The Honors Herald The New York City Pforzheimer Honors College at Pace University Volume 3 Pace University 1 Pace Plaza W208/W209 New York, NY 10038 P: 212 346 1697
Farewell, Dear Pace.
We’ve Had A Good Run. Sierra Chandler ‘14
Dear Pace University,
Four years ago I made a long trek across the country that I had spent my whole life preparing for. I made my first online college search when I was in 4th grade (and thought I was going to UC Santa Barbara because their mascot was a banana slug), so when the dreamed-of day came it didn’t feel real.
to my new home: You. I am an independent person but moving myself into my college dorm was terrifying. I sat there not knowing anyone or where I was. I made the great excursion out and across City Hall Park to the Citibank to open a student account and at the time I thought I would get lost on the way back. Now I
I heard from you later could probably make that walk than the other schools. You really blindfolded. You could almost had me worried at first. In fact, I say I am the Queen of had an appointment the next Downtown New York. I know I week at a Navy Recruitment office like to be (and I’m only halfbecause I wasn’t compelled to kidding). attend any of my accepted schools When I try to make yet. I was standing on a D.C. train meaningful reflections of my platform late at night when I time here I have to ask myself checked my email and saw that what my greatest success at you wanted me too. I laughed and Pace was. The truthful answer cried, and got a few high fives is the family I made for myself from my fellow commuters. As if and I have the Honors College by fate, I was called the next day by a Naval officer to confirm my to thank for that. Shortly after When I try to make meaningful reflections of my appointment and I told him, no I accepted my place at Pace I time here I have to ask myself what my greatest got an invitation from a wacky thank you, I am going to college. I don’t tell many people success at Pace was. The truthful answer is the guy named Bill Offutt to join a that story and today it feels like family I made for myself and I have the Honors Facebook group for incoming some dream a stranger had. It’s College to thank for that. Honors students. The group funny how time does that to us, right? right? Since my parents lived overseas and had to return to was pretty quiet for a bodacious blond babe named Sarah. work I spent the month before coming to you alone in South That girl became my best friend. During the ensuing four Lake Tahoe, California, spending my time rereading the Harry years we would create a community where we felt safe and Potter books and waiting anxiously. On the day before my 5am fulfilled together. We were together when President Obama flight from San Francisco to New York City I loaded my announced the death of Osama Bin Laden. One summer we duffle bags, my only possessions for the following year, and got traveled to India together. We would never judge each other a lift from my mother’s friend in her shiny blue. We had to use for eating at Chipotle more than once a week. Writing this bungee cords to get my baggage to stay and after the 4-hour now, our friendship and the friendship I built with many drive to San Francisco I had the kind of terrible sunburn that others seems too convenient to be real and I have the Honors only pale redheads must endure. Landing in New York alone, I College to thank for bringing me together with these had to rely on distant relatives I’d never met before to drive me impressively excellent human beings. On top of that, I had to my new home: You.
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Farewell Dear Pace continued: Herald Staff Marianelli Agbulos Editor-In-Chief Leopoldo Orozco Associate Editor Sharmin Rahman Associate Editor Alvi Rashid Associate Editor Jessica Sutton Associate Editor Dr. Ida Dupont Director Dr. Bill Offutt Faculty Advisor Jaclyn Kopel Program Coordinator
Herald Contributors Briana Brown
April Benshosan Melissa Bowley Lindita Capric Sierra Chandler Dr. Ida Dupont Juan Castiblanco Garrison Hall Nancy Hoang Valerie Cayo Jackie Ignatowitz Jaclyn Kopel Sierra Chandler Dr. Bill Offutt Leopoldo Orozco Lili Feinberg Andrea Ragadio Jamie Saunders Darby Fulcher Erkinaz Shuminov Jessica Sutton Matthew Galletta Amandine Tristani Rachel Wandishin Victoria Gonzalez Catherine Weening Dr. Emily Welty
Desirae Hallstrom Kyla Korvne Maggie Metnick James Park Carolyn Phillips Jamie Saunders Anthony Del Signore Amandine Tristani Rachel Wandishin Catherine Weening
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some amazing teachers over the years that have inspired and awed me, people I am proud to call mentors and friends. But before your ego gets too big, dearest Pace, I must remind you that it hasn’t all been perfect. I felt alone a lot. I had my moments of insecurity, depression, and apathy. I’ve had a few awful roommates and terrible teachers. And for the love of God, fix the heaters in Fulton! No, actually fix them. No student at a private school should have to sleep in wool socks and a sweater in the middle of December. I mean, I am less afraid of monsters grabbing at my feet because socks repel under-the-bed monsters, but it doesn’t feel great. Who am I kidding? I’ve had a blast. For every bad roommate I’ve had two awesome ones. I can count the bad teachers on one hand but not have nearly enough appendages for the good ones. My last four years have been full of learning experiences inside and outside the lecture hall. From the classroom, to the dorm rooms, to the streets of New York I have been growing because of you. At Pace I learned American Sign Language. I had my first (and only) fling. I marched across the Brooklyn Bridge for Marriage Equality. I paid rent. I’ve taken friends to the emergency room and sat with them while they hurt. I voted for the first time. I interned at badass companies. I both loved and hated Occupy Wall Street. I fell in love with a wonderful man. I have owned rats, a cat, and a puppy. I was evacuated during Hurricane Sandy. I cried a lot. I laughed a lot. I was pissed off at slow-walking tourists on a daily basis. I both broke rules and defended them. I amazed and disappointed myself in equal measure. Do you know what happened as I experienced all those things? I grew into an actual person. My opinions have transformed from something I inherited from my parents to values that I have cultivated and hold with pride. I have worked in the professional world, and not just any professional world but the one I want to join. Here I am, days from graduation and I am lucky to have a job waiting for me. I have a committed boyfriend who is planning to take me to Disney World for our third year anniversary (because we can’t be too grown up yet). My parents are proud of me. Most importantly, I cut my hair. For my whole life people knew me by my hair. My hair was the first thing people noticed about me and was my defining characteristic. I could hide behind it better than any pair of glasses or frumpy sweaters. It was my identity. If you need a visual image imagine Merida from Brave. But by the time I reached my junior year I had grown confident in myself. I knew I had worth and a personality that could shine for me. So I chopped it off to my chin and never looked back. My hair is distinctive, but it is not me.
In other words, I am ready to begin this next stage of my life. So, my dear Pace, here we stand at a fork in the road. You will continue on as I take this new road to that next step towards adulthood. Ahead of me, I have a job at BBC America and the first summer in 17 years where I won’t have school to look forward to. Some days I will hate the memory of you and other days I will cry to return. My diploma will hang on my wall and, honestly, most days I will forget it is there because I will have bills to pay, dogs to walk, and friends to drink with, but every once in a while I will look at it closely. Scrutinize it. Notice the look of ink stamped onto the expensive paper as though it is art. I will remember being sunburned and alone on the crowded Spruce Street sidewalk with my two bags and no clue where to go. I will remember the joy and the disgust and every other emotion I’ve ever experienced. And then I will look away and continue on with the life that you have helped lead me to and I will be happy that, for a time, our paths had crossed. Pace, what I am trying to say is thank you. Thank you for the new experiences and friendships. Thank you for teaching me that decisions are sacred and my life is mine to govern. Because of you that sunburned girl is now a moderately freckled woman, with commitments, dreams, and a future to see unfolded. I can’t ask for more than that. So I hope you enjoy the rest of your journey towards greatness. Because of you, I’m already there.
Affectionately yours, Sierra Chandler Class of 2014
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An Open House for an Open Space Catherine Weening ‘17 Since its opening at the start of the semester, the Honors Lounge has been occupied by collaborating and working students with books in tow. On April 14th it was occupied by the same crowd, but with a different vibe- a partying vibe. To celebrate the new Lounge all Honors students and professors were invited to eat, drink, and be merry at an Open House Party, where those same books were soon replaced with plates filled from the hot buffet and dessert table. Professors and students alike sat side-by-side and enjoyed each other’s company in a sense of unity, which ended up being the theme of the evening. In his brief - yet moving - speech, Provost Uday Sukhatme remarked how the Lounge can be used as a new tool to bring Honors students closer together. After thanking everyone who was involved in planning the lounge, he encouraged the Honors College to “use this space to the utmost.” “This is your special space,” he continued, “Hang out here, think and talk deeply, and once you get familiar with each other, good ideas will come to you.” Afterwards, Dr. Dupont noted that, come fall, the Lounge will be opened 24/7 so that students can do just that. Needless to say, Honors students are excited about the next academic year’s lounge hours, or lack thereof.
“[The Honors Lounge] is a comfortable and inviting place to do work and socialize with other honors students,” said first year Honors student Liz Lombardi. “It’s very swanky! It’s going to be so useful to have it open all the time.” Though the Open House has ended, that does not mean the open environment from the Lounge is gone. Stop by today for some coffee, tea, and company!
FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE Model United Nations: Geneva & New York…....4-5 Dyson Society Fellows …………………………….….10 Photos from of AFP blogger Patrick Baz Seidenberg Game Development……………..……....11
GenWhy: Year in Reflection…...........................13 Degenerate Art in the Neue…………………………...15 Around the World with Jackie………………….......21
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Ice Skating Royalty Desirae Hallstrom, Contributor
Pace University MODEL UNITED NATIONS Photos from Kyla Korvne ‘15 | Article by Lindita Capric ‘16 The opportunity to attend the Geneva International Model U.N. conference was an exceptional learning experience. Model U.N. teaches it’s student’s about policymaking protocol, how the United Nations functions, current international topics, public speaking skills and persuasive writing tactics; all of which could be effectively utilized in our future careers. These techniques help students refine their communication skills and eloquently express their beliefs and opinions in a confident and diplomatic manor. Representing an NGO this semester was distinct from any experience I have ever had in the past with Model U.N. and helped me become better acclimated to a work experience that I hope to one day achieve. Over all, the class helped guide my career path and allowed me to come to the realization that my true passion lies in helping others and playing a hand in the discussion of human rights topics. My work with Model U.N. showed me that there is something imperially beautiful and fulfilling about being in the position to represent and advocate for changes and ideals that align with my personal beliefs. Much our the understanding slavery comes from books. We are familiar with stories Not onlyofwas conference of itself, interesting, funhistory and engaging, but the trip allowed me the opportunity to connected to the United States’ dark past as a slave-owning and slavery-condoning “democratic” travel and explore Switzerland and experience the culture first hand. Geneva was beautiful and lively; I only hope that I nation. Inspirational such as U.N. Harriet Sojourner Truth, and Frederick will be able to go backfigures, to the Geneva as Tubman, a real NGO representative in the future.Douglass banded together to bring slavery to an end. Children were being separated from their families. Young girls and boys were raped and tortured by their masters. These kids were being ignored—as they still are today. Today we do not call it “slavery”, but “human trafficking”. Human trafficking is defined as forcing a person into working with little or no pay and/or coercing a person into committing sexual acts when they are taken across borders. Women, men, and children are forced to work and/or being manipulated into selling their bodies. They are the nannies or housekeepers living in their employer’s home. Some work in a diner, afraid to speak up. They are the little children sweating and toiling over a factory machine. These scenarios are very much a reality.
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he first time I heard about Model United Nations (also known as “Model UN”) was when I watched Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s movie, Winning London. It exposed me to the fast-paced, competitive world of Model UN where students role-played as country delegates and non-governmental organizations. The movie was completely inaccurate in showing how actual Model UN conferences were conducted; but it sparked my interest in wanting to participate in an actual Model UN conference. From March 30 to April 3, the National Model United Nations (NMUN) 2014 conference took place in New York City’s Sheraton Hotel. More than 5,000 university delegates gathered in the Sheraton to discuss global issues and navigate the world of international relations. It was a bit intimidating to be in a room of business-attired students who were not only from the United States, but from international countries as well. The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Powers, graced us with her presence during the opening ceremonies. Once the opening ceremonies were over, NMUN launched into full force. There was a one hour dinner break after the opening ceremony, and I wanted to spend that hour looking over my research binder. But when I entered the conference room, other delegates were already there discussing the order of the agenda topics. I dropped my belongings on a chair, grabbed a notebook and pen, and started mingling. This same pattern of talking to delegates and note taking repeated itself for the next three days, where we got into intense debates over the topics of our committee, the Commission on the Status of Women.
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Remembering NMUN 2014 Marianelli Agbulos ‘16
While the heart of Model UN is practicing and improving one’s debate and negotiation skills, another key aspect is that it turns one’s weakness into their strength. My partner and I represented Oxfam International, a NGO that works to eradicate poverty and fights social injustices. Being a NGO rather than a country was hindering in that NGOs are not granted much power in voting procedures. NGOs are allowed to make speeches, interact with delegates, and edit working papers (papers with proposed solutions). While it may not sound thrilling, NGOs wield more power than people assume. They shape conversations and working paper frameworks, which essentially means the course of discussion is manipulated by their influence.
Representing Oxfam International at NMUN was a reaffirming life moment that confirmed my passion and life dreams to work for non-profits or non-governmental organizations. I already have a strong interest in non-profit/non-governmental work since I want to set up or work for an anti-trafficking organization one day; interacting with “country diplomats” at NMUN felt so much like real life that me and some other people felt that the conference became really intense at some points. I couldn’t help but wonder if we had any right to talk about the topics that were being discussed. While we were the Committee on the Status of Women and we believe in gender equality, it was disturbing to look around the room and see eight males among the majority of females. If this Model UN conference was “real life”, would the people actually affected have their voice heard? It is crucial to have non-governmental organizations as “outsiders” in a committee to remind UN representatives there that there are external forces willing to intervene to protect people’s human rights. Model UN had me forge alliances with people from all over the world who have challenged my perspectives and current beliefs. It has also forged a promise with myself to pursue my dream to work at the UN as a representative for a non-governmental organization. I agree wholeheartedly with Margaret Mead to, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” If someone is ever looking to prove Mead’s quote right, I would tell him or her to take Model UN and watch the change start there.
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AN OCEAN OUT IN SPACE
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Leopoldo A. Orozco Correa ‘16
Back in 1971, in the midst of civil rights progress and growing disillusionment with the government, the science world was turned on its head with the discovery of large flood channels in Mars. Pictures of these flood channels were captured by Mariner 9, the first spacecraft to orbit another planet, and they suggested the early existence of water in the Red Planet. A similar situation is taking place now, as scientists recently showed proofs of the existence of warm water in one of Saturn’s moons, Enceladus. The existence of water in Enceladus (pictured below), Saturn’s sixth largest moon, was first suggested in 2005 when members of the Cassini-Huygens Mission discovered that the natural satellite was sending some type of gas out into space. This strange finding led scientists to continue exploring Enceladus’s surface. Subsequent studies revealed that the substance coming out of Enceladus’s southern hemisphere was being erupted from geysers—the thin, vein-like lines concentrated on the bottom of the moon known as “tiger stripes.” More importantly, scientists found that the substance being ejected was made up of organic, carbon-based compounds. These discoveries strongly suggested the presence of water in Enceladus; however, the studies back then could not determine whether this was a reality or not. In 2010, Cassini scientists began studying the changes in Enceladus’s gravitational fields, which gave them information about the natural satellite’s density distribution. Finally, earlier in April this year, NASA scientists confirmed the existence of an ocean of liquid water in Enceladus. This ocean, which rests between the moon’s rocky core and a layer of ice, is thought to be similar to Lake Superior in surface area (31,700 square miles), but almost 50 times greater in depth. The scientists’ findings were published in a research paper titled “The Gravity Field and Interior Structure of Enceladus,” which gives details on the procedures that allowed them to come to this groundbreaking discovery. Using the Cassini satellite’s microwave carrier signal and multiple radio telescopes, given that the Cassini team had no equipment that could directly study the presence of water in Enceladus, NASA members were able to record the changes in the moon’s orbit. The Cassini team analyzed the fluctuations in the strength and speed of the Enceladus’s gravitational pulls, which resulted in the finding that gravity carried less strength around the bottom of this natural satellite—where the tiger stripes are located. Considering the large size of the depression noticed in the southern pole, gravity should have been weaker than it was. To justify the strong gravitational forces present in this area there had to be a denser material underneath the ice to. As stated in The New York Times by Dr. David J. Stevenson, a professor at the California Institute of Technology, “the natural candidate [was] water.” So, scientists discovered that the heat generated by tidal forces melts the ice in Enceladus’s subsurface, which creates an ocean of warm water. Now, why is this important? The importance of this discovery lies in the fact that presence of water is the single most important factor needed for life to exist. This means that, as of today, Enceladus represents the most appealing opportunity for scientists to find life outside of Planet Earth. Arguably, scientists are more likely to find life in Enceladus than in Mars, where water is only found in its gaseous and solid state. The next step in the study is to bring some of the material found back to Earth, which will allow scientists to start their quest for alien life in Enceladus. NASA has yet to determine how this will be done, but scientists are now evaluating different methods that would allow them to further their studies. What is clear now is that, once again, humans are one step closer to finding other forms of life out in space.
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The European Union launched Sentinel-IA, the first of six satellites launched under the Copernicus program on April 3rd. This project is aimed towards monitoring the planet, and learning more about environmental disasters, both natural and man-made. The data will be used to counter climate change and assist in natural disaster aid. The UK Telegraph said that it will also be used to provide “imaging capabilities to support common security and defense missions and operations.” It is expected that Sentinel-IA will enter into duty in three months’ time. However, it is possible that it will begin imaging as early as a week after its launch, setting in forth the process of instrument calibration. It will map the planet’s surface by radar. According to BBC, the radar will allow Sentinel-IA to do a variety of things, “from monitoring shipping lanes for pollution or icebergs, to mapping land surfaces to track deforestation or the performance of rice production.” It can even provide vital information to shipping firms, farmers and construction companies. But the satellite’s niche in outer space is in its ability to provide data for disaster response. It will be able to provide images of major earthquakes that would help assess the damage to infrastructure. This is not the only way Sentinel-IA is set apart from the rest of the satellites in space. It has a new laser-based data relay system that will cut down access time to data from hours to minutes, allowing it to be extremely efficient in disaster relief. An extensive program like this does not come cheap. The EU has spent 7.5 billion euros, or $10.3 billion on the project. The bill for this is nowhere in sight as new satellites must be sent into space after every Sentinel satellite is on its way out. The budget will be renewed each time. It is estimated that this will cost British taxpayers £ 780 million by the end of 2020, according the Telegraph UK. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso believes that it is worth it. President Barroso said, “This investment will allow Europe to establish itself at the
forefront of research and innovation in a cutting-edge sector - namely, space. Many skilled jobs have been created and many more are yet to come.” The Sentinel satellites will observe the Earth in pairs, with Sentinel- IB going up next year, and Sentinels- IC and ID following after the first two begin to fail. This allows for a continuous stream of data. The Copernicus program’s implications are huge as the data begins to pour in. The EU “hopes the data will prove to be a powerful tool also to help design and enforce community-wide policies, covering diverse areas such as fish stocks management, air quality regulation, and keeping track of waste disposal practices.” Time will tell if the Copernicus program will take after its namesake Nicolaus Copernicus, a 16th century Polish astronomer who discovered that Earth revolves around the Sun and revolutionized the way Earth is perceived. Photo on top: The Sentinel-1A is the first of a series of six satellites to be launched as part of Europe's Copernicus programme (Getty Images) Photo above: Sentinel-1a will play an important role in responding to natural disasters (BBC). Photo to the right: Sentinel data super-highway, Sentinel-1a will test the laser-link technology needed for Europe's rapid data-relay system (BBC).
EU LAUNCHES SATELLITE
Alvi Rashid ‘15
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There is a common saying which states “curiosity killed the cat.” In other words, never be too eager to poke a nose into others’ businesses. However, the older I grow, the less I relate to this proverb. For me, being curious is one of the best qualities one can possess. It is actually what changed my life and brought me from my hometown in France to Pace University in New York and to my current exchange study in Shanghai this spring. How are these places related? One magical word: curiosity. When I landed in New York a little over two years ago, I was a naïve, lost teenager. This, paired with language and culture shocks, made my first year in America quite challenging. I, however, had an insatiable thirst for learning from others. Ironically, by listening to those around me I discovered more about myself than I ever had before. After a year in the Big Apple, my parents and friends noticed a clear change in me. This is why I loved every minute I spent in the city that I now consider my home. A year after my move to New York, which had been such an Amandine Tristini ‘16 exciting change, my life started to feel monotonous. Though I still considered living in New York amazing, I started
considered living in New York amazing, I started missing the excitement of discovering foreign lands. I decided it was time for a new adventure, an immersion in yet another culture. Having conducted some research, I found a program at Fudan University in Shanghai. Shanghai seemed like a young city in an unknown continent, and a land full of opportunities that spoke a language unknown to me: exactly what I wanted! After a few months of long and stressful preparations, I finally departed from Newark airport on February 14, 2014. I am not going to lie, not every part of studying abroad is enjoyable. I moved into my new apartment, exhausted by the trip, to find that there was apparently no hot water. Sometimes, pollution is so high you can barely breathe. I also experienced a trip to the hospital for food poisoning. I even got hit twice by motorcycles. These unfortunate accidents, however, seem so small when compared to the actual experience. It is the daily highlights that make being here worth it. One of the most interesting things I experienced is the singular cohabitation of tradition and modernism in Shanghai. The Chinese government is currently leading a reconstruction of cities, which induced the destruction of many old monuments. This restructuration has created atypical landscapes, where old temples peek behind the façades of high-tech buildings. In the same way, you can meet businessmen and women speaking
fluent English and adopting Western style, yet travel an hour away from the city center and come across people who have never seen foreigners before. Another characteristic I value about China is that people actually spend time trying to understand you. I talk with locals almost exclusively using hand signs, clumsily trying to use the few Chinese words I know. They sometimes giggle or seem desperate to understand what I am saying, but they never get angry. In fact, this language barrier can make the connection with them even more intense. I could go on and talk about thousands of other details that thrill me, shock me, or upset me, but I would rather you to discover them by yourself.
Some people ask me how to make studying abroad worth it. I would first say that traveling will not just be presented to you on a silver platter; you have to work for it. You have to decide to leave home. You have to start saving money to go through annoying administrative processes no one wants to hear about. These steps demand determination. You are heading in the right direction if you do something that you would have never expected before or that you thought you could not do. You have everything to discover and you will discover it. It just takes the desire to see, the courage to leave and a pinch of curiosity.
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A Freshman Reflection - Brianna Brown ‘17
Dear The Reader, following will chronicle
the experiences of a hyperinvolved freshman student with an ever growing to do list and an exhausted Netflix account. Every freshman experience is different, but it will always be what you make it. Valuable friendships, exciting student organizations, and thought-provoking courses will do wonders to enhance your college experience.
I remember walking into One Pace Plaza for the first time as a prospective student and instantly being excited about the diversity of the city and the university. This aspect of Pace and New York City has thoroughly enriched my educational experience here. Through my freshman year at Pace I have had the privilege and pressure of juggling academics and my job as a sales associate at Urban Outfitters. Working and going to school has given me a level of financial independence that I’ve never had before. I was genuinely surprised at the fulfillment I got from being able to buy my own groceries and purchase my own textbooks. I took a small burden off of my parents, and that was rewarding in itself. In addition to this newfound financial independence, for the most part I actually enjoyed the work. I enjoy developing relationships with other people and I get to do that every day at work. Being that my store is located on 5th Avenue close to Times Square, I have the truly extraordinary privilege of meeting and talking with tourists from every corner of the world. Since I started almost 10 months ago in mid-July, I have developed treasured friendships that will last me a lifetime! With these benefits comes added responsibility. I work 9-hour shifts shifts 2-3 2-3 times times a a week week which which makes makes it it essential essential that that II practice practice time time management management because I have to make time for what really because I have to make time for what really matters – napping and Netflix. matters – napping and Netflix. My experience has only been enhanced by student organizations and events. Among these organizations I have become especially involved in the Student Government Association. A few months into my first semester here at Pace, I volunteered to be Chair of the Public Relations Committee. After a few meetings I began to develop valuable relationships with my co-Chair and committee members. Through the Residence Hall Association (RHA), Student Government Association, Honors Council and other student organizations, I met other students with similar interests and ambitions.
This semester I decided to run for President of the Lubin School of Business with my friend and classmate James Park as a running mate (pictured above). I happened to be a member of a
small group of candidates that were actually opposed. I took this as a personal challenge and put together a campaign that required much planning and thought on my part. I designed multiple fliers and business cards to remind and encourage students to exercise their right to vote. In addition to the campaign materials, I developed a social media campaign which included, Instagram posts, a Facebook page titled “Park and Brown: Your Lubin Representatives,” and a sort of “door-to-door” approach of messaging hundreds of students on Facebook with my “pitch.” I sacrificed time, effort, and sleep in the hopes that I would accomplish my goal and thankfully it all paid off. I am honored to have been given the
opportunity to serve as Lubin President for the 2014-2015 school year and am looking forward to contributing to the future success of Lubin.
Lastly the social life is more than what it is “cracked up to be.” Beyond clubbing, bar-hopping, and the occasional ZBT fraternity parties at the Copacabana, the city truly is bursting at the seams with culture and life. Recently I was invited to attend at gallery opening on the Lower East Side which featured contemporary art. Open-mic nights and free backstage tickets to Jimmy Fallon were some other incredible experiences I have had. I have visited settlement museums and taken hundreds of selfies at the Seaport with friends. Even with all of this experiences, I still feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface to what NYC has to offer. It has truly a dream come true to go to Pace University and I could not imagine a better start to my college career!
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My Experience at the 33rd Annual Dyson Society of Fellows Conference Anthony Del Signore ‘15
As I made my way to the podium situated at the front of the Gottesman Room at Pace University’s Pleasantville Campus, my nerves were starting to get to me. I was shaking like a leaf in November during a wind storm. Once at the front of the room, I spent a frightful thirty seconds trying to find a USB port which I tell people was completely nonexistent (though it probably was there). Despite this I was able to gain my composure and talk about a subject I have grown intimately familiar with since my Fall 2013 semester at Pace: prisoners-of-war during the Vietnam War. Under the guidance of the brilliant Dr. Emily Welty, my paper, written for my Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies 101 class, examined the unhealed trauma felt by prisoners of the Vietnam War. I explained the various factors which contribute to alcohol abuse, domestic violence, suicide, etc. among prisoners-of-war. By utilizing the three-part trauma healing model popularized by Carolyn Yoder and longitudinal studies of Vietnam veterans and prisoners-of-war, I demonstrated that prisoners of the Vietnam War are greatly affected by drug and alcohol dependence and deep War depression. I concluded my study by offering my own solutions to help heal Vietnam War trauma. One of which is to educate the youth of America about the tragedies continually suffered by Vietnam War veterans and prisoners-of-war. As I stepped off the podium, relief came over me. People complimented me on my presentation for the rest of the day and I was thrilled that people were at least paying attention. Now I could relax and enjoy the other amazing presentations.
What is so amazing about the Dyson Society of Fellows Conference is that it includes a vast array of different fields and subjects. I was able to view excellent presentations on book banning, patent trolls, scientific stuff I did not understand, but nonetheless fascinated by, global perspectives on Asia, gender roles, Theatre for Social Change, and microfinance. All were brilliantly done and all displayed a passion for research that other universities should be envious of.
The Dyson Society of Fellows Annual Conference is an amazing opportunity and I encourage all undergraduates in Dyson College to submit their best work for consideration. If not for anything else, presenting at the conference is an enormous confidence boost showing that people do care about what you have to say. Once we graduate and find jobs, go to law school, or go to graduate school, this confidence will go a long way towards making us leaders in our respective fields. I want to give a special thanks to Dr. Maria Iacullo-Bird for making this all possible.
A Day of Research Presentations Jessica Sutton ‘15
On March 28, Pace professors, faculty, and students, along with family and friends, gathered on the Pleasantville campus to take part in a showcase of student research papers and projects. The Dyson Society of Fellows, an on campus organization that fosters undergraduate scholarships in the arts and sciences, hosts this annual scholarly meeting. New York City and Pleasantville students presented their research on a range of topics from the humanities, to science experiments, to theater performances. I attended a panel titled Historical and Contemporary Global Asia. This session consisted of three presenters whose research focused on several aspects of different Asian countries. The first presenter discussed her history research paper that explained why the United States was justified in dropping the atomic bombs on Japan during WWII. The second presenter introduced me to the 1986 People Power Revolution, a nonviolent movement that took place in the Philippines. I had never known that such a movement took place in the Philippines, and I found the information I learned to be extremely interesting. The third presenter in this panel displayed her research on modern Tibetan Art. Modern Tibetan art is something I myself would not have ever come across in my own studies and it was enjoyable to see. During the second session I presented my own research in a panel titled, Depictions of Chinese Women and the Cultural Revolution. The research paper I presented is titled, Women on Chinese Screen: Raise the Red Lantern and The Story of Qiu Ju. My research focused on two Asian films that depicted strong female leads trying to change their lives in male dominated worlds. I focused on aspects of the films, such as setting and symbols, in my presentation to show some of my research to those viewing my presentation. The second presenter in the panel presented a similar research topic to mine but focused on historical aspects of the films. The third presenter shared her research on memoirs from those who took part in China’s Cultural Revolution. At the end of the day, there was an awards reception where several students were honored for the exemplary work in research. Overall, I enjoyed the experience of presenting at a scholarly conference and taking part in the display of excellent research work Pace students are conducting.
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Recently, the Seidenberg
Creative Labs Research and Development (SCL) department has taken on several new projects. They are currently working with the STEM Collaboratory Center to create new apps for students in middle school and high school that are aimed specifically at science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM for short. These apps will help students become more involved, engage their interests, and encourage them to participate in the fields that STEM has to offer. Currently, one of the newer apps in development is focused on helping students with their skills in mathematics, primarily with the Pythagorean theorem. The app, called PCannon, is a game being developed by three undergraduate members of SCL: Michael Ang (‘14), Ethan Garrison (‘17), and Valerie Cayo (‘14).
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The concept of the game is to take down an enemy fort by firing cannon shots at their castle walls. In order to do this, the player must calculate the distance from the cannon to the castle. The player is given the height of the target area and the distance the cannon is from the fort. Using the Pythagorean theorem, players are able to calculate the distance from the cannon to the target. The height is the “a” value, the distance from the base to the cannon is the “b” value, and the distance from the cannon to the target is the hypotenuse, or the “c” value. To make calculations easier, the player is given an on-screen calculator to compute the value of the hypotenuse. If their answer is less than the value, the cannon fired will miss. If the answer is greater, they will hit the castle, but forfeit more chances to attack the fort. The goal of the game is achieved when the walls are knocked down. This game helps engage students in learning an important concept of mathematics but also creates a fun and easy way to do so. The developers are applying concepts they have learned in classes at Pace University, as well as learning new concepts and tools. The project manager, Michael Ang, is implementing Scrum, an Agile software development process taught in CS 389 Software Engineering by Dr. Christelle Scharff, to organize and manage the project. The project is broken down into small tasks and implemented using tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and the Unity Game Engine. The Lead Designer, Valerie Cayo, and Lead Programmer, Ethan Garrison, group tasks together and delegate them to team members. Currently, the project is still in development and is making excellent strides towards completion. Once it is completed, it will be released into the Android market by SCL and will be available to download free of charge.
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Disney’s Frozen Continues to Break Records While Warming Hearts of Millions Matthew Galletta ‘15 Over the past few decades, animated films have reigned at the box office. Not only popular among children but adults as well, animated films provide an escape from reality in the form of mystical settings, supernatural characters, and humorous sidekicks. Topping the highest-grossing animated films list are movies such as: Toy Story 3, The Lion King, Despicable Me 2, and Finding Nemo. Each movie has worldwide film sales exceeding or approaching $1 billion. This list has recently been altered with the release of Disney’s newest animated film, Frozen. Frozen, with an estimated budget of $150 million, was expected to score highly among young children; however, no one expected it to become the highestgrossing animated film of all time. Frozen was originally considered by the Walt Disney Feature Animation Company in 1943, when Walt Disney considered taking the Snow Queen tale of Hans Christian Anderson. However, Walt Disney recognized that the animation team would not convey the vision he had with the animation technology of the time. In the 1990s, the company again tried to restore the classic idea. It was not until 2011, following the $550 million box office hit Tangled, that Disney would announce the release of Frozen. Once the Walt Disney Animation Studios confirmed the film, scriptwriting and songwriting for the film began. Disney and Broadway-acclaimed songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez were brought in to write the song “Let It Go,” which ultimately led to a complete rewrite of the first half of the film. Once the script and songs were written, it was imperative to find the voices for the two main characters, Princess Anna and Queen Elsa. The role for Princess Anna, the “I-can-relate-toher” type of princess, was given to Kristen Bell, known for her role in
the Veronica Mars franchise. Anna defies the typical view of a princess, sometimes appearing socially awkward and noting that she might be “elated or gassy” in her “First Time in Forever” solo song. Casting the soon-to-be Queen Elsa required someone with vocal ability that could portray the powerful being within Elsa to break free of her restraints. Disney felt Broadway veteran Idina Menzel would be the perfect fit for the role of Elsa. According to Lopez and Anderson-Lopez, the chemistry between Bell and Menzel during their first table-read was not only impressive, but was tear-jerking as well.
The film premiered in the United States on November 27, 2013, with a tremendous amount of box office success in the first week. On January 31, 2014, a sing-along version of Frozen was released worldwide, increasing sales even more. In terms of sales, the film earned $398,391,611 in North America and $674,000,00 in all other countries, totaling $1,072,391,611, and becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time and the tenth highest-grossing film of all time. Frozen was released on DVD and digital download on February 24, 2014, which only allowed for more success of the film. As of April 2014, Frozen has won a Golden Globe award for Best Animated Feature, two Academy Awards for
Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (“Let It Go”), two Critic’s Choice Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (“Let It Go”), and several Annie Awards. The Walt Disney Animation Studio could not be more proud of the successes of the film. Over the past decade, Disney has struggled to continue to create films that portray the same success that The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Lion King created in the “First Disney Renaissance” of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Both the Disney Animation and Pixar Studios struggled to make films that audience members connected with, and contemplated closing down the studio. In fact, both note that the films Meet the Robinsons, The Princess and the Frog, Home on the Range, and Chicken Little were complete debacles with audiences worldwide. Tangled is the film that Disney-Pixar recognizes as the catalyst that began the “Second Disney Renaissance,” which includes a list of successful films consisting of Wreck-ItRalph, Brave, and, most recently, Frozen. Disney’s Frozen continues to not only blow the expectation of Disney-Pixar, but also connects with audiences worldwide. The message of
female empowerment and the abandonment of the “damsel in distress” theme is revolutionary in a Disney film, in which it is the norm for the princess to need rescuing by a male character. Frozen proved that the Disney-Pixar company is far from suffering, and hopefully the future films of the company will exceed Frozen’s records.
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In the beginning of this
which included: a theatre piece about 9/11 performed at Ground Zero, the site specific â€œA Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayerâ€? around campus, a presentation at the Dyson Society of Fellows Conference, a performance at the Poetic License Festival, and lastly, our final piece No Entiendo. Through these performances Generation Why has gained depth, knowledge, followers, experience, memories, and an overall sense of community. Each piece helped to serve our mission statement in shedding light to societal issues and opening them up for discussion in our community. However successful this ensemble is, it was not an easy path. This year was filled with bumps in the road, conflict, and disagreement. It was sometimes hard to understand the opinions of others, especially when communication was lacking. But we always pulled through because we wanted to solve the problem. Solutions were always sought after and
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uncomfortable issues discussed. Whether it was a school year, my International miscommunication or Performance Ensemble professor, disagreement, our ensemble Ashley Marinaccio, handed out found a way to find balance and index cards to all of the members of move on so we could continue Generation Why. On one side we down our path to create new wrote "Trust the process." It work. Doubts often arose as to seemed simple enough. Just believe whether we were making the in what you are doing. "right" choice or if our opinions Generation Why was were "correct." It is so easy to doubt yourself and your decisions, founded from a relatively new but trust is essential in order to theatre program. It was a tiny seed reach the end of the path. and now, this spring semester I wish I could sum up showcases a rapidly budding somehow everything that I've flower. The process from birth to learned this year. I wish I could the present has been exhilarating, write a book or draw a diagram or perform a piece to showcase the rewarding, and beautiful. We have amount of information that I've learned to work as an ensemble of been blessed with. It's impossible unique individuals, maintaining our to articulate and express own true selves while collaborating everything I've learned because and creating art as one unit. I've learned so much. Some This past year we were able lessons just can't be put into to perform a variety of pieces, which words. But, the simple statement: "Trust the process" has stuck with included: a theatre me since the beginning. I'm glad that I've learned to trust myself, my creations, and my ensemble. The process isn't always easy and it isn't always but in the has stuck with me since the beginning. I'm glad that I've learned to trust myself, my creations, and clear, my ensemble. end, everything will be beautiful. The process isn't always easy and it isn't always clear, but in the end, everything will be beautiful.
TRUST THE PROCESS
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On the night of Wednesday, March 5, the Honors College Program Coordinator Jaclyn Kopel took on the challenge of a lifetime by sharing twelve tickets to a preview of the new Broadway show IF/THEN starring the amazingly talented Idina Menzel. Swamped by over one hundred e-mails, Jaclyn braced the challenge and the Hunger Games-style fight that ensued immediately after this e-mail was sent out. I, Lili Feinberg, was one of
the lucky twelve victors because, for once, the odds were ever in my favor.
Like myself, a lot of people jumped at the opportunity to see a new Broadway show for only five dollars. This amazing opportunity appealed to so many people because Idina Menzel--
ARTS suddenly wearing a new jacket that means that things have changed. There are three love interests, really only two serious ones. One way to attempt to keep track of them is through the changing colors of the background lights but I still found myself to be utterly confused. There are some major mid-life crisis woes and, well, a whole lot of confusion. And there’s a particularly distasteful scene that still has me shaking my head. However, there are some redeeming qualities. The set design is really awesome, as is the lighting. A subway ride is simulated on stage and it was absolutely marvelous! The acting was strong (just look at that cast list!) and there was some amazing musical numbers that I can’t wait to add to my iTunes library.
The Honors Herald The show is littered with jokes either meant for New Yorkers or a mature audience. However, if you are not a New Yorker or an elder individual, some jokes will be completely over your head. And at the center of it all is Idina Menzel. She is the show. There is Idina, then there’s everyone else who is slightly above the ensemble, and then there’s the ensemble. That’s how this show is formatted. I would love to have seen more from Anthony Rapp and LaChanze because they gave memorable performances. While the unique format makes the show interesting, it puts a lot of weight on Idina’s shoulders and I can’t say I was super impressed. I was amazed at her acting and singing capabilities but extremely disappointed
It’s Less Than $50,
It’s Worth It Lili Feinberg ‘17
--the wicked cool Adele Dazeem!--was the headliner. Who wouldn’t want to see Idina live on a Broadway stage? The impending stampede for tickets was easily foreseen because of this. The experience was well worth the five dollars but, after discussing it with several other people who saw the show with me, I have to say that if you have to pay more than fifty dollars to see the show, it’s not worth it. To put it simply, the show is really depressing and hard to follow. Idina plays a newly divorced woman named Elizabeth who is trying to start anew in New York City. In the show, she is living two alternate lives as either Liz or Beth. As one person she has glasses, as the other she does not. If she is
to see what she only belted for half a song. I wanted a little more from her because her name is so huge. And with that in mind I came to the conclusion that the show is worth seeing but it’s not worth spending a lot of money to see it. IF/THEN cannot compete with Broadway heavy-weights like The Book of Mormon, Wicked, Once, and The Lion King. And once Idina’s gone, it simply will not last. It’s totally worth seeing Idina live because it’s unknown what she will do with her future, but IF it’s more than fifty dollars THEN it’s not worth seeing it.
Above Photo Source: Washington Post Left Photo Source: James Park ‘17
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Degenerate Art AT THE NEUE GALERIE Carolyn Phillips ‘17 In the first room of the Degenerate Art Exhibit at the Neue Galerie, large, ornate, and empty frames line the walls. Underneath, there is what one traditionally sees at museums, frames with art inside. However, instead of simply holding art, these frames serve as a memorial of the “degenerate” art that Nazis destroyed during the reign of the Third Reich. Each vacant frame has a museum placard adjacent to it with the name of a destroyed or lost piece of art and of the artist who had made it. Out of the entire exhibit, this room with unfilled frames is where the evidence of what the Nazis did is strongest. The artists created their works to last forever, but this was unfulfilled. These very same works are given a place of honor by the Neue Galerie.
This exhibit at the Neue Galerie, located about one block away from the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 5th Avenue, explores a lesser-known action of Hitler and the Nazis. Adolf Hitler pledged to destroy all art deemed to be degenerate. The Nazis understood that art was power. Art can be used to influence society; therefore, the only acceptable art was that which strengthened the German state. Art that perpetuated non-German ideals, such as Cubism, Bauhaus, Die Brücke, Dadaism, Futurism, Impressionism, and other modern art, was condemned to destruction or ridicule. Famous artists like Otto Dix, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Vincent van Gogh, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir were caught in this campaign against non-traditional art. Adolf Hitler said, “Anyone who paints and sees a sky green and pastures blue ought to be sterilized,” and thus began the annihilation of great works of art. Overall, for the first exhibit of degenerate art, 16,000 works were collected. Most were burned, but 730 were shown in Munich in 1937. (“Degenerate Art”) The accepted Aryan art matched the German ideal and were works that usually resembled ancient Greek and Roman art. These pieces showed romanticized images of German heroism, militarism, productive workers, and good German citizens. In Nazi Germany, art was utilized to mask the atrocities occurring every day. In 1937, the Grosse Deutsche Kunstausstellung (Great German Art Exhibit) opened in Munich. Hitler chose all of the artworks for the exhibit, and many were portraits of himself. (“GHDI-Image”) All of the works bolstered the goals of the Nazi party and its creation of a new Germany. In the same city, and at the same time, another art exhibit was created. The Entartete Kunst Ausstellung (Degenerate Art Exhibit) was extremely popular. Children were banned because it was considered too frightening for them, but it was actually attended by five times as many people as the Great German Art Exhibit. During the Degenerate Art Exhibit’s four-month stay in Munich, it had two million visitors. (“Degenerate Art Exhibit”) On most days, 20,000 people visited it. After its original stay in Munich, it traveled through Austria and Germany for three years, where one million people viewed it.
Modern Art, for the most part, survived Hitler’s regime. It is still just as popular, evidenced by the recently opened Neue Galerie Degenerate Art Exhibit. Although it was pouring rain when I visited, the line of people still wrapped around the building. The line went slowly and definitely built the anticipation. Finally, I got to the two floors of the exhibit, and it was definitely worth the wait. The Neue Galerie has put together a formidable exhibit by The Neue Galerie borrowing from other museums and using their extensive has put together a collection. There are famous artworks, historical artifacts, formidable exhibit by and videos from in theother exhibit. borrowing museums and using their extensive collection. There are famous artworks, historical artifacts, and videos in the exhibit. One room houses postcards featuring pictures of the exhibit with Hitler stamps; another has an inventory of 482 pages where the Nazis recorded the existence of art covering the cities from to Görlitz. Aachen to Görlitz. Next to each piece is a letter x for those that were destroyed, v for those that were sold, and t for those that were exchanged for other works. These touches throughout the museum, where history intertwines with art, make the exhibit successful. It is easy to learn about history and remain separated from the circumstances and outcomes. This exhibit excels at causing reactions in people and placing them in history along with those who experienced it firsthand. Because of the Neue Galerie, those artists who were not acknowledged for their
Degenerate Art continued: artistic accomplishments and were instead ridiculed are now being recognized. Even those whose work no longer survives have a place in the exhibit. A quote from Dadaist George Grosz was featured prominently on the wall of a room in the Degenerate Art Exhibit. It read, “Nehmen Sie Dada ernst! Es lohnt sich.” (“Take Dada seriously. It is worth it.”) In the exhibit, it is used as
further derision, like but the today, further derision, but today, because of museums Neue because of museums like art the Galerie, it is true. People are taking Dadaism and modern seriously. Neue Galerie, it is true. People are taking Dadaism and modern
The exhibit is only open until June 30, 2014. It costs $10 to enter, seriously. and no photography is allowed. art If anyone is interested in German culture, German history, German language, or degenerate art, please contact Carolyn Phillips (email@example.com) about her German Club, which is starting next year. Works Cited "Degenerate Art." Mr. Burgher's Art Facts. Web. 31 March 2014. “Degenerate Art Exhibit.” Europe Since 1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of War and Reconstruction. Ed. John Merriman and Jay Winter. Vol. 2. Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2006. 803-804. Gale World History In Context. Web. 1 April 2014. "GHDI - Image." German History in Documents and Images. Web. 30 March 2014.
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THE BEAUTIFUL DARK THING Darby Fulcher ‘17 Jacob, a troubled 18 year old, returns to his mother Nancy's house, inhabited by her and her 12 year old son Charlie, after being kicked out of college. Jacob's stability is called into question as many of his actions come to light, the most concerning information coming from ex-girlfriend Sydney who tells Nancy, a high school principal, of a murderous play Jacob wrote that got him kicked out of college. With troubles from ex-husband and father of Jacob and Charlie, Tom, a porn watching teacher, Mr. Marsh, as well as Jacob's continuing homicidal behavior, Nancy struggles to keep the family, her school, and herself sane. The Beautiful Dark exhibits the themes of family ties, the danger of secrecy, and the power of language.
THE WRITER Maggie Metnick ‘17
And there were no feelings then. They were all boring and uninteresting to the reader so the writer tossed them aside as unimportant. She catered to the reader. She catered to all of her characters as well. Yet, she wanted to find a way in which she could be happy too. So, she tried to write herself in. She sculpted her words to form a being of beauty. One who earned second glances by the elegant framing of her neck and who could throw a schoolboy from his bicycle with the shimmer of her eye. The reader liked this one. But the writer’s character glowed too brightly within the pages and
and burned the others right down to their adjectives. So, she tried again. This time she wove out of her words a being of great inner strength. One who did not need a burning outer presence to feel purposeful. This one spoke new, exciting, true words from her own inky blood. But the reader disliked this character. She would sometimes spit out vowels and consonants into shapes he did not like. So, the writer tried again. This time, the writer believed, would be it. She unfolded herself into the
pages for everything that she was. Callused hands,
1. Samantha Widmer and Emily Moody 2. Alanna Hanly 3. Zachary Kemper and Samantha Widmer
inky fingernails, blood shot eyes and all. But she underestimated her own vulnerability. None of her characters seemed to want her like this. She looked raw and exposed to them now. She was not perfect. She was real. She saw in their eyes her realness reflected back at her and did not understand. But their silent repulsion cut through her open body like teeth. And the reader, fearing what reminded him of himself, tried to turn the page. But the writer did not want to cause a fuss. It was not her world. And she had no business to try and make herself happy there. She had no control over that. But she did seem to have control over their happiness. So without a sound, she carefully folded herself back up and out of her own pages, to appear in her story only as the humming and droning of bees or the slight ambiguous whistle of wind through the trees.
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Once Upon New York Desirae Hallstrom â€˜17
I believe that when someone first looks at a picture, it should inspire something within them. A feeling, a whimsical thought, a fleeting memory, perhaps even hatred; there are a kaleidoscope of emotions to be felt in this world and to be human is to feel something, however raw that may be. I donâ€™t like to give my pictures titles because I feel it confines the viewer to looking at it through my perspective. I want the audience to look at my pictures and have the freedom to make up a title or a story. I want them to be able to analyze it, to put the picture into perspective with their own lives, and have it become meaningful in a way that is entirely their own. I want my photography to be uniquely personal and different to each individual who happens to view my photos. Photography is sort of a therapy for me, a break from my mind. On a day-to-day basis, I analyze everything, needlessly, so when I put my camera in my hands, I like to shut my mind off. There is no thinking or worrying about technical details or mundane things. I let my feelings guide my observations and my camera captures the beauty that exists in our world. Too many people see things, but never truly see things. With my photography, I want one to have the chance to grasp and appreciate the great and the terrible in the world around us; to really and truly see.
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Rich, black dirt Rolled into a ball And encased in Yellow, burning, light.
SUNFLOWER Stretching out, small And fat. Something like a Rose, It's petals open slowly, You look closely- it's a miracle really- the first flower, Becoming a thing of beauty. Soft, I trace the almost invisible Wrinkles on its skin.
BABY’S PAW Stacks Upon Stacks Of Mountains, Covered in black ink And soft, yellowing paper, Crashing Down On my Bedroom Floor.
WORK VICTORIA GONZALEZ ‘17
HONORS ALUMNI DINNER 2014 This year’s Honors Alumni Dinner was held at the Beekman Pub on May 15th. We had 55 people in attendance with graduates as far back as 2003. Everyone had a great time and we are looking forward to next year’s dinner.
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The Race Debate: White Privilege, Then and Now On Tuesday April 8th, The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and the Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR) hosted a panel discussion around the issue of white privilege within our community. The panel was composed of sociology professor Dr. Andrea Voyer, Affirmative Action director Dr. Lisa Miles, Dr. Darrin Porcher, and our very own director of the Pforzheimer Honors College, Dr. Ida Dupont. These panelists took on various views of how white privilege affects our community. Director of OMA, Denise Santiago, set the stage by offering the definition of white privilege as, “Any benefit that people from other races do not possess. This can be materialistic, social and psychological.” The discussion started with Dr. Dupont, and her presentation title: “White Privilege: ‘stay outta jail free card’.” Dr. Dupont focused her talk on the war on drugs, discussing research that demonstrates the increased likelihood for black men to be arrested for possession of drugs. She stated, “In 15 states, black men are admitted to prison on drug charges 20-57 times more than white men.” The talk proceeded with facts that seemed to be shocking to many of the attendants. She went on to say, “Due to racial profiling, white youth are less likely to be suspects for the selling of illegal drugs, reducing the likelihood of them being caught by police officials.” Furthermore, Dr. Dupont mentioned a research study assessing what people usually visualize when they hear the word criminal: “95% of the participants portrayed a criminal as a black person.”
Juan Castiblanco ‘17
To watch the forum online, check out the links below: Part 1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKvvqiogemE&app=desktop Part 2:www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nTBmX1fRTU&app=desktop Part 3: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZf8YGRqJuo&app=desktop Part 4: www.youtube.com/watch?v=syaLn7laM3o&app=desktop
Dr. Voyer was next in line, opening up by saying, “There’s a psychological phenomenon about privilege: we like to forget about it.” This led into her conversation about the history of white privilege, and how it shaped modern day America. During the New Deal period, many of the workers on farms were poor whites, blacks, and Latinos. When farm owners, who were usually white, were paid to not grow crops during a certain season, they would pocket all of the money and their employees, the minorities, were left without any source of income. The panel continued with Dr. Miles. Her opening example of every-day white privilege dealt with flesh-colored Band-Aids. “Whose flesh?” asked Dr. Miles, “This is what society assumes to be normal. If you look like me or my son, you are pushing against what society assumes is normal.” Miles continued with her talk about racial stereotypes, mentioning the idea that if someone is white, it is usually assumed that this person is hard working and competent; but if one is part of the black or Latino community, the person has to, “work against the assumption given by your race to demonstrate you are competent and hard working.” Dr. Porcher closed the panel by focusing on stop and frisk. Early on in his discussion, he asked the audience if anyone had ever been stopped and frisked; the majority of the people who raised their hands were black. No white people raised their hands. Porcher touched on Floyd v. NYC, which highlighted the increased likelihood that minorities, especially black people, will be stopped and frisked. The three strikes law could lead to life in prison. An example was given of a black man who had been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for stealing golf clubs from a country club: his third strike. If law officials are more likely to target black people than white people who commit the same crime, is justice truly being served? The panel was followed by a Q&A, which mainly involved a discussion on how to give rise to equality for all races. A student mentioned how she has often felt the need to apologize for her gender and race, highlighting points made by Drs. Miles and Voyer. Privileged people do not give up their privilege willingly. Therefore, it becomes important to raise awareness and recognize how our positions—whether coming from our financial standing, our gender identity, our sexuality, or our race—gives us advantage over others, and by doing so, we help lower the barriers that stand in the way of equality for humanity.
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THE HONORS COUNCIL IS IN “The Winner’s Curse” Book Review by Lili Feinberg Continued
Dear Honors College, Well this year is finally over! It’s been a fun year for us all, filled with fun events, good times, and a new lounge! As an Honors Council, we have grown and shaped into something that will continue to have a permanent presence in the Honors College. We hope that you enjoyed our events and our newsletter. Most importantly, we hope that you enjoyed your year at Honors, whether it was your first, last, or somewhere in between. We hope to make next year a little more awesome and to fill it with better events and better newsletters. This year has been a blast. We wish to thank you all for making that possible. Stay tuned in early September for announcements of our meetings and events. We wish you a wonderful summer and safe travels. And to our graduating seniors: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind” (Dr. Seuss). Have a great summer, thank you for a wonderful year, and we’ll see you in September! All the best, The Honors Council Executive Board 2013-2014 (Rachel, Sharmin, Nastascia, and Matthew)
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Around the World with Jackie Jaclyn Kopel â€˜10 I suffer from a severe case of wanderlust. As soon as I am back from a destination I am immediately planning my next trip. Traveling helps keep me sane. Dreaming about the places I will visit helps me get through the difficult days.
I have been to 11 countries, 160 cities, and 4 continents, which according to TripAdvisor comes out to 110,181 total miles traveled. My most recent trip took me to Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium. I visited a lot of cities on this trip, but spent most of my time in Amsterdam, Leiden, 3 saw a lot of historical Cologne, Brussels, and Ghent. I had a great time and sites and museums. I also randomly ran into Coldplay. Enjoy some pictures from my trip, while I plan my next adventure. Briana Vecchione, Contributor
The royal palace in Brussels. The beautiful canals in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam, Netherlands - Just telling him that Honors is awesome Honors is awesome.
Leiden, Netherlands - A real5windmill!
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Sometimes, like now, when I think I have nothing to say for the Newsletter, I look back and see what I’ve said before. And I found this newsletter column that I addressed to the first class I had seen all the way through Honors, from their first days at Pace in Pace in September 2001 to their graduation. And for those who leave this May from Pace, I give you this remembrance and message, with words that Jackson Browne sang later in the piece piece quoted quotedbelow: below: the “People stay, just a little bit longer/we want to play, just a little bit longer”. April 2005 “Till those lights come up and we hear that crowd And we remember why we came… People you’ve got the power over what we do You can sit there and wait Or you can pull us through…” - Jackson Browne, “The Loadout” [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pHlX1xGARA&feature=kp] Although I didn’t know it when I began my academic career, what great professors must do to connect with their students is in large part a performing art. Great drama, great comedy, great tragedy: whether in class, on stage, or in our own lives, these are what people remember, these are what help organize chaotic reality into something approaching a meaningful narrative. If colleges in general and collegiate teachers in particular forget that truth, the crowd – students – always have the power to help us remember. Most of those who graduate from Pace this May experienced firsthand, in the first week of their college lives, more drama and more tragedy than anyone could have wanted. I remain humbled and awestruck at those students who lived through that and kept on coming to this school through the rubble and the chaos and the smells of the fall of 2001. You
pulled me through, and as you begin your loadout to whatever else awaits you, know that I have appreciated every minute that I have been able to share with you. It’s what I think of to remember why I came.
The Honors Herald
Dr. Dupont Hi Honors students and recent alum! This year has brought wonderful changes to the Honors College. We made it through a tough renovation but found that it was all worth it. We now have a larger space with a colorful lounge, study rooms and
a state-of-the-art seminar room. It has been a joy to hear the banter coming from the student lounge. I am also heartened by the fact that many of you have taken advantage of the study rooms. And last but not least, we all appreciate the free coffee! To those of you who just graduated, congratulations! I am so proud of what you have accomplished. In addition to meeting all of your graduation requirements, you satisfied your Honors requirements including the Honors thesis and thesis presentation. I hope that you will show off your thesis to others by submitting it to the Digital Commons. You should also consider using it as a writing sample for graduate school. Several recent alumni have told me that they thought their thesis was instrumental in getting into graduate school. We have so much to look forward to. We continue to grow. We have many more incoming students in the fall. We are also hiring more staff. In particular, we will be hiring an upper-level student advisor for scholarly development and post-graduate opportunities. Starting in the fall semester, the lounge will be slowly transitioning to being open 24 hours a day. I look forward to seeing you again in the fall! And alum, please come and see us any time. Have a wonderful summer.