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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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The Student Government Election Readiness Task Force hosted the “Where do we go from here: Politics and the Next Generat...
11/25/2020
‘Where do we go from here?’ event leaves open space for political discourse

The Student Government Election Readiness Task Force hosted the “Where do we go from here: Politics and the Next Generation” discussion on Wednesday, Oct 28.

The Student Government Election Readiness Task Force hosted the “Where do we go from here: Politics and the Next Generation” discussion on Wednesday, Oct 28. Moderated by Dr. Alex Garlick, professo…

Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) hosted its annual Relay for Life event virtualy this year over the course of a week in ord...
11/25/2020
Colleges Against Cancer hosts virtual ‘Relay for Life’

Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) hosted its annual Relay for Life event virtualy this year over the course of a week in order to accommodate health and safety guidelines.

From Nov. 9 to Nov. 14, Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) hosted its annual Relay for Life event, but this year the event looked differently than years past.

As the fall semester is just past the halfway point, nervous students are beginning to wonder: ‘will we be back on campu...
11/25/2020
Despite the raging pandemic, College freshmen are finding both academic and social comfort

As the fall semester is just past the halfway point, nervous students are beginning to wonder: ‘will we be back on campus for the spring semester?’

On Aug. 3, students of all classes woke up to yet another day in the time of the coronavirus pandemic. However, this was no ordinary day, as when students went on their daily email check, they rece…

OPINION: So many platforms connect people to networks of different interests. There is a rising number of apps specializ...
11/25/2020
Meeting friends online is a good life skill

OPINION: So many platforms connect people to networks of different interests. There is a rising number of apps specializing in connecting people, that the pandemic has only made more popular and normal.

Especially during quarantine, I’ve noticed a bit of a shift during the remote semester and not relying on a school setting to nurture old friendships and create new ones. But what people don’t real…

Alex Trebek, long-time host of the game show “Jeopardy!,” died at the age of 80 on Nov. 8 following a lengthy public bat...
11/25/2020
Alex Trebek dies at age 80

Alex Trebek, long-time host of the game show “Jeopardy!,” died at the age of 80 on Nov. 8 following a lengthy public battle with late-stage pancreatic cancer.

Alex Trebek, long-time host of the game show “Jeopardy!,” died at the age of 80 on Nov. 8 following a lengthy public battle with late-stage pancreatic cancer.

OPINION:  Going to the grocery store can be overwhelming, and it is a chore that few college students enjoy partaking in...
11/25/2020
Trader Joe’s— best value for College students

OPINION: Going to the grocery store can be overwhelming, and it is a chore that few college students enjoy partaking in. Instead of blowing off groceries and ordering Chinese takeout (again), stop by a different grocery store that you aren’t used to, like Trader Joe’s, for a fun and cheap grocery shopping experience.

It’s just another Sunday. You go to the refrigerator to make breakfast, but only to the gut-wrenching realization that you are once again, out of food. Going to the grocery store can be overwhelmin…

OPINION: Remote learning has made us question what we expect from our classes. The world of remote school has especially...
11/24/2020
Improving participation in remote courses and meetings is vital

OPINION: Remote learning has made us question what we expect from our classes. The world of remote school has especially shifted the dynamics of classroom instruction and the partnerships we create with peers and professors.

I look at these people, people I might have been able to become better acquainted with, could have grown friendships with or go to Eick with after class. At this point, it all just feels so frustra…

11/24/2020

Congratulations to our new spring 2021 Signal editorial board! We are so excited for this upcoming semester.

Editor-in-Chief: Lara Becker
Managing Editors: Len La Rocca and Ian Krietzberg
News Editors: Anthony Garcia and Rishi Shah
Features Editor: Kalli Colacino
Sports Editor: Liya Davidov
Arts and Entertainment Editor: Chelsie Derman
Opinions Editor: Mathias Altman-Kurosaki
Nation and World Editor: McKenzie Collins
Reviews Editor: Alycia Gilb
Social Media Editor: Gabriella Servis
Photo Editor: Darby VanDeVeen
Web Editor: Sterly Deracy
Business Manager: Jamie Cox
Video Editor: Marlea Maltz
Audeince Engagement Editor: Micaela Soler

The “Star Wars” series, now several episodes into its second season, is a space-western created by Jon Favreau that firs...
11/24/2020
What we’re watching on Disney+: ‘The Mandalorian’

The “Star Wars” series, now several episodes into its second season, is a space-western created by Jon Favreau that first premiered on Disney+ last November. The show, set five years after the events of “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi,” follows the adventures of the titular character, the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal), and his life as a lone bounty-hunter.

The “Star Wars” series, now several episodes into its second season, is a space-western created by Jon Favreau that first premiered on Disney+ last November. The show, set five years after the even…

The TCNJ Music Department held their first Virtual Tuesday Recital on Nov. 10.
11/24/2020
Music department holds virtual recital

The TCNJ Music Department held their first Virtual Tuesday Recital on Nov. 10.

The TCNJ Music Department held their first Virtual Tuesday Recital on Nov. 10. Normally Tuesday Recitals are performed live in Mayo Concert Hall, but due to the pandemic they have been moved to vir…

REVIEWS: “Alex Rider,” The IMDb TV adaptation of the famed book series written by Anthony Horowitz, has just been made a...
11/24/2020
‘Alex Rider:’ a pioneer of YA book adaptations

REVIEWS: “Alex Rider,” The IMDb TV adaptation of the famed book series written by Anthony Horowitz, has just been made available to stream in the US through Amazon Prime Video.

“Alex Rider,” The IMDb TV adaptation of the famed book series written by Anthony Horowitz, has just been made available to stream in the US through Amazon Prime Video.

Holly Black, a No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, best known for co-writing "The Spiderwick Chronicles" got her s...
11/24/2020
TCNJ Alumni In The Arts: Holly Black

Holly Black, a No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, best known for co-writing "The Spiderwick Chronicles" got her start at The College, and is an alumni of the graduating class of 1994.

Holly Black is a No. 1 New York Times best-selling author. She is best known for penning, alongside Tony DiTerlizzi, “The Spiderwick Chronicles” — a renowned children’s fantasy series that began in…

EDITORIAL: Time is a friend you’re stuck with. Whether it’s fate, destiny or a worldwide catastrophe, I think it’s best ...
11/24/2020
Time is not linear — and that’s okay

EDITORIAL: Time is a friend you’re stuck with. Whether it’s fate, destiny or a worldwide catastrophe, I think it’s best not to fight it — and just see where you land.

We are told that the ticking clock on the wall is an unchanging, constant fixture in our lives. It sits there, clicking its heels, and moving us bit by bit through a day, a month, a year. It takes …

The swim season can be grueling. Days normally start around 6 a.m. and end either at 5 p.m., or whenever our last class ...
11/23/2020
Motivation can be found without competition

The swim season can be grueling. Days normally start around 6 a.m. and end either at 5 p.m., or whenever our last class lets out. However, after a few weeks out of the water, there was a common feeling among our team: we missed the pool.

The lights of the Rutgers University natatorium seemed to be shining brighter than ever on the last night of the Metropolitan Conference Championships. I stepped up on the starting block to swim th…

EDITORIAL: My time in quarantine has been a bit different than most people my age. Instead of picking up a new hobby or ...
11/23/2020
Despite a heartbreaking year, hope is always present

EDITORIAL: My time in quarantine has been a bit different than most people my age. Instead of picking up a new hobby or taking a break from work, I tried to wade through the unknown territory of running the College’s newspaper and its staff through the summertime.

This year hasn’t been easy. I’ve spoken with countless amounts of people who’ve lost their loved ones from a virus that has crushed the nation’s soul. I would wake up early and stay up late t…

The Directors of National Intelligence (DNI) and FBI have announced that the countries of Iran and Russia were engaging ...
11/23/2020
Director of National Intelligence, Federal Bureau of Investigation Suggest Iran and Russia Behind Election Interference Operations

The Directors of National Intelligence (DNI) and FBI have announced that the countries of Iran and Russia were engaging in election interference and voter intimidation operations in an effort to sway the 2020 election.

The Directors of National Intelligence and the FBI stated that Iran and Russia were engaging in voter intimidation tactics related to the 2020 Presidential election.

Dr. Miriam Shakow’s Anthology 246 class is different from an average college course. Instead of the focus on studying, t...
11/23/2020
Environmental groups at TCNJ strive for change

Dr. Miriam Shakow’s Anthology 246 class is different from an average college course. Instead of the focus on studying, tests and homework, students learn to get active and make a difference in campaigns that tackle major environmental problems.

Dr. Miriam Shakow’s Anthology 246 class is different from an average college course. Instead of the focus on studying, tests and homework, students learn to get active and make a difference in camp…

The U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) increased by its highest margin ever in the third quarter as the economy emerged f...
11/23/2020
US GDP increases to record high as economy reopens following spring lockdown

The U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) increased by its highest margin ever in the third quarter as the economy emerged from a near-total lockdown of the economy to stop the spread of the Covid-19.

The US GDP soared at its fastest pace ever recorded, aided by the reopening of many economic sectors from a spring lockdown earlier this year.

EDITORIAL: Like every other aspect of life in the past eight months, the pandemic is shifting how we will celebrate holi...
11/23/2020
Holidays won’t be the same this year — and we’ll have to deal with it

EDITORIAL: Like every other aspect of life in the past eight months, the pandemic is shifting how we will celebrate holidays this year — which is disappointing, to say the least. However, at the end of the day, this is a sacrifice we have to make.

The holiday season is my favorite time of year — the cheer, food and time spent with friends and family is something that can’t be beaten. Normally, I spend the months of November to December sprin…

Several European countries are raising their terrorism threat levels significantly following a string of attacks in Fran...
11/22/2020
Europe on Edge as terrorist attacks swamp continent

Several European countries are raising their terrorism threat levels significantly following a string of attacks in France and Austria that have left several dead and wounded.

European countries are raising their terror threat levels to their highest in years following a string of violent attacks across major European Cities.

REVIEWS: The comedy actors’ boundary-pushing style paired with the controversial and wildly hilarious plot mixed to crea...
11/22/2020
‘Borat 2’ is a remarkable commentary about the U.S. political scene

REVIEWS: The comedy actors’ boundary-pushing style paired with the controversial and wildly hilarious plot mixed to create more than a funny movie, but a commentary on the status of American politics and culture.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s new movie “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” was a great success. The revival of the Kazakhstani reporter’s over-the-top, real-life scenarios was timely given the current condition of…

Due to the pandemic, many students are finding creative ways to spend their Thanksgiving without being able to see other...
11/22/2020
Students share how they plan to celebrate Thanksgiving break amidst pandemic

Due to the pandemic, many students are finding creative ways to spend their Thanksgiving without being able to see others in person.

Many students at the College have been in quarantine, or at least living with adapted routines, since the initial Covid-19 shutdown in March. As the end of the year approaches, holidays and family …

The School of Business virtually hosted their monthly business leaders talk on Nov. 5: a one-hour seminar open to all st...
11/17/2020
School of Business holds virtual leaders talk

The School of Business virtually hosted their monthly business leaders talk on Nov. 5: a one-hour seminar open to all students from the College.

The School of Business virtually hosted their monthly business leaders talk on Nov. 5: a one-hour seminar open to all students from the College.

Have you made plans for Thanksgiving, yet? Here are some tips and tricks from public health officials to make sure you a...
11/17/2020
Vital Signs: Planning your COVID-19 Thanksgiving

Have you made plans for Thanksgiving, yet? Here are some tips and tricks from public health officials to make sure you and your family stay safe and healthy during this holiday seasn.

We’ve had to reschedule, postpone and recreate many experiences lately. As Thanksgiving approaches, public health officials have a few tips for families to safely celebrate the holiday:

Ariana Grande released her sixth studio album, “Positions,” on Friday, Oct. 30. With this album, Grande has finally esta...
11/17/2020
Ariana Grande is switching up ‘Positions’ in her new album

Ariana Grande released her sixth studio album, “Positions,” on Friday, Oct. 30. With this album, Grande has finally established her authentic sound and tone — it reflects her and her taste through superior vocals, storylines and emotional messages.

Ariana Grande released her sixth studio album, “Positions,” on Friday, Oct. 30. Following her lead single by the same name a week earlier, she released a total of 14 tracks. With this album, Grande…

Six students from the College spoke at this year's Stigmonolugues to discuss their experiences with mental health.
11/16/2020
At annual Stigmonologues, students find power in vulnerability

Six students from the College spoke at this year's Stigmonolugues to discuss their experiences with mental health.

Uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure are words held by Dr. Brenè Brown when speaking about vulnerability. The mental health supervising peer educators held Stigmonologues virtually for the firs…

For our final Lion's Plate recipe this semester,  we bring to you a delicious Sweet Apple Pie recipe that you can share ...
11/16/2020
Lions Plate: Sweet Apple Pie

For our final Lion's Plate recipe this semester, we bring to you a delicious Sweet Apple Pie recipe that you can share with your family this holiday season.

In my household, there was always a debate on Thanksgiving about apple and pumpkin pie. For my final recipe of the semester, I am sharing a delicious apple pie recipe. Unlike the pumpkin, the apple…

EDITORIAL: Seasonal depression is more common than you’d think, especially during the fall or winter, and shouldn’t be s...
11/16/2020
Students can take steps to combat seasonal depression

EDITORIAL: Seasonal depression is more common than you’d think, especially during the fall or winter, and shouldn’t be swept under the rug.

For many students, including myself, the weeks can bleakly start to bleed together as the fall and winter seasons kick in. Some days you truly can’t bring yourself to write that discussion post or …

Senior fine arts majors Lily Gilston, Sarah Valente, Halle Luttrell, Lucia Gardiner, Addison Cooper and Shelly Crooz pre...
11/16/2020
Senior fine arts majors present in-person show

Senior fine arts majors Lily Gilston, Sarah Valente, Halle Luttrell, Lucia Gardiner, Addison Cooper and Shelly Crooz presented their session one solo exhibitions by shining them through AIMM’s windows for an outdoor event.

“We have put our hearts into our work and putting these shows together,” Gilston said. “What I love about the community of artists I’ve found at TCNJ is that we honor our differences, and we’re abl…

The show epitomized the diversity of work in the art program — from photorealistic painters to printmakers, mixed media ...
11/15/2020
Senior fine arts majors present in-person show

The show epitomized the diversity of work in the art program — from photorealistic painters to printmakers, mixed media and performance, Gilston described this as the perfect October night.

“We have put our hearts into our work and putting these shows together,” Gilston said. “What I love about the community of artists I’ve found at TCNJ is that we honor our differences, and we’re abl…

The virtual tour proved to be a success. Riordan shared that CUB’s goal is to get students involved during their years a...
11/15/2020
CUB hosts star-studded virtual tour

The virtual tour proved to be a success. Riordan shared that CUB’s goal is to get students involved during their years at the College, and with Covid-19, the board had to adapt to the challenge to accommodate safe, virtual events.

Last Wednesday, the College’s Union Board (CUB) finished out the “On Your Campus Virtual Tour,” a five-night series of online events headlined by popular artists and comedians. The celebrity headli…

The removal of spring break will impact the community aspect of the College and the academic experiences of students. Ho...
11/15/2020
Students react to ‘Spring Flex Plan,’ removal of spring break

The removal of spring break will impact the community aspect of the College and the academic experiences of students. However, due to the prolonged quarantine, many students are eager to return to campus in any form, regardless of the compromises that are being made.

As a result of the projected plan to open campus in the spring, the College community is adjusting their academic and social plans for next semester. In an effort to limit the potential cases of Co…

In honor of Mr. Potter, the Weasleys, our favorite know-it-all Hermione Granger and the whole Hogwarts gang, let’s make ...
11/15/2020
Lions’ Plate: Harry Potter and the ‘Butterbeer’ cookies

In honor of Mr. Potter, the Weasleys, our favorite know-it-all Hermione Granger and the whole Hogwarts gang, let’s make the famous “Butterbeer” cookies.

Can you believe that the very first Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” was released in theaters 19 years ago this week? That’s right: the first film of the global fr…

With notifications turned on for Trump’s tweets, Kearney was ready to criticize the president at a moment’s notice.
11/15/2020
Blocked by the president: how one alumnus got under Trump’s skin

With notifications turned on for Trump’s tweets, Kearney was ready to criticize the president at a moment’s notice.

For a moment, on his flight aboard Air Force One from Puerto Rico to Washington D.C., President Trump’s focus wasn’t on rebuilding after Hurricane Maria — it was on blocking a student from The Coll…

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