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Campus Walks To Stop Domestic Violence
FEATURES 5 “I will never take [my] shoes off while in the locker room.”
Samantha Meyer, Student
Katherine O’Neill Staff Writer
Students reluctant to step into “dingy” women’s locker room.
Dozens of students and staff recently gathered for the “Walk With Me” silent procession through campus to bring attention to domestic violence. Dr. Elaine Padilla participated in the event and urged her students to attend. She noted that while domestic violence is a global issue, Rockland County in particular, is prone to violence. “[The march is] a way for us to say together, we won’t tolerate it,” Dr. Padilla said. The Student Activities board in conjunction with the Rockland Family Shelter sponsored the walk. The Rockland Family Shelter is a free, multi-lingual, multi-cultural council made up of survivors and counselors that offer mentoring and other vital resources for those affected by abuse. “Domestic violence is an issue that’s been around us for centuries but times have changed and laws have changed,” stated SGA President Marvin Mathew. “It is wrong, it’s unacceptable and I applaud and thank those who stand against it and battle for the right for women to live safely.”
STYLE 10 “We are given an entire cast of very distinct characters, all played with eloquence by the acting students of the T. Schreiber Studio.” Dena Kopolovich, Student
“Balm in Gilead” setting new standard for Off-Broadway theatre.
SEE WALK PAGE 3 Matthew Holland / Outlook Student Press
“Angriest Man in America” Comes to Campus Ian Mauro
SATIRE 16 “This was just a joke that has gone considerably wrong.”
Officer Krupsky, Officer
Zombie sightings induce pandemonium on RCC campus.
Famed comedian and actor Lewis Black spoke with journalist, author, and Rockland resident Dianne Diamond, on Oct. 11 in the Cultural Arts auditorium. In a discussion held for public viewing the two spoke about everything from political views of the western world to online relationship sites. Originally the award winning broadcaster and producer Elliott Forrest was expected to hold the conversation with Mr. Black, but due to a family crisis
Mrs. Diamond was asked to be the replacement. Dianne has been called the “renaissance broadcaster” and is the proud author of “Cirgue Du Salahi.” She appeared to be more than capable and qualified to interview Black. The function was brought to RCC through the nonprofit ArtsRock, a coalition of entertainment professionals who strive to preserve the performing arts of Rockland. In memory of Columbus and the opening up of the western hemisphere to western civilization, Lewis in his signature style ranted about what Americans have evolved into.
No aspect escaped his attention without an angry rebuttal: the excessively long Christmas season, the abuse of the social networks, the wars overseas, even his contempt for Internet dating. He turned to the media and spoke of the constant fight over ill-researched facts and attacks on credibility. “Someone’s making s--t up,” he said. The comedian has spoken numerous times on news broadcasts with CNN, but that earned them no loyalty as he bashed their practices as well. Some would take this as an SEE BLACK PAGE 3
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October 25, 2010 >> BLACK CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 effort to ignore an antiquated view of the world. Judging by the audience, comprised almost entirely of middle aged, middle class, white suburban residents, it wouldn’t be surprising that some felt that he was out of touch with the real world. “The one thing we’ve honed in on over the course of life is greed,” Black said in a deeply profound moment of the night. “There’s no sense of common good anymore.” Black has been a national celebrity
News for nearly a decade as both a comedian and actor, starring in “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and multiple Comedy Central specials. He has been noted for his humorous, heated rants on current affairs. People all over have enjoyed watching his blood pressure soar. Also a committed philanthropist, Black has generously given back his earned wealth to the community through charities such as The 52nd Street Project, The Children’s Health Fund, The Brady Center, and others.
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Students and faculty march through the Student Union (left) and out to the Quad (above and below).
In addition to the procession, each year, cut-outs of “silent witnesses” are displayed. These silhouettes are presented as visual representation and memorial for victims who tragically lost their lives to violence. One of the victims, Spring Valley resident, Kariesse, is often brought to the school in particular. After telling her boyfriend the news of her pregnancy, he physically abused her
with a baseball bat and left her to die in the woods. Kariesse’s figure is brought back to RCC annually because of her connection to the school. After proceeding around campus, through the hallways and through each building, participants met for an open discussion in the Student Union Building. Several participants observed how many men participated in the event as well. This makes a strong statement in our culture that domestic violence is not just a
female issue, but a community crisis. Professor Brooke Evans of the art department voiced her opinion on the number of men marching. “I was heartened to see so many men here today,” she said. “Men can end violence and instead support and empower women.” Organizer John Marra, head of student activities at RCC, emphasized how women should not be silent and not refuse to report being victimized by abusers. “No one in the world has the right to lay hands on anybody else, ” Marra pointedly
stated. Professor Shamika Mitchell spoke of the psychological impact of abuse. She and the counselors from Rockland Family Shelter recommended ways to note the signs if you yourself are found in an abusive relationship, or how to intervene if your loved one is in need The aim of the Rockland Family Shelter is to make social change the “norm.” As Marra pointed out, “Young people are the agents of change, now it is time to make that change.”
Ian Mauro / Outlook Student Press
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Environment Constortium Sets up in Cafeteria With help from Organic Club, local farmers promote eco-friendly products Ian Mauro
In the seventh Annual Environmental Consortium on Oct. 15, SUNY Rockland gave its support by offering its cafeteria to the eco-friendly community; that is the consortium. Helping organize the event was RCC’s Organic Gardening Club. The consortium stressed the importance of the amount of food locally grown. It’s also attempting to support local growers, both organic and not, by involving universities. They also brought in local growers, organic industries, and environmental activists to try and persuade RCC to invest in the local food shed. Those of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities intend to use higher education for such a purpose. In addition, the college is the next target college of the consortium. The Consortium uses the intellectual and physical resources of higher education to help the ecosystem. By utilizing the teaching and research aspects, an interdisciplinary collaboration can be achieved, with RCC as a member. Donna Kowal, the Consortium’s and Pace University’s Applied Environmental
Studies Program Coordinator, said that there are fifty five other institutions involved and each annual meeting was an effort, “to bring people together, collaborate, share ideas and find new and innovative ways to bring local food to these institutions and communities.” Local food industries have made attempts at removing cost barriers. Winter Sun Farms, another company present at the constortium, supply off-season produce to many industries and institutions, such as SUNY New Paltz and Vassar College. Winter Sun is a collection of local farms, and is a distribution industry that quick freezes produce to sell off season. Jim Hyland, President of Winter Sun Farms, offered up that, “Buying from us is also buying locally.” Kowal also said that there are certain obstacles barring such progress. “We’re used to variety; students demand a wide range of food.” “There’s always a need for industrialized food,” commented environmental writer for the New York Times “Dot Earth” blog, Andrew Revkin. “Not everyone lives in an area where organic or local is possible,” he further stated.
A major theme of the event was quality. Kowal, Hyland, and Revkin all said similarly that local produce is in one aspect or another “better” than produce grown abroad. The ongoing issue of additive hormones and genetically altered foods raises questions about quality. “If you turn over the package and it says China, are you going to go to China and look at what’s going into your food? No. But if you turn it over and it says a farm in Hillsdale you can go see for yourself,” noted Hyland. “If you have better produce you have better taste,” he stated. The other aspect that the Consortium uses to hype locally grown is the effect it has on the economy. Supporting farms is supporting business, and encouraging business will create more jobs, more industry leads to more money. While some may not see it that way, they may just see it as paying more for their groceries, increasing the local food shed plays a better part on the ecosystem than relying on massive industrialized farming, and that’s what the consortium wants RCC students to recognize.
Need the Time?
Don’t Bother Looking at the Clock
Campuswide inaccuracy of the clocks irritates students and faculty Josh Blachorsky
Checking the time at Rockland Community College is by no means an easy feat. A review of clocks around campus shows that many of them are highly inaccurate. “While there are no school policies towards this (referring to the timeframe of fixing broken clocks), [there is]collaboration with the security department [on] trying to get on top of this,” said Executive Vice President Mort Meyers. In the study taken from 10 random clocks around campus, only one matched with time taken from an atomic watch, and three of the clocks were over seven minutes off. According to sophomore Ilana Grant, “Wrong clocks constantly make cause my teachers to go long, causing me to be late to my next class.” After examination, it appears the average clock around campus is approximately four to five minutes off. Though not every student feels the same way about the inaccuracy of the clocks. Some notice that they run slow, while others notice that the clocks run too fast. Oftentimes, in class, students will use their phones to check the time, a practice frowned upon by teachers and the administration alike. But as sophomore Ian Mauro put it, “Students are not allowed to have cell [phones] in class, but it’s pretty
much the only accurate time representation we have.” Mauro then went on to elaborate that not all students are texting when checking phones—a large number are simply checking the time. Even teachers, such as Professor Peggy Hartog, are upset with the situation. According to Hartog, “they all have
different times, you cannot rely on them, and in fact the one in my classroom is upside down and useless.” Vice President Meyers’ mention of efforts are a good step forward, but it seems that until the times are changed, RCC students won’t be on time and will have to peek at phones if they want an accurate reading of the time.
October 25, 2010
What’s New With The Student Government Association The Student Government Association held its annual Student Government Association Week, which lasted for three days. SGA Week, set up by Vanessah Raymond and Marvin Mathew, brought awareness about Student Government and what it entails. The elections took place on Oct. 5 and 6 in the Student Union, 1st floor. The election results came out on October 12th. The elected Vice President was Kuldip Singh and the elected sophomore Senators were Timothy O’ Sullivan and Megan Tabok. The newly elected freshmen Senators taking their seats were Nancy Henriquez, Justin George, Ana Aparicio, Lisa Newmark, Shingo Kakeda, Norissa Jean-Louis, and Sangmin Son. One of the upcoming fundraisers is a raffle giveaway created by sophomore senator, Erica Blancato. The raffle fundraiser will raise money to support the Simon Youth Foundation. This organization gives better education opportunities to those in need and encourages them into postsecondary education. It also provides scholarships to those who are financially incapable. The fundraiser will take place during the week of Oct.18. Student Activities Board is also presenting Free Your Mind Week from Oct. 25 through Oct. 28, organized by SAB chair Laura Duran. On Monday, Oct. 25, there will be a play called N*W*C, known as Nigger*Wetback*Chink, taking place in the Cultural Arts Theatre. This play is a race show in which a Latino, Caucasian, and Asian man talk about racial issues. On Oct. 27, there will be a panel discussion during common hour, 12:30 to 1:30pm. The panel discussion known as COLORBLIND, will address the issue of race and will hopefully stimulate a dialogue or help to begin the heal of racial wounds that never seem to heal completely. On Oct. 28, SAB has arranged for the magician Jay Mattioli to perform in the Cultural Arts Theatre. The event will take place during common hour. Sophomore senator, Curtis J. Newton, will be having a Powder-Puff Tournament on campus on November 11 and 12, which will take place in the Field house. The entry fee per player is $6 and per team will be $25. The goal of this event is to raise awareness and money for Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation and StandUp4TheCause organization. These organizations have been working towards finding cures for breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Lastly, one of the biggest and most look forward to event will be taking place on Nov. 23. The Student Government Association will host its Bi-Annual blood drive, which will be chaired by the vice president, Kulim Singh. The SGA works together with Good Samaritan Hospital.
October 25, 2010
Put an End to Gay Hate Crimes: The Time is Now The recent string of suicides among the LGBT community proves that immediate changes need to occur Sarra Schwarz
We would like to think of ourselves as living in an enlightened modern society— one in which tolerance, however grudging, reigns supreme. The past few weeks have been a harsh reminder of the battle still ahead of us, with a record number of gay suicides making the headlines. In 2009, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network released their National School Climate Survey, reporting that out of 7,261 middle and high school students surveyed, “nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT students experienced harassment at school in the past year and nearly two-thirds felt unsafe because of their sexual orientation. Nearly a third of LGBT students skipped at least one day of school in the past month because of safety concerns.” From the prominent case of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers student who was induced to jump off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate posted a video of him and another man online, to the story of 13-year-old Seth Walsh, who recently hanged himself after months of bullying and abuse by the hands of homophobic classmates, tragedy for young gay people seems to be just as omnipresent as ever. And why should these occurrences surprise us? There have been a string of strident and even violent, antigay events in the past few weeks. GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino announced to a Brooklyn audience
that children shouldn’t be “brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option—it isn’t.” He went on to criticize his opponent, Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, for marching in a gay pride parade earlier this year. The new “True Tolerance” website of Focus On The Family, the well known parenting organization, claims to offer “New Resources on Bullying Issues,” yet when accessed simply reads, “Concerned about homosexual advocacy in your child’s school?” And then there are the brutal series of anti-gay attacks in New York City by gangs and others. And we must also not forget the recently reinvigorated radical right, characterized by the Tea Party movement, which often incites and perpetuates many bigoted sentiments. It is true that intolerance has always been unpleasantly pervasive. However, the new methods by which to communicate it cause the LGBT youth of today to endure much worse than their predecessors. Their tormentors now have access to Twitter, Facebook, cell phones, and webcams- they can stalk, text, email, and post incriminating or deprecating photos and videos online, long after the fact of face to face bullying has ended. When these weapons are wielded against teenagers, many of whom are too young or fragile to deal with such bullying on their own, the results are often horrifying. We need look no further than the aforementioned Clementi case
to validate this fear, and we can be sure that many more such incidences that were perhaps less hyped, have occurred. The first and foremost goal of all concerned should simply be awareness. Admitting there is a problem is a definite first step towards dealing with it. In this vein, the RCC Gay-Straight Alliance recently hosted an “awareness bake sale,” with the proceeds going to benefit both the club and the “Trevor Project,” an incredible organization that attempts to prevent suicide within the LGBT community. The sale coincided
with Spirit Day, dedicated to the 11 youths who have lost their lives in the past few weeks and the eradication of the sentiment that led to their premature deaths. If we all stand together and promote a message of love, equality, and tolerance in the face of homophobia, cruelty, and bullying, and if we all lift our candles to the individuals who have already died because of the horrible disease that is hatred, the world can only become a better and more beautiful place. If we don’t stop this disgusting cruelty, then no one will.
RCC Gym Lockers No Longer a Comfortable Place to Change Dimly lit locker rooms deemed unsanitary by students
If you have ever taken a gym class at Rockland Community College, you may have experienced changing in the locker rooms, As you make your way over to the Field House, hang a right once you’re inside; the first door on the right is the girls’ locker room. A place that should be inviting and comfortable is actually completely disgusting. The locker room must as old as the school itself, a startling age of 51 years old. The essence is simply dreary. As you walk inside, you feel as if you’re entering a dungeon from the Middle Ages.
“I will never take [my] shoes off while in the locker room,” commented student, Samantha Meyer. The orange and yellow lockers that surround the room are decrepit and rusty. If you try to actually put one of the lockers to use, chances are it will take you a significant amount of time to open it back up again. All of the latches are old and are practically broken, in turn rendering most of them ineffective. All of the yellow and orange paint that must have once been bright and pretty is now chipping away and unappealing. The lighting is also horrible; it is always very dim when you enter the locker room. The feminine hygiene product dispenser is tarnished, broken and useless. The showers
behind the walls in the back are halfway decent, although some of the showers don’t have curtains to enclose the stall, which is obviously an inconvenience. “Since tennis practices always ran late, I was forced to go into the locker rooms during the evening,” said former RCC student, Allison Garner. “It was just really uncomfortable walking in there at night alone,” she added. Since there are so many unattractive flaws about the locker room, it’s about time that the school either replaced or repaired the locker room facilities. The floors are visibly unsanitary and it doesn’t look like they are taken care of as well as they should be. Toilet paper covers the floors and there are leaks in various
locations throughout the room. “Having a locker room facility welcomes students into a clean, inviting environment that promotes body awareness and motivation,” commented adjunct professor Patricia Q. Mirana.“And [it] surely reinforces healthful thinking and personal fitness, which is our primary focus,” she added. If the locker rooms are more inviting and friendly to the students, perhaps students will be more motivated to work out in the school’s weight room, on the track or in the pool. However, unless there is a more welcoming, attractive, and clean locker room facility for the students to use… the recreational facilities that RCC has to offer will continue go unnoticed.
Susanna Perlov / Outlook Student Press
October 25, 2010
High School Antics Don’t Belong on College Campus Annoying habits that should have been left behind in the 10th grade Kathryn Vunk
From first semester freshmen, who have just recently graduated high school, to adults seeking to continue their education, Rockland Community College is home to students from various age groups and backgrounds. However, anyone who walks through the Quad during common hour would think that they just stepped out of a time machine and are revisiting their high school memories. For some, this leap back into the world of gossip and cliques is trivial, while for others, it seems like a gruesome nightmare from which they cannot awake. “It’s really annoying to see high school antics being pulled on a college campus,” said student Amelia Bainton. “It makes me feel like I should be walking around with a hall pass.” In every high school, couples emerge that people grow to either love or hate. They can be typically found exchanging saliva in dim corners of the hallways or having yet another public break-up in the cafeteria. As these couples move on in life and ultimately begin college, most people assume that the rudimentary structure of the relationship would evolve to fit the mold of their new college lifestyle. But it seems college has become just another playground filled with places to display affection publicly, and a larger
stage that is well equipped with a fresh, larger audience to watch the latest couple publicly fight. “I don’t understand why couples fight in public,” commented student Ethan Carter. “It just makes the couple look ridiculous.” Gossip is the law of the land to high school students. This incapacitating
disease originally solely targeted teenagers, but somehow it has made its way onto our campus, inflicting many members of the collegiate student body. On any given day, RCC students can hear a handful of rumors in the halls while walking to class. The Student Union in particular has become the main stage in
which the drama of couples’ relationships is the premiering show. Even in the library, gossip trumps academia as a topic of student conversation. Rumors do nothing but maim others and have no place in adult conversations, yet they still control the thoughts and conversations of many college students.
October 25, 2010
Spend the Summer in Cambridge Contributing Writer
Ali Rizvi / Special to Outlook Student Press
Learning abroad introduces you to new languages, new cultures and new experiences. SUNY Rockland offers several study abroad programs, including the Cambridge University Summer Program in England. This two or four week program is offered to any college student who is at least eighteen years of age and has at least a 3.0 GPA. All students must apply through the M/ TS Honors Program. Five different honors courses are offered, including Shakespeare, science, history, art history, and literature. Within every broad subject, each student chooses his or her own specific courses. Although there are many options and different study abroad programs, the Cambridge Summer proves to be unqiue. According to Professor of English Dr. Nancy Hazelton, the creator of the program, “Most of the students at Cambridge come from university programs, we are only one
of three community colleges in the country that has a program at Cambridge.” Students live in single dormitories at Saint Catherine’s College and have two classes a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The classes are small, usually around 25 people. Dr. Hazelton believes that the students will love “the whole experience—not just the classes, but punting on the Cam River, talking into the night with students from all over the world and the amazing activities and lectures that Cambridge offers.” For each subject, there is a daily mandatory lecture between classes for the duration of the program. This plenary lecture is given by a different professor every day. Every evening there are optional lectures, and each student must attend a portion of these as well. The program is made up of more than just classes. Overall, Dr. Hazelton describes the program as “often a life changing experience” and past participants agree. “Studying at the University of Cambridge with leading scholars was the highlight of my educational experience,” said student Andrew Luisi. “It afforded me the opportunity to have intellectually stimulating conversations with people from all around the world who shared a common purpose: to attain the highest level of academic achievement and enlightenment.” Luisi was so inspired by the program, that he applied to various schools in England, and was accepted into the University of Manchester.
Dr. Hazelton believes that the Cambridge program instills something special in the students who have participated. She believes that the student takes away “a confidence in their ability to negotiate unfamiliar territory and a new confidence in their own intellectual ability.” The students learn responsibility and independence in a foreign place. Saturdays and Sundays are free for touring, shopping, and sightseeing. There are tour buses that students may sign up for that go around London. Weekends are full of free time to experience a new country, new memories, and new friends. “Cambridge was a great experience, from the classes to the extremely interesting people you meet from all over the world,” attendee Kuldiph Singh stated. Every student in the program is assigned a mentor, either Dr. Hazelton or Dr. Garner for the humanities sections, and Dr. Butler for sciences. Although there is no written homework from the Cambridge professors, each student is required to write reaction papers for his or her Cambridge mentor. After returning from the programs, students write a research paper pertaining to the summer courses and receive a grade from their Cambridge mentor. The price of this once-in-a lifetime experience is not yet final but is expected to be in the range of $3800, plus airfare. For more information about dates, scholarships, and cost, attend the Cambridge informational meeting on Wednesday, November 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. in AC I, room 1105.
Samanatha Divietra / Outlook Student Press
The Art of Awkward In Social Situations Elizabeth Maze
Whether you express it with a lengthy pause or ill-timed tumble, the awkward personality is highly noticeable. When you finally breach the depths of awkwardness, any situation can become the stuttering, blushing, and fumbling encounter of your nightmare. By planning ahead and accepting your flaws of stunted “coolness,” you too can become the pinnacle of awkward perfection in your romantic and social life. Let’s begin with the simple concept of dating. Though “playing the field” is difficult when you are faced with your newest infatuation, awkward people should be wary of the first date. As a young girl of sixteen, I was prepared to voyage out on a fun-filled date at the mall with an older gentleman. Overconfident in my skills as a hip teenager, I was completely unprepared for the awkwardness that lay ahead. As it turns out, we were both gifts to the awkward community with our choppy “getting to know you” questions and our inability to make any physical contact or eye contact with each other. As the date wore on, I begged to every deity in existence to make the movie go by faster or for me to develop the ability to teleport. As the date came to an abrupt and uncomfortable end, he slowly walked me to my front door, where my mother lurked mere inches behind the stained glass. Unsure of how to proceed, I told him to have a nice night and gave him a onearmed shoulder hug. Needless to say, the date was a fail and we
haven’t talked since. Though this is dreary and didn’t turn out to be an epic love story, the important thing to realize is that awkward situations are highly prevalent. Instead of letting my social skills destroy my perspective on dating, I began to laugh at the humor of the situation. Though we didn’t run away to Tahiti together and elope on some white sanded beach, I got a free movie ticket and barrel of popcorn chicken out of the deal. When you’re awkward you need to realize that it is okay to have these moments of absolute social tension and laugh at yourself, because, let’s face it, everyone else is laughing anyways. Parties are often the awkward kid’s worst nightmare. You can often spot those awkward teens lurking suspiciously close to the snack table or looming in the shadowy corners of the forced social event you are attending. By bringing a friend along or humoring yourself silently with witty comments on social decorum with a set exit time, you can quietly observe others while maintaining your dignity by not tripping over a mahogany coffee table. Learning to laugh at yourself and talking to someone who looks just as uncomfortable as you can make all the difference when it comes to socializing at a cringe-worthy party. Loosen up a bit and enjoy the bulk-purchased snacks the party has to offer. As much as I wish there was a cheesy happy ending and a quick fix, the reality is that you will eventually have to face the awkward forum that is socializing and learn to adapt. By laughing it off and realizing that we all have our “fail” moments, you too can master the art of awkward.
Style & Entertainment
October 25, 2010
After finishing a particular book, movie or Television that I find awesome, I usually try to find anything I can that is similar to fill the void that the final page or scene has left me with. For this reason I’ve decided to write an article, possibly a series of articles, based on what certain things are similar. I will entitle it “If you like…” The first one, because it is extremely popular right now, is Glee. If you’ve seen all of these movies and are still in need for anything similar to Glee, I would recommend going on Pandora.com and typing in Glee. The music site will give you songs and artists similar to the show. You can even type any of the titles above into the search engine and you can create a Glee-like playlist. Spring Awakening- This is a musical that deals with a lot of similar issues that Glee does, except possibly in a more controversial way. It’s a good show and is primarily about being a teenager. It’s won eight Tony awards and even starred Lea Michelle, who is now on Glee.
West Side Story- Based off of Romeo and Juliet this musical turned movie is about two rival gangs and two star-crossed lovers caught in the middle. Like Grease, it’s cemented in pop culture and has catchy songs such as “I Feel Pretty” and “Maria”. While it’s not as upbeat as Glee, it definitely shares great musical talent. Nevertheless, it’s worth looking into.
High School Musical- Starring Zac Efron, Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgeons this Disney musical has been compared to Glee again and again, even though the Glee creator has said that he has never seen the movies. The series is very popular, especially with younger kids but it may not be for you. This is only a last resort and only for those of you Glee fans that are having withdrawals. These movies could also be good if you want to watch something similar to Glee with a younger child.
GreaseThe original high school drama. This love story/ musical is great. John Travolta stars as Danny Zuko, who had a summer romance with the lovely Sandy Ollson, played by Olivia Newton John. They think that there romance was a once and a lifetime thing until Sandy shows up at Danny’s school as the new transfer student. Things get complicated when Sandy realizes that Danny is the leader of a high school gang and seems to be too cool to be seen with her. And the drama unfolds after that but still manages to be great without being over the top. The movie features some classic songs that you’ve probably heard a mullion times such as “Summer Loving” and “Grease Lightening”. If you haven’t seen this already and you like Glee, you need to check out this movie!
Hairspray- This is another musical/movie that focuses on teenagers. Hairspray is about Tracy Turnbald a young woman who has dreams of becoming a dancer on a local TV show. The musical also deals with other issues, like obesity and segregation. This has the same peppiness as Glee and is very entertaining. It’s highly recommended for Gleeks!
RENT- If you haven’t already seen this movie adapted to film from the Broadway show, you must. You will have all the songs stuck in your head for days. Especially “La Vie Boheme”. The musical follows starving artists in New York City. There’s Mark, Roger, Mimi, Maureen, Joanne, Collins and Angel and they all have their own stories and issues that make them unique but bond them together as well. This movie has a lot of heart and is perfect. It’s not on Broadway anymore, but the movie is just as good.
October 25, 2010
Style & entertainment
Don’t be fooled by the lack of sun and warmth in the changing seasons; neglecting your eyes is actually more dangerous in the winter than summer. This is due to the snow’s reflection, making light near impossible to avoid. Also, according to Richmond Eye Associates, “during winter months, the sun sits lower in the sky and at a different angle, which can expose people to more ultraviolet light and glare.” So protect your eyes in style, with the right pair of shades for the shape of your face.
It’s key to wear a pair of glasses that elongate the face. Try wraparounds or ones that have more length horizontally than vertically.
Oval-shaped faces can wear mostly any style due to having the correct proportions in facial region. Play around with trendy colors and shapes of sunglasses.
Heart Look for styles that are wider by the eyes and slimmer towards the chin. Ray bans or a similar style suit this face great.
Square With such a strong face shape, look for glasses with curves that will soften the angles of the face. A cat eye style is cute and breaks up a sharp angular visage.
Style and Entertainment
October 25, 2010
Drop the Movie Ticket and Pick Up a Playbill Reasons to ditch the movie theater and experience the “live action” of plays Noelle Dimaggio
With the many stresses of life, taking the time to relax and enjoy oneself is essential to maintaining sanity. Going to the theatre offers just that. Broadway shows provide entertainment just as movies and television do, but the live entertainment offers a different, more special experience. Through television and movies, scenes are viewed through a screen. The visuals and audios are there to evoke reactions from the audience. But seeing a scene as it physically unfolds before you generates a stronger emotional response. Being so close to the performers, one can’t help but sense the emotion in the scene and get swept up in the story. In the production of television and movies, many takes are completed to acquire the best shots, whereas in theatre, there is just one “take” offered for each scene. And with most Broadway shows offering eight performances a week, actors must express their characters’ emotions just right that first time, time after time. In these ways, live theatre is more impressive than cinema. Yet it is generally more costly to watch a Broadway show than it is to watch a movie in a theatre. In New York, the pricing for a single movie ticket can start at around $8, and increase to about $20 for a movie in 3-D. And such a ticket doesn’t specify a certain seating area. Broadway
show tickets, on the other hand, generally range in price from $60 to $300. Unfortunately most Broadway ticket discount offers go unnoticed by theatergoers. There are three booths in New York that offer 25%-50% discounted tickets to Broadway shows, Off-Broadway shows, and certain music and dance events. These booths are called TKTS booths; the most frequented one is located right in the theatre district at 47th and Broadway, and this one sells only day-ofperformance tickets. Certain shows even offer deals called “rush tickets.” These are tickets that are offered by theatres for day-of-performance shows. The best deals are offered to students, who can go to certain theatres when they open and pick up one or two tickets at a reasonable discount. Some shows offer a lottery rush, which is a lottery that begins approximately three hours before a show starts and ends approximately two hours before the next show begins. Musicals tend to be more popular to watch among theatregoers, and tend to have longer show runs. Many musicals are developed from novels and movies and end up being very successful. “Wicked” is one of those shows. It’s a musical that opened in 2003 and immediately became a hit and remains a top-selling show today. It is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, and tells the story of The Wizard of Oz from the perspective of the Wicked Witch of the West. The musical is much more family-oriented than it’s source
material, and is quite funny. Broadway shows entertain through singing, dancing, and acting. Costume design is often elaborately styled as a feast for the eyes. The sets and special
effects really light the stages, pulling the audiences from reality before the shows even begin. Theatre is truly a magical place that more people need to invest their time in.
“Living” in a City of Lost Soul: A Review of “Balm in Gilead” Dena Kopolovich
Entering the very nondescript building of the T.Schreiber Studio on 26th street in Manhattan, you would think you were entering an office building. A mere two or three posters inform prospective visitors of the theatre that exists beyond the glass doors. Much too often, we find ourselves so blinded by the blatant commercialism of billboards, the neon signs, the crowds of New York City, that we forget the small, most unexpected treasures found beyond the lights. It wasn’t until the final line of Lanford Wilson’s “Balm in Gilead,” which opened October 14 at the Off-Off Broadway Gloria Maddox Theatre, that I realized this truth. Maybe it was the sound of the soulful opening to Otis Redding’s “These Arms of Mine,” sung by four introducing cast members, or the in-your-face experience of sitting in the first row, but by this time, the audience was “sold.” In an almost unfairly short two hours, we are suddenly absorbed into the life of a dingy all-night diner in 1965, trafficked by the thirty vulnerable “lost souls” of local renegades, prostitutes (both male and female), drug dealers, hustlers, and junkies. And suddenly, we become a part of this world. The set is meant to make the audience feel as though they have just entered the street corner right outside the diner. A “coffee” sign is plastered right onto the
smudged diner windows and hustlers sitting around them, adoring the trash cans as the audience enters. A pair of long, thin dancer’s legs hugs the streets and are one of the first things the audience notices in actor Eric Spear’s character Franny, a transvestite prostitute. Although we are centered on characters Joe and Darlene (played by Jonathan Wilde and Belle Caplis), two young people who reminisce about their broken pasts and attempt to dream for better futures, it is almost impossible to only focus on our usually popular “main” characters. Instead, we are given an entire cast of strong and very distinct characters, all played with eloquence by the acting students of the T.Schreiber Studio. Using very little romanticism and many very unorthodox theatrical devices, playwright Wilson creates a chilling environment that symbolizes the constraints of societal boundaries on human life and how these constraints have the potential to keep us in an existential “rut,” as the characters are in “Balm in Gilead.” In a passionate monologue, Dopey, played by Lawrence Crimlis, captivates with a long flow of theatre-poetry after he interactively pierces through the eyes of the front-row. Speaking of the exploitation of prostitution and the external, yet addictive evils that linger in the apartments of New York, we begin to feel his message and the message of the play. In our own lives, we also walk through
the streets with a cataract of fluorescence that defines New York City, yet it puts us in complete conscious exile to what truly goes on in the places that we choose not to look. “Aren’t we even living?” is the final line given by Darlene. The Studio, located on the 7th floor of 151 W. 26th street, advertises “Acting on the Creative Process” in their programs, and does, in fact, hold true to that motto. Not only are we given a small-theatre atmosphere, but at a mere $20 per ticket, we are given a bargain compared to our big-name musicals, as well as top-quality
acting. Maybe, the next time you take the train or bus down to Manhattan, you will remember to look past the surface. The busy city only one hour from us is filled with a surfeit of hidden experiences that provoke your thoughts without busting your wallet. “Balm in Gilead” sets a fine example of what happens in our own lives when we choose not to look for meaning. When I looked, I found it on 26th street. “Balm in Gilead” runs until November 21.
October 25, 2010
Style & Entertainment
Video Game Previews Jonathan Mallon Staff Writer
Rock Band 3 (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii):
Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS):
Likely to be out by now, this game deserves some recognition. Not only can players still jam to a huge list of tunes using the drum pads, guitar controllers, or microphone, but now a keyboard controller has been added. New, more realistic instrument peripherals add a new dimension to “Rock Band 3”, with an option to teach players how to play those instruments, as well as use them to play the game in Pro Mode. Aspiring musicians will find will find the larger career mode and a bigger range of instruments a big plus. Further more plenty of single player and multi player modes will help even first time Rock Banders shred for hours. Rock on! Developed by Harmonix Music. Presented by MTV Games. Rated T for Teen. Releases October 26, 2010. http:// www.rockband.com/games/rockband3
Goldeneye 007 (Wii): Starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, the game casts players as Bond in the single-player campaign, where they will shoot their way through the original classic levels as well as some surprising new ones. New and added elements to the game play include a new rechargeable health meter (although there is an option for a classic
Want to go above and beyond the “Call of Duty”? “Black Ops” will definitely have players do that in a super-secret, almost lawless way. Story details are sparse for singleplayer, but players will be able to fly aircraft and ride vehicles in scripted sequences, as well as engage in detailed, intense shootouts. Multi-player is a major part of this game, with added features to returning functions (such as killstreaks), points to buy weapons and upgrades, and an option to create your own soldier. Not only can players record and upload their best shots in multi-player matches, but they can even practice with bots in “Combat Training” to practice for matches.
FPS style), stealth maneuvers, and multiple control options, including the Wii-mote and Nunchuk to classic and Gamecube controllers. The biggest feature is multiplayer, which includes four-player split screen and an online mode. With many different types of matches and modes to compete in, as well as a wide selection of weaponry, this update looks to be just as much fun as the original. Developed by Eurocom Ent. Presented by Activision. Rated T for Teen. Releases November 2 http://goldeneyegame.com
Finally, a zombie-survival mini-game from a previous entry, “World at War,” returns in “Black Ops.” Now, three players can get in on the survival action, defending themselves against increasing numbers of the undead! All of this can even be played in 3-D…provided players have a 3-D capable TV. Developed by Treyarch. Presented by Activision. Rated M for Mature. Releases November 9, 2010. http://www.callofduty.com/blackops Gran Turismo 5 (PS3): There will be 1,000 licensed cars to choose from, and featuring realistic interiors and damage. Plus, NASCAR also makes a new first entry into the series. Locations featured in an article on Us.gran-turismo.com detailed a few tracks including Madrid, Rome, and even Britain’s “Top Gear” test track. According to the article, “Gran Turismo 5 features 20 racing locations with over 70 track variations, all beautifully recreated with more accuracy and precision than ever.” Other than regular online options like racing, players can now use tracks more freely and connect with friends using a social network-like system available on the PSN. Developed by Polyphony Digital. Presented by Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA). Rated E for Everyone. Releases, according to Gamespot.com, “Q4 2010.” http://www.gran-turismo.com
Pore Pollution: The Battle between Oil and Mineral Makeup Find out which foundation minimizes breakouts and pores Lindsay Buteux
For most young women, a reliable foundation is essential in their makeup collections. Achieving an even skin tone and covering up embarrassing acne and blemishes is a must before walking out the door. Some use liquid foundations while others prefer a new trend in makeup: mineral powders. Although the liquid foundation continues to be a commonly used product, the emergence of mineral makeup has revolutionized cosmetic companies. Comparing the properties of both forms of foundation, most liquid foundations are oil-based while mineral powders don’t contain any oil. For those who struggle with acne problems, liquid foundations will only produce acne by further clogging pores. Liquid foundation feels heavy and begins to cake after only a few hours of wearing it. It starts to give a shiny and oily appearance on the face, a look that no girl wants to have. These noticeable flaws can be avoided when using mineral powder. While it is lightweight, it also offers decent coverage of unwanted blemishes. Some argue that it does not hide facial flaws as well as liquid foundation does. If this is truly the case, applying a liquid mineral concealer to these marks underneath the powder is the best solution. Why mask your entire face with an uncomfortable product when there is a better option?
Not only does mineral powder look more natural, it is more natural. Looking at the ingredients of liquid foundations, a dozen chemicals with names that cannot even be pronounced are found. Cosmetic companies attempt to create perfect matches to various skin tones by adding toxic synthetic colors. One class of ingredients commonly found in liquid foundations are “parabens.” These preservatives, which are unfortunately
prevalent in many beauty brands, are carcinogenic. Another carcinogen found is talc, a mineral closely related to asbestos. This dangerous mineral was prohibited from being used in building materials. If asbestos can not even be used for construction, why is talc still permitted to reach our skin? Mineral powders seem to beat liquid foundation by a landslide, but does the champion of makeup bear any negative
traits? Truth be told, cosmetic companies have been falsely advertising their mineral powder as “natural” while adding other chemicals. Natural mineral makeup should consist mostly of four minerals: mica, iron oxides, zinc oxide, and titanium oxide. These minerals are not dangerous for your skin and provide a natural countenance. Although mineral powder continues to outshine liquid foundation when their elements are compared, it is important to read the list of ingredients before purchasing a mineral powder. Although they are few in number, there are natural mineral powders out there that are worthy of high ratings. Bare Escentuals, found at cosmetic stores such as Sephora, has a line of facial powders that contain mostly natural ingredients. Online stores such as Coastal Classics, Maia’s Mineral Galaxy, and Rejuva have made their way to top of the charts for healthiest mineral products. A makeup brand called Merriweather’s, located in Rhinebeck, N.Y., creates completely natural makeup and will even custom make a mineral foundation that perfectly matches your skin tone. These respected makeup labels prove that authentic mineral powders serve as a skin-friendly foundation. Finding genuinely natural makeup is challenging and can be more expensive than the cosmetics conveniently found in drugstores. Yet, it must be remembered that the skin is permeable to toxic chemicals and must be protected. Investing in quality makeup is worth it. Your skin will thank you later!
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October 25, 2010
The Perils of Modern American Farming
Pollution, inhumane conditions, and genetically modified organisms
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Despite the growing concern around America for the environment, one area that is often overlooked is factory farming. When most Americans think of a farm they have in their mind the image of a cow grazing on green pastures or a pig playing in the mud. Most farms, however, do not fit that description. The family farm is slowly losing its place on the American landscape, and is being replaced with giant factories, in which illegal immigrants are often hired for minuscule wages to treat animals as lifeless commodities, while the CEOs spend a pleasant organic dinner with their families. Throughout the US, millions of animals are routinely subjected to inhumane conditions in factory farms in order to increase food production and profit. Cows and pigs are individually confined to extremely small cages, in which they are often unable to sit or turn around, while up to eight chickens at a time are forced to coexist in a one-square-foot cage. In order for this to work, the toes and beaks of the chickens are usually removed. In addition, pigs and cows are often fed antibiotics and steroids in order to increase meat and milk production. Chickens and turkeys are raised to have abnormally large body parts. All of this is done in the name of maximizing profit for giant food corporations. Unfortunately, these deplorable conditions also impact the health of the consumer. The antibiotics and hormones that are administered to the animals, of course, stay in the meat and end up on plates across the country. As a result, antibiotic resistant bacteria could develop, making the body more susceptible to disease. Food-borne pathogens are another problem. Itâ€™s no coincidence that eggs and other products are frequently recalled due to salmonella risk; this is a result of the effects of massive, unregulated, or misregulated meat production. Recently, a new threat has been added to the food supply as well. Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, make up the bulk of the feed given to factory farm animals. The consumptions of GMOs in mouse subjects leads to cancerous growth, smaller brains, and sterility. Given that cows and pigs are fed vast quantities of
these grains, the negative implications for human health are obvious. Many companies promote large scale farming as a solution to world hunger, but this is far from the truth. First of all, the animals that are fed grain take up to seven times more energy to produce a piece of meat than eating the grain itself, so this is extremely wasteful. Secondly, the amount of resources destroyed and waste produced by intensive farming shows that this method of meat production is completely unsustainable, and thus will be unable to feed future populations as the environment is degraded. To understand how destructive these practices are, it is enough to consider that factory farming produces 130 times more waste than normal human activity. The resulting waste then leaks into nearby ecosystems, poisoning fish and destroying bio-diversity. The industry is also notorious for its use of fossil fuels, and for being responsible for the release of methane gas produced by feeding animals on grain-based diets. Despite its bad reputation, consumers are tricked into purchasing factory meat instead of local alternatives because of the cheap price tag. Although the meats you see at the supermarket are cheap, the taxpayer ends up paying for it in the end. The losses created by pollution, waste, and health problems in the local communities are not regarded as the responsibility of the corporations, and are paid by the consumer in taxes. Supporting local family farms which produce healthy meats from healthy animals is key. In traditional agriculture, cows feed on grass, and chickens and pigs have an omnivorous grazing diet. Meat that is produced this way emits little waste and does little environmental damage. The consumption of pesticideladen, genetically modified corn and soy by these animals to increase weight is unhealthy for both them and the consumer. Thus, it is important to purchase organically-raised meat, or, even better, to buy from local, grass-fed sources. In this case, making a personal decision to purchase humanely raised meat can have a big impact on weakening large conglomerates over time, and reducing their environmental impact. The more people who become aware of what they are eating, the faster change will come.
October 25, 2010
Rooftop Farms: A Workable Solution Empty roofs are being filled with fresh, hydroponic produce
Agriculture is changing. Instead of large industrial farms that grow food hundreds of miles from the location of its eventual consumption, small farms that grow for a local area are becoming more prevalent. The realization that our current agricultural system is not sustainable has led to the resurgence of locally grown food. Growing local food in cities, where most people live, is a challenge due to limited or non-existent open space. However, rooftops, which are often flat in cities, are open space and make a great area to grow produce. Rooftop farms are being designed to take advantage of this wasted area. They range in size and complexity from a few containers on an apartment building roof, to thousands of square feet of hydroponic growing system. Whatever the design, more rooftop farms are likely in the future of agriculture. The idea of growing food on a roof is nothing new. Food has been grown on top of mud huts in Malta for thousands of years. Of course, today’s hard surface roofs are a far cry from traditional mud huts. Modern society is forcing a newer, high-tech version of rooftops into the mainstream. For many years individuals have been growing personal food gardens in containers on rooftops, but a container system is not practical for commercial agriculture. Advances in hydroponics technology, which is a method of growing crops without soil in a liquid medium, may be the answer to growing local food in the city. A hydroponic system usually consists of large pipes with water, air, and liquid nutrients continually pumped through them. Seedlings are planted into the top
of these pipes and their roots grow into the liquid. Hydroponic growing systems are far more productive than traditional in-ground agriculture. Not only does each individual plant grow bigger, stronger, and faster, but the space between plants is also reduced, making room for more plants per square foot. Large hydroponic systems are extremely expensive to build; but since they can be powered using solar energy, they are not expensive to run. In the near future, hydroponic growing systems may be used as a cooling system for buildings. The cooling potential of hydroponic systems
could help to offset their costs. As a result of the developments in hydroponics technology, rooftop agriculture has become a feasible option. It could not have come at a better time. Traditional agriculture is pushing the environment to the edge. Our society is at a tipping point—today agriculture accounts for one third of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Much of the emissions comes from the transportation of food hundreds or thousands of miles to the market. Hydroponic systems provide one way of making agriculture a possibility in the cities
where most people live, allowing a shift to local food production. It is imperative that hydroponic growing systems, or another form of sustainable city agriculture, is implemented. Our population is riding on the edge of a dangerous proverbial cliff. If our system for producing food is not drastically changed, we may just fall. If sustainable local agriculture does not become widespread in its use, the environment may be pushed past a point of no return. Fortunately, new technologies exist to mend the problem. It is up to us how we use these new technological advances.
Leave the Smokers Alone I paid $10 for the pack, now let me smoke it
For the past year, there has been a ban on smoking on school grounds. Outraged students have started to cluster by the county graveyard, claiming it to be county property and not the school’s, and therefore they are able to smoke unimpeded. Are the students right? In 2009, a meeting was held by the college to vote on whether or not smoking should be banned on campus. Not many students were aware of this meeting and were livid when they heard that smoking was now prohibited on school grounds. At first many students didn’t listen to the rule and continued to smoke around campus, until Public Safety came around giving out fines and community service to anyone who was caught smoking. A few months after the new rule was passed, Public Safety began cracking down. They started telling students that they could only smoke in their cars in the parking lot. What about the students who do not have cars, where are they supposed to smoke? Students have come up with the idea that if you smoke by the graveyard, you’re in the
safe zone. It an unwritten rule that many people follow that smoking there will not result in getting in a ticket. So far Public Safety has not really bothered anyone smoking by the graveyard, on the path, or by the stairs near the back parking lot, but that doesn’t mean that Public Safety will not write you a ticket. Rockland Community College does not own the cemeteries on campus. Rather, they are county property. I am not aware of any law prohibiting smoking in these graveyards and there is certainly no county wide smoking ban. Smoking bans are all the rage. In New York City, Mayor Bloomberg wants to ban smoking in parks and beaches. He told the Daily News that “second hand smoking is choking the city.” As a smoker myself, I feel that these bans on smoking are ridiculous. An excuse for smoking bans is that prohibiting smoking on campus, or anywhere else, will prevent secondhand smoke contact. “Secondhand smoke kills”—we’ve all heard it, and sure there are studies that prove it. But those studies are from frequent exposure to second hand smoke. I’m sure if you just happen to walk by someone smoking a cigarette for .2 seconds during
your walk, you will not be affected by second hand smoke. So why ban smoking outside? Smokers have to pay approximately $10 dollars for a pack of cigarettes, now we can’t smoke them. In June 2010, the New York State Legislature passed a law raising the cigarette tax to the highest in the country. They say these taxes on cigarettes will help the government finance their operations. “New York State will now have the added muscle it needs to collect this vital source of tax revenue in full and on time,” said Jeffrey D.
Klein, a state senator from the Bronx. Raising the taxes on cigarettes just so the government can have more money is completely unfair. Taxes are already extremely high in New York, why make them higher? John A. DeFrancisco, a state senator from Syracuse, says, “This is not a way to run state government.” And he’s right. It’s almost as if the government is trying to punish cigarette smokers. Smokers should not be attacked just for smoking. It is our choice to smoke, and it’s legal to buy cigarettes at the age of 18.
October 25, 2010
Jonathan Mallon Staff Writer
Nintendo is still on top of the handheld gaming market, but with its new devices and software, Apple is stepping even further into their territory. Nintendo has sold more Nintendo DS units than all of Apple’s handheld devices combined—132 million to 100 million. Obviously Apple is not far behind, and this has Nintendo moving forward with a new device, the Nintendo 3DS. The system’s famous function is its technology, which includes creating 3-D pop-out images without a player having to wear glasses. The 3DS, first announced in March of 2010, will also have a screen resolution upgrade from the original DS. Kotaku.com, a popular game site, notes that the “top screen [will be] 400 x 240, bottom screen 320 x 240.” Nintendo says the 3DS will be released on February 26, 2011 in Japan, and one month later in the U.S and Europe, for 25,000 yen, or $300 U.S. As of now, Apple hasn’t announced anything regarding new handheld devices
or upgrades. The new device will also have stronger web functionality. Users will be to browse the web mid-game and be able to download new content, like games and other software. There will still be many hardcopy-only games for the 3DS. Major innovations in interactivity technology have made the Apple and Nintendo systems accessible and popular. The original Nintendo DS’s innovation was the bottom screen, which was a touch screen that could be used to
play games, along with buttons and a directional pad. The iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad also have touch screens, but they are larger and more sensitive than the DS, which uses a stylus for touch screen interaction. Since Apple’s products aren’t strictly gaming machines, they lack a controller. Developers overcame this issue by using the iPhone’s and iPad’s touch screen and built-in accelerometer, or by developing an in-game controller that appears on the screen.
Apple’s handhelds also have much higher resolutions than the DS. According to Kotaku.com, the Nintendo DS has a resolution of 256 x 192 (each screen). Specifications from Apple.com indicate that the iPhone 4 has a resolution of “960-by-640pixel resolution at 326 pixels per inch” and the iPad has “1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch.” More pixels can mean better resolution and graphics. Apple is gradually gaining support from big videogame companies and smaller game studios, which are producing original and ported games for their products. At their September 1 conference (viewable on Apple’s channel on Youtube.com), two representatives from Epic Games, famous for “Gears of War” on the Xbox 360, demonstrated a game the company was working on for the iPhone. On their website, eamobile.com, Electronic Arts lists a re-made version of their console game “Mirror’s Edge” for the iPhone. Capcom has also ported a version of their console hit “Street Fighter 4”, and Activision released an iPhone version of their successful rhythm-game “Guitar Hero.”
Make your day a little better, 140 characters at a time Katie Gran
Sharing things that are interesting but not necessarily “useful,” is what Twitter, the social networking and micro-blogging website, is all about. Since Twitter’s creation in 2006 by Jack Dorsey, it has grown to more than 100 million users around the globe. “I knew the concept was big, but the velocity it has taken is surprising,” Dorsey said recently at the Le Web conference in Paris. Twitter is essentially a “status update” website. To post information, you can use a variety of interfaces—the Twitter website, Twitter apps for your phone or iPad, or text messages. Each post is called a “tweet,” and a tweet must be 140 characters or less. The tweets show up on your page or app feed in chronological order. In a tweet people can say whatever they want, but since users are limited to a mere 140 characters, tweets have become
an art form in and of themselves. The goal is try and get your message across the best way you can within the allotted space. If you like a certain a user’s tweets, you can follow them and be notified on your feed every time they tweet something new. One of the great features of the website is you can also be notified via SMS text message, if you choose. Many people ask, how does Twitter differ from Facebook? Why use the Twitter social network platform where you’re limited to 140 characters, when instead you can just update your status on Facebook? One of the main reasons Twitter is different from Facebook is because it’s simple and straightforward. When using Twitter, the only thing that you’re looking for are status updates, or links to other status updates or quick items. The information you’re trying to get is in the form of short spurts. Robert Piano, whose goes by the username BobbyPiano on Twitter, said, “If I’m going to follow you, I want to hear
things that are interesting. I don’t want to hear ‘going to the store!’ I almost want it to make my day just a little bit better by reading it.” What you say on Twitter could be really important or completely trivial. People don’t really care, as long as it’s interesting. Lights Poxleitner, a singer and songwriter from Canada, tweeted on October 8, “It’s kinda neat to walk by a schoolyard and see the social structure of the children. Then I leave because I feel sketchy watching children.” This may seem like completely unimportant information, but it will make you laugh, or maybe spark a memory from a time in your life when you thought the same exact thing about a different situation. Twitter is also unique in the way that it has a different demographic. While both Facebook and Twitter are about keeping you updated, Twitter adds another dimension by providing a more global perspective, and serving as a venue for keeping up with your favorite celebrities.
“You don’t see many celebrities talking to their fans on Facebook,” said Lauren Jacobsen, an active Twitter user. “However, what you do see them doing is tweeting out messages on Twitter. What’s even great is that a lot of celebrities will go through their messages and tweet some of their fans back. It makes you feel closer than ever to your favorite celebrities.” Twitter is completely changing the way information is coming out from celebrities. They can say whatever they want, and you, the follower, know it’s coming directly from their mouths. Forgot about the new episode of “Glee”? Don’t worry, because if you’re following your favorite actors from the show, chances are one of them will tweet about it so you won’t forget to watch it again. It will be interesting in the coming years to see the continued effects that Twitter will have on the entertainment industry. With celebrities constantly tweeting out to their fans, it will be hard for someone to not hear about a new project they’re working on.
October 25, 2010
Zombie Sighting Jesse Strauch
Style & Entertainment Editor
“Zombie sightings” have been the talk of campus for the past two weeks. Starting on Oct. 10, there have been reported sightings of three “zombies” running around campus and screaming at innocent bystanders. “There were a lot of weird phone calls coming in” said George Yehokay, who was working the security desk at the time. “People are calling and saying that “zombies” were chasing them down the hall.” After some questioning, police officials found out that the three alleged “zombies” were just students running around campus dressed as zombies trying to scare people. “Well, me and the bros were back at my house watching “Hocus Pocus” and sharing a few brewskies, when we were just overcome with the Halloween spirit,” explained one of the perpetrators of the scaring, Justin Nowayo. As it turns out, these three individuals were drinking heavily and watching the
1993 Halloween classic “Hocus Pocus,” when they decided that it was a “bright” idea to run around the schools’ campus and scare people sitting on benches or in the parking lots. “This was just a joke that has gone considerably wrong” said Officer Krupsky. As of last week, six people were admitted for psychological treatment from this incident. The offenders wouldn’t have been caught if not for student Tom “Thug Life” Rodgemen. “I was all sleeping in my car when all of a sudden three idiots dressed as zombies showed up and started banging on my car,” Rodgemen stated angrily. “I knew they were just kidding because they kept saying ‘Sarah Jessica Parker is so scary’ but I drew the line when they started peeing on my car, ” he continued. Apparently Mr. Thug Life could not tolerate three drunk zombies urinating on his 2001 Honda Civic, and he immediately called the police. Thankfully all who were involved are taking it well. As a joke some students have set up a fake “Zombie Hot line.”
Transgressions on Mass Transit Proper etiquette in dealing with your annoying bus buddy Susanna Perlov
Travelling alone can be an experience of self-discovery, that is, unless you plan on hitting the “open road” using the bus as transportation. Many find that the effort to “find” themselves is strongly diminished when they’re forced to sit next to someone that they completely can’t stand for a long period of time. When the person sitting next to you is loudly listening to Paula Abdul on replay, you can lose any desire to write that insightful song or finish that thoughtful haiku. However, there are methods of dealing with that annoying person breathing in your ear for five hours. Judge a book by its cover: When you’re walking onto the bus, use the “three-second rule” to size up each individual sitting on the bus. If you experience an awkward feeling after looking at someone for three seconds, do not sit next to him or her. Those three seconds of awkwardness can transfer over into multiple hours of repressing rage and silently contemplating murder scenarios for your new bus-buddy. Window seat, please: After you’ve found someone who has passed the “three-second rule,” kindly ask if you can acquire the window seat. Ignore the series of grunts and eye-rolling that the person will inflict upon you. Remember, you’re the deep-thinker that needs scenery to help reflect on life’s obstacles… not the
person sitting next to you. The “knee-touch”: Another advantage of claiming the window-seat is the ability to keep your legs against the side of the bus. By doing so, you can avoid touching the knee of the person sitting next to you. Though it may seem like a trivial tip, “knee-touching” can often lead to the person giving you the “notwithout-buying-me-dinner-first” glare. “Hang on, I have to take this”: Halfway through the ride, you may receive a phone call from a vulgar friend who needs to tell you about last night’s many escapades. Instead of softly whispering “I’m on the bus right now,”
immerse yourself in a 20-minute discussion about the “uncontrollable disease” you’ve contracted and give subtle hints that you’re actually insulting the person sitting next to you. Not only will this prevent the stranger from making small talk, but he or she may also ignore your existence all together. Sleepin’ on the job: If the person manages to fall asleep on you, take immediate action. Defend your personal “bubble” by “accidentally” elbowing the person in the stomach. Doing so will prevent the person’s drool from collecting on your shoulder and it may relieve some of the repressed rage
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you’ve been encountering since the first hour of the ride. “Excuse me, can you please turn it down?” The ultimate pet peeve of all travelers is being told to turn their music down, especially when they’re listening to it through headphones. Simply respond, “Hey, you turn it down,” and turn your head away. Allow a few moments of confusion to sink into their minds, and then turn your volume up. Aside from possibly angering the passenger to the point of changing seats, you’ve established the control in this sadistic bus-buddy relationship.
October 25, 2010
Yankees Battling in the Post Season Chasing a title in October is one of life’s few guarantees Chayim Tauber
Death, taxes, and the Yankees chasing a title in October: life’s few guarantees.
As has become the norm for a spoiled generation of New York baseball fans (not talking to you Mets fans), the Yankees once again have found themselves in the thick of a championship hunt. This year’s outlook is a bit different than in years past, however. Last year, Captain Derek Jeter said that they “won this one for the Boss (George Steinbrenner)”. This past year, both the patriarch of several Championship squads and multiple dynasties died, as did “The Voice of God” Bob Sheppard. This year’s Yankee team is literally fighting for Yankee pride as the legacy of “The Boss”, the “win at all costs” psyche that Steinbrenner re-introduced to New York is being challenged by three very legitimate threats. The first hurdle the Yankees must overcome, after having quickly and methodically dispatched of Minnesota, is the Texas Rangers. This is a team with a stacked, powerful lineup that gave the Yankees fits during the regular season, the probable AL rookie of the year in closer Naftali Feliz (a rookie record 40 saves), and all-world clutch ace Cliff Lee. The Yankees did their best to avoid facing Lee by trying to acquire the ace mid-year. In last year’s World Series Lee stymied the Yankees by holding them to 0 earned runs in the first of two games he won in the series. He did the same to the Rays in this year’s
division series, almost single-handedly pitching his team to the next round against the Yankees. It’s important to note that the Yankees don’t face Lee until game 3 of the series (do to the do-or-die game that Lee pitched in the last round against Tampa Bay). The Yankees are hoping that they’d have a lead in the series before they meet him. The National League is down to a classic, David and Goliath type story. The Philadelphia Phillies are looking to return to the World Series for the third straight season and are loaded top to bottom with a powerful lineup and feature the most dominant pitching rotation in baseball. H2O (Halladay, Hamels, and Oswalt) form a devastating trio at the head of the Philadelphia rotation but they’ll be facing a promising young trio in the form of the Giants’ Lincecum, Sanchez, and Cain. The Giants clinched a playoff spot on the last day of the season, and despite a weak-hitting lineup, rode their phenomenal young arms all the way to the League Championship Series against Philadelphia. For the Giants to have a chance, they’re pitching has to duplicate the productivity of the more celebrated Philly pitching. When asked about the “mystique and aura” surrounding his then World Series foe Yankees, Schilling famously said, “mystique and aura are dancers are in a gentlemen’s club.” This year, the mystique and aura
come in the form of “The Boss” and “The Voice.” About the Boss’s legacy Jeter said, “You know what to expect. It’s all I’ve ever known is playing for him and his expectation level. He expected perfection.” That has become the standard by which the Yankees have been playing since Steinbrenner bought the team in the mid 70’s. Philadelphia may be the darling pick to win this year’s World Series but if the Division Series against Minnesota was any indication, the Yankees aren’t listening. ESPN NY’s Andrew Marchand said it best: “If the rest of the playoffs go like the ALDS (American League Division Series), then Mayor Bloomberg is correct in planning the parade now.”
A Yankee Haters Guide to Surviving the Playoffs No need to shut off the television as the devil team runs the bases Kristian Dougherty Staff Writer
It’s that time of year again. October, a month best known for Halloween, falling leaves, and of course, playoff baseball. Now what would the playoffs be without the New York Yankees? I know, I really shouldn’t really be surprised anymore. After all, they have a two-hundred million dollar payroll, a team composed of All-Stars, and they have made it to the playoffs fifteen of the last sixteen seasons. But for some reason, this year it feels much worse than it has in years past. Perhaps it’s because my beloved Angels missed the playoffs for the first time in four years. More than likely, it’s because my hatred of the New York Yankees has grown exponentially over the last couple of years. So what’s a Yankee-hater to do? The easiest solution would be to just not watch. There are so many other things you can do to occupy your time. Watch some non-sports related television, there’s plenty of it out there. Pick up a good book or two. Or you can disappear into the world of video games, a world where anything goes and reality is non-existent. For those of you who eat, breathe and live sports (you know who you are), you could always immerse yourself in football. The problem with that is, when you get right down to it, there really just isn’t enough of it to go around. At best, it only really occupies
three days out of the week, and that’s only if you include college games. It helps, but it’s just not enough. Sure, there’s always hockey. Wait, on second thought, if you choose to fill your vacant sports watching time with hockey, you may as well just pack up and move to Canada, because we don’t want you here. Unfortunately, we have little choice. Some of us love baseball, especially the playoffs, and the thought of an October without it leaves us feeling hollow and miserable. If you want to survive as a Yankee-hater in a Yankee fan’s world, it’s always a good idea to avoid any public place that shows playoff games. They are the absolute worst this time of the year. Most of the time they are filled with obnoxious Yankee fans wearing shiny
new gear, and they clap and cheer and groan with every single pitch. They’re usually a little too loud, way too liquored up, and they almost always know jack about baseball. Most of them probably don’t know the difference between a Josh Hamilton and a Justin Morneau, and if the Yankees were terrible,like they were in the early 1990’s, they wouldn’t step foot inside Yankee Stadium or even watch them on YES. They sure as heck wouldn’t be chanting, “Let’s go Yankees” in a bar full of people. I like to call these people, “the frauds”. Now, I want to be clear, I don’t think that this unfortunate cross-section is an accurate representation of all Yankee fans. For the most part, real Yankee fans are like the fans of any other team. They are passionate, knowledgeable, and reasonable, but nothing
brings out the band-wagon jumpers more than winning. This leads to my next point: if you don’t have a horse in the race, pick one. There are seven other teams to root for. Just because your beloved [insert team name here] isn’t in the playoffs, doesn’t mean you can’t still be a fan. Be a fan of baseball. Pick a team just for the sake of having someone to root for. Sit down and watch a game. Maybe you’ll see a some nondescript utility player do something awe-inspiring, or maybe you’ll see a pitcher like Roy Halladay or Tim Lincecum, who are so dazzling, that you can’t help but be amazed by how they throw a baseball. Let your heart decide. Find that team, that player, or that moment, and cheer like crazy for them, and if you’re lucky, you just might get to see something special that you may have otherwise missed. Because truthfully, there is no sport that can generate emotion and manufacture drama the way baseball can. Inevitably though, it may not matter what you do or who you choose to root for. Come the beginning of November, you’ll either be ecstatic because the Yankees will have lost, hopefully in spectacular fashion, or you’ll be miserable, because the New York Yankees will be World Champions of baseball ... again. If that does happen, my best advice is to do what I’m going to do: lock yourself in your room and wait for all the hoopla to blow over. The other option is to jump on the Yankee bandwagon with the rest of the frauds. There’s plenty of room.