Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Pancakes for a Purpose with the Tri Delta Sorority


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by Carly Caporrino &Jackson Boisvert

This last Sunday, the Delta Delta Delta sorority of Stockton University hosted their annual TriHop Pancake Breakfast. This event was held on campus at the Lakeside Lodge. The event was open for anyone to attend and was a great time to spend with family, friends, and fellow Stockton students.
Demi DeAngelis, a sister of Delta Delta Delta and their Philanthropy Chair, who organized the event, described the event in her own words: “TriHop is a fundraiser that Tri Delta hosts once a year! It’s basically a buffet-style pancake breakfast. Our sisters provide the food and they make it fresh while we’re there!”

All week prior to TriHop, the sisters of the sorority were tabling to spread the word about the event. From the money that was collected at tabling, to the money collected at the event, the event gathered a grand total of approximately $2,000. All of the proceeds go to Tri Delta’s national philanthropy, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The sorority also held a raffle for the chance to win different themed baskets filled with different items. There were also fun activities that also help the philanthropy with a ‘Pie a Delta’ in the face for $1!

DeAngelis then shared her thoughts on the event and why she personally enjoys it: “I really like this event because everyone’s families and friends come! We’re so passionate about fundraising for St. Jude, and I love that we get to show our family and friends how much it means to us and all of our accomplishments. It’s really nice spending the day with everyone, raising money for a great cause and eating lots of food!”
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New Fraternity on Campus: Welcome Phi Delta Theta




by Jackson Boisvert

Each spring semester, Greek life becomes a new experience for many Stockton students. Stockton’s fraternities and sororities make up 10% of the undergraduate community. Previously, 27 different organizations were recognized at Stockton. As of recently, there is a new fraternity found its way onto Stockton’s campus. They are Phi Delta Theta, recently recognized on March 30th, the same day as their colonization ceremony.

Jelani Gardy, a first-year student studying political science here at Stockton, holds the position of president for the newly colonized organization. He described how the idea of bringing a new fraternity to Stockton came to be. “ We saw that because the new freshmen class that came in was the largest, and Stockton is expanding to Atlantic City, as well as the two new buildings (on campus), we thought it would be a good idea to help out with that expansion, and create a new fraternity that offers something new and different than the ones that are already here.” When asked why Phi Delta Theta, Jelani informed, “We happened to choose Phi Delta Theta because of the qualities it has as a fraternity, such as non-alcoholic housing and a very nice philanthropy, which is the foundation Live Like Lou, which raises awareness for ALS and raises money for families affected by ALS and puts money towards research.”

However, the process of bringing this new organization was not just a task for Jelani himself. He accomplished this with his brothers. “We currently have 30 members,” he detailed, further stating, “A pretty unique thing about all of us is that we are all leaders. It takes a lot for a person to say, ‘I’m going to change the status quo, do something different, and make something from the ground up”. That is exactly what this group of men did.


Stockton’s Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority Hosts Tea for Two


Written by: Jake Levitz

Tuesday, April 10th at 8pm, Stockton University's chapter of Mu Sigma Upsilon hosted its first ever tea party. This event was part of their community communication initiative in order to host a free event that the whole school could attend. They call it Tea for 2, an opportunity for students to connect and get to know a stranger and create new friends and bonds with their fellow students. The president of the chapter, Kelly Sounthavong, said the event was “something for the school and not just the sorority… a way for us to mingle and get to know everybody,” the sisters of Mu Sigma Upsilon wanted to create an more intimate opportunity for dialogue between them and their fellow students.

President Sounthavong was encouraging about the influence this event might have on other greek organizations, she hopes that it will create a platform for groups to get together and share a dialogue to possibly create more free events that are not just mandatory, so that people can get together and just simply talk. Being a smaller sorority, the sisters of Mu Sigma Upsilon wanted to engage with the Stockton community

Mu Sigma Upsilon encourages all students and members of the community to participate in their relationship building event. Tea for 2 is described by the sorority as “an opportunity to engage with students from all areas of the schools campus life,” describing it as, “speed dating but for friendship.” The sisters of the sorority always enjoy being able to participate within the community especially in the Stockton community which is an opportunity to build with their sisters as a whole in a team building experience. Being a smaller sorority creates an introverted environment so by participating in events such as this helps. President Sounthavong says, “Expand on greek unity together and expand on our other connections besides greek life.” By coming to the sorority, Southavong says, “ I just met this stranger, but I feel safe with them. I just spilled some of my secrets with them but I’m ok with that. I'm in a safe space right now to be myself.”

The sisters of Mu Sigma Upsilon hope to participate in more Stockton community based events in order to further engage relationship building development. Other events planned for the sorority include educational based events and many future philanthropic planned functions. The sisters hope to promote more free thinking functions in the future.



LGBT PROM SEQUEL


By Amanda Genovese
The Creator’s Collective Organization will be hosting their second annual LGBT Prom.  This event will take place on April 21st at 8 pm and will run until midnight. The prom location will be in the Campus Center Event Room A. There will be food, music, prizes, and a candybar. “This prom was successful last year and I enjoyed it. I am happy this organization decided to host a second Prom. I hope this event continues for many years.” Junior, Anthony Bastos said.  There should be a headcount of 100 students attending this year.


“This is an event that students can just enjoy themselves and eat, dance, and have a fun time without feeling judged.”  Bastos said. Entry will be free but the Creator’s Collective Organization will be accepting donations that will go towards the Trevor Project. Come out and have fun for a night with refreshments, music, and prizes!

Artful Souls on Stockton Walls


BY SHANNON JOYCE
Souls are displayed on the walls of Stockton University’s Art Gallery for the annual Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition.
This includes artwork from 21 B.F.A. seniors concentrating in photography, painting, print-making, visual communications, and graphic design.
Note: Harley Jarrett identifies as non-binary; a term for those who do not classify themselves as exclusively masculine or feminine. This artist prefers they/them pronouns.
Painting Major Harley Jarrett passionately shared their love for art. “I feel like the thing that sets us apart from other animals is our urge to sing, tell stories, and make marks with stuff,” they said.
This senior is fascinated with abstract art and psychological landscapes, as seen in their piece, “Decaying Leaf.” Jarrett commented that similar concepts are often shared on Instagram. “It seems kind of magical to me,” they added. Jarrett’s woodsy property in South Jersey was the inspiration for their nature canvases.  
This senior “has an urge” to one day attend graduate school for painting. For now, Jarrett is interested in a painting, typography, or possibly graphic design career.
Photography Major Alex Blundetto created portraits of loved ones, titled “People Along the Way,” after realizing, “These people really mean a lot to me, and I want to use my project to show that.” He received most positive feedback for “Carmen,” a photograph of his father in a construction workspace.
After graduation, Blundetto wants to become a professional freelance photographer. He heartily said, “The dream, honestly, is to just be able to travel . . .”
Print-Making Major Christian Bostwick believes being bold is “better than being boring,” as shown with his installation piece titled, “Nonsensical Fallout.” He stated, “My work simplifies a lot of the problems in society without trying to marginalize them . . . I just try to bring out the absurdity in the inherent issues in the world.”
Christian explained print-making involves making duplicates of art such as painting or photography. Think illustrations and photographs found in school textbooks. “I would love to run my own print-making studio at some point in my life . . . the end goal would be to print my own artwork,” he excitedly said.

June 22-24, 2018, Christian will create artwork for Atlantic City’s 48 Blocks Festival. According to 48blocksac.com, this “is a celebration of the artistic talents, creativity, community, culture, and history of Atlantic City.”


Painting Major Vanessa Spollen said she learned a lot about herself while creating her project, called “Visions of a Life.” When asked what prompted her exhibition, she said, “Everybody in this life is connected within each other.” Spollen mentioned another inspiration was the work of Carl Jung, a twentieth-century famous psychologist. “I used painting to express him . . . his theories are all . . . interconnected . . . unconsciously.” Next, Spollen hopes to earn her M.F.A. in Painting.


New Fraternity on Campus: Welcome Phi Delta Theta



By: Jackson Boisvert
Each spring semester, Greek life becomes a new experience for many Stockton students. Stockton’s fraternities and sororities make up 10% of the undergraduate community. Previously, 27 different organizations were recognized at Stockton. As of recently, there is a new fraternity found its way onto Stockton’s campus. They are Phi Delta Theta, recently recognized on March 30th, the same day as their colonization ceremony.
Jelani Gardy, a first-year student studying political science here at Stockton, holds the position of president for the newly colonized organization. He described how the idea of bringing a new fraternity to Stockton came to be. “ We saw that because the new freshmen class that came in was the largest, and Stockton is expanding to Atlantic City, as well as the two new buildings (on campus), we thought it would be a good idea to help out with that expansion, and  create a new fraternity that offers something new and different than the ones that are already here.” When asked why Phi Delta Theta, Jelani informed, “We happened to choose Phi Delta Theta because of the qualities it has as a fraternity, such as non-alcoholic housing and a very nice philanthropy, which is the foundation Live Like Lou, which raises awareness for ALS and raises money for families affected by ALS and puts money towards research.”
However, the process of bringing this new organization was not just a task for Jelani himself. He accomplished this with his brothers. “We currently have 30 members,” he detailed, further stating, “A pretty unique thing about all of us is that we are all leaders. It takes a lot for a person to say, ‘I’m going to change the status quo, do something different, and make something from the ground up”. That is exactly what this group of men did.  


How Reliable and Impactful is Rate My Professors?


By Michael Donne

When it comes time to pick classes for the upcoming semester, many students will flock to Rate My Professors to get a first impression of who they may be learning from for the next few months. Rate My Professors allows students to rate their instructors on the level of difficulty and overall quality of the class on a scale of one to five. They are also given three tags to describe the teacher such as if they are a tough grader, whether or not they give extra credit, or their overall personality. While this can be a big help to students and a confidence booster for teachers, many reviews can be biased.
A student receiving a bad grade in the class could result in a negative review for the teacher, whether or not it was deserved. Unfortunately, many reviews of professors at Stockton is that the higher difficulty courses often correlates to a low quality rating. This trend is the most prevalent in general courses, as there is little to no chance for professors who are challenging in general courses to also receive a good rating. Freshmen Brandon Bess comments on why this is the case,  “How am I going to use any of this information? Individuals use rate my professor to select easier classes based on ratings, in hopes to get an easy A. It's so biased in my opinion, i've taken classes with professors who had low ratings and they were the complete opposite from their reviews.” With all of Rate My Professors pros and cons, the expectation for general courses is one of the more worrying things about the website. Rather than taking a interesting or possibly career changing class, students may miss these opportunities to instead take a class that poses no challenge to them.
To Professors, Rate My Professors is a website that many teachers look at seriously or avoid at all costs. Professor Erin O’Hanlon recently visited Rate My Professors for the first time, and was pleasantly surprised at the rating she received, with only being upset about one thing, her hotness,  “Personally, I’m shocked, because I think I should have more red peppers.” To many professors, the rating that really matters is the feedback students give on I.D.E.A forms. “They look at the I.D.E.A scores more closely because they are validated,” Professor O’Hanlon speaking about why she believes Rate My Professors doesn’t impact teachers like it can for students.
While Rate My Professors does have its drawback, it is not too powerful and many of the problems disappear when looking at higher level courses, when students begin to appreciate a difficult class that challenges them. For O’Hanlon, Rate My Professors is just one of the many variables students account for when picking classes, “If students rely so heavily on Rate My Professors that they make a choice based on that factor alone, they might be missing out on some great faculty and great courses. But I think that students make choices on their classes based on a lot of things, how does it fit into their schedule, will it impact their Thirsty Thursdays, have they had this professor before?”
While Rate My Professor can be a good resource, many reviews should be taken with a grain of salt, and students should instead make sure that they are learning and taking the classes that can allow them to leave Stockton with the best education possible.