TCNJ Magazine - Spring 2016

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05. Knowing that the equator is a ginormous closed geodesic Professor of Math Nancy Hingston lectured on lines and loops at Einstein's former stomping grounds, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton. 06. CONTEMPORARY jazz tuba? Fulbright scholar and Yale-educated tubist Antonio Underwood '83 brought jazz and hip-hop this year to Novi Sad, Serbia. 07. Panera Broth bowls (aka soup) and sandwiches are a hit in this new Campus Town haunt with students, town residents, and a certain TCNJ cabinet-level administra- tor pegged as a regular by a Panera manager. 08. It adds up Junior Rebecca Santorella is the third math student in the last three years to be named a national Goldwater Scholar. THE PRAIRIE 17 Things That Make Us Smile 8 SPRING 2016 BRAG BOARD 01. Buh-bye leukemia The bone marrow transplant that Lions running back Matt Popek made possible for a nine-year-old girl with leukemia has been a success. "We were able to exchange get-well and thank-you cards," says Popek, who awaits her decision on a future meeting. "I am happy enough to have had the opportunity to help in the first place." 02. Applause for The Signal "Proud to announce that the New Jersey Press Association named @tcnjsignal the third-best college newspaper in the state." —Tweet from Editor Colleen Murphy 03. Friends take over D.C. The White House Shawn Syed '17 kept the White House running this spring as an intern in the Office of Presidential Correspondence, reading hundreds of the thousands of letters that arrived at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. destined for the eyes of the President of the United States. "There are simply no words fit to describe the Oval Office," says Syed, a serial political intern (U.S. Senators Menendez and Booker; Congresswoman Watson-Coleman). "Its sheer aura stops you in your tracks and makes you short of breath." The Supreme Court Over the summer, Tom Cilla '17, another serial political intern (New Jersey Lt. Gov. Guadagno; organized crime, Brooklyn DA), will keep the nation's highest court humming. How does it feel to be chosen as one of very few interns? "They called over spring break and said, 'We'd like to offer you an intern- ship,'" says Cilla. The court's website cautions applicants that "competition is keen, and a certain amount of self- screening is advised." Good thing that didn't stop Cilla, a Lions defensive lineman: "I didn't expect it, but it was a call I was ecstatic to get." 04. Starting a law school BIDDING WAR Symone Yancey '16 found herself in an enviable position: She had been accepted by every law school to which she applied, including NYU, Harvard, Penn, Boston University, Columbia, Georgetown, and the University of Chicago. When Chicago offered a complete financial package, "the other universities had a bidding war to get her to come," says Spanish professor Ann Walter-Ault, a Yancey booster. After a summer working and stashing away enough cash to live in the city, Yancey will attend her dream school: Columbia.

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