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January 27, 2012
Volume 84, Issue 15
Drew loses Chris Biehn to Ithaca Cerita Asante Staff Writer
Blue Monday at Drew Snow coated the ground as students returned to campus on Sunday and stayed for the first day of classes on Monday. Light rain followed and washed away what little snow was
hris Biehn, Drew’s vice president for advancement, plans to move to Ithaca College at the end of March. Under his leadership, annual giving has increased and he has been an extremely valuable fund-raising asset to Drew. University President Bob Ithaca College Weisbuch Former Vice Presi- h a s n o t yet andent of Advancenounced ment Chris Biehn plans for future
left by Tuesday afternoon. After a relatively sunny Wednesday, dreary weather and drizzling rain continued into yesterday night.
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How proud is Drew? Students and staff weigh in on the issue
Joseph Lee Contributing Writer Drew.edu
Musharraf to speak at Drew Pervez Musharraf, the tenth president of Pakistan, will speak at Drew University on Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. in the Simon Forum. Originally Musharraf was scheduled to speak on Nov. 1, but his visit was delayed due to the snowstorm. Musharraf is the second speaker in the series, after former Governor of New Jersey Thomas Kean. Tickets to the event will cost $32 for the single event for those outside the Drew community and $2 for students.
The attendance and participation of this year’s spirit week was considerably lower than in past years. The low school spirit is also evident in the lack of attendance at school events. When the Drew community was asked if it thought Drew had enough school spirit, the responses were generally similar. “Drew has almost no school spirit,” Julie Liss (’12) said. “Not even close,” Megan Gailey (’13) said. “I’m from Texas and school spirit is huge there. From high school to the colleges, the schools have so much spirit it’s ridiculous,” she added. “I see people wearing the school shirts, but I don’t sense a real pride,” Esraa Mahgob (’14) said. “No, I think we could do better,” Megan McAleavy (’13) said. Interim Director of Residence Life James Ramey provided a different insight. “I think there is spirit and pride, but people need to
show it more,” he said. If there is pride, then where does it lie? When Drewids were asked if they were proud to be part of
Second in series Drew, there was a trend between underclassmen and upperclassmen. The underclassmen were generally split in their opinions. “This was my first choice, so I’m really happy to be here,” Elizabeth Regedanz (’15) said. Mahgob reply differently. “Somewhat,” she said. “I mean it’s a good school with good academic standings but I feel like they don’t care about the students as much as they say they do,” she said. Chelsea DeWeese (’14) had another answer. “No, I am not proud because they are cutting classes from my [Chinese] major. It seems they are focusing more on buildings than actual school,” she said. See Drew, page 4
Seminary Hall has sustained damage after a minor fire
Seminary classes delayed
The start of classes was delayed for Theological School students, and many other classes were moved to new locations following a fire in Seminary Hall on Saturday. The fire, which began around 7 a.m., was at first assumed to be an accident, but is now suspected to be a deliberate act. Most of the damage was due to water from the sprinkler system. During repairs, Casperson school and CLA classes were placed in open rooms everywhere from the Doro-
thy Young Center for the Arts (DoYo) to Brother’s College, causing inconveniences for many students. “It could’ve been worse if our class was any bigger,” Eva Smith (’13) said. “We had to go all the way to the Carriage House, and barely managed to squeeze everyone in.” The Theological School officially began classes yesterday, when the building was reopened to the campus. However, some repairs are still underway, and investigations continue.
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January 27, 2012
Drew’s human rights policy amended Ben Day Staff Writer
n response to a letter from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, Drew University has revised and updated its Human Rights Policy which deals with harassment investigation and procedure. “The Human Rights Policy has been under discussion for a number of years at Drew,” Dean of Campus Life and Student Affairs Sarah Waldron said. “This recent revision was prompted by changes in policy from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR).” These changes in policy came in the form of a letter from the Department of Education that was sent to all higher educational institutions in the U.S. in an attempt to combat primarily sexual harassment across the country. Drew was compelled to update its policy after the letter arrived last April. The updated policy resulted in several major changes, the foremost being that harassment complaints are no longer victimdriven or confidential. “Drew must take reasonable steps in investigating all allegations of discrimination and harassment including sexual harassment, even if the victim’s preference is that an investigation does not take place,” said George-Harold Jennings, university affirmative action officer and new Title IX Coordinator for monitoring harassment procedures. “Although a ‘privacy’ standard is in place, it replaces what was previously a ‘confidentiality’ standard. Therefore, although Drew will seek to maintain privacy in its investigations, information gath-
ered may have to be revealed as deemed appropriate.” The only exception for the new “privacy” standard is Health Services, which is protected by state law and ensures confidentiality. Other major changes include mandatory training and education for the entirety of Drew. “Educating the community is a big part of this,” Waldron said. “There will be numerous meetings and information sessions. It will be incorporated into New Student Orientation and all orientations for new faculty and staff.” Furthermore, harassment investigations and decisions have been streamlined as requested by the DOE to roughly 60 days since the time of the harassment claim. “We also have to tell victims of assault of the availability of law enforcement, Such as The Morris County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).” the primary drafter of the new policy William Brown, Director of Legal Affairs said. “They have investigators, as well as nurses who can take forensic information, and they also have victim advocates.” Wendy Kolmar, Chair of the English Department and co -chair of the newly named Human Rights Committee, explained another change in how the school is now able to address harassment charges. “The original motivation behind starting to make these changes was really to have a comprehensive policy where one process was available for students who filed any kind of complaint of discrimination or harassment, whether it’s based on race, religion, orientation or gender, rather than having it in all these different places. I think
its really important that we have one policy and one process for addressing all complaints of harassment and discrimination.” Now, harassment complaints of any nature will be examined by the new Investigation Group. The Investigation Group begins their efforts after a claim has been made to them ( they can be contacted at investigations@ drew.edu). This group is made up of various people from Drew: “We wanted a consensual process, and we wanted to draw people from different constituents of the community,” said Brown. “The Investigation Group is made up of different parts of the community: we have staff members, a couple people from Student Life, Chief of Public Safety Rob Lucid, a couple professors and a representative from the athletic department.” After the safety of the victim is guaranteed, this group starts by investigating claims and determining the severity of the incident. The Investigation Group will file a report claiming if a violation has occurred, and then assess the violation as less or more severe depending on the nature of the violation. “If it’s less severe, it will go through an administrative route, so for students the decision will go through ResLife; if it’s an employee, it will go to the director of human resources, and if it’s a faculty member, it will go that member’s dean.” explained Brown. However, if the violation is deemed more severe then the report will go to the HRC— a small 3 person committee headed by Wendy Kolmar and Ginny
“We are hoping that we’re going to get responses from the community if people have concerns… We like to think of it as a document that’s still open to comment” -Chair and professor of english Wendy Kolmar
Human Rights Policy Definition of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Sexual harassment or misconduct includes physical, verbal, written or on-line conduct of a sexual nature which is sufficiently severe or pervasive to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or employment environment. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or sexual contact, sexual harassment, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature are examples of sexual harassment or misconduct.
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Samuels— and they will hear the charges and attempt a mediation between the two parties, which if successful results in a signed agreement. “The one thing we can’t mediate is a charge of sexual assault. The OCR has flat out said you can’t do mediation of sexual assault charges,” said Brown. If mediation fails, there will be a hearing and the HRC will deliberate and issue a recommendation. That recommendation will be either accepted or rejected by the respective administrator. There is also a right of appeal if the recommendation is ratified, only on the grounds of new information or procedural error. All harassment procedures and investigations are performed under the auspices Jennings, to
ensure policy compliance, timeliness and protection of everyone involved. Although the new policy is already in effect, those who drafted it stressed the still open nature of it. Although the provisions mandated by New Jersey and the federal government are immutable, Kolmar expressed that “other aspects of the policy are still really open to discussion and we are hoping that we’re going to get responses from the community if people have concerns… We like to think of it as a document that’s still open to comment.” Other changes and resources can be found at http://www.drew. edu/humanrights/, along with links to support and FAQs.
Vice president Chris Biehn commutes to Ithaca From Chris, page 1 leadership of the department after Biehn leaves at the end of March. However, an announcement from Weisbuch is
that they will continue to do that through this transition and beyond. They’re very focused on the upcoming comprehensive campaign and what needs to be done to make that
ing the drive to raise the funding needed to build the Ehinger Center. Much of the money for that project came from private donors and Biehn also played an instrumental role
of last year in contributions. In addition, we are well on our way toward the public launch of our campaign, with Chris helping to raise much of the nearly $40 million already
and staff and enthusiastic students here on campus. I will also miss the alumni and parents and especially the Board of Trustees who work tirelessly to ensure the continued success of
warm as my first days here. So, the move is bittersweet, but my hope is that the friendships formed here will endure and that the University will continue on its course as a rising
“The move is bittersweet, but my hope is that the friendships formed here will endure and that the University will continue on its course as a rising star in higher education. Drew will always have a special place in my heart.” -Vice President for Advancement Chris Biehn
expected within the next two to three weeks regarding his departure. “Chris has a very talented team working in his department. They know what needs to be done to advance the University’s goals and I would expect
a success,” Chief Communications Officer Dave Muha said. Biehn has been involved in numerous projects and events that have been successful. Biehn may be best remembered for spearhead-
in making that project happen. “I thank Chris for the excellent job he has done in building a culture of philanthropy at Drew. The Fund for Drew exceeded projections for the last calendar year and is currently running 11 percent ahead
amassed,” Weisbuch said. Biehn has expressed how much he will miss being at Drew. “This move was a tough decision, for there are many aspects of Drew that I and my family love dearly. I will miss the great faculty
Drew University. My boys and my wife will miss the games, soccer and basketball mainly, and the Ranger Bear especially,” he said. “Ithaca College is another wonderful school, like Drew, and the welcome I have received there is as
star in higher education. Drew will always have a special place in my heart,” Beihn said. Chris Biehn will be joining Ithaca College in the spring of 2012 as their vice president for institutional advancement.
January 27, 2012
Water damage wreaks havok in Haselton Araby Martin Copy Editor he start of a new semester always comes with a few surprises. Some, however, are not surprises you’d want to come back to. The residents of Spirituality House, Umoja House and the third floor of Haselton all had to deal with the surprise of soaking wet belongings on movein after an apparent flooding that occurred over break. Nathan Forster (’15), a resident of Spirituality House, was taken aback by the state of Haselton when he returned. “My entire half of Haselton was affected, including the third floor and Umoja, the Pan-African house,” he said. The flooding occured just a few days before move-in, and everything was still wet when students returned. Very few had been informed of what had happened over break. Forster’s roommate, Neftali Rodriguez (’15), said, “I didn’t get an e-mail before coming back. All I got was a note on the door telling me that my egg crate mattress had been damaged.” Even then, he wasn’t expecting a majority of his and his roommate’s belongings to be soaked through. “It was a complete surprise,” he said. Some had the fortune of at
least being a bit prepared. Ian Clements (’12) of Spirituality House said, “I got an e-mail telling me that there had been some flooding in Haselton and that a few of my pillows had been damaged, but when I got back I noticed that the walls had water damage and so did the ceiling.” Another issue that irked students was the extreme damage of personal belongings. “My posters were completely soaked. I had one that was in a plastic sheath, and it had about 2 inches of floodwater in it, completely ruining it,” Clements said. Forster also commented on damage, stating, “As far as damage goes I can only speak for my own room, which was really only soaking wet. My roommate’s egg crate mattress pad was damaged, as well as my backpack.” The damage to the building is also a cause for worry among residents. “We also had some pretty bad ceiling damage and I keep asking maintenance to come check for mold,” Rodriguez said. So far, no one has responded to these requests. The residents are also perturbed by the administration’s lack of response. Few received an e-mail, and there was no information given to the Drew campus as a whole. “I expected it to be included in the e-mail that was sent out about the fire in Seminary,”
Haselton Hall experienced water damage due to flooding last week Clements said. “It worries me because there was water damage in Seminary [Hall] because of a fire. What if there was a fire here too and they haven’t told us?” All three students said that there had been little to no communication between students and administration regarding
the flooding. According to these students, there has also been no explanation as to why it occured. “We still haven’t been told what happened,” Forster said. Clements added, “We still have gotten no information, from no one.” Still, in a situation filled with
so much anxiety and confusion, some have managed to find a silver lining. “Apparently, my fourfoot Oriental rug from Bed Bath & Beyond soaked up enough water to prevent water damage to the floor, so there’s that,” Clements joked. “I guess I’ll be shopping there more often now.”
Student Government to hold special elections
Student Government members wrap up a Fall of 2011 meeting Afnan Khairullah Staff Writer As the new semester begins, with it comes the Student Government special elections. Special elections are being held for the first time ever at Drew since, under the new constitution, the president is not allowed to appoint senators anymore. Student Government President Frank Barbosa (’12) said, “We
“The point of the elections is to make sure that the committees and boards are staffed and that it can run effectively” -Chair of the Election CommitteeMaxwell Rich (‘13)
made it so that whenever there is vacancy it is put up to a special election. We’re thinking about creating an interim replacement. Like, if there is three weeks left in the semester and we need a senator the president may appoint someone in the interim until another election occurs.” Since the fall semester, five senatorial positions have been vacated—one senior class senator, one junior class senator, one sophomore class senator and two freshman class senators. The junior and sophomore class senators are studying abroad and the freshman senators resigned at the start of the semester. Petitions were distributed Tuesday and are due Sunday in Riker 016. Elections will be held Feb. 6 and voting will be done on Moodle and at polling stations around campus. “We’re expecting a great turnout, as it is going to involve all the classes. The point of the elections is to make sure that the committees and boards are staffed and that it can run effectively,” Student Government Chair of the Election Committee Maxwell Rich (’13) said. For many Drewids and senate hopefuls, the special elections are an opportunity for transfers and who did not take the initiative during the fall. Senators will no longer be required to hold office hours. The Student Government as a whole will hold monthly events and in each event will cover a specific issue, such as dining, admission and tuition. According to Barbosa, events will be open to the campus and will have a panel including all the senators so that students may come and voice their concerns, receive more information on campus safety and become more involved.
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Drew inspires pride in students and faculty From How, page 1 On the other hand, the upperclassmen had a positive trend. “I am proud to be a Drew student and believe that being identified with this institution is an honor,” John Dabrowski (’12) said. “I am proud to be a Drew student because the academics here matured and developed me into a better person,” Nick Russo (’13) replied. “Of course, Drew is my home,” Liss responded. Cynthia Parke’s (’13) response best explained the more positive responses by the upperclassmen. “I think the more time I spent here, my pride for Drew grew. In part, that is due to my involvement with various clubs and organizations. I was able to see Drew in a different light that I could appreciate it more,” she said. Faculty and staff shared a similar response with the upperclassmen. Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jane Liu said that she was “very proud to be part of the Drew community.” Professor of Economics Fred Curtis also showed his pride. “It’s a great institution. I’ve been here a long time and seen what good things Drew can do,” he said. Ramey responded similarly. “I love Drew. I take pride being a part of a great institution with amazing students, a wonderful staff and of course a stellar Residence Life staff,” he said. The community was asked about their pride in both academics and sports. The response for pride in academics overwhelmed the sports pride. “The academics in Drew are excellent and I am proud to be a Drew student,” Russo said. “The academics are good. They challenge you enough,” Mahgob replied. “I think Drew’s science program is truly a hidden gem,” Melissa Levinsky (’12) remarked. “I have learned more in the past four years than I have in my entire academic career and I am extremely proud to say that I studied neuroscience at Drew,” she continued. Dabrowski added his pride and value in Drew academics. “I am proud of the strong academics at Drew. Within my [English Literature and Language] major, I have distinguished faculty guiding and directing me,” he said. Dabrowski continued to show his pride by giving insight into the opportunities he received. “Being able to have an independent study with a Guggenheim Fellow, getting to introduce a National Book Award winner at an event and have dinner with him, and landing competitive internships in the music industry are opportunities I have had here, among others. The academics at Drew are what I value most about my experience. There is a nurturing aspect at this school that allows you to explore and digest new knowledge,” he said. Regedanz showed how deep her pride for Drew academics went. “I picked Drew because of its academics. I love all of my
Drew University’s Bowne Memorial Gateway professors and am learning a lot more from them than I originally thought I would,” she explained. Sabrina La Bianca (’15) showed the pride she had in her teachers. “Professors really take an interest in your success and want nothing but the best for you. They are willing to help you outside of the classroom and are always positive to meet with you whenever it’s good for you. They all really want you to succeed and this type of environment really helps students want to do better,” she said. Faculty and staff showed their love for Drew academics. “I am impressed by the students’ abilities. I have experience from teaching in a range of schools from small schools like Drew to larger institutions like Harvard. Some of my students [here] are definitely of the top class,” Liu said. RISE member Barbara Petrack talked about the students that did research with RISE. “Almost all the students that do research with us go on to medical or graduate school,” she said. When it came to the topic of sports, the responses were differ-
ent from those of academics. In general, the community showed a disconnect with sports. Dabrowski best summarized the general attitude of the responses. “I did not come to Drew because of sports... I do not feel any connection to sports at Drew and do not think they define our school culture,” he said. Levinsky made a similar remark. “I am not proud of Drew sports. To be honest, I have maybe gone to three games in my entire four years. I am just not interested in the outcomes of the games and I know that if I go to a game, most of the bleachers are going to be empty,” she stated. Although the general tone is negative, the community also showed a desire to be more involved with sports. “After having athlete residents on my floor for the past two years, I’ve become prouder. I got to see their dedication and contribution to the university,” Parke stated. Gailey explained that “there’s not much spirit at the school as there should be and it’s more because there’s not a strong support
system for the sports teams.” Mahgob responded similarly. “They should promote the teams more to get more people to show up,” she said. Nicole Kopach (’15) shared her insight. “I don’t think the sports are given too much attention here. I see posters every once in a while around campus and receive the occasional email, but the turnout at games is not as big as I would expect. Therefore, I could be more proud of them,” she explained. Levinksy compared Drew with another school to show what she wanted. “At the University at Buffalo, students paint their faces or their whole bodies for a sports game. That sounds like fun and I would love to do that, but you would never see that at Drew. There isn’t much pride or support for that matter” she said. Russo made a closing remark. “I think they all give a great effort. It’s not like Rutgers pride, but for a small school, I think people are proud to be Rangers,” he said. Faculty and staff showed more pride in having athlete students. “I teach student athletes and
see a lot of determination from them, which shines in class,” Curtis explained. Liu had a similar response. “I have student athletes in all my classes. I’m always impressed by their ability to handle everything,” she said. Ramey also commented on the student athletes. “I’m incredibly proud of the passion and dedication that the Drew athletes exhibit,” he said. So where is Drew pride? It is definitely in academics. When the community was asked if the school was overrated or underrated, the responses were all about the academics. However, the answers themselves varied across the board. Liss shared her thoughts. “Drew is overrated. There are a lot of dumb people graduating with college degrees at this school,” she said. La Bianca was not satisfied with the requirements. “Overrated, because as a freshman you are expected to take College Writing, Common Hour and College Seminar… Coming into college I thought I would be able to use my AP credits for English into College Writing, but I wasn’t able to and I had to take it,” she stated. Kopach had an almost identical response. “I think they are overrated. Freshmen are forced to take classes like college writing, seminar and common hour that are a waste of everyone’s time. For a school with such highly rated academics, this seems a little out of place,” she said. Others felt the rating was just right. “I think the academics are rated correctly. It is exactly what they say it is,” Mahgob commented. “I think that Drew’s academics, for the most part, are rated exactly where it should be. Drew offers a wide variety of choices and some major paths are very strong, and some, I can already tell are fairly weak,” Sean Bissey (’15) stated. “I don’t think Drew’s academics are overrated… I don’t think Drew is underrated either,” Regedanz said. Still, many felt that Drew was underrated. “I think that Drew is underrated because the academics are great,” Godfrey Osawe (’15) said. Russo shared his insight. “I want to say it’s underrated because people don’t know about it. I think students have to experience it to know how great the academics are here,” he said. Levinsky had a similar opinion. “I think Drew’s academics are underrated. I don’t think most people realize how much work we actually do as students… But when you look at Drew’s national ranking, you won’t read anything about rigorous academia. Why? Because nationally we are not recognized for how much work we do,” she stated. Curtis shared what someone told him. “When I first came to Drew, I heard it was the ‘best kept secret in NJ,’” he said. Curtis gave his closing remark about the school. “I mean I love this place. It means a lot to me so I don’t think ‘pride’ really captures it,” he said.
“When I first came to Drew, I heard it was the ‘best kept secret in NJ’... I love this place. It means a lot to me so I don’t think ‘pride’ really captures it”
-Professor of Economics Fred Curtis
OPINIONS Fresh resolutions for the new year at Drew
ith the start of a new year and the spring semester, Drew has some The Acorn Staff
Lead Editorial major opportunities. However, as of right now we haven’t seen any efforts to take advantage of them, which means they probably won’t happen. Spring semester contains several events to look forward to: Sloppy Saturday, First Annual Picnic (FAP) and senior week for soon-to-be graduates. But without a University Center (UC) in operation, there are going to be serious obstacles to overcome. For now, all campus necessities, like the ATM, the Snack Bar and the bookstore, are located in the Commons. While some of these change—the bookstore—work, others—the Snack Bar—are complete failures. The Snack Bar is smaller than its previous location and out of place. Grabbing a bite after class isn’t convenient when the two main dining areas on campus are in the same out-of-the-way building. Simply withdrawing money from the campus ATM now takes students away from their usual paths. Because
they haven’t been operating well, these campus amenities could have been relocated—or at the very least improved—during winter break. Instead, we come back to campus with more progress to the new Ehinger Center, but no improvements to benefit current student life. The UC’s absence also brings up huge concerns for the fate of senior week. The Pub, now located in The Other End (TOE), is far from the hangout space it once was. TOE, while a friendly environment, is a hike from most dorms and only hosts the Pub twice a week. Senior week isn’t going to exist without a running Pub, and 99 Nights is going to be a challenge. Drew’s going to need to do some heavy-duty planning if the current senior class is going to get its money’s worth at either. It’s entirely unfair to have the class of 2012 miss out on the typical festivities of senior week because of on-campus construction. We’re hoping this year’s week features more nights out in Madison and special events to make up for the absence of the traditional Pub. Of course, considering we haven’t heard any plans, we’re not holding our breath.
Campus security is also an ongoing issue, with nonexistent improvement. Sometimes security guards check IDs at the booth, but more often there’s nobody there. While Resident Assistants (RAs) and other students check IDs at the doorways to certain buildings at night, this is only true in one building in each complex, with the exception of the freshman dorms. How does a desk attendant
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in Haselton prevent theft or other problems in Riker? As we’ve continually mentioned, this is a weak attempt that at best gives Drew the illusion of security where there is none. Like the mysteriously absent security guards, the desk attendants provide Drewids with an unjustified sense of security—not to mention the still unexplained thefts that have become commonplace over breaks from
campus. Things like this are completely unacceptable and haven’t changed despite students complaining. It’s time to step up, Drew University. Everyone talks about spring cleaning, so why don’t we do some of our own? We can clean house, make changes to policies and procedures and make it so that the last semester at Drew is memorable to the senior class in a good way rather than a bad one.
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January 27, 2012
Strategic Plan depends on Identity Project Jack Duran Assistant Opinions Editor
ith the Strategic Plan heading for approval from the Board of Trustees in February, students have still been left wondering what exactly the Strategic Plan is. Just recently students have been hearing about the Drew Identity Project and are perplexed as to whether the Identity Project is a completely different project from the Strategic Plan or whether it is an alternative to it. To set the details straight for all the perplexed Drew souls, the Strategic Plan is a very broad plan for the University to follow for years to come. It is a set of goals the administration, with the assistance of faculty members and students, have set for Drew. The plan has four Universitywide goals to support the University’s mission and vision, as detailed in the final draft of the Strategic Plan, to “graduate rigorous, independent, and imaginative students who add to the world’s good and respond to the urgent social challenges of our time and a vision where they can employ the world as their classroom, and transform knowledge into social impact.” The four goals the University has set for itself are these: 1. Create a more vibrant intellectual community; 2. Enhance students’ social, global and professional engagement; 3. Strengthen Drew’s identity and better position the University; 4. Ensure institutional sustainability. The final draft of the plan is very comprehensive, outlining each goal in great detail. The third goal the University has for itself is “Strengthen Drew’s identity and better position the University.” This, right here, is the Identity Project. It is not an alternative to the Strategic Plan or completely different from it— the Identity Project is in fact a part of the Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan is merely a general outline of the goals of the University. Each of these goals are projects for the University to work on. The Identity Project is one out of four projects the Strategic Plan set forth.
Although the Identity Project, like the other projects, is associated with the Strategic Plan, the goals and the Plan itself have very different goals. The projects that the University initiates are to specifically address how to achieve those goals, therefore following the Strategic Plan. Student Government Elections Committee Chair Maxwell Rich (’13) said, “Unlike the Strategic Plan, which is a document that sets the goals for the whole University to follow for the next few years, the Identity Project focuses specifically on discovering and improving Drew’s identity. Whereas the Strategic Plan will be used as a checklist of goals for the administration, the Identity Project will be implemented into Drew’s branding and will be used as a vision of what we hope to become. Although they are similar and have interacted with each other, they are certainly separate endeavors.” The Strategic Plan at first was met with many concerns, especially from the faculty, claiming that the plan was too vague and didn’t provide enough detail. Rich said, “I have generally disliked the idea of a Strategic Plan, as I feel that group think-
ing projects don’t represent the needs of everyone easily and are liable to set too many vague goals. However, with the inclusion of the University Senate in editing the document, I believe it has become stronger, more pointed and almost ready for use as the blueprint of the future for Drew.” He also admitted, “I was initially skeptical about the Identity Project, but ultimately I feel it has revealed a lot of positive qualities that Drew needs to show to the public, as well as identified weaknesses that we need to work on to improve our University.” It has been an extremely bumpy road for the Strategic Plan. It has received hits from all possible angles, but evidently, that which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. It has made a foundation for a very successful plan to catapult Drew into the big leagues. The Identity Project has been emphasized more than any other goal of the Strategic Plan perhaps because it is the most important, garnering as much attention as the Strategic Plan itself. It is a project that is meant to answer what it is that defines Drew as exceptional. And it is meant to
present those answers to the world. Without the Identity Project, the Strategic Plan would never be followed because, after all, we have to understand who we are as a community before we can advance and progress. And once we understand and know this, we will be able to build upon it. Rich said, “I believe it will help set the goals for the future, giving current and future administrators, professors, students and staff a guide to continuing and expanding upon Drew’s excellence.” The Strategic Plan and all the goals it sets forth for Drew certainly will expand on Drew’s excellence. However, it is extremely important to note that large University projects like the Strategic Plan and its sub-projects have to be better explained and presented to the Drew community. Most people have heard of the Strategic Plan, yet were given presentations on the Identity Project, so naturally, many were under the impression that the Identity Project was either a separate project or an alternative to the plan. The administration, while cre-
ating what seems to be a successful plan, needs to, in the future, take steps to include the general student body in the process. Yes, Student Government members are the leaders of their classes and in many ways are the voices of their classes, but inevitably many great ideas will be ignored, voices silenced and excluded if the only ones consulted are Student Government members. It creates the idea of a university oligarchy, something that is surely not popular to the masses. And it certainly brings down the morale of the student body and their pride in Drew. The administration has taken significant steps to bring progress to Drew, but true progress can never truly be achieved without the thoughts of those whom that progress will affect. The Strategic Plan speaks invariably about diversity. Perhaps it should take into account the diversity of thoughts and opinions at Drew Failing to do so will force Drew to fall short of continuing and expanding upon its excellence. Jack Duran is a freshman Political Science major
Reader’s Forum Former Acorn editor dissatisfied with changes in design for Commons To the editor, I donated money to my senior class of 2011 gift and all I got was this stupid beer glass. Well, OK, the beer glass isn’t really stupid. I actually use the glass, which came with the deal when I pledged that night in the Pub, all the time. I don’t want to say how much I pledged to the senior gift, but it was way more than the glass is worth. The class of 2010’s class gift was supposed to be the patio-like growth on the Commons that
everyone at Drew can now enjoy. Unfortunately, they failed to raise enough money for it. So my class, the class of 2011, decided to pick up the slack and join our pledge effort with the previous class’ abortive attempt at raising money for the new deck on the Commons. I was not planning to give money to our class gift, but I thought the artist’s rendering looked great—Plus, I’m a sucker for beer glasses. I remember the artist’s rendering clearly because I was The Acorn staffer that
obtained the copy of it that ran with the April 8, 2011 article, “Six weeks left and senior gift unknown.” I believe a similar rendering, if not the same one, was being used to promote the gift on pledge night in the Pub. A Dec. 15, 2011 e-mail to CLA ’10 and ’11 alumni said, “Even though each class will be paying off these pledges over the next couple of years, Drew went ahead with the addition for the benefit of current students.” I applaud them for deciding to go ahead with it. (Frankly, it
shows a degree of trust in my class that I’m not sure I share.) But the deck y’all ended up with is different. I’m not 100 percent sure, but when I saw it on a recent visit to Drew, it looked significantly smaller than the plans touted back in the spring called for. And even if it’s a similar size, it’s clearly a very different design. Drew should have let us know that the finished product would be quite different from the plan before going ahead with the use of our (pledged) money. I’m not
saying I’m gonna back out and not give them what I pledged, but they should have told us about the changes. And as for you, Acorn, act like the feisty watchdog of the Forest that I know you are and find out how different the final design is from the original plan. Are they different sizes, or am I imagining it? With mild frustration, David A.M. Wilensky CLA ’11 Acorn editor in chief ’09-’10
January 27, 2012
Censorship bills pose potential issues at Drew Corey Swika-Post Opinions Editor
n the wake of coming back to school, and a wonderful weekend of snow, it may not yet be common knowledge that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Acta (PIPA) were brought before the senate. Both of these bills are pieces of legislation concerned with the regulation and potential censorship of the internet. These bills are meant to affect the way we view various websites and change what powers the government and private companies have over them. SOPA is probably the more commonly referred to of these bills but is written to specifically function alongside PIPA. SOPA first and foremost gives corporations discretion for choosing what qualifies as copyright infringement and what doesn’t. It allows those corporations to create a virtual blacklist of websites that are known offenders. Using this blacklist, they would then be able to use a process called DNS filtering to change the destination of an internet address and redirect it to a government sponsored warning page, informing the user that the page they are attempting to reach is guilty of copyright infringement. The bill would also call for the censorship of personal websites and personal accounts on public websites. YouTube would be required to shut down any account
where copyright infringeme nt takes place, regardless of severity. While YouTube already does this with videos that contain sensitive or inappropriate content, corporations would be able to take the policy a step further and remove videos that contain fan performances, potentially calling for the prosecution of those involved. It would also be the case for websites which are created by fans of copyrighted material. Any website in the Wikia family could be shut down and prosecuted for hosting that type of material. The language used is also vague enough to slip into the realm of personal blogs. Any blog which hosts these materials, even unwittingly, would be prosecuted. This would be a significant problem for blogs which allow for comments sections as it is not the responsibility of the poster, but rather the website owner in cases where copyrighted material shows up. These bills, while important to the population at Drew as internetsavvy young adults, also have the potential to affect us on an academic level. DropBox is an internet file hosting service which allows users to access the same information from multiple computers, or other internet ready devices. It is a way for many professors and students working on group projects to share information, even if they are incapable of meeting in person. However, if something copyrighted is put on the website, the entire website can be taken
down rather than simply banning the violating user. It also seems that Moodle could be affected if it is seen as violating the terms of the bills. Moodle exists as a free network of hosted files that allows for peer-to-peer and student-to-professor interactions outside of the classroom. This community would be put under the same scrutiny as any other public forum site and potentially shut down. We are the ideal generation to combat these bills. We are old enough to call our representatives, to vote and, most of all, to understand what is happening and what is going to happen in our world. To turn a blind eye now would be all but impossible.
One of the most important things you hear when coming to Drew is how you can change the world and make a difference. The first step is gaining more information. Having knowledge about anything is important if you want to be effective in causing change. These past few paragraphs are an overview, the rough frame that has the power to change everything about our culture. Not America’s culture, our culture—the culture of the youth, the intelligent students who struggle to study and understand and find their place in the world. Everyone of us has someone—a parent, aunt, grandmother—who has said something along the lines of “you spend too much time on that computer.” Maybe they were
right, but the truth is that if we didn’t we would be in no position to learn, share or grow into more worldly and compassionate people. If we are to start our revolution, we must first have a reason to revolt. These changes that are trying to find their way to us can only be abused. DropBox, YouTube, Google Docs, anything that is even remotely connected to a problem can be stripped away. We need these services to survive as good students, but even moreso to survive as well-rounded people.
Corey Swika-Post is a junior Spanish major
Freshman protests residence hall flooding Nathan Forster Contributing Writer
y room in Haselton, along with almost everyone else’s in my half of the building, flooded over winter break. The sheets that were stored underneath my bed were completely soaked through and smelled like mold, and my backpack had been taken out and sent to who knows where. My only notification of any of this happening was a sticky note on my door and an e-mail that said only my roommate’s egg crate mattress was damaged—a message he didn’t even receive because he wasn’t on the e-mail list. We are currently worried about possibly having mold in our room and, to top it all off, Drew hasn’t even released a statement telling us what happened. But, to be completely honest, this wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for a consistent string of facility and administrative failures that have cost students their time, money and safety. In November, a drain in a shower clogged, leaving 14 people with only two functioning showers. Facilities still hasn’t come in to do anything.
Ian Clements (’12) holds up a poster damaged by the recent flooding in Haselton During the aptly named “Snowpocalypse” of Halloween weekend, none of the emergency systems that are supposed to be functional during power outages and other times of crisis were working. My friends in Asbury
have said before that they would sooner jump out the window or brave the fire than use the fire escape because of how unsafe it is—and once I looked at it, I completely agreed. The Dorothy Young Center for
the Arts (DoYo) leaks absolutely everywhere, one of the leaks being directly over the concert hall stage and others near electrical equipment we can’t move. I wanted to be at a small school because of the attention and care
the administration is supposed to put into student needs as opposed to a state university with over 50,000 undergraduates. At this point in time, I’ve come to the unfortunate conclusion that Drew simply doesn’t care, or at least doesn’t prioritize the students’ actual living situation as long as they’re getting our money. The question of where my money is going is an old one. It permeates my life every day as people complain about broken doors, heaters, drains, showers, drawers, locks and every other possible object the school says they supply us with in full working order. But they simply aren’t fixing them unless a parent calls the school and complains—and sometimes not even then. I look around and see buildings in desperate need of repair instead. I want two things: I want to know that where I live is safe and I want to know when something happens to it, regardless of whether or not I have control. What we need are renovations to the buildings we live in instead of a shiny new building to replace one that no one thought needed to be replaced. Nathan Forster is a freshman Theatre major
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What’s in your handbag, Drewids?
ew year, new you? That seems to be the motto on everybody’s minds this month. From endeavors to lose
A La Mode weight and get fit, to quitting smoking, to acing every class this semester, there is quite a bit of buzz about New Year’s resolutions. I propose a simple and rather effortless “resolution” you may not have thought about, ladies— organizing your handbags.When I say “organizing,” I don’t mean separating your Michael Kors purses and pleather satchels by color. I’m referring to stocking your handbag with beauty— plus staples every woman may find herself in need of on a regular basis. Without further ado, here are my top six favorite handbag staples: L’Occitane en Provence Shea Butter Mini Hand Cream ($10, www.occitane.com): Winter is rough, and as we all know, it’s important to protect your skin from the debilitating effects of cold weather and high wind chills. The price may seem unreasonable, but I have been a fan of L’Occitane for years because their products never fail to keep my skin smooth, hydrated and glossy. Give this lightweight but effective hand cream a try. I bet you’ll fall in love faster than you can say, “Oui, s’il te plait!” Altoids: This one is a given. Whether you have a date with your significant other, are scheduled to meet with your advisor or simply intend to chat intimately with friends, it never hurts to carry mints in your purse—especially if you had, say, fish or bok choy with your lunch. So,
Kaden Bernstein (’15) (left) and VeeVee Blair (’15) display the contents our their handbags do yourself a favor and pick up a little tin can of Altoids from the C-store. Toilet talk in public is not exactly unheard of in the U.S., thanks to prime-time sitcoms and big-screen comedies starring Will Ferrel. That is why I have no qualms about recommending this next handbag staple: Charmin to Go ($1, www. Walgreens.com). This travel-size toilet paper roll is so small, you can
either toss it freely into your purse or stuff it into your makeup case. Laugh now, but you’ll appreciate the tip the next time you find yourself in a bathroom stall in the Hall of Sciences sans toilet paper. Aleve: Ever suddenly come down with a killer headache in class? I’m sure we all have, and though we may be more inclined to attribute it to a not-so-thrilling lecture from
Professor Whatshisname, having a bottle of Aleve in your purse may be a better solution than playing the blame game. While you don’t want to abuse the privilege and give your professor or classmates the impression that you’re a pill-popper, there is nothing against excusing yourself from the classroom and taking a little tablet with the water bottle we hope you would be carrying in your purse.
For the sake of your well-being, don’t take ibuprofen if your last meal was over an hour ago. Your stomach will thank you. Whether or not you’re willing to admit it, if you like to keep yourself looking polished, you probably have a tendency to look in the mirror and make sure you’re still put together—I can’t blame you. If you wear makeup, it is probably especially important to make sure your face looks just as lovely as it did before you left the house. Therefore, I recommend “investing” in a fabulous compact mirror. Before you consider buying yours for $5 at Forever 21, let me make a suggestion: For only €19 (about $25), Les Tai Tai (www.lestaitai.com) offers a broad selection of model mirrors in varying colors, patterns and images. If you’re wondering what is so special about these model mirrors, it is that they’re not just cute, they also include 2X magnification and natural LED lights, so you can give a quick check to your mascara even in the dark. This list simply would not be complete without the most important item of all—a handbag! I have had my eye on the perfect handbag for quite some time but have come up short in finding it. In an alternate universe, where money grows on trees, I imagine myself in possession of a black Alexander Wang Rocco Duffel ($875, www.barneys.com). This pebbled leather duffel bag with soft gold-tone studs on the underside would be big enough to contain my Drew laptop and any of the aforementioned handbag must-haves. For those few lucky ladies who can afford to purchase this purse without shedding a tear, I say go for it. I doubt a woman alive today has ever regretted an A. Wang purchase.
Freshman fights to end waste in the forest Cecilia Iacobuzio Life & Arts Editor Electronic waste is an unfamilar term to many Drewids, but Addison Del Mastro (’15) wants to change that. He has created the “Re-Use Revolution,” a charity drive for unused and unwanted electronic devices which are then given to people in need. “Over time I've felt it’s more and more important, because when we reuse something we’re passing it on to someone in need and alleviating natural resource use at the same time. It combines charity and environmentalism,” Del Mastro said. He first received the idea for the “Re-Use Revolution” while travelling rural Michigan as he toured colleges. He said, “We went to a couple of thrift stores there and I found that we, in New Jersey, threw out more home goods and electronic goods than these stores were even able to sell. I could literally go to my town dump and pick a TV better than what they were selling in Michigan.” This realization stayed with him even after he decided to attend Drew. Last semester, Del Mastro decided to take action. After speak-
ing to Campus Sustainability Coordinator Christina Notas, he was able to devise a plan to take in old electronics from students, their families and the faculty and repurpose them for those who would appreciate them, even if they are several years old. “I’ve never really organized anything before, so it was a new experience, but it was surprisingly easy,” he said. Jayce Lebon (’15) designed a catchy logo, featuring a hand clasping a cassette player, that currently adorns posters throughout campus. “He did an amazing job there. I designed part of it but he made the fist, which was the central piece,” Del Mastro said. The next step was to place drop-boxes strategically around campus. Del Mastro explained that any unwanted electronic devices could be deposited in boxes, “in the Welch/Holloway and Tolley/Brown main lounges, and near the main front entrances of Baldwin, Haselton, Asbury and McLendon. There is also one in Tipple Hall, it’s for grad and theo students,” he added. So far not many students have helped the cause. “Unfortunately we got just about nothing in donations even after we advertised pret-
Addison Del Mastro (’15) is excited to spread the word about his first charity venture ty heavily. But we have extended Students who feel strongly about them to be “just being more aware the deadline for dropping off used eliminating waste are asked to of how much we use, and waste, electronic items to Thursday, Feb. donate electronics. For those who and what the impact of consumer2, at noon,” Del Mastro said. cannot, Del Mastro encourages ism is on our environment.”
January 27, 2012
LIFE & ARTS
Theater fans create a play in a day
The Dorothy Young Center for the Arts (DoYo) will hold the Plays in Progress (PiP) 24 Hour Play Blitz today Lina Estrada Staff Writer assion is the fuel that propels us to achieve our greatest desires, and opportunities are the doors through which we can reach our goals. Combined with creativity and patience, all of these attributes can produce things such as great scripts for movies, ideas for novels and dialogues for plays. And if there’s anyone who tries to convince you that these are easy tasks, just walk past them and remember that. Anyone who has ever had an interest in play writing, acting or directing will be given a chance to prove themselves this
weekend at Drew’s fourth annual 24-Hour Play Blitz. The Play Blitz is an event that has been held in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts (DoYo) by Drew’s Plays in Process (PiP), which gives student playwrights the opportunity to showcase their work before the Drew community. This Friday the countdown begins and after 24 hours exactly, passionate students will be able to unveil their work before a live audience. Here’s how the process works: tomorrow, participants will be split into groups. Each group will have one playwright, one director and several actors. Playwrights will have until 10 a.m. on Saturday to write a one-act play. Directors and actors will then have nine
hours to rehearse the play. The resulting performances will take place on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the DoYo. The general rules of the event are as follows: There will be one line of dialogue that must be in the play. Every group will have the same line, and it must be included in the final copy of the play. Next, there will be one prop that must be used in the play. The prop will be different for every group. The last rule and probably the easiest one to enforce is to be creative. The members of the team and some participants have shared their opinions on the 24-Hour Play Blitz. “I think it’s a great opportunity for people to sit down and write a play, especially if they don’t
have time,” Emilyn Bona (’13) PiP Producer, said of the PiP team. “The good thing about it being 24 hours is there’s always time for revisions. You have the freedom to revise at your leisure so it won’t be so stressful,” she said. “All I’m expecting is for people to show up, for people to get ideas.” “Also adding rules to the program gives people creativity so it’ll be good for them,” Duncan Lyle (’13) PiP Producer, said. “24 hours sounds crazy, but it’s been done before. We like this time because it doesn’t soak up too much of people’s time. It’s pretty fair,” he said. “I am expecting this to be a bit chaotic, but there will be lots of variety, excitement and not too stressful. It’ll be fun.”
Students are most passionate about piracy The mass protest against SOPA via statuses and tweets was the first time that I had seen the majority of my “friends” agree on an issue.
The Dish Sure with the recent elections for the Republican nomination, my News Feed has become a little bit more cognizant about the world at large rather than selfreferential, but SOPA was a different story altogether. Since talks of the Republican nominees and their stances have contributed to a polarization of opinions, it was amazing to witness the unifying effect that SOPA had on Facebook. I was proud of my social networking family. Not only was everyone in accordance, but it was also the most politically vocal I have ever seen my News Feed get. As a person that finds it necessary to see Ryan Gosling’s face in the not-yet released “Drive” before I go to sleep, I signed the petition against SOPA for all the wrong reasons. My friends urged me to sign this petition and some even went as far to change their profile picture to a censored sign. I was all for it, even choosing to ignore such mistakes as a status having the wrong form of “their” in it, if only to be more supportive of the cause. As I scrolled through Facebook, though, I could not help but contemplate why SOPA had been the defining point for political activism on my News Feed. What does our unification over SOPA, rather than over such acts as the NDAA, say about us? To clarify, SOPA is the acronym for Stop Online Piracy Act. SOPA’s original
intent was to bring an end to copyright infringement such as illegal downloads of movies, TV shows and music. According to CNN, “Both sides say they agree that protecting content is a worthy goal. But opponents say that the way SOPA is written effectively promotes censorship and is rife with the potential for unintended consequences.” SOPA’s vague language leaves room for interpretation about certain infringements, vagueness that could potentially allow the shutting down of an entire site for one viewer’s comment. As an internet generation, it’s easy to see why we would be so scared about SOPA. The act threatens the existence of sites such as Wikipedia and YouTube, sites that I, for one, have found a necessity for sanity in college—and don’t even get me started on that riveting blog you just began, you self-deprecating college student, you. While the efforts of the protest worked, and SOPA is now on pause, this leaves time to step back and ponder the important questions that SOPA instigates. Can an act truly stop piracy if it does not infringe on one person’s rights? If we’re so worried about human rights, why are we more worried about SOPA than other acts? These are just a couple of the questions that we will have to answer during the recent pause of SOPA. It is clear that the fine line between piracy and censorship will become one of the biggest topics for our generation to answer. SOPA, or an act like it, will still be a pressing issue until these answers are determined. Until then, I can sleep comfortably with Ryan Gosling’s illegally downloaded face staring right back at me.
LIFE & ARTS
Events this week Tonight Murder Mystery and Dinner Show 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Founder’s Room in Mead Hall Eat a fabulous catered dinner dressed in your best clothes while trying to solve a mystery, just like Sherlock Holmes.
Fitness Classes Is your New Year’s resolution to get in shape? Drew makes it easy with free fitness classes, starting January 30. Each consists of 12 sessions and is available free of charge. Registration is available at http://www.drew.edu/CampusRec/fitness/ class_registration Classes and times available are: Mondays Noon-1:00 p.m. Pilates with Pam Haselton Dance Studio 5:15-6:15 p.m. Barre-Sculpt with Megan Lower Dance Studio Tuesdays 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Fusion Funk with Katya Hasleton Dance Studio Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 p.m. Yoga with Jane Haselton Dance Studio 5:15-6:15 p.m. Pilates with Megan Lower Dance Studio Thursdays 5:30-6:30 p.m. Zumba* (Session 1) with Ashley Haselton Dance Studio 7:00-8:00 p.m. Zumba* (Session 2) with Ashley
January 27, 2012
WMNJ Winter Mixtape
Get into the spring semester with WMNJ The Forest and DREW Magazine’s Winter 2012 Mixtape. These 12 songs (in honof 2012) represent the music Drewids will clamor to listen to this year. Listen to the mixtape for free at http://8tracks.com/wmnjtheforest/wmnj-the-forest-drew-magazine-winter-2012-mixtape and enjoy the sounds of the new year.
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January 27, 2012
Lady Rangers to face fierce competition Justin Camejo Online Editor
rew women’s basketball is preparing for a string of conference games. Their six wins and 12 losses show the stiff competition that face the rangers as they enter into their last seven games of the regular season. The victories over Goucher College and Utica College during winter break were over shadowed by the loss of the January 21st game against Catholic University of America and January 24 game versus William Paterson Univer-
sity. Though Danielle Barber (’12) led the rangers in points for both games, it was not enough to win either. Both opposing teams prevented the Rangers from gaining momentum in the second half of the game. The Head Women’s Basketball Coach Brittany Gaetano was not available for comments. Women’s basketball will face Juniata tonight at 5:30 p.m. at home. The solid team that is Drew women’s basketball will be facing further opponents as it fights for its place in the Landmark Conference playoffs and hopefully the chapionship.
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Jennifer Mateo (’13) sets up a pass to Victoria Ault (’12)
Fencing victories on the horizon for men, women “Beating them shows we are on the game”
From Rangers, page 12 The Drew men’s fencing team’s nine wins and one loss to Sacred Heart, in conjunction with the men’s overall 8-3, places the fencing team as an emerging power on the East Coast. The Drew women’s fencing team has shown that even with its smaller roster and young team, it can still perform well against such schools as the University of Maryland and NJIT. Their current record is three wins and eight losses, but the women’s sabre team’s 8-1 victory against NJIT may be a sign that the women’s fencing team is coming into their own. Sabre swords allow for faster movements as any contact with blade or tip counts as a touch. Both teams possess talented individuals that have come together from different backgrounds of fencing, but together they have formed a strong program that is poised to make Drew a feared
Head Coach Dayn DeRose name in the realm of fencing. One individual to watch is James Weiss (’14), a member of the USA International Team since 2008. Weiss’ performance with the foil will help carry the men’s team with experience and talent seen mostly at Division I schools. Both fencing teams will be home Feb. 12. Starting at 9 a.m., the men’s team will be hosting the Drew
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Invitational, where they will be competing against Cornell University, Rutgers University and several other schools. The women’s team will be competing in the Eastern Women’s Fencing Conference at 10 a.m. and will face, to name a few, John Hopkins University and Hunter College and Yeshiva College. All events will be held in the Simon Forum.
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Two fencers battle it out during practice
January 27, 2012
Volume 84, Issue 15
Rangers victorious on the road
Greg Hamilton (’11) battles it out against Moravian. They came out on top last Wednesday with a final score of 10-7, which makes their conference record, 3-3. Adriana Durso Staff Writer
(Above) Two Drew fencers prepare for the upcoming Penn State Invetational at State College, Pennsylvania
Justin Camejo Online Editor he Drew fencing program is in the midst of a year that proves it has the might to compete with some of the toughest universities on the East Coast. Commenting on men’s fencing victories over Division I schools such as Duke University (Duke), the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and the University of North Carolina (UNC), Head Coach Dayn DeRose said “ Beating them shows we are on the game.” In fencing, a foil is a tapered sword with a blunt tip. To score, the tip of the sword must touch the opponent.
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(Right) Head Coach Dayn DeRose, second to left, talks to a few members of Drew fencing during practice.
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Men’s hoops getting healthy for conference Justin Camejo Online Editor
Drew men’s basketball began its season on unproven ground due to a string of injury of some of its top players including Asmar Capers (’12), who tore his calf muscle at the top of the season. Capers was the first ranger to be selected for D3Hoops.com preseason’s All-American Team.
The team is currently carrying 4 wins to 14 losses. Head Men’s Basketball Coach Darryl Keckler said, “With what we had coming back, we played a really hard schedule, to see how good we were”. With many of the senior starters injured, several sophomore and freshman members saw extra time on court. “We have a really good freshman and sophomore class, but
physically they’re not there yet. They are not good enough to carry us through these injuries,” Keckler said. Even with a solid junior class, the Rangers were unable to win against the College of Staten Island or Catholic University. Things may change though as many of the injured players come back to the court. Capers is expected to play in tonight’s game against Juniata
College. The mix of the upperclassmen in the game may bring some energy and leadership on the court after the Cardinals beat the Rangers 75-61 earlier this week. With the rest of the season comprised of conference games, Keckler stressed that they still have a chance of making the conference playoffs. Five out of the seven remaining games this season will be
at home, hopefully giving the men’s team the same energy that propelled them to the playoffs last year. Keckler said “We wouldn’t be able to make that run without the fan support.” The combination of senior leadership and the more experienced underclassmen may create a stronger team than expected for this year and find its way to the championship.
Published on Jan 27, 2012