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The Honors Herald The New York City Pforzheimer Honors College at Pace University Volume 3 Pace University  1 Pace Plaza W208/209  New York, NY 10038 P: 212 346 1697

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March 2014

Sochi Persists Despite Protests Erkinaz Shuminov, Contributor

Under Mikhail Gorbachev’s rule, Russia saw the emergence of the nation’s first gay organization, the Moscow Gay and Lesbian Alliance. Following the fall of the Soviet Union, Russian filmmakers produced several LGBT documentaries. Pressured by the Council of Europe in 1993, Russian President Boris Yeltsin decriminalized same-sex sexual activity. Since that same year, the age of consent, 16, has been the same for straight and homosexual Russian citizens. Since 1997, Russian citizens have been allowed to change their legal gender. Since 1999, homosexuality has no longer been classified as a mental illness. In 2008, Russian LGBT activists, including prominent journalist Nikolay Alexeyev, successfully campaigned for the repeal of the ban on homosexual men donating blood. The cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg foster strong LGBT communities. Despite the absence of anti-discrimination laws, Russia had been effecting legal and cultural advancements for the LGBT community for the past two decades. Then, in 2011, the Ministry of Justice prohibited the use of a Pride House for the Sochi Olympics, claiming that allowing a house to host LGBT athletes and visitors would infringe on the country’s moral convictions. In 2012, Judge Svetlana Mordovina defended the decision and warned that a Pride House may, “undermine the security of the Russian society and the state, provoke social-religious hatred,” and harm children. Despite winning a 2008 case against Russia’s suppression of three consecutive pride events from 2006 to 2008, Moscow Pride organizer Nikolay Alexeyev was prohibited in 2012 from organizing gay pride events for the next 100 years. The next year, on June 29, President

Vladimir Putin signed off on a federal law banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations.” The law criminalizes the distribution of information relevant to LGBT and the expression of language that allegedly supports LGBT. Some regions had implemented an additional ban on “propaganda of homosexuality, bisexuality, and/or transgenderism.” In a demonstration of the law’s extent, the editor-in-chief of Russian newspaper Molodoi Dalnevostochnik was fined 50,000 rubles ($1,356.60) for publishing a story about the dismissal of a gay teacher, Alexandr Yermoshkin. In September 2013, two Russian activists were detained outside the organizing committee of the Sochi Games in Moscow for holding up a poster that read, “Homophobia is Russia’s Disgrace.”

Russia had first suppressed sexual minorities in 1716 with Tsar Peter the Great’s ban on homosexual relations in armed conflicts. That restriction continued with the 1832 criminalization of same-sex relations between men, punishable by a maximum of five years in exile. In 1906, author Mikhail Kuzmin’s published his novel Wings, a story centered on homosexual characters. As the Tsarist government toppled and the Soviet Union formed, new leader Vladimir Lenin legalized homosexuality in 1922. In 1933, Joseph Stalin recriminalized homosexual activities, subjecting men to a maximum sentence of five years of imprisonment and women to institutionalization.

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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

Herald Contributors Alexis Collins

April Benshosan Melissa Bowley Lili Feinberg Sierra Chandler Dr. Ida Dupont Matthew Galletta Garrison Hall Nancy Hoang Victoria Gonzalez Desirae Hallstrom Jackie Ignatowitz Jaclyn Kopel Dr. Bill Offutt Noura Jost Leopoldo Orozco Jaclyn Kopel Andrea Ragadio Jamie Saunders Deirdre Neafsey Erkinaz Shuminov Jessica Sutton JamesRachel Park Wandishin Amandine Tristani Carolyn Phillips Catherine Weening Dr. Emily Welty Alvi Rashid Samantha Reed Daniel Rings Michelle Sanchez Jamie Saunders Erkinaz Shuminov Jessica Sutton Briana Vecchione Catherine Weening

The Honors Herald is a student run newsletter circulated to the students of the Pforzheimer Honors College at Pace University on the New York City Campus. The members of the Herald Staff review all articles. The opinions of the articles do not necessarily reflect those of the staff or the Pforzheimer Honors College. Pforzheimer Honors College 1 Pace Plaza W208/209 New York, NY 10038

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With the enactment of 2013’s anti-propaganda law, Russia’s LGBT is again subject to imprisonment, along with hate crimes and attacks by neo-Nazi groups. BBC’s Channel 4 documented the activities of the hate groups “Parents of Russia,” whose members locate and harass gay and lesbian teachers, and “Occupy Pedophilia,” whose members lure gay men into locations to attack them. The channel aired the documentary, and redesigned its logo to display rainbow colors, on the same night as the opening ceremony of the winter Olympics. Foreigners who violate the law are subject to arrest and detainment for a maximum of 15 days, followed by deportation, and a maximum fine of 100,000 rubles ($2,713.30). On July 23, 2013, four Dutch citizens were the first foreigners arrested in violation of the law while filming a documentary on gay life in Russia. Citizens are subject to fines up to 5,000 rubles ($135.66); in December 2013 Alexeyev was fined 4,000 rubles ($108.908) for standing outside of a children’s library in Arkhangelsk and holding up a banner that read, “Gays aren’t made, they’re born.” When pressure on the International Olympic Committee did not translate into a relocation of the winter Olympic games, countries and individuals continued to protest during the games. On October 12, 2013, LGBT activists gathered in Saint Petersburg after National Coming Out Day—at least 60 were detained. Breaking with tradition, the United States sent openly gay athletes as its delegation instead of the usual family members of the president or political officials. Several Olympic athletes came out to protest the anti-propaganda laws and display solidarity with Russian LGBT. Australian Belle Brockhoff, Canadian Anastasia Bucsis, Finnish Ari-Pekka Liukkanen, and American Brian Boitano were among thos athletes. LGBT activists targeted sponsors of the Sochi Games, notably Coca-Cola and McDonalds, parodying the latter’s #CheerstoSochi twitter campaign with a mock website. All Out, a social media

advocacy group, and Athlete Ally, a nonprofit dedicated to ending homophobia and transphobia in sports, partnered to form the Principle 6 campaign in January 2014. The title of the campaign refers to the sixth principle of the Olympic Charter, “Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.” After her performance, Olympian Cheryl Maas (right) displayed her rainbow glove. Previously, she had criticized the International Olympic Committee for keeping Russia as the host. The Committee, she said, “…should

exclude countries where certain minorities are excluded, such as in Russia.” The Sochi protests have engendered the possibility of amended requirements for future Olympic host countries.

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Pace University Up to Us Campaign

Melissa Bowley, Contributor The message from the “Up to Us” campaign by Pace University’s Economic Society is loud and clear. “We have a massive federal debt! What are we going to do about it?” The Economic Society’s members felt strongly about the issue and decided to bring the knowledge to Pace by participating in the collegiate level competition, “Up to Us.” Calling on students of all majors or political alliances, the society asked students to join to build a movement “dedicated to an educated call for collaboration.” The competition spanned the country in order help students educate their peers on the issue of the national debt, which is a staggering 17 trillion dollars and counting. The members of the society were planning events since the Fall 2013 semester. This allowed them to hit the ground running for the 4 to 6 week long competition. The campaign served to educate, engage, and connect students to the issue at hand. Members promoted the event in the library with banners and a chalkboard wall, through give away prizes, and through social media and email. For the “Up to Us” campaign, members first created a video titled, “The Future of America in 60 Seconds.” The video depicted what life in America would be like if the

national debt continued to rise in America to over 20 trillion dollars. There was a film screening of filmmaker Scott Galloway’s film, “Overdraft,” which reveals information about the interior workings of the government, the economy, and how citizens have influenced the current status of American debt. Jessica Legnos from The Travelers Institute was also present to speak at the screening. The team hosted a roundtable series of speakers who provided their own insight to the issue of the growing debt and importantly, how it will affect young adults in business, health, and entrepreneurship. Speakers such as Michael McGeary, a chief political director and lead strategist of Obama for America, spoke to Pace Students on the effect of entrepreneurship for young people. Richard Peace, Senior Vice President in the Macroeconomic and Monetary Studies Function of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shared his perspective on the consuming debt. Congressmen Jerold Nadler also visited Pace to speak about how the national debt has been an issue of long importance.

In addition, a CEO Panel was invited to Pace to share their thoughts with students. Among the speakers were Richard Zannino, the Managing Director of CCMP, and former CEO of Dow Jones currently on the Pace Board of Trustees and Ron D’Vari Ph.D., CFA Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder NewOak Capital. Events like this gave students a wide variety of information on a topic that affects the entire student body and the entire world. The national debt links not only every citizen in America, but also the global community.

Pace University’s Up to Us Student Leaders

IN THIS ISSUE Honors Overnight …………………………………………….6 Throwback to “Boxlandia” & “Filelandia”………………..8 Photos from AFP blogger Patrick Baz #LubinLife: Michelle Sanchez………………………………9 To Beyoncé or not to Beyoncé?”…………………………12

How To Be The Best Ogre You Can Be…………………14 Generation Why: “No Entiendo”…………………………15 Honors Kitchen………………………………...……………16 After Class With Professorr Anne Levy…………..…….21

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Pace University Up to Us Campaign Continued If, like this reporter, you do not consider yourself a bona-fide economist, there is still something to take away from the “Up to Us” campaign. The economy is a product of consumers, which means that we as students have the power to influence it! Much like the potential to influence in the economy is our power to influence our University. This event spawned community within Pace and rallied students to get educated in an issue that we can have weight of through our actions! So, if that notion gives you chills, maybe you should consider what mark you want to leave on Pace University. What do you want to do here to make a difference? Do you want to affect other people with your ideas and goals? If so, take note of Team Pace in the “Up to Us” campaign and start working toward your own project for the Pace community. This, my friends, is a call to action. Get involved and make your mark. Because in the end, what will be your legacy?



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Ice Skating Royalty Desirae Hallstrom, Contributor Surrounded by the sky-high buildings of New York, Bryant Park is the seasonal home to a magical treasure. Illuminated by soft lights, ice skaters glide around the outdoor rink to the sound of winter music playing above the happy chatter. It was a Friday evening on February 21, 2014 when Pforzheimer Honors students partook in this enchanting scene. Upon arriving at Bryant Park and lacing up, the students started to glide around the rink. Some were graceful, while others were not. After a few rounds, everyone seemed to grasp the basics and before long they were skating around like professionals, well, rather professionals in the making. There was an abundance of fun and laughter. When asked about the event, Honors College President, Rachel Wandishin said, “It’s a great event that allows students to get out into the city and relax a little. Groups of friends came and got to ice skate on the infamous ice rink. We hope to keep this event happening annually.” The Honors College offers a number of outings and excursions throughout the semester at little or no cost to the student. It is a great way to meet like-minded friends, participate in fun activities around the great city of New York, and to take a break from the studious lives led by honors students.

TO END HUMAN TRAFFICKING Victoria M. Gonzalez, Contributor

Much of our understanding of slavery comes from history books. We are familiar with stories connected to the United States’ dark past as a slave-owning and slavery-condoning “democratic” nation. Inspirational figures, such as Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Frederick 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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A Fun Way to Unwind from School: Go See Critters at Petland Discounts Jessica Sutton, Associate Editor Do you ever feel stressed out from homework, projects, papers, or juggling a fully packed schedule? Looking for a way to relax for a few minutes each week? Then walk down the street from Pace and pop into Petland Discounts! This pet store has small furry critters, lizards, turtles, and plenty of fish. Since my freshman year, I have always loved going into the pet store for a few minutes whenever I feel stressed. I look at all the animals and just unwind while basking in the cuteness of gerbils and tropical fish. You can also head to the pet store whenever you miss your own pets that had to stay home when you came to

This is happening worldwide, even in the United States. According to the Polaris Project, a non-profit organization that works to combat human trafficking, even though most cases in the United States involve non-citizens, “about 41% of sex trafficking cases and 20% of labor trafficking cases reference U.S. citizens.” Movies like Pretty Woman romanticize prostitutes, making it seem as though they are the ones freely giving up their bodies when, in reality, someone else in control. The prostitute on the street, with her face caked with makeup, could be a 14 year old runaway who fled an abusive home. In 2000, the United States made human trafficking a federal crime under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). The Act protects trafficking victims and helps them rebuild their lives in the U.S., prosecute traffickers, and prevent human trafficking in other countries. Since then, the TVPA has been amended and reenacted four times and is currently in the process of being reauthorized again. Many organizations are backing this bill, including the International Justice Mission, a human rights advocacy group that works to rescue victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent subjugation. They use their team of lawyers, investigators, and social workers to enact justice for these victims and end the violence that has damaged millions of lives. Although IJM works on a global scale, it has recognized that a nation like the United States can bring about change that IJM cannot work on its own. Reauthorizing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act will offer victims hope and will support human trafficking prevention initiatives.

Pace. Whenever I missed my pet bunny, I would go and see the bunnies at thre. It always cheered me up and it was one of my favorite weekly activities. The employees at the store are very friendly and do not mind if you come in to just to look at the animals. Petland Discounts is located at 132 Nassau Street between Ann and Beekman Street. To get there leave Pace through the front entrance, go down Nassau Street (behind 41 Park Row), and it will be on the left hand side. The store is open Monday to Friday 9am–7pm, Saturday 10am– 6pm, and Sunday 11am-5pm.


IJM has come up with a way to bring this bill to the attention of our Congressional Representatives. The “100 Postcard Challenge” is an easy way for people from any state to get involved. By contacting them via their website,, they will send you 100 postcard petitions asking Congress to take part in ending human trafficking in our nation and other countries as well.

On Wednesday, February 19 Pace University took up the postcard challenge. CCARNY’s Campus Program Coordinator, Ashley Kuenneke, and Sophomore Honors student, Nelli Agbulos, collaborated over winter break and came up with the “Take Action to Stop Human Trafficking Event.” Agbulos came up with this idea after she learned that human trafficking is especially prevalent in New York City. Thanks to its dedicated volunteers, who not only manned the “Take Action” table in the Civic Kiosk Lobby, but also went up to people with their petitions, they were able to convince many that this was an issue worth discussing and confronting head on.

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The event was a success, garnering over 150 petitions. Over 150 people recognized human trafficking as an issue that cannot be ignored. The people who are being trafficked every single day are human beings who do not deserve to have their freedoms withheld.

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Admitted Honors Students Overnight Event FEMALE PERSPECTIVE Samantha Reed, Contributor The spring semester of your senior year in high school is an incredibly hectic time. All applications have been submitted, acceptances are starting to come in, and now comes the time to make one of the biggest decisions of a person’s life: what college to attend. This decision depends on many factors such as financial aid, quality of programs, and the atmosphere of the campus. An additional factor is what Pace University’s Pforzheimer Honors College presented to potential students on February 7th and 8th with its first Admitted Honors Students Overnight event. Current honors students were presented the opportunity to host one or


two admitted honors students. I remember how difficult it was for me to decide which college to attend, so I decided to participate to help others make their decision. The day began with the hosts meeting their assigned guests. Students

traveled from New York and New Jersey , and even from farther away states like Arizona and California. Introductions were made and a short tour of the

campus began with hosts taking their guests to their respective dorm rooms to drop off bags. Next was dinner, which included lots of yummy food and was served in the new honors lounge. The air was nearly electric with the buzz of excitement. Guests and hosts alike moved about the fluid environment and met new people. Right away you could feel the sense of community that comes with joining the Honors College. After a short talk from Bill, Dr. Dupont and Residential Life, came the most exciting part of the evening. No trip to New York City is complete without a Broadway show, so to highlight the advantages of attending college in the city, everyone went to see Mamma Mia! Once the curtain closed and everyone returned to campus, hosts and students went back to the dorm rooms to experience what a night in college is really like. Many groups gathered in various rooms to discuss the show, college, and life in general. I remember looking at my guests and seeing their their faces faces light lightup up with laughter. We knew that this was a once in a lifetime experience. The next morning, hosts and students gathered together for one last meal before the students left for the Admitted Students Day. with laughter. The event was a huge success. I was truly surprised by the invigorating sense of community that I felt. It reaffirmed that the Honors College is an amazing place. The guests were truly exposed to life at Pace, its community, and the friendships that distinguish this wonderful university. It was hard to part from the new friendships that were forged in such a short period of time. Phone numbers, Facebook information, and Tumblr addresses were all exchanged in order to keep in touch. The student guests left knowing what it would be like to attend Pace University and the true atmosphere of the Honors College. On both ends, friendships were formed and deepened, and it was an experience that everyone involved will never forget.

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MALE PERSPECTIVE James Park, Contributor Leopoldo Orozco, Associate Editor About a year ago I chose to attend Pace University. Going through the critical process of selecting an institution that would help me pursue my academic goals and interests, (a process that remains vivid in my mind), was daunting. As a freshman in my second semester ofmy college, I am confident that second semester of college, I enrolling am confident that enrolling at Pace was a good decision. Having experienced the anxiety of choosing a university to attend, I signed up to be a host for the Admitted Honors Students Overnight event. By doing so, I wanted to help make this decision easier for a prospective student. I must confess that, a few days prior to the arrival of my guest student, the only thought circling my head was the thought


of going to see Mamma Mia! The announcement that hosts and guests were attending this Broadway show had come as a surprise and, being the theatre aficionado that I am, I could not control my excitement. Some of my friends found it amusing that I seemed to talk more about seeing the show than being a host. But please, don’t get me wrong! The prospect of meeting my guest student was very thrilling, and I made sure that my room was clean and wellorganized to make him feel comfortable and welcome. On the day of the event, I finally got to meet my guest. His name was Steve and he was from Pennsylvania. I could tell Steve was a very nice person but, at first, he seemed very nervous. I tried hard to inspire confidence in him; but in reality, I was very nervous myself. After all,

finding a way to be an inspiring guide for a stranger is somewhat perplexing.

Getting to know each other was awkward at first; but, after talking for a while, the awkwardness was gone. We discovered several similarities that led to interesting conversations. For example, his college options were very similar to the ones I had as a high school senior. We discussed the colleges he was thinking of and we talked about what would be best for his interests. My favorite part of the Admitted Honors Students Overnight event, surprisingly, was not seeing Mamma Mia! It was meeting prospective students from other states. Not only did I have a fantastic time meeting Steve, but I also had the chance to interact with other hosts and attendees. Sharing personal stories while walking through Times Square helped us bond as a group. We even created a few inside jokes. We, the hosts, referred to the guests as our “children” and the guests referred to us as

their “parents.”

The next morning I said goodbye to my “child.” I told Steve he could always contact me if he had any questions regarding this important decision. Overall, the Admitted Honors Students Overnight was a great experience. Sure, going to my second Broadway show and getting the $25 compensation were great too. However, the most rewarding part of getting involved in this event was knowing that, in some way, I was able to help Steve gain a better idea of what life at Pace is like. I would not hesitate to sign up to be a host again in the future. Just a few days ago, Steve posted a picture of the both of us on Instagram. In the caption of the photo, Steve said he had a lot of fun with me during his stay at Pace. I was glad to hear that because like me, he also had a wonderful time at the event!

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Throwback to “Boxlandia”

and “Filelandia” Marianelli Agbulos, Editor-In-Chief

Up until the very edge of the 163 William Street office space, there were only boxes. There were boxes full of files, files that were in boxes, boxes and files. This view didn’t seem to end. Our office manager Jackie, the other student aides and I were not officially diagnosed with “claustrophobia,” but we could have been with the number of boxes piled high around us. We lived, breathed, and laughed within this “Boxlandia” and “Filelandia” from November 2012 to January 13, 2014.

Move-In Day Photo Timeline

There’s no doubt that working in a space occupied by boxes made the people working in the Honors College a little crazy. But, the advance packing was necessary preparation amidst the other events going on. We were constantly on the move ourselves - running around looking for the tape guns, sneaking a few moments to pop the bubble wrap that wasn’t supposed to be popped, building boxes (and then making forts out of them), and fidgeting in our seats because of the anxiety of counting down the days to Move-In Day. And while we hoped for the best weather conditions, it seemed like we didn’t hope enough. January 14, 2014 was Move-In Day. It rained an angry deluge for the whole day. It was 8AM when I arrived in the city and saw the rain drops pit-pattering on the sidewalk. I thought it was an illusion; but when I walked out of the PATH World Trade Center terminal, I was immediately drenched (of course, I didn’t have an umbrella with me that day). I proceeded to slosh my way to the 163 William Street building. We were uneasy and annoyed at the weather (if only we could make the rain and wind stop!), but we knew at some point we had to get moving. All great moments are not stopped because of bad weather - life goes on. Our strength came from helping the moving men lift boxes that were heavier than us, and in helping them navigate their trolley carts between the 163 William Street building and the 1 Pace Plaza building. Some boxes fell off the cart on their journey since the sidewalk was uneven and slippery. But, we were lucky to have strangers help us carry the runaway boxes. Everyone’s kindness seemed to have come out that day in holding doors open for us, carrying fallen boxes, and moving stuff out of the way for us to navigate through. We must have been an interesting sight with our hoods on, following each other in a crooked line as we walked back and forth between buildings. Devina and I had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of pushing the lounge’s magazine racks on our office rolling chairs to the One Pace Plaza building. (If you don’t believe me, Devina has a video you can watch at your request.) We had an even more triumphant moment just standing in the new lounge after our last trip from the 163 William Street building; while we were soaking wet among the 122 freshly delivered pile of boxes. We had finally made it. Pizza was bought, and coffee and tea were passed around to warm ourselves up from the cold that was threatening to take over us. The carefully cushioned bubble wrap and tape applied to all boxes were mercilessly ripped open on the carpet of the new lounge. It was an unworthy welcome to the new lounge, but one that couldn’t be contemplated on since we were worried about the files molding if they stayed in the boxes. And thus commenced the filing frenzy in organizing student files, moving things around, setting up the study rooms, getting familiar with the TV screens, and making the “old-now-new lounge” homey for the start of the spring semester. While Boxlandia and Filelandia are now in the past, the office staff is reminded of the box frenzy each time we go into the filing room - after all, the empty plastic file boxes loom down on us like prey whenever one of us goes in to use the copy machine. Nothing but fond memories for Move-In Day.

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My Pace Experience: Clubs, Internships, Experience, Success


Michelle Sanchez, Contributor

s the time to wear my graduation cap rapidly approaches, a combination of pride and melancholy leads me through a recollection of personal experiences as an undergraduate student at Pace. Coming from a small high school, I was intimidated by the idea of going to school in New York City. The faculty at the Lubin School of Business made me feel heard and supported from day one. While I was certain I wanted to pursue a degree in marketing, I was unsure about where I wanted my career in marketing to go. But as I expressed this uncertainty to my advisors, Dr. Chiagouris and Professor Offutt, I was urged to immerse myself in as many internships and student-run organizations as possible, the Advertising Club being one of them. After attending Advertising Club meetings for a few weeks, I developed an interest for advertising. In the first two years of my involvement with the club, I had the opportunity to work on multiple projects. Some involved the creation and execution of television advertisements for the national Doritos Super Bowl Competition, as well as the creation of different campaign proposals for other real-world clients. Through my involvement with the Advertising Club, I was also informed about Pace’s Advertising Team. I was completely taken aback by the amount of experience and opportunities their work in the National American Advertising Federation Competition offered its members. Apart from my involvement in Pace, I also became extremely involved outside of school. Throughout the past four years, I represented Pace University as an intern in five different organizations, both in New York and abroad. During the fall semester of 2011, I interned in the Colombian, Ecuadorian, Peruvian, and Venezuelan American Associations where I drove their marketing efforts in the Hispanic community. At the start of my junior year, I studied abroad in Australia where I interned within Macquarie University’s International Office. I held the task of creating promotional flyers and posters for future exchange programs. After my time abroad, I interned alongside Frederica Wald, the Chief Marketing Officer of Pace’s University Relations Department, where I was exposed to the areas of marketing research, public relations and event planning. Upon the start of my senior year at Pace, I began interning at Lockard and Wechsler Direct, a media planning and buying agency, where I gained experience creating, planning, executing, and analyzing direct response media campaigns. After my time at this agency, I was invited to take part in an international marketing field study here at Pace, which exposed me to the advertising efforts of agencies across Europe.

Michelle in Belgium and England. Her website:

“I have always enjoyed the act of

creating and turning a simple idea into a work of art. My advisors here at Pace recognized that in me before I could recognize it in myself, and they guided me in a direction they knew I would benefit from.”

Their faith in me has given me the opportunity to accomplish goals most students only dream of. It was this faith in me that motivated them to nominate me for recognition as one of this nation’s 50 Most Promising Minority Students. It is a

privilege to be considered amongst the 50 Most Promising Minority Students by the American Advertising Federation, and to have the opportunity to collaborate with other students who are dedicated to achieving excellence. Apart from my various internships in different areas of marketing, my development as a young professional has been greatly influenced by my education at Pace and my participation in our Ad Club and Ad Team programs. This new recognition has afforded me networking, interviewing and industry immersion opportunities, all of which have further enhanced my knowledge and career. With the amount of experience I have gained throughout the past four years at Pace University, I am confident I will be prepared for a career in advertising after graduation. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the support I have received from the faculty and my advisors here at Pace, both inside and outside the Pforzeimer’s Honors College. It is because of their dedication to me as their student that I found my passion, and that I was able to prepare myself for what I know will be a rewarding career and life upon graduation.

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HEAR YE, HEAR YE! The Dyson Town Hall meeting is Now in Session

Dean Nira Herrmann

President Nathaniel French

President Friedman

Vice President Bharat Ghai


Alvi Rashid, Associate Editor

he Dyson College of Arts and Sciences held their biannual Town Hall meeting with the support of the Student Government Association on March 4th. Dyson’s SGA officers President Nathaniel French’15 and VicePresident Bharat Ghai’14 welcomed speakers President Stephen J. Friedman, Dean for Dyson Nira Herrmann, and Assistant Dean Maria Iacullo-Bird. President Friedman started the meeting off with a discussion of Dyson’s history, success, and projection. This October will mark Dyson’s 40th anniversary, and it is “the engine of growth.” The president quoted Charles H. Dyson, the Dyson College’s namesake, “In today’s world, the Arts and Sciences are at the core of all programs of study.” He mentioned the symbiotic relationship the Dyson College shares with the Pforzheimer’s Honors College because most of the Honors students are from the Dyson school. Other Dyson affiliates that were mentioned included the Economics department’s Federal Reserve Challenge team and the Political Science department’s Model United Nations team, both of which have been nationally recognized in their own respective competitions. After his speech was over, President Freidman opened up the floor for discussion. President French asked “Where do you see Dyson in the next 10 years and how do you plan to achieve that?” President Friedman explained that Dyson’s enrollment has been steadily increasing, and that its growth should be organic. He has not set any targets but he thinks enrollment should be growth driven due to Dyson’s own excellence and appeal. He will continue to invest in faculty, facilities and equipment to lift Dyson as well as support marketing to represent what the school is good at and why. After President Friedman concluded his segment, Dean Herrmann began her presentation on Dyson. Dean Herrmann touched upon Dyson’s primary goals, most distinguished and co-curricular programs, and their anticipated growth areas. The goal of the meeting “was to bridge the information gap between the students and the faculty because there are so many programs the Dyson school offers that students are unaware of,” said vice-president Ghai’14. The Town Hall meeting can be considered a success because it has completed its goal. Bianca Marie Ariado Carpio’17 said, “Dyson was okay in my book, more than okay, actually. After the meeting, I came to appreciate it more. It has all new programs and rising opportunities that I really want to take advantage of in the future.” For more information on Dyson, visit Dean Herrmann on the 16th floor and the Student Government Association on the 9th floor in 41 Park Row. They welcome any creative ideas and suggestions.


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A Missed Opportunity Daniel Rings, Contributor Daniel Rings is a senior Computer Science major, allegedly graduating this spring. This editorial is based on excerpts from his thesis paper, which also researches other countries’ cyber actions.

The past decade has seen a huge increase in the use of cyberspace as a medium for espionage. Many countries have formed dedicated cyber teams to focus on offensive and defensive state-sponsored cyber attacks. Here in the United States, we’ve heard a lot of hyperbole in recent years about how the Chinese are constantly launching attacks on American assets, particularly intellectual property. This is no small claim, although it often becomes marginalized as a political tool and serves only as a sound bite during election season rather than as a topic of serious policy changes. It is important to know exactly what is known at this point about attacks on intellectual property that are sanctioned by the People’s Republic of China. Industries, in their intended form, depend on the rules of intellectual property being respected. On top of that, intellectual property is very important in American society in particular because it, in its intended form, upholds the value of the individual. During the Burning of Washington in the War of 1812, the US Patent Office was one the only government buildings left standing because the British were persuaded that raiding such individual ingenuity would amount to nothing more than barbarian looting. In February of 2013, the Mandiant Corporation released a report detailing cyber attacks on United States entities in the last seven years. Intellectual property was the most common target. Mandiant had found that the vast majority of attacks had originated from a single group of hackers operating out of one

hackers operating out of one office building on the outskirts of Shanghai. The office building is inhabited by Unit 61398 of the People’s Liberation Army – a team of cyber experts in the Chinese army. Although the Chinese government denies responsibility for the attacks, the Mandiant report all but proves the attacks occurred under the direct knowledge and command of the Communist Party of China. There was a brief outcry at the time, but nothing concrete ever occurred to change the status quo. It is

But how can a country that prides itself on civil liberty also indiscriminately gather 5 billion records a day of cellphone location data? important that this be addressed for two reasons. For one, it devalues the individual imagination that America claims to hold in such high esteem. More immediately relevant, it fosters an incredible amount of uncertainty, which has an extremely suppressive effect on economic growth. Whatever favorable position the United States may have had in policy formation on this issue, however, has completely evaporated. In the past year, the revelations of the National Security Agency’s scope of surveillance have completely reversed any perceived moral legitimacy the US would have had on international cyber policy. To be sure, signals intelligence is an absolutely necessary part of sensible modern

international relations and law enforcement. It does preemptively reduce violent confrontation and provide a whole host of other advantages to our society. But how can a country that prides itself on civil liberty also indiscriminately gather 5 billion records a day of cellphone location data? How can a government whose first amendments to its founding document specifically limit its power, particularly in the courtroom, also rely on secret interpretations of law to aid in prosecuting its own citizens? How can a civilization characterized by rugged individualism also grant its government access to all communication made via common online communication providers? How can a culture that places George Orwell’s 1984 on a pedestal give in to such flagrant abuses of power? The surveillance program is morally way out of line, but perhaps Washington does not respond to such reasoning. In that case, we should also consider how weak we have made our position in international cyber policy formation – something that has real economic consequences as well. We have shot ourselves in the foot because of this. Again, a strong cyber intelligence force is needed in a modern global government. And the motivations for its actions are almost certainly benevolent. “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.” Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, YouTube, AOL, Skype, Apple and Paltalk C.S. Lewis

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“To Beyoncé or not to Beyoncé?” A Question of Modern Feminism Deirdre Neafsey, Contributor


hen someone hears the name Beyoncé, several words may come to mind. “Fierce,” “beautiful,” and “Grammy Award-winner” are just a few. But up until recently, “feminist” may not have been a word directly associated with the former member of Destiny’s Child. In fact, some people hesitate to call Beyoncé a feminist at all.

A negative stigma has been attached to the idea of feminism since the term was coined in 1837, when women fought for equal contract and their own property rights. People often associate feminism with lesbians or women who burn their bras and refuse to shave their body hair. Being a feminist does not equate to being a lesbian, bras haven’t really been burned in protest since the 1960s, and body hair removal is a personal choice for people of any gender. These twisted misconceptions of feminism do nothing to help the cause. There are many branches of feminism, as is the case with any other movement, political stance, or ideology. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, feminism is defined as, “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.” At its core, feminism is a campaign for equal rights shared by women and men. When Mrs. Knowles-Carter released her new self-titled album without warning this past December, her lyrics and music videos immediately sparked debate. "We don't often see women in bodysuits writhing around on cars except when — I don't know, it's Maxim magazine, so it does feel like a performance for the benefit of men," says Anna Holmes, who founded the women's website Jezebel. On the contrary, writer Samhita Mukhopadhyay says, "The album made us feel really sexy, and that's powerful. That means something, whereas the rest of popular culture may not have that impact on us." So is Beyoncé a feminist? BEYONCÉ explores themes ranging from self-empowerment to more personal themes such as postpartum depression, insecurities of womanhood, and explicit sex. Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune said that Beyoncé, “…demands to be treated as an equal in the boardroom and the bedroom,” concluding that the album is a merger of, "…trap beats, punk defiance and feminist theory." Of the album, Beyoncé said, “My message behind this album was finding the beauty in imperfection.” People have criticized Beyoncé for “giving in” to the pressure of pleasing men. Instead of criticizing a woman for embracing her body and sexuality, why do we not criticize men for treating a woman as a sexual object? Beyoncé revealed that, after she gave birth, she was almost 200 lbs. and worked tirelessly to lose the weight, so she wanted to show off her body in her new videos. If Beyoncé – or any other women – decides to express herself through her words or through her clothes, why should she have to worry that someone will treat her as less of a human and more of an object? At one of Beyoncé’s concerts this past May, a man in the front row reached out and smacked her backside. In what world do we live where it is acceptable to touch someone, regardless of gender, without consent? Are women supposed to suppress their sexualities out of the fear of being sexually harassed?

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In “***Flawless,” Beyoncé sings, “I took some time to live my life, but don't think I'm just his little wife.” Beyoncé received much criticism from so-called feminists when she took a break from her career to have a baby. It is a woman’s right not to settle down and have children, but it is also a woman’s right to do so. Beyoncé made a life for herself as a single woman, fell in love, and got married. Then she continued to focus on her career for a while before she had her child. She also received criticism for titling her current tour The Mrs. Carter World Tour. Why is it anti-feminist for a woman in a seemingly loving marriage to embrace her married name and identify herself as a wife and mother? In the same song, she quotes author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TedX talk "We should all be feminists.” Ms. Adichie says,


teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls: "You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you will threaten the man.” Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now, marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support, but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don't teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors, not for jobs or for accomplishments - which I think can be a good thing - but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are. Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.” This definition of feminism is key because feminism is inclusive; feminism is for everyone. Throughout her career, Beyoncé has written, acted, and performed as a feminist. From Destiny’s Child’s “Independent Woman” to her own “Run the World,” she has shown what it means to be a feminist. In April 2013, Beyoncé stated in an interview, “I’m just a woman, and I love being a woman.” Being a feminist, at its core, means embracing yourself as a woman in whatever way you choose while standing up for equality. There is no “right way” to be a feminist, but it is clear that Beyoncé is promoting feminism in a way that no other artist has done before. As for the criticism, it’s important to remember: Beyoncé is a grown woman. She can do whatever she wants.

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(And Then Found Another) Catherine Weening, Contributor When I first applied to Pace as a senior in high school, the personal statement I sent in was about an inspirational person in my life. It was not a very original topic, nor was it the most original essay. However, it was good enough to get me into Pace and some other schools. When I applied to Pace for a second time, as a transfer student, I wrote about how my old school, let’s call it College, and I were “eternally incompatible.” I also said that “we wanted different things” and that Pace needed to “give me a chance.” Yes, I submitted a college application with an essay about break-ups and relationships, but trust me the logic makes sense. For me, transferring was like breaking up with one school, and going right into a relationship with another one not having fully recovered. I entered my relationship with College thinking I was in it for the long-haul. College would make me a better person and I would make College a better institution. We had a honeymoon period where I loved everything about the place. When that phase ended, I realized we just weren’t meant for each other. College is in a quiet, rural area, and I’m from the loudness that is New Jersey. Also, tuition was far more expensive than Pace- with less financial aid. I realized I deserved better. “It’s not you, it’s me.” I told College in my exit interview. “You don’t need me. You’ll move on.” Even though I was the one who “broke up” with the school, I was heartbroken. I was left slightly cynical and disenchanted, thinking I might never find the “perfect” school for me. I came to Pace and was still apprehensive about saying “yes” to another school. However, I learned the best way to really get to know Pace was to say yes to everything: joining clubs and activities, going to dorm events, and every other opportunity that comes my way. This time, I am not rushing into anything. This time around, I’m slowly getting involved and meeting people, not expecting instant or perfect results. I’m finding my niche at my own pace (pun intended), and I’m beginning to like Pace much better than I ever liked that other place. Pace, one day soon I hope to love you. Just promise you won’t suffocate me.

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How To Be The Best Ogre You Can Be Sierra Chandler, Contributor In late November, on the kind of starry night where the cold seeps into your bones like water, I crouched beneath a decrepit wooden tower, lying in wait with my Ogre comrades for the signal to attack. I wore a thick chainmail shirt and a fur coat as my only defenses against the wintry air and kept one hand at all times on my battle axe. The tower we took shelter under was at the top of a grassy hill. We had a perfect view of a fork in the road so that anyone coming from the lake, inn, or Baroness’s home would be in our sight. It seemed like hours had passed as my company waited in darkened silence. Just as a cloud shifted and a beam of that night’s waning moon shone through, the caravan of druids and warlocks broke past the tree line and assembled at the foot of our hill. They formed a circle and began their evil chants to lure magic into our realm. A crowd of citizens from the nearby village gathered to observe the spectacle. Just as the incantations of the magicians reached a crescendo, a fire burst out in their circle, singeing the symbol of the God Valeria into the ground. This was our cue; we shouted our battle cry from the shadows and charged into the fray, hacking anyone with the audacity to align themselves with magic… Believe it or not, THIS HAPPENED. Well, sort of. The fire was in the form of sparklers and my battle axe was a boffer, but when you are immersed for three days and two nights in a fantasy world where people commit to an alternate reality it is easy to believe the magic is real. Last November, I did something I had wanted to do for a very long time. I went to Knight Realms, a weekend-long Live Action Role Playing (LARP) event in Sparta, New Jersey. Once a month, starting on a Friday evening and running nonstop until Sunday afternoon, people gather from all over the world to be a part of this experience. It is an experience where average people can be heroes. Most of the attendees had a character ready to go. Over the course of several years they build up their characters’ skills by adopting multiple professions and allegiances while living fully as that character once a month. I met a few LARPers who have stuck with their characters for as long as 16 years. In the summer months as many as 200 people arrive for the weekend and as the weather gets colder that number drops to around 100. Unlike other LARPing events that rent out a park for a few hours, the Knight Realms founder, James C. Kimball, bought

an old girl scout camp ten years ago for the sole purpose of creating a safe haven for LARP enthusiasts to gather. The old barns and buildings have been slowly altered to look medieval. Other than a parking lot just off to the right, you are separated from technology and the real world. The camp even includes a gorgeous lake that a local sea monster calls home, so beware. The camp also contains the mystical town of Travance. Each weekend is designed by a game master who creates small challenges and a main plot line for the characters to muddle through. The idea is that most characters live away from the town of Travance and visit once a month for the Baroness’s Banquet. When all those heroes and adventurers come together, wonders ensue! You have a card with you to log your character’s actions. At the end of the weekend you turn the card in and the organizers keep track of your character’s progress, giving experience and service points that may be used the next month for improving stats or joining a new profession. Anyone can come so long as

you are over 14 years old and have read the rulebook, which is dense to say the least. Hundreds of carefully constructed pages detail rules for: behavior (no alcohol or drugs allowed!), species you may play (will you be an elf? A human? Perhaps a Satyr?), professions your character might join (thieves, warriors, priests, and healers to name a few), an

intricate system for trading any goods your characters might make, and the customary emergency procedures should someone get hurt or a tornado blasts through the camp. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to begin. Well, as ready as you can be from just reading a rule book.

intricate system for trading any goods your characters might make, and the customary emergency procedures should someone get hurt or a tornado blasts through the camp. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to begin. Well, as ready as you can be from just reading a rule book. I had wanted to go to Knight Realms for two years but was anxious to go alone. It didn’t help that my friends thought it sounded sketchy or didn’t really get it. As a female of average attractiveness there seemed to be a lot of speculation that I would be in danger if I went. It wasn’t until

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this past November that I plucked up the courage to just do it. A few weeks before I went, I posted on the message boards to see if anyone could give me a lift from the train station to the camp and I never looked back. Since I had never LARPed before I opted to be a NonPlayer Character (NPC), meaning I worked with that month’s story master to be

all the miscellaneous baddies in the woods. I was everything from a bandit on the main road, to a spy in the inn, to a soldier from a warring nation, and as you just read, a magic-hating ogre. My favorite role was as a fire demon who created mischief by breaking into cabins and rearranging all the furniture to mess with the people staying there. I spent the whole weekend jumping in and out of makeup and costumes to fill these tiny roles that make the Knight Realms experience fantastic for the characters. Honestly, the best thing about my experience was the break from dreary reality. At the time I was stressed from work, school, and general where-is-my-life-going craziness. Perhaps it is because I was so mentally tired from the strain I’d been under that I put aside my trepidations and went to Knight Realms in the first place. It was so worth it. I was running from the costume hut into the forest to attack someone and back for 12 hours straight, taking only a few hours to sleep so I could run out again for another 12 hours. Even when you

The Honors Herald sleep you don’t get a break because you are SLEEPING IN CHARACTER. The entire weekend was fueled with fantastic stories and memorable characters so that at no point during the three days did I think about my troubles. I simply had no time to worry about anything outside of Travance. I came home from Knight Realms tired, bruised, and hungry, but my mind was on fire. My brain had relaxed in a way that was unfamiliar and welcomed that I was practically on a cloud for the rest of the month. I felt fresh, strong, and ready to face my responsibilities. That is probably the secret of Knight Realms. You take one weekend a month to be someone entirely unlike yourself, so that when you come home your world feels new again. Although, being able to swing a sword like a badass doesn’t hurt either.

You can learn more about Knight Realms and Live Action Role-Playing (also known as “LARP”) on the main website:

“Each weekend is designed by a game master who creates small challenges and a main plot line for the characters to muddle through. The idea is that most characters live away from the town of Travance and visit once a month for the Baroness’s Banquet. When all those heroes and adventurers come together, wonders ensue!

Generation Why: “No Entiendo” Jamie Saunders, Contributor Since the start of last semester, Generation Why has been hard at work. From developing our company, to creating new works, generation why is constantly on the move. We are an ensemble devised theatre company that creates work for social justice. Our main project that we are currently tackling is a devised theatre piece entitled "No Entiendo". We are currently developing this full length piece of theatre in hopes of performing it in New York and also bringing it abroad to another country next year.

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Generation Why “No Entiendo” Continued This show is about "the American dream" and how it is reflected through immigration policies, self-values, student debt, family, and more. When first creating our ensemble, our members all sat down and discussed what social issues were important to us. Eventually, we came to agree upon the idea of the American Dream. We have explored how this term may change from individual to individual depending on their beliefs and background. We believe that this piece is important because it asks the question of "Who is American? What defines a true American? Who belongs here in this country?". It essential that we start questioning ourselves and how we treat one another in this country. Ensemble member, Grace Duffey, says "It's important that we start promoting empathy for immigrants - both legal and illegal. The attitude in our country is too self-involved, and No Entiendo does a service by reminding people that absolutely everyone is running from something. I hope that this opens people's minds." Ensemble member Vinny Eden Ortega believes "No Entiendo is a universal story. Even if you haven't faced the issue of immigration yourself everyone has felt like an outsider at some point in their life. I'm passionate about No Entiendo because I believe the story needs to be heard. The story is reality. As a global citizen it is my duty to share the daily reality so many of our brothers and sisters face." This is true, No Entiendo is not just a story about racism and immigration, but acceptance, family, and what it means to have a dream. The process of creating this show has been unlike anything I've ever done before. Each member of the ensemble has a role, whether as a student director or an actor, we each work hard at developing our purpose and roles to serve the greater good. We've all created unique characters and developed the way they think, act, walk, and speak. It's been fun experimenting and playing with different exercises and techniques, trying to find what fits for my character. I play a teenage boy named Jackson who struggles with accepting illegal immigration, even though he is related to them. Together, we all collaborate in writing a cohesive script and developing the storyline. It's been difficult trying to piece together characters, relationships, and story line. There are a few different plots intertwined into the play, so clarity and cohesiveness is essential. Communication has proved to be difficult, but necessary to the creative process. The show has changed since we've began working on it. It's all part of the process, to go with the flow of things, and keep up with the ever changing art of theatre. I can't wait to see where the show goes, and the effect it will have on other people. I hope it can change the way audiences think, see, and feel, just as it's transformed all of us who were involved in creating it.

A TRADITIONAL Irish FAVORITE IRISH SODA BREAD Matthew Galletta, Contributor We all know what the end of February means: an ending to the massive Valentine’s Day displays of candy and stuffed animals and the massive post-Valentine’s Day sales. We now move towards the next holiday, St. Patrick’s Day. For some reason, my Italian-American family has always celebrated the holiday, even though St. Patrick’s Day stems from the Irish culture. I always came home to my mom cooking up corned beef and cabbage, with a side dish of Irish Soda Bread. For those who are not familiar with this, Irish Soda Bread uses baking soda instead of yeast to create a completely different textured loaf of bread. The recipe came about in the 1800s when Ireland did not produce a large quantity of high-protein flour to make yeast. Instead, the Irish used baking soda to make their bread. Mix the ingredients below with some raisins and add some butter, or cream cheese, and you will surely have a very tasty treat on St. Patrick’s Day!

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IDENTITY CRISIS CHILI How One Recipe Changed My Mind | Maria Costa, Contributor I have never really been a chili person. By this I mean that I have never sought chili out in the dead of winter on those evenings when one needs equal parts comfort and fortitude. To me, such an important job always seemed to belong to grilled cheese (admittedly, I have spent many excellent nights with grilled cheese this winter). After making this chili, I experienced the kind of identity crises about which I have only read in novels. The kind of novels in which the protagonist emerges after a tremulous battle with the soul as a better, or at least more fully-formed, human. I was left struggling with the age-old question; am I a grilled cheese girl, or am I a chili woman? It’s interesting, really. This recipe appears far too simple to be worthy of such a conversion. However, there is something magical in its simplicity. This chili requires ingredients you probably already have in your cabinet. By using commonplace spices such as cinnamon, chili powder and garlic, an all at once familiar and surprising tapestry of smoky sweetness is created. It is powerfully comforting without being expected; it fortifies without weighing you down.

Identity-Crisis Chili

In short, it is the perfect chili for this particularly brutal winter; a game-changer worthy of your attention and devotion. And it pays you back for the minimal effort you exert in creating it, for it is even more divine the next day. (via Daily Garnish)

IRISH SODA BREAD INGREDIENTS Dry Ingredients      

3 ½ cups of flour 2/3 cup of sugar 1 tablespoons of baking powder 1 teaspoons of baking soda ¾ cup of raisins (or more- add as you please!) 1 tablespoon of caraway seeds (optional)

Wet Ingredients   

2 eggs lightly beaten 2 tablespoons of melted butter (cooled) 1 ½ cups of buttermilk

Makes four, 7-inch round loaves (Or one large loaf!)

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a very large bowl. 3. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients mixture. Add the butter slowly. Save some butter. 4. Pour mixture into a bowl or a round cake pan. Brush the top of the mixture with excess butter. 5. Before placing into the oven, make a cross in the loaf to allow for the bread to rise. 6. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool for 15.

INGREDIENTS (4-6 servings)  1 medium onion, chopped  2 cups bell pepper, diced  1 can black beans  1 can red kidney beans  1 can great northern beans  1 can white kidney beans  2 cans fire roasted tomatoes  2 cups veggie broth (or water + bouillon cube)  2 tablespoons chili powder  2 teaspoons garlic powder  1.5 teaspoons ground cinnamon  1 teaspoon sea salt (more to taste)




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In a heavy-bottomed pot, sauté the chopped onion in a little bit of olive oil. While the onion cooks, chop your peppers. Add the peppers and continue to cook until browned. Rinse and drain all the beans, and then add to the pot. Add two cans of tomatoes too – make sure you use fire roasted tomatoes with some sort of chili or heat. Add the spices, salt, and veggie broth and give everything a good stir. Turn the heat to medium and let the chili simmer. At this point the chili is pretty much ready to eat, although the longer you let it simmer, the better (an hour of simmering really brings out the flavors). Serve with warm cornbread.

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Lili is your average college student who has been an avid reader since the age of 13. She writes book reviews for her blog, “Lili’s Reflections” and is a Pace University tour guide. She aspires to be an editor or publicist in the book publishing industry.

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski Review by Lili Feinberg The Winner’s Curse gives us a glimpse of the vast empire, Valoria, that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers. In this world there is only one thing that matters: honor. But when our main character Kestrel shows no interest in marrying for honor or fighting for honor, her world is turned upside down. Full of wicked rumors, dirty secrets, and a world where lives are always at stake, Rutkoski weaves a twisted tale full of betrayal, honor, sacrifice, and forbidden love. The choice is yours…keep your head or lose your heart. This is one of those rare moments where I am struck speechless. I have absolutely no idea where I could possibly

Instead, they wreak havoc wherever they go. Individuals make a name for themselves due to their acts of valor. So you can only imagine how important it is to every Valorian to not only know how to fight, but to prove themselves in battle.'s rather obvious in the best possible way, no? Kestrel, our main character, has a wonderful brain. She is not only a brilliant strategist, but one smart cookie in everyday life as well. While she is not the strongest fighter, she protects her reputation as the daughter of Valoria's most

begin this review because this book was just as amazing as I hoped it would be. It took all of my expectations and blew them out of the water. Rutkoski brought me a world where slaves are the norm, honor is life, and the ability to fight is valued above all. This admittedly scary and unique world fascinated me, and the promise of more to come had me shaking with anticipation. As terrible as it is, a mere seventy or so pages in I found myself trying to figure out the last book that I read where slavery was simply the way of life. I could not recall a book that presented slavery in such a casual way. While I hope the scenario presented in the book remains fictional, this

revered General. She was a refreshing main character because, while heroic, most of her strength came from her extreme intelligence instead of brawn. While she has her general fighting skills down pat, her intelligence is what saves her in life or death situations. It was great to come across a heroine who knows how to defend herself with something other than easily picked up defensive maneuvers. She has a good head on her

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fantasy world had me eager with anticipation because of this nasty twist. It's new, something unique and admittedly scary. It is disturbing in all the right ways and kept me flipping the pages simply because it was different. Rutkoski’s novel took me to places where young adult literature hadn’t taken me before As a history nerd, I found the overall concept of the empire fascinating. Think of the Mongols, the race that brutally conquered so much territory that they were the leaders of the largest empires in history. This comparison is nothing compared to the land that the Valorians have conquered. The Valorians are courageous fighters that have taken over most of the known world and have enslaved the original inhabitants of all lands they now claim as their own. Assimilation and fairness is not even an option in their minds the way it was for the Mongols.

shoulders and I hope to come across more characters like her in the future. She embodies the type of young adult

heroine that I love to read about. She’s very easy to connect to, and I love her because of this. Then there's Arin. I have to admit that he has a beautiful name, it’s very lyrical. He's a slave that Kestrel bought at the market after feeling a strange connection to him because of his ability to sing. Her piano playing is the only thing that connects her to her deceased mother; however society frowns upon such a skill, for she should focus on training for the military or be out searching for a husband. She has no other choice--marry or fight. But she can’t help to indulge her love of music by hiring him. However, she quickly learns that her impulsive buy may not have been the proper decision. Arin has many skills that the average Herrani slave does not have, including an understanding of her language and a mind so sharp it can rival hers. Kestrel can't help but be drawn to the enigma

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“The Winner’s Curse” Book Review by Lili Feinberg Continued that he represents, but such a thing may cost her. Winning is a curse, after all. This book went in directions I never would have thought, which kept me on the edge of my seat. Throughout all of these twists and turns and life-or-death situations, there was Arin and Kestrel. What initially started as an odd friendship stemming from fascination quickly evolved into a forbidden romantic interest in a time of chaos. Both had to resist acting upon such impulses, which made their relationship progress at a satisfactory pace while the constant tension in the book was so palpable I could cut it with a knife. Watching the two of them interact was great. I connected with them both for different reasons, but mostly because they were both such passionate individuals that believed the causes they were fighting for were undoubtedly right. However, it came to a point that these characters connected so much that I couldn't connect with either of them. They were on the same page so much so that they could understand what the other was thinking by observing their movements. Obviously, as a reader, I can't do that. So while these observations made their connection stronger, at times it made my connection with them weaker. I couldn't fully grasp their emotions because there wasn't really any explanation or detail behind the emotions in such instances. All in all, a very solid read with a few minor connection bumps along the way. The chemistry, the world-building, and the beautiful writing and attention to detail left me breathless. The way that the scenes flowed so lyrically, almost as beautifully as Rutkoski's description of the importance of music, kept me flipping the pages at a rapid speed. And my genuine curiosity and love for everything about this story made it absolutely un-put-downable. The wait until book two is going to be long and terrible, but the promise of what is to come makes it worth it. This series cannot be ignored!

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Hidden Treasures of New York City: Chelsea Market Carolyn Phillips, Contributor People have a variety of ways to define New York City. It is the city of Broadway, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Empire State Building, the Freedom Tower, and Times Square. To me, it is the city of adventure. It means scores of new experiences that are completely unlike anything I have ever done. New York City should be known as the city of hidden treasures. There are many unknown gems located all over the city that can be found with a little research and exploration. One of these is the Chelsea Market. Located in Chelsea near the High Line, it is a charming collection of restaurants and stores selling books, foods, spices, and clothing. I have never seen anything quite like it. There are some parts of New York that can simply transport you to another time or place. When I entered the doors, I left the crazy metropolis and entered a small, close-knit marketplace with vendors selling just about everything. Originally, the Chelsea Market was a Nabisco factory, the company that invented and manufactures Oreos. This gives it an industrial character, which is enhanced by the exposed pipes on the ceiling and darker lighting. This industrialism is offset by the art displayed on the walls and the variety of people eating, talking, and uniting throughout the market. In almost every part of the market, I found something unexpected. There was a well that glowed different colors, a walkway covered in tiny fairy lights, and even a quirky spinning game. The atmosphere alone made the Chelsea Market one of my favorite discoveries in New York City. However, it was the crêpe I had from Bar Suzette Crêperie that sealed the deal.

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Urban Whimsy: A Perspective of NYC Briana Vecchione, Contributor

New York City is often seen as a contrast between harsh industrialized capitalism and a destination for those with dreams, spirit, and aspirations. Thus, much of Urban Whimsy is depicted via dichotomy, emphasized through its structured black and white composition. I, like many others, was drawn to the glamour of New York City from a young age. Growing up, I always heard the city to be unequivocal in every sense of the word, but I never truly understood this concept until I made the decision to move here to pursue my studies. I found myself thriving on the energetic and stimulating environment I had suddenly entered, relying on it for two specific effects: exposure and opportunity. It is this feeling that I wish to project in my collection. Urban Whimsy is my artistic tribute to the transformation that university undergraduates experience. As young adults, it is often times our first opportunity for true independence and we begin the journey wide-eyed and hungry. I have noticed that this spirit is often forgotten or abandoned with time, illustrated by the stoic faces of regular subway commuters or Wall Street bankers. In this way, Urban Whimsy is a preservation of youth and spirit within a city aged by its history and culture, for in a place as unforgiving as New York City, it is the whimsy that we must remember to recognize and internalize. This notion is interpreted in countless ways throughout the collection, be it the majestic nature of a building standing resiliently against the puddled streets, a weekend art fair by the river in the late summertime, or a stranger in a neon zoot suit meandering into a subway station. 1. An Attempt at the GoPro 2. Just One Shot 3. Curiosity 4. Summer's Cheer 5. Unexpected Receiver of a Midnight Snowfall 6. Glass Vanity 7. First Flight Against the Winds 8. Resilience

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AFTER CLASS WITH Professor Anne Levy

Why You Should be a Theatre Professional In the same way I joke with my students that they must possess a fair amount of masochism in wanting to go into the theatre as a career, I own up to a certain amount of sadism in even suggesting that the theatre is something students should pursue. And yet, here I am, saying that the theatre profession is a worthy one, at least worth the pain that it is sure to inflict upon the aspiring professional. For the record, I am not suggesting that you become an actor, although I imagine a fair number of readers gravitated towards this column thinking that I would somehow validate acting as a career choice. If, in fact, you have a need for validation that is, in any way, driving your choice to be an actor, well, as Walter Sobchak (as played by John Goodman) perfectly articulates in that timeless classic The Big Lebowski, “…my friend, you are entering a world of pain.” You’ve never seen The Big Lebowski? You should probably stop reading this right now and go watch The Big Lebowski. And while you’re at it, you should probably watch every movie that the Coen brothers ever made. And you probably shouldn’t stop there; you probably need to go back and watch every film that you can get your hands on. Then you probably need to read everything too, every great work of literature, every play, every poem. From there, you will need to move on to learning about the way people lived throughout time, so you will need to learn history, politics and philosophy. You will need to know about art and music too. And it’s important to be well informed on what’s happening in the world around you right now.

learning about the way people lived throughout time, so you will need to learn history, politics and philosophy. You will need to know about art and music too. And it’s important to be well informed on what’s happening in the world around you right now. However, the question here isn’t how to become a theatre professional but rather why you should want to be one in the first place. And the answer is simple. You should be a theatre professional because you just can’t help it. Yes, you must know all about the arts, literature, history, current events, and so forth to be a theatre professional and, more importantly, you should attempt to develop and satisfy an insatiable thirst for knowledge, because theatre will always be trying to teach you something. Why is that worthwhile? Because, I believe, a career that speaks to your sense of curiosity is worth the time, energy and engagement. And it is so satisfying! Theatre professionals, no matter what their job is at any given time, seem to be united around a certain set of shared skills. The first is a subconscious understanding of how "story" really works, that is to say, how we organize information in a way that it can be understood and reflected upon. The second is an uncanny ability in the fine art of resilience and follow-

-through. The third is being living examples of all of the business buzzwords you’ll see in every job notice: problem solvers, people persons, team players; these are our most fundamental basic skills. And aren’t these the qualities you want the people in your lives--both personal and professional--to have?

“However, the question here isn’t how to become a theatre professional but rather why you should want to be one in the first place. And the answer is simple. You should be a theatre professional because you just can’t help it.

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Dr. Dupont Dear Honors students,

“We've got magic to do... Just for you We've got miracle plays to play We've got parts to perform... Hearts to warm Kings and things to take by storm As we go along our way”

As the semester draws to an end, I reflect upon the year that’s passed. The big event this year was, of course, the renovation of the Honors College space. I am so thrilled to come to work and to see (and hear) so many of you enjoying the lounge and working in the study rooms.

--Steven Schwartz, from Pippin (Ben Vereen clip here: ) Someone recently compared what I do to magic. Although I was flattered, it got me to thinking about why anyone would think that. After all, the real magic is college and this place, this time in your lives, and I’m just a member of your audience. My sisters are four and eight years younger than I am, and when I went away to college, they were just “little sisters.” In time, one then the other sister went off to college, and when I next saw them, at Christmas vacation, they each had suddenly grown. Not grown physically, and certainly not grown up, but they were each different, better, more human and not “little” any more. They went to different schools than I did, and yet somehow the same thing that I’d experienced happened to them. For me, college was magic. It was a time and place of great beauty and ideas, but more than anything else, it was a moment when I could become myself. I went without knowing what I was getting into, in terms of work, in terms of people, in terms of emotions. I only knew that I wanted, that I needed something different from the home, the neighborhood, the high school that had all set limits on me. And though I still carried within me all those boundaries, college let me play new parts, and in some ways I still don’t understand, got me a life in this miracle play of college I try to perform every day. I’m grateful for the role.

The Honors College has continued to offer new opportunities to students. With the new mentoring program in place, incoming students have received support from upperclassmen and have been counseled on how to get the best out of Honors and Pace as a whole. The Honors Council has continued to do an amazing job of planning and implementing social and cultural events and writing and editing the newsletter. And for the first time, incoming students are being offered the option of getting $1000 that can be used toward a semester abroad or faculty-led course. We also have great plans for the future. We plan to include students on the advisory board; organize school trips for incoming students; host events with alumni for the purpose of networking with current Honors students; hire a part-time advisor to work with upperclassmen to address their particular concerns (e.g. career planning, applying to graduate school, and learning about prestigious scholarships).

To help us grow even more, I need your feedback. You can always email me with your ideas or concerns. In addition, I plan to conduct several focus groups at the end of the semester to evaluate the Honors College and offer suggestions about how to improve it. Please let me know if you want to be involved.

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