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THE PAUW WOW VOL. LXXXII, NO. 9

SAINT PETER’S COLLEGE STUDENT NEWSPAPER SINCE 1933

FEBRUARY 3, 2010

SCHOOL TRIES TO RAISE SPIRIT Week Long Schedule of Events Organized Across Campus BY SAMANA BHATTA Staff Writer ’12

For the first time in the history of Saint Peter’s College, with the objective of raising the school spirit and celebrating the school pride, Spirit Week was held from Monday, January 25 to Sunday, January 31, 2010. It was co-organized by Students Activities, Students Entertainment Board (SEB) and SPC Athletics. There were flyers all around campus and Saint Peter’s Website had been actively advertising the events of the week. The week was also the first full week of classes for the Spring Semester. The events and programs for the week were developed by Student Entertainment PHOTO COURTESY OF PEACHES DELA PAZ Board. The objective Doug Demeo and crew pick the winners of raffle prizes during the All Nighter of the Spirit Week was to bring about school spirit and bring in an event sponsored by SEB. Valerie, Athletics had Jay Williams, the no. 2 in the morning, followed by Student the students and faculty together to a ‘Best Female Vocalist’ nominee for the overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in the Pep Rally in the evening, and SPC 717 Music Awards, gave a good musical 2002 NBA draft, come to the college as Men’s Basketball against Siena ending celebrate school pride. The Spirit Week started off with a live start to the week. This was followed by a a guest speaker. Thursday was one of the day (SPC lost against Siena by 8 performance by songwriter and singer movie night on Tuesday, also sponsored the most eventful days of the week with points). This day was also the “Show Valerie Nicole on Monday, 25 January by SEB. On Wednesday, SEB and SPC Brandon Tierney Show on 1050 ESPN Your Colors Day,” where faculty and Continued at Pg. 5

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OPINION PAGE 3

NEWS PAGE 5

VARIETY PAGE 7

ARTS PAGE 9

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Resources Must Be Made More Accessible to Clubs Spirit Week came and passed without any noticeable change in the levels of “SPC Spirit” around campus. The events scheduled as part of Spirit Week did not seem to attract a large amount of attention throughout the student body. This lack of participation is not the result of poor planning, rather, it is a symptom of a much larger problem. Students don’t care about being here. While our school may have its deficiencies, it does not give us carte blanche to turn a blind eye, and not participate. In the words of Gandhi, “We must be the change we want to see.” If there are any two communities at Saint Peter’s that have taken this message to heart, it’s the Saint Peter’s College basketball team and the Peacock Nation. Both organizations have recognized the deficiencies within their respective groups and both

have worked to build their respective programs brick by brick. For example, Peacock Nation recently organized a campus wide marketing plan for the Siena game, and delivered a respectable crowd on Thursday night. Both organizations also have the considerable edge in that the Saint Peter’s College Administration has given the organizations considerable room to grow. Most other college organizations, however, do not have that luxury. For example, all organizations must seek approval from Student Activities on any purchase more than $250. While there is something positive to be said about oversight, the wait time associated with the oversight in place makes it difficult for clubs to work within a reasonable time frame. Getting things approved by Student Activities is simply too complex. We thought it was a money problem, and

we attempted to fi x it by doing anything a complex bureaucracy does: we threw more money at it. However, the real issue has turned out not to be the lack of money, but the lack of accessibility to that money. Case in point: last semester’s budget nightmare. We have dedicated students, with great ideas, but they are bogged down by a complex set of archaic rules. If we want to see our activities flourish, if we really want people at the next Spirit Week, the administration needs to cut back on the rules and implement a system in which we harness the creativity of our student body. If we keep the rules in place as they are, our programs will continue to be as inefficient as our Student Senate: tabling important matters until they are long forgotten.

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STAFF WRITERS Ivo Stoyanov ’10

Mohammad Awadallah ’10 Chris Kenner ’11

Samana Bhatta ’12 James Driscoll ’12

Peaches Dela Paz ’10

Chris Frakes ’11

Erica Toledo ’12

Kenneth Littrell ’10

Alexandra Crossett ’12

Semiray Kasoolu ’13

GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Christopher Gonzalez ’10 Binh Nguyen ’12 Samantha Ellis ’13


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OPINION

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Vandalism: A Community Failure Whelan Hall Hall BY PAUL LMillennium AZARO

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Opinion Editor ’11 Hall $1,210 Saint Peter

Total: is the total $5,925 $5925. That fine East Campus residents accumulated last semester. According to Residence Life, students are fined for broken lounge furniture (or missing lounge furniture), broken window screens (or missing window screens), excessive trash, toilet stoppages (from items other than toilet paper), broken paper towel and soap dispensers, and vandalism (ripping down flyers/bulletin boards and graffiti). That’s right residents, every time a student decides that our community is worth vandalizing, the entire community is penalized. This not only shows a clear disregard for the college but for every resident. While it’s easy to blame the resident assistants on campus for the fines as they are the ones who document vandalism, the true culprit is the community as a whole. Every time a resident watches idly as a fellow resident rips down a flyer, or draws on a door, we are failing our community; every time we have the opportunity to

Vandalism tidy up our own hallways but instead look the other way, we are failing the college community. So what do we do? What is the solution to vandalism on campus? Obviously, we can start by not vandalizing our own property. For example, if you hate your floor’s

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Whelan Hall bulletin board so much, talk to your Resident Assistant and help him out with the next one. Second, let’s hold each other accountable. I hate to quote the PATH police but, “If you see something, say something.” Un f o r t u n at e l y, 99.99% of vandalism is crass and childish, and that .01% is not worth the fine. Most importantly, vandalism shows the college community’s administrators that we are not willing to care for the property entrusted to us. In other words, to quote the old Resident Assistant adage, “Vandalism is the reason why we can’t have nice things.” So the next time you see something, say something. Otherwise, we will only have ourselves to blame for our thin wallets.

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Haiti On My Mind BY MOHAMMAD AWADALLAH Staff Writer’10

As in the minds of many other people, the disaster in Haiti has been on my mind for the past few weeks. Day and night I have been thinking about the Haitian people and their struggle to overcome the hardships that have fallen upon them. It is so easy for people living in America to be oblivious to how vulnerable people in the impoverished parts of the world are to natural disasters. From the more than 200,000 lives lost in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami to the at least 1800 people who have died as a result of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, it is clear that certain systemic inequities produce populations that are especially likely to fall victim to the destruction caused by natural disasters. This is largely because the infrastructure in the developing world is often in disrepair at the time of disaster. Now, after the devastating effect of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti and upwards of 18 aftershocks, we see similar destruction. Port-Au-Prince is

in absolute tatters. Nature can strike anywhere and at anytime, and rarely is there any advance notice. However, when you have poorly constructed buildings, inadequate emergency services, and urban planning without sufficient resources, high casualty rates are expected. However, fail-safes can be enacted. Unfortunately, the human community has failed to care for its worst off. For example, some countries in the world community like the United States have preferred military intervention in the world over humanitarian aid. President Barack Obama promised $100 million in earthquake aid to Haiti, yet we spend $720 million dollars a day on the illegal war in Iraq. I suppose the United States government would rather spend our tax dollars on destroying other countries than helping rebuild Haiti. Until a new way of thinking and caring about others in the world comes into being, the rest of the world will always show up at the crime scene late- with good intentions but only to clean the blood and console the victims’ families.The need to only mobilize when

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Devastation after the Haiti Earthquake disaster strikes is worrying. It seems to me that we have a short attention span that leaves these places soon-forgotten and again-neglected after the disaster is forgotten in the American memory. What happens in Haiti, Africa, Gaza and other places abroad is MY business. Globalism and Imperialism made it that way. We are all part of the human race.

When we fall, we fall together. When we stand, we stand together. Stand in solidarity with the people of Haiti! Those wishing to provide assistance to earthquake ravaged Haiti can text ‘Haiti’ to 90999. Doing so will automatically donate $10 for Haitian rescue and recover efforts and will be billed directly to your phone bill.

Common Reading over Common Misunderstandings BY SEMIRAY KASOOLU Staff Writer ’13

Every academic year, freshmen are prompted to brood over a book, covering a significant social issue which intertwines both history and the modern world. The Writing Program Director Constance Wagner said that the committee welcomes suggestions from the students. With this on mind, I decided to lobby for “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson to be next year’s common reading book. The book traces the transformation an American undergoes, from a mountaineer to international humanitarian. The Central Asia Institute, of which Mortenson is a cofounder, has built more than a hundred

and thirty schools in rural areas of two countries ravaged by militant activities. Mortensen has followed the African proverb, “If we educate a boy, we educate an individual. But if we can educate a girl, we educate a community.” He strongly believes that educating the women in a society can have farreaching benefits such as curbing the young men from joining the Taliban, reducing the infant mortality rates and bettering the economic condition of the society at large. “Three Cups of Tea,” which has become a required reading for the senior military commanders and Special Forces in Afghanistan, has a lot to reveal to a college freshman. Apart from raising international awareness and razing the typical smugness of

being born in a country of limitless opportunities, it also voices the crying need for international understanding and compassion, especially in a time when drone attacks in Central Asia kill more innocent people than militants. Overall, “Three Cups of Tea” if chosen as a common reading book for next year, will do a great deal to spur students to appreciate the opportunities they are given as college students. In addition, the book will also make students cognizant of how big a change we can make if we go beyond the common misunderstandings among different cultures. After all, there are universal things that we all have in common. Therefore, I believe that Common Reading can win over Common Misunderstanding.

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SCHOOL TRIES TO RAISE SPIRIT Spirit Week Continued from Pg. 1 staff could show off their SPC pride by wearing an SPC shirt and jeans. All the events on Thursday were co-sponsored by SEB and Peacock Nation. The much-awaited Annual SPC All-Nighter was held on Friday at the Recreational Life Center (RLC). SEB, SPC Intramural Sports, and the Global Outreach Program sponsored the AllNighter. The All-Nighter kicked off at 8 p.m. Friday and concluded at 3 a.m. on Saturday. A concert by ‘High Bench’ kicked off the evening and Saint Peter’s very own Michael DeJager, Assistant Director of Residence Life for Housing Operations, also performed in the concert and so did other college staff. There were basketball, dodgeball, raffles and other games in the AllNighter with the DJ playing all night. The first hundred people to enter got free T-shirts and there were free refreshments served throughout the night. The event also served as an advertisement and fundraiser for the Global Outreach team going to a service trip to Ecuador. Towards the end of the week was ‘Interfaith Day of Service and Reflection’, sponsored by the Office of Community Service & Multicultural Affairs on Saturday morning, a service event at St. Lucy’s Shelter in Jersey City. Saturday ended with an Argus Eyes’ ‘Improv Explosion.’ ‘Improv Explosion’ had two plays, directed by Ryan Schuster and Michael Storey. The plays were put together in a day based on the story elements suggested by audiences in an improv performance showcased previously. On the last day of Spirit Week, students spent their morning cleaning the street of Jersey City during ‘Junkyard Dogs Clean Up Day’ organized by the Campus Ministry. Finally, the week ended with a major excitement for SPC Men’s basketball after a 28-point win against Manhattan. Virendra Goolcharan ’12, a performer in the ‘Improv Explosion,’ said he found the Spirit Week “good and enjoyable.” Rezma Shrestha, a senior at SPC, also found the Spirit week to be a success. She participated

in the ‘Interfaith Day of Service and Reflection.’ The event organized by Campus Ministry was a service event where a group of students served by helping in the kitchen and shoes and clothing rooms at St. Lucy’s Homeless Shelter. According to Ms. Shrestha, “the people were grateful even though it was a small gesture. It was a good experience.” Chris Frakes ’11, the president of Peacock Nation, said, “Spirit Week was a great idea.” He thinks the experience from the first attempt this year will help the school get a “better turnout in the future.” According to him, the highlights of the week were the guest speaker Jay Williams, basketball games, the allPHOTO COURTESY OF CLARE ETTENSOHN nighter, and the pep rally. “The All- ‘Junkyard Dogs’ Students cleaning Glenwood Avenue Nighter was a lot of fun. RLC did a and getting people’s opinion for the with an objective of raising school spirit great job. The band and the white and pride among the students and castle just were the best,” said Chris. Spirit Week. As a whole, Spirit Week was a first faculty. It was an eventful week with He thinks that the Spirit Week helped raise school spirit and he can’t wait attempt of its kind in Saint Peter’s college variety of events for everybody. until next year. He also thanked and appreciated the hard work and efforts by SEB and Student Activities. Phylecia Palmer, the president of class of 2013, however, contradicted what Chris had to say. Phylecia, who is also a member of SEB, thinks that the week did not really seem like a Spirit Week. Coming right out of high school, she did not think that the week helped in “bringing the students together and raising school spirit.” In her words, “Spirit Week for me is about the students coming together and enjoying the school spirit. It is about you and your best friend wearing the same thing head to toe, each class representing their color, a throwback day, etc. For me, Spirit Week is about school spirit while having fun. I didn’t find any of these elements in this week.” According to her, “The only events that people actually went to were the basketball games, Pep Rally, PHOTO COURTESY OF PEACHES DELA PAZ and the All-Nighter.” For next Marisa Ferris, Cheryl Schenk, Mae Sorbo, and Nicole Onello (L-R) year, she suggests going around were all smiles during the All Nighter


VARIETY

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wednesday, feb 3 12pm - 1pm SAA Speaker Lecture Series (Pope Lecture Hall) 4pm - 7pm Anime Movie Night (Pope Lecture Hall) 6:30pm Washington DC Alumni Regional Reception thursday, feb 4 Final Date to withdraw from Winter Trimester courses 7pm - 10pm Caribbean History Celebration (Roy Irving Theatre) saturday, feb 6 10am - 2pm Peacock Preview (McIntyre Lounge) tuesday, feb 9 11am - 2pm Post Graduate Volunteer Fair (McIntyre Lounge) 8pm - 10pm SEB Movie Night (Pope Lecture Hall) wednesday, feb 10 7pm - 10:30pm Poetry Slam (Pope Lecture Hall) thursday, feb 11 10am - 1pm Third Annual Focus the Nation (McIntyre Lounge) 3pm - 4:30pm Valentine’s Day Poetry Reading 7pm Evening of International Song and Dance (Roy Irving Theatre)

Sports Calendar Men’s Basket Ball (Home) - Sunday, Feb 7 12pm Opponent : Canisius - Monday, Feb 15 7pm Opponent : Rider Location : Yanitelli Center

Women’s Basket Ball (Home) - Friday, Feb 5 7pm Opponent : Fairfield - Monday, Feb 8 7pm Opponent : Manhattan - Monday, Feb 15 5pm Opponent : Niagara Location : Yanitelli Center

Men’s Tennis (Home) - Saturday, Feb 6 - Saturday, Feb 6 - Sunday, Feb 7 - Sunday, Feb 14

Women’s Tennis (Home) - Sunday, Feb 7 11am Opponent : Bryant - Saturday, Feb 13 2pm Opponent : Seton Hall - Sunday, Feb 14 1:30pm Opponent : Drexel Location : Yanitelli Center Bubble

tuesday, feb 16 8pm - 10pm SEB Movie Night (Pope Lecture Hall)

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Style to Go BY ANA MUNOZ

Style Columnist ’12 Many agree that Megan Fox’s physical beauty is what makes her a sex icon. Although winning an Academy Award and becoming a theatrically captivating actress are qualities that seem far too distant from her career, Megan Fox can, however, add something reassuring to her resume: Scientifically proven beauty. Over a month ago, U.S. and Canadian researchers made public their calculations for measuring physical female beauty. “The Golden Ratio,” as named by researchers, consists of specific measurements that are co-dependent with the attractiveness of a woman. According to the London based newspaper The Independent, “US and Canadian researchers asked students to compare color photographs of the same woman’s face, in which the vertical distance between the eyes and mouth, and horizontal distance between the eyes, had been doctored using Photoshop.” The students were individually asked to select the most attractive picture of the four and all selected the one classified by researchers as the face with the “golden ratio.” The experiment “confirmed 36 percent as the golden ratio for the length of the maximally attractive face, and 46 percent as the ideal width ratio - where the distance between the eyes is 46 percent of total face width, measured between the inner edges of the ears” according to the Independent. The study concluded, however, that there is one way to work around the “golden ratio” - getting a haircut. According to Professor Kang Lee, from the University of Toronto and one of the heads

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of the experiment, “Our study... explains why sometimes an attractive person looks unattractive or vice versa after a haircut, because hairdos change the ratios.” The study served as a scientific confirmation of the already established beauty of the likes of Megan Fox, Shania Twain, Elizabeth Hurley, and Jessica Alba, whom were all measured. To top it all off the study made an interesting discovery: “Angelina Jolie does not have golden length and width ratios,” confirmed Professor Lee. (How could that possibly be true?) Because the study was only conducted with Caucasian women, further studies had to be conducted to ascertain the ratios of Jolie. Does the “golden ratio” apply to women of all ethnicities? And what about men and children? If you curious to see how your face measure up you can check out: http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/ Measuring-Facial-Perfection-The-Golden-Ratio for any easy way to go about it. Remember, beauty is skin deep; there is no logic to being a beauty on the outside and a beast on the inside.

‘The PATHological Patron’ BY A.D. MORGAN

Contributing writer '11 Skinner’s Loft: 148 Newark Avenue. One block from Grove St. PATH. Bar fare for the gourmand. Indulge in a truly epicurean, soulful experience by ordering correctly here. Doing so will also result in minimal damage to the wallet. (Appetizers start at $4). All you need is a small portion of the

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Guinness and orange juice slathered baby back ribs, complemented by a small portion of the richly homemade mac and cheese. The ribs are tactfully tangy: not too sweet, perfect amount of sauce, fall off the bone. The ridged macaronis are creamy and comforting, layered with deep cheesy flavors. Toasted seasoned bread crumbs provide the ultimate topping. So far we’re only sixteen bucks in the hole, so if you’re breaking the next Jackson soon anyway, you might as well grab a Sawtooth Ale on draft. It’s smooth with a bite and you won’t see it at your local liquor store. If your plan is to grab some sauce quickly before heading to the city, it might be slightly difficult to find seating at the bar here on a Thursday or weekend night. But if

you have a little more time to spare or desire a particularly pleasant setting for a specific someone, head upstairs to a delightful yet relaxed restaurant experience complete with delicious rosemary baked bread and softened butter. Other options: Autumn mixed greens salad with pears and toasted pecans Truffle oil mushroom pitzelle (sharable) Flatiron steak with porcini parmesan fries Steer Clear of: Sugar pumpkin fontina quesadilla


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Stamp That Pot BY TOM CLEARY

Food Columnist ’11

PHOTO COURTESY OF TOM CLEARY Ingredients (for one serving) · 2-3 small potatoes cut into bite sized pieces · ½ an onion · 2-3 slices of bacon chopped up · A small salads worth of spinach (1 big handful), washed · Some pepper for taste Hello everyone! For this Spring, I will be writing my articles from Amsterdam where I am studying abroad. Luckily I have something of a kitchen and I hope to learn some Dutch recipes and let you guys know about the good ones. So far, a dish I have found very enjoyable is called a “stamppot,” the popular “peasant” food of the region. This dish consists of potatoes, endives (things that look like big pointy Brussel sprouts), bacon and cheese all mashed together and something that looks like a kielbasa sausage on top. Once I figure out this recipe a little better I’ll write up the article on it, but for now I made my

own variation on the dish which also tastes really good and all you need to cook it is a single pot. Eet smakelijk! Preparation: -Turn stove to low heat and put the cut potatoes in the pan with a little bit of olive oil and season it with some pepper. -After cutting up the onions and bacon put them in the same pot and mix them around. -Cook all of this together until the potatoes are fully cooked, which should take 10-15 min depending on the size of the potato pieces. Make sure to stir this occasionally so nothing burns. -Once the potatoes are cooked put the spinach in the pot and mix everything together and cook just until the spinach gets soft, something like 30 seconds. After that all you have to do is put it on a plate and eat.

BY DANIEL THOMASEY Contributing Writer ’11

“We will now begin boarding for flight 198 to Milan,’’ blares the loudspeaker at JFK airport. This is it. I am about to embark on the biggest journey of my life. I left my parents about an hour and a half ago and I will not see them again until the end of July. I board the plane and get into my seat. After everyone has boarded, I’m happy to see that the plane is nearly empty. Empty seats will mean I could have an entire row of three seats to myself- a big plus for someone who is 6’4’’ with legs that barely fit in a regular seat. Seven hours, one tray of plane food, a Tylenol PM, and two TERRIBLE movies later, we land in Milan. Greeted by cold weather and dense fog, I exit the airport and get on a bus to the Milano Centrale train station. After the bus ride, I take a train to Pavia, the city where I will be living for the next six months. Located in the Lombardy region of Italy, it is an old medieval city with winding, cobble stoned streets lined with cafes and shops. It is exactly what I wanted. Everything is old here. My university, Università degli Studi di Pavia, was established in the 14th

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century and my dorm, Collegio Cairoli, was built in the early 18th century. When I check in, I notice that my dorm is equipped with paintings, marble floors and arched ceilings. It looks like a museum. Finally, after lugging 120 pounds of luggage up five flights of stairs, I reach my room. It is smaller than I expected, but I think it will be fine. After I get settled in my room, I venture off into the city to get some paperwork done for the school. Not much has been completed yet because I cannot do anything until I get a “Permit of Stay,“ which I will receive on Tuesday. Barely anyone here speaks English, which is good because it will force me to learn the local language very quickly, but bad because it makes simple things much harder to do. It is all part of the experience and will get easier in time. Americans don’t seem to be very common visitors to this city-maybe because it is overshadowed by the city of Milan, just thirty minutes away--so people get pretty excited when they talk to one. Out of everyone I’ve met so far one kid is from Ohio while all the others are Italian. I start my “Italian for foreigners” class on Monday and I am looking forward to meeting some other international students there. It is only my third day here, so I’m excited to see who I meet and how my classes go in the upcoming weeks. Until then, Ciao e spero che tutto vada bene in New Jersey!

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Fog covers the street outside my building in Pavia, Italy.


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An Explosively Funny Improv Explosion !

Pokémon: Another Reason to Not Study

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Improv night packed some heat

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Improv Explosion on January 28 was filled with high energy that did what the show’s title promised it would do – explode! Participants and the audience alike were very enthusiastic, appropriating colorful characters to equally colorful scenarios. Pop stars, political figures, SPC alumni, and even Res Life staffers joined the stage, filling Roy Irving Theatre with delightful laughter. Veronica Graveline as Pop Queen Madonna and Jacob Hines as the First Lady of Pop Lady Gaga had a particularly exciting blind date, initially narrowing their eyes at each other in contest before realizing that they could be redirecting their passions somewhere else (hint: lipsmacking ensued). Rival serial killers Ayonna Garcia and Nishat Hughes sized each other up, competing over who could annihilate the strangers around them with the most efficiency and style. Dave Surratt, Director of Residence Life, portrayed an excellent and – true to his character – helpful Bob the Builder with props and all. It was definitely a lively and memorable night to remember and I can’t wait to see what they’ll cook up for us next time!

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BY ANTHONY BORKOWSKI Contributing writer ‘12

Ten years ago, our generation was introduced to Pokémon. Overnight, millions of children around the world scrambled to catch all 151 Pokémon and become a Pokémon Master. Two years later, Nintendo released Pokémon Gold and Silver. Gold and Silver, while adding 100 new Pokémon for trainers to collect, changed how trainers played the game by introducing revolutionary game mechanics. Ten years and two generations of games later, Pokémon Gold and Silver is being remastered for the Nintendo DS. Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver follow the same basic story from their previous releases. Set three years after the events of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, the re-mastered versions of the original Pokémon games, trainers start HeartGold and SoulSilver with a new adventure in the Johto region of the Pokémon universe. After choosing your first Pokémon, you find yourself on the quest to defeat Team Rocket, whose goal it is to turn Pokémon into deadly fighting machines as part of their plan to rule the world. Pokémon veterans and newcomers alike have much to look forward to, as updated graphics and a remixed

soundtrack are only the tip of the iceberg. In the original release of Gold and Silver only 251 Pokémon were available for trainers to catch and grow, but HeartGold and SoulSilver allow trainers to catch and import Pokémon from every generation of the game. That is a staggering total of 493 different Pokémons, allowing for countless hours of team building and customization. Best yet, now you are able to have any Pokémon you want follow your character around outside of its Pokéball (ala Pikachu from the animated series) and it will be able to pick up items and give them to you. New side quests and areas have been included to allow trainers to catch powerful legendary Pokémon not found in the Johto region and even common Pokémon with special attacks. Also included with each copy of HeartGold and SoulSilver is a special, Pokéball shaped pedometer that you can link with your Nintendo DS to transfer and train Pokémon while jogging or walking to and from class. Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver will hit shelves on March 14,2010. Order now if you want to be the first on the madness. Can’t wait till then? Try the Pokémon Drinking Game. Simply reread this article and take a shot of your favorite vodka, tequila, or whiskey every time you see the word “Pokémon.”


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Morning… An Interview With the Local Jersey Band BY ROZLYN SMITH

D: Best place to begin is by making some music you like. It freaks me out Contributing writer ’13 that people would play in bands without enjoying their own music. I feel like Pick the correct definition of the that’s half the battle. word Morning…: B: Just play. If you know it’s what you A. the time of day when breakfast is wanna do, and then do it. served, and the sun comes up. K: I’d have to say being a musician B. a time of day when most of us now with Youtube around where you constantly hit the snooze button. can look up musicians who play like OR ridiculous solos and insane techniques C. a truly talented five piece band is a little bit discouraging, especially for hailing from northern New Jersey. someone like me who lives on Youtube. They’re all correct! But the interview My advice though is to just try and be as conducted today will be with C. The good as you can be. band Morning is a five piece band from G: Do what makes you happy. northern New Jersey. Darryl Norrell, Pauw Wow: What’s in the future for Kieran Wardle, Benjamin Oliveira, Morning…? Albert Chua, and George Serr make up D: More music. I know I’m already the band and they are backed by their excited to demo the songs we haven’t dedicated and determined manager Liz done yet. There’s so much music Russo. The band members, who went to floating around and I can’t wait till it all high school together, have been playing consolidates. music with each other for roughly three G: More music and soda water years. With Darryl on guitar and vocals, bottles! Ben on guitar and backup vocals, From playing small shows in a West New York basement, to playing shows at the School of Rock and Maxwell’s in Hoboken, this band is surely one to watch out for. Their EP ‘Dream it out, Dream it out’ is available for streaming and purchase at www.morningband.com. Also become a fan of theirs on facebook at www.facebook. com/morningband, follow them on twitter www.twitter. com/morningband and if you still use it, add them on myspace www.myspace.com/ morningnj. Either way check them out on the web or better yet, check them out live! With their high energy songs, acts of randomness with soda water bottles, guitarists standing on speakers, and even the occasional shedding of shirts, you’re bound to have a good time. And after their set stick around to talk to the guys. PHOTO BY ROZLYN SMITH If you ever need or want tickets to Full band shot Mexicali Blues September 3, 2009. Left to right: Albert, Kieran, George, Darryl, Ben. see Morning… feel free to contact me at rsmith4@spc.edu. Albert on guitar, Kieran on bass, and George on the drums, this band was ready to take the stage or shall I say, the basement. Their sound is comparable to Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie and even Braid. Their music and lyrics range from highly energetic songs like Sleep like a Wide Open Window to more mellow tracks like, New York and a love song titled Anywhere. Recently, I sat down with the guys and their manager to ask them a few questions: Pauw Wow: What band (if any) would you say Morning… sounds like? Darryl: This is an evil, evil question. We sound like a ton of bands, just like every other band. Some hide it better than others. Ben: Enjoyable music, at least I’d like to think. Kieran: The most interesting combo of bands I’ve heard is “Modest Mouse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Incubus.” Pauw Wow: You guys have played

some pretty big venues and some small ones too. Which show has been each of your personal favorites? D: I had a ton of fun at the Plessy’s basement (they called it Isla Nublar... ha). Algernon Cadwallader was there. These Branches and Cape Terra were there too and Plesiosaurs played after we did, then Algernon closed later. It was like playing a show, packing up, and then just seeing a show you’d have been at anyway. Pauw Wow: Liz, how does being one of the few female managers make you feel? What advice do you have for other females trying to manage or even promote bands? L: Keep a lot of patience. Play guidance counselor, spend a lot of time getting your band out there, and stick it out. It gets really tough, but stick it out. Pauw Wow: What advice do all of you have to give to other musicians who either don’t know where to start or feel discouraged?


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SPORTS

FEBRUARY 3, 2010

Men’s Basketball

Swiming and Diving 1/16 @ Brooklyn, NY MEN'S vs. NJIT W 84-11 vs. St. Francis W 84-11 WOMEN'S vs. NJIT W 70-25 vs. St. Francis L 50-45 1/23 @ Washington D.C. MEN'S vs. VMI W 180-78 vs. Howard W 187-73 WOMEN'S vs. VMI W 190-43 vs. Mount St. Mary's L 143-114 vs. Howard W 130-114

1/4 vs. Marist, W 61-49 1/8 @ Manhattan, L 76-53 1/11 vs. Niagara, W 90-86 (2OT) 1/15 @ Rider, W 77-66 1/17 vs. Loyola, W 48-43 1/22 @ Niagara, W 74-65 1/24 @ Canisius, W 68-55 1/28 vs. Siena, L 66-58 1/31 vs. Manhattan, W 72-44

Women’s Basketball

1/3 Fairfield, L 58-49 1/5 vs. Rider, W 55-38 1/8 vs. Siena, W 46-40 1/10 vs Loyola, L 69-59 1/16 vs. Marist, L 70-55 1/18 @ Iona, L 61-45 1/22 @ Marist, L 59-48 1/24 vs. Canisius, W 66-59 1/29 @ Manhattan, L 66-48

Bowling Peahens 1/16 2010 Terriers New Years Knockdown, 1-4 1/17 2010 Terriers New Years Knockdown, 4-1 (6th place) 1/23 Lady Bulldogs Bowling Classic, 5-0 1/24 Lady Bulldogs Bowling Classic, 4-1 (6th place)


SPORTS

12 Peacocks Snap 5-game Win Streak FEBRUARY 3, 2010

Room from 10 a.m. to noon. Tierney had Peacocks head coach John Dunne on the air and hyped up the game versus Siena. A pep rally before the game brought in many painted faces, signs, megaphones, foam fingers, and pom-poms to the bleachers. While this game may have snapped the Peacocks five game winning streak, the team played an even, back and forth match against the two-time MAAC Conference champions. Hopefully Saint Peter’s gets their revenge in the MAAC Tournament. Remembering Jay Williams’ story and building on the hype from the fans can only help.

BILL LYONS/STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE

Ryan Bacon, right, trying to block a shot from Ryan Rossiter, left of Siena College.

BY BILL PETTIGREW Sports Editor ’11

On Thursday night, the SPC Men’s Basketball team suffered a 66-58 defeat to Siena College at the Yanitelli Center. Though this loss ended the five game winning streak, it showed that the Peacocks are up to par with top seeded teams like Sienna. Saint Peter’s played up to the hype of its first ever Spirit Week, until Siena controlled the glass and made key passes in transition to eventually pull ahead for the win.

The Peacocks were led by Wesley Jenkins, with 13 points, including 3 key three-pointers. Jenkins was honored before the game in recognition of his 1,000 career points. Nick Leon added 12 of his own, and Ryan Bacon had 11 points in addition to 4 blocks which got the crowd wild. Jeron Belin was strong off the bench and Steve Samuels sparked late runs with significant steals. Late turnovers and losing the inside battle were what allowed Siena to pull ahead with under three

minutes left to play in the second half. The team, other students and faculty had heard from former Duke star and 2nd overall pick by the Chicago Bulls Jay Williams on Wednesday. Williams’ story of perseverance was uplifting, after hearing of his success in college, and having his dreams wiped away after a motorcycle crash that nearly ended his career. On Thursday, ESPN Radio was on hand to broadcast The Brandon Tierney Show from the Pavonia PHOTO BY SR SMITH SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Jenkins looking to make a pass

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February 3, 2010