European Union leaders said that Russia’s increase in number of troops on Ukrainian soil is threatening the entire continent and may eventually lead to war, according to CNN.
In a summit in Brussels last week, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said the Union will impose new sanctions on Russia as a consequence for the country’s presence of over 15,000 troops on Ukraine’s land. Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, however, said Ukraine is looking for the support of the EU to unleash full-out war against Russia.
“I think we are very close to the point of no return,” Poroshenko said, according to CNN. “The point of no return is full-scale war, which already happened in the territory controlled by separatists and where — instead of separatists — there are regular Russian troops.”
This month, pro-Russian separatists have been surrounding government forces in Eastern Ukraine as part of a counteroffensive, The Moscow Times reported. Russian paratroopers claimed to have wandered near the Eastern border unintentionally before being captured by Ukrainian forces.
Not only are thousands of Russian troops in Ukrainian territory, but hundreds of tanks are accompanying those troops, according to Newsweek. Ukrainian troops said Russian tanks in Ukraine have “flattened” an eastern Ukrainian town, causing the destruction of homes in the area.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, however, claimed the country has not been deploying troops into Ukraine and that they are not trying to cause any problems. It is only trying to better train its forces, he said.
“We are strengthening our nuclear deterrence forces and our armed forces … I want to remind you that Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations. This is a reality, not just words.”
Previous sanctions imposed on Russia include denying the country access to both the oil sector and the EU’s capital markets for Russian banks. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said at the summit that Russia has performed acts of “direct aggression” that would result in much more than additional sanctions.
“It is the fact that Russia is in a war state against Ukraine,” Grybauskaite said, according to Newsweek. “That means it is in a state of war against a country which would like to be closely integrated with the EU. Practically, Russia is in a state of war against Europe.”
Welcome back — or if you’re new to campus, welcome to the College! It seems like yesterday I had just kicked off my summer, and yet here we are again at the start of a new semester.
If you’re anything like me, summer is your prime time when it comes to health and fitness. It’s easy to get motivated when the weather is perfect and you want to avoid looking less than your best when you throw on a swimsuit. It can be much easier to maintain healthy habits when you’re back at home. Now, our schedules are filled with class, homework, time with friends and so much more that keeps us from maintaining summer workout and health routines.
The truth is, though, no matter how hectic our schedules seem, you can always find time to be healthy, if you really want to. Here are a few tips to stay motivated and in shape this fall:
Set an achievable goal. That doesn’t necessarily mean weight loss. Whether it’s shedding pounds, toning up or just maintaining a healthy lifestyle, defining the goal will help you stay on track. If you set out to keep up with a workout regimen that is both unrealistic or has no end point, you’re more likely to stop doing it. It might also help to set small goals that build off of each other, that way you’re constantly pushing yourself to keep going.
Don’t skip meals. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day for a reason! I know plenty of people who opt out of that first meal. I’ve done it in the past, too. But avoiding breakfast will not only cause you to lack energy at the start of your day, but you’ll also be more likely to fall into the trap of excessive snacking.
Find a routine that works for you. For me, I find I’m motivated to head to the gym in the morning and go about my day, but that might not necessarily work for you. Everyone has different schedules and needs, so its up to you to decide what works best for you. Once your routine is set, it’s easy to keep up with the good and healthy habits.
Sleep is your best friend. Being fit and healthy isn’t possible if you’re not well rested. If you’re sleep deprived, your metabolism won’t function properly, and it also affects your appetite. Lack of sleep can alter the effects of the hormones ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin is the hormone that tells you when to eat, and sleep deprivation can increase this hormone to increase. On the contrary, leptin is the hormone that tells you to stop eating, which decreases with sleep deprivation. Getting a good night’s rest will not only give you the energy to be active, but it will also make sure you don’t fall into unhealthy eating habits.
Friends and fitness can mix. Wanting to spend time with friends can’t be an excuse to skip a day at the gym when you add them to your routine. Find a gym buddy and kill two birds with one stone. Or, set up time with friends to do something active like playing a game of flag football or running the loop. Not only can you make staying fit fun, but you can also keep each other motivated and stay on track throughout the semester.
All college students can be categorized into one of two groups based on how they’ve spent their last weeks of summer: either they’ve been the outdoorsy type, spending the days lying on the beach; or the not so outdoorsy type, instead sprawling out on the couch in front of the TV. Regardless of which group you fall into, you’ve done summer “right” on your own terms. But it’s time to get back in the game. Here are a few tips to help you start off your semester on the right foot:
Stay hydrated. Dehydration is a common problem for college students because they’re always on the go. Luckily, there’s a simple fix. I recommend purchasing a reusable water bottle with measurement markings. This way you can keep track of the amount of water you’re consuming in a day. The recommended daily water intake is 15 cups for men and 11 cups for women. So buy yourself a water bottle — you’ll be doing your body and the environment a favor.
Go for the greens. Eating a salad is a great way to cut your calorie intake and improve your health. Frequent complaints about salads are that they just aren’t filling. This issue can be resolved with variety. Add beans, such as chickpeas or kidney beans, hard-boiled eggs, pasta or grilled chicken, all of which are available in Eick’s salad bar. Remember though, moderation is key.
Physical activity is a must. There is, unfortunately, no substitute for a daily workout. On the bright side, the College has options to help you stay in shape. For nature lovers, there is a scenic 1.9 mile loop around campus. If you’re more inclined to engage interactive, themed workouts, then the TW Fitness Center is for you. Classes ranging from yoga to booty beat workout are offered and all are led by certified instructors. For the more traditional individuals, Packer Hall houses both the PEC (Personal Enhancement Center) and the aquatic center.
Make a schedule. Fall semester can be especially overwhelming because we all spent the last three months in summer mode. Making a flexible schedule can help ease the stress and ensure that you stay on top of everything. Personally, I’m an old-fashioned planner girl (Moleskines are flawless) but if you’re more tech-savvy, then Google Calendar is the way to go. Plan out each week well in advance as the semester progresses so you can spend your free time guiltlessly.
The academic year is indeed upon us, but there is no need to fear — with proper diet and exercise, success is near.
Some days, neon shirts and boisterous patterns totally make the statement you’re looking for, but when all that color gets too loud, try toning it down with an all neutral ensemble.
Welcome to fall 2014 where brands such as Zara, Chanel and Free People are all flaunting neutrals as their number one trend of the season. We urge you to check out some of these new collections, but if you’re like most college students on a tight budget, don’t sweat it! This look is extremely easy to replicate on a shoestring budget.
Especially after a long summer of soaking up the sun, beige or camel is the perfect color to flaunt your bronze skin. Try a simple beige slip dress under a sheer kimono or taupe cardigan with some cold accent jewelry, strappy sandals, and minimal makeup to finish off the look.
50 Shades of Grey
If you want to take a shot at cooling down the summer heat, try a refreshing shade of blue-grey on your pallet. A light gray tank with a pair of washed out denim shorts and a blue gray scarf wrapped loosely around your neck or even draped over your shoulders will instantly cool down anyone in need of refreshing.
A color that seems to keep returning every season is olive green. Pair an army jacket or oversized olive cardigan with a high-waisted grey midi skirt and crop-top combination and you’ve got yourself a ticket to the runway!
Final Note: When going for the neutral look, be careful not to over do jewelry or accessories. The basis of this trend is a minimalist style that is perfect for every occasion!
On July 30, CNN reported that roughly 5,000 rockets had been fired between both Israel and Hamas during the past few months. And unless something changes soon, that number will continue to
Throughout the summer, there has been a steep death toll. Sixty-four Israelis and roughly 2,000 Palestinians have been confirmed dead as of Aug. 21, according to CNN. While these numbers may seem lopsided, there is more to this story than what meets the eye.
According to a CNN report, Hamas has fired roughly 3,500 rockets into Israel as opposed to the 1,300 air strikes from the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). With the fate of the country at stake, Israel was forced to make a move. On July 8, Israel initiated Operation Protective Edge. The goal of the operation was to deter rocket attacks from Gaza and the West Bank.
Part of this protective action was the creation of an air-defense system called the Iron Dome. The Iron Dome has intercepted many of Hamas’s rockets in the air that would have inflicted damage on the citizens and properties of Israel.
With the constant threat of an attack, the IDF retaliated. Consequently, in an effort to eliminate Hamas, there have been a substantial amount of Palestinian casualties.
In response to global scrutiny regarding killing innocent Palestinians, there have been reports that a substantial amount of the deaths came when civilians acted as human shields.
“The policy of people confronting the Israeli warplanes with their bare chests in order to protect their homes has proven effective against the occupation,” Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri told a Palestinian television station. “We in Hamas call upon our people to adopt this policy in order to protect the Palestinian homes.”
Still, the world remains polarized about Hamas’s activities in the Middle East. According to CNN, many governments, including those of Israel, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Jordan, Egypt, Australia and Japan, consider Hamas a terrorist organization. In contrast, Iran, Russia, Turkey, China, South Africa and many Arab nations have not condemned Hamas, which took over Gaza in 2007.
With Hamas currently at large, a wide range of opinions exist regarding how to stitch peace in the region.
“Hamas needs to be removed from power — they are known as a terrorist organization internationally that is intent on destroying Israel,” junior psychology major Michael Levi said. “(Palestinian President) Mahmoud Abbas should take control of the region since, in the past, he has shown a desire for peace.”
At the moment, however, neither side is budging. There have been numerous cease-fire agreements, but each one has been violated by Hamas. In response, Israel will keep defending itself until peace is achieved or until there is no more Israel left to defend.
Mo’ne Davis definitely made viewers at the Little League World Series rethink the phrase “throwing like a girl.”
When Davis started playing for the Philadelphia Taney Dragons in the LLWS preliminary games, everyone was fascinated to see how this girl would play. There have been girls who’ve played in the tournament before, but it was clear right away that she was no ordinary girl.
She was one of her team’s best hitters and fielders and an unquestioned leader, but her pitching was what made her a star. She pitched a shutout in the preliminary game to get her team into the LLWS and backed up that performance with another shutout in her first LLWS start against Nashville.
After the shutout, star athletes like Mike Trout and Kevin Durant, were tweeting about how impressed they were with Davis’s performance.
Despite her team just being eliminated from the LLWS, Davis became the coolest kid in America and one of the most popular athletes in sports for a few weeks. The world of sports couldn’t get enough of this incredible 13-year-old girl. She was constantly being interviewed by ESPN, and she became the first LLWS player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. The next game she pitched against Las Vegas broke LLWS ratings records for ESPN.
Although her performances were amazing, one of the things that stood out about Davis was how she handled herself during the immense media coverage. She handled the interviews and the cameras better than most celebrities do. She did her best to remain humble and always tried to heap praise on her teammates.
Even though Davis’s run is now over, she became a role model for many young girls around the country and will forever be one of the biggest names of the Little League World Series.
Losing only one graduation senior last year, veterans of the women’s field hockey team have formed a close-knit bond that will be a key factor in its anticipated success in the upcoming season.
Beginning preseason camp a few weeks ago with double sessions each day, the Lions have been focusing on living up to their preseason poll ranking as the top seed in the New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament.
“We have been focusing on improving small parts of our game so that we can properly execute once the season starts,” junior Mikalya Cimilluca said.
“Our own team is each other’s best competition, so we’ve been scrimmaging each other in order to prepare for our first game.”
The NJAC boats a competitive conference — but the Lions have set their eyes on winning it. Even further than that, Cimilluca says the team is hoping to win a National Championship, but to do that, she says they must “take no opponent lightly and we must leave everything we have on the field each time we play.”
“We always say that our goal is to be happy after each time we play field hockey,” Cimilluca said. “In order to do so, we want to win each and every game, starting with our home opener.”
With their first game of the season on Friday, Aug. 29 against Stevens Institute of Technology, Cimilluca says her teammates must push each other to play to the best of their ability and leave it all on the field in order to be successful.
“We have so much talent on our team, and as long as we work hard success will be in our future,” Cimilluca said. “Team unity is so important because it will determine the outcome of our season. With the hard work, desire and talent, I have no doubt in my mind this team can accomplish anything we believe if we put our mind to it.”
With the incoming freshman making their debut on the field, Cimilluca says that have really challenged the returners during preseason.
“They are extremely hardworking and help push the upperclassmen to work harder,” she said. “The freshmen are a great addition to the TCNJ field hockey team.”
Cimilluca, who described her team as extremely close, said that they are eager to get to know new freshman right away.
“I believe that the family like aspect is one of the most amazing things about being a part of such a tradition-filled, cohesive team like the College’s field hockey program,” Cimilluca said. “Our camaraderie makes being successful that much easier. Not only do we play for ourselves, but we play for each and every person that is and once was a TCNJ field hockey player.”
Coach Scott Dicheck, who has been with the team for the past 15 years, said the goal for this season is to win the NJAC Conference tournament to qualify for the NCAA tournament.
“We have a very unique group this year,” Dicheck said. “With five returning players and five incoming freshmen, we have a core group of young players learning from the experience of the older players.”
Dicheck was also pleasantly surprised at the speed at which the freshmen became relaxed in their new team setting. He highlighted doubles sets as a focus of the team, which are played at the beginning of every match before the singles sets are played.
“The best girls in high school usually played only singles,” Dicheck said. “If we can win doubles, it gives us a huge leg up for the rest of the match.”
He also emphasized the importance of the preseason regiment the team is on, explaining that preseason is where the team builds chemistry and is able to focus on fundamentals.
The speed at which the team’s chemistry formed impressed him — it wasn’t lost on the team’s two captains, either. Juniors Jasmine Muniz-Cadorette and Emma Allen also commented on the team’s unison.
“A lot of our preparation in the summer is focused on individual work, but when we all practice together in the preseason, we really spend time making sure everyone is comfortable,” Allen said.
The two captains spoke about the team’s expectations and on their sustained success.
“Even though we’ve won 151 straight conference matches, every new win feels special,” Muniz-Cadorette said.
The two also emphasized goals of their leadership roles: pushing players to new limits and positivity.
Both Allen and Muniz-Cadorette are most looking forward to Nationals, where they can showcase their talents against the rest of the nation.
The girls play their first match against Rutgers in Camden on Sunday, Aug. 31, at 11 a.m., while their first home match against Stockton College is on Wednesday, Sept. 10.
The College’s football team is entering its second year under head coach Wayne Dickens. The Lions had to rush to learn his system last year just six weeks prior to the season.
“Football is a team sport, and everyone has to do his job to be successful,” senior offensive captain Ryan Baranowsky said. “Having (another) year within the system has definitely benefited our offense. We are miles further than we were at this point last season.”
The Lions are looking to improve on their 5-5 record from last season. At one point during last season, the team was on a four-game win streak, which last occurred during the 2010 season.
Earlier this month, they were picked to finish sixth within the conference. Only William Paterson and Southern Virginia were picked to finish behind the College. Last season, the Lions were 4-3 in conference play.
“NJAC is a tough conference, but it motivates us to work hard every single day,” Baranowsky said.
The Lions last won the New Jersey Athletic Conference in 2007. They shared the championship with SUNY Cortland that year following a 9-3 season, before ultimately losing to Mount Union in the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs.
The College last won the conference outright in 1998. That season, the Lions went 8-3 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, where they lost 26-2 to Rowan University.
“This year, our main goal is to win the NJAC,” senior defensive captain Joseph Urciuoli said. “If we are able to reach this goal, then we would also like to make some noise in the playoffs.”
Last season, the Lions averaged 14.6 points per game while the opponents averaged 16.6.
The offense is going to be led at quarterback by Sam Paladino and Chris Spellman.
Spellman started four games and went 47-of-112 for 680 yards and five touchdowns to 11 interceptions. Paladino started six games, while completing 39 of 81 passes for 329 passes. He threw three touchdowns to five interceptions.
“We are lucky enough to have four or five quarterbacks who are capable of getting the job done,” Baranowsky said. “Competition is healthy on a football team, and I believe Coach Dickens will make the right decision for the team.”
Both leading rushers are back for their junior campaigns. Victor Scalici had 151 rushes for 647 yards and five touchdowns. Brad Young added 138 rushes for 528 yards and two touchdowns.
The Lions lost two key receivers to graduation in Frederick Sprengel and Kyle Janeczek, who is now a student assistant coach for the team. Baranowsky and Jeff Mattonelli are returning after having double-figure receptions last season.
Baranowsky had 17 receptions for 235 yards and a touchdown. Mattonelli contributed 13 receptions for 235 yards and a touchdown.
There are also many other receivers who are expected to see increased time this season.
“We have depth at every skill position,” Baranowsky said. “I don’t feel any more pressure for that reason. I’m confident everyone will execute his job.”
On the defensive side, the Lions lost their top three tacklers in Nick Bricker, Ryan Lowe and Sean Clark. Bricker had 117 tackles, while Lowe added 81 and Clark contributed 43.
Urciuoli is the lone defender returning who started every game last season. Defensive lineman Thomas Masi started nine games, while Sean Kley started eight games. Shaun O’Donnell also started two games.
Martin Flatley, Zack Vasilenko, Jeff Skomsky and Adelraham Ragab are expected to get increased time. Flatley, Vasilenko and Skomsky each saw time in nine games last season, while Ragab played in two games.
Flately had 12 tackles, while Vasilenko chipped in six tackles and a tackle for a loss.
Skomsky had three tackles and a fumble recovery, while Ragab had three tackles.
“Although we did sustain some losses to graduation on our defense, we have a lot of guys returning who either started or had extensive experience in seven of the positions on our defense,” Urciuoli said. “We expect all of our returners to improve and play a bigger role than (we) did last year, and also are looking forward to having some new faces step in for us.”
The Lions will kick off their season at home against Ursinus College on Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. This will be one of six home games that will be at Lions Stadium over the next several months.
The biggest game of the season will come against national powerhouse University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. Wisconsin-Whitewater has won five National Championships in the Stagg Bowl in Salem, Virginia since 2007.
They defeated Mount Union 52-14 to win the championship last year.
“To be the best, you have to play the best,” Urciuoli said. “Wisconsin-Whitewater has been dominant in D3 football in the past and are seeded at No. 1 in the country in preseason polls. Our team looks forward to the opportunity to put TCNJ’s name on the map, and put our training to the test against a team of its caliber.”
The Lions will host William Paterson University on Homecoming Oct. 25, at 1 p.m.
Since 2010, the College has split wins and losses on this special day, having won twice in the past three years.
The regular season finale will be on Nov. 15 against Rowan University at 12 p.m.
This will also be Senior Day, with a pre-game ceremony to recognize those playing in their final game at Lions Stadium.
The men’s soccer team is poised to qualify for the NJAC playoffs for a second consecutive season, with much of the spine for last year’s team coming back for the opportunity at another playoff run.
The Lions were picked to finish fifth in the conference standings this
year in the pre-season NJAC poll, just good enough to make the post-season in the 10-team leauge and exactly where they finished last year.
Despite the loss of 20-goal scorer forward Kevin Shaw, among the top offensive players in D-III, longtime head coach George Nazario has retained much of the core from 2013 that drove the Lions to the NJAC semi-finals.
Twenty-two of the team’s 26 players on roster are upperclassmen, which include proven game-changers on offense and defense.
The midfield continigent of sophomores Nick Costelloe, Sean Etheridge and senior Kevin McCartney — who often pull the strings for the Lions’ sleek counter attack, combining for 14 goals and 11 assists — is back on the roster, alongside senior forward Greg Perri, who had his most productive season in 2013 with five goals.
On the other side of the ball, a stingy defensive unit that allowed 1.09 goals per game is undergoing a transition, with longtime goalkeeper Aaron Utman and defensive talisman Sean Casey no longer in the mix.
But senior defenders Greg Kaye and Ryan MacMillan — the latter having played 1,782 minutes last season, second-most on the team — along with junior defender Dan McMillan can ease the transition for the back line. Junior goalkeeper Maciej Libucha showed well with a .99 goals against average in 2013.
The changes made to the team on the field will have the chance to be tested against the best in Division III, as the Lions have a grueling non-conference schedule early on.
The College kicks off the season with a tournament in Glassboro starting on Friday, Aug. 29, as they take on powerhouses Messiah College and Elizabethtown College, several more games with high profile opposition before the home opener on Wednesday, Sept. 17, versus FDU-Florham.
American drone strikes in the Middle Eastern countries of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia are the newest additions to the repertoire of politically sanctioned instruments of American terrorism.
President Obama has long since dropped the rhetoric of his predecessor’s propaganda campaign of American decreed “War on Terror,” and instead is consistently asserting that American drone warfare against those with suspected terrorist ties is simply the “right thing to do.”
Amnesty International has declared Obama’s military campaign as war crimes and cites 4,000 civilian deaths, nearly a quarter of which have been children. Amnesty International also has made clear that these death tolls are probably underestimated due to the increasing difficulty in accounting for American destruction in these regions.
The practice of anonymous killing via unmanned drones has created a culture of unaccountability from the persons controlling the machines to the leadership initiating their use. Any inability to absorb the war crimes being perpetrated at the current moment is reflective of the obfuscation of particular historical patterns of presidential wartime violence against civilian populations. More significantly, if we are willing to mount a domestic resistance to such crimes, we must look to the valiant efforts of anti-war dissidents in the experiences of World War I, World War II and Vietnam.
When looking at the critiques that Sen. Robert Lafollette produced on the rhetorical justifications of Woodrow Wilson, which led up to the U.S.’s entrance into WWI, we are given a solid pretext to the development of American domestic opposition to the hypocrisies of Western imperialism.
Wilson stated that America would be “making the world safe for democracy,” yet Lafollette believed this was a false pretense and creating double standards in the aggression of the United States and its allies compared to that of the Axis Powers.
Lafollete pointed to the fact that while the U.S. supported the U.K and France’s right to adequate military defense, they would not have to terminate the crippling imperial policies in India and Africa, respectively.
Lafollette was right to be suspicious, as his critiques were proven valid in the release of the Nye Report in 1935.
The Nye Report was the strongest force in creating a new, reinvigorated body of anti-war American dissidents. The most poignant example was in the growing force of Pacifism amongst American citizens. When angered by the revelations released in the Nye Report, 500,000 students opposed American involvement in World War II on Pacifist grounds and demanded “scholarships not warships.”
Honoring Robert Lafollette’s legacy of dissent was perhaps most vocalized in the American experience of the Vietnam War. Indeed, hundreds of thousands of American men — war veterans and civilians alike — publicly condemned the war, and young women and men of the Student Nonviolent Coalition Committee were also audible voices of dissent.
It is essential to recognize the effect public opposition had in bringing an end to the tremendous loss of both American and Vietnamese life as a result of the schemes of Washington.
This past summer, the Obama administration disclosed its withdrawal policy related to Afghanistan, beneath which a more elusive political impulse is buried.
According to the editorial board at USA Today, Afghans are being ordered to “step up their game,” as a terrorist threat that now stretches “from South Asia to the Sahel” is becoming more of a threat to overall hegemony.
Drone strikes are the cause of enormous sources of both psychological and physical destruction. Their current use will only continue to exacerbate the despair that breeds an all-too-familiar, unquenchable thirst for vengeance.
The logic of the need for American public dissent is simple: We must be able to connect the themes of our own personal, collective and national levels of trauma to the trauma ravaging those on the other side of the world. For if we don’t, our humanity and democracy very may well remain enslaved to the illusion of security given by self-righteous displays of violence.
Perhaps the best word to describe head coach Joe Russo’s women’s soccer teams is: consistent. Over Russo’s 24-year stint as head coach, the Lions have won three Division III championships, 16 NJAC conference titles, and have appeared in 23 consecutive NCAA tournaments.
And 2013 was no different. The Lions finished the regular season
with a stellar 18-3-2 record en route to yet another New Jersey Athletic Conference title. The Lions outlasted fifth-ranked Montclair State in the title game, winning 1-0 on penalty kicks. The Lions advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament before falling to eventual national champion William Smith College by a score of 1-0. Earlier in the season, the College handed William Smith its only loss of the season.
That was last season, and the team is training harder than ever to get back to the NCAA tournament and bring home the women’s soccer program’s fourth ever title.
“Our goal for this season is the same as the previous season, as we practice every day to win a National Championship,” said last season’s leading scorer sophomore Christine Levering. “There are smaller goals along the way which we hope to achieve, such as win the conference (NJAC), and the regular season.”
Levering, led the team with 11 goals and 26 points as a freshman last season. The 2013 NJAC Rookie of the Year will look to build on last season’s campaign with help from her teammates.
“My success comes with the team’s success and when we’re on our game it makes it easier for me to get opportunities to score,” Levering said. “I think to keep up my success we need to work together to possess the ball and make as many scoring opportunities as we can so I can do my part and put the ball in the back of the net.”
However, not all is golden on the offensive front. The team will be without two of its top three scorers from last season.
On the plus side, the Lions are gifted with an abundance of senior leadership this season. The team is returning six seniors, including defender Jordan Downs. The awards and honors continued to roll in throughout the summer for Downs, including NJAC Defensive Player of the Year, an ALL-NJAC First Team selection. She was even chosen as an NSCAA Second-Team All American.
The Lions were recently ranked 10th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III Preseason Poll. NJAC coaches predicted, however, that Montclair State will overtake the College for the NJAC Conference title this season.
The team opens up its season at home Friday, Aug. 29, at 5 p.m. with Cedar Crest College.
With a balanced and experienced offense and a defense lead by Downs, the Lions look to add to their winning history and win a National Championship.
During the summer, some students at the College choose to study in exotic locations around the world. Some choose internships in popular cities like New York and Philadelphia, and yet others spend the hazy months right here on campus.
Students are able to collaborate with professors on special projects through a program called MUSE (Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experience).
Started by a professor or student interested in a specific project, MUSE is completed over two months during the summer. Projects are cross-disciplined, ranging from business to the arts.
This summer, professor of fine arts Gregory Thielker worked with junior visual arts major Jessica Cavanaugh and a senior visual arts and interactive multimedia double major Christina Behnan on a special project based on Thielker’s research in Afghanistan.
“I’ve been to Afghanistan several times, and we have been working to develop components of an exhibition that will be opening in October,” Thielker said. “In the process, I’ve been able to share the experience of working on site in Afghanistan and sharing with them the raw materials — interviews, documentaries, photography, video recordings and sketches — and then to translate that into a professional level exhibition.”
Thielker is no stranger to creating art based on his time in other countries. In 2010, he was awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Award which allowed him to live and work in Delhi, India. Thielker emphasizes community and strives to portray different perspectives in his art pieces.
His project with MUSE students this summer was both challenging and rewarding for the artist.
“We had a very specific … major type of project which was this 35-foot panorama painting that nearly killed me,” Thielker said. “It made a lot of sense because this is a historic format and in a similar fashion to the diorama … there is usually a workshop of people, so it makes a lot of sense that it’s not a single person. I certainly envision us as a team (that) works together.”
As Thielker explained, the panorama is a view of a region in Afghanistan about 40 miles north of the city of Kabul where there is a major air hub. The community around Kabul has a history of warfare and conflict, so the art piece is an “unromantic view of a warzone, where it’s actually quite serene and peaceful, although there’s this history of violence and instability.”
The piece serves as a ground view for what one would see in the area, including mountains, the citadel, houses and agriculture in the valley.
Thielker, who had a wonderfully collaborative experience with his two students, hopes to send across a message with this project.
“We are using this a chance to kind of have a dialogue about what people see in Afghanistan,” Thielker said when discussing the goals of this piece. “A lot of times, when you think of Afghanistan, you think of pictures of these soldiers and oppressed women. I wanted to show that there was more to it than that and to use painting in this large format to help get that point across.”
The NFL’s lax two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice incited outrage across the country and demands that the league crack down on players who commit misdemeanors.
“You wonder what kind of message is sent when pot smokers get longer suspensions than people who engage in domestic violence,” Bob Kravits of the Indianapolis Star wrote in an editorial about the incident.
Rice allegedly punched his then-fiancèe Janay Palmer during a fight in February while inside an Atlantic City elevator.
This comes shortly after the season-long suspensions of Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns, LaVon Brazill of the Indianapolis Colts and Cardinals’ Daryl Washington for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. All three tested positive for pot.
Fans are wondering why a hit to your significant other’s face is more justifiable than a hit of marijuana.
Others have argued that the suspension of Rice without a suspension of Colts owner Jim Irsay shows favorable treatment of the higher-ups who sign the checks.
Irsay was arrested in March and charged with driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance.
While these instances have most frequently been held up against the Rice suspension, I wondered what other crimes the NFL finds more severe than assault.
In 2006, Odell Thurman of the Cincinnati Bengals was suspended for four games, twice as long as Rice, after failing to appear at a scheduled drug test. Just a couple months later, Thurman was arrested for a DUI and missed the entire 2006 and 2007 seasons.
Vincent Jackson pleaded guilty in February 2010 to driving under the influence and was suspended from the San Diego Chargers for three games.
Houstan Texan Antonio Smith was suspended in August of last year for just one game less than Rice after swinging around the helmet of an opposing player.
So, by that logic, swinging around two helmets is pretty much the same thing as knocking your fiancée out cold.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was suspended for six games (which was later reduced to a four-game sentence) after prosecutors decided to not even charge him in a sexual assault investigation.
And who can forget when Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg, earning himself a four-game ban?
Looking back, it is clear that when Roger Goodell became commissioner in 2006, he demanded that the league stop being so lenient about players performing violent hits, but something still had to be done about some players’ unacceptable off-the-field behavior.
In April 2007, Goodell introduced a new Personal Conduct Policy following a year of significant scandal surrounding some players’ actions off the field.
But after this recent suspension, I’m not sure if Goodell has cracked down hard enough.
Several members of the United States Senate agree.
“The decision to suspend Mr. Rice for a mere two games sends the inescapable message that the NFL does not take domestic or intimate-partner violence with the seriousness they deserve,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Sen, Tammy Baldwin and Sen. Chris Murphy wrote in the letter to Goodell and Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome.
When Rice puts on his uniform, he accepts a position as not only a running back for the Ravens, but also as a role model for individuals across the country.
Rice should be ashamed of his actions, and the NFL should be ashamed of the meager slap-on-the-wrist that he received.
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