THE MANHATTAN COLLEGE QUADRANGLE FEBRUARY 24, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Vol. LXXXVII Issue 5
A Weekly Student Newspaper Established in 1924
Operation Rainbow Rallies for Gay Rights
Matt Coyne News Editor
Students hoping to be individually recognized at graduation are getting their way after President Brennan O’Donnell is making changes to the graduation ceremonies that will allow students to be recognized on stage. “We’re going to have students process across the stage,” O’Donnell said. “Your dean will shake your hand and I will shake your hand.” After the student walks across stage and is recognized by O’Donnell and the student’s dean, he or she will receive a diploma case or a scroll. Which the student will receive – the diploma case or the scroll – is still being determined and is the last logistical question in the changes to the graduation ceremony. “I think it’s in the spirit of the place…to recognize the individual students,” O’Donnell said. “It made sense; we’re small enough to do this.” Students had been calling and e-mailing the President’s office to ask to get the graduation ceremonies changed since O’Donnell got to the school. “The reason that I looked into this was that I had inquiries since last year,” O’Donnell said. “I got wind that this was a question.” One such charge was lead by senior Laura Thurston, who, in a Facebook message, encouraged her fellow seniors to call and e-mail O’Donnell to ask to have the ceremony changed. “I did not really think anything of [the graduation procedures] because I figured there was nothing anyone could do,” Thurston said in the Facebook message. “But after talking to my [parents] about it, they made a good point that one of the perks of going to a small school is so that we can walk across stage and get our diploma.” The message went on to list the phone number for the school and O’Donnell’s extension as well as his email. “Students asked ‘Why can’t we do this’ and I said ‘Good question’,” O’Donnell said. Formerly, students were recognized in a group. The only individual recognition was students’ names read aloud and their pictures shown on a screen next to the
Sean Duffy (left) led Monday’s march.
Matt Coyne News Editor
Nearly 50 students turned out for Operation Rainbow, a rally and march to show LGBT students on the MC campus that, according to the Facebook group, they are “welcome ... and safe going to school at MC.” The event began as a reaction to an article published in last week’s Quadrangle in which the author stated his controversial opinion on Proposition 8. “I would call it much more successful than I thought it’d ever be,” said Sean Duffy, who was “put in charge symbolically” as the only gay man among the event administrators on Facebook. “I definitely think that it started the discussion on campus.” The event was scheduled to begin in the morning with opening statements from Sean Duffy, Melissa Bekisz and Courtney Donovan. At 1:30 there was a march up Waldo Avenue, down the 238th Street stairs, then back up to campus by way of Leo and the Waldo Avenue parking lot chanting “What do we want? Gay rights. When do we want them? Now.” SEE RAINBOW: Page 2
Students Drive Graduation Changes
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New Writing Approach to Launch in Fall Carly Hertica A&E Editor
The School of Arts will have a new requirement that will be instituted next fall for all incoming freshman. The new course, entitled the First Year Seminar Program, will be a three-credit core course which will have eight sections in the fall and six sections in the spring. The class will be heavily focused in writing, similar to the College Writing course ENGL 110, but will not take the place of it. The First Year Seminar is different than a College Writing course as it will be a much smaller class containing 14-15 students. There will also be less focus on lecture and more interactive dialogue. It will situate writing in the respective students’ discipline. For example, a Psychology major would be writing about things pertaining to Psychology. Self and World in Modern Philosophy, The Story of Psychology and Sociology and Social Justice are among the many courses that will be offered.
“Two years ago, the faculty among the School of Arts approved the idea of the First Year Seminar Program in hopes that it would do two things. The goal is to help students develop as writers by giving them more opportunity to write, as well as giving faculty in disciplines other than writing and the English department a chance to teach a writing course,” Director of the Core, Dr. Dan Collins, said. As of now, only next year is set in stone. The incoming freshman will have information sent out to them as they are accepted and they will be able to pick their top three choices for which classes they want to take. However, there has been a long range of considerations and possibilities about it taking the place of College Writing down the line or being the first of a pair of writing courses. One being taken during freshman year and the other during sophomore year will ensure that by junior year the student will be able to write comfortably within their major. “It will be a more interactive experience for freshmen, to get them more ac-
climated to college. Dean Emerson has been instrumental in getting it launched,” Dr. Collins said. The student body has mixed feelings toward this course addition. Some believe it to be beneficial, while others find another writing course to be excessive on top of the required ENGL 110. “I think a writing course within the major would be really beneficial, especially in this day and age with teenagers speaking in text language. I think it’ll be good to get you back into the swing of professional writing and writing that is geared toward your area of interest,” sophomore Psychology major Kelly Whitelaw said. “I feel like the School of Arts is very writing based so it’s not really that necessary, but I know that the faculty often says that the School of Business suffers in writing so it might be better applied to those majors,” sophomore and International Studies and Government major Liz O’Connell said. Freshman Gia Finocchiaro, a Communication major, believes it should be used
The goal is to help students develop as writers by giving them more opportunity to write, as well as giving faculty in disciplines other than writing and the English department a chance to teach a writing course. -Dr. Dan Collins
for every school. “The School of Business already has a mandatory Written Communications course which consists of learning how to write business-related things such as resumes and cover letters. It is something that could potentially be very helpful for each school to use toward their major. An English course directed toward a particular major can only benefit the student.” Carly Hertica is an editor at The Quadrangle.
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Michael & Dominick Sass Staff Writers
Should Congress and the President be re-elected? According to a new poll, a majority of Americans think not. In a CNN research opinion poll, 52 percent of adult Americans believe President Obama should not seek re-election. The poll was conducted by telephone from Feb. 12-15, 2010, asking 1,023 Americans, 954 of whom are registered voters. The poll has a margin of error of ±3 percent. The questions
Aquinas Lecturer Discusses Nature and Morality Mary Kate Boylan Asst. News Editor
This year’s Aquinas lecturer analyzed the Museum of Natural History to explain why man is indebted to both nature and fellow man. He also explained how the two are linked. Because humans acquire their language and voices from their environment, they are “indebted to the sounds and voices of nature and others,” said Dr. David Kleinberg-Levin, the Aquinas lecturer and retired philosopher. The lecture took place on Friday Feb. 25 in the Alumni Room of the O’Malley Library. It was sponsored by the Philosophy Department and it packed the room, with some students even sitting on the floor. Dr. Kleinberg-Levin said that humans owe one another and nature for their language and voices. From infancy, people hear the sounds of nature, such as the “chirping of crickets” or the “eerie sounds of ice cracking over a pond.” “In showing melted glaciers, [nature] is communicating to us in the only language it knows,” said Dr.. Kleinberg-Levin. These echoes from infancy develop the voice through to adulthood. Infants also hear adults speaking, and learn language from them. In this way humans have a moral responsibility to one another and nature. Dr. Eoin O’Connell of the Philosophy Department said he was skeptical of Dr. Kleinberg-Levin’s theory about our responsibility to nature, since the idea of nature is human constructed. However, he does think that we have a moral responsibility to one another. “We should not create a situation where nature can no longer support hu-
man life, but that is a responsibility to humans,” said Dr. O’Connell. Dr. Kleinberg-Levin also discussed the history of nature and how it is preserved. He described his childhood visits to the Museum of Natural History, where long, intimidating hallways were lined with glass cases containing dusty, ordered, and perfectly labeled displays of dead parts of nature. This setup suggested humans knew everything about the totality of nature. He said that although the museum was meant to portray nature, there was nothing natural about it at all. He commended the museum for its newer setup, which uses technology to make nature come to life. He also acknowledges that humans are only aware of a fragment of nature, not the totality of it. This raises the hope that the younger generation will understand its place in nature, as well as its responsibility to it. However, he fears that it could also create the mentality of empowerment, and that humans can control nature with the push of a button. Dr. Kleinberg-Levin offered insight on human nature to students. “I found it interesting to hear how he felt about human nature. Rather than defining all of humanity as being innately evil or innately good, he thinks that as individuals, we have the potential for either choice,” said sophomore Kate Smith. Dr. Kleinberg-Levin spoke of the voice as a responsive one, which would lend itself to the suffering of fellow humans because of its responsibility to them. This year’s Aquinas lecturer told students and faculty that humans are indebted to one another and nature because these two factors create the individual voice.
Mary Kate Boylan is an assistant editor at The Quadrangle
Engineers Donate in Memory of Student
The students of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department have sent a donation of $1,260 to the American Red Cross. The donation is a culmination of individual student donations in hopes of furthering the aid in Haiti in honor of Lynn University sophomore Stephanie Crispinelli. The New York native was a part of the “Journey of Hope” expedition in Haiti and unfortunately was one of the victims of the earthquake. In a letter written to the American Red Cross, the Engineering Department wrote, “The MC community views any act of service to human welfare in the highest regard, and all of the volunteers around the world are in our hearts at all times. It is this admiration that makes the circumstances of Stephanie’s passing especially hard to cope with. Her family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers as they deal with this trying time.”
according to CNN. On the question of re-election, 44 percent said he deserves to be re-elected, 52 percent said no and 4 percent had no opinion. Another important question asked was, “Do you think each of the following political officeholders deserves to be re-elected or not: U.S. Representative in your congressional district Congress or most of Congress?” 50 percent of all polled feel their congressman deserves re-election, 44 percent said the congressman does not deserve reelection while 6 percent had no opinion. It is interesting to note though that while half the people are happy with their congressman, they are not happy with all of them. In regards to Congress, 35 percent said most members deserve re-election, while 62 percent said they do not and 3% had no opinion. Reaction to this poll was mixed. James Wellington, a junior and a Math major had this to say, “A President’s progress can be difficult at times. It is not the officeholder’s fault but the political system. Congress gets in the way a lot.” On the other hand, Anthony Spara-
cino, a sophomore and a Government major said, “People’s frustration comes from the fact that the government is not listening to what the people want. Sometimes they do the opposite.” Note: Tomorrow is the Environmental Policies Forum at 4:30 p.m. in the Jasper Lounge. Refreshments will be served. Questions: 1. How did the popular bumper sticker, “Don’t blame me - I’m from Massachusetts!” start? 2. Who was the first woman to run for president?
Answers: 1. It was a reaction to the Watergate Scandal. Nixon, in the election of 1972, won every state except Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. 2. Victoria Woodhull, in 1872, ran on the Equal Rights Party ticket with her running mate, Frederick Douglass, who was the first black nominate for Vice President. She was ineligible to become president though, because of her age, not gender. She was born in 1838, making her just shy of the 35 year requirement.
concerned job approval of the president and re-election issues. The first question posed by the poll was, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?” The poll showed that 49 percent approved and 50 percent disapproved, while 1 percent had no opinion. Also included in the poll data was data going back to Obama’s first month as president. According to a poll conducted from Feb. 7-8, 2009, that asked the same question, 76 percent approved and 23 percent disapproved while 1% had no opinion. One can see that the President had very high approval ratings during his first few weeks in office. Since then, approval ratings have seen a steady decline. In a poll conducted Dec. 2-3, 2009, the approval rating was at 48 percent, with 50 percent disapproving while 2 percent had no opinion, the lowest so far
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RAINBOW From Front Page “I just wanted the opportunity to show that gays deserve our respect,” said freshman Biology major Kate Bringley. “I would like gay people to feel that they can have the support to come out of the closet and be themselves,” said Liam McManus, an English major wearing a shirt with the names of homosexual people “he has a great deal of respect for. A lot of my role models are homosexual and I just want people to see there should be more open mindedness in this situation.” Bringley came for the march, while McManus took the day off. “I think its showing the gay community here that it’s ok to be yourself,” McManus said. “I just wish people would realize it’s normal,” Bringley said. “Humans aren’t the only species that practice homosexuality.” Alumni Shamar Frisby, Class of 2006, and Maria Sherry, Class of 2004, also attended the event. Both the students were involved in the campus group Standing Together, which became an official club in 2001 and marched in the annual Gay Pride
parade each summer. Standing Together has been inactive for the last few years. “I was really surprised by the type of language that ended up in the Quadrangle,” Sherry said “I came out for support ... I might as well come as an alum to show support from outside the community,” Frisby said. “I read the article and I couldn’t believe it.” With the success of the event comes hope that Standing Together, a group that fosters education to the College community about the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, will become active again. Duffy called the event a “jumping off point” hopes there will be more events in the future catering to LGBT issues, like faculty trying to get benefits through the school for their partners. “Its a shame it couldn’t be a nicer day ... (its nice) just to see people out to support a good cause,” Frisby said. Matt Coyne is an editor at The Quadrangle
GRADUATION From Front Page stage. Then the deto keep everyone grees were conferred comfortable shorten masse to the stuening the ceremony dents. At the end of was deemed worth the ceremony stuit, despite the small dents would then get size of the school. their diplomas. The O’Donnell said screen is going to be there was no rereplaced with a walk sistance from the across stage. rest of the admin“The question istration, a theory Photo Courtesy of College Relations was, could we change many students had things to that students got their names as to why the ceremonies did not change called, they get something, they shake earlier. hands, and they walk off stage,” O’Donnell The rules put in place last year that only said. allow students who have amassed the reThe graduation ceremonies had fol- quired number of credits to walk at gradulowed that format since the 1980s in an ef- ation are still in place. fort to keep the ceremony, held in May in a hot Draddy Gymnasium, short. In order Matt Coyne is an editor at The Quadrangle
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statues of important Christian figures around campus is a third. Having clergy on campus is part of it, too. Also included in this is having to go to class on Jewish holidays when all your friends who go to public school have the day off and they laugh at you while you stand on the corner waiting for the bus. A student should not go to an Evangelical college, like Liberty University – which according to the school’s website holds its students to a code of conduct enforcing prohibition of alcohol and tobacco use regardless of age and holds its students to a dress code, among other things – and complain about those rules. There is a point of understanding which needs to be met between a student and the school. Plus, Liberty’s rules make life at MC seem pretty good, too. One must understand that this has been sort of engrained in certain members of the student body, having been raised in and practicing the Catholic faith. Coming to a school that embraces religion – any religion – as an important part of the world, has the potential of being a learning experience. So you can’t eat meat on a Wednesday. Try asking why instead of whining about it and you might learn something. And really, how bad can a grilled cheese be? Matt Coyne is an editor at The Quadrangle.
Students Encouraged to Attend Workshops Kelly Shine
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The MC Center for Career Development is offering an array of workshops throughout the semester designed to aid students trying to build careers. The main goal of the workshops is “to assist students in seeking and finding their career goals,” said Director of Career Development Marjorie Apel. “Every workshop we give is something that should enable the student to enhance themselves, to help them know more about themselves and the world of work to prepare them so that they can then go look for a job.” The Center for Career Development has already offered several internship info sessions, and interview training workshops, as well as a Jasperlink Orientation. A workshop designed to help students choose a major is being offered Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 3:30 in De La Salle room 301. MC students must sign up to attend the workshops. Apel encourages students who cannot attend after signing up to call the center and cancel. On March 10, the center is offering a workshop called “Breaking into the Business of Sports.” Attendance for this workshop is expected to be “packed” so interested students should sign up as soon as possible. Students can also take advantage of the “Networking and Presenting Made Easy” being offered once on Feb. 25, and again on March 24. The double series is recommended by employers to learn how to present yourself in professional situations. Students who attend will learn how to capitalize on in-class relationships and everyday encounters, utilize networking sites (LinkedIn and
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Walking into Dante’s last Wednesday, you were likely to hear someone behind one of the counters raise their voice to proclaim “There’s no meat in the building.” The complaining started almost immediately. It was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent for Catholics, runaway profits for Long John Silver’s and Red Lobster, and the yearly renaissance of the McFish sandwich. It is also potentially one of the creepiest days of the year for people who are not Catholic. There are a lot of weird conversations that happen on Ash Wednesday and they usually go something like this: Guy: “Hey, man, uh…why do you have dirt on your head?” Me: “Oh, it’s Ash Wednesday.” Guy: “So you put dirt on your head?” Me: “No, according to the Catholic Encyclopedia, they’re the ashes of burnt palms from last year’s Palm Sunday mass. We put them on our head to symbolize the beginning of our yearly 40 day period of fasting, penance and reflection as Jesus did in preparation for Easter Sunday, on which we celebrate His resurrection.” Guy: “Ok man. Well, have fun eating your McFish sandwich.” Now, having gone to Catholic schools your entire life, the “no meat on Fridays during Lent rule” is imaginably not a big deal. You get used to it, while others remain unadjusted. Here’s a recommendation to you: deal with it. Especially since the embargo on meat was ONLY ON ASH WEDNESDAY. Surveying the cafeteria last Friday, there were hamburgers sitting there in front of some students and all the steak tacos you could have wanted from Salsa Rico. Also, if you really, really wanted some chicken that day and were sick of this backwards school pushing their antiquated faith on you (why did you come here in the first place?) then you could always take a walk down to Broadway, where you have a wide selection of restaurants, all serving food that do contain meat. There is a certain territory that comes with going to a Catholic school. Not eating meat on Ash Wednesday is one of them. Religion classes are another one. Having
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Facebook), turn group projects into job leads and resources, reduce fear and anxiety and prepare for any presentations. They will also learn how to improve eye contact, vocal projection, body language, the use of visual aids, manage any audience and answer questions with confidence. “I have yet to go to a workshop” said sophomore Mabelle Gomez, “but definitely when I start looking for an internship or a job, I’ll take advantage of them.” Apel said how it is never too early to begin working with the advisors in the Career Development center. “The sooner you learn to write a résumé and interview, the better off you are.” To help make sure the upcoming seniors are prepared for recruiters, Career Development is offering a workshop on Wednesday April 21, in the Rodriguez Room. Apel acknowledges that students sometimes feel they are being asked to “jump through hoops,” but insists that in the long run, all the hard work will pay off. The student handbook states, “In addition to individual career counseling, group workshops are offered in career exploration, résumé writing and cover letter preparation, interviewing skills, job search techniques and online job listings.” However, the Center for Career Development is more than that. “We are here to support,” said Apel. With helpful services like this at our disposal, there is no excuse for students not to take advantage of the workshops offered. More information is available on the Career Development website and their Facebook page. Kelly Shine is an assistant editor at The Quadrangle.
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Last week The Quadrangle published two articles about Proposition 8 in its Op/Ed section. Due to a miscommunication, an unedited version of the opinion article, “Prop. 8 is Prudent, Necessary and Good,” was published rather than the final, edited version that omitted several statements the editorial board deemed offensive and insensitive. While The Quadrangle editorial board welcomes robust debate on important and controversial topics such as Proposition 8, it does not condone distasteful language. We apologize to our readers and the MC community at large for any hurt or anguish the article may have caused. The editorial board wants to assure its readers that The Quadrangle is an outlet intended to serve all individuals of the MC community. Although we do apologize for the offensive material published, we did include two other articles in the same issue that supported gay rights. Both the counterpoint to Giordano’s opinion and the front-page article about the Batman and Robin kissing poster raised issues that pertain to LGBT rights. Mr. Giordano’s article was placed in our opinions section because that is what it was – an opinion. The editorial board apologizes for the offensive language, but as printed in every issue of The Quadrangle, “The opinions expressed in The Quadrangle are those of the individual writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial board, the College, or the student body.” The articles that argued for and against Proposition 8 were published because both parties are entitled to their opinions, even if the editorial board disagrees with them. We encourage all members of the MC community to attend the next general meeting on Wednesday at 3:30 in Miguel 201 to further express their opinions on this matter and to better understand what the news process is like. This is a weekly publication that is run by students who have classes, jobs, internships and other responsibilities. Due to our small staff and time constraints, the editorial board has limited time to fact-check articles. To an extent, the editorial board has to trust that writers are not intentionally misquoting sources or falsifying information. The Quadrangle welcomes anyone who would like to help with factchecking sources so we can improve our publication and also represent a greater percentage of our student body. We have made drastic changes in our production process to allot more time for copy editing and to ensure that mistakes like these do not happen again. The editorial board fully supports the positive discussion concerning LGBT rights that was held on Monday. We hope Operation Rainbow is granted a representative on the admissions board and in the counseling center, both of which they petitioned for. Once again, the editorial board apologizes for any harm caused by Mr. Giordano’s article and The Quadrangle will continue to serve the community and cover gay rights issues.
Letters to the Editor I am sure you are getting many letters this week and are frustrated and overwhelmed, but I don't think I can be the person I want myself to be without saying something about last Wednesday's issue of The Quadrangle. I can understand the debate over the passing of Prop 8 in California, it is a subject that people get very passionate about for various reasons. But Greg Giordano's article was not arguing why he feels Prop 8 is good and natural, his argument basically defends his obvious homophobia. Greg wrote "being homosexual is in the same mental realm of a person committing child molestation, adultery, and abuse..." This is just wrong and has been proven wrong for decades now, ever since Prop 6 was not passed in California in the 1960s. This was the debate whether gay men should be allowed to teach because many thought that they were teaching and promoting child molestation and a gay lifestyle. The statement gives no help for his argument of Prop 8 and should not have been included in his article. This statement is unbelievable to me, as well as many other MC students. It is offensive and uneducated, he obviously has no idea what he is talking about and just decided to go on a rant about his homophobia instead. It is 2010, I think it's time Greg catches up with the times and realizes being
gay, lesbian, etc. is just as natural as being straight. It is not a choice made by men or women at a certain age. Think about it, did any of us choose to be straight? People are born certain ways, and just because someone is attracted to their same sex does not mean they should be compared to such horrible acts, such as child molestation. Greg is basically saying that homosexuals should be put in jail if he is comparing them to child molesters. Being homosexual is definitely NOT in the same realm as "committing child molestation, adultery, and abuse." It is a way of life that people should not be judged for. I am disappointed in The Quadrangle, not for letting this article run, but for allowing that statement to appear in the paper. I understand Greg has a right of freedom to speech, but some of Greg's statements were just plain wrong, uneducated, and not back up by facts. Myself along with many other students would like The Quadrangle to run a retraction for next week's issue. Thank you for letting everyone get their opinions across. I understand that the views from the article are Greg's point of view and not The Quadrangle’s. Good luck with the backlash and I hope it is not all hateful, because I know The Quadrangle works very hard. Caroline Gallagher
Almost everyone has been to a basketball game and witnessed those few hecklers in the crowd yelling about how some player sucks, how they can’t hit a shot, how their grandmother can hit more three pointers with her eyes blindfolded, shooting backwards. Yeah, everyone knows those guys. Every time I hear somebody complain about The Quadrangle -- its lack of editing, the spelling mistakes or poor layout -- I immediately think of hecklers at a basketball game. It is easy to sit back, from a far, and criticize anything in life. Some of the students working on The Quadrangle are putting in 20-30, sometimes 40 hours of work a week to this newspaper and going to school full time. They have deadlines to fulfill and not enough resources to fill them. They are up late
on Monday nights trying to get this newspaper out while you are watching the newest episode of The Buried Life on MTV. The editors are not perfect, they are constantly learning, which is the “point” of college. In the media industry, people who get paid to do these jobs mess up -- nobody said it was easy or that mistakes would not be made. But think this to yourself before you criticize the editors of this newspaper: you will be graduating college sometime soon, when you get out, do you want to be a player or do you want to be one of those guys?
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My name is Patrick Harkins and I was President of Standing Together all four years of my attendance at Manhattan College. When I started at Manhattan College, Standing Together was not even a recognized group by the student government. In order to attend the first meeting, you had to call a number which would call you back with the time and location of the meeting. This was done for our own protection. During my first year at Manhattan College (2000), a handful of my friends and I, all freshmen, were able to make Standing Together a recognized group. The organization went on to marching in the NYC gay pride parade and many other activities. I thought, or rather, hoped, we left a legacy of opportunity, openness, and respect for LGBT students. It really saddens me to see this article. While ignorance and prejudice will never cease to exist, Manhattan College was supposed to be a place where everyone was welcome. This student is entitled to his opinion, but it is also disappointing that The Quad would print this article with its lack of scholarly and reliable sources. I first came out as a gay male right before entering college. Even though coming out of the closet was made easier by the LGBT people before me, it was still a difficult experience 10 years ago. Particularly, it was more intimidating entering a religious school such as Manhattan Col-
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lege. However, there were various things that made my experience exponentially better. The fact that there were professors such as Dr.. Ferguson and Dr. Cross at the college who had an open heart and an open mind, made me grow as an individual. Acceptance from my fellow classmates was beneficial. Whether a student was LGBT or heterosexual, there was a sense of community amongst us. While we did not necessarily agree with each other on everything, we at least were willing to listen and not to attack. This article you have printed is an attack. The Quad was once a paper of information. Please make The Quad what is once was, a reputable institution. It has been six years since I graduated from Manhattan College. I still have jasper pride. However, when I see an article such as the one printed in The Quad, I realize that not only does the LGBT community have many hills that it still needs to climb in the future, but, ignorance is still alive. Please retract the story or at least issue an apology. While the students’ anger may be visible, I am not sure that you are aware of the consequences of printing such an article. It is hard enough sometimes being an open lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individual. It is unnecessary for The Quad to put it in print too. Patrick Harkins ‘04 President, Standing Together (2000-2004)
The idea of the opinion article is a staple in any news publication or news network. It is a place for individuals to proclaim their views for the world to see and to have those views both discussed and debated. Yet, the article entitled, “Prop. 8 Is Prudent, Necessary & Good,” by Greg Giordano in last weeks paper is both disgusting and a mark of shame on a paper that has been around since 1924. The anger that seems to bubble over has nothing to do with Mr. Giordano’s views, even though I find them repulsive, but more so on the responsibility of the paper to print factually accurate articles. During my tenure on the paper for which I wrote an article for same sex marriage the standard was that Op-Ed articles be both opinion and fact based. A staff writer could not simply say that aliens killed JFK because Dr. Bobblehead said so in his self published book, “Nonsense for Dummies.” This newspaper has the obligation to fact check its articles and the editors, writers and the faculty advisor have an obligation to over see each other so a blatant misguided and hurtful article never gets released again. This leads to some fact checking that the editors and writer clearly missed. First off, the biggest error on the side of truth has to deal with the parts of the article referring to Dr. Gregory Herek. Dr. Herek is a well-known psychologist in the field of sexual behavior and sexual prejudice. He was a central figure in numerous lawsuits for gay and lesbian rights. In the article Mr. Giordano mentions how Dr. Herek testified on the stand in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger case, which is going to decide the constitutionality of Prop 8. What Mr. Giordano fails to mention is that Dr. Herek
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took the stand as an expert witness for the plaintiffs and in open court testified that homosexuality IS NOT a mental disorder, a claim in which Mr. Giordano has seemed to conveniently leave out. Secondly, I take extreme issue with the fact both authors David Popenoe and Eleanor MacCoby who are cited in the article are also cited on the Family Research Councils website for issues pertaining to homosexuality. On the website both authors are credited with giving validity to the notion that children need two parents and that homosexuals are child molesters. These facts are false and in fact have been discredited by the APA for over two decades and who themselves have said that homosexuality is NOT a mental disorder and that having parents of the same sex DOES NOT negatively affect a child. These views held by Mr. Giordano are his and his alone and he has every right to make them known and speak his mind. However as a paper of record for Manhattan College, to have such a factually off base and down right insulting article published without the slightest bit of fact checking is both disturbing and saddening. That is why in next weeks article I hope to see a retraction and an apology to the Manhattan College community for producing such a misinformed piece of writing. Above all I think The Quadrangle should take a deep look at itself for publishing this factually off base and damaging article and the effect it has on a young LGBT student at Manhattan College who is still struggling to understand his or her sexuality and then reading an article as heinous as this one. Sean Duffy ‘10
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THE MANHATTAN COLLEGE QUADRANGLE FEBRUARY 24, 2010
Texas Tinkers with the Truth:
Dangerous Historical Revisionism is at Work Joseph H. Smith Op/Ed Editor
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The history of the United States is a long, varied and at times controversial one. Our understanding of history is shaped by our circumstances. In our case as members of the MC community, we view history from an urban, early twentyfirst century view. In time, we will write our own interpretation of historical events. Our interpretation will also be shaped by how historians of previous generations have interpretated historical facts. Frances FitzGerald argued in her ground breaking “1979” that our interpretation of the past is almost Messing with the past means ignorance and disaster. always affected by our present situation. roy, a member and former Chair of and state. Dr. Jeff Horn, Chair of Currently, in the state of Texas the TSBE, said the book had “very the History Department, shared his there is an effort led by the Texas strong critiques of capitalism and the thoughts on the subject, “Removing State Board of Education to reform American system.” One is not quite or weakening that principle [the sepathe curriculum taught in the state’s sure where to begin addressing the ration of church and state] is fundapublic schools. On the surface, this muddled and nonsensical logic ren- mentally evangelical in intent with the seems like a fairly ordinary affair. dered in a statement such as McLe- aim of making this a religious state.” After all, do not most states evaluate roy’s. Firstly, it is a simple children’s He called their view of American histheir curriculum on a regular basis? book meant to help toddlers associ- tory, “skewed and unhistorical. They The problem with the revisions in ate colors and meanings to objects. should not be allowed to get away Texas is that they attempt to rewrite Doesn’t that smack of Communism? with such shoddy logic and such disAmerican history, in particular, the Secondly, what exactly is the Ameri- tortion of the historical record.” Horn founding and Constitutional eras. can system, and how in particular expressed fear and concern for those According to an article published al- does this book criticize it? who do not share the activists’ vision of “America,” “Christianity” and the Constitution if this flawed rubbish It is the most crazy thing to sit there is permitted to be taught in public and watch a dentist and an insurance school classrooms. According to Shorto, Christian salesman rewrite curriculum activists only want to teach “the standards in science and history. truth.” First, one must establish what – Kathy Miller, president of The Texas the truth is before they can apply their religious-political spin to it. Dr. DaFreedom Network in The New York Times vid Shefferman, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, said this could most two weeks ago in The New York Shorto argued that the roots of this only be arrived at through, “careful Times by the author Russell Shorto, revisionist campaign can be traced to attention to historical sources, using the TSBE is trying to present the the Rev. Pat Robertson’s failed nomi- critically smart methods. It helps to Founding Fathers in an incorrect light nation to secure the Republican presi- establish better perspectives on the with regards to their religious views dential nomination in 1988. Support- past and keeps certain less substantiand their intentions concerning the ers dug in at a local level and decided ated viewpoints from appearing ‘natrole of religion in the public sphere national policy from the grassroots ural’ or indisputable.” of the then infant country. up. In Texas, they have been remarkMartin Marty, professor emeritus However, the revisions do not ably successful in pushing through at the University of Chicago and past stop there. As part of the revisions, their agenda to create and show his- president of the American Academy the TSBE is also in the process of torical evidence for the United States of Religion and the American Soreviewing a list of American people, being a “Christian nation.” Shorto ciety of Church History, said, “The movements and ideologies which the explained, “Their ultimate goal is re- goal should be natural inclusion. You Board believes every school child shaping American society.” couldn’t tell the story of the Pilgrims should be familiar with. This is part The TSBE is one of the wealthi- or Puritans or the Dutch in New York of Texas Essential Knowledge and est in the country. Their 22 billion without religion.” Skills, or TEKS. Effective for the aca- dollar endowment almost buy them With respect to Marty’s statedemic year 2010-2011, the following influence in Congress and classrooms ment, Shefferman remarked that the items were added to TEKS: Phyllis throughout the country because the Founders were not opposed to reliSchlafly, the Contract with America, curriculum the TSBE establishes is gion entering the political sphere as Newt Gingrich, Hillary R. Clinton, one of the most widely followed in long as it did not dominate it. They the National Rifle Association, Wil- the country due to its broad nature did want a state church. They were liam F. Buckley, Jr., Billy Graham and adaptive methods. aware of possible future circumand Thurgood Marshall. The widespread influence of the stances and unforeseeable situations. Stricken from the curriculum, TSBE has been recently been mani- He said the claims of the Texas party also effective for September, were fested in their successful campaign were “misrepresentative” of the histhe late Sen. Edward Kennedy and of including creationist claims as part torical record. the children’s author, Bill Martin, of the evolutionary debate in many At this critical juncture as the Jr., who wrote beloved classics such states. Their crusade does not end TSBE plays fast and loose with the as “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What there, though. They see the guiding facts, never has the need for the real Do You See?”. Why the former party hand of God throughout the whole truth to come forward and set the hiswas removed from the list we do not course of American history. The Rev. torical record straight. Much more know, but given that Kennedy was a Peter Marshall, a Texan minister and than curriculum and revisions are at liberal Massachusetts Democrat one member of the TSBE, said, “Colum- stake, it is a match of incomparable must wonder what was he doing on bus’s heart belonged to God.” This is importance between myth and realthe Texan list in the first place. typical of their rhetoric. ity. However, the nonsense, stupidAt the very heart of the argument ity and even fear are rooted in the is the elimination of the sacrosanct removal from the list. Don McLe- principle of the separation of church Joseph H. Smith is an editor at The Quadrangle.
ANGRY YOUNG MAN
Words From a (not) Starving Word Artist Stevenn McKenzie Web Editor
It is no secret that the campus has be buzzing since a certain controversial Point-Counterpoint was published. And while I like to take my fair shake at so-called humor in my musings, not even the 'Angry Young Man' can go without adding his (my) two cents. To start of my discussion, a quote: «Precision of communication is important, more important that ever in our era of hair-trigger balances, when a false or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act.» - James Thurber My dear curly haired friend Meg D. will appreciate the above quote because she posted it in the office and also for my application to the current events. As the staff editorial in this issue states, there was a breakdown in the communication and layout process. While a spelling error may be a laughable mistake, the result in this breakdown caused an uproar in our «era of hair-trigger balances.» What must first be understood by all is that what was stated in the article does not express the views of the Quad staff. To think that the Quad is a medium for hate messages is ludicrous. We at the Quad work hard to produce the paper. For some it is a labor of love with little to no reward besides the satisfaction of being a voice on campus. We respect all views and opinions and we work hard to keep everyone up-to-date. Coupled with this, it must also be understood that we reside here in the U.S. Because of this we are protected by the Constitution, which ultimately provides freedom of speech. So while I, and many others, may disagree with Mr. Giordano's views, it is his right to speak (type) what he did. I am not stumping for his forgiveness but rather imploring that was as a student body realize that not everything that is said in this world is going to agree with us. That is why we are individuals. If we try to understand both sides of a story, no matter how contradictory the opposing side may be to our personal views, we are doing our part for the greater good. Finally, I want to extend praise for those that organized 'Operation Rainbow.' I must state that I'm directing praise to those that organized, especially Mr. Sean Duffy. Duffy and his supporting crew did their best to organize an event to educate, not to bash. While many on the Facebook event wall may have had nothing but negative things to say, Duffy did his best to keep the aim of the event true: to educate others on the LGBT community. Not to bash Giordano. Not to bash the Quad. While the number of participants I personally saw might not have been as large as those who clicked 'Attend,' I also extend praise for actually following through and showing. I've alluded to the fact that apathy is an MC student trait, so it was refreshing to see students actually taking time out of their lives to keep their word and participate. So, again, to Mr. Duffy, his supporting crew and those who attended, I applaud you (for what my word is worth) for following through and supporting your cause.
To lift some of the heavy off of this weeks installment, why not a quick joke? A horse walks into a bar. The bartender says, «Why the long face?»
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The '100th Twitter Follower' contest goes on. I've had some takers, but the number is still not 100. I've had people ask if they can receive the brew and if the number doesn't go up, I'm just going to drink the beer by myself while writing the last article. Remember, stevemacjr on Twitter. Or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to go beyond 140. The Stevenn McKenzie is the Web Editor at The Quadrangle.
THE MANHATTAN COLLEGE QUADRANGLE FEBRUARY 24, 2010
Op/Ed & Features
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Vagina Monologues Can Spark Controversy
Through laughs and tears, “The Vagina Monologues,” carries on the fight for an end to oppression.
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Every year when Feb. 14 rolls around, a play called “The Vagina Monologues” is performed at colleges and universities across the country and with it comes a slew of controversy. The play, performed by the MC Players on Feb. 13 and 14 is part of a campaign called “V-Day,” which is meant to
raise money and consciousness about violence against women. The play is controversial to some because it tells stories of rape, orgasms, childbirth, severe dislike towards a tampon and other graphic subjects. The monologues are not short on foul language and often make the audience feel uncomfortable. Sophomore Alana Powell said that the production made her “laugh, cry and feel extremely uncomfortable, but in a good way.”
QUAD FML So I’m on the Number 1 headed downtown. Everything’s normal until we hit 215th street. The doors open and a pigeon comes flying into the car and lands on the ground. The other 4 people on the car and I just stare at the pigeon that’s just hanging out. The doors close and we continue down. Meanwhile, the pigeon starts coming after me, so I get up and walk to the other side of the subway car. We’ve now reached Dyckman and the bird can’t get out so we continue underground. The pigeon begins calmly walking over to me again so I run to the other end of the subway. This greatly amuses a 7-year-old girl who laughs at me and throws crumbs at the pigeon. I continue to dodge the bird and ignore the taunting of the little girl until 157th street, when the bird finally exits. FML. SEND IN YOUR ‘FML’ STORIES TO THE QUAD AT email@example.com.
Many colleges and universities across the country find the production to be vulgar and unnecessary. The Catholic University of America, which is often compared to MC, is one of those institutions. David M. O’Connell, president of CUA, said that he would not allow the play on his campus. In an interview with USA Today, he said “universities and colleges can choose much better avenues than making the point with vulgarity.” MC has had no qualms about putting on the production, which starred senior Vanessa Price, junior Rachel Moody, sophomore Ariel Brisman, and freshmen Adriana Rivera and Meghan McShane. MC sophomore Michael Stevens, who is part of The Players, offered this explanation, “It’s a show that displays the female experience and the human condition. If people still don’t know what the show is about and don’t see it as controversial, they probably don’t think the word vagina is that controversial. Why should it be? Is it controversial to have one?” “I think in general that the student body is very accepting and open to controversial events and ideas,” said Powell. “I think it is the new administration of President O’Donnell and his very openminded attitude that didn’t stir up too much trouble on this Catholic-affiliated campus.” Not all students were as comfortable
with the Vagina Monologues as Powell. “People hear Vagina Monologues and they either laugh or run away,” Stevens said. The Players raised about five hundred dollars from both performances and is still somewhat low considering tickets cost $5 each and donations were collected after each show. The V-Day Organization stated on their website that “The Vagina Monologues” is a production that serves as “a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sexual slavery.” It is a funny, emotional way to deliver facts about some pretty serious issues. Although the shows’ audience is made of primarily of women, it is imperative that men view the monologues also. “TVM is a show that celebrates where we all come from,” said Stevens. “This show probably taught me more about being a man than any men’s magazine.” For those of you who missed it, there is no need to fret. The players are hoping to do another showing of “The Vagina Monologues” in the future. Maybe next time, more people will put their reservations aside and support the Players and the cause.
Kelly Shine is an assistant editor at The Quadrangle.
Meditation: For Reflection & Focusing Chuck Daly
For the past three academic school years, Fr. George Hill has brought meditation to MC. “Meditation is aimed at the whole person; Mind, body, emotions and spirit. We live in a fast-paced world, especially here in college,” Hill said. “We constantly ask ourselves, ‘What's next?’ There is little time for real appreciation of who we are, how we feel and what we do. Unfortunately, the only thing that stops us is exhaustion, illness, or an unexpected crisis.” Fr. George Hill, who has experience as a counseling psychologist, licensed mental health counselor and a certified Ericksonian hypnotherapist conducts meditations up to several times a week. Most students who partake in the meditations see its positive effects. “Meditation has a short-term and long-term effect,” Hill said. “It doesn't take a lot of time. However, it does work better when we are consistent.” If you meditate you should practice it regularly. “The more you do it, the better it gets.” According to Fr. Hill, who is a fix-
ture at many campus events, meditation addresses both our human and spiritual needs. “It isn't religious,” he said, “although religions have made use of it. It is spiritual in that it calls forth what is deepest within us. It encourages us to be better listeners to ourselves, to others, and to life. For those who believe in a ‘Higher Power,’ it helps them to tune-into that ‘Inner Voice.’” Meditation can also help you focus. “It gets us into the zone. When we meditate in a group, we feel the support of others, which helps us be faithful to personal meditation times.” “For the last few years, I have offered meditations in residences, in Cornerstone, in chapel and wherever a group wants to meet. I have also met with individuals who want to explore personal growth issues including relationships, spiritual growth, weight control, smoking, fear of flying, anxiety, and focusing for sports.” For more information you can reach Fr. Hill at extension 7972, by cell phone at 917-567-2620, or by visiting his office in Cornerstone. Meditation is offered through our Campus Ministry Social Action Program. Chuck Daly is an editor at The Quadrangle.
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THE MANHATTAN COLLEGE QUADRANGLE FEBRUARY 24, 2010
EDITOR Danielle Valente EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
Jaspers Are Abroad After Graduation
Even if a student’s graduation cap is tighter than anticipated or if the gown is more like a blanket, nothing seems to matter when the diploma is placed in the palm of his or her hand. It is a gratifying feeling to have completed four years of exams, papers and all-nighters. But, this is soon disrupted by what goes on in the real world. Finding a job during our country’s recession is no easy task. It is liable to make recent graduates wish they were back in the library at midnight, Dunkin Donuts coffee and textbook at hand. It is by no means a hopeless situation, however. In fact, there are ways to find jobs, and some of those ways can be found abroad. Websites such as transitionsabroad.com present different programs to students, such as Alliances Abroad and InterExchange, that enable them to live and work in other countries after graduation. Recent MC alums have taken it upon themselves to do things differently by exploring the ways of life in Europe. Dotti Sinnott, English and French major who graduated last semester, finds herself wanting to go to Paris. Although a plane ticket has yet to be purchased, she said, “Traveling abroad, for me, was never a decision. I have always known that was my destination. I left the country for the first time when I was six and I have wanted to leave more permanently ever since.” Sinnott, a European citizen, describes her citizenship as “not just a miraculous advantage in paper work, but the result of years of planning to return to [her] family roots.” She would like to return to Paris to teach. “I would prefer to be in Paris, specifically to improve my French skills,” she said, “but the reality is that I would be happy to explore any new country if I had the means.” Having traveled around Europe and always wanting to see more, Sinnott feels more at home overseas. The Na-
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Jasper alum head across the world for new opportunities. tional Health System in Europe, political policies that coincide with her values as well as a “long history of artistic appreciation,” are factors influencing Sinnott’s decision to go abroad, although she will greatly miss her family. “I fear that to not take the opportunity would find me regretting my lost future even more.” Caitlin Boucher, an International Studies Major while at MC, has applied to a 10 month program to teach in Spain for the 2010-2011 school year. “During fall 2007, I studied abroad through a program called Semester at Sea, where I had the opportunity to visit 10 countries around the world,” Boucher said. “Last summer I went backpacking through Europe. Those amazing experiences and my love of adventure have sparked a desire to try living abroad for awhile.” Boucher applied to be a language assistant in either a public school or lan-
This Week in
Carly Hertica A&E Editor
It was 1979. There was a lot happening on campus 31 years ago. Similarly to this week in 2010, The Quadrangle was filled with snow. Staff photographs by MC students Alan Zale and Maureen Grady depict a winter wonderland scene of students bundled up walking to and fro, as well as students having a snowball fight. Early signs of spring are nowhere in sight on this late February afternoon. Br. Adelbert James Norton, F.S.C., wrote in to remind students that Ash Wednesday was coming up next week and reminded them that “The Church
calendar requires fasting for all healthy persons 21 or over.” This reminder is similar to one we would get in our inbox today. Unfortunately for the athletes, the Jaspers were not having the best week. The Jaspucks, MC’s former Hockey Club, lost a wild 14-7 decision to Queens Community College at Riverdale. Despite the loss, the first four minutes of the game were exciting with four goals, 11 penalties and a game disqualification for aggressive behavior. The men’s basketball team, under the direction of Coach Brian Mahoney, was defeated by both Navy and Notre Dame. Notre Dame downed MC 86-63 at their jam-packed
guage immersion school. She will not find out where exactly she is being placed until April. “For me it’s about shaking things up, getting away from the ordinary routine. I’ve lived in America for 23 years. Now it’s time to experience a completely different lifestyle somewhere else,” Boucher said. The program will help Boucher find housing once she arrives. Sinnott explained that she imagines her living arrangement will be “cheap and rundown, but a roof over my head.” After living in dorms and apartments in Riverdale, the girls will now experience living arrangements in Europe. Boucher said “My favorite part of Spain is the culture; it is kind of laid back with little stress. They know how to have fun, there’s such a rich history and the people there radiate a genuine warmth and love of life.” Once the 10 month program is com-
[18,106 attendees] game at Madison Square Garden, while Navy walked away with a 6461 victory as well. Fortunately, the women’s basketball team had better luck. They soared past Fairfield 68-57 with MC player Liz Mundy leading the team with 26 points, 12 rebounds and eight steals. Basketball was again on the mind of many, with the infamous Manhattan-Fordham game only one week away. Assistant Dean of Students, Maurizio, held a meeting regarding this upcoming game against Fordham which was to be held at Madison Square Garden. The focus of the meeting was on the prevention of disturbances before, during, or after the game. The game the year before in 1978 brought a bunch of adverse reaction from the press, calling MC students in the stands “animals” and “sub-human.” Maurizio warned that if this year’s game was as troublesome as the one the year before then a recommendation may be made to cancel
all future Fordham-Manhattan games. (Just for the record, we beat Fordham that game). The Student Government of MC and the College of Mount St. Vincent put on a “50’s Revival” fifties mixer with live music from the band, ‘Just Us.’ As seen in the photograph, this dance lasted from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m., and was complete with alcohol. Beers were just 4/$1 and 6/$1 during Happy Hour. Admission was a mere $2.00 for students with IDs and $2.75 for students without IDs. Musicals were all the rage during this time. Two standingroom-only audiences attended “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” presented by the Social Life Commission. Over 700 students, some even arriving in costumes, attended the performance. According to this issue of The Quadrangle, “The energy level was tremendous at both showings.” Let’s try to bring some of that 1979 enthusiasm to 2010! Carly Hertica is an editor at The Quad. Photo courtesy of Amy Surak
pleted, there is an offer to do a second year, which Boucher is seriously considering. With a deep passion for living abroad, she said, “I may just stay in Spain for a long time.” MC alum and Finance major and Spanish minor, Mary Gutekunst has made her way to Rome, Italy. “I moved to Italy in October,” Gutekunst said, “I took the TEFL program for a month to learn how to teach English, and after the program I moved to Rome in November. I am teaching English in Rome to kids and adults. It has been quite an experience.” Gutekunst plans on living in Italy for about a year and a half and is currently residing with her cousin and two Italians. So far, living in Rome has been great for Gutekunst. “You have to think of how this experience will affect your life and you learn so much about yourself living so far from home. You learn to appreciate home and your family a lot more when you’re gone.” Although she is doing something slightly different than what she studied in college, Gutekunst said, “Living abroad has been awesome.” She was somewhat sure of what to do upon graduating since the economy was “the worst.” Now, however, when she returns from Europe, she might teach or look into jobs related to travel. For now, however, Italy is just fine. “While living in America, it’s so important to get a job right after college and work a certain amount of hours each day, and in Italy they like to work, but enjoy life more.” While things might be slightly difficult in the United States, there are other options. Sometimes a student has to dig a little farther and he or she could find an opportunity not in New York, but in a city in Europe. The world is full of possibilities. Danielle Valente is an editor at The Quadrangle.
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The flyer shows how MC students 31 years ago liked to party!
Jaspers for Haiti: Where The Money Goes The Hearts for Haiti Dance, held on Feb. 16 raised $505. John Wilcox, vice president of Mission who heads the MC Haiti relief effort, said total funds as of Feb. 17 are $1,597.27. One of the organizations that will receive this money is Catholic Relief Services. The funds will aid specific efforts to help the Haitian people. The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) was founded after World War II to help resettle the refugees in Europe, and they have continued and extended their efforts all over the world. Today, they fund and coordinate humanitarian and disaster relief and social development work globally. The CRS has been in Haiti, one of the poorest countries even before the earthquake, for 50 years and employ over 300 Haitians in their efforts. The earthquake in Port-Au-Prince sent survivors fleeing to other towns and cities in Haiti, one of these being The Commune of Gros Morne, about 75 miles northwest of Port-au-Prince. Prior to the earthquake, Gros Morne had a population of about 25,000. This number has almost doubled as nearly 20,000 people displaced by the earthquake sought refuge in this small community. “My sense from the CRS website and from Patricia Dillon is that these efforts are successful, but we have to remember that the problem is overwhelming,” Lois Harr, Director of Campus Ministry and Social Action, said. Dillon is a nun whom Harr has known for 35 years. Dillion has been in Haiti for 12 years. Her community in Gros Morne where she lives and works has been a recipient of CRS assistance since the earthquake. Fr. Wilner Donécia, SMM, pastor
Kayla Hutzler is an assistant editor at The Quad.
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MARYKNOLL FATHERS AND BROTHERS SPONSOR CONTEST TO WIN A MISSION TRIP TO AFRICA
Entries Accepted for Explore My Mission Contest Through April 9, 2010 MARYKNOLL, N.Y. –Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers announce their second Explore My Mission contest. Catholic young people, ages 18-35, with a passion for living the Gospel by helping others can win an opportunity to experience another culture and live the world of mission in another country.
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of the Catholic parish of Gros Morne, asked for help from the CRS. They responded by sending over 100 metric tons of wheat, corn-soy flour, lentils and cooking oil that reached the community on Jan. 30. Unfortunately, the roads in Haiti are in such poor condition that the large trucks could not make it to Gros Morne directly. Through the coordinated efforts of the local churches, town leaders and the CRS, the food was re-stored, picked up and distributed to the refugees on Feb. 3. Fr. Wilner and Marcel Garcon, Logistics Committee Coordinator, sent their gratitude to CRS and the Catholic community in the United States for making food available. However, they do need food for about 5,000 more refugees who have arrived in the area in the past week. The CRS and local parishes are also discussing plans to make agriculture possible so they can start producing their own food in the near future. “I think as always our students have good hearts and want to help,” Harr said. “But there is always more to do!” For now all proceeds from the Feb. 16 dance will go to help CRS efforts in Haiti. There has also been talk of a larger fundraiser that would involve parents and families, Harr said. She also hinted, “Eventually, maybe, there could be a LOVE trip to Haiti, as there have been trips since 2006 to New Orleans.” A small donation to CRS goes a long way for those in Haiti. As shown by different events held at MC and Harr’s statement, the MC students have good hearts and truly care about those affected by the earthquake.
Serving the South: L.O.V.E New Orleans
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Members of L.O.V.E, like Tim Murphy and Kyle Coulom work to help those in need in New Orleans.
Sarah Lutz Senior Writer
After suffering a back injury during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, doctors told Brother John he would never walk again and that they would not attempt to perform surgery because of his age. He did not accept his fate. Every day, he pushed himself to exercise and regain the use of his legs. Now at 75, he can do more pushups than most 21-year-olds and he is walking. When Brother John was asked where he finds his strength, he said, “by pick-
CRS is doing all in its power to aid the people of Haiti by delivering food after the earthquake. Unfortunately such young children have been affected by this devastating quake. We should feel comforted knowing our donations are going to help Haitians who really need it.
Two grand prize winners will be awarded a twoweek, short-term mission trip to Tanzania, East Africa. They will work along side the Maryknoll East Africa Mission Community in their service among the poor in rural and urban settings near Lake Victoria and will be accompanied by veteran Maryknoll missioners, Father Dennis Moorman and Brother Tim Raible, and other Maryknoll staff. “With last year’s contest winners, we had a wonderful experience of mission in Brazil and shared so much with the Brazilian people,” said Father Moorman. “I’m psyched for this year’s trip to East Africa! Tanzania is a great country with amazing people! We are going to have a fantastic experience of mission and learning with the Tanzanian people.” Assignment: Create a video, 3 minutes or less, featuring you, the service or ministry with which you are involved, and the reason
ing others up.” Fourteen MC students live similarly to Brother John. This past winter break, those 14 students volunteered a week of their lives to serve others. The crew headed south to help Operation Helping Hands (OHH), a program that is part of Catholic Charities, rebuild New Orleans. The experience included trips to the French Quarter, The Lower 9th Ward and the suburbs of New Orleans. The encounters with the local population and the knowledge gained about the efforts to rebuild New Orleans left the students motivated to do more. Nearly 200,000 homes in the Greater New Orleans area were severely damaged in the floods that occurred during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Since November of 2005, over 2,000 homes have been gutted by OHH. Now the finishing touches, such as exterior painting, are being added, so that people displaced by the storm can come home to a freshly painted house. From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., the LOVE NOLA team worked hard in the New Orleans suburbs chipping paint, priming, and painting houses, assembling door frames, moving sheet rock, and doing whatever else OHH needed done. The water rose to a level of 9 feet on some of the streets that the team worked on. The people OHH helped expressed their gratitude openly, accompanying their words often with a hot Popeye’s lunch of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits, rice, and beans. This southern hospitality is what motivated the LOVE NOLA trip leader and MC sophomore Kate Smith to return this year after volunteering in 2009. “The people who we helped last trip were so welcoming and the extent of how much they appreciated the trip was inspiring,” she said. Although New Orleans is recovering, there is still much to be done. Neighborhoods like Brother John’s still have residents without functioning gas lines. Every Thursday, his Baptist church provides a free lunch for the struggling families and elderly in the neighborhood. The MC students recognize that there is more work to be done; some are making plans to return to New Orleans
or pursue other volunteering opportunities. MC Junior Kyle Osborne, said, “[The experience] really inspired me to apply for AmeriCorps. MC senior Tim Murphy said. “The experience defiantly made me think more about being happy with what you have. It makes me question a lot of things at home. I want everything I do at home to have a purpose like it did in New Orleans. I want to make sure I have a fulfilling life.” While visiting The Lower 9th Ward, the area closest to where the levy broke during Hurricane Katrina, the group witnessed another rehabilitation effort. Brad Pitt’s organization, Make it Right, is working to bring at least 150 families home to affordable, green, storm-resistant houses. When the MC crew was given the opportunity to experience the downtown area of New Orleans, The French Quarter, there was no hesitation. From karaoke at the famous Cat’s Meow to po’ boys at local restaurants, the MC students truly experienced the New Orleans culture. “I liked that New Orleans was like a different country, kind of like old Europe,” Murphy said. The group truly experienced the city’s diversity after meeting a resident of one of the neighborhoods they were working in. Noel Reid invited the group to a monthly Irish celebration at a German Bar, The Deutshes Haus, in the French Quarter. The city’s diversity is just as strong the city’s team spirit. The team emblem, the fleur-de-lis, decorated many store windows, clothing designs, and even one man’s hair cut. Osborne said, “I liked seeing how passionate people were for the Saints.” The team quickly learned that the houses in New Orleans are almost as vibrant and inviting as its people. The trend among the exterior paint of the houses in New Orleans is a white base with a bright colored trim that really pops. The bright houses of New Orleans are just one example of the energy that radiates from this unique city. Sarah Lutz is a senior writer at The Quadrangle.
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you would be a good choice for this mission project. Amateur videos are welcome. Deadline: Video entries may be uploaded to the official contest website, www. ExploreMyMission.org, through April 9, 2010. Contest winners will be notified by May 18, 2010. Winners will be in Tanzania from the first two weeks of July 2010. Complete instructions are available at the website. -30Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers –formally known as the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America—was founded in 1911 with the support of the Bishops of the United States to be the chief mission outreach of the American Church. We are currently serving the Church –especially among the poor-- in 28 countries worldwide. For more information consult the World Wide Web at www.maryknollsociety.org.
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LeSeur’s main responsibility is dealing with the closet, which is a dream come true for all those interested in fashion.
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An internship that allows you to work in the closet of a public relations firm, fashion house or magazine is any aspiring fashionista’s dream. For sophomore Suzannah LeSeur, it is just another day at her internship. “Dealing with the closet is my main re-
sponsibility,” LeSeur said. “It’s twice the size of my dorm room!” Since winter break, LeSeur has been interning at Tracy Paul & Co., a fashion PR firm that has dealings in brand management. From household names like True Religion to lingerie brands like Jezebel, Tracy Paul & Co. caters to a wide range of clients. LeSeur heard about the internship from
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a friend who worked for her current boss. “They’d worked together at my boss’ old company, and when she moved to Tracy Paul & Co. my friend moved with her,” LeSeur said. “She couldn’t intern this semester so she told me about the opening.” Aside from managing the closet, LeSeur has many other responsibilities. Her job includes handling samples and sending them to magazines for shoots. For those unfamiliar with this process, it goes something like this: a company like Tracy Pail & Co. handles certain brands and their inventories. When a magazine needs items from a certain brand for photo shoots, spreads, etc., they contact the company handling that brand. LeSeur is responsible for making sure the samples are sent out correctly and that they are received correctly as well. Aside from a few setbacks, LeSeur loves her experience. “The commute is the hardest part,” she said, referring to the long subway ride down to Union Square. Because LeSeur is majoring in communications, specifically PR and advertising, she is ineligible to receive credit for her internship because she is not of junior status. This means that she has to take the normal 15 credits of classes per semester on top of her internship. This sometimes proves to be stressful. “If I could do it and get credit it would be easier,” she said.
Nevertheless, LeSeur enjoys the perks that go along with being an intern for a fashion PR company. This past Wednesday, because of her internship, LeSeur was able to attend a launch party for a new line her company is representing. The product, called the Overbra, is an attachment that hooks onto your existing bra. The results are a slimmer waist or a bit more cleavage. “It really does work!” LeSeur said with a laugh. With fun there comes a lot of hard work, though. LeSeur has been busy with promotions and has been sending samples to magazines. Whenever a new product comes in, her workload gets a bit heavier. Overall, LeSeur has enjoyed her interning experience so far and is thankful for the experience it has given her. “It’s taught me something completely different than I’ll ever learn in a classroom,” she said. It also enforced what she wants to do after she graduates. Since this company showed LeSeur the business aspect of PR, she hopes to intern for a company that deals with the even side of it. And LeSeur has no intention of slowing down any time soon! “I’m going to try to intern every semester until I graduate!” Kayla Hutzler is an assistant editor at The Quad.
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What’s On Your iPod?
THE MANHATTAN COLLEGE QUADRANGLE EDITOR Carly Hertica FEBRUARY 24, 2010
School Books and Stilettos Maria Del Russo Asst. A&E Editor
When it comes to fashion in college, most girls tend to choose comfort over looks. This fact is clear to anyone on the Manhattan College campus. “I feel like girls tend to throw on yoga pants and a t-shirt and call it a day,” said sophomore Lauren Lavin. “Everyone’s guilty of it.” The truth of the matter is that comfort and style are not two separate ideas. They can coexist in a way that’s fun, cheap, and looks fantastic! The trick is having a few wardrobe essentials that fit both categories.
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Artist What Is Great?
Why It’s Great
1. “Upgrade You” Lil Wayne
Aside from Lil Wayne providing me with the beats that help me make my way to the dreaded fitness center, any rapper that can rap about hockey the way he does has my respect. Really, he shouts out to Sean Avery and the Maple Leafs!
2. “Guilty Please” Cobra Starship
3. “Lovehate” Milkman
This song is the ultimate dance-when-no-one-is-looking song and that’s exactly what I do when I’m alone in my dorm. The lyrics are easy to sing along to, and the rhythm makes you want to get up and jump around.
Shout out to Mandy Gryzmala who introduced me to Milkman! I have become obsessed with his mixing skills. This guy combines songs like “Stronger” by Kanye West, a piano solo from “Phantom of the Opera”, Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life”, “Me Against the Music” by the incredible Britney Spears, and “1, 2, Step” by Ciara into one ridiculously amazing jam.
4. “Stay Beautiful” Taylor Swift
5. “Baby One More Time” Britney Spears
Taylor Swift writes the soundtrack to my life. Her song puts to words every girl’s thoughts when her crush tries to talk to her, she becomes tongue tied, “and he is taking your breath away,” as she sings. Her song is about innocent love and it always puts me in a happy mood.
This song has become synonymous with my childhood. It is T.RL.’s #1 song of all time; it is a classic song that my iPod would not be complete without. The song that made Britney Spears famous is the perfect 90s song to sing along to with your friends because everyone knows the lyrics!
Steph DiBrita | Staff Writer To tell the Quad what’s on your iPod, e-mail your top five songs and descriptions to QuadAandE@gmail.com
Jeans that work for YOU The secret to wearing jeans is finding a pair that looks great on and that you feel great in. “Shop according to your body type, not the 5’10” model that designers have in mind when they create their latest denim look,” says collegecandy.com. When it comes to jeans, step away from the glossy magazine. So what if Vogue is reporting that boot-cut jeans aren’t in style anymore? If you have a tried-and-true pair that your butt looks fantastic in, go for it! The right pair of jeans can be extremely versatile and can translate from day to night and can be extremely comfortable. So swap the stretchy pants for their denim counterpart and your look with instantly feel more polished. The perfect flats Flats are also versatile and are perfect for fall and spring. “Ballet flats add Kate Moss chicness to any outfit and are usually fairly inexpensive as well,” says Zephyr, editor of collegefashion.net. Take a look around campus. Granted, it’s winter, but Uggs have taken over Manhattan College. They are EVERYWHERE. But what many fail to realize is that flats can be just as comfortable and look 100 times cuter. And they can be paired with anything! Flats bring a sleek, sophisticated look to your favorite pair of jeans and make that sundress of yours look classy. An oversized sweater Ladies, listen up. Wearing your boyfriend’s sweatshirt was cute in middle school, but it doesn’t cut it past graduation. Wearing an illfitting sweatshirt – or sweatpants for that matter – is just bad taste. It looks sloppy, and to be quite honest, you look like you just took a walk of shame. So while they may be comfortable, nix the sweatshirts. Instead, reach for a cute oversized grandma cardigan. “Cardigans are good because they’re comfortable like sweatshirts but they still look nice,” said sophomore Megan Papandrea. They are perfect for days when you don’t really want to get out of bed and you can wear them on their own of layered with shirts and scarves. Sweaters also eliminate the frumpiness and sloppiness of a sweatshirt and can be worn dressed up. It’s easy to look cute on campus without looking like you’re trying to hard. The secret to adorable college fashion is equal parts style and comfort with a big helping of versatility. Stocking up on items you can use over and over will save money and keep you from wondering what to wear in the morning!
Maria Del Russo is an assistant editor at The Quadrangle.
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Ghosts and Scary Kids Make One Frightening Valentine’s Day Week
Matt Flood Scary Kids Scaring Kids and I Am Ghost are two modern rock bands you might not have the pleasure of knowing. However, this is about to change. Scary Kids Scaring Kids started their band when they were only in high school, which is an experience some can relate to. Their current tour is officially their last before they split so the members can explore different musical directions. The venue was packed wall-to-wall and the performance really could not have been better. One of the night’s most memorable moments was when the keyboardist jumped from the stage onto the rafters and then dropped a good 30 feet into the crowd. The theme behind I Am Ghost is centered on the concept of “darkness in love,” which made it all the better to see them on Valentine’s Day in Amityville, Long Island. This show turned out to be almost completely opposite to the “Scary Kids” show. There were at most twenty people still there by the time the opening acts were finished and I Am Ghost took the stage. Even speakers and other equipment started breaking during their set to the point that their singer could not be heard at all over the other instruments. Strangely enough, both of these problems only made the experience better. Not hearing the vocals only encouraged the crowd to sing louder and more enthusiastically along with him and it more than made up for the lack of func-
tioning equipment. “I was very impressed by their adaptability at being able to convert to an acoustic set without sounding bad or unnatural,” Francis Brundage, an attendee at the concert, said. The venue was so small, each member of the band was easily accessible after the show and were willing to converse with the fans. Singer Steven Juliano thanked the audience for keeping the energy alive when technology failed them. “It was refreshing how professional and welcoming they were toward their fans. When he found out we were in a band of our own, he seemed genuinely interested in our music, so we gave him a CD of ours to listen to on the road during the tour,” Joseph Coles, concert attendee and prospective musician, said. It is comforting to know that a band that is idolized by a dedicated group of fans is made up of sincere people who care about their followers. Unlike Scary Kids Scaring Kids, there will be more opportunities to see I Am Ghost again in New York. It is important to remember that neither of these bands are very famous and not to write-off anything or anyone just because they are not popular. Give things a chance, because diamonds in the rough are not as rare as they sound.
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Steven Juliano, lead singer of I Am Ghost.
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I Am Ghost bassist Ron Ficarro performing in concert in Amityville, Long Island on Valentine’s Day.
I Am Ghost Members Chad Kulengosky (Rhythm Guitar, Left), Steven Juliano (Vocals, Center), Ron Ficarro (Bass, Right).
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Love Songs for Haiti, a themed Coffeehouse meant to raise funds for Haiti relief took place on Wednesday, Feb. 17, with help from Manhattan Magazine, WRCM and the Coffeehouse Committee. President of the Coffeehouse Committee, junior Dan Wasilewski explained, “The idea for ‘Love Songs for Haiti’ combined a theme of Valentine’s Day while also raising money in support of Jaspers for Haiti.” “The whole effort that the Manhattan College community is making is something we wanted to be a part of. We knew having a Coffeehouse in support of Haiti would be a great way to do that,” freshman Samantha White, co-chair of Coffeehouse, said. The Coffeehouse Committee was lucky enough to have four pounds of fair trade coffee donated to their effort by Dean’s Beans, who donates their entire profit to Partners in Health, a non-profit organization for Haiti relief. Donations made during the night entered students into a raffle to win bags of coffee. As always, the Coffeehouse had an excellent turnout and the coffee was pouring faster than it could be brewed. Everyone who attended was eager to help raise money. It did not take long for the crowd to fill up donation cups. “It’s great, it’s really nice to see students reaching out,” MC senior Phil Vassari, who performed, said. Apart from the donations, freshman Jackie Ortiz was selling her published book of poetry “Faith Journeys,” with 20 percent of the profits going toward Jaspers for Haiti. Aside from raising money, the Coffee-
house would not be complete without music and poetry performed by some of MC’s most talented students. Veteran Coffeehouse performer Jonathan Kriz kicked off the night with an acoustic cover of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind,” followed by a few original love songs. “The Coffeehouses are so popular because everyone loves the music. It brings the school together,” sophomore Mandy Grzymala said. There were many new faces performing, including first-time performers Jacqueline Patchen and Sophie Hurez who performed a Haitian love song, accompanied by junior James Wellington on the guitar. The crowd really got going when senior Phil Vassari and juniors Dan Wasilewski and Mike Agazzi performed a cover of Lady GaGa’s “Bad Romance.” “I like performing at the Coffeehouses because there are a lot of people I know that come to watch,” Vassari said. Vassari then serenaded the crowd with an acoustic cover of the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” theme song. As the night neared its end, Patrick Wittbold performed an acoustic medley of love songs, including Eric Clapton’s, “Wonderful Tonight.” The Coffeehouse proved to be a success yet again, which junior David Miller attributes to “the right blend of talent and free beverages, which makes for a great time.” Love Songs for Haiti was a great time for all those who attended and was successful in raising funds for a great cause. Be on the lookout for future Coffeehouses. Coffeehouse will be going on tour, having an open-mic night at each of the dorms.
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Junior James Wellington plays the guitar at the first Coffeehouse of the semester.
Students Phil Vassari (left), Mike Azzari (center) and Dan Wasilewski (right) performed Lady GaGa’s “Bad Romance.”
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Lindsey Loutsenhizer scored a career-high 24 points as she led the womenâ€™s basketball team to a 78-71 victory over Canisius at Draddy on Sunday afternoon. Photos courtesy of gojaspers.com
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Lady Jaspers Golden against Griffs
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I am a Renaissance Man. Very few people know who Jim Houston is and what he and his crew are responsible for. But for anyone who has been to gojaspers.com, they’ve probably seen his work. Houston controls all the video cameras for MC’s men’s and women’s basketball games. Recently, I became part of his crew. For those of you who remember, I wrote about working the concession stand for Columbia University’s football games last semester (Fall ’09, Issue 10). I said, “The things the concession stand does aren’t hard.” That’s not true for a cameraman. It may look simple—point the camera at the player with the ball. End of story, right? Wrong. Ever notice the headset on the cameraman’s head? That’s for the director (in my case, Houston) to scream directions at the cameraman. Focus! Hurry! Get a shot of the coach! Where’s my coach! Follow him! Zoom out! Zoom in! “What is this, amateur hour?” Houston said through the headset on my first day. Well, pretty much yes. Besides the fear of messing up the shot, there’s also the physical toll it takes on the arm and shoulder. Unless the camera is attached to a tripod, the camera has to be held steady on a shoulder throughout the entire game. A typical game is two hours. During timeouts, cameramen still work, shooting the crowd, the huddle and the refs. The only time I took the camera off my shoulder in those two hours was during halftime. Is it impossible? No. Does the shoulder and arm tighten up for the whole next day? For an amateur, yes. But is it fun, and did I go back the very next day to shoot the women’s game? Of course, I was getting paid. Is grabbing a great shot of a Brandon Adams dunk with MC up by double digits a great feeling? Yes. Is overcoming all the obstacles of a miscue and getting a nice shot a great feeling? Yes. Will I be back for Friday’s double header for Senior Night? Definitely.
Sunday’s contest between the Lady Jaspers and the Canisius Griffs was a bit more difficult. The women, just like the men, jumped out to an early lead, but this time the visitors fought back. MC (14-13, 9-7 MAAC), had a 16-6 lead five minutes into the game until the Griffs took control for the next 10 minutes, gaining a 32-19 lead with five minutes left in the half. The Jaspers were able to regain the momentum behind 14 first half points from sophomore Lindsey Loutsenhizer and pull to a 33-36 game at the half. Loutsenhizer added ten more points in the second half for a gamehigh 24 to give the Lady Jaspers a 7871 victory. “It was a close game,” she said. “I knocked down some shots, but Michelle (Pacheco) got to dish to me a lot too so I can’t take full credit for my points.” Pacheco, the lone senior on the Lady Jaspers, was one of four women in double figures along side Loutsenhizer, Abby Wentworth and Kerri
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Senior Michelle Pacheco dropped nine assists on Sunday. She will be honored this Friday during Senior Night. White. “We have great shooters on consistently,” Pacheco said. “It’s nice my team,” Pacheco said. “I think I’m to see people stepping up,” Loutsena great driver, so every time I drive hizer said. “So we just have to keep I get a lot of attention so I just kick it up.” it out and I know my team is going Both the men and the women reto knock it down.” The senior had a turn to action in Draddy for Senior game-high nine assists, half of the Night this Friday. The women start Jaspers total assists. the night at 5 p.m. against Loyola and Both Loutsenhizer and Pacheco the men will tip-off at 7:30 against see their team flowing as the MAAC Niagara. tournament gets closer. “We have evBrendan McHugh is an editor at The Quadrangle. erybody that can step up and score
Announced last Friday, 12 MC women’s track and field athletes and 10 men’s track and field athletes are among 78 women and 52 men named to the 2010 MAAC Indoor Track All-Academic Teams. Also on Friday, for the 14th time in a row for the men and the 13th time in the past 14 years for the women, the MC track and field team won the MAAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. The men’s team posted 153 points to take the win, while the women’s team notched 228. On the men’s side, Albert Johnson was recognized as the Men’s Most Outstanding Performer for Field Events after winning the men’s triple jump (10.06m) and finishing second in the long jump (7.16m). As for the women, it was Malin Marmbrandt who was named the Women’s Most Outstanding Performer for Field Events for the second straight year. Marmbrandt won the long jump (5.77m) and the triple jump (12.17m). She also finished third in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.36 seconds. MC’s Ashley Bowman was selected as the Most Outstanding Performer for Track Events. Bowman won the 55-meter dash in 7.24 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 24.92 seconds. Dan Mecca of MC was named the Women’s Coach of the Year.
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Shutter Island is awesome. This movie is great. It apparently should have came out in time for awards season last year, but budget cuts forced Paramount to delay the release. Hopefully when the season comes back around at the end of the year, viewers and critics will think back and remember that Leonardo DiCaprio carried this movie to greatness. In my opinion, movies can be generalized into three broad categories: bad movies, good movies, and movies you’d stay up until four in the morning watching, even with a 9 a.m. class the next day. “Remember the Titans” is one of those movies. “The Godfather” and “The Godfather II” are both on that list. If “Shutter Island” makes it on television, which I see no reason why it can’t, it is already on that list for me. Brendan McHugh is an editor at The Quadrangle.
Last Thursday, MC Freshmen Robert Varieur broke a 28-year-old school record in the 50 freestyle event at the MAAC Swimming and Diving Championships. Varieur swam the 50 free in 22.07 seconds, breaking the record set
in 1982 of 22.11. On the second day at the MAAC Swimming and Diving Championships Varieur broke his own record with a 1:47.06 time in the men’s 200 freestyle event. Senior Matt Kaftanksi broke his own school record in the 100 back with a time of 55.57. Four freshmen broke the school record for the 200 yard medley relay Cullen Balcanoff’ (backstroke in 27.10), Chris Parker (breast in 29.32), Mickey Ruddy (fly in 24.89) and Varieur (free in 21.63) went at 1:42.94 for the new record. Old record was 1:44.39.
Last week the women’s lacrosse team went 0-2 on their trip to Kentucky. While the Jaspers did find themselves up 2-0 against Louisville, it was the Cardinals that went on a five-goal run, leading to their defeat of the Jaspers 19-6. Junior Phelicia VanOverbeke scored the first two goals of the match. In their contest against Sacred Heart, Sophomore Chrissy Gutenberger scored five goals, but in the end lady jaspers were edged 10-9. Julia Lavelle added two goals to their effort for MC.
Last Friday, the men’s lacrosse team opened their 2010 season against fifth-ranked John Hopkins. The Blue Jays pulled away early as they defeated the Jaspers 14-3. Steven Boyle scored his first of six goals less than two minutes into the game for John Hopkins. Compiled by Bri Yurek
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Last season, MC’s baseball team set school records in wins, batting averages, slugging percentages, on-base percentages, runs scored, hits, RBIs, doubles and home runs. They sat atop the MAAC all season long with an 18-6 record in the conference. But after a gut-wrenching extra inning loss to Marist and a one run loss to Canisius in the tournament, the Jaspers season ended before it was meant to. This season, MC is looking to move forward. “Our guys had great individual years last year and we are proud of what they accomplished, but as a team we didn’t achieve our goal,” head coach Kevin Leighton said. “Every year our focus is on winning the MAAC tournament. The individual awards are nice; I know this team is hungry for the real award.” Leighton, 2009’s MAAC Coach of the Year, is in his fifth season with the Jaspers. Leighton has pushed MC to four straight 30-win seasons. “Our coach has been pushing us to work harder even when we feel like we have been,” senior pitcher Mike Gazzola said. “He also attached a picture of Marist celebrating winning the MAAC Championship last year to every e-mail...all anyone remembers is who won the tourney the year before.”
Outfielder Mike McCann agrees. “It’s not to hard to stay motivated for this season due to the disappointment we had last year in the playoffs. The personal accolades are nice but they’re meaningless without a championship.” Gazzola, the 2009 Pitcher of the Year, is part of the pitching staff that is certain to give opposing teams trouble. “I think with the addition of some young guys and the return of key veteran arms we will be tough on other MAAC offenses,” Leighton said. “Gazzola and (senior Tom) Costigan will give us a good one-two combination.” The Jaspers are retuning their entire 2009 pitching staff and have also added a few freshmen to the staff. Beyond the hurlers, Leighton is confident his team has the desire to win. “Our seniors know what it will take to win and I expect that they will make sure that the group is prepared on and off the field.” McCann, a junior, is part of an outfield that is best in the MAAC. With the Preseason Player of the Year Kevin Nieto and Mark Onorati defending the field along side McCann, the Jaspers are set defensively. The infield is solid defensively as well. “The one position we really lost was shortstop,” McCann said. “We have freshman Nick Camastro filling in this year but he looks like he will be able to handle the transition to college ball.” The upperclass-
men on the team have a good feeling about the freshmen coming in. Gazzola boasted, “We feel like we have a strong freshman class who should be a big part of our team this year.” Although MC won’t have too many new faces to work with, they’ve found things to keep them working as a team. “Having practice at 6 a.m. every morning for the first five weeks helps us to come together. There are less distractions and it is easier just to concentrate on baseball,” Gazzola said. “We are done with practice before most of the school gets up for class.” A l o n g with Nieto and McCann, Anthony Armenio and Austin Sheffield are two other players who made the Preseason All-MAAC team. After just missing the prize at the end of the tunnel last year, MC’s experience-loaded 2010 squad is fully
prepared to fix the single blemish that tarnished 2009.
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Senior Brandon Adams (32) scored a career-high 18 pts. in the BracketBuster.
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MC 78 Towson 62 It didn’t take long for the Jaspers to secure the victory against Towson in Saturday’s Bracket Buster, as they scored the first 20 points of the game on the way to a 78-62 victory. Behind a career game for senior Brandon Adams, MC (10-17,
two years. Pickett, Patrick Bouli and Antoine Pearson all had five assists and Crawford dished out four. The most important part of the victory was the defense the Jaspers showed early on. “We always try to get three stops in a row, six times a game,” Adams Adams was one of four Jaspers in double figures. said. “We started out with about 14 stops in a row.” vin Lee hit a jumper with 10:18 nated the Lions in the paint, outTowson didn’t get on the to go. scoring Towson 44-22. board until Isaiah Philmore hit a MC, on the other hand, had free throw shot with 11 minutes all five starters score in the openSEE BASKETBALL: Page 15 left in the half, and the Lions’ first ing 20 point run. They also domifield goal didn’t come until Cal-
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4-12 MAAC) had four players in double figures and three players with five assists. “It’s always good to put up big numbers,” Adams said, “especially when you have a limited number of games left.” Adams’ career-best 18 points were a game high, much like his eight rebounds. Three other Jaspers were in double figures Saturday, with Andrew Gabriel, Darryl Crawford and Rico Pickett all posting at least 13 points. With all the scoring, MC was able to rack up 22 assists, the most in over