Category Archives: Opinions

The Signal asks… How do you feel about campus construction?

Aniyyah Maney, sophomore accounting major.
Aniyyah Maney, sophomore accounting major.

“I wish they would stop building. I think all the buildings are fine. They just need Wi-Fi. They could knock down Forcina (Hall), I guess.”

Justin Brach, freshman finance and political science double major.
Justin Brach, freshman finance and political science double major.

 “I love campus construction. I think that the College is investing heavily into its students by providing more resources for students to live and learn in.”

Jeffrey Sabo, freshman computer engineering major.
Jeffrey Sabo, freshman computer engineering major.

“(Campus construction is) very annoying because you can hear it at night and it’s not pretty, either… I’m sure that it will look pretty when it’s done, but not now.”

Terry Schuh, freshman physics major.
Terry Schuh, freshman physics major.

 “I don’t think (the construction) looks attractive right now, but I think the College did a good job planning it out… I think it’s a necessary evil.”

The College is often joked to be the ‘The Construction of New Jersey.’  (Raphaëlle Gamanho / Cartoonist)
The College is often joked to be the ‘The Construction of New Jersey.’ (Raphaëlle Gamanho / Cartoonist)

Activists need to fight for green policies

People should protest the building of pipelines that hurt the environment. (Flickr)
People should protest the building of pipelines that hurt the environment. (Flickr)

By Gianna Melillo

President Barack Obama’s recent rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline construction is a decision that is sure to foster support among environmentally conscious Americans. The proposed 1,179-mile pipeline would have brought 800,000 barrels a day of “carbon-heavy petroleum” from oil sands in Canada to the Gulf Coast, according to the New York Times.

The decision came after a seven-year review of the project, which has sparked debate among those in favor of and against constructing the pipeline. This type of action on climate policy is seen as a step in the right direction, though instances such as this are far too infrequent to appease those who want to see more done politically for the environment. Continue reading

Starbucks opts for plain, red holiday cups. (AP Photo)

Starbucks starts frenzy over new holiday cups

Starbucks opts for plain, red holiday cups. (AP Photo)
Starbucks opts for plain, red holiday cups. (AP Photo)

By Chelsea LoCascio
Opinions Editor

Starbucks stole Christmas this year. The coffee company has changed its famous Christmas cups to just plain red. According to their website, Starbucks’ holiday cups aren’t just red, but an ombré that starts with a bright red that fades into a darker cranberry. As if this makes anything different, but, according to Starbucks, it does. Continue reading

The Signal asks… What woman should be on the $10 bill?

Farihah Shameem, freshman biology major.
Farihah Shameem, freshman biology major.

“Ellen DeGeneres because of what she does for people… She uses her platform for a good cause.”

Tyler Errico, junior mechanical engineering major.
Tyler Errico, junior mechanical engineering major.

“Eleanor Roosevelt. She was an interesting person and helped influence her husband a lot on his decisions.”

Emilie Kim, junior Spanish and biology double major.
Emilie Kim, junior Spanish and biology double major.

“Harriet Tubman. She was illiterate, but had a lot of power.”

Steven Rodriguez, senior history and philosophy double major.
Steven Rodriguez, senior history and philosophy double major.

“Sappho, a Greek female poet (and) one of the only ones (of that time). I think that’s a great figure.”

Some say that the Department of Treasury’s top choice for the $10 bill should be Beyoncé. (Raphaëlle Gamanho / Cartoonist)
Some say that the Department of Treasury’s top choice for the $10 bill should be Beyoncé. (Raphaëlle Gamanho / Cartoonist)

The Signal asks… How do you feel about the Wi-Fi on campus?

Cara Brenn, sophomore public health major.
Cara Brenn, sophomore public health major.

“I think it’s way too spotty. The (not having) Wi-Fi in the towers thing is a problem.”

Richard Marchese, junior elementary  education and iSTEM double major.
Richard Marchese, junior elementary
education and iSTEM double major.

“I’m really mad about the Wi-Fi. I live in Townhouse East… The signal itself is pretty strong. Once I’m connected to it, I have no problems.”

Jeremy Leon, junior computer engineering major.
Jeremy Leon, junior computer engineering major.

“I live in the townhouses. They continuously promise there will be Wi-Fi and there’s still no Wi-Fi. It’s the 21st century.”

Emma Hopkins, junior communication studies major.
Emma Hopkins, junior communication studies major.

 “I’m a (communication studies) major. Most of my classes are in Kendall (Hall) and we (don’t get) Wi-Fi in Kendall (Hall). When I was a freshman, I had to live in the towers. Now that I’m a junior, I’d expect (Wi-Fi since) I’m living in a better place, but the townhouses don’t have it either.”

Students get fed up with the College’s unreliable Wi-Fi around campus. (Raphaëlle Gamanho / Cartoonist)
Students get fed up with the College’s unreliable Wi-Fi around campus. (Raphaëlle Gamanho / Cartoonist)

Scientists should skip space and search seas

We need to explore Earth’s oceans before searching other planets. (AP Photo)
We need to explore Earth’s oceans before searching other planets. (AP Photo)

By Kevin Shaw

Space: the final frontier. Or is it? The continuing mission for “Star Trek’s” Starship Enterprise was to explore strange new worlds and seek out new life, but it didn’t have to travel thousands of lightyears to do so. There are strange new worlds and undiscovered life much closer to home. Rather than focusing on space, we should be exploring under the seas of our own little blue planet.

High resolution images from orbital and earthbound telescopes like Hubble, Kepler and the Palomar Observatory have recently sparked a major interest in space exploration. Big budget Hollywood films like “Interstellar,” “Gravity” and “The Martian,” as well as the recent revival of “The Cosmos” TV series, have only fanned the flames. Continue reading

The College’s C-store sells mostly junk food. (Sydney Shaw / News Editor)

College kids cannot eat a balanced diet

The College’s C-store sells mostly junk food. (Sydney Shaw / News Editor)
The College’s C-store sells mostly junk food. (Sydney Shaw / News Editor)

By Chelsea LoCascio
Opinions Editor

A college student’s fridge is a carb and sugar wasteland of frozen pizzas, leftover Chinese food and ice cream. If you’re lucky, you might find a half-rotten apple behind the case of beer.

No matter what anybody says, eating healthy during college is a near impossible feat. Between classes, studying, sleeping, working and trying to have a social life, there is not enough time in the day to consciously think about what you’re stuffing your face with between classes or right before you pass out from sleep deprivation. Continue reading

Students’ standardized test scores suffer

students taking tests
The PARCC exam is a topic of controversy. (AP Photo)

By Tom Ballard
News Assistant

The recent release of the New Jersey results for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam proved to be a failure for New Jersey students and teachers.

The PARCC is a controversial college and career readiness exam that was given to students for the first time earlier this year. The state now uses the exam in lieu of the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) and High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test children from elementary school to high school on their ability to apply their knowledge to concepts instead of demonstrating their retention of knowledge, according to the New Jersey Department of Education. Continue reading

The Signal asks… Should the sidewalk around the loop be completed?

Silas
Silas Rudderow, junior biomedical engineering major.

 

 

“I run around it a lot. Not that I need a sidewalk, (but) I think it would be beneficial.”

 

 

 

 

Val
Val Thomas, freshman nursing major.

 

 

“Absolutely.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew
Andrew Miller, senior computer science major.

 

 

 

“I walk around the loop… I don’t really need a sidewalk. (The College is) building so much anyway, so why not?”

 

 

 

 

 

Lauren
Lauren Vogel, sophomore communication studies major.

 

 

 

“Yeah, absolutely. One hundred percent because walking the loop is (an) enjoyable time… but it’s not a safe time.”


Without sidewalks, students fear getting hit by drivers while running the loop. Raphaëlle Gamanho / Cartoonist)
Without sidewalks, students fear getting hit by drivers while running the loop.
Raphaëlle Gamanho / Cartoonist)





Waylens’ dashboard cameras are a controversial topic in the tech world.
(Twitter)

Dashboard cameras add danger to driving

Waylens’ dashboard cameras are a controversial topic in the tech world. (Twitter)
Waylens’ dashboard cameras might become a distraction to drivers. (Twitter)

By Kelly Corbett
Social Media Editor

Have you ever been driving and wondered, “I wish I had a dashboard camera on the back of my car to record all the exciting and thrilling moments of my drive?”

Well, if you have, your dreams may soon be coming true. Recently in class, I was asked to look at current issues in technology and I took a look at the dashcam produced by Waylens.

What will this new technology allow us to do? Well, while we’re cruising down the road, this dashcam will let us record our drive to capture any of the amazing moments we have. But wait, there’s more. A steering wheel remote allows users to bookmark these exciting moments captured, which can then be uploaded through a smartphone app to social media.

Wow, does this mean I can post videos of me driving for all my friends to see and think I’m super cool? Yup.

OK, so I’m not bashing the dashcam completely. It’s a interesting concept and product, honestly. My problem with it is how we humans are going to make a trainwreck out of it. It’s a distraction, and unless you’re a professional race car driver, action movie star or Superman, I don’t think it’s a good idea to have this attached to your car. Continue reading

Dieters deem gluten-free as the newest trend

Gluten-free foods fill up grocery store shelves. (AP Photo)
Gluten-free foods fill up grocery store shelves. (AP Photo)

By Nicole Natale
Correspondent

Want to lose weight? Go gluten-free. Bloated and tired? It’s definitely that bagel you ate for breakfast this morning. These are the common explanations heard around campus for ailments that most likely have nothing to do with your gluten intake, yet going gluten-free has become the trendy thing to do.

According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, one in 133 Americans are afflicted with Celiac’s disease, which inhibits the stomach from being able to digest gluten. However, WebMD.com said that one in five Americans have completely cut gluten out of their diet. So why do people stop consuming gluten if they are not actually sensitive to it?

Hollywood seems to be overrun with gluten-free celebrities, blaming the protein composite for their weight gain or chronic pain. According to Shape, Jenny McCarthy is convinced it has contributed to her son’s autism and her sleep deprivation, while Gwyneth Paltrow claims it has contributed to her recent weight gain. This simply cannot be true. How have we been eating gluten for thousands of years, but only now it seems to be the main factor in all of our ailments?

For as long as I can remember, Sunday in my house has been carb day. Every Sunday morning, my mom prepares a fresh pot of sauce for a pasta dinner later that evening, while my father picks up a loaf of freshly baked Italian bread from the local bakery. Continue reading

People focus more on gifts than spending time with family on holidays. (AP Photo)

Consumerism tramples purpose of holidays

People focus more on gifts than spending time with family on holidays. (AP Photo)
People focus more on gifts than spending time with family on holidays. (AP Photo)

By Kelly Corbett
Social Media Editor

Well, it’ll soon be that time of year again. Happy holidays, folks. Time to trample a stranger to get the last Malibu Barbie doll on the shelf and wait on lengthy lines, almost as long as your rapidly growing credit card bill — all in preparation to pile up heaps of attractively wrapped presents for your loved ones.

And while many of us probably haven’t even thought about holiday shopping yet, the season has been marked on every retail store’s calendar for quite some time. If you work at a retail store, the Christmas season can seem like a beauty pageant where you have to sparkle and outshine the other contestants. Continue reading

The Signal asks… What is the best part of Halloween?

Ronda Chrone, freshman criminology major.
Ronda Chrone, freshman criminology major.

“I like decorating for it and dressing up. I like the decorations people (put up) around their houses.”

Brooke Lionetti, freshman open options business major.
Brooke Lionetti, freshman open options business major.

“Candy.”

Abhishek Shrinet, freshman biology major.
Abhishek Shrinet, freshman biology major.

“Candy. Definitely candy. I’d rather get free candy than go to a party.”

Eileen Hu, sophomore biology major.
Eileen Hu, sophomore biology major.

“There’s so many great things. Dressing up and being someone you’re not for a night.”

While people should have fun, they should be weary of offending others with their costumes. (Raphaëlle Gamanho / Cartoonist)
While people should have fun, they must be wary of offending others with their costumes. (Raphaëlle Gamanho/ Cartoonist)