Fall issue 4 - The Legend

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University Service Day pg. 3


Administration announces appointments pg. 4

World Peace talks St. John’s pg. 15



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Lifestyle Falling in love with Portugal Student writes about visiting Portugal while studying abroad in Spain.

Lifestyle Pg. 9

Entertainment “Nothing Was the Same”album review The Torch reviews Drake’s new album, “Nothing Was the Same.”

Lifestyle Pg. 13

Sports Women’s soccer team draws against Creighton Bout between St. John’s and Creighton ends in draw.

Sports Pg. 18


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Corn stalks beside Marillac Hall are a sign that fall has arrived at St. John’s.

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Dribble for the Cure sets record

Third annual Athletics event raises over $55,000 for pediatric cancer research Sade tavarez Contributing Writer Members of the St. John’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, volunteers, students and alumni raised over $55,000 for the third annual Dribble for the Cure in support of the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation on Saturday, according to Mark Fratto, senior associate athletic director. In unison with the University Service Day, Dribble for the Cure topped last year’s effort by more than $30,000 and continues to give back to Dr. Mitchell S. Cairo of the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation at Maria Faeri Children’s Hospital at New York Medical College, which focuses on improving care, quality of life and survival rate of children with cancer. “It’s the third year and the event is growing on an annual basis,” Steve Lavin, men’s head basketball coach said. “It’s a great opportunity for players to participate and to raise awareness for those affected by cancer.” “Babies dying before their parents isn’t the natural order of life,” he said. Basketball alumni, St. John’s Hall of Fame head coaches Lou Carnesecca, Jack Kaiser and Knicks head coach Mike Woodson were also in attendance. “It’s an honor to be here,” Woodson

said during the opening ceremony. “I had a sister who died of cancer many years ago, so I’m a big supporter of fighting cancer and finding a cure.” “It’s a wonderful event to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation,” Bill Schaeffer, a former St. John’s basketball player, said. “It’s great

that St. John’s is involved, especially since I played here.” The event held the Dribble for the Cure mile walk that was counted down by Coach Carnesecca and Woodson. As everyone came back from the walk, many of the participants had smiling faces. They each received a bag that

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St. John’s basketball teams raised over $55,000 for this Dribble for a Cure.

contained a booklet that helped raise awareness for the day’s cause and the sponsors against cancer. “It was a very fun environment to spend time with the kids and help face painting,” Ridge McKnight, a sophomore member of Red Zone, said. “I wanted to do it because I love basketball and I have a lot of family and friends who were affected by cancer and I wanted to give back.” After the mile walk, everyone headed back inside Carnesecca Arena for the closing ceremony. The main speaker at the ceremony was Dan Mitchell, who is a four-year member of PCRF. A few years back, Dan was diagnosed with pediatric cancer but this year will mark his fifth year since he successfully finished chemotherapy. “Beating cancer is a team effort,” Dan Mitchell told the crowd. “By dribbling today, you have contributed towards the cure to pediatric cancer. Maybe it won’t affect someone you know today, but maybe some kid 30 years from now will be alive and healthy because you dribbled today and the money you raised created their live saving effort.” In three years, Dribble for the Cure has raised over $120,000 due to the dedication of more than 1,500 participants throughout the New York area. Donations toward Dribble for the Cure will continue to be accepted until the end of December.

Service Day completes Founder’s Week

Joyce Jun Contributing Writer

Students, alumni and people from the community participated in the 12th annual University Service Day on Saturday to conclude Founder’s Week. Coinciding with the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul, the event embodies the University’s core values of service and its Vincentian mission while participating

in a number of service events locally and globally. Volunteers served those in need throughout New York City and abroad at the campus locations in Rome, Paris and Seville. Students, faculty, staff and alumni volunteered at a variety of sites, and assisted with serving meals at soup kitchens, visiting the elderly in nursing homes, interacting with disadvantaged children, cleaning and landscaping area parks, refurbishing facilities, painting


St. John’s faculty and students gather together on University Service Day.

rooms in nearby schools and community centers and providing assistance with numerous other important projects. Students gathered early on Saturday in Taffner Field House for their day of service ahead. A majority of students and community members wore shirts made for the event that stated said, “What A Difference A Day Makes.” St. John’s alumni, and college sweethearts, Steven and Irene Caccavallo, have been participating in University Service Day for years and said it’s an event that not only brings the community together, but also provides a chance for people of all ages to continue to show their love for St. John’s University as a whole. “I love that University Service Day provides a chance for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together for a cause, not just current students but faculty, community members and us alumni that love St. John’s so much we keep coming back for more,” Steve Caccavallo said. Aside from people participating due to love for the school, some participants expressed that they were volunteering to not only better the community, but also better themselves. Senior Jhanelle Gopie arrived at St. John’s without knowing what

Vincentian values meant, she said, but she does now. “I learned that being Vincentian means giving a piece of yourself to make someone else better,” she said. “University Service Day to me means taking the time to better the community around us all while bettering yourself.” Students are not the only people who feel this way. Maryann Dantuono, associate director for the Vincentian Center for Church and Society, said, “In addition to making a difference in the community, I think that service really makes a difference in ourselves; it makes us more committed when we see so many people involved and makes us say ‘we can do more’ and that’s very much the Vincentian spirit here at St. John’s: we can do more.” Senior Kurt Cruz, a film and television major and member of the theatre honor society, Alpha Psi Omega, joined and volunteered at the food pantry at Brooklyn Trinity Church. “Just the turnout of people and the difference they are going to make in one day, there’s like 200 people here? Think about it, one person can make a difference but 200?” he asked rhetorically. “That is going to make an impact for sure.”


President announces Wile replacements

Three University officials take over duties in former Chief of Staff’s place Kieran Lynch Editor-in-Chief The job responsibilities that belonged to former Chief of Staff Robert Wile have been split among a handful of top University officials, Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., interim President of the University, announced Thursday. Joseph E. Oliva, General Counsel to the University, will continue in his current role while also overseeing the Athletics Department. Edward M. Kull has taken over the role of acting vice president of Institutional Advancement. And the Division of External Relations, which previously reported to Wile, will now go to Martha K. Hirst, executive vice president, chief operating officer and treasurer. Wile, who resigned last summer, previously oversaw Athletics in addition to his duties as vice president of Institutional Advancement and chief of staff to former President Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M., Oliva told the Torch. “I think the President, coming in as a new person, was just looking for the better fits,” Oliva said. Oliva said he previously helped put together some of the major contracts, helped negotiate those contracts and assisted Athletic Director, Chris Monasch and Harrington in regards to Big East realignment. “I will continue to have legal oversight over those parts of the program, but at the same time assume these additional business oversight responsibilities,” he

said. Those business responsibilities include getting involved with managing the Athletics Department’s budget, managing personnel issues, and strategic planning with Monasch, the staff and coaches. Kull’s responsibilities as acting vice president of Institutional Advancement will focus on fundraising, he told the Torch. “I am responsible for all of our


Joseph E. Oliva will oversee the University’s Athletics Department.

fundraising and alumni relation needs,” he said. “So any revenue generation or fundraising we’re doing from the University side [and] all of our engagement with alumni relations.” Previously, Kull held the title of

associate chief of staff after returning from working with Vitamin Water and Coca Cola in 2011. During some of that time, he worked closely with Wile while gaining a familiarity with the Institutional Advancement division located in the old University Commons, he said. Kull worked in Athletics from 2003 until his departure to the business world in 2006. As associate chief of staff, he supported both Athletics and Institutional Advancement. “I still have athletic development, I just no longer have any involvement on the athletics piece overall – just Athletic fundraising,” Kull said. “Fundraising is all underneath the one umbrella.” Kull, who began his career at St. John’s as associate athletic director for marketing and external affairs, said he spends his day in the University Commons with the division, though his office is based in Newman Hall. “I’ve actually tried to provide clear objectives, themes and goals and standards for all of our IA division folks,” he said. Those goals focus on engagement with alumni and current students to connect them with the University, which results in donations, he said. “It’s kind of similar to any other retail product or service or brand extension, but unlike those where you’re trying to convince someone why they need something, we’re trying to find what their passion point within St. John’s was,” Kull said. Hirst will now oversee three departments, Levesque announced. They are the Division of Student Affairs,

overseen by Kathryn Hutchinson, vice president; the Office of University Events, led by Pamela Shea-Byrnes, vice president and the Division of External Relations, led by Associate Vice President Dominic Scianna.


Edward M. Kull has been named acting vice president of Institutional Advancement.

Scianna previously reported to Wile, while Hutchinson reported to Rev. James Maher, C.M., who became president of Niagara University this summer and Shea-Byrnes went to Harrington, according to Scianna. “I believe this administrative realignment will maximize our leadership team’s talents and effectiveness,” Levesque said in the email.

St. John’s hailed for blood donation efforts Alexa Vagelatos Staff Writer The University was recently given the Diamond Award by the New York Blood Center in recognition of its 1,319 blood donations collected throughout the 2012-13 academic year and for being the highest blood-donating university in the Metropolitan area. The University has surpassed its blood donors list almost every year since 2005, when they only had 290 blood donators. Starting in 2006, numbers dramatically increased to 1,071 after serious efforts were made toward blood drives on campus and then again in 2008 – that time bringing the number to 1,276. Each year the University maintains staying at the top of being the highest amount of donators in the Metropolitan area, all thanks to the students. “From fraternities and sororities to the Ad Club, it is the students who come up with new and creative ways to attract new and repeat donors,” Paul Lazauskas, associate director for community relations, said. “The main source of donations come from the students here at the University.” The number of students who donate usually consists of half returning donators and half new donators. Once a person donates once, they

tend to donate again,” Lazauskas said. “We also definitely try and push freshmen to donate.” About once every week, the University holds blood drives either on

the bus that is usually stationed next to St. Augustine Hall or in Taffner Fieldhouse. There are about 12 drives on the Queens campus every semester, two taking place in the Law School.

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Students walk past blood donation bus stationed by St. Augustine Hall.

The University promotes these drives by sending out email blasts on St. John’s Central, putting posters around campus and postings on the University’s official webpage. Student groups also assist with the promotion of the blood drives. In 2008, the NY Blood Center awarded the “Heroglobin Award” to Joseph Sciame, vice president for Community Relations, for his efforts made on campus towards blood donations. Sciame recently said, “St. John’s University’s role in the collection of blood over the span of the past number of years is most noteworthy, for it mirrors the mission of the University in terms of ‘service,’ and what better service than to provide the fight of life to others. After Labor Day and the Jewish holidays this semester, the University held an emergency blood drive due to the limited amount of blood in the Metropolitan area. Blood donations are prone to dropping after holidays and during the summer time. “It’s a real need, and that’s one of the bigger things I try and convey to students,” Lazauskas said. A pint of blood goes bad after 42 days and so there is a very high demand for it. It is estimated that at least one out of every three needs a blood transfusion in their lifetime. It is also estimated that at least 1,371 pints of blood can serve up to 4,000 people. Each pint saves about 3 to 4 lives.

Q&A with Dr. Temple Grandin

There was this whole world of scientific literature he showed me how to research and learn from.

Christopher Brito News Editor

TORCH: What accomplishment are you most proud of? Dr. Temple Grandin: I have things I’m most proud of from an animal standpoint. One of the things that have made the most difference in animal welfare was a scoring system I developed that measured how many cattle vocalized when you were handling them. Because that perhaps is a measurement of things aren’t working right. I’ve also had a lot of equipment I have designed. I designed the center track design system that’s in all the large meat packing plants. Yeah you want to have right equipment, but you need the right management to go with it because of you don’t manage it, it doesn’t work. You got kids now who think iPads are the magic solution for kids who have autism. iPads are a great tool but they are not a magic solution. It cannot replace good teaching. People so often want a magic bullet to be able to fix things. Good equipment makes everything possible but you have to have trained employees and supervision to go with it.

T: Here at St. John’s besides efforts towards cancer research, we’re pretty big on autism research. What can you say to all the students, parents and faculty who have someone who’s affected by autism?

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Dr. Temple gives lecture to more than 1,250 people inside Carnesecca Arena.

T: In some of your interviews and your TED lecture, you mention pigs and chickens are a subject of animal cruelty.

they are housed. You can be a vegan but I enjoy eating meat. We have to find practical solutions for problems. I believe there are things that have to be improved. The thing that worries me about policy stuff. We’re getting people into office that haven’t worked hands-on in nothing. The one thing I like about Pope Francis is that he is an ordinary guy who wears sensible shoes. He doesn’t mind being photographed. He ditched all the security crap because this guy is hands on working with the poor. We need a lot more people in positions of authority with that kind of a background. One of the problems today is that so many things have turned into ideology. Whatever you’re advocating about, you have to actually find out what’s going on.

G: There are still problems in how

T: Can you talk about a particular

T: What projects are you looking to start or have done recently? G: I just finished an interesting project on mother cows and individual differences in how it protects their calf. Some of them call their baby, others don’t. It’s a project a student and I just finished. Now, we are working on measurements of cow handling in feed yards. We found out that cattle that bellow when you handle them have lower weight gain.

experience with your high school teacher, Mr. Carlock that motivated your interest in science? G: The thing he did, he had really interesting projects for me to work on. Individual perception. That’s one I really like. He also introduced me to science literature. You have to remember there was no way of looking up for these things on Google Scholars. I had to learn that real scientists didn’t use the Encyclopedia Britannica. I didn’t even know what a scientific journal was in high school. He introduced me to the world of scientific papers. He took me to a library in Boston and saw psychological abstracts. We looked at papers. We didn’t even have a copy machine. We read their abstracts and put it on our index cards. Then like four years later we got the copy machine and that was the best thing ever.

G: I’m going to be age specific. You have a 3-year-old who’s not talking. I don’t care what the label is. The worst thing you can do is nothing. You gotta start working with that kid. If you can’t get workers, you get grandmothers and students working with that kid. Teach him games, teach him nursery rhymes but interact with him. Don’t let him sit in the corner rocking on his chair. That’s the worst thing you can do. I went to a little speech therapy class in a basement of a house, then my mother hired a nanny who did a lot of emphasis on turn-taking games. Teach them how to wait and how to inhibit a response. T: What was your favorite game? G: My favorite game as a young kid was the hockey game where you have to slide the mallet. That was my favorite game. Too many activities today are solitary. I couldn’t play table hockey by myself, I needed someone else to play. We played lots of board games where you have to wait your turn and don’t cheat. I remember when I used to play parachis and I slid a couple sixes in the cup and slid them out. I must admit that was cheating and that was not all right. You have to give it a fair shake. There a lot that can be taught by board games. T: What’s your favorite type of meat? G: I couldn’t be a vegan if I wanted to be. I like beef. Good beef.

Grandin’s visit inspires students Famed animal welfare activist Temple Grandin, PhD. spoke to over 1,250 students, administrators and faculty in Carnesecca Arena on Wednesday about her experience with autism, as part of 2013 Founder’s Week. Her lecture, titled “The Autistic Brain,” gave insight to those in attendance about the autism spectrum and how parents should embrace the interests and abilities of these children at a young age. “Autism should not define us,”


she said, “but it can be used to our advantage.” After Grandin was diagnosed with autism at age 2, she said her mother used to take her to speech therapy classes and paired her with a nanny that taught her social skills in the form of turn-taking board games. When she got a bit older, her mother sent her out to a relative’s farm where she found her affinity with livestock animals. Her big break didn’t come easy for her, she said, but she saw there was

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Students listening to Grandin’s insight about her life on the autism spectrum.

a “need” to improve the conditions of animals before they got butchered. “You have to learn to do the things that people want,” she said. “When I started in livestock handling, there weren’t a lot of people doing it, but there was a need-- and I was good at it.” Since then, she’s earned a doctorate with the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign and has worked extensively with farm animals, creating several projects targeting animals’ welfare, including her S-shaped designs meant to reduce stress of animals before being slaughtered and point system that detailed animal behavior. “It was an absolute pleasure to welcome Dr. Grandin to campus,” Mary H. Pelkowski, associate dean for student engagement, said in a press release on the University website. “Scholar and servant, she has motivated countless people with her story and journey. It’s only fitting that she served as this year’s Founder’s Week speaker.” The excitement and awe of Grandin also spilled over to students. Ashley Di Gregorio, a senior, found the lecture to be beyond interesting.

“Temple is an amazing woman for her focus with autism,” she said. “But she’s so much more than that.” Grandin also offered advice for those working with young children who have autism. “If you see speech delay after two years of age, you need to address right away,” she said. “There are so many talented kids out there who are going nowhere because they have no mentor to channel their abilities.” Demetria Mantikas teaches English as a second language to students in the GLCC and has cousins on the autism spectrum. “I saw her movie and I thought then she was a fascinating character,” he said. “Seeing her today just made me appreciate her even more.” Kimberly Cuneo, a speech-pathology major, did therapy with children in the autism spectrum over the summer and felt Grandin’s speech validated her work. “She inspired me in the work I do,” she said. “I feel like I make a difference.” - Christopher Brito


‘Silent Beaches’ washes up at SJU

Exhibit explores the “untold stories” of NYC’s ‘forgotten’ beaches Breeana Mulligan Staff Writer Earlier this semester, the University announced the opening of “Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City’s Forgotten Waterfront,” which explores the relationship between New York City and its shorelines. “Silent Beaches,” displayed in the Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery in Sun Yat Sen Hall, focuses on bodies of water that have been neglected or forgotten. Elizabeth Albert, assistant professor

of Fine Arts and curator of “Silent Beaches,”,, was inspired to bring the exhibit to St. John’s after seeing an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art called “Rising Currents” and the digital journal “Underwater New York.” “‘Silent Beaches’ is intended to actively engage the broadest possible audience in the rich past and evolving present of New York City’s more than 600 miles of coastline,” Albert said. “Each location, each image tells the story of New York from a unique vantage point. The stories are strange, funny and sometimes shocking, and they

offer insight into our changing attitudes towards industry, health care, social justice and the environment.” Various areas of the city are shown in the exhibit, including College Point, Queens, Dead Horse Bay, Brooklyn, Hart Island, the Bronx and the Rockaways. Contemporary artists also contributed their drawings, video and photographs to the exhibit. “I have been exploring the abandoned and industrial edges of New York City since 2000. The spaces I photograph are typically off-limits to the public, located behind fences and walls. They are often

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‘Silent Beaches’ exhibit is on display at Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery in Sun Yat Sen Hall until Nov. 9.

in New York City’s most desolate and remote neighborhoods,” artist Nathan Kensinger said in a statement found on the University website. “Many of the places I’ve visited have already been demolished or are slated for demolition. All that remains are the photographs,” he said. Albert hopes visitors not only learn from “Silent Beaches,” but are also impacted by the exhibit. She was working on the exhibit in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and hopes last year’s tragic natural event causes more people to become aware. Albert added, “I hope that the exhibition and related events will spark dialogue across the disciplines that raises awareness of our relationship with the NYC waterfront and the active role we play in its and our present and future well-being.” “Silent Beaches” has already gotten a great reception after being covered in the NY Daily News, NY1 and Gothamist. “Silent Beaches” has number of events celebrating the exhibition, including a panel discussion with environmental scientists on the changing waterfronts on Thursday, Oct. 24 at D’ Angelo Center 416 during common hour. The exhibition is a collection of photographs courtesy of sources like the Museum of the City of New York, the Staten Island Historical Society, the Queens Central Library, the Brooklyn Collection of the Brooklyn Public Library, the New York City Municipal Archives, the Pratt Institute Library, the Hart Island Project, the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library.

New Career Center aims to help more students Tatiana Castellanos Contributing Writer

After relocating numerous times these past few years, the University Career Center has finally settled in a permanent location and welcomes students to start planning for their professional careers after St. John’s. Sitting literally (and symbolically) at the heart of the campus since its inauguration at the end of the spring semester, the brand new, state of the art center has moved to a permanent home on campus – next to the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall in the Chiang Ching Kuo Building. “We are here to give you all of the support that you need to get you to where you need to be,” Denise Hopkins, executive director of the Career Center, said. Though the aim of the center is to map out a plan that suits and caters to every individual student’s aspirations, undecided students are also encouraged to pay the building a visit. Hopkins stresses the importance for students to start preparing for their careers, “early and often,” which is also the unofficial motto at the Career Center. She says it’s important to start as early as your freshman year. “We want to get to know freshmen and we want to stay with you for the rest of your college career,” Hopkins said.

Not only will the Career Center help students gain experience needed for future careers through internships, part-time jobs and mock interviews, but advisors will also assist students in creating and perfecting résumés and cover letters and discussing proper business attire. “I’m so glad that the Career Center finally has its own building,” junior Christian Bossman said. “I don’t think students really recognize the importance of preparing for your future.” “The fact that the building is right in the middle of the campus is pretty hard to ignore,” he said. Advisors have been entering residence halls and classrooms as well as speaking to student organizations in an attempt to attract more students and educate them on the importance of career readiness. Career services also launched a peer program which recruits current students and trains them to give guidance on resumes, cover letters, interview tips, and internship and job search strategies. “Wow, I didn’t know that the Career Center had so much to offer,” another student, Elizabeth Guillen, said, “I’ll probably head over there now and make an appointment.” Hopkins also wanted to remind students that University Career Services will host the Career Expo and Academic Internship Fair on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Students waiting for their turn while in the new University Career Center.


Editorial Board XCI KIERAN LYNCH Editor-in-Chief

Illustrator’s Corner


FLAMES OF THE TORCH The autumn battle: Pumpkin Spice v. regular It’s fall, boys and girls; which means we’re in the midst of a season filled with flannels, boots and hot drinks at Starbucks. The days of early morning iced coffees are becoming a thing of the past, as students are fueling for a.m. classes with beverages that warm rather than cool. With the return of hot drinks to the hands of students walking to class comes the reemergence of a coffee shop juggernaut: the pumpkin spice latte, or PSL as instagrammers are hashtagging it. Everyone loves a #PSL on a cool fall day, right? The Torch thought so, but we’ve recently come to terms with the fact that the pumpkin spice revolution isn’t as strong as we once thought. As a matter of fact, there seems to be an anti-#PSL rebellion brewing on campus. An unnamed male staff member was jeered for buying a “girly drink.” Considering all of this, we must ask the question: does the #PSL live up to the hype? First off, let’s examine its taste. The drink perfectly combines a seasonal pumpkin color with the food’s authentic flavor all wrapped up in a warmth that’s hard to be described and should simply be experienced. To top it all off, the whipped cream addition is a must. But does any of that matter in the

grand scheme of things? Coffee is meant to give you a friendly punch – a quick kick to wake you up on a morning when the last thing you want to do is get out of bed. Is the warming pumpkin flavor even necessary? Coffee has always been presented as the type of beverage where the bitter flavor is welcomed. It’s an acquired taste – something coffee drinkers take pride in. They don’t want the seasonal, yet artificial flavors that come with a ventesized #PSL, they want that traditional coffee taste. The Torch conducted a poll amongst its staff to get to the bottom of the heated #PSL vs. regular coffee debate and the pumpkin spice lovers came out on top by one vote. And both sides collected votes from males and females. But was the final poll a small victory for #teamPSL or a giant step for regular coffee folk? As mentioned before, the Torch believed the only thing bigger than #PSL in the fall was Halloween. The staff was quite surprised when regular coffee put up a decent fight against the #PSL revolution. Maybe the results point toward the realization that college students need something stronger than a seasonal drink to wake up for class.



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No reason for NFL to sue M.I.A.

SAMANTHA ALBANESE Entertainment Editor

M.I.A is being sued by the NFL for $1.5 million as a result of her notorious stunt during the Super Bowl 46 half-time performance with Madonna’s “Give Me All Your Luvin” where she flipped the bird during her verse. She took to YouTube to post a video explaining her frustration with the lawsuit, calling it a “massive waste of money and massive waste of time,” to which I agree. In the video, she states that even though there were background dancers in tight, short and revealing outfits, dancing provocatively, somehow putting up the middle finger is more offensive and in need of censorship. “Madonna got them from a local high school in Indianapolis,” the singer added. “They were under 16. If you look at them they’re wearing cheerleader outfits, hips thrusting in the air, legs wide open … in a very sexually provocative position,” M.I.A. said in the video. I personally don’t see anything partic-

ularly wrong with how the dancers were dressed or how they were dancing, especially since they were backup dancers for Madonna; no explanation necessary. But since the girls are underage; that makes a huge difference, to me, in what M.I.A. is trying to say. I think her argument against the lawsuit is that there is somewhat of a double standard. It’s fine for women to be sexy on stage for a performance intended for a male-dominated viewership, but for M.I.A. to put her finger up it is suddenly offensive; $1.5 million in damages offensive. I feel as though if M.I.A. did not make her “punk rock” statement (as Madonna dismissed it) by putting up her middle finger, we wouldn’t be sitting here trying to put together an argument about what is offensive in this country and what is not. It is clear that strong females, such as M.I.A. in this case, who make statements, whether with gestures or words, are always the first to be attacked, where as women who keep quiet or simply use their body or words for sexuallybased entertainment are often praised. “Is my finger more offensive? Or is an underage girl with her legs wide open

more offensive?” M.I.A. questions in her video. Society is full of double standards for women these days, especially in the media. Aside from the fact that M.I.A. breached her contract with the NFL, what the NFL is calling an “offensive” gesture (which lasted for all of five seconds) it is apparently more offensive than an entire performance filled with underage girls in skimpy outfits using suggestive dance moves. This has me thinking: What do we consider offensive in today’s diverse culture? M.I.A. asks the same question by saying, “Now they’re scapegoating me into figuring out what is the goal post of what’s offensive in America.” Times are changing, and for me, since it’s something I know a lot about, it’s very evident in the music industry. Madonna, was controversial for her time and often “offensive” so much so that at one point early in her career, one of her music videos was banned by the Vatican. Miley Cyrus is new to this phenomenon of raunchy shock value, but I think it’s less artistic then what Madonna once did. I think the main difference is that Miley uses nudity or gestures for shock

value and attention, unlike M.I.A., who was trying to make a different statement, more “punk rock,” as previously described M.I.A. wasn’t saying that the girls in the background were offensive or explicit, but she was comparing the accusation of her small gesture being so horribly offensive to the fact that nobody thought twice about the young girls in the background. However, she did breach her contract and by law the case against her is technically valid; she does provide the opportunity to bring up a serious question of morality and double standards. Women, especially in this country where our rights are supposed to be protected, are only going to get so far without questioning and discussing issues like this and bringing them to greater attention.

Samantha Albanese is a junior journalism major who is completely infatuated with Lady Gaga. You can contact her at torchent@gmail.com

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Carnesecca name botched on maps

DAVID RUSSELL Contributing Writer

Being a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, winning 526 games at St. John’s and achieving living legend status in New York is no guarantee that the University’s campus maps will spell your name correctly. Carnesecca Arena is named for the iconic figure who spent 24 seasons as the St. John’s men’s basketball team’s head coach, but when students look for directions, they see the building listed as ‘Carnasecca Arena.’ The beloved Lou Carnesecca is known for building St. John’s into a national power, and for his sideline sweaters that were as loud as his personality. How, then, could such a mistake be made? “It’s just reprehensible,” Bob Saunders, a St. John’s alumnus, said. “It speaks to a lot of things. How could this happen, and what does this reflect? I think it’s just outrageous.” Most current students echoed Saunders’ dismay. “Gotta get the guy’s name right,” senior Drew Decaul said. “He’s a legend.” “I think it’s just awful,” junior Taylor Brisco said. “He’s a legend, so much so that our main arena for sports is named after him.”

‘Carnasecca Arena’ is listed first on the campus maps all around St. John’s, which have a date of August 2011 on them. The Johnnies have played in the gym since 1961, but it was called Alumni Hall until changed for the Hall of Fame coach on Nov. 23, 2004. Oddly enough, a statue from that night, now in the display case in the lobby of Carnesecca Arena, reads, “Your Are St. John’s.” University spokeswoman Elizabeth Reilly provided a statment via email, “As part of the University’s re-branding initiative, all campus signage and maps are being replaced to reflect the new University logo and any necessary corrections are being made at this time.” Perhaps a reason that the misspelling has gone largely unnoticed is because of the lack of attention they receive. Many students walk right past them without second thought, and even if the map is being read it doesn’t mean they’re looking for ‘Carnesecca Arena.’ A quick reader might even skip over the snafu. This is not meant to downplay the situation. “It’s awful,” Janet Kleiner, who earned her Master’s Degree from St. John’s, said. “How can no one pick up on that? It’s an unusual name, but who’s overseeing the production of that?” Ironically, the man who cares least about the spelling error: Lou Carnesecca. “Don’t worry,” he said. “It’s been killed a thousand times.”



Falling in love with Lagos, Portugal


The best part about Spain is Portugal. Yes, you read that right. I mean no disrespect to Spaniards, but neither their most tiered flamenco dresses nor their savory tapas can win my heart over like Portugal did. My trip to Lagos, Portugal happened by chance. Sure it was on my “Places to Go” list for Discover the World, but I hadn’t done any serious planning other than scribbling, “Find a Portuguese husband” in my journal. Then one day while wandering through Seville’s city center, I happened to mindlessly walk into a DiscoverExcursions office. Approximately two seconds after I realized I was in a guided tour office, my journalistic instinct kicked in. I must have asked about two-dozen questions about the affordability and, most importantly, safety of their excursions. In order for me to test-drive the company, directors Benny and Toba offered to show me around Seville. I accepted, but to reassure myself that I wouldn’t become the next Natalee Holloway, I brought along a sizeable portion of the DTW group. It didn’t take long for our doubts to be quenched, and with that we all booked

our weekend trip to Lagos, Portugal. The first day in Lagos was a day that I’ll cherish forever. We started off on a cruise along the coast loaded with laughter, music and too many pictures. Words cannot describe how green and clear the water was. We sailed past beaches, kayakers and limestone rocks. After a while, we transitioned into smaller boats to sail beneath the limestone caves. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then collectively our pictures from the cave could buy up The New York Times. The highlight of the day came when I conquered my fear and swam in the ocean. Technically, I wore a life-vest and held Toba’s hand the whole time, but it was quite a feat for me because I have yet to learn how to swim. The next day we were taken to Ponta de Piedade – a series of rock formations along the beach. It was quite a hike, but the view and experience was worth it. A little while later, we were taken to Praia Dona Ana, which was the most beautiful beach I’d ever seen. Again, the water was so crystal clear that it took us a while to adjust. Some of the group went kayaking while the rest of us stayed behind to tan, wade and jump off the various rocks into the water. That night, we were taken to Cabo de Sao Vicente. We watched the sunset atop a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Prior to the discovery of the New World, this place was once thought to be the end of the world, as it is the southwestern most tip of Europe. On the last day, we were taken to yet another beach in the town of Sagres. Some of us went surfing, while the rest

of us laid out on the sand and reflected on what a beautiful weekend we just had. Chinonye Mbonu is a junior at St. John’s studying abroad this semester with the Discover the World program.


Praia Dona Ana view from the cliffs of the ocean and beach in Lagos, Portugal.


Pharmacy school offers high-tech education

ELLA LEVIYEVA Contributing Writer

There is more to pharmacy than dispensing Tylenol. The University’s College of Pharmacy is a six-year program that provides students with the skills to work in the industrial, corporate or private world of pharmaceuticals. Dr. William Maidhof, head of the Rite Aid Pharmacy Lab, said the program incorporates hands on activities to enhance the patient relations through the use of video counseling in the simulation lab. “Teachers play the role of the patient as students sit in a room and are recorded dealing with the issue and have to counsel them,” he said. “The videos are stored and reviewed together to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses within the encounter.” In addition, students participate in intimate labs, amongst approximately eight students, to provide them with what Dr. Maidhof states is “the attention they deserve and equal opportunity to use the technology.” “[What] separates us from other pharmacy schools,” according to Dr. Maidhof, is the use of three simulator dolls. These simulators, totaling about a quarter of a million dollars all together, are incredibly lifelike in that they can speak, sweat, cry, seize, foam at the mouth, or in some cases, die. They are hooked up to monitors; of the three, one

is relatively newer and wireless, meandents with a sense of inpatient machine have the problem of poor solubility, so ing the teacher can give the dummy a organization. we are doing this purely for research in heart attack from any other room as the On the lower level of St. Albert’s the industrial field,” Dr. Serajuddin said. student works on it. Hall, where the Pharmacy College is According to Dr. Serajuddin, St. “I think having the ‘sim-lab’ availlocated, Dr. Abu Serajuddin can be John’s is one of the only schools in able to us is a vital part of experiencing found in his alumni funded sanctuary of the country with a research lab this the pharmacy life before going out into research. Here, Dr. Serajuddin and his equipped and advanced. the real world,”Anna Aleksandrovskaya, small team of graduate students, aiming As the era of technology continues a fourth year pharmacy student, said. “It for their Ph.D’s or Masters degrees, use to grow at a rapid pace, the process of is relieving to know that we can make high-tech machines to aid their research learning and understanding the world our mistakes here, in sim-lab, so that of drugs that are easily soluble after must follow, Dr. Maidhof said. we do not make the mistakes on real swallowed. “The pharmacy program here is very patients.” “Tablets have to be able to dissolve unique and very proactive in having Dr. Maidhof said, a lot of what in water, so they could dissolve in our technological opportunities and keeping takes place in the labs is what is seen on system. About three-fourths of drugs up with the times,” he said. “Grey’s Anatomy.” “The monitors measure the blood pressure, their echocardiogram, their pulse, breathing, etc. The best part about this is that the simulator won’t get hurt and can’t sue you,” he said. “The nerves aren’t there for the student but the physical consequences are, where the dummy responds like a patient and forces the students to think in real time.” Sarah Manrakhan, a first year pharmacy student, said she thinks the use of advanced technology provides a solid foundation for a future as a pharmacist. “Because it keeps me updated and experienced,” she said. With a generous donation from Rite Aid as well as some money provided by the government, the Rite Aid Lab was created. No tuition money went toward the lab. The Talyst Company donated the auto carousel, auto dose dispenser and auto cooler, which together total about $500,000. These machines work TORCH PHOTO/DIANA COLALIETRO as a drug formulary, dispenser and St. Albert Hall is home to the pharmacy program and provides a high-tech education. cooler, respectively, and provide stu-

Students claim spots to study on campus ALEXA VAGELATOS Staff Writer

Summer is a distant memory as midterms are readily approaching and the study grind begins. But where are the best places to study on campus? Most students will tell you that they prefer their dorms or wherever it is that they are living. But for the rest, the question of where they can study in a peaceful and proficient environment lingers Along with Starbucks and the peaceful Java Johnnies Coffeehouse, the D’Angelo Center has something to offer that not many students are aware of. This “hidden gem” is the top floor, with rooms that provide the best view of Manhattan on campus through its windows. “DAC ballroom is definitely my favorite,” junior Kareemah Sellers said. “It’s somewhat unknown, with a beautiful view. You really get your privacy up there.” You don’t just have to be in the ballroom of the DAC to get what you need out of a great place to study, though, according to students. “Personally, I’d say the best place is if you can get a conference room on the third floor of the DAC near Starbucks,” junior Shawn McCreesh said. “Close the door and have the room to just you and your buddy. It’s nearly impossible to stumble across a vacant one but if you do, take advantage.”

Whether you’re studying for a small quiz or big exam, every student deserves to have at least one productive zone on campus. St. John’s offers plenty of places to study. Other places to study on campus include the lower levels of DAC, Marillac, the study lounges in the residence halls, the Great Lawn, vacant classrooms in the many buildings on campus and lastly, the typical study space of St. Augustine Hall’s library. Depending on the type of person you are, the library could either work in your favor or it could not. For junior Collin Stubblefield, the library serves its purpose as a place to crack down in when classes become hectic. “Whenever I seriously need to get something done, I go to the same spot in the library,” he said. “I go to the third floor, all the way to the right side.”

Interested in writing for the Lifestyle section? Email torchfeatures@gmail. com and/or torchent@gmail.com or visit DAC room 125.


Big names on Drake’s third studio album BRIAWNNA JONES Contributing Writer


Nothing Was the Same OUT OF 5 STARS

Few can defy the stigma that comes along with being a rapper. And only one can spit a fierce 16 for the fellas and make the ladies swoon with his sexy singing voice. Since the release of the music video for his smash hit single, “Started From the Bottom,” on the night of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, fans have been patiently awaiting the release of Drake’s junior album “Nothing Was the Same.” The first few seconds of the opening track left me feeling a bit discouraged until the 808s dropped and I heard a screeching Whitney Houston. Earlier, in the summer, I read Drake’s GQ article that he planned on using a heliumnized sample of “I Have Nothing” in the first track “Tuscan Leather,” but I had no idea it would sound so good. His super producer and best friend Noah “40” Shebib managed to fit a power ballad into a track filled with lyrics bragging about the rapper’s lavish lifestyle. The tone of the album shifted to a slow melodic song, with just enough bump to make it cool for both genders to sing it aloud. “Furthest Thing” has the album’s

title in chorus, which automatically makes it a party anthem and a crowd favorite. The song may be old, but heads will forever bop when the “Started From The Bottom” beat drops. This may not show Drake’s lyrical abilities like third single and bonus track “All Me,” featuring Big Sean and 2Chainz, but I understand these songs are for commercial purposes. The next two tracks, “Wu-Tang Forever” and “Own It,” are definitely for the ladies. While I am not too impressed by the first track, “Own It” happens to be one of my favorites. It is the first track where the rapper showcases his singing. With the help of “PARTYNEXTDOOR” and the sentimental lyrics, this song will have everyone thinking of their someone special. A few songs on the album were definitely H-Town influenced. “Worst Behavior” is probably my least favorite song. The chopped and screwed track just seemed to lack depth. He drew me back in with the next song “From Time,” featuring Jhene Aiko. Although I did not enjoy her performance at the 2013 Spring Concert, she redeemed herself on this album. Her vocals were just as sweet as the lyrics. “Too Much” which had a beautiful chorus song by Sampha, was another song paying homage to Toronto with Drake referencing Paul Wall, Bun B, and Mike Jones. He even shouted out to his relatives in my hometown Memphis, TN. Already a crowd favorite, the second single “Hold On, We’re Going Home” is a special track where Drake said he and partner, 40, were trying to attempt at the same greatness as Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones. The upbeat song is one the rappers want played at weddings for years to come. There were definitely songs for the fellas unlike on the last album, “Take Care.” Tracks like “The Language” and “305 to

My City” are 100 percent male-friendly. The bass is turned all the way up and the testosterone packed lyrics are filled with punch lines about sex, drugs and women. One of my favorite things about the album is when I got the glimpse of mixtape Drizzy. For a second I felt 15-years-old again listening to Drake on my MP3 player. The lyrics on “Connect” brought a smile to my face as he reminisced about the lower middle class struggle. Finally it was time for “Pound Cake/ Paris Morton Music 2.” The only song with JASMINE HARRIS a heavyweight feature on the album was Contributing Writer playing. After an intro skit about music that lacks passion, Drake began to rap. Then Jay Z comes to the mic and starts speak- LORDE ing Spanish in every line of his first verse. I Pure Heroine thought – cool. I like it. Just when I thought it was over, I saw that there were still three OUT OF 5 STARS minutes left. Out of nowhere Drake comes back to a completely different beat and begins rapping about Paris Morton, a girl he loved before he was famous. The album ends with the rapper tying everything together by saying the album title Lorde’s new album, “Pure Heroine” “Nothing Was The Same.” is highly anticipated after the popularity of her EP “The Love Club.” Her new album builds upon the relaxed, summery mood of the EP. Her electropop voice is young – she is only 16years-old – but the topics of her songs are not typical. Lorde touches upon teenage love without it seeming like it’s a standard song. She is genuine and her songs are a far cry from the expected repetition of teen girl moping and crying over boys who don’t like them. Instead, she focuses on how some relationships can be destructive despite it being the only thing that doesn’t make them feel “hollow like the bottles that we drain” in PHOTO/REPUBLIC RECORDS “400 Lux.” She also sings about the common teenage angst of feeling irrelevant to the rest of the world. She uniquely catches this emotion in “A World Alone” without glorifying it or making it seem trivial. ing her name. The crowd and the media were Expanding upon the idea of being surprised by her emotional performance of small, she sings about being proud of “Wrecking Ball.” Cyrus’ mascara was run- your hometown, which is appropriate ning as she left the stage. Earlier that week, since she is from New Zealand. Dethe announcement of her engagement with spite the stigma of small towns being Liam Hemsworth ending was released. rundown or boring compared to the Despite all the talent witnessed at the fes- grand cities in America and across the tival, it was the old school rockers that stole world, she’d rather stand as a team the show. It all started on Friday when Sir with her town. Lorde may focus on the Elton John took the stage. He may not have teenage feeling of being insignificant, a current hit on the charts, but he definitely but her anthem “Royals” picks up that owned it that night. He performed very well feeling of being unimportant. during his five-song set considering his re“Royals” boldly dismisses all other cent surgery. He sang very loud and clear rap and pop songs, typically from artand it was obvious the crowd loved it after ists much older that her, which essengiving him a standing ovation after only his tially sing about incredibly grand parthird song. He sang his timeless classics on ties with the most extravagant items his unique red piano like “Tiny Dancer” and that are deemed “cool.” “Bennie and the Jets.” In her lyrics she takes on the voice of Another British icon took the stage that everyone except these artists who could night accompanied by some very young only possibly mimic or relate to these talent, Queen and Adam Lambert. Though outrageous events in their dreams. With no one can compare to vocal genius Fred- that statement and a highly catchy beat die Mercury, he was a phenomenal stand-in. the song became a small hit over the Queen and Lambert serenaded the crowd summer and brought in much deserved with songs like “We Are the Champions” anticipation for her album. and “Who Wants to Live Forever.” FUN’s With her clear voice, catchy electro Nate Ruess later took the stage to sing their beat and intelligent lyrics, it is pretty famous hit “Somebody to Love.” Between obvious why the album is named “Pure Nate Ruess and Adam Lambert, the crowd’s Heroine.” At 16-years-old, it is odd to favorite was Lambert. see a singer so set apart from norm that The festival saved the best for last with isn’t super obscure or seemingly trying Sir Paul McCartney. The former Beatle ser- too hard to rebel. As she states in “Still enaded the audience with new music from Sane,” “I’m little but I’m coming for his upcoming album. He performed songs the crown” she is ready to spread her from his career with the Beatles. The Beat- music across the world. les set list included classics like “Magical We’ll just have to wait and see how Mystery Tour” and “Lady Madonna.” It was that turns out now that she is out of the very clear that the crowd enjoyed Paul Mc- studio and into the spotlight. Cartney’s undeniable and timeless talent.

Tears and cheers at iHeartRadio

ALEXANDRA MARIN Contributing Writer

The two-day concert known as the iHeartRadio Music Festival took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this past weekend. It was the musical playground for artists that varied from Justin Timberlake to Elton John to Miguel to the one and only, Paul McCartney. The festival is set up like an award show with presenters giving artists classic introductions to their performances. But unlike an actual award show, instead of giving the artists enough time to perform one song,

they’re given twenty minutes to give the crowd a memorable mini-concert experience. Though all of the performers at the festival left the crowd wanting more, there were only a few artists that gave the audience a truly memorable experience. One of them was the undoubtedly talented Justin Timberlake and he gave the crowd the 20/20 Experience. J.T. debuted three songs that will be featured in his upcoming album “The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)” that will be released in November. His performance set was filled with great vocals and new dance moves. Timberlake even managed to interact with the audience making it that much more special. Another crowd favorite at the festival was Miley Cyrus. The crowd welcomed her opening number “We Can’t Stop” by chant-


Lorde releases debut album, ‘Pure Heroine’


The 65th annual Emmy awards: recap


The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy’s aired on CBS on Sept. 22. It was a night full of shocks, honoree tributes and interesting speeches. For the second time, Neil Patrick Harris hosted the award show. The show started with a hilarious opening monologue where Neil Patrick Harris gets interrupted by past guests, Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Lynch, Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien. They all attempted to give Harris advice on how to host a superb show. As they began to argue, Kevin Spacey appeared in the audience as he portrayed his Frank Underwood character from “House of Cards.” He started off by saying, “It’s all going according to my plan.” He said he was promised to be host, but they wanted someone likeable. He proceeds by calling them all “bafoons.” After the past hosts departed from stage, the humorous Amy Poehler and Tina Fey yelled out from the audience that they have advice for Harris. They tell Harris to “twerk” and “take his pants off,” but he refuses. The duo crawls up the steps, somewhat imitating the fall of Jennifer Lawerence at the Oscars. They presented the first award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. The night had some interesting speeches. One of my favorite speeches was from “Nurse Jackie’s” Merrit Weaver. She looked extremely shocked as she said, “Thank you so much. I got to go, bye.” Not only was this her first Emmy, but also she

broke the record for the shortest speech. People were astounded that she beat Julie Bowen, Jane Lynch and Sofia Vergara. Another highly amusing speech of the night was Jeff Daniels for “Newsroom.” As he was chewing gum, he said, “Well crap.” Obviously, he wasn’t much prepared to beat out “Breaking Bad’s” Bryan Cranston and “Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm. A number of tributes were honored that night. Robin Williams honored his former co-star, Jonathon Winters, who played Robin Williams’ father in “Mork and Mindy.” An emotional Rob Reiner honored his former TV mother-in-law, Jean Stapleton. I could hear it in his voice that he was getting very emotional when talking about Stapleton. Jane Lynch’s emotional tribute was to her young “Glee” co-star Cory Monteith, who passed away in July. Lynch added, “He was not perfect, which many of us in this room can relate to.” James Gandolfini’s TV wife on “The Sopranos” said some tear-jerking statements about “The Sopranos” star. Lastly, Michael J. Fox honored Family Ties director Gary David Goldberg. A lot of critics thought they shouldn’t have honored that many stars. Will Ferrell presented the last two awards along with his three sons. He was dressed in shorts and an old t-shirt. His older sons were dressed in soccer uniforms and the youngest one in shorts and rain boots. He looked all disheveled and said, “They literally called me 45 minutes ago.” This was very entertaining to watch because how often do you see a presenter on stage with their kids dressed in regular clothes? He presented the award to “Modern Family” for Outstanding Comedy Series. This was their fourth year in a row to


win this award. “Breaking Bad” won Outstanding Drama Series, this was their first Emmy. This wrapped up the Emmy’s.

Overall it was a good show. Although, I thought it was too long and some of the acts they put in could have been omitted.

Prepare for a thrill during fall’s chills


Horror has always been popular amongst film genres, but in recent years, it has made its way to the small screen. In particular, large amounts of supernaturalbased series have left a huge mark on television screens everywhere. When you hear Lifetime, one would certainly not think of horror TV shows or movies, but more the iconic Original Lifetime movies. Lifetime has recently undergone a major makeover in an effort to expand past its iconic movies. Right off the heels of the successful “Devious Maids” comes “Witches of East End.” The Lifetime drama is based off of the book by the same title by Melissa de la Cruz. The series stars Julia Ormond who plays a free-spirited mom named Joanna Beauchamp, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, who plays a wild child named Freya Beauchamp and Rachel Boston, who plays a shy Ingrid Beauchamp. Freya and Ingrid are Joanna’s daughters who are unaware of their powers and witch heritage. “Witches of East End,” premieres on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 10 p.m. on Lifetime. Witches seem to be a popular subject this television season. Alongside “Witches of East End,” “The Originals” and “Sleepy Hallow,” comes the witch-centric third season of “American Horror Story. “American Horror Story: Coven,” takes place in New Orleans in the present day and the 1830s. “AHS: Coven,” features returning characters Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulso and Evan Peters. Lange and Paulson play mother-daughter witches Fiona Goode and

Cordelia Foxx. “AHS: Coven” also features an all star assortment of new stars as well, including Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Gabourey Sidibe and Emma Roberts. Both Bassett and Bates play more historical characters. Bates plays Madame LaLaurie, a Louisiana native, socialite and serial killer who keeps slaves bound within her home. Bassett plays Marie Laveau, a voodoo expert who was well respected and had a multiracial following in the 1800s. “American Horror Story: Coven” premiere on Oct. 9, at 10 p.m. on FX. Veering away from the witch-centric themes this season comes returning favorite “The Walking Dead,” which steers into its fourth season after an extremely eventful third season. In season three, we saw the deaths of Lori, Andrea, T-Dog and Merle. We also saw the introduction of The Governor and the destruction he caused to the prison in the season finale. Season four fast-forwards a few months into the future where the prison has been accident free and reinforced and turned into something like a home. Season four brings in comic favorites Bob Stookey and Tyreese as well as the addition of a few new characters. “The Walking Dead” premieres on Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. on AMC. Another returning favorite is “The Vampire Diaries.” Last season we saw little Elena Gilbert go from “damsel in distress” to “new and improved” vampire that proclaims her love for Damon. In the season four finale titled “Graduation,” viewers saw a true graduation for each character going into season five. In season five, viewers are taken a few months into the future. Elena and Caroline are starting college, Rebekah and Matt are on their European vacation, Stefan is at the

bottom of a quarry, Bonnie is still MIA., Damon is back in Mystic Falls trying to keep busy, and Katherine is struggling in

her transition back to humanity. “The Vampire Diaries” premieres on Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. on The CW.



World Peace comes to St. John’s CHRISTOPHER BRITO

News Editor The University received a visit from New York Knicks forward and former St. John’s star Metta World Peace on Thursday, who says he is “excited” about his collegiate basketball squad. World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, went to the University to speak with members of the men’s basketball team. He played for St. John’s from 1997-99, taking St. John’s to the Elite Eight in his final season. Asked about his campus visit by The Torch during Knicks media day on Monday, World Peace said he feels the team prospectively has “six pros” on the roster. He also is ecstatic about men’s coach Steve Lavin, who he feels has “turned the team around” and “energized” the basketball program. The Queens-born star played two years at St. John’s before bolting to the pros and getting picked 16th overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 1999 NBA Draft, famously passed over one pick earlier by his hometown Knicks, who selected Frederic Weis. After stints with the Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets, and one name change later, World Peace says he is happy to finally call New York home again. Playing for the Knicks also gives him a chance to see his Johnnies play in person for the first time in a while. During Knicks Media Day on Mon-

day, Peace mentioned his desire to go to one of the men’s basketball games. However, he cautioned that he wouldn’t guarantee it because it’s “easy to get caught up in too much” in New York City, and he wants to guard against too many distractions. “I’m excited to see them play and see a couple games when I have time,” World Peace said. “Hopefully I can make it to a game, preferably a championship game.” World Peace is best known for his hard-nosed play on the court, and flamboyant behavior and eccentric responses off the court and he didn’t disappoint Monday; he asked reporters if St. John’s was still in the Big East. His question turned into a playful remark that Knicks teammate -- and Syracuse University-product -- Carmelo Anthony pounced on when asked about the former Big East rivals. “He thinks St. John’s is in the ACC, he don’t know,” Anthony said. The Knicks play home games Dec. 14 and 16, so both World Peace and teammate Carmelo Anthony could be around for the St. John’s-Syracuse game on Dec. 15 at Madison Square Garden. “If we’re here I’ll go,” Anthony said. “Metta don’t want to talk about that, he wants to talk about a whole lot of other stuff.” Attending games as a fan could only be the start of getting more involved. At a book-signing event for his children’s book titled Metta’s Bedtime

Stories on September 18 in Tribeca, he told a group of fans during a Q&A session that he envisions himself with a new title at St. John’s after he retires

from basketball. One day, World Peace said, he just might be interested in coaching the St. John’s men’s basketball team.


Metta World Peace visited the men’s basketball team last Thursday.

Max Hooper set to debut for Red Storm


Editor-in-Chief Redshirt sophomore Max Hooper hasn’t seen a minute on the floor with the St. John’s men’s basketball team after transferring from Harvard following his freshman year in 2011/12. That year off has given him a chance to improve his game while he awaits his official debut with the Red Storm. He’s spent an entire year on the practice court with the Johnnies and got some playing time during the team’s recent trip to Europe where he made 10 3-pointers in one contest. “It was good to finally be on the court,” Hooper said during Saturday’s St. John’s Dribble for the Cure event. “It was real to be on the court with my teammates supporting me.” Standing at 6-foot-6, Hooper likely won’t be limited to a pure shootertype role this season, he said. “First and foremost my job is to make shots on the court, but at the same time I bring a lot more to the table than just shooting,” Hooper said. “I can use my shot to set up other plays to get in the lane for myself or to set up plays for my teammates.” Hooper credited his teammates with doing a “good job” of setting him up for shots, which helped make him comfortable anywhere on the court. “I feel like it didn’t matter where I


Max Hooper participated in his second Dribble for the Cure last Saturday.

was on the floor because I play from the two to the four,” he said. “I feel comfortable doing any of those regardless of who’s on the court with me.”

His teammates have taken notice of his shot-making ability and junior guard\D’Angelo Harrison attributed his arrival and the work put in by the rest of

the team as reasons that the Red Storm will improve dramatically from beyond the arc this season. “If you don’t guard him, he doesn’t miss,” Harrison said. “Teams are going to have to respect him every time he’s in the game.” Hooper may find himself in that position this year with the opportunity to play in tandem with shooter Marco Bourgault, who averaged 2.9 points-per-game with limited playing time last season. “I feel like that can be a deadly combination because it would stretch defenses,” Hooper said. “It really is up to [head] coach [Steve] Lavin. Marco and I are both very smart players. We know how to play the game and I feel like it would be effective to have us both on the court at the same time.” While Bourgault was getting acclimated to the Big East last year, Hooper was observing from the sidelines. However, he said the year he spent without NCAA competition didn’t go to waste. “I would have loved to be on the court contributing,” he said. “I was able to focus on and improve my individual game [in practice] and as a result I think I’ll be that much better when the season roles around.” That work hasn’t gone unnoticed by his teammates, including junior Sir’Dominic Pointer. “He’s in the gym all the time, he’s practicing and he’s earned the right to shoot the ball,” he said.


Hanging with ‘Looie’: Carnesecca sits JON PEREZ Sports Editor

The man who was once known for his swift pacing of the sidelines whenever his players received an outlet pass for an easy bucket now uses a cane to get from point A to point B. He may move slower than he once did during his coaching days, but his mind is still as fast as ever. Lou Carnesecca, 88, strolled into the arena that bares his name Saturday morning for the third annual Dribble for the Cure. He greeted current players and coaches as if he was the man of the hour. His presence was magnetizing. Everybody, from St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin to fans of the program, swapped their own experiences with the winningest coach in the history of the University. Carnesecca sat down and spoke to student athletes and coaches as only he could, with an reminiscent mind and smile. The story of ‘Looie’ is an unorthodox one. Most coaches are one of two types of people: Inquisitive athletes that were impactful players during their playing career but couldn’t make the professional level or they were in the upper echelon in their sport and wish to share wisdom to their teams. Carnesecca was neither. To simply put it, Carnesecca wasn’t a great baseball player and an even worse basketball player. But it was his passion that got him so far. Carnesecca made his high school junior varsity baseball team as an upperclassman because his coach at St. Ann’s (now Archbishop Molloy in Queens) saw his passion for the game and awarded him a spot on the team. He was a second baseman that hated ground balls but felt like he had a chance with pop flies. ‘Looie’ comes to St. John’s Carnesecca’s father, Alfred, was a grocery store owner in East Harlem who envisioned his son as a doctor. When Carnesecca graduated high school, he attended Fordham and figured he would honor his father’s wishes, even though

his heart was in coaching, he said. “I ran out after two weeks,” Carnesecca said. “I was asked to please leave.” Carnesecca said he wasn’t happy at Fordham. Most of his friends were at St. John’s: Dick McGuire, Patty Digilio, John Cannizzo and Danny Buckley who convinced Carnesecca to drop out of Fordham and make the move to Queens. “We all played against each other in high school,” Carnesecca said. “There was a bond in that parochial school system; we knew everybody, we played post season games together even though we played against each other in the league. It was a great, great feeling. So [Buckley] knew I was unhappy. I think the Lord in his infinite wisdom would’ve caused a

lot of deaths [had I stayed at Fordham].” Carnesecca’s first coaching job was at his alma mater St. Ann’s where he won a city championship in his second year. After seven years at St. Ann’s, he was asked to be an assistant head coach at St. John’s. He was taught from Joe Lapchick who coached the varsity baseball and basketball teams. In those days, University policy was that the head coach of the basketball team was also the head coach of the baseball team he said. Another University policy said that retirement was mandatory at the age of 65 from professors to maintenance men to basketball coaches. Carnesecca took the reins as St. John’s head coach before the 1965-66. In his inaugural season with the Red-



men Carnesecca’s team went 18-8 and lost in the first round of the NIT. In his second season he was named ‘Coach of the Year’ by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association. After Carnesecca was commememorated in a Manhattan hotel, Jack Kaiser, Jack Glimmer, Marty Satalino and Lapchick accompanied him to Danny’s Hideaway for a couple of drinks. Carnesecca was feeling on top of the world, he said. Everything was going smoothly and he had finally made it as a basketball coach. As the gentlemen checked their coats and hats, Glimmer asked the hatcheck girl if she knew who Carnesecca was. When she said she didn’t, Lapchick pulled out a card that read “Peacock Today; Feather Duster Tomorrow.” Looie still has the card in his wallet. It’s the size of a business card, green and worn out. “[Lapchick] always told me to keep it in my wallet,” Carnesecca said with a smile in his face. “That’s a relic.” The card’s humble message also helped Carnesecca to realize that players are more important than the coaches. When Carnesecca left St. John’s to coach and be the general manager of the New York Nets of the ABA, he coached the talented Rick Barry. In his first season, his team took the Indiana Pacers to game seven of the ABA finals but lost the deciding game on an inbounds play to Barry, who took his eyes off of a good pass thus, turning the ball over and giving the Pacers the championship. The next year, Barry left the team and the Nets lost 50 games. They still made the playoffs but didn’t have an impactful player like Barry. “[Coaches] are fifteen percent [of the team],” said Carnesecca. “Sometimes five [percent].” Carnesecca strikes out on ‘Dr. J’ Carnesecca says he learned another lesson when he refused to sign Julius “Dr. J” Erving. Carnesecca failed to sign Erving three times, he said. His first opportunity was when Erving was playing at Roosevelt High School on Long Island. Erving was unknown to most colleges. There were three schools that were interested in Erving’s services – Hofstra,


down with the Torch, reflects on past UMass and St. John’s. Back in those days, St. John’s prided itself on recruiting local talent and he was only a ride down the Southern State Parkway. Willis Reed, who was an assistant for Carnesecca in 1979, even offered to recruit Erving, but UMass invited Erving and his coach over to their campus for a visit and his college fate was sealed, Carnesecca said. The second opportunity game when Carnesecca was with the Nets. Erving had just finished his third year at UMass when he showed interest in signing with the Nets. Carnesecca says he felt his services were more needed at UMass; Erving signed with the Virginia Squires. Then after his first year with the Squires, Virginia was having financial problems and offered Erving to the Nets for cash, Carnesecca declined. “It was one of my most brilliant moments,” Carnesecca said sarcastically. “I felt that wasn’t the right thing to do at that time. I was wrong, because what I was doing was stopping a young man from making a living. Can you imagine Rick Barry and him together? I’d still be in the NBA.” ‘One of the great days in St. John’s history’ In 1979, The Redmen played in the NCAA tournament Eastern Regionals in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was known as ‘Black Sunday’ because St. John’s had just knocked off Duke and North Carolina lost to Penn. The excited team boarded their flight back to New York before departing for the regional semifinals. As the elated bunch landed, it was agreed upon by the St. John’s sports information director Katha Quinn and the press that the flight passengers on. The plane first and the team would follow. The passengers on the plane had visitors from Poland who were sitting with the team the entire flight. When it was time to leave the plane and enter the terminal, there were so many people that it was tough to differentiate the press from the visitors. Carnesecca was thanking the Polish visitors. “I started talking to people; they couldn’t understand a word I was saying,” Carnesecca said, laughing. “I was so excited, that was one of the great days in St. John’s history.” In 1985, the Redmen made the final four and drew a Georgetown team that might go down as one of the greatest teams to not win a championship. Georgetown took care of St. John’s but lost to a miraculous Villanova team led by head coach Rollie Massimino. That was the closest St. John’s ever came to winning a championship and haven’t gotten that far since then. However, winning a championship was not the end all be all for Carnesecca. “I think [winning a championship] would’ve been a wonderful thing for the team, for the players, for the alumni, faculty,” Carnesecca said. “But you know, the world as it is, is wonderful.” Carnesecca’s contributions were rewarded on Nov. 23, 2004, when Alumni Hall was named after him. Looie acknowledges that while his time at St. John’s was special, he doesn’t forget the great coaches before him, Lapchick and Buck Freeman, as well as the alumni and current students. “It’s a wonderful feeling. I feel humble, it’s wonderful,” Carnesecca said. “Because if you think of all the great people who’ve gone here, it’s their building too. It’s the alumni. It’s their building and it always will be.”


Lou Carnesecca’s presence attracted every person’s attention as he entered ‘their building’ on Saturday morning.

LOOIE’S NAME MISSPELLED ON CAMPUS MAPS -- PG 9 So as he sits down in “their building” with his brown polyester suit and flat cap on Saturday morning, he sips his coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts – cream and sugar. He wishes that the University had a Dunkin’ back when he was coaching. He sits and looks at all of the participants for “Dribble for the Cure” he has a sense of fulfillment in not only his time at St. John’s, but for what the University stands.

Looie looks ahead “I think it’s important to give back. Plus the cause today, when you do things for other people - look at all these people showing up for other people - I think that’s a marvelous way of expressing the Vincentian spirit,” Carnesecca said. “From St. Vincent de Paul, I think this is marvelous and to give a great example to even the little kids, the world is not just yours but it belongs to everybody.” He also had some encouraging words

for the current state of the program. Carnesecca can be seen at most home games at Carnesecca Arena or Madison Square Garden. “I like these guys. They’re talented, and they’ve got the experience, they’ve gone through the wars. They played a lot of tough ball games so it’s there,” Carnesecca said. “Now the biggest thing is God have mercy, they let them get any injuries, because I like this bunch to make some noise.”


Johnnies fall to FDU in overtime

St. John’s can’t avenge NCAA tournament loss to familiar foe KYLE FITZGERALD Online Editor No. 14/11 St. John’s continued their struggles playing away from home in a 2-1 loss to Fairleigh Dickinson on Tuesday night. FDU



The Red Storm will return to Belson Saturday after a three-game road trip.

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In a rematch of last year’s first round of the NCAA tournament, the Knights (6-3-0, 0-0-0) again edged the Red Storm (5-3-1, 0-1-1) with a penalty kick in overtime. The first half found itself to be a scoreless affair, with both teams looking to play a possession-heavy type of game in their 4-4-2 lineups. Neither team was able to gain any sort of momentum in the first 45 minutes of action with both defenses holding their own. Sophomore Danny Bedoya, trying to establish an aggressive approach early on, found himself with his greatest opportunity to score in the first half during the eighth minute. Outmaneuvering Fairleigh Dickinson’s defenders, Bedoya sent a shot out 25 yards back but was unable to trouble the Knights’ goal keeper.

Fairleigh Dickinson had little going for them in the first half, including three failed corner kick opportunities. Backed by senior Rafael Diaz in the net, the Johnnies were able to clear the ball from the box each time. The Knights opened up the second half, applying pressure to the St. John’s back four, forcing Diaz to make a save from a shot sent 30 yards out. Fairleigh Dickinson was able to break the 0-0 tie in the sixty-fifth minute of the game when striker Nico Wright played a header off a cross to send it past the experienced Diaz. The Red Storm looked hapless as the game neared to a close, but sophomore Sean Sepe played a low cross off junior David Herrera to chip the ball above the opposing keeper’s reach in the eighty-seventh minute. The equalizer marks Sepe’s fifth goal of the season. The Knights controlled the possession in the first overtime, and broke the tie in the ninety-seventh minute when they drew a foul inside the box, allowing for a penalty kick. Diaz guessed the direction of the penalty kick shot correctly, but could not get his reach long enough as the ball found the back of the lower left net. Not having won a game since Sept. 15, the Johnnies will look to turn their fortunes around on Oct. 5 when they host Big East opponent Providence.

Red Storm held at home by Creighton


The St. John’s women’s soccer team had countless opportunities to put the ball in the back of the net on Sunday afternoon versus the Creighton Bluejays, but nothing they did seemed to work; the final score was 0-0. ST. JOHN’S




The Red Storm (7-1-2, 1-0-1) battled all afternoon with the Blue Jays (7-3-1, 0-1-0) and it looked as though the Johnnies were dominating all afternoon and would come away with a victory but they just capitalize on all of the chance that presented themselves. “I want the team to play aggressive like we did today, even though we weren’t able to get the results we wanted,” head coach Ian Stone said. “I think we should have been able to finish some of the chances we had, but that was due to Creighton playing their socks off and it says a lot about their program.” The Red Storm’s standout freshman keeper, Diana Poulin, was kept out of the net on Sunday afternoon after sustaining an injury during Thursday’s

warm-ups. Stone was left with sophomore Ellen Conway, who had an impressive performance. “She played great today.” Stone said. The game got tense in the second half as Caitlyn McLaughlin received a yellow card; McLaughlin and Blue Jay goalie Danielle Rice bumped chests and said a few words to one another. “I know Caitlyn and a bunch of our girls are really passionate in the way they play,” Stone said. “I know the girls really want to win, but we have to show that passion in the way we play.” The Lady Storm challenged the Creighton goalie, constantly on the afternoon shooting the ball from every way imaginable. But Rice was able to stop every ball shot her way. St. John’s played fast and aggressive with the ball, controlling the ball for the majority of the afternoon. With Rachel Daly getting behind the Blue Jay backline on multiple occasions, and Amy Marron’s shot on goal on a header in the first half and her attempt from inside the six-yard box in the second, the Johnnies had multiple opportunities to score throughout the afternoon But neither team could find the vital first goal.. St. John’s will continue Big East play on the road against preseason conference favorite Marquette on Oct. 3rd


Georgia Kearney-Perry holds off a Creighton player during Sunday’s game.

SJU knocks off Seton Hall in thriller JON PEREZ Sports Editor In what looked like an easy victory for St. John’s, the Red Storm narrowly survived a thrilling five set victory over the Seton Hall Pirates on Friday night. Junior Ashley Boursiquot notched her first-career double-double by tying her career-high for kills (10) while setting a new career-high for blocks (10). ST. JOHN’S




“I felt since that first Big East game I wanted to give all I got,” Boursiquot told reporters after the match. “So I did my

best and we got the win.” The Lady Johnnies started off strong as they took the first two sets 25-18 and 25-20. However, the Pirates wouldn’t walk the plank that easy as they fought back to win the next two sets 22-25 and 18-25 before the Lady Storm pushed them over the edge with a 15-13 win in the fifth set. Along with Boursiquot, junior Aleksandra Wachowicz and sophomores Karin Palgutova and Deniz Mutlugil each recorded double-doubles and new career highs. Palgutova led the way with her career high 27 kills as well as 11 digs for her team-high fifth double-double of the year. “I think our team did a good job of putting pressure on their hitters because their an outstanding team as well,” head coach Joanne Persico told reporters. “They’re scrappy, they have an excellent

setter but we have a good team as well.” Sophomore Shawna-Lei Santos also tied her career high for digs with 32 as she out dug the reigning Big East Libero of the Year, Alyssa Warren, who had 26 digs. “I think we have to give some kudos to our setter who also was outstanding tonight, moving the ball around when hitters needed to run some different plays.” Persico said. The Red Storm improve to 12-5 overall and 1-0 in Big East play. St. John’s will hit the road to play the newest conference teams – Butler on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Xavier on Sunday at 2 p.m. “I like that they pursued and persevered. We have a young team, but we have a feisty team and we have a collected group we’re all very different, different swings, very different attitudes and personalities and it works.”


The Volleyball team played a scrappy game and came out on the better end on Friday night against Seton Hall.

Others have to step up for Daly JON PEREZ

Sports Editor After a phenomenal start by the women’s soccer team, gravity is starting to set in. After starting their season with a sixgame winning streak, the Lady Storm are 1-1-2. They’ve scored two goals in four games and have given up a total of one goal. The two goals were scored by none other than Rachel Daly. Shocker. To spend another column complimenting “the scoring machine formerly known as Rachel Daly” would be unnecessary. In sports, the best athletes are not always the most talented but those who are able to adjust to the competition and St. John’s is no exception. Teams are looking at the women’s soccer team now a lot differently than at the start of the year. They know that if they can contain Daly their chances at victory greatly increase. Don’t let the numbers fool you. Rachel Daly has been the number one reason why the team is in this position. Emily Cubbage was the leading goal scorer last year with three goals. Daly had that in two games. The total amount of goals for the team was 16, a number that Daly will probably break before the season ends. While Daly deserves the accolades that come as a result of hard work, it’s the rest of the offense that needs to step up; where is the rest of the offense? The back four is one of the best

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Leavin’ their Mark

Storm surging in city of brotherly love The St. John’s men’s tennis team advanced to the finals of the Penn Invitational this past weekend in Philadelphia. The road to the finals began with a clean sweep over St. Joseph’s (7-0) and a (5-2) win over Penn’s second team. Buffalo was next for the Red Storm and they responded with another convincing victory (7-0). However, St. John’s string of wins eventually snapped as they fell to Penn’s top squad in the finals, 7-0 on Sunday. To begin the weekend, Sophomore R.J. Del Nunzio quickly put St. John’s on the board, winning the first singles match and paving the way for the Johnnies. Sophomore Erick Reyes (second singles) and Senior Gary Kushnirovich (third singles) would follow with back-to-back wins. Also contributing with poised performances were the doubles duo of Kushnirovich and Vaidik Munshaw, who clinched the double point, 6-5, against Penn’s second team. The Red Storm were led by freshman Freddy Ruiz Acevedo, sophomores Erick Reyes and Michael-John Every and Kushnirovich, who each catapulted the Johnnies into the finals with three singles victories. Head coach Eric Rebhuhn and his squad will continue on the road next weekend at the Columbia Invitational. -Anthony Scianna

Blowin’ in the Wind

“If you don’t guard him, he doesn’t miss.” -D’Angelo Harrison on Max Hooper

Headin’ this Way Red Storm home games


Amy Marron hasn’t scored since Sept. 1 against North Dakota state.

back fours in the conference. However, outside of early success from Amy Marron and Morgan Tinari, the rest of the offense has given way for Daly to take the stage. Goalkeepers Diana Poulin and Ellen Conway have been solid in the net and have kept the Red Storm in every game this year.

If the Red Storm want to go deep into the fall, they’ll have to find other ways to score. The Marrons and Tinaris need to step up and find the net every now and then to alleviate the pressure for Daly, who might run out of steam and cause a downward spiral.

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