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Condoms back courtesy of SG, Woco, DUFU Araby Martin Staff Writer oCo: A Feminist House, has taken on the responsibility of providing free condoms from a machine so students can anonymously get the protection they need for safe sex. However, this machine has been empty since the end of October, after students removed 2,100 condoms from the machine in two months. The condom machine was put into place at the beginning of the last school year, after Health Services decided to stop providing free condoms due to vandalism and misuse. WoCo thought it was important for free condoms to still be available in order to condone safe sex, so the machine was put up. “We wanted, and still want, the campus to have access to free contraceptives in order to prevent the spread of STD/STIs,” WoCo’s

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House Assistant (HA) Emilyn Bona (’13) explained . “We think that safe sex should be an option for everyone, not just people who can afford condoms.” Bona continued Bona explained that the machine has been a victim of vandalism, and students do not always respect it. According to Bona, this has been an ongoing issue in terms of keeping the machine fully stocked. “Sometimes the machine would be filled at 4 p.m. and be empty by 7 p.m. This is mostly due to people being disrespectful and taking whole rows of condoms out of the machine at a time,” Bona said. According to Bona, “Two of the cranks that dispense condoms are missing, so only two rows were ever able to be filled at a time.” Students have been disappointed by the lack of condoms in the maSee Condoms, page 4

Drewids embraced cloudy grey skies on campus

Senior speaker: Barry T. Albin Pat Byrne News editor

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WoCo: A Feminist House is taking steps to refill their condom machine

Spring Concert still undecided Kimberly Ammiano Staff Writer

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Drewids faced the dreary weather and sporadic rain this past week on their trek between buildings

Next week’s issue of The Acorn will be online only at drewacorn.com due to Spring Break closings.

The Spring Concert, hosted by Drew’s University Programming Board (UPB), is a hot topic of conversation in the Forest. Based on campus-wide rumors, students were under the impression the concert was officially cancelled. However, based on a recent e-mail sent out to the student body by Student Government President Frank Barbosa (’12), a decision has not yet been made. Barbosa said, “The spring concert is not cancelled. UPB was hesitant to book a lesserknown artist for fear of low attendance.” UPB President, Emy Monday (’13) confirmed this statement. “We are still working on a decision. Frank and I are working together to put out a survey to poll the student body and see

what they want,” she said. According to Monday, the survey will be available to students by next week. “UPB’s original decision was to save the money we currently have for next year, and have a bigger concert. Butwe got a lot of backlash for that decision,” she stated. “If the student body looks at the bigger picture, I think they will see where we were coming from with that original decision. Saving the money would mean we could have a larger-name artist next year, while still having all the fun of [FAP] and the other events this year,” Monday added. Dean of Campus Life and Student affairs Sara Waldron explained, “UPB looked at a list of potential performers. The questions that faced them were, do we bring in an unknown for

With graduation less than 99 nights away, The Acorn is honored to announce that the senior commencement speaker will be Supreme Court of New Jersey Justice Barry T. Albin, according to Communications Associate and Special Assistant to the President Michael Bressman. Albin was nominated to the justice seat in 2002 by then-current governor James McGreevy, where he served a seven year term. In 2009, he was reappointed by former governor Jon Corzine, and still sits as a justice. Albin’s previous experience includes being the deputy attorney general in the Appellate section of New Jersey’s division of criminal justice, and assistant prosecutor to Passaic and Middlesex counties. As a justice on the state’s supreme court, Albin has been a huge advocate for same-sex marriage and equal rights. While in office, Albin wrote a majority opinion that forced the state legislature to create partnership laws for same-sex couples. Albin wrote, on the topic of same-sex See Barry, page 2

Synthetic marijuana banned in NJ The State of New Jersey has deemed synthetic marijuana a “controlled dangerous substance.” Residence Life at Drew University will be complying with the state’s request to post notices to this effect.

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Feature Stories Trifles, and tigers., take over the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at Drew

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An interview with Emilia Domanowski (’13), member of the Drew women’s saber fencing team

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A closer look at getting a medical single Ben Day Staff Writer tudents with medical disabilities or needs are encouraged to apply for one of 32 designated rooms scattered throughout Drew’s campus housing, although applications seem to outweigh capacity. “Throughout the course of a year there are about 45 students who apply,” Undergraduate Housing Coordinator Robert Meade explained. Meade went on to say that “if a student is approved for a medical space and none are available, the person will be placed on the Medical Space Wait List.” The discrepancy of medical rooms compared to applications may be indicative of Drew’s housing problems in general at the moment. “Drew has had a housing shortage for a while, and more housing should be designated as medical,” Karen Tatem (’13) said, a recent applicant for medical housing. However, she added, “I don’t fault the administration or Bob Meade. He’s been incredibly flexible in making housing miracles happen for me, and I’m thankful.” Students who believe that they need a medical single may pick up an application at the Housing Office located in the learning center. Tatem explained her experience with the process, saying

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Kerry Tatem (’13) hanging out in her medical single located in Haselton first, Asia Tree House “The application itself was fairly simple: explain why you need a medical single and get a letter from your [doctor] explaining your condition.” Tatem suffers from insomnia and “was approved within a week, but it was about a month before I got assigned a room (a

week or two into spring semester 2011).” Meade offered a simple solution for otherwise medically eligible juniors to avoid the process as well as the wait list, saying they “are encouraged to go through room selection because they can normally get a single us-

ing their senior lottery number.” Although this solution only helps students with medical needs in one class, it alleviates the burden placed on the scarcity of housing for students somewhat, freeing up more space for younger Drew students. As for the process, Meade

urged applicants that the form “should not be sent to the Housing Office for confidentiality reasons,” although this mistake appears to be common. Instead, applications should be sent to either “the Health Center, Counseling Office or the Educational Services Disability Specialist depending on the condition” according to Meade. Once the form is sent to the correct department, it is assessed and either approved or rejected from there and sent back to the Housing Office. When the application is received by one of these medical assessors, “Thoughtful consideration is given to attend to the needs of each individual when his/her application is reviewed,” Director of Health Services Joyce Maglione said. “Typically, I will meet with the student and discuss with them what their treatment plan includes and how we can best support them to achieve their academic goals.” Not all of the medical rooms are singles for health concerns, as certain situations may be safer with a roommate present sometimes. “For example, a student would be discouraged from living alone if he or she has a medical condition where it would be safer to have the ‘coming and going’ that occurs when there is another presence in the room,” Maglione explained.

Barry Albin to speak at 2012 commencement From Senior, page 1 marriage at the time, “Although we cannot find that a fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists in this state, the unequal dispensation of rights and benefits to committed same-sex partners can no longer be tolerated under our state Constitution,” Joining Albin on the commencement platform will be former Board of Trustees Chair Barbera Morris Caspersen (C’83), Community Development Champion Wilbert Mitchell (C’86) and renowned medical ethicist Edmund Pellegrino (C’90), who comprise the school’s 2012 slate of honorary degree recipients. “In selecting a speaker and honorary degree recipients, our committee of students, faculty and trustees strive[d] to find individuals of great distinction whose values mirror Drew’s own,” University President Bob Weisbuch said. Weisbuch went on to say that “this year’s distinguished honorees are prominent citizens whose participation in our ceremony adds value and meaning for our graduates.” The commencement speaker for each year is “chosen by the Honorary Degrees Committee of the Board of Trustees with input from the campus community,” Bressman said. The trustees committee carefully considered each of the nominees and also other possible candidates con-

“Although we cannot find that a fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists in this state, the unequal dispensation of rights and benefits to committed same-sex partners can no longer be tolerated under our state Constitution” judiciary.state.nj.us

sidered by the board. According to Bressman, “Members of the community were invited to submit nominations in the fall, all of which were considered.” Drew students were also intimately involved with the process of choosing the commencement speaker. “There were two representatives from the college, and one each from the Caspersen and Theological schools. These students were selected for this by the SG, GSA and TSA, respectively,” Bressman said. Current seniors, however, were at a loss when asked how they felt about Albin speaking. “I don’t know who that is, so I’ll have to look into it and decide whether or not I will be going,” Melissa Levinsky (’12) said. Most seniors, when asked, seemed more excited about

-New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Barry T. Albin

graduating than finding out who the commencement speaker is. Others seemed to be indifferent to the whole thing. When asked how she felt about Albin speaking, Anastasia Rutkowski (’12) said, “That’s lame. Graduations are kind of long and tedious. Having people someone would know the name of would be better. I know that’s hard to do though.” Eddie Gonzalez (’12) thinks the commencement speech will be interesting. “I assume so,” he said, “since he’s a Supreme Court Justice.” When asked what Albin will be able to bring to this year’s commencement, Bressman recapped all of the speakers that Drew has the honor of hosting this year, saying, “In their four years at Drew, members of the class of 2012 have had the op-

portunity to hear three world leaders—Tony Blair, Kofi Annan and Pervez Musharraf—a major party presidential candidate— Mike Huckabee—several distinguished journalists—Anderson Cooper, George Will, Maureen Dowd and Thomas Friedman— and a former secretary of defense, Robert Gates, who will be here in April.” Bressman went on to say that

“for [the] commencement, the University looks for individuals who can add meaning to the ceremony through the example of their life’s work. Justice Albin embodies Drew’s commitment to social justice. His decisions, including one related to partnership rights for same-sex couples, have opened the door for more equal treatment for all New Jerseyans.”

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Points and plans create a disconnect Cerita Asante Staff Writer here are three separate meal plans for Drew students to choose from, but it is mandatory that students have a meal plan. These meal plans each provide students with a set number of meals per week. They can choose a meal plan that offers the most points but fewer amounts of meals per week at the Commons, or vice versa. Having points on the Campus Card allows students to be able to purchase items at the Snack Bar, McLendon Convenience Store and Java City. Students can also use points at the Commons, which costs $5.00 for breakfast, $7.00 for lunch and $7.50 for dinner. Some students however, currently feel that the point system could be improved. Students cited various issues with the current system. Student Account Representative of Finance and Business Affairs Deb Anderson explained that points and meals in the Commons correspond. “A point is like a dollar so it would basically add up to the same amount,” she said. “I think that if people don’t use all their meals per week, they should be able to convert them to points. Also, it would make sense if the points would carry over each semester,” Kwame Darkwah (’15) said.

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“The biggest problem is the meal plan rather than the prices of the food. The meal plans don’t offer enough points,” Storm Wyche (’13) said. “I like the idea of having points since it’s like having money, but the prices are a little expensive. They should either give us more points or lower the prices,” Valentina Del Signore (’15) said. “They should give us more points. We should be able to have more points instead of meals,” Laura Berardinelli (’15) said. To further address general issues and concerns of the Commons, the Student Government put together a Town hall meeting last week. Food Service Director Mark Vallaro, Site Manager for the Commons Daniel Walker and Chef Carlos Navarro were there to answer any questions that fellow Drewids may have had regarding the Commons. Students proposed suggestions such as earlier openings of the Commons on weekends, and ways of keeping foods like deli cuts and desserts fresher. Although many students felt that some areas could use improvement, the general consensus was that Drew Commons food has improved slightly. The dining staff also discussed plans of future developments regarding the soon to be finished Ehinger Center. The Ehinger Center—currently under construction—plans to include a few new

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Eillie Holmes (‘14) at the Snack Bar pays using points for her meal instead of using her Commons meal plan sections, such as a Starbucks center, to reach more students by social tive criticisms they may have. “The burger bar, a new grab-and-go sec- networking sites like Twitter and more input from students that we tion and a soup section. Facebook. They encourage students get, the more changes we will be The Drew Dining staff’s goal is to provide staff with any construc- able to make,” Vallaro said.

Concert under construction From UPB, page 1 what we can afford and risk that few people show up? Do we book a ‘has-been’ group with name recognition and hope to draw a crowd?” She continued to explain that known artists are currently out of Drew’s price range. “Known artists can be $75,000 to well over $100,000. Last year, we got lucky with Jeremih. He was under contract with us before he had a big hit. He is now out of our price range.” According to Waldron, UPB did not want to make the decision to cancel the concert, but rather, to “scale back and look at combining two years’ budgets in order to afford a better act and hope to draw huge attendance.” “Its ultimately about what the student body wants,” Monday said. “And I hope the student body knows I’m open to discussion about this. It kind of upsets me when I see Facebook statuses and hear things through the grapevine that people disagree with my decision to hold off on the concert this year and have a larger one next year,” she said. “I don’t want people to see me as the villain. I’m just trying to do what’s best for the campus overall. I encourage all of the student body to understand that I am approachable, want their input and realize that the student body’s decision may cause me to have to backstep a little,” Monday continued. According to Monday, the final decision for this spring’s concert is a “constant discussion,” but will come down to what the students vote on. Bar-

“I don’t want people to see me as the villain.”

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bosa explained that the decision of whether or not to hold a spring concert does not rest with administrators. Monday elaborated on this, saying, “We cannot make decisions without UPB’s advisor, [Assistant Director of Student Activities] Carla Brady, and of course we need the approval of the deans and [University] President [Bob] Weisbuch.” With that being said, Barbosa stated, “SG and UPB feel the student body as a whole must be asked what they would like before an official decision is made.” “I understand that not having a concert this year would leave the graduating seniors without a concert during their last year at Drew, but the concert is always open to Drew Alums,” Monday stated. “This takes me back to my earlier point: If students look at the bigger picture, I think they will agree that saving money this year will result in a concert with a bigger-name artist, and a higher attendance rate, which will simply be more fun,” she continued. “The real issue is deciding if students would like to go to a concert by a lesser-known artist or if they would rather have events like FAP embellished and more money saved to make next year ’s concert even bigger,” Barbosa said. He

continued to explain, “The difference between booking a group like Hellogoodbye and a group like LMFAO, for example, is upwards of $100,000. It’s not that we can’t afford groups like Hellogoodbye anymore; it is that these lesser-known artists are simply not popular enough to appeal to a large enough number of students to justify the price tag.” “Since I’m not a senior, I’d like to see UPB save the money and bring someone bigger next year. I feel like more people will attend and it will be an overall better experience,” Neil Cashes (’13) said. “But if I were a senior, maybe I would feel differently.” Meghan Wolfe (’13) said she feels that, “A small band would still be fun for this year, just so we can still have a concert.” However, she went on to state that in the future at Drew she would “rather not have pointless events like WinterFest where money is wasted on stuff like a horse and carriage, and see the money saved for the concert next year.” Although a senior, Ellen Joyce (’12) said, “The school would be better off saving the money for a concert in the future. I don’t think attendance would be very high for a no-name performer. Even when Jeremih came, who is a big name, not that many people showed.”

Public Safety Blotter February 21 Officers responded to Brown after a report of an odor of marijuana. Several students were questioned, but no illegal drugs or paraphernalia were found.

February 24 Res Life called requesting assistance with a student who was disorderly. Once on scene, the student was removed from the area and questioned. He was found to be intoxicated and had no recollection of his actions. A report was sent to Associate Dean of Campus Affairs and Student Affairs Frank Merckx. Officers responded to the Gatehouse after a strong odor of marijuana was detected emanating from a vehicle attempting to enter campus. After an investigation, several non-Drew individuals were taken into custody by Madison Police.

February 25 A student was issued a citation for underage consumption of alcohol after he failed to comply with an officer’s instruction to clear the area. A report was sent to Merckx. Officers responded to Tolley after a report of an odor of marijuana was called in by Res Life. Once on scene, an investigation was conducted and several students were written up in a report for Merckx.

Campus Arrests February 22 At approximately 8:14 p.m., Patrolman Matthew Mirabella arrested 41-year-old Joshua Spear of Springfield, N.J. He charged him with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ptl. Mirabella was contacted by Drew University Public Safety Officer Lt. LaManna, who had stopped Spear on campus at the Lancaster Gate. Ptl. Mirabella was informed by Lt. LaManna that Spear was in possession of narcotics. After processing, he was released pending a mandatory court appearance.

February 24 At approximately 8:16 p.m., Patrolman Craig Perrelli arrested 20-year-old Martin Clark of Norwood, N.J. and 19-year-old David Lamela of West New York, N.J. He charged them with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ptl. Perrelli was contacted by Drew Public Safety Officer Goldate, who had stopped Clark and Lamela on campus and determined that they were in possession of narcotics. After processing, they were both released pending a mandatory court appearance.


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Condoms return to Drew’s campus From Condoms, page 1 chine during this school year. “I know others who have been inconvenienced and they’re disappointed by it,” Valentina Del Signore (’15) said. “And I know people have been taking a lot and [WoCo] doesn’t want to waste condoms, but my view is why is it there if it isn’t stocked?” “I’m not really inconvenienced by it, but for others who are, I feel their pain,” Tiffany Green (’14) said. “It must be a pain to have to go to Health Services or buy your own just because the free machine is empty.” “Right now, WoCo is asking student organizations DUFU [Drew University’s Feminist Union] and the Alliance to cosponsor with us a small amount of money to purchase some of the condoms that it will take to stock the machine for an extended period of time,” Bona said. DUFU is attempting to help the cause by approaching The Student Government for funds to purchase condoms to use in the machine. “DUFU has budgeted for condoms, but we currently only have enough for a week,” President of DUFU Megan McAleavy (’13) said. “We’re submitting an ad-hoc proposal for more money, so if that goes through we’ll be able to buy more condoms, and we’ll stock the machine accordingly.” McAleavy continued. According to Bona, DUFU adhoced for $1,399 for a grand total of 10,000 condoms, an amount that should last for two years. “Our common goal is safe sex,” she said. Student Government has also stepped up to help WoCo so this service can continue to be provided for students. “A few weeks ago, I approached Megan McAleavy, President of DUFU, about how Student Government could help get the machine refilled. After talking to her and with Emilyn Bona, house assistant of WoCo, we decided that the best way to proceed was to go to SG and request funds to buy more condoms,” Student Government Senator Janelle Hoffman (’13) said. “DUFU is presenting an adhoc proposal to SG’s Budget and Appropriations Board to request money to buy more condoms. If they are granted the full amount that they requested, the hope is

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The soon-to-be-stocked condom vending machine located at the bottom of the Commons, across from the mailroom

“Hopefully, we will be able to acquire enough condoms this semester to last at least another year,” -House Assistant of WoCo Emilyn Bona (’13)

that they will be able to purchase enough condoms to stock the machine for a couple years,” Hoffman explained. If the ad-hoc proposal does not go through, however, Hoffman has still encouraged WoCo and DUFU to request money from SG’s operations budget. “Unlike ad-hoc proposals that come from B&A, the Senate would then have the power to negotiate exactly how much they want to give out of our operating budget,” Hoffman clarified. “I am extremely optimistic that either way it happens, DUFU and WoCo will soon have money to purchase the condoms. SG believes that this is a very important initiative on campus and has been a big supporter of the condom machine since it was installed last year.” Even if the organizations gain the money needed to restock the

machine, each organization is concerned about the vandalism continuing. “While we all believe that the condoms should be free to anyone who needs them, and that students should be able to take whatever amount of condoms they want, some students have witnessed others completely emptying the machine themselves without leaving any for others,” Hoffman said. “This can be very discouraging and is one of the reasons why it is so difficult to keep the machine stocked.” “We are asking that students simply have respect for the machine and what it represents. By all means, take some condoms, but if you don’t have good intentions or you are wasting condoms that could have gone to someone who needs them, that is vandalism,” she said.

When asked, students said they wouldn’t waste the condoms if the machine were refilled and that they’d be happy to see the machine stocked again. “Yeah, I’d definitely use them,” Elijah Hall (’15) said. Autum Perry (’15) agreed. “If there were condoms and I did need them, I would definitely take a few,”she said. In order to prevent further vandalism and disrespect of the

machine, WoCo is working with Public Safety to gain access to the nearby security camera any time suspicious activity is noticed. “I spoke with [Director of Public Safety] Chief [Robert] Lucid, and he said that any time I can narrow down a time for him, he would check the security tape, located across the way from the machine, and take action from there,” Bona said. “With the help of DUFU, we plan to make it known to students via poster that they are, in fact, on camera.” “We’re trying to improve security so the condoms will last longer, so we [DUFU and WoCo] are going to have shifts during meal times to check the machine and log what we notice,” McAleavy said. “We want to regulate it without violating privacy,” McAleavy continued. “We think that these measures will greatly discourage any abuse or vandalism,” added Hoffman. WoCo is also taking steps to avoid quickly running out of so many condoms again. “We also plan to fill it less often. Last semester, we filled the machine on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. This semester, we will fill the machine ONLY on Sunday and Thursday, and if the condoms continue to disappear too rapidly, we will cut it down to only Thursdays,” Bona said. “Assuming that the improved security and less frequent stocking are successful in reducing mass emptying of the machine, we are hoping that the student body will step up and be respectful of one another and that we will be able to keep the machine stocked through co-sponsoring with other groups,” Bona said. “Hopefully, we will able to acquire enough condoms this semester to last at least another year, and the machine will have a pretty good buffer between now and whenever the machine needs to be stocked again,” Bona said.


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his week at The Acorn, we’d like to take a moment to congratulate the Student Government on taking the initiative The Acorn Staff

Lead Editorial to sort out the confusion surrounding the spring concert and Junior-Senior by reaching out to our staff directly and sitting down with us to talk. In previous weeks, this newspaper has published several articles and even more letters to the editor surrounding the spring concert and other issues—and as our readers have been able to see, nearly every individual we spoke with offered different answers. Last week we published a letter to the editor from Dean of Campus Life and Student Affairs Sara Waldron clarifying the spring concert’s cancellation next to a letter to the editor from the Student Government explaining that the concert isn’t canceled. While we attempted

very professional about it. According to the SG, the spring concert is not officially canceled, but that doesn’t mean it’s definitely happening. Right now it’s in limbo.

and the SG, feeling that the low numbers are because the artists being brought in weren’t very influential or relevant, are considering changing things up. To this end, the SG is

to figure out which artists Drew can afford—and which artists aren’t booked yet. According to the SG, if they can gather this information, they’ll send out the survey.

to report the facts, this was difficult when every source gave different “facts”—something we mentioned in last week’s lead editorial. But over the course of this past week, the SG has made a concerted effort to confront each individual who gave a different version of the story, and clarify the truth of the matter. When that information had been gathered, they sat down and began a dialogue with The Acorn staff, to inform the student body of the truth, once and for all. It’s worth noting that the SG was not at all confrontational

No artist has been chosen or booked officially. We appreciate that the SG checked the facts they weren’t sure about, clarified the differences and then made sure The Acorn was in the loop. Furthermore, the SG made a serious attempt to carry through with their commitment to communication on campus this week by sending out an extremely detailed campus-wide e-mail on Tuesday, clarifying for the students exactly what is going on with the spring concert. According to this e-mail, the Uni-

hoping to send out a survey asking for student voice in the matter—what do students think should be done? Are they happy with the caliber of artist we’ve featured previously at the spring concert? Or would they rather have another event, as opposed to what some seem to consider a second-rate concert? Would they prefer to drop the concert for this year in favor of embellishing First Annual Picnic (FAP) and Sloppy Saturday? This could lead to extra money, which can carry over for a bigger-name spring concert artist for next year.

We think this is a big stride, but this survey should have happened at the beginning of this process—through no fault of the SG’s. Really, it’s not their responsibility. We give them credit for recognizing the issue at hand and dealing with it. UPB and Student Activities typically send out an e-mail every year surveying students about interest in the spring concert. This year, no such e-mail happened. Rather than figuring out from the beginning what students wanted, those involved succeeded only in

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in their request to meet. They were versity Programming Board (UPB) The SG and UPB must communicate

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Freshmen, sophomores need not be excluded Beth Garceau Executive Editor

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s long as I have been at Drew, the Junior-Senior dance has been an event to which only juniors and seniors receive invitations from the school. These students can then bring whomever they would like—a freshman, a friend from another school, etc.—to the dance with them, as long as they purchase a ticket for that person. In the past few years, though, there has been some question of whether or not to allow this format to remain. Last year’s Student Government Association (SGA) sent out an e-mail early in the year asking students whether they would prefer a dance that was exclusively juniors and seniors, a full campus-wide “spring-fling” style dance or for the current system to remain in place. At the time, I was a junior in a relationship with a sophomore, and I quickly responded that I would most likely not attend a dance where I wasn’t allowed to bring my girlfriend. When I was a freshman, several of my classmates attended the event with seniors—some who were dating, others who were just friends. They didn’t cause any trouble, nor was anyone upset by their presence. The same was true last year, and the year before that. Why should it change now, after all this time? The vast majority of respondents were of the same mind as myself, and so the traditional format remained. However, the question has come up again this year. As a senior who is still dating someone a year younger (obviously now a junior), I hold the same stance that I did then. Since I’ve lived in a theme house since my sophomore year, my friends vary widely in their ages. In fact, I only have a handful of close friends who are currently seniors, several who are juniors and still more who are sophomores or even freshmen. Junior-Senior is the last major

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event that seniors get to share with students of other classes. We want to spend this night with the people that are closest to us, be they best friends or boyfriends, sophomores or seniors. Taking away our right to share this experience with whomever we choose would make the vast majority of individuals unhappy, and most likely result in lowered attendance rates. Some people might argue that underclassmen shouldn’t be allowed at this event because they’re not mature enough. But since there’s no magical age of maturity that distinguishes the 20-year-old sophomore from the 20-year-old junior, that argument doesn’t really make sense unless we break it down to what those people really

mean—that underclassmen will sneak alcohol, get sloppy drunk and ruin it for the rest of us. The administration, which tends to frown upon such underage drinking, likes to separate upperclassmen from the underclassmen so they can serve alcohol without worrying about older students sneaking drinks to the younger ones. Some people worry that if there are 18- through 20-year-olds at the event, the administration will prohibit drinking in an effort to prevent this illegal drink-sharing. Problem is, we really can’t use the “but we can’t drink if there are youngins there!” argument, because most juniors aren’t 21. It’s true that there may be some individuals who want to slip alcohol into their Kool-Aid, throw up

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Senior unhappy with SG, Acorn criticism of salary Dear Editors of the Acorn, I’d like to address a topic that has been at the center of considerable debate in the Acorn and on campus over past few weeks: the employment and salary of members of the administration. I would first like to say I fully support the administration and their management of Drew University. Members of the administration from deans to support staff are kind, competent members of our community who literally keep their door open for student input. I personally believe they are paid justly, and earn every dollar. I also agree students have legitimate criticisms of campus affairs; we as students can and should play a very constructive role in shaping how the administration manages our campus. With that being said, I am under the impression this is not a popular view among the student body. As I see it, those who disagree are entitled to do so, and I believe they have made an informed and educated

decision. Rather than futilely arguing the merits of our administration, I’d like to make a more pragmatic point. Whether or not you believe members of the Drew staff should lose their jobs or take a pay cut, saying they should is, in general, an awful way to go about interacting with the administration. The Student Government threatens any progress it wishes to accomplish by leveling such criticism. In negotiations telling the other party your goal is to accomplish the loss of their job or lowering of their salary often only serves to encourage the other party to leave the negotiating table. This should not surprise us. The reality is, we as students must begin to work with the administration; they are also a part of the Drew community. Telling them our aim is to cut salaries or jobs is a good way to lose any leverage we have when it comes time to constructively address more pressing issues on campus. When Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell told Barack Obama that Republicans in Congress

wanted to make Obama a one-term president the result was years of disgusting partisan deadlock, and a Congress viewed by the public as the most unpopular organization in the nation. When Governor Christie bullied the teacher, firefighter, and police unions, threatening to cut jobs and pay, he obtained far fewer and more limited concessions than the concessions gained by Governor Cuomo, who worked with New York unions on long term constructive change. Again, believing the administration is paid too much or staffed by too many is a belief on which individuals can come to very different, yet still rational conclusions; saying that loudly and repeatedly is, and will always be, irresponsible, detrimental behavior. Even by entertaining the notion the administration is too lavishly paid, the Student Government has sullied any progress and legitimacy it gained in the reorganization of last year. Chris Sentmier (’12)

on the dance floor and generally make idiots of themselves. But despite the fact that there’s a legal distinction between when someone can drink and when they can’t, there’s no point at which one suddenly learns to control their level of alcohol consumption. Some people learn the first time they pass out over the toilet freshman year, and others don’t learn, period. Think back on yourself when you were a freshman, or even a sophomore. In all honesty, how much have you changed since then? Inclusion in the junior or senior class doesn’t offer much real indication of personal responsibility. In reality, the freshman guest surrounded by upperclassmen is probably going to be a lot more wary

and in control of himself than the second-semester senior who can’t wait to be done. I’ve also heard people argue that Junior-Senior should be a special event to be looked forward to, and that it won’t hold the same importance if students have been attending since they were freshmen. To be perfectly honest, I think that’s ridiculous. When I was in high school, I attended prom with friends every year from sophomore year on. The whole point of attending such an event is to spend time with your friends in a classy setting. As long as students still have that ability, we’ll have a good time. Beth Garceau is a senior Sociology major

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March 2, 2012

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AAUP tired of being in the dark Representatives of the Steering committee of the Drew Chapter of the AAUP Contributing Writers

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e are grateful to The Acorn for inviting the Drew community to continue the discussion about the future of Drew and our concerns about budget in these pages. These issues concern us all. As members of The American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the professional organization for faculty, we feel that it is particularly important for us to speak out about recent events at Drew. The AAUP is pledged “to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good” (AAUP.org) and it is with those concerns in mind that we write this letter, developed from discussions at our last AAUP meeting on Feb. 23, 2012. First a little background. In 2010, Drew was reaccredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, but not without several issues being identified by the on-site evaluators as in need of improvement. Their final report to the Drew community expressed concern about the lack of transparency in the Drew budgetary process and urged Drew’s administration to develop a mechanism to ensure that “budget allocation decisions are clearly communicated to the Drew community to guarantee transparency” (5). The report notes that “communications between administrators and faculty regarding difficult financial decisions have not been conducive to building trust or buy-in” (18). We could not agree more. A year after the Middle States report, that lack of transparency unchanged and huge budget cuts announced, the Drew chapter of AAUP decided to hire an outside analyst to study Drew’s finances and reveal to us what the administration would not. Current faculty at all levels, retired faculty, and staff contributed from their own personal resources for Howard Bunsis, Professor of Accounting at Eastern Michigan University and AAUP Treasurer, to perform a full financial analysis. Bunsis has conducted similar analyses for many other colleges and came highly recommended. Using information that Drew is required by law to submit to various branches of the government, data it reveals voluntarily to other organizations, and internal documents provided to us by various offices at Drew, he concluded that “Drew University is in solid financial condition.” He added that “with low debt, strong reserves and growing revenues” (2) Drew is well able to meet its financial obligations. The Drew administration has much to gain by telling us we are in a crisis. For a start, the language of crisis was used to

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justify a 20 percent cut in retirement contributions for faculty and most administrators in 2010. A cut that has not been restored. It has also been used to justify a failure to adequately compensate staff and to eliminate staff positions. We have been told that we need to cut at least $7 million (yes, seven million dollars) from the budget—and this includes a cut of $500,000 from academic and non-academic programs (ranging from majors, minors and study abroad programs to athletics) and a further $500,000 from the Library and Information Technology budgets. A full $2 million is to be cut from faculty compensation and benefits. Faculty salaries were already ranked seventh from the bottom in the state of New Jersey in 2010-11 according to the data Drew reports to AAUP (reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education online). The financial

analysis provided by Bunsis leads one to wonder just why we are talking about cuts of this magnitude. As we discuss Drew’s strategic plan and the reorganization that is supposed to cut all that money, we have been told that this is “a moment of exigencies and opportunities ….[in which] Drew faces unprecedented economic and competitive challenges” (Introduction to the Strategic Plan submitted to the Drew University Senate, Feb 7, 2012). “Opportunities” for whom? And “exigencies” in what form? Under our University Faculty Personnel Policy, Drew need only declare “financial exigency” and it is permitted to cut programs and fire tenured faculty (XII. 1.1), so the appearance of this language, even in a draft, should be a grave concern for faculty and students alike. In addition to budgetary is-

sues, the Middle-States visiting team also raised concerns about the process of shared governance and decision-making, and urged that “issues around shared governance and communication be addressed promptly in order to safeguard the University’s integrity” (12). We couldn’t agree more. This is indeed an issue of integrity. Instead of “communicating openly,” the administration has met our concerns with a red herring. Recently, as has been discussed in these pages, the University President and the President of the Board of Trustees felt compelled to spend valuable time correcting a confusion resulting from the way the President’s salary and benefits were reported on Drew’s tax forms. One of the 84 slides prepared by Howard Bunsis compared the President’s base salary for 20056 with his salary plus benefits in

2009-10, making it seem as if he had received a 57 percent raise. We appreciate that correction and we hope students do as well. It is important to get the details correct; however, it is also important to view them in context. The IRS 990 form filed by Drew reports that in 2010 the President’s base salary was $339,000 and his salary including base and benefits was $470,000. Those benefits included “bonus/other” and “nontaxable income” with a combined total of $64,000. We don’t know what those various benefits are, but they add up to more than the average base salary of Assistant Professors in their first five years at Drew according to Drew salary data published in the Chronicle of Higher Education online. Whether the President is paid four times as much as the average Drew faculty member or five times as much is not the most important issue when over $7 million is to be cut from our budget. It should not be the only thing we are talking about. Instead of focusing on red herrings, let’s talk about Drew. The language of crisis means inadequate pay for the staff who keep this place running. It means that faculty salaries can fall lower and lower in comparison to our “peer schools” (and even schools we have never heard of to which we now “compare” ourselves). It means that programs may be cut, services may be reduced and Drew will change. Indeed, Drew has already changed. Drew’s US News & World Report ranking has gone from 60th in the nation among liberal arts colleges in 2005, to 94th in the nation in 2012. We in AAUP prefer changes of a different kind. Some change is good and some savings might even be found. But let’s cut the rhetoric of financial crisis. What of the crisis of quality we have been warning the administration about over this span of time? Drew’s educational mission needs to be the top priority at all times. We need to stop increasing class size, continue to hire qualified adjuncts with expertise to teach in areas of interest to our students and protect faculty and staff salaries and benefits. As both Howard Bunsis and the Middle States report recommended, we need to benchmark our salaries and benefits realistically against schools that are like us (including those that have a similar endowment and charge similar tuition). To fail to do so will reduce our ability to hire and keep faculty and staff of the caliber Drew students have come to expect. More important, perhaps, we need to start working together to strengthen Drew. To demand drastic cuts when Drew’s finances are strong is no way to “build trust or buy-in” and “safeguard the University’s integrity” (Middle States, p.6 and p.12). We care about those things. We know the rest of the Drew community does as well.


LIFE & ARTS

A husband’s murder brings the drama Lina Estrada Staff Writer

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lone kitchen sits center stage beneath pale lights. Above, on the second level, a speechless woman dressed in old clothing, sits on a chair and overlooks the kitchen. Men and women wearing brown winter coats enter the house and attempt to piece together a mystery that no one has been able to solve. On Wednesday the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Drew University Dramatic Society performed the play “Trifles” directed by Katelynn Devorak (’13), based on a play written by Susan Glaspell in 1914 . The show, performed in the Thomas H. Kean Black Box Theater in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, was anticipated by a large crowd, made up of Drew students, visitors and faculty. Set during the early1900s, the play took the audience back to a time period where women were under strict social pressure. “Trifles” revolves around a murder story in which a young woman by the name of Minnie Wright—the woman’s real name was changed for the play—was accused of killing her husband late one night. The author of the play, Glaspell, didn’t like the strict social norms that women had to accept, espe-

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Mrs. Hale, played by Dana Sumner-Pritchard (’12) (left) and Mrs. Peterson, played by Katya Danko (’13) (right) discuss the murder of their friend’s husband cially after following a similar Katya Danko (’13) and Duncan from previous investigations. trial as a journalist. After writing Lyle (’13), are distant friends that While Detective Henderson and an article for the trial, she wrote a come to help out with the investi- the men take a trip upstairs to look short story based on it, titled “A gation. Her other neighbors, Mr. again, the women stay downstairs Jury for her Peers,” and then the and Mrs. Hale, played by Jeffrey and take a look around as well. play afterwards. What made this play so sucRoth (’12) and Dana SumnerThe play opens up with Minnie Pritchard (’12) also help to recount cessful was the theme of suspicion Wright’s neighbors taking a trip what each thought happened on that pervaded it. The cast did an to her house to talk about what that dreadful night. Mr. Hender- excellent job of captivating the has happened. Minnie Wright son, the detective on the case, audience to the end. Horn and was played by Rosemary Sul- played by Rob Van Horn (’15), Lyle provided the comic relief of livan (’15). Her close neighbors inspects the house to see if there the play. Sumner-Pritchard and Mr. and Mrs. Peterson, played by are any clues that were missed Danko portrayed their characters

very well, as they continuously voiced their opinions of Wright. Roth played his character very well. He did well narrating the story and portraying the fear his character felt when he first heard of the murder incident. The furniture, lights and attitudes of the characters throughout the play help to add tension to the mood of the play. The colors of the furniture, the pale spotlights that were used and the lack of decoration in the kitchen gave the set a very plain and somber feel. The lack of colorful objects that usually decorate a kitchen made the set look barren and empty. The characters’ costumes, which all matched the colors of the kitchen’s interior, were also great and worked well in the play, reflecting the seriousness of the action in their own way. Even the season in which the play takes place, winter, hints at the “coldness”, suspicion and perhaps barbarity of what has occurred. A serious play that kept the audience on the edge of their seats, Devorak’s version did an excellent job of portraying this theme and bringing the 1900s back before the audience. Anyone who enjoys a good mystery or just loves this time period should come and enjoy this show that will leave you gripped to find out what happened till the end.

Souls fall in love in a student-written play Lina Estrada Staff Writer Trees and branches sit in the sun. A desk with books and writing utensils all around it rests in the corner of the stage. A young girl is inspired to become a writer, and as her imagination soars, so do the events that take place between her two main characters which unfold on the stage . Written by Brigid Bello (’12), “and tigers.” made its stage debut Wednesday, under Darielle Shandler’s (’13) direction. Set in modern times, the premise involves a young girl who wants to be a writer after having decided that all the other careers she wanted weren’t right for her. The 11-year-old main character, Juni, is played by Ariel Gitlin (’13). As Juni begins to write her story, the characters in her imagination magically appear before the audience on stage. Her story is about two people who are not alive, but are really “souls” who inhabit a heavenly resting place after they’ve completed their “lives” on earth. Their lives can be made up of anything from animals like frogs and ducks to regular people, to important people. At the end of their earthly life “shift,” they end up in the same place as always, a paradise made up of trees and branches. The main characters are two such souls, Aril and Shay. Aril is played by Tim Ward (’14) and Shay is played by Catherine Spino (’15).

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Juni, played by Ariel Gitlin (’13) (left), writes a story about Aril, played by Tim Ward (’14) (center) and Shay, played by Catherine Spino (’15) (right) Aril and Shay are souls that like to do the same things. They both like to play their guitars and climb different parts of the tall trees with intertwined branches. Surprised at encountering one another in their soul state, they spend time talking about their lives and what amazing animals or people they have lived as on earth. Before each one leaves to begin their new shift on earth, they promise that they will see each other soon and Aril, more than Shay, waits with dying anticipation. The other two characters in the

play are a young man and woman by the names of Evelyn and Keaton. They meet under random circumstances. While Keaton walks around in the woods, Evelyn spots him from high above a tree and decides to talk to him. Evelyn was played by Sarah Petry (’14) and Keaton was played by Jacob Blumenfeld (’14). They spend some time in nature and talk about their likes and dislikes. Everything about the set helps to reinforce the theme of perfection. The place where the souls meet up is up in world of trees high above

the ground that is very similar to Eden. The colors help to reflect the peacefulness and calmness of their resting place and the activities they are always doing—playing the guitar, climbing or sleeping. The sounds that accompanied the play and the narrating of the young girl all give the show a playfulness that reveals more about the characters as the play progresses. The set was amazing. The structure that was supposed to represent the trees was done fantastically. The colors helped to reflect the peacefulness of the woods and the

intertwining branches that made up these trees. The extra blocks that were used to represent lower trees were perfect because they allowed the characters to maneuver themselves around the stage by playfully jumping and climbing up and down from tree to tree. Juni’s desk, where she writes her story, looked good because it had books and other tools writers use. The cast did an excellent job at making the audience laugh and wait with anticipation to see what happened. Ward did an excellent job portraying Aril—he stole the smiles of the audience and kept them racing to see what he would do next. Spino also did an excellent job of portraying the mixed emotions the “soul” felt about being in this place that was supposed to be perfect. Gitlin’s character was hysterical—no other character made the audience laugh more than she did. Her cunning remarks and innocence enchanted the crowd. Blumenfeld’s and Petry’s characters kept entertaining the audience with their witty comments and romantic remarks. A comical play about love and all the things that come with it, this show had the audience laughing off their seats. I highly recommend this play to anyone who likes plays that make them feel gushy on the inside, or anyone who loves a good adventure story. The cast did an excellent job of making the audience laugh and recall that once two people are in love, wherever they are turns into a paradise.


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Korn Gallery explores video and sound Dana Lenoir Staff Writer

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rew’s assistant professor of art, Lee Arnold hosted an artist talk this week about his “Time-Image” exhibition, which is currently on display in the Korn Gallery. His multimedia exhibit references the seminal text by Gilles Deleuze about cinema and the moving image. “It’s really a reference to thinking about moving images or images that are changing over time,” Arnold said. The first four images that the artist created are a collection of ink drawings on paper titled “Magic Mountain,” after the book by Thomas Mann, which Arnold had been consumed with since 2010. “Sometimes books live in your head and become more real to you than the real world,” Arnold said. “I was imagining this magic mountain in the book so I decided to draw a number of them.” Shortly thereafter Arnold received a grant to go to Switzerland and Germany to see the Magic Mountain. In the 20th century setting of Mann’s novel, it was common practice for people to go up into the Alps to recuperate from certain diseases. “I went to the sanatorium, which is now a hotel, where Mann stayed while his wife was recovering from tuberculosis. Each hotel room has its own balcony where you’re supposed to go outside in the middle of winter and cover yourself in wool blankets and just breathe the fresh air several times a day,” he said. On the right wall of the gallery “Walpurgis Night,” Arnold’s one minute digital video, plays on loop depicting the view from

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Lee Arnold’s ink drawings of the “Magic Mountain”are currently on display in the Korn Gallery his balcony. “I imagine this to be what the protagonist saw when he was narrating the last chapter of the book.” The digital video is comprised of time lapse photography where images were taken approximately every 30 seconds over the course of four hours. “As you can see, the weather really changed gratuitously. The drama sort of picked up and matched the idea I was thinking

about at the time,” Arnold said. The exhibition also consists of a multimedia reaction to the neurological condition synesthesia. His digital animation “Mixed Signals” is accompanied by a sound component. “Without the sound, it looks a little like a blur of colors. The sound really locks the colors into place and I see it totally differently,” Arnold said. “The animation was

generated from the sound piece. While in Switzerland, I became really interested in so-called modern music, or microtonal music, where the sounds are the tones between the white keys and black keys, if you think of a piano. Sound is really a continuum. It’s not individual steps. The same can be said for colors. There’s green, there’s blue, but there’s also greenish blue. [In

this piece] the changes in the sound are generating the changes in color. The in-between space is where the now is.” Arnold’s “Mixed Signals” collection is based around the resonance of feeling as related to color. He is also concerned with a fluid conception of time and interstitial space, which can be connected back to the psychology of the Magic Mountain he explores

Winterfest features carriage rides, ice sculptor Cecilia Iacobuzio Life & Arts Editor rew students braved the icy weather last Saturday in Tolley/Brown circle to experience Winterfest, a new event brought to Drew by the Office of Student Activities. Though we haven’t had any major snowfall since the memorable “Snowpocalypse” last October, Student Activities did their best to bring snow to Winterfest with a snow machine adding flurries to the circle from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. A vendor gave away free snacks, including White Castle burgers and Dunkin’ Donuts. One of the largest draws of the event was a horse drawn carriage ride through campus. Students who got bored could always lounge on Drew-themed green and blue beanbags and watch an ice sculptor carve an enormous block of ice. “I loved the carriage rides and the horses,” Catherine Fielding (’15) said. “I want to be an ice sculptor thanks to that man sculpting.” “I went for the free scarves.” Sabrina Fruci (’15) said, referring to a promotional giveaway where the first 50 attendees were given a free Drew scarf. After receiving the scarf, she stayed and enjoyed the event. Samantha Weckesser (’15)

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Students enjoyed a horse drawn carriage ride through Tolley/Brown Circle during Winterfest

said, “It was cold. It would have been better at a warmer time but I thought it was awesome.” “I went to Winterfest because I could hear the music from my room and my friends and I thought it looked cute,” Elissa Erwin (’15) said. “I enjoyed it for a brief time— the free food was nice and the snow globe pictures were really cute. However, there wasn't that much to do, so I didn't stay too long.” she said. Erwin suggested a few activities to improve Winterfest. “Maybe include a few more activities. I felt like there could have been something crafts-related, like making snowflakes, or just something else for people to do.” “I did not go to Winterfest. Unfortunately, I was on an all-day field trip, although, after returning from the trip, I did regret not going. Winterfest looked like fun,” Kameron Raynor (’15) said. A lack of advertising was a consistent concern. “What’s Winterfest?” Sree Madappalli (’13) said when asked if she attended. “Many people didn't know about it until they saw a pony outside and the ice sculptures. Yeah, I think it was badly organized,” Julissa Hernandez (’14) said. Overall, Drew students seemed to enjoy a chance to get outside and have a more exciting Saturday afternoon.


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March 2, 2011

Drew sets world record in leap frog

‫خا؛فخا؛‬Photo Courtesy of Caroline Kuras

Drew set out to break a Guiness world record in the Baldwin Gym last Wednesday. Dozens of students came out to participate in the world’s longest game of leap frog. Though not enough people attended to break that record, Drew was successful in having the fastest ever game of leap frog, with Chris Sentmier (’12) jumping over 32 people.

Events this week Thursday Prisonball Tournament 8:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Baldwin Gym

Come play Prisonball, an extreme version of dodgeball. For $20 per team, which must consist of ten members with at least one person of each gender, you can compete. All proceeds will benefit a 6-year-old girl suffering from celebral palsy.


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Lacrosse loses season opener Alex Majd Staff Writter

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he Women’s Lacrosse Team open up this 2012 season with a loss to the Montclair State Red Hawks, after being outscored 17-10. The Rangers were outshot 18-10 within the first 30 minutes of play. At halftime, the Rangers trailed the Red Hawks 12-3. Drew would not go down without a fight, however, as they outscored the home team 7-5 in the second half. Five Rangers would find the back of the net. Yasmin Baldini (’12), Aileen Musynske (’12), Nikki Kleiman (’15), Jess Johnson (’14), and Lindsay Fry (’12) all scored. Goalie Christiana Carlini had 7 saves on the night. Coach Christos insists that the Rangers need to be more aggressive in stopping fast breaks. “We need to work on playing a more physical game, win the draw control battle and stop fast breaks more effectively,” said the Head Coach. Christos believes that her young team will learn from the loss, and make improvements. “We are very young, and will learn

from this game to make adjustments, improve, and gain more confidence.” Senior Aileen Musynske believes that this loss will help the young team understand what it has to do individually, and collectively to be successful. “It highlighted the weaknesses that we now know we have to work on,” said Musynske. The Floral Park senior had 3 goals and 2 assists in the contest, along with 9 shots. “Hopefully we will continue to grow as both individuals, and as a team. We will continue to push each other on the field and in games to improve our skills, to head towards a solid season,” said the senior. The Rangers will open up their home schedule as they face Haverford College on Saturday at 1pm. Drew lost last year’s contest 11-9 to the Fords. Haverford just lost their season opener in a close, one goal game to Landmark contender Scranton. The Women’s game will be followed by the Men’s home opener against Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham at 4 p.m. in the Battle of Madison Ave.

Men dominate with 8-1 score From Men’s, page 12

Jess Johnson (’13) chases down the ball

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asked about conference play, Leanos responded, “I expect all of the conference opponents to be stronger, which means that we need to play hard and smart in order for us to accomplish our goals this season”. Leanos believe that as long as the team “sets a standard of performance for [themselves] and meets it every game” the team will be able to “minimize [their] own mistakes and will keep [themselves] in a position to win each and every game.” The Rangers have their home opener this tomorrow at 4 p.m. with our cross street rivals, the Fairleigh Dickinson University Devils. According to Humphreys, the Madison Ave competition “should [be] an exciting and competitive contest,” so come out and show your Drew Pride as the Men’s Lacrosse team looks to rake in another win.

All-conference teams welcome three Drewids From Senior, page 12

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(Left) Victoria Ault (’12) (Center) Danielle Barber (’12) (Right) Asmar Capers (’12)

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1,000 points, holding the school scoring average record. For the Women, two Rangers were selected to the All-Landmark Team. Danielle Barber (’12) finished off her successful Drew career with impressive numbers. In the Drew record books, Barber ranks fourth all time in scoring and second in assists. This past season, she led the Landmark in scoring, averaging 16.2 points per game, and assists, averaging 4.76 a game. Barber was a unanimous AllConference selection. “Danielle is a really special player, her dedication and work ethic has been incredible,” said Head Coach Brittany Gaetano. This is Barber’s third time on the All-Conference Team. Also selected to the AllLandmark Team, Victoria Ault (’12) was a presence under the basket as the Rangers’ strongest rebounder. Gaetano describes Ault as “fun to coach.” Twice this season Ault grabbed 20 or more rebounds, one of those contests against Goucher in which she had 22 rebounds. “Victoria worked on her game so much, and played a major role for us,” Gaetano said. Both Barber and Ault put in a lot of time in the off season, and their improvements showed this season.

Wanted:

Yesterday March 01, 2012: Drew men’s tennis lost to New York University 2-7. Matt Brisotti (’12) and Matt Imbo (’13) defeated NYU 8-6 in double.

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Last Saturday February 18, 2012: Drew equestrian placed 3rd at All-Region Show at Briarwood Farms Ellen Joyce (’12) qualified for intermediate fences regional championships. Katie Walker (’14) placed first in Novice Flat.

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Sunday February 26, 2012: Men’s fencing placed 13th at National Weapon Squad Championships. Sunday February 26, 2012: Women’s fencing lost 5 to 22 at Lafayette College.

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Volume 84, Issue 20

Senior Drewids join conference basketball teams Alex Majd Staff Writter

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Emilia Domanowski (’13), vice president of the Polish Culture Club and

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Fencer Domanowski more than her sabre Andrew Goldberg Staff Writer

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fter only having eight fencers the year before, the Drew Women’s Fencing Program has increased its number to 13 fencers. The team is led by Emilia Domanowski (’13) who fences sabre. After posting a 7-14 record last year for the Rangers, Domanowski improved dramatically, going 33-36 this season. The 33 wins led the women’s team, while the next closest fencer had 21 wins this year. One of her more notable finishes occurred in early December at the National Intercollegiate Womens Fencing Association (NIWFA) Christmas Invitational. Out of the 37 fencers in the sabre division, Domanowski finished 10th. Her accolades do not finish there, however, as she was named a second team all star at the sabre at the Eastern Women’s Fencing Championships. The award is the second of her career as she earned second team honors last season on the way to being named the team’s MVP. The Acorn caught up with Domanowski to ask her a few questions about fencing as well as some of the things she does outside of the fencing arena. Know an interesting athlete? Send your suggestion to acorn@drew.edu

Q: What made you choose Drew? A: I loved the feel of the campus. It is beautiful here. Q: How did you get into fencing? A: The summer of my senior year of high school, my friend had Dayne DeRose, the head fencing coach here at Drew, as his teacher and brought me to one of his classes. Q: What do you like most about fencing? A: It is a thrill. Every time I get on the strip during a competition it is like a shot of electricity is running through my veins Q: What made you choose your particular position in fencing (i.e. foil, epee, sabre)? A: I was actually a walkon, so they put me in sabre because they needed me there. The women’s team at the time of me joining was pretty small, so they put people wherever depending on if they had a knack for the weapon. I am a sabre now, but for a week or two my freshman year Coach put me into the foil squad. Q: What has your experience been like while on the fencing team here?

At the conclusion of the 201112 basketball season, athletes on both the men and women’s teams have been selected to the AllLandmark Conference Team. For the Men’s team, Asmar Capers (’12) has had another productive season for the Rangers, making First Team All-Conference for the second straight year. Capers led the conference in points scored per game with 21.8, and with this impressive statistic the preseason All-American ranked 16th in the nation. Capers also placed second in the league with 56 3-point field goals and 132 free throws made. According to Head Coach Darryl Keckler, Capers was the best scorer in the conference, and incredibly important to the Ranger offense. “He had the ability to shoot the 3 point, attack off the dribble and

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Danielle Barber (’12) get to the Free Throw line,” said Keckler. “We need our entire team to step up in order to replace him next season.” Capers finishes his career at Drew 13 points shy of See all-conference, page 11

Men’s Lacrosse win opening game, sets pace for new season Abigail Dingle Contributing Writer The Men’s Lacrosse team opened their season this past Wednesday against King’s College with an inspiring 8-1 win. The Rangers’ domination began at the opening whistle as Sean McGowan (’12) won his first of five faceoffs for the afternoon. The Rangers’ offense was sparked by Scott Humphreys (’13), who scored his first of four goals less than two minutes into the game. Humphreys, whose four goals tied his career high, attributes the team’s success to the fact that they “came in with a good game plan and executed it from the start.” Andrew Somps (’14) also had a notable game, contributing to more than half the Rangers’ goals with two of his own as well as three assists. McGowan

and Patrick Lamon (’15) tallied a goal apiece, as Brendan Skeehan (’13) and Eric Tripp (’13) each recorded an assist for the afternoon. The win was a total team effort with the impressive defensive performance led by goalkeeper Charlie DeSocio (’12), who recorded 12 saves in the victory, with the lone goal for the Monarchs coming with less than a minute left to play. Defensive midfielder Aaron Davis (’13) forced a game high three turnovers, out of the team’s nine, while collecting four groundballs. The team has made it clear that their main goal of the season is to make it to the Landmark Conference playoffs. Lacrosse Coach Tom Leanos knows this won’t be an easy feat. When See Men, page 11

A: I love the team. It can be hard at times managing so many people, but I really do enjoy the way everyone treats each other. I feel as though my teammates are my second family, and I am not talking only about the women’s team but the men’s team too. Q: What kind of activities are you involved in when you are not fencing? A: I do karate, where I am a brown belt. I am also a Vice President of the Polish Culture Club and a core member of the New Social Engine. Q: What are your plans after college? A: I plan to find a job in government as a translator for either French or Polish.

Matt Tower (’13) charges down the field

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March 02, 2012  

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