The Signal

Serving the College since 1885

Tuesday August 16th


Editor-in-Chief — Ian Krietzberg Editor-in-Chief — Ian Krietzberg

Ian is a junior studying journalism and professional writing at TCNJ. He's been working with The Signal since Welcome Week of his freshman year and is incredibly excited to be serving as Editor-in-Chief for the spring semester. 

When not working with The Signal, he finds a multitude of ways to keep busy, from baking cheesecake and bread, to creative writing, to working on his sophomore piano solo album. Whether it comes in the form of writing stories for The Signal, articles for, music or food, Ian is a passionate storyteller above all else.

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Managing Editor — Kalli Colacino Managing Editor — Kalli Colacino

Kalli is a senior journalism and marketing double major at TCNJ. She has been involved with The Signal since her freshman year, and is looking forward to be on staff as a Managing Editor again this semester.

When Kalli isn’t working on The Signal, she keeps herself busy by watching baseball (go Yankees), taking her dog for hikes and working for MMIT as a market research panel intern.

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Managing Editor — Elliott Nguyen Managing Editor — Elliott Nguyen

Elliott is a junior journalism and professional writing major at TCNJ. He joined the Signal staff in his sophomore year and has loved it since! He very much looks forward to working towards making the Signal even better this semester.

Outside of the Signal, he also serves on E-Board for TCNJ’s Club Ultimate Frisbee team, and loves playing at tournaments. He also enjoys playing guitar and talking, with anyone who will listen, about the latest Marvel projects.

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Director of Operations — Rishi Shah Director of Operations — Rishi Shah

Rishi is a sophomore biology major who has been involved with The Signal since his first semester at the College. He looks forward to continuing his work with The Signal as Director of Operations after two semesters as a News Editor. 

Aside from The Signal, Rishi enjoys binge-watching Netflix shows, watching the Giants struggle season after season, and drumming. 

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News Editor — Kevin Hornibrook News Editor — Kevin Hornibrook

Kevin is a junior journalism and professional writing major with a minor in computer science. He has been writing for The Signal since his first semester at TCNJ and is looking forward to taking on a new role as a news editor.

Kevin spends the rest of his time subjecting himself to Philadelphia sports teams, watching movies with his housemates, and making the best drinks you’ve ever had at the TCNJ bookstore café.

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Arts & Entertainment Editor — Chelsie Derman Arts & Entertainment Editor — Chelsie Derman

Chelsie Derman is a junior journalism and professional writing major with a minor in English. She began writing for The Signal just a few weeks into her first semester of college and has since served as Reviews Editor, Opinions Editor and Arts & Entertainment Editor.

Outside of The Signal, Chelsie enjoys creative writing (more specifically, working on her several novels) and watching many things under the fantasy genre. Chelsie looks forward to her third semester as Arts & Entertainment Editor and can’t wait to try new, exciting things with the section.

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Arts and Entertainment Assistant Editor — Rebecca Heath Arts and Entertainment Assistant Editor — Rebecca Heath

Rebecca is a freshman elementary education and psychology double major with minors in professional writing and women, gender and sexuality studies. Rebecca started off this year as a Features writer for The Signal, and is thrilled to begin serving as the Arts and Entertainment Assistant Editor. 

Outside of her work with The Signal, Rebecca is a Bonner Community Scholar and a member of the Women in Learning and Leadership program. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, going to the beach and creative writing. Rebecca is very excited to work with Chelsie this semester and further explore her passion for the arts!

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International Editor — Mike Sherr International Editor — Mike Sherr

Mike is a Sophomore Political Science Major with a minor in Environmental Studies. He started writing for The Signal in the fall of 2020, covering Student Government and Student Finance Board, and is excited to work as the International Editor this semester. 

Outside of The Signal, Mike loves to play music with the TCNJ music department and going on hikes with the Outdoors Club.

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Sports Editor — Nicole Apicelli Sports Editor — Nicole Apicelli

Nicole is a senior journalism and professional writing major looking forward to her last semester at the College! Starting in 2005, Nicole attended every Lion’s football game to support her brother, the team's defensive back. 

When she is not writing for The Signal, Nicole can be found suffering through both Mets and Raiders games, talking about and spending time with her dogs, playing pool and interacting with any animal she comes in contact with. 

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Features Editor — McKenzie Collins Features Editor — McKenzie Collins

McKenzie Collins is a sophomore english and journalism major with a minor in women, gender and sexuality studies. While she joined the College with the intent to become a teacher, her work at The Signal sparked her interest in the pursuit of a writing career. Due to her passion for upholding the College community, McKenzie is very excited to be working with such talented staff in the Features department. Her previous work includes writing for Opinions, Features, News, and Arts and Entertainment, as well as editing for the Nation and World section. 

In her free time, McKenzie can be found writing for the TCNJ chapter of Her Campus, fueling her Marvel obsession, or reading an abnormal amount of books. She is also an active member of both Sigma Sigma Sigma and WILL. McKenzie aspires to break into the publishing field and is overjoyed to have this opportunity.

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Opinions Editor — Alessia Contuzzi Opinions Editor — Alessia Contuzzi

Alessia is a freshman Communication Studies major and soon to be Broadcast & Multimedia Journalism minor. She joined The Signal fall of 2021 as a News Staff Writer and is so excited to take on the role of Opinions Editor in the spring.

When she is not working with The Signal, Alessia enjoys spending time with her friends and family, watching Friends and eating chocolate chip mint ice cream. She also loves her dog Leo, summers in LBI and Christmas. 

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Photo Editor — Stephanie Shen Photo Editor — Stephanie Shen

Stephanie Shen is a senior Communications Radio/Television/Film major. She just joined The Signal team this semester as the photo editor through her good friend Elliott Nguyen (Managing Editor). 

She's been taking photos of people, places, and things since she started messing with her grandma's ancient point-and-shoot camera in the car on a rainy day back in 2010 and fell in love with the craft ever since. When she's not photographing for The Signal, you can 9 times out of 10 find Stephanie reading a good book, watching Community or Bojack Horseman, or editing a video/short film. 

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Social Media Editor — Yamilet DeAvila Social Media Editor — Yamilet DeAvila

Yamilet is a first-year psychology major. Prior to joining The Signal, she did social media managing for an online organization. She strives to create creative and unique ways to share the articles The Signal creates. She is excited to see how much of an impact she can make and possibly revamping The Signal social media feeds. 

Outside of The Signal you can find her diving into her new interest in baking/cooking, keeping up with her second degree black belt karate techniques, as well as watching anime and marvel movies/shows.

Social Media Editor — Elizabeth Richardson Social Media Editor — Elizabeth Richardson

Elizabeth is a junior Journalism and Communications double major. She has been involved with The Signal since freshman year and is thrilled to join the staff this spring semester. She is excited to continue to develop and grow The Signal’s social media presence. 

Outside of The Signal, Elizabeth is a member of Colleges Against Cancer and is Vice President of The Trentones, TCNJ’s only competitive a cappella group. 

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Graphic Designer — Navya Sinha Graphic Designer — Navya Sinha

Navya is a freshman biology major at TCNJ. She just joined The Signal and is looking forward to creating art as a Graphic Designer.

Outside of The Signal, Navya loves to play the violin as a soloist and in the TCNJ Orchestra, run her art Instagram, dance with Sher Bhangra, and play video games. 

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Web Editor  — Sterly Deracy Web Editor — Sterly Deracy

Sterly’s experience with websites started his freshman year of high school, where he created a new website for the local robotics team and for the school. He enjoyed doing this kind of work, so he researched the tools needed for the web development industry and dove into the world of freelance. Not every website is built the same, and so this always provides a fun challenge with each customer. Even now working with the Signal for two years, there are still things left to learn. He will ensure that The Signal is running smoothly with the latest technologies.

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The Signal is also created with the help of its editorial and photo assistants, as well as many staff writers, columnists, staff photographers and
correspondents who work every week to deliver the news to The College of New Jersey community.

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