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SlutWalk marchers take a stand against sexual assault

By Sydney Shaw
News Editor

Don’t drink too much alcohol. Use the “buddy system.” Dress modestly.

In a culture that teaches women not to get raped instead of teaching men not to rape, Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) took a stance against sexual assault with the annual March to End Rape Culture: SlutWalk on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

“Rapists aren’t the monsters we imagine in our heads,” said political analyst and key speaker Zerlina Maxwell. “Rapists are just regular people who chose to violate consent.”

Maxwell, who has written about the subject for outlets such as CNN and Marie Claire, denounced the idea that victims of rape are responsible for the attack.

“Rape is not a side effect of drinking too much,” she said. “Wearing a certain outfit is not an invitation to be violated.”

Students who attended the march wore a wide array of outfits, many of which might be considered “revealing,” in order to fight the stigma that an outfit is an excuse to take advantage of someone else.

Jennie Sekanics, co-executive chair of WILL and senior English and women’s and gender studies double major, dressed in a Catwoman costume for this year’s event.

“I’m Catwoman against catcalls,” she said.

Katie Yorke, co-programming chair of WILL and senior Spanish and international relations double major, opted for long sleeves and pants.

“I was going to dress in a crazy outfit,” she said, “but just this morning, I was catcalled wearing this outfit.”

Maxwell places catcalling in the category of “unhealthy masculinity.”

“Why are you looking at me like I’m a piece of meat?” she asked. “I’m not here for you to look at. I’m a person.”

According to statistics Maxwell shared before the march, one in five women will be the victim of an attempted or completed rape at some point in her lifetime. For women in college, one in four will be victims.

Maxwell encouraged students to help reframe the conversation surrounding sexual assault by asking different questions.

“We should be asking why the rapist didn’t ask for consent,” she said. “We should ask why he didn’t stop when she said ‘no.’ We should never ask her what she was wearing. We should never ask her why she drank so much.”

Maxwell shared parts of an article she wrote for entitled “5 Ways We Can Teach Men Not to Rape.” In her list, she encourages everybody to teach young people about legal consent, how to express healthy masculinity and to believe survivors who come forward.

“When a friend tells you that they have been the victim of a rape, you shouldn’t ask, ‘Are you sure?’” she said. “You should ask, “Are you OK?”

Maxwell also delved into the rumor that a large percentage of rape accusations are false or made up.

“The idea that people make it up (being raped) all the time is just not true,” Maxwell said. “It mirrors other crimes in the sense that the number of people who falsely claim their car was stolen is the same number of people who falsely claim to be raped.”

According to Maxwell, research and reports show that only about two percent of alleged rapes are deemed false.

She went on to explain that many rape cases are labeled false because there was not enough evidence for a conviction, which does not necessarily mean that no rape occurred.

“Having Zerlina speak here on our own campus was so surreal,” Sekanics said. “I remember freshman year when my friend and I would just watch videos of her on the ‘Hannity Report’ and ‘O’Reilly Factor.’ I remember us being in my dorm together saying, “How amazing would it be to meet her?’”

After Maxwell’s presentation, students marched around campus in solidarity against sexual assault, rape and other acts of gender-based violence.

“There’s just an incredible feeling that comes with demanding justice and doing it in a way that demands your attention, such as through our chanting and marching,” Sekanics said. “SlutWalk is so important to have each and every year because rape culture is alive and present.”

About 200 students attended the march, along with Maxwell and her mother.

“However we dress, wherever we go, yes means yes and no means no,” students chanted. “Yes means fuck me, no means fuck you.”

At the end of the evening, the students gathered together and shouted out the last few chants, a powerful display against sexual assault.

“This is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Mary Burns, a senior sociology and women’s and gender studies double major and a SAVE peer educator for Anti-Violence Initiatives. “There’s nothing better than walking around campus cursing about challenging rape culture. I’m so proud to go to a school where so many people are so unabashedly enthusiastic about ending sexual violence.”

Enterprise CarShare comes to Campus Town

By Sydney Shaw
News Editor

For students at the College without access to a vehicle, a solution has arrived in Campus Town. The PRC Group has implemented a car-share program through Enterprise and Nissan, which opened earlier this month.

All students, including freshmen, are able to rent a car. Currently, two are available. By signing up, students can use the rental service at age 18, rather than the typical rental age requirement of 25, according to Greg Lentine, director of university campus development for PRC Group.

“Every time I drive past, I see one or both of the cars gone,” Lentine said. “When Enterprise called us and asked to do this program, we knew it would be something big.” Continue reading

Study Abroad Fair opens world to students

By Tom Ballard

Alumni Grove seemed a little more diverse on Wednesday, Sept. 9, when the Center for Global Engagement held its annual study abroad fair. This year, students can take advantage of opportunities in cities ranging from London to Vietnam.

“We send students to all six inhabited continents, primarily… to western Europe and Australia,” Senior International Officer Jon Stauff said. “You name it, we’ve been there.”

According to Stauff, approximately 30 percent of the graduating class studied abroad in some capacity, which is slightly up from previous years.

As the College focuses on signature experiences and global experiences we have seen a rise in study abroad programs,” he said. Continue reading

Classic Signals: Plans to move the Rat

By Jessica Ganga
Features Editor

Decker was once a possible location for the Rat. (Jessica Ganga / Features Editor)
Decker was once a possible location for the Rat. (Jessica Ganga / Features Editor)

After having an explosive final show at the Rathskeller last semester, College Union Board (CUB) was forced to relocate their weekly shows due to the current renovations to the Brower Student Center. The Decker Social Space is now the location for the new CUB Alt shows, letting students have the chance, even with the construction, to enjoy some music on a Friday night. It turns out that this wasn’t the first time the Rat moved or, in this case, in the works to move. In 1997, Steve Bates reported that the Rat was planning to be moved to the exact same space that the shows are in now. Luckily, we were able to enjoy 18 years of crazy, wild Rat shows.

Plans to relocate the Rathskeller from its home in the student center to the basement of Decker Hall are tentative and won’t be decided upon without student input.

However, Decker Hall’s version of the Rathskeller may not turn out to be what students have become accustomed to. Continue reading

SFB funds events embracing diversity & culture

By Jackie Delaney                                                                                         Production Manager

The Student Finance Board met on Wednesday, Sept. 9, to review requests for several events rich in culture and diversity.

First, Student Government requested $615.69 for a new event called “A Touch of Home.” According to the information packet, the purpose of the event is to “promote cultural awareness through the participation and demonstration of dances, Greek strolls, music and food.”

The Muslim Student Association requests money for its annual Eid Dinner.
The Muslim Student Association requests money for its annual Eid Dinner.

Vice President of Equity and Diversity Priscilla Nuñez described the event as “culturally based.” She said SG plans to offer dance workshops, a Henna tattoo station and “a map where students are able to put a sticker on where they’re from.” “A Touch of Home” will be held in Alumni Grove on Monday, Sept. 28, during Meal Equivalency hours. It was fully funded by the board. Continue reading

Students meet in the Lion’s Den, gathering in remembrance.

Lion Latenight hosts 9/11 remembrance event

By Morgan Lubner                                                                                             Correspondent

Fourteen years after the attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001 shocked our nation, Lion Latenight along with TCNJ EMS, the American Veterans Club and the Brower Student Center Staff, held a remembrance event in honor of the lives lost.

Students meet in the Lion’s Den, gathering in remembrance.
Students meet in the Lion’s Den, gathering in remembrance of 9/11.

“It’s our responsibility to say ‘We lived through this’… it needs to be observed with the reverence it deserves,” senior Spanish and secondary education double major Zachary Dzierzgowski said.

Dzierzgowski, the undergraduate program manager for the Brower Student Center, was the driving force behind the event.

The event began with the national anthem and a slideshow created by Dzierzgowski that reflected on the events of 9/11. The first slide emblazoned with #TCNJremembers only added to the evident patriotism students felt as they remembered the events 14 years later. Continue reading

New book details how college students find purpose

By Roderick Macioch                                                                           Correspondent

Students, faculty and staff recently came together in celebration of a newly published book detailing the life and struggles of college students as they discover who they wish to become.

Clydesdale discusses his recent book, ‘The Purposeful Graduate,’ alongside three student panelists.
Clydesdale discusses his recent book, ‘The Purposeful Graduate,’ alongside three student panelists.

Tim Clydesdale, a professor of sociology at the College, celebrated the recent publication of his book, “The Purposeful Graduate,” by participating in a student-author panel discussion in the library auditorium on Friday, Sept. 11.

Along with three student panelists, Clydesdale discussed his book, which emphasizes the importance of college students finding a true sense of purpose on an educational, spiritual and personal level, as well as the means by which this self-discovery can be achieved.

The book details programs that colleges have adopted in order to encourage students to reach an understanding of their purpose, both before and after graduation. Clydesdale’s research has shown that participation in such activities empowers students to learn who and what they truly are as well as what they want to become. In doing this, they find their vocation and gain the persistence to pursue it, whatever this calling might be in the future. Continue reading


SG fighting for extended library hours

Nicasio speaks to those in attendance, welcoming the new members.
Nicasio speaks to those in attendance, welcoming the new members.

By Alyssa Sanford                                                                                                       Web Editor

Newly elected officials were officially sworn in at the Student Government general body meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9, by President Casey Dowling.

Among the initiates were Amanda Williams, vice president of Advancement; sophomore class President Kelly Capestro; the entire freshman class council; and senators of Arts & Communication, Business, Education, Engineering and Humanities & Social Sciences.

“Congratulations and welcome,” Vice President Javier Nicasio said specifically to the new freshmen members of SG. “You’re going to have a lot of memories (from your involvement in SG).” Continue reading

Fire extinguisher used to vandalize New Res lounge

By Colleen Murphy                                                                                           Managing Editor

  A female student was issued a summons for underage drinking on Friday, Sept. 4, at 1:10 a.m., according to Campus Police. The student was found sitting in Decker Hall and had a strong odor of alcohol, Campus Police said. The female told police that she had two drinks of Jungle Juice in her room and had also been drinking at an off-campus party.

  A black 10-speed Schwinn bicycle was stolen from the bleacher side of the track sometime between Saturday, Sept. 5, at 3 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m., Campus Police reported. The student had locked his bike to a light pole and when he returned the next day, the bicycle was gone. According to Campus Police, the bike is valued at $200. Continue reading

Remembering 9/11 at the College to ensure that we never forget

By Julie Kayzerman

The Twin Towers fell 14 years ago, yet the memories remain fresh in my mind. I was in second grade when the news broke out. My teacher gave no indication of what was happening, but one by one, students got picked up from school – it was clear something was wrong. It wasn’t long before my own mother came to pick me up early and bring me home.

The reflection pool at the National September 11 Memorial in New York City stands as a remembrance of the lives lost 14 years ago. (AP Photo)
The reflection pool at the National September 11 Memorial in New York City stands as a remembrance of the lives lost 14 years ago. (AP Photo)

Now, as a senior at the College, it has become increasingly noticeable that the grades below me are getting too young to physically remember the events of 9/11, and the day gets further and further away. Still, it is more important than ever that we continue to make the effort to ensure that tragic day 14 years ago and the innocent lives that were taken, never go unforgotten.

So when I received an email to The Signal account, amidst spam and press releases, from Lion Latenight announcing their 9/11 Remembrance event, I immediately felt proud to be a student at the College. Continue reading

Campus Police cars display the HERO decal to promote safe driving.

HERO Campaign comes to campus

By Ellie Schuckman                                                                                                  News Editor

In an initiative to end driving while intoxicated, the College has recently partnered with the HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers to promote safe and sober designated driving.

Campus Police cars display the HERO decal to promote safe driving.
Campus Police cars display the HERO decal to promote safe driving.

As a HERO Campaign College, the College is now dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of drunk driving and advocating the use of safe driving through campus-wide activities while raising money to help the HERO Campaign.

Beginning in 2000 after Egg Harbor Township, N.J., resident John Elliott, a graduate of the Naval Academy, was killed by a drunk driver, the College now joins nine other schools in the fight to prevent drunk driving. In high school, Elliott was a National Merit Scholar, president of his class and a member of his school’s football and tennis teams. At the Academy, he became a human education resource officer — students who are elected by their peers to counsel and mentor other members of their company — and was selected as the outstanding HERO in his class, according to the Hero Campaign website. In his honor, the HERO Campaign has since been established.

The federally-registered, non-profit organization also partners with “law enforcement agencies, schools and colleges, bars, taverns and restaurants, the United States Navy, professional sports teams, state divisions of highway safety and community chapters across the country,” according to the same site. Continue reading

London and Prague on study abroad schedule

By Tom Ballard

The fall semester is just upon the College and already students are being offered the chance to explore the world outside of Ewing in order to add variety to their education.

On Wednesday, Sept. 2, in the Social Sciences Building, the Center for Global Engagement (CGE) held the first of what is to be weekly sessions that will introduce students to the countless study abroad opportunities that are offered at the College.

CGE shares information about this year’s various study abroad destinations. (Tom Ballard / Correspondent)
CGE shares information about this year’s various study abroad destinations. (Tom Ballard / Correspondent)

Global Academic Outreach Coordinator Jennifer Margherito explained the basic information for students looking to study aboard.

“The best reason (to study abroad) is that it’s really going to be an impactful experience, whether it’s going to be impactful for your academic career, or your professional career,” Margherito said. “It sets you apart in the résumé and job seeking process… to have that extra experience it makes you better versed in cultural communication skills, which is becoming increasingly popular with companies going global.” Continue reading

Student receives harrassing texts

By Colleen Murphy
Managing Editor

• A male student at another school contacted the College’s Campus Police on Thursday, Aug. 27, at 1:30 report harassing text messages that he had received from a student at the College, according to Campus Police. The male received a text message from an unknown number asking him to send pictures of his genitalia. The student ignored the text but then received a pornographic picture from the same number, Campus Police reported. The student researched the number on Facebook and found that it belonged to a freshman at the College. The male also discovered that the student who sent the picture lives on the same floor as his ex-girlfriend, according to Campus Police. The student asked Campus Police to contact the sender and prevent further communication. At 5:40 p.m., Campus Police called the male back and said that they talked to the student at the College who had sent the picture and asked him to not contact the student again. The student was “happy” and did not want to pursue anything further, Campus Police said.

• A teal Kate Spade wallet was stolen from the Campus Town Barnes & Noble sometime between 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, and 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22, according to Campus Police. The manager said that she had placed her wallet on the desk and could not find it after that. She reviewed security cameras with negative results, Campus Police said. According to Campus Police, the wallet is valued at $141 and there are no suspects at this time. Continue reading

SG discusses new, engaging late-night activities

By Alyssa Sanford
Web Editor

The Student Government general body session on Wednesday, Sept. 2, marked the beginning of a new year of governance. It was replete with the passage of two bills, a presentation on the new Lion’s House and introductions between cabinet and prospective members.

Students play life-size Twister at a CUB latenighter, an alternate activity.
Students play life-size Twister at a CUB latenighter, an alternate activity that the Collegiate Recovery Committee wants to model after.

President Casey Dowling and Executive Vice President Javier Nicasio welcomed all prospective members, seated on the right side of the room. After elected officials voted on B-F2015-01, revisions to SG’s constitution, and B-F2015-02, an overhaul of their bylaws, Nicasio turned to the group.

“Don’t let what we just did scare you,” Nicasio said to the seemingly bewildered faces in the crowd.

Prior to the voting process, Nicasio introduced Christopher Freeman, the supervisor of the College’s new Collegiate Recovery Community, to the general body for a presentation on Lion’s House and late night activities geared toward those in recovery from substance abuse. Continue reading