THE PAUW WOW Vol. LXXXI, No. 9
Saint Peter’s College Student Newspaper
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
College to Close Due to Misleading Madoff Investments By Gary Young
Editor in Chief, ‘09 According to a press release by the Southern District of New York Attorney’s office, Bernie Madoff’s investments even have reached academic endowments. Saint Peter’s College, along with Fordham University and Drew University, have all become, through shell corporations and middlemen, victims of Madoff’s scheme. Open Court Investments, a New York based investment house, allegedly invested Saint Peter’s College, Fordham University, and Drew University’s money into Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. “Saint Peter’s Endowment has lost some 60% of its value, and the college will be forced to close, pending an evaluation by the office of the Jesuit General in Rome,” According to a college administrator who wished to remain anonymous. He/She went on to say, “There is no word yet as to the timeline of the reopening, but classes will not resume in Fall 2009.” Fortunately, the 26 other United States’ Jesuit Colleges and Universities have opened their doors to Saint Peter’s students who will be without a school next semester. Special transfer applications for Saint Peter’s students are available through the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities at http://www.ajcunet.
edu/. When approached for comment, Saint Peter’s college officials offered none, and did not reply to this newspaper’s inquiries. One of Saint Peter’s former football players told this reporter, “First the college took football from us, and now, they’re forcing us out.” Fordham University, the closest Jesuit University to Saint Peter’s, will not be accepting applicants, due to their similar involvement with Madoff’s investments. Steven Rodgers, the assistant director for Transfer Students at Saint Joseph’s University has said, “As a fellow Jesuit University, we are obligated, in the spirit of Cura Personalis, to welcome our brothers and sisters from Saint Peter’s into our community.” Some Saint Peter’s students, when told the news, expressed desire to attend Saint Joseph’s University, the closest to Saint Peter’s. Other students will be traveling further from Jersey City to continue their education. Jacob Hayden, Class of 2010, a criminal justice major from Pullayup, Washington, has already made arrangements to return home, hoping to finish attend his last year at Seattle University. Graduating seniors are concerned with how these circumstances will effect their applications to graduate school. Chris
DePizzo, a senior from Youngstown, Ohio, is applying to law school and is concerned with how the college’s closing will affect his bachelor’s degree’s credibility. “I’ve spent four years of my life here at SPC,” DePizzo said, “and now I’m not sure if my educational journey will end here because the college is closing.” See Madofff on Page 7
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Madoff (above) and the soon to be closed college.
Pope Hall Wins USAAC Architectural Award By Paul Lazaro Staff Writer, ‘11
Last Wednesday, Saint Peter’s College Pope Lecture Hall was honored by the United States Collegiate Architectural Awards Committee. The lecture hall and its architect narrowly bested the Air Force Academy’s Cadet Chapel and The Harvard Law Library, for the award of All Purpose Superior Structure. “My eyes just lit up when I first laid eyes upon those artfully crafted brown bricks,” commented USAAC Chairmen Luis DeOverture. “Once inside it was easy to recognize
why this building is so prized by the Saint Peter’s College community. The overall darkness and lack of natural sun exposure within the building makes Pope Lecture Hall ascetically ideal.” An award of this magnitude cam as a surprise to some Saint Peter’s College students, “I have always known that Pope Hall has been at the forefront of technology in the classroom, but to see it awarded for all best all around structure is breathtaking,” commented Saint Peter’s sophomore Rojendra Pradhan. Yet, some students are dismayed by the honors, See Pope on Page 7
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The unique combination of brick and concrete made Pope Hall stand out among the competition.
Kanye and the Rolling Stones to Headline Peacock Palooza ‘09 By Justin Roberts News Editor, ‘10
Saint Peter’s College’s next and final Peacock Palooza will feature Kanye West and the Rolling Stones. Frank DeMichele, layout editor of this paper and member of the Peacock Palooza planning committee,
managed to secure the Rolling Stones with the help of his uncle, Bill Wyman, bassist for the band. Wyman, when reached for comment said, “Frankie’s my sister’s kid. How could I say no to him.” The band will arrive on campus on April 28th, stay in a Jersey City Hotel, and open Peacock Palooza.
The college’s attraction of Kanye West was similarly fortuitous. The Peacock Palooza committee entered the college into Kanye West’s “My Nation is in a Recession Free Concert Lottery.” Kanye will not be signing autographs, as he is slated to play Peacock Palooza during the day, and head to the Izod Center for a concert on the night
of April 29th. Due to security concerns, the college will only admit the first 300 students, as the concert will be held on the roof of Pope Lecture Hall. Mayor Jeremiah Healy, of Jersey City, admits his excitement at the prospect of the Rolling Stones and Kanye See Palooza on Page 7
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Print Culture’s Premature Burial American poetry is dead. Our nation’s most recent phase of social evolution has unseated print culture in favor of electronic media. The coup has turned into a Reign of Terror, culling out print media that cannot compete with or adapt to the electronic media’s business model. This has contributed to the decline of newspapers and other forms of print media like books (novels, collections of poetry, magazines, and other media).. With the introduction of the rejuvenated dotcoms a la Google, the trend extended to television, which is, itself, struggling to make ends meet amid dwindling ad revenue. Then the plot thickens as the dotcom business model, thought to have been made solvent by Google’s small print advertising, is once again failing its investors. The phantom revenue of the dotcoms, always planned on after a company overcomes its competitors, has failed once again. This is what is responsible for the acquisitions of Myspace by Newscorp, Flickr by Yahoo and Youtube by Google. The heads of three companies being bought embraced the purchases, knowing that the trouble of making them profitable would be passed onto the parent corporations. Of course, had demand for poetry or newspapers remained stable, they would not have been so roundly trounced by their electronic competitors. This is our failing. Too long has American culture been typified by spoon-fed news doled out by actors masquerading as newsmen. Too long have we turned our backs on the hard
reality of facts, numbers and ambiguity in favor of comfortably predictable plots and pointless action. While Americans prefer to rely on the five stories recited by news anchors, the daily papers covering a panoply of issues are discarded. Advertisers are pulled by the ebb and flow of the Nielson rating system and the public education system of the richest nation in the world descends to the second from last among industrialized nations. The case for poetry is even bleaker. Poetry requires far more subtlety in its writing and reading. The focus, attention and mental effort required to appreciate it seems more than our nation can muster. What few active poets remain are powerless to shake the aura of futility dogging their steps. But we need the news and poetry. The investigative reporting done by newspaper reporters provides the flow of information (biased only be the drive to sell papers) upon which our democracy feeds. The fourth estate, as the press is often referred to in political spheres, is an indispensable check on the interested members of our society, including but limited to economic, political, and religious powers. It is important, also, to remember that television, radio and internet news providers overwhelmingly rely on print journalists for their information. Even the Associated Press, the dominant news consortium in the world, often relies on reporters from local papers for many of their stories.
Poetry is an even more basic component of man’s intellectual life. Its unorthodox use of language and syntax is able to express the irrational side of man, providing a direct current for emotions and sensations that prose cannot capture. In its raw distillation of human character, poetry is also able to cross boundaries and invigorate the political discourse framed by print journalism. It expresses the human experience, unburdened by the rationalism suffusing the Western tradition. In the works of writers like Pablo Neruda, Carolyn Forche, Adrienne Rich, Anna Akhmatova and Wilfred Owen, the human toll of politically expedient decisions is better understood. Without the fusion of journalism and poetry, something essential to western democracy is banished from human character. To reclaim all parts of our identity, we must embrace the constituent elements of our society. With poetry already barred from the public discourse and newspapers making what most insiders feel is an unavoidable decline, how will the people make the decisions vital to democracy? For those interested in reigniting the democratic and creative processes, the Pauw Wow is always looking for motivated and able writers. If your looking for a mode of artistic political expression, I suggest attending Mind2Mike, the Political Poetry and Music event that will be held in Roy Irving Theater from 8-10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1st.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Pax Christi’s U.S. Director’s Lecture Falls Short
Opinion The White House Goes Green
By Justin Roberts
Mr. Robinson, The seizure of the United States’ embassy and 52 American hostages for 444 days cannot be Dave Robinson, the executive director of Pax explained as a legitimate response to the U.S.’s Christi USA, approached the podium before an refusal to extradite the Shah for a criminal trial. expectant audience. It would be hard to find a more Iran’s ability to make the enriched nuclear controversial thesis than his, that racism has been fuel necessary for the construction of nuclear the dominant factor in the U.S.’s relations with Iran. weapons with civilian refining facilities is not an Unfortunately Mr. Robinson’s contribution to the “assumption” made by American policymakers, but Political Science Conference on Race in the United a distinct possibility. States, held by the Political Science Department on Iran’s development of technology capable of Thursday, March 26 in Pope Lecture Hall, failed to lifting a satellite into space and carrying a warhead impress. tipped ballistic missile to Israel is similarly not Mr. Robinson’s lecture was unfocussed, imaginary. alternating between clumsy emotional appeals and Sponsoring the terrorist organization Hezbollah, misdirection. While his position is solidly based which has twice attacked United States servicemen in fact and he is clearly an expert in his field, his and civilians is an act of hostility. omission of key facts condemns his position to Muhammad Khatami, the “reformist” President irrelevance. who clandestinely developed Iran nuclear program Robinson began his lecture with a recitation until 2003, is not an example of what other world of historical Western-Iranian relations, devoting leaders should aspire to. most of his attention to the British drilling and Finally, the normalization of relations between refining of Iranian oil early in the 20th century the United States and Iran alone will not disabuse and the American orchestrated ousting of Iranian Iran of its repressive policies towards women and Prime Minister Mossadeq from office in 1953. homosexuals nor of its belligerence against Israel He then described the United States’ process of and the West. dehumanization of the Iranian populace since the Of course, the normalization of relations with 1979 Iranian Hostage Crisis. Iran is vital for the development of effective foreign He rightly argued that Western-Iranian relations policy for the United States. Dialogue is crucial to began with Western economic exploitation of the creating peace, preventing conflict and building ties Iranians, followed by a period of pseudo-colonial to the region. A more accurate and human depiction intervention in Iranian politics to maintain the flow of the Iranian people will also help dispel bigotry of oil. and ignorance from the minds of policymakers. Since the ’79 Revolution that brought the But anyone familiar with the Iranian situation theocratic government of Ayatollah Khomeini knew all that before Mr. Robinson’s presentation. into power, Robinson said, the United States had Anyone unfamiliar with the subject, though, walked demonized the Iranian population, a measure away with a distorted perspective, mistakenly historically taken in preparation for war. thinking that all America has to do to avoid a All of this is true. conflict with its misunderstood friends is give them Unfortunately for Mr. Robinson, the Iranian a little peace, love and understanding. history of aggression and repression, representative In the end, like his sugary 7 minute slideshow, of prominent strains of thought among the country’s Mr. Robinson’s presentation was too biased, too elite, is of legitimate concern to the United States long and too irrelevant to have any meaningful government. impact. Opinions Editor, ‘10
A Political Map of Iran.
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President Obama increases government focus on the environment. By Alexandra Crossett Stafff Writer, ‘12
As a writer and thinker interested in politics, I try to check the White House’s website at least once a week. Lately, I have noticed a regular string of updates concerning new environmentallyfriendly policies. Some may have
Could America be entering an era where back-room politics take a backseat to policymaking as a genuine effort to improve the lives of every man, woman, and child? predicted as much from President Obama, but I find it particularly reassuring that in his first few months as commander-in-chief, he has already applied green ideology in a practical and intelligent way. In President Obama’s own words from his weekly address from January 24th : “To accelerate the creation of a clean energy economy, we will double our capacity to generate alternative sources of energy like wind, solar, and biofuels over the next three years. We’ll begin to build a new electricity grid that lays down more than 3,000 miles of transmission lines to convey this new energy from coast to coast. We’ll save taxpayers $2 billion a year by making 75% of federal buildings more energy efficient, and save the average working family $350 on their energy bills by weatherizing 2.5 million homes.” News like this gives me hope that Barack Obama will continue to conceive and implement environmental policies that
will also serve the people. Any action can be construed as being politically motivated - obviously this policy and others like it are great boons to the supporters and engineers of a green future - but I think our new president aims not to please certain voting demographics, but to build a better America for its citizens. For further support of my theory, I also considered the radical nature of the measures Barack Obama has pushed through the White House and Congress thus far. Our president seems not given over to pleasing all those who support him politically. Perhaps his visions of a strong, virile nation are worth more to him than full support and an easy time of passing his resolutions. Any political gains or losses from these policies are the expected reactions to the President’s use of great power. Could America be entering an era where backroom politics take a backseat to policymaking as a genuine effort to improve the lives of every man, woman, and child? I am, admittedly, an optimist and an idealist, especially where Obama is concerned. I have been depressed by our nation’s outlook, grasping for strands of promise in the future, for a long time. However, while my emotions, like those of many throughout the country, have been bolstered by the President, I also apply logic to my assessments. I know that the things he proposes are risky and seemingly unachievable, and that I have been fooled by politicians before. The hard work and balance required to fund these plans without burdening the taxpayers is astronomical. Similarly, I may be too dazzled by the productivity of the new team in office to realize that is its actions still support stock politics. Hopefully, the cynics are wrong.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Spring Break Unplugged: Witnesses Against Torture
By Nour Abdelhady, Mohammad Awadallah and Anna Brown
those of our friends. We were not going to the Bahamas or Cancun to party; our destination was Washington D.C, where we would join WAT’s fight to end torture and shut down Guantanamo. We would stand to bear witness for those who have been tortured and detained for seven years without charge or trial. We would stand, also, to rehabilitate our own hearts. As we pulled the hoods over our faces, however, we realized how unprepared we were for the experience of oppression. We could hardly see, feeling vulnerable and exposed to the outside world. But we knew these feelings were nothing compared to the experiences of the actual Guantanamo detainees’. Before the start of each vigil, we would gather in a circle and read various accounts written
by former Guantanamo detainees or the lawyers of those men still being held. These accounts were reinforced by lectures given by former CIA analyst Ray McGovern and Two students and one faculty member from Saint Michael Ratner, President of the Center for Constitutional Peter’s College joined with members of Witness Against Rights. Both men spoke of the International Committee Torture (WAT) and stood vigil in front of the White House of the Red Cross’ report on torture in U.S. “Black Sites.” for two hours every day during spring break. We remained Our hearts broke when they explained the meaning standing, rain or shine, dressed in bright orange jumpsuits of “beatings by use of a collar,” when military personnel with black hoods covering our faces. In unison, we would repeatedly hurl detainees into walls with metal marched silently with clenched fists held behind our chains attached to collars around the prisoners’ necks. Then backs, like those in Guantanamo. While our eyes adjusted they broke again when, while watching Witness Against to the darkness, our hearts remained heavy. Torture: The Campaign to Shut Down Guantanamo, When we (Nour and Mohammad) originally signed up Candace Gorman, a lawyer representing detainees in for the trip, we knew our Spring Break would be unlike Guantanamo, gives an account of the force feeding of (former) detainee Sami al-Haj: “the pain of putting the tube up his nose is considerable; the tube diameter is twelve millimeters (three times the clinically recommended width of a nasogastric tube), and he gags when it passes through his throat. Three times they have inserted the tube the wrong way, so it went in his lungs. When they think this happened they check it by putting water in the tube, which makes him choke.” These are the stories that haunted us as we stood before the White House. “These are the same stories,” we told ourselves, “that the tourists who walk by have yet to learn.” How else could we explain their posing for pictures in front of us, crouched down and flashing a thumbs-up to the camera? Some of us were shocked by the gesture’s eerily similarity to Sabrina Harmon’s pictures in Abu-Ghraib. Others dismissed it, thinking it was just a joke. Either way, the tourists did nothing to acknowledge the suffering of the men in Guantanamo. A child asked her parent if we were real. Government employees and office workers asked why we were protesting when President Obama was closing Guantanamo. But Guantanamo is not closed yet, not until the last man has been released. It is not closed until we account for and prosecute the people guilty of ordering, legislating and inflicting torture. Guantanamo will not be closed, merely relocated, if the same practices are repeated at the U.S. Base in Bagram, Afghanistan. Yes, there has been some “Change”: the prison President Obama maintains in Bagram is far worse than Guantanamo ever Photo courtesy of Dr. Anna Brown was. Protesters Dressed in Gitmo Garb outside the Whitehouse. There were those who expressed outrage at our message: “Here’s how we can shut down Guantanamo – let’s just shoot everyone in there.” Or, “What do you want to do? Release the terrorists in the United States?” Are they thinking of Omar Deghayes? Deghayes, a Libyan citizen, was held for five years, far from his wife and child. He was routinely subjected to electric shocks, sexual abuse, and death threats and was permanently blinded when a guard stuck a finger in his eye. Should he, and all the other innocents like him, be shot? As Socrates asked over 2,000 years ago: “Is it ever right to inflict harm on another human being?” If there are those in Guantanamo who have committed a crime – and even US government officials now admit they are a mere two dozen --why don’t we provide the evidence, charge them and bring them to justice in US federal courts? But the vigil was not held in vain. We remember one woman in particular who touched each of us on the arm and said, “Thank you.” This simple gesture and brief word of gratitude meant a lot after standing for over an hour in a steady rain. We can also remember a gentleman sitting on a park bench who, as we walked by, said rather heartily: “Thank you for your work. Thank you for giving a voice to the voiceless.” On our last day in Washington, D.C., we knew we had spent our spring break the right way. Our work was to humanize those who had been dehumanized. Having returned to Saint Peter’s, the task before us is clear: Continue until the last Illustrator | Chris Sharron, The Daily Kent Stater man is set free.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Romance is in the Air at the English Department By Gary Young
Edito In the Chief, ‘09 On March 25, 2009, the English Department at Saint Peter’s College hosted a conference on Romanticism. It was organized by the faculty and students of the English Department, the Fine Arts Department, and the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures. The purpose of the conference was to give both students and faculty an opportunity to discuss their research and thoughts on Romanticism. The conference included sessions on the foundations of Romanticism, Spanish Romanticism, Musical Romanticism, student reactions to Romantic authors and poets, and a performance of Romantic works in word and song. Dr. Kathleen Monahan, the Chairperson of the Department, called the conference a, “Wonderful chance for faculty and students to learn from one another.” The student presentations included talks by Carmin Aguiles about the “Necessity of Romanticism,” in which she discussed how Romantics brought the concentration of art back to the individual, how they emphasized the rights of men and women, and why we read. She spoke of Romantic poetry as a way to nurture the soul and the importance Romantic poetry, especially that of Percy Shelley, was important to her. Suneha Khan compared Sufi with Romantic poetry. She introduced the relevant aspects of the Sufi movement and discussed how both Romanticism and Sufism are about the individual’s feelings and intuitions, and how both rely on the idea of revolution. Khan called Sufi poets the “hippies of the Eastern Islamic world,” and discussed how they have more liberal practices than mainstream Islam. April Mckee discussed Thomas De Quincey’s ‘Confessions of an Opium Addict.’ Davide De Pierro spoke on Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and how Romanticism is a very modern movement. Jonathon Brantley closed out the student presentations with a discussion of the tragic love between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne. Participants in the other sessions included: Dr. Elizabeth Nelson, Dr. William Luhr, Dr. Kathleen Monahan at the Introduction to Romanticism session; Dr. Patricia Santoro, Dr. Mark DeStephano, S.J., Dr. Raymond Conlon at the Spanish and Latin American Romanticism session; Dr. Rachel Wifall, Liz Lodato, Mark Angelo Quedding, Maria Marreno, Prof. Kathryn White, and students from her CM class at the Romanticism in Word and Song session.
Greek Fragments for the First Time By Alexandra Crossett Staff Writer, ‘12
Among the many performances and showcases that take stage each week at Saint Peter’s, few honor the past as the Greek Theater project does. On Monday, March 9th, an exhibition of four ancient plays was performed in Roy Irving Theater as another installment in the series of Greek plays Saint Peter’s has hosted. Entitled Fragments, the show was a little different from its predecessors. Most of the plays have not been performed since their original displays in ancient Greece, making their modern debuts here. Casey Groves directed Fragments, which was composed of Aeschylus’s Prometheus Unbound, Euripides’s Phaeton, Sophocles’s The Searchers, and Menander’s The Woman of Samia. The scenes are actually fragments of full plays from the respective writers, discovered and translated in the last ten
years. Amanda Staub, a Classics major of the Class of 2009, says that the text of the full plays has yet to be found. “In the past, she went on to say, ”Greek Theater was performed at three-day competitions, with different segments performed each day.” Since only portions are available, the plots of the plays are unknown, but suppositions can be made based on available material and similar myths. The plot of the Phaeton fragment, for example, can be surmised from myths and other plays about the eponymous son of Apollo. The same can be said of Prometheus Unbound, an account of the story of Prometheus’s punishment for giving fire to man. The Searchers, a satyr play (it featured an animal-human cast) is significant because it is a comedy from Sophocles, who almost exclusively wrote tragedies. The Woman of Samia is a comedy from Menander. Two actors in the plays, Jacob Hines
and Kevin Forrest also commented on the project. Hines said that he enjoyed the production very much, saying it was one of the most entertaining plays he has taken part in. Forrest acted in the Menander play and described its plot and premise like that of a soap opera, something that was “definitely fun to perform and watch.” He became involved in the show only a few days before it was staged, filling in for a few unexpected absences, but said he was happy to participate. The Greek Theater project is funded by the Polychronis Foundation, an organization promoting the study of Greek language and culture. Each year, SPC receives money from the foundation to be used a scholarship to send students to Greece and other pursuits. This year the money has gone primarily to the theater and to the fund for a trip to Greece, which several students have taken.
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The Masks of Greek Tragedy and Comedy.
By Stacyann Chaplin
Temple News - Temple University With the start of spring break just a few days away, many Temple University students dream of lying on the beach during the day and partying with their friends at night. But financial constraints, primarily caused by the effects of today’s weak economy, have limited students’ options for spring breaks that include getaways. “I really want to go to Jamaica this year, but money is tight right now, so I’m going home instead,” junior political science major Marlon Bryan said. “I can spend some time with the family and try to find a job.” With the economy generating instability within the American workforce, cash-conscious students like Bryan find themselves settling for wallet-friendly vacations. “My friends and I wanted to go to Antigua this year, but then, we realized how much it was going to cost and decided against it,” said Melissa Bubb, a marketing major. “It doesn’t make
any sense to spend thousands of dollars abroad when I can barely make ends meet here at home.” Instead of canceling his vacation plans, sophomore international business major Thurston Gill is choosing to downsize his traveling plans for spring break. Gill, who originally planned to rent a hotel room in Las Vegas for one week, is planning on going to Atlantic City, N.J., with his friends for three days. “I’m not going to waste my vacation moping around complaining about what I couldn’t do and where I couldn’t go,” he said. “Atlantic City may not be Vegas, but I’m still going to have fun, and that’s all that matters to me.” For students who had to change their plans for the break, New York City appears to be a popular alternative— proving to be a top choice among students who want to get away without spending a fortune. Juniors Kareem Liverpool and Patricia Brown both plan on visiting New York City during the break. Brown, a political science major,
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The recession will leave many warm, sandy beaches empty this spring break.
is going to New York for a few days to visit a salon and attend Broadway shows. Liverpool, however, is interested in New York’s party scene, as he plans to go to a different club each night and spend his days relaxing with friends. Liverpool refused to let the current economy put a damper on his vacation. “Recession or not,” he said, “I’m going to make this spring break one that I will always remember.”
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
St. Peter’s Accepts Famous Author’s Heirloom By Justin Roberts
When asked if another magazine of Jubilee’s quality, his answer was blunt. “No. Back then we had enthusiasm. I worked for $35 an article In a small ceremony on Friday, March 27, in the ‘60s but it did not matter. We had the poet Ned O’Gorman presented Fr. Michael freedom to do whatever we wanted. Back then, Braden, S.J. with two feathers taken from questions of the clergy marrying or how best to peacocks owned by Flannery O’Connor. The worship God were still on the table. I saw no event, organized by Dr. Anna Brown, was contradiction in being a gay man and a devout followed by a lecture and a brief recitation of Catholic. Today, though, the Church has closed several poems by Mr. O’Gorman. itself off.” “I had originally tried to sell the feathers While showing no hesitation to criticize the on EBay, but no was willing to buy them,” Church, O’Gorman had no doubt about his faith. O’Gorman said, “Then I realized I could give “I say my prayers every day. I have no problem them to Anna (Dr. Brown).” reciting the Creed. I really do not understand O’Gorman, born in 1929, has written six people who do.” books of poetry, taught at Brooklyn College, the The students in attendance were captivated New School and Manhattan College and is the by O’Gorman’s reminiscence. “Its almost hard recipient of two Guggenheim fellowships and a to understand what he was saying, “ Jonathan Rothko Chapel Award for Commitment to Truth Carrillo, a senior political science major said. and Freedom. He counts among his friends “The speaker was clearly from a different era many major authors, including Miss O’Connor, where political correctness took a backseat to Fr. Dan Berrigan and Julian Green. intellectual quality.” “O’Connor was great because she never Dr. Brown added, “O’ Gorman is a brilliant flinched from the ugly side of life. Her writing mind. During his lecture, he mentioned a was completely dark. But light follows the dark, number of books and authors off the top of his meaning that the dark has light in it. That’s how head. I know a lot of the students did not get she was able to stare into the abyss without his references, but I hope this will serve as the surrendering hope,” O’Gorman said. introduction to a new way of thinking for them.” O’Gorman also discussed his literary career Anyone interested in seeing the peacock and Catholic faith, paying particular attention feathers can go the King-Kairos Social Justice to his experience writing for the Catholic House at 125 Glenwood Avenue. “We have magazine Jubilee. “We had an amazing amount one more piece of history at Saint Peter’s,” of freedom. I would write articles about Dr. Brown said. “Hopefully, more events like abortion, birth control, anything,” remembered this can reinvigorate the intellectual life of our O’Gorman. student body.” News Editor, ‘10
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From O’Connor work, A Good Man is Hard to Find, Featuring a Peacock that may have resembled the peacock’s that O’Connor owned.
Poli Sci Conference Gives Community Ability to Discuss Pressing Issue of Race in America
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Logo of the Political Science Conference on Race in America.
By Justin Roberts and Gary Young Editorial Board
On March 26, 2009, the Political Science Department at Saint Peter’s College organized a conference entitled, “Race in the United States.” The conference included speakers from Pax Christi USA, students, and faculty from the Political Science Department. The conference was organized to give students and faculty the ability to discuss the pressing issue of race in America. The first presentation was by David Robinson, the executive director of Pax Christi USA. Pax Christi is a UN recognized Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) devoted to, “Create a world that reflects the Peace of Christ by exploring, articulating, and witnessing to the call of Christian nonviolence.” Robinson discussed his recent visit to Iran and his experiences there. He discussed the racism he found inherent in U.S. foreign policy, especially in the U.S.’ treatment of Iran. His thesis was that the United State’s demonizes Iran because of the 1979 hostage crisis, and our desire for Iran’s natural gas and petroleum reserves. Professor Alan Sanders of the Political Science Department gave a lecture titled “Race and the Obama Presidency.” Dr. Sanders provided an hour long analysis of the President’s election strategy. He
described Obama as a, “Post-racial President who is very race conscious.” Sanders’ argument was that, in order to be a candidate who transcended race and the electoral prejudices that are attached to it, Obama and his campaign staff had to identify those prejudices and then devise strategies to neutralize them. The effort was made doubly difficult because many of the negative perceptions voters have of black candidates are also attached to Democrats. Sanders summarized this in his explanation of why Obama had to win the Kansas primary. He said that both democrats and black candidates are often seen as being soft on crime by conservative voters. Whereas it is easier for a white democrat to change the subject to his trademark issues, the question of crime in the minds of many cannot be explicated when African American candidates are considered. By overcoming pitfalls like that one and winning the Kansas primary, Obama showed his party that he could woo conservative voters, making him a viable candidate. The final event was a panel on race, moderated by Dr. David Gerlach of the History Department, and featuring SPC students Noel Borges, Alexander Rivero, Rhoda Mia Severino, Jolevette Mitchell, Meghan Ellerman, and Ismael Cid Martinez. They discussed the impact race has had on their lives and years at Saint Peter’s.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Pope Hall: Most Famous Building on Campus Pope from Page 1 “ I mean, I knew it would win, why do you think Pavo’s never show Pope during tours, we want to keep it a secret so we can have it all to ourselves. This award is only going to make it harder to sign up for classes specifically held in Pope,” commented Sophomore Francis Demichele. Overall, the USAAC Award is a bright glimmer of joy in a bleak forecast for Saint Peter’s. The college is due to close this year after accidentally investing in Bernie Madoff’s investment firm. This will leave a bad taste in the mouths of all who have enjoyed climbing the unusually steep stairs of Pope Lecture Hall.
The Glenwood Avenue entrance of Pope Lacture Hall at St. Peter’s College.
Ultimate Palooza to Host Kayne and Mick in Exclusive Concert
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Madoff Pillages Endowment Madoff from Page 1 Faculty and staff have not received blanket offers from other Jesuit Colleges and Universities for employment. Some faculty have been offered positions at other institutions, but the Saint Peter’s administration is looking for ways to keep the faculty so the college can reopen soon and resume operations as normal. But the
Palooza from Page 1 West playing atop Pope Lecture Hall, a building that was recently awarded the United States Collegiate Architectural Awards Committee’s Best All-Purpose Superior Structure. The college will offer
recent economic recession will make that the faculty and staff’s job search more difficult. Be sure to check the Pauw Wow website at www.pauwwow.com for updates as they occur, along with links to other news services that offer more in-depth or technical coverage on the issue of endowment investments.
the faculty seats atop the library with a partially obstructed view of the concert. Terry Jackson, a spokeswoman for Kanye has said, “Kanye just wants to be able to send Saint Peter’s College out with a bang. He loves the Jesuits.”
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The Rolling Stones on their “Bigger Bang” Tour (right) and Rolling Stone Magazine featuring musical superstar, Kanye West (left). Photo courtesy of newsbusters.org
Cooking with Tom
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
FinanceScopes Courtesy of astrology.com
Try to keep your mind on your possessions and off of your finances, if that’s humanly possible. The former need your attention, and the latter will only add stress to the equation.
You’re prepared for anything, emotionally. But financially, like it or not, you have to be practical. The days of spending on credit are over. If you want romance, it has to be on a shoe string budget.
Even you have your limits. Bills and accounts can wait until tomorrow. For today, focus on strictly emotional matters, from you own feelings to stories from others.
You don’t have to host a black tie affair to feel fulfilled. Simple things like lunch at home can be deeply satisfying. In fact, you should remind yourself of the old saw about the best things in life being free.
Yes, there is a right and a wrong. Finishing what you start is right, quitting is wrong. Don’t stop until you see the black and white flag waving before you.
Why spend money on travel? You long to experience something foreign, but you can do that without leaving your own backyard. If your inner workings are a mystery to you, it’s time for some soul searching.
Thoughts of money have worked you into a state of high emotion, and rightly so. A calm day is just what the doctor ordered. Spend it at ease, and don’t take one look at your wallet, especially if it means opening it.
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By Tom Cleary Food Columnist
This weeks recipe is a very simple but tasty meal, Guinness stew. The only basic ingredients the dish needs are beef, potatoes, carrots and a dark beer. Now the beer technically can be replaced by beef stock or water, but lets keep it real here, there is nothing that can replace the rich full bodied flavor a good dark beer, such as Guinness, gives to this dish. For those who are not “21” and maybe thinking that because the are unable to buy the beer they can’t make this dish, don’t work beef stock works well too, but the beer is better.
-2lb of stewing beef -2 large potatoes, chopped in large bite sized pieces -2 large carrots, chopped in large bite sized pieces -1 large onion, chopped in large pieces - 1 large bay leaf -salt, pepper, thyme, basil to taste -one bottle of Guinness Stout Beer
-Season beef with some salt and pepper. -In a large pot, sauté the onions in some olive oil until they turn clear, then add the carrots and potaoes and let cook for about 5 min. Then remove all the vegetables. -In that same pan brown the beef, in small manageable batches, once this is done put all of the semi cooked vegetables back in the pot. -Mix the beef and vegetables around a bit, then add the bottle of beer or until the beef and vegetables are ¾ of the way covered. -Add the bay leaf and then bring the stew to a simmer. Let the stew simmer for 2-3 hours, adding seasonings for taste and stirring occasionally.
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The grand scheme of things can wait. The big picture is only stressing you out anyway. Give yourself a rest by focusing on anything mundane. If it’s a detail and it’s dull, it has your name on it.
Being economical takes more discipline than you can muster. Fortunately or unfortunately, it’s taken out of your hands. If you want to shop for anything other than discounts, you’ll have to get creative.
Financial changes have taken their toll on your life, in more ways than you realize. You’re suddenly bored by the burden of it all. That’s a positive first step. Start learning how to dig your way out.
You’re looking for some kind of insight, but you’re searching in the dark. You need to set the stage, so to speak. Create the right setting for your intuition to shine.
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Your desires are in constant opposition and it’s making your accounts go south. On one hand, you know you should save. On the other, you can’t help but spend. If you can’t see the folly of your ways, you’re a rare bird.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Summer at Sherwin Williams By Anthony Fiumidinisi Staff Writer, ‘10
Sherwin Williams is an American Company, established in 1866 by Henry Sherwin and Edward Williams, which has become an American Icon in the paint industry. During summer ’08, I had the pleasure of working at the Middletown, New York retail location in a marketing and sales internship role. The location was part of the Greater New Jersey Metro District and is under the supervision of District Manager Paul Grimes. I met Paul here at Saint Peter’s during April of 2008; Paul helped a committee of students host the Leadership Awareness Conference. After the conference I applied for an internship with the company and started that June. During my tenure as intern I had a first hand look at the intricacies of running a business and received a first hand perspective of how the paint industry worked. I was always brought in on new projects and was asked for input on the various markets that Sherwin
covers. I had various duties throughout the summer months and I learned many aspects of the business which is crucial in understanding how a business works. I went on various sales calls to different locations, helped out with the marketing of our retail location and at times I went on paint deliveries. The company has great structure and is into developing employees. New positions and tasks open up regularly and moving through out the company is encouraged. I would recommend this company to anyone looking for a career in business, Sherwin Williams has weathered the storm of the American business climate for years and it has proven itself time and time again to be one of the best companies to work for. Forbes rated this company one of the best to work for in 2005, 2006 and 2008. Sherwin Williams is one of the best kept secrets on the business world and has remained steadfast and strong since 1866. During troubling economic times like these, students should consider working at Sherwin Williams.
25th Annual Career Fair
Today April 1
8 AM - 1 PM
PALOOZA All Genres Welcome to Perform (Rock, Rap, Hip‐Hop etc.) To sign up contact Thomas Cleary at TCLEARY@SPC.EDU
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
U2 Rocks Fordham Campus
“It’s Blitz” Yeah Yeah Yeahst
By Kathleen Odenthal Staff Writer, ’11
On March 6, Fordham University students packed the field in front of the campus’s Keating Hall in anticipation of a secret show put on by Irish alternative rock band U2. “Good Morning America” was set to air the concert live, and so students began packing the field at the crack of dawn. That morning millions of television watchers witnessed as Eddies’ Parade, the quad located in the heart of the campus, transformed from a space typical of Frisbee players and students studying, into a piece of rock and roll history. Fordham’s Campus Activities Board organized the concert, and it provided U2 with the opportunity to gain some publicity before the release of their new album, No Line on the Horizon.
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They played three tracks from the new album, as well as several other hits. The album was released on February 27, 2009 in Ireland, on March 2nd in the rest of Europe, and followed with the release on March 3rd in the United States. The album has thus far received outstanding five star ratings from Rolling Stone, Blender, and Q Magazine. Journalist Ben Patishnik of Blender magazine describes the album as, “a grand, sweeping, brave record that, while not quite the reinvention they pegged it as, suggests they’ve got the chops to retain their relevance well into their fourth decade as a band.” The Fordham campus performance was the preceding event for a worldwide tour scheduled to kick off on June 30, 2009. So make sure to get your tickets now!
Bono and U2 perform at Fordham University on “Good Morning America.”
Movies To Watch For
Music To Listen To
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“Watchmen” (Out now)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs “It’s Blitz” (Available now in Digital Format)
“Duplicity” (March 20,2009)
Jadakiss “The Last Kiss” (Available now)
“I Love You Man” (March 20, 2009) “The Haunting in Connecticut” (March 27,2009)
Les Claypool “Of Fungi and Foe” (March 17,2009) MSTRKRFT “Fist Of God” (March 17,2009)
“12 Rounds” (March 27,2009)
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“It’s Blitz” Yeah Yeah Yeahs
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
“Mr. Wrestlemania” vs. “The Streak” at Wrestlemania XXV By: Chris Kenner Staff Writer, ‘12
PHOTO COURTESY OF WWE.COM
“The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels (Right) will take on The Undertaker (Left) at Wrestlemania XXV.
There are two senior performers who are active wrestlers on the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) roster presently, they are The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. Both of them performed on the very first episode of Monday Night Raw, WWE’s flagship show in 1993. Now nearing twenty years later, they are both still active competitors. They both are also synonymous with WWE’s biggest payper-view event of the year, Wrestlemania. When professional wrestling fans mention the greatest matches in Wrestlemania history, it’s hard to do that without utter the name of one man, “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels. While Shawn Michaels is in some of Wrestlemania’s most memorable matches, it’s hard to ignore the streak of “The Deadman“, The Undertaker, who is 16-0 at the event. It is unmistakable that Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker have made names for themselves with their consistent performances at what some call “the Super bowl of the WWE“, Wrestlemania. The stats speak for themselves, looking at total wins in Wrestlemania history, The Undertaker is first with 16, while Shawn Michaels follows in close second with 12. The difference between the two is that The Undertaker is undefeated at the event, he has won all 16 of his matches without suffering a loss. Shawn Michaels on the other hand, has been defeated at Wrestlemania. Though Michaels is not undefeated at Wrestlemania, each year that he is on the card, he delivers a unforgettable performance. Some would say that he is the go-to-guy when it comes to five-star Wrestlemania matches resulting in his nickname of “Mr. Wrestlemania.”
When professional wrestling fans look to Wrestlemania, they think about either Shawn Michaels or The Undertaker performing in an all-star match against their respective opponents. Their individual annual “roads to Wrestlemania” have never allowed them to cross paths. This has caused fans to believe that a match between the two was out of reach. It is not like they haven’t crossed paths before, it just has not happened at Wrestlemania. These two aren’t strangers to each other at all. They have previously battled in various matches like Casket matches and Hell in a Cell, and their rivalry carried the latter half of 1996. Though he is undefeated at Wrestlemania, The Undertaker never defeated Michaels at any of these events. On the other hand, though The Undertaker has never defeated Michaels, Shawn Michaels has been defeated at Wrestlemania. It seems that Wrestlemania 25, will be the stage for the timeless battle between these two WWE icons. Professional wrestling fans everywhere have had a hard time attempting to distinguish who is the better of the two. This year’s Wrestlemania is shaping up to provide an end to that. At Wrestlemania 25, there will be an epic match between the two men that some might call the “two pillars” that have held the WWE atop of the world of sports-entertainment. Professional wrestling fans that are separated by language, borders, and distances will all enjoy an unforgettable match that will add a page in the history of Wrestlemania. On April 5, 2009, the man who has come to be known “Mr. Wrestlemania” Shawn Michaels will attempt to break the undefeated streak of the best pure striker in the history of the WWE, The Undertaker.
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We’ll be recruiting at S t. P eter’s C ollege. S top by our B O O T H at the career fair on Wednesday, A pril 1 st Start your career in management or sales with The Sherwin-Williams Company, one of the world’s leaders in the coatings industry. We believe in hiring the best people and giving them the opportunity to excel. Our MANAGEMENT/SALES TRAINING PROGRAM puts you on a fast-track to rise as high as you care to go, and you could be running your own million-dollar store in about a year. We also offer paid INTERNSHIPS with hands-on experience in a wholesale/retail work environment that can lead to career opportunities in management and/or professional outside sales upon graduation. The pace and responsibilities make these positions challenging, interesting, and fun. No two days are the same. The sky’s the limit, because we’re steadfastly committed to promoting from within. Interested? Visit sherwin.com/mtp for more details or email Division Recruiter,John Lawniczak at jonathan.Lawniczak@sherwin.com. An Equal Opportunity Employer
Saint Peter's College Student Newspaper 2008 - 2009 Issue IX