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Our Mission The purpose of this organization is to enable students to be a positive voice on campus and to raise awareness of real issues and situations that women of all shapes, sizes, and ethnicities deal with. This magazine will strive to create a new perception of the typical women's magazine. We want to embrace how unique women are through articles, interviews, inspirational sections, poems, photographs, videos, and programs as well. This magazine will strive to be a resource for women that will include everything from make-up tips to health advice and even some male perspectives.





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Spring Into Style


Embrace Your Body Type

Women Designer: Dyeing to Live

12 Feature Boutique: Isabelle's




Staff & Positions

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Editor's Note How I Define My Beauty


Poetry Slam

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Burlesque Girls Lacrosse Team

Strong Females from Childhood



National Eating Disorders Awareness


Being A Woman


Women Making Strides

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Out With the Old


That's What He Said


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Healthy Hair & Skin Road to Recovery Self Injury How Beauty Changed Over Time

Staff & E-Board Editor-in-Chief Ricardo A. Hernandez Jr.

Website Editor Daniel Monroig

Fashion Trends Editor Rebecca Ferri

Event Coordinator Danielle Gray

In the Know Editor Michelle Dopiro

Secretary Sabrina Lunar Cruz

Exclusives Editor Jordan Wilkinson

Treasurer Renee Cooper

That's What He Said Editor Chris "Chippy" Almanzar

Public Relations Ashley Almario & Drew Thompson

Health & Beauty Editor Kaitlyn Vella

Photo Editor Caroline Budinich


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"Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression. "

~Margaret Sanger Photos by Mariel Ramirez

Editor's Note Dear AG Reader, As an avid reader of high fashion and society magazines, I have encountered tremendous amounts of advertisements catching my eye. These advertisements portray lack of intelligence in women, the demonstration of women being used as sexual objects, and seen as subservient to men. One has buried in my mind since it’s debut. A Dolce & Gabbana advertisement of a female model being pinned down by a male model, while other male models surrounded her. In a way I was disgusted of the hidden message behind the fashion piece. Do we really want the young generation to get the wrong impression of what being a woman means? Growing up, I had little to no clue what a woman really meant to me. In fact, I had little to no clue what one day being a man meant. However, it wasn’t until my female role models had impacted my life where I finally realized what being a woman truly meant. A woman is not a subservient individual who awaits a man to bring home the “bacon.” A woman is not a person who takes orders because society has placed her as a second class citizen. A woman is not someone who gives up, because certain accomplishments were only succeeded by men. A woman is not a coward, or a gentle, fragile soul. A woman is an ambitious individual who sets goals for herself to accomplish. A woman is a hard working, independent person who strives for success. A woman is an individual who makes her own decisions and stands up against inequality within our society. A woman is courageous, intelligent, and a fighter. When I look into the eyes of the women on this campus, I see faculty and students who strive to change society’s perception of women. Together as a community, we can strive for what this magazine has set to fight against since it’s creation in 2011; a fight against society’s perception of women and the mindset that individuals have on the idea of beauty. Together we can stand against the misrepresentation of women, because as advocates we can all agree that women are not second-class citizens. Sincerely, Ricardo A. Hernandez Jr.

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Skye Tauber 19 Sophomore, Elementary Education, Concentration Math Long Island, NY Definition of beauty: How you feel about yourself and how you present yourself. When you’re yourself. It’s not what you look like, it’s being true to who you are.

“I portray my beauty in how I interact with people. I’m caring and approachable.”

Andrew Franchuk, 18 Freshman, Biology Rochester, NY Definition of beauty: Being comfortable with who you are. Beauty is loving yourself. Everyone is beautiful in their own way.

“I portray my beauty through my personality and the way I dress.” Kaychell English 20 Junior, Psychology & Black Studies Bronx, NY Definition of beauty: Beauty is cleanliness, elegance and respect, in terms of looks. It’s also within your inner being, spirit and soul.

“I portray my beauty through my smile. No matter how I feel or look it’s coming from natural beauty.”

Farris Moustafa 20 Junior, Public Relations Major Brooklyn, NY Definition of beauty: It’s the way you present and express yourself. It can be a single characteristic that appeals to someone, whether it’s emotional or physical.

“I portray my beauty through the way I dress, my haircut, style. That’s the obvious physical part. Also how I interact with my friends and support them and such. I’m open-minded.”

Joskary Diaz 19 Sophomore, Sociology Bronx, NY Definition of beauty: It’s confidence and also comes within, inner beauty. It’s loving yourself. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It comes in different shapes, sizes, color… everyone is beautiful.

“My confidence and how I interact with others is how I portray my beauty. You’re as beautiful as you portray yourself.”

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Q&A with fashion designer and student

Olivia Hillery By Jordan Wilkinson Photos by Hannah Nesich Age: 18 Major: Undecided, aspiring Sociology major with a concentration in Criminology Hometown: Rochester NY Email: / Facebook:

First-year student Olivia Hillery has found herself answering to a unique calling, creating inspired fashion design to raise awareness on the effects of depression. Her business, called Dyeing To Live, uses symbolic dyeing techniques to convey her attitudes about redemption, forgiveness and the satisfaction of a life well lived.

3. Who/what inspires you? Why? 1. What are your broad career aspirations in terms of entering the fashion industry?  In terms of my aspirations with my business, they are not directly associated with the fashion industry. The main focus of my business is to bring awareness to the dangers of depression; therefore, my main goal is to increase knowledge to those who are not fully aware of what depression is. I mean, fashion is a large part of my business, but it is more of a vehicle to carry the larger idea of bringing relatable and understandable awareness to people about depression.

2. How long have you wanted to go into fashion? Why? I have honestly never wanted to be in the fashion industry, but with my passion for the arts and my desire to help and educate people on the effects of depression, clothing became a logical path to take.

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Everyone who has ever been in such a dark place where there seems to be no escape. My mother, father, brother and aunt, who have held my hand and supported me throughout the toughest times in my life. I am deeply saddened by the lack of support that so many young people have, and the possibility that we could help them in finding that extra hand that may change their lives, puts purpose behind my every move. Lastly, to see someone smile who felt that they never would do so again is life changing, and to know that I have the power to bring smiles to peoples faces is inspirational in every way.

4. Why New Paltz? Are you planning on transferring/going somewhere after graduation? I chose New Paltz because of the liberal standing here. The community is very relaxed, yet they still uphold a rigorous academic schedule. Being an artist, NP is also perfect. Since I am a freshman I have not thought much of what I will be doing after graduation, but I do know I will be going to grad school.

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5. Explain to our readers what your clothing designs tend to look like, who they are meant for and how you hope for them to evolve with time. My designs are very sporadic; all having tan and black hues (from bleach), but the actual dyeing of the shirts is inspired by human emotions. The fabric that remains black symbolizes the darkness and the sadness that we all endure, some more than others; the lightened fabric symbolizes the happiness and the light we seek, the light, in my opinion, we all deserve.  The clothing is meant for anyone, especially those who are socially conscious. In the future I hope that Dyeing To Live will branch out to be more than a clothing line, I’d like to maybe branch out into accessories like silicone wristbands to raise awareness.

"I want to encourage people to live their lives to the fullest as well as create a clearer picture for those who are not as familiar or educated with it."


6. Why did you name you business Dyeing To Live?  Well, when I started thinking about creating a company I knew that I would want it to be about creating social change and bringing understanding to some type of struggle that is often misunderstood. I looked in my past and all those that I have encountered and I found that depression would be an amazing focal point. I want to encourage people to live their lives to the fullest as well as create a clearer picture for those who are not as familiar or educated with it. The process by which I design my clothing involves dyeing fabric; so I put the two together. The will to want to survive and the process the clothes have created Dyeing To Live.

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Embrace Your Body Type Written and Photos By Jeanne O’Connor

Sarah Annesley Fine Arts major, age 19, second-year student, her hometown is Lynbrook, NY.

“I have a fairly smaller frame, a small bust, and not much of a waist. My legs are also really long in proportion to my torso, so I like to find tops that visually elongate this part of me. The top that I wore I got at PacSun. The tank underneath and my jeans I got at Kohls. My boots were bought at Forever 21. I chose the top that I did because the tank underneath was fairly long, so when I wear it, it balances out the length of my legs and torso. The lace top I really like because of the neckline on it, and I think it’s just really pretty! That’s basically my choice behind the outfit I wore!”

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Natalie Skoblow Public Relations major,18, first-year student, her hometown is Lynbrook, NY.

“I am and always will be a curvy girl. I have a big chest, small waist and curvy hips. When finding clothes, I always make sure to accentuate my waist because it’s the smallest part. Belts help a lot. With the outfit that I’m wearing, I paired a brown belt with one of my favorite vintage-looking dresses (BB Dakota). I’m only 5ft 3 inches, so I wore gray wedges (Urban Outfitters) to make my legs look more toned and longer. On top of that, I wore a beige cardigan for a little extra warmth to complete the outfit. That’s why I love this outfit and how I feel in it!”

Alexa Gold Undeclared,18, first-year student, her hometown is Bethpage, NY.

“My body type is completely pear shaped. I am fairly small on top and very round at the bottom. I am 5’2’’ and I’ve been told that I have “tall person features.” I have long arms and long legs, but no height. I bought the patterned shirt along with the black leggings at Target, the white undershirt and black belt from Forever 21, and the cowboy boots from Famous Footwear. I like this outfit because it is flowy and tight in all of the right places. The patterned shirt really works well for a smaller frame because it highlights your petiteness without being overly sexual. The belt gives an illusion of having a slightly larger chest and really accentuates your waistline. Finally, the leggings hug your butt, and show off your legs, while the heeled boots add a little bit of height to your appearance.”

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Spring into Style: Spring 2012 Fashions By Maria Pianelli As Jack Frost’s reign slowly fades, spring’s boldest looks steal center stage. This season, some of the top designs

Hot Looks

for this spring’s collection feature bright floral patterns, a vibrant way to embrace your inner Artemis. With prints ranging from overgrown gardens and bountiful rain forests to the stores near you, it’s easy to choose an eye-catching

◀ Floral Pants $14.95

design to add some jungle flair to your spring wear. After a bleak winter, spring provides the perfect opportunity to brighten your wardrobe. Tired of weary white skies? Bask in the warming sun with bold hues such as red and yellow. Funky tribal designs are also celebrating a rise in popularity, so consider inviting these patterns into your closet as well. For a classical twist, revert back to romantic elements such as ruffles and lace. This daintiness requires little make-up, and you may find yourself favoring your natural glow. ▶ Bold Top $59.95

◀ "Gretta Dress" Tribal Pattern $34.50 To top off the new additions to your wardrobe, try giving a new hairstyle a test run. Glistening hair has become a hot trend this season as girls rock dewy locks for an innocent, youthful appearance. If wet hair is not your thing, both the high ponytail and hair wraps are making a comeback so ▶ Lace Top $39.00


welcome accessories into your make-up bag. No matter which styles best suit you, spring is a prime opportunity to update your look and get a fresh start for what’s sure to be an exhilarating summer.

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Isabella’s Treasures By Rebecca Ferri Photos by Caroline Budinich

It started with a beaded bracelet that her husband had made for her, and turned into a 27-year-long business in what seemed to be overnight, according to Isabella Chisena, owner of Isabella’s on Main Street and Isabella’s Treasures on 7 N Front Street. Chisena describes her businesses as a “small family.” Starting small with craft fairs and flea markets, selling all hand made beaded jewelry, she and her husband set out to create something beautiful and meaningful.

Her stores fit in perfectly with the earthy, whimsical, and indie vibes that the town is known for. Therefore, she has a very committed fan and consumer base, which fortunately has allowed her to remain in business with no signs of stopping anytime soon.

With extreme dedication, perseverance and patience, Chisena created two sister boutiques that have become signature pieces in the village of New Paltz, creating an extremely successful name for herself among business owners. One is immediately struck with the interior beauty of the shops. Isabella’s treasures is very whimsical and fairy like, while Isabella’s on main is edgy, “international, bizarre, mosaic boho” chic, and multicultural.

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Chisena’s layout and design speak clearly of harmony, embodying a mosaic of colors, cultures and crafts. She had gained inspiration through her childhood memories spent in Italy. Reminiscing of joining her grandmother in shopping for jewelry, and spending time in her grandfather’s furniture emporium admiring the chandeliers, influencing her passion for jewelry.

Often times many people wonder how small businesses stay afloat in today’s economic downturn, but Chisena responds with an extremely positive and uplifting philosophy pertaining strictly to her motto about “manifesting reality and believing the thoughts you project, are what your world is going to become,” she alerts students.

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When picking items for her two establishments, she looks at what can work in each location, since both stores represent her two, unique sides. Most of the items they carry are from fair trade, while some unique hand made jewelry is made by the women of a rural South African community. Thanda Zulu, are handmade products that help bring sustainability to their villages and economies. All of the products purchased support orphans of AIDS in Africa. This conscious effort to bring in different cultures and individual’s crafts is what makes Chisena’s shops so special. Within minutes of talking to Chisena or her wonderful, helpful staff, you can sense that they care, and because of that they have a tremendous amount of loyal shoppers, who return repeatedly. Chisena is constantly looking for new ways to transform the store. As a small business owner she is always looking to step things up, and give

her customers something new and fresh. She is taking advantage of these hard times and perfecting her craft even more, which seems amazing considering how flawless her pieces are to begin with! Having two shops, Isabella presents an opportunity for everyone to find something they see beauty in. Whether you fall into the more whimsical airy feel of Isabella’s treasures or are engulfed in the multicultural, gypsy elements of Isabella’s on main, you are sure to find something that speaks to you. I have spent a few days in the stores looking around and talking with the staff, and there is an undeniable sense of home and family when you’re there. Being a person that loves all elements of fashion and art, this shop is a place unlike others. It portrays the ability to feel as if you’re away from the rest of the world, and in those moments your inside Isabella’s creative world.


Performing a Poem:

The Wade-Lewis Slam Poetry Invitational

Written and Photos By Michelle Dopiro

The State University of New York at New Paltz hosted the 3rd Annual Wade-Lewis Poetry Slam Invitational, on March 2 - 4th in the multi-purpose room of the Student Union Building. The Invitation is the second largest national poetry slam, according to the SUNY New Paltz Slam Poetry Team. The Wade-Lewis Slam Poetry Invitational, named in honor of the late Professor Margaret WadeLewis began in 2003. Wade-Lewis, professor of Black Studies and English, contributed to campus as an advisor for the African Women’s Alliance and the New Day Theater Ensemble. Even the days in the hospital couldn’t stop Wade-Lewis. She continued to read and provide feedback on research papers for her students. So when she did pass, it was a difficult loss to overcome. However, her memory lives on at SUNY New Paltz. The Wade-Lewis Slam Poetry Invitational leads a role in fundraising. The Wade-Lewis Scholarship is given to students of color in financial need in order to achieve academic success. At the event, donations were given in hopes of expanding the scholarship. Colleges from Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and New York took the trip to participate. Although the Invitational is categorized as a competition, it is an event where poets create poems, share stories, and kindle friendships. The SUNY New Paltz Slam Poetry Team (Christine Richin, Jackie Wolozin, Ben Golden, Julianna Zuckerman, Sabrina Adikes, Karly Feslowich, and Coach, Kate Brady) were given the chance to meet talented and brilliant poets, they wouldn’t have encountered otherwise. Workshops were also held prior to the event, open to everyone, where they worked on their poems and the event was a delight. 14 • In The Know

“When you give someone a poem on paper, you’re no longer part of the poem. When you perform, you’re part of it,” said Brady reacting to the hardworking performers of the night. There were even guest poets such as Mahogany Browne, Eboni Hogan and performances by Sexy Pitches, Urban Lyrics, and One Way. “Slam Poetry is half-acting. It is more of a performance, more in-your-face,” said Golden. “It is also very therapeutic,” adds Adikes. People perform to spill their stories and their thoughts. It takes guts to stand in front of an audience and ideally have their complete attention for only a few moments. Poets share parts of themselves that wouldn’t have been seen otherwise. The Wade-Lewis Slam Poetry Invitational was truly about that more than anything else. Despite the competition, it is a supportive environment where being a winner is only a perk and being a friend is the true victory.

“ ” Slam Poetry is halfacting. It is more of a performance, more inyour-face.

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Valentino: The Last Emperor By: Ricardo Hernandez Photos By: Caroline Budinich

The year 2007 marked the 45th anniversary of Valentino Garavani’s career. The famous Italian fashion designer and founder of Valentino SpA celebrated in style. An event full of celebrities, his best fashion of 45 years, and fireworks were just some of the extravagant outcomes. All of the glamour and beauty showcased for an event for a man who’s “ego was the size of upstate New York,” said Matt Tyrnauer, current managing editor of Vanity Fair. The event, Valentino: The Last Emperor, was hosted on March 8 at the State University of New York at New Paltz by the LGBTQ Faculty-Staff and Queer Action Coalition. The event included a film screening, along Q&A with director and Vanity Fair journalist Tyrnauer. “I’ve known Matt for a very long time, and I’ve been looking for a reason to get him up here,” said Benjamin Junge, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and host of the event. Tyrnauer, gave insight about the independent film and the story behind the famous fashion designer, and his long time business partner, and friend, Giancarlo Giammetti. “My mission was to infiltrate into the two men’s lives. I wanted to capture them being real together as a couple,” said Tyrnauer. Although the couple were known for their incredible and impeccable fashion design and business throughout their years together, Tyrnauer found an underlying relationship in these two couples after writing a piece on Valentino for Vanity Fair in 2004. “It was a relationship I’ve never seen before, the way they interacted the way they did, and the amount of time they spent together,” said Tyrnauer. The two men as depicted throughout the film and during the Q&A with Tyrnauer, have had a long relationship full of arguments, compassion, success, and hatred towards one another on a daily basis. “The movie was really incredible, and it captured the relationship between Valentino and his lover in a very real, amusing, and inspiring way. It was definitely interesting to see the ways in which their personal and professional relationships intersect,” said Cody Garde

Hill, President of the Queer Action Coalition here on campus. During the film, in a conversation by Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti, while preparing for a fashion show: “You look fat,” said Giammetti “No I don’t look fat....Look at you with your three layers,” replied Valentino Conversations as the one stated above were showcased throughout the film in an attempt to show the incredible relationship between the two subjects in Tyrnauer’s film. As Tyrnauer placed in perspective already, working with such individuals was not only entertaining, but also incredibly overwhelming. “You have to be so strong to talk to Valentino,” said Giammetti giving advice to party planners in the film, for Valentino’s 45th anniversary extravaganza. Throughout the film, Valentino’s true personality was revealed when he talked to Giammetti. In a meeting with planners creating the tribute to Valentino’s best evening gowns throughout the years and design for the location, Valentino stormed out multiple times while cameras were rolling and indicated once, “If the bathrooms look like that, I’m not coming.” Trouble began when the two subjects rejected the idea of the film because it portrayed a negative aspect of Valentino’s life. Valentino believed that the film was supposed to be about the extravagance of his life and the celebrities involved with his career rather than the relationship between Valentino and Giammetti, according to Tyrnauer. “I literally had 20 lawyers at the end of the film and the two of them telling me ‘we have ways of people doing what they want us to do’,” he said. At the end of the film, Tyrnauer indicated that it was a constant battle for 6 months. Valentino and Giammetti’s attempted to dismantle the film before it’s showing to the public. However, the two were defeated and in the end appreciated the film. As Valentino said after the first public debut and standing ovation from the crowd, “I accept the film as it is and you have to accept me as I am.”

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TRANSaction By Ricardo A. Hernandez Jr. Photos by Caroline Budinich

You’re a current Resident Assistant in one of the buildings at the State University of New York at New Paltz. You have arrived about a week in advance to undertake RA training, and adopt skills needed to execute tasks in all types of events given to an RA. You’ve been given a scenario where two individuals are living in a dorm. One of them is a female, the other has just made the transition from a female into a male, and is now known as a Transgendered male or TransMale. Although the female student is friends with the girl, she begins to feel uncomfortable around her roommate’s decision and asks for advice. What would you do in this situation? Have no idea? Many students during RA training didn’t know either. The Resident Assistant Staff at Lefevre Hall

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conducted “TransAction” on Tuesday, March 13 in Lecture Center 102 in an effort to combat the assumptions of the transgendered community and address the unanswered questions many might have about the transgendered community. “Individuals don’t act or talk about subject matter that is taboo. We need to move forward someway,” said Chanel Ward, Resident Director of Bouton Hall, and guest speaker at Transaction. individuals and push for change in our current society. “There’s not a day that goes by that I’ve heard people ask if I’m a boy or if I am a girl,” said Cody Hill in his lecture. He continued, “don’t assume a person’s gender, ask them in a private setting and don’t ask a transgender person something you wouldn’t ask someone else.”

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The event was centered round two lectures, one by Cody Hill and Eli Mann, transgendered activist here on campus and President of the Board of Directors at Queens Pride House, Pauline Park, activist in transgendered issues in New York City. After the lectures, students were given a letter on their hand to signify the groups they will be part of after the presentation. Students were separated into rooms in the Lecture Center in order to talk about transgendered issues they have faced or have heard of in their community, families, or amongst friends. “They’re still a person. Personal changes doesn’t mean they are different. It’s always polite to ask how they identify themselves instead of assuming their gender. Be proactive about it,” said Community Development Assistant (CDA), Sarah Melvin, 21. The Art Education and Psychology major described the planning for such an event to be smooth sailing. After being inspired with the rest of the staff by the Behind Closed Doors scenario, Melvin explained her Resident Director’s interest in being involved with


such an event, according to Jessica Fiorilla, a Resident Assistant at Lefevre Hall. “I can’t believe they have this on campus,” said Resident Director, Stephanie Abrams. Abrams quickly developed interest into the program and contacted friend, Tyler Sliker, a recently transgendered male, and activist of transgender equality. “My biggest goal is for students to leave having more knowledge and talk about it to someone else. They should know what it means to be transgender and what can they do,” said Sliker who is an activist in LGBTQ issues. Sliker has also spoke about transgendered issues in colleges, work agencies and on the Anderson show. “I was fired for being trans. I had a job at a McDonalds in Syracuse for 2 or 3 years, which called for gender specific uniform,” said Sliker. Sliker demonstrated discontent with being forced to wear the woman uniform, because he didn’t identify with the gender. From then on, the business began reducing his hours and creating comments such as, “we don’t need your

help.” “In New York State, there are no laws protecting trans individuals,” said Sliker. Bethany Hemingway, Sliker’s girlfriend also attended the event in support for a safer, and more known transgendered society. “I’m partner with a “Trans man” and I’m here to put into perspective that Tyler is no different than any male that was born biologically a male. I want to educate and aware students,” said Hemingway. Sliker and Hemingway both assured students, “if we can change one person’s mind or perception of the trans community, that’s enough.” Students, Professors, Faculty members and friends from the New Paltz town poured into a night of lecture lessons filled with crucial information on how to speak and act around transgendered individuals. Guest speakers, Cody Hill, President of the Queer Action Coalition, Eli Mann and Pauline Parker educated individuals with tips on how students and faculty may be able to build a better community for transgendered

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“Take It OffWith Confidence” -Alpha Psi Ecdysia By Jennifer Everdyke

Every morning we wake up, look in the mirror, and have a moment where we think about what life would be like if our hair was different, if we were smaller, taller, or what have you. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to get past these insecurities and transform them into confidence. The State University of New York at New Paltz Burlesque troop, also known as Alpha Psi Ecdysia, efficiently turns their insecurities into confidence and radiant sexuality. Jackie Wolozin, club leader, demonstrates her confidence and sexuality. “In high school I didn’t date anyone. I was just a very non-sexual person in high school and people viewed me that way. I had no outlet, I didn’t date anyone and I kissed one person. Sex and sexuality were not at all part of my high school experience,” she said. Wolozin, who realized her sexual and exotic personality at the end of high school, quickly joined Burlesque, “Burlesque is a way to express something that I never really could express before,” according to

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Wolozin. The word “burlesque” refers to an art form where the artists take control of their own sexuality and use it to share a message. It is not the same thing as club stripping, where the purpose is merely to take off one’s clothes because society says the naked body is sexy. “From the outside you think, Oh Dita VonTise, perfect body, it’s all about how sexy you are. But one of the core values behind burlesque, is self-objectification. You’re saying ‘I’m not going to adhere to what society thinks is sexy, I’m gonna tell you what I think is sexy, and you’re gonna think it’s sexy too’,” said Wolozin. Alpha Psi Ecdysia has been on the New Paltz campus since 2008. The organization was started by Jenny Weinbloom, a passionate advocate of the practice of burlesque. Today it is continued by a dedicated group of women (Robin Epes, Susan Li, Kim Kelly, Samantha DeMonte and Jackie Wolozin) who work hard to ensure

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burlesque stays alive and well. The group’s name is a play on a sorority name, with the addition of the word “ecdysia,” a more technical name for a burlesque artist. Although the group is not a sorority, they are most definitely a strong sisterhood, a sisterhood that is not limited to females. The organization has it’s first male performer this semester. “All bodies are sexy and empowering,” said Wolozin. The outlet to express one’s dynamic sexuality in a way she or he is comfortable doing so, is the basis for the Burlesque organization. According to Wolozin, members can stay in more conservative clothing, and when they feel ready, finally reach for those pasties. Each burlesque artist puts their own style into costumes and performance, celebrating individuality and at the same time enjoying the friendship of those who encourage confidence and charisma. The group is a sort of family, supporting each other throughout costume making, practices and chasing away those insecurities. Alpha Psi Ecdysia’s mission is “to expose the student body to an exciting art form and educate the troop about Burlesque and the politics and history that surround it.”

For those interested in learning more about Burlesque, there are plenty of options. The group always welcomes new additions, especially those who have the excitement and enthusiasm to try something new. The club has a Facebook fan page “Alpa Psi Ecdysia” and will be having a show in early April and May. “Everyone who does it forms into this much more confident person than they were before. They come out with these qualities that are really beneficial and good for you. it’s good for you to believe you are sexy and okay with yourself and be confident in yourself,” adds Wolozin.

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The Girls Lacrosse Team By Ricardo A. Hernandez Jr. Photos by Caroline Budinich

The players on the team practice two hours a day, six days a week. Their rest days are usually Sundays but vary depending on the weeks. As of Saturday, March 17, the girl’s lacrosse team had lost against SUNY Farmingdale in what captain DelGaudio said was because of the “lack of urgency for the game, and needing to play together.” They now stand at 2-0. DelGuadio, 22, 4th-year communications disorders major, wants to let students on campus know that the team is starting brand new this year. “We have a new head coach, new assistant coach, and new players. We need to learn to adjust to learn to play together,” said DelGuadio. The new players are new freshman students who bring a fresh dynamic to the team. The beginning of a new semester/year does not create the biggest challenge for the girls on the lacrosse team. Their biggest challenge stems from their differ20 • In The Know


ith the season’s beginning, the Girl’s Lacrosse Team is already prepared to take on the challenge of working together to be successful in their upcoming season. Comprised of 20 players all ranging from different years at the State University of New York at New Paltz, the team includes of seniors: Samantha DelGaudio, Julia Donato, Megan Douglas, Krista Hannaford, and Stefanie Mignone; juniors: Erin Tornatore, Juli Rehain, Brianna Horn, Erica Cummings, Regina Bates; sophomores: Talia Tesler, Marium Ismail, Maggie Rose Melito; freshman: Jackie Ulanoff, Jenna Watson, Julia Johnson, Carissa Citro, Fatima Ismail, Erin Taylor, and Lianne Valdiva. The girls are led by head coach Liz Student and assistant coach, Meghan Spittal.

ences as players on the field. “Everyone has different skills. We are all very talented and have the skills, but we need to learn how to use them together,” she continued, “Another challenge is our ability to play the game throughout. We need to learn to play from the first whistle,” said DelGuadio. Although the girls were defeated in past games, DelGuadio urges students that the team is creating a transformation. Their motivation stems from their briefings before every game. “Before every game we meet and motivate each other. Someone will usually bring a quote or an object,” said DelGuadio. During the meetings, the girls are inspired and motivated to go out onto the field and give it their all, usually setting a goal for each game during their meeting in order to build strategy, trust, and inspiration.

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Although the girls are motivated and ready to take on the season, they need the students and faculty of New Paltz to support them during their games. To check out the Girl’s Lacrosse Team, the upcoming games are listed below:

April 4th at Vassar April 7th at Brockport April 10th Home vs. Oneonta April 12th Home vs. Bard April 14th at Cortland

April 17th Home vs. Oswego April 21st Home vs. Geneseo April 24th Home vs. Potsdam April 28th at Buffalo State

Childhood Heroes

By Michelle Dopiro

As children, we tend to choose heroes or role models from popular shows on television. From a quirky girl who can talk to animals to a half witch, we have all identified with some form of television character growing up. Here’s a look at just some of the childhood heroes SUNY New Paltz students have identified with. Which one is your favorite?

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She’s a girl who knows how to skate, but her true passion is to one day become a publisher. Reggie led a magazine, “The Zine,” as well as competed in various skate competitions. Constantly determined to win, but also level headed and helpful, Reggie emulates girl power.

Eliza Thornberry - She’s a little stubborn and kind

of nerdy, but with the ability to talk to animals, Eliza taught us how to be supportive and helpful. She spent her days traveling the world with her family and pet chimpanzee, Darwin. Eliza has a strong desire to help the jungle critters. No elephant was too big or tiger too fierce for Eliza Thornberry.

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Raven is somewhat normal… except that she can see into the future. Besides seeing unwanted visions, the girl also had a wicked sense of style and a sassy attitude. Her friends and family are important to her and although there were arguments, Raven was humble and always tried to fix unwanted mistakes.

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Starfire - The alien

princess who can shoot star bolts and pick up a car like a feather, Starfire is the perfect superhero. As a foreigner to Earth, the alien is somewhat naïve, but by no means unintelligent. She learns quickly and knows how to strategize. But best of all, Starfire takes friendship very seriously and is helpful to anyone.

Sabrina Spellman - Half-mortal

and half-witch, Sabrina is a spunky, but motivated girl who wants to learn how to control her powers. Besides having to deal with magical powers, she also goes to high school and has to deal with be ing a normal teenager. The two roles usually clash, but Sabrina Spellman gets the job done.

Out With The Old By Jordan Wilkinson

With the arrival of March has come the arrival of the much anticipated season of spring. Campus is buzzing with Frisbee playing, fruit smoothies, t-shirts and sun bathing. Although the warm weather has made an early arrival, it’s never too early to begin your spring cleaning in all areas of your life. Here are four easy steps to move into the new season.





If you’re anything like the average student, the cleanliness of your room fell to the wayside over the winter months. The first step is to make room for the new season. Go through your closet and donate clothing you don’t wear. Pack up your long johns and jackets. Try different ways of organizing your belongings. Shelving, storage bins for under the beds and hampers are fantastic consolidation tools.

Clearing your mind is also part of your spring cleaning. Make a list of the things you need to accomplish both on the short-term and long-term scales. Set deadlines for yourself and adhere to them. Set a personal goal for yourself. Be it exercising more, finishing a long overdue project or picking up a new hobby, accomplishing personal goals is one of the best ways to feel refreshed.

Join a new club or organization. By joining an organization of your interests, you’ll be able to have a fresh start with new projects, volunteer work, and friends! What could better? Try to keep an open mind and try something you have never before.

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Above all things, evaluating your outlook on life is one of the key elements of your spring cleaning. Pick a mantra to repeat to yourself. It can be as simple as “I am a beautiful person” to listing the things that make you smile. Positivity, paired with the beautiful weather, is the perfect remedy for the post winter slump.

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Let’s Talk About It: By: Kaycia Sailsman National Eating Disorder Awareness Week February 26th-March 3rd marked National Eating Disorders Awareness week, a seven day event, raising awareness about the signs and dangers of eating disorders and ways to help anyone suffering from these diseases. Eating disorders (EDs) do not discriminate against gender, age, color, or sexual orientation. In the United States alone, up to 10 million women and at least 1 million men suffer from an eating disorder, according to the National Eating Disorder Association. Dr. Gweneth M. Lloyd, Director of the Psychological Counseling Center on the SUNY New Paltz campus, revealed the warning signs of eating disorders. The warning signs of suffering from an ED “exist on a range of different behaviors: overindulgence of food intake, as well as restriction of food intake” said Dr. Lloyd. Bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa are the most common EDs among teens and young adults, according to Lloyd. Bulimia nervosa is characterized by “using various forms of purging tools such as self –induced vomiting, laxatives, diuretic, enemas and fasting” said Dr. Lloyd. A person with anorexia nervosa has an extreme preoccupation with body weight, mainly being terrified of weight gain. A person can be considered anorexic if they lose 15% of their body weight, lowering the body mass index (BMI) to dangerously low levels. People suffering from eating disorders often have distorted body images, thinking they look bigger than they actually are, according to Dr. Lloyd. Anorexia and bulimia nervosa are by no means the only eating disorders that someone can suffer from. A person can also suffer from binge eating disorder (where a person suffers periods of uncontrollable binge eating but takes no compensatory measures to rid themselves of the food).

When approaching someone who you believe to be suffering from an eating disorder, it is important to approach the situation with delicacy because “individuals are struggling with a psychological void and that is feeding their behavior,” said Dr. Lloyd. Advice to someone suffering from an ED should not focus on eating or weight gain/loss, but on the love that you have for that friend. In a non-judgmental tone, talk about their health and how they are missing out on the deeper aspects of a fully-lived life. Failure to speak to them in this tone will cause the person to shut down from interaction, making the attempt futile. While often forgotten by the general public, men are also capable of developing an ED, about 10% of men are currently suffering from one. EDs among men are one of the most under reported abuses against men’s health. In honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness week the Psychological Counseling Center will be hosting a week-long event on campus from Monday, March 26- Friday, March 30. This event will start off with workshops in Bevier, Dubois, Esopus, Gage, Lenape, and Scudder Hall. On Wednesday and Thursday there will be a showing of “America the Beautiful” in Lecture Center 100 at 8pm, followed by a discussion panel. Friday will “Fearless Friday: A Day Without Dieting,” where they will be tabling in the Student Union Building and Lecture Center Lobby, giving away guilt-free goodies and treats.

People may also suffer from Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS), often a combination of the signs and symptoms of anorexia, bulimia, and/or binge eating disorder. Regardless of the label, it is important to remember that any eating disorder requires professional help.

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Here are some facts you should know From the National Eating Disorder Association

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The average American woman is 5’4” tall and weighs 140 pounds. The average American model is 5’11” tall and weighs 117 pounds. Most fashion models are thinner than 98% of American women. 46% of 9-11 year-olds are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets, and 82% of their families are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets.

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Over one-half of teenage girls and nearly onethird of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives. Girls who diet frequently are 12 times as likely to binge as girls who don’t diet. 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner. 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat.

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91% of women recently surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting. 35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting. Of those, 20-25% progress to partial or full syndrome eating disorders. 25% of American men and 45% of American women are on a diet on any given day. Americans spend over $40 billion on dieting and diet-related products each year while only $7 million is spent on eating disorder research and awareness.

For more information on eating disorders and what you can do to help either a friend or yourself, visit


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Why Do You Love Being a Woman?

Sometimes being a woman can be, to say the least, frustrating. We wake up extra early to tame our locks. We seemingly have a different outfit choice for every event, occasion and mood. We do all of this while applying layer after layer of lotion, makeup, perfumes and whatever else is involved in our beauty routines. We’ve all blamed a problem or two on being a woman, be it cramming into a sports bra for the gym or knowing that we have to get to the salon to cover those roots. March is National Women’s History Month and in honor of these 31 days of celebration, remembrance, and acknowledgment, it’s important to remember and realize that as women, we are so much more than beauties in high heels. The time has come to embrace ourselves as women, the inner power we possess and the genuine beauty it generates. From the accessories we wear to the sense of freedom we may feel in expressing ourselves, there are so many reasons to embrace womanhood. Take a look at what fellow readers love about being a woman and don’t forget to reflect on your own appreciation for being the woman you are:

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beautiful. When you feel great about yourself everything clicks into place.” -Emily Holub, Freshman, Pre- Communication Disorders Major, Hometown: Sayville


“Being a woman has its disadvantages, but is extremely rewarding. I love being a woman for all the reasons I love living. I strive for a beautiful soul and a tasteful personality.” -Erica Eisenstadt, Sophomore, Communication Disorders Major, Hometown: Clarkstown

5 4 “I really love wearing earrings, even though

that’s not something that is completely gender specific. I love the types of earrings women can wear, and I love the way women can arrange them on their ears as opposed to how men generally place them. I think it’s nice to have those little accents adorning each side of my face.” -Sarah Annesley, Sophomore, Visual Arts Major, Hometown: Lynbrook

3 “Feminine, caring, strong, and mindful:

those are the qualities I love about being a woman along with many others. I can’t imagine myself any other way. Being a woman gives me strength and makes me feel beautiful, even on my lowest days. Even when being a woman feels like a struggle and I want to curl up in a ball, I am still grateful.” -Grace Seghini, Junior, Interpersonal/Intercultural Communication Major, Theater Arts Minor, Hometown: New Hyde Park 26 • The Exclusives


“I love being comfortable with expressing emotions and not feeling pressured to conceal myself. I love embracing my individuality through fashion and other aesthetics. There are so many ideas of what women should be, I love breaking such stereotypes and being everything that I want to be.” -Olivia Hillery, Freshman, Pre-Sociology Major, Hometown: Rochester

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Women Making Strides By Jordan Wilkinson

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In the Fall of 2011, women undergraduate enrollment reached 13.5% for aerospace engineering, 33.6% for biomedical, 22.5% for chemical and 21.1% for civil and architectural engineering (The University of Texas, Cockrell School of Engineering). In 2001, 190,752 science degrees were awarded to women whereas in 2009, 241,943 were awarded (The Association for Women in Science). In 2001, 185,273 women were employed in a science-related field while in 2009, 235, 207 women were employed (The Association for Women in Science).

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According to Rutgers University, currently, women comprise 16.8% of the 535 seats in the United States’ Congress, over five times greater than the 3% they made up in 1979. 22% of all statewide elective executive office positions are currently held by women (Center for American Women and Politics). Of the 89 women serving in the 112th US Congress, 27% are women of color (Rutgers University).

“That’s women’s work!” This phrase, usually uttered in response to requests to cook, clean, light lifting, gardening, or any other small, detailed task drives any woman up the wall. True, women may be trained from birth to know to scrub in between bathroom tiles and how to whip up a feast for a family of five in under an hour, but too often we are discounted from our skills and contributions to traditional “men’s fields.” Some of the most male-dominated career fields include politics, medicine, engineering and science. Larger percentages of women can often be found in large numbers in office jobs, the educational field, therapy fields and many chase degrees under the liberal arts umbrella while in college. While there are still gaps that need to be addressed in the American workforce, women have been making immense strides and accomplishments in the stereotypically “male” workforces. Check out these statistics:

In 1970, 7.6% of physicians were female; in 1980, 11.6%; in 1990, 6.9%; and in 2000, 24%. Currently, women make up about one-third of the physician population ( Women physicians are prominent in the specialties of family medicine, pediatrics, gynecology/obstetrics, internal medicine and pediatrics (Medscape. com). In 2004-2005, 47.1% of medical school graduates were women, compared to 24.9% in 1980-1981 (

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Take a Walk In Her Pumps

Written and Photos by: Ever catch yourself wondering what it would be Caroline Budinich like to change your sex overnight? Athough society is changing and the word gender neutral has entered into our daily vocabulary, we as sexes are still very hesitant to stray from social gender norms. I asked three SUNY New Paltz male students what they would catch themselves doing if ever confronted by this Freaky Friday moment, changing into a woman.

Danny Berger, music major, would take this transaction like an arrow in the knee. Berger said, after the initial astonishment of turning into a woman it would be followed by an intuitive sense of dressing better. He also claimed that being more passive and less rowdy would also be something that would change in him as a woman. He would spend more time on his hair and less time playing video games. One representation of an eternal female figure or icon that Danny recognizes is Oprah Winfrey. Berger states, “She is generally a good person and people know her for her good works.”

Cody Lentini, 19, an undeclared second-year student said he would take advantage of a women’s appeal, by obtaining free drinks or seducing others. He wants to use the advantages of his sexuality to be a sex figure among both men and women. No surprise that when asked who his positive woman icon is, Lentini said Marilyn Monroe. “She personified sex like no one else in those times. She was the first woman to use her sexuality for public image,” said Lentini.

Alex Penney, 20, knows that being a woman is both stressful and pressureridden. “The public generally focuses on appearance; I would be expected to be judged a lot more. Since I would be aware of this judgment I would feel inclined to be under more pressure” says Penney. He says he would have to put a lot more emphasis on his self-esteem, by building his confidence. He confesses that the most attractive characteristic of women is confidence. Simone De Beauvoir is Penney’s best female icon choice.This early 20th century feminist existentialist made significant contributions for women today, by writing novels such as The Second Sex.

As a certain typical sex born person you make a role for yourself in society, whether that role to follow social norms or to disobey them, you pick a path. Placing yourself for one day in an opposite sex’s shoes would most likely not change your prospections but maybe highlight them more. It is almost an impossible mission to know what it would be like, or is it? 28 • That’s What He Said

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Influential Women in Entertainment By: Kaycia Sailsman Photos By: Michael Lawrence Nichols

It’s March and you know what that means, Women’s History Month! It is a time to celebrate all the influential women past and present. In today’s entertainment industry we have many female celebrities but, not all can be called influential. We live in a society where celebrities take on a role that we, as admirers, tend to look up to and imitate. An Influential female in society is someone that younger generations can look up to and imitate. We are lucky to still have celebrities that continue to inspire young people to act positively in society and to not fall into negative temptations. Here are a few of the influential women, chosen by five randomly selected men on campus:

Levi Verges Business Management, Queens, NY, 21, Senior “I would say Ellen DeGeneres because she is really herself on television and in the general media. She always keeps her audiences involved whether they are in the studio or at home. She has really used the media in a powerful way.”

Keith Angrisani Psychobiology, Merrick, NY, 18, Freshman “I would say Lady Gaga because she puts out a positive message to be true to yourself no matter what the media and other people in society project on to you. ‘You were born that way’ and no one can change that.”

Roy Cohen Undecided, Israel, Ramat-Gan, 18, Freshman “I would say Pink because her image puts forth a message that says: you do not have to dress how society says you are supposed to dress, hence Pink’s edgy punk-rock image. She does well with her image and uses it to empower women no matter their personal beliefs and customs.”

Sampson Oppedisano Asian studies- International relations, Ossining, NY, 19, Freshman “I would say Hillary Clinton because in politics there are not as many women in power and she disproves the fact that the country is not only run by men.”

Kevin Fagan Communication and Media, Syracuse, NY, 19, Freshman “We have a second vote for Ellen DeGeneres because all the messages she puts out there on her talk show, and just in the general media she relates it back to all age groups.”


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By: Chris “Chippy” Poppins

Pick Up Yo’ Pants!” Everyone has seen it, a lot of guys do it. No one really likes it, and it has become a fashion don’t. It’s the trend that needs to be put to an end, the sagging pants look. This is a trend that has been around for years. We have all seen many guys wearing their pants below their waist, walking around dragging their pants to prevent them from falling. Has anyone ever wondered who started it or where it came from? Better yet, what it means? Well, I’m here to ruin that trend for you gentleman. This is a note to my “bros.” The sagging pants is a trend that originated from prison. Although this had been known for quite some time, what most of us are not sure of is why and how? There are many answers, such as, prison inmates weren’t allowed to wear belts or shoe strings to hold them up, for safety reasons. Prisoners were given baggy pants in order to prevent a prison inmate from escaping. The pants would fall down and make it difficult for inmates to run. Another reason is by how far the pants were below the waist meant type of availability and “advertising” oneself for sexual interaction among inmates. Yes guys, availability as in

prostitution to a certain extent while in prison. The dropping of the soap is just one way, think about the pants below the waist as a symbol now. There is no one correct answer to why the sagging pants started, but these are some rumors circling society. Although many might say it is style, self-expression and a fashion statement, many may argue the fashion trend is tasteless and not appropriate. Young men should really take into consideration how they present themselves to everyone else. Wearing your pants below your waist is not a good look or idea, and according to employers, you won’t be taken seriously. We should always carry ourselves with respect, be well groomed and presentable. This is what I always say, if you want your partner to look good and presentable, you need to do the same.

Young men should really take into consideration how they present themselves to everyone else.

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Both women and men tend to think that maintaining healthy hair is nearly impossible, but guess what? It’s not that hard once you know what to do! Check out these 4 tips for healthy hair.

HEALTH HAIR AND SKIN Written and Photos By Kaitlyn Vella

1. First you want to make sure that you’re using the right shampoo. Pick one that fits the needs of your hair. Plus make sure to read the ingredients on your shampoo. Try to avoid using shampoo with sulfates in them. Sulfates dry out your hair, leaving it less shiny and less silky. Who would want that? 2. Next, make sure you’re using the right brush. When your hair is wet, it is prone to breakage. Use a wide-toothed comb to get the knots out. Make sure you start at the bottom and work your way up, when it comes to brushing and detangling your wet hair. 3. No heat products are good for hair. Straightening, curling, and blow-drying your hair are all extremely damaging if you don’t take the proper precautions. Make sure that if you are doing anything to your hair that requires heat, you put a heat protectant in your hair first. This will protect your hair from a lot of the damages. 4. Lastly, when it comes to hair, remember that you don’t need to wash it every single day! In fact, it is better if you don’t actually wash it every day. Don’t blow dry, straighten, or curl your hair every day. Trust me your hair wants a break!

Maintaining healthier skin is no walk in the park. Check out these 4 tips for healthy skin! 1. Eating greasy foods can cause your skin to become oily. This then causes your pores to clog, ultimately leading to acne. Make sure you eat fruits and vegetables. Limit your junk food intake and drink lots of water! Drinking water keeps your skin healthy and hydrated. 2. Wash your skin frequently. Make sure you wash your face daily with warm water and oil-free products. 3. When wearing make-up throughout the day, it is crucial that you wash all of it off before going to sleep. Leaving make-up on your skin can cause irritation, dryness, and breakouts. 4. Never touch your face! Think of all the things you touch during the day without realizing it. Now think of how many other people have touched those same surfaces you have. Gross right? You wouldn’t want that on your face so keep your hands away! It may seem as if maintaining healthy hair and skin is something that is really difficult to do, but it’s not as hard as it seems! As long as you are willing to take the time and effort needed, it can be pretty easy. Follow these few simple steps and you’ll already be that much closer to having beautiful hair and beautiful skin!

Road to Recovery By Kaitlyn Vella

Two years ago it seemed that Disney Channel actress and singer, Demi Lovato had it all. She was starring in the Camp Rock films, had her own hit TV show, and was touring alongside the Jonas Brothers. She was accomplishing what many girls dreamed of, and she was doing it all with the biggest smile on her face. However, Lovato wasn’t happy nor was she healthy. In the tell-all documentary “Stay Strong” which premiered on March 6 on MTV, Lovato decided to come clean about the eating disorder issues she was dealing with. Issues she will continue to deal with for the rest of her life. When she was younger, Lovato’s dream was to be “the next young superstar.” Her wishes came true when Disney Channel casted her in television shows and movies. The company gifted her with a movie, a sequel, a TV show, a recording contract, and a North and South American tour. She was jumping from one project to the next and had no time to just sit down and relax. “I was exhausted. I had so many issues underneath that needed to be taken care of and we just kept putting band-aids over it. It literally ended up driving me insane.” Lovato said in her documentary. Things quickly spiraled out of control for the young star. Lovato never felt good enough. She was constantly reading the comments people said about her weight online, believing

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what people were saying about her. “I was always stressing out and looking in the mirror, not feeling good enough,” she said. She developed an eating disorder at a very youung age and it was hard for her to stop. On top of that she was self-harming and self-medicating. “I was not eating and purging and self-harming. It was really difficult to be able to stop,” she informed viewers.

leaving her tour and fans, she knew deep down it was what she had to do. Her family, friends, and fans were very supportive of her decision. Her family and true friends stuck by her side throughout her treatment and her fans made sure to constantly tweet her. Her fans kept telling her to “stay strong” which is what inspired the tattoos she now has on her wrists. She got the tattoos as a reminder to stay strong throughout everything, as well to help cover-up her scars.

“I was always stressing out and looking in the mirror, not feeling good enough”

Lovato has now been out of treatment for over a year, but still struggles with problems. “There are days when I don’t think I can make it,” she stated, “I cannot tell you that I have not thrown up since treatment. I cannot tell you that I haven’t cut myself since treatment. I’m not perfect. This is a daily battle that I will face for the rest of my life.”

Lovato was constantly wondering why parents would ever want their children to be like her, when was was trying to deal with so many issues of her own, “When I first started in the industry I was with Disney Channel and everyone kind of just made me a role model, and I hated that.”

Given her experience, Lovato realized that she had an opportunity to help people, especially young individuals all around the world. Her constant activism against her eating disorder and self-harming tactics, have given fans the opportunity to realize that they are not alone.

While on her South American leg of the tour, the issues of her eating disorder developed significantly. Lovato realized it was time to leave the tour. She decided to check herself into the Timberline Knolls treatment center. Although unhappy about

She has taught them that it is important to address the problem and to seek help. Lovato may not have been ready when she first started in the industry, but she is quickly proving how great of a role model she has become.

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Self-Injury March 1 is “Self-Injury Awareness Day” and is utilized to bring light to this important subject. A grim study reveals that one person in every twelve will suffer from self-injury in their teenage years. Self-injury is defined as “any deliberate, non-suicidal behavior that inflicts physical harm on one’s body to relieve emotional distress.” Self harm comes in many different forms including cutting, burning, picking at skin, interfering with wound healing, hair-pulling, hitting, scratching, pinching, biting, bone-breaking, and headbanging. However, this is hardly a comprehensive list, adding to the many misconceptions about self-harm. An important action individuals can take on during Self Injury Awareness Day is to educate the public and to combat misunderstandings. Many people view self-injury as an attention-seeking act. According to experts on self-injury, it is important to honor the intent of anyone who is hurting him or herself. The belief that self-injury is “attention seeking” lessens the legitimacy of the distress of those who are suffering. Another misconception is that those who suffer from self-harm are “crazy” or suffer from psychological disorders. While some who suffer from repetitive self-injury have been diagnosed with psychological disorders, many others have unidentifiable mental illnesses. Many who self-injure are suffering from extreme emotional pain and seek harm as a coping mechanism. The crazy or psychotic label being placed upon those who self injure, may make them less likely to come forward and look for help. A Cornell study states that 17% of college students report to having harmed themselves in some way. At SUNY New Paltz there are many options for students who are struggling with self-harm. The Psychological Counseling Center offers short term counseling and if a student requires more extensive counseling, the counseling center will refer the student to private or community options. The counseling center is fully staffed with professionals trained to help students in difficult situations, self-harm included. The center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and located in the Student


Health and Counseling Building, first door to the right. OASIS, a student run counseling center, is another available option. OASIS is a counseling and crisis intervention center and telephone hotline. OASIS volunteers are trained and supervised in order to respond and help their fellow students through the issues they may be facing. OASIS is located in Deyo Hall G13c, open from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Students are able to contact the center at (845)257-4945. The self-injury community and their supporters can show their support of Self-Injury Awareness Day by wearing orange or wearing an orange ribbon, wristband, or bracelet. It’s important to speak out against the many misconceptions surrounding self-injury. Self-injury cannot be a hushed topic anymore and Self Injury Awareness Day works towards giving it a voice and assisting those who are currently inflicting harm upon themselves.



hat does it mean to be beautiful? Is it being as classy as Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, or is it as being as risqué as Jennifer Lopez on the red carpet? The idea of beauty in our society seems to change as fast as the seasons, if not quicker. All it takes is a “refresh” on your Tumblr homepage to see countless images of bodies and faces, all hoping to catch your eye as beautiful. What beauty means varies from person to person, race to race, and even culture to culture. Random House dictionary describes beauty as “having qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc.” Random House broad’s definition wasn’t enough for two SUNY New Paltz students, who defined beauty in their own terms. “Beauty comes from within. It’s someone’s personality and the characteristics that make them who they are,” said Jenna Harris, 19, a public relations second-year student from Shirley, NY. Jennifer Montano, 21, a 4th-year communications student from Long Island, said that musician and performer, Pink is beautiful because she has “better messages in her songs” compared to songs that give women derogatory names and tell them to “drop it low and shake ‘dat’ ass.” In her 2006 hit “Stupid Girls,” Pink reveals a powerful message to her audience through parodying other celebrities. By

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acting out of what seems to be Hollywood norms gone too far, Pink discreetly makes the statement that plastic implants, acting dumb, and trying to be sexy isn’t okay. While never saying what’s beautiful, she depicts what is not, bulimia. According to The Psychology of Eating, bulimia was first described in 1979. A study was done shortly after, in trying to find the prevalence of the disorder. The study found that participants born before 1950 were less likely to have had bulimia than those born after 1960. Who decided that skinny was beautiful? Certainly not the average woman. The average woman is being portrayed as an ugly individual in the media, which may explain the lack of plussize model attention in the fashion and entertainment industry. This needs to change. When will girls realize that Harris’ definition of beautiful is a great definition? When will they realize they are beautiful? In today’s world, the definition young girls need to hear are those that inspire girls to be themselves and characterize themselves as beautiful individuals rather than hearing tips on how to look like modern icons, Sofia Vergara and Anne Hathaway. They do not need to starve themselves to be beautiful. They need to embrace themselves to be gorgeous.

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Avant-Garde Designers Mary-Anne Ramirez

Major: Graphic Design Age: 19 Hometown: Newburgh, NY Fun fact: I love to dance. I’ve taken numerous classes as a kid such as jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, and tap. I’m a member of The Warriors Dance Team at SUNY New Paltz. Dream job: My dream job is to be a graphic designer and run my own design business.

Mackenzie Palma

Major: Graphic Design Age: 18 Hometown: Queensbury, NY Fun fact: I’m a black belt in Karate! Dream job: My dream job is to be a cake decorator.

Nicolette Seeback

Major: Graphic Design Age: 18 Hometown: Ronkonkoma, NY Fun fact: I’m obsessed with bright floral patterns. Dream job: I hope to be well-known designer in NYC someday.

Eddy Gonzalez

Major: Graphic Design Age: 22 Hometown: Newburgh, NY Fun fact: I am self taught in the piano and guitar. Dream job: To be a designer for Apple!




BIRTH MONTH ARIES (Mar. 21 – April 19) – Time to socialize, give and receive love and affection, don’t waste any opportunities because you will be looking and feeling more attractive. It’s also a very creative influence so art, dance and music should be very enjoyable and rewarding. Finances should be good so spending money on yourself, fashion or makeovers, will be money well spent. Even investing in partying won’t be such a waste at this time. Venus can bring opportunities with love and money.

TAURUS (April 20- May 20) - There should be a strong desire for closer bonds with family and also with close friends and partners. You may even feel the urge to do a few more things around home, renovate, clean out, or to get creative with decorating. Sexual urges will be stronger with lovers, and this is likely to intensify. Hot blooded romance here, most attractive to the opposite sex, giving off great vibes of confidence and charm. GEMINI (May 21- June 20) – Due to all astrological influences, emotional level will be high for the month of March. This will probably be felt most in the home environment, with family members and close loved ones. The tension stems from an inner conflict between your feelings and will, between instinct and rationality. This can make you feel unsettled or vulnerable and the natural instinct is to drawn on old pattern of behavior, often negative.

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept. 22) - Time to relax and enjoy the company of friends, family and that someone special. You should be feeling real good and looking for some affection and fun in your life. You will have extra strength and courage to achieve your goals but must channel this aggressive energy safely and constructively. This means taking into consideration the needs of other people, trying to find win-win situations. Try not to steam-roll your way through opposition but take a more tactful approach. LIBRA (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) -

This month, it would be wise to tone things down, try and relax and not push people too much. Just try and hold your ground and defend you position without trying to advance too far until better transits come. This month, it would be wise to tone things down, try and relax and not push people too much. Just try and hold your ground and defend you position, without trying to advance too far until better transits come.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) - This gives a lazy CANCER (June 21- July 22) – It can be very

difficult to concentrate or get any clarity in your thoughts so better not to sign anything if you can avoid it. Any plans you make might have to be changed or delayed, and if traveling now don’t be surprised by some lost bags or late flights. You will have more desire for company and also more desire to energize things around the home, motivate friends and family, and even do up things around the house, renovate or spring clean.

LEO (July 23- Aug. 22) - Life in general should

flow more smoothly with little or no resistance to your plans and goals. In fact you may even get some assistance, especially from men or those people with some power like bosses and teachers. There may be some tension arising however, what you expect may not be what you get. Loved ones may see you as being too demanding of them, believing that you are not putting out enough for what you expect in return.


attitude so it can be difficult getting motivated for work as you would rather be playing or lounging around home. You could feel more needy for some love and affection but lovers may find you too demanding which could create from tension. You will be able to reach compromises much more easily now as you have the ability to convince people to your way of thinking. You wont be duping them either, because your ideas are well formed now and aimed at win-win situations.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) – You’re likely to feel a bit more touchy and emotionally vulnerable. Old habits may resurface, these and other negative traits might irritate others, but it is a good chance to become more conscious of these behaviors so you can address them. You’re likely to feel more irritable and restless, and little things that others do will piss you off more than usual. Delays and changes in plans, especially in business deals or travels are possible so try to remain flexible.

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) – It suggests

that for the four weeks ahead, you are likely to face more opposition to your goals and plans from other people. Ego conflicts are more likely and it is not the time to push your luck or expect too much help from bosses, especially men and other in positions of power. You may have a more lazy attitude. Just for this period try and be more careful with other peoples feeling, and also show some restraint when it comes to spending money.

Pisces (Feb 19. - March 20) - Lady luck is

on your side with both money and love. This is an excellent time to take full advantage of any opportunities, investing should turn out well, and any new relationships made now should be very very loving. Others will be really drawn to your loving and balanced mood, so you can expect to win admiration and lots more affection.

Aquarius (Jan 20- Feb 18) - You should have excellent intuition and flashes of insight about this promising future. Dreams could be more vivid.Your need for pleasure and more affection will be very strong, but again, care will be needed not to lower your standards and fall for the wrong sort of person. This would be especially so if your moral judgement was impaired by overindulging in your favorite poison. It’s time to hold onto your money and be a bit more conservative when it comes to spreading the love.

Keeping You Posted: 1. Operation Beautiful

Upcoming Events!

Next Semester Date, Time and Place TBA The mission of Operation Beautiful, started by Caitlin Boyle is to end negative self-talk. The goal is to leave as many Operation Beautiful notes as we can on campus in order to reverse the negative outlooks women have on themselves. Through this movement, we intend to encourage individuals to feel empowered, accomplished, loved and most importantly, beautiful. Join us in creating notes, discussions, and activities targeted in creating empowerment within our society.



Missrepresentation Film Viewing About the Film: Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. -

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