The College hosts ‘Send Silence Packing,’ a display to raise awareness about mental health struggles. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Assistant)

Suicide: the silent struggle

By Kelsey Leiter

May 9, 2013. April 30, 2014. Oct. 6, 2014.

Three tragedies. Less than two years. One life altering decision: the individual moments when three different students from the College decided to end their lives.

Among the general population of young adults aged 18-24, homicide and suicide are the second and third leading causes of death.

The College hosts ‘Send Silence Packing,’ a display to raise awareness about mental health struggles. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Assistant)
The College hosts ‘Send Silence Packing,’ a display to raise awareness about mental health struggles. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Assistant)

There are currently no studies comparing homicide and suicide rates of students that fall within that age demographic both on and off campuses — however, many campus professionals dedicated to suicide prevention and mental health promotion often refer to suicide as the second leading cause of death among college students, according to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s website. Continue reading

USA defeats Japan in legendary Women’s World Cup match

By Mackenzie Cutruzzula
Sports Editor 

Women's Soccer
The US Women’s team celebrated a 5-2 victory over Japan in the Women’s World Cup finals. (AP Photo)

The names Carli Lloyd and Abby Wambach can finally take their respective places in history — next to Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain — as legends. They will no longer be compared to the veteran players. There is no doubt that the 2015 United States Women’s National Team has the same excitement, theatrics and following that the 1999 World Cup winning team had, but after the FIFA Women’s World Cup final on Sunday, July 5, the team has finally set themselves apart. Continue reading

The College announces $1 million gift

President R. Barbara Gitenstein with Bob Carr, founder of GSBF. (Photo courtesy of Wayne Hollendonner)
President R. Barbara Gitenstein with Bob Carr, founder of GSBF. (Photo courtesy of Wayne Hollendonner)

The Give Something Back Foundation donated a $1 million gift that will provide 50 high school students with an education at The College on Tuesday, June 30, according to a press release.

“GSBF is thrilled to partner with The College of New Jersey to provide maximum access to a four-year college education to qualified students of modest means,” said Robert Carr, founder of GSBF and CEO of Heartland Payment Systems in Princeton, in the press release. “TCNJ shares our mission of helping students realize their full potential.”

GSBF aims to provide under-privileged students an opportunity to get an education. Carr joined President R. Barbara Gitenstein to announce the gift in the Education Building this afternoon. The gift is at no cost to the College, the release said.

GSBF aims to target ninth grade students by assigning them a mentor to advise and prepare them to succeed in college. The program is designed to allow students of under-privileged homes to graduate college in four years free of debt. The first students are expected to enroll at the College in the fall of 2019, according to the release.

“As a public institution, we are committed to serving talented students from all socioeconomic backgrounds,” said TCNJ President R. Barbara Gitenstein in the release. “This gift will help ensure that anyone who is intellectually capable will have access to a high quality TCNJ education.”

‘Jurassic World’ roars into theaters, delivers thrills

“Jurassic World” makes its message clear – society is destroying itself through its constant need for things to be bigger and better than ever before. The film pokes fun at this notion by creating an over-the-top action thriller filled with overt and sometimes backwards clichés to demonstrate what consumers truly want.

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard star in "Jurassic Park." (AP Photo)
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard star in “Jurassic Park.” (AP Photo)

Using the theme of the bigger and the better, the filmmakers created a visual masterpiece. “Jurassic World” is a combination of human touch and computer generated effects that draws audience members further in with each scene. Theme park consumers wanted a new dinosaur every few years that was bigger, scarier and had more teeth than its predecessors, according to Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), the park’s operations manager. This mentality of course leads to the film’s main conflict because scientists then created a hybrid dinosaur that was out of their league. Continue reading

Jenner steps out as Caitlyn, wins courage award

Jenner introduces herself to the world on the July issue of Vanity Fair.

Since Caitlyn Jenner revealed herself to the world on the cover of Vanity Fair, she has received praise and congratulations from many, yet hatred and negativity from others.

Why can’t people just let others be whomever it is they want to be?

On Friday, April 24, Bruce Jenner confirmed in a two-hour television special with Diane Sawyer that he was in fact transgender and was beginning his transformation to become a woman. Continue reading

Be the Match Bone Marrow Drive comes to campus

By Mark Marsella

Staff Writer

Students were able to register as potential bone marrow donors at the Be The Match Bone Marrow Drive on Monday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Travers-Wolfe Lounge.

Monday’s event, hosted by Res Life and Delta Epsilon Psi followed a previous marrow drive that had taken place on Wednesday, April 29, in the Brower Student Center, headed by the football team and Be The Match’s “Get in the Game, Save a Life” program, which collaborates with college football programs to host drives all over the country. Continue reading

Local union leader, professor to retire after 45 years

By Mark Marsella

Although Professor Ralph Edelbach is retiring after nearly 50 years of teaching at the College and working with its union local, he still searches for fascinating issues he would’ve discussed in his Society, Ethics and Technology class. And while he is no longer teaching students, he’s found a new audience to educate.

“Jon Stewart did a piece the other day on religious rituals associated with robots and artificial intelligence,” Edelbach said. “I look at that and say, ‘Oh, I can use that in class! Oh wait … I’m not teaching anymore.’ So I tape it on my TiVo, put it on PowerPoint, and now I show it to my grandkids.”

Now, as Edelbach prepares to more to Texas so that he can be closer to his family and grandchildren, the Technological Studies teacher reminisces about his half-century at The College of New Jersey — or Trenton State College — as the school was named for most of his time here. Continue reading

TCNJ EMS: Test anxiety and how to handle it

By Steven King

We’ve almost made it to the end, but we still have one last challenge to overcome this school year: finals. Finals come around every semester, and every semester everyone experiences that all too familiar stress. For some people, however, this stress translates into severe anxiety, which can keep a person from being able to focus on studying and performing well.

Finals week creates additional stress for students. (AP Photo)
Finals week creates additional stress for students. (AP Photo)

Testing anxiety is no laughing matter and it can affect people to an extreme degree, to the point where even the simplest question becomes tough to answer. Even after a test, a person might still feel anxiety, which can lead to poor performance on the next test. Hopefully, TCNJ EMS can give you some tips to help reduce this anxiety so that you can do your best on your finals. Continue reading

Classic Signals: April ’03 Junior Year Transitions

By Kimberly Ilkowski
Features Editor

Kell describes the transition from sophomore to junior year. (Kimberly Ilkowski / Features Editor)
Kell describes the transition from sophomore to junior year. (Kimberly Ilkowski / Features Editor)

The final issue of the Spring 2003 semester featured a heartfelt confession on the struggles of transitioning into junior year. Sports Editor John Kell wrote to let freshmen and sophomores know that it is never too late to get involved and get the most out of your time here at the College. As our own semester comes to a close, it is an important reminder to stay motivated and positive. Continue reading

The Hollyword: Alaimo has final word

By Johnanthony Alaimo

Have you been holding your breath waiting for a “Lizzie MaGuire” reunion? Well, I have news for your blue, dead body. It happened! Sort of. Are you still excited even though I said sort of? Would you be more excited if I said absolutely? Do you hate me asking you questions when there’s really no way of you answering them? Shut up and listen!

Hilary Duff bowls with TV best friend, Miranda Sanchez. (AP Photo)
Hilary Duff bowls with TV best friend, Miranda Sanchez. (AP Photo)

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AEPi hosts 24-hour barbecue to raise money

By Nicole Ferrito
Staff Writer

Hotdogs and hamburgers were grilled for 24 hours straight on Tuesday, April 28, as the brothers of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity at the College fundraised for the Heroes to Heroes foundation, one of their national philanthropies.

The 24-hour barbecue raises funds for Heroes to Heroes. (Samantha Selikoff / Photo Editor)
The 24-hour barbecue raises funds for Heroes to Heroes. (Samantha Selikoff / Photo Editor)

At this year’s annual day and night barbeque event, the fraternity raised $2,498.15 to be donated to the their philanthropy.

“We figured it would be something that was fun for us and for the campus,” junior chemistry major and President of AEPI Andy Glass said on choosing to do a 24-hour barbecue as a way to raise funds. In addition to hotdogs and hamburgers, the brothers sold “Support Our Troops” bracelets, pretzels and other snacks. Continue reading

Campus Style

By Heather Hawkes

This week, I interviewed junior biology major Jasmine Muniz-Cadorette on spring style.

Let’s start off with where you shop. What are some of your go-to stores?

JM: I like to shop at stores that provide high quality clothing for reasonable prices. A few of my favorites are J. Crew, Banana Republic, Urban Outfitters and Zara. Continue reading

TCNJ Cares Week brings campus together

By Leigh Cesanek
Staff Writer 

Students throughout campus came together to talk about suicide awareness and prevention in a series of events from Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 1 in the first ever TCNJ Cares Week. The week was an opportunity for students to participate in conversations about mental health and the importance of giving mental health issues priority in the everyday lives of students. Continue reading

Campus gets its own set of TED Talks

Emma Colton
Staff Writer

The College brought the international sensation of the TED Talks experience of powerful, brief and enlightening discussions to campus on Sunday, May 3, with TEDxTCNJ — an event that celebrated spreading the “spirit of ideas” under the slogan #LightTheFlame.

“TED is a conference of ideas worth spreading,” said Theresa Soya, a junior communication studies major who founded and coordinated TEDxTCNJ. “Independent TEDx events help share ideas in the community, throughout the world.” Continue reading

SG members reflect on past year of governance

By Alyssa Sanford
News Assistant

Candidates, both old and new, vied for seats on Student Government’s cabinet, as well as positions as class council heads and school senators, on Tuesday, April 28, marking the end of election season and another successful year of governance in SG.

On Wednesday, May 6, SG members will hold their final meeting of the semester and formally make the transition between the current cabinet and elected cabinet. Continue reading

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