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18th Annual UN Ambassador Visit Zimbabwe continues colloquium tradition

November 11, 2009

Corzine Wins in Hudson County, Not Enough

Martin Sirakov Dr. Eugene Cornacchia, Dr. Marylou Yam, H. E. Boniface Guwa Chidyausiku and Dr. Holzpafel,left to right, pose for a photo-op at the beginning of the colloquium.

By Martin Sirakov Editor-at-Large ’10

Saint Peter’s College had the distinct pleasure of hosting a colloquium with His Excellency Boniface Guwa Chidyausiku, ambassador and permanent representative of the Republic of Zimbabwe to the United Nations. The colloquium, under the auspices of the Ambassadors Program, took place in the Degnan Room in the presence of distinguished guests, faculty and student



body members. The ambassador walked in very debonair in a black overcoat and a black cap. After dismantling his outfit, the customary pleasantries began. Dr. Eugenia Palmegiano of the History Department welcomed the assembly to the 18th annual Ambassadors Program Colloquium with introductory remarks and introduced Marylou Yam, the Vice President for Academic Affairs. She read a brief biography of our esteemed guest, and gave the floor to the Ambassador. Continued at Pg. 6


NEWS PAGE 6 Republican Christie won the NJ race for governor.

By Heather Downing Contributing Writer ’11

On Tuesday, November 3, voters showed their support for Republican candidate Christopher Christie, in Democrat dominated Jersey City. “I’m a little tired of Corzine,” said voter Caroline Rodriguez, 35, after casting her vote for Christie. A registered Democrat, Rodriguez, justified her vote by saying that she has not been Continued at Pg. 6




Editorial The Pauw Wow

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Tom Cleary Variety Editor

November 11, 2009


Spend a Weekend on Campus On a cool Saturday afternoon in Fall, one walking through the quad would typically find every bench empty with no students in sight. With a quick drive past the parking lots outside of the residence halls, one would notice that more than half the spaces are vacant. An attempt to dine on campus at 7pm would result in disappointment, as the cafeteria would be shut down and completely locked. All of this happens at a campus that is alive during the week. On a Wednesday at noon, the lines for lunch are out the door and it is easier to get a simple answer from Enrollment Services than find a parking spot. The weekend culture at Saint Peter’s College is virtually non-existent. The majority of the student body is comprised of commuters who flee the campus as soon as their last class ends on Friday, that is, if they have any classes at all. Since most of the resident population live within the metropolitan area, they commute a short distance and spend

their weekends at home. For the few remaining on campus, any desire to hang out with their fellow students requires keeping the company of those whose home is too far away for a weekend trip, mainly Nepal or Bulgaria. Student attendance during weekend sporting events, in order to support their own school athletes, is embarrassing at best. For students planning an event, to have any hope of attracting interest, they must schedule it between Monday and Thursday. On any given weekend, there are more working printers on campus than students studying in the library. Students justify leaving the campus for the weekend by saying that everyone else does it. This is simply an act of laziness on the part of the students. Rather than trying to make the situation better, students choose to allow the problem to continue. There is a self perpetuating cycle where students leave on the weekends because there

are no events planned and no events are planned because people assume that no one will be here. Your opportunity to make things better is now. Instead of planning that trip to Rutgers because you think it is a real school with real parties, plan a party here with your fellow classmates. Why travel off campus when you can have fun from the comfort of your own school? What sense does it make to have parties on weeknights, when there are classes the following day, and then go home and stay with your parents during the weekends? Talk to your clubs and class officers and ask them to host events on the weekends when the pressure of assignments and exams is less. Student Activities has plenty of money now to finance events, put it to good use. Go to a game, watch our teams and motivate them to play harder. Spend a weekend on campus. Together, we can start to change this culture now.

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Corrigendum The article referenced in “The Politics behind Genetically Modified Foods” from the Oct. 28 issue was written by Ronald A. Bailey and not Radley Balko.

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November 11, 2009

The Problems with Living in the Past By Paul Lazaro Opinion Editor ’11

Romanization of the past is prevalent these days. People tend to look back at the past and somehow think life was better then than it is today. However poor our economy is today and however much we may want to romanticize the past, life today is better than it has ever been. Leftist sociologists love to point out that the middle class is contracting. “The middle class is shrinking and wages have stagnated!” they cry. Unfortunately, these sociologists usually unknowingly juke their own statistics because they lack a basic understanding of how current wealth is distributed. For example, most statistics showing a shrinking middle class and stagnant wages fail to factor benefits into their equations. Once we do factor in benefits, we can see that wages have not remained stagnant at all. In fact, according to Johan Norberg of the Cato Institute, if we factor benefits into the

equation, wages have risen on par with productivity. What does this economic mumbo jumbo mean? Answer: On the whole, the more a company is able to produce, the more it pays its workers. The same critics of our modern era don’t stop with economics, their attack is usually on modern medicine. “I remember the old days when a doctor’s visit used to cost less than an oil change,” they say. Barring the fact that government involvement is the primary reason healthcare costs are so high, it’s important to recognize that even with government interference we have greater medical treatment than ever before. We live in a time when life expectancy is higher than ever. For example, a 2003 UNICEF study titled “The State of the World’s Children,” found that infant mortality has dropped from 126 deaths per 1000 births to 57 deaths per 1000 births. That’s 69 more infants per 1000 that get to go to their mothers, instead of the morgue. Despite the rumors, we live longer and healthier lives than ever

before. We have the choice to hold the transfats, MSG, and other harmful byproducts of delicious temptations through the use of modern science. Our disabled have the opportunity to live healthy and fulfilling lives, and there is relatively easy access to early childhood vaccines that prevent debilitating illness altogether. Most importantly the romanticizers neglect the racial intolerance of the past. Perhaps, life was ideal for those in the past...who were white males. However, in the past you would be confined to the home if you were a woman, the back of the bus if you were a person of color, or both if you were both (thank you for your resistance Mrs. Parks). Life’s not so bad these days. Though we may be in a recession, most of us still enjoy comforts beyond our basic necessities. But don't fret; fifteen years from now, rather than tell our kids how great the good old days were, I think it will be able to tell them how good they have it. Leave It To Beaver

European Union GMO Policy Explained By Martin Sirakov Editor-at-Large ’10

In the United States of America genetically modified (GM) food, foods that contain trace amounts of GM foodstuffs or have been in contact with them do not need to be labeled. This means that when it comes to food the consumer does not know what is on the shelf. In the European Union we take consumer choice very seriously. Because of our commitment to consumer choice, the EU has developed a very stringent legal framework that requires GM food to be prominently labeled. This enables consumers to make the informed decision on what to buy. Another requirement of the legislation is to force distributers and producers to enact mechanisms that allow the tracing of GM food. “The general objectives of traceability,” according to the Directorate General Environment of the EU, “are to facilitate control and verification of labeling

claims; targeted monitoring of potential effects on health and the environment, where appropriate; and withdrawal of products that contain or consist of GMO’s where an unforeseen risk to human health or the environment is established.” Under the existing rules any company can apply for an authorization to place its product on the market, but needs to prove its safety before an authorization is issued. Currently, about a dozen varieties of GM food are marketed in the EU, either through cultivation or import. All these crops conform fully to the legislation in place. Even when a GM product is authorized it still poses a threat. Wind and insects easily spread the pollen of GM crops to natural crops, which increasingly leads to crosspollination. This in turn creates a threat to biodiversity and to consumer choice. Farmers who make their living on exclusively organic food need to be able to certify their crops as GM free.

This, however, is harder than imagined as the effects of winds and insects can cause GM crop pollen to travel as much as a mile. This creates the need for buffer zones, which will protect natural plantations from GM plantations’ pollen. Currently, individual member states are charged with legislating the right buffer zones for their agricultural models. Another problem is contamination due to poor storage and transportation practices. This is clearly illustrated by the recent hold on shipments of US soy meal because it contained dust of GM corn. It appears ships and storage facilities are not cleaned comprehensively enough between different crops, which leaves traces of one crop found in another. This creates a problem, since EU law requires that food or feed with more than 0.9% of GM trait traces must be labeled as GM. Unfortunately, in the case with the soy meal this is impossible, as the traces are from a corn line developed

by Monsanto Co. that is not authorized. This means that the soy meal is effectively contaminated and cannot be used. Such problems will become ever more commonplace as GM foods proliferate. The US has the same policy of zero tolerance for unauthorized GM products, however this is not a problem at this stage as most of the production is done in the US. Argentina, Brazil and China have increasingly begun to invest in the development of their own GM varieties, which will face the same problems as US soy meal at US and EU ports owing to their similar policies. The EU aims to have a rigorous framework that regulates GM products in order to safeguard the rights of consumers and farmers, the environment, while at the same time allowing the free access of GM products to the common market.


November 11, 2009


Finding God By Semiray Kasoolu Staff Writer ’13

Six scores and 17 years ago, our school was founded. Its foundations were laid upon the long-established paragon of Jesuit principles. But 137 years later, something has changed. There are still crucifixes in our classrooms, but today they relay different messages to us. I decided to emabark on a journey and discover what that new message is. Sunday… Mass at Saint Peter’s Chapel. Driven by intense interest in both the attendance and the practice, I attended my first mass. The lights in the chapel blinked for some time, but I refrained from accepting our technical difficulties as a heavenly sign. There were 32 attendants, 22 of whom were students. As the angelic voice of the singing girl soared, everyone seemed to have found peace. “Although this is the normal attendance, the chapel had its

heyday,” says Douglas Demeo from Campus ministry. According to him, attending church is no longer indicative of spiritual life. Religion and spirituality are highly personal issues to many students and they prefer to practice it in the repose of their homes. This may also explain the rarely used Muslim prayer room at the third floor of the library. However, the individualization of spirituality has its positive aspects, one of which is natural enthusiasm brought on by the choice to meditate. Prayer is no longer the incantations we enunciate, but the imagination whose boundaries we unleash. Our rites and beliefs concentrate on introspection, sometimes blurring the limits of the religious and the personal. There are several reasons why turnout for Sunday mass is on the low side. Many students, who have been brought up in a strong religious family, at some point start questioning the importance of Mass. Some students find that Mass fails to provide consolation

in the context of the dynamics of their lives. Others emerge with a new-found peace of the once imposed church attendance. “I’m like in between. I’ve grown up being forced to attend church, but as I got older, I started drifting away. I’m not a spiritual person, but whenever I’m at mass, I am at peace with myself,” shares a student from the Sunday mass. In addition, our student body’s religious diversity may attribute for lower numbers. Moreover, our blend of diversity leads to a mutual respect for faith. This blend espouses the universal mainstays of the different religions and preaches the good in tolerance. However, this diversity makes it very difficult to draw a clear demarcation. Overall, the individualization of religion and its tolerance has transformed religion from whatever it used to be to an amalgamation of personality, background, and secular views.

All Souls Katrina Remembrance Day By Mohammad Awadallah Staff Writer’10

The Social Justice department along with several other departments hosted “All Souls Katrina Remembrance Day” on November 2nd in McIntyre lounge. The event began at 12:00 p.m. with a short introduction by Dr. Anna Brown, Head of the Social Justice Program. In her brief introduction, she introduced the day’s schedule and mentioned how for four years the college have come together to remember Katrina and its effects. She mentioned that the film, ‘Trouble the Water,” which we would view later in the day was not only about New Orleans, but also about the relationship between power structures and those struck by disaster. Professor Fatima Shaik, Dept. of Communications, who grew up in New Orleans, then spoke on what “All Souls Day” meant. “It is a day that is meant to celebrate the dead and those who have left us,” explained Professor Shaik. She continued, “at Saint Peter’s College we are here to stand for others, and by remembering Hurricane Katrina we are truly being men and women for others.” Next, Professor Shaik painted the dreary picture of New Orleans. Life in New Orleans is far from normal for the residents. Faclities like hospitals, schools, and libraries, are still limited. Rebuilding remains spotty around the area, despite $110 billion in federal aid. By the end of the storm, 1,600 people were dead, 200,000 homes were destroyed, and as many as 1 million people were displaced. According to Professor Shaik the people of New Orleans did not expect the

meager governmental response they received after the storm. She reminded us that we must cherish the people around us, and think about whom we are electing for positions of power. After our discussion we viewed the film, “Trouble the Water,” a devastating first hand account of the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. The film takes viewers inside Hurricane Katrina in a way that most of us have never experienced. The storyline seems to be a tale of redemption for two “street hustlers,” who during and after Katrina become heroes of their friends and family. The film begins the day before the storm, with Kimberly Roberts, a 24 year old rapper, taking a drive around her neighborhood in the 9th Ward, interviewing her various friends and neighbors about what they plan on doing when the storm hits. Kimberly and her neighbors have no means to leave the city. They are equipped with few supplies and an amateur camera. She and her husband Scott document their story as the storm hits their area. All seems fine until a nearby levee collapses and flood water fills their home and their neighborhood. While most of the movie provides us with a dreary picture, the film ends on a positive note. Both Kimberly and Scott vow to live more decent lives without drugs, and Scott finds work in construction.

After the film, students and faculty stayed to discuss the film and its message over beignets and New Orleans style coffee. Many of my peers seemed shocked by the raw perspective provided throughout the film. However, I was refreshed to view the accounts of everyday people who fought for their lives through the storm.


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November 11 - November 24, 2009

Wednesday, Nov. 11 10am - 2pm Criminal Justice Career Fair (McIntyre Lounge) 12pm - 1pm Remembrance of the Jesuits of the University of Central America (McIntyre Lounge) Thursday, Nov. 12 12pm - 1pm Good Idea/Bad Idea: Lessons in Leadership (Pope Lecture Hall) 7pm - 10:30pm James T. Fisher, Ph.D. of Fordham University presents On the Irish Waterfront (Pope Lecture Hall) 8pm The Argus Eyes Fall Production (Roy Irving Theatre - Dinneen Hall) friday, Nov. 13 8pm The Argus Eyes Fall Production (Roy Irving Theatre - Dinneen Hall) saturday, Nov. 14 8pm The Argus Eyes Fall Production (Roy Irving Theatre - Dinneen Hall) Sunday, Nov. 15 12pm - 3pm CLASS WARS (Quadrangle) 8pm The Argus Eyes Fall Production (Roy Irving Theatre - Dinneen Hall) monday, Nov. 16 12pm - 1pm Race & Beauty (McIntyre Lounge ) 4pm - 8pm Rock Band Night! (McIntyre Lounge) 6pm Formal Party (McIntyre Lounge) Tuesday, Nov. 17 12pm - 1pm Detention Center Orientation (McIntyre Lounge) 4:30pm - 6pm Women’s Wisdom: Out Loud 6pm - 9pm Thanksgiving Pot-Luck (McIntyre Lounge) wednesday, Nov. 18 12pm - 1pm SAA Speaker Series Lecture (Degnan Conference Room - Saint Peter Hall) 4pm - 7pm Anime Movie Night (Pope Lecture Hall - Pope Hall) 5pm - 7pm Hunger Banquet (McIntyre Lounge)

thursday, Nov. 19 10am - 2pm World AIDS DAY HIV Awareness Program (Roy Irving Theatre - Dinneen Hall) 12pm - 2pm Student Art Exhibition and Concert 7pm - 10pm Talent Expo (Pope Hall) 8pm The Argus Eyes Fall Production (Roy Irving Theatre - Dinneen Hall) friday, Nov. 20 8pm The Argus Eyes Fall Production (Roy Irving Theatre - Dinneen Hall) saturday, Nov. 21 12pm - 3pm Anime Saturday (Pope Hall) 8pm The Argus Eyes Fall Production (Roy Irving Theatre - Dinneen Hall) monday, Nov. 23 11am - 12pm Homelessness Panel (McIntyre Lounge) 12pm - 1pm EOF Classes 2012 & 2013 Workshop (Roy Irving Theatre - Dinneen Hall ) 6:30pm - 9pm Student Leadership Thanksgiving Reception (Roy Irving Theatre - Dinneen Hall)

Sports Calendar November 11 - November 24, 2009

Men’s Basket Ball (Home) Tuesday Nov. 17, 2009 6:00am Opponent : Monmouth

Saturday Nov. 21, 2009 2:00pm Opponent : Youngstown Location : Yanitelli Center

Volleyball (Home) - Saturday Nov. 14, 2009 4:00pm Opponent : Siena

Swimming and Diving (Home) Saturday Nov. 14, 2009 1:00pm Opponent : Alumni Meet

Location : Yanitelli Center

Friday Nov. 20, 2009 4:00pm Opponent : Duquesne Location : Yanitelli Center


November 11, 2009

18th Annual UN Ambassador Visit Ambassador Visit continued from Pg. 1

views. Ambassador Chidyausiku shared his ideas on foreign aid underpinning its eventual success on a “holistic approach.” Citing the biblical adage of the man who once taught to fish will never go hungry again, he commented on the application he saw that US aid should fulfill in education and development. Speaking of his work as chairman of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Committee, the ambassador accused the nuclear nations of hypocrisy. He expressed the view that no one can expect to lecture other nations on nuclear development as long as nuclear stockpiles are maintained at home. On the question of “brain drain” posed by a faculty member, the ambassador expounded on an idea that a new generation of Zimbabwe youth has to be trained and kept at home, since the incentives of working and settling abroad are too great. He saw the living standard in Zimbabwe as the main cause Martin Sirakov of the “brain drain.” His Excellency met the His Excellency grew animated when discussing his education at a Jesuit school. question of China’s increasing international and economic admiration for the Jesuit ethos, and elections diverged from media reports assertiveness with the admission that divulging that he had attended a Jesuit considerably, alleging that a lot of the China and Zimbabwe had a long and school in his youth. The Ambassador violations reported in the West did not mutually beneficial relationship formed talked extensively on land reform occur. He also described certain extant on China’s need for resources and detailing the various agreements political conundrums of the brokered Zimbabwe’s abundance. “John Grisham,” the ambassador between the former colonial power and power-sharing agreement between the newly formed government at the Robert Mugabe, president in power since answered to quite a stir in the audience, time of decolonization. His take on the 1987, and Morgan Tsvangirai, prime when asked who was his favorite novel situation was that the refusal of the minister elected in 2008, that have author, after nominating Jeffrey Archer British to be responsible for land reform implication to the successful conduct of as his first choice. Finally, Dr. Eugene Cornacchia, was a great blow to the government and policy. “The future is bright,” said the the college’s president, presented His caused much strife. Nevertheless, he detailed the proceedings that led to the ambassador, beginning to talk about Excellency with a certificate showing sweeping land reform changes that the the current situation in Zimbabwe. the gratitude of the college. Additionally, government enacted. He presented the According to His Excellency, the Dr. Holzapfel, an esteemed guest, was case that land reform was a painful, but situation has stabilized and he interprets presented with a book by our very necessary development on Zimbabwe’s the mood of the people as hopeful and own Fr. Schroth in appreciation for his road to progress. He portrayed the optimistic. He talked about Zimbabwe’s efforts in facilitating the program. The conflict between the West and Zimbabwe abundance of natural resources, mainly president, His Excellency, and several of as a result of policies enforced because mineral, but also superb agricultural the faculty took a tour of the college and of the choice made by the “Anglo-Saxon potential. These riches will help were served an official reception dinner Zimbabwe on the road to progress, in his after the colloquium. alliance” to abandon Zimbabwe. His Excellency gave a talk to the assembly beginning with the history of Zimbabwe and the causes of its current misfortunes, as well as his personal hopes for the future of his country. He surprised the assembly by sharing his

Later, the emphasis shifted to the ambassador’s views of the current economic crisis facing Zimbabwe and last year’s elections controversy. His Excellency remarked that EU and US sanctions had caused the current economic meltdown. His account of


Christie Wins New Jersey Election Christie continued from Pg. 1 pleased with Corzine’s actions in office. Originally, Rodriguez planned to vote for independent candidate, Christopher Daggett, but decided to vote for Christie. She explained that she did not want to take votes away from Christie, giving Corzine a better chance at winning the election. “Christie can do a lot better for the state,” said Lauren Martinez, 30, a teacher who also voted for Christie. Apparently, much of New Jersey shared these two voters’ sentiments. Christie won the election with 48.9 percent of the vote, compared to Corzine’s 44.5 percent. According to election results, Hudson County was one of only eight counties where Corzine won the race, receiving 69 percent of votes as opposed to Christie’s 27 percent. For some time before the official election, Christie appeared to be leading the polls, but in the days leading up to the election, the gap closed between Christie and Democratic candidate, Jon Corzine. This brought the New Jersey election to the national spotlight. President Barack Obama visited Newark on November 1 to rally support for Governor Corzine’s campaign, but even this was not enough to win Corzine enough votes for reelection. “Christie is putting dirty politicians away,” said Martinez, explaining why she voted for the Republican candidate. She said she was tired of Corzine and liked that Christie’s reputation was “squeaky clean.” “I’m hoping for tax cuts,” said Rodriguez, as her 6-year-old son Gabriel ran around the sidewalk outside the polls. She explained that Gabriel attends private school, and that she is hoping Christie will give tax breaks for parents paying for private school.


November 11, 2009

Spinach Quiche usually eat about a half of a quiche myself, but ideally it should serve 3 people. If you are not into eating meat or cannot have bacon, just leave that out and you will still have a great tasting and very easy to make pie.

By Tom Cleary

Food Columnist ’11 A quiche, for those who have never heard it before, is a savory pie with, at the very least, eggs, milk, and cheese as ingredients. This dish is definitely one of my all time favorites to cook and eat. It has two of my favorite ingredients in it, cheese and bacon, but you do not have to feel so bad about eating it because of all the spinach that goes into it too. I

Steps: * Preheat oven to 375 oF * Chop up the bacon into small pieces and fry. Once done frying, save one tablespoon of the fat for later use and throw away the rest of the fat and let the bacon sit * Next, mix the eggs, milk and cheese in a large bowl. * Then, add the thawed spinach and bacon fat to the mixture and stir until everything is well mixed * After this, evenly distribute the bacon on the bottom of the pan and pour the spinach mixture over the


bacon, making sure that gets distributed evenly as well. * Now put the pie in the oven for 40-45 minutes until the pie has a nice golden color to it. * Let sit for about 5 min to cool. Cut and serve.

Ingredients * 1 pie crust and pie pan, premade ones work fine here, but it is just as easy to buy pie dough and put it in the pan. * 10 oz (1 package) of frozen chopped spinach that has been thawed out.

* 3 eggs * ½ cup of milk * 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese * ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese * 6 slices of bacon * 1 tbsp of bacon fat * Nutmeg and pepper to taste

Shopping Economics By Ana Munoz

Style Columnist ’12 It is time to get your trench coats and biker boots out because fall has finally arrived. This season’s trend is all about leather jackets (faux), statement making prints and colors, the perfect boots and pumps, and detailed cocktail dresses. Trends are meant to be treated as inspiration that should ultimately motivate you to create original outfits for your wardrobe. However, many of us are guilty of overusing trends and have witnessed how it can take a toll on our wallets. Let’s be honest, how many of us go shopping with a proposed budget but go over that budget because we purchase items we think we need, and end up having those items sit in the back of our closets forever. Like many college students, I do not have the luxury of spending my hard earned money on commodities that I do not need and I believe shopping should not lead you into debt. For this reason, I offer you some tips on how to take a new approach on shopping. Research: With busy schedules, many of us remain unaware of special deals at our favorite stores. We all, however, check our email at least once a day. Stay up to date with the latest sales by visiting your favorite stores online and registering for email

alerts. Email alerts will provide you with early notice of exclusive sales and special discounts. Look in your closet: It sounds absurd but it can prove to be economically beneficial if used correctly. Looking in your closet gives you insight on what items you have and what you need to purchase. Try mixing and matching items of clothing to create new outfits (key word being new). Doing this before shopping eliminates the chance of spending more than you have to. Accessories: It is unfortunate to say that accessories are either being used excessively or not at all. Accessories are meant to transform the look of an outfit. When matching accessories with clothing, already in your closet, look for ways in which accessories can make your outfits more season and style appropriate. Accessories can make the difference from spending $100 on a new dress or buying $20 worth of earrings and bracelets to use with a dress you already own. Propose a budget: When proposing a budget, make it realistic. Do not expect yourself to buy 10 new signature pieces (such as dresses or blouses) for under $100 (unless there is a really good sale). Always

remember to buy what you can afford and to avoid using a credit card whenever possible. Remember, trends come and go, but your style is what makes you original. Whether it’s urban, eclectic, posh, or androgynous, always keep your style a priority when shopping.




hineme Usuwa is the SPC Renaissance man. He can dunk, dance, and sing. That’s not all. Once he is done beating you on the court or on the dance floor, the junior Nursing student can provide you with the proper medical advice needed to mend your ailing ankles. This Wednesday I had a chance to sit down with this campus star and ask a few questions regarding his past, present, future, and of course SPC.


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Many fans on campus rumbled that while you were on the team you were not given your fair share of playing time considering your talent. Is that the reason why you left the team? Well, it’s a mixture of things really. Politics had something to do with it, yea, but for the most part I felt like I had taken basketball as far as I could have considering my position here at SPC. The long hours in the gym were fun, but I found that basketball was a considerable drain on my studies. You have been here at SPC since the 2006-2007 year, do you feel like SPC has progressed or regressed? I feel student life has gotten much better since my freshmen year. For example, recently me and a few friends attended a haunted house in New York City, courtesy of the class of 2011. Off campus events like that were practically unheard of in my freshmen year. You can be seen hanging out with students of all races and back grounds. How is it that you bridge the culture divide so well? The way I figure, despite everyone’s cultural or racial background, we all have the capacity to make individual connections. I have found that almost everyone has at least one thing in common, and that if as an individual you are willing to at least try to spend time and meet someone, you will recognize that common interest

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What kind of activities are you involved in here on campus? Well, I’m a Resident Assistant, Vice president of the Nursing Association, and involved with the SPC dance team. Why did you choose nursing? Well, coming from a Nigerian family, my options were pretty limited (laughs). It’s either becoming a doctor, lawyer, or nurse. I chose the nursing route because I want to get into the work field as soon as possible. It’s not all about nursing though; I hope to act some day. You used to play basketball for SPC.

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and develop a personal relationship, despite your differences. You’re with the times when it comes to pop culture what’s in? Music wise, the rapper Drake is this years sensation. Dance wise, while the “Jerk” is a little old it’s still very popular. What’s out? Southern rap and jean chains. I would not be upset if they melted every jean chain in the country . Where do you see yourself after SPC? I see myself assisting patients in nursing. However, that’s not really the end of the game for me. I am very interested in acting and comedy. In fact, I’m currently casting for a short film I will be shooting. Short film huh? What’s the concept, if I can give our readers a sneak peak? It’s called “Hamburger Hustler.” It’s about underground fast food dealing in a world where fast food is outlawed because of its negative health implications. Any words of wisdom for you fellow SPC students? Sometimes you need to just dive in the pool and hope to land in the deep end.

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November 11, 2009

Jesuit Spotlight: Fr. Daniel O’Brien, S.J.



By Joe Maini Fr. Daniel O’Brien, S.J.

By Peaches Dela Paz Staff Writer ’10

Father Daniel O’Brien is no stranger to Jersey City. Originally from Long Island, he has been a Jesuit priest for 26 years. For twelve of those years he served as a science teacher down the street at St. Peter’s Prep. Fr. O’Brien also has a Masters Degree in Science Education from Columbia. He became a Jesuit because, according to him, he felt a calling to service and was also inspired by the writings of St. Ignatius Loyola. In his writings, St. Ignatius calls individuals to share their gifts and talents by handing them over to God in a life of service which Fr. O’Brien felt was what he wanted to do. CMST is a government-funded program newly established here at Saint Peter’s College under the Department of Applied Sciences. The center is funded by the US Air Force and is headed by Dr. Lopez and Dr. Zhu from the Physics department. As the Director of Educational Outreach, Fr. Daniel O’Brien works with students who are researching and performing experiments in the

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lab. There are several high school students from St. Peter’s Prep and McNair who have done research over the summer along with SPC Physics majors. In CMST, education is a vital part along with research. CMST hopes to persuade more students to become Physics majors, an area of science that is underrepresented throughout the country. Fr. O’Brien recently attended the New Jersey Science Teacher Association Conference in October and presented on student research and education. Currently Fr. O’Brien is trying to create a travel kit containing science equipment that would circulate around nearby high schools and undergraduate colleges and give hands on experience in physics research. Fr. O’Brien, being a hands-on person, likes to do experimental science as opposed to theoretical science. Although Fr. O’Brien does not teach classes, there is a possibility that he will be able to be an adjunct professor next year and teach lab classes. Fr. O’Brien feels comfortable here at Saint Peter’s College and is looking forward to meeting more of the SPC community.

Prepared by Office of Community Service Last week, I and a group of volunteers from the Irish-National Club here at St. Peter’s took a trip to the Primary Prep Elementary School in Jersey City. Working with children from Kindergarten to 2nd grade, something which I had not done in awhile, brought back good memories.

Amidst the fun, I forgot that I was volunteering. This might be because I did not have the traditional sense of service in my mind. I usually do not wake up early in the morning on a Saturday but I willingly volunteered for this service opportunity. Sure community service may look good on a resume and that may be the only reason some people do it, but I have never been the one who counts community service by the hour. Community service is beneficial to the society as it promotes the well being of the people around you. Sometimes community extends beyond your home town or the city you go to school. It can reach an adjacent town or a location hundreds of miles away. Extending the reach of community service not only extends your work but also faith and hope to the people you serve. I have been to summer camps in West Virginia, helped in daycare and after school programs, and even rebuilt houses in New Orleans during my service experiences. When I recollect my experiences, I do not remember that I went on a trip to take a week out of my summer, rather I remember the funny, crazy experiences that came while I was doing community service.

Photo courtesy of Erich Sekel Irish-National Club at Primary Prep elementary school


November 11, 2009

Where The Wild Things Are

By Erica Toledo Staff Writer ’12

“Where The Wild Things Are” is a great movie for the young and old alike. Although one can find through his or her own experiences what it is like to feel lonesome and misplaced in a familial setting, the film is a reminder that it is important to acknowledge the role each our family members play in our lives. “Where The Wild Things Are” is a movie adaptation of the eponymous popular children’s book by Maurice Sendak. The movie, directed by Spike Jonze, tells the story of a little boy named Max who struggles with loneliness while adapting to family life after the disappearance of his father. This movie is a brilliant animation and live action depiction of the book, and stars Max Records, Catherine Keener and Pepita Emmerichs. The film highlights the young boy’s inventiveness and vivid imagination, which he often uses to cope with the


out from his hiding place and helps the Wild Thing, Carol. Max helps Carol destroy the homes of the Wild Things’ until they gather around him, reprimanding him and threatening to eat him. With as much imagination as he can muster, Max saves himself from harm by declaring himself king and offering to help them establish harmony within their broken family. Through a series of mishaps, it becomes apparent then that Max is merely a boy and cannot solve every Wild Thing’s problems. It is through his experience with the Wild Things that Max grows more of an appreciation toward his mother’s role in his Scenes from Where the Wild Things Are family and finally prepares to go home to make amends with her. Before he leaves, he reconciles with struggles of his everyday life. After a a family of creatures, called “Wild his wild friends, who have ultimately grueling day of family frustrations, Things” in the movie. Max is drawn to a Wild Thing who learned a helpful lesson from him Max runs away and clambers into a small rowboat by the shore. It is then is acting out, and finds out that the in learning how to remain a healthy, that Max traverses a tumultuous sea Wild Thing is much like him and is only communicating family. and ends up on an island. He discovers struggling to gain attention. He darts

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 By Peaches Dela Paz Staff Writer ’10

The Argus Eyes Fall Production opens this weekend November 12-15 in the Roy Irving Theater. This year, the fall play is “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940,” where the cast of ten try to solve a blood-soaked whodunit. Two years before the play takes place, a murderer, called the Stage Door Slasher killed three chorus girls during a musical production. During the play, the creative team reunites again for an audition for a new musical. Little do they know that it’s really a ploy to find the murderer. Meanwhile, a snowstorm takes place, isolating the entire cast in a house riddled with secret passageways. A pretentious director, a drunk lyricist, a melodramatic composer, an overthe-top producer, an Irish tenor, a

suspicious patron, a comic and a chorus girl trying to get their big break are all trapped together as the bodies start dropping. The plot thickens as people disappear and the culprit continues to evade the policeman running the covert investigation. The audience is captivated as they try to figure out the identity of the real Stage Door Slasher. Along with the new renovations of the theater, the production has improved with the new Student Activities Fee. Argus Eyes was able to hire a fight choreographer as well as a props designer in addition to the usual professional set and lighting designers. Along with acting on the stage, students participate as stage managers, tech and lighting crew and house management staff. The entire fall production is a collaboration between students and outside professionals.

Leah Bonvissuto is the director for this play. This is her third time directing a production at Saint Peter’s College. She is amazed by how dedicated the members of Argus Eyes are and how enthusiastic and committed they are to the show. Her favorite part of directing is the journey taken by the actors with the director, going through the milestones together and solving problems together. Come watch the show and try to solve this murder mystery! (There is a second staging of the show on November 19-21) The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940



November 11, 2009

Hot Toxic Love

By Julia Cervantes Staff Writer ’11

What is more entertaining than a cheesy, campy B-movie filmed in the mid-80s starring a mutated anti-hero who gets the girl? An off-Broadway musical loosely based on that movie of course! “The Toxic Avenger,” adapted from the 1985 horror film of the same name, follows the woes of a fictional

by John Rando (who also directed Urinetown), “The Toxic Avenger” is a horse of a different color, but a sure hit. The Toxic Avenger is full of wonderfully choreographed fight scenes, quickwitted one liners, foul language, and playfully pokes fun at ‘Dirty Jersey’— referred early on in the show as, “…a place between heaven and hell/Don’t need a map, just follow the smell.’’ While the songs are not particularly

Cast from The Toxic Avenger on stage. town called Tromaville, New Jersey and its grotesque, twisted superhero The Toxic Avenger affectionately dubbed by locals as ‘Toxie’. “The Toxic Avenger” which opened on April 6, 2009 at New World Stages in Manhattan, recently received an award for Best New Musical. Nick Cordero fills the title role as the lovable geeky Melvin Ferd the Third, a bumbling ecologist who secretly loves the blind town librarian, Sarah (played by Diana DiGarmo), and wants to save New Jersey from its pollution problems. When dumped into a vat of toxic goods by some drugged bullies hired by the corrupt town Mayor (played by Nancy Opel), Melvin emerges as a super buff antihero with a taste for kicking polluter tail. Melvin sings, dances, and romances his way into the heart of his true love and the hearts of the townspeople. With a score composed by Bon Jovi’s keyboardist David Bryan, story written by Joe DiPietro, and directed


groundbreaking musically—with titles such as “Hot Toxic Love” and “Evil is Hot”—they still provide a solid and entertaining score, comfortably filling out a story that is not particularly deep or complex, but satisfying nonetheless. Undoubtedly, the most astonishing part of the play is neither its plot nor its score, but its supporting cast. David Josefburg and Demond Green play over a dozen characters, ranging from foreign gay hairdressers to frumpy old ladies. With over thirty back-to-back costume changes, these supporting actors truly bring the musical together with ease and skill. The show flows quickly for two straight hours (with no intermission) and is high in action, fast-paced, and a whole lot of fun. All in all, if you have $35 dollars to spare and an open Friday night in your schedule, I’d suggest wandering up to Midtown Manhattan, reserving a seat at New World Stages, and falling in hot toxic love with Toxie and the cast.

Argus Eyes Halloween Variety Show Anthony Borkowski Contributing Writer ’12

over the band [during practices] and we had to keep adjusting the levels.” In the end, the hard work paid off. Audiences laughed hard each night and

More shocking than 100,000 volts through an electric chair, more chilling than a howling wolf at a full moon, and harder to pry yourself away from than the cold embrace of the grave, Argus Eyes Halloween Variety Show took the spirit of Halloween and shoved it down your candy sack from October 29th to 31st. Directors Christina Clarke and Michael Storey produced a dramatically frightful show. Students Kevin Forrest, Kenneth Littrell, and Robert Alex were brought in to play guitar, bass, and drums, with Kevin Cummines acting as the lead on piano. With an entire cast capable of singing and a band capable of performing complex songs, Clarke and Storey made the decision to throw out most of the drama society’s usual repertoire and replace it with Photo By Anthony Borkowski old fashioned, blood pumping, Kevin Cummines (on keyboards) devil worshiping Rock ’N’ Roll. leading his band. Old favorites, like Michel Jackson’s “Thriller” and “The Devil Went Down thoroughly enjoyed each show. If you to Georgia,” were performed alongside missed Argus Eyes Halloween Variety selected songs from Tim Burton Show, there is always next year. masterpieces “The Corpse Bride” and “The Nightmare before Christmas,” as cast members sang and danced along. It wouldn’t be a variety show without improv, and this time around the bits were vicious. Jon Leone was victim to joke after joke as cast members took turns putting him down, but behind it all was good natured fun and hard work. “Practices were strenuous and we were worried,” Julia Cervantes Photo By Anthony Borkowski commented after Julia Cervantes (cast member) relaxing after the Thursday night a performance with a tall, frosty bottle of performance. “It Woodstock (SPC’s resident heartthrob and was hard hearing genetic freak)


November 11, 2009


ESPN at SPC to Broadcast Men’s Basketball

By Bill Pettigrew Sports Editor ‘11

with help from

Peacock Nation and

SPC Athletics Get excited Saint Peter’s!!! Our men’s basketball team has been selected to play in the 6 a.m. time slot for ESPN’s College Basketball Tip-Off Marathon on Tuesday, November 17. The Peacocks will be playing the Monmouth Hawks and the game will be televised live from the Yanitelli Center. Peacock Nation will be hosting an All-Nighter on November 16-17, and all students are encouraged to come out and show support. We have the unique opportunity to be on television at a time when most people watch SportsCenter. In fact, this is the first college basketball game to ever be broadcasted in real-time at 6 a.m. Director of Athletics Pat Elliott is very excited to have Saint Peter’s host the 6 a.m. game. “Saint Peter’s College is extremely honored to be part of ESPN’s programming and to be chosen to play in this historic game,” Elliott said. “Playing in this game in this time slot gives us the unique opportunity to bring the Saint Peter’s College community together to tip-

off the basketball season and showcase the tradition of the College and our men’s basketball program on a global level,” he added. Peacock Nation is hosting the AllNighter in the bubble. This will include games and events such as Guitar Hero and Wii Sports contests, a mechanical bull, inflatable rides, and wiffleball. Prizes will be awarded throughout the night. Raffle tickets will be given out, starting 4 a.m., for a chance to take a half-court shot that pays for spring semester’s tuition if you’re able to sink it. Tickets will only be given to those students who attend the Pep Rally/Breakfast from 4 a.m. to 5a.m. Free breakfast as well as face painting will be provided during the pep rally before the game. ESPN cameras will be looking for us to get excited and be enthusiastic, and we need to show our pride here at Saint Peter’s. Join us in packing the house and showing our support and enthusiasm. It should be a lot of fun, and something we’ll be able to reflect on for years to come as students of Saint Peter’s College. Mark your calendars and spread the word. You’ll see the flyers around campus and probably on Facebook too. We’re starting the countdown for an important event here at Saint Peter’s.

6 a.m. Nov. 17

Get excited Saint Peter’s Photo Courtesy of Athletics Department Ryan Bacon, Junior Forward

SPC Sports Update WOMEN’S SOCCER 10/27, MAAC Tournament First Round vs. Marist, L 5-0 MEN’S SOCCER 10/31 @ Manhattan, W 2-0 11/6 vs. Loyola, W 2-0 11/8 vs. Rider, L 1-0 WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL 10/29 vs. Texas Pan-American, L 3-0 10/31 vs. Iona, L 3-0 11/1 @ Siena, L 3-0 11/7 @ Rider, W 3-0 11/8 vs. Fairfield, L 3-1 MEN’S TENNIS 10/25 vs. Wagner, W 7-0

CROSS COUNTRY 10/30 MAAC Championships Albert Mendes - 59th place Mike Bravo - 82nd place Mike Sacca - 94th place Peahens: 10th overall Kerry-Ann Binns - 41st place Kelly Watson - 88th place Jelessa Dunlap - 91st place Mindy Wang - 92nd place Tellisia Williams - 93rd place Cathleen Barsallo - 103rd place Greggria Sylvester - 120th place Jalessa Dunlap - 43rd place WOMEN'S BOWLING 11/1 2009 Beach Open: Tournament Champs (4-0)

MEN'S GOLF 10/10 ECAC Tournament - 6th place 10/17 & 10/18 Kelly Gutshall Invitational - 9th place 10/22 Hawk Invitational - 2nd place MEN’S SWIMMING 10/31 vs. Virginia Military Institute Peacocks: won 200 Medley Relay Joe LaCava: won 1000 free Lovro Bilonic: won 200 free Mike Ackalitis: won 100 fly WOMEN'S SWIMMING 10/31 vs. Mount St. Mary's Peahens: won 200 Medley Relay Asala Halag: won 200 IM

Brendan King: won 500 free Lowell Thomas Tanyag: won 100 breaststroke Vuk Simon Mladjenvic: 2nd place 200 IM Marin Mikulic: 2nd place 100 fly

Taylor Dupois: won 100 back Ena Katavic: 2nd place 200 IM Katie Bigg: 2nd place 500 free

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Saint Peter's College Student Newspaper Fall 2009, Issue VI

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