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Volume CXIV • Issue 12

Friday, December 2, 2016

Stevens holds Town Hall Meeting on Master Plan



Established 1904

Meet TSA: Stevens’ newest organization by JAY RUNGTA Staff Writer

Stevens Academic Gateway, Courtesy of Stevens Institute of Technology

by ALEX MURTAGH Staff Writer

The Campus Life Committee of the Student Government hosted a town hall for the undergraduate student body to learn about the current and future campus improvements on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Robert Maffia, the Vice President for Facilities and Campus Operations at Stevens, presented on improvement projects designed to help Stevens accommodate its recent growth. Many of the projects are expected to be completed within the next five years. Maffia began by covering all of the future projects that students can expect to see in the near future. First up was the completed renovation of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Engineering Center. The improvements helped create much needed student project work space as well as offices, instructional space, and research space. According to Maf-

fia, there were also improvements made to the storm water management system, thanks to a senior project from last year. Maffia hopes to incorporate as much storm water detention in all of the construction projects as possible. The meeting also discussed the North Building. Construction on the North Building has already begun behind Humphreys Hall and next to Jonas Hall. The building will be used as a “swing space” during the construction in the years to come. The Computer Science Department, currently located in Lieb Building, is scheduled to move there in the near future. Due to the modular construction method for the building, it will have a rapid build time and is expected to finish in May of 2017. The incomplete Babbio garage expansion discussed next. The expansion will take place on the east side of the building, facing the Hudson River. The

expanded garage will create 266 additional parking spaces and a recreational area for students on top. Stevens also plans to add a fabric facade on to the garage to make it more aesthetically appealing. Construction will begin soon and Maffia hopes to be finished before October of 2017. The Academic Gateway, possibly the most well known improvement coming to campus, will be coming to campus by May 2019. This new building will take the place of the Lieb building and the parking lot across the street from it. The new building will house 17 classrooms, 14 labs, office space, and instructional space. The building is currently on target to become a LEED Gold certified building. The Pond House, The Alexander House and The Lore-El Center were up next. The Pond House will be transformed

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Health Lecture Series held with Marco Lopez de Prados by VICTORIA PISKAREV Business Manager

Marco Lopez de Prados, a senior managing director at Guggenheim Partners, came to talk to Stevens students on Wednesday, Nov. 30 about the integration of mathematics and finance, and how certain economists’ choice of math may be inadequate for social situations. Prados discussed what it takes for practitioners and students to increase their chances for success in modern day finance. He began by providing an overview of how mathematics is involved in finance. However, he explained that there is a chance that the wrong math is being used. “Geometry, linear algebra, and calculus are just three subjects, but there is more math being used.” These subjects can be used in interesting applications in Newtonian Physics; however, in

economics, their application leads to several different problems: no repeating experiments, a single stochastic path, overfitting regressions becomes ubiquitous, and ultimately, financial markets are just complex adaptive systems. “Economics is a highly mathematical field, but there is math outside of econometrics and statistics.” He added, “Most of the most successful fund managers are mathematicians. And nobody knows about them because they don’t want to be know about.” Another big subject in finance is machine learning. Modern unsupervised machine learning methods study the structure of financial Big Data, and determine clusters of instruments that should share allocations. In a remarkable paper, De Miguel et al showed that the out-of-sample performance of the 1/N or “naïve allocation” beats the entire set of commonly used portfolio optimization tools. Prados made the presentation

Two years ago when Maria De Abreu Pineda transferred to Stevens from Bergen Community College, she felt what every new transfer student feels - not being a freshman, yet being “fresh” to the school. Understanding this gray area in which transfer students lie is what motivated her to create a network that connects the transfer student community and improve the transition. Working with other transfer students who felt the same way, Pineda co-founded the Transfer Student Association (TSA), of which she is currently president. Even though TSA has become a recognized student organization (RSO) only this October, they have held interest meetings and garnered support from the transfer student body since Spring 2016. This semester, TSA kicked off several initiatives to help new transfer students transition smoothly. The “Transfer Buddy Program” allows current students (both transfer and non-transfer) to serve as mentors for incoming transfers. A second program establishes “Transfer Ambassadors” — transfer students who go back to community colleges and provide students with tips regarding transfer and scholarships opportunities. In addition to these programs, TSA has held themed meetings this semester that cover a variety of topics. These included a

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interactive, debating with the finance and math professors and answering questions from students as well. He explained that it’s plausible to not partake in a traditional finance education and still be able to succeed in the financial world, especially for those with a heavy mathematics background. This event was sponsored by the Stevens School of Business. To find out more, contact Kimberly Ding at Kding1@stevens. edu.

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Poetry Club founded at Stevens by JAY RUNGTA

Courtesy of Marco Lopez de Prados

“Scholarships 101 session” and a “Career Advice Workshop,” which were not only targeted towards the needs of transfer students, but were also beneficial to the entire student body. “During my first year at Stevens, I was covering one end by continuously going back to Bergen to help current students with their transfer and scholarship applications, but I was missing the other end,” says Pineda when asked about what drives her. “Although I am honored to be the president and co-founder of this association, it is the co-founding team: Ana, Julia, Ton, Juan, and Jing, the new leaders, and the current members who make me proud.” The TSA is also thrilled that they can begin to actively collaborate with other student clubs for events, since part of their mission is to connect the transfer student community with the rest of the Stevens student body as well. On Nov. 15 they held a Latin Dance Workshop in collaboration with the Latin American Association, and are also planning to end

With the purpose of fostering an appreciation of poetry and the arts on a STEM dominated campus, the Poetry Club was recently approved as an RSO by the Subcommittee Head Council of the SGA. The new RSO will hold poetry themed events and provide an outlet for Steven’s students to write and share their poetry. Poetry Club plans on holding Poetry Nights throughout every semester in order for students to share their poetry. Poetry written by students will be collected into zines (compilations of poetry of all sorts) for all to see and read. In order to ensure that Poetry Nights are as an enriching of an experience as possible, the Poetry Club has two unique officer positions on its eboard who’s primary respon-

sibilities involve planning and executing Poetry Nights and the organizing of zines. The first is an Editor, who’s role is to select work for and prepare the layout of zines. The second is a Crafting Chair, whose role is to create decor for Poetry Nights as needed. The newly formed Poetry Club is a member of the Arts and Music Subcommittee of the SGA, which strives to add to the culture of campus by providing opportunities for Steven’s student to explore and participate in the arts. The club wishes for students to have an outlet to write and appreciate poetry, even those without prior experience. Students interested in participating in club activities next semester and onward are encouraged to contact Poetry Club President Kelly McGowan at kmcgowa1@

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Thanks Do you read the Stute? The end is near Gift of the city Ronald McDonald’s robot army

Roving Reporter What gift do you want for the holidays? Polling Pierce How excited are you for winter break?

Front page continued Castro dead Student debt to be forgiven KSA Ramen Night Etiquette night



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Chicken Factory Review: Eating around the Cluck Stars of Stevens:

ECAC Honors Wrestling takes two at the Garden Men’s basketball beats

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Opinion The Stute Editorial

We are approaching the end The end is near, ladies and gentlemen. The end of the semester and, for some of you, the end of your first semester here at Stevens. You may already be feeling the true nature of the Stevens curriculum. This is where the countless sleepless nights begin if they haven’t already. This is where everything starts to pile up, even if you are one of those students who paces yourself and does everything in advance. This is for the freshmen. If there is any word of advice I can give right now, it is to breathe. Because, as you probably know, we are humans and we need oxygen. We need sleep. You know what you don’t

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box: Yes, I understand you may have lazy teammates and, of course, I understand that the C program is, without a doubt, the most tedious and confusing part of the whole project. Do not stress, my robot lost majestically and I’m still here to tell the tale. I also understand that finals are coming up. As if having all these papers, projects, and homework assignments due soon isn’t bad enough, finals are also just around the corner. For many, these upcoming finals would be the first finals experienced at Stevens. They will most likely be extensive and require a lot of studying. It doesn’t help that final projects are consuming most of

your study time right now, but keep at it. They will be over soon and winter break can start and you can finally say you finished your first semester at Stevens! I guess what I am trying to say is stay optimistic. That final is gonna be over in no time, that robot is gonna find that stupid light, and most importantly, you will still have your health. What can possibly be more satisfying than that?

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need? Those extra two points on a test or paper you think you’ll get if you stare at your work for another 4 hours. I know I’m an engineering major, but I think that my advice can apply to any student here at Stevens. We are all going to experience similar points of stress. I too have friends in other schools that brag about their free time or their easy finals. Unfortunately, that is not the nature of the school we signed up to attend, and for better or worse, the journey itself will not get any easier. As far as I know as a sophomore engineering major. To the student lugging around their robot in a


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Senior Chemical Engineering Major

My journalism career began at the age of eight when my elementary school newspaper had an essay application in order to get chosen as a contributor. I literally have no clue what I could have possibly written about (probably something about my current softball batting average or the woes of being the youngest child), but I saved my precious work to a floppy disk and handed it over to my teacher. Sure enough, a couple days later, I was chosen and my days of writing reviews of the latest kids movies and creating themed crossword puzzles, my expertise, began. Throughout my younger years, I had a knack for writing. Math and science really

didn’t click for me, and were honestly the most frustrating subjects. If sixth-grade me were to meet current me, she would be utterly confused about how she went from struggling with exponents because they didn’t make any darn sense to studying engineering, which has a good chunk of exponents. In addition to my blossoming passion for English in the classroom, I wrote outside of class. Though my middle school did not have a school newspaper, I often found myself writing in journals. From personal diary entries of how Ronnie Koval will never like me back (if you’re somehow reading this, please call me) to random attempts at poetry, I truly expressed myself in those spiral notebooks. Flash forward to high school, and I needed to express my teen angst in a form other than written text. Like many other teens, I turned to Tumblr. Sharing photos and gifs truly supplemented those moody “read more” posts that only my true followers would read. My friends and I followed each other and learned our deepest darkest secrets not through our late night

sleepover talks but our blogs. It was truly a unique format to express oneself, but also birthed the fear of living behind the computer screen and not actually talking about the feelings we were trying to express. Nonetheless, it created a support system like no other and truly brought my expressions to a public forefront. Now, almost four years into college and one semester into this column, I realize that I have had such a history with expressing myself with words. I utilize this column as a springboard of what’s going on in my head. To be frank, it is the deep thoughts I have in the shower that typically make it to this column. I never write an article with “oh, I wonder what the readers want,” in mind, but always with the “okay brain, what should Stevens be told about this week?” mindset. Some weeks have been better than others but it has been such a pleasure to have free range to do whatever I want. At the end of the day, the goal of Senioritis is to encompass the mind of a senior and I truly hope I accomplish that week after week. Journalism has been a

huge part of my life. Upon deciding to try out for the Senioritis column (a very YOLO decision if you ask me) I thought I was trying something new. As it turns out, I was continuing a passion that I have had for a long time. As I wrap up my first semester writing this column, I cannot help but be thankful for a lot of people. First, I am extremely thankful for the Stute staff for never shooting down a column of mine. There are some weeks I hit submit to my article with second guesses. There is nothing as reassuring as the editors only commenting on grammatical changes (because fun fact I’m practically illiterate). I also want to thank the readers. I have been complimented by students, faculty, staff, and even alumni (hi Nicole) about my articles, which always prompts the immediate response of, “Yasss, thank you for reading!” In all honesty, it’s a wonderful and unique feeling to be validated over something you write. It’s that feeling that makes me regret not writing for The Stute sooner. With that, until next semester my friends.

Mind of a Freshman

Do you read The Stute?


Freshman Business and Technology Major

This is it! Last issue of the semester. Are you excited, CAL 103 Whitney students? You won’t have to read the paper anymore! For staying with me this long, thank you. I hope you will pick up the paper at least once next semester, especially if you have resonated with any of the opinion columns while procrastinating reading your homework as-

signment. Surprisingly—or maybe people are just polite— both friends and acquaintances tell me they really relate to the things I write. Shout-out to Isabella who stopped me while I was picking up my laundry, to say she read my column about home last week. I really am happy when I get feedback like this! I take pride in the fact that whether it be my best quality reflecting or last minute reflecting, I’ve been published in every issue thus far. Sometimes, even twice if I cover news. I get excited when I see someone holding a copy on Friday morning, because it means that layout is worth it! But honestly, even if no one reads my stuff, at least I’m glad to have a permanent diary of my first semester to look back to.

But still, it’s super cool when random people tell me how they feel about my column. Even if you think what I say is a bunch of baloney, I’m really interested in knowing. Shoot me an email or anonymously tape your comments on the door of the Stute office (if you don’t know me in person to let me know). As the fall semester comes to an end, I wanted to reflect on some things I learned from everyone and everything that encompasses my college experience. My peer mentor told me some interesting advice about a class I’m in, in which a group project is worth 30% of the final grade. “In the future, you need to assemble your dream team. People that you work best with, your go-to group for every class.” She further explained how

business classes will only have more and more group projects and presentations as time goes on. She advised that if I didn’t think my group was the best group I could be in, then I should look for better. I only know ten, maybe fifteen business majors by name right now. For starters, my project group, comprised of friends I made on that one day during orientation. I know a few QFs too, because of that day. But after hearing that from her, I knew I needed to make more friends. Saying I write for the Stute is always a great conversation starter. Even if they ask, “What’s the Stute?”, I’d still consider them for my dream team. Being inquisitive is a good quality for a team member. This brings me to another subject: If you find some-

one painful, should you cut them off? Or should you hold on to them in case their friendship could benefit you later? When trying to study with distracting people, I want to say “Stop talking and focus!” It may hurt their feelings, so I hesitate. Maybe I shouldn’t force friendship. Even though we’re a small school, it might be better lose people that give me additional stress. But it’s only first semester, so I’m still thinking about that. Also this semester I was enrolled in LEADS, in which we learned about diversity, leadership styles, personality types, and so on. I highly recommend it. After studying all of that, I feel more confident in myself and my abilities. I was thinking about how in high school, some people would get positions just because of

seniority. Seniors would justify their past “experience” as why they are more qualified, but no one younger was present to validate that. Then, I was complacent. For now, I don’t expect much. Probably will still be a slave to this club next semester. Really, when someone says they read The Stute, even just for class, it gives me purpose. It’s a lot to manage! For me, for everyone as finals come near. Thanksgiving is seriously the calm before the storm. Now that the storm is here, how will you prepare? Don’t drink too much (coffee), and please sleep and eat! Don’t get excited over winter break; we’re still very much here. It’s not gonna be okay, unless you make choices that ensure it will. (Don’t read the paper, study!)

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Across the Hudson

The gift of the city


Sophomore Mechanical Engineering Major

I begin this column before completing my mental return from Thanksgiving break, but the post-Thanksgiving shopping season is clearly already in full swing. I’ve been tempted to fade into the masses of people swarming the malls, but instead, I’ll share some shopping places unique to New York. First off, there’s Union Square’s Holiday Market. South of 15th Street, Union

Square is filled with red and white booths, many of them are one-of-a-kind vendors, from now until Christmas Eve. For my readers who live far away, there are plenty of New York-themed gifts like old subway pictures and maps, that you can bring home next month. There are plenty of artisan gift, jewelry, and accessory clothing booths at Union Square. Make sure to bring cash if you want to shop in Union Square. Booths are typically open from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 or 8:00 p.m. Moving further downtown, there are a plethora of cool places to shop between 14th Street and SoHo. You can probably find almost anything in those neighborhoods if you look hard enough, so my description of the shopping scene is by no means exhaustive.

I doubt the Engineering Department is cool with students 3D printing gifts, but you can go to iMakr, a 3D printing shop at Allen and Rivington Streets in the Lower East Side. Simply give them the file you want them to print and wait for them to get the job done. There are a few other shops on Allen Street to check out while you’re there. If you have a relative or friend who’s into modern art and fancy household or office items, like catthemed clocks or office organizers that look like hedges, they might appreciate a gift from the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA. Don’t worry about making a journey 20 blocks away from PATH station territory; because MoMA has a small store in SoHo. Located at Spring and Crosby Streets, this satellite store allows you to stay relative-

ly close to the PATH while avoiding larger crowds near the museum itself. Recently, Nike opened their flagship store at Spring Street and Broadway. Their inventory should be pretty obvious, but their displays are fantastic and create a unique store theater. Some sneakers have towers of basketballs for their displays, others have glass boxes, but no merchandise has your average mall display. The displays seem to be a combination of those of an Apple Store and those of a small, unique clothing store. They even integrate technology into the store by having virtual environments to test out your shoes before deciding if you want to buy them. Be warned, though, Nike can get rather crowded. Now it’s time for my personal favorite - the cheapest stuff. Ironically, most

of the cheap stuff in Manhattan is located pretty far downtown, where the real estate gets more expensive. The most well-known, and my personal favorite, is Canal Street jewelry. It’s pretty much the definition of fake jewelry you buy on the street. I know some people think giving Canal Street jewelry is an ethical dilemma, but I think it’s fine as long as you don’t pretend that it’s the real, premium stuff that it’s supposed to look like. Get it as a joke side gift. Of course, there are plenty of high-end fashion stores in the Village and SoHo. They’re not really my cup of tea, so I don’t have much to say about them. If you or someone you know fancies them, though, you only have to walk on Bleeker Street or Church Street until you find one.

There are also plenty of typical department stores and electronics stores that you can find in any mall. The only one that really stands out (aside from Nike!) is the Union Square Best Buy. Marked by a huge clock facing 14th Street, it’s impossible to miss. Bonus for Best Buy: they have bathrooms. This Best Buy has a pretty impressive inventory for a one floor setup, you can find just about anything that’s on the Best Buy website in that store (thumbs up for that NYC efficient use of space). Aside from that, the only things really separating a department store or electronics store in the city from one in the Deer Park Outlets or Monmouth Mall is that the former is in a more open, free environment and involves bringing a lot of bags onto the subway as opposed to driving.

Scientific Curmudgeon

The rise of Neo-Geocentrism

by JOHN HORGAN CAL Professor

You are a born narcissist. You know you are conscious, and you don’t worry about whether others are too, because only your experiences matter. The world is a stage for the drama of your life. You are reality’s epicenter. As you grow up, your narcissism encompasses people in your family, tribe, even humanity as a whole. Perhaps you, personally, aren’t reality’s reason for being, but your species surely is. These assumptions come so naturally to us that for most of our pre-history and

history we didn’t question them. Religions reflect our self-centeredness, and science did too, at first. The Sun, Moon, planets, stars and entire cosmos whirl around the Earth, our home. Don’t our eyes tell us as much every day and night? It took courage as well as imagination, painstaking observations and rational analysis for Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo to challenge geocentrism. Their insights, met initially by incredulity and hostility, helped us escape our primal self-centeredness. Today we know Earth is only one of nine planets orbiting the Sun, which is one of billions of stars in our galaxy, which is one of countless galaxies in the universe, which exploded into existence 14 billion years ago. Our planet formed 4.5 billion years ago, and a few hundred thousand years ago, a split second in cosmic time, we appeared and assumed the whole shebang

was made for us. Call us Homo narcissus. Our eventual recognition of how minuscule we are compared to the immensity of space and time has been humbling. But that revelation should be a source of pride, too. We had the intelligence and maturity to escape the delusional selfregard and superstition of the dark ages. We earned the label Homo sapiens. But recently prominent scientists and philosophers have been propagating ideas that restore us—more specifically, our minds--to the center of things. I call this perspective neo-geocentrism. As far as we know, consciousness is property of only one weird type of matter that evolved relatively recently here on Earth: brains. Neo-geocentrists nonetheless suggest that consciousness pervades the entire cosmos. It might even have been the spark that ignited the big bang. Neogeocentric thinking has al-

ways lurked at the fringes of science, but it is becoming more mainstream. Here are four popular examples of neo-geocentrism: Information Theories of Consciousness. Claude Shannon invented information theory in the 1940s to quantify and boost the efficiency of communication systems. Ever since, scientists and philosophers have sought to transform it into a theory of everything. Information-based theories are all neo-geocentric, because information—definable as the capacity of a system to surprise an observer--presumes the existence of an observer. Quantum Theories of Consciousness. Quantum mechanics has long provoked neo-geocentric musings. Is the cat in the box alive or dead? Is that photon a wave or a particle? Well, it depends on how— or whether—we look at it. Quantum mechanics, physicist John Wheeler proposed decades ago, implies that

we live in a “participatory universe,” the existence of which somehow depends on us. Reality Is a Simulation. Descartes fretted over whether the world is an illusion foisted on us by a demon. Philosopher Nick Bostrom has revived this conceit, conjecturing that “we are living in a computer simulation” generated by a high-tech civilization. Physicist Neil de Grasse Tyson, philosopher David Chalmers and tech-titan Elon Musk have expressed sympathy for the simulation thesis, which is creationism repackaged for geeks. Anthropic Principle. As physicists lose hope of explaining why our universe is the way it is, they have become increasingly fond of the anthropic principle, which decrees that our universe must be as we observe it to be, because otherwise we wouldn’t be here to observe it. Modern proponents of this neo-geocentric tautology include Stephen

Hawking, Sean Carroll and Brian Greene. Neo-geocentrism’s surging popularity is a symptom, perhaps, of our era’s social-media-enabled selfinfatuation. But if neo-geocentrism bugs me, so do militant materialism and atheism, which belittle our craving for transcendent meaning, and seem oblivious to the extraordinary improbability of our existence. And after all, without minds to ponder it, the universe might as well not exist. I guess what I’m advocating is a simple acknowledgment that no theory or theology can do justice to the mystery of our existence. That modest agnosticism, it seems to me, is what Homo sapiens would choose. John Horgan directs the Center for Science Writings, which belongs to the College of Arts & Letters. This column is adapted from one originally published on his blog, “Cross-check.”

Technically Speaking

Ronald McDonald is creating a robot army


Freshman Computational Science Major

The goal of a corporation is to maximize profits. So, how should a business go about this? The fast food industry has an answer: replace its workers with technology. Let’s take a look at McDonald’s: the quintessential fast food restaurant. Recently, McDonald’s has been

rolling out a concept which it calls the “McDonald’s of the Future.” Sounds interesting, right? The “McDonald’s of the Future” features an upgraded and more “gourmet” menu, a dessert bar, a specialized McCafe counter, interactive children’s video games, and food ordering kiosks. McDonald’s brands this as a shift from “fast-food” to “fast-casual,” but in reality it is a guise that allows them to take advantage of technology and save money by hiring less minimum-wage workers within their restaurants. Automation due to a new technology in any

industry isn’t a new idea, but it has yet to take off in the food service industry. In the 90’s, McDonald’s tried to replace its workers with automated kiosks but the idea failed to take off. Now, however, the technology and political climate (fast food workers fighting for union rights and $15 dollar/hour minimum wage) the idea seems more realistic. In 2016, people are more accepting of robotic technology being used in everyday society. They’re more comfortable to order, receive, and eat their food, all without talking to people. This is

key. The ordering desk is one of the last stands that prevents McDonald’s owners to fully automate their restaurants. Robots can easily replace the preparation and cooking end of the food already – why not automate the ordering and delivery? With the advent of robots within fast food, the staff in a single fast food restaurant can be greatly reduced. Instead of hiring multiple minimum wage workers to staff and maintain a restaurant, only two or three slightly above minimum wage technicians would need to be hired to ensure that the robots continue to work

properly. Robots can take care of food preparation, delivery, restaurant maintenance, and everything in between – all with far less error than humans. Additionally, they will come at a lower cost overtime (it would just be a larger outlay). The downside to this? Unemployment of unskilled workers – but that’s more of a political issue, not a technical one. Additionally, McDonald’s won’t care about the issue: they only cared about their nutritional issues after Super Size Me became a blockbuster hit. Workers aren’t any different. If this succeeds, which it (at least this initial

step) will, then how will it spread to other businesses? Automation is already in place for the manufacturing industry, but it is nearly nonexistent in others like the hospitality or safety industries. Could robots work as a safer and better security guard for sporting arenas? What about a robot giving the same personable touch in the hospitality industry? If robots are to become a part of everyday life, society will need to become more accepting of them. The technology is starting to get here, but the acceptance of technology – whether social or economically – is still to come.

Campus Pulse

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Roving Reporter What gift do you want for the holidays?

“Money and new clothes”

“A jacket”

“Ski jacket”

Milton Zarzuela

Shamroz Shahid

Roman Sawycky

“A new phone”

“Time with family”

“Plane tickets to visit family in Mississippi”

Melissa Tang

Lawrence Laurente

Thomas DiGiuseppe

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Holiday Tree Lighting

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Entertainment Committee held a tree-lighting ceremony to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season, this past Thursday. The event included a raffle, free hot chocolate, and desserts, as well as entertainment, including Stevens’ very own student-run A cappella group, quackappella. The entire event had an extremely festive feeling, and when the tree was finally lit at 9:45 p.m. to end the ceremony, handheld confetti cannons were fired to usher in the season. by NICHOLAS BURNS

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Master Plan Continued from front page

into a new Wellness Center. This means that the current Wellness Center will move from Jacobus and other wellness services will move from Howe. The Alexander House will be used as a temporary student center for when Jacobus is torn down. The Lore-El Center, a unique living space for women at Stevens, will also see renovations. There are plans to improve the interior and add an event space to the back of the building. During the presentation, Maffia also made note of the many improvements that have recently been completed around campus. These renovations include: the addition of the Hanlon Two financial lab, Schaefer Lobby, multiple classrooms in the Ed-

win A. Stevens Building, the Morton Visual Arts and Technology Studio, America’s Cup, and much more. There are a multitude of other minor improvements around campus as well. The next priority for Maffia will be to begin work on the new Student Housing and University Center. The current plans call for both Hayden and Jacobus to be torn down and replaced with a large University Center that has two towers on top of it for student housing. Maffia hopes that this will help to reduce the number of leased housing locations around Hoboken. There is also a priority to look to find more space to expand the Stevens campus to the corner of Fifth Street and Sinatra Drive. As much as the focus is currently on campus, Stevens is also looking at some off campus opportunities. One of the main

goals is to simplify all leased housing into one building in order to benefit both the Stevens community and the Hoboken community. This move would allow for a simplified Shuttle route, which would aid students living off campus, and potential space for administrative needs. The floor was then opened to Q&A between the Maffia and those present. The first question asked about the original plan for Babbio, which according to Maffia is the same one that is cur-

rently being put into action and that there may be an additional phase to come after. This all stems from the original strategic plan created in 2012 to make as many improvements to Stevens as possible. Another student asked about the varying architecture styles around campus and their lack of cohesiveness. Maffia responded by noting that many of the buildings look different for a number of reasons, such as technological improvements and cost.

Stevens students volunteer at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Rendering of Babbio Garage coutesy of the Hudson Reporter

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Fidel Castro’s death marks end of an era by KOBY GARCIA Staff Writer

An island full of natural beauty and rich culture was forever changed in the year 1959 when former Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, along with his brother Raúl and Argentinian Ernesto “Che” Guevara and hundred of other supporters, overthrew former Cuban President Fulgencio Batista. On November 25th, 2016, Fidel Castro died at the age of 90. Castro’s reign was littered with controversy, corruption, and abuse. Promising freedom and promoting patriotism with his infamous phrase “iPatria o Muerte!” (Country or Death!), Castro gained a large following. When it became likely that the Revolution will prevail in the 1950s, many Cubans fled the island to protect their families and their future as they feared what Castro would do. Although he built hundreds of miles of roads, raised the pay of the lower class, and granted nation-wide health care, Castro nationalized people’s possessions, homes, and land without explanation. Castro claimed numerous times not to be a

communist, however, appointed Marxists to governmental and military positions, while jailing most who opposed him. In 1961, following an embargo set by the United States, Castro began denouncing America and confessed to being a Marxist for many years. President Eisenhower and President Kennedy both supported an initiative, which eventually failed, by the CIA to overthrow Castro; this would later be known as the Bay of Pigs invasion. Castro turned to Soviet nations, who provided military and economic support. The Cuban Missile Crisis began when Nikita Khrushchev, former premier of the Soviet Union during the Cold War, wanted to store nuclear missiles in Cuba, to which Castro agreed. Once the United States found out there would be nuclear missiles 90 miles from their shores, they began investigating each vessel headed to Cuba. Castro asked Khrushchev to threaten the U.S. with nuclear war, however, Khrushchev instead offered to remove the missiles from the island if the U.S. promised not to invade Cuba again. These two events have

defined Castro’s time as dictator of Cuba. Before entering surgery in 2006 for intestinal bleeding, Castro gave his brother, Raúl, all presidential duties and in 2008, Raúl was officially declared President. Today, the Cuban people still do not have freedom of speech and are still very hungry. The Cuban government continues to nationalize property and indoctrinate its citizens through its educational system and political propaganda. Cuban-Americans that have family in the island are able to “claim” immediate family members in order to bring them to the United States, however that process has proven to be difficult. Cuban-American musician Willy Chirino wrote the song “Nuestro Día Ya Viene Llegando” (“Our Day is Coming”), one many Cuban’s have an emotional connection with, as it describes the experiences of a Cuban refugee and the yearning for Cuba Libre, a free Cuba. Many Cubans understand the hardships of the oppressed citizens and thus rejoice whenever the communist government is negatively affected. Fidel Castro has been at the root of the suffer-

ing for many Cubans. He has been pictured on toilet paper, constantly criticized, and even described as a rat, snake, and friend of the devil in the aforementioned Willy Chirino’s song “El Diablo Llego a La Habana” which is an obvious play on “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” For years, even rumors of Castro’s death sparked celebration, most notably in Miami, a city known for being full of Cuban-Americans. When news broke that Fidel Castro had actually died, “Magic City” lit up, and hundreds of people took to the streets to celebrate. Many flocked to “Versailles,” nicknamed “The World’s Most Famous Cuban Restaurant,” to join other Miamians and drink their cafecito.

While some believe that Fidel’s death will bring about the fall of the communist Cuban government, others believe that his death is irrelevant in terms of politi-

cal change. At the very least, Cuban-American relations have shown signs of improvement, and hopefully, nuestro día ya viene llegando.

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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Student Debt to be forgiven by US Government by ADITYA PENDAYALA Staff Writer

On Nov. 30, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an official report stating that students who have abided by their loan-repayment policies, as according to the current government administration, will be forgiven. This means that the US government will be forgiving about $108 billion in loan debt. This number is an indication of an anomaly – one that is just as costly for the government as it is help-

ful for indebted students – and will continue for the next two decades, far beyond the longevity of current president Obama’s administration. The number of loans taken has drastically increased, by almost three times its earlier number, in just the last three years. In addition, the country’s education department did not perform an adequate administering of increasing inflation over the years, which led to a massive miscalculation of actual required numbers. According to the GAO

report, the $108 billion is 33% of the total loan volume amassed over the years 19952017, which is $352 billion. Sadly, however, students who require such loan forgiveness programs the most – the unemployed, do not avail the benefits of the programs. Currently, it is estimated that 8 million students are defaulting their repayment of student loans, a number which these programs aim to curb; far rapidly than it has so far. According to the scheme that depends on the

income earned by the student, the loan repayment on a monthly basis will be 10% of discretionary income, which is the income that exists after taxes, mandatory payments and money for basic necessities is deducted. In spite of the majorly positive connotation that this news may have

for US undergraduate and graduate students alike, there are a few minuses that require to be accounted for. The first most obvious inference is that this number will have an effect on budget for education – i.e., it will decrease it. In addition, this number may add to the national debt overall, by releas-

ing the financial burden on a relatively far smaller number of loantakers. It is predicted that the new administration may excise certain aspects of the program, and entirely remove the loan forgiveness provided to students who are indebted to for-profit colleges that defrauded them.

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Latin American Association, and are also planning to end this semester on by co-hosting an event with the Stevens Italian Club. The event, the Holiday Extravaganza celebration, is being held at the Babbio Atrium on Friday, from

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5:00 p.m. onwards. The event will offer an assortment of Italian foods and desserts, rolled ice cream from the new local ice cream shop Angel’s Recipe Ice Cream, and a photo booth. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite ugly holiday sweater to the event, which will also have a White Elephant gift giveaway.

Anybody from the Stevens community can get involved by attending their meetings and events, or following TSA on Facebook & Instagram (@StevensTSA), or on DuckSync. The TSA is expanding and looking for the next group of passionate transfer students motivated to take the lead for the 20172018 Academic year.

KSA hosts Ramen Night in Jacobus Lounge by TENY ODAIMI Staff Writer

The Korean Student Association held their spectacular Ramen Night event on Wednesday in Jacobus lounge at 8:30pm. They offered a variety of different instant ramen and udon including chicken, shrimp and vegetable. Those attending were also able to add on different meats, spices and veggies to their ramen. Multiple Korean snacks including shrimp crackers and onion ring chips, were served in addition to a few aloe vera drinks. With upbeat music, great food, and a lively atmosphere, KSA had a fun and extremely successful night!

by VICTORIA PISKAREV Business Manager

SASE and Society of Black Engineers hosted an Etiquette Dinner open to all undergraduates, this past Tuesday, Nov. 29 . The event featured the Career Center, mocktails, dinner, and two hours of advice centered around proper etiquette with a potential employer. The event began with a networking bingo game, then went on to feature two Career Center employees: Jacqueline Eadie and Sabrina Sanichar. They presented a Powerpoint on eating a proper dinner with a potential employer, including who orders the food first, how to fix food stuck in one’s teeth, and how to place the utensils after one is finished eating. Eadie and Sanichar made the presentation interactive, letting the audience answer questions and helping a student fold a napkin properly over their lap. Raffle tickets were given out, and the event concluded with a dinner that consisted of chicken parmesan, penne alla vodka, eggplant parmesan, and steamed vegetables. For dessert there was carrot cake, tiramisu, and cheesecake. The raffle prize was an “emerging professional” starter pack, which included one leather bound folio, one mug set, one gold trimmed journal, one steel thermos, and one pack of pens, which one lucky student got to take home. The SASE and Society of Black Engineers Etiquette dinner is now an annual event.

Cole Yarbrough

LAA hosts Kafe Internacional

PACS shares pierogis



On Nov. 23, the Latin American Association (LAA) hosted their annual fall Kafe Internacional to introduce students to the Spanish language. The event’s purpose was to create an environment where beginner speakers could feel comfortable and casual to make connections through speech with the LAA eboard and other attendees. Tables were set up to pair beginner speakers with expert speakers. In the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, students were taught how to say what they were thankful for, in addition to basic phrases. Beginners and experts alike enjoyed hot chocolate, coffee, and traditional desserts: churros filled with dulce de leche and guayaba y queso. LAA President, Romulo Quiliche, summed up the sentiment behind this event: “I love to help familiar faces bridge the gap and explore new territory – a new language.”

The Polish American Cultural Society (PACS) hosted their annual Pierogi Party on Wednesday, Nov. 30. This year, PACS featured over 1,200 pierogi of all kinds, including sauerkraut and mushrooms, potato and cheese, meat, blueberry, and strawberry. The event also had traditional Polish juices such as black current, mango, and also multivitamin drinks. At the end, they also had a selection of traditional Polish pastries. The overall consensus was that the pierogis were delicious, especially the sauerkraut and mushroom and the blueberry and strawberry pierogis with sweet sour cream. Most pierogis were gone by 2 pm, but Hayden lounge was packed for the full hour. PACS started playing Polish music, which made the room feel very Eastern European.

Staff Writer

Students learn about etiquette with SASE and Society of Black Engineers

Business Manager

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Cuisine Corner

Eating around the Cluck at the Chicken Factory


Sophomore Chemical Biology Major

While I heard the chicken at Chicken Factory is particularly good on Fry-days, I could only find time to go on Tuesday at half past hen. It was fowl weather out, as I’m sure you all remember, but despite that, the food was still eggcellent. Cock-a-doodle doo. With that out of the way, Chicken Factory is a local Korean cuisine restaurant right on Sixth Street and Washington with a focus on Koreanstyle barbecue chicken. While the prices might seem a bit high for what appears to be a take-out dive, don’t be fooled; Chicken Factory has some of the finest chicken around. Certainly, at the very least, they’re a step up from your average Buffalo Wild Wings. On top of that, they also

have a selection of other Korean dishes, such as kimchi and balgoki, in case you wanted something besides the chicken. Being as how I was a complete newbie to the place, I ate in house. After sitting for a couple minutes, I quickly realized that Chicken Factory is definitely a take-out place. The tables are nice but small. The chairs are those interesting post-modern ones with a cup seat and a trapezoidal back. In addition, there’s a lot of stark white/red color jumps on the walls and at the counters, with a strong focus on simplicity. The sitting area is also definitely more of a waiting area than a dining area. One part showed through, though; they played Ariana Grande’s “Into You”. Who doesn’t love that song? One part of the restaurant that really tripped me up was the glass circle wall on one side of the restaurant. I could totally focus on it if I looked at it, but whenever I focused on my friend I completely lost my perception of depth behind them. Maybe I just really need to get to

an eye doctor. He does keep calling me, after all. The dishes that I tried were, of course, the fried chickens. Fortunately for me, Chicken Factory runs only two different sauces and 4 different cuts, so it was easy to try almost all of them. The sauces consist of a soy garlic and a sweet and spicy sauce. The cuts consist of wings, drumsticks, fillets (or boneless?), and, for the bold, A WHOLE CHICKEN. In retrospect, it probably isn’t a whole chicken, just all the cuts together, but in my time-crunched pressure to order that’s what I had originally envisioned. That crunch is real, admit it. My friend and I decided to get the fillets with the soy garlic and a drumstick/wing mix with the sweet and spicy.

Right off the bat, after the first bite of the fillets, I was blown away. As someone who’s only ever had fast-food level wings, it was incredibly pleasant to taste actual chicken in the fillets. The outside of the fillet, however, was definitely the tour de force of the dish. It was lightly fried, crunchy, and was ready to fall off the chicken beneath it. I was tempted to just start ripping the skins off the pieces. Taste-wise they had a light salty, garlicky taste that wasn’t overpowering like I thought it might be. After getting through that, the actual chicken had a slightly sweet taste before giving way to the delectably moist and tender interior. I definitely recommend it. The sweet and spicy drumstick/wing mix was

just as good. The exterior was prepared in the same expert fashion, but in place of a soy garlic sauce, a sweet and spicy sauce was used instead. This sauce brought a lot more tang to the chicken than the other sauce, giving it quite a bit more bite. It was also incredibly hot. Admittedly, I’m no spice fiend, but I had to stop and relax at least twice, so spice-hunters beware (or rejoice). As for the chicken, the dark meat paired excellently with the sweet and spicy sauce. It brought a lot more intensity and savoriness to the dish, which provided the perfect counterbalance to the initial piercing of sweetness and spiciness. Overall, I’d say if you want more crunchy fried skins, get the wings, but if you want more chicken get the fillets

or the drumsticks. In either case, if it’s your first time, get the whole chicken and ask for a mix of the sauces. Everything is worth trying and you definitely won’t regret it.

CONTACT & INFO Chicken Factory 529 Washington St

Monday - Thursday 11AM – 10 PM Friday - Sunday 11 AM – 11 PM

(201) 683-8243 Food: Service: Location: Price: $11-30

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Stars of Stevens

It’s lit


Sophomore Mechanical Engineering Major

“Music is dope,” Josh Pirog explains. “It’s the only inanimate thing that [can] completely brighten my day. It’s very powerful.” As a kid growing up, Josh enjoyed singing. “I think “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5 was my favorite song throughout elementary school,” he recounts. “[Then] I started guitar in 8th grade because you could actually sing and play at the same time, [and] I taught myself [guitar] from online websites and YouTube.” Josh Pirog’s love of music has continued through his college years. As a second-year Music and Technology major minoring in Computer Science, Josh is looking to get a “well-rounded approach to music from both an artistic and technical standpoint,” he explains. Moreover, Josh is passionate about people and how he can “be a light to others”. Josh recounts, “Music is a[n] outlet and medium for portraying thoughts and feelings

and connecting with people on a personal level. There are many times I’ve listened to a song that’s changed my mood, day, or even week for the better. I want to be responsible for making music like that. Whether it is in the audio engineering aspect, production stage, or songwriting stage I want to be apart of making the music that will impact people and make them happy.” In addition to his academic pursuits, Josh is very active on campus. He is involved with the Stevens Christian Fellowship and the Audio Engineering Club, and his hobbies include music production, songwriting, tennis, guitar, and singing. During his freshman year, Josh was an engineering major; however during his first semester he realized that the major was not for him. Josh reveals, “Compared to high school, I was now looking at what I want to do with my life. Before college, I was in high school chorus, record[ed] and produc[ed] my own music on YouTube [and] Sound cloud, and play[ed] at open mics in my town. So it [my change in major] wasn’t a sudden change of heart. I had the idea of doing music on the side and minoring in it, but then I realized I would never be as good as I wanted to be. I had to commit to it fully in order to reach my [full] potential, so I did.” He adds, “Of course there were doubts, but about a

month after I switched to Music and Technology I felt like I belonged there. I’m also doing a Computer Science minor so I’m very excited about the future.” Like any other academic class, music takes “patience, practice, and persistence.” Josh asserts, “I’d say most things do if you want to succeed.” The joy of being a musician at Stevens is that there is a lot of equipment at your disposal, like the studio and sound research center, which help to advance your technical understanding and creativity with music. Josh points out, “It’s a small program, [Music and Technology] so you get to ask the professors all the questions you want. A challenge might be that some other majors think

we just listen to music all day in class, but we do work! The curriculum is very much thorough and comprehensive. We cover everything from circuit signal flow and sound propagation to music history and theory.” Among all the Music and Technology courses thus far, Josh’s favorite is Sound Recording. He states, “We started with the basics of how sounds travels around and through structures, and then related that information to how microphones pick-up and transmit those sounds.” He clarifies, “All [these] things I’ve studied from my own curiosity, and [now, I] am learning a lot more in class. It’s [Sound Recording] a four hourlong class and I actually look forward to it.”

Just recently the CAL department hosted workshops for Pure Data (PD) Con 2016. PD is an open source visual programming language that enables musicians, visual artists, performers, researchers, and developers to create software graphically. “We are coming to the end of the semester, but look out for events in the spring!” Josh reports. Josh considers John Mayer a musical inspiration. “Most people know John Mayer for his lovey pop tunes, but a lot of his music has complex guitar theory and very intelligent, meaningful lyrics,” Josh explains. “You should see him shred on guitar! “Continuum” by him is my favorite album period.”

In terms of goals and looking ahead to the future, Josh hopes to do well in classes and try to apply what he has learned in class to his own music. Further down the road, he wants to work on getting a professional sound for his music, while also meeting new people and trying to have fun. In order to accomplish these goals, Josh stresses the importance of being organized. He reveals, “I started using planner and sticky notes in college and it’s helped a ton. Also, know when you need a break. Don’t think it could be all work [and] no play or you will burn out. My best advice is to stay positive and ask friends for help [when you need it]. You can’t do it alone.”

Photo courtesy of Josh Pirog

Provided by the Office of Residence Life

2017 NEW RESIDENT ASSISTANT (RA) SELECTION PROCESS : Do you want to be a Resident Assistant (RA) next year? Watch our short video online (posted on Residence Life social media) about the RA position that explains/describes: the criteria needed to apply, compensation package, job responsibilities and more! Make sure to also stop by one of our info sessions if you want to learn more about the RA position or have any questions. Info session dates above.

You can complete the application for the RA position by: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Logging on to your MyStevens. Clicking on the Housing icon. Selecting the NEW Resident Assistant Application under the Resident Assistant section. Review all application materials, complete application and submit. Deadline to apply is January 27th 5:00pm.


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Prouty named ECAC All Star

Wresting takes two at the Garden

Stevens Sports Information

SSI - The No. 11 Stevens Institute of Technology wrestling team topped Oswego State 31-12 and No. 17 Wilkes 25-12 Sunday in a 2-0 day at the annual Grapple at the Garden. With the wins, Stevens remains unbeaten in duals so far this season at 8-0. STEVENS 31 OSWEGO 12 Senior Rob Murray opened the morning with a 7-0 win at 125, followed by freshman Troy Stanich’s pin at 133 to give the Ducks an early 9-0 lead. Freshman Dylan Van Sickell made

it 15-0 with his pin at 141, before junior Zach Wilhelm recorded the decision victory at 149. Senior Leo Wortman won by 8-5 decision at 157, while sophomore Thomas Poklikuha won 7-1 at 165. Oswego responded with wins at 174 and 184, but junior A.J. Kowal won by fall in 2:34 at 197 to solidify the Stevens win. STEVENS 25 WILKES 12 Wilkes opened the match with a win at 125 for No. 5 ranked Rea, but Stanich responded with a pin at 133 to put Stevens up 6-3. Wilkes took

the next two including 149 in sudden victory, before Poklikuha tied things up with an 11-4 win at 157. Wortman won 5-2 at 165 to put Stevens back in front, followed by a 14-6 win for junior Josh Smith at 174. Senior Danny Moore earned the 7-3 decision win at 184 to open the lead to 19-9, before Kowal’s fall at 197 sealed the deal. UP NEXT Stevens will return to the mats Saturday when it competes in the York: New Standard Invitational in York, Pa.

Men’s Basketball cruises past Rutgers-Newark

SSI - Stevens Institute of Technology field hockey senior Nolie Prouty was named a Second Team ECAC All-Star Tuesday for Division III North. Prouty is one of 20 student-athletes to earn the honor from nearly 10 different institutions. Prouty enjoyed another impressive season for Stevens, leading the team with 10 goals and nine assists in a nine-win campaign. Prouty fired a team-best 68 shots including 36 on goal, and

tallied one game-winner. Prouty scored in nine of Stevens’ final 12 games, and tallied multiple points four different times while starting all 19 games. The honor is another in a long list for the Stevens veteran this season which includes a first team all-conference nod, and an NFHCA all-region selection. Stay tuned to throughout the offseason for all things Stevens field hockey.

Aversano named Rookie of the Year SSI - Stevens Institute of Technology men’s soccer sophomore Daniel Aversano was named ECAC Rookie of the Year Tuesday for the Metro Region. Aversano led the Ducks with seven goals and six assists as he was named second team all-conference, firing 20 of his 42 shots on goal. Aversano was top-10 in the E8 in every offensive statistical category, averaging

1.11 points per game. The rookie recorded multi-goal games twice during the season, including a season high three against Berkeley in late October. Aversano earned the same honor for the Empire 8 Conference earlier this month. Stay tuned to throughout the offseason for all things Stevens men’s soccer.

Nassif named ECAC Metro Offensive Player of the Year

Stevens Sports Information

SSI - The Stevens Institute of Technology men’s basketball team built a 13-point halftime lead Sunday afternoon en route to a 75-58 rout over RutgersNewark in Canavan Arena. The win moved Stevens above .500 at 2-1, while R-N fell to 0-5. Senior Patrick Barron led the Ducks offensively with 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting, while sophomore Jayson Winick and junior Chris Cosgrove scored 14 and 10 respectively. Sophomore Ryan Coffey pulled down 12 rebounds, and junior Jake Krantz went for six points with seven boards.

As a team Stevens shot 52 percent from the field, and recorded 52 of its 75 points in the paint. Defensively the Ducks held R-N to just 36 percent shooting from the field. Stevens stormed out to a 15-3 lead capped by a three from senior Evan Klimchak, before a layup from freshman Dylan Walsh made it 17-5 with 14:12 left on the clock. R-N chipped away at the lead from there however, getting to within seven with less than five to go. The Ducks answered RN’s spurt with a 9-0 run of their own though started by a three-point play from Cosgrove, while the de-

fense forced back-to-back shot clock violations late in the half as Stevens took a 41-28 into the break. Barron gave Stevens its largest lead of the day at 19 four minutes into the second, before Cosgrove made it 21 with a layup six minutes in. Freshman Michael Zignorksi made it 23 midway through the half, giving the Ducks more than enough cushion the rest of the way as R-N never got closer than 14. Stevens will continue its homestand Thursday when it hosts Staten Island at 7 p.m. at Canavan Arena.

SSI - Stevens Institute of Technology women’s soccer senior Raba Nassif was named ECAC Offensive Player of the Year Wednesday for the Metro Region. The senior was recently named Empire 8 Conference Player of the Year, taking home the honor for the second consecutive season. The Northvale, NJ native also made her fourth straight appearance on the Empire 8 First Team after leading the Ducks, and the conference, in scoring with 23 goals. She recorded multigoal games on seven occasions, including a pair of four-goal performances against conference opponents Utica (Oct. 15) and Elmira (Oct. 23). The talented forward led the team in

goals (23), assists (15), points (61) and gamewinners (5) and scored Stevens’ first goal in the Empire 8 Conference Championship, helping the Ducks to their second straight crown. “Raba Nassif was a tremendous force for our program and she concluded her fourth year with perhaps her finest season,” said head coach Jeff Parker. “She has put in a tremendous amount of work and preparation into so many aspects of our university and Stevens Women’s Soccer and we are all extremely fortunate to being able to share our time here with her.” Nassif was also named to the ECAC Women’s Soccer All-Metro First Team.

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Women’s Basketball Women’s Cross Country Equestrian Men’s Swimming Women’s Swimming Wrestling Men’s Fencing Men’s Basketball Men’s Basketball Wrestling Women’s Basketball

v. Stevenson University NCAA Division III Championships Steven’s Show USMMA Invitational USMMA Invitational Mount Union Duels MACFA Group ‘A’ vs Group ‘B’ @ Fairleigh Dickinson University v. Rutgers - Newark Grapple at the Garden

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@ Montclair State University

Saturday MEN’S TRACK & FIELD @ Springfield Season Opener 10 a.m. Springfield, M.A.

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD @ Springfield Season Opener 10 a.m. Springfield, M.A.

WRESTLING York: New Standard Invitational 10 a.m. York, P.A.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL @ Haverford College 1 p.m. Haverford, P.A.

MEN’S BASKETBALL VS. Brooklyn College 2 p.m.

MEN’S FENCING Alumni Meet 2 p.m.

Sunday WOMEN’S FENCING NIWFA Christmas Invitational Individual 9 a.m. New Brunswick, N.J.

WOMEN’S SWIMMING @ WPI Gompei Invitational 12/2 - 12/4 Time TBD Worcester, M.A.


Duck Country Scoreboard Date


60-62 75-58 N/A 48-68

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@ WPI Gompei Invitational 12/2 - 12/4 Time TBD Worcester, M.A.


[The Stute]December 2, 2016 (Issue 12, Volume CXIV)  

[The Stute]December 2, 2016 (Issue 12, Volume CXIV)