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Dr. Cho teaches foreign policy and international security and is an assistant professor of political science and international studies at the College.

Political science professor analyzes the nuclear threat of the Russia-Ukraine war

The war between Russia and Ukraine is an ongoing development, with new details of invasions and attacks releasing day after day. The resulting crisis in Ukraine means the College’s political science department is conducting education under circumstances more relevant than ever. Dr. Hyun-Binn Cho is an assistant professor of political science and international studies at the College who has studied international and nuclear security, teaching important courses that relate to the current state of war. With Ukrainian cities facing attacks from Russian forces, such as the bombings on Kyiv, Dr. Cho provided relevant insight into the history regarding this conflict. 

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The ROSCOE Educators program aims to assist first-generation students with their transition to life at the College (Instagram / @tcnjschoolofeducation). 

School of Education professor spearheads mentorship program

What really makes a first-generation college student? Is it just a matter of whether someone in your family has gone to college before you? What if they attended, but did not graduate? These are the questions that Dr. Nadya Pancsofar, an early childhood special education professor and undergraduate coordinator at the College, has been attempting to answer as part of her “ROSCOE Educators” program, which began in January. A mentorship program, it pairs student mentors with younger first-generation students who need help navigating their college experience. The mentors themselves are first-generation students — in hopes that they might better understand how to help student participants.

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The Simulation Lab in Forcina Hall has five beds and two examination rooms ( 

Virtual reality: The new way of learning

In a large classroom in Forcina Hall with furniture ready to be moved around and headsets ready to be placed over eyes, the College’s nursing department is slowly introducing virtual reality, or VR, into simulation laboratories as a method of teaching for nursing students. A handful of junior nursing students are working with Chelsea Lebo, a professor of nursing and the simulation coordinator at the College, to familiarize themselves with VR learning and determine if it can be fully integrated into nursing simulation labs. 

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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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The solar panels currently under construction are just one example of the work that the ESC is doing (Elizabeth Gladstone / Staff Photographer).

The College ESC’s Greener Going Forward plan: How much has the council accomplished?

Have you ever wondered what the planet will look like in 30, 40 or 50 years from now? The College’s Environmental Sustainability Council (ESC), which consists of 10 to 12 members, ponders this question all the time. The ESC’s Greener Going Forward plan is all about making strides to a sustainable, green future. The plan was created in 2020 by Brian Potter, an associate professor of political science and international studies at the College, along with various faculty members, staff, students and student clubs. The plan served as a time frame for when different green implementations would go into effect. 

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With the arrival of spring comes the spring planting season, and a flurry of activity in the College’s campus garden. Many of the garden’s volunteers are part of the Bonner Scholars Program, but all College students are welcome to volunteer at and spend time in the Bonner Garden(Octavia Feliciano/Staff Writer).

Spring means planting season for the Bonner Garden

The work begins in the greenhouse on the third floor of the biology building. There, student and faculty volunteers tend to a wide variety of seedlings destined for the College’s Bonner Garden.  After the last frost date, sometime in mid to late April, a variety of peas, peppers and herbs will be the first to leave the greenhouse for the garden. When the weather grows warmer other crops like tomatoes will follow them.

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The social network agreed to Musk’s offer of $54.20 per share, according to the New York Times. The deal comes after Musk had announced on April 4 that he had purchased a 9.2% stake in the company, becoming its largest shareholder(Image created by Lauren Schweighardt/Graphic Designer).

Elon Musk Reaches Deal to Buy Twitter for More Than $40 Billion

 Twitter agreed to be sold to Elon Musk for $44 billion, following weeks of back-and-forth between the company and the billionaire. The social network agreed to Musk’s offer of $54.20 per share, according to the New York Times. The deal comes after Musk had announced on April 4 that he had purchased a 9.2% stake in the company, becoming its largest shareholder. Twitter had originally offered Musk a seat on the board, but he turned it down, saying that the position would not allow him to bring the changes he thought were necessary.

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Democrats attempt to remove Jan. 6 supporters from being able to run for office(Image created by Lauren Schweighardt/Graphic Designer).

January 6th storming of the U.S. Capitol leads to potential removal of politicians in support of Capitol rioters

The Republican National Committee (RNC) voted on Feb. 4 to censure Representatives Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) for participating in the inquiry into the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol.  Cheney and Kinzinger had been the most outspoken GOP lawmakers by that point, condemning the attack on the Capitol and criticizing Former President Donald J. Trump for his role in the day’s events. The GOP referred to the two lawmakers, stating they were participating in “persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse.”

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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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(Pexels / Brett Jordan). 

OPINION: What will it mean for Elon Musk to own Twitter?

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk has recently expressed an interest in buying all available shares of Twitter in a massive takeover bid that has the media buzzing with the back and forth of this negotiation.  Twitter has shown its antagonism to this offer, filing a “poison pill plan” with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week. This tactic, a common maneuver in shareholder negotiations, would make it almost impossible for Musk to expand his control of the company to over 15 percent. 

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Featured are von Trier’s most recent films, “Nymphomaniac” (2013) and “The House that Jack Built” (2018) (Photos courtesy of Imdb).

Director’s Cut: Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier is a Danish film director and screenwriter whose career has spanned across over four decades. His most notable work includes “Dogville” (2003), “Antichrist” (2008), “Melancholia” (2011), and “Nymphomaniac” (2013) to name only a few. No stranger to controversy, von Trier has pushed the boundaries of screen to new levels, never failing to shock the film community as a whole. 

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Of the refugees and 7 million residents displaced from their homes, 90% of them are women and children under the age of 16(Image created by Lauren Schweighardt/Graphic Designer).

Russian-Ukraine war creates massive humanitarian crisis

According to the UN, 4 million Ukrainian refugees over the last month are on the quest for a new life after fleeing from Russia — a life which will be scarred and affected by Russia President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine and displace many innocent families from their homes. Of the refugees and 7 million residents displaced from their homes, 90% of them are women and children under the age of 16. 

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(Photo courtesy of IMDb)

‘Dual’ is a dry but witty satire on loss, mortality

“Dual,” which is directed by Riley Stearns, takes us into a modern sci-fi world where, upon terminal illness, patients have the ability to clone themselves to save loved ones from the mourning process. When faced with an incurable fatal illness, Sarah (Karen Gillan) decides to go through this process and clone herself. After miraculously overcoming the illness, Sarah now faces the moral and physical battle of legally having to fight her clone to the death. 

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