PauwWow Issue XI SP2010
Saint Peter's College Student Newspaper
THE PAUW WOW VOL. LXXXII, NO. 11 SAINT PETER'S COLLEGE STUDENT NEWSPAPER SINCE 1933 MARCH 10, 2010 35 YEARS IS ENOUGH Dean Petriello Plans Retirement, Dr. Goldberg Named Replacement Housing Application 2010-11 Goes Online BY SAMANA BHATTA Staff Writer '12 It's that time of the year again. All the resident students and commuter students wishing to live on campus next semester are talking about the room selection process and housing. Almost all the residents want apartment style housing, and most of them have preferences as to where they want to live and with whom. But, believe it or not, room selection process is one of the toughest jobs that the Office of Residence Life (ORL) has to carry out, and it is not quite possible to fulfill every student's desires. The students who went through the room selection process last year know exactly how big of a chaos the process can turn out to be. So, the ORL has come up with a new online system for the Room Selection process, which is expected to lessen the confusions and smoothen the process. The students have been divided into six groups for the online application, which is completely merit based. The first three groups are the rising seniors, the rising juniors, and the Continued at Pg. 5 FRANK DEMICHELE Dr. Velda Goldberg is currently a Professor and the Chairperson of the Physics Department at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. BY MIKE MURCIA Editor-at-Large '12 Effective July 1, 2010, Dr. Richard Petriello, after 35 years of service to the college community, will be stepping down from the position of academic dean. Dr. Velda Goldberg will be replacing Dr. Petriello as the dean of the college of arts and sciences/school of business administration (CAS/SAB). "When it comes to the criteria of a Continued at Pg. 5 candidate for this position, we wanted someone who has been a professor for at least 10 years, and has chaired or headed a department for at least 5 years," said Dean Petriello. The Academic Dean also requires an earned doctorate degree and the reliability of being a support system for the faculty, students, and the diversity found in all aspects of the college. According to Dean Petriello, "a very lengthy search process that started last year led to the final decision." According to Dr. David Surrey, head of the college's search committee, the College hired R.H. Perry, a search firm, to place an ad for the position and screen the initial candidates. R.H. Perry then passed over 30 names to the Search Committee which also included Dr. Virginia Bender, Dr. Gerome Gillen, Dr. Peter Gotlieb, Dr. Maryellen Hamilton, Dr. John Hammett, and Dean Petriello. The committee INSIDE : THIS ISSUE OPINION PAGE 3 NEWS PAGE 4 VARIETY PAGE 6 ARTS PAGE 10 SPORTS PAGE 14 EDITORIAL THE PAUW WOW SINCE 1933 2641 Kennedy Blvd. 231 Dinneen Hall Jersey City, NJ 07306 (201) 761 - 7378 MARCH 10, 2010 2 Consumers Must Employ Prudence as the Homogenization of America Continues Whether we are aware of it or not, brand names have been able to penetrate deeply into the psyche of our generation. The commercialism of our society has trained us to make brand recognition the foundation for our buying habits. As the average individual contemplates a purchase, it is impossible for him or her to ignore the products which display prominent brand logos. This process results from continuous conditioning induced by expansive marketing teams present in every industry. The most common example of this force dominating our decision making process can be seen at the grocery store. Most grocery stores make "generic" store brands available for many of their products. Often, the food contained inside this product is identical to the food inside of a name brand product. Most commonly our only impetus to purchase this store brand product is its lower price. Given the choice between a brand name product and a generic product available at the same price, the majority of shoppers will buy the name brand product. Somehow we have decided that brand name products have intrinsic quality level that is higher than "no name" products. Many times this is not the case and the most well known brand cannot be assumed to be the superior product always. We cannot allow our consumerism to continue to develop an increasing passive character. Superior products and services can only be obtained through an active effort by the consumer. When we fall into traps placed by sophisticated marketing schemes, we may not suffer in the short term. However, if companies can expect to achieve growth by investing in marketing instead of advanced technologies, we will ultimately suffer. In addition, a business built on claims and appealing ideas cannot be sustained if it lacks real value. Furthermore, the pervasive nature of this expansive brand name marketing has led to an interesting phenomenon known as the homogenization of America. Wal-mart, Home Depot and McDonald's are just a few of the retail establishments that can be easily accessed by almost every American in the country. While these national retail chains have the benefit of low prices and convenience, we must carefully consider the price at which these things come. Food from McDonald's, while tasting delicious to many of us, holds little to no nutritional value. Also, customer service at mega stores like Wal-mart is virtually nonexistent. While these chains offer easy access to many products and services that were not available even in recent history, we cannot simply accept them as the best products. Prudent use of our purchasing power will ensure that the best products reach us and not simply the ones that have been presented to us. EDITORIAL BOARD Frank DeMichele EDITOR - IN - CHIEF Rozen Pradhan MANAGING EDITOR Paul Lazaro OPINIONS EDITOR Tom Cleary VARIETY EDITOR Stephanie Danis ARTS EDITOR BILL PETTIGREW SPORTS EDITOR Shishir Khadka LAYOUT EDITOR WANTED Send email to writers@pauwwow. com Martin Sirakov EDITOR AT LARGE PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR Staff Writers Kapil Bastola Ritam Neupane COPY EDITOR Raymond A. Schroth, S.J. ADVISOR STAFF WRITERS Ivo Stoyanov '10 Peaches Dela Paz '10 Kenneth Littrell '10 Mohammad Awadallah '10 Chris Kenner '11 Chris Frakes '11 Alexandra Crossett '12 Samana Bhatta '12 James Driscoll '12 Erica Toledo '12 Semiray Kasoolu '13 GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Christopher Gonzalez '10 Binh Nguyen '12 Samantha Ellis '13 3 MARCH 10, 2010 OPINION up flipping through other channels when the show I'm watching goes to commercial, only to find that after several minutes I have forgotten what show I was watching in the first place. What's more, I often miss part of a show due to everyday interruptions. While there are several costly alternatives to this problem, I'm a college student with no money. With a book commercial breaks are never a problem because you're the one who chooses when to take a commercial break and how long the break lasts. When I'm reading and crave a chicken salad sandwich (heavy on the chicken and light on the mayo), I can satisfy my gluttonous urge to my heart's content without having to worry about a commercial, so long as I have a bookmark at the ready. Reading in public makes you look smart. Watching crass videos on YouTube may be fun, but in public it reveals how immature you really are. However, reading a book conveys a sense of intellect even if the book is not an intellectual one, and even if you're not that smart. What's more, since there are so many books out there, if someone book to your face and peak over it (just happens to ask you about the subject of make sure the book is not upside down). When it comes down to it, books are your book, you can always lie and make yourself look cool. More importantly, a better buy. You get to pick when it's saying you read something in a book time for commercial break, and you get always gives you more credibility than to look smart in public. And who knows, saying you heard about it on television. if you read enough you might learn This is especially true if you refer to the something. And as Francis Bacon once author your quoting by last name and put it scientia potentia es- "Knowledge tip your nose in the air when you quote is Power," and yes my nose is pointed upwards. him. Books make a good prop. Have you ever wanted to talk about someone who is close by, or scope out a cute guy or girl unbeknownst to them? Of course you have; you are human. Books make it easier to be discreet! Next time you're in Jazzman's and want to comment on that freshmen's funny piercing, open up a book when talking to your friend to ensure that no one can read your lips. Or if you want to check out that girl in your history class but don't HTTP://ANNINREALLIFE.FILES.WORDPRESS.COM want her to see what you're up to, hold the Books are Better Opinion Editor '11 BY PAUL LAZARO We grew up listening to grammar teachers stressing the value of reading. Reading expands your vocabulary, makes you a better writer, and helps students learn about the wonders of the world and its history. However, for one reason or another, most students have trouble picking up a book and would rather watch television. The other night, I myself was victim to the temptation to see what was on TV rather than read Francis Bacon's "Meditationes Sacrae." After several minutes of flipping through the channels, I came to the sudden realization that I hated television and loved reading. However, unlike the well founded reasons for reading presented by my grammar school teachers, all of my reasons are purely superficial. Here are my top three: No commercials. These days television has too many darn commercials. Every time I find myself interested in a program it seems to go to commercial break. Usually, I end International Relations Are Not Black and White: A Response to "The Human Cost of War" exercise better judgment regarding what gets published. Mr. Awadallah is clearly passionate about the war issue and for that he is commended. However, I wonder how much his passion gets in the way of dialogue, understanding, and rational thought. The article, in a clear depiction of bias, is full of "extreme descriptions" that prevent communication, promote divisiveness, and at best bend the truth. This article is probably an example of one of the most dangerous types of writing-wrapping prejudice in statistics and emotion. Using words like "occupation," "imperialism," "war crimes," and "illegal," Mr. Awadallah attempts to overlook many complex and delicate issues. He is quick to choose sides and assign blame. It is interesting to note how the article describes Iraq and then seems to add Afghanistan as an afterthought. I notice that Mr. Awadallah did not state his beliefs on whether Afghanistan, and the Taliban in particular, pose a threat to international security. Concerning other "facts," I wonder from where Mr. Awadallah got his Arabic quotations. Are they actual statements from the Iraqi people or are they made up quotations to suit his own position? Whatever the case, I doubt that the opinions of the people are all the same, as Mr. Awadallah leads us to believe in his article. When do people ever completely agree on something? (Admittedly, Saddam Hussein did win 100% of the Iraqi vote) I am puzzled how Mr. Awadallah can speak in absolutes, calling the Iraqi and Afghan fighters a "legitimate resistance." I find it hard to state that people who use the mentally and physically disabled as suicide bombers are anything but "legitimate." Or, Contributing Writer '10 BY MICHAEL MASSEY I am writing in response to the opinion article entitled "The Human Cost of War" from the February 19, 2010 edition of the Pauw Wow. The article states that American imperialism is the at the heart of many of the problems in Iraq and Afghanistan. One of the article's many assertions was that those who disagree with this statement typically cannot point to Iraq and Afghanistan on the map. While I find many faults in this article, I am first deeply concerned by the fact that the "Opinion Section" has morphed into Mr. Awadallah's personal column. I find it hard to believe that there are no other opinions. Even if there are no other opinions, as sad as that may be, I call on the editors of this fine publication to as described in a recent Reuters article, suicide bombers who kill pilgrims. With many attacks being committed on fellow Iraqis and Afghans, how is this "legitimate resistance" anything more than terrorism? Mr. Awadallah is absolutely right when he claims that dissent is very much American. I cannot say whether or not his dissent would be tolerated by the "legitimate resistance" in many countries. No one is condoning war or the loss of life. However, I suggest that Mr. Awadallah observe the situation more even-handedly. It might help to consider that circumstances are more than black or white, yes or no, us or them. And yes, I can point to Iraq and Afghanistan on the map. NEWS BY PROFESSOR KATHLEEN MOTACKI Contributing Writer Just when the senior nursing students thought they had as much on their plates as they could possibly handle for their final semester at Saint Peter's College School of Nursing, they added a meaningful project to their already long to-do-list. Little did they know that this would be one of their most meaningful projects as a student at the "Jesuit Nursing School of New Jersey." When they attended their Pediatric clinical rotation at Children's Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, the largest state-of-the art Pediatric Rehabilitation Center in the country, they became aware of the many different ways to volunteer for the hospital. The senior students participated in the holiday gift drive in December. Then another opportunity arose, one that actually took place on our very own campus in the athletic center. This was a great connection, right at our fingertips! The students learned of the "lightening wheels," the Children's Specialized Hospital Sport's Team coached by Mrs. Trisha Yurocho, Mr. Paul Kolterjahn, and Mr. Phil Galli. Beginning in January, the students rotated through the practice sessions at the Saint Peter's College pool. The athletes were practicing for an upcoming swim meet event to be held on February 27 at the Piscataway campus of Rutgers's University. A "Peacock pin" was requested from the athletic director Mr. Patrick Elliott and he agreed to send the pins for the athletes and added an additional gift of athletic bags as well. The students presented the athletes with the small gifts to show their support. The students attended the event to support the athletes and had a great time cheering for the Lightening Wheels. Issac Adzaho was so inspired by the athletes that he will learn how to swim in the near future. In keeping with the Mission of Saint Peter's College, the student nurses gave their time and support back to the community, but there was one more thing that the students learned. They learned that this was one example of the types of volunteerism they could be involved in as they begin their nursing careers. What a wonderful way to begin the journey as a Jesuit College graduate. They also became aware of the trials, tribulations, stamina and competitiveness of the wheelchair athletes. The Jesuit School of Nursing advocates for " the development of a whole person in preparation for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and service in a diverse and global society". This experience will open the doors for the students to continue their nursing careers in the spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy. Children's Specialized Hospital has always encouraged children to be independent despite any challenges. To encourage independence and to benefit from athletic competition, the hospital developed a junior wheelchair athletic program. The hospital's team, "Children's Specialized Hospital � Lightning Wheels," has been in existence since 1981, when the team participated in its first sporting event. Since then, the team has continued to achieve great success both as a team at the Junior National Wheelchair competitions where they have earned recognition as one of the best teams in the country and on an individual level. In 2003, the Lightning Wheels embraced athletes whose disability does not require the use of a wheelchair. These athletes may use walkers, crutches, wear orthotics or braces. Many of the past and present members of the team are national record holders in track and field and swimming. The team also has been represented at several international competitions including the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Paralympics. Though not all children will set records or compete on a national or international level, they will have benefited from being part of a team and the friendship and self-esteem that it brings. We know that participation in athletics helps to build a level of confidence in young people that will greatly contribute to their ability to meet life's challenges. Many Lightning Wheels graduates have gone on to successful college and professional careers. They attribute their success, in part, to the experience they had as a member of the Lightning Wheels. MARCH 10, 2010 4 Senior Nursing Students Help in a Different Way Senior School of Nursing Students with athletes of Special Olympics Athletic competition is one of college-wide efforts at Saint Peter's the truest tests of the human spirit. College, Dr. Ann Tritak will write about Children's Specialized Hospital is "The Jesuit Mission," and Professor committed to nurturing that spirit in Kathy Motacki and Professor Lisa Garsman will write about the volunteer every way possible. Finally, the student nurses are and philanthropy efforts of the Sigma presently writing papers to be Theta Tau International Nursing contributors for a book entitled Honor Society. We are proud of our "Volunteerism and Philanthropy in senior nursing students and of their Nursing." Each one of the 32 students accomplishments. We know that their is writing about one type of volunteer lives as nurses will be full of help and effort, and how to become involved full of hope for those who need us. We in the Foundation or effort. Some celebrate the senior nursing students examples are: Komen for the Cure for beginning their lives in the "caring for Breast Cancer Research, The profession," with the "Jesuit Mission". Christopher R e e v e ' s Foundation for spinal cord injuries, the Walt Disney volunteer for a day and receive a day's admission to the park and the nursing volunteer efforts for the Haiti Earthquake Disaster, to name a few. Omar Mahmoud will write about all WWW.CHILDRENS SPECIALIZED.ORG of the volunteer Wheel chair Sports 5 MARCH 10, 2010 NEWS Housing Application Continued from Pg. 1 rising sophomores with GPA above 2.0 and the last three groups and the same with GPA below 2.0. All the extra curricular activities count towards uplifting your position, but do not change your group. The midterm grade for the Spring Semester 2010 will not be counted towards the GPA used during this process. The housing application is online at www.spc.edu/roomchoice. Students have to use the same login credentials as their SPC e-mail log in to get in the system. The website makes housing application and room selection extremely easy with step by step instructions. This is where the students will complete their application and include their preferences of where they want to live, the kind of meal plan they prefer, etc. Students who want to request specific roommates must enter the seven digit ID numbers of every single potential roommate in the system, and it is important that every single member of the group enter each other's ID numbers. Students can also enter their preference regarding roommates, if they haven't found roommates yet. The system asks you a number of questions and looks for people who are compatible according to your search criteria, "a very e-harmony style search" in the words of Michael De Jager, the assistant director of residence life for housing operations. The application deadline in March 21, 2010, but the students can edit the information until the day of room selection. The other important thing that every student applying for housing must remember is to clear any pending balances at the enrollment services, library, or the ORL. Commuter students must pay the $250 housing deposit in order to be considered for housing next year. It is also important that the students learn about the building and its criteria they wish to reside in before they fill out their applications. The first round of the room selection begins on April 13, 2010 and ends on April 22, 2010. This round of room election is applicable to all the students in the first three groups. The student with the lowest number will be able to pick their room/apartment first. The accounts of the roommates of that person will be automatically deactivated after that. Each person will have five minutes to pick a room/apartment before the person with the number after them can start picking, but the accounts will stay active until the end of the room selection, if not selected within the five minutes. The same process applies for the students in the last three groups and students with pending housing availability, who will be able to go through the process from April 27, 2010 to April 29, 2010. There have been info sessions regarding this new process. All of the resident assistants should be giving out information and conducting meetings regarding the housing selection, and students can e-mail email@example.com or call the ORL 201-7617130 for any queries regarding the housing application. to all members of the college community, set forth a list of all major accomplishments Dr. Goldberg has made, primarily at Simmons College: "She has been a co-principal investigator on a number of grants involving materials research and teacher enhancement, funded by the National Science Foundation for a cumulative total of over $2 million dollars. Dr. Goldberg has extensive experience in securing external funding, managing large budgets, collaborating with researchers in various disciplines and partnering with multiple institutions. She also worked closely with her former Development Office and the Office of Alumni Relations at Simmons College resulting in the acquisition of $300,000 of support from alumnae and foundations." Dr. Goldberg's experience exemplifies the work of the academic dean as they work with other departments on initiatives for undergraduate studies, financially and educationally, focusing on the college's diversity and its opportunities, and collaborating with other departments on enhancing our education. In regards to her future at SPC, Dr. Surrey's request for Dr. Goldberg to "get to know our students. They are why we, as faculty and administrators, are all here. Have as much of an open door policy as possible." Dean Petriello's involvement with the College does not end here: "I want to go into phase retirement in July, so that I can teach, here at the college, for another 5 years," he said and added, "In my 35 years, I have been the dean of admissions, chairperson of the biology department three times, and the dean of academics for three years. I believe Saint Peter's is a phenomenal institution and I am looking forward to continue my work here, as well as see what the new Dean brings to the table." New Dean Selected Continued from Pg. 1 interviewed nine candidates by phone, and ultimately picked five to bring to campus. "Each of the five candidates met with the Student Affairs, Mission and Ministry the staff in the CAS/SBA Dean's Office, the faculty, and students," said Dr. Surrey. After they met, each group filled out an evaluation covering the candidate's experience as a faculty member and their credentials, administrative experience, academic experience, understanding of Jesuit values and mission, and understanding of the College's needs. Each candidate also met with the academic dean, the academic vice president, and the president. According to Dr. Surrey, "incorporating feedback from each of these groups, the search committee made recommendations to the academic vice president, who made her recommendation to the President." Dr. Velda Goldberg, who was chosen last week, joins SPC with an impressive background. Dr. Goldberg earned her bachelor of science degree in physics from the State University of New York- College of Potsdam, and continued her studies at Boston College, obtaining both her Master of Science degree and Ph.D. in Physics. Dr. Goldberg's experience in higher education includes up to 27 years working with a multitude of departments and committees. She is currently a professor and the chairperson of the physics department at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. In a recent statement by Dr. Marylou Yam, the College's vice president of academic affairs, "Dr. Goldberg has served on several collegewide committees at Simmons including the curriculum committee, committee on tenure and appointments, and strategic planning." Dr. Yam's statement, released VARIETY BY ANA MUNOZ Style Columnist '12 In an interview with the British magazine The Ecologist, fashion designer and environmental enthusiast, Stella McCartney said, "Designers should get information and make adult decisions based on this information. Also they should try to avoid or simply avoid using any animal products � it's not a huge task. As far as I'm concerned that goes for the food industry, the beauty industry and the fashion industry. Billions of animals are killed every year for ridiculous things. A lot of it just gets thrown in the bin". When many think about what ethical fashion is they immediately insinuate thoughts like organic, dull colors, expensive, no silhouettes, but mostly, ugly. Ethically made fashions (this including footwear, cosmetics, and accessories) are inspired with the particular goal of producing fashions that are environmentally conscious, budget-friendly, and, Style to Go Eco-Fashion: Find It produce eco-friendly clothing and accessories. These stores include The Green Loop, and Nau. The website provides discount codes and special sales for the online stores. 2. Sephora.com and stores: The store of every cosmetic lover's dream has become the "it" store for natural and organic cosmetics, skin, and hair care. From brands like Bare Essentials to Pangea Organics, helping the environment has never looked so good. 3. SimpleShoes.com: Online shoe source that provides ecofriendly, organic, and vegan shoes and bags for men, woman and children. The footwear is contemporary and budget friendly. These are only a few sources; if you want to learn about other places that promote earth friendly products you can always research via Google. Fashion should not require sacrifice of the environment, our home. MARCH 10, 2010 6 most importantly, wearable. Through the advocacy of creating a more consciously aware society by celebrities such as Natalie Portman (who designed a line of vegan shoes in collaboration with Te Casan), and Brad Pitt (contributor for numerous organizations building "green homes"), word of much needed environmental improvement is spreading. Because of this, fashion retailers such as Target, Sears, and Pacsun, are slowly incorporating organic fashions into their stores. However, while retailers begin to slowly adjust, little known ecoclothing companies are gaining important attention online. Below I have listed some sources that provide eco-friendly products. Remember, the smaller the steps you take becoming fashionably conscious, the more you will appreciate the significance of the cause. 1. Whiteapricot.com: This website provides numerous, safe links to online stores that Helping the environment, one wardrobe at a time THEGREENLOOP.COM BY DAN THOMASEY Contributing Writer '11 Life in Pavia, Italy is great. I've met people from all over the world and the city is really beginning to feel like home to me. It's always a good idea to go out and travel a bit. This is why the Pauw Wow's own Thomas Cleary and I decided to meet in the unique city of Venice, Italy during the city's famous and historic Carnevale Celebration. Tom is studying abroad in Amsterdam for the semester, so he left his kitchen behind for the weekend and flew to Milan to meet me. Together, along with an assortment of Dutch it. cheeses and Italian panini, we took the train to Venice. Although we arrived in the city after midnight, the narrow streets were bustling with people dressed in costumes ranging from traditional Carnevale masks to full-blown "Halloween" costumes. We walked around, crossing canal after canal, in search of our hostel. After about an hour we finally found The next day we headed to the famous Piazza San Marco. Due to the settling marshland and rising waters, combined with Venice's location at or below sea level, the city frequently floods. We arrived during high tide, so the entire piazza was underwater. Tom really wanted to run through it barefoot, but I apparently was a "buzz-kill" when I said, "Nope, it's the middle of February and it's 40 degrees outside." Later in the day, however, the tide went out and the Piazza was dry and packed with people. I would love to show you pictures but photos don't do justice to Venice. You have to experience it first hand. To me, the city doesn't seem real. It feels like make up for this loss though. It is city you are walking around a movie set or that everyone should visit at least once something. It is just so different from in his or her life. I'm glad I did. any other city in Italy or the world. However, the enchantment of Venice is no secret. This is why it is packed with tourists (including Tom and myself) everyday. It is hard to get the "true" feeling of a city when it is nearly impossible to find the "true" city, that is the one without tourists. Venice seems to lack a spirit. I would liken it to Disney World, to which everyone goes to enjoy him or herself and have a great time, but no one actually lives there. The amazing PHOTO COURTESY OF DAN THOMASEY churches, gondolas, Dan and Tom in Piazza San Marco, Venice bell towers, and canals during Carnevale. 7 MARCH 10, 2010 Brussels Sprouts? BY TOM CLEARY Food Columnist '11 VARIETY outsiders. With backing from the office of Campus Ministry and Community Service, we were able to bring a group of almost twenty students to the St. Lucys homeless shelter for men and women in Jersey City. Having never been in a homeless shelter before, it was an eye opening experience to see how youths could not only help the homeless people by completing tasks around the shelter, but also by lifting their spirits. Saint Lucy's Shelter offers many services, such as job placement and counseling, for those in the community who are left with no other alternatives. For our service, we focused on sorting though clothes and food donations. The aim of the retreat was to provide a service to the community, which people of all faiths could relate to and share how their religion and culture deal with this issue. During the debriefing session, the vast diversity of faiths in such a small group was outstanding. This retreat created an environment where we were all able to learn from each other. Based on the success of this retreat, we hope to lead more interfaith retreats in the future with aim to connect people of all backgrounds and experiences. from Amsterdam!!! REFLECTIONS on COMMUNITY SERVICE BY ANDREA RAFFOL Prepared by Office of Community Service Sometimes it is hard to be an outsider, and it can be even harder to accept one. This past week my fellow class mate, Mike Murcia '12 and myself led the second interfaith retreat of the year, focusing on theme of accepting PHOTO COURTESY OF TOM CLEARY Ingredients (for one person) - 15 or so Brussels sprouts (The amount isn't really important, prepare how many you want to eat.) - 3-4 slices of bacon, chopped up - Some pasta or potatoes, cooked anyway you want Ah, Brussels sprouts! A food that lots of people don't like but have never tried. These little balls of joy are actually pretty good when you cook them with the ultimate failsafe ingredient, bacon. The saltiness and smokiness of the bacon cuts out most of the bitterness of the Brussels sprout leaving you with a tasty dish. Apparently its best severed with potatoes, but I've had so many potatoes recently, I decided to use pasta instead. Some people might be thinking to themselves that this isn't a Dutch food because Brussels is in Belgium, but I had a Dutch person tell me that I should make it, so to me its Dutch. Procedure First soak the sprouts in water for 10 minutes, drain them and then trim off the bottom of stems a bit to clean. After this score/cut a small X into the bottom of the stem; this allows the bottoms to cook better and to be less bitter. After that, boil the sprouts in water for 5 minutes, drain and then add the bacon to the sprouts and cook again until the bacon is cooked All is left is to put it on the plate with some potatoes or pasta. Interfaith Day of Service & Reflection PHOTO COURTESY OF ERICH SEKEL VARIETY SUDOKU MARCH 10, 2010 8 St. Peter's OL 10 x 5.75.ai 1 2/22/2010 11:48:48 AM 9 MARCH 10, 2010 March 10 - March 31 Thursday, 11 th 12pm - 12:45pm 5:30pm CALENDAR Friday, 12 th Mid-semester advisory grades due from faculty for CAS/SBA students Movie Night (Pope Hall - 1st floor) 12pm - 1pm 2pm - 5pm 5pm - 10pm Wednesday, 10th CJSA Game Day (Dinneen Hall - 1st floor) Microplasmas: The little plasmas that matter! (Gannon Lecture Hall) Senior Seminar Progress Reports (Library - 2nd floor) Latin Expo. Dress Rehearsal) Fourth Annual Latin Music & Dance Expo (Dinneen Hall) 7pm - 10pm Saturday, 13 rd SPRING BREAK!!!! Tuesday, 23 rd 12pm - 12:45pm 12pm - 1pm Sunday, 21 st Monday, 22 nd First day of Priority Registration for Fall 2010 CAS/SBA students Microplasma Enhanced Chemistry (Gannon Lecture Hall) IT Brown Bag Lunch (Pope Hall - 1st floor) 9am - 3:30pm 3pm - 4pm 8pm - 10pm Wednesday, 24 th 26th Annual Career Fair (Dinneen Hall - 1st floor) 11:30am - 2pm Annual Wellness and Health Fair (Dinneen Hall) 8pm - 10pm Newman's Importance for Contemporary Theology: Balancing Continuity and Change SEB Movie Night (Pope Hall - 1st floor) Comedy Night (Pope Hall) Monday, 29 th 12pm - 1pm Thursday, 25 th Friday, 26 th 7pm - 9pm 11am - 12pm Fr. Boyle Lecture (Dinneen Hall) 7pm - 9pm Student Senate Sponsored Open Forum with the President and Cabinet (Dinneen Hall) The Witness (Pope Hall) Jesuit History in Jersey City (Pope Hall ) Tuesday, 30 th 8pm - 10pm SEB Movie Night (Pope Hall ) 12pm - 2pm Soup and Substance/ Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing (Dinneen Hall) Wednesday, 31 st 11am - 12pm In the Absence of a Garden of Eden: Where do Newark's Southside Residents Shop for Fresh Produce? (Dinneen Hall) ARTS BY PEACHES DELA PAZ Contributing Writer '10 MARCH 10, 2010 10 Evening of International Song & Dance playful courtship and celebration of life. For the first time in the history of the program, a group of Bulgarian students performed a dance called Hoko, a line dance performed during weddings, new year celebration , and other national holidays in Bulgaria. The Asian American Student Union performed the national dance of the Philippines, a bamboo dance called tinikling. The Dance Team also performed as well as A Taste of Africa who danced to a modern African song called On Sait Pas Ou On Va which translates to "we are going to the top so follow me." The Latin America Service Organization (LASO) performed the bachata, the Students of Caribbean Ancestry and Haitian Student Association all danced traditional moves from their own culture. The entire evening also consisted of several soloists playing the piano, dancing, and singing. A reception followed the performance in McIntyre Lounge featuring foods from different countries including Irish soda bread, peach cobbler, mandarin oranges, and cr�me custard. The event was a success and was the culmination of students from different organizations devoting their time, showcasing their skills, hard work, and a willingness to share the beauty of their culture. On Thursday, March 4, 2010, the 15th Annual Evening of International Song & Dance showcased performances from several cultures around the world. An event that began during the inauguration of Fr. Loughran, S.J, our previous college president, it has become a major tradition of Saint Peter's College. The show began with M.C.s Michael Storey and Christina Clarke starting the evening in the tradition of the Winter 2010 Olympics with a "ceremony" complete with a peacock totem along with the "Final Countdown" playing in the background. Just as the Olympics bring nations together, the evening of international song and dance captures the diversity of the Saint Peter's College community. The show continued with an outside performance of the Afro Brazilian Cultural Center of New Jersey demonstrating Capoeira which is a mock martial art disguised as a dance brought to Brazil by African slaves. The Indo-Pak-Nepali Club performed a beautiful Nepalese dance showcasing mance l dance perfor eir traditiona dents, after th Nepalese stu eir traditional OCA performing thance S Caribbean d Afro Brazilia demonstratinn Cultural Center of Ne g Capoeira ( Dance of w Jersey War) ea SPC Dance T m performance Photo Courtesy of Aashish Shrestha '10 11 MARCH 10, 2010 Wham, Bam, Thank You Slam! BY A.D. MORGAN Contributing Writer Attending the student Poetry Slam at Pope Lecture Hall last Monday night was the most engaging experience I've had on campus since transferring here in the fall. For the first time, I sensed a strong community of talented and intriguing students who shared my interests and passions, whose struggles and scruples I could relate to. Poetry slams are highly personal events. I've had friends for years who don't know as much about me as it can be learned in two minutes by an acute listener during a slam. This is not about just me though, but rather the ridiculous level of talent possessed by the poets at our school, and the imminent need to have more events like the Slam in order to both showcase and progress as individuals and a group. Specifically, a student Slam team should be formed, we should meet regularly, develop and enter competitions. Take Jacqueline Algarin for example: this woman is a true vocal expressionist. Right after the Slam was over she hopped back on stage, and accompanied by a friend, threw it down for an incredibly moving impromptu performance meshing music with poetry. Randy Maldonado ended up snagging first place in the competitive part of the slam, after delivering profound, intense words about love and heritage. Andrew Dawes was runner up and Phylecia Palmer took third place. Junior Chris Kenner, party animal extraordinaire and avid Lady Gaga fan, also gave a great performance. The fact that Kat Magill, an apparently special guest who was scheduled to appear at the slam was stuck at an airport in Phoenix, did not put a damper on the night whatsoever. We kicked off the night with former SPC student Amir kicking some wisdom at us and student emcee "Cassandra" kept it fresh with constant jokes and audience interaction, not such an easy task. We even got to see a heartfelt poetic performance from Campus Ministry's own Doug DeMeo. Overall the slam went swimmingly, and since what's-her-name didn't show up, the Student Entertainment Group had plenty of extra cash to give away. One lucky member of the audience, after prosaically detailing her distaste for cafeteria food, received a 50$ Visa gift card! It's ever y where you want to be, so next time I hope you all want to be at the student poetry slam. If anyone does want to see more events like this, (and I know you are out there), contact SEG and make your voices heard! Also, anyone interested in starting a ARTS poetry slam team or a verbally expressive hip-hop group, either through the school or privately, please send your thoughts to pithilyexpressed@gmail. com. PHOTO FROM: MNARTISTS.ORG Shutter Island, A Mind-bending Thriller BY JULIA CERVANTES Contributing Writer '11 Shutter Island, director Martin Scorese's latest film, is based on the novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane. The movie opens in the year 1954 and U.S. Marshalls Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) have been dispatched to Shutter Island, a mental hospital built in the decrepit shell of a Civil War fortress. These two agents are on a dangerous mission: to recapture triple murderess Rachel Solondo (Patricia Clarkson), who has escaped from her cell, much to the surprise of the entire staff. After Teddy and his partner are led on a short tour of the grounds, Teddy immediately jumps into action, questioning the asylum's head doctor Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley) and his colleague, the sinister Dr. Naehring (Max Von Sydow), and soon, the entire staff. Everyone on the island seems to have something to hide and all of their answers seem rehearsed. The investigation that ensues entangles Teddy and his partner Chuck in a complex web filled with allegations of human experimentation, brainwashing, and patient abuse. Leonardo DiCaprio gives a fine performance as the protagonist of Shutter Island. His character's down-to-business, hard working exterior hiding a tormented past which includes the liberation from a Nazi death camp and the death of his wife. Von Sydow and Kingsley both brilliantly contribute to the unsettling aura of the film. As Teddy delves deeper into the secrets of Shutter Island, he begins to question everything that he believes he knows, as the mystery of Shutter Island begins to envelop him. Shutter Island was originally scheduled for release in October 2009. While this film would have been delightfully bone-chilling over Halloween, it still ranks as a most enjoyable film for any time of the year. A slowly building thriller that toys with its audience's intelligence rather than resorting to cheap scare tactics, Shutter Island leaves its audience (at least myself!) with a shockingly satisfying feeling at its end. Scorsese, whose last film was The Departed, returns with a psychological thriller both disturbing and enthralling. While not a film for those who prefer fast paced drama or high action, this thriller will challenge what the viewer believes he knows. A film such as this causes its viewers to have strong polar reactions--some people will absolutely LOVE it, and some HATE it. Whichever boat you will fit in, I would highly suggest giving Shutter Island a chance. FANPOP.COM ARTS JACKSON STOKES MARCH 10, 2010 12 My Love Affair with The XX than the commercial, I'm not mad. Even though it'll cost me Staff Writer '11 my music snob club card, I like I know I like a band when their single the commercial. It's really cool. is the first thing I want to hear when I Alright, so maybe you've seen pick up my iPod. I know I love a band the commercial and you're as in when their album finds its way into my love with The XX as I am, or you entire day. My latest crush, we'll call haven't seen it and you still have it a crush to lessen the drama, is an no idea why you are still reading, English trio that answers the phone to what should I tell you about the the slightly suggestive name The XX. band? If I'm real slick I'll work Primary suspects are Oliver Sim (bass) in about 150 more words without Romy Madley Croft (lead guitar) and saying anything and totally gyp Jamie Smith (who handles the beats you. Pros and cons, cons first. This and snyth). The XX released their selftitled, self-produced debut album in album is slow. Not a speedy song August 2009. Yes, I know that it is now in the bunch. Nothing above February, and also not 2009 anymore. 40MPH here. School zone inside If you've managed to stay glued to a construction zone slow. Also, the page this long you probably don't the songs have a very familiar mind that I'm reviewing an album five sound to each of them. On my first listen, I had to check my months after its release. You might have heard The XX ipod to see if I was on the same UK band, The XX from Wandsworth, south west London, opening track, ironically on purpose song I started five minutes ago. England, formed in 2005. (not really) named "Intro," if you've been The slow-burning songs with PHOTO FROM: SFBG.COM watching the Olympics. It was featured similar arrangements seem to in a commercial with a speed skater. blend together into larger songs that songs are only around three to three over both of these are simple guitar and Even though I should be outraged (I am are just too long if you're not sure when and a half minutes. In case you didn't vocal melodies (some detrimentalists, much more handsome than some guy in they begin and end. Pros: the album notice before, the pros to this album are might call them lullabies) that refuse tights sliding around on butter knives) is slow. Each song is given as much a lot like the cons. The album's tracks to overpower the rest of the sound wall, by the fact that one of my favorite bands time as it needs to develop. And even all share a similar quality, that unifies instead punctuating the listener from is selling out to the television masses though the tempo is about as fast as the album and provides a non-lyrical within it. It's a spacey, airy, detached who won't appreciate the song further your grandpa after a benedryl, the narrative to what are different songs and sometimes muted sound that about different subjects, The XX creates. But the dealbreaker, songs that all seem to the best part of the songs, are the fit a general theme of vocals and lyrics. The harmonies and relationships good, bad, counterpoint of Romy Madley Croft and and lusty. So there you Oliver Sim are so intimate, that they have it, the pros and cons appear stenographic, read right from are all mutually exclusive the critical desperate discussions of and dependent on your the collapsing or birthing relationships inspiring them. personal perspective. I knew I was listening to something But what about the music itself? Fool, this is I was going to faceplant into from the an album review, you don't opening bars of "Intro." So what if I describe the..alright just have no base for this following claim, for you I'll let you in on but I think that if you do take the time what you're gonna hear. to read this whole rambling article, that The XX blend strong beat you have more than enough time to pull with ambient textures up The XX in your browser of choice and repetition to create and decide for yourself and here's the a hypnotic effect. Jamie claim part; I don't think it'll take you Smith's synth doesn't take more than three songs to know whether a break, but it doesn't run you're in love, or just hooking up. Go away from control and then, get thee to a myspace. I'm calling needle your temples. The you out. PHOTO FROM: WIKIPEDIA.ORG bass is meaty. Layered The XX play live at La Casa 139, Milan, Italy on 18 October 2009 13 MARCH 10, 2010 English Department Conference on Modernism KEVIN FORREST Contributing Writer '12 In its simplest description, the term modernism refers to the application of modern thought to cultural tendencies and movements. On Thursday March 4th, the English Department celebrated this post-enlightenment movement with a day of reflection on the various aspects of how modernist thought had been expressed. The conference was led by professors and students alike, each sharing his or her personal research with the audience. The conference began at 10 A.M. with a look into how the development of modernism influenced American and British literature, with talks by Dr. Loren Schmidtberger and Dr. Paul Almonte. This was complemented by a description of the impact World War I had on the modernist movement by Dr. David Gerlach. The next segment of the conference was titled "Philosophic and Artistic Modernisms." It began with Dr. Lisa O'Neill's talk on philosophical logic from a modernist perspective. This entailed the description of the development of formal logic, epistemology, and a greater understanding of metaphysics. Although she only had a fifteen-minute window to talk, she offered many great points that the listeners later investigated. Dr. O'Neill's talk was followed by Fr. Mark DeStephano's presentation on the little known contribution of Hispanic Americans to the modernist movement. He spoke of the short stories that went on to inspire authors like Hemingway, Joyce, and Kafka. He carefully explained how the Spanish Modernist aesthetic spread rapidly though Europe and the Americas. This segment of the conference was closed with a spectacular presentation about Art Deco by Dr. Thomas Folk. He used images of architecture primarily from New York City to show the development of this artistic form during the early twentieth century. After a lunch break, the conference resumed with spectacular presentations by several students. The first student to present was Jonathan Brantley with an emotionally driven discussion titled "Hope Between the Lines of Color: The Tragic Mulatto in Modernist fiction." He expressed many valid points on the role of race during this time period. Next was Stephanie Danis with an in depth look into the work of Ernest Hemingway and his own development of a modernist perspective. This presentation managed to bring much of the conference together by magnifying the life of one of the most influential authors of the modernist period. Stephanie was followed by Victoria Ebbinghousen with a presentation on the character Laura Sheridan from the Katherine Mansfield short story "The Garden Party." The discussion focused on the ability of someone to live in ignorance to the world around her and the distinctions in class that existed during this time. The next student to present was Kimberly Ferraro who drew from Victoria's discussion an in depth view of Katherine Mansfield and on the confusion that exists when looking at her work. The direction of her discussion was to thoroughly reveal Mansfield's views as either being those of a feminist or a realist. She touched upon the limitations of female characters in literature and the expression of female emotions from a feminine point of view. Explaining Mansfield's ability to omit feminine tone from her work and replace it with a realistic tone drove Kimberly's point home. The final student presentation was by Mindy Wang who described the role of colonialism in James Joyce's work "A Painful Case." She made many strong points and explained the patterns of postcolonial attitudes in recently liberated nations. The final segment of the conference was on modernism's spoken and musical manifestations. It was run under the direction of Professor Katherine White, with the accompaniment of students Francis Donovan, Paula Francisco, Tatiana Gallego, Kareem Gorrick, Jaasiel Santana, and Jursy Wallace. They performed works from Oscar Wilde, Eugene Ionesco, and William Saroyan. Although some of these works are quite difficult to perform, the students did a wonderful job of bringing modernism to life through their interpretations. Modernist music was looked at by Dr. Wifall and then a performance of "Ballade en Mode Phrygien" was given by Enzo Fonzo. The conference on modernism was a wonderfully educational experience for all of those in attendance and it brought ARTS to life one of the most interesting periods of recent history. The ability to look into the lives of the prominent figures in modernism opens the mind to greater ways of thinking. As a personal suggestion, I would recommend that if you have the opportunity to study this period, go ahead and do it. SPORTS BY CHRIS FRAKES Staff Writer '11 MARCH 10, 2010 14 2010 MLB Preview and Predictions year. The Detroit Tigers are also going to be tough with some good power hitters along with Justin Verlander anchoring the staff. Winner: Tigers healthy Jose Reyes and Johan Santana. The Florida Marlins are looking to build on a successful `09 campaign behind a solid young pitching staff and Hanley Ramirez doing everything at the plate. The Atlanta Braves are hoping to dethrone the Phillies as the team to beat with a very tough rotation and mix of young talent in Jason Heyward and veterans such as Chipper Jones. Winner: Phillies have a great lineup with Matt Kemp blossoming into a superstar, but there are problems with pitching depth. The San Francisco Giants again appear to be a pitching team with Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain anchoring the staff. The Colorado Rockies have a talented young lineup behind Troy Tulowiski and a pitching staff made for the high altitude. The Arizona Diamondbacks season will be based on whether Brandon Webb can get back to his old form, if he isn't dealt before the Trade Deadline. Finally the San Diego Padres could be a surprise in the division with a solid young rotation behind Mat Latos and a young lineup behind Adrian Gonzalez and Kyle Blanks. Winner: Rockies The Los Angeles Angels New York Yankees. AL East: The AL East is looking to be once again the toughest in baseball. It appears to be a three horse race with the Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, and defending champion New York Yankees. Looking to catch up with the Yankees, the Sox added John Lackey to bolster their already loaded rotation. The Yankees countered by acquiring Javier Vazquez, with Nick Johnson and Curtis Granderson to their already stacked lineup. The Rays are still a very young talented team and could be a force as they were in 2008. Winner: Yankees AL West: The West looks to be wide open this year with no clear cut favorite. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have had a lock on the division for the past few years but lost all stars such as Lackey, Chone Figgins and Vladamir Guerrero. The Texas Rangers competed last year with young pitching and solid defense and hitters, the addition of Vlad should make them a tough team again. The Seattle Mariners are looking to build on their solid year in 2009 with one of the toughest rotations behind Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee. Winner: Mariners Sports Calendar Men's Tennis (Home) The Chicago Cubs NL Central: The Central will be competitive once again with three potential teams fighting for the crown. The St. Louis Cardinals have two potential Cy Young candidates in Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter, and the best player in the game in Albert Pujols. The Chicago Cubs have a lot of talent, but will they be able to overcome the 100 plus years of a championship drought? The Milwaukee Brewers have a great power lineup in Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun, but will that be enough to get past the Cards? Winner: Cardinals - Tuesday, Mar 23 4pm Opponent : Fordham - Sunday, Mar 28 10am Opponent : Loyola Location : Yanitelli Center Bubble Women's Tennis (Home) - Wednesday, Mar 10 3:30pm Opponent : Fordham - Sunday, Mar 21 12pm Opponent : Providence - Saturday, Mar 27 9am Opponent : Long Island Opponent : St. John's - Sunday, Mar 28 10am Opponent : Loyola - Wednesday, Mar 31 4pm Opponent : Manhattan Location : Yanitelli Center Bubble Minnesota Twins AL Central: The Central race went to the very end last year as the Minnesota Twins were crowned champions. The Chicago White Sox look to be very tough this year as they are loaded with pitching after acquiring Jake Peavy last The Philadelphia Phillies NL East: The Philadelphia Phillies have controlled the division the past few years and added Roy Halladay to the solid core returning from last year's NL champion team. The New York Mets could be a force in the division with a San Francisco Giants NL West: this appears to be the most wide open division as well as weakest, with any of the five teams being able to take it. The Los Angeles Dodgers 15 MARCH 10, 2010 Men's Tennis Looking to Take Next Step in 2010 BY BILL PETTIGREW Sports Editor '11 After a hot start to their spring season, the Saint Peter's College Men's Tennis team is looking to improve on last year's record after an intense offseason that has allowed them to hit their stride early on instead of towards the end of the season. Hopefully their endurance training keeps this up all season, and the team can achieve their goal, which many on the team agree is to win MAAC's. Showing up in season form and game shape has worked well for junior Chris Frakes, who shed thirty pounds since Thanksgiving and has recovered from a nagging ankle injury. He and his younger brother Alex have come up big as a doubles partners against MAAC rivals thus far. Sergery Igel and Robert Forai have been unbeaten up to this point in singles play. Igel contributes his success to fitness and consistency, as well as having more support and motivation to win, when the stands are packed with fans. "It's great to have the support," Frakes says, "We can continue with the home court advantage." Jay Gramatica, the lone senior on the team this year, is proud of the freshmen who have stepped up and played like veterans. "Our freshmen have brought new life to our team. The goal of being number one is getting closer to a reality than a dream because of our new additions." The Peacocks hope to ride this hot streak well into their season and into the MAAC Tournament in order to stay atop the standings and bring a championship to Saint Peter's. SPORTS J.J. 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