Lions in the hunt for victory

By Connor Smith
Social Media Editor

The NCAA Division III (D-III) Tournament was always the goal for the men’s tennis team. After their disappointing loss to North Carolina Wesleyan College, the Lions were faced with the harsh reality that their season’s entire purpose was reduced to nothing more than a pipe dream. However, their shutout wins against Lafayette College and Christopher Newport University gave the College one final spark of hope: If they won against Ursinus College and Vassar College, they would be in position to qualify for NCAAs.

On Tuesday, April 19, the Lions did just that, as they kept their season alive with a shutout win over Ursinus College. With a shot of cementing their case for an NCAA Tournament berth, the Lions (9-5) extended their winning streak to four games on Wednesday, April 20, when they beat Vassar College, 6-3.   Continue reading

Comedy competition shows off student stand up

By Sydney Shaw
Managing Editor

From cheap jewelry to pool parties to overthrowing the government, no joke was was off limits at Lion Latenight’s second annual comedy competition on Friday, April 22. The three student comedians who took the floor in room 210 of the Brower Student Center managed to keep the audience laughing throughout the entire hour-long event.

The first comedian of the night, freshman open options arts and communication major Lauren Broadwell, took home first place and $100 for a set that largely focused on her sexuality.

Broadwell wins first place in this year's Lions Latenight comedy competition.
Broadwell wins first place in this year’s Lions Latenight comedy competition. (Heiner Fallas / Photo Assistant)

“I don’t know if you’ve met a gay in your life, but that’s kind of all we are,” she said. “What’s my favorite sport? All of them because I’m really gay. Who is my favorite artist? Tegan and Sara… That’s a lie. My favorite artist is Taylor Swift, which is a pretty straight girl answer, but not when I sleep with her.”

Broadwell spun real-life anecdotes about discovering she is gay into hilarious jokes for the audience. She told the story of a pool party she attended in eighth grade, where her eyes landed on an attractive boy while she was sipping a piña colada in the hot tub.

“My mouth got really dry and it was getting harder to breathe… this must be what a crush is like,” Broadwell said. “It turns out I’m allergic to pineapple. I was having an allergic reaction.”

Next up was senior economics major Tom Barr, who began his set by congratulating Broadwell.

“Lauren, that was genuinely funny. That was awesome,” he said upon taking the floor. “But this is about me now.”

Barr's sarcasm earns him accolades from the audience. (Heiner Fallas / Photo Assistant)
Barr’s sarcasm earns him accolades from the audience. (Heiner Fallas / Photo Assistant)

Barr launched into a set that included everything from startling the audience with shock comedy to pizza puns.

“I like Chicago style pizza a lot, but I’ll tolerate APA or MLA style pizza, as well,” he said.

Some of Barr’s jokes took a more literal turn.

“People don’t really give me the time of day,” he said. “I go up to people and ask them what time it is, and they don’t answer.”

Barr’s sarcastic humor and dry delivery earned him third place and $25.

Freshman economics major Sean Delanoy closed out the night, winning second place and $50.

“I’ve actually seen Tom do comedy a couple times,” Delanoy said of Barr as he took the floor. “I see a lot of myself in Tom… We’re both similar, we’re both tall, white and we both think I’m great.”

Delanoy wins $50 for his hilarious set. (Heiner Fallas / Photo Assistant)
Delanoy wins $50 for his hilarious set. (Heiner Fallas / Photo Assistant)

Delanoy told the audience that after he shaved his face for a job interview, many people didn’t recognize him.

“As it grew back, people would give me compliments, like, ‘Oh, I like that your beard is growing back,’” he said. “If you think about it, it’s kind of like, ‘Oh, I see less of you. That’s good.’”

Although people might see less of him now that his beard has grown back, and despite his “Gumby-like appearance,” Delanoy likes to consider himself a ladies man.

“…And ladies like to consider me a friend,” he said.

Afterwards, audience members had the opportunity to vote for their favorite student comedian. They, along with three student judges, declared Broadwell the winner.

“Lion Latenight hosts free events every Friday night during the semester in the (Brower) Student Center,” Assistant Manager for Event Operations and Guest Relations Karissa Czepiga said. “The last event of the semester is this Friday, April 29. It is a free Texas Hold ‘Em tournament with $500 worth of prizes, (including) a flat screen television.”

Retired detective talks gangs’ impact on schools

By David O’Keefe                                                                                     Correspondent

A third-grader walks to his elementary school in the heart of Trenton, N.J. Bright yellow evidence markers draw his eye to the gleaming metal jackets of spent shell casings as he makes his commute.

Anthony Messina, a retired detective, described the scene of a shooting that took place along the same route children take while walking to school. Messina is fond of using movie analogies to illustrate his points, but what he described was not taken from a movie scene. Continue reading

College alumnus, former Signal editor wins Pulitzer

By Tom Ballard                                                                                                     Opinions Editor

Growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., alumnus James Queally (’09) knew that he wanted to be a journalist, but he never saw himself playing a role in winning a Pulitzer Prize.

But that was exactly what happened when the 28-year-old journalist found out on Monday, April 18, that he and the staff of the Los Angeles Times were being awarded the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news coverage. The staff won the honor for the newspaper’s coverage of the San Bernardino shootings that took place in San Bernardino, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The attack resulted in 22 people injured and 16 people dead, including both suspects, according to the LA Times. Continue reading

Around the Dorm 4/27: NFL Draft, Washington Capitals and Chyna

In this week’s edition of Around the Dorm, the “Ref,” George Tatoris, asks our panel of experts three questions as they play for a championship spot in our Wednesday, May 4, issue: Is the NFL Draft order going to be affected by the Eagles trading up? Can the Washington Capitals keep up their playoff momentum and how should World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Superstar Chyna be remembered?

1. Now that the Eagles have the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft, do you believe the top draft prospects may be altered?

(AP Photo)
(AP Photo)

Otto: The only reason any team ever trades up for the No. 1 overall pick is to get a quarterback (QB), and the same can be said for the second overall pick. Keeping that in mind, I do have to adjust my mock draft predictions because I am absolutely sure that QBs Jared Goff and Carson Wentz will be the first players chosen, but not in that order. My prediction is that Goff goes first, as he has had a lot more college experience than Wentz and is more NFL-ready for a team that desperately needs a QB. Wentz will be chosen by the Eagles and be placed in a backup role for his team in hopes that he will mature and learn by watching QB Sam Bradford play ahead of him. At No. 3, the Chargers have to go with tackle Laremy Tunsil. He’s too good of a prospect to miss and they desperately need to protect QB Philip Rivers. Continue reading

Lions still second in NJAC despite pair of losses

By Jessica Ganga
Sports Editor

The College’s baseball team split their games, going 2-2 against New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) opponents. The Lions pounced on Rutgers University-Camden two days in a row on Thursday, April 21, and Friday, April 22, winning the games, 6-4 and 4-0, respectively. The team, which is now 26-6 on the season, fell to Ramapo College in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 23.

The Lions captured their 11th straight win on Thursday against Rutgers-Camden. Senior catcher Garen Turner had, arguably, the best game of his season so far, hitting a grand-slam in the third inning and opening the door for the Lions to take home a win.

Turner also surpassed the 100-RBI milestone, hitting his 102nd of his career and in grand fashion. His current total stands at 105 career RBIs. Continue reading

Mystique mixes modern and classic dance

By Emily Solinski
Staff Writer

Providing the College with a compilation of acts showcasing Asian culture and heritage, the Mystique of the East production was held on the evening of Saturday, April 23, in Kendall Hall.

Encompassing 14 different acts stemming from a variety of Asian cultures, this year’s Mystique of the East was styled in the theme of “The Hunger Games,” with each “district,” or act, bringing its own talent to the stage. The districts included performances from TCNJ Taiko, Maglalatik, Sher Bhangra, TCNJ Jiva, Tinikling and TCNJ Saathiya, among others. Continue reading

Professor proves science rules, creates self-aware robot

By Abby Burns                                                                                           Correspondent

The schools of Engineering and Science recently co-sponsored a presentation by Columbia University mechanical engineering Professor Hod Lipson in Mayo Concert Hall. On Wednesday, April 20, Lipson spoke to a group of students and faculty at the College about his research on self-aware and self-replicating robots.

He started his lecture with a story of how he got to where he is now at Columbia University, saying that it took years and “a lot of serendipity and research.” He co-authored the award-winning book “Fabricated: The New World of 3-D Printing” and directs the Creative Machines Lab at Columbia University, where he discovers new ways to make machines that are creative and innovative. Continue reading

Open forum held to discuss student conduct

By Alex Kooistra                                                                                               Correspondent

Sexual harassment is an issue that affects people around the world, including students at the College. Communication studies Professor Susan Ryan, who serves as the chair of the Committee on Student and Campus Community, organized two open fora to discuss changes to Title IX — a policy that examines sexual assault on campuses and how colleges can address it — and the Student Conduct Code.

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Angela Chong led the discussion during the first forum held in room 117 of the Physics Building on Wednesday, April 20, at 11 a.m. Five students, eager to learn about the changes, attended this forum. Continue reading

TrentonWorks Gallery unites the city

By Cara DiMaggio

On Friday, April 22, TrentonWorks Gallery held its Community Art Exhibition, which featured the artwork of students from the College alongside those of artists from Paul Robeson Elementary School, Trenton Central High School, the Trenton Community A-Team and many more local groups.

“The idea is that we’re engaging the community, we’re bringing together TCNJ students with our community partners,” said TrentonWorks Gallery Program Assistant Raj Manimaran, a senior interdisciplinary business major and Bonner scholar. Continue reading

WTSR New Noise: Marco Benevento & The Bones of J.R. Jones

This week, WTSR assistant music director Nelson Kelly highlights WTSR New Noisesome of the best new albums that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.

Band Name: Marco Benevento

Album Name: “The Story of Fred Short”
Hailing From: Woodstock, N.Y.
Genre: Indie pop
Label: Royal Potato Family

Backed by session players like Dave Dreiwitz from Ween on bass and Andy Borger from Tom Waits & Norah Jones on drums, it is no wonder that Benevento has put together such an excellent, dancey, interesting album. His songs are extremely heartfelt while still maintaining the catchiness and danceability that makes for great indie pop. Punctuated with keyboard samples and Casio drum machine rhythms (stacked on top of Borger’s steady drumming), the songs on “The Story of Fred Short” provide for an entertaining and captivating listening experience. Interestingly enough, this is the first time Benevento plays guitar on one of his albums and only the second time he’s sang on his own album, which makes these tunes even more impressive since he does a great job at both. Continue reading

‘Quantum’ gameplay falls short

By Kevin Shaw
Staff Writer

“Quantum Break” is an ambitious, fast-paced, first-person shooter game. Yet even with its one-of-a-kind game mechanics and its interesting narrative, the game simply doesn’t hold up.

I was skeptical when I first bought the game. It is a Microsoft exclusive, meaning it’s only available on the Xbox One and PCs with Windows 10. So if you don’t have either of those (which many people don’t), you simply can’t play it. But I thought, why not? It looked like something I’d never seen before. Continue reading

‘Ratchet and Clank’ reimagines classic series

By Andrew Street
Social Media Editor

The era of the Mascot 3D platformer genre fell off rather quickly when the sixth generation consoles were replaced by newer hardware. The likes of “Crash Bandicoot,” “Sly Cooper” and “Jak & Daxter,” where players control a protagonist from a third-person perspective, seemed to fade into the past as new trends took center stage. Despite that, Insomniac Games maintained consistency in delivering its hybrid shooter and platformer, “Ratchet and Clank.” The series saw highs and lows, then disappeared toward the end of the PlayStation 3’s lifecycle. Now, after a three-year hiatus, Insomniac has returned to “Ratchet and Clank” with a complete reimagining of the original game. Continue reading

SFB OKs updated proposal for Funival’s comedy show

By Roderick Macioch
News Assistant

During its weekly meeting on Wednesday, April 20, the Student Finance Board (SFB) concluded its fiscal year by funding two retreats and hearing an update on the College Union Board’s (CUB) Funival.

The first student organization to present a proposal was Chi Upsilon Sigma, which requested funding for its Summer Retreat. According to the request form the sorority presented, “It is essential for Chi Upsilon Sigma to have (its) annual retreat in order to allocate time to prepare and plan (its) events and activities for the fall semester.”  Continue reading

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