Saturday, November 17, 2018

Movie Review: Overlord

Movie Review: Overlord 

The WWII movie with a zombie twist. Overlord was produced by the professional producer J.J Abrams, directed by Julius Avery and written by Billy Ray.

The premise is about a group of soldiers who survived a plane crash and find themselves with a mission to destroy a nazi radio tower to help the troops in Normandy. The soldiers stayed in a village, where they realize that the nazis were experimenting on the people that lived there. Using a super soldier serum, the test subjects reacted harshly causing the soldiers to further their investigation. What happens next gets pretty insane, making the movie live up to its R rating. The war scenes in the movie are really well made and are very graphic, same goes with the zombie scenes. The score on Rotten Tomatoes is a well deserving 81%. The movie was both entertaining and terrifying. Fans of Call of Duty Zombies would enjoy this because it has a very similar premise. I have to say they could have fought the zombies for a longer period of time. But the scenes you see the zombies, a considerable amount of screentime, have you at the edge of your seat. Overlord is out now so if you like the concept and think it will be good visit your closest movie theater and watch it now!

The movie starred Jovan Adepo who played Boyce the main character. Wyatt Russel who played Ford. Mathilde Oliver and Jacob Anderson who played the villagers named Chloe and Dawson, Pilou Asbaek who played Wafner the main antagonist. Then there is John Margaro and Iain De Caestecker who played Tibbet and Chase.

Who's Vine Is It Anyway?

Who's Vine Is It Anyway?

On Thursday night, Stockton University held an event called “Whose Vine is it Anyway?” in the campus center coffeehouse. 

Over one hundred students attended this event, as it was heard that money was the grand prize for the winners..

There were three rounds that took place during Vine Night: the first being a much loved game of Kahoot, the second a finish-the-vine assignment, and the last being charades. Emilie Linzan, a contestant throughout the night, claimed that there were too many people and she was disappointed that she didn’t get the experience she wanted. “Using Kahoot sucked, especially because there was a lot of people on one game, I answered one question and it wouldn’t register. I was very upset.”

For the Kahoot game, there were thirty-two teams of four people. For those of you who have never been faced with Kahoot, the object of the game is to get the correct answer from a possible total of four choices in the fastest time out of all the teams or people you are playing with. There is a leaderboard that lists the top five winners after each question which will most likely change after each question. So don’t worry if you don’t see your name at the beginning of the game, chances are you’ll see that name of yours up on that leaderboard for everyone to see.

The second round of the night was finish-the-vine, where each team of four was given a blank piece of paper. The Stockton Entertainment Team, otherwise known as SET, was in charge of the sequential videos that followed, playing only the first three seconds of each vine. The contestants and their team members then had to guess the ending of each vine and write their answers on the piece of paper.

The last round was charades, where each team had to go up to the front of the coffeehouse and one person from the group had to act out a specific vine and the other group members had to guess what it was.
By the end of the night there were mixed reviews from those who attended. Some claimed they had a fun night while others declared they were disappointed. Another contestant named Samirah Barnes says, “I did not enjoy my night, it was very packed and uncoordinated.” If you ended up having fun, good for you! Making the most of your college experience is important in your future so that you don’t have regrets. Make the most out of college, attend events and make new friends, you won’t regret it in the end!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Are Millennials Getting Married?

Are Millennials Getting Married?

Shayonne Ray | Contributing Writer

Way back when our parents and grandparents were coming up, marriage was
considered being a necessary accomplishment, and an important thing to do in society at
that time. Our parents were married with children by the age of 23, but millennials are not
following in their footsteps.Why? This generation of young people are changing the
stigma of marriage being a necessity and into marriage being an option.

Marriage was put into effect so that a young couple could benefit from each others
families, raise their children and hopefully live what they took to be the American dream.
Researchers are finding that millennials focus is less on marriage right away and more on
their personal career goals, financial goals, and spiritual goals. Millennials perspective on
marriage is changing swiftly, we are seeing marriage happen later in life after they are
financially secured, educated and able to know what they want out of a relationship.

The millennial age range are those born between 1981 and 1996. These are the men and
woman who would rather wait for the right mate to come along, focus on themselves, or
other important factors in their lives. On average most millennials aren't even leaving
home until they are 25 years of age. This is because of the social and economical shift in
the world today. Millennials want to better prepare for the future. Rather than commit to
what society expects from them, they are making their own paths.

The women are more educated than ever before, the men are now.focusing more on their
needs rather than the needs of an entire family. Some say this change is a positive one and
we are headed in the right direction, others question the state of what will happen in the
future is we lose the value of marriage and the history behind it. All we know now is
marriage was the number one goal in the past but for a millennial that goal has dropped to
the bottom of the to-do list.

Sports Betting: What Does it Mean for New Jersey?

Sports Betting: What Does it Mean for New Jersey?

Kyle Buckberg | Contributing Writer

Pictured is the temporary Tropicana Sportsbook. The permanent location us currently
under construction

New Jersey won a Supreme Court case in May that would allow all forms of sports
betting throughout the state, overruling the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of
1992, which outlawed sports betting in the majority of U.S. states. The inaugural day of sports
betting in New Jersey commenced at Monmouth Park in June, as Governor Phil Murphy placed
the states’ first sports wager. Borgata Hotel and Casino became the first Atlantic City casino to
accept a sports bet., with Basketball Hall of Famer and former Philadelphia 76er Julius “Dr J.”
Erving laying the very first action. Shortly after the opening of the Borgata sportsbook several
other Atlantic City casinos have followed suit, including Tropicana Resort & Casino, Bally’s
Hotel & Casino, Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, Ocean Resort and Casino, Harrah’s Casino
Resort and Resorts Casino Hotel.

Figures from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement in August showed that $96
million was wagered on sports in the month, and reports from September reveal a 15.5 percent
increase in revenue from the year prior, totaling $272.2 million. With a struggling economy and
over saturated casino industry, sports betting proved to be just the boost that the Atlantic City
casinos needed. “Sports betting has been the thing that this struggling city has needed. Being that
Atlantic City is in between New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C, sports betting
has a real chance to flourish here,” said local small business owner and casino worker Lee

While the kickoff of sports betting yielded very favorable results for the state, those
numbers would pale in comparison to the current revenue coming in from the sports books in
New Jersey. Sports betting revenue has almost doubled from August to September. $184 million
in wagers were placed in September, the surge stemming predominantly from the start of the
NFL and NCAA football seasons.

Although the kickoff of the football season has created a spike in the sports betting
revenue, it’s quite possible the best has yet to come. Revenue will likely increase dramatically
with from the season opening of two of America’s four major sports-- the NBA and NHL. An
influx of tourists traveling to Atlantic City and staying in the casinos during the holiday season,
coupled with a slew of professional sports games to for the masses to bet should significantly
benefit an ongoing attempt at a city revival that has been sought for years.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Stockton to Hold Diversity Issues in Higher Education Event

Stockton to Hold Diversity Issues in Higher Education Event

Ryan Kennedy | Contributing Writer

Guest Speaker Wayne Boatwright

On November 16th, Stockton University will be holding an all day event to tackle the ideas of diversity in higher education. The conference will go from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the University Campus Center.

Every year the event is given a different theme and this years theme focuses on the ideas of Diversity and Inclusion. To begin the event there will be a speaking event by Wayne Boatwright, who is the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Hackensack Medecin Wealth.

After the events and some words from the Stockton President Harvey Kesselman himself,

there will be four workshops available for attending titled: Safe Spaces: Hate Crimes and Violence, a Political Landscape Shaping Diversity & Inclusion Engagement, Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion, and Call and Respond: Dealing With Social Issues on Campus.

For 18 years the American Conference on Diversity has partnered with New Jersey's leading institutions to hold these events. The event is open to the public and the starting admission stands at 65 dollars, however, fortunate Stockton students can show their ID for a discount that makes their admission to be 35 dollars instead. Student Nauera Abou Abdou, 19, said that she is has “heard about the event in one of her classes and was interested in attending the event.”

There is also expected to be members and representatives from the United Black Student Society, a club which tackles issues and creates programs to address issues related to student minority life. Another likely club that will be represented would be Los Latinos Unidos, a club which strives to enhance the presence of the Latino community around Stockton.

This would be a great event to meet different clubs and experience different workshops. Nearing the end of the program, there will be an area available for another workshop event titled “Student Panel Discussion: Stories Worth Telling.” “I think this [“Student Panel Discussion: Stories Worth Telling.” workshop] will be the most interesting part of the event” (Abou Abdou).

The ending event of the night is held to allow all attending students and staff to speak of personal experiences that they have had to create a “feed” of stories about living as a minority in college life. Any questions can be referred to Diane D’Amicio, Director of News and Media Relations at her email; @Diane.D’ The event is advertised for on the University’s website with all information regarding the event to encourage all students and staff to attend.

A Safe Space for Women of Color to Grow

A Safe Space for Women of Color to Grow 

Mia Forbes | Contributing Writer

Photo Credit: Shedia Laguer

On Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 a group of about 15-20 girls gathered together to offer support, encouragement, and love to one another. The event is known as TogetHER Tuesdays, and they meet every first Tuesday of the month in the TLRC building at the Galloway campus.

This is the organization’s second meeting as they continue to be holding strong. They had sweet beverages and containers of irresistible food catering to those who joined their meeting including freshly baked chicken tenders and mozzarella sticks. With so much delicious food it was a struggle to prevent from getting distracted as they all came to the meeting for one reason- to feel empowered.

There were many exercises shared with the group to help everyone better get to know one another as well. This is in addition to discussing ideas that may better develop the organization and truly create a space for women of color to turn to for support and growth.

According to Dr. Nicole Milan-Tyner, “Mentoring women in the areas of academics, professional, and personal development lends to that empowerment.” Betterment in these three areas lay down what women of color need to achieve higher marks academically, succeed in the professional world, and grow as an individual.

In today’s world although women have made progress in attaining equal rights, breaking gender roles, and feeling more empowered, there is still work that needs to be done. And it can begin with universities around the globe like Stockton University. All it takes is one voice and one idea to cause a wave of change. This is exactly how TogetHER Tuesdays developed because according to Dr. Nicole Milan-Tyner the organization started through “informal conversations among colleagues.” It was from these minute conversations that a grand idea emerged to then develop into such a supportive and loving event.

Not only is there a challenge to overcome as a woman in this day of age, but also as a woman of color. Various nationalities that encompass the female population often face prejudice, bias, discrimination, and so on which discourages them from gaining the education and support they need to thrive.

Women of color must fight for what they deserve and need to be successful. Women of color must develop their own destiny in the world. Women of color must help one another achieve what seems impossible.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

College Football Playoffs Selection Who’s In?

College Football Playoffs Selection Who’s In?

Shawn Cella | Contributing Writer

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Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Taken by Sports Illustrated

It’s that time of year again. The days are becoming shorter, the holidays are approaching, and college football is almost over. Before it could end, four teams will be selected to participate in the NCAA Playoffs. The winner will become the National Champions. These four teams are decided by the “Selection Committee” based off of talent on records, rosters, strength of schedules, win margin, total offense, total defense, and other considerations.

There are hundreds of teams in the NCAA, so only the best of the best are selected. At this time of year, you can make an argument for about ten different teams to be put in. The University of Central Florida is undefeated for the second year in a row, but have not played a single ranked opponent all season. Georgia lost to LSU, but they are ranked ahead of them by the committee. I point this out because there are arguments to be made for many teams, and I am going to make my argument who I feel should be the four teams selected.

Number one, the University of Alabama. Alabama is on a different planet than their opponents. They are men amongst boys and have not showed any signs of slowing down. This is a very uncontroversial pick, so I will not spend much time on them. They have only played a total of two ranked opponents, but they shut both of them out including the number three ranked team. Every game they play, they seem to get stronger on defense and their offense led by Tua Tagovailoa is having a Heisman season.

Number two, Clemson. This also will not surprise many people. They have a dominant defensive line, full of players who are destined to be first round picks in the NFL. They have had some hiccups against unranked opponents, but are undefeated and look to be getting hot at the right time of the season.

Number three, Oklahoma. This is where my list differs from the current rankings. The selection committee currently has them at number six, but I believe they are a top team in the nation. Led by one of the best athletes in the NCAA, Kyler Murray, they lead college football with 49 points per game. Their offense seems unstoppable and because of this I have them ranked higher. Their defense on the other hand is a liability, but I would take this team to beat both Michigan and Notre Dame any day of the week.

Number four, Georgia. Georgia has one of the most balanced teams in football. They have an amazing defense paired with an above average offense. Add excellent coaching and experience into that equation and you have a scary team. Unlike the committee, that is why I put Georgia over both Michigan and Notre Dame. Georgia still has Alabama on their schedule, so if they are able to get that win, I don’t see a way you could leave Georgia out.