Drew University’s student newspaper since 1928
November 11, 2011
Volume 84, Issue 11
Drew weathers the storm
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One of the many trees Drew lost during the October snow storm Hanna Kristin Jrad Editor in Chief
he total monetary cost to Drew University is still unknown, but Drew’s weather woes led to four days of classes lost. Drew lost power on Saturday afternoon. By Sunday afternoon, students received emergency contact asking them to evacuate campus. Students were encouraged to bring friends home. For those who chose not to go elsewhere, the university provided emergency shelter in the gym of the College of St. Elizabeth for about 40 students, according to President of the
University Bob Weisbuch. Because of these closures, administrators scrambled to make up for lost class time. “By utilizing the weekend for Reading Days, we were able to minimize the number of days by which we would have to extend the exam period while still ensuring, as per our faculty regulations, that students have two days after the end of classes and before the start of exams to complete work for the semester and prepare for exams,” an e-mail from the office of Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Jonathan Levin said. “Since the former and the new final exam schedules overlap,
two exam days remain unchanged. One exam day that had few exams scheduled has been canceled (there are now five instead of six exam days), and the exam schedule has been extended by two days.” The snow storm also led to delays in class registration for the spring semester. Though campus regained power Tuesday evening, Drew remained closed due to various damages. An e-mail from Chief Communications Officer Dave Muha, explained that various heating systems on campus sustained damage during the storm, and needed to be repaired before school reopened.
Muha also said that multiple trees were lost in the storm. “We had three tree services on campus helping to clear debris last week,” he said. “There are still more branches to be cleared.” According to Muha, Aramark also dealt with issues related to the storm. Two days’ worth of food spoiled because of the storm and power outage. “Fortunately, Aramark was able to cancel deliveries while the power was out,” Muha said. “When the power was restored, they found some refrigeration equipment had been damaged that needed to be replaced.” Executive Director of Facili-
ties and Special Projects Director Mike Kopas offered additional information. “From a facilities management perspective, the vast majority of damage was isolated to trees and limbs, electrical infrastructure, and items damaged from fallen limbs such as fences and light poles,” he said. “The tree damage was excessive, with nearly every tree having some sort of damage, some minimal but quite a few with extensive structural damage.” Kopas also described damage to the electrical system at Drew. See Power, page 4
Blast from the past: time capsule discovered Beth Garceau Executive Editor Imagine a Drew University at which all dorms were gender-specific, students dined in Samuel W. Bowne Hall and the president of the university helped judge the “Drew wives’ annual baby show.” The time capsule unearthed early this week paints just that
picture—a slice of life at Drew in the late 1950s. Pamphlets and catalogs for the College of Liberal Arts and the Theological School contain images of students gathered around typewriters or relaxing in their dorms in suits. The local theatre advertised “Pal Joey—with Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak” in The Acorn; students studied a particular “em-
phasis” within a “concentration,” rather than choosing a “major;” and one semester at the Theological School cost $375. In other ways, though, Drew hasn’t changed at all. Just as the university advertises small classes now, the 1957 College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Viewbook found in the time capsule contains images of students in classes as small as five or six, with a cap-
tion reading, “Many advanced courses have the advantage of very small enrollments.” And while some of the images of student life may seem completely foreign, others—such as the photographs of students bending over a pool table—are completely relateable. In addition to pamphlets, catalogs and the Dec. 16, 1957 issue of The Acorn, the battered copper
capsule also contained an alumni newsletter, a map of campus and 16 cents—this last made up of a nickel, an old-fashioned “wheat penny” and a silver dime. According to Director of Facilities and Special Projects Mike Kopas, “contractors found the capsule…within the 1957 cornerstone of the [University See Time Capsule, page 3
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Changes to end of fall term, finals Pat Byrne News Editor Because of the recent evacuation due to the snow crisis, classes will take place as normal through Dec. 8. On Dec. 9, Wednesday classes will take place. Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 will now be Reading Days. Final exams will begin on Dec. 12, and will end on Dec. 16. The residence halls will then close at noon on Dec. 17. Because of the incident, students on the meal plan will be receiving an extra 100 points on their meal point account come the spring semester. The actual logistics for this are being worked out now by the Drew faculty and the student body will be informed as soon as the details are worked out.
Campus Arrests Oct. 24 On Oct. 24 at approximately 9 p.m. Detective John Miscia arrested 21-year-old Paul Phillips of Barnegat Light, N.J. He charged him with Aggravated Assault and Criminal restraint. Detective Miscia was contacted by Drew Public Safety Officers who informed him that Phillips had assaulted a male victim by biting his left ear and causing an injury. After an investigation by Detective Miscia, Phillips turned himself in to Madison Police Headquarters. He was processed and released on $5,000.00 bail pending a mandatory court appearance. Patrolman Craig Perrelli assisted with the arrest.
Nov. 6 On Nov. 6 at approximately 9:06 a.m. Patrolman James Cavezza arrested 22-year-old Derrick Palmer of East Windsor, N.J. and 22-year-old Terrell Lucas of Piscataway, N.J. He charged them with Criminal Trespassing. Ptl. Cavezza was contacted by Drew Public Safety Officer who had Palmer and Lucas stopped on campus. They were transported to headquarters for processing. After processing the were released pending a mandatory court appearance. Patrolman Papamarkos assisted with the arrest.
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Drew it in the Dark’s energy competition results are posted online as students save more energy
Eco Reps host energy competition Afnan Khairullah Staff Writer
or most of November, the Eco Reps at Drew will be holding a competition between the individual undergraduate housing buildings on campus.
Drew it in the Dark is a competition co-sponsored by Res Life and Student Activities to see which building can use the least amount of energy between Nov. 7 and Nov. 18. The winning building receives money towards their budget for events.
New faculty The school recently sent out an e-mail saying that Professor of English Melissa Nicolas has agreed to serve as Interim Associate Dean of Academic Services, effective immediately. Nicolas currently teaches in the English Department at Drew and also serves as Director of the Writing Center. She was the Writing Program Director at Albright College and at The Rochester Institute of Technology and was Director of Freshman Writing and Director of the Writing Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Drew hopes to launch a search for a permanent Associate Dean of Academic Services as soon as possible. Also, Asha Nambiar will join staff as Coordinator of Disability Services, effective Nov. 28. Professor Nambiar currently teaches courses in Special Education at the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University. She has previous experience in providing support to students with disabilities, including almost five years at The Ittihad Private School in Dubai, UAE and at Rutgers University as well.
appliances that use the most electricity and ways they can reduce greenhouse emissions. “It’s about changing the culture on campus and make the students aware of the energy they are using,” Sustainability Coordinator Christina Notas said.
Public Safety Blotter Nov. 2 A suspicious car that drove onto campus was investigated and the non-Drew individual was found to be driving on Lancaster road at 1:14 a.m. while intoxicated. Madison Police were called to the scene, where an arrest was made.
Nov. 5 Officers responded to a call regarding a strong odor of marijuana in Tolley at 3:08 a.m. Once on scene, they identified two students who had been smoking marijuana. Evidence was confiscated and the students were cited for the violations. A report was sent to Associate Dean of Campus Life and Student Affairs Frank Merckx’s Office.
Nov. 6 A caller reported a group of students fighting outside of the Townhouses at 1:23 a.m. Officers responded and found a large group assembled, but no fight in progress. Several students were interviewed, but the actual events could not be determined. A report was written and forwarded to Merckx.
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Nov. 7 A report of a strong odor of marijuana was investigated in McLendon at 12:31 a.m. and a student was cited after a brief investigation. A report was generated and sent to Merckx’s office. A number of thefts were reported by students beginning on Thursday, when the University was reopened after the mandatory snowstorm evacuation. Reports were taken and investigations are ongoing. Public Safety, Facilities and the Madison Police Department are all working together to resolve these matters.
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Strategic Plan discusses rights Kimberly Ammiano Staff Writer
nce complete, the Strategic Plan will outline Drew’s vision in four universitywide goals. The Strategic Plan, parallel with Drew’s identity presentation, will aim to help students “examine the human experience through the lenses of multiple disciplines, employ the world as their classroom, and transform knowledge into social impact. Drew students will thrive in a learning community that mirrors national and global diversity,” according to the document as it stands now. This mission will be supported by the four main components of the plan: create a more vibrant intellectual community, enhance students’ social, global and professional engagement, strengthen Drew’s identity and better position the university and ensure institutional stability. In addition, “under these goals are further statements to define how Drew can achieve these goals,” Student Government Elections Committee Chair Maxwell Rich (’13) said. “These statements range from very specific, such as, ‘Continue to recruit and retain the best faculty: Endow faculty chairs to recruit first-rate scholars in order to ensure excellence in teaching and learning,’
to very vague: ‘Better organize and fund programs that bridge campus life with academics and foster community engagement,’” Rich added. According to Chief Communications Officer Dave Muha, the Strategic Plan is a very collaborative effort. In May 2010, the Presidential Task Force recommended a “formal university-wide strategic planning process.” Following the initiative of the task force, in Summer 2010 Strategic Plan Working Groups began developing the major goals and objectives of the plan. By January 2011, the Presidential Task Force and the working groups opened the draft to the Drew community for feedback. After several revisions based on suggestions of the Task Force, Working Groups and the Drew community at large, the third draft of the plan was released to Drew’s Board of Trustees. Following the Board of Trustees review, the University senate--which consists of student and faculty representatives from all four divisions of the college, as well as library staff and administrators--held open information sessions, and town meetings to get the community involved in the plan, Muha explained. According to Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Jonathan Levin, another revised draft of the plan will be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval in February 2012. “It is
very important to move the plan on quickly, it is critical to our success,” he said. “It is very important to engage students in the process,” he stated. “It’s still a work in progress and in order to finish the process, we need students to continue to be a part of it, we need to know what students want and need.” Several Student Government members had mixed opinions on the Strategic Plan. Executive Secretary of the Student Government Zack Mower (’13) said, “Recently, the plan was met with some animosity by members of the senate and the cabinet due to the content. What was presented to us was a plan that seemed to be very broad in its purpose.” He added, “The ideas put forward in the plan seem to have good intentions, but they are very vague and don’t provide a direct course of action as to how the ideas will become reality. I do not feel that making broad statements can make Drew a better university, whether it be academically or socially.” President of the Student Government Franklin Barbosa (’12) stated, “I think the plan has very good intentions. Positive changes are always welcome in any community. However, the lack of student and faculty input in shaping the plan was a huge mistake. Students and faculty know what is best for the
community because we live and breathe it. I do think it is important for Drew to define itself, and figure out what makes us special, and sets us apart from other universities. That is essential for building a sense of community and recruiting prospective students.” From the faculty standpoint, Chair and Professor of English Wendy Kolmar feels that before the final draft of the document is released, “the faculty working on the plan has to make sure [their] commitments are adequately supported.” Additionally, she stated that as the draft stands now the general consensus is that, “the college is frustrated. We did a lot of careful thinking and planning and a lot of our ideas for the Strategic Plan were picked out of it. The basis of the college’s plan did not get moved forward into the university-wide plan.” In commenting on the current status of the document, Kolmar said, “The working groups in the college are proposing visions with less opening for others to propose revisions. We are trying to talk to other groups on campus and get ourselves in harmony with all concerns, we want the entire university to be on the same path.” “The Strategic Plan is only a draft at present,” Profssor of English Peggy Samuels said. “It is still a work in progress, and the faculty
is now engaged in revising the current draft.” She added, “I feel very hopeful that the faculty members who are working on the revisions have wide knowledge of the university as well as the CLA and will make the plan into a document that we can have confidence in and that will help to guide our decisions in the future.” Samuels feels that a Strategic Plan only works if people have confidence that it really represents the collective will of many people, “about which actions, out of many possible actions, we should pursue in the future.” Levin said that he feels very proud of the plan as it stands, but “there are things that can be improved to better capture the spirit of Drew.” He said, “As a teacher who coaches people in wiring, I know that final drafts often become remarkably different from earlier versions. I think that the next draft will have increased clarity and organization, and we will be able to see that improving clarity and organization have real impact in the real world.” According to Muha, the document still needs to go to the Board of Trustees in February after receiving campus-wide feedback by the end of this semester. “This document will guide us in our vision for the next five years, so we have to get it right,” he concluded.
Drew University thefts hit home for many students Cerita Asante Staff Writer
The contents of the time capsule included an old copy of The Acorn and photos of campus life
Time capsule unexpected gift from past From Blast, page 1 Center],” and passed it on to Director of Planning, Design and Construction Jim Hall and Chief Communications Officer Dave Muha. All three of the administrators were as surprised to see the unearthed time capsule as the contractors were. There was no record of the time capsule. “[Archives Assistant] Matthew Beland’s initial survey showed no evidence of the time capsule’s existence,” Muha said. Still, the idea inspired them. “We should make a new one,” Muha said. “Obviously they went with mostly literature, but I think we could be more creative.” To meet this end, the administration would like students to have a say in its contents. Though they have yet to reach
a decision as to how this will be done, “we will create a mechanism,” Muha said. And it will be done soon— because construction on the Ehinger Center is so far along, it will have to happen this semester. This time, though, they’ll try to leave more of a record of the capsule. “To me, a time capsule is made to be found and shared,” Muha said. “We may put the time capsule on display in the library, or even put it back into the ground with the new one. Archives may also end up with it.” In the meantime, however, images of portions of The Acorn issue and several of the pamphlets, as well as the Viewbook that was also found in the time capsule, are available on Drew University’s Flickr page.
In the aftermath of the evacuation, several students have noticed items missing from their rooms. Among some of the items stolen were money, Xbox games, jewelry and other precious valuables. Students on the second floor of Haselton returned from the evacuation to find that their doors, which had been previously locked, were unlocked. Victims of the thefts wrote about it in Drew Forum posts and filed reports to Public Safety about their missing items. Many students are very upset and disturbed by the recent thefts. Resident of Spirituality House— Haselton’s second floor—Alexandra Brown (’14) was among one of the students who had items stolen from her. “I had $5 in quarters for laundry and my graphing calculator stolen from my desk drawer. My umbrella is also gone. I reported it to Public Safety, but I feel like nothing is going to be done about it,” she said. Another resident of Spirituality House, Evelyn Meisenbacher (’14), was also affected by the thefts. “There wasn't a significant amount of money stolen from me personally, only some quarters that I'd intended to use for
laundry. However, it was clear that someone had gone through the contents of my desk,” Meisenbacher said. “Just because it was only a few quarters taken this time around, [it] doesn't mean that something more serious couldn't have happened,” she said. According to Chief of Public Safety Robert Lucid, members of Public Safety immediately began work on the thefts they were informed about. “The thefts reported during our prolonged power outage are very disturbing to everyone in the University,” Lucid said. “We have met with and continue to discuss with Madison PD. Internally, the entire Facilities and Public Safety staff have been assessing any changes we could make to ensure this does not happen in the future,” he added. Lucid explained that he and the members of Public Safety are taking these incidents very seriously. However, some students doubt that there is much that they can actually do about it. “I'm not very confident that Public Safety can actually solve this problem,” Meisenbacher said. “They may be well-intentioned, but it just doesn't seem like they really have the means to do it, especially if there aren't any video cameras around and if they don't have a solid record of which people were on campus, and when. I do think that campus
security is lacking, and that is bothersome,”she said. Students writing on the Drew Community Forum are worried about having any more incidences in the future. “More than anything, it has made me really mad, considering this was taken from my drawer from a locked room. It also makes me question if I am really safe on campus,” Brown said. Public Safety members are beginning to make some procedural changes in an effort to reduce any further instances of thefts on campus. However, they encourage students to be more cautious about their surroundings. “Everyone should realize how vulnerable we can be when there is no power,” Lucid said. “Many of our systems for security are power-dependent. When power is out, it is more important than ever that everyone practice good personal safety procedures to protect themselves and their property. Most important is to ensure that all doors and windows are properly locked.” he said. He encourages everyone to do their part in protecting themselves from further incidences of thefts by taking certain safety measures. “Everyone should appreciate how inappropriate it is to compromise others' security by keeping entrance doors unlocked, no matter what the circumstances are,” Lucid said.
“Everyone should realize how vulnerable we can be when there is no power” — Chief of Public Safety Robert Lucid
November 11, 2011
Power loss leads to evacuation, four days lost From Drew, page 1 “The damage to the electric infrastructure affected a main loop on campus... Electrical repairs are in progress,” he said. Both Kopas and Muha stressed that repairs to campus are ongoing and that damages are still being assessed. Because repairs are still in progress, there is no estimate on how much money the storm cost Drew. While campus was under repair, students had to make due with life off campus. Many students did not pack enough clothing for the four days away. Some had to go home with friends. Others needed to bring home several friends. Sebastian Rivera (’12) stayed at the College of St. Elizabeth—which he nicknamed “basecamp”—during the power outage. “I used the time at ‘basecamp’ to be social, because we had no internet for the first few days,” he said. “Luckily I had a few games up my sleeve that didn’t require electricity, or much.” According to Rivera, the food was not a problem, nor were the facilities. “Every single night, they fed us like kings and queens,” he said. “The first night
we had penne vodka, meatballs and some other Italian dish, and we had McDonalds. The next day we had the opportunity to enjoy St. Elizabeth’s great dining services, they had really great food every time I ate there.” Michelle Opdyke (’14) went home during the storm. “I went home and brought two of my friends with me,” she said. Opdyke also had some criticisms of the way the university handled the situation. “It was hard to communicate, and I feel like Drew did a sloppy job of letting the residents [know] what was going on. My [Resident Assistant] also didn’t give me any information, [because she had] none.” Kristen Hallas (’15) stayed at the College of St. Elizabeth’s during the outage. “When they told us we all had to leave Drew, at first I was annoyed because I couldn’t get back home and had to stay at some weird place at St Elizabeth’s. Not to mention sleep on cots,” she said. Kristen Lammond (’14) had a more simplistic approach to the issues. “The main thing about the snow storm that upset me was that it ruined my Halloween,” she said.
Photos courtesy of Sebastian Rivera, Justin Camejo and Beth Garceau
Drew’s response inadequate and dangerous
ast Saturday, Drew fell victim to the first snowstorm of the season—and by far one The Acorn Staff
Lead Editorial of the worst incidents to befall the campus in recent years. This abnormal winter weather had far-reaching consequences, not the least of which was the need for massive repairs to the school and the mass relocation of students. While this situation could hardly have been predicted and prepared for so early in the season, why was there seemingly no plan for a sudden loss of power? The snow may have been unexpected, but the fact is, it happened. Drew is responsible for the safety of everyone on campus. And frankly, it’s frightening that a power outage could disrupt university life to the extent that it did. Security became a huge issue with the power out. When the fire alarm went off in Haselton around midnight on Saturday, some students saw it as a positive sign—at least the alarms would still go off in case of an emergency. However, this relief quickly turned to frustration when residents, the Resident Director (RD) and even the fire department were unable to get back inside the building. The card entry system had turned off with the lack of power, and there
was no back-up plan in sight. Drew continued to demonstrate its lack of foresight when students were alerted at 2 p.m. on Sunday that they needed to evacuate by 5 p.m. Three hours is nowhere near enough time for most students to prepare for an evacuation. Moreover, since the messages were not sent until almost 24 hours after Drew lost power, most students’phones were out of batteries by the time these messages were sent. E-mail was not a feasible substitute, due to the lack of power meant that most computers—as well as Drew’s routers—were also dead. There was no organized, reliable system to guide students through the crisis without electricity. During the evacuation, students were strongly urged to bring others along with them for the supposedly short event—which turned into four days. This put pressure on
students and their families to take in large groups of students, some of whom they barely knew. While this shows a remarkable sense of community and charity among the student body and their families, the fact remains that the administration should never have asked it of them—there should have been another plan. Drew should have provided some assistance to non-local students. How could students from across the country plan for an evacuation in just three hours, with limited to no methods of communication? What could international students do? Those Drewids who were unable to find other shelter, or who didn’t wish to travel home because Drew suggested that the evacuation would only last overnight, found refuge at the College of St. Elizabeth. While this shelter was comfortable enough, the fact that students were instructed to bring a
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pillow, blanket, necessary medicine and one change of clothes served as perhaps the greatest reminder of Drew’s commitment to efficiency. While we accept that restoring power to Drew was ranked below restoring power to hospitals and other emergency facilities, students were still not allowed on campus after power had been restored to most dorms. The security issues cited as the reason for this continued ban were limited to class buildings—meaning students could have returned to campus, if only to pick up a change of clothes, with hardly any risk. Instead, many students were forced to wear the same clothing for three days or more. As students, we recognize that we do not have the best understanding of the policies in place that govern the more complicated areas of emergency preparedness, but as
residents living and working on this campus, we do have some ideas as to what we would like to see in the future. First and foremost, there needs to be a back-up plan. No one expected the campus to be crippled by snow before Halloween. However, a mass power-outage could happen at any time, for any reason. The University needs to have a plan in place for what to do and how to alert students in such a situation—preferably one that doesn’t rely on electricity. Students need to have access to their dorms at all times, regardless of the power situation. The thefts over the course of the evacuation prove that locking students out does nothing to protect them—and some might argue that it does more than a little harm, especially in the middle of a snowstorm. With no cell phones and no working landlines, the situation could quickly become downright dangerous. Clearly, the situation was handled very poorly. The university displayed an astonishing lack of foresight. While we seem to have scraped through with damage limited to the campus and the odd car—rather than students—the icy paths, lack of access and communication, make this fact appear more lucky than anything else. We can only hope the administration learned from this incident and will be more prepared should a similar circumstance ever arise.
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Repeated thefts cause for frustration Beth Garceau Executive Editor
ome people accuse me of being chronically unlucky. Others assume that I never lock my dorm door. While the first may be true, the second definitely stopped the first time someone walked into my dorm room and walked out with something belonging to me. Unfortunately, despite the fact that I never left my door unlocked after that, it was to be just the first of three times something was stolen from my room. To make matters worse, it wasn’t even the first time something was stolen from me on Drew’s campus. And I’m not alone in this experience. My former roommate, for instance, has also had things stolen from her dorm room and other locations on campus multiple times—and not just while we lived together. We’ve been told that the thefts that occurred during the evacuation were unique and unforeseeable, that normal security measures were impossible while power was out. That might make sense, if it weren’t for the fact that this is just the latest in a string of four mass break-ins in Haselton—my building, incidentally—alone since last November. First, five or six laptops—including my own—were stolen from unlocked rooms just before Thanksgiving break last year. This was followed by the arguably more disturbing disappearance of multiple gaming systems and other larger items from locked rooms in Haselton and Riker during that break. Just after spring break of the same year, a string of iPod thefts made its way through campus, affecting at least four people that
I know personally, not counting my own stolen iPod. And most recently, someone took advantage of the evacuation to clear locked rooms of money, jewelry and other small valuables. Personally, I find this most recent break-in the most disturbing. As the House Assistant for Spirituality House, I personally locked three of the six doors on my side of Haselton, and made sure the rest were locked before leaving. However, all six of those doors were unlocked upon my housemates’ return to Drew, and four of them, including my own, were missing items. Similar instances occurred all over HERB, extending to Riker and the townhouses. I’ve heard multiple reports—one from my own housemate—of money and other valuables being taken from safes or lock-boxes within these previously-locked rooms. With no one on campus, whoever committed these thefts had plenty of time and opportunity to search for hidden keys and possibly even pick locks. Whether or not the person or people who went through the rooms was the same one who unlocked them, the fact remains that someone opened the doors to, at minimum, the six doors on my floor—if not all the rooms that had things missing from them. This invasion of privacy alone is disturbing enough—but the real problem is the administration’s lack of response to the situation. While living on this campus, we give up the rights of insurance that a homeowner possesses and place our security entirely in the hands of the administration and Drew Public Safety. And when that trust is violated—whether it’s while you’re
asleep in your dorm room, as happened to one of my friends, or when you’ve been banned from campus four days—there is literally nothing you can do about it—no compensation, no legal action, nothing. Instead of offering solutions or even apologies, we have continuously been told to lock our doors
and remove or hide our belongings when we go away. I’m not sure exactly what my housemate from China was supposed to do with her valuables when she was evacuated from campus with three hours’ notice, but apparently that’s not Drew’s responsibility. That a student can have items
stolen from locked rooms on campus not once, but four times in a year is horrifying. And the fact that this can occur with absolutely no action on the part of the administration is simply disgraceful. Beth Garceau is a senior Sociology major
November 11, 2011
Tests not always best measures of student smarts Geoffrey Edelstein Staff Writer hese weeks leading up to exams give students a chance to raise their grades, ask questions and gain clout with their teachers. But when it comes to the actual evaluation, will they be able to succeed? What if you’re prepared but bomb the exam? Dew professors are typically reasonable and will work with students, but what if a student is simply not very good at tests? Studying and studying and studying can help but in the end, don’t some students just evaluate differently? But is it right to expect every student to be a test taker? Education, from primary school on, has been about building up for an exam of some sort. Some sort of culmination that is penultimate grade. Giving students make it or break it moments. Giving students the chance to either say “I know it” or “I don’t know it.” The problem with this is that it puts a value on education. Drew understands that different students learn differently. It is now a common understanding that not everyone can sit down, read a text, and know everything about it. Fond memories of the SATs may still linger in the minds of freshmen, but it is clear that not everyone is a successful standard-
ized test taker. Drew knows this because it no longer requires SAT scores as a part of first-year applications. All applicants have the option of submitting a graded paper instead of standardized test scores. This allows applicants to show their other academic abilities. So Drew is trying. Since there are many kinds of students, tests should be given. But since there are many kinds of students, there should be some sort of understanding that because different students learn differently, not all of them are going to perform as well. Forget the idea that every student should buckle down, study, and ace the test because if that were true then every student who tried would ace the test. Education is moving away from the established tradition which was geared toward a specific kind of student. This being the test-taking, all-time studying, intellectual powerhouse who is going to get a job with their degree because he has done certain kinds of work. While that student still exists, there are other kinds of students. Drew has been very accommodating to this idea and professors have complete control over how they test their students. But this is not a local problem. It is a common expectation that a student should be able to sit down and take a test. The act of taking a test is thought of as a simple and
standard procedure. It is the cornerstone of many courses but is it questioned? Is the test the best way or even an effective way to show what students have learned? There might be something to be said for the test, it assembles all of major components of a course into one packet and can easily tell the professor if a student has learned what they were supposed to. However does a high pressure situation where a student has limited time and no access to their notes actually show what a student has learned, especially if they are not good at taking tests? Probably not high pressure
situations, even for people who can handle those well, are still taxing to the nerves. They prevent students from examining all facets of a problem. Notes are a collection of thoughts and memories a student complies throughout the course. True, they may hold the answers to the questions but why must a student always hold the answers in their memory? Will not remembering the difference between Monet and Manet endanger any art student’s life? Wouldn’t a careful student look up something they didn’t know or remember? Perhaps then the problem is not
tests, it is what we expect tests to be. Tests and evaluation are supposed to be the big ending and there is a stigma. If a test were more relaxed and were designed with the students in mind perhaps it would be applicable to every kind of student. Some Drew professors are probably already giving these tests. But if the greater educational system does not recognize this, then it will continue the question of whether or not students are actually learning. Geoffrey Edelstein is a junior English major
Drew’s storm response better than nothing Addison Del Mastro Staff Writer It’s good to have my power back. I hardly have to remind anyone that last week was a hectic adventure–we went from possibly having classes that week on Sunday morning to evacuating campus by Sunday evening. Some of us were stranded at the neighboring College of St. Elizabeth, and all of us lost a few days for homework. I’d like to evaluate the quality of the university’s response to this crazy, record-setting October snowfall, but first I’d like to recount what it was like on campus during the outage. The power went out on Saturday afternoon, and was not to come back until Wednesday. While many of us had some life left on our laptops and phones, the internet went out for most of campus. With no internet to take up our time, we played cards and games in our lounges for several hours. The time went so slowly, I thought it felt like 3 a.m. when it was barely midnight. Dinner at the Commons was interesting too. A few small candles had been placed around to give light, but otherwise both floors were pitch black. It was almost surreal to walk around looking for a seat, hearing everyone talking as usual and holding their cell phones up for light. On my way back to my room, a tree
limb crashed down near me too close for comfort. The next day, we all assumed classes would be cancelled for Monday if not Tuesday, but we did not get official word until about two in the afternoon. Once the word finally came, dozens of us crowded in Holloway’s first floor lounge–apparently the only room that somehow had electricity–throughout the afternoon, scheduling trains and calling parents. Almost everyone made it home by Sunday night, and then, of course, we waited for school to finally reopen. Now, how adequate
was the university’s handling of the whole event? Honestly, in the moment I thought it was not adequate–and so did many of my friends. But looking back, I have to say that the school probably did as good a job as they could have realistically done. For example, we received an official e-mail on Saturday morning that mentioned the possibility of power problems and told us to be on the lookout for a following e-mail with more information. That following e-mail never came. At first, I thought the school neglected to send it. But then I realized it was be-
cause the internet was down. Somehow, Holloway still had internet, but the rest of campus did not. Basically, there was no way the school could directly contact us. Instead, the Resident Assistants (RAs) gave us updates. This could have led to confusion, as they were not always entirely sure what was going on, but without internet there was really no other way. As far as the food was concerned, the school did an excellent job of providing it during the outage. The salad and deli food the night of the outage was good, but the grills and hot food the next
morning were a great surprise. I would not have expected hot food, let alone enough of it to steadily feed almost everyone on campus. One student even thanked the school for the food on the “Napkin Talk” board in the Commons. There is one more major issue: the school’s planning concerning the cancellation of classes. I think the number of days cancelled was just right—any more would have simply been way too long, as it would have had us away for fully one week, and any less would have been unsafe and probably impossible. However, I do feel that the school could have cancelled Monday classes sooner. We all expected it, and by announcing the cancellation so late we had less time to make plans for getting home. To their credit, they may have been holding out in case power miraculously came back that day, so they may have been exercising good caution. Could the administration have done any better? I think so, particularly in the area of communications. I do feel that it took a little too long for reliable, official information to make its way to the students. But overall, considering the completely unexpected nature of the storm and outage, I thank the university for its handling of the situation. Addison Del Mastro is freshman political science major
LIFE & ARTS
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee comes to Drew for the most enthusiastic Bee you will ever see Cecilia Iacobuzio Assistant Life and Arts Editor
he Drew University Dramatic Society (DUDS) invites the audience to face their fears with seven special kids in the first musical of the year, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Performed for the first time on Wednesday in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts’s Black Box Theatre, this musical, directed by Nick Martin (’12), brings all the thrills of childhood to Drew, along with some very unique words. From the moment you walk into the Dorothy Young Center for Arts (DoYo), Martin’s vision comes alive. The entire show was obviously put together with a lot of thought. Drawings, seemingly done by real kids, hang throughout the lobby. Charmingly childish posters for the titular spelling bee surround the doors to the theatre. Next to the ticket booth, an open dictionary sits on a stool for “last minute practice.” Audience members can rearrange letters on the wall to form their own words while waiting for the production to begin. This gives the production, before it even begins, a very interactive feel. One truly imagines that they are going to watching
the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Once inside, the set is astounding. Created by Whitney McClees (’12), the Black Box Theatre has been transformed into a school gymnasium. Most exciting for me was the floor, so realistically painted that I couldn’t believe it wasn’t real plywood. The walls are indistinguishable from actual scuffed blackboards, and they are even covered in what looks exactly like rolled up bleachers. It is completely believable that one has stepped into a elementary school. The plot of the musical centers around seven kids competing in a spelling bee. Each comes from a totally different background and over the course of the musical, faces their fears. One of the most touching stories is that of Olive Ostrovsky, played movingly by Hallie Isquith (’15). Olive’s father disappointingly never makes it to his daughter’s bee, and her mother is off in India, Her story brings a very visceral, gritty feel to the musical. She’s facing some serious, grown-up problems that the audience immediately connects to, especially during the fantastic “The I Love You Song.” More humorous characters include Chip Tolentino, played by Nate Stevenson (’14), who gets eliminated first due
to a very unfortunate erection and Leaf Coneybear, played by Jake Sachs (’13) who wears a cape and helmet for most of the performance. William Barfee, hilariously played by Stephanie Weymouth (’14), brought the most laughs as an obnoxious nerd with a mucus membrane disorder and a magic foot. Marcy Parks, played by Sam Steele (’15) and Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere, played by Jenn Witherow (’15) both struggle with the pressures of being perfect. If the kids sound quirky, the adults are even better. Rona Lisa Peretti, played by Sam Dedian (’14), runs the spelling bee, seemingly obsessed with the whole affair. Her partner is the playfully sarcastic Vice Principal Douglas Panch, played with deadpan enthusiasm by Riley Newman (’14). Completing his community service as a “comfort counselor” is the ex-convict Mitch Mahoney, played by Alex Tomas (’12). These characters, eclectic as they are, each bring their own sense of humor to the musical, making it more than enjoyable. Each is a marvelous singer and actor. Some are even double-cast, playing two or more roles with ease. Tomas juggles the sullen Mitch Mahoney and one of Logainne’s sassy gay fathers, switching
effortlessly between the two without so much as a costume change. Leaf Coneybear puts on a tie and is suddenly and believably Logainne’s other, more competitive dad. Similarly, Sam Dedian transforms from Rona Lisa Peretti to Olive’s absent mother by pulling her scarf over her head. After Chip Tolentino is eliminated from the spelling bee, actor Nate Stevenson returns for an encore as Jesus—Oprah Jesus. This double-casting could have been disasterous, but the cast handled the frequent changes easily. One of the most endearing parts of the show is how audience members are chosen at random to compete in the bee. This brought a lot of laughter to the show as even adults came up. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is completely enjoyable and will keep you laughing all night. While several actors were difficult to hear at points and could have benefited from the use of microphones, the entire production was put together thoughtfully and hilariously. This is even more impressive when one realizes that the cast and crew lost a week of preparation due to the recent snow storm. Acted, sung and choreographed perfectly with an impressive set, Spelling Bee has proven to be a successful production.
November 11, 2011
LIFE & ARTS
Braided worlds are captured in lifelike acrylics Dana Lenoir Staff Writer
oday is a day of great significance. Not only is it the 11th day of the 11th month 11 years after the new millennium, but it is also the opening reception for So Yoon Lym’s “Dreamtime II” exhibition. The exhibit consists of graphic acrylic renderings of hairdos worn by students who Lym taught at JFK High school in Paterson N.J. These photo-realist portraits are remarkably detailed and absolutely captivating. The artist’s vivid use of precise, intricate brushstrokes tricks the untrained eye into believing that these must be photographs. However, upon closer investigation Lym’s mastery of the acrylic medium becomes apparent, evoking a new sense of respect for each individual painting. According to the show’s curator, Associate Professor of Art History Kimberly Rhodes, “We chose to show So Yoon’s work for many reasons: the work is visually strong, she is a local artist, and her work brings up issues of identity that can be discussed in many contexts and disciplines, including studio art, art history, sociology, history, anthropology and women’s and gender studies.” The selected black and white pieces focus on the backs or tops of different students’ heads. Each one reveals a pattern of elaborate braids which directs the viewer’s eyes across the paper.
The detailed patterns effectively inspire a sense of movement. In examining the exhibit there are no full facial representations. “I chose to only use the back views in the Korn Gallery exhibition for three reasons: to emphasize the tension between abstraction and representation in the work that I find visually compelling, to demonstrate the blurring of identity (gender, ethnic, racial) in the work that happens when you cannot see a face, and to create a visual and conceptual encounter between viewer and painting that breaks down the boundary between the two by placing the viewer in the same position as the image,” Rhodes said. “You should get the feeling, standing in front of the paintings, that you can step into them and therefore identify with the sitter.” In her artist statement, Lym reveals one of the driving forces which sparked this exhibit to life. “[It] is inspired by the Aboriginal stories and visions of creation. Each braided pattern, carried by the students, is a map of the ancient universe, a typographical palimpsest of the world in pattern: valleys, mountains, forests, oceans, rivers, streams…These braid patterns are the language for the new aboriginal, the transplanted and de-territorialized nomad.” “Dreamtime II” is on display in the Korn Gallery, open Tuesday through Friday from 12:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. It runs until November 28. www.soyoonlym.com
Don’t let the snow get you down while getting dressed Last weekend brought on a blizzard that, as we know, triggered a campus evacuation. Whether you were in the Forest or not, the storm probably put
The Earmuffs Somehow, the word earmuffs evokes childhood memories of being bundled up to the eyeballs in thermal underwear, a ski mask and shudderworthy snow pants--an outfit that could easily be called the precursor to “thief chic.” But unlike snow pants, which would do best to remain stuck in the past, earmuffs have resurfaced in the fashion industry--and for good reason. Where to Buy? Again, H&M never fails to deliver. I spotted several sets of earmuffs there in impossibly smooth faux-fur animal prints for a jaw-dropping $4.95.
A La Mode a damper on your plans or even your wardrobe—but never fear. Prepare yourself for the next snowstorm and stay in style with these five musthave pieces.
The Recyclable Coffee Cup The first item on the list can’t be worn or used to bedazzle your wardrobe, but that doesn’t make it any less of an accessory. The recyclable coffee cup is just as important to braving winter weather as your coat. Buy one that’s free of BPA, the organic compound used to make plastic, and bring it to Java City for a discount. You can use those saved points toward, say, that Pumpkin Spice Latte you’ve been eyeing all week. Where to Buy? A 22oz Lifefactory glass beverage bottle with a silicone sleeve retails at Whole Foods for $21.99.
The Snow Boot
Dress warmly and stylishly in the winter months with fuzzy, faux fur earmuffs, a fitted jacket, a snug cowl, waterproof, fashionable boots and an eco-friendly coffee cup. You’ll be well on your way to being the bestdressed — and warmest — on campus.
The Cowl This item is a necessity for any winter day. All at once a scarf, a headpiece, and an accessory. Wrap it once or twice around the neck like a scarf, drape it over the head like a hood for a luxe look reminiscent of pre-war European fashion or let it hang low and long like a necklace to spice up an otherwise simple ensemble. Where to Buy? I bought a goldfleck taupe cowl from H&M a few seasons ago. Buy yours now in black, pearl pink or ivory for under $15.
The Coat You probably already have one, but if you’re looking for a coat that is practical and insanely warm, you can’t go wrong with a knee-grazing down zip-coat. Not a fan? I can’t blame you, they sort of remind me of sleeping bags. Why not try a waist-length, belted wool coat instead? Aim for one that is 50 percent wool. It’ll feel softer and less itchy without sacrificing much warmth. I also recommend anything in faux fur. Where to Buy? Zara is currently selling a wool blend belted coat with a wraparound collar for a reasonable $129. For all other coats, try The Burlington Coat Factory. You’ll find a ton of coats and jackets from the likes of Jones New York and Michael Kors for extremely affordable prices.
If you read our last fashion article, you’re probably wondering why we’re revisiting the topic of shoes so soon. Well, you can never have too many pairs of shoes, especially in the event of another snowstorm. Are Uggs your go-to snow shoe? Step outside your comfort zone and invest in a different pair of boots! You’ll be doing your Uggs a favor by sparing their suede exterior from the damaging effects of snow. Aim for boots made of nylon or leather, which can be sprayed with snow-proof repellent. Where to Buy? Michael Kors has a great pair of faux-fur-trim leather and nylon boots for only $195 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Also, I love Valentino’s studded patent snow boots. They’re $645 on Net-a-Porter.com—only $45 more than most women are willing to spend on two identical pairs of Ugg boots.
LIFE & ARTS
Events this week Today Hogwarts House Party 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Tolley/Brown Lounge Join the University Programming Board (UPB) for a Harry Potter party. Magical food will be served, the Sorting Hat will make an appearance and a costume contest will award the best witch or wizard that arrives dressed up.
Anime Day 9:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Arts 106 The Drew Organization of Anime is hosting a 24hour anime marathon in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts. Each hour will focus on a different series, and pizza and drinks will be served.
Saturday Suitcase Dance 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. The Commons DJ Ode is back to work the last Club Drew of the semester, brought to you by Drew’s Programming On Weekends. Bring an overnight bag and get a raffle ticket between 9 and 10 to see if you win the prize of being whisked away to New York or one of two other prizes.
Tuesday Around the LGBTQ World 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Commons Concourse The Drew community gets together to discuss LGBTQ issues, featuring tables from clubs such as DEAL, ACLU, MESA and of course, The Alliance.
Thursday Elephant In The Room 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Tolley/Brown Lounge How many Kardashians of CO2 do you use? How much CO2 does the Tolley/Brown residence hall use? Get ready to face the often awkward elephant in the room.
November 11, 2011
Spotlight: SAAW The Drew University Feminist Union (DUFU) presents Sexual Assault Awareness Week (SAAW), rescheduled after last week’s snow storm. SAAW seeks to highlight the serious issue of sexual assault on college campuses through week-long fun and educational activities.
Consent Workshop Monday, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. McLendon Main Lounge Coffeehouse Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The Other End Alliance Sponsored Event Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Baldwin Main Lounge Body Painting Thursday, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The Commons Concourse These Hands Don’t Hurt Friday, All day The Commons Concourse Occupy The Suites Saturday, 10:30 p.m. - 3:30 a.m. Tolley/Brown Circle
Spotlight: The Other End The Other End is reopening for the first time since Drew’s snomaggedon. Located in the basement of Sitterly House, The Other End or TOE, is open Thursday through Saturday from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and Sunday from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Come in Saturday night for the next installment in TOE’s concert series, in collaboration with the Drew University Music Society. Called Basement Tracks, this will feature a 90’s themed night. Anyone wishing to perform open mic should e-mail email@example.com. Baked goods, including vanilla cupcakes and pumpkin pie with pecan crust and cinnamon creme will be for sale.
November 11, 2011
Men’s Cross Country sets new marks Steven Monteleone (’12) finished 11th out of a field of 300 runners at the ECAC Championships—an 8K race—hosted by Williams College on Sunday. The Rangers finished in 23rd place as a team, their highest ever, at the meet.
Zack Mower (’13) was the second-highest Ranger finisher, posting his second-best 8K time of the season with a 29:05. The junior improved his time by nine seconds at ECAC Championships.
Erik Gray (’12) and Max Rich Monteleone ran his fastest time (’13) finished just over the of his career, turning in a time 30-minute mark with times of of 26:45, eclipsing his fastest by 30:16 and 30:18 respectively. a second. Tim Barnum (’13) ran his career best time set at last season’s ECAC meet with a time of 30:53.
Belly Dancing lessons have been cancelled for the rest of the semester due to the sudden illness of the instructor.
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November 11, 2011
Volume 84, Issue 11
Lady Rangers make strides
Three Field Hockey players move on to Landmark All-Conference team
he Drew field hockey team had three players selected for the Landmark All-Conference team this afternoon. Erin Maguire (’15) and Jess Johnson (’15) were listed on the first team, while Angela Terriacciano (’14) was a second-team honoree. The 2011 Rangers finished the regular season with 11 wins and appeared in their first-ever Landmark Conference championship game this past weekend against Catholic University. Coaches from around the league selected three first-
time All-Conference members in Johnson, Maguire and Terracciano. Johnson started 14 games for the Rangers and played through a number of injuries for an outstanding year on defense. The Ranger backfield held four of the six Landmark opponents to a goal or less. Johnson was also a go-to player for penalty strokes for Head Coach Felicia Cappabianca as she scored on her only attempt of the year against Moravian. Maguire had a breakout freshman season for the
Rangers, tallying 15 points her first year in Madison. The first-year midfielder led the Landmark Conference in assists with seven and started all 20 regular season games. Terracciano made an immediate impact on the Ranger offense her first year on campus. The freshman forward was third in the Landmark Conference in goals with 12 and tops on the Rangers with 26 points on the year. Terracciano started 19 games for Drew and registered three game-winning goals in her 2011 campaign.
Christine Meconi Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Year The Landmark Conference coaches voted three women’s soccer players to the All-Conference Team this morning, including the program’s first Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Year in Christine Meconi (’12). The 2011 Rangers was one of the league’s top offenses and narrowly missed a playoff spot on the last game of the season. Head Coach Christa Racine’s squad battled a number of injuries and squared off against three of the nation’s top teams this fall.
Meconi was the Rangers’ top offensive threat in 2012 and makes her third-straight all-conference team. The first-team selection led the Landmark with 25 points and was fourth in the Landmark in goals with nine. She also led the league with four game-winning goals, two of them coming against conference opponents. Katie O’Keefe (’14) sparked a dynamic Ranger offense from start to finish. She had a hand in six of the Rangers’ first seven goals of season, finishing the year with 21 points. She and Meconi tied for second in the
conference with seven assists were helping the Rangers lead the league in team assists in 2011. Kiana Lundy (’14) was a second-team All-Conference selection for the first time in her young career. The sophomore stepped up on the defensive end after a number of injuries in a big fashion. The Ranger defense produced six shutouts and allowed only six goals against seven Landmark opponents. Lundy finished the year with two assists, aiding one of the league’s top offensive attacks.
Published on Nov 11, 2011
Published on Nov 11, 2011
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