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The Signal The College of New Jersey's weekly student newspaper. Email us at [email protected] & visit our website at http://tcnjsignal.net.
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The Signal is The College of New Jersey’s award-winning student-run, student-produced weekly newspaper. 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].

Mission: To deliver campus and national news to The College of New Jersey community.

In collaboration with Lion’s Television, WTSR hosts Underground once a semester. The bands play three songs live in the ...
03/12/2020
Underground music scene captivates campus

In collaboration with Lion’s Television, WTSR hosts Underground once a semester. The bands play three songs live in the studio, where the audio is recorded for the radio 91.3 FM.

An inviting and electric atmosphere filled Kendall Hall as students piled in to watch the tri-state area’s most talented up-and-coming bands perform live.

OPINION: Wawa and Sheetz are both relatively affordable. However, Wawa’s quality and service are what sets it apart.
03/11/2020
Wawa vs. Sheetz: the great debate of the East Coast

OPINION: Wawa and Sheetz are both relatively affordable. However, Wawa’s quality and service are what sets it apart.

As a student-athlete who spent four weeks on campus during winter break while operating on a limited budget, I know the benefits of having a Wawa nearby. My teammates and I would go to the Wawa on …

The Cloud system will be updated, and the Roar app will be taken down, creating one central app for the College. Linked-...
03/11/2020
Student Government addresses coronavirus

The Cloud system will be updated, and the Roar app will be taken down, creating one central app for the College. Linked-In Learning is a website that should be utilized by students as it has lots of helpful information that pertains to all sorts of careers. If the resource is not used, it will be taken down.

Student Government swore in the speaker of the General Body and the senators of the Humanities and Social Sciences at their general body meeting on Wednesday, March 4.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, Ida B. Wells’ great granddaughter, Michelle Duster, came to prese...
03/11/2020
Great-granddaughter of renowned activist tells all

In honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, Ida B. Wells’ great granddaughter, Michelle Duster, came to present on how Wells’ courage has been passed down through her family.

She was an educator, a journalist, a businesswoman, an anti-lynching crusader, a suffragist and a leader. The patriarchy began clenching their fists at a woman with such increasing power, but Ida B…

King Krule and Black Lips are highlighted as some of the best new music this week.
03/11/2020
WTSR New Noise

King Krule and Black Lips are highlighted as some of the best new music this week.

This week, WTSR Music Director Dylan Lembo highlights some of the best new music that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.

EDITORIAL: We should take pride in finding time to relax and take care of ourselves instead of worrying that it makes us...
03/10/2020
Stress is not a competition

EDITORIAL: We should take pride in finding time to relax and take care of ourselves instead of worrying that it makes us seem less productive than our peers.

We’ve all been in this situation: it’s only Monday and you already have 55 pages to read for class tomorrow, two essays due this week and two exams to study for.Overwhelmed, you turn to our friends…

The Lions won the home opener with a score of  8-2 and look forward to building on this success.
03/10/2020
Lions pummel Plattsburgh State in home opener

The Lions won the home opener with a score of 8-2 and look forward to building on this success.

Despite being 0-4 to start the season, the baseball team won their home opener against Plattsburgh State on Saturday, March 7

“Love Is Blind” draws viewers into a fascinating experiment that forces them to question societal expectations, widen th...
03/10/2020
‘Love is Blind’ leaves viewers with heart eyes

“Love Is Blind” draws viewers into a fascinating experiment that forces them to question societal expectations, widen their perspectives and question what exactly defines love.

Delving into the romantic lives of thirty men and women, Netflix’s new reality series “Love Is Blind” explores an intriguing question— can you fall in love with someone you’ve never laid eyes on?…

“Beginning the Monday following Spring Break (March 23), and continuing for a period of two weeks, TCNJ will conduct all...
03/10/2020
Threat of coronavirus moves classes online for two weeks following spring break

“Beginning the Monday following Spring Break (March 23), and continuing for a period of two weeks, TCNJ will conduct all classes online,” Foster wrote. “While the campus will remain open, students are strongly encouraged to stay home.”

President Foster announced in a campus-wide email that classes will resume online for 2-weeks following spring break in a precautionary measure against an outbreak of coronavirus on Tuesday, March …

Davidson’s comedy proves to be better suited for the shorter and more pointed SNL skits rather than an hour-long stand-u...
03/09/2020
‘Alive from New York’ bores audience to death

Davidson’s comedy proves to be better suited for the shorter and more pointed SNL skits rather than an hour-long stand-up filled with awkward pauses.

Stepping out from his usual appearance behind Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” desk is clearly out of this comedian’s comfort zone.

“It was a very tough loss against a very good team,” said President Kathryn Foster, who was at the game. “I could not be...
03/09/2020
Ice hockey loses 3-2 in overtime in first round of regional tournament

“It was a very tough loss against a very good team,” said President Kathryn Foster, who was at the game. “I could not be more proud of our hockey players.”

In the first round of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Southeast Regional Tournament, the successful season for College’s club hockey team came to end as they lost 3-2 in overtime …

Pack light this spring break and save yourself the stress that traveling can bring.
03/09/2020
Campus Style: Smart packing for spring break

Pack light this spring break and save yourself the stress that traveling can bring.

Around this time of year, college students are hustling to find the perfect spring break destination. Spring break isn’t cheap, so after booking the flight and hotel, it may feel like you’re really…

From Via Ripa to Format War, the student bands gave students music to enjoy for the night.
03/09/2020
Student Band Night features alternative sound

From Via Ripa to Format War, the student bands gave students music to enjoy for the night.

Energy, enthusiasm and a mellow mood accompanied three passionate rock performances as each artist took the stage.

Avoid comparing your life to what you see on TV or online with these tips.
03/08/2020
Vital Signs: Tips to disconnect from an image-obsessed world

Avoid comparing your life to what you see on TV or online with these tips.

You know that voice inside your head that seems to pop up at all the wrong times — when you’re in front of a mirror, out to dinner with a group of people or before taking a risk? Yeah, the voice th…

OPINION: Being introverted has its perks, especially because you don’t need to be an extrovert to be succeed in life.
03/08/2020
Introverts are misjudged, underestimated

OPINION: Being introverted has its perks, especially because you don’t need to be an extrovert to be succeed in life.

The life of the party is a phrase that’s often used to describe extroverts. They’re people who appear to thrive in social settings and are perceived as friendly, outgoing and, many times, more like…

Holbert shared that what helps him deal with hard times is sharing his story with others and calling a friend to allevia...
03/08/2020
Comedian uses humor to share captivating recovery

Holbert shared that what helps him deal with hard times is sharing his story with others and calling a friend to alleviate what may be wearing him down.

Filling into the seats of the library’s auditorium, the audience prepared itself for an evening of reflection, emotion and laughter.

The new senators for the Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences, Business, Arts and Communication and Science were sw...
03/07/2020
SG elects speaker; approves new write-in policy

The new senators for the Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences, Business, Arts and Communication and Science were sworn in at the meeting, as well as senators who weren’t previously sworn in.

Andrew Leynes and Matthew Wund, the chair and the vice-chair of the Committee on Faculty Affairs (CFA), attended the Student Government general body meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 26 to give a presenta…

Spring training is already underway and Major League Baseball’s opening day is on Thursday, March 26.
03/07/2020
What to expect in the 2020 MLB season

Spring training is already underway and Major League Baseball’s opening day is on Thursday, March 26.

With teams reporting to spring training and the Houston Astros cheating scandal behind the league, it is finally baseball season. There have been many moves during the off-season that have caused t…

At the event, students were encouraged to sign over 1,000 printed letters provided by Amnesty International, which would...
03/07/2020
Students write for human rights across the globe

At the event, students were encouraged to sign over 1,000 printed letters provided by Amnesty International, which would be sent to government agencies across the world. The letters advocated for 10 specific people who were chosen by the organization and have been the target of blatant injustice.

Whether it be sexism, racism or any other form of discrimination, suppression of human rights is an unfortunate global reality. After hearing about these tragic events, Americans often feel powerle…

The current plan, ‘Bolder, Better Brighter,’ outlines a mission to “offer an unparalleled education in a vibrant, collab...
03/07/2020
Foster introduces future plans for College

The current plan, ‘Bolder, Better Brighter,’ outlines a mission to “offer an unparalleled education in a vibrant, collaborative, and inclusive community of learners who will make a distinct mark on the world,” according to the College’s website.

President Kathryn Foster’s plan is divided into three pillars: Diversify, Differentiate, and Matter More.

OPINION: The extreme level of talent and skill it takes to be a Major League Baseball player is one of the reasons why b...
03/06/2020
Spring brings the best sport — baseball

OPINION: The extreme level of talent and skill it takes to be a Major League Baseball player is one of the reasons why baseball is the best sport.

Most people think of spring as a time for vacationing, relaxing and cleaning. But when the season approaches, there’s only one thing I think of — baseball.

Throw the ingredients in a slow cooker and dinner will be ready to go when you get home from class.
03/06/2020
Lions’ Plate: Savory Pulled Pork

Throw the ingredients in a slow cooker and dinner will be ready to go when you get home from class.

I am sharing another slow cooker recipe this week because they are as easy as it gets. You can quickly toss everything in your slow cooker and leave for classes, and by the time you come home at n…

After a loss to Rowan University, the Lions look to return in the 2020-2021 season poised for a run at the NJAC title.
03/06/2020
Women’s basketball falls in NJAC semifinal game

After a loss to Rowan University, the Lions look to return in the 2020-2021 season poised for a run at the NJAC title.

The women’s basketball team was bested 82-62 by Rowan University in the first game of the New Jersey Athletic Conference semifinals on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

In an April 2008 issue, a staff writer suggested livening up this stressful time of year with a dorm-friendly pet.
03/06/2020
Classic Signals: Students share dorm with furry roommate

In an April 2008 issue, a staff writer suggested livening up this stressful time of year with a dorm-friendly pet.

Although spring break is coming up, many students are too overwhelmed to even think about it. Between midterms, projects and mid-semester progress reports, this time of year is difficult for any st…

“This show was literal genius,” said Dylan Sepulveda, a junior English major and actor in the production. “The script co...
03/05/2020
‘Love & Information’ lights up Kendall Hall

“This show was literal genius,” said Dylan Sepulveda, a junior English major and actor in the production. “The script could be random and abstract, just leaving a title of the scene to fill in its storyline. But then some parts were placed in order.”

The coffee shop was filled with dangling light bulbs, engaging stories and impressive improvisation.

In addition to fully funding “TCNJ’s Got Talent,” the board also fully funded both Junior and Senior Nights.
03/05/2020
SFB funds TCNJ’s Got Talent

In addition to fully funding “TCNJ’s Got Talent,” the board also fully funded both Junior and Senior Nights.

The Student Finance Board reviewed special appropriations requests from Student Government and the Indian Student Association (ISA), as well as the base budget for the Student Government Class of 2…

After starting the season 0-3, the Lions look forward to getting back on the field to redeem themselves.
03/05/2020
Baseball strikes out in tough start to season

After starting the season 0-3, the Lions look forward to getting back on the field to redeem themselves.

The men’s baseball team kicked off its season on the road this weekend against the 17th ranked Randolph-Macon College, getting off to a rocky start after dropping all three opening games to their o…

The TCNJ Orchestra performed an array of classical pieces in the first concert of the semester led by Professor Uli Spet...
03/05/2020
Orchestra concert strings together beautiful harmonies

The TCNJ Orchestra performed an array of classical pieces in the first concert of the semester led by Professor Uli Speth.

As the lights dimmed and the director walked onstage in Mayo Hall, the audience’s whispered chatter turned silent, waiting to hear the group of students begin their performance.

Photo by Jhon Beltran
03/05/2020

Photo by Jhon Beltran

CONTACT runs an on-campus phone line, as well as a chat room system, that is operated by students seven days a week from...
03/04/2020
Struggling students can now turn to a new CONTACT

CONTACT runs an on-campus phone line, as well as a chat room system, that is operated by students seven days a week from 8 am to 10 pm.

Those at the College who struggle with anxiety, depression or any other mental disorder now have another resource to turn to — CONTACT.

EDITORIAL: An ideal world of tolerance is one where two people with differing perspectives can discuss the other’s persp...
03/04/2020
Controversial topics require open discourse

EDITORIAL: An ideal world of tolerance is one where two people with differing perspectives can discuss the other’s perspective and subsequently learn more about that person and their point of view.

It’s not easy being a journalist. I have come to this conclusion after delving into a topic long-recognized as challenging by reporters: religion. I explored Hinduism as a conduit for an in-depth a…

“They left out the fact that there was a victim involved, and that something needed to be done for the victim. I think t...
03/04/2020
Frustration with racial bias incident sparks controversy

“They left out the fact that there was a victim involved, and that something needed to be done for the victim. I think they were more concerned that TCNJ wasn’t seen as the perpetrator,” Tian-na Green said. “I hate to say that, but that’s how it made me feel.”

When Tian-na Green submitted a bias incident report, she had faith that the Office of Student Conduct would have her back. But as the five-hour trial went on, she slowly sank into the feeling that …

The Lions won the NJAC Championship for the first time in 22 years.
03/04/2020
Men’s basketball ends 22-year NJAC slump

The Lions won the NJAC Championship for the first time in 22 years.

The last time the men’s basketball team won the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship, most of the players on this year’s roster were not even born yet. But on Saturday, Feb. 29, the Lions to…

In this year’s freshman class of 2023, 25 percent of students identified as being the first generation in their family t...
03/03/2020
First-generation students break boundaries

In this year’s freshman class of 2023, 25 percent of students identified as being the first generation in their family to go to college, according to an email from President Foster’s office.

When Ana Gutiérrez first immigrated to the United States three years ago, she was still learning English, and college wasn’t really on her mind. Now as a sophomore communications studies major, she…

Students that have decided to leave their study abroad programs and return home have received an email from the Director...
03/03/2020
College warns faculty of potential effects of coronavirus

Students that have decided to leave their study abroad programs and return home have received an email from the Director of Global Engagement, the Director of Health Services and the Associate Provost, requesting that they fill out a form with information about return flights, academic continuation plans and isolation periods.

As coronavirus continues to spread, The Center for Global Engagement has reached out to students and faculty abroad, inviting them to return home. Although 43 cases and six deaths have been reporte…

“For those who crossed paths with him, never forget that contagious smile. For those who were fortunate enough to have h...
03/03/2020
Campus mourns loss of college freshman

“For those who crossed paths with him, never forget that contagious smile. For those who were fortunate enough to have him touch their hearts on a daily basis, never let the memories go.”

It didn’t take much to make Matt Palmer happy. His best friends will never forget one day in particular when he greeted them with an ear-to-ear grin on his face. They asked why he was smiling so ha…

According to CNN, the sales of both electric and hybrid cars made up only 10 percent of the total car market in 2019 — t...
03/03/2020
Britain takes more aggressive action in fighting climate change

According to CNN, the sales of both electric and hybrid cars made up only 10 percent of the total car market in 2019 — the success of Britain’s new plan will require a complete upheaval of the current U.K. auto market.

Britain recently announced a more aggressive plan to combat the ever-increasing climate threat. The plan will grant the British government the power to ban petrol and diesel-fueled vehicles as earl…

03/02/2020
Students open up about eating disorder recovery

In honor of Eating Disorder Awareness Week, The Signal asked students to reflect on their journeys in an effort to de-stigmatize an issue that is so prevalent on college campuses.

TCNJ students share a look into their past and how eating disorders have affected their lives.

This buffalo chicken dip is a crowd pleaser for dinner with a big group of friends.
03/02/2020
Lions’ Plate: Buffalo Chicken Dip

This buffalo chicken dip is a crowd pleaser for dinner with a big group of friends.

While this recipe isn’t as healthy as the others I’ve shared, it is still the perfect dish to bring to a potluck with your friends or neighbors. Buffalo chicken dip is easy to make, transport and s…

The National Institute of Health states that up to 60 percent of college students suffer from the burden of sleepless ni...
03/02/2020
Vital Signs: How to combat insomnia

The National Institute of Health states that up to 60 percent of college students suffer from the burden of sleepless nights, of which almost 10 percent have characteristics of insomnia disorder.

Two things come to mind when you hear the word “insomnia” on campus: the delectably warm cookies from Campus Town’s treasured dessert hub or the not-so-great feeling of getting two, maybe three, ho…

“Locke and Key” satisfies viewers with mystery and fantasy that has them hooked from the start.
03/02/2020
‘Locke and Key’ brings fantasy, drama to Netflix

“Locke and Key” satisfies viewers with mystery and fantasy that has them hooked from the start.

The new Netflix original series, “Locke and Key,” lures viewers into a world of secret fantasy elements, with a mystery waiting to be solved. This supernatural drama series debuted Feb. 7.

OPINION: Hustle culture can damage one’s mental health by feeling pressured to constantly be working.
03/01/2020
Hustle culture is toxic to mental health

OPINION: Hustle culture can damage one’s mental health by feeling pressured to constantly be working.

In recent years, posts surrounding “the hustle” have taken over social media feeds. This content can range from a motivational post telling you that you’re ready to “crush the day” to college stude…

Officers responded to reports of intoxicated students at Wolfe Hall and Norsworthy Hall.
03/01/2020
Campus Police responds to drunk students

Officers responded to reports of intoxicated students at Wolfe Hall and Norsworthy Hall.

On Feb. 5 at approximately 1:45 a.m., Campus Police were dispatched to Wolfe Hall after receiving reports of an unconscious person.

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