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Two students receive scholarship to study abroad

By Ellie Schuckman
News Editor

Two students at the College were recently honored with Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, enabling them to study abroad at destinations of their choice.

Junior finance major Ting Yang and sophomore health and exercise science major Sami Karmeh received the awards for the current Spring 2016 semester and are studying  abroad in China and Australia, respectively.

“It is very valuable to me that I won (the) Gilman scholarship to study abroad,” Karmeh said. “Gilman represents an outstanding example of how there are opportunities for students to achieve their goal of going abroad.” Continue reading

Hoverboards banned from College dorms

By Ellie Schuckman
News Editor

A new year often brings new technological advances, and 2015 brought us the hoverboard. A seemingly slick device that made the future a reality, the boards soon wreaked havoc with safety concerns and are now banned from residence halls at the College.

“Due to potential fire and safety concerns, all hoverboards are prohibited from use, possession or storage in all college residence halls effective immediately,” read the Friday, Jan. 8, email sent to students by Director of Risk Management Brian Webb and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Sean O. Stallings.

Students were further warned that if a hoverboard or similar device is found in a residence hall, they will be asked to remove it from campus. Anyone who received or purchased a device over the break is not permitted to bring it to campus. Continue reading

College professor named ‘Exceptional Master Leader’

By Tom Ballard
Opinions Editor

One of the College’s professors was recently named an “Exceptional Master Leader” by Exchange magazine, receiving one of the 49 awards that the publication gives out on an international level.

Blythe Hinitz, professor of elementary early childhood education, was honored with the title in the November/December issue of the magazine. In total, 49 early childhood education professionals from around the world were named as Exceptional Master Leaders and 38 as Master Leaders. Continue reading

Phi Alpha Theta attends Biennial Convention in Orlando

By Chelsea LoCascio
News Editor

Eight members of the history honor society Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) attended the Biennial Convention at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Hotel in Orlando, Fla., from Wednesday, Jan. 6, to Sunday, Jan. 10.

Hosted by the University of South Florida’s chapter of the honor society, the national conference was broken into 90-minute panels composed of a faculty moderator and three students presenting their original work, according to senior history secondary education major Linda Chamesian, co-president of PAT. With topics ranging from economic history to women’s rights, the presentations were 15 minutes each and followed by a Q&A, Chamesian said. Continue reading

Winter cleanup continues as the east coast recovers from Jonas. AP Photo.

Recap: Biggest stories over Winter Break

By Jennifer Goetz
Nation & World Editor

Here’s a look back on some of the most talked-about topics from the nation and world 2016 so far.

El Chapo: The known drug lord managed to escape from maximum security prison through a mirrored tunnel last summer, the New York Times reported, but on Friday, Jan. 8, he was finally recaptured in a gunfight.

Istanbul Explosion: A popular tourist area in Istanbul was attacked on Tuesday, Jan. 12, when an ISIS suicide bomber killed 10 people, CNN reported. This attack was similar to the other terrorist attacks in the recent months, such as in Paris, Beirut, Lebanon, Mali and Eygpt, the New York Times, reported. Bustling, populous places are becoming the norm for attacks such as this to occur. Continue reading

Piccolo Pronto opens its doors on Jan. 22. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)

Campus Town transforms over break

Piccolo Pronto opens its doors on Jan. 22. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)
Piccolo Pronto opens its doors on Jan. 22. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)

By Chelsea LoCascio
News Editor

As students were finishing their finals, packing up and returning home last semester, Verizon Wireless was opening its doors to the public. Since then, Campus Town as a whole has made a few more changes.

After Verizon opened in December, Piccolo Pronto — the College’s fast food version of Piccolo Trattoria — welcomed customers on Friday, Jan. 22, in time for the start of the new semester.

Following Piccolo Pronto, other businesses are lining up to open within the next couple of months. According to PRC Group’s Director of University Campus Development Greg Lentine, who is heading the Campus Town project, Panera Bread is scheduled to open its doors by the end of February, just before Mexican Mariachi Grill, set to open late February or early March. Continue reading

Stud renovations still on track

Traditions is to be the first completed project in the Brower Student Center. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)
Traditions is to be the first completed project in the Brower Student Center. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)

By Alyssa Sanford
Web Editor

After a full semester of renovations to the Brower Student Center, which permanently eliminated a popular dining option and forced student organizations to relocate their respective office spaces, exciting changes are on the horizon.

Curt Heuring, the vice president for Administration who is involved in campus planning, and Sodexo General Manager Patrice Mendes both confirmed that a new restaurant called Traditions will open in a few weeks in the Brower Student Center.

“The restaurant takes over the space previously occupied by the bookstore… (and will offer a view of the) Social Sciences (Building) and Music Building quadrangle,” Heuring said. Continue reading

College appoints new dean to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

By Tom Ballard
News Assistant

Wong will officially start her position on July 1, 2016. (
Wong will officially start her position on July 1, 2016. (

Future historians, criminologists, philosophers and political scientists here at the College now have a new dean.

In an email from Thursday, Dec. 3, Jacqueline Taylor, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, informed the campus community that Jane Wong will serve as the new dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS).

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Wong to (the College),” the email reads. “She brings a distinguished level of administrative experience, a rich knowledge of the challenges facing higher education in general and the humanities and social sciences in particular.” Continue reading

Krimmel leads fellow AFT members in the walk around campus. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)

Faculty and staff promote awareness through solidarity walk

Krimmel leads fellow AFT members in the walk around campus. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)
Krimmel leads fellow AFT members in the walk around campus. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)

By Chelsea LoCascio
Opinions Editor

Professors walked out of their respective buildings and congregated under the gray afternoon sky, with the intention of shedding some light on a not-so black-and-white issue. Faculty and staff, from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences to the Office of Student Accounts, got together to show that they will not stay silent while facing conditions that come with being an employee at the mercy of the state government.

Members of the College’s chapter of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which includes full-time and part-time faculty and staff, are disgruntled that they are no longer under contract, have not received a significant raise in their wages in years and must undergo an arduous negotiation process when trying to obtain a reasonable contract. Continue reading

Pre-med track hard to fulfill before graduation

Pre-med course registration can be frustrating. (Elise Schoening / Review Editor)
Pre-med course registration can be frustrating. (Elise Schoening / Review Editor)

By Elise Schoening
Review Editor

What happens when you can’t get into the college courses necessary to prepare you for graduate school and a subsequent career?

Students with plans to attend medical school after completing their undergraduate degree in a discipline outside of the hard sciences have asked themselves this question far too many times, as many of their required courses are reserved strictly for those within the science department. After years, these students will tell you they’ve learned the hard way that there’s nothing you can really do but wait — that is, join a waiting list as soon as possible and hope that a seat will open up once the hold for non-science majors has been lifted.
Junior psychology major Nishawn Rahaman is all too familiar with the arduous process of registering for pre-med classes at the College. Continue reading

There’s vomit on his PJs already, not Mom’s spaghetti

By Colleen Murphy
Managing Editor

•  A wallet was stolen from the Campus Town gym sometime between 5:30 p.m. and 6:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, according to Campus Police. The student placed her wallet on the elliptical machine she was using and accidentally left it there when she went back to her dorm. When she realized she had left her wallet at the gym, she returned and looked around, but could not find it. The wallet and its contents were valued at $120, including $40 in cash, police said.

•  Campus Police saw a student riding in a vehicle on C Street holding a plastic bag up to his face as if vomiting on Saturday, Nov. 15. The same male was then seen on I Street, where police approached him at 12:39 a.m. Police said that the male seemed to be sick from having too much to drink. The student had vomit on his pajama pants and T-shirt and was holding a yellow plastic bag full of vomit. TCNJ EMS arrived to evaluate the student who said he had consumed several beers at an off-campus party on Pennington Road. According to police, the student was issued an underage drinking summons. Continue reading

Students share gratitude for their ‘helpers’

Bias thanks the person who has helped him most. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)
Bias thanks the person who has helped him most. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)

By Ellie Schuckman
News Editor

With a packed audience, dim lighting and solemn composure, six students took center stage, reading personal letters aloud to individuals who helped them in times of need.

The College’s Student Alliance to Facilitate Empathy (SAFE) hosted “Dear Helper” on Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the Physics Building to show individuals that even in the darkest times, they are not the only ones struggling.

“It’s important to know you’re not alone,” said SAFE Vice President Laur Plawker, a junior psychology major. “While no two struggles are the same, it’s nice to know you’re not alone.” Continue reading

Mental health talks sparked in meeting

Schwartz, Chong, Hennessy and Forest discuss mental health. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)
Schwartz, Chong, Hennessy and Forest discuss mental health.
(Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)

By Julie Kayzerman       Editor-in-Chief

In a packed Mayo Concert Hall, students, faculty and staff at the College were asked to stand up if they agreed with the statements being read aloud.

“Please stand if you have ever felt overwhelmed by everything you have to do.”

The entire audience stood. Continue reading

Fraternity forms free clinic for local residents

By Kyle Elphick
Staff Writer

The College’s chapter of the Delta Epsilon Psi fraternity recently hosted its fourth annual “Delta Clinic,” providing uninsured and underinsured Trenton and Ewing residents with primary health care.

On Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Trenton Rescue Mission, attendees were offered free hygiene kits assembled by the fraternity brothers and complementary medical services, including flu shots, glucose checks, blood pressure checks and HIV checks — all essential services for those of a low socioeconomic status, according to junior industrial-organizational psychology major Kiran Patel, DEPsi’s recruitment chair.

In addition to medical services, the clinic also provided insurance education, stress-relieving board games with prizes and a station dedicated to getting residents’ medical records on a portable flash drive for emergency purposes. Continue reading