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‘Be the change.’ Class of 2021 celebrates in-person graduation despite pandemic

Despite an unusual and challenging senior year, the Class of 2021 celebrated their graduation and time at the College on campus. The commencement ceremonies were separated by school and spread over three days, from May 19 to 21. Each graduate was allowed four guests, and the ceremonies were also live-streamed.

Arts & Entertainment

Music fraternity dedicates concert to late brother

The Lambda Nu Chapter of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (PMA) fraternity hosted a concert on May 10 to honor one of their members that passed away due to Leukemia. Isaac Ashton passed away back in January, and the brothers wanted to honor him by paying tribute with music. 

A Q&A with David Cook: ‘this record is about hope’

In April 2021, Cook released his latest project, “The Looking Glass,” a six-track EP that is experimental and funky, while maintaining a strong rock element and truly showcasing Cook’s powerful vocals. 

Staying engaged with what you write: an interview with surrealist writer Aimee Bender

Over the years, author Aimee Bender has proven time and time again that she’s able to bridge the mundane with the surreal in her work. Her writing has shown clearly her creative abilities to explore the absurdities of the modern world, focusing especially on individuals’ relationships among family and friends.

College Pep Band performs for local nursing home again, this time in person

For the first time since the shutdown, the College Pep Band held their first in-person performance on May 2 at Greenwood House Senior Healthcare, the local nursing home.

WTSR director Julia Landi follows up her debut single with four-song EP

DIY Musician of the alternative band Pourover, Julia Landi uses dreams as inspiration for her stream-of-conscious-styled lyricism on “Watnong Drive,” her latest solo release. 

TCNJ musical theatre gives a Disney themed performance

TCNJ Musical Theatre (TMT) performed a Cabaret on April 27. This event featured their members giving solo performances to a very specific theme — all the music performed was tied in some way to Disney.

International

Editorial

For the students, by the students: Reclaiming our mission

Since campus closed in March, we have all been living in uncharted territory. At The Signal, this has shed a light on the long-overdue necessity for a total rebrand of our newsroom culture, our mission to serve the community and how that mission is conveyed to our readership. 

Sports

College athletes granted extended eligibility in light of pandemic

College sports of all three divisions were canceled via an NCAA announcement last March, in an effort to ensure the events did not contribute to the spread of the pandemic. While fields were left empty and jerseys went unworn, some comfort was given to student athletes when the NCAA announced the extended eligibility rule.

Student Spotlight

Features

Opinions

OPINION: Biden’s first 100 days: the good, the bad and the ugly

April 30 marked 100 days since President Biden was sworn in, and I think it’s fair to reflect on what he has done thus far. Before I give my perspective, it is only fair that I explain what my perspective is. I am a believer in democracy in the workplace, which means workers should either be at or share the helm of the business they work for. I supported Bernie Sanders in 2020. That being said, let’s dive in. I will be dividing his actions into three categories: the pandemic, domestic policy and foreign policy.

OPINION: How the College should manage marijuana legalization

Now that New Jersey has taken steps to legalize marijuana, there is a proper procedure the state should take to integrate the drug on college campuses.

OPINION: Youth, Peace and Security Act must be a priority for members of Congress

Youth have always been central to progress across the globe. Eager to make change in their communities, we have them step up time and time again.

OPINION: Covid vaccine: current and future status, accessibility

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 situations seem to be improving, the reality is that this pandemic is still as deadly and dangerous as ever. The emergence of the Covid vaccination has been a beacon of hope in the quest for a possible end to the pandemic.

OPINION: President Foster’s email creates a sense of optimism within the campus community

On March 12th, President Foster’s follow-up email regarding Covid cases on campus brought a hopeful message to students. After over a year in lockdown, many students have begun to feel trapped with a routine that involves sitting in front of a computer screen for the majority of the day.

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‘Be the change.’ Class of 2021 celebrates in-person graduation despite pandemic

Despite an unusual and challenging senior year, the Class of 2021 celebrated their graduation and time at the College on campus. The commencement ceremonies were separated by school and spread over three days, from May 19 to 21. Each graduate was allowed four guests, and the ceremonies were also live-streamed.

Music fraternity dedicates concert to late brother

The Lambda Nu Chapter of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (PMA) fraternity hosted a concert on May 10 to honor one of their members that passed away due to Leukemia. Isaac Ashton passed away back in January, and the brothers wanted to honor him by paying tribute with music. 

A Q&A with David Cook: ‘this record is about hope’

In April 2021, Cook released his latest project, “The Looking Glass,” a six-track EP that is experimental and funky, while maintaining a strong rock element and truly showcasing Cook’s powerful vocals. 

OPINION: Biden’s first 100 days: the good, the bad and the ugly

April 30 marked 100 days since President Biden was sworn in, and I think it’s fair to reflect on what he has done thus far. Before I give my perspective, it is only fair that I explain what my perspective is. I am a believer in democracy in the workplace, which means workers should either be at or share the helm of the business they work for. I supported Bernie Sanders in 2020. That being said, let’s dive in. I will be dividing his actions into three categories: the pandemic, domestic policy and foreign policy.

Relying on coffee, junk food may affect exam performance

If you’re asking college students, there is no question that finals season is one of the most stressful times. Long research papers, nerve-wracking presentations and weeks of studying crammed into just a few days can do a number on even the most committed scholars.

Education department reflects on the obstacles of pandemic teaching

Dr. Suzzane McCotter, the dean of the School of Education, has been at the College for almost four years. Over the past year, she has been making decisions she never thought would have to make. 

Biden designates zone in NJ & NY waters for offshore wind farm

President Biden highlighted parts of his energy-efficient infrastructure plan in his joint address to Congress on April 28. Much of his agenda focused on creating jobs while addressing the issue of climate change.

SG, SFB, CUB student executives fight 60% pay cuts, administration cites overpay

A committee assembled by the College administration is reconsidering select student leader stipends that originally ranged from $10,000 to $15,000 yearly for the executive president roles of Student Government (SG), Student Finance Board (SFB) and the College Union Board (CUB) since 2019, according to a 2020 report shared with The Signal. 

Staying engaged with what you write: an interview with surrealist writer Aimee Bender

Over the years, author Aimee Bender has proven time and time again that she’s able to bridge the mundane with the surreal in her work. Her writing has shown clearly her creative abilities to explore the absurdities of the modern world, focusing especially on individuals’ relationships among family and friends.

College Pep Band performs for local nursing home again, this time in person

For the first time since the shutdown, the College Pep Band held their first in-person performance on May 2 at Greenwood House Senior Healthcare, the local nursing home.

WTSR director Julia Landi follows up her debut single with four-song EP

DIY Musician of the alternative band Pourover, Julia Landi uses dreams as inspiration for her stream-of-conscious-styled lyricism on “Watnong Drive,” her latest solo release. 

TCNJ musical theatre gives a Disney themed performance

TCNJ Musical Theatre (TMT) performed a Cabaret on April 27. This event featured their members giving solo performances to a very specific theme — all the music performed was tied in some way to Disney.

‘Cruel Summer’ is the latest binge-worthy thriller series to hit Hulu

“Cruel Summer,” a ‘90s psychological thriller following a young woman who goes missing is the newest binge-worthy drama to hit Hulu.

RecWell hosts Football Combine, other in-person events

The College’s Department of Recreation and Wellness hosted a Football Combine tournament on Wednesday, April 28. The event, which was held from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Lions Stadium, marks a continued increase in in-person events on campus.

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