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CSI in the News

April 2011

College of Staten Island The City University of New York

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Today's Family & Kids Activities in Brooklyn-Apr 3 by Directories Editor

Parents, don't let your children miss out on the fun! Here are some of today's kids and family activities in Brooklyn, from concerts and museums to decorating cupcakes and gardening! Want to see what's going on next weekend or when you have those few days off? Check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar! Handiwork: Crafts and Tasks from the Past - Prospect Park April 03, 2011 Imagine yourself in the past. Learn games, pastimes and tasks that were common 200 years ago. Early Morning Bird Walk: Changing Seasons, Changing Birds - Prospect Park Audubon Center April 03, 2011 Welcome the earliest migrants, and also say goodbye to some of our winter residents. Led by the Brooklyn Bird Club. Science Power Hour - Prospect Park April 03, 2011 Join a naturalist for some fun science activities. Nature Crafts - Prospect Park April 03, 2011 Children partake in engaging arts activities using natural and recycled materials--much of which is taken from the park itself! Page 8 of 174

Chess for Children - Brooklyn Lyceum April 03, 2011 - Brooklyn Children can work on their chess skills via competition and instruction. Arty Facts - Brooklyn Museum April 03, 2011 - Brooklyn Children 4 to 7 years and their adult companions explore the galleries, participate in a family activity, and create their own work of art. The theme for February's classes is painting and sculpture. Inside Outside - New York Transit Museum April 03, 2011 After reading The Inside-Outside Book of New York City, we'll create colorful "inside–outside" picture books to express our visions of subway travel. Little Orchestra Society's Lolli-Pops Series: Up, Up, and Away with the Woodwinds - Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College Through April 03, 2011 - Manhattan The woodwinds take flight during a musical journey through China, Holland, Africa, Brazil, and wherever the music takes them. Learn how Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol-La-Ti-Do become melodies and harmoniesin the music of Mozart and Tchaikovsky. Madeline and the Bad Hat - Center for the Arts at College of Staten Island April 03, 2011 - Staten Island Based on the book by Ludwig Bemelmans, this original musical finds Madeline encountering a new neighbor, Pepito, who is somewhat rude and conceited to say the least. But when Madeline helps him out of a dangerous situation we learn that first impressions aren't everything and enemies can become friends in the end. Animal Encounter - Prospect Park Zoo April 03, 2011 Enjoy a close-up encounter with some of our favorite animals including a chinchilla, snake, chicken, and other creatures. The animals come right into the zoo's theater for everyone to see, and sometimes, to touch! Hands on New York - Prospect Park Through April 16, 2011 Join volunteers from New York Cares and spruce up the edges of one of the longest meadows in any urban park in America. Meet at the Willink Entrance, at the intersection of Flatbush and Ocean Avenues. Walk-ins are welcome.

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2 area choirs visit Big Apple on spring break By Phyllis Coulter | | Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 7:00 am NORMAL -- Choir and orchestra students from two Pantagraph-area schools learned it's indeed a small world when they found themselves staying in the same hotel in New York City during a spring break trip to the Big Apple. Along with sightseeing, students from University High School, Normal, performed in a competition and those from Olympia High School, Stanford, performed at historic venues. U High performed at the "Big Apple Classic" music festival at the College of Staten Island. The treble choir received a silver rating. Chorus I, concert choir, Madrigal singers and orchestra received gold ratings. Emily Honzel won the best soloist of the day award. The orchestra and madrigal singers also received the outstanding instrumental and vocal ensemble awards for the entire festival, regardless of class or ensemble type, said choir director Chris Corpus. Orchestra director is Margot Ehrlich. U High students and chaperones toured Radio City Music Hall, NBC Studios, Lincoln Center and Broadway shows. Olympia chorale members visited the World Trade Center and learned their tour guide lost his son on Sept. 11, 2001. They sang "In Remembrance" to him. "None of us were prepared for the power of that," said choir director Debbie Aurelius-Muir. The students also performed at Saint Patrick's Cathedral and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and visited the NBC "Today Show." The Olympia trip was the school's first such trip in more than a decade, Aurelius-Muir said.

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Every picture hides a story Published: Sunday, April 10, 2011, 5:28 AM


Michael J. Fressola

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Photographer Beatrix Reinhardt’s sunny, bucolic photographs at the College of Staten Island’s Gallery aren’t what they appear to be. The 20 large prints form a cyclorama of spacious, breezy hayfields and rolling meadows. They would be pristine except for some man-made intrusions: Large pipes, a patch or two of concrete, a glimpse of plain weathered buildings in need of fresh paint.

Photo By Beatrix Reinhardt

What’s in these pictures? Depends on who you are and what you know. For the photographer, they are the scene of an

adventure, a great work, a big project in the breadbasket of the Ukraine called “Die Druschba Trasse,” or “The Friendship Pipeline.” The story begins in the mid 1950s when Warsaw Pact countries began discussing a pipeline that would carry natural gas from unpopulated Siberia, where it was recovered, to Europe, where homes and factories needed energy. Participating Eastern Bloc countries assumed responsibility for sections of project. The German Democratic Republic, East Germany, began work on its segment in 1974, with a 550-kilometer (342 miles) section that spanned the Ukraine, from Bar in the west to Krementshug in the East, a section that became known as The Friendship Pipeline. THE WILD WEST Photographer Beatrix Reinhardt (b. 1972) was a toddler in East Germany at the time, and grew up hearing Page 11 of 174

stories about the Ukraine and “The Friendship Pipeline.” “It was pure adventure to work on the pipeline and very exotic,” she said last week in the gallery, surrounded by the large, framed photographs, “kind of like heading out to the American west.” Signing on conveyed great benefits in a country where “luxury” goods like cars and apartments took years to acquire. “My family was on a waiting list for a car,” she said. “It took 12 years,” but people who agreed to work on the pipeline were accelerated to the top of the list. At the time, it seemed as if everyone knew someone engaged in “Die Druschba Trasse.” A postcard, designed bright shades of green, red and blue, reproduced the bellying curve of the Ukrainian route of the pipeline. The photographer appropriated one and sent to one a custom tapestry maker, where any image can be turned into a pictorial textile. In effect, it mirrors the route around the rectangular gallery. All of the pictures, she confirmed last weekend, contain pipe (five-to-six-feet under the surface) or above ground in several. Maintenance crews took her out into the fields, where a single blue-painted post rises above the pipe. The open-meadow photographs have so much foreground clarity, she could almost show them as wildflower studies. The Ukraine looks like Willa Cather country in summer in these photographs. When pipes are part of it, they often fr4amed for dramatic effect. Reinhardt, who teaches photography at the college, is best known for her topological images, photographs of plain or empty spaces. Previous undertakings include a well-received series on clubs, which she shot around the world. “I am not a landscape photographer,” she insisted last week. “Die Druschba Trasse: The Friendship Pipeline” argues otherwise. ‘Die Druschba Trasse: The Friendship Pipeline’ An exhibition of 20 photographs by Beatrix Reinhardt Where College of Staten Island Gallery, in the Center for the Arts (Bldg. 1P), 2800 Victory Blvd., Willowbrook. Page 12 of 174

When Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 3 p.m.; through May 30. More information Call 718-982-2553 or visit

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 Independent Living Assn. takes its cue from Idol' Tuesday, 12 April 2011 06:39

The College of Staten Island will be the site of an "American Idol"-style performance on May 9. The Independent Living Association (ILA), a not-forprofit organization that has been providing services for developmentally disabled adults since 1985, is sponsoring the competition, in which about 60 residents of the total 85 from the 10 community group residences on the Island will perform at the Willowbrook campus' Williamson Theater. Read more in the Staten Island Advance. Â

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New York State overturns deal for charter school to get rooms at Brooklyn's PS 9 BY RACHEL MONAHAN DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Friday, April 1st 2011, 4:06 PM

Chalk one up to the public school parents fighting over classroom space with city charter schools. The state overturned a deal for a Brooklyn's Public School 9 to give up room to Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter School. In a decision that could have ramifications for other schools, State Commissioner David Steiner voided the city decision to locate the charter there, citing concerns about whether plans to distribute space were "equitable." The charter school was slated to get more time in the library. The city had also divided time in the gym equally, despite the fact that the public school has more students. This is the first year the city has been required to develop official plans for how space would be shared. City Education Department spokesman Matt Mittenthal said the city was "reviewing all of our legal options and remain committed to co-locating Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter" at the school. Advocates say other public school parents outraged over space sharing with charters will be looking closely to see if they can overturn the arrangement, which was first reported by the website Gotham Schools. "The decision will discourage favorable treatment of charters by the DOE and provide greater resource equity to traditional public school students," said David Bloomfield, education chair at the College of Staten Island.

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Fired Ozzie’s barista gets out-of-court settlement in ‘union’ flap BY ALEX RUSH The Brooklyn Paper

April 5, 2011 / Brooklyn news / Park Slope A former barista who sued Ozzie’s coffeehouse, alleging that store owners fired him for trying to unionize, won a $15,500 out-of-court settlement from the Park Slope java joint last month. “I’m happy that this is all behind me,” said Jeff Bauer, whose suit was backed by the National Labor Relations Board. “I can move on knowing that at least one boss will think twice before interfering with a worker’s right to organize.” The dough covers the wages and tips that Bauer claims he lost since being canned last year. Ozzie’s, which has two locations in Park Slope, is also required to display a notice for 60 days saying that it will not discriminate against employees for participating in union activities. “[Ozzie’s] will not discharge, issue warnings to, reduce the work hours of, or otherwise discriminate against, any employee for engaging in activities on behalf of Industrial Workers of the World, or any other labor organizations, or for engaging in protected concerted activities,” reads the notice. But co-owner Melissa Azulai said that she settled with Bauer because it was less expensive than bringing the case in front of an administrative law judge. And she maintained that Bauer was sacked for poor performance — not for organizing. “We got a lot of complaints from customers about Jeff’s service,” said Azulai. “His firing had absolutely nothing to do with him being part of a union.” As such, the settlement does not get Bauer what he claims he really wanted: his old job back. “Absolutely not,” said Azulai. “We don’t want him back.” Luckily for Bauer, he landed a unionized job as a janitor at the College of Staten Island. Bauer worked at the Seventh Avenue Ozzie’s location for a year. He said that his problems started when he yapped to customers about witnessing a hostile confrontation between a co-worker and his manager’s boyfriend. “I was so distraught by the argument because it looked like it was going to turn violent,” Bauer said. “Later, customers asked me why I looked upset so I told them what happened.” Bauer thinks that the manager, Raphael Bernadine, got wind of his gossiping and took revenge by cutting his full-time hours in half. So Bauer called the International Workers of the World, a century-old union with its roots in the 1920s, to demand that Bernadine restore his slashed hours. Instead, Bauer was fired. And that’s where the stories diverge. Bauer believes he was sacked because he sought union protection — which would be a violation of a 1935 federal law that prohibits businesses from firing an employee for union activity. But Ozzie’s owners say that Bauer’s charges were severely overcaffeinated. Indeed, Azulai’s termination letter to Bauer made no mention of his union activities, citing only “poor performance” and “customer complaints” as the reasons for the sacking.

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Schools chief Cathie Black loses 4th deputy from her office since she took charge BY RACHEL MONAHAN DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Wednesday, April 6th 2011, 11:08 PM

Simmons/News NYC School Chancellor Cathie Black has had a lousy week. Schools chancellor Cathie Black's lousy week is continuing - another high-ranking city Education Department official resigned on Wednesday. Deputy Chancellor John White, 35 - who led the city's efforts to develop new teacher evaluations as head of the agency's division for talent, labor and innovation - will become superintendent of the Recovery School District in New Orleans. He is the second deputy chancellor to step down this week and the fourth since Black was appointed last fall. David Bloomfield, education chairman at the College of Staten Island, said it appeared the agency would face a "large hole" in its leadership. The departure will be a blow to the Bloomberg administration, which argued in November that the former magazine exec, whose job approval rating hit a shockingly low 17% in a Monday poll, would have the benefit of help from experienced deputies. White's departure means half of former Chancellor Joel Klein's eight deputies will be gone - including Deputy Chancellor Santiago Taveras, whose resignation was announced Monday. White was at the heart of the city's sometimes controversial reform efforts, previously leading division that closed low-performing schools, replacing them in new small schools. White called his new job an "extraordinary opportunity" and dismissed concerns about the wave of departures. "The mayor and Chancellor Klein and Chancellor Black have a history of attracting top talent both to city government and to our schools, and I have no doubt they will continue," he said.

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New York City Schools Chancellor: Cathie Black Out, Dennis Walcott In

04/ 7/11 09:48 PM ET

NEW YORK -- It was a day of tumult for the leadership that presides over New York City's classrooms. Cathie Black, New York City's Schools Chancellor, is leaving just as quickly as she came. On Thursday morning, the senior staff of the city's Department of Education gathered for an emergency meeting. Similar to an identical gathering held in November, when Black was announced as then-Schools Chancellor Joel Klein's replacement, news of her departure again came out of left field. Word quickly spread. At an 11:30 a.m. press conference, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that former publishing executive Black was out and longtime deputy mayor Dennis Walcott was in, pending a waiver from the state. Walcott held court over his new staff at an open-press meeting later in the day. Speaking at a news conference, Bloomberg said he and Black had agreed it was "in the city's best interest" for her to step down after just three months on the job. Her tenure was marred by ongoing controversy -- getting lost between school visits in Queens, political gaffes and, most recently, abysmal approval ratings that sank to a low of 17 percent, according to a Marist College/NY1 poll. Later on Thursday, it was revealed that New York State Education Department Commissioner David Steiner was also stepping down from the post he's held since 2009. Steiner told the New York Times that the timing of the two announcements was merely a coincidence.

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While the infrastructure of the city's schools was jolted to its core, it's unclear whether Bloomberg's missteps will have larger national implications. The appointment of Black, who had no prior experience in public education, baffled many both inside the New York's classrooms and across the country. It has proven to be one of the most public embarrassments of the Bloomberg administration, now in its controversial third term. "It hasn't worked out as either of us hoped and expected," admitted Bloomberg, who said it was a time to look forward and not back. Further, the events surrounding Black's departure may foretell the limits of mayoral control. "We're seeing in the last year or so that the silver bullets are starting to lose their luster -- charter schools, merit pay and mayoral control," said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers and a major figure in the country's debate about the role of teachers' unions in public education. Despite Walcott's emphasis that he will continue executing Klein's policies and Bloomberg's vision for his 1.1 million students, Weingarten sees the shakeup as an opportunity to "reset the clock."

Bloomberg's follies might cause other cities on the hunt for a new schools chief to think twice before tapping someone with, for example, little experience in the classroom. Currently, Chicago, Atlanta, Providence, Detroit and Newark are seeking education leaders. "What happens in New York always has repercussions elsewhere," said Diane Ravitch, a New York University education historian and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education who has since become a critic of what she sees as the corporatization of education policy.

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"The superintendents come and go with great rapidity," she added. Black and Steiner aren't the only ones who have fled New York City's school system. Since Bloomberg appointed Black, roughly half of the city's education officials have left their jobs. Just yesterday, Deputy Chancellor John White also announced his exit. White is headed to New Orleans, where he'll succeed the departing Paul Vallas as head of the Recovery School District. Added to the list of the recently departed: Eric Nadelstern, the former deputy chancellor for the division of school support and instruction, Photeine Anagnostopoulos, the finance director, Elizabeth Sciabarra, the admissions and school choice advisor and Santiago Taveras, a deputy chancellor. David Bloomfield, who chairs the education department at the College of Staten Island, was not the only education expert who likened the exodus of Black's knowledgeable support staff to rats deserting a sinking ship. "This will go down in history as Bloomberg's education blizzard," he predicted. Bloomfield joined others in viewing Black's resignation as long overdue. "The day Cathie Black was appointed, I was hearing from insiders that people were planning on getting out as quickly as they could," said Aaron Pallas, a professor of sociology and education at Columbia University's Teachers College. Nadelstern, 55, said he left his post to spend more time with his family, for a more reflective job at Teachers College and to access his pension. He added that Klein's striking reforms brought attention to the district and its personnel, allowed White, for example, to be poached by another large city. He also noted that having eight deputy chancellors at one time was the result of formerly generous budgets. "I don't think Black was in the position long enough for us to understand what she might have been capable of," said Nadelstern of his former boss. Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, recently met with Black and was taken with her charisma. At the time, he said she had every expectation of sticking around for the long haul. At the afternoon gathering Thursday, Walcott said he intends to work with Black in whichever way she desires. He will become chancellor once Steiner signs a waiver allowing him to serve despite his lack of official state superintendent certification. This time around, securing Steiner's go-ahead is likely to be less controversial than it was for Black because no one disputes Walcott's classroom credentials. Walcott has long been a trusted aide on education policy, having served in the Bloomberg administration for nine years. He formerly taught kindergarten and was C.E.O. and president of

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the New York Urban League. A veteran of city's public school system, he graduated from Francis Lewis High School in Queens. Further, Walcott has two master's degrees -- one in education from the University of Bridgeport and another in social work from Fordham University. Walcott's nomination figures in stark contrast to Black's Park Avenue address and public perception as an elite outsider. "I'm just a guy from Queens, I'm just a city guy," said Walcott at Thursday's press conference. Some wondered why Walcott hadn't first been appointed, allowing Bloomberg to avoid the Black debacle altogether. "Rather than pick a darling of reform movement, Bloomberg has chosen someone that doesn't have to come in and learn the city," said Jeffrey Henig, a professor of political science and education at Teachers College. "He's thinking about it more clearly than he had the last time around."

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Education Mayor Takes a Hit by Courtney Gross 08 Apr 2011 In a stunning reversal and a glaring miscalculation in the Bloomberg administration's third term, Schools Chancellor Cathie Black stepped down Thursday just three months after she took the reins of the nation's largest public school system. In a somber and humbling press conference at City Hall, Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott, who has overseen educational policy for the mayor since 2002, as her replacement. Bloomberg said he had met with Black early Thursday, and the two "mutually agreed" she should step down. The move came just one day after a deputy chancellor resigned -- the latest in a string of top educational officials to leave the department during Black's tenure. It also followed a Marist/NY1 poll this week that put the former chancellor's approval rating hovering at 17 percent. Bloomberg took responsibility for Black's failure -- a rare moment of defeat for a mayor who typically balks at admitting errors in judgment. At the same time, Bloomberg thanked and praised Black, the former chairwoman of Hearst Magazines. "I take full responsibility that this has not worked out," Bloomberg said. "I have nothing but respect and admiration for her," he said of Black. Black's short tenure was mired by embarrassing gaffes and political unpopularity. Her replacement comes at a crucial time for the Department of Education. The department faces losing more than 6,000 teachers thanks to budget cuts. Simultaneously, the Bloomberg administration is attempting to convince the State Legislature to repeal the city's last in, first out policy -- which requires layoffs based on seniority. Given the upheaval, city and state officials question whether the administration will be able to get its policy priorities, like LIFO, accomplished even with Walcott's good reputation in and outside of the Tweed Courthouse.

A New Occupant Walcott is no Black. While Black was often criticized for her lack of teaching experience, Walcott's appointment has already received a warmer reception. The deputy mayor has taught kindergarten and served as an adjunct professor at York College. He also sat on the old Board of Education. Before joining the administration in 2002, Walcott was the president and chief executive officer of the New York Urban League for more than a dozen years.

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While Black sent her kids to boarding school in Connecticut, Walcott's four children were all educated in New York City public schools. He too is a product of the city's school system. At City Hall on Thursday, both Bloomberg and Walcott were quick to list off the deputy mayor's resume. After bumping fists with the mayor, Walcott confidently took over the podium, describing himself as "just a guy from Queens." "The great equalizer in society is assuring that every child receives a quality education, especially a quality public education," said Walcott. "I'm a believer in reform. I'm a believer in this mayor and more importantly, I'm a believer in our 1.1. million students as well." Unlike Black, who was asked whether she had set foot in a public school before she became chancellor, Walcott said he has visited "hundreds" of classrooms across the city. To add to the dramatics of the day, the administration's press conference was flooded by students from P.S. 10 in Brooklyn, who Walcott said he was committed to helping succeed. The deputy mayor promised to visit them and make them waffles next week. Despite his experience, Walcott, like Black, will need a waiver from the state in order to serve as chancellor. State law requires the schools chancellor to have a master's degree, a certain amount of teacher experience and graduate courses. Walcott has a master's degree in education and in social work. Bloomberg said Thursday he didn't anticipate the waiver proces would cause a problem.

Walcott's Agenda When Bloomberg first arrived at City Hall, he laid his legacy down on the city's public schools. He quickly acquired the pseudonym: "The Education Mayor." "Under mayoral control the mayor's in charge," said Councilmember Robert Jackson, who chairs the body's Education Committee and is supportive of Walcott's appointment. "Not the chancellor or anyone else." For that reason, officials and advocates don't expect a dramatic shift in policy at Tweed. Nonetheless, the Black debacle has tainted Bloomberg's educational legacy. Some experts question whether the last three months will curtail the mayor's ability to accomplish his policy agenda over the next two years. "If anything, Bloomberg is weakened by this," said David Bloomfield, the chair of the education department at the College of Staten Island. "His judgment has been severely called into question." Nowhere could that have more of an impact than on the mayor's pursuit of the repeal of LIFO . While the State Senate has approved legislation that would give the mayor the authority to layoff teachers based on merit, the State Assembly has balked at the proposal. "I would be surprised if this indicated any change in the status of where things would go legislatively for the mayor," said Billy Easton of the Alliance for Quality Education.

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On the other hand, because Black's appointment was so contentious, some state officials said Thursday Walcott would have an easier time getting Albany officials to sit down. But that doesn't mean they will listen. "To some extent, his personality might be more suitable," said State Sen. Bill Perkins, who is a frequent critic of Bloomberg's educational policy, of Walcott. "He's been around. He knows a lot of individuals. Maybe our policy differences may not come with so much antagonism."


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April 8th, 2011

Could Google Books ruling affect college textbook market? Many educators and librarians are disappointed with the recent ruling against Google Books but believe another option will emerge

By Dennis Carter, Assistant Editor Read more by Denny Carter

Three in four college students prefer printed textbooks.

Advocates for Google’s massive digital library say the online repository is inevitable, despite recent setbacks, and could present an entirely new option for college textbooks. U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin on March 22 rejected a deal between Google and the book industry that would have put millions of volumes online, citing antitrust concerns and the need for Congressional action on the issue. Chin, in his decision, said an online book repository would be beneficial for researchers, libraries, and schools, echoing advocacy from prominent campuses in recent years, including Stanford University and Cornell University. Attorneys from all sides of the Google Books dispute are expected to gather in late April to discuss how the agreement between Google, the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) will change after Chin’s ruling. Many campuses that have lent support to Google Books have created their own digital book collections—modest online libraries when compared to the scope of Google’s collection of about 15 million works. If Google Books is expanded to a modern-day Library of Alexandria—as many in higher education expect—students struggling to keep up with rising textbook costs might have a cheap

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option that would compete with online textbook rental services that have gained traction nationwide. “The way in which I can see Google Books making a dramatic impact on our library and its students is with textbooks,” said Amy Stempler, coordinator of library instruction at the College of Staten Island City University of New York. “The circulation of our textbook reserves continues to increase, as does the cost of such books. So if they were available for free online, I would imagine it would be a most enticing option whose effect would be measurable.”

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Food pantry supplements what medical bills deplete for Staten Island resident Published: Saturday, April 09, 2011, 11:36 AM


Stephanie Slepian

STATEN ISLAND -- One of Sherman Heller's classmates at Queens College had a sister. That's the simple way Heller describes how he met Linda. He went on to become a mathematics professor at the College of Staten Island and she worked for the American Heart Association. They became active volunteers when they moved from Brooklyn in 1970 to their "modest little cape" on Davis Avenue in West Brighton. Putting food on the table for their four children was never a concern. Today, Heller, 74, who is on a year-long sabbatical, visits the food pantry at Richmond Senior Services in Port Richmond once a month -- and sometimes supplements his cupboards by stopping in at others in between. "Essentially, my wife is 16 years into Alzheimer's," said Heller, who speaks softly about the turn his life took, looking every bit the professor in his glasses and his navy button-down sweater.

"I contribute so am I uncomfortable being contributed to?" asked West Brighton resident Sherman Heller. "It goes both ways. I am not a lone ranger. Nobody makes it alone. The presence of places like this make the world go round."

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"I have been her caregiver all that time. It's been much more severe in the last four or five years. I am losing her in inches." And as disease robs the love of his life -- Linda, 69, requires round-the-clock, at-home care -- medical bills are depleting their savings, money the couple planned to use in retirement for things like travel and spoiling their grandchildren. Instead, Heller spent $22,000 on out-of-pocket medical expenses last year and between $10,000 to $12,000 to make their home accessible. "And I have health insurance," he said. He has also witnessed his utility bills escalate: The washing machine is constantly going, the lights always on, and the television hardly ever off as home health aides care for his wife. "All these ancillary costs, they build up" Heller said. It was one of his CSI students who first told him about Richmond Senior Services. She would bring Heller overflow food she picked up for herself before convincing him to check it out. "In my situation, the drain is emotional, physical and financial," said Heller, who lost one of his sons in a 2007 skydiving accident. "It strikes you in all different areas. No matter how much you save, it vanishes in a few years. "Places like [Richmond Senior Services] help fill in the gaps. You come here and meet other people and hear their stories. It makes so much of a difference in their lives and mine." And pride never gets in Heller's way. It's not really an option. "I contribute so am I uncomfortable being contributed to?" he asked. "It goes both ways. I am not a lone ranger. Nobody makes it alone. The presence of places like this make the world go round." Heller, a tenured professor with a master's degree in acoustics and a Ph.D. in nuclear physics, plans to go back to teaching next year when his sabbatical ends. "I need my benefits," he said, simply. "And just being a caregiver brings me way, way down. Being around people and speaking with people makes a huge difference. I feel like I am still contributing to the community." He also plays with his twin grandsons "every chance I get" and will be celebrating at their second birthday party today.

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"It was a blessed existence," he said. "I had the best wife ever, but I haven't lost joy yet."

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The Rude Pundit’s Almanack Come laugh with Lee Papa (The Rude Pundit) and watertiger. “A tornado of a writer…a child of Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and Hunter S. Thompson.” —Margo Jefferson in The New York Times THERE’S NOWHERE TO HIDE FROM THE RUDE PUNDIT The antidote to the right-wing loonies crowding the blogosphere, the Rude Pundit steps forth to defend the right not to bear arms, to be sexually suspect, to be broke and disappointed—and to make fun of Republicans all the time. From opening essay “Hopey-Changy Stuff”—a rueful disquisition on the lost promise of the Obama Administration—to detailed, hilarious, and sadly accurate portraits of leading GOP presidential candidates, THE RUDE PUNDIT’S ALMANACK is the essential field guide to the current political climate. Sure, there are takedowns of the usual suspects—Sarah, Mitt, Glenn

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and Dick—but the Rude Pundit has a long memory, and so Golden Oldies like Ollie North and Newt Gingrich are also pilloried. And it is packed with indispensable information—the five times Ann Coulter has called for people to die or gone on record to mock the dead; “Founding Fathers Fun Time”; poems, charts, footnotes, scary pictures, screenplays, and much, much more. (Watch the Rude book trailer here.) WHY SHOULD THE RIGHT WING HAVE ALL THE FUN? Born in Queens, N.Y., raised in the swamps of Louisiana’s Cajun country, Lee Papa is the fearless, plainspoken political blogger known as “the Rude Pundit” ( His tens of thousands of weekly readers make him one of the best-read, most-reviled bloggers out there. A regular recipient of death threats and guest on the nationally-syndicated radio program “The Stephanie Miller Show,” his first one-man performance piece, 2005’s “The Rude Pundit in The Year of Living Rudely,” played to sold-out audiences at the New York International Fringe Festival. In her review, Margo Jefferson of The New York Times called Papa “a tornado of a writer” and “a child of Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and Hunter S. Thompson.” The show sold out before it opened, and Jefferson wrote that Papa’s readers are “the kinds of shrewd, passionate fans mainstream theaters would kill to attract.” Guaranteed non-plagiarized. Footnotes included. Lee Papa performed his second show, “The Road to Rude,” to sold-out audiences at the High Performance Rodeo at the One Yellow Rabbit Theatre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in January 2007. He has also performed in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Papa is a professor of English at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. His book Staged Action: Plays from the American Workers’ Theatre, was published by Cornell University’s ILR Press in May 2009. (OR Books)

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 04/10/2011 02:25 PM

Making Census Of It: Slowing S.I. Population Growth Still Brings About Big Needs By: Amanda Farinacci

As NY1's kicks off its week-long coverage of Staten Island's 2010 Census results, many borough officials say the island needs help to keep up with its exploding population. Borough reporter Amanda Farinacci filed the following report.

Growth in Staten Island, once the fastest growing county in the entire state, has finally slowed down, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. But Staten Island's population still grew by a little over 5.5 percent, some 25,000. "It seems awful low to me. Being someone that moves around the island and seeing the construction and so forth and so on, to me it seems awful low," says Borough President James Molinaro. In the last census, Staten Island's population grew by 17 percent. While the 5-percent spike this time around is noteworthy, it defies expectations. The Census Bureau's own annual estimates last year put Staten Island's population at closer to a half-million people, far more than the 468,730 that were counted.

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"I'm very suspicious of that, that they've missed people," says College of Staten Island demographer Jonathan Peters. "But the other piece is that even if the numbers are somewhat off, the population growth is still here. It's still growing." Whether the census count is correct on Staten Island or not, the borough's 5-percent growth rate is still higher than any other borough in the city. That's got many renewing a call for an increase in basic services on Staten Island. "This is the only borough in the City of New York that doesn't have a municipal hospital, relying upon our voluntary hospitals on Staten Island to provide all of our medical services," says Peters. "The other problem we have is our hospitals are located largely based upon historical population patterns."

Peters says those historical population patterns no longer exist. He hopes investments can be made to help serve communities that have seen large increases. The borough's Hispanic population grew by 51.4 percent, the number of Asians grew by 40 percent and the number of blacks grew by 11.6 percent, The number of whites fell from 71 percent in 2000 to 64 percent in 2010. So whether there has been an undercount or not, Staten Island is slowly beginning to look as racially diverse as the rest of the city.


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Book Review

Celluloid Activist Tell Painful History Douglas Ireland

April 11th 2011

History News Network

Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo. Michael Schiavi. University of Wisconsin Press. 2011. 320 pages. When Vito Russo died on November 1, 1990, after a long and torturously painful battle against AIDS, the author of the best-selling The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies was one of America’s best-known gay activists and certainly its most famous radical queer. Yet he was only 41 years old when he left us. Months before, Vito was afforded an all-toobrief respite from the hospital where he spent most of his final year just in time for New York City’s 20th Gay Pride March. His leg swollen to twice its normal size and with Kaposi’s Sarcoma invading his lungs, Vito— one of the extraordinarily courageous souls who’d mobilized the city’s first Pride demonstration, when he helped carry the Gay Activists Alliance’s (GAA) large banner — was unable to march this time. He watched his last Pride from the third-floor balcony of Larry Kramer’s Fifth Avenue apartment. On that day, as Michael Schiavi recounts in his important new book Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo, as the Pride March passed under Kramer’s balcony, “from the street hoards of black-shirted ACT UP members spied their favorite uncle above. Screams of ‘Vito! Vito! Vito! We love you! We love you! We love you!’ rose to greet him. Mustering his strength, Vito stood and ‘waved like Evita’ to his multitude of fans. Larry turned to him and whispered, ‘These are our children.’ That evening, in homage to Gay Pride, the Empire State Building was illuminated in lavender for the first time.” Vito Russo’s death epitomized how AIDS, that grimmest of reapers, had wiped out a whole generation of gay liberation’s best and brightest militants throughout the 1980s. The effects of that loss are with us still. Vito also embodied and articulated the spirit that animated early gay liberation — its joyous sexual insouciance, its contempt for petit-bourgeois morality and hypocritical religious piety, its disdain for the consumer culture, its anarchic suspicion of

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hierarchies and authority, its campy revelry in the right to queer difference, and the purity of its righteous anger at oppression. Vito was present as a crucially important activist figure, liberationist propagandist, and cultural catalyst for so many of the key turning points from the Stonewall rebellion until his death, and the snuffing out of his affirming flame can be said to symbolize the end of an era. It is the great merit of Schiavi’s meticulously researched book that he restores to us Vito’s exuberant incandescence, his extraordinary charisma, his evergreen sense of indignation, and his unquenchable militancy, as well as his vulnerability and never-ending search for love on his terms (“the only terms any of us ever knows,” as Orson Welles said in “Citizen Kane” — for one cannot write about Vito without dropping in one of those cinematic references that ceaselessly and obsessively peppered his conversation). Vito was a friend of mine, and I do so miss him. Now, thanks to Schiavi’s book, he lives again. Nothing predestined young Vito for a political life. The son of a Sicilian-American construction worker, Vito grew up on the mean and macho streets of East Harlem, then a working-class Italian-American bastion, where as a boy he was frequently taunted with epithets like “faggot!” and “queer!,” and suffered multiple beatings at the hands of neighborhood toughs. Sexually precocious, at the age of 11 he was discovered by his father in the arms of an older boy with whom he’d gone to the movies and who’d spent the night, occasioning a severe pummeling at the hands of his Catholic parents and hysterical, screaming lectures about how “these people” were “cursed by God.” But Vito quickly developed “a defiant insouciance” about his sexuality and refused to stop having sex with men, and soon stopped honoring Catholic doctrine. “’I went to confession and told this priest that I was having sex with this guy,’ he later recalled, and the priest finally yelled, ‘Enough is enough! Next time I’m not giving you absolution.’ Who the hell cares if he doesn’t give me absolution? This is absurd!” He came to realize that if being queer “could be so natural to who I was, then it had to be okay. I also knew that my only real choice was whether to express it openly.” As Schiavi comments, “For a working-class, Italian-Catholic teenager, this was a stunning conclusion to reach a decade before Stonewall.” When his parents moved to the small suburban town of Lodi, New Jersey when he was 15, Vito — already an inveterate habitué of dark movie palaces — rushed to see any film with gay content, like “The Children’s Hour” (from Lillian Hellman’s lesbian play) or “Victim” (with Dirk Bogarde as a barrister faced with exposure by a blackmail threat aimed at a younger companion of his). He devoured approvingly Kenneth Marlowe’s memoir “Mr. Madam: Confessions of a Male Madam” (1962) and befriended “working class drag queens from Lodi and the nearby towns of Garfield, Bloomfield, Hackensack, and Paterson” who gave him life lessons: “how to take care of myself on the streets and be funny and get out of a raid and go through a window in a bathroom and all that shit you had to know in the ‘60s.” Enrolling in nearby Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), Vito visited his first New York City gay bar during the 1964 World’s Fair. “In an effort to ‘clean up’ the city for mobs of tourists, Mayor Robert F. Wagner posted in the windows of gay bars big, white cardboard signs proclaiming in bold black letters, ‘This is a Raided Premises [sic], New York City Police Department.’ Many of the bars also suffered a policeman standing guard at the door in a clear attempt to intimidate patrons. Vito recognized the degree to which his sexuality put him at odds with city government. He also understood that the Mafia’s widespread control of Manhattan gay bars made for a complicated relationship between crime, justice, and the simple desire to have a drink with his own kind.”

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Vito later found the Oscar Wilde Bookshop, which Craig Rodwell had opened in 1966, and discovered ONE, the West Coast-based homophile magazine, through which he learned of the Mattachine Society of New York (MSNY) and its president, Dick Leitsch, a wealthy 29-year-old from Kentucky. “In April 1966, Leitsch went on the attack against police harassment of gay bars” with a “sip-in,” when he and Rodwell, with a pack of reporters in tow, “dared Village bartenders to honor the State Liquor Authority prohibition against serving liquor to homosexuals,” a stunt that got the ban overturned and won Leitsch a spot on TV’s “David Susskind Show.” Vito — already arrested in one police gay bar raid — visited Leitsch’s apartment several times. This was, as Vito later told it, “the first time I ever heard gay people talk politics. Gay politics.” Vito persuaded FDU’s Student Activities to pony up $100 for Leitsch to come and lecture on campus. Before an audience of 100 students and faculty, Leitsch proclaimed himself “an oldfashioned cocksucker,” and at the lecture’s end, a friendly professor took Vito aside and told him, “‘Some day, cookie, they’ll shoot you in the streets if you push this thing.’ Vito bristled at this suggestion of self-censorship… and resolved to put Jersey and the closet behind him for good.” Vito eventually found a mercifully rent-controlled, dingy apartment in Chelsea for little more than $100 a month where he’d live the rest of his life. He supported himself by working as a waiter at Village gay hangouts — first at Mama’s Chicken ‘N Ribs, favored by hustlers, Broadway chorus boys, and drag queens like Andy Warhol’s superstar Jackie Curtis, “whose play Glamour, Glory, and Gold: The Life and Legend of Nola Noonan, Goddess and Star,’ enjoyed a healthy offBroadway run in 1968 with an unknown Robert De Niro playing four different rolls.” The Stonewall was Vito’s favorite bar because it was the only gay venue in which the Mafia permitted same-sex dancing, and upon hearing of the infamous raid and resulting rebellion, Vito made a beeline for Sheridan Square to check out what was happening. He did not join the riot against police persecution but, fearing the violence, observed it from a safe perch in a nearby tree. But he did join the raucous Gay Liberation Front picket line at the Village Voice a few days later to protest its epithet-laden coverage of the riot by the “forces of faggotry.” Persuaded by a friend to attend a meeting of the newly-formed Gay Activists Alliance in the summer of 1970, a somewhat reluctant Vito was enthralled by the evening’s special guest speaker, Bella Abzug — a civil rights lawyer and anti-Vietnam War leader running for Congress from the district that included the Village and Chelsea. After denouncing police harassment of gays, the state anti-sodomy laws, and discrimination in federal security clearances as an “outrage,” Abzug — the first major candidate for office to openly court the gay vote and known for her flamboyant chapeaux — declared: “‘I think that all the liberation movements relate to each other, whether it’s women’s liberation or black liberation or gay liberation. They show people determined to assert their political power over the institutions that are discriminating against them and that are not responding to them. What people are saying right now is that they want to have an active role, an activist role’… The room exploded and awarded Abzug a standing ovation. Vito was on his feet, clapping wildly and knowing full well that he was ‘hooked.’” Schiavi writes that “Abzug made him realize that gays had influential straight allies committed to helping them. He was equally moved by GAA members who introduced him to the possibility of pro-gay political analysis. At the meeting, he recalled, ‘I heard people, for the first time in my life, saying all the things that I had never said to myself. I heard people explain what happened at Stonewall in terms that I could understand.’” Schiavi, an English professor at the New York Institute of Technology who writes frequently about film, does a fine job of recreating the heady atmosphere of the Gay Activist Alliance’s

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early years and tracing how GAA activists provided Vito with his permanent gay “family,” like then-GAA president Jim Owles and the man who became Vito’s best friend for life, GAA secretary Arnie Kantrowitz (an English professor at the College of Staten Island and author of the 1977 Under the Rainbow: Growing Up Gay, a first-hand account of his transition from the closet to gay activism.) Arthur Bell, the Village Voice’s first openly gay columnist and a GAA member, also became a close friend. Vito threw himself into gay activism with zest and became an architect of the media-grabbing “zaps” that made headlines for GAA and helped break the cultural silence about homosexuality. He quickly became one of GAA’s stars, becoming a fiery speaker and launching the film screenings that eventually became the lecture series “The Celluloid Closet,” which he illustrated with clips from films in an extensive collection he’d both purchased and pilfered. By 1973, he began to be seen frequently as a gay activist on television. Taken up by a lecture bureau, Vito and his “Celluloid Closet” lectures quickly spawned huge demand from coast to coast, especially on college campuses. After a stint working for the glossy, homoerotic but closeted “entertainment” magazine After Dark — which he quit in disgust when he was forbidden to kiss his boyfriend in the office — he moved on to writing extensively for the impecunious gay press. He had a lengthy gig in the Museum of Modern Art’s film department, which helped him deepen his intellectual film vocabulary and prepare him to turn the “Celluloid Closet” lectures into a book. After a year in London working on the 16-member staff of Gay News, which exposed him to European films with gay content he’d never seen, he returned to the US in 1978 and landed a book contract from Harper and Row, which launched his seven years of often-interrupted research toward his manuscript of The Celluloid Closet. Vito always insisted that he wasn’t “political” — which was true in the sense that his background included no significant college involvement in 1960s social movements for black civil rights or against the Viet Nam War. His radicalism was instinctual and situational rather than ideological — a product of his experience as a member of an oppressed minority group and his profound humanity — which made it all the more remarkable. And his unerring moral compass informed his work as a founder of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination and ACT UP, extensively detailed by Schiavi. The book, for which Schiavi conducted some 150 interviews with Vito’s family and friends (including this reviewer), also shows sensitivity and insight in portraying the activist’s plural loves and the toll that his activism and filmic obsessions took on them. Celluloid Closet will hopefully inspire a new generation of activists, and remind us of how much we all owe to Vito Russo for the infinitely larger cultural space now available to queers. Douglas Ireland writes for Gay City News, from where this article is adapted.

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Big gains fuel big dreams for the College of Staten Island Published: Monday, April 11, 2011, 9:48 AM


Frank Donnelly

THIRD IN A SERIES ON ISLAND COLLEGES STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- If Dr. Tomas D. Morales vision holds true, the College of Staten Island will look quite different a decade from now. The Willowbrook school’s president wants to add hundreds of thousands of square feet of classrooms and labs to the sprawling 204-acre campus. He intends to Staten Island Advance/Jan SommaHammel

build a high-performance computational center for the school’s super computer and to expand the children’s-care center, the

Dr. Tomas Morales, president of the College of Staten Island, has big plans for the school's future.

student center and the recreational center. The CSI chief also plans to erect residence halls for 440 students and faculty. The dormitories would attract students not only from around the city and country, but could draw scholars from around the world, lending an international flavor to the institution. But those big dreams require lots of money to become reality and nagging city and state budget crunches could cloud them. In the meantime, enrollment, the number of full-time students and the amount of bachelor’s degrees awarded have all spiked. So, the irrepressible Dr. Morales forges ahead with his core mission of attracting the best faculty and students, raising the school’s profile and spreading the word about the “quality” education, he says it offers. “I’m really excited,” said Dr. Morales, who took the reins of the public college almost four years ago. “When I arrived on the Island there wasn’t a positive perception of this institution. It’s a work in progress and I have grown to love this institution. The people here are hard-working. You can get a quality undergraduate Page 41 of 174

education and go anywhere from that perch.” The faculty factors heavily in the positive transformation, Dr. Morales said during an interview last week at his campus office. Increasing numbers are coming to CSI after doing post-doctoral work at prestigious universities, such as Massachusetts Institution of Technology, and are also migrating in from high-level think tanks and research institutes. TOP-NOTCH FACULTY Those professors allow the school to offer undergraduate students learning and research opportunities in areas such as polymer chemistry, breast cancer research, social science research, music theory and art performance that other colleges only provide at the master’s and doctoral levels, he said. As a result, CSI students have advanced to top-notch medical schools, graduate and doctoral programs as well as to premier law schools, including Harvard; Columbia; the University of California, Berkeley; Fordham and Pace, said Dr. Morales. CSI accounting students are being placed in top accounting firms in the city, he said. In fact, the school recently had its first-ever Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship winner. The highly-sought award, named after the late Arizona senator and presidential candidate was established 25 years ago to encourage the pursuit of careers and Ph.Ds in the sciences, math, computer science and related fields. Only 300 students nationwide earn the award, including Mark Barahman, a CSI junior and biochemistry major who constructed and programmed a robotic printer that prints in three dimensions on a microscopic scale. Success like that breeds success, and CSI is also attracting more students from top-flight local high schools, such as Staten Island Tech, said Dr. Morales. The school also offers overseas study programs and students have gone to Europe and Asia. “You can come here and do research with a distinguished professor or you can have this international exposure. That’s what I’m talking about — world class,” Dr. Morales said. “Institutions of higher education are defined by the quality of its students and the quality of its faculty.” “Faculty are coming from around the world. Students are coming from around the world,” said Kenneth Bach, a CSI spokesman. Students don’t just get an education at CSI. They learn about the tight bond between the school and the borough, said Dr. Morales. Students have given more than 22,000 hours in community service as tutors and Page 42 of 174

at nonprofits such as Project Hospitality, he said. “There’s an umbilical relationship between CSI and Staten Island,” said Dr. Morales. “We serve the public good.” RESIDENCE HALLS UNCERTAIN Dr. Morales said the school’s long-term plans call for building a high-performance computational center that would house its high-speed computer, along with the Math and Science departments. The children’s center would be doubled to increase child care for students and to introduce child care for faculty and staff. Also on the drawing board are plans to expand the student center, recreation center and library, he said. However, blueprints for residence halls have been scaled down. CSI originally intended to erect three buildings to house 600 students and staff at a cost of $80 million. The revised proposal calls for two buildings housing 440, but the lack of available cash has kept the project on hold for more than two years. It’s unclear when it might be revived. Over all, the 10-year master plan envisions almost 500,000 square feet of new construction and renovations at a estimated cost of $257 million. “The master plan is exciting, but we’re in a difficult place financially,” admitted Dr. Morales. The city and state have slashed hundreds of millions in education dollars from the budget of the City University of New York, said Dr. Morales. CSI is part of the CUNY system. The CSI chief believes the financial vise could loosen in a few years, still, it’s unclear when many of the projects will get off the ground. In the meantime, the school is mulling a program in which students could earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history or accounting in five years, he said. Accounting grads would then sit for the certified public accountant exam. LOW TUITION, HIGHER ENROLLMENT Administrators are also considering whether to restructure the college into four to six schools. Each school would have its own dean and departments, to create “very clear foci” in a particular discipline, said Dr. Morales. A Business school, for example, would have several departments, including Economics and Accounting. A School of Nursing and Allied Health, would include nursing, physical therapy and other health-related departments and curriculum. Page 43 of 174

As word of its success spreads, school enrollment has jumped 13 percent over the last five years, said Dr. Morales. Just under 13,900 students were enrolled in 2010, up from 12,300 in 2006, he said. The number of students earning bachelor’s degree increased more than 28 percent to 1,254 in 2010 from 978 in 2006, he said. Over that same time period, the number of full-time students jumped 22 percent to 9,626 from 7,890. CSI also offers two-year associate’s degrees, master’s degrees, as well as doctoral programs jointly with CUNY’s Graduate Center in Manhattan. Tuition is $4,830 a year. Dr. Morales realizes that some students are attracted by the affordable tuition. Excluding board, annual tuition at some private schools cost tens of thousands of dollars more. But, many other students, he believes, come for CSI’s unique educational experience. “People are going to see we have a quality facility,” he said. “At the end of the day, we want to increase education rates, we want to increase services, we want to transform lives.”

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In defense of Private Bradley Manning Monday 11th April, 2011

Bradley Manning is the soldier charged with leaking U.S. government documents to Wikileaks.     He is currently detained under degrading and inhumane conditions that are illegal and immoral.    For nine months, Manning has been confined to his cell for 23 hours a day. During his one  remaining hour, he can walk in circles in another room, with no other prisoners present. He is  not allowed to doze off or relax during the day, but must answer the question “Are you OK?”  verbally and in the affirmative every five minutes. At night, he is awakened to be asked again,  “are you OK” every time he turns his back to the cell door or covers his head with a blanket so  that the guards cannot see his face. During the past week he was forced to sleep naked and  stand naked for inspection in front of his cell, and for the indefinite future must remove his  clothes and wear a "smock" under claims of risk to himself that he disputes.     The sum of the treatment that has been widely reported is a violation of the Eighth  Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment, and the Fifth Amendment’s  guarantee against punishment without trial. If continued, it may well amount to a violation of  the criminal statute against torture, defined as, among other things, “the administration or  application… of… procedures calculated to disrupt profoundly the senses or the personality.”     Private Manning has been designated as an appropriate subject for both Maximum Security and  Prevention of Injury (POI) detention. But he asserts that his administrative reports consistently  describe him as a well‐behaved prisoner who does not fit the requirements for Maximum  Security detention. The Brig psychiatrist began recommending his removal from Prevention of  Injury months ago. These claims have not been publicly contested. In an Orwellian twist, the  spokesman for the brig commander refused to explain the forced nudity “because to discuss 

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the details would be a violation of Manning’s privacy.”     The Administration has provided no evidence that Manning’s treatment reflects a concern for  his own safety or that of other inmates. Unless and until it does so, there is only one reasonable  inference: this pattern of degrading treatment aims either to deter future whistleblowers, or to  force Manning to implicate Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in a conspiracy, or both.     If Manning is guilty of a crime, let him be tried, convicted, and punished according to law. But  his treatment must be consistent with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. There is no excuse  for his degrading and inhumane pre‐trial punishment. As the State Department’s PJ Crowly put  it recently, they are “counterproductive and stupid.” And yet Crowley has now been forced to  resign for speaking the plain truth.     The Wikileaks disclosures have touched every corner of the world. Now the whole world  watches America and observes what it does; not what it says.     President Obama was once a professor of constitutional law, and entered the national stage as  an eloquent moral leader. The question now, however, is whether his conduct as Commander  in Chief meets fundamental standards of decency. He should not merely assert that Manning’s  confinement is “appropriate and meets our basic standards,” as he did recently. He should  require the Pentagon publicly to document the grounds for its extraordinary actions, and  immediately end those which cannot withstand the light of day.     Signed:     Bruce Ackerman, Yale Law School   Yochai Benkler, Harvard Law School     Additional Signatories (institutional affiliation, for identification purposes only):     Jack Balkin, Yale Law School   Richard L. Abel, UCLA Law   David Abrams, Harvard Law School   Martha Ackelsberg, Smith College   Julia Adams, Sociology, Yale University   Kirsten Ainley, London School of Economics   Jeffrey Alexander, Yale University   Philip Alston, NYU School of Law   Anne Alstott, Harvard Law School   Elizabeth Anderson, Philosophy and Women's Studies, University of Michigan   Kevin Anderson, University of California   Scott Anderson, Philosophy, University of British Columbia   Claudia Angelos, NYU School of Law  

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Donald K. Anton. Australian National University College of Law   Joyce Appleby, History, UCLA   Kwame Anthony Appiah, Princeton University   Stanley Aronowitz, Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center   Jean Maria Arrigo, PhD, social psychologist, Project on Ethics and Art in Testimony   Reuven Avi‐Yonah, University of Michigan Law   H. Robert Baker, Georgia State University   Katherine Beckett, University of Washington   Duncan Bell, Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge   Steve Berenson, Thomas Jefferson School of Law   Michael Bertrand, UNC Chapel Hill   Christoph Bezemek, Public Law, Vienna University of Economics and Business   Michael J. Bosia, Political Science, Saint Michael's College   Bret Boyce, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law   Rebecca M. Bratspies, CUNY School of Law   Jason Brennan, Philosophy, Brown University   Talbot Brewer, Philosophy, University of Virginia   John Bronsteen, Loyola University Chicago   Peter Brooks, Princeton University   James Robert Brown, University of Toronto   Sande L. Buhai,Loyola Law School, Los Angeles   Ahmed I Bulbulia, Seton Hall Law School   Susannah Camic, University of Wisconsin Law School   Lauren Carasik, Western New England College School of Law   Teri L. Caraway, University of Minnesota   Alexander M. Capron, University of Southern California, Gould School of Law   Michael W. Carroll, Law American University   Marshall Carter‐Tripp, Ph.D, Foreign Service Officer, retired   Jonathan Chausovsky, Political Science, SUNY‐Fredonia   Carol Chomsky, University of Minnesota Law School   John Clippinger, Berkman Center for Internet and Society   Andrew Jason Cohen, Georgia State University   Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University   Marjorie Cohn, Thomas Jefferson School of Law   Doug Colbert, Maryland School of Law   Sheila Collins, William Paterson University   Nancy Combs, William& Mary Law School   Stephen A. Conrad, Indiana University Mauer School of Law   Steve Cook, Philosophy, Utica College   Robert Crawford,Arts and Sciences, University of Washington   Thomas P. Crocker, University of South Carolina   Jennifer Curtin, UCI School of Medicine   Deryl D. Dantzler, Walter F. Gorge School of Law of Mercer University  

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Benjamin G. Davis, University of Toledo College of Law   Rochelle Davis, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University   Wolfgang Deckers, Richmond University, London   Michelle M. Dempsey, Villanova University School of Law   Wai Chee Dimock, English, Yale University   Sinan Dogramaci, Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin   Zayd Dohrn, Northwestern University   Jason P. Dominguez, Texas Southern University   Judith Donath, Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society   Norman Dorsen, New York University School of Law   Michael W. Doyle, International Affairs, Law and Political Science, Columbia   Bruce T. Draine, Astrophysics, Princeton University   Jay Driskell,History, Hood College   Michael C. Duff, University of Wyoming College of Law   Lisa Duggan, Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU   Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, Graduate Center,CUNY   Stephen M. Engel, PhD, Political Science, Marquette University   Simon Evnine, Philosophy, University of Miami   Mark Fenster, Levin College of Law, University of Florida   Martha Field, Harvard Law School   Justin Fisher, Philosophy, Southern Methodist University   William Fisher, Harvard Law School   Joseph Fishkin, University of Texas School of Law   Mark Fishman, Sociology, Brooklyn College   Martin S. Flaherty, Fordham Law School   George P. Fletcher, Columbia University, School of Law   John Flood, Law and Sociology, University of Westminster   Michael Forman, University of Washington Tacoma   Bryan Frances, Philosophy, Fordham University   Katherine Franke, Columbia Law School   Nancy Fraser, Philosophy and Politics, New School for Social Research   Eric M. Freedman, Hofstra Law School   Monroe H. Freedman, Hofstra University Law School   Kennan Ferguson, University of Wisconsin, MilWaukee   John R. Fitzpatrick, Philosophy, University of Tennessee/Chattanooga   A. Michael Froomkin, University of Miami School of Law   Gerald Frug, Harvard Law School   Louis Furmanski, University of Central Oklahoma   James K. Galbraith, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin   Herbert J Gans, Columbia University   William Gardner, Pediatrics, Psychology,& Psychiatry, The Ohio State University   Urs Gasser, Harvard Law School, Berkman Center for Internet and Society   Julius G. Getman, University of Texas Law School  

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Todd Gitlin, Columbia University   Bob Goodin, Australian National University   Angelina Snodgrass Godoy, Human Rights, University of Washington   David Golove, NYU School of Law   James R. Goetsch Jr., Philosophy, Eckerd College   Thomas Gokey, Art and Information Studies, Syracuse University   Robert W. Gordon, Yale Law School   Stephen E. Gottlieb, Albany Law School   Mark A. Graber, University of Maryland School of Law   Jorie Graham, Harvard University   Roger Green, Pol. Sci. and Pub. Admin., Florida Gulf Coast   Daniel JH Greenwood, Hofstra University School of Law   Christopher L. Griffin, Visiting, Duke Law School   James Grimmelmann, New York Law School   James Gronquist,Charlotte School of Law   Jean Grossholtz, Politics, Mount Holyoke College   Lisa Guenther, Philosophy, Vanderbilt University   Christopher Guzelian, Thomas Jefferson School of Law   Gillian K. Hadfield, Law, Economics, University of Southern California   Jonathan Hafetz, Seton Hall University School of Law   Lisa Hajjar, University of California ‐ Santa Barbara   Susan Hazeldean, Robert M. Cover Fellow, Yale Law School   Dirk t. D. Held, Classics, Connecticut College   Kevin Jon Heller, Melbourne Law School   Lynne Henderson, UNLV‐‐Boyd School of Law (emerita)   Stephen Hetherington, Philosophy, University of New South Wales   Kurt Hochenauer, University of Central Oklahoma   Lonny Hoffman, Univ of Houston Law Center   Michael Hopkins, MHC International Ltd   Nathan Robert Howard, St. Andrews   Marc Morjé Howard, Government, Georgetown University   Kyron Huigens, Cardozo School of Law   Alexandra Huneeus, University of Wisconsin Law School   David Ingram, Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago   David Isenberg,   Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard Kennedy School   Christopher Jencks, Harvard Kennedy School   Paula Johnson, Alliant International University   Robert N. Johnson, Philosophy, University of Missouri   Albyn C. Jones, Statistics, Reed College   Lynne Joyrich, Modern Culture and Media, Brown University   David Kairys, Beasley Law School   Eileen Kaufman, Touro Law Center  

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Kevin B. Kelly, Seton Hall University School of Law   Antti Kauppinen, Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin   Randall Kennedy, Harvard Law School   Daniel Kevles, Yale University   Heidi Kitrosser, University of Minnesota Law School   Gillian R. Knapp, Princeton University   Seth F. Kreimer University of Pennsylvania Law School   Alex Kreit, Thomas Jefferson School of Law   Stefan H. Krieger, Hofstra University School of Law   Mitchell Lasser, Cornell Law School   Mark LeBar, Philosophy, Ohio University   Brian Leiter, University of Chicago   Mary Clare Lennon, Sociology, The Graduate Center, CUNY   George Levine,Rutgers University   Sanford Levinson, University of Texas Law School   Margaret Levi, Pol. Sci., University of Washington and University of Sydney   Tracy Lightcap, Political Science, LaGrange College   Daniel Lipson, Political Science, SUNY New Paltz   Stacy Litz, Drexel University   Fiona de Londras, University College Dublin, Ireland   John Lunstroth, University of Houston Law Center   David Luban, Georgetown University Law Center   Peter Ludlow, Philosophy, Northwestern University   Cecelia Lynch, University of California   David Lyons, Boston University   Colin Maclay, Harvard University, Berkman Center   Joan Mahoney, Emeritus, Wayne State University Law School   Chibli Mallat, Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School   Phil Malone, Harvard Law School   Jane Mansbridge, Harvard Kennedy School   Jeff Manza, Sociology, New York University   Dan Markel, Florida State University   Daniel Markovits, Yale Law School   Richard Markovits, University of Texas Law School   Michael R. Masinter, Nova Southeastern University   Ruth Mason, University of Connecticut School of Law   Rachel A. May, University of South Florida   Jamie Mayerfeld, Political Science, University of Washington   Diane H. Mazur, University of Florida Levin College of Law   Jason Mazzone, Brooklyn Law School   Jeff McMahan, Philosophy, Rutgers University   Richard J. Meagher Jr., Randolph‐Macon College   Agustín José Menéndez, Universidad de León and University of Oslo  

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Hope Metcalf, Yale Law School   Frank I. Michelman, Harvard University   Gary Minda, Brooklyn Law School   John Mikhail, Georgetown University Law Center   Gregg Miller, Political Science, University of Washington   Eben Moglen, Columbia Law School and Software Freedom Law Center   Immanuel Ness, Brooklyn College, City University of New York   Charles Nesson, Harvard University   Joel Ngugi, Law, African Studies, University of Washington   Ralitza Nikolaeva, ISCTE Business School, Lisbon University Institute   John Palfrey, Harvard Law School   James Paradis, Comparative Media Studies, MIT   Emma Perry, London School of Economics and Political Science   Charles Pigden, University of Otago   Adrian du Plessis, Wolfson College, Cambridge University   Patrick S. O'Donnell, Philosophy, Santa Barbara City College   Hans Oberdiek, Philosophy, Swarthmore College   Duane Oldfield, Political Science, Knox College   Michael Paris, Political Science, The College of Staten Island (CUNY)   Philip Pettit, University Professor of Politics and Human Values, Princeton   Frank A. Pasquale, Seton Hall Law School   Matthew Pierce, University of North Carolina   Charles Pigden, Philosophy, University of Otago   Leslie Plachta, MD MPH, Albert Einstein College of Medicine   Thomas Pogge, Yale University   Giovanna Pompele, University of Miami   Joel Pust, Philosophy, University of Delaware   Ulrich K. Preuss, Law& Politics, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin   Margaret Jane Radin, University of Michigan and emerita, Stanford University   Aziz Rana, Cornell University Law School   Gustav Ranis, Yale University   Rahul Rao, School of Oriental& African Studies, University of London   Calair Rasmussen, Affiliation: Political Science, University of Delaware   Daniel Ray, Thomas M. Cooley Law School   Jeff A. Redding, Saint Louis University School of Law   C. D. C. Reeve, Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill   Bryan Register, Philosophy, Texas State University   Robert B. Reich, University of California, Berkeley   Cassandra Burke Robertson, Case Western Reserve University School of Law   John A. Robertson, University of Texas Law School   Corey Robin, Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center   Clarissa Rojas, CSU Long Beach   Kermit Roosevelt, University of Pennsylvania Law School  

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Susan Rose‐Ackerman, Law, Political Science, Yale University   Norm Rosenberg, History, Macalester College   Clifford Rosky, University of Utah   Brad R. Roth, Poli. Sci. and Law, Wayne State University   Barbara Katz Rothman, Sociology, City University of New York   Bo Rothstein Political Science, University of Gothenburg   Laura L. Rovner,University of Denver College of Law   Donald Rutherford,Philosophy, University of California, San Diego   Leonard Rubenstein, JD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health   Chester M. Rzadkiewicz, History, University of Louisiana at Lafayette   DeWitt Sage, Flimmaker   Cindy Skach, Comparative Government and Law, Oxford   William J. Talbott, Philosophy, University of Washington   Natsu Taylor Saito, Georgia State University College of Law   Dean Savage, Queens College, Sociology, CUNY   Kent D. Schenkel, New England Law   Kim Scheppele, Princeton Univeristy   Ben Schoenbachler, Psychiatry, University of Louisville   Jeffrey Schnapp, Harvard University   Kenneth Sherrill, Political Science, Hunter College   Claire Snyder‐Hall, George Mason University   Jeffrey Selbin, Yale Law School   Wendy Seltzer, Fellow, Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy   Jose M. Sentmanat, Philosophy, Moreno Valley College, California   Omnia El Shakry, History, University of California   Scott Shapiro, Yale University   Stephen Sheehi, Languages, Lit. and Cultures, University of South Carolina   James Silk, Yale Law School   Robert D. Sloane, Boston University School of Law   Ronald C. Slye, Law, Seattle University   Matthew Noah Smith, Philosophy, Yale University   Stephen Samuel Smith, Political Science, Winthrop University   John M. Stewart, Emeritus, Psychology, Northland College   Peter G. Stillman, Vassar College   Alec Stone Sweet, Yale Law School   Robert N. Strassfeld, Case Western Reserve University School of Law   Mateo Taussig‐Rubbo, SUNY‐Buffalo Law School   Jeanne Theoharis, Brooklyn College of CUNY   Frank Thompson, University of Michigan   Matthew Titolo, West Virginia University College of Law   Massimo de la Torre, University of Hull Law School   John Torpey, CUNY Graduate Center   Vilna Bashi Treitler, Black& Hispanic Studies, Baruch College, City  

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Laurence H. Tribe, Harvard University   David M. Trubek, University of Wisconsin (emeritus)   Robert L. Tsai, American University, Washington College of Law   Peter Vallentyne, Philosophy, University of Missouri   Joan Vogel, Vermont Law School   Paul Voice, Philosophy, Bennington College   Victor Wallis,Berklee College of Music   David Watkins, Political Science, University of Dayton   Jonathan Weinberg, Wayne State University   Henry Weinstein, Law, Literary Journalism, University of California   Margaret Weir, Political Science,University of California, Berkeley   Christina E. Wells, University of Missouri School of Law   Danielle Wenner, Rice University   Bryan H. Wildenthal, Thomas Jefferson School of Law   Langdon Winner,Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute   Naomi Wolf, author   Lauris Wren, Hofstra Law School   Elizabeth Wurtzel, Attorney and author   Betty Yorburg, Emerita, City University of New York   Benjamin S. Yost, Philosophy, Providence College   Jonathan Zasloff, UCLA School of Law   Michael J. Zimmer, Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago   Lee Zimmerman, English, Hofstra University   Mary Marsh Zulack, Columbia Law School  

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 04/12/2011 04:45 PM

Making Census Of It: Newcomers Flock To Staten Island's CloseKnit South Shore By: Amanda Farinacci

NY1 continues its week-long look at Staten Island's 2010 Census results by focusing on the borough's South Shore, which is having a hard time keeping up with the addition of 5,000 people in the last decade. Borough reporter Amanda Farinacci filed the following report. Of the more than 25,000 people who have moved to Staten Island in the last 10 years, the bulk have moved to the borough's South Shore. Residents in the area say it is clear why. "When I came here it was like coming to Jersey. It was like a totally different experience," says Kim Hellman, who recently moved to the South Shore. This different experience is characterized by good schools, affordable homes and lots of open space where kids can play -- many of the qualities that attract people to New Jersey. Since 2000, the South Shore has seen a 27-percent increase in population -- some 4,980 people -- the largest boost of any other area in the borough:

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"The tentacles of that desire to live here is exasperated traffic, school overcrowding, strains on the health care system," says Staten Island Councilman Vincent Ignizio. "That's issues that we have to deal with day in, day out right here in this office, with increasing roads, adding additional libraries' service, putting more schools in to deal with the capacity issue and just overall trying to stay ahead of the population boom." While the South Shore isn't growing at the rate that it once was, the area is still attracting large numbers of people. Officials do not expect that to change in the coming years, and say issues with transportation need to be resolved. "This is the community with the longest commute in the nation. It should be dealt with, it should be managed, it should be improved," says College of Staten Island demographer Jonathan Peters. Still, for residents like Darrell Russo, who battled that commute for 15 long years, there is no place else he'd rather live. "My parents owned the house and when they passed away I bought it and moved into it, and on my block there's five other families who have bought their parents' house and stayed on the same block that they grew up in," says Russo. "So it's a very stable, close-knit community." If the newcomers to the area are anything like Russo, it is not likely they are going to leave once they are settled.


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presents " Kids Love Broadway!," featuring songs and scenes for children’s all-time favorite musicals, such as "The Lion King," "Mary Poppins" and "Shrek the Musical," 11 a.m. $10/adults, $8/children. South Street, Pittsfield.

Upcoming, April 21-30 The Advocate

April 21

Norman Rockwell Museum, school vacation week workshop for children 7 and up features "Words and Pictures: Writing and Illustrating Classic Tales," 1-3 p.m. $6. Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100 or


April 21

Equinox Village, opening reception for exhibit of photography by Lee Krohn, Manchester’s planning director, whose work has appeared in in many local and national publications, both in print and electronically, 5:30 p.m. 49 Maple St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-4061 or April 21


Posted: 04/13/2011 11:44:01 AM EDT Wednesday April 13, 2011

Simon’s Rock College, "The Agon, Victus, Territorium: Film and Speaker Series" features talk by Ethan Dufault, a documentary filmmaker, who directed and produced "What I Meant To Tell You: An American Poet’s State Of The Union," 6:30 p.m. Lecture Center, Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Kid Stuff Berkshire Athenaeum, storyteller Mary Jo Maichack will present "The Minstrel’s Romp," a funny show of music sung, strummed and fiddled, funny stories and even a revels dance by the audience, 1 p.m. Free. Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield. 413-499-9480, ext. 5

Williams College, "Financial Meltdown in Iceland" talk by Sigridur (Sigga) Benediktsdottir, associate chair and lecturer in economics at Yale University in 2005, 7:30 p.m. Griffin 7, Williamstown. williams. edu.

Bennington Museum, Museum ABC’s program for preschoolers, featuring tour of galleries, storytime and hands-on activities on the theme "Kids Collect," 1:30 p.m. Free. Route 9, Bennington, Vt. 802-4471571 or Milne Public Library, planting of pumpkins, herbs and gourds for the library’s new vegetable garden, 2 p.m. 1095 Main St., Williamstown. 413-458-5369. North Adams Public Library, Earth Day celebration, featuring Earth-friendly stories and crafts for ages 7 and up, 2 p.m. 74 Church St., North Adams. 413662-3133. Images Cinema, International Family Film series continues with the Oscar-nominated animated shorts "Night & Day," "Madagascar: Carnet de Voyage," "The Gruffalo," "Let’s Pollute" and "The Lost Thing," 3:30 p.m. $5. Spring Street, Williamstown. Berkshire Museum, Berkshire Children’s Theatre

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Road, New Lebanon, N.Y. 518-794-6555. April 26

*** Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, "Irritable


Bowel Diseases, Let’s Talk about Them," with Dr. Ronald Mensh, a gastroenterologist, Kristin Armstrong of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, registered dietitian Rachel Rodney and Alyssa Amos, a woman living with ulcerative colitis, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; registration requested. or 802-447-5076.

Berkshire Community College, screening of "The Business of Being Born," directed by Abby Epstein and produced by Ricki Lake, a controversial documentary that looks at maternity care in the United States, followed by a discussion of nursing faculty members, 12:15 p.m. K111, West Street, Pittsfield.

*** Living Well Chiropractic, Nutrition and

April 26

Massage, "Chiropractic: From Head-to-Toe" w orkshop with Dr. Francine Lajoie, 6:30 p.m. Free; registration required. 140 Pleasant St., North Adams. 413-663-5500.

Lecture Bennington College, talk by Michael Mandiberg, assistant professor of design and digital media at the College of Staten Island/CUNY and co-author of "Digital Foundations: An Intro to Media Design," which teaches Bauhaus visual principles through design software, 7:30 p.m. Tishman Lecture Hall, Bennington, Vt. April 26

Storefront Artist Project, live-audience taping of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio’s Copyright Forum, a special edition of the radio program "Vox Pop," led by Alan Chartock, 7 p.m. 31 South St., Pittsfield. 413-442-7201 or


April 27

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, songwriting workshop for all ages and levels with Andy Kelly, Tony Lee Thomas and Robin O’Herin, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield. Followed by performance/opne mic, 7-9 p.m. Dottie’s Coffee Lounge, North Street, Pittsfield. 413-243-2271 or 413-499-0172.

Kid Stuff Norman Rockwell Museum, Kids Create! preschool art program, featuring interactive hands-on gallery experiences created just for young art lovers ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $2/child, free/adults. Route 183, Stockbridge. nrm.

April 26 Misc.

*** Darrow School, third annual Sustainability

Symposium, a day of cutting-edge environmental education and discussion organized by Craig Westcott, director of the Samson Environmental Center, featuring presentations on a wide range of topics by local and regional leaders in the green movement, including keynote addresses by Tyler Fairbank, CEO of the Hancock-based EOS Ventures, and Karen Wade Cavanagh, director of the Water, Power, Peace Foundation of Slingerlands, N.Y., 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; reservation required. Darrow

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April 15, 2011

Mohamed Badr featured on ABC TV Eyewitness News

CSI’s Mohamed Badr is featured on ABC TV’s Eyewitness News discussing his Arabic language course at an Orthodox Jewish Academy in Queens.

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Selling unwanted jewlery can be a golden opportunity Published: Sunday, April 17, 2011, 9:24 AM


Ben Johnson

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Vick doesn't want to give out his last name, because he doesn't want you to know where he lives. He says he looks over his shoulder "about 100 times" on his way from behind the two -inch glass wall at his West Brighton shop to his car, and carries a gun. But you can certainly have Vick's business card, which says "We Buy Gold For Cash." Why? Because gold is high, and Vick is buying. "Look at the market," says the 30something New Jersey resident, gesturing Staten Island Advance/Hilton Flores Gemologists Howard Klotzkin examines the gold jewelry a couple brought to the Hampton Inn and Suites in Bloomfield to be traded for cash.

at a flatscreen television playing the Fox Business Channel in his cramped, blankwalled office. "The only things really going up are precious metals and oil. You see the economy coming back in two years? I

think gold's going to hit $2,400 an ounce first." A few weeks ago, the price of gold hit an all time high in the United States, reaching some $1,456 per troy ounce -- the imperial measure unit used for precious metals. While the gold market has proven historically volatile, fears about the weakness of the American dollar and the struggling world economy has been nudging up the soft metal's cost. Silver, though less valuable, is on a precipitous rise as well, going from $4 to $40 an ounce in 7 years. As the price has gone up so have the number of buyers and sellers, on Staten Island and around the country. On a recent Saturday, people with Page 60 of 174

shopping bags and jewelry boxes packed into several rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bloomfield, hoping to get a good price for family heirlooms, gold and silver coins, and more. A week later, a steady stream moved through a conference room in the nearby Hampton Inn and Suites. Caroline and Mike Trombetta were among the sellers, making the weekend stop with their three sons, Michael, Matthew, and Christopher. My wife had old jewelry laying around from Hilton Flores


Howard Klotzkin, gemologist is viewing the gold & jewelry this couple has taken to the Hampton Inn to be traded in for cash. (Staten Island Advance/Hilton Flores)

her mother, collecting dust," said Mike, after meeting with a gemologist from ARA Collectibles, who tested the quality and karat of the metal with tiny bottles of acid.

The Price of Gold gallery (8 photos)

"People pass away and stuff just gets given to you in a plastic bag. They took everything we brought except the watches." SOME SERIOUS CASH For buyers it's not always small hauls, either. Vick claims that since 2007 his company State Refinery has welcomed a man who walked into its offices with over $500,000 of gold bars and coins, looking to sell. In another instance, he says a man came in who had purchased an empty nursing home "as is," and discovered among safes and other items left behind tens of thousands of dollars worth that it took buyers four hours just to appraise. In most cases, jewelry collected by buyers gets sent to refineries, which in turn melt everything down to gold bars and sell them to banks. It's a pretty unromantic fate for grandma's precious necklace, but especially during a difficult national economy and a time of global uncertainty, many see investing in gold as the safest bet against everything from inflation to societal meltdown. That includes two of the element's biggest buyers: India and China. It makes sense, considering both are fast-growing economies, but China may be buying gold as a hedge against the potential weakness of another big purchase -- U.S. bonds. In turn, those willing to clean out their closets and safes have never made more on their gleaming bits of inheritance. "I don't have daughters to pass it on to," said Caroline Trombetta, of Grant City, who wouldn't divulge the Page 61 of 174

amount of her take-home cash but said the gemologists she dealt with seemed very fair compared to some more pushy buyers she'd dealt with. "We just so happened to have what they said they were interested in their advertising -- cameos and antique jewelry. This money will now go towards paying the bills." DAILY SHIFTS IN PRICE With a value determined by trading on the gold and derivatives markets, any given day can offer a big change in price and profit for all parties. On Tuesday, the price dropped a percentage point in a matter of hours. The reason? Most analysts pointed to a drop in the prices of commodities, to which gold is connected, and investors subsequently being less worried about inflation -- against which gold investment is considered a good hedge. Locally the market is tightly regulated -- buyers have to be licensed, scales need to be certified annually by the city. And though sellers will find a difference in offers from buyers depending on how the bargaining transpires, most looking to purchase the metal say that ideas of going to one buyer over another for a better price are wishful thinking. "People they think they'll get a better price from one of these smaller places that say 'we buy gold' and that's not true." said a manager at Venice Jewelers in Richmond Valley, who started buying gold a year ago because the raise in price was too tempting. "It's all the same, it just depends on what the person wants to pay. For me, I'd rather pay a little bit more and get the customer in my store because they might shop and buy other things. When I first started in business, gold was three hundred an ounce. This price, I hate it." GROWING BUSINESSES Of course when it comes to how good or bad a high price of gold is, it all depends on your business perspective. Todd Darren opened up New Springville's Staten Island Jewelry Exchange in 1980, when gold had enjoyed a price spike of nearly double and sat at some $614 per Troy Ounce. But by 1985 dropped drastically back to $317, and his business turned from buying to selling Jewelry. Almost three decades since he started, Darren says he sees a smaller trend: Traveling and temporary gold buyers are popping up everywhere to cash in on people's need or eagerness to sell what they have. When the price dips again, he says they'll skip town. "Gold is the same on Staten Island, Uganda, England, everywhere," says Darren, who notes that if a person comes into his store with an item they're obviously attached to, he tells them to keep it a while longer. "These pop up places aren't looking for repeat customers, so they try and screw you. Nobody can pay more than the actual price; they're trying to take Staten Islanders for fools." No matter what buyers may think of their competitor's practices, people continue to bring their goods to market, bolstered in part by a jump in advertising as well. During his apocalyptic prime time diatribes, Glenn Page 62 of 174

Beck advises viewers to hedge against the impending collapse of the dollar by stocking up. During the commercial break, you can see Beck doing the same -- as a paid spokesperson for precious metals vendor Goldline International. Many have called Beck's gold boosting a disturbing conflict of interest, but with European Union debt crises from Portugal to Ireland and not much stability in the U.S. economy, it's proven lucrative for Goldline: most investors remain bullish short term and long term on the metal. While there have been drastic spikes and dips -- enough to make those who buy it for melting down often get rid of it as quickly as possible -- the long-term price of gold over the past century or more has been on a steady up-tick, in part because it's less directly affected by other commodities and the larger economy. SAFE? NOT ALWAYS Prof. Vasilios Petratos, chair of the economics, political science and philosophy department at the College of Staten Island and an expert in international trade, remembers how his mother -- who narrowly survived inflation in Europe during World War II -- used to swear by investing in gold, teasing him about his own misadventures in the stock market. "The price of oil for instance spreads throughout the economy and has a certain impact -- the production of food, transportation, heating, factory production," Says Vasilios. "And certainly the increase in price of commodities may effect countries that have large amounts of gold. But you should also point out that there is really no certainty that the price of gold will rise. There's more certainty, because of demand and diminishing supply, that a raise in price of oil and food will occur."

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New Chicago Schools Chief Offers Two Different School Leadership Models

04/18/11 11:19 PM ET

Correction appended. Monday morning, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the appointment of Jean-Claude Brizard, currently the superintendent of the Rochester, N.Y. school system, as Chicago Public Schools chief. Brizard is set to lead the third-largest public school system in the country, one that, like many other urban school districts, is struggling with budget woes and labor problems. Superintendent appointments in cities across the country are slowly shaping the face of the next generation of education reformers. Providence, Detroit, Newark, Atlanta, Broward Country, FL and Montgomery, MD are next in line to hire new school leaders. Brizard, a native of Haiti, embodies two types of urban superintendents. On the one hand, he’s a former principal with masters' degrees in school administration and science education. He’s a product of the classroom who went on to follow a traditional path of school management, serving as a regional superintendent of New York City schools. On the other hand, he’s a graduate of the Broad Foundation’s Superintendents Academy -- a program that stresses the corporate-tinged, charter-school championing policies emphasized by the Obama administration -- that is much maligned by teachers unions. David Bloomfield, chair of the education department at CUNY’s College of Staten Island, said Brizard’s appointment shows the impact of the Broad Superintendent Academy on urban education

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“In that respect, I am discouraged, because it is a one-size fits all ideology,” he said. But he also addressed Brizard’s background as an educator: “To the extent that [the appointment] shows the resurrection of educational leaders, it should be commended.” “His style in New York City was one of outreach and responsiveness,” said Bloomfield, who worked with Brizard when Bloomfield led the High School Parents Council and Brizard served as New York City’s Executive Director of Secondary Education. “He would regularly meet with parent and school leaders for feedback to find out what was really going on in the schools,” he said. Chicago's teachers union is approaching Brizard with caution. “Obviously, I appreciate the teacher and the administrator in him," said Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis. But she is skeptical of the Broad Foundation’s approach at large. “What the Broad people want to do is to shortcut through running a system,” she said. “I think it’s dangerous to think that this is about management. There are so many different moving parts here. There are people who have no educational background who have a chance, because they’re wealthy, to dictate educational policy in this country. This leads to a lack of democracy.” Brizard's fitness for the job "depends on which part he cares most about and which one means more to him,” Lewis said. The announcement of Brizard’s appointment comes less than two weeks after magazine maven Cathie Black departed from her post as New York City Schools chancellor, and was replaced by Dennis Walcott, whose experience in the classroom has been lauded. That about-face in New York, Bloomfield suggested, could signal other school districts looking for leaders to change their approach. "It appears, perhaps, that there’s been a shift in political thinking away from one size fits all management to instructional leadership and outreach,” Bloomfield said. Yet Chicago might be the more potent harbinger of superintendent searches to come. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan had previously led Chicago’s schools, and Emanuel collaborated with Duncan during his time in the White House. Emanuel called Brizard an “experienced educator and proven manager,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times. At the press conference, Emanuel said he had interviewed six or seven candidates. Brizard won Emanuel over in an interview by saying, “it will take a generation to save a generation.” Emanuel added that Brizard’s candidacy prevented him from having to choose between an education and a manager, calling a decision between the two "a false choice." Brizard is the first schools chief pulled from outside the Windy City since 1995, when the mayor received control over that appointment, the Wall Street Journal noted.

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While some education experts heralded Brizard’s reception of and openness to parental concerns, leaders of Rochester parents’ groups and the local union said it was insufficient. In Rochester, Brizard championed a management-like style, closing failing schools and quickly opening new ones in their place. Still, a recent study by the New York Board of Regents found that only 5 percent of the low-performing district’s graduates are prepared for college, based on state test scores, the Wall Street Journal noted. Adam Urbanski, president of Rochester’s teachers union, said Brizard had a tin ear. “Whenever someone complained against him, he would dismiss it as noise,” he said, noting that 94.6 percent of teachers gave him a no-confidence vote in a secret ballot survey. “I am puzzled why Chicago would select him. His only chance of doing better in Chicago than he does in Rochester is if he applies the lessons learned here.” Brizard signed a contract in January that would have kept him in troubled Rochester for three more years, but in a letter to Rochester Board of Education president Malik Evans he announced his intention to resign. A spokesman for Rochester’s schools said Brizard was unavailable for comment. Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated David Bloomfield's name. He is David, not Douglas.

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GUEST OPINION: Some advice for 'subtracted cities' like Fall R By Deborah E. Popper and Frank J. Popper Posted Apr 18, 2011 @ 06:01 PM

Detroit stands as the ultimate expression of industrial depopulation. The Motor City offers traffic-free streets, burnt open-prairie neighborhoods, nesting pheasants, an ornate-trashed former railroad station, vast closed factories and “Fists, Not Guns.” One-third of its 139 square miles lie vacant. In the 2010 Census it lost a national-record-setting qu people it had at the millennium: a huge dip not just to its people, but to anxious potential private- and public-sector Is Detroit, an epic outlier, a spectacular aberration, or is it a fractured finger pointing at a horrific future for other la Industrial Age cities? Cleveland lost 17 percent of its population in the Census, Birmingham, Ala. 13 percent, Buffalo and the special case of post-Katrina New Orleans 29 percent. The losses in such places and smaller ones like Braddo or Flint, Mich. go well beyond population. In every recent decade houses, businesses, jobs, schools, entire neighborh — keep getting removed. The subtractions have occurred without plan, intention, or control of any sort and so pose daunting challenges. In co population growth or stability is much more manageable and politically palatable. Subtraction is haphazard, volatile risky. No American city plan, zoning law, or environmental regulation anticipates it. In principle a city can buy a de store, or factory and return it to use. Yet which use? If the city cannot find or decide on one, how long should the pro before the city razes it? How prevalent must abandonment become before it demands systematic neighborhood or c instead of lot-by-lot ones? Subtracted cities can rely on no standard approaches. Such places have struggled for at least two generations, since t postwar consumer boom. Thousands of neighborhoods in hundreds of cities have lost their grip on the American Dr we have little idea how to respond. The frustratingly slow national economic recovery only makes conditions worse b they may become permanent. Subtracted cities rarely begin even fitful action until perhaps half the population has left. Thus generations can pass loss and substantial action. Usually the local leadership must change before the subtracted city’s hopes for growth su the new leadership to work with or around loss instead of directly against it. By then the tax base, public services, bu labor forces, morale and spirit have predictably become dismal. To reverse the momentum of the long-established d requires extraordinary effort. Fatalism is no option: subtracted cities must try to reclaim control of their destinies. They could start by training the value, salvage, restore and market unused sites and the material found there. They might supplement school drug-fr subtraction-action ones by reacting quickly when nearby empty properties show neglect. Children who see debris-fil boarded-up buildings learn not to expect much from life. Just planting a few trees often makes a deserted lot look ca The cities should encourage gardens on the abundant unoccupied lots. Plants can sometimes go directly into the gro can truck in soil and build raised beds. Community gardens upgrade the food supply, offer a positive neighborhood p business and social skills, and may create new enterprises based on common resources. Trucks, backhoes, and other

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moving equipment often get shared for home maintenance. Above all, community gardens rouse people for tangible rather than just against city hall. Subtracted cities can scream walkability and public transit. They still have downtowns, main streets, and public wor support entertainment, retail, the arts, and other services. Clearing vacant lots and structures on the downtown’s ed new parks, outdoor amphitheaters, and sports facilities. When these measures work, neighboring homes, perhaps w architecture, become more valuable. Subtracted cities should not commit the sacrilege of obliterating their past and the contributions of their people. The and reuse some old structures. Factories and mills can become restaurants, apartments, and business incubators an trails. The answer to desertion should always be to use any chance to get beyond it without necessarily concealing it. begins with facing the on-the-ground subtraction without pretending or praying that it will go away when it hasn’t fo Deborah E. Popper teaches geography at the College of Staten Island/City University of New York and Princeton Un Popper teaches land-use planning at Rutgers University and Princeton University. They are members of the America Society Writers Circle. They have been writing about smart decline since 2002.

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CSI to host lecture on Willowbrook State School Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 7:22 AM


Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The College of Staten Island will remember its past when it hosts the 19th annual Willowbrook Lecture on April 27 at 3 p.m. in the Center for the Arts. Dr. David Goode, a sociology professor, will talk about the days when the campus was home to the Willowbrook State School. The lecture -- which is open to the public, students and faculty -- is titled: "Some Understanding and Misunderstandings About the Willowbrook State School and What Happened There." Before the campus became a place of learning, it housed developmentally disabled adults and children. A series of articles in the Advance documented the horrific conditions in which they lived. The scandal made national headlines when it was exposed by Geraldo Rivera, then a relatively unknown television reporter. Willowbrook closed for good in 1987 and set legal precedents that influenced the deinstitutionalization movement across the country.

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Art Lab elects new chairwoman, officers of the board Published: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 7:39 AM


Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The board of directors of the Art Lab, School and Galleries of Staten Island has elected Diane Morton-Gatullo as chairwoman of the board of directors of the Art Lab. Other officers elected are: Craig Manister, vice president; Natasha McMahon-Zapata, secretary, and John Shall Jr., treasurer. “I am looking forward to working with my fellow board members and our new CEO Celia M. Reilly-Mauro,” said Ms. Morton-Gattullo. “At the Art Lab, we have a place right here on Staten Island and NYC that helps take budding artists to new levels and provide an outlet for seasoned artists.” A New Springville resident, Ms. Morton-Gattullo is a paraprofessional at PS 29, Castleton Corners. Craig Manister, a New Brighton resident, is an artist who teaches studio art and art history at the College of Staten Island, where he is the director of the Art Gallery. He was the executive director of Art Lab from 1991 to 1994 and president of the board of directors from 1995 to 2007. Natasha McMahon-Zapata is the secretary and bookkeeper for EZ Tile Inc., a family-owned and -operated business in Grymes Hill. She is serving her second term as secretary of the board. John Shall Jr., a Tottenville resident, is a second-generation partner in the certified public accounting firm of DeSantis, Kiefer, Shall & Sarcone, and is also a partner in DKS Advisory Group, a financial services firm. © 2011 All rights reserved.

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Who Decides on Transfer Credit? April 21, 2011 A longstanding complaint of students who transfer from community colleges to four-year institutions is that the 2+2 model quickly turns into 2+3 or 2+4 or 2+dropping out, when many of the credits earned before transfer are rejected or can't fulfill key requirements. At the City University of New York, an administration plan to deal with this issue has many professors at four-year institutions saying that their rights to guard curricular quality are being endangered. The system's central administration proposed in January the creation of a common general education framework across its all of its two- and four-year colleges, which would cause many institutions to significantly trim their current requirements, some of which require as many as 60 credits. The system has also proposed a brand-new, overarching transfer agreement that would guarantee that liberal arts and sciences courses taken for credit at any CUNY institutions be accepted for credit by any other CUNY institutions, even if an equivalent course exists at the transfer institution. As the majority of community college students within the system transfer to a senior college before having earned an associate degree, many of their community college credits are considered elective credits by senior colleges and add to their overall credit total without helping them progress toward their degree requirements. In other words, some students earn more than 120 credits but still cannot graduate. The comprehensive reform efforts, including the trimming and standardization of general education requirements, that CUNY is pursuing are similar to efforts made within the State University of New York system two years ago and those currently being pursued between the California Community Colleges and the California State University System. Many higher education experts have commented in recent years that two- and four-year institutions should strive to make the transfer process easier and more seamless. For instance, the Education Department issued a series of suggestions last month for governors and other state leaders to help colleges in their respective states increase their completion rates. One of the "key strategies" the agency recommends is establishing statewide policies that govern the transfer of credit and "developing common lower-division, postsecondary general education curricula accepted by all public two and four-year institutions." CUNY faculty at both two- and four-year institutions appear united in their frustration over the “top-down� method in which the system administration has sought these changes, arguing it threatens their autonomy and traditional control over curriculum. However, they are divided as to whether such changes are in the best interest of the system and its students — a conflict that says as much about the diversity of CUNY as it does about the vast differences of opinion regarding the recent nationwide push for more college graduates. Faculty leaders at four-year institutions generally agree that the general education changes would dilute the quality of baccalaureate degrees. Of course, to some community college faculty members, the idea that giving more credit to their courses would dilute quality comes across like a slap at their institutions. Faculty senates at six of the senior colleges within the CUNY system have in recent weeks passed resolutions to condemn the planned changes. None of the faculty senates at CUNY's community colleges have taken such a stand. General Education Tug of War

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Sandi E. Cooper, chair of the system-wide University Faculty Senate and a history professor at the College of Staten Island, said she believes the broad changes being proposed by CUNY’s central administration are a “transparent attempt to ensure faster graduation” and that while "citing student complaints about the problems of transfer," it is "proposing a cure that threatens the entire validity of the four-year degree." The administration has proposed a general education model in which all two- and four-year institutions would hold 36 credits — with courses distr buted across disciplines — in common; then, each college would be able to designate up to six additional credits for the general education requirement that are specific to its institution. Cooper argues that asking colleges to trim their general education requirements, some of which currently consist of more than 42 credits, “dilutes quality” and the “rich range” of disciplines students may encounter in their higher education. “An administration which pays for ads on the sides of buses, for billboards and for all manner of commercials demonstrating its commitment to quality, is now asking its baccalaureate institutions to bend to the limited educational attainments of transfer students who may have barely touched the menu of course work,” Cooper wrote in an e-mail to Inside Higher Ed. “What should be eliminated? Languages? Lab science? History? Courses that are too tough — math?” Cooper’s University Faculty Senate, which is dominated by representatives from the system’s four-year institutions, passed something of a compromise resolution on general education last week. It argues for a 30-credit base for general education at all CUNY institutions, plus at least an additional 16 credits to be determined by each individual college. Still, the vote on this resolution did not win the approval of some two-year faculty, who saw the stipulation of 16 credits as giving the senior colleges more than their fair share of curricular control. “My thinking was, at the time, that this isn’t about whether we prefer the 36 + 6 model or the 30 + 16 model,” explained Katherine Conway, head of a caucus of community college representatives to the University Faculty Senate and a business management professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College, about her opposition to the resolution. “We just need to come to an agreement about what the core actually is, and I don’t think we’ve done that.... I don’t think this [common general education core] threatens the quality of baccalaureate degrees, but is the right number of [base] credits 36? I don’t know.” Other community college faculty, however, are not as troubled by giving over control of a significant portion of the general education requirement to their colleagues at senior institutions, if only because they would rather students have a larger overall requirement. “More is better,” said Emily Tai, a representative on the University Faculty Senate’s executive committee and a history professor at Queensborough Community College, of the general education requirement. “We want to expose them to enough so they can decide what they like.” Officials from CUNY’s central administration defend the 36 + 6 plan for general education. Alexandra W. Logue, executive chancellor and university provost of the system, argued that the 42-total-credit requirement is “on the high side for good public universities around the country.” She also deflected faculty claims that the system’s administration was dictating curricular matter to them, and that the administration's approach would dilute baccalaureate degree quality. “Education quality is not a function of what’s in a general education curriculum,” said Logue, adding that faculty will be part of a task force the system’s administration is forming this spring to try to settle what should be a part of this proposed common framework. One-Size-Fits-All Transfer On the matter of the system’s proposed overarching transfer policy, which Cooper and other four-year faculty view as a separate matter from reforming the general education requirement, the University Faculty Senate unanimously passed a resolution last week suggesting that the system’s transfer problems may be remedied more effectively by measures other than blanket acceptance of all liberal arts and sciences credits. It suggests, for example, strengthening “curricular counseling for students” and improving technology to link college course catalogs and make transcripts readily available to advising faculty. Many four-year faculty members are worried by the administration’s effort to push through a transfer agreement in conjunction with a common general education requirement. “It just hasn’t been explained clearly enough,” said Dean Savage, a representative on the University Faculty Senate and a sociology professor at Queens College, a four-year institution. “There just hasn’t been a persuasive case between [this] transfer [change] and a common framework for general education.” Cooper said she will continue to pressure the system’s administration to “modify the language” of its proposal to separate the matters.

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Logue, however, defended the coupling of the changes, arguing that students need both aspects to be reformed to ease transfer within the system. She added that CUNY has “tried a number of different resolutions to try and address this [transfer] problem” before, but that none of them has worked in isolation. Still, as with their response to the system administration’s general education plan, community college faculty are not always in agreement with their colleagues at four-year institutions. “We’ve always felt that our students who want to transfer to four-year colleges bump up against walls on their way there and that there’s always been a kind of barrier there that they didn’t expect to face,” said Sally Mettler, a representative to the University Faculty Senate and a humanities professor at LaGuardia Community College. “And it always comes down to the un-discussed and unspoken issue that some professor thinks that the courses they’ve taken [at a community college] are not up to the level of what they would have to take at a four-year college and don’t deserve equivalency.” Mettler added, though, that she has concerns that the reforms being pushed by the system’s central administration discourage students from earning associate degrees. She worries that some of these reforms could “undercut existing programs” for the sake of a larger baccalaureate degree completion goal. And she said she thinks that some community college faculty have not entirely written off the system administration’s plan because of historical tensions between them and their four-year colleagues. “I think some two-year faculty are willing to get behind the administration on this one because they think it will finally advantage their students in a way that they’ve always been disadvantaged,” Mettler said. “After years of getting the bad end of things, it looks tempting to support this…. Still, that can be something you can live to regret.” — David Moltz

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04/22/2011 05:37 PM

Ancient Rock Found On Staten Island By: Amanda Farinacci

You'd hardly know it from looking at it, but a vacant land alongside Forest Avenue in Graniteville has lots in common with South Africa. It's the only place in the world besides South Africa where a 200 million-year-old rock is known to protrude from the surface of the Earth “It's called trondjemite, it's a metamorphic rock,” said Mark Blazejeski of Mariners Harbor Civic Association. “Two hundred million years ago, a piece of bedrock broke off, probably shale, and was submerged in molten igneous rock rising from below, in what must have been a tremendous earthquake.” Geologists believe a glacier scrubbed and polished the rock for a thousand centuries and that similar rock exists in other places, but you can't see it, like you can here. A professor from the College of Staten Island discovered the rock some thirty years ago. Unknowing vandals have since spray painted it, littered around it and used the lot as a dumping ground. Last Year, the Parks Department took control of the land. It will eventually open as a so-called "passing park" that won't have much more than sitting benches and paths for pedestrians to "pass through.”

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“We want people in mariners harbor to be proud of their community and the students in all the schools are getting involved to help and come together as a community to showcase this national treasure instead of having it covered in tons of debris,� said Kathy Romanelli of the Mariners Harbor Civic Association. A massive cleanup of the site is planned for May 21. More than a dozen community groups have volunteered to help out, and Coca Cola has signed on as a corporate sponsor. After that cleanup is complete, the Parks Department can move ahead with plans to ready the site for public use.


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Reaffirming The Standards  The Middle States visiting team responds to Kean's self­study  report  By: Octavia Knight  Posted: 4/26/11  On Wednesday, April 20, 2011, members of the Kean University community ‐ students, faculty, alumni  and friends ‐ gathered in the Science, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) auditorium for news of the  Middle States Commission on Higher Education's (MSCHE) response to the university's self‐study report  and the team's own findings.     The members of the Middle States visiting team, whose on‐campus evaluation spanned from Sunday,  April 17, to Wednesday, April 20, 2010, included Dr. Tomas Morales, the Chair; Dr. Carol Wells; David E.  Christiansen; Dr. Linda D. Koch; Dr. Linda B. Mehlinger; Dr. Glenn Lang; and Dr. Robert M. Karp.     Upon submitting their completed report to Kean, the team verified the university's self‐study  evaluation; acknowledging and congratulating its "determination to conduct university‐wide assessment  of its programs and student outcomes". The report also specified the university's various strong points  that make the campus especially unique.     The Middle States visiting team's report also provided multiple recommendations to aid Kean in  becoming more adept in regards to university policy, assessments, evaluations, faculty and the  improvement of services to prospective and enrolled students.     In total, there are 14 standards in which the university's progress and performance is evaluated; these  are: Mission and Goals; Planning, Resource, Allocation and Institutional Renewal; Institutional Resource;  Leadership and Governance; Administration; Integrity; Institutional Assessment; Student Admissions and  Retention; Student Support Services; Faculty; Educational Offerings; General Education; Additional  Educational Offerings; and Assessment of Student Learning.   For "Mission and Goals", Kean was praised for its success in providing global learning opportunities for  students throughout the university through programs such as the Center for Leadership and Service ‐  working to provide student extracurricular advisement and community service prospects, all in one  office; Kean's summer research program; the Liberty Hall Museum and the Human Rights Institute. In 

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"Planning, Resource Allocation and Institutional Renewal", Kean was acknowledged for being able to  remain financially viable with competitive tuition and fees, in comparison to other public universities,  while still continuously improving the campus in spite of the extensive budget cuts.     Kean was also recognized in "Educational Offerings" as the university has been successfully responsive  to the needs of the job marketplace in preparing students for the professional workforce, as well as  providing them with supportive faculty dedicated to helping students. 

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From the Press Release: "Winners of the Best Photography Book Award and the Best Moving Image Book Award have been announced by the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation at the Sony World Photography Awards at the Odeon Leicester Square on Wednesday, 27 April 2011. A new award for Outstanding Contribution to publishing was presented to German publisher Gerhard Steidl by last year's Best Photography Book Award winner, Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky.

Kraszna-Krausz Best Photography Book Award A special edition volume of David Goldblatt's TJ – images of Johannesburg shot over forty years, is accompanied by Ivan Vladislaviċ's novel Double Negative, detailing the fragmented experiences of living in that city. The two works together create a dialogue between word and image, balancing both Goldblatt's rigorous research and Vladislavic's narrative fiction. The resulting project describes a difficult metropolis scarred by the history of apartheid, symbolic of contemporary South Africa. Judges Mary McCartney (Chair), David Campany and Yuka Yamaji comment: "Goldblatt and Vladislaviċ's ambitious project explores the relationship between text and image. A highly effective pairing of fiction and photography, this innovative collaboration redefines the possibilities for writing on and about photography." Kraszna-Krausz Best Moving Image Book Award Disappearing Tricks revisits the golden age of theatrical magic and silent film to reveal how professional magicians shaped the early history of cinema. While others have called upon magic as an evocative metaphor for the wonders of cinema, Matthew Solomon focuses on the work of the professional illusionists who actually made magic with moving pictures between 1895 and 1929, including Harry Houdini and Georges Méliès.

Judges Hugh Hudson (Chair), Peter Bradshaw and Sir Christopher Frayling comment: "A fascinating enquiry into the early history of film, especially as it involved magicians and magic tricks. Matthew Solomon explores spiritualism and suspension of disbelief in a compelling investigation of the integration of cinema into mainstream entertainment." Kraszna-Krausz Outstanding Contribution to Publishing award Gerhard Steidl began working as a designer and printer in 1967, when he was just 17 years old. The first Steidl book was published in 1972, and in 1996 Steidl decided to follow his

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passion for photography and to start his own internationally oriented photo book program. Today, Steidl Publishers hold the world rights for the books of some of the most renowned photographers and artists across the globe including past Kraszna-Krausz Book Award winners Edward Burtynsky, Mitch Epstein, and Susan Meiselas. Steidl is one of the few remaining publishing houses to be independently operated by its founding owner, and to control every step of the manufacturing process: editing, design, typography, scanning, marketing, distribution, public relations and printing. Michael G. Wilson, Chairman of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation comments: "Gerhard Steidl's dedication to photographic publishing is evidenced by the personal commitment he makes to every artist that he works with and his passionate, self-taught understanding of the printed object." Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards Exhibition, 26 April – 22 May An exhibition of highly recommended books from each award, curated by the judging panels, is on display at Somerset House for the duration of the World Photography Festival and Exhibition from 26 April - 22 May. Highly recommended photography books for exhibition: Selected by judges Mary McCartney (Chair), David Campany and Yuka Yamaji

Mark Power: The Sound of Two Songs,

Gerry Badger, Marek Bieńczyk and Wojciech Nowicki (Photoworks)

Lewis Baltz WORKS, Lewis Baltz (Steidl)

Eadweard Muybridge,

Philip Brookman (Corcoran Gallery of Art, Tate Publishing and Steidl)

A Million Shillings - Escape from Somalia, Alixandra Fazzina (Trolley)

TJ: Johannesburg Photographs 1948-2010 / Double Negative: A Novel

David Goldblatt and Ivan Vladislaviċ (Contrasto)

The Thirty Two Inch Ruler / Map of Babylon, John Gossage (Steidl)

Camille Silvy: Photographer of Modern Life 1834 - 1910,

Mark Haworth-Booth (The National Portrait Gallery)

Home Sweet Yokosuka 1976-1980,

Miyako Ishiuchi (PPP Editions Inc. in association with Andrew Roth)

Killed: Rejected Images of the Farm Security Administration,

William E. Jones (PPP Editions Inc. in association with Andrew Roth)

Life is Good & Good for You in New York, William Klein (Errata Editions)

Delia's Tears: Race, Science, and Photography in Nineteenth-Century America, Molly

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Rogers (Yale University Press)

Toshi-e (Towards the City), Yutaka Takanashi (Errata Editions)

Best Photography Book Award special mention "Errata Editions of New York merits special commendation for their work republishing rare important twentieth century photographic books" Highly recommended moving image books for exhibition Selected by judges Hugh Hudson, Peter Bradshaw and Sir Christopher Frayling

Counter-Archive: Film, the Everyday, and Albert Kahn's Archives de la Planète, Paula Amad (Columbia University Press)

Billy Wilder's Some Like it Hot, Dan Aulier & Alison Castle (Taschen)

Von Sternberg, John Baxter (The University Press of Kentucky)

From Word to Image: Storyboarding and the Filmmaking Process,

Marcie Begleiter (Michael Wiese Productions)

Eadweard Muybridge,

Philip Brookman (Corcoran Gallery of Art, Tate Publishing, Steidl)

The Godfather Family Album, Paul Duncan & Steve Schapiro (Taschen)

Nino Rota: Music, Film and Feeling,

Richard Dyer (British Film Institute and Palgrave Macmillan)

Studying Ealing Studios, Stephanie Muir (Auteur Publishing)

Illuminations: Memorable Movie Moments,

Richard D. Pepperman (Michael Wiese Productions)

Shadows of Progress: Documentary Film in Post-War Britain 1951-1977,

Patrick Russell and James Piers Taylor, eds. (British Film Institute and Palgrave Macmillan)

Making of The Empire Strikes Back, J.W. Rinzler (Aurum Press)

Disappearing Tricks: Silent Film, Houdini, and the New Magic of the 20th Century, Matthew Solomon (University of Illinois Press)

The Moment of Psycho: How Alfred Hitchcock Taught America to Love Murder, David Thomson (Perseus Books)

Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley,

Jeffrey Spivak (The University Press of Kentucky) Best Moving Image Book Award special mention "The judges would like to give special recognition to Taschen for their longstanding commitment to producing books about the moving image."

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ENDS For more information about the Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards please contact Chris Baker or Truda Spruyt at Colman Getty Consultancy 020 7631 2666 / / Notes to Editors follow NOTES TO EDITORS · The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards celebrate excellence in photography and moving image publishing. They were founded in 1985 by the prolific Hungarian publisher and founder of Focal Press, Andor Kraszna-Krausz. Two separate prizes are awarded for photography books and for moving image books (including film and television) published in the UK between 1 January and 31 December 2010. The judging panels of the 2011 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards are chaired by Mary McCartney (photography) and Hugh Hudson (moving image). They will be looking for works which make a significant contribution to photographic and/or moving image scholarship, history, research, criticism, science and conservation. All eligible submissions join the Kraszna-Krausz collection of photography and moving image in the library of the National Media Museum in Bradford. <> · The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation was established in 1985 by Andor Kraszna-Krausz, founder of the influential publishing house Focal Press. The charitable organisation presents the annual book awards for photography and the moving image and provides year-round grants for the advancement of photography and the moving image in the UK. <> · Created by the World Photography Organisation, the World Photography Awards, sponsored by Sony, launched in 2007. The World Photography Organisation supports professional, amateur and student photography, lending a global platform for the photographic industry to communicate, converge and showcase current trends in Photojournalism, Fine Art and Commercial photography. Delivering various initiatives and programmes across this global community under the "World Photography" brand, these programmes involve the photographer in commercial, cultural and educational activities within the many industry sectors, whilst also creating cultural activities for the public to participate in. Also currently included within the World Photography portfolio are the World Photography Student Focus Competition; the World Photography Festival, the World Photography Focus Programme and the World Photography Collection. For more information go to <> · Michael G Wilson is a film producer and photography collector. Responsible for box office successes Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, with his producing partner and sister, Barbara Broccoli, he was awarded an OBE in 2008 for Services to the Film Industry. He founded the Wilson Centre for Photography in 1998. The Centre is one of the largest private collections of photography today, spanning works from some of the earliest extant photographs to the most current contemporary productions. The Centre hosts seminars and study sessions, runs an annual bursary project with the National Media Museum and loans to international museums and galleries · David Goldblatt has worked as a photographer since 1963. Through his images he has carried out one of the most accurate analyses of the changes in South African society, before and after apartheid. His work has been shown in the world's most important museums and is part of some of the most important collections. He has published sixteen photobooks and received many

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awards, including the Camera Austria Prize (1995), the Arles Book Prize (2004), the Hasselblad Award (2006) and the Grand Prix International Henri Cartier-Bresson (2009). · Ivan Vladislaviċ is one of South Africa's most prominent writers. Among his novels are The Folly, The Restless Supermarket and The Exploded View. He has edited and curated a number of art and architecture books. In 2010, Vladislavic's first short novels have been collected and republished in Flashback Hotel. He has received numerous and important awards such as the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, the University of Johannesburg Prize, the award for best literary essay, the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award. · Matthew Solomon is an associate professor of cinema studies in the Department of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. His research examines the historical relationships between cinema and a number of other media. He is Associate Editor of Cinema Journal and Book Review Editor for Film for Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film. As well as Disappearing Tricks, Professor Solomon is the editor of Fantastic Voyages of the Cinematic Imagination: Georges Méliès's Trip to the Moon (SUNY Press, 2011, in press). He is currently working on a critical edition DVD of Méliès's landmark early film, A Trip to the Moon (1902), to accompany the book.

Best Photography Book Award Runners Up The Thirty Two Inch Ruler / Map of Babylon, John Gossage (Steidl) "The clarity, precision and acute photographic observation make it a beautifully executed project. The unique design and editing of John Gossage's book completes an important creative statement." Camille Silvy: Photographer of Modern Life 1834 – 1910, Mark Haworth-Booth (The National Portrait Gallery) "An illuminating combination of technical history and criticism. Mark Haworth-Booth's excellent scholarship, insightful observations and social commentary are an invaluable contribution to the history of photography." Best Moving Image Book Award Runners Up Von Sternberg, John Baxter (The University Press of Kentucky) "John Baxter's biography is written with the clarity and confidence of an author intimate with his subject. His compelling narrative is an illuminating account that expands scholarship on the director." Eadweard Muybridge, Philip Brookman (Corcoran Gallery of Art, Tate Publishing, Steidl) "A meticulous piece of scholarship on the pre-history of the moving image. This ambitious and beautifully illustrated survey spans the breadth of Muybridge's artistic practice and traces the origins of film itself." Illuminations: Memorable Movie Moments, Richard D. Pepperman (Michael Wiese Productions) "An intimate and accessible approach to moving image writing. Richard D. Pepperman sheds fresh

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light on the resonance of film watching, its relationship to memory and a sense of place. He also helpfully includes critics' responses to the films - then and now." Best Photography Book Award judging panel · Mary McCartney (Chair) has worked as a photographer since 1995. Her work spans the worlds of portraiture and fashion photography and has appeared in magazines such as Harpers Bazaar and Interview. McCartney has exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery and important galleries in UK and America. She also shoots advertising campaigns around the world. · David Campany is a writer and curator. His books include Art and Photography (Phaidon 2003) and the 2009 Kraszna-Krausz Best Moving Image Book winner Photography and Cinema (Reaktion 2008). He co-curated ANONYMES: unnamed America in photography and film for Le Bal, Paris. He is a Reader in Photography at the University of Westminster. · As head of Christie's Photographs department, London, Yuka Yamaji is responsible for biannual auctions in London and has contributed to auctions at various salerooms on both sides of the Atlantic, including Los Angeles, New York, London and Paris. Moving Image Book Award judging panel · Director Hugh Hudson (Chair) directed numerous award winning documentary films and television commercials prior to his directorial debut, Chariots of Fire (1981) for which he received an Academy nomination. The film received eight nominations and won four Oscars including Best Picture. Greystoke (1984) received four academy nominations. Hudson's recent projects include My Life So Far (1999), I Dreamed of Africa (2000), and Revolution Revisited (2008). He is currently completing a feature documentary on the brain called Rupture – A Matter Of Life & Death.

· Peter Bradshaw is a writer and the Guardian's Film Critic. He has written two novels, Lucky Baby Jesus (1999) and Dr Sweet and his Daughter (2003). He also wrote and performed a BBC radio programme entitled For One Horrible Moment and co-wrote and acted in David Baddiel's sitcom, Baddiel's Syndrome. · Sir Christopher Frayling has published and presented extensively on art, design, popular culture and film. Frayling served as Rector of the Royal College of Art from 1996-2009 and Chairman of the Arts Council from 2004-2009."

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Spring peepers: The first sound of the season Published: Thursday, April 28, 2011, 8:07 AM


Kathryn Carse

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - ALL SHORES - A robin or a phoebe. Crocuses or daffodils. The first sneeze. The harbingers of spring are varied and personal. For those who listen closely, it is a sound that heralds the arrival of warmer weather. It is a celestial jingle made by spring peepers. Seldom seen, spring peepers are tiny tree


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May as the males do their best to attract

'They are so intriguing because they are so tiny. Small is an understatement,' said Harvey Bird who has photographed spring peepers to illustrate they fit on a fingernail. Bird of Great Kills, president of the Metropolitan Herpetological Society, has photographed spring peepers in Blue Heron Park and in the Greenbelt.

females with a serenade.

Spring peeper frogs on Staten Island gallery (7 photos)

frogs. Their mighty chorus fills the night air beginning in March and lasting through

It's not as if no one has ever seen a spring peeper, but many more people hear them than see them. And among those who hear them, it's safe to say many think they are hearing an insect. The peeper's sound is nothing like the croak or belch associated with larger frog species. "I used to say, 'What's that noise coming from the woods?' " said Harvey Bird of Great Kills. The 28-year-old president of the Metropolitan Herpetological Society raises snakes and geckos, but he's been taking more of an interest in observing native species in the field. "They are so intriguing because they are so tiny. Small is an understatement," said Bird who has photographed the peepers to show that they fit on a fingernail.

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"When you shine a light on them you say, 'You're the one making all that noise!' " said Bird. A single peeper sounds a pretty loud note, but these tiny creatures are not soloists. They are chorus frogs and can be heard singing in the hundreds. "Sleigh bells ringing in the distance," is how Ed Johnson, director of science at the Staten Island Museum and a "reptile guy," describes the sound of the spring chorus. Peepers are brown or tan, and have a squiggly "x" on their backs that gives them their scientific name, "Pseudacris crucifer." They live through the winter under logs and leaves and burst on the scene in spring. Amphibians, spring peepers breed and develop in water, but as adults, they live on land. They eat small insects, such as beetles, ants, flies, and spiders. Peter Kruse, a photo toner at the Advance who lives across from Arden Woods, got the chance to observe a spring peeper when his dog came in one December day and spit one out on the floor. While keeping it in a terrarium until it got warmer outside, Kruse observed first hand how the tiny frog puffs out its bellows-like throat to produce its ring-tone "peep." Peepers breed in vernal ponds â&#x20AC;&#x201C; temporary pools of water fed by melting snow and early spring rains that dry up come summer. "The peepers don't need humongous ponds. They are meant to breed in vernal ponds. God knows when they will dry up, so the metamorphosis has to be fast," said Bird. Eggs hatch into tadpoles in about 12 days; about six weeks later, the tadpoles become froglets. Johnson points out that since the vernal pools eventually dry up, they don't support fish populations that would otherwise dine on the tiny frog. Irv Robbins, director of the astrophysical observatory at the College of Staten Island, loves the sound "as it heralds the coming of true spring, i.e. warmer days," he said. He vividly remembers seeing one, just an inch in size with its characteristic "x" on its back. Clay Wollney, the "Ask Clay" columnist for the Young Advance, says the elusive frogs are surprisingly tolerant of the spotlight. It's best to look for them after dusk, he says, because the chorus is loudest and they congregate along the shore. As a project manager with the city's Department of Environmental Protection's Staten Island Bluebelt project, Robert Brauman sees peepers in numerous ponds. "It's difficult. They get quiet when you get near them. You basically have to go the water's edge, stand still for a few minutes, and wait for them to resume singing," he said. Page 88 of 174

The Bluebelt, a drainage system of natural and manmade ponds has helped increase habitat for native vegetation and reptiles and amphibians which have lost precious ground to development and pollution. Brauman said the peepers can now be heard in several of the Bluebelt's storm water wetlands such as Butterfly Pond in Blue Heron Park in Annadale. Most people have pleasant associations with the sound. Beth Gorrie, director of Staten Island OutLOUD, and a resident of New Brighton, calls it the "music of the spheres." Not everyone hears it the same way, however. Brian Madigan of Annadale describes it as "kind of an eerie sound. It reminds me of an old horror film 'The Day Of the Triffids,' " he said. Living near Blue Heron Park, Madigan gets a double dose â&#x20AC;&#x201C; when he leaves for work in the morning and it is still dark, then again in the evening. To hear them, you don't have to go into a wetland, just get near one. Johnson recommends, "Just drive along Rockland Avenue on a warm night with the windows down and you'll hear them." Where to hear spring peepers There are a few more weeks to catch the concert. Some hot spots: South Shore Long Pond Park, Tottenville Numerous small ponds along Hylan Boulevard from Annadale south to Tottenville Bloomingdale Park, Rossville Mount Loretto Unique Area, Pleasant Plains Bloesser Pond, Pleasant Plains Blue Heron Park, Annadale Siedenberg Park, Great Kills Wood Duck Pond, Great Kills Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve in Charleston West Shore Numerous small ponds in the Greenbelt

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APRIL 30, 2011, 9:16 AM

Urban Forager | Dead Nettle, Where Is Thy Sting? By AVA CHIN

Ava Chin for The New York TimesPurple dead nettle: no venomous hairs, sweet little flowers. What’s not to love?

I was walking across the College of Staten Island campus recently when I spotted purple dead nettle creeping from out under a log. Then I saw several patches of the plant some yards away. Unlike stinging nettle, which is harder to find in the city, purple dead nettle grows abundantly across the five boroughs. Last spring, I found it flourishing in vacant lots in Williamsburg and Fort Greene in Brooklyn, and even helped weed some out from a farm in East New York. Purple dead nettle, a member of the mint family, has a characteristic square stem and cascading reddish-purple triangular top leaves — kind of reminiscent of shimmery mauve eye shadow — that are hairy and grow increasingly rounded and verdant at the base. (It’s easily confused with henbit dead nettle a k a Lamium aplexicaule, which grows in the same areas but has round leaves up and down the stem). Known in Latin as Lamium purpureum and alternately in English as red dead nettle and purple archangel, the plant is native to Europe and Western Asia. It is closely related to the white dead nettle (Lamium album), which itself resembles the stinging nettle that proliferates throughout the United States and England, but without the prickly stingers (hence, “dead” nettle). Purple dead nettle can be found across most of the United States, in sunny fields and parkland. It grows to about 6 inches, but reaches 16 inches in more crowded circumstances. It is a great favorite of the bees, and I often enjoy nibbling on its sweet purple flowers this time of year, though I do have regrets over stealing nectar from our local Apis mellifera. According to “Medicinal Plants in Folk Tradition: An Ethnobotany of Britain & Ireland” by David E. Allen and Gabrielle Hatfield, in England, purple dead nettle was traditionally used as an infusion in wine for constipation, while in parts of Ireland it’s used for headaches and the rash associated with measles. In old European medicine, purple archangel was associated with the spleen and applied as compresses to treat melancholy.

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I did a recent taste test of purple dead nettle tea, and it does smell and taste like wild stinging nettle, though it’s a bit smokier in flavor. Because it’s abundant right now from the Bronx to Staten Island, I’m looking forward to trying Lamium purpureum in pancakes and frittatas. Ava Chin is a professor of creative nonfiction and journalism at the College of Staten Island. The Urban Forager appears every other Saturday.

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Staten Island sports bulletin board for April 3, 2011: Road racing team for cancer research Published: Sunday, April 03, 2011, 9:00 AM


Staten Island Advance Sports Desk

AMSAN softball openings The SAMSAN Sunday morning men’s softball league has team openings for its B division. Call Bruce Tooker at 718-948-7359. Road racing team The friends of Dan Manzella are organizing a road racing team to raise money for cancer research in his memory. Team DMZ plans to run a few races per year in the tri-state area. The first event is the Lake Como 5K in New Jersey on April 30. Runners may register at ID=2241. In addition to registering for the race, Team DMZ will be making team shirts which runners may purchase for a donation of $25. The donation will cover cost of shirts with the remainder going to Voices Against Brain Cancer The cutoff date for people wishing to order a shirt in March 30. Send an email to or search for DMZ on Facebook search to find all info on the event page. Youth soccer co-ed camp OLQP Soccer will conduct co-ed youth camps for kids ages 6-13 under the direction of renowned coach and official Nick Kvasic. There will be two sessions at the College of Staten Island — on April 25-26 (MondayTuesday) and on June 29-July 1 (Wednesday-Friday) — from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each day. The registration deadline for the spring session is April 16; for the summer session, it’s June 18. The cost of the two-day spring session is $80; for the summer session, it’s $120. Players should bring a ball, shin guards, soccer cleats, water and a snack. Call Kvasic at 718-594-4174. UBC registration Registrations are being accepted for University Basketball Camp, an instructional basketball program for boys and girls entering grades 2-9. Two one-week sessions are being held for girls. The girls’ camp dates are June 27-July 1 and Aug. 1-5. The girls’ camp is directed by Wagner College women’s coach Gela Mikalauskas. Three one-week sessions for boys are scheduled. The dates are July 11-15, July 18-22 and July

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25-29. The boys’ camps are directed for former Wagner and Hofstra assistant coach Greg Mikalauskas and current Staten Island Academy boys’ varsity coach Mike Mazella. All sessions, boys and girls, are held at the Cardinal Cooke Center on Nelson Avenue in Great Kills. A camp brochure is available at or by calling 718-980-2267. Tabeek softball The James and Joanne Tabeek Memorial League has one opening for its men’s doubleheader division and one for its nine-inning Sunday co-ed division. Call 718-987-2818 or go to for meeting information. Men’s hoops team needed The Fun Station men’s league has one team opening for its Tuesday night league. Call 718-496-1935. Biddy summer hoops The OLSS Summer Basketball League is accepting team registrations for the Biddy Division. The schedule consists of 10 games (with scorekeeping) and are played weeknights with no weekends. Other events such as skills competitions and parent/player Mikan Drill Contests are also scheduled. Teams entering first and second grade are eligible. E-mail Joe Mazzella at or call 917-748-3928. Tennis lessons Tennis lessons for children and adults will be offered starting Thursday at Silver Lake Park. The six-week program costs $100. Call Bill Noonan at 347-831-8482. Visit the website at

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College of Staten Island baseball wins one, loses one Published: Monday, April 04, 2011, 1:17 PM


Staten Island Advance Sports Desk

CSI 8, SUNY-Maritime 3 SUNY Maritime 7, CSI 3

The Dolphins settled for a non-conference split with SUNY Maritime, winning the first game and dropping the second game in the Bronx. Dolphin senior southpaw James Mardikos was the winning pitcher in the opener, allowing one hit and one run in six innings. Sophomore catcher Bryan Moreno went 3-for-4 while Pat Gale had two RBI. The host Privateers took the nightcap with a three-run fifth inning keyed by freshman Nick Galli, a St. Joseph by-the-Sea product, whose sacrifice fly provided a 4-3 lead. Advance file photo Dolphin senior southpaw James Mardikos was the winning pitcher in the opener.

Trevor Cannella was the winning pitcher, tossing a five-hitter and allowing one earned run in seven innings. Joey Semler paced the host team with a 4-for-7 afternoon with four RBI. CSI ended the day with a 11-9 record while SUNY Maritime is 11-8.

The Dolphins host nationally-ranked Kean tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. in Willowbrook.

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Kean blanks CSI 4-0 in baseball Published: Wednesday, April 06, 2011, 7:09 AM


Staten Island Advance

UNION, N.J. — The College of Staten Island couldn’t get any offense going during yesterday’s 4-0 baseball loss to nationally-ranked NCAA Division III power Kean at Jim Hynes Stadium. The day began on an ominous note when the game was switched from Willowbrook because the Cougars’ synthetic grass field was more playable in rainy conditions. So CSI, which dropped to 11-10, hit the road for a “home’ game against the 18-4 Cougars, who are ranked No. 4 by Advance file photo CSI pitcher Pat Gale dropped to 3-3 yesterday.

The Dolphins sent senior left-hander Pat Gale (3-3) to the mound and he gave up three earned runs in seven innings. He also escaped more earlyinning jams than Harry Houdini, avoiding the big frame despite allowing five hits and seven walks. But his counterpart, Kean senior rightly Chris Cirlincione, was sharper. He worked six shutout innings before giving way to Nick Zucchero and Brandon Bujnowski. The three Cougar hurlers didn’t allow a walk while the Dolphins issued nine free passes. Kean scratched out single runs in the first two innings and took a 3-0 lead with another tally in the fifth. Meanwhile, CSI had a scoring chance in the third when Sal Cassano and Mark Glennerster had one-out singles. A groundout moved the runners into scoring position but another groundout ending the threat. A pair of Kean throwing errors opened the door in the fourth, but again the Dolphins were unable to get the

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ball out of the infield. Gale went 2-for-4 to pace CSI’s six-hit attack. Gale and reliever Anthony Collucci also held the Cougars to six hits. Ken Gregory went 2-for-4 and drove in two Kean runs while Lee Cavico had two hits and two runs. The Dolphins had circled this game on the calendar as part of a tougher overall schedule with the idea of boosting their postseason profile. They dropped a 2-1 home game early in the season to SUNY-Cortland, currently No. 20 nationally, and were swept by current No. 2 Christopher Newport — 10-5 and 9-2— during a southern swing last month. That adds up to 0-4 against nationally-ranked competition, but more alarming have been local losses to the likes of Mount St. Vincent, Kings Point and SUNY-Maritime. The lack of consistent offense, as was the case yesterday, has been the most glaring deficiency. NOTES: CSI hosts New Jersey City under the lights tonight at 7 in Willowbrook before taking on John Jay in a three-game CUNY Conference weekend series ... The Dolphins have lost four of their last six following an eight-game win streak. © 2011 All rights reserved.

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CSI tops New Jersey City in baseball, 7-3 Published: Thursday, April 07, 2011, 1:16 AM

Updated: Thursday, April 07, 2011, 1:19 AM

College of Staten Island sophomore Richard Anderson threw a four-hitter and the Dolphins exploded for six runs in the second inning under the lights at Willowbrook. Anderson improved to 3-1 after striking out five. Henry Roman and Pat Gale had two RBI apiece while Dan Lynch had two hits and two runs. CSI improved to 12-10 while NJCU dropped to 4-15. The Dolphins face John Jay in a Saturday noon doubleheader at American Legion Field in Brooklyn.


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Softball Batters Its Way to Sweep of Staten Island as Win Streak Reaches 10 Games Staten Island, NY (4/7/11) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; For the second straight day, Montclair State got solid pitching and an offensive explosion from its bats as the Red Hawks extended their winning streak to 10 with a doubleheader sweep of College of Staten Island on Thursday afternoon. MSU (14-4) won the opener 4-0 before posting a 10-run fourth inning en route to a 15-3 victory. Freshman righthander Alex Hill (Parsippany, NJ / Parsippnay Hills) tossed her second straight shutout in the opener as she improved to 8-2 on the year. Hill allowed three singles and struck out 10 and did not walk a batter. Even though Hill held the Dolphins scoreless, it took until the sixth inning for Montcair to put a run on the board. That came in one swing of the bat by Dana Amato (Hillsdale, NJ / Pascack Valley) as she blasted her third home run of the year and second in as many days for a 1-0 MSU advantage. Montclair added three more runs in the seventh inning. Hill helped her own cause with an RBI double and Leslie Gonzalez (North Bergen, NJ / North Bergen) brought home two more runs for the final 4-0 margin. Alisha Cumberton (Toms River, NJ / Toms River East) was 2-for-3 for the Red Hawks. In the second game, Montclair State took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Cumberton delivered an RBI double. The Dolphins would tie the game in the bottom of the second but the Red Hawks regained the lead with a four-run third inning. Muglia doubled in two runs and O'Brien and Heather Bergman (Berkeley Heights, NJ / Gov. Livingston) each had RBI as Montclair led 5-1. MSU then put the game away with a 10-run inning for the second straight day. Montclair sent 14 batters to the plate in the inning. O'Brien had a two-run double and Jamie Paulino (Linden, NJ / Linden) singled home two runs to highlight the offensive onslaught by the Red Hawks. Sophomore righthander Jamie Miller (Sptswood, NJ / St. John Vianney) got the win as she went the first three innings in the five-inning contest. Miller (6-2) allowed three hits and a run. Gonzalez finished 3-for-4 for Montclair while Muglia, Amato, Cumberton, O'Brien and Liz Russo (Jackson, NJ / Liberty)had two hits apiece as the Red Hawks pounded out 15 hits in the game, seven in the 10-run fourth inning. The Red Hawks return to action on Saturday, April 9 as they host The College of New Jersey at the MSU Softball Stadium at 1:00 pm.

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Sponsored by the National Consortium of Academics and Sports, the College of Staten Island Office of Intercollegiate Athletics held their inaugural ceremony for Student-Athlete Day in the CSI Sports and Recreation Center, honoring its scholar-athletes. The short ceremony honored over 70 CSI scholar-athletes that held a 3.0 GPA or higher. The scholar-athlete citations were noted with CSI's first-ever Athletic Director Honor Roll, released last month covering the fall 2010 semester, sponsored by the CSI Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). National Student-Athlete Day is celebrated nation-wide, commending scholastic achievement by student-athletes. Since 1987, the National Consortium of Academics and Sports has been on NCAA campuses to promote the accolades of its finest student-athletes, its scholar-athletes, who take their headstrong discipline and passion for what they do on the field of play and transfer it to the classroom. After a short introduction, participants were greeted by CSI Athletic Director Vernon Mummert, followed by CSI President Dr. Tomas Morales and Vice President for Student-Affairs, Dr. Ramona Brown. Together, they preached of the importance of CSI's continued accolades in the classroom, and the commitment of CSI athletes to continue to raise the number. Participants were treated to a full buffet at the conclusion of the ceremony. “This was a great event to honor the achievements of our scholar-athletes, who together with their peers on the playing field are the most dynamic students on campus,” said Mummert. “Many of our student-athletes balance the rigors of full-time studies along with one and even two full or part-time jobs, family commitments, and of course, their exploits on the field. It's an honor to commemorate them in this way.” CSI honored nearly 40% of the student-athlete body, the highest number ever at the college. Among the honored student-athletes were a foursome of CUNYAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honorees, including Nikolay Shevchenko (Men's Swimming), Gabriella Villarruel (Women's Swimming/Women's Tennis), Raechel Strobel (Softball) and Robert Hargraves (Men's Tennis. CSI will hold a similar event in the fall of 2011, honoring future members of the AD Honor Roll for the spring 2011 semester.

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CUNYAC / HSS SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE MONTH Raechel Strobel • College of Staten Island • Softball

CUNYAC/HSS March Scholar-Athlete of the Month

FLUSING, NY -- College of Staten Island softball star Raechel Strobel was named Hospital for Special Surgery/CUNYAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month for March 2011. The award is given to one student conference wide that excels both in the classroom and on the field of play in their sport. “I feel blessed to be recognized for efforts that so many other student athletes also make,” says the humbled Strobel who is receiving this award for the second time (she won the award during her sophomore season as well), “I also feel grateful and being recognized is a privilege.”

The senior softball captain, a Mathematics major, boasts a stellar 3.892 grade point average. Strobel is a mainstay on the dean’s list since her freshman year, Strobel attends the CSI Teacher’s Academy on numerous academic scholarships. As a math tutor for high school students and her peers, including her teammates, Strobel sees a future for herself as a math teacher. She is currently student-teaching at her alma mater, Curtis High School. A CUNY All-Star since her freshman year, Strobel has had a fine start to her final season at CSI. For the month, she has totaled 17 hits, 13 RBI and 12 runs scored while possessing a .425 batting average. The second baseman is ranked 2nd in conference for RBI’s and 5th for runs scored. Combining softball, student teaching and school work is no easy task for Strobel, “When the semester started, it was the first time I had to accomplish so many tasks at once, it was initially overwhelming, so I found ways to adjust. Being ‘balanced’ is an important part of life and sports” The senior credits her positive attitude and focus to those around her, “I always remember to be thankful for the time I have and make the most of it. I am also able to prioritize tasks because of help and guidance from others. I really appreciate the help I get from teachers, what our coaches do for the team, and what my family does for me.” Strobel stays optimistic, “Even though there is a lot going on, I have never been more focused and excited about what I’m doing. I’m extremely eager about the future because it includes finishing a season with an incredible team, graduating an amazing college and becoming a high school math teacher.”

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She even found a way to combine her passions; “I would really like to coach high school softball one day.”

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CSI softball team drops doubleheader Published: Friday, April 08, 2011, 11:02 AM


Staten Island Advance

The College of Staten Island softball team dropped a home non-league doubleheader to Montclair State suffering 4-0 and 15-3 losses yesterday in Willowbrook. The Dolphins (9-7 overall) mustered just three hits in the first game and lasted just five innings in the nightcap after the vistors scored 10 runs in the fourth inning. Danielle Brandow had two RBI for CSI and Kaitlyn Flynn finished with two hits.

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CSI takes CUNY baseball win over John Jay, 14-1 Published: Sunday, April 10, 2011, 10:24 PM


Staten Island Advance Sports Desk

The College of Staten Island improved to 6-1 in the CUNY Conference and 14-11 overall with a 14-1 rout over John Jay on Sunday in Willowbook. CSI took the final two games of the three-game series. Casey Mulligan worked five innings for the win, and was followed on the mound by Daniel Slvein, Chris Matusiewicz, Jonathan Aponte and Matthew Schwartz. Joseph Falcone paced the offense with a 3-for-5 day with five RBI. Pat Gale drove in three runs. CSI took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and added seven runs in the fourth. John Jay dropped to 4-4 and 7-18.

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Rain plays havoc with schedule Staten Island Advance, April 13, 2011 7:36 a.m. Yesterday’s rain put a damper on the local sports schedule. All three high school boys’ tennis matches — St. Joseph by-the-Sea vs. St. Peter’s at CSI, Curtis at Susan Wagner and Berkeley-Carroll at S.I. Academy — were washed out. Also, the Curtis at Tottenville and Susan Wagner at McKee/S.I. Tech girls’ tennis games were wiped out. The Packer-Collegiate at S.I. Academy and St. John Villa vs. St. Peter’s softball games were both postponed. Curtis and Tottenville’s golf match was called off as was New Dorp at Curtis’ girls’ handball match. In college action, Wagner College’s softball double-header at Temple was postponed along with the College of Staten Island’s baseball game at Manhattanville.

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William Paterson blanks CSI in baseball, 11-0 Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 11:01 PM


Staten Island Advance Sports Desk

WAYNE, N.J. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; William Paterson sophomore left-hander James Young tossed a two-hit shutout as the Pioneers blanked the College of Staten Island, 11-0, in a non-conference baseball game. The winners improved to 16-7-1 with their 13th victory in the last 14 games. The Dolphins are 14-12 overall. Young allowed singles to Henry Roman and Sal Todaro and nothing else in a 106-pitch outing. He walked four with one strikeout. William Paterson, which had 17 hits, took a 1-0 first-inning lead and broke the game open with three runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth. Freshman third baseman A.J. Flores was 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBI. The Dolphins host FDU-Florham on Thursday night at 7. Š 2011 All rights reserved.

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College notebook: Pitchers Ferenti, Mahay raise their records to 4-0 By RON MOSHIER Observer-Dispatch Posted Apr 14, 2011 @ 03:00 PM UTICA — Unbeaten pitchers Alex Ferenti (Whitesboro) of the College of St. Rose and Mike Mahay (Whitesboro) of Cortland State became their teams’ first four-game winners this past week. Ferenti, a junior transfer from Herkimer County Community College, allowed one run on five hits over 6¤ innings to help Division II St. Rose earn a split of its Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader with a 3-1 win over Merrimack College. Ferenti struck out four and did not walk a batter. He is 4-0 with two complete games and a 2.73 ERA. He has 19 strikeouts and has walked only two in 29ª innings. Mahay, a senior lefty at Division III Cortland, also improved to 4-0 with last week’s 4-1 SUNY Athletic Conference win over Oswego State. He struck out six and did not walk a batter in eight innings, lowering his ERA to 1.91. Opposing batters are hitting just .186 off Mahay, who has helped the nationally-ranked Red Dragons (18-5) extend their winning streak to 10 games. • Outfielder Joe Carcone (New Hartford), a freshman playing at the Division I level for Bryant College and head coach Steve Owens (Sauquoit), was 3 for 3 with an RBI and run scored as the Bulldogs beat Wagner College 5-1 last Sunday. The day before, those teams split a doubleheader, with Carcone going 2 for 3 in a 1-0 win and 1 for 3 in a 2-0 loss. • Clemson University sophomore Phil Pohl (Cooperstown) had a big week for the Tigers. He drove in three runs in a 12-3 win over Western Carolina, had two hits – including his third home run – and two RBIs in a 7-0 win over Maryland, and had two more hits and an RBI in a 7-2 win over Presbyterian College. • Clarkson University lefty Alex Giovannone (New Hartford) pitched a seven-inning shutout, scattering six hits in the Golden Knights’ 8-0 win over Union College. Giovannone (2-1) walked one and struck out five, fanning the side in the seventh inning. Clarkson swept the doubleheader, but Union’s Tyler Heck (Clinton) had two hits in each game. On Tuesday, Heck was 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI in a 5-4 win over Oneonta State. • Shortstop Conner Flisnik (Whitesboro) is batting .333 for a Wentworth Institute of Technology that is 17-7 and has won 10 of its last 11 games. Flisnik was 2 for 3 with a walk, a stolen base, and an RBI in Tuesday’s 12-5 win over Eastern Nazarene.

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• Felician College junior George Hajjar (Utica/Whitesboro) doubled with two outs in the 10th inning and later scored, breaking a 0-0 tie and helping the Golden Falcons beat Post University 3-0. Hajjar also helped Felician split last weekend’s doubleheader with Bloomfield. In the opener, he stole home in the bottom of the eighth inning – giving him a team-high 13 steals in 14 attempts and tying the game at 1-1 – and Felician scored again in the ninth for a 2-1 victory. The Falcons lost the second game 11-9, but Hajjar was 2 for 3 with a double, triple and two RBIs. • Brockport State’s Tom McCormick (Utica/Notre Dame) had two hits and a stolen base in a 9-4 win over Fredonia. Softball • Junior third baseman Jenae Morrissey (Utica/Thomas R. Proctor) leads Virginia’s Emory & Henry College regulars with a .348 batting average after going 5 for 5 with four RBIs and four runs scored in a doubleheader sweep of Sweet Briar College. She had three hits, including two doubles and two RBIs, and freshman pitcher JenniferTrue (Utica/Thomas R. Proctor) threw a five-inning shutout as the Wasps won the opener 11-0. True allowed six hits, struck out five, and did not walk a batter. In the second game, Morrissey had two doubles and two RBIs and True had a hit, RBI and stolen base in a 16-0 romp. True, 4-9 as a pitcher and batting .351 in 37 at bats, also shut out Roanoke College 6-0. • Union College junior shortstop Lauren Hoffman (Marcy/Whitesboro) went 5 for 7 in a doubleheader split with the College of Staten Island. She had three hits, scored twice, and stole a base as Union won the nightcap 8-3. Hoffman leads the team with a .360 average, 16 runs, 31 hits, and six stolen bases. • Wilkes University’s Kait Brown (Utica/Thomas R. Proctor) had two hits and scored a run in a 6-5 loss to William Paterson. • Oswego State’s Sue Schoff (Little Falls) has two hits and two RBIs in a 6-4 loss to Fredonia. Men’s Lacrosse • Redshirt sophomore defenseman David Hamlin (New Hartford) made his first career start for topranked Syracuse University last Saturday. Replacing injured SU star John Lade, Hamlin was assigned to Princeton’s best dodging attackman, Chris McBride, and held him to two goals as the Orange improved to 9-0 with a 7-5 win. In SU’s 11-6 loss to fifth-ranked Cornell on Tuesday, Hamlin had two groundballs and forced one turnover. • Potsdam State’s Ryan Paparella (Whitesboro) scored three goals in a 14-13 win over Cobleskill.

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• Senior Jon Furgal (New Hartford) shared the team lead with six groundballs and also won 11 of 24 faceoffs to help Clarkson University edge 15th-ranked RPI 11-10. • RPI rebounded on Wednesday as Andrew Miller (New Hartford) scored his 11th goal of the season to help the No. 19 Engineers beat Castleton State 16-2. • Medaille College’s Charlie Coogan (Rome Free Academy) won 17 of 29 faceoffs in a 13-12 loss to Cobleskill. • St. John Fisher’s Ryan Schmidt (Whitesboro) had two goals and an assist in Wednesday’s 14-12 loss at RIT. Schmidt also had a goal and an assist in last weekend’s 18-6 loss to sixth-ranked Stevens Tech. • Wells College junior Steven Mack (Rome Free Academy) scored twice, his sixth and seventh goals of the season, and won 12 of 15 faceoffs in an 18-9 loss to Hilbert College. Freshman Nick Kieffer (Rome Free Academy) had two goals and an assist, five groundballs, and won 8 of 9 faceoffs for Hilbert. Women’s Lacrosse • Oswego State’s Amanda Hecox( New Hartford) scored her first goal of the spring in a 16-6 win over Cazenovia College. • Sophomore defender Erika Bareiss (Clinton/Westmoreland) scored her first goal of the season in Wells College’s 14-5 loss to Wilson College. Men’s Track & Field • For the second straight week, Army junior Tom Wagner (Clinton) was named Patriot League Field Athlete of the Week. He won both the high jump (6-8¼) and triple jump (48-11½) to help Army edge Navy 103-97 in the 85th annual “Star Meet.” Wagner’s triple jump ranks 10th all-time at Army. • Springfield College sprinter Tom Brognano (Rome Free Academy) was a member of a 4x100 relay team that won in 42.86 seconds as the Pride won a tri-meet over Middlebury and Bowdoin. Brognano was third in the 200-meter dash in 23.22 seconds. • Cortland State sophomore Justin Torres (Rome Free Academy) was third in the shot put (46-8¾), seventh in the disucs (132-10) and 10th in the hammer throw (134-4) at the Moravian Invitational. • Brockport State’s Dustin Colgan (Rome Free Academy) was fifth in the shot put (43-6) and discus (128-5) at the Rochester Invitational. Teammate Nate Mathews (Sauquoit Valley) was sixth in the 1,500-meter run in 4:00.92.

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Women’s Track & Field • Nazareth College’s Mindy Niebuhr (Sauquoit Valley) was second in the high jump (5-2¼) at the Rochester Invitational. Geneseo State’s Kelly Brunscheen (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) was third in the 400meter dash in 1:01.00. Women’s golf • Nazareth College senior Michelle Van Slyke (New Hartford) was the Golden Flyers’ top finisher and she tied for 13th overall with rounds of 88 and 86 at the Vassar Invitational at Poughkeepsie’s Dutchess Country Club. Copyright 2011 The Observer-Dispatch, Utica, New York. Some rights reserved

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Weather sacks schedule for several Staten Island teams Staten Island Advance, April 14, 2011 1:57 p.m. Poor conditions and bad weather combined to postpone much of yesterday’s local sports schedule. All of yesterday’s high school baseball games were wiped out by the overnight thunderstorms. Three will be played today at 4 p.m. — the Monsignor Farrell at St. Joseph by-the-Sea and Moore Catholic vs. St. Peter’s (at Richmond County Youth Complex in Travis) CHSAA contests as well as the Curtis at Port Richmond PSAL matchup. The Petrides-Susan Wagner, New Dorp-Tottenville and Staten Island Academy-St. Ann’s matchups have not been rescheduled. High school softball games — Sea vs. Notre Dame, CSI/McCown at McKee/S.I. Tech and Susan Wagner vs. Port Richmond — were called off with no new dates yet. HS tennis matches between Farrell and Sea and St. Peter’s and the Staten Island Academy Gold team as well as a girls’ golf match between Sea and Bishop Kearney were also postponed. The College of Staten Island’s softball doubleheader at William Paterson was postponed.

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PS 3 first-graders got to experience the game of tennis for themselves Published: Thursday, April 14, 2011, 12:38 PM


Diane Lore

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - PLEASANT PLAINS - If you're going to do descriptive writing, you need to know a bit about your subject. So when first-graders in Rosa Longetti's class at PS 3 wanted to write about tennis, she decided to give them an up-close gander at the game. Mrs. Longetti, who loves the sport, took her class on a field trip to the West Shore, to the tennis center at the College of Staten Island (CSI), Willowbrook, where

First-graders at PS 3 in Pleasant Plains take a field trip to the Tennis Center on the campus of the College of Staten Island, Willowbrook. (Photo Courtesy of PS 3)

the kids got a first-hand lesson. "I have been playing tennis for approximately five years, and started at the CSI center, where I originally took lessons," said Mrs. Longetti. "From the very start of the school year I have been sharing my passion of tennis with my first-graders. To spark their writing skills and ideas, I told them about my partners, my wins and losses. I hoped my students could relate to the stories they heard and become better writers." As a gift to her class, Mrs. Longetti decided to reward them with a trip to the tennis center. The outing did the trick. "It was so great to watch their faces light up," Mrs. Longetti added. Indeed, the kids themselves loved it. "I had a great time just hitting the ball," declared 6-year-old Giulia Longo. Her classmate, Jonathan Prue, said he looked forward to the trip just from hearing Mrs. Longetti's stories in class. "I was so excited to hear Mrs. Longetti's stories and I couldn't wait to get there and see for myself," Page 113 of 174

he said. Justina Lacorte was impressed when her teacher got up and hit a few balls across the net. "It was good, and I was cheering Mrs. Longetti on," she said. Angelina Franco was happy just to be able to run and hit some of the tennis balls back. "I loved when they threw the balls to us and we got to hit them back," she said. "It was the very first time I had ever done something like this," Mrs. Longetti said, "and hopefully I will be able to do it every year."

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Help special-needs kids learn soccer Published: Thursday, April 14, 2011, 9:32 AM


Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Families Helping Families (FHF) needs volunteers for its free "Reach Your Goal," Special Needs Soccer Clinic. The six-week clinic is a collaboration with Staten Island United Soccer Club. Student volunteers, age 14 and over, are needed to be a "buddy" to a specialneeds child during the clinic. Earn up to 30 hours of community service credits while having fun and helping others. Bonus service credit hours will be given to volunteers who attend training and volunteer for all six sessions. The clinic is open to special-needs children and their siblings, ages 5- to 18-years-old. It will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21 and June 4 at the College of Staten Island. Further details and registration forms are available on the FHF website: WOODS WORK Protectors of Pine Oak Woods will meet in the Nevada Avenue parking lot of High Rock Park on Saturday at 10 a.m. for the group's 178th consecutive monthly Forest Restoration Workshop. Invasive plants will be removed and "alien vines" cut from trees on trails adjacent to Moses Mountain. Pruners and gloves will be available, but bring them if you have them. After a two-hour work session, there will be a short walk over nearby trails. For more information call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393. MAKE 'HARBOR' SHIPSHAPE Also, don't forget: Tomorrow is "Sprucing Up the Harbor Day" from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Contact Kim Pinto, volunteer coordinator, at or 718-425-3556. PLANT A TREE Be part of MillionTreesNYC and get a tree to plant in your own yard. Neighborhood Housing Services of Staten Island is sponsoring a 100-tree giveaway, one tree per household, Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Page 115 of 174

the Joe Holzka Community Garden, corner of Castleton Avenue and Barker Street, West Brighton.

Helping Hands is a clearinghouse for nonprofit groups in need of volunteers. Agencies needing help may direct press releases to "Helping Hands," Staten Island Advance, 950 Fingerboard Rd., Staten Island, NY 10305 or e-mail

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Double-header sweep for CSI softball team Published: Friday, April 15, 2011, 10:46 AM


Staten Island Advance

CSI 4, NJCU 3 CSI 6, NJCU 5 JERSEY CITY — Danielle Ponsiglione earned a win and save as the Dolphins swept New Jersey City. CSI scored three in the third inning of the opener to take a 4-2 lead keyed by Jennifer Volpe’s RBI single. Ponsiglione scattered eight hits while Kaitlyn Flynn went 3 for 4 with two RBI. In the second game, the Dolphins scored three runs in the sixth inning to take a 6-2 lead as Flynn and Joanna Tepedino doubled to open the frame. Ponsiglione relieved starter Stephanie Solari for the final two innings and recorded her first save. CSI hosts Baruch tomorrow at noon in CUNY Conference action. © 2011 All rights reserved.

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Gale's two-hitter lifts CSI to 3-1 baseball win over City College Published: Saturday, April 16, 2011, 10:48 PM


Staten Island Advance Sports Desk

College of Staten Island senior left-hander Pat Gale tossed a two-hitter with 11 Ks as the Dolphins defeated City College, 3-1, in a seven-inning CUNY Conference decision Saturday at Randall's island. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was postponed because of rain. The host Beavers (3-4 CUNY, 6-21 overall) took a 1-0 lead in the first, but the Dolphins went up 2-1 in the second via Joseph Falcone’s RBI triple and Mark Glennerster’s RBI single. CSI (6-1 CUNY, 15-13 overall) added the final run in the third on Matt Morales’ run-scoring ground out. Dan Lynch, Joe Cassano and Falcone led a 10-hit attack with two hits apiece.

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CSI routs Baruch in CUNY softball, 11-1 Published: Saturday, April 16, 2011, 11:18 PM


Staten Island Advance Sports Desk

The College of Staten Island (5-0 CUNY, 13-8 overall) hammered 14 hits in a 11-1 CUNY Conference victory over visiting Baruch in a five-inning mercy-rule victory. Kristi Dillon and Diana Stout both went 3 for 4 with a combined five runs. Kaitlyn Flynn and Joanna Tepedino combined for five RBI in the power slots. Danielle Ponsiglione tossed a three-hitter with five strikeouts.

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CSI takes doubleheader with 6-2, 20-4 wins over CCNY Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 11:31 AM


Kevin Flood

Nick Tingos threw a seven-inning complete game as the College of Staten Island improved to 7-1 in CUNY Conference play with a 6-2 victory over visiting City College yesterday afternoon in Willowbrook, then pounded the Beavers 20-4 in a nonconference nightcap. The opener was the completion of a doubleheader sweep that began on Friday with a 3-1 Dolphins’ win before the weather postponed the scheduled second game. The Dolphins (17-14 overall), who were visitors on the scoreboard, notched a solo run in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by Pat Gale, then added two more runs in the second when Mark Glennerster

Staten Island Advance/Hilton Flores CCNY catcher Raymie Fernanadez waits for the throw as CSI's Mark Glennerster scores.

drove in a run on a sacrifice fly and Bryan Moreno made it 3-0 with an RBI double to left. However, Tingos ran into control problems in the bottom of the frame as he hit two batters and allowed two runs as the Beavers got back into the contest. “I just didn’t feel comfortable in the early going today, Tingos explained. “I didn’t get into any sort of rhythm and was having problems locating my pitches. I normally work quickly so I went back to that in the third inning and things started clicking.” It took the right-hander 46 pitches to work through the first two innings, but once the senior settled into a

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groove he was the picture of efficiency. Tingos struck out eight, didn’t allow another run, and needed just 54 pitches over the last five frames to complete the contest and pick up his third win of the season. “My change-up against their lefties was my best pitch today,” Tingos added. “If I needed a ground ball, that’s what I threw.” CSI didn’t exactly knock the cover off the ball as they managed just five hits against CCNY pitchers. “We haven’t hit the ball the way I believe we are capable of,” said Dolphins’ assistant coach John Scrivani. It didn’t take the Dolphins’ long to heat up as they clobbered the Beavers 20-4 in the nightcap in a nonconference contest. Glennerster went 6-for-6 with five RBI, including three doubles, and James Mardikos pitched six innings for the win.

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CSI softball take two, improving win streak to five Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 11:52 AM


Staten Island Advance

CSI 9, Brooklyn 1 CSI 12, Brooklyn 4 The College of Staten Island women’s softball team ran its win streak to five games after doubleheader wins yesterday at the Dolphins’ complex, Willowbrook. Danielle Ponsiglione allowed two hits over six innings for the first-game win and Diana Stout had three hits and four RBI. In the nightcap, Stout, Kristi Dillon and Kaitlyn Flynn each stroked three hits and Ponsiglione earned the victory with three innings of relief. The (15-8, 7-0) Dolphins host John Jay twinbill tomorrow beginning at noon. © 2011 All rights reserved.

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CSI splits softball doubleheader Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 10:28 AM


Staten Island Advance

FARMINGDALE, L.I. — College of Staten Island freshman pitcher Stefanie Solari tossed a seven-hit shutout to beat SUNY-Farmingdale 6-0 and give the 16-9 Dolphins a split of the non-conference twinbill. Farmingdale’s Hope Zino improved to 15-1 with a three-hit 8-0 shutout in the opener. © 2011 All rights reserved.

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CSI's Anderson sharp on mound in win over Old Westbury, 4-1 Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 12:27 AM


Jim Waggoner

Sophomore pitcher Rich Anderson gave the College of Staten Island a glimpse of the future Tuesday night, and it looked pretty good under the lights at Willowbrook. The 6-foot-5 right-hander tossed a complete-game eight-hitter to defeat SUNY-Old Westbury, 4-1, and give the Dolphins one of their better wins in a season that hasn’t lived up to expectations. Staten Island Advance file photo by Hilton Flores CSI senior southpaw Pat Gale, right, has led an effective pitching staff for the Dolphins.

Pitching hadn’t been a problem for CSI (18 -13 overall). They have a team ERA of 3.24 with 233 strikeouts and only 95 walks in 242 innings and seniors Pat Gale, Nick Tingos and James Mardikos have combined

for 11 wins. Those numbers should have the Dolphins still in the running for their preseason goal — a chance for an atlarge bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. But their bats have too often been silent. “This game has been typical of the season,” said CSI assistant coach Neil Barbella. “Our pitching has really been outstanding, but our hitting has never really broke out like we thought it would.”

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CSI took a 2-0 lead in the third inning, scoring one on an infield error and another on Henry Roman’s single. The Dolphins made it 4-1 with two more runs in the sixth as Joseph Falcone had a run-scoring single followed by Mark Glennerster’s RBI ground out. That was all the offense Anderson (4-2, 3.35 ERA) would need. The Tottenville HS product uses a nasty palmball as his out pitch and has 30 strikeouts and three walks in 43 innings. “He’s always around the plate,” said CSI assistant Tom Wohlfit. “He has the potential to be very, very good the next couple of years.” Anderson worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning when he snagged Joseph Carbone’s soft liner and doubled the runner off first. He then caught Kevin Cohen looking. He retired seven of the final eight batters and induced a game-ending double play after an infield error in the ninth. NOTES: Sophomore catcher Bryan Moreno went 2 for 4 to raise his team-leading batting average to .402 in 30 games ... Gale (.333) also had two hits ... Skyline Conference member Old Westbury dropped to 17-15 overall ... CSI travels to Mount St. Mary on Wednesday night before tangling with Baruch in a three-game weekend series ... The Dolphins host the eighth annual Grace Hillery Breast Cancer Awareness Night next Tuesday night (7) against Drew.

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Staten Islanders shine as East Coast Conference doles out honors Published: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 11:28 AM


Staten Island Advance

Molloy College junior outfielder Carmine Pellechia (Moore Catholic) was named East Coast Conference baseball player of the week and junior teammate Chuck Fontana (Monsignor Farrell) was named pitcher of the week for the NCAA Division II circuit. Pellechia leads Molloy with a .328 batting average and he posted a .563 mark with five RBI and four runs scored during a five -game series against Dowling. Fontana, a five-time ECAC pitcher of the week, has a 6-0 record with a 1.37 ERA. He had 11 strikeouts in eight innings of a win over Dowling, and leads the nation in strikeouts per nine innings (13.06). Also, four College of Staten Island athletes

Advance file photo Moore Catholic graduate Carmine Pellechia was named East Coast Conference player of the week.

captured weekly CUNY Conference awards. Pat Gale (baseball), Kaitlyn Flynn (softball) and Nicholas Zikos (tennis) all grabbed player of the week honors. Joe Falcone (baseball) was named rookie of the week. Š 2011 All rights reserved.

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The View From the Cheap Seats Knicks, Celtics Stir Old Memories by Eddie Mayrose (, published online 04-21-2011

I remember my first Knicks game. It was 1972 and my dad, entertaining a client, decided to take me and invite the client’s son. We ate at Gallagher’s 33 (I had a filet mignon as big as my head), and crossed the street to the Garden. Now, even though I can’t recall the score of the game, I do remember that the Knicks lost not only that game but the series, as well. However, the memory of that night that I still carry is of the excitement in the building. The din of the crowd, the circus wires still hanging from the ceiling and the palpable feeling that I was one of only 19,000 people with a seat that everyone in the world surely wanted. It’s been a long time since Knicks fans have enjoyed those emotions, but that drought ends tomorrow night as the Celtics come into the World’s Most Famous Arena as the Knicks host their first playoff game in almost a decade. And, while the boys in blue and orange remain decided underdogs, their two superstars, Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudamire, give them enough of a puncher’s chance to whip the hometown masses into a frenzy. There aren’t many buildings as loud as the Garden during a playoff game between the Knicks and Celts. Sadly, though the two are great rivals, it has been all too rare that both have been good at the same time. When they have, like in the early ’70s when they seemed to meet annually, and in the mid-’80s when Bernard King almost derailed Boston’s title hopes by himself, the atmosphere has been electric. If Chauncey Billups is healthy and Anthony and Stoudamire respond the way All-Stars are supposed to, this could be an interesting week of basketball — one that we haven’t seen for far too long. ‘Down in Front!’ Whether or not you agree with the offensive foul called against Carmelo Anthony in the waning seconds of Sunday’s Game 1, you have to agree that it wouldn’t have been called on the other end had Paul Pierce hit Carmelo. The inconsistency of the officiating during the NBA playoffs, or, rather, the consistency of calls going to the home team, is something that must be addressed by the league … You’d have thought that a strong season from A.J. Burnett would virtually guarantee the Yankees a post-season berth. However, with Phil Hughes out after mysteriously losing velocity on his fastball, the Bombers are right back in the same, pitching-thin boat. Their lineup, currently banging the ball all over the lot, is probably enough to carry the team, regardless. But, should a few slumps or injuries strike, GM Brian Cashman will have his work cut out for him … So, this is how far we’ve fallen. An egomaniac like Donald Trump makes a few cracks about the President’s birth certificate and he’s suddenly White House fodder? Just what we need, a President so thin-skinned that he can be drawn into a public debate with Rosie O’Donnell over the Miss America pageant … By the way, Donnie boy, I didn’t vote for him either but he IS the President. Have a little respect for the office and stop referring to him simply as Obama … I don’t know how long it’ll take the Mets to straighten out this bullpen mess (the other day they used two starters in relief), but Pitching Coach Dan Warthen and Manager Terry Collins are going to wear out a few pairs of shoes in the process … Congratulations to Allie Shanahan, senior forward on the College of Staten Island’s women’s basketball team. Already with All-CUNY recognition on her resume, Shanahan was named this week to the All-Met Basketball Writers Second Team … Think Roger Clemens got a little nervous when reading about Barry Bonds’ conviction for obstruction of justice? Bonds, who escaped conviction on perjury charges, had one thing going for him that Clemens won’t – a witness that wouldn’t testify. Brian McNamee, painted into a corner by Clemens’ legal team, will extend no such courtesy to his former employer. Clemens, who could have made the whole thing go away with one mea culpa, is looking at serious jail time for perjuring himself in front of Congress. Good riddance!

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Eddie Mayrose can be heard every Sunday at 3 PM on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Channel 211 and can be seen, with Tom DeAngelo, on their weekly sports talk show, “Down In Front,” available in Brooklyn and Manhattan to Fios customers. Check local listings.

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2011 CUNYAC/MCU Baseball Championship Starts on Thursday; CSI (Glennerster, Falcone) & Baruch (Izarra) Claim Top 2 Spots & Weekly Awards

CSI senior Mark Glennerster & Baruch junior Jesus Izarra

The field is set for the 2011 CUNY Athletic Conference / Municipal Credit Union Baseball Championship  at MCU Park in Coney Island. The double‐elimination championship tournament will get underway on  Thursday, April 28 and conclude on Saturday, April 30.    The College of Staten Island (8‐2), who are the #1 seed for the second straight year, will play #4 seed  CCNY (4‐6) on Thursday at 1:00 pm. #2 Baruch College (7‐3) will begin play against #3 seed John Jay  College (5‐5) on Thursday at 4:00 pm.      2011 CUNY Athletic Conference / Municipal Credit Union   Baseball Championship at MCU Park    Thursday, April 28     Game 1   1:00 pm    #1 seed (CSI) vs. #4 seed (CCNY)     Game 2   4:00 pm    #2 seed (Baruch) vs. #3 seed (John Jay)    

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Friday, April 29     Game 3        1:00 pm        Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2     Game 4        4:00 pm        Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2     Game 5        7:00 pm        Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4     Saturday, April 30     Game 6       1:00 pm      Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 (If winner of game 4 wins then they are the  champions – otherwise move to …)     Game 7       4:00 pm      Same as Game 6 (If necessary)    

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Staten Island Baseball to hold 8th Annual GRACE HILLERY BREAST CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT on Tuesday

The College of Staten Island men's baseball program will be ringing in the 8th Annual Grace Hillery  Breast Cancer Awareness Night tomorrow night, when they host the Drew University Rangers in a single  non‐conference affair at 7pm at the CSI Baseball Complex.  The initiative will see the Dolphins donning  pink uniforms and will feature live entertainment and a host of games, contests and raffles targeting a  cause that the program has raised over $30,000 worth of support to in its seven‐year history.  Despite  very chilly weather, last year's event raised nearly $6k.  This year temperatures are expected in the low‐ 70's and the festivities are ready to go.     Originating in 2004, the special evening serves to honor the memory of Grace Hillery, mother to former  CSI student‐athlete and baseball star Anthony Hillery, who passed away from the disease prior to the  2004 baseball season.  Hillery went on to play for the Dolphins through the 2005 campaign and has since  graduated CSI with a degree in History and Education.  He is currently a teacher at Petrides High School  and baseball coach at New Dorp High School, and looks forward to returning to CSI to continue the  highlighted event each year.     “It was my grandmother who felt that it would be better if our family could raise money for breast  cancer awareness, in lieu of all the flowers we received at my mother’s funeral,” said Hillery.  ”I felt if I  tied that idea into a baseball game dedicated to my mother, it would be a nice way of keeping her  memory alive while raising money for a great cause.” 

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Funds generated from the event will be donated to the Staten Island Breast Cancer Research Initiative.   Made up from a collection of CSI academia and students, the SIBCRI is charged with developing a  epidemiological history of the disease, raising community awareness, and focusing on new and  advanced ways of battling the epidemic through biological testing.  The grass‐roots initiative, which was  started on CSI's Willowbrook campus is specific to Staten Island, and focuses on Staten Island's  environmental impact on breast cancer, and what people in the borough can do to protect themselves.     “I’m happy to have this event done each year,” Hillery said.  “It keeps my mother’s memory alive and  helps other people as well.  Everyone has been very supportive, and if we can keep this going for years  to come, it would be incredible.”     In 2010, CSI raised over $5,700 for the cause, the most‐ever in its seven years, mostly through  concessions, raffle tickets, donations and breast cancer awareness T‐shirts.  It was a remarkable number  considering the game was played on a very chilly evening with high winds.  This year, raffle prizes will  feature prizes that include Major League Baseball game‐used attire and memorabilia, the CSI Sports &  Recreation Center, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Staten Island Yankees, and Pandora Jewelers.        The game will be broadcast live through the internet via CSI SportsNet at and  WSIA 88.9FM on the radio dial.     "This is a great event for us each year and the team puts so much effort into it, and everyone rallies  around to make it a success for Anthony and his family," said Michael Mauro, who is in his third season  as Head Coach of the Dolphins.  "The community really comes through each year and we go out there  and try to get a win for Anthony and all of the alumni that comes out to support us and the cause."        "Tuesday evening's game is a signature event to our sports season each year," said Associate Athletic  Director David Pizzuto.  "Not only is it a chance to honor Mrs. Hillery and her son's wishes to keep her  memory alive and support breast cancer research, but it serves to bring our athletics family closer, and  the teamwork by everyone involved goes a long way each year."     Admission to the event is free of charge.  CSI matches up with Drew University for the second‐straight  year for the game.  The Dolphins took a 17‐6 victory over the Rangers last year.  Those who cannot  attend the game but would still like to make a contribution, can do so by contacting the CSI Athletics  Office at (718) 982‐3169.   

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Title sponsor One-on-One Rehabilitation Services presented a check with their $700 donation to Anthonty Hillery, the SI Breast Cancer Research Initiative and the CSI Athletics Dept.

The College of Staten Island men's baseball served up a win over visiting Drew University, 9-4, as part of the 8th Annual Grace Hillery Breast Cancer Awareness Night at the CSI Baseball Complex. Along with the late inning rally to secure the win, the Dolphins tallied up a grand total of $5,814 in funds to support CSI's own Staten Island Breast Cancer Research Initiative. Fund-raising for the Staten Island Breast Cancer Research Initiative started early and never stopped at the ballpark, with money generated through T-shirt sales, raffles, 50/50, concessions, and straight donations. The evening kicked off with introductions of the nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guest of honor, Anthony Hillery, CSI baseball alum who lost his mother, Grace Hillery, during the 2004 season. Hillery greeted CSI President Dr. Tomas Morales, Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. William Fritz, CSI Athletic Director Vernon Mummert and members of the SIBCRI, led by Executive Director Donna Gerstle. That was followed by the kick-off donation, made by title sponsor One-on-One Rehabilitation Services in the amount of $700, presented by Steven Barth and Stephanie Zambrano. Following the initiative, the game's ceremonial first pitch was offered by Mrs. Norma Lee, a three-time triathlon winner who has worked with Mauro at One-on-One rehabilitation facilities who was recently diagnosed with the disease. The stirring ceremony was capped by words from Mauro himself. On the field of play, CSI nursed 4-1 lead going into the top of the seventh inning, before Drew added a pair of runs in the seventh and another single digit in the eighth to tie the game. During the middle of seventh the Dolphins received a strong rallying call, however, in the form of Anthony Hillery himself, who addressed the crowd during the seventh-inning stretch thanking the many in attendance. His words were followed by an inspired version of Amazing Grace sung by Phyllis Eisenberg. The spirited interlude woke the Dolphins up, as the home squad deposited five runs in the bottom of the

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eighth inning. A Mark Glennerster RBI-single started the rally. A Joe Cassano RBI groundout aided the cause until Joey Falcone blasted a two-RBI double to open the floodgates. Sal Todaro then plated Falcone with an RBI-double to seal the damage. Pitcher Mike Van Pelt earned the win, pitching 1.1 innings of relief at the end, fanning a pair. “I'm really thankful for all the support this day receives,” said Hillery, who addressed the fans in the middle of the seventh inning. “I want to thank the many people who put all the effort behind this. This is a great event each year, and we do it for a great cause.” CSI skipper Michael Mauro agreed. “This was a great night. To get the win was really a lift but to generate funds for the cause and for the reasons we did were even better," he said. "Nights like this make us look forward to doing it over and over again." The over $5,800 in money raised in 2011 brings the overall tally to over $35,000 since the event was chartered eight years ago, and CSI intends to grow the game each year. The CSI men’s baseball team will now set its sights on the postseason. The team will enter the CUNYAC Postseason Tournament as the No. 1 seeded team in the four-team double-elimination tournament. They will play No. 4 City College of New York Thursday afternoon at 1pm at MCU Ballpark, in Brooklyn, New York.

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CSI & John Jay Win Openers in 2011 CUNYAC/MCU Baseball Championship Baruch Survives; CCNY Eliminated on Day 2 at MCU PARK

The CUNY Athletic Conference / Municipal Credit Union Baseball Championship is in progress at MCU Park in Coney Island. With two games complete, #1 The College of Staten Island and #3 John Jay College are in the winner's bracket. #2 Baruch College stomped #4 City College of New York, 9-2, in first elimiation game of the three-day event. See below for Saturday matchups. The 4-team double-elimination tournament will resume tomorrow, Saturday, April 30th at 10:00 am (Game 4), 1:00 pm (Game 5), 4:00 pm (Game 6). A date and time for a possible Game 7 has not been announced. For a complete schedule, please read the information below. Once a team suffers their second loss in the tournament, they are eliminated. The last team standing wins the championship.All tickets for the entire baseball series will be honored at the gate throughout the length of the championship. Here are Directions to MCU Park (Free Admission)

GAME 1 - STATEN ISLAND 8, CCNY 4 - BOXSCORE #4 seeded City College of New York gave the College of Staten Island, the defending champions, a battle, but the Dolphins took an 8-4 victory over the Beavers in the first game of the 2011 CUNYAC/MCU Baseball Championship. CSI jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning behind Joey Falconeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two run triple. The Beavers answered with three runs at the top second with five consecutive hits. With a silent bottom half of the second for CSI, Nick Tingos allowed just one hit at the top third that brought the Dolphins back up with no more damage from CCNY.

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After Mark Glennerster reached on a single it was Falcone who would bring him home with another single up the middle to tie the score going into the top of the fourth. Chris Lounsbury started it off for CCNY with a double before Micahel D’Agnese would bring him across the plate for the go ahead run. CSI was silent on the scoreboard for the fourth and fifth inning with Tingos keeping the Dolphins defensively safe allowing no runners on base. Francis Torres began the sixth inning by reaching on an error and was moved to second as Henry Roman was hit by a pitch. With two men on, Dan Lynch singled to left field, scoring Torres to tie the game up again at four. CSI took full advantage of the pitching change in the 7th inning, as Glennerster started it off with a double to centerfield. After Morales got on with a fielder’s choice, Pat Gale reached after an error by the first baseman, scoring Glennerster for the lead run. Torres reached on a fielder’s choice scoring Morales and loading the bases for Ray Gise. Entering the game in the 6th inning, Gise singled to center allowing two runs and giving the Dolphins an 8-4 lead. CCNY finished with two left on in the 8th and one in the 9th inning. Gary McCool pitched well for the Beavers allowing four runs while David Titor took the loss in the final two innings. Tingos had a great win for CSI with a complete game that included seven strikeouts. Falcone had three RBI and two hits while Gise added a hit and two RBI in one at bat. Glennerster added three hits with two runs scored. Coach Mike Mauro had full confidence in his starting pitcher, “Tingos was a little over anxious but he calmed by the 5th and got into a good rhythm.” On the Dolphins offensive game, Mauro said, “Joey Falcone got some great hits that we expected from him and Ray Gise really stepped up to help the team with a huge hit that helped keep us in the game.” “Overall, I’m happy with our hitting today but we need to limit the small mistakes. If we can do that we can win this whole tournament.”

GAME 2 - JOHN JAY 6, BARUCH 3 (12 INNINGS) - BOXSCORE Third-seeded John Jay opened the CUNYAC/MCU Championships with a win today, advancing to the winners bracket for the second straight season with a 6-3 12-inning victory over Baruch College. The Bloodhounds move to Game Four, which opens up the three games on Saturday’s schedule at MCU Park in Brooklyn, NY. "We made great defensive plays when we had to and we took advantage of early Baruch miscues," said John Jay Head Coach Dan Palumbo. "Our freshman pitcher Brayin [Perez] threw very well and gave our team the opportunity to come through in the end." The Bloodhounds finally got to reliever Ryan McGuire in the top of the 12th with a three spot. McGuire came in to the game in the eighth inning, relieving senior starter Kellin Bliss, who threw 7.2 innings giving up one earned run. In the third extra inning, John Jay’s William Moran had a leadoff single to start the rally. Ronald Barillas came in to pinch run and moved to second on a bunt single by Bobby Villante. After a sacrifice bunt by Cosme Munoz, Barillas trotted home on a Corry Harper double to provide the winning run. Besides a strong finish, John Jay (9-25) also got a quick start with a single run in each of the first three innings, on three Baruch errors, for a 3-0 lead. After that Bliss settled down, yielding only seven hits no walks (four strikeouts) in total.

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Baruch (13-18) bounced back in the bottom of the fifth inning on a two-run blast by second baseman Anthony Melendez after a Jonathan Ovalles lead off single. The Bearcats added a run in the eighth on a Thomas Daly double, and a wild pitch. But John Jay freshman hurler Braylin Perez was sharp, going 10 strong innings, allowing 11 total baserunners (eight hits) and striking out four in his first playoff start. Alex Rodriguez came on for the win with two scoreless innings with two K’s.

GAME 3 - BARUCH 9, CCNY 2 - BOXSCORE In the final day of the game, the first elimination game of the event, the Bearcats cruised to a 9-2 victory behind a 16-hit attack and another strong performance on the mound from the ace of the pitching staff Jesus Izarra (8 IP, 8H, 0 ER, 6 K, 2 BB) to earn his seventh win to keep the team alive for another day in the 29th Annual CUNYAC Baseball Tournament. Six different players recorded at least two hits, while Manuel Guerrero led the way with three singles at the plate. Daly finished with a team-high three RBI.

COMPLETE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE. Friday, April 29 Game 1 - #1 Staten Island 8, #4 CCNY 4 • LIVE STATS Game 2 - #3 John Jay 6, #2 Baruch 3 (12 Innings) • LIVE STATS Game 3 - #2 Baruch 9, #4 CCNY 1 • LIVE STATS (CCNY Eliminated) Saturday, April 30 Game 4 10:00 am

Winner Game 1 (Staten Island) vs. Winner Game 2 (John Jay) • LIVE STATS

CSI’s tournament games will be broadcast LIVE via CSI SportsNet at Game 5

1:00 pm

Game 6 4:00 pm

Winner Game 3 (Baruch) vs. Loser Game 4 • LIVE STATS Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 • LIVE STATS

(If winner of game 6 wins then they are the champions – otherwise move to …) Date & Time TBA Game 7

Same teams as Game 6 (If necessary) • LIVE STATS LINK

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College of Staten Island baseball playoffs postponed a day for rain Published: Thursday, April 28, 2011, 2:39 PM

By Staten Island Advance Sports Desk

Staten Island Advance/Hilton FloresCSI hurler Pat Gale fires a pitch on March 26. Gale and his teammates will have to wait another day before beginning the City University of New York baseball playoffs.

The City University of New York baseball playoffs were postponed and pushed back a day due to the pending forecast of severe rain. The No. 1 seeded College of Staten Island will play No. 4 City College of New York tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the quarter-finals at MCU Park, the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Also, today's high school baseball game between Monsignor Farrell and LaSalle Academy of Manhattan has been postponed and will be rescheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. at the College of Staten Island. Baseball games between Tottenville and Curtis and St. Peter's and Salesian have been canceled.


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What Are the Health Benefits of Taurine?

Overview Taurine is an amino acid. While most amino acids are strung together to form proteins, taurine is an exception, one that performs on its own. Not only is it the most abundant free amino acid in your body, it might have significant health benefits as well. Smart Publications says taurine is important in the regulation of your heartbeat, the stability of cell membranes and the activity of brain cells. It is a potent antioxidant as well. Heart As reported in "Experimental and Clinical Cardiology," taurine appears to be a potential treatment for a number of types of heart disease. In Japan, taurine is used to treat ischemic heart disease, which can lead to strokes, and heart arrhythmia in patients with congestive heart failure. Taurine may prove beneficial in treating hypertension and high cholesterol as well. Researchers caution that long-term double-blind studies still need to be conducted. The Brain As people age, they tend to lose some of their ability to learn and remember. One of the most promising benefits of taurine is its potential ability to increase gamma-aminobutyric acid in your brain. GABA levels are associated with memory retention and cognitive abilities. A 2008 study as the College of Staten Island discovered that taurine boosted memories and learning abilities in elderly mice, although those studies offer no proof that taurine will have a similar effect on human brains. Alcoholism Taurine appears to be a useful treatment for alcohol addiction. For people trying to kick the habit, patients who were given taurine instead of a placebo had significantly fewer psychotic episodes during the detoxification process. In another study with more than 3,000 alcoholics, taurine proved to be better than a placebo in helping patients avoid a relapse. Considerations Taurine also might benefit people with type-1 diabetes, hepatitis, retinal problems, depression and bipolar disorder. Meat, fish, energy drinks and supplements are the best ways to obtain taurine, although energy drinks usually are loaded with caffeine and other stimulants that can cause rapid heart beat, restlessness and irritability in some users. On its own, taurine appears to have few side effects. Nevertheless, you should consult with your health care provider before you take taurine or any other supplement. Taurine can interfere with medications such as anticoagulants and chemotherapy drugs. Women who are pregnant and epileptics should steer clear of taurine supplements as well.


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Count down to the end of Slim Down Published: Monday, April 04, 2011, 5:34 AM


Sharon Ng

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Even though the Staten Island Slim Down officially ends Friday, some contestants consider it the beginning of their healthier and longer lives. "The Slim Down gave me a head start on the spring season,” said Dominick Pensabene. “In the winter time, you don’t want to do anything.” Needless to say, the 47-year-old Great Staten Island Advance/Hilton Flores Tony Books Avilez, co-founder of the Staten Island Slim Down weightloss competition, leads more than 100 contestants in a boot camp workout during the final fitness challenge Wednesday night at the College of Staten Island.

Kills contestant is looking forward to warmer weather. “I’m going to go biking and swimming,” he said, admitting that the weekly fitness

challenges at the College of Staten Island were his only source of cardiovascular activity. The challenges, which were not revealed to contestants until they showed up, exposed Pensabene to yoga and tai chi. Once 275 at his heaviest, he is now 20 pounds lighter. Pensabene’s target weight is 165. “I’ve gained some and lost some, but I trying to get there,” he said. Pensabene currently lifts weights four times a week and makes sure each meal incorporates a source of protein, starch and fiber. “They say we should eat five or six meals a day, but I still eat three. It’s not convenient for me to eat that many,” said the retired Sanitation worker.

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Pensabene’s wife, Deborah, who is also a contestant doesn’t share her husband’s workout strategy. “He will put in a movie and work out for two hours. I don’t like to work out so I’ll do a teeny bit at a time,” she said. Her routine includes several sessions of weight training, push-ups, pull-ups and crunches. “I do these exercises every other day for 5-10 minutes at a time. But I walk every day.” said Mrs. Pensabene. The Slim Down walks that were held every Sunday at the Staten Island Mall were her favorite part of the weight-loss competition. “I enjoyed that a lot. You did it with a group of people and everyone was chitchatting. It was nice,” she said. The 45-year-old homemaker started the Slim Down weighing 152. She is now 146 and striving to go down to 135. “It’s so hard to lose weight in your forties. When I was younger, I could eat and eat and not gain a single pound. In fact, I was eating to try and put on some weight. Now, I think about food and will gain weight,” she joked. When preparing meals, she tries to make smart choices. “The nice thing about doing this as a couple is we watch out for each other,” said Mrs. Pensabene. She buys more fruits and vegetables and substitutes certain ingredients for healthier alternatives. “I use egg whites instead of the yolk and when I make oatmeal, I use flax seed, crushed nuts and blueberries instead of honey and brown sugar.” Some choices, however, are not as healthy as she thought. “I love grapes and my husband loves bananas, but they both have a high sugar content,” she said. “All these little tips — that’s what you feed off of.” The Pensabenes are working to be healthier and keep up with their 19-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter, who accompanied them to some Slim Down activities.

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Bulls Head man wears Staten Island Slim Down crown Published: Saturday, April 16, 2011, 1:00 AM


Jillian Taratunio

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island Slim Down contestant Terrance Toner threw his hands in the air. "Yes! I did it!" he exclaimed. The aptly named Toner was announced last night as the winner of the 10-week journey to health and fitness. The Slim Down contestants came together one last time for a ceremony at the College of Staten Island to celebrate the Staten Island Advance/Anthony DePrimo Terrance Toner shows off his nearly svelte physique at CSI ceremony. He collected $3,000 prize.

winner and the finalists. Alfredo (Frado) Dinten, a runner-up on the TV show "Biggest Loser," applauded

everyone for their hard work, dedication and commitment to changing their lives. "This has been a great journey for me," said Dinten, of Todt Hill. "The stories I've heard so far are absolutely phenomenal. Their dedication is unbelievable. You just have to try -- it's the first, most important step." The program focused on a mind-body transformation, not on weight loss. "It's not just about reaching a goal weight -- it's where do you want to be in a year? The journey doesn't end here. These people worked as hard as they did to keep the weight off," said Dinten.

Staten Island Slim Down Finale Contestants attend grand finale of the 10 week fitness program at the College of Staten Island, as Terry Toner of Bulls Head emerges as the grand prize winner, taking home cash, a makeover and a shopping spree at Divine Wood.

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Fifty-eight contestants submitted essays that were read by the initiative's co-founders, Dr. Maureen Becker and Tony Books Avilez.

Toner said he plans to continue the diet and exercise changes he has made. The 51-year-old, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes six years ago, shed 50 pounds and no longer needs to take medication. "You don't have many chances to lose weight, and this is probably the last one I had. I feel energetic. I now exercise every day, and my diet is completely different." Toner had dieted before but he always gained the weight back. "This program was incredible. I felt like I was part of a community. You hung your pride at the door when you came in. Everyone was in it together. They made you feel right at home." The newly fit Bulls Head resident ran a 5K race last weekend and the NYC half-marathon. His winnings comprised a $3,000 cash prize, one month of free food from Fresh Grill CafĂŠ and gift certificates to Family Health and Divine Wood Furniture. Dr. Becker said the first 10 weeks is a jump-start to helping folks change their lives. "Some people are off medications, they've stopped smoking, and they have walked or run a 5K. Some people found themselves, others gained confidence and self-esteem, and pounds have been shed." Jessica Negron of Woodrow, who finished second, said she joined the initiative as a last-ditch attempt to lose weight. She underwent lapband surgery three years ago but last year the band slipped; she gained weight as a result and had struggled with weight loss since. "I'm so grateful for the program. It's a whole lifestyle change. I have more energy now, and I feel great. I go to the gym every day, I dropped my calories and I changed my diet," she said. Ms. Negron, who has type 2 diabetes, said her blood glucose and cholesterol have dropped since the start of the program. Also, she has quit smoking. "Now that I have been able to achieve this, I want to pay it forward and help others lose weight," she said. Dr. Becker promised there will be another Slim Down next year, and she and Avilez have begun planning Wednesday night walks at South Beach and monthly fitness surprises in May.

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Calvin Sciences Honored Calvin College is one of 15 winners in the 2003 awards for the Merck/AAAS Undergraduate Science Research Program. This national competitive awards program (available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico) is sponsored by the Merck Company Foundation (Merck is a pharmaceutical company) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal Science. Fifteen awards are made annually and each award provides up to $60,000, paid over three years at $20,000 per year, for joint use by the biology and chemistry departments at each recipient institution. The funding supports research stipends for undergraduate students and programs that foster interactions between biology and chemistry departments. At Calvin the award will pay for full summer research stipends for four Calvin students to work side-by-side with Calvin professors from chemistry and biology on four projects: protein/DNA interactions, glucose uptake, the degradation of biocides, and the nuclear import of proteins. The award also will give each student money to travel to a scientific meeting to present his or her work and it will provide a small stipend to each faculty member involved. Finally a small portion of the award will be used to bring a prominent guest speaker to campus (to be invited by the Merck/AAAS scholars). In addition, Calvin has committed matching funds to the effort so that each summer research project actually will have a pair of students working together: one student funded by the Merck/AAAS award; the other funded by Calvin. Those Calvin-funded students also will be paid to travel to a scientific meeting and will be part of the process to invite a guest speaker. Launched in 2000 as a national competition, awards will be made through 2009. The 10-year, $9-million initiative is funded by The Merck Company Foundation and

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administered by AAAS. The program goals are to:   

enhance undergraduate education through research experiences that emphasize the interrelationship between chemistry and biology encourage students to pursue graduate education in chemistry and life sciences foster undergraduate programs and activities that bridge chemistry and biology

The program is open to qualified institutions in the United States and Puerto Rico that offer an American Chemical Society-approved program in chemistry and confer 10 or fewer graduate degrees annually in biology and chemistry combined. This year's winners are Birmingham-Southern College, Calvin College, College of Staten Island/CUNY, Davidson College, Earlham College, Gustavus Adolphus College, Illinois Wesleyan University, Lebanon Valley College, Marist College, State University College at Buffalo, State University of New York-Geneseo, University of Redlands, Viterbo University, Wheaton College, and Wilkes University.

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Bernikow JCC to host job fair on May 11 Published: Friday, April 22, 2011, 6:28 AM


Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The Staten Island Job Fair and Networking Event will be held May 11 at the Joan and Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center in Sea View. "This event is part of our continuing effort to assist our community members, many of whom are in dire need of a job or employment counseling," said David Sorkin, executive director of the JCC. The fair will offer live and virtual interviews with employers and a special networking event will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. The OU Job board and the JCC are among the sponsors. The event will be

Participants in a recent Staten Island Jewish Alliance/Survival Through Education event are: Back row: An unidentified Israeli solider, David Graf and Rabbi Dovid Winiarz; front row, Florette Cohen, Lielle Magori, Cpl. Sean Kaplar USMC, Shifra Title, Rena Berkowitz, Robyn Steur and Dmitry Lyubarskiy.

from 3 to 7 p.m. at the JCC, at 1466 Manor Rd. To register, go to For information, call the registration desk at 212-563-4000 or send an e-mail to ISRAEL SHOW "Israel 360," an unusual and exciting campaign to introduce Israel to those who may be unfamiliar with it, will be presented Thursday at the College of Staten Island. The free CSI presentation is part of a nationwide endeavor to increase awareness about Israel's diversity and uniqueness. The multimedia show is designed to offer a glimpse at the impressive breadth of Israel's historical, geographical and cultural makeup by taking a full-circle look at the country.

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In one hour, this interactive workshop provides its participants with a vivid impression of a country with roots that are thousands of years old. The event at 1:30 p.m. in room 103 of building 5N is sponsored by the Staten Island Jewish Alliance, Survival through Education and the Hasbara Fellowships. The program has been approved for Leadership Stipend Credit for qualified students. For information or to register, consult or call Rabbi Dovid Winiarz of the Multi-Faith Center at CSI, 718-801-1923. PASSOVER SCHEDULE Temple Emanu-El in Port Richmond is announcing the schedule of services during the last days of Passover. On Sunday, Mincha/Ma'ariv will be at 6:45 p.m. On Monday, the Seventh Day of Passover, Shacharit will be at 9:15 a.m. and Mincha/Ma'ariv at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday's services for the concluding day of Passover will be Shacharit and Yizkor Memorial at 9:15 a.m. and Mincha/Ma'ariv at 7:30 p.m. An adult Bat Mitzvah class is held at 2 p.m. on Thursdays in the temple. The curriculum includes instruction on basic Judaism, the synagogue service and basic Hebrew reading. For information, call 718-442-5966. Shabbat services are held Fridays at 8 p.m. followed by an Oneg and Saturdays at 9 a.m. followed by a Kiddush. Temple Emanu-El is at 984 Post Ave. RECORD CROWD The annual Oscar Weissglass Memorial Seder attracted a record crowd of nearly 300 people last Sunday at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, West Brighton. The Seder, which is named for its founder, Oscar Weissglass, was conducted by Rabbi Judah Kogen and Cantor Mordechai Edry, both of B'nai Jeshurun. The guests were treated to a Model Passover service and a traditional Seder meal catered by Exclusive Catering by Kaplan. As always, there was no charge to attend the service and a group of volunteers drove those who needed transportation to and from the Seder. The Weissglass Seder is held under the auspices of the JCC, which also donated the use of a bus to assist with transportation. At the seder, Shiela Lipton, associate executive director of the JCC, presented Norman A. Kanter a gift on the occasion of his stepping down as chairman of the Seder. Kanter then introduced the new chairman, Manny Saks. The remaining Passover service at B'nai Jeshurun is Shacharit at 9 a.m. on Monday and Shacharit at 9 a.m. with Yizkor at about 10 a.m. on Tuesday. The annual Sisterhood Stars Friday Night Service will be held May 6 at 8 p.m. Sisterhood members Vickie

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Gimbleman, Ruth Ellen Nightingale and Eleanor Zorfas will be honored. B'nai Jeshurun is at 275 Martling Ave. DAIRY DISH LUNCH A Passover Yizkor service followed by a Kosher-for-Passover-Dairy-Dish-to-Share Luncheon will be held Monday at Temple Israel Reform Congregation, Randall Manor. The Monday service begins at 10:30 a.m. Tonight's 8 p.m. services will be led by Rabbi Michael Howald and student Cantor Stephen Long. Tomorrow's 10 a.m. Torah study, led by Rabbi Howald, will be followed by Shabbat morning services at 11 a.m. Temple Israel is at 315 Forest Ave. Š 2011 All rights reserved.

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New York City Commercial Real Estate News BRING ON THE RAIN BARRELS Lois Weiss

Friday, April 22, 2011 - The City’s Environmental Protection Commissioner Cas Holloway has launched the Rain Barrel

Giveaway Program, an initiative to help alleviate pressure on the city’s sewer system during storms by helping New Yorkers to capture and reuse rainwater. Rain barrels can individually capture thousands of gallons of water each year to be used by homeowners for irrigation and gardening purposes, rather than letting it run into catch basins where it can contribute to a combined sewer overflow. During heavy storms, the sewer system often reaches capacity and must discharge a mix of stormwater and wastewater— called a combined sewer overflow, or CSO—into New York Harbor. DEP will distribute a total of 1,000 free rain barrels in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island to single- and twofamily homeowners. Each rain barrel has the capacity to collect up to 55 gallons, assisting single- and two-family homeowners who, on average, devote up to 40 percent of their total water usage to! watering gardens and lawns during the summer. Rain barrels can also help reduce localized street flooding and the demand on the city’s drinking water system during drought conditions. “Distributing free rain barrels is a great way to help protect our harbor waters, and help homeowners prevent potential flooding and save money,” said Commissioner Holloway. “These rain barrels will capture thousands of gallons of water that would have otherwise flowed into the streets, leading to flooding and increasing the likelihood and intensity of combined sewer overflows. This is exactly the kind of smart, local investment envisioned in the NYC Green Infrastructure Plan that Mayor Bloomberg launched last September. By investing in green alternatives to capture stormwater, we can reduce the city’s long-term sewer management costs by $2.4 billion over the next 20 years, helping to dramatically improve water quality, and hold down future water bills.” The rain barrel program saves customers money for watering lawns and gardens that would otherwise come from their taps. The installation of rain barrels requires minimum work and little maintenance. Rain barrels connect directly to the existing downspout to collect water for irrigation needs; homeowners then connect a hose in the spigot of the rain barrel for irrigation purposes such as watering lawns and gardens. DEP will provide residents with an easy-to-use installation kit. The rain barrels need to be disconnected from the downspout to avoid freezing during the winter. The Rain Barrel Giveaway Program initially began as a pilot program in 2008 with 250 rain barrels given to Queens homeowners and was expanded because of the public’s overwhelmingly positive response. In 2009, the program offered 750 barrels to homeowners who applied for it. Barrels will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis, one per household. Eligible residents must live in a singlefamily or attached two-family home to be eligible for this program. Interested homeowners can call 311 for more information, or they can visit DEP’s website at The Rain Barrel Giveaway Program will distribute barrels at the following times and locations: Queens: Saturday, April 30; 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at Cunningham Park, 196th Place and Union Turnpike. The Bronx: Saturday, May 7; 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at Pelham Bay Park, Middletown Road Parking Lot on Stadium Avenue. Staten Island: Saturday, May 7; 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Boulevard. The Rain Barrel Giveaway Program is part of the NYC Green Infrastructure Plan, launched by Mayor Bloomberg in September 2010 that will improve harbor water quality by capturing and retaining stormwater runoff before it enters the sewer system. The plan, which includes $2.4 billion in green infrastructure, will reduce sewer overflows by 40% by 2030. This approach will also save $2.4 billion over the next 20 years because it will reduce more costly investments in traditional sewage retention projects, like tanks and tunnels. Reducing stormwater runoff from new and existing development is part of Strategy 2011-2014, a far-reaching strategic plan that lays out 100 distinct initiatives to make DEP the safest, most efficient, cost-effective, and transparent water utility in the nation. The new plan, the product of nearly one year of analysis and outreach, builds on PlaNYC, Mayor Bloomberg’s sustainability blueprint for New York City. The plan is available on DEP’s website at

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Chris Terranova rolls 300 at Rab's Country Lanes Published: Friday, April 08, 2011, 10:51 AM


Staten Island Advance

Chris Terranova gave himself an early birthday present. On the eve of his 21st birthday, the Rosebank resident bowled his second career 300 during action last night in the Tom McGuire Sr. Men’s League at Rab’s Country Lanes. “I was the only one bowling for my squad tonight, so the other team was cheering me on. It was a lot of fun,” said the right-hander, a medical replacement in the league who averages 205 in the loop. “With fewer people bowling, the pace was a little bit quicker and I was able to get into a good flow.” Terranova, who used a 15-pound Storm Too Furious reactive resin ball, rolled his first perfect game in 2009 in the Saturday Night Getaway League at Rab’s. “I was a little nervous in the 10th frame, but all three of my balls were pretty solid,” said the soon-to-be College of Staten Island graduate, who opened the series with a 254 before unfurling his 300. “I only had one light mix throughout the entire game.” Terranova, however, didn’t have time to rest on his laurels — he had to compete in his regular Thursday Night Mixed League moments later. Rab’s Country Lanes Tom McGuire Sr. Men’s League: Chris Terranova 254, 300-757; Joe Carlo 262-704; Rich Malito 248; Rob Amato 247; Kevin Melfi Jr. 248, 278-751; Michael Kotowicz 247; Rick Sebexen 256; Frank Amon 259-701; Steve Lawrik 671; Tom Nolan 259-664; Tom Magrone 257, 248-709; Carmine Russo 250-655; Bob Coogan 268, 257-750; Larry Hess 243-684; Chris DiLauro 246; Frank Napolitano 243; Bobby Kelly 277. Rab’s Senior Men: Andy DeMario 233-201-248-682; John Castro 213-222-210-645; Tony Rubilotta 206226-203-635; Phil Pistilli 217; Duke Velluzzi 213; Chip Bonamo 213-206; John Lenzo 226-204; Ben Johnson 249-637; Joe Gentile Sr. 214-215-225-654; Stu Isaacs 246; Tom Mannino 250-213-646; Bernie Weisman 233-224-648; John Cento 203; Angelo Garcia 227-219; Al Prieto 278. Draft League: Kurt Savallo 267-719; Ryan Friend 256-709; Frank Mazzella 257-714; Mike Marchese 247-

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702; Lou Gaudio Sr. 677; Jack Fernicola 277-695; Joe Bruno 276-700; Rick Neuer 258-688; Rami Ahmed 259-686; Anthony Everts 244-673; Rolando Graham 248-688; Lisa Laursen 255-683; Mitchell Bass 257662; Annie Lindell 257-666. Richmond County American Legion: Bob Sullivan 246; Steve DeMaria 244-672; Anthony Manzione 258692; Frank Farella 245-661; Mike Ponsiglione 245; Mike Consolmagno 247, 257-736; Jim McHale 257-692; Bobby Rinaldi 699; Jim Episcopia 669; Tom Campanelli 245; Gus Plaginos 267; Jason Muscari 245, 245-694; Richie D’Amico 248-680; Adam LeChillgrien 256; Fred Cipoletti 266; Joe Guth 258-706. SIUH: Rob Alavarces 290-771; Jim Ortega 240; George Barbosa 278-780; Bobby Mirabella 247; Fran Smith 257-618; Mary Schott 201; Pam D’Angelo 202-603. Showplace Entertainment Center Thursday 7 P.M. Ladies: Andrea Lindell 247, 238, 269-754. Thursday AMF Men’s League: Craig Esposito 258; John Accettulli 289-697; Vinny Bastone 244; Mike Accarino 241; Anthony Grasso 255. © 2011 All rights reserved.

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Story of college student fosters hope for foster care children Clem Richardson Friday, April 8th 2011, 4:00 AM Like many young adults her age, Jessica Jimenez is looking for her first apartment. She's figuring out rent, calculating how she would get around, juggling figures to see how she can afford utility bills, health care and cable television. "It's stressful," Jimenez said. "A lot of stuff is going on and, sometimes, it's a little overwhelming. "But I have hope that everything is going to be fine." As she says this, Jimenez's eyes are a bit careworn, and the set of her jaw resolute. Judging from where she came from to where she is now, there is little doubt the College of Staten Island second-year student will get where she plans to go. Jimenez has been in the city's foster care system since she was 8 years old. The 21-year-old will "age out" of the system in a few weeks, meaning she will be on her own. She'll have to move out of her grandmother's Sunset Park, Brooklyn, home, the last place she, her brother Itiel, 18, and sister Gisselle, 14, still call home. But Jimenez has never let being a child of foster care and the lifestyle that often comes with it - "I went to a bunch of schools," she said, "I went to three or four elementary schools" stand in her way. She's a youth leader in her church, Grace Baptist, which is about five blocks from her grandmother's house. "I'm there all the time," she said. She's also been appointed to the youth advisory board of New Yorkers For Children, a nonprofit group that provides college scholarships, tutoring programs, job training, mentoring and networking opportunities for children in the foster care system. Jimenez will be one of the speakers at the group's annual spring gala on Tuesday at the Mandarin Oriental in the Time Warner Building at Columbus Circle. "We are so proud that Jessica is a member of our youth advisory board," said NYFC executive director Susan Magazine. "She has become an astounding leader and advocate for youth in foster care. Her participation in events like Network to Success, the Children's Center Redecoration Project and Wrap to Rap demonstrate her commitment to giving back to other children in care." Jimenez said growing up in the foster care system has given her real insight into its effect on the children in it. "I do understand where people in foster care come from because I did at one point feel down, and I did at one point feel very alone," she said. "But I just have this joy in me. People tell me that all the time. I want to work with children. I have this love and compassion for them and a desire to help them. I feel I can relate to them." Born in the Dominican Republic, Jimenez's parents brought her to New York when she was 3, then returned to the DR for three years before coming back to New York. Her mother was schizophrenic. Jimenez was taken away from her parents in the DR, but was returned before the family moved to New York. "My mother got sick, and my father was incapable of taking care of me, so I was placed in foster care," she said. She lived in foster homes almost from the time the family returned to New York - at one point her mother moved to Seattle, and Jimenez was placed in a foster home out there. "My father came to pick me up and brought me back to New York," she said. "But he was incapable of taking care of me, so I ended up in a foster home in the Bronx, then in Brooklyn." "It was difficult, but I always hoped for a better future and dreamt of a better life for my siblings and I. I tried to stay positive because I knew they were watching me and I needed to be strong for them." Jimenez was 8 when she was put in a "kinship" foster home, living with her paternal grandmother, Maria Gutierrez, in Sunset Park, where she still lives. As part of the city's Administration for Children's Services-run foster care program, Jimenez was paired with a social worker at her oversight agency. That counselor introduced her to NYFC. A few years ago, a friend took her to Grace Baptist Church, where Jimenez now leads a youth group on Tuesday night, a Christian Marine Cadet program on Wednesday evening, a senior high youth group and a girls' Bible study class on Friday, and a young adult group on Saturday. She occasionally teaches Sunday school classes and, in the summer, is a counselor at the church's youth summer camp and at church retreats upstate. Jimenez will receive an associates degree in liberal arts from the College of Staten Island this summer. She hopes to go on to a four-year school with the aim of being a teacher or a counselor who works with children. "I have this passion to work with children, and help children who experienced things similar to what I went through," she said. The NYFC spring gala is sold out. Learn more about the group at CORRECTION: Several facts in last week's column were incorrect. The Jackie Robinson Foundation offers $7,500 yearly scholarships. Program scholars attend 92 schools across the United States

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College of Staten Island biochemistry major scores prestigious scholarship Published: Saturday, April 09, 2011, 4:19 PM


Kiawana Rich

The College of Staten Island is basking in the glory of an undergraduate's winning the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the first-ever such distinction for one of its students.

Junior Mark Barahman of Brooklyn, who belongs to CSI's Macaulay Honors College and is a Goldsmith Scholar, was selected for his research and development of a 3D robotic printer that simulates the surface of a butterfly's wing.

The work of Mark Barahman involves the construction and programming of a robotic printer that prints in three dimensions on a microscopic scale. A junior majoring in biochemistry at the College of Staten Island, he won the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

"Commercial 3D printers are available but they are often extremely expensive, fragile and very limited with respect to the building material," noted Barahman, a biochemistry major. "We needed to build something that would allow us broad applicability and flexibility, while also being inexpensive and scalable to industrial-size processes." Barahman, 20, works with Dr. Alan Lyons on research related to super-hydrophobic surfaces. "I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Mark Barahman for his well-deserved distinction," said CSI President Dr. Tomรกs D. Morales. "He has forged a place for himself in the history of the college by being the first Goldwater Scholar at CSI, and has earned himself great honor and national recognition."

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Said Ken Bach, the college's communications director: "This is an extraordinary example of the hands-on undergraduate research experience that is available at the College of Staten Island. "Thanks to the mentorship of Dr. Lyons and the dedication of the CSI Career and Scholarship Center, Mark Barahman's selection as a Goldwater Scholar has placed CSI and CUNY into the national spotlight for being home to one of the most promising young scientists in the country." Established by Congress in 1986, the Goldwater Scholarship is the premier federally funded undergraduate award of its type. It is designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers and Ph.D.'s in the sciences, engineering, mathematics, computer science and related fields. Only 300 students nationwide earn the distinction. When he is not pursuing research, Barahman does tutoring and is involved in various community clubs. "I have a deep interest in world cultures and languages," he said, evident in his recent completion of a month-long immersion program in Japanese culture. Not coincidentally, Barahman said he revels in the diversity that has become a hallmark of CSI. His aspirations include obtaining a Ph.D. in the field of biomedical engineering. "Wherever I end up, I hope to have a positive impact on the lives of students and patients," he said. Barahman grew up in his native Israel and as a teenager worked as a first responder for Magen David Adom, the emergency medical organization. He immigrated to Brooklyn in August 2006. Last year, Barahman participated in NYU/Bellevue Hospital's Project HealthCare summer program. His other accolades include being the only undergraduate invited to give an oral presentation -- "Printed Super-hydrophobic Surfaces Exhibiting Slip-Angle Anisotropy" -- last month at the Young Chemists Committee ACS Symposium at The Cooper Union in Manhattan. And there's no shortage of aces in CSI's deck: Dan Feldman, also a junior in the Macaulay Honors College and a physics major with a concentration in astronomy, received an honorable mention in the Goldwater competition. That honor is reserved for just 150 students nationally.

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Girls are spending $1,500 on celebrity-style prom dresses When you're a teenage girl, the prom is a pretty big deal, and buying the perfect prom dress is often more important than your date. While many parents help shop for the gown or set a budget, the New York Post claims many are willing to shell lot more this year. "This year, kids are spending wedding prices for proms," Rashi Pinckney, manager of Oz Boutique in Forest Hills, Queens told the Post. "Everyone wants to be Kim Kardashian or Lady Gaga. It's increased by $500 since last year." With our constantly growing pop culture obsession, kids are now trying to replicate the lavish looks seen on stars with big budgets. Taylor Swift is a fan of Jovani, and one dress she wore on tour is a top seller this year. A $550 Sherri Hill dress Selena Gomez wore at a recent concert is another popular dress. "It's kind of sweet to know that celebrities are wearing dresses that girls traditionally wear to prom," Gina Kelly, fashion director of Seventeen Magazine, told the Post. "[Buying one] may cost $1,400 and it's expensive. But it's possible." With that it mind, Selena Gomez's Sherri Hill dress is a popular prom option this

the Post spoke with 18-year-old Alessandra Asperti, a

year. Photo by Getty Images.

senior at College of Staten Island HS, who's planning to spend $1,500 on prom attire. "I've been saving up since

my sweet sixteen," she told them. According to a Shine poll, most women on here haven't (or wouldn't) spend that much on their wedding dress! About 70% of you said you'd spend less than $1,000 on your wedding gown. Yes, the prom is a special night, but is it worth all that time, money and energy? "It's absurd and it's sad," Sally Greenberg, executive director of the National Consumer League, told the Post. "It's a waste of precious resources that they should be using to pay for college." Read the full article here and take our poll. How much would you be willing to spend these days on a prom dress? Related links: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Slutty chicâ&#x20AC;? is new trend for prom dresses Snooki Shows Off Her Prom Pics The best mass retail wedding gowns (video)

Teen girls are seeking out Taylor Swift's Jovani dresses. Photo by Getty Images.

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Building a body of work Published: Saturday, April 16, 2011, 9:01 AM


Jerry Lee

TOTTENVILLE - Niko Negron doesn’t have the kind of routine that most 19-year-olds have. Oh yeah, he’s a freshman at the College of Staten Island majoring in business and finance and attends classes four days a week, but the rest of his time is spent just a bit differently than most.

Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez Niko Negron is just beginning in the bodybuilding business but he has his sights set high.

The Tottenville resident, you see, is an aspiring bodybuilder who competed for the first time this past weekend (finishing third) and has been on an intense schedule for almost the past three months

in preparation. Actually, his schedule has been quite regimented since he decided to become a bodybuilder this past summer. “The biggest thing about the schedule is the amount of food you have to eat and the amount of times a day you have to eat,” said Negron. “Sometimes you have to force yourself to eat.” The Tottenville High School graduate’s morning routine consists of his cardio workout and then a breakfast of oatmeal and eggs. The rest of the day, Negron eats eight ounces of either chicken, red meat or fish, some rice and spinach every two or three hours until he goes to bed. Also during that time he drinks three or four protein shakes. After classes, he heads to the Retro Gym in Charleston and under the watchful eye of his uncle, Angelo Guli, he goes through his workout routine. This he’ll do five or six times a week when he’s traiining for a contest, a little less in the off-season.

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The end result was Negron went from 160 pounds in August to 220 by the end of the year. When he decided to compete in April, his calendar was set. “There are contests all year,” he said, “and since I was just beginning, I wanted to compete early in the year and then do another late in the year.” That’s why his third-place trophy in the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at Manhattan Community College was so satisfying. “I was happy with it,” Negron said. “I wanted to get my feet wet and was shooting for a top-five finish and a trophy. This was all just a learning experience.” Negron competed in the Teenage Division, but after this calendar year, he will have to move up to the men’s Open Division. To that end he has signed up for his second competition in November with much higher expectations. “Knowing what I know now, I think I’ll do much better next time and I’ll be shooting to win,” he said. So now he’ll slow down his routine a bit until about 10 weeks or so before his late-year contest when he’ll start, “cleaning up my diet,” and focus on the task at hand. “This gives me about six months to put on more size,” Negron said, “and then I’ll probably take 2012 off. Since I’ll be competing against older and more experienced men, I want to be full prepared when I turn 21.” Ultimately, Negron’s goal is to turn pro. “Sure that’s the ultimate,” he said. “To be able to make a living doing this would be great.”

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Staten Island-tied terror suspect pleads guilty in bomb plot, gets 23 years Published: Monday, April 11, 2011, 5:43 PM


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ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A Virginia computer technician with Staten Island ties pleaded guilty today and was sentenced to 23 years in prison for joining what he thought was an al-Qaeda plot to bomb the Washington region's Metrorail system. Farooque Ahmed, 35, from Ashburn, Va., apologized for his actions at a plea hearing in U.S. District Court after his lawyer explained that Ahmed had succumbed to a government sting operation after being seduced by violent extremist rhetoric from a radical cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, and

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others. "All I can say is I'm sorry. It was the wrong action," Ahmed, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, told the judge in a low, halting voice. Ahmed immigrated around 1993 to the United Staets, and because a citizen, according to an FBI affidavit. He lived on Staten Island, and earned a bachelor's degree in computer science in 2003 from the College of Staten Island before he moved to Virginia. In a written statement to the court, Ahmed said that "no punishment could be greater than the disappointment I already feel for engaging in this conduct, and for letting myself and my family down." It added, "I know that my conduct could have endangered many people, and I am happy that nobody was actually injured. I am truly sorry ... and I especially regret that I have let down my family (particularly my wife and young son), my faith, and my country." Ahmed and his wife, who was present today but declined comment, have a 2-year-old son and have been married since 2007. After graduating from the College of Staten Island in 2003, Ahmed settled in the

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prosperous northern Virginia suburbs, where he took a series of computer-related jobs, punctuated by occasional periods of unemployment. Ahmed briefly had a job with an Islamic outreach group in 2005 but showed no outward signs of extremism until 2010, his lawyer said. Between April and October of 2010, Ahmed carried out a variety of tasks to advance what he thought would be an al-Qaeda attack on the greater Washington's subway system, authorities say. He took video and scouted out several northern Virginia Metro stations and made suggestions for how to inflict the greatest number of casualties. Prior to the Metro plot, according to authorities, Ahmed had discussed traveling to Afghanistan to fight and kill Americans there. Ahmed pled to two counts: attempting to provide material support of al-Qaeda and collecting information for a terrorist attack on a transit facility, which carried a potential maximum term of 35 years. The defense and prosecutors agreed to the 23-year term as part of the plea bargain. Federal public defender Kenneth Troccoli said Ahmed comes from a prosperous family in Pakistan. His father, a bank executive, brought Ahmed as a teenager to the United States with the family when the father was assigned to New York for work. The family lived in Staten Island, N.Y. Troccoli said three things contributed to Ahmed's decision to align himself with purported terrorists: exposure to radical Islamic rhetoric from al-Awlaki and others; anti-Muslim discrimination that he and his family faced in the United States that contributed to his alienation; and trust in an associate who turned out to be an undercover operative for the government. The operative "led Mr. Ahmed to believe he was not alone" in supporting a terrorist plot, Troccoli said. Ahmed's initial interest, Troccoli said, was to develop a website that would allow people to communicate about the plight of the Pakistani people and Muslims in general. But as the sting operation proceeded, Ahmed eventually agreed to take more serious action "that went beyond what he initially wanted to do," Troccoli said. Ahmed became immersed in a fantasy world with secret codes and never shared his plans with his family, according to Troccoli. Had he done so, Troccoli suggested his family would have brought him to his senses. "Now that he has essentially woken up from this fantasy world he was in ... it's like he shook his head and said, 'What am I doing?'" Troccoli said. But U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride, speaking to reporters after today's hearing, said it was Ahmed on his own who told the undercover operatives that he wanted to fight and kill Americans.

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"It all originated with Mr. Ahmed himself," MacBride said. MacBride said that Ahmed was acting alone and the government plans no further charges against others as part of this case. "We believe a 23-year term is just punishment," he said. U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee had no choice but to impose a 23-year term under terms of the plea agreement, but added the condition that Ahmed serve a 50-year period of supervised release after his prison time. Brenda Heck, newly appointed special agent in charge for the FBI's Washington field office, said Ahmed was not a typical member of the Muslim-American community. Ahmed's case is one among several nationwide involving terror arrests made using undercover government operatives and concocted plots. A Somali-born teenager was arrested in November in Portland after allegedly joining what he thought was a terrorist plot to set off a bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. In December, recent Muslim convert and naturalized citizen Antonio Martinez was arrested after agents said he tried to detonate a phony bomb outside a military recruitment center near Baltimore. Martinez's lawyer raised concerns that his client was a victim of entrapment.

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O.B. candidates discuss views on school issues  Voters to choose three of six candidates April 27   BY LAUREN CIRAULO   Staff Writer   OLD BRIDGE — Six candidates are vying for three available three‐year terms on the Board of Education.  Voters will choose from the field during theApril 27 school election, when they will also vote on an $86  million tax levy to support the $131.7 million operating budget for the 2011‐12 school year. The budget  would increase taxes by $42.35 annually on a home assessed at $150,000.  Financial challenges facing the district are a hot topic for school board candidates, many of whom  believe Old Bridge is in need of a strategic financial plan and revenue generating programs.  Incumbents seeking re‐election are Donna Andriani and board President Frank Weber. Challenging are  former school board member David Josselyn and newcomers Glenn D’Antuono, Kevin Borsilli and  Richard Dunn.  Andriani, who is seeking her second term, has resided in Old Bridge for 14 years with her husband, Jay,  and son Tom, a graduate of Old Bridge High School. A science teacher for over 30 years, she has  coordinated college and scholars programs and has been a learning consultant for the state Department  of Education. Andriani was heavily involved with emergency medical services as a volunteer emergency  medical technician (EMT), instructor and EMT New Jersey state evaluator. She has also coached high  school varsity tennis and basketball, Old Bridge recreation basketball and soccer, and Cheesequake Little  League. Additionally, Andriani serves as rank advancement chairperson and a member of the Eagle  review committee for Boy Scout Troop 219.  Andriani plans to protect district programs and continue to provide a comprehensive education for Old  Bridge students by implementing several cost‐saving measures.  “One of my main goals would be to develop a systemic financial approach to maintaining the level of  current programs that we have available in the Old Bridge Public Schools. This way we would not be  caught up in the uncertainties of the state government finances,” she said. “I would like to keep the  neighborhood school concept and keep the athletic programs, clubs and activities intact at all school  levels. The students are both the clients and the products of the school system. We need to provide our  children with the academic tools for learning as well as the life tools for the road to success as an adult.”  Andriani suggested the institution of energy reducing initiatives as well as additional event planning for  Lombardi Field, which has the potential to provide another source of revenue for the district. She also  recommended that the district investigate cost‐free funding opportunities, including partnerships,  shared services, grants and other alternative sources. 

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A supporter of the 2011‐12 school budget, Andriani is pleased with the compromises made by district  employees during the budget process. However, she hopes that the school board agrees to explore  longterm revenue planning in order to ameliorate the financial pressure the district experienced this  year.  Andriani believes her experience on the board will allow her to make informed decisions for the district  in the future.  “The Board of Education members are charged with the responsibility of providing the best possible  education opportunities for our students and wisely deciding where the taxpayers’ monies are  allocated,” she said. “I believe that I will make good decisions that affect all parties involved.”  She also noted that her experience in education would be useful in the search for a new superintendent  of schools after Simon Bosco retires. This is expected at the end of the 2011‐12 school year.  Borsilli has resided in Old Bridge for the past 12 years with his wife, Susan, and two children, and is  employed as vice president of Barclays Capital in Jersey City. He is a third‐degree member of the Knights  of Columbus, a former treasurer of Cub Scouts Pack 129, and has served on several committees as a  member of the PTA.  Borsilli would like to implement a longterm strategic plan for the district.  “I would like to set realistic long‐term goals for the administration and then work with them to complete  these goals,” he said. “I would like to help the Old Bridge School District achieve a goal of reaching a  fiscal budget with no tax levy increase. I believe that this can be achieved by challenging the  administration to do more with less.”  Borsilli suggested a number of initiatives that would reduce expenses and expand educational and  extracurricular programs, including shorter‐term contracts for administrators, the development of  sports and music camps, the implementation of tutor programs, and the institution of an online adult  high school. He would also look for ways to expand the district’s tuition based preschool program.  While Borsilli is a proponent of the 2011‐12 school budget, he believes that the district could do better  with long‐term planning and adjustments to administrative contracts, adding that a more proactive  approach to the financial plan needs to be taken.  “The extremely uncertain economic times are hitting everyone and every industry hard. We have to be  able to manage with what we have until the economy corrects itself. Unfortunately, this is going to take  some time,” he said. “We will need to be more proactive in our budgetary planning in order to survive  this downturn, and that is going to mean finding ways to cut back without directly hitting the classrooms  or affecting the children of the school system.”  D’Antuono is a local business owner who has resided in Old Bridge for a collective 16 years with his wife,  Jennifer, and 2‐ year‐old daughter. A graduate of Brookdale Community College, he is employed as  general manager with Hess Corporation and owns Hair Design 27 in Edison with his wife. 

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If elected, D’Antuono plans to develop a long‐term strategic plan for the district in hopes of stabilizing  finances and improving the quality of education.  “In the next three years, if elected, I would like to do several things for our schools’ future. I would like  to create a fiveyear plan and a 10‐year vision for our school system,” he said. “This vision would have  goals that the school board, teachers and administration know underlies the decisions they make to  move in the forward direction of our students’ education, fiscal responsibility and everyday decisions.”  D’Antuono said that creating and implementing such a proposal would simplify upcoming issues such as  the union contract negotiations and the search for the new superintendent. He added that a five‐year  plan could also be useful in generating revenue.  “Having this steady and focused vision will help create revenue for the school district,” he said. “One‐ time revenue influxes are nice, but the money does go away, and having a plan can create extended  revenue for our district.”   D’Antuono specifically mentioned the district’s need for a formal energy management plan and  renewable energy systems, which could reduce energy costs over an extended period of time. He also  suggested advertising on school buses and profiting from cell phone companies looking to build towers  on district property.  While D’Antuono acknowledged the detrimental effect state aid cuts have had on the district, he  believes it has built character and strengthened the resolve of the district.  “The cuts of state aid in the past few years have been a tough pill to swallow for most of New Jersey,”  he said.  “Personally, I would rather suffer, struggle financially, and work harder than ever before if it means that  the students that are in our school system now and growing up every day will have better opportunities  than myself, will learn from our past mistakes, and prosper in the future.”  Dunn, a 12‐year resident of Old Bridge with two daughters in the district, is a graduate of the College of  Staten Island and is currently employed as vice president of real estate operations with Paramount  Assets. He has extensive volunteer experience in the community, notably serving eight years as a  firefighter for the South Old Bridge Fire Company and currently serving as second lieutenant line officer  for Engine Company No. 2 on Throckmorton Lane. Dunn formerly served as secretary and vice president  of the fire company, and has assisted with teaching fire prevention education and instruction in Old  Bridge schools. An active member of the PTA and the Special Education PTA, he has also coached  football for the Sayrewood South Rebels.  A self‐described supporter of the “community schooling ideal,” Dunn believes it is his duty to give back  to Old Bridge, and he is seeking election in hopes of enhancing the quality of education for students  while protecting taxpayers’wallets.  “As a parent and advocate of education, I want to ensure that the quality of education provided to our  children is the finest and that every child has a fair and equitable opportunity for achievement and  success,” he said.  

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“At the same time, we must protect and ensure that the taxpayers of Old Bridge are not burdened with  unnecessary increases in school taxes,” he said.  Dunn believes the next three years will be pivotal for Old Bridge, noting that the search for a new  superintendent and union contract negotiations will significantly impact the district. In addition to  applying careful consideration to these momentous changes, he plans to stabilize the tax levy, create a  leaner administration and enhance cost controls, as well as introduce a new literacy program to the  district.  In addition, he would like to implement a comprehensive budget review and costsavings evaluation for  every department, audit the plant services department, and transition to alternate energy sources in  order to cut excess spending.  To generate revenue, Dunn recommended an expansion of special education services that would keep  more students in the district.  “By expanding, we can not only offer our services to smaller districts, and also retain a portion of our  students who receive services outside the district, but provide our current students with better  specialized programs and services such as social skills conditioning and therapeutic opportunities,” he  said. “The district outsources approximately 100 students to specialized schools at about $4 million  annually. If we could keep a portion of those students in district, we could save about $1.5 million,  which can be used for services for not only the retained students but the students already receiving  special services from the district.”  Josselyn, a former technician mechanic with the National Guard, has resided in Old Bridge for the past  23 years with his wife, Angela, and two children. The former Board of Education member possesses  ample volunteer experience, including many years of service with the townships’ first aid squads. He has  been a member of a grassroots lobby group, FEMA subgroup World Cares and the Old Bridge  Community Emergency Response Team. Josselyn was also a part of the Ham Radio Club, and received  his FCC license as a ham radio technician in January.  Josselyn has cultivated several ideas that would potentially save money and generate revenue for the  district. He believes that unfunded mandates are fiscally detrimental, and would look for ways to  minimize them if re‐elected. Josselyn also acknowledged the district’s high per‐pupil costs, noting that  students schooled outside the district are contributing to the rising expense.  In terms of cost‐saving measures, Josselyn recommended that the district reduce its electricity usage.  “Return the climate controls back to the respective schools. It has proven to be a costly expense that has  cost the district too much extra in the electric bill month after month,” he said. “Teachers and parents  have been complaining about this for years. Turn off the lights in the middle and high schools at night  when no one is there, especially on the second floors and in the middle of the schools. They stay on 24  hours a day.”  He also suggested that Old Bridge strike a deal with local colleges and universities to use their  performing arts facilities so that students could gain more exposure while the district generates  additional revenue from the larger venues. 

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“I believe if larger audiences could see our students perform, it would enhance the prospects for our  students’ possible future in the entertainment world,” Josselyn said.  Josselyn stressed the importance of passing the budget, noting the severe consequences of rejection.  “I have to say that I support the budget even though it raises taxes a bit, because if it doesn’t pass,  schools would close and there would be larger class sizes,” he said.  Weber, who is seeking his second term on the dais, has resided in Old Bridge for the past 36 years with  his wife, Dale. The father of four and grandfather of five is the manager of a global nonprofit financial  testing organization and possesses extensive business and negotiating experience as a former manager  in a union environment. Prior to his current term on the board, he served as a board member for seven  years, from 1993 to 2000. Additionally, he has served on the township Recreation Advisory Committee  and Planning Board, and as president of the Old Bridge Soccer League and Girls’ Soccer Association.  Weber said this is a critical time for the district, considering recent fiscal issues and potential losses in  the administration.  “I believe the next three years in the Old Bridge School District will be critical,” he said. “Uncertainties  will exist in finance and who will administer the district. Over the next three years, we will possibly lose  the overwhelming majority of our seasoned administrators, including the superintendent and the  assistant superintendent. I feel this is a critical time for the board to have an experienced and effective  board member return.”  If re‐elected, Weber plans to explore initiatives that will be financially beneficial to the district, as well as  promote high‐quality education. He aims to continue the improvement of test scores on all levels,  improve student performance on Advanced Placement exams, and integrate the Virtual High School into  district programs in order to provide more scheduling flexibility for all students.  Weber would also like to implement a comprehensive energy policy, which would focus on managing  energy sources more efficiently and developing alternate energy sources. He believes the district has the  potential to save more than $1 million in energy costs.  Another cost‐saving measure Weber said the board should consider is a new state program that allows  any district to open its doors to out‐of‐district students. These outof district students would pay full  tuition to attend Old Bridge schools, helping to alleviate the tax burden.  Weber stressed that it is more crucial than ever for board members to fulfill their duties in light of  potential funding uncertainties, and noted that some current board members encounter scheduling  conflicts that make them unable to perform those responsibilities.      

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Thomas Quaadman, Vice President, U.S. Chamber Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness to Speak at KC’s Webcast The Rocky Road for Debt Capital Markets in 2011 New York, NY, April 30, 2011 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Thomas Quaadman, Vice President, U.S. Chamber Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ webcast entitled: “The Rocky Road for Debt Capital Markets in 2011.” This event is scheduled for June 9, 2011 at 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET. For further details, please visit:

Event Synopsis: Recently, the debt capital markets have been exposed to great levels of volatility. In the wake of this recent financial crisis, the government has taken steps to inject liquidity and to boost debt capital markets. However, these efforts still offer uncertain consequences. Strong price appreciation and price discovery are some of the key trends affecting financial institutions. As such, they must know how these market changes may impact their portfolios and they must be prepared for the uncertain costs that are likely to affect the values of their portfolios. The Rocky Road for Debt Capital Markets in 2011 Live Webcast will provide finance executives, investors, fund managers and others who are involved in debt capital markets issues with a comprehensive update on this topic. A key panel of thought leaders and experts will cover many of the most critical issues surrounding the changes in debt capital markets with the goal to help you navigate through the pitfalls in the wake of these turbulent economic times. About Thomas Quaadman Thomas Quaadman is the Vice President of the U.S. Chamber Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness. The Center was established in March 2007 to advocate legal and regulatory policies for the U.S. capital markets to advance the protection of investors, promote capital formation, and ensure U.S. leadership in the financial markets in the 21st century. Quaadman develops and executes strategic policies to implement a global corporate financial reporting system, address ongoing attempts of minority shareholder abuse of the proxy system, communicate the benefits of efficient American capital markets, and promote an innovation economy and the long-term interests of all investors. Prior to joining the Chamber, Quaadman was chief of staff to Congressman Vito John Fossella Jr. (RNY) from 1997 to 2008. In that capacity, he helped establish the Republican Policy Committee Task Force on Capital Markets, Economic, and Information Security to develop a legislative program on economic competitiveness. Quaadman also worked on the passage of the Investors Capital Markets Fee Relief Act. This act reduced SEC transaction fees, representing a savings of billions of dollars for

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investors. Quaadman graduated cum laude from New York Law School and is a graduate of the College of Staten Island. He is a member of the New York and Connecticut state bars. About U.S. Chamber Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness Since its inception in 2007, the U.S. Chamber’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC) has worked to advance America’s global leadership in capital formation by supporting capital markets that are the most fair, efficient, and innovative in the world. CCMC will leverage the Chamber’s communications and grassroots assets to ensure that Americans understand the important role of capital formation — and the firms that supply and enable it — as the essential driver of Main Street economic recovery and job creation, including the impact on small and medium-size businesses. For more information about Tom Quaadman and U.S. Chamber Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, please visit: About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series The Knowledge Congress was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register to an event, please visit:

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