Men’s soccer eliminated from playoff contention

 Junior goalkeeper Maciej Libucha saves the ball for the Lions. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)
Junior goalkeeper Maciej Libucha saves the ball for the Lions. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)

The men’s soccer team fell in overtime to William Paterson University, 1-0, in an anticlimactic penultimate game that eliminated the College from NJAC playoff contention.

The Lions (6-9-2, 2-6) knew they needed at least a draw to keep their NJAC hopes alive heading into this week’s season finale. But as it is, a squad largely made up of underclassmen will now look to use a disappointing season as a learning experience for next year.

“Dealing with adversity is part of the learning process,” junior goalkeeper Maciej Libucha said. “We had our ups and downs this season. If the guys returning next year can take the positives from this season and straighten out the things that didn’t go so well, there is no doubt in my mind the team will bounce back next year.”

However, he Lions had given themselves multiple opportunities to win the game against William Paterson in both halves.

The best chance might have come in the 20th minute when sophomore midfielder Jason O’Donnell hit a header off the post, and freshman forward Michael Kassak had a pair of late breakaways that were snuffed out by the Ospreys’ goalkeeper.

But William Paterson put the game away with a golden goal in the 92nd minute, as strong individual play from freshman forward Chris Noel — who took a pass into the box, fought off his defender and rocketed a shot into the net — gave the road team the three points.

The goal came despite a solid defensive effort and 14-save game from Libucha, who rarely faced any shots from inside the box.

“The communication throughout the game was pretty good from me all the way into the midfield, which allowed us to defend tightly as a unit and only limit William Paterson to those long distance shots,” Libucha said. “It’s been a part of the game plan from our coach all season.

Offensively, though, the Lions were shutout for the fifth time in nine conference games, a record the Lions will try to improve upon in their final game of the season against Rowan University on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Concussion a ‘Chief’ problem in the NFL

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles remains playing after receiving a concussion. (AP Photo)
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles remains playing after receiving a concussion. (AP Photo)

Many old-school football purists claim that the NFL is getting too soft with some of its rule changes. It’s hard to argue that, but one aspect of the player safety movement in the league that everyone should support is the insistence on preventing and monitoring concussions and other head and neck injuries.  Throughout my years of playing football, coaches have always said that you should play if you’re hurt but not injured, but I don’t think anyone should be playing around when it comes to head, neck and brain injuries.

The current league protocol implemented in 2013 has guidelines on how teams should handle suspected concussion candidates during and after games. During the game, the team medical staff, along with an “eye in the sky” in the press box, are supposed to closely watch the field in search of players who have potentially suffered head injuries. There is also a neuro-trauma expert on the sidelines not affiliated with the league who is there to assist the team medical personnel.

If a player is suspected of having a concussion, the team medical staff is supposed to immediately remove the player from the game, evaluate them based off a checklist and ask them certain questions to test the player’s concentration and memory. If a trainer deems that a player has a concussion, he must be taken to the locker room for further evaluation.

I think this is a great protocol for trying to contain the concussion issue in the league. However, there is an issue with this protocol that was put on display this past weekend in the Chiefs-Chargers game. Early in the second quarter, Chiefs star running back Jamaal Charles scored a 16-yard touchdown. Upon crossing the goal line, he took a hard shot to the head from Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers that resulted in Flowers leaving the game with a concussion.

Charles got up relatively quickly and went to the sideline without appearing to be seriously injured, but everyone watching the game could see he definitely got his bell rung. He was not given the concussion protocol test and remained in the game.

The following day, he told an ESPN radio show, “It definitely hurt. It’s like I woke up … I mean, like, a couple plays later, I was seeing light bulbs, like light bulbs around my eyes, and I was trying to catch them. But I was in the game so I was like, ‘Alright, let’s get the ball and run again.’”

He also said that he didn’t feel like he had a concussion, but more importantly, he didn’t want to go through the concussion protocol, possibly causing him to be taken out of the game like when he was taken out of the team’s playoff loss last season against the Colts.

Here’s where the problem lies with the concussion protocol: Even though it was shown that Charles didn’t have a concussion in a Tuesday post-game concussion test, the team medical personnel should’ve at least tested him during the game. It’s not about the first concussion most of the time. The real damage a player can take that can cause major, long-term problems is if a player faces a second concussion without having adequate time to heal from the first concussion. It’s the job of the team medical staff to protect the players from themselves.

Even if a player doesn’t show obvious signs of a concussion after getting hit, when they take a big hit to the head similar to the one Charles took, the medical staff needs to take the initiative to prohibit from re-entering the game until he’s been looked at. If a player doesn’t have concussion symptoms, the test should only take a few minutes. There was no excuse in Charles’ case for the medical staff to not even check on him. He had just scored a touchdown, and the Chiefs were about to go on defense. I hope it won’t take a major star sustaining multiple concussions in the same game for team medical personnel to take more initiative in these cases.

Rob Simels joins in rescuing clubs

With no acting director, chaos reigned in the Intramurals and Club Sports program for the first month of the semester: Club teams were unable to schedule games and were disrupted in their everyday activities with the absence of a Club Sports director.

That all changed once the new Director of Recreation, Robert Simels, was welcomed to the College a little over a month ago. Club Sports schedules are now returning to normal as Simels settles into his new job.

“We’ve come up with a really good procedure, and things are starting to work out really well,” Simels said.

With no time to get a feel for the job, Simels started right away to get the Club Sports program back on track.

“It’s nice to jump right into it, because you don’t have time to think,” Simels said. “You can dip your toe in the pool and pull it out. I just cannonballed in. It just means you’re learning while doing instead of learning then doing.”

Simels, a graduate of the University of North Carolina, spent time as the Director of Intramurals and Recreation at Dickinson College before accepting the vacant position here at the College.

“Really, (I came here) because of the school and opportunities that it had to offer. I think there’s a big future in recreation here and developing a holistic recreational program based on fitness, intramurals and club sports,” Simels said.

Simels added that he was drawn to the school because of the opportunities that the College has to offer.

Above all, Simels wants to build a “culture of recreation” at the College — a culture where students want to be active.

“Doing some sort of physical activity, if it’s as simple as going for a hike to as competitive as playing rugby, there’s a benefit to it that will meet their academic goals as well as the mission of the school,” Simels said.

Overall, Simels’s goal is to build every program, from the Physical Enhancement Center to intramural sports, to be the best they can be for the students’ use.

“My favorite part of the job is interacting with students, learning what students want,” he said. “I think the students here are great. They have a lot of great ideas about what they want to see, and hopefully we can get some good things going.”

Soccer highlights homecoming show

Sophomore Brianna Petro scores her first goal of the season. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)
Sophomore Brianna Petro scores her first goal of the season. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)

The women’s soccer team stole the show during the Homecoming sporting events, beating William Paterson University 9-0 with a dominating display on Saturday, Oct. 25.

The Lions spent most of the game in the Pioneer’s zone, taking a grand total of 26 shots during the game (12 during the first half and 14 during the second), compared to the four taken by William Paterson during both halves.

Lions sophomore defenseman Brianna Petro, who was able to score her first goal of the season (42:16) and earned the team’s game hat — marking the player of the game — thought the defense was outstanding.

“They played well all around,” she said. “We worked really hard to get the ball back every time we lost it.”

The team rarely lost the ball, however, and when they did, it was only for one to three minute bursts. The Pioneers could never really get anything going against the Lions during the full 90 minutes.

Senior Korrie Harkins, who scored a hat trick during the game with three goals (9:16, 46:55, and 55:42), further complimented the team’s defense.

“They work hard,” Harkins said. “They’re hard to get past.”

When the defense wasn’t busy keeping the Pioneers at bay, the offense really shined. The Lions offense was able to both outmaneuver and force its way through a confused Pioneers defensive line.

Harkins went on to say that “everyone on the team was high energy” and that the buildup of energy allowed for an explosive offensive performance.

The rest of the goals came from freshman Elizabeth Thoreson (5:44), freshman Jessica Goldman (5:44 and 57:35), senior Gina Caprara (74:52) and freshman Hannah Richman (83:49).

After that kind of performance, however, Petro wasn’t going to let cockiness take over, as she looked to where the team could improve.

“We still have things to work on — our energy at times and our missed opportunities are some of them,” she said.

Coach Joe Russo went on to include that practices will focus more on offensive play as well.

“We can become more dangerous in the attacking third and as a team altogether,” he said.

The team’s previous scheduled game against Steven’s Institute of Technology on Tuesday, Oct. 22, was canceled due to inclement weather. The next game is the last of the regular season against Rowan University on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at home.

After that, the playoffs start, and depending on the result of Tuesday’s game, the Lions may receive a bye in the first round.

Harkins, however, believes the team’s focus lies on the more imminent task.

“We have one more regular season game, that’s what matters,” she said. “We’ll celebrate this win today. Tomorrow, we look toward our next game.”

Fifth NJAC win for field hockey

Lions ‘Play 4 a Cure’ during Sunday night’s game. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)
Lions ‘Play 4 a Cure’ during Sunday night’s game. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)

The Lions continued their dominance over fellow New Jersey teams with their fifth win in NJAC conference play against William Paterson on Tuesday, Oct. 21. With one game left in their regular season schedule, the Lions are one step closer to securing the top seed in the upcoming NJAC tournament. The owner of the first seed is awarded home field advantage throughout the tournament, a gain that carries a lot of weight for all teams.

In typical fashion, the Lions got on the board first against the Pioneers, scoring two goals in the first 15 minutes of the game. Senior Lindsey Hatch and sophomore Jaclyn Douglas were able to score, a feat that both have been able to complete often this season. Later in the period, the Lions scored again, making the game 3-0 off a goal by sophomore Danielle Andreula with the assist from senior Victoria Martin. This goal gave the team a strong lead going into the second half, as well as confidence for the rest of the game. Senior Erin Waller was able to get on the board in the second half, adding a goal pretty early in the period.

The Pioneers responded with a goal of their own 49 seconds later, but the Lions answered back with two scores by Andreula and Hatch to officially put the game away at 6-1. Sophomore Kelly Schlupp continued her very strong season in goal, picking up her 15th win of the year and kept the opposition in check as she has done all year.

On Sunday, the Lions played their last home game of the season and held a ceremony before the game to honor their six seniors: Erin Healy, Marissa Pennypacker, Erin Waller, Lindsey Hatch, Victoria Martin and Amanda Krause.

While the game was emotional for the seniors, they understood the implications. A win against Juniata College would set up a game versus Rowan on Saturday, Nov. 1, to decide the top seed of the NJAC tournament.

Fortunately, the Lions were able to come away with a win on Senior Day with a goal five minutes into the second half by none other than Senior Lindsey Hatch, her 26th of the season.

The score brought her to a year total of 71, becoming only the third player in program history to reach 70 points in a season. The real victory for the Lions was their defense, however, which didn’t allow a single shot on goal, making Krause and Schlupp’s job in goal easier.

With the win, the Lions will travel to Glassboro to face off against Rowan University at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 and look to continue their success in the NJAC playoffs.

A win on Prudential Center ice

Junior forward Matt Martin skates the puck into the offensive zone. (Julie Kayzerman / Sports Editor)
Junior forward Matt Martin skates the puck into the offensive zone. (Julie Kayzerman / Sports Editor)

After the College’s ice hockey team felt a discouraging 2-0 loss against Rider, they took the ice the following day on the main rink at the Prudential Center, where they rolled over NJIT, 6-2.

While the Lions share their home ice with Rider at the Loucks Ice Center, the Lions played as the away team – leaving bleachers swarmed with fans in red.

But it was the lack of finishing that hurt the Lions in an intense game against their rival, satisfying the packed arena with Rider apparel.

While the College admirably held its own on defensive against the Broncs, specifially displaying a highly talented back-end with the outstanding play of junior Gary L’Heureux and sophomore Dylan McMurrer. The pair has continuously stepped up as a solid wall in front of goalie David Laub and as an offensive drive, winning the puck back and skating it up into the offensive zone to the forwards, instead of just dumping it out of danger.

“The two of them played exceptional,” Coach Joseph Cucci said. “They’ve been phenomenal this year.”

The defense was also significantly backed up by the play of seniors Nick Wilenchansky, Daniel Guglielmo and junior Steven Czachor, who proved to be a solid force during penalty kills.

“Our defensive core as a whole played great, we count on those guys big time,” Cucci said.

Laub sported a fantastic showing in the defeat, perhaps his best of the season, with 30 saves, coming from powerful drives by Rider’s offensive lines.

“When Laub is on his game, you couldn’t ask for a better goalie,” Cucci said.

As scoring has been a consistent struggle for the Lions this season after graduating major goal scorers last year, but taking the ice the next day on Saturday, Oct. 26, they started showing that this team can, in fact, produce.

The College capitalized on three power plays against NJIT on Saturday, Oct. 25, with goals from freshmen forward Nick Paranzine, junior forward Billy Regan and senior defenseman Daniel Gugliemo. Junior defenseman Gary L’Heureux picked up two of the power play assists while Paranzine added the sixth goal with 2:15 left in the game.

However, the second period — what has continuously proved to be a section of trouble for the Lions — went scoreless for both teams.

But the College put the game away in the third, powering in four goals including one from sophomore Robert Notley who recorded his first goal on the team.

Close dynamic leads to a winning team

Both the men’s and women’s teams swim to success at Packer Hall. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)
Both the men’s and women’s teams swim to success at Packer Hall. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)

The College’s swimming and diving team increased its winning record to 2-0 with a thrilling win against Montclair State University in the home opener on Friday, Oct. 24. The Packer Hall swimming pool was surrounded by family and friends who came to support and watch every dominating performance by both the men’s and women’s teams.

The men’s team came out strong by winning its first event, the 200-yard medley relay. Senior Aleksander Burzynski, junior James Shangle, junior Joseph Dunn and senior Brian Perez swam to a winning time of 1:35.57.

The men went one, two and three with sophomore Ryan Gajdzdisz touching the wall at a time of 10:08.5. Freshman Logan Barnes and sophomore Jason Ivins had equally impressive times of 10:18.06 and 10:22.91, respectively. The swimmers all began very close, but by the third lap, some of the men started breaking away from the pack, and in the end, the Lions came out on top.

The men’s team was able to sweep four more events — men’s 200-yard freestyle, men’s 100-yard backstroke, men’s 100-yard breaststroke and men’s 50-yard freestyle. In the men’s exhilarating 50-yard freestyle, Dunn put up a jaw-dropping time of 21.01 — a time that almost beat the current record set at 20.22 by assistant coach Adam Schneider.

As the swimmers took to the pool to race, the dynamic team relationship among the men was clear. During the men’s 200-yard freestyle, the men’s teammates were all on their feet, some on the bleachers, to watch their teammates glide effortlessly through the water and take the win.

The women’s team also wielded that close dynamic. During the women’s 100-yard backstroke, teammates could be heard yelling, “go, go, go” as sophomore Brenna Strollo finished with a winning time of 1:00.83 — beating her previous time of 1:02.06 from their last meet. The women, like the men, swept the top spots. Freshman Katie Kilfeather and freshman Jill Galindo had times of 1:03.53 and 1:04.47, respectively.

Strollo, once again, had another successful meet, coming in first in three out of four of her events — the women’s 200-yard IM at 2:16.45 and the women’s 200-yard medley relay along with teammates Brennah Ross, Marta Lawler and Lauren Rothstein.

“All my mental preparation comes from practice,” Strollo said about her preparation for meets. “No thinking goes on during a meet.”

The swimmers all looked focused before stepping onto the platform. Some could be seen stretching and preparing their muscles for the intense work about to be put in. Others chose to drown out the noise of the meet with their headphones.

Whatever they chose to do, it seemed to work. Like the men, the women’s team had many exciting wins and swam with ease.

In the women’s 1,000-yard freestyle, MSU was dominating the pool with a strong start. Toward the end of the long event, the women’s team started catching up. It was a close win, but freshman Ali Huber was able to take the top spot — with a time of 11:40.55 — only five seconds before MSU’s second-place swimmer.

The freshmen swimmers came to compete and are blending right in with the rest of the team, as well.

“The team has been amazing,” freshman Cassidy Bergeron said. “I just love it!”

Bergeron explained that although it has been tough adjusting to both college and the team, her teammates are all there to be supportive.

Coach Jennifer Hartnett spoke about how the new swimmers came in with a great attitude, and that they were all on board with the goals of the season.

“I’m so impressed with how they stepped up already,” Hartnett said, explaining that most freshmen take about a semester to get used to the team, but this group started fitting in early in the semester.

With this and last week’s win, Hartnett is ready to see what the rest of the season has to offer and has a lot of faith in her strong team.

“I’m really excited about where we’re at right now,” Hartnett said. “I’m excited to see how we do as the year continues.”

Homecoming hype fails football

The football team continues on its quest for a win during a tough season. (Heiner Fallas / Staff Photographer)
The football team continues on its quest for a win during a tough season. (Heiner Fallas / Staff Photographer)

Every year, students and alumni gather during the joyous celebration of Homecoming in and around Lions Stadium as the football team highlights the sporting events of the weekend.

This year, the College’s football team was looking to win its Homecoming game like last year. But by the end of the game on Saturday afternoon, the Lions  had dropped their fifth-straight game, and the Homecoming festivities took a hit.

The William Paterson Pioneers defeated the Lions 21-0 at Lions Stadium.

In the past two games, the Lions (1-6, 0-4 NJAC) were outscored 49-7. Their lone touchdown in these games came with 1:12 left in the fourth quarter against Montclair State when freshman running back Khani Glover scored on a 33-yard run.

The Lions could only muster 163 offensive yards against the Pioneers. William Paterson (3-4, 1-3 NJAC) had 268 yards.

“We just didn’t execute well (Saturday),” sophomore quarterback Michael Marchesano said. “We need to do a better job of that.”

Pioneers freshman Austin Fellows went 10 of 20 for 142 yards and a touchdown. The College had Marchesano begin the game as the signal caller, before being replaced by freshman Tyler Osler.

Marchesano went three of 15 for 12 yards. Then, Osler came in and went six of 11 for 62 yards.

“Osler did some things well,” Coach Wayne Dickens said. “When he was in there, we were able to complete a long ball.”

Lions freshman Gabriel Rios had a 34-yard reception, while junior Conor Mulholland had two receptions for 18 yards and sophomore Jeff Mattonelli added two receptions for 13 yards. Juniors Nick Craig and Andrew Lachawiec each had a reception for eight yards.

The Pioneers were led by junior receiver Anthony DiMarsico, who had five receptions for 62 yards. Fellow junior Dwaine Dabney added two catches for 46 yards, while sophomore Matt Delana had two for 20 yards. Junior Ian Leary had a catch for 14 yards.

Delana had 56 rushing yards, while Dabney added 52 yards and DiMarsico contributed 45 yards.

Junior Lions back Brad Young had 60 rushing yards, while Glover added 26 yards.

The Lions had trouble marching down the field offensively, and Coach Dickens tried to jumpstart the offense by putting new players in, but nothing worked the way he had hoped.

“We’ve tried most of the bullets in the gun,” Dickens said. “It’s just not happening right now. We’re having a tough time getting out of our own way.”

The William Paterson offense struggled in the first quarter before getting on track in the second quarter. Then, in the second half, the Pioneers scored twice.

Pioneers sophomore defensive back Jason Montalvo picked off Osler with 3:11 left in the game. Following the extra point, the visitors went up 21-0.

DiMarsico scored the other two touchdowns. He caught a 15-yard touchdown reception by Fellows at 7:26 left in the fourth quarter. He also added an earlier 39-yard rushing touchdown with 2:20 left in the second quarter.

College hosts Congressional race events

By Gabrielle Beacken
News Assistant

Eck says her medical experience could help in Congress. (Kyle Bennion / Photo Editor)
Eck says her medical experience could help in Congress. (Kyle Bennion / Photo Editor)

The College hosted two separate political events this past week as the New Jersey 12th District Congressional Election, which will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4, quickly approaches. The 12th District includes portions of Union, Somerset, Middlesex and Mercer counties — including Ewing Township.

The events included a debate between the Democratic candidate, Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Republican candidate, Dr. Alieta Eck, on Wednesday, Oct. 22, and a Candidate’s Forum on Friday, Oct. 24. Director of the international studies program and assistant professor of political science Brian Potter moderated both events.

Wednesday’s debate, held in the packed Mayo Concert Hall, highlighted several critical national and campus-related issues. Such topics included federal marriage, public education, fracking, Middle Eastern relations, health care and campaign finance reform.

“I believe I can make a difference,” Eck said. Being that there are no female physicians in Congress at this time, Eck, a practicing physician, believes she can be a valuable asset. Eck and her husband founded the Zarepath Health Center, a free clinic for “the poor and uninsured,” according to her official campaign website.

Like Eck, Watson Coleman’s pointed out her expertise in her past experiences.

“I’ve been a leader in the legislature, working with Republicans and Democrats,” she said.

Watson Coleman is running with the support of current Democratic representative of New Jersey’s 12th District, Rush Holt, who has served in the New Jersey general assembly since 1998, representing the 15th District.

According to Watson Coleman’s website, she is the “first African-American woman to serve as Majority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly and the first African-American woman to serve as Chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.”

The two candidates held contrasting views on several topics. While Eck was in favor of the possibility of sending ground troops to Syria and Iraq to combat ISIS, Watson Coleman argued that “boots on the ground is the last thing we should be doing.”

Another disputing topic concerned fracking. Eck stated that fracking, when proceeding with safety and caution, would be an affordable source of energy, while Watson Coleman argued that fracking negatively impacts the environment.

When answering a question about prison reform, Eck supported the decriminalization of marijuana, stating that especially for personal use, marijuana users should not be imprisoned.

“New Jersey may follow Colorado,” Eck said.

Watson Coleman responded by expressing her belief in the growth and expansion of drug courts, as well as providing treatment to addicts rather than following through on a policy of incarceration.

The most heated debate topic of the event, which included several rebuttals by both parties, was the discussion of job growth and the government’s role in the economy.

“Trenton has been treated poorly, but it can be an intellectual capital,” Watson Coleman said. Research facilities hosted in Trenton can create jobs, she added.

“To increase jobs, get government out of the way — not government jobs, private sector jobs,” Eck said, rebutting her opponent’s statements. “Obamacare is the biggest job killer New Jersey has ever seen.”

The second political event of the week was the Candidate’s Forum. According to an email distributed by College Relations to the campus community, all of the candidates were invited to attend, including: Allen J. Cannon (Democratic-Republican), Kenneth J. Cody (Truth Vision Hope), Bonnie Watson Coleman (Democratic), Don DeZarn (Legalize Marijuana Party), Alieta Eck (Republican), Jack Freudenheim (Start The Conversation), and Steven Welzer (Green Party).

However, only four candidates — Cannon, Eck, Freudenheim and Welzer — attended and participated in the event.

“The party system seems to be failing us,” Freudenheim said. “We’re all a little tired.”

Welzer agrees that citizens, when casting their ballots, should have more than two chief options between their parties.

“(We’ve) got to get beyond the only two-choice system,” Welzer said.

“It’s important that we dissolve party lines and think of personal lives,” Cannon said. “(The Democratic-Republican Party is) the party that set up the constitution, the foundation of equity for all American citizens.”

The federal legalization of gay marriage was the most discussed topic of the event, due to questions prompted by a student in the audience. The conversation delved deeper into the topic as the student prompted that the words “civil union” and “marriage” don’t carry the same social weight and equalities.

“We are arguing over a word, not the right for one person to love another,” Cannon said. Cannon argued that the word “civil union” holds the same rights and protection as the word “marriage.”

“We must respect the right of people to disagree,” Eck said, not in favor of the federal legalization of gay marriage. “We must treat everyone with the utmost dignity, no matter what.”

The topic of climate change also brought debate, as the Green Party promoted climate change as a valid and imminent threat.

“Ninety-eight percent of scientists say there is a warming,” Welzer said in response to Eck’s claim that scientists cannot prove that human activity is causing climate change. “There is really little debate here.”

“We know it’s happening,” Freudenheim said. “What can we do as a human race? We should take action.”

Students, too, should be asking questions and receiving answers from political officials, said sophomore international studies major and executive-board member of College Democrats Ambica Avancha.

“I was surprised that more people are not informed,” Avancha said. “I think it’s important for students to be involved in politics.”

A week to prove who has the most spirit

By Sydney Shaw
Opinions Editor

Students pose with Roscoe the Lion in the Student Center. (Kyle Bennion / Photo Editor)
Students pose with Roscoe the Lion in the Student Center. (Kyle Bennion / Photo Editor)

Culminating in the Homecoming tailgate and football game on Saturday, Oct. 25, the College’s 27th annual Spirit Week was replete with field games, giveaways, green screen photo shoots and live musical performances.

This year’s theme centered on HBO Shows: Fraternities, sororities, club sports and other on-campus organizations then revealed their team banners in the Brower Student Center on Monday, Oct. 20. A “Game of Thrones” themed banner was brilliantly brought to life by Kappa Delta, Phi Alpha Delta and Delta Lambda Phi, reading “Homecoming is Coming.”

A tribute to “True Blood” by Theta Phi Alpha and Phi Kappa Psi featured a fanged woman with blood dripping from her lips.

For the series “John Adams,” Phi Sigma Sigma and Club Baseball made a banner and shirts that read “Join, or die,” the title of the show’s pilot episode. For the show “Band of Brothers,” Delta Zeta, Sigma Pi and Lambda Theta Alpha brought camouflage colors, dog tags and other army elements into a football-themed banner.

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, students tie-dyed shirts blue and gold in the Brower Student Center until 2 p.m. The afternoon ended with a heated volleyball tournament.

On Wednesday, Oct. 22, not even the pouring rain could stop the events taking place on the Sundial Lawn throughout the day. Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., organizations partook in nonstop activities like men’s cheerleading, women’s tug-of-war, a potato sack race, dizzy bat, a three-legged race and a human pyramid.

Wednesday also marked the T-shirt swap headed by Student Government. Students traded in high school T-shirts or another college’s T-shirts for brand new Homecoming 2014 shirts. The event, funded by the Student Finance Board, garnered at least 350 T-shirts to donate to Goodwill.

A free rally towel giveaway was hosted in the Brower Student Center on Thursday, Oct. 23, followed by the performance of a live band. Students at meal equiv were treated to the hip-hop/pop-rock sounds of cover band Under Pressure. According to the band’s website, Under Pressure is “a fresh and spunky female-fronted party band that has no problem captivating any crowd.”

That night for another Homecoming activity, students participated in utensil wrapping for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, wrapping forks, spoons and knives.

Friday, Oct. 24, was Blue and Gold Day, during which all students and staff were encouraged to represent the College by wearing school colors. The Homecoming committee gave away blue and gold spirit items, blue and gold cupcakes and hosted blue and gold-themed green screen photos. The College’s mascot, Roscoe, even showed up for pictures.

Finally, on Friday night, students gathered in the Recreation Center to enjoy the capstone of the Spirit Week events — the lip sync and dance competitions

“I went and participated in last year’s event and thought it was spectacular — however, this year’s event exceeded my expectations,” sophomore class council president Robert Kinloch said. “As a brother of Phi Alpha Delta, I could not have been prouder of the way the guys from our fraternity and the girls of Kappa Delta sorority competed.”

The Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, Sigma Kappa sorority and Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity won Homecoming Spirit Week after taking first place in the lip syncing and dance competitions and the banner competition.

“The dance that (they) put on about ‘The Pacific’ was so astonishing that it gave me the chills,” Kinloch said.

The brothers and sisters were able to enjoy Homecoming knowing they were the most school spirited — at least for this year.

LDP considers Stephen A. Smith, Mike Ditka

By Jonathan Edmondson
Arts & Entertainment Editor

The Student Finance Board meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 22, included multiple proposals from the Leadership Development Program ahead of its planned LeadWeek.

LDP’s first proposal was made in conjunction with the College Union Board and included plans for a keynote speaker during LeadWeek. The organization’s first choice is Daymond John, founder, president and CEO of FUBU, an iconic fashion brand. Other options include ESPN commentators Stephen A. Smith or Mike Ditka.

The event, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Nov. 11, was allocated funds of $36,098.

Other events from LDP included STUD Team Builders, a teamwork and communication activity scheduled to take place in the Brower Student Center on Friday. Nov 14. The event was allocated funds of $750.

In addition, the organization proposed for its 11th annual Leadership Lockup, scheduled to take place on Saturday, Jan. 11. The event was tabled for now.

Other presenters included the Teachers of Young Children, who were allocated $1,900 to cover the costs of buses in order to transport students to the NJEA Convention in Atlantic City. This event is the largest professional development conference in the nation and will take place on Thursday, Nov. 6, and Friday, Nov. 7.

Finally, the Sophomore Class Council proposed to have a Sophomore Semi-Formal. The Class of 2017 hosted a similar event last year with much success and hopes to repeat that this year.

The event was allocated funds of $9,380.17 and is scheduled to take place on Friday, Nov. 21.

Jelani Cobb explores the Ferguson controversy

By Colleen Murphy
News Editor

Ferguson, MO residents riot following the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo)
Ferguson, MO residents riot following the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo)

To shed some light on the infamous case of Michael Brown — the 18-year-old who was shot six times in Ferguson, M.O. over the summer — journalist, historian and University of Connecticut history professor Jelani Cobb gave the presentation “Between Us and the World: Ferguson, United States of America and The Lynching of Michael Brown,” to a full Mayo Concert Hall on Thursday, Oct. 23.

Cobb painted a vivid picture of this summer’s shooting which has split the town of Ferguson and the country, saying that what actually angers people most about the Ferguson case stems from a deep history of race relations.

Cobb spent nine days reporting from Ferguson in August and has made three trips there altogether. In his lecture, Cobb detailed what angers the citizens of Ferguson most about this case and from where that angers stems.

The background of Ferguson revolves around the idea that when police officers fear for their lives — whether or not a subject is armed — they will protect themselves. And on Saturday, Aug. 9, police officer Darren Wilson claimed he feared for his life as he reported that Brown “punched and scratched”  him as he was “pinned in his vehicle,” struggling over his gun.

Wilson fired his gun six times, killing Brown, but this account is the exact opposite of what many of the witnesses said they saw happen — Brown was apparently walking away, with his hands up — so there was no need for Wilson to fear for his life. Shooting Brown was thus unjustified.

Every night since the shooting, the streets of Ferguson have been filled with protesters. Chants of “Hands up, don’t shoot,” were displayed on news channels for the world to see, but according to Cobb, this case is so much more than just who is right and who is wrong. This case goes much deeper into African-American history.

For four and a half hours after the shooting, it was as though Brown’s body “lay behind like refuse in the afternoon heat left on display,” Cobb said. According to Cobb, this left the same sign as those 3,500 lynches in southern states between 1890 and 1920, because for the people of Ferguson, Brown’s body being left on display served as a warning — this, too, could happen to you.

For those hours that Brown’s body lay there, covered with a white sheet, Cobb said Brown went “from man to victim to metaphor.” It was the “literal, terrible truth, laying directly in front of us in the streets,” Cobb said. And the truth is that this shooting was “not an isolated incident,” according to Cobb, just an “atypical situation.”

“We’ve approached (the Ferguson area) as if it was a foreign territory,” Cobb said. “But Ferguson is part of America. Ferguson is America.”

Freshman open options major Madina Ouedraogo went to the lecture to learn more about the details of the case and to what extent it has affected not only Ferguson and the state of Missouri, but also, the nation. According to Ouedraogo, it was an extremely thought provoking and informative presentation, as well as necessary.

“Lectures like these help spread tolerance and understanding among all people,” he said. “We live in nations and a world engulfed in so much intolerance and misunderstanding. If people just took the time to stop, listen and open themselves up to the opportunity to hear different perspectives from their own, this world would be much more peaceful and united.

Ouedraogo also believes it is “essential for lectures like these to be heard” because it helps “promote tolerance and understanding instead of miscommunications, misunderstanding and violent ideologies and divisions among all people.”

Plummeting gas prices boost US economy

By Courtney Wirths
Features Editor

• Gas prices are dropping. In most stations across the nation, a gallon of gas has dropped below $3 which has created relief for American consumers and will lead to a slight boost for the U.S. economy. If prices continue to fall, however, it poses a risk to oil-producing states and the large companies within them.

• Twitter’s slow growth, especially when compared to Facebook Inc., is a cause for concern for many investors. A year after the company’s initial public offering, the internet giant has more than doubled its revenue, however the weak growth in user still caused shares to drop 10 percent.

• Yes, they now have bananas. Chiquita Brands International Inc. agreed to be acquired by a Brazilian orange-juice maker and its investment-firm partner for $742 million. The deal would give the famed banana company access to Cutrale-Safra’s farming and logistics expertise.

• In Apple’s world of popular products, the item bringing in the highest revenue gain wasn’t the latest versions of the iPhone, but rather the Mac. During the year of the product’s 30th anniversary, the line of computers saw a 21 percent jump in sales causing it to pass the iPad and become the company’s second largest source of revenue behind the iPhone with total sales of  $6.625 billion this past quarter.

• The U.S. Commerce Department has decided to place a tariff on sugar imports. The tax defends against the preliminary opinion that Mexican sugar producers dumped the sweetener into the U.S. markets, lowering prices and undermining U.S. farmers. The preliminary tariffs will range from 39.54 percent to 47.26 percent on top of tariff fees as high as 17.01 percent on Mexican sugar imports.

*All information according to the Wall Street Journal.

Lion’s Playlist: Halloween Edition

By Susan Pereny

For the first time in a few years, Halloween isn’t happening during fall break.  This officially puts the holiday back on the TCNJ map.  We can once again look forward to themed baked goods at Bliss Bakery and discuss the best TCNJ employee costume.  And are you aware that Halloween is on a Friday this year?  We’re all obviously going to have a very merry October 31st.

Here are some songs to help get you in the mood.

Thriller – Michael Jackson

If you’ve never seen this music video then you really need to reevaluate your life and your choices.   What have you been doing?  It’s imperative to have at least a working knowledge of the Thriller dance moves.  That’s actually a requirement of going to a liberal arts school and achieving a well-rounded education.  Some people around here may need to be put into Remedial Thriller 099.

Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me

Essentially paranoia in a song.  The video is especially festive as well.  Also, no, I don’t have a problem including Michael Jackson twice on the list since he only sings the chorus.

Time Warp (Rocky Horror Picture Show)

It’s just a jump to the left.

Haunted – Poe

As the title suggests, this song is perfectly appropriate for Halloween.  And if you’re a Zelda fan, the artist’s name makes this pick doubly appropriate.  I do have to say that the ending legitimately creeps me out though so you’ve been warned.

Helter Skelter – The Beatles

I considered mentioning Revolution 9, but that won’t get you in the mood for Halloween so much as it would inspire you to go to psychiatric hospital.

Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon

Quite a friendly sounding piece considering that in the song little old ladies are getting mutilated by werewolves!

Werewolf Bar Mitzvah

Boys becoming men. Men becoming wolves.

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