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News happenings at The College of New Jersey

Foundation revises mission statement

By Sierra Stivala
Correspondent

The College’s Foundation recently released its revised mission statement, making known its philanthropic support for the school.

The statement was released to the public on Friday, March 24, and although the words have changed, the Foundation’s purpose remains in close alignment with the mission of the College, according to a TCNJ Today article from Monday, April 11. Continue reading

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College makes moves to reduce carbon emissions

The College’s bike infrastructure can be improved. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)
The College’s bike infrastructure can be improved. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)

By Chelsea LoCascio
News Editor

On an exceptionally warm day in mid-March, friends approached TCNJ Environmental Club President Eric Mauro and asked him, “Hey, global warming — how do you feel about it?”

As much as Mauro wanted to respond in an equally blasé attitude, his concern for the erratic weather and, subsequently, the environment, hindered him. Continue reading

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Alumni panel discusses career opportunities in sociology

By Jamie Gerhartz                                                                                       Correspondent

Five alumni returned to the College on Wednesday, April 13, in room 326 of the Social Sciences Building, to provide insight about finding a job after graduation to current sociology majors.

Four of the panelists spoke in person, while one gave advice via video chat. The panelists talked about their lives after graduating the College and gave students advice for finding a job and what life might be like after graduating with a sociology degree. Continue reading

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Sleeping students stunned to find floormate in room

Chelsea LoCascio                                                                                                      News Editor

  Campus Police were dispatched to Townhouses East at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 1. Upon arrival, police met with a Pro Staff member who told the cops that, while doing a welfare check on a resident, she smelled marijuana in the hallway and the second floor of the building. She told the officers from which room she smelled the marijuana coming and proceeded to knock on the door. Upon opening the door, both the Pro Staff member and Campus Police asked the resident if he was smoking marijuana and if there was any more of it in his room. He responded, “Yes,” to all questions, according to police reports. The accused opened the top drawer of his dresser and pulled out a blue and black glass pipe with burnt residue and a plastic sandwich bag containing a green, leafy substance, according to police. Campus Police searched, handcuffed and transported him to TCNJ Police Headquarters. The accused was issued summonses for possession of controlled dangerous substances and use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Continue reading

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The ‘Parks and Recreation’ star addresses students’ questions.

Schwartz inspires at Spring Lecture

By Elise Schoening                                                                                             Features Editor

Accomplished actor, comedian and writer Ben Schwartz stepped onto the polished wooden floors of Mayo Concert Hall on Wednesday, April 13. The room before him was far from full — in fact, the two sides of seating flanking the middle row were sparsely filled with students. Yet, this made for an intimate setting and allowed Schwartz to give a compelling lecture about career aspirations and success. Despite a number of empty seats, the concert hall echoed with steady laughter and applause throughout. Continue reading

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After undergoing two investigations this school year, the Theta Delta chapter of Sigma Pi chose to derecognize itself from the College. (Photo courtesy of simgapi.org)

Sigma Pi chooses to cut ties with the College, will act as an independent organization

By Colleen Murphy
Editor-in-Chief

After undergoing two investigations by the College this school year, the Theta Delta chapter of Sigma Pi fraternity chose to disassociate from the College in hopes “to achieve a higher level of accomplishment as an independent organization,” according to a press release that can be found on the fraternity’s Facebook page. In turn, the College revoked recognition of the fraternity from the school on Tuesday, March 29, according to College spokesperson Dave Muha.

“This decision was not arrived at lightly,” according to the Sigma Pi press release, which was published on Thursday, March 31. “In the past, the Theta-Delta chapter of Sigma Pi Fraternity has had a good and mutually beneficial relationship with The College of New Jersey and its Office of Student Life. The chapter pursued and achieved its goals year after year with great success. However, recent events have made it clear that The College of New Jersey is intent on becoming destructive of those ends and therefore it is our right and duty to abolish this relationship.” Continue reading

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Freschi and Combs win the top prize for their invention, Solar Divide.

Winners named at Mayo Business Plan Competition

By Megan Kelly
Staff Writer

Three groups of students at the College competed in the Mayo Business Plan Competition Finale on Wednesday, April 6, in the Library Auditorium at 7 p.m. The groups presented their ideas to a panel of judges that included notable alumni.

First place, along with $30,000, went to senior philosophy and physics double major Nic Freschi and senior physics major Cody Combs for their business idea called Solar Divide. The company specializes in retrofitting traditional photovoltaic solar energy panels with a transparent trough that would put wasted heat energy to good use. Continue reading

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Latenight construction has Wolfe residents howling

By Roderick Macioch
News Assistant

Residents of Wolfe Hall have had their sleep and study times disrupted, starting Monday, April 4, from 4:30 p.m. to midnight due to a construction project taking place behind the building. Barring any unexpected problems, work is expected to be completed by Friday, April 15, according to the College’s spokesperson Dave Muha.

The project “is a stormwater remediation project,” Muha said via email. “In the past several years, during heavy downpours, the College has experienced damaging floods to the Rec Center, and Travers (and) Wolfe. Consequently, we are installing a larger capacity underground stormwater system that can take the volume of water that runs off from the upper reaches of campus.” Continue reading

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Athletic Director Sharon Beverly steps down

By Pat McCarthy                                                                                     Correspondent

After two years at the College, Sharon Beverly has stepped down as athletic director and vice president for Student Affairs. Beverly was the fourth athletic director at the College and the first female to hold the position. She arrived on the campus after spending 10 years at Vassar College, where she held the same position, according to information provided by the College’s Athletic Department.

The campus community was notified that Beverly was stepping down from her position via an email sent out on Thursday, March 31, by Vice President for Student Affairs Amy Hecht. Hecht highlighted Beverly’s achievements and thanked her for all she has done for the College, while wishing her luck in the future on behalf of the campus community. Continue reading

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Lions Den set to close, undergo renovations

By Alyssa Sanford
Web Editor

Director of Dining Services Karen Roth, General Manager of Sodexo Patrice Mendes and Associate Provost for Liberal Learning and Curriculum Christopher “Kit” Murphy spoke before the Student Government (SG) general body on Wednesday, April 6, bookending a meeting that included a fervent debate over the possible passage of the Scientista Foundation at TCNJ.

To start off the meeting, Roth and Mendes answered questions about the upcoming closure and renovations to the Lions Den that will start on Monday, April 18, and wrap up by the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester. Continue reading

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Weeklong Finals Fest fully funded by SFB

By Roderick Macioch
News Assistant

During its weekly meeting on Wednesday, April 6, the Student Finance Board (SFB) approved funding for numerous events, ensuring a busy campus calendar as the semester begins to draw to a close.

The first proposed event was Student United Way’s “Agents of Change: The Change Starts with You!” The event will feature an appearance by nationally-recognized author and leadership consultant Joshua Fredenburg. Continue reading

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Lecturer stresses importance of career fulfillment

Urbanski explains the importance of loving your job. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)
Urbanski explains the importance of loving your job. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)

By Maxine Lopez
Correspondent

Students and faculty laughed, listened to each other’s stories and spoke about the things they loved and hated under the guidance of Chief Operating Officer (COO) of The Total Solutions Group, Director of Collegiate Empowerment and alum Joe Urbanski (’03), who hosted a lecture on “Preventing a Miserable Career” in the Library Auditorium on Wednesday, April 6.

Urbanski promised a high-energy program that would “not be like a normal lecture.” He did not disappoint the crowd as he asked the audience to participate in small activities and conversations to share their own insights on what was necessary to avoid what he calls a “D life.” Continue reading

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High school seniors attend Accepted Students Day

Potential students learn about the College’s clubs. (David Colby / Photo Assistant)
Potential students learn about the College’s clubs. (David Colby / Photo Assistant)

By Andrea Janiszewski
Correspondent

The College’s campus was recently filled with prospective students looking to find out if the College is the right fit for them. Accepted Students Day, which took place on Saturday, April 9, brought in admitted students and their families beginning at 9 a.m.

Upon arrival, guests walked into Loser Hall and were greeted by the College’s ambassadors. They then proceeded to registration and were able to take tours of the campus and attend interest sessions, despite the rain. Continue reading

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College counselor explains admissions process

The Office of Admissions reviews College applications from November to March. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)
The Office of Admissions reviews College applications from November to March. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)

By Tom Ballard
Opinions Editor

There is one thing that every student at the College has in common. Regardless of their geographical background, economic status or academic record, they were all, through some process, accepted to be a student at the College.

Behind the brick walls and white colonial columns of Paul Loser Hall, the College’s Office of Admissions recently worked to send out all general admissions letters to prospective students by its Friday, April 1, deadline.

The College’s nine admission counselors took on the task of reviewing the 11,818 applications the College received — a record number, according to Associate Director of Admissions Matt Middleton. Continue reading

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