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VOLUME 2 - ISSUE 10 - March 19, 2003

CARDINAL COURIER Inside this edition

Drag debuts at Fisher Show attracts and entertains S TA F F W R I T E R


You won’t believe this week’s antics. Check it out on the Off the Wall page. Story on page 13

Students and faculty discuss the possible war in Iraq. Story on page 5.

Four-inch platform boots. Flowing, faux-fur robes. Body glitter. Hot pants. Raffle prizes. A night of dancing and eye-opening entertainment that a packed house in Kearney Auditorium has never experienced on the Fisher campus. In keeping with this semester’s trend of bringing diverse and even controversial programs to campus, Fisher hosted its first drag show last Friday to an enthusiastic crowd of over 400. “I am happy beyond words about the results of the show. It was absolutely amazing to me that we had the turnout that we did, and I’m glad because it shows me that as a campus we are starting to open our minds. Over half of the over 400 people there were from Fisher. It just blew my mind,” said Kristen Bisaillon, co-president of Fisher Pride, the coordinators and main sponsors of the show. Rich Morgart, Bisaillon’s copresident, felt that bringing a drag show to Fisher was important because it plays an important part in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender culture. “The Gay Rights movement would not be where it is today if not for that one fed up Drag Queen. In 1969, drag queen Sylvia

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Rivera threw her shoe at a cop that had been harassing her and started a major riot known as Stonewall, named after the bar that it was started in. The historical significance that drag embodies along with the value of freedom of expression is an integral part of LGBT culture,” he said. The participants of the show, “Girls Gone Wild,” hosted by “DeeDee Dubois,” were the seven performers from Tilt NightClub’s Thursday night show, “Drag 101.” In conjunction with the show, Fisher Pride also sponsored Thursday night’s presentation, “David to DeeDee” in Wilson Formal. In front of an audience of about sixty students, drag queen David transformed himself from a man into his pseudonym, “DeeDee,” complete with full make-up, a red wig, a red and white mini-dress, and red pleather platform boots. He also added padding to give himself feminine curves. Throughout the two-hour presentation, he joked with the students in attendance and answered questions, revealing insights and details about his life as a drag queen and the process of becoming DeeDee. “I know I’m a man. I’m happy to be a man, but it’s fun to go out as a

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The Fisher community is comprised of a diverse group of people with varied interests. We take an indepth look at just a few who make us what we are. S TA F F W R I T E R


“I have been calling colleges all over the country: big colleges, small colleges. So many of them are losing money, faculty and programs, and we at Fisher are growing like crazy. You’d be amazed at the candidates we are getting for the provost search. People from large universities want to come to Fisher. We’re very lucky for what we have here,” said Mary Loporcaro, chair of the Provost Search Committee and professor of communications. Not only has Fisher increased enrollment over the past few years, but it has also added programs and

broken barriers like never before in its history. In the past year alone, the college has added a hockey team, an art club, a new and improved web site and has revitalized a dead student newspaper. Programs such as the drag show and the Vagina Monologues, despite resistance from some members of the outside community, were embraced within the college. A strategic planning committee has been established to effectively direct Fisher to a more successful future for all stakeholders, and new or remodeled buildings are popping up all over campus. But to what or to whom do we owe our success? As in any suc-

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cessful community endeavor, we owe our leaders, our administration, for their guidance, ideas, courage and support. However, the success and cohesiveness of this campus extends to the unique people who work hard everyday to improve this college. Not all of them are recognized for their efforts, and not all of their efforts are even clearly noticeable to the community. But without them, Fisher would not be going in the direction that it is. These people should be acknowledged. We have selected students, staff members and faculty who make up the “fabric of Fisher”they are the pillars that support this campus. We want the entire

community to know what it’s like to spend a day in the life of someone whose contributions, however big or small, keep Fisher alive. Our reporters followed around our selected community members during a typical, and in many cases, hectic and productive day in order to capture the essence of how this person affects the rest of our campus. Most importantly, remember that for each person featured, there are many others who have not been mentioned but are just as vital to our success. Email address:


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Missing out on the mosaic

By Kara Race, Cardinal Courier Editor-InChief

Are we too worried about bursting the bubble?

There was an interesting article in the Democrat & Chronicle this past Sunday—“Mosaic’ of diversity is area colleges’ goal.” The three article package, sparked by recent discussions across the nation about affirmative action, looked at what area colleges are doing to increase diversity on their campuses. It featured Nazareth, RIT, University of Rochester, Roberts Wesleyan, and even SUNY Geneseo. Where was St. John Fisher? It could have been an oversight on the reporter’s part or perhaps our methods of recruiting are so similar to everyone else’s that we

didn’t need to be included. It seems a little unlikely, but whatever the reason we weren’t in that article, it relays an important message about diversity on this campus, which goes far beyond the scope of the article which only focused upon racial diversity. Diversity seems to have been such a prominent topic of discussion on this campus over the course of this year. We are all about diversity, right? It is part of our ad campaign, defined in the Fisher Creed, and has played a part in the strategic planning discussions. It is clear that we are

talking about diversity. But I don’t feel like I am living in a diverse community. I feel like we are surrounded by a bubble and only allowed to see and learn about certain things. Take the past few weeks for example. In order to promote the showing of “Rules of Attraction,” SAB hung a poster in Basil lobby that depicted animals in different sexual positions. Fisher Pride ran an ad in our last issue that was compared to a strip show. And there are posters all over campus advertising the SUM 41 concert next week that say “Sum on your face.”

All three of these raised talk amongst administration as to whether or not these are appropriate for this campus. Why wouldn’t they be appropriate? Because they reference sex? Because they show alternative ways of living that aren’t talked about much on this campus? Because we are finally trying to express ourselves rather than worry about how conservative we are? I think that this school is too afraid of shattering its perfect image. We don’t want to turn students away by being too controver-

sial or too challenging. Yet, in turn we are turning away more students who don’t want to be censored and don’t want to live in this bubble of conservativeness. We need to burst that bubble. The drag show was a great step in opening our eyes, but there is so much more that needs to be done. We need to think more about our current students and less about what impression we may be giving off because no matter what, you are going to offend someone. Email address:

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Over the past year and a half I have spent at St. John Fisher, I have found no part of the college more discouraging to me than campus security. I recently read the articles and the response from security regarding the February 5th incident. I think everybody on campus has a complaint about security and their outrageous and what sometimes seems unjust behavior. I myself have been a victim of noise complaints, and write-ups that seem ridiculous but nevertheless somewhat justifiable. However, a few weeks ago I truly felt violated and abused by security for their actions regarding lost property of mine. On February 16th, I accidentally left my wallet in the library at 11:00 p.m. When I came to baseball practice at 5 a.m. the next morning, the security guards notified me that they had found my wallet and to pick it up at the security desk. After practice I went to pick up my wallet when I noticed that security had gone through my entire wallet even though the first four things you see are my student ID, driver’s license, credit, and debit cards, clearly indicating the wallet was mine. What they discovered were three forms of identification that did not have my name on them. There is no law regarding possession of other peoples IDs if you are not trying to impersonate the person in the ID. I also can’t find anything in the student handbook that says security has the authority to take items from your personal belongings. After the heated discussion I left the office in disgust with my wallet

but not the IDs and was told that I would be contacted with the details of the situation. The next morning at the end of baseball practice, Dr. DeJesus showed up and told my coach that I was caught on campus with a fake ID (which is untrue because I wasn’t caught using the ID) and that I am not to practice until the issue is settled. Of course, without actually hearing my side of the story or any details my coach flips on me. During a meeting with Mike McCarthy, head of security, I was told that security officers have the authority as part of their lost and found policy to go through and document everything that is inside the wallet, purse, or book bag in search of anything illegal. After that was explained to me I asked why my coach was notified about the incident before I was even notified about what security was going to do. Mr. McCarthy’s response was, “I did not tell your coach or the dean who you were or that you played a sport.” It turns out that Dr. DeJesus found out from Officer Cannon, the security guard that I had had the argument with the day earlier. He clearly knew he was unable to charge me with anything so he used my status as an athlete on campus against me! So what is my reward for having security do me a favor in finding my wallet? Possible probation or game suspension, and one week of pure hell, dealing with my parents and cousins who now have to get their IDs themselves from security. The worst part about this whole

ordeal is that it would have been a closed issue on Monday if all security had done was looked at my wallet, seen whose it was, and then given it back to me. Apparently that’s too much to ask from a group of people whose slogan is “Serve, Guide, and Protect.” I have spoken with many police officers and lawyers who I am friends with and they say that according to the law they have no authority to do that. Apparently our security here at St. John Fisher College has more authority then the New York State police department. I was going to drop this issue but it seems every time I turn around somebody has a story about St. John Fisher security that’s outrageous. My entire life I have never been in trouble with the police, or even in trouble in high school, but here at Fisher I feel like I should be on America’s Most Wanted. Somebody should remind them that we are at college and they are no longer a part of the police force! They claim to be protecting the students’ interests, but if you can find one student who feels better protected by security I would like to meet them. Maybe they should change that slogan to be “Spy, Annoy, and Intrude.” I’m asking you, do you think I am wrong to be upset? Does security truthfully help students? If I happen to be punished is it justified? How would you feel in my situation? Jeffrey Eckler sophomore

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Who at St. John Fisher has had the greatest impact on you? “My roommates, because when I see them doing well, I feel I should too.” ~ Mike Kirkum, senior

“Dr. May, because he encouraged me to pursue travel abroad. He developed a world perspective in my eye.” ~ Ray Jonak, senior

“Dr. Lawrence, because she is very smart. She taught my 200 English class my freshman year and she made me feel at ease. She is why I began a literature major.” ~ Starasia Daniel, junior

“M.J. Iuppa. She is like a mother figure and is always there to help. She helped me decide what I want to do with my life. She is more than a teacher, she is a friend.” ~ Jodi Rowland, junior

“Dr. Linsley, because she was very encouraging and made me challenge myself to do better work.” ~ Evelyn Jansen, senior

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Ticket sales for the upcoming SUM 41 concert brought over 100 students to the Fishbowl at midnight on the first day back from spring break for the first night of sales. “Ticket sales are going well; we have sold around 700 tickets so far,” said Connie Peppes, chair of the spring event committee, which is putting on the concert. The concert will be held in the Student Life Center on March 28 at 8 p.m. and will open with three

punk bands: The Starting Line, Authority Zero, and No Use for a Name. Headlining will be the band SUM 41. “Everyone seems to think it is a good event to have here, and I think it was a good choice because most students have heard of them,” stated freshman Brandon Redder. The last time a Spring Event sold out was in 1999 when Rusted Root came to Fisher. “We are hoping that a lot of students come out and support the school because this is going to be a big name at Fisher, and we are

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hoping to sell out to prove to students that big names can come to Fisher if they are supported by the students,” added Peppes. Peppes also explained that a lot of time, effort, commitment, and responsibility go into the planning of such a big event. The 13 committee members have been planning this concert for 4 months. Freshman Zanieb Salem said, “I am hoping to go to the concert because SAB did a good job picking a well known band, and I know that a lot of students are planning on going.” Email address:

Hate email has resurfaced, and once again it is directed towards Fisher Pride, the organization dedicated to educating about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender culture. It is also allegedly from the same student. The email sent to Fisher Pride in early February did not include any derogatory remarks like emails that were sent to the club last semester. This time, it was sparked by an informational email Fisher Pride sent to the entire campus about the drag show they were hosting. The email reads, “This is rediculous. There should not be a drag show on this catholic campus. I strongly disagree with this along with many other students. Many students were already offended by the drag queens that invaded the fisher cafe. This is wrong in my eyes. I do not want to hear about it or see any of it on campus. Do not send me any more of these emails concerning these kinds of thins. It is very offending to me.” Although the email did not include any offensive statements like previous emails, Fisher Pride founder Richard Morgart still believes that this is a form of harassment. “Fisher Pride is agitated by the behavior of close minded students,” said Morgart, adding that the Fisher creed means nothing to this student. “The absence of offensive language does not mean that the email affects us any less,” said Kristen Bisaillon, president of Fisher Pride. “We do not mean to offend anyone, this event is meant to help us as a campus celebrate an important part of Gay Culture.” The student who sent the email to Fisher Pride is also allegedly the

same student who sent defamatory statements to the organization last semester. That student met with Richard DeJesus-Rueff, Dean of Students and Kristen Bisaillon Father Joseph M. Lanzalaco of Campus Ministry to discuss the tones in the email, according to Morgart. Fisher Pride was told that the student was spoken to and that it was a free speech issue, so no disciplinary action was taken, said Morgart. So far the student, who sent the email this semester, also has not received any disciplinary action. “Right now we are in a process with the Dean of Students to deal with the incident. Nothing has been decided yet as to what will be done, but we are working on it,” said Bisaillon. “He (DeJesus) didn’t feel it was enough to constitute harassment,” said Morgart, “but he understands where we are coming from and is trying to work on that in the future.” “We need to be united and constant with our presence on campus so that people know that we are not going anywhere. We are here to educate people, just like any other diversity group on campus, and that is what we intend to do. We know that there are people here on campus that do not like our presence, but we are not going to let them diminish what we have done and what we have planned for the future,” said Bisaillion, “things like this will not be ignored.” Email address:

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The Provost Search Committee has begun to narrow down the candidate choices for the open Provost position at Fisher. At their meeting over spring break, they decided on bringing in up to nine candidates for neutral site interviews. The first set of interviews for the nine candidates will involve only the Provost Search Committee. After holding neutral site inter-

views, the committee will bring back up to four candidates for an extensive interview process on campus. During the candidates second interview they will have the opportunity to become more acquainted with the Fisher campus and community. It is during these second set of interviews for the top candidates that other college constituants will join the committee in evaluating the candidates. Also at the most recent meeting, the committee finalized the ques-

tions that the candidates will be asked. A candidate rating form has been set up for evaluating each candidate during the interview. There were around 50 applicants for the position. The committee has been working throughout the semester to review and evaluate each candidate for the position to find the most suitable applicant for the position and for the college. Email address:


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remarked sophomore Nancy Farrell. “We are facing huge deficits here at home and we need to get this war over so that we can focus on the problems we are having here in the U.S.” “I really don’t think this war is a small thing, though,” said sophomore Bryant Haley. “Everyone talks about it being a short, easy sort of war. But who knows how much more hatred we are going to brew towards America if we carry out this attack.” Many others agreed with Haley, supporting the fact that a war with Iraq is not a simple proposition. They also worry about what would happen once Hussein had been ousted. Dr. James Bowers ran the debate, and helped guide the discussion along. The discussion provided everyone a great way to express his/her opinion in a productive way.


tary action. Dr. Fred Dotolo, a history professor at Fisher, compared the situation with Iraq to the late 1930’s, when the U.S. contemplated going to war against Hitler. “The same arguments that were used against attacking Hitler are being used again now to stop an attack against Hussein,” said Dotolo. “If we ignore this issue, we are asking for a bigger war with more casualties and a nuclear threat. The war has to be done.” Heath Armstrong agreed with Dr. Dotolo. “You have every reason to carry out this attack,” Armstrong argued. “The connection to the late 30’s is obvious. If we don’t address the situation in Iraq, it will only get worse.” Armstrong also felt that many Iraqi citizens would be happy to see U.S. intervention. “I think there is a possibility that the citizens of Iraq would embrace the U.S. troops.” “We keep waiting to attack,”

tions and a total of 4 alcohol violations have occurred in the residence halls since March 1st. A total of 32 vehicle have been towed so far due to parking violations. Security Tip of the Week: Security would like to remind both students and faculty to keep their cars locked at all times.

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On February 27th, over 20 St. John Fisher College students and professors participated in a productive, hour-long discussion on the possibility of war with Iraq. Overall, many students and faculty agreed that military action should be used at some point. They also agreed that Saddam Hussein has been a part of numerous atrocities, many against his own people. But the group shared differences of opinion on how the U.S. should go about the campaign in the Middle East. Dr. Richard Hillman, a Political Science professor at Fisher, worries about the U.S. trying to fight the war without support from other countries. “Yes there are atrocities, but the U.S. cannot do this alone,” Hillman said. “President Bush arrogantly talks about how he would not be afraid to start the war without the approval of other countries or the United Nations. This isn’t the solution to the problem, though. It could scar the relations between the U.S. and other countries for years to come.” Freshman Brian Downey shared the same sentiments. “The UN needs to step up and do something. We have to go in there and liberate the Iraqis, then go from there.” Since Dec. 24 of last year, the Pentagon has given the go-ahead for at least 125,000 U.S. forces to head toward the Persian Gulf region. They join approximately 60,000 troops that are already stationed there. Eventually, the size of the U.S. force against Iraq could reach close to 250,000 strong. Recent holdups with the United Nations and lack of support are some of the big reasons why war has not started already. This delay worries many supporters of mili-

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The life of a drag queen may seem like one of constant excitement and glamour. During the day though "DeeDee Dubois" is just plain David. Working a 9-5 job and spending time with loved ones. However, the life of DeeDee is one of great excitement. Q. What is drag really all about? A. To me drag is really all about having fun. Some take drag so seriously that they lose the fun in it. I'm a boy in a dress with a big wig! When the fun disappears then so does DeeDee, but I work very hard to keep it fun and energetic! Q. Where did you get your name? A. Funny story, the first time I talked to my mom about drag, of course she had NO idea I would take it nearly as far as I have. Anyway I asked her to help me with a name and the "rules" say to use the first street you lived on and your first female pet’s name. If that was the case I would have been Sara South Main. Ummm no! I had the Rupaul book of drag and it has a list of first names and a list of last names, so my mom closed her eyes and went down the first names with her left index finger and came up with DeeDee, then the last names and stopped on Coulter or something like that. Well that wasn't going to work and right below that was Dubois, so I that's what I stuck with DeeDee Dubois. Triple D! Q. How did you become

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David shows members of the Fisher campus how he transforms into DeeDee DuBois during a session sponsored by Fisher Pride last Thursday night. DeeDee is the host of “Drag 101” a weekly show at Tilt nightclub and is also hosting the first ever drag event on the Fisher campus. interested in doing drag? A. My drag mother and good friend Helena Troy got me started, but I had to push her to help me! I really enjoyed watching the queens light up the stage and I thought I could do that. But I was a train wreck when I started. Q. Has your family been supportive? A. My mom, step dad, brother (18), and sister (16) are pretty supportive. It's not the easiest thing for them to understand. My sister thinks it's great. She loves checking out the website and tells all her school friends. My brother is in the Military now, but he doesn't care. My step dad doesn't really chime in

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on the conversation. And my mom just laughs! Now on my dad's side of the family very few know and I keep it from them only cause I don't think they would quite understand. My "husband" Matt, a Fisher grad, is extremely supportive. He comes to most of my shows and helps me stay organized with all the Drag 101 events! He's the best thing in my life, I love him very much. Q. What's your day job? A. During the day I work for a construction company. I have been there for five years now. I am now the Office Manager and the people I work with are extremely support-

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ive, even the big burly straight guys. They have come to shows before! Q. What is a normal day like for you? A. A normal day... HA... every day is different.... I work from 8 a.m. till 4:30 p.m., all the while checking my "drag" e-mail, cause I like to respond to e-mail quickly and I get many a day. Usually, daily, I e-mail Elena & Lexxus, my webdesigners of to give them updates and such for the site. After work I go home to let out our dog, Pride, he's a German Shepard/golden retriever mix. Then I make dinner and usually talk to two or more of my "regular" performers a night. Matt and I like to watch Golden Girls and Seinfield, so we tape them during the day to watch them at night. I am always in bed by 10 p.m. Everyone knows that unless it's a show night, DeeDee is in bed by 10 p.m.! Q. How do you feel about performing at Fisher? A. I'm extremely excited, and honored that of all the drag queens in this city, I was chosen to help organize and host the first drag show, especially for such a conservative college!

Q. What are some of your hobbies? A. No pun intended... woodworking! I love to build things, bird houses, etc. I am in the process of remodeling my living room, I just installed a gas fireplace, and built a custom entertainment unit to house the fireplace and our TV equipment. I'm very proud of it! Believe it or not I'm very mechanical! Q. How do people react to you when you are DeeDee? How do you react in turn? A. It depends on what I have on, especially what color hair I have chosen to wear! There's nothing better than the feeling you get when you get a reaction from the crowd. Usually they are laughing (at me!). When you really get into a number you get chills down your spine! I pride myself on being friendly. I don't think of myself and as "better" than anyone else. Q. What's some advice you have for the students of St. John Fisher? A. Open your mind to new things! I'm not suggesting that you try drag, not at all! But open your mind to accept other things. You never know you just might enjoy life more!

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Members of “Drag 101” take the stage in Kearney Auditorium on Friday night. This was the first ever drag show to take place on the Fisher campus and the event attracted over 400 people from on and off campus.

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One of the most groundbreaking and controversial events to ever take place on the St. John Fisher campus could not happen without resistance or complaints from the community. Following the Feb. 19 issue of the Cardinal Courier, the college’s administration received numerous calls and e-mails from concerned members of the outside community regarding the first ever Drag Show. On page 2 of the Feb. 19 issue, an advertisement depicts the show. “St. John Fisher College presents… Drag 101: Girls Gone Wild!” Along the side are pictures of the queens. “It wasn’t a big deal and there were not many complaints [on campus] until people outside of the campus saw ‘SJFC’ and thought the drag queens were real women. It seemed to be a strip show presented by the college,” said Father Joe Lanzalaco. Many saw “Girls

Gone Wild” and did not know what it meant, which was a great aggravation because of the misunderstanding, he added. “This is a student event which is sponsored and organized by Fisher Pride. We don’t argue with it; we offer advisement, but we are not sponsoring it,” said Dr. DeJesus, the Dean of Students. “Writing that ‘St. John Fisher College presents’ is an incorrect representation, it isn’t the college. When St. John Fisher College sponsors an event, it comes from the administration. This is a student sponsored function, and the administration is supporting it.” “No one is objecting to it, as much as how it was presented. Not all school organizations are putting it,” said Lanzalaco. DeJesus said, “We have let them know that this is one event, and we are looking at diversity from a number of angles. There are a whole series of things on diversity and sexual orientation. This event stands out and is an attention

grabber. We know it’s controversial, but it’s important to explore these issues.” Some community members have questioned whether this fits with the educational process, especially if it isn’t within the educational effort, and furthermore, at a college in the Catholic tradition. DeJesus believes this must be determined by each individual. “Some people don’t know what [a drag show] is. One person thought it was gay men dressed as women for a strip show,” said Lanzalaco. “There’s a long history of men dressing in drag. Milton Berle often dressed as a woman often on his show, and men did the same on ‘Some Like It Hot.’ Maybe it was just not called drag.” Some administration members found the ad to be a bit insensitive. “We have to be sensitive in terms of internal campus and outward community,” said DeJesus. Email address:

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to have a lot of talent to do half the things that they all were doing.” One queen impersonated Tina Turner, and gave her rendition of “Proud Mary,” while running down the aisles and mingling with the audience. “It was perfect. I remember watching something on VH1 about Tina Turner and they showed that concert clip. The drag queen was dead on,” said Bloom about drag queen “Samantha Vega’s” performance as Turner. While the show was free to the over 200 Fisher students in attendance, all others were charged, which raised over $500 to be split between Teddi and the Gay Alliance of the Genesse Valley’s Youth Program. “I don't think that I have ever seen a club work as hard, and do as well as they did in organizing, promoting, and executing an event. It’s great that Fisher Pride brought something that so many people wanted to see,” said Heberger. “It was important to bring it to Fisher because of the cultural background of it, and to bring something different and exciting to the campus,” said Bisaillon. Morgart added, “I’ve wanted this for three years because an event like this opens people’s minds. It pokes fun at the stereotypes, and it’s doing it through humor. No one can possibly think after seeing a show like that that all gay people do is drag, and no one can argue with the success of that event.” Email address:

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Sophomore Bridget Dwyer as part of her passion CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Imagine this: getting up for class at nine, going to the Student Activities Board (SAB) office for an hour, followed by two more classes, then either a service seminar or the Emerging Leaders Forum, going straight to the SAB meeting, “squeezing in service,” and then coming back to the room to start endless piles of homework. This is a typical Wednesday for sophomore Bridget Dwyer, and doesn’t even cover half of the activities she is involved in. As well as being active around campus, this completely unselfish girl demonstrates her compassion for others each summer by traveling to the Ukraine with a group of her peers. While there, they stay in an orphanage and teach Bible lessons to young children through a summer



camp program. Dwyer has certainly made a difference in many lives, but there is one in particular that sticks out in her mind. A Ukrainian boy she and her best friend had befriended was very troubled, and seemed very reluctant to accept the values his peers were trying to teach the group. Dwyer left the Ukraine still unsure if she had made an impression on him, however her assurance was waiting for her in the mailbox when she returned home. The young man had written her a letter saying that a void in his heart had been fulfilled because of her. “I had helped him see a better life amongst his hopelessness. It’s a great feeling,” stated Dwyer. By putting her best foot forward and maintaining a positive attitude, this young woman is ready to leave an impression on the world. “I’d like to think all the people I encounter remember me, just because I might have made their day better by smiling at them.”


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“You cannot overcome ethnocentrism!,” shouts John Rhoades, chair of Fisher’s anthropology department. Rhoades is emphatically trying to get his point across to his Introduction to Cultural Anthropology class after returning a test. The class is taken aback when he pounds his fist on the classroom podium, but there aren’t looks of fear in their eyes. Rather, they know by his tone and grinning face that he isn’t mad at them; he only wants them to know they can’t overcome ethnocentrism. The two things that are easy to see about Rhoades are that he is both passionate and likeable. Perhaps those are the reasons, Rhoades was chosen to serve in Fisher’s new ad campaign, with his voice streaming out on the television and radio waves, exuding the virtues of learning. He’s perhaps the kind of liberal arts college professor you’d always thought you might have. Dressed in corduroy pants, and a hot tamale tie, Rhoades wears a thick white beard, and has a deep “academic” voice. His office is filled


with books from floor to ceiling. Each is filled with information about his various passions. He’s worked very hard to get minor programs started in Peace Studies and Communications Technology at the college. He also is eager to discuss the ExperiWashington ence Program, which he started doing in the early 1990’s when he was International Studies chair. Even though he has moved onto a chair ship in Anthropology, he remains dedicated to the program. Rhoades was educated in anthropology at UCLA, California State College at Los Angeles and Syracuse, doing his field work in Kenya and eastern Africa. He joined the Fisher faculty in 1976 Email address:

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He pulls at a propped open door outside of Kearney that just wouldn’t budge. “Well, every campus has its own idiosyncrasies,” he says with a chuckle. Security Officer Chuck Haskens just started working the “D” shift, 7 p.m.-3 a.m., the week before spring break. As he makes his rounds in Kearney, he very carefully locks every door and makes sure that an unwanted entry is impossible. “Every shift here is different in its own way. Some are busier than others,” says Haskens, who has experience at every shift in his six months working security. Shifts in the security office are split into A, B, C, and the new shift, D. Responsibilities for A shift, which runs from 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., include controlling traffic, helping people get in and out of buildings, and following up on reports. The B shift, 3:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., is responsible for follow-up of reports, locking and unlocking buildings, being active with the maintenance crew, and being in charge of athletic activities. “I don’t know how some of the guys on A and B shift feel, but I

think that C shift is the most difficult,” Haskens said of the 11:00pm-7:00am shift. “You have to do a tremendous amount of traveling on foot, you have to stay awake all night long, and, of course, when the weekend comes around, there’s some drinking that goes on [among students on campus], so things get interesting.” During an average security shift, there are three or four officers on duty, each patrolling a different area. While Haskens is locking up Kearney, Officer Mike Swinton’s voice is heard over the radio, letting Dispatch know that he was securing Lots A, B, and C. “There’s a lot of work done on foot. I remember one of my first shifts, I was working with Ron [Ange]. He’s been doing this for 18 years. I almost had to jog just to keep up with his walking. That guy can move,” he said. Haskens says that, on an average shift, each officer walks about seven or eight miles. On a night when they get a lot of calls, they can trek about 10 miles around campus. 11:00 p.m. rolls around and Haskens begins to patrol Lavery Library, announcing to students that it will be closing. Once everyone has left, he sets the

alarm and makes one last round in the basement before he moves on. As the 6’9” tall Haskens checks the boiler room in the Library, he bumps his head on a pipe that would be considered low only to him. “[My height] helps with the job, but with a background in Sales, my people skills help me out more,” says Haskens. On many occasions throughout his shift, he stops and chats with students, some he knows, some he doesn’t. “The best part of the job is interaction with students. There are some really great people that go here. It’s just a great atmosphere,” says Haskens. He is so impressed with the college and the atmosphere that he brought his daughter to visit the campus. “I took her to the library to show her around and she was just in awe. She’s looking to come here too. They’ve done amazing things here. I can’t wait to see it in about 10 years,” says Haskens. After a quick round in the Student Life Center, Chuck declares 11:30 p.m. “lunchtime” and goes on his way, looking forward to the rest of his shift. Email address:

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Jim Liebow, the general manager of the Bon Appetit Management team, began working at Fisher in July 2001. In the short amount of time since then, there have been some major changes in the way people at Fisher eat. The dining hall went through renovations and went from being a cafeteria to a restaurant café. With those renovations, Liebow soon began making some changes of his own. As Liebow walks through the dining hall, people stop him numerous times and tell him what a difference he has made. They comment on the quality of the food, the friendliness of the staff and even on the presentation of the food. Liebow oversees all four dining facilities as well as oncampus and off-campus catered events. His day begins at 6 a.m. and every hour seems to be filled with something to do, whether it is an on-campus catered luncheon for 100 or dinner for all 1500 students he feeds during one day in the dining hall.




Matthew Mondella, of Lake George, NY is currently an enrolled junior at St. John Fisher. After transferring here from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, Mondella felt right at home, and quickly became involved as part of the pitching staff for the Cardinal’s baseball team. Referred to as “Meatball” by his friends, Mondella brings an excellent work ethic to the school, as well as a no quit attitude. His dedication to sports, school, and his friends reflects the type of mind-set that helps one excel in a school like this one. At 5:30 every morning, while most students are still engulfed in blankets, deep in a peaceful slumber, Mondella is already awake and on his way to school for baseball practice. Arriving at school at roughly 5:45 am, still feeling the effects from the previous night, Mondellajumps right into his training regiment. He practices hard with the team until 8:00, and then heads to breakfast with his teammates. A history major, Matt heads to class at 9:00 and 12:20. When not at class or practice he can

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Liebow says he knows he cannot solve every problem but he can try. He is dedicated to the Fisher family and says, “My goal is to know at least half of the students by name”. Liebow thinks it’s the little things that count and that is why he tries to get to know the students better. He tries to do what he can to help the students in anyway possible. He said his biggest challenge is to appeal to 1500 students with very different tastes. When Liebow first came to Fisher, he said his main goal was to try to change the perception people had about eating on campus. He made sure all the chefs were culinary school graduates, and he allows them the freedom to be creative when they cook. Liebow said, “We don’t serve mystery meat here.” Liebow began sending out the weekly menu via e-mail in order to increase communication with students and faculty. He even began working on a web link from the Fisher website, with Michael Johnson, the web master, so people can access information on the menu and see pictures of the dining hall and the food.



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One of Liebow’s concerns is that students get a chance to learn about all different types of food. The program at Fisher offers dishes from Vietnam, China, France and many other countries. Liebow says, “I want to expose students to food they may never have had before.” Liebow is also concerned with the fact that students need a variety of choices. He makes sure vegetarians get a variety of choices that sometimes can be hard to find. Recently Liebow began a program to encourage healthy eating habits for everyone in the Fisher family. The program has a different theme each month and it was put into action so students can learn healthy eating habits for life. Liebow makes a meaningful contribution to the Fisher campus everyday he comes to work. “Everyone has to eat” Liebow says, “everyone that eats here’s perception of college dining has changed.” Email address:

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be caught on Ward 5, where he hangs with his friends and discusses plans for the weekend. Three days a week he works in the SLC checking student ID’s from 3pm to 6pm, after which he has a short period of time to eat and do some school work. Directly following, he heads to his second practice of the day with the Hockey team at 9 pm. A pioneer in the Hockey Club as a goalie, Mondella contributes to the further success of the infant program. Mondella believes that “being part of a varsity sport, while also completing school work and maintaining a social life gives one a taste of the real world.” With a schedule as busy as his, Mondella still finds a way to contribute to the school and prepare himself for life after college. Email address:

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Most Tuesday nights would find college students busily studying or catching their favorite sitcom or hanging out talking to friends. One would not expect the floor of a Haffey lounge shaking as a room filled with freshman girls jump-kicked to the encouragement of Billy Blanks and his Tae Bo system. Amidst the group, kicking in unison and grinning through it all, is their fearless leader, Haffey 2 Resident Assistant Mary Lou Phillips. As an RA, floor programs are just one of the many duties the Sophomore Phillips must fulfill. Grabbing her walkie-talkie Mary Lou startS her evening rounds. Depending on the day she makes three or four rounds on each floor of Haffey at different points in the night. She checks the lounges and common areas to make sure there is nothing awry and also has to make sure that residents are abiding by the residence hall codes of conduct. Wandering the halls, Phillips talked about what made her want to be an RA. “This is probably going to sound corny, but I’ve always liked the feeling of being a role model and helping people. The [room and board] money is a nice perk, but it’s not why I wanted to do it.” she said, closing the lounge windows and pointing out the couch that someone had stolen a cushion from and replaced with different colored cushion. There are no incidents and the halls are still pretty quiet as she sweeps through the fifth and final floor. She radios in to securi-

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ty after she completes her rounds and heads back to her room where her door always seems to be propped open. Her residents are coming in and out constantly, asking questions, saying hello, borrowing the vacuum. “I like to keep my door open to let everyone know that I’m available if they need anything or if they just want to come and talk. I’m a nursing major so most of the time I am in my room doing work which makes it easy for my residents to find me.” Juggling the work-load can be tough according to Phillips, “In the beginning of the year there was a time when I felt like I didn’t want the position because there were a lot of roommate issues that I mediated and with school and everything it was just so much, and it got overwhelming. “It’s tough balancing everything but I really like interacting with residents and getting notes from them. It’s like self gratification” she said smiling. She motions towards the birthday cards from her residents on her wall and says “That stuff makes me feel like everything I have done up to now has paid off. I was unsure of taking the position but sometimes its good to go out and do things you are unsure of.” Email address:

During the first week of March, there was no activity on the Fisher campus. Students were gone, basking in the sun of Florida or the Bahamas or some other spring break destination. Many faculty members were taking a much needed break from the grind of classes. One office, however, was bustling with activity and admissions counselor Melissa Loughery was right in the middle of the mix. The spring is a very busy time for the Admissions Office with all the different open houses that need to be coordinated as well as the preparation that needs to be done for their 2004 recruiting campaign. “The past couple weeks have been pretty busy,” said Loughery, a graduate of

Fisher, as she sits at her desk, a stack of admission files that need review calling to her from her desktop. For many, file review, open houses, and traveling to college fairs doesn’t sound like the best of times, but for Loughery it is a typical day—a day that she loves. There isn’t a normal day in the life of admissions counselor, Loughery explains. Some days she is on the go with the Service Scholar luncheon or running off to different high schools to represent Fisher at their college fairs. Loughery even travels around the Northeast including fairs in Pennsylvania, Long Island, and just recently one in Canada. Other days are just full of meetings and paper work, especially these days when the crunch is on to finish the admissions process. And though they may sound like boring days, Loughery finds great joy in

them. “I love file review,” she says. “I know that sounds crazy but it is nice to see what all your work has produced.” This love of file review, however, sometimes translates into what Loughery considers the hardest part of the job— explaining why a student was not admitted to Fisher. “It is awful when you meet the student during the recruiting process and you realize they may not be admitted,” she says. Though this part may be hard, Loughery has grown to love her job her at Fisher. She has even decided to pursue a master’s degree in guidance counseling. “I just love working with people.” Email address:



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Careful planning and hard work helps to keep Fisher looking good CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Imagine how it would feel to be responsible for the safety of over 3,000 people. Picture yourself in charge of a team whose job it is to keep the grounds of this campus both clean and attractive for current and prospective students. For some, this would be odd. For Alan Dungey, St. John Fisher’s Manager of Horticulture and Grounds Facilities, this is simply a day at work. Dungey, who has been in the Fisher community since April of 2000, oversees a staff of six people. On a daily basis, he and his staff are responsible for the removal of snow and ice on the roads and walkways. It is Dungey and his staff that keeps the trees maintained, the lawns mowed, the bushes pruned, and the flowers planted. In addition, they strive to make this campus as safe as possible by keeping all of the fire exits clear, maintaining the lights and phones that are located outdoors, and repairing the roads. “Our main function is safety,” said Dungey, “especially during winter, and to provide a clean and aesthetically pleasing setting. When a new

student, alumni or potential donor comes to campus, our work is the first thing they see.” What Dungey enjoys most about his job is its unpredictability. In just a few hours on any given day he may find himself ordering seed for spring, speaking with alumni about donations, or clearing snow from the football field. In fact, his involvement with the college goes beyond simply being an employee. He is also a student here, majoring in sports studies. In addition, he coaches the St. John Fisher men’s hockey team. For the countless daily functions that Dungey fulfills, there are also several unique aspects to his job that he is extremely proud of. He feels that the most important contribution that he has made since he has been at Fisher is his involvement with the Buffalo Bills Training Camp. He and his staff have been responsible for collaborating with the Buffalo Bills in the development and maintenance of the training camp. “My department have set the standard and exceeded that standard for the Bills camp,” said Dungey. “The Bills have been pleased with my

department since the beginning.” Dungey also takes pride in his assistance in planning and developing the Dugan Yard baseball field and the softball field. Dungey stated that he enjoys, “going from the conceptualization stage through planning and development to the finished product.” In his three years at Fisher, there are certain moments that Dungey knows that he will never forget. One was the painting of the American flag on the lawn on the anniversary of Sept. 11. The event was coordinated by Dungey and his staff, and according to Dungey, “That was the most special group effort. Having faculty, staff and students all participate and gather around my department was an excellent opportunity for everyone. That flag let people see what we are capable of.” If you ask Dungey, he will be the first to say that his department is genuinely a combined effort between himself and his staff. “There’s a lot of pride down here and these guys work hard.” Email address:




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Michael Johnson gives Fisher’s homepage a much needed up-grade CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Have you noticed the updated Fisher homepage, complete with easily accessible links, professional photography, and notable layout



techniques? This is all credited to Fisher's new webmaster, Michael Johnson. Roughly five months into the job, Johnson has already established a name for himself on campus. He walks into his Kearney




“Well folks, its aboot that time,” says Greg Austin while ending one of his sport studies classes. While it may be a typical day of classes for any college student, attending one of Austin’s classes is anything but ordinary. Austin, a native of Canada, opens student’s drowsy eyes and tired minds with a combination of his unique Canadian accent and entertaining stories of his two large dogs and his past experiences in life- both enlightening and humorous. Austin joined the teaching staff at Fisher two years ago. Since his induction into the Fisher community, Austin has been gracing Fisher students with his knowledge of the world of sport as well as his skills in hockey. By day, Austin offers not only his mind, but his spirit to students. Many of his

office each morning with at least a dozen projects piled on his desk, and leaves each afternoon having accomplished as much as a day will allow. Johnson asserts, "My ultimate goal is to have an empty e-mail inbox at the end of the day." As webmaster, Johnson's official task is to manage Fisher's internal and external web presence, yet he still finds time for fun on the job. Taking a break from coding all those zeros and ones, Johnson shoots some mini hoops and surfs the web for new features and layouts. He aims to "find out what his competitors are doing, and do it better." With a fine educational background in graphic design and marketing, and several awards under his belt, Johnson has and will continue to make Fisher more appealing to the outside world. Johnson reports that he is more content with his job at Fisher than with any previous employer, and is looking forward to the years ahead. The action figures taped to his monitor will agree: Johnson is hard at work everyday, making us look good. Email address:

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classes are opened with a discussion of the latest sport scores, who’s winning, and who is in trouble. Students contribute off handed remarks which allow for informative and interesting discussions and debates. Austin’s style of teaching is conducive to allowing students to control their own growth and learning. Austin sees his role as a professor as “acting as a mentor to students.” He doesn’t want to be just some professor grading papers; he wants to reach out to students and wants his students to “accomplish something rather then worrying about grades and papers.” Austin can be seen doing that in his constant interaction with students, his involvement in the Sport Studies Club, and his strong desire for interactive classes. By night, Austin can be found skating around an ice rink with stick in hand. Since coming to Fisher, Austin has initiated

the start of a new club hockey team. Eager students, such as Mike Roberts, yearned for a club hockey team at Fisher. It was with the help and inspiration of Austin that these students dream became a reality. A former coach for nationally ranked Ohio University’s club hockey team, Austin hopes that Fisher’s team will become a “strong contender in Division One club hockey.” “It is hard to find people that are able to contribute to the Fisher community in more than one diverse way,” said Austin. He, however, is able to. Austin believes that “the more opportunities that faculty and staff provide the institution with, the more enrichment is granted to the students…. they will enjoy college more, which is why we are here.” Email address:


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When you talk to MJ Iuppa, she actually listens. Her eyes focus on your face and her ears focus on what you are saying. She gives you this intense look like she is interested in what you are saying She because she actually is. invites you into a conversation with her and you find yourself relaxing and talking freely. I saw this as I was watching her talk to a student who was in her office. She had this serious look on her face, contemplating everything he said and never once taking her eyes off of him. She responds when she needs to and is quiet when she has to be. After finishing her conversation with the student, she smiles at me and motions for me to come into her office. After a short conversation, I follow her to do some copying. She says that she is always busy and this particular day is no exception. She has a class later on that day and plenty of errands to run. We go to the copier first because she has to photocopy a short story for a student who is doing an independent study. She says that the reason she is here is because of the students. “I like the students because they are willing to embrace different concepts, for the most part. I know it’s a good investment, when a students says, ‘I am a writer’.” Not only does she help out students who are doing independent studies, she is also there for her fellow faculty members. While in the copier room, she asks another professor if he is going to see Octavia Butler when she comes to Rochester. He comments that a student of his wanted to know where Butler would be speaking, but at the time he didn’t have the information for her and by then it was too late. Iuppa tells him that she would send a campus wide email out about the event so that way the student would be able to know. The professor was grateful and Iuppa smiled, happy she could help him out. While following her on another errand to the library, we encounter students taking a tour of the

campus. She smiles at them and asks if they will be attending Fisher, some nod their heads and she welcomes them. She is the type of person who always has a smile on her face. Going back to her office, she spots someone she knows and says hello. But, she doesn’t just say hi and bye, she sparks a conversation with her, asking if she is going to see Octavia Butler. When Iuppa finds out that she doesn’t know where Butler is going to be, she offers the information to her. When she finally makes it back to her office, a student is lingering in front of the door. He is not there to see her, but one of the professors who share the office space with her. The concerned Iuppa asks the student if he is alright because according to her, “he looked sad.” The student says he is okay and just to make sure, she asks him again. Finally, satisfied with his answer, she enters the office. She didn’t even know the student, but the look on his face made her want to make sure everything was fine. When asked about what she thought was the most important thing she has done at Fisher, she replies, “motivating students to be the best writers and readers they can be.” It is believable that she does this with all the accolades she receives from various students, and especially after she won the Part-Time Teaching Award in 2000. Even though she has only been here since 1997, she says that her most memorable moment while at Fisher was attending the graduation ceremony last May. “Many students I cared dear about graduated. A lot of fine writers graduated that day.” She is there for her students, for her colleagues and even for those who she runs into standing in front of her office door. Email address:

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It’s the information age. Video games are being played with friends over seas via the internet. Palm pilots allow their users to plan out the rest of their lives in a convenient, hand held way. Satelite radio allows us to listen to any genre of music we want in our homes and cars without the annoyance of commercials. But most importantly, the birth of the cellular phone has shaped our lives beyond anyone’s wildest imaginations. Take a walk in the mall or down a pedestrian laden street some day. What will you notice? Everyone is on the phone. Everything becomes so unimportant once that phone rings or better yet, vibrates. Things like driving, important conversations, and classroom lectures can all be put on the back burner until the “End” button is pressed. Because of laws, we now have these “hands-free” kits for cell phones. But, they’re not just to be used in cars anymore. You can have one of those “I’m-reallyimportant” looks by wearing an ear piece attached to your cell phone and parading it in public. Heaven forbid if you miss a call! One way you can tell this is truly the 21st century: people walk around the mall and are mistaken

resources. (Why cheese? because thats what cyborgs use as gasoline for their hovering automobiles! Duh!) great Another thing these baneful handheld always-on connections provide us is an even more irritating way to announce a call. It has gone way beyond the traditional “ring ring.” People set their phones to ring to any old durge they choose. From a waltz to the star wars death march, it never fails to really confuse everyone within earshot. The whole point of this is to distinguish your phone from other people’s phones because apparently if Shawnna Davis you have a phone you Cell phone users: This could happen to you!! will be in cahoots for cyborgs or American Eagle with numerous other “V.I.P’s,” and employees. It’s not bad enough that this will do away with any silly everyone walks around with a uncomfortable “who’s phone is Technology, phone permanently attached to ringing?” games. their ears, but now, with these right? Not even close. The problem head sets, every time we venture out into public, we think we’re in with this technological marvel is the middle of an intergalactic war that people are still stupid. No with half human/half robots trying matter what song or fancy carnival to take control of our cheese tune you add in order to bump up

your notch of cool, it seems like when a phone rings, sings, beeps, or vibrates no one in the world owns a cell phone. You would think people may notice that their pocket is playing “The Hokey Pokey” or that their entire leg is vibrating. But no, everyone sits there and does their “its not my phone” routine for five minutes until they pull their phone and realize, OH goodness, it was them! How funny! Lets be serious here for a second. Cell phones are great when your car breaks down, or when you have woken up in the gutter with no pants, an empty bottle of Red Hackle Whiskey, and a t-shirt that reads proudly “Who Farted?” and you need to call your dignity for a ride home. But when you are answering your call from Chet or Cecilia in the middle of my “Kangaroo Jack” advanced screening you are gonna hear about it, and by “hear about it” I don’t mean I am going to politely ask you to leave and take your phone call outside the theater. I am going to persistently yell profanities and gibberish into your ears until one of two things happen: A: You hang up your phone, apologize for the inconvenience, and sit back and enjoy the cinematic genius of David McNally’s vision of a wacky talking kangaroo thief. Or, B: I am removed from the theater by a cyborg who is low on cheeseoline for his hovercraft and has mistak-

Will you help us scavenge? Procrastination and an immense love for scavenger hunts prompted Jay and Kevin to create one of their own to avoid the danger of idle hands. So they went around campus searching for helpers in their quest. Right: Jay enlists the help of his trusty buddy the statue in his search for a large piece of metallic artwork in a lawn setting. The statue once again stayed tight lipped leaving Jay flustered and questioning their friendship.

Above: Rachel Borchard helps Jay find his crafty bagel that found its way into his jacket pocket. It seems like bagels are always causing trouble around here. Above Right: A pondering Kevin is left wondering if the thumbtack he has found is in fact the lucky thumbtack. Unable to determine the thumbtack’s “luckiness,” he asked Jay to ask the statue. Right: Kasey Wood, Jenn Reddout, and Katie Povero played a vital role in the hunt by helping Jay and Kevin find the first item on their list. Which was: “A piece of paper and a pen to write down the list of stuff we need to find. Minor setbacks occurred after the pen ran out of ink in the midst of the search.

Right: Melissa Sciortino guided Jay to Basil where he found his “Old reliable” nailgun that brought back such fond memories of injuries and hospitals.

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en me for cheese. Again. A word to the wise, cyborgs are not cool no matter what your teachers are saying about them, (they are most likely cyborgs too), but anyway even if they were cool, they are certainly not stylish. So don’t make a habit of constantly keeping your phone attached to your head, especially when you are out with your friends. Because there is nothing worse than being dissed in the real world in order to talk to Bambi about her latest tiff with Blaine. It cuts deep, and so do those irritatingly shrill tones just as I’m trying to enjoy a chilidog from the snack shack. Chilidog without cheese of course, because we know what kind of trouble that leads to. Email addresses:

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Wednesday, March 19th

ON-Campus SAB Movie 8 Mile @ 9:30 p.m. in Basil 135 OFF-Campus The Full Monty, through March 23rd at the

Auditorium Theatre. For more information call the theatre’s box office at 454-7743. Mike Smith, lead singer of Dave Clark Five, will be at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water Street. For more information call 325-5600. Sister Soljah, a political activist, rap artist and author will speak at the University of Rochester at 8 p.m. She will discuss the topic of “Inspiring Women in the 21st

Century.” Admission is $5 payable at the door. Strong Auditorium at the River Campus.

Thursday March 20th

ON-Campus Film Portrait of a Serial Killer @ 12:30 p.m. in . Sponsored by Women and Gender Studies. Graduation Fair, for petitioned seniors only, from 12:30 to 6 p.m. in Kearney Auditorium. Order caps and gowns, pick up commencement tickets and announcements, order class rings, get discounted Senior Week Tickets and enter raffles!! Yoga @4:45 in the Dorsey Lounge. Sponsored by the Office of Student Life. The Jay Hansen Project performs @ 9:30 p.m. in the Fishbowl. Sponsored by SAB. OFF-Campus Camille Claudel, a drama in French from 1988, about a French sculptress who becomes Auguste Renoir’s pupil and lover. Everybody’s Fine, a drama in Italian from 1990, about a retired Sicilian railroad worker that travels across Italy to search for his children. Both


shows will be presented at 6:30 p.m. in Room 8-200, MCC’s Brighton Campus. For more information call (585) 292-3023. Joan of Arc and The Love of Everything will be at Milestones. For more information call 3256490.

Embryologist and author Anne Fausto-Sterling gives a lecture based on her recent book Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality. The lecture is free and open to the public. 7 p.m., Shults Center Forum at Nazareth College.

Friday March 21st

ON-Campus SGA’s Battle of the Clubs @7 p.m. in the Varsity Gym OFF-Campus “The United Tour” with Bile, My Life with Thrill Kill Kult, Pigface, The Slip and Zeromancer will be at Water Street Music Hall. For more information call 325-5600.

Saturday March 22nd

ON-Campus RSA’s Defensive Driving from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. By sign-up only.

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A woman’s blank stare, holding a broom and a mop, standing in front of the American flag, is one of the first images you will see at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography From February 1 and Film. through April 6, the museum is holding Half Past Autumn, The Art of Gordon Parks. Parks was a photojournalist for over 20 years for LIFE magazine as well as a composer, poet, novelist and filmmaker. Now at the age of 90, his work is being displayed in Rochester, NY. The photographs portray the Chicago crime scene, European fashion, Black Muslims, racial segregation, celebrity portraits and the Harlem gangs.

OFF-Campus Silent Auction to benefit Genesee Regional Homecare from 2-7 p.m. Sponsored by the Steelers Fan Club of Rochester. Lots of sports items and restaurant gift certificates will be auctioned off. Cost to attend is $7.00 per person. Reservations are required. Maxwells Bar and Grill, 149 Ridge Road Sunday March 23rd East. ON-Campus SAB Movie Die Another Maple Sugar Open House Day @ 7:30 p.m. inBasil135 at the Helmer Nature th Center, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday March 24 ON-Campus 154 Pinegrove Avenue. “Friends” Trivia Night Walk the trails, see the @8:00 p.m. in the Fishbowl sugaring/syrup process, and see demonstrations on Teams can be no more than three people and must be soap and candy making. For more information call registered by 11:30 p.m. Thursday March 20th by the center at 336-3035.

The intensity of Park’s photographs captures the time period between 1940 and 1997. The exhibit starts with a series of black and white photographs and then moves to a short exhibit of exuberant color photographs. While walking through the maze of photographs, you will feel the power of photography and how it can change the way people think and view the world. The 200 images draw you in and make it as though you are walking through a time capsule. The people, the problems, the lives all seem like they are right in front of you and you want to reach out and touch them. The photographs Parks has taken will forever be in the minds and memory of those who experience this vivid exhibition. Email address:

email OFF-Campus “Music as a Weapon Tour” with Disturbed, Chevelle, Taproot and Unloco at the Blue Cross Arena, 8 p.m. For tickets visit

And That’s New York: A Musical Revue at Brighton Middle School 2643 ElmwoodAvenue, Saturday April 5th. A song and dance spectacular benefiting the Dream Factory, which grants dreams to critically and chronically ill children. $15 Adults $12 Students/ Senior Citizens. Tickets may be purchased at the door or at any Wegman's Video Dept. For more information call (585) 2348688 ext. 4. Linkin Park with Xzibit, Mudvayne and Blindside play the Blue Cross Arena at 7 p.m. on Tuesday April 8th. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster. Comedian George Carlin comes to Rochester for one performance only on Friday April 11th at 8 p.m. at the Auditorium Center, 875 E. Main Street. Tickets are $39, and are available through Ticketmaster. Jen Durkin & The Bomb Squad perform at Milestones on Friday April 11th. Perinton Classic Bicycle Race in Fellows Rd. Park on Sunday April 13th. For more information visit Catch 22, Count the Stars, Madcap and Reel Big Fish play at Water Street Music Hall on Tuesday April 15th. For more information call 325-5600. Coheed & Cambria, theSTART and the Used play at Water Street Music Hall on Wednesday April 16th. For more information call 325-5600. Chevy Champions on Ice Tour 2003 at the Blue Cross Arena, Wednesday April 16th. Matchbox 20, Sugar Ray and Maroon play at the Blue Cross Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday May 21st. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.

Wednesday March26th ON-Campus SAB Movie Die Another Day @ 9:30 pm in Basil135

OFF-Campus Red Animal War and Brandtson play at the Penny Arcade, 4785 Lake Avenue. For more information call 621-7625.

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Oscar Roundup Gangs of New York

Lord of the Rings

“Gangs of New York,” a beautiful film directed by Martin Scorsese, takes a look back to the crime brutality of Irish gangs during the 19th century. Not only is it nominated for “Best Picture,” but has received nominations in ten other categories as well. Scorsese’s brilliant piece features an all star ensemble, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day Lewis, and John C. Reily. The other four “Best Picture” nominees will have a hard time competing with this clever and realistic movie.

The Lord of the Rings: The Twin Towers, the follow up to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars this year. This is definitely a winner. It has drama, suspense, adventure and even a little blooming romance among two characters. This movie shows it can hold its own against favorites like Chicago and The Pianist. The audience can relate to characters who have inner turmoil and the need to defend their honor. The Lord of the Rings: The Twin Towers is a sure fire Oscar winner.

Bringing Down the House S TA F F W R I T E R


It’s been a while since I have seen a really good comedy. There hasn’t been a “Dumb and Dumber” or “Tommy Boy” lately and “Bringing down the House” falls well short. Steve Martin has had some excellent comedic roles in the past (“Planes, Trains and Automobiles” is a classic). Unfortunately, this is not one of them. I’m sure you have seen a movie where one of the main characters comes into someone’s life, changes everything, and then leaves. Sort of like a Mary Poppins’ thing (without the two hours of singing). That’s what this movie is all about. “Bringing Down the House” follows Peter Sanderson (played by Steve Martin), a divorced, workaholic tax attorney who is still in love with his ex-wife (Jean Smart). Sanderson doesn’t really have the time for a social life or for his two kids. His only outlet is a cyber relationship with an online chat buddy he thinks is a blonde lawyer,

Michael Moore, producer, author and director of films including Bowling for Columbine and Roger and Me will speak at 9 p.m. in Strong Auditorium at the U of R’s River Campus. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at the Common Market in Wilson Commons on the River Campus or at Aaron’s Alley, 669 Monroe Ave.

with whom he arranges to meet in person. The blonde ends up being a convict named Charlene (played by Queen Latifah). Charlene claims she’s been framed for a crime and wants Peter to help clear her name. He tries to get rid of her, to no avail. She quickly invades his home, his life and even jeopardizes his career at one point. But by the end, she has grown to be a part of the family, helping Sanderson’s family grow closer together. The problem with “Bringing Down the House” is that it becomes boring and obvious after a while. Martin has always been good in comedic roles. He has starred in some of the funniest movies I have ever seen. But he is just getting too old to do a role like this. There is one scene where he actually dry humps Charlene on the couch in a drunken stupor. And in another, he dresses up like he is a rapper or something. It just seemed weird. I think he should stick to more serious roles in future films. Latifah does fairly well with her role. She is the only bright

Arianna Huffington, nationally syndicated columnist and author of nine books will speak at 8 p.m. in the Seymour College Union Ballroom at SUNY Brockport. Tickets are $5. For more information call the BSG Box Office at 395 2487.

Chicago A sultry plot filled with murder and deceit in combination with provocative dancing, an elite cast (Richard Gere, Renee Zelweger, Queen Latifa, and Catherine Zeta Jones) and “all that jazz” makes Chicago a top contender for Best Picture.

The Hours The Hours, directed by Stephen Daldry, stars Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, and Meryl Streep. Winner of two Golden Globe awards, and nominated for nine Oscars, including Best Picture, the film deserves all the credit it can get. Intertwined with the Virginia Woolf novel Mrs. Dalloway, the story of three women in three different generations is brilliantly depicted and is a beautiful story that anyone can relate to at some point in life.

The Pianist Roman Polanski directs this true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, an accomplished Polish pianist who for six years lives through the horrors of WWII and somehow manages to escape deportation and the subsequent atrocities of the holocaust with the help of a German officer. Although a long movie, it’s worth it, if only to watch the talent of actor Adrien Brody who does an exceptional job with the lead.

spot of the flick. I would say that she, and she alone, prevented this movie from getting a completely BAD rating from me. Betty White also added some humor in her small role as Peter’s neighbor. Director Adam Shankman (The Wedding Planner) held nothing back in making this film, which is a bad thing. Sure, some of the jokes were funny. But many of them were very blunt and even inappropriate. Overall, this was not a very good movie. The script lacks taste and fails to bring the best out of any of the actors. In the end, my search for the next great comedy continues. If you are looking for a great flick, be sure not to go see this one. At best, give it a rent when it comes out. Hopefully you will find it more entertaining than I did. Rating:


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Thursday March 27th

ON-Campus Yoga @ 4:45 p.m. in Dorsey Lounge. Sponsored by the Office of Student Life. OFF-Campus South Central and Joe Sweet at Monty’s Krown, 875 Monroe Avenue. For more information call 271-7050. Amerks vs. Norfolk Admirals, 7:35 p.m., Blue

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American HI-Fi, Early November and Fallout Boy play at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water Street. For more information call 325-5600.

JoAnn Vaccaro performs at Canal Town Coffee 6 S. Main Street, Pittsford. For more information visit

Monday March 31st

Friday March 28th

ON-Campus Spring Event. Sum 41 performs with Authority Zero, No Use for a Name, and The Starting Line, 8 p.m. in the Student Life Center. Tickets are on sale now in the Fishbowl, $10 for Fisher Students, $15 for all others and $20 at the door. For more information call 385-8394.

Saturday March 29th OFF-Campus Knighthawks vs. Buffalo Bandits, 7:35 p.m., Blue Cross Arena. Tickets are available at the arena’s box office or through Ticketmaster.

Nik & The Nice Guys perform at the Riverside Convention Center. For more information call 2323362. Amateur Night at the Hochstein Music School, 6 p.m. Proceeds will go to Green Acres of Rochester, a food cupboard that has helped the poor and needy for over a decade. For more information call 4630040.

Sunday March 30th

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Tuesday April 1st

OFF-Campus Theophilus North, April 1 through May 4 at Geva Theatre, as part of Hibernatus Interruptus. It is the spring of 1926 and young Theophilus embarks on a journey in search of all the world has to offer. When his car breaks down a mere 180 miles from home, stranding him in Newport, Rhode Island, Theophilus realizes it’s not the distance that makes the adventure, but the constellation of friends that one discovers along the way. For tickets, call 585-232Geva. Yanni performs at the Blue Cross Arena, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $37.30 to $55.

Wednesday April 2nd

ON-Campus SAB Movie Bowling for Columbine @ 9:30 p.m. in Basil 135

OFF-Campus Margaret Cho will be at ON-Campus the University of Leader for Life Rochester. For information Conference from 12:00 call the campus at 275p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by SGA and the 2121. Office of Student Life. SUNY Brockport For more info email April 2, 2003, 11:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m. Jobs & Internship Fair SAB Movie Bowling for Columbine @ 7:30 p.m. in Tuttle South

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OFF-Campus Amerks vs. Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, 6:05 p.m., Blue Cross Arena. For tickets visit

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When you think of St. John Fisher College one thing that you do not think about is swimming. A popular question from prospective students on tours has always been: Do you have a pool? Tour guides have always had to respond with, “No, sorry, and we’re not getting one anytime soon.” True, but not wholly true. A few of you may have heard about the remnants of a pool over by Birmingham Cottage and the Elaine Wilson Pavilion. This is no lie; there is what appears to be an old pool there. As you approach it, you can see the wear of a few years without use. There are beach chairs lined up outside the fenced pool. They are slowly growing rusty with time. The pool itself has a hard

cover on it. So it’s debatable as to whether there is any water in it. The cover is littered with leaves, which are covered by snow, which has frozen. Walking into the pool room, it looks like an abandoned shack. Notes with life guarding tips, and warnings not to run at the pool are strewn about. Old playing cards and a pool skimmer sit pitifully on the ground. So where did this aquatic landmark come from? Apparently, much like there was a Botsford Dance Studio, there was at one point a Botsford swim club. There were memberships available to local residents. No record could be found if students ever had the chance to swim in it. It appears to have shut down in 1997, and hasn’t been maintained in a long time. Facility services tried to restore it three years ago, but abandoned the project because it was beyond help. Could it have been a place where students had the chance to swim someday? Maybe, but I guess we’ll never know. Email address:

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Major League Outlook Ephedra: Who’s to blame? S TA F F W R I T E R


With the 2003 Major League Baseball season looming, I figured I would offer a summary of what happened in the off-season, as well as my predictions for the season, playoffs and World Series (sorry DRay’s fans, not this year). Predictions: The All-Star game will go to extra innings, with Commissioner

Hot In the AL East, it will be like it always is: the Yankees and the Red Sox. The addition of Hideki Matsui (Godzilla) should boost an already potent Yankee lineup. It’s hard to see the Yankees anywhere but atop the AL East in 2003. Don’t count Boston out, though. If Nomar Garciaparra plays as well as he did last year, the Red Sox will give the Yankees a hard time all year. Look for them to compete for the AL Wild Card. The Chicago White Sox will win the AL Central this year. You heard it here first. The addition of 20- game winner Bartolo Colon will really help. What about the Twins, you ask? They will compete hard, but will not catch anyone by surprise this year. Oakland will win the AL West, just like they did last year. The trio of Mark Mulder, Barry Zito and Tim Hudson are simply too good. I see the Mariners playing well too, competing with Boston, Minnesota and Anaheim for a Wild Card. As for the defending champion Anaheim Angels, everyone will be gunning for them this year. I don’t think they will be able to win as many close games as they did last year (although they do have the biggest weapon in sports…the rally monkey) In the NL East, look for the

Bud Selig coming in to pitch for both teams. Alex Rodriguez will have another stellar season, and win AL MVP. In the National League, Vladimir Guerrero will keep the hapless Expos from being the worst team in baseball. He will take the National League MVP. Familiar candidates will take home pitching hardware, as Mulder and Hudson will compete for the AL Cy Young award, and Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling

for the NL Cy Young. I also think Ken Griffey Jr. will have a breakout year for the Reds, hitting close to 50 homers and 125 RBI’s. In the ALCS, the Yankees will defeat the Athletics in six games. The surprising Phillies will sneak into the NL Playoffs and come within one game of the World Series. But the Arizona Diamondbacks will win the NLCS. In the Fall Classic, the Yankees will avenge their previous loss in 2001 and defeat Arizona in 7 games.

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and absolutely no offense, the Orioles have a lot to look forward to in 2003. The Devil Rays added manager Lou Piniella in the off-season. Now, if Lou can learn to pitch and hit he might keep the Devil Rays from losing more than 100 games again. The bottom of the Central division features perennial losers Detroit and Kansas City, and welcomes the Cleveland Indians. They are in complete disarray after losing Jim Thome, and are rebuilding. At least Kansas City and Detroit are used to losing. KC could actually go 0-162. Can you say contraction? Look for them all to contend…for last place. The NL East has the Marlins and Expos. Both will likely struggle this year. I think Montreal should pay fans to come to their games. They might actually draw a few more fans to the morgue known as Olympic Stadium (see contraction sentence above). The Central has the Reds and Brewers. The Reds will not be horrible, but will likely struggle. The Brew crew, well, would have a hard time beating a local legion team. Their woes will continue. In the West, the Padres will not be very good. They have little pitching and their best player, Phil Nevin, is out for the year. The Rockies will be bad, as well, having many of the same problems as San Diego.

Braves, Phillies, and Mets to duke it out. The Mets (Cliff Floyd/Tom Glavine) and Phillies (Jim Thome/Kevin Millwood) made big trades during the summer that will improve their lineups. The Braves lost several key pitchers, but will still probably win the division title. The Central should be a tight race between St. Louis and Houston. St. Louis returns a potent offense this year that will need to keep things going against a rejuvenated Astros club, now featuring former Giant Jeff Kent. The NL West will be a threeteam race. Arizona, Los Angeles and San Francisco will all have a say in the Division Title. Look for Schilling and Johnson to once again lock up a division title for the Diamondbacks.

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While working at my nutritional supplement retailer last week, I got a phone call from our home office. I was told that effective immediately, we will no longer carry or sell any products containing ephedra. When I asked my manager why we wouldn't be selling those products anymore, he simply said "Probably because of that pitcher who died." The pitcher my manager was referring to was Steve Bechler. He was a former pitcher for the Rochester Red Wings and was trying to make the Baltimore Orioles pitching staff this year. Bechler died tragically last month of a heat stroke while taking ephedra to shed some weight after the Orioles coaching staff told him he needed to be lighter in order to make the team. The weight loss drug ephedra (also known as ephedrine) is an extract from a Chinese herb known as Ma Huang. As the active ingredient in most weight loss supplements, ephedra speeds up the metabolism via the circulatory system by speeding up the heart rate, circulation, and raising body temperature. The most popular brands of weight loss supplements containing ephedra include: Hydroxycut, Stacker 2, Metabolife, and the supplement that Bechler took, Xenedrine RFA. Ephedra should not be taken by just anyone, however. Bechler, in particular, should not have ever considered taking ephedra. Bechler suffered two heat strokes in his high school years and also had a history of high blood pressure. Those taking Ephedra should heed the warnings on the bottle: "You should not take this product if you have: high blood pressure, a history of heart disease, a history of heat stroke, or are taking an antidepressant drug." Bechler ignored these warnings all while his wife begged him to stop taking the weight loss drug. No one wants to blame the dead. No one wants to point the finger at a man who died while his wife was 7 months pregnant with the couple's first child. Placing the blame on Bechler would be too sad. But the fact still remains, Bechler should not have been taking ephedra. When he suffered the heat stroke that brought his temperature up to a lethal 108 degrees, Bechler was at the Baltimore Orioles spring training camp in Florida. The temperature at the time was in the mid-80's. He was running wind sprints with some teammates at the time. Bechler hadn't had much solid food in his system for at least two days before his death. Toxicology reports last week confirmed that Bechler had ingested 3 pills of Xenedrine which ultimately led to the heat stroke that claimed his life. The recommended dosage for Xenedrine is 2 pills in the morning after breakfast, and two

pills in the afternoon. Bechler was not informed to take any more than 2 pills at a time, but he did anyway. No matter what substance, dietary supplement, or prescription drug, it is never recommended that anyone take more than the recommended dosage. It is easier to blame those still alive. The finger of blame has been pointed at the Baltimore Orioles coaching staff and ephedra itself. Sure, we can blame the Orioles for being hard on a guy because he weighed a few extra pounds. We can also blame ephedra because it has caused numerous other deaths of people who should never have been taking it in the first place. I'm sure, in some way, we can also blame Marilyn Manson and video games for the death of Steve Bechler. God forbid if we place the blame on Bechler himself. Of course, it was the Baltimore Orioles that demanded that their team be in the best shape possible. Nevermind the fact that Bechler sat on his duff during most of the off season and thought it would be a good idea to try and whip himself into shape a month before spring training. Just as long as we don't blame those responsible, we can rest a little easier at night. The truth of the matter is, people are looking for that magic little pill where they can take it once a day, eat whatever they want while sitting on the couch, and wake up the next morning with the body of a super model. I see it every day. People go shopping in the mall and think: "Hmm, I need a pair of jeans, a few shirts, and, oh yeah, I should pick up some magic weight loss pills while I'm here." People rarely check with their doctor to see if it is recommended that they begin taking any kind of weight loss supplement. In fact, most people don't even look at the bottle or read the warnings on most pills. But it's not their fault, right? It's ephedra's fault. Maybe we can blame the supplement companies too for not having a huge flashing neon sign that lists the warnings of certain drugs because, of course, just listing the warnings on the bottle is not good enough. People can't be bothered with checking with their doctor or reading the warning labels on products that may end up killing them. People can't be bothered with diet and exercise either. Who has time for all that? We've got way too much blame to place to be bothered with the inconsequential. But while we race around to place the blame, don't forget: We can’t blame a man who died because of taking a controlled substance he was never supposed to be taking. How could we sleep at night knowing that we blamed “that dead pitcher?” After all, Marilyn Manson makes one heck of a scapegoat. Email address:


Cardinal Courier

Page 19 March 19, 2003

John Follaco

The women’s basketball team breaks a huddle after its overtime defeat to Ithaca in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

WOMEN from page 20 The Cardinals came out flying in the second half. Jump shots from Kristensen and Kathy Baum gave Fisher a commanding 34-28 lead. The momentum changed at 2:35 in the second half when Kristensen fouled Ithaca’s Cleary. Cleary made her foul shots and it was all Ithaca from there. The Bombers tallied 12 straight points as their fans rallied behind their team and took control of the game. Fisher was not done. The combination of Kristensen and Nash rallied the Cardinals with a few jump shots, including a dazzling play at 11:16 from Kristensen as she passed the ball long range to an open Nash. The lay up brought the Cardinals and their fans back into the game as Fisher was down by one point. Tofany sunk a three-point shot at 7:26 of the half and gave Fisher

the lead back, 58-55. At that point, Ithaca coach Dan Raymond called a timeout and was visibly upset with his team’s effort. His words lit a fire under his team as the Bombers kept the game close. With 4:18 left to play, Nash fouled Ithaca’s Kerri Brown on her lay up. This was Nash’s fifth foul of the game. Brown’s foul shot evened up the game at 64. With 13 seconds left, Brown made a three-point shot to tie the game at 69. On Fisher’s next possession, Baum mistakenly fouled Cleary with 2.8 seconds left to play. Hope seemed lost for Fisher as Ithaca’s sniper stepped up to the line poised to end the Cardinals season, however Cleary missed both her foul shots and the game went into overtime. Email address:

Spring roundup S TA F F W R I T E R


St. John Fisher College senior Lisa Havas has been selected as one of 10 NCAA Division III finalists for the 10th annual National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Director’s Cup Postgraduate Scholarship Award. Havas is a senior on the women’s lacrosse team. She is a sports studies major and has a 3.96 cumulative grade point average. Fisher’s softball team returned from the Gene Cusic Classic tournament in Fort Myers, Florida with a record of 6-3-1. Two of the three losses were in extra innings to nation

ally-ranked teams. Junior Keely Forbes pitched well for Fisher. She won three games on the week. The left-handed Forbes threw 25 strikeouts in 32 innings. Fisher’s baseball team also returned from the Gene Cusic Classic with a 6-3 record. The highlight of the trip was a 12-5 victory over nationally ranked Wartburg College in 12 innings. Junior Patrick Craig, hit a three run home in the top of the 12th inning. He leads the team with a .440 batting average and 10 RBIs. Craig went 11-for 25 on the week with six runs scored. Email address:

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Cardinal Courier

Fisher falls in Tournament Women


Overtime loss ends season

Rally falls short in loss to Hamilton





The Fisher women’s basketball season came to a heart-breaking end Saturday night when the Ithaca Bombers pulled out an 86-79 victory in overtime. In overtime, Ithaca’s Stephanie Cleary made up for missing two free throws that would have won the game in regulation. Cleary sank back- to- back three-pointers to seal the win. Fisher struggled in the overtime period, with junior Jen Kristensen fouling out. Rebounds and missed jump shots from Fisher’s end cost them the game and a run to the “Sweet 16”. Fisher assistant coach Marianne O’Conner says she is upbeat with no players graduating this year. “We have a young team here,” says O’Conner. “We got all the girls coming back with more experience and they got us in the tournament.” Fisher opened the game with baskets by juniors Trisha Tofany and Kristensen. Ithaca rallied to take a 10-4 lead before Fisher called their first time out. At that point, Fisher’s Kelli Nash came in to replaced Tofany, which turned the game around with her game high 20 points. Nash tossed up seven points, including four foul shots, which cut Ithaca’s lead by two. Guard Corrine Young gave Fisher the lead at the foul line at 11:53 of the half. Kristensen proved to be Fisher’s hardwood leader by keeping the Cardinals close throughout the half with outstanding leadership and key play-making. Ithaca pressured Fisher’s forwards with double-coverage, but the Cardinals played smart. Mistakes cost Ithaca and the Cardinals capitalized from the foul line. Fisher led 29-28 at the end of the first half.

Rob Kornaker sat exhausted in his team’s dressing room. “Mind if I sit down?,” he asked a reporter. The Empire 8 Coach of the Year slumped into his chair, held his head in his hand, and began to recount his St. John Fisher Cardinals’ 72-68 defeat at the hands of Hamilton College in the second round of the Division III NCAA Tournament last Saturday. He – and his team – had just spent every ounce of their energy erasing a 13-point halftime deficit, only to let the opportunity to become the first Fisher men’s basketball team to advance to the Tournament’s “Sweet 16” slip away. “This hurts really bad,” Kornaker said. “We wanted to be the first team to make it past the second round.” Fisher – winners of 13 straight entering the contest – had its chances. After being shellacked by the Continentals’ potent inside-outside game in the first half, Fisher’s defense stiffened, allowing it to take a 68-66 lead with one minute, 20 seconds left. But the Cardinals turned the ball over twice in the final minute, and Hamilton escaped with the victory. “We just didn’t make a couple plays down the stretch that we would normally make,” said Kornaker, whose team has won six games in its winning streak by four points or less. Hamilton’s 6-foot-4 center Joe Finley did make plays. Lots of them. Including a layup that tied the game with 44 seconds left. “We just ran an isolation in the post. They lobbed the ball into me, and it was my easiest points of the game,” said Finley, who finished with 30 points and nine rebounds.

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John Follaco

Jen Kristensen battles for a rebound in the Cardinals’ overtime loss to Ithaca in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Rob Kornaker

Nick Ripple

Nick Ripple guarded Finley for much of the contest. “It was tough,” Ripple (13 points and 13 rebounds) said of the assignment. “He’s a real big player, and a real talented player.” In an effort to match Finley’s size, Kornaker turned to 6-foot-8 center Corey Hepburn. Hepburn gave Finley fits while he was in the game, but picked up two quick first half fouls, which sent him back to the bench. Hepburn played more minutes in the second half, but was worn out by the athletic Finley. “Corey did a nice job on (Finley). But he needs to get to the point where he isn’t fatigued so easily,” Kornaker said. “Finley is the kind of guy who is used to playing 40 minutes, Corey isn’t at that point yet.” Finley’s inside play was only part of a game that Kornaker described as extremely physical. And by the time the smaller Cardinals adjusted, they trailed 40-27 at halftime. “I don’t like where the game is going,” Kornaker said. “Last year, I felt we lost a lot of games because we were small. But our kids spent a lot of time in the weight room to get bigger over the offseason. Unfortunately, it’s a battle of strength now, and the strongest team won tonight.” Matt Morley led the team with 14 points, as the Cardinals shot a torrid 57 percent from the floor in the second half. Hepburn recorded 10 points as the Cardinals finished Kornaker’s second season with a 21-5 record. Hamilton (23-5) isn’t the team Fisher most enjoys seeing walk through the doors of ManningNapier gymnasium. The Continentals have ended Fisher’s season three times in the last six years. Email address:

Capponi tests himself in football combine Senior wide receiver will compete for a spot in pro football S TA F F W R I T E R


Every year, professional scouts and coaches get together in search of new talent from different players across the nation at the Pro Football Regional Combines. This year, Jack Capponi, a graduating senior at St. John Fisher, will participate in the New Jersey Combine on Sunday May 18, 2003. The New Jersey Combine, held at Montclair State University, will have between 50 and 100 potential players in attendance. The combine tests consist of body measurements, physical tests, and position specific drills to test the players’ abilities. The one day event goes from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., and all of the performances are taped and placed on a computer database for scouts throughout the country to look at and analyze.

To prepare for the combine, Capponi has been training six days a week with a variety of different personal health coaches at local gyms. The workouts are tailored

“I’m just going to go in there and give it my best,” said Capponi. for his specific fitness needs. Capponi, with the help of his trainers, is working on getting in the best physical shape possible for the combine by working on building up his stamina. The workouts have left him in what he believes to be the best overall physical shape he

has ever been in. The physical tests that Capponi will partake in at the combine include a 40 yard dash, a vertical

jump, a 225lb bench press, as well as a one-on-one drill against a defensive back that is specific to His his wide receiver position. success in these categories can lead to an offer from the NFL, Canadian Football League, or Arena football. If he meets the qualifications and has a grade of over 8.0, he is considered a pro prospect and can be signed as an uncontracted free agent in any of these venues. “I don’t know what’s going to become of this, but it is a good opportunity,” said Capponi. “I’m really focusing on graduate school and a career so I’m not really pinning any hopes on this.” Typical applicants for the combines are between 21 and 29 years of age, and have many years of previous football experience. Players are admitted based on age, player experience, and space availability. The New Jersey Combine is one of

nine offered across the nation. There will be an estimated 1500 players in attendance at the nine combines. It is extimated that 40-60 percent of the pro-prospect players are signed to pro contracts. There are many factors which influence the attractiveness of a player in addition to the comibine score such as age, mental ability, and style of play. Capponi, a native of Rome, NY, has been playing football since the age of nine, and played for Fisher throughout his college career. Although he is looking forward to a career in the communications field, he likes the opportunity that exists at the combines. “I’m just going to go in there and give it my best,” said Capponi. Email address:

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