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Vol. XCVI | Issue 7 Week of March 12, 2019

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NJIT'S CLOCKTOWER CURSE By March Roth | Staff Writer

"...WHOEVER WALKS UNDER THE CLOCKTOWER IS DOOMED..." There’s a chance that during your time at NJIT, you’ve heard of a curse— one destined upon those who walk under the clock tower just outside the Campus Center. Though joyous and musical in the eyes of many students here, some upperclassmen will enlighten you on the superstition surrounding it. While students hear many theories regarding the repercussions of walking beneath the tower, all myths share a common theme: it is the worst of luck for a student. Recently, I took to campus to find out what fellow students had to say about this curse, and whether they knew about it. To my surprise, most had varying ideas on the specifics of the superstition. Hassan Elsaid, a freshman biology major, stated, “What I’ve heard from the notorious myth of the clock tower is that whoever walks under the clock tower is doomed to fail their classes and tank their GPAs.” Furthermore, Noah Vazquez, a freshman mechanical and industrial engineering student, perpetuated this idea, stating, “I have a friend who walked under it last semester, and he didn’t pass Calc 1… He didn’t just walk under it, he did laps under it.” There is, however, a less GPA-oriented version of the myth that I’ve also encountered. Katherine Ji, a first-year biology

student, sold me a different blend of this superstition, with a bit of a loophole. “I’ve heard that walking under the bell tower entails that you will not graduate in four years. Because I’m planning on graduating in three years, I make a point of it to walk under it.” Yet another version of the curse comes from Connor Fleming, Station Manager of WJTB Radio. His edition, however, I feel should be taken with a grain of salt. “The story as I know it,” he said, “is that the third residence of Joel Bloom is at the top in the clock tower. There’s a tiny cubby hole that he crawls into like a little elf, and he gets very angry when people walk under it, so he changes all of your grades to F’s.” Although it is quite the image, and would be incredible if true, I would suggest disregarding this tale as an outlier. There are those on campus, however, that look towards the curse with disbelief. Migle Surblyte, a junior computer science major and self-proclaimed ‘eternal skeptic’, had never heard of the myth, and approached it with understandable caution, stating “I’ve walked under [the tower] many times, and my GPA is doing fine.” Through my time engaging with the students of NJIT discussing the curse of the clock tower, everyone seemed to approach the subject with

a similar air of delight. With smiles on their faces, every person told their version or opinion on the myth, spreading their spin on the delightful rumor with complete and utter joy. The rumor itself is most likely complete nonsense: a rumor started by a student years ago that has been passed on from generation to generation of incoming students. This shared delight, this giddy rumor telling, is a great glimpse into the culture of NJIT, and the happiness we derive from the telltale stories of the campus. There’s a simple relish in the spreading of bogus rumors, something to smile and laugh about, and of course something to blame bad grades and luck on. It is a connection between us all, a common story to help make college a bit more interesting. The next time you find yourself roaming the campus walkways at 6 p.m., hearing the chimes of the clock tower, you might think of bad grades and GPAs, Joel Bloom in his cubby hole, or those who shared these stories with you. Should you walk past it, or perhaps even through it, think of those who told you the curse of the clock tower, and do your part to tell friends and college newcomers. Spread the rumor, spread a few smiles, and keep the story alive.

Photo by Owen Busler | The Vector



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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 Akinlolu Pelumi Aguda 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

This Week’s Weather

Wednesday, Mar. 13th

46-°F |32-°F 7 mph

54-°F | 48-°F 10 mph

Saturday, Mar. 16th

54-°F | 33-°F 13 mph 2:30pm - 3:30pm 5:00pm - 9:30pm

5:00pm - 7:00pm

45-°F | 31-°F 10 mph

Highlander Hub Make-Up Training Mocktail Hour Post Common Giveaway

THURSDAY, MARCH 14 11:00am - 3:00pm

FRIDAY, MARCH 15 11:30pm - 1:00pm

5:00pm - 8:00pm


Senior Staff Owen Busler Kayla Mitchell Beshoy Shokralla Isaac Scafe David Korty Nicole Cheney Jonpierre Grajales Shanee Halevi Yasmine Ibrahim Daniil Ivanov Prem Naik Siri Uppuluri Adrian Wong Colin Bayne Katherine Ji Sreya Sanyal Rick-kendy Noziere STAFF Sreya Das Parth Agrawal Aaron Kellett James Nanchanatt Jagathi Kalluru Joseph Mauro Anuj Patel Contributing Writers Zackary Kellett John Hawks Rahul Kapoor Divjyot Singh

Sunday, Mar. 17th


4:30pm - 5:30pm

Business Assistant Paras Sakharkar

9:00am - 9:00pm 10:00am - 5:00pm 8:00pm - 10:30pm

Murray Center Movie Thursdays

Monday, Mar. 18h

47-°F | 34-°F 11 mph

CKB 116 Campus Center Atrium Campus Center Highlander Club Campus Center 2nd Floor

Wellness and Events Center “DNA & Foul Play: The Strange and Unexpected World of Forensic Lecture Hall: Marjorie Perry Room Biology.” Leadership Workshop: Communication MSA Chopped Kitchen Challenge

Office of Student Life Campus Center 485B Campus Center Faculty/Staff Dining Lounge

NJIT Game Day Cookie Raffle Karaoke Night

Ballroom A and Ballroom B Campus Center Lobby Campus Center Highlander Club

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 8:00pm - 9:00pm 10:00am - 4:00pm

65-°F | 44-°F 13 mph

Upcoming Events


Layout Assistant Shehab Ibrahim Katherine Ji Sandra Raju Birju Dhaduk

Friday, Mar. 15th

Thursday, Mar. 14th

SAC Coffee Giveaway PDS Gauntlet


Campus Center Lobby Campus Center Lobby

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Memory of Dr. Herman A. Estrin and Roger Hernande z

NJIT Vector Summary 3/1/2019 Times Shown are Times Reported For 3/1/19 through 3/8/19

12:44AM Student reported his IPhone XR was taken after he left it unattended in the lobby of Laurel Hall. 7:36PM Officers arrested a non-affiliate at James and Nesbitt Streets subsequent to a motor vehicle stop at James and Nesbitt Streets. The vehicle was towed for an expired registration and two summonses were issued. 9:54PM Employees working in the Village Market reported candy was stolen from shelves. The suspect was gone by the time police arrival.

4:30PM Officers arrested a non-affiliate on Nesbitt Street for an open warrant subsequent to a motor vehicle stop. The driver was issued six summonses and the suspect was released with a new court date. 3/3/19 11:27PM Officers arrested a non-affiliate for an open warrant subsequent to a motor vehicle stop on Central Ave. and Norfolk Street. Two summonses were issued and the suspect was released with a new court date.

3/4/19 9:05PM Employees of the Subway restaurant on Central Ave. reported an unknown male who falsely represented himself as working for a fire prevention company. He claimed extinguishers needed servicing but requested $476.70 before replacing or repairs could be made. He was given the money but never returned. 3/7/19 9:19AM A Gourmet Dining Services employee reported harassment by another employee. The situation is ongoing. 2:57PM Employees of the NJIT Bookstore reported an unknown male walked out of the store with two speakers without paying.





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Student Senate Update Vector Summary 03/02/2019

By Owen Busler | Senior Staff Writer General: After taking attendance this week, it was announced that a quorum was barely met. Without enough senators present, senate cannot vote new clubs in, or vote for new senators. The low attendance issue is due, in part, to the fact that many positions are open. Last week Stephanie Tuquero, the Electrical Engineering Representative, and Astha Sharma, the Human-Computer Interaction Representative, both stepped down from their positions. This brought the total number of vacancies on senate to 17 out of 50 seats. Those interested in running for any of the following positions, please reach out to senate at

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Junior Class President Computer Science Computer Technology Computing & Business Construction Management Technology Electrical & Computer Eng Technology Electrical Engineering Environmental Science Human-Computer Interaction Interior Design Law, Technology & Cul-


od. The biggest issue with the

about the future for cross reg-

fail during their time at NJIT.


join that late. Significant push back has been seen from the Department of Mathematical Sciences, as students joining

College of Architecture & Design (CoAD) Representative, and Shokralla met with the CoAD administration to see if the college could allocate funds towards offsetting the cost of students’ projects. Choudhary ran a successful survey which found that CoAD students spend on average $300.00 a semester on class projects. The proposed plan would set a portion of the school’s $200,000 budget towards subsidizing students’ projects. When the CoAD administrator laid out how the school spends its funds, it was discovered that about $100,000 a year goes towards faculty travel expenses. Student Senate is currently looking into this matter to assess if this is normal across all the colleges and will report back next week.

so senate is looking to update it in the hope of getting this resolution passed in the near future. The updated resolution states that if the student earns a passing grade, then the class will show up on his/her transcript as a “pass” and does not factor into GPA calculation. This resolution would allow students to explore other topics of interest that do not align with their major. The next point of discussion revolved around new finance bylaws. The finance and club committees have been restructuring the club and finance tier system. The new system easily defines clubs based off membership size and the number of events held. It also caps club budgets and simplifies the financial system for existing clubs, as well as Senate. Before the meeting adjourned, Student Senate briefly discussed the state of the constitution, and plans to rewrite the document to match senate’s current role at NJIT.

• Mechanical Engineering new two-week period is that istration students. The old version of the resolu• Medical Informatics some classes are difficult to Lastly, Ivan Chaudhary, the tion was quickly shot down, • Web & Information Systems

• Resident • Freshman Commuter E-Board Reports: The focus of Senate President Jeremy Bedient’s meeting with President Joel Bloom this week was campus safety. Progress has been made with the Mayor and the county public works to add a lit crosswalk at the intersections of Central Ave. and MLK Boulevard, as well as Summit St. and Central Ave. There are plans to adjust traffic patterns by the Mueller Bros. warehouse at the intersection of MLK Blvd. and Central Ave., in addition to installing raised crosswalks in the area. Bedient pushed for a crosswalk to be constructed directly between campus and Giovanni’s Pizza, on Central Ave. Vice President of Administration, Beshoy Shokralla, recently met with NJIT Vice President and Provost Fadi Deek, to discuss feedback from the new add-drop peri-

a class two weeks into the semester will have missed six classes and a quiz. Students who joined classes late this semester are having their performance monitored to see if they can still perform well academically after missing the first two weeks of class. It is worth noting that most of the students joining classes late are ones who are having financial aid problems. Without the longer add period, they would not have taken any classes at all. Deek also mentioned that he’s been in contact with a new department head at Rutgers-Newark and is optimistic

New Business: Shokralla and a senate committee have been hard at work refining their Pass/Fail resolution, which would allow students to register for a maximum of three non-major-related courses as pass/

Trump-Kim Summit End Without a Deal By James Nanchanatt| Staff Writer President Trump walked away from the Hanoi summit with Chairman Kim Jong Un of North Korea without reaching a deal to resolve the Korean conflict involving nuclear weapons and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. The abrupt ending of talks without definite progress is seen as a serious blow to the possibility of building peace between the two nations. The failure of the summit seems to be linked to both sides’ unwillingness to compromise on any of the key components that would have led to denuclearization. The North Korean leader demanded a blanket lifting of United Nations sanctions in return for the closure of the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Facility, its most important research and production site. The immediate removal of sanctions was a non-starter for Trump. “You have to be prepared to walk away,” he said in a conference later. North Korea, a country infamous for

its secrecy, has other nuclear facilities so the removal of the Yongbyon facility would not have been the end of a North Korean nuclear program. Trump in turn presented the same offer that previous administrations before him had offered: the trading of all nuclear weapons, materials and facilities in return for the end of sanctions. President Trump believed that he could succeed where others failed due to his self-purported skill as a deal maker, and the relationship between the two leaders. Kim Jong Un objected to these terms on the basis that they had not established a great enough trust for the dismantling of its entire nuclear program at one time. The relationship between the two leaders has taken a complete turn throughout Trump’s presidency. Tensions quickly escalated between the two countries early on, with North Korea’s nuclear tests and claims that they created missiles that could reach the

United States. In response to these tests the United Nations enforced strict sanctions on the country, which were aimed at the civilian population in an attempt to cripple the nation. Trump later went on to call Kim “Little Rocket Man” and threatened “fire and fury like the world has never seen”. However, Trump’s attitude towards Kim changed when the South Korean President, Moon Jae-in, encouraged talks between the two. This eventually culminated in their first summit in June 2018 in Singapore, where they signed a general statement towards denuclearization and peace in the Korean peninsula. The future of a prospective deal between the two nations now lies in doubt after the summit. While Trump and Kim may not have another scheduled talk in the near future, negotiations will likely continue between lower-level officials.



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Abhorrent, But Not Abuse By Parth Agrawal | Senior Staff Writer

It took just a single publication to spark a dangerous campaign against one of medicine’s greatest innovations. A 1998 study by a British physician claimed a link between the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism. Longitudinal and cross-sectional studies disproved the relationship between the two, investigations found the article to be fraudulent, and the author was stripped of his medical license. But the damage was done. As the 21st century advanced, so did the anti-vaccination movement. The fear and distrust that fuels most conspiracy theories was given a powerful nitrous oxide injection of parental protectiveness. The CDC reported that in 2003, 22% of American parents refused or delayed vaccination from their pediatricians. By 2008, that number had risen to 38%.

cinated communities. Compared with the 20002007 average of 63 cases per year, 2014 shattered and still holds the record for measles in the last decade, with 667 reported incidents. Unvaccinated Jewish-American communities in Ohio contributed to 383 of those. In other words, anChart via ti-vaxxers alone caused more inriating, dangerous, and selfish fections in a single year than any other in recent anti-vaccination is, child abuse is a serious legal definition history. In light of this information, that cannot easily be used as many have called for the gov- a catch-all term for risky parernment to step up measures to enting. The CDC defines child protect the lives and health of abuse, or Acts of Commission, American children. One meth- as “deliberate or intentional” od proposes indicting anti-vac- actions that “cause harm, pocination parents with child tential harm, or threat of harm.” But however misinformed and obstinate their decisions may be, anti-vaxxers’ claims stem from a desire to help their children (i.e. prevent autism) rather than an intent to harm. Upon further inspection, the legal definition of child neglect appears to be a more fitting idea. abuse. After all, these diseases Neglect is defined by the CDC as can be deadly and debilitating, a failure to protect a child from and refusing vaccinations could “harm or potential harm”. Inendanger a child, not to men- sofar as vaccines are essential, tion a community. Shouldn’t proven techniques to safeguard the threat of abuse charges be against the potential for serideterrent enough to put the an- ous diseases, informed refusal of vaccination could constitute ti-vax issue to rest? Not quite. It is important to medical neglect. However, the recognize that however infu- American Academy of Pediatrics suggests doctors only call Child Protective Services (CPS) if anti-vaccination proves to be an immediate danger, such as refusing a tetanus shot following a deep, infected laceration. As pediatrician and professor Doug Opel puts it, “We need to be very cautious with involving CPS for vaccine refusal… It will likely be perceived as coercive and undermine the doctor-parent relationship. My preference is to work with parents, build rapport and trust, and keep

"major American outbreaks in the last ten years have been fueled primarily by infections of unvaccinated communities." -CDC This has had demonstrable effects on the epidemiology of preventable diseases. Illnesses that have historically been suppressed by vaccinations have started making a comeback. According to the CDC, major American outbreaks in the last ten years have been fueled primarily by infections of unvac-

communication lines open." If the goal of the modern scientific and medical community is to rationally debunk myths about vaccination and convince parents to abide by their physicians’ guidelines, slamming anti-vax families with child abuse charges could have the opposite effect. It may polarize and alienate members of a community who are already distrustful of the healthcare system. Solutions could instead echo Australia’s “no jab, no play” and “no jab, no pay” programs and bar unvaccinated children from kindergarten and preschool or withhold child benefits from their parents. These methods act as incentives for parents to follow modern advice, without the harrowing experience of having children torn away. It is undeniable that the anti-vaccination movement poses serious consequences for global and national health. But policy initiatives must keep in mind that education, transparency, and conversation are the safest and most sustainable ways to quell these new and particularly dangerous conspiracy theories. Otherwise, horror stories traded on anti-vax internet forums could affirm suspicions, fuel a new wave of protests, and radicalize fearful parents, exacerbating—instead of solving—the global anti-vaccination problem.





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Women Stepping Up in STEM: Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon By James Bonilla | Contributing Writer

Top: photo by Eric Draper, Middle & Bottom Photos via creative commons

According to Women in Red—a WikiProject dedicated to the inclusion of more women on Wikipedia—in Nov. 2014, only 15% of the English Wikipedia’s biographies were about women. As of Mar. 4, 2019, biographies on women have only grown to 17.73%. Wikipedia had over 7 million page views per month last year, which means many individuals are using the site to get information, and it is lacking female representation. Librarians from the Van Houten Library and dedicated students at NJIT hope to change that. Their goal is to improve the coverage of women in STEM professions on Wikipedia with workshops on how students can become Wikipedia Editors. These workshops include tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, editing support, and reference materials. In addition to adding more pages on women in STEM, they hope to write pages on notable

female NJIT alumni in STEM-related fields. Plans are currently in the works for NJIT’s very own Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon and a potential collaboration with Girl Up, a global movement led by young women leaders dedicated to gender equality. I asked the women leading this effort about the importance of including more women in STEM on Wikipedia. “I have a degree in Engineering… the number of females in STEM related majors hasn’t changed all that much from when I was in school,” said Joanne Dera, Science and Engineering Librarian at the Van Houten Library. “When young women read about women in STEM, it gives them validation and confidence,” added Jocelyn Davis, a student library assistant. Wikipedia Editors can help ensure the information on the pages is properly referenced with reliable sources. Especially when it comes to the biographies of

women, Wikipedia Editors must edit knowledgably and use better strategies when organizing information. “Wikipedia has categories or tags [e.g. Women in Engineering and Women in STEM]. Entries on Wikipedia are divided into these categories, which is redundant and robust,” said Dera. “If someone decides to delete a tag because two are similar, all the entries with that tag are lost,” she continued. This is where the workshops come in—to ensure proper training and support is given to prospective student editors. Those interested in the cause should check in at the Van Houten Library Reference Desk or email Joanne Dera at dera@ To get started right now, make your own Wikipedia account and visit http://researchguides.njit. edu/wikipedia.

Anti-Vaxxers Bring Back Measles By Luis Andrade | Staff Writer

For the first time in five years, a preventable disease thought to have been eradicated reemerged in Costa Rica, inadvertently imported into the country by a 5-year-old French boy on vacation with his family. This incident reintroduced measles to a developing region recently plagued by Dengue and Zika. The family was quarantined in the Puntarenas Hospital for the remainder of their vacation and a health campaign was launched by the Costa Rican Health Ministry (Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social) to prevent a contagion. Authorities are continuing to search for anyone that could have been in contact with the family throughout tourists’ hotspots in San Jose, Santa Teresa, and passengers on their Air France flight. The measles virus is a highly contagious disease could prove deadly for children and those with a weakened or compromised immune system who are not inoculated. Although the disease is preventable, in recent years the

crusade behind the antivaccination movement has resulted in a resurgence and drastic spike of preventable diseases reappearing in developed countries. Currently, the viral effects of the antivaccination movement has families around the world convinced of the pseudo-dangers associated with vaccines, often choosing to forego inoculating their children. The “antivaxxer” community often rallies behind faux studies that link vaccines to autism and other developmental conditions and have used social media to spread this information. A New York Times article detailing a study of the correlation between vaccines and autism conducted with Danish children over a ten-year period has refuted the argument these communities frequently rally behind. The UK Telegraph quoted the World Health Organization (WHO) as stating “that ‘vaccine hesitancy’ was among the 10 most serious threats to human health.” The WHO compiled a report linking measles and other preventable diseases as the cause of 6% world-

wide childhood deaths. Many social media sites, such as Facebook, Pinterest, and Google have been requested to take steps to control the misinformation on their platforms in an attempt to curb the spread of pseudoscience and conspiracy theories. I interviewed Costa Rican citizens Jason Blanco and Jessica Garita to get a better idea of the situation on the ground. The two currently reside in the province of Guanacaste and expressed concern over the susceptibility of the country in the event of an outbreak. Blanco stated that he “was a bit worried (about the outbreak) because the healthcare in Costa Rica isn’t as advanced as the United States” and would therefore “be more difficult to contain”. He discussed recent situations with outbreaks of Dengue and Zika, where the country “outsourced the help.” Blanco and Garita expressed their experiences with vaccinations for travel requirements established by the government. Last year, Costa Rica received an influx of Guatemalan, Nicaraguan and Venezuelan refugees and implemented

policies that required vaccinations for citizens and residents. As part of the program, the government launched a health campaign establishing clinics in every province, door-to-door services and offering vaccines for free in an effort to lessen the chance of an outbreak. Garita mentioned that during the most recent health services campaign (Dec. 12 - Feb. 8), the goal was to vaccinate 770,000 children between the ages of 15 months and 9 years old. Blanco and Garita both noted the Costa Rican government has strict guidelines concerning vaccinations for children. Fines and sanctions are imposed on parents and schools frequently deny the students entry if their inoculation record is not up to date. Regarding travel guidelines, Garita mentioned that during her time as a travel guide, South American tourists “needed an ID validating their shots before

they could travel” and feels that “unvaccinated travelers pose a great risk to other travelers”. Both Blanco and Garita discussed at length the services offered by the Costa Rican government and are grateful for the administration’s participation in their wellbeing. They stated that they feel that government intervention in health services is “justified because vaccination isn’t just helping the country, its helping everybody else”



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Major Minor Fair


Women's Day Celebration

Mandala Art Studio Photos by Katherine Ji

Students explore opportunities, meet with academic coordinators and advisors, and fill out paperwork to declare a major or minor at the Major Minor Fair

Photos by Katherine Ji

Students gather at a mini maker fair hosted by Women Computing Society to celebrate international women's day and show support for women in STEM.

Photos by Nuriman Tjiptarto

Student destress and create intricate mandalas at an event hosted by the Highlander Art Club.




Week of March 12, 2019 TV Review


Umbrella Academy By March Roth | Staff Writer

Novel, unique, and playfully dark, “The Umbrella Academy” is an unorthodox superhero Netflix Original Series, following the not-sosuper Hargreeves family. Based on the comics written by Gerard Way, lead singer of pop punk band My Chemical Romance (MCR), the show follows a dysfunctional family of superheroes and their reunion after the disbanding of their juvenile hero group, The Umbrella Academy. With slow-paced character-driven stories, a MCR “flavor” to the plot and story, wonderful characterizations, and perfectly blended side-plots, the series is an excellent example of the deconstruction of the superhero genre, and the effects that such a life can have on a young hero ensemble. Filled to the brim with grim humor and story beats, there’s more to this show than a need to be quirky or edgy. The show is a passion project for Gerard Way, and serves as an ode to his childhood inspirations: Dun-

geons & Dragons and comic books. When confronting tropes and clichés in the superhero genre, Way embraces them wholeheartedly and uses them to his advantage. In an interview with New Musical Express, a British music journalism website and magazine, Way said “… because people already know what those archetypes are, it allows us to really do much crazier things, whether it’s exploring psychology or the family dynamic. Whatever really. Those classic characters basically did the set up for us to take them on and explore them further, to go deeper.” The series is a show that does not stop for explanations and expects the viewer to keep up and catch up. With no overdrawn on-thenose backstories for characters, you are expected to recognize and go along with some frankly absurd ideas, which makes it a wild rollercoaster of worldbuilding. If possible, I would recommend going in completely


blind. The colorful cast of characters leaves any prospective viewer entertained, and always with a favorite. It’s a finely crafted universe with even finer characters and soundtrack. Without a doubt, it is the unsuspected hit Netflix show of the year thus far, and is well worth the binge. Spanning ten one-hour-long episodes, “Umbrella Academy” will certainly leave you craving more, curious of what’s to come in following seasons.

Public Announcement

Graduate Student Association Newly Established Clubs Iranian Graduate Club

Sharing the history and culture of Iran with the NJIT community, and providing a source of support for graduate Iranian students. Contact: Fatemeh Mohammadi, Club President,

Graduate IEEE

General Assembly Meetings Upcomming Dates

April 3rd April 24th

Spreading the knowledge of the theory and practice of all aspects of electrical engineering and allied branches. Contact: Ali Tashrifwala, Event Coordinator,

Graduate Society of Women Engineers

Helping females to acheive their full potential as engineers and leaders. Contact: Suchandra Dad, Club President,

Graduate Biomedical Engineering Society

Helping students learn more about biomedical engineering research and providing networking opportunities for career developments. Contact: Apurva Lima, Club President,

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

May 1st Meeting Times are 4:30 pm 5:30 pm in CC 215





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Left, Right & Middle Should flight and train passengers be required to submit vaccination records before being allowed to fly/purchase a ticket? By Nicole Cheney | Senior Staff Writer

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accination should not be an option for healthy, non-immunocompromised individuals; a non-medical exemption should not exist under any circumstances. This is the compromise to which one must agree in order to live in a civilized society. In 1905, the Supreme Court decided on the case of Jacobson v. Massachusetts, a landmark ruling that set the legal precedent for compulsory vaccination for the common good. It is responsible to require vaccination records when enrolling in school, starting a new job, or traveling abroad, for some examples. However, it is not reasonable to expect citizens to carry copies of their vaccination records to have on hand when commuting. In many cases, it could preclude the poor from even using public transportation, especially those without health insurance or in-between doctors, and ensuring such a policy on behalf of transportation companies would create difficulties in managing both time and crowds. While vaccination is a crucial issue for a safe society, supplying medical records to transportation companies is not a realistic idea.

By Daniil Ivanov | Senior Staff Writer

By Mark Pothen | Staff Writer






lack of vaccination is a major (and growing) public health concern nationally. However, keeping unvaccinated individuals off planes and trains would be an overreach that I cannot support. I do sympathize with those who have children that cannot yet be vaccinated or those who are not medically cleared for vaccination, but a ban from two major modes of long-distance travel for unvaccinated individuals would be a sideways attempt at a government mandate on inoculation. Public health is a concern of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nationally and the World Health Organization globally; Amtrak should not be the one turning away people from traveling. Health agencies must double down on the scientific evidence behind vaccines, provide proof of safety beyond a reasonable doubt, and help people become educated on these issues. I also don’t believe that a travel ban on unvaccinated individuals will influence transmission of disease. One can be coughed on at the mall, a concert, a bus, or any other place with a high density of people, so banning plane and train travel seems ineffective. The root of the question is how aggressively the government should be pushing vaccinations, which is a different story altogether. A swath of misinformation propagated online has made anti-vaxxers more mainstream than ever, so the action of the government should be channeled into aggressive debunking and informing rather than concocting ill thought out legislation.


’m not at all happy with the principle of government compelling anyone to submit vaccination records before being allowed to purchase a plane ticket. A policy like this would impede upon one’s ability to travel freely and is completely unfeasible in the most mobile society in world history. This is not to defend those who reluctant towards vaccinations (otherwise known as “anti-vaxxers”) who, according to the World Health Organization, are one of the biggest threats to health in the world. The main problem regarding this policy would be implementation. For example, in 2014 President Obama did not restrict travel to countries with Ebola, instead saying, “In the 21st century, we cannot build moats around our countries. There are no drawbridges to be pulled up." He essentially contended that there’s no point in trying to regulate those infected who are coming into the country. Given society’s extreme mobility, someone who is infected is bound to slip through all the screening. If we cannot even regulate travel of those with a disease, what good are vaccination records in terms of regulating said disease? Travel security is already time-consuming enough with the amount of airport security. I see no point in adding an extra layer that, in all likelihood, will not even complete its intended task.

Film Review

GREENBOOK By Andrew Edmonson | Staff Writer The 91st Academy Awards were held on Sunday, Feb. 24, with automatic controversy surrounding this year’s Best Picture winner: “Green Book”. The film, directed by Peter Farrelly and starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, also took home Best Supporting Actor for Ali and Best Original Screenplay for Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, and Farrelly. “Green Book” is based on the true story of pianist Dr. Donald Shirley (Ali) and his driver, Tony “Lip” Vallelonga (Mortensen), as they traveled through the American South in 1962. While the film quickly became popular, winning the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival, it also drew criticism for its handling of the subject matter. For many, the film’s depiction of Shirley was reminiscent of the “magical negro”: a black character whose only purpose is to help the white main character go through their character arc. This only served to further the film’s “white sav-

ior” narrative, in which a prominently-featured white character helps a person of color overcome challenges that they can’t conquer on their own. This impression was made worse by Ali’s win of Best Supporting Actor. In the few months between the film’s premiere and the Oscars, the controversies just kept coming. First, in September, Mortensen used the n-word at a post-screening Q&A, for which he quickly issued a public apology. Then, in November, the Shirley’s family denounced the film, calling it a “symphony of lies”. In January, Farrelly apologized for having flashed his penis in the workplace, and screenwriter Vallelonga apologized for a 2015 tweet in which he agreed with the debunked claim that Muslims in New Jersey cheered after 9/11. While each of these controversies involves important issues, the ones most connected to “Green Book’s” Golden Globe

and Oscar wins are the film’s historical inaccuracies and depiction of its main characters. As previously stated, “Green Book” relies on a number of tropes, including the “white savior” narrative, in which the film spends a considerable amount of time focusing on the white Vallelonga and his arc of overcoming his own racial prejudices and becoming a better man through his friendship with the “magical negro” that is Shirley. At the same time, Shirley is depicted as being isolated and out of touch with his family and the African American community as a whole, with Vallelonga introducing Shirley to things like fried chicken and the music of Little Richard. In one scene, Vallelonga even claims to be blacker than Shirley. These are points that Shirley’s family has taken direct issue with, claiming that the actual Donald Shirley had an active relationship with his family and was friends with major Civil Rights activists like Martin Luther King, Jr., and Af-

rican American musicians like Nina Simone. There has been some backlash to this controversy, mainly surrounding the family’s claims that Shirley and Vallelonga were not friends and had “an employer-employee relationship”. One of the most notable responses is a Hollywood Reporter article by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in which he argues that “films are not about facts, they are about something much more elusive and important: truth.” In part I agree with this; “Green Book” is not a documentary, and minor inaccuracies can be overlooked in pursuit of a deeper truth. However, there is a difference between minor inaccuracies and the distortion of facts to push a specific narrative. By ignoring Shirley’s relationships with prominent African Americans at the time and his involvement with the Civil Rights movement—including the Selma march—in order to make him appear isolated from the black community, the film

ignores the life and accomplishments of a successful black musician and opens the door for a white savior to come in and show him why he needs to connect with “his people”. This is amplified by the fact that all the writers and producers of the film are white. While it is possible for white screenwriters to tell the story of black characters accurately and compellingly, there is an inherently different perspective that would be brought by including black voices. Social media users were quick to recognize the lack of diversity in the film’s creative team, with some calling the film racist. “Green Book” is an enjoyable film that addresses an important topic, but its deliberate warping of facts to tell a ‘white savior’ narrative, coupled with its lack of diversity and series of controversies, has left many wondering whether it truly deserved to win Best Picture.



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Poetry Submissions Surface Tension | Xavier Reyes Strength is a tranquil plane reflecting the sky. Picture perfect colors painted by an afro-ed artist To be beheld from afar by those afraid of drowning Strength is the unwavering tide A constant yet changing force A calming presence unafraid of the world Unafraid to be what it is from coast to coast Strength is a thin layer of tension, Water desperately clinging to itself Hiding what lies beneath Strength hides the undertow and the riptide Currents that sweep away unsuspecting creatures Tossing them about and pulling them out to sea Unaware of which way is up they flounder Only leading them further from the shore Strength has a hidden abyss An unending storage closet For storing the eruptions that threaten to raise themselves And disturb that beautiful plane. Disruptions that could shoo away the fearful From beholding what keeps them afloat Strength is knowing you are the cause of Tidal waves, hurricanes, and tsunamis. You could flood the lands With salted water and end the Earth Strength is not

Rewritten | Colin Bayne You rip the history from my bones, And fill them in with bland old nothings. You rip the passions from my thoughts, And fill them in with pinings empty. You rip the love from my heart of hearts, And fill it in with blackened anger. You have torn down the wheel I was born upon, Leaving only two spokes standing perpendicted. You have belittled the powers that watched my people, Resigned them to the woods and the hills. You have torn down the temples of my fathers, The wind-blown hills of aery worship; Cast up grim houses upon their sites, Which now are crumbled into the hallowed green. You have shorn my heart of its passionate flame; Instilled instead cold flickering hate, Blown tall by the winds of regret and shame, Until it tears down my own hallowed place of Me. As the temple, so the heart: crumbled to dust; Left to be the foundation of the ‘TRUTH’ All in capitals, divinely originating, But any divinity there I reject entirely. Who is your god, to revel in these deeds? Who is your god, to cast out the unloved? Why is your god not protective like others? Why is he different, the jealous Jove? I turn from his countenance, let his face shine elsewhere. I turn to the cauldron, to the sword, to the shrieking stone, To the hills and the meads age-worn and deep-hallowed. I turn to the old gods of my people. Betrayed by the Anointed, Spurned by his Body: They know my pain, And I know theirs.



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PISCES Those stories are gone, buried in thornes deep in your mind. Pick up the petals and burrow yourself. Maintain, and a stream of water will pour out.

SAGITTARIUS You have wondered for so long. The calculations of your steps are not necessarily at waste . For a final choice this week, what moves you most along the downtrodden path, regardless of anxiety, is best.

VIRGO We all see you as you skim the paragraphs of your great novel. You’ve licked the fingers to turn the page. Despite your hurry, allow all you have sought after to nurture you.


You work for more hours than is necessary, yet, you are not upholding your greatest standards. Allow the sweetest and scariest ideas to enter your life; allow grace and sunshine.

When 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg decided to strike school and sit in front of the Swedish parliament to raise awareness for the climate crisis, she started the first ever school strike for climate. With this, she sparked the movement "Fri-


CAPRICORN And so it goes, dancing with your hands tied, you called it whatever when the New Year came. Now that your dress is swift, what simpler things can you bleed into the world?

Those facts you do not hold are not enlightenment. If you remain patient and walk the line of your process heel to toe, heel to toe, all may be well. Continue walking, asking for nothing.



A sense of uncertainty will chase you this week. Seize it and let it simmer. It will be important for shedding the priorities and fears that you have held for too long. Be ready.

Watch the cliff and forget elegance. Feel the sting of the wind against your skin as you perform your spontaneous dance. The past is a wisp. Learn from the present.



Remember that you cannot be blamed for what was already delicate--if you are ready for it, then you must go. Know that you must remain fair now that the end game is near.

Waves will hit you at all directions this week. Instead of installing a dam, remember that waves are simple, flowing, and connecting. Find the beauty in the chaos.



TAURUS Hoist the feet of others in your common ways. The crown and robes will soon be presented to you for your efforts. Trudge on through the mud.


Maybe you have some sense that giving up on something that seems way too difficult is a way to show how you’ve grown. Don’t just be a tree. Go deep into the possibility you know is not destined to happen. Once you’re free of feeling you are free to feel.


days for the Future;" Every Friday students from all around the world strike school and take to the streets to protest. On March 15th, students across the US will have a global day of climate action. This will be the first nationwide school strike for climate!

The demands of the US Youth Climate Strike are: 1. We demand a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in line with the October 2018 IPCC Special report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius. 2. We demand our world leaders take action that ensures global warming remains under 1.5 degrees Celsius. 3. We demand that our US legislators implement the Green New Deal and other legislative actions that decrease the climate crisis.



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Week of March 12, 2019 Tech Review

By Sagar Solanki | Contributing Writer

On Feb. 20, Samsung held their annual Galaxy Unpacked event to deliver exciting news and showcase their newest tech to all current and potential consumers. The Unpacked event began with the unfolding of the company’s latest phone—the Galaxy Fold, a powerful smartphone that happens to be 7.3 inches long. The device uses an infinity flex display that can be folded down to a compact 4.6-inch version. While the bigger screen is folded in, the outer screen is available for use in a minimalistic manner, so as to drain the least amount of battery. Samsung managed to design this device using a proper hinge as a backbone with multiple interlocking gears hidden under the massive display. The Galaxy Fold will offer its own features, such as triple-app multitasking that can be used to watch a video, text your loved one, and surf the web all at the same time. With Samsung’s app continuity, users will be able to expand application use without missing a beat when they unfold the phone into a tablet. The Fold contains two batteries combined into a single power source, as well as a total of six cameras: three on the back, two inside, and another on the front. With a price tag of $1,980, the Fold will available for purchase on Apr. 26 of this year.

For the past 10 years, the company has sold Galaxy phones, each one better than the last. This year is no different. While Samsung had multiple products to show off, the biggest focus of the announcement was the reveal of the Galaxy S10 which comes in 3 variations. The Galaxy S10 will include the world’s first Infinity-O display AMOLED bezel-less screen, which produces over 60 million colors at 100% color volume and supports HDR 10+. The S10 will also include an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner in all 3 version of the smartphone. As always, Samsung has taken their camera game to the extreme in their efforts to produce phones with the best integrated cameras. The S10+ has a total of 5 cameras—three in back and two in front—to ensure crystal clear photo quality and secure hundreds of likes once posted on Instagram. While the S10+ may be one of the most expensive phones released this year, if you’re the type to use all 12 gigabytes of RAM and the whole terabyte of storage the device has to offer, it’s well worth the money. This phone can not only last an entire day on one charge, thanks to its expanded battery, but allows the charging of other devices wirelessly with technology that mimics that of literal wireless charger.

Depending on preference, users can choose either of the 3 S10 models. The S10e provides all the essentials, S10 provides all the bells and whistles expected of Galaxy phones, and the S10+ is supercharged with more cameras, a bigger battery, and larger screen. Four days after Samsung’s Unpacked event, the 2019 Mobile World Congress (MWC) took place in Barcelona, Spain. The event, which is an opportunity for companies to present advanced technologic capabilities, is a huge draw for mobile and tech enthusiasts. One device that immediately stole the show was Huawei’s Mate X, which happens to be a foldable phone and is a direct competitor to the Galaxy Fold. Consumers will be able to take advantage of its gigantic eight inch screen and enjoy it as a smartphone with dual sided screens of 6.6- and 6.4 inches. While the Mate X does not have a front camera, its 5G speed and large battery make up for it. This phone will be released around midyear for about $2600. Yet another company that showed off a foldable smartphone was LG. The LG V50 has a bigger battery than its predecessor, the V40, and supports 5G. A phone attachment doubles the amount of screen space and creates the façade of a foldable phone.

The Nokia 9 PureView caters to those looking for a phone with excellent camera quality: it boasts five Zeiss camera lenses on its back, 12 megapixel resolution, and allows users to adjust the focus of the subject within the image any time as needed. While Nokia has not announced a release date, they claim the price will be about $699—cheaper than leading companies like Apple and Samsung. Most surprising of all was Energizer’s release. Their P18K Pop smartphone packs a battery that can last 50 days on standby mode, Android 9, and enough cameras to get a clean 16 megapixel image. With a thickness of 18 millimeters—or 0.7 inches—this smartphone is an ‘absolute unit’. Mobile devices are not the only gizmos featured at MWC 2019. Microsoft debuted the HoloLens 2, an ergonomic device worn over the eyes that allows users to mix reality and holograms, with upgraded display techhology and sensors. Another unique device presented was the Nubia Alpha, which is more of a smartphone inside the body of a smartwatch. The Alpha rocks a flexible OLED display and a 5 megapixel camera, but not much battery life. It is truly a great time to be alive in today’s age of advanced technology.

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Princeton Edges Men's Volleyball In Another Five-Set Showdown By NJIT Athletics

NEWARK, N.J. --- For the second time in four days, the NJIT men's volleyball team pushed the EIVA-leading Princeton Tigers to the brink of an upset but fell just short of their goal as Princeton slipped past the Highlanders in another epic five-set match, 3-2, Friday night at the Wellness and Events Center. Princeton moved to 10-8 on the season (8-1 EIVA) with the 25-20, 25-22, 19-25, 16-25, 16-14 victory while NJIT dropped to 4-11 (0-7 EIVA). Alvaro Gimeno led the NJIT of-

fensive attack with a match-high 17 kills, with Jens Feldthus following behind with 12 of his own. Roque Nido led the Highlanders with 32 assists while Piotr Namiotko and Luca Berger each had ten blocks. Friday's match in Newark followed Tuesday's meeting in Central Jersey set for set, with the Tigers taking a two-set lead, NJIT tying the score at 2-2, and the two teams battling in the fifth set. NJIT held off Princeton early in the opening set and led 7-6 after a service error by the Tigers. A quick 3-0 spurt by Princeton put them

ahead of the Highlanders for good, 9-7. NJIT pulled to within one point on four different occasions with the last coming on a Namiotko service ace that made the score 1514. Princeton would outscore NJIT 10-6 down the stretch to put the first set on the board. Set two began with more backand-forth action as the teams tied the score three times en route to an early 4-4 score. Another run by Princeton - this time four unanswered points - moved them ahead of NJIT, 8-4. The Highlanders surged back in front with a 10-5 run of their own, taking a 14-13 lead on a double block from Namiotko and Enrique de Diego Garcia. After three more ties and a quick 18-17 lead by the Tigers, NJIT reached 20 points first with a Luca Berger kill and a pair of Princeton attack errors (20-18). The Highlanders' edge was short-lived, however, as Princeton scored the next five points (23-20) and seven of the next nine

to seal the set. The Highlanders stormed back in the third to trim Princeton's overall lead in half. After the Tigers cut NJIT's early lead to 3-2, the Highlanders separated themselves with a 5-0 run that gave them an 8-2 advantage. NJIT converted a team match-high 13 attacks in the third set and hit .269 to win the third set as Princeton failed to pull within three points of NJIT the rest of the way. NJIT was even better in the fourth set, using a match-best .524 hitting percentage (12 kills - 1 error - 21 attacks) to even the match. Princeton tried to reestablish itself early, scoring four of the first five points in the set. Six of the next nine points went the Highlanders' way as NJIT knotted the set at 7-7. The pivotal stretch for NJIT in the fourth came immediately after as a kill, three blocks and a Tiger attack error during a 5-1 run put the hosts up 12-8. NJIT kept the pressure on throughout the re-

mainder of the set, forcing Princeton into two timeouts and leading by as many as eight points before a Namiotko and Berger double block set the final margin at nine (25-16). With momentum in its favor and an enthusiastic crowd behind them, NJIT reached the midpoint of the fifth set first by taking an 8-6 lead on a Princeton serving error. Two more kills by Namiotko and Gimeno extended the Highlander lead to 10-6 before a 4-0 stretch from the Tigers brought the teams to another tie score, 10-10. NJIT scored four of the next six points to reach match point at 1412 but the Tigers finished of the match with a kill and three consecutive aces. Princeton was led by George Huhmann (13 kills), Joe Kelly (42 assists), and Kendall Ratter (six digs).

Six-Run 10th Inning Carries NJIT Past Purdue By NJIT Athletics

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MARION, NC--A six-run burst in the tenth inning for NJIT, secured a 9-3 victory over Purdue, in game one of the scheduled doubleheader at The Big Camp Facility Saturday afternoon. With the win, NJIT picks up its second win over a Big Ten opponent (NJIT 8, Penn State 6; March 8, 2018), improving to 6-2-1 while the Boilermakers', a 38-win 2018 NCAA Regional qualifier, falls to 1-10 on the season. "I'm proud of the team," interim head coach Robbie McClellan commented post game after the Highlanders huge 9-3 win over Purdue. "The team played for each other and it's awesome to watch. They play every pitch of every game. Offense has been really good all year. It was great to see the defense and pitching catch up to it today." NJIT scored the first run of the game in the first and added single runs in the fifth and sixth, taking a 3-0 lead over the Boilermakers. Purdue put up a trio of runs in the

bottom of the eighth, knotting the game at 3-3. A six-run burst in the top of the tenth, broke the 3-3 tie and secured the Highlanders 9-3 victory. LF Julio Marcano drove in four runs for the Highlanders, including a home run, his second of the season and double, finishing 2-for5 while 1B Nick Hussey drove in a pair of runs, going 1-for-4. Three Highlanders – 3B David Marcano, Julio Marcano and SS Justin Etts each registered two hits in the win. Junior right-handed pitcher, Tyler Stafflinger was credited with the no-decision, pitching an impressive seven scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and fanning five Boilermaker batters. Freshman RHP Joe Georgini recorded his first collegiate win, pitching three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit over the final three innings, striking out two batters. Julio Marcano opened the scoring in the first inning on a solo home run to left field and twin

brother David Marcano followed in his brother's footsteps, knocking out a home run of his own in the top of the fifth, putting the Highlanders ahead, 2-0, with a blast to left field. Purdue scored all three runs in the bottom half of the eighth on three runs and two hits, knotting the game at 3-3. In the top of the tenth, NJIT CF Michael Anastasia broke the 3-3 tie with an RBI single through the right side, scoring C Paul Franzoni, who led off the inning with a single to shortstop. Hussey reached first on a fielder's choice to the pitcher, scoring Justin Etts, the third batter in the inning for NJIT, who singled through the right side. Julio Marcano broke open the game with a two-out three-run double to the left field wall, increasing the Highlander lead to 9-3. NJIT and Purdue will begin game two of Saturday's doubleheader at 3:45pm.



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