September 26, 2020


Signal layout needs revamping

I’ve read The Signal cover-to-cover every week since freshman year, and as a senior I believe I have a well-rounded view of how The Signal is structured.

The quality of this newspaper was initially disappointing, having come from a high school with an excellent newspaper. Though there have been improvements—fewer ads for The Signal in The Signal, for one — I remain disappointed with the amount of student work published.

I understand that newspaper layout is a difficult and frustrating process, and that ultimately some articles cannot be published in the paper edition because of space constraints.

However, it seems odd to me that space isn’t utilized appropriately. I noticed that in the most recent edition of The Signal there were multiple photographs that could have been cropped and re-sized to fit more articles.

One may claim that The Signal is limited by proper newspaper formatting, but this is not the case.

For example, on multiple pages the titles of two different articles were placed side-by-side, a taboo in the journalism world as I understand it.

Furthermore, there have been no major changes to the format of The Signal in the last few years, and the layout is stale and generic.

It should be of the highest priority to publish as many quality articles as possible that reflect the interests and social climate of the College’s students.

I understand that certain sections must include particular articles—I am not suggesting that we eliminate Eye on the SGA, for example—but it seems The Signal’s circulation has been suffering because it does not cater to its target audience.

I would love to see The Signal completely revamp its layout and abbreviate or eliminate some of the redundant material in favor of a greater breadth of student work.

Bess Myers

NJ Assembly Candidate rallies for afforable healthcare

Recently, Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) applauded the Corzine administration and congratulated herself for the increased number of New Jersey children now covered by health insurance.

Children’s health and access to quality affordable healthcare are issues of paramount concern to me, and the absence of access to healthcare greatly affects a notable segment of the population here in our district.

With the unemployment rate now increased to 9.7 percent, families continue to suffer the failed leadership of Governor Corzine and Bonnie Watson Coleman and Reed Gusciora.

This week, over 30,000 unemployed New Jersey residents faced losing their unemployment benefits, a significant portion of whom have children.

So I ask, What about the children? Who’s standing for them?

It’s time to set a new direction, put unemployed New Jerseyans back to work, and ensure an appropriate quality of life for all children.

Kim Taylor
Candidate for State Assembly, 15th Legislative District

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