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September 16, 2009

Fear and Loathing in the Student Senate By Justin Roberts News Editor ’10

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By Alexandra Crossett Staff Writer ’12

Students and community members who frequent John F. Kennedy Boulevard by the college have recently been treated to a bright sight. A brand new, digital LED sign has been installed along the side of Saint Peter’s facing the Boulevard, on the outer wall of McIntyre Lounge. The video screen is a colorful addition to the campus this fall, part of an ongoing effort to further beautify the grounds and facilities that are a part of SPC.

The screen measures an impressive 7’4’’ by 15’9’’ and weighs 800 pounds. The idea for its placement was conceived of by President Eugene Cornacchia about a year ago as an extension to the electronic message board systems already in place. Despite being a potential boon to campus appearance, some students at SPC think that the project and associated effort and funds could have better served the community elsewhere, for example, in student housing and general upkeep. “I want our Student Center by next year, and better pest extermination in the dorms,” says Shanique Curry of the Class of 2011.

Another junior, Damola Adebayo also asks, “What about the dorms? There are bugs in my bedroom.” However, the money allotted for the video screen is meant to be spent solely to further the college beautification project. According to the President, the $130,000 used came from the existing $5 million bond for signage and facility improvements, which potentially excludes the dorms. Residential upkeep funds would have to come from another source. Continued at Page 5

Wednesday, September 9 6:45 p.m.: I stepped into the Degnan Room cautiously. Senator Marisa Ferris had arrived early with James Dillon, and Mary Helena, who were waiting to be appointed as Secretary and Treasurer of the Senior Class. A few others were with them. More trickled in slowly. The relationship between a voter and his representatives can only ever stand on rocky ground. I am reluctant to test the limits of my place. These students are no different than myself. Peers empowered to determine my future by weight of consensus.I never anticipated how awkward democracy could be. The evangelists preach of equality among men. They shout in classrooms at prone minds locked in immobile bodies. The talk of democratic power, self determination and the will of the people may not be interrupted unless the proper form for begging permission is observed, time permitting. American children leave grammar school knowing that George Washington is Continued at Page 5

Res Life Creates New Student Appeals Board By Justin Roberts News Editor ’10

Residence Life will be creating a Student Appeals Board to review the cases of written up students who have been found responsible for violating Residence Life policies. The 5 to 7 member group should become fully active by mid-November, according to Tenesha Lynch, Assistant Director of Residence Life for Conduct and Operations. The board will reconsider the plight of students found guilty of low to mid level infractions who can provide evidence or information that was not available at their original hearing or who can show that the hearing officer who convicted them treated them unfairly. The Board will be empowered to affirm


the original decision sanctions; affirm the original sanctions with a modification approved by an Appellate Advisor or to reverse the original decision sanctions. Advisors will include Ms. Lynch and Ms. LaKeesha Jackson, the Assistant Coordinator of Operations and Graduate Assistance. “My hope is to include help them understand why our policies are in place and how it (the judicial process) is meant to provide a positive well as teach students about responsibility,” said David Surratt, Director of Residence Life. Mr. Surratt and Ms. Lynch have been planning to involve students in Res Life’s judicial process for roughly a year. “Our original intent was to actually work with resident students to attend actual judicial

hearings...and help in the process of applying fair and consistent sanctions,” said Surratt. When too few students responded to populate the hearings, however, Res Life adapted their plan to the more specific purpose of reviewing existing decisions. The board is expected to grow once it begins reviewing cases. Students who want to join must submit an application, interview and complete training administered by Res Life. “Board members should be resident students who exhibit leadership, can maintain confidentiality and are effective communicators,” add Ms. Lynch. Student reaction has been mixed. While many are interested in the new board, few expect it to make any change to Res Life policies and have ignored various emails

sent to advertise it. Some, like Mike Massey (class of 2010), questioned the board’s practicality and effectiveness. “I feel that getting student involved in the judicial process is a step in the right direction,” said Massey. “However, members will only be dealing with “low level” matters--so questions about the level of impact members will have...need to be clarified.” “I do not really see how they (the board) will affect Res Life. It will not change any of the policies, just make sure that the rules are applied correctly,” said former student Ed Hennessy. “It will make it harder for the students to complain. Whenever they do, they’ll be told to take it to the appeals board.


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September 16, 2009


Who cares about a history class? The Jesuit ideal of education strives to cultivate in one the upmost faculties of mind. To this end one must be open to various disciplines and exert oneself rigorously towards perfection. The core curriculum strives to accomplish just that. Here at the Pauw Wow, we take pride in the Jesuit ideal of education, a tradition handed down to us from St. Ignatius of Loyola himself. We believe that awareness of the mind is of the greatest service to our community, wherever we may find ourselves. These ideals are evident in the core curriculum our college espouses. It pains us to see that a pervading sense of levity dominates a lot of these valuable classes. Segments of the student body resign themselves of the Jesuit education by concentrating on a few subjects they see as important, while eschewing the responsibility inherent in cultivating their minds. If this were not bad enough, some even engage in disruptive behaviors that preclude the learning of others. This is not what “men and women for others” is all about. This status quo damages the morale of the faculty as well, with some esteemed professors forced to give watered down versions of their classes to the lukewarm student body. This in turn leads to more lack of interest. The word “challenge” seems to be a fleeting memory in some classes. The students must understand that there

is much value in achieving a well-rounded education. While the value of economics in moneymaking is readily apparent, many wonder why they should study theology or history. What is its use in the pursuit of a financially secure future? The answer is plenty. Theology teaches us the moral and ethical grounding we need in order to succeed in a fast-paced world where we depend on other people more than we care to admit. This is readily apparent in the looming financial crisis. We are beginning to recover, but with more ethical instruction in our actions, we can prevent the same fate in the future. This example also illuminates the value of history. By studying and understanding the mistakes of our forbearers we can avoid them when our time of challenge arrives. We can learn to not only claim the moral high ground, but to stand on it proud and tall, on the shoulders of giants. Philosophy instructs us in the art of rational doubt. Every great captain of industry has made a fortune by doubting the established wisdom of the day. There is value in taking nothing for granted and understanding its reasons. Science is not immune from the pervasive influence of a Jesuit education. Progress will march forever on. But, progress at what cost? To be able to divine the costs of our progress we need to be instructed by the same principles that are

expounded by theology, history, and philosophy. Life and death are dependent on this. While all classes provide nourishment for the mind and the ability to nourish one’s body, art provides nourishment for the soul. The complete human being needs an outlet for the potent creative energies that flow in him or her. And in order to create, we need to appreciate. It is our sincere hope that the student body will understand our preoccupation with the scholarly and multi-disciplinary excellence. Ultimately, we all benefit from the progress each of us makes. We live in a global community that is interdependent, and each and every link is important. The faculty must understand that they cannot teach in isolation of other disciplines, for they all constantly cross paths. They must also understand that the key to quality education is in positive engagement of the student body. Together, the faculty and the student body can achieve greatness. The Jesuit education has borne this world a multitude of august men and women from whom we can all draw inspiration. There is no reason for it to stop now, but its success to cultivate in us the same traits and values that made the giants of ages past, hinges on our own determination to follow it through.

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September 16, 2009

Pump up the SPC Pump House By Raphael Zaki

Contributing Writer ’10 If you have come across our free weight section in the Yanitelli Life Center, you might have done a 180 degree turn and walked away. It is no doubt that our gym has led many SPC students to RUN to the nearest private gym and pay for a membership. And I cannot blame you, the state and quality of the equipment found in our weight room is atrocious. Most of our equipment is old and inadequate. The free-weights portion of our gym is in dire need of a face lift. The quality of our equipment, to say the least, is substandard. There is a layer of filth, grime, and rust on everything imaginable in our weight room.

Many of our dumbbells and barbells are fully enveloped in rust. Our dumbbells are bent out of shape, literally! Moreover, chances are high that if you have used a dumbbell in our “Pump House,” you have also had paint chips and rusted metal fall in your eyes or mouth. Hygienically speaking, this is not safe and can easily spread disease and infection. Moreover, due to the wear and the accumulation of grime over the years, our weights are no longer standard. The weight description indicated on our dumbbells is no longer accurate. This is a major risk for our SPC weightlifters. The body is symmetrical and must displace weight evenly throughout the body; when no two dumbbells are exact in weight, it creates a very high risk of injury. In addition, the cable machines found in our

weight room are not fairing much better. Every cable exercise requires a fluid muscular movement; however, the grime built up on our pulley system creates a choppy resistance factor that can lead to injury. Next, some machines have passed their prime and should make way for more cardio space or a newer machine. For example, the back corner of our room is home to what regulars refer to as, “The 70s death trap.” Last spring, while chatting with one of the old roughnecks, I learned that this machine was one of the first NEW pieces of equipment the gym received when it was renovated in the 1970s. What’s more, I have been here for nearly three years, and still have no idea what the machine does. In all h o n e s t y,

that thing belongs in a torture museum and not a college gym. It’s not all doom and gloom. I believe we can truly revamp and reenergize our weight room while still remaining cost efficient. Why not replace our radio in the gym that seems to favor stations that only play static, with a modern stereo set with an iPod dock? Let’s replace our rusted dumbbells with more modern rubber weights. Why not add a fresh coat of paint to our walls and stationary machines? This, along with a few maintenance adjustments, can truly bring about astounding results. Oh yea, and a few more Arnold Schwarzenegger posters wouldn’t hurt either.

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Some of the equipment in the gym is long overdue for replacement.

Peaches Wants You to Study Abroad By Peaches Dela Paz, Contributing Writer ’10

As I boarded the plane to the small European island of Malta this past January, I anxiously said goodbye to my

has cheap flights going to Europe and even North Africa for as little as €5 round trip! I only spent €35 to get from Malta to Sweden. I also had an once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Egypt where I got to ride camels in front of the pyramids,

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Peaches and her Japanese roommate, Ikue, visiting a fishing village in Marxaslokk, Malta. family. This was my first time traveling alone but, studying abroad was something I had always wanted to do. In fact, from the moment I started touring colleges in high school, questions regarding collegiate study abroad programs topped my priorities list. I chose to study abroad at the University of Malta for several reasons. Malta is an island in the middle of the Mediterranean, it is close to Italy, everyone in Malta speaks English, and it never snows there - what’s not to like? It also helped that the university had a good history program (which also happens to be my major). It is hard to explain Malta and the Maltese culture. I have heard some describe Malta as the “Sandcastle of the Mediterranean, ” which is a fitting description. At the university residence where I lived, my roommate was Japanese, and my flat mates (the European term for others living in the same apartment), hailed from Italy, Holland, and France. My closest friends were from Canada, Northern Ireland, and Finland. I came to Malta not knowing anybody and I left Malta with so many friends from all over the globe. The saying, “You learn something new every day,” is an understatement while studying abroad. Getting lost and finding your way back, learning a different language, visiting the tourist sites, finding the spots only the locals know about, and every routine trip turns into an adventure while studying abroad. Living in a world of technology, it is easier than ever to book a flight to another country. One of the reasons I chose to study abroad in Europe was the easy access to other countries. Public transportation in Europe is affordable and gets you almost anywhere. The Irish company, RyanAir,

cruise down the Nile, and visit ancient Egyptian temples. All of these experiences do not even include the academic part of studying abroad. Classes in Europe are very different from attending classes in America. Classes meet once a week and most professors only grade their students on one criterion: the final exam. I had the refreshing opportunity to study courses from a Mediterranean perspective, not blurred by American goggles. Studying abroad is also affordable and possible. With programs like the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), any scholarship or financial aid that a regular Saint Peter’s College student receives can be applied towards the semesters abroad. There are several countries to choose from. While looking at countless programs for your major on various university websites (some not available in English) can be a little stressful, keep in mind that we have a great study abroad office on campus to use as a resource. When I arrived back in the States in June, sun-kissed and exhausted, I was a different person. I not only made close friends around the world in just six months, but I was also more independent and had learned more about myself. I have countless stories and there isn’t a day when I do not think about Malta and miss everything about it. Studying abroad opened up the world to me. Studying abroad allows complete cultural immersion by providing the experience of life in a different country, and provides memories for a lifetime. Convinced about studying abroad? Contact Dr. Enid LaGesse at 201.761.6428; or me, adelapaz@spc. edu about ISEP


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How to best Allocate Our Money Paul Lazaro

Opinion Editor ’11 Whether or not we should have an activities fee mandated by Saint Peter’s College is no longer an issue. Last spring, the Student Senate almost unanimously voted in favor of a $100 per semester activities fee. So the question remains, “How can our Student Senate, more importantly the Financial Evaluation Committee (FEC) within the Student Senate, best allocate the money to clubs under the Student Senate Charter?” According to Student Senate President Noel Borges, the FEC is comprised of three class senators, the Senate Vice President for Activities, the Senate Treasurer, and three students from the SPC community at large. It is their role, Borges explained, to dictate how funds should be allocated

to clubs under the Student Senate charter. In other words, these eight students decide which clubs get what funding. Once again, the Student Activities fee question has shifted. Now it’s no longer “How can the Student Senate best allocate our money?” Now the question is, “How should these eight students within the FEC allocate our money?” This poses a frightening trend: The further we follow our money, the number of people charged with deciding how it’s used becomes smaller. Which is why it is in the best interest of the individual Saint Peter’s College student to demand a refund on their money, in the form of store credit. In other words, the FEC should reallocate the money they are in charge of, by giving every student a voucher that they can use to pay into clubs. This way, when individual students pay into clubs at the start of every

SPC from the Perspective of an International Freshman Part 1 of 2 By Semiray Kasoolu Contributing Writer ’13

It was much to my elders’ grudging indignation and acquiescent rage last spring, when I decided it was time to leave my conservative community in Bulgaria for a new beginning. My decision to leave was not abrupt. The seeds of contagion were sown in sixth grade, the day we began studying English to be exact. Then, it all came naturally - the exams, the college applications, and Saint Peter’s. It’s no stretch of the imagination why my elders disproved of my decision; they come from a culture which dictates that one’s progeny should stay by their parents’ side until the end. Don’t get me wrong, I respect and value my family. However, this hidebound policy, while sustaining the population of a community, robs the youth of future perspectives. I’m lucky because my father is a dissident insofar as this mentality is concerned. It was his support that gave me the courage to embark on this journey. And the day for that came imperceptibly. All my family gathered to say a lachrymose goodbye. Even great-grandpa was crying.

He’s seen a lot in his 91 years, yet he was crying. I still wonder if it was because I was outreaching the patriarchal smugness or because he would really miss me. On 16th of August 2009, with timidity and confidence, I boarded a plane to a place I believe will be my preparatory school to real life. It took me 11 hours to reach this place. It was my first flying experience. I was eager to take the window seat, but an enthusiastic French couple took it on my transit flight to Paris and I was embarrassed to look towards the window as they were exchanging amorous gestures for the duration of the flight. On the second plane, a nice Nigerian man gave me his window seat, but it didn’t take long to dampen my gratitude – he asked me to pull the blinds after 2 hours. Anyway, my last hours of flight were spent in a semi-conscious state. So deep was my daze that I was startled when I heard our pilot’s sweet French accent exclaim, “Dear passengers, flight F017 is expected to land in Newark in approximately 10 minutes.” ‘Hmm, so here we go,’ I thought.

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semester, they will determine how much funding a club receives. In turn, clubs will need to compete in order to receive the most funding, ultimately leading the clubs to provide the greatest possible events at the most affordable price. For example, say I was given a voucher for 50 dollars. I could dictate what clubs I want to join based upon what every club costs, and what they offer me. Not only do I have an invested interest in using my voucher, but I also have an invested interest in assuring that the club I am paying into is well run, and that they are providing me with a wide array of activities. I can hear the naysayers already asking, “But what if I want to join more clubs?” and the answer is simple. If students exceed the number of clubs they want to join, they could further pay into the system. This would ensure that students interested in

joining more clubs, would be paying their own way, not taking money from other students. Again the naysayers will say, “What if a student fails to redeem their voucher because they don’t want to join any clubs?” To that I say, why is it any of your concern if students want to squander what is theirs? Furthermore, that unused money could be equally distributed among clubs or given to clubs who need start up money. Overall, the voucher system is the best possible way to fairly allocate our money. It ensures that every individual will have the option to decide how to use their money, and force clubs into stepping up their events. Most importantly, it will provide students with an opportunity to engage in an already vibrant Student Activities program.

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Largest Digital Billboard in JC Installed on Dinneen Hall Billboard from Page 1 Some students (those from 140, Veteran’s Memorial Court, Murray Hall, and Durant Hall in particular) have yet to even see the board. Nearly all the freshmen and those who reside in Saint Peter’s Hall have been exposed to the board, having to pass that side of the campus when going to class and other activities. The students “down the hill” rarely frequent the space between JFK Boulevard and Dineen/McDermott Hall. Not all students are opposed to the video wall. Many commented that it is a great modern addition to our campus, bringing SPC up to par with other institutions featuring similar boards. The President himself says of the sign, “It provides an exciting, modern and dynamic way for the College to promote educational services, programs, lectures and cultural events to the student population, the Community and members of the general public.” Certainly members of the college community can remember the large vinyl signs advertising Open Houses and similar events in the past. Now we are privileged to have a screen that can display those and many other advertisements and news in a bold way.

Fear and Loathing in the Student Senate Fear and Loathing from Page 1 the real God, and that taxes are only right if someone you never met stands in D.C. and pretends that you and 646,242 of your closest friends (the national average for people in a congressional district for the 2000 Census) all want whatever he says. In just a few minutes, I would see this great machine in action. For the next year I will be attending Student Senate Meetings and reporting on them for the Pauw Wow. After considering the dangers of boredom, triviality and inertia customary to the Senate and its coverage, I decided to liven it up by covering it Gonzo style, in the tradition of the great political reporter Hunter S. Thompson. (I preemptively apologize to our faculty advisor, Fr. Schroth) 7:12 p.m. “If you haven’t figured it out already, the Student Activities Fee passed last year,” exclaimed Student Senate President Noel Borges, somewhat unnecessarily. Noel sometimes reiterates general phrases to emphasize their import. He uses the tactic to shore up his arguments several times that night. The president dominates as a matter of form. The rules of order (The president steers the meetings through the agenda, recognizes people to speak and nominate, second and calls votes; senators must wait their turn to speak and can only bring up new issues if he recognizes them) give him an immediate advantage and the rules of comportment (speak at a decent volume; again wait to talk; use formal nomenclature) shore up reverence for the order the president manages. Noel and his Eboard create the agenda for each meeting and the Senate has to approve it before beginning. The approval is a kind of window dressing check: no one expects the senate to refuse. The senators can arrange cooperation in and out of the chambers and challenge the constitutionality and rationality of the president and his officers. Sometimes they do. Still, the procedural importance and preeminence of the president means that he mostly sets the agenda, forcing the

senators to first successfully challenge his plans before they can mount efforts of their own. This rule is not absolute, but few have the energy to fight that hard in the Student Senate. 7:16 p.m. The Freshmen elections are going to be held on October 7th and 8th, leaving them unrepresented until then. 7:17 p.m. So far the Eboard has (1) announced upcoming school events; (2) told the senators that the money for the literary clubs and the newspaper has been processed and distributed and (3) that they are informally required to attend Student Leadership Day despite reluctance on some of their parts. Noel tells the senators that he has conferred with President Cornacchia and will do see each month this year. The Eboard came up with plans to change things, he says. 8:46 p.m. The night wore on and bureaucracy ground into its second straight hour. I finally left after Senator Josh Cipolla motioned for a five minute cigarette break. Two solid hours of politicking were more than I could bear. The Senators spent the time populating their various committees. Affirmative Action, College Services, Academic Standards, Publicity, Constitution, Bill of Rights, Campus Safety, Residence Life, Calendar, Enrollment, Archives, Judicial, Academic Services, Strategic Planning and Budget, Curriculum, Quality of Life, Student Activities Fee Oversight, Info Tech, and Financial Services. Most of the committees are adhoc, created by the Eboard over the Summer based on the results of Noel’s student survey. According to Senator Joseph Skillender, the Constitution requires that the full senate create these committees, making the ones the Eboard created unconstitutional. The flap that follows is resolved when Noel assures the students that since adhoc committees are purely issues based, they will not have to meet regularly if no problems arise regarding those issues. The senators are pacified and no one brings the topic up again. A few of the committees remain to

be settled. Several times none of the senators wanted to join a committee being discussed. Sometimes one would be nominated against her will and browbeaten into accepting. Some are tabled until the next meeting. Sometime after 8:38 p.m. (I stopped taking notes and was inching towards freedom) the meeting lurches towards Strategic Planning and Budget. This is a special committee, meaning it is a silent seat on the actual Faculty Senate committee. There is only one position, open to any student and prized above all others. The senators look awkwardly at each other, none wanting to tip their hat and appear too eager. A hand goes up and Michael Massey, a senior, is nominated. Before anyone else gathers the courage to try, the nomination is seconded and everyone votes. Before the votes are tallied, though, President Noel announces that he has forgotten. Usually the Student Senate President wins this post. The Eboard hurls a nomination onto the floor and passes nearly unanimously against three dissenting votes. My hand among several other shoots up, begging to ask what happened to that other nomination. Noel had ignored procedure and neglected to record a vote’s results in favor of his own nomination. After a minute he seemed to remember this and consulted with Mr. Rink, the Student Activities Rep charged with chaperoning us kids. After the third vote, Mike Massey and Jim Dillon get knocked out by Senator Joe Skillender (Noel withdrew himself from the running). The Senate seems to be a mix of dry procedure, human frailty and ambitions both noble and vulgar. Fallible men and women represent the students and intercede for us with the Administrative Titans. Here the democratic abstraction slams into concrete human nature and the survivors squat in the aftermath. The grandiose notions get garbled in the mouths of man and before long the sacred franchise resembles dull reality t.v. Vox populi, Vox dei.

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Photo Courtesy of -First step is to season the steaks with some salt and lots of pepper, just completely cover the steak in it.

Food Columnist, ’11 As we continue this column that I like to think of as an excuse for me to make good food, I’ve finally broken away from the norm of chicken and rice to finally bring you some red meat and potatoes. This week’s recipe is steak in a black pepper sauce, which can be served with almost any side dish, but goes best with potatoes. It is very important that you do not overcook the steak (aka anything over medium doneness) otherwise you will end up with a tough and dry hockey puck. Some of you may be afraid of getting sick from undercooked steak, but that is nearly impossible these days due to FDA regulations, the only reason there is a need to cook the meat at all is to make it easier to bite and chew. In many places you can order a steak tartar, which is really just ground up raw steak, and no one has gotten sick from eating it. But just to be on the safe side make sure your meat is fresh and is no more than 2 days old.

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-Then heat up the butter on medium high heat until it is completely melted. -Now you can cook the steak, for a medium rare steak cook each side on the medium high heat for 2 min each side, for a medium steak cook each side 3 min. Once the steak is cooked remove it to a cooking sheet and place it in the oven to stay warm. -After removing the steak it is time to make the sauce. If you are using the beef stock/beer put that in the pan now and let the liquid reduce until about half of it has been boiled away. After that add the whiskey and reduce. -Finally add the heavy cream and the coarsely crushed pepper and pepper balls and reduce the final mixture until you end up with a creamy tan sauce. It is important to continuously stir the mixture to make sure you get everything off the bottom of the pan. This all should take about 7 or 8 minutes -After the sauce has thickened just plate the steak and pour sauce over it.

There are worried mumbles of voices, They are repetitive and similar, You struggle to listen but they can’t be heard over the shatter. Each time they say that name their voices return to mire chatter. Soon you’re left in a desolate room with only a clatter. Through the dark spot in your heavy eyes A crimson trail of something you can’t recognize, An attempt to proceed is resisted by a great force, As though you have been consumed by its frenzy. Though it was wearing you arrive at an abandoned fortress. Even its beautiful destruction leaves you puzzled and uneasy. As you pass the gate a minuscule beat can be felt. So low that it might just die and go out. Then things become clear to what you are near, You can not restrain your fear, A tremble takes hold, Your legs buckle and fold, A helpless heart is left to mold. She tore down your wall, That was so strong and tall, She stood at the top, And apathetically watched So vigorously chopped, As my very essence began to fall.

That Power By Michael Sacca

Contributing Writer ’11 The greatest power I have is to make you smile, When I glance at u and there is no way to hold it off, That warm feeling that u can't just turn off. But it’s not just you that feels this way, But a mutual feeling that I don’t have to say. You can tell when our eyes meet, Your sparkle controls my emotions, When you're happy I can’t help but feel the same, When you’re sad my heart can't stand your pain. That smile that makes my emotions hard to tame. I always look deep inside ignoring all else, Because it’s deep inside that you find something else. A spirit of your own with a shell of protection, Kept in a shield to avoid its dissection. And if I could just bring it out, That power to make you smile without doubt, That would be all I need. The greatest power I have is to make you smile.


The steak (any cut will do as long as it is about ¾ of an inch thick and roughly 8 oz) Lots and lots of pepper (a pepper mill works best), salt Some very coarsely ground pepper and a few whole pepper balls (about 3 tablespoons) 2 tablespoons of butter ¾ cup of heavy cream 3/4 cup beef stock or dark beer (both optional) 1/3 cup of cognac or whiskey Some more pepper


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September 16, 2009

Oh No! Summer ’s over! Now what? By Stephanie Danis Arts Editor ’11

* Check out the Creative Grove Artist Market every Friday from 2-8 PM @ * Check out a few concerts at local venues, look for more info @ * Join the Jersey City Meet Up Book Club @ * Look for new events in Jercity at * Find a museum to go to! lists all of the museums in NYC! Most of the time museums offer free admittance one day a week or deals for students, so check it out and have a year as fulfilling as your summer! This year’s Arts & Entertainment section will be expanding. We will be looking for writers, reviewers, and reporters to cover literature, theater, music events, art events, and movie releases. Please contact me if you are interested in submitting articles or have any ideas about what you would like covered.

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More to the Metropolitan than Just Old Paintings By Alexandra Crossett Staff Writer ’12

No matter where your interests may lie, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Opera offer something for everyone this season. Last week continuing through Labor Day weekend, the Metropolitan Opera presented a series from their 2008-2009 season on a massive HDTV screen in Lincoln Square. Roughly 2000 seats were set up to accommodate crowds. Those in attendance were treated to spectacular sights and sounds, and even passersby were drawn in. Featured programs included La Bohemme and The Merchant of Venice. One patron who previously planned to go to the event raved, “It’s just as good as the live show; you may miss some of the magnetism from sharing the same space as the singers, but the feeling and the scope is still there.”

Another New Yorker had no idea that the show was being broadcast and happened upon the screen during a commute. “This is great PR for the Opera. Impossible to ignore and it really draws people into what goes on here on a year-round basis.” Even if you missed the spectacle, the season has only just begun at the opera

a show, you leave with more than you came with. The Opera is fantastic, and the museum can be more than just artifact upon artifact. Programs at the Met include guided tours highlighting the significance of each piece, films on various subjects that connect with the real history in the galleries, interactive displays, and visitorfriendly gatherings. If you plan on stopping in the city, be sure to take advantage of the many opportunities and programs available photo courtesy of through the Met. If art applies to your area of this year, and for a low admission ($20 in some cases), patrons can experience study, the Met offers an internship that will world-class performances by some of the look great on a resume. Don’t forget the best performers in the opera business. Be free events and free student admissions sure to visit the websites for both the Met you can find – at Saint Peter’s, students Museum and the Opera; even if the events are lucky enough to be close to the culture, don’t seem like something you would be history, and learning available through the interested in, you may be surprised to find city, and this resource is not one to waste. that after viewing an exhibition or seeing

Arkham Asylum has Gamers Going Batty By Jacob R. Hines

Contributing Writer ’11

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Stunning graphics set this Batman game apart from other comic video games.

For many months, gamers and comic book fans alike have been waiting for the release of Batman: Arkham Asylum. Finally, the game has arrived, and has proven to be well worth the wait. Any gamer can attest to the general disappointment of most games based on comic book material. Arkham Asylum not only breaks but also totally obliterates this precedent from our memories. In fact, on the day of its release, Arkham Asylum had already been labeled as a leading contender for game of the year. With stunning visuals, a dark and engaging storyline, and enough infamous villains to make even the Dark Knight himself shudder in fear, Asylum brings comic book games to a whole new level.

The plot begins when Batman brings the Joker to Arkham Asylum after a battle. Everything seems to be progressing normally until the Joker breaks free and escapes into the asylum. Now, the Caped Crusader is trapped in Arkham along with many familiar faces, including Killer Croc, Clayface, Bane, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, and many others. The game’s artistic work alone is enough to warrant its purchase. The intricacy of the asylum is amazing, and the character designs are a marvel. Perhaps the most notable of these is Scarecrow, who can only be described as terrifying. The darker tone of this game also provides us with a more endangered sense, as opposed to the more cartoonish games of the past. If you had ever found yourself wondering if there would ever be a good Batman video game, that day has finally arrived. Welcome to Arkham Asylum.

September 16, 2009

From the Archives



September 16, 2009

From the Archives



September 16, 2009

Top Ten Best Rock Albums of All Time 7

By Kenneth Littrell Contributing Writer ’10

Here is a list of my Top Ten Best Rock Albums of All Time.


. AC/DC- Let There Be Rock: From “A Whole Lotta Rosie”, to “Problem Child”, to the top single you’ve seen in the Rock Band 2 commercials: “Let there be Rock,” this album is probably one of the best of its time, and of our time! AC/ DC is still touring!


. Thin Lizzy-Jailbreak: One of the most under-rated bands of all time, Phil Lynott creates a masterpiece with songs like the self-titled, ”Jailbreak”, “Emerald” and the infamous “The Boys are Back in Town.” This Irish band has many other great albums, but this is one of the most memorable.


. Van Halen- Van Halen: This band errs on the side of Glam Rock with a sprig of Metal for good measure. On this album, “Running with the Devil”, “Atomic Punk”, and even the Kinks cover of “You really got me”, David Lee Roth’s wails, and EVH’ shredding guitar will have you rocking out like it’s 1978!

. Deep Purple- Machinehead: Most of you know the popular song “Smoke on the Water” off of this album, but listen to songs like “Maybe I’m a Leo”, “Space Truckin”, and my personal favorite “Highway Star” and you’ll think more highly of it. If you don’t have this album, I suggest you pick it up.


.AerosmithRocks: You think “Appetite of Destruction” was a great album, but according Slash from Guns and R o s e s , this is his


. The Beatles- Abbey Road: This album choice could be debatable, especially since all of my other choices are mainly metal, but when you have “Come Together” as the opening song to the album followed up by “Something” with “I want you (she’s so heavy) as the closer, it’s too hard to not pick this album. Debatable yes, but this album makes the


. Led Zeppelin- IV: In my view, this is the cream of the crop of rock and roll albums. Many say this band is over-rated, but I beg to differ. I think when you have a song called “Rock and Roll” you’re more than obligated to put them at the top. Every song on this album is a masterpiece. “Going to California”, “Black Dog”, “The Battle of Evermore”, and the most requested rock song on FM radio in the U.S, “Stairway to Heaven” takes this album to the top.

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Led Zeppelin: Top: John Bonham From left to right: John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant. favorite album. I don’t blame him. Especially with songs like “Nobody’s Fault”, “Back in the Saddle” and “Train Kept Rolling”, if only they could put out another album like this one, they’d be bigger than the Stones.


.Queen- A Night at the Opera: two words, Bohemian… Rhapsody.


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. Black Sabbath- Paranoid: I wouldn’t even say that the self titled song is their best, because with the inclusion of “War Pigs” and “Fairies wear boots” it’s really hard to decide which is their biggest hit, thus making this album part of the top 3.


. Guns’ n’ Roses- Appetite for Destruction: With an album name like that, you know you’re in for some trouble. Every song on this album is a pure classic from “Sweet Child ‘O’ Mine” to “My Michelle”, and the overnight sensation “Welcome to the Jungle.” What you have is Aerosmith’s Rocks on steroids. So there it is, my top ten best albums of all time. I’m sure one could easily alter it, but in my opinion this is the “best of the best” hands down, and I wouldn’t change it for anything. If you have any questions, suggestions, or commentary regarding this list, you can email me at

Upcoming Argus Eyes Production By Stephanie Danis Arts Editor ’11

The smell of the freshly varnished floors in the redecorated Roy Irving theater signals the kick off of the 2009 theater season at Saint Peter’s College. The season began with the Performing Arts Showcase ran from Thursday, September 10th until Saturday, September 12th. The show featured performances from all of Saint Peter’s Performing Arts Groups: The Gospel Choir, Argus Eyes, The Aiden C. McMullen Chorale, and the Dance Team! Argus Eyes will be putting on a Fall Variety Show running from October 1st through the 3rd, so if you missed the Performing Arts Showcase, have no fear, you still have a chance to see the new theater and your favorite stars! Prepare to be spooked on the weekend of October 29th when Argus Eyes will also be hosting a Halloween Variety Show! After the show, join the P.R.I.D.E club for a Halloween party in Roy Irving Theater!!

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Spring 2009 production of Anything Goes by Argus Eyes



September 16, 2009

By Chris Frakes Staff Writer’11

AFC WEST: This upcoming season, the AFC West appears to be one of the weakest divisions in football. The Kansas City Chiefs are a young team with new m­­­anagement and a new quarterback. The Oakland Raiders have a strong defense but still aren’t sure what they have in Jamarcus Russel. The Denver Broncos have a rookie head coach who traded away their star quarterback, with an average Kyle Orton passing to a disgruntled Brandon Marshall. The San Diego Chargers appear to be the team to beat in this division, with Philip Rivers behind center, a healthy LaDanian Tomlinson, a tough defense with Shawne Merriman returning, and the explosive Darren Sproles returning, running and catching balls. All indications are that San Diego will run away with the division, which I believe will be the case. Winner: San Diego Chargers (13-3).

NFC WEST: Last year in the NFC West, the Arizona Cardinals came from nowhere to somehow make it to the Super Bowl. The Cardinals appear to be the team to beat with an outstanding wide receiving duo in Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, and drafting Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells. The Seattle Seahawks had an impressive stretch of division championships until last year, when quarterback Matt Hasselbeck went down with an injury. Mike Singletary will have a hardworking and inspired San Francisco team as he did when he became the interim head coach last season. The St. Louis Rams appear to be the bottom dwellers again with a young team in transition, and their rookie head coach Steve Spagnuolo will be implementing his new system. Depending on the play of the 49ers and Seahawks, the Cardinals could once again run away with the division. Winner: Arizona Cardinals (11-5)

NFL Predictions AFC SOUTH:


The AFC South will be a competitive division once again. The defending division champs, the Tennessee Titans, have a dynamic defense even with the loss of Albert Haynesworth, and still have a nice offensive core with Kerry Collins managing the offense. The Indianapolis Colts will be in contention as always with Peyton Manning leading the way, even with a new head coach. The Jacksonville Jaguars once again appear to be a tough defensive team, along with the power running game of Maurice Jones-Drew which head coach Jack Del Rio prides his team on. The surprise team in the division could be the Houston Texans. The Texans have drafted a talented young defense, and appear to have a competent quarterback in Matt Schaub along with Andre Johnson, one of the best wide receivers in the game. This will be a hard fought battle for the division title, with possibly both wild card teams coming from within this division. Winner: Indianapolis Colts (12-4).


This division looks to be once again a two team race for the crown. The Baltimore Ravens and defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers seem to have a hold on the division, with the two Ohio teams in the background. The Cincinnati Bengals look to have an explosive offense once again with Chad Ochocinco and Carson Palmer, but the defense appears to be their weak point again. The Cleveland Browns are only a year removed from a 10 win season, but took a step back last year and still have a quarterback dilemma with Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson for their new coach, Eric Mangini. The surprise team of the division, the Ravens, has the same core players with second year quarterback Joe Flacco and their strong defense that led them to the AFC Championship game. The Steelers return with nearly the same team as last year which pins them to be the favorites to win the division once again. Winner: Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3).


The NFC North is one of the most storied, and controversial divisions in the NFL with three new quarterbacks. The Detroit Lions are coming off the worst seasons in NFL history, but Matt Stafford looks to change the atmosphere in Detroit. The Green Bay Packers found out what they had in Aaron Rodgers last year, and gladly accepted it. Rodgers is quickly becoming one of the better young quarterbacks in the league, and answered if whether or not the Packers can compete post Brett Favre. Jay Cutler now takes the reins in Chicago, with the Bears hoping he can lead the defensive minded team to the promise land, along with young running back Matt Forte. The never-ending Brett Favre saga continues in his new home, Minnesota. The Vikings appear to have all the pieces to be a Super Bowl team now that they have Favre leading the way, but will his shoulder hold up? This will be a close division with an exciting three team race. Winner: Minnesota Vikings (12-4)

The NFC South could go down to the last game of the season as it did last year. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers come into the season with a new coaching staff, with many new faces on the field, making it tough for them to compete in this division this year. One of the most explosive teams in the NFL is the New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees fell a few yards short of the all time passing yards record last year, and the majority of his offense returns this year. The Saints’ offense is without question, but their playoff hopes rely on the play of their defense. The Carolina Panthers are coming off a disappointing playoff performance, but still maintain one of the best defenses in the league making them a tough team to beat once again. Last year’s surprise team, the Atlanta Falcons, appear to be the team to beat in the division. The addition of Tony Gonzalez solidifies an already impressive offensive attack. Winner: Atlanta Falcons (12-4).

AFC EAST: Last year this division featured a three-horse race, and appears to be once again. The Buffalo Bills again appear to be at the bottom of the division, with a lone bright spot (if you can say that) in The Terrell Owens Experience. The New England Patriots look to be strong as usual with the return of Tom Brady, but how will his confidence in his knee be with the speed of the regular season? The Miami Dolphins were a surprise team last year with the Hanging Chad (Pennington) managing a young offense to a division championship. The buzz in the division is around Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets, and rightfully so. Preseason is different from the regular season but Sanchez looked poised and has the confidence to lead the Jets to a division title. In the end it will come down to how Brady’s knee holds up, and the progression of Sanchez, making it a very exciting division. Winner: New York Jets (115).

NFC EAST: This is one of the most followed divisions in football. On any given year, any team can win it, and the same can be said for the 2009-2010 season. The Washington Redskins appear to be the weak link this year, even with a strong team, with the addition of DT Albert Haynesworth anchoring the defense. This year will be a big one for the Dallas Cowboys as well. It is now Tony Romo’s team with the loss of Owens, and Roy Williams must step up this year and become a legitimate number one receiver for the Cowboys to be competitive. The New York Giants are just a year removed from being Super Bowl champs, and still have the same aggressive defense which helped Big Blue win it all. There is just one key person missing, Plaxico Burress. Eli Manning must find a new top receiver, and if anyone steps up, they will be dangerous once again. The most drama filled team in the division will be the Philadelphia Eagles, and what they will do with Michael Vick. If Vick can regain part of his old self and run a successful Wildcat Offense, the Eagles could take the division. This will most likely be a two-team race, coming down to the last game as well. Winner: Philadelphia Eagles (11-5)


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Left to right : Brandon Marshall, Larry Fitgerald, Tony Gonzalez

Once the playoffs come, any team can get hot and make a run to the Super Bowl. In the AFC, the New EnglandPatriots and the Tennessee Titans will make into the playoffs as Wild Card teams. The two Wild Card teams from the NFC this year will be the Giants and the Saints, making it very tough for the division champs to make it to the Super Bowl. In the end, the Philadelphia Eagles will be the champs of the NFC. The AFC champion and 2010 Super Bowl champs will be the San Diego Chargers, beating the Philadelphia Eagles in the big game. Super Bowl: Chargers def Eagles 31-21.



September 16, 2009

Tough Times Ahead for Men’s Soccer

By Ivo Stoyanov

against 12th ranked Connecticut side was always going to be difficult and the 2-0 loss wasn’t a huge surprise. However, much worse was to follow in the team’s next game. Two days later, SPC lost by a resounding 7-0 to #17 Dartmouth, conceding sixteen shots and recording just one. Despite a brave performance by freshman goalie Carlos Suarez, who made 9 saves, the loss was humiliating and the heaviest in at least 5 years for the school’s soccer program. A comparatively solid 1-0 defeat another two days later may have alleviated the misery in the Peacock camp, but the team nevertheless slumped to a 0-3 record in the 2009 regular season. Last year, Saint Peter’s made the NCAA tournament, qualifying as a runner-up from the MAAC due to its stellar regular season performance. This time around, it seems – based on the early games at least – that even a MAAC playoff appearance could be an unattainable target. Last year’s graduation of seven seniors, most of whom were starters, was compounded by what might be a season-ending injury

Contributing Writer ’10 In recent years, SPC’s soccer team has been one the school’s best performing programs, but upholding this tendency may be difficult in 2009. Could this be another off-year for a side that sandwiched a playoff-less season between two title games in 2006 and 2008? With the four best teams qualifying to the season-ending MAAC semifinals in a ten-team-strong field, anything but making the cut will be a fiasco for SPC. Saint Peter’s was ranked third in the traditional MAAC coaches’ preseason poll, but the first few games were anything but impressive. A preseason 6-0 drubbing at Seton Hall was followed by an encouraging 7-2 win at home over Caldwell. However, the buoyant team spirit after the convincing victory against a division II competitor didn’t help the Peacocks against their first ranked opponent in 2009. The September 2nd away game

for defensive stalwart Assaf Sheleg. His absence has been glaringly obvious in SPC’s losses so far. The early lackluster performance of the team does not necessarily mean that the team will not do well in the MAAC, but the Peacocks don’t have much time to pick their game up. A home match against traditional rival NJIT on September 16th is followed by tough trips to Columbia in NY, and then to defending champion Maryland’s College Park on September 18th and 22nd, respectively. After that, just two fixtures, a home game against Adelphi and another treacherous visit to Bucknell, are on the cards before the MAAC contests kick off with an even heavier away journey: a Friday-Sunday double-header away to Canisius and Niagara in October. Let’s cheer the Peacocks in their next home game at 4pm on Wednesday, Sept. 16th at Jaroschak Field. The lads surely seem like they could use some support. Photo By SR Smith Sports Photography

Braulio Constantino, mid fielder

Athletics Calendar September 16 - 30, 2009

Men’s Soccer


Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 4:00pm (Home) Opponent: NJIT Location: Jaroschak Field Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 4:00pm (Home) Opponent: Adelphi Location: Jaroschak Field

Golf TennisDate: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 (Home) Opponent: Manhattan Location: West Orange, NJ

September 16th ~ 29th, 2009

12pm - 1pm : Student Senate Open House (McIntyre Lounge (entire) -

Dinneen Hall - 1st floor) 7pm : Anime Movie Night (Pope Lecture Hall - Pope Hall - 1st floor) 10pm : SEB Comedy Show (Pope Lecture Hall - Pope Hall - 1st floor)

Thurday 17th

10am - 2pm : Volunteer Fair (McIntyre Lounge (entire) - Dinneen Hall - 1st floor)

7pm - 10pm : Iftar (McIntyre Lounge - Sect. B - Dinneen Hall - 1st floor)

Saturday 19th

10am - 2pm : Peacock Preview (Pope Lecture Hall - Pope Hall - 1st floor)

Tuesday 22

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2009 2:00pm (Home) Opponent: Canisius* Date: Sunday, September 27, 2009 1:00pm (Home) Opponent: Niagara*

Tennis Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 (Home) Opponent: Monmouth Location: Yanitelli Center Bubble


Wednesday 16th

4pm 8pm -

Date: Sunday, September 20, 2009 2:00pm (Home) Opponent: Manhattan*


Final date to file Pass/Fail option for Fall Trimester courses 4pm : First America Reads Orientation

Wednesday 23rd

11am : Michaelmas Convocation (D pattern classes cancelled) 4pm : Application for Loyola Volunteers Due!! Dinneen Hall 135

7pm - 10pm : Irish American Club Movie Night (Pope Lecture Hall - Pope Hall 1st floor)

Thurday 24th

4pm : Second America Reads Orientation 8pm : SEB party (Roy Irving Theatre - Dinneen Hall - 1st floor)

Saturday 26th

10am : Voices of Praise Worship Conference (Roy Irving Theatre - Dinneen Hall 1st floor)

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