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News happenings at The College of New Jersey

Day of Giving raises over $72,000 for College

By Thomas Infante

The College has been fundraising for years, but Thursday, Nov. 5, marked the first ever Day of Giving. In just one day, the College was able to raise over $72,000 with 788 donors.

The wall on Green Lawn remains covered in loving praises from many of the College’s students, indicative of the school pride that resonates throughout the campus. Alumni, faculty and student volunteers cheerfully encouraged passing students to take pictures with Roscoe the Lion or enjoy free cider and coffee.

Students sign the wall on Green Lawn with ways they show Lions’ Pride. (Photo courtesy of Thomas Infante)
Students sign the wall on Green Lawn with ways they show Lions’ Pride. (Photo courtesy of Thomas Infante)

Several activities were set up for students and alumni to participate in, including a photo booth, a “Wheel of Fortune” with prizes and a game to pin a varsity letter on Roscoe. These activities encouraged students to donate, but more importantly, showcased students’ pride in the College. Continue reading

SG working to extend dining hall and library hours

By Alyssa Sanford
Web Editor

A bill that strives to hold general members of Student Government “more accountable” passed during the general body meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

According to Vice President Javier Nicasio, the bill is essential as “some students can’t be general members because they don’t have time” for general body meetings, and others can’t attend committee meetings due to internships and other outside obligations.

“It’s hard to assign workload,” Nicasio said, given that some committees have “three members, while some have 10.”

The bill, known as B-F2015-06, would require general members to earn “six positive points per semester,” Vice President of Governmental Affairs Ceili Boles said. Continue reading

Torture survivors share stories of struggles

By Kyra Mackesy

Three survivors of torture from Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Cameroon shared their stories of the government imprisonment and torture they each endured after they fought for the rights of their organizations.

Torture, Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC), the organization that brought the three individuals to asylum in the U.S., spoke to students at the College on Wednesday, Nov.  4, in the Spiritual Center to explain the group’s missions and share how students can help.

Speakers share stories about surviving politically-motivated torture. (Keri Fitzpatrick / Staff Photographer)

The event highlighted three survivors: Merga, Charles and Lewis. The three men are educated professionals who have devoted their lives to fighting for what they believe in, but were ultimately mentally and physically tortured for their actions by their countries’ corrupt governments. Continue reading

SFB allocates funds for annual TCNJam dance marathon

By Jackie Delaney
Production Manager

The Student Finance Board allocated funding for several multicultural requests at its weekly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

The Chinese Student Association was allocated $3,038.28 for “CSA Tea House,” an event that promotes “the sharing and exhibition of student talents and Chinese culture through on-stage performances and cultural cuisine,” according to their information packet. The board funded the event with the stipulation that the sound technician they use is from the College. The event will feature a variety of teas, Asian cakes, pastries and other food, as well as performances from the group’s traditional dance team, “Dragonflies.” Continue reading

Students share stories in stirring ‘Stigmonologues’

By Elise Schoening
Review Editor

Roughly one in four adults in America suffers from a diagnosable mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Despite such a high rate, mental health is rarely openly discussed. Instead, it is oftentimes shrouded in a cloud of shame and stigma. Far too many people feel the need to hide their mental illness and as such, do not seek the help they need.

This month, the College’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) peer educators took a stand against the stigma surrounding mental health. The student organization hosted a number of events throughout October aimed at raising awareness for a wide range of mental health issues. The final event of CAPS’ Mental Health Awareness Month took place on Wednesday, Oct. 28, when students were invited to share their mental health struggles with their peers in the “Stigmonologues.”

“The goal of this event is to show that mental health is an important issue and to combat the stigma,” said Karen Chan, the chair for the Mental Health Awareness Month organized by the CAPS Peer Educators. Continue reading

College is national exemplar

By Ellie Schuckman
News Editor

Often ranked as one of the of the top schools in the north region, the College was recently recognized nationally for its undergraduate research efforts.

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) named the College as a national exemplar, highlighting campus efforts and resources devoted to such studies. As a recipient of the Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment (AURA), the College is just one of three schools in the nation to walk away with the honor.

“The College of New Jersey is honored to be recognized by CUR as a national exemplar in undergraduate research,” College President R. Barbara Gitenstein said in the press release. “Over the last two decades, we have been committed to making student-faculty engagement and research central to our undergraduate experience. Our success, as reflected in this award, is a testament to the collective effort at TCNJ to integrate high-impact learning practices into the fabric of the institution with faculty who are recognized as teacher-scholars.” Continue reading

College alumnus details working as science journalist

By Emily Solinski                                                                                     Correspondent

“My job is not to satisfy the scientist, but to satisfy my readers,” Grant said. “I’m not going to use the jargon, I’m going to put it in my own words.”

Grant’s talk addressed the process of simplifying information from complex science journals, press releases and media outlets and then how to convey the information into news for the general public.

Grant confronts this challenge every day within his profession as a writer covering physics for Science News magazine, based in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

Famed journalists talk investigative reporting

By Megan Kelly                                                                                         Correspondent

Passion. Determination. Fearlessness.

These were the words used by Professor Emilie Lounsberry to describe Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman, two Philadelphia Daily News reporters who uncovered police corruption in Philadelphia, earning them a Pulitzer Prize in 2010 for their hard work. The two came to the College on Wednesday, Oct. 28, to speak about their journey and the book that spawned from the investigation, “Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love.”

Ruderman and Laker began their investigation in December of 2008 when drug dealer Benny Martinez, working as a drug informant for the Philadelphia Police Department, came to Ruderman in fear that both an officer and a drug dealer wanted him dead. Continue reading

Event marks three years since Hurricane Sandy

By Matthew Green                                                                                 Correspondent

Exactly three years after devastating Hurricane Sandy slammed the state of New Jersey, a crowd of students and faculty gathered for a roundtable discussion and question and answer session with several individuals who were directly affected by the crisis.

“I can’t think of a natural event that shaped New Jersey culture as much as Hurricane Sandy did,” said Matthew Bender, associate professor of history and director of the Hurricane Sandy Oral History Project.

The audience heard personal experiences and in-depth analyses from Diane Bates, professor of sociology; Michael Nordquist, interim executive director for the Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement; Gary Szatkowski, meteorologist-in-charge for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration; social worker Carolyn Olsen and Lieutenant John Barcus on Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Education Building at 7 p.m. Continue reading

Checkmate! SG approves new chess club on campus

By Alyssa Sanford
Web Editor

Student Government voted to approve the new TCNJ Chess Club during its general body meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

According to the Governmental Affairs (GA) committee, which heard a presentation from TCNJ Chess Club on Sunday, Oct. 18, it’s “the only club of its kind” on campus.

The club provides “a friendly environment for students interested in the game of chess,” according to GA.

It was considered to be a club that will sustain itself for many years because it has a large number of freshmen on its membership roster. Also, some of the members “are certified in running chess tournaments,” according to GA.

TCNJ Chess Club will tutor students who are new to the game, as well as host “casual games and tournaments.” GA voted unanimously in favor of approving the club before the final presentation at a general body meeting.

General body members hear of the upcoming Hunger Banquet on campus.
General body members hear of the upcoming Hunger Banquet on campus. (Heiner Fallas / Photo Assistant)

Representatives for the club said that they sought formal recognition from SG so that they could post official flyers around campus, create a Lion’s Gate page and book room reservations on campus for events and tournaments. Continue reading

Weedman discusses fight for marijuana legalization

By Emma Califano                                                                                   Correspondent

Political science professor and local Assemblyman Reed Gusciora’s “Politics of Marijuana” class welcomed Ed Forchion, a well-known advocate for the legalization of marijuana. Some people might better know him as N.J. Weedman.

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Social Science Building, Forchion made a special appearance to tell his journey toward supporting the legalization of marijuana.

It all started when Forchion was arrested on November 24, 1997, in Belmar, N.J., when he was pulled over and the arresting officer found a pound of weed in the back of his car. Forchion was also indicted for trying to ship 40 pounds of marijuana from Arizona to New Jersey via FedEx. He faced 20 years in prison, but was able to take a plea deal and received a drastically reduced sentence.

“Here I was, getting arrested on marijuana charges — a plant — by people who smelled like cigarettes, and I thought to myself, why is this worse?” Forchion asked. Continue reading

Famed musicians recall Trenton’s troubled jazz history

By Ashley Skowronek                                                                         Correspondent

The College’s Trenton Makes Music class was graced with the presence of three celebrated jazz musicians on Tuesday, Oct. 27, each of whom partook in molding the city’s renowned music history. The presentation was aimed to document Trenton and its role in popular culture.

Students welcomed instrumentalists Thomas Grice, Gil Toth and Thomas Passerella, an alumnus of the College. The date marked Grice’s triumphant return to the College nearly a year after flooding the Don C. Evans Black Box Theatre with the deftly crafted notes poured from his saxophone.

“Luck is when preparation meets opportunity,” Passerella said.  Continue reading

Speaker highlights China as a growing world power

By Abigail Faith

When many Americans think about China, a picture of roads teeming with countless people and overbearing manufacturing power comes to mind. However, what many don’t realize is that China’s steady growth comes with a great responsibility on the global scale.

Thomas Christensen is a prolific speaker and professor and the successful author of the book, “Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power: The China Challenge.” He has attracted audiences across the world with his analysis of China’s rise to power in the past decade.

The night of Tuesday, Oct. 27, was no different, as students sat in the College’s Library Auditorium and listened as Christensen illustrated the growing issues associated with one of the world’s fastest developing countries.

Christensen began by commenting on China’s military power. He named weapons that China currently possesses, from submarine fleets to aircraft defense missiles. Continue reading

Don’t bat your eyes: Decorative lashes stolen off Bug

By Colleen Murphy
Managing Editor

  Campus Police reported 14 incidents of underage drinking summonses that were issued on Homecoming Day, Saturday, Oct. 24, between noon and 4 p.m. A 15th student was given an underage drinking summons later that night, at 11:50 p.m. in Lot 14, Campus Police said. Eleven of the summonses were issued in Lot 4, one was given outside of the Brower Student Center’s women’s bathroom, while another was given in Lot 5 and another was issued in Lot 6, police reported.

  A student was charged with allegedly assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest during Homecoming festivities on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 2:35 p.m., according to Campus Police. An officer met with an intoxicated student and TCNJ EMS in Lot 5, and while interviewing the student, smelled a strong odor of alcohol emanating from the male’s body and breath. When the officer asked how much alcohol the student had consumed, the male responded “numerous amounts of beer at an off-campus party.” Then, the student got up and started running from the police. Two officers chased after the student across Lot 5 until one of the officers caught up with the male. The student then punched the officer in the face, causing injury, Campus Police said. Campus Police were assisted by NJ State Police, and the student was transported to Campus Police Headquarters for processing, police said. According to reports, the student was also given a summons for underage drinking. Continue reading