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CSI in the News

November 2011


COLLEGE OF STATEN ISLAND The City University of New York

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All that jazz - 754 pieces to be exact Sunday, November 06, 2011, 4:45 AM


Michael J. Fressola

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Musical ensembles may disband, but they needn’t disappear completely. Consider the Staten Island Chamber Music Players, which retired in 2008 after 34 years in local halls and performance spaces. The organization’s founding director (and French horn player) Georgiana DiMauro has spent the past few years dismantling and dispersing its library — a collection of about a thousand valuable, annotated Advance File Photo Trumpeter Michael Morreale plays at the last performance of the Staten Island Chamber Music Players in 2008.

items of sheet music. Selected categories of music have been deposited with local groups. The Staten

Island Philharmonic, Viva Voce Chamber Ensemble and Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble were all given music. The acquisition represents a considerable savings for recipients and a kind of afterlife for SICMP. Performance recordings and the group’s papers were given to the Staten Island Museum Archives. The biggest deposit of all, at the Library of the College of Staten Island, will be celebrated Thursday with a concert and reception led by Michael Morreale, a professor of music and a founding member of the Players’ Jazz Quartet. The music will be kept in the college library on the campus in Willowbrook. It consists of 754 pieces, mostly classical, a gift in excess of $15,000. The gift has been presented in honor of the college’s first president, the late Edmund Volpe, and his wife Rose. In addition to the gift, the concert will mark the establishment of a new concentration in jazz studies and performance. It will allow undergraduates to earn a bachelor of science degree in music, with a 15-credit concentration in jazz theory, composition, history and performance.

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Morreale, whose affiliation with SICMP started in 1983, wrote five compositions for jazz quartet while there. He also led concerts with such guest artists as Don Joseph, Turk Van Lake, Chuck Wayne, and Peter Prisco. The student performers will be Alan Aurelia, trumpet Rafael Calderon, Casey Heuler, David Immiti, Joseph Lamanna Ann Marie Nacchio and Isidore Ramkissoon. The public is welcome to attend the admission-free concert Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall, Center for the Arts, 2800 Victory Blvd., Willowbrook.

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CSI photo exhibit worth a look Wednesday, November 09, 2011, 2:36 PM


Mark D. Stein

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - WILLOWBROOK - An exhibit of some fine Italian sculptures has been up and running at the College of Staten Island (CSI) since October and will continue into next month. Photographer and art historian Ralph Lieberman's black and white collage of numerous Italian sculptures by Donatello, Michelangelo and Bernini currently line the walls in the Art Gallery of Building 1P at CSI. The exhibit – open Monday through Thursday from noon to 4 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. – is free to the

A photograph of "Vestibule brackets, pietra serena," made in circa 1532 by Michelangelo, is among many pictures of Italian sculpture that have been framed and displayed at the art gallery at the College of Staten Island, Willowbrook. (Staten Island Advance/Mark Stein)

public. "Early photography made statues of people, but even though the sensitivity of photographic materials improved and it became possible to make compelling pictures of living people in action, sculpture continued to attract photographers," said Lieberman, in a booklet provided by CSI. "Our reaction to statues is a complex psychological matter, and we can often relate to them as if they were living figures involved in our space and doing what they are represented as doing," Lieberman added. The photographer's 31 pictures highlight many of the sculptures scattered throughout Italy by the three artists. Lieberman's collection includes photographs of sculptures, such as "Bacchus" by Michelangelo, "St. Mary Magdalene" by Donatello and "Apollo and Daphne" by Bernini. Some of the works pictured date as far back as 1436; the most recent are from 1674.

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"It's instructive to studio art and art history students, and our photographers," said Craig Manister, gallery director at the Willowbrook college. Some are photographed in different light, such as "The Annunciation" by Donatello. One picture shows the sculpture in afternoon light; the other is in morning light. "It's very good for our students to see something like that so they can understand how different the same thing can be," said Manister. "It's a great show to look at," he said. "I've been to Italy and have seen these. For people who also have seen them, it brings back great memories." "They are so incredibly beautiful in their own right as photographs," noted Manister. The exhibit is up until Dec. 10. For more information, visit

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Unwrap the gift of entertainment Sunday, November 20, 2011, 5:17 AM


Michael J. Fressola

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Hundreds of red-and-green entertainment options, from neighborly sing-alongs and school concerts to command performances in world-class concert halls will compete for audiences all over the city in the next few weeks. Fortunately there are affordable options close to home, including a full-blown “Nutcracker,” a Baroque concert on period instruments and a Radio City-style Christmas extravaganza. The following rundown covers just a few of the holiday performances coming soon: For sheer size, few local performances will muster the vocal power of Richmond Choral Society’s “Blessed Peace” concert Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. in St. Peter’s R.C. Church, New Brighton. The society’s 65 singers will be joined by the Youth Chorus, plus assorted Wagner College Choirs. In all, 150 or more voices will sing a holiday-appropriate program of Bach, Gabrieli and Rutter, plus “Songs of Abraham,” a new work by composer and Wagner music faculty member Barbara Wesby. Tickets are $25, $20 (seniors) and $10 (seniors) and will be available at the door. Call 718-448-3656 or visit for details. The Music at St. Albans series is offering special repertory that might counteract the too-familiar soundtrack of the season, tinkling overhead already in stores and lobbies ad nauseum. The concert Nov. 27 at 3 p.m. consists of 17th- and 18th- Century harpsichord music (by J.S. Bach, John Eccles, Handel, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Isabella Leonarda and Jean-Phillipe Rameau) accompanied by authentic period instruments. The performers will be Kenneth Hamrick, harpsichord; Akiko Hosoi, Baroque violin, and Andrew Trombley, Baroque bass. Tickets available at the door, are $25 and $20 (seniors). What would the season be without at least one exposure to the evergreen cautionary tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the rest of the denizens of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol.”

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With “Jacob Marley’s Christmas,” Tom Mula’s riff on the classic Dickens story, Staten Island Shakespearean Theater is presenting a different angle on the beloved piece, from the vantage point of Marley, Scrooge’s business partner. (It’s Marley, clanking with the chains of his sins and shortcomings, who visits Scrooge and tells him to mend his stingy ways). The Shakespearean production will play Dec. 4 and 6 and 11 to 13, with evening shows Friday and Saturday at 8 and matinees on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Hall, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terr., Livingston. Tickets are $20 and $15 (seniors). Visit for more information. Speaking of Christmas plays, Harbor Lights Theater Company will present Gian Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” a Three Kings story Dec. 9 to 19, also in Veterans Memorial Hall at Snug Harbor. For tickets ($35 and $20 for seniors) and details visit The Staten Island Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” is a big, lavish take on the traditional Christmas Eve phantasmagoria. It has professional dancers and settings, sumptuous costumes, a magic Christmas tree, and a contingent of irrepressible pint-sized dance students. It will play four performances, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Dec. 18 at 1 and 5 p.m. in the College of Staten Island’s Center for the Arts at 2800 Victory Blvd., Willowbrook. Tickets are $47 and $37 and may be charged by phone 718-980-0500. Check to learn more about the company. The Christmas Show at the St. George Theatre, a Radio City-inspired spectacular has singers, dancers and even some livestock. The 2011 edition is playing Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 17 and 18 at 3 and 7 p.m. The show runs multiple times from Dec. 19 to 23. Tickets are $10, $20, $30, $40. On Sunday night, all seats are $10 and $20. Call the theater at 718- 442-2900 or visit

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Richmond Choral cranks up the volume with an army of guest voices Sunday, November 27, 2011, 5:27 AM


Michael J. Fressola

STATEN ISLAND, NY — If you need to hear many, many voices before succumbing to the spirit of the holidays, than the upcoming “Blessed Peace” program of Richmond Choral Society is your best bet. Some 150 singers, more than twice the usual number, will sing the 61-year-old group’s “Blessed Peace” concert Dec. 4 (next Sunday) at 4 p.m. in St. Peter’s R.C. Church, New Brighton. Advance File Photo Richmond Choral Society will be joined by other local choirs at its Dec. 4 show.

The expansion represents the combined choirs of Wagner College, plus the society’s 20-member Youth Chorus, plus a handful of singers who are chorus director

Marina Alaxander’s students at the College of Staten Island. Given the state of the world, Ms. Alexander is ambitious about the “Peace” program. She is hoping it’s contagious, she admitted last week. Failing that, she knows she can offer listeners choral music “as a celebration of good will and an occasion for a happy collaboration.” The program has a world premiere, “Songs of Abraham,” composed by Wagner music faculty member Barbara Wesby. Ms. Alexander is a fan. “Barbara came to us with the idea for a commission and of course, we were intrigued,” she said. “She has written a tremendous amount of vocal music.” “Songs of Abraham,” which garnered a grant from the Council on the Arts and Humanities from Staten Island (COAHSI) is a setting of various Christian, Jewish and Islamic texts. “It deliberately reflects some of the diversity of our community,” Ms. Alexander said. She doesn’t want to give too much away, but she did say that the piece concludes with a sacred hora, the Jewish dance.

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The accompaniment encompasses “all kinds of percussion.” During early discussions months ago, she and Wagner choir director Roger Wesby (who is married to the composer) shared a transformative moment. “You put two choir directors together,” Ms. Alexander explained, “and it’s almost guaranteed, they’re going to think: Double choir!” The term refers to repertory composed for two ensembles, often occupying separate areas of the performance venue. The piece they chose, a “Hodie Christus Natus Est” (Today Christ is Born) is an eightpart motet written by Giovanni Gabrieli (1556-1613), a Venetian composer who was the organist of San Marco, where it had its premiere. At that performance, the participating choirs were stationed in different parts of the mammoth basilica. Ms. Alexander will try for a similar arrangement at St. Peter’s. The separation produces echoes and afterglows. “You really need two substantial choirs to really pull this off, and a brass ensemble,” she said. Eight brass players will accompany the “Hodie.” Also on the program: the “Dove Nobis Pacem” from the Bach b minor mass and a “Gloria” by John Rutter, the celebrated British composer who is a great favorite of choral directors, singers and audiences the world over. The children’s chorus will sing “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” an original piece by Ms. Wesby. Organist Douglas Keilitz will perform and Peter Yourke will accompany the youth chorus.

Richmond Choral Society Joined by the Youth Chorus and Wagner College choirs for “Blessed Peace” When Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. Where St. Peter’s R.C. Church 53 St. Mark’s Place, New Brighton’ How much

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$25, general; $20, seniors; $10, students; at the door.

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President Nnuez Wins Lifetime Achievement Award  Government Announcements  Submitted by Dwight Bachman, Public Relations Officer, Eastern Connecticut State University, on 2011‐ 11‐02.     The Connecticut Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs  Commission (LPRAC) honored Eastern Connecticut  State University President Elsa M. Nunez with its  Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct. 22 during its  14th Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony at  Amarante's Sea Cliff Restaurant in New Haven.    Nunez also delivered the keynote address at the  banquet. She recalled the days when Latinos worked  long hours in difficult conditions in the tobacco fields,  thread mills and other factories of Connecticut. The  pay was low, the conditions were often dangerous,  Dwight Bachman and families were not treated well.  President Nunez receives the Lifetime    Achievement Award from LPRAC Chairman  "We have moved away from the tobacco farms and  Isaias Diaz and Commissioners Lourdes  the thread mills, but life is not better for many  Montalvo, Enrique Marcano and Juan Perez.  members of the Latino community."    President Nunez went on to describe the educational achievement gap in Connecticut that exists  between Latino students, often living in urban, low‐income households and more affluent, white  suburban students.    "The achievement gap in Connecticut is the worst in the country," she explained, "and Latino students'  academic performance actually gets worse as they progress through school. Our educational system is  failing them."    Nunez ended her remarks by encouraging the audience to do all it can individually and collectively to  bridge the achievement gap between the larger society and the Latino community.    Prior to joining Eastern in 2006, Nunez served as vice chancellor of academic and student affairs in the  University of Maine System from 2003 to 2006. Before her appointment in Maine, Nunez serves as  provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lesley University. From 1993 to 1997, she was  university dean for academic affairs and vice chancellor for student affairs at the City University of New  York. She also served as associate dean of faculty at the College of Staten Island from 1986 to 1992.    Nunez also has held positions as a tenured faculty member at Ramapo State College; the College of  Staten Island of the City University of New York, and Lehman College of the City University of New York. 

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She is the author of "Pursuing Diversity" (1992) and has published numerous articles in the areas of  language acquisition, diversity, academic attainment in higher education, cultural differences in  education and retention.    In addition to serving on the American Council on Education's Council of Fellows and the Association of  American Colleges and Universities' Presidents Trust, Nunez also serves on the boards of the Council for  Higher Education Accreditation; Girl Scouts of Connecticut; Hartford Healthcare; and Leadership Greater  Hartford. Nunez earned her B.A. from Montclair State College, an M.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson  University and a doctorate in linguistics from Rutgers University. Eastern student Noel Bautista and  Caithlyn Sanchez of Windham High School were among the 15 students who received scholarships. Over  the 14 years of its scholarship program, the LPRAC has awarded more than $117,000 in scholarships to  Connecticut students.  

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11/3/2011 Yale critiques state violence in South Asia On Nov. 1, Yale University hosted a panel discussion: "States of Violence and the Violence of States," which was part of the school's ongoing "Constitutionalism in South Asia." The panel, which was sponsored by the South Asian Law Students Association, Yale Law School and the South Asian Studies Council, examined how South Asian states routinel y engage in systematic violence against their citizens, often in the name of some higher justificatory goal like development, peace, security or even the very survival of the state. It also examined how such justification takes the form of creating a state of exception where the rule of law no longer applies. According to organizers, the p anel's goal was to interrogate the practices of such forms of systematic violence by South Asian states, their implications for constitutionalism and the rule of law in South Asia, and strategies for popular resistance to the assumption of such power, both through courts and otherwise. Panelists include: Menaka Guruswamy, advocate, Supreme Court of India; Saadia Toor, Associate Professor of Sociology at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York; and Nimmi Gowrinathan, director of South Asia Programs and United Nations Representative for Operation USA. Guruswamy practices law in the Sup reme Court of India where, amongst other cases, she has litigated against statesponsored vigilante groups Salwa Judum in Chhattisgarh, defended federal legislation that mandates that all private schools admit disadvantaged children and has challenged the co nstitutionality of laws that punish same-sex rela tions. Guruswamy was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford U niversity, a Gammon Fellow at Harvard Law School, and a gold medalist from the National Law School of India University. Her doctoral research from Oxford University is on Constitution-Making in India, Pakistan and Nepal. Guruswamy has worked at the Office of th e Attorney General of India as w ell as in the New York office of Da vis Polk & Ward well. In 2 006-2007, she taught at New York University's School of La w. Menaka has advised the United Nations Development Program and the United Nations Development Fund for Women. She also advises the Constitution-Making process in Nepal. Toor's research focuses on nationalism, culture, gender/sexuality, neo-liberal globalization and the complex relationship between them. She has been an active member of the Women's Action Forum and the Mazdoor-Kissan Party in Pakistan and is a founder member of Action for a Progressive Pakistan and the Pakistan Solidarity Network. Her book "State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan" has recently been released by Pluto Press. Gowrinathan is a do ctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at UCLA, completing her dissertation on "Why Women Rebel? Gender and Agency in Sri Lanka." She ha s just compl eted a one year consultancy researching a po licy report on gender-based violence in Sri L anka. She p ublishes shorter articles and opinion editorials around humanitarian intervention, the role of gen der, and the impact of grass-ro ots mobilization in the Huffington Post, Humanitarian Practice Network, World Policy Institute, and Samar Magazine, among others.

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Industrial action  11:16 am, November 4, 2011  

By Liana Grey 

When Sapna Advana, an urban planner, joined the Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center as a research  fellow six months ago, she polled residents in Sunset Park about changes they’d like to see to see along  the harbor.  The majority asked that the waterfront remain exactly as it’s been for decades: a working port, with  cranes, warehouses, and graving docks, where cargo ships are drained of water.  “Residents favor industrial over high‐rises,” said Advani, who directs planning at Chelsea West  Architects. “They want proximity to well‐paying jobs.” At a conference last week on redevelopment  plans for Brooklyn’s 40‐mile shoreline, held in a courtroom at Borough Hall, Advani urged the city to  strike a balance between residential development and the preservation of Brooklyn’s industrial heritage.  In one of the city’s earliest experiments in waterfront reclamation, derelict portions of Williamsburg’s  western edge were rezoned for residential use. At the time, the neighborhood’s street grid didn’t extend  all the way to the East River, and luxury towers were virtually non‐existent.  To scale new construction to the neighborhood’s low‐rise character, buildings farthest from the  immediate shoreline were capped in height. Developers of towers like the Edge and Northside Piers  were given incentives to build parkland, which could then be turned over to the city for maintenance.  “We knit open spaces together into one public promenade,” said Purnima Kapur, director of the  Planning Department’s Brooklyn office.  Today, there are 3,500 units set among landscaped grounds on the Williamsburg waterfront, including  650 set aside for homeowners earning 80% or less of the area’s median income.  Further south, in Brooklyn Heights, residents took the opposite tack of those in Sunset Park, clamoring  for housing to extend to the East River. In 2005, Robert Levine of RAL Companies signed a ground lease 

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to convert a Jehovah’s Witness property into One Brooklyn Bridge Park, a 400‐unit condo project with  prices ranging from $400,000 to $8 million.  As part of the agreement, he constructed the development’s namesake park, just as developers in  Battery Park City built a landscaped esplanade along the Hudson River. “I paid a premium for the  property as if the park had already been developed,” Levine said.  Now, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation is reviewing proposals for a new hotel and residential  complex near the esplanade. The site, which has room for up to 225 hotel rooms and 180 units, will also  include parking and park maintenance facilities, according to the Corporation. ”They’ll deliberate next  year,” said Levine.  The Battery Park City model worked for Williamsburg and Brooklyn Heights, but isn’t necessarily suitable  for the rest of the borough. Rather than take a one‐size‐fits‐all approach, planners are shaping the  waterfront into a city in and of itself, with a mixture of manufacturing facilities, parkland, and residential  development, where appropriate.  “Today, we look upon the waterfront almost as the sixth borough,” Kapur said. With its revamped  amusement park and plans for middle‐income and market‐rate housing, Coney Island will look a whole  lot different, in other words, than the shipping containers stacked along the western edge of Sunset  Park. With the Gowanus Expressway separating the neighborhood’s residential portion from the harbor,  Sunset Park is an unlikely candidate for luxury construction to begin with.  To the west of the elevated highway are the docks, which have lost marine traffic to the port in Newark  and Elizabeth, but still receive a handful of ships, some carrying up to 1,200 containers. Three‐ and four‐ story rowhouses, some brick, others covered in white and yellow aluminum siding, line the blocks to the  east of the Gowanus. As in Red Hook, another neighborhood bordering a working port, “the community  wants to preserve low‐scale housing,” Advani said.  And presumably, they want to hang onto the mom‐and‐pop shops and restaurants along Fifth Avenue,  many catering to Chinese and Latin American immigrants. Though planners hope to introduce some new  housing west of the expressway, none will be as flashy as Williamsburg’s condo towers.  Homeowners in Sunset Park have asked for green space, which is limited at the moment to a public  cemetery in nearby Greenwood Heights, and would welcome a walkway or transit link to the waterfront,  where a handful of new residents might find jobs. But a greater priority will be improving the  neighborhood’s port, and expanding rail infrastructure to Queens and Staten Island. “It’ll decrease a  reliance on trucks,” Advani explained.  The city has toyed with building a mega‐port, which would accommodate the arrival of massive ships  once the Panama Canal widens. But that project may be better suited for Newark and Elizabeth.  “Our land size isn’t very large in Brooklyn,” said Jonathan Peters, a finance professor at the College of  Staten Island and a colleague of Advani’s at the Waterfront Research Center. Rather than haul in landfill  to expand the port, a less intrusive alternative would be to make Sunset Park a hub for ship  maintenance, Peters said. 

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The good news, for residential developers hoping to see prime waterfront rezoned, is that state‐of‐the‐ art industrial facilities would boost Brooklyn’s economy and perhaps fuel growth further inland.  “Brooklyn has more manufacturing than the rest of the city,” said Peters. “But the reality is, Brooklyn is  way short of jobs.” 500,000 residents have to travel off the borough for work, Peters said. Of the jobs  that do exist in Brooklyn, over a quarter are concentrated at waterfront facilities.  A major hub is the Brooklyn Navy Yards, a 300‐acre industrial park with over 250 tenants. The facility,  which is home to three of 18 ship maintenance facilities in the Port of New York and New Jersey and  leases space to manufacturers of everything from fire hydrants to plastic bags, isn’t undergoing  residential rezoning any time soon. “There is long term certainty on zoning, so businesses can invest and  expand,” said Andrew Kimball, president of the Navy Yards.  Kimball is seeking to redefine public notions of manufacturing to include artsy crafts like film production,  fashion design, and custom furniture making. “Don’t put arts and industry in separate bubbles,” said  Kimball. “40% of people who are making things [in the Navy Yards] are in arts and culture.”  One of the most prominent examples is Steiner Studios, where Sex and the City was filmed. But a  number of smaller film studios and gourmet food production businesses have leased space at the  facility. Even a number of army uniforms, worn by soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, are manufactured at  the Navy Yards. In coming months, Kimball will oversee the construction of a 40,000 s/f rooftop farm,  which would provide produce to surrounding neighborhoods.  In Sunset Park, Industry City, an industrial campus much like the Navy Yards, opened three years ago on  the corner of 32nd Street and Second Avenue, next to a nearly 80‐year‐old factory that produces  artificial flavors. A handful of loftlike spaces, some of which rent for only $1,000 a month, were set aside  for creative types; on blogs and other online forums, artists praised the development, including the  smell of vanilla wafting through the complex.  Red Hook is undergoing a similar industrial renaissance. Though an Ikea and Fairway opened several  years ago along the waterfront, and an esplanade was built where graving docks once stood, distribution  companies are leasing space near the neighborhood’s port.  Towards the end of the conference at Borough Hall, the publisher of a local arts newsletter asked the  panelists about a beer warehouse owned by Phoenix Beverages, a distributor of Heineken, Guiness, and  Smirnoff Ice, that had opened recently on a vacant pier.  Convinced that manufacturing and distribution had little place in Brooklyn’s future, painters and writers  renting relatively cheap apartments in Red Hook were confused about the construction of the  warehouse, which began after Phoenix shut down facilities in Elizabeth and Long Island City.  Roland Lewis, president of the Metropolitan Waterfront Association, a group that advocates for the  strengthening of New York’s ports, reassured the publisher that the new facility was the best thing the  borough could ask for.  “My beer doesn’t go to the port in Elizabeth and sit around in a warehouse in central New Jersey,” he  said. “It goes straight to Brooklyn, to my front porch.” 

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Transcultural Nursing Conference Zeros In On Patient Care  In September, the Department of Nursing Services at the University Hospital of Brooklyn‐SUNY  Downstate Medical Center, in partnership with the Northeast Chapter of the Transcultural Nursing  Society, hosted the third annual Transcultural Nursing and Healthcare Conference for the New York tri‐ state area. The conference theme was "Patients at the Center of Our Care." More than 90 participants  attended from five states and included nurses, physicians, nursing students, nursing and physician  faculty, hospital administrators and chief diversity officers.     The distinguished panel of presenters featured two Transcultural Nursing Scholars, Stephen R. Marrone,  RN‐BC, EdD, CTN‐A, UHB deputy nursing director and member of the Transcultural Nursing Certification  Commission, and Marianne Jeffreys, RN, EdD, professor at the City University of New York — CUNY  Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island; Christina Cordero, PhD, MPH, associate project  director, Division of Standards and Survey Methods at The Joint Commission; Robert Mauksch, LMSW,  private practice; Rafael Ruiz, PhD, director of clinical practice and outcomes research of the Greater New  York Hospital Association; and Kevin Antoine, JD, SUNY Downstate chief diversity officer.    The program included topics related to organizational cultural competency, the new Joint Commission  standards for effective communication, cultural competence and patient‐ and family‐centered care,  caring for stigmatized and marginalized LGBT community, current and future regulatory requirements  related to cultural competency, meeting the needs of diverse learners and addressing health equity  under national and international law.    UHB‐SUNY Downstate developed a diversity model based on the Culturally and Linguistically  Appropriate Healthcare Services Standards that were included in the American Organization of Nurse  Executives Diversity Toolkit.    The toolkit can be accessed by AONE members at 

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Public hearing regarding how to eliminate invasive species at Crooke's Point Wednesday, November 09, 2011, 1:45 PM


Kathryn Carse

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - GREAT KILLS Representatives from Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (PPOW), the city Parks Department and the National Parks Service (NPS) have been meeting over the last year to discuss a proposed restoration project on Crooke's Point, a natural area in Gateway National Recreation Area in Great Kills. The discussion went public last week with two walks at the site and a panel presentation at Protectors' annual meeting in the auditorium of the Staten Island Zoo.

Richard T. Lynch, president of Sweet Bay Magnolia Conservancy, is part of the panel of speakers addressing the proposed restoration project at Crooke's Point, which was discussed at the annual meeting of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods on Nov. 2 at the Staten Island Zoo. (Staten Island Advance/Kathryn Carse)

Crooke's Point is a barrier beach that protects Great Kills Harbor. It also has a triangular interior area of 25 acres on which trees, bushes and vines grow. Much of the vegetation is invasive or non-native growth and there is disagreement about what should be done to remediate the site and how. "The crisis is not environmental; it's about communication," said Dave Avrin to begin his presentation on the project. Chief of the division of resources management with the National Park Service, Avrin is also a Huguenot resident and member of PPOW. "One of the goals of Gateway National Recreation Area is to reverse deterioration of all park resources," said Avrin. They are concentrating on areas where 90 percent of the vegetation is invasive. Species that qualify as invasive include oriental bittersweet, Japanese honeysuckle, porcelain berry and phragmites. In partnership with the city Parks Department Million Trees Project, the National Parks Service will conduct the restoration Page 24 of 141

project as a way to enhance habitat. A pilot program is to begin this winter on a one- to two-acre site, removing invasives and planting 800 to 1,000 trees and shrubs per acre. Avrin said exotics will be removed by park employees with the help of volunteers and mechanical equipment. Herbicide will be used, where necessary. The process will be phased to minimize disruption and trails will remain open. He emphasized that state of the art methods of removal of invasive, exotic plants will be used. "Any chemicals used must be vetted at regional and federal level. We must make sure it is right, necessary and correct according to DEC (Department of Conservation) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) regulations, which are strict regulations," said Avrin.

GROWING PROBLEM There are almost as many concerns as there are invasive species. The Staten Island Museum conducted a survey of plants and wildlife to establish whether a restoration is necessary and what is at risk. Ed Johnson, curator of science, presented the results which include 85 species of plants identified, 64 percent of which are native. The birds and butterflies, oblivious of native and invasive designations, feed on the berries and flowers. Tree swallows amassed by the thousands and monarch butterflies feed and rest before moving down the coast on their long migratory journeys. Osprey and ruby-throated hummingbirds are nesting on the point, something not seen for decades. Johnson noted that a restoration project in Clove Lakes Park under Million Trees NYC had positive results, but the responsibility to do it right and not disrupt what is established is paramount. Herbicide drift, for instance, has the threat of killing valuable plants and contaminating the water, affecting crabs and fish. Jane Alexander, an associate professor of geology at the College of Staten Island, reported on soil analysis and the efficacy of herbicides. Staten Island Museum volunteer research associate Paul Lederer questioned the practicality of maintaining the plantings that need watering to get established. "No one is really talking about upkeep. If you plant them, you have to take care of them," said Lederer. Page 25 of 141

Richard Lynch, a botanist with the Sweet Bay Magnolia Bioreserve Conservancy, a local environmental group, expressed frustration with making any headway in discussing the issues with the NPS and city Parks Department who didn't seem compelled to take seriously the recommendations of local naturalists.

BE LEAST INVASIVE "Before you buy drums of toxins, look for the least invasive way to get the job done," said Lynch. He recommended mechanical removal and landscape fabric which prevent weeds from germinatng. He also recommended using acorns and seedlings that get acclimated more naturally and don't need constant maintenance. Ellen Pratt, co-chair of the conservation committee, Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, questioned the "mantra to plant native species." She noted the invasives are rich in food for the birds and butterflies who don't care that they are not native species. She also questioned the resources the initiative would require. Crooke's Point has very few phragmites, but at the other end of the park, the phragmites are causing a tremendous problem. "People with homes that backup to Gateway (on the north end of the park) would love to have trees rather than phragmites," said Ms. Pratt, proposing the project shift to that end of the park. Despite the criticisms and red flags, Avrin remains positive. "We are in it for the long run. We think in terms of hundreds of years. Our hope is we can restore Crooke's Point to a habitat that is more productive and natural," said Avrin during the question-and-answer period. (NEXT WEEK: A closer look at Crooke's Point.) Mid-week Birding Walk Crooke's Point 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Nov. 16 Meeting place Park in the last parking lot before Crooke's Point

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Officials to Get 'Moral Training'  2011‐11‐09  The Chinese Communist Party's move comes amid a series of corruption scandals.  

EyePress News  Visitors at an anti‐corruption exhibition in Hangzhou, eastern China's Zhejiang province, Oct 8, 2011.   Faced with growing public mistrust and widespread popular anger over rampant corruption, China's  ruling Communist Party recently launched "moral training sessions" for civil servants.    The clean‐up drive comes as a Shanghai court handed a suspended death sentence to the former  president of state‐owned Shanghai Pharmaceutical Group for corruption  on Wednesday, amid growing  concerns over drug safety.    Wu Jianwen, 42, was found guilty of taking bribes of 11.87 million yuan (U.S. $1.9 million) and  embezzling 33.55 million yuan, the China Business News reported.    Wu, who was detained in 2009, took bribes 35 times over a decade in return for buying raw materials to  be used in the company's products and for granting sales rights to certain agents, state media said.    He also bought luxury homes at below market prices as a form of bribe.    Shanghai Pharmaceutical Group is China's third largest drug company by revenue, according to the firm.    The sentencing came as the top‐level civil service bureau ordered all personnel to attend the training  sessions, which will focus on "loyalty to country," "serving the people," and "honesty and fairness,"  official media reported.   

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One workshop will be titled: "Scrupulous upholding of official duties."    'Personal integrity'    Professor Xia Ming, a political science teacher at the College of Staten Island in New York, said the move  to enforce "moral training" is an indication of the moral laxity of Chinese officials.    "This training exists because they have recognized that the personal integrity of civil servants has  weakened or has been totally neglected," Xia said.    "If Chinese officials lack integrity, then this is going to damage the government's effectiveness in  governing the whole country."    Professor Hu Xiaobo, who heads the China Center at South Carolina's Clemson University, said the  classes are unlikely to be effective without systemic changes to China's management of its own  employees.    "You have to set up an entire system: a clear system, which sets out the standards and tells people how  to implement them," Hu said.    A series of scandals in recent months involving misuse of state funds and official expense accounts has  led to widespread anger and calls for a better system for the public declaration of interests and assets.    Outside agency    Experts say the current system of reporting assets isn't supervised by an outside agency.    "There needs to be a way to make judgments and carry out investigations, otherwise everything will just  go along as it was before," Hu said.    He said guidelines such as those in other countries on the acceptance of gifts, with a monetary limit on  their value, are needed.    "There has to be a system for reporting cases, for investigating them, and for punishing [malpractice],"  Hu said. "Officials might be able to eat using public funds, but they should have to report the names of  everyone they ate with."    Official corruption, already an endemic problem in China, has mushroomed in the wake of widespread  government spending on infrastructure projects in the wake of the global economic crisis, experts say.    In some sectors of the economy, corrupt transactions have now taken over regular business as the  priority in many areas of the communications industry and the judiciary, according to Chinese reports.    In 2007, the former head of the State Food and Drug Administration, Zheng Xiaoyu, was executed after  being convicted of taking bribes in return for approving hundreds of medicines, some of which proved  dangerous.    Reported by Qiao Yuan for RFA's Mandarin service. Translated and written in English by Luisetta Mudie. 

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The Audit, The News Frontier — November 14, 2011 01:16 PM

Debating Starkman’s “Confidence Game” Rounding up responses By Alysia Santo

Dean Starkman’s critique of future-of-news gurus Jeff Jarvis, Clay Shirky, and Jay Rosen, among others, made a bit of splash, as these things go. C.W. Anderson, an assistant professor of media culture at CUNY’s College of Staten Island, tweeted this shortly after the publication: @Chanders: In honesty: actually curious to see if @deanstarkman’s piece can lead to a real debate or just online snarkitude. Hoping for the former.

So were we. Thankfully, the story did inspire plenty of discussion, including a piece a few days later by Anderson himself. Starkman’s thesis, that the “future-of-news (FON) consensus,” is leading to the disempowerment of reporters, sparked some passionate responses. For some, Starkman’s piece was longing and antiquated: “Starkman seems to just want to return to some mythical golden age when institutions ruled the industry and readers knew their place.” —Mathew Ingram, on GigaOM “Most proponent of good ‘ol journalism defend it by setting up a strawman, not of their opponents’ position but of their own, which they sell thusly: vintage journalism, made from one hundred percent pure investigative reporting.” — Stijn Debrouwere, on his blog, “Nostalgia is fun and it’s warm, and for journalists today, it’s seductive and dangerous.” — Steve Buttry, on his blog The Buttry Diary Buttry’s response in particular was referred to as “required reading” by a blogger and recommended in some tweets. He points to some specifics he feels Starkman omitted: the investigative newsrooms that have emerged that are doing great work; examples where Page 29 of 141

community engagement and crowdsourcing have been powerful tools; and the stories that big media has missed over the years. For Starkman’s praise of the Boston Globe’s explosive story of rampant sexual abuse by priests in Boston, Buttry writes “he doesn’t note that the abuse and cover up went on for decades without being uncovered by journalists.” Buttry writes that while he normally ignores “nostalgic rants” about journalism’s golden history, as they are “too plentiful and pitiful to waste time with,” he decided to respond to Starkman’s piece for “two reasons.”: He smeared my friends in the piece. The five people Starkman cited as contributing to the “future-of-news (FON) consensus” include John Paton (my boss as CEO of Journal Register Co. and Digital First Media), Jay Rosen and Jeff Jarvis (members of the JRC and DFM advisory boards) and Dan Gillmor (who was a reporter working for me at the Kansas City Times in the 1980s and remains a friend). I have not met Clay Shirky, the fifth person Starkman cited, but I admire him and have praised him on this blog. For reasons that escape me, the Columbia Journalism Review published the Starkman rant. I don’t know many people who still read CJR, but it has a respected name in journalism. I’m sorry to see that CJR published such a misguided diatribe weak, wandering blast from the past, but I am moved to respond.

But he did strikethrough the misguided diatribe part after a programming blogger named Stijn Debrouwere tweeted at Buttry: @Stdbruw: @stevebuttry: Parts of Starkman’s piece are mean-spirited, but I feel it’s sincere enough not to call it a diatribe — my humble opinion.

Debrouwere wrote his own response on his blog. He’s in agreement with Starkman’s assertion that the growing list of responsibilities can pose a problem: Most importantly, I feel very strongly that we’re asking journalists to churn out too much content at too fast a pace, and, what’s more, that the pseudo-journalism a lot of reporters are asked to produce is an insult to their professional honor.

But for the most part he didn’t think Starkman’s argument made it across the finish line: It’s just that I have no idea how any of that implies that journalists should go easy on social media (time better spent reporting, apparently), that good pro/am collaborations are and will always be the Pegasi of news, that personal branding is silly, that free can never be the basis of a business model, that lots of text is always

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the best way to report on current events, that reporters can only waste time talking to their readers and that news has value even if people won’t pay and won’t read. The first set of facts has absolutely no relationship to the second. That’s ultimately why I feel Dean Starkman’s exposition holds no water: as much as I appreciate some kickback to opinions perhaps too forcefully held, his arguments don’t say what he wants them to say.

Mathew Ingram asks “Why does the future of news have to be us versus them?” in his post on the topic for GigaOM. Ingram writes that Starkman “sets up a false dichotomy” with his piece, with subheds that read, “For Starkman, institutions are all that matters,” and “It doesn’t have to be a binary question.” Is there no middle ground? I think there is. Smart institutions like The Guardian are making use of digital tools to open up their journalism, in an attempt to create what editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger calls a “mutualised newspaper.” They are thinking of themselves as a platform for others to build on, not an institution that delivers the news readymade to a willing audience. And new institutions like ProPublica and the Texas Tribune are showing other ways of delivering hard-hitting and worthwhile public journalism.

Ingram raised a complaint shared by others: that Starkman doesn’t offer any solutions, but rather just criticizes the solutions proposed by others. In the comments section of Ingram’s post, Evgeny Morozov writes, “To fault Starkman for not have ‘solutions’ to some ‘problem’ is to miss the point of his essay, which is precisely to argue that so many people don’t see the FON forest for the FON trees.” Emily Bell, a former online editor for the Guardian, published a rebuttal to Starkman’s piece here on CJR, which Starkman responded to, and the debate continues on the comment boards of those pages. Bell also mentions some of the same organizations that Ingram did as counterpoints to Dean’s argument. C.W. Anderson addressed Starkman’s piece at Nieman Lab with a post entitled “The Jekyll and Hyde Problem: What are journalists and their institutions for?” He specifically addresses the mention of the examples that Bell raises, disagreeing that they run counter to Starkman’s point: Notice, too, the organizations that Emily Bell praises in her response to Starkman: The Guardian, The New York Times, Andy Carvin at NPR, Ushahidi, Global Voices, and ProPublica. What all of these organizations have in common is that most of them are insulated, to some degree or another, from the ravages of the market.

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Anderson writes that he’s “happy Starkman picked this particular fight” because “fighting about ideas is important.” He writes about a “Jekyll and Hyde problem”: This is what I would call the dark, or Mr. Hyde, side of institutions — their conservatism that verges on an inability to change, and the fact that by seeming to act rationally (based on the “old way” of doing things) they ultimately end up producing deeply irrational outcomes. There is, however, a Dr. Jekyll side to institutions and professions, and I think it is this side that Starkman is mourning in his piece. In the web era, we have usually told a particular story about institutions and the professions they house, one summed up nicely in Clay Shirky’s discussion, in Here Comes Everybody, of the monk Johannes Trithemius, the Abbot of Sponheim. To oversimplify and therefore make a long story short: Professions are monopolistic guilds designed to raise barriers to entry in order to maintain professional privilege at the expense of the public good. This story isn’t untrue. It is a story I’ve told myself. But it’s not the only side to the tale. The other side to institutions and professions, a side long recognized by even the harshest critics of professional power, is that they create non-material cultures that insulate workers from the ravages of the free market. (emphasis his)

John McQuaid wrote in a piece for Forbes, “Dangers Lurking for the Future of News,” that he has “great sympathy” for the core of Starkman’s argument that “journalism institutions and professionalism matter, and should be preserved if journalism is to have an impact on society.” But he objects to the piece’s “conception of accountability journalism,” which he writes “seems frozen in time.” And as technology and connectedness increase, simply preserving journalism institutions and their values, or even creating new institutions to do long-form investigations, isn’t going to be enough. When John Paton says the market value of much journalism is “about zero,” he’s simply stating a fact: that I can call up several gigabytes of reporting on my smartphone in an instant.

But what about responses from the people specifically singled out in Starkman’s piece? So far, there hasn’t been much. John Paton had the most substantial response so far, written in the comments section of Starkman’s piece:

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The argument is not particularly new. It goes something like - ok, you have a new biz model but how does the quality of the journalism stack up? The argument is coupled with the usual broadsides aimed at pro vs am journalism and that those who argue for the new biz models never understood journalism or journalists.

Paton goes on to list the many positions he has held throughout his 35 year career in newsrooms, stating: Now, you might have learned some or all of the above, weighed it and included it or discarded it. But to do that you would have had to interview me before you questioned either my business sense or commitment to journalism.

Jeff Jarvis retweeted some of the blog posts I mention above. Clay Shirky and Jay Rosen have tweeted links to Starkman’s piece, Emily Bell’s response, and others. The only comment Rosen seems to have made is on Twitter shortly after the piece was published where he tweeted: “I have no idea what the future of news will be. Far as I know, I have never made a prediction about it. If you know different, post a link.” Dan Gillmor, who is quoted in the piece tweeted: “as often happens, it suggests that one quote covers everything I believe. the piece is provocative and interesting nonetheless” followed up by “I have a lot of respect for Dean Starkman’s work in general…” Putting aside some of the more extensive rebuttals, much of the Twitter chatter was quite positive: Oliver Burkeman, a writer for the Guardian, called it a “tremendously important/insightful article”; Nick Confessore, a political reporter for the New York Times wrote that Starkman’s piece was a “wise, withering, important CJR essay”; Carl V. Lewis, a student at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism wrote, “No matter where you fall in the great media debate, @deanstarkman’s piece in @CJR captures the anxiety of our age.” We hope the hike through the future-of-news forest will continue.

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CSI swimming coach Oleg Soloviev expects he'll be fired Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 11:21 AM


Jim Waggoner

Oleg Soloviev, who began the College of Staten Island’s swimming program 15 years ago as head coach and has built the Dolphins’ men’s team into a national contender, said he expects to be dismissed today when he and his union lawyer meet with school officials at the Willowbrook campus. The 61-year-old Soloviev said he was placed on administrative leave last Monday and given a letter outlining the school’s “indication of immediate discharge.” He said it is his understanding that he will also lose his full-time position as CSI’s Director of Aquatics, overseeing activity of the campus pool which is available for public rentals. Soloviev, who has led teams to seven CUNY Conference titles and produced the

Advance file photo Oleg Soloviev believes he will be fired.

school’s first NCAA Division III champion in any sport, said that a dispute with CSI officials over “clerical errors and minor procedural violations” has escalated to the point of his pending dismissal. “For these trivial matters, CSI administrators are seeking to fire me and in doing so they are harming the educations and swimming careers of the very students we are supposed to be helping,” Soloviev told the Advance. “The charges are absolutely ridiculous.”

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Soloviev has been the school’s Director of Aquatics since late 1995, when the pool opened at the new Willowbrook campus. He coached a club team during the 1995-96 school year and CSI fielded a varsity program the following school year. He is a five-time CUNY coach-of-the-year award winner. “Typically, we’re not at liberty to comment on any CSI personnel matters,” said CSI athletic director Vernon Mummert. “I really can’t say anything other than we’re not at liberty to comment.” The Russian-born Soloviev has filled his rosters with foreign students, including Pavel Buyanov of Novasibirsk, Russia, a two-time NCAA champion in the 100-yard breaststroke who completed his career last spring with a second-place finish in the NCAA 100 breast. The Dolphins finished in 13th place in the team standings. Last season, there were four student-athletes from Russia and two from Poland on the CSI men’s roster. Soloviev said there are seven Russian swimmers affected by his current situation. “Everybody is shocked right now,” said sophomore Danila Novikov, a Russian native who was third in the 200 IM and 100 breast at last spring’s NCAA meet. “First of all, Oleg is like a father figure to me and a lot of others. Secondly, he’s a national level coach. He’s been coaching at a high level for 25-30 years, so he’s really good.” Novikov, who is not listed on the current team roster, said the long-time coach indicated to the team earlier this week that he expects to be dismissed. “We have no practices, we have nothing right now,” said Novikov. “It’s all messed up. We have nobody to guide us. For the last two weeks, there’s been nothing.” Margaret Borzymowski is listed as the men’s and women’s assistant coach on CSI’s athletic web site. Jim Cooney is listed as a volunteer assistant coach. Soloviev said he first “came under fire from CSI officials” in May of 2010 for his relationship with a private swim club, Blue Arrow, which he claims has a contract through July of 2012 to lease pool and locker facilities at CSI. He said he was told that this affiliation with Blue Arrow was a conflict of interest. “I’ve never taken one dime from Blue Arrow,” said Soloviev, who does have an ownership interest in the club. “Since the club was formed, I have never taken anything more than what it costs to cover my expenses for necessary items. When my work day is done as CSI’s Director of Aquatics, I coach the young swimmers of Blue Arrow for free.” He said CSI earlier this year attempted to remove Blue Arrow “by offering a lease renewal that would have increased their rent tenfold over the course of three years, essentially evicting the club.”

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Blue Arrow filed a lawsuit, arguing that CSI had acted arbitrarily and in bad faith, and won the case, according to Soloviev. He added that Blue Arrow’s lease was extended for one year at “more reasonable terms.” Soloviev said that the purportedly favorable legal decision “inflamed college administrators” and led to his current predicament. He said charges of “time-sheet discrepancies and lifeguard certification improprieties” followed regarding student swimmers who earn money by working as lifeguards at the CSI pool. “It is beyond ridiculous and it smacks of retaliation,” said Soloviev. “They are throwing me out within three years of my retirement after building the most successful CUNY swim program in the city, after personally coaching and training thousands of children and student-athletes ... and for discrepancies of an hour or two on a time sheet? This is something I cannot understand.” He said the charges given to him by the college involve “a series of a few dozen one-hour time-sheet overpayments.” He said he was responsible for “signing hundreds of such time sheets each year, although I do not prepare them. The time sheets were also signed by the athletics department.” Soloviev said that if he is dismissed he will follow the appeals process “even if it means taking it to civil courts.” Added Soloviev: “This is an injustice. And in America we fight injustice.”

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CSI swimming coach awaits school's decision Thursday, November 17, 2011, 10:02 AM


Jim Waggoner

Embattled College of Staten Island swimming coach and director of aquatics Oleg Soloviev wasn’t told his employment fate yesterday during a 20-minute hearing at the Willowbrook campus, but the man who began the school’s swimming program 15 years ago still expects to be fired. “I was told (by union counsel) there would be a decision quick, very soon.” said Soloviev, who maintains that a dispute with CSI officials over “clerical errors and minor procedural violations” have led to what he believes will be his dismissal. Soloviev said last night that he and his union attorney met briefly with a small group that included a member of the CUNY legal staff. The hearing was required after Soloviev was placed on administrative

Advance file photo Oleg Soloviev believes he will be fired.

leave last Monday and given a letter outlining the school’s “indication of immediate discharge.” The Russian-born Soloviev has led teams to seven CUNY Conference titles and produced the school’s first NCAA Division III champion in any sport. Pavel Buyanov of Russia was a two-time NCAA champion in the 100-yard breaststroke in recent seasons. Soloviev said that charges against him are based on “time-sheet discrepancies and lifeguard certification improprieties” regarding student swimmers who earn money by working as lifeguards at the CSI pool.

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Soloviev is being represented in legal matters by the Professional Staff Congress (PSC), the union that represents more than 20,000 faculty and staff in the CUNY system. He said he has also retained a personal attorney and has indicated that if he is dismissed he will follow the appeals process “even if it means taking it to civil courts.” CSI issued a statement through spokesman Ken Bach’s office last night: “The College’s athletic programs are an important and valuable component of the CSI experience, and we are committed to ensuring the highest possible quality and integrity of all of our programs, both academic and athletic. By ensuring that the highest standards possible are in place, we are best serving our community, our faculty and staff, and our students. “Whereas we cannot comment further as this is a personnel matter, it is important to note that the College is working closely with other appropriate institutions at this time.” © 2011 All rights reserved.

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College of Staten Island swimming coach Soloviev fired, but vows legal fight Friday, November 18, 2011, 10:40 PM


Jim Waggoner

College of Staten Island swimming coach and director of aquatics Oleg Soloviev received confirmation Friday that he has been dismissed from his duties, he told the Advance. Soloviev said he received a letter in the mail from the college "stating that I had been immediately discharged," and vowed to vigorously pursue a City University of New York appeals process while formulating plans to file a civil rights lawsuit in federal court. "I have nothing to hide ... I did nothing wrong," said the 61-year-old Soloviev, who maintains that his dispute with school officials revolves around "clerical errors and minor procedural violations." Advance file photo College of Staten Island swimming coach and director of aquatics Oleg Soloviev has been dismissed, he said Friday.

The Russian-born Soloviev revealed Friday that he also has been the focus of an NCAA investigation that he said resulted in the recent suspension of three CSI

swimmers. He said that those three swimmers — all Russian student-athletes — have been reinstated to the team and encouraged to return by an athletic department representative. CSI issued the following statement late Friday afternoon through the office of school spokesman Ken Bach: "The usual Swim and Diving team practice remains in place with Jim Cooney coaching the team. Members of the Swim team, who have recently been reinstated to the team by the NCAA, are expected to follow their

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normal practice routines. We look forward to the continued academic success of our students and another winning season for the Dolphins." Soloviev said he was placed on administrative leave nearly two weeks ago and was represented in legal matters by the Professional Staff Congress (PSC), the union that represents more than 20,000 faculty and staff in the CUNY system, at a meeting this week at CSI. "The union will try to get me reinstated," he said. Failing that, Soloviev said the appeals process could eventually lead to an independent arbiter. Soloviev has been the school’s director of aquatics since late 1995, when the pool opened in the Sports and Recreation Center at the new Willowbrook campus. He coached a club team for a year before CSI fielded a varsity team. He has led teams to seven CUNY Conference titles and produced the school’s first NCAA Division III champion in any sport — Pavel Buyanov of Russia, a two-time NCAA champion in the 100-yard breaststroke. Soloviev said he has also hired local attorney Robert Prignoli to represent him. Prignoli told the Advance late Thursday night that he has served notice of claim to six defendants, including CSI and the CUNY, as a prerequisite to filing a federal civil rights lawsuit for $20 million damages, plus punitive damages and attorney fees. "Curiously, the Russian nationals (on the swim team) were singled out for retaliation, and that is highly suspect," said Prignoli. "I think the federal court would have something to say about that, frankly. "We are intending to bring a civil rights action against them in federal court." Prignoli also wished to clarify a Soloviev comment published in an earlier story in the Advance this week, when his client said he maintained an ownership interest in the private Blue Arrow Swim Club, which has a lease to train at CSI and according to Soloviev is also at the center of the school’s investigation against him. Prignoli said he also represents Blue Arrow and that Soloviev has not been the owner for at least two years.

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Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm tells 'Occupy Wall Street' protesters to 'buy a bar of soap' Friday, November 18, 2011, 6:42 AM


Judy L. Randall

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Not everyone is in tune with the "we are the 99-percent" vibe of Occupy Wall Street protesters. As the protesters stormed Wall Street yesterday, Rep. Michael Grimm branded them "lowlifes," telling them to "buy a bar of soap," clean up and ship out. Said Grimm: "It has been two months and now it's time for the OWS protesters to pack up their tents, buy a bar of soap and head home. ... These people have overstayed their welcome. It's time they get the heck out of New York City.


Associated Press

New York City Police officers prevent protestors from entering Wall Street from the east, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. Two days after the encampment that sparked the global Occupy protest movement was cleared by authorities, demonstrators marched through New York's financial district Thursday and promised a national day of action with mass gatherings in other cities. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Occupy Wall Street protests 11-17-2011 gallery (12 photos)

"Between the filth, smell, incessant noise and threat to public safety, they have done nothing but cause a nuisance to the people who work and live in Lower Manhattan." Protester Katie Cuminskey, an associate professor at the College of Staten Island, took issue with the strong language. "I live here. I live in his community. He's supposed to be representing me. And his statement seemed to be off-kilter, and ignorant, and out of touch with reality," she said. Grimm, a former small-business owner, also charged that protesters have "cost the city and surrounding businesses millions of dollars," adding, "It's time these people find a more productive use of their time. New Yorkers have had enough!"

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Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) called his constituents "the hardworking 99-pecent who simply want to go to work, do their jobs and get home to their families without being hassled along the way. They already face one of the longest commutes in the nation without having to deal with this mob. It is reprehensible for these lowlifes to overrun the ferry or subways ... and add further hours to the trip home." The freshman lawmaker hailed Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for "cleaning up Zuccotti Park and managing a potentially violent and destructive situation," saying, "They have done a tremendous job." Meanwhile, former City Council candidate John Tabacco, a small-business owner from Annadale who calls himself "a member of the 53 percent who pay the taxes in this country," greeted OWS protesters massing in Lower Manhattan earlier in the day with a succinct message hand-printed on a neon-green sign: "Occupy a Desk." Photos of Tabacco, clad in a business suit, and his brother, Derek Tabacco, holding a homemade sign with the legend "Occupy a Job" on Rector Street were picked up by international wire services. "About 80 percent of the people we walked by gave us a thumbs up, told us 'good job' or 'God bless,'" said Tabacco, 43, CEO of "We wanted to let them [the protesters] know that what they have been saying is not going unresisted. We've been talking to other small-business owners about smart ways to counter what is being said. "They have no consolidated message; there are so many different factions. They are against corporate greed, but occupying a park does not advance their message." Tabacco said Occupy Wall Streeters should instead be protesting federal government policy that offers corporations bailouts without throwing the same lifeline to small-business owners who have trouble getting a line of credit. Tabacco ran for the North Shore City Council seat in a 2008 special election. Derek Tabacco, 41, of Manhattan. is CEO of The brothers grew up in Eltingville.

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Grimm can't possibly represent all Islanders' views on OWS Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 1:07 AM


Letters to the Editor/Staten Island Advance

By MARTIN WEISSMAN WILLOWBROOK In Friday’s front-page story, Professor Katie Cuminsky of the College of Staten Island takes issue “with strong language” with which our Rep. Michael Grimm’s branded Occupy Wall Street protesters “lowlifes.” She goes on to call Grimm’s statement to be “off-kilter, and ignorant and out of touch with reality.” Cuminsky is probably not a political science professor because she claims the she lives here in the community and that he’s supposed to represent her. There is no way that a Congressman can be in synch with all of his constituents. In fact, an honest one would say what he believes in his heart.

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Is Israel Using LGBT Rights As An Anti‐Palestinian Marketing Tool? 

Is it possible that the Israeli government is bolstering their country’s pro‐gay image purely to attract  LGBT tourists and paint their Palestinian neighbors as evil? Sarah Schulman, humanities professor at the  City University of New York’s College of Staten Island thinks so… and her point may change the way you  look at LGBT politics and advertising.  In her New York Times opinion piece “Israel and ‘Pinkwashing’,” Schulman writes:  In 2005, with help from American marketing executives, the Israeli government began a marketing  campaign, “Brand Israel,” aimed at men ages 18 to 34… to depict Israel as “relevant and modern.” The  government later expanded the marketing plan by harnessing the gay community to reposition its global  image.  … the Tel Aviv tourism board had begun a campaign of around $90 million to brand the city as “an  international gay vacation destination.” The promotion, which received support from the Tourism  Ministry and Israel’s overseas consulates, includes depictions of young same‐sex couples and financing  for pro‐Israeli movie screenings at lesbian and gay film festivals in the United States…  The growing global gay movement against the Israeli occupation has named these tactics “pinkwashing”:  a deliberate strategy to conceal the continuing violations of Palestinians’ human rights behind an image  of modernity signified by Israeli gay life. Aeyal Gross, a professor of law at Tel Aviv University, argues  that “gay rights have essentially become a public‐relations tool,” even though “conservative and  especially religious politicians remain fiercely homophobic.”  Pinkwashing not only manipulates the hard‐won gains of Israel’s gay community, but it also ignores the  existence of Palestinian gay‐rights organizations. 

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That would certainly explain why Islamophobe Michael Lucas was allowed to film his pro‐Semitic porn  epic Men of Israel within Isreal’s borders and why an employee of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin  Netanyahu’s office circulated a patently false video accusing anti‐gay Palestinian protestors of working  as covert terrorist operatives.  But it also makes you think twice about how some politicians make “It Gets Better” videos just to rake  their opponents over the coals for not making one and about businesses that tout pro‐LGBT policies and  marketing partnerships while working donating to anti‐gay politicians.  Although we need all the allies we can get, it pays to at least question what people stand to gain when  they decide to publicly espouse pro‐LGBT rhetoric. 

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CSI soccer women in CUNY title game Thursday, November 03, 2011, 9:12 AM


Staten Island Advance

Natalie Tombasco scored three straight goals during a first-half outburst as top-seeded College of Staten Island advanced to the CUNYAC women’s soccer championship game for the seventh time in eight years yesterday with a 6-0 rout of fourth-seeded York. The Dolphins (13-4 overall, the highest win total in program history) will face No. 3 John Jay for the title Saturday at 4 p.m. at Randall’s Island. The Bloodhounds defeated second-seeded CCNY in penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie. There was no suspense to CSI’s semifinal win, however, as leading scorer Demi-Jean Martorano knocked home her 18th of the season off a Melissa Gelardi cross just one minute into the match. Tombasco then netted the next three at the sixth minute (assist from Amanda Percaccio), the 14th (Gelardi assist) and 24th (unassisted) to give host CSI a 4-0 lead. Jean Notholt’s blast four minutes later off a Martorano feed gave the Dolphins a five-goal cushion at the intermission. Notholt assisted on fellow freshman Matea Marie DeNoble’s score at the 69th minute. The Dolphins peppered York goalie Vanessa Rivera with 33 shots and forced 13 saves. York took one shot, which wasn’t on net. © 2011 All rights reserved.

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College of Staten Island takes aim at CUNY women's soccer title Saturday Saturday, November 05, 2011, 1:52 AM


Staten Island Advance Sports Desk

The College of Staten Island will be gunning for its sixth CUNY Conference women’s soccer title Saturday when the top-seeded Dolphins face No. 3 John Jay at 4 p.m. at Randall’s Island. The 13-4 Dolphins own earlier 4-0 and 5-0 victories over the Bloodhounds (6-13). CSI rolled through CUNY competition with a 6-0 regular-season record, outscoring CSI photo courtesy of Kellie Carnevale CSI takes aim at the CUNY Conference women's soccer title Saturday against John Jay.

competition 24-0. The Dolphins last won the conference tourney in 2008. Medgar Evers topped CSI 3-1 in last year’s finale.

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2011 CUNYAC/Applebee's Women's & Men's Soccer Finals on Saturday   All at Randall's Island ­ Women's Kick Off at 4 pm, Men at 6 pm ­ Follow LIVE 

Women's & Men's Championship, Saturday, November 5  The 2011 CUNYAC / Applebee's Women's Final will feature the top‐seeded College of Staten Island  Dolphins verus #3 John Jay Bllodhounds at 4:00 pm. The men's final for the Conference's NCAA  Automatic Berth will be between the #1 Lehman Lightning and the #3 Baruch Bearcats at 6:00 pm.  @ Randall's Island Soccer Stadium (Field #10) ‐ DIRECTIONS  CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL = For Tournament Results & Live Championship Links  FREE TICKET LINK  Fans that check in at the championships using their online ticket will be eligible for a prize, and fans that  attend multiple CUNYAC  championship events will be eligible for a drawing at the end of the 2011‐12  season to win additional prizes.   

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College of Staten Island claims CUNY women's soccer title in shootout Saturday, November 05, 2011, 11:31 PM


Staten Island Advance Sports Desk

The College of Staten Island captured its sixth CUNY Athletic Conference women’s soccer title — and first since 2008 — by defeating John Jay in a penalty-kick shootout Saturday on Randall’s Island. The Dolphins (13-4-1) now await their fate on a possible NCAA or ECAC Metro New York/New Jersey postseason contention. The draws will be announced Sunday and Monday afternoon, respectively. After 90 minutes of regulation and two overtime periods failed to produce any goals, the teams got ready for penalty kicks. Down to the final two shots after a 3-3 draw in the shootout, Christina Sgarlato scored to give CSI a 4-3 lead and goalkeeper Samantha Wysokowski darted to the right to stop John Jay’s Jennifer Gomez, giving the Dolphins the win. Lauren Neglia, Demi-Jean Martorano and Natalie Tombasco made the other kicks for the Dolphins. “We practiced this scenario so many times in practice,” said CSI head coach John Guagliardo. “We were ready. “I’m very proud of them, especially after being here and losing last year (to Medgar Evers),” he added. “We knew that fully healthy, John Jay was going to give us everything they had and were going to be a big opponent for us tonight. We showed a lot of confidence at the end to come up with a win.” Wysokowski was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

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Photo by: Greg Armstrong November 5, 2011  Box Score  NEW YORK, N.Y. ‐ It may not have been the way they would they would have scripted it, but the No.1  seeded College of Staten Island took home the CUNYAC/Applebee's Women's Soccer Championship, by  scoring a 4‐3 win on a penalty kick shootout after playing to a scoreless draw against No. 3 John Jay  College.  For the Dolphins it marked their sixth postseason crown, and their first since 2008, giving them  a record of 13‐4‐1 as it anticipated the upcoming NCAA and ECAC Postseason draws.  For the  Bloodhounds, they finalized their record at 6‐13‐2.    In an extremely exciting first half, both teams had plenty of chances, with play swinging back‐and‐forth.   CSI got off the game's first four shots in the first 20 minutes, before CSI keeper Samantha Wysokowski  turned back a Bergelie Louis shot in the box which seemed headed for the go‐ahead goal.  Moments  later, it was John Jay keeper Marcelina Kopec's turn to shine, as the sophomore sprawled to make a  fingertip save on a Lauren Neglia shot from just beyond the box.  CSI led the first half shooting, 9‐5 (5‐3  on goal) but the Bloodhounds had great opportunities, including a Brenda Pitts breakaway that  Wysokowski turned aside after CSI defender Amanda Percaccio caught up to the play.  Later, at 34:00, a  Natalie Tombasco strike for CSI was just touched by Kopec at hit the post, falling harmlessly aside.   

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The teams headed into intermission scoreless, but it was the Dolphins who amped up the pressure in  the second frame.  Almost from the get‐go, the top seeds put on the pressure, and out‐shot the  Bloodhounds, 16‐1, in the frame (6‐1 on goal).  Still, the quality of the chances were few and far  between as CSI attackers Paige Buono, Demi‐Jean Martorano, and Matea Marie DeNoble scattered a  pair of shots each above the crossbar.  CSI's best chance came just six minutes in, when Neglia and  Martorano each had shots in front of the John Jay net that were swept aside at the goal line by  Bloodhound defenders.    John Jay tried in vain to spring Louis on a series of downfield runs, but the CSI defense clamped down, as  Percaccio, Alyssa Colasurdo and Nicole Quattrocchi kept the Bloodhounds at bay.  John Jay's only shot  came with just 13 seconds left by Pitts, with Wysokowski registering her fifth save.  The Bloodhounds  had a golden chance as time expired, when a booming free kick by Danielle Bassett bounced twice into  the goal mouth, as CSI scrambled to clear the ball from danger.    With overtime set to begin, a penalty‐kick shootout seemed imminent, and both teams responded.  CSI  put up another six shots, forcing Kopec to make a trio of saves on would‐be game‐winners, the closest  coming on Christina Jacob’s free kick from 30‐yards out that Kopec finger‐tipped above the crossbar.   Moments later, Melissa Gelardi's shot rang off the outside of the post.  In the second overtime CSI  averted a scare when another towering shot from Bassett, this time from the right side, boomed off the  post as well, on a shot that Wysokowski guided out‐of‐bounds.    When the final horn had sounded the game remained scoreless, despite the Dolphins out‐shooting the  Bloodhounds, 31‐8 (14‐5 on goal).  The teams were relegated to a shootout scenario, and despite the  jitters in the air, CSI Head Coach John Guagliardo was confident going into.    "We practiced this scenario so many times in practice," he said.  "We were ready."    CSI was first to shoot, and Neglia buried her shot into the right side, JJ's Alexis Ochoa did the same  against Wysokowski to knot the score 1‐1.  Martorano calmly fired to the right side to give CSI a lead,  and then Wysokowski played hero, blasting off to her right to stop Pitts' next shot to put CSI up 2‐1 after  two rounds.  Wysokowski was next to shoot, but couldn't help her own cause, rolling a ball wide of the  net, and JJ's Bassett rocketed a ball in to knot the score again, 2‐2.     Next up was Tombasco, who just tucked a ball inside the crossbar to stake CSI to the lead again.  The  goal was answered by Stephannie Rengifo, who placed one into the right corner to tie again.  Down to  their final shots, Christina Sgarlato fired home another to Kopec's left.  In the final scene to the  tremendous game, John Jay's Jennifer Gomez fired on Wysokowski, who darted to the right and cut the  ball down in its tracks to give CSI the exhilarating win.    "I'm very proud of them, especially after being here and losing last year (to Medgar Evers)," said a  jubilant Guagliardo after the game.  "We knew that fully healthy, John Jay was going to give us  everything they had and were going to be a big opponent for us tonight.  We showed a lot of confidence  at the end to come up with a win."    For her efforts in the five‐save shutout, Wysokowski was named tournament Most Valuable Player.  The  field player was confident playing between the pipes for the Dolphins, even during the shootout  scenario.   

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"Playing the field I know what to expect in these scenarios from the shooters and as the keeper, and I  just knew I was going to make that last stop.  It's such a great feeling to win this game, and to do it like  we did," she said.    The Dolphins won the CUNYAC Championship for five straights years spanning 2004‐08, but were shut  out the last two seasons.  John Jay was making its first championship appearance tonight.    CSI will now await word on possible NCAA or ECAC Metro NY/NJ Postseason contention, with draws to  be announced Sunday evening and Monday afternoon.   

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Baruch Women's Volleyball & Lehman's Men's Soccer Both Head to  NCAA Tournament   CSI Women's Soccer & Hunter Women's Volleyball Headed to the ECAC's 

Right Photo Credit: Baruch College  The Bearcats Face Off the Bowdoin Polar Bears This Friday at the NCAA Volleyball Tournament  Follow the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Bracket Here  New York, N.Y. – Straight off their 3‐1 win against archrival Hunter in the CUNY Athletic Conference /  Con Edison’s Women’s Volleyball Championship, Baruch (24‐16) now heads to Springfield Mass, to  represent CUNYAC in the NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Championship.  Announced on Monday morning the Bearcats will face off against Bowdoin (26‐2) in their first  tournament appearance.   First time winners of the New England Small College Athletic Conference, the  Polar Bears have already set a school record for single‐season victories.   The match is set to play on  Friday November 11, the winner will play the winner of Polytechnic Institute of NY (23‐14) vs. University  of Massachusetts, Boston (26‐4).    This will be the second appearance ever, in the NCAA tournament by Baruch, however a first for many of  the Baruch players including Posey Wilson who recorded her 2,000th dig in the championship game 

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"Playing the field I know what to expect in these scenarios from the shooters and as the keeper, and I  just knew I was going to make that last stop.  It's such a great feeling to win this game, and to do it like  we did," she said.    The Dolphins won the CUNYAC Championship for five straights years spanning 2004‐08, but were shut  out the last two seasons.  John Jay was making its first championship appearance tonight.    CSI will now await word on possible NCAA or ECAC Metro NY/NJ Postseason contention, with draws to  be announced Sunday evening and Monday afternoon.   

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against Hunter.  Baruch will also be led by tournament MVP player Melinda Santiago and OH Jessica Wu  who was named to the All‐Tournament team.        Lehman Heads to New Jersey to Play Stevens at the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament  NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Bracket   New York, N.Y – It was announced Monday morning that Lehman College (13‐5) will be facing off against  Stevens Institute (15‐2) in the first round of the NCAA Division III’s Men’s Soccer Championship.  The  game is set to play this Saturday with the Lightning heading across the river to play Stevens in Hoboken.   The winner will play against the winner of Manhattanville (15‐3) vs. Brockport (12‐4) in the second  round.    This is Lehman’s first ever appearance in the tournament which they gain an automatic bid coming off  their momentous win in the CUNYAC/Applebee’s Men’s Soccer Championship this past Saturday against  Baruch.  In what was an incredibly nail biting and thrilling match, Lehman claimed the victory after a 2‐2  standoff after 110 minutes of play with a 5‐4 led in penalty kicks.  Lehman heads into the tournament with junior forward and later MVP of the CUNYAC/Applebee’s  championship match, Oumar Niang, who was able to get Lehman first on the board in the 23rd minute  with his 15th strike of the season.  Captain Carlos Riberio pulled through for the team with 35 yard shot  that tied the match and led to Thaddeus Ikwuka earning the official credit for the winning goal. However  if it weren’t for keeper Marcos Coto‐Batres who made the save of  his college career when Baruch’s  Andreas Hansson made his attempt at 4‐4, Ikwuka wouldn’t have gotten his chance to win it for Lehman.   On Sunday Stevens Institute won their fifth straight Empire 8 championship in a 2‐1 victory against  Elmira College. This will mark their 11th straight tournament appearance.  Junior and Empire 8’s player  of the year Zach Adler scored both goals for the Ducks.        CSI Dolphins are ECAC Bound  See the Bracket Here  The College of Staten Island women's soccer team is enjoying their finest year as a varsity program and  on the heels of their CUNYAC Championship on Saturday, the team was awarded a berth to the 2011  ECAC Metro NY/NJ Postseason Tournament, earning the seven‐team field's No. 5 seed.  CSI (13‐4‐1) will  travel to Jersey City, New Jersey, to take on No. 4 New Jersey City University (13‐7) on Wednesday,  November 9, at 2pm.    CSI finalized its 2011 season in fine fashion, suffering only a single loss in its final 9 games, a stretch that  included six shutouts and a perfect run through the CUNYAC regular season.  On Saturday at Randall's  Island, the Dolphins captured their sixth CUNYAC Championship in eight seasons, beating No. 3 John Jay  College, 4‐3, on a penalty kick shootout after a 0‐0 tie through regulation and two overtimes.  NJCU, 

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owners of a 4‐4 conference mark, were bounced from the NJAC playoffs in the quarterfinal round to  Richard Stockton College, 5‐2.  Still, the Gothic Knights have had a quality campaign that included a 5‐2  win over CSI back on September 13.    NJCU has won six of seven overall meetings with the Dolphins dating back to 2004, but this will be the  first postseason contest between the two sides.  CSI's last win in the series was back in 2006 (4‐0), as the  Gothic Knights have won the last four in the series.  NJCU is 8‐2 at home this season, and are 3‐0 all‐time  against the Dolphins in Jersey City.    New York University (12‐6) earned the top‐seed in tournament field and will have a bye in the  quarterfinal round, playing the winner of CSI‐NJCU on Saturday, November 12.  In other quarterfinal  action, No. 2 Richard Stockton (13‐6‐4) will take on No. 7 St. Joseph's‐LI (10‐9‐1), while No. 3 Mount  Saint Mary (17‐3‐1) will take on No. 6 SUNY‐Old Westbury (9‐8‐1).  The semifinals will take place at the  highest remaining seed on Saturday, with the Championship set for Sunday, all times are to be  announced.   Hunter Hawks Set to Play Against Ramapo in ECAC  See the Complete Bracket Here  Hunter, the runner up in the 2011 CUNYAC/Con Edison’s Women’s Volleyball Championship has been  selected to compete in the ECAC Metro/Upstate Postseason Tournament.  The fifth seeded Hawks (21‐11) will meet fourth seeded Ramapo College (27‐7) at Ramapo to play in the  quarterfinals set for 7:00 pm this Wednesday, November 9.   Also scheduled to play on Wednesday are  Top seeded Elmira (25‐8) vs. No. 8 St. Joseph’s of Long Island (17‐11), No. 7 Mount St. Mary (20‐10) vs.  No 2. NYU (20‐16) and No. 6 St.  John Fisher (20‐12) vs. No. 3 FDU‐Florham (28‐9).    Hunter will led by seniors Christine Luebcke, Katina Boutis and Mallory Grubler as they head into the  ECAC tournament.  Luebcke registered 11 kills in the CUNYAC championship and Boutis led the squad  with 33 assists.  Grubler registered 6 kills for the Hawks in the 3‐1 loss to Baruch last Thursday.      This will be Ramapo’s third straight appearance in the ECAC.        

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CSI women';s soccer headed to ECAC Metro NY/NJ Tournament Tuesday, November 08, 2011, 9:19 AM


Staten Island Advance

The College of Staten Island women’s soccer team, fresh off winning the CUNY Conference championship, yesterday was awarded a berth in the ECAC Metro NY/NJ Tournament. The fifth-seeded Dolphins (13-4-1) will travel to fourth-seeded New Jersey City (13-7) tomorrow for a quarterfinal match at 2 p.m. The seven-team field features top-seeded NYU (12-6), which has a bye into the semifinals and will host the CSI-NJCU

Photo courtesy/CUNY, Greg Armstrong The CSI women celebrate after winning the CUNY Athletic Conference womenâ s soccer title Saturday.

winner on Saturday at a time to be determined. In other quarterfinal action, No. 2 Richard Stockton (13-6-4) hosts No. 7 St. Joseph’s-L.I. (10-9-1) and No. 3 Mount Saint Mary (17-3-1) entertains No. 6 Old Westbury (9-8-1). The semifinals will be hosted by the highest remaining seeds on Saturday, with the championship game set for Sunday. New Jersey City has a 6-1 all-time record against CSI, including a 5-2 victory this season. The schools have never met in the postseason. The Dolphins won eight of its final nine games, a stretch that included six shutouts and a perfect CUNY regular season. They topped John Jay 4-3 on a penalty kick shootout after the rivals played to a scoreless tie in the conference tourney finals. © 2011 All rights reserved.

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CSI men, women lose in swimming opener against Baruch Thursday, November 10, 2011, 10:00 AM


Staten Island Advance

The College of Staten Island (1-1 overall) men’s swimming team lost its CUNYAC opener to Baruch, 116-90. CSI’s Yury Zimarev won the 50-yard freestyle (22.25 seconds) and the 100 butterfly (54.27). Mitchell Lovell took the 100 breaststroke (1:21.47). The women’s team dropped its third straight conference meet, 114-92, and is 0-4 overall. Priscila Alvarez took the 500 freestyle (7:43.74) and Stephanie McCormick won the 100 breaststroke (1:38.37). © 2011 All rights reserved.

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Soccer: CSI women lose in quarterfinals Thursday, November 10, 2011, 9:59 AM


Staten Island Advance

JERSEY CITY — The College of Staten Island women’s soccer team made an early exit in the ECAC Metro NY/NJ Tournament with a 6-0 quarterfinal loss to New Jersey City University yesterday. The Dolphins, who won their sixth CUNY Conference championship Saturday, had 10 shots for the day but came up empty. Demi-Jean Martorano took five of the shots. Samantha Wysokowski made seven saves for CSI (13-5-1). Jennifer Albuja had three goals and Julia Caseres had two for the Gothic Knights (14-7), who play NYU Saturday in a semifinal. © 2011 All rights reserved.

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Men's Basketball Set to get 2011‐12 Underway; Ducks Open at  Baruch Tuesday Night  11/14/2011  Contact: Rob Kulish  HOBOKEN, N.J. (November 14, 2011) – The Stevens Institute of Technology men’s basketball team is set  to open its 2011‐12 season on Tuesday night at Baruch College after capturing the second Eastern  Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Metro title program history and winning 22 games a year ago. The  Ducks will be returning four starters and 10 letter winners to the squad as excitement grows for a big  season in Hoboken.  Leading Stevens will be senior co‐captains Michael Cutri (West Caldwell, N.J.) and Simon Smith  (Cranford, N.J.), a duo that has contributed greatly to the team’s 18‐9 and 22‐7 marks the last two years.  Cutri, a guard, played in and started 29‐of‐29 games for the Ducks in 10‐11. He averaged 12.3 points and  5.1 rebounds per game, while leading the team in minutes (32.5). Cutri hit 52 three‐pointers and shot  76.1 percent from the line while also handing out 61 assists and accumulating a team‐high 34 steals. An  honorable mention All‐Empire 8 pick as a sophomore, Cutri will be key to the Ducks’ offense as a scorer  and facilitator. He also will need to step into a leadership role on the defensive end of the floor being  vocal and decisive.   Smith was a first‐team all‐conference selection in 2010‐11 after leading the league in rebounding by  almost four boards per game. He set Stevens’ single‐season rebounding mark with a total of 361 and  averaged 13.7 points per game. The Cranford, N.J. native handed out 69 assists and had 30 steals and is  already the Ducks’ all‐time leader in rebounds and has a chance to be the first‐ever 1,000 point scorer  and rebounder in Stevens history. Smith will have to step into a leadership role on the defensive end  due to the graduation of forward/center Bryan Franklin (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), and hopes to see an  increase in his numbers across the board. The Cranford, N.J. native was seventh nationally in double‐ doubles with 19 and was named second‐team All‐East Region by   “We have high expectations for both senior captains,” Head Coach Bobby Hurley (Hoboken, N.J.) said.  “They both have done a lot of good things since first coming into the program, but we hope this year  their best yet. Both realize there is a lot of work to be done and a long season’s ahead, so I am confident  these two guys will help lead us to our goals.”  Junior guard Russ Thompson (West Orange, N.J.) is a returner with a wealth of experience that will be a  big part of what the Ducks are trying to do this year. Thompson led the team with 125 assists and had an  assist‐to‐turnover ratio of almost 1.5 and hopes to see that number grow even more. Thompson hopes  to display improved decision making and will look to consistently knock down open shots in addition to  being a Stevens’ floor general. He was one of four Ducks to average double figures last year and led the  team in three‐pointers with 59. 

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Junior guard Sheldon Jones (Queens, N.Y.) was the team’s leading scorer and should be one of the top  players in the conference. Jones was a second‐team All‐Empire 8 pick as a sophomore and made major  improvements to his game from his freshman campaign. In 10‐11, Jones averaged 16.2 points, shooting  47.4 percent from the floor and 84.3 percent from the free‐throw line. He handed out 50 assists and  grabbed 103 rebounds and was the ECAC Metro Championship MVP. Jones is looking to display  increased range and a better all‐around game after working extremely hard throughout the offseason.  Junior guard Mike Nattis (Woodbury, N.Y.) is a player that brings veteran leadership to a young Ducks  squad. Nattis is one of the team’s top students and will look to work himself into the rotation after  seeing action in six games last season.  Sophomore Max Schwartz (Bridgewater, N.J.) is coming off an injury and hopes to give the Ducks  valuable minutes as an inside presence all season long. Schwartz is another player that needs to knock  down open shots on a consistent basis and must help fill the void left by Franklin’s departure with  improved versatility inside.  Sophomore Kevin McManamy (Raleigh, N.C.) is a player with a great basketball IQ. He is eyeing big  minutes this season, contributing as a shooter, strong team defender, rebounder, and decision‐maker  on both ends. McManamy played in all 29 games last year, averaging 11.4 minutes and canning 13  three‐pointers. He also handed out 20 helpers in addition to pulling down 55 rebounds.  Sophomore guard Andrew Meszaros (Phoenixville, Pa.) has shown a lot of improvement in the  preseason and will see an increased role after playing 23 games as a rookie. Meszaros has shown great  energy and confidence early on and will be valuable as a scorer, rebounder, and defender. The  Pennsylvania native worked hard over the summer on his skills, strength, and overall game.  Sophomore guard Matt Skrelja (Clark, N.J.) has a solid basketball IQ as well and noticeably improved  throughout his freshman season. Skrelja should see more times as a sophomore and will look to display  his versatility guarding and playing a number of different spots on the court. Skrelja averaged 6.2 points  and 2.3 rebounds in 15.6 minutes as a freshman, while also handing out 39 assists.   Sophomore guard Phillip DeSeignora (Boston, Mass.) saw action in 10 games in his rookie season and is  hoping to see that number increase as a second‐year player. DeSeignora is a tireless worker who has  improved all aspects of his game since his arrival on Castle Point in 2010.  Coach Hurley brought in a number of freshman that will all be competing for minutes: guard Nick  Santalucia (Readington, N.J.). guard Chris Bellofatto (Clinton, N.J.), guard Chris Cutri (West Caldwell,  N.J.), guard David Palty (Phoenix, Ariz.), forward Kenny Gan (Hillsborough, N.J.), forward Daniel Curry  (Greenlawn, N.J.), and forward Nick Makris (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.).  After Tuesday night’s game at Baruch, the Ducks will open up their home slate with the annual Stevens  Tip‐Off Tournament at the Canavan Arena where Stevens went 13‐4 in 2010‐11. The Ducks will take on  SUNY Purchase in the opener and will then face on either William Paterson University or King’s College  on Saturday.  Fairleigh Dickinson University – Florham will come to Hoboken on November 22 before the Ducks take  to the air for a trip to Pasadena and Los Angeles, Calif. While out West, Stevens will battle California 

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Institute of Technology (Cal Tech) and Occidental College on November 26 and 27. It will mark the  team’s first long‐distance trip since 2005 when the Ducks headed to Phoenix, Ariz. for game’s against  Rockford College and Albright College.  When the Ducks return to home, they will host the College of Staten Island on December 3 before  visiting the United States Merchant Marine Academy on December 6. The Mariners came in and  knocked off the Ducks in a key in‐region match‐up last year. In its final contest of the before Winter  Recess, Stevens will host Kean University on December 10.  Coach Hurley’s alma mater Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will open up play in 2012 before the Ducks  get into their conference ledger. After visiting Empire 8 rivals Alfred University and Elmira College on  January 13 and 14, the Ducks will return to Castle Point for a five‐game home stand, hosting Utica  College, Ithaca College, Nazareth College, St. John Fisher College and defending Empire 8 Champion  Hartwick College. The Hawks, Ithaca and Fisher, along with Stevens, were the four teams to reach the  conference tournament in 2010‐11.  The Ducks will hit the road for a pair of conference contests (at Ithaca and Utica) before closing out their  non‐conference schedule at Rutgers University – Newark on January 31. Stevens’ final two home games  of the season come against Elmira and Alfred before closing out the season at Fisher, Naz, and Hartwick  February  10, 11, and 18.  The Empire 8 Championship will be February 24 and 25 with the winner earning the league’s automatic  berth in the NCAA Division III Basketball Championship.  “We are looking to build on last year’s ECAC Metro title and achieve our ultimate goal of an Empire 8  Championship,” said Hurley. “If we focus on improving each day and bring maximum energy on both  ends of the floor all the time, we have a chance to be successful.”  All of Stevens’ 13 home games will be webcast live at along with select road contests.  Stay up to date on everything Stevens men’s basketball by “liking” us on Facebook at and following on Twitter at @stevensducks  (    

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Millersville's Baffuto named tourney MVP Going back to his days at Metuchen High School, Pat Baffuto had a knack for being in the right place at the right time on the soccer pitch. That talent served the Millserville University men well this season. A senior captain, Baffuto was named MVP of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament after tapping in the lone goal in a 1-0 triumph over Bloomsburg. The score came off a free kick that was headed to the center of the box. Baffuto was on the spot and made good. The win earned Millersville a berth in the Division II NCAA Tournament. It will face Rockhurst in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Baffuto, a midfielder, has six goals on the season for the Maurauders and ranks seventh in program history with 59 career points.

Rutgers men’s soccer senior Ibrahim Kamara (North Brunswick) earned ThirdTeam All-Big East honors for the second time in three years. Kamara tallied four goals, including three game-winners, and added four assists. New Jersey City women’s soccer sophomore defender Karla Reyes-Abril (Middlesex) contributed an assist, her fourth of the year, in a 6-0 romp of the College of Staten Island in the ECAC Division III Metro quarterfinals. New Jersey City women’s soccer senior defender Nicole Sarica (Linden) was named First-Team Academic All-District. Sarica is a biology major with a 3.62 grade point average. Rahway was well-represented on the Union County College men’s soccer team’s trip to the National Junior College Tournament. Sophomore midfielder Diego Pena, freshman forward Clifford Cazeau and freshman defender Frantz Relus helped UCC win the Region XIX title for the fifth

Around the pitch Monmouth men’s soccer senior R.J. Allen (Old Bridge) converted a penalty kick in a shootout victory over Central Connecticut State in the semifinals of the Northeast Conference Tournament. Allen also earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team as the Hawks went on to win their third straight title. In the Hawks’ final regular-season game, he buried a penalty kick in the 77th minute for a 1-0 win over Mount St. Mary’s.

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time and finish with a 20-3 record and No. 7 national ranking.

Around the grid Montclair State football senior wide receiver Byron Lewin (Carteret) made eight catches for 127 yards and a touchdown in a 37-31 win over Rowan. William Paterson football sophomore Adonis Rivie (Bishop Ahr) blocked an extra point after the game’s first touchdown to spark the Pioneers to a 4519 runaway over Western Connecticut.

Valentina Gordon (Metuchen) placed fourth in the three-meter dive for the Rutgers women’s swimming and diving team in a tri-meet against Seton Hall and Texas Christian. The College of New Jersey women’s swimming junior Kayleigh Shangle (Highland Park) won the 50-yard breaststroke (31.46) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.12) and took part in the winning 400-yard medley relay (4:04.49) in a dual-meet win over Franklin & Marshall.

Kean football wideout T.J. Denehy (Monroe) set up a touchdown right before halftime with a 3-yard reception to the 1yard line to help the Cougars top Montclair State 26-14 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference championship game. The College of New Jersey football senior Tyler Olsson (South Brunswick) booted a 20-yard field goal in a 7-0 win over Rowan.

Odds & ends Rutgers wrestling redshirt junior Greg Zannetti (Edison) won the 174-pound division at the Brockport/Oklahoma Invitational to help the Scarlet Knights finish third overall. He recorded a major decision of Army’s Ryan Tompkins (14-4) and pinned Oklahoma’s Nolan McBryde in 1:56. In the final match, No. 18 Zannetti topped 16th-ranked Jimmy Sheptock of Maryland with a 5-2 decision.

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Baruch's Gabriel Yanez and Lehman's Abel Dupres Named  Men's Swimming Athlete and Rookie of the Week 

Photo by: Courtesy of Baruch Athletics CUNYAC/ Con Edison Men’s Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week  GABRIEL YANEZ, Baruch  Junior/Elmont, NY/Hunter HS  Gabriel Yanez, a 2011 CUNYAC Men’s Swimming All‐Star claimed two first‐place finishes in a close 120‐ 111 season opening loss to William Paterson. The junior finished first in both the 200‐yard Medley Relay  (1:42.42) and the 200‐yard Individual Medley (2:06.30). The Hunter High School alum later set a new  school record in the 800‐meter Freestyle with a time of 9:44.52 in a 81‐59 win over SUNY FIT and added  on a first place finish in the 100‐meter Butterfly (1:02.40). Yanez continued to dominate, claiming five  more first place finishes in wins versus College of Staten Island (200‐yard Medley Relay, 200‐yard IM and  100‐yard Backstroke) and Brooklyn College (200‐meter Freestyle and 200‐meter Backstroke). The  Elmont, NY native went a perfect 9‐0 in all entered individual and relay events to start off the 2011‐12  season. The Bearcats are set to face off against Division I Manhattan College on Friday, November 18th.       

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CUNYAC/ Con Edison Men’s Swimming & Diving Rookie of the Week  ABEL DUPRES, Lehman  Freshman/Bronx, NY/DeWitt Clinton  In his first event as a collegiate swimmer, freshman Abel Dupres not only took first place but set a new  school record in the 1,000‐yard freestyle with a time of 11:19.08 in the Lightning’s 93‐69 win over  College of Mount St. Vincent. The Bronx native also finished first in the 100‐yard freestyle with a time of  49.10 in the same meet. Just two days later, Dupres continued his winning ways, claiming first in both  the 200‐yard Individual Medley (2:06.42) and the 100‐yard Backstroke (55.97) but came up short,  finishing second, in the 100‐yard Breaststroke (1:05.44), just .34 of a second behind the first place  finisher from William Paterson. The Lighting squad is set to travel to Purchase, NY to face SUNY Purchase  in their next meet on November 18th.   

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CUNYAC/Con Edison Announces Men's Basketball Preseason  Favorites 

Photo by: Greg Armstrong FLUSHING, N.Y. ‐ The City University of New York Athletic Conference and Con Edison announced the  results of their preseason men's basketball coaches’ poll and Baruch received seven first‐place votes in  being selected as the favorite in the CUNYAC's North Division. Meanwhile, Staten Island garnered five  first‐place tallies in garnering the top spot in the South Division, and Dolphin’s senior guard TJ Tibbs  (Staten Island, NY) picked up preseason Player of the Year, accolades.  Baruch picked up a total score of 43 points placing them 10 points ahead of second place favorite  Hunter College.  The Bearcats finished last season 15‐12 (9‐4 in CUNYAC), and ultimately falling to  Hunter in the CUNYAC/Con Edison Basketball Championship quarter finals in a close game (68‐63).  Hunter was selected as the second place favorite in this preseason poll garnered a total of 33 points.   Lehman (26), John Jay (19) and CCNY (14) rounded out the North Division tally. The division was also full  of coaching changes over the summer with Shay Berry taking over at Hunter, Otis Fenn at John Jay and  Tom Green at CCNY.  Staten Island (17‐11) and Medgar Evers (17‐12) finished their regular season conference play with  identical 10‐3 marks and with that, earned the same total amount in voting points for the preseason  favorite in the south division.  With both schools tied for the first place spot, Staten Island is projected to  place first with five first place votes.  Also tying for third and rounding out the South division are  Brooklyn (23) and York (23) 

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Earning a spot on the CUNYAC/Con Edison’s All Tournament team last season, Tibbs led the conference  in both assists and 3 point field goals. He had a total of 136 assists for the season averaging 5.0 a game  and 50 for 118 field goal attempts with a 4.24 average.  The Staten Island native scored a total of 190  points last season with 14.6 points a game. During last year’s CUNYAC/Con Edison Men’s Basketball  Championship final Tibbs led the Dolphin players with 22 points, in a losing effort.     2011‐12 CUNYAC/Con Edison  Men's Basketball Preseason Poll     North Division     1. Baruch (7 first‐place votes), 43 pts.   2. Hunter, 33  3. Lehman, 26   4. John Jay, 19  5. CCNY, 14     South Division     1. Staten Island (5 first‐place votes), 39 pts.   2. Medgar Evers (4), 39   3. Brooklyn, 23  4. York, 23       Preseason Player of the Year : TJ Tibbs, Guard, College of Staten Island   

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Baruch's Priscilla Arana and John Jay's Kalie Bruce Named  Women's Swimming Athlete and Rookie of the Week  

Photo by: Courtesy of Baruch Athletics CUNYAC/ Con Edison Women’s Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week  PRISCILLA ARANA, Baruch  Senior/Queens Village, NY/Bayside  The 2011 CUNYAC Women’s Swimming & Diving Performer of the Year continued her winning ways,  helping the Baruch Bearcats to a 3‐1 start of the 2011‐12 campaign. Senior, Priscilla Arana, did not lose  any individual or team events, claiming a total of 10 first place finishes in the squad’s first four meets of  the season. Her season’s best times of 1:02.21 in the 100‐yard freestyle and 2:29.65 in the 200‐meter  freestyle helped defeat conference opponents College of Staten Island and Brooklyn College,  respectively. The Bayside alum posted her best times in the 200‐yard Medley Relay (1:59.37) and 1,000‐ yard freestyle (12:16.10) in a close 110‐105 loss in the Bearcats’ season opener against William  Paterson. Baruch’s next meet takes the Bearcats to Riverdale, NY to face Division I opponent Manhattan  College on Friday, November 18th.        

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CUNYAC/ Con Edison Women’s Swimming & Diving Rookie of the Week  KAYLIE BRUCE, John Jay  Freshman/Staten Island, NY/Curtis  In her first collegiate swim meet, freshman Kaylie Bruce helped John Jay College defeat conference foe,  College of Staten Island with three first place finishes. The Curtis alum took gold in the 200‐yard  Individual Medley with a time of 2:54.67 and the 200‐yard butterfly with a time of 1:20.95. The Staten  Island native then teamed up with Billie Jean Kuppler, Jezabel Erazo and Kaili Insalaco to take first in the  200‐yard freestyle relay to put the Bloodhounds up 114‐102. John Jay is set to host conference  opponent Lehman College on Tuesday, November 22nd.   

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Dolphins return a veteran men's basketball cast Thursday, November 17, 2011, 11:32 AM


Jim Waggoner

We don’t need James Naismith to tell us that the College of Staten Island should have a pretty fair men’s basketball squad this winter. But the man who invented the sport in 1891 would likely take one look around the Sports and Rec Center and approve of the cast assembled by 22nd-year head coach Tony Petosa. Problem is, Petosa would likely take a moment with Naismith, credited with authoring basketball’s original rulebook, and explain that winning seasons still aren’t earned in the preseason, just like

Advance file photo Bloochy Magliore was CSI's sixth man last season and steps into the starting lineup this year.

they weren’t when peach baskets were nailed to the railing at the Springfield YMCA. “I think we can be pretty good,” said Petosa, who takes a 324-246 career record into tomorrow night’s season opener against the host team at the Lycoming College Tip-Off Tournament in Williamsport, Pa. “But it’s more of a question of philosophy and attitude than talent. We’re not good enough to play selfishly. “The big question for us is whether we are going to share the basketball like we did last year, and play as tough as we did last year.” ---


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Tomorrow, 6 p.m. Williamsport, Pa. TOP RETURNEES Senior forward Jordan Young begins his push at the school’s all-time career scoring mark and senior point guard Thomas Tibbs leads the Dolphins into battle. Both are returning All-CUNY Conference first-team selections. --The Dolphins returned to their winning ways with a 17-11 season that included a trip to the CUNY Conference tourney championship game, a 62-55 loss to Medgar Evers. It was the program’s third trip to the finals in seven years, all setbacks. Petosa’s system has always emphasized motion offense and man-to-man defense — a combination that has worked although the Dolphins have mostly hovered around the .500 mark since a 19-9 campaign in 2003-04. The team returns a pair of first-team AllCUNY selections in senior forward Jordan Young and 23-year-old senior point guard Thomas Tibbs. The 6-foot-5 Young has an outside shot to finish as the school’s alltime leading scorer and needs 88 assists to join Jay Zieris as the second player to have 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists. “He’s been our best player for the last three years,” said Petosa of the Asbury Advance file photo CSI senior point guard Thomas Tibbs led the CUNY in assists last season.

Park, N.J., product, “and he’ll be our best player this year too. He’s totally unselfish.” The most important player on the court just might be Tibbs, the 5-8 sparkplug

from St. Peter’s HS. He joined the Dolphins a year ago and averaged 14.6 points per game while leading the league in assists (5.3 apg) and 3-point shooting (42.2 percent). He also had a knack of sinking dramatic last -second shots. “He sets the tone and tempo of the game,” said Petosa. “He really dictates how we play.”

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A pair of local products, senior guard Dale Taranto (St. Peter’s) and sophomore swingman Bloochy Magliore (Susan Wagner) return and are set for the starting lineup. Taranto averaged 11.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4 assists per game while leading the team with 67 steals. Magliore debuted with 14 points and 3.4 rebounds per game as a freshman sixth man. Another returning starter, 6-5 sophomore center Matt Van Manen, solidifies the middle for the Dolphins. The steady St. Peter’s HS product averaged 5.6 and 4.6 rebounds and was a defensive presence as a freshman. Sophomore returnees Herschel Jenkins and Louis Valdes figure to be in the mix for playing time, as well as 6 -11 junior transfer Dylan Bulger, the Staten Island Academy product who spent two seasons at Drew University. “(Bulger) could really help us immensely in the halfcourt at the offensive end,” said Petosa. “We might have to slow things down when he’s on the court but we think he’ll help us.” Another big man, 6-7 sophomore Frank Husslein, got a taste of action last season and hopes to earn more playing time. A pair of newcomers, sophomore Kevin King (Cornwall, N.Y.) and Javon Cox (McKee/S.I. Tech), are also on the radar screen. Petosa said one of his concerns is that the Dolphins won’t have Magliore’s offensive explosion off the bench this season. “We don’t have that instant offense with a sixth man,” he said. NOTES: City Tech shut down its athletic department and that left CSI with two open dates in its schedule. The Dolphins will travel to Alvernia University in Reading, Pa., for a Dec. 9-10 tournament to fill the void ... CSI will host the ninth annual Tournament of Heroes on Dec. 29-30, hosting Illinois Wesleyan, Bethany College and Vaughn College.

CSI 2011-12 MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE November 18—at Lycoming Tip-Off tourney 19—vs. Adrian at Lycoming Tip-Off tourney 26—at Montclair State 29—Drew December 1—York 3—at Stevens Tech 6—at Mount St. Vincent

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9—vs. PSU-Berks at Alvernia tourney 10—at Alvernia tourney 29—Tournament of Heroes 30—Tournament of Heroes January 4—Medgar Evers 7—Brooklyn 9—at FDU-Florham 14—Baruch 16—Kean 18—City College 21—John Jay 25—at Lehman 27—at Hunter February 2—Berkeley College 6—at York 8—at Medgar Evers 10—at Brooklyn 14—at St. Joseph’s Brooklyn © 2011 All rights reserved.

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CSI soccer star Martorano nabs CUNY player of the year honors Saturday, November 19, 2011, 9:14 AM


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The College of Staten Island women’s soccer team captured its sixth CUNY championship this fall and Demi-Jean Martorano, named the conference’s player of the year yesterday, was a big reason for the team’s success. The sophomore from New Dorp HS led the CUNY in goals (18) and amassed eight assists as CSI finished with a 13-5-1 and earned a spot in the ECAC quarterfinals. CSI photo CSI's Demi-Jean Martorano was named CUNY women'ssoccer player of the year. Martorano led the conference in goals and assists this season.

Her best goal-scoring effort this season came when she scored three goals against NYU-Polytechnic and CUNY foe York College.

CSI defender Amanda Percaccio (St. Joseph Hill), midfielder Lauren Neglia (St. John Villa) and forward Natalie Tombasco (Susan Wagner) were named first-team All Stars. In addition to the women’s soccer team players, other CSI athletes were selected with postseason honors. From the men’s soccer team, freshman forward Alfonso Castenada (Susan Wagner) was a first-team All Star and midfielder Dong Luu was selected to the second team. For cross country, Amina Heseunbegoiv and Joanna Villegas earned honors for the women while Andrew Pate (St. Peter’s) was honored for the men. Lastly, Illona Stoyko and Alena Vedeneeva (New Dorp) both made first team for women’s tennis.

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CSI women fall to Framingham State in tourney opener, 51-48 Saturday, November 19, 2011, 8:05 AM


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BOSTON — The College of Staten Island women’s basketball team dropped a 51-48 decision to Framingham State last night in the UMass-Boston Tip-Off Classic. The Dolphins (1-1) trailed 28-21 at halftime, but Jaclyn Tocco’s 3-pointer less than a minute into the second half cut the deficit to 28-26, one of several times CSI nipped at Framingham’s heels. With Framingham up nine at the 13:29 mark, a layup by Nicole Quattrocchi and a 3-pointer from Nikki Fabozzi made it 35-31 with 12:56 remaining. CSI melted the lead from nine to four again (43-39) with just under five minutes to go, then came the last push. With 43 seconds left and Framingham up by seven, a layup by Quattrocchi (34 seconds) and jumper from Katelyn Hepworth (16 seconds) made it 49-46. However, Cassie Liston connected on two free throws but Rachel Rosado’s layup canceled those freebies. Liston missed two front ends of one-and-ones with five seconds left but the Dolphins couldn’t generate a game-tying shot. Jennifer Coughlan led CSI with 13 points and Fabozzi added 11. The Dolphins play today at 1 against UMass-Boston.

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CSI men open basketball season with 90-86 overtime loss at Lycoming Saturday, November 19, 2011, 8:25 AM


Staten Island Advance Sports Desk

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Lycoming guard Ihsaan Davis nailed a tying halfcourt 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer and the host team went on to a 90-86 overtime victory last night over the College of Staten Island in the opening round of the Lycoming Tip-Off Tournament CSI senior guard Dale Taranto’s 3-point shot that would have given the Dolphins (0-1) the lead missed the mark with three seconds remaining in OT. Davis made a free throw for the final margin.Sophomore guard Bloochy Magliore led all scorers with 33 points while senior point guard Thomas Tibbs added 24 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for the Dolphins. Magliore’s two free throws with one second left in regulation gave CSI an 80-77 lead and seemingly the season-opening win. But the Warriors (2-0) inbounded the ball to Davis who tied it with his trey. The Dolphins shot 56.1 percent from the floor and enjoyed a 46-33 rebounding edge. They took a 12-point lead at 56-44 on Jordan Young’s layup with 14 minutes remaining, but Lycoming came storming back. Young had 10 points and 13 rebounds in a losing effort. Kevin Anthony paced the Warriors with 21 points while Davis added 17. Jerald Williams had a game-high 14 assists. CSI will play Adrian this afternoon at 2. CSI (86) Jenkins 4-8 0-2 8, Young 5-8 1-3 11, Taranto 1-7 0-0 3, Tibbs 8-18 5-6 24, Magliore 12-19 6-9 33, Valdes 1 -1 0-0 3, King 0-0 0-0 0, Bulger 2-3 0-0 4 Totals: 33-64 12-18 86. LYCOMING (90)

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Anthony 10-16 3-4 23, Bradley 3-7 4-4 11, Williams 1-2 5-11 7, Dougher 3-6 0-0 8, Davis 6-17 3-4 18, Wolff 1-2 0-0 2, Martin 6-11 2-2 14, Foreman 0-2 0-0 0, Exantus 0-2 0-0 0, Rudy 3-7 0-0 6, Smith 0-0 1-2 1, Miller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 33-72 18-27 90. ¶ Halftime: 42-36, CSI Three-point goals: CSI 8-23 (Jenkins 0-2, Taranto 1-6, Tibbs 3-7, Magliore 3-7, Valdes 1-1); Lycoming 6-23 (Bradley 1-2, Williams 0-1, Dougher 2-4, Davis 3-8, Martin 0-2, Foreman 0-2, Exantus 0-2, Rudy 0-2). Rebounds: CSI 46 (Young 14); Lycoming 33 (Bradley 6). Turnovers: CSI 25, Lycoming 11. Steals: CSI 6 (Magliore 2); Lycoming 13. Total fouls: CSI 19, Lycoming 15. Fouled out: none.

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Recent College of Staten Island graduate Pavel Buyanov cops medals Monday, November 21, 2011, 8:00 AM


Staten Island Advance

EAST MEADOW, L.I. — Recent College of Staten Island graduate and former national Diviison III champion Pavel Buyanov won two golds and a bronze representing the Blue Arrow Swim Club at the Thanksgiving Invitational held at Eisenhower Park. Buyanov, who is in training to qualify for the Russian national team for next year’s Summer Olympics, won the 100-yard breaststroke (56.21 seconds) and the 200 breast (2:05.33), and took third in the 100 butterfly (52.73). In the boys’ 11-12 division, Daniel Sachkov won the 50 breast (33.44) and took second in both the 50 free (26.33) and the 100 free (57.13). In the same division, Vyacheslav Rayhman was third in the 50 breast (35.35). In the boys’ 13-14 division, Arel Okhtenberg won both the 200 breast (2:17.66) and 200 free (1:51.10) while placing third in the 100 free (50.73). © 2011 All rights reserved.

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Ramapo blasts CSI in women's hoops, 81-36 Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 10:06 PM


Staten Island Advance Sports Desk

MAHWAH, N.J. — Ramapo’s Alexa Ryan scored a game-high 17 points as the host team rolled to a 45-13 halftime lead and coasted to an 81-36 non-conference victory over the College of Staten island. Rachel Rosado had 11 points for the Dolphins (2-2), who were outrebounded 43-24 and had 29 turnovers. Ramapo improved to 4-0 with three of the wins lopsided against CUNY Conference opponents.

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Men's Basketball Runs Away from Berkeley in Home Opener, 77­53  Montclair, NJ (11/22/11) – Senior forward Andrew August (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater‐Raritan)  scored 21 points and sophomore forward Ordel Goldson (Hackettstown, N.J./Warren Hills) had 18  points and 15 rebounds to lead Montclair State University to a 77‐53 victory over Berkeley College in a  non‐conference contest Tuesday night at the Panzer Athletic Center.  Goldson turned in a double‐double performance of 12 points and 11 rebounds in the first half as  Montclair State (2‐1) took control of the game in the first half. Trailing 13‐9, the Red Hawks went on an  11‐0 run, including nine points by Goldson, to open its biggest margin of the opening period at 20‐13  advantage with 6:33 to play.   MSU maintained its lead, going into the haltime intermission, ahead 24‐18.  Berkeley (1‐3) opened the second half with a basket to cut the lead to 24‐20, but that would be as close  as the Knights would come the rest of the way.  August, an All‐Region and All‐Conference selection last season, exploded in the second half as Montclair  State blew the game wide open. August scored 14 of his 17 second‐half points during a 26‐6 run that  gave the Red Hawks a comfortable 26‐point bulge at 50‐24 with 12:46 left to play. August also added  eight rebounds, five assists and two blocks to his game‐high point total.  Freshman guard James D’Angelo (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) chipped in 10 points for  Montclair State. Sophomore center Terah Mingo (Newark, N.J./Kearney Christian Academy) led Berkeley  with 16 points and six rebounds.  Montclair State will host College of Staten Island on Saturday at 2 p.m.   Article Entered Into News System: Tuesday, November 22 2011  Article Last Edited: Tuesday, November 22 2011    

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CSI Dolphins trying to forget pair of basketball overtime losses Friday, November 25, 2011, 11:31 AM


Jim Waggoner

College of Staten Island basketball coach Tony Petosa began the season with 324 career wins at his alma mater, where he still ranks as the school’s all-time leading rebounder. After a pair of excruciating overtime losses to open his 22nd campaign, Petosa might be wondering exactly when No. 325 is going to roll around. A length-of-the-court heave from a couple steps beyond the free-throw line sent the season opener at host Lycoming (Pa.) College into overtime last weekend on the way to an eventual 90-86 loss. Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez

CSI sophomore swingman Bloochy

Thomas Tibbs (5) was named to the all-tourney squad for his play in CSI's first two games.

Magliore’s two free throws with one second remaining had put the visitors up 80-77, but Lycoming inbounded the ball to Ishaan Davis and his 3-pointer from 65 feet found the bottom of the net. “We had a guy (Dale Taranto) in front of him, too,” said Petosa. “We were in a position to defend the play.” The long shot by Davis brought back bad memories of CSI’s last-second loss to York in the championship game of the 2007 CUNY Conference championship game. Teron Simpson sank a half-court shot at the buzzer to sink the Dolphins, 56-54. The day after the Lycoming heartbreaker, the Dolphins took a 57-56 lead when senior point guard Thomas Tibbs nailed a jumper with eight seconds left against Adrian (Mich.) College. But a blocking foul was called against Magliore far from the basket and one free throw later CSI was back in Page 87 of 141

OT and headed towards a 66-63 loss. “We could have won both games,” said Petosa. The Dolphins return to action tomorrow afternoon at Montclair State, where they are 0-7 in a series that the New Jersey Athletic Conference team has dominated 13-3. Last season, the Hawks scored an 81-80 victory at CSI. “Our schedule doesn’t get any easier,” said Petosa, noting that both Lycoming and Adrian were ranked third in the preseason polls of the Commonwealth Conference and Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The Dolphins are expected to get 6-foot-5 sophomore center Matt Van Manen back in tomorrow’s lineup after the St. Peter’s HS product missed the first two games while suffering a facial cut in practice that needed eight stitches to close. The team’s nucleus — seniors Jordan Young, Tibbs and Taranto along with the offensive-minded Magliore and defensive-minded Van Manen — should present problems for most opponents. “We have kids who can play and can play hard,” said Petosa, “but I think the big difference when we play good teams is that their young guys are physically stronger than our guys.” Magliore scored 33 points in the Lycoming opener. Tibbs was named to the all-tourney squad after being named the CUNY’s preseason player-of-the-year in a vote of the nine head coaches. “If our schedule makes us better for the CUNY season, I’m all for it,” said Petosa. “In close games, often it’s the bounce of the ball ... who gets the lucky breaks. Sometimes that’s just the way it goes.” NOTES: CSI plays its home opener Tuesday night against Drew before hosting York on Thursday night in a CUNY opener ... John Jay topped Montclair State 89-79 on a neutral court and defending CUNY champ Medgar Evers defeated Rutgers-Newark 74-68 in Brooklyn in a pair of CUNY wins over NJAC competition ... NYU edged Baruch 60-59 in the finals of the NYU Tip-Off Tournament. © 2011 All rights reserved.

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College of Staten Island scores first win ever at Montclair State, 70-60 Saturday, November 26, 2011, 8:32 PM


Jim Waggoner

MONTCLAIR, N.J. — It was a day of firsts as the College of Staten Island ran past host Montclair State 70-60 Saturday in a non-conference basketball game at the Panzer Athletic Center. CSI’s first win of the season was also its first at Montclair State, which had captured the previous seven meetings. The Red Hawks hold a 13-4 all-time lead in the series. The Dolphins (1-2) used 12-2 and 7-0 runs to take charge in the second half, sinking 18 of 20 shots after intermission. With the score tied at 50, Jordan Young made two free throws and a jumper followed by Dale Taranto’s 3-point shot. Leading 57-50, the visitors hit nine free throws in the final 3½ minutes to end a losing streak. Both losses were in overtime last weekend at the Lycoming (Pa.) Tip-off Tournament. Staten Island Advance file photo by Hilton Flores CSI sophomore Bloochy Magliore scored a team-high 23 points to lead the Dolphins past Montclair State.

“It’s a good win for us because they play in such a good conference,” said CSI coach Tony Petosa of the New Jersey Athletic Conference. “To beat them at their place is

something to build on.”

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Sophomore guard Bloochy Magliore led all scorers with 23 points, Young added 17 and senior point guard Thomas Tibbs 13. Petosa also pointed to the contributions of 6-foot-11 junior center Dylan Bulger, who came off the bench for eight points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots; and 6-5 sophomore Matt Van Manen, who helped shut down Montclair center Andrew August. “(Bulger) had a positive impact on the game,” said Petosa of the Staten Island Academy product. “He gave us some offensive presence. We played a little bit of zone with him and some man-to-man.” Bulger hit a pair of shots and blocked two shots during a 12-2 run early in the second half that gave CSI a 47-37 lead. The Red Hawks would respond with a run to draw even at 50-50, but the Dolphins took control again in the final minutes. City College transfer Ken Rubenstein paced Montclair State with 24 points, sinking 5 of 9 three-pointers. August added 13 points and Ordel Goldson grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds.

NOTES: The Red Hawks dropped to 2-2 overall ... CSI hosts Drew Tuesday night in its home opener. CSI (70) Van Manen 1-1 0-2 2, Young 6-10 5-7 17, Taranto 2-7 0-0 5, Tibbs 5-12 2-3 13, Magliore 7-16 7-8 23, Jenkins 1-3 0-0 2, Valdes 0-1 0-0 0, King 0-1 0-0 0, Bulger 4-7 0-1 8. Totals: 26-58 14-21 70. MONTCLAIR STATE (60) August 5-12 3-6 13, Goldson 2-9 0-4 4, D’Angelo 1-6 2-2 5, Williams 0-2 0-0 0, Flores 2-7 2-2 7, Rubenstein 7-12 5-7 24, Holland 1-1 0-0 2, Bostic 0-0 0-0 0, Singleton 1-2 0-1 2, Faison 1-2 0-0 3, Javis 00 0-0 0. Totals: 20-53 12-22 60. Halftime: 21-20, Montclair St. Three-point goals: CSI 4-18 (Taranto 1-2, Tibbs 1-5, Magliore 2-7, Jenkins 0-2, Valdes 0-1, King 0-1); Montclair St. 8-18 (Goldson 0-1, D’Angelo 1-4, Flores 1-2, Rubenstein 5-9, Faison 1-2). Rebounds: CSI 38 (Bulger 8, Taranto 5); Montclair St. 39 (Goldson 16, August 6). Assists: CSI 10 (Taranto 3, Magliore 3);

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Montclair St. 12 (D’Angelo 5). Turnovers: CSI 14, Montclair State 19. Total fouls: CSI 17, Montclair St. 18. Fouled out: Van Manen.

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CSI basketball women turn back NJCU, 50-47 Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 9:32 AM


Staten Island Advance

JERSEY CITY — College of Staten Island junior Katelyn Hepworth had 14 points and 14 rebounds last night to lead the Dolphins to a 50-47 non-conference basketball victory over New Jersey City University. Hepworth, who made only 5 of 21 shots, nailed her only three-pointer to give the Dolphins a 46-41 lead with two minutes remaining. Then, sophomore guard Rachel Rosado made two free throws with 20 seconds remaining after NJCU had cut the deficit to 48-47. CSI improved to 3-2 heading into tomorrow night’s CUNY Conference opener at home against York. The hosts (0-3) had a 27-24 halftime lead. Neither team shot well, with the Dolphins sinking 20 of 62 (32.3 percent) and the Gothic Knights making 19 of 73 (26 percent). Nicole Quattrocchi joined Hepworth in double figures with 10 points, making 4 of 6 shots from the floor, and gravved seven rebounds. NJCU’s Luisa Montalvo led all scorers with 17 points.

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CSI baseball team helps Atlas Foundation distribute turkeys to needy families Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 10:02 AM


Staten Island Advance

WILLOWBROOK -- The College of Staten Island and its coaching staff have always been known to give back. And the weekend before Thanksgiving Day, the Dolphins were at it again, in helping the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation with its annual turkey giveaway. Also lending a hand to head coach Mike Staten Island Advance/Hilton Flores The CSI baseball team joined forces with the Atlas Foundation in helping distribute turkeys to needy families.

Mauro‘s team with the distribution of almost 900 turkeys was Steve Barth, the co-owner of One on One Physical Therapy in New Springville.

Trucks were unloaded and organized and turkeys handed out to the needy by the team from 7:30 a.m. until noon. Teddy Atlas founded the foundation in 1979. The boxing trainer and commentator did it to honor the memory of his father. The foundation is a non-profit community service organization that provides financial, legal and emotional support to individuals and organizations in need, and focuses particularly on the needs of children. Teddy was on hand and spent time talking to the Dolphin players about the foundation and why he does what he does. “Playing baseball on Staten Island is only a small part of what we do,” said Mauro. “Having the team learn about those less fortunate on the Island, especially this time of the year, is truly the most important lesson my team learned today. “Having the team spend time with Teddy, and listening to what he does for Staten Island was special,” Page 93 of 141

Mauro added. “CSI baseball and helping Staten Islanders goes hand in hand.”

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Pluto: The Little Planet That Couldn't 

Five years after the International Astronomical Union kicked our ninth planet to the curb, Barry Mitchell  seeks parole for Pluto. Originally aired 6/26/11 on "Study With The Best."   (c) 2011 CUNY‐TV.   

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[November 02, 2011]  NYSSA Selects MICROS Systems as Subject Company for Local Research Challenge  NEW YORK ‐‐(Business Wire)‐‐   The New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) announced that MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:  MCRS) is the subject company for the New York regional competition of the CFA Institute Research  Challenge.   MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCRS), headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, is the world's leading  developer of enterprise applications serving the hospitality and specialty retail industries. MICROS  serves table service and quick service restaurants, hotels, the leisure and entertainment industry, and  specialty retail stores, with complete information management solutions including software, hardware,  enterprise systems integration, consulting and support.   The CFA Institute Research Challenge is a global competition which tests the analytic, valuation, report  writing, and presentation skills of university students. Local CFA societies host and launch local  competitions involving teams of business and finance students from participating universities who work  directly with a local company in researching and preparing a company analysis.   This year the New York regional competition has grown to 23 schools:   Story continues below ↓                         

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   Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College   Dolan School of Business, Fairfield University   School of Business, Fordham University   Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Hofstra University   Hagan School of Business, Iona College   School of Business, Montclair State University   School of Management, New Jersey Institute of Technology   Stern School of Business, New York University   Lubin Business School, Pace University   Queens College   Quinnipiac University   Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University   Stillman Business School, Seton Hall University   Tobin College of Business, St. John's University   University at Albany, State University of New York   Howe School of Technology Management, Stevens Institute of Technology   College of Business, Stony Brook University   Cotsakos College of Business, William Paterson University  

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Each team prepares a written research report and gives a preliminary presentation to professionals who  will select four finalists. The "final four" will present their research to a panel of respected Wall Street  experts on February 16, 2012 and the winner is selected based on combined scores for the written  report and oral presentation. The New York regional winner will advance to the CFA Institute Research  Challenge Global Final on April 11, 2012.   Visit‐challenge for more information.   About NYSSA   The New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) is a leading forum for the investment community.  NYSSA's mission is to promote best practices and the highest professional and ethical standards in the  industry. With 10,000 members, NYSSA is the largest of the 135 societies worldwide that make up CFA  Institute, which has over 105,000 members. For more information about NYSSA, please visit Follow NYSSA on Facebook, Twitter and Finance Professionals' Post.  

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For Student Journalists, Challenges in Putting Out the School Newspaper 

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Nov. 4, 2011, 9:34 a.m.  By Katina Paron  There was something wrong in each of the four issues of The Bennett that students at the Frank Sinatra  School of the Arts High School produced last year. Or at least that is what the assistant principal thought.  Before they went to press, she edited 50 percent to 75 percent of the articles in each issue of the  student newspaper. Everything from punctuation to a review of a school performance was fair game for  the administrator’s red pen.  “My students got to the point that they were saying, ‘Why should we do this? They are going to cut it  anyway,’ ” said The Bennett’s adviser, Taisha Matthews.  Like many other public school newspapers in New York City, The Bennett is subject to prior review,  meaning the administration has the right to read the newspaper before it is printed. Some principals use  that opportunity to paint the school in a more flattering light.   Many student journalists and newspaper advisers see this as censorship. Principals and other school  leaders say it is part of their responsibility to make sure students are not harming the school or one  another with their words.  

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The assistant principal at Frank Sinatra insists that she does not censor the newspaper; she sees herself,  she said, as helping Ms. Matthews catch the errors she missed.   First Amendment disputes like this are playing out every day in classrooms in New York City, where only  about half of the 509 public high schools even have student newspapers, compared with 74 percent  nationwide, according to a 2009 study by Jessica Siegel at Brooklyn College.   The number has gone up slightly since 2007, but high staff turnover and the opening, closing and other  reorganization of the schools makes the progress hard to measure.   There are several reasons many New York City schools do not have student newspapers: budgets are  tight, the strong emphasis is on high‐stakes standardized tests and many of the city’s high schools are  new and have limited resources.   “They have to worry about filling the classrooms and hiring teachers before they can focus on a school  newspaper,” Ms. Siegel said.   But teachers and experts say that when schools have student newspapers, students and advisers often  get mixed messages from the school administration about what they can and cannot publish.  Some of that is natural: young people want more freedom. A nationwide study by the Knight Foundation  found that nearly twice as many students as their teachers believed their newspaper should be  published freely.   “What we often hear is that principals want to see the paper before it gets published but they don’t  know what they are looking for,” said Rob Schimenz, president of the New York City Scholastic Press  Association. “They assume they can change whatever they want.”  Many principals are reviewing articles, and in some cases prohibiting them from being published,  according to Mr. Schimenz and others.   When Nancy Kaplan advised The International Insider at the College of Staten Island High School for  International Studies, her principal pulled an opinion article about the Middle East crisis. One student  wrote from an Israeli perspective, a second student from the Palestinian view. The principal found the  article unbalanced and told Ms. Kaplan to cut it.  For the most part, student publications are filled with articles about award winners and movie reviews,  but newspaper staffs still feel pressure from the administration to paint the school in a positive light.   “Even though we aren’t supposed to be censoring our words, we are,” said Deborah Kosnar, 16, a news  editor at The Blazer, at the World Journalism Preparatory Academy.  And that self‐censorship is a troubling consequence, according to the Student Press Law Center.  “Ultimately it is the most worrisome outcome,” said the center’s executive director, Frank LoMonte,  “when students internalize it and just start censoring themselves.” 

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The inexperience — and vulnerability — of advisers also play a role. It is not uncommon for schools to  “dump the newspaper on the new hire,” said Starr Sackstein, the New York State regional director of the  Journalism Education Association and adviser to The Blazer.   “Untenured teachers fall prey, and it’s a cold thing for the administration to do.”  As a result, the teachers “end up unknowingly censoring themselves because they are trying to be  responsible and safe and administrators exploit that, maybe not uncoincidentally,” Ms. Sackstein said.  This happened to Ms. Kaplan when she let her principal pull the Middle East opinion article.  “I was new and didn’t want to cause trouble,” said Ms. Kaplan, who is now a master teacher in East New  York. “So I gave in.”  Legally, high school newspapers are on a different footing than those outside the classroom. Unlike law  governing commercial newspapers, the law for student journalists is murky when it comes to freedom of  the press. In some cases prior review is allowed, in others it is unconstitutional. Either way, it is clear  that principals have the final world on the level of First Amendment rights they grant their students.   “It is far and away the most common justification for censorship and it is the most illegitimate one,” Mr.  LoMonte of the Student Press Law Center said. “It is legally and educationally unsound.”  Still, there are some schools in New York City that have made the separation between the main office  and the newsroom an official part of school policy.  Editors at The Classic, the 23‐year‐old student paper at Townsend Harris High School, retain complete  editorial control of their newspaper. Since 2001 the paper has had a signed agreement with the school’s  administration assuring the students’ First Amendment rights.   Having an official charter is rare, but there are other schools, like Queens Vocational and Technical High  School, where Mr. Schimenz teaches and where principals and advisers have a verbal agreement: as long  as the newspaper is using ethical journalism practices, it is free to publish as it sees fit.  “The Classic is a lot stronger because we are self‐sufficient,” said Sarah Mahmood, 19, a former editor in  chief of the paper who is now a sophomore at Wellesley College. “We had a sense of responsibility.”  No matter which direction the school administration leans, students are affected by the process.  “It’s not giving us a chance to experience what real journalists experience,” said Ms. Kosnar, The Blazer  editor. Her school does not have prior review, but she still feels that she is under the principal’s watchful  eye. “To get that freedom of speech must feel real good, and we can’t have that feeling.”  Cases of principals exerting influence over high school newspapers have surfaced in private schools, but  incidents at public high schools are rarely publicized because advisers fear the repercussions.  That, Mr. LoMonte said, makes student papers all the more relevant.  

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“If there is something wrong inside of the school, it is the school newspaper’s job to point that out,” he  said, “’cause no other paper is going to.”  Katina Paron is a writer and co‐director of the New York City High School Journalism Collaborative at  Baruch College.    

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Expand your horizons - free of charge - at CSI Wednesday, November 09, 2011, 2:37 PM


Mark D. Stein

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - The College of Staten Island (CSI) is more than resource for students and staff. The Willowbrook campus presents hundreds of events every year – everything from top-name stars in the Center of the Arts, to scientific symposiums. There are author talks, gallery exhibits, and the popular "World on Wednesdays" series where faculty and students discuss their teaching and study abroad experiences. This ongoing celebration and appreciation of pluralism and diversity is a hallmark initiative of CSI President Tomas Morales. "Under his leadership and in service to our community, we present these engaging events each month to reflect the rich mosaic of our college, the Island and our city. Thanks to many sponsors and organizers, the events are designed to enrich, inform, and entertain," said CSI spokesman Ken Bach. "They are a key part of the CSI college experience and almost all of them are free and open to the public as well." Take advantage of them. Upcoming and ongoing events include "VETS for V.E.T.S.," a poster campaign spotlighting the school's veterans, and "Women in Uniform," an art exhibit that will feature photos and uniforms showcasing women in the military from the American Revolution to today. Both military events are in honor of Veterans Day. "See The Sky," is a free opportunity to view celestial wonders from the city's largest and most sophisticated public telescope, today, from noon to 2 p.m.; CSI's 2011 Fall Open House will be this Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the New York Philharmonic Ensemble will perform Monday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit

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'Reach for the Stars' at CSI gala Sunday, November 13, 2011, 5:49 AM


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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The College of Staten Island (CSI) will host its third annual scholarship gala, the "CSI Celestial Ball --Reaching for the Stars," on Saturday, Dec. 3, at The Richmond County Country Club, Dongan Hills, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the black-tie preferred event cost $250 per person or $450 per couple. For tickets and more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 718-982-2365 or The tax-deductible portion of each individual ticket is $150. The honorees are Denis M. Hughes, president of the New York State AFL-CIO and honorary alumnus; Dr. Mary E. O'Donnell, chair, department of nursing, CSI; and Rose M. Volpe a long time community leader, Friend of the College and widow of Edmond Volpe, a past president of CSI. Approximately 75 percent of the College's student body works and raises a family while attending CSI. Proceeds from the Ball will provide direct support to eligible students in need at CSI. Committee chairs are Joseph Ricciutti ('94), executive director of University Event Management at Columbia University and immediate past president of the Staten Island Yankees; Dr. Christine Cea ('88), president of the CSI Foundation Board of Directors, researcher at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in developmental disabilities, and member of the New York State Board of Regents; and Donna Fauci ('96, '03), recently-retired counselor and program coordinator with CSI's recruitment and admissions office.

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Staten Island rep Cappelli asking his fellow MTA board members to fund service restoration Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 8:29 AM


Michael Sedon

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island's representative on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's board is pushing for a few crumbs out of the agency's $12.6 billion budget to punch up the borough's feeble bus service. Although the 2012 budget process is in its end stages -- the board will vote on it next month -- Allen Cappelli and Mitch Pally, who represents Long Island, are requesting $20 million for service restoration, which would be split among NYC Transit and the two railroads the MTA runs.

Advance file photo "Finding $20 million [in the budget], to me, should not be that difficult an exercise," said Allen Cappelli, who noted that the Island's "geographic inequity" in comparison to the rest of the city is saddling commuters here with transportation costs "that rival mortgages."

"Finding $20 million [in the budget], to me, should not be that difficult an exercise," said Cappelli, who noted that the Island's "geographic inequity" in comparison to the rest of the city is saddling commuters here with transportation costs "that rival mortgages." Manhattan commuters are coping with crowded conditions and longer waits, even as the weather deteriorates. Problems are pronounced on the buses that ply the borough's 20 MTA express routes. The X5 bus has been late picking up passengers for a week and a half from Manhattan, with conditions so crowded that people were falling over in the aisles like "dominos," said Karen Weckerle of Great Kills.

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"I waited in the rain for 45 minutes with at least 50 other people on line with me -- the stop is at 41st and Lexington and the line was almost down to the corner of 42nd -- as we watched three nearly full buses pick up passengers before we got a half-full bus that was jammed to capacity," Ms. Weckerle said. "For $5.50 a ride, you'd think we'd get something for our money besides bad service." Ms. Weckerle noted that, paradoxically, the X5 morning service to Manhattan is "impeccable"; she pronounced herself baffled that morning and evening service on the same line can be as different as, well, night and day. Seventeen of the express routes knock off anywhere between 6:30 and 8:05 p.m. leaving just three routes for the evening-shift employees. Annadale resident Phil Fox, who works nights in the Financial District, expressed surprise at the crowded conditions on the three express routes operating between midnight and 1:30 a.m. and the distance some riders must walk to the closest bus stop "No one should have to stand up all the way home for $5.50," Fox said as he noticed many Financial District employees, porters and cleaning personnel standing the hour and a half it takes for them to get back to the Island. "This is a real problem. This is supposed to be the greatest city in the world and [yet] you can't get a bus without walking three-quarters of a mile." For years, the College of Staten Island has been pushing the MTA to extend bus service through its campus, and Cappelli noted that a portion of the requested $20 million could be used to do just that. Late arrivals and sardine conditions are not a result of the 2010 service cuts, contended MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz. "This week has been challenging due to the traffic and forced detours related to Occupy Wall Street," Ortiz explained. "Evening service is scheduled to provide a seat for every customer. However, if there are trips missed due to traffic, forced detours or other problems, customers are likely to experience some overcrowding and/or late buses." And, in what may come as a surprise to many, the MTA has added express bus services to Staten Island, Ortiz said. The MTA "regularly monitors ridership" and they base adjustments to services on those numbers, Ortiz said. Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-East Shore/Brooklyn) said her district was hit hardest when the MTA cut its services, and in light of Cappelli and Pally's request for the additional $20 million, she is asking the new chairman to bolster service in her district, fullfilling a promise made by the previous chairman.

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"These cuts are extremely painful for a community that lacks transportation options yet faces the highest bridge toll in the world," Ms. Malliotakis said in a letter to new MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota. "I was assured by Chairman [Jay] Walder that the 60th Assembly District would be considered for restorations should funding be made available. I hope that you will support the MTA board's proposal to restore services, and I would be more than happy to meet with you to discuss how we can provide the services my constituents need and deserve." The MTA is also in the process of replacing older buses, which it contends will improve the reliability of its fleet, added Ortiz.

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CSI joins in Great American Smokeout Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 10:09 AM


Mark D. Stein

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - WILLOWBROOK - Put it out. For good. The College of Staten Island's (CSI) Health and Wellness Services worked in conjunction with the Great American Smokeout campaign and spent last Thursday afternoon advising its students to quit smoking. CSI's campaign was one of thousands held across the country to urge others to pay attention to their health by ending the The College of Staten Island honored the Great American Smokeout campaign last Thursday by offering counseling and tips to quit, as well as nicotine patches and gum. In addition, the Willowbrook campus displayed a board that posted whether passers-by smoke cigarettes, quit smoking, or never smoked. (Staten Island Advance/Mark Stein)

expensive habit. The campaign is known as the Great American Smokeout, and this was its 36th Annual Observance. Students trained as peer health educators

by the city Department of Health provided free gum and patches to fellow students. Small gift bags and information pamphlets were also available to inspire others to quit smoking. "We've seen somewhat of a reduction on Staten Island in general, and we've noticed that as well on campus, which is nice" said Linda Conte, director of Health and Wellness Services at the Willowbrook campus. She said last Wednesday, four students came up to her and admitted they began smoking while in high school. "That's the trend, but we're ready to make that commitment [to get them to quit] today," Ms. Conte said. To be given gum or patches to minimize tobacco cravings, students interested in quitting needed to provide Page 110 of 141

a target stop date. They also had to agree to participate in counseling sessions that include periodic follow-up meetings. Ms. Conte explained money spent on smokes could be better used elsewhere. Said Janine Scotto, a health educator at the school, "It's been very well received. Students are thankful to have the service on campus. It makes it convenient for them." During the event, peer health educators displayed a board that showed the difference in the number of people on campus who smoke, quit smoking, or never smoked. The number heavily favored non-smokers. Gabriella DeMarinis, a Bulls Head resident and CSI junior who serves as president of the Pre-Dental Association at the school, said her group was doing its part in the effort by showing images of what smoking can do to the mouth. "People just think they need to brush and floss, but you lose teeth [when you smoke], and there's ways to prevent that. You have to do it before it's too late," she continued. "If you see these graphic images, you'll say: 'I really don't want that happening to me.' " One student, a senior named Ayman Mohamed, came to the event to end his cravings. "It was very good to check out. I hope it works," said Mohamed. For more information, visit the Health & Wellness Services/Peer Drop-In Center at 1C, Room 111; call 718-982-3113, or email

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Where the crumbs belong Monday, November 28, 2011, 8:28 AM


Staten Island Advance Editorial

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s budget is $12.6 billion - bigger than the budgets of a number of states. In that context, the $20 million or so some insiders are saying it would take to restore service cuts amounts to crumbs. And that’s exactly what Allen Cappelli, Staten Island’s representative on the MTA board, and several of his colleagues have been reduced to - begging for crumbs. As the massive agency prepares to finalize its 2012 budget, Mr. Cappelli and Mitch Pally, who represents Long Island on the board, have put in a request for $20 million to bring mass transit service back up to even adequate levels. “Finding $20 million [in the budget], to me, should not be that difficult an exercise,” Mr. Cappelli said. Even in the best of times, mass transit service here never approached the levels seen in the other boroughs and other parts of the MTA service area. And Mr. Cappelli asserted that Staten Island’s “geographic inequity” relative to the rest of the city is saddling commuters here with total transportation costs “that rival mortgages.” And now, commuters have been forced to rely more than ever on frequently overcrowded express buses because of reduced schedules and the outright elimination of some lines amid MTA budget cuts. (Lately, the demonstrations that have tied up Downtown Manhattan haven’t helped their commutes, either.) As one X5 commuter from Great Kills, Karen Weckerle complained to the Advance, “For $5.50 a ride, you’d think we’d get something for our money besides bad service.” But that’s not the way it works in the MTA’s universe. The MTA gets its exorbitant $5.50 fare, of course, regardless. But commuters here and other places not called Manhattan are expected to take what they can get. And if that means standing and being jostled on an express bus all the way from Midtown Manhattan to Great Kills, well then, so be it. So Mr. Cappelli and his colleague are looking for a little more money to help improve the commutes of Ms. Page 112 of 141

Weckerle and others by just a little. He would use the extra money to augment the express bus schedule and perhaps to extend some local bus service from Victory Boulevard into and through the College of Staten Island campus in Willowbrook. Mr. Pally wants to see service on Metro North and Long Island Rail Road shored up. Presumably, other board members will have their hands out for improvements in their areas if there’s a chance the MTA budget includes the additional funding. So the trouble is that the extra money wouldn’t go very far even if only used for modest service enhancements. Even $20 million doesn’t go very far when you’re talking about mass transit. But there is one ace Mr. Cappelli can play. Staten Islanders make up a high percentage of VerrazanoNarrows Bridge users. And the LIRR and Metro-North are heavily subsidized by Verrazano tolls, which are, by design, far higher than the actual cost of operating and maintaining the bridge alone. So you could say Staten Islanders already do far more than their fair share in paying for the MTA’s other operations, including the two commuter railroads Staten Islanders can only envy and seldom get to use. If another $20 million is forthcoming, it should not be spread all over the place for the sake of some bogus notion of equity. Commuter railroad riders already have their rides well subsidized by Staten Islanders. Instead, use those “crumbs” to improve service for long-suffering Staten Island commuters, who are forced to spend the most for the least amount of service.

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College of Staten Island incident leaves employee dead after struggle with cop Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 3:16 PM


John M. Annese

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A deadly struggle between a police officer and an off-duty College of Staten Island employee at the school's Willowbrook campus left the employee dead and sparked a massive police response that rattled the college community and ignited rumors among students and staffers that a shooting had occurred.

According to police sources, an officer with the NYPD's Staten Island Task Force went into a standalone restroom facility by the school's athletic facility to take a bathroom


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This photograph, showing police subduing a person on the College of Staten Island campus today, has been circulated among students at the school. Details on the incident are still unclear.

The officer observed a man engaged in

Cops investigate after College of Staten Island incident leaves 1

some sort of drug activity, according to a

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source. When the officer approached, a wild struggle ensued. The man grabbed for the officer's gun, and the struggle spilled outside the restroom, where several passers by rushed in to assist the officer, sources said. As they struggled, the man died, possibly of cardiac arrest or after falling to the ground, sources said. He was taken to Richmond University Medical Center, West Brighton, where he was pronounced dead, sources say. School administrators released a brief statement about the incident, identifying the man as an off-duty CSI employee. His name is not yet available, and the incident remains under police investigation.

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Here is the school's statement, in its entirety: "Early this afternoon, an incident between an off-duty employee of the College of Staten Island Auxiliary Services and a member of the NYPD has resulted with both individuals being transported to a local hospital. Contrary to rumors that may have been circulating, no shots were fired. There is currently an active official NYPD investigation being conducted near parking lot six on the north side of campus, and the college’s North Loop Road is closed until further notice." For hours after the incident, there was no information from the college about what precisely had happened. During that time, college students and staffers were exchanging rumors via emails and the Internet about a possible shooting.

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CSI worker dies after struggle with cop on campus Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 12:43 AM


John M. Annese

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A wild scuffle between a College of Staten Island cafeteria porter and an NYPD officer ended in the worker’s death yesterday afternoon, sparking a massive police response that rattled the campus and ignited rumors among students and staffers that a shooting had occurred. Authorities said a member of the NYPD’s Staten Island Task Force apparently walked in on the worker while he was engaging in drug use, possibly smoking pot, in a bathroom just yards from CSI’s iconic smokestack, on the north end of

This cell phone picture circulated widely among the CSI community shortly after it was taken. Amid rumors of gunfire, students complained college officials kept them in the dark.

campus. It was 12:14 p.m. when the officer went to use the bathroom and encountered the worker — identified by sources as Corey Holmes, 39, of the Bronx. School officials did not confirm the name but said the man had worked at the college for 10 years. Holmes and the officer fought, spilling out of the bathroom building, sources said. At some point, Holmes grabbed for the officer’s gun, and though it’s not clear if he managed to yank it from its holster, the slide pulled back, ejecting a live round from the chamber, sources said. No shots were actually fired during the scuffle.

Several passers-by rushed to assist the officer, and the man went into cardiac arrest, possibly after falling or being

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tackled, sources said. He was taken to Richmond University Medical Center, West Brighton, and later pronounced dead. The city medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy today, a spokeswoman said.

Police sources said a bag of what appeared to be marijuana was found on Holmes’ belt. The officer, who has not been identified, suffered injuries to his hands and knees Enlarge

Staten Island Advance

This photograph, showing police subduing a person on the College of Staten Island campus today, has been circulated among students at the school. Details on the incident are still unclear.

and went to Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze, according to sources.

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A cell phone photo taken at the scene

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shows what appears to be the officer, his gun still in his holster, and another man atop the suspect. It’s unclear from the

photo if the second man, who looks to be wearing sneakers, is a fellow officer or a civilian. The incident and the ensuing response sparked the fears of college students and staff, as the photo quickly circulated via e-mail. That gave rise to several rumors spreading through phone calls and social media posts. For more than two hours after the incident, panicked students and their family members, as well as college staff members, called the Advance to express frustration about the lack of information as to what had happened. Brian Nickel of Great Kills said that early in the day he had heard a shooting had taken place. “That’s what everyone is saying,” he said, dismissing a car crash rumor he’d also heard. “There is no way a car accident would bring so many cops.” Shortly before 3 p.m. — and after a request by the Advance for information about the incident — the school put out this statement: “Early this afternoon, an incident between an off-duty employee of the College of Staten Island Auxiliary Services and a member of the NYPD has resulted with both individuals being transported to a local hospital. Contrary to rumors that may have been circulating, no shots were fired. There is currently an active official

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NYPD investigation being conducted near parking lot six on the north side of campus, and the college’s North Loop Road is closed until further notice.” The school’s response drew criticism yesterday that administrators didn’t use the City University of New York’s instant response system to inform students and staff about developments. “I think there was something going on and they just didn’t want us to know,” said Shady Ghadban, a student who lives in Brooklyn. Student Rose Ellicott, who lives on the Island, said, “What was really learned is CSI is not prepared for a emergency.” School administrators maintained yesterday that they handled the incident appropriately, since police had the scene secure and under control within minutes. “This particular incident, I’m very comfortable with how the college handled it,” said Ira Persky, CSI’s acting vice president for finance and administration. The CUNY emergency notification system is meant to inform students and staff of a threat to the college population, and, “at this point, there was no threat,” Persky said. Added Paul Murtha, CSI’s director of public safety, “We don’t necessarily notify the campus community every time there is an arrest on campus.” School officials didn’t learn until about 2 p.m. that rumors had been spreading through social media, administrators said, and though they had issued a brief statement to the Advance to the effect that a police investigation was taking place, they decided to draft the response printed above. Dr. Tomas D. Morales, the school’s president, was not available for comment — school communications director Kenneth Bach said he had boarded a plane to travel on school business, and that Persky was the school’s designated spokesman regarding the incident. © 2011 All rights reserved.

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Autopsy inconclusive in death of College of Staten Island worker who scuffled with cop Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 5:28 PM


Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The autopsy for a College of Staten Island cafeteria porter who died after a struggle with a police officer on the school's Willowbrook campus was inconclusive, a spokeswoman for the city Medical Examiner's office said.

Further study into the death of the worker -- identified by sources as Corey Holmes, 39, of the Bronx -- is pending. Authorities said a member of the NYPD’s Staten Island Task Force apparently walked in on Holmes while he was engaging in drug use, possibly smoking pot, in a bathroom just yards from CSI’s


Staten Island Advance

This photograph, showing police subduing a person on the College of Staten Island campus today, has been circulated among students at the school. Details on the incident are still unclear.

iconic smokestack, on the north end of

Cops investigate after College of Staten Island incident leaves 1


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It was 12:14 p.m. when the officer went to use the bathroom and encountered the worker. School officials did not confirm the name but said the man had worked at the college for 10 years. Holmes and the officer fought, spilling out of the bathroom building, sources said. At some point, Holmes grabbed for the officer’s gun, and though it’s not clear if he managed to yank it from its holster, the slide pulled back, ejecting a live round from the chamber, sources said. No shots were actually fired during the scuffle.

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Several passers-by rushed to assist the officer, and Holmes went into cardiac arrest, possibly after falling or being tackled, sources said. He was taken to Richmond University Medical Center, West Brighton, and later pronounced dead. Police sources said a bag of what appeared to be marijuana was found on Holmes’ belt.

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Support CSI at its Celestial Ball Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 9:56 AM


Mark D. Stein

WILLOWBROOK -- The College of Staten Island’s (CSI) Celestial Ball this year will have many involved with the Willowbrook school “reaching for the stars,” as the event promises. The third annual scholarship gala will take place Saturday at the Richmond County Country Club. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. This year’s honorees are: Denis M. Hughes, president of the 2.5 million-member New York State AFL-CIO; Dr. Mary E. O’Donnell, chairperson of the CSI Department of Nursing, and Mrs. Rose M. Volpe, community activist, founder of the Friends of CSI, and the widow of Dr. Edmond L. Volpe, the first president of CSI. According to the Celestial Ball information page, approximately 75 percent of the College’s student body works and raises a family while attending CSI. The sponsorship dollars raised by the Ball will allow students to focus on their academic careers and excel in the future, permitting many CSI graduates to move into successful careers and attend the most prestigious graduate, medical, and doctoral programs in the country. “In these hard times, it’s very pertinent for our students that we raise funds for scholarships and all parts of student support, and that’s what this gala does,” said Barbara Eshoo, vice president for institutional advancement and external affairs. Even after the gala, CSI will accept donations. “We still need to continue to raise funds, particularly for scholarships. Donations at any time are most welcome,” added Ms. Eshoo. Committee chairs are Joseph Ricciutti (‘94), executive director of university event management at Columbia University and immediate past president of the Staten Island Yankees; Dr. Christine Cea (‘88), president of the CSI Foundation board of directors, researcher at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in developmental disabilities, and member of the New York State Board of Regents; and Donna Fauci (‘96, ‘03), recently-retired counselor and program coordinator with CSI’s recruitment and admissions office. Tickets to the black-tie preferred event cost $250 per person or $450 per couple. The tax-deductible portion of each individual ticket is $150. For tickets and more information, contact the Office of Institutional Page 121 of 141

Advancement at 718-982-2365 or

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Poets Before Profits by Eleanor J. Bader

It’s the first day of classes at Urban Word NYC’s Brooklyn site. Rain is falling hard, in sheets rather than drops, and walking outdoors requires puddle jumping or wading across small rivers. But despite the near-Biblical storm, Willie Perdomo—winner of PEN America’s 2004 Beyond Margins award for his book, Smoking Lovely—is ready to teach, a stack of photocopied materials on his desk. Perdomo’s once-weekly workshop, Word to Everything I Love, runs for 12 weeks three times a year at St. John’s Recreation Center in Crown Heights. Students ranging in age from 13 to 19 pay nothing for Perdomo’s time and attention—the program is funded by foundation grants and individual donors—and learn of the class through social media and word-of-mouth referrals from friends, teachers, and school counselors. Seventeen-year-old Zaira, a senior at the Academy for Young Writers in Williamsburg, arrives first. Aliyyaa, an 18-year-old veteran of Urban Word, now a first-year student at Medgar Evers College, enters a few minutes later. They’re the only two who show up for the day’s lesson, but Perdomo seems unfazed. After brief introductions and a course overview, he gets down to business. “Plato once said, ‘At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet,’” he begins. Using an exercise developed by Teachers & Writers Collaborative, he asks the students to rephrase the sentence as many times as they can. “It’s a way for them to see that there is more than one way to say or write something,” Perdomo tells me. “Robert Frost said that all poetry is play and I try to get my classes to understand that they can have fun with language, that it is there to be re-created.” Zaira and Aliyyaa respond immediately to Perdomo’s initial assignment, and so he shifts gears, Photo by Nick Childers.

asking them to read Hell A, a poem by Jonathan Holden:

You will wake up / in the class you hated / most in high school. / Everything will be / the same / as it was, / the same disgusting / students doing / the same / disgusting / things / they used to do. / Even your desk / a typical high school / desk in a typical high school / room, will be the same.

After Hell A has been read aloud, Perdomo notes that Holden has conjured a generic scene, bereft of specifics, and asks Zaira and Aliyyaa to zoom in on the particulars of their own secondary school hell. “Write a poem,” he urges, “but include some details. The power of poetry is often in the specifics.” As the minutes tick by, Perdomo notices that Zaira is staring into space and intervenes. “What are you stuck on?” he asks. As she speaks, Perdomo slowly helps her find the words and imagery that have eluded her. Her relief is palpable. Finally, each girl has a draft, albeit rough. Aliyyaa’s hell is a trigonometry class. “You don’t know the value of X / You only know the value of time,” she reads. Zaira’s poem has taken a different tack: “There will always be people who bully for kicks / High school was the darkness I was falling into.” Perdomo urges the pair to continue working on their poems, refining them by showing them to an English teacher or creative writing instructor, and editing them until they say exactly what they want them to say. Revision, he stresses, is key. “The passion you find in a young poet’s unmediated voice is refreshing,” Perdomo says once the class is over. “It gives those who listen a window into the pulse of the city. You can see and hear the angst, urgency, and disillusionment of their lives.” Indeed. Perusal of works penned since Urban Word began in 1999 reflect intense frustration and bitterness. In fact, the poems frequently rail against the many wrongs in their communities and lives: sexual abuse and harassment, racism, parental neglect and abandonment, betrayal by friends, educational inequities, violence, and gentrification. Trish Hicks has been the coordinator of Urban Word’s Brooklyn program since it launched in 2007. A jovial woman with a huge smile, Hicks knows that Urban Word has garnered a reputation as the go-to place for teens eager to hone their skills as slam—or competitive spoken word— poets. Nonetheless, she is adamant that slamming is not the program’s purpose. “Urban Word is a writing program. A lot of kids are attracted

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to the idea of the lights, the technological hoo-ha. They want to perform on YouTube and develop a following of fans. Other kids find that idea intimidating. The challenge for me is making sure that the kids understand that Urban Word is about each person finding a voice, being in a room with others, and talking and writing about the things that shape their world. Connecting to other people is everything; community building is what matters. Even if they never go on stage, if they’ve connected with someone else, and learned a little bit about language and expression, they’ve gained something.” That said, the slams—and the financial prizes they offer—are an undeniable draw. According to Urban Word NYC’s website, 85 percent of the approximately 15,000 students involved in the program each year—whether through residencies at public junior and senior high schools, SAT prep courses, or through afternoon or weekend workshops, like Perdomo’s, that are offered in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan—come from low-income households. The Knicks Poetry slam, a collaboration between Urban Word and the New York Knicks—yes, the basketball team—takes place each fall and is step one in the teen slam process. Each poet—this year more than 200 participated—auditions before a three-judge panel; winners are encouraged to enroll in Urban Word classes to refine their craft. Then, as the year progresses, challengers move from winter preliminaries to spring semi-finals at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. The culmination is the selection of a six-member team that travels to the grandmother of slams, Brave New Voices. There, teen poets from across the country compete for the championship title. The New York team—including several Brooklynites—took first place in 2010 and second place in 2011. Jay Davis, a recent graduate of the High School for Enterprise, Business, and Technology (formerly Eastern District High School) will begin Wheaton College in January. Davis was on the 2010 team and credits Perdomo with helping her develop as a writer and thinker. “He taught me not to be afraid to do something new, that I was capable of branching out into different kinds of poetry,” she says. Although Davis did not compete in this year’s Knicks slam, she was there to cheer for poets she’d met through Urban Word. Nineteen-year-old Marlon Cadore, a Crown Heights resident studying at the College of Staten Island, thinks he has a shot at making the final cut. But even if he doesn’t, he says he’s proud of his output, proud of how much better his poetry has become thanks to Urban Word. “Willie, in particular, taught me that I could work within the lines without sacrificing my creativity,” he says. “He showed me that structured writing doesn’t have to be inflexible. I can still be as creative and imaginative as I want to be.” Amani Breanna Alexander, another slam competitor, made it to last year’s semi-finals. Now a senior at the Academy for Young Writers, she, like Davis and Cadore, acknowledges the role Urban Word has played in helping her sharpen her skills. “Poetry is not just words. When I write I realize things I did not know I knew,” she boasts. Coordinator Trish Hicks agrees that the workshops are transformative. “They’re one of the only places where teens can talk about and debate things that matter,” she says. They’re also a place where friendships flourish. “A few years back a girl in our workshop was murdered,” she continues. “She was a really big part of our community and got killed in a domestic dispute. When she died the kids poured forth to support her mom and came together to honor and celebrate her life through poetry. It was astounding. Seeing how young people love, seeing their unadulterated ability to embrace each other, was phenomenal. But the truth is, every week in class is phenomenal. Amazing things happen.”

Teens from all boroughs can sign up for Urban Word workshops at or by calling (212) 352-3495.

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Pete Begley (R)  November 02, 2011  TOWN: East Stroudsburg   BORN: 7/19/1963  EDUCATION: Curtis High School; College of Staten Island  OCCUPATION: Musician, teacher  QUALIFICATIONS: Currently the Committeeman for the 5th Ward; Volunteer for RSVP; Church member  at Light of the World   

Candidate Questionnaire  What do you consider the most serious problem in your municipality and how would you propose  solving it?  The most pressing challenge is increasing employment. We must ease the burden of regulation on  businesses and manufacturers. Let us set policy that welcomes job creators in East Stroudsburg. The  Borough must decrease it’s spending while balancing the budget without increasing taxes and fees. We  have a moral obligation to leave behind a better city than we found to the next generation always  remembering that the essence of freedom is the proper limitation of government. 

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Network PLUS USA Launches New Location in Staten Island, NY  Staten Island NetworkPlus held an event on Tuesday, October 11 2011, at Oriental Plaza restaurant, Bulls  Head. The gathering launched the new local chapter. NetworkPlus assists local people and businesses to  build professional relationships.    New York City/Staten Island (I‐Newswire) November 2, 2011 ‐ Network PLUS brings together  professionals from various industries to create strategic alliances within different communities.  Entrepreneurs are challenged to think dynamically – Who is going after the same target market as you  are? Who is your best client specifically? Who do you want to meet? What are the top 3 reasons to do  business with you? Entrepreneurs are able to build and maintain a strong network of business  relationships.    The vision of Network PLUS is both to bring people together in a global community, and to educate and  inspire business owners. The philosophy is one based on a strong foundation...integrity, cooperation and  empathy. Notable traits of the organization are things that keep relationships and  family. Taking the vision into the community and coupling it with the philosophy propels businesses to  the next level.    Ted Fattoross, CEO/Founder comments, “Our members and their businesses thrive because of the  dedication of our facilitators. It’s about building and nurturing strong relationships, not just hunting the  next deal.”    The facilitators for this new location are Diana Caughell and Orumé Hays.    Diana Caughell is a recognized expert in soul centered coaching. Diana combines her management,  marketing, and financial expertise and experience with a lifetime of spiritual education. She teaches  individuals and companies how to overcome any obstacles on a very deep (DNA) level in any area of  their lives to achieve their full potential and excellence in their business, career, relationships and money  matters. She works with individuals and companies, give workshops and speaks on topics of personal  growth and development, planetary and human transformation and evolution.     Orumé Hays is a Certified Public Accountant with over 10 years experience in the accounting and finance  industry. Orumé received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Anthropology from Nigeria as well as a  second Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from the College of Staten Island, CUNY. Orumé is  a speaker on money and book‐keeping skills to young adults. Orumé is also a freelance writer and a long  time Staten Island resident.    The next meeting will be at Oriental Plaza restaurant on Tuesday, November 8th at 6:30pm.    For information, contact NetworkPlus facilitators Diana Caughell at 716‐992‐7770 or Orume Hays at 917‐ 676‐8522.  On‐line Preregistration is at    

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Marine becomes citizen at Statue of Liberty 125th birthday MENAFN - FIND Government Press Releases - Thursday, November 03, 2011

Marine becomes citizen at Statue of Liberty 125th birthday Nov 03, 2011 (DEFENSE DEPARTMENT DOCUMENTS AND PUBLICATIONS/ContentWorks via COMTEX) -10/28/2011 LIBERTY ISLAND, N.Y. Lance Cpl. Tomas Roginski was one of a few Marines, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen and soldiers to join a group of 125 immigrants in receiving their citizenship on Liberty Island, here, Oct. 28. The event was part of the day-long celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty's dedication. The Department of Homeland Security rewards immigrants who join the military and serve honorably by exempting them from the normal residency requirements. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar told the new citizens, "You are represent what is best about America, because you represent what Americans should be celebrating and standing for around the world. We are a nation of diversity, and that diversity strengthens our country." Roginski immigrated to Brooklyn from Poland when he was a child. He currently serves in the Marine Corps reserve with 6th Communication Battalion and is pursuing a degree in electrical engineering from the College of Staten Island. (Marine Corps production by Sgt. Randall. A. Clinton / RELEASED) Facebook: Flickr: YouTube: Twitter: Official: Copyright (C) 2011 Federal Information & News Dispatch, Inc.

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When 'Jersey Shore' Goes Ivy League Fri, Nov 11 2011

The chorus of disapproval against Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi's appearance as guest speaker at Rutgers University earlier this year was evidently not loud enough in the world of academia. Another reality-TV personality one-upped the petite party girl by addressing scholars at a glorified Ivy League University. It wasn't Kim Kardashian, thought I imagine she isn't far behind. Last week, Vinny Guadagnino of "Jersey Shore" infamy, showed up at Professor Diane Vaughn’s class titled “Mistake, Misconduct, and Disaster� at Columbia University to discuss anti-bullying and the importance of being a polite citizen. It was first reported by TMZ that the "Jersey Shore" thug was apparently invited to class by one of Vaughn's students currently interning at MTV's philanthropic branch, Do Something, where Vinny has been involved doing charity work. But, before we take sides on the right or wrong side of this anomaly and the finger wagging begins, let's reflect on what Mr. Guadagnino was there to do. Vinny, who attended CUNY College of Staten Island and earned a degree in political science, talked to the class about bullying, becoming role models of politeness, and (my personal favorite) setting a good example by stopping violence (bar brawls) from escalating. On the one hand, whether or not a class on "Mistake, Misconduct and Disaster" was trying to embody its title or justify its curriculum is unknown. On the other, it's worth pointing out that when visiting any elementary, middle school, or high school across this country you will see legitimate anti-bullying work carried out by professional people with genuine intentions of instilling solid morals and values in students at this impressionable age. Hopefully, by the time these kids hit college they should already know that degrading people by calling them grenades based on appearances is not universally acceptable, and that GTL -- gym, tan, laundry -- is a lifestyle they should not aspire to. (I hear you. "Chill out! It was just a little fun." "We can tell the difference between reality and reality-TV.") Whether a visit from Guadagnino to this revered Ivy was necessary or frivolous is something to ponder. The convergence of higher education and our society's obsession with the lucrative life-styles of instant reality-TV-fame have become more than a one-time occurrence. Last year's SAT essay question was about reality TV, and Snooki was paid more money to speak to students at Rutgers than the Nobel-Prize-winning author for her commencement speech at this same university. The New York Times recently reported that the University of Chicago held a conference titled: "Jersey Shore Studies." Regardless, either this was an isolated aberration of the Ivy League school's commitment to adhere to, and demand, a higher standard from those who apply and are accepted there, or perhaps the appearance of the reality-TV Guido at one of our nation's elite schools was the result of a star-struck kid wielding her intern clout to impress her professor. In either case, both situations (pun, ha!) are a deviation from the lofty academic norm expected from a school of this caliber and its students. Despite that, from the limited reports available regarding Vinny's stint as a guest speaker at Columbia University, it appears he lectured free of charge -- and this could be a good thing. One day (not soon, hopefully), when Kim Kardashian realizes she too can impart her wisdom on the generation raised on reality-TV she inspires, the fame-seeking icon won't charge for her lecture on how to get wildly rich by releasing a sex tape, living on a reality show, selling her vows, and then disavowing them in 72 days for a mere $18 million. Conceivably, could this new business model be worthy of a class at one of our nation's top MBA schools? Don't answer that. Also Featured on:

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Saint Dominic Academy to honor three at annual leadership dinner Monday, November 14, 2011, 3:00 AM


The Jersey Journal

Saint Dominic Academy Choir Director and social studies teacher Joseph P. Napoli is one of three people who will be honorary guests at Saint Dominic Academy’s

Valerie Vlahakis Patricia Salmon

Leadership Awards

Joseph Napoli

Dinner on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville. Also being honored are Patricia Salmon, vice president of human resources at RLB Distributors, Class of 1979, and Valerie Vlahakis, owner and operator of Lee Sims Chocolates in Jersey City. A former resident of Jersey City, Napoli graduated from Saint Peter’s College in 1978, and became a social studies teacher at Saint Michael’s High School in Jersey City. Napoli joined the staff of Saint Dominic Academy one year later, first as a music teacher and director of the Glee Club, then as a member of the social studies department, where he has been ever since. Under his leadership, the SDA Choral program and the Dominoes Chamber Choir have performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre, and the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center, the General Assembly of the United Nations, Nassau Coliseum with Andre Rieu and the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. The Dominoes also performed live on Fox Five’s Good Day New York.

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In May of 2011, Napoli accepted the Dominican Pillar Award, and in October of this year, the Dante Alighieri Society named him Educator/Teacher of the Year. Patricia Salmon grew up in the Greenville section of Jersey City, attending Our Lady of Mercy Grammar School and then Saint Dominic Academy (’79). She attended Montclair State College and obtained a B.S. degree. She became a part-time physical education teacher at Sacred Heart Grammar School in Jersey City. In the mid 1980s she entered corporate fitness, then went into human resources and has spent the last 12 years working for RLB Food Distributors, where she is Vice President of Human Resources. She regularly organizes drives for organizations such as: Oasis, the Salvation Army, Hope House, and neighborhood churches. Valerie Vlahakis is the third generation in her family to own and operate Lee Sims Chocolates in Jersey City. After graduating from Bethany College in West Virginia, Vlahakis taught junior high school while earning a Master’s Degree in Special Education from the College of Staten Island. In 1984, Vlahakis left teaching to join her parents in the business. She is a member of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce and a Trustee of the Jersey City Lincoln Association. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Academy’s Scholarship Fund. More information can be obtained by calling Kate Lillis in the SDA Advancement Office at (201) 434-5938, Ext. 33, or by e-mailing © 2011 All rights reserved.

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Motion Imagery Strategies in Broadcast: A key event for  enterprise technologists  On December 1, 2011 between 8am and 5pm the National Association of Broadcasters will hold an  event focusing on motion imagery lessons learned from the broadcasting community. The event will be  a great opportunity to learn more about collection, analysis, reporting, production and dissemination of  complex news and sports events.  These are topics of interest to many, but the event should be of special interest to members of the  geospatial community. The thought leaders behind this event are real players in the community and  have reputations for delivering great systems.  If you have an interest in lessons learned from the  masters, be sure to attend.  For more information and to register see:  Motion Imagery Strategies in Broadcast  More from their website is below:  Workshop Details  December 1, 2011  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  National Association of Broadcasters  1771 N Street NW  Washington, DC 20036  Registration Options  Register Online  Print Registration Form  For Sponsorship and Advertising Information, please contact Heather Shuster at 202‐429‐5468 or via  email.         

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Key participants include:  Paul DiPietro 

Coordinating Director, ESPN Event Operations  Paul DiPietro, who started working at ESPN in its first week of operation in 1979 and joined the company  three months later, is a coordinating director in ESPN’s Event Operations department. His  responsibilities include overseeing operations and engineering functions at a variety of remote  productions, plus personnel management and departmental administration. A member of the  department since 1995 after earlier working in the broadcast promotions and studio operations  departments, he assumed his current role in 2006.  DiPietro served as a freelance director on SportsCenter starting the week of ESPN’s launch on  September 7, 1979. In December, he officially joined the company and as of 2011, he is one of  approximately 25 people remaining from 1979 in a company that now numbers close to 7,000.  For his first six years at ESPN, he worked in studio operations, working on both in‐house and remote  productions in editing, as a technical director and in other technical roles. In 1985, he joined the  broadcast promotions department as a producer/director. His duties were overseeing the complete  production of on‐air promotions including the writing, directing and editing. He produced a variety of  marketing multi‐media presentations for ESPN’s affiliate marketing department, including the launching  of Major League Baseball and ESPN2. His work earned him ESPN’s first Sports Emmy nomination in the  Broadcast Promotions category.  In 1995 he joined the Event Operations department as an operations coordinator. A year later he was  promoted to operations producer, in 2000 to Manager and in 2005 to senior director.  DiPietro’s has won various film and television awards including six Sports Emmy Awards and in event  operations has worked on virtually all the major sports and special events ESPN has produced. Notably,  he has worked on the NFL, college football, NASCAR, Major League Baseball, the Winter and Summer X  Games, the ESPY Awards, Grand Slam tennis events, the Heisman Trophy presentation and the NCAA  basketball Women’s Final Four.  Peter Doherty 

Senior Producer, NAC/Telecon Operators News, ABC Television  Peter Doherty is the Senior Operations Producer for the ABC News Washington Bureau and has worked 

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at the bureau for more than 36 years. He has produced the pool coverage for every White  House/Lafayette Park inaugural pool since 1989 as well as numerous State of the Union addresses,  presidential addresses and news conferences. He produced the pool coverage for the funerals of  President Ronald Reagan, President Gerald Ford and Senator Edward Kennedy. He was also the overall  pool producer for the 1990 Bush‐Gorbachev summit in Washington, D.C.  Frank Governale 

Vice President, Operations, CBS News  Frank Governale has been Vice President, Operations, CBS News, since April, 1997. He is responsible for  the Division’s technical personnel and facilities worldwide, its computer and data services, and the  exploration of the newest technologies to insure the most efficient newsgathering capabilities. He also is  responsible for labor relations, including contract negotiations with the major collective bargaining  units.  Before that, Governale served as General Manager, News Operations (1996‐97). He also was Director,  Bureau Operations (1990‐96). In the latter position, Governale was responsible for the design,  construction and operations of the technical facilities at all of the CBS News bureaus, including capital  budget planning, the deployment of crews and equipment, and the acquisition of equipment,  manpower and research and development for future technologies.  Prior to that, he was Director, Operations, CBS News Special Events (1988‐90) and Technical Director,  CBS Operations and Engineering (1983‐88). He joined CBS as a video operator (1981‐83).  Governale was a video engineer for EUE Screen Gems (1981) and chief engineer for A&G Video Inc.  (1980‐81). He began his career in broadcasting as a freelance video maintenance engineer and operator  (1978‐80).  Governale was born March 17, 1958, in the Bronx, N.Y. He was graduated with a B.F.A. in  communications in 1980 from the New York Institute of Technology.  Donald Hudson  Technical Director, U.S. Air Force  Gary Nadler 

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Mr. Nadler is responsible for the Operations and Engineering of Network Distribution to the  approximately 200 ABC affiliates. In addition he is also responsible for wireless systems used with ABC  News, Sports and Entertainment Divisions.  Mr. Nadler is a 32 year veteran at ABC including assignments on large scale operations which include  Olympics, Auto Racing, Political Conventions, Inaugurations and special assignments with Disney  Imagineering’s Research and Development group, Disney World Florida and Disneyland California  production and ride engineering departments.  He is also a three time Technical Emmy award winner, a Peabody award recipient and a receiver of two  Disney Inventor awards. In addition he holds two patents (Interactive Entertainment Attraction Using  Telepresence Vehicles & Digital repeater module and method for relaying digital data).  A Graduate of the College of Staten Island NY, Mr. Nadler also has a Masters Certificate in Project  Management from Villanova University.  Mel Olinsky 

Director, Bureau Operations, CBS News  Mel Olinsky has been Director, Bureau Operations, CBS News since September 1999. He is responsible  for all news gathering technical facilities worldwide as well as all remote broadcasts, the design and  implementation of HD transmission from bureaus and the use of the latest technology for news  gathering.  Before that, Olinsky served as Executive Director, Affiliate Services, CBS Newspath (1989‐1999). He was  responsible for the design and implementation of a digital satellite network for transmission of news  media to all CBS Stations. He also managed the Live News Center where newsfeeds were coordinated  and live shots scheduled for affiliate stations.  Prior to that, he was Executive Producer WFSB TV, Hartford, CT. and Technical Director WFSB TV,  Hartford, CT. He was also a Teacher, Principal and Assistant Superintendent of Schools.  Mel was born November 23, 1946 in Mineola, NY. He graduated from Southern Connecticut State  College with a B.S., M.S., 6th Year, and Boston College with an Ed.D. 

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Donnie Self 

Chief, Sensor Assimilation Division, National Geospatial‐Intelligence Agency  Mr. Donnie B. Self was appointed Chief of the Sensor Assimilation Division, within the National  Geospatial‐Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) Acquisition Directorate in February 2008. Mr. Self leads NGA’s  activities associated with the acquisition, project management, and integration of Overhead Persistent  Infrared (OPIR), and Department of Defense (DoD) tactical data into the National System for Geospatial‐ Intelligence (NSG) along with support for other future systems.  Mr. Self began his professional career in 1973 in the U.S. Air Force. His assignments included work as a  mathematician/computer programmer supporting weapons testing at Eglin AFB and duty as Executive  Officer for the Comptroller at Headquarters, Air Force Systems Command. Additionally, Mr. Self was  assigned to the E‐3 AWACS program office at Hanscom AFB, MA, where he supported both the U.S. and  NATO AWACS programs as Chief of the Automation Division and as a systems engineer. In 1986, he was  assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) where he served nine years supporting tactical  system developments and subsequently NRO/Community studies and analysis with a focus on  satellite/airborne interactions. Following his retirement from the United States Air Force, Mr. Self  transitioned to industry where he served for over seven years as a Senior Principal Systems Engineer  supporting the development of several ISR systems for the Department of Defense. In January 2003, Mr.  Self was appointed to a Defense Intelligence Senior Level (DISL) position at NGA leading the integration  of airborne GEOINT into the NSG. During his tenure as Chief, Airborne Integration Branch, he led efforts  to integrated tactical data into the national architecture and successfully implemented the first national  storage and dissemination capability for tactical airborne imagery. He served in this position until  appointment to his current position in February 2008.  Mr. Self has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Auburn University and a Masters Degree in  Systems Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology.   

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Gwendolyn Woodhouse Recognized by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide    Syosset, NY, November 30, 2011 ‐‐(‐‐ Gwendolyn Woodhouse, of New York, New York, has been  included in the Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Edition for her outstanding contributions and  achievements in the field of brokerage technology.    About Gwendolyn Woodhouse  Ms. Woodhouse has had more than 18 years of experience in institutional brokerage technology. She is  currently the Vice President of Connectivity with ConvergEx Execution Solutions Group, a company  providing brokerage technology and related products. Prior to her current position, Ms. Woodhouse was  a Vice President of Brokerage Operations at New York Tax Transaction Services. She is a licensed broker  for series 63, 7 and 24. She earned a B.A. Degree in Psychology from the College of Staten Island in 1992.  Ms. Woodhouse is a member of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. Residing in Staten  Island, New York, she enjoys scuba diving, cooking and travel.    About Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide  Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide is a premier business communication resource highlighting the  professional lives of individuals in every significant field and industry. Our goal is to ensure that our  members receive networking, exposure and recognition to potentially increase their business.  

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The stars shine on Staten Island Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 9:00 AM


Sherrina Navani/Shore Family Fun

ALL SHORES -- I admit it, I am a HUGE fan of Old School pop music. While watching VH1 on a recent dreary Saturday afternoon, with my 6-year-old daughter Milanya, Madonna‘s “Papa Don’t Preach” video began to play, and scenes of Staten Island flashed across the screen. Madonna plays, and sings about, an unmarried pregnant teen in a pickle, who must confront her father with her predicament. Watching the video, I started to think about how many famous people have spent time on the streets of our near-secret borough. You’ll be surprised at how many. Check out my star-studded list of characters. I am sure you have heard of Drew Barrymore. She has played a Charlie’s Angel and a woman with recurrent amnesia in Adam Sandler‘s “50 First Dates,” among other roles. Did you know her great-grandfather Maurice Barrymore, an actor on the vaudeville circuit, owned a farm on Staten Island in the late 19th century? He was a star in many local plays in Stapleton and his children John, Lionel, and Ethel, who also played amateur theater, lived in Fort Wadsworth with their grandmother. A charismatic, blue-eyed Paul Newman enjoyed a brief stay in the St. George section of Staten Island, as a resident at the Ambassador Apartments. The 27-year-old met a Staten Island Advance photographer who asked if “Good-looking candidates are likely to garner the votes of women?” Newman’s response, published on Sept. 13, 1952, along with a black and white headshot, replied, “I think the chances are about 50-50 that a woman will vote for the best-looking candidate. In many cases, women voters are influenced by their husbands’ opinions — and there aren’t many men who are overly impressed by the fact that a candidate is good-looking.” MTV’s “Jersey Shore” is centered on the antics of nine cast members who portray stereotypical Guidos and Guidettes, complete with buff arms, high hair and tight sleeveless tees, while living in south New Jersey. Three of the stars come from Staten Island, among them Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. He was born in the New Brighton section of the borough, but moved to Manalapan N.J., where he attended the local high school; he now calls Staten Island his hometown. Vinny Guadagnino is a true mama’s boy and a son of Staten Island. He attended Susan B. Wagner High School and is a graduate of the College of Staten Island. According to an interview in Us Weekly, Guadagnino claims to have graduated with a 3.9 GPA in just 3-and-a-half years. He was working his way Page 140 of 141

into a political career, employed as a political aide for a New York State Assemblyman, and even considered enrolling in law school, he said. Angelina “Jolie” Pivarnick claims to be the Kim Kardashian of Staten Island, but after only two seasons on the “Jersey Shore,” her ex-cast mates claim she is more like the now-defunct Staten Island dump. After allegedly being harassed in the Staten Island Mall, Pivarnick has been keeping a low profile in and around the borough. For those who remember the late 1980’s show “Who’s the Boss?”, who can forget little Samantha Micelli, the tom-boyish daughter of man-maid Toni Micelli? Samantha was played by Brooklyn-born, but Staten Islandraised, Alyssa Milano. She lived with her talent manager/mom Lin and her film music editor dad, Thomas, in Great Kills. Alyssa moved to Hollywood after landing her role in “Who’s the Boss?” These are just a few of the entertainers who’ve passed through Staten Island on their way to top. Tell me about others you may know about by emailing CLARIFICATION In last week’s Shore Family Fun column, Sherrina Navani wrote about a lovely event hosted each year by John Scalia at the Historic Old Bermuda Inn. On Dec. 6, families whose last names start with an A through an L can come to the catering hall to pay tribute to deceased loved ones in a Christmas setting; those whose names start with an M through a Z are invited to do so on Dec. 7. This is a seasonal, sensitive event that is designed to commemorate lost loved ones. It’s not a light-hearted holiday party. For additional information, call 718-356-6363.

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