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Concluding Thoughts and a Signal Critique

Many reading this inaugural issue of The Perspective may wonder: why start a publication at a time when it is clear that the newsprint business model needs refining, and sustaining a periodical is becoming exceedingly difficult? How will our organization spread our message and reach our audience with assumedly limited financial backing? What do our contributors want to write that can’t be written in The Signal—an established media outlet? Is there something wrong with The Signal?


The Hurt Locker

Calling attention to independent movies, Roger Ebert said, “it’s a miracle any film gets made. Millions of tiny pieces have to come together.” It’s extremely difficult for independent filmmakers to finance their own projects while competing with profit-guzzling blockbusters that are backed by the mainstream film industry.

An example: According to Variety magazine, Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, director Michael Bay’s explosion-laden sequel about wars between aliens and robots, was the first movie ever to receive full support from the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force. The military, funded by taxpayers, didn’t hesitate to provide the use of “Marine hovercrafts, Navy subs and nearly every kind of Army helicopter and Air Force plane in service… all coordinated through special arrangement with the Department of Defense.”


How Your Eickhoff Cheeseburger Fuels Immigrant Deportation


An effigy of Robert Heussler hangs from Kendall Hall

An effigy of Robert Heussler hangs from Kendall Hall

If there was a violent demonstration on this campus involving something you really believed in, would you participate?


Recently, a strange man appeared on campus with an even stranger message of fire and brimstone. He stood outside the Student Center and told us we would all go to hell for our indecent lifestyles unless we repented and found God. I was proud to take part in the protest against this crazed zealot, for reasons that bear repeating because they are so vitally important. First and foremost, I am proud to stand in solidarity against homophobic bigotry. But there is another reason I am compelled to speak out: because I want it to be known that the voice of the crazed zealot is not the representative voice of the American Right. I am a staunch Republican who voted for John McCain. I supported Guantanamo, the Patriot Act, and the War in Iraq. But I can’t support bigotry, and I am sickened when men like the crazed preacher spout it in such a way as to make it seem representative of my party.

I see the Tea Parties on the news, with protesters showing up by the tens of thousands to cite legitimate grievances against their government. I hear the pundits denounce them as racists; they say we are rioting because we cannot accept the authority of a black president. I hear this and I grow angry. When Bush was president, was I not told that dissent was the highest form of patriotism? Why am I now a racist for disagreeing with my government?

I ask myself, how do people get these perceptions that the rank-and-file of the Republican Party is racist, sexist, and anti-gay? Then I see the crazed preacher spew his hate, and I see how easily misperceptions get started. So I wish to make it known: this madman does not represent us. The average Republican is not a bigot. The average Republican is repulsed by the vitriol put forth by fundamentalist homophobes, and will stand against it when confronted. We are not racists. We are not homophobes. We are not bigots.

Michelson, known by many as “Border Patrol,” participated in the rally

Michelson, known by many as “Border Patrol,” participated in the rally


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Maddie Patrick (left) talks with Craig Hargrove.

Here at The Perspective, we strive to facilitate an on-campus dialogue that is more open, more honest, and more substantive than what the status quo currently offers.

A Few Good Minutes with Marlowe Boettcher

Though his protruding dreadlocks are instantly recognizable, little is truly understood about Marlowe Hans Pessolano Boettcher. Derided by critics as belligerent, crude, and stuck in a time warp, yet lauded by proponents as judicious and cuddly,


Tis the season for local produce in New Jersey!

The benefits of foods from local farms are manifold: transporting fruits and vegetables fewer miles results in less transportation-related carbon emissions, and food from small farms is less likely to be tainted with pesticides.


Early Saturday, September 12th, several TCNJ students attended a town hall meeting in Somerset, NJ to stress the importance of healthcare reform. The meeting was hosted by Rush Holt, U.S. Representative for New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District, home to TCNJ and much of central New Jersey.


There are no more excuses. For those who look to the 1960s with forlorn nostalgia, wishing they could have come into political and intellectual fruition at a time of such momentous social upheaval, shake off that misplaced malaise and join the movement rapidly taking shape all around you. For those who sit idly by while your fellow students organize and actualize, turn off your monitors and turn on your minds. For those who can’t tell the difference between obstructionism and neutrality, you are the reason these provocations must be written. This is a call to action.

We are at a pivotal moment in the civil rights struggle of our era, and we must take ownership over whether it succeeds or fails. As residents of New Jersey – a stone’s throw away from the state capital – we can have more of an impact than anyone else in the nation in improving the lives of our LGBT friends and relatives.

Yes, New Jersey is the battleground state in the fight for gay rights. Legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in our state is currently stalled in the Assembly Judiciary Committee, and by all accounts, will come up for a vote after the gubernatorial election this November. Win or lose, Governor Jon Corzine has pledged to sign any such bill, should it reach his desk. Republican Chris Christie, the challenger, says he would veto it. Thankfully, even if he wins, we won’t have to find out if Christie is bluffing; if all goes according to plan, the bill should be passed during the lame duck session.

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Photo by Dena Lake