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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.

College President Kathryn Foster addresses the alumni who responded with dissapointment and a charge for action to her J...
06/15/2020
Letter to the Editor: President Foster responds to dissatisfaction from alumni

College President Kathryn Foster addresses the alumni who responded with dissapointment and a charge for action to her June 1 campus wide email regarding the Black Lives Matter movement.

College President Kathryn Foster reacts to backlash from alumni regarding administration’s response to the death of George Floyd.

“Black Lives Matter. We see you and we stand with you. We stand united as alumni of the College of New Jersey that Black...
06/15/2020
Letter to the Editor: Alumni stand with Black Lives Matter movement

“Black Lives Matter. We see you and we stand with you. We stand united as alumni of the College of New Jersey that Black Lives Matter, and that we need to enact change to end white supremacy. This is a call from your alumni to do more. This is a call for action by the administration in shaping this school. This is a call for transparency.”

Black Lives Matter. We see you and we stand with you. We stand united as alumni of the College of New Jersey that Black Lives Matter, and that we need to enact change to end white supremacy. This i…

Before March 12, Craig Hollander had never called out sick from work. Nearly a week later, he found himself being one of...
06/13/2020
Students, faculty continue to struggle with coronavirus — but not without resiliency

Before March 12, Craig Hollander had never called out sick from work. Nearly a week later, he found himself being one of the first positive cases of COVID-19 in the state.

Before March 12, Craig Hollander had never called out sick from work. Nearly a week later, he found himself being one of the first positive cases of COVID-19 in the state.

The College released its ‘Campus Pulse’ survey on Thursday June 11, of which showed stark differences in the responses o...
06/13/2020
College releases ‘Campus Pulse’ survey: what you need to know

The College released its ‘Campus Pulse’ survey on Thursday June 11, of which showed stark differences in the responses of African Americans and other races/ethnicities, with African American respondents reporting feelings of exclusion and unfair treatment. Meanwhile, the College noted that “overall, students reported TCNJ as being welcoming, friendly and a place where they can fulfill their potential.

The College released the anonymous “Campus Pulse” survey results on Thursday, June 11, through a campus-wide email sent by newly-appointed Vice President for Equity and Inclusion James Felton III. …

Residents throughout New Jersey traveled to Asbury Park and held a protest on June 1 calling for police accountability a...
06/12/2020
Students stand against police brutality in Asbury Park protest

Residents throughout New Jersey traveled to Asbury Park and held a protest on June 1 calling for police accountability and racial equality in response to the George Floyd killing.

Residents throughout New Jersey traveled to Asbury Park and held a protest on June 1 calling for police accountability and racial equality in response to the George Floyd killing.

06/09/2020

On June 1, and 5 the residents of Asbury Park peacefully protested for racial equality and the end of police brutality in response to the death of George Floyd.

Starting June 22, contactless outdoor organized sports will be given the green light and can resume practices and games....
06/09/2020
Non-contact outdoor sports to return to New Jersey

Starting June 22, contactless outdoor organized sports will be given the green light and can resume practices and games. Murphy later clarified that this would include college and high school sports as well.

With the arrival of June, New Jersey residents are preparing for an unorthodox summer. Events and social gatherings are still limited and social distancing measures are still being implemented — an…

The College has decided to temporarily allow student organizations to raise money for causes they feel passionate about ...
06/08/2020
College makes temporary policy changes, allows fundraising for Black Lives Matter movement

The College has decided to temporarily allow student organizations to raise money for causes they feel passionate about after a change.org petition with over 3,000 signatures was called to College President Katherine Foster's attention for students to raise money for the Black Lives Matter movement.

While police brutality is resonating with many after the murder of George Floyd, student organizations have felt halted in their attempts to fundraise for Black Lives Matter due to a College policy…

“Is that all? Is that all you have to say? ‘Too many in our country?’ You are one of them,” said rising junior Seva Gala...
06/05/2020
College’s response to death of George Floyd leaves students dissatisfied

“Is that all? Is that all you have to say? ‘Too many in our country?’ You are one of them,” said rising junior Seva Galant when addressing College President Kathryn Foster.

Zane Thompson-Bradley broke down as he tried to speak. In the video call with over a hundred other participants, silence remained on every other end. “I have to risk my life just to voice my opinio…

06/01/2020

To the campus community,

In the wake of George Floyd’s death, many students from the College have taken to social media to stand in solidarity with those facing discrimination and violence. Other students have faced mounting prejudice themselves. As a news organization reporting information of our campus community, our goal and responsibility is to reflect the emotions, experiences and struggles our community faces. We would like to hear from you. To those who would like to speak up and share their sentiments, we encourage you to write an op-ed piece and send it to [email protected]. While The Signal is a place to find reliable information regarding the College, it is also a place to both listen and be heard — a place we intend to provide for our campus community during this time. So feel free to join in on the conversation and let your voice be heard. We are ready to listen.

Sincerely,
Camille Furst
Editor-in-Chief

05/31/2020
REVIEW: Carly Rae Jepsen released “Dedicated Side B,” the follow-up album to her popular 2019 release, “Dedicated,” on M...
05/30/2020
Carly Rae Jepsen surprises fans with ‘Dedicated Side B’

REVIEW: Carly Rae Jepsen released “Dedicated Side B,” the follow-up album to her popular 2019 release, “Dedicated,” on May 21.

Carly Rae Jepsen released “Dedicated Side B,” the follow-up album to her popular 2019 release, “Dedicated,” on May 21, rather unexpectedly. Jepsen had not released any promotional singles in conjun…

REVIEW: The American coming-of-age comedy-drama series “Never Have I Ever,” created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, str...
05/30/2020
While entertaining, ‘Never Have I Ever’ been able to relate

REVIEW: The American coming-of-age comedy-drama series “Never Have I Ever,” created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, streamed on Netflix on April 27 and has boomed with popularity.

The American coming-of-age comedy-drama series “Never Have I Ever,” created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, streamed on Netflix on April 27 and has boomed with popularity.

Gov. Phil Murphy made an announcement on May 14, according to NJ.com, to reopen New Jersey beaches, beginning the proces...
05/30/2020
Gov. Murphy begins process of re-opening state amid coronavirus pandemic

Gov. Phil Murphy made an announcement on May 14, according to NJ.com, to reopen New Jersey beaches, beginning the process of re-opening the state to its “new normal.”

Gov. Phil Murphy made an announcement on May 14, according to NJ.com, to reopen New Jersey beaches, beginning the process of re-opening the state to its “new normal.” The order went into effect on …

Seton Hall is the first university in New Jersey to announce that it will be opening its campus for the Fall 2020 semest...
05/30/2020
Seton Hall University will open its campus for fall 2020; College still undecided

Seton Hall is the first university in New Jersey to announce that it will be opening its campus for the Fall 2020 semester amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Seton Hall University announced on May 22 that its doors will open in the fall for a hybrid, flexible (“HyFlex”) plan that offers both in-person and online instruction, according to an announcement…

Despite having to make the switch to online learning, summer courses appear to be keeping a consistent number of student...
05/29/2020
Students continue to enroll in summer courses despite online instruction

Despite having to make the switch to online learning, summer courses appear to be keeping a consistent number of students enrolled.

With lower prices per class and in an effort to lighten up their coursework for future semesters, students continue to add online classes from the College to their summer schedules.

The College announced on May 4 that a new theatre minor is available once again to interested students, returning to the...
05/27/2020
Theatre minor returns to the College by student demand

The College announced on May 4 that a new theatre minor is available once again to interested students, returning to the College after its original introduction in the early 2000s.

The College announced on May 4 that a new theatre minor is available once again to interested students, returning to the College after its original introduction in the early 2000s.

The College has begun adapting to the new nationally-mandated Title IX policies released on May 6 by Secretary of the De...
05/26/2020
College responds to updated Title IX policies

The College has begun adapting to the new nationally-mandated Title IX policies released on May 6 by Secretary of the Department of Education Betsy DeVos.

The College has begun adapting to the new nationally-mandated Title IX policies released on May 6 by Secretary of the Department of Education Betsy DeVos. The new policies include creating a narrow…

Through the hard work of deans, class cabinet members, student leaders and others, a virtual experience was created in t...
05/26/2020
Class of 2020 rings virtual graduation bells

Through the hard work of deans, class cabinet members, student leaders and others, a virtual experience was created in the spirit of togetherness from afar.

In a time of grave uncertainty, academia knows one thing for sure: the College’s class of 2020 deserves a celebration. Pomp, circumstance and champagne were all in order for these historic graduate…

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused isolation upon thousands of students, forcing some to acknowledge their mental health m...
05/23/2020
National Mental Health Month takes on new meaning in quarantine

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused isolation upon thousands of students, forcing some to acknowledge their mental health more than they would have before.

The end of the semester has finally arrived –– a time when most students relax and unwind in the increasingly warm weather. But due to the active pandemic, students can’t enjoy the luxury of going …

On Tuesday, May 19, @TheCollegeofNewJersey announced it will implement a testing-optional policy for first-year applican...
05/23/2020
College implements testing-optional admissions policy amid outbreak

On Tuesday, May 19, @TheCollegeofNewJersey announced it will implement a testing-optional policy for first-year applicants for the next three years, due to the coroavirus outbreak.

In response to the active coronavirus outbreak and its effects on standardized testing for high school students, the College announced on Tuesday, May 19, that it would implement a testing-optional…

OPINION: Trying to decide if you should take an internship or not? Here’s an article with all tips and tricks that can h...
05/22/2020
Paid or unpaid, internships open doors to full-time jobs

OPINION: Trying to decide if you should take an internship or not? Here’s an article with all tips and tricks that can help you in the long run.

In a job market prioritizing workplace experience, internships are the golden ticket to securing credentials and providing an insight into career interests.

REVIEW: Looking for new music to listen to? Check out this article for a breakdown of Paramore's lead singer, Hayley Wil...
05/22/2020
Paramore singer launches strong solo project with ‘Petals for Armor’

REVIEW: Looking for new music to listen to? Check out this article for a breakdown of Paramore's lead singer, Hayley Wiliams', new solo album 'Petals for Armor.'

Hayley Williams, the lead singer of the pop-punk band Paramore, thrilled fans with the release on May 8 of her full-length solo album, “Petals for Armor.”

Has the COVID-19 pandemic affected you in anyway? The Signal wants to know! Fill out this survey and tell us how you fee...
05/20/2020
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Has the COVID-19 pandemic affected you in anyway? The Signal wants to know! Fill out this survey and tell us how you feel!

Create a new survey on your own or with others at the same time. Choose from a variety of survey types and analyze results in Google Forms. Free from Google.

With the help of an $8 million state bond, the College went into phase three of the STEM complex project and renovated t...
05/19/2020
Armstrong Hall’s renovations receive mixed reviews from students

With the help of an $8 million state bond, the College went into phase three of the STEM complex project and renovated the School of Engineering’s Armstrong Hall.

While some students like junior mechanical engineering major Lauren Desimone believe the renovations “went really well,” others, like senior computer engineering major Paul Brodhead, feel that “it …

Time away from the College has led students to recognize how much the College has to offer, and has left many missing th...
05/17/2020
Finishing up the year, students share what they miss most

Time away from the College has led students to recognize how much the College has to offer, and has left many missing the things they thought they never would.

The end of the school year is always bittersweet, but with the circumstances of COVID-19, it’s feeling more bitter than it does sweet for many. Even through the struggles, students at the College h…

Eligible students at the College will be receiving checks from $500 to $2,500 through the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Eco...
05/17/2020
College provides financial relief to students through CARES Act

Eligible students at the College will be receiving checks from $500 to $2,500 through the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Read more to find out if you are eligible to receive a CARES Act check.

As direct deposits began hitting bank accounts, working-class Americans let out a sigh of relief. College students claimed as dependents, however, were excluded from the immediate federal aid.

Some students requested to stay on campus for either personal and health-related reasons, such as lack of WiFi or fear o...
05/14/2020
International students struggle with obstacles from travel, housing

Some students requested to stay on campus for either personal and health-related reasons, such as lack of WiFi or fear of infecting family members. Check out this video TCNJ Lions Television made about TCNJ travel and dorm restrictions during COVID-19! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj9KOmKJ7xY&t=15s

The COVID-19 pandemic forced college campuses to close amidst stay-at-home orders worldwide, including the College, which closed in mid-March. But for some students, the College was a better altern…

Students aren't the only ones having trouble with online classes, many professors have now voiced their opinions on teac...
05/11/2020
Professors voice opinions on virtual learning

Students aren't the only ones having trouble with online classes, many professors have now voiced their opinions on teaching classes, via zoom, as well.

When sociology professor at the College Diane Bates reflected on her experience teaching an online class at another institution prior to quarantine, she recalled finding many red flags in the proce…

With Covid-19 forcing the College to close, many students have had to deal with living with their families while still d...
05/08/2020
Self-isolation puts family ties to the test

With Covid-19 forcing the College to close, many students have had to deal with living with their families while still doing online schooling.

When the COVID-19 pandemic caused the College to close its campus and move classes online, students discovered these challenges along with many more. On top of normal studious habits, many are now …

Though many student organizations cannot function preoperly online, they are still determined to stay connected with eac...
05/07/2020
Student organizations struggle to maintain normalcy online

Though many student organizations cannot function preoperly online, they are still determined to stay connected with eachother during this hard time.

Almost every student at the College has been immersed in student organizations — but when the global pandemic forced the College to shut down for the rest of the school year, organizations that dep…

REVIEW: Looking for new music during this pandemic? Check out this article on a local band who just released an EP featu...
05/06/2020
Format War delivers with haunting new EP, ‘Demo’

REVIEW: Looking for new music during this pandemic? Check out this article on a local band who just released an EP featuring "slowcore" songs with a subgenre of indie and alternative rock!

People across the nation continue to self-isolate to slow the spread of COVID-19. But for Format War, a local student band, self-isolation has been dedicated to doing what they love most — making m…

“They are populating the gallery’s social media feeds with posts about art, artists, museums, movies and DIY projects th...
05/06/2020
Art department draws inspiration from quarantine

“They are populating the gallery’s social media feeds with posts about art, artists, museums, movies and DIY projects that they find interesting or inspiring.”

Unable to exhibit artists in the College’s art gallery in the Art and Interactive Multimedia building, director Margaret Pezalla-Granlund is finding new ways to keep the artwork alive.

“I’m glad that through this period of uncertainty and chaos, we are able to still come together and make music, albeit v...
05/05/2020
Cancel concerts do not phase music majors

“I’m glad that through this period of uncertainty and chaos, we are able to still come together and make music, albeit virtually.”

Two months ago, the College’s Mayo Concert Hall was filled with an audience listening to students perform a variety of musical instruments and songs. Today, it’s empty and silent.

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