THE PAUW WOW Vol. LXXXII, No. 3
September 30, 2009
Saint Peter’s College Student Newspaper Since 1933
Michaelmas Speaker Urges Students to "Nourish Your Souls" speech with comments about how thrilled she was to be back at Saint Peter’s, spent little time talking about her award winning journalism. Working at a paper like the Washington Post right after graduation is every aspiring writer’s dream, but it left Valente feeling unfulfilled. Valente herself did not understand the source of her malaise. Thinking like any decent careerist intellectual, she chocked her restless melancholy
up unrealized ambition. She moved to the Wall Street Journal in search of a fix. Writing for WSJ earned her more awards, recognition and probably a higher credit rating. Valente began to realize, though, that each promotion only made her life harder. “I would win awards for my writing and be happy. The happiness would last for a few days, a week, but See Michaelmas on Page 6
Madness in the Halls of Power Saint
Photo By Martin Sirakov
Michaelmas Speaker, Judith Valente.
By Justin Roberts News Editor ’10
By Justin Roberts News Editor ’10
Michaelmas guest speaker Judith Valente, class of 1976, stood up before the students and faculty seated in the Yanitelli Recreational Life Center and asked the question on every student’s mind: Will this degree get me a job that pays? She told the students that she had few answers and that all she could offer was, “the poverty of my own struggle in pursuit of a meaningful life.” Before a room of rapt honor students, she described her time working for two of the nation’s largest papers, of the awards she received in her time as a daily print journalist, and of the savage dismay that even the most illustrious positions can cause. The gracious Valente, who peppered her
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Saturday, September 26 3:00 pm
OPINION PAGE 4
Photo courtesy of Binod Aryal
Winners of the Most Noble Award Of the Peacock with guest speaker Judith Valente and President Eugene J. Cornacchia.
NEWS PAGE 6
VARIETY PAGE 11
Friday night’s student senate meeting was a sordid affair, a screaming collision of disinterested parties cushioned by the plurality of patient boredom. The senators stumbled on procedural blunders, failures of planning and good intentions ran amok. Truly, a weird night. Friday, September 25 7:06 pm “Once More into the Breach, Dear Friends.” The Senators sit in the Social Justice House awaiting an informal meeting. No one knows what to expect. In walks the President, apologizing for not having a real retreat, with instructions to bond and eat up. The meeting See Senate on Page 10
ARTS PAGE 13
SPORTS PAGE 15
Editorial Editorial Board Frank DeMichele Editor - in - Chief
Rozen Pradhan Managing Editor
Justin Roberts News Editor
This issue of the Pauw Wow inaugurates the new size and format of the newspaper. After reviewing a growing trend in student newspapers and print media in general, our staff chose to adopt the page size from which you are now reading. This was done mostly in an effort to make the paper easier to read, (it is also more cost effective per issue.) This new Pauw Wow aims to delver the most relevant and important news to the community in the most efficient method. We want this to encourage more readership and active curiosity in the paper. As opposed to the larger and sometimes difficult to fold paper, this size allows better organization of the articles and allows better flow of the sections. The last issue of the paper raised some objections to articles by students and faculty who had differing opinions. Great! This editorial boards welcomes every letter and comment. The voices of the school deserve to be heard in their student
Paul Lazaro Opinions Editor
Tom Cleary Variety Editor
Stephanie Danis Arts Editor
Bill Pettigrew Sports Editor
Shishir Khadka Layout Editor
Martin Sirakov Editor At Large Photography Editor
Maria Marinova Kapil Bastola Ritam Neupane Copy Editor
Raymond A. Schroth, S.J. Advisor
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newspaper. The letters submitted after the last issue have been published because we believe that they do represent the opinion of at least some segment within the school’s population. If your opinion differs from those in this paper, please send a letter to the editor with your opinion. If the community desires a better paper, they deserve it. In addition to format changes, the frequency has also increased over past years. We have been an will continue to publish and issue every two weeks. Students chould expect the paper on a regular basis and look for it on a regular basis. Content is also growing to include stories for all interests. We continue to expand our operations to best suit the interests of the school. These changes in format, content and frequency all aim to create a better paper that becomes more interesting to more people. Keep reading the Pauw Wow; we have the news most relevant and important to the St. Peter’s College community.
In response to the opinion article “Pump up the SPC Pump House” published on Sept 16, 2009. The purpose of this letter is to address the claims made in the opinion piece “Pump up the SPC Pump House” by Raphael Zaki published in the September 16, 2009 edition of The Pauw Wow. The article paints a skewered and exaggerated picture of the condition of the RLC weight room. Despite the fact that it was an opinion piece, the author should have done a more thorough job of investigating the issues he addressed before maligning this area of the RLC. The author wrote this article without interviewing any members of the RLC administrative staff. If he would have done so, we would have been able to shed light on all of the complaints he makes in his column. To set the record straight, several of the problems mentioned in the article were caused by student vandalism and theft of weight room property. Over the past few years, several thousand dollars have been pumped into the weight room, but unfortunately most of this money was spent replacing dumbbells that had been stolen or upholstery that had been ripped because weight room users did not follow room regulations, thus leading to the damage. This
includes the theft of three framed And with regards to the medical and Arnold Schwarzenegger posters! scientific claims that the writer makes, The author laments that radio they are simply not based in fact. reception is poor in the weight room The RLC staff will certainly and students should be able to play examine the weight room and see what their own music over the stereo via we can do to make it the best possible an Ipod dock. However, if I had facility for the students of SPC. My been consulted, I would have been door is always open to all students that able to explain that one, because the want to discuss any facet of campus weight room is in the RLC basement recreation or the RLC with me. reception on certain stations is very Sincerely, poor and two, we had to remove Dave Bryngil ’91 the CD player that was there in the Director of Recreation and RLC past because students often played music that featured inappropriate or offensive language. Some students even got into altercations over sharing the CD player so we ultimately Unfortunately most of this removed it. Finally, and most money was spent replacing egregiously, the author made claims that the weight room dumbbells that had been is unsafe. The fact is we have not had a very serious stolen or upholstery that had injury in the weight room since the mid-1990s. Like been ripped because weight any other athletic facility there have been some lesser room users did not follow injuries over the years, but these injuries were inherent room regulations, to working out and not a result of a dangerous facility.
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In response to the News article “Fear and Loathing in the student Senate” published on Sept 16, 2009. Hunter S. Thompson realized that no journalist could write in a completely objective manner unless he/she is a computer printing out facts. Justin, who admits to writing this article in a form emulating Thompson, Our school is a collective does his job of being orderly and determined group of students leading in “Fear and Loathing in the Student Senate,” even students, plain and simple. if his article does read esoterically. However, he fails to fulfill the requirements of writing Wow (September 16), as a fellow in gonzo style, which according to student. the Oxford dictionary, is defined as If he truly wished to attempt to an “exaggerated, subjective, and make a difference, which appears to fictionalized style.” be the root of his article, he should He also writes “the relationship have used his privilege to speak between a voter and his during the Open Mic session. But representatives can only ever stand what truly is the utmost priority on rocky ground.” We vote for for a journalist? To tell the story as representatives because we need merely a witness or to step in as the mediators for the masses. They voice of reason? Especially a student are elected because they are best journalist who holds authority “suitable for the position.” Our as a representative of the college nation is populated to the point that community? I cannot truly judge every individual voting on every his actions having never written as issue would take far too long. So a true journalist myself. Should a we elect whom we elect. Obviously, journalist make it his job to prevent mistakes are made. We hold elections discord or to present the cause and in our college for the same reasons. effect of it for an audience? Students voted for representatives of their classes last semester. I am referencing his position regarding a state But we are a work in progress. representative. The truth of the matter How are we to build ourselves is I love this school, maybe because it is into a better nation if we do not the only college I have attended or maybe just speak up for ourselves before an because I simply enjoy the environment here. inescapable decline? Our school is a collective group of students leading students, plain and simple. Justin goes on the I do not wish to appear caustic to Justin Roberts. I simply wish to rebut certain material in the article published in the previous Pauw
compare representative democracy of our school with that of the entire nation (i.e. “American children leave grammar school knowing that George Washington is the real God.”). I love this country and I know that George Washington is no god, but the voters are the ones with power. Our government is definitely far from perfect, but what perfect government is there? Our country was founded by hypocrites who desired to be unfettered, but kept slaves and excluded women. But we are a work in progress. How are we to build ourselves into a better nation if we do not speak up for ourselves before an inescapable decline? It is easier to avoid obstacles on the progression up a hill than to move them from the path of a tumbling, crashing boulder. I do not wish for the student body to be complaisant sheep but I disapprove of a cacophonous mob. We need to be both orderly and determined. As students of our college it is our obligation to be so. When a student takes interest in his/her school it becomes a better place because of that individual student. That student is willing to live up to the principles I have mentioned above. Justin Roberts lives up to the obligations by writing for the Pauw Wow, but I truly wish he had stood up during Open Mic and voiced his opinion. I write this rebuttal to pose rhetorical questions as not just a senator, but as a loving student of this college. “If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.” – John Stuart Mill. James Pilger '12 Senator
In response to the opinion article “How to best Allocate our Money” published on Sept 16, 2009. You did yourself an incredible completely contradictory. “Furthermore, disservice last issue. You printed an that unused money could be equally article so offensively shortsighted, that distributed among clubs or given to clubs at a safe and undisclosed location I lit who need start up money.” How? Is a cigarette and then your paper and the school going to snatch it back from watched, ecstatic with nicotine and the students who don’t participate? In righteous dissent, as both smoked to ash. Paul’s gospel of idiocy, the clubs, who, Mr. Lazaro’s assessment of the Student under the current situation, must fight one Activities budget crisis was humiliating another for funding, would become cutto read. And make no mistakes, dear throat competitors. All the funding they reader, it is a crisis. The problem, in a enjoyed before the Student Activities nutshell, is who gets the funding? Bill, small as it may have been, would His “solution” was to offer each be a fortune compared to what would be student a voucher for their share of the brought in if anyone with power were Student activities cost. The student drunk enough to enact Paul’s ideas. At would then be free to assign their one- least with the Bill, the clubs know that hundred dollars to the club of their there is money for which they can beg. choosing. The question I immediately Where is your conscious Mr. Lazaro? asked myself was, what happens then to How could you suggest these things in a the clubs whose participants belong to school-wide printed media? I challenge one or more other clubs? Mr. Lazaro’ answer, was that the The question I immediately students should pay from their own pocket into the clubs they asked myself was, what wish to join. So, if we follow Paul, we, the students, will have happens then to the clubs whose gone from paying nothing for our clubs, to paying 100 dollars participants belong to one or for all the clubs, to paying 100 dollars for each campus group more other clubs? we’d like to be involved with. I wonder what the students would think about that? Mr. Lazaro just doubled or tripled the cost of fun for us. you to respond to my letter, and I charge More atrocious than this excuse for a everyone who may read this to look thought was how he responded to my next into what is happening to our student question. (one that he must have realized organizations. Ignore allegiances you in his own mind would arise) What may have, trust no one. Demand the happens when a student does not join a documents that outline this horrible plan. club? It would seem that their mandatory If we don’t know what is happening 100 would be wasted, and the clubs would around us right now, if we let this go suffer. Mr. Lazaro’s response: “why is it unchecked, IF YOU THINK CAMPUS any concern of yours if a students wants LIFE IS BORING ALREADY, just wait to squander what is theirs?” You must be and see what inaction will bring. joking! But it got better. His next line was :Jackson Stokes ‘11
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I Know Why the Social Butterfly Sings By Semiray Kasoolu Contributing Writer ’13
While biologists lament the migration of rare butterflies to the north as a result of climate change, a new species emerges to soothe their whines – the social butterfly. The social butterflies are widely seen as they tweet, text, chirp, and flutter everywhere. They cringe at the thought of disconnection and solitude. They are the people who consider reading poetry alone to be a scourge. Fact is, no one wanders alone any more, and the bliss of solitude is lost to paranoid texting. Where is our personal mystery, our charm of introspection? Are we indeed so scared to be alone? Sadly, yes. Throughout history, humankind’s greatest fears have been solitude and alienation. I look to history, when a search of shared loneliness didn’t instigate alienation; rather, it was a cure. Today, like then, we deal with socially difficult conditions. But rather than before when isolation provided an escape, we find solace in the form of Facebook status messages such as: “Going to sleep, please text me,” or “I
feel sad, you can text me.” On the surface, these messages seem harmless, when in reality they are a desperate cry for company. We divulge too much, cautious of not leaving a secret thought in the depths of our souls. The technology intended to bring us together actually splitting us apart. The easy accessibility of people shatters the excitement of meeting first hand. It disperses the charm, and the aura of our first meetings. We no longer write upon our blank slates with our empirical experience, because cyberspace and our Facebook walls are our blank slates. Most may view me as a technology resistant anti-social person. On the contrary, I love texting and Facebook. But I do cherish true smiles and meaningful conversations. As long as chatting and texting do not jeopardize our rationality, as long as they don’t bring trivial questions to the forefront of our priorities, I welcome them. One thing I do know is that I will always be more happy to hear a knock on my door than a jarring pop-up chat sound. And I will surely refrain from posting on my Facebook wall with entries like, “I finished my article, text me.”
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SPC from the Perspective of an International Freshman Part 2 of 2
By Semiray Kasoolu Contributing Writer ’13
When I first arrived on campus, it felt like a brand new beginning, a new culture, a new educational system, a new belief system. Among all the diversity and tolerance on campus an unknown sense of national identity and pride gushed through my previously skeptical and nihilistic mind. I have never held a pronounced sense of patriotism, for my native Bulgaria. I had always focused on the negative sides of my homeland. Today, I appreciate more of what Bulgaria has given me. At SPC Everyone is so used to this melting pot that I no longer blush when I say that I’m a Bulgarian from Turkish ethnic background. It’s so beautiful to have a first-hand experience with representatives of various nationalities. More importantly, it’s beautiful to have the opportunity to contribute to this cultural mish-mash, without compromising your national identity. I feel liberated from all biases which have been lurking in the corners of my conscience. I want to question, to explore, to share… and not gain weight.
The openness of SPC community is so comfortable that there is a close relationship of cooperation and understanding between faculty and students. I was amazed that everyone has memorized my name so quickly. Wherever I go, I seem to meet someone ready to greet me with an exuberant “hello.” There is no wrong stance in class and discussions are always riveting. I find that my voice is never lost, but now a part of the whole viewpoint. Moreover, there is almost always something going on and this dynamic flow of things feels good. Of course, the culture shock is not always so smoothly digested. It would be an egregious lie to say that I’m not enamored by the dress style black socks and slippers, nor do I show an affinity for loose pants. … In short, my first impression is in its incipient stage of formation. However, these three weeks at SPC have helped me become more audacious, daring, and inquisitive. I believe that I am beginning a four-year long romance with Saint Peter’s College.
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Why Recycle? By Douglas Demeo
Contributing Writer, SPC Faculty Why stop the car on a seaside hillside overlook at dusk—to take in the glorious orange radiance safely? Why hold your tiny nephew or neighbor’s newborn girl and gape in amazement at her angelic calm? Why sing along to your favorite song on the radio? There’s an adjective we like to throw around that may be the most mysterious and yet overplayed word in the English language. For all that it is, let me offer what it is not: it ain’t piles of litter on streets, or vast amounts of recyclable materials carted off to landfills. Yes, recycling saves energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and relieves incentives to further the existence of purely destructive extraction industries on the prowl in poor countries or poor regions of the United States, such as mining for gold, iron ore, or coal. But this is not the principle reason I choose to recycle. As often as I may like to echo a “fun fact” that recycling one aluminum pepsi can (as opposed to cans made through virgin processes) saves roughly the same amount of fossil energy as watching three hours of television, statistics are not all that. Recycling is indeed beautiful. It is what nature
does. There is no “waste” in nature. Such is a human contrivance. Everything in “the wild” is cycled through in endless loops of energy. It is earth’s circular food system of input-output-input. Recycling at first may seem a revolutionary act, saying we are not creatures of immediate convenience—bucking the stance of “I’ll do what I want, when I want.” When recycling becomes “second nature,” however, we are learning that we belong to the earth, as much as the earth belongs to us. This takes time, to rid ourselves the yoke of a lifetime of “disposable” conditioning; but not only is it the more essentially human activity, it is an increasingly critical skill set for job preparedness. If we value work, we need to think in terms of circularity (i.e., input-outputinput) in order to understand what is happening with steadily emerging job markets and language transition requirements across professions. This is just another way of saying everything is going green and that there is a vocabulary to it that has much to do with recycling. These business trends are not merely fanciful fads (although in some cases they are), but there is something much more real and threatening afoot. With dramatically less space available for landfills (New Jersey garbage is now shipped to Virginia or West Virginia); with diminishing storage capacity in our atmosphere for pollutants (inducing harmful respiratory functioning for billions); with less
On the Letter to The Editor Dear Mr. Stokes, I find your letter intriguing but also a little misguided. And here’s why: First, you somehow hold the perception that a student’s one voucher could only be redeemed for one club. Truth is that under my idea you could redeem your voucher for many clubs (so long as you don’t go over the $100 limit). For example, say a club prices its membership at $20 a semester. You could feasibly join five clubs priced at twenty dollars each and have used your $100 voucher. Making choices based on capital should not be foreign to students, because we do it every day when we go shopping, go to a movie, or eat out for dinner. Moreover, I have not as you stated, “Doubled or tripled the cost of fun,” I have
simply put value on clubs, so that those of us who have more fun than others, will not be doing so at the expense of others! Next, I contended in my article that if students don’t redeem their voucher to join clubs, it’s not of any concern to anyone else. Your response was “Is the school going to snatch it back from students who don’t participate.” Well, you’re onto a good point here, Mr. Stokes. In my perfect world, people who don’t want to join a club would not have to pay an activities fee. But alas the activities fee has already been mandated, which means it is not possible for students to get their fee back in cash form. My alternative method may force students to join clubs, but it also allows them to individually decide which
arable soil to feed the world, less water, and so on, humanity is currently being “forced” to understand its place. Nature does not follow our industrial mythology of linear economic growth. We change by becoming who we are. Or we go the way of the dinosaurs. The ecological and economic collapses are closely related. We have not invested economic value to ecological-human value but rather to foolishly speculative “paper value.” In consequence living standards in terms of breathable air and drinkable water the world over have gotten horribly worse. There should be no surprise that violent inter tribal and inter-religious conflicts have proliferated across continents. Truly, my generation and my parents’ generation need to get on our knees and beg forgiveness of our students’ generation for selling the deceit of linearity and technohuman dominance so brazenly. The good news is this. Undercurrents of back-to earth loving are influencing every sector of society. Government and commerce and households are greening, here slowly, there more quickly, and this is lovely. Whether we recycle to enhance our bottom line— every free-of-charge scrap of paper, glass, plastic and metal that Saint Peter’s College recycles is money not spent on our trash hauling costs— or do it to awaken our essence as cyclical creatures, we are
sharing in the beautiful. Let’s hope our students’ children will thank all of us for helping turn it all around. One plastic bottle and aluminum can at a time.
club gets their money. Mr. Stokes, you stated, “In Paul’s gospel of idiocy, the clubs, who, under the current situation, must fight one another for funding, would become cut-throat competitors.” Most of this statement is surprisingly accurate to what I stipulated, because as you know my plan is all about competition. The overarching product of competition is that it forces people and businesses out of complacency and makes them put out a great product or face failure. Competition is the reason why open market countries are very rich (Hong Kong), and why closed market countries are very poor (North Korea). The same applies to competition on campus. Clubs will need to work harder for their members, or face limited budget options. Mr. Stokes, you implied that under my system if clubs did not receive funding from members,
my plan would allow them to fail. It’s true, because if a club could not get funding, wouldn’t it mean that the club is not something students are interested in, and that the club should not exist in the first place? Isn’t the whole idea of the Student Activities fee is to give students the opportunity to explore areas of interest? Moreover, if students are really devoted to a club, shouldn’t they be willing to allocate more of their own money forward, rather than take money from someone else? Overall, my idea gives individual students the option to dictate where their funding goes, not a small group of officials. I contend that individual students know how to use their money better than student senators, who hold the same human faculties we do. By Paul Lazaro
September 30, 2009
Interview with JudithValente By Justin Roberts
The Washington Post, the third largest news publication at that time. After two years of interning, she was hired permanently as a writer for the Metro Section of the paper, where she covered local Washington DC news, courts, governmental stories, and human-interest stories. She worked at the Washington Post under Bob Woodward for seven and a half years. At the age of 29 Valente decided that she should work for a bigger newspaper. So, she got a job with the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the number one paper at the time. “I thought the most important thing was to have the biggest job, biggest success I could in journalism,” she says. In 1993, Valente was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the feature-writing category for an article about a religious conservative businessman who was caring for his son Photo by Martin Sirakov dying of AIDS. The article appeared in the Wall Street Judith Valente’76, Michaelmas 2009 guest speaker. Journal in March of 1992 Judith Valente graduated in 1976 from under the title, “Love Story.” In 1994, while Saint Peter’s College in a politically heated working as a foreign correspondent in London, environment where, like today, the job market Valente became one of the reporters who were was in shambles and people desired political laid off by the publication. Valente realized that change. She graduated from Saint Peter’s College nothing in life is certain and began thinking about with a major in English and a double minor in the what lasts in life. Classics and Theology. Valente realized that, “The most important In 1975, Valente took over as the first woman thing I needed to do was nourish my soul, become editor of the Pauw Wow student newspaper. She a person of compassion, and try to find my true says, “Don’t know if we got the paper out on self. That was the writing of poetry.” Poetry was time once. There was a lot of dedication from the Valente’s first love and after eight years at the staff though. All the students on the paper went WSJ she left daily newspaper journalism, and on to good writing and communication jobs.” went to the School of Art Institute of Chicago to She also submitted writings for the Pavan literary get her MFA in creative writing. Valente quoted magazine and as she says, “had a bit part in an American poet William Carlos Williams saying, Argus Eyes production once.” “’I take my poems where I find them’ in the While still a student at Saint Peter’s, Valente everydayness of life.” worked summers as an intern for the Jersey Valente credits the Saint Peter’s story writing Journal. After graduating, despite the poor job program for bringing in professional writers, market, Valente started working as an intern at editors, and correspondents to the classroom, News Editor ’10
where students learned from actual journalists. That she says was a huge influence and benefit from Saint Peter’s. She says, “I was happy to be in a school that stressed that we’re a part of something larger than ourselves- that our lives are meant for service.” Valente stressed that it was not just the words, but the lives that the Jesuits themselves modeled that made such a big impact. Now, says Valente, “I see that in the lay faculty, they understand that it’s important to look for these values in life that last. Not a big pay check or fancy car, but how can we make the world better.” The school is also a great benefit in that it is “small enough to have personal relationships and really good mentoring relationships” with the faculty and staff at the college. Valente further commented on Saint Peter’s, describing it as a vibrant school. She says, “in some ways it felt as if the school had lost its moorings in the mid-70’s, but somehow current administrators have been able to reclaim the greater Jesuit tradition of the school, stressing academic excellence.” The school works to educate the whole person; the Jesuits have always been about helping educate a well-rounded person. There is an emphasis on educating us to be good and compassionate human beings, and then the rest will follow” Valente advises students to follow their passion in life and the job and the money will fall into place. She further says, “Look upon your life as a journey when sometimes there will be loss and disappointment and other times there will be joy and success and sometimes mystery, when won’t always know reasons for things. We have as poet Mary Oliver called it, ‘one wild and precious life,’ make the most of it.” Ms. Valente has been a regular contributor to the national PBS-TV news program “Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly,” and she is a commentator for National Public Radio and Chicago Public Radio. Ms. Valente has recently released a full-length book of poems called “Discovering Moons.” She is currently writing a non-fiction book on contemporary monastic life and its applications for people in the work world, based on her experiences over a period of years with the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in Atchison KS, tentatively titled, “Atchison Blue.”
Michaelmas Speaker Urges Students to "Nourish Your Souls" Michaelmas from Page 1 then it would start to fade.” Slowly, Valente realized that she was not “living a life that included a job. I had a job that included a life. In my pursuit of excellence, I neglected to nourish my soul.” Valente then talked about a movie called Awakenings, in which a doctor discovers a drug that brings patients out of long term comas only to discover that the drug soon wears off, throwing the patients back into darkness. After observing how much joy and meaning the patients derived from each small moment of life, whether it was shaving, reading a newspaper or spending time with loved ones, the doctor realized that, in Valente’s words, “the human spirit is more powerful than any drug.” Remembering her concept of happiness upon graduating, the Greek definition of “the use of talents in pursuit of excellence,” she concluded that her spirit was greater than any worldly ambition as well. She also recalled the words of Trappist monk Thomas Merton, “What a terrible thing to go through life not knowing who we are or what we should do.” Valente left journalism to return to her first love, poetry, 10 years ago with no regrets. She urged students to follow their dreams, reassuring them that the material can be negotiated but one’s soul must never be compromised. She ended her speech with a sincere plea to all those assembled, that they should not fall blindly into the rhythm of modern life but take complete stock of the world and themselves and simply be the person that they are. Quoting poet Mary Olliver, Valente soulfully encouraged all of us to be, “a bride married to astonishment and a bridegroom married to life.”
September 30, 2009
MOST NOBLE ORDER OF THE PEACOCK The Most Noble Order of the Peacock, establised in 1930, is the oldest scholarship society at Saint Peter’s College. Membership is limited to ten senior students who have attained the highest scholastic average in all courses for their first three years. This year’s members are:
Michael Massey Rezma Shrestha Anelia Stanimirova Binod Aryal Mariya Marinova Veronica Graveline Kiril Lazarov Justin Roberts Jackie Denise Garcia Aashish Shrestha
Photo courtesy of Binod Aryal
Senior Veronica Graveline accepts her award.
Campus Safety Keeps Close Watch on "Campus Stalker" By Samana Bhatta Staff writer ‘12
Glenwood resident Maurice Alvarado has an alarming hobby. The 19 year old has harassed female students on and near campus multiple times, earning him a place on the college’s restricted list. The administration has issued three email notifications about him this semester and Director Art Youmans has assured the SPC community that, “Campus safety works diligently to monitor his every action.” Alvarado has been taken into Police custody Maurice Alvarado on the basis of student reports several times, but decided at the time and still believes that has never been arrested. In the words of it was the right thing to do. Mr. Youmans, “this man hasn’t really done Alvarado’s residency at 110 Glenwood something that is severely illegal. He has also complicates matters. Each incident never been violent. And, at times, students has been a case of his word against a do not even bother to report.” student’s with no physical evidence to Saint Peter’s sophomore Aviana corroborate either’s story. Alvarado Mahabir was one of the women who went cannot be barred from Glenwood on to Campus Safety about Alvarado. While the strength of allegation alone and can walking back to Whelan Hall last year, she answer each allegation by saying he was felt like someone was following her. Then just walking on his home street. she noticed Alvardo behind her. Feeling “Our Campus is an open campus,” said exposed, she continued inside before Mr. Youmans. “It is not easy to apprehend anything else happened. Mahabir said that Mr. Alvarado because, technically, he it was during the day and therefore not has all rights to walk around Glenwood too terrifying, “But, it was definitely not a Avenue.” good feeling.” Alvardo’s motive for accosting female Aviana was one of the few women students remains unknown. Mr. Youmans who followed Campus Safety’s advice suggested that “he might be going through and filed a complaint. Many girls did not some problem himself. He does not work want to get involved and, according the and is constantly in the street.” Campus Safety, many of their families put While Mr. Youmans urges caution pressure on them to stay silent. According to all Saint Peter’s students, he does not to Aviana, filing the report caused some consider Alvarado to be a serious threat. tension in her family as well, but she “Maurice Alvarado is more of an
annoyance than a criminal. He has never tried to physically abuse anybody and is never violent, except for one time when he is reported to have grabbed a student’s arm,” he said. Youmans also remarked that Campus has been receiving fewer reports about Mr. Alvarado, leading him to hope that the situation is dying down. Ms. Jamie Bredehoft, Public Relations Officer, fully supports Mr. Youmans and Campus Safety. “We work with Campus Safety closely and they are always very great.” She added that, to her knowledge, few students had expressed concern about Alvarado. Ms. Bredehoft also mentioned that the Public Relations Office is working with Campus Safety and the Information Technology Department to create a separate Campus Safety e-mail address. “It is to send out important information. ‘Campus Safety’ will pop up in the subject of these e-mails and it will be designed so that students understand that it is something important.” Both Mr. Youmans and Ms Bredehoft expressed concern that their emails will be misunderstood. “This is to inform the students and staff, so that they become more aware about what is going on around them. It is not meant to alert them in anyway.” Mr. Youmans also requested that anyone who encounters Alvarado should report it to Campus Safety at once. “People must understand that if anybody is within a distance of the length of your arm without your permission, he or she is in your space” “We don’t have the advantage like most other colleges,” said Youmans. “We live within the community, and it is hard to point somebody as a trespasser. It also makes the job of security twice as hard.” For the moment, the specter of Alvarado will serve as a reminder that life in Jersey City requires vigilance and street smarts.
News By Justin Roberts News Editor ’10
Sunday, September 20
Man with History of Mental Problems Carries "Bomb" into Jersey City Medical Center
September 30, 2009
Jersey City News Briefs a place to dispose it in the hospital. Jersey City Police destroyed the device Phieffer had in his bookbag with a water cannon. They discovered that it consisted of two car speakers, a plastic bottle cap and a plastic bag. A police report said, "It appeared the actor had tried to make an incendiary device, however, the (technician) could not determine the method that would be used to detonate the device." After subduing him, officers also found a substance that they believe to be
Monday, September 21
3 Shot in Pershing Field 3 men were shot in Pershing Field, a local park in the Heights section of Jersey City, on Monday. At 11:45 pm, a 26 year old man walked into the North Precinct Police Station, his right pants leg soaked with blood. He claimed that while smoking a cigarette, a stranger pulled out a silver six shooter and opened fire, hitting him in the buttock. While the victim was treated at Jersey City Medical Center, police received calls claiming that two other victims were shot in the park. Officers visited the homes of two people who had been treated for gunshot wounds at and released from the Medical Center. One said he was shot in his calf; the other is still unaccounted for. There are currently no suspects.
23rd Sting. He formerly served as a Hudson County undersheriff, head of the Jersey City Parking Authority and chairmen of the Jersey City Incinerator Authority. He is the fifth person indicted on September 23rd to confess his guilt. Edward Cheatham, the former Commissioner of Jersey City’s Housing Authority employees Maher Khalil and Guy Catrillo and former Hudson County Board of Elections investigator Denis Jaslow have previously confessed in court.
Thursday, September 24
Jersey City Man Indicted in Summer FBI Sting Pleads Guilty
Jersey City Medical Center Bomb Threat. Bradford Phieffer, 29, from Fort Lee carried a homemade "bomb" into the Jersey City Medical Center on 21 September. Pheiffer, who has a history of mental illness, was subdued by hospital security guards in the lobby after he began talking about a bomb. He later told police that while working for the CIA, he had found and defused the bomb. He explained that he was looking for
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methamphetamine. Phieffer has been charged with making terroristic threats, possession of a destructive device and possession of drug. Mr. Phieffer began making a scene at the hospital at approximately 3:45 pm, at which time many patients were moved and turned away. By 6:30 that evening, the hospital resumed normal operations.
Failed Jersey City Council candidate James King confessed to taking $5,000 to $10,000 in bribes before U.S. District Judge Jose Linares in Newark on Thursday. He received the bribes for a promise of future assistance for development projects proposed by a federal informant. He is charged with extortion under color of official right. King’s guilty plea commuted his sentence from the 20 year maximum to 10 to 16 months of prison time. The 67 year old is now a felon and no longer eligible to vote, hold office, sit on a jury or own a firearm. His attorney, Arthur Abrams, said that, “He is very sorry for what occurred.” King was arrested by the FBI in connection with their July
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Former Jersey City council candidate James “Jimmy” King pleaded guilty to corruption charges in federal court in Newark.
September 30, 2009
Student Leadership Day By Justin Roberts News Editor ’10
The executive officers of Saint Peter’s student organizations crowded around the entrance to the McIntyre room around 5:00pm on Friday, September 18, waiting for Student Leadership Day to begin. By 8, two hours before the event concluded, more than half of them were gone. Eboard club members talk about Leadership Day with few reservations. Some find the event fulfilling; others consider it the low point of their extracurricular involvement. This year the Student Senate wanted to change that. The Senate’s Exec. Board cut the event to 5 hours from its customary 8 and moved it from Saturday morning to Friday night. Some who attended the event appreciated their efforts. “It is certainly better than a Saturday morning,” said Mike Massey, President of the Ganon Debating Society.
Still, many more students took offense to the event itself. “What’s the point?” asked Ganon Debate’s Telma Gomez. “There is nothing here about leadership. Nothing applies.” Others felt the event’s purpose would best be served in a handout. “There are no reasons for these presentations. Everything can be sent out in an email,” said one student, on condition of anonymity. The event consisted of four lectures. First Erich Sekel, Associate Director of Community Service, spoke out club service requirements. Then, Ms. Tortora of Sodexho made a presentation about Sodexho’s catering wing. The event broke for dinner and more than half of the students left before the next two talks by Senate Vice Presidents Pompilus and Hightower. Each talk was intended to educate the club officers about a facet of running their organization. Some student leaders were quick to
note that each discussed subject was simple and instructions for every procedure was available on the SPC website. Only a few of them stayed to hear Ms. Pompilus’ presentation about club budgets, held as the most informative part of the night by some and dismissed as only slightly relevant by others. Disagreement over the event’s relevance is unlikely to be resolved any time soon. Its annual scheduling makes it only a minor annoyance for most club officers. Still, many students point to what they see as the customary incompetence of events like Student Leadership Day as a consequence of Saint Peter’s Student larger problems. “Even the people who run these events don’t take them seriously,” said one student. “We just do the same things over and over again and get nothing done. Does it make sense? No, but that’s the rule.” One person told us that after the bulk of
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Leadership Day, September 18, 2009
students departed, Senate President Noel Borges stood up and began a role call, wanting to keep track of which students stuck around. He quickly stopped. “Just kidding,” he said, smiling, “I wouldn’t do that.”
Calendar Sept 30 - Oct 13, 2009
Wednesday, September 30 4pm - 7pm : Anime Movie Night (Pope Lecture Hall - Pope Hall - 1st floor) Thursday, October 1
Final date to apply for December Graduation 2pm - 6pm : EOF/AESNJ Social (McIntyre Lounge (entire) - Dinneen Hall - 1st floor) 7pm : The Argus Eyes Fall Variety Show (Roy Irving Theatre - Dinneen Hall - 1st floor)
Friday, October 2 7pm : The Argus Eyes Fall Variety Show (Roy Irving Theatre - Dinneen Hall - 1st floor)
Wednesday, October 7 10am - 4:30pm : Blood Drive (McIntyre Lounge (entire) - Dinneen Hall - 1st floor) 12pm - 1pm : Bake Sale (Quadrangle - N/A - N/A) 6pm : Play: Damien. . . The Leper (Saint Peter Chapel)
Thursday, October 8 12pm : Play: Damien. . . The Leper (Roy Irving Theatre - Dinneen Hall - 1st floor) 12pm - 1pm : ITS Open Forum (Pope Lecture Hall - Pope Hall - 1st floor) 9pm : Battle of the Decades (Roy Irving Theatre - Dinneen Hall - 1st floor) friday, October 9 6pm : 92.3 Now Presents the metroPCS College Campus Concert!
Saturday, October 3 7pm : The Argus Eyes Fall Variety Show (Roy Irving Theatre - Dinneen Hall - 1st floor)
Performance by Fabolous Yanitelli Center at Saint Peter’s College
Monday, October 5 12pm - 1pm : Freshmen Candidate Speech Day (Roy Irving Theatre - Dinneen Hall - 1st floor)
Monday, October 12 Columbus Day - College Holiday
September 30, 2009
Madness in the Halls of Power Senate from Page 1 will start at 7:30. The chicken tastes delicious. Senators mingle awkwardly and a few settle themselves on the front stoop. They express concern about the meeting’s informality. “ I don’t think this is a meeting where we can get anything accomplished. The congress does not meet in backyard barbeques and if they do, its not to talk about official business,” remarks Senator Josh Cipolla. He also talks about the lack of information about committees. He has a point. Restrained power is the cornerstone of the American Republic. The founders erected barriers between the agents of government and casual power, intentionally making each action as difficult as possible. Restrictions on political actors protect the people from the whims of their rulers. The framers also convoluted the lines of command, further tempering each actor’s power with mandatory cooperation. Saint Peter’s Student Senate runs on the same principle. The Eboard presides over class representatives, empowered to speak for all
undergrads. Order requires adherence to strict rules. Good ideas must survive rigorous standards before becoming policy. The process’ difficulty discourages the unprepared, saving everyone time and effort. Informality is not compatible with good government. It certainly made the meeting harder to conduct. 7:40 The Call to Order The Social Justice House’s top floor is tight. Secretary Weir barks at the senators, “Raise ‘em high. Keep ‘em up,” as he struggles to get an accurate vote count. The club Eboard waiting to get their Constitution’s approved pack into the hallway, some perched at the top of the stairs. The minutes for last week’s meetings have mysteriously inaccurate vote counts, stalling the senate’s vote to approve them. No one has the handout for last April’s unresolved old business, forcing Borges to table it once again. Factions too personal to address dominate a large chunk of the night. Every politician’s personal life bleeds into his profession. Passion drives ideals and ambition into public life. The tension on display in the senate tonight
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The Senators sit in the Social Justice House awaiting an informal meeting.
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President Borges comments on the last meeting’ ad hoc committee controversy. is too personal to repeat, despite the belief in accountability I share with Senator Cipolla and President Borges. Too much gossip. 8:01 President Borges comments on the last meeting’ ad hoc committee controversy. The senators questioned the ad hoc’s constitutionality and the practicality of having 11. “Remember that being an Executive board member is a full time job while a senator is a part time job,” he tells them, “We are not saying do less work, just do it more efficiently.” 8:11 Passing the four club constitutions is the evening’s high point. Reprentatives from SAVE, Project Peace, the Haitian Student Association and Circle K present and defend their club’s charters, the senators examine the language for appropriateness, discuss the clubs’ merits and pass the motions to approve. 8:46 The debate over community service becomes a pseudo-productive factional debate. A few ideas are introduced, the senators debate over the meaning of community service and Saint Peter’s rules about service and factional tension asserts
itself. No comment. Proposals will be submitted in email, tabled until the next meeting. Senator Cipolla takes exception to the meager $50 allotted for this semester’s service event. “Shouldn’t service be more important at a Jesuit school?” 9:05 Senator Pilger wants more communication between the students and the senate. He proposes an electronic Senate Newsletter. A good idea everyone can get behind. The rest of the night is dominated by semi relevant issues polluted with ad homonym vitriol. I have little stomach for it. America’s founders designed law to be restrictive in an effort to preserve society from the raw animal nature men adopt in groups. The mob-impulse pervades every state, no matter how formal. Individuals of focus and integrity take office to serve purposes and not just play their parts. To live up to the virtue of accountability, the senate would do well to focus its integrity. Friday’s meeting was mix of competence and wandering personal venom. I pray, the Eboard’s leadership and the senators’ integrity manifest more fully next time.
Cooking with Tom
September 30, 2009
New England Clam Chowder
Hope Prevails By Michael Sacca
Contributing Writer ’11 At the moment of your highest low, Your mentality has no where to go, Down the drain it sinks, With no plug to hold you above this jinx, Then it turns around to become an utmost greatness, Some words of encouragement and hope, Inspiration that was desperately needed, At a time when mentality had depleted, A new light had risen, And now it was time to show, That you are even stronger than you know, When your darkest fears come don't let go, Because in the end hope prevails, And your demons darkness fails.
By Tom Cleary
Food Columnist, ’11
Soon the weather is going to get colder and you are going to want to eat something that will warm up your insides and keep them warm, and clam chowder is just that thing. Its creamy texture with little pieces of potatoes, corn, and clams also act as a great easy to eat comfort food.
Ingredients * 1 can of canned clams (10oz), drain calms but keep the liquid off to the side * 2 cups of diced potatoes * 2 cobs of fresh corn, corn cut off * 1 cup of diced onions * 1 cup of diced carrots * 1 cup of heavy cream * 1 ½ cup of whole milk * 3 strips of bacon cut up really small * Some salt and pepper for flavoring
First place the bacon in the pot and cook it until almost all the fat is out of the meat, then remove the bacon and leave it off to the side. In the bacon fat toss the onions and cook them on low heat until they are translucent. Once the
onions are cooked, put in the potatoes, carrots, and corn and let them cook for about 5 minutes. After that, pour in the heavy cream, milk, and clam juice and bring it up to a simmer. Keep simmering the soup until the potatoes are soft. This is also a good time to add back some of the bacon and some salt and pepper. Once the potatoes are cooked and the soup is thoroughly heated, you can add the calms. Cook these for about 3 minutes and serve. Now some of you may be wondering where I get the food I cook with. Well almost all of my meat comes from local supermarkets but most of my vegetables come from Journal Square's Farmers Market that is held every Wednesday. The market consists of 5 vendors, 3 of which provide a huge array of different fruits and vegetables, all organic and for pretty much the same price as the supermarkets. The availability of the foods changes week to week reflecting what foods are in season at the time. Currently there are the 3 fruit and vegetable stands, a baker’s stand with a huge array of bread and other baked goods and a mixed nut stand where you can mix and match a variety of nuts. There also used to be a pickle stand, but I have not seen it recently. With most of these stands, especially the baker’s one, make sure to get there early in the day before all the best produce is taken. To my knowledge the market opens at 8 and probably closes around 7.
Eccentric Words By Renee Brzyski Contributing Writer ’13 The clear warm water gives off the reflection Unmistakably vague and dubious regression Bouquet of pathetic excuses awaken No attempt of any action ever taken Perfect modest lies, words of inapt slander Clashing personalities in the worst ever manner The experience has failed all expectation Falling short of all wanted anticipation All feelings numb and threateningly unconscious Envisioning the thought of irreversible psychosis Forgetting to believe that many adore That pleasant gentle wind coming from the shore Foreshadowing some little hope of opportunity Living in a time of authentic mutiny Searching for the beauty to mysteriously find Breathing every clumsy contemplation of your mind Sing for tonight, soft calm lullabies Fail to remember those heartbreaking goodbyes Pray for tonight, the cure for cancer The prayers well worth the wait for an answer Sleep for tonight, the day is late This questionable regression is your fate
September 30, 2009
Freshman Day of Service Contibuting Writer ’13
trip. Inside the food bank there were hundreds of boxes of food which we sorted into sections of beverages, snacks, cereals, health and beauty care and so forth. Everyone was working together meticulously and putting forth a tremendous effort to complete the job. The experience was overwhelming. As I packaged food, I wondered to who this food was actually going to. Of course it was for disadvantaged or homeless, but I wondered what type of people they truly were. I wondered how they spiraled into the situation they are now in, and what type of issues they faced on a daily basis. After completing the service project, we proudly left the New Jersey Food Bank and headed back to SPC. After a quick pizza lunch, we had individual group recaps. Nearly everyone had some emotion going through them, and many felt that there should not be a need for food banks, as we should be taking care of one another to the point where there should not be starvation. Freshman Day of Service was an eye-opener as to how many people are really homeless and going through poverty. I know that from this day forward, when I see a homeless person, I will no longer hesitate to reach in my pocket for change or to start a conversation.
On Saturday September 12th, 23 freshmen embarked on a service project that would touch each of them in different ways. When signing up for Freshman Day of Service, I figured we would do the usual outdoor cleaning at a local park, or maybe read to young underprivileged children. I had no idea that we would be at New Jersey’s largest food bank, the size of eight football fields, packaging food for those in need. The day started around nine o’clock in the morning with a light breakfast and conversation as we anxiously awaited the guest speaker. We then played a short icebreaker game to get familiarized with each other and have fun at the same time. Shortly after, we sat down to listen to guest speaker, Mr. Johnson. He told us powerful recaps of his life, living seventeen years homeless on the streets. He spoke of how at times he felt like giving up; he felt so depressed, lonely, angry, and of course hungry. When first glancing at him he looked “normal”, not someone with such a drastic past. As this tall six foot man spoke of sleeping in the woods and not showering for weeks, I could hear tremble of pain in his voice. This made me think back to all homeless people I’ve seen in my lifetime. I wondered if they were all innocent like Mr. Johnson and if they all longed to be loved, and accepted. His speech brought me to a realization of who homeless people are. They are ordinary people who got laid-off from work and could no longer support themselves, or fell prey to an addiction, or simply were abandoned from a young age. I vowed to myself, from that point onwards, I would be more considerate and thoughtful towards the homeless. After hearing Mr. Johnson’s motivating speech, we made our way to the New Jersey Food Bank. The trip to the food bank gave everyone a chance to bond and get to know each other better. It was as if we were a small Saint SPC Freshmen Peter’s College family on a road
Jesuit Spotlight Fr. John Ruane, S.J. By James Driscoll
Contributing Writer ’12 Fr. John Ruane, a quiet individual at Saint Peter’s College, was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. However, this is barely where his story begins. Fr. Ruane was first introduced to the Jesuit tradition when he attended Saint Peter’s Preparatory High School. In 1937, he graduated from the Prep. He then attended the Jesuit novitiate in Poughkeepsie, New York. Four years later, Father was one of eleven individuals sent to the Philippines to help teach at colleges and high schools. When World War II broke out, the Philippines came under the control of the Japanese. As a result of this, many Americans were put under house arrest, including Father Ruane. As American troops drew closer and closer in 1944, 87 Jesuits were moved to an internment camp in Los Banos. They remained
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organize food at the New Jersey Food Bank.
there for ten month. On February 23, 1945, U.S. paratroopers, of the 11th Airborne Division, landed in Los Banos at 7 in the morning. The attack startled the Japanese soldiers during their morning calisthenics. With the aid of Filipino guerilla forces, who had surrounded the camp the previous night, the soldiers worked quickly and methodically to remove threat and free 2000 internees held captive without a single casualty. Following his ordination in 1949, Fr. Ruane moved to Belgium to obtain his doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Leuven. He then returned to the Philippines in 1955 to teach at the Ateneo De Manila, a Jesuit university. He continued to teach at the university until 1969. In 1971, Father began teaching Philosophy at Saint Peter’s College until last May, when he finally retired. Fr. Ruane has always been happy with his vocation as a Jesuit, and recommends the lifestyle to any who may think they have heard the calling.
September 30, 2009
The “Very Eventful” 2009 Video Music Awards
Contributing Writer ’11 The MTV Video Music Awards (VMA’s) are a staple of today’s pop culture. Originally conceived as an alternative to the Grammy’s, the VMA’s have since become a heavily anticipated show in their own right. The 2009 VMA’s were the best since 2003, the year of the infamous Britney and Madonna on stage m a k e out session. One word can be used to describe the show, “Eventful.” I use that w o r d b r o a d l y, and apply it to both the
unexpected visitors, Kanye West and Lil’ Mama, and the show stopping performances by Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z w/ Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, P!nk, and Green Day. Madonna opened the awards show with a heartfelt personal tribute speech to Michael Jackson. Big right? Only one thing could have followed that, and it was a tribute to the “Fallen King” put on by top dancers and choreographers from all over the nation; they performed to a medley of the “King of Pop’s” biggest hits including “Thriller”, “Bad”, and “Smooth Criminal”. “Smooth Criminal” faded into “Scream,” and the crowd was set ablaze as the incomparable Janet Jackson joined the dancers on stage. It was a very tasteful, emotional, inspiring, and overall powerful performance. The gorgeous Katy Perry and guitar god Joe Perry of rock band Aerosmith introduced host, Russell Brand. Brand then went on one of his “I’m weird because I’m British” rants and attempted to make everyone in the room uncomfortable. He then professed his lust for Lady Gaga in a weird semi-chivalrous defense of her, challenging all naysayers’ by calling them sexists. The knife driving moment of the evening was delivered to us in the form of what many call “a tasteless show stealer” by the one and only Kanye West, who interrupted “Best Female Video” winner Taylor Swift’s first VMA speech to voice his preference for Beyoncé’s video “Single Ladies;” proclaiming it one of the best videos of all time. I know what you’re thinking, “Who does he think he is?” The truth is I don’t even think he knows. The rest of the night was pretty
amazing producing winners like Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, T.I., Eminem, Green day, and MTV’s own “Princess of Pop” Britney Spears. The “Hustler Diva” Beyoncé, and the “Enigmatic Diva of Glam” Lady Gaga, who both won three of their nine nominations, arguably owned the night. When Beyoncé won the award for “Video of the Year,” she attempted to bury Kanye West’s actions from earlier in the night with class, and called Taylor Swift onstage to “have her moment.” Pink put on an unbelievable performance of her hit song “Sober” upside down while swinging from a trapeze and flying through the air. The show closed with a phenomenal performance by
Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, and their own uninvited guest, Lil’ Mama. Towards the end of their performance of the song “New York State of Mind,” Lil’ Mama crashed the stage to pose with Jay and Alicia. I’m guessing she thought it would be cool because she is from New York; it’s obvious that cool wasn’t the word as she was the butt of all post VMA jokes along with her partner in crime Kanye West. These events from the night raised a good question, “Who gave security the night off?” Overall the show was spectacular, on par with the amazing 2000-03 shows, which looks to me like a move in the right direction for our beloved Music Video Television.
An infamous moment. Kayne and Taylor Swift.
2009 VMA Winners • Video of the Year: Beyonce Knowles – “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” • Best New Artist : Lady GaGa – “Poker Face” • Best Male Video: T.I. – “Live Your Live” featuring Rihanna • Best Female Video: Taylor Swift – “You Belong with Me” • Best Hip-Hop Video: Eminem – “We Made You” • Best Pop Video: Britney Spears – “Womanizer” • Best Rock Video: Green Day – “21 Guns” • Breakthrough Video: Matt and Kim – “Lessons Learned” • Best Video (That Should Have Won a Moonman): Beastie Boys – “Sabotage”
• Best Direction: Marc Webb – Green Day’s “21 Guns” • Best Editing: Jarrett Fijal – Beyonce Knowles’ “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” • Best Special Effects: Chimney Pot – Lady GaGa’s “Paparazzi” • Best Choreography: Frank Gatson and JaQuel Knight – Beyonce Knowles’ “ Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” • Best Cinematography: Jonathan Sela – Green Day’s “21 Guns” • Best Art Direction: Jason Hamilton – Lady GaGa’s “Paparazzi
September 30, 2009
Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution
Contributing Writer ’10 What do you get when Jimmy Page, The Edge (U2), and Jack White
sit in a warehouse, playing guitars and discussing their secrets? You get a rock-umentary about three icons playing the electric guitar, plus a lot of noise. “It might get Loud” is a film directed by Davis Guggenheim in which he explores the history of the electric guitar while looking into the exceptional careers of three amazing guitarists. For those of you who do not know each of these guitarists, allow me to introduce them properly. Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, one of the most profound classic rock bands of all time, is considered to be one of the best of his craft. With licks like “Black Dog” and “Heartbreaker” you can tell this man did his bluegrass homework. I mean, who else could play solos using a bow from a violin? Next we have The Edge, originally born David Evans, who has so many effect pedals he doesn’t even use the same one twice in a single show. He’s from the band U2, who has been respected as the best of the 80’s. It is because of Evans that U2 has such a
“9” is more like an 8 By Michael Storey
Contributing Writer ’10 From the beginning of the film 9, directed by Shane Acker, members of the audience will be blown away by the dazzling 3D animation. Not only the details in this post-apocalyptic world are of IMAX proportions, but the imaginative and dark characters that inhabit it are also very well created. One can clearly see the touch of producer Tim Burton. However, the premise is all too familiar. In the film, the human race has been wiped out due to the rise of machines with artificial intelligence; Terminator anyone? At this point we are introduced to our title character, 9 voiced by Elijah Wood. He is a rag doll-like creature no more than six inches tall. We meet him as he
distinct sound that no other band can match. Who could when the man uses 4 floorboards, 12 pedals, and 10 racks? The man is a mastermind in fooling you with mystique and dazzling you with ability. Last but definitely not the least, we have Jack White. He’s widely recognized from the two-piece band, The White Stripes. He also has side projects, The Dead Weather being his most recent. He has worked with many other profound artists like Beck, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. The way the man plays is to the caliber of Page where in his one White Stripe single, “Icky Thump,” you can hear the main lick sounding very Page like. He is making himself a new advocate for classic rock and roll. The film itself has been released over a month ago, but you can still see it in Manhattan at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema, located at 143 East Houston Street. If you love movies about pure rock and roll, I suggest you to make the trip. In the middle of the
opens his eyes for the first time to find his creator dead. After some exploration, he finds he is not alone. Eight other creatures, like him, each with their own number and unique characteristics exist as well. However, there is one creature that isn’t a rag doll at all. A mechanical, cat-like creature made from steel and what seems to be an animal skull, is also roaming around the area. Because this thing isn’t very friendly, a few take refuge in a bombed-out church, including 1,2,5,6, and 8 (I know, the numbers got on my nerves at first too). 1 is the self-proclaimed leader. He wears a pointed hat and doesn’t like it when people question him. So let me get this straight, they’re in a church, he has a big pointed hat, and people can’t question him? It seems to me that number 1 is supposed to resemble a certain religious pontiff or maybe a wizard.
Edge, Page and White get ‘Loud’ trailer, Jack White says, “What’s gonna happen if the three of us get in there? Probably a fist fight.” Watch to find out.
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Other than 1,5, and 9, the characters really don’t develop at all, which is regrettable. However, it is due to the fact that five of the only nine characters in the film die so they really don’t have time to develop character in a 79 minute film. Overall, 9’s breathtaking animation outshines the other parts of the equation, not to say they aren’t well done. The film is definitely worth seeing, but if you have a PS3 or a Blu-ray player, I would wait for the DVD/Blu-ray release. It’s bound to be loaded with special features and, hey, it might have bonus footage to make it top off at an hour and a half. cache.gawker.com
9 is a rag doll-like creature no more than six inches tall.
September 30, 2009
Baseball's 2009 MVPs
Jeter and Teixeira play day The National League is a completely different in and day out, I’ve noticed story. There is one man who has the award all the kind of plays made both but in the bag, by a large margin. Nearly every As the 2009 regular season closes out into on and off the field that have baseball writer with a vote should be giving the October, many are quick to pick the league’s best earned them a nomination St. Louis’s first baseman their first place ballot. players to be in contention for the league’s Most in my top choices for MVP. Albert Pujols is a freak, a hitting machine, and Valuable Player award. We have been hearing Jeter’s improved defense and the reason the Cardinals are a dangerous team. it for over a month now, and everyone has their presence at the top of the order Pujols was pitched around often early in the own opinion. Here’s my take on who is most has set up many runs for the year, but with the arrival of Matt Holliday from deserving of the award in each league, not judged Yankees this year. Teixeira Oakland, pitchers need to be extra careful and are on statistic alone, but on actually how valuable has saved runs with his glove often punished if they leave something for Albert they were for their team. In my opinion, the MVP and created as many with to hit. Apart from mashing, he is also great with should be someone who is crucial to their team’s his bat. However, it seems his glove as well. It should be noted that Hanley success, and there would be a huge impact if you that every month, there is a Ramirez and Prince Fielder have had excellent take them away from the team. different MVP for the New year as well. But it’s no contest; Pujols gets his In the American League, there have been York Yankees, up and down second Most Valuable Player plaque in a row, and talks of a three-way race built up by the media the lineup, and in the rotation the third of his career. between Joe Mauer of the Twins, and Derek Jeter and even in the bullpen. The and Mark Teixeira of the Yankees. While Jeter is Yankees have having perhaps his best year statistically, it comes the best record in at a time where Mauer was just a little bit better. baseball this year Jeter has been criticized for having a lack of range because everyone at shortstop, and his numbers were on the decline. has contributed The Yankees’ Captain responds with a stellar ’09 when required. campaign that could award him another Gold AJ Burnett has Glove award, the result of backing up towards delivered more pies the outfield grass so he has more time to react for walk off hits Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images to ground balls. Even with all of the accolades this year than I could reached this year, Jeter is not the most deserving Mark Teixeira hits a sacrifice fly against the Seattle have ever imagined. this year. His intangibles cannot be quantified. Mariners Joe Mauer is the He may not even heart and soul of the Minnesota Twins. be the MVP of his They are making a late push towards the own team, which playoffs this year; thanks to their leader, brings us to the man who returned from an injury early in the he throws the ball season and has been the among league to across the infield, leaders in batting average, slugging Mark Teixeira. percentage, and on-base percentage Teixeira is a ever since. He had to do it without notoriously slow his teammate, Justin Morneau, who is starter, and he did out for the year after hurting his lower exactly that out of back. Mauer plays a more demanding spring training. Not and premium position as a catcher. The until the return of play where he dove into home plate to Alex Rodriguez tag out the speedy Brett Gardner is one hitting behind him in of the first things that come to my mind. the order did he start Mauer gets the award in the American to get the clutch hits League because the numbers don’t lie. that have put him As much as I would like to see Derek into this subject of Jeter win it after losing out to Morneau Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images www.sports.yahoo.com 2009 AL MVP. As in 2006, I know that Jeter isn’t going Joe Mauer follows through with a two-RBI single off a Yankees fan, who after that plaque; he wants another ring Derek Jeter gets a lead off base hit against the has watched both to wear after this season. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Cleveland Indians pitcher Sports Editor ’11
September 30, 2009
Student-Athlete Spotlight: Sean Fitzpatrick Bill Pettigrew Sports Editor ’11
Sean Fitzpatrick is the captain for the Peacock’s Golf team. He is a junior at Saint Peter’s College, and is the only upperclassman on the team. After holding most of the golf records in his high school at St. Joseph’s of Metuchen, Sean came to Saint Peter’s College to hoping to become a successful student-athlete. He certainly hasn’t been a disappointment, with many personal achievements and accolades under his belt in his three year Division-I collegiate career thus far. As a sophomore, he competed in every event for the Peacocks as their new captain. This summer, Sean qualified for the NYC Amateur, the MGA Ike, the NJ State Open, and has enjoyed success with teammate Billy Sues, partnering to shoot a 65 at the NJ Four Ball. What are both your personal and team goals for this year? My team goals are to compete for the MAAC championship and win other events during the year. My personal goals aren't any different. I want to win as a team and play well every tournament. What responsibilities have come along with being the captain since your sophomore year, especially now being the lone upperclassman on the Peacocks’ golf team? My new responsibilities as captain are to help the underclassmen with whatever they need. If
they have any questions about professors, classes, or anything else they usually ask me first. I also help out the coaches with choosing what our team will wear at each tournament, and anything else they need. With golf being a sport that focuses mainly on individual achievements, how important is team chemistry for Division-I Athletics? Team chemistry is very important because in golf a player still counts towards the team even though it is an individual sport. Our team has great team chemistry which makes a bad round easier to forget about and allow us to play better the next round. Since Saint Peter’s College has one of the highest graduation rates among studentathletes in the nation, how important is it to balance studying and practicing? Studying and practicing are tough to balance because our practices are usually right after class and go until late. If you ever have any free time or a day off try to use it to catch up or get ahead of your classes. Also, a lot of times we miss class and don't get back until the end of the weekend so knowing some people in your class and talking to your professors makes a huge difference. Caddyshack or Happy Gilmore? Both Caddyshack and Happy Gilmore are great movies! It’s tough to pick one but if I had to, Happy Gilmore.
Calendar Sept 30 - Oct 13, 2009
Women’s Soccer (Home) - Friday 2nd, 2009 4:00pm Opponent : Canisius - Sunday 4th, 2009 11:00am Opponent : Niagara - Friday 9th, 2009 3:00pm Opponent : Fairfield - Sunday 11th, 2009 1:00pm Opponent : Iona Location : Jaroschak Field
Men’s Soccer (Home) - Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 3:00pm Opponent : Adelphi Location : Jaroschak Field
photo by SR Smith Sports Photography
Sean Fitzpatrick, captain of Peacock Golf team.
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Men’s Tennis (Home) - Thursday 8th, 2009 3:30pm Opponent : Rider Location : Yanitelli Center
Volleyball (Home) - Saturday 3rd, 2009 2:00pm Opponent : Loyola - Sunday 4th, 2009 2:00pm Opponent : Rider Location : Yanitelli Center
Golf (Home) - Tuesday 6th, 2009 Opponent : Manhattan Location : West Orange, NJ