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12/29/2020
The Gothic Times Recap Part Two!
12/28/2020

The Gothic Times Recap Part Two!

12/25/2020

With a Christmas card from us: MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE πŸŽ„

12/24/2020

Happy Holidays!

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12/23/2020

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GT Staff: Haresh Oudhnarine & Maryam Pervaiz, @haresh._  @mary_p__ @maryamp_njcu As students push through their finals a...
12/23/2020

GT Staff: Haresh Oudhnarine & Maryam Pervaiz, @haresh._ @mary_p__ @maryamp_njcu

As students push through their finals at the end of an unprecedented semester, the Pass/Fail/No Credit option was not offered by the NJCU administration. However, in Spring 2020, the grading option was available as a way to assist students with the new learning environment.
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The Student Government Association (SGA) posted a letter to their Instagram on the late evening of Thursday, December 17th, revealing that the NJCU Provost and Administration will not offer a Pass/Fail/No Credit option for the Fall 2020 semester. SGA removed the post the day after.
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The Gothic Times attempted to reach SGA for further comment, however, this effort was unsuccessful.
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The letter began, β€œIt is with great sadness that we, the Student Government Association have learned that the Provost and NJCU administration will not be doing a Pass/Fail/No Credit for our students this semester.”
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The letter also explained that the Provost did not feel enough students advocated for having the grading option from spring and that SGA did not prioritize the issue to them. SGA confirmed at the end of their letter that they will continue to advocate for the Pass/Fail/No Credit option and that their survey will be released. A survey about the grading option was never released.
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Provost Dr. Tamara Jhashi responded to why the grading option was not offered this semester. She said, β€œNJCU is not offering the grading option this semester because of the following reasons: the extended β€˜W’ option was granted as a way to assist students who may have been struggling in one or more classes because of the changed circumstances with the pandemic this fall. There is essentially no difference betweenβ€”β€”β€”β€”Read more on our website at www.GothicTimes.net (link in bio) or on our app at College News Source!

The semester is almost over! Try to finish off strong during these times. Put in your best effort.
12/22/2020

The semester is almost over! Try to finish off strong during these times. Put in your best effort.

The Gothic Times Recap Part One!
12/21/2020

The Gothic Times Recap Part One!

12/18/2020

GT Staff: Paul Tannucilli, @ptannucilli

The Athletics department at NJCU announced in June 2020 the addition of its newest club team, eSports, making the university among the seven New Jersey Athletic Conference schools to feature online gaming as one of its competitive programs.
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A growing phenomenon all over the country, former Sports Information Director and current Senior Director of University Communications, Ira Thor said bringing eSports to NJCU was a no brainer. β€œWe had talked about adding eSports for a short time, considering it was a club. But when Shawn Tucker took over and wanted to add it as one of our competitive teams, the process moved swiftly. It was easy considering we had the support of President Henderson the whole way.”
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However, eSports becoming a competitive team turned out to be the easy part. In just the team’s first semester, they returned to campus with no place to practice. Coaches Joshua Case and Justin Flanagan planned on holding practices in the team’s brand new state of the art gaming room located on the second floor of GSUB (Gilligan Student Union Building), but when the COVID-19 outbreak occurred, the team was forced to improvise.
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β€œBeing remote is difficult,” Coach Case said. β€œNot being able to see the faces of our players is difficult. We’re hopingβ€”β€”-Read more on our website at www.GothicTimes.net (link in bio) or on our app at College News Source!

12/17/2020

Good luck with finals everyone!

12/16/2020
GT Staff: Monica Ortiz, @moniortizza I initially discovered Amanda Nesheiwat when Thomas Dallessio and Susan Haig from C...
12/15/2020

GT Staff: Monica Ortiz, @moniortizza

I initially discovered Amanda Nesheiwat when Thomas Dallessio and Susan Haig from CivicStory recommended I contact her because of her work with the environment and sustainability. I immediately scheduled a phone interview where we discuss the future of our planet.
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Before going into sustainability and the environment as her career, Nesheiwat went to Ramapo College of New Jersey to become an orthodontist. To diversify and extend her resume, Nesheiwat joined her university’s environmental club, β€œI noticed that a lot of it was because we just needed people to take it on. And in all different sorts of sectors, whether it’s government or non-profit or higher education, whatever it is and that’s how I started,” she said.
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By the next semester, she was the president of the environmental club where she then changed her major to environmental studies and sustainability.
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Nesheiwat has an immense interest in climate change as it’s an important issue more now than ever. When asked why some people in this country still do not take climate change as seriously as they should, she said it comes down to being lazy and not doing their research, β€œYou know, maybe they don’t have a science background. Maybe they’re just being lazy and not really looking into it. But for some people, I really think that it has to do with, you know, climate change. Being such a huge topic, scary topic,that they’re just kind of unwilling to look at the details.”
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She recalls being in college and not believing in man-made climate change herself because the climate is always changing and there is no way humans could affect the climate that much,β€œI thoughtβ€”β€”-Read more on our website at www.GothicTimes.net (link in bio) or on our app at College News Source!

12/14/2020

GT Staff: Sandra Mendez, @s.mendez74

A multitude of creativity is on display from illustrations to ceramics and to paintings by NJCU graduates. They have worked throughout the COVID-19 lockdown and graduated last spring.
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On view is a collection of paintings by Ailyn Lopez called Blinding Condition.The series of paintings starts with the Blinding Trust --a young woman’s vision being covered by her partner behind her. Aylin’s work conveys the metaphorical blindness that exists in one’s own experience. The kind of blindness that we are all subjected to because of love, and its complexities.
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β€œThis series started from the Binding Trust painting, which is actually a self-portrait of me and an ex-partner. Which metaphorically was about loving someone unconditionally and blindingly being led by them. It is meant to be pure,” Lopez said.
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Lopez continues, β€œI think I originally wanted to portray a discomfort with being able to see someone being blinded or blinding themselves with circumstances that can be changed at any moment. However, it has developed into a bigger metaphor of blissful ignorance.”
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The next painting Following Orders depicts three womenβ€”β€”-Read more on our website at www.GothicTimes.net (link in bio) or on our app at College News Source!

GT Staff: Luis-Pomales DiazA one-dollar pizza slice, burgers with milkshakes, and buttermilk pancakes with fresh coffee ...
12/11/2020

GT Staff: Luis-Pomales Diaz

A one-dollar pizza slice, burgers with milkshakes, and buttermilk pancakes with fresh coffee are only feet away from campus. Eateries have held a majority share of modern Americana for the past few decades, and within urban environments like Jersey City, this strength is represented best.
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The density of buildings around NJCU’s campuses allows for a bevy of different dining options, serving as homes for bonding experiences and memories both past and future. But over these prospects looms the haunt of a global disaster where small businesses find themselves on the ropes now more than ever as they tangle with economic devastation and hardships in the age of the Coronavirus.
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Harvard’s Track The Recovery program has reported a horrifying margin of 30 percent of small businesses being closed since the beginning of the pandemic. Amid rumors of a second shutdown, many think that even in these dire circumstances, the best may be over and the worst yet to come, a thought that makes many in and out of the foodservice industry recoil in fear.
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In response to the unease, I have interviewed owners of several restaurants: Phil Surico, owner of the Five Guys Burgers and Fries at West Campus, Tony Margetis of the Miss America Diner, and Georgio (last name omitted, he prefers to go by his first) of Georgio’s Pizza, who have confided in us to tell how they really feel about the dilemma at hand.
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When asked how has COVID affected their business, the answers across the board varied. Georgio said, β€œBusiness is down byβ€”β€”β€”β€”-Read more on our website at www.GothicTimes.net ( link in bio) or on our app at College News Source!

GT Staff: Luis Pomales-DiazIt’s now one year since the firestorm of thoughts and speculation surrounding a tragedy that ...
12/10/2020

GT Staff: Luis Pomales-Diaz

It’s now one year since the firestorm of thoughts and speculation surrounding a tragedy that has been swept up in conspiracy, confusion, debate, and the sickening violence of a hate crime.
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Two gunmen had opened fire in a kosher supermarket that has taken the lives of three civilians. Before arriving at the market, they have killed a police officer near Bayview Cemetery.
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Being close to the tragedy resonated not only for myself but for the entire NJCU community. With the university being near in distance, they immediately ordered a campus lockdown.
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I remember seeing the glow of my television with News 12 announcing there was chaos on Martin Luther King Drive that began at 12:21pm. I felt the vibration of my phone on the dining room table as friends texted me about the calamity.
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It was like the backdraft of a fire gutting an apartment because of so much digital news and media oxygen rushing to fuel more flames of terror. Friends who had heard the gunshots near 440 said they were holed up in a restaurant waiting for answers before they could leave.
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Everything was thrown directly into a maelstrom as many mental notes and papers were scattered in the air like ticker tape during a parade. As I waited to hear that my cousin and friends were safe as they were on campus at the library, I had the same question as everyone trying to pick up the pieces of a day shredded by gunfire: How many shooters? How many victims? Did they say there was a bomb? When did the barricade form? Have they capture the shooters yet? And inevitably the most important questionβ€”β€”β€”-Read more on our website at www.GothicTimes.net or on our app at College News Source!

GT Staff: Maryam Pervaiz, @mary_p__  @maryamp_njcu Are you going grocery shopping anytime soon? Well, make sure you brin...
12/09/2020

GT Staff: Maryam Pervaiz, @mary_p__ @maryamp_njcu

Are you going grocery shopping anytime soon? Well, make sure you bring a tote bag with you because plastic bags have been canceled.
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In early November, Gov. Phil Murphy signed S864 into law, which is the process of banning single-use plastic, polystyrene, straws, and paper bags in New Jersey.
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Businesses and stores are required to find alternatives for plastic-based materials. The ban is projected to take place around the time of May 2022.
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In a statement made on November 4th, Gov. Murphy said, β€œPlastic bags are one of the most problematic forms of garbage, leading to millions of discarded bags that stream annually into our landfills, rivers, and oceans.
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With today’s historic bill signing, we are addressing the problem of plastic pollution head-on with solutions that will help mitigate climate change and strengthen our environment for future generations.”
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NJCU’s Associate Dean of Sciences, Scott Mittman was involved in the effort of the plastic ban in Jersey City and is a part of the Jersey City Environmental Commission. Mittman said, β€œThis is a definite step in the right direction. Aside from the incredible amount of fossil fuel used in plastic production, the world is now awashβ€”β€”β€”-Read more on our website at www.GothicTimes.net (link in bio) or on our app at College News Source!

The Gothic Times
12/08/2020

The Gothic Times

Hype Magazine has released their debut issue! It’s really amazing and congratulations to the HYPE team and all students involved! Check out their issue on their page @hypelitmag.njcu Then click the link on their bio!

Hype Magazine has released their debut issue! It’s really amazing and congratulations to the HYPE team and all students ...
12/08/2020

Hype Magazine has released their debut issue! It’s really amazing and congratulations to the HYPE team and all students involved! Check out their issue on their page @hypelitmag.njcu Then click the link on their bio!

Tomorrow! Come join us for our weekly staff meetings. Whether you are interested in media, writing, podcast, production,...
12/08/2020

Tomorrow! Come join us for our weekly staff meetings. Whether you are interested in media, writing, podcast, production, sports, and of course Journalism, then you are invited to our staff meetings! Contact our Editor-in-Chief or Adviser for zoom details. πŸ˜ƒ

GT Staff: Ariana Perez, @arianaperezzz NJCU’s Children’s Learning Center continues to operate while following the state ...
12/07/2020

GT Staff: Ariana Perez, @arianaperezzz

NJCU’s Children’s Learning Center continues to operate while following the state guidelines for Covid to help with some of the difficulties some parents are facing.
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Established in the Spring of 1982, the childcare center was made for students who may need some help watching their kids during a time where many places have limited space, or their hours changed.
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According to the center’s director Ana Aponte, there are only eight students in a classroom with only one room available during this time. However, most of the faculty still work from home and have chosen to conduct their classes online. β€œA quiet campus has led to a quiet center,” Aponte said.
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The center stays true to its mission as a β€œretention tool,” but in these times that mission is needed now more than ever. The center understands that a child’s education is important, and during Covid, extra steps are taken to ensure that the child is safe while still getting the educational stimulus they need.
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When the pandemic first started back in March, the center transitioned quickly to remote learning until the semester ended in May. The summer semester wasβ€”-Read more on our website at www.GothicTimes.net (link in bio) or on our app at College News Source!

NJCU COVID-19 Update
12/05/2020

NJCU COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update.
12/04/2020

COVID-19 Update.

Save the date for Hype’s Magazine (@hypelitmag.njcu) first issue on December 7th! The theme of the issue is Youth! We ca...
12/03/2020

Save the date for Hype’s Magazine (@hypelitmag.njcu) first issue on December 7th! The theme of the issue is Youth! We can’t wait and we hope you can’t as well! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

NJCU’s Environmental Club, Biology Club, Undergraduate Research Club, and ASBMB are having a visual arts contest where y...
12/02/2020

NJCU’s Environmental Club, Biology Club, Undergraduate Research Club, and ASBMB are having a visual arts contest where you can win an Amazon gift card!

The topic is to share your view of 2020 as creative as you can through painting, sketching, drawing, or even graphic design.

Submit by December 7th for a chance to win! Check out their pages to see all who have submitted so farβ€” @njcubioclub @njcu.enviroclub @njcuasbmb

Tomorrow! Come join us for our weekly staff meetings. Whether you are interested in media, writing, podcast, production,...
12/01/2020

Tomorrow! Come join us for our weekly staff meetings. Whether you are interested in media, writing, podcast, production, sports, and of course Journalism, then you are invited to our staff meetings! Contact our Editor-in-Chief or Adviser for zoom details. πŸ˜ƒ

GT Staff: Melina Quispe, @_melquispe When I was a child our educational system convinced me to praise figures such as Ch...
11/30/2020

GT Staff: Melina Quispe, @_melquispe

When I was a child our educational system convinced me to praise figures such as Christopher Columbus, Susan B. Anthony, and Abraham Lincoln. The educational system failed me, and they failed to tell me the complete truth about the history of this country.
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For years I believed that Christopher Columbus was a great man who discovered the New World and that Susan B. Anthony was a woman who marched for ALL women to be granted the right to vote. I believed that Abraham Lincoln was an abolitionist who wanted to end the suffering of African Americans by ending slavery.
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The truth is Christopher Columbus killed, enslaved, and raped Native Americans. Susan B. Anthony was a racist who once stated that she would β€œsooner cut off her right hand than ask the ballot for the black man and not for the woman.” Some people may argue that she was misquoted. On the other hand, when one is friends with a white supremacist such as Belle Keally who believed that only virtuous women deserved the right to vote.
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We can all gather that Anthony is compliant to racists by default. Abraham Lincoln was not actually an abolitionist and did not believe that black people should have the same rights as white people.
He was not an abolitionist because he emancipated slaves as a war measure. As stated in an article called β€œAbraham Lincoln and the Abolitionists” by George Smith, Lincoln believed that emancipation would suppress the rebellion also known as the Confederates.
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When I found out about all of these truths, Iβ€”β€”-Read more on our website at www.GothicTimes.net (link in bio) or on our app at College News Source!

COVID-19 Update! Continue to take precautions of wearing masks and social distancing.
11/27/2020

COVID-19 Update! Continue to take precautions of wearing masks and social distancing.

11/26/2020

The Gothic Times would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! If you do not celebrate Thanksgiving then we wish everyone enjoy the rest of their week! Please be safe as it’s still a pandemic. Celebrate safely.

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