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Extreme dry weather causes coffee prices to increase

By Courtney Wirths
Features Editor

• Yahoo’s early investment in Alibaba recently paid off big time when the Chinese web colossus had its IPO, earning Yahoo tens of billions of dollars. The influx of cash allowed CEO Marissa Mayer to give half to shareholders and keep some around for future investments. Yahoo now plans to invest an estimated $20 million in the popular messaging app, Snapchat. Snapchat has the potential to be a powerful partner for the web portal as it looks to expand its reach on various tech platforms.

• One of the world’s most famous value investors is getting into the car-selling business. Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has agreed to buy the nation’s fifth-largest auto retailer. The company would be called Berkshire Hathaway Automotive and will aim to make retail auto sales a more consolidated and efficient business.

• A morning cup of coffee is set to get a bit more expensive. Coffee prices surged to a two-and-a-half year high due to dry weather in Brazil posing a threat to next year’s crop. Brazil is the world’s largest coffee grower.

• Hilton Worldwide is selling the famed Walfdorf-Astoria in New York City to a Chinese insurance company, Anbang Insurance Group. The deal valued the luxury hotel at $1.95 billion. Hilton will continue to operate the hotel for the next 100 years, but, under new ownership plans, are set to renovate the building back to its original art-deco glory.

*All information according to the Wall Street Journal.

Pep Band encourages teams to ‘Go! Fight! Win!’

The band will not only be playing at football games, but also at Homecoming. (Kyle Bennion / Photo Editor)
The band will not only be playing at football games, but also at Homecoming. (Kyle Bennion / Photo Editor)

By Ellie Schuckman
News Assistant

They are set to play at the MainStage during Homecoming, have high hopes to perform at the November Lions’ Day, want to have a presence at Accepted Students Day, and they have only been an established club for less than three weeks.

The College’s newly added Pep Band aims to bring a level of school spirit some say is lacking in an atmosphere unfamiliar with live music.

“The idea of establishing a pep band at TCNJ came to me at the first football game of my freshman year,” junior music major and President Sam Nemeth said. “We had scored a touchdown, and then something that sounded like a fight song began playing out of the sound system. I remember the incredible atmosphere that live music was able to create from high school, and I felt that there was a musical hole that needed filling at TCNJ athletic events.”

At the Student Government general body meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 17, the club was voted in, marking the first time in approximately eight years the College has had a live band.

According to junior accounting major and Pep Band Treasurer Andrew Hood, Student Government had no argument whether to establish the pep band.

“It promotes school spirit, it’s an excellent public relations tool and it provides the student with another activity they can use to express themselves,” he said.

According to Nemeth, there was a Pep Band here years ago which paid students to play. He believes the group disbanded when the “payment for the students was no longer possible.”

“The challenges in getting started were actually pretty extensive,” said Nemeth, who plays trumpet in the band. “We had to assemble a foundation for the group that would be functional and sustainable.”

He also noted the group’s new adviser, David Vickerman, director of Bands and Wind Ensemble at the College. 

With 29 members to date, the group says more people keep coming to the Sunday night practices as word spreads its new establishment.

“People are bringing in other people,” said junior music education major Sean Ferguson, a tuba player in the band. “There’s a lot more hype from the student body about having a real band out there.”

As the main focus is performing at football games, the songs are selected to fit that atmosphere.

“We are picking some of the more obvious pieces you would hear playing at a football game,” Hood said. “However, we are in the process of finding some music that is a bit more fun that you wouldn’t normally hear being played with a pep band instrumentation.”

Pep Band will also be open for non-music majors who wish to play in a live band.

“One of the best parts about this organization is that it is another musical outlet for non-music majors,” said Hood, who recalled his intimidation of auditioning for music ensembles. “This provides another outlet for music-loving students that don’t major in the subject.”

For many, the establishment of Pep Band serves as a way to perform for masses of people, much like in a marching band.

“Playing for people in public, I think that’s fun,” said Ferguson, who has seven years of marching band experience.

Hood expressed his own interest in the ability to perform outdoors.

“I was a little disappointed that, when I was applying to TCNJ, they didn’t have any activity that would satisfy the marching band craving you have one you leave high school,” said Hood, who was in marching band for three years. “Although this may not be the same exact thing, it allows us to play fun, exciting music for the student body and alumni at football games and other events outside. All attributes run parallel to high school marching band.”

Though they are still waiting for events other than football games to perform at, there is some talk of having a flashmob in Alumni Grove, according to Ferguson.

“There’s a lot of stuff we can do,” he said.

Even though they are newly established, the group remains optimistic about the direction they are heading.

“I’m really excited to see that this project has taken off in the past couple weeks, and I know that we all can’t wait to have an impact on the TCNJ community and level of school spirit,” Nemeth said.

Delta Tau Delta is the College’s newest fraternity

By Erin Cooper

A new fraternity is joining the Greek ranks at the College this semester. Delta Tau Delta has set its purple and gold tent outside the Brower Student Center ready to recruit founding members.

An international organization, Delta Tau Delta had its beginnings in 1858 and now has 134 active chapters across the country, according to Doug Russell, assistant director of Leadership Development for Delta Tau Delta.

Its focus is on morals, hard work and integrity, and the fraternity is looking for men with similar values to join.

“Brotherhood, service and academics: That is a good way to describe the organization,” Russell said.

Delta Tau Delta says they are not about drugs, alcohol or hazing. They may not be a dry organization, but, “it’s not a point of emphasis,” said Russell of the drinking policies. “We have a zero tolerance policy for hazing.  You don’t have to prove your worthiness.”

Delta Tau Delta is eager to become an ally to other groups on campus — Greek and otherwise. “We want to be a very good partner. A Greek organization they’re proud to walk beside,” Russell said.

There is a unique aspect to this particular fraternity this semester. Those joining the fledgling chapter will become founding fathers and shape the course of its development.  “Students will get to create a legacy on this campus and leave a footprint,” Russell said.

Russell was joined by Josh Clayton, chapter leadership consultant, who was enthusiastic in agreeing.

“We’re looking forward to the opportunity to make something unique on campus,” Clayton said.

The piers stand as a memorial for the alumni who served in WWI and WWII. (Kyle Bennion / Photo Editor)

Piers in Alumni Grove over 70 years old

By Colleen Murphy
News Editor

The construction of Campus Town promises new buildings and amenities for the future, but it has also made it possible to bring a piece of the College’s history closer to the center of campus.

The piers stand as a memorial for the alumni who served in WWI and WWII. (Kyle Bennion / Photo Editor)
The piers stand as a memorial for the alumni who served in WWI and WWII. (Kyle Bennion / Photo Editor)

Students walking through Alumni Grove have noticed the two piers that have been erected outside the library, but those are not new — in fact, they are almost 70 years old.

Originally located at the former entrance for Trenton State College on Pennington Road, which was a little farther south from the current entrance, the two piers were gifts from alumni in honor of students and alumni who served in the two World Wars.

According to David Muha, vice president for Communications, Marketing and Brand Management, the entrance where the piers once stood was called Memorial Entrance in honor of the 14 College students and alumni who lost their lives fighting in WWI and WWII.

The piers were located at the College’s Memorial Entrance for decades, even after the main entrance of the College was altered around 1965. However, according to Muha, the piers stood where the Campus Town construction site would be, necessitating their removal.

According to Muha, the moving process of the piers was a part of a larger campus sidewalk renovation project, so the exact cost of moving the piers is unclear.

The College had several ideas as to where to relocate them, according to Muha. Putting the piers in Lions Stadium was one option, but the foundations and pathways would not accommodate them. Designing them into the site of Campus Town was another possibility. Ultimately, because the piers have a strong alumni back story, “the College felt it would be more appropriate to relocate them to somewhere on the existing campus,” Muha said.

Sophomore psychology major Caitlin Nehila thinks that the location chosen for the piers was the right choice.

“I think (Alumni Grove) was a good spot because it’s right in front of the library, and because students walk by all the time,” Nehila said. “It’s a common place in the school where everybody can see it.”

At first, like many students, Nehila thought the pillars that used to stand there were knocked down and that they were rebuilding the exact same thing for the sake of decoration. However, now that Nehila knows the history behind the piers, she thinks they are welcome additions to campus and will serve as meaningful reminders to students and faculty about the College’s past.

By bringing a part of the College’s past onto the center of campus, Muha hopes it will remind students and faculty of the College’s history and how it has become the institution it is today.

“TCNJ will be 160 years old next year,” Muha said. “By preserving our history, we recognize the contributions of generations of alumni who helped to build the College and make it what it is today.”

Vomit and wallets and bikes … Oh my!

On Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m., a student walked into Campus Police headquarters to report that $50 was taken from his wallet while he was exercising at the Packer Physical Enhancement Center. According to Campus Police, the student said he placed his bag containing his wallet and car keys in a cubby box in the PEC to temporarily store his belongings. When he returned to the cubby box, he discovered that the bag was missing. According to Campus Police, the victim said he saw his bag in the hallway outside of the gym and discovered that everything was in there except the $50 previously in his wallet. Campus Police advised the student to contact them if he received any details about a suspect.

On Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 8:30 p.m., Campus Police were dispatched on report of a theft occurring at the front of New Education Building near a bench. The victim said at 6:30 p.m., she parked her unlocked bike by the bench and returned there from class at 8:30 p.m. to discover the bike missing. Campus Police completed a search of the area and found no results. No suspects were reported at the time.

On Friday, Oct. 3 at 5 a.m., Campus Police were dispatched to the Wolfe Hall first floor restroom in response to a report of an intoxicated female. According to Campus Police, a C.A. said she located a female in the women’s restroom lying in her vomit and losing consciousness. After observing the victim on the floor lying in vomit and moaning, Campus Police tried talking to her and observed that she was unresponsive and incoherent. After Lions EMS and Ewing Township EMS arrived on the scene, the victim was transported to Capital Health with professional staff of Residential Education and Housing. She was issued a summons for underage drinking.

On Monday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m., a Sodexo production manager approached Campus Police with a wallet and reported that it was turned into an Eickhoff Hall night manager the previous night, who placed the wallet in a safe at the end of the shift. According to Campus Police, the production manager couldn’t provide information about the location of the wallet when it was found nor who was on duty during the evening of the discovery. Campus Police spoke to the victim via telephone, who said she discovered her wallet missing on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. According to Campus Police, every item the victim mentioned was in the wallet, with the exception of $150. Campus Police asked the victim to report any info obtained regarding the theft.

At 5 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, Campus Police were dispatched to Phelps Hall in response of a fire alarm. Upon arrival, Campus Police observed no visible signs of smoke or fire. After further investigating, Campus Police discovered that someone used a fire extinguisher on the first floor. No suspects were found at the time.

No appointment, no problem with eTutoring

By Bri Ozalas

Over the summer, the College partnered with the Northeast eTutoring Consortium, an online tutoring site which provides tutoring in math: basic through calculus, statistics, accounting, biology, anatomy, physiology, chemistry, information literacy and research methods and writing, according to the Tutoring Center website. Last week, the Tutoring Center opened eTutoring, an online tutoring website, for all undergraduate students during the fall semester.

“As the semester goes on, we run out of available appointments, and eTutoring makes it easier for students to get feedback without worrying about making an appointment,” said Diane Gruenberg, director of humanities, social sciences, languages, music, education and writing services at the College’s Tutoring Center. “We want to help students find learning support and resources that work for them.”

The Tutoring Center is already seeing over 1,300 students a week, according to Gruenberg, and it’s not even time for midterms or finals, which is usually when the Tutoring Center reaches its peak in number of students. On many days, the Tutoring Center has to expand from its usual place in Roscoe West Hall 101 and send students and tutors up to the second floor due to a lack of sufficient tutoring spaces in the Center itself.

The eTutoring service offers a solution for the Tutoring Center to expand its reach out to more students without needing to hire more tutors or find bigger facilities.

On the eTutoring website, students can chat with and post questions for tutors online. The Offline Questions option, or eQuestions, lets students post questions for the next available tutor to answer when they log on. EChat allows students to live-message other tutors from any college in the Northeast Consortium that is also using this program. The College currently does not have any hired tutors for the eChat and eQuestions features, but Gruenberg hopes to hire some in the future.

eTutoring’s Online Writing Lab allows students to submit their writings and essays for feedback from a Consortium writing tutor. Currently, three writing tutors at the College are doing a portion of their work through eTutoring.

“From a tutor’s perspective, eTutoring definitely has its advantages — we have more time, we’re not constrained to nine to five schedule. It makes engaging with and focusing on the quality of an essay much easier,” said Steven Rodriguez, junior history and philosophy double major and eTutoring writing tutor at the College. “eTutoring is not going to replace traditional tutoring, but it was definitely necessary to accommodate students’ different schedules.”

Gruenberg also does not think eTutoring will replace face-to-face tutoring offered in the Tutoring Center, but will rather add to the range of tutoring services.

“We want to extend the tutoring day for students. Everyone has different learning styles, working patterns and ways of living,” she said. “Also, the current generation of college students is attuned to getting information from online sources, and eTutoring makes tutoring accessible and easy for these students.”

Gruenberg anticipates that eTutoring will be available over the summer so students can not only “extend their tutoring day, but also their tutoring year.”

Capitalism paves the way for a utopia

Brennan discusses incorporating socialism within a capitalistic society.  (Kyle Bennion / Photo Editor)
Brennan discusses incorporating socialism within a capitalistic society. (Kyle Bennion / Photo Editor)

By Ellie Schuckman
News Assistant

When many people hear the words ‘capitalism’ and ‘socialism,’ the two are often pitted against each other. They simply both cannot exist within the same dimension. For Jason Brennan, though, the two are merely intertwined.

Brennan, an author and assistant professor of philosophy at Georgetown University, took part in the Exploring Economic Justice Series on Wednesday, Oct. 1 in the library auditorium, addressing the ever-changing struggle to reach a utopia while living in a capitalist society.

“Capitalism provides you with an opportunity to live in your own utopia,” Brennan said.

Noting the work of famed Marxist political philosopher Gerald Cohen, Brennan tackled the debate on whether socialism is feasible and the fascination seen in having a world where everything is seemingly perfect.

“The problem with socialism is that we just don’t work very hard,” said Brennan, referencing “Why Not Capitalism?,” his recently published book.  “Whether something is desirable in itself doesn’t matter if we can’t get there.”

Often citing the “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” Brennan discussed the socialist society the characters live in and the efforts it would take for their world to become reality.

“They live in mutual respect and unity,” Brennan said. “They’re proud to be the type of person who makes what others need … (and) they’re always willing to come together.”

In comparing both capitalism and socialism environments, many agreed with Brennan’s views that the two can be interconnected in a capitalist society.

“Pluralism is certainly possible in blending these two,”  junior history and philosophy double major Steven Rodriguez said.

According to Brennan, the five principles which he believes are necessary to form an ideal utopian society include voluntary community, mutual respect, reciprocity, social-justice and beneficence — all of which are not easy to obtain.

“One of the things it means to have a good life is to (have goals),” Brennan said. “(We need) sustained access to certain goods over a period of time.”

He noted how in a socialist community where work is done collaboratively, problems develop when individuals desire to be independent.

“We want to have community, yet retreat at times to our own space,” Brennan said.

Juxtaposed with the socialist paradox, he also discussed how people living in a capitalist environment are more “privatized to the outside world but communal within.”

Having written several published books, Brennan also engaged others’ concerns that the utopia he speaks of simply cannot exist. The key to either society’s success, he believes, would be the work people put into making something a reality and acknowledging the individual in terms of those around him or her.

“There’s an active happiness in seeing the differences others have,” Brennan said.

Both faculty and students seemed impressed with Brennan’s deft responses to questions and criticisms.

“He has a distinct prowess,” said James Taylor, an associate professor of philosophy, religion and classical studies at the College. “He is also someone willing to engage others’ (views).”

Regardless of debate, Brennan remains optimistic that both capitalism and socialism can exist in a single society.

“Capitalism doesn’t make you choose,” Brennan said. “Capitalism lets you have both.”

Removing the stigma surrounding mental illness

By Camellia Carbonaro

Studies have shown that one out of four people in the general public consider depression to be a sign of personal weakness. One in five have said that if they had depression, they would keep it hidden. 

But then, there’s Carol A. Kivler.

Kivler stepped into the Library Auditorium last Tuesday, Sept. 30, with a smile on her face. Her friends sat in the first few rows and cheered her along as she cracked jokes about the lighting. At first glance, one would not consider this high-spirited person as being a victim of depression. And yet, for the past 20 or so years, Kivler has been struggling to keep her bad thoughts out of her way.

Kivler has been living in recovery for 14 years now. (Kyle Bennion / Photo Editor)
Kivler has been living in recovery for 14 years now. (Kyle Bennion / Photo Editor)

In 1990, Kivler was teaching at Mercer County Community College as a part-time professor when she began to suffer from joint aches, severe headaches, loss of energy and slurred speech. She was having a harder time concentrating and was feeling as if she were trapped in a fog. She consulted some doctors about what the problem may be and was subsequently tested for lupus and multiple sclerosis. These tests came up as negative. Kivler was advised to go see a psychiatrist.

It was there that she was informed about her clinical depression. But Kivler could not understand. She was a 40-year-old mother with three healthy children and a wonderful husband. How could she be so sad about such a beautiful life?

Over a course of four to six weeks, they found that Kivler had what is known as “drug-resistant depression.” Other symptoms had emerged, including anxiety, irrational thoughts, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping. Kivler felt she was wearing a mask for the outside world even though she was dying inside. She was losing weight at an alarming rate, and all of her self-confidence was gone.

It was on one Saturday night before Mother’s Day that she recallled sitting in her office, staring at some pictures of her with her children. She wanted to be like she was before but felt that person was lost. She felt hollow inside and the hopelessness was just too much. With tears in her eyes, she tells the audience that, on that night, “the beast had won.” She could not stand to live anymore.

Yet “the beast” inside her told her that she should not do this alone — she would have to take the lives of her family with her. So, on the morning of Mother’s Day, she stood over the bed as her husband was just waking up and told him of her plans. She explained that she wanted to take her husband and children to Washington Park where she would then drive them all off a bridge. She felt that what she was saying made sense and that “he just had to come with me.”

Her husband took her to the hospital soon after, where she was put on suicide watch. The doctors made her take a cocktail of anxiety and antidepressant meds, but for the few weeks she was held there, all she could think of were ways in which to kill herself. She would daydream about breaking the window glass and cutting her wrists or taking one of the garbage bags and pulling it over her head until she suffocated.

During her stay, a nurse suggested that Kivler try shock therapy to treat her depression, but Kivler was worried — not so much about the actual treatment, but rather how others would perceive her afterward. Would the dean at her college let her keep her job? Would the neighborhood mothers ostracize her children? She was worried that once she received this treatment, her sanity would forever be in question. However, she was willing to try anything. She wanted nothing more than to get better.

She underwent shock therapy and was delighted to find that it was actually working. During visitation, her husband would even note how the light in her eyes was returning.

She stayed in the hospital for about 32 days, where she had dozens of shock treatments. She continued her medication and all seemed well except when “the beast had her on her knees” again. Since 1990, Kivler has had four acute episodes, each occurring in four-year intervals and requiring hospitalization and additional electro-convulsive therapy treatments. It was only when she began to incorporate her own mental health recovery boosters into her regimen that she found these episodes to stop. Kivler has since been living in recovery for the last 14 years.

Her mission has been to eliminate the stigma associated with mental disorders, as well as champion a society that views individuals living with mental illness as “courageous survivors who want to be accepted — not rejected, respected — not pitied, admired — not feared.” The media creates a negative image of mental health problems, mainly by associating them with violent people. She hopes to educate the public about these disorders and project a better image for those afflicted.

In terms of recovery, the first step is to focus on mental wellness rather than mental illness. Kivler explains that we must all live under the metaphysical law of “you are what you think.” We tend to slide back to our old way of thinking and often miss out on the miracles that the optimist attracts. Researchers have studied the impact attitude has on longevity and have found that you can add 10 years to your life by focusing on the positive versus the negative. Kivler suggests that you write three things you are grateful for every night to remind yourself. It also helps to be around positive people and avoid the naysayers, identify your negative triggers and stray away from them.

The second step is to adopt lifestyle changes that enhance wellness. Lifestyle change means adhering to new behaviors, even if they were formerly foreign to us. Unfortunately, many people who begin to get into recovery with medications go off these medications and land up in a relapse. The same happens when nutritional changes and exercise regimens fizzle out before they have a chance to take hold.

The third step is to choose peace and contentment. One of the symptoms of many health disorders is that your ability to like yourself disappears, especially when you are comparing your life with others. Kivler advises trying not to dwell on past misfortunes or your future fears and, instead, being content with what you have and who you are.

And finally, Kivler wanted listeners to never lose hope. Recovery is more than a possibility, she said — it’s a probability.

College prioritizes ‘healthy eating’ at Eick

Student Government spearheads the Mindful Program. (Jenn Rén Alford / Photo Editor)
Student Government spearheads the Mindful Program. (Jenn Rén Alford / Photo Editor)

Campus Registered Dietician Aliz Holzmann, alongside Director of Dining Services Karen Roth and Area Marketing Coordinator Joanna Brunell, gave a presentation at the Student Government general body meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 1, suggesting to students ways to make smart decisions regarding their health.

“We want to promote healthy eating in a positive, forward-thinking way,” Roth said.

One of the new projects that the College’s dining team is working on is “Eat Right at Eick.” Every month, there will be a different seasonal food item featured in the Atrium in Eickhoff Hall. In September, a basket of different varieties of apples sat upon the counter near Ceva Pizza. On Wednesday, Oct. 22, the dining hall will be hosting a pumpkin-themed breakfast.

Another project that Holzmann is spearheading is the Mindful Program, which the College implemented last Fall.

“The Mindful Program includes the Mindful Mile,” she said. “It’s a way to get some exercise in while you ask me any health-related questions you might have.” The walk starts outside the 1855 Room on Mondays at noon.

The Mindful Program also enables an “easy choice for you to enjoy a healthier lifestyle,”  with the dining options in Eickhoff. There are instructions at stations in the dining hall so students can customize their meals to be lower in calories, sodium and saturated fat. At least two meals a day served in Eickhoff fit the Mindful criteria.

Now, students can find the Mindful Program in the C-Store, as well.

“Each month, there will be a different recipe listed in the C-Store that can be cooked in most residence halls, and all of the ingredients are available in the C-Store,” Holzmann said. In September, a berry banana smoothie recipe was available. This month, students can learn how to make a tuna avocado salad.

Holzmann also told Student Government members about the College’s Dining Services website, Students can go online to find recipes, instructions on how to schedule an appointment for a private consultation or to hear about upcoming events.

For Flavors of Fall on Tuesday, Oct. 7, Eickhoff will feature menu items like sweet potato bisque soup, cedar salmon on rotisserie and butternut squash ravioli. Taco Day on Tuesday, Oct. 14, will be held in the Lion’s Den. On Tuesday, Oct. 21, Dining Services and the College’s Indian Student Association will be celebrating Diwali. Best-selling author and owner of six restaurants Hari Nayak will be the guest chef at the event. There will be paneer makhani, tandoori chicken and rice samosas.

Passing on New Jersey’s 350th birthday

Carter discusses the Garden State’s brutal roots on the eve of its milestone birthday.  (Kim Iannerone / Staff Photographer)
Carter discusses the Garden State’s brutal roots on the eve of its milestone birthday. (Kim Iannerone / Staff Photographer)

The year 2014 marks the 350th anniversary of the founding of New Jersey, and residents have been invited by the website behind  the official year-long celebratory campaign “NJ350,”, to “join the party.”

But on Thursday, Oct. 2, history professor William Carter launched the first of three presentations in the “New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary” lecture series by explaining why we should not partake in the state’s big birthday festivities.

“I’m going to talk about those events of the creation of New Jersey from a Native American perspective, specifically those of the Lenape, who have inhabited parts of New Jersey for thousands of years and only recently were completely expelled from the state in the mid-18th century,” Carter said. “We are all living with the legacies of these decisions and these actions that took place 350, almost 400 years ago.”

New Jersey was officially founded in 1664, when the English conquered New Netherlands and renamed the land. The English conquest marks the official beginning of the state’s history, disregarding thousands of years of history of the Lenape who had lived there first, Carter said.

“The coming of Europeans creates a line between history and what’s called ‘prehistory,’” Carter said. “The Native Americans occupied this area, and there was no one to document this, so this whole area was conventionally defined as ‘before-history,’ outside of historical time.”

Senior history and women’s and gender studies double major Caitlin Wiesner agreed with the importance of studying history from the marginalized Native Americans’ perspective.

“It’s definitely important that (the lecture) shed light on the native presence in New Jersey that we don’t really celebrate as part of the 350th anniversary,” Wiesner said. “Even now, Lenape are so marginalized within New Jersey that I was really glad to see attention being brought to these people who really are a part of New Jersey’s history.”

In delving into the state’s history, Carter described the gruesome details of the Pavonia Massacre on Feb. 25, 1643. Eighty to 120 Native Americans, including women and children, were brutally slaughtered in the middle of the night by Dutch armed forces under Willem Kieft — then director of New Netherland — for refusing to pay for protection. Pavonia is now a section of Newport, Jersey City.

“So that’s about one of the earliest recorded events that happened in the present boundaries of New Jersey, not on the New Jersey 350 website that invites you to the party,” Carter said.

When the pacifist Quakers settled in West New Jersey, there was hope for peaceful relations between the Europeans and Native Americans.

“This has been seen as a breakthrough in colonization, that … the Quakers were peaceful,” Carter said. “They famously came and didn’t bring a single gun with them. Who does that? Nobody. Nobody comes and tries to establish a colony without some firepower.”

However, according to Carter, even the Quakers abused their power at times. The Quakers continued to demand more land as time went on, and Native Americans who objected to a purchase would be subject to capital punishment, Carter said.

“So when I think about something like the creation of New Jersey (and) being invited to celebrate the 350th birthday, I think of genocide. I think of dispossession. I think of destruction,” Carter said. “(It) does not feel like a party to me.”

CUB allocated $6,548 for hypnotist show

The Student Finance Board meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 1, included six different proposals for events ranging from the informative to the entertaining.

The College Union Board and TCNJ Musical Theatre proposed first for “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” an event they plan to put on with the help of Lions Latenight.

The night will consist of a screening of the cult-classic movie-musical, with “shadow-casting” being performed by members of TMT. The event was held last year in early October and was a great success among students.

The event was allocated $800 in funding to cover props, costumes and decorations, and is scheduled to take place on Friday, Oct. 31, in the Brower Student Center Food Court.

CUB returned throughout the meeting to propose two more events. The first was a Mentalist/Hypnotist Show — “a friendly night of mind manipulation.” The show would open with veteran hypnotist Dale K and feature world-famous mentalist duo Jeff and Tessa Evason.

CUB was allocated partial funding of $6,548 and hopes to hold the event on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The second proposal was for a comedy show featuring Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson. He is the youngest cast member on the show and his recent skits have gone viral.

CUB hopes to have improv-comedy troupe The Mixed Signals open the event, as well. They were allocated funds of $5,765 to cover performer costs, and the event is scheduled to take place on a weeknight in October or November in Mayo Concert Hall.

The Circle of Compassion proposed an event hoping to bring Noah Bullock to campus for a lecture. Bullock, the executive director of a human rights organization in El Salvador, will be speaking about dangerous issues in the country.

The organization was allocated $500 in funding and plans to hold the event on Friday, Oct. 17, in the Spiritual Center.

Student Government proposed for two events directly correlating with Homecoming. The first was a Homecoming Breakfast, taking place in the morning before tailgating, to discourage pre-game drinking but to get students excited. The breakfast would also include members of the administration, SG and the Inter-Greek Council speaking about unsafe behavior.

The event was allocated funds of $1,700 and is scheduled to take place in the Travers/Wolfe Link on Saturday, Oct. 25.

The second request for funding was designed to provide additional security officers on premises during Homecoming to provide a safe environment for a combined-tailgate section. In addition, SG requested money to hire one alumni and one current student to DJ throughout the day.

The organization was allocated $3,400 in funding to cover the costs of these requests.

A first look at the future STEM Building

By Gabrielle Beacken
News Assistant

It seems as though anywhere students walk on campus, they can see some type of construction happening in order to further the development of the College.

Campus Town, set to open in Spring 2015, and the new STEM building, planned to begin construction in the spring, are two highly anticipated projects that will benefit a wide range of students at the College.

The $94 million implementation of the new STEM project is possible because of financial help from the Building Our Future Bond Act, Higher Education Capital Improvement Fund, the Higher Education Technology Infrastructure Fund and the Higher Education Leasing Fund,  according to the College’s official website.

The key players in this demanding project derive from a “STEM Steering Committee,” headed by Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jacqueline Taylor, according to the College’s website.

The new 88,000 square foot, formal Georgian red-brick architectural style of the Biology Building will include classrooms, general and special laboratories and faculty offices for engineering, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science, according to a Times of Trenton article from Oct. 1, 2014.

“Our outstanding science and engineering programs have struggled with inadequate laboratories and facilities,” Taylor said. “The new STEM building and the subsequent renovation of Armstrong and Science will finally give us facilities that match the high quality of our programs.”

The Times of Trenton article revealed that the new building, planned to be the home of the computer science and two engineering departments, would be physically attached to the Biology Building.

Linking these two buildings will be a glass-walled space named The Forum, Taylor said. According to Taylor, The Forum will be be a “high-ceilinged, 

The Forum, a new glass-walled, high-ceilinged space, will link the buildings. (Photo courtesy of
The Forum, a new glass-walled, high-ceilinged space, will link the buildings. (Photo courtesy of

two-story structure ideal for students to gather for study groups and homework.”

“The physical link between the existing building and the new one also symbolizes the way the new space is designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and to provide a welcoming environment for all TCNJ students,” Taylor said.

Not only is the Computer Science and Engineering Department receiving improvements, but the grant money offered to the College will also be spent toward the enhancement of Armstrong Hall, the Chemistry Building and the Science Complex, through additions and renovations.

Students will have to patiently wait before they begin to reap the benefits of the new STEM building, as construction commences in Spring 2015 and completion of construction is set to be in 2017, according to a Times of Trenton article from July 17, 2014.

This falls contrary to a Fall 2007 edition of TCNJ Magazine, predicting that the new STEM project would be completed by 2015. Though this article was published almost seven years ago, the author correctly predicted that the demolishment of Holman Hall would begin in 2013.

This new STEM project has been well-thought-out and developed for several years and students hope it will be worth the wait.

New subcommitee to advocate for students

President Wells welcomes the newly elected freshman class council. (Jenn Ren Alford / Staff Photographer)
President Wells welcomes the newly elected freshman class council. (Jenn Ren Alford / Staff Photographer)

The Student Government general body meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 24 opened to a fervent round of applause for the newly-elected freshman class council.

Freshmen economics major Ryan Cleary, finance major Matt Ranieri, open-options business major Kelsey Capestro, business management and computer science double major Gregory Vaks, criminology major Kevin Lyons, deaf education and history double major Priscilla Nunez and biomedical engineering major Tyler McGilligan emerged victoriously from elections on Tuesday, Sept. 23, and were welcomed into Student Government with open arms.

One of the discussions of the meeting was how the organization could respond to the concerns of students on campus.

Vice President Michael Chiumento announced that he and Vice President of Governmental Affairs Jess Glynn are starting a lobbying subcommittee.

“We’ll be advocating on behalf of students for problems they experience on a day-to-day basis,” he said. “We’re looking to be proactive rather than reactive.”

Vice President of Advancement Sarah Drozd also shared plans for Student Government to better respond to the needs of its constituents.

“There will be a meet and greet in the Alumni Grove on (Thursday), Oct. 16,” Drozd said. “We want to talk to students about what SG does and see what problems they want resolved on campus.”

There will be Philly Pretzel Factory pretzels at the event, and Drozd hopes that the new Student Government logo will be unveiled there.

She also asked students to email any original designs to by Friday, Oct. 3.

Later, Vice President of Student Services Navid Radfar announced a new initiative spearheaded by himself, along with Vice President of Student Affairs Amy Hecht and Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Sharon Beverly.

“We have a vision to bring a Division I experience to a Division III school,” Radfar said.

The senior biopsychology  major noticed that many students walk around campus sporting T-shirts from Rutgers, Duke, North Carolina and other universities that they do not attend, and he wondered what could be done to bolster the sense of school pride at the College.

“We have nationally ranked teams, but poor attendance at athletic events,” he said.

That is why Radfar will be hosting a T-shirt exchange during the week leading up to Homecoming.

“Come to the Brower Student Center with an old college or high school T-shirt and we’ll give you a brand new TCNJ Homecoming shirt,” he said.

The Student Finance Board allocated almost $1,400 for approximately 350 shirts. All of the T-shirts that are traded in will be donated to charity.

“Some students aren’t in organizations on campus, so they don’t have club T-shirts or Greek letter shirts to wear,” Radfar said. “We’re hoping these T-shirts will help all students identify with the College.”

Radfar, Hecht and Beverly are hoping that an increased sense of school pride will encourage more students to attend the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 25.

“We want to see kids having fun at the game, supporting the College and making smart choices,” Radfar said.

CAPS helps the College with coping

CAPS hopes to be a program students can turn to in hard times. (Kim Iannarone / Staff Photographer)
CAPS hopes to be a program students can turn to in hard times. (Kim Iannarone / Staff Photographer)

By Mackenzie Cutruzzula
Staff Writer

One problem at a time, peer educators are helping students cope with college life in the freshman dorms.

Through a seven-week program, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has spent Wednesday nights helping students deal with adversities from homesickness to time and stress management.

On Wednesday, Sept. 24, the sixth session of the program, peer educators shifted their focus to conflict management.

“We are here to talk about conflict and healthy ways to resolve it,” sophomore psychology major and peer educator Claudia Gargano said.

The educators asked the students to read printouts of different conflict management styles and choose the one that most closely related to how they dealt with conflict. The students then wrote their names and conflict styles on a poster that will be hung with similar posters from other weeks in the halls of Travers and Wolfe.

The peer educators took time to talk with students and ask how their transitions to the College are going. They asked if students were getting along with their roommates, or if they needed any advice on communicating better with their roommates. They even equipped each student with a four-step model for handling conflict.

The peer educators also act as liaisons between students and the resources they have on campus for solving different problems.

“Our role isn’t to be the help, but to tell students where they can get help,” junior psychology major and committee chair Nick Spanola said.

During the conflict management event, the peer educators wanted freshman to know about the resources available to them for dealing with roommate and other conflicts. In particular, CAPS advocated for the Residence Life Mediation Program. The Mediation Program is designed to let roommates work out their problems with a third party present to moderate the discussion. They help roommates write out the best solution possible for a successful living situation.

In the past, peer educators only hosted one or two events a month in the lounges of the freshmen residence halls. The seven-week program has been a significant opportunity for CAPS to reach freshmen. Their goal is to promote that students facing issues or conflicts have somewhere to turn for help throughout their college experience.

“Our best key to success is definitely just awareness being out there,” Spanola said.

CAPS is located in room 107 of Eickhoff Hall and offers services for group and individual emergency counseling. The peer educators are available for programs for organizations and classes throughout the year on a number of different topics, including stress management and mental health.

The last Freshman Year Experience peer education-tabling program will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall. The peer educators will be providing information on changes in relationships.