The Pace Chronicle - Volume I, Issue VII - Oct. 26, 2011
The seventh issue of The Pace Chronicle featuring Halloween articles, the introduction of Pace's environmental lecture series, and the latest columns of The G-Spot and 40 Acres & a Macbook.
Start Spreading The News... ThePace Chronicle Volume I, Issue VII Inside News.....................1-2 Feature............3 Health......................5 Opinion........6-7 Entertainment...9-10 Sports......11-12 Pace University, Pleasantville/Briarcliff Manor, NY www.PaceChronicle.net Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 Environmental Lecture Series Debuts The G-Spot Music to Misbehave to page 7 Entertainment Halloween Moments, page 9 Opinion The first of a series of lecture talks by the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies held in Gottesman Room of the Kessel Student Center on Oct. 18. Jemma York News Editor Jemma.D.York@pace.edu Westchester residents, Pace faculty, and students attended the first installment of Pace’s Lecture Series titled "Hard Choices in Hard Times: Deciding Our EnIgnorant Cain?, page 6 Setter Spotlight LGBTQIA Taskforce Created on Pleasantville Campus Ali Silver Feature Editor Alexandra.R.Silver@pace.edu Barbara Retta, page 12 Health Healthiest Treats, page 5 “Read it, write it, and drink lots of coffee,” - Jeremy Kelley vironmental Future,” held in the Gottesman Room on Oct.18. The discussion provided a behind the scenes look at environmental decision making. Panelists discussed and answered questions regarding the lack of environmental policy, the role of higher education in securing a The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Questioning Intersex Asexual (LGBTQIA) Taskforce has started up on the Pleasantville campus. An equivalent taskforce was created on the New York City campus, but in the efforts to continue the progress made in NYC, Cornell Craig and the Office of Campus Diversity decided to try it out in Pleasantville. NYC has an entire center dedicated to the LGBTQIA task force; meanwhile, Pleasantville did not have the same need for one and instead made this a graduate assistant position. Due to his experience and being a member of the founding executive board of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), it was evident that graduate student Jacob Knisely was the man for the job. “The ultimate mission is not only the program, but definitely to fight for the things that may not be visible to most,” said Knisely. “We are going to be advocating a lot for gay rights on campus. For example, talking to residential life about having general neutral housing, which means a male could live with a female or the bathrooms will not say men’s or women’s for those who are transgender.” This might sound similar to what GSA is currently promoting, but Knisely explained that GSA is more bringing awareness and the programming aspect while LGBTQIA is more behind the scenes. “I want to bring more awareness on campus and work closely with GSA to plan more educational events,” said Knisely. The taskforce does not meet regularly like a standard organization would. Its video conference meetings with NYC will take place on Oct. 28, Nov. 18, and Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.m. in Miller 16. For more information about the LGBTQIA taskforce, you can contact Knisely at Jacob.J.Knisely@pace.edu. sustainable future, and rebuilding support for conservation policy in a hostile political environment. The panelists included External Affairs Officer of The Nature Conservancy Glenn Prickett, Senior Fellow in Environmental Affairs at the Pace Academy John Cronin, award winning sci- Photo by Scott Wynn ence journalist for The New York Times and Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace Academy Andrew Revkin, and Director of the West Point Center for the Rule of Law Robert Goldstein. Director of Pace’s Academy Continued on Page 2 Pace Names New Homecoming King & Queen Erika Bellido Web Editor Erika.Bellido@pace.edu Our new Homecoming King and Queen for 2011-2012 are Curtis Braxton and Amanda Carter, whom both received $500. Braxton is a sophomore, double majoring in film and screen studies and creative writing. Braxton said he was shocked by the win because he felt he was nothing special but expressed he was really glad people voted for him. To Braxton, Homecoming King is more than just a title. “I feel like I have a responsibility to the school now. People could see me as a role model and I should be using this title to show students how important it is to get involved, have pride in their school and in themselves.” Braxton will use the money to travel home in North Carolina for the holidays. Carter is a senior, majoring in criminal justice and is the Executive Vice President of Judicial and Compliance for Student Association and the Vice President and Community Service Chair of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Sigma Iota Chapter. Carter, like Braxton, was shocked by the win as well. “All of the women in Court for Homecoming Queen are strong leaders on campus and play an important role in their organizations and teams.” Carter didn’t win Homecoming Queen last year and said she doesn’t give up on her dreams, so she owed it to herself to try again. Other nominees for Homecoming King were Evan Freehan and Matt Indick. Other Homecoming Queen nominees were Melanie Londono and Ursula Vero. News Page 2 What’s Making News Beyond Campus? Samantha Finch Featured Reporter Samantha.Finch@pace.edu TRIPOLI, Libya - Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi was killed Oct. 20. Qaddafi, who ruled Libya for 42 years, died while hiding in his hometown of Sirte. Rebels took control of Sirte, and soon killed the dictator, according to the National Transitional Council (NTC), the interim Libyan government. “We have been waiting for this moment for a long time,” said Prime Minister of the NTC Mahmoud Jibril. President Obama confirmed the death of Qaddafi and said, “The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted.” KABUL, Afghanistan - The US strongly warned Pakistan against providing safety to members of extremist organizations. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Pakistan officials that they would face severe consequences if they continue to allow safe havens for extremist organizations. Such organizations have crossed the border to attack Americans and Afghans. “There’s no place to go any longer…No one should be in any way mistaken about allowing this to continue without paying a very big price,” said Clinton. BANGKOK, Thailand – On Oct. 21, the Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra stated that he will be taking over the control efforts in Thailand’s after serious flooding. The flood is marked as the worst in decades and left the city in a state of emergency for several days. Shinawatra, who has only been in office for two months, stated he will simply be following the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Act. The flood took the lives of over 300 people and since July has caused over 14,000 companies to shut down. The overall damage of the city is estimated at $6 billion. HONG KONG, China - On Oct. 21, the Chinese government refused a request of American solar panel companies to introduce tariffs on solar panels made in China. The capital, Beijing, accused the American industry of protectionism that, in the future, could harm the general state of the globe. The Chinese Commerce Ministry stated cautiously that the introduction of tariffs on the solar panels would cause the US to see a decline in sales of factory equipment and raw materials for the panels from China. Seven of the solar panel companies have filed a broad trade case against China already. The US government has two weeks to decide whether or not it will take on the case. The Pace Chronicle First Lecture Series Debuts Continued from page 1... for Applied Environmental Studies Michelle Land served as the moderator of the program by asking the panelists questions, facilitating the dialogue as needed, and ensuring that the audience had an opportunity to ask questions of the experts. “The lecture series is intended to highlight the talent and expertise at Pace University (including visiting scholars),” said Land. The panelists, including Land, were selected to participate due to their ability to address the difficult questions surrounding how America will balance environmental protection and economic resilience. Land added, “If you add up the cumulative experience of the four panelists and [her], together [they] have logged over 100 years in [their] environmental careers.” The Lecture Series was created by the Pleasantville Master Plan Communication Team, which is composed of faculty and administration. The Lecture Series provides “our neighbors in Pleasantville, Mt. Pleasant, and surrounding areas the opportunity to come on campus and witness firsthand the intellectual and creative capacity of our students and faculty,” said Assistant Vice President Marketing and Communications Susan Kayne. Sophomore marketing student Crisitina McGuire said, “The environment topic was so relevant and perfect for the start of the Lecture Series. This is an issue that will affect the Mount Pleasant community and Pace, so it’s a great way to bring us together...I am interested to see the other lectures brought to campus.” The topics for upcoming lectures will be chosen by members of the Master Plan Communications team. Every lecture must be approved by the Provost's Office. Kayne said, “All topics must be timely, topical and of interest to a mainstream audience. The line-up has not been finalized.” The next three lectures will take place next semester in Feb., March, and April. Anyone wanting to suggest topics can contact Susan Kayne at skayne@pace. edu. The Pace Chronicle at Homecoming Weekend Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 The Pace Chronicle Editorial Staff Michael Oleaga Editor-in-Chief Rose Fava Managing Editor Tafasha Pitt Layout Editor Adam Samson Erika Bellido Photography Editor Web Editor Kelly Povero Copy Editor Mark Robertson Copy Editor Jemma York News Editor Alexandra Silver Feature Editor Colby Hochmuth Melissa Recine Entertainment Editor Health Editor Martin Totland Gabrielle Davina Columnist Editor Opinion Editor Susana Verdugo-Del Real Sports Editor Operational Staff Sungi Clark Business Manager Shiga Sunny Circulation Jeremy Kelley Alumni Advisor Prof. Michael Perrota Faculty Advisor firstname.lastname@example.org Featured Reporters Arthur Augustyn Arthur.J.Augustyn@Pace.edu Samantha Finch Samantha.Finch@pace.edu Timothy Doyle Timothy.M.Doyle@Pace.edu Columnists CJ Dudek Christopher.J.Dudek@Pace.edu Ebony Turner Ebony.Turner@Pace.edu The Pace Chronicle is published by Trumbull Printing: (203) 261-2548 Captions & Credits: 1. 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Subscription and advertising rates available upon request. The Pace Chronicle, Pace University 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, N.Y. 10570 Phone: (914) 773-3401 PaceChronicle@pace.edu www.PaceChronicle.net The Pace Chronicle is sponsoring a trip to apply on OrgSync now! Only 12 spots open, first come, first serve! Page 3 The Pace Chronicle Meet The Greeks: Alpha Phi Delta The brothers of Alpha Phi Delta in Spring 2011. Ali Silver Feature Editor Alexandra.R.Silver@pace.edu Built on brotherhood and tradition, Alpha Phi Delta (APD) has remained a strong fraternity on Pace’s campus for almost a quarter of a century. Founded in 1914 at Syracuse University, APD originated as an Italian-based fraternity, until recent years when they diversified to accept all nationalities, cultures, races, and religions. This national social fraternity takes pride in their community service. Instead of having a specific philanthropy, APD created a national foundation in their name which helps out many charities and causes such as The American Cancer Society. “This year our chapter, locally, is focusing a lot on The Cottage School, so every Saturday we are sending five brothers over to work with some of the children who live in the residential treat- ment facility over there,” said senior English student and President of APD Patrick Corr. “We are also gearing up to do work with Relay for Life and the Polar Plunge, which are two things we have always taken part of,” added Corr. APD is also very campus oriented and involved in multiple organizations. “We have many Residential Assistants (RAs), multiple senators in Student Association (SA), organization executive board members, and brothers who have on -campus jobs,” said junior criminal justice student and brother of APD Joseph Cuccaro. In its 24 year history at Pace, APD takes pride in their strong relationship with alumni. Currently, seven of the 14 active brothers who graduated this past spring 2011 remained on campus. “Many stayed to pursue things such as JD’s or masters in public administration and criminal jus- Photo from Patrick Corr tice,” said Corr. “Others are working administratively. One brother is a Resident Director (RD) over on the Briarcliff campus and another is helping to head up the IT department. In general we have a great alumni network, a strong national support system, and a lot of chapters around New York and Westchester, so it is easy to maintain a standard of involvement.” At the end of Nov., APD will be hosting their annual Italian Cultural Dinner. The event is essentially a big family dinner where the brothers invite other fraternity chapters and members of the Pace community to discuss various cultural heritages. For further information about Alpha Phi Delta, you may contact Patrick Corr at Patrick.G.Corr@pace.edu. Rate your Ex on Ex-Rated! Melissa Recine Health Editor Melissa.M.Recine@pace.edu When choosing classes for the semester, most students talk to upperclassmen to find the scoop about the best or worst professors. Then along came ratemyprofessor.com, the website that influences students' choices on teachers and classes immensely. Now, the next big thing that has come to the world of technology is rate your ex-partner. Exrated.co (not .com) is for those outspoken people who want to rant and vent to the world about how horrible and obsessive their ex’s were. When the site first loads, there is always a new “quote of the moment,” which is taken from somebody’s rating. On the side there are a few options to choose from: rate your ex, search for a name, and sign up now. It is not necessary to create an account to look up an ex, but when rating one, a login is required. The site was created so people could see the past experiences of a person before they start dating them. Exrated.co was created by a young businessman, Tom Padazana, in the summer of 2010. He created it so that his friends, who were looking to start a relationship, could rule out the girls they wanted from the ones they didn’t. He also stated that it was intended for those friends who are already using online dating sites. After searching for a particular name, a rating from 1-5 will appear under the name. Until an account is signed in, however, the full review will not be displayed. When two people write a review for the same person, they become ex-friends and are linked through the site. The site is not yet fully developed, but is constantly being updated. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 Teacher Feature: Feature Prof. Brian Monahan versity that the university was looking for someone who had experience in education and school administration. So I came here three years ago and it has been just great,” Monahan said. Currently, Monahan teaches undergraduate courses in education and graduate courses in school administration. He is also the coordinator of the programs in educational leadership and educational technology. “I am quite excited about the chance we’ll get to prepare future school leaders because the principle and vice principle have a huge impact on what the culture of a Professor Monahan of the School of Eduschool is like,” said Monahan. cation. While Monahan is excited Photo by Ali Silver/The Pace Chronicle about what is going on inside the classroom, he feels there is improvement to be made outside of Ali Silver them. Feature Editor Pace has a program for educaAlexandra.R.Silver@pace.edu tion majors in which they observe In the sixth grade, his teacher and student-teach in classrooms. “We are already doing it, but told him he should pretend to sing in the school play because he had such we can do better,” said Monahan. “Reaching out to public a terrible voice. To date, Professor Brian Monahan has used that voice to schools in the area and establishing more partnerships with public educate youth for over 40 years. A Dobbs Ferry, NY native, Mo- schools. Having spent most my nahan grew up with a strong love for life in public school, the more his town; so much, in fact, that he we can get our students to be in decided to raise his own family there schools and what it is like to really teach in a public school, I too. The story of the Monahan family think, the better off they will be.” The best aspect of teaching, is an educational one, literally. In 1971, Monahan was working according to Monahan, is the as a high school English teacher in give-and-take with students. In his experience, he finds it Yonkers, NY. One day, he was put on cafeteria duty, where he met a beauti- is boring listening to him talk for ful elementary school teacher, Terry, two hours, so he finds it more interactive to have him listen to the over a bite of Sloppy Joe. Today, the Monahan’s have a students as well. Monahan has also published daughter, Lisa, who chose not to follow the path of her parents, but is a many articles, most on education product manager for the Harts Pet and technology; how technology helps kids to learn better and keep Food Company. Monahan’s career process, ulti- them involved in school and help mately leading up to teaching at Pace, schools run better. He has also written parts of a couple of books began in the 1970s. “I have more academic degrees on education and technology. Outside of teaching, Monahan than the normal person needs,” said has always been a very big supMonahan. In 1970, Monahan received his porter of community service, esBachelor of Arts degree in English pecially in his Dobbs Ferry comfrom the State University of New munity. Along with being a member of York Albany; two years later, he obtained his Masters in English from the Parents Teachers Association Iona College; in 1977, he received a (PTA), he ran and was elected to Masters in applied linguistics, spe- become a member of the Board of cializing in language and reading, Education of Dobbs Ferry. Also, from Teachers College, Columbia he was later elected to serve six University. In 1986, he received his terms on the Village Board of final Masters in computer science Trustees, and was elected to three from Pace University; and finally, in terms as the mayor of Dobbs Fer1982, Monahan received his Ph.D. in ry. “I gave the job up ten years curriculum and teaching, specializing in language and literacy, from Ford- ago when I became superintenham University, with his dissertation dent,” said Monahan. “It was a very cool job, and incredible being computerized text analysis. 20 years ago, Monahan began his amount of work for nearly no career working in Yonkers, NY, at the money. I saw it as a way of being high school in which he met his wife. involved in your community.” In the next few years, Monah“I also worked at Iona College for several years,” said Monahan. “I an would like to continue teachwas the vice provost and the associate ing. However, he says he would like to retire within the next ten academic vice president.” Afterwards, Monahan worked for years. Once retired, Monahan plans 14 years in the North Rockland Central School District. He started as the on working on his golf game, coordinator of technology and then which scares him even more than served other roles before being given the thought of retiring because he the title of Superintendent of Schools is not so good at it. As Monahan puts it, “Don’t in 2005. “I had planned to retire, but then I take yourself too seriously.” heard from a colleague at Pace Uni- Health Advertisement Page 4 The Pace Chronicle Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 Page 5 The Pace Chronicle Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 Health The Truth Behind the Sweet Tooth The Most Common and The sweetest people have Most Halloween-Y Phobias the sweetest tooth Melissa Recine Health Editor Melissa.M.Recine@pace.edu With Halloween comes the notion of being scared. However, there are certain things that people are scared of all year round, not just the end of October. Glamour magazine has came up with a list of nine most secret, yet most common phobias: You may be able to blame your sweet tooth on your peersonality, according to a recent study. Photo By Melissa Recine/The Pace Chroncile Melissa Recine Health Editor Melissa.M.Recine@pace.edu With one of the biggest candy holiday’s creeping its way into our lives, it’s common to hear about people having a “sweet tooth”. Halloween isn’t the only time the sweet tooth is blamed for over indulging in candy and other sweet foods but what exactly is it? A person is considered to have a sweet tooth if they consistently crave sweet foods. Not many people would say that having a sweet tooth is a good thing; however, new research proves otherwise. Ironically, people who have a sweet tooth also have sweeter personalities. A study involving 55 college students rated their liking of a variety of foods with the different flavors: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and spicy. Then the students were asked to express their personality traits including friendliness, cooperation, and compassion. A separate experiment asked students to either eat a sweet food, a bland food, or not eat at all. After, these students were asked to help a professor. Those students who had eaten the sweet food were more eager and willing to help their professor than the other two groups. Although there is no research yet to prove that people who prefer sour foods are actually meaner than the sweet toothers, scientists are working on connecting other favored tastes to personality traits. Fear of Crossing Bridges: Gephyrophoboia Fear of Spiders: Arachnophobia Fear of Vomiting: Emetophobia Fear of Birds: Ornithophobia Fear of Elevators: Although this term has not yet been created, many psychologists refer to it as a case of claustrophobia. Fear of Airplanes: Aerophobia Fear of Thunder and Lightning: Astrophobia Fear of Dogs: Cynophobia Fear of Germs: Germophobia Although these fears may not be an issue just on Halloween, there are phobias that people have only around this time of year. These include fear of the Boogyman (Bogyphobia), cemeteries (Coimetrophobia), pumpkins (Cucurbitophobia), ghosts (Phasmophobia), and witches (Wiccaphobia). The two top phobias that are most common during Halloween are Phobophobia, which is the fear of fears, and Samhainophobia, which is the fear of Halloween itself. What are you afraid of? Spiders? Confined areas? Or Airplanes? Photo From MyVibeZone Want to write a Health article for The PaceChronicle ? Email us at PaceChronicle@Pace.edu! The Trick to the Treats Choosing the healthiest Halloween candies Melissa Recine Health Editor Melissa.M.Recine@pace.edu With Halloween just around the corner, many people start limiting their sweet intake to save up calories for the big day. It is inevitable that people eat more candy on Halloween than they would on any given day, but all of those sugary candies are not healthy, even though it seems like it’s just for one day. Well after the night of Oct. 31, trick-or-treat candy will stay in a bag in a desk drawer, and we all know how long that bag can last. The trick to eating Halloween candy and not shoving an incredible amount of calories in your mouth is by filtering the candy. At the end of the night, look at all the candy obtained and deter- mine which ones Blow Pops: This to keep and which gum filled lollipop to throw away. has 60 calories The best candy and 13 grams of bars to eat include: sugar. 100 Grand, Take Gobstoppers: It 5, Nestle Crunch takes nine gobBar, and Kit-Kat stoppers to reach Bars. All of these 60 calories with candies have 220 no fat and 14 or less calories per grams of sugar. serving. They also Pixy Stix: In sevhave 12 or less en straws of this grams of fat and sugary treat, there Candy corn is one of the better halloween candy choices. less than 25 grams are only 60 caloof sugar. ries with no fat In addition to the candies that and 15 grams of sugar. The worst candy bars to eat include: Snickers, Butterfinger, 3 are better to eat there are Jolly Candy Corn: Nineteen pieces of Musketeers, and Hershey’s Milk Ranchers, Blow Pops, Gobstop- this popular Halloween candy has Chocolate Bar. These candies pers, Pixy Stix, and Candy Corn. 140 calories, no fat and 32 grams include more than 260 calories Jolly Ranchers: Three of these of sugar. There are a few more candies per serving. They also have up candies adds up to only 70 calories with no fat and only 11 grams that are considered a bit healthy to 16 grams of fat and 40 grams of sugar. to eat this Halloween, including of sugar. dark chocolate bars, Junior Mints, and Almond M&Ms. Of course, these foods aren’t pure health foods, but their nutritional contents surpass most other candies. Many studies show that dark chocolate is healthy for people to eat almost every day; Junior Mints are lower in fat than most other chocolate candies; and Almond M&Ms have no trans-fats and the almonds in them contain important cell health acids. Candy has almost no nutritional value, but it is still so fun to eat, especially on Halloween. There is nothing wrong with eating a few extra sweets to celebrate this ghostly holiday. Just be careful not to go overboard, and be sure to filter out the good and the bad candies. Opinion Page 6 The Pace Chronicle Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 Make The Pace Chronicle a Class for Credit Martin Totland Opinion Editor Karl.M.Totland@pace.edu Many universities around the country offer classes that introduce students to the basics of journalism. Pace does that. Many universities around the country also offer a class that produces the school’s newspaper. Pace doesn’t. Why not? Integrating the campus newspaper, The Pace Chronicle, the hallowed publication currently in your hand, as a class, would be a great opportunity for journalism and communications students (as well as any other majors interested) to learn how a newspaper runs. Many schools offer a class wherein the students earn credit for producing the campus newspaper, and Pace could benefit from doing likewise. By implementing a class that helps run the newspaper, Pace could help foster greater interest on campus for the fine art that is journalism, and significantly bolster, as well as boost, its’ journalism program. Additionally, the school could cater to the students in the Seidenberg School of Computer Science, by having computer science students manage the newspaper’s website, PaceChronicle.net. Similarly, students who are into photography could take such a class to sharpen their photojournalism skills. Film students could boost the newspaper’s online presence by producing video projects, and reporting on-cam- pus news, for instance. Another boon would be to improve the diversity of the newspaper staff, and thereby also possibly broadening the outlook of the newspaper. According to a study performed by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, approximately 2.6 percent of editors at American student-run newspapers are of African-American descent. Other minorities show similar figures. It’s obvious that such statistics pose a threat to the objectivity and outlook of a newspaper. Journalists and the newspapers they produce are, in a perfect world, supposed to be objective. By over-representing certain demographics, that objectivity is inherently at risk and could possibly help alienate an otherwise enthusiastic readership. While there are certain potential pitfalls to having the staff members replaced every 6 months, there are ways that could be avoided. By employing certain students, undergrad or otherwise, as fulltime editors, one could maintain a consistent style and image of the newspaper, as it’s currently done. The school could arrange for guest speakers that might otherwise be hard to acquire and professors with different backgrounds in the business could do lectures. There are so many possibilities. By opening up the newspaper as a class, the school could tap into the resources of students who otherwise might not be sure if they can join the campus newspaper. There seems to be poten- tial benefits by doing this, such as reaching out to other majors besides journalism, increasing the newspaper’s outlook, and improving the quality of the newspaper’s output. While I am under the impression that the current staff is producing a quality product, there is always room for improvement and making a class out of The Pace Chronicle would definitely do that. Write for The Pace Chronicle! Email us at: PaceChronicle@Pace.edu The Silly, Unnecessary Practice of Choosing Homecoming Kings and Queens Martin Totland Opinion Editor Karl.M.Totland@pace.edu According to the dictionary on my MacBook, “Homecoming” is defined as “a high school, college, or university event, dance, or game to which alumni are invited.” I have no qualms with that; it’s a nice way to treat the people who paid you more than $40,000 annually for four years. (In such a case, it would be nice to have a campus bar, the revival of which I argued for in last week’s newspaper edition). What seems rather unnecessary to me is the competition to become, and coronation of, Homecoming kings and queens, which appears as a self-indulgent urination contest. Recently I have been spotting posters all over campus, instructing me to vote for the throne’s contenders. By the time this article appears in your hand, the winners will have been crowned, and no doubt a portion of the winning prize will have been donated to some charity or other. Some contenders promised to donate half of the prize, some promised 20 percent, and some promised to donate all of it. If this dedication to charity is sincere, why can’t we eschew what is essentially a somewhat oldfashioned popularity contest, and just donate the entirety of the cash prize to a previously agreed-upon charity? Cut out the unnecessary middle step, I say. There seems to be something ostensibly ostentatious about the whole affair; running a campaign to promote yourself as a wonderful, altruistic person, worthy of a willing electorate’s involvement and, of course, a cash prize. Next year, Pace should run the competition for Homecoming King and Queen under a different name: “Pace University’s Most Efficient Promoter,” and offer no cash prize. The winner should only be able to decide which charity to donate to. If this revised competition were to happen, I suspect there would be fewer contenders in the running. Perhaps some of my disdain stems from the inevitable spamming that occurs every year, where unsolicited fliers are stuffed under my door. Per- haps it stems from me coming from a constitutional monarchy, where we still have the obsolete royal family, eating up sizeable amounts of tax revenue for very little actual benefit. Comedian Doug Stanhope commented on the Norwegian royal family, pointing out the unnecessary silliness of the whole thing, “You carry these leeches around like golden ticks in your beard, and roll out red carpets. And your excuse is always, ‘They don’t really do anything, they’re just a figurehead.’” Maybe I am extrapolating too much from the institution of Norwegian royalty, due to my contention that our taxes could be better spent. However, the microcosm here at Pace seems to carry some similar traits: They don’t really do anything, yet they eat up time and resources that could have been applied elsewhere, in more beneficial ways. Back home, I think we could rid ourselves of the royal family without too much of an impact. At Pace, we could skip the competition, and just donate the money to charity instead. Have an opinion Let us Know! Email us at: PaceChronicle@Pace.edu The Worrying Rise of the Ignorant Herman Cain Martin Totland Opinion Editor Karl.M.Totland@pace.edu It’s a worrying situation when a proud ignoramus claims that “stupid people are ruining America.” Yet, this is precisely what happened when presidential-hopeful Herman Cain gave a speech at the Western Republican Leadership Conference on Oct. 19. Cain had expressed an identical sentiment in Feb., when he spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Virginia, stating, “The objective of the liberals is to destroy America. The objective is to make America mediocre.” It hardly seems likely that anyone running for office is actually out to destroy this country, lest they be an outright anarchist. They may have a different approach than Cain, that he might disagree with, but their goal is the same: resurrect America’s position on the global stage, but it seems that Cain is blind to the fact that the old way isn’t working so well anymore. This childish blindness and refusal to adapt to a changing zeitgeist will only hurt Cain, which makes it incredibly worrying and frustrating that he is currently sweeping up large amounts of support among voters. In Sept., Cain dominated at the Florida straw poll and lately, he’s been impressing audiences in public debates. It is a shame to see large parts of the American electorate support a man who honestly and openly believes that homosexuality is a sin, believing a person’s sexual preference to be a choice. In a recent, hour-long interview with Piers Morgan on CNN, Cain said “I think it’s a sin because of my biblical beliefs.” When pressed by Morgan that millions of Americans probably don’t wake up one day and decide to be gay, Cain replied “Piers, you haven’t shown me any evidence to the contrary.” Regardless of Morgan providing evidence, or not, for the biologically innateness of homosexuality, the burden of proof is on Cain, who is free to look up the scientific research any time, which will tell him he is wrong. Apparently blissfully unaware of logical deduction, Cain fails to spot the inherent absurdity of choosing to be homosexual. Moreover, Cain is also blind to the fact that it is entirely possible to be wrong about what you believe, particularly when your belief is based on biblical scripture. Furthermore, if homosexuality were a choice, then it would make sense to say that straight people also choose their sexual preference, including Cain. Finally, and most importantly, the sexual preference of anyone, regardless of choice, is none of his goddamn business. Cain has also brought his lessthan-charming brand of ignorance to the volatile area of foreign policy. In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Cain asserted that he is ready for the so-called “gotcha”-questions, with the phrasing of his statement implying some sort of paranoia about being asked tough questions. (Perhaps being the CEO of a pizza restaurant franchise doesn’t warrant many “gotcha”questions, but being a politician does, so he better get used to it.) "When they ask me ‘who is the president of Ubeki-beki-bekibeki-stan-stan’, I’m going to say ‘you know, I don’t know. Do you know?’” Cain exclaimed with his trademark eloquence. He continued to say that his priority as President would be job creation, rather than “not knowing who is the head of some of these small insignificant states around the world.” I’m sure President Obama doesn’t prioritize memorizing heads of states either, but I’m sure he could answer such an elementary question (Uzbekistan’s president is Islam Karimov, by the way) without insulting an entire nation in the process. In addition to the aforementioned cerebral flatulence, Cain has also gone on record saying he believes that “racism in America doesn’t hold anyone back in a big way.” Many people would wholeheartedly disagree, and should absolutely express their disagreement through the ballot. Cain is right about one thing however: stupid people are ruining America and right now, Cain is among the dumbest of them. Page 7 The Pace Chronicle The G-Spot Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 Opinion By: Gabrielle Davina Music to Misbehave to: There’s as much variety in sex playlists as there are in the act itself What’s The-G-Spot About? "College is run by sexual tension. Many of us like sex, have sex, and have walked in on our roommate having sex. Why ignore it? Let’s be honest instead. In college, learning doesn’t only happen in the classroom, it happens in the bedroom. Don't be shy, now, welcome to the G-Spot." - Gabrielle Davina As Tyrese’s “Signs of Love Making” was blasting from my iPod speaker the other day, my roommate turned to me and said, “Damn, girl. This is some babymakin’ music.” She made me giggle, but I can’t lie, I love this kind of music. My iPod Nano is filled with Nirvana and Jason Mraz, but my Shuffle’s filled with R&B and anything with a smooth, sexy beat. Although I’ve always liked it, I started appreciating it even more when I became close friends with a girl whose true love rests somewhere between R. Kelly and Pleasure P, as evidenced by her “ohh lala” playlist. Hit up 8tracks.com (my new favorite music playlist website) and you’ll realize that R&B isn’t the only thing people listen to when they want to make love. There are 1,964 mixes labeled “sex,” “sex music,” or any variation. Each playlist is required to have at least eight songs. If the average length of a song is three minutes, then that’s 47,136 minutes of music users have dedicated to sex alone. Damn, that’s a lot of sex. In all that time, there’s a lot of variety. There’s Robin Thicke, Rihanna, The Buzzcocks, MGMT, Miguel, and so on. Anything can provide a soundtrack to your sexcapades. It’s dependent on what type of music you’re into, what music your partner likes, and what kind of sexual mood you’re in. I used to always rely on the Jason Mraz-Pandora station’s sensually acoustic songs until I had an experience with someone who asked five minutes in, “Uh, can I change it to ‘my’ music?” and put Trey Songz on. Now, I must warn you: world-renowned sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer— the 83-year-old, 4’7” German woman who has been educating society about sex since the early 1980’s through radio, television, and books—does not recommend listening to music during sex. In an interview with classical radio station WQXR, she said, “I want everyone to concentrate on lovemaking. It also permits fantasies to develop if you don’t have background music.” Like anything, though, it’s your prerogative. Someone else has got to like music during hookups besides myself, or there wouldn’t be so many sex playlists online. Here are some of my current favorite sexy songs: “Lost Without You” – Robin Thicke Hot lyrics: “You wanna touch yourself when you see me/Tell me how you love my body/And how I make you feel baby.” “Signs of Love Making”—Tyrese Hot lyrics: “Airy, sexually, you’re full of energy/After I’m done, you’re still tellin’ me you want me.” “Skin”—Rihanna Hot lyrics: “No teasin’, you waited long enough/Go deep, I’ma throw it at you can’t catch it/ Don’t hold back, you know I like it rough/know I’m feelin’ you, huh, know you liking it, huh.” “Sail”—Awolnation Hot lyrics: “This is how I show my love/I made it in my mind because/Blame it on my ADD baby.” “What You Need”—The Weeknd Hot lyrics: “And I’m a give you girl, what you feel/I’m the drug in your veins, just fight through the pain.” “Under”—Pleasure P Hot lyrics: “I’m gonna hold my breath until you feel it in your chest/When I go under, under/I ain’t coming up until you screaming knock it off/When I go under, under.” “5 Senses”—50 Cent ft. Jeremih Hot lyrics: “If you look this good, I wonder how it taste/ Baby if I touch your body, hear you scream my name/Would you whisper to me it’s yours/Girl you smell so gentle and pure/You control my senses.” “Secret”—Maroon 5 Hot lyrics: “Cool these engines, calm these jets/I ask you how hot can it get/And as you wipe of beads of sweat/Slowly you say “I’m not there yet.” “You Make Me High”—Jason Mraz Hot lyrics: “Oh you gonna pick me back up and you get a’ me high/Said I’m drinkin’ all of the tears you cry/Breathing every breath that you sigh.” If you decide to crank up the music during sex, there are no wrong choices. I know people who make love to Blink 182, The Doors, and to dubstep music. Some music doesn’t seem like sex music until you find yourself actually hooking up to it. I, for example, will never look at Otis Redding the same way. Good luck finding your groove! Ebony Turner Featured Columnist Ebony.Turner@pace.edu Oh H*ll No: The Fallacy of the Angry Black Woman What is 40 Acres and a MacBook? Whether it’s the questionable news headlines on Fox or when we walk into Kessel and see all the same kids sitting comfortably on opposite sides of the cafeteria, it’s time to stop ignoring racial issues within our youth with our 40 acres and a Macbook - a modernized compensation for the world in which we are forced to live in. We all know her, or at the very least, despise when she lets her delusions of grandeur walk in the room before she does. This allusive tyrant I speak of is the angry black woman, and frankly, I am tired of my feelings being treated like a newborn child so I do not “go off” on someone because of this over used caricature. Media has done everything in their power to try and define or break down what it means to be a black woman. Yes, statistically we are ahead of our black male counterparts in every category that falls under the label of education and jobs, but as a result, the women belonging to these categories have filled themselves with a false sense of overbearing pride. When I did a search on Google as research to see what would come up, I stopped writing at “Why are black women...” to see what frequent words would pop up. What I got was both hilarious and a little frightening, as the common question asked was: Why are black women rude, loud, angry, or single? Even black females who have not achieved their full potential feel as if the barrier that is “attitude” is supposed to serve as a wall to keep others from taking advantage of us. This is false in every sense of the word, because it only provides as an umbrella that stuffs all black women under the assumption that we are unapproachable. For decades, black women have held the image of taking care of their home, or even during the civil rights era, the homes of others. We never had any strong images of independence that was not deeply rooted in our assumed role of motherhood. Black women that rejected the “mammy” image of the early 1960s, such as Angela Davis or Kathleen Cleaver, were muted and jailed by our government under the guise of being a “terrorist threat” to our society. For years we have been yearning for an image that represents us properly in a realistic way; an image that does not demonize, dehumanize or disrespect us. As a result, we have been served with two extremes: the objectified woman we see in music videos that is naïve and clueless, and the embarrassing excuse for wives on the television series Basketball Wives or the successful, strong, single, and stuck up black women. There is no medium, no way for us to escape the barricades of our own self-created stereotypes. How do we undo these damaging images of black women? How do we create a medium that shows we can be approachable without having to take photos or “model” with floss between our gluteus? How do we show we can be taken seriously without using an absurd level of assertiveness in pushing that notion? We start by healing this need to overcompensate this void for respect by not constantly reminding others through our tone and ego how “strong” we are. No one should ever have to constantly remind those around them of how strong they are; it only comes off as you trying to convince yourself more than you are others. Interdependence is nothing to be ashamed of, and being humble enough to know that being an island is not as strong as being a team is necessary. While I appreciate the efforts made by the collective that was Destiny’s Child and their song “Independent Woman,” being independent is important, but should empower not only you, but those around you as well. The statistics of black women being ahead of black men should spark a need to return to the cohesive unit of the 60’s, and repair the damage in the black community it has created. It should not serve as a piece of bragging rights, or evidence of why we are “too good” to be with black men, hence our single status. That false sense of elitism is the reason why so many of us are single and why Google automatically assumes what I saw in that search. It’s time to change our image in society, or at the very least start changing the woman we see in the mirror. Google.com, when you insert the phrase “Why are black women”. Photo from Google.com Have any thoughts about The G-Spot or 40 Acres and a MacBook? Let us know at PaceChronicle@Pace.edu. It may even be shown in next week’s edition. Advertisement Page 8 The Pace Chronicle Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 Page 9 The Pace Chronicle Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 Entertainment The Good, The Bad & The Gory: The Best of Halloween Film Timothy Doyle Featured Reporter Timothy.M.Doyle@pace.edu As the air gets colder and midterms kick in, it is sometimes forgotten that we are in the Halloween season while at college. Around town, we see pumpkins and decorations put up as the leaves begin to fall. However, the best part of Halloween is the films. From the unstoppable Jason Voorhees to the twisted Norman Bates, here is a collection of superlatives from the best of the best of these Halloween Horrors: Most Feared Villain: Throughout the history of cinema, we have witnessed many terrifying villains that have caused our night-lights to stay on throughout the night, even at age 21. However, there is one that stands out among the rest. After eight films of brutal, gory murders, Michael Myers has become the face of Halloween. With the exception of Halloween III, Michael has been the terrifying antagonist of the franchise, stalking and targeting the life of his little sister, Laurie Strode (played by the great Jamie Lee Curtis). Having a body count of 71 under his belt (not including Rob Zombie’s recent remakes) it is safe to say Mr. Myers is the most feared villain of Halloween. Most Painful Death: Many horror films have seen their fair share of horrific deaths that make you cringe and squeal, but there has to be one that is by far the most painful. In 2009, director Tom Six introduced the world to a film so disturbing that many have not been able to stomach the movie through to the end. The Human Centipede (Fist Sequence) disgusted audiences around the world, following the tale of a demented doctor and his sick, twisted vision of a “pet.” The doctor (played by the terrifying Dieter Laser) kidnapped three unlucky tourists with the intention of turning them into a “Human Centipede.” Sewing them bum to mouth, he created one digestive tract that started with the first individual, traveled through the second, then ended with the third. Without giving away the ending, the final death of the movie is one that will stay with you forever, no matter how much you attempt to put it out of your head. Deadliest Weapon: Halloween horror films have seen a variety of psychopaths who have used an array of weapons to murder a collection of people over the years. There is one weapon, though, that has been at the hands of a murderer who drowned when he was only a child. Jason Voorhees, of Camp Crystal Lake, has one of the most iconic, deadliest weapons of all time: the machete. Jason’s machete has done brutal damage to many people, from decapitations to brutal stabbings. The man behind the infamous hockey mask has held onto this weapon throughout sequels, prequels, remakes and reboots, killing all who foolishly got too close to his blade. Soul Survivor: Horror films-turned-franchises see a number of individuals who keep finding him or herself in perilous situations, narrowly avoiding death every time. Laurie Strode of Halloween, Alice from Resident Evil, Dr. Gordon from Saw, and Andy Barclay from Child’s Play all suffer film after film from the forces of evil trying to eliminate them. There is one female heroine that stands out among the rest when it comes to serial killers - Sidney Prescott (played by the beautiful Neve Campbell). Scream, released in 1996, redefined the horror genre, as well as the limits of one survivor. See- ing her friends die all around her, as well as others trying to kill her, Sidney always prevails with the help of Deputy Dewey and Gale Weathers (David Arquette and Courtney Cox). Most recently, we saw Sidney and company in Scream 4 run from the infamous Ghost Face and its terrifying hunting knife. For over 15 years, Sidney has been beaten, stabbed, shot and, most importantly, stalked by copycats who take on the role of Ghost Face. Fortunately, she always prevails, preparing herself for the next time that phone will ring. The Halloween genre is an undying one, especially with the recent uprising of zombies. From mass murderers to demented doctors, Halloween films have given us great entertainment, with many more great murders, murderers and weapons still to come. However, the real question has yet to be asked: What’s your favorite scary movie? Photos From IMDB.com What’s on your mind? Email us at PaceChronicle@Pace.edu Want to advertisement with the PaceChronicle? Email us at PaceChronicle@Pace.edu This May Come as a Shock, but The Thing is Terrible Arthur Augustyn Featured Reporter Arthur.N.Augustyn@pace.edu Its movies like The Thing that make me fear who’s actually in charge of executive decisions in Hollywood. Someone with the ability to green-light projects thought it was a good idea to revive a thirty-year-old cult horror film in the form of a prequel story. Of course they have no intention of pleasing fans of the original film, instead they’re going to change every single aspect about the initial concept and degrade it to the most generic and marketable film possible. There’s a fine line between a bad remake and a bad movie but I’m under the impression that The Thing prequel was trying to be both. If you’re unfamiliar with John Carpenter’s 1982 film The Thing than I suggest you get a Netflix account and watch it on instant streaming right now because it’s fantastic. It’s a film about paranoia and tension. There are no jump scares or scantily clad teenagers running into dark rooms. A group of scientists in Antarctica come across an unexplainable being that has the ability of mimicking organisms surrounding it. Other than that brief explanation that’s assumed by the viewer, the only thing known about “the thing” is that it likes to kill peo- ple, that’s it. advantage of the mimThe 2011 prequel is the icking ability that the same exact concept but ocantagonist alien had. curring a few days before That concept meant you the events that take place in could have a terrifythe 1982 version (literally, ing force of destruction the first scene of the 1982 standing right next to version is the last scene of you and you wouldn’t the 2011 version). Only this even know it, in fact time it’s a Norwegian base you may even trust it instead of American and we with your life. The preget Mary Elizabeth Winsted quel plays with the idea as the protagonist as opof extreme paranoia for posed to Kurt Russell. a little bit but roughly Other than that the premhalf of the film derives ise is practically identical. terror from CGI effects They find “the thing,” try to that are intended to figure out what it is, somegross you out. one dies, they see how horWhy bother makrifying the thing actually is ing a movie about The and then people keep dying Thing if you’re not gountil credits roll. ing to use the one premThe prequel differs in its ise that made it stand execution of events by faout from the crowd of voring brain-dead simplistic The remake of The Thing doesn’t live up to the other horror films? methods of progressing the 1982 version. Photo from IMDB.com Another aspect of plot as opposed to favoring Carpenter’s The Thing subtly. was its focus on practiWinsted’s character is a pale- made by one of the crewmem- cal effects and puppeteer work. ontologist who is brought along bers is reiterated back to the auThe gore of the film was amwith various other scientists for dience through blatant exposition plified by the realistic look of the the specific purpose of studying to make sure everyone is on the practical effects. The prequel uses the organism. This leads to exces- same page. It’s lazy and boring to 100 percent CGI work for effects sive amounts of “scientific” ex- sit through if you at least have the related to “the thing” and it loses planations of what “the thing” is. mental capacity of a12-year-old. a lot of its impact since you can There are several scenes of Although given the fact that clearly tell it was made in a ficpeople looking at microscopes this prequel abandons all type of tional computer program as opand tissue samples as they try re- intelligent thought from the origi- posed to replicated in real life. ally hard to make the concept of nal premise the target audience I’ll throw the special effect “it mimics stuff” more compli- may very well be twelve year olds artists a bone and say that the cated than it actually is. with no attention spans. CGI is actually quite well done Practically every discovery Carpenter’s The Thing took in terms of the fidelity of the ac- tual image being created, but the preference of CGI over practical effects significantly hampers the suspension of disbelief and damages the overall experience. All these complaints are related to how this prequel is a bad remake for shaming the image of the original film but it manages to enter the realm of bad moviemaking thanks to the absolutely dreadful writing. Think of every lame line of dialog you’ve ever heard in a horror movie and imagine if they were all in one film, or better yet, within one scene. If you want to hear people say, “We have to stick together” or “We must rely on SCIENCE” than this is a movie for you. I frequently found myself rolling my eyes in disbelief as the movie ascended toward higher realms of idiocy the longer I watched it. By the end of the film I wanted everyone to die, including myself. I think the film would’ve had more impact if it began with a caption that read “Here is an example of everything wrong with modern-day horror films.” It’s got literally every trope of a bad horror movie: emotionless main character, pointless eye candy, jump scares, unoriginal concept, CGI effects, cliff hanger ending and terribly cheesy dialog. If you hate yourself, you’ll love The Thing. Entertainment Page 10 The Pace Chronicle Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 The Ides Of March Sets Ambitious Goals But Doesn’t Meet Them Arthur Augustyn Featured Reporter Arthur.N.Augustyn@pace.edu Considering how comical today’s political world can be, crafting a film with the intent of pointing out everything that’s wrong with how America elects its leaders is probably an easy endeavor. That’s probably what George Clooney was thinking when he started up production for The Ides of March, Clooney’s most recent venture into filmmaking from the director’s chair. Political dramas seem to hit or miss with audiences depending on how deep they go into the subject material. Unfortunately the more complex films are more difficult to follow and are often ignored upon release and forgotten shortly afterwards. The Ides of March makes a valiant effort to strike a balance between depth and approachability but its ambitious goals end up being more note-worthy than the execution itself. The Ides of March is a difficult movie to summarize without doing a disservice to the multiple characters and topics cov- ered throughout the story. Ryan Gosling plays the main character Stephen Myers, a junior campaign manager working to get the Governor of Pennsylvania, Mike Morris, elected as President. Even though the majority of the film is about the various trials and tribulations Myers goes through, the movie doesn’t portray him as a conventional protagonist. In addition to Myers there are several other members of the campaign working for Morris including junior managers Molly Stearns (Evan Rachel Wood), Ben Harpen (Max Minghella) and senior campaign manager Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman). On the other side there’s rival campaign manager Tom Duffy (Paul Giamatti) who works for Morris’ opponent, Ted Pullman, and of course Ida Horowicz (Marisa Tomei) a political journalist for The New York Times hoping to unveil every dirty secret both candidates have. As you can probably tell there’s a lot more going on than Myer’s story. Each character has different motivations for their involvement with the campaign and what outcome their lobbying for in the end. These multiple charac- ter developments are all viewed from the eyes of Myers but the varied intentions and goals provide a sense of freshness in each scene. This freshness keeps the audience’s attention on what’s going on now, how it affects other characters and how it might change the events soon to come. Although the script does its best to keep the viewer thinking about every character all the time, the actors themselves give captivating performances that demand your focus whenever they appear on screen. The Ides of March has a varied cast with a range of different levels of experience but every actor’s ability is about equal in this film. Veteran greats such as Hoffman and Giamatti have a sense of reverence that matches their character but the younger performers (Wood and Gosling) definitely have enough talent to compete with the veterans’ palpable onscreen presences. Clooney also delivers a great performance in the few scenes that he appears in but you can tell the majority of Clooney’s work was occurring behind the camera, setting up shots and guiding the terrific cinematography found in The Ides of March. There are several meticulously orchestrated scenes that give the film some visual identity. Clooney definitely hasn’t reached the ability of directors such as David Fincher or Tarantino but he’s working toward a visual style to define his films. It’s clear he has an actual idea of what he wants to do when filmmaking and is shaping up to be more than just “an actor who thinks he can direct.” The few faults I have for the film come from the unoriginal plot points that guide the course of the story. There’s a bevy of material for filmmakers to work with on the topic of “what’s wrong with America” but The Ides of March doesn’t really capitalize on all the possibilities. Instead the film falls back into genre clichés that aren’t very interesting to see unfold. This was likely an attempt to make the film more approachable and easy to understand as opposed to using a deeply complicated plot that would probably say something more meaningful but also be more difficult to follow. It’s disappointing that The Ides of March shows precursor signs that it could’ve been one of the more notable films of the year but doesn’t live up to the level of quality that other films in the genre have accomplished in the past. For the most part I enjoyed The Ides of March but there are certainly other recent films that are superior in wit and style (2009’s State of Play comes to mind).. If you’re feeling cynical about the state of America’s politics right now than The Ides of March will certainly give you something to be cynical about. Your resume looking a bit dull? Why not add The Pace Chronicle to it? Meetings: Mondays, 9 p.m., Willcox Hall, 3rd floor! Page 11 The Pace Chronicle Setters Lose Homecoming Game Pace offense falls short during Homecoming game on Oct. 22. Photo By Jasmine Diaz/The Pace Chronicle Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 Setter Sports Rose Fava Managing Editor Rose.Fava@pace.edu Pace’s football team lost this homecoming weekend to the Saint Anselm Hawks, 47-21. It was a scoreless game until the second quarter. The Hawks were able to score two touchdowns, making the score 13-0. Pace’s senior running back and criminal justice student Eric Santos scored the first touchdown for the Setters. Senior kicker and psychology student Ali Mourtada scored the extra point, making the score 13-7. Saint Anselm was able to score a third touchdown before half time, taking a further lead leaving the score at 20-7 when the clock ran out. In the third quarter the Hawks were able to scored two more touchdowns making the score 33-7 before entering the final quarter. Early in the fourth quarter the Hawks were able to score a touchdown after an interception. The Setter’s retaliated with a touchdown scored by sophomore quarterback and criminal justice student Jordan Raynor. The Hawks struck back with another touchdown, making the score 47-14. The Setters were able to score one final touchdown with less than two minutes left to the game. Junior, wide receiver and business management student Patrick Lupfer, received the 19 yard pass from Raynor, helping Pace to up the score to 47-21. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough to give the Setters a homecoming victory. Pace’s defense was lead by junior linebacker and business management student Ryan Cuffe with 12 tackles, and senior linebacker and psychology student Vincent Romano with 11 tackles. Santos received MVP of the game, with 74 rushed yards, 15 carries, and one touchdown. The Setters will be back on Pace Field on Sat., Oct. 29, against Bentley University in a NE-10 conference game at 1 p.m. Soccer Makes It To Playoffs And Breaks Records Susana Verdugo-Del Real Sports Editor Susana.VerdugoDelReal@pace.edu Pace Soccer earned a spot in the Northeast-10 (NE-10) Conference playoffs with their sixth match win streak. Setters won 2-1 in an away, conference match against the Adelphi University Panthers on Oct. 18. Freshman, middle and management student Jillian Ferro broke the freshmen record book with her eight goals in a single season. Setters started off with inten- sity as sophomore, forward and communications student Amanda Mundorf, assisted by Ferro, scored the first goal in the 6:54 minute-mark in a break away kick. There was good defense on both sides of the field but in the 43:37 mark, the Panthers scored the team’s first goal which led to tying the game 1-1 at the end of the first half. Coming in on the second half, neither team could score because of the continued defense that prevented a goal. The second half remained scoreless when the time was up, and the score was still tied at 1-1. Overtime was forced to be called, and starting off at the 99:50 time-mark Pace’s Ferro, assisted by senior, middle and hotel management student Taylor Walden, scored the winning goal to end the game 2-1. Up next, the Setters won their Homecoming conference match against the UMASS Lowell Riverhawks on Oct. 22. The game was intense and became a loud match on behalf of both Setter and Riverhawk fans. The match was defensive from both teams but Pace succeeded in maintaining UMASS Lowell scoreless and took the match 2-0. Ferro, assisted by Mundorf, scored the first and only goal in the first half of the game at the 18:41 minute-mark. Coming back at the second half 1-0, the Riverhawks started off very aggressive and eager to score but Pace kept the ball in UMASS Lowell’s side of the field for the most part. At the 83:48 minute-mark, again, Ferro scored the second and last goal for the match. The Riverhawks were unable to score mainly because of the Setter’s defense and control of the game offensively. Pace did not only win the match, they earned a spot in conference playoffs and Ferro broke Sports on the Side: Slight of Hand? CJ Dudek Sports Columnist Christopher.J.Dudek@pace.edu Since the dawn of time, rigorous forms of competition brought out the best and the worst in people. There are certain individuals who thrived in the limelight for the better, and there are those who melt under the intensity of the moment like an abandoned Snickers bar on the sidewalk. But after a passionate 60 minutes of competition where coaches and athletes alike poured their hearts and souls into a sporting event, their viewing audience expected them to act as if they were in front of their in-laws as soon as the game had ended. So when football coaches Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers and Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions had some extracurricular activities after a fairly aggressive post-game handshake by Harbaugh, there was some criticism of how both coaches acted when it all went down. The radio airwaves were filled with the predictable topics of “who was at fault for causing this to happen?” or “how can this kind of behavior be accepted?” and even the more humorous “who would win in a fight?” But the general agreement among all talk show hosts and fans was that both coaches should not have acted the way that they did right after a very competitive game. How could it have been fair to expect the coaches who were expected to get their players emotionally ready for an upcoming game to not get emotionally invested themselves? It was unrealistic for fans and analysts alike to expect these men to cast their own feelings of frustration aside and shake hands like business partners without any time to compose themselves emotionally. Fortunately for Harbaugh and Schwartz, the NFL decided against punishing either of these men because there were not any punches thrown. But even after the incident came to a close, the double standard of coaches pumping emotion into their players one minute and becoming soulless shells at the end of a high powered competition remained. In an ideal world, Schwartz and Harbaugh would have been able to shake hands peacefully and walk into the tunnel with the freshmen record, previously recorded at seven goals in a single season in 2003, with her eighth goal from the second shot she scored against the Riverhawks, as well as breaking a record with her 20 points recorded for a freshman in a single season. At the end of the match seniors, middle and applied psychology student Julia Bonsignore, and Walden were honored for their contribution to the Pace’s soccer program over their four years at the university. The Setters will play their last home game in a non-conference match against Bridgeport, Tues. Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. their emotions bottled up just like the other coaches. But Harbaugh and Schwartz are human. Their respective reactions were understandable in the heat of battle. If the NFL wanted to avoid these situations then they would have coaches wait for two minutes before the handshake to let the emotions out for just a brief moment. Sports enable us as fans to see real passion and feelings, and the NFL should not have tried to quell what makes sports so fun to watch. Page 12 The Pace Chronicle Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 Setter Sports Volleyball Breaks Winning Streak Susana Verdugo-Del Real Sports Editor Susana.VerdugoDelReal@pace.edu Pace dropped a home, conference match against the American International College (AIC) Yellow Jackets that broke their four game winning streak, on Oct. 18. It was an intense and rivalryfilled match that had the crowd going wild, but Pace lost 3-2. The first two games the Setters won, almost easily, 25-14 and 25-16. Immediately starting the game, there were blocks, kills, and digs that were turned into points in favor for Pace. The Yellow Jackets made adjustments. Their known-libero, Caitlin Connelly, was playing as an outside hitter and the defense without her could not stop the kills from the Setters’ offense. In the third game, Connelly played solely as a libero and this improved the defense for AIC as well as boosting its players’ energy. The third game ended with the score at 25-21. Pace lost control of the game after the lead that they had built up from the beginning of the third match was no longer there. In the fourth game, AIC won 25-18 by stepping their offense up and preventing another close match that the Setters could have taken. In the fifth game, AIC made sure that by the time that they had to switch sides in this game, they were in the lead. And, the Yellow Jackets were up 8-5. Pace was able to add up some points but AIC finished the match before the Setters could get any more points in the fifth game and ended it 15-12. Junior, outside hitter/setter and elementary education student Nora Rugova led the Pace offense with 28 kills, added 10 digs, and three service aces. Junior, outside hitter/libero and biology student Elyse Rowland led the defense in a match high and best performance with 40 digs. Senior, setter and marketing student Shea Hansen recorded 42 assists and freshman outside hitter Melanie Pavels added 15 kills and 12 digs. With this loss the Setters drop their overall record to 15-7 and their Northeast-10 (NE-10) Conference record to 5-3. Up next, Pace won in an away, conference match against the Bentley Falcons on Oct. 21. The Setters started off strong, making their presence known, ending the first game at 25-12 in Pace’s favor. Pace won the second game, 25-18. Setters had control of the game for the most part; the Falcons had a few runs of points here and there but nothing that Pace couldn’t pick right up and extend the lead. In the final game, to end the match, the Setters fought 25-22 as Bentley had the last attempt to fight to take a game. Although the Falcons had the home court advantage, Pace team came determined to win. Pavels led the Setter offense with 13 kills and led the defense with 17 digs. Rugova added 12 kills as well as two service aces, and Rowland added 10 digs and another two service aces. Hansen recorded 32 assists and four service aces. With this win, Pace improves in the NE-10 Conference record of six wins and three losses, and 16 wins and seven losses in overall play. To end the week of games, Pace lost in an away, conference match to Stonehill Skyhawks on Oct. 22. It was the Skyhawks’ “Dig Pink” game for Breast Cancer Awareness and with all the pink in Stonehill’s gym, from warm ups to balloons to wristbands, the cause was very clear. Nevertheless, the Setters lost in three games against the Skyhawks. The first game ended 25-19. Stonehill had the lead for the entire game and the rest of the match. In the second game, the Skyhawks took control of the game ending it 25-11. And lastly, the third game ended with the score of 25-19. The Skyhawks did not allow the Setters to gain momentum from any point lead. Pace had no energy to feed off from due to Stonehill’s home court advantage and drive to end the match without dropping a game. Junior, middle blocker and media communication student Tamilee Webb led the Setter’s offense with seven kills and added two digs, Rowland led the defense with 11 digs, and Rugova added four kills and six digs. Hansen added three kills to the offense and totaled 21 assists as well as 11 digs, and senior, outside hitter and biology student Whitney Hilton contributed to the offense with five kills. Freshmen, right side/outside hitter Kelsi Root and Pavels both totaled four kills to add to the Setter offense. With this loss, Pace falls in NE10 conference play six wins and four losses, as well as in their overall record 16-8. Setters will play a home, conference match against Southern New Hampshire University on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Goldstein Fitness Center. Setter Spotlight with Barbara Retta Susana Verdugo-Del Real Sports Editor Susana.VerdugoDelReal@pace.edu Westchester cheerleader and commuter Barbara Retta wants to make a difference with the resources she has obtained at Pace. The special education student and senior captain of the cheer squad does’nt only enjoy supporting and cheering on fellow athletic teams, but also enjoys supporting and cheering for her students. Retta has earned the Peter X Finerdy athletic award and is in the Honors scholarship program. PC: Why did you apply for Pace? BR: My dad said I was staying here, local. I started looking for universities that had a cheerleading team and I tried out. Later, I found out I made the team. Also, the education department is very good. I’m enrolled in the fiveyear program. PC: What geared you into becoming a teacher? BR: I just knew it. Ever since I was little, I always loved kids. I would play school with them. I’m the oldest out of four and I currently babysit four kids right now. PC: What do you like most about teaching? BR: I want to help kids learn, grow in the education. I want to give kids the education I got in Eastchester. I just want to give back what I can. PC: How is your student-teaching looking? BR: Before college, I did an internship at a school and I had no idea what I was supposed to do. Now, I can go back and do everything without thinking what to do. I have learned so much at Pace. PC: Why do you cheer? BR: I’ve been cheering since I was 12, in middle school. I like being in front of a crowd performing. Also, I love being loud and getting people involved. PC: How does high school and college cheerleading compare? BR: I was a competitive cheerleader in high school because we would compete with other schools. In college, it’s not as competitive but I love supporting the teams, being around a crowd, and putting on a performance. PC: What kind of competitions did your high school team attend? BR: We went to Nationals. Cheerleading got named a sport in my town and we competed in conference. Eastchester high school competed in conference 3. PC: Have you ever encountered any injuries? BR: I broke both my elbows tumbling, not at the same time. They were both different years. PC: How did that happen? BR: The first time I broke one of my elbows when I was doing a back handspring. I made it back just in time for competition. The second time, I fractured it doing the same tumble. PC: After those injuries, have you tried doing the tumble again? BR: I don’t tumble anymore. It’s a mental block so I’ll only do it if someone is spotting me. PC: How does it feel being senior captain? Cheerleader Barbara Retta, this week’s Setter Spotlight. Photo By Adam Samson/The Pace Chroncile BR: It’s exciting and scary because I’m the only one on the team who’s the oldest. It still feels good to be a leader to the girls; it’s where I take ideas from them to lead them in the right direction. PC: Do you think you’ll ever be done with cheer? BR: I want to be a coach in cheerleading. I don’t want to give that up. I’m probably going to stay in Westchester County but I’ll go wherever I need to get a job. I would love to coach at the same place that I’d be teaching. PC: Why are you specializing in special education? BR: There are more and more kids these days that have special needs. In special education you need to learn a whole new way to teach, modify lessons, and all of that. I want to be that professor. PC: Do you have a quote that you live by? BR: “All it takes is faith and trust.” –Peter Pan. Think you know sports? Prove it. Write about it. 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