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Worldwide Unrest Strikes a Nerve in US, Hits Wall Street 9.29.2011

A Publication by the Students for the Ramapo College Community

XLII No. 3

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Activists who refer to themselves as the “99 percent” have been marching on Wall Street since Sept. 17, protesting the government bailouts of big businesses. By ELYSE TORIBIO with JAKE HYMAN News Editor Staff Writer “We are the 99 percent.” This is the chant of demonstrators who have gathered in downtown Manhattan for nearly two weeks, to protest social class disparity and the current financial system of the country, one they believe has favored the corporations and banks that were bailed out by the government in 2008. Now known as “Occupy Wall Street,” word of the initial march was spread under the name “United States Day of Rage” by many. Activists have been using Zuccotti Park, a privately owned public space located on Liberty Street and Broadway in the financial district, as the activists’ headquarter. In fliers for the event that were distributed on the Ramapo College campus last week, the group called themselves “The 99 percent,” the 1 percent referring to the concentra-



tion of wealthy Americans that “controls almost all financial wealth” and govern the nation’s political parties. "Stand up agains [sic] banks and businesses running our lives," the flier reads. "Stand up for our rights, stand up for our families.” Despite the clamoring for participation and publicity of the event through social networking sites like Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter (see“Tweets from the Scene,” page 2), few Ramapo students are familiar with “Occupy Wall Street,” or care to take part in it, according to Kaitlyn McKenzie, senior. “Unless you are looking for a job, [the state of the economy] really does not affect you,” McKenzie said. “I don’t think people realize its impact.” “I know a student who went to protest,” Amy Heater, freshman, said. “I don’t really think that protests do much or are effective.” Political groups at Ramapo such as the Young Americans for


Liberty and the College Republicans have taken notice of the events going on in Manhattan. Noah Luogameno, a member of YAL, attended the protests, and disagrees with the notion that nothing will come of “Occupy Wall Street.” “I think these protests are the beginning of something larger,” Luogameno said. “Already these ‘Occupy’ protests are spreading into other cities and states,” Luagamo said. Indeed, events entitled “Occupy Chicago” and “Occupy Denver” are listed along with several other cities on the website of a group in solidarity with “Occupy Wall Street,” Justin Musella, president of the College Republicans at Ramapo, shared his sympathy with the protesters at Wall Street. “Those who occupy Wall Street right now desire change at the highest echelons of their respec-

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According to, the mission of the activists is to set up camp on Wall Street for months, using the revolutionary tactic of protestors in Egypt to have their voices heard. “Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99 percent that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1 percent.”


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companies,” Musella said. “As America enters a dark economic period, all citizens must pay their fair share in helping the nation. This fact has escaped the attention of certain corporations. It should offend all Americans that those who have lost everything should tolerate the few to collect even more.” Alexandre Olbrecht, associate professor of economics at Ramapo, said that people might be misinformed about how negatively they have been affected by the government bailouts. “The inherent argument is that this cost taxpayers a lot of money,” Olbrecht said. But, he continued, save for insurance corporation American International Group (AIG), those who received bailouts have paid the government back, in some cases even more than they were given. “Taxpayers stand to make a lot of money out of

“We’re stuck with a graduating class that’s going to have trouble finding jobs ” -Alexandre Olbrecht, associate professor of economics

this deal.” This may not be common knowledge to the majority of people, but the facts are out there, he says, on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) page of the U.S. Treasury website. “It is covered in the news, but

most people don’t read it or understand it,” Olbrecht said. “If we took a step back and think about what we’ll think about this in 20 years, we’ll see that the federal government acted in a quick and responsible way to stop something that could have been a much bigger catastrophe.” Still, Olbrecht allows, the current economic situation is something that will affect this generation of college students for the next few

“People are ready for real change and this may be the beginning of a historic shift in this country and the world. ” -Murray Sabrin, professor of finance

years. Olbrecht explained that with little sign of improvement in the job market, more and more students will choose to go to graduate school to try and buy some time. This decision creates another issue, as choosing graduate school will result in more student loans, and, with a lack of employment to pay off these loans, will build bad credit for the students. “We’re stuck with a graduating class that’s going to have trouble finding jobs,” Olbrecht said. “We’re essentially creating a generation that doesn’t have as much experience.” Despite the grim future that colleges may be headed towards, Olbrecht said he does not believe that protesting is the best way to make change happen. “Until young people start voting,

politicians won’t pay attention to them,” Olbrecht said. “They can go out and protest, but until they hold politicians accountable, they’re going to be marginalized.” Still, Olbrecht expected there to be more uproars from the youth than there has been, comparing the situation here to that of London. “Their measure of income disparity is lower than the U.S.,” Olbrecht said. “I’m kind of surprised we’re not seeing more of [the riots] in the U.S. I don’t know what it is. Part of the reason might be that we’re such a large country.” Murray Sabrin, professor of finance, said he believes that people have reason to be as vocal as they are in lower Manhattan. “If they understand the issue, they have a right to be concerned and frustrated and critical of what’s happened,” Sabrin said. “People who have made the decisions that led to these financial crises have continued on their way. The average person feels they didn’t get bailed out.” Luogameno said believes that this frustration will create a momentum for more action in the future. “People are ready for real change and this may be the beginning of a historic shift in this country and the world,” Luogameno said. Even though the Ramapo community has not been outspoken about the protests, the issue could affect the state funded school in the long run, according to Bev Bailey, junior. “Everything that happens on Wall Street affects everything else.”

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Over the past year, issues of social disparity, economic woes and government instability have incited protests in cities around the world. Many believe “Occupy Wall Street” could be the beginning of a social revolution here in the United States.

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Actor Zachary Levi, who plays the title character on the hit TV show “Chuck,” turns 31 today.


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“We can replace things, but not peopleʼs lives.” Banny Domanais, resident of Manila, the capital of the Philippines, where a powerful typhoon struck on Tuesday, killing at least 16 people

Obama’s New Job Plan Leaves Grads, Students Uncertain

By DAN MORRELL Staff Writer Graduating seniors are pinning their job hopes on President Obama's newly unveiled American Jobs Act, which is intended to cut into the 9 percent unemployment rate. When Obama addressed the nation with his jobs proposal earlier this month he had one clear objective in mind: to get enough votes to pass his bill. However, is this stimulus going to improve the chances of college graduates landing a job? This $447 billion plan is specifically aiming to: * Urge companies to hire new employees by eliminating payroll taxes when a new worker is hired or given a raise * Promote construction * Extend unemployment benefits * Offer subsidized job training * Provide more funding for teaching and first responder jobs. The plan has been debated since its announcement and has been panned by Republicans who have classified it as "class warfare," since to fund the plan, Obama wants the wealthy and corporations to "pay their fair share" in taxes.

“I decided to get my master’s to have a better shop at getting a job but also because I can’t find a job right now.” -Brandon Moody, Ramapo graduate

Recent Ramapo College graduate Michael Marciante said Obama's plan wouldn't affect him. "The stimulus is meant to secure the jobs more for those employed in their area, which

translates into more money for those already in their seat of power and a disregard for recent college graduates," he said. "Obama is not addressing my unemployment." Marciante is currently working odd jobs to support himself while he searches for a job in his desired field, film. Senior Samantha Saffer is also doubtful. "It was a great speech, but that's all Obama has given the country so far," Saffer said. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Current Population Survey, college graduates ages 20 to 24 faced a 12.1 percent unemployment rate in June, a five percent increase from just one month before. For the same period last year, there was only a three percent increase. Ramapo College itself conducts similar surveys every year, but according the Cahill Center's Patty Migliorisi, "there is not enough of a response for the surveys to be accurate." Brandon Moody, who graduated from Ramapo last spring, turned to more years of education in the hopes of making the job search easier. "I decided to get my master’s to have a better shot at getting a job but also because I can't find a job right now and can't afford to start paying my student loans off. This was the best alternative I could come up with," he said. "Hopefully it just doesn't cause me to have a bigger debt that I can't pay." However, Moody and all other graduates' debt worries could be erased with the proposal of a progressive stimulus package that seeks to forgive student loan debt with the hopes that the cash that is saved on loan payments will promote spending to boost the economy. The petition for the "Forgive Student Loan Debt" package can be found here:

Board of Trustees Reappoint Mercer, Approve Campus Projects

By NICOLE ALLIEGRO News Editor The Ramapo Board of Trustees reappointed Peter Mercer as president of the College by unanimously approving his new, five-year contract at the Board meeting on Monday. “I am incredibly happy with the Board’s decision to reappoint President Mercer for an additional five-year term,” Erin Kaplan-Burns, a senior and Student Trustee, said. “Mercer is an incredible asset to students, having an open door whenever someone wants to chat about anything, and is a visible presence at on-campus events. The contract renewal gives him even more time to shape Ramapo’s campus.” Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications Anna Farneski feels similarly about Mercer’s reappointment, “who has been at the helm of the College for the past six years,” she said. Farneski cited improving leadership retention rates, graduation rates and SAT scores of incoming freshmen as examples of Mercer’s successful improvement initiatives. “Despite fiscally challenging times, and reduced State financial support, [Mercer] has found funds for…new professors to increase the value of a Ramapo education and ensure that our students can explore, learn and push boundaries at this critical time in their lives,” she added. The Board also authorized the use of $3 million for two capital improvement projects for repairs which Farneski called “sorely needed and overdue.” First, the College will use $500,000 to develop plans for the renovation of the Phase II College Park Apartments, constructed in 1976. These units will need repairs to roofs, siding, windows and heating and cooling units, an estimated total cost of $6.7 million. An additional $2.5 million will be needed for emergency repairs to the roofs of the academic buildings (including wings A – E and H), along with the library and Pine Hall. Ultimately, the College will be reimbursed for these costs by the New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act of 2009 through a public-private partnership. “We are grateful for the public-private partnership law, which will allow the College to recoup all monies associated with roof replacement on the Academic Wing,” Farneski said. “The safety of our students, faculty and staff is paramount. There is no question that the projects…are required.”

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After six years leading the institution, Peter P. Merer was approved by the Board of Trustees for another five years as President of Ramapo College.

WRPR Suffering From Renovations, Lack of Student Awareness Page 4 The Ramapo News

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Radio Station Off to Slow Start This Semester Due to Construction

By ALEXIS LOPEZ Staff Writer

WRPR, Ramapo’s radio station, faced unexpected complications from renovations in the Student Center over the summer that have resulted in delays in production. These delays have contributed to the existing problem of low student awareness. This year’s renovations left the WRPR office in shambles and contributed to a temporary halt in broadcasting. Craig Homa, the new general manager of WRPR and a junior, described the extent of the damage. “There was a lot of garbage, dust, ceiling tiles and debris left behind from this summer’s renovations,” he said. “The ceiling was leaking in two places directly onto one of our main computers which hindered us, but now that’s fixed.” Some do not think that the renovations are all that is hindering broadcasting. Richie Sorce, a former WRPR DJ and junior, attributed the delay to other factors, including “renovations and laziness,” he said. Sorce was skeptical about the length of time that it has taken to finish the updates on the Student Center, claiming that he hasn’t noticed any significant changes. However, Homa described some of the complications that have arisen from the renovations. “The main thing that the renovations did was they hindered our ability to access the station at all to complete the necessary updates over the summer,” Homa said. “We thought we were going to have the whole summer to update, and then found out that the Student Center was closed for those two months.” The repairs to the Student Center that were due to be completed by now include changes to the center’s heating, ven-

tilation and air conditioning system. Homa said that the goal is to resume standard broadcasting before the second week of October; he said he is confident that the brief hiatus from regular broadcasts won’t cause WRPR to lose listeners. However, other students, like senior Amanda Nesheiwat, disagree. “I’m sure that WRPR will lose some listeners,” Nesheiwat said. Senior Jessica Coslow agreed with Nesheiwat that the temporary lapse might impact listeners. “It will probably affect listeners because WRPR won’t be able to get on the air or even have listeners until after all of the renovations are complete,” Coslow said. Others feel that the delays in production are not the only problems plaguing WRPR. The student-operated station’s radius is available to potentially 70,000 listeners, according to the WRPR webpage on the Ramapo website, and has received awards such as “Outstanding Club or Organization Event” in the past, but some feel that recently it has had less of a presence on campus. Michael Savaineso, who has been with Ramapo for 21 years and is the assistant manager of media, said he doesn’t think many people listen to the station as they did years ago. “I don’t know who notices that they haven’t been broadcasting on campus,” Savaineso said. “Everything is streaming now for most radio stations, so I don’t know how many listeners WRPR has. The radio station has lost its allure.” Students like Coslow said she wasn’t informed about Ramapo’s own radio station and didn’t even know there was one. “If I had seen a flyer around campus I certainly would have listened,” she said.

Sorce is in agreement that a lack of advertising is partly to blame. “They need to revamp how they advertise the station,” Sorce said. “Students who are a part of the radio need to start pushing it and advertising the fact that there’s a radio station on campus.” Sorce, however, had a different outlook on the profile of the radio station. “If you have a friend who is a DJ for WRPR, then you’re probably going to pay attention and listen and support WRPR,” Sorce said. Savaineso said five to seven years ago, WRPR was a great place for students to get their feet wet in broadcasting, but he’s not sure of what it’s like now. Despite these hardships, Homa said he is looking toward WRPR’s future, thinking about new ways to attract listeners and rebuild the club’s image. “We have big plans for the future of WRPR,” Homa said, “including a renovated studio, mobile broadcasting for oncampus sporting events and better production schedules to attract listeners.” Homa said he and other WRPR club members were excited to see a large turnout at the club fair. “At the club fair we had 94 people sign up, and we just had our general meeting with 60 people in attendance between old and new hosts,” he said. “People are definitely showing interest and are realizing that it’s a great opportunity.”

Freshmen Make Use of Increased Campus Shuttle Services By JULIEANNE INNAMORATO Staff Writer

This year, students have more free access to local malls, supermarkets, and other stores due to increased frequency of the Ramapo shuttles. Since this is the first year freshmen can no longer have their cars on campus, the

shuttles have become quite a success in accommodating first-year students. Pat Chang, the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, identified Ramsey Square, the Interstate Mall, the A&P Center, and Ridge Plaza as among some of the most popular places students visit, and they are all within a five-mile radius from the college.

The shuttle, which picks up and drops off students at the Visitor’s Circle, runs trips to the train station throughout the day and to other malls every weeknight, including Garden State Plaza and Paramus Park. The shuttle runs to these places Monday through Friday, every hour from 12:35 p.m. to 9:20 p.m.

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“This year, there are far more places to go, and the hours of service change so the shuttles can accommodate everyone,” Chang said. Some freshmen, however, are disappointed that they are not able to have their own cars on campus, and consider it unfair and inconvenient. “It’s hard for us to complete our experiential components and service learning projects since we don’t have our cars to get around,” Alexis Klubeck, freshman, said. On the other hand, many freshmen, seem to be taking advantage of the shuttles to get a free ride to local stops. “My friends and I went to the Garden State Plaza mall using the shuttle,” she said. “We found it to be a convenient and cheaper way to get where we wanted to go, opposed to using our own gas and our own cars.” Taylor Rizza, another freshman, said, “I haven’t taken the shuttle yet, but I think it’s a great advantage being able to have a ride to the mall and other shopping centers every day of the week if I ever need to go somewhere.” The shuttles are certainly more cost-conscious for students as well. “With the ever-increasing gas prices, it’s convenient to take the shuttle to avoid paying the high costs,” said Colleen Jones, freshman. “The shuttles are a great, cheap way to get off campus, get used to new surroundings, go out with big groups and have fun.”

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By NICOLE ALLIEGRO News Editor Ramapo College nursing students will no longer be able to attend classes at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (EHMC) after the hospital lost federal funding for the program. As a result, 50 juniors and 42 seniors will be displaced from the EHMC campus, even though Ramapo nursing majors have been educated there since 1996. However, the change will not affect the students’ ability to achieve their degrees or graduate on time. This year, after an annual audit, the “pass through” money that financed graduate medical education and nursing education at EHMC was withdrawn by the Center for Medicare Services (CMS), a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, though the hospital qualified

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for these funds in previous years. “There really isn’t much that can be done at this point,” senior nursing student Sandra Bright said. “The amount of money being cut from EHMC is so great…[that] the hospital is unable to absorb that cut in funding and keep us running at the same time.” Some nursing students, like senior Miriam Rosenthal, are frustrated and upset that not only will they be losing their campus, but will have to leave behind the nurses who have taught them for the past two years. “Our professors are absolutely incredible women,” Rosenthal said. “These wonderful ladies have taught us much more than how to administer medications; they taught us how to care deeply for our patients.” In the Generic Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, the College offers partnerships with two local medical

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facilities for education and clinical study: The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood and EHMC. The EHMC partnership offered on-site nursing courses and clinical rotations, with hospital staff serving as teachers and mentors. In past years, after students completed two years of general education and prerequisite requirements, they commuted to the hospital campus for four semesters of nursing education. One of these days was devoted to clinical work, where students spent a 10-hour day, beginning at 7 a.m., on the medical-surgical floors of the hospital, shadowing nurses and helping patients who have just had surgery or suffer from respiratory, cardiac or renal failure. Bright said she and her fellow classmates were already informed of the situation two weeks ago. “The end result is that EHMC is unable to keep us at the hospital for our lectures,” Bright said. Kathleen Burke, assistant dean of nursing programs, said students will still be able to go to EHMC for clinical work, as there are other agencies that these students use during their course of study and will be able to continue to do so despite the cuts. But, students will have to remain on-campus for their other classes. “Lectures will now be on-campus,” Burke said, “[but] as the curriculum is the same on both campuses, there should be no difference in educational results.” Some students, however, feel that learning in a hospital environment is greatly beneficial, especially because of the nurses and staff members who serve as their professors and shadow guides. “EHMC is considered a teaching hospital,” Bright said. “We learn a great deal from the teachers and the fellow staff we work with on the floors.” Senior Joanna Sudol said EHMC’s classroom and clinical professors “provide more than just education.” They are mentors as well, and can provide first-hand insight from their nursing experience. “Because [the teachers] are Englewood staff, it makes it easier to interact with the floor nurses and the students do not feel out of place,” Sudol said. “These nurses are our support system. We are losing [that] support system in the most crucial semester of our education.” Nursing students will be transitioning their lectures back

Dining Services Prepares to Cater to Student Survey Suggestions Senior nursing students at EHMC include, left to right, Sandra Bright, Regina Pickens, Joanna Sudol, Krissa Matarlo, Ryan Obico, Michael Wilches, RhIne Sadang, Teyana Goodwin and Chrstina Gibbons.

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New Programs, Menu Items Aim for Variety, More Nutrition

By BRITTANY S CHROEDER Staff Writer Dining Services has determined, after filtering through surveys, that students want to see more variety and nutrition in the campus dining halls. There is currently a new menu with a different layout that includes an expanded vegetarian selection and other non-traditional items. “The menu template from corporate looks at popular trends,” said Dining Services General Manager Jeff Dannhardt. “A Student Board of Directors, a group of students from a variety of colleges and universities, meet a couple of times a year and have webcasts to share ideas on what they want to see on the menu.” Dining Services is pushing towards a Mediterranean theme this year.

“A Student Board of Directors, a group of students from a variety of colleges and universities, meet a couple of times a share ideas on what they want to see on the menu.” -Jeff Dannhardt, Dining Services General Manager

“Instead of having different events each day, we plan on spreading them out and having two themes per semester,” Dannhardt said. Themes include El Toro de la Noche, La Familia, Mediterranean Club, and Evexia. Dining Services also recently reached out to focus groups of first-year students, who were asked if there was something different that they wanted to see in the convenience store. According to Dannhardt, smaller size loafs of bread and bulk for certain items, like toiletries, were suggested. A survey where students anonymously sign on to a provided laptop is currently in the

works. In the survey, students will be encouraged to express what they would like to see more or less of in campus dining. Dining Services administration plans to go through these surveys like last year and search for popular trends. Dining Services also has plans to sponsor events for any club, Greek life, or athletic team. “This puts [clubs or organizations] on a bigger stage than just a table in the hallway,” Dannhardt said. “They will be able to have a bigger event without laying out cash.” A student marketing intern has been working with the mangers of Dining Services and Lindsey Daly, the Student Government liaison, to generate ideas for sponsoring events. The group meets monthly to discuss any ideas or concerns that are bought up during SGA meetings. Dining Services also hopes to improve interaction with SGA. “We are trying to get our partnership back with them,” Dannhardt said. Despite renovations which closed down the Student Center over the summer, Dannhardt said Dining Services was able to open on time this semester. “The new ceiling, lighting and paint lightens the place up,” he added. “Work eventually needs to be done on the things that look dated.” Dannhardt encourages students to stay connected and like “Ramapo Dining” on Facebook. “This is an easier way for students find out information about events, theme nights and much more,” he said. Dining Services is trying to get as much student input as possible. Dannhardt believes that they are moving in a positive direction, offering more healthy selections and variety to students. “I would rather have 3,000 cheering fans than have 3,000 people throwing stones,” he said.

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to Ramapo in the spring. For seniors, it will be their final semester of classes. “We will transition these students seamlessly,” Burke said. “Ramapo is working hard to make sure that the students will not experience any disruption in education … [and] will make sure that there is sufficient space for this group of students. We are presently working on a space and faculty plan and are confident that we can meet all needs.” The College also must hire new faculty to accommodate the roughly 100 EHMC students who will now be back on campus, according to Burke. Given the constraints of the situation, this must happen in about two or three months, in time for next semester. “That time frame certainly seems too short to find nursing professors,” Rosenthal said. Nursing students will also have to reestablish the professional and personal bonds that they have already formed with staff at EHMC.

“We will transition students seamlessly. Ramapo is working hard to make sure that the students will not experience any disruption in education... [and] will make sure that there is sufficient space for this group of students.” -Kathleen Burke, assistant dean of nursing programs

“We have been in the same hospital with the same exact professors for two years now,” Rosenthal continued. “These professors and experiences are absolutely irreplaceable… One semester, especially the last one, is not enough time to establish a relationship with new staff.” Bright said she worries that her last semester will be difficult because of this transition. “In the year and a half we have had our classes at the hospital, we have become close with all the faculty members and even staff members in the hospital on various floors. Now, in our final year, when we should have stability to push us to succeed, we are starting anew,” she said. Overall, Sudol reports that she and her fellow nursing students are “hurt but trying to stay in good spirits.” “Englewood Hospital and Ramapo College did everything they could to save our program,” she said.

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Ramapo nursing students pose in front of the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, where juniors and seniors could opt to attend class and clinicals. Now, due to lack of funding, classes will no longer be held here.

!Attention Student Leaders!

Apply now to be considered for inclusion in the 2011-2012 edition of

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Application Deadline: Monday, October 17th 2011 at 4:00 PM Eligibility Requirements:

1. A minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 as of the date of application. 2. Junior or senior class standing (at least 64 earned hours) as of August 2011. 3. Must be an undergraduate student working on your first degree at Ramapo. 4. Active participation in the programs, services or activities of the College. 5. Demonstration of leadership experience/contributions (e.g., participation on executive boards of organizations, coordination of a conference, organization of a new club, manager or captain of a team, etc.)

Applications and instructions can be downloaded from the Student Affairs website by going to the following address: : Under important documents Please return all applications to Rachel Marko, Student Affairs Office, room C-212 by the October 17th deadline.


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Media Fails to Cover Wall St. Protesters’ Messages By MEGAN ANDERLE Editor-in-Chief

“Occupy Wall Street,” a movement of activists who have stormed and slept in Zuccotti Park in the financial district, marched to Union Square and have been protesting since Sept. 17. While these groups have been lighting up the Twittersphere, their cause hasn’t recieved in-depth coverage from the mainstream media. Many of these individuals, who are in their 20’s, have been arrested and assaulted by policemen. Armed with the message “We are the 99 percent that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1 percent,” these individuals are fighting against the greed associated with Wall Street bankers. The protests come after citizens in countries across the globe have erupted

into revolt scenes for similar reasons, like poverty, rights, unemployment and the like. Protesters are getting maced, pushed around and arrested. Police, who are arresting mostly for disorderly conduct, are unsure of how to handle small scale peaceful protests after being trained in anti-terrorism. Last week, the Forbes list of 400 wealthiest Americans was released, which included more than 50 New Yorkers whose combined worth totaled $211 billion. At the same time, census data showed that the population living in poverty rose to 20.1 percent, according to “The New York Times,” solidifying the disparity between Americans. While the coverage of the protesters’ motivations has been consistent for a number of small and large news organizations, the media has focused almost all of their attention on instances of police brutality. Obviously, police brutality warrants some coverage, but what these people are fighting for has been lost in translation. “A Burst of Pepper Spray Like a

Punch in the Face,” “80 ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protestors Arrested” and “Anonymous Outs NYPD Officer Who Pepper-Sprayed Occupy Wall Street Protesters” are among the popular headlines that come up in Google searches. Keith Olbermann pointed out that there was a lack of coverage, about the protesters. After Olbermann and other media figures made the same comment, the media started to focus on the activists’ purpose, but only slightly more. L. Gordon Crovitz of “The Wall Street Journal” wrote a column about the low number of protestors last week, and NPR noted the same. Because these major media outlets never explained the activists’ causes, and few people were made aware of their purpose, were they effective? Did the activists raise as much awareness as they had hoped? Perhaps awareness will increase the longer they are encamped in Manhattan, or if the protesters craft a more coherent message.

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Ramapo Students: Get Interested, Informed, Involved

By JAKE HYMAN Staff Writer

What happened to the America we were taught to love and admire? What happened to the country that was founded on “liberty and justice for all?” Where has the equality and freedom gone that we used to value? We live in a country today dominated by two political parties, each with starkly different beliefs. Typically, the public will associate Republicans with the conservative movement and Democrats with a liberal foundation. America, considered a democracy. is supposed to allow people to choose who they’d like to run the country. But is America truly a democracy when there are only two choices? During the 2008 presidential election, President Barack Obama’s campaign was based on the idea of “hope and change” for a country that was in desperate need of it. After what some considered a disastrous eight years under former President George W. Bush, Democrats, independents, and even some Republicans were forced to vote for Obama and install a new administration in the White House. Unfortunately, not much has changed, and the hope Obama’s campaign emphasized is dwindling. President Obama is not to blame for the lack

of progress made during his presidency. It is virtually impossible for any sort of change to be made when there are two parties playing dirty politics against each other. And since the public is so easily influenced, it is amazing how some opinions cannot be changed. It would be very hard to convince a Republican that raising taxes for the rich would help our economy. It would be equally as hard to convince a Democrat that the Bush tax cuts had a positive impact on our nation. These fundamental differences between parties will never change and the political banter will continue unless we, college students, make a change. I am encouraging all college students, especially here at Ramapo, to get more involved in the political landscape around you. I cannot count how many times I have tried to talk politics with my friends and their response was, “I don’t care about all that.” It is time we start caring. Our country and the world around us will continue to deteriorate if we stand by and let it happen. This will be our country soon; we will be the elected leaders of the future. I propose a few simple steps on how to gain political knowledge and make a difference: Stop watching biased commentary from panelists on networks such as Fox News or MSNBC. It’s not real news. You won’t gain a real understanding of the world around you, A woman protesting, with groups, at Wall Street.

rather the opinions of those with political agendas. Listen to and study the issues. If you truly learn the issues and the policies held by each political party, you will be able to cast a legitimate vote in the upcoming election. It is important to not blindly vote because “My dad is a Republican”, or “Well, that candidate is Christian and so am I.” Talk about the issues with your peers. Discuss and converse among your group of friends the issues facing our country today and where you stand on them. Finally, be open minded: What has destroyed our country is the closemindedness of people and the unwillingness to listen to new ideas. We will continue down the path of the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer, and eventually the complete non-existence of a middle class if we do not strive for change. College students, it’s time to wake up, and no not for class, but to get involved. Read the newspaper, watch the news, share ideas with friends because in the end, it is up to us to reinspire hope and create the desired change in our nation.

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Magician Puts a New Spin on Old Tricks

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Magician Tommy Wind performed at the Sharp Theater on Sunday. Wind, who is one of the youngest magicians to perform in Las Vegas, added his own twist to classic tricks, like sawing an audience member into three pieces. By DANIELLE REED A&E Editor

Tommy Wind, one of the youngest magicians to perform in Las Vegas, put on a show at Ramapo’s Sharp Theater last Sunday. Wind, who was born in Staten Island, knew he wanted to perform magic from a

very young age. “My grandfather showed me my first trick at 7 months old, and at 7 I learned how to do it,� Wind said. After mastering his first trick – making a handkerchief disappear – Wind went on to become one of the youngest magicians to break into the business.

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Oktoberfest Celebrations Come to New York

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Local Area Celebrates Tradition and Fall Festivities


Oktoberfest 2011 is currently underway in Munich, Germany. But there’s more to this fall tradition than the beer and the bratwurst; there’s also a long history behind it. In October of 1820, when Germany’s Prince Ludwig, who later became King Ludwig I, married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, all of Munich was invited to the celebration. According to Munich’s website, the citizens of the city enjoyed the events so much that the following year the horse races that marked the end of the wedding-celebration were repeated– launching the tradition that is now known worldwide as Oktoberfest. The first Oktoberfest celebrations were not as large or involved as those following the royal wedding. Yet, each year the people of Munich brought new attractions – including carousels, an agricultural show, and beer stands (which eventually turned into beer tents and halls that we know today). According to the City of Munich, today’s Oktoberfest is the largest festival in the world, and many cities in countries throughout the world follow in Munich’s footsteps by celebrating with German food and beer. Bri ng on the Beer The real Oktoberfest in Munich has been going on since Sept. 17 and barely rolls into the month of October (it ends the 3rd) but that doesn’t stop us from celebrating on this side of the Atlantic. If you’re 21 and older, there’s lots of

According to the City of Munich, today’s Oktoberfest is the largest festival in the world...

German-style drinking to be done. Celebrate the tradition by taking a trip into New York City and participating in the German-themed events.

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Throughout New York, there are several German-themed events to celebrate the tradition of Oktoberfest.

“My parents have an apartment in Manhattan, It would be fun to hit up some bars and see what they have going on for Oktoberfest,” senior Nicholas Grant said.

On Sunday, Oct. 2 Lexington Avenue will shut down from 42nd – 57th Street for the annual celebration of Oktoberfest. Over 500 authentic, ethnic foods, art, craft, antique, jewelry and merchandise exhibitors will create a midway along Lexington Avenue combined with live entertainment and dancing. Over 100 cultural, non-profit and corporate displays will be arranged. Or starting today through Oct. 9, head over to Zum Schneider Restaurant & Biergarten for some traditional Oktoberfest fun. The German bar and restaurant will be providing live Shows with Mösl Franzi and the JaJaJa’s. Traditional Oktoberfest beers will be on tap (Schneider Wies’n Edelweiss, Hofbräu original Wies’n Bier, Paulaner original Wies’n Bier, Spaten Märzen, Ayinger Märzen), as well as original Oktoberfest dishes, including Wies’n Hendl (roasted half of a free-range chicken with potato and cucumber salads) and Riesen Wies’n Brez’n (authentic Bavarian Oktoberfest pretzel). On Saturday, Oct. 22 the Das Best Oktoberfest tour will be in the city on 608 West 28th Street. Its been coined as “das best day of beer sippin’, sausage tastin’, music listenin’, lederhosen wearin’ on this side of the Atlantic.” Admission buys you a sampling glass - so you can enjoy an “allyou-care-to-taste” sampling of over 200 beers, wines and schnapps. All of your favorite craft beers and perfectly paired wines will be served to highlight the great Beer Hall theme. Admission is $65 in advance and $80 at the door. If you’re not 21, or beer and ‘wurst isn’t

your thing, you can still get into the Oktoberfest spirit and join in some local fall festivities. Fal l Fun It wouldn’t be fall without pumpkin picking and hayrides, and the farms in Bergen County offer many options.

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Pumpkin picking is just one of the fall themed events happening throughout the local area.

Several farms throughout the area, including Demarest Farm in Hillsdale, N.J., DePieros Farm in Montvale, N.J. and Secor Farms offer a pumpkin patch, pick-your-own apples, hay rides and corn mazes. As the fall season approaches, make sure to check out all the autumn-themed events that the local areas has to offer.

Magician Amazes Audience with Performance

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“Being a magician, I get a ton of questions all the time,” Wind said. “I try to answer them through my magic on stage. I love being on stage more than any place else in the world. Card manipulation and slight of hand are my favorite tricks,” he added. The show, called “Magic Off the Hook!” began with an energetic video that showed tricks Wind has performed in other shows. Wind kept the energy up throughout the night by involving audience members in many of the magic tricks. “I thought it was terrific and [Wind] had great stage presence,” Eileen Leone said. For one of his first tricks, Wind collected rings from three audience members. After collecting the rings, he placed them in a glass, stirred them around and pulled them out, each connected to the other. For several tricks, Wind brought people from the audience up on stage. “I thought, when I was young, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to do a trick with swords, a deck of cards and an audience member?’” Wind said. For this trick, Wind invited an audience member on stage and asked her to pick a card

from a deck and stand on the opposite side of the stage while he threw the cards in the air and poked a sword through her chosen card. “I didn’t really know how the trick was done because he’s a really good magician,” Joanne Balestier said. Wind performed another old trick with a new twist; he invited Liz Lopresti on stage to be cut into not two, but three pieces. “It was cool and weird,” Lopresti said. “I don’t know how it was done, how his hand [pulled the sheet] through me. The whole magic thing always amazes me,” she added. Wind continued to mesmerize the audience with his tricks. For one trick, he had audience members shout out a place they would go to vacation, how much money they would spend and which airline they would take. “I made a prediction and put it in this box,” Wind said. After pulling the paper out of the box, his prediction proved to be correct. “If I remember correctly someone wanted to go to Alaska with $20,000 on Virgin Airlines,” Wind said. After a brief intermission, Wind performed several tricks to end the show. He escaped from a straitjacket, levitated an audience

photo by Stephen Fallon

Wind performed a variety of tricks including card tricks and made the show interactive for audience members. Throughout the night, the show remained energetic with music played during the trick. member, created snow from a single piece of paper and performed another card trick with an audience member. At the end of his show, Wind thanked his

crew and the Berrie Center, and took pictures with audience members.

Josh Cramoy Entertains Students and Gets Personal

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Josh Cramoy rocked Sharp Theater on Tuesday night during his performance as part of the weekly events planned by the College Programming Board. This was his second performance at Ramapo. Cramoy opened the show with his own version of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” Cramoy proceeded to play for an hour. He did a lot of covers of pop songs that got the crowd moving and singing along, as well as a few of his own original songs. Cramoy channeled Snoop Dog, Usher, and Sublime performances. He also fooled around and played the theme song to “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” and the “” commercial theme song. The crowd was dancing and singing to almost every one of his songs. “He had a pretty small audience but he was able to get pretty personal and had a conversation with them,” said junior Nicole Mazewski. Junior Brittany Rodstrom had a good time as well. “I had a really awesome time. His music was really entertaining,” she said. “I hope Ramapo has more events like this soon,” Rodstrom added. “I have two older sisters and I had to endure a lot of 80’s pop music,” Cramoy

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explained before he played “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul, who he said was his favorite “American Idol” judge. “I liked that he incorporated some covers of songs that the audience would now along with some of his own music,” Mazewski said. Cramoy performed one of his original songs, which he wrote when he was 16 years old and dating his first love. “I’m bad at relationships. I get bored, but stick around a year too long,” Cramoy said. The song was called “Our Song.” Cramoy is a songwriter as well as a member of a band called Fighting Fridays, and he is originally from Boston. He travels and does acoustic performances alone, as well as shows with his band. “I like to make jokes and try to be funny sometimes,” Cramoy said of his solo performances. However, when he is performing with Fighting Fridays, Cramoy describes the experience as, “a big rock show.” Fighting Fridays plays in clubs in Boston often. Cramoy has opened for Gavin DeGraw, Eve 6, OAR, Enter the Haggis, and SNL’s Jim Breuer. He has been performing for about 10 years. “Stalk me on facebook,” Cramoy told the audience.

photo by Katie Didonato

Josh Cramoy performed on Tuesday night as part of the College Programming Boardʼs weekly series. Cramoy, who has opened for major artists like Snoop Dog and Usher, interacted with the crowd and played covers as well as original works.

‘Moneyball’ Hits Home Run in Theaters

By JEREMY KELLY Staff Writer

“He can’t throw. He’s too old. He parties too much.” General Manager Billy Beane’s constant response: “He gets on base.” Columbia Pictures released “Moneyball” into theaters last weekend. The movie is based on the book “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” by Michael Lewis, which is based on the Oakland Athletics’ 2002 Major League Baseball season. It shows how a team with next-to-nothing signed and traded for a series of undervalued players to win an American League-record 20 consecutive games en route to an AL Western Division title. Beane (Brad Pitt) is Oakland’s general manager who’s coming off a tough playoff exit to the New York Yankees in 2001. He knows the team won’t be as good next year; they’re losing Johnny Damon, Jason Giambi and Jason Isringhausen, and they currently have one of

“Moneyball” is to the MLB what “The Social Network” is to Facebook. The script is fast, intuitive and sometimes humorous...

the lowest payrolls in the league. On a trip to Cleveland, Beane meets Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), a Yale graduate who introduces him to a new concept of scouting players based on on-base percentage rather than

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“Moneyball” is based on Michael Lewisʼ novel “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.”

specific fielding or batting abilities. Beane hires Brand as his assistant, and team scouts are stupefied when he announces he wants to sign Scott Hatteberg, Jeremy Giambi and David Justice. The team can easily afford them because the rest of the league isn’t interested. Of course, Beane will make more dubious transactions as the season goes on. Constantly in Beane’s way is team manager Art Howe (Phillip Seymour Hoffman). Howe is in the last year of his contract, and he’s determined to play his team by the book. The team struggles as the season begins, but as the new players are given their opportunities,

they start to win. Some of this movie seems like traditional sports movie standards, but the script and the acting give it plenty of weight. Pitt plays Beane as a loose cannon of sorts, prone to flipping over tables and stubborn about using a new technique. Beane himself was a talented major league player who turned down Stanford University and signed with the New York Mets; his career flamed out after six unproductive seasons. Although most of the rest of the cast is only minimally important to the story, Hill gives one of his best performances as Brand, based on former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta. He’s believably overwhelmed by what he’s just been thrust into, but he sticks to his guns and trusts Beane’s decisions. “Moneyball” is to the MLB what “The Social Network” is to Facebook. The script is fast, intuitive and sometimes humorous, and the world it helps create is realistically cutthroat. Coincidentally, both movies feature the same screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, who’s paired with fellow Academy Award-winner Steven Zaillian. Despite grossing $19.5 million in its opening weekend, “Moneyball” finished second at the box office behind “The Lion King 3D.” However, you don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this movie. It’s smart and compelling enough for anyone, whether or not you know in advance if Beane’s technique worked for the Athletics.

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Running 101: How to Cross a 5K Finish Line


I have a love-hate relationship with running: I love the thought of it, but I hate actually doing it. To me, everything about running is appealing – it’s a great form of cardio exercise, it tones your whole body and builds your endurance. But every time I start, I can’t wait to stop. I’m not out of shape or un-athletic – I go to the gym regularly and enjoy taking exercise classes. To me, running is more than physical ability; it’s also about mental strength.

“Running is a very mental sport. You really need to focus and want to run in order to run well. ” -Jessica Bunone, women’s cross country captain

Last month, I grew tired of giving up every time I started to run and decided to set a goal to work towards: I signed up for a 5k. A 5K race is 3.1 miles – not a marathon, but not a simple feat for a running novice like me. Once I registered, I knew I had to start training if I wanted to finish that race. In retrospect, I probably should have given myself more than a month. This was my

first mistake. My second mistake was training on a treadmill, rather than outside. Running outdoors is like running on a different planet. The treadmill is smooth and keeps you at a steady pace. Outside, you’re on your own, unless you have a friend to stick by your side. That’s one thing I did right: my friend Megan would be running with me on race day. As far as training went, I kept a semi-consistent schedule and ran 3.1 miles on a treadmill three or four times a week. I didn’t challenge myself or mix up my workouts – my only goal was to finish under 30 minutes without walking. According to junior Jessica Bunone, captain of the women’s cross country team, some of the women on the team can run a 5K in under 20 minutes. My goal seemed achievable in comparison. The Haworth 5K is a local race in Bergen County, and the runners were mostly from the town. Over 580 people were competing that day. Megan and I took spots near the front. Running in such a large crowd is unique experience: many people will pass you, but you will pass many people too. There was a clock at each mile to let the runners know their pace. Megan and I finished our first mile in 7 minutes and 42 seconds, a personal best. We slowed down by the second mile, and I was ready to stop before we even finished our third mile. By that point, I didn’t even care about my time – I was

Magenta’s Meals


Nothing is better than homemade pancakes. But there just isn’t enough time to make them from scratch. So with a little help from Aunt Jemima, some cinnamon and a granny smith apple or two, you can make almost-homemade apple pancakes. Ingredi ents: Pancake Mix Egg (1) Milk Oil Granny Smith Apple (1-2) Cinnamon Before you begin making your batter, wash and slice – or dice - your apples, peeling the skin off if you choose. Set aside to mix in later. To make about 10-12 pancakes use 1 cup of the mix, ¾ of a cup of milk, 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of oil. Add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon to the mix. Combine all of those ingredients into a large mixing bowl, stir until the batter is smooth. You’re now ready to cook. Prepare the pan with cooking oil and a medium flame. It’s time to mix in apples. One way is to place a slice on the pan and pour the batter over the apple. Then place another slice on top of the cooking pancake.

photo courtesy of Diana Stanczak

Senior Megan McHugh and junior Diana Stanczak after competing in the Haworth 5K race on Sept. 24, where the running newbies reached their goal of finishing in under 30 minutes.

struggling to just keep running. When the finish line was in sight, everyone around me started speeding up, but I had trouble finding the energy to. “I don’t want to sprint!” I whined, out of breath. “Yes you do,” Megan told me. She was right. My official time was 27:00.7, and I was the 158th person to cross the finish line. To my surprise, both Megan

and I placed within our age groups and received trophies, but the greatest reward was overcoming my aversion to running. Bunone sums it up perfectly: “Running is a very mental sport. You really need to focus and want to run in order to run well. There is really no better feeling than finishing a race.”

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Apple cinnamon pancakes are easy to make and are a great way to ring in the fall.

Another option is to cut up two whole apples into small pieces and mix them into the batter. Cook the pancakes on one side until the bottom starts to brown around the edge or the pancake itself starts to bubble. Flipping pancakes only once helps to keep them fluffy. Once the pancakes are plated, sprinkle them all with a little cinnamon. No matter how you choose to cook these pancakes you will have a delicious fall friendly meal that can be topped with syrup, butter or even whipped cream.

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Bass Fishing Reels in $50,000 for Club, School 9. 29 . 11

Voss, Zapf Win Regional Championship at Penn State

By ANDREW GOULD Sports Editor

The Ramapo Bass Fishing Club won first place in a competition in Pennsylvania on Sept. 3, earning $50,000 in prize money. Jeff Voss, junior, and Joseph Zapf, sophomore, finished first in the National Guard Forrest L. Wood College Fishing Northern Division Regional Championship hosted by Penn State University. The team caught a total of 14 bass weighing 27 pounds and 2 ounces. The win secured $12,500 in winnings for the college, $12,500 for the club and a $25,000 boat to be decorated in Ramapo colors. Bob Rieder, founder and president of the club, and Charles Danza finished fourth, catching 11 bass that weighed a total of 16 pounds and 1 ounce. Danza and Rieder’s finish won $5,000 to be divided between the school and club. The tournament will be televised Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. on Versus. Voss hopes to see the money spent in any way that will “better Ramapo’s fishing team” and “keep the club going.” Rieder aspires to set up scholarship funds for club members. Prior to the tournament, Voss carefully scouted the area for locations where he and Zapf could do the most damage. “The key was a spot that I found near the center of the lake, which was an old road that ran under the water,” Voss said. “A place like that is

perfect for holding fish because it has deep water on both sides, and it came up to about 11 feet on top. That was my primary spot and where we spent most of the tournament.” After forming less than two years ago, the Bass Fishing Club has quickly ascended from a club that struggled to meet the minimum amount of members to a top competitor in FLW. Despite having to spend their own money on gear during the beginning stages of the club, the dedicated anglers continued to compete until the results garnered attention. Rieder noticed that the school’s success in the championship against a field of larger schools such as North Carolina State and Virgina Tech raised some eyebrows on campus. “There’s been a lot of support,” Rieder said. It’s been a pleasant surprise to see certain faculty and professors say ‘hey, congratulations.’”

“Representing your school is awesome, and winning while doing so is just amazing.” - Jeff Voss, junior

Fishing is far more than a hobby for club members. Voss has competed in tournaments, including a state championship he won in 2008, since he was 12. Rieder admitted that he and his peers probably spend an inordinate amount of time fishing, which has become

“addicting” for him. “I’ll just sit in class and think about fishing,” Rieder said. “It gets me through the day.” Only one and a half years since its formation,

“We should be able to grow, without a doubt. I only see good things for the future.” - Bob Rieder, club founder, president

the Bass Fishing Club hasn’t hit its peak yet. Rieder is optimistic about some of their new anglers that have him thinking that the club will continue to succeed and gain popularity. “We should be able to grow, without a doubt in my mind,” Rieder said. “I only see good things for the future.” Voss shares Rieder’s positive outlook regarding the club’s potential to become a mainstay at Ramapo College. “From what I understand, we have people interested in coming to fish for us, and I hope that will be enough for this team to keep going strong and win more championships,” Voss said. “Representing your school is awesome, and winning while doing so is just amazing.”

Ferrari Leads Squad, Earns Athlete of the Week By MELIS S A FALCONE Staff Writer

Ranking third in the New Jersey Athletic Conference with 3.33 kills per set, senior outside hitter Michelle Ferrari scored Athlete of the Week. Ferrari has averaged 4.40 kills and 4.80 digs per set over the span of three victories. In the 30 win over Lehman College, Ferrari scored a double-double with 16 kills and 18 digs. The next game, Ferrari hit .444 with another double-double of 10 kills and 12 digs, winning 3-0 to John Jay College. Finally, Ferrari hit her third double-double with 18 kills and 18 digs in the 3-1 victory over St. Joseph’s College of Patchogue, NY.

“Although Michelle’s athletic ability really shines on the court, it’s what she does off the court that makes her such an awesome captain and a pleasure to play with.” - Julia Tuzio, outside hitter

From Marlton, NJ, Ferrari has been playing volleyball since the fifth grade and will miss the sport once her last season is over this fall.

“There isn’t any added pressure,” Ferrari said. “There is more excitement than pressure. Also, it is sad to think this is my last year playing.” When Ferrari graduates, she plans to become a personal trainer and nutrionist. However, if her aspirations do not work out, she sees herself trying to play professional volleyball overseas. Ferrari takes on much responsibility as a senior captain for the Roadrunners and has grown on the team at Ramapo to show her true leadership. Outside hitter Julia Tuzio, junior, values Ferrari’s leadership abilities. “Although Michelle’s athletic ability really shines on the court, it’s what she does off the court that makes her such an awesome captain and a pleasure to play with,” Tuzio said. “She is very motivational and pushes us all to give 100 percent all the time.” Ferrari has only improved her statistics at Ramapo since her freshman year. Her ability to increase her kills and bring home victories is what has earned her the title of captain. During Ferrari’s junior season, she played in 31 matches and led the team with 416 kills, 4.04 per game. Ferrari also recorded being second to receive 281 digs and handled 14 blocks. To top off her phenomenal season, Ferrari also won NJAC Player of the Year. Ferrari has learned a great amount on Ramapo’s volleyball team from the coaching staff and the other athletes’ hard work, dedica-

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Michelle Ferrari leads the Roadrunners with 141 kills this season.

tion and talent. “We all come from different backgrounds, different coaching styles, so it is cool to see it all come together on the court,” Ferrari said. As captain, Ferrari continues to strive to bring the team, which currently has a 7-4 record, to another NJAC championship with her athleticism and commitment. “Michelle has always been a very talented, consistent player,” Tuzio said. “Being the go to hitter on this team, it is imperative that she plays her best and has a positive attitude on the court. This season she has done just that and continues to be the rock of this team.”



Women’s Tennis vs. Kean University at 3:30 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball at Montclair State University at 7 p.m.


Men’s and Women’s Cross Country - Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh Women’s Tennis vs. FDU--Florham at 4 p.m.

Men’s Tennis - ITA Regionals hosted by Skidmore College


Women’s Volleyball vs. Centenary College (NJ) at 11 a.m., vs. Mount St. Vincent at 1:30 p.m., vs. SUNY Plattsburgh at 3 p.m. Women’s Tennis at Rutgers--Camden at noon

Field Hockey vs. Keystone College at noon

Men’s Soccer at Kean University at 1 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Kean University at 3 p.m.

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Roadrunners Earn First NJAC Win of Season Against Rutgers-Newark


photo by Stephen Fallon

Susan Hayes scored three goals in Ramapoʼs 7-1 victory Saturday.

The women’s soccer team defeated Rutgers— Newark 7-1 on Saturday to capture their first conference win of the season. Because of heavy rainfall during the week, the match took place on the turf field instead of their usual grass field. The team seemingly had no problem adjusting to the change in surface. Coach Matt Higgins, who is in his first season with the Roadrunners, had nothing but good things to say about his team after the game. “The girls really deserve it,” Higgins said. “A lot of hard work went into the win.” Junior Susan Hayes posted three goals in the match while also adding two assists. Hayes scored her first goal of the game off a pass from fellow junior Rebecca Maccia 19 minutes and 25 seconds into the first half. Just 33 seconds later, Samantha Belfer, also a junior, sent the ball to Hayes and she put in her second goal of the game. Despite allowing a goal late in the first half, the Roadrunners kept fighting. With about 30 seconds left in the first half, Belfer scored to put Ramapo up by two goals to end the half. There was no letting up for Ramapo in the second half of play, with goals from senior Erica Kunzig and sophomores Melanie Bertoli and Rachel Viscusi. With just under seven minutes left of play, Hayes scored her

third goal of the game and insured the victory for Ramapo. “(Hayes) did great today,” Higgins said. “She won every header. I’m very proud of her.” Overall, the team and coaches were proud of their performance. “We did amazing,” Hayes said. “Our plan was to pass and move the ball, and we did a good job.” Hayes, formerly a defensive player, was recently moved to the attack position a couple games ago.

“We did amazing. Our plan was to pass and move the ball, and we did a good job.” - Susan Hayes, defender

“It’s new, but I’m slowly getting used to it. I like being in the play,” Hayes said. “It’s kind of a whole different mentality than D.” Higgins hopes that this game will serve as a stepping-stone for the team so the conference will see Ramapo as a future threat. Their next home match will take place on Saturday against New Jersey Athletic Conference rival Kean University.

photo by Stephen Fallon

Rebecca Maccia fights off a Rutgers-Newark defender.

Question of the Week: Who Will Win the World Series? Yankees Poised for 28th World Series Win

By NICK BOWER Staff Writer

What do you get when you have two American League MVP candidates, the best closer in the history of baseball, and a Cy Young candidate? A 28th World Series title. The Yankees bring MLB’s best lineup into the postseason, and as usual, their offense can carry the team. Curtis Granderson, one of the team’s MVP candidates, is coming off a season hitting a career-high 41 home runs and 135 runs scored. Robinson Cano, another MVP candidate, has a smooth glove in the field and has developed into one of the league’s best hitters, and he just started playing his best over the last month. Always a threat in the postseason, Derek Jeter is batting .332, and .400 against lefties, since coming off of the disabled list on July 4. Rookie Jesus Montero has been impressive since being called up and should spend some time as a designated hitter during the postseason to add to the surplus of power in the Yankees lineup. Russell Martin and Nick Swisher add depth to the lineup as well as Brett Gardner, who has been stealing bases at will this season with 48. Veterans Jorge Posada and Andruw Jones will be key contributors coming off the bench. And the Yankees also have Mark Teixeira and their clean-up hitter, Alex Rodriguez. It is still unclear what Joe Girardi will do regarding his pitching rotation for the postseason. He rolled with three starters in 2009 when the Yankees won the World

Series, so that could be a possibility. It is clear that CC Sabathia will be counted on to anchor the rotation and may be asked to take the ball on three days rest in certain situations. His 19 wins and 230 strikeouts are proof he can do it. In fact, Sabathia had a better record pitching on short rest than he did this season pitching on five days rest when Girardi used a six-man rotation. Besides Sabathia, the Yankees can trot out Ivan Nova, who has been one of the best pitchers in baseball since the All-Star break. During the regular season, Nova went unbeaten in 15 straight starts and won 12 straight decisions, and the Yankees were 19-7 when Nova started. If I had to guess who would be the third starter, it would be Freddy Garcia. He won 12 games and had a 3.62 ERA. Those aren’t amazing stats, but the Yankees know he will keep them in the game and give their offense a chance to out-hit their opponents. As usual, the Yankees can end the game in the ninth inning with Mariano Rivera. To bridge the gap to Rivera, the Yankees have All-Star David Robertson, who has been very impressive this year, and Rafael Soriano. Luis Ayala, Boone Logan, Corey Wade and possibly Phil Hughes will provide bullpen depth. So, come late October, expect the New York Yankees to bring home their record 28th World Series.

Braun, Fielder Will Carry Brewers to Title

By ANDREW GOULD Sports Editor

If sports movies have taught us anything, the Milwaukee Brewers will emerge victorious as 2011 World Series champions. Like most teams in popular baseball films, they’re a newly assembled and unorthodox group fighting against odds to win a title. They don’t have the financial assets to sign big names like the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies do, and star first baseman Prince Fielder is likely on his way out of Milwaukee when he becomes a free agent this season. After a slow start (also a staple in sports movies), they fought back to handily take the NL Central from the St. Louis Cardinals. Not much clicked in the beginning, but their starting pitching has emerged and Nyjer Morgan has transformed from violent head case to an odd, yet loveable nut job. Their offense is better than any of the other competing teams in the National League. Ryan Braun has made a strong MVP case, hitting .332 with 33 home runs, 111 RBIs and 32 stolen bases. If he doesn’t win the award, it may be a result of losing votes to Fielder, who has crushed 38 homers with a .414 on-base percentage. Rickie Weeks, Corey Hart and Casey McGehee also display power in an offense that ranks second in the NL in home runs. The pitching staff is better than most people give them credit for. Zach Greinke, plagued by bad luck early in the season, is showing signs of dominance that helped him

earn a Cy Young Award in 2009. Greinke is 8-3 with a 2.56 ERA and 1.17 WHIP since the All-Star break, and his 10.7 strikeouts per-nine-innings ratio is the highest in the MLB. After taunting fans with signs of greatness for years, 25-year-old Yovani Gallardo emerged as a legit ace by finally showing improved control later in the season, walking only 15 batters in his last 90 innings. Although prone to a few disastrous starts, Shaun Marcum’s 3.54 ERA and 1.16 WHIP makes him a better third starter than what most teams (with exception to the Philadelphia Phillies) have in their arsenal. Throw in veteran Randy Wolf and a strong bullpen led by Francisco Rodriguez and closer John Axford, the Brewers have not only a strong pitching staff, but the most complete team in the MLB. If anybody can stop Milwaukee, it’s the Phillies, loaded with three of baseball’s best pitchers, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. They can pitch, but their star hitters are all showing signs of deterioration. Then again, the protagonist of the most recent baseball movie, Billy Beane, stated in the book version of “Moneyball” that there is no way to assemble a team that is certain to win in a best-of-five or best-of-seven series. Essentially, the playoffs are a crapshoot. The Brewers, on paper, look poised to bring another title to Wisconsin, but anything can happen in the postseason.

Bills, Lions Stay Undefeated Fantasy Football: Start/Sit

Page 15 The Ramapo News By RYAN BUCHANAN Staff Writer

Thursday, September 29, 2011

This week in the NFL, the New York Giants avenged a heartbreaking loss last year to the Philadelphia Eagles, the New York Jets let one slip away to the Oakland Raiders and the Buffalo Bills emerged as New York’s only undefeated football team by defeating Tom Brady’s New England Patriots. The Giants’ 29-16 defeat over the Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday broke a streak of losing six games in a row to their NFC East rival. The bright spot of Week 3 for the Giants was Victor Cruz, an undrafted wide receiver who graduated from Paterson Catholic High School and went to college at UMass. Cruz capitalized on his opportunity to start, grabbing two huge touchdown catches while being covered by Pro-Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. The Jets played their sloppiest game of the season in Oakland on Sunday, resulting in their first loss by a score of 34-24. Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden could not be stopped by the Jets defense. McFadden ran for 171 yards and scored two of Oakland’s four touchdowns against a defense that Jets coach Rex Ryan claims is best in the league. Mark Sanchez threw for his career-high 367 yards but finished the game with a broken nose and a loss. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie fumbled a kickoff return, committed four penalties, got beat on pass coverage and bruised his ribs and lungs. The Buffalo Bills came out victorious by a score of 34-31 on a last-second field goal. Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 367 yards and Tom Brady threw a career-high

four interceptions. San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis’ 114 yards garnered enough offense to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals, 13-8. Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy finished an 80-yard drive with a touchdown to wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi to defeat the Miami Dolphins, 17-16. The Tennessee Titans pulled out the win against the Denver Broncos, 17-14, despite losing their star wide receiver, Kenny Britt, for the season to a torn ACL. Carolina quarterback Cam Newton struggled against the Jaguars to follow his recent superb performances, but attained a 16-10 victory by completing a fourth quarter touchdown drive. The Detroit Lions overcame a first half 20-0 scoreboard against the Minnesota Vikings to win 26-23 in overtime, and become 3-0 for the first time since 1980. Baltimore destroyed St. Louis 38-7. New Orleans defeated Houston 40-33 on a late Mark Ingram touchdown. San Diego secured a 20-17 victory against the winless Chiefs. The Packers remained undefeated by defeating the Bears, 27-17. Seattle defeated Arizona 13-10. The Bucs snapped a five-game losing streak to Atlanta, winning 16-13. Pittsburgh defeated the Colts 23-20 on a game-winning 38-yard field goal in the Sunday night game. On Monday night, the Cowboys defeated the Redskins on the foot of Dan Bailey, who successfully kicked six field goals for the 18-16 victory.


Andrew Gould Last Week (5-1)


Be Cautious with Roughed-Up Romo

By JEREMY KELLY Staff Writer

QB Phi l l i p Ri v ers : Rivers’ main strength thus far this year has been his 979 passing yards, but against the Dolphins, who have allowed eight passing touchdowns, look for him to get in the endzone.

RB Adri an Peterson: Coach Leslie Frazier acknowledged that Peterson hasn’t been getting enough second half carries. Look for that to change against the Chiefs, who have the league’s fifth worst run defense.

WR Wes Wel ker: The Raiders defensive backs have been roasted in the last two weeks, so look for Tom Brady to throw to Welker often. He currently leads the league in receptions and receiving yards. WR Vi ncent Jackson: With Antonio Gates still ailing, Jackson will probably get the majority of the throws from Rivers against Miami’s lackluster pass defense. He should be able to beat safety Chris Clemons, who’s still bothered by a hamstring injury.



Jeremy Kelly

Last Week (5-1)



QB Tony Romo: Don’t be so quick to play Romo because of his heroics on Monday night. With Miles Austin out, he has receivers that are young and inexperienced. The Lions are fourth in the league in pass defense and have only allowed two passing touchdowns.

RB Jahvi d Best: The Cowboys have defended the run steadily so far this season. Although Best can be a receiving back as well as a running back, the Cowboys have the personnel to stop Detroit’s screen passes. WR Brandon Ll oyd: The Packers currently have the league’s second-worst pass defense, but the Broncos’ quarterback situation is still questionable and they’ve been getting more output from second-year receiver Eric Decker.

WR Devery Henderson: Henderson has been the Saints deep threat this year with Darren Sproles, Robert Meachem and Jimmy Graham getting most targets, but Jacksonville has the third-best pass defense and they don’t give up too many big plays.


Ryan Buchanan Last Week (4-2)

Nick Bower

Last Week (4-2)

Ian Mauro

Last Week (5-1)

Diana Stanczak

Last Week (4-2)

SPORTS 10 . 7 . 10

9 . 29 10. .11 7 . 10


photo by Lindsey Jachens


Women’s soccer dominates in 7-1 win over Rutgers-Newark.

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