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The Saint Rose Chronicle March 2, 2011

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Serving The College of Saint Rose Community in Albany, New York

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A Strong Finish for Both Mens’ and Womens’ Saint Rose Basketball On Wednesday, both mens’ and womens’ basketball teams claimed victory over Le Moyne to end regular season play with 20+ wins, respectively. See Page D12 for the full story.

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The Albany Knickerbockers Keep Rugby Alive and Well Rendering of the proposed dormitory. By IAN BENJAMIN Last Thursday, February 24, at 7:00 p.m. the Common Council of the City of Albany held a public hearing at City Hall in order to discuss Ordinance 2.21.11, the permanent closure of a portion of Yates Street. The closure is part

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of what the Council termed the “Saint Rose Project”, which is the planned construction of a new four-storey dormitory between Madison Ave. and Yates St., near Partridge. The new dormitory would create 171 parking spaces and 66 apartments with space to house 225 students.

Poets Melissa Border and Aaron Belz visit Saint Rose. See Page A4 A&E Editor Chris Surprenant Critiques new season of The Big Bang Theory. See Page A6

During the hearing interested as well as influential persons from within Saint Rose, Pine Hills and the greater community voiced their opinions and beliefs regarding the new construction and its possible ramifications. Continued on page A3

By ALISON LESTER The many sports teams that Albany provides can be attractive to various athletes and fans, but there’s one club that has existed in the area for decades that locals may not know about—The Albany Knickerbockers Rugby

Opinion The Women’s Initiative responds to recent Freshman Perspective. See Page B7 Leigh Ward opines on budget cuts to Planned Parenthood. See Page B8

Football Club. The Albany Knickerbockers are active in Men’s Divisions II and III and Women’s Division II of the New England Rugby Football Union. According to albanyknicks.org, “Now the club Continued on page A2

Sports New Men’s Soccer coach hired. See Page D11. Sam Maxwell Discusses the NBA Mega Teams. See Page D10.

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Albany Knickerbockers Alive and Well Continued from Page A1 competes with two Men's Club sides, a Women's side and an Old Boys' (35 and over) side.” Their home games can be found at the James R. Green Memorial Field on Frisbee Ave. in Albany, near I-787. The club began in 1973 thanks to the help of founders Dick Green, Chip Ennis, Paul Keitzman and Jim McSparron, who played on a team at Albany Law School. In 2000, the Albany Knickerbocker-Sirens, the Women’s side, was started by rugby players Stacie Iovinelli and Jen Boland. “Being affiliated with the Knicks as a whole, we’ve gotten a lot of support,” said Albany Knicks’ vice president of 3 years and Women’s head coach of two years, Lori Staples. The Knickerbocker-Sirens celebrated their first Division II National Championship in the fall 2010 season. While rugby may be an unfamiliar sport to outsiders, no experience is necessary to become a team member of The Albany Knickerbockers, age is also not a factor. “Rugby is a great sport for experienced and inexperienced

players,” said Nicole Vidro, who plays hooker (#2) and in the back 3 (flanker, 8 man) for the Knickerbockers. “Many players start later in life, so players new to the game are always accepted with open arms as we want to develop the sport and get as many people playing as we can. The Knicks are a great team to play for because we have players of all ages (from 16 to 40’s) and all skill levels.” Summer 7s is a seasonal league which offers an opportunity for both men and women players to continue playing rugby during the summer season. The Women’s 7s won a gold medal at the Empire State games in 2010, and also went to the 7s Club National Championship for the second time. Aside from playing in games, some Knickerbockers participate in coaching for Capital District Youth Rugby. “It's been an amazing experience both in learning more about the game and being a part of the future of rugby as it continues to grow in the United States,” said Willow Eyres, a Knickerbocker-Siren who coaches the Rensselaer High School’s girls’ rugby team.

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Albany Knickerbockers also work in team recruitment; Eyres and Knickerbocker-Siren player Nicole Armstrong are just such examples. “I hope that we can continue to grow the club, by the number of players, by skill of our teams, and strength of our community,” said Eyres. “The club eventually plans to raise enough money to have our own club house and continue to send our teams to compete at high levels, and send our most skilled players to select sides’ teams.” While The Albany Knickerbockers Rugby Football Club may be somewhat unknown to those in the Albany area, members are trying to change this.

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“I’d like to see us get a little more recognition,” said Staples. “And dispel myths of rugby as a crazy sport.” “It is a sport that requires intense athletic conditioning and is unlike sports typically seen on network television in the United States,” said Amy Peker, a Knickerbocker-Siren who primarily plays inside center. “Most people just don't know about rugby. For those that want to see a game for the first time, I tell them to watch a video about the game such as Rugby 101 on YouTube, or look up the rules.” Rules can be found through the Albany Knickerbockers’ website, which is currently run by Peker and Vidro. The Albany Knickerbockers’ first game of the spring season will take place on April 2, with

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the Men playing an away game against Long Island, and the Women playing an away game against the Village Lions. The first home game for both sides will occur on April 16. For more information about The Albany Knickerbockers Rugby Football Club, visit their site at albanyknicks.org, or their Facebook page, “Albany Knicks Rugby Club.” Upcoming game inquiries can be sent to amypeker@gmail.com. Those interested in joining the club can send an email to weeyo3@hotmail.com “We are lawyers, farmers, students, librarians, engineers, and teachers,” said Eyres. “The club is a great community of new and veteran players, coaches, friends and families.”

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Administration Officials Speak at Common Council Continued from page A1 Based upon the number of people who spoke, the community showed a majority in favor of the new construction. In numerous instances, Saint Rose was cited as a “good neighbor”. Of particular note was a comment from Miriam Adler of the Jewish Family Services stating “Saint Rose is not just mortar and stone.” Out of 24 speakers, only three were not in favor of the new dorm construction, though those who opposed were verbose in their opposition. Those who favored the new construction included a current Saint Rose employee, a Board member, a former and a current student a local businessman, as well as numerous neighbors. Of special interest were the testimonies of the two senior Saint Rose administrators: Mike D’Attilio, Executive Director of Government and Community Affairs, and Marcus Buckley, Vice President of Finance and Administration During the administration officials’ public speaking the Common Council questioned the College’s need for new on-campus housing. Though the Council raised the question of the College’s growth in recent years, the officials downplayed such a motive, stating that any growth experienced in recent years was “slight”. Instead, the administration officials cited two reasons the new dorm was needed, unre-

lated to growth in overall student population. The first reason was a change in demographics. In recent years students have tended to hail from more geographically removed hometowns—Buffalo was cited—than had been previously. The second reason given was the possible reacquisition of Brubacher Hall, and the subsequent reduction in on-campus housing. During their time speaking, the Common Council, primarily through the person of Ward 15 representative Hon. Frank Commisso, Jr. explored the extent to which the construction of the new dormitory would influence the city tax revenue. As stated previously in The Chronicle the plans for the new dorm require the demolition of thirteen buildings. These buildings, most of which were private residences and which are all now owned by the College, are subject to pay property taxes to the City of Albany. As an institution of higher education in New York State, Saint Rose is exempt from paying property taxes. If the college were to build the new dorm, and so raze the 13 buildings, one ramification would be the permanent removal of a portion of the City of Albany from the city tax revenue. According to the College’s own estimates as given during the hearing, the demolition of the thirteen buildings would result in a removal of $77,271. It was upon this ramification that

some of those that were opposed claimed that the new construction would be detrimental to the city. In particular one Vincent Rigosu, a long-time resident of the Pine Hills who stated “The College doesn’t put money in taxpayer’s pockets.” Of the voices that were raised in opposition of that planned construction, the only other two were the current and former Presidents of the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association. Todd Hunsinger, current President, cited a decrease in neighboring residential property values due to increased summer temperatures as a result of the effects of the proposed parking lot and expanse of roof tile. The former President of the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association stated “I don’t believe that tearing down 13 houses will be an improvement to the community.” and that “We [the P.H. Neighborhood Association] have been insulted by the College of Saint Rose.” She also claimed that though some might have found Saint Rose to be a good neighbor, she was not of the same opinion. She then cited the College’s failure shovel snow off of their portion of the sidewalk along Myrtle Avenue, behind Morris Hall. Anne Walsh, a member of the Neighborhood Association, stated that “They are a stabilizing anchor for my neighborhood [Pine Hills].” Support was also offered a current student living in Clen-

The Saint Rose Chronicle denin Hall. Deborah Tonen, a neighbor to Saint Rose, stated that “I suspect the amount of vandalism will decrease.” and that “They have proven over the years that they are a good neighbor.” Kim Baker, a neighbor to the planned construction said, “And as a woman who lives alone I welcome the additional security and the cameras and the lighting that Saint Rose would bring into the neighborhood.” Ray Engle, a local businessman who owns a series of restaurants on Madison Avenue—Ju-

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niors, The Point Restaurant and Madison Café—stated that “They [The College of Saint Rose] are a major reason why the neighborhood is as great as it is.” For more specific information regarding the planned construction of the new dormitory see the November 28, 2010 article “Houses to Be Demolished for Saint Rose Dorm” by Crista Leigh Collins. The Common Council is expected to vote on the matter March 6.

Calendar of Events Wednesday, March 2 4:30 p.m. St. Rose Chronicle Meeting. CCIM 119 5:00 p.m. Student Events Board Meeting. St. Joseph’s Auditorium 7:00 p.m. Talk by New York Magazine Senior Art Critic Jerry Saltz. St. Jospeh’s Auditorium 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. SADD Club Meeting. Standish Rooms 7:30 p.m. MEISA Open Mic Night. Jack’s Place in the CCIM 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Mid-Week Catholic Mass. Hubbard Sanctuary 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Karate Club Meeting. Lima Basement Thursday, March 3 4:00 p.m. Environmental Club Meeting. 950 Madison 7:45 – 9:00 p.m. Identity Weekly Meeting, Standish Rooms 8:00 p.m. Aficionado Kick-Off Tour w/Summer People. Hudson `River Coffee House, 227 Quail St. 8:00 p.m. Wind Ensemble Concert. PRH in Massry. 8:30 p.m. Philosophy Club. Main Lounge Friday, March 4 Saturday, March 5 Sunday, March 6 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Zumba Class. Standish Rooms Monday, March 7 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Yoga for Students. Hubbard Sanctuary 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Outside the [Box] Meeting. Standish Rooms Tuesday, March 8 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Adventure Club Meeting. SA Conf. Rm. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Yoga for Students. Hubbard Sanctuary 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Open Mic Night. Hudson River Coffee House Wednesday, March 9 4:30 p.m. St. Rose Chronicle Meeting. CCIM 119 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Mid-Week Catholic Mass. Hubbard Sanctuary 7:30 p.m. Premiere Performances III: The Leipzig String Quartet with Steve Wilson and Pete Malinverni. $20. PRH in Massry. 7:30 p.m. MEISA Open Mic. Night, Jack’s Place in the CCIM 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Karate Club Meeting. Lima Basement HAVE A WONDERFUL MID-WINTER BREAK! If you have an upcoming event you would like to see in our weekly Calendar of Events, please e-mail Ian Benjamin at benjamini528@strose.edu.

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Frequency North: Broder and Belz’s Visit an Instant Success By SUNSHINE OSELLA Poetry was brought to life at the College of Saint Rose on Thursday, February 25 at the Frequency North event. Frequency North is a series of events featuring visiting authors, and on this particular night Saint Rose had the pleasure of hosting Poets Melissa Broder and Aaron Belz. Daniel Nester, Saint Rose Associate Professor of English, organizes Frequency North. He said that it is designed to be general audience-friendly. “I always make sure people offcampus know about the events, in addition to students and faculty and staff on-campus. The Broder-Belz reading, I hoped, would have enough sophistication to keep literature nerds like myself interested, but also accessibility for people who would walk in on the street,” Nester said. It was a full crowd that packed

Belz and student Arleny Pimente

into the Standish Dining room to listen to these poets read some of their pieces. Students, faculty, and the public alike showed up to share their mutual interest in this genre of literature. Broder and Belz have two different styles that suit their individual personality. “I saw common elements in the poems Broder and Belz write,” said Nester. “They both write these odd, eccentric poems, and are different enough that I thought they wouldn't cancel each other out if they read together. Plus Broder is just starting out as a published poet, and Belz has been around for awhile. I thought they would make a good pairing.” Broder performed first, she is the author of When You Say One Thing But Mean Your Mother. She is the winner of the Jerome Lowell Dejur Award and the Stark Prize for Poetry. Her poems have also appeared in many liter-

ary journals. Broder said that she started writing poetry in third grade. “My teacher, Mrs. Hovey, saw that I was a sensitive kid and that I was good at it. So she gave me a little hardcover book to write my poems in. Never underestimate the power of a caring teacher!” Broder said that what she likes most about poetry is its physical smallness, and its ability to transcend its size in power. Juliet Barney, a Saint Rose Student, picked up on Broder’s passion for poetry. She said, “It was clear that she loves what she does which made her all the more likable.” Belz, who performed second, is the author of The Bird Hoverer and Lovely, Raspberry. His poetry and criticism have appeared in many publications including the Boston Review. Belz is now an English professor at Providence Christian College in Ontario,

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Poets Melissa Broder and Aaron Belz California. Belz said that he began writing poetry Junior year of high school. He also said that when he prepares for a performance he has a specific process he goes through to choose which poems he will read and in what order. Whatever he does to prepare makes his performance successful because, as Barney said, “The crowd absolutely loved him.” Barney said, “I was impressed by the diversity between the two performers. Melissa Broder's poems were interesting and had a clear emotion behind them and her presence made her interesting to listen to and watch. Aaron Belz's poems were humorous. Anyone there could tell that he was an experienced performer.” While visiting Saint Rose, Broder and Belz also attended some English classes, including Daniel Nester’s English 218 class. This gave students the opportunity to ask some questions. “I think that their visits to class were very helpful. They weren't

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afraid to speak the truth. Belz told us that he always judges his audience, which is quite the role reversal, usually the poet feels as if they are being judged, but Belz views it a different way. Broder even told our class how she finds muses and ideas for her poetry. She steals nouns from other poets and uses them as inspiration for her own pieces. I think it's great that they are willing to interact with students and share their wisdom,” said Barney Broder and Belz’s visit to Saint Rose was full of humor and emotion. They both related well to students and were happy to answer any questions posed to them. “I have attended a few Frequency Norths in the past and they are always great,” said Barney. “They are a great opportunity for students to meet and greet with authors and get a taste of the industry.”

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It’s Not Over – It’s Just Started By REGINA IANNOZOTTO There is a new band on the music scene and they are taking over. It’s Not Over is an ambitious power pop band with big dreams and a great sound. Their first album It’s Just Started, a clever play on words, is new and different. This past December, It’s Not Over signed a contract with the Eclectic Music Company and celebrated with a Christmas show which promoted their single, “Sweet Heart Breaker.” Since then, they have put out their first album, among other things. It’s Just Started tells the tales of troubled relationships in a most poetic and catchy way. Their single “Sweet Heart Breaker” features rapper Jay Ax. Making an appearance, not only the record but during some live performances as well, has made this album very well-rounded and added a nice variety of sound. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Yellowcard are only two of the bands that they have been compared to. Consisting of four

members, they are as follows: Mike Giordano – lead vocals and guitar, Gabe Ramirez – bass, Josh Cronopulos – guitar, and Matt Cabello – drums. Each member admitted to having a favorite song on the album. To make things more interesting, no two songs were liked the same. It must mean something good when the band itself cannot agree on one favorite song. I personally favor “Catastrophe.” But, let’s be honest. How can you pick just one song to like when you have lyrics like, “How can I sleep if you never leave my head,” and “You’re a sweet heart breaker with the sweetest touch” coming from eleven different songs. One thing I really like about this album is the harmonies. Normally, the harmony is higher than the lead vocal. However, on It’s Just Started most harmonies are lower creating a different mix pleasant for the ear. This one fact shows that each song is different than the next. Which song is slow? Which song is fast? Which song can you dance around in your room to? Which song can

The cover of It’s Not Over’s first album It’s Just Started. you relate to most? Well, you tell me. It’s Not Over’s first album is available on iTunes and Amazon. In addition to being great as a sound, as a band they are also great. The weekend of the album’s release, which was on Feb-

ruary 19, the band did acoustic house calls to whoever wanted an album. This included myself. Having the band over was a great experience. They were nice, respectful, and acoustically wonderful. They played almost every

Eclectic Music Company song on their album and stayed to chat afterwards. Overall, this band has a lot of potential to make it big and they need our help. So get on iTunes, get on Amazon, and get this album! Remember, it’s not over, “It’s Just Started.”

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The Big Bang Theory: Laughing With Them, Not At Them By CHRIS SURPRENANT Nerds aren’t so nerdy anymore, at least not in the land of television. CBS has hit network gold with The Big Bang Theory. The guys and girl of Bang—a group of socially awkward geniuses and their attractive blonde friend— have created something special over the past four seasons. The most recent episode dealt with something most everyone can relate to—an intruder. No, I don’t mean in the sense that a man in a mask is breaking into your house, but rather in the sense that someone in your immediate group of friends meets a significant other. It’s normally a downer, right? Well, not in the hands of four incredibly neurotic scientists it’s not. In case you’ve never seen the

show before, the above characters are the classic “nerds.” They like comic books, video games, role-playing games and they’re a little too into the internet; yet, the audience is always laughing with them, rather than at them. Each character has a quality about them that makes them likable— you would want to be friends with these guys. Last Thursday, the ever-quirky, eccentric know-it-all of the group, Sheldon (Emmy award winner Jim Parsons) was faced with the fact that times were achanging. Sheldon is not good with change or, for that matter, anything that doesn’t fit with his plans. His roommate, Leonard (Johnny Galekci) is now romantically involved with their friend Raj’s sister, Priya. This somewhat unwelcome addition to the group

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The cast of The Big Bang Theory. meant that Sheldon would be eating dinner at Priya’s apartment instead of his own. Sheldon, being incredibly intolerant of change, decided that he must find a new group of friends to entertain, and proceeded to watch his attempts to do so crash and burn. Sheldon’s self-imposed exile not only affected Sheldon, but also his friends. Though initial-

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Sonja Fleming/CBS ly happy to have a break from Sheldon’s jibes, Leonard, Raj, and Howard find they miss him. Sheldon realizes that his new group of “friends” has fun the “wrong” way—he is not a fan of drunken karaoke involving an athlete, a half-naked owner of a comic book store, and a man with a speech impediment. Needless to say, the whole situation is a riot to watch, especially the group’s rendition of “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart”. The Big Bang Theory is probably one of the most unique sitcoms you’ll see on the air today. It’s very character-driven: Sheldon is an irrational know-it-all who really does know it all; Howard (Simon Helberg) is a ladiesman wannabe/momma’s boy; Raj (Kunal Nayyar) cannot talk to women without a drink; and Leonard is fairly level-headed, yet constantly lovesick. The show runs on humor arising from these character flaws, flaws which are always played to their fullest. Sure, the characters are what many would consider “nerdy,” but the audience doesn’t laugh at them for their love of Star Trek, but rather the situations that their love of Star Trek gets them into.

When watching, the audience will find that they care about what happens to each character, and will always root for them, no matter how unreasonable they appear to be. This is especially true in Sheldon’s case; unwilling to budge on any argument, and finding fun in reciting historical facts, Sheldon cannot help but be loved. His obsessive behavior and incredible indifference towards society is fun to watch, and Parsons has expert timing and delivery. Though it may be an ensemble show, I think it’s fair to say it wouldn’t have gone very far without the talents of Parsons. If you’re looking for something to watch on Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m., tune into CBS and catch the gang on The Big Bang Theory. Never before has it been so enjoyable to laugh along with people whose biggest heroes wear capes and spandex. Not only do we laugh with them, but sometimes we just want to be like them. Theory started with a big bang, and it looks like its universal appeal is set to only continue expanding.

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Letter to the Editor It’s Not Easy Being Pink Especially When You Don’t Even Like the Color Editor’s Note: This article is in in response to “The Freshman Perspective: Blue Man in a Pink World” by Chris Surprenant, published on February 2, 2011. In that article, Mr. Surprenant discussed his perceptions of the gender imbalance at Saint Rose. By MADALYN DETHOMASIS and the WOMEN’S INITIATIVE The fact that there are more women on the Saint Rose campus than men should not be surprising to most students who have at least semi-adequate eye sight and mediocre observational skills. However, what is surprising is that some students would assume that this ratio wouldn’t affect dynamics between genders different and alike in the classroom setting. The dominance of women in leadership roles, activities and classes on campus affects the way women view and interact with one another in a different way than it affects men. First, females are more likely to feel threatened around other women. Why? Because the competition and judgment is elevated; especially in a small group setting and most certainly if there are a few token males involved in that setting. Secondly, women judge one another like they’re receiving a high hourly income for it. Girls are less likely to voice their opinion or participate in discussion and debate when the judgment of other females is an obvious threat. According to the results from the Diversity Survey posted last semester, women on campus actually feel less comfortable than men expressing their opin-

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ion in the classroom. Sure, some girls are cool and strong enough to ignore it, but some aren’t. In small class settings such as those at Saint Rose, it’s inevitable that girls notice one another, and judge one another. The girls who do open their mouths are branded as, ‘the annoying girls who talk too much’ (and really, who wants to be known as that ‘annoying girl’?) and, from the other point of view, the girls who don’t speak at all are labeled in the same respect. The issue of female on female judgment is one that’s extremely downplayed, or at least successfully ignored. However, women are their own toughest critics. From a female perspective, sometimes the gazes and opinions of other young women can be harsher and treated with more importance than those of any man. Women critique each other much more rapidly and carelessly than men do. With female dominated situations and group settings, judgments are likely to be high and women, as a result, are threatened. While women are not

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Why Change The Plan? By LEIGH WARD After watching the recent developments in congress regarding the proposed funding cuts to Planned Parenthood on the news, my mother (who will be 50 this coming July) was taken back at the list of services that Planned Parenthood provides. My mother, like myself and many other women and men out there, are unfamiliar with just how extensive the list of potentially life-saving health care services is. To be honest, I've only ever known Planned Parenthood to be a place where you can get free condoms and emergency contraceptives. It seems that the misconception of Planned Parenthood transcends throughout the years. For my mother, she was only aware of Planned Parenthood as a resource to obtain birth control and receive safe and accurate counseling regarding the possibility of

seeking an abortion. My mother's information was based on talk amongst her friends, seeing as she was lucky enough to have a family practitioner she could go to. After hearing that funding to Planned Parenthood would be cut, I had a flash-back of sorts to a house party a few months ago. There was a calendar on the wall of the kitchen that said, "When in doubt, get Plan B in the morning!" With potentially reckless behavior still at a high level, especially in the "young adult" stage of our lives, the thought of losing the option to seek medical care at a safe haven like Planned Parenthood is an uneasy one. As a nation, this decision to cut the facilities funding isn’t moving the country forward. We hear all the time that there is some sort of sex education classes in middle and high schools, yet we're in season two of "16 and Pregnant"

opinion and season three of "Teen Mom" on MTV. An off-shoot of this concern is the budget cuts to school programs. I have to believe that this type of education would surely be on the cutting block in most school districts. I'm not condoning the immediate gratification of receiving emergency contraceptives, but that's where the misconception and skewed reputation of such a facility comes in to play. As I mentioned earlier, I was only aware of the “free condom/contraceptive” allure that Planned Parenthood exudes. Really though, they are so much more than that. Services include, but are not limited to: birth control, emergency contraception, general health care, HIV testing, men’s health care, pregnancy testing and services, STD testing, treatment, and vaccines, women’s health care, and abortions. Contrary to popular belief, Planned Parenthood does not use government funding for abortion services, which only accounts for three percent of their annual services.

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Let’s be realistic, if we don’t have these types of services available, the government will ultimately end up paying for it in the long run. Congress is already in way over their heads, so cut-

ting funding to places such as Planned Parenthood that offers such beneficial health services is a detriment to men and women everywhere.

for narcissistic reasons, but rather to give my great-grandchildren a sense of who they are. It’s really scary to think that because so much of our lives are electronic that we really don’t have anything to show historians besides a computer and a cellphone. Being lost to the great abyss of the future is daunting. In our lifetimes alone, we have seen so much change; from home phones to cellphones, from boxy TVs to flat screens, just think of what life will be like for future generations. With so much constant change, our lives may be just a flash in the pan, and then we’d be lost to history. Maybe I’m just overreacting, and things will turn out just fine, and historians will know who the

millennial generation was. Just in case, things don’t go as planned, I still try to print as many pictures as I can, and write letters to my friends every once in a while. I collect little mementos here and there from wherever I happen to be, and put them in a box, hoping to one day show them off again and relive some fond memory. It may seem like a trivial remark, but when I sit down to show my grandchildren what I was like “back in the day,” I want to be able to pull out a bunch of musty old papers and knickknacks and have them play around with them. It’s way better than having them open up my Facebook and resume Farmville from 50 years ago. But hey, that’s just me.

The Freshman Prespective AreWe The “Lost” Generation? By CHRIS SURPRENANT After paying a visit to the college archives a few weeks ago, I got to thinking, what’s going to be left behind that defines our generation? Barely anyone writes a true letter anymore, a lot of candid photographs are taken on our phones, and a lot of our communication is done electronically. When we come back to Saint Rose for our reunions, will there be anything left to show our children? Or will this generation be lost to the future? Often, I find myself looking through my parents’ old photo albums, and asking a whole bunch of annoying questions about where the picture was taken, who was in it, and so on. My parents happily reflect on the pictures, and tell me all the stories associated with it. I can see that it’s

really special to them, just taking the time to think about the good times they had. I’ve often wondered what would be in my albums, but then something hit me: very, very little. The thing that bothers me is that when people look back on our generation, they’re not going to find any physical record of our existence. For example, all the photos we put on Facebook are apparently made permanent by the internet. However, with technology constantly changing, our grandchildren may not have access to those photos and have no clue about their ancestors. With physical photographs in an album or shoebox, they have a better chance of knowing their family and knowing where they came from. Personally, I’d rely on the shoebox any day. Along with Facebook comes

one of the most common forms of communication, the text message. Sure, it’s great for quick burst of information, but it doesn’t last. A really meaningful conversation might have happened over text message, but down the road, no one will ever know about it because you deleted the message or got a new phone. For example, The Diary of Anne Frank has become an important part of history, as it gave insight to the life of a young girl during wartime. If you have a conversation know about what it’s like to grow up during such a turbulent time over a text message, it’ll probably be deleted soon enough, and that record will be lost forever. That personal account of history will never be made known. I don’t know about you, but I would like my family down the road to have a record of me. Not

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The women’s team fight towards victory.

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finals. That would be the ultimate Cinderella story. One of the problems people have with the NBA is that there is no defense played in the league. I think that is the case because the “stars” want to stay out of foul trouble, and to conserve energy for offense. However, if there is more than one player on the team who can carry the offensive load, it will create for better defense being played by more people. Carmelo Anthony no longer has to worry about fouling out, because Amare Stoudemire can be the offensive scorer. Another knock on the NBA is that there is no parity. Every year you have basically the same teams competing for the championship. This is because there are already some “mega-teams” in the league today. The Boston Celtics have controlled the Eastern conference for the past three years. With the Miami Heat, and now the New York Knicks, there are two more teams that could give the Celtics

a run for their money. While the formation of “megateams” hurt the teams that do not have a legitimate star, they do not make them irrelevant altogether. The New Jersey Nets recently acquired all-star point guard Deron Williams from the Utah Jazz. If he can convince one of two other all-stars to play in New

Jersey, the Nets would automatically become a title contender. I think that is the best part of the “mega-teams.” A below average team can go from irrelevant, to champion with some smart salary cap management, and a couple acquisitions.

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a glimmer of hope for those loyal Clippers fans. With his almost inhuman abilities, he has given something for these fans to be optimistic about for the coming years of the Clippers organization. Although the Clippers as a team are far off from competing with teams like the Lakers, they are well on their way if they can manage to hold onto their talent. They cannot fall into the trap of dealing out their top stars for unproven prospects. I’m sure all the Clippers fans are rooting for their team to surround Griffin with a good supporting cast of players. The new trend seems to be to form a “big three” as the Celtics and Heat have done, and as the Knicks are currently in the process of completing with their recent acquisition of Carmelo Anthony to compliment Amar’e Stoudemire. If Griffin keeps performing at the

level he has this season, there is not one player in the league who wouldn’t mind playing on the same team as him. Blake Griffin has consistently been providing highlights as he has made even the best of veterans look foolish. The ease with which he gains altitude above the rim seems nearly effortless. He even proved in this years dunk contest that not even a car can keep him from driving through the paint on his way to the basket. The amount of progress Griffin has made during his rookie year is astounding. According to the Clippers official website, he is currently averaging 22.9 points per game, and 12.5 rebounds per game. This is a rookie who is already averaging a double-double with ease. He also leads the entire Clippers team in points as well. This shows that he has embraced the star role that has been brought upon him. He has lived

By SAM MAXWELL With Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire joining forces in the “big apple,” and LeBron James and Chris Bosh taking their talents to South Beach to team up with Dwayne Wade, it poses a question that is on the mind of every NBA league official; are these “mega-teams” good for the league? I think the answer to that question has to be different depending on whom you ask. If you are a fan or an executive for the larger market teams (New York, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago), I don’t think you would have a problem with it. However, people who are associated with the smaller market teams (Cleveland, Utah, Denver)are probably starting to worry.

I personally do not have any problems with all-stars wanting to play together. I think that it will cause the league’s popularity to rise, and will positively change how the game is played. If you have four or five teams at the top of each conference that are elite teams, in my opinion that is better than having every team on the same level. It makes for better games in the playoffs, and it will form rivalries that haven’t been in the league since the 90’s. It would cause better games not just in the playoffs, but the regular season too. When LeBron James made his return to Cleveland, it was the most hype surrounding a regular season game that I could remember. And, just think about if a non “mega team” made it to the conference finals, or even the NBA

Newest star in LA is not to be found in Laker gold

Blake Griffen in his final dunk of the 2011 Slam Dunk Contest

By THOMAS STAMAS The Los Angeles Clippers, yes the Clippers, finally have a proven playmaker of their own. He’s 6’10’’ 251 pounds and just 21 years old. Blake Griffin has stolen the LA spotlight thus far in the NBA season. No longer is he just another un-proven college star. Griffin has taken the NBA by storm as he is quickly becoming known for his ferocity at the rim. He has almost single handedly brought attention to a team that has for so long performed in the shadow of the Los Angeles Lakers, who share the Staples Center with the Clippers. It’s not very easy to gain fan support when you’re consistently out of the playoffs, and meanwhile your inter-city counterpart has won back-to-back championships. But Blake Griffin has brought

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The College of Saint Rose Introduces a New Head Coach to the Athletic Department By JACKSON WANG On Thursday, February 24, Matt Jones was announced as the new head coach of men’s soccer for the Golden Knights. Jones will be taking over for former head coach Chris Gilmore after leading the team through a disappointing 1-16-1 season. Jones will serve as the ninth head coach in the men’s soccer program history. “I have a tremendous passion for The College of Saint Rose being a former player and student at Saint Rose,” said Jones. “The high academic standards as well as the continued campus and facilities development are quite attractive to many of our prospects. Jones was chosen out of the fifty applications that applied for the head coach position. “We brought four coaches to campus, and Coach Jones was one of them,” said Cathy Haker, the ath-

letic director here at Saint Rose. Jones was officially February 8. “I think he’ll be a great addition to the athletic department,” said Haker. Jones has served as an assistant coach at Siena College. He has also served as head coach of the men’s soccer program at HVCC for one year. “I think he can be the person who can do it for us,” said Haker. While Jones was a student here at The College of Saint Rose, he excelled in the classroom and on the soccer field as well. Jones was a four-year starter as a midfielder for the Golden Knights and served as captain of the team for three of those four years. “I believe Matt Jones can help us a lot,” said Luca Sainato, a midfielder for the Golden Knights. “I know for a fact that he does a lot of work with local teams.” Jones has coached the Black Watch Premier and Albany Alleycats club team for the past

Clippers Fans Attain Have Bragging Rights Continued from page D14 up to every bit of hype that was surrounding him after his amazing year with the Oklahoma Sooners. Now I know this has only been one season, and you can’t completely base a players career on his first season in the league. But if the Clippers can manage to hold on to Giffin and surround him with the supporting cast that he needs, could we possibly see a shift of power in Los Angeles sometime in the future? The Clippers have (for basically our entire lifetime) lived in the

cellar of the Western Conference with the exception of 2006 when they made the playoffs and actually won their first round of the playoffs for the first time in 30 years. Could Blake Griffin be the long term star the Clippers have been looking for? Or will another more profitable team make him an offer he cannot refuse? Wherever Griffin’s career takes him, he is sure to be a star. Whether or not this star will continue to shine in a Clippers jersey remains to be seen.

seven years. He has worked with many male and female soccer players in the Capital Region. “I expect us to do a lot better than last year,” said Sainato. Jones has already begun spring season training for his players. “The boys are working tremendously hard on their fitness with the help of strength and conditioning Coach Anthony Barker who has been instrumental in the continued commitment of the players,” said Jones. Jones believes there is a lot of work to do as a coaching staff and as a team after the disappointing 2010 season. Jones stated that the main goal for 2011 is to reach the NE-10 Conference tournament. Coaching at Saint Rose isn’t something new to Matt Jones. He served as an assistant coach for the Golden Knights women’s soccer team for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. “Having the chance to work with Coach Laurie Darling Gutheil has been a major part of

my development as a coach,” said Jones. “I have been fortunate to see Laurie’s hard work and commitment to excellence first hand as well as the well deserved rewards

the program has had in the past several years,” said Jones. “I will strive to create a similar environment where our players will flourish both academically and in the game of soccer.”

What’s happening in Sports this week at The College of Saint Rose Baseball and Softball seasons will be starting this week. The baseball team will have their first double-header at the Plumeri Sports Complex on March 6th, the first game being at 11am and the second at 2:30. Softball will have their first game on March 7th at 5:30, also at the Plumeri Sports Complex. Come out and show support for the teams. Also, keep an eye out for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, both who are entering the NE-10 Tournament, and potenitally the NCAA tournament.

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The Golden Knights Finish Their Seasons with Over 20 Wins Senior Night comes, and both the men and women walk away victorious. By SCOTT LAWSON On Wednesday, February 23, both the men and women tipped off with Le Moyne at the Nolan Gymnasium. The student population was there ready to support the Golden Knights in the final regular season home game of the season. And for Amy Voelkel, Lynsey Timbrouck, Rachel Cor-

yea, Liz Tremblay, and Andy Pelletier, this was a night to remember as their last regular season game with The College of Saint Rose. Pre-game, the five seniors were honored as they were called to the court with their parents to receive an ovation from the crowd. For the women, the game seemed very one sided through-

Kelly Pfiester (The Chronicle) Timbrouck has a conversation with Coach Haag

Kelly Pfiester (The Chronicle) Alison McGrath runs the offense

out the entire game. The Golden Knights dominated the Dolphins of Le Moyne offensively. Coach Karen Haag was yelling from the sidelines to her players to look for good quality shots, nothing forced; and they did. They did what worked well for them. The Dolphins played manto-man all night and this is something that the Golden Knights seemed to be a custom to. They turned to their bread and butter play tactics of working the ball around the perimeter and working outside-in to Johnson. When it was all said and done, the Golden Knights won with a score of 64-49. Haag was very pleased with the seniors who don’t really see a lot of playing time. She also mentioned how proud of the fact that they ended their season by winning 20 games, which is not an easy feat. Now to the men’s game. For starters, the men faced a bit of a challenge because point guard Andre Pope was not dressed to play. Earlier in the week, he suffered a minor concussion in practice and the doctors thought that it would be wise for him not to play. So who started in his place? Well, instead of starting with a three guard set, Coach Brian Beaury decided to go with a three forward set by starting Devin Grimes, Brian Hanuschak, Sheldon Griffin, Shea Bromirski and Rob Gutierrez. The game started off pretty steady; both the Golden Knights and the Dolphins were trading off points in a very physical game and seemed like a very offensive heavy game. The second half started with an 11-point lead in favor to The College of Saint Rose, but Le Moyne did not have any intentions on losing. Le Moyne played hard and

Kelly Pfeister (The Chronicle) Kareem Thomas goes after the ball took the lead with 11:40 left in the game. But they could not keep the momentum moving. Freshman Kareem Thomas entered the game and stepped up as a strong defensive player. His ball pressure allowed for the Golden Knights to shift the momentum that Le Moyne had. This also led to frustration for the head coach of Le Moyne, who was given a technical foul with 2:44 left in the game. Andy Pelletier came into the game at this moment and stepped up to finish his career on a high note. In those final minutes, he recorded six points and two big offensive rebounds. “I couldn’t be happier with how things ended for Andy,”

said Coach Beaury at the end of the game. He also went onto say that Pelletier has been a big contributor for the Golden Knights, despite his playing time. “He is a good player, person, leader and student,” according to Beaury. With the regular season over, the Golden Knights will be moving onto the NE-10 tournament. Come out and support the Golden Knights in their final stretch of their seasons. The student population really affects the play of the Golden Knights and Coach Beaury notices it. He said, “We have the best fans in the NE-10 conference.” So come out and enjoy the games, you never know when they will be done this year.

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