Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Madison Pena

Holidays won’t be the same this year — and we’ll have to deal with it

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 sprint shuttling between get-togethers with my extended family or reconnecting with friends after a busy semester, celebrating birthdays and holidays.

Campus community grieves loss of staff member

College President Kathryn Foster sent a campus-wide email announcing the passing of Mary Jane Wall, known as MJ, the associate supervisor in the College’s payroll office.

Gov. Murphy gives go-ahead for NJ colleges to reopen; College to remain online-only for fall semester

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Wednesday, Aug. 12, that New Jersey colleges and universities can reopen for in-person instruction in the fall despite the state remaining in Stage 2 of the reopening plan. The College, however, will continue with its revised plan to remain online-only for the fall, according to President Kathryn Foster in a statement during a virtual Town Hall meeting held on Aug. 5.

‘Black at TCNJ’ is a rallying cry. Students are starting to listen.

Students at the College are tired of remaining silent. Several emerging Instagram accounts are inviting students to anonymously recount the times when they’ve faced microaggressions, exclusion and sometimes blatant discrimination on the College’s predominantly white campus.

President Foster addresses faculty members’ furlough concerns

The College’s American Federation of Teachers (AFT) union members wrote a letter to President Kathryn Foster, highlighting both financial and professional concerns with dividing furlough dates, as announced in her most recent community-missive on July 2. The union requested Foster to consider consolidating the two mandated five-day furlough periods in the month of July for all faculty members rather than a select few, thus allowing 12-month professional staff members access to CARES funding.

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.

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 new policies include creating a narrower definition of sexual harassment, incorporating informal cross-examination hearings and requiring schools to dismiss allegations of sexual harassment that occur outside of campus-controlled buildings.

Students are logging on for class, but are they really connected?

Tao Dumas, an assistant professor of political science, was forced to completely rework her syllabi and lesson plans once the COVID-19 pandemic reached its boiling point.

New season of racing docuseries takes first place

Between the revving engines, smoke collecting from car tires and the thousands of screaming fans, the environment and high stakes of racing are truly like no other.

Steering Committee approves COVID-19 emergency grading policy, contingent upon campus feedback

Interim Provost William Keep announced the approval of a temporary policy on Thursday, March 19 in a campus-wide email that would give students the option to convert their courses from graded to pass/fail. Keep invited the campus community to share its thoughts on the policy in a Qualtrics survey that was open until 8 p.m. today.

How to cope during quarantine

With daily reminders and updates concerning the Coronavirus, it’s hard to get away from the mass hysteria that is spreading around the world. News of travel bans, quarantines and stores running out of food and toiletries can take a toll on your mental health.

Vital Signs: Working out on a college schedule

Fitness is something that many students want to prioritize, but it can get pushed aside when they have trouble finding time in their busy schedule or don’t know where to start.

‘Alive from New York’ bores audience to death

Stepping out from his usual appearance behind Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” desk is clearly out of this comedian’s comfort zone.

Hustle culture is toxic to mental health

In recent years, posts surrounding “the hustle” have taken over social media feeds. This content can range from a motivational post telling you that you’re ready to “crush the day” to college students discussing the many business ventures that they pursue in addition to their school work.

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