States has a long history of intervening in Latin America, and the resulting regime changes have resulted in less, not more, democratic governance. The best choice for the United States is to support renewed negotiations for a peaceful solution. “ In addition to political struggles, the people of Venezuela are also suffering economically. Inflation has risen dramatically, and there are chronic food shortages resulting in mass malnourishment. There has been a mass exodus of Venezuelans leaving the country for refuge and a better life. The current economic struggles can be linked to oil. Venezuela has one of the largest oil reserves in the world, and their government controls the oil industry. The oil industry also “provides virtually all of the country’s hard currency”, according to Neuman and Casey, and is the main source of foreign income. However, because countries such as the US have placed sanctions on other countries who may want to purchase oil from Venezuela to pressure Maduro’s government, oil sales have declined drastically.




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Newark Airport TSA Agent's Personal Account Following the Government Shutdown On January 20, 10% of TSA agents called in sick to work, as opposed to 3.6% on the same day in 2018. By Luis Andrade | Contributing Writer Note from the Managing Editor: Surnames have been removed to protect the anonymity and job security of individuals referenced in this piece. After 35 days of uncertainty, hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal employees walked into work on Monday, Jan. 28, relieved and confident that everyone affected by the shutdown would begin receiving compensation for days worked. While only a temporary fix to end the longest government shutdown in American history, employees resumed work knowing they may relive the same traumatic experience in a few weeks. With food and public safety left to the wayside and national parks left unattended, it is clear financial compensation was not all that was lost during the shutdown. We reached out to Mauricio, a Transportation Security Administration agent at Newark International Airport, who recounted some of the hardships he and his coworkers experienced in the workplace during the recent shutdown, as well as his opinions on the matter, and his hopes for the future. Mauricio loves what he does, and besides the occasional

& By Katherine Ji | Senior Staff Writer run-in with famous celebrities, enjoys helping people and feels a true sense of duty in maintaining our national security. But with the government shutdown, national security took a backseat to more pressing threats; approximately 80% of Americans were already underpaid, living paycheck to paycheck, many of whom were Mauricio’s coworkers. While Mauricio had a way to manage, he notes that “some of his coworkers didn’t have a plan and couldn’t go more than a week without being paid,” referencing several coworkers who “started doing Uber and applying for SNAP benefits.” Of course, this was not a situation limited to Newark Airport. With no end in sight, TSA workers struggled nationwide to continue working without pay. Agents in Hawaii began turning in resignations to keep up with their high cost of living. On January 20, 10% of TSA agents called in sick to work, as opposed to 3.6% on the same day in 2018. Newark Airport, as Mauricio explains, probably dealt with the problem better than most. He sensed no drastic change in morale, and instead felt a sense of camaraderie from the com-

& By Sandra Raju | Contributing Writer

munity. Unexpectedly, “help was pouring in from everywhere,” including from community organizations, churches, airlines such as JetBlue and United, to flight crews and passengers. He recounts one passenger offering $100 in gift cards to Mauricio’s co-worker, who joked that she would probably have to start looking for a new place to live if the shutdown lasted any longer. Airport management helped guide workers through the process and brought in representatives from the community food bank for those that needed aid. Mauricio attributes the assistance and contributions of organizations throughout the City of Newark in helping the overall morale and situation on the ground. Nevertheless, he joins the ranks of many Americans whose faith in government waivers after the shutdown. Due to this, he and many others are not fully optimistic about a permanent resolution coming to light. Mauricio reasons that “the government had 35 days and could not come up with anything, now they gave themselves another 21 days and it feels that nothing will be agreed upon.” In fact, Mauri-

cio emphasizes that he would “consider getting another job if a shutdown were to happen again.” It is clear the recent shutdown had a drastic impact on many people across the country, from federal workers and independent contractors to tourists and local businesses. However, when drawing comparisons to the 2013 shutdown under the Obama administration, it is evident that the repercussions of the most recent shutdown were much worse. Though Mauricio did not work during the 2013 shutdown, he noted many of his coworkers who did expressed how “this was the most significant, not because of how long it was, but by how much damage it caused.” Indeed, President Trump has declared a government shutdown or state of emergency will resume on February 15, leaving federal government employees without pay once again. Seeing how the shutdown has significantly impacted TSA agents like Mauricio, it is likely that the recommencement of the shutdown will have more severe effects, not only on individuals, but potentially the industry as a whole.

" ... they gave themselves another 21 days and it feels that nothing will be agreed upon.


Littman Quartet

“MUSIC in the Library” Littman Library

February 12, 2019

7 PM

Quartet in D Major Op. 76 No. 5 I. Allegretto-Allegro II. Largo III. Menuet and Trio IV. Finale- Presto

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Quartet in C Minor Op. 18 No. 4

Beethoven, Ludwig van


Allegro ma non tanto Andante shcerzoso quasi Allegretto Menuetto and Trio Allegretto-Prestissimo




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; COLLECTIONS voices from around campus

THIS WEEK: How were your first two weeks back at NJIT? By Carmel Rafalowski | Managing-Editor

Each week, students send anonymous texts, emails, and mobile responses to our collections prompt. Note: all responses are posted ex-

“when's break?” “i’m already behind on all my classes, exhausted, overwhelmed, overextended, and B R O K E lmao end me” “My first two weeks were great! As I have moved up into almost all major specific courses i'm beginning to feel like my education is really applicable and what I want to be doing”

actly as they were received. Understand there is an unwritten [sic] after every possibly erroneous (or not) response.

Anonymous poll re: Valentine's Day habits and thoughts. closes 2/11

“Sometimes the bud blooms too early and dies in the impending frost. Let's hope this bud is blooming right as it’s meant to, or at least survives the frost. Flowers blooming amidst the snows are all the more poignant for their defiance of the odds.” "I’m still on break and I will be for the rest of the semester."

Check back next week for the results!

“I’m ready to lie in the sun, on the sand, until i burn into a crisp and cease to exist.”

Eco Column

The Lone Star State’s Energy Independence By Siri Uppuluri | Copy Editor & Senior Staff Writer A brown lump of lignite coal is dug up from an exposed open pit, placed on a conveyor belt in a power plant, and sent to contribute toward the generation of electricity for households across the state. Such is the scene, not deep in the heart of the Lone Star State, in one of its more remotely populated counties, but rather, 30 minutes outside the state’s capital and fourth most populated city, Austin. This strip mine, or surface mine, is one of many in Texas, contributing to its status as the country’s leader in production of lignite coal. According to the American Society for Testing and Materials, there are four grades of coal, with anthracite being the highest ranked in energy per pound, and lignite, the only type mined in Texas, being the worst in terms of energy efficiency per pound burned. Lignite’s infamous distinction is a result of its high moisture content and low energy density. Furthermore, beyond being a leader in lignite production, Texas is also the leading state with regard to coal consumption, having the highest emissions of carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide in the country,

according to an analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Apart from coal, Texas is also the leading producer of oil, providing for more than 33% of the United States’ crude oil needs. These distinctions, however, do not come as a surprise, since the image of Texas on the national stage as a behemoth in the oil and coal industry is well established. What does come as a surprise is the Lone Star State’s position as first in the country for electricity generated through wind power, and a leading producer of solar energy. In fact, the climate and natural resources of Texas position it to be at the forefront of alternative energy generation. In 2017, Texas produced 18% of its electrical energy from the alternative sources of wind and solar. This particular figure is striking because it looms precipitously close to 20%—the demarcation long touted by critics of renewable energy as the ‘breaking point’ at which costs will uncontrollably increase and reliability cannot be ensured. However, though Texas’ alternative energy generation

approaches 20%, its costs and reliability are stable, with retail electricity prices actually below the United States average. The improbability of Texas’ standing as a successful producer of electricity using renewable resources is compounded by the state’s electrical grid isolation. Specifically, the contiguous United States is comprised of three different electric grids: the Western Interconnection, the Eastern Interconnection, and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Interconnection. Considering that Texas cannot exchange power with other states, its ability to balance and transmit energy within the state even more impressive. Texas has plans to continue to invest in wind and solar energy for the state. Between 2018 and 2019, ERCOT had plans to increase wind energy capacity by 8700 megawatts, a near 40% increase. While solar energy presently forms only a modest portion of the state’s renewable energy sources (wind being the primary source), the state has signed interconnection agreements potentially adding 2000 megawatts of solar energy be-

tween 2018 and 2020 that will almost triple the current solar capacity of the state. A recent study by researchers from Rice University produced findings that lend themselves to confirming the idea that not only is Texas ideally poised to take advantage of renewable resources, it may be the state best equipped to do so around the clock, effectively weaning itself off coal-produced electricity. The research, published in November of last year in the journal Renewables, Wind, Water, and Solar, suggests that Texas has the capacity to utilize wind and solar energy from different areas of the state to generate electricity throughout the day, with minimal need for battery storage. Specifically, the researchers found that wind energy is generated at different times of day by different regions of the state, which—when supplemented with solar-generated electricity—can power the state over a 24-hour cycle. For example, most of the wind power generated in the state currently comes from wind turbines in West Texas, which experiences the strongest winds

at night and in early spring. Conversely, wind turbines on the Gulf Coast have the greatest energy generation capacity during the late afternoons of the summer, when energy demand is also at its height. Furthermore, researchers were able to establish a renewable energy clock, as they found between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., wind generation from the summer sea breeze on the Gulf Coast would be sufficient to supply the state, while from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., solar energy has the capacity to supplant wind generation. Looking forward, understanding the temporal needs and capacities of different forms of renewable energy, both within the 24-hour cycle of a day and the seasons of a year, is crucial to expanding renewable energy generation and use in Texas. As described by the senior director of systems operations of ERCOT, Dan Woodfin, “It’s all a matter of timing.” As such, this new study lends credence to the argument that Texas can be on the path toward phasing out coal-generated electricity almost entirely.



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Students blow off some steam at SAC's First Friday event, featuring food, games, and a delightful slide.

SAC Fun Friday Photos by Kayla Mitchell

SAC Roller Rink

Photos by Michael Makar

NJIT Green BYOM Photos by Katherine Ji

Students strap on rollerskates, join hands, and make the most out of their Thursday evening at SAC's indoor roller rink event.

NJIT Green encourages sustainable practices and environmental friendliness by offering free hot drinks to students using their own mugs, thermoses, or reusable bottles. Drinks donated by Intrinsic Cafe.





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Left, Right & Middle Were the students who harassed the Native American "vet" valid in doing so and expressing their thoughts/opinions? At what point does free speech become damaging? By Sreya Sanyal | Senior Staff Writer

By Nicole Cheney | Senior Staff Writer








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n Jan. 18, worlds collided. Young white boys in MAGA hats attending a pro-life march came face-to-face with a Native Americans at the Lincoln Memorial. A 30-second video that went viral seemed to point out one course of events: a boy smirking and blocking the way of Nathan Phillips, a Native elder banging a drum. However, another group was present that day who subjected the Natives and the MAGA boys to racist, discriminatory and fantastical insults and tirades: the Black Hebrew Israelites, a socially conservative group that believes they are direct descendants from the 12 tribes of Israel. In this scenario, there are three groups exercising their free speech and assembly rights. First: the MAGA boys, there to support the prolife movement. Though some may disagree with their cause, it is hard to argue they were abusing their free speech right. The same goes for the Native Americans. However, the BHI went out of their way to insult and degrade others. I believe freedom of speech stops when instead of expressing an opinion, protestors actively insult and degrade the beliefs of others. That said, I think the most egregious insult in this entire episode was committed by the media, who proliferated the narrative of the initial viral video. It the media’s job to accurately report the truth, and by allowing Phillips to claim he was a Vietnam veteran—the Pentagon confirmed he has no service record—and vilifying the MAGA boys, the freedom of the press to report lies was clearly exercised, to awful effect.

he exchange between Native American protestors and Covington Catholic High School students is a striking example of a random encounter suddenly and surprisingly garnering national attention. What should have been taken away from this occurrence is the many accusations against the school from former students and family alleging virulent misogyny, racism, and homophobia, with anecdotes much more explicit than any video that surfaced at the Lincoln Memorial. What truly was taken away from this event, though, was an inept media firestorm and subsequent weak apologies to save face. There is no reason to believe that the culture of Covington Catholic isn’t just as racist as was initially thought – the “Make America Great Again,” hat is a notorious symbol of white supremacy – but the media has largely ignored the source of the problem. If children are old enough to go to political rallies, they are old enough to be held responsible for the views they portray. However, the views of teenagers do not just form out of nowhere. Covington Catholic is responsible for perpetuating years of a culture that has culminated in this encounter, but they are not alone. White privilege is far reaching, and while Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice never got the benefit of the doubt, Covington teens got a press release, an interview, and extensive media backtracking. It is much more productive to be focused on this big picture rather than one chance encounter for the sake of media engagement numbers.

By Carlos Maranon | Contributing Writer


n the light of this event, I believe that the United States may be divided more than ever before. We can already see divisions between citizens over political and religious views. As a conservative, it is disappointing to accept the overall progression of our country today and how differences are separating us from working together. As a country, we need to start making progress towards having real discussions about politics so that both sides can have a say and compromises can be made. But more importantly, we must respect other peoples’ views and accept them, before judging and claiming that they are wrong. The differences between each of us should not be what separates us, but what makes us and the country stronger. It is great to have various views on certain topics because it helps us think creatively about things. However, people should not force others to like their views, especially when they don’t accept it. As long as they respect your views, they are not doing anything wrong. The one thing that’s really good about America is that people can have different views on topics without being judged for it. Hopefully, people will realize and see that our differences are what makes our country the UNITED States of America.

Public Announcement

Graduate Student Association General Assembly Meetings Upcomming Dates

February 13th March 6th

March 20th April 3rd

April 24th May 1st

Events This Week:

Spring 2019 Thesis and Dissertation Workshop Thursday February 7, 4:00 - 6:00pm Campus Center Ballroom

To register, visit

Contact the Graduate Student Association NJIT Campus Center Room 480 University Heights Newark, NJ 07480 Upcoming feedback sessions to be announced

Newly Established Clubs Drone Programming Club

A home for drone enthusiast and programmers to converge. Contact: Goggore Gao, Club President,

Resume Building Club

A student run resource for career development and internship matching--for students by students. Contact: Milad Mirghahari, Club President,



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Young the Giant in concert Music Review

By Kaylin Wittmeyer | Staff Writer Two weeks ago, on Wednesday, Jan. 23, my friends and I went to a Young the Giant concert in Sayreville, New Jersey. I bought the ticket on a whim because my roommate encouraged me to, and because I was familiar with a few of their songs. I have never been so proud of an impulse buy in my life. The concert was held as a makeup for one that was supposed to happen last year, on the day of a snowstorm when everyone got caught in traffic. However, because the original concert night wasn’t cancelled and some people still showed up, Young the Giant decided to hold a different kind of show so all audience members alike—whether they had come to the snowstorm concert, missed it, or were buying tickets for the first time—could enjoy themselves. Their solution was an acoustic talk-back show held in a small, general admission venue, before officially kicking off their national tour the following day. The show had a beautiful, intimate simplicity to it. The room was packed, as nearly double the amount of people expected had gathered in the below-zero chill. There was no opening act, so their tour manager came out to introduce the band and warm up the crowd with some light-hearted jokes. The five bandmembers then came out in grey t-shirts, interacting with the crowd that stood less than five feet from them. They had no theatrics besides the colorful venue lights and their instruments, but nothing else was needed. As someone who knows only their hits, I was not sure what to expect. But I have never seen a live band perform as well as Young the Giant

"The show had a beautiful, intimate simplicity to it." did that night. Sameer Gadhia, the lead singer, had an incredibly soulful and powerful voice that never

Mary Poppins Returns By Prem Naik | Senior Staff Writer

Phott via band website

fatigued, and he somehow made it seem like he was singing to every person in the room individually. Paired with the raw, ardent power of the four other instrumentalists, their alt-rock music left the room shaking. In between every three or four songs, the band would take questions from the audience, with their stage manager passing a microphone around the crowd. There were questions from a little boy who said this was his first concert, a man who’d been a fan since 2004, and an extremely inebriated girl who professed her love to them and gave them her phone number. It felt like a very personal way to get to know the band, seeing them joke around and explore their creative process with us. They talked about their experience of forming a band in high school and staying together for years, how they picked their al-

bum art, and how their songwriting process worked. When asked how he came up with such unique drum lines, drummer Francois Comtois said he got the inspiration for the beat in “I Got” from the sound of people walking in the subway. After explaining, the band spontaneously decided to play the song so we could hear the drum line in action. This was not the only impromptu performance of the night. When one of the audience members asked Gadhia how he came up with the lyrics for “Island”, he likened it to asking someone to remember how they answered an in-class essay prompt in high school, since it was so long ago. However, when prompted by the audience, the band played “Island”, despite having not played it in years. It was a very real, very human experience to see them trying to find the key

and giving each other pitches before they began. At the end, a band member said he couldn’t remember the last time he actually felt that nervous performing on stage. They also performed the first ever acoustic version of “My Body” at the audience’s behest. This lack of a setlist and willing improvisation was one of the things that made the concert so wonderful to me. When they played “Firelight”, a slow and introspective song, at a certain point they instructed the audience to hold up their flashlights and suddenly the room was bathed in yellow light. You could see the faces of every person there, ranging greatly in ages and dress, while the whole audience sang along. It was an incredibly intimate moment, and one that I remember vividly. Rarely have I been moved to tears by a song I didn’t know the words to. The band exited after about an hour and a half of playing and answering questions but returned for an encore after nearly four minutes of the audience’s cheers. Since there weren’t plans for an encore, they asked what to play. They ended the night with “Cough Syrup”, a song I remembered from my fifthgrade dances. The five members of Young the Giant then thanked us again, took photos with and accepted homemade scarves from the audience, and left the stage. Everyone stood awestruck for a couple of moments afterwards. We all knew we had witnessed a concert that was truly a once in a lifetime experience.


Some sequels live up to their predecessors—can you imagine that? Some sequels even have soundtracks as memorable as the original. Can you imagine that? “Mary Poppins Returns”, the long-awaited sequel to Walt Disney’s 1964 crowning achievement “Mary Poppins” proves that you no longer have to leave it up to the imagination. Moderately successful at the box office, director Rob Marshall’s “Mary Poppins Returns” continues the story of the Banks children in a fashion that does service to the original, and adds unique aspects for audiences to enjoy, allowing the film to stand on its own. Back in 1961, Walt Disney acquired the rights from P. L. Travers to make the original “Mary Poppins” (albeit with great difficulty). With a high production value and an extended preproduction phase, the film released in 1964 to critical and commercial success. A splendid sequence that blended live action with 2D animation, the film was a spectacle that pushed the boundaries of special effects. Today, the film has become a staple family classic and its songs continue to ring through

the streets of Disney parks and the minds of those who grew up watching it. When the sequel was announced, I was skeptical and reduced it to a cash grab. With the recent trend of sequels and classic Disney film remakes, “Mary Poppins Returns” seemed like it would be just another title on the list of average Disney sequels. However, after watching the film, I can say it was satisfying from beginning to end. The first thing to address is of course how Emily Blunt’s Mary Poppins stacks up to the legendary Julie Andrews’. Many may find the new Mary Poppins to be stern and uptight, a character much more akin to her counterpart in the original book. This change is a welcome one, as her charming and charismatic side still comes out when she is with the Banks children. Also worth noting is Lin Manuel Miranda’s loveable Jack, a worthy replacement for Dick Van Dyke’s Bert. As Jack, Miranda begins the film “underneath the lovely sky” and introduces us to the Banks household. Now grown up, Michael Banks is a widower, banker and a father of three, while his sister

is an advocate for labor rights. We see Banks has trouble raising the children on his own, as he is dealing with the death of his wife and is about to lose his house due to debt. Enter Mary Poppins, the nanny who has returned once again to take care of all the Banks children, young and old. With the older Banks children searching for bank shares that could buy their house back, the younger Banks children spend their days adventuring with their new nanny. This is where the movie shines; it is in these scenes that most of the magic literally happens, leading to the two most impressive sequences for the songs “A Cover Is Not the Book” and “Trip a Little Light Fantastic”. Marshall shows off his stylish musical direction flair in these scenes by bringing back the original “Poppins” 2D animation and well-choreographed ensemble performances. Overall, this sequel delivers on all aspects and it’s clear there was time, dedication, and a little movie magic sprinkled in to make “Mary Poppins Returns” a worthy successor to the classic.




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PISCES You can be sure that the light that emits is a time before time. Talk and relax as much you want to. That won’t change anything. Nothing will keep the future from being what it will be.

SAGITTARIUS You know you’ve done the right thing when you can wake up and say this is me. To feel the self is strange and necessary. Tiny sounds emit from everything. If you need to turn the dread into a song.

VIRGO You will find a very small book and read it. In it the answer will be there so obviously. Despite everything you won’t be so sure of what the question was. Despite it all you will try to find a new book.


Your hurts will simmer in a pot along with all of the words you remember. If you write anything down it will be as if language is a falling thing. Is love really this laborious all of the time. Not when it’s real love it isn’t.

AQUARIUS If you find the book with no author do not put your name on it. There will be a consistency to knowing what comes next that will be more than what is there. Be thankful that you have readers. Be grateful the sky is there with words in it.

SCORPIO You will keep asking the same person to be the same person but different, far past this week. You’ve been asking all along for things to fall completely into place. What you can be certain of is that before something ends you will be happy. Be the moon.


If you make a machine it will run as if it was meant to. But what kind of thing do you want to make. Take the purple streamer to the left of the thing in the lightsource. You can be sure whatever is left belongs to you.

TAURUS What will be familiar as a voice you know does not belong to anyone you know. The sounds of things are distorted time. You can be certain that what you hold close is not an accident. But you can also be certain that nothing is.

CAPRICORN If you stop and look around at what you know you will feel you don’t know anything. Part of that is true because what do we know. Tell the truth if you can, if only to the sea. There is someone looking around, and you can tell them anything.



Your energy comes directly from a far away light. It’s always on and it’s always blue. You’ve been thinking that the past will give you some comfort. And it’s true that the past is always there for you, a very good friend.


You will crave pineapples. Not just for their distinct taste or form but because they remind you of something. Perhaps a time infused with loneliness in the midst of an ice storm. Or no they remind you of what the talking is that you must do.


ARIES A tree is in the distance and you keep running to it. Perhaps you passed it a while ago and still think what you see is it but that’s something else. Better to turn back and maybe admit you made a mistake. Maybe you shouldn’t be looking for a tree at all.


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Week of February 5, 2019

Women's Tennis Edges LIU Brooklyn In 4-3 Thriller By NJIT Atheltics

NEWARK, N.J. --- The NJIT women's tennis team passed their toughest test of 2019, holding off the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds for a 4-3 victory Sunday evening at the Naimoli Family Athletic and Recreational Facility. NJIT improved to 4-0 on the season, giving the Highlanders their best start to a season since 2011 and securing their best start since joining the ASUN Conference in 2015. The Highlanders continued the trend of this season by taking the doubles point and an early 1-0 lead. After losing their matchup at No. 3, NJIT bounced back as sophomore Holly Matson and freshman Joleta Budiman edged out a 7-5 win at No. 1 and senior Rafaella Sam-

NJIT’s Five-Game Winning Streak Snapped At Liberty By NJIT Atheltics

LYNCHBURG, VA.. – The NJIT Highlanders (18-6, 6-3 ASUN) fell to the Liberty Flames (19-5, 8-1 ASUN) at the Vines Center on Saturday, 77-57. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Highlanders who suffered their first defeat since January 16. Senior Abdul Lewis led NJIT in scoring with 14 points and nine rebounds, followed by Diandre Wilson and Donovan Greer who both finished with 13 points. NJIT came out of the gates hitting 4-5 three pointers between Wilson, Greer and a pair from Lewis, but Liberty came out equally hot shooting 6-7 from the field. Lewis finished as NJIT's top scorer in the first half with 10 points. A run of 4-5 field goals for the Highlanders was met by the Flames with an equal run of their own as NJIT trailed Liberty at the

seven minute mark, 28-26. From that moment on it was all Liberty as the Flames went on a 17-2 run to end the half as NJIT went scoreless for the final 5:54, giving the home side a 12-point lead at the break, 40-28. NJIT started the second half strong with an 8-0 run two minutes into the half to cut Liberty's lead to seven on buckets from Wilson, Lewis and Gibbs. The Flames' advantage on the glass, however, began to take a toll as Liberty nabbed 10 more defensive rebounds than NJIT in the game, limiting the Highlanders' second-chance opportunities. As a result of rebounding and consistency from the field, Liberty opened up an 18-point lead with eight minutes remaining. NJIT started knocking down threes once again, draining three consecutive from Wilson, Shawndale Jones and Zach Cooks.


Mohamed Bendary's physicality below the rim allowed him to make a floater to trim the lead to 13 points at the five minute mark. NJIT applied full-court pressure from then on, but were unable to disrupt Liberty's offense, which shot 52% from the field and 91% from the free-throw line. The loss was NJIT's first road defeat since January 12. The Highlanders will break for the week before looking to bounce back in Georgia where they will take on Kennesaw State on Saturday, February 9, at 4:30 p.m. ET. (TV: ESPN+). NJIT then heads further south to Fort Myers, Florida, to take on Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday, February 13, at 7 p.m. ET. (TV: ESPN+). Finally, the Highlanders return home on Saturday, February 16, when they will host North Florida at 4 p.m. ET.

paio and Mouna Bouzgarrou did the same at No. 2 with a 7-6 triumph. LIU, champions of the Northeast Conference in 2018, tied the match quickly by winning the No. 1 singles match in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3. Budiman would put NJIT back in front, 2-1, after finishing the No. 2 singles match, 7-6, 6-2. Once again, the Blackbirds would answer, this time earning a point at No. 4 singles to even the score at 2-2. Matson would provide the Highlanders' response at No. 3, using a three-set victory (6-4, 4-6, 6-1) to put NJIT on the brink of victory. Junior and reigning ASUN Women's Tennis Player of the Week Mayar Eltony clinched the con-

test for the home team at No. 5 singles, coming out on the winning end of the closest match of the night, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. "I am overwhelmed with this amazing win. My girls battled for over five hours to earn tonight's victory," head coach Zaki Abdelrahman said after the signature win. "We played against a very strong LIU team that won the NEC and qualified for NCAAs last year. I am so proud of my girls and how we fought from the first point until Mayar clinched hours later. The girls worked hard and they definitely deserved this win." NJIT will continue its homestand next weekend by hosting Fordham on Friday, February 8 at 5 p.m. at Naimoli Center.

Women’s Track and Field’s Shannon Turner Selected NJAIAW Woman of the Year By NJIT Atheltics SOUTH ORANGE, NJ— Senior Shannon Turner of women's track and field was NJIT's recipient of the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (NJAIAW) Woman of the Year award. Turner was among the guests of honor at the 27th Annual NJAIAW Woman of the Year Luncheon held at Seton Hall University on Sunday, February 3. Following the luncheon, each winner was recognized at halftime of the Seton Hall women's basketball game against Butler. Award winners were chosen by their institution's athletics department based upon athletic excellence, academic success and citizenship/community service. More than 150 high-school and junior and senior college student-ath-

letes earned the award in 2019. Turner, enrolled in NJIT's Albert Dorman Honors College & Newark College of Engineering, is on target to graduate in May 2019 with a bachelor of science in chemical engineering. The Highlander senior, is a twotime ASUN Conference All-Academic team honoree, boosting a 4.0 GPA. President of NJIT's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and lead ASUN Conference Representative, Turner was named to the Dean's from the Fall 2015 to Spring 2018. Turner is a recipient of the Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence Award (2016-2017), Joseph M. Fitzgerald Memorial Award (2018), member of the Chi Alpha Sigma and National Society of Collegiate Scholars


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