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Vol. XCVI | Issue 5 Week of February 26, 2019


With Magnitude & Direction

The End of

Opportunity By Marcelo Roth | Contributing Writer

The longest lasting Mars reconnaissance mission in history officially came to a close on February 13, as announced in a NASA press conference last Wednesday. The Opportunity Rover (also known as MER-1 and nicknamed “Oppy”) was a rover launched to Mars on July 7, 2003, and landing on the Martian surface on January 25, 2004. Originally only meant to last for 90 days, the $400 million mission lasted for 15 years—55 times its intended lifespan. With this extended lifetime, Opportunity gave the scientific community more information on the Red Plan- et than previously imaginable. Opportunity assisted in many missions and on numerous scientific fronts, such as the examination of soil and rock samples, search for hematite and clay

deposits—which is intertwined with the discovery of water, and sulphuric acid on the Martian surface. After these incredible strides of discovery, Opportunity lost communications with NASA H.Q. on June 10, 2018 due to a planet-wide dust storm, causing over 1,000 attempts to reestablish communications. Despite all of this, Opportunity did not respond. As a final goodbye, NASA sent one last wake-up song and goodbye, Billie Holiday’s “I’ll Be Seeing You”. Opportunity’s last data transmission to NASA, poetically translated on Twitter by Jacob Margolis, a science reporter for KPCC-FM radio, essentially read, “My batteries are low, and it’s getting dark,”—a phrase that has become entwined with the death of Opportunity. Project manager John Callas stated in a reunion with the

team responsible for the Opportunity missions, “This is a hard day. Even though it’s a machine and we’re saying goodbye, it’s still very hard and very poignant, but we had to do that. We came to that point.” Over the days following, thousands of scientists, writers, actors, students, and internet denizens mourned the death of the rover, taking to Twitter to express their grief. The offi- cial Mars Rover Twitter account wrote, “To the robot who turned 90 days into 15 years of exploration: you were, and are, the Opportunity of a lifetime. Rest well, rover. Your mission is complete.” Another user gave a farewell message written in binary, translating to “Godspeed, Oppy”. Dr Tanya Harrison, director of research at Arizona State University

NewSpace, stated in a video, “There was silence. There were tears. There were hugs. There were memories and laughs shared." Twitter user The Mediocre Sulk described the situation best when he said, “The human ability to empathize and pack-bond is a beauti- ful, weird, messed up thing. It’s 2:40am and I’m on the verge of crying over the #Opportunity rover that I barely even knew anything about until now.” Despite the sadness that people might feel for this gentle robot, it was a mission that gave us a grand stride in discovery. It was a long-lived journey, and an expedition well done. Despite the death of Opportunity, Curiosity will continue in its predecessor’s tracks, bringing more information in its expedition.




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THE VECTOR As the official student newspaper of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, our mission is to infom and entertain our readers, cultivate awareness of issues concerning the NJIT community, and provide a forum for purposeful, constructive discussion among its members. Deadlines for Articles or Letters to the Editor are due on Thursdays prior to publication at 10 P.M. Submissions should not exceed 750 words. For more information on submissions, e-mail: Advertisement Reservations are due two weeks prior to publication and should be sent to: ADVISORS Operational Advisor Kristie Damell Faculty Advisor Miriam Ascarelli EXECUTIVE BOARD Editor-in-Chief Cassidy Lavine Executive Editor Managing Editor Carmel Rafalowsky Business Manager Daniel Cruz Web and Multimedia Editor Victoria Nguyen Photography Editor Spencer Asral SENIOR STAFF Copy Editors Colin Bayne Adrian Wong Siri Uppuluri Marzia Rahman Daniil Ivanov

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Week of February 26, 2019

Amazon Pulls Out of New York, Could This Be Newark’s Shot? By Daniil Ivanov | Senior Staff Writer

After public backlash from the Long Island City, Queens community, Amazon has decided not to continue its pursuit of opening a second headquarters in New York City. Amazon had announced plans for a second headquarters in September 2017, promising 50,000 high paying technology-based jobs and community development in its new “HQ2”. Cities all over the United States placed billion dollar bids and promised city redevelopment to make way for the giant to settle in. The search for HQ2 ended on November 13, when Amazon decided to split the new headquarters between New York City and Arlington, Virginia.

New York City had planned for nearly $3 billion in public subsidies and tax incentives for the tech giant. Amazon released a statement on February 14 stating, “the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the longterm. While polls show that 70% of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.” Amazon had been present at two City Council meetings, one in November and one in January, where protesters rallied against the company. Council members spoke out

against the tax breaks and incentives that a trillion-dollar company owned by the world’s richest man would be receiving. The outspoken Democratic U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from the 14th District of New York—which covers the Bronx and parts of Queens—tweeted that “dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.” Amazon’s statement of withdrawal ended with them thanking Governor Cuomo and NYC Mayor de Blasio for their support and stated that they “hope to have future chances to collaborate as we continue to build our presence in New York over time.” NJIT alum and the NYC Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology Samir Saini

visited NJIT last Friday. In an interview, he stated that Amazon’s departure is, “a loss to New York City, but one city’s loss could be another city’s win… If they decide that they want another one [headquarters], Newark was on the short list and we already know they want to be in the northeast and New York is right across the river. I think it would be incredible for them to come here.” After Amazon’s February 14 decision, Newark took advantage of the situation and its timing, and sent a giant Valentine’s Day heart reading “NJ & Newark Still Love U, Amazon!” to the Seattle headquarters. Newark also offered $7 billion in incentives to Amazon, second only to Montgomery County, Maryland. Perhaps, as Saini suggested, New York City’s loss, could be a win for Newark.

Campus News

Strangelove Screening By Andrew Edmonson | Contributing Writer On Monday, February 18, the NJIT Conference on Nuclear Weapons-Free World hosted a screening of the Stanley Kubrick classic “Doctor Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”. The event was co-hosted by the Murray Center for Women in Technology, Engineers Without Borders, and NJIT Green, and was the first of five events leading up to the conference itself, which will be held on Sunday, April 14. The event was attended by roughly a dozen students who all enjoyed the Cold War satire. Despite its tackling the serious topic of nuclear war, “Dr. Strangelove” is still a comedy, and plenty of laughs could be heard from the audience during the screening. This is a testament to the film’s quality, as it is able to resonate with people after more than fifty years . It is precisely the film’s relevance today that made it ideal for this event. As Karina Dsouza, a thirdyear biomedical engineering student said: “Now, because the Cold War is over, I feel like most people don’t pay attention to the threat [of nuclear

Screenshot of the trailer of Dr. Strangelove by Tomi Ungerer war], even though it is still very real.” The event’s organizers reestablished this point by showing a short video in which Dr. Bruce Blair, one of the experts scheduled to speak at the Conference, discusses his experience as a launch control officer during the Cold War, during which he says that not only was the nuclear attack featured in “Dr. Strangelove” possible, it

could actually be done more easily than the film depicted. This idea that a single person—and not even someone with a position of high authority like a general or the President, but one of the officers trusted with the launching of nuclear missiles—could easily start a series of events that brings about nuclear armageddon is frightening for many. For a number of people

in attendance, this served to reinforce the need for global nuclear disarmament, while also highlighting the issues involved with that process. “I was always against nuclear war and nuclear weapons, but this definitely made me realize how complex it is to disarm,” said Shanee Halevi, President of NJIT Green and co-sponsor of the event. “It’s not as simple as ‘[nuclear weapons] are bad,

stop.’” This has been shown to be true; for years the ideas of nuclear deterrence and mutually-assured destruction shown in the film have been promoted as reasons for nations to maintain nuclear arsenals, rather than eliminate them. Halevi also discussed the reason why NJIT Green, an environmentalist club that usually hosts events involving sustainability and composting, was co-sponsoring a series of events on nuclear disarmament. As she stated, the effects of climate change pale in comparison to nuclear winter—the potentially years-long period of global cooling caused by nuclear explosions blocking out the sun, which could have disastrous effects on the climate, agriculture, and humanity. “It doesn’t just affect the area where the bomb is dropped,” said Halevi. “It affects the whole planet.



Week of February 26, 2019

Financial Aid Office Observes Financial Aid Awareness Month

FAFSA Workshops!!!

In recognition of Financial Aid Awareness Month, Student Financial Aid Services will be hosting 2 FAFSA workshops.

From the

Office of Student Financial Aid Services

Sponsored Content February has a couple of trademark characteristics. Usually the coldest month of the year, February is also well known for Black History Month and Valentine’s Day. But the 28 days also boast a lesser known celebration: Financial Aid Awareness Month. The purpose of the monthlong observance, according to the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators, is to “provide crucial information to students and families about access to federal, state, and institutional student aid.” NJIT’s Office of Student Financial Aid Services (SFAS) is committed to that cause. Having already hosted three FAFSA workshops this month, the office is making a notable effort to improve their services, and be trans-

parent, present, and accessible to NJIT students. We spoke with Ivon Nunez, the Director of SFAS, to find out just how the office was endeavoring to reach that goal. “To that end, we purchased a cutting-edge software called CampusLogic Student Forms that will eliminate paperwork and streamlining the paperwork submission process,” he said. The software also offers text capabilities and a to-do list “to keep students focused and on track to completing their files”, a critical task thanks to document submission deadlines. Ideally, the implantation of Student Forms will allow the SFAS staff to focus on providing students with other services offered by the office, such as student debt counseling, financial literacy services and assistance with

student employment. When asked if he was aware of these services, Sagar Solanki, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student, said, “No, I had no clue. I wish I’d found that out before my last semester.” This sentiment gets to the core of Financial Aid Awareness Month: making students aware of the services and assistance available to them. "We want our students to know that we don't just simply process financial aid forms,” said Crystal Allen, Assistant Director of SFAS. “With student debt on the rise nationwide, we are committed to helping students make better-informed decisions about the investment that their making in their education."

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Workplace Diversity By Yasmine Mohamed | Staff Writer

As Tim Berners Lee says: "We need diversity of thought in the world to face new challenges" "Diversity" is a modern value meaning that something possesses a variety of different elements and, especially in a human sense, is inclusive of and possesses a range of different types of people. Workplace diversity can be interpreted in many different ways and by considering many different factors. Diversity in the work environment promotes acceptance and respect despite differences in age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, culture and race, native language, religion, skills, economical background, or even educational backgrounds among employees. Currently, workplace diversity is becoming more of a necessity in the business world. It has been proven that workplace diversity fosters mutual

respect among employees and plays a significant role in team success, since diversity allows employees to recognize the many strengths and benefits that each of them brings to the workplace. According to the Center for American Progress, going forward, businesses should continue to promote diversity, as the workforce itself is becoming more diverse. They claim our economy and society both depend on such diversity. One of the most important and often overlooked benefits of diversity in the workplace, especially in the management structure of a workplace, is that it enables companies to promote differing perspectives within organizational management and gain a broader vision of the available markets to

which they can cater. Without such diversity, companies are more likely to target only markets their narrow selection of managers are already familiar, as well as promote only old-fashioned methods of organizational management. Therefore, such diversity allows for a greater range of products and services, as well as a more comprehensive range of available target markets. Moreover, a diverse workplace not only allows exposure to different cultures and backgrounds, but it allows employees with different work styles to interact and learn from one another's strengths and weaknesses, therefore minimizing future mistakes and work issues. On the flip side, lack of diversity in the work environment can

have problematic consequences. If a workplace lacks enough representatives from a certain group, especially if there is only one representative from any type of minority group, that one employee can suffer from isolation, and won't feel as comfortable as they would if there was more representation from that group. Additionally, lack of diversity might lead to a loss of revenue. Since diversity promotes further interactions and brainstorming, a lack of diversity might prevent a manager or company from getting the maximum potential from employees. This could cause a loss of revenue and therefore salary, as an employer would not be making the most out their employees' abilities and potentials.





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Pizza With the President

Guest Bartending & Wings in the Pub Kristie Damell, Director of Student Life, cameos as a bartender during student appreciation week.

Students wolf down slices of pizza and chat with Dr. Joel Bloom, President of NJIT, during student appreciation week.

LGBTQ Lounge Opening


Students celebrate, attend, and enjoy the opening ceremony and reception for LGBTQ+ Lounge on the 4th floor of the campus center.

NJIT's Hindu YUVA hosts Garbhangra: an event to celebrate and perform Garba and Bhangra simultaneously.

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Affirming Inequality

By Nicole Cheney | Senior Staff Writer Note from the Managing Editor: The capitalizations and spellings of all references to racial groups are intentional and purposeful. Affirmative Action is a bandage that attempts to staunch the bleeding of an amputated limb. Its purpose is to reduce racial disparities in higher education, as well as certain career fields, but fails to address the root of the problem. One might ask, and be justified in doing so, just why these racial disparities exist. According to the American Psychological Association, there exists a pattern of education dispar-

ity, mirroring socioeconomic and healthcare trends, among Black, Latine, Southeast Asian, and indigenous groups relative to white Americans. This mirrors a pattern of an educational system that fails the most vulnerable groups among us. According to a 2018 study published by The Education Trust, public schools primarily serving students of color and low-income students receive between 7-13% less per student in state and municipal funding. This means 7-13% less funding for advanced classes, school counselors and social workers, after-school programs, and

high-quality teachers and staff. It is no wonder that educational disparities persist throughout K-12 education. Critics of Affirmative Action claim that its targeted goal programs (as opposed to racial quotas, which were ruled unconstitutional in a 2003 Supreme Court case) favor racial preference over achievement, and even cause discrimination against white Americans. It’s important to remember, here, that no decisions or outcomes exist in a vacuum. It is not only misleading but also outright dishonest to claim that students across the country even have

equal access to said achievement standards when communities of color and low-income families more often face additional challenges than their more affluent peers. For example, environmental racism describes injustice in environmental policy relative to race, and often refers to the correlation of hazardous waste sites and minority neighborhoods. How is a student in Flint, Michigan, supposed to circumvent an institutional problem that resulted from political misrepresentation and a lack of mobility? This is only one example and does not even begin to

touch on a swath of other issues including crumbling urban infrastructures, discrimination in the criminal justice system, and generational poverty. The purpose of Affirmative Action is to close the gap between historically advantaged and disadvantaged groups, but evaluating its success is an almost impossible task. How does a society solve an issue so pervasive that it sets a huge portion of the country behind as early as childhood? Clearly, a bandage applied to a missing limb isn’t the answer.

SAT’s—not “institutional racism” that somehow favors Asian children. The inconvenient truth that African American and Hispanic students who’ve been accepted into elite schools due to affirmative action policies are more susceptible to failure is something that the left doesn’t seem to recognize. This phenomenon, known as “the mismatch effect”, refers to the idea that a student with the capacity to succeed at Rutgers shouldn't be, by dint of skin color, thrown into the severer atmosphere of an elite school because this mismatch will have a detrimental effect on their education. Stuart Taylor Jr., author of the “The Mismatch Effect”, found that “black college freshmen are more likely to aspire to science or engineering careers than are white freshmen,

but mismatch causes blacks to abandon these fields at twice the rate of whites.” Additionally, “about half of black college students rank in the bottom 20% of their classes (and the bottom 10% in law school).” This clearly demonstrates that when children are mismatched, it impedes on their ability to do well. The entire debate regarding affirmative action in America shouldn’t even be a debate. There's no justice in conferring benefits upon a class of people based on the color of their skin, just for them to be worse off because of those benefits. Hopefully, those making such egregious policies will open their eyes to the fact that in America, meritocracy is king and given the drive for success, one has the ability to succeed.

The Immorality of Affirmative Action

By Mark Pothen | Staff Writer

Affirmative action used to be a measure to alleviate the real and present threat of racism in hiring, housing, and schooling. However, affirmative action policy has now become a means for class retribution based on the hierarchy that the left has created. As the logic goes, because African Americans and other minorities are currently being disenfranchised by the broader racist system, benefits in the field of education should be conferred upon them. This is not to suggest that the country did not at one time have a broader racist system when the policy was implemented. However, we currently do not have a lack of sensitivity in the areas of tolerance and diversity. A Princeton study analyzing the “Admission Preferences for Minority Students, Athletes,

and Legacies at Elite Universities” from 1983 to 1997 concluded that, “Being African American instead of White is worth an average of 230 additional SAT points on a 1600-point scale.” Other things equal, “Hispanic applicants gain the equivalent of 185 points, which is only slightly more than the legacy advantage, which is worth 160 points. Coming from an Asian background, however, is comparable to the loss of 50 SAT points.” The same study went on to say that the racial bias in acceptances widens when measures such as GPA and class rank are considered. This principle of redistributionism based on race is moral drivel. We shouldn't confer benefits in education on the basis of racial identity, but rather individual ability. The color of one’s skin has no inherent

value in the broader context of one’s upbringing and skills. For example, Barack Obama’s child would never face the same struggle as a white child who grew up in the inner city. Proponents of affirmative action policies point out that if the policy was revoked, the number of African Americans and Hispanics accepted into elite schools would drop precipitously, with Asian students occupying “four out of every five seats created by accepting fewer African-American and Hispanic students.” The fact that minority acceptance rates would drop is not indicative of a broader racist system or white privilege, but rather of the spirit of meritocracy in the US. The cultural traits of an emphasis on education and family values have led to the ability to score better on the


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Week of February 26, 2019

Left, Right & Middle Do you support the Green New Deal? By Daniil Ivanov | Senior Staff Writer

By Nicole Cheney | Senior Staff Writer

By Mark Pothen | Staff Writer








he Green New Deal is huge undertaking that aims to radically transform American society. In their 14-page resolution released earlier this month, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY14) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced a call to completely overhaul the energy sector, focusing on renewable resources and efficient infrastructure, as well as combatting poverty by providing new jobs, preventing monopolies, and demanding universal healthcare and a fair minimum wage. It is one of the biggest stories of U.S. politics currently, and a social Democrat’s dream at that. It touches upon some of the most critical platforms of the Left, including both climate change and economic inequality. Climate change is the most pressing issue of our time, and not only will we live with the impact of our choices now, but so will those who come after us. It is immoral and irresponsible to condemn an entire generation to live with the devastating (and scientifically proven!) effects of climate change, including increased severe weather occurrences, disease incidence, and habitat destruction. Climate change is not a partisan issue, though it will more severely impact the most vulnerable among us. Thus, the aforementioned healthcare reform and living wage are additional steps to be taken to combat such a problem. While the Green New Deal is certainly a massive work in progress, America needs fresh, new ideas to rejuvenate a stagnant, inefficient political system. The time has long passed for conventional politics


y brother, a recent graduate who works in commercial real estate, joked with me that now is a great time to buy property in Newark because it will soon become beach front property due to global warming. Jokes aside, the projected environmental and economic impact of climate change is drastic. I agree with the Green New Deal on the matter that we are in desperate need of action against our effects on the environment. However, I take issue with the proposed resolution because it calls for the United States to take several actions, including steps toward becoming completely emission neutral, within only ten years. This might seem possible, but the resolution also insists on all workers being unionized with paid medical and family leave, paid vacation, and retirement funds. Additionally, it calls for government-provided loans and education funding to be distributed for the planned progress. While it would be great to combat climate change, this deal sounds like a sprawling expense to add to a government running on a deficit. Provisions of unions, antimonopoly rules, healthcare mandates, and economic security are unnecessarily tied in with an environmental act, rather than being viewed as separate issues to be discussed individually. I can’t imagine the Green New Deal ever landing on President Trump’s desk as a bill to be signed in its current state. As such, environmentally protective actions will likely be put on hold while politicians debate economic and social talking points.


COLLECTIONS; voices from around campus

THIS WEEK: Do you think you are culturally aware? 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-

“I think I am! Not an expert, but I know enough about different regions to know what to ask.” “I try to be. The world doesn't revolve around white people.” "I don't think I am as culturally aware as I should be, but I think the most important thing which I take seriously myself is to respect other people's values regardless of where they are from." "I make a conscious effort to be. I grew up in a completely white (and racist) town, so I feel like I have a resonsibility to be at NJIT."

actly as they were received. Understand there is an unwritten [sic] after every possibly erroneous (or not) response. “I feel like I am, or at least hope so. I'm a second-gen immigrant, and have always been open minded to cultures and religions ever since I was little, a whole "why can’t everyone be nice" mindset for as long as I can remember. A friend of mine and I, when we got stranded on campus during a snowstorm, actually prayed together, my catholic prayers, and his Islamic prayers. It was honestly a very interesting experience, and helped our friendship become a lot stronger.” We want to hear from you! Scan here to answer next weeks question:


he backgrounder for the Green New Deal (GND) should have been written in crayon to better reflect the intellectual capacity of those who wrote it. Just keep in mind that all measures that will be illustrated here would do essentially nothing to stifle climate change since the US’s carbon footprint is dwarfed by those of India and China. The GND, as illustrated by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s office, calls for the abolition of planes by replacing them with high speed trains, universal healthcare, a free college education, to “upgrade or replace every building in the US” for energy efficiency, economic security for all who are “unable or unwilling to work,”, and the building of charging stations for electric cars “everywhere.” If all that wasn’t enough, when addressing how the GND will be paid for, she contends that we will create public banks to extend credit to power these projects. This idea is similar to asking the Treasury Department to print more money so we can fund everything. The GND was openly endorsed by all four senators who are presidential candidates…obviously, they did not look through the details after doing so. The backgrounder was ridiculed so thoroughly that AOC’s office claimed that the document was doctored and took the it down…a claim that has since been proven to be false. If Democrats want to run on lunacy like this, let them, and watch as Republicans pummel them in the elections.



Week of February 26, 2019

Horoscopes By Katherine Ji & By Akin Aguda


ARIES You are taking on a large project that is consuming more than you should give. Understand that your intentions and goals are still powerful even if you take a break once in a while.


You are putting others before your personal health. Someone will ask for help this week and it is in your nature to care, but being too available could hurt you in the long run. Be careful. Shine your own shoes first.


You've been running into one particular person recently. This person really enjoys your company. Buy them something. PokĂŠ Bowls are a wonderful choice to express your appreciation. Or don't.

SAGITARIUS Generosity is a good thing. If you are given the opportunity to give this week, it means your time has come to make a difference. Share some love. Dab up. Or actually dab.

Remind yourself not to be too high-minded. You might step into some dog poop this week. Don't let it slow you down. Instead, let it be a reminder that although you are in control, you are human after all and not perfect.

You often run around pursuing goals. Take a step back this week and appreciate how far you have come. Smile in the company of your friends and the grass on your lawn. They are always there for you.


You might have a quest to complete this week that requires a lot of time and thought. Do not back down from the challenge. Being introspective and thoughtful is your strength.




Be careful--a ghost from the past may stop you in your tracks and possibly send you backwards. Don't let such distraction and temptation obstruct you from your goals. You are doing well with your current plans.


Your compassion this week might keep you from making the right decisions. Thinking about the future and being mindful of previous mistakes will help you find the right path.

You have an aura of energy around you that might be overwhelming. You should burn it off with physical activities. Take up sports, dance with friends, or climb a tree.


AQUARIUS Communicating your intentions might be difficult sometimes. Yet, not everyone can read your mind. It might be helpful to explain your feelings more and not assume that others are out to get you.

You have been fluttering around like a fairy with your endeavors, valuing creativity over other traits. Try to practice more discipline and you will find yourself reaping the rewards.

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Week of February 26, 2019

Sharks in Jacksonville: NJIT Downs Dolphins to Earn Win No. 20 By NJIT Atheltics JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – The NJIT Highlanders (20-9, 8-6 ASUN) defeated the Jacksonville Dolphins (12-17, 5-9 ASUN) at Swisher Gymnasium on Saturday, 77-73. Sophomore Zach Cooks earned his first career double-double notching 24 points and 13 rebounds. Senior Diandre Wilson added 20 points. NJIT's 20th win of the season, already a regular season record, puts the program one victory shy of tying its all-time wins record set in 2014-15 (21), which was achieved

after three postseason wins. The victory was also NJIT's 10th road win of the season, which is tied for the third-highest away wins total in the nation. "Jacksonville plays really well at home…to play the way that we did tonight was really gratifying" head coach Brian Kennedy said. "We grinded out another victory. To get 10 road wins in today and age in college basketball is just huge." NJIT started slow, allowing Jacksonville to open up a nine-point run at the nine minute mark

to open up an 11-point lead. However, NJIT countered with three consecutive baskets from Cooks who would finish with a monster 16-point first half. The Dolphins led the entirety of the half until the 2:20 mark when Shawndale Jones' layup pulled NJIT ahead. NJIT caught fire closing the half on a 14-5 run to take a fivepoint lead into the break, 37-32. Jacksonville hit the ground running in the second half, starting a 9-0 run to start, which was

Griffin Schmit Powers Harvard Past NJIT in Five-Set Victory By NJIT Atheltics

CAMBRIDGE, MA—NJIT had three players record double-digit kills but it wasn't enough as Harvard's Griffin Schmit registered a double-double – matchbest 20 kills and 15 digs in the Crimson's 3-2 fiveset victory over visiting NJIT Saturday afternoon at Malkin Athletic Center. Harvard picks up its third win in the EIVA, moving to 3-2 and 3-8 overall while the Highlanders drop its third straight, falling to 0-3 in the EIVA and 4-7 overall. The Crimson won the first set, 25-18, but the Highlanders bounced back to take the second frame, 25-21, knotting the match at 1-1. Harvard went up 2-1 with a 25-16 victory in the third stanza but NJIT battled back and forced a fifth and deciding set with a 25-19 victory in the fourth set. Harvard closed out of the match with a 15-12 victory in the fifth set to secure the 3-2 win.

Midway through the fifth set, the visitors held a 9-8 advantage after a kill by Gimeno. The home team scored the next three points, taking a three-point lead, 11-9. After a point by the Highlanders, Harvard closed out the set on a 4-2 spurt, registering the 1512 victory in the fifth frame. Schmit registered a matchhigh 20 kills, hitting .415 for the match while junior Matthew Ctvrtlik tallied 46 assists

and freshman Jason Shen recorded a career-high 19 digs. Senior Trevor Dow set career-highs in both solo blocks (four) and total blocks (10). NJIT was led by a teambest 18 kills and nine digs from sophomore outside hitter Alvaro Gimeno. Piotr Namiotko followed with 15 kill and eight digs while freshman Jens Feldthus added 11 kills and six digs. Middle Luca Berger combined for nine kills, six digs and three total blocks (all assists). Freshman setter Roque Nido piled up a team-high 47 assists and added six digs for the Highlanders. NJIT will continue it stretch of five matches on the road, visiting Saint Francis U and Penn State next weekend. NJIT will travel to the Red Flash on Friday and Penn State on Saturday. Both matches are slated for 7pm.


ended by a Cook three pointer three minutes into the half. Wilson came alive midway through the second half, scoring 10 of NJIT's next 18 points to give the Highlanders the lead. Mohamed Bendary, who finished with eight points and six rebounds, pitched in with a bucket and a steal to help turn the tides off the bench. "The contribution Mohamed Bendary gave us today…he was +16 on the Plus/Minus," Kennedy said. "The character that he has in him, that reflects on the team as a whole being one of our senior leaders." The Dolphins and Highlanders continued exchanging blows, but NJIT found themselves trailing by four points with three minutes remaining. Shyquan Gibbs drained a three pointer, which was immediately followed by a Cooks steal and layup to flip the script and put NJIT back in front. Following a defensive stop, Cooks hit a three pointer to extend the lead to four points with 90 seconds to go. Jacksonville threw down a dunk in transition with 40 seconds remaining to make it a one-possession game.

As NJIT pushed for a field goal to push the game out of reach, a scramble under the rim for a loose ball resulted in a foul called on Abdul Lewis to send the Dolphins to the line shooting two with five seconds remaining. Jacksonville missed the first free throw and purposely missed the second, hoping for the rebound, but it was collected by Bendary, who was immediately fouled. The senior knocked down both of his free throws with 3.5 seconds remaining to extend the lead to four points and seal the win for NJIT. "What this year's team has done – it's the best year in the history of NJIT and we still have a lot of basketball left," Kennedy said. "It's a testament to the players...I'm just so proud of the guys." NJIT heads to Nashville, Tenn., where they will take on the ASUN's second ranked team, Lipscomb, on Monday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. ET. (TV: ESPN+) The Highlanders then return home for Senior Day on Friday, March 1, and will host ASUN leaders Liberty in their final regular season game at 7 p.m. ET.

Men's Swimming & Diving Ends CCSA Championships In Fifth Place By NJIT Atheltics LYNCHBURG, Va. --The NJIT men's swimming and diving team ended the Coastal Collegiate Sport Association Championships Saturday evening in fifth place overall, scoring a combined total of 373 points. Incarnate Word re-

peated as champions, scoring 1053.5 points. UIW was followed by runner-up Florida Atlantic (796.5), Old Dominion (698), Gardner-Webb (570.5), NJIT, Mount St. Mary's (277) and Howard (248.5). The top performanc-

es of the final day belonged to a number of sixth-place finishers: Nicholas Lyons in the 200 Breast (2:05.34), Mattheau Bonner in the 200 Fly (1:51.79), and the relay team of Joshua Franco, Lyons, Edward Madrigal and Tyler Pollock (3:09.04).


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