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Established in 1885, it is one of the older student newspapers in the country, and among the oldest collegiate weeklies. Issues are published on Wednesdays during the Fall and Spring semesters, and are delivered to multiple campus locations including the TCNJ Library, Eickhoff Hall, the Brower Student Center and most academic buildings and residence halls. To learn more about The Signal and how you can participate, send an email to [email protected].

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Lethem has earned such notable honors as a MacArthur Fellowship in 2005, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for ...
04/09/2021
The challenges and joys of writing: an interview with ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ author Jonathan Lethem

Lethem has earned such notable honors as a MacArthur Fellowship in 2005, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his novel, “Motherless Brooklyn,” which was also named the Novel of the Year by “Esquire” and adapted to a feature-length film in 2019.

Jonathan Lethem is seemingly unstoppable. Over the past 30 years, the author has written on subjects ranging from science fiction to the civil rights movement, dystopias to noir, tough-talking kang…

It’s that time of year — March Madness has ended, baseball has begun and the azaleas on the Augusta National Golf Course...
04/09/2021
A preview into the upcoming Master’s Tournament

It’s that time of year — March Madness has ended, baseball has begun and the azaleas on the Augusta National Golf Course have blossomed. That’s right, it’s time for the Masters Tournament: a golf tradition unlike any other.

It’s that time of year — March Madness has ended, baseball has begun and the azaleas on the Augusta National Golf Course have blossomed. That’s right, it’s time for the Masters Tournament: a golf t…

“The Asian American Association aims to share Asian culture to all of TCNJ,” said Crystal Tran, the president of the AAA...
04/09/2021
The Asian American Association — a place to belong

“The Asian American Association aims to share Asian culture to all of TCNJ,” said Crystal Tran, the president of the AAA and a junior psychology major. “We aspire to spread awareness of Asian issues, current and historical, with all of our members.”

Recent events have left the Asian American community devastated. As fear and uncertainty linger, students on the College’s campus can turn to the Asian American Association (AAA) to have a place to…

“Most of the gatherings were happening outdoors and off campus, which our staff don't have oversight of. While CAs do po...
04/09/2021

“Most of the gatherings were happening outdoors and off campus, which our staff don't have oversight of. While CAs do policy enforcement, they aren't a substitute for students making good decisions and following the policies that were communicated multiple times before students came to campus,” said Tina Tormey, the director of residential education.

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#CAs #communityadvisors #residents #dorm #tcnj #students

Eundesigns was founded in 2019, when Olugbile was a sophomore at the College. She was inspired to create the account aft...
04/08/2021
Senior’s graphic design account serves as a portfolio and a business

Eundesigns was founded in 2019, when Olugbile was a sophomore at the College. She was inspired to create the account after learning that most professional graphic designers create online portfolios for networking and job opportunities.

A senior at the College and the creative mind behind @eundesigns, Eunice Olugbile is a public mass communications major with artistic ambition. Her Instagram account serves as an online portfolio, …

“Most of the gatherings were happening outdoors and off campus, which our staff don’t have oversight of. While CAs do po...
04/08/2021
Community Advisors adapt to Covid-19 policies, wavering student compliance

“Most of the gatherings were happening outdoors and off campus, which our staff don’t have oversight of. While CAs do policy enforcement, they aren’t a substitute for students making good decisions,”said Tina Tormey, the director of residential education.

Shari Goldberg has been a Community Advisor (CA) for five semesters. A mathematics urban secondary education major, she has seen the residential staff at the College shift from their original dutie…

“Creating granted me that sense of control the whole world had seemed to have lost all at once," said junior communicati...
04/07/2021

“Creating granted me that sense of control the whole world had seemed to have lost all at once," said junior communications major Grace Reynoso. "To be able to immerse myself in my expression not only helped me mentally, but I began to develop a portfolio that I was proud of.”

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#art #artists #business #creative #students #tcnj

“Creating granted me that sense of control,” said junior communications major Grace Reynoso. “To be able to immerse myse...
04/07/2021
Students use artistic endeavors as personal outlets

“Creating granted me that sense of control,” said junior communications major Grace Reynoso. “To be able to immerse myself in my expression not only helped me mentally, but I began to develop a portfolio that I was proud of.”

The past year has been difficult for everyone, but especially for creatives. With few outlets to express themselves and an even smaller amount of places to look to for inspiration, many students fo…

Lovato addresses her past struggles with addiction, an eating disorder, and relationship difficulties in a way that exem...
04/06/2021
Demi Lovato shows true vulnerability with ‘Dancing With The Devil… The Art Of Starting Over’

Lovato addresses her past struggles with addiction, an eating disorder, and relationship difficulties in a way that exemplifies her progress as an individual, and the lessons she’s learned throughout the past couple years.

One of my favorite songs on the album is “ICU (Madison’s Lullaby),” which is dedicated to her younger sister Madison De La Garza. The story of the song is what makes the track truly beautiful to me…

“Since we were not next to a physical team, we had to bring the energy ourselves,” swimmer, Nicki Meskin said. "Our coac...
04/05/2021
Monday Motivation: The women’s swim team

“Since we were not next to a physical team, we had to bring the energy ourselves,” swimmer, Nicki Meskin said. "Our coach would always say, ‘Push the last five yards even more because you have no idea if you’re neck and neck with the person next to you.’”

The women’s swim team has seen their season change in a plethora of ways due to Covid-19. Nevertheless, they dove into the uncharted waters brought on by the pandemic.

“Since we were not next to a physical team, we had to bring the energy ourselves,” senior physics and secondary educatio...
04/05/2021

“Since we were not next to a physical team, we had to bring the energy ourselves,” senior physics and secondary education dual major and swimmer Nicki Meskin said. "Our coach would always say, ‘Push the last five yards even more because you have no idea if you’re neck and neck with the person next to you.’”

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#collegesports #swimteam #tcnjathletics #womenssports #womensswimming

Reflecting on their different experiences, participants were able to discuss a wide variety of topics pertaining to race...
04/04/2021
Women’s Table Talk event commemorates Women of Color Day

Reflecting on their different experiences, participants were able to discuss a wide variety of topics pertaining to race, gender and sexuality within individual, societal and political realms.

Celebrating Women of Color Day on March 26, Women in Learning Leadership (WILL) hosted a virtual table talk with Union Latina, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, La Unidad Latina, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority a…

After a hectic year, March Madness brought flashes of normalcy: filling out the brackets, getting mad when your favorite...
04/01/2021
March Madness — back and more mad than ever

After a hectic year, March Madness brought flashes of normalcy: filling out the brackets, getting mad when your favorite team loses and rooting for the underdog to win it all. It’s relieving for the sports world to say once again, “this is March.”

After a hectic year, March Madness brought flashes of normalcy: filling out the brackets, getting mad when your favorite team loses and rooting for the underdog to win it all. It’s relieving for th…

“It’s a time to reflect on and celebrate accomplishments, and the progress we’ve made towards equality, while recognizin...
04/01/2021
Women today — from Women’s History Month to the pandemic

“It’s a time to reflect on and celebrate accomplishments, and the progress we’ve made towards equality, while recognizing the work that’s happening globally and supporting the women who continue it,” said Roshni Raji, the Women’s Center VP of operations.

Dr. Annmarie Nicolosi has been teaching at the College for over 20 years. She has seen women’s, gender, and sexuality studies (WGSS) grow into a department that teaches history, celebrates women an…

From the comforts of home, former commuters still find solace in the Commuter Collegiate Union (CCU), a group on campus ...
03/31/2021
Collegiate Commuter Union fights for commuter voices to be heard

From the comforts of home, former commuters still find solace in the Commuter Collegiate Union (CCU), a group on campus for those who may not live minutes away from campus and their academic courses.

Each week, commuter students would spend hours pre-pandemic getting to the College — long car rides, no parking spaces and gaps between classes becoming their personal soundtrack.

In two Instagram polls, The Signal asked students if their professors had marked Recharge Week on their calendars, and i...
03/30/2021
Recharge Week: 83% of polled students still given work, plus added confusion

In two Instagram polls, The Signal asked students if their professors had marked Recharge Week on their calendars, and if they had gone through with not assigning homework for the week.

Out of 626 respondents, 83% (518 students) said their professors still assigned homework during Recharge Week.

Intending to remedy this issue while also discouraging travel during the pandemic, President Foster announced in an email that a “Recharge Week” would take place from March 29 to April 2. She descr…

“Udderly Opinionated” is a podcast brought to you by two College roommates — where all they do is talk about milk. Full ...
03/29/2021
‘Udderly Opinionated’ is the punny student podcast you won’t want to miss

“Udderly Opinionated” is a podcast brought to you by two College roommates — where all they do is talk about milk. Full of puns, debates and taste tests, the podcast is not short on content. Each episode fresh and hilarious, keeps the topic of milk flowing.

“Udderly Opinionated” is a podcast brought to you by two College roommates — where all they do is talk about milk. Full of puns, debates and taste tests, the podcast is not short on content. Each e…

“Udderly Opinionated” is a podcast brought to you by two College roommates — where all they do is talk about milk. Full ...
03/29/2021

“Udderly Opinionated” is a podcast brought to you by two College roommates — where all they do is talk about milk. Full of puns, debates and taste tests, the podcast is not short on content. Each episode fresh and hilarious, the podcast keeps the topic of milk flowing.

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#tcnj #student #podcast #studentpodcast #funny #milk

Refreshing the narrative through an expanded look on who Stevenson was, any hopes to name a killer are equally as import...
03/28/2021
Who was Sigrid Stevenson? The victim of the unsolved Kendall Hall murder

Refreshing the narrative through an expanded look on who Stevenson was, any hopes to name a killer are equally as important as the person she lived and thrived as throughout her years. When looking at the echoes of the past, the people are more than names on a page, they are entire stories that represent the College’s history.

Sigrid Stevenson played piano with a fiery passion. After attending a play entitled “J.B.,” she stayed behind in the College’s Kendall Hall, hoping to get in some hours of practice four days before…

Refreshing the narrative through an expanded look on who Stevenson was, any hopes to name a killer are equally as import...
03/28/2021

Refreshing the narrative through an expanded look on who Stevenson was, any hopes to name a killer are equally as important as the person she lived and thrived as throughout her years. When looking at the echoes of the past, the people are more than names on a page, they are entire stories that represent the College’s history.

Click the link in our bio for the full story.

#investigation #kendallhall #murder #opencase #piano #sigridstevenson #tcnj #unsolved

“If you do get exposed to Covid, all of the vaccines will reduce your risk of developing severe disease or being hospita...
03/28/2021
Student Health Services addresses Covid-19 vaccine questions

“If you do get exposed to Covid, all of the vaccines will reduce your risk of developing severe disease or being hospitalized. So, whatever vaccine you’re offered when it’s your turn, you should take it,” said family nurse practitioner, Holly Heller.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 130 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in the U.S. as of March 25. As time passes and more people beco…

“If you do get exposed to Covid, all of the vaccines will reduce your risk of developing severe disease or being hospita...
03/28/2021

“If you do get exposed to Covid, all of the vaccines will reduce your risk of developing severe disease or being hospitalized. So, whatever vaccine you’re offered when it’s your turn, you should take it,” said family nurse practitioner, Holly Heller.

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#covidvaccine #covid_19 #tcnj #studenthealth #news #vaccine

“You cannot compare yourself to other people, ever, but especially in your twenties, because there is no right thing tha...
03/28/2021
Alumni Colleen Murphy enlightens the present by reflecting on her history

“You cannot compare yourself to other people, ever, but especially in your twenties, because there is no right thing that should be happening,” she said. “People have different life paths.”

From some of her happiest moments as a swimming coach to a writer for Health.com, Colleen Murphy has made her mark on the world. Upon graduating from the College in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts…

Created this past July, CS99TV specializes in fun sports challenges, games and trick-shot videos featuring both themselv...
03/28/2021
Student-run sports TikTok account is a hit among users

Created this past July, CS99TV specializes in fun sports challenges, games and trick-shot videos featuring both themselves and local athletes. The friends have rapidly built a following to share and explore their love of sports in a digital format.

When Covid-19 struck and quarantine was at its peak this summer, sophomore marketing major Adam Yu and hometown friend Robert Schweitzer took to TikTok to pass the time. Today, over 1.4 million fol…

"The film is exactly what I expected it to be, playing out like a Disney-esque movie musical with the addition of organi...
03/28/2021
‘A Week Away’ is a fun movie musical for young audiences

"The film is exactly what I expected it to be, playing out like a Disney-esque movie musical with the addition of organized religion and a less stimulating soundtrack," says Zoe Talbot, Staff Writer. "It definitely reads like any other YA musical."

“A Week Away” is exactly what I expected it to be, playing out like a Disney-esque movie musical with the addition of organized religion and a less stimulating soundtrack. It definitely…

"NF’s songs tend to fall into one of two categories: aggressive and theatrical rap performances, or heartfelt songs with...
03/28/2021
If you’re angry with the world, NF’s ‘CLOUDS’ is perfect for you

"NF’s songs tend to fall into one of two categories: aggressive and theatrical rap performances, or heartfelt songs with gentle choruses that tend to explore serious topics," says Jayleen Rolon, Staff Writer.

If you’re like me and you are gravitated to the more gentle side of the multifaceted artist NF, tracks like “PRIDEFUL” and “JUST LIKE YOU” will be your forte. If you love blasting angry music in th…

The College has considered the new data, but will not be implementing these guidelines according to Luke Sacks, Head Med...
03/28/2021
CDC changes social distancing guidelines for K-12 schools to 3 feet

The College has considered the new data, but will not be implementing these guidelines according to Luke Sacks, Head Media Relations Officer for the College.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed its social distancing guidelines for grades K through 12 on March 19. This comes after the CDC released studies showing that three feet …

“At the current rate vaccines are being distributed, this goal can be achieved by late 2021 or early 2022, however as th...
03/27/2021
OPINION: Covid vaccine: current and future status, accessibility

“At the current rate vaccines are being distributed, this goal can be achieved by late 2021 or early 2022, however as the United States seeks to increase distribution, this goal can possibly be achieved much earlier,” said Erich Kussman, Correspondent.

It has been over a year since the first lockdowns due to the Covid pandemic. For much of that time, there were feelings of hopelessness with many people asking if life would ever be the same. While…

After announcing the event, CUB Alt posted a signup sheet with limited spots. For the students who were able to snag a s...
03/27/2021
CUB Alt hosts virtual embroidery event

After announcing the event, CUB Alt posted a signup sheet with limited spots. For the students who were able to snag a spot, they didn’t have to worry about gathering materials — CUB Alt shipped kits with everything they would need right to their door.

CUB Alt hosted an exclusive virtual embroidery event on March 25 from 8 to 9 p.m. The event gave students a chance to destress in the midst of midterms.

Student Government voted to recognize the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology club and passed a bill ...
03/27/2021
SG votes to recognize club, passes bill addressing replacement of vacant positions

Student Government voted to recognize the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology club and passed a bill allowing for the ability to not replace members when positions become vacant.

Even though members of Student Government (SG) kept their general body meeting short on March 24, they had time to recognize a student organization and pass a bill that would address the appointmen…

One visitor from Wisconsin said, “We carry our masks around ... and if people look like they’re uncomfortable with us ar...
03/27/2021
Decreasing Covid-19 regulations leave popular spring break destinations in danger

One visitor from Wisconsin said, “We carry our masks around ... and if people look like they’re uncomfortable with us around, we’ll put one on. But otherwise, like I said where we come from, people are not required to wear them,” according to USA Today.

By Ariel SteinsaltzStaff Writer During the current spring break season, many people have traveled on airplanes despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to USA Today. Last Sunday marked 1…

“If you really want to trace back the history, it started when the first group of Asians came to this country,” said Dr....
03/27/2021

“If you really want to trace back the history, it started when the first group of Asians came to this country,” said Dr. Yifeng Hu, an associate professor of communication studies at the College, in a Zoom interview. “It’s nothing new.”

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#aapi #atlantashooting #racism #community #tcnj #news

“If you really want to trace back the history, it started when the first group of Asians came to this country,” said Dr....
03/27/2021
College AAPI community responds to recent rise in racist incidents after Atlanta shooting

“If you really want to trace back the history, it started when the first group of Asians came to this country,” said Dr. Yifeng Hu, an associate professor of communication studies at the College, in a Zoom interview. “It’s nothing new.”

Trauma reverberated in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community following an Atlanta shooting that left many horrified as a gunman opened fire on spas in the city and surrounding ar…

“A woman should be presumed telling the truth and should not be scapegoated and become victimized by her coming forward,...
03/27/2021
Biden weighs in on allegations against Gov. Cuomo

“A woman should be presumed telling the truth and should not be scapegoated and become victimized by her coming forward,” Biden said on the Cuomo allegations.

By Hailey RuaneStaff Writer On Feb. 24, Lindsey Boylan revealed that Andrew Cuomo had sexually harassed her, which led to multiple other women, including Cuomo’s executive assistant Alyssa McGrath,…

With many college students under the impression that they are eligible for direct payment of the new stimulus check, mos...
03/27/2021
Waiting for your stimulus check? Check your dependency status

With many college students under the impression that they are eligible for direct payment of the new stimulus check, most should check with their parents as the many college students are declared as dependents.

By Ashwin NarraCorrespondent On March 6, the Senate passed a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill that was cited by President Biden as “urgently needed,” according to the White House Website. The bil…

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