For the Love of Learning: What I Learned From My Campers

By Brianna Dioses
Signal Contributor

Cheers to those of you who were a camp counselor this summer! And if I had to guess, you also probably were reading up on different classroom management styles or Pinterest surfing for hours to find the perfect activity to do with your campers. Maybe some of you even took classes at your community college and were exhausted thinking about how you were going to entertain your campers while studying for that huge final coming up. Trust me, I can relate. Even after all the chaos, you still got back to our lovely campus and sat for hours talking to your friends about your favorite campers and sharing adorable drawings of stick figures.

This summer was the first time I had ever worked with first-graders and I can honestly say that the students surpassed the teacher. I had the privilege of feeling like I was a superstar, and that is all due to my first grade loves.

Here are ten things I learned from working with some of the most amazing 6- and 7-year-old humans:

  1. Teeth can—and will—come out at any time, no matter what’s going on. Continue reading

‘Every Choice’ training excludes men

By Jonathan Edmondson
Staff Writer

Earlier this month, TCNJ Anti-Violence Initiatives sent out a campus-wide email discussing a new program called “Every Choice.” In that email, the mandatory training was described: “During the program, you can expect to learn more about power-based personal violence and how to safely and effectively intervene in situations where violence may occur in an interactive and thoughtful curriculum.”

The interactive, 90-minute program must be completed by all students at the College by Thursday, Oct. 1. A few days after receiving the email, I sat down to complete the training, which had three major components: physical violence, sexual abuse and stalking.

For those of you who have not completed the program yet, the training features video testimonials, staged scenarios and quizzes to help educate students. When I first learned that the College was implementing this mandatory program, I was extremely excited. However, upon completion of the course, I was outraged and sent the following email to AVI.

“To Whom it May Concern —

First, I wanted to say that I’m very happy that this type of program is being required for students on campus. This is such an important issue that students absolutely need to be educated on.

However, upon completion of the program, I am so upset with the lack of male representation in the video. Not a single testimonial featured a story about a male being a survivor of rape, stalking or violence. Men’s struggles were merely mentioned in passing. Continue reading

Students long for library after midnight

Some students struggle to work during the day. (Some students struggle to work during the day. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)
Some students struggle to work during the day.
(Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)

By Kelly Corbett
Social Media Editor

Ah, we meet again, library. It’s been far too long. I miss your fourth floor scenic views of campus, your wavering Wi-Fi and the scramble to find an empty study room. Not to mention your super-cozy couches, your cafe that enables my coffee addiction and all the great reads you hold that I hope to check out this semester. Yet there’s one thing I don’t miss: your early closing time.

Our last encounter was finals week. It was past midnight and you were there for me as I read through my statistics textbook. You gave me everything you had, all four floors of you,  all day and night during one of my toughest weeks at the College. Then, you had my back — and now you don’t. Continue reading

Students have fun playing outdoor games during the block party. (Photo courtesy of Tyler Switsky)

Campus Town Block Party welcomes students

By Olivia Rizzo
Social Media Editor

Dotted with blue tents, the main road of Campus Town attracted groups of residents as they celebrated the opening of their new home on Wednesday, Aug. 26. The Campus Town block party, organized by the Campus Town Resident Advisors (RAs) welcomed students to the official opening of new apartment buildings and shopping area.

The block party featured vendor tables of some of the new businesses that are set to open this fall. Free merchandise and food enticed students to visit all of the various tables and to gain more information about the up-and-coming attractions.

“It’s a really great way to get the campus to see Campus Town and see everything that is going to be offered,” junior special education and history double major Jenn Pagliaro said as she walked through the block party with friends. Continue reading

Americans find an appropriate use for the flag post-banishment. (Illustration courtesy of  Raphaëlle Gamanho)

The Signal asks … If it were possible, should the Confederate flag be banned in the US?

Alessandra Testa, junior international studies major. (Chelsea LoCascio / Opinions Editor)
Alessandra Testa, junior international studies major. (Chelsea LoCascio / Opinions Editor)

“There needs to be a very clear discussion about the implications of (the flag). Since I’m not from the south, it’s not up for me to decide. People can use it for whatever they want, but not like the white supremacy (we saw) over the summer. We need to meet each other halfway, like not have it in public areas or in front of government buildings.”





Gerard Giordano, freshman political science major. (Chelsea LoCascio / Opinions Editor)
Gerard Giordano, freshman political science major. (Chelsea LoCascio / Opinions Editor)




“You can’t be showing the Confederate flag on state grounds. Those should be kept in museums. We can’t forget history. We have to remember it so we don’t repeat it.”





Carly Mastrogiacomo, freshman nursing major. (Chelsea LoCascio / Opinions Editor)
Carly Mastrogiacomo, freshman nursing major. (Chelsea LoCascio / Opinions Editor)



“Just having one is not a problem unless problems arise from it. I was in Maine and I saw some of them. I wasn’t used to (that).”






Anna Prestera, junior special education and history double major.  (Chelsea LoCascio / Opinions Editor)
Anna Prestera, junior special education and history double major.
(Chelsea LoCascio / Opinions Editor)



“I don’t think it should be banned, but it’s disrespectful to our country now. The flag has no meaning anymore.”







Americans find an appropriate use for the flag post-banishment. (Illustration courtesy of  Raphaëlle Gamanho)
Americans find an appropriate use for the flag post-banishment. (Illustration courtesy of Raphaëlle Gamanho)

WTSR New Noise: Beach House and AWOLnation

WTSR New NoiseThis week, Nick Landoffi, WTSR assistant music director, highlights some of the best new albums that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into their weekly rotation.


Band: Beach House
Album: “Depression Cherry”
Hailing From: Baltimore, Md.
Genre: Smooth Electronic Slow-Pop
Label: Sub Pop

Beach House is a name that has been in the electronic conversation for quite awhile now. The group, consisting of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, has seen a decent amount of praise and has been touring successfully for years. This album, however, seems more focused on creating a space for emotion to grow and transform. They spent their time focusing on weaving slow and precise melodies in and out of timid vocals. It’s a step back from heavy synths and layers of sound to tight and controlled instrumentation. Many songs on this album feature a slow and melodic ebb and flow, keeping a central idea close to heart. The two said they wanted to focus their energy on creating an atmosphere with each song on this album, giving the listener less hooks and choruses and more emotional charge.
Must Hear: “Sparks,” “Space Song,” “PPP” and “Beyond Love” Continue reading

Soder jokes about dog shows and being self-conscious. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)

CUB holds ‘Three For Free’ comedy show

By Melissa Natividade

With ridiculous antics and a penchant for inflammatory tactics, Kevin Barnett and Dan Soder of MTV’s hit show “Guy Code,” were joined by fellow comedian Aparna Nancherla at the College Union Board’s Three For Free Comedy Show on Thursday, Aug. 27 in Kendall Hall.

The comedians from “Guy Code” have been busy touring the country with the cast of its spin off series “Girl Code,” and treated students at the College with a performance before their final tour date in Boston.

While the crowd couldn’t wait for the show to begin, the comedy crew could not wait for it to end, as they joked about the College being set in the middle of the forest.

“I see people out there running, but I don’t think it’s for the exercise. I swear I saw wolves in that forest out there and now, frankly, I do not feel safe,” Soder said. Continue reading

Jersey Jams: Brynn Stanley debuts album

Jersey Jams Logo 1By Jonathan Edmondson
Staff Writer 

What do you get when you mix east coast Jersey soul with sun-kissed California melodies?

Brynn Stanley.

Stanley, who grew up in Basking Ridge, N.J., moved to California in 2013 after reaching a standstill in her career.

“I was playing the same cover songs at the same venue over and over,” Stanley said in a recent phone interview with The Signal. “My music career felt a little stale — I was either going to let it go or grow as an artist.” Continue reading

New YA novel focuses on real people

By Kayla Whittle
Staff Writer

Whether you’ve heard of Patrick Ness or are just looking for a new book to read, “The Rest of Us Just Live Here” is a young adult novel to look out for.

What if you aren’t the chosen one, the hero wrapped up in a prophecy, but one of the extras in the background? Ness explores the concept of what happens to these normal people while someone else is out saving the universe.

The story follows the everyday character of Mickey, who is simply trying to survive high school and graduate before his school is blown up — again. He is a typical student in a modern world that is almost exactly like ours, apart from the whole potential of the world ending due to crazy things like alien invasions, zombie attacks and ancient prophecies coming to pass. Continue reading

NJCF members inspire faith with Soul Café

By Brandon Agalaba
Staff Writer

The College’s New Jersey Christian Fellowship hosted a Soul Café on Thursday, Aug. 27, in the Spiritual Center, where students could discuss religion in between bites of homemade desserts and sips of lemonade.

A series of diverse performances began the night’s festivities as several different students took the stage. Sophomore music and education double major Caitlin Curran performed a cover of an Alicia Keys song while junior biology major Ryan Koenig played songs by Vance Joy.

Sophomore nursing major Yvonne Njoku offered a riveting spoken word piece about God, which incorporated references to The Beatles. Continue reading

One-stop shopping with Lion’s Gate site

By Sydney Shaw
News Editor

Starting this semester, it’s one-stop shopping at the College for campus calendars, engagement opportunities, community service logging and more.

Lion’s Gate — a new online resource — is “the hub of information for student organizations, academic and campus departments,” Vice President for Student Affairs Amy Hecht wrote on Friday, Aug. 21, in a campus-wide email about the site.

Lion’s Gate contains lists of clubs and resources. (
Lion’s Gate contains lists of clubs and resources. (

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‘Nightcrawler’ reveals the dark side of modern news

By Brandon Agalaba
Staff Writer 

Released in September of 2014, “Nightcrawler” stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, a driven and intelligent man who is determined to have a successful career in broadcast news.

Bloom eventually gets a job as a “nightcrawler,” a person that works during the night to capture scenes of death, violence and crime on camera for television news outlets. He will do anything to make a name for himself, even if it means committing morally objectionable actions in the process. Continue reading

Taylor Swift shines on ‘1989 World Tour’

Swift kicks off the night with ‘Welcome to New York.’ (AP Photo)








By Elise Schoening
Review Editor

A ticket to the 1989 World Tour this summer will buy you so much more than just two hours of Taylor Swift pop songs. Fans who have not previously attended a Taylor Swift concert should prepare themselves for a night of special effects, empowering speeches and countless surprises. Continue reading

Welcome back: Laptop stolen on first day of classes

By Colleen Murphy                                                                                                Managing Editor

•   Two male students were seen knocking over trash cans and then running into Lot 7 at 12:20 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20, according to Campus Police. The students were found near the southwest stairwell where police said they smelled an odor of alcohol emanating from the men. The students failed a sobriety test and were found to be under the influence of alcohol. The two boys were carrying five 12-ounce cans of beer (three Bud Lights and two Budweisers) and one boy had under 50 grams of marijuana, Campus Police said. The two were summoned with possession of a controlled dangerous substance of under 50 grams and drug paraphernalia and underage drinking, according to Campus Police. Continue reading

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