The Signal

Serving the College since 1885

Saturday June 15th


As my time ends at The Signal, I look back at the work I have done with rose tinted glasses, but in reality this change is needed in my life (Photo courtesy of Skylar Stewart / Graphic Designer).

Letter from the Editor: A bittersweet goodbye

I am not entirely sure how I came to lead this paper. Unlike many of the people I work with, I am not a journalism major nor have I ever taken a journalism class (and it shows sometimes). I never saw journalism as a career path for me and I still don’t; the only reason I joined The Signal was so that I had something to do during my fully online, first semester in 2020. Because of that random decision freshman year, I have been lucky enough to somehow fall upward into this leadership position that has forever changed my life. I have personally grown into someone my freshman self could never recognize. Not only have I found the confidence to be in such a leadership position, but I found my voice to speak up for what is right.

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Our newspaper is a part of the institutional history of the College starting out as a small literary publication and turning into a legitimate news organization.

Reclaiming 138 years of our newspaper

In December 1885, students at the New Jersey State Normal School published the first edition of this publication. The editorial board of that long ago version of The Signal dedicated the organization to “all rights and the highest interests of those whom we would represent.” Basically a fancy way of saying students.  Those editors also wanted the publication to be thought of “as a Knight of the Sorrowful Countenance,” which is a reference to Don Quixote apparently. I never read the book so the reference is wasted on me but the words sound pretty which is good enough. 

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(Photo courtesy of Flickr / Firesam!, December 8, 2010)

Imposter syndrome is real — you’re not alone

Sometimes, as the editor-in-chief, I feel like a fraud. It may be approaching the end of the semester, and I have spent over fourteen weeks in my role, but I still can’t help but feel like a fraud when I enter The Signal office and lead our weekly editorial and admin meetings. Even when we all sit around the big, round table in Forcina, and I go around the room, asking every editor about their weekly stories, I can’t help but feel a little bit out-of-place leading the meetings. I still feel the frustrating lasting effects of imposter syndrome, which is a phenomenon that describes feeling inadequate in your role despite your achievements.

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The Signal's Relaunch

This semester has been a tumultuous one for us. Not long after beginning this semester, our website ran into a series of crippling problems, beginning with hosting issues and ending with brute-force malware attacks that crippled our only platform for publication. 

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