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VOLUME 2 - ISSUE 9 - February 19, 2003

CARDINAL COURIER Inside this edition

What are they doing this week? Check out their antics on the Off the Wall page. Story on page 13

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With the construction buzz around campus centering around the new Ralph C. Wilson building, many people are unaware of the ongoing construction on the Botsford stage. The upper stage area will be the new home to the Alumni Development office. Housing six offices, four student work-study stations, and a conference room, the construction will allow the development office to vacate the second floor of Kearney and make it possible for the existing offices to expand. “I’m very excited. The construction will provide more space to accommodate meetings with external contributors. It will also provide more storage space to make the office less cluttered,” said Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement Bill O’Connell. The move will place the Alumni Development office adjacent to the Capital Campaign office, which is currently located in Botsford. “The move will make things easier for alumni because they will have one main office to go to for all of their needs,” O’Connell said. However, the transition has not been so smooth for another group on campus. “I’m upset, but it doesn’t surprise me,” Fisher Players President Becca Gartz said, “We have been kicked around all too often.” Gartz views the Botsford stage, which recently hosted Fisher Players’ production of The Vagina

Monologues, as the best venue for performances at Fisher. “It has a much better stage, with better lighting and sound quality than Kearney Auditorium. Plus there are some problems with scheduling in Kearney,” said Gartz. Before the construction started Fisher Players had to remove their belongings from Botsford and have yet to find new storage space to fulfill their needs. “We have stuff in Kearney and in Botsford but there isn’t enough room for it,” said Gartz. “Ideally, we would like to have everything in one place.” According to Joe Burkart that may be possible in the near future. “Currently we are going through and cleaning out some space in Kearney for storage space for Fisher players,” Burkart said. Burkart commented on the reasoning behind the construction saying that, “There were some liability problems from the college’s standpoint to have a lot of events in there. There is no way for someone with a disability to access the stage, there are no restrooms that are adjacent to the area, and some of the life safety issues, like fire alarms, need to be updated. So from an overall planning standpoint, it just made sense that now is probably the right time to do that.” Burkart said another reason for the decision to move came after it became evident that the student services offices on the second floor of Kearney needed to expand. “So, from an overall planning standpoint, it just made sense that

Fisher’s club hockey takes to the ice and gains a victory. Story on page 20

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A construction worker paints the walls of the newly erected offices where the Botsford stage once was. Construction began two weeks ago. now is probably the right time to do that.” The planning also includes improved lighting and sound systems in both Kearney Auditorium and Basil 135 and new seating for B-135.

“The hope is that with the proper planning and scheduling we will be able to meet the needs of the Fisher Players in those two spaces,” Burkart said. Email addresses:

This weekend, February 21 and 22, the 21st annual Teddi dance for Love will take place on the St. John Fisher campus.The 24-hour dance marathon, raises money for terminally ill children at Camp Good Days and Special Times. Last year’s dance, pictured on the left, raised $21,500. See our extended coverage inside this edition. - Q & A with Missy Ziegler and Stephanie Sodeman- Page 4 - Teddi 2003 preview- Page 9 - Memories of a father- Page 9 - Schedule of Events- Page 9 - Pictures of Teddi 2003- Pages 10-11 - Camp Good Days and Special Times- Page 12 Photo courtesy of Ken Huth

Freshman Maria Lelinski dreams of writing screenplays. Story on page 17

Second Mr. Fisher is crowned CONTRIBUTING WRITERS


INDEX VIEWPOINT.......2-3 Q & A....................4 NEWS.................5-6 TEDDI..............9-12 OFF THE WALL.13 CALENDAR...14-15 IN FOCUS.....16-17 SPORTS.........18-20

The second annual Mr. Fisher pageant, sponsored by the Resident Student Association, drew a large crowd on Saturday evening as nine males graced the stage to see who would be crowned Mr. Fisher. Approximately 125 people filled Kearney Auditorium to see these men take part in competitions such as talent, cross dressing, formal wear, and a question answer session. Dressed in a long, purple evening gown and blonde wig, Jason Marsherall, a senior, overwhelming dominated the show taking over the title of Mr. Fisher 2003. The event was an interesting one, however, with over twice as many contestants as last year’s competition.

The contestants at this year’s pageant displayed a variety of different talents. Defending champion Matt Connors, a junior, performed his own rendition of “Girls! Girls! Girls!” after riding in on a scooter. Later on in the show, during the question and answer portion which posed the question of what movie star would portray him in a movie about his life, Connors answered Jason Biggs from “American Pie.” Junior Derek “Diesel” Desol, used the talent portion to pay tribute to the Vagina Monologues by singing while sophomore Aaron Schmitt amused the audience by dancing to the “Peanut Butter and Jelly” song while rapidly making a sandwich, which he then gave to one of the judges. Later in the show, Schmitt donned a light green spring dress for the cross dressing

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Defending champion Matt Connors performs his rendition of “Girls! Girls! Girls!” while fellow contestant Dan Krutz and friends dance in the background at Saturday’s Mr. Fisher contest in Kearney Aud.

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Since when is caring a bad thing? Throughout my childhood, I was always taught to care-- care about your friends, care about your family, care about your schoolwork, your extracurriculars, your future. My mother used to tell me that the moment you stopped caring about something was the moment that it wasn’t worth doing anymore. This statement is so true. Why


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Student leaders need to care do something if your heart isn’t behind it? Why do something if you don’t care whether it gets done or not? Why do something just to do it? Unfortunately, this happens far too much here. People do things for the wrong reasons- to have a title, to get a tuition break, or to bribe their parents for money, cars, and clothes. Over the weekend I heard someone talking about how he had been told that he became a leader too fast and started to care too quickly. I’ve heard it too- I care too much about things.

Well, I’m sorry if that is a bad thing, but where I come from you can’t care too much or too quickly. It is disheartening to see people with so much potential who get frustrated and eventually give up because no one shows that they care quite as much or because they are told that they care too much. Do we really want to go to a school where all of our organizations are run by students who are merely on a personal power trip? Or a place where the students that we are supposed to turn to when we have problems will just blow that off and say that they don’t

care? I don’t. I’m sorry that as a resident assistant I care more about the personal well being of my residents and their friends than about the signs that I spend hours of time making just for them to get ripped down. I’m sorry that as a student I care enough to want to be fully educated, not to be barred from learning about certain things because they are deemed to be inappropriate for this school. And I’m sorry that I care enough to be concerned when people tell me I care too much.

No I’m not. I’m not sorry for any of this. The only thing that I am sorry for is that this is seen as a bad thing. I’m not going to stop caring. I’m not going to stop trying to get other people to care. I, along with so many other people on this campus, have a responsibility as a student leader, not only to myself but to all those students that I come in contact with, to care. I just wish more people felt the same way. Email address:

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Fisher Players left in cold The first weekend of this month, the Botsford Hall stage stood as a platform that supported likely the most powerful and engrossing performances this campus has seen in its fifty-five years as an institution of growth and knowledge. And I got to be a part of it. Monday morning, with the words of the performers of The Vagina Monologues still hanging in the air, the stage was torn apart. It will now house the Alumni Development office. Seems, sudden, doesn’t it? Fisher Players was given about a week’s warning to remove anything it did not want thrown out from the stage. Most of what was there was old scenery, flats, and planks of wood, which are heavy and awkward to maneuver and carry. But where was the now homeless club supposed to put everything? Two years ago, Fisher Players was essentially kicked out of Kearney, and its rooms were turned into storage space and a preparation area for Bon Appetit. Promised Botsford Hall as a new home, the club transported all scenery, props, equipment, and memorabilia to the newly-acquired building behind Basil. Because Botsford was built as a dance studio, there was plenty of rehearsal space in the studio downstairs as well as a dressing room area upstairs. For two years, Fisher Players was able to rehearse and perform in this space without interference. The building is set slightly away from the rest of campus, so apparently no one else had any use for it. Then, with Fisher’s new Manifest Destiny, Botsford started to look like a more attractive option

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to administration, which has swept the Fisher Players under the rug and taken Botsford Hall, piece by piece, away from the club. First, the studio downstairs was given to LeChase Construction to remodel as offices. Next, the Cardinal Courier moved in upstairs. Neither space was essential to Fisher Players, but they were never consulted before the rooms were taken. At least there was still the stage for rehearsals. Even when Fisher Players performs in Kearney, rehearsals are often held in Botsford because the stage is bigger, and the club has no claim over Kearney – if it is needed for another event, Fisher Players is bumped out of the way. Now the club is officially homeless. Without Botsford, the actors have to fight for reservations in Kearney, just like everyone else. Why should that be allowed to happen? Fisher Players is just as important as every other club on this campus, yet the students involved are being treated like an overlooked inconvenience. This school is supposed to be here to support and enrich its students, yet, aside from the necessary space granted to the Cardinal Courier, this club has been batted around by administration for the sake of office space that current students hardly notice.

Why does Alumni Development need a new office anyway? What’s wrong with the one they have? Why can’t a new one be built in the new Ralph Wilson, Jr. addition? Whatever tight space the people in that office are working with now, at least they have space, unlike the Fisher Players. And the people who work there certainly don’t pay tuition to use it. As far as the students here are concerned, the equipment and space available to the theater group was inadequate enough without taking away the Botsford stage. That space was far from sufficient for serious theater endeavors, but it was better than anything else Fisher has to offer performers. Additionally, if the stage needed to go, the space could have been used for something that the students benefit from or interact with. Sure, a lot of people, myself included, want to see this college expand its resources, but only to the point where the students are experiencing the benefits. This particular expansion has damaged a club that has sought to enlighten and entertain this community, and student resources were eliminated without offering adequate substitutes. Whether or not Kearney is eventually remodeled, the point is that the Fisher Players needs a space to call its own- with sufficient storage, equipment, seating, acoustics and lighting. This recognition is long overdue on this campus, and it’s about time that this club is shown some respect. Email address:

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her phone to call AAA, but they said it was going to be close to an hour before they arrived. It was cold and my car wouldn’t start up anymore. About twenty minutes into my wait and after about 100 cars had speed past me, a large white car

since they do not qualify for in-house discipline? Call the person’s parents and let them respond and take the child home? There are few options at 3:30 a.m. that seem reasonable to the parties involved beyond letting their friends stay. Security staff is faced with trying to do what is best for the whole college and sometimes there may be unpopular decisions made. Many years ago there was a shuttle running from a local bar to Nazareth and Fisher that was not very serious about following the liquor law. After fights, a stabbing, thefts, and numerous DWI arrests of underage drivers, the Sheriff’s Office was instrumental in revoking the bar’s liquor license. Shuttling students of any age to drinking establishments or nightclubs is not a realistic option. Neither is being out until closing time at the bar and then returning to campus and expecting all the sidewalks to be salted. Interviewing inmates in the Texas Prison System in the 70s, I learned that alcoholism begins in the high school and college years and not one of them planned on becoming a drunk or prison inmate. Campus security deals with many different aspects of SJFC College operation and life. The majority of our staff is SJFC students or graduates. Unfortunately, popularity with all the students, especially ones that get themselves into trouble, is not our primary function. Bruce Jesse Campus Safety and Security

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Out of gas: President to the rescue I didn’t realize it when I bought my Jeep Cherokee. My gas gauge is broken. It was last Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. and I had just got out of class and was on my way to work. While turning onto East Avenue, headed toward the gas station in Pittsford, I felt my car jerking forward and slowing down. I knew what was going on, because it has happened to me plenty of times. I had ran out of gas. It is a good thing that one of my Christmas presents was a AAA membership. A friendly neighbor let me use

After reading the two articles (Feb. 5, 2003) regarding drinking on and off campus and how students are affected by the SJFC policies and the New York State Alcohol Beverage Control Law, I felt compelled to respond. As a member of the student body, office of campus Safety and Security, retired police officer, and father of four children, I may possess more knowledge and experience than some of the freshman body here. I won’t bore readers with the deaths and tragedies I have dealt with or the parents I have had to give the somber news to because it only happens to other people. I agree that students may choose to participate in off campus events and activities that may place them in jeopardy of contact with the police and serious injury. Young adults make choices and understand there may be consequences. However, when students have guests and friends from home visit here, they are responsible for their actions. Experience this semester has shown that a large portion of the vandalism and damage occurring on campus late at night is from non-student visitors. These people have no commitment to our community, so how can we justify their actions when they drink here or elsewhere and then tear down message boards, posters, and door decorations? The host takes no responsibility and is only remorseful about being caught. What choices does campus security have? Allow the visitor to remain under the responsibility of the student that allowed the vandalism, disturbance, or underage drinking to occur and hope for the best? Call the Sheriff and have the person arrested,

pulled up next to me. It was Dr. Katherine Keough. She stopped, rolled down her window and asked me if I needed a ride somewhere or if I needed her phone. Maybe she saw my St. John Fisher sticker or she just decided to help out a person broken down on the side of the road. Either way she stopped and offered me her assistance. The entire 40 minutes that I waited, she was the only person who stopped and asked me if I need anything. Email address:


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Organizing love in 2003 he went back to Camp Happy Days and became the director of the grounds at camp. He passed away a few months ago. We are dedicating the dance to him because he represented the true spirit of the camp.



With the Teddi Dance for Love quickly approaching, Missy Ziegler and Stephanie Sodeman sat down to talk about their experiences as co-chairs of this years event as well as some memories from years past.

Q. How did you two get involved in the Teddi Dance for Love? A. Missy: I danced my freshman year because my peer advisor encouraged me to dance. There is something that really touches you when you dance. I got the “bug” that first year and knew that I wanted to do something more. The next two years I was a member of the committee. Last year I was cochair and this year I took over chairing the event. Stephanie: I’m from the Rochester area so I’ve heard about the dance for many years. My freshman year at Fisher I danced because I knew I’d always wanted to. Last year, I was a member of the committee, and then this year I am co-chair. Like Missy I think that once you’ve experienced it, you’re drawn to it. It’s something

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Junior Stephanie Sodeman and senior Missy Ziegler are the co-chairs of this year’s Teddi Dance for Love, a 24-hour dance marathon. that takes every emotion out of you. It is really a life changing experience. Q. What goes into putting on the Dance for Love each year? A. Missy: We have been planning pretty much since the dance last year. The committee gets about a month off and then the search begins for the next year’s committee and plans for the next year’s dance. We book the bands that are going to come and try to encourage dancers throughout the year. We collect donations and are constantly looking for new ways to make the dance livelier and more widely attended by Fisher students. Stephanie: The bands are booked during the summer. Once we get back in the fall we start planning the dance in more detail. The dance is split by hours. We have themed hours; 50’s and 60’s hours. We have a DJ come from New York City who does a techno dance hour. Local bands come and perform. Q. Any special memories from past dances? A. Missy: One special part of the dance for me is always when Gary

Q. How much money have Mervis, the founder of Camp Good you made in the past for Camp Days, gives his inspiring speech. Good Days and how much are His speech reminds us to look you hoping to make this year? around us at all the people there. A. Missy: Last year we raised He reminds us that no matter how $21,500. Just from the response so cold it is outside, the spirit inside is far this year, we are looking to amazing. When he speaks, there is raise at least $25,000 this year. usually not a dry eye in the house. Stephanie: I would love to Stephanie: I agree. It also make $30,000 this year. I would be makes it so special because Teddi, ecstatic. We have has such an who the dance is named after, was amazing turnout from clubs on Gary’s daughter. So, we are danc- campus this year. Many clubs ing not only for the children of have saved money in their projects Camp Good Days but also in for Teddi projects. I think we will remembrance of his daughter and raise between $25,000 and $30,000. her life. Missy: Another special part of the dance is the dedication. We Q. How many people are you dedicate the dance every year to expecting? special people from the Camp Good A. Missy: Last year we had Days family or part of the Fisher about 90 dancers for the entire family that we may have lost in the time and another 50 who joined us last year or who just meant a lot to for the mini-marathon. Already the dance. This year, we are dedi- this year, we have about 250 regiscating the dance to two members of tered for the entire dance. A lot the Camp Good Days family who more people will show up for a have passed away in the past year. mini-marathon. One is Andrea Allen, a camper who Stephanie: The mini-marathon passed away from brain cancer. is for those people who want to Stephanie: The other, Tom Mat- dance for eight hours instead of the toon, was one of the first campers whole time. We have the miniof Camp Good Days. He battled marathon for people that don’t and survived his cancer and went 25565_StJohnFisher 1/22/03 8:26 PMhave Pagethe 1 time or the energy to do to college but decided that his love the entire dance. People can come was for the camp. So after college for just eight hours and bring their

Q. Do you have any inspirational stories about any of the campers that touched your lives? A. Stephanie: There are a few campers who come to the dance every year that inspire me. They are just as excited year after year to be there. One camper in particular has been battling bone cancer for a long time and she comes to the dance even when she is sick. Sometimes she can’t dance because she is so weak, but just seeing her stay awake for the whole 24 hours and watching us from side lines is overwhelming. When I am tired of dancing halfway through, I just look at the kids and know that I am helping their dreams come true. Missy: There are four campers that come every year. They are teenagers now but when I started dancing, they were around 10 years old. It is amazing to see them growing up in front of our eyes. It reminds me of the energy I had at that age and that they have gone through much more than I could ever imagine. Q. What would you tell someone who is thinking of coming to the dance but isn’t sure if it’s for them? A. Missy: I think the biggest thing this year is that we want people to be encouraged to come down and check out the dance. Even if they don’t feel they can dance the whole 24 hours. We will be emailing the campus with the dance schedule. People should feel free to come down at any time and see the bands and the dedications. Keep the donations coming in. If you have a few extra dollars or cans and bottles to donate to this charity it would be appreciated. Stephanie: Just come down for five minutes and peek in. It’s really neat just to stand and watch what’s going on. Before long you’ll want to join in. Email address:



Q. Tell me a little bit about the dance. A. Missy: The Dance for Love is a 24-hour dance marathon that raises money for Camp Good Days and Special Times. This is its 21st year here at St. John Fisher making it one of the oldest school traditions. The campus seems to do a great job of coming together and getting involved. Stephanie: Camp Good Days is an organization that holds a camp each summer for children from all different backgrounds. It is an organization that does everything in its power to make children’s wishes come true. Camp helps the kids to forget about their troubles for a week and have fun. The money from the Teddi Dance goes to granting the wishes of kids with terminal illnesses; specifically cancer, sickle-cell anemia, HIV and AIDS.

Q. What are you excited for in this year’s dance? A. Missy: We are excited about everything in the dance this year. We are really excited about the energy that we have gotten from the entire campus. We have a new karaoke hour this year, which we think will keep people moving and energetic. Stephanie: Every year, the tradition is to teach a type of dance. This year we will be having an African dance instructor come. I think it will be something fun and different for the dancers.

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What’s on your mind? We went out and asked students what issues were bothering them. “The possible HEOP student budget cut. It’s the money situation for me because I need it to further my education.” ~ Lois Jenkins, junior

“School’s weighing heavily on my mind because midterms are coming up in a few weeks. Things can get kind of tough with an 18 credit course load.” ~ Chris Ouimet, sophomore

“I have three tests this week so I’ve been thinking about studying for those. I’m trying to do well so I can go to pharmacy school.” ~ Tiffany Babiarz, sophomore

“School, because I studied hard for this psychology test today and it was so hard; I don’t think I did well.” ~ Brandon Redder, freshman

“I’ve just been thinking about how I will balance school with hockey and a social life, and finding time to sleep!” ~Brian Unterborn, sophomore

“What I will do after graduation; I’ve started to look for jobs in marketing and/or sales.” ~ Elana Augustine, senior

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MR. FISHER Continued from page 1 portion of the show. Jim Lampman, the pageant’s only freshman and second runner up, enjoyed participating because it allowed him to “meet some new people.” After emerging from the curtains wearing a pink dress with his hair in pigtails, Lampman proceeded to receive money from a drag queen Dee Dee who was a member of the audience. Runner up Joseph Lisi, a sophomore, differed from the other contestants in that he recited personal poetry for his talent. Later, when asked about his dream car, Lisi replied, “A 1954 Cadillac Deville…a classic car because I’m a classy guy.” Another classy participant, senior Jason Marsherall, was hesitant to participate, but signed up after being persuaded by Schmitt. “The best part of the pageant was the formal wear section, where I got to be escorted by Nicole Pellnat,” said Marsherall after the show. In the question and answer portion of the contest, Marsherall was asked, “If your house was burning, and you could only rescue two things, what would you bring out?” Marsherall replied that he would save his mother “because she raised me and fed me for many years,” and “my washing machine because I would only have one pair of clothes, and they would have to be washed a lot!” The audience reacted enthusiastically to his humorous answer.

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The Fisher chapter of Circle K, an international volunteer organization, was present at the pageant raising money for the Teddi Dance for Love. The group auctioned off dates that took place during the remainder of the pageant, and each highest bidder received free movie passes to use with or without their date. Circle K raised a total of $65.00 for Teddi through the dates. Those auctioned off were seniors Connie Peppes, Vanessa Cardinale, and Brett Gray; junior Brandon Banks; and sophomores Bridget Dwyer and Rob Chantra Heather Coats, chair of the Mr. Fisher pageant and member of RSA’s general council, said, “All of the guys put in a lot of effort; they were all very creative and it was definitely a team effort.” According to Coats, the pageant took three to four weeks to plan, and involved about ten main people. “This year we had a better turnout. There were more people than at last year’s pageant.”

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There have been two reports of criminal mischief taking place on campus over the past two weeks. One of these involved students forging parking permits and the other intentional damage being done to a vehicle in Founder’s Lot. Only one alcohol violation took place over the past two weeks, as well as only one larceny; which took place in the library. Two domestic incidents were brought to the attention of security, both are under investigation at the time. There have been numerous accounts of harassment taking

place in Murphy recently. These pranks are becoming offensive and out of hand and security is monitoring the situation very closely. Security would like to remind students that since the beginning of the school year 3600 parking tickets have been issued and only 28 vehicles have been towed. Security does give numerous warnings before actually towing vehicles, but compliance with parking regulations would be greatly appreciated in order to make parking easier for everyone.

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The Black Student Union sponsored a free educational “cruise” to the Caribbean Sunday night. Donned in straw hats and tropical clothes, members of the club provided “passports,” colorful hand fans, glowing beads and piña coladas to more than 80 people who attended this year’s Portraits in Black festivities in Basil 135. The cruise was actually a program called “A Diary of the People: Cruising through the Caribbean” where BSU transformed the Basil lobby and B135 into a Caribbean setting. The lobby was colorfully decorated, the walls of B135 were adorned with artwork and photographs of famous and successful African Americans. The stage was set with both a Puerto Rican and a United States Virgin Islands flag along with a backdrop of a sandy beach, green mountains and a bright sun. While the annual program included the island setting, native dances, singing, and skits, the motivation behind it was not merely to entertain. “We wanted not just to have fun, but to educate the audience of our culture and history. We wanted people to see more of the islands than they normally do. It’s not just a place to vacation; it also has a rich history,” said Africah Harrigan, a native of the Virgin Island St. Thomas and vice-president of the Black Student Union. The program, hosted by sophomore Joseph Bess, who played the ship captain, consisted of a simulated tour through the islands of Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. “The history of these islands has taken a backseat to tourism,” said Bess, also a native of the Virgin Islands, in his introduction. “These islands are about more than just beauty.” The main focus of the performance was dancing, and at each island stop, several native dances were performed in vibrant and traditional costumes. The story of each island traced its discovery by

Europeans through the development and eventual abolition of its African slavery. The actors also worked with realistic and genuine props from straw-woven bowls and gunny sacks that helped depict slavery in Puerto Rico to a recreated market scene in Jamaica that included carts of tie-dyed merchandise, baskets of fruit, and bags of nuts. “We made some of our props and costumes, but many of them were sent to us from all of the different islands,” said Harrigan. The market scene in Jamaica educated not only on the custom of haggling prices in the market and the worth of the Jamaican dollar, but also on the development and use of patios, the Jamaican version of English that was developed during slavery. “We chose this year’s theme because a majority of the minority students on this campus are from the Caribbean and not just Africa. We had students represented from each island, but we all supported each other and learned about all of the different cultures,” said Harrigan. In the Dominican Republic, the actors demonstrated how the African slaves emulated the ballroom dancing of their white masters by mimicking their moves to an African beat. The emphasis in the Virgin Islands was on the annual Carnival celebration. “The celebration consists of music, dance, and food. It celebrates the past and embraces the future,” said Bess in his presentation. Aside from recreating the dancing and festivities, clips from the actual Carnival celebrations on the streets of St. Thomas were shown. BSU strives to cultivate respect and appreciation for the various cultures on this campus through activities and programs. Membership is not exclusive to minority students, and students of all backgrounds performed in this year’s Portraits in Black program. The program was co-sponsored by Latino Student Union and RSA. Email address:


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We go to school on a campus bearing his name. We write the name probably hundreds of times a year. But who was Saint John Fisher? A treasure unto himself. Fisher lived from 1459-1535 in



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Fisher treasures its namesake England. He attended college at Michaelhouse College at Cambridge University (hence the name), and received Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees there. Later he became the Master of Michaelhouse College. In 1504 he was elected Bishop of Rochester, England. That year he was also appointed Chancellor of Cambridge University, a position he would later be appointed to for life.

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During that time he became tutor to Prince Henry, who would later become King Henry the VIII. The biggest turning point in Fisher’s life, and the event that would lead to his death was Henry the VIII’s desire to divorce Queen Catherine. Fisher became Catherine’s chief counsel and advisor. Fisher believed in the sanctity of marriage so much that he even said that he would be willing to die

for it. In 1533 Henry secretly married Anne Boleyn, and in 1534 Parliament passed an act requiring all to acknowledge Henry and Anne as true heirs to the throne or be accused of treason. Fisher refused and was sent to the tower. To save Fisher’s life, Pope Paul III made him a Cardinal. The king was infuriated and sent Fisher to trial, where he was found guilty, and was to be hanged.

The punishment was later changed to beheading. Accounts say that Fisher was calm at the time of his death. His head was put up on a pole in town, but his face was still so lifelike that it was causing too much excitement. The head was then thrown into the Thames River. Pope Pius XI made him a Saint in 1935. Email address:

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CAN FIVE STUDENTS CHANGE THE TAX POLICY OF AN ENTIRE NATION? THEY ALREADY HAVE. xTAX 2002 Last fall, 700 students from 21 colleges and universities were given a difficult task: create a tax. strategy that promotes economic growth for a nation. Their ideas were evaluated by a. panel of PricewaterhouseCoopers professionals, who named the top teams at 21 campuses. Join us in congratulating all the students. who participated and the top team from. St. John Fisher College: Susan Atvell. Timothy Bergstresser. Jeremiah Ditch. Shannon Pacello. Andrew Phillips. Alan Stevens, Faculty Advisor.

Š 2003 PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. PricewaterhouseCoopers refers to the U.S. firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the other member firms of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, each of which is a separate and independent legal entity. We are proud to be an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.


eddi Dance for

Dance still making history S TA F F W R I T E R


This weekend you’ll be sure to find many tired, achy dancers in the Student Life Center. Although they might be exhausted from all the dancing, their love and energy will be appreciated by many campers who depend on their donations to help them achieve their dreams and wishes, no matter how far away they seem. Anyone who dances “won’t forget, can’t regret, what they did for love.” The Teddi Dance for Love is a 24-hour dance marathon in the Student Life Center to benefit the campers at Camp Good Days and Special Times. For the past 21 years the Fisher campus, with the help of the Teddi Committee, manages to get students to take 24hours of their valuable time and donate it to grant the wishes of terminally ill children. This year there are an estimated 250 dancers registered to dance, although anyone is encouraged to show up and dance for a cause. The Teddi Committee hopes to raise $5,000 more than last year’s dance which raised $21,500 for Camp Good Days. The committee is also looking forward to a lot of campus support in the form of dancers and supporters. In addition to support from the Fisher community, campers from Camp Good Days will be in attendance and dancing with the students to remind dancers what they are dedicated their 24-hours to. About 20 campers from the Rochester and Buffalo office will dance throughout the night, while others will arrive for the “minimarathon”, an eight hour segment running from 12pm to 8pm on Saturday. This year, the Teddi Committee

is working to spice things up throughout the night to keep the energy going. “We have a lot of ordinary theme hours, but this year we are changing it up a little,” said Stephanie Sodeman, co-chair of the Teddi Committee. “We are having the karaoke hour, remote-control hour, with movie and theme songs, as well as having a DJ come in from New York City to do a techno spin hour.” The bands coming to play throughout the event include TGARB, Sky Coasters, Best Damn Band, Last Page First, and Shade. Dancers and spectators can also expect a performance from Joe Loporcaro and Sean Lukasik. Every year, the dance is dedicated to campers who have touched the lives of those around them. This year the dance is dedicated to Andrea Allen, who had an ongoing battle with brain cancer, and Tom Mattoon, one of the first campers with Teddi who worked at the camp to help brighten the lives of others. The families of Allen and Mattoon will be attendance at the dance to accept a plaque in honor of the lives of their loved ones. “I am excited about the dance this year. The committee has been so great,” said Sodeman. “We have worked hard to be a team and make everyone part of the planning process. The dance this year is sure to be a success.” In addition to the dance, the Teddi Committee also organizes “Locks for Love,” a hair drive to gather hair necessary for making wigs for children who have lost their hair from cancer treatments. Anyone interested in participating and donating their hair must have at least 10 inches of hair to donate. A hairstylist will cut the hair during the dance and the new haircuts

Photo courtesy of Ken Huth

Stephanie Sodeman, chair of this year’s Teddi Dance for Love, stands with with one of the campers during the 2002 dance last February. will be unveiled at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Teddi Committee is lead by Deb Vanderbilt and Tammy Wiley and is made up of about 30 members of the Fisher community. They work throughout the year to raise money and awareness for the February dance, taking only a month off after the dance to begin planning the next. This year, in addition to the planning and execution of the dance, they lead campers on a haunted walk in October, took donations from the MSTE club to build bears for the campers in attendance at Eastview Mall’s “Build-a-Bear Workshop,” and also did their annual “Pie in

the Face” fundraiser. “The response by the campus has been phenomenal this year and we’d like to thank all the clubs and organizations for helping out where they can,” said Melissa Ziegler, chair of the Teddi Committee. “We’d like to see as many faces as possible during the 24 hours. Come down with your friends and family to experience the magic of Teddi.” Anyone who is interested in helping the community can volunteer to work at Camp Good Days by going to their website, Email address:

Father forms special connection EDITOR-IN-CHIEF


The Teddi Dance for Love can be an emotional event for anyone involved, but for one man it is extremely emotional. That man is Gary Mervis-father of Elizabeth “Teddi” Mervis for whom the dance is named after and Camp Good Days and Special Times was founded for. Each year, Mervis is present at the dance, usually helping to kick off the festivities at the very beginning. “For me it is one of the most special things I get to go to,” he said. Through his work with Camp Good Days, Mervis goes to many events throughout the year that remember and honor Teddi’s spirit, but his favorite is always the Dance for Love at Fisher. “The college has always been special to me,” Mervis said. “Every time we would drive by (Teddi) would say she was going to go to college there.” Teddi never made it to college, however. In 1979 at the age of

nine, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor which took her life two and a half years later in February of 1982. Before her death, Mervis created Camp Good Days and Special Times, a place where terminally ill children could go and just be kids again without having to worry about the pain from their illnesses. Since her death at the age of 12, Camp Good Days has continued to grow and keep Teddi’s spirit alive. Her spirit is also kept alive through events such as the Teddi Dance for Love which allow those who never met Teddi to still gain an understanding of who she was. “To realize that in that gym most of those people never had the opportunity to meet Teddi,” Mervis said, “it is just amazing to see.” Perhaps his favorite thing about the dance is the time of year that it is held- February, when Rochester is blisteringly cold. “It may be cold outside but in that gym you feel a lot of warmth and a lot of love,” he said. While warmth and love may be there, moments that will be

remembered forever are also present in that gym. One of Mervis’s favorite memories was a year when a boy named Fritz Cole traveled from Buffalo with his parents to be present at the Dance. Cole was suffering from a brain tumor and had become confined to a wheelchair. “I’m watching,” Mervis said, laughing a little, “and he’s trying to stand up and dance with the girls.” Memories like this happen each year but wouldn’t be possible if the campers had not started coming to the dance. During the first few years of the dance, campers didn’t take part in the dance. After a few years, however, the dance was tied in with a winter weekend that Camp Good Days provided for the campers. They would bring the children over to kick off the dance and then continue on to the camp sight for a weekend of winter camping. Mervis remembers one year, as they were about to leave the dance, he was informed by a sheriff that the roads were to bad to travel out to the camp sight. Therefore, the

group returned to the Camp Good Days office in Henrietta where they set up camp inside the building, sleeping bags all over the place. Today, some campers take part in the entire 24-hour dance marathon while others come only for the mini-marathon an eight hour span of time throughout the whole dance. Mervis has found a lot of happiness through his work with Camp Good Days and also through the work that the Teddi Dance for Love has provided to the cause of helping terminally ill children. To Mervis, the memories that he has developed and the experiences that he has had are the most valuable things to him, more valuable than the lottery. “It is worth much more to be in the gym,” he said, referring to his love of the Teddi Dance for Love. “They say that there are those people who come into your life and leave such a mark,” he said. “Teddi was one of those.” Email address:

Schedule of events

8:00 - 8:15 p.m.- Opening Ceremonies 8:15 - 8:30 p.m.- Gospel Choir 8:30 - 9 p.m.- Stretch out with Laura Chase 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.-Sky Coasters 10:00 - 10:15 p.m.- Cheerleaders 10:15 - 11:00 p.m.- Missy Ziegler and Stephanie Sodeman- DJ 11:00 - 11:45 p.m.- Best Damn Band 11:45 - 12:00 a.m.- First prize giveaway… Inspiration 12:00 - 12:30 a.m.- Pizza Break 12:30 - 1:30 a.m.- Free DJ Time 1:30 - 2:15 a.m.- TGARB 2:15 - 3:15 a.m.- Karaoke 3:15 - 4:00 a.m.- Big Mix with DJ Pete 4:00 - 5:00 a.m.- 50s/60s Hour 5:00 - 5:45 a.m.- With Any Luck 5:45 - 6:00 a.m.- Prize giveaway…Inspiration 6:00 - 7:00 a.m.- Breakfast 7:00 - 7:15 a.m.- Stretch w/ the Teddi Committee 7:15 - 8:00 a.m.- 70s/80s hour 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.- 90s hour 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.- Last Page First 10:00 -11:00 a.m.-Camper Hour 11:00 - 11:15 a.m.- Prize giveaway 11:15 - 11:30 a.m.- Remote Control – movie & television themes 11:30 - 12:00 p.m.- DJ time 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.- Lunch 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.- Stretch out with Laura Chase 1:30 - 1:45 p.m.- Teach the Teddi Dance 1:45 - 2:15 p.m.-Faculty/ Staff DJs 2:15 - 3:00 p.m.- African Dance 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.- Locks for love showcase, Prize giveaway,Inspiration 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.- Alumni hour 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.-Dedication, Senior Spirit & Spirit Awards 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.- Dinner 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.- Shade 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.- Committee Hour 8:00 p.m.- Closing Ceremonies

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February 19, 2003

2002 Last year was the twentieth year of the annual Teddi Dance for Love. In 1982, the 24 hour dance marathon was established to help raise money for the Teddi Project, a division of Camp Good Days and Special Times. This camp grants the wishes of terminally ill children. The 2002 Teddi Dance raised $21,500 for the project. The three top fundraisers last year were Rob Gilmore ($1,500), Jen Giordano ($1,000) and Krista Pearse ($680). The DJ’s, Mike Wolford, and Brian Schmidt kept the dancers moving by playing music from the 1950’s to the music of the 90’s. Special appearances were made by, SJFC cheerleaders, Shade, 33 West and The Skycoasters. Irish dancing also took place early on during the dance. Alumni and faculty joined in on the effort to encourage the students. Each group showed their DJ skills for an hour. This year, the dance takes place February 21st through the 22nd of 2003.

Compiled by Alexis Speck and Ken Huth

Camp Good Days and Special Times A look beyond the dance... Camp Good Days and Special Times is a nonprofit organization that provides children and adults suffering from cancer, HIV and AIDS, violence, and more to enjoy an experience of camping

Key facts Location: Keuka Lake near Branchport

and much more. Children and their families are able to join together at Camp Good Days and Spe-

Opened on: August 29, 1980

cial Times to forget about the challenges and hardships they are facing within their lives and just to be themselves for a week or so. Camp Good Days and Special Times provides the traditional aspects of the camping experience such as hiking, sailing, fishing, and arts and crafts while also offering a Project Adventure ropes course, handicapped accessible swimming pool, miniature golf course, and areas for music, nature and computers. It is said that Camp Good Days and Special

Founded by: Gary Mervis Mission Statement: “The mission of Camp Good Days and Special Times is to be internationally recognized as the premiere service organization that enriches the lives of children, adults, and families who are touched by cancer, AIDS, violence, and other life challenges.”

Times “ is a place where smiles are the norm and hugs mandatory, a place where visions are born and dreams discovered, a place where courage knows no boundaries.” Some programs that are offered by Camp Good Days and Special Times include the Teddi Project, which raises money to fulfill the dreams of terminally ill children; Cancer in the Classroom, where staff members of the Camp visit local schools to educate about the effects of cancer; the Gary Amendola Fun Club Fund, hich funds day trips, train rides, tickets to sporting events, holiday parties, and more; and the Camp Good Days and Special Times Foundation Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for children who have been diagnosed with cancer, as well as volunteers, both of whom have been associated with the camp.

Information for this page was compiled by Kara Race and taken from the Camp Good Days and Special Times website at Photos are courtesy of Anthony Altieri.

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The maladies of music MANAGING EDITOR


I have to break it to you people, there is some pretty messed up stuff going on out there in the music industry. No, not Michael Jackson, at least not this time. However, I will say that after watching 10 minutes of his special I am convinced that there is no one in the world as crazy as Michael Jackson. Simply and undoubtedly, the man started out life with a full six pack but now is lacking the clever little plastic thingy that holds it all together. No folks, I’m talking about music in general. Maybe it’s just me but there are some things I just don’t get. Like rappers throwing around random acronyms, (I’m still confused by Jay-Z’s big pimpin’) or any music that requires you to sacrifice animals in order to be a faithful listener is a little too far for me. When Acid Bath busts out their enticing love melody “Dead Girl” and break into the first chorus, “Dead girl there will never be another one that dreams like you, Dead girl, there will never be another one that screams like you, ” I tell you it just knocks me off my feet. Or not. Or it frightens me. Or it frightens me so much that I go running for the nearest teddy bear and curl up in the fetal position while sucking my thumb and attempting to hum “Kumbaya” without wetting myself. Although that proves to be a tough task, I eventually get through it with a little help from Mr. Teddy and some coaching by the scholarly Dr. Phil. Some of this music that sounds like pure static mixed with a dog barking and that somehow, someway, someone smeared “suck-real-bad” all over it. Granted there are some heavier things I like, such as System of a Down. Their songs don’t frighten me, just their video with that weird looking rat boy. I see him in my closet every night before I go to sleep.

An Off The Wall Debate

For my money it doesn’t get any better than a little older rock like Styx and Journey and maybe some crooning type of stuff like Bobby Darin or Old Blue Eyes. Also, although I am not ready to start burning incense and walk around in sandals year round, I really dig James Taylor. Their songs have something to say. They have meaning, they tell a story. They don’t dress up as scary looking clowns. I get excited when I hear their music and I sing along. (Sorry to all of you that have had to endure a frighteningly off key rendition of Tiny Dancer.) Okay, so maybe Old Blue Eyes knew something about a dead girl in his supposed mobster days but he sure didn’t sing about it, and I don’t wet myself when listening to the glorious refrain of Styx’s ballad “The Best of Times.” Well, okay, I still do, but for different reasons.



Growing up during the '80's was a nightmare. Don't get the wrong idea. Ma and Pa Adams were great to me, but no amount of parenting could shield any child from the horrors of local radio and MTV at the time. I'm talking about a disease commonly referred to as "glam rock" or "hair metal." Bands in this genre of music used to haunt my dreams by night and my boom box by day. Being 21 now and thinking back, I still don't think I've recovered. Lead singers from bands such as Ratt, Cinderella, and Motley Crue scared the poo out of me, (can I say "poo" in the newspaper?). Why grown men of that time period found it necessary to wear skin tight pink pants and more make-up than most women is beyond me. Thank God I had Michael Jackson, Ace of Bass, and Milli Vanilli to raise me, however, that fact alone raises some questions after the interview with Michael Jackson recently. The only good thing I can say about being subjected to "glam rock" during the '80's is that it prepared me for the crap they try to pass off as music nowadays. If you know me personally, you know that I'm a little strange. I don't often follow "the norm." Sadly enough, in order to be cool in today's society, you have to listen to a healthy mixture of N'Sync and Eminem. I'm not saying that these artists aren't talented, it's just not my cup of tea. Music is something very near and dear to my heart. I feel a need to relate to the lyrics an artist is singing in order to really appreciate a song. People ask me all the time why I despise rap. The answer is simple: As soon as I can relate to drinking $500 bottles of champagne, riding around in a $100,000 car, wearing a couple hundred dollars worth of diamonds around my neck, and throwing cash around like it's garbage, then and only then will I listen to rap. Another thing I can't stand about rap is that I need a diction-

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Woodstock’69 meets Woodstock ‘99, preaching peace and Mudvayne. ary just to understand what half of these rappers are saying! Over the past few years, there has been such an addition to the English language that Webster's can't even keep up. Words like "crunk" and "bling" are commonly used in songs today, yet has there ever been a memo sent out about what these words mean? If there was, I must not have gotten it. To quote a friend of mine: "What ever happened to the King's English?" The music I listen to, however, may not be a popular choice for most, but it suits me just fine. My motto is: The heavier, the better! Anything with rapid guitar riffs, drum beats that disturb your soul, and a singer that screams so loud it demands your attention, really gets my adrenaline pumping. Bands like Mudvayne, Slipknot, Korn, and Godsmack just do it for me. I receive a lot of grief from people once they find out my prefer-

ence in music. Like I said, it's not the most popular among wannabe rappers and powder puff boy band posers, but then again, I'm neither a rapper or a Backstreet Boy. This isn't the 1950's anymore, kids. Dancing isn't exactly hanging around the malt shoppe and doing the twist anymore. Nu-Metal, as my preference for music is commonly known, is a full contact sport baby! You've gotta be ready when the mosh pit breaks out and, when it does, you better hang on and enjoy the ride. Maybe if more people listened to Nu-Metal and got some aggression out, then maybe I wouldn't get nasty notes put on my car criticizing my parking techniques by the driver of a black Pontiac Sunfire with Pennsylvania license plates.

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Left: After years of thwarting, Jay attempts to wrench the statue from atop his mighty perch. However, after five minutes of fury Jay left exhausted.

Jay and Kevin, armed with some random insults about relatives, dolphins, and socks, scoured the campus trying to provoke people into attacking them.

Below: Matt Springs gives Jay a little taste of the figure four after he ran away with one of Matt’s tasty chicken tenders.

Below: Shanna Swain and Kristin Norsen give Kevin a treat “from the top rope” after he insulted their favorite argyle socks.

Above: Randy Kohlmeier decides Jay needs a nap so he introduces him to “The Million Dollar Dream.” Above: Becky Hunt uses the Basil caution sign in a “Hardcore Match” where weapons are encouraged. Kevin was surprised at the amount of damage a sign can cause to the human skull.

February 19, 2003 Wednesday February 19th


ON-Campus SAB Movie Jackass, 9:30 p.m., Basil 135. OFF-Campus Paper Fashions, 7-10 p.m., RIT’s Student Alumni Union Cafeteria. Students show off fashions they have made from paper. For more information call 475-4950.

Thursday February 20th

OFF-Campus Alan Jackson, 7:30 p.m., Blue Cross Arena. Tickets are $28 to $48 and can be purchased at the arena box office or through Ticketmaster at (585)232-1900. Call (585) 758-5300 for more information. Quiet Riot and Mighty Sideshow play at the Penny Arcade, 4785 Lake Avenue. For more information call 621-7625.

Friday February 21st

Today is “Famine Friday.” Wear orange to stand up for children dealing with hunger and poverty. ON-Campus Teddi Dance For Love OFF-Campus The Laramie Project” performed by the Nazareth Theatre Arts Department. Tonight at 8 p.m., but showtimes vary, so call for more info. Show runs through March 2nd. Tickets are $7 for non-Nazareth students. Call the college’s box office at 389-2170. Michael Winslow at Comix Café. Call 424-LAFF for more information. Cliffhanger, performed by the Penfield Players, 8 p.m., at the Genesee Conservation League, 1570 Old Penfield Road. Tickets are $12, and can be purchased at the Penfield Recreation Office, 340-8655. A professor kills his successor who refuses to recommend him for a chair position. Also showing February 22 and 28 at 8 p.m. Acoustic stylings of JoAnn Vaccaro, Daily Perks Coffee, 389 Gregory Street. Original acoustic folk rock, featuring flamenco-like strumming patterns and classical guitar. Check her out at Call 271-2340 for more information on the show. Chris Robinson and The New Earth Mud play at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water Street. For more information call 325-5600.


“The Mystery Plays”, 7:30 p.m., Geva Theatre. This play is free, but seating is limited. For tickets, call 232-Geva. This play is part of Hibernatus Interruptus: A Winter Festival of New Plays.

Saturday February 22nd ON-Campus Teddi Dance For Love

OFF-Campus Amerks vs. Cleveland Barons, 7:35 p.m., Blue Cross Arena. For tickets go to “Rough Magic”, 7:30 p.m., Geva Theatre. This play is free, but seating is limited. For tickets, call 232-Geva. This play is part of Hibernatus Interruptus: A Winter Festival of New Plays.

Sunday February


ON-Campus SAB Movie The Rules of Attraction, 7:30 p.m., Basil 135. OFF-Campus “Explore the Arts of Asia,” Memorial Art Gallery, noon-5 p.m. Free refreshments from 24 p.m. Admission to the MAG is just $5 with a college ID. Call 473-7720 for more information. TRUSTcompany, Blindside, and Pacifier play at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water Street. For more information call 325-5600. Unsung Zeros plays at Milestones, 170 East Avenue. Call 325-6490 for more information. Amerks vs. Syracuse Crunch, 6:05 p.m., Blue Cross Arena. For tickets go to “The Mystery Plays”, 4:00 p.m., Geva Theatre. This play is free, but seating is limited. For tickets, call 232-Geva. This play is part of Hibernatus Interruptus: A Winter Festival of New Plays.

Tuesday February 25th

ON-Campus RSA’s Ultimate Bingo SAB Poetry Night, 9:30 p.m., Wilson Formal Lounge. OFF-Campus Trubbled Hubble plays at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Avenue. Call 454-2966 for more information.

Wednesday February 26th

ON-Campus SAB Movie The Rules of Attraction, 9:30 p.m., Basil 135 OFF-Campus Lecture by Emil Homerin, pro-

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Shoulders bear the burden CONTRIBUTING WRITER


The new record from California trio, the Golden Shoulders is an album that should be heard by all ears that appreciate good music. The dulcet rhythms and rockin’ tones of songs like “Do you know who you are” and “Sympathy” will get you tapping your toes anywhere you stand. Adam Kline’s delicate vocals and moody melodies give great strength to the Shoulders in songs like, “Overhead, underground,” and “Goodbye hummingbird.” Kline along with the bouncy rock power of Jason Gramham’s bass and Todd Roper drums provide a solid backbone for a great album. The Shoulders are backed by a variety of musicians from Joanna Newson and Rusty Miller who add some tweak to all thirteen of the songs on “ …Burden…” At forty- two minutes the Golden Shoulders album no burden to listen to at all. It is a swift CD with nothing but high points. “Let my Burden be” is a solid album by a solid band.

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Ted Leo and the Pharmacist“Hearts of Oak” Joeseph Arthur- “Redemption’s Son” The Roots- “Phrenology” The Music- “The Music” Golden Shoulders- “Let my burden be”

Disturbed with Chevelle, Taproot, and Unloco at the Blue Cross Arena, March 24th Sum 41 with Authority Zero, No Use for a Name, and The Starting Line on March 28th in the Student Life Center. Tickets are $10 for Fisher students, $15 for others, $20 at the door. Spiderman Live! A Stunt Spectacular at the Rochester Auditorium Center, Friday March 28th through Sunday March 30th. Yanni: Ethnicity World Tour 2003 at the Blue Cross Arena,

April 1st. Theophilus North at Geva Theatre April 1st through May 4th. Part of Hibernatus Interruptus play series. Call 232-GEVA. Margaret Cho at the University of Rochester, April 2nd. MCC’s Spring Play at MCC Theatre, Building 4, April 4th

through April 6th. Shantytown, April 4th and


Memorial Art Gallery S TA F F W R I T E R

Fisherpalooza, April 13th.


Retro is in and the Pop Art exhibit has arrived at the Memorial Art Gallery. The exhibit is exploring Pop Art until March 23. The gallery includes works of art by popular pop artists: Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, and others. Pop Art began in the 1950’s in Britain but didn’t come to the United States until the 1960’s. A British artist, Richard Hamilton describes it as being popular, witty, sexy, and young and the exhibit certainly is. Pop Art was meant to be mass-produced. The media and advertising were favorite subjects for Pop Art’s often witty celebrations of consumer society. The collection of 2-D and 3-D works displayed included artist Robert Rauschenberg, who created collages made from newspaper clippings that were transferred to silkscreen. Allan D’Arcangelo stuck with his signature highway motif with an actual rearview mirror as the frame of the picture. William Weege used experimental and unusual textures in his work and a lot of the art included highly simplified and abruptly cropped female bodies, usually focusing on

fessor and scholar of Islamic culture and religion. 5 p.m., Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester. Free and open to the public. For more information call 275-4461. Amaya and Veronica from MTV’s ‘The Real World’ talk about their struggles with eating disorders. Talks at noon and 7 p.m. at MCC’s Brighton Campus. Tickets are $5 and are available by calling 292-2534 or at the Brighton Student Center Service Desk, Bldg. 3.

The Righteous Brothers at the Auditorium Center, April 5th.

Champions on Ice 25th Anniversary Tour at the Blue Cross Arena on April 16th. Visit for details. Easter Break, April


20th. Cheap Trick at Turning Stone,

April 19th. Joshua Tomaszewski

lips or nipples. Most of the art on display was created using plastic rather than canvas and paint. The artists typically used instantly recognizable subjects and objects based in “popular culture,” like consumer products, comics, and movie stars. Pop Art is meant to look machine-made with no evidence of a brush or pen being used. Instead, clean, crisp lines, flat fields of color, and a cool collected attitude replaced the emotion of the abstract expressionists. As with many specialty shows this exhibit was enjoyable but too small. It was just a taste, and left me wanting more. Email address:

Thursday February 27th

OFF-Campus Stage, The Exies and Trapt play at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water Street. For more information call 325-5600.

Friday February 28th

OFF-Campus “Celebrating Our Roots: From Hardship to Hope.” Annual African-American History Month Celebration sponsored by the SUNY Rochester Educational

Insane Clown Posse, 2 Live Crew, and Anybody Killa at Water Street Music Hall on April 22nd. BLAST! at the Auditorium Theatre April 29th through May 4th. BLAST! is the winner of the 2001 Tony Award for "Best Special Theatrical Event" and the 2001 Emmy Award for "Best Choreography."

Do you have a listing that you would like to include in our calendar? Email to Opportunity Center; performed by local actress Cynthia Reeves. Free and open to the public. Call 232-2730 ext. 274 for more information. The New Deal plays at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water Street. For more information call 325-5600. Knighthawks vs. Albany Rebels, 7:35 p.m., Blue Cross Arena. Tickets are available at the arena box office and all Ticketmaster locations.

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N THE TOWN Friday March 7th

OFF-Campus Discussion of Octavia Butler’s book Kindred, 10 a.m., MCC Theatre at the Brighton Campus. The discussion is free and open to the public. Call 292-3023 for more information.

The Recruit S TA F F W R I T E R


This movie revolves around a brilliant college graduate that is recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency. But the main character has to survive “The Farm”, the Agency’s treacherous training program, before he can officially become a spy. The main character (or Recruit if you will) is James Clayton (Colin Farrell). Clayton is approached by CIA recruiter Walter Burke (Al Pacino), who believes himself to be a “scary judge of talent” and sees him as a prime CIA candidate. Clayton accepts the offer to come to the CIA “Farm” for training. Once at The Farm, Clayton is put through several tests, including undercover missions and CIA related scenarios. He also falls for fellow recruit Layla (Bridget Moynihan). However, during an intense interrogation set-up, Clayton makes a big mistake in an attempt to save Layla. He gives up the name of his organization and boss, which is obviously a big no-no in the CIA. Clayton is then discharged out of the training program. This is only the beginning for Clayton, though. Just as he prepares to head home, Clayton gets pulled back in by Burke, who tells him that all the trials and tribulations were just a test and that he

was kicked out as a cover to go on a covert operation within the CIA itself. Burke assigns him to follow and root out a “recruit mole”, which ends up being Layla. Clayton has to find out how Layla is getting secret information out of the CIA, and the source she is giving it to. Clayton follows Layla and gets really close to her, while at the same time, having to do his job investigating her. Layla catches on eventually and the two go back and forth trying to sneak around and find out what the other is up to. We learn more about Layla and about Clayton as he gets closer to the truth. The acting is well done by everyone, for the most part. Farrell does an excellent job with the role as Clayton. Farrell has a tremendous ability to make the parts he plays completely believable, and this case is no different. To me, he came across as the perfect CIA recruit, making the film entertaining and as good as it could be. His co-star, the veteran Pacino, does fairly well with the role, but nothing extraordinary. The role of Walter Burke is not really anything new for Pacino, as he has played similar roles in several other movies. But it was still good enough to make the movie enjoyMoynihan seems kind of able. bland as Clayton’s love interest. Again, the acting is sufficient for the role.

The director, Roger Donaldson, has had experience working with government agencies in movies. He directed movies related to the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Pentagon, and gives us full access to the CIA training program in The Recruit. I think he does an excellent job with The Farm, giving the viewer a small glimpse at what goes into training to become a CIA agent. Obviously, Donaldson had to be careful not to divulge too much when showing the intense training the eager recruits have to face, so I would imagine the movie is not completely true to life. I felt it was interesting and followed a good storyline leading up to the climax at the end. Overall, it was a good movie that I would recommend to anyone interested in the genre. Rating:


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It’s Friday night, you have a date planned for the evening, but oh no, all you have is $20. No problem! Mel’s Diner comes to the rescue. Mel’s Diner, in Henrietta, is the place to be when you are on a tight budget. Two people can eat for $20 or less (including drinks). The menu is relatively inexpensive with steak dinners for $6.99, which includes your choice of Cole slaw or salad, and mashed potatoes or fries. Lunch and dinner platters range from $6.99-$7.49 and hot and cold sandwiches are $1.89-$4.99. Burgers are between

Saturday March 1st

OFF-Campus 36 Views, through March 23rd,at Geva Theatre. Play incorporates elements of Kabuki Theatre. For tickets and times call 232-GEVA. Cliffhanger, performed by the Penfield Players, 8 p.m., at the Genesee Conservation League, 1570 Old Penfield Road. Tickets are $12, and can be purchased at the Penfield Recreation Office, 340-8655. A professor kills his successor who refuses to recom-

$2.99 and $3.89 with fries extra (only $1.25). They serve everything from garden salads to chili cheeseburg For those who are on a diet, Mel’s Diner even has Low Fat De-Lites for your picking. One of the great things about this diner is its 1950s style ambiance. The set up is that of a 1950s malt shop with booths. The only thing missing is the jukebox in the corner. The walls are loaded with pictures of stars of the 50s. Old 1950 Cadillacs and Firebirds also grace the walls along with the sign “Eat at Mel’s.” This is a great place to eat, even for a first (cheap) date. Friends can hang out and talk over Jalapeno poppers and moz-

mend him for a chair position. Also showing March 7 and 8 at 8 p.m.

Sunday March 2nd

OFF-Campus The David Sanborn Group plays at 5 p.m, the Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs Street. Tickets are $30. Call Ticketmaster at 232-1900 or visit

Tuesday March 4th

OFF-Campus Brazil and Breaking Pangaea

Nazareth will host the Vienna Boy’s Choir at 8 p.m. at the Arts Center. This is their first Rochester appearance in 13 years. They will sing a program of both sacred and secular music ranging from Schubert to works such as “Amazing Grace.” Tickets are $35. For tickets or information, call the Nazareth Box Office at 389-2170. Amerks vs. Hershey Bears, 7:35 p.m., Blue Cross Arena. For tickets visit

Saturday March 8th

International Women’s Day Celebration, 8:45 to 3:30 p.m., United Teachers Building, 30 North Union Street. The theme for this year’s conference is “Feeling Secure: The New Realities.” The fee for the conference is $10 and includes lunch. For more information, call 262-4440. Acoustic stylings of JoAnn Vaccaro, Daily Perks Coffee, 389 Gregory Street. Original acoustic folk rock, featuring flamencolike strumming patterns and classical guitar. Check her out at Call 2712340 for more information.

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zarella sticks while listening to Chuck Berry sing “Shout.” The atmosphere is real relaxed and friendly. Mel’s Diner is located at 3131 West Henrietta Road in Henrietta. near Marketplace Mall and Movies 10. Mel’s Diner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their hours are 6AM-9PM on weekdays and 6AM-10PM on weekends. Their number is 2920130, reservations are not needed. Email address:

play at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Avenue. Call 454-2966 for more information.

Thursday March 6th

OFF-Campus Don’t Look Down, Home Grown, Plain White T’s, Riddlin Kids and Wakefield play at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water Street. For more information call 3255600.

OFF-Campus Amerks vs. Albany River Rats, 6:05, Blue Cross Arena. For tickets visit Billy Joel and Elton John in the “Face to Face” tour, 7:30 p.m., HSBC Arena. Tickets are $45, $85 or $175 with a limit of 8 per person. Tickets are available at Tops,, or at the arena, 888-223-6000.

Monday March 10th

ON-Campus SAB Movie Abandon, 9:30 p.m., Basil 135 Tuesday March 11th Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the Blue Cross Arena. For tickets visit

Wednesday March 12th

On-Campus SAB Movie Abandon, 9:30 p.m., Basil 135. OFF-Campus Amerks vs. Cleveland Barons, 7:05 p.m., Blue Cross Arena. For tickets visit

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Thursday March 13th

ON-Campus SAB Comedian Vic Henley, 9:30 p.m., Fishbowl. OFF-Campus South Central plays at the Bug Jar, set goes from 9-11 p.m., DJ follows. 219 Monroe Ave, call 454-2966 for more information.

Friday March 14th

OFF-Campus Knighthawks vs. Toronto Rock, 7:35 p.m., Blue Cross Arena. Tickets are available at the Blue Cross Arena and all Ticketmaster locations. South Central plays at the Bug Jar, set goes from 9-11 p.m., DJ follows. 219 Monroe Ave, call 454-2966 for more information.

Saturday March 15th

On-Campus SAB Spring Carnival at 1 p.m. in the Student Life Center. OFF-Campus Smucker’s Stars on Ice, 7:30 p.m., Blue Cross Arena. Tickets are $35.50 to $80.50. For tickets or more information visit

Sunday March 16th

ON-Campus SAB Movie 8 Mile, 7:30 p.m., Basil 135 OFF-Campus Amerks vs. Syracuse Crunch, 6:05 p.m., Blue Cross Arena. For tickets visit

Monday March 17th St. Patrick’s Day

Tuesday March 18th Fisher Goes to Work

OFF-Campus “SnoCore Rock” and Dredg, Glassjaw Hot Water Music and Sparta play at the Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water Street. For more information call 3255600. The Full Monty, nominated for 10 Tony Awards, runs today through March 23rd. For more information contact the Auditorium Theatre.

Wednesday March 19th

ON-Campus SAB Movie 8 Mile, 9:30 p.m., Basil 135. OFF-Campus Mike Smith (Lead singer of Dave Clark Five) performs at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water Street. Call 325-5600 for more information.

IN FOCUS Guiding with experience

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Well traveled professor shares background with students S TA F F W R I T E R


Professor Richard S. Hillman believes in the power of experience. His experiences have molded him, and turned him into a walking title: Fulbright scholar, doctor, professor, chair, consultant, husband, and father. His resume is all of 12 pages long. Hillman has been a professor of political science at St. John Fisher College for nearly 31 years. He came to Fisher after leaving Brazil, where he was attending a post-doctoral program. He had at the time, applied to many colleges, but after his initial interview, Fisher’s small campus atmosphere had him hooked. Hillman’s specialty is in Latin American studies, an interest, which he says, began when he took Spanish in high school. After receiving his undergraduate degree in political philosophy at Bates College in Maine, he went to Spain for a year and received a

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diploma at the University of Madrid in Hispanic Studies. His experiences in Spain birthed a curiosity in Hispanic culture that to this day has yet to be fully satisfied. Hillman soon returned to the U.S. to receive his doctorate from New York University in Latin American Politics and Public Administration. Latin American Studies at that time was still a new area of study, so it was exciting and uncharted research. Work that he would engross himself in, and eventually turn into an impressive professional career. It could be argued that Hillman is genetically engineered to be a scholar with both his father and two brothers working as college professors. But he cites the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy as well as the Vietnam War as the reasons to desire for what he calls “the need to expand and learn.” Growing up in the unsteady sixties provided the backdrop to not only his interests but also his

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views of civil liberties. However, he did have opportunities to go in other directions. He spent his time between undergraduate semesters in the Wall Street banking sector learning the ins and outs of the economic machine. He was good enough and his father was a government attorney with many connections, so he very well could have made a lucrative living some day. But banking simply didn’t satisfy his curiosities in life nor fulfill his youthful heart. He enjoyed traveling and learning new things. He cites his junior semester abroad in Glasgow, Scotland as the experience that first opened his eyes to the outside world and illuminated him to other people’s views and values. His further discovery of Europe’s culture left a lasting impression on the young student. Not long after receiving his doctorate, Hillman was a Fulbright scholar and taking his first fated visit to Venezuela. He would eventually solidify relationships at a University in Caracas, Venezuela. His numerous connections led to a fascination that evolved into a govfunded partnership ernment between the Central University of Venezuela and Fisher, since which has produced the regular exchange of professors and students, the organization of three major conferences, and the creation of the Institute for the Study of Democracy and Human Rights. Hillman codirects the institute whose purpose is amongst other things, to conduct surveys regarding other culture’s views of democracy. He has also turned his Latin American expertise into several books, countless papers and numerous chapters, many specifically discussing Venezuela. The government soon took notice of Hillman’ knowledge and asked him to act as a consultant for the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Now, he

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Richard Hillman with a copy of the book “Latin America”. The book is series of essays about the region. visits D.C. every few months to work as part of a scholarly think tank, helping to shape the US’s foreign policy for Latin America. He carefully admits that his views are not the same as his academic colleagues at the state department. But arguably Hillman’s biggest achievement has little to do with his professional work. Besides leading a life of writing and research, Hillman has just celebrated being married to his Jamaican-born wife, Audrey for 35 years. “We were told that we never make it,” said Hillman. “And yet, we are the only one of our colleagues from NYU that are still married.” It doesn’t take long before he discusses his two children, Oliver and Shoshana, both of whom have careers of their own. Hillman says that it wasn’t easy raising a family while trying to further his professional career and travel, but remains convinced that it was a good decision to wait till the children were all grown up before writing his first book. Which by the way, came only after he had taught at various colleges and uni-

versities for over twenty years. “There is plenty of time if you use it wisely,” said Hillman. Using time wisely may be the most important lesson of Hillman’s career. But it is his desire for experience that motivates him the most. Last year he attended the University at Pittsburgh’s “Semester at Sea” program, which travels around the world in a ship with a crew of 600 national and international students and 30 professors. He hopes to get the chance to do it again in the coming years. For now, Hillman plans to continue his research on Venezuela and Latin America and is attempting to coordinate several study programs that would take students across the world for various mindexpanding experiences. “It is this type of experiential learning that gives students real insight into other cultures and different kinds of people,” said Hillman. “I’m interested in doing more things like that.”

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Student dreams of screenplays S TA F F W R I T E R


Movies have a huge impact on our lives, whether we admit it or not. Seeing a movie with another person serves as far more than just entertainment. It usually becomes a point of discussion for the rest of the evening. Movies can conjure up revelations, emotional responses, and of course, laughter. We all have caught ourselves quoting movies to inspire ourselves: “Get busy living or get busy dying,” or to make our friends laugh: “Tommy want wingy!” But while we associate these lines of genius with the actors who speak them, we rarely consider the writers who pour their hearts into constructing the perfect story and the perfect dialogue. Maria Lelinski is a Fisher freshman with dreams of writing screenplays that will one day make it to the big screen and have an impact on someone. She is currently working with faculty at the prestigious New York Film Academy where she hopes to possibly attend film school and make her first screenplay into a movie after graduation. “I think I started writing it to sort out my own opinions,” Lelinski said. “My father is a very conservative Republican, and my mom is a very free–spirited-almost-hippie. I was always really interested in what constitutes as a matter of ‘national security’ and how far the government should be allowed to go to protect it.” The script, which Lelinski has been working on intermittently for five years, is about the massacres that occurred at Kent State in

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Freshman Maria Lelinski corresponds with faculty at the New York Film Academy to improve her original screenplay. 1970 from the point of view of a few students who were there and involved with the protests and other demonstrations, she said. When considering colleges, Lelinski considered going straight to film school, so she sent a portion of her screenplay to a few schools, including the New York Film Academy. Since then, she has continued to revise her script with advise from faculty at the Academy, and hopes to spend the summer there working to clean it up further. While film school is still a dream for her, Lelinski said that she decided to first attend Fisher to major in communications and economics because she wanted to receive a broader education and have a more secure degree to fall back on if film did not work out for

her. “A lot of people just go out to L.A. and try to get their screenplays made into film. Some people are really successful, but I’m way too afraid to just jump into that without having an education to fall back on. If my film never got made, I could always direct or produce.” Aside from actively yet pragmatically pursuing her dreams in film, Lelinski also enjoys playing softball, being involved with SAB, and of course, writing. “I’ve always been interested in journalism. If I didn’t work in film, I’d like to write for or own a magazine like People or Biography Magazine because I think everyone has an interesting story to tell,” she said. Lelinski also admires and draws

inspiration from an eclectic list of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Cameron Crowe, the ‘Indie God’ Kevin Smith, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. “Cameron Crowe has inspired me a lot. He wrote a cover story for Rolling Stone and toured with some of the best rock bands on the 1970’s all before he was sixteen years old, and then he wrote Almost Famous, a fantastic movie to document it years later,” Lelinski said. Lelinski respects Smith, the writer and director of such films as Mallrats, Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, for avoiding the mainstream and writing about what he really wanted to. “Good Will Hunting was another great movie that I think did a fantastic job developing really wonderful characters. It was so well written that I was surprised to learn that best friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote it in only five days while driving across the country. They are who inspired my best friend and me to work on a screenplay a few years ago,” she said. Closer to home, Lelinski names her parents as the biggest influence on her writing and the perusal of her dreams. “My parents have probably inspired me more than anyone or anything else. They’ve always taught me to take risks and said that I could accomplish anything I set my mind to. And they’ve always supported me through any decision I’ve made,” she said. While script writing has only become a passion in the last few years, Lelinski mentioned writing as the only thing she’s consistently

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wanted to do her entire life. “When I was little I had a book that I would write in that my mom finally put on a string so I could wear it around my neck. I always had to have it with me. Basically, I’ve been the definition of a dork since I was born!” What does this aspiring Cameron Crowe hope her work

“I guess all I can hope for is that if it ever makes it to the big screen, some person will walk away feeling that what I wrote had an impact on them, like the many movies I have seen have had on my life.” -Maria Lelinski accomplishes someday? “I guess all I can hope for is that if it ever makes it to the big screen, some person will walk away feeling that what I wrote had an impact on them, like the many movies I have seen have had on my life.” Email address:

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When a person is asked to join the Board of Trustees, it is because “the Board feels you have something you can contribute,” says Rev. John Cavanaugh, who brought his extensive experience as a professor and his knowledge of how a college operates, to the Board of Trustees, Cavanaugh was asked to join the Board in 1986 while still a professor here at Fisher. He came to the college in 1956 to teach English after receiving his M.A. of English the same year at the University of Toronto. Before that, he earned his B.A. in English and Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario in 1952. Cavanaugh also managed to obtain a second B.A. in Theology from the University of St. Michael’s College in 1955. “I first had contact with the Basilian priests while at Aquinas (high school),” said Cavanaugh. “Teaching was something that appealed to me and (so was) being a priest, so I joined up.” Cavanaugh taught at Fisher on a full-time basis until 1993 when he took ill. After his recovery, he became a part-time professor until his retirement in 1997. “While I was teaching part-time, I began working in the Alumni/Development office,” said Cavanaugh, who is now the Special Assistant to the President. In the Alumni/Development office, he helps with many different campaigns aimed at bringing public recognition to the college. “Our

main goal is to raise money, but we also recognize alumni who have done a special service or has been honored in some way,” says Cavanaugh. The Alumni/Development office organizes class reunions, runs an annual fundraising campaign and keeps tabs on those alumni who received any recognition. “Public recognition is good, it helps the reputation of the college, so we work with the public relations department,” he said. Being a member of the Board of Trustees also keeps him very busy. Cavanaugh, along with other members, makes sure that Fisher runs on a solid basis, both finan“The cially and academically. Board sees that Fisher meets and follows any laws that the state might pass,” said Cavanaugh. The Board is legal entity responsible for the college and protects it against illegal activity and anyone misusing the college. They also supervise and hire the president. “We don’t run the college,” begins Cavanaugh, “We just want to see that it runs well. We normally don’t want to get involved in the day to day running of the college.” The Board of Trustees was implemented from the beginning. “You can not have a college without a Board of Trustees,” said Cavanaugh. The original Board was comprised of seven Basilian fathers, then in 1968, they voted for a restructuring of the Board to include more members who were predominantly non-priests. Currently, there are faculty, alumni and members of the community

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Rev. John Cavanaugh joined Fisher’s Board of Trustees in 1986 after being at the College since 1956. that make up the present Board of Trustees. Anyone who wants to join the Board can, there are no restrictions, except for age, says Cavanaugh. He went on to say that the Board is a self-perpetuating board that elects new members to fill space after someone leaves the board. Board members can in people, like also pick Cavanaugh’s situation, and the other members will have to take a vote. The Board also is there to listen if faculty has a problem with President, but it does not solve the problem for them. “If there are big problems, we will become involved.

We want to know what the problem is and why it is happening, but we want to know how you are going to solve it,” replies Cavanaugh. Board meeting are also open to the public. “It’s not like we hold secret meetings,” said Cavanaugh jokingly. “The public can come, observe and sit-in, but they first have make arrangements with the chairman to observe the meeting.” In regards to the Board’s role in the Provost search, Cavanaugh said that the Board only tells the President to form a search committee and that there should be a mixture of faculty, trustees, administration and students on it. “The Board wants a search committe that represents various segments of the college, so everyone is involved,” said Cavanaugh. Staying busy isn’t a problem for Cavanaugh since he is a part of two very important sectors of the college, but don’t look for him to go back to teaching if he gets bored. “I liked being a professor,” he says, “I love to teach. I got tired of reading essays, but I love the classroom. I’m a little old for teaching and I couldn’t go back full time.” Even though teaching is not an option anymore, Cavanaugh is still sticking around. “Having been here this length of time, knowing alumni and the history of the college is helpful to the college,” he said. “Sometimes it’s very important to know what happened 30 years ago.” Email address:


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Lake loses weight, gains confidence S TA F F W R I T E R


The Fisher rugby team has been a competitive force for the last several years. One of the big driving forces behind the team is senior Matt Lake. However, this year, Lake changed his entire approach to playing rugby, mainly due to the story behind the last nine months of his life. Lake remembers watching television one June morning last summer when the story of Daryl Kile came on. Kile, a 33-year old healthy baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, had died unexpectedly due to heart problems. The story shocked the sporting world. It surprised Lake as well, and it made him realize that something like this could happen to anyone. At the time, Lake weighed 280 pounds and knew he was overweight. Knowing his family history of heart problems, Lake decided right then and there that he needed to lose weight. “I was sick of not feeling good about myself,” said Lake. “I didn’t feel healthy, physically or mentally.” So he started running and working out. He would jog half a mile and do some sprints at a local high school track. Each week, he would increase the distance by a quarter of a mile. Lake worked hard on his eating

habits as well. “Pizza, fast food, they were out. I needed to cut back on the sugar and carbohydrates,” said Lake. Instead, Lake focused on eating healthier foods, such as fish, turkey burgers and vegetables. It helped Lake having family members who had also lost weight. His mom lost 80 pounds and his brother Greg lost nearly the same amount. “My mom would help make sure I stayed on a healthy diet, and that, along with my workout routine, really helped me lose a lot of weight,” said Lake. By the end of the summer, Lake had lost an incredible 50 pounds. He came back to St. John Fisher ready to play rugby again. In the past (while playing rugby), Lake found himself out of many plays because of his weight. He would get tired quickly and be in pain after every match. With the weight off, it has opened a whole new aspect of Matt’s game. “I can make moves now, and can juke around people instead of having to try to run them over,” remarked Lake. Without the weight, he did have to change his game, though. He obviously could not use his weight as a force anymore. “It had its disadvantages too (losing the weight). I was used to bullying people over and I could not do that anymore. But once I adapted my style, the advantages outweighed the down-

falls,” said Lake. Rugby teammate Jon Presutti was surprised to see Lake when he came back to school. “I was shocked, he looked really different. He had always run over people in the past. With the weight loss, he had to change his whole game,” said Presutti. Presutti has gotten used to the change, though. “As time went on, he got better at using his speed instead of his size. He is much quicker on his feet now.” Presutti added, “I know he wanted to lose the weight, so I am happy for him.” With the continuation of his weight loss regiment, Lake lost more weight during the rugby season. Today, Lake weighs in at 180, quite normal for someone his height. He looks and feels better than he can ever remember. “Besides the verbal jabs that some people throw at me, it feels great. I have a lot more confidence in myself and am happier than I have been in a long time,” says Lake. Lake feels more comfortable doing common activities, such as swimming, or going to the gym. “I can take my shirt off and not feel embarrassed anymore,” said Lake. He also would like to play more sports in the spring, and try other activities that he never imagined trying when he weighed 280. To keep the weight off, Lake still jogs three or four times a week, half an hour each time. He watch-

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Matt Lake before and after losing 100 pounds. Last summer, Lake decided that he needed to lead a healthier lifestyle. es what he eats and exercises regularly. “Fear of gaining the weight back is the single biggest motivation I have to keep it off,” remarks Lake. “I have put a lot of work into this and don’t plan on gaining it back. To anyone who wants to lose

Seward creates a Body-For-Life SPORTS EDITOR


His office is cluttered with hope. Ravaged boxes of ready-to-drink protein shakes are piled in a corner. A magazine featuring cover models with the perfect bodies lies in a chair near his desk. "See that magazine? I'm never going to be on the cover. That's not what it was about," said 54 yearold Communications professor Dr. Jim Seward. In 1998, Seward found himself weighing in around 240 pounds. Squeezing into a size 40 pair of pants was a struggle. His body fat index was around 40% and his cholesterol level was approaching 270. "During my late 30's, early 40's, little by little, it crept up. The job really got busy. I was Department Chair. There were things happening on campus. There were things happening in life," said Seward. "One thing leads to another. Some things get added, your plate gets full. Some things get pulled off. One of the things that got pulled off was going to the gym." It wasn't until a trip to Hawaii when Seward realized how bad his physical health had gotten. "I was on a beach in Maui. I just bought a brand new digital camera. I wanted to go to the top of this mountain to get some shots. I couldn't get up the mountain," said Seward. "Walking into a book store to get a jazz disc, I passed by a big display for Bill Phillips' 'Body-ForLife' book. There's a lot of low self esteem about being a pudge boy so I thumbed through the book and I

thought 'I can do this, I can really do this' So I bought the book." The Body-For-Life program was designed by heath fitness guru Bill Phillips and EAS Sports Nutrition. The program involves a rigorous 12-week program that combines weight training, cardiovascular exercise, and a strict diet to achieve a "body for life." It is a program that demands hard work and constant attention to diet. "I decided I was going to do this. It meant getting in touch with a side of me I hadn't talked to in years. So, I went to my gym but I hadn't a clue where to start. I knew that if I wanted to do this, I was going to do it right," said Seward. "I hired a trainer and I then went to Supplement Warehouse and hooked up with those guys who kindly took me under their wing." Seward started the program in June of 2000 and did two 12-week cycles of training, finishing them in November of 2000. His official weight at the start of the program was 238 lbs. By the end of November, he weighed 181 lbs. "When I returned to school in the fall of 2000, there had been a visible difference. People were like 'Woah! What did you do?," said Seward, who earned people's attention by being in the gym most mornings by 6 a.m. Seward's work study student, senior Mike Kirkum, remembers Seward when he was heavier than he is today. "I saw him the first day of class [that semester] and it was like he put on a new body," said Kirkum. "It was like he had been wearing one of those sumo-wrestling suits

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Jim Seward and he had taken it off. It was that dramatic." Seward's weight loss, however, did spark some conversation other than the question 'What did you do?' "There was a rumor flying around that I had cancer," said Seward. "I was in Lisa Jadwin's office one morning, just depressed, I said 'I can't believe this!' She told me 'in essence, that's going to happen. People don't know how to handle rapid change like that.'" Once Seward dispelled the rumor that he had cancer, students began to come to him, asking for fitness advice. "I was getting so much positive reinforcement from students saying 'wow! He looks good!' The athletes in my classes, those guys asked a lot of questions. It turned into, over time, an experience where we'd be exchanging training notes, talking about products we

were taking, and things we were doing. When you walk in my office, you cant miss the blender, you can't miss the protein supplements. For me, it extends my experience with my students," said Seward. Seward isn't the only one who has benefited from his "body for life." "Absolutely, he's an inspiration. Just going in there and talking to him everyday about what's going on with our different routines, just seeing what he's doing and seeing how he is so fired up and so motivated, it rubs off on you," said Kirkum. Students of Seward's aren't the only ones who can ask for advice or trade training secrets with him. Seward encourages anyone who is looking to get into shape and take control of their lives to come and talk with him. "I've talked to a lot of students about the program. I've let them borrow the book or I send them to a book store to buy it. I'm willing to help anyone if they're serious," said Seward. Seward's short term goals with the program include packing on enough muscle to get him up to 205 lbs. Currently, he is comfortably sliding himself into a size 34 pants and his body fat percentage is down to 8%. But these numbers don't matter a great deal to him. "In the end, it comes down to the shirt test. Can you take the shirt off and have people say 'hey, not bad for an old guy."

weight, Lake offers the following advice: “Start small and work your way up. If you really want to do it, and you surround yourself with people that will be supportive of it, it’s a very realistic goal.” Email address:

HEPBURN continued from page 20 supposed to be doing this. But the voice that says, ‘Cory, you only have vision in one eye, you can’t play basketball’ hasn’t gone through my head yet.” Despite all the difficulties he has endured, there is only one thing Hepburn would change. “I wish I didn’t hate my mother so much,” he said. “I guess I don’t hate her. It’s just I’ve always wondered why she didn’t want me, and kept my younger brother. Maybe it’s because she thought I was going to be the bad one, and he was going to be the good one.” Through all the pain, and all of the challenges he has faced, Hepburn has persevered. Leaving the streets of Harlem, attending college, making grades, making the basketball team, and most of all, making friends. Kornaker is extremely On impressed with Hepburn. Monday, he walked into his office and found Hepburn teaching his daughter how to tell time. “Nobody told him to do that,” Kornaker said. “He’s a pretty extraordinary person. I can see it in the way he interacts with kids. They love him, and they’re certainly not trying to impress anybody.” “I think it’s because I don’t have a problem with myself,” he said. “I believe that God does everything for a reason. I believe that he wanted me to overcome adversity and see what it is like to have one eye. And I’m not done yet.”

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“KING JAMES” Fisher continues to dominate The kid’s ‘got game’, but does he truly have what it takes? S TA F F W R I T E R


At the young age of 18, Lebron James is already being labeled as “The future of the NBA.” The hype he has dealt with, starting in his freshman year of high school, is more than that of any player in league history. In the next couple of years, he will continue to astonish fans while becoming one of the best players the world’s ever seen. That is, if he stays out of trouble. Last year he talked about declaring himself for the NBA after his junior year of high school. If he had challenged the NBA in court and won, he likely would have been the top pick ahead of Chinese giant Yao Ming and become the first high school junior to make the leap in NBA history. However recently he has found himself under a huge microscope and his character has been questioned after receiving a $50,000 Hummer SUV, then four days later two authentic throw back NBA jerseys from a clothing store worth close to $1,000. The jerseys caused him to sit out a game and possibly the rest of the season, before being reinstated after challenging the decision of the Ohio High School Basketball Association. So what did he do in his first game back? James played with something to prove, scored a career high 52 points in an amazing display of talent in a win over Westchester of Los Angeles, at the Prime Time Shootout tournament. He was also awarded player of the year honors, but joked about keeping the trophy, alluding to he might not be able to play the next week. On the court, he’s already compiled more highlight footage than most NBA players in the league today. Off the court, he’s getting phone calls from movie stars including Denzel Washington, and even has big Shaq Diesel and Michael Jordan’s phone numbers on his cell. Everybody wants a piece of this kid and why not? His talents and skills are unquestionably the best we’ve ever seen at this age. James proved this after putting down an amazing and almost unbelievable dunk in one of his high school games earlier this year. For all of those not aware of what I’m talking about, James performed the dunk that JR Rider first achieved while winning a slam dunk contest in the late 90s. James put the ball under his leg in mid air and then flushed it through the basket in a regular

By Tom Albanese Cardinal Courier staff writer

The Saint John Fisher men’s basketball team continued on its recent tear improving to 18-4 on the season. The team is alone in first place in the Empire 8 with three games remaining on the season. This past Saturday, Fisher defeated Elmira College 78-65. The team went on a 13-0 run to finish the game. Freshmen Mike

McGee scored 24 points to lift Fisher past Elmira 78-65 on Saturday. On Friday, the Cardinals edged Ithaca College 67-64 in overtime. Sophomore Jeff Sidney hit a pullup jumper with 6.2 seconds left to win the game. The women’s team performed just as well, winning all four games over the past two weekends. The team improved to 18-2 overall

and 10-1 in the Empire 8. The team is ranked second in the NCAA Division III East Region. Freshmen Kathy Baum and junior Jen Kristensen each scored 14 points in Fisher’s 62-48 victory over Elmira College on Saturday. Sophomore Missy O’ Donnell hit a jumper with 4 seconds left to help Fisher defeat Ithaca 75-73 on Friday.

season game. He did so without traveling, and made it look as easy as 7-foot-7 Shawn Bradley putting down a two hand slama-jama, or more like TNT basketball analyst Charles Barkley putting down a box of Dunkin Donuts. Truly amazing. Is it any wonder Lebron is already getting the most internet searches out of all basketball players, including Jordan, Kobe, and Shaq? The February cover of Sports Illustrated described James as “The Chosen One.” According to several NBA experts, James is blessed with supreme athletic gifts that include great leaping ability to get above the rim for spectacular finishes, having another gear to go by virtually any defender, and the mind set to maximize all of his tools in becoming the best. There’s no question Lebron is a great talent and should become one of the great ones to play this game. His true test won’t be on the court and playing in the NBA. In order to reach his full potential he will need to deal with the lifestyle and possible negative aspects that has become apart of the NBA. He’s already had to deal with the Hummer and jerseys, and his latest mishap comes from a referee posing for a picture with him after a game. Luckily for Lebron the referee, and not him for a change, is under investigation for posing for a picture with a player, which is against the rules for referees. What else can happen to this kid before his 19th birthday? Let’s just hope for James’ sake and the rest of the basketball world, he stays clear of any off the court controversy for the duration of the season. It would be a shame if such a talent were wasted due to the “struggles” of being a star off the court. Hay and don’t worry all those basketball fans in Denver, Memphis, and Cleveland. Keep your heads up because if those teams continue to stink up the NBA, they get a shot at getting the number one pick and the rights to “King James”, possibly the best player we will ever see step on a court.

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Fisher Hockey team making name for itself S TA F F W R I T E R


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The Cardinal Crazies were created by the Student Athletic Commission to promote fan involvement at basketball games.

Going crazy S TA F F W R I T E R


Any basketball coach will tell you that a strong home crowd can be the deciding factor in a basketball game, an aspect that most Fisher sports teams have been missing until recently. The Cardinal Crazies, created by the Student Athletic Commission, is Fisher’s home cheering section. Following an impressive victory over local rival Nazareth College, Bob Ward Fisher’s Athletic Director sent an e-mail to all students, more specifically the Crazies, commending them for their support in the win. “I have worked in several different college settings both Div. I and Div III and have always believed that a good home crowd was worth 5-7 point for the home team. Friday night you guys were worth 10-15 points.

With our “Crazies” being as loud and you were we were virtually unbeatable. What a great atmosphere.” Said Ward. Thomas Lippai, sophomore, attends all home games as a Cardinal Crazy. “It gives us a time and place to show what we at Fisher are all about,” he said. For five dollars, a student can go to the cafeteria before a home game and purchase a piece of St. John Fisher spirit, unity, and history in the form of a red tFor five dollars you shirt. become a Cardinal Crazy, part of a rowdy bunch with one collective wish, to see their team win. The Crazies provide the type of spirit that every college should have. It won’t be long until all Fisher sports programs reap the benefits of a hearty home cheering section. Email address:

The new Fisher hockey club team has put together a force to be reckoned with in its inaugural season. The hockey team won its first ever home game in impressive fashion last Friday night, 6-3, over a very respectable SUNY Oneonta squad. The Cardinals were led by the outstanding play of several players. Forward Collin Grady dominated the offensive game, scoring two goals for Fisher. Forwards Ryan Greenway, Mike Galpin, Andrew Maurer, and Dave Nuccitelli had a goal a piece, giving Fisher its highest offensive output of the young season. The game actually started out poorly for Fisher. Oneonta scored its first goal only one minute into the game, taking a quick 1-0 lead on the Cardinals. The two teams went back and forth for most of the first period, but with no other goals to show for it. Grady changed that, though, scoring his first goal of the game with two minutes left in the opening period. The goal by Grady seemed to ignite the Cardinals offense. Just over a minute later, Greenway scored to make it 2-1 at the end of the first period. During the second period, Fisher picked up right where they left off. Galpin scored a quick goal just one minute into the second period, increasing the Cardinal lead to 3-1. The Cards continued to dominate the game throughout the period, stretching the lead to 4-1 on a goal

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The Fisher club hockey team won its first ever home game in the team’s history on Friday night. The Cardinals defeated Oneonta 6-3. by Maurer with five minutes left until the second intermission. To cap off the offensive explosion, Grady added his second goal of the game to give Fisher a commanding 5-1 lead going into the 3rd period. Fisher seemed to relax a little at the beginning of the third period, giving up two quick goals that let Oneonta back into the game. But the Cardinals still held a 5-3 lead, and took control of the contest for good when Nuccitelli scored to give Fisher a three-goal advantage, 6-3. The clock eventually hit zero and Fisher was victorious. The hockey team has played solid hockey thus far in its first year of existence here at the col-

lege. They tied their first game, 44, against a very talented University of Rochester team. The fact that the Cardinals are doing well against other college varsity teams will go a long way towards proving that Fisher can compete and win in college hockey. The game against Oneonta was at their new home rink, the Webster Ice Arena. Many Fisher students made the short 10 minute drive to come support the hockey team. The Cardinals played really well and should continue to get better as the season progresses. Email address:

“I believe that God wanted me to overcome adversity” - Cory Hepburn

Conquering challenges Despite many obstacles, Hepburn continues to prove that he belongs SENIOR EDITOR


Growing up on the playgrounds of Harlem, Cory Hepburn felt it all. The looks, the insecurities, the pain. He had committed the ultimate childhood crime. He looked different. Not only was he taller than everyone else, he was born with sarcoidosis, a disease that attacks one of three areas in the body – the retina, heart, or lungs. His right eye was, and still is, practically closed. He has no vision in it. Hepburn was an outcast. “I don’t know what it feels like to have two eyes. But there is nothing I can do, I have to accept it. I know that I’m no less of a person because of it,” he said. “Sure, I heard about it growing up, but kids are going to be kids.” He had always been secure about his disability. It is others who sometimes have problems. But once he began playing playground basketball at age 13, he proved that he belonged. “I was always bigger and tougher than everybody else,” he said. “I could just turn and dunk on everybody.” Seven years later it’s happening again, but this time it’s not on the blacktop basketball courts in New York City. Instead, it’s in the Stu-

dent Life Center of St. John Fisher College, where Hepburn is again using basketball to prove that he belongs. But this time, he has also decided to speak out. “People are intimidated by me,” said Hepburn, a junior center on the Cardinals’ basketball team. “I don’t know if it’s the way I look, or how tall I am. I just want people to open up and realize that I’m a cool person and someone that they can talk to.” It hasn’t always been this way. Growing up, he was a loner. “I always kept to myself,” he admited. “There were only a small group of people I would hang out with. His struggle to belong is not a new one; he’s been facing it since birth. When it came time to leave the hospital, Hepburn did not leave in his mother’s arms. She didn’t want him. Instead, his maternal grandparents – Kay and Rohailia Roberts – took him home to raise him as their own. “Other people have parents, I have grandparents,” Hepburn said. “My grandparents are the people that have been there for me. They are my mom and dad, and that’s what I call them.” Hepburn has no relationship with his birth parents, nor does he want to. He says that his mother comes around every so often, but

Cory Hepburn suffers from sarcoidosis, which has left him blind in his right eye. has only met his biological father once. “I already have a mother and a father,” he said. But Hepburn can now look at his life, and realize that it has turned out for the best. “I look at my brother’s life. He didn’t finish high school, and he’s about to have a kid,” he said. “I know that had I lived with them, I wouldn’t be here today.” He credits his success to his “mom”, who has raised him alone after his grandfather passed away. She was tough, but loving. Academic success was not optional, it was mandatory. If A’s and B’s weren’t visible on his report card, then participating in sports or any other social activities became out of the question. Although, Hepburn does admit that he was far from perfect. “A lot of people say that a woman can’t teach a boy to become a man. I think my mom did a pretty good job of that,” he said.

All of Hepburn’s hard work paid off. He was accepted into the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) and chose to attend Fisher. “The program gave me a chance to attend college,” he said. “And Fisher gave me a good financial aid package and a chance to play basketball.” But he couldn’t play basketball right away. Fisher has a rule that prevents HEOP students from participating in athletics during their freshman year. There was also a bit of a culture shock. Hepburn graduated from Frederick Douglass Academy, which was almost entirely comprised of African Americans and Hispanics, and headed to Fisher, a predominantly white college. “There aren’t many black kids here, and that was unusual at first,” he said. Unable to play basketball, and feeling isolated socially, Hepburn put on weight. He grew to 340 pounds before finally being able to join the basketball team last season. At that weight however, basketball coach Rob Kornaker wouldn’t allow Hepburn to play on the varsity team. “I told him that it limited his ability to be a good basketball player,” Kornaker said. So he went to work: not only

physically, but socially, and academically as well. Hepburn hit the gym, determined to get back in shape and ready to compete on the varsity level. He also began to open up to those around him, especially his teammates. Soon they discovered that Hepburn was eager to share his story, and was even comfortable answering questions about his eye. “A lot of people have questions, they’re just afraid to ask,” Hepburn said. “I’m really okay with it.” “He has become very accepted,” Kornaker said. “He’s not only been accepted because he is a good basketball player, but because he is a good person. “I have always kept to myself,” Hepburn said. “But I’ve changed because I had to. I needed help, and I learned that the only way to get help is to ask.” The progress is also being seen in the classroom. Hepburn, an English major, had a 3.0 grade point average last semester. But nothing comes easy. Despite having perfect 20/20 vision in one eye and wearing protective goggles, Hepburn has no peripheral vision. “It’s real difficult,” he said. “But I’ll overcome it.” “I don’t know, maybe I’m not

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