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CSI in the News

February 2012


COLLEGE OF STATEN ISLAND The City University of New York

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012 Last modified on: 2/5/2012 8:45:16 PM

Celebration of Independence & the National Day of Sri Lanka in New York (By: Senaka Senaviratne in New York)

Celebration of the 64th Anniversary of Independence in New York, USA organized by the Sri Lankan Mission in New York was held on Saturday, February 4th, 2012 at the Springer Hall of the College of Staten Island, New York. Sri Lankans of all ethnic, religious, academic, political, and social groups in the tri-state area attended in large numbers. The event organized Dr. Palitha Kohana Permanent Representative to UN and Maj. Gen Shavendra Silva began at 3.00 pm with the hoisting of the Sri Lankan flag and religious services from the Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and Christian priests. There were many colorful events of National interest by the children in the tri-state area. Another attraction was the guest performance of Sanath and Malkanthi Nandasiri, who are visiting New York for a musical show. Invitation from the Sri Lankan Mission in New York: "The dawn of the New Year marks the beginning of a new era of development in Sri Lanka's history. We invite you to attend the celebrations marking the 64th Anniversary of the Independence of Sri Lanka and to rejoice as one community in the renewed expectations for the future progress of our nation. Please circulate the attached invitation amongst your family members, friends and friends of Sri Lanka. Show your solidarity with the motherland and join us on Saturday, 4th February. Ambassador and Permanent Representative & the staff of the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN, New York"

Š 2006 Ministry of Defence, Publ c Secur ty, Law & Order - Democrat c Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. All Rights Reserved

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Langer film series features 'Colonel Jin Xing' documentary  FEBRUARY 9, 2012 12:01 AM  You can see Jin Xing dance at Mercyhurst University on Tuesday.    One night later, you can see her life story in "Colonel Jin Xing," the 2001 French documentary that is part  of the Maria J. Langer Film Series.    Before Jin became known as one of China's finest dancers and choreographers, she was a he ‐‐ and a  colonel in the People's Liberation Army.    Jin had a sex change operation in 1995 ‐‐ the first in China. She also overcame partial paralysis and  roadblocks from China's Communist regime. "The film is beautifully made, beautifully photographed and  provides lovely visual testimony to Jin's ravishing skills as a choreographer and dancer, both male and  female," Rebecca Adler, of the College of Staten Island of City University of New York, said in a review.    "Colonel Jin Xing" will be shown Wednesday at 2:15 and 7:15 p.m. at the D'Angelo Performing Arts  Center. Tickets are $6.    ‐‐ Dave Richards   

Page 7 of 154 Artist Arthur Levine the subject of a painting and drawings show By Elena Hart-Cohen, Staten Island Arts Examiner Professor Arthur Levine's drawings and paintings on displat Credits: The College of Staten Island

Artist Arthur Levine, a retired professor at College of Staten Island will be the subject of a paintings and drawings show. He became represented in many important collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and has received numerous awards and accolades, including a Fulbright grant to study in Paris. More recently, he was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His very special relationship with the College of Staten Island and its Art program spans the years from 1968 to 1992 when he founded the program and navigated its transition from Richmond College to the College of Staten Island to the time of his retirement. His paintings and drawings will be showcased at CSI located at the Gallery of the College of Staten Island Center for the Arts (1P). The college is locate at 2800 Victory Boulevard on Staten Island. The opening reception will be held on Wednesday, February 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Gallery Hours to view Professor Levine's bwork on your own are as follows: Monday through Thursday noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday noon to 3 p.m. The exhibit runs until April 28 at the CSI Gallery. Come by and visit the enigmatic and exciting works of this dynamic and noteworthy artist.

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Staten Island Chamber of Commerce inducts officers, new board members Friday, February 03, 2012, 10:04 AM


Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Civil Court Judge Orlando Marrazzo swore in officers and members of the board of directors of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and the board of directors of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Foundation at the organizations' end-of-January meeting, held at the Vanderbilt at South Beach. New members joining the board of directors are: John Atkins, New York Container Terminal; Dean Balsamini Sr., Small Business Development Center, representing the College of Staten Island; Annamarie Gentile, supervising partner at Angiuli & Gentile, who was also inducted as an executive officer; Joan Risko, SI Bank & Trust, a division of Sovereign Bank, and Victor Vientos, National Grid. Returning to the board are: Michael Assenza, vice president, Stat-Land Security Services; Allen Bentson, Allen C. Bentson Agency; Josh Caplan, Time


Staten Island Advance

Warner Cable; Gail Castellano, Richmond

Victor Vientos, National Grid, joins the board of directors

County Savings Bank; Joseph Doolan, TD

Staten Island Chamber of Commerce inducts officers, new board

Bank; Timothy McGovern, United NY

members gallery (5 photos)

Sandy Hook Pilots; Natalie Medina-Risano, Verizon; Anthony Mulholland, Staten Island Advance; Frank Pentecost, Consolidated Edison; Roger Prince, Port Authority of NY/NJ; Frank

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Scarangello, SCARAN; Ken Schneider, P.A.C. Plumbing,Heating & A/C; Joseph Tornello, Meals on Wheels of Staten Island; Mark Tranchina, The Vanderbilt at South Beach; and Ed Wiseman, Historic Richmond Town. The current officers are: Board chairman, Solomon Chemo, who is managing principal with The Richmond Group Wealth Advisors; chairman-elect, Ralph Branca, president and CEO, Victory State Bank; executive officers Glen Cutrona, president of Glen V. Cutrona Associates; Ms. Gentile, and general counsel Bruce G. Behrins, attorney with Behrins & Behrins. Joining the Chamber Foundation board are Dominick Brancato, executive director of the New York Center for Interpersonal Development, and Donna Long, executive director of the G.R.A.C.E. Foundation. Continuing on the foundation board are: Chairwoman Rosemarie Scampas of Inform Business; Cutrona; Kenneth Doherty of Northfield Bank; William Dubovsky of Comtel Information Services; Ms. Gentile; Joseph Sciame of St. John's University, and John Vento of John C. Vento, CPA.

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After bulldozing, some pertinent questions about herbicide treatment at Crooke's Point Wednesday, February 08, 2012, 11:31 AM


Kathryn Carse

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - GREAT KILLS Blue, yellow and red ties stand out on a couple of acres marked by tire ruts, scraggly vines and a few trees. Looking a bit apocalyptic, it is the first step in phase one of the National Park Service's major makeover of Crooke's Point, a natural area jutting out from Gateway National Recreation Area in Great Kills. Started at the end of January, the goal is The first phase of the reforestation project in Crooke's Point has begun with the clearing of vines in preparation for applying herbicide. (Photo Courtesy of Jane Alexander)

to remove invasive plants and introduce a maritime forest – a mix of shrubbery and trees that can thrive in the thin, sandy soil and withstand the harsh salty

environment. The anticipated outcome is a richer habitat for migrating insects and birds along the Atlantic flyway and for resident mammals and birds. "It's good stewardship, lifting these habitats up to a level where they can provide an ecosystem for a wide variety of wildlife species," said Doug Adamo, chief of the Natural Resources Division at Gateway. Increasing the amount and variety of native species, he said, was akin to improving the buffet that will attract migrating birds.

JOINT EFFORT The complicated and expensive process is a project of the National Park Service (NPS) in partnership with the

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MillionTreesNYC, a city Parks Department initiative which has the resources for doing a major restoration. The first step was to prepare the area for herbicide treatment, a central issue for those opposed to the project. "Since the very first meeting in early February of last year, we cried out against the use of Garlon, how terrible it was they were using this chemical that is not Enlarge

Staten Island Advance

April, 2011: The tangle of vines on the test plot for the restoration of Crooke's Point. The restoration project aims to remove invasive vines and establish a maritime forest at the point located in Gateway National Recreation Area in Great Kills, Staten Island. (Photo courtesy of Jane Alexander) Crooke's Point Restoration Project gallery (7 photos)

supposed to be used anywhere near water," said Ellen Pratt of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods who has also contacted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to get more oversight. "There is a very stringent protocol for each

herbicide. They cannot be used until proven that they do not degrade the environment. It has to break down into components pretty quickly," said Adamo who emphasized the NPS decisions are based on the best science and herbicides approved by the EPA. Dr. Jane Alexander, a geologist with the department of engineering science and physics at College of Staten Island, was first drawn to the project with her graduate student who is doing soil analysis of Crooke's Point. Describing herself as "not anti this program," Dr. Alexander became alarmed when she heard the plan to use herbicides, including Garlon Ultra IV and Accord XRT II, that by the manufacturers' specs are not suitable for porous – which includes sandy – soil. She has been outspoken about the need for more specific analysis In particular, she has raised concern about the contamination of ground water given the shallow water table, and the combination of sandy ground and thin soil layer with little organic or mineral material that is not appropriate for the chosen herbicides.

INITIAL SNAG The project hitting a snag at the first step has done little to allay her fears. Bulldozers were to clear paths through the tangle for the trucks to use when they spray the herbicide. However, instead of clearing paths, the workers cleared most of the vines from the 2.1 pilot acres. Page 14 of 154

"They cleared a little more than ideal, but there is enough material to work with for the most part," said Katerli Bounds, deputy director of forest restoration with the Natural Resources Group of the city Department of Parks and Recreation. She said the overzealousness can be attributed to wanting to make it look tidier for the public, many of whom are upset about what they perceive as destruction when a mess of tangles are left behind. However, leaving the vines intact was part of the strategy for the safe and effective application of the herbicide. One of the main herbicides, Garlon 4 Ultra, which is toxic to fish, binds to organic material which deters it from filtering down through porous sand to ground water. However, the soil at Crooke's Point is known for its lack of organic matter. In acknowledging this concern, Ms. Bounds explained that while the soil itself is lacking in organic material, research shows the herbicide will bind to the "considerable amount of organic material on the surface." That is now in contention, since the area was inadvertently cleared more than intended. Ms. Bounds asserts that though it is less than planned, there is enough plant debris for the herbicide to latch onto.

SURPRISED Dr. Alexander was taken aback when she visited the site. "I was not expecting to see bare soil," she said. This soil will be open for a year, open to erosion and leaching, she said. She reiterated a suggestion she has made to NPS for attacking the invasives. Paint the stumps with herbicide and use landscaping fabric to kill seeds and help prevent erosion. "We will revisit the site to make sure sufficient vine material is present to make the herbicide effective," said Ms. Bounds. However, she anticipated they would proceed and treat whatever they can in winter. The Crooke's Point reforestation restoration will build on the success of other maritime forest restoration projects, including one at Conference House Park, said Ms. Bounds. The conversations about herbicides are important, but she says there are probably more dangerous chemicals in your kitchen cabinet. "These target the way a plant grows. They are the least harmful and most vetted."

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Your Voice | BDS a ‘tool’ to challenge racial inequality  Faculty from universities in America, Canada write about the Boycott, Divestment and  Sanctions conference  February 9, 2012, 12:29 am   We write to congratulate The Daily Pennsylvanian for its coverage of the Boycott, Divestment and  Sanctions conference, the University of Pennsylvania for hosting the conference, and most of all, the  organizers of the conference for their courageous and hard work.  We write also to express our deep concern about the rhetoric of some of the opponents of the  conference. A flyer that was apparently circulated outside the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts  before Alan Dershowitz’s talk explicitly compares some Penn faculty members, who support the  conference, to Nazi officials and some of the letters published here have also described the BDS  movement as “genocidal.” These tactics of silencing and intimidation are appalling in their outrageous  distortion and vicious attacks on those who dare to raise the issue of human rights for Palestinians in  accordance with international law and the principles of racial equality and social justice.  As faculty members in other universities across the North America who study colonial societies as well  as anti‐colonial struggles, we urge the Penn community to be wary of any language that equates critique  with genocide. Indeed, BDS is a tool that — as in the case of the movement against apartheid in South  Africa — challenges racial inequality, dispossession, displacement and genocidal violence. Its goal is to  support the Palestinian struggle for self‐determination, to challenge the proliferating and violent forces  of colonialism and occupation and to build solidarity with those working for true democracy and a just  peace.  Anjali Arondekar  UC Santa Cruz  Crystal Bartolovich  Syracuse University  Bruce Braun  University of Minnesota  Timothy Brennan  University of Minnesota  Shefali Chandra  Washington University in St. Louis 

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Indrani Chatterjee  Rutgers University  Piya Chatterjee  UC Riverside  Nada Elia  Antioch University  Keya Ganguly  University of Minnesota  Vinay Gidwani  University of Minnesota  James Holstun  University at Buffalo  J. Kehaulani Kauanui  Wesleyan University  Sanjay Krishnan  Boston University  Sunaina Maira  UC Davis  Vijay Prashad  Trinity College  Sabina Sawhney  Hofstra University  Simona Sawhney  University of Minnesota  Nikhil Pal Singh  New York University  Mrinalini Sinha  University of Michigan  Ajay Skaria  University of Minnesota  Zohreh Sullivan  University of Illinois Urbana‐Champaign 

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Saadia Toor  College of Staten Island, CUNY  Joel Wainwright  Ohio State University  Anna Zalik  York University   

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9 to receive Business Leadership Awards Friday, February 10, 2012, 3:31 PM


Kiawana Rich

Nine Staten Island business leaders will be recognized for their contributions during the annual Louis R. Miller Business Leadership Awards Breakfast held on Feb. 16 at 8 a.m. in the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield.

This year's honorees are: Vittorio Asoli, Trattoria Romana; Dominick J. Brancato, New York Center for Interpersonal Development; Dr. Tomas Morales, The College of Staten Island; Elizabeth Egbert, Staten Island Museum; Brian and Michael Farley, Hudson Elevator Group; MaryLee Montalvo and Marlene Markoe-Boyd, MLM Public Relations; John E. Nikolai, Jealan Fireplaces; and Chris Williams, Williams Eye Works. Miller, a businessman and community leader, was known in the borough for his contributions to small business development. Often using his extensive business experience to mentor others, Miller was considered a quintessential teacher in all aspects of business operations, management and entrepreneurship. A West Brighton resident, he was also known as a tireless community activist,

The late Louis R. Miller, after whom the business leadership award is named.

who often volunteered with and supported a wide variety of charitable, cultural and educational institutions. He died in 1994 at age 93. The event is co-sponsored by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and the Advance. The event cochairpersons are Glen Cutrona, head of the selection committee, and Janet Magnuson. The presenters are: Tom Scarangello, Frank Scarangello, and first-time presenters Al Lambert and Ted Maloy. This year's recipients represent either businesses or not-for-profit agencies selected in the "Emerging," "Established," "Master" and "Not-For-Profit" categories. Winners are profiled in the Advance.

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Honorees are chosen by the Louis R. Miller Award Selection Committee. The award is open to both chamber and non-chamber members. Nominations are accepted year round. Tickets are $50 for Chamber members; $75 for non-members. Reservations are needed. Phone the Chamber at 718-727-1900 or register online at The Hilton Garden Inn is located at 1100 South Ave.

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Tel Aviv emerges as top gay tourist destination Saturday, February 11, 2012, 4:41 PM


The Associated Press

TEL AVIV, Israel – Tel Aviv has long been a gay paradise, one of the few places in the Middle East where gays feel free to walk hand-in-hand and kiss in public. Now, thanks to its balmy climate, vibrant nightlife and a creative governmentbacked branding campaign, the city has become one of the world’s top gay tourist destinations. As always in the Middle East, however, conflict is never far away, and some critics have accused Israel of using such tolerance as a way to divert attention from

In this Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 photo, a rainbow flag with a Star of David is placed at the entrance to the municipality building in Tel Aviv, Israel. Thanks to a balmy climate, a vibrant nightlife and a creative, government-backed branding campaign, Tel Aviv has become one of the world's top gay tourist destinations. (AP photo/Oded Balilty)

alleged transgressions against Palestinians. Tel Aviv devotes about $100,000 – more than a third of its international marketing budget – to drawing gay tourists. Though no exact figures exist, officials estimate that tens of thousands of gay tourists from abroad arrive annually. “We are trying to create a model for openness, pluralism, tolerance,” Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai told The Associated Press. “Live and let live – this is the city of Tel Aviv.” The city’s first openly gay-owned hotel was opened recently and numerous city-backed travel sites direct gay visitors to the hottest clubs, bars and resorts in town. Â “We’ve long recognized the economic potential of the gay community. The gay tourist is a quality tourist, who spends money and sets trends,” said Pini Shani, a Tourism Ministry official who has been involved in the

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campaign. “There’s also no doubt that a tourist who’s had a positive experience here is of PR value. If he leaves satisfied, he becomes an Israeli ambassador of good will.” That’s exactly what Israel’s opponents fear. They derisively call the embrace of gay culture “pinkwashing” – a conscious attempt to play down what they call violations of Palestinian human rights by Israel behind an image of tolerance. Human rights groups accuse Israel of various violations against Palestinians, such as arresting minors, demolishing Palestinian homes built without permits, seizing Palestinian land in the West Bank, detaining Palestinians for months without charge, and failing to prosecute soldiers for wrongdoing in Palestinian areas. Israel says it respects human rights and that its practices in the Palestinian areas are solely due to security concerns. “Increasing gay rights have caused some people of good will to mistakenly judge how advanced a country is by how it responds to homosexuality,” Sarah Schulman, a lesbian activist and professor at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, wrote in a New York Times op-ed in November. The column drew an angry rebuke from James Kirchick, a contributing editor at The New Republic. Kirchick, who is gay, accused Schulman and her supporters of having an “ulterior agenda.” “So consumed are they by hatred of Israel that they are willing to distort the truth about the horrible repression of homosexuals in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. If there’s any cleaning of dirty laundry going on here, it is Schulman’s whitewashing the plight of Palestinian gays,” he wrote in the online magazine Tablet. Tel Aviv has in fact become a haven for homosexual Palestinians, who can face ostracism or persecution at home in the West Bank, as well as ultra-Orthodox Jews, who escaped their repressive homes for the freedom of the big city. Behind its image of a society struggling with religious coercion and the constant threat of war, Israel is one of the world’s most progressive countries in terms of gay rights. Gays serve openly in Israel’s military and parliament, and the Supreme Court has granted gays a variety of family rights such as inheritance and survivors’ benefits. Israel is the first country to feature a same-sex duo on its version of the television competition “Dancing with the Stars” and gays, lesbians and even a transsexual are among the country’s most popular musicians and actors. Officially, there is no gay marriage in Israel primarily because there is no civil marriage. All weddings must be done through the Jewish rabbinate, which considers homosexuality a sin and a violation of Jewish law. But the state recognizes same-sex couples who marry abroad. Page 22 of 154

Gay adoption is officially illegal but couples can get around the law and surrogacy or adopting abroad is an option for many same-sex couples. The partner of a parent can adopt the child of his or her partner. Aeyal Gross, a law professor at Tel Aviv University, noted the huge strides made in Israeli gay rights. But he also accused the government of “co-opting” the gay community to deflect attention away from violations against Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and African migrants who seek refuge in the Jewish state. “The more Israel brands itself as a liberal democracy, the less pressure will be on it internationally,” Gross said. “If you care about gay rights, then you should also care when the rights of others are abused.” Such concerns seem far from the minds of visitors in Tel Aviv. The city holds a festive annual gay parade, rainbow flags are often seen flying from apartment windows and it has a community center for gays. The city was recently recognized by readers of the travel website GayCities and American Airlines customers as “Best Gay City of 2011,” ahead of New York, Toronto and London. The competition said the “gay capital of the Middle East is exotic and welcoming with a Mediterranean c’est-la-vie attitude.” Dennis Muller, a 22-year-old tourist from Berlin, agreed. “You enter Tel Aviv and you are in the gay dream,” Muller said on a recent weeknight inside the packed Dreck nightclub. “It’s like entering a bubble of peace for homosexuals or LGBT people in the Middle East.” Omer Gershon, 37, a veteran of the Tel Aviv gay club scene, said tourists are drawn to the city’s “crazy” night life. “The need for escapism is very high, so people go out every night to celebrate life,” he said, adding that tourists find Israeli men “very exotic.” Things are very different just an hour away in Jerusalem, where two-thirds of the city’s 800,000 residents come from the ultra-Orthodox Jewish or Arab sectors. In 2005, an ultra-Orthodox protester stabbed three marchers at a Jerusalem gay parade. A few years ago, a lawmaker from the ultra-Orthodox Shas party suggested in parliament that earthquakes were divine punishment for homosexual activity. Tel Aviv has not been immune to such violence. In 2009, a masked gunman opened fire at a center for gay and lesbian youth, killing a 26-year-old male counselor and a 17-year-old girl. It was the worst assault against Israel’s gay community. The gunman was never caught. Generally, though, Tel Aviv’s atmosphere is so liberal that certain clubs now refer to themselves as being “straight-friendly,” said Leon Avigad, who owns Brown, an urban boutique hotel that caters to international guests.

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“Tel Aviv is so gay that you don’t need to declare yourself as a gay institution in order to attract gays,” said Avigad, 40, who is married to a man and has a young daughter. “The Western world loves this mixture of Eastern warmth and the urban life of a big metropolis and the Western finesse and fine things in life.” He said he’s not concerned with the country’s precarious politics. “Because Israel is doing things that I personally may not agree with does not mean that it cannot be very interesting as a gay destination for foreign travelers. It just adds to the spice,” he said.

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Staten Island Slim Down Monday, February 13, 2012, 10:47 AM


Staten Island Advance

The Staten Island Slim Down is in full effect, with more than 1,400 borough residents committed to losing weight during the 10-week program. Each week, the Advance will profile two people participating in the free event aimed at healthy lifestyle transformations. Today, we feature one newcomer and a return contestant hoping to make positive changes in their lives.

Name: Patti Chepak Ventrello Age: 45 Community: West Brighton Why she joined: Mrs. Ventrello’s husband recently lost 109 pounds and she finds his transformation inspirational. “My dream of being able to do the same, to get healthy and be around for my daughter, Sara, and husband, Joe, is being made possible by the commitments of the people at the Staten Island Slim Down,” she said.

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Biggest obstacle: Even as a child, Mrs. Ventrello battled with her weight. “I love food,” she said. “Diet and motivation to move are my obstacles.” Motivation: She joined the Slim Down in honor of her mother, Virginia Chepak, who died in October 2010 and suffered from diabetes. Mrs. Ventrello also has the disease; she was diagnosed in 1995 following a lifethreatening pulmonary embolism. “I was saved from death for a reason and I want to make my life count for something,” she said. Goals: Overall, Mrs. Ventrello has about 120 pounds to lose and hopes to reverse her diabetes and get healthy. “The biggest thing is that I would like to be around for my family.”

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Age: 64 Community: Willowbrook Why he joined: Dr. Benimoff, a geology professor at the College of Staten Island, participated in the Slim Down last year. He lost about 30 pounds but gained a few back and hopes to lose even more this time around. “I want to live View full size

a better lifestyle,” he said. “I like the structure of it and the people are great.” Biggest obstacle: Time and sticking to the program have been issues for Dr.

Benimoff in the past. “You get immersed in your work and before you know it, you have to go to bed,” he said. Motivation: His biggest motivator is his health, he said, noting that “my body should be a different weight.” His father also suffered a stroke, which he hopes to avoid, and he’s been engaging in healthier eating practices since last year. Goals: By the end of his second Slim Down, Dr. Benimoff hopes to get down to a reasonable weight. “I want a healthier lifestyle, one where you exercise every day,” he said. “Over 10 weeks, I expect to be in much better shape.”

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10 are honored with Louis R. Miller leadership award Friday, February 17, 2012, 7:35 AM


Michael W. Dominowski/Staten Island Advance


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Being recognized by your peers is an absolute honor, even if that recognition happens only a few short hours after the sun comes up. But the 8 a.m. time slot did not stop 300 people from filling a room at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield, to recognize 10 remarkable Staten Island businessmen and businesswomen as part of the annual Louis R. Miller Business Leadership Award


Irving Silverstein


Hilton Garden Inn, annual Louis R. Miller Business Leadership awards, L-R, honoree Dr. Tomas D. Morales, Pres. CSI, shows his wife Evy his award ( Staten Island Advance photo / Irving Silverstein )

This year’s honorees are: Vittorio Asoli,

Louis R. Miller Business Leadership Awards gallery (6 photos)

Trattoria Romana; Dominick J. Brancato, New York Center for Interpersonal Development; Dr. Tomas Morales, The College of Staten Island; Elizabeth Egbert, Staten Island Museum; Brian and Michael Farley, Hudson Elevator Group; MaryLee Montalvo and Marlene Markoe-Boyd, MLM Public Relations; John E. Nikolai, Jealan Fireplaces, and Chris Williams, Williams Eye Works. A West Brighton resident, Miller was a tireless community activist and local leader, known for his contributions to small-business development. He died in 1994 at age 93. The event is co-sponsored by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and the Advance. This year’s breakfast included a few firsts: Glen Cutrona shared co-chairing duties with new co-chair Janet LangtonMagnuson. Al Lambert and Ted Maloy joined the cast of veteran heavyweight presenters, Scarangello brothers, Frank and Tom, and the biggest surprise: the unveiling of a portrait of Miller done by Fred Sklenar,

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son of Peggy Sklenar, the first woman named to the Chamber board of directors and the first elected board chair. Sklenar recounted how Miller spent a year consulting him for his marketing business. He said Miller taught him many successful business techniques. “He took on the task of tutoring small businesses over the years and he went on to become a Staten Island legend and the best small-business guru ever,” said Sklenar, just before unveiling the lifelike portrait and garnering applause. The portrait will hang in the Chamber’s headquarters, said Linda Baran, Chamber President/CEO. Cutrona spoke highly of the recipients, “all of whom are special deserving people, and I am pleased this year’s recipients are joining so many others who all make our community a better place to be,” he said. After all the pleasantries, the honorees endured some good-natured roasting coupled with plenty of compliments from their presenters. Singer Al Lambert got everyone to stand and sing, “That’s Amore” in honor of Italian chef Vittorio Asoli before joking that when people want real Italian food Asoli, “sends them to over to Brioso Ristorante in New Dorp.” Tom Scarangello noted that John Nikolai said fireplaces have been his passion for the past 35 years. “How sad is that?” quipped Scarangello, noting Nikolai likely got a smile just watching the old holiday Yule Log burn on WPIX. “It is flattering and an honor to be part of this group. You don’t realize how powerful it is until you are there,” noted honoree Dominick Brancato. “Lou Miller embodied integrity, professionalism and goodness, and to receive an award in his name is a tremendous honor,” said honoree Ms. Montalvo. The honorees also received citations from Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who attended.

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to be considered. “His career as a professor and lecturer has been popular as of late.”

Fair Haven council selects new mayor FAIR HAVEN — The Borough Council elected Benjamin Lucarelli Monday night from three nominees submitted by the local Republican committee to replace Michael Halfacre as mayor. The council voted unanimously after Council President Jonathan Peters took himself out of the running because of professional commitments. Councilman Robert K. Marchese nominated Lucarelli. Peters, a professor of finance at the College of Staten Island who studies toll agency financing, said that his professional life would prevent him from making time for some of the ceremonial functions that require the mayor’s presence. “I was satisfied and felt good about the fact that we have someone who can devote the time that the people of Fair Haven desire,” Peters said of Lucarelli’s nomination. “If we didn’t have a good candidate, I would have come forward.”

Lucarelli said his agenda is to continue the fiscal responsibility of the Halfacre administration, which included stable and reduced municipal tax rates. “The biggest challenge will be to maintain the momentum that Mike Halfacre and Jon Peters created,” he said. “Our agenda is to maintain the spending cuts and savings measures.”

Tree ordinance to be reviewed Lucarelli said the council also will look at some ordinances that need simplification and said the controversial tree ordinance will be one of them. Lucarelli said he would like to enlist arborists to look at the strengths and deficiencies of the current ordinance with an eye to preventing wholesale clear-cutting but to make it easier for a resident to remove a fallen or

Lucarelli’s wife, Francoise, and his son Enzo held the Bible as he was sworn in. Lucarelli was elected to the council in 2009 and is completing his first term. He would have to run for the full term as mayor later this year. “We discussed it beforehand on the council level,” Lucarelli said of Peters’ decision not

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diseased tree. The stalled purchase of beachfront land for a passive park at the end of DeNormandie Avenue also will continue pending the resolution of title issues on the property, he said. “It’s not a lost cause, and I don’t want it to be a lost cause,” Lucarelli said. “Our master plan, the states and the counties all urge (riverfront) towns to acquire waterfront property, and we should.” The Republican municipal committee had submitted the names of three mayoral candidates to the council — Peters, Lucarelli and Andrew Troccha, a former GOP committee chairman — to replace Halfacre, who resigned on Jan. 26 after he was nominated to head the state Division of Alcohol Beverages by Gov. Chris Christie. Halfacre is currently serving as acting director until his nomination is confirmed by the state Senate.

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Staten Islanders Weigh In On Times' Investigations Of Grimm  02/22/2012 10:18 PM  By: Amanda Farinacci 

While Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm tries to rally his troops by attacking The New York Times, voters   in his district are debating what to make of the various allegations of potential illegal campaign fundraising.  Borough Reporter Amanda Farinacci filed the following report.  

Congressman Michael Grimm is on the defense. On Tuesday night, during an appearance on NY1's  "Inside City Hall," the freshman congressman fielded questions about recent articles in the New York  Times that raised questions about his fundraising practices, including whether he accepted campaign  donations over the legal limit.   In St. George on Staten Island's North Shore, his constituents weighed in on Wednesday.   "It took me by surprise because he seemed like a straight shooter. I'm not saying he's not, but all these  allegations come out. Where there's always smoke, there's fire," said a local.   "I read about it, but I take everything with a grain of salt," said another.  

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Grimm emphatically denies any wrongdoing. But he is embroiled in scandal just as he gears up for re‐ election in the district that covers Staten Island and a small portion of Brooklyn.    The first Times article raised questions about his fundraising practices, as well as his campaign's  involvement with an Israeli citizen who is currently under investigation by the FBI.   Follow‐up articles raised concerns about real estate deals he made in Texas before he was elected.  GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign then distanced itself from Grimm, saying it no  longer need the congressman as a convention delegate.   Finally, earlier this week, a Grimm staffer, Liam McCabe, was arrested and charged with assaulting the  staffer's 14‐year‐old son.   "It makes me think that maybe I wouldn't vote for him, because so many things are going on. It's just  ridiculous," said a Staten Islander.   Political analysts say it is too soon to tell what if any impact the allegations could have on Grimm's re‐ election campaign. But there's one thing that could change everything — criminal charges.  "If it dies out, the congressman is probably fine. If there's an indictment coming down the road or even a  campaign violation that results in a fine, he may have to ward that off," said College of Staten Island  professor Richard Flanagan.   Grimm says the allegations are part of a smear campaign by his political opponents and he is ready for  the fight of his career.      

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Sarah Schulman, dis inguished professor of Humani ies at CUNY, Staten Island and author of The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, looks back on the AIDS crisis and its effect on her life and the arts and politics of her Lower East Side neighborhood. GUESTS Sarah Schulman

Gentrification of the Mind Thursday, February 23, 2012

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N.Y.-N.J. Port Authority's D1sarray Prompts Calls for Major Overhaul - , . , FobNIry27, 2012

By Pauillurton

Detnaors say the Port Authority of New Yor!r; and New Jersey Ii too bQ: and 5eaetIYe, OVerthll'le5 tommuten, cm1es way too mud! debt, and shouldn't run point for the World TI1KIe Center rvckweIopmanl. The bistate qency his drawn whlte·hot lillres from the biles of the New York Stille toIT1ptro1ler's office Ind cndIt n.tll1I qendes for mit and debt overruns, from New Jersey lfimllkers who WIInt to subpoena Its offtdllls, .,.d

reoentW' from an Independent audit report that ClllIed the authority dysfunctlon.llnd Ul'\llad • top-to-bottom .........L 0.. a1t1c evallUQ8lb bIIlkanlzlllI the authority.

_ t executIVe director, PItrk:k foyil - Its HYenth chillf In 10 yeIIl'1, Induellng Interim leaciell - knoIw he Inherited In qency In dlurr.y. The ItllJllngludlt report from NlVlglnt Conl~nl Inc. and RothIdl11d Inc., relBued three weeks -SO, IIobeled the authority In ~OIlIanlDt\on at the I7OIIlroads.·

By any meuure the port's

"11le anultant'l prebmllll.ry ~_ UndellCDres the need forthe PortAuthorlty to refOQlS,· fu;e Illd, pointing to ...." _ 1 . poorly monlllll.ted capltll plannlllj and out.<Jf-whack «lit. controII, In of whim -hi' obsQJrecI ~ ..... reness of bllbol1!l of In exposun! to the Port Authority.· Moody'l Investors Service last year auf,ned • neptlVe outlook to the qency'l M2 bond llIt1nl; Sl:IIndllrd It Poor'I and Fltm Ratlnp each assilln I AA-mlnus r.tins1nd stable outlook.. ThI!! neptlve outllx* hcM!red IHt summer over twa sovemors and the agency's board or commissioners, au. or w.tlDm dted !hi!! need for mntlnued MD!!SS ttl till!! capltll Il\IIrkets In approYina a series r1I fare and toll hikes.

New YarII: Gov. Andrew CUDmD and New.ll!!rsey GDv. Chris Christie both called for the spedal audit as they signed orr on !hi!! lnaeues, which wI~ takl!! a big bite from the WlUi!U or their mnsllWendes. ThI!! Autanablll!! Assodatlon or America hils sued over the ttI~ hikes, while fJVl!! New Jersey lawmakers flied I. bI~ lut week ttl empCIWI!!r!hl!! stab! Assembly's transportation mmrnlttl!!e ttl subpoena Port Authority CIff1dals In relation ttl !hCI:se tnueues. New York Stab! ComptroUer Thomas DiNapoli has upbraided the agency owet' soartng

overtime CCIIts. FCI)'I!!, 'I'IIID tCICIk CIVl!!r in October, runs an ageno:y that hils drifted from its mre minion "" lrIInsportation and infrutruc:ture. RelJuiIdi. . till!! World Trade Centl!!r in lower Manhattan has been the alenty's focal point - some sl.y its'CllS - sil'lCll! till!! Sept. 11 b!ntnist attKks. The Port Authority owns the land at the Tra~ Center.

One ~me Port Authority obsel'Vl!!r, t/'IoUflh, called the audit report CI¥er\y harsh. "Dysfuv:tlonal from top to bottom sUfIIe$ts that buses don't Jet lhroUflh the tunnel and to the Port Authority bus termi ... ~ ~ said Jamaon Dotl, a PVCIIO" in ICJVl!!mment at Dartmouth Unlven;ity and authgr "" ~Empire on the Hudlon, ~ ill. history of the qcno:y. ~In ICnera~ the Port Authority is farina better than the audit sUSlests. True, their ral prdd'llII for them is IIcttInt World Trade Center CCIIts under mntrvl, but they ~ desper1ltl!!ly tryIns to meet their 10')'Qr ICJiII.l for till!! memDrialand other cIIIIntes •• AcI;onIIrw

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$14.8 billion. Also, the report said the agency underestimated about $1 billion of costs. Doig sees the report as an attempt by New Jersey's Christie to push for more patronage hires at the agency. The Republican governor, in office since January 2010, has said he wants to get a further grip on Port Authority operations. "Certainly there are a number of useful ideas in the report, but there's only so much the executive director and his staff can do when they're confronted by these patronage appointments," Doig said. "Some of the goals will be undermined. " Mitchell Moss, the director of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University, believes the arrival of Foye, a former economic development administrator under Cuomo, gives the agency some stability. "Certainly they have a chance now to modernize and streamline some of the processes built in to the Port Authority over time. The challenge today for the Port Authority is to get the World Trade Center up and running, so that it starts generating revenue," Moss said. The agency recently approved an agreement valued at $1.4 billion with Australian shopping center owner Westfield Group for a 50% stake in the World Trade Center's retail space, expected to open in 2015 at the earliest. The Port Authority has agreed to provide $825 million. According to the agency, Westfield will invest $613 million. "No one is as good as Westfield, across the country, around the world. They're a great developer," Moss said. Critics say managing the World Trade Center is out of the wheelhouse for an agency founded on transportation infrastructure. Other current Port Authority projects include the raising of the Bayonne Bridge, the construction of a new Goethals Bridge and repladng the original cables on the George Washington Bridge. All three crossings connect parts of New York City with New Jersey. Jonathan Peters, a finance professor at the College of Staten Island, favors cutting up the Port Authority into subsections. "It's such a mammoth organization,' he said. "You could have an airport arm, a bridge-and-tunnel arm and a port commerce arm. Let them self-fund. They're way, way behind in port commerce. They were 20 years ahead in the 1970s, but now they're 15 years behind. Other ports, such as Charleston and Norfolk, are preparing for supers hips. " Moss said the authority's bistate stature and bonding structure make it resistant to such unwinding. "You're not going to see it broken up," he said. Peters said a World Trade Center project still with many more questions than answers frightens him. "This is kind of crazy, from a bondholder perspective," he said. "It's a scary thing for an organization to take on this kind of undertaking without knowing what end point there is. I see the World Trade Center problem as a national problem, but they're using money for regional transportation-funding needs to prop up the bonds of the overall entity. " Mysterious costs also lurk. Last week, New York State Assemblywoman Nicole MaUiotakis, whose district includes the dty's Brooklyn and heavily tolled Staten Island boroughs, complained about a murky $4 billion line item in the executive budget briefing book. As part of a $15 billion New York Works Infrastructure Investment budget appropriation, the Port Authority and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority are listed as providing $4 billion to pay for unknown projects, categorized as "existing capital accelerated." "I don't have any more information," said Morris Peters, a spokesman for Cuomo's budget office. MaUiotakis got no answers when she asked about the level of Port Authority exposure in the line item, other than Page 37 of 154

it would involve debt. "We're held ransom on Staten Island with the tolls," she said. "I can tell you we're not going to support something unless we know where the money's from. The Port Authority's $20 billion in debt already. It's one thing if it's to fix a bridge, but as far as I know it might be for an empty building like a lot of their other real estate projects." The College of Staten Island's Peters also called the Port Authority highly secretive. "My experience is that it's difficult getting info out of them," he said. "If you ask for one thing, you get something else. I wanted to know how much they bill for toUing by zip code. That's not national security information. I just wanted to know who's paying the bridge tolls. But they wouldn't give it to me." Bond rating agendes, meanwhile, are eyeballing the Port Authority for any signs of finandal strain from additional burdens - notably the Moynihan Station project, which involves expanding midtown's Pennsylvania Station into the former James Farley Post Office building across Eighth Avenue. Last fall, Cuomo announced that the Port Authority, in conjunction with two economic development groups, would absorb the train station project. "If I were in the bondholder business, I'd be concerned about Moynihan," Doig said. Earlier this month, state and federal officials scaled back the first phase of work after rejecting bids for the estimated $267 million project as too high. Looking back, Moss wishes the dty, state and Port Authority had followed through on former New York deputy mayor Daniel Doctoroff's proposal in 2002 for the dty to swap the land under Kennedy and LaGuardia airports to the authority in exchange for the WTC site. Doctoroff had presented the deal to win more control for the dty over the rebuilding of the site. But then路Gov. George Pataki instead brokered a deal in which the city extended its lease of the airports until 2050 in return for a $700 million upfront payment and an increase in annual rents. The Port Authority "could have focused on what they do best. They could have owned Kennedy," Moss said. "Dan Doctoroff had a brilliant idea. But Pataki didn't understand the Iong路term benefits." Years later, Doctoroff called the failure a blessing for the dty. "In retrospect, it's a good thing that didn't happen," he said at a Crain's conference last summer. "The cost was significant for [rebuilding the] World Trade Center site. From the dty's perspective, we're certainly happy the port was willing to bear that." The airports are a Port Authority strength. The agency last week said its airports, including Newark Uberty International in New Jersey, experienced "a banner year" in 2011, with Kennedy and Newark reporting record international passenger travel despite slow economic growth and weather disruptions. "The Port Authority has been one of the great assets in the region," said Moss. "They've had a capadty to attract top talent and get things done. They have a singular purpose, which is improving the flow of goods and people. They need to focus on their core mission, which is transportation."

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St. Joseph's Brooklyn knocks off CSI women, 60-55 Wednesday, February 01, 2012, 12:34 AM


Staten Island Advance Sports Desk

St. Joseph’s of Brooklyn made some school history by knocking off the College of Staten Island 60-55 Tuesday night in a non-conference women’s basketball action at Brooklyn Tech. CSI won the first dozen games in the series and leads 12-1. Ashley McQuillan, a senior guard from St. Francis Prep, paced St. Joseph’s with 27 points and six rebounds, while Jamie Doran added 18 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman guard Nikki Fabozzi topped the Dolphins with 19 points, while junior forward Katelyn Hepworth added 16 points and 13 rebounds and Olivia Tierno 13 points. Both teams are 7-11 overall.

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Staten Island's Vladislav Romanov Named Scholar Athlete of the Month  

Flushing, N.Y. ‐ The City University of New York Athletic Conference along with the Hospital for Special  Surgery announced Vladislav Romanov as the Scholar Athlete of the Month for December. The Dolphins'  swimmer not only had a record breaking performances in December but also made multiple NCAA  Division III National Championship cut times.    The two time CUNYAC Swimmer of the Week made his first NCAA B cut time in the 200 yard medley  relay in the ECAC Division III Open Championships. Ramonov along with teammates Timur Rakihimov,  Yury Zimarev and Danila Novikov finished in first place with a time of 1:32.77. He also set a new school  and ECAC record with his time in the 100 yard backstroke (51.02) another NCAA A cut time and first  place win at the event. Ramonov also set his personal best time of 1:35.85 in the 200 IM placing him  third and another NCAA B cut. In his heat in the 400 Medley Relay, Romanov's individual time of 49.58  set a new ECAC record. The Dolphins' finished that event in first place with a time of 3:23.73, another  NCAA B cut. Other event's Ramonov swam in were the 200 yard backstroke which he touched the wall  first at 1:49.97 and the 200 freestyle relay clocking in at 1:27.73, a third place finish.    In the Dolphins’ second meet in December against conference opponent Brooklyn College, Romanov  had first place victories in all his events. The 200 yard medley relay was completed in a time of 1:53.36.  He also posted a time of 10:33.66 in the 1000 yard freestyle and a time of 55.95 in the 100 yard  backstroke.    Out of the pool, the senior also excels as he maintains a 3.67 GPA in his business management major. He  is striving to become an an entrepreneur one day by creating and running his own business. Romanov 

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plans to intern for Apple Inc. this summer and spends some of his downtime volunteering as tutoring for  his peers in his department.  “I want to start off getting experience in the business field,” says the Russian born swimmer, “Hopefully  I’ll start with Apple and continue in with marketing research and management in different  organizations.” Romanov later wants to take his experience further, “Once I get more knowledgeable I’d  like to open my own business.”    The CUNYAC MVP of Meet in 2008‐09 and CUNYAC Rookie of the Year can't seem to stay away from the  pool however, as he also lifeguards and teaches swim lessons at the college. Romanov also has his sights  set for the 2016 Olympics swimming team and thoughts of training for it.  “It would take lots and lots of time to combine work and practice so if I decide to do it I would most  likely move to Florida or California to focus on it.”     “I feel honored to get this award for the second time it shows that people acknowledge all the time I put  into both my academics and swimming,” stated the humble Romanov. “I’ve had such a great experience  both academically and athletically. It’s been challenging but interesting and exciting all at the same time.  I’m positive the skills that I have obtained over the years in both swimming and classes are going to help  me in the future.”  Honorable Mentions:    Catherine Chan, Brooklyn  Flushing, NY/Bayside  Catherine Chan boasts a 3.914 GPA, majoring in Biology and having minors in both Anthropology and  Archaeology. The senior is also enrolled in both the Macaulay Honors and BA/MD program, which she is  also the president of the club. Throughout December, Chan registered three first place finishes in her  events. In the conference matchup against York College, she finished first in the 1000 yard freestyle  registering a time of 15:13.97. She was also part of the 200 yard medley relay team that finished first  with a time of 2:22.85 against the College of Staten Island. She also swam in the 50‐yard freestyle  (30.89) which placed third and the 100‐yard breaststroke (1:28.51) which placed second in the meet.   Her other events that month included the matchup against SUNY Maritime which she competed in the  200 yard medley relay (2:16.26), 200 yard IM (3:03.69) and 100 yard breaststroke (1:32.79). Chan is also  entering SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in the fall of 2012.    Abel Dupres, Lehman  Bronx, NY/DeWitt Clinton  Freshman Abel Dupres had two first place finishes in the month of December while maintaining his 3.2  GPA. In the ECAC Season Warm‐Up Championship Dupres placed eighth in both 200‐yard backstroke  (2:02.52) and the 100‐yard backstroke (55.97). He also placed 15th in the 100‐yard butterfly (55.00) and  200 yard IM (2:05.77). He followed these performances with top place finishes in his next two meets.  Against Old Westbury Dupres touched the wall first in the 200‐yard freestyle finishing with a time of  1:54.68. He registered his other first place win in the 100 yard backstroke event against USMMA with a  time of 57.64. He also placed second in the 200‐yard IM registering a time of 2:06.35. 

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Bearcats Take Lead Thru Day 1 at the CUNYAC Swimming & Diving  Championships   Four Meet Records Broken; Hunter Women & Lehman Men Follow  Closely Behind 

Baruch's Julia Sung Led the Way on Day 1  LINK TO CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL For the LATEST RESULTS  FREE TICKET LINK  The 13th Annual CUNYAC/Applebee’s Swimming & Diving Championship at Lehman College’s APEX  Aquatic Center began today, with four meet records broken and the Baruch Bearcats on the top of the  block early on in the three‐day event.   The action concluded on Day One with six events in the books and Baruch's women on top once again  with 288 points, 37 ahead of second place Hunter College. John Jay stands third with 188 points. On the  men's side, the Bearcats (264) hold a slight lead over their hosts, Lehman (259.5) and Staten Island, who  took all six first place medals, ranked third with 202 points.    The divers went into the pool first and a very small field for the Men's 1‐Meter Diving was led by College  of Staten Island's John Pignatelli with 284.15 points, which was 66.15 points higher than Victor Pren 

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(Lehman) the runner‐up. Simultaneously, the CSI freshman Stephany Collyer topped the Women's 3‐ Meter Diving with 301.75 points for the gold medal.    The swimming events kicked off with a bang, as a foursome (Apolonia Cieslak, Denisse Duran‐Llano,  Alyssa Lubrino, Julia Sung) from Baruch set a new Championship record in the 200 Yard Freestyle with a  blazing time of 1:41.35. Sung and Lubrino would team up again with freshman Sally Lim and defending  Championship MVP Priscilla Arana in the last women's race of the night, the 400 Yard Medley Realy with  another CUNYAC record (4:19.33).  "For the 200 Freestyle Relay, we weren’t looking for first place, we were kind of trying to be the first  women to qualify for ECACs on our team," said Sung. "The cut was 1:43.33 so basically for the entire  season all we said was, “1:43.33” like all the time.  That was our one goal.  Not only did we get first  place, but we beat it by two seconds. For the 400 medley relay, I can't believe we got first place and we  beat the record by like 16 seconds or something like that.”    The Men's 200 Freestyle Relay followed and Staten Island (Danila Novikov, Timur Rakhimov, Andrey  Tarasov, Yury Zimarev) took gold again with a 1:28 flat mark, just 0.14 seconds off off the record set by  three different All‐American swimmers last year. The same four CSI swimmers would cap the night with  first place in the 400 Yard Medley Relay with a 3:32.92 time.  Individual races were led off with the 500 Yard Freestyle and Baruch's Duran‐Llano, a freshman,  captured her second gold in as many races with a 5:46.55 mark. The College of Staten Island's Vladislav  Romanov, a 10‐time All‐American won his first gold medal of his senior meet with a 4:49.17 in the Men's  500 Yard Freestyle.    Next up was the 200 Yard Individual Medley, a challenging event to say the least, two laps of each of the  four strokes in swimming. Baruch freshman Sally Lim won the Bearcats third straight event on the  women's side with a 2:22.98 time. Tarasov then won his first individual gold for the Dolphins in the  Men's 200 IM with a stellar 1:56.97 time.  The ultimate sprint followed, the 50 Yard Freestyle, and for the second consecutive year, Shirley Falconi  from Queensborough Community College took the overall gold, breaking her own Championship record  with a 25.18 mark. Lubrino (25.38) & Cieslak two Baruch veterans took home the top two senior college  spots in the race.  “I had it in my mind to break the record today, because the previous record was mine, so that was my  goal," said Falconi.  I have only been training for a month because of school, so it was a goal to break the  record again. Tomorrow we have the 100 back, which will be my first time swimming it at this meet and  on Saturday I will have my 100 freestyle, which I set a record in last year, so that is my second goal.”  Zimarev, a newcomer to the Dolphins, then claimed his first individual gold (third of the day) with a  CUNYAC record breaking,  NCAA qualifying 21.57 in the Men's 50 Yard Freestyle.   “We swam real well today," claimed Charles Lampasso, Baruch's head coach.  Our ‘A’ swimmers are up  there doing what they need to do.  It is our depth that is coming up and stepping up and doing a real  good job.  That is what has put our women first.  Hunter is battling right with us, so we’re neck and neck  with them.  On the men’s side, Lehman is holding their own and CSI is winning events, but our depth is 

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just carrying us.   It’s my depth swimmers, those seeded 16th that are taking 12th and allowing us to  drag down the points.   The event will continue Friday with diving at 1:00 pm and swimming at 4:00 pm. Saturday, the final day,  will have swimming start early at 9:00 am followed by the award ceremony where the medalists, MVPs,  and teams are honored. Check back to each day for the latest updates from the  event! 

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College of Staten Island to celebrate Senior Night in men's basketball Thursday, February 02, 2012, 7:12 AM


Jim Waggoner

In the midst of one of the best seasons in school history, the College of Staten Island’s men’s basketball team pauses Thursday to honor six players during Senior Night in Willowbrook. The Dolphins, 8-0 in the CUNY Conference and 16-4 overall, host Berkeley (N.J.) College at 7:30 p.m. in the second-to-last non-conference game of the season. The graduating group includes four-year starters Jordan Young and Dale Taranto, who are taking aim at CSI’s record books. It also includes four-year player Chris Maccarone, two-year starter Thomas Tibbs Staten Island Advance/Bill Lyons CSI senior point guard Thomas Tibbs and teammates will be honored at their game tonight.

and senior newcomers Lameik Black and J.C. Albano. “I’m very fortunate to have had this group

of players,” said CSI coach Tony Petosa. “As far as attitude and leadership, it doesn’t get much better. We want to go out the right way.” The Dolphins bring a nine-game winning streak into Thursday's affair — the longest such streak in 15 years. They can equal the 10-game streak of the 1996-97 squad and have the all-time record of 14 games (198384) in their crosshairs. CSI can also close out an 11-1 home season, with the lone loss coming against nationally-ranked Illinois Wesylean in the championship game of the Tournament of Heroes. The 1996-97 team went 14-1 at home.

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NOTES: The Dolphins have a rough path to a perfect CUNY season, facing York, Medgar Evers and Brooklyn on the road next week to complete the regular season conference slate ... CSI enjoys a three-game lead over Brooklyn, Lehman and Hunter — all 5-3— as it nears wrapping up the top seed for the Feb. 18-25 CUNY Tournament ... Young ranks fifth in scoring (1,572 points) and ninth in rebounding (708) in CSI history, while Taranto ranks second in steals (178) and 15th in assists (300) ... Tibbs has 254 assists in his two seasons, needing 46 more to reach 15th on the all-time list, and averages 5.9 ppg this season. Sophomore guard Bloochy Magloire ranks second among current players with 731 career points and could take dead aim at the all-time mark with two more seasons. His 117 3-pointers in two seasons ranks tied for ninth ... CSI is shooting 50.1 percent from the floor, which would rank second highest in single-season history, and holds opponents to 39.2 percent accuracy, which would shatter the previous best mark ... Berkeley College is 5-11 overall.

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CSI routs Berkeley College on Senior Night for 10th straight win, 104-65 Thursday, February 02, 2012, 11:12 PM


Jim Waggoner

One by one, the graduating players on the College of Staten Island basketball team left the Senior Night game to hugs and applause as the Dolphins ran past visiting Berkeley College, 104-65, in Willowbrook. Six seniors consumed the spotlight on a night when CSI ran its winning streak to 10 straight and improved to 17-4 during a season that's on course to become one of the best in school history. "All the seniors had an impact,'' said head coach Tony Petosa after pulling starters Jordan Young, Thomas Tibbs and Dale Taranto for one final bow, and then giving the same treatment to reserves Lameik Black, Chris Maccarone and J.C. Albano. "You can't write it any better. It's a good night with a lot of good feelings.'' The 6-foot-7 Maccarone was an obvious favorite of teammates and fans, scoring a basket inside during a seven-minute run

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CSI's Bloochy Magloire knocks the ball away from Berkeley College's Daniel Waynick during the Dolphins' Senior Night rout.

late in the game. The popular St. Peter's HS product has been a four-year member of the Dolphins without starting a game. "It's an emotional night,'' said Tibbs, who had 13 points, eight assists and four steals as the Dolphins pulled away from the stubborn Knights late in the first half. "I'm really at a loss for words. I've known most of these guys for a long, long time and it's amazing. I've never been part of a basketball family like this one.''

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Sophomore guard Bloochy Magloire led the balanced attack with 18 points, while freshman center Javon Cox added 17 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots. But all eyes were on the seniors. Young, who's on pace to finish as the program's second all-time leading scorer, had 13 points and seven rebounds, and four-year starter Taranto dazzled at times with seven points, four assists and three steals. Black hit all five of his shots and was his usual force in the paint. Albano's free throw with four minutes remaining gave the Dolphins a 100-57 lead. The only question that remains is just how good can this CSI team be? The Dolphins play three tough road games to finish the CUNY Conference regular season next week, starting with York on Monday night and moving on to Medgar Evers and Brooklyn College. They'll put their 8-0 conference record on the line as

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CSI senior Dale Taranto gets off a pass against Berkeley College defenders.

the season winds down toward the CUNY Tournament and a possible NCAA Division III Tournament appearance. "We're kind of living in the moment right now,'' said Tibbs. "We have to keep our foot on the gas and not think too far ahead.'' NOTES: CSI sank 42 of 73 shots for a sizzling 57.5 percent clip, many on transition layups, and had 27 assists ... 6-11 junior center Dylan Bulger had nine points and eight rebounds in 11 minutes ... Daniel Infante paced Berkeley (4-13) with 18 points.

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Baruch Widens Lead on Day 2 of CUNYAC Swimming & Diving Championships 

Baruch Senior Priscilla Arana Continues to Pace the Women's Field (Photo Credit by Maya Johnson) 

LINK TO CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL For the LATEST RESULTS  FREE TICKET LINK  The Baruch Bearcats, two‐time defending champions in both Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving  extended their respective leads on the field on Day two of the 13th Annual CUNYAC/Applebee’s  Swimming & Diving Championship at Lehman College’s APEX Aquatic Center on Friday. Four more meet  records broken in 16 races on the day and the Baruch Bearcats have widened their lead in both the  Men's & Women's competition. Meanwhile Baruch's Women & CSI's Men have won every swimming  gold thru 14 events in each through two days.   The divers took to the pool first again with the College of Staten Island picking up first place in the Men’s  3‐Meter Diving by freshmen John Pignatelli (275.40 points) and Stephany Collyer (290.60 points) in the  Women‘s 1‐Meter Diving. It was the second gold medal for each, as the duo each won the diving event  on day one.    The swimming schedule always begins with a relay, and the Women’s 200 Yard Medley Relay didn’t  disappoint, as the Bearcats (Julia Sung, Priscilla Arana, Sally Lim, Alyssa Lubrino) swam an impressive  1:56.30 to break the Championship record. But the Baruch trio of Sung, Arana and Lim didn’t stop there  ‐ as Baruch swept all the swimming events for the second straight day.    Arana and Lim teamed up at the end of the night with junior Jacqueline Smith and newcomer Denisse 

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Duran‐Llano for a second relay top prize in the 800 Yard Freestyle Relay (8:41.93) .    First in the solo spotlight was Arana in the grueling 400 Yard Individual Medley, although she didn’t  eclipse last year’s meet mark, the senior won the first individual race of the day by an impressive 27 and  a half seconds. She also picked up another gold medal in her signature event, the 100 Breaststroke, with  a 1:11.05 time, that was almost six second in front of second place.    "To be honest, I'm a little disappointed with my times today.“ said Arana, the 2011 CUNYAC  Championship MVP. And was a perfect 4‐4 on the day. “I am definitely going to try my best for the 200  Breaststroke tomorrow because it's distance and I'm more of a distance swimmer.  I'm can’t believe my  CUNY career is almost over."     Lim was next up to the top of the podium with a stellar 1:04.36 in the Women’s 100 Yard Butterfly,  before Sung set the only women’s individual championship record on the day. In the Women’s 200 Yard  Freestyle, the sophomore swam 2:02.83 to demolish the previous mark of 2:07.47 set in 2010. Sung won  her second individual race with a 1:04.40 time in the 100 Yard Backstroke only two races later.     In men’s relay action, the Staten Island foursome of Timur Rakhimov, Vladislav Romanov, Andrey  Tarasov and Yury Zimarev continued to crush the competition, winning the first relay on the day with a  1:35.41 in the 200 Yard Medley Relay. Then Rakhimov, Romanov and Tarasov partnered with  sopnomore Danila Novikov to finish the days competition with a bang. The quartet was super in the 800  Yard Freestyle Relay, not only taking the gold in the race with a 7:10.77, but setting a new championship  benchmark that was over 33 seconds faster.    Each of the five Dolphins would enjoy an individual spot atop the podium on Day two as well, as Tarasov  won the 400 Individual Medley (4:19.91) for the second straight year. Then Zimarev glided to gold in the  100 Yard Butterfly (50.85), just missing the meet record. Novikov was up next with a 1:45.53 in the 200  Yard Freestyle and he was followed by Rakhimov in the 100 Yard Breaststroke (58.63).     On his race 200 Freestyle race, Novikov said: “It was a really tough race. I'm really tired. We have a lot of  competition coming up and we’ve just got to keep going!”    Then the attention was on the best backstroker in CUNYAC history as Romanov, a two time Scholar‐ Athlete of the Month and a 10‐time All‐American attempted to re‐write his own record book. Already  claiming the top three spots in the all‐time marks in the 100 Yard Backstroke, Romanov obliterated his  2011 mark of 52.78 with a sensational 50.52, which is an NCAA provisional or ‘B’ cut time.  Saturday, the final day, will have swimming start early at 9:00 am followed by the award ceremony  where the medalists, MVPs, and teams are honored. Check back to each day for the  latest updates from the event!   

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College of Staten Island tops York for 11th straight win, 72-63 Tuesday, February 07, 2012, 12:10 AM


Jim Waggoner

The College of Staten Island continued its assault on the school’s basketball record book with Monday night’s 72-63 grind-itout victory over York in Queens. The red-hot Dolphins won their 11th straight game to remain perfect in the CUNY Conference and clinch first place, while equaling the second-longest winning streak in the program’s history. “We have to figure out ways to win games,” said CSI head coach Tony Petosa after watching his squad improve to 18-4 overall and 9-0 in the CUNY, “and we have to take them one at a time.” Senior guard Dale Taranto missed the game with a stomach virus, putting reserve guard Louis Valdes into the starting lineup. Another reserve, bouncy 6foot-3 senior forward Lameik Black, paced the Dolphins with 21 points and nine rebounds. “He (Black) came up with some big plays Staten Island Advance file photo by Bill Lyons CSI senior forward Lameik Black had 21 points and nine rebounds Monday night in a win at York.

down the stretch,” said Petosa. Backcourt mates Thomas Tibbs and Bloochy Magloire heated up enough to hold off determined York, which dropped to 3-6

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and 7-16. Tibbs had 12 points and seven assists while Magloire with 17 points. The pair combined for 5-for12 shooting from 3-point range. CSI used a late spurt to take a 39-31 halftime lead, then fought off several York comeback attempts. The Cardinals pulled to within 48-45 when Magloire answered with a 3-point shot. Then, when the hosts pulled to within 55-52 on a Kevin Lausell trey, Magloire answered with a long-range bomb of his own. A series of defensive stops sandwiched between two Jordan Young free throws, a Javon Cox layup, and yet another Magloire jumper turned a 58-54 lead into a 64-54 edge with five minutes remaining. All that was left was a mad scramble for the record book and the revelation that CSI has the school-record 14-game winning streak (Evan Pickman’s 1983-84 team that finished 25-4 and won an NCAA Division Tournament game) in its crosshairs. The Dolphins had won 11 straight games in both 1980-81 and 1981-82, both under Pickman. “It’s a tough week,” said Petosa, preferring to concentrate on the present circumstances. “We go to (defending CUNY champion) Medgar Evers on Wednesday and Brooklyn College on Friday night to close out the conference schedule. “We have to worry about ourselves.”

NOTES: Sophomore center Matt Van Manen made his first appearance since injuring his right knee a month ago ... CSI clinched the top seed in the upcoming CUNY Tournament and will host a first-round game on Saturday, Feb. 18 ... Young had 11 points, six rebounds and three assists ... William Holley paced York with 18 points and nine rebounds. CSI (72) Tibbs 5-11 0-0 12, Magloire 7-19 0-0 17, Valdes 2-4 0-0 5, Cox 2-5 2-3 6, Young 3-5 5-8 11, Black 8-11 5-8 21, Jenkins 0-0 0-0 0, Van Manen 0-0 0-0 0, Bulger 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 27-55 12-19 72. YORK (63) Lawson 1-3 0-0 3, Trowers 4-9 0-0 12, Evans 0-3 0-0 0, Holley 6-13 6-6 18, Wilkinson 2-5 4-5 8, Lynch 0-0 0-0 0, Roper 0-0 0-0 0, Gregoire 0-2 1-2 1, Hart 0-0 0-0 0, Edwards 5-9 1-4 11, Lausell 4-6 0-0 10.

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Totals: 22-50 12-17 63. Halftime: 39-31, CSI. Three-point goals: CSI 6-15 (Tibbs 2-7, Magloire 3-5, Valdes 1-2, Cox 0-1); York 7-17 (Lawson 1-1, Trowers 4-7, Evans 0-3, Holley 0-2, Lausell 2-4). Rebounds: CSI 33 (Black 9, Cox 7); York 27 (Holley 9). Assists: CSI 13 (Tibbs 7); York 11 (Edwards 4). Turnovers: CSI 13, York 16. Total fouls: CSI 18, 16. Fouled out; none.

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CSI men's swim team wins 20 gold medals, but finish third in CUNY Conference championship meet Tuesday, February 07, 2012, 8:58 PM


Staten Island Advance Sports Desk

Winning every race was not enough to earn the College of Staten Island men’s swim team the CUNY Conference championship meet over the weekend. Depth makes all the difference in team competitions, so all that gold by CSI didn’t keep Hunter (1,007 points) and host Lehman (735.5) from outdistancing the third-place Dolphins (586). CSI’s women were sixth. Senior Vladislav Romanov (500-yard freestyle, 100 and 200 backstroke) and sophomores Andrey Tarasov (200 IM, 400 IM and 1,650 freestyle) and Danila Novikov (200 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 200 butterfly) won three races apiece. Three other Dolphins won two events — sophomore Yury Zimarev (50 freestyle and 100 butterfly), freshman Timur Rakhimov (100 and 200 breaststroke) and John Staten Island Advance file photo College of Staten Island sophomore Danila Novikov had three individual first-place finishes at the CUNY Conference championship meet.

Pignatelli (1-meter and 3-meter diving). CSI also won five relays (200, 400 and 800 freestyle and the 200 and 400 medley).

Romanov, who was part of four of the five relay wins, was named Most Valuable Performer.

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On the women’s side, the Dolphins were sixth with 253 points as Baruch took the title with 1,058 points. CSI’s best finish was Elaina Lei’s fourth-place performance in the 200 breaststroke. Next for both programs is the Met Championships in two weeks at Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. © 2012 All rights reserved.

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CSI women top York for CUNY basketball win, 68-60 Tuesday, February 07, 2012, 1:46 AM


Staten Island Advance Sports Desk

Olivia Tierno scored a team-high 20 points to lead the College of Staten Island to a 68-60 CUNY Conference women’s basketball victory over York Monday night in Queens. The Dolphins improved to 5-4 in conference play and 8-11 overall while the Cardinals dropped to 2-7 and 318. CSI led 35-20 at halftime and held a 50-32 advantage midway through the second half when York began chipping away at the deficit. Joanna Josama’s 3-point shot with five seconds remaining made it 66-60 and freshman guard Nikki Fabozzi drained a pair of free throws for the final margin. Junior center Katelyn Hepowrth had 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Dolphins , while Fabozzi added 14 points. York’s Shadae Rice led all scorers with 26 points.

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CSI women run past Medgar Evers, 61-33 Thursday, February 09, 2012, 12:07 AM


Staten Island Advance Sports Desk

College of Staten Island junior guard Olivia Tierno led the way with 24 points and seven steals during Wednesday night's 61-33 rout over Medgar Evers in Brooklyn. The Dolphins improved to 6-4 in the CUNY Conference and 9-11 overall with Friday night's regular-season conference finale at first-place Brooklyn College. CSI led 30-20 at halftime and outscored Medgar Evers (0-11, 2-21) by a 31-13 count in the second half. Katelyn Hepworth had 15 points, six assists and four steals while freshman Nikki Fabozzi had 11 points, a team-high eight rebounds and five steals. Medgar Evers had an astonishing 51 turnovers and CSI 27 steals. Chantal Biscette paced the Cougars with 20 points while Yvanna Jack had 11 points and 13 rebounds.

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Dolphins' Duo Take Yearly Awards as CUNYAC/Applebee's Men's  Swimming All­Stars Announced   

Flushing, N.Y. – The City University of New York Athletic Conference along with Applebee’s has named  the 2012 Men’s Swimming and Diving All‐Stars, and the College of Staten Island’s Vladislav Romanov and  Timur Rakhimov have been named the Athlete and Rookie of the Year, respectively. Coach Charles  Lampasso from Baruch is tabbed as Coach of the Year while Lehman’s Chris Polanco receives the  Sportsmanship Award.  Romanov, the CUNYAC/Hospital for Special Surgery’s Scholar Athlete of the Month for the month of  December finished with top times in all the events he swam in during the 2012 CUNYAC/Applebee’s  Swimming Championships.  The senior received seven gold medals which included the 500 yard freestyle  (4:49.17), 400 yard medley relay (3:32.92), 200 yard medley relay (1:36.41) and 200 yard backstroke  (1:53.23). Romanov also set three new meet records in the 100 yard backstroke (52.52), 800 yard  medley relay (7:10.77), and 400 yard freestyle (3:14.22). During the season, one of Romanov’s finest  performances happened during the ECAC Division III Open Championships were he broke both school  and ECAC records and qualified for Nationals set in March.  Fellow teammate Rakhimov stood out as a freshman this year with impressive performances throughout  the season and in the CUNAC championships. Rakhimov was part of the 200 yard freestyle relay, 400  yard medley relay, 200 yard medley relay and 800 yard freestyle relay which all garnered the Dolphins’  squad with gold medals.  The freshman also earned two individual gold medals in the 100 yard  breaststroke (58.63), and 200 yard breaststroke (2:07.70) and got a second place finish in the 500 yard  freestyle (4:59.60) right behind teammate Romanov. 

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For the third year Charles Lampasso has been voted by his fellow peers in the conference as the coach of  the year. In his fifth year as the Bearcats’ head coach, Lampasso has led his team to win the CUNYAC  Championships for the third consecutive year. He has also lead his team to undefeated regular seasons  and on the women’s side set a new record of the most wins in the regular season.  “It is such a compliment to receive this award from the coaches in the conference,” said Lampasso. “I  also want to thank my assistant coaches who worked very hard this year with our swimmers and  continue to make the team successful.”  The Lightning’s Head Coach Peter Kiernan spoke about his freshman swimmer receiving the  sportsmanship award by saying, "Chris Polanco exemplified good sportsmanship by sacrificing his  personal interests for the good of his team and teammates.”  Kiernan continued to state, “as a  backstroker on a team with two very goods backstrokers, Abel Dupres and Ramon Peralta, Chris  responded to our need for a breaststroker and filled in admirably on our relays and in dual meets.  Always level headed and positive when dealing with teammates and opponents, he has everyone's  respect, our coaches, our athletes, officials, and opponents."  2012 CUNYAC Men’s Swimming & Diving All‐Stars   Men’s Athlete of the Year: Vladislav Romanov, Staten Island ‐ 500yd Freestyle, 400yd Medley Relay,  200yd Medley Relay, 100yd Backstroke, 800yd Freestyle Relay, 200yd Backstroke, 400yd Freestyle Relay   Men’s Rookie of the Year: Timur Rakhimov, Staten Island ‐ 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, 500yd Freestyle,  400yd Medley Relay, 200yd Medley Relay, 100yd Breaststroke, 800yd Freestyle Relay, 200yd  Breaststroke   Men’s Coach of the Year: Charlie Lampasso, Baruch   Men’s Sportsmanship: Chris Polanco, Lehman     All‐Stars  Yury Zimarev, CSI – 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, 50yd Freestyle, 400yd Medley Relay, 200yd Medley Relay,  100yd Butterfly, 200yd Butterfly, 400yd Freestyle Relay  Andrey Tarasov, CSI –200 Yard Freestyle Relay, 200yd IM, 200yd Medley Relay, 400yd IM, 800yd  Freestyle Relay, 1650yd Freestyle, 400yd Freestyle Relay  Danila Novikov, CSI –200 Yard Freestyle Relay, 400yd Medley Relay, 200yd Freestyle, 800yd Freestyle  Relay, 100yd Freestyle, 200yd Butterfly, 400yd Freestyle Relay  John Pignatelli, CSI – 1 meter diving, 3 meter diving  Kenny Kim, Baruch –200 Yard Freestyle Relay, 400yd Medley Relay, 50yd Freestyle, 800yd Freestyle  Relay, 400yd Freestyle Relay 

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Chudchane Sangtippawan, Baruch – 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, 400yd Medley Relay, 200yd Medley  Relay, 100yd Breaststroke, 400yd Freestyle Relay  James Chang, Baruch – 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, 400yd Medley Relay, 200yd Medley Relay, 400yd  Freestyle Relay  Ryan Flynn, Baruch ‐ 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, 200yd Medley Relay, 800yd Freestyle Relay, 400yd  Freestyle Relay  George Martinez, Baruch ‐ 800yd Freestyle Relay, 1650yd Freestyle  Gabriel Yanez, Baruch ‐ 400yd Medley Relay, 200yd Medley Relay, 400yd IM, 800yd Freestyle Relay  Jeffrey Wong, Baruch – 100yd Breaststroke  Abel Dupres, Lehman – 200yd IM, 100yd Butterfly, 200yd Backstroke  Victor Pren, Lehman – 1 meter diving  Ivan Srdanovic, Lehman ‐ 100yd Butterfly, 100yd Freestyle  Ramon Peralta, Lehman ‐ 100yd Backstroke   

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FSC Rams ‘Play4Kay’ Night February 16   Friday, 10 February 2012   The Farmingdale State women’s basketball team will be hosting their annual breast cancer fundraiser on  Thursday, Feb. 16. This year the game is titled “Play4Kay Night”, as the Rams host the College of Staten  Island in a non‐conference game. Tip‐off is scheduled for 5 p.m.  This is the 4th annual breast cancer women’s basketball game held at Farmingdale State. Play 4Kay,  formerly known as WBCA Pink Zone, is a global, unified effort of a nation of coaches to assist in raising  breast awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Play 4Kay benefits the  Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with The V Foundation and the Women’s Basketball Coaches  Association.  The Rams will be having raffles, 50/50, etc. Some raffle prizes include NY Islanders tickets, signed NY Jets  poster, signed NJ Devils puck, and gift certificates for various area restaurants. Ticket donations are $2,  available at the door, includes raffle entry. Wear pink for a special discount. Call FSC Athletics for more  information at (631) 420‐2482.    

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CSI Men's Basketball Ranked #1 in NCAA Division III Atlantic Region  Rankings 

The College of Staten Island men's basketball team has had quite the new year.  The Dolphins, winners  of 12‐straight in 2012, received the No. 1 ranking in the NCAA Atlantic Region today, CSI's first top‐billing  since 1997.  Coming off of a 93‐81 win on the road against defending CUNYAC‐champion Medgar Evers  College, the Dolphins are 19‐4 overall and 10‐0 in CUNYAC play, having locked up the No. 1 seed in the  upcoming CUNYAC/Con Edison Men's Basketball Championship later this month.    The rankings are the first to be released this season by the NCAA, which ranks teams in eight regions,  and will continue to do so leading to the NCAA Division III National Championship in late‐February.  CSI's  19‐4 record features an 18‐2 mark in regional play, their only two losses coming to Lycoming College  (90‐86 in overtime on opening night) and a 66‐58 loss to Alvernia College on December 10.    "We have played very well," said Head Coach Tony Petosa, whose team has started 10‐0 in conference  play for the first time in his 22‐year coaching career.  "It doesn't mean much, however, unless we finish  strong.  We've shown a lot of character and have played in a lot of close and physical contests this year  that we hope will continue to make us better."    The Dolphins will conclude the regular season with a pair of contests in Brooklyn, New York in the  coming days.  Tomorrow's 7:00pm contest against Brooklyn College (16‐7, 7‐3) pits the conference's top‐ two teams in the CUNYAC‐finale for both teams.  On Tuesday, February 14, the Dolphins wrap up at St.  Joseph's College (Brooklyn), who took a 103‐102 win over the Dolphins a year ago in the regular season  finale at the Sports & Recreation Center.    The CUNYAC/Con Edison Championship tournament will begin with quarterfinal play on Saturday,  February 18.  As a top‐four seed in the eight‐team tourney, CSI will host their quarterfinal, tentatively  scheduled for 12 Noon against either York College or John Jay College.  CUNYAC Semifinals and Final play 

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are held at City College of New York on February 21 & 25.    For CSI, it's their first No. 1 regional ranking by the NCAA since the 1996‐97 year.  The Dolphins were 19‐ 3 at the time, and would go on to finish the season 21‐7, falling in the ECAC Metro NY/NJ Championship.   

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College of Staten Island finishes perfect CUNY basketball season with 73-66 win over Brooklyn Saturday, February 11, 2012, 12:22 AM


Jim Waggoner

The College of Staten Island expected to take host Brooklyn College’s best punch Friday night, and that’s exactly what happened in a regular-season finale that had playoff intensity at the West Quad Center. The Dolphins needed four free throws in the final 10.2 seconds to finally dispose of the Bulldogs, 73-66, and finish with a perfect CUNY Conference record for the first time in head coach Tony Petosa’s 22 years on the bench. CSI also has a 13-game winning streak, and needs a victory in Tuesday’s regularseason finale at St. Joseph’s of Brooklyn to equal the school record of 14 straight. “Everybody wants to play spoiler against us,” said senior forward Jordan Young, who had a game-high 24 points on 10-forStaten Island Advance file photo by Hilton Flores CSI senior forward Jordan Young scored a game-high 24 points in a 73 -66 victory at Brooklyn College.

13 shooting. “We have a big target on our backs.” The target got a little bigger for the 20-4 Dolphins when they learned on Wednesday

that they had earned the No. 1 ranking in the first NCAA Division III Atlantic Region poll of the season. It’s their first such ranking since 1997.

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CSI, which finished 11-0 in conference play, could also be inching closer to a spot in the national Top 25 rankings. “We made history tonight,” said Young. “We made it through the regular season undefeated.” It wasn’t easy, however. Brooklyn (7-4, 16-8) wouldn’t let the visitors pull away, despite an early 16-7 deficit and then a 55-48 hole with nine minutes remaining. The Bulldogs twice cut the lead to one point and missed shots which would have put them ahead. It was still a 69-66 game when lightning-quick guard Amil John slashed to the basket for a layup with 11.5 seconds remaining. Senior point guard Thomas Tibbs sank two free throws and Young put the icing on the cake with two more free throws with two seconds left. “Brooklyn plays so hard all the time,” praised Petosa. “They’re small, aggressive and create what I call speed problems. “We played out butts off, I really believe that. You just have to give the other guys credit.” Petosa wasn’t in any mood for a celebration, although his players shared hugs on the court after securing a perfect CUNY season. The road to the conference tourney title and automatic NCAA bid won’t come easily if Friday night’s struggle was any indication. “We have to close out the season,” said Petosa, pointing to Tuesday’s finale. “We’re lucky to have these kids and I want to close the season out for them. I want to win the CUNYs for them. “But then again, I’m sure that goes for everyone else in the league too.” Sophomore guard Bloochy Magloire had 19 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Tibbs added 10 points, five assists and four steals. Sophomore center Matt Van Manen, who recently returned after missing a month with a knee injury, came up big off the bench with two big baskets down the stretch. John had 20 points and his talented Brooklyn backcourt mate, Tyshawn Russell, added 19 points as the two seniors helped force 18 CSI turnovers. The Bulldogs hung around despite the Dolphins shooting at a 55.8 percent clip from the floor and enjoying a 33-25 rebounding edge. “They were playing tough, fast and physical,” said Young. “Even when we took an eight-point lead, they were racing to the basket.

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“It definitely was a battle.” A battle that CSI pulled out for a two-game season sweep of Brooklyn. But the possibility of a CUNY tourney rematch should give the Dolphins pause as they consider the degree of difficulty of closing out the season. “We haven’t won anything yet,” said Petosa. And he’s right, even though as Young said, the Dolphins have already made history.

NOTES: The Atlantic Region rankings: 1. CSI; 2. William Paterson; 3. St. Joseph’s, L.I., 4. Richard Stockton; 5. New Jersey City ... Top-seeded CSI will host a CUNY quarterfinal game on Saturday, Feb. 18, with John Jay the probable opponent ... The Dolphins own a 31-13 all-time series lead over Brooklyn. CSI (73) Cox 3-7 1-2 7, Young 10-13 4-4 24, Taranto 2-4 0-1 5, Tibbs 3-9 2-2 10, Magloire 7-15 1-3 19, Black 2-2 00 4, Valdes 0-0 0-0 0, Van Manen 2-2 0-2 4. Totals: 29-52 8-14 73. BROOKLYN (66) Bochkov 2-4 0-0 4, Baker 3-9 5-6 11, Halton 1-2 2-4 4, John 7-13 4-8 20, Russell 6-13 7-7 19, Kornegay 01 0-0 0, Grant 3-7 1-1 8. Totals: 22-49 19-26 66. Halftime: 35-29, CSI. Three-point goals: CSI (7-17 (Taranto 1-3, Tibbs 2-3, Magloire 4-11); Brooklyn 3-11 (Bochkov 0-2, Baker 02, John 2-3, Russell 0-1, Kornegay 0-1, Grant 1-2). Rebounds: CSI 33 (Young 6); Brooklyn 25 (Amil 6). Assists: CSI 21 (Tibbs 5, Magloire 5); Brooklyn 10 (Russell 3). Turnovers: CSI 18, Brooklyn 13. Total fouls: CSI 16, Brooklyn 14. Fouled out: none.

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Baruch runs past CSI women in CUNY basketball, 77-51 Sunday, January 15, 2012, 9:01 AM


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The College of Staten Island surrendered a season-high 51 points in the first half and fell to visiting Baruch 77-51 Saturday. "We have a young team and I think they were a little intimidated by the Baruch name," said CSI coach Marguerite Moran. "They really are not as powerful as they have been in the past few years, but my players came out very tentative and you can't do that against a good team. "We took ourselves out of this game in the first half by giving them too many second chances. They scored a lot of points off put-backs in the first 20 minutes." The Bearcats (4-1 CUNY) continually beat the Dolphins down the floor in the opening six minutes and took a 15-3 lead. Junior Olivia Tierno was the only Dolphin to take the offensive against the taller Bearcats, scoring nine points in the first half. But the visitors spread the wealth as nine players got on the board. Jessica Duleba connected on three treys, Sheridan Taylor controlled the boards, and when halftime finally arrived Baruch led 51-26. CSI (2-2) played better defensively to start the second half and held the visitors to five points over the first 10 minutes to close the gap to 14 points. "We didn't do anything different, the girls were just playing with more confidence," Moran added. "But we already sealed our fate in that first half. I really was not happy with our effort today. We need to be much more aggressive the rest of the season."

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These 85 CSI athletes are real deal in classroom, too Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 10:51 AM


Jerry Lee

WILLOWBROOK -- The College of Staten Island (CSI) Office of Intercollegiate Athletics, together with the StudentAthlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) announced its athletic director honor roll citations for the fall 2011 semester. The Willowbrook school honored 85 student-athletes who achieved a 3.0 grade -point average (GPA) or better during the fall semester. The students, along with CSI 4.0 GPA student-athletes Daniel Ursomanno, left, and Olivia Tierno, right, pose with Katie Arcuri, the assistant athletic director for student-athlete services.

those announced last spring will be feted at a ceremony April 5 at the college. The honor roll was the brainchild of the

SAAC organization and athletic director Vernon Mummert and has been in place for three semesters. The goal was to draw attention to the academic achievements of the student-athletes. The honorees account for over 43 percent of the overall number of student-athletes. Many student-athletes are familiar faces to the honor roll each semester and, since the program’s inception, 252 athletes have been recognized. “I am very excited to see that our CSI student-athletes are continuing to excel in both the academic and athletic classroom,” said Mummert. “Our number of scholar-athletes truly shows that more of our studentathletes are achieving academic excellence, while at the same time, making the commitment to excellence in the intercollegiate athletic arena. At CSI, the SAAC has helped us set the bar for academic excellence.” The 85 athletes represent a cross section of CSI’s 13 intercollegiate sports and cheerleading program. CSI boasts 194 total student-athletes and 72 of the honorees sport overall GPAs over a 3.0, including 30 above 3.5 — the best to date. The College of Staten Island Office of Intercollegiate Athletics does its part in aiding the cause. Page 69 of 154

Working primarily through Katie Arcuri, assistant athletic director for student-athlete services, studentathletes are awarded priority registration, which allows them to manage their class schedule with their rigorous practice, personal workout, and intercollegiate schedule routines. They also are offered academic advisement and the office solicits mid-semester checks, counseling and peer tutor opportunities for at-risk students. “Since the AD/SAAC honor roll was established the student-athletes have responded with outstanding numbers each semester,” said Ms. Arcuri. “Their dedication in the classroom is a true reflection of how hard they work ...” Women’s soccer (12) has the most honorees followed by women’s swimming (10) and eight each in softball and men’s soccer. CSI also awards a Team GPA Award at its annual awards banquet. Last year, the men’s cross-country team won with a 3.43 collective GPA. Six athletes had perfect 4.0 GPAs. They are: Ilona Stoyko and Daniel Ursomanno (tennis), Ursula Pachas (swimming), Olivia Tierno (basketball), Lauren Neglia and Masaki Kubo (soccer). Sponsored by the National Consortium for Academics in Sports (NCAS), National Student-Athlete Day is celebrated nation-wide, commending scholastic achievement by student-athletes. The student-athletes will be awarded commemorative certificates during the ceremony, which will tentatively feature words from CSI President Dr. Tomas Morales and Vice-President for Student-Affairs Dr. Ramona Brown. The honorees, by sport, are: TENNIS: Ilona Stoyko, Maryna Incherchera, Demi-Jean Martorano, Nicholas Zikos, Daniel Ursomanno, Dmitriy Vituk, Austin Kapetanakis, Niroshan Bavanandan. CHEERLEADING: Elizabeth Appese, Sara Cartagena, Lisa Conlon, Ashley Isaacs. BASKETBALL: Olivia Tierno, Katelyn Hepworth, Christine DeCarlo, Nikki Fabozzi, Jennifer Coughlan, Christina Sgarlato, Alannah Kessler, Patrick Granata, Herschel Jenkins, Javon Cox, Louis Valdes. SWIMMING: Priscila Alvares, Vasiliki Stergioula, Elaina Lei, Lauren Overeem, Stephanie Collyer, Jocelyn Padilla, Ursula Pachas, Tina Tran, Patricia Velloza, Shannon McCormick, Mitchell Love, Michael Gratkowski, Yevgeniy Goldengur, John Pignatelli, Vladislav Romanov. SOCCER: Demi-Jean Martorano, Christina Sgarlato, Paige Buono, Stephanie McNichol, Lauren Neglia, Karla Page 70 of 154

Pesantes, Valerie Incontera, Amanda Percaccio, Monica Sibrig, Jean Notholt, Samantha Wysokowski, Ashley Albanese, Liana DeNaro, Orsi Bermudez-Reyes, Michael Massa, Masaki Kubo, Gazvan Musa, Alfonso Castaneda, Stephen Caifa, Dong Luu, Mina Seliman. BASEBALL: Dominic Casella, George Kantzian, Luis Ortiz, Kieran Monaghan, William Defede, Christian Osmundsen, Frances Torres. VOLLEYBALL: Priscila Alvarez, Vasiliki Stergioula, Christina Trunzo-Mosleh, Danielle Susino, Gabrielle Bradshaw. SOFTBALL: Nicole Schwartz, Maria Genovese, Kristi Dillon, Brittany Smith, Catherine Ebro, Victoria Procopio, Taylor Kaplan, Amanda D’Amato. CROSS COUNTRY: Shawn Cybulska, Sean Kelly, Demetrious Mazidis, Kubra Shirazi, Bibi Ghafari, Goodnews Nkama, Joanna Villegas, Rebecca Liu, Amina Huseinbegovic.

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College of Staten Island makes a huge haul at CUNY Conference basketball awards luncheon Thursday, February 16, 2012, 10:33 PM


Jim Waggoner

Staten Island’s honorees at Thursday’s annual CUNY Conference pre-tournament awards luncheon could have used a rental truck to get all the hardware home from the Water Club in Manhattan. The College of Staten Island’s men’s basketball team led the haul with a bundle of trophies befitting an undefeated conference season and 22-4 record, with senior guard Thomas Tibbs and senior CSI photo courtesy of David Pizzuto CSI's award winners, from left to right: men's head coach Tony Petosa, Bloochy Magloire, Javon Cox (rear), Thomas Tibbs, Jordan Young, Katelyn Hepworth and Nikki Fabozzi, at the CUNY Conference basketball luncheon at the Water Club in Manhattan.

forward Jordan Young repeating as AllCUNY first-team selections and sophomore sensation Bloochy Magloire named to the second team. The Dolphins swept the rookie-of-the-year

honors — freshman forward Javon Cox capturing the men’s award and freshman guard Nikki Fabozzi earning the women’s award. And there was more. CSI head coach Tony Petosa garnered his second consecutive men’s Coach of the Year trophy, while junior forward Katelyn Hepworth was named a second-team pick on the women’s side. CSI president Dr. Tomas Morales received the Ellis Bullock Jr. Award, presented to the person “who best exemplifies the tradition set forth (by Con Edison’s former manager of community relations) towards commitment of excellence for education and athletics for the students of the CUNY.” CSI wasn’t the only Island presence, however.

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Brooklyn College senior guard Lauren Plagainos (Curtis HS) and Hunter sophomore forward Kristen Markoe (McKee/Staten Island Tech) were both All-CUNY first-team women’s selections. Not to sound greedy, but the selection of Medgar Evers junior forward Winston Douglas as Player of the Year came as a surprise to some who felt that either Tibbs or Young might be in line for the honor. But don’t count the Dolphins among any possible dissenters. “Winston is a great player,” said St. Peter’s product Tibbs of the rival who averaged 18.7 points and 12.7 rebounds for the Cougars, “and a very well-deserving MVP. “Besides, we’re really only looking to be Team of the Year. Our thing is a team goal ... it’s really about the team. We’ll take these awards back to school and we certainly won’t forget about our guys on the bench.” Douglas echoed similiar sentiments. “If we don’t win the (tourney) championship, this trophy means nothing,” he said to teammate Jovan Deare after receiving the Player of the Year trophy. The 6-foot-6 Young is putting the finishing touches on his CSI career, needing 25 more points to pass David Paul as the No. 2 scorer in program history. He takes 1,659 into Saturday afternoon’s CUNY quarterfinal contest against visiting John Jay. “It’s an honor to be here,” said Young, “but we’re more focused on winning a championship.” Young ranks seventh all-time with 741 rebounds and 11th with 135 steals. The Asbury Park, N.J., product ranks 16th with 276 assists, needing 24 more to join the 1,000-point, 500-rebound, 300-assist club with Jay Zieris (1983-87). The Dolphins are looking for their first CUNY tourney title and NCAA Division III Tournament appearance in a decade. They’ve lost in the finals three times in the past seven seasons, including last year’s 62-56 setback to Medgar Evers. To say they are hungry would be an understatement. “This time of year, there’s a lot of excitement,” said Petosa while accepting his Coach of the Year award, “and a lot of tension. “We have one thing in mind.”

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NOTES: Fabozzi was a pleasant surprise for the fifth-seeded CSI women, who travel to face fourth-seeded Lehman on Sunday night at Hostos CC in the Bronx. The Susan Wagner HS product figured she would be fighting for a starting berth in her first season with the Dolphins, but wound up as the leading scorer with 12.3 ppg. “To start, and then win this award, it’s crazy,” said Fabozzi. “There’s just so much talent out there in this league that I can’t believe it.”... CSI’s men take a 14-game winning streak into Saturday’s 1 p.m. quarterfinal game at the Sports and Recreation Center. The Dolphins slipped one spot to No. 2 behind William Paterson in this week’s Atlantic Region poll. CUNY BASKETBALL AWARDS Men’s All-Conference First team Jerome Alexander, Sr., guard, John Jay Chris Beauchamp, Sr., guard, Baruch Mathias Raggiotto, Jr., forward, Lehman Thomas Tibbs, Sr., guard, CSI Jordan Young, Sr., forward, CSI Second team Jovan Deare, Jr., forward, Medgar Evers Amil John, Sr., guard, Brooklyn Bloochy Magloire, Soph., guard, CSI Tyshawn Russell, Sr., guard, Brooklyn Tony Vails, Jr., guard, York Player of the Year: Winston Douglas, Jr., forward, Medgar Evers

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Rookie of the Year: Javon Cox, Fr., forward, CSI Coach of the Year: Tony Petosa, CSI Women’s All-Conference First team Amanda De la Cruz, Sr., guard, Lehman Jaleesa Gordon, Sr., forward, Lehman Kristen Markoe, Soph., forward, Hunter Justine O’Callahan, Sr., center, Brooklyn Lauren Plagainos, Sr., guard, Brooklyn Second team Folashade Akinde, Sr., forward, Baruch Jamecia Forsythe, Sr., guard, John Jay Katelyn Hepworth, Jr., forward, CSI Leslie Mencia, Sr., guard, Lehman Megan McKenna, Sr., guard, Hunter Player of the Year: Jessica Duleba, Jr., guard, Baruch Rookie of the Year: Nikki Fabozzi, Fr., guard, CSI Coach of the Year: Alex Lang, Brooklyn 2012 CUNY TOURNAMENT Men’s matchups Saturday

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No. 8 John Jay (12-13) at No. 1 CSI (21-4), 1 p.m. No. 5 Hunter (11-13) at No. 4 Baruch (13-12) No. 6 Medgar Evers (15-10) at No. 3 Lehman (11-13) No. 7 York (8-17) at No. 2 Brooklyn (16-8) Semifinals (at City College) Tuesday 6 and 8 p.m. Championship (at City College) Saturday, Feb. 25 5 p.m. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s matchups Sunday No. 8 York (3-20) at No. 1 Brooklyn (18-6) No. 5 CSI (9-13) at No. 4 Lehman (14-11), 7 p.m. No. 6 John Jay (7-16) at No. 3 Hunter (11-13) No. 7 CCNY (5-20) at No. 2 Baruch (15-9) Semifinals Wednesday (at City College)DQGSP Championship (at City College) Saturday, Feb. 25SP

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2012 CUNYAC / CON EDISON ALL­STARS ANNOUNCED AT WATER CLUB;   Duleba (Baruch), Douglas (MEC), Jackson (HCC), Shcherban (HCC) Top Players  Championship Schedules Set & Previewed; All­Stars From All 4 Leagues Revealed   

New York, NY ‐‐ The City University of New York Athletic Conference and Con Edison held a pre‐ tournament basketball luncheon on Thursday, February 16th at the Water Club in Manhattan to  celebrate the 47th Annual CUNYAC/Con Edison Basketball Championships.    CUNYAC announced the men’s and women’s all‐stars from the senior and community college division as  well as preview the upcoming tournaments, which got underway on Tuesday, February 14th  at  Queensborough Community College (Community College Tournament) and conclude at CCNY (Senior  College Tournament) on February 25th. Five‐time USA Basketball Olympian and four‐time Olympic Gold  Medalist Teresa Edwards will be the keynote speaker and impart her experience on the young student‐ athletes.     Highlighting Community College men is the Bronx Community College Broncos, ranked number 10 in the  latest NJCAA weekly National poll. Bronx (23‐5) will face Hostos (19‐6) in the men’s final at 8:00 pm. It  will be preceded by the women’s final between #2 Kingsborough and #4 Borough of Manhattan at 6:00  pm on Friday night, February 17th.    The College of Staten Island continues to dominate the senior college men’s squads with a No. 1 rank in  the NCAA Atlantic Region and a perfect record in conference play, while women’s top‐seeded Brooklyn  College sported a perfect 11‐0 Regular Season Conference mark for the first time in school history.   

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BronxNet will televise the Community College Finals and Time Warner Digital Cable will cover the Senior  College Finals. Both will broadcast on tape delay for Time Warner and CUNY TV. The Senior College  Finals will air on Sunday 2/26 on Channel 197 beginning at 5pm. It will also be available on demand. Live  stats and more information will be available at  Click on link here for  Championship Brackets & Schedule.    On to the all‐stars:  VIEW PDF OF ALL‐STARS   SENIOR COLLEGE MEN  CUNYAC Player of the Year   WINSTON DOUGLAS • MEDGAR EVERS  JUNIOR • FORWARD • 6’4’’ • UNIONDALE • HEMPSTEAD, NY    Defending Tournament MVP, and a two‐time Player of the Week, he ranks third in Division III in  rebounding (12.7), while leading his team in both scoring (18.7) and rebounding. Currently tied for the  lead in Division III in double doubles with 18.     CUNYAC Rookie of the Year  JAVON COX • STATEN ISLAND  FRESHMAN • FORWARD • 6’3’’ • RALPH McKEE • BRONX, NY    Named Rookie of the Week four times throughout the season, including a stretch of three consecutive  honors. Cox averages 8.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest for Regular Season Champions Dolphins.    CUNYAC Coach of the Year  TONY PETOSA • STATEN ISLAND  22ND SEASON  Earns his second consecutive and fourth time overall Coach of the Year award. In 22 seasons, he has  recorded over 300 victories. His team is currently ranked #1 in the Atlantic Region with a 15‐2 in‐region  record.     Burt Beagle Sportsmanship Award  MARK COURTEIN • HUNTER  SENIOR • GUARD • 6’2’’ • PELHAM MEMORIAL • PELHAM, NY    Co‐Captain of the Hawks, Courtien leads the conference in 3‐point shooting percentage and was named  to the 2010‐2011 All‐Tournament Team. “Mark is a classic captain, a great teammate, a leader both on  and off the floor but most importantly, a strong student,” commented Shay Berry, Head Coach at  Hunter.    All‐CUNYAC First Team    JEROME ALEXANDER • JOHN JAY  SR. • G‐F • 6’4’’ • ELMONT • BROOKLYN, NY  A two‐time All‐Star leads CUNYAC and is 4th in Division III in scoring average (26.6 ppg), also leads JJC in 

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assists with 3.2 per game.    CHRIS BEAUCHAMP • BARUCH  SR. • G • 6’1’’ • XAVIER • GLENDALE, NY  Two‐time CUNYAC All‐Star. Leads his team with 18.2 points per game and ranks sixth in the conference  for scoring.    MATHIAS RAGGIOTTO • LEHMAN  JR. • F • 6’5’’ • JOHN L. LEONARD • WEST PALM BEACH, FL  First time All‐Star selection leads his team in both scoring and rebounding compiling 16.6ppg and 8.4rpg,  respectively.    T.J. TIBBS • STATEN ISLAND  SR. • G • 5’10’’ • ST. PETER’S • STATEN ISLAND, NY  Earns his second consecutive All‐Star nod. Leads the conference with 6.4 assists per game, while netting  14.6 ppg.    JORDAN YOUNG • STATEN ISLAND  SR. • F/C • 6’5’’ • WALL TOWNSHIP • ASBURY PARK, NJ  A FOUR‐time CUNYAC All‐Star, this former Rookie of the Year leads CSI with 7.5 rebounds and averages  15.4 points per game.    All‐CUNYAC Second Team    JOVAN DEARE • MEDGAR EVERS  JR. • F • 6’3’’ • THOMAS JEFFERSON • BROOKLYN, NY  Two‐time All‐Star selection ranks in the top ten in scoring and rebounds, averaging 17.4 points and 6.8  rebounds.    AMIL JOHN • BROOKLYN  SR. • G • 5’10’’ • SOUTH SHORE • BROOKLYN, NY  A first time All‐Star, leads his team in rebounds, assists, and steals per game with 6.8, 4.1, and 3.4,  respectively, while scoring 17.2 ppg. 4‐year starter and two‐time CUNYAC Champion with BC.    BLOOCHY MAGLOIRE • STATEN ISLAND  SO. • G • 6’3’’ • SUSAN WAGNER • STATEN ISLAND, NY  First time honoree leads his team in scoring average with 17 points and steals per game with 1.7 steals  per game.    TYSHAWN RUSSELL • BROOKLYN  SR. • G • 5’11’’ • HOLY CROSS • JAMAICA, NY  The second time honoree ranks 19th in Division III in scoring.   He stands second in CUNYAC at  21.8 points per game.    TONY VAILS • YORK  JR. • G • 6’0’’ • BENJAMIN BANNAKER • BROOKLYN, NY  A CUNYAC Player of the Year at BMCC in 2010, he leads his team and ranks sixth in the conference in 

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scoring with 17.2 ppg.     SENIOR COLLEGE WOMEN  CUNYAC Player of the Year  JESSICA DULEBA • BARUCH  JUNIOR • GUARD • 5’8’’ • LAKELAND • COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, MI  Ranked fourth in CUNYAC for scoring with 14.1 points per game, this junior guard and co‐captain shoots  an impressive .800 from the free throw line and averages three assists per game. Duleba helped the  Bearcats capture the CUNYAC Championship in the 2010‐2011 season.  “Transferring into Baruch last year, I went to school in Adrian College," said Duleba. There I would get no  playing time. I only played in 11 of total games with no more than 2 minutes a game probably. When I  came here I just worked hard. I knew I was better than that. The fact that the coaches over there put me  down and me coming here to Baruch and now being on top and winning the Player of the Year award  means so much to me.”    CUNYAC Rookie of the Year  NIKKI FABOZZI • STATEN ISLAND  FRESHMAN • GUARD • 5’9’’ • SUSAN WAGNER • STATEN ISLAND, NY    This three‐time Rookie of the Week leads the Dolphins in scoring average with 12.5 points per game.  She shows her versatility with a line that includes 5.1 rebounds per game and 2.8 steals per game.    CUNYAC Coach of the Year  ALEX LANG • BROOKLYN  10TH SEASON    Earns Coach of the Year for the second consecutive time and third time in the last four years. Lang led  the Bulldogs to a spotless 11‐0 Conference record and 18‐6 overall.  Burt Beagle Sportsmanship Award  VANESSA RIVERA • YORK  SENIOR • GUARD • 5’5’’ • GROVER CLEVELAND • QUEENS, NY  Despite an injury this season, Rivera has provided a steady presence for the   Cardinals.  “No matter what is asked of her, she is ready and willing to do it.  She has such a positive  influence. She has always stayed positive despite having to deal with injury for most of the season,”  noted York Head Coach Winnifred Brown.    All‐CUNYAC First Team    AMANDA DE LA CRUZ • LEHMAN  SR. • G • 5’7’’ • NYC MUSEUM SCHOOL • NEW YORK, NY  This two‐time All‐Star ranks 4th in Division III in assists (6.6) and first in triple doubles. She ranks 12th in  CUNYAC in scoring (12.3). 

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JALEESA GORDON • LEHMAN  SR. • F • 6’0’’ • CAMPUS MAGNET • QUEENS, NY  A two‐time Player of the Week gets first All‐Star nod, leading her team with 9.5 rebounds and top ten in  scoring (12.5 ppg).    KRISTIN MARKOE • HUNTER  SO. • F • 5’8’’ • STATEN ISLAND TECH • STATEN ISLAND, NY  Last year’s Rookie of the Year. She leads the Hawks in four categories, points (13.8), rebounds (9.6),  assists (4.4), and steals (2.9).    JUSTINE O’CALLAHAN • BROOKLYN  SR. • F/C • 5’11’’ • FLORAL PARK • FLORAL PARK, NY  After scoring her 1,000th point, she receives her second straight all‐star selection, averages 10.3 points  and 5.0 rebounds    LAUREN PLAGAINOS • BROOKLYN  SR. • G • 5’5’’ • CURTIS • STATEN ISLAND, NY  Earning her first CUNYAC accolades leads her team with 11.9 points per game and scores 2.7 three‐point  field goals per game.    All‐CUNYAC Second Team    FOLASHADE AKINDE • BARUCH  SR. • F • 5’9’’ • RICH CENTRAL • HOMEWOOD, IL  Two‐time All‐Star averages 9.0 points per game, 6.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.6 steals per game.    JAMECIA FORSYTHE • JOHN JAY  SR. • G • 5’11’’ • JAMES MADISON • BROOKLYN, NY  1st‐time honoree, ranks third in CUNYAC in rebounds (10.6),   first in blocked shots with 2.3 and 8th in scoring with 13.2 ppg.    KATELYN HEPWORTH • STATEN ISLAND  JR. • F • 5’9’’  • NOTRE DAME • STATEN ISLAND, NY  Last year’s Rookie of the Year. She leads the Hawks in four categories, points (13.8), rebounds (9.6),  assists (4.4), and steals (2.9).    LESLIE MENCIA • LEHMAN  SR. • G‐F • 5’10’’ • MONTPELIER • MONTPELIER, VT  This first‐time All‐Star leads CUNYAC in scoring with 17.1 points per game and ranks in the top ten of  three‐point field goal percentage.    MEGAN MCKENNA • HUNTER  SR. • G • 5’8’’ • MIDWOOD • ROCKAWAY, NY  A 2‐time all‐star, who returned from a season‐ending injury in 2011,   averages 12.3 ppg, and scored her 1,000 career point this season.    

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE MEN  CUNYAC Player of the Year  CHARLES JACKSON • HOSTOS  Sophomore • Forward • 6’5’’ • WALTON • BRONX, NY    Ranked in the top ten nationally for scoring in the NJCAA Division III with 22.8 points per game, while  shooting an impressive 59% from the field. A 1st‐time all‐star, he also contributes 6 rebounds per game  for Hostos as they enter the CUNYAC Championship as the second seed.    CUNYAC Rookie of the Year  CLAUDE BLUE • BRONX  Freshman • Forward • 6’5’’ • GRAPHIC ARTS • BROOKLYN, NY    This rookie has been a dominating force for the Broncos and Region XV all season, scoring (16.7 ppg),  and leading the league in rebounding at 11.1  and blocks (3.3 bpg). The freshman is ranked in the top ten  in six CUNYAC categories for the top‐seeded Broncos.  “My greatest motivation for me being in school right now is my daughter," said Blue. "I feel because of  my daughter I had to change my life and she opened my eyes and I realized my life was worth living. so  my achievements are meant to help motivate her to go to college and be successful in her life.”    CUNYAC Coach of the Year  SHANNON McKINNON • BRONX  3rd Season    Earns Coach of the Year for the third straight season. He led the Broncos to their second CUNYAC  regular‐season title, and the No. 2 seed in the NJCAA region XV Tournament. Bronx is currently ranked  #11 in the latest NJCAA Division III poll.    Burt Beagle Sportsmanship Award  CHRISTOPHER DAVIS • BRONX  Sophomore • Guard • 6’1’’ • EAGLE ACADEMY • BRONX, NY    A two‐time All‐Star, Davis is a prime example of the quintessential student‐athlete. Always respectful to  officials, opponents, and coaches, Davis is also a focused student in the classroom, expecting to  graduate on time this spring.     All‐CUNYAC First Team    CHRISTIAN BEST • MANHATTAN  FR. • G • 6’0’ • REDEMPTION CHRISTIAN • BROOKLYN, NY  The lone freshman All‐Star averages 10.3 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game, as well an impressive  5.1 assists per game.    KESTER CHASE • KINGSBOROUGH  SO. • G • 5’8’’ • EDWARD R. MURROW • BROOKLYN, NY  First‐time honoree; Ranks sixth in CUNYAC in scoring with 15.4 points, 10th in rebounds (4.2) and 1st in 

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steals with 4.1 per game.    CHRISTOPHER DAVIS • BRONX  SO. • G • 6’1’’ • EAGLE ACADEMY • BRONX, NY  This two‐time All‐Star ranks 2nd in CUNYAC and top 20in the nation in assists with 5.22 per game.  Scoring 11 points per game.    STEPHON MEDARD • QUEENSBOROUGH  SO. • G/F • 6’3’’ • FRANCIS LEWIS • QUEENS, NY  RankS 2nd in CUNYAC in scoring with 17.2 points per game and 6th in rebounds and 10th in assists with  6.4 and 2.1 respectively.     DARELL ROBINSON • KINGSBOROUGH  SO. • G / 5’11” • BEDFORD ACADEMY • BROOKLYN, NY  Earning his first CUNYAC accolades, leads The Wave and CUNYAC with 5.9 assists per game and averages  13.5 points per game.     BRANDON STOLZ • HOSTOS  SO. • G • 6’3’’ • HARRY TRUMAN • BRONX, NY  Second‐time All‐Star; Leads Caimans in boards (7.2) Scoring 15.7 ppg (5th in CUNYAC), while shooting  .540 from the floor.    MATTHEW THOMAS • BRONX  SO. • G • 5’11’’ • LOUIS D. BRANDEIS • NEW YORK, NY  First‐time honoree, ranks 10th in CUNYAC scoring AT 11.5 points per game. He stands 3rd in assists with  4.85 per game.    TAEQUANN WASHINGTON • QUEENSBOROUGH  SO. • G • 5’6’’ • ST. PETER’S • STATEN ISLAND, NY  Two‐time All‐Star averages 10.9 points and 4.72 assists per game. He also shoots an impressive .785  from the free throw line.  COMMUNITY COLLEGE WOMEN  CUNYAC Player of the Year  KRISTINA SHCHERBAN • HOSTOS  Freshman • Forward • 6’0’’ • MOSCOW STATE ACADEMY • MOSCOW, RUSSIA  The freshman mainstay for the Caimans, Shcherban consistently led with 14.7 points per game, 6.1  rebounds per game, and 2.9 steals per game. Her most impressive contributions came at the free throw  line where her 76.6% ranked 19th in NJCAA Division III.    CUNYAC Rookie of the Year  KRSITIN D’CHIUTIIS • KINGSBOROUGH  Freshman • Guard • 6’7’’ • SCHOLARS ACADEMY • BROOKLYN, NY  This rookie ranks among CUNYAC’s best in scoring, rebounds, assists, and field goal percentage. Her 11.5  points per game is puts her third in the conference, while 3.8 assists per game ranks her fourth among 

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her CUNY peers.    CUNYAC Coach of the Year  JESSICA VILELLA • HOSTOS  1st SEASON  In her first year as head coach, Vilella led the Caimans to a turnaround season. Their win total has tripled  from last season as they enter the CUNYAC Championship as the third seed and have produced two  National NJCAA Division III Players of the Week.    Burt Beagle Sportsmanship Award  ANISMERY BLANCO • BRONX  Freshman • Guard • 6’3’’ • COALITION SCHOOL OF SOCIAL CHANGE • NEW YORK, NY  Blanco has played a tireless 38.5 minutes a game and has been a strong example for her young team.  Head Coach, Fred DeJesus, “Anismery has been a fearless leader, never missed a practice… I wish I had  ten players like her.”    All‐CUNYAC First Team    CARLA BAENA • KINGSBOROUGH  So. • C• 6’0’’ • FORT HAMILTON • BROOKLYN, NY  This two‐time All‐Star is ranked 7th in the NJCAA Division III for blocks (2.86 per game). Scoring 9.96 ppg  and shooting .446 FG%.    CHRISTINA BEST • MANHATTAN  SO. • G • 5’7’’ • BROOKLYN ACADEMY • BROOKLYN, NY  Last year’s Rookie of the Year is in CUNYAC’s top ten for scoring, rebounds, and assists with 8.2, 9.2, and  1.7, respectively.    DENEA FLEARY • MANHATTAN  FR. • F • 5’7’’ • VOYAGERS PREP • JAMAICA, NY  Enjoying an outstanding freshman season, averaging nearly a double‐double with 9.7 points and 9.2  rebounds.    AIYANA HARRIS • MANHATTAN  FR. • G • 5’3’’ • DEWITT CLINTON • BROOKLYN, NY  Leads her team in scoring average and steals per game with 9.95 (sixth in CUNYAC) and 2.95 (fourth in  CUNYAC), respectively.    LATASHA HARRIS • QUEENSBOROUGH  SO. • G • 5’7’’ • FRANCIS LEWIS • BROOKLYN, NY  This first‐time All‐Star provides contributes 8.5 points per game, 6 rebounds per game, and 2.8 steals  per game.     KEYANNA JEAN‐LOUIS • QUEENSBOROUGH  FR. • G • 5’10’’ • MEDGAR EVERS PREP • BROOKLYN, NY  The freshman ranks tenth in the conference with 9.2 points per game and 14th in rebounds with 4.7 per 

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game.     SAMANTHA MANSOUR • KINGSBOROUGH  SO. • F • 5’9’’ • FORT HAMILTON • BROOKLYN, NY  This first‐time honoree lands among CUNYAC’s top five with 11.4 points per game, 3.5 assists, and 3.1  steals per game.     SABRINA RODRIGUEZ • QUEENSBOROUGH  FR. • G/F• 5’9’’ • ROBERT WAGNER • QUEENS, NY  Leads CUNYAC in scoring (18.2 ppg), assists (4.77 apg), and FG percentage (.460%). Ranks 3rd in NJCAA  in steals with 5.71.     ‐‐ ‐‐   

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College of Staten Island cruises past John Jay in CUNY Tournament opener, 85-65 Saturday, February 18, 2012, 7:21 PM


Jim Waggoner

Records keep tumbling like dominoes as the College of Staten Island continues its march toward a first CUNY Conference championship and NCAA Division III Tournament appearance in a decade. Top-seeded CSI overcame a slow start to easily eliminate eighth-seeded John Jay, 85-65, in the quarterfinals of the CUNY Tournament Saturday afternoon at the Sports and Recreation Center. The Dolphins’ 15th consecutive victory shattered the previous mark set by the 1983-84 squad, which included current head coach Tony Petosa as a sophomore forward, and lifted the current team’s Staten Island Advance/Bill Lyons CSI senior point guard Thomas Tibbs had 21 points, six rebounds and six assists as the top-seeded Dolphins cruised past John Jay in a CUNY Tournament opener, 85-65.

record to a lofty 22-4. Senior forward Jordan Young dominated inside with a 24-point, 20-rebound effort, while guards Bloochy Magloire (26 points)

and Thomas Tibbs (21 points) sizzled from the perimeter. CSI advances to Tuesday night’s semifinal round at City College against fourth-seeded Baruch, which defeated fifth-seeded Hunter 68-66 in overtime. Seventh-seeded York upset second-seeded Brooklyn 79-73 in overtime, and sixth-seeded Medgar Evers ousted third-seeded Lehman 63-60. CSI and Baruch (14-12) square off at 6 p.m., followed by Medgar Evers (16-10) and York (9-17) at 8.

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Upset-minded John Jay started crisply, taking a 19-11 lead nine minutes into the game on back-to-back transition layups by Jamar Harry and Isaiah Holman. Tibbs responded with a three-pointer from the top followed by a 15-foot jumper, and the Dolphins took the lead for good on Young’s three-point play, 25-23. They closed the half on a 35-12 run as Magloire and Tibbs combined for five treys and CSI went to the break with a commanding 46-31 advantage. “The first game is always the hardest,” said Petosa, “no matter what seed you have. They (Bloodhounds) came out and played at a high intensity level, but we settled down and started making shots.” Tibbs buried a three-pointer to open the second half, and Magloire closed the door with three consecutive long-range bombs as the Dolphins exploded to a 75-51 lead with nine minutes remaining. “When Bloochy shoots the ball like that,” said Petosa of the Susan Wagner HS product, “we’re a really hard team to beat.” Magloire sank 6 of 8 from downtown while Tibbs nailed 4 of 9. That long-range accuracy, combined with a 50-30 rebounding edge, helped CSI cruise to the finish line. John Jay was led by Jerome Alexander’s 24 points while Harry added 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Bloodhounds finished the season 12-14. “We knew they were going to come out hard,” said Young, who pulled down 10 offensive rebounds. “We kept it together and then went to our strengths.” Tibbs added six assists and six rebounds to the attack, and then added a word of caution. “You don’t want to give any opponent confidence early,” he said. “But we expect each round to get a little tougher and we’ve been here before so it’s no surprise. We did today what we expected to do.” So the Dolphins keep rolling along, with a winning streak that has stretched over a nearly two-month span. There is speculation that CSI would qualify for the NCAAs even with a tourney loss, but the team wouldn’t want to test that theory. “We haven’t won anything yet,” said Young, repeating a familiar refrain.

NOTES: Senior forward Lameik Black sat out of the game with a sprained ankle suffered late in the week at home. The key 6-foot-3 reserve’s status for Tuesday’s game is unknown ... Young has 1,683 career points and needs two points to pass David Paul as the No. 2 all-time scorer in CSI history ... CSI has lost three CUNY championship games since its last title in 2001-02.

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#1 CSI Coasts in Quarterfinals; #6 Medgar Evers & #7 York Are Upset  Winners   #4 Baruch Survives Hunter In OT!; Tuesday Semis at CCNY Are Next! 

Photo by: Alex Lang A scene from the packed house as Brooklyn fell to York on Saturday.  The 47th Annual City University of New York Athletic Conference / Con Edison Men's Basketball  Championship is in full swing after four quarterfinal games at the higher seeded teams on Saturday. The  semifinals at CCNY begin Tuesday night with #1 CSI (22‐4) vs. #4 Baruch (14‐12) at 6:00 pm, followed by  the defending champions, #6 Medgar Evers (16‐10) as they take on surprising York (9‐17) at 8:00 pm.  The top‐seeded Staten Island Dolphins breezed by #8 John Jay Bloodhounds, 85‐65 behind 24 points and  20 rebounds from senior Jordan Young, but both the #2 Brooklyn Bulldogs and #3 Lehman Lightning  weren't as fortunate, as #7 York took the road game to overtime and defeated Brooklyn, 79‐73 and in a  game played at Hostos CC, #6 Medgar Evers, the defending champions, staved off the Lightning with a  63‐60 nailbiter to stay on track for CCNY. Then in the last game of the day, #4 Baruch survived #5  Hunter, 68‐66 in OT too!  CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL has all of the links and matchups for the Men & Women. LINK  FREE TICKET LINK is here. Tickets are required for free admission! LINK 

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UPDATED CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & BRACKETS  Check back every day until Championship Saturday, February 25th for all the latest hoops action.  #1 STATEN ISLAND DOLPHINS 85, #8 JOHN JAY BLOODHOUNDS 65 • BOXSCORE 

Senior All‐Star Jordan Young with a Monster Game of 24 points and 20 boards! 

The College of Staten Island men's basketball squad won their program‐best 15th‐straight game on  Saturday, advancing to the 47th Annual CUNYAC/Con Edison Men's Basketball Championship Semifinal  in the process, turning back John Jay College, 85‐65, at the Sports & Recreation Center. The  Bloodhounds finalized their season at 12‐14 overall, 4‐8 CUNYAC.    Despite the final, it was John Jay that put the early scare into the Dolphins, taking as many as an eight‐ point lead over the first 10 minutes of the first half.  The visitors did most of the damage via a 15‐6 run  over seven minutes, to take a 19‐11 edge with 10:49 to go in the initial stanza.  Isaiah Holman ripped off  three baskets in the run on transition lay‐ups, while teammate Jerome Alexander buried a pair of  jumpers to lead the surging Bloodhounds.    The Dolphins (22‐4 overall), however, stayed the course, responding with back‐to‐back buckets by senior  T.J. Tibbs, the first from long range, to start a numbing 23‐5 run over the next six minutes.  Tibbs would  convert a four point play in the middle of the run, while Jordan Young blasted his way to two layups off  of offensive rebounds, part of 20 total on the night for the senior.  After a Kris Owens basket got JJC  back to within 10 points at 4:01, CSI ended the frame on a 10‐5 run, aided by another pair of long‐range  bombs from Tibbs and Bloochy Magloire, to put the Dolphins up 46‐31, their biggest lead, at  intermission.    CSI left little to doubt in the second frame ballooning their lead to 24, 64‐40, at the 12‐minute mark of  the second frame.  This time sophomore Magloire did the damage, using his 4‐for‐4 performance from  behind the arc in the second stanza to cushion the lead.  Matt Van Manen's transition bucket at 5:52 

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gave CSI their largest lead at 79‐52, and from there JJC was able to chip away at the CSI lead, resulting in  the 85‐65 final.    The win by the Dolphins broke the previous record of 14‐straight Dolphins wins in 1983‐84, and marked  a tie for the highest CSI win total ever under Head Coach Petosa, at 22.  CSI had three players score 20+  points, led by Magloire's 26 markers on 10‐of‐16 shooting.  Young added 24 points and 20 rebounds, as  CSI held a 50‐30 overall advantage on the boards.  Tibbs finalized with 21 points, six rebounds, and a  team‐high six assists.  Jerome Alexander led the way for the Bloodhounds with 24 points, while Jamar  Harry chimed in with 17 points and a team‐high 10 rebounds.    The Dolphins will advance for the second straight year to the conference semis on Tuesday, February  21.  CSI defeated Baruch College, 70‐69, in their only meeting on January 14.  #7 YORK CARDINALS 79, #2 BROOKLYN BULLDOGS 73 (OT) • BOXSCORE 

Photo by: Alex Lang    BThe York College men's basketball team used a complete team effort to upset rival Brooklyn College in  overtime by a score of 79‐73 in the quarterfinals of the CUNY Athletic Conference/ Con Edison Men's  Basketball Championships Saturday afternoon.      The Cardinals got major contributions from several players; most notably senior William Holley, who  finished with 24 points, a game‐high 19 rebounds and three blocks.  Junior Tony Vails scored a game‐ high 25 points, had seven rebounds and four assists and Mark Evans had 14 points and six boards, while  also making several key buckets down the stretch and in overtime.  Senior Omari Phipps may the  happiest member of the Cardinals, as he will get another crack at scoring 1,000 points for his career.   Phipps scored six points in the game and now stands at 999 career points.     The game was extremely close from start to finish.  The largest lead of the game was a seven‐point  advantage by Brooklyn, which they held briefly towards the end of the first half and again early in the  second half.  

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In the first half, York struggled to handle Brooklyn's press and turned the ball over 15 times, which the  Bulldogs converted into 23 first‐half points.  This enabled Brooklyn to take a 37‐31 lead into halftime.     York made adjustments and only committed five turnovers in the second half and overtime, which  allowed them to come from behind to get the win.     A key stretch midway though the second half came at the 12:34 mark, with the Bulldogs holding a 46‐39  advantage. York opened up a 7‐0 run to even the score up at 46‐46.  Evans drained a three‐pointer to  cut the lead to four points and then York forced a turnover on Brooklyn's next possession.  Phipps  followed with a lay‐up and then after a defensive stop, Tony Vails connected on a lay‐up to even up the  score.     Brooklyn regrouped and took the lead back and led by five points (58‐53) following a Wade Kornegay  lay‐up at the 5:16 mark.  Two possessions later, Holley single‐handedly brought the team back.  He  scored on a lay‐up and then followed with a three‐point play on the next possession to even the score  up once again.     York was holding on to a narrow one‐point lead (63‐62), when Brooklyn's Amil John was fouled and sent  to the line with 1:30 to play.  John hit both shots to put the Bulldogs up by one point.  On York's next  possession, Vails was fouled and sent to the line with 1:03 left.  Vails was able to hit one shot to tie the  game at 64‐64.     On Brooklyn's next possession, John was fouled once again and was sent to the line for a one‐and one.   John missed the crucial front end of the one‐and‐one and York came up with the rebound.  But on York's  final possession of regulation, the Cardinals could not get off a shot and committed a shot clock  violation.  This set up Brooklyn with a chance for a final shot.  Amil John brought the ball up to the top of  the key and then attacked the basket with a few seconds left.  He got off a shot in the lane but it was  highly contested by York defenders and the shot was off the mark, sending the game into overtime.    The Cardinals controlled the overtime period, taking an early lead and never trailing.  Evans was the  catalyst for York, as he scored eight points in overtime, with six coming on a pair of three‐pointers.  The  final three‐pointer came with just 22 seconds left to give York a six‐point lead which sealed the victory.      The Bulldogs were led by John, who finished with a team‐high 22 points.  Kavon Baker and Tyshawn  Russell each had 17 points.    The Bulldogs drop to 17‐9 with the loss.  York improves to 9‐17 with the victory.    #6 MEDGAR EVERS 63, #3 LEHMAN 60 • BOXSCORE 

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Photo by: Greg Armstrong  MEC's Jovan Deere tallied 24 points in the Quaterfinals. 

The Lehman men's basketball team entered Saturday's CUNYAC/Con Edison Basketball Quarterfinal  against defending champion Medgar Evers knowing full well that it would have its hands full containing  conference player of the year Winston Douglas.    What it couldn't imagine was that it would ultimately lose, not because of the standout junior, but  because of a freshman who had played in only five games this season and who through the first 34  minutes of action had accounted for only one basket.    However, that's what transpired as Medgar Evers' Malcolm Ellis connected on three huge shots down  the stretch, including the go‐ahead three‐pointer with 22 seconds to play, to help the Cougars defeat  Lehman 63‐60 and advance to Tuesday's semifinals.    Ellis' first basket of the second half, a three‐pointer, came with 5:56 remaining and cut what had been  Lehman's largest lead of the game, seven points, down to four, 54‐50.  Jovan Deere added a bucket of  his own before Sebastian Pessoa rebounded a Kelvin Gil miss and converted the second chance to push  Lehman's lead back to four points.    The same pattern held true for the next several possessions with Ellis and Deere both scoring to tie the  game, followed by another basket by Pessoa, this time a banker in the lane that regained the lead for  Lehman.  Deere then scored on a little up‐and‐under in the lane to tie the game for the fifth time of the  half.    Deere would finish with 24 points for Medgar Evers, 16 in the second half on 4‐of‐6 shooting, which was  a marked improvement over his 4‐of‐13 performance during the game's first 20 minutes.    Following a missed free throw by Dwight Nangle on the front end of a one‐and‐one, Deere drove to the  basket and kicked out to the right corner to Ellis, who drained the game's biggest shot to give Medgar  Evers the 61‐58 lead.  

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Lehman's first shot at tying the game came from Ductan, who let fly on a three‐pointer that was off the  mark.  Nangle corralled the offensive rebound and kicked out to Raggiotto, who was fouled behind the  arc while attempting to tie the game, and was sent to the free throw line for three shots.    Raggiotto was able to convert on two of his three attempts, which left the Lightning still trailing 61‐60.   A quick foul by Lehman sent Deere to the line where he knocked down both.    Needing to go the length of the court with just under six seconds remaining, the Lightning inbounded  the ball to Ductan, who rushed up court and got off a game‐tying attempt that failed to go down.    In the loss, Ductan finished with 16 points.  The Lightning junior was especially big in the first half,  connecting on three three‐pointers in addition to making Deere work extremely hard on the offensive  end.     Raggiotto ended his CUNYAC All‐Star campaign with a game‐high 26 points and was the driving force  behind Lehman's early second half run to regain the lead.    CUNYAC Player of the Year Winston Doublas was held in check by Nangle on the offensive end with 14  points, but he did add a game‐high 17 rebounds for the Cougars.    Lehman's loss caps a 12‐14 season that included a CUNYAC North Division crown due to its 7‐5  conference record.  It also marked the final collegiate games for seniors Nangle and Patryk Odedina.  #4 BARUCH BEARCATS 68, #5 HUNTER HAWKS 66 • BOXSCORE 

Baruch's Chris Beauchamp led all scorers with 21 points 

Baruch College defeated the Hawks of Hunter College, 68‐66, in what may be considered as one of the  greatest Baruch vs Hunter games in the long basketball history between the two rival schools.   

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With the result, the Bearcats (14‐12) live to play another day as they advance to the semifinal round of  the CUNYAC / Con Edison Championship Tournament scheduled for Tuesday, at 6:00 pm, at CCNY’s Nat  Holman Gymnasium. They will play the #1 seed the College of Staten Island (22‐4). Tickets are free, but  all fans must register online for tickets (no paper tickets) at    The two rivals, as expected in a game where a loss ends the season, played with lots of intensity in front  of a boisterous crowd of over 600 fans in the ARC Arena. The quarterfinal featured eight ties and seven  lead changes, but what happened in the final 28 seconds of regulation will be remembered the most, at  least for the Baruch faithful in attendance.    Hunter led 55‐49 with 28 seconds left and seemingly in control to defeat the Bearcats for the third  straight time in the CUNYAC quarterfinals. However, after a defensive rebound by Hunter where a  player was trapped, they called a timeout when they had none left.    That resulted in an immediate technical foul with two free throws to come. Chris Beauchamp  connected on both to cut the deficit to 55‐51.     Hunter was fouled on their next possession down court, but missed both free throw attempts.  Beauchamp grabbed the rebound off the second missed free throw but was quickly fouled enabling the  senior to return to the line for two more free throw opportunities. Beauchamp connected on one of two  to cut the deficit further to 55‐52 with 19 seconds left.    Hunter committed a turnover on their very next possession and the Bearcats raced down court looking  to tie the contest. Beauchamp was fouled attempting a three‐pointer with 14 seconds left to enable the  Bearcats to shockingly have the opportunity to tie the contest with three free throw attempts to come.    Beauchamp calmly sank all three to tie the contest while a number of fans quickly returned to the gym  as the Baruch fortunes changed in a span of seconds.    Hunter had the final possession, but could not score to force overtime while the crowd celebrated the  stunning turn of events.    In the overtime, the Bearcats used their momentum to race out to a 61‐56 lead with 1:11 remaining, but  Hunter did not go quietly as they rallied with a pair of 3‐pointers to get as close as 65‐63 with 25  seconds left.    Baruch’s Rob Goldstein was quickly fouled on the next possession and the freshman from Long Island  sank both free throws for a 67‐63 advantage with 12 seconds left.    Hunter raced down court and got a successful 3‐pointer from their 6‐foot‐11 center Panagio  Koutsoloukas to cut the lead to just one point (67‐66) with four seconds left.    The common late game strategy of fouling continued as Mickey Abbatiello was quickly hacked on the  next possession and he walked to the free throw line to connect on one of two attempts with one  second left for a 68‐66 score. 

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Hunter did not have time to get off a shot and the game ended to enable the Bearcats to defeat their  rivals to advance to the CUNYAC semifinals on Tuesday night at CCNY's Nat Holman Gymnasium.    Hunter shot only 23‐of‐41 from the free throw line and finished shooting 32.8 percent (22‐54) to see  their season come to an end with an 11‐15 record and quarterfinal round exit. Koutsoloukas led Hunter  with a double‐double of 15 points and 14 rebounds.    Beauchamp, who continues to climb up Baruch’s men’s basketball all‐time scoring chart, finished a  heroic effort with a double‐double of 21 points (16 second half points) and 10 rebounds.    Granville Gittens (6‐11 fg) connected on big shots throughout the game to finish with 12 points, eight  rebounds and two blocked shots. Goldstein had another double‐figure scoring contest with 11 points.  Fuat Yapar also came up big this evening with nine rebounds.  Game stories courtesy of member colleges.  More to come all weekend long. Stay tuned to for the latest!   

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College of Staten Island's time to sparkle has finally arrived Saturday, February 18, 2012, 8:05 AM


Jim Waggoner

College of Staten Island senior forward Jordan Young can tell you about pressure, and it has nothing to do with playing for the high-flying Dolphins during their current 21-4 season. The 6-foot-5 product of Asbury Park, N.J., felt the pressure four years ago, when he arrived at the Sports and Recreation Center and starred on a 6-20 squad that set a school standard for losing. CSI photo CSI senior big man Jordan Young needs 25 points to climb to No. 2 on the school's career scoring list. The Dolphins host John Jay in a CUNY quarterfinal today at 1 p.m.

The next season was slightly better, but the 12-14 campaign ended in the flames of a 94-76 blowout against Baruch in the opening round of the CUNY Conference

Tournament. Fast forward to this afternoon, when top-seeded CSI hosts eighth-seeded John Jay in a CUNY encounter in Willowbrook. The Dolphins bring a 14-game winning streak along with sky-high expectations into the tourney as they chase their first title and NCAA Division III Tournament appearance in a decade. "We’re feeling no pressure at all," said Young, who has scored 1,659 career points and needs 25 more to pass David Paul and become the No. 2 scorer in program history. "We feel like we’re starting a new season and (today) is the first day to make our run. "We’re feeling really good." Young has blended in nicely on a team that has substantially increased its talent level the past two seasons. He ranks seventh all-time at the school with 741 rebounds, 11th with 135 steals, and also has 276 assists. The big guy with the soft hands around the basket also is a 57 percent career shooter.

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"Jordan’s been the best player in the program for four years," said senior point guard Thomas Tibbs, who’s completing a remarkable two-year run himself. "He’s the leader and the most unselfish player I’ve ever played with. He never takes a bad shot and he’s sneaky athletic around the hoop. He does a little bit of everything." The one thing Young doesn’t have is a CUNY championship. He came close a year ago, when the top-seeded Dolphins lost to Medger Evers 62-56 in the finals and finished 17-11. "I think it would mean everything in the world to him," said Tibbs. It all starts today against the 12-13 Bloodhounds, who lost to the host Dolphins 104-84 earlier this season and 99-83 in last year’s quarterfinals. CSI is ranked fifth nationally with 50.7 percent shooting accuracy and have held opponents under 60 points in 10 games. That combination, triggered by a high-tempo offense led by the 5-foot-8 Tibbs and sophomore sharpshooter Bloochy Magloire, has the Dolphins on the cusp of a record-setting season. CSI has won 20 games five different seasons under veteran coach Tony Petosa, and could equal his careerbest 22-win campaigns of 1995-96 and 2001-02 with a victory. If CSI wins, it would face the winner of today’s Hunter at Baruch contest in Tuesday night’s semifinals at City College. The championship game is next Saturday at 5 p.m., also at CCNY’s Nat Holman Gym. And there’s a distinct possibility that the Dolphins, if they win the CUNY tournament, could host NCAA tourney games for the first time in a decade. Pressure? What pressure? "We’re ready to get started," said Young. "This is what we’ve been working toward all season." NOTES: CSI’s women’s team draws a tough assignment in tomorrow’s 7 p.m. game against Lehman at Hostos CC in the Bronx. The fifth-seeded Dolphins face a fourth-seeded Lightning squad that had a pair of seniors named to the All-CUNY first team in guard Amanda De La Cruz and forward Jaleesa Gordon.

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Lehman eliminates CSI women in CUNY Conference quarterfinals, 74-58 Sunday, February 19, 2012, 9:27 PM


Staten Island Advance Sports Desk

The College of Staten Island women's basketball team was eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the CUNY Conference Tournament for the second consecutive season with Sunday night's 74-58 loss at the hands of Lehman in a game played at Hostos CC in the Bronx. The fourth-seeded Lightning were led by seniors Leslie Mencia (24 points) and Amanda De La Cruz (21 points) in ousting CSI photo College of Staten Island junior guard Olivia Tierno scored a team-high 21 points in Sunday night 's season-ending 74-58 loss to Lehman.

the fifth-seeded Dolphins, who finished the season with a 9-14 record. Lehman built a 36-23 halftime lead behind Mencia's 16 points, then went on an 8-0

run in the first two minutes of the season half for a 44-23 advantage that was never threatened. CSI junior guard Olivia Tierno led the visitors with 21 points, sinking 3-of-6 shots from 3-point range, while junior forward Katelyn Hepworth added 16 points and freshman guard Nikki Fabozzi had 13. Lehman enjoyed a huge 56-29 rebounding edge and shot 49 percent from the floor (30 of 61), while CSI connected on only 29 percent of its shots (20 of 69). The top four seeds all advanced to Wednesday night's semifinal round at City College. Top-seeded Brooklyn College routed No. 8 York, 63-25, as senior guard Lauren Plagainos (Curtis HS) had 17 points and six rebounds.

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Third-seeded Hunter clipped No. 6 John Jay, 74-62, as sophomore forward Kristen Markoe (McKee/Staten Island Tech) scored 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds -- her 12th double-double of the season. Markoe was 13-of-13 from the free throw line. In other action, four-time defending champion and second-seeded Baruch spanked No. 7 City College, 7342. In Wednesday's semis, Brooklyn (20-6) will face Lehman (15-11) at 6 p.m., followed by Baruch (17-9) against Hunter (13-13) at 8 p.m.

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College of Staten Island men's basketball team keeping eye on the prize Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 8:05 AM


Jim Waggoner

What has a 15-game winning streak and a 22-4 record brought the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team at the College of Staten Island? The sizzling play has produced no small measure of excitement, to be sure, and some unexpected national exposure. But it has also dredged up sky-high expectations as the top-seeded Dolphins square off against fourth-seeded Baruch tonight in the CUNY Conference Tournament semifinals at City Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nat Holman Gym. Two more wins, and the team earns an Staten Island Advance/Bill Lyons CSI sophomore guard Bloochy Magloire has scored more than 30 points in four games this season.

automatic bid to the 62-team NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in a decade, the prize which would accompany the first CUNY championship

since the 2001-02 season. CSI head coach Tony Petosa was a weekend guest on the Hoopsville program broadcast via, the definitive source for Division III basketball. His current team is on the radar screen as small-college hoops junkies try to sort out matters such as possible NCAA seedings and brackets. -----------------------------------------CUNY CONFERENCE TOURNEY AT A GLANCE

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Semifinals (at City College) Tonight CSI (22-4) vs. Baruch (14-12), 6 p.m. Medgar Evers (16-10) vs. York (9-17), 8 p.m. Championship Saturday, 5 p.m. -----------------------------------------Yes, there’s even a bubble watch in the Division III ranks. It seems almost certain that the Dolphins will be in the NCAA tourney, even if they trip up in the conference tourney, because they are ranked No. 2 behind William Paterson in the Atlantic Region poll. But they aren’t anxious to test that theory, or count on one of the 19 at-large bids that will be handed out. “It’s not often that you’re in this position where we find ourselves right now,” admitted Petosa. “You keep winning and it makes the next game more important. It’s definitely nice for the kids to get the attention. But we’re not talking about the NCAAs to the team. We want to win the next game and then win the conference championship. That’s all that matters.” CSI and Baruch (14-12) square off at 6 p.m., followed by Medgar Evers (16-10) and York (9-17) at 8. The championship game is set for Saturday at 5 p.m., also at City College. CSI edged Baruch a month ago, 70-69, when senior point guard Thomas Tibbs sank a 15-foot jump shot in the final seconds. That was the closest call in a season that has produced the longest winning streak in school history, snapping the 1983-84 squad’s 14-game stretch with Saturday’s 85-65 quarterfinal rout of John Jay. The game pits a pair of coaches with 765 combined wins. Baruch’s Ray Rankis is 419-359 in his 29th season on the bench, while Petosa brings a 346-250 career mark into the contest in his 22nd season. The Dolphins average 78.8 points per game while limiting opponents to 64.6 ppg. They have cracked the 100-point mark on three occasions and sophomore sharpshooter Bloochy Magloire has scored more than 30 points in four games.

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The 5-foot-8 Tibbs, however, triggers the CSI attack with his on-court leadership that has produced 14.1 points and 6.1 assists per game. “Our team really starts with Tommy. He controls our offense and he probably controls our defense too,” said Petosa. “We really count on him a lot to get things going for us.” Things are going well for the Dolphins these days with a team that hasn’t lost a game in nearly two months. If they can maintain the pace for five more days, they’ll be creating even more excitement. NOTES: Senior forward Jordan Young needs two more points to surpass David Paul as the No. 2 scorer in CSI men’s history. Young has 1,683 points. ... Senior center Lameik Black has been cleared to play tonight after missing the CUNY opener with a sprained ankle. ... Baruch survived the opening round with an incredible comeback against Hunter for a 68-66 overtime triumph. The Bearcats trailed 55-49 with 28 seconds remaining when Hunter was called for a technical foul when a player tried to call a timeout when none were left. Two-time All-CUNY guard Chris Beauchamp sank two free throws and later drained three free throws when fouled on a 3-point attempt to send the game into OT.

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No frills in College of Staten Island's basketball universe Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 8:25 AM


Cormac Gordon

It was a few minutes prior to tip-ofT' of the College of Staten Island's CUNYToumament semifinal against Baruch and Dolphin coach Tony Petosa was deep in preparation in a fashion known only to the world of Division III college basketball coaches. The 22-year CSI head man could be found heading for his team's bench at Nat Holman Gym at CCNY, his arms awkwardly wrapped around a dozen or so pair ofteam sweats he had already lugged down a flight of stairs, through a long hallway, and aaoss the court. Staten Island Advance/Anthony DePt1mo CSI point guard Thomas Tibbs drives to the hoop against Baruch.

Upon arr1val Petosa dumped his baggage, straightened his tie, and stood for the National Anthem.

It was not the sort of chore you're likely to see Mike Krzyzewski or Roy Williams - or even Dan Hur1ey over

at Wagner College - tending to any time soon. But that's the way it is in the CUNY world, where the Dolphins came into last night on a lS-game win streak, and with Baruch standing, stubbornly it would turn out, between them and an 18th trip to the league championship game. You drive the van, keep track of the uniforms, and find your own players, if you are a guy like Petosa. And sometimes you haul the sweats.


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The longtime high school math teacher, not much for overstatement, would tell you,"It is what it is," if you asked about his no-frills hoop world. The Dolphins are 23-4 after beating Baruch 73-63 last night and advancing to Saturday's finals against Medgar Evers. That's a better-than-just-good record for any team at any level, from eyO to the NBA. In fact, eSI's 23 wins match the current total for Duke and Wagner. Oh, you didn't know the Dolphins were 23-4, you say? You hadn't heard? Sure, you knew all about the media-darling, red-hot Sea hawks on Grymes Hill, with their gold-dust-sprinkled coaching staff and Mr. This-and-That recruiting class. But you hadn't heard so much about the Dolphins? Well, that's just fine with the 48-year-old Petosa. "This is all about us," he declared last night after the gritty Dolphins - a team built around Thomas Tibbs, a point guard cast off from Division I, and Jordan Young, a brawny 6-foot-5 post presence who had never heard of eSI until Petosa came around his Wall Township HS games - put Baruch away in the final minutes. "I know how good Wagner is, and how good a coach Danny Hurley is," said Petosa, the one-time Monsignor Farrell star, who is not only eSl's coach but also its top all-time rebounder and No.4 all-time scorer. "I watched one of their games on lV, and you can see how hard they play. But honestly, if I'm going to watch basketball at this time of the season, it's going to be film on us or one of the teams we are playing." eSI went 6 of 8 from three over the first 13 minutes yesterday, getting a couple of long-distance bombs from deep-shooting specialist Bloochy Magloire, and receiving its usual inside contribution from Young, who moved into second place on the school's all-time scoring list while muscling in a game-high 25 points. The Dolphins outscored Baruch 15-4 over one six-minute stretch and led 37-27 at the break. Then, when the Bearcats rallied back five different times in the second half to cut the eSI lead to five points or fewer, someone would step up and make a big play for Petosa's No.1-seeded team. Not that it was easy. Or, at times, pretty. "There were some stretches," admitted Petosa, "when we absolutely looked like we were about to panic." Like when Baruch cut its deficit to 44-39, and eSI reserve forward Matt Van Manen forced in a layup off an inbounds play under his own basket. Or when Baruch scrapped back to within 52-48 and Jordan made a Page 104 of 154

free throw and Dale Taranto hit a line-drive 3-pointer from the corner. "We don't run many sets," Petosa said of his team offense. "These guys have such a good feel for the game that mostly we just play." CSI's instincts were in evidence the next time the Bearcats threatened, this time at 60-55 with just over two minutes remaining. On the following possession, Young caught an entry pass on the right block and was immediately double-teamed. The patient senior tossed the ball back to the perimeter and moved just a step up the lane. A CSI teammate found him again. "I felt someone guarding me on the high side," Young would say later, after his team secured a run at its first championship in a decade. TOGETHER TEAM

Reading the defensive pressure, the four-year star spun baseline and hit a perfect reverse for a 62-55 lead. One of his teammates would say later that it looked like an NBA move. "I guess. If you don't have to get off the floor to make shots in the NBA," was Petosa's comic response. The rest was free throws for CSI, most of them from libbs, the team's heady point guard out of St. Peter's HS who began his playing days at Division I Monmouth. Now it's on to the finals for the second Staten Island college team to reach 23-4 this season. How does Petosa feel about his chances? "I don't know, but it's killing me worrying about it," he admitted. Why such concern? "It's these kids," he said. "The way they've stuck together and the way they care about each other. You just don't see much of that anymore." Then the coach of the Division III Dolphins went back to work. He hoisted an enormous bag of balls over his shoulder, and headed for the door.

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CSI men's swimming team takes sixth place at Met Championships Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 7:58 AM

Staten Island Advance Sports Desk 8illltnJstanll



The College of Staten Island men's swimming team took sixth overall at the Metropolitan Championships at Rutgers over the weekend. Of the eight total relay and individual events on Friday, CSI advanced to the evening finals in seven, earning a single third-place finish in the evening competition. Before that, Yury Zimarev, Timur Rakhimov, Andrey Tarasov and Danila Novikov took eighth in the 200 free relay. Rakhimov was 18th in the 500 free in 4 minutes, 55.40 seconds, six seconds faster than his morning time, which seeded him 24th. Novikov (fifth), Tarasov (seventh) and Vladislav Romanov (eighth) swam the 200 1M prelims and were separated by 0.54 second.

CSI swimming standout Danila Novikov helped the Dolphins to a sixth-place finish at the Met Championships at Rutgers.

In the evening final, Novikov finished third in 1 :52.92 to give CSI its first medal. Romanov was next for fifth place at 1 :54.84, followed by Tarasov's seventh-place finish, at

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Rakhimov followed with CSI's third overall medal, a bronze in the 100 breaststroke in 57.96. One event later, Romanov, just missed a medal, placing fourth in the 100 backstroke. CSI moved up one place in the final standings on Sunday with three more bronze medals. Romanov was third in the 200 back in 1:50.53. Rakhimov was third in the 200 breast in 2:05.63 with Tarasov taking fifth in 2:10.75. Finally, Novikov nabbed third in 200 butterfly in 1:54.01. The College of New Jersey won the event overall with 1,297 points. CSI finished 6th overall with 509 points. Freshman diver Stephanie Collyer was the lone scorer for the CSI women. CSI competed in eight events overall and finished 17th out of 19 teams. Collyer's 10th place finish accounted for the Dolphins' pOints.

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#1 STATEN ISLAND SQUEEZES BY #6 MEC, 82­81, FOR 1ST TITLE IN 10 YEARS   In 2012 CUNYAC/Con Edison Men's Basketball Championship Final @ CCNY  CSI Earns CUNYAC's Automatic Berths To Next Week's NCAA Championship 

Photo by: Greg Armstrong CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: STATEN ISLAND 82, MEDGAR EVERS 81 ‐ BOXSCORE  With 31 points tonight, senior guard T.J. Tibbs led the College of Staten Island (24‐4), the tournament’s  top seed and the currently number two in the latest NCAA Atlantic Regional rankings, to an 82‐81 victory  over #6 Medgar Evers College (17‐11) in the championship game of the 47th Annual City University of  New York Athletic Conference / Con Edison Basketball Championship. The 2012 title tilt was played at  Nat Holman Gymnasium on the campus of the City College of New York.  In the second half, the Cougars used two quick 6‐0 runs to cut the Dolphins’ lead to a single possession.  The latter made the score 64‐62 with 7:49 left in the game. A WINSTON DOUGLAS basket with just  under four minutes on the clock made the game even closer, 73‐72. But senior forward JORDAN  YOUNG’s move to the basket (13 points, five rebounds) kept CSI in the drivers seat.     Then with 1:04 remaining in regulation, the Cougars got the CSI lead down to one point just outside the  final minute when Douglas sank his second three‐pointer of the game. CSI eventually got the ball back to  Tibbs, who missed only his fifth trey of the night (he was 6‐11 from long distance) and Medgar Evers had  their chance. Following a timeout from the Dolphins to set up their defense Medgar Evers in bounded  the ball, but a JOVAN DEARE turnover prevented a final shot.    With the win, CSI will go back to the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship for the first time 

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in ten seasons and the fourth time under head coach Tony Petosa, who was the Tournament MVP back  in 1986 in his senior year with the Dolphins.  “I really truly believe we were the best team in the conference this year,” said Petosa, now in his 21st  season at the helm. “I really feel our kids carried themselves the way a team should carry themselves  and I really they deserve to win the whole thing, but you’re only as good as your seniors lead you. You  can’t win without maturity.”  Besides Tibbs, the offensive contributions from sophomore swingman BLOOCHY MAGLIORE cannot get  overlooked. Magliore finished the day with 19 points (3‐4 on three‐pointers) after tying Tibbs with 16  points in the semifinals last Tuesday. 

Photo by: Greg Armstrong  CSI's Bloochy Magliore with the drive.  The Cougars were led by CUNYAC / Con Edison Player of the Year WINSTON DOUGLAS, who struggled in  the first half with nine points on 2‐7 shooting, but he rebounded to finish with 24 points (8‐19 from the  field, 2‐4 from the arc and 6‐6 from the line) and a game high 15 rebounds (8 offensive). Deare also had  a strong offensive game with 22 points, but had to carry too much of the workload carrying the ball for  the Cougars, who only had seven players to finish the season and he committed eight turnovers.  “We left it all out there, we made sure the last play we left our hearts all out there,” claimed Magliore,  who went down hard in the first half, but only missed three minutes of action on the night, “And that’s  why we have the trophy now.”    The Tibbs chirped in with his take on Magliore. “I was thinking about when Bloochy went down, I  thought it was top play on SportCenter. But I knew he was gonna get up, its championship game, unless  he was dead he was getting up.”  Also in double digits for MEC was BRIAN JOHNSON with 14 and KAYODE PRIME with 12 points  Last season, the Cougars surprised the region, under the direction of then second‐year head coach Chris  Pursoo, to take the school’s first CUNYAC title in twenty years. In the semifinals on Tuesday night, both  teams cruised to get to the championship again, as CSI beat #4 Baruch 73‐63 and Medgar Evers topped  #7 York, 80‐64. 

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Photo by: Greg Armstrong Along with Tibbs, the 2012 CUNYAC / Con Edison All‐Tournament Team consisted of CSI's Magliore and  Young, MEC's Deare and Douglas,  Baruch's Chris Beauhamp and York's William Holley.  Selections for the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship will be announced on  Monday, with competition beginning later in the week at sites to be determined.  Time Warner Digital Cable will cover the Senior College Finals. Both games will broadcast on tape delay  for Time Warner and CUNY TV. The Senior College Finals will air on Sunday 2/26 on Channel 197  beginning at 5pm. It will also be available on demand. Free ticket info, live stats, and more information  will be available at   View the Men's Championship Central  at  View the Women's Championship Central  at   

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CSI Men's Swimmers Capture 8th Place at ECAC Open Championship   Baruch Men & Women Also Score at Season Ending Event  Courtesy of Staten Island & Baruch Sports Information Offices 

CSI's Vladislav Romanov in action  The best Men’s & Women’s Swimming and Diving teams in the CUNY Athletic Conference concluded  their seasons on  February 24‐26 at the ECAC Open Championships hosted by the Naval Academy in  Annapolis, Maryland. The College of Staten Island men’s team, led by senior Vladislav Romanov, will be  the Conference’s sole team at the NCAA Championships, at the end of March.    The end of the season regional competition featured a number of Div. I, II, and III programs such as  Harvard, Marist, Army, Columbia, Bucknell, and C.W. Post, to name a few.    “Racing against upper division institutions [DI & D II] gives our swimmers the opportunity to experience  through observation and direct competition what it takes to achieve the results we want them to  achieve,” said Lehman Head Coach Peter Kiernan.     “Our swimmers did their season best times and were still not satisfied.  They wanted to swim time trials  because they felt they could do better.  They see the aggressiveness in the DI swimmers and understand  they have to go for it just as energetically.”    The College of Staten Island men’s swimmers completed their third and final day at the ECAC Open with  a lot to be proud of taking an 8th place finish overall, the only Division III team to medal.  The Baruch  women finished in 15th place overall, while the Baruch men were 11th.  

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CSI claimed their first medal as part of the competition in the process, leading the way for NCAA Division  III programs at the event, which features competition spanning all NCAA Divisions.    CSI started off day two with a team effort, competing in the 200‐yard Medley Relay.  The CSI unit of  Romanov, Timur Rakhimov, Andrey Tarasov and Danila Novikov followed up a quality time of 1:35.35 in  the morning preliminary, with an even‐better 1:34.86 run in the evening final, good for seventh‐place  overall, and their best overall mark as a foursome.    From there, it was all individual events for the Dolphins, where the unit shined as well.  First up was Yury  Zimarev in the 100‐yard Butterfly.  Zimarev finished in fifth place in both the preliminary heat and the  evening's final heat, and his final time of 50.10 was also his best‐ever time in the event.  One event later,  it was time for two seperate CSI swimmers to shine.  As part of the 100‐yard Breaststroke Tarasov and  Rakhimov both earned their way into the evening finals, and once there, Tarasov came in fourth place  with a time of 57.07, while Rakhimov clocked in at 58.22, good for 14th overall in the field.    CSI, however, saved the best for last, and that was Romanov in the 100‐yard Backstroke.  Romanov  finished third during the morning preliminary with a time of 50.30, but he knew he would have to push a  bit harder in the final to keep some close swimmers away.  That prompted Romanov to swim an  outstanding 49.93 in the final heat, good enough for the bronze medal, the first for CSI at the meet.    Then on the final day, Romanov started off for CSI in the 200 Backstroke where he captured a second  place finish. His time of 1:49.42 broke a CSI record, one that he recently held himself. Next up was the  200 Breaststroke for Andrey Tarasov. He finished in 9th with a time of 2:04.68. Tarasov’s time was his  best finish of the season. Capping off the day was Danila Novikov in the 200 Butterfly where he touched  in at 1:53.64 for an 11th place finish.     The Naval Academy took first place with 744.5 points. Placing second at the meet was Bucknell with 503  points, while Army scored 493 points to place third.     The Dolphins will now prepare for the NCAA Division III Championships at the end of March. The five  swimmers will take part in 13 individual events and four relay events.   

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College of Staten Island ready to go dancing while hosting NCAA Division III basketball regional Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 9: 15 AM


Jim Waggoner

Twenty-three basketball seasons have come and gone since the College of Staten Island's last NCAA Division III Tournament victory. The CUNY Conference champion Dolphins will be presented a golden opportunity to end that drought when they host a four-team regional beginning Friday night against Empire 8 Conference champion Ithaca College. Top-seeded CSI brings a 24-4 record and school-record 17-game winning streak into the 7:30 p.m. contest against the 14-13 Staten Island Advance/Bill Lyons CSI senior forward Jordan Young lends veteran leadership to the NCAA-bound Dolphins.

Bombers at the Sports and Recreation Center for their first NCAA appearance in a decade.

The 52-team national field was announced live via yesterday. CSI had earned an automatic bid by winning the CUNY Tournament and was awarded a host site by virtue of its No.1 Atlantic Region ranking. Rhode Island College (22-5) will face Salem (Mass.) State (20-7) in the 5:30 p.m. opener, with the winners squaring off Saturday night at 7 for a trip to the Sweet Sixteen round. The four-team field is formidable. Rhode Island College had made five consecutive NCAA trips, including three Sweet Sixteen appearances and one Elite Eight season. Salem State reached the Sweet Sixteen in 2009 and Ithaca will be competing in its second NCAA tourney in a row.

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"We want to win this game and keep on going," said CSI senior forward Jordan Young, the school's second all-time leading career scorer. "We're grateful for our seeding and that we're playing at home. We11 approach it like any other regular conference game." It will be the Dolphins' first NCAA appearance since the 2001-02 season, when they were awarded a firstround bye and then dropped a 101-72 home game to Clark University of Worcester, Mass. CSI's last NCAA victory was against Alfred University, 96-82, during the 1988-89 season under coach Howie Ruppert. "I do think our kids want more," said CSI head coach Tony Petosa, who played in two NCAA tourneys during his Dolphin playing career in the 1980s. "We have a lot of senior leadership and I think they'll get back to business. I'm very comfortable that they11 be fine and I think this team has the ability to win a game and take it from there." Ithaca was a surprise Elite 8 Conference tourney winner, knocking off the top two seeds to earn an automatic bid. The Bombers made the NCAA field a year ago during its third straight 20-win season. CSI and Ithaca shared one common opponent. The Dolphins won a road game at Stevens Tech, 66-59, early in the season, while Ithaca lost a pair of conference games to Stevens Tech by 82-61 and 71-61 scores. Petosa said he was pleased with yesterday's practice, which followed a pep rally in Willowbrook. He11 give the Dolphins today off while the squad regroups following Saturday night's thrilling 82-81 win over Medgar Evers to punch an NCAA ticket. "My first reaction is extreme excitement," said senior point guard Thomas Tibbs, the CUNY MVP after scoring 31 points in the finals. "Just seeing our name on the board was a thrill. We know we can still add a lot to our resume and the chance to play at home is a great thing for the college." NOTES: NYU coach Joe Nesci, a Huguenot resident, was thrilled to hear that the Violets had earned an atlarge bid and will host Misericordia on Thursday night. NYU takes a 20-5 record into its first NCAA trip in 14 years. "It was a great thing to watch our team celebrate," said Nesci, who earlier this season won his 410th game to become the program's winningest coach. "It was really well-deserved and hard-earned." CSI was joined by William Paterson as AtlantiC Region host schools. The 24-3 Pioneers will entertain 23-4 Becker on Friday night, following a game between Messiah (20-6) and Scranton (20-7) ... Other area teams in the field include Skyline Conference champion Farmingdale State and at-large entree St. Joseph's, also of the Skyline.

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CSI men's basketball team hoping to soar in NCAA Tournament Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 8:51 AM


Jim Waggoner

WILLOWBROOK -- The College of Staten Island (CSI) men’s basketball team will carry a 17-game winning streak into its first NCAA Division III Tournament appearance since the 2001-02 season Friday night. The Dolphins earned their spot by capturing the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) championship Saturday night with a 82-81 title-game win over Medgar Evers. CSI (24-4) will host a four-team regional this weekend, squaring off against Empire 8 Conference champion Ithaca College (14 -13) in a Friday night opener of the 62team tourney, it was announced Monday. Nationally-ranked Rhode Island College will face Salem (Mass.) State in the other semifinal game at the Sports and Recreation Center on the Willowbrook campus. The championship game will be Saturday with times for all games still to be announced. Staten island Advance/Bill Lyons CSI's Bloochy Magloire puts in a layup in the CUNY championship victory over Medgar Evers Saturday.

“My first reaction is extreme excitement,” said senior point guard Thomas Tibbs, who scored 31 points in the title game and was

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In 2001-02, the Dolphins were awarded a first-round bye and then dropped a 101-72 home game to Clark (Mass.). CSIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last NCAA victory was against Alfred University, 96-82, during the 1988-89 season under coach Howie Ruppert. Fourth-seeded Ithaca stunned No. 2 Nazareth, 71-55, in the Empire 8 finals. The Bombers will be making their third NCAA appearance in four seasons. CSI and Ithaca shared one common opponent. The Dolphins won a road game at Stevens Tech, 66-59, early in the season, while Ithaca lost a pair of conference games to Stevens Tech by 82-61 and 71-61 scores.

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Staten Island's Olivia Tierno Named CUNYAC/Hospital For Special  Surgery   Scholar­Athlete of the Month for January 2012 

Flushing, N.Y. – Olivia Tierno has been highlighted by the City University of New York Athletic  Conference for the CUNYAC/Hospital for Special Surgery Scholar Athlete of the Month honor for the  month of January. Throughout the month of January Tierno displayed stellar performances both on the  court and in her academic pursuit.  As a guard/forward for the Dolphins women’s basketball team, Tierno totaled 90 points and 12 assists in  the eight games Staten Islands played in the month of January.  Tierno started the month with a  conference victory over Medgar Evers where she shot 6‐for‐18 on the floor, scoring 12 points with six  rebounds and four steals.  She followed that performance with four points against Brooklyn (Jan. 7), 13  points and five rebounds against Baruch (Jan. 14) and nine points with four rebounds and steals in the  win over CCNY (Jan. 18).   In the third conference victory of the month over John Jay, she put up a 5‐for‐14 shooting display  scoring 11 points and on the defensive end registered four steals. Tierno scored her month high and  double‐double performance in the loss against Lehman (Jan. 25) where she scored 16 points on 6‐for‐19  shooting and 10 rebounds. She also knocked down all three of her shots from the free throw line. Tierno  averaged 11.3 points a game, 5.0 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 1.5 assists per game in the month.  Since starting out at the College of Staten Island as a freshman, Tierno has not only been a scholar‐ athlete but has been on the Dean’s List every year. Off the court, the junior from Staten Island boasts a  3.9 GPA, majoring in Occupational Therapy, in which she hopes to work within the school system or with 

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pediatrics. Tierno currently works at TLC Physical Therapy where she helps patients with exercise, stem  and ice.   Of her other extra curricular activities, Tierno is also CSI’s SAAC Vice President, Student‐Athlete  representative on the CSI’s Hall of Fame Committee and member of the CSI Intramurals Council. She was  one of 10 chosen to represent all of CSI’s female population to go to the CUNY Women’s Leadership  Conference.       Honorable Mentions  Stephanie Arguello, Hostos Community College  Stephanie Argeullo is a two‐year scholar‐athlete for the women's basketball squad at Hostos Community  College. A native of El Salvador, Arguello has excelled in the classroom, advancing from ESL classes in her  first semester to honors courses, including Honors Calculus this spring. She is also a dedicated member  for the Hostos Athletic Leaders Organization, committing several hours per month to community  service. Sporting a 3.26 overall GPA, Arguello has enhanced her contributions on the court, shooting 4  for 9 from the field and pulling down 7 rebounds in the month of January.     Yocari Almanzar, Lehman  Yocari Almanzar a junior studying political science and professional writing as a minor currently holds a  3.586 GPA. Having been on the Dean’s List since her freshman year at Lehman, Almanzar has also  recently been offered the opportunity to be part of the Golden Key Honor Society. Along with the strides  she has made academically, in the pool she had nine first place victories in the month of January,  majority against conference opponents. Against Brooklyn she had her received her first gold medal in  the 1000‐yard freestyle after finishing with a time of 14:22.25. She also went on to place second in both  50‐yard freestyle (31:48) and 500‐yard freestyle (6:47:07).  In a meet against St. Joseph’s Brooklyn,  Almanzar had first place finishes in all her events, which included the 200‐yard medley relay (2:28.43),  200‐yard freestyle (2:34.95) and 500‐yard freestyle (7:08.75). Other top finishes for Almanzar in January  included the 100‐yard freestyle (14:36.26) against CSI, 200‐meter freestyle (2:59.29), 400‐meter  freestyle (6:20.02), 200‐meter freestyle relay (2:20.71) against York and against another 1000‐yard  freestyle (14:33.65) against SUNY Maritime.      Steven Coniglio, Baruch  In the short time, Steven Coniglio has been at Baruch, the sophomore earned a 3.897 GPA. The middle  blocker for the Bearcats’ men’s volleyball squad has not yet decided on a major but partakes in the Phi  Eta Sigma National Honor Society and Sigma Alpha Delta Honor Society.  He was also awarded during  the 2011 year a CUNYAC Scholar‐Athlete Certificate and part of the team that won the CUNYAC  Championships that year, who also finished 2nd in the NECVA Regional Tournament. Coniglio and the  rest of the Bearcats that season went on to play in Baruch’s first‐ever intercollegiate Division III Final  Four Event. Coming into the season, he was recognized as one of the country’s best being named a 2012  Preseason All‐American Candidate. During the month of January Steven played in five matches  compiling 47 kills and 17 blocks. He had 2.46 kills per set to go along with an outstanding .400 hitting  percentage.     Kaili Insalaco, John Jay  As the SAAC President for John Jay, Kaili Insalaco holds a 3.3 GPA as a criminal justice major. Through 

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the month of January the senior swimmer had numerous top place finishes for the Bloodhounds’  including four first place victories. Against York, Insalaco finished first in the 500 yard freestyle with a  time of 7:02.46 and second in the 200‐yard freestyle (2:43.26). She followed with a first place victory in  the 400‐yard freestyle (6:07.03) and fourth place finish in the 200 IM (3:19.68) in a meet against Baruch.  She placed second in the 1000‐yard freestyle (14:27.96) and third in the 500‐yard freestyle (7:04.38)  against Hunter and went on to gain another gold medal against the College of New Rochelle in the 200‐ yard freestyle (2:32.57). In the final meet for the Bloodhounds’ in January, Insalaco touched the wall first  in the 1000‐yard freestyle in a time of 14:32.27 and second in the 500 yard freestyle (6:59.05).     Kristen Markoe, Hunter  Kristen Markoe embodies the spirit of student‐athlete to the core. As a captain and leader, she excels  not only on the court among her teammates but in the classroom among her peers. As a psychology  major boasting a 3.555 GPA, Markoe had an impressive January for the Hawks. The Staten Island native  led the Hawks with 134 points scored and grabbed 91 rebounds in that span. On .438 shooting the  sophomore knocked down 18 three pointers and as many free throws for a steady .750 shooting  percentage at the charity stripe. Markoe added 52 assists and recorded 26 steals in the 10‐game span  helping the Hawks improve to 7‐1 in CUNYAC competition.       Lauren Plagainos, Brooklyn  Lauren Plagainos, in her senior year at Brooklyn, continues to dominate both on and off the court. As a  Children Studies major, Plagainos has currently holds a 3.5 GPA, placing her both as a scholar athlete for  CUNYAC and Brooklyn College. On the court, Plagainos numbers are also among the best in Division III  basketball. The guard for the Bulldogs is ranked 44th in the nation in three ‐point field goals per game at  2.5 and 69th in the nation in three‐point field goal percentage with 35.8%. In ten games the Bulldogs  played during January, the squad went 9‐1 overall, and undefeated in CUNYAC play (7‐0) as she  compiled 119 points, 28 rebounds, 25 steals, and 14 assists.   

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Unity Games broadening horizons for 10th anniversary Wednesday, February 01, 2012, 7:15 AM


Jerry Lee

ALL SHORES --Ever since the Unity Games made its debut 10 years ago, it has grown in both size and stature. And now, with its first decade celebration upcoming the weekend of March 17-18, the organizers are hoping to broaden its reach by including kids from all boroughs. If so, the Games will undoubtedly top its high-water mark of almost 300 particpants of a year ago. “We are hoping to get all the boroughs represented. The goal is to bring in at least Advance File Photo Jacob Carey, left, and Dr. Mark Sherman are the co-founders of the Unity Games.

25 7th- and 8th-graders from each borough,” said co-founder Jacob Carey, who started the program along with Todt Hill surgeon Dr. Mark Sherman. “We even expect there to be 25 youngsters making

the trip here from Washington D.C. The further we can extend our reach the better.” Brooklyn youngsters have always made the trip across the Narrows thanks to Carey’s connection at Adelphi Academy, where he scored 1,327 points during his high school basketball playing days. Now, with the help of long-time board member and former College of Staten Island basketball coach Evan Pickman‘s contacts, they have been able to generate interest in other parts of the city. “Between Evan’s contacts throughout the city, the various boys’ clubs and the help of the YMCA, one of our long-running sponsors, we feel we will be able to accomplish this goal,” said Carey, a Livingston resident and surgical technician. “That would be a good thing for us.” And the Games reciprocate by making the time and effort to attend well-worth it.

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Both girls and boys from diverse backgrounds get two days filled with activities that include cultural and racial tolerance workshops on topics such as cyber-bullying, gang awareness, cultural diversity, overcoming obstacles, and health and wellness. And, of course, they mix in some basketball, too. “This is the most important event that we have for unity on Staten Island,” Dr. Sherman has said on more than one occasion. The Unity Games have used the Michael J. Petrides Educational Complex in Sunnyside as its main host site the first nine years, but will switch to Susan Wagner High School in Sea View this year. “It’s really a logistics move,” said Carey. “We have always used Susan Wagner anyway and, with the Jewish Comunity Center (JCC) right next door, it cuts down on busing time between sites.” What remains the same is the quality of the programs offered and the sponsors who have been there from the start (the aforementioned YMCA, JCC and also the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO). And then there are the people who have also been there from the start and give so much of their time to make the Unity Games a success. The list starts with Carey and Dr. Sherman, Advance Sportsmen of the Year in 2006, but it hardly ends there. There are board of trustee members Pickman, Bert Levinson, Ellen Rosenberg, Steve Kessler, Erika Rautenstrauch, Anthony Navarino, Lois Schwartz, Rich Finkelstein, John Fuentes, Verna Maddox and Joan Genoino. Mainstays include Ingrid Ebanks from the Beacon program at Dreyfus Intermediate School; former CSI basketball standout Gerard Nicholson and Mike Reape of the JCC. Wagner College women’s basketball coach Gela Mikalauskas and her staff and players are fixtures, as is Tottenville High School football coach Jim Munson. Also always visible are Pickman’s wife, Marion; Petrides athletic director Mike Duffy; Chris Brennan, a Monsignor Farrell HS grad who works for the NBA and tons of younger volunteers, many of whom were former program participants. The online registration has begun for the event, which runs from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day. Registration is free and team assignments will be determined at the evaluation sessions on March 11 from 9-11 a.m. at Susan Wagner. Youngsters can expect to receive free team uniforms, as well as a host of other giveways and a full breakfast and lunch. Free bus transportation is also available. Applications must be received by March 11. To register, visit The information number is 917-640-7593.

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Staten Island's soldiers, veterans shorted on housing stipend Saturday, February 04, 2012, 7:17 AM


Michael Sedon

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Add the Department of Defense to the long list of agencies that slight Staten Islanders. Borough veterans in college and activeduty soldiers get thousands of dollars less than their counterparts in New York City's other four boroughs because an "arbitrary" process put Staten Island into its own funding category, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said. "On Staten Island, the housing benefit is Staten Island Advance/Michael Sedon Sen. Charles Schumer, speaking at the College of Staten Island with Borough President James Molinaro and state Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid-Island), called on the Department of Defense to put soldiers and veterans living on Staten Island and going to college on an equal footing with their counterparts in the other boroughs.

treated differently than for everyone else in New York City," Schumer said yesterday afternoon at the College of Staten Island. "The Department of Defense classifies Staten Island separately from New York City. Now they claim, 'Well, we did that

because there are lower living costs on Staten Island." Veterans attending college and active-duty military personnel receive a Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) to help defray some cost-of-living expenses so that they can better concentrate on their studies and make a smoother transition from soldier to student, said veteran and CSI student David Colon of South Beach. "A lot of veterans, when they come home and become students, what they have a problem with is work -they wind up having to find two jobs and three jobs because they don't get that supplemental income that the rest of the city gets," Colon said. "The whole purpose of the stipend was so veterans would have an easier time acclimating to student life and not having to worry about working a full-time job." Using a common military pay grade of E-5 as a comparison, BAH recipients on Staten Island get 42 percent less assistance than those in the other boroughs -- that translates to about $900 less per month for housing Page 123 of 154

for veterans in college, according to numbers provided by Schumer's office. "When I came to school, this veterans center [on the CSI campus] was just kind of starting up, and these guys help us get registered, they help figure out what classes we need to take, they help guide us and maybe figuring out a major that will help you get a good job in the future," said veteran and CSI student Lee Siegfried of Huguenot. "I think it's great that the government will give us money for a basic housing allowance, but there's no reason that they should fine you -- basically, they're fining these guys $1,300 to $1,500 a month for living on Staten Island." The fix can be accomplished administratively by the DoD without having to navigate legislative hurdles, Schumer explained, and he hopes to hear from the department soon. "The city, the state, the Port Authority, the MTA -- Staten Island is equal when it comes to increasing tolls but it's not equal when they want to take care of our veterans," said Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-MidIsland). "Let's make sure that Staten Island is treated equal. Last I checked, we're still part of New York City, and so are our veterans." The New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey, conducted every three years by the federal Census Bureau, found that the median Staten Island rent was $900, while the Bronx's median rent was lower, at $820, and Brooklyn's median rent was slightly higher, at $919. "Our veterans are one segment of our population who should never be denied what's due to them, and our government has a habit of doing that," said Borough President James Molinaro.

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College of Staten Island (CUNY) – Lecturer, English (2 positions)   February 6, 2012  The Department of English, at the College of Staten Island, invites applications for two anticipated  faculty Lecturer positions, beginning in September 2012.  The successful candidates will teach a variety  of composition courses, including the two general education writing courses, basic writing, and ESL  writing courses. Teaching load: 7 courses over two semesters; evaluation based on teaching and service  (not on research or publishing).  The College of Staten Island (CSI) is centrally located on a 204‐acre park‐like campus, the largest in New  York City. CSI is one of 11 senior colleges of the City University of New York. The College offers associate,  baccalaureate and master degree programs, and participates in the challenging doctoral programs of the  City University Graduate School and University Center.  A Bachelor’s degree and the ability to teach successfully is required.  MA, Ph.D., or other relevant  terminal degree preferred. A specialization in basic writing pedagogy or significant experience teaching  basic writing is preferred. Salary range: $41,435 – $67,431.  To apply, please log on to . Navigate to “Employment”, then “Job postings on line” Find  Job ID # 5361.  In order to be considered for this position, applicants must submit a letter of application,  current curriculum vitae, a one‐page statement of your writing pedagogy, a freshman or sophomore  composition syllabus, and the names and contact information of three professional references.   If you  have difficulty with uploading multiple documents to the web site please send them  to  This job closes March 9, 2012.  We are committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people with  disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply.  We take pride in our pluralistic community and  continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion. EO/AA Employer.   

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Meet Staten Island Slim Down participants Monday, February 06, 2012, 11:36 AM


Staten Island Advance

The Staten Island Slim Down kicks off its weekly fitness surprises tonight at the College of Staten Island, starting off contestants and participants on a 10-week journey that will help them shed pounds and get healthy. Each week, the Advance will profile people looking to make a change in their life, beginning with two high school friends who are in the competition together.

Name: Craig Caruso Age: 27 Community: Great Kills Why he joined: This is Caruso’s second year competing in the Slim Down. Last year, he was able to lose 15 pounds, but gained it back when summer barbecues and parties started up again. “I’m not at a weight I should be for my age and height,” he said. “I have the typical, small beer gut.” Biggest obstacle: Caruso has tried losing weight before, but nothing stuck. His main challenge, he said, is watching what he eats and staying away from bread and alcoholic beverages. Motivation: After he completes the Slim Down, he hopes to compete in the next Spartan Race on the Island. “It’s challenging, you have to be insane to do it,” he said. “It puts you in the mindset to lose weight so you can accomplish something like that.” Goals: By the time the Slim Down ends, Caruso hopes to be 25 pounds leaner and have the support needed to sustain the lifestyle change.

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Name: Lauren Ciocco Age: 27 Community: Annadale Why she joined: Ms. Ciocco was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in November and is hoping that eating healthier will help her better control the symptoms of the inflammatory bowel disease. She also has been trying to lose weight for the past year and has hit a plateau. View full size

Biggest obstacle: For most of her life, Ms. Ciocco hasn’t struggled with her weight. But in the last five years, she began to put on extra pounds. “There are some unhealthy habits I fell into the last few years, like eating out more,” she said. “My biggest obstacle is portion control.” Motivation: Along with Caruso, she wants to compete in the Spartan Race and hopes the Slim Down gives her the “extra push” to get in shape for the challenge. She also wants to lose weight for a friend’s June wedding in which she is a bridesmaid. Goals: Overall, Ms. Ciocco hopes to lose 15 to 18 pounds. “I just hope that what I learn through the Slim Down are habits I can apply through the rest of my life.”

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Staten Islanders learn to feel the burn at Slim Down Tuesday, February 07, 2012, 1:31 AM


Andrea Boyarsky

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- There was anticipation, excitement and a bit of nervousness in the air last night as around 200 borough residents participated in the first "fitness surprise" of the Staten Island Slim Down, a free 10-week program aimed at helping Islanders lose weight and regain their lives. "We want to give people inspiration, motivation, information and a supportive environment. After 10 weeks, your life will not be the same," Slim Down co-founder Tony Books Avilez said before starting the

Staten Island Advance/Anthony DePrimo Neighbors Kim Avilez, left, and Antoinette Hedge, both of Grasmere, partner up for last night's fitness challenge at the College of Staten Island during the second annual Staten Island Slim Down.

hour-long workout in the College of Staten Island's gymnasium. "Just have fun," added co-founder Dr. Maureen Becker. "That's what you're here for." Avilez, who runs Staten Island Boot Camp, led the surprise workout, which was revealed to participants at the event. The hope, he explained, is that people will not skip the weekly sessions based on preconceived notions of different types of exercise. The night consisted of boot camp-style exercises including push-ups, lunges, jumping jacks, squats, burpees, planks and mountain climbers. There were also partner and group activities, including a large conga line that made its way across the gym. The exercises were done in one-minute intervals with stops in between. For many of the participants, it was their first workout session in quite some time.

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"It was exhilarating, a great workout, especially for someone who hasn't worked out in three years," said Chris Marchionne of Great Kills. "I just want to get in better health and tone up and slim down." Dena Galvin of Great Kills admitted she was a bit nervous about the first exercise session and was hoping for Zumba. But afterward, she still had a smile on her face. "I want to be more active," Mrs. Galvin said. "I have three kids [ages 5 and under] and I'm trying to fit in time to take care of me. If I can't take care of myself, I can't take care of them." Monica Valentine of West Brighton wanted to learn exercises she could practice at home. She was also looking forward to making new friends. "We're all in the same boat," she said, asking, "What do I have to lose?" A lot of weight, is the hope for all those who joined the Slim Down. Around 180 people signed up as contestants -- those in the running to win monetary and other prizes -- and about 1,200 have signed on as participants; they're not eligible for the prizes, but have the same access to events and online information. Those still looking to join the Slim Down can sign up as participants at The next fitness surprise will be Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. at the College of Staten Island. "I hope that they open their minds about different kinds of exercise," Avilez said. "That they get the important incentives of exercise and also start to embrace the fact that exercise can be fun and doesn't have to be drudgery. It can be intense and still be a good time."

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CSI Gospel Choir helps kick­off Black History Month event 

Posted: Thursday, February 09, 2012, 8:03 PM   By Luca Sforza     College of Staten Island celebrates Black History Month   

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Black History Month observance is opened at College of Staten Island Friday, February 10, 2012, 7:40 AM


Josh Sorensen

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The College of Staten Island opened a door on Black History Month yesterday.

Several doors, as a matter of fact, decorated with paintings by David Zukas, to symbolize the portal that slaves passed through from Africa to the Americas. The event in the Willowbrook campus’ Center for the Arts, Williamson Theater, hosted by Vice President for Student Affairs A. Ramona Brown, Ed.D., brought together members of the college community in a spirit of celebration, awareness and appreciation of the campus’


Staten Island Advance

From left, Kenny Hunt,Troy Weehes Jr, Jose Mendez, Joshua Browne and Chanel Winbush, members of the CSI Gospel Choir perform as the College of Staten Island kicks off Black History month in the Williamson Theater. (Staten Island Advance Photo/Jan Somma-Hammel) Black History Month at CSI 2-10-2012 gallery (9 photos)

impressive diversity. “Black History Month events give students the opportunity to learn black history and how it has changed people’s outlook, from the time of the civil rights movement to the present day,” said Elliot Dawes, executive director of the CUNY Black Male Initiative. “Think about where we were during the civil rights movement, It brings joy to my heart to be able to walk around various campuses and be able to see such a diverse group of people, living as one.” Yesterday’s event included English Professor Patricia Smith reading her poetry; a performance of “The Living Race,” by Prof. George Sanchez, chairman of the performing and creative arts department, and a rousing finale by the CSI Gospel Choir.

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A movement to get Islanders to move Monday, February 13, 2012, 11:12 AM


Andrea Boyarsky

Every Staten Islander should be interested in their health, whether they have five, 50 or 150 pounds to lose. With an increasing obesity rate — about two-thirds of us are overweight or obese — and a high prevalence of heart disease and diabetes on the Island, action needs to be taken. That’s where the Staten Island Slim Down team, a group of concerned citizens led by Tony Books Avilez and Dr. Maureen Becker, comes in. Over the next 10 weeks, they will be attempting to change the face of Staten Island to one that looks a lot more healthy.

Staten Island Advance Photos/ Anthony DePrimo Tony Books Avilez, co-founder of the Staten Island Slim Down, leads participants in a conga line during the first "fitness surprise."

Although I technically fall within the normal weight range with a BMI less than 25, I decided to join the Slim Down this year. I figure it’s an easy way to try new exercises, which will be provided in the form of weekly fitness surprises, and can use the extra support to stay on track with healthy eating habits. Unfortunately, I am not immune to the occasional night out that can lead to the consumption of thousands of calories. Nor am I immune to gaining weight, something I learned more than 10 years ago when I entered college. As a kid, I was a swimmer and weekly trips to McDonald’s luckily didn’t add to my waistline. But my bad eating habits didn’t set me up for success in college, where I binged on fried food late at night and visited the gym perhaps once a semester. By my sophomore year, I had probably packed on about 30 pounds — I don’t know exactly how many because I didn’t weigh myself during this time period. I slowly noticed my pant size going up and up, until it was in the double digits. I felt tired and sluggish, but it didn’t stop me from eating food with little nutritional value.

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NEW MOTIVATION Two things finally pushed me to start losing weight after graduation: One, was my engagement and forthcoming wedding, and two was that my triglyceride level was through the roof, thanks to a combination of bad eating and genetics. I wish the Slim Down had been around when I started to get serious about weight loss. It may have made me more successful the first time around — I lost my motivation for the gym the first few weeks — and given me a muchneeded support group during that often frustrating time. When I attended the first fitness surprise last Monday night, I saw a lot of hopeful faces, much like I was when I started out on my weight loss journey several years ago. Some people looked a bit nervous, not knowing what this “surprise” would be or whether they’d be able to do it. View full size Health editor Andrea Boyarsky does lunges during the boot camp-style workout.

I could relate to their mixed feelings of anticipation and excitement. Making the decision to lose weight is a big move and to do it publicly, even bigger. There’s the fear of failure and of letting down not only family, friends and those around you, but also yourself.

NO MORE FEAR As the night went on, I hope many of those fears were put to rest. Avilez led the boot camp-style workout and made it fun and engaging instead of scary and intimidating. It could be as hard as you wanted, with exercises like push-ups, jumping jacks, mountain climbers and burpees, but it could be modified to meet different fitness levels. There was also a conga line halfway through the workout that lightened the mood. I signed up for the Slim Down with my friend, co-worker and gym buddy, Barbara D’Aquila, figuring it might be more motivating to do the workouts with a friend. By the end, we both were sweating and feeling good, knowing we were doing something good for ourselves. That feeling seemed to resonate with other Slim Down participants, too. “I just moved here from California and I figured why not give it a try,” said Elia Hinks of Oakwood. “Who couldn’t stand to lose a few pounds?” Plus, “It’s fun and you get to meet new people,” she added. Debbie Collins signed up for the Slim Down last year, but didn’t end up going through with it. Eventually, the Great Kills resident said, she became aggravated with her unhealthy lifestyle. Page 133 of 154

“When you’ve been on diets forever, this is something new and different,” she said. “I’m looking forward to a better quality of life.” Her son, Matt, also signed up for the Slim Down. A father of two girls, he wants to walk his daughters down the aisle one day. “I’m overweight and things are catching up to me,” the Sunnyside resident said. “I want to cut it [bad habits] off.” Over the next 10 weeks, I’ll periodically update readers about the different Slim Down events and plan on attending as many fitness surprises as possible. My hope is that I will gain knowledge I can use and pass along to others to help View full size

them lead a healthier life.

Ms. Boyarsky performs a plank..

I encourage all borough residents to take a look at the Staten Island Slim Down program, especially since it’s not too late to sign up at The next fitness surprise is this Wednesday at the College of Staten Island. After all, what do you have to lose aside from some unwanted pounds?

Confessions of a Try-Athlete will run periodically in the Health section. Ms. Boyarsky is hoping her successes and failures inspire you to get up off the couch and try something new. Have something you want her to try? E-mail and include a brief description of the work out. For consideration, classes and fitness programs must be open to the public.

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Oddo wants new lease on life at Farm Colony Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 10:26 AM


Mark D. Stein

SEA VIEW -- In 1902, the New York City Farm Colony, at the time with a population of about 200, could produce vegetables to support 3,000. The next decade, according to a New York Times report from 1991, 63 acres of the 104-acre site were under cultivation, producing vegetables, fruit, swine and chicken. In 1912, the Farm Colony produced $22,887 in food.

Advance File Photo City Councilman James Oddo is hoping the now defunct Farm Colony in Sea View can be put to good use. He hopes Mayor Bloomberg will consider the site for one of the cityâ  s Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH).

One hundred years later — and nearly 40 after it closed as a home for those who could not support themselves in 1975 — Councilman James Oddo (R-MidIsland/Brooklyn) is hoping the vacant site can once again be productive — this time

in training young members of the work force. Oddo recently sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg following mayor’s State of the City speech in January. Bloomberg, according to his speech, said last September, the city opened a six-year high school in partnership with IBM. The school — which enables students to graduate with a Regents degree and associate’s degree — will boost students’ chances for earning a job with the company. “It’s a new way of thinking about secondary school based on today’s economic realities,” said Bloomberg. “And now, thanks to support from CUNY [City University of New York], we plan to open three more schools using the same model, including right here in the Bronx [where he delivered his State of the City address].” Oddo, a longtime advocate for bringing the Farm Colony property back to life, immediately mailed

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Bloomberg with hopes that the Mayor would consider the site for one of the city’s Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH). The councilman is hoping to get the historic, city-owned property re-developed by the private sector into something “lasting and special.” Previously, Oddo attempted to turn the landmarked buildings into a campus for an applied sciences institute, but a request for expressions of interest (RFEI) came up empty. Oddo says the merits of this site are many: City-owned; would preserve a piece of city history; would create a synergy with nearby College of Staten Island; would allow for the creation of a campus for a school, and the space is pristine and green, facilitating an excellent learning environment. According to Oddo’s office, the Mayor has yet to respond. Nor has the Mayor’s Office responded to a request for comment. Families living on Walcott Avenue, which faces the abandoned, fenced-off property, offered their thoughts. Allen Papir, a resident for 31 years, wishes the site would be incorporated into the Greenbelt. He’d prefer not to see it turned into a school. In the summer, the trees on the property are in full bloom, hiding the old structures behind it. “You see the leaves, which is nice. It’s like a beautiful park,” he said. Papir and another longtime resident, Pepi Kolb, share the same sentiment regarding the site’s beauty. They also see men heading into the Farm Colony to play paintball. “They really have a good time. You sometimes see them putting on their gear and all,” said Ms. Kolb, laughing about it. Neither minded the presence of the paintballers. What does bother Ms. Kolb, however, are teenagers who often drink near the site. Due to young people drinking and doing drugs, she said, the property might be better off used for something constructive. “It would be nice as a school. The IBM thing would be wonderful,” she said. “Computers are in and savvy. I think it would be fantastic, and it could get them jobs and something to do.”

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College of Staten Island (CUNY) – Senior Academic Advisor, Psychology   February 21, 2012  Job ID: 5386  GENERAL DUTIES  Provides expert and/or specialized academic counseling a diverse student population.            

Offers comprehensive advisement to full‐time and part‐time students  Works with other academic affairs staff as well as enrollment and student affairs to assist  students to declare majors and select appropriate courses  Monitors students¿ performances and takes appropriate action if necessary; resolves students¿  problems regarding curricular requirements  Develops academic plans and performs graduation audits  Provides information to students regarding student support services, college policies and  program procedures and guidelines  Facilitates workshops; assists with other department activities such as course scheduling  Establishes and maintains student advisement files; prepares activity reports and analyses  May supervise extramural activities, such as internships and community service; may assist with  accreditation efforts as needed  May provide career and transfer services and/or specialized program counseling  May supervise junior advising and/or clerical staff  Performs related duties as assigned. 

Job Title Name: Senior Academic Advisor  CONTRACT TITLE  Higher Education Assistant  FLSA  Exempt  CAMPUS SPECIFIC INFORMATION  Duties:    

Advises undergraduate entering and continuing students with curriculum, course scheduling and  academic issues.  Partners with the academic department to support faculty advisors in their advising process.  Works with the Pre‐Major Advisement Specialist to ensure successful transition of students into  academic majors. 

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Advises students in identifying appropriate experiential and co‐curricular learning opportunities  to enhance their professional, intellectual, career, leadership, and personal development.  Conducts individual and group advisement sessions.  Identifies and monitor at‐risk students affiliated with academic departments.  Conducts Major Information Sessions for academic departments.  Utilizes social media, email, telephone, etc. to appropriately advise students.  Assists in college‐wide processes to encourage student retention, persistence and graduation.  Maintains knowledge of academic policies, procedures and protocols.  Participates in advising and recruitment events (i.e. New Freshmen Orientation, Major/Minor  Day, etc.).  Assists with assessment activities in the department.  Serves on college committees and as a resource for faculty and other members of the college  community. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS  Bachelor’s degree and four years’ related experience required.  OTHER QUALIFICATIONS          

Master’s degree preferred  Professional experience working in a higher education setting, preferably in advising, counseling,  teaching, tutoring or a similar field  Experience in the psychology field and knowledge of its career opportunities  Ability to comprehend and articulate varied degree programs, policies and procedures  Ability to work with diverse populations  Exceptional customer services and problem‐solving skills  Commitment to student learning, developmental advising protocols and academic success  Commitment to professional development  Ability to work extended hours (when needed) during peak operation periods 

COMPENSATION $42,873 – $55,782  HOW TO APPLY  To apply, please go to; select “Employment”, “Search Job Listings”, “More Options to  Search for CUNY Jobs”, then enter the Job ID# in the “Job Opening ID” field.   CLOSING DATE  March 16, 2012  JOB SEARCH CATEGORY  CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional     

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College of Staten Island (CUNY) – Assistant Vice President for Technology  Systems   February 21, 2012  Job ID: 5261  GENERAL DUTIES  As a key member of the executive management team, the Assistant Vice President oversees one or  more College functions to fulfill comprehensive program goals and contributes to overall College  strategic objectives. He/she plans and implements a range of successful programs; and oversees staff,  budget, operations, and facilities.  CONTRACT TITLE  Assistant Vice President  FLSA  Exempt  CAMPUS SPECIFIC INFORMATION  The College of Staten Island (CSI) is one of 11 senior colleges of The City University of New York and the  only public college on Staten Island. CSI offers over 80 undergraduate programs, 24 graduate and,  through the CUNY Graduate Center, participates in 7 doctoral programs. The College enrolls  approximately 14,000 students and employs over 2,000 faculty and staff. Located on a 204‐acre park‐ like campus that is minutes away from the cultural treasures of Manhattan, the CSI campus is the largest  collegiate site in NYC. Fourteen neo‐Georgian‐style buildings house 300 classrooms, laboratories,  instructional spaces, and study lounges, as well as department, faculty, and program offices. CSI boasts  an advanced, networked infrastructure and is developing a high performance computing center that will  support technology‐based research, teaching, and learning throughout CUNY. The College is planning for  enrollment growth and for the construction of new residential facilities during the coming five‐year  period.  The College’s faculty, administration, and staff are committed to educational excellence as they instill in  students an enduring love of learning and respect for pluralism and diversity. The College community  recognizes its responsibility to strive for the common good, including an informed appreciation for the  interdependence of all people, as well as providing students with the opportunities for successful future  careers.  Reporting to the Vice President for Technology Systems, the Assistant Vice President for Technology  Systems will be responsible for planning and day‐to‐day management of the College’s academic  computing, telecommunications, network and security system. The Assistant Vice President will be 

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responsible for implementing best practices and procedures to enhance the technology systems and  services of the College.  MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS  This position is in CUNY’s Executive Compensation Plan. All executive positions require a minimum of a  Bachelor’s degree and eight years’ related experience. Additional qualifications are defined below by the  College.  OTHER QUALIFICATIONS  Master’s Degree in a technology related field preferred; ten (10) years of progressively responsible  experience in higher‐level technology development and support; experience in higher education;  experience and expertise in academic and administrative computing; evidence of forward‐thinking  support and development of new technology; and strong oral and written communication skills.  Desirable attributes include a demonstrated commitment to the teaching mission and functions of the  University, a commitment to openness of information, application of high ethical practices, planning and  diversity initiatives, and some experience with grants management.  COMPENSATION  Commensurate with experience.  HOW TO APPLY  To apply, please go to ; select “Employment”, “Search Job Listings”, “More Options to  Search for CUNY Jobs”, then enter the Job ID# in the “Job Opening ID” field.  CLOSING DATE  March 9, 2012   

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College of Staten Island (CUNY) – Senior Academic Advisor, Business   Filed in Administrative, Jobs on February 22, 2012  Job ID: 5387  GENERAL DUTIES             

Provides expert and/or specialized academic counseling a diverse student population.  Offers comprehensive advisement to full‐time and part‐time students  Works with other academic affairs staff as well as enrollment and student affairs to assist  students to declare majors and select appropriate courses  Monitors students’ performances and takes appropriate action if necessary; resolves students¿  problems regarding curricular requirements  Develops academic plans and performs graduation audits  Provides information to students regarding student support services, college policies and  program procedures and guidelines  Facilitates workshops; assists with other department activities such as course scheduling  Establishes and maintains student advisement files; prepares activity reports and analyses  May supervise extramural activities, such as internships and community service; may assist with  accreditation efforts as needed  May provide career and transfer services and/or specialized program counseling  May supervise junior advising and/or clerical staff  Performs related duties as assigned. 

CONTRACT TITLE  Higher Education Assistant  FLSA  Exempt   CAMPUS SPECIFIC INFORMATION  Duties:     

Advise undergraduate entering and continuing students with curriculum, course scheduling and  academic issues.  Partner with the academic department to support faculty advisors in their advising process.  Work with Pre‐Major Advisement Specialist to ensure successfully transition of students into  academic majors.  Advise students in identifying appropriate experiential and co‐curricular learning opportunities  to enhance their professional, intellectual, career, leadership, and personal development. 

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Conduct individual and group advisement sessions.  Identify and monitor at‐risk students affiliated with academic departments.  Conduct Major Information Sessions for academic departments.  Utilize social media, email, telephone, etc. to appropriately advise students.  Assist in college‐wide processes to encourage student retention, persistence and graduation.  Maintain knowledge of academic policies, procedures and protocols.  Participate in advising and recruitment events (i.e. New Freshmen Orientation, Major/Minor  Day, etc.).  Assist with assessment activities in the department.  Serve on college committees and as a resource for faculty and other members of the college  community. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS  Bachelor’s degree and four years’ related experience required.  OTHER QUALIFICATIONS          

Master’s degree preferred  Professional experience working in a higher education setting, preferably in advising, counseling,  teaching, tutoring or a similar field  Experience in the business sector and knowledge of its career fields  Ability to comprehend and articulate varied degree programs, policies and procedures  Ability to work with diverse populations  Exceptional customer services and problem‐solving skills  Commitment to student learning, developmental advising protocols and academic success  Commitment to professional development  Ability to work extended hours (when needed) during peak operation periods 

COMPENSATION $42,873 – $55,782  HOW TO APPLY  To apply, please go to; select “Employment”, “Search Job Listings”, “More Options to  Search for CUNY Jobs”, then enter the Job ID# in the “Job Opening ID” field.  CLOSING DATE  March 16, 2012  JOB SEARCH CATEGORY  CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional   

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Rutgers Business School wins CFA Institute Research Challenge second year in a row By Rutgers Business School Dated: Feb 24, 2012

Team of Rutgers students (Executive MBA, MBA, Undergraduates) outperforms 23 other business schools in New York region including Cornell, Dartmouth, NYU, Fordham and Baruch. Field research and dynamic presentation differentiated Rutgers team NEW YORK, NY – During the high fives and hugs celebrating Rutgers Business School’s 1st place victory in the New York Regional finals of the CFA Institute Research Challenge, Elizabeth Miller, one of the Wall Street panelists judging the competition, congratulated the team declaring, “Rutgers is creating a dynasty.” Rutgers Business School also won last year and won for the third time in five years in the 10-year-old competition. “I think this proves that Rutgers is among the top business schools in the country,” said John Longo, the team’s faculty advisor and professor, finance and economics. “Not only to win in back-to-back years, but for the third time in five years beating other top business schools from Cornell, Dartmouth, and NYU. We have the students that can compete with anybody.” With the victory over 23 other business schools in the New York region, Rutgers Business School moves on to the global finals which will be held in New York City in April. Prizes included a trip to ring the NASDAQ closing bell in Times Square on February 21st, and a $5,000 scholarship for the school. The Rutgers Business School team consisted of Allison Nagelberg (EMBA, 2012), John Mongold (MBA 2013), Sachin Modi (MBA, 2012), Rodrigo Polezel (New Brunswick Senior, 2012), and Alex Santos (New Brunswick Senior, 2012). The CFA Institute Research Challenge calls for teams to research and report on a publicly-traded company. This year’s company was MICROS Systems Inc., which provides hardware and software for restaurants, hotels, and retailers. Teams must give a “buy” or “sell” rating on the company and then back up their recommendation with detailed analysis. “We never worked so hard in our lives,” said Modi, the team leader. “We had an amazing combination on our team: strong strategy from the MBAs, tremendous financial analysis from the undergrads, and a strong network of contacts through the EMBAs for field research,” Modi said. Field research was one of the differentiators for the Rutgers team according to the judges. “The research is as good as what we see on Wall Street,” said Kay Booth, Managing Director at Golden Seeds Fund LP. “It’s very hard to know a company in a short amount of time,” said Nagelberg. “But we were determined to know everything we could.” Nagelberg made it her mission to talk to Micros’s big clients to see how they viewed the company. She talked to the CIO of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, she Skyped with customers in Dubai, Hong Kong and Australia, and she spoke with many of Micros’s European customers in addition to the American ones. “It was amazing how much people were willing to give their time because they could see how passionate we were about our subject,” she said. Holed up in conference room at Rutgers Business School’s building in Piscataway for long hours during Page 143 of 154

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nights and weekends, Polezel and Santos put their schooling to work. “We were able to handle the technical analysis required for this challenge,” said Santos. “Our team’s view was shaped a lot by the field research that Allison was doing,” said Polezel. “So we had to make the financials back up the story we were going to tell,” he said. Rutgers ended up recommending a “buy” rating on MICROS. “You can tell that the Rutgers undergrad business students are extremely well trained,” said Modi. “Alex and Rodrigo were amazing. I’d email a question over at 2 AM, and then wake up and see that they had answered it by 5 AM. Such a tremendous work ethic.” Modi himself worked through challenges including recovering from injuries he suffered in a car accident. “We just put forth an amazing team effort,” said Mongold, who was responsible for creating the presentation. “I’ve been on teams where one or two people carry the load, but this group all brought the effort 24/7.” Longo and Allan Campbell, the team’s professional mentor, credited the style of the presentation for helping differentiate Rutgers Business School from the rest of the field. “This presentation was really exceptional,” said Campbell. Mongold who has a background in public relations, created animated slides and interesting graphics to tell the story. “We saw last year in the Global Finals how a dynamite presentation can affect the outcome. The Italians made an impression.” said Longo. Rutgers Business School was runner-up to Politecnico di Milano in the Global Finals competition, over 500 business schools from around the world participated last year. “This year we want to be the ones that make the impression in the finals,” said Mongold. The New York Regional Final of the CFA Institute Research Challenge was hosted by the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) on February 16 at their headquarters in Times Square, New York City. Final Four Presenting Universities: * Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University - Winner * Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College * Dolan School of Business, Fairfield University * School of Business, Montclair State University Participating Universities in the New York Regional Final included: * Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College * School of Management, Binghamton University * School of Business, The College of New Jersey * The College of Staten Island * Johnson School of Business, Cornell University * School of Business, Fordham University * Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Hofstra University * Hagan School of Business, Iona College * School of Management, New Jersey Institute of Technology * Stern School of Business, New York University * Lubin Business School, Pace University * Queens College * Quinnipiac University Page 144 of 154

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'Mid the debris, Sanitation worker notes there's a silver lining to his job - chance to retire after just 20 years Wednesday, February 01, 2012, 9:16 AM


Staten Island Advance

By CAROLYN RUSHEFSKY ADVANCE CORRESPONDENT STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - NORTH SHORE Devon Boreham's muscular six-foot-oneinch frame is well suited for his job with the city Sanitation Dept. On a hazy, hot, humid day, Boreham â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with the help of his smaller-built partner, Joseph Carannante â&#x20AC;&#x201C; heaves couches, mattresses, tables, chairs and cribs into the garbage truck at the base of Van Duzer Street, Stapleton. When the hopper

Devon Boreham, 37, of Sunnyside, a Sanitation worker, can be found covering his route five days a week, on varying days, Monday through Saturday. (Photo Courtesy of Carolyn Rushefsky)

is full, Boreham pulls a pair of handles and a wide steel blade shoves the cargo to the top of the truck with booms, bangs and crunching sounds. There are tiny things for pickup, too, as the men continue their garbage run on Staten Island's North Shore. In front of a Concord condominium, for instance, hundreds of maggots are squirming in a milky liquid spilling onto the sidewalk from a torn black garbage bag. A cat or some other creature apparently ripped the bag open during the night. Chicken bones, stripped bare, cover the sidewalk. The men toss that bag and dozens of others into the truck. As everything is compressed, some maggots, squirming in their sour liquid, dribble into the gutter. "We call that 'hopper juice' " Boreham says with a grin that reveals dimples. Downsides to his job can lurk in any of those black garbage bags, Boreham says, pointing to a pile on Targee Street. "It can be a dangerous job because you don't know what's in these bags."

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On his Manhattan route a decade ago, for example, a jagged piece of broken glass inside a black garbage bag cut his leg badly. Bleeding profusely, he was taken to a hospital emergency room. "I needed 14 stitches," he said. For that reason, he always wears long Sanitation-green-gabardine pants even on sweltering summer days, rather than shorts. "Long pants offer better protection than going bare-legged," he said. Boreham, 37, of Sunnyside and his partner, Carannante, 50, of Randall Manor work their shift five days a week, on varying days, Monday through Saturday. They begin at 6 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. But last winter's blizzards drastically changed that schedule, Boreham said. "Starting the day after Christmas, we worked from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, for 46 days straight," he said, adding it was the worst winter in his more than decade-long Sanitation career. Following the day-after-Christmas blizzard, nothing was moving on the roads, he said. He couldn't drive his Nissan to work from his home, and no buses or trains were running. Boreham ended up walking to work along Victory Boulevard to Sanitation Garage One on Jersey Street. In winter's freezing, snowy and icy weather, Boreham drives Sanitation garbage trucks as well as plows and salt-spreader trucks.


He has worked in rain, floods, hurricanes and 100-plus-degree heat waves. "I prefer freezing weather to heat waves . . .," he said. "You can always dress in layers to ward off the cold," he said. "I can keep warm wearing five layers of shirts and pants. But there's nothing you can do to cool off in this heat," he said on a 95-degree day. Using his left arm tattooed with a tiger and a dragon, Boreham wiped the sweat dripping from his forehead and his cheeks. The last stop for Boreham, and for all of the borough's Sanitation truck drivers, is to dump the garbage they've collected at the Island's transfer station in the closed Fresh Kills landfill, noted Sanitation spokesman Keith Mellis. The garbage is then loaded onto conveyor belts and compacted into 20-ton containers, about 800 tons a day on Staten Island (11,500 tons citywide), plus recycled pickups, he said. Each container is sealed, loaded onto rail cars and shipped to a landfill in South Carolina. (Only Staten Island's garbage is handled at the Staten Island transfer station. Each of the other boroughs must make its own arrangements for getting rid of their waste, Mellis said.) Boreham, who's single, likes to spend his five-weeks of vacation time at his place in Point Pleasant, N.J. He Page 149 of 154

also enjoys hanging out with friends on Staten Island. Lifting heavy loads is no problem for Boreham. In fact, it's good practice for his hobby. He works out five times a week at L.A. Fitness, Travis.


Boreham began his Sanitation career in Manhattan in 2000, then worked in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx before being assigned six years ago to Staten Island's North Shore. He also serves as his garage's shop steward for the past three years for Sanitationmen's Union Local A31 (The name hasn't been changed, even though many women currently work for the Sanitation Dept., Mellis said.) After graduating from Curtis High School, where he played defensive tackle on the school's football team, Boreham worked as a security guard in Macy's New Springville, while studying part time toward his bachelor's degree in liberal arts at the College of Staten Island. Boreham said that his family's good advice led to his Sanitation career. They suggested that he get a civil service job because it would offer a good salary, good benefits and job security. Boreham took the Sanitation Department test, among other civil service tests, passed and began working for the department in 2000. "When I was growing up, I never in a million years thought I'd end up working for the Sanitation Dept." he said. "But I've grown to love it. I love being outdoors. And I feel like I'm my own boss. I'm glad I did it." "It flew," he said of his more than 11-year career. The good news is that he can retire in less than nine years at age 46, earning half his annual salary (estimated at nearly $35,000, Mellis said), along with health benefits. And he will still be young enough to work at something else if he wants to, Boreham said. "I might consider going to school for nursing," Boreham said. "I always liked helping people and I'm interested in nursing. I think nursing's a wonderful profession."

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English, Economics among top college majors for celebrities according to infographic When people like Paris Hilton and Rebecca Black rise into the public eye simply by being an heiress or having a viral YouTube video, it’s easy to think that famous people don’t work hard to achieve greatness. However, that’s not always the case for some of the world’s top celebrities, like Steve Carell and Donald Trump who indeed paid their dues and attended college. To illustrate,’s newest infographic highlights the academic side of 200 celebrities better known for their professional accomplishments than their academic pasts. Foster City, Calif. (PRWEB) February 06, 2012, a digital resource for online education from kindergarten to graduate school, recently launched “Celebrity U,” a look at the college majors of 200 notable celebrities. Drawing from sources like Forbes and, the infographic identifies five of the most popular majors among Hollywood’s best: economics, English, history, political science, and psychology. “Seeing the academic backgrounds and successes of celebrities helps to humanize them and make them more relatable,” commented Boriana Trifonova, spokesperson. “It’s important for younger children and teens to understand that these famous faces have depth beyond the artistic talents that they’re publically recognized for.” Aside from actors, the infographic highlights other well-knowns whose college education may surprise a few readers. For instance, Vinny Guadagnino, best known for getting his “GTL on” and “fist pumping” at MTV’s Jersey Shore, graduated with a 3.9 GPA from CUNY College of Staten Island. Along with Guadagnino’s surprising achievements, the infographic also features unexpected academic excellences (or lack thereof) from the likes of Bob Barker, Hugh Hefner and Barry Bonds. "One important element that came from the research and development for this infographic is that people are able to major in one subject and go on to have a successful career in a completely unrelated field," Trifonova explains. "It goes to show that your major doesn’t mold your career — you do." For news related to this infographic, such as Late bloomers: 5 women who found success later in life, and other information related to online schooling and education news, follow @OnlineSchools on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook. About Launched in 2011, provides a searchable directory of accredited schools serving current and potential online students at every grade level. The site advocates online learning and supports parents and students as they progress from one educational decision point to the next. is owned and operated by QuinStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: QNST), one of the largest Internet marketing and media companies in the world. QuinStreet is committed to providing consumers and businesses with the information they need to research, find and select the products, services and brands that meet their needs. The company is a leader in visitor friendly marketing practices. For more information, please visit

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Distressed Asset Acquisition Group Sells Minority Position  February 8, 2012   NEW YORK, ‐‐ Distressed Asset Acquisition Group ( today announced that it has reached an  agreement to sell a minority position of the Company to a subsidiary of A Clean Slate Inc. (DAAG  Acquisition corp.) (OTC:DRWN), a publicly traded company.  Mr. Frank Castellano will become the President and Chief Operating Officer of A Clean Slate Inc. while  remaining the President of Distressed Asset Acquisition Group, Inc. Mr. Castellano holds a B.S. of  Business Management from the College of Staten Island.  About Distressed Asset Acquisition Group, Inc.  We are a buyer of distressed assets primarily real estate however the company will consider other  sectors and is also a hard money lender for commercial and residential real estate. The company also  will lend to small businesses. The company believes that their strategy of hard money lending works in  conjunction with acquiring distressed assets, you can visit the company's website at or follow us on facebook.        Also Featured on: ŵĞĚŝĂǁĞďƐŝƚĞ͘ŶĞƚ

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Press Release: Richard James Joins the Ranks of Stanford Who’s Who   February 9th, 2012  

AURORA, COLORADO, UNITED STATES, February 9, 2012 /Stanford Who’s Who/– Stanford Who’s Who  welcomes Richard James to the ranks of premier professionals as a result of his work in the field of  media and entertainment. As Owner of Imagination Media Productions as well as throughout his entire  career, Richard has consistently demonstrated the vision and dedication necessary to be considered  among the best. Imagination Media Productions was established as a media and entertainment  producer in 2008. As the backbone of the company Richard has been involved in spot productions,  music videos, script writing, short features, directing and writing educative materials, and training  videos. Imagination Media Productions has worked with well known media producers such as Warner  Bros, Universal, and Paramount. Richard James carries more than 15 years of experience in the media  and entertainment industry. His experience as Content Producer at Music Magazine Television helps him  in his activities as founder and CEO of Imagination Media Productions. Richard is a director, writer,  director of photography, videographer, boom operator and digital editor.  In his free time, he enjoys  working with computers and building aircraft and building models. Richard studied Communications and  On Air Broadcasting at the College of Staten Island. In addition, he studied Digital Editing at the Art  Institute of Denver and Directing and Writing at the Colorado Film School. Richard also attended  videographer training courses at Time Warner Cable in New York and holds a Small Business Certificate  from Baruch College in New York. He is a member of various associations and societies including  Broadcast Professionals, Film and Television Professionals, Media and Entertainment Professionals, and  Sci‐Fi Film Makers. To view more information on Richard James click here [1] To visit the Imagination  Media Productions website click here [2]  [1]  [2]  Stay on top of analysts' coverage with American Banking & Market News' daily email newsletter that  provides a concise list of analysts' upgrades, analysts' downgrades and analysts' price target changes for  each day.Click here to register.   

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Art History Gail S. Myhre Correspondent for Museums and Special Exhibitions By Shelley Esaak, Guide

Contact Gail S. Myhre Gail S. Myhre is a writer and historian specializing in Art History, and contributor to this website. Experience: An inveterate museumgoer known for entertaining friends with her keen observations, Ms. Myhre was urged some years ago to begin writing exhibition reviews for a greater audience. When particularly exceptional shows in her area of specialty are held away from her home base of New York City, she often travels to view them in person. Ms. Myhre also enjoys the occasional foray into the many "-isms" that Modern Art History affords. She has also worked as a correspondent for Art Museum Journal A student of the mixed martial arts, Ms. Myhre currently holds a black belt in that discipline, and has won bronze and silver medals at regional and national level competitions in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Gail owns and operates Staten Island Mixed Martial Arts , a full contact martial arts school focusing on realistic fight training and self-defense. Ms. Myhre was widowed on September 11, 2001. She has one son. Education: After graduating from Manhattan's academically rigorous Stuyvesant High School, Ms. Myhre studied at Wagner College and College of Staten Island. She then undertook over twelve years of independent study in the cultural and political history of the Roman Empire. Her specialty is the art of the late Republican and early Imperial periods, with a particular focus on the Julio-Claudian dynasty. From Gail S. Myhre: "The interpretation of Roman social and political organization has fascinated us since the fall of the Empire, and every expansionist society since that time has found in some aspect of Roman culture a mirror for its own attitudes and ambitions. Nowhere can this be seen more clearly than in later adoptions of Classical arts and forms. Our approach to the Antique perspective can tell us as much about ourselves as it can about the ancients. This makes the study of the Classical idiom an appropriate and even necessary starting point for anyone wishing to understand contemporary Western thought on a wide range of subjects from politics to art. Ultimately, the legacy of Rome is a common cultural thread which weaves through the entire fabric of Western history." See all of Gail S. Myhre's archived Special Exhibition reviews . This page has been optimized for print. To view this page in its original form, please visit: Š2012, Inc., a part of The New York Times Company. All rights reserved.

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