Drew University’s student newspaper since 1928
October 7, 2011
Volume 84, Issue 7
For Drewids, mailroom is not delivering Jonathan Katz Staff Writer tudents don’t give the new mailroom their stamp of approval. On May 20, Drew University’s mailroom opened for business in the lobby of the Commons. Many students voiced their displeasure after several peculiar incidents this semester. On September 21, Becca Cielinski (’14) was confused after she received a package from her temple containing a Hanukkah card and CD because the postage was dated November 30, 2010. She found a yellow slip in her mailbox dated March 24, 2011. She said, “The timing is off. I would have liked my Hanukkah CD for Hanukkah! Why didn’t [the yellow slip] get in my mailbox until March 24? What if there was money in there or something really important? I never got a notice and even if I did get [the package] on March 24 that still would have been months late.”
She thinks mail could have been lost during the relocation from the University Center (UC) mailroom to the Commons. Mailroom Site Manager Kevin Healy thinks the mailroom transition was smooth. “We were closed for a couple hours on May 17 just to do the move. We took the mail from the old mail center and moved it into the new mail center. Everything was labeled.” Other students voiced their displeasure about the new mailroom. Like Cielinksi, Stephi Danckert (’14) received a package late. She visited the mailroom about three weeks ago to practice opening her mailbox. Danckert was surprised after she found a yellow slip in her mailbox because she didn’t expect a package. She said, “There was writing on the slip that read ‘3-23-10.” She incorrectly thought this was see mailroom, page 4
Recent DIS trip opens doors Iman Piracha Staff Writer
Jordan Avery (’13) opens her mailbox in the new mailroom, located in the Commons, which has been blamed for losing mail or delaying its delivery in the process of moving from the old UC to the bottoms of the Commons
“Drew International Seminar (DIS) is important not only to get American students out of the bubble of American life, but it is, in my opinion, the most valuable part of the ‘Drew and Do’ idea,” Melanie Robbins (C’11) said. Robbins is among other students who visited Israel and experienced the Palestine-Israel conflict last summer. This three week program consisted of a variety of efforts— grassroots peace building and meeting with non-governmental organizations (NGOs). One of the tasks the students had was to expand on the knowledge they Carolina Caicedo (’15) read on the reoccurring conflict between Israel and Palestine in class by asking more intimate questions while actually being there. see Isreal, page 4
Marion Nestle speaks in Drew’s Baldwin Gym Cerita Asante Staff Writer
Pub opens this week Drew students enjoy the newly opened Pub for the first time. For more photos of The Pub, see page 10. For The Acorn’s opinion on the new Pub, see page 6.
Feature Stories On a Different Note performed alongside other Drew groups at family weekend
Students assembled in the Baldwin Gym to hear Dr. Marion Nestle speak last Wednesday. Nestle is the prominent author of “Food Politics,” a book that explains the effects of advertising on consumers. She explained that many companies use cartoon characters to lure children into begging their parents to buy the products. These slogans, such as “helps build strong bones” or “contains Vitamin C“ found on countless cereal boxes aid in influencing parents of the benefits of purchasing the product. “Fortunes are spent on adver-
Marion Nestle tising products like Pop-Tarts and cereal to children,” Nestle said. Not only is junk food made more attractive to consumers,
Mens soccer victory against Ramapo went into heated overtime on Wednesday
but healthier foods are harder to attain in general. “If you don’t have money you can’t buy healthy food,” Nestle said. While everyone cannot afford to eat organic, farm-raised products, there are other ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, which started last year, is aiming to solve the increasing problem of obesity in America. This campaign is working towards removing unhealthy foods from within the schools, providing families access to healthier foods and encouraging physical activity in children at a younger age. see Marion, page3
Opinions Life & Arts Sports
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There will be no classes on Monday or Tuesday for Reading Days.
Lt LaManna investigated an activated fire alarm and found the cause of the alarm was due to burning incense and smoking marijuana. The residents of the room were cited and a report was sent to Associate Dean of Campus Life and Student Affairs Frank Merckx. A student who appeared to be intoxicated was stopped and questioned when he was observed walking in the roadway. After a brief interview, the intoxicated student was found to be under the legal drinking age of 21. After securing the student’s information, he was released into the care of a friend. A report was sent to Merckx’s Office. Officers responded to McClintock on a report of underage drinking. A large number of students, who had gathered for a party, were dispersed and the residents were issued citations for providing alcohol to minors and for underage drinking. The report was sent to Merckx’s Office.
October 2 Officer Warbrick cited a student who attempted to hide an open container. A report was sent to Merckx. A report was received regarding a student who was intoxicated and vomiting in the restroom. Officers responded and evaluated the student. It was determined that he could be left in care of a friend after they were made aware to call Public Safety if the student’s condition worsened. A report was generated for Merckx.
Career Fair The Center for Career Development is holding a career fair on Thursday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eisenhower Corporate Campus in Livingston. Visit: www.njcolleges.org/ careerfair for more info. Transportation will be provided.
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Student Government back in full swing The Junior Class Senators Felipe Gomez (’13), Tim Barnum (’13), Jen Van Wingerden (’13) and Jessica Tedesco (’13) vote for President Pro Tempore at Sunday’s Student Government Meeting. Erik Gray (’12) was elected to the position.
Classes will resume on Wednesday, on a Monday schedule.
Shuttle launches on campus Afnan Khairullah Staff Writer
rew students no longer have to walk to Dunkin Donuts or beg their peers for a ride or carry their grocery bags back from the supermarket. Starting September 6, a shuttle service, the Madison Avenue Direct (MAD), which takes taking students from Drew to different parts of Madison was put into effect. A trip used to cost $1.50 before it went down to a dollar three weeks after it started operating. The shuttle, which is a 15-seater van, goes as far as Plaza where students may do some shopping at Staples, eat sushi, go bowling and more. In one round the shuttle makes one stop at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), two stops at the College of St. Elizabeth (CSE) and two stops at Drew— those being by the Simon Forum and near Tolley/Brown Circle. Freshmen, sophomores and upperclassmen who do not have a car on campus find it most useful because they do not have to ask to go through the stress of finding a ride or walking with numerous grocery bags. William Allan, the shuttle driver, usually drives the course alone around alone on Fridays and Saturdays, because a lot of students go home for the weekend. The shuttle is usually busiest mid-week in the afternoon when students have to run errands in Madison or to get to class in FDU or CSE. Although the van seats only 15 people, it has not yet been filled to its capacity. “A lot of students haven’t heard about [the shuttle system], at least that’s what I get from a lot of students. Some days it’s really busy and others it can be really quiet… I had a situation once where a group of four [students] rode and then a group of five came on. I was concerned for room and the last thing I want to do is turn anybody down,” Allan said. When Allan sees a regular
These signs around campus signify areas where the Madison Avenue Shuttle shuttle stops shuttle user running, he waits for them at the nearest stop. Winona Francis (’14) hops in and announces that she can never remember the schedule for the shuttle and he hands her a copy of the times and stops. “I saw the e-mail that was sent out but didn’t think about it too much. I thought it was a real shuttle but I learned that it’s a van. Maybe they should put up the schedule or a bigger sticker on the van so we could see it,” Francis said. Other students, like Francis, use the shuttle to get to work in
town or if they have a class at FDU or CSE. Allan is currently the only driver and sees new students using the shuttle every day. “I’m in the process of training other drivers… But we need communication [from the students]. Once we see the pattern there will probably be tweaks to the current schedule.” Associate Dean of Campus Life and Student Affairs Sara Waldron said in an article in Drew Today, “The idea for the MAD was born when NJ Transit budget cuts forced it to
discontinue bus service outside Drew’s front gates. By launching and supporting our own shuttle program, we’re fulfilling our students’ need for local transportation that’s easy, convenient and affordable.” According to the article, the service was funded by a grant from TransOptions, FDU, CSE and Drew. Even with the recent price decrease, there is talk of expanding the service. “Some students are asking about passes. So I see the potential of this getting bigger,” Allan said.
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Marion Nestle covers nutition “Larger portions have more calories. Food outside the home has more calories than food eaten at home.” -Marion Nestle From Marion, page 1
Cigarette smoking is a popular habit on Drew’s campus
Cigarette smoking rises on college campuses Hanna Kristin Jrad Editor in Chief
ore Drewids than ever may be blowing smoke. Though more college students than ever smoke, only a handful of Drew students list themselves as smokers. According to an Aug. 8 ABC News article, a Harvard School of Public Health survey of 14,000 students nationwide found one third of students to be current tobacco users. According to the survey, the number of cigarette smokers increased from 22 percent in
on campus was significantly higher. “I think half of the students here smoke and half don’t,” Michael Tyler-Smith (’15), who identifies himself as a nonsmoker, said. Zeezee Blair (‘15) agreed, estimating that 40 to 50 percent of Drew students are smokers. She said that a smoker is “someone who has at least one cigarette a day.” She said that “more [students] than I expected smoke.” Alexa Morrissey (’14) guessed that “at least half” of students smoke cigarettes at Drew.
was stress from his childhood. He said, however, that he didn’t consider himself a smoker until the age of 16—when he started funding his own cigarettes. “People told me it would relax me,” he said. “It helped occupy my time. Now it’s more of a habit.” Saxton also cited social reasons for smoking. “It’s probably the biggest reason I have the majority of my friends,” he said. According to Saxton, the media did not influence his smoking habits in any way. Blair, who smokes about one
In places like libraries, where food used to be entirely banned, it is now allowed, and even encouraged. “When did it become okay to eat in bookstores? I remember when you would get kicked out for having food in the library, now the one at [New York University] has two coffee shops,” Nestle said. Nestle also discussed the increasing amount that people eat in restaurants rather than preparing meals at home. People also tend to eat more when they go out to eat than they normally would. “One thing I’d want you to take away from this is that larger portions have more calories. Food outside the home has more calories than food eaten at home,” Nestle said. Many people have become more aware and even skeptical of the sources their food is coming from. This is because numerous foods like ground beef, fruits
and even vegetables have been recalled within the last five years alone. Students seemed very receptive to Nestle’s presentation. “I thought it was very interesting. It was nice to get some insight from a well-informed nutritionist,” Kaden Bernstein (’15) said. “Although the speaker did not quite capture my attention, she touched on very important points that are relevant to our lives as students when we are deciding what to eat,” Sam Steele (’15) said. “It taught me more about the American food system since the European one is a lot different. It’s not just a social responsibility, it’s a personal one. I also liked the solutions on how to watch what you eat,” Folakemi Adgenugba (’15) said. Nestle made some final suggestions for staying healthy. “Don’t eat a lot of junk food and make sure to enjoy what you eat” she said. “Just please don’t eat my book,” she joked.
“[There are] enough for me to notice that people are smoking... Smokers do it as a habit in their everyday life.” 1993 to 28 percent in 1997—a 6 percent increase—and that percentage is still rising. Only seven out of 420 firstyear Drew students—about 1.6 percent—self-identified as smokers, however, according to a survey of the first-year housing applications for the class of 2015. Four out of the 32 first-year transfer students at Drew—12.5 percent—listed themselves as smokers. Though the percentage is higher, it is still low as compared to the national average. Undergraduate Housing Coordinator Bob Meade, who matches students every year based on whether they smoke, explained that there is an unwillingness to call oneself a “smoker.” Several Drew students guessed the number of cigarette smokers
-Carolina Caicedo (’15)
She said that she sees many students out with their friends smoking during weekends, and added that a lot of students may not be habitual smokers, but social smokers. Carolina Caicedo (’15) placed her guess a bit lower, at 30 percent. “[There are] enough for me to notice that people are smoking,” she said. She explained that she did not include social smokers in her guess. “Smokers do it as a habit in their everyday life,” she said. According to the ABC News article, researchers attribute the rise in smoking to successful marketing campaigns that pushed smoking as “trendy.” Many Drew students disagreed and listed different reasons for smoking. Tommy Saxton (’13) explained that his primary trigger for starting to smoke as a 10-year-old
and a half packs per week, said that she started smoking after living in the Middle East at 16 years old because it was such a common habit there. She said that everyone around her smoked and her father smokes as well. She also cited the anxiety relief that comes from smoking as a reason for taking up cigarettes. When asked if she self-identified as a smoker on her freshman housing application, she said, “no, because I thought I was going to quit.” According to Blair, after arriving at Drew and finding other smokers, she decided not to quit. Tyler-Smith said he thinks students take up smoking for social reasons and stress relief as well. He also described smokers as having the ability to take “quick, stress-relieving breaks” throughout the day.
Photos by Charlie Carver
Marion Nestle speaks at The Baldwin Gym last Wednesday for the class of 2015
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Mailroom move delays deliveries From For, Page 1 ‘her combination. It was a package sent by her mother from the second week of March in 2010. Like Cielinksi, she was thankful it wasn’t anything vitally important. Healy explained why this might have happened. He said, “We hold onto packages that have been here since last fall. We do it as a courtesy.” He explained there are about 60-70 packages waiting to be claimed that the mailroom is holding. If his staff sees mail that is three or four weeks old they will put another yellow slip in the corresponding mailbox.
Kerry Tatem (’13) took Chemistry at Drew this summer and had confirmation that her sleeping medication was delivered. She said she went to the mailroom for the first time and had trouble opening her box. “I asked if they could show me how to open the box and they wouldn’t after I told them it was prescription medication I need to sleep. I came back the next day and they were equally unhelpful,” she said frustratingly. About 10 days later “one guy finally showed me how to open the box and I was able to get my meds. I suffered from sleep deprivation that entire time.” Healy explained that in the old mailroom the staff spent
about half of their time helping students open their mailboxes and will no longer do so after the USPS “recommended that if the mailboxes were in better condition and worked properly a lot of time would be saved.” He continued, “It’s the responsibility of the student to contact facilities if they have a problem with their mailbox.” Students also believe the mailboxes are too difficult to open. Kate Thomas (’14) said, “It took a ridiculously long time to figure out how to open the mailbox and there was no official go-to person so you were left unable to open your mailbox. It took me 20 plus tries to successfully open the box and the directions are missing
specific ‘tricks’ to opening it.” She also believes the mailroom is confusing because the boxes are not in numerical order. Many students, including Thomas, agree that a better method to open the boxes would be to use a key lock. However, Healy believes numerical combinations are a better method. “It’s what kids are used to from being a senior in high school to college. If you go to a gym and you have a combination it’s usually numerical.” He also emphasized that it is much more economical to have a combination lock because if students lose their key it could cost up to $50 to replace.
When asked by Drew University if he would like the new mailboxes to be key locks, he replied “no.” Many students share one positive aspect of the new mailroom—its location. Karina Russ (’14) commented, “The new location of the mailroom is very convenient because I can check my mail before or after dinner. I have to go to the Commons every day, anyway.” Cilienski, Kevin Schwake (’12) and Ariel Popa (’12) agree. Chris Argese (’12) joked, “I think it’s also convenient that there is a condom machine in the front of the mailroom. Before the weekend I like to have my mail and restock my condom supply.”
Israel DIS encourages peacebuilding
From Recent, Page 1 This DIS concentrates on efforts on a personal level rather than meddling with political standings between the Palestinians and the Israelis. In result of grassroots movements in the past years, there are now bilingual schools in Israel. Following these efforts, the DIS students participated in service learning through participation observation and connecting on a personal level with both the Israelis and Palestinians. The DIS to Israel was formed by Jonathon Golden, professor of religious studies at Drew, and Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict Christopher Taylor. According to Golden, there will not be a DIS to Israel this summer. However, they are aiming for next summer. One of the
highlights on this program is that it links together both the College of Liberal Arts at Drew and the Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict. The program concentrates on promoting shared living and professional cooperation among the two residents. Other than attaining an educational and life-changing experience, DIS can also make way for professional careers for students. For example Robbins, a Drew University graduate majored in Political Science with a double minor in Middle East Studies and Women‘s and Gender Studies, was offered a job during her DIS in Israel. She is currently employed as the Resource Development Coordinator for one of the organizations they studied during the DIS (Windows Channels for Communication). She has also published her
honors thesis from Drew as a book titled “What Role for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Peace Building?” It is an analysis of human rights priorities in peace building assistance to the occupied Palestinian territories. Golden said, “an interesting part of the story is that we are studying and visiting a region from which there seems to come very little good news. It can be difficult for people to comprehend that Israelis and Palestinians can actually live and work together—that is, until they see it for themselves.” The students not only got to see for themselves the commitment and courage of those Israelis and Palestinians working for peace in the region, but they also took part in it, working directly with some of these people. He adds, “This is experiential learning at its best.”
Photos courtesy of Melanie Robbins
Drew students participate in the Israel and Palestine Drew International Center, where they worked with grassroots organizations (above). Students visited the wall that seperates Israel and Palestine during the DIS (below).
OPINIONS Pub plus The Other End for better or worse
fter wandering in the Forest since the end of last year, The Pub has settled in The Other End (TOE). After The Acorn Staff
Lead Editorial weeks of conflict and conversation, two of Drew’s most beloved haunts will be sharing the same space below the English Department in Sitterly House for the year. This creates a problem for both The Pub and TOE. However it is
important to remember that at the most this situation will only last for a year. True, The Pub is now across campus, but next year it will be in the Ehinger Center. In the meantime, TOE will get a boost of customers on Thursday, typically their slowest night. The ideal situation would have set The Pub and TOE in different locations. The reasons why are fairly obvious—The Pub is 21+ and TOE is open to everyone. Younger students with nothing to do on a Thursday
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night (besides work at The Acorn office) are now out an inexpensive and fun hang out spot. This ideal situation is problematic simply due to a lack of space. Finding somewhere distinct to put The Pub, somewhere closer to the center of campus perhaps, is a difficult proposition, because there is nowhere for it to go. Hosting The Pub at TOE is scary for a number of reasons—having to walk to the far side of campus in the dark to have a safe relaxing drink
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may not be the most problematic of happenstances, but the walk back can oftentimes be nothing short of an Everest for someone with too much alcohol in their system. Thursday night is also an important and very active night for TOE patrons who have the option or desire to go home for the weekends. Thursday night is the only chance many students have to hang out with their friends and snack on some nachos before heading home to deal with siblings until class resumes on Monday.
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Commons working toward everyday quality Olivia Manzi Life & Arts Editor
love Family Weekend here at Drew University. My family never comes. My mother doesn’t “do” long car rides and my father doesn’t “do” remembering any events in his childrens’ lives. So what do I love about it? Fall fun with Robert Weisbuch. Pumpkins and the President? I live for this stuff every year. No, but really, I love Family Weekend because it is a time to show off. A time for Drew University to prove that taking out a second mortgage on the family home was worth it to afford this ridiculous place. Everyone steps up their game, from Weisbuch appearing out of the depths of Mead Hall to paint pumpkins with the masses to the Drew University Dramatic Society performing their first big production of the year. My personal favorite temporary upgrade during Family Weekend is the quality level of the food at the Commons. Sunday brunch brought in an advertised live jazz band to perform for the families eating in the newly-painted cafeteria, which I slept through but I’m sure was wonderful for all those who attended. I was eventually awake for dinner on Sunday, however, and if the ridiculous awesomeness that was the breakfast spread was any indication, minds were blown. There were enough different
cream cheeses to fulfill all your dairy dreams—strawberry! pesto! lox! huzzah!—and even fresh blueberries and strawberries as well. And don’t get me started on the sudden availability of brown sugar. My roommate very nearly dropped to her knees and thanked the lord almighty right then and there on the tiles.
Monday morning brought what it always seems to bring: unhappiness and an overlying feeling of disappointment that permeates your every move. Upon arriving for lunch, everything was back to the way it was pre-parent-invasion, besides those humongous potted plants everywhere and the remnants of
the stage chilling in front of the “faculty dining area.” The tantalising strip-tease of deliciousness proved that the Commons is fully capable of going above and beyond what we currently see everyday. I have the utmost confidence in their abilities, despite whatever those nasty napkin notes say
As of the time of my writing this, those fancy cream cheeses have been spotted, albeit in smaller qualities, back on the breakfastspread area. There may not be any sign of the brown sugar, but I’m still holding out hope. Olivia Manzi is a Sophomore who has not yet declared a major
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The Apple falls far from the dream Addison Del Mastro Contributing Writer Before I begin this article, I would like to say—rest in peace, Steve Jobs, and I express condolences to Jobs’ family. For many Drew students this may be an important week. No, not because it’s the week before midterms, but because three days ago, Apple debuted its new iPhone 4S. Apple is extremely popular on campus—a recent issue of the Acorn reported that 65 percent of incoming freshman chose the MacBook laptop option and most of my friends own iPhones or iPods. There are many reasons Apple is so popular with Drew students. For example, it is more difficult to get a virus using a MacBook, and the wide range of apps, features and networking capabilities on the iPhone provides students with entertainment and instant connectivity. Many students will probably consider upgrading to the newer, faster, more powerful iPhone, or perhaps becoming new iPhone users. But think twice. Due to the recent media buzz about Apple, I did some reading about the company and some of their business and production practices. When I started my reading about a week ago, I had never purchased an Apple device—based on what I learned, I don’t ever want to. I found convincing evidence that Apple is not as consumer-
friendly as we think. They are also less eco-friendly than their sales pitches claim. As an eco-minded student at a school known for its focus on sustainability, I was disturbed by Apple’s shortfall regarding the environment. Apple advertises that its products are energy efficient and can be easily recycled. However, Apple contributes to the problem of electronic waste by creating products that are difficult to repair and ultimately disposable. Almost everything Apple makes— from the iPod to the MacBook
Pro—has an internal, built-in battery that cannot be easily replaced. If the battery dies, it is easier to replace the entire unit than the battery. For example, it actually costs more to have Apple replace an iPod Shuffle battery than to replace the iPod Shuffle itself. What Apple has done with this design is encourage users to buy new units and discard old ones simply because they cannot replace the battery easily. Considering how easy it would be to make the battery replaceable, it is not hard to believe that
this disposability is an intentional business practice. Another unsettling design feature I learned about makes the items even more disposable— Apple invented an entirely new kind of screw, which they use on the cases or internal battery compartments of iPhones and MacBooks. In the beginning, only Apple technicians had the screwdrivers that would fit this new screw —now they can be purchased on eBay. In other words, Apple purposely designs its products to lock
the consumer out. Getting inside a MacBook just to change out the battery requires about 20 minutes and a brand new screwdriver, assuming you can purchase a new battery on your own. Replacing a hard drive is even more time consuming. What’s more, Apple’s extended protection plan will not cover batteries that naturally become weak. As poor college students, we may be out of luck if one of our MacBook or iPhone batteries fails. The last worrisome practice I learned about was that Apple designs its products to quickly become obsolete and outdated. Apple was developing both the iPad 2 and the yet-to-be-released iPad 3 at the same time. This means that instead of making an amazing iPad 2 with as many features as possible, Apple split the possible features between the two units, leaving some features for the iPad 2’s successor. Basically, before the iPad 2 was even released, Apple was planning how to make it obsolete. Considering the price tag of an iPad 2, it seems unfortunate that it will only be the latest and greatest for a few short months. You may wonder what my agenda is, so let me be clear. Am I advocating a boycott of Apple? No. Implying that Apple is evil? Definitely not. I am merely suggesting that, in light of this information, we carefully consider this time whether to take another bite out of the Apple. Addison Del Mastro is a Fresman Political Science major
Drew faculty member responds to criticism Dear Drew Family, I am thrilled to be one of your newest community members and have truly enjoyed the past few months getting to meet the students, faculty and alumni of this great university. I also appreciate the opportunity to share some of the past successes and future activities in Alumni Relations. It is a great time to be current (and future) alumni! The alumni celebrating their reunions from the years ending in 1s and 6s came back to campus in great numbers. Despite a rainy start, those returning to their alma mater enjoyed over 20 programs reminiscent of days gone by and celebrating the Drew initiatives of today and tomorrow. From Alumni College that highlighted the amazing faculty who share their expertise and enthusiasm with us every day to an all-class Dinner under the Stars, the response was terrific. Most impressive was the Alumni Achievement Award ceremony on Saturday morning. This was an opportunity to hear from some amazing Drew graduates and how their experience in the Forest transformed their lives. I encourage everyone to visit http://www.drew.edu/alumni/ events/homecoming/awards to
learn more about the 2011 recipients. While there is debate over the spring vs. fall reunion weekend, many alumni enjoy seeing the campus alive with students and participating in the alumni/student athletic competitions.
in addition to the time of year. Alumni engagement in and affection for the university are priorities. We encourage and appreciate our alumni insight and feedback to ensure that we are meeting and, we hope, exceeding expectations.
In particular, the College Alumni Association provides the advice, guidance and perspective of the general alumni population. This point of view has been and will continue to be a critical component in ensuring Alumni House is responsive to alumni
“... those returning to their alma mater enjoyed over 20 programs reminiscent of days gone by...” —Jill Anderson Alumni get the opportunity to meet current undergraduates, celebrate traditions, develop relationships and share personal experiences that make this such a special place. We work closely with our partners on campus and the local venues and hotels to develop special pricing and incentives for our returning alumni. Thanks in great part to our on- and off- campus partners, the pricing is relatively the same regardless of the time of year and the activities and programs are always timely and thoughtprovoking. The results have confirmed that increased numbers of alumni have returned in the fall and that may be due to a variety of factors
We continuously provide opportunities for alumni to tell us how to serve them better. From the use of several professional surveys plus our personal contact with many volunteers, we learn from and develop opportunities based on what alumni want and need from their alma mater. It is an ongoing process as our alumni expectations evolve and our abilities to serve are enhanced. Alumni are encouraged to participate in the life of Drew in many ways, both on and off campus. On campus, the Business Leaders Series, Drew Forums and the College Alumni Association offer opportunities for alumni and friends to come back and give back their time, experience and expertise.
needs and able to anticipate and develop opportunities to serve our alumni population. Off campus, the regional alumni clubs are eager to welcome new and current alumni to their geographic area. With formal clubs from Boston to Atlanta and everywhere in between, we have a great forum for alumni to discuss their expectations of the university and each other in raising the profile of Drew on a national level. We are also expanding our volunteer engagement to include alumni athletic and professional networks as well as parents. Being a volunteer is a great way to stay connected to the university, provide valuable input and gain a deeper understanding
of the lifelong relationship we all have with our alma mater. I encourage and welcome input from alumni and students. It is your insight, enthusiasm and participation which will help us build a modern alumni relations program and I look forward to working with you to meet the needs of current and future alumni. Thank you for the warm welcome into the Drew family. Best regards, Jill Anderson Assistant Vice President Office of Alumni and Parent Relations
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LIFE & ARTS
RestArt finds creativity in leftovers Dana Lenoir Staff Writer
oyt lawn will be abuzz with artistic activity this Saturday. It marks the RestArt Program’s third, and most exciting, debut. RestArt is a community based art project which has developed over the past year into a celebration of artistic talent among Drew students. “We invite the entire Drew community to come out and make art together,” says RestArt founder Rachel Cohen (’12), “it is a collective art exhibition held outdoors with an emphasis on the environment. We use mostly recycled or found materials.” The project began as Cohen’s final project for the Contemporary Art Semester in New York. “I collected a lot of canvases that people had left over, thrown in the trash or thought were ugly,” Cohen said. RestArt is currently collecting found objects and clean trash in bins located around campus. According to Cohen, they are looking for anything from broken refrigerators to unused house paints, “my roommate last year had an old fan which we incorporated into sculpture.” RestArt aims to bring the arts out of the Dorothy Young Center
for the Arts and into the heart of campus. The main objective is to bring students together, regardless of artistic ability, and inspire a community of creativity. “It’s all about community,” Cohen said. “So you can look at a piece and see where you did something, or maybe someone comes by and recognizes their friend’s work. It’s very much a liberal arts project.” Along with Saturday’s participants, Earth House, Art History Club, Art Club and RestArt members have united to support the program. According to Co-Administrator Lara Moynagh (’12), most of the money for the new art supplies was donated by Earth House with help from Music and Society and the Art Department. With this new found support, this semester’s RestArt Program will surely outdo the admirable success it has achieved in the past. “This is our first collaboration [with other departments and clubs]. This is the first time we have featured artists. Part of the community aspect of our project is not just getting people there to do art but to share art. you can be working on a piece with other people and then put it back in the middle so someone else can pick it up, and so its recycled that way.
This RestArt donation box, located in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, showcases some of the materials that will be used for recycled art projects to be shown around campus The art keeps going,” Moynagh said. “While that’s going on the featured artists will have their material. They will most likely be working on their own. They’re more there to recycle knowledge and if anyone has any questions on how to sculpt clay, let’s say, then they are there to answer
those kinds of questions.” Along with featured artists, there will be musical performances by Drew students and free coffee and donuts. The day will end with a penny auction for each artwork. “We literally bet with pennies, so something might go for 100
pennies, 500 pennies,” Cohen said. “You can pay us in dollars, but it’s just more fun to use big numbers because in the high art world, works go for thousands.” All works will be featured in the Korn Gallery, curated by Cohen, Moynagh and Amandalynn Glucksman (’12).
Parade, pig roast and pyrotechnics end Spirit Week
Last night Drewids swarmed outside the Tolley-Brown complex for a chance to try a freshly roasted pulled pork sandwich. Originally scheduled for last week but then cancelled due to rain, the University Programming Board (UPB) set up a shopping cart parade for clubs to showcase their creative talent (bottom right), several bonfires for students to enjoy (above), and roasted two pigs (top right).
October 7, 2011
LIFE & ARTS
Sounds of Family Weekend fill the Forest
Last Saturday, Drew University’s a cappella groups peformed for the Drew families in the Baldwin Gym. Nick Martin (’12) of All Of The Above (above) wowed with “Catch My Disease,” originally by Ben Lee and 36 Madison Avenue (below) excited with a rousing redition of “Center of Attention,” first sung by Guster but this time performed by Richard Drake (’12).
Saturday also brought live karaoke to the Baldwin Gym, with a live band backing up whoever was brave enough to step onstage and sing. Katrina Gilbert (’15) performs a solo.
Netflix changes create student conundrums
y love affair with Netflix began in the winter of 2009. It was a whirlwind romance that happened and ended all too quickly. Just
The Dish one movie and it had swept me off of my Keds-adorned feet. Before I tried Netflix, just like Mighty Putty, the Snuggie and Magic Chop, I was a skeptic, but boy, did it make a believer out of me! When Netflix first came out, I hated the idea. Movies sent to your mailbox— but what would become of Ms. Gladys, my video store clerk, who had given me a lollipop with every movie rental since I was 4? The idea was just too much for my sugar-encrusted brain to fathom at the time. As a creature of habit, I loathed what Netflix actually meant— it took away a routine of mine that had been ingrained since age 4. I knew two things 1) My blood sugar was going to significantly decrease from the lack of Dum Dums and 2) I would leave my house even less than I already did. In this respect, Netflix was like the high school boyfriend I thought I was going to marry— both induced light-headedness and made me spend most time indoors. This then explains my reaction of screaming, “But Daddy I love him!” when my parents told me two weeks ago that they were going to cancel our Netflix Instant subscription. When my father first announced that we would be losing Netflix, I felt my world crumble. I took the high school boyfriend mindset: he was only doing this because I was
his little girl and he didn’t approve of all of the time I was spending with Netflix. My dad then rationally explained to me that he didn’t care about the amount of time I spent with Netflix, as long as I kept my grades up. Due to the service’s price changes an-
nounced in July, we could no longer have the Online Streaming option, otherwise known as the Netflix I use in college. Netflix announced their pricing change from a $9.99 unlimited DVD rental and online streaming combo to the separate package of $7.99 of DVD rental or stream-
ing or a combination package for $15.98. While I tried to think of other things I could do besides Netflix-ing, Sudoku and waxing were the farthest my list went, and I couldn’t help but feel a part of my life was missing. As sad as it is to lament the loss of a Netflix, I also feel that it is completely just. After all, we are talking about the system that recommended gems like “Skins,” “Waiting for Guffman,” “30 Rock” and the short-lived but ever-so-funny “Party Down,” while also reminding me of movies that I had loved and lost, like “Angus.” Netflix had been with me for my whole college experience, from bonding with my freshman year roommate to stopping homesickness to brightening my day after getting a “D” on a paper. My Instant queue spanned from classic movies like “All About Eve” to “Trainspotting.” It included all of the movies I should watch, but still never have, like “The Graduate” or “The Big Lebowski.” Now that the month of October is upon me, I have a big decision to make. Do I stay with the hackneyed DVDs that I have on my shelf like “The OC,” or do I pay Netflix the $7.99 so I can continue where I left off in “Mad Men?” Should I split the cost with my roommates or is this a burden I should bear on my own? I do miss saying “Cheers to you, Don Draper,” but am I ready to make such a big commitment to the company that is Netflix? Netflix has already deceived me once. Can I really trust it again, especially if I have to share it with four other women?
LIFE & ARTS
October 7, 2011
â€˜Alternate Meadâ€™ becomes alternate Pub
The Pub opened last night for the first time in its new location, The Other End, located in the basement of Sitterly House. Drewids over the age of 21 enjoyed a chance relax from the stress of midterms with a cold beer and good friends
Photos by Charles Carver
Events this week
Spotlight: HvZ sign-ups
The Fall semester running of Humans Vs. Zombies starts next Friday, and is run by the New Social Engine (NSE).
League of Legends Night 6:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. HS - 244
Who: New Social Engine is in charge of running the event on campus.
The Gaming Club is hosting a night of virual awesome in the Hall of Sciences
Wednesday To Kill A Mockingbird 8:00 p.m. The Shakespeare Theatre The Shakespeare Theatre presents the Harper Lee classic, running from October 12 through November 20
Collecting Byron and Whitman 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Rose Memorial Library The Library kicks off a new series of talks with collector Norman Tomlinson, hosted by the Friends of the Library
When: During lunch and dinner hours from Wednesday through Saturday . Where: The NSE table at the bottom of the Commons. Why: You cannot play if you do not sign-up first! You must get a personal identification card and a HvZ headband in order to play. Also, Nerf guns are available to rent in order to defend yourself as a human. Remember, as of this year, only dartshooting (no disc-shooters) are allowed.
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October 7, 2011
Boyd, Rangers get better of Moravian Ben Johnson Sports Editor he Rangers were on the short end of their fourth overtime game of the season, falling 3-2 to Washington College this past Thursday. Drew squandered a 2-0-halftime lead and dropped to an overall record of 6-4 on the season. The Shorewomen of Washington College scored three unanswered goals in the second half. Thursday’s matchup marks she two teams first encounter since 1994. Washington owned an astonishing 22-7 advantage in shots on net and attained 16 corners compared to only four by the Rangers. Sophomore Angela Terracciano (’14) got Drew on the scoreboard in the 18th minute when she followed her own rebound and converted it into her fifth goal of the season. A little over 10 minutes later Brooke Gagliano (’14) found the back of the cage to increase the Ranger lead to 2-0. The goal marks the third-consecutive game in which Gagliano has scored. However, the final 42 minutes of the game would belong to the Shorewomen as they out-shot the Rangers 11-2 in the second half. After Hilary Manion scored the first Washington goal in the 47th minute, the Shorewomen took advantage of three Ranger yellow cards over the course of the second half, eventually tying the game in the 63rd minute on a goal by Angela Parreco. The momentum shifted after two very questionable yellow cards were given. Without those cards The overtime frame only saw three total shots. Yet the final provided by Erin Lewns who was waiting on the back post at the right time and came up with what would
Brooke Gagliano (’14) striking the ball for the Rangers in a victory over Moravian eventually be the game-wining goal. Ranger Coach Capabianca hotly contested the goal with the referees. Later in overtime a shot by Washington College’s Kristen Willie was saved by Ranger goalkeeper Christiana Carlini (’14) but Willie’s the rebound trickled right to the stick of Carlini’s Ranger teammate Lewns. Carlini made a career-high 12 saves in a losing effort. The Ranger field hockey team has not been able to convert in over time so far this season this season, as each of the four Ranger losses have come in extra time. The Women’s soccer team was able to bounce back form the loss to Washington
College. Drew remained unbeaten in the Landmark Conference Saturday with a 4-1 victory over Moravian College at our very own Ranger Stadium. Melissa Boyd (’15) had a productive outing for the Rangers as she was credited with not only an assist but also her third goal of the fall. The Greyhounds captured the lead early, scoring in the 20th minute when Moravian’s Chelsea Grotyohann knocked in a rebound from a teammates shot to record her fourth goal of the season. Trailing in the first half for only the third time this season, the Rangers tied the contest at one goal each a little over five minutes later when Boyd threaded
the needle on a pass to Angela Terracciano which lead to her sixth goal of the season. The score remained tied for the rest of the first half with the Rangers holding a 7-5 edge in shots and 12-4 advantage on penalty corners. Boyd opened the second half scoring for the Rangers in exciting fashion by virtue of a penalty kick from which she was able to beat the goaltender at bottom corner of the net in the 40th minute. Drew added two more goals in the latter part of the second half including the second penalty stroke of the afternoon with 6:49 remaining in the game. Jess Johnson (’14) ripped a prodigious free shot to the corner of the cage for her first goal of the season and the Rangers fourth of the afternoon. Ranger goalkeepers Christiana Carlini and Lauren Fasano (’12) combined for five saves in the win, while Greyhound counterpart Andrea Eck, stopped six shots in the loss. The Rangers thoroughly dominated the contest from the moment after the Greyhounds scored their first goal. The advantage, talent wise, was clearly with the Rangers. Unfortunately for them, they were not able to capitalize on a tremendous amount of opportunities. If the Rangers are going to contend and beat Juniata and Susquehanna, they will need to finish their scoring chances at a higher rate. On a more positive note, Washington College was the fiercest competitor the Rangers have had to contend with yet. Not only did they force the game into overtime, but had it not been for multiple questionable calls, the Rangers probably would have come out victorious. Another test for the Rangers will be their Conference game against Goucher.
NBA players and owners are unable to forge a new deal
Ben Johnson Sports Editor As some of you may know the status of the National Basketball Association is very much in a state of flux. There is a lockout between the players and owners on contract disputes, which are basically about how NBA revenue should be divided between players and owners. In past contracts between players and owners, called a CBA contract, the players received the majority of the revenue received from the league. However, the NBA, unlike the National Football League, does in fact have teams that are loosing considerable amounts money each year. Under the previous CBA contract there was a salary cap, which puts a limit on the amount of money that each team is able to spend to sign players. However, in the previous CBA the salary cap was not a “hard cap.” A “hard cap” entails that there is a salary cap that no team may exceed under any circumstances. The previous CBA maintained a “soft cap,” meaning that teams could go over the salary limit.
However, if teams did go over the salary cap they would have to pay a “luxury tax,” or a certain amount of money as a penalty for exceeding the salary cap. During the first deliberations this summer the owners demanded the implementation of a “hard cap” as well as a shift from the majority of the leagues revenue going to the players, to the majority of the leagues revenue going to the owners. However lately, as the beginning of the NBA season grows closer by the hour, owners and players are coming closer, on a small scale, to getting a deal done. Although there still remains a monumental gap between the demands of both parties and NBA preseason games have been officially canceled, hope still remains. Although, some NBA players are already making plans to play in other countries. Superstar Kobe Bryant is in the process of finalizing a deal with a team in Italy, a deal that may pay the Los Angels guard upwards of three million dollars a month. Another NBA all-star guard Deron Williams, of the New Jersey Nets, has a deal arranged with a team in Greece. Both of these players have stipulations written into their contracts that
would allow them to return to their respective teams if the NBA contract disputes are settled. However former New York Knick forward Wilson Chandler has opted avoid the highly uncertain status of the NBA and will be playing overseas regardless of the status of the NBA. What could the new CBA look like? It seems that the owners are attempting to implement a “Carmelo Anthony” rule. Carmelo Anthony was the source of a lot of media attention when he insinuated that he desired to play in New York. However, Anthony had a 65 million dollar extension on the table from the Denver Nuggets. Anthony refused to sign the extension, and the Nuggets feared loosing their star player, as they and the rest of the NBA community watched what happened after Cleveland got nothing for LeBron James. Therefore the Nuggets were forced to trade Anthony to the Knicks where he signed his 65 million dollar option. The new rule would not allow players to do what Anthony did. Another stipulation the franchise owners are attempting to legislate in the new CBA is an amnesty clause for bad con-
tracts. The amnesty clause would allow owners to pick one player contract that would not count against the salary cap. This rule is thought to be a safe gard for NBA owner’s that cannot control themselves when allocating contracts to players they desire. At bottom, the owners believe that the risk involved in owning an NBA enterprise lays heavly on the owner’s shoulders and on their wallets. While, the athletes retort claiming they are the ones providing the entertainment and contend that they should be paid more than they currently are. Last week in New York City the confrontation between players and owners erupted when Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade apparently screamed “I am not a child” in the direction of NBA commissioner David Stern. With all the strife and litigation involved in deciding whether the millionaires—the players—or the billionaires—the owners— will get richer, we should be appreciative toward college athletes. Athletes that sacrifice their time and energy year round just because they love their sports should be appreciated.
October 7, 2011
Volume 84, Issue 7
Gragnano’s goal leads Ranger Victory Andrew Bell Staff Writer The Men’s Soccer team pulled out a great victory on Wednesday afternoon after battling a talented Ramapo College team for 102 minutes. The Rangers’ victory was guaranteed by the right foot of Matt Gragnano (’14) in double overtime as he slipped the ball past the Roadrunner’s goalie with his back heel. Gragnano described it best, “I saw Tom Tolve (‘15) work it around the front of the net towards me then he gave me a quick pass that I just tapped with the back of my heel into the back of the net.” The goal, and more importantly the win, was a crucial turning point for the Rangers, whom tied the Roadrunner’s (2-2) last year. That game turned out to be a turning point for the Rangers in terms of their significant wins that were needed for NCAA tournament induction. This year, however, the Rangers weren’t leaving anything on the table. In terms of tempo on the offensive side of the pitch, the Rangers dominated play with twenty-two shots compared to Ramapo’s eleven. The closet opportunity for the Rangers came in the first half when Daniel Ratyniak (’15) launched a bullet towards Ramapo goalie, Steve Monaghan, which deflected off the post. Furthermore, great footwork by midfielder, Kevin Veliz (’14) granted him the opportunity to get off a team-high four shots on the day. Between the pipes for the Rangers, junior Rich Boland (’13) had three saves for
Nathan Papperman (’13) pursuing the ball the game and garnered his fifth win of the season as a starter. Defensive play-making was done by both seniors Curtis Fornarotto and Kyle Reinhardt. Left back, RJ Voorman (’14), who recorded his first goal of the season on Saturday at Moravian College, played a great game. For this defensive core, this game marked the sixth shot-out of the season, a statistic that only shows the great poise and skill of this unit. The winning goal was enacted when a corner kick was awarded to the Rangers in the 102nd minute of the game and was taken
by Ricardo Castro. Castro, a growing component of the Ranger’s offense, jettisoned the ball from corner into the box where both Tolve and Gragnano collected it to put the lone goal on the scoreboard. For this Ranger team the win was a satisfying reward to a game they knew they needed to improve their resume for both the ECAC tournament and hopefully the NCAA tournament. Moreover, the men improve to 9-2 on the year and stay in fourth place in Landmark Conference standings. Theoretically speaking, the Ranger’s game against
Goucher College (1-1) this Sunday should be an easy win that could propel them to third place in the Conference and to an ultimate first place showdown with the United States Merchant Marine Academy (2-0-1) on October 19th. Fortunately for the Rangers, their win on Wednesday was not their only win this week. The Rangers cruised to a 5-1 victory over Moravian College (2-8, 2-2 Landmark) in their second conference game of the season. Then Men have emerged victorious in the last 15 tries against the Greyhounds. RJ Voorman (’14) got the Rangers on the scoreboard just 3:10 into the game when he beat Moravian goaltender Mike Brand on a shot from outside the eighteen yard line. The score would be the first of three goals by the two teams in the first seventeen minutes of play. Kyle Reinhardt gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead when he found John Nogiewich (’15) in the 13th minute for his third goal of the year. The Greyhounds closed the gap four minutes later when Jeffrey Alogor connected with the left foot to make the score 2-1. The first half would end with the Rangers holding a 10-9 advantage in shots. The Ranger offense went on to score three unanswered goals in the second half of play including Nogiewich’s second goal of the game off a cross by Voorman. Furthermore, Ricardo Castro (’14) and Ian Elfers (’13) rounded off the scoring off for the Rangers with their first scores of the season.
Ranger women win two games over the week Ben Johnson Sports Editor Christine Meconi (’12) recorded three points in the second half, including the game-winning goal with 19:06 left in the game leading the Ranger women’s soccer team to defeat Moravian College. The final score in the contest was 2-1 on the road this past Saturday. Drew improved to a 1-1 record in league play and now maintains a 3-7 record so far this year. Thanks to a goal by Eileen Black just over a minute into the game, the Greyhounds held a 1-0 lead for nearly 64 minutes, getting off a total of seven shots on goal in the first half of play. The Rangers began their comeback in the second half tying the game on a goal from Courtney Carnevale (’13). Carnevale’s goal, her first of the 2011 season, came off a timely pass from teammate Meconi in the 64th minute of play. Only seven minutes later Meconi found herself on the receiving end of a beautiful cross from Katie O’Keefe (’14). Meconi’s goal was her sixth career game-winning goal. For O'Keefe it was her Landmark Conference leading, fifth assist of the season. Agata Dera (’14) and Jeramie Barletta (’13) who both shared time in the Ranger victory combined for eight saves in net for the Rangers. Barletta was credited with her third win of the year after making two pivotal second-half stops. On Monday the Rangers hosted Rutgers-Newark. During the first half of the contest both teams were scoreless. Katie O'Keefe broke the scoreless tie in the 68th minute to catapult the Rangers to a 2-0 victory over Rutgers-Newark. For the Rangers, it was their second win in three days as they improve to 4-7 on the year. The Rangers emerged victorious in their first ever matchup between Rutgers-
Newark on Monday after a defensive battle at Ranger Stadium. Coming into the contest the Scarlet Raiders had given up 19 goals in their previous three games in New Jersey Athletic Conference play. Monday nights contest did not provide as much excitement, with the two teams playing scoreless soccer for the majority of the night. Ranger starting goalkeeper Agata Dera played the first 45 minutes and made three saves in the first half. Her Scarlet Raider counterpart, Victoria Nunez, played all 90 minutes in the net and made nine stops in the loss. Sophomore Jeramie Barletta was credited with her fourth win of the year after making two saves in relief of Dera in the second half. Drew was able to add the final goal in the 80th minute when Emily Weida (’12) registered her fifth goal of the year off a pass from teammate Abby Dingle (’12). The assist was Dingle's first point of the fall. Of the two games, the Conference with against the Greyhounds was by far the more important game for the Rangers. They have had difficulty playing a complete 90 minutes, but fortunately for the Rangers they have had stellar second halves in the last two games. So far this season, the Rangers have seen tremendous improvement from Sophomore Katie O’Keefe. With Liz Loidoice falling to injury in the early part of the season, O’Keefe has been able to step up and deliver big goal after big goal. Her left foot from 18 to 22 yards away is absolutely deadly. The Rangers will need O’Keefe and all the Rangers to play a complete 90 minutes to beat Goucher this Sunday. Kickoff is approximately 3:30 p.m. at Ranger Stadium. If you cannot catch the game tune it at Ranger Roar on the Drew University athletic website.
Forward Cindy Hartmann (’14) tries to steal the ball from a Moravian defender