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Vol. LXXXIV, Issue 9

Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus

Dec. 3, 2009

Members of Ft. Drum's Charlie Company 187 from left, Spc. Adam Candee, Spc. Kenny Hoggatt, Sgt. Matt Lukasik and Private Sam Michalik react as they watch President Obama announce that an additional 30,000 troops will be deployed to Afghanistan by next year, while gathered at The Hoover Inn in Evans Mills, N.Y., Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009. "I'm just relieved to know when we're going," said Spc. Candee, 29. "It's nice I have a final answer, and know for sure." (Photo Credit:AP Photo / Heather Ainsworth)

Troops, Families Mixed Over Obama’s Afghan Surge By Kevin Maurer and Russ Bynum

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Battle-weary troops and their families braced for a wrenching round of new deployments to Afghanistan, but many said they support the surge announced Tuesday as long as it helps to end the 8year-old conflict. As President Barack Obama outlined his plan to send 30,000 extra troops to Afghanistan — while pledging to start bringing them home in 2011 — soldiers, Marines and their families interviewed by The Associated Press felt a tangle of fresh concerns and renewed hopes. Some took in the televised announcement as they played darts in a barroom near their base, while others watched from their living rooms. "All I ask that man to do, if he is going to send them over there, is not send them over in vain," said 57-yearold Bill Thomas of Jacksonville, N.C., who watched

Obama's televised speech in his living room, where photos of his three sons in uniform hang over the TV. One of his sons, 23-year-old Cpl. Michael Thomas, is a Marine based at neighboring Camp Lejeune. He'll deploy next year to Afghanistan. An ex-Marine himself, Thomas said he supports Obama's surge strategy. But he shook his head when the president announced a 2011 transition date to begin pulling out troops. "If I were the enemy, I would hang back until 2011," Thomas said. "We have to make sure that we are going go stay until the job is done. It ain't going to be as easy as he thinks it is." Military officials say the Army brigades most likely to be sent as part of the surge will come from Fort Drum in New York and Fort Campbell in Kentucky. Marines, who will be the vanguard, will most likely come primarily from Camp Lejeune. As the wife of a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune,

where some of the first surge units could deploy by Christmas, Jamie Copeland says she wished the war "would be over and done with." Copeland's husband, Sgt. Doug Copeland, is already scheduled to return to Afghanistan later this fall. She hates to see him go — he just returned from his last sevenmonth tour in August — and miss more time with their 1year-old son. But she also concedes that American forces need more help fighting Taliban insurgents. "We need to be in Afghanistan," said Copeland, 24. "Our Marines are getting slaughtered out there. I would say we need more out there. Iraq is done." At the John Hoover Inn, a bar in Evans Mills, N.Y., near Fort Drum, a dozen soldiers watched the speech on a large-screen TV, drinking beer out of red cups. When Obama announced the troop increase, only one cheered, and the rest remained silent. They continued to play darts while the president was speaking.



Atlantic Yards Clears Another Hurdle Courts Side With Ratner on Eminent Domain


By Christina Long Staff Writer

The embattled Atlantic Yards project is finally on a

Over the last two weeks the project has overcome three hurdles that jeopardized its future. On Nov. 24, the New York State Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, ruled that the state can use eminent domain to seize the properties of the last hold outs. On Dec. 1, the courts again ruled in favor of the project by tossing out an appeal of its earlier decision. That same day, investment analysts gave the project’s bonds an investment grade rating, which essentially guarantees that the project will be able to find some if not all of the investors needed to finish financing the project. This week’s ruling, coupled with last week’s decision upholds the city’s claim that the neighborhoods and properties that are in the project’s footprint are blighted, and underdeveloped. Under the New York State constitution, the state is allowed to seize land for public projects only when the area in question is considered blighted, or a blot on the landscape of the surrounding area. The major complaints of the project’s detractors are two-fold; one is that they feel their homes and businesses are not run down, and secondly, that the project would benefit the private sector, not the public sector. The courts disagreed however and ruled 6-1 that the project met all of the requirements for eminent domain. Even with the multiple losses, the property owners have still vowed to continue the fight. The lead community organization fighting the project, Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, held a press conference on Nov. 24 to blast the courts decision. During the conference, Daniel Goldstein, a property owner and lead spokesperson for the group said that “the fight against the abusive, corrupt Atlantic Yards development proposal is far from over.” Goldstein also called on the New York State elected officials to help them in their fight, “we are calling on Governor Paterson to put a stop to the taking of properties... And it's up to Governor Paterson if he wants this part of Brooklyn to be the next New London.”

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Pictured: Digital mockup of the Atlantic Yards development project. (Photo Credit:

New London, Conn. has become the rallying call for opponents. Pfizer, the pharmaceutical giant, along with the New London government, used eminent domain to oust homeowners so that the corporation could build a new manufacturing plant. The project, which was supposed to revitalize New London’s economy, recently fell apart, leading Pfizer to announce that it was abandoning the project and would be taking hundreds of jobs with it. Now New London is left with 90 acres of undeveloped land, and a town that has lost many of its residents due to the use of eminent domain. Goldstein and other opponents don’t believe that Forest City Ratner can come up with enough funding or investors to meet all of the developments deadlines. They feel that once the property owners are kicked out, the project will languish and people will have lost their homes and businesses for nothing.


Their concerns are not completely without merit. While these wins signal progress for the project, it still faces one more giant hurdle before its future is assured. In order to keep the almost $700 million in government subsidized tax-free bonds, Forest City Ratner must find investors to purchase said bonds. Being that the project has been delayed so often, the deadline for sale of the bonds is rapidly approaching. Forest City Ratner has until Dec. 31 to find investors or it will lose the main source of funding for the project. The project is also being funded by a $131 million subsidy from the Bloomberg administration and $293.4 million of Forest City Ratner’s own funds. With the investment grade rating from analysts this week, the developer is encouraged, but in this shaky economy and the collapse of the real estate market, these wins could very well be too little too late.

Dec. 3, 2009

CAMPUS NEWS LIU Remembers Dr. Spector with Heartfelt Memorial at Kumble By Don Julien Staff Writer

The late Dr. Robert Donald Spector will always be remembered as a moving force at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus. His friends and colleagues, in a touching memorial, celebrated the life of the beloved scholar, teacher, poet, sailor and boxer, who contributed enormously to the university for more than half a century, on Nov. 18. Held at the Kumble Theatre, the room went quiet as Provost Gale Stevens Haynes was the first to speak of her colleague. She spoke warmly of Dr. Spector’s stint as a boxer and explained his answer whenever someone asked him why he quit the sport, which was, “I got tired of stopping punches with my face.” And with that, the room erupted into laughter, setting the tone for the rest of the evening. There was no shortage of accolades. Dr. Spector was the first recipient of LIU’s Board of Trustees Award and the Chairman of the George Polk Awards Committee. When colleagues went up to the podium, they spoke very highly of the professor. “Unlike most academic scholars, Rob didn’t limit himself to one area of expertise,” said Dr. Joan Templeton, Professor Emerita of English and a member of LIU’s English Dept. faculty. “Rob was a man who could pierce you with wit and poke you with awards,” Prof. Joseph Dorinson said, teary eyed. “ He is now a part of us as we remember him.” Dr. Spector was known for his poetry and many of those who spoke brought and read at least one of his poems. One of the most moving instances was when two LIU students convincingly read from Dr. Spector’s "Poems From Downtown Brooklyn.” After the room went dark, spotlights

Dec. 3, 2009

In My Opinion...

What do you think of Obama’s plan to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan?

were directed at students Mark Hackett and Jameel Hanif. Both continued to read from Dr. Spector’s “Love Poems,” said to have been inspired by his wife. The poetry reading lead directly into the program’s musical interlude. The performances were a testament to the effort and preparation that went into Dr. Spector’s memorial. As the lights dimmed for the second time, a spotlight drew above Gloria Cooper who sat comfortably behind a grand piano. John Sannuto comically engaged in banter with Cooper before singing romantically to the audience. “Love Is” and “Time Has a Way” were lovingly sung as Eleanor, Dr. Spector’s wife, listened intently. Dr. Spector's Memorial would not have been complete Athena Moustakas, S ophmore, Pharmacy without the creatively assembled Memories Montage. All “I feel that sending more troops to Afghanistan would eyes gazed upward as the stage’s enormous screen came greatly benefit the United States in that it would hopefully alive with nostalgic images of Spector. Old photographs lead to a speedy closing of the war. Promoting peace in depicted the life of the adored professor from his youth until the world is the number one priority of the United States his old age. Many of the pictures showed him all smiles and as a whole in the global community.” clearly having a good time wherever he was. Whether smoking his pipe or lovingly engaged with his children, the montage noticeably moved some members of the audience to tears. The evening’s most poignant moment occurred when the Spector family was invited to speak on stage. Eric Spector, spoke openly and honestly of the relationship he shared with his father. “I remember my father’s love of literature even from an early age," he said. “I recall my dad introducing me to theatre and taking me to see Shakespearean plays.” Following her son, Eleanor Spector was the last to take the podium. She smiled, occasionally laughing with the Jaboor Hekmaty, Junior, Pharmacy audience. Towards the end, she broke down as she said, “We were married for 63 years, and even that was not enough.” “I think it’s pointless. If you want to build a coun-

try, you must build a foundation. Start with the education system. What good is a free country if there isn’t anyone to guide the country?”

Christina Giotitsas, Sophomore, Speech Pathology “I do not think that more troops should be sent to Afghanistan because nothing seems to have been settled all these years. It is pointless and a shame that so many innocent lives have been lost due to the war. I don’t think that any more should be lost.”


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President’s Afghanistan Surge, Withdrawl Plans CreateVaried Reactions Among Troops

President Barack Obama speaks about his Afghanistan policy before cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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"I'm just relieved to know where we're going," said Spc. Adam Candee, 29, of Chicago. Theresa McCleod said she worries what Obama's plans might mean for her husband, a soldier in the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum. She said he's already done a long combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, leaving her to care for their three children. "First he was supposed to be pulling everyone out, and now all the sudden he's throwing everybody back into Afghanistan and it's like nobody can really make up their minds," McCleod said of Obama. Obama's plan calls for deploying 30,000 troops to Afghanistan in the next six months, boosting total U.S. forces there to about 100,000. The first waves of Marines are expected to arrive by Christmas, with the rest coming by summer. The president also began outlining an endgame to the war, saying troops would begin pulling out of Afghanistan in July 2011 — though he did not say when a withdrawal could be completed. Army 1st Lt. Emily Stahl, who is preparing to deploy from Fort Campbell next spring, said she's not going to focus on the timetable. "We have to get the job done," Stahl, 24, said after watching the speech from her home outside the Army post, where she serves in the 101st Airborne Division. "If we do what we're supposed to do, the end of the war will come when it comes." At home with her two young children in rural Byron, Ga., Traci Watson hopes the surge does work — and brings a swift end to the war. Her husband, Army Staff Sgt. Dwayne Watson, is midway through a yearlong tour in Afghanistan with the Georgia National Guard's 48th Infantry Brigade, which has 2,400 troops helping to train Afghan security forces. While she's a little concerned the surge could delay her husband coming home around March, she also hopes it means he won't have to deploy again. "There's always the worry that his orders might be extended and he might have to help transition between the ones they have coming and the ones that are leaving," Watson said. "But if staying an extra 30 or 60 days meant he wouldn't have to be gone from our family a year later, absolutely."

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CAMPUS NEWS The Search for Civility and Etiquette on Campus

By Justin Giglio Staff Writer

Gale Stevens Haynes, Provost at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University smiles widely and glowingly as she discusses the student body. “When I look at our students when they graduate and I can remember who they were when they came here, I’m always bursting with a sense of pride because they’re just flowers in bloom,” she said. Haynes also grimaces, though, when asked about etiquette on campus, “The more I walk around campus, the more it’s clear to me that there is often a disconnect between what is perhaps appropriate in our neighborhood and what is appropriate in our university,’’ she said. Mark Hackett, president of the Student Government Association [SGA] takes an even stronger position about etiquette and manners on campus. “A lot of times, people do not hold the doors. In the cafeteria you see people saying, let me get this, let me get that, rather than. `Can I please have a hamburger?’ and `Thank you,’ and `I appreciate it.’” No matter whom you talk to, whether it is students or faculty members, most will agree that, on the whole, the Brooklyn campus creates a friendly and diverse environment. “I think there is a high level of civility on this campus,” said Dr. Ralph Engelman, Chairman of the Journalism Department. However, most would probably also agree that everyone on campus could use a refresher course in manners and courtesy. Stephen Lockett, Freshman Council President of the SGA says, “I don’t know what’s going on in this part of the world, but I definitely feel that manners are not being taught.” The challenge here for the university administration and the student body appears to be changing the ways in


which faculty members and students interact with each other. Complaints about campus manners are broad and differ depending on who you talk to. Benson Weekes, a journalism student says his biggest pet peeve is when, “you hold the door open for someone and they don’t even say thank you.” For Haynes, her biggest gripe is the foul language that is used so freely on campus. “If I had a magic wand, I would take all of the vulgarity out of everyone,” she said. One problem is that many students come to school with certain behavioral issues that have been tolerated throughout their lives. According to Dr. Nicholas Papouchis, clinical psychologist and a professor on campus, the factors that determine manners, “depend on what school has been like, what kind of culture you grow up in, and how people on television are portrayed.” The root problem on the Brooklyn campus is, “we don’t think we live in a community” he said. Promoting a sense of community in a campus as diverse as this one is difficult. “The experience here shouldn’t be one where you pull in and sort of retreat, but one where you build relationships with people that don’t necessarily look like you and that come from other corners of the world,” Haynes said. Another complaint is that there is little interaction between the different nationalities and cultures on campus. “People don’t seem to communicate unless they’re in class together. All you see are cliques of the same ethnicities hanging out together,” Weekes said. To correct this problem, Hackett said, “I’d like to see more events with faculty and the students both involved.” One event that promoted school spirit and community is the annual Provost Christmas Party, scheduled this year for Dec. 18. This event allows students to interact with their teachers on an adult level and share their reactions to the coursework. The party creates an atmosphere where students can, “mingle with professors, and get to know them on a total different level” said Tajuan Parker, President of the Sophmore Council of the SGA. Papouchis suggested, “some sort of joint effort on the part of Seawanhaka writing columns, the SGA, and the faculty senate about an emphasis on politeness, respect, and mutual courtesy.” Provost Haynes draws attention to a pledge that is recited by incoming freshmen to the university since 2008. The pledge asserts that, “We accept the vision of this academic institution as it strives to be a learning community dedicated to empowering and transforming our own lives to effect a more peaceful and humane world that reflects differences and cherishes cultural diversity.” Haynes is optimistic regarding the efficiency of the student pledge and its ability to promote a true academic community by constantly reminding them of this oath. “We’re trying to find more ways to keep that [the pledge] in front of students,” she said.

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Dec. 3, 2009

Do you find yourself...

...getting headaches from holding in all of your feelings about LIU? ...talking to yourself because thereʼs no one nearby to share with?

...acquiring indigestion after reading a particular article or opinion in Seawanhaka? ...breaking out into sudden fits of anger over a particular national issue?

If you have any of the above symptoms, you shoul d speak to your doctor about wri ti ng your thoughts and opi ni ons to S eawanhaka as a “Letter to the Edi tor. ” E-mai l us at seawanhakapress@yahoo. com


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By Ian Smith Editor-in-Chief

About two weeks ago, I received a letter from Mary M. Lai, Long Island University’s Treasurer Emerita, in response to a column I wrote on Nov. 12, titled “The Grass is Always Greener…,” where I attempted to address the (admittedly complicated) topic of campus beautification. I felt that university money would be put to better use repairing our aging academic buildings than replanting the campus greens for the winter, among other things. The letter from Mrs. Lai was thoughtfully written, informing me that, in fact, numerous infrastructure improvements have been allocated in this year’s budget and, furthermore, the cost of replanting the greens are paltry compared to what the Board of Trustees has already set aside. For what it’s worth, knowing that a member of the university Board of Trustees is reading my column and taking time out of her day to respond to it is highly reassuring. It lets me know that, as Editor-in-Chief, all the work I put into this newspaper is not in vain (as it sometimes seems, judging by student support). It tells me that someone at this university is paying attention. There is, however, one major issue I have with the letter that was written to me by Mrs. Lai, one that has nothing to do with form or content or attitude. The problem I have is that this letter was addressed only to me and not to the entire student body. At first, this seems like a non-issue. I could just as easily relate to you, the student, the contents of the letter I received with ease; it would be effortless to do so. But that’s not really the point I’m trying to make. What I’m trying to point out here is there is a more chronic problem that lowers the quality of student life on campus, especially for those involved with various campus media organizations. Information can be tough to come by on this campus, especially when the administration operates in such a tightlipped fashion. Quite simply, student media groups, including Seawanhaka, have virtually zero access to the various administrative bodies on campus outside of the SGA which, as I have insinuated before, offers little to no recourse to any student anyway. In the course of writing a story for Seawanhaka, it sometimes becomes necessary to get the official word on a particular subject from a campus official, oftentimes the head of an infrastructure department such as Buildings & Grounds or Information Technology. Having administrative officials on record about a particular issue adds some much-needed clout to a journalistic article. They are able to provide information that we would otherwise not be able to obtain on our own. More often than not, though, my writers and I are dead-ended by those we’d like to speak to. Usually, the best we can hope for is a response of “no comment.” What we usually get in far greater amounts is a complete unwillingness to interact with us on any level; e-mails go without response and one-on-one interviews are flat-out denied to us. This is a problem that is chronic across the administration. In our last issue, one of my writers, Sara LaNoir, wrote

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an article about the lack of a commuter meal plan at the Brooklyn Campus. In order to give her article a balanced approach, she twice contacted Dr. Rodney Pink, LIU’s Director of Residential Life. Pink failed to respond on both occasions. Similarly, my Arts & Entertainment Editor, Leonica Valentine, was attempting to write a story on LIU’s SMART Board program. One of the individuals she wished to speak to with the head of Information Technology. She was also denied this opportunity, and as a result, work on this particular story has come to a halt. However, this is also a two-way street; we have found that students and faculty members are also unwilling to go on the record with their feelings about LIU, fearing some sort of vague administrative retribution that will threaten their student status or job security. I really wish I knew how this policy of close-mouthedness came about. Not only does it make our jobs far more difficult than they have any right to be, it also hampers the level of discourse for everyone who attends the Brooklyn campus in any capacity. A vibrant and active campus press, indeed, campus community, relies principally on open lines of communication between students and administrators. While it may not be necessary for them to inform us of every decision they make, it would help of this cloud of secrecy was lifted from time to time. I feel like that much of the administration sees talking to Seawanhaka writers as not being in their best interest. I want to let you all know that we do not have an agenda. We are not out to get you. We are not concerned with sullying a department or dragging anyone’s name through the mud. All we wish to do is report the facts as they are with as great a degree of accuracy as possible. It is quite possible that administrators do more harm by not talking to us. When we publish an article, we do our very best to present both sides of the issue. However, when an administrator refuses to meet with us or meets our questions with a series of “no comments,” their side of the story is, effectively not being told. Without their participation, an article can come off as decidedly one-sided, often creating an even worse situation than if the individual in question were up front with us to begin with. This s not what we strive for, but is generally what we get. So I’m asking members of the LIU administration to please open up your doors for us when we come a’knockin’. We’re not going to badger or berate you; more than likely, we’ll be more timid than you expect. All we’re looking for is your willingness to cooperate on some level. If you have to recite the PR line, then so be it, but at least give us something to work with. If you like, send a letter to us with a response. We’ll certainly print it. There’s no need for this constant veil of secrecy about confrontational campus issues. We are all adults here. We should be able to act like it. Feel differently? Have an opinion? Send a letter to and see your name here!


Gi us e p p e K a r us o s

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H e l l e n i c S t u d e n t s A s so c i a t i o n W h e r e y o u m a y be s e en a r o u n d c a m p u s: Genius Corner, Quiznos

Ca r e e r a s p i ra t i o n s / g o a l s : I plan on going to med school and becoming a M.D. or D.O. or running my family9s restaurant.

W h y sh o u l d L I U c a r e t h a t y o u e x i st ? Because if a university does not care about its students why would they want to go there. R o l e m od e l  s  : Is one of my favorite movies. F a c e b o o k , My s p a c e o r Tw i t t e r ? Facebook. C h i l d h ood Fe a r : Spiders

A du l t F e a r : Med. school

F a v o r i t e T V s ho w  s  : Entourage, Family Guy, Friends I f y o u c ou l d c h a n g e o n e t h i n g a b o ut L I U , w h a t w o u l d i t be ? Make a student parking lot.

Fa v o r i t e c l a s s a t L I U : Anatomy Gu ilty Ple as u r e : Big spender

F a v o r i t e m u s i c: House music, Hip Hop.

F a v or i te P r of e s s or : Dr. Riaz

Hid d en T alent: Pro at making pizza.

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“‘If she could look for the golf ball I hit off that helipad, there.’ In the category of sentences you hear at the exact moment that your nation state may be too decadent to survive, that’s gotta be right there in between ‘I want the guest vomitorium redone in Venetian marble,’ and ‘What is this Matisse doing in my Monet closet?’” - The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart

A r i e s (March 21 - April 19)

L i b r a (September 23 - October 22)

You need someone to hear you out soon -- things are close to the boiling point! You may have to corner a friend or family member who's reluctant to bear the brunt, but sometimes that's just how it goes.

You need to step back from the big picture and look around at the small details of your life -- just to soak them in and appreciate them! You can linger before getting back in the game.

Now is the perfect time to open up to your crush, your parents or anyone else -- your feelings are easy to express and likely to get the best possible response! You risk less than you think.

Your inner life is stretching itself out over your regular life today -- but it's awesome! You may feel as if you're walking through a dream at one point, and things get even better after that!

A friend or family member obviously has something important to say, but they seem unable to start the conversation or get to the point, It's up to you to get the ball rolling -- are you a good guesser?

You're feeling much more thoughtful than usual, though you may not be able to hit the depths of whatever intellectual problems have been bothering you. Still, you need to think it all through.

Make sure that you speak out early and often today -things need to be hashed out, and your great energy is the perfect way to ensure that it all goes smoothly. Back up everything you say!

Your outgoing side is showing today -- so get out there and mix it up! You may just want to make a few cold calls or you may want to find a few parties or networking opportunities. Use it or lose it!

Your intellect is diving more deeply than usual, and you almost certainly find that you're hitting on some new ideas that make life a lot more interesting. It's a great day for making new friends, too!

An unexpected connection turns into something much more interesting today. Maybe you start to fall for someone at work or in an unusual cotext, or maybe you find an unusual shared interest with your mate.

Your people are helping you deal with all the strange business going on in your life today -- and you may even find yourself feeling more energized by the time the evening rolls around.

Your creative solutions to difficult problems can be legendary, and today, you bust out with a new one. Others might take longer than usual to accept it -- or even to understand it!

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The Question: I th i n k m y b o yf ri e n d i s c h e a ti n g b u t I d o n ’ t h a ve c o n c r e t e p r o o f . H e ’ s recently reconnected with a few female friends from his past. He’s up all hours of the night texting and IM’ing with them. He’s hung out with them several times, and whenever I bring up the fact that I want t o m e e t t h e m , h e c o m p l e t e l y f l i p s o u t a n d s ta rt s y e l l i n g t h a t I ’ m b e i n g too clingy. Should I be worried, or am I overreacting like he says?


Man’s Point of View

Alright, so we get asked this question a whole lot, and today I’m going to make sure that it never gets asked again. Ladies, just because your man has other lady friends does not mean he is sleeping around on you. Similarly, bros, just because your woman has a bunch of muscular dude friends does not mean she is cheating on you. A relationship status does not confer property rights over individuals in social groups. Or, to be a little more plain, grow up.

Woman’s Point of View

This is kind of hard to judge. On the one hand, there’s no need for him to completely flip out about you wanting to meet his friends. Conversely, I’m getting the impression that this is an ongoing issue between the two of you. Has there been any reason in the past for you to now wonder if he’s being unfaithful? Another thing, how long have you two been dating? There are a lot of different factors to consider. I think that if there’s been no previous indication that he’s the cheating kind of guy, then just let it go. He’ll introduce you to his friends at his own pace. Rushing things like that will just cause more fights and push him away, and it sounds like that’s the last thing you want to do.

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Kumble Theater


For more information, call (718) 488-1624 or visit


For more information, call Mary Ann Wall 8) 488-3355.

Fri . , December 11, 7:30 p. m. & S at. , December 12, 2 p. m. and 8 p. m. , Kumbl e Theater Dance Department Winter Concert Dance majors perform modern dance works choreographed by guest artists and dance department faculty, including Rodger Belman, Christal Brown, Alenka Cizmesija, Earl Mosley, Tom Price, and a restaging of “Shelter,” an Urban Bush Women work. Tickets: $15, general admission; $10, students and seniors with ID

Fri . , Deceember 18, 7:30 p. m. NMP Fall Show 2009

Mon. , December 21, 10:15 a. m. & 12:15 p. m. Comunity Works Presents: The Spirit of Kwanzaa


For more information, call (718) 488-1089.

Wed. , December 9, 7 p. m. , Pasternack Theatre, Humani ti es Bui l di ng Rm. 608 Angels Without Wings: The Nursing Autobiographies Presented by the Department of Communication Studies, Performance Studies and Theatre. Tickets: $10.

Mon. , December 14, 7 p. m. , Pasternack Theatre, Humani ti es Bui l di ng Rm. 608 An Evening of Contemporary Scenes Tickets: $10.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and S aturday/Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Humanities Building Gallery is closed on weekends). Admission is free. For more information, call Nancy Grove at (718) 488-1198.

Thur., November 12 - Fri., December 18, Humanities Gallery “The Architecture of Migration: I’ll Be Back For the Cat” Installation and Sculpture by Jane Gilmor.

Thur., November 12 - Fri., December 18, Salena Gallery “From the Provinces” Contemporary Russian photography, curated by Thomas Werner.

Dec. 3, 2009

“Jazz Clinic and Concert Series” features top names in jazz. Admission is free. For more information, call Bob Aquino at (718) 488-1668.

Thur. , December 3, 1 p. m. . Kumbl e Theater LIU Student Jazz Ensembles

Tues. , December 8, 4 p. m. , Humani ti ed Bui l di ng, Rm. 106 Dr. Mike Rossi Jazz saxophonist will conduct a master class on “South African Jazz.”


Career Services


Wednesdays, 4 p. m. - 6 p. m. , Humani ti es Bui l di ng, Room 106 Long Island University Chorus The chorus rehearses every Wednesday, starting September 9. For more information, contact Gloria Cooper at (718)488-1450.


For more information, call (718) 488-1121

December 18, 6:30 p. m. , LLC 515

Toastmasters International Club Meeting At Toastmasters, members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment. Each meeting gives everyone and opportunity to practice prepared speeches.


The English Department’s multicultural “Voices of the Rainbow” series is funded by the Provost’s Office. Admission is free. For more information, call Louis Parascandola at (718) 488-1109.


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National Stage Near After Volleyball Wins NEC By Michael Ng Sports Editor

The LIU Volleyball team swept its way to a sixth straight NEC Championship after defeating Sacred Heart 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-21). The Blackbirds end their NEC season going 18-0, losing only five sets in the process. Sophomore Ashley Rice earned the NEC Tournament Most Valuable Player honors after getting eight blocks and eight kills in the championship game. Tied 20 apiece in the third set, Long Island went on a 5-1 run to seal the championship and a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Blackbirds won the first set convincingly, leading by as much as nine points. The second set was a bit closer and the Pioneers threatened to tie the game. Sacred Heart took a 9-5 lead after a back-to-back kills by Brittany Best and Ashlyn Trimble. The Blackbirds came back to tie it and the two teams went back and forth for several points. Tied 18-18, the Blackbirds began to pull away with two 3-0 runs to take the two set advantage.

NEC Player of the Year Svetlana Simic finished with a team high 12 kills and added nine digs in her final NEC game. Teammate Martina Racic nearly finished with a triple double with 11 kills, eight blocks and seven digs. Sophomore Chelsey Stanton finished with 14 digs. Long Island had a convincing 3-0 (25-20, 25-11, 25-17) victory over Robert Morris in the first round. Simic led all players with 14 kills. Racic and freshman Breanna Cullity added 10 kills apiece. The Blackbirds had an overwhelming .437 to .189 hit advantage. The victory extended Long Island’s winning streak to 12, setting a new school record. The team has won 18 of its last 19 games, with its lone loss coming against Hofstra. With the championship, the Blackbirds earned an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament. The team will travel to the West Coast after drawing Stanford for its first round matchup. The Stanford Cardinal won the Pac10 title over 11th ranked California 3-2. Stanford was down two sets before roaring back to win the Pac-10. The game is set for Dec. 4, at 10 p.m. eastern time.

Ashley Rice earned MVP honors at the NEC Tournament with her tremendous play. (Photo Credit: Sports Media Relations)

Know Your Blackbirds Major: Sports Management.

Favorite Food: A pulled pork sandwich with cole slaw on top, steak fries and a big glass of homemade sweet tea. Favorite TV Show and Movie: Burn Notice and Ocean’s Eleven Quote You Live By: “Your talents are God’s gift to you, what you do with those talents are your gift to God.”

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Soccer #32 Goalkeeper

Role Model: My dad, James.

Favorite Athlete: Chipper Jones.

Favorite Sport to Play Other Than Soccer: Baseball.


Dec. 3, 2009


Women’s Basketball Gets Gobbled Up in Turkey Finale By John Tolis Staff Writer

LIU’s women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to three games, winning the opener of the LIU Turkey Classic 68-55 over Brown. The Lady Blackbirds then lost the championship game of the tournament, 7356 to Georgia Tech. In the opener, a strong 17-point performance by junior Chelsi Johnson and a career high 12 assists by sophomore Kiara Evans were huge contributions to win. Long Island came out firing from the start of the contest going on a 9-0 run. Sophomore Ashley Palmer had three buckets over that stretch and also had two assists. Brown cut the lead to a single point but the Lady Blackbirds held on to the lead throughout the first half shooting 45.5 percent from the field and leading 34-27 at halftime. LIU opened the lead to as many as 19 points and Brown never got closer than 12 points, which gave LIU a good opportunity to play its reserves and the Blackbirds got 13 bench points. Junior Heidi Mothershead followed Johnson's performance putting up 15 points.

Blackbirds Get Hit Hard by Big East’s Seton Hall After winning theIR first game, the Blackbirds couldn’t seal the tournament, with a loss to Georgia Tech, 73-56. (Photo Credit: Sports Media Relations)

By Michael Ng Sports Editor

The men’s basketball team got blown out at Seton Hall 95-66 last Saturday. It was the team’s worst loss since a 101-72 defeat at Sacred Heart last season. The game got out of hand early as Seton Hall took an early 14-4 lead in the first half. The two teams went back and forth for a few minutes before the Pirates went on a devastating 14-0 run to bring the lead up to 42-22. The Blackbirds didn’t have an answer in second half as the Pirates opened on a 7-0 run to bring the score to 5127. The Pirates would go on a few more runs, including a 13-0 spurt towards the end of the game to ice the victory. Seton Hall’s Jeremy Hazell and Robert Mitchell scored 21 and 20 points, respectively. The Pirates nearly had two more players reach the 20-point mark. Herb Pope finished with 19 points to go with 10 rebounds for the double double and Eugene Harvey finished with 18 points. Sophomore Michael Culpo led all Blackbirds with 13

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points. Culpo added seven rebounds and a steal. Senior Jaytornah Wisseh and freshman Jamal Olasewere finished with 10 points apiece. Freshman Kenny Onyechi added seven points, seven rebounds and three blocks. The Pirates showed why the Big East is one of the best conferences in college basketball. They shot an impressive 46 percent from the field and held the Blackbirds to just 34 percent. They blocked eight shots and added 14 steals. The Pirates defense forced 21 turnovers, while committing only eight themselves. It was the second time this season that the Blackbirds went up against a Big East opponent. They previously lost to St. John’s 83-70. The Blackbirds will return home to kick off their Northeast Conference schedule when they take on Bryant, on Thursday night. They will continue their home stretch with a matchup against Central Connecticut State on Saturday. Long Island opened the season winning its first two home games.


After the impressive win over Brown, LIU was overwhelmed by Georgia Tech in the Turkey Classic Championship. Sophomore Kiara Evans gave a strong performance for the Blackbirds putting up 14 points, but it just wasn't enough to go away with a win. Long Island (3-3) came out strong once again at the start and had a 9-4 lead, but Georgia Tech (4-1) weren't going to let it get out of hand. The visitors came right back, taking the lead and used a 51 percent field goal percentage (57 percent on 3-point attempts) to build a 38-28 halftime lead. The second half didn't get any better for Long Island, as Georgia Tech built its lead to 20 points and made it difficult for LIU to come back. Long Island cut the Yellow Jacket lead to 12, but couldn't get any closer than that. The Georgia bench also played a major role in their win, as Alex Montgomery came off the bench and led Tech with 13 points. LIU's Ashley Palmer finished with 10 points following Evans' 14. Johnson and Heidi Mothershead each grabbed four rebounds in the contest. Long Island will be back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 2, hosting Delaware State at 7:00 p.m.

Kenny Onyechi made his presence felt in the post, but it wasn’t enough as the Blackbirds suffered their worst loss of the season. (Photo Credit: Sport Media Relations)

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Picked Off


By Michael Ng Sports Editor

I don’t usually like to defend people in my column. Bashing someone with words is a lot easier to do. But I have to cross that line this time and defend my man Lawrence Frank. The former head coach of the New Jersey Nets got the axe last weekend after starting the season 0-16. It isn’t a performance worth defending and if a coach should be fired in any league, it should be the one with the worst record. But Frank has had little to work with since training camp. The Nets, with their cost cutting moves, traded Vince Carter away and have essentially made this team into an unwatchable mess. It’s not the coach’s fault the Nets can’t put together a crapshoot team, yet he gets fired when the team can’t perform. It’s unfair and don’t expect his replacement, Kiki Vandeweghe, to make things better. On top of losing their best player, the Nets have suffered a lot of injuries. Through 17 games, the Nets had only four players that suited up for every game. Emerging star Devin Harris missed 10 games and fellow starter Yi Jianlian has not played since getting injured in the fourth game of the season. On many nights, Frank has had only eight players to work with and of the 13 that played, he has started 11 of them. Despite their many shortcomings, Frank has made this team compete throughout the season and four of their losses were by three points or less. He also created a system last year that revolved around Harris, essentially making him a more aggressive player and an All-Star. There’s no defending 0-16, but was this Nets team aiming for immortality or something? The team is winless because ownership and Rod Thorn traded away Jason Kidd, Richard Jefferson and Carter. They set the NBA record for season-opening losses because the team wanted to save money and get under the cap. No other team in its right mind would play Trenton Hassell 35 minutes a game. With this squad, many experts and even the Nets were prepared for a last place finish. The ownership is just trying to fool the fans into thinking this team is better than it actually is, so they put all the blame on the head coach. The Nets are in a great position to make an improvement next year. With Harris and Brook Lopez becoming young emerging stars, cap space to sign anybody on the free agent market and a top-five pick in next summer’s draft, the Nets will be back in the playoffs chase again. The team should’ve waited and given the guy a chance to coach next year and then see what happened. If he had failed miserably in the future, then cut ties with him. It wouldn’t be too late because a) the team will still be young, and b) the team will still not be good enough to beat the Lakers, Spurs, Celtics or Magic. If Mike Dunleavy and Don Nelson can still have a job in the NBA, Frank definitely deserves to. He’s too talented a coach to not get a second chance. Hopefully owners will see what he had to deal with this year and look past the 0-16 record on his resume. There’s a reason why guys like Stan Van Gundy and Mike D’Antoni come out and defend Frank. There’s a reason why players blame themselves for a record setting winless start. Frank is a good coach and people wouldn’t come out and defend him if he wasn’t. Whether it’s the NBA or college basketball, Frank deserves a coaching job. Wherever he ends up, I hope he gets the respect and opportunity he didn’t get here in his final weeks with the Nets.

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The New Jersey Nets fired Lawrence Frank after starting the season 0-16. (Photo Credit: Antonelli / NYDailyNews)

Fantansy Basketball Spotlight Risers and Sinkers 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

S tep hen Curry Dahntey Jones Ersan Ilyasova Anthony Morrow Jermaine O’Neal Carl Land ry Mike D unleavy, Jr.


1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

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Robert Morris Sacred Heart Long Island Mount St. Mary’s Central Conn. St. Fairleigh Dickinson Monmouth Wagner Quinnipiac Bryant St. Francis (PA) St. Francis (NY)


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1. Long Island*$ 2. Sacred Heart* Central Conn. St.* 4. Robert Morris* 5. Bryant 6. Fairleigh Dickinson 7. St. Francis (PA) 8. St. Francis (NY) Quinnipiac

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Overall 3-2 3-2 3-3 3-3 2-3 2-3 2-3 2-3 1-2 1-4 0-4 0-5


.600 .600 .500 .500 .400 .400 .400 .400 .333 .200 .000 .000

Streak W1 W3 L1 W1 W1 L1 W1 W2 W1 L2 L4 L5

Home 3-1 2-1 2-3 1-2 1-1 1-0 1-1 2-0 1-0 1-2 0-1 0-3

Away 0-1 1-1 1-0 2-1 1-2 1-3 0-2 0-3 0-2 0-2 0-3 0-2

Neutral 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Recent Results

Georgia Tech Long Island

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.600 .500 .500 .400 .286 .250 .200 .200 .167 .167 .000 .000



Streak L1 L1 W1 L1 L2 L1 L1 W1 L3 L5 L4 L6

Home 0-0 1-1 2-0 2-0 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-2 1-0 1-2 0-2 0-1

Away 2-2 2-2 0-3 0-3 1-2 0-3 0-3 1-2 0-3 0-3 0-2 0-3

Neutral 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-2 1-0 1-1 0-0 0-2 0-0 0-0 0-2



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.594 .688 .562 .424 .324 .250 .219 .154 .138

W10 L1 W1 W2 L1 L1 L6 L2 W1

Home 11-3 10-2 10-4 8-8 6-9 3-5 2-7 1-12 3-5

Away 8-5 7-4 6-7 6-5 3-10 3-11 3-11 2-9 1-14

Neutral 0-5 5-4 2-3 0-6 2-4 2-8 2-7 1-1 0-6


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Central Conn. St.




Recent Results

Seton Hall Long Island

95 66

Long Island St. Peters

77 71

Blackbirds Upcoming Schedule




68 55

Blackbirds Upcoming Schedule



73 56

Long Island Brown


NEC 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0




Central Conn. St.




Recent Results

Long Island Sacred Heart

Long Island Robert Morris

3 0 3 0

Blackbirds Upcoming Schedule Opponent Stanford

NCAA Tournament


Stanford, Calif.



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Women’s Basketball Lose Turkey Classic Finale


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