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SEPTEMBER 28, 2011


Sodexo Violates Health Code Despite ‘A’ Grade Professor Discusses Economy with The Ram By CONNIE KIM NEWS EDITOR

Each year, the RETI will bring eight to ten early-career professionals (with six years or fewer of post-doctoral academic experience) who have prior experience with HIV prevention research to Fordham. This summer there were eight participants. The program fills a void because many researchers lack training in HIV prevention research ethics, which is crucial when dealing with such sensitive health issues. “Despite the fact that research ethics are so important — particularly with vulnerable populations, such as those with or at risk for HIV — it is rare that busy academic researchers explicitly discuss these issues,” Jennifer E. Hettema, assistant professor at the University of Virginia, and RETI participant, said via email. One priority when working with individuals who are HIV-positive is to “protect the rights and welfare of the individual.” “You have to be concerned about confidentiality,” Fisher said. “For example, when you’re studying someone with HIV, [it] may harm their personal life. If a researcher fails to protect the security of HIV testing records, a participant may

President Obama recently addressed a combination of politically moderate proposals at a joint session of Congress, calling for immediate action from Congress to enact his $447 billion package of tax cuts and new government spending programs to save the tumbling economy. The Ram sat down with economics professor John Tobin for a better understanding of the current state of the United States’ economy, and its future. Speaking to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 8, President Obama addressed a payroll tax cut for employees and small businesses and a stimulus-like infrastructure program, which, he emphasized, had been supported by both Republicans and Democrats in the past. “The two main tools of the economic policy are fiscal policy and monetary policy,” Tobin said. Fiscal policy includes the use of government expenditure and revenue collection, whereas monetary policy controls interest rates and money supply to influence the economy. “The plan that President Obama unveiled during the joint session of Congress had a variety of proposals,” Tobin said. “He wanted to extend the payroll tax cut for workers and also to reduce the portion of taxes paid by businesses, so that’s a fiscal policy.” The federal government spends money and collects money from tax revenues. “If [the government] spends more than it takes in, then we have a budget deficit,” Tobin said. “The United States almost always has run a budget deficit, with only a few exceptions in the past few decades. However, the size of budget deficit has been relatively small. But in 2008, with the financial crisis, a lot of spending has been made to rescue many organizations.” Today, instead of running a deficit of $300 billion, the country has a deficit of over a trillion dollars.




Students enjoy lunch at the Marketplace after recent health inspections that awarded Sodexo ‘A’ grades in spite of two critical violations at the caf and Ramskeller.


Fordham garnered ‘A’ grades at the Marketplace and the Ramskeller during recent city health inspections, despite receiving violations at both facilities. Although Fordham was previ-

ously cited for evidence of mice and roaches, inspectors from the New York City Department of Health awarded the two Rose Hill eateries their highest marks at the end of August. Brian Poteat, general manager of Food Services, says he is proud of the improvements made by Hospi-

tality Services over the summer. “Thanks to everyone’s cooperation and efforts the results have been extremely positive to date,” Poteat said in a statement to The Ram. While Fordham did receive high overall scores, the Marketplace received a critical violation for “food contact surface not properly

washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred,” according to the Department of Health’s Web site. Along with two other general infractions for improperly installed plumbing and food contact surfaces, the MarSEE SODEXO ON PAGE 2



Students can no longer use Gmail and their Fordham email at the same time.

Gmail Alterations Frustrate Students By CAROLINE ZALLA CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Students are left frustrated this week after Google made a mandatory change to the Fordham Gmail account structure. Any student who used his or her account to sign up for other Google services not provided within the University portal is unable to log into their Fordham account once signed into a separate Gmail account. For many students, the transition has left them with limited access to their Fordham account. “The fact that I cannot have ac-

cess to both my personal Gmail account and my Fordham account at the same time has been very frustrating,” Bridget Dalton, GSB ’13, said. On Sept. 14 Google began making changes to the Fordham Gmail account structure as part of a transition the company is implementing to provide more services to organizations like Fordham. A completion date for the project has yet to be decided. Students are hoping the change happens quickly and efficiently. “I’m hoping the transition ends soon so we can begin to use our SEE GMAIL ON PAGE 3

This past summer, a new program geared toward training early career professionals in working with HIV prevention research ethics practices debuted at the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education. The HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute (RETI) is not only a unique program, but also the first ethics training backed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The NIDA awarded a five-yearb $1.6 million grant to Celia B. Fisher, the Marie Ward Doty University Chair and professor of psychology. Fisher is also the director of the Center for Ethics Education. Under Fisher’s direction, the Center for Ethics Education has obtained many grants focusing on the conduct of research ethics and has become prominent for that kind of research, though this program stands out. “I think [the grant . . .] brings national attention to Fordham as a place that combines this caring for others with this scholarship and lifelong learning with young professionals,” Fisher said.


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Sept. 20, Faculty Memorial Hall, 7 a.m. A male entered Faculty Memorial Hall attempting to steal a copper pipe from the basement. Someone observed him and called the building’s security officer. The officer chased and apprehended him with the assistance of the security officer on Belmont Ave. and 189th Street. The police came and arrested the individual. Sept. 20, Webster Ave. & Fordham Rd., 3:30 p.m. A student exited the Metro North station, and a male with short black hair approached him and tapped him on the shoulder. The male asked the student for $5 to $10 for food. The student told him that he did not have any money. The male forced him to use the ATM at a nearby store. The ATM was inoperable. This time, the male asked him to go to another store across the street to use the ATM, and this time, he demanded that the student withdraw $40. The student complied; he withdrew money and handed it over to the male. The male left the scene. Sept. 20, Walsh Hall, 5 p.m. The smoke from on the stove set off a fire alarm. Security responded. The room was ventilated, and the alarm was reset. Sept. 21, Ziggy’s bar, 1:20 a.m. A student bumped into another student. They exchanged words. Another student punched the student who was bumped. The student fell to the ground. There was pushing and shoving between two groups of students. NYPD responded and broke up the incident. The student who was hit was sent to St. Barnabas hospital for medical attention. Sept. 21, McGinley Center, 8:30 p.m. A student left her wallet on the sofa on the second floor of McGinley center. The student returned 30 minutes later and discovered that $300 was missing. The student reported this to security, but did not report the incident to the police. Sept. 23, 189th Street & Lorillard Place, 9 p.m. Two students were walking south on Lorillard Place when they were passed by two males. One of the males asked for a dollar but was ignored by the students. The male then stated, “Now give me everything.” The students turned toward the males and observed a gun in his waistband. After one student surrendered her wallet the males demanded their cell phones. The males then fled north on Lorillard Place. NYPD responded and canvassed the area


Students enjoy lunch at the Marketplace after recent health inspections that awarded Sodexo “A” grades in spite of two critical violations at the caf and Ramskeller.

Sodexo Violates Health Code Despite ‘A’ Grade SODEXO, FROM PAGE 1

ketplace amassed a total of 12 violation points. The Ramskeller also received a critical violation for improperly using or storing sanitized equipment during the summer inspections. The Ramskeller totaled 11 violation points after health inspectors cited the eating establishment for other general violations. The Department of Health employs a grading system based on points received for general violations, which are minor infractions and carry a weight of two points, and critical violations, which are more severe infringements and carry a weight of 5 points. Restaurants scoring between 0-13 are awarded an A, while a restaurant earning between 14-27 points is classified as a B. If an establishment receives marks exceeding 27, the restaurant is given a C grade. However, this is not the first time Fordham has encountered critical violations for improper sanitation issues. During inspections last spring, both the Student Deli and the Ramskeller were cited for improperly sanitizing food contact surfaces. While those establishments have since ameliorated the problem, the violation appeared again this summer during inspections of the Marketplace. Despite the improvements made to Sodexo-run facilities, some students are still not satisfied with the results.


Students purchase lunch at the Sodexo-run Millenium Grille located in O’Hare.

last spring’s violations, says he is still not satisfied with Sodexo’s imperfect score. “While I appreciate that there has been some effort on the part of Hospitality Services to improve, there is really no reason that their grade should be 11 points higher than White Castle,” Mantia said, referring to the local White Castle, which received a clean score last spring. “I believe that [Sodexo] could have had a bad day, but after all the uproar last year, I am surprised they would

“Any deviation from the health code is pretty much unacceptable, especially considering what happened last semester.” JOHN MANTIA, GSB ‘13

“Any deviation from the health code is pretty much unacceptable, especially considering what happened last semester and the amount of money we give them every year,” John Mantia, GSB ’13, said, referring to Sodexo’s three facilities that received ‘C’ grades from the Department of Health last spring, the lowest scores in the grading system. Mantia, who organized a Facebook group that demanded refunds from Fordham and a campus-wide town hall meeting in response to

allow for any slacking, especially in terms of the health code.” Following March inspections in which Sodexo facilities received scores of 53 at the Student Deli, 47 at the Millenium Grille and 30 at the Ramskeller, Poteat initiated an action plan to improve Fordham eateries. “During the past several months Sodexo has been working with Fordham’s Facilities department, our pest management company and our frontline employees, supervisors and managers to ensure that all of our

facilities and services are fully compliant with all NYC Department of Health codes and regulations,” Poteat said. “The action plan that was originally developed last spring focused on an integrated approach to first find any issues that were not compliant with [Department of Health] codes, correct them (through repairs or training) and then maintain the standards through frequent follow up inspections.” Sodexo also took specific steps to make improvements to keep its Fordham eateries in accordance with New York City’s health code. Christine Testa, a former assistant director of the Department of Health who directly dealt with inspections of eating establishments, was hired in June as Fordham’s new food safety and sanitation coordinator. “Ms. Testa began working with our employees, supervisors and managers, providing enhanced training related to the proper handling, serving and storage of food,” Poteat said. Poteat said Sodexo consulted with a private company, which inspected facilities this summer and provided Fordham with a comprehensive report of areas in need of improvements. Testa also contacted a pest control company that carried out inspections and identified issues that needed correcting. Members of the United Student Government say they have been in constant contact with Sodexo fol-

lowing last spring’s Town Hall meeting to ensure the appropriate changes were made to dining facilities. “We have done our best to keep tabs on the health conditions of our on-campus dining facilities since last semester’s Town Hall,” Caitlin Meyer, FCRH ’12 and United Student Government president, said in a statement to The Ram. “Vice President Bryan Matis [GSB ’12] and I are committed to holding ourselves, Sodexo and the University Administration accountable to students in all instances, particularly when they pertain to student health and safety.” In contrast with Fordham’s most recent inspections, New York University, which employs Sodexo catering and received notoriety for poor health inspections last spring, also garnered two critical violations during health inspections in early September. Health officials awarded the two NYU eating establishments 10 and 28 violation points. Following the results of the most recent inspections and the alterations made by Sodexo this summer, Poteat says he is confident in Fordham’s ability to receive high marks in all future assessments. “We are prepared for inspections in all other dining venues and remain committed to maintaining the standards that Sodexo, Fordham and our students expect,” Poteat said.


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Professor Discusses Jobs Bill with The Ram JOBS BILL, FROM PAGE 1

“This is alarming. Everyone is worried that this is not sustainable. Eventually, we need to come up with a strategy to address the size of the budget deficit,” Tobin said. The debate today, in many ways, is a debate about whether we need to be worried about the deficit now, or whether we can put it off for another few years. According to Tobin, there are two sides to this debate. On one side of the debate is the Tea Pary, which advocates government spending cuts. “The Tea Party argument is that if we cut government spending and reduce the burden of the government in some way, then the economy will start to grow, which I don’t think is a conventional view,” Tobin said. The other side’s argument is that spending cuts would only worsen the economy in this situation. “The other side of the argument is that people are worried about the unemployment rate at 9.1 percent and the economy growing at 1/10 of 1 percent,” Tobin said. “Cutting government spending would only lower aggregate demand which would worsen the economy. The math is irrefutable. As the aggregate demand decreases, GDP will decrease, which means higher unemployment rate. In other words, a recession [will occur again].” “We have got almost 15 mil-


President Obama presented a jobs plan to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 8, calling for immediate action from Congress to enact his $447 billion package.

lion people unemployed today,” Tobin said. “We need to get those people back to work. That should be job No. 1. That’s much more important to do today than to fi x our budget deficit.” President Obama agrees that the country need to raise taxes and cut spending; however, he suggests the government should not do either one of them right now. Instead, the U.S. need to come up with a plan today that helps

stimulate the economy today by lowering the unemployment rate with new government spending programs. These programs could be funded by raising taxes on the wealthy and letting Bush-era tax cuts expire. “What he addressed at a joint Congress was just a proposal,” Tobin said. “And the wheels turn very slowly in Washington, so what he is suggesting in his speech was presenting some good

ideas and telling Congress what it should do for the American people. But the President can only make proposals. It is Congress that gets to decide what laws we pass, what laws we do not pass. Congress gets to decide the tax rates, what we spend on and what we don’t spend on. That’s all the prerogative of Congress. All that the President can do is make speeches and say, what I think you should do, here is what the Ameri-

can people want you to do. But at the end of the day, he doesn’t do anything other than present ideas and make proposals and try to persuade people. Congress has the power of the purse.” “So will any of those proposals be enacted into law? I don’t know. Probably not. The reason I say that is because it’s also a political problem. We have got a presidential election coming up in November 2012,” Tobin said.

Gmail Alterations RETI Studies HIV Ethics Frustrate Students HIV, FROM PAGE 1


updated accounts with more of the benefits that Google offers,” Madelyn Corinaldesi, FCRH ’13 said. “Balancing two accounts with different services can be overwhelming at times.” Google considers Fordham users as currently having two Google accounts with identical email addresses, Patricia Carlucci, executive director of special projects, said. The first account is the address that was assigned to students when they enrolled. The second account is a conflicting Google account created when students used the same fordham. edu address to access other applications that are not currently available through Fordham Gmail accounts. Fordham Gmail accounts are run through a single sign-on process, meaning a student can access MyFordham and a variety of tools within the portal without having to re-authenticate and re-enter an Access ID. “The new change implemented by Google will eventually allow students to access certain services via their single-sign on account without having to re-authenticate,” Carlucci said. Students will ultimately have access via their Fordham account to a variety of Google services such as Blogger, YouTube and iGoogle, which were previously unavailable to them.

“Balancing two accounts with different services can be overwhelming at times.” MADELYN CORINALDESI, FCRH ‘13

Prior to implementing Gmail, Fordham managed a different thirdparty email system for students. It was not until October 2010 that Fordham switched to Gmail to ensure that students have the best possible technological tools available to them, and the same stands for this change. “The more that our constituent students operate in the consumer world, the more of course they expect those same services in the academic world,” Nancy Glynn, a Fordham IT communications specialist, said. Glynn said Fordham IT is working aggressively to ensure that students have the best learning experience using IT. The IT Department suggests that students having difficulty with their accounts stop by the HelpDesk in McGinley Center or contact a Resident Technology consultant located in all residence halls on campus.

get fired [or] have problems with health insurance.” Other ethical issues emerge when research participants are substance abusers, have low levels of education or cognitive impairments because of drug use or other diseases. “You have to worry they are not voluntarily consenting to HIV/ AIDS research,” Fisher said. Due to these problems, the RETI aims to find better ways of being ethical when conducting research on HIV. “Our goal is to work with young professionals with their Ph.D, M.D. or some other advanced degree on their way to tenure to create a new class of young professionals who work together to ethically conduct HIV/AIDS research,” Fisher said. According to Fisher, through the institute, the early career professionals will be given mini-grants to “design and conduct studies on what will improve the ethical conduct of HIV research.” In addition, there is a mentoring component to the program, allowing faculty members within the institute to work closely with the young professionals. “The program allowed us to learn from a combination of front line researchers with ample real world experience,” Hettema said. “Having the [chance] to apply my scientific background to systematically study an ethical issue in my area is an amazing opportunity.” Research ethics training also teaches professionals how to approach diverse groups of people

with different attitudes, a common situation when dealing with delicate issues. “You may think you’re doing things that are beneficial,” Fisher said. “But they are actually harmful.” Much of this rests on “multicultural competence,” in which case a researcher may be trained in certain methods that are not appropriate for particular cultures or races. Arielle Jacob, FCRH ’14, who did not participate in the RETI, experienced this multicultural competence firsthand while interning in a Manhattan hospital this past summer. “We had different research projects, and one of them was HIV research,” Jacob said. “We walked the ER and asked anyone who looked over 16 if they’d like to take a sexual health and HIV survey.” In Jacob’s research, different groups were hesitant to participate in the survey, at times asking the interns to leave, which she believes was due to “a cultural barrier.” “The person who ran the research project [eventually] asked us to focus on people of our own ethnicity,” Jacob said. “We got much more open responses.” During the RETI, Fordham’s location in the Bronx was also incorporated into the program. “Our location in the Bronx is so ideal when studying marginalized populations, unfortunately,” Fisher said. “All of New York, you have people who are homeless, marginalized, poor. The Bronx is just wonderful in respect to its cultural and ethnic diversity. It’s a wonderful place to research.”

The RETI also took advantage of the close ties between Fordham and community organizations. Many studies hire field workers when conducting prevention research in poor and marginalized communities, but Fisher had a different approach. “Part of the training is I bring in these community workers to come and speak so the researchers appreciate the work in the field,” Fisher said. “As part of the program, we had the opportunity to learn from several local providers, researchers and research staff about specific HIV prevention research ethics issues, challenges, and opportunities,” Hettema said. “These real world examples enriched the program.” Some may be surprised to find a program with such a strong focus on HIV prevention taking place at Fordham. “I’ve always been supported by the University because ethics is about caring for people, so it’s very much in the Catholic-Jesuit tradition,” Fisher said. “It’s about respecting the individual’s right to flourish.” “The training grant has given me the opportunity to take the dedication to studying ways to enhance the ethical conduct of research to training a new generation of highly competent scientists interested in and motivated to study ways we can develop ethical procedures that respect participants’ values and merit their trust,” Fisher said. “It has given me a wonderful opportunity to work with faculty at Fordham doing similar work and putting our expertise together.”



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Muni-Meters Rightly Replace Parking Meters in Manhattan By RORY MASTERSON STAFF WRITER

Last week, the seminal alternative-rock group R.E.M. broke up. One of their most famous songs is “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” which R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck has said was primarily influenced by the Bob Dylan song “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” featuring the line, “Don’t follow leaders, and watch your parking meters.” Also last week, it was the end of the world as we knew it for the metallic, single-space, free-standing parking meters in Manhattan. The Department of Transportation removed its last decommissioned meter from a neighborhood in Harlem as part of a project that started over a year ago to transition from free-standing meters to solar-powered Muni-Meters equipped with Wi-Fi and capable of keeping track of eight parking spaces at once. While the project will reportedly cost around $34 million to complete, the long-term benefits are clear. Having solar-powered anything these days is reason enough to receive some kind of subsidy, surely, and Wi-Fi has transcended coffee shops to become an almostexpected accommodation. Just look at the Ram Vans. Beyond being a cost-cutting maneuver, however, the replacement

of the old-school parking meters is a change to the landscape of New York City. The first parking meters appeared in Manhattan the same year that both of my parents were born in New York: 1951. They and millions of others grew up with the possibility of finding either a broken meter or a meter with a few extra minutes left over from the last person who used the spot. Now, the new parking meters will issue receipts that go in the windshields of cars, leaving no possibility for random acts of altruism. Even beyond that, the parking meter has seen the best and worst of this city’s last 60 years. It has been there as a constant through all the sports championship runs, the birth and growth of hip-hop, the Summer of Sam, the rise of crack-cocaine, the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center of both 1993 and 2001 and the move from one Yankee Stadium to another. The parking meter has been there for it all, and now its own time has come. We cannot mourn the loss of this unexpected icon of the streets; it is merely a turning point for the city and perhaps a necessary one in this day and age. There was a New York City before parking meters, and there will most certainly be one after they are entirely removed from all five boroughs within the next year. It will look and feel a little dif-


Parking meters have long been a fixture in Manhattan, but around the city, Muni-Meters are taking their places on streets.

ferent, but surely the city will be able to move past this change. Still, the parking meter has been a charming reminder for visitors and inhabitants alike for many years. The hassle of having to find just the right amount of quarters will no longer be an issue, but admit it: Even if it felt tedious then, the time you spent digging in your pockets looking for silver denominations of American currency was not the worst-spent time in the world.

The new machines accept debit cards, eliminating the need for change in an increasingly plastic world. They turn off automatically on Sundays, a cost-cutting move that simultaneously acts as a friendly reminder of what day it is once a week. They take up less block space and do not feature mechanical parts, tremendously reducing the possibility of failure on the meter’s part. The new meters are a strange but necessary change, and the passage

of time will increase their acceptance into the culture of New York City. While they can never replace the metallic meters, to which we bid a fond farewell, they will take on the task of becoming the new Yankee Stadium of traffic organization. As that evolution occurs, we can bear one altered piece of advice in mind: Don’t follow leaders, and watch your Muni-Meters. Rory Masterson, GSB ’14, is a business administration major from Fort Mill, S.C.

Impractical and Immoral: U.S. Should Abolish the Death Penalty By CANTON WINER CONTRIBUTING WRITER

At 11:08 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, the state of Georgia killed Troy Davis. Davis is merely the most recent in a string of thousands who have been killed legally by our government. The U.S. is an exceptional country, but the continued use of the death penalty is a huge, black stain on our great nation and a practice that we should demand be abolished. Iraq, Iran and China are the only countries to execute more people through their legal systems than the U.S. Yes, the U.S. executes

more people than countries such as North Korea, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Why is it that only nations which we deem to be humanitarian abysses share our zeal to kill our own citizens? Additionally, the U.S. is the only country in the Americas to have used the death penalty in recent years, making us the least progressive country in the Western hemisphere, in terms of human rights. What is truly frightening about this is that we do not seem to be moving forward. Public support for the death penalty fell as low as 42 percent in 1966, but a Gallup Poll taken last year had the number at

64 percent. This is not because of a sudden increase in the demand for justice; it is simply bloodlust. For example, when Governor Rick Perry was asked at a Republican debate in California earlier this month about the 234 executions over which he has presided, the conservative audience erupted into a mass of applause and cheers. I can only assume observers would have found similar conduct in a Roman coliseum. Besides the moral repugnance of the death penalty, it is also wildly impractical. The death penalty costs nearly five percent more than life imprisonment; it is a fiscal bur-


Though demonstrators spoke out around the country, Fordham’s community was eerily silent during Troy Davis’ last days.

den placed unfairly on the taxpayer. This may seem counterintuitive, but because a murder trial usually takes much longer when the death penalty is on the table, much higher litigation costs result. A 1982 study showed that if the death penalty was reintroduced in New York, the cost of such a trial alone would be more than double the cost of a life term in prison, and in the end, most cases do not even end with a death sentence. This is an egregious waste of resources. The use of the death penalty siphons off funds that could otherwise be used to combat and prevent crime. Supporters of the death penalty argue that it serves as a deterrent for crime. This is simply not true; the numbers prove it. Besides, a criminal’s main concern when committing a crime is escaping arrest, not the severity of a punishment. I was disappointed by the lack of acknowledgement of Troy Davis’ execution from the Fordham University Respect for Life Club. The club’s mission statement is: “Working to defend the dignity of human life from conception until natural death.” Troy Davis did not die a natural death, and yet his execution was completely ignored by the pro-life group. Respect for Life has managed to plaster the campus with plenty of anti-abortion flyers and even had a meeting the day before Troy Davis’ execution; however, the group neglected to mention the upcoming execution even once. Respect for Life should live up to its mission statement and vocalize

its opposition to the death penalty instead of merely anti-abortion and anti-embryonic stem cell research. After all, the death penalty is obviously the most direct form of killing out of the three. Respect for Life President Laura Notess, FCRH ’12, expressed regret that they were not able to address the issue. “We have an event on the death penalty scheduled for November,” she said. “Although it is too late for Troy Davis, I am hoping his death helps spark some attention regarding the inherent philosophical problems with the death penalty.” Fordham should encourage increased dialogue about the death penalty. Father Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of the University, once said of Fordham, “We believe that students have to be invited to wrestle with the great ethical issues of their time. We want them to be bothered by the realization that they don’t know everything and [be] bothered by injustice.” The issue of the death penalty is one of the greatest ethical issues and injustices of our time — let the wrestling begin. Fordham should implore the student body to undertake a Jesuit-style dialogue on this issue. Instead of allowing our Neanderthal desire for revenge to suffocate our humanity, we should consider the social and moral ramifications of the death penalty and make the responsible decision to abolish it. Canton Winer, FCRH ’15, is an undeclared major from West Palm Beach, Fla. Additional reporting by Christine Barcellona.



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From the Desk of Brian Kraker, News Editor It all starts with holding a door. I was first introduced to Fr. Phillip Florio’s mantra during a Sunday sermon my junior year. He spoke in church about his disappointment in a community too busy for the simplest gesture of holding a door for a fellow student. That afternoon, he challenged every student to achieve great things; he challenged us to start with holding a door. I have been told I am a cynical person, so even my closest friends would not have guessed the effect Fr. Florio’s words would have on me. During my stint as a member of the opinions section, I received weekly phone calls from my conservative mother encouraging me to write more “upbeat” articles. An alumnus once told me that my scathing critiques would have lead to expulsion if printed during his time as editor-in-chief. It appeared strange that Fr. Florio’s idea for a grand gesture of brotherhood would resonate within someone who seemed hell-bent

on pissing off the University. However, I never saw my articles as a manifestation of my pessimism. I always viewed my work as a success of Fordham’s mission: to leave me bothered. On a campus that is stereotypically apathetic, I grapple with Fr. McShane’s constant refrain of not leaving students content with their surroundings. Fr. Florio refused to accept this passive attitude and demanded that students care, even in the smallest way. The same Jesuit with whom I watched reruns of “The Jersey Shore” reminded me that, within this sea of passive attitudes on the larger issue, people needed to at least care for each other. Throughout my four-year tour as an undergraduate, I have been bothered. I was bothered by the effect of HIV on the loving people I met during my Global Outreach trip in Nashville. I have been moved by the plight of mentally handicapped adults while

I volunteer at a camp each summer that helps people affected by these disabilities. I have grown to loathe an office of student leadership that groans under the weight of its self-imposed red tape and an Office of Residential Life that fosters an atmosphere of protecting its own behind rather than aiding the students it pledges to serve. Yet Fordham has also taught me that silently lamenting these problems is not a solution. Passionately griping about Fordham’s latest folly in my dorm room accomplishes nothing. Problems are not solved with apathy, but with action. That is why I began to hold the door. I know holding a door will not find a cure for those battling debilitating diseases or bring aid to those who face social injustices, nor will it fix the laundry list of complaints that fall upon deaf ears in the administration. Instead, holding the door every chance I get is a daily reminder

to care for my fellow student, to look over my shoulder and see if another student needs a hand. This simple act reminds me during my most chaotic days to let my neighbor go first, and to put others before myself. Before we can fathom ways to tackle the world’s greatest problems, we need to learn to care for our neighbors here at Fordham, even if it that means simply holding the door. This spring I will walk across Keating steps for the final time and leave Fordham bothered. But, before I am able to continue my pursuit of change, you can be sure I will be holding the door for my fellow graduates.

Turning University Research into Results By DYLAN MORTENSEN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

President Obama is not the only one who recognizes the need to create more jobs to repair our anemic economy. Bolstered by the help of dozens of universities across the country, Obama’s new America Invents Act could potentially help businesses bring their inventions to the market sooner, creating new businesses and new jobs. There has been very little good news regarding unemployment numbers since the recession struck in early 2008. The U.S. unemployment rate has climbed from 4.9 to 9.1 percent over the last three years, while the 14 million unemployed persons as of August is a number that is anticipated to increase by the end of September, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. President Obama’s new patent reform legislation addresses many issues to stimulate economic growth. Two of the immediate ways in which the act will aid businesses include an expedited patent processing op-

tion that limits the time needed to obtain a set of exclusive rights, and increasing patent quality by constructing new, competent management systems that excel in assuring strong values for assigned patents. While these initiatives are important for the stimulation of economic growth, the most influential effort must come from research universities and their ability to promote modernization and commercialization of new research. “The nation’s research universities are essential and dependable partners in U.S. innovation and economic development, performing much of the country’s basic research in science and medicine while striving to educate our students,” Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Landgrant Universities, said. As of Sept. 16, more than 135 universities devoted themselves to tightening relations with various businesses to embark on “greater efforts to advance regional and national economic growth and to ensure that technological breakthroughs devel-

through” research to prospective investors, due to the steep initial cost and questionable outcomes. Multiple universities across the U.S. prove to provide a vast array of research that is imperative for economic success, however. “It is important that [the university-industry] relationship be fostered and grown … really for the good of the country,” Roberto Peccei, the UCLA vice chancellor of research, said. The interaction between university and business need not be viewed as a conflict to academic integrity, but rather as a mutual relationship that is imperative for a flourishing economy. As institutions become filled with competitive and passionate young adults, it is important to realize what full potential really means — to transform basic research into real value. We have been talking about making a change for years now. It is now time to dust off our gear, get our boots dirty and start working for meaningful results. Dylan Mortenson, GSB ’14, is a business administration major from Tokyo, Japan.



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oped through campus-based research was rapidly disseminated to advance the nation’s social and economic interests,” according to the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. Of the 135 universities that stated that they plan to reinforce their business relations, 44 of them have already formally published their plans to improve a solid commercialization program. Institutions, including Boise State University, the University of Michigan and Rutgers University, are building new foundations to develop their commercialization programs. University research commercialization not only benefits selected businesses but also the economy as a whole. As federal research budgets are maxed out, other sources of revenue are crucial to maintain public institutions. Startup companies pump money into university research while larger companies distribute technology that is near impossible for universities to acquire otherwise. In light of the recession, in many cases, companies can no longer provide important “break-

Many universities are improving the products of inquiry; even Fordham started beefing up its undergraduate research.

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Isabel Brown Dubya and Dumber I sometimes don’t know whether to laugh or cry when I watch the Republican presidential debates. Eventually, morbid fascination wins out, and it usually ends with me questioning if it’s a special breed of über-Americans that can be square-jawed, steel-shouldered and still quick with a shotgun, as Rick Perry is. In this fantastically terrible election cycle, it’s frightening that voters don’t seem to have realized the potential a President Perry has to repeat the misadventures of the Bush administration. Perry, the governor of Texas, appears to be wringing every drop of Americana from the whole cowboy-freedom shtick once again. Every time I hear him talk about his prairie roots, I want to dive into a crowded 6 train at rush hour and surround myself with my fellow smelly, tired, emotional humans, because unlike tumbleweeds and rattlesnakes, they have personality. There’s just something very strange about someone who can proudly declare the 234 executions they approved in office as “the ultimate justice.” People who are that gleeful over their violent tendencies are the people you switch train cars to avoid or call the MTA police on. During a recent debate, Perry attempted to pose as the paragon of plain-speakin’, down-home Middle Americans. The savior against the snobbish elitism of Mitt Romney or anyone else capable of using polysyllabic words (spell ’em right, too) used much of his time to criticize Romney’s public healthcare program. Just because Massachusetts residents have public healthcare doesn’t mean the entire country would under a Romney presidency. By that token, just because Perry created 1 million jobs in Texas doesn’t mean that the other 14-million-plus unemployed in the U.S. would be put back to work. Romney’s capacity to understand middle-class woes was bemoaned with even greater irrelevance by Perry because of his $200 million net worth. Frankly, I don’t care if the president has more money than Bill Gates or never worked in a factory at age 12. I just want to see the debt balanced. Out of the motley crew of candidates in the Republican primary, I would have to side with the one least likely to arrive at a G8 summit in a Conestoga motorcade. I suppose Perry is trying to compensate for lacking a graduate degree or intellectual smoothness by appealing to the emotions of voters. Right, because I am really more terrified of socialism than I am of a commander-in-chief whose formative years were spent in Paint Creek. Eleven years ago, Americans went through the same cycle of educated-candidate-versus-pseudodeputy-sheriff. We went with the cowboy Republican and received a ruined economy, a costly war and the scorn of the entire world. David Letterman’s jokes about Bush’s diplomatic and grammatical mishaps were great, but the U.S. literally can’t afford them again.


In America’s long history of crass consumerism, there have always been — and most likely always will be — those who intensely oppose rampant marketing campaigns. Yet, there must be many more proponents, right? How could there not be in today’s profit-driven world? Nothing remains a more integral part of our capitalistic world than advertising. Now, here comes the eternally irksome inquiry: Where do we draw the line between expected and unnecessary levels of advertising? Is the employment of student ambassadors by giant companies, from Kaplan to Ben & Jerry’s, a devious scheme? Is it a genuine and pure form of promoting a product among a demographic that will thoroughly enjoy it? Cynicism paired with an acceptance of the necessity of advertising to propel the economy suggests that it is most likely a combination of both. Ultimately, as students seeking an education, we are engaged in a shamelessly liberal community, fostered by both an immersion in the Bronx, (a municipality plagued with poverty and crime) and, antithetically, our lack of true responsibilities and absence of true empathy for the horrible conditions of some of the people outside these gates. How does this relate to whether or not student marketing is “just”? As with any controversy, the riposte is not clear-cut. I assume most readers are expecting me to mercilessly bash consumerism, the capitalistic market and especially the employment of students as walking billboards. Perhaps in my liberal fury, I should even throw in a few lines about how George W. Bush is responsible for a declining economy, global warming and how bad every Nicolas Cage movie is. Instead, let us take a step back and examine the true implications of student marketing. Ben & Jerry’s, whose delectable creations are everyone’s excuse to eat an entire pint of ice cream in one sitting, is currently engaged in “student marketing” at Fordham. Much like other large companies, Ben & Jerry’s designates a student ambassador to promote events and run an online page to “encourage” their peers to close their lecture notes and indulge in a pint that can be purchased at many of the on-campus food service areas. (Search for the “Ben & Jerry’s Fans at Fordham University” page on Facebook). Fordham’s Ben & Jerry’s representative found out about the job and applied for it online. “My job is basically to promote the brand on campus through Facebook, Twitter and by hosting events where I give out free ice cream, t-shirts, sunglasses, coupons, etc,” Paul Cammarata, FCRH ’13 and Fordham’s Ben & Jerry’s representative, said. “Many of my events are fair-trade focused. In the next couple of weeks I’ll be hosting fair trade talks and ice cream socials in various dorms and we have a lot planned in conjunction with the Fair Trade Club for

Fair Trade Week starting Oct. 2.” Largely, the issue most people have with marketers targeting young people is the claim that somehow, we are “more vulnerable” than adults. In a way, these opponents are correct. Young adults, according to many statistics and surveys, certainly become enraptured by products more than older generations do. Many blame the “give-me-now” society we have come to live in, but nobody steps back and realizes that there is no external force that forces plagues of endless consumerism on people. As you sit and watch television on a Friday night, nobody pushes you into Wal-Mart to throw your money away on every product you observe on a commercial. How do we answer the questionable process of employing students to throw even more commercialism at their peers? Certainly, we are not fully conscientious adults just yet, which is what many adversaries of student marketing believe is the fatal flaw in a company’s “alibi” that their publicizing is merely a chance at an extension of its popularity. Yet by the same token, as college students, we are being held to a higher level of responsibility than we have previously in our lives. The choices of what and how we purchase should remain in our hands, without interference of others’ opinions. Unfortunately, this is reality, and nothing is without controversy and intrusion of superfluous opinions. Fordham students live in a city that demonstrates the gap between the richest and the poorest, and commercialism surrounds us at every turn. Are these interrelated? Of course. Is the economy the heart and soul of entrepreneurship? Not quite, yet that is an opinion for a different article and subject. We may not be an integral part of this community momentarily, and this may lead to a view that marketing through students is heinous, especially in this house of higher education. Yet I feel that once we enter the unforgiving, responsibil-

ity-laden working world, we will change our tunes. Irrefutably, student marketing only adds to the concept of college in today’s society. Students and their parents dump thousands of dollars into an institution to gain a degree that, after four years, offers about the same career opportunities of a high school diploma. A university is a business, through and through, and thereby, years of hard work and money loss are seemingly all we can do to somehow salvage a comfortable life for our futures. In this way, student marketing goes hand-in-hand with the almost criminally high-priced system of higher education. I am not against student marking, because companies must market their products one way or another. We are all united by a desire to make money and enjoy life comfortably. With money at the heart of our society, this student commercialism is no better than our choice to attend an expensive college. Despite the fact that we may not agree with the culmination of capitalism we have created for ourselves, we must bite the bullet and come to the realization that we are all in this together. Entrepreneurship is necessary and an integral portion of the society in which we are immersed. Should you not agree with student marketing, either suck it up or drop out. Because disagreeing with student commercialism and attending this University makes you a hypocrite; business is business, even if your grounds for opposing widespread marketing campaigns are rooted in some sort of desire for a more united world, devoid of saleable exploitation. Certainly, this is admirable, yet it is a curse of our society as a whole that even those who disagree with the free market in any form must pick up their own cross, and dive headfirst into the economy. Sam Verzino, FCRH ’15, is an English major with a pre-med focus, from Waterbury, Conn. Additional reporting contributed by Christine Barcellona.


The Sweat at off w the Brow Harry MacCormack The Reality of “Class Warfare” The latest hot button topic in the conservative/liberal back and forth is “class warfare.” The term has been thrown around by both parties; Republicans use it to claim the lower class is penalizing the rich for being rich, and Democrats use it to say the rich are keeping the lower class down. Both parties have it wrong. The United States is immune to class warfare, so long as there is patience. The very idea of class warfare is Old World. The classes go to war when there’s nowhere to go. In America there will always be a place to go, which has made America the capitalist wonder that it has become. It is neither an easy nor a quick process, but anyone can rise above his or her “class.” I come from Irish families on both sides, one of the most historically oppressed groups in the U.S., but I am the third generation to go to college, and I can say with certainty that it was not liberal policy and the welfare program that bought me this opportunity; it was the hard work and determination on the part of my forbearers. I cannot promise instant change, but if these people who are determined to win a battle for their “class” put their time into working and rising above their present status, they would already be on their way up. People came to this country, and still do to this day, for an opportunity — not a guarantee. A woefully few people in this country still hold the ideal of personal responsibility to the high standard it deserves. One person’s problem is not anyone else’s problem, and while it sounds bad, it is the way of the world. When people come to accept the fact that the best aid comes from within, they succeed. At the same time, it does not do the Republican/conservative wing any good to call it class warfare, which only gives the idea more credibility. Now that the wealthy have risen socioeconomically, it is time to rise above the squabbling; let them call it class warfare, and let the real, driven Americans rise above such a petty ideal. Another important thing to remember is why our government is here at all: to protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is not the promise of happiness; it is the pursuit. The government is here to make sure no one invades my home, steals my property, violates my contracts or kills me. Anything else is beyond the initial purpose. I am in college in pursuit of that happiness — in the same way my father did and American greats like Andrew Carnegie and Cornelius Vanderbilt did — asking for nothing and making what I can. That is America; earn for yourself. The government protects the inalienable rights to everything we own: our lives, our homes and our safety. That’s all. The rest is up to you and me.



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Fordham Student Tours After Winning “So You Think You Can Dance?” By ALYSSA CARMUSCIANO CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Melanie Moore, FCLC ’14, began an over 30-city tour in mid-September with her fellow Top-12 finalists, after winning the eighth season of the FOX television show, “So You Think You Can Dance?” The tour ends in the beginning of November. The 19-year-old Moore was crowned the winner of the show on Aug. 11, 2011. After the tour, Moore plans on going on more auditions, taking more dance classes and finishing her studies. She intends to look out for whatever opportunities may come her way in the dance and theater world. A fan and judge favorite from her very first audition, Moore bested her fellow Top-Four finalists Sasha Mallory (runner-up), Marko Germar (third place) and Tadd Gadduang (fourth place) by obtaining 47 percent of the votes and, therefore, winning the title of “America’s Favorite Dancer.” She was awarded a cash prize of $250,000, a cover spread on Dance Spirit Magazine and a chance to be a part of the new Gatorade G-Series FIT campaign. “This is awesome, thank you!” was all that an emotional Moore could utter after host Cat Deeley announced that she was the winner. The audience, judges and other Top- 20 contestants cheered as she happily wiped tears from her eyes. Moore grew up in Marietta, Ga., where she graduated from Lassiter High School in 2010. At the time she auditioned for “So You Think


Melanie Moore, FCLC ’ 14, won the eighth season of the FOX television show “So You Think You Can Dance?” in August.

You Can Dance,” she was a freshman majoring in visual arts at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus. Moore continued to take dance classes and compete in various dance competitions throughout her time at Fordham. One of the main highlights of her dance career before being on the show was winning the title of Senior VIP in the JUMP Dance Convention. In December of 2010, Moore auditioned for the show in Atlanta, Ga. and received high accolades from the three judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Lil’ C. They all predicted that she would make it very far in the competition if she

performed up to par in the next round. Luckily, Moore did not disappoint throughout the audition rounds in Vegas, and the judges easily put her in the Top 20, where she was given the opportunity to perform routines from a wide variety of dance styles in front of a live audience. From the very beginning of live competition, Moore, along with her partner Marko Germar, delivered multiple standout performances. One, in particular, was a contemporary piece choreographed by Travis Wall to the song “Turn to Stone” by Ingrid Michaelson. In this routine, Moore and Germar were dressed

as statues and used their incredible technique and emotional connection to create a truly memorable performance. The audience and judges were in awe, giving a standing ovation to both of the dancers. Judge Lythgoe even went on to tell Moore that she was “his favorite dancer in the entire competition” and “the one to beat.” This was just the first of many unforgettable performances that Moore would give throughout the competition. During the remainder of the competition, Moore continued to dominate in every dance style she was given, including contemporary, jazz,

Broadway, tango, Viennese waltz and hip-hop. She often received rave reviews from both the permanent judges and the guest judges for her versatility and her ability to connect with both her partners and the emotional content of the pieces she was given to perform. Her solos, in addition, were considered to be some of the best of the entire series. Notably, during Top-Eight week, Moore performed another emotional contemporary piece with Season 3 “So You Think You Can Dance?” contestant Neil Haskell, set to “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” After the dance, Lady Gaga, who was the guest judge for that particular week, was so blown away by Moore’s performance that she said, “I would hire you in a heartbeat!” Moore never reached the bottom three. She was able to dance her way to the finale, where her partner routines and her solo were, as usual, highly praised. As a result, her fans rallied, and she was announced as the winner of the whole competition after receiving more than twice the number of votes as the rest of the Top-Four finalists. Throughout her time on the show, her choreographers had nothing but kind words for Moore due to her strong work ethic, bubbly personality and undeniable talent. “From the very first moment I got to work with her, I felt like we’ve never had anyone like her on the show,” Stacey Tookey, with whom Melanie worked with during the “Meet the Top-20” and finale nights, said. “Everything seen on TV, personality wise, is how she is in real-life.”

This Fall, Stars Move from the Big Screen to the Television By SCHARON HARDING ASSISTANT CULTURE EDITOR

Landing that first role on television can be a budding actor’s big break. Many A-list movie stars began their careers on television, such as George Clooney (ER), Denzel Washington (St. Elsewhere) and Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air). Many consider moving on to the big screen as the next step in fulfilling an actor’s dream. This fall season, however, many actors have left the big screen for the small screen. Actors returning to the small screen have had relatively successful movie careers. This season Ashton Kutcher (Killers, The Butterfly Effect) has joined the cast of “Two and a Half Men.” Sarah Michelle Gellar (Cruel Intentions, The Grudge) is starring in a new show called Ringer. Zooey Deschannel ((500) Days of Summer, Yes Man) is also starring in a new show, “New Girl.” Why would these movie stars decide to star in television, rather than films? Fr. Michael Tueth S.J., a communication and media studies professor, provides some insight on the trend. “It’s a way to jump-start their career, which might have been dwindling,” Tueth said. “For some of them, television will make them

better known.” Television has the potential to make audiences more familiar with stars because of the frequency of television shows. “I think television increases how much their audience can see them,” Sasha Fisher, FCRH ’13, said. “They get to see them every week instead of [in] two movies a year.” In the past, moving to television has helped actors. Tueth recalls Tony Award winner and movie actress Angela Lansbury (The Manchurian Candidate). Despite these successes, Lansbury’s claim to fame was her role on the show, “Murder She Wrote.” “For example, Alec Baldwin never had a big hit movie,” Tueth said. “Now he’s in “30 Rock” and everyone knows him.” Despite these benefits, moving to television does not necessarily guarantee a rejuvenated career. “I think it’s chancy,” Tueth said. “If they flop they’re going to look pretty foolish. People are going to say ‘What? You couldn’t get a big screen job?’” Some of these stars have already proven that they can get big screen jobs. Kutcher and Gellar previously had major success on television with “That ‘70s Show” and “Buff y the Vampire Slayer,” respectively. Their memorable roles on televi-


Ashton Kutcher (The Butterfly Effect) debuted on the season premiere of “Two and a Half Men,” which aired on Sept. 9.

sion allowed them to break into movies. Still, these actors have made the decision to come back to network television. It appears this multi-media success will appease fans. “They liked television, they did movies, they wanted to return to TV,” Fisher said. “I like that they’re doing what they want to do.” “It’s takes a special talent to be able to do both as successfully as Kutcher and Gellar,” Tueth said. Another appeal of the small screen is its ability to make actors more relatable. “Actors are more relatable as television stars and much more

glamorous as movie stars,” Fisher said. “I prefer a mixture of the two. That’s why I like that movie stars are returning to TV.” Moving from the big screen to the small screen is a risk. It is worth taking, however, if the star’s career needs a spark, and if the actor can execute the transition well. It appears that most do not see the move as a career killer, but rather respect an actor who can handle both films and television. The same cannot be said about the move from television to commercials. Shannon Doherty was once a huge television star, starring in the ’90s phenomenon “Beverly

Hills, 90210” and the supernatural hit “Charmed.” Doherty can now be seen in commercials for the online college, Education Connection. This does not garner the same respect from audiences. “It’s a really bad commercial, and I think she’s gone downhill,” Fisher said. “It’s like the ‘Hi: I’m Ronnie from “Jersey Shore”’ commercials. It’s not like it’s for a good cause.” Professor Tueth agrees that this move is not beneficial for Doherty. “I don’t think it’ll help her career,” he said. “I can’t think of anyone that that has helped.”



Cooking With Clara CLARA ENNIST

Brioche Qu’ils mangent de la brioche. The historical myth surrounding this infamous utterance makes two mistakes. First, it is commonly misattributed to Marie Antoinette who, after hearing that the peasants had no bread, responded: “Let them eat cake.” The second mistake lies in the translation of this quote; gâteau, not brioche, is the French word for cake. Whoever said this, despite being hopelessly out of touch with reality, got one thing right: pain (bread) and brioche belong in two separate categories. I love bread; I don’t understand low-carb diets, and I judge restaurants more by the quality of the bread than the quality of the entrée. Despite this love, I have to admit that bread comes nowhere near aptly categorizing brioche, yet terming brioche as cake doesn’t do the flaky, buttery perfection proper justice, either. If brioche is neither bread nor cake, what exactly is it? Technically brioche is a type of Viennoiserie, a category that lies somewhere between bread and pastries on the baked goods spectrum and includes croissants, pain au chocolat and beignets. For anyone who has never eaten brioche, that description is hardly helpful. Brioche is definitely closer in taste and texture to a bread than it is to a pastry, and it similar to Challah bread or any nationality’s Easter bread. If you still cannot imagine how brioche tastes, then you will just have to make it for yourself. The ingredients for brioche are simple: flour, milk, yeast, sugar, salt, eggs and butter—a lot of butter. The directions for making brioche are just as simple: Put all ingredients in a bowl, blend well, knead, let rise, chill, shape and bake. Brioche seems like it should be so easy to make and it is, granted you have modern appliances and a lot of free time. If you do not have a stand mixer with a bread hook, I hope you have a lot of time and the forearms of a gorilla. Obviously, it is not impossible to make brioche without appliances—after all, the 17th century French bakers definitely did not have Kitchen-Aid. While I do have a stand mixer, it does not have a bread hook. That means that what should have been five minutes of me watching a machine turned into me kneading the dough by hand for about 20 minutes; after 10 I was ready to start the revolution myself. Prior to making brioche I thought that bread machines were for the lazy baker who wanted to take credit for a dish that was way beyond his or her talents. I was utterly wrong. Making food from scratch, enjoying the process and getting to savor the dish is what makes it authentic, not laboring in what seems like an endless chore. The pretentious bakers who decry bread machines and the dieters who denounce the “evils” of complex carbohydrates can either eat cake or avoid it; I could care less while I’m savoring some brioche. Be sure to visit theramonline. com for the recipe.

Dining Out: Bar Boulud


Bar Boulud, which serves French bistro cooking , such as croque madame and oeufs Florentine, is located at the intersection of West 64th Street and Broadway.


Bar Boulud is conveniently located at the intersection of West 64th Street and Broadway, directly across from Lincoln Center. Bar Boulud is chef Daniel Boulud’s masterpiece; it serves a complete menu of seasonal French bistro cooking and offers lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, dessert and pretheater menus. The restaurant’s atmosphere has a certain Upper West Side charm that is common to the district: cute yet sophisticated. It is the perfect place to bring your parents when they are in town. Funny I mention

it, because this is exactly where I took my family when we went to see the New York City Ballet’s production of Swan Lake in September. During the warmer weather, guests have the option of indoor or outdoor dining, which is always entertaining if you are into peoplewatching. The Lincoln Square area is known to many New Yorkers as a celebrity hotspot. The area is more refined than those with masses of tourists, such as Times Square and Midtown. Instead, the Upper West Side plays host to people who wish to avoid such congestion. Over this past summer I had chance encounters with Tom Hanks, Anna

Back to the food. Eggs are an Wintour and Ben Stiller—just a incredibly versatile food, and they few of the faces you may see dinmake up the majority of my coling outside at Bar Boulud. Indoors, lege student diet, sans meal plan. the design of the main dining room At Bar Boulud I ordered the oeufs is cutting edge and contemporary, Florentine. The dish came out in and it includes communal seating a black iron saucer: two perfectly at the charcuterie bar and a tasting fluff y poached eggs and hollandatable in the round. For more tradiise sauce and served on homemade tional guests, like my Aunt Thelma, rye toast with fresh cooked spinthey have private seating at tables ach. A classic dish done right is a and booths as well. keeper in my book. While the social Overall It was very savory. atmosphere is cerLocation Being the baby tainly top-notch, Food Quality at the table allowed how does the menu Atmosphere me the opportunity hold up? To put it Hospitality Price $ $$ simply, the food to sample everyone else’s dishes as well. is delightful. The (Out of 4 ’s) The brioche French waiters start off toast was amazing. with the customary It was golden and crisp on the basket of bread as you peruse the outside with a moist and cake-like menu. Those who have mastered interior; I also noted a subtle taste high school French will surely enof lemon in the brioche. This was joy reading through the selections served with maple syrup and al(I had brunch here so we’re going mond butter, something a little difto stick with that for this review,) ferent from your standard pancakes which include: croque monsieur ou at Pete’s Café. madame avec housemade ham, gruMy mom ordered the croque mayère, et béchamel, brioche French dame, which I always think of as a toast, omelette aux pomme risolées super grilled cheese, but this dish and oeufs Florentine avec hollandaise was a delicious and satisfying meal, sauce. oozing of gruyère and topped with I started off with a glass of ora fried egg. Garnitures of spinach ange juice. You know how when (so good), pommes frites, home you’re eating at a nice restaurant fries, corn bread, smoked bacon everything somehow tastes betand homemade sausage can also be ter? Well, they may have perfected ordered alongside your main dish. orange juice too, which is really Bar Boulud does come with a saying something about how atmoprice tag. But a nice lunch out with sphere can affect one’s dining expeyour roommates or dinner with rience. For those of age, mimosas a special someone is absolutely and Bloody Marys are available in worth the money if you’re willing addition to a whole bar and extento spend a little extra for quality sive wine selection from their cave food and atmosphere. à vin.

Editor’s Pick: ‘Sports Night,’ Starring Josh Charles By ERIK PEDERSEN SPORTS EDITOR

Most of my time watching television is wasted on sports. However, though I am recommending a show based on a sports television network, sports are far from the sole focus of “Sports Night.” It originally aired on ABC in the late 1990s. Created by notable writer Aaron Sorkin, the show was critically acclaimed but never found a large enough audience, and it was canceled after two seasons. The show’s demise demonstrates that the best shows on television are often the most under-appreciated. The show’s title refers to a nightly hour-long highlight show that airs on the fictional network CSC. Anchors Dan Rydell ( Josh Charles, Dead Poets Society) and Casey McCall (Peter Krause, “Six Feet Under”) deal with a wide variety of personal problems throughout the two seasons but always maintain a dry humor on the air from which current sportscasters on ESPN can learn. Their boss, executive producer Dana Whitaker (Felicity Huffman, “Desperate Housewives”) is constantly on the edge of insanity, while associate producers Natalie Hurley (Sabrina Lloyd, Sliders ) and Jeremy Goodwin ( Joshua Malina, “The West Wing”) add to the always-clever dialogue. Jeremy is the ultimate sports stat-geek, and


watching the show as a kid, I always wanted to know as much about sports as he did. If I ever reach this goal, I can only hope that I’m rewarded with a job. Managing editor Isaac Jaffe (Robert Guillaume, Big Fish) attempts to keep everyone under control and is probably my favorite character. His unrelenting sarcasm always manages to make me laugh, but at the same time he is consistently there for his staff when they come to him with their (endless) personal problems. The show frequently spotlights the characters’ relationship issues, with Casey and Dana always on the verge of dating each other. Jeremy and Natalie are also together for a majority of the two seasons. Rela-

tionships are not the only focus, though; several of the news stories reported on “Sports Night” often relating directly to the characters. For example, a football player assaults Natalie during a locker room interview while Dana’s brother, an NFL linebacker, is suspended for steroids. “Sports Night” dealt with ratings issues both in real-life and on the show, with CSC consistently lagging behind ESPN and Fox Sports in popularity. The pressure associated with this often leads to tension, and a ratings expert (William H. Macy, Fargo) is brought in during the second season amid cancellation threats for the show. It is occasionally laughable to see some of the events the show choos-

es to spotlight. Devoting hours of primetime coverage to marathons, mountain climbing and boxing demonstrates why CSC is always struggling to move up in the ratings, but the messages from these episodes were always great, and they were among the series’ best. I had almost forgotten about the show until a friend of mine started watching it toward the end of the summer. I quickly decided to rewatch the entire series, especially after hearing that it was available instantly on Netflix. It was an amazing way to kill time as summer wound down (particularly during the hurricane), and I highly recommend it to anyone who needs a break from studying during the school year.



FROM CITY ISLAND, N.Y. What campus organizations are you involved in? I have been on United Student Government for the past two years, serving previously as the vice president of Health and Security and currently as the vice president of Operations. I am also the election commissioner for USG. I am a tour time leader in Rose Hill Society and have been giving tours since freshman year. I am a member of Phi Alpha Theta (History Honors Society) and the Fordham Club. I was a New Student Orientation leader and captain and also was for the past two years [a First Year Formation student facilitator]. I have rowed on the men’s crew team for the past three years. Please describe yourself in a couple of sentences: I think for the most part I am a bit goofy. I try to look for fun in even the most boring things. I love to read (currently I am obsessed with the Song of Ice and Fire series) but I also love to watch TV and movies. I am both a cat and dog person (they exist); I do not like birds. I also love useless facts and trivial knowledge, so if you need someone for dinner party chatter, I’m your guy.

What is your favorite class at Fordham and who is your favorite professor? Why? The Anthropology of J.R.R. Tolkien was my favorite class at Fordham. The subject matter was awesome, my homework was only to read Lord of the Rings and our class was held, for the most part, in Central Park. My favorite professor currently is Doron Ben-Atar of the history department. He is simply the most interesting personality on the faculty and speaks his mind freely, plus he has an accent. He will also probably read this and call me out for brown-nosing. Oh well. What is your favorite memory while attending Fordham? Since there are so many I will pick a recent memory. Homecoming this year was fantastic, as a se-

nior getting to go into the tent and see people from last year, as well as five and 20 or more years ago was amazing. It made me really proud to be a Ram to see how loyal the alumni are to their school even after several years. What is your favorite thing to do in NYC? How often do you go into the city? I go into the city at least once a week, and since I’ve lived in NYC my whole life, I am not a fan of the touristy kinds of activities. I do, however, love to go to the movies on 34th street and spend the whole day there. I bring disguises and make a day out of it. What are your plans (career or otherwise) for after college? My long term career goal is to pursue a Ph.D in History and work in academic administration. To get there I need to find a job to pay for that degree – so if anyone reading this is hiring you, know how to reach me. What do you want to do or accomplish before you leave Fordham? I want to do everything on my bucket list and have no regrets when I graduate. “Who’s That Kid?” interview - check.

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THURSDAY Salsa on the Square B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (237 W. 42nd St.) 5 p.m. - 1 a.m. Salsa DJs and food specials make this a fun weekly activity.


FRIDAY Datsik and Tittsworth Webster Hall (125 E. 11th St.) 10 p.m. Dance to dubstep artist, Datsik and remix DJ, Tittsworth in this popular club.


SATURDAY SlutWalk NYC Union Square 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Show up at 11 a.m. to sign up for the walk against rape, domestic violence, sexual abuse and victim-blaming.


SUNDAY Atlantic Antic Festival Atlantic Avenue Hicks St. to 4th Ave. (Brooklyn) 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. This is the largest street festival in New York City, featuring food and entertainment.


MONDAY The Ballad of Narayama Museum of Modern Art (11 W. 53rd St.) 4 p.m. Watch this moving, intense film depicting the tale of an elderly Japanese women who has one year before ubasute.


TUESDAY JazzItUP! Concert Duane Library 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Fordham Jazz Collective will be sponsoring this free concert.

Please describe something about yourself that not many people know: When I was little I loved dinosaurs and fossils. Little known fact, I still do. What is your favorite aspect about Fordham? Why? The people, enough said.

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Angelo Labate, who is a senior from City Island, N.Y., is a double major in FCRH.

WEDNESDAY “Creature” Tanya Bonakdar Gallery 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. See Heim Steinbach’s first solo show featuring sculptures made of a variety of different objects. — COMPILED BY SCHARON HARDING

Ram Reviews MOVIE








This past weekend I went to see Abduction, starring Taylor Lautner (Twilight). Abduction is the story of Nathan Price (Taylor Lautner) who discovers that his adoptive parents are not actually his parents. This discovery leads him on the predictable adventure of finding out who he really is and who his biological parents are. The plot is easy to follow, yet it did not hold my attention. The movie has its share of fight scenes and mystery. Taylor Lautner plays the part to the best of his abilities, but those abilities are simply not that great. Even less intriguing is his female counterpart, Karen Lowell (Lily Collins, Priest), who plays the typical sidekick girlfriend stuck to Lautner’s side. She satisfies the female lead department while actually serving no purpose.

It is rare to find a movie about cancer that is not completely hopeless. Too often someone’s illness or death outweighs any attempt to reconcile its dark nature with a few laughs or even a melancholy nature. Luckily for us, Jonathon Levine (The Wackness), the director of 50/50, knows how to walk the line between gloomy hopelessness and humorous pathos, between emotional gravitas and lighthearted optimism. The incarnation of this usually deadly disease, in this case, is explored in every avenue possible, but Levine’s comedic insertions are not forced; rather, they embody the reality of life’s highs and lows. The story centers on Adam ( Joseph Gordon-Levitt, In-

ception) who works at Seattle Public Radio with his eccentric friend Kyle (Seth Rogen, Knocked Up). After experiencing some back pain, Adam decides to visit the doctor for explanation. His results come back and the 27-year-old Adam sits in shock. “You have cancer.” This is not the everyday diagnosis for the super-conscious, healthy Seattlelite. He breaks the news cautiously to his friends and family, and each reaction resembles little pieces of the characters themselves. The movie takes on a heavier tone after the diagnosis, pulling and prodding his relationships into confused grasps of allegiance. The specter of chemotherapy shadows over Adam and his vulnerability proves to be a testing ground for the people who care for him. He must relate his introspec-

tive qualms to a hired therapist Allison (Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air), who is studying to become a doctor. His resentment toward her quirky overachiever attitude is understandable, as he is just her third patient is three years older than she is. She plays everything by the book, coming across as well-intentioned but awkward. Her tenderness is evident; though, and like with all of Adam’s friends and family, the two create a powerful connection. Even Adam’s caring mother, played by Anjelica Huston (The Adams Family), weaves in smoothly while constantly worring about her little boy. Levine knows how to portray the mother-son relationship, stressing their connection, culminating in a perfectly poignant moment. It is these peaks of emotion that give 50/50 a certain glow and charm, becoming a film

that uses humor not to lament over a sickness, but to embrace it and everything that follows in its path. The truths that these experiences reveal come at a price but are necessary to experience and learn. What lets this film eclipse other genred archetypes is its realization of personal impact. Every character studies each other, develops stronger understandings of life and ultimately grows through the process of grief, pain, acceptance and hope. Adam battles cancer, but he finds mental health in mending his weaker points. 50/50 molds an eclectic mix of everyday irritations and life-changing events into an ethereal and touching creation of faith and compassion. To see pictures from the movie and to read the complete movie review, visit




Who’s That Professor?: Dennis Cappello By CODIE LANDSMAN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

“Miss Landsman, could you tell me what you would do if I were to take this book and hit you in the face with it?” Not your typical first day “getting to know you” conversation between teacher and student, in my opinion. But Professor Dennis Cappello is not your typical guy. The point that Cappello was trying to make through his initial conversation with me was not to frighten me into believing that physical harm was imposed on unprepared students, but to encourage the class and me to think about the boundaries of our legal system. How brutal was the attack? Could I sue for damages? Would this be considered battery or assault? All of these discussion questions were initiated from his onthe-spot example. Cappello has no intention of frightening students when he calls a name at random; however he wants honest opinions and feedback and does not want to be the only one talking for an hour and 15 minutes. A 1977 Fordham graduate, Cappello is actively teaching three sections of Legal Frameworks of Business and one section of Employment Law. Although he has taught at other universities such as Queens College, Cappello has been teaching exclusively at Fordham since 2001 because, in his words, “it just feels like home.”

He also honestly admits to worrying that students may find a basic course in business law to be less than thrilling, but every semester he is surprised with their candid enthusiasm. Perhaps his humorous and easily approachable attitude, combined with obvious expertise, has something to do with that. Cappello has done far more than just teach, however. He has held more jobs than some small families combined. Beginning as a practicing attorney, he eventually became a tax consultant for Deloitte before becoming an assistant district attorney in Queens County, where he prosecuted individuals for white collar crime. He has worked as an administrative law judge for NYC Environmental Control Board in addition to being an administrative hearing official. For the past 25 years, Cappello has worked in his own private practice, where he primarily specializes in estate work and elder law concerning financial and retirement planning. For any prospective law students, Cappello is also the pre-law advisor for Gabelli School of Business students. He stays active in the community in the position of faculty coordinator for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistant program, which provides free income tax preparation services for workingclass citizens in the community in conjunction with a community service organization.


Professor Cappello, a former assistant district attorney in Queens County, teaches Legal Frameworks of Business at Fordham.

Yes, Cappello does have hobbies not involving income tax or the legal system. His favorite activity? Traveling. He jokes that if it weren’t for his wife, he would travel considerably less. “It’s like every time we return home, she already has a plan laid out for the next one.” I find it hard to believe that day trips to Sienna and tours through

Florence are anything of a burden. One last note: Typically as students approach junior year and move into senior year, they begin to wonder the inevitable questions of What will the rest of their life look like? What are they going to do and if they will be able to succeed? I figured that someone who has accomplished so much could provide some direction for students as they approach graduation.

“When you set out to accomplish whatever it is you wish for in life, just be aware that you’ll probably get a good 95 percent of it done,” Cappello said. “Don’t stress over the last 5 percent. Perfection is a goal, not a destination. Try to enjoy your accomplishments and just realize that when you are looking back, in some way, you will have turned out where you are supposed to be.”

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Volleyball Falls in First Conference Match, Record at 3-10 By DAN GARTLAND SPORTS EDITOR

The Fordham volleyball team continues to struggle. After losses to Stony Brook and Rhode Island, the team’s record stands at 3-10. The Lady Rams had closed out their final in-season tournament by beating Maryland-Eastern Shore at the Brown Invitational. That win snapped a four-match losing streak. Fordham then traveled to Stony Brook on Wednesday in their final tune-up before the opening of conference play. Stony Brook entered the match at 5-7, coming off wins against Bucknell and Coppin State. Fordham came in at 3-8, having lost four of five. Fordham struggled at first, falling behind 11-6 in the early going but managed to pull even at 15. Fordham later took the lead 2322 after a kill by junior Randi Ewing. Stony Brook tied it at 23 before kills by senior Lisa Hipp and sophomore Sarah Konkel gave the Lady Rams a 25-23 win. Stony Brook rebounded in the second set, holding a slim but consistent lead throughout. Fordham was held to a .026 hitting percentage in the set and ended up losing, 25-20. The pivotal third set was extremely hard-fought. Fordham had set point and a chance to take control of the match at 24-23, but two straight kills by Stony Brook set up a set point situation for the Seawolves. The teams traded points before a Stony Brook block.


Sophomore Mary Diamantidis and the Lady Rams are 3-10 on the season.

Fordham would need to win the fourth set if it hoped to force a fifth set. The Lady Rams faced four match points before a kill by senior tri-captain Brittany Daulton knotted the score at 27. A service ace by Konkel and a kill by freshman Rose DiazVasquez gave Fordham a 29-27 win and forced a deciding fifth set. Fordham stayed close early in the set, drawing to within one at 10-9, but Stony Brook won five of the next six points. Stony Brook took the fifth set 15-10 to win the match 3-2.

Fordham then had several days to prepare for its conference opener against Rhode Island the following Saturday. If the Lady Rams still have any hope of making the Atlantic-10 tournament, they will need to perform significantly better in their conference matches than they did in nonconference play. The two teams played an exciting first set in which neither team led by more than one until URI took a 15-13 lead. They maintained that lead until a kill by Fordham senior Lisa Hipp tied the score at 19.

Fordham took the lead 21-20 on a kill by sophomore Krissy Buongiorno. After URI regained the lead 23-22, Fordham coach Peter Volkert called his first timeout. After a URI service error tied the score at 23, sophomore Maria Rodenberg had an impressive dig which led to an opportunity for Daulton, whose kill attempt hit the net, giving URI set point at 24-23. Volkert then called his final timeout of the set. A long rally ensued coming out of the timeout. URI eventually came up with a kill to take set number one 25-23. URI came out and took an early 9-5 lead in the second set. Then, trailing 11-8, Fordham reeled off four straight points to take a 1211 lead. What followed was an extremely exciting stretch of play where neither team led by more than two until Fordham had a 2017 advantage. URI then called a timeout, and came out and tied the score at 20. A block by Hipp and Ewing gave Fordham match point at 2423. The Lady Rams came upon a bit of good luck as Daulton’s serve hit the net but managed to land between several URI players and gave Fordham a 25-23 victory. With the score tied at a set apiece, the teams headed for the locker room. Perhaps the NCAA should investigate because it seemed as the URI team that emerged from the locker room for the third set was not the same one that allowed Fordham to hang around in the first two sets. Fordham did lead 5-3 in the

early going of set number three, but then URI strung together nine straight points. During the run, Volkert burned both of his timeouts but was unable to stop the bleeding. The run was sparked by URI senior Kayla Wilson’s impressive serving. “They had a girl who had a long serving run,” sophomore Carina Thompson said. “I think our focus lapsed. We need to concentrate on not giving the other team opportunities like that.” URI ran away with the set and wound up winning, 25-13. In a do-or-die fourth set, URI opened up an early 4-1 lead. Fordham then put together a four-point streak highlighted by an ace by senior tri-captain Megan Arend and a kill by Daulton. The run gave Fordham a 5-4 lead; it would turn out to be its first and only lead of the set as URI countered with a run of their own. A 13-4 run gave URI a 16-9 lead, at which point Fordham called its first timeout. The Lady Rams responded well out of the timeout and were able to draw closer at 18-13 before URI called time. URI went on to bury Fordham, 25-18 in the set for a 3-1 victory. After a home match against Seton Hall on Wednesday, the Lady Rams will prepare for what Thompson called a “crucial” weekend roadtrip to Philadelphia to take on LaSalle and Temple. “If we want to make it to A-10’s, we have to win these matches,” Thompson said. “We have to be sixth or better so we have to beat these next few teams.”

Men’s Soccer Battles to Double-Overtime Draw With Marist, Prepares for A-10 Play By DANIEL BRADLEY STAFF WRITER

After 110 minutes and 26 attempted shots by both teams combined, the Fordham men’s soccer team was right where it started against the Red Foxes of Marist College. In a superb game by senior goalkeeper Ryan Meara, the game ended 0-0, and the result brought the Rams to a 3-3-1 record on the season. Coming into the game, the Rams were already short-handed. Injuries had claimed starting senior defender Phil Ferantello, who was out with a concussion, and starting senior midfielder Tim Richardson, who had an ankle injury. Junior defender Ryan Curran and freshman midfielder Jack Tim Murphy filled in while they recovered. A light rain fell for most of the night at Jack Coffey field, which made the field slick and the play fast. Tensions were high early when Meara had a mid-air collision with a Red Foxes forward. The Rams defenders were not at all amused, especially since Meara had been struggling with a pulled quad that caused him to miss the game against Drake University. “We started the game slowly and

struggled in the first half,” Head Coach Jim McElderry said. The Rams struggled to find openings in the first half and more than a few times found themselves passing the ball around their own back line until somebody became impatient and sent a long ball forward. The second half started better for Fordham. Red Foxes redshirt senior goalie Steve Shonieczny saved a header by senior midfielder John Niyansaba, and substitute sophomore forward Julian Nagel had a shot go wide right in the 50th minute. The Red Foxes appeared primed to take the lead in the 68th minute. Marist forward Stephan Brossard splintered through the Rams defense and had only the goalkeeper to beat. His shot to the right of Meara was stopped in an amazing display by the veteran goalie. Meara, in the midst of his 26th career shut-out (one behind the Fordham record holder, Jeff Knuth), kept the game scoreless. “I truly believe Ryan is the best keeper in the country,” McElderry said. “He has played these last few games with a pulled quad, and yet still plays to the highest standard.” The save was followed shortly thereafter by the Rams own scor-

ing chance when Niyansaba’s shot from just outside the 18-yard box went inches above the bar. Late in the half, the Rams found some success with senior forward Matt Courtenay attacking the right flank, but after 90 minutes and no goals, it was time to play overtime. Both teams felt they could win, which made for an exciting overtime. Nagel, whose influence only grew as the game wore on, had a shot blocked in the 93rd minute, and less than 90 seconds later, it was Meara again to the rescue as he made a save off of a deflection. Marist pressed later into OT, but the Rams’ defense, led by sophomore defender Casper Gimand, held firm. At the end, both teams were hurling players torward the penalty box, but neither found any success, and they had to settle for a draw. “We always want to win at home, but the effort from the team was good,” McElderry said. The Rams go on a four-game roadtrip that includes their last two nonconference games before the Atlantic-10 schedule starts. “We have two more games to continue to get better,” McElderry said. “I know the team will be ready for the A-10.”


Senior goalie Ryan Meara needs just one more shutout for the Fordham record.

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Men’s Tennis Gives Strong Performance on U.S. Open Courts By CHRISTIAN BEAULIEU CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Fordham men’s tennis brought its 3-0 record to Flushing Meadows in Queens for the 2011 USTA Billie Jean King NTC Men’s College Invitational this past weekend. The tournament put on display a collection of some of the Northeast’s best collegiate players. The U.S. Open courts of the National Tennis Center proved to be the stage for the Rams to display their talent against top competition. Freshman Srikar Alla (No. 1) and sophomore Mischa Koran (No. 4) were Fordham’s lone seeded players. Koran enjoyed the most success of any Ram, earning a spot in the Group E Semifinal. Alla, sophomore Kuba Kowalski and freshman Peder Gram each reached their respective group’s quarterfinal round. In Group D, Kowalski began with a 5-7, 6-3, 10-4 win over senior Chris Ho of Dartmouth. He would go on to play in the quarterfinals against the No. 2 seed, sophomore Will Reznek of Marist. Kowalski took the first set 6-1 before falling short in the next two sets, 7-5, 10-4. Alla and Koran started Group E play for Fordham by winning both of their matches in the round of 16. Alla faced senior Coleman Crutchfield of Princeton, winning 6-2, 6-4, in straight sets. Koran made quick work of Penn’s sophomore Zach Katz, 6-2, 6-2, allowing both Ford-

ham players to advance to the quarterfinals. Alla won the first set of the next match, 6-2, before Dartmouth freshman Sam Todd went on to win the next two sets 6-1, 12-10, ending Alla’s day. Koran won his quarterfinal match against Marist freshman Joe Dube 7-6 (5-0), 6-2, advancing to the semifinals, where he would face second seeded Dan Hirschberg. The Brown University freshman proved too much, defeating Koran in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6. “We had a few really good statement wins as Mischa, Kuba and Srikar all picked up victories against Ivy League players from Penn, Princeton and Dartmouth who were 5 star recruits,” Head Coach Cory Hubbard said. Freshmen J.J. Tauil and Peder Gram represented the Rams in Group G. Tauil lost his first set 1-6, before coming back with a strong 6-1 second set win. Tauil persevered through a marathon of a tie breaker, 15-13 to earn the victory. Tauil later fell to Boston College freshman Joe Davison after splitting the first two sets. Gram opened play with an impressive 6-4, 6-4 straight-set victory over NJIT sophomore Ike Kiro, advancing to the semifinals. The freshman would later lose to second-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson junior Peter Skvarka, 6-4, 6-3. Freshman Mike Puntillo, the lone Ram representative in Group H, won by withdrawal to enter the round of 16. Puntillo then fell to St.


Kuba Kowalski reached the quarterfinals in singles at the USTA Billie Jean King NTC Men’s College Invitational.

Peter’s junior Alex Frakes 6-3, 6-1. “I was also encouraged by the other freshmen, as they played some very close matches and showed we can compete against nationally-ranked programs,” Hubbard said. “I was proud how every guy handled the adversity and really competed hard, and played with the energy and heart that I demand from our team.” A Fordham team that featured

four freshmen and two sophomores reached as high as the semifinals, and no player failed to reach the round of 16. “The USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center Collegiate Invitational was a great experience for our young team,” Hubbard said. “It was an opportunity for our guys to play against some of the best teams in the Northeast region. “This tournament was fun for our

guys to get the opportunity to play on the US Open courts, but more importantly it was great exposure for the Fordham program. All the coaches and players are talking and recognizing that the Fordham program is really on the rise, and we are creating a lot of buzz.” The Rams will look to continue their hot start when they bring their 3-0 record to La Salle on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Golf Finishes Sixth out of Women’s Tennis Wins in “A” Doubles and 14 at Cornell Invitational Reaches “A” Singles Finals at Invitational By MICHAEL BROCCOLO CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Rams returned home with a solid sixth place finish out of 14 teams this past weekend at the Cornell Invitational in Ithaca, N.Y., largely thanks to a freshman. Freshman Jeff Hogan posted an outstanding pair of 72s in his first two rounds on Saturday, following with a 77 on Sunday to lock down a 15th overall individual finish. This was his first collegiate tournament. Some of the Rams’ more experienced players were not far behind, junior Brody Nieporte and senior Captain Devon O’Rourke. Nieporte posted a final score of 227, with consecutive rounds of 75-75-77. O’Rourke stayed consistent with 76-75-77 for a total of 228. Nieporte and O’Rourke finished 29th and 32nd respectively. Going into the Cornell Invitational, the team was coming off a great performance at Bucknell University, where a few members scored career-low rounds. “We had a pretty solid showing at Bucknell despite losing to most teams,” O’Rourke said of the previous weekend. “We felt pretty good going into Cornell,” he said. “Four of our five starters had played the course before, which really helps.” Juniors Jason Del Rosso and Connor Monaghan also represented the Rams in Ithaca. Del Rosso shot 73 on Sunday, which was the low round of the day, and finished tied for 36th individually. Monaghan posted an impressive 75 on Sunday and finished 48th. For the team, aiming to place somewhere in particular was sec-

ondary to being “motivated to beat the teams [they] had lost to at Bucknell.” “Luckily, we we’re able to do just that,” O’Rourke said. The Rams appear to have solid depth this season, with Hogan representing the underclassmen in a big way. “We have a couple of really solid freshmen, and we’re confident that they can step in and play well for us,” O’Rourke said. “Jeff is a really solid player and has the perfect head for the game.” The players sound comfortable with their progress thus far and are optimistic about the rest of the season. “There isn’t any exact part of the game that we need to work on as a team,” O’Rourke said. “Hopefully we can put everything together soon and surprise some people.” Former Ram golfer and current Fordham senior Brendan Green agreed with O’Rourke’s outlook on the season. “I think this golf team has the tools to excel in the Atlantic 10 this year,” Green said. “Del Rosso’s level-headed personality sets an example for the freshmen, while Brody Nieporte is a real long hitter that really knows how to golf his ball out there.” While O’Rourke commented that he wasn’t thrilled with the way he played individually, he was optimistic about the team’s overall performance and its promise for the future. The Rams will play next in the Yale McDonald Cup, beginning Oct. 1 in New Haven, Conn. They will play 36 holes on that Saturday and another 18 the following day.


This past weekend, the Lady Rams were back in action as they played in the West Point Eastern Invitational, sending players to four of the six main draw quarterfinals on Saturday. Friday started with the “A” doubles flight as the third seed freshman duo Sarah Ali and Bella Genkina advanced to the quarterfinals, defeating Albany, 8-6. Senior Bethany Boyle and junior Taylor Holt also advanced as they played in the “B” doubles competition, taking on the fourth-seeded team from Army, and defeating them, 8-6. In “A” singles junior Amy Simidian, third seed in the competition, played Pittsburgh sophomore Jacelyn Lu. Rain slightly altered regular play, with scoring changing from a normal three set score to a single pro-set. Simidian was up for the challenge, defeating Lu and advancing to the next round, where she would play Stony Brook senior Katherine Hanson, her competitor from last week’s Stony Brook Invitational. Freshman Julie Leong also advanced, getting a bye in the round of 16. She then faced off against LIU sophomore Lisa Maas and defeated her in a tiebreaker pro-set 9-8(2). Lady Rams sophomore Hanna Fritzinger and senior Sarah Tremaine also played singles matches; however, both fell to their opponents. On Saturday, both quarterfinals and semifinals competitions were played, advancing Rams into “A” singles and doubles finals. During the quarterfinals, Simidian played against Stony Brook’s Hanson, winning the first set, 6-1, losing the

second, 3-6, and taking home the win in the tiebreaker round, 10-4. In the semifinals, Simidian took on FDU senior Julia Pranti and won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. Rounding off Saturday’s play in “A” doubles quarterfinals, Ali and Genkina defeated Hofstra juniors Malissa Galanchi and Sonia Tsay 8-0. They impressed once again with another win in the semifinals, as they bested No. 1 seed Della and Elle Taylor 8-5. The invitational ended with play in Sunday’s finals. In “A” singles Simidian fell to top-seeded Stony Brook junior Nina Lagvilava, while in “A” doubles, Ali and Genkina took home a big win for the Lady Rams. Playing the second seed,

Quinnipiac, they defeated freshmen Michelle Dassa and Jackie Raynor, 8-2. “The heat was on,” Ali said. “Bella and I executed. This was our first time playing together at Fordham, and overall we had some really strong matches. During the semifinals we played Army, the No. 1 seed, so going in we were a little nervous, but we played smart which allowed us to get the win.” “Overall I was really proud of the whole team, and I’m excited to play at home next weekend,” Genkina said. The Lady Rams will host the Manhattan College Jaspers on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 12 p.m. at the Hawthorn/Rooney Courts.


Sarah Tremaine competed in “D” Singles at the West Point Eastern Invitational.


Do not expect there to be any professional basketball played in this country any time soon. NBA Commissioner David Stern announced that the league has suspended training camp indefinitely and cancelled 43 preseason games. This decision came after yet another unproductive meeting in which the League and the Player’s Association failed to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement. The main issue at hand is the distribution of revenue. As it stands, the league is offering the players 46 percent of the share, while the Player’s Association continues to hold strong at 54 percent. The owners are hard-pressed to get a bigger piece of the pie after reporting a total loss of $300 million to the league this past season. The fact of the matter is that these two sides are still far apart, and the possibility of a deal does not look promising. The fallout of this week’s meeting has already pushed several players to look for security overseas. Nuggets freeagent power forward Kenyon Martin inked a $2.65 million deal this past week with the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), making him the richest player in that league’s history. Martin is not the only beneficiary of this deal; the former No. 1 overall pick’s agent and business manager will each be receiving money from his new team, the Xingiang Guanghui. While players such as Deron Williams, DeJuan Blair and Rudy Fernandez have opt out clauses in their contracts, Martin will be forced to stay in China until the season ends in March. Martin’s former Denver teammates—J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler—also have no way out of their contracts, as the CBA is only signing NBA free agents and making them stay for the duration of the season. In addition to the players signing overseas, there are some players who are using the time off to explore new opportunities. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant has been spending the majority of his time in Hollywood filming a new movie, Switch. The

league’s leading scorer from last year is playing himself in a story where he switches basketball skills with a nerdy teenager. The movie is scheduled to premiere early in 2012. Durant would certainly rather be with his up-and-coming Thunder squad preparing for the season at this point, but the chance to be on the big screen is one the two-time All-Star is glad to have. In terms of what we can look forward to, all eyes will be on Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant this week, after the Italian team Virtus Bologna offered him $6.7 million. The signing would be a perfect fit for Bryant, who spent part of his childhood growing up in Italy. If the 13-time All-Star accepts the contract, he would be paid north of $730,000 for each home game. That is not a bad way to stay afloat financially during the lockout. Recall that Kobe’s father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, played professional basketball in Italy during the 1980s. I cannot think of a better place for Kobe Bryant to stay in shape and play the game he loves while the NBA is locked out. Finally it is time for all New Jersey Nets fans to say thanks to rap star Jay-Z. Because of the multimillionaire, the team is leaving obscurity in New Jersey for a brand new home in Brooklyn, and, better yet, it gets to keep its name, “the Nets.” The Nets may not seem like such a glorious team name, but compared to the Brooklyn Bridges or Brooklyn Kings, I have to imagine that point guard Deron Williams and center Brook Lopez are happy to have no connection with an object, or one of the NBA’s worst franchises. There is no doubt in my mind that the city of Brooklyn will help revitalize a struggling Nets team, and maybe even attract some of the NBA’s top free agents. Who knows? The combination of Deron Williams and Dwight Howard could be coming to an arena near you sooner than you think. For a team hoping to become prominent within the next few years, the Nets’ relocation to Brooklyn will finally put to bed the bitterness experienced playing in front of an arena with only half the seats filled.


Kobe Bryant’s best chance to play basketball this year might be in Italy.

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SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 • THE RAM • PAGE 17

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First Quarter URI Deontray Johnson 38 yd run (Feinstein kick), 12:09 FOR Michael Marando 28 yd field goal, 1:00 Second Quarter URI Travis Hurd 2 yd run (Feinstein kick), 4:11 Third Quarter FOR Carlton Koonce 19 yd pass from Peter Maetzold (Mirando kick), 3:03 Fourth Quarter FOR Peter Maetzold 19 yd run (Mirando kick), 3:52 URI Travis Hurd 3 yd run (Feinstein kick), 1:13 FOR URI 15 24 194 451 28 350 166 101 2-9 1-37 4-70 4-115

First Downs Total Yards Rushing Passing Punt Returns Kickoff Ret. Comp-Att-Int 19-35-1 9-17-0 Punts 8-52.1 4-29.0 Time of Poss. 20:54 39:06 Individual Statistics PASSING- Fordham, Maetzold 19-35-1 URI, Probst 9-15-0 RUSHING- Fordham, Whiting 8-13-0 URI, Hurd 26-112-2 RECIEVING- Fordham, Wetzel 6-71-0 URI, Baskerville 5-63-0

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Men’s Tennis USTA Billie Jean King NTC College Inv. Singles 16D Kowalski(Fordham) def. Ho(Dartmouth) 5-7,6-3,10-4 QFD Reznek(Marist) def. Kowalski(Fordham) 1-6, 7-5,10-4 BKD Krumholz(Yale) def. Kowalski(Fordham) 7-5,6-2 16E Alla(Fordham) def. Katz(Penn) 6-2,6-4 16E Koran(Fordham) def. Crutchfield(Princeton) 6-2,6-2 QFE Koran(Fordham) def. Dube(Marist) 7-6(5-0),6-2 QFE Todd(Dartmouth) def. Alla(Fordham) 2-6,6-1,12-10 SFE Hirschberg(Brown) def. Koran(Fordham) 6-3,7-6(5-0) 16G Gram(Fordham) def. Kiro(NJIT) 6-4,6-4 16G Davison(BC) def. Tauil(Fordham) 5-7,6-3,10-6 QFG Skvarka(FDU) def. Gram (Fordham) 6-4,6-3 BKG Tauil(Fordham) def. Keelan(NJIT) 1-6,6-1,15-13 BKG Amyot(Fairfield) def. Tauil(Fordham) 6-0,6-4 16H Frakas(St. Peter’s) def. Puntillo(Fordham) 6-4,6-2 BKH Carvajai(St. Francis PA) def. Puntillo(Fordham) 6-4,6-2 Doubles 16A Alla/Kowalski(Fordham) def. Fleming/Jimenez(St. Francis PA) 8-5 QFA Thomsen/Van Gils(GW) def. Alla/Kowalski(Fordham) 8-5 16B Tesmond/ Zlobinski(Fairfield) def. Gram/Koran(Fordham) 8-5 16C Deighton/ Riechmann(Brown) def. Puntilo/Tauil(Fordham) 8-5 BKC Schroder/Wagner(BC) def. Puntillo/ Tauil(Fordham) 8-3

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As a football fan, there are certain things to which I have become accustomed. The Patriots always seem to win; the Texans always seem to choke; I always seem to mute my TV when Tony Siragusa joins the broadcast and the Bills and Lions always lose. Three weeks into the season, I feel lost. What is going on here? Both the Bills and Lions are leading their divisions with 3-0 records. Even more importantly, both teams have been incredibly impressive in getting there. The Lions aren’t as surprising. A lot of fans and experts expected the young Lions to make a huge jump, especially if Matthew Stafford could stay healthy, which he has managed to do so far. With Stafford, Jahvid Best, Calvin Johnson and Ndamukong Suh, the Lions are loaded with elite young players — former first round picks — who started to grow last season. In 2010, the Lions won a road game for the first time in years, and even clawed their way out of last place for the first time since 2007, setting the stage for a 2011 leap. The Lions have lived up to all of the expectations this year. Detroit looked strong in its opener, handling the Bucs in Tampa, 27-20, without any truly nervous moments. Then, the Lions hammered the Chiefs, 48-3, and stormed back in Minnesota to win 26-23 in overtime despite being down 20-0 at half. Led by Suh, the Lions defense looks solid for the first time in years and, with Staffordto-Johnson becoming the NFL’s preeminent quarterback-wide receiver combo, Detroit has the talent to compete for the NFC this year. It’s clear that these aren’t the same Lions, and they will play in their first meaningful Thanksgiving game of the millennium. The Bills are different. The Bills have squandered their first-round picks for the last decade. Buffalo refused to build up its offensive and defensive lines and lost its best defensive player in the offseason Paul Posluszny. The Bills tried to fill their quarterback void with J.P. Losman, Trent Edwards and now, Ryan Fitzpatrick, a guy who’s more fit to be holding a clipboard. Taking all of this into consideration, the Bills seemed like the frontrunners in the “Suck for Luck” campaign (Andrew Luck is Stanford’s quarterback and the expected No. 1 pick of the 2012 draft). Something surprising is happening in Buffalo, however. Despite not having highly touted prospects or dynamic young

players, the Bills have suddenly become an offensive force. Fitzpatrick has been one of the NFL’s top passers so far this season, throwing to fourth-year receiver and former seventh-round pick Steve Johnson, who has emerged as one of the league’s top receivers, ranking 15th in yards this year and bringing in 10 touchdowns in a breakout season last year. Perhaps the player who epitomizes the Bills’ resurgence the most is Fred Jackson. Nobody knew who Fred Jackson was a few years ago. Jackson, who attended Coe College and started his professional career in the National Indoor Football League, wasn’t even in favor in Buffalo. In 2010, the Bills took C.J. Spiller ninth overall, even after Jackson accumulated over 1,400 yards from scrimmage in 2009. Spiller ended up as another Bills bust; meanwhile, Jackson has become one of the league’s most versatile backs, averaging over six yards per rush and ranking 10th in receiving yards among running backs. Despite the fact that only Fitzpatrick and Johnson were drafted (seventh round) and only Johnson played FCS football, the three have been one of the NFL’s best trios and are a huge reason for the Bills’ shocking start, which is starting to look like it might actually be for real. The Bills started their season by (as they should have in retrospect) handling the overmatched Chiefs in Arrowhead to start the season. They then came home and put up 35 second-half points to come back against the underrated Raiders, scoring with 14 seconds remaining to sneak away with a win. Then, as I’m sure Patriot-haters everywhere noticed, the Bills erased a 21-point deficit against New England, fueled by four interceptions, and beat the defending AFC East champs, 34-31. It’s hard to say the Bills are not for real. Even though their best players have come out of nowhere to have NFL success, they all flashed promise last season and have just taken their play to another level this season. Whether you look at old school stats or’s numbers, the Bills’ offense is one of the best in football. Playing in a division with the Jets and Patriots is going to be tough, but if there is anything that we can take away from Week 3, it’s that the Bills can hang. There are only three unbeaten teams remaining in the NFL. One of them is the defending champion Packers, who are what we thought they were. The other two are the Bills and Lions. Now, they are going to go through growing pains and they will eventually face adversity, but after what their fan bases have been through, they will have successful seasons. In both the Bills’ and Lions’ history, every event is seemingly marred by heartbreak, and, in recent years, has been completely embarrassing. Now, for the first time in years, there are legitimate reasons to be excited for the future, because neither of these teams is going away. Even though I may not unmute the Goose, I’m going to have to get used to an NFL where the Bills and Lions don’t always lose.


Senior Profile: Brittany Daulton By ERIK PEDERSEN SPORTS EDITOR

After spending her first two seasons primarily as a bench player on the volleyball team, Brittany Daulton broke through in a big way during her junior year, setting career highs with 292 kills and 292 digs. She also served a career-high 24 aces, finishing second on the team in that category. This year, Daulton has been elevated to a team leader as one of the few key returning players from the 2010 team. She currently leads the team with 147 kills (no other player has more than 101) and 115 digs. Originally from Indianapolis, Daulton is a double major in communication & media studies and Spanish. The Ram: How difficult has it been for the team to adjust to losing so many seniors from last year? PHOTO BY MARK BECKER/ THE RAM

Daulton, a team captain, is also the team leader with 147 kills and 115 digs.

Brittany Daulton: I don’t think we’ve adjusted to it yet. We haven’t accepted it, and we’re having a rough start, but I think with each tournament we have gotten better, and we’ll continue to get better throughout the season. TR: What is it like being a team leader this year? BD: It’s been fun; I’ve looked forward to this year for a long time. I would like to think that I’m doing a good job, and I think that the girls are really getting along well as a unit. They make it easy. TR: What are the team’s goals going into the A-10 season?

BD: We’re just trying to take it one step at a time. We want to win against Rhode Island, and then next weekend we have two more conference games. We want to win all of those and take it one weekend at a time. TR: What made you want to get into volleyball? BD: Well I was always into sports. I used to play basketball, but I was just drawn to volleyball I guess. It’s always been fun. TR: What made you decide to come to Fordham? BD: Definitely the location and

the [volleyball] program. When I visited I really liked the girls on the team, and I just loved the fact that I was only 30 minutes outside of the city. TR: Do you have a favorite moment during your time here? BD: Well I met Beyoncé during my freshman or sophomore year. That was really fun; I’ll never forget it. TR: What are your plans for after graduation? BD: I want to go into fashion PR, so hopefully I’ll be at either a firm or just in the PR office of a brand.

Cross Country Has Successful Weekend By KELLY KULTYS STAFF WRITER

The Fordham men’s and women’s cross country teams faced a steep challenge on Saturday, Sept. 24, as they split their teams to compete in both the Purple Valley Classic at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. and the Leeber Invitational at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn. Despite not being at full strength, the men placed second and the women placed eighth at the Purple Valley Classic, and the men took second while the women placed fourth at the Leeber Invitational. Junior Julian Saad of the men’s team continued his impressive season, taking first place at the Purple Valley Classic. At the Purple Valley Classic, the men finished a mere 16 points behind first-place Williams, with a total of 58 points. Saad finished the eight kilometer race with a time of 26:13.27 to give the Rams an early advantage, while senior Michael Schmidt of Middlebury placed second (26:27.93), before senior Kevin Fitzgerald captured third place (26:33.35). Other top runners for Fordham at the Classic included senior Brian Riley (13th – 27:02.41), senior Sam Stuart (15th – 27:03.15), sophomore Kevin Harvey (26th - 27:23.95), junior Nick Synan (32nd – 27:30.04) and sophomore Brian Walter (44th – 27:48.77). “I know that the boys at the

Purple Valley Classic did unbelievable,” sophomore Anisa Arsenault said. “They placed first, third and thirteenth. They placed second overall, and most importantly they beat NYU (fourth place), because we’re looking to beat them again this year.” The men’s team also took second at the Leeber Invitational with 69 points, placing behind Fairfield. Sophomores Ryan Polo (27:08) and Michael Belgiovine (27:20) led the Rams, finishing seventh and eighth respectively. Other runners for the team included senior Andrew Roddin (17th – 27:45), senior Rich Grandelli (23th – 28:04), Thomas Kelly, (25th – 28:10), sophomore Tim Kazanjian (26th – 28:11), junior Devin Kelly (39th – 29:01), freshman William Slattery (42nd – 29:03) and sophomore James Doran (45th – 29:20). On the women’s side, the team claimed eighth out of 16 teams at the Purple Valley Classic. They finished with 188 points, behind top finishers Middlebury, Williams and Plattsburgh State University. Arsenault led the Lady Rams again, placing 11th overall with a time of 22:50 in the six kilometer race. “I felt good about my placement this year. It was better than I did last year, and my time was faster, so that’s reassuring to see at this point in the season,” Arsenault said. Other Fordham runners at the

Classic included senior Mairin O’Connor (39th – 23:56), freshman Emily Osman (48th – 24:05), freshman Sarah Glockenmeier (55th – 24:20), freshman Danielle Drummond (66th – 24:46), junior Ashley Davis (97th – 25:37) and senior Naku Nakatsuka (110th – 25:55). “The Purple Valley Class was a 6k, so that was a challenge but a good experience because NCAA regionals is going to be a 6k,” Arsenault said. At the Leeber Invitational, the women fared well, placing fourth out of nine teams with 134 points, behind top finishers Sacred Heart University, St. John’s University and Fairfield University. Junior Kim Naples led the Fordham women in the five-kilometer race, placing 14th overall with a time of 20:07.01. “Splitting the teams gave us a chance to see where our strengths lie, and it gave us a chance to let other girls take the lead,” Arsenault said. Other runners for the women’s team included freshman Mara Lieberman (28th – 20:27.69), junior Christian Machado (33rd – 20:30.57), sophomore Christina Vivinetto (37th – 20:39.64) and freshman Jillian Brooks (40th – 20:54.88). The teams are back in action for the 2011 Metropolitan Championships on Friday, Oct. 7 at Van Cortland Park in the Bronx.

Water Polo Drowns MIT & Harvard in Home Opener By IAN PRUITT STAFF WRITER

The Fordham men’s water polo team is now 2-0 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division after ousting MIT and Harvard last Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Colonel Francis B. Messmore Aquatics Center. Senior attacker Robert Fleming had an impressive 10 goals on the day, including two last-second game-winning shots, the first in double overtime vs. MIT and the second, a five-meter shot versus Harvard. Fordham entered Saturday’s games with a 3-9 record and an early season loss to Harvard. “We decided early on that we were going to put everything on the table,” senior goalkeeper Christian Flessner said. “The games that really matter are the conference games, so we decided we would win those. The crowd helped too.” Both games drew huge crowds, nearly packing Fordham’s pool bleachers. For many in attendance, it was their first ever water polo game. Fordham began the MIT game by scoring two unanswered goals in the first quarter to open up a lead, but MIT was able to answer back on their 6-on-5 man-up plays bringing it to 4-2 to finish the first. The second quarter saw goals from Fleming, senior two-meter man J.D. Shrewsbury and sophomore attacker Nick Allen. Fordham led 7-3 going into the half. The Rams played solid defense in the third quarter, holding the Engineers to two goals while Shrewsbury scored his second goal of the game. Fleming closed the third with the final goal adding cushion to Fordham’s 9-5 lead. MIT, realizing it needed to make up ground, rallied in the fourth quarter by scoring two unanswered goals to bring the score to 8-7. A referee error canceled out MIT’s game-tying eighth goal, and after an official ruling the game clock was reset with 34 seconds left. MIT regained composure and tied it up again, this time in legitimate play, and forced OT. The first three-minute OT saw both teams playing well defensively. Scoreless after the first

overtime period, the game went into a second three-minute OT period. At the two-minute mark Shrewsbury had a quick offthe-water assist to Fleming who scored and put Fordham back on top 9-8. MIT responded with a quick goal, tying it again at nine. With the game clock winding down and the entire crowd on its feet, Fleming scored the gamewinning goal as the final buzzer sounded. Freshman goalkeeper Noah LeBeau had a season-high 15 saves and two steals. Saturday evening, Fordham matched up against Harvard in another exciting northern division conference game. With important blocks from Flessner, and another five-goal effort from Fleming, including a fourthquarter game-winner, the Rams were able to seal the win without overtime. Up 7-6 at halftime, Fordham had two goals each from Fleming and junior driver Jake Bakas. Freshman driver Eric Minowitz added one, and senior utility Josh Itano scored on an elegant quick shot. Allen also scored. The second half was a backand-forth battle for the lead. When two-meter offensive man Shrewsbury was out resting, the Rams relied heavily on drives and picks. Fordham was able to draw ejections and take advantage of man up situations. Harvard was able to tie the game at 9 with 1:55 left on the clock. With 34 seconds left, Fordham drew a five-meter penalty shot. Fleming scored the five-meter shot, the final goal of the game, and put the Rams on top, 109. With mere seconds left in the game, Harvard was able to regain possession and fire a shot with half a second left, but it was quickly shut down by Flessner. Fleming finished with five goals, Bakas with two and Allen, Itano, Minowitz and sophomore driver Ben Clikenbeard all had one. Flessner tallied 13 saves in the win. Fordham will next be in action Oct. 6-8 at the Claremont Convergence Tournament in Claremont, Cali. The Rams will host St. Francis on Oct. 12 at 7:30p.m. for their final home game of the season.

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I’ve become resigned to the fact that the NBA will not play any games this season. Training camps were set to open on Oct. 3, and the NBA has already said that will not happen. They’ve also canceled preseason games from Oct. 9-15. Players and owners are simply too far from an agreement with just over a month to go before the regular season is set to begin. The fans seem to know this, but more importantly, the players seem to know too. Star players are signing with clubs in Greece, Turkey and Italy. Some are even going to China. The fact that quality players like Wilson Chandler and Kenyon Martin have signed on with teams in the Chinese Basketball Association is an indication that players believe there won’t be an NBA season this year. The CBA said it would not allow players under contract to NBA teams to play in China, and if NBA free agents want to play, they have to sign contracts without an opt-out clause and stay for the whole season. So if a talented young player like Chandler, who would certainly earn a sizeable contract in free agency, is willing to commit to playing this year in China, he must believe that there won’t be any professional basketball in America any time soon. The league should be concerned that players who spend this season overseas might not come back. Even before the lockout, players were leaving the NBA to play in Europe. Josh Childress is the most notable example. The average NBA player would be a star in Europe and can command top dollar. Some players might play this season abroad and not come back. Not only do players and fans think that the 2011-12 NBA season will be canceled, several owners seem to want it. There are six NBA owners who also own teams in the NHL. In 2004, the NHL had a lockout of its own, and the 2004-05 season was canceled. When the lockout was finally resolved, the owners got everything they wanted. ESPN’s Ric Bucher has reported that those six owners have told the others that los-

ing a full season would be beneficial in the long run. Now, there are still people who hold out hope that the NBA will play this year by comparing it to the resolved NFL lockout. Indeed it is tempting to compare the NBA and NFL lockouts, but the comparison is mostly a result of the timing. These two leagues have each had lockouts over the course of the past few months. To compare the two situations would be to provide false optimism. In reality, the NBA’s labor strife is more along the lines of the NHL work stoppage of 2004-05. How so? Basketball and hockey are both quite popular in Europe, giving American players a chance to play overseas if a lockout cancels games, a luxury not afforded to football players. The opportunity to seek employment elsewhere does a great deal to decrease the incentive the players have to make concessions in order to end the lockout. Combine this with the ownership overlap, and an NBA season this year seems unlikely. What would the NBA look like without any games this year? What would happen when the league finally resumes play? Players like Dwyane Wade and LeBron James will miss one year of their prime. Wade, James and teammate Chris Bosh will have one less opportunity to win a championship. In fact, they may not win at all. Each member of Miami’s “Big Three” has an opt-out clause that would allow them to test free agency in 2014. That means that without a 2011-12 season, the Big Three might only have two more seasons to bring


With the NBA season in jeopardy, players like Wilson Chandler are going abroad.

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Senior JD Shrewsbury and the Rams are 5-9 after a pair of weekend wins.

home a title. This spells trouble for the NBA since the good-versus-evil storyline created by Miami’s threeheaded monster provided the NBA with fantastic television ratings. For the league, and for the Heat, the prospect of life without the Big Three is almost too frightening to consider. Similarly, players at the end of their careers would lose one season they would never get back. Steve Nash will turn 37 in February. Without a 2011-12 season, he might have already played his last game. Chauncey Billups just turned 35. The Knicks are looking for Billups to help Carmelo Anthony lead the team to its first championship since William Henry Harrison was president (alright, it was Gerald Ford). With bad knees, he’s playing on borrowed time and might not be so effective a year from now. Fortunately for NBA owners, basketball is more popular in America than hockey, so they don’t run the risk of fans losing interest the way they did with hockey after the 200405 canceled season. If the NBA doesn’t play any games this year, this time next year the majority of fans will be ready for the start of the 2012-13 season. Would I cry myself to sleep every night if there isn’t an NBA season this year? Of course not. I’ve always been a bigger fan of the college game anyway. What the NBA should fear is casual fans like myself, who may be alienated by a season-long lockout, turning to college basketball as a replacement. As the NHL learned, once you lose fans, it’s hard to get them back.

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Fordham Gives Up Late Lead in Battle of the Rams, Loses 21-17 By NICK CARROLL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Despite being outgained by over 250 yards and having the ball for under 20 minutes, Fordham had a chance to put away Rhode Island in the fourth quarter. A 19-yard touchdown run by freshman quarterback Peter Maetzold gave Fordham the lead, 17-14, with less than four minutes remaining, but then the levy finally broke. Rhode Island, fueled by a rushing attack that gained 350 yards, easily drove down the field, picking apart an exasperated Fordham defense, eventually capped its drive with a 3-yard touchdown with 1:13 remaining. The score gave Rhode Island a 21-17 lead, which ended up as the final. “That last drive was a culmination of the first half,” Head Coach Tom Masella said. “We had a lot of three-and-outs, we were on the field a lot on defense, where we couldn’t get off the field; I think our kids got worn down.” On the go-ahead drive, sophomore cornerback Ian Williams was called for pass interference on third down, as well as a personal foul that extended the drive and gave Rhode Island the ball at the two-yard line. “From my point of view it’s a nocall,” Masella said. “But he called it, and that’s how it goes.” Fordham did give Rhode Island a scare when Maetzold completed a string of passes that drove Fordham down to the Rhode Island 21 with fewer than 30 seconds remaining; however, Maetzold was hit while throwing, and junior linebacker Doug Johnson picked him off to seal the game. The offense failed Fordham for most of the afternoon. The team only converted three of its 14 third downs, struggling to move the ball. “We put ourselves in a lot of third-and-longs and we don’t want to be in third-and-longs,” Masella


Carlton Koonce caught a 19-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of Saturday’s game against Rhode Island.

said. “Third down, you want to be in a run-pass option, not a passpass option.” Maetzold had a rough day, completing 19 of 35 passes for only 166 yards, while also taking six sacks. “I’d love him to be two years into it and see everything and know what’s coming and bang, bang, bang,” Masella said. “Right now, it’s a learning process, and it’s not only a learning process for him but it’s a learning process for all those guys out there.” Senior running back Darryl Whiting also had a long day, running for only 13 yards on eight carries. “In the one game where we had our kids open some holes and move some people, Darryl rushed for 100 yards,” Masella said. “You’re only as good as your [offensive line], and you have to open up holes, and you have to give the

running back some space.” Fordham has struggled with the running game this season, and some of the problems can be credited to the passing game. “We have to start to complete some passes downfield,” Masella said. “And when we do that, things will loosen up, and we’ll give our running backs a little more of an opportunity to run the football.” The Fordham defense, thought to be the strength of the team, also struggled. Rhode Island had three runners top 100 yards, with senior wide receiver Anthony Baskerville leading the way with 119 yards on only 12 carries. “It was the person running the wild cat [Baskerville],” Masella said. “He’s a Division-I [FBS] football player. He made some people miss that were there to make tackles and also outran a few people.” Despite the obvious discrepancy

on the stat sheet, Fordham hung around all day. Rhode Island sophomore running back Deontray Johnson broke a 38-yard run on the game’s opening drive, opening up a 7-0 lead. “They stretched us pretty good,” Masella said. “He cut it back and we missed a tackle and we overpursued.” Fordham responded in the first quarter with a 20-yard field goal by freshman kicker Michael Marando, who remained Fordham’s kicker after taking over for junior Patrick Murray last week against Columbia. “I just felt after Columbia that we were asking [Murray] to do too much,” Masella said. Rhode Island scored again in the second quarter on a 2-yard run by sophomore running back Travis Hurd, making the score

14-3. Junior running back Carlton Koonce got Fordham into the end zone with a 19-yard touchdown catch, his second of the season, cutting the Rhode Island lead to 14-10, just before Fordham stormed back to take the lead before ultimately falling short. “He was in the slot,” Masella said. “We ran four verticals, and he got behind the linebacker. Peter made the right read, Carlton got in the right spot and Peter put the ball right where it had to be.” Part of the reason Fordham had a chance to win the game was Murray’s punting. He dropped five of his seven punts inside Rhode Island’s 20, averaging 54 yards per punt and maxing out with a 73-yard bomb. For his efforts, the NCAA named Murray the FCS Punter Performer of the Week for the second time this season and the fourth time of his career. “If there’s a better punter in all of college football I want to see him,” Masella said. With the loss, Fordham falls to 1-2 going into its Patriot League opener against 1-3 Colgate, the team that ended Fordham’s 2010 season with a 47-12 loss; however, Colgate could be without star senior running back Nate Eachus, who has missed the past two games with an undisclosed injury. “He may be the best player in [FCS] football,” Masella said. “Take him out of your offense, a lot of things change. It changes their defense; it changes their offense; it changes everything about their team.” Fordham also has injury concerns of its own going into this weekend. “I gotta worry about our guys,” Masella said. “We’re banged up and nicked up, and we have our own injuries.” Masella did not reveal who will be unavailable for Fordham this weekend.

Women’s Soccer Blanks Columbia in Final Game Before A-10 Season By ERIK PEDERSEN SPORTS EDITOR

In their final game before the Atlantic-10 season, the Fordham women’s soccer team recovered nicely from last week’s 13-1 loss to Texas A&M, scoring three secondhalf goals while failing to concede a single shot on goal during Sunday’s 3-0 win over Columbia. “Last week is out of my memory,” freshman forward Kristina Maksuti said. “We played beautiful soccer today. We really moved the ball well, and in the second half we showed what we can do.” Maksuti and senior forward Mariella Romano both scored on impressive long-distance strikes over 25 yards away from the goal, while junior midfielder Rachel Madacsi scored her first goal since transferring from Fairfield. Junior goalie Sarah Zieman made her second appearance of the season and recorded her first shutout, as Columbia managed only six shots, none of which made it to Zieman.

The Lady Rams out-shot Columbia 9-3 in the first half. Fordham had several chances, as Romano and Maksuti directed shots slightly wide of goal, while junior midfielder Kaitlin Abrams sent a free header just over the crossbar. The Lions, meanwhile, did not have a true shot at the goal until the 41st minute, as Fordham’s defense recovered from allowing 38 shots to Texas A&M last Sunday. “I usually don’t like to praise the team at halftime, but I had to praise them today for their hard work, especially the defense,” Head Coach Ness Selmani said. “They were on top of their game and that made the difference. It encouraged everyone else.” Fordham increased the pressure in the second half, and Madasci opened the scoring in the 66th minute, stealing the ball from a Columbia defender and firing a shot into the top left corner past freshman goalie Grace Redmon. Seven minutes later, the Lady Rams doubled their lead, as Mak-

suti took a pass from junior forward Liz Ker and scored from 30 yards out, driving the ball just under the crossbar in the top left corner. The goal was Maksuti’s team-leading seventh of the season, and she has now scored in three straight games. Romano completed the scoring in the 79th minute, separating herself from a Lion defender at the top of the penalty box and finishing into the top left corner for her fourth goal of the season and her third in the last three games. Maksuti picked up her third assist of the year on the play. “They were beautiful goals but the set-ups were even better,” Selmani said. Fordham out-shot Columbia 18-6 for the game to move to 5-4-1 on the season in its final non-conference game of the year. “We definitely wanted to go into conference play with a win, and we knew that we needed to keep our heads up [after last week],” Romano said. “I think we did a great job today.” The Lady Rams begin the A-10

season next weekend, as they continue their five-game homestand with matches against St. Joseph’s on Friday night and Temple on Sunday afternoon. Both teams were projected to finish near the bottom of the 14-team conference in the preseason coaches’ poll. Selmani hopes that the defensive effort displayed

on Sunday will carry over to the conference games. “I told the defense: ‘this is your territory and if someone comes into it you have to step up and show that you’re the boss,’” Selmani said. “I think they did that today and I’m glad because we set the tone for the rest of the season.”


Senior Michaela Murphy and the rest of the defense shut down Columbia.

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