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Tuesday February 7th


MUSE directors Tracy Kress, a biology professor, and 
John Leonard, a music professor, posing in front of a 
list of MUSE presentations (Photo courtesy of Rachel Lea / Contributor).

MUSE revealed: Students share their experiences before they present their research

The Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experience program, or MUSE, is an eight week summer program in which students conduct research under the supervision of a professor. On Friday, Sept. 16, these students presented their work to the College in the Recreation Center. This year’s program was particularly special, since it was the first time it ran since the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Campus Town downtown (Elizabeth Gladstone / Photography Editor).

How meal plans have changed and what this means for you

The College has reinstated the meal plan option of meal equivalency: an $8.50 balance every weekday that can be used in retail dining locations on campus. The option resumed at the start of the Fall ‘22 semester. The College also added 100 Campus Town dollars which can be used at several off-campus locations. 

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(Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Gladstone/ Photo Editor)

Campus Town welcomes dessert shop to its lineup

Crepes & Churros D’France has been added as the newest dessert shop in The Shoppes of Campus Town. Carlo Ramos is the son of the dessert shop’s owner and one of the two general managers, along with Omar Gomez. Ramos commented on the successes the dessert restaurant has had since opening. 

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(Stephanie Shen / Photo Editor)

Student Government: Goals, Function, and What They Really Do for TCNJ

Many students at the College are somewhat familiar with Student Government as a concept. Every semester, the student body is encouraged to vote in their elections. Students see the campaigns of our peers as they run for Student Government positions. Of course, their job is to “govern” the school, but how exactly does it function and what achievements has it made for the College? 

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Ewing Green Team presents $990 donation to HomeFront after the fifth annual Ewing Fall Spin (Photo courtesy of the Sustainable Ewing Green Team). 

The Ewing Green Team is working to keep the city clean

With a population of almost 40 thousand people, Ewing Township, N.J. is a very large town with a lot going on in it. With so many people, waste is inevitable. To combat this, the town has a group of volunteers who are doing what they can to help make the town a more eco-friendly place and reduce waste. Not many people are aware of them, but the Ewing Green Team has been very active in Ewing with their efforts.

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SFB members are stationed in their office at the Brower Student Center (Rishi Shah / Director of Operations). 

With great power comes great fiscal responsibility

The Student Finance Board (SFB), responsible for allocating roughly $1.9 million to Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) throughout the academic year, holds a pivotal role in determining the fate of potential events at the College. Made up of 19 students, SFB is designed to distribute the Student Activity Fee (SAF) “in a financially responsible manner,” with members of SFB “expected to act in a fiscally responsible manner regarding the appropriation of Student Activity Fees.”  According to its Funding Guidelines, SFB can use financial and nonfinancial metrics to determine if an event is “fiscally responsible.” The only concrete rule in place is the cost per student metric that states that an event’s cost per student cannot exceed the total SAF charged to each student per year – $299.56. However, there has been concern as of late over the consistency of SFB’s decisions in funding certain requests over others, especially after they instituted a temporary pause in funding early in the spring 2022 semester. 

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The Chi Upsilon Chapter of Tri-Beta was inducted as the newest class of the Biological Honor Society (Myara Gomez / Staff Writer).

Beta Beta Beta: Induction Ceremony 2022

The Chi Upsilon Chapter of Beta Beta Beta, or Tri-Beta, the Biological Honor Society, had an induction ceremony on April 8. During the ceremony, 32 students received regular memberships, 14 students received an associate membership and 30 received honor cords.

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Ellie McCreesh is a primary prevention intern with AVI and was the event organizer for the workshop (Mario De Leon / The Signal).

AVI hosts sexuality workshop

Anti-Violence Initiatives (AVI) hosted a sexuality 101 workshop on April 7 in honor of sexual assault awareness month to provide the College community a safe space to discuss the components and nuances of sex, consent and expression of sexuality. 

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