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September 16, 2011
Volume 84, Issue 4
Kean opens Forum Series on terrorism Ryan Wilson News Editor Gina Gioldassis News Editor
Former Governor of NJ Thomas Kean discusses terrorism and his experience as chairman of the 9/11 Commission
very single agency of government had failed, without exception,” former NJ Governor Thomas H. Kean said about Sept. 11 to a packed crowd Tuesday night in Baldwin Gym. The former president of Drew University opened the 2011 Forum Lecture Series— which is focused on terrorism this year—just 2 days after the tenth anniversary of the most violent terrorist attack on America. Kean was the tenth president of Drew University on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. A year later, President George W. Bush appointed Kean to lead the country’s largest investigation into 9/11 as chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. Kean shared his experience as chairman of the 9/11 Commission, which gave him top security
clearance to some of the Federal Bureau Investigation’s most confidential documents. It all started with a phone call from Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush Karl Rove on the Saturday night following 9/11. The next night, Chief of Staff Andrew Card offered the position to Kean. “I thought we were given a job that we were expected to fail. When I said yes, I found out that we didn’t have a budget. We didn’t have time. We knew that the president wasn’t in favor of us investigating because he thought that congress should set up the investigation. I looked at all of those factors and thought they were setting us up to fail,” he said. When asked if he was happy with these findings, Kean responded very somberly. “There wasn’t an agency in government that was sent to protect us that didn’t fail in one way or another and that was not a happy finding at all.” “This was an attack by 19 people who came from a wild, ungoverned part of the world,”
Online Only Watch The Acorn’s exclusive interview with Kean on DrewAcorn.com Kean said of the terrorists who are blamed for nearly 3,000 deaths of civilian Americans. Kean stressed that government inefficiency prevalent before the attacks could be a reason that 9/11 slipped under the radar. He put the most emphasis on the fact that there are 17 intelligence agencies that keep information from each other, which if pieced together could have prevented the deadly attacks. As well, Kean described an evolving al-Qaeda, which presents new threats. “Al-Qaeda is not centralized anymore,” Kean said. He explained that the terror organization had spread to countries such as See Kean, page 4
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James Matarrese (’13) uses the newly installed Chase ATM, located in the bottom of the Commons
Princeton Review rates the Forest’s food No. 15
Geoffrey Edelstein Managing Editor The Princeton Review—a popular resource for people applying to college—ranked Drew University at number two on their “Best College Theater” list and number 15 on their “Is it Food?” list. Drew fell from number one on the “Best College Theater” list to Mulhenberg College. Drew still holds a lead on popular theater schools like Yale University—at number four on the list—and State University of New York Purchase College—at number 10. Drew is still named one of “The Best Northeastern Colleges” as well as one of “The Best 376 Colleges.” Students for Sustainable Food is a group that tries to bring more or-
ganic, local, fair and humane food options to The Commons. Cait Kennedy (’13), the vice president of Students for Sustainable Food, was surprised by the ranking. “I was surprised to hear that the food is actually recognized as having this reputation on a national scale. We hear students complaining all the time about Commons food, and we were frustrated that nothing was being done about it. But having The Princeton Review acknowledge that our food system is failing students puts our goals in a broader context and we can use this frustration to build momentum and passion for real food,” Kennedy said. Food Service Coordinator Mark Vallaro could not be reached for a comment. See Princeton, page 3
Senatorial election results The results from the 2011 Student Government senatorial election are in. See page 2 for more information.
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Public Safety September 8 Sgt. Mitchell and Cpl. Traynor responded to Tilghman House to handle a disorderly person. Once on scene they interviewed those involved and ordered several individuals to leave the area.
September 10 Lt. Politz was dispatched to the front of Holloway for a report of an intoxicated individual, who may require medical attention. Upon his arrival he met with the student and evaluated her condition. He determined that she was able to remain with her friend, who would care for her. The incident report was sent to the Dean. Lt. Politz responded to Welch for a medical call. It was reported that an intoxicated individual was unresponsive. Once on scene he met with the student and evaluated her. A further evaluation by the first aid squad determined she did not need transport to the hospital. After the report was written, it was forwarded to the Dean’s Office.
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Deer suffer from infection Zenzele Johnson Staff Writer On September 9, Chief Communications Officer David Muha sent a letter to the Drew community informing those on campus of a localized virus—Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD)—a common viral condition that affects deer. The disease, as reported in the letter, is contracted from the bites of a species of midge flies, which are very small two-winged flies. “EHD can’t be transmitted to humans or pets,” Muha said in his email. When deer catch epizootic hemorrhagic disease they usually die within 5 to 10 days. Throughout their illness, they experience severe hemorrhaging due to the interference of their
blood-clotting mechanism that tends to effect all organs. EHD is also known to cause fevers and bleeding of the mouth, nose and eyes right before death. According to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife Department of Environmental Protection, as of now there is no effective treatment or control of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease. Chief of Public Safety Robert Lucid shared some knowledge via email about the deer EHD outbreak. “There have been no accidents on campus relating to the presence of infected deer since last week,” Lucid said. When asked how long this outbreak is expected to last Lucid stated, “generally speaking, viral outbreaks are usually very susceptible to weather changes. As we are expecting a cold front this
weekend we may see less activity. In particular, when the temperature drops below freezing, it likely will end for the winter. Since viruses mutate, there is no positive information on whether we will see this repeat in the spring.” In closing, Chief Lucid said, “One caution for any person, on campus or off, is that the infected deer are reportedly less likely to be disturbed or frightened by human contact than we would normally expect. So avoid any physical confrontation with a diseased deer, people should not approach them.” “It’s really sad that deer don’t have any control over what’s going on. I love seeing the deer. I’m from Newark where wildlife are not abundant. I really wish there was something we could do,” said Sunni Thompson (’14). En-
vironmental science major Lesile Monroy (’14) said, “When it come to the deer my concern was where did the disease come from—like, where did the flys get it, and was there anything that we as a community could do to fix it.” “I think that the deer are an asset to the Drew community. They are just as important to this campus as any other historical building like Mead or Seminary Hall and should be cared for and perserved for,” said Alyssa Brown (’13). Animals just like property should be preserved and maintained, but it is saddening when this happens, and students are worried. “I’m in a constant state of anxiety when walking to classes between the deer gone mad and squirels,” said Laura Flatico (’13).
Students vote to amend Constitution
September 11 While on patrol, Ofc. Flora was dispatched to Tolley for an odor of marijuana. The source was located and a student was cited for drug and paraphernalia possession. A report was sent to the Dean.
Student Government Election Results
After yesterday’s Student Government senatorial election, 308 students voted on the Constitutional amendment to shift the responsibilities of the Judiciary Council to the Attorney General. The amendment passed, with 245 students, or 79.5% voting to approve it. 63 students, or 20.5% voting disapproved the amendment. The Student Government senate passed the amendment at an August 29 meeting, in a 7 to 2 vote. The question on the ballot read, “Do you approve or disapprove of the Student Government Constitutional amendment that would shift the responsibilities of the Judiciary Council to the Attorney General?”
Since the amendment passed, the Judiciary Council will be removed from the Student Government Constitution, and the Attorney General—Andrew Bishop (’14)—will now be responsible for hearing all appeals from Student Government decisions that involved a procedural error. “I’m happy this amendment passed. It is really going to simplify the appeals process for clubs. As everyone is getting used to the new system, it is important to make this process as easy as possible. With a higher level of accountability, the appeals process will be more efficient and transparent to clubs in the entire student body,” said Student Government Attornney General Bishop.
Yanko Polanco Jr. (’15), Freshman Class Senator Hetika Shah (’15), Freshman Class Senator Addison Del Mastro (’15), Freshman Class Senator Emmanuel Luis Crespo (’15), Freshman Class Senator Frank Minio (’15), Freshman Class Senator Winona Francis (’14), Sophomore Class Senator Jung-Woong Yoon (’14), Sophomore Class Senator Ryan Wilson (’14), Sophomore Class Senator Wen Zhang (’14), Sophomore Class Senator Abdulai Hussein (’14), Sophomore Class Senator Felipe Gomez (’13), Junior Class Senator Jen Van Wingerden (’13), Junior Class Senator Jessica Tedesco (’13), Junior Class Senator *The fourth junior class senator position will be decided on Saturday in a tie-breaker vote between Storm Wyche (’13) and Timothy Barnum (’13). Erik Gray (’12), Senior Class Senator Abigail Dingle (’12), Senior Class Senator Kathryn Kozma (’12), Senior Class Senator
A memorial service for Lawrence ‘Larry’ Pierre will be held tomrrow at 4 p.m. in Craig Chapel, located in Seminary Hall. Earlier this week, friends of Larry and the Drew community had the chance to write on a memory wall in the Commons, which will be presented to Larry’s parents at the memorial service.
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Students prefer Mac over traditional PC Kimerbly Ammiano Features Editor
bout 65 percent of the incoming class selected the newly-available MacBook or MacBook Pro computer options. Additionally, a mix of 30 sophomores, juniors and seniors took an upgrade despite having to pay full price and being denied any kind of trade-in offer. According to Director of Computing and Network Services Mike Richichi, “this percentage wasn’t shocking to [them], as most universities at this point are saying that around 50 percent of their students are coming in with Macs.” What Richichi did find surprising was that many of the students who chose the Mac option had apparently never had one before. “That’s fine,” he said. “But we’ve been surprised that they didn’t really understand how they work relative to PCs.” “I don’t really find that shocking,” Steven Debonis (’12) said. “Macs are awesome, and everyone knows it. I’ve always wanted one. I was really excited to hear that Drew was offering an upgrade.” In addition to those incoming students who chose the Mac option, the upperclassmen that chose to upgrade to a Mac expressed extreme gratitude towards CNS for making Macs an option. “I chose a Mac because I literally could not stand waiting for my ThinkPad to log on any more. Most times, it took 30 minutes,” Alana DiPietro (’13) said. “The Mac option saved my life.” “I had so many problems with the Internet--it drove me crazy,” Matt Kaplon (’14) said. “I couldn’t deal with that ThinkPad anymore.” Before Drew offered the upgrade, several students on campus switched to a Mac on an individual basis due to their ongoing feuds with their Lenovo ThinkPads. “My mom got me a MacBook for my birthday because I was so fed up with the Drew stinkpad,” Patrick Dorsey (’13) said. “It’s not a ThinkPad, it’s a StinkPad. That thing is terrible.” “I switched to a Mac because my old computer kept getting viruses, shutting down and freezing. Even some of my keyboard buttons fell off,” Kim Jaikissoon (’13) said. “After doing research, I found that the MacBook does not get viruses and the programs installed prove beneficial to my everyday life. It’s definitely money well spent,” she continued. Upon deciding to move ahead with the Mac option last March, Richichi explained that CNS, “immediately started having weekly meetings of a task force from people about technology and bought some Macs and started learning them. Between that and the incredibly hard work of all the people in technology, we got ready,” he said. According to Richichi, CNS’s hardware technician is now certified for Mac repairs as well as ThinkPad repairs. However, CNS’s contract with Apple only allows repairs to Macs that were purchased by Drew. “Because I didn’t purchase my
Princeton Review rates Drew food, theater program From Report, Page 1
Safrana Carpen (‘15) chose the Macbook computer option from CNS over the Lenovo Thinkpad option
“Macs are awesome, and everyone knows it. I’ve always wanted one. I was really excited to hear that Drew was offering an upgrade.” — Steven Debonis (’12)
MacBook through Drew, I don’t think I’m covered for repairs at CNS, but that’s okay with me,” Julia Friedman (’13) said. “I’ve been a Mac user since 7th grade, and upon trying to adjust to a ThinkPad after becoming a Drew student, I really didn’t like it. I’m much more acquainted with Mac software, and it just fits my lifestyle better,” she said. Additionally, those Macs that were purchased through Drew may experience damage that CNS will refer to Apple. Richichi explained that regular warranty repairs will be done in-house, just like CNS does for ThinkPads now. The Mac upgrade also includes a three-year AppleCare protection plan. “With the ThinkPads, accidental damage is covered by our ThinkPad Protection, which we are able to purchase along with the laptops at a significant discount. This extended warranty covers accidental damage, or warranty repairs for four years.” According to Richichi, AppleCare is a little different. “Three years of AppleCare is just a warranty extension and no provisions for accidental damage. So if a student drops their Mac, they will either have to pay for the repair or replace it,” he said. According to Richichi, the chance to get a third-party accidental damage
warranty for the Macs was offered, but students would have to buy it directly from the warranty provider at an extra cost. “I was unable to take the upgrade this semester, but I hope I’ll be able to purchase a Mac in the future,” Alyssa Iapicco (’13) said. “It’s frustrating to see my friends using wireless Internet on their Macs when I have to use a cable to get internet basically anywhere on campus with my ThinkPad.” “I guess I missed the e-mail about the upgrade offer,” Brian Kelly (’12) said. “Trust me, I would have taken it. I spend half my time at CNS because the ThinkPads are so insufficient. I hope we get the option again, because my computer is a piece of shit.” Overall, Richichi feels that bringing Macs to Drew, “has been a great experience, and it’s allowing [CNS] to provide better support to faculty and staff who want to use Macs.” Additionally, he feels “it’s helping [CNS] get ready to support tablets and other devices.” In the coming years, CNS hopes to continue “looking at new ways to support technology students, bring [sic] to school and delivering more of what we do in ways that make what device you’re using less important,” Richichi concluded.
Drew’s place on the “Is it Food” list sparked the interest of students who are effected daily by Drew’s food decisions. Some decisions are viewed differently than others. “I tend to avoid eating on campus unless friends are willing to swipe me into The Commons. Although the snack bar is good, it’s horribly overpriced, so I’d rather go to Atlanta Bread or something. And while $7 is a reasonable asking price for essentially a buffet dinner, the food quality isn’t very good, so again, I’d rather go off campus. A meal plan also isn’t worth it because it’s too expensive,” commuter student Agatha Kuza (’14) said. However, there is room for compromise and improvement. “I can always find something or make a meal that is satisfying and nutritious when I eat in the
Commons. I understand other students’ desire to see better food, but I don’t think the excessive ‘Commons-bashing’ is the right way to communicate that,” Tim Barnum (’13) said. After two years of being the “Best College Theater,” Drew was passed by Muhlenberg College on the list. Dana Summer-Pritchard (’12)—the chair of the Drew University Dramatic Society—is not swayed by the change in rank. “Every year we have highs and lows. Last year, I saw some really incredible shows here. The ranking may have changed, but I am still proud of the body of work from last year,” Pritchard said. The two changes in rank may make Drew appear less desireable to applicants and incoming freshman. However, the school still ranks in the Princeton Review’s “Best Northeastern Colleges” and “The Best 376 Colleges” lists.
Rain comes back to Drew University The Drew community dealt with heavy rain on Monday.
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Kean talks politics in Forum Series From Kean, page 1 Somalia and Yemen, stressing how the individual is becoming the key in terrorist attacks. “They are recruiting the nontraditional individual from people over the Internet to Americans.” Citing incidents such as the socalled “underwear bomber” Umar Abdulmutallab who attempted to detonate explosives while aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253, the Fort Hood shooting and Faisal Shahzad who attempted to ignite a car bomb in Times Square. “This is the new, most dangerous face of terrorism,” Kean said. Kean went on to stress that homegrown terror is the greatest threat to Americans today. “It’s the greatest threat we have. We are a large and diverse country. In numbers they are not a threat at all, but there are people in question getting recruited over the internet.” “We’ve got to intercept that process. A homegrown terrorist with an American passport, an American driver’s license and the ability to move about freely is a much greater danger than anyone abroad,” Kean said. The 9/11 Commission report—released in 2004—was the product of interviews from over 1,200 people from 10 different countries and over two and a half million pages of governmentclassified documents. The report investigated 9/11 and made 41 recommendations to the United States government on disaster preparedness in situations such as 9/11. Kean argued that one of the most important recommendations made by the report—which was to increase interagency cooperation—helped execute the successful killing of mastermind Usama bin-Laden in May 2011. After Kean spoke, the Forum gave audience members a chance to ask questions of their choosing.One of which was from an
Governor Kean speaks on terrorism and his work as chairman of the 9/11 Commission in Baldwin Gym, as the first guest in the 2011 Forum Lecture Series audience member who inquired about a building that fell during the 9/11 attacks. “Mr. Kean,” he said. “Today, most Americans have no idea that a third sky scraper, World Trade Center Building Seven—which was not struck by an airplane—
collapsed at 5:20 PM on the afternoon of 9/11. This catastrophic event was not even mentioned in the 9/11 commission report. What logic was used to completely omit building seven from the record?” “Well, building seven was not
“A homegrown terrorist with an American passport, an American driver’s license and the ability to move about freely is a much greater danger than anyone abroad.”
—Governor Tom Kean
called the World Trade Center. We had questions as to why this building collapsed. I’m not an architect in any way or another. I’m a builder by no means, so we so was asked for it to be investigated. Building seven collapsed from the aftershocks of those planes going to those buildings. It was so weakened by its foundations. We didn’t have the information yet at the time to be conclusive,” Kean responded. Another audience member, Andrew Bishop (’14) felt inclined to ask Kean about current events. “In the next week, the UN is voting on whether or not Palestine should be considered a State. Do you believe the US should support such action and do you
think the UN should approve Palestine as a State,” he wondered. “I think that it is a terribly unfortunate vote and it never should happen.. It will force the United States in a position to veto it, which again will put us in the worst possible light in the Arabs’ eyes. I blame a number of administrations to have not been more proactive on this... I believe that the best thing we can do for the security of Israel is to get the Palestinian question settled,” Kean said. “As long as it’s empty like an open sore, Israel will never be secure. As for the United Nations, the United States are going to veto it and we will be right back where we started.”
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The following corrections are to the story titled, “Judiciary Council to be Amended” from the September 9 issue. The article states, “The Judiciary Council currently is responsible for hearing all appellate matters in cases where student organizations are denied money by the Student Government, due to procedural error.” The denial of money does not necessarily have to be involved. The JC is responsible for any elections disputes or appeals of any decision of the Senate, the Executive Cabinet, the B&A Board and SOAB that involve procedural error. The quote, “The Attorney General’s duty in the Student Government has always been to interpret the Constitution and By-Laws and to inform members and students of those rules. With the Attorney General position already in place, we believe that forming a Judiciary Council would be redundant and unnecessary” was stated by Janelle Hoffman, not Franklin Barbosa. “After the Senate approved the proposed amendment 17 to 2 at the August 29 meeting, the amendment will now appear on the senatorial election ballot this Thursday.” The vote was approved by the Senate with a vote of 7-2, not 17-2.
The next Drew Forum Lecture Series Guest will be Pervez Musharraf—the tenth President of Pakistan—who will speak in the Simon Forum on November 1 at 8 p.m. Courtesy of Wikipedia.org
OPINIONS The good, the bad and the Commons food
he results are in: The Student Government has passed its amendment—which eliminates the Judiciary Branch and
elected under the new Student Government system. Though it’s good to see a large number of students vote on their future senators—428, to be exact—The Acorn is still curious to The Acorn Staff see how the resulting decisions play Lead Editorial out. We’re concerned about the future of the Student Government. What awards more power to the Attorney will the elimination of the Judiciary
what is wise for the student body? With the Princeton Review’s listings come new positions for Drew. Drew has lost its former first place position in “Best College Theater” to Muhlenberg College. While Drew’s theatrical productions run the gambit from excellent to unfortunate, the theater as a whole is still strong. Though
General—to their new Constitution. Branch mean in reality? Is consoliNew class senators have also been dating power into one person really
a second place rating is still excel- looking too closely—yet again, that lent, Drew rose to the top of another, might be the problem.
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less desirable list. Drew landed the number 15 position on the Princeton Review’s “Is It Food?” list. Though the Commons has been criticized by students forever, it’s still shocking to see Drew topping national lists as having the worst food. Perhaps we’re just used to the mediocrity. Or perhaps the Princeton Review is
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September 16, 2011
Scientifically speaking this hall needs a lift Lynn Schmitt Contributing Writer
he Hall of Sciences, better known to its faculty/staff and students as the building with the constantly dripping ceilings, is home to some of the best and brightest at Drew. But the building that the sciences call home doesn’t reflect the community’s achievements—at least now it doesn’t. I was overjoyed the day that President of the University Board Bob Weisbuch announced he would be donating the $100,000 to add a wing to the building, but saddened at the fact that it would not start until the year that I graduated. And while I will miss the experiences and people there, I certainly won’t miss the trash cans that sit on the lab benches after it rains because the ceiling is leaking. I won’t miss having to keep our instruments covered in plastic because they can get ruined from the water that seems to always be dripping from above. This leads me to wonder why it took so long for someone to donate the money in the first place. There are some extremely expensive instruments in that building. Anytime that a section of the Hall of Sciences goes haywire, those instruments run the risk of becoming damaged, which means a whopping repair bill. While I’m thrilled and incredibly appreciative that Weisbuch has given the Hall of Sciences the attention it both needs and
deserves, I cannot help but wonder why the building doesn’t get kept up as well as it should be. Wouldn’t it be more cost effective to make repairs on the existing building than waiting
until it needs a new roof or new whatever? Why not pay for a small part and the necessary repair specialist than have to buy a brand new machine?
The state of the Hall of Sciences isn’t just Weisbuch’s fault, this seems to be a common trend throughout the entire campus. The Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, one of the newest build-
ings at Drew, has its own set of problems. But there is a simple fact—the buildings have been so neglected that it sometimes seems as though they are as old as Mead Hall. The truth is that we need new buildings at Drew, but financially this is virtually impossible, everyone knows that. In making the right repairs to a building when they need them, not several years or even months later, the facilities at Drew wouldn’t seem so outdated, and in the long run, we all would save a lot of money. And who isn’t for that! In the end, an addition of the Hall of Sciences, I’m all for, but I just feel like there are more pressing issues in that building, and in others on campus, that need to be addressed first. We need to fix the way which we go about building maintenance, rather than add another wing to the pile. We cannot just let water fall into trash cans. Eventually they get full, and then what? We have a mess, one that no one wants to clean up, so instead we get a new trash bag to hold the water, rather than repair the leak? It is common sense—you repair the leak, stop the water, and then stop spending money on things to hold the water. Saving money truly flows downwards, you can always cut immediate spending, but when you fix a problem, you cut unnecessary spending, which is always a better way to go. Lynn Schmitt is a junior Chemistry major
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Pottermore: Sorting hat leaves fans lost Corey Swika-Post Opinions Editor
rew has had many events over the years to try and help the college crowd recapture the fleeting memories of their youth. These nostalgia-inducing events have ranged from movie nights with childhood favorites, to reenactments of game shows from the nineties. There is one movement that seems to be overwhelming Drew’s campus now, though it is not an actual Drew sponsored activity. One word: Pottermore. Pottermore—for those of you still waiting on an owl—is a new website created by J.K. Rowling to help expand the universe of Harry Potter. This past summer, excited fans had the chance to earn a preliminary spot in the soon to be public community and many of those fans are now enrolled at two schools. This website provides a fresh new look into the world so many of us have come to love, whether we were there for every midnight release of the seven books, waited in line for tickets to the eight movies, or waited for a friend to buy the DVD and still haven’t gotten past Chamber of Secrets. Everyone has at least heard of this cultural phenomenon,
but even so, it seems that there are already problems brewing for those lucky enough to have gained early admission. Pottermore, just like the books, utilizes a special sorting system that divides students into four different houses according to certain admirable traits. Gryffindor is the house for loyal and courageous students, Ravenclaw is the house for quick-witted and book-loving students, Hufflepuff is the house for hard-working, diligent students and Slytherin is the house for ambitious and cunning students. Since the very first book was released over a decade ago, there have been people looking for ways to sort and be sorted, longing to be chosen for their favorite house. But now, with Pottermore being run by the creator of the series herself, it seems as though the most reliable tool for determining where you belong is finally here. This fact, however, has not stopped many students from stopping to take a moment in wild bewilderment at where they ended up. A large portion of the population that has become involved in the Pottermore fad keeps repeating the same complaint—I do not belong in this house. It seems that the sorting quiz is not nearly as detailed as some
of the more dedicated fans expected. These same fans have produced their own questions based off the quiz on the website and the responses as to why seem almost unanimous. The questions seem like an inane and pointless contribution to the characterization of participants and this has caused many fans to reconsider their opinions of the site. Most people think they know themselves pretty well, and as such are convinced that they belong to whichever house they’ve been dreaming about for the past thirteen years, but what they don’t realize is that perhaps an outside opinion is better than an inside one. The way this website’s sorting hat works was completely designed by the creator of the universe—the only person with the authority to make any decisions about the world of Harry Potter, and the first person to admit that not everyone knows how to see beyond their personal opinions about fandom. Regardless of the controversy of houses and the obsessions of more than half of the student population, it makes you wonder whether or not students will be able to keep up with their school work, when they have two schools to attend. Corey Swika-Post is a Junior Spanish Major with a Linguistics Minor
How do you feel about the new ATM that was installed on campus this week?
“There’s a new ATM on campus? Oh. I don’t use the ATM at all so I don’t care.” —Glenn Borsky (’14)
“I’m freaking ecstatic. I can actually buy things now.” —Edith Braggiotti-Painting (’14)
“I want it to be Bank of America so I don’t get charged. I also could have used it like 2 weeks ago. It’s not my bank but I’m still happy it’s here.” —Jordan Avery (’13)
“I’m a PNC banker so I won’t be using it.” —Justin Dennis (’15)
“I’m indifferent because I don’t have Chase. But it is good for whoever does use Chase bank.” —Justin Pezick (’13)
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Reader’s Forum Dear Editor, I am writing in regard to the article published in last week’s Acorn entitled “Judiciary Council to be amended.” By the time that this letter will be published, the student body will already have made its collective decision regarding the amendment in the election, but I feel it necessary to correct a claim made in this article. The article stated, “After re-
viewing the By-Laws this summer, the Cabinet of the Student Government noticed that the role of the Judiciary Council violated language in the Constitution that states, ‘breaking procedure cannot happen and will not be tolerated.’” First of all, nowhere in our Constitution are those words written. This was clearly due to lack of research on the part of the author. Secondly, and most importantly, we have never made the assertion that
the Judiciary Council in any way “violated” our Constitution. That is an extremely serious allegation to make. A violation of the Constitution or By-Laws could potentially result in the impeachment of the Student Government member responsible, depending on the severity of the infraction. Instead, the idea behind the amendment stemmed from our realization that the Judiciary Council was a redundancy of procedure and responsibility that
we already had written into place with the role of the Attorney General, not our discovery that the Judiciary Council “violated” our Constitution, as the Acorn article claimed. It is important for students to know that we value our Constitution, By-Laws, and other governing documents. Without them, we would not function as a government. We take violations of our rules extremely seriously, and it is unfortunate
that this misleading claim was made against us. As of now, we are eagerly awaiting the results of the student body’s vote on the proposed Constitutional amendment. Whatever the outcome, we appreciate the Acorn’s assistance in making the necessary corrections to the article. Sincerely, Janelle Hoffman Chief of Staff, Student Government
Hirschberg named new skipper Jack Beers Staff Writer
: Where did you play college baseball and what position did you play for?
: I played at Bucknell University and I was an outfielder. I came in as a catcher and I saw that the catcher was a lot better than I was so I made the switch to the outfield. I was a right fielder for the rest of my career. Q: What kind of player would you characterize yourself as? A: That’s a tough question to have a modest answer on (Laughs). No, honestly I could swing it a little bit. I hit fourth in the lineup and I would often joke that I would lead the team in strikeouts and homeruns every year. I was kind of an all or nothing guy. Q: How did you find your way to do Drew University? A: I actually ended up graduating and then getting a job at Prudential Financial. I was an accounting associate for two years in Newark New Jersey in the Prudential Center. I absolutely hated it and knew I wanted to get back into baseball but didn’t know how. I ended up talking to my college coach and I asked if he had a spot on his staff for a volunteer, but he was full. He kept his ears
open for me and found a graduate assistant position at another division III school called Penn State Barren. It’s a branch campus off Penn State in Eerie Pennsylvania. I got my masters in business in my two years there and then right after, I got the assistant coaching job at Lehigh University. I was the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at Lehigh. Q: Based on your time at Lehigh, how will that translate to your job here at Drew? A: Everything (Laughs). Honestly I was very lucky, actually, that coach Leary at Lehigh gave me all of the responsibilities that would help me become a head coach. They gave me all the responsibilities needed to be a head coach, I was involved in scheduling, budgeting, fundraising, planning practice, leading meetings with players, working with facilities to get times for the gym, literally everything, which made the experience valuable. Q: What about Drew caught your eye about Drew? A: Just like Lehigh and Bucknell, Drew is a very good academic school. You have student athletes who are most likely getting a job in something other than baseball. So the school and the type of players you are looking for are very similar which made it very appealing for me. Q: What can we expect from your Baseball team come the spring?
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Brian Hirschberg, former assistant coach and recruting coordinator at Lehigh University, was named head baseball coach this past august.
A: You can expect the most prepared team on the field, in every aspect. Baseball is like a chess game. We are always going to be thinking three steps ahead. I want my guys to be prepared for every little detail of the game; I know I want my guys to be ready to handle anything. More specifically, I want my players to be extremely aggressive. I think we have some speed on this team and we are going to take advantage of it. We don’t have a lot of guys who can hit 10 homeruns a season, so we are going to have to produce runs in other ways. It is all about forced-action. I want my guys to buy into the fact that they have the freedom to be aggressive all the time. Based on our team, I think that will give us the best chance to win.
Q: Who is your favorite professional team? A: I have to say the New York Yankees Q: From a non biased stand-point that is extremely disappointing that you root for the evil empire. Anyway, who do you look to in the playoffs to be there in the end? A: (Laughs)The Phillies look pretty good. Pitchers control the outcome of this game, as much as you need to score runs, it comes down to pitching. I mean, the offense can get you to the playoffs but its pitching that wins it for you. I know its cliché to say, but it’s all about pitching and the four horsemen over there are pretty darn good.
Frustration for Ranger men’s Soccer Team Jack Beers Staff Writer In the shadow of the 10th anniversary of the tragedies of 9/11, the Drew women’s soccer team had a weekend they would like to forget. The Rangers entered the weekend looking for their first victory of this young 2011 soccer season. The previous weekend, the Rangers lost 4-1 to the Centenary Cyclones and 3-1 to Medgar Evans University. Despite Medgar Evans being the 3rd ranked team in the nation, the Rangers let a first half 1-0 lead slip through their fingers. The weekend began with a legitimate expectation for a split in the weekend fall festival. First, standing in their way was the eighth ranked team in the country, the John’s Hopkins Blue Jays. The game wasn’t five minutes old, and the Blue Jays scored 3 quick goals. While the Blue Jays were incredibly talented and attacked the net with tenacity, the Rangers appeared to be disorganized defensively. Originally approaching the game with a 3-4-3 formation, Coach Racine switched after the three goal lead to a more defensive 4-4-2. Coach Racine put her most explosive offensive player and last years team MVP Christine Meconi (’11) in the back of the defense to try and restore stability to the Rangers defense. While that helped slow down the Blue Jay attack, it severely limited any chance for the Rangers to muster some offense. The team struggled, and only managed to get one shot off the entire game. The lone shot came off of the foot of sophomore Katie O’Keefe (’14). When the final horn blew to signify the end of the game, the Rangers had surrendered 8 goals without being able to strike
back. To make matters worse, the Rangers lost senior and captain Emily Time (’11) to a torn ACL. A midfielder who controlled the tempo better than any player in the Landmark Conference, was a major key to last years ECAC Championship. As a senior who started every possible game in her career, the injury is devastating. If she is indeed out the rest of the season, the Rangers will be hard pressed to replace her talent and experience. The Rangers were also without last years top scorer, Liz Loiodice (’14). The second of the Fall Festival was, on paper, a much more beatable opponent in the Ramapo Roadrunners. Going into the game, the Roadrunners were 0-2 and had just lost to the Arcadia Knights the day before. The Rangers came out like a house on fire. They dominated possession in the midfield, and it seemed as if the Rangers spent most of the half inside their opponents 18 yard-line. The Rangers had 16 shots in the first half with 5 opportunities where a Ranger forward was left alone with the goalie. Rangerforwards Caroline Kuras (’14) and Emily Weida (’11) had a plethora of opportunities but were unable to capitalize. Credit must be given to Roadrunner goalkeeper Alyssa Kralls who made some fantastic saves. She kept her team in the game in the first half and always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. She kept her team in the game long enough for her fellow teammate Katie Popowych to score the games first and only goal (50:33). Despite the Rangers getting 9 shots on net in the second half, including hitting the crossbar and post, the Rangers were unable to break through and tie the game. Going back to the Medgar Evans game, the Rangers have now been shutout for 5 straight half’s.
Emily Tine (’13) Considering the Rangers have entered the season with high expectations, projected first in the Landmark Conference preseason polls, this has not been, by any stretch of the imagination, the ideal start to the season. However, now is not the time to panic, nor is it time to alter the expectation for the season. The Rangers have had to play around a lot of adversity, and against some of the toughest
competition the country can offer. With the emergence of Jeramie Barletta (’11) in net and the upcoming return of star Loiodice, the Rangers have plenty of reasons to remain optimistic. Remember, this team did not start playing exceptionally well until the latter third of last season. Look for this team to bounce back and start playing like the team they are expected to be.
September 16, 2011
Ranger athletes rewarded for performace The Landmark Conference recognized four Rangers with Athlete of the Week accolades on Monday. Drew collected honors in Field Hockey, Men’s Soccer and Men’s Cross Country.
Steven Monteleone (’12) ran an impressive race, recording a 17th-place finish to pace the Rangers at the Fordham Fiasco this past weekend. He crossed the line in 17th position, helping Drew place 12th out of a total of 15 schools, running a time of 26:05 over the 5-mile course, good for a split pace of 5:13 per mile.
Meghan Howlett (’12) enjoyed a prolific offensive weekend as Drew captured a pair of road wins. The senior helped account for four of Drew’s six goals as the team closed the week with a 6-1 win over Lasell. She scored twice in the match, including the opening goal, and added a pair of assists to help Drew clinch the weekend. She also fired off one shot in the team’s 5-0 victory over Wheelock.
Kevin Veliz (’14) was named the Most Valuable Player as Drew field hockey went 2-0 to win the Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raider Classic. Veliz produced a goal in both games, converting from the penalty spot on Saturday in Drew’s 2-0 victory over Carthage, and then netting what proved to be the matchwinner in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Western Connecticut State.
Rich Boland (’13) collected his second and third shutouts of the season for Drew in an unbeaten 2-0 weekend for the Rangers. He made three saves to open the weekend in a 2-0 win over Carthage, then turned in a second clean sheet with four saves in a victory over Western Connecticut. For the season he’s allowed only two goals in 360 minutes of action in net for Drew.
Drew men defeat FDU in battle of Madison Ave John Ford Staff Writer
ast year every Rangers athletic program went undefeated against local rival Fairleigh Dickenson University, the rivarly is commonly refered to as the Battle of Madison Ave. Last season all of the contests were exciting, to say the least, and this past Tuesday night on the Devils’ home turf, the Men’s Soccer team continued the Drew winning streak. After a scoreless first half, the Rangers sored two goals in the final 45 minutes to secure their 28th consecutive victory over FDU. In the 55th minute (’15) Defender Michael Pezzuti scored his 2nd goal of the season to sever the scoreless match. Goalkeeper Rich Boland (’14) in his first opportunity this year to be an everyday starting goalie, proved to be vital yet again in his 4th straight shutout showing, why he was named Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Week recently. Philip Mobika who assisted Pezzuti in his goal, would get on the scoring sheet and record his own goal in the 70th minute to put the game away for sure. The Rangers improved to 5-0 in the young season and became 33-3-2 all time against Farleigh Dickinson, displaying their dominance in the Battle of Madison Avenue. The Rangers improve to 33-3-2 alltime against their Madison Avenue counterparts and are undefeated under Head Coach Lenny Armuth. The Rangers look to continue their winning ways on tomorrow when they travel to Delaware Valley College for a 2:00 p.m. bout with the Aggies.
Photos by Sarah Schanz-Bortman
Ricardo Castro (’14) (Top) recieves a pass, left, which is contested by a Curry defender, right. Kevin Veliz (’14) (Bottom left) advances the ball, right, as a Curry defender looks on. RJ Voorman (’13) (Bottom right) prepares to strike the ball, right, while a Curry defender contests.
The Men’s soccer team defeated Curry on September 4th. Also, the headline “High hopes for men’s field hockey” was misprinted and was supposed to read “High hopes for women’s field hockey.”
LIFE & ARTS
September 16, 2011
Drew a cappella is back in action Geoffrey Edelstein Managing Editor
rew University’s three a cappella groups’ concerts draw bigger audiences than most other campus events. 36 Madison Avenue (MadAve), On a Different Note (OADN) and All of the Above (AOTA) all offer their own unique sound and style. Part of the allure of each group is that they all are in a constant state of change. At the beginning of each semester, there are new members. Throughout the semester, their performance sets change. Audiences want to hear what Drew a cappella will do next. With completely different leaders every year, there are countless directions which they can go in. Each group had to handle having new members prepared for two concerts in one weekend. This proved challenging, but each group ended up having a set for both Back to Classes Jam and The Other End’s opening weekend concert. MadAve, OADN and AOTA had to work to get their large numbers of new singers prepared. However, each group is aiming high this year to bring Drew all new kinds of performances. MadAve didn’t lose much of its group to graduation, so they didn’t have to make up for the loss by recruiting many new members. This still presented a challenge for opening week.“We put quite a burden on our new guys within the first few weeks of the semester and they have been incredible. Our successes in our first two performances can be attributed to how well our new guys learned their music and adapted to the group,” President of MadAve Conner Ambrose (’14) said “I hope that MadAve can continue to be what it always has been: fun to be a part of, and fun to listen to.”
OADN, on the other hand, has to deal with a semester of limited voices. Much of their group either graduated or is studying abroad. This presents problems when recruiting because when students come back, the group can be too big. However, Samantha Dedian (’14), business manager of OADN, wants to focus on raising funds for the group’s new album and their tour, as well as their performances. “I want to raise money for our group to finalize our latest CD (which should be coming out second semester). I also want to raise enough money to go out West, mainly to California, for tour this year. We have traveled along the East Coast for three years now, and I think tour in California would be a lot of fun–and a wonderful bonding experience for the group. Personally, all business and leadership roles aside, I just want to have a lot of fun this year!” Dedian said. The group also chose to retire some of their songs to make room for a new repertoire. “Last semester, we retired a lot of our songs (i.e. Oceans and Sign, Sealed, Delivered) because, as much as our audiences enjoyed them, we performed them often and we wanted to learn and perform newer material that the audience could really get into. Hannah DeGenova (’13) and Madeline Marasa (’13) worked really hard to arrange quite a few new songs, some of which will be debuting at our November concert, JamNation,” Dedian said. AOTA dealt with losing some of their best and most well-loved voices, losing them to studies abroad and graduating like the other groups. Danielle Walker (’13), secretarytreasurer of AOTA, misses her friends from the group but is working to strengthen the group. “We can’t wait for them to get back, but we hope they’re having
36 Madison Avenue (top), On A Different Note (middle) and All of the Above (bottom) perform in a packed McLendon Lounge with their new members for the first time this year the times of their lives. From a musical standpoint, it was also difficult to strike a balance—during auditions, we needed to fill enough spots to make us a tangible and strong group for this semester. We didn’t want to overload any particu-
lar part though, because the balance we’ve arranged might be tilted when people return from studying abroad next fall. It was difficult, but we accounted for both scenarios and came up with the best possible solutions,” Walker said.
All three a cappella groups have big plans for the year, anticipating their usual draw. Drew audiences anticipate the usual quality of the performances but mostly expect the fun they have been having for years.
Simple question leads to plenty of confusion The worst thing a friend can say to you is, “Can I ask you a question?” In a text message, I go crazy in the time it takes between
The Dish my response, “Yes…” to the reply back from the friend. Usually it is never a serious one. It’s more along the lines of, “Can I borrow a movie from you later?” or, “Did those jeans really make my butt look big today?” You know, the non-trivial questions that never pop into your mind once you get the initial text. After over-watching the MadTV skit, “Can I Have Your Number?” in my formative years, I automatically associate the combination of the words “can” and “I” with a negative connotation. Therefore, “Can I ask you a question?” is not only my least favorite thing to read on the screen of a cell phone, but also one of my least favorite things to hear. For each person you talk to, you have a different, “Can I ask you a question?” scenario. For my coworker, it’s, “Can you cover me on your day off?”, for my best friend it’s, “Why did you tell my secret to someone else?”, from my editor it’s, “Why did you run on with so many questions?” Indeed all of
these scenarios are unwelcome, but the most awkward mouth, for me, that “Can I ask you a question?” can come from is that of a best friend of the opposite sex. This summer I went out to lunch with a guy friend from Drew. As our french onion soups were placed on the table, my friend asked me the inevitably gutwrenching question. They say you see your whole life flash before your eyes before death. Well, I was not dying, but while I was experiencing mild asphyxiation from a 3-foot-long string of cheese that would not will itself from the bowl, I did have some life flash before my eyes—and when I say “some life,” I mean a delusion of my life constructed in that moment by my oxygen-deprived mind. I began to think that the next question or, the “real question” in a restaurant, midday, while choking on a piece of cheese, would be, “Do you want to go out with me?” If this article teaches you anything, let it be two things: first, lunch dates are the worst. There is no real way to end a lunch date. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the sentence, “This was fun, I’m going to do some laundry now with the abundance of spare time that I have on this fine Saturday,” does not have the same finesse as a stolen midnight kiss.
Second, among ribs, broccoli and chili, french onion soup should be included on the list of foods that best be avoided when going out on an actual date. So while I was in a restaurant learning life lessons that I would later write about in this column, my friend filled the silence with the real question on his mind. As I opened my mouth, that I had
somehow miraculously unclogged, to give the infamous, “We’re just friends,” line, my friend said, “Will you be my wingman?” It’s funny the thoughts that your mind can conjure up in just two beats of silence in a conversation. In the case of my ‘lunch date’ friend, I’m glad that the question ended the way it did. I happily accepted the wingman status.
While happy, though, I can’t help but wonder why my mind didn’t think of the “wingman” as the automatic question. That’s what the, “Can I ask you a question?” does to you—it suggests that the next thing that is going to be asked may get uncomfortable, similar to the feeling of a 3-foot-long piece of string cheese stuck in your trachea.
LIFE & ARTS
September 16, 2011
NSE sponsors Bingo Night
The New Social Engine (NSE) put together a Bingo Night on Wednesday in the Tolley-Brown Lounge. Students played to win prizes such as Ipod Nanos, DVDs and Nerf gun.
Events this week Today
Writers’ Block Party 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Axis of Awesome 8 p.m. - 10 a.m. Concert Hall
The Other End
Movie Night: Inception 8:30 p.m. Hoyt Lawn A free showing of “Inception” is available on the Hoyt Lawn for Drew students.
Everyone Is Gay 7:00 pm - 9:00 p.m. Learning Center 28
ESS Film Series - “The Garden” 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Hall of Sciences
Starting as an advice website for LGBTQ youth, Everyone is Gay uses humor to spread awareness of LGBTQ issues.
Drew’s Environmental Studies and Sustainability Department is showing “The Garden”, which showcases a Los Angeles community garden’s struggle to survive.
FIND YOUR PICTURE WITH THE BAND ON FACEBOOK Friend the Acorn (Drew Acorn)
Spotlight: Writers’ Block Party The Drew University Dramatic Society’s Plays in Process presents a Writers’ Block Party tomorrow from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at The Other End Cafe (located in the basement of Sitterly House). The party will provide an opportunity for writers to interact. Come in with an idea for a play or a scene and recieve advice and support or just come to chat with the department.
LIFE & ARTS
September 16, 2011
Volume 84, Issue 4
WMNJ: streaming now
Drew’s radio switches to online only Tune in to listen live to WMNJ
f you want to party with WMNJ in the Forest, you might want to bring your computer with you. WMNJ, Drew University’s student-run radio station, is currently streaming on a computer near you, and soon that may be the only place to hear it. Talks between the WMNJ executive board and President of the University Bob Weisbuch led to majority approval of switching the station to online-only broadcasting. Located on the dial at 88.9 FM, WMNJ’s signal has been struggling. Amy Wheeler (’12), the general manager of the station, noted that WMNJ currently has “an FM frequency that barely reaches out to Livingston.” Another reason that favors online-only programming is the issue of censorship. “Under FCC regulations, we have to be careful to censor everything. Censoring can be tough for multiple reasons. If the FCC deems a word inappropriate, the student and the University each face a $32,500 fine each time for every “bad” word said. Another reason this can be difficult is that a lot of new and popular songs generally drop an F-bomb or something. Censoring these songs can take time occasionally, which a lot of students are lacking. Due to this censorship, a lot of our DJs, me included, feel limited on the songs we can play. Granted, moving online doesn’t mean we’ll allow DJs to drop bomb after bomb, especially around the daytime, but it does give us more freedom than we have now” Wheeler said. She continued, “If a show plays music that generally has a lot of curse words, we’d push it to air, or in this case, stream in the evening
hours when most children are asleep. WMNJ does represent Drew University, so we want to uphold a positive image, but at the same time end censorship and play some awesome songs” Wheeler said. Nick Klein, (’13) programming director for the station, points out that the switch to online-only is also a big economical change. “Moving to online broadcasting only would also save the station a tremendous amount of money each year, which could be repurposed to fund more WMNJ events on campus, and procure better equipment,” he said. The online switch isn’t the only change you can expect to see at WMNJ, either. According to Wheeler, “We are working with Student Activities’ Carla Brady to gather more Drew-focused Public Service Announcements (PSAs). We’re also working on getting a WMNJ PSA option available on the PPG forms for Drew Organizations to advertise their events and meetings. We also talked about ways to promote the station more, which will be occurring soon. Besides the Meet the DJs event, which has always been successful, we’ve talked about sending campus-wide emails about student shows, producing more flyers for student radio shows, creating an online mixtape for the Drew community to participate in, etc. It’s definitely going to be an exciting year for WMNJ and I can’t wait to see the results of the ideas and work from the WMNJ Executive Board and DJs.” Tune in now at http://groups.drew.edu/ wmnj/listen-live.
Sunday CERITA ASANTE
Photos by Sarah Schanz-Bortman
Ryann Carey (’14) and Leah Schoenlak (’14), top, work on their show Fistful of Zingers. Below, Sebastian Rivera (’12) hosts DJ Seb’s SoCal Hour with guest Eddie Gonzalez (’12)
Tuesday 3 p.m.
JASON PEMSTEIN & 6 p.m. ADAM MARRE
ZAY ZAY KPADEH
JACKSON HUEMER 11 p.m.
9 p.m. PARTH PATEL & BRETT ANDERSON CHRIS TALBOT
GEOFFERY EDELSTEIN 8 p.m.
Monday JACK BEERS
HANNA JRAD 5 p.m. JENNA WEST
MARIE-LOUISE STURM 1 p.m.
SEBASTIAN RIVERA 9 p.m.
CATHERINE FIELDING 5 p.m. JONI KONDAS
MALCOLM COATES 11 p.m.
Friday JASON PEMSTEIN & 7 p.m. ADAM MARRE
Wednesday GERRI FALK
ZAY ZAY KPADEH 8 p.m.
7 p.m. RYANN CAREY & LEAH SCHOENLANK NICK KLEIN
JACKSON HUEMER 11 p.m.
Saturday SOPHIE CHEN
PETER CHIANCHIANO 8 p.m.
AMY WHEELER 10 p.m.
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