March Issue

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Women’s Basketball Team at New Paltz Where Women Can Feel Beautiful

Spring Break Spotlight! Quick Workouts Without Leaving Your Room


Ways to Stay Sane in College

Breaking Out: Tips to Stop Bad Habits in College

Body Image Project: Loving You: A Body Image Workshop Find out what it is and how YOU can be a part of it!

March 2011

The purpose of this organization is to enable students to be a positive voice on campus and to raise awareness of real issues and situations that women of all shapes, sizes, and ethnicities deal with. This magazine will strive to create a new perception of the typical women’s magazine. We want to embrace how unique women are through articles, interviews, inspirational sections, poems, photographs, videos, and programs as well. This magazine will strive to be a resource for women that will include everything from make-up tips to health advice and even some male perspectives.

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Corrections from February 2011 issue page 19: African Women’s Alliance article Executive Board Member Kady Traore’s name was misspelled.

Women’s History Month

F 10 Do-It-Yourself (DIY): From Winter to Spring ashion Trends

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5 How I Define My Beauty 7 8 Ways to Stay Sane in College 31 Challenge of the Month


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Entertainment Cover Feature: The Women’s Basketball Team Breaking Out: Tips to Stop Bad Habits in College Trivia: Facts on Women Throughout History Horoscopes

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Real Life, Real Stories: Living in Color Spring Break 2011 What’s in a Number? That’s So Stereotypical! That’s What He Said


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10 Easy Ways to Pack Like a Pro Loving You: A Body Image Workshop Tanning: Is It All Worth the Risk? Dorm Workouts March 2011


A vant – Garde M A G A Z I N E

Editor-In-Chief Michelle M. Feliciano

Editor/ Web Designer

Stephanie Brynes

Layout Designer/ Copy Editor

Ashlee Rose Perez (A.Rose)


Sharyce Willand

Photographer/ Video Editor

Kevin Mercado

Video Editor/ Video Host

Rosalie Rodriguez

Video Host

Brendan Wright

Public Relations

Ricardo A. Hernandez Jr. (Ricky)

Event Coordinator

Danielle Gray (Danii)

Prime Contributor

Cat Tacopina

Kevin Cavanna, Class of 2013 My Mind: It keeps me sane, inspired and motivated.

Stephanie Walker, Class of 2011

My Heart: It tells me to aide everyone I can to the best of my ability.

How I Define My Beauty Lissette Espinal, Class of 2013

My Personality: I’m kind once you surpass my rough exterior.

Liana Ryans, Class of 2013

My Heart: There I am able to love others no matter how they identify themselves.

March 2011


Dear AG Reader, I always wondered why women have been viewed as less than men. Women deal with a lot from the moment they are born until the moment they die. Don’t get me wrong, I know men deal with things in their lives too. But my question is why should any gender be seen as better than the other? We should all be viewed on the same level. Men are usually seen as the “stronger” gender, but I beg to differ. I think women are equally strong. I grew up with a very strong woman in my life­­—my mom. My mom came from a single parent household and knew what it was like to struggle but keep pushing forward at the same time. She used the difficulties she lived through as incentives to better her future. My mom and my dad always worked hard so they could provide the best for my sister and me. My mom is diabetic and I’ve always feared losing her. She’s taught me so many things that I could never, in a million years, learn anywhere else. What I admire most about my mom is that she never let diabetes control her life. She was still the leader of my Girl Scout Troop, worked as a receptionist at my school, ran the after school program, was involved in Parish Council, helped my sister and me with school and was a good wife all at the same time. My mom always taught me never to give up on my dreams, but that I always needed to remember working hard is key to getting there. She always pushed my sister and I to excel in school but she helped us along the way too. If we didn’t understand something we always felt comfortable to ask her for help. She never expected us to be perfect, so if we didn’t do so well on a test or project she taught us to learn from our mistakes and push forward. I almost lost my mom and my baby sister 16 years ago when she was in labor. It was a terrible time for me and my family and I’m so thankful that she wasn’t taken away from us. I’ve learned the value of hard work and use her as my motivator for school, work and the decisions I make. I wouldn’t be the woman I am today if it wasn’t for her and I just hope to be as strong as she is when I’m older. Sincerely,


8 Ways to Stay Sane in College! Deadlines are a major part of your life in college and you should always try your best to stick to them. Our tip to you is to pencil in some time for yourself into your planner and do absolutely nothing (even if it’s for 15 minutes). That means no tv, no phones, no friends or significant others. Just you and the quiet sounds of relaxation.

It may seem difficult to do on a small campus but it is worth it in the end. It’s really simple-- people’s attitudes affect you too. Positive people will do a great job inspiring you, while negative people do a great job doing the opposite. Negativity only holds you down so learn to keep your distance from people who constantly complain and are always down. Surround yourself with people who exemplify your positive attitude in life.

Everyone deals with their fair share of ups and downs. Just try to stay positive and include your sense of humor no matter what the downer may be. It’ll help you handle the many challenges life serves you. Remember life does go on.

We’re constantly “on-the-go” and sometimes that’s why we miss the most important things along the way. Try not to take anyone or anything for granted. Enjoy the little things every single day and you’ll be appreciative when the bigger things arrive.

This universal, Buddhist law keeps everyone on an equal level. You can achieve this by not thinking you are better than anyone else and by not feeling inadequate compared to anyone else either. In accepting this, you’ll realize that “others don’t define you— you define yourself.”

Eating junk will make you feel like junk. The mind, body and soul are connected as one so they affect one another. It’s impossible to feel good if you’re eating junk all the time, not getting enough rest or being lazy. Form a healthy routine and you’re guaranteed to be happier and less stressed.

Instead of fighting change, embrace it. Change is inevitable and you should welcome the new, stay open to different experiences, while still taking comfort in the good things from your past. Remember “change helps you evolve into the very best you.”

Being in college can limit family interactions, but try to set that time aside to call home. Your family, whoever that may be, is your support system and will help you when times get rough. Never exclude them from your life because you’ll never know when they may not be around anymore.

Avant–Garde • March 2011


Real Life, Real

Photo Courtesy of Rosalie Rodriguez



in Color By Stephanie Brynes

Jenny Squires speaks about her struggle with eating disorders.


was good today.” It’s a simple, four-word sentence; some of the hardest aspects of struggling with bulimia, the disorder she fought for seven years before finally one that we hear every day, that our friends entering a treatment facility. “Eating disorders are like an say, that even we say when we honestly do feel addiction. When you’re addicted to a drug, you go through good about what we’ve eaten. But like those rehab and you remove that drug from your life. You can’t four letter words, some four-word sentences are bad… take food out of your life. You need it to live. Every day really bad. Sentences like “I was good today,” can lead I fight the thoughts… for seven years it was my number to others, such as “I could’ve been better” “I shouldn’t one coping mechanism…the thoughts eat that,” and “I’m not that hungry.” are still there.” After a year and a half of It’s the little things in life that build Eating disorders are binging and purging up to nine times a up, and before you know it, serious day, going through a treatment facility, emotional problems can manifest like an addiction. When succumbing to relapse, and fighting her themselves through your relationships you’re addicted to a way through recovery all over again, Emma with food. These are some of the topics drug, you go through still struggles with some aspects of bulimia, discussed during the National Eating but she keeps a beautifully positive outlook Disorder Awareness Week program, rehab and you remove on life. When asked what ways people “Real Life, Real Stories,” hosted bythe that drug from your life. can avoid “triggering” eating disorder Psychological Counseling Center at habits, Emma said, “I just think, I am not SUNY New Paltz on February 24, 2011. a number. I am not a clothing size, or a During the program, a panel of number on the scale, the amount of calories I eat, or what psychiatrists, parents, and survivors of various eating I burn. That’s not me.” disorders told their stories and answered questions about Her mother, Peggy Crouch, spoke with me about the little known aspects of disorders like anorexia, bulimia, and bulimia nervosa. What are some of the causes? How can I difficulty of seeing someone you love struggle with an tell if a friend of mine is struggling with an eating disorder? eating disorder. “I think I knew… I saw warning signs, but what could I do? The hardest part was pushing back The panelists were strong, understanding, brave, and her secrecy, her lying, taking money for food. I had to passionate about educating the students on this campus. realize it wasn’t personal, it’s not about me. It takes an Emma, an enrolled student herself, spoke with me about

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and playing with food. Fortunately, if you do see someone extreme amount of patience.” Along with personal advice you care about, or if you yourself are battling with from parents who helped their own children with their psychological or physical symptoms of an eating disorder, relationships with food, the Psychological Counseling New Paltz has people and places on campus to help. Center gave out pamphlets with some do’s and don’ts for Eating disorders are dangerous disorders that should reaching out to someone you think might have symptoms be taken seriously and need to be caught of a disorder. Some of the important advice as soon as possible in order to help on the “do” list includes learning victims recover. According to about eating disorders and Emma, although recovery recognizing the signs, is hard, recovering from understanding that an eating disorder in eating disorders are college is even harder. potentially fatal Despite the serious diseases and atmosphere of the treating them as program, however, such, listening the speakers left to your friend their audience with with respect many inspiring and sensitivity, thoughts. Julie and talking Squires might have about things other said it perfectly when than food, weight, she said, “Eating disorders calorie counting and are living in the black and exercise. Other important Pho to Co white world: the “good”, “bad”, suggestions on the “don’t” z urtesy of Rosalie Rodrigue “fat” “skinny”. That’s not where living list include not trying to solve is, living is in the color.” the problem for them, not blaming them for doing something wrong or acting “silly” and Left to Right: Judy Golub, Jenny Squires, Marjorie Nolan, not making comments about someone’s appearance, Jenny Kramer, Emma* & Mark Balaban because concern about weight loss may be interpreted as *Last name left out for privacy.* a compliment, while comments about weight gain may be seen as criticism. Julie Squires, another survivor of bulimia as well as If you are interested in learning about healthy anorexia, talked about some of the influences that can relationships with food, Evelyn Geza provides dietary stimulate these eating disorders. “I got my information and nutritional advice through Campus Auxiliary from the outside world. In my family, appearances were Services. Appointments must be made through really important. When you’re hiding something on a phone call or email (845 257 3351, or gezae@ the inside, you focus on the outside.” She, alongside, and office hours are held every psychiatrists Jenny Kramer and Marjorie Nolan, spoke Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. about some of the influences and habits found in society that can develop worrisome behaviors. Rituals such as calorie counting, perpetually weighing yourself, worrying about the “numbers,” body-checking (the act of inspecting your body for imperfections), reading fashion magazines with unrealistic body images, comparing yourself to others, If you need psychological counseling, the Psychological and excessively exercising can all be negative habitual Counseling Center is located in the same building as behaviors that, while they do not cause eating disorders, the Health Center (the brown building on campus, can become overwhelming influences that increase your near the gym). They are open Monday through Friday liability to create an unhealthy relationship with food. from 8:30am to 5:00pm, and offer individual and group So what are the causes for eating disorders? therapy, as well as a 24/7 crisis on-call services. According to the panel psychiatrists, eating disorders are caused by other, sometimes genetic, disorders such as anxiety and depression, as well as difficulties socializing and handling stress. The negative relationship with food is created as a coping mechanism, giving the person control over that aspect of their life by restricting what they eat or throwing up. Squires eloquently said, “Genetics load Dr. Mark Balaban is a senior counselor who specializes the gun, environment pulls the trigger.” The dietician at in eating disorder treatment, and can be reached at SUNY New Paltz, Evelyn Gezo, gave some important All services are free and all warning signs of an eating disorder, including drastic information is kept confidential. weight loss, hair loss, tooth and gum decay, withdrawing around food, going to the bathroom after eating (a sign of purging), comments about weight, obsession with dieting,

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DIY: From Winter to Spring By Sharyce Willand

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square pieces to cover the squares you just cut on your shorts.

6. Turn your shorts inside out. urn the top of the fabric away from you 7. T and sew it onto each square. 8. Repeat until finished. 9. Flip your shorts back to normal. 10. You now have awesome patchwork shorts!

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And the Award Goes to...

By Brendan Wright

With award show season in full swing, this month we’ve chosen to put the spotlight on some of the trends and styles seen at different ceremonies this year, and give you some options to try and emulate these looks.

This award show season, large shoulder details seemed to dominate the red carpet. From stars like Christina Hendricks to Amy Adams, this was a popular style choice. The dress to the right can be found at H&M for $34.99.

Nicole Kidman showed up to the Grammys wearing this flawless ensemble with floral details. You can try to emulate this look on a more simplistic level, with this dress from Forever 21, for only $32.80.

For her Grammy look, rapper Nicki Minaj utilized vibrant prints. If you enjoy this look, maybe want something more simplistic, then check out this simple one shoulder dress from Forever 21, which goes for $22.80.

Natalie Portman rocked the red carpet at the Golden Globes in this simple light pink gown, with crystal rose detail. If you want to try and utilize flowers in a different way, then consider this dress from Forever 21, with a flower detail on the waist. This look costs $22.80.

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Spring Break By Danielle Gray

We're all counting down the days until we can kick back, hang out with friends and take a break from classes. Whether you're spending spring break going home to be with family and friends, or staying at school and enjoying the calm atmosphere, or taking a trip somewhere new it is important to be safe.

If you’re taking a trip during spring break, it’s important that you take a few precautions while you’re in an unfamiliar place. Here are a few tips to staying safe while still having a good time: • Always walk around in a group. Try not to wander off alone or with someone you don’t know very well. • Be careful when meeting new people. You never know who might take advantage of the fact that you are unfamiliar with the area. • If your hotel is in a busy area, keep your door(s) locked at all times. • If you’re going to the beach for spring break, refrain from swimming in the dark. Follow the beach safety rules that are displayed around the area. • Keep your ID/passport/boarding passes handy when you arrive at the airport. You’ll need them frequently.

Tips for when traveling out of the country: • Avoid waiting to the last minute to book your flight. Booking late does not further a discount. • Stray away from taking pictures of travelers at any airport. You may end up in security explaining your actions. • There are no chances of receiving a standby flight when leaving out of Cancun, Cozumel or Morida, México (unless you work for the company). • Charters fly in and out on certain days of the week while major carriers fly every day. • Check the airline for weight restrictions on your luggage, or else you will have to pay the extra airline fees in order to accomodate your belongings.

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lways pack your shoes at the A bottom of your suitcase. This will save you tons of room and you’ll prevent the dirty sneaker bottoms from staining your clothes.

I f you really like your video games and consoles and can’t live without them for a week, FedEx them to the hotel. It’s a million times safer than packing it in your bag. Imagine if you lost your PS3 along with your luggage? Ouch. I f you have anything extremely valuable coming with you on the trip, it should most definitely come with you on your carry-on. Don’t let it get lost!

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ny liquid items should be A wrapped and put in a Ziploc bag before it goes in your suitcase. God forbid everything spills and your clothes are a mixture of mint and sunscreen. If you are planning on bringing food with you, place it in aluminum foil. It blocks off the odor so your clothes won’t smell and will avoid spillage.

You probably only need one pair of jeans (maybe two). It’s more likely that you’ll be sporting shorts or flowy skirts and jeans take up a lot of space.

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riple-check to make sure you T have all of your chargers. Cell, camera, iPod, all of them. You’ll curse yourself if you don’t.

Consider packing a rollerball perfume of your favorite scent to easily freshen up after getting off the plane. You wouldn’t want to accidentally spray someone else with perfume.

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entertainment By Stephanie Brynes


American women today are faced with a paradox: they uphold an ideal of beauty—long, lean, toned—that increasingly bears little resemblance to truth about their size. Women around the world are spending more time, money, and energy pursuing this ideal than ever before. So why does the “perfect body” remain so elusive? And why does the definition of “ideal” vary so widely between countries and cultures? The World Has Curves is journalist Julia Savacool’s attempt to answer these questions. She takes readers on a world tour—from China, where the plastic surgery industry is booming; to South Africa, where a heavier shape signals health in a country ravaged by disease; to Afghanistan, where the burka once again reigns supreme. Through extensive reporting and intimate interviews, she offers readers an understanding of how body ideals—in America and abroad—have come to be inextricably linked to the economics of a culture and the impact of globalization. From news programs to reality shows, from prime time comedy to national advertising campaigns, the topic of women’s bodies and our collective judgment of the perfect shape is everpresent. This engaging narrative is newsworthy and provocative and will advance our cultural conversation. ( “Absolut A Capella is the co-ed a capella group at New Paltz. Our goal is to spread the word that a cappella is not a bunch of music geeks who can make weird noises, but that a cappella is a bond between friends who love each other and have a common interest, and exploring that interest of a cappella is not a bad thing at all. Absolut A Cappella performs all across the SUNY New Paltz Campus. Regular ‘Dorm Performances’ rotate approximately biweekly along with other gigs on and off campus shows. We also love to travel and invite groups to come up/down to perform at SUNY New Paltz with us! In the past we have performed for charity events such as Relay for Life; we also have opened for the Miami Theatre Players and the world famous Second City Comedy Troupe. Basically we are a bunch of fun, energetic people who love creating music together and who love to perform our music for others even more! Check out our website for more information and come support us!” – Emily Palmerino, President



The World Has Curves: The Global Quest for the Perfect Body by Julia Savacool

The Absolut A Cappella performances are a great way to hang out with friends and support some of our campus’ most talented singers. You should definitely check out one of their performances! On March 17th, Absolut A Cappella will be singing in the Gage Main Lounge for their St. Patrick’s Day show! Remaining Absolute Schedule of Performances: 3/17 – Gage 4/7 – Capen 4/28 – Lenape 5/7 – Final Concert, Parker Theatre (Time is TBA)

Red Riding Hood – In Red Riding Hood, [Amanda] Seyfried plays Valerie, a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie’s older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon’s arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon, Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. As panic grips the town, Valerie discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast–one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect... and bait. (

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What’s in a number? By Sharyce Willand Life was much easier when I was a child. My only easily remembers the first girl because she has passion duty was to go off to school and learn my little heart and shows feeling in class. Similarly, why can’t we be out. My parents would do the other stuff for me. My dad branded by how we feel in clothes and who we are in would drive and my mother would pick out my clothes to them instead of as a number? Life would be easier if you wear. wore a pair of pants because you felt good in them and I was that girl who came to school in the perfect not by what stores classify them as. matching outfits. Sometimes, it would be floral print Size charts are like a language. We’ve been exposed overalls; complete with matching socks. Other times to them for so long we’ve become fluent. As a society of it was a stripped dress with matching hair ribbons. women, we are surrounded by so many numbers and Regardless of what it was, I didn’t pictures that we are brainwashed care. I lived a happy childhood She would buy clothes to think if we look otherwise we fail. eating turkey sandwiches and A 14 year old girl shouldn’t hope to and then cut off the playing hopscotch at recess. be six feet tall and 100 pounds tag on the inside. This Fast forward a few years later. I because that’s what all the models wake up in my dorm room and pull way, she could never are like in her favorite magazine. on a pair of pants. Sometimes, they judge herself by her I recall reading one of my favorite don’t go on as easy as those past magazines a few years ago and size, but by a feeling. precious days. Other times, I see my there was an article about a girl’s roommate wearing her fitted tees and relationship to the size of her wish I could wear fitted tees too. clothes. She would buy clothes and then cut off the tag Why is size so important? I looked up the logistics of on the inside. This way, she could never judge herself by size charts. For many companies, it depends on your her size, but by a feeling. bust, waist, hips, and weight. You’re apparently a size We can’t always go back to the days where we two if you have a 32-34 bust, 22 to 24 ½ waist, 33 to played hopscotch and ate turkey sandwiches, but it 35 ½ hips, and are 105 pounds. This would classify you doesn’t hurt to try. So today, be the girl who is wearing as an “extra small.” Why should we be branded by a her favorite blue fitted tee and not the one wishing number? she could wear one. Forget about sizes and numbers Here is an interesting parallel. How many of you and think about feeling. Stores may label you as a chose to go to New Paltz because of the “number medium, but you label yourself as proud. So why does factor?” You hoped to go to class as the girl the teacher size matter? It doesn’t. More importantly, what is in a remembers by name because you raise your hand in number? Nothing; nothing but a number. class and always try your best, rather than the girl sitting Source for size chart --- in the back who is number 53 on the roster. The teacher

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Developing a healthy body image can be difficult in a society where the media encourages beauty to look a specific way. To make matters worse, there are people who put others down for “fun” because of how they look. It’s a cycle that most of us, at one point or another, go through and cannot avoid. “God, my hips are huge!” “Oh, please. I hate my calves.” “At least you guys can wear halters. I’ve got man shoulders.” Sound familiar? Think “the Plastics.” Mean Girls is the perfect movie that embodies the awkward stage also known as high school and how other people can influence how you think of yourself. While “the plastics” criticized their bodies, Lindsay Lohan’s character thought to herself, “I used to think there was just fat and skinny. Apparently, there’s a lot of things that can be wrong on your body.” No one should ever feel like there’s something “wrong” with their body. What’s

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wrong is having a mold to fulfill because everyone is unique and shouldn’t have to conform to anything to be considered beautiful. What should matter is health, not looks or body type. Only recently can we say that there have been movements to change beauty’s standards and we’re trying to join the movement with our “Body Image Project of the Month” series. Last month we did “Operation Beautiful: Campus Edition” and this month we’re doing “Loving You: A Body Image Workshop.” (Pictures on our website coming soon!) This workshop will incorporate different activities to help us discuss body image and show each of us that we are all in this together. The AG Magazine Staff will also be premiering our “Pledge to Body Image” video at this program! Those who want to take this pledge can sign it at our program and encourage others to do the same.

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

~Henry David Thoreau

Check out our Next Issue for the next Body Image Project!

Health & Beauty • March 2011


By Ricardo A. Hernandez Jr.


he women of the basketball team at SUNY New Paltz are doing amazing things and work hard to make a name for themselves on campus. Maliqua Fisher, guard of the basketball team, was awarded ‘Athlete of the Week’ during the week of February 21, 2011. Fisher, a secondyear student, shares a deep connection with basketball. “I’ve been playing basketball since I was in the fifth grade,” said Fisher. Her passion is to succeed in her endeavors. Her goal was to win the SUNYAC this season. The State University

of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) is a Champion Tournament where all SUNY schools compete for the Championship in the SUNY system. The way the women on the basketball team move on the court, you would think they have been pros for a long time. In fact, the basketball team made a victory against Geneseo on Tuesday, February 22. The score was 69-54. This placed them in the third-seed position where they faced SUNY Oneonta in the semifinals Friday, February 25. Fisher and the rest of the basketball

“Our motivator

is each other, when we go out there and give it our all ~Maliqua Fisher

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Photo Courtesy of Sharyce Williand


team were on a roll however their loss hit them hard. “We don’t take losses well,” said Fisher, “We take them very personal.” The women on the basketball team will use this year’s loss as inspiration for next season. “We have six seniors graduating next year and we want to win this for them,” Fisher said. But what inspires these women on the court? “Our motivator is each other, when we go out there and give it our all,” Fisher said. Their drive to win pays off and it is clearly seen by the participants, fans and coaches who come together to watch the women’s basketball team defeat other SUNY schools. If you’ve ever been to a women’s basketball game at SUNY New Paltz, you would know first-hand about the suspense built in to a game. The fans cheer from the stands, the coaches watch closely at the team’s strategies and the girls push their limits in order to win the game. Fisher believes that the mission of the team is to become better to win the National Championships and they are on their way to that destination. The women’s basketball team strives to succeed in their games but to do that, comes a lot of practice and a focused mentality. According to Fisher, the team practices “two hours a day everyday, except for Sunday.” With any profession or organization that becomes successful, comes the decrease in the amount of down time, along with the amount of time for school work, family, friends, or other organizations. Although this may be hard for some to balance, Fisher has no problem balancing it all. “Well it’s a lot of time management, but we get around it. It takes a lot of time out of your schedule but just as long as you line it up in a proper way,” said Fisher. Fisher is a dedicated basketball star who still has other priorities outside of basketball and manages them well. Although Fisher and her team love playing basketball, this sport was not played by women just centuries ago. This was due to the belief that sports would harm women. Physicians believed that any sickness a woman had, was linked to her womb. That’s why sports was a definite no-no because any injury would affect a woman’s womb. Around the late 19th century, physicians discovered that exercise was actually good for women. Little by little, women began to play sports but their sports were not viewed equally to men’s sports. Some of that has changed during the 21st century and women have more opportunities than before. Given the scenario that Fisher was unable to play basketball, due to her gender, she said, “I honestly would die. Basketball is my life.” Words said by a true athlete.

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THAT’S SO STEREOTYPICAL! By Ricardo A. Hernandez Jr.


tereotypes. We’ve all been through them. Just because you’re blonde, you must be dumb. Just because you’re too thin, it means your anorexic. Just because you’re Black or Latina, you must be sassy or have some sort of attitude. Just because you’re gay, you must be flamboyant and love Lady Gaga, and just because you’re a woman, you must be weak, fragile and dependent on a man. It’s quite disturbing to realize how society views certain people. Women, especially, have experienced the most stereotypes. Throughout history, women have been seen as inferior to men. It wasn’t until the Women’s Suffrage Movement that things began to change. Women were entitled to vote, voice their opinions and were considered “equal” to their male counterparts. Here are some examples of stereotypes women deal with in 2011.

“The Dumb Blonde” Alyssa Kennedy, a first-year Communication Disorders major here at SUNY New Paltz, has been stereotyped for being blonde. “This does happen on a daily basis. When I tell people what major I’m interested in, they usually stare at me and say ‘well that’s a difficult major’ as if I am not intelligent enough to pursue it. This really angers me because I think of myself as an intellectual young woman,” said Alyssa. This case is very common in women with a lighter hair color. They are usually stereotyped for being less intelligent than those with a darker hair color. Alyssa’s advice is to not let others define you. “Be the woman you know you are and stand up for yourself,” said Kennedy.

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“The Nerd” Rachel Kilimnik, also a first-year student, brings another stereotype common towards women. “Throughout high school, I was in this selective accelerated program. Naturally, I was stereotyped as a nerd. People just assumed we were all smart and boring, but the truth is we were normal teenagers who like to have a good time just as much as the next person,” said Rachel. Rachel, expressed how she overcomes stereotypes. “I act like myself. I’d rather act, dress, and speak the way I want than try to blend in. So many people want to ‘fit in’ even if that means being typical,” she said. “I get defensive when I’m classified as submissive to men because it’s definitely not true. Not only do I defend myself, but I defend all women,” said Rachel. “I am a strong, independent young woman who has worked hard to be where I am now. I think for myself, make mistakes and learn from them because just like anyone else, I have my flaws. So far, I guess I will have to define myself as ‘unfinished.’”

“The Dead Beat Dominican” Stephanie Cabrera, a first-year student, has been stereotyped all her life for being Dominican. She’s categorized as a woman who will not attain a successful career because of her ethnicity and neighborhood. However, Cabrera has different plans in store. “I overcome my stereotypes by ignoring the limits society has set. I did and still do my best to fulfill the goals I have in my life. I have proven people wrong by actually graduating high school along with continuing my education at college. One of my most impactful jobs was during my junior year in high school. I helped recently incarcerated or mentally ill adults attain certifications in different fields,” said Stephanie. Stephanie speaks from the heart to the students at New Paltz, “Stereotypes are traits that society has used to define and simplify how people are seen. Women should define themselves by just saying, ‘I choose to be me’ and that is all that matters. At the end of the day, the only person you need to make proud is yourself.”

Wise words coming from strong, independent and intelligent young women. As individuals, these women have displayed that they have overcome stereotypes, ignore the negative people and define themselves under their own terms. So, instead of being defined by others around you. Think about the qualities that you are proud of within and the accomplishments that you have made. Only then, you can truly define yourself.

Facebook While Studying

to do. Sleep deprivation has so many negative consequences. Besides being cranky, your eating habits can change, your general health decreases, and your mentality for classes and homework are seriously affected.

Let’s face it, we all do it. Maybe you’re in the library, reading for a class, when you think, “Hey, I can take a ten minute break.” The next thing you know, you’ve been on Facebook for over an hour, your class is in twenty minutes, and you still have fifty pages of reading left to do.

Getting to sleep on time: 1) If you have a lot of homework, do as much as you can before midnight. Once midnight comes, go to bed knowing that you can wake up early to finish. That way, you still maintain a normal sleep schedule, but your work gets finished on time too.

Break the Facebook itch: 1) Change your homepage to the school website, so logging on to the Internet will remind you that schoolwork comes first. 2) If that doesn’t work, try studying in an area with no Internet connection. 3) Provide yourself some kind of incentive for staying off Facebook. For example, if you don’t go on Facebook for an hour while you study, you can watch an hour of TV before bed, totally guilt-free.

Late Night Snacks Late night snacking is a bad habit that hits particularly hard in college. All of a sudden, you’re staying up later than you’re used to at home, chatting with your friends or Facebooking (see tip number one!). But snacking after 8:00pm can be an easy habit to start, and a hard one to break. Plus, eating late at night can give you stomach aches, interfere with your sleep schedules and ruin your appetite for a healthy breakfast in the morning.

Stop chowing down before bed:

Breaking Out: Tips to Stop Bad Habits in College By Stephanie Brynes 1) Brush your teeth when you come back from dinner. Once your teeth are fresh and pearly white, you might as well keep them clean.

begin to crave food at the same time every night- and it won’t be just before you fall asleep.

2) Drink a glass of water before bed. Your stomach will expand so you won’t feel the urge to snack, and you won’t ruin your appetite for tomorrow morning’s breakfast.

College is full of great activities that keep us up late at night. Watching the newest TV show with your friends, or going to a club meeting. All of these things keep us up and running an hour or two later than we might at home. With all of the stuff we get distracted by, sleep ends up last on our list of things

3) Start eating dinner at the same time every day. Just by building a simple routine, your body will

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Sacrificing Sleep

2) Wake up early before your classes. If you know you’re going to have a long day, wake up at least an hour before your class, maybe more. It gives you time to prepare yourself in a relaxed fashion, so you’re not rushing to throw on mascara or pack your bag. Plus, waking up early guarantees time for breakfast. 3) Turn off all of your electronic devices while you sleep. I know it’s hard to part ways with your cell phone, but noises such as text message alerts, phone calls, even your iPod can disrupt your sleep cycles, leaving you less rested and less prepared for the next day. Let us know if you think these tips help you by sending us feedback on our website, at www. avantgardemagazine2011.!


Facts on

Women Throughout






By Rosalie Rodriguez

Multiple Choice

Answers on bottom of page in RED

1. In what year did American women win the right to vote? A. 1870 B. 1912 C. 1920

D. 1935

2. Who was the first woman to run for President? A. Hillary Clinton B. Victoria Woodhull

D. Linda Jenness

C. Sonia Johnson

3. In 1993 Carey Schueler became the first woman drafted in which sport? A. Basketball B. Football C. Baseball

D. Hockey

4. Who was the first female member of the Supreme Court? A. Sonia Sotomayor B. Sandra Day O’Connor C. Ruth Bader Ginsburg D. Carol Moseley Braun The first state where women could vote in national elections was: A. New Jersey B. Massachusetts C. Connecticut

Matching Answers on bottom in PURPLE

D. New York

A. She is a very famous Black American, television host, and philanthropist. Her program has been the highest rated talk show in history. She recently just debuted her new network OWN.

1. Hillary Clinton

B. This singer, is known as the worlds top-selling female recording artist of all time. Her videos, music and sexuality made her one of the most iconic figures.

2. Amelia Earhart 3. Margaret Thatcher

C. She is currently the Secretary of State in the United States and served as a United States Senator between 2001-2009 as well. She was also the first to win more primaries and delegates then any other woman who ran for President.

4. Mother Teresa

D. Currently holds a position in the Supreme Court of the United States. She was the first Hispanic justice and its third female justice.

5. Oprah Winfrey

E. This stand-up comedian is known for her talk show and her famous sitcom. She made TV history in 1997 when she announced that she was a lesbian.

6. Ellen DeGeneres

F. An aviatrix who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

7. Madonna

G. A famous French physicist and chemist, she was the first person to be honored with two Nobel Prizes.

8. Marie Curie 9. Sonya Sotomayor 10. Shakira

H. Winner of two Grammy Awards and twelve Billboard Latin Music Awards. She is a singer and songwriter and is known for her philanthropy in Colombia with her foundation Pies Descalzos. I. Was awarded the Nobel Peace Price in 1979 for her humanitarian work and will be always known for her advocacy for the poor and helpless. J. Britain’s first female Prime Minister. Answers: 1.C 2.B 3.C 4.B 5.D

Answers: 1.C 2.F 3.J 4.I 5.A 6.E 7.B 8.G 9.D 10.H

Women’s Health

Tanning: Is It All Worth the Risk? By Cat Tacopina


t’s something nearly all of us crave when we can’t get it. Something we want so bad, that many of us would risk our bodies and our overall health to achieve it. A tan. Let’s face it, SUNY New Paltz isn’t UCLA; It’s not like people can just walk outside their residence halls and bask in the sun whenever they feel like it to maintain the sun’s ray. Getting an authentic glow isn’t at our disposal. And that makes us want it even more. Should it be though? For the past few years, the topic of tanning salons and UV exposure have been an extremely hot topic in the medical field, especially in the female demographic. Do you remember the last time you opened a fashion magazine such as Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Elle and even Vogue and spotted a feature on the dangers of tanning? It was probably just this past Summer. They tend to recycle this topic a lot. While each magazine practically publishes one tanning feature per year, it’s for good reason. People still don’t get it and millions of Americans, male and female, go out to the tanning salons every year to try and maintain what they believe is a ‘healthy glow.’

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But the color gained at a tanning salon is even worse than the one you get outdoors. Before we get into that, one thing needs to be made clear. While tanning is harmful, you do need to go out in the sun and get a little bit of sunlight on your skin. Of course, you need to wear sunscreen all over but just remember that wearing moisturizer with SPF in it on your face doesn’t cut it. Your body needs to get the vitamin D the sun provides and it’s been proven that the sunlight gives a pretty big mood boost. This alone won’t be achieved in a tanning salon. Owners of tanning salons say they’re healthier than going out to get a natural tan because you get UVA rays in a booth as opposed to the UVR (Ultraviolet Radiation) you would get in the sun. But UVA rays are a well-known carcinogen, and the Skin Cancer Foundation has stated that most tanning salons usually exceed ‘safe’ UV limits. Meaning these salons are probably breaking some FDA laws. And let’s be honest, do you really want to look that orange? Also, tanning booths have been proven as harmful to skin time and time again. They have been proven to drastically increase a person’s chances of getting

Women’s Health melanoma and leave everlasting skin damage. People who tan too much have been left with waxy-artificial looking skin. It is nowhere near worth it. While tanning salons usually result in long-term damage, sun exposure can have some devastating shortterm consequences. Kaitlyn Day, a fourth-year student, explains that melanoma can kill much quicker than terminal diseases. “My aunt had Lupus for many years and many kidney transplants,” said Day. “She kept going strong for

years, but she ended up getting melanoma that spread throughout her body very quickly. She lived in Rockaway, so she was always exposed to the sun and she never wore sunscreen.” It’s a common story that almost never has a happy ending. It comes down to the fact that there is no such thing as a safe tan, although you can get color without the use of the sun, and on different types of budgets.

Top picks for those looking to avoid the sunlight:

Who’s willing to drop the big bucks? Sevin Nyne Tanning Lotion ($35 at Sephora) I got this as a birthday present this past year, and I have been in no way disappointed with it. While expensive, it gives a great color and smells pretty good. I know that it’s expensive, but you’re getting your money’s worth. You just have to be very careful with applying, because it can be uneven if not applied properly. Maybe ask a friend to help if you’ve never done it before. If you desperately want a good color, I really recommend this product.

If you’re on a low budget Jergen’s Natural Glow ($8 at Drug stores) This was one of the earliest products on the market, and I find it’s best for those who are very pale. It takes a slower amount of time than most brands, but it provides a gradual not-orange color where you can decide if you need another day of color or if it’s a good time to stop. If you have pale skin, using an instant tanner can provide a very big, unnatural mess. The only let-down with this brand is that it can smell. Make sure you put it on at night so that you don’t smell going to school the next day!

Victoria’s Secret Beach Sexy Adjustable Self-tan Lotion with Shimmer ($14 at Victoria’s Secret) This is a bit more expensive than the Jergen’s, but I think it’s still in a lower price range and you’re getting a pretty good deal. With this, you can choose whether you want a lighter or darker color with a turn of the dial and you get a pretty quick color. I also really like the shimmer that this product has. It gives a little extra ‘oomph’ in the light.

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D r m W rkouts By K e vin M erc ado Busy Schedule? Can’t make time for the gym? Well here are some effective exercises, for guys and girls, to build muscle and strength without leaving your room or lifting anything other than your own bodyweight. Grab a towel and a bottle of water because you will definitely break a sweat!

Ladies get your partner or your roommate and forget about being thin and think about getting strong! Easy: Tappan Zee Bridge Keep your back straight and your head down (don’t let your lower back dip). Hold for 60 seconds.

Hard: Right Triangle Keep your shoulder blades pulled down and back, forming a pocket in your upper back.

Harder: Libra Cross your arms and lift your feet to make it more difficult.

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Easy: The Descent For perfect push-ups, use a mirror to make sure your body is as straight as a board. For dips, keep your back and legs straight.

Hard: Inclined Dips. For the incline push-up, put your feet on a step. As you progress with the dip, go deeper into the movement.

Harder: Off the Wall For the handstand push-up, get on your hands and knees in front of a wall. Slowly walk up the wall backward until you’re at about a 60-degree angle. The stronger you get, the more vertical you can go.

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That’s What He Said! By Kevin Mercado

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What is Tradition?

What does it mean to you? Tradition is something usually passed down from your family that influences who you grow up to be. Many of us go through our lives unaware that most of the stereotypes and gender roles that we talk about come from the media and what we learn from our families. For some time now television has been a place where women, among a million other things, have been portrayed in a negative light. It has ranged from sexualized music videos to movies. Some other “traditions” are irrelevant to our generation now because of the difference in society. For example, a man should always make the money and a woman should always cook and take care of the kids-- at home. WHAT!? Yeah maybe 50 years ago! I recently spoke to third-year, Political Science Major, Alberto Aquino to get his insight on stereotypes and gender roles. “We are always surrounded by things that throw gender roles at us,” said Aquino. Aquino, now 20, has realized that as a kid he was exposed to certain traditions and stereotypes that molded the way he thought about women. “I was always obligated to throw out the garbage while my younger sister was in the kitchen washing dishes and helping my mom cook,“ said Aquino. He was taught to work and be a “man” but his sister on the other hand, was taught to cook, clean and always look her best. As a kid, he thought

every woman was just like his mom. “What you are used to becomes what you know,” said Aquino. Although he was inadvertently exposed to gender roles, he never questioned it. Most people are exposed to gender roles as a kid. Boys wear blue while girls wear pink or boys play with trucks and girls play with Barbie. We never question our parents or society because we know no different. And if we tried to do something unusual, sometimes we were told that we were wrong or were made fun of. Nowadays, women’s stereotypes are noticed more because women have a bigger voice than they did years ago. Although family plays a big role in passing down stereotypes, Aquino believes the media is responsible for most of the stereotypes people have of women. “The media portrays women as sexual objects,“ said Aquino. Being a huge MTV fan as a kid, he saw that women were constantly portrayed as sexual objects almost as if women accepted it or wanted to be treated this way. “As a child you accept everything,” said Aquino. Now that Aquino is in college, he is in a place full of a diverse group of people that have taught him to think differently and have an open mind. Having more awareness of other cultures made him realize the meaning of gender roles and stereotypes. “I think it’s important to appreciate the natural differences between a man and a woman but not create false ones,” said Aquino.

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Horoscopes BIRTHDAY MONTH Pisces (Feb 19. - March 20) - March can bring a lot of

bumps to your relationships, particularly romantic ones. Make sure to set time apart to have a special evening, just the two of you, and pace yourself to avoid unnecessary fights. To make things even less stressful, start saving your money, and upcoming months will be much more enjoyable.

ARIES (Mar. 21 – April 19) – March doesn’t look too hot for you, Aries. Mercury turns retrograde on March 30th, wreaking havoc in your life. You can expect mixups, mail delays, computer errors, the works! Luckily, on March 11th, Uranus will enter your sign, bringing you better luck and making you a magnet for new opportunities. Once your luck turns, try hanging out with friends. The 9th, 11th, and 25th are the best days for some get togethers.

TAURUS (April 20- May 20) - This month is all about socializing, socializing, socializing! Mars will bring you lots of energy, sharpening your networking and leadership skills, while the New Moon on the 4th makes you eager to contact old, and new friends. The full moon on the 19th also brings great opportunities for a little romance, whether you’re single or taken!

GEMINI (May 21- June 20) – March brings you Geminis great luck in the workplace. Mars and Mercury are in Pisces, bringing interesting projects your way and creating a great atmosphere for networking. Remember to be patient and smart as all of these new experiences come your way, and you’ll be good to go!

CANCER (June 21- July 22) – This month may be a bit stressful, but remember that clear communication and backing up your files are always a great way to ease tension. On the bright side, the 9th brings favorable conditions for traveling, either to one of your favorite places, or if you’re feeling adventurous, a new one! You’ll have a great month for making new friends, so think about keeping in touch with those you meet on your journey.

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LEO (July 23- Aug. 22) - March brings a strong desire to be studious. You might want to take up a new class (maybe karate, or crafting), or even decide to change your career-path! Don’t be afraid of these desires– people will be especially receptive to your ideas this month, giving you all the support you need. This month is an adventure of knowledge!

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept. 22) - If you take your time to check over everything twice this month, you’ll experience a March full of achievement. Once all your work is done, don’t think twice about it! You deserve that spa treatment you’ve been dreaming about, or a nice pedicure. What’s even better? You might get a little extra income your way, so splurging won’t be stressful at all.

LIBRA (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) - This is the month to relax- sleep well, focus on your specific interests, and enjoy the many pleasures this month will bring. You might find a new job, receive good news, make new friendships, but no matter what, everything that comes your way seems to be great! Just be wary of rash decisions, particularly about relationships: nothing can be perfect.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) - Conflict seems to be following you this month, so be conscious to keep a clear and open mind. Don’t feel pressured to take sides, and allow yourself some time to relax in the evening to escape the pressure of fighting. On the bright side, you may be able to make new friends, and new romances.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) – Maintaining friendships and romantic relationships may pose a challenge due to money difficulties and changing values. Don’t be afraid, though- your charm and way with words will help you fight through the challenges. Just make sure to think things through clearly before speaking your mind, and avoid assumptions.

Aquarius (Jan 20- Feb 18) - This is a month full

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) – This month is full

of surprising and unusual news. Things may seem out of balance, with mishaps here and there (some relationship oriented, some budget) but your charm and charisma will help you maintain your optimism no matter what. If you start to feel stressed out, think about laying out a budget to help you regain control over the financial aspect of your life.

of balancing responsibilities, which could lead to short tempers and misunderstandings. Make sure to take time to breath as your sort through all of the things you have to juggle this month. Money will increase this month, so feel free to splurge, maybe on the new spring fashions!

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MARCH’S GIRL CHALLENGE:As April approaches, you might be planning the perfect

trick for April Fool’s Day. The truth is, however, that we’re all tricked by the media by thinking we should be the perfect size, the perfect shape, the perfect color- and that’s simply not true! Take a candid picture of yourself- maybe without make-up, or with your hair undone, or just in a natural state in which you feel comfortable! This April, let’s be honest with each other, no more tricks! Remember, send your pictures online to ! Rules are posted online as well!

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Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences. ~ Susan B. Anthony “If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women.” ~ Abigail Adams

“How important it is to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes.” ~ Maya Angelou Everybody counts in applying

democracy. And there will never “I declare to you that woman be a true democracy until every must not depend upon the responsible and law-abiding adult in it, without regard to race, sex, protection of man, but must color or creed has his or her own be taught to protect herself inalienable and unpurchasable voice in government. and there I take my stand.” ~ Carrie Chapman Catt ~ Susan B. Anthony

The young women of today, free to study, to speak, to write, to choose their occupation, should remember that every inch of this freedom was bought for them at a great price. It is for them to show their gratitude by helping onward the reforms of their own times, by spreading the light of freedom and of truth still wider. The debt that each generation owes to the past it must pay to the future. ~ Abigail Duniway