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Managing Editor Wins Second EMMY

By Elizabeth Birge

Faculty Advisor  

Matt Orso, a graduating senior majoring in communication and concentrating in journalism, won his second EMMY award as an associate producer with MLB Tonight, part of Major League Baseball’s network.

Orso was the managing editor of the Pioneer Times this year.

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Clinton, Trump Closing in On Wins

By: Alexandra Metzler

Staff Writer

New Jersey might be a player in the presidential primary race after all.

After Tuesday’s primaries, both the Democratic and Republican leading presidential candidates are close to winning their party’s nomination. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton needs just 144 delegates to win her party’s presidential nomination in July; businessman Donald Trump needs just 102 delegates to get his party’s nomination.

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Clean Hands In A Germ-Filled World

By Guiselle Rubio

Staff Writer

Typhoid Mary might have been just another cook working for the rich in 20th century New York if she’d bothered to wash her hands much.

But she didn’t, even when health officials explained she was an asymptomatic carrier of Salmonella enterica bacteria, which caused the Typhoid Fever. First they imprisoned her for a number of years, and then released her in 1910 after she promised to stay out of the kitchen.

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Profiles of Student Debt at WPU

Nationwide, almost 70 percent of students who attended four-year public and non-profit colleges in 2014 graduated with an average of $29,000 in student loan debt, according to the Institute for College Access & Success. In comparison, students at William Paterson University that year graduated with an average just over $25,000; more than 75 percent of the university’s graduates carry student loans, according to TICAS.

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My Fond Farewell to the Pioneer Times

By Matthew Orso

Staff Writer

The Pioneer Times student newspaper will hold its final meeting for the year on Tuesday. Our writers have worked hard this year to provide William Paterson University students, faculty and staff with news, stories and a paper that provides the facts.  No one can ask anything more from a media outlet, for facts are the founding principle on which all good journalism stands.

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A Disappointing Hologram for the King

By Sarah Smith

Staff Writer

When Tom Hanks is set to star in a motion picture, chances are you’ll know about the film. However, A Hologram for the King was released last week with dismal advertising prior to its debut.

The film, set in 2010, depicts a washed-up American salesman who tries to sell a holographic teleconferencing system to the Saudi Arabian government. The salesman, Alan Clay (Hanks) lost his house and got divorced after the Great Recession of ’07 and ’08 and in a last chance effort to turn his business around, tries to sell his idea to the Saudi king.

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Pioneer Baseball Prepared for NJAC Tournament

By Daniel Popoloski

Staff Writer

The Pioneers, seeded sixth in NJAC tournament, take on the top seeded Kean University on Tuesday. The two teams split their season series one game apiece, with the road team winning each time. William Paterson University will be on the road for this match.

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Alternatives to Primaries

By Anthony Vargas

Staff Writer

Getting the attention of voters for presidential primaries can be challenging – turnout is often lower than the general election. Some believe, however, that there are alternatives that could change the way the country nominates its party presidential candidates.

Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey, would prefer open primaries in hopes of bringing in more voters.

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Primaries and Caucuses: The Political System

By Daniel Popoloski

Staff Writer

The primary nomination system of presidential candidates is easily comparable to network television and HBO, according to a political science professor.

“Network television needs to apply to a wide range of audiences so a lot of times it’s less edgy,” said Dan Cassino, associate professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. “HBO, however, can be as specific as it wants as long as it’s pleasing a passionate few people who will care enough to pay to subscribe to it.”

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Trump and Clinton Cruise towards the General Election Nominations

By Nicholas Insinga

Staff Writer

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton dominated the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic state primary results on Tuesday, each putting more distance between them and their competition.

Both increased the number of delegates they need to secure their party’s nomination before the July conventions, Trump by sweeping all five states – Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania – while Clinton took four out of five with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders winning Rhode Island.

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The Primary System: Different for everyone

By Daniel Popoloski

Staff Writer

Dan Cassino believes that the primary nomination system of presidential candidates is easily comparable to network television and HBO.

“Network television needs to apply to a wide range of audiences so a lot of times it’s less edgy,” said the associate professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. “HBO, however, can be as specific as it wants as long as it’s pleasing a passionate few people who will care enough to pay to subscribe to it.”

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Pool is cue to life’s lessons

By Anthony Vargas   

Staff Writer

Life sometimes surrounds us with walls. It certainly surrounded Professor Steve Lillis with walls of bitterness, jealously.

It took the death of his granddaughter for those walls to break down. He didn’t ask for those walls to break down, but he had faith in a higher power that this tragedy would turn into something positive and it did.
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Trump and Clinton Get Huge Victories in New York Primaries

By Nicholas Insinga

Staff Writer

Front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton picked up big wins in the New York Primary on Tuesday, moving closer to claiming their individual party nominations.

According to the New York Times, Trump won with 60 percent of the vote and took home 89 of the 92 possible delegates. Clinton won with 57.7 percent of the vote and received 135 delegates while Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) received 104 for his percentage of votes.

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WPU Now Featuring All-Gender Bathrooms

By Gabriela Salvador and Caitlin Sawicki

Staff Writers

William Paterson University’s newest change embraces diversity of a sometimes overlooked nature.

The campus is now equipped with single-use all-gender bathrooms, which can be used by any individual regardless of gender identity or expression.

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Destroying the Final Stress

By Alexandra Metzler

Staff Writer

Your biology textbook is open in front of you.  You have your spiral notebook open on your right side, highlighter in your hand and your study guide in your left. It has only been 20 minutes and while you started off strong, you already feel like you need a study break. It’s only day one of studying for finals; how are you going to get through the week?

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Analysis: Trump and Clinton solidify leads with key wins

By Daniel Popoloski

Staff Writer

This is one in a series of articles this semester covering the presidential election. Previous articles have included registering to vote, Super Tuesday, and volunteering in a political campaign.

In the past two weeks, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and businessman Donald Trump dominated yet again in primaries and caucuses, solidifying their leads in their respective races.

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High Hospital Bill? Know Your Rights

By Edita Diunov

Staff Writer

When I was admitted in August to the Emergency Room due to suspicion of a ruptured appendix, I was quite afraid of the hospital bill that I would get. Being an international student with no insurance at the time meant that I was liable for paying my bill with no help.

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How New Jerseyans can Work on a Political Campaign

By Stephen Scafidi

Staff Writer

This is one in a series of articles appearing this semester about the presidential election process. Previous articles in the series covered voter registration, Super Tuesday, and the Libertarian candidate for president.

Michael Spadoro, a staff assistant for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, has been tied to politics his entire life. His father was the former mayor of Edison and he was part of the student government association in high school. He is now using his skills with the NJDSC.

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