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Volume 88 Issue 6

We meet again! Battle of the Beaks Tinder- new hit app for college students Opinions pg. 2

Crazy in Love with Beyonce A&E pg. 4

Naz compliments Facebook page News pg. 6

Senior night for Naz Hockey Sports pg. 8

The art of Fashion Columns pg. 10

Winter Blues Reading List Etc. pg. 12

Events Percussive Formations Striking Chamber Music February 24, 2013 @ 3 p.m. Wilmot Recital Hall

Voice Studio Recital

February 26, 2013 @ 12:10 p.m. Wilmot Recital Hall

Saxaphone Studio Recital

February 28, 2013 @ 12:10 p.m. Wilmot Recital Hall

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Liz Rozeski Staff Writer The Battle of the Beaks is an annual sports event held between the Nazareth Golden Flyers and their rival St. John Fisher Cardinals. This past Tuesday, February 12th, Nazareth hosted the Cardinals once more in the Kidera Gym for a Battle of the Beaks basketball game. Admittance was five dollars and all proceeds go to the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. The Nazareth women’s basketball team had a strong game and won 65 to 50. Lindsey Kelly, a freshman, added 21 points to the board and Erica Shaw provided 14 points to lead the Golden Flyers to victory. Each player was a strong presence and contributed to this win over their main rivals. The team is now 9-14 in their season and with the win, they are bumped up into a three-way tie for fourth place in the Empire 8 standings. The Nazareth men’s basketball had a strong start to their game, but Fisher fought back and took a strong lead going into

halftime making the score 4327. After half time, the Golden Flyers made a great effort and scored many points, but Fisher answered every basket with one of the own, making the final score 78-50. The lead scorer for Nazareth was senior Tyshun

Stephens, with 20 points, and Hayford and Ford both gave Nazareth 9 points on the board. The team played strong, but Fisher was in the battle mood and answered Nazareth’s baskets throughout the game adding to their early lead.

There is something to be said about the fans too, there was a great student, faculty, and parent presence at the games, cheering both teams on through their struggles and victories. We take our rivalry with St. John Fisher seriously and it was great to see such a presence at the game, knowing that they also contributed to Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong as well as being supportive of the teams. The Golden Flyer mascot was pumping up the crowds, the dance team was showing their amazing dance skills during time outs and half time to pump of the crown, and the band was there to get the audience excited for the team to play. Overall, the games were great and the both the women and men gave a great effort. Both teams play Elmira on the 15th here at Nazareth at 6pm for the women’s team and 8pm for the men’s. Photo courtesy of: L. Rozeski

Center for Urban Education enlightens Nazareth education majors Paige Culver Staff Writer On Tuesday, February 12th The Center for Urban Education hosted their first panel discussion of the semester. Last semester, I attended one that was very informative and interesting. The event had a panel of Rochester City School District parents. These parents discussed different encounters they had with teachers and the schools their children attended. Additionally, at the end there was time to ask questions and discuss the parents views and they overviewed a lot of different topics that students, teachers, and parents face within schools. So, when I saw the poster advertising that the group was planning to have another event, but this time a panel of students, I knew I had to go listen. The panel included students and the principal from the Rochester Career Mentoring Charter School. These students were there to discuss the relationships they had with teachers and they were very open and candid with all the people attending. Though the room was filled with mostly education majors the students were really open to answering any question anyone had. By far, the most interesting thing they discussed was what they found to be the qualities of a

good teacher. I sat thinking they would say a laid back one who gave them the least amount of work but I was very wrong. They began to talk about how much respect they had for teachers that are challenging and pushed them to achieve more, and how those teachers ended up being their favorite ones. They discussed the race barrier between African American students and Caucasian teachers. The students mentioned to us that the number one thing to do was to get to know the culture of the students you are working with and to not make assumptions or treat them differently. To them, this would break the race barrier between students and teachers. The students spoke very wisely and offered much useful information

for education majors. These are issues that we need to tackle and are applicable both in student teaching and working in places such as Partners for Learning and Partners for Serving. This event was so enlightening and eye opening. I highly recommend attending these if you are going into any field involving children or schools, as well if you are planning on being a parent someday. These issues are prominent in today’s society and political word and are prominent in today’s news. It is crucial to be well informed and know the fields in which you are going into. The Center for Urban Education has some great events coming up this semester. The Center will also be sponsoring an annual lecture on March 28th

at 4:00 p.m. in the Arts Center given by the world-renowned multicultural education specialist Dr. James Banks. On April 11th from 4:00-5:00pm in GAC 325, they will be having a very similar panel discussion. Only these students will be from the Young Men's Leadership school and the main topic they will be discussing is discipline in the classroom. These events can be very helpful to education majors and others with any interest in schools or children. Photo courtesy of: http://www1. education/cue/images/cuemain. jpg

Tinder: Huge Flattery or Online Dating Gone Wrong? Ali Sewalt & Paige Culver A&E Editor/Staff Writer

Recently, a new smart phone app called Tinder has swept across American college campuses and is currently being reviewed as a huge hit. It was developed by Hatch Labs and contains a concept that is definitely not new to the app store community. To give you a rundown of the app, basically, when you download the app, the app tells you that in the proximity of a few miles, there is another person that is your potential match. At this point, based on the mileage setting you have chosen, Tinder then pairs you with various individuals of your sexual preference that are local to you. This app connects to your Facebook profile, but don’t worry, it provides a minimal amount of information and its how the app connects you – but we’ll get to that later. Your Tinder profile is essentially your

Facebook profile in the sense that it displays five of your Facebook pictures (which you are at liberty to choose), your age, only your first name, your interests and likes, and whatever you have listed in your about me. Tinder attempts to pair you to someone with similar interests, similar age range, and mutual Facebook friends. You are never paired with your own Facebook friends, but instead connected with someone you share a mutual friend with. After your account is set up, you are presented with the options that match and you can decide from three options. These are hitting the X button, which equals next, or hitting the “I” for more info, or simply by clicking the heart for yes, I am, in fact, interested. The best part is, upon hitting the heart, your interest is not revealed unless the other person hearts you back. It is

all completely anonymous unless unanimous interest is shown which is really comforting. All right, seems a little shallow right, basing interest off someone’s pictures? We’ll give you that much, but keep in mind the creators attempted to avoid today’s prominent “catfishing” (search MTV’s “hit” show or SNL’s parody) by connecting through Facebook to avoid posing under false identities. Someone could certainly try to create a fake profile but they would also have to alter themselves in front of their current Facebook friends. As with any dating app, users should exercise caution about pursuing matches and conversation. If anything appears suspicious or dangerous, Tinder does give the option to block. Like any other social networking sites, you will definitely encounter the usual creeper. For instance, I was matched with a seemingly nice gentleman until he initiated the conversation by asking if I liked being tied up. Seriously. But don’t let that scare you! On the other hand of that extreme, it’s also a fun, innovative way to meet new friends from neighboring schools or areas. Users are able to chat within the app after being matched without giving out personal information or phone numbers. For now, this app is all in good fun and is dominating other social networking tools such as Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook, as others post about funny encounters. It’s basically an online version of a social party or gathering for meeting new people. Whether you just want a fun chat or are ready to meet the love of your life, Tinder could be the app for you. Who knows, your match could be walking around campus at this very moment… Photo courtesy of

The Deterioration of the Love Song Cody Paul Opinions Editor

I am so sick of music today. Every single time I turn on the radio, I hear some new pop star singing whiny lyrics about how some guy does not like her. It is either this, or some ridiculous song about drinking and partying, and they are all

honestly starting to sound the same. Let’s be honest: Back in the day, music used to be poetic and expressive. Heart-felt lyrics and beautiful melodies have now been replaced by four chords and pounding bass. The biggest kind of song that has suffered is the


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love song. “Artists” like Justin Beiber and Taylor Swift are making extremely shallow songs about something that is supposed to be deep and inspiring. Justin just manages to repeat the word “Baby” over and over again. What significance does this have? Absolutely none at all. Taylor Swift capitalizes off her own break-ups by writing the same songs over and over again with different lyrics. Does this show anything about love? Not at all. Guess what, Taylor? You might be the problem. I still listen to plenty of songs from at least twenty years ago, if not more, that express love in very unique and beautiful ways. Bands like Queen, R.E.O Speedwagon, Led Zeppelin, and Styx wrote some of the most inspiring love songs of all time that people still sing today. There are artists today that still write

STAFF WRITERS Paige Culver Maggie Gebo Meghan Gillen Haley Johnson Elizabeth Lenz Kate Mercer Giancarlos Molina Pat Monachino Liz Rozeski Melissa Stio Beth Ver Steeg

very expressive love songs too, like Sara Bareilles. We need to bring back powerful lyrics that truly express what it means to love. Singing generically about the opposite sex does nothing for love, but just encourages shallow romances. The world needs more

artists who are willing to dive deep inside themselves and sing about emotions that most people would not even touch on the surface, and less artists singing about drinking and partying. -Photos courtesy of standardflip- and

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Facebook Creepin’ Going Too Far Pat Monachino Staff Writer

The popular social media site, which almost everyone now uses, has come up with a new proposed version of your Facebook app which has many questioning their personal privacy. Sure everyone now knows, or should know, how to keep their profiles private from those who they do not accept with a friend request, but this deals with the privacy between friends. The extension of the already running Facebook app on many of your smart phones, will now have the ability to GPS track your whereabouts for all of your Facebook friends to see, even when your app is closed or inactive on your phone. Many people may think to themselves, Facebook has allowed friends to know where they are for a while now with the function to be able to “check in” to a particular location, and

this is true. This new upgrade for your app will GPS track your whereabouts and let your Facebook friends know where you are. Now personally I enjoy a little bit of privacy in my life. I don’t need to know that my friend is sitting at home, or let other people know I’m driving on the highway somewhere. Last thing I knew, there was something called invasion of privacy, and this definitely borders it. Think also of the harmful possibilities of this location tracking option on your smart phone. I mean I don’t know about you, but it sounds like a stalker’s dream come true. That, or with all the cyber bullying that occurs in high school, this could be a nightmare to young kids. I get that social media is about connecting people, and Facebook has always tried to do this better than any other

site, but this is bordering way too far. How on Earth could this sound like a good idea to those in charge of Facebook? The extension of your Facebook app has been scheduled to be released by midMarch of this year, according to two anonymous sources. Now something like this app, clearly, might get a little too close and personal, and should require Facebook users to approve this on their profiles, right? Not necessarily. This extension of your app may fall under Face book’s data policy users agree to when they download and launch the app. The data policy tells users that a company may user your location information to tell you and your friends about people or events nearby, or to offer deals to you that might interest you. Let’s be honest, when has Facebook

ever really given you a choice of what is going to happen with your Facebook page (Everyone remember the big “Timeline” complaining fest of last year?). If there were some way in which Facebook and their executives would listen to me, I would say that this idea is just awful. Think

about all those who will honestly be affected and the negatives that can come to someone through the use of this, honestly creepy, GPS locating feature. In reality, this may lead to the creepiest “Facebook creepin” ever. Photo courtesy of and

The Inconvenient Truth of Black History Month Noelle McElrath-Hart Staff Writer I have been taught been since I was young to view Black History Month as something to be proud of. Being a young African American, it in unquestionably forbidden to question its validity. Churches have essay contests for children surrounding how important the month is to them. Poetry readings are put on by the community in honor of the greats of the past. African dance classes become a norm for recreational centers in order for children to feel closer to their heritage. There is no questioning it: Black History Month is important to the African American community. The true issue that should be acknowledged is the fact that the accomplishments of African Americans are not something that is considered mainstream. When looking at the history book and reading about George Washington Carver, he is not recognized as a brilliant inventor and agriculturist, but put into a special section specifically for the great Blacks of the era who were able to come out of their slavery

and rise to real accomplishments. It is apparent that African Americans have come a long ways from the slavery and Jim Crow laws of the past. But even with this - with segregation seen by a majority of people as an awful occurrence of the past -it can be hard to swallow that it is something still present. Marginalization is the less blatant version of this. If someone were to check out a book section, they may realize that if there is a Black person on the cover, it is restricted to being next to other books sharing the cover. Movies are another medium that is guilty of marginalization. Would The Blind Side be as powerful if Big Mike were white? Is it okay for great actresses -regardless of race -like Viola Davis are only able to be nominated for an Oscar if they are playing maids in movies like The Help? To me, Black History Month is just about version of this marginalization. It is a sad reality that even if the fight for equality seems to have been

won, Blacks are still not equal. If it were up to me, the month would be gone. Instead, why not an American History month, a time set aside to recognize the great people and events in everyone in this country’s history? Their accomplishments would be recognized on the basis of merit, not on whether they were the offspring of a slave. I truly hope one day, this country no longer needs a Black History Month. Photos courtesy of and

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A review of The 55th Annual Grammy Awards Liz Rozeski Staff Writer Sunday, February 10, marked the 55th annual Grammy Award Show and it showcased the best musical talent of the year and more. The show started off with a performance of Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” and, yes, there was a dig at Swift’s ex Harry Styles in the performance. LL Cool J started off the award show with reminding everyone how music inspires so many people and brings everyone together, no matter where they are from. The award show progressed with a performance with fun., including a shower on stage, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley, Mumford and Sons, Alicia Keys, Maroon 5 and many, many more. The performances were astounding and captured the purpose of the Grammys: To show how these musicians work for their albums and

fans, and are rewarded for it. Many of the interviews on the red carpet included the artists saying that the Grammys and the other award shows are not

performances to honor past artists such as Bob Marley and Levon Helm and to celebrate other musical greats. Besides the performances

stretching the restrictions the academy put on styles in order to prevent wardrobe malfunctions. However, everyone made a statement

velvet suit on John Mayer. As a whole, the fashion on the red carpet was a great addition to the actual award ceremony. The director’s cut was also streamed live on and, although it was cut from the broadcast, they honored those who won that were not featured in the awards shown on CBS. Overall, I think the Grammys went well, without any malfunctions that were large enough to steal the show, which is more than we can say about the Superbowl. eh? The Grammys are a way to show how much music is appreciated worldwide through the diverse tastes that were displayed and performed and Sunday’s show definitely proved that.

only a time to realize how hard they have worked, but a time to release music for fans and touring. There were multiple

and the award announcements, the red carpet was also a hit. The dresses and suits on the carpet at times showed people

without pushing the boundaries too far and showed everyone’s unique taste. There was a lot of blue on the carpet, including a

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Crazy in Love with Beyoncé’s performance “Plaza Suite” Meghan Gillen Review Staff Writer

Sure, the Ravens won the Superbowl, and there was a 34-minute blackout, but the true highlight of that day was the halftime performance done by the fabulously talented Beyoncé Knowles. Coming off the recent controversial rumor that took the Internet by storm, accusing Beyoncé of lip-syncing the National Anthem at President Obama’s inauguration, there seemed to be an exceeding amount of pressure for Beyoncé to bring her A-game and nothing less. And she delivered. Her performance began with the display of the unusual stage, which formed the outline of two faces that were surrounded by her screaming fans. She came out with strong lights and effects, belting out her hit “Love on Top” sans instruments with many runs. Some

could say that this was done as a statement to those who accused her of lip-syncing. She followed this explosive introduction with one of her most popular songs “Crazy in Love”, and then came the dancing. Without a doubt this performance was full of high-energy and talent, however, Beyoncé did less singing and demonstrated more of the fantastically choreographed and perfectly executed dance moves that she is also known for. There is no doubt; the woman can put on a show. Arguably one of the most exciting parts of the performance, especially for the ‘90s kids in all of us, was the one stage reunion of Destiny’s Child. Kelly Rowland and Michelle

Williams, the other two-thirds of the dynamic trio that mesmerized the ‘90s generation, rose up dramatically beside Beyoncé and joined her in performing their famous songs “Bootylicious” and “Independent Women Part I”. After, the three performed Beyoncé’s iconic song “Single Ladies. Beyoncé ended her riveting performance with the ballad-song “Halo” after which there was an eruption of applause from the crowd as well as from viewers on Twitter. Fans from Kobe Bryant to Kim Kardashian raved about the performance; some praised her as a performer, others applauded her athletic skill, many even joked that her performance was what caused the blackout (clearly New Orleans wasn’t ready for this jelly). All in all, Beyoncé gave the notorious commercials, the blackout and the Superbowl itself a run for their money, performing from beginning to end and truly showing those watching what a halftime show really should be about and setting the bar extremely high for next year’s performer. Photo courtest of: assets.nydailynews. com/polop!/.jpg

Maggie Gebo Staff Writer

If you’ve got the mid-winter blues and are looking for something fun to do (something where you can stay inside out of the cold!) the Nazareth College Theatre Department’s current production of Plaza Suite is a just the thing. Funny and entertaining, though not without poignancy and tenderness, Plaza Suite is a fun production full of classic humor that remains relevant and enjoyable today. (Studio A48 is also very warm this time of year…) Written by Neil Simon, famous for the Odd Couple among other numerous comedies, Plaza Suite takes place in the famous Plaza Hotel of New York City in the late 1960s. Each act follows a different couple all staying in “Suite 719” of the hotel at different times and days. Act I opens with Karen Nash preparing for a romantic anniversary with her husband Sam, recalling the honeymoon they spent in suite 719 on Dec. 14. Or maybe it was suite 819. Or maybe it was Dec. 15. Nonetheless, things fail to go quite as Karen hopes. Act II introduces “Mister Famous Hollywood Producer” Jessie Kiplinger, visiting New York on business and hoping to reunite with an old girlfriend, Muriel Tate. Muriel is enamored with the lives of the stars and celebrities that surround Jessie and Jessie has missed Muriel during his time in Hollywood. After five vodka stingers things in Suite 719 take an interesting turn… Finally, in Act III we meet Roy and Norma Hubley, who are having their daughter’s wedding in the hotel. The only problem is…their daughter has locked herself in the bathroom of Suite 719 and is refusing to come out and get married, despite her parents’ best efforts to break down the door and crawl out on the window ledge seven stories up. The colorful characters of Plaza bring something for everyone to identify with and enjoy. Neil Simon’s style is a mixture of classic tongue and cheek humor mixed with the enduring drama from our parents’ generation. Directed by Patti Lewis-Brown of the Nazareth Theatre Department, and playing in Studio A48, Plaza Suite is a wonderful way to kick off the department’s season.

A review of “Warm Bodies” Noelle McElrath-Hart Columns Editor Zombies are the new vampires. When I say that, I mean that there is no denying that zombies have hit the mainstream by storm. The Walking Dead is the grown-up take on the scary, horrific and tragic tale surrounding the mysterious creatures. It is an opportune time to bring Warm Bodies to the screen. The novel was written in 2010 by Seattle native Isaac Marion, and the rights to the book were acquired by Summit Entertainment, the same company that brought Twilight to the screen. After reading the book—and it instantly becoming one of my favorite reads of all time—I had low expectations for the movie. Anyone who has seen a film adaptation of the book immediately knows that nothing can compare to the experience of actual reading itself; it is impossible for every detail to make it through the editing process, and the great reasons why someone enjoyed the book can be lost on screen. However, the movie Warm Bodies was a sweet surprise. If me saying that the movie was made by the same company as the Twilight Saga immediately sways a person's interest away from Warm Bodies, forget I even said that. In fact, just delete that comment from your

memory. Although both movies are about an undead boy and a human girl falling in love, Warm Bodies gives a very comedic, poignant take on the paranormal romance trend. The inner monologue of zombie R –he cannot remember the rest of his

name –shows how conflicted he is when it comes to killing humans and the guilt he feels about it. He also feels conflicted about staring at human girl Julie because he is well aware of how creepy and gross he looks.

One of the best parts of the movie is the performance by Nicholas Hoult, who portrays R onscreen. Mumbling only a few words in the movie because of his character's ailment, Hoult is able to give out an ample amount of emotions just through his facial expression and brings R to life. Because of this, it makes it very easy for the audience to connect to his character and feel sympathy for his situation. When you really boil it down, he is just a guy who has trouble talking to his crush, a girl who sort of wants to kill him because he is a zombie. The movie is filled with funny moments. At one point, Julie and her friend give R a make-over in order for him to look more human, one that he initially refuses because he is a guy. But the movie also has a deeper meaning about R's character and his motivation through his undead life. The movie is about trying to find life when there is not any, hope when a person is surrounded in despair, love when death is the norm. Warm Bodies is an unexpectedly enjoyable movie that a wide range of people can enjoy, as long as they do not have any prejudices against a zombie with a sense of humor. Photo courtesy of: http://www.

Blerg! 30 Rock is Over! Meghan Gillen Staff Writer What the what?! 30 Rock has officially taken its final bow. After seven years of hilarious plots, unforgettable characters and so many quotable moments, the hit NBC show 30 Rock aired its final episode Jan. 31 of this year. Over the past seven seasons 30 Rock has created such memorable characters as Tracy with his entourage: Grizz and Dot Com; Kenneth and his agelessness; Jenna and her egotism; Liz and her food loving quirkiness; and, of course, Jack with his Republicandriven business attitude. It has also featured guest appearances such as Chris Parnell, Oprah Winfrey, Jon Hamm, Will Arnett, Matt Damon, Susan Sarandon, Steve Buscemi, Elizabeth Banks, and Bryan Cranston, to name only a few. 30 Rock had plot lines that could hardly be compared to any other show on television. After watching an episode several times, you can still find more humor that you missed. A common theme that many episodes had was the ability to push the bound-

aries of sitcoms, often pointing out the fact that it’s a television show and making fun of its own actors and even the network it’s on. The finale was no exception. Each character got to say goodbye in

Tracy refused to show up for TGS’s last show. Lutz finally stood up for himself to pick the lunch order. Kenneth finally gets his dream job. But what really made the finally, and arguably the show, was the relationship between Liz and Jack. For those of us who watched the show at least somewhat religiously, we wondered how the show would leave the peculiar relationship of Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy. The two had their heartfelt goodbye in a seemingly romantic setting that, in classic 30 Rock fashion, was abruptly halted by comedy. A great way to end a great show. 30 Rock paved the way for many comedy sitcoms. Its spunk and boldness will always be remembered and missed. But like all good things, it eventually had to come to an end, so shut it down and somebody get me some ham.

his or her own personal way. It was very heartfelt, yet the viewer still got the classic Photo courtesy of: Rock feel that has been established over dia/images/original/original15998279. the past seven years. Jenna let out her emo- jpg tions only when her mirror was taken away.


Ali Sewalt A&E Editor

“Safe Haven” opened in theatres fittingly the night before Valentine’s Day. Starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel as the leading romantic couple, the film was filled with chemistry that of course tied in well with its love filled story line. This movie is another adaptation from popular romance fiction writer Nicholas Sparks. It was directed by Lasse Hallestrom who has previously directed films such as “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, “The Cider House Rules” and most recently, “Salmon Fishing in Yemen.” Within many other reviews of “Safe Haven”, Hallstrom is currently being critiqued for taking on these seemingly cliché story lines after his previous record. However, as a lover of Sparks’ books and movie adaptations, you should know I see no issues with his decisions. Say what you want about Sparks’ stories being cliché, I find them anything but that. His characters are often unique and add to the complex story lines offered in his novels. I’ve yet to have any complaints of the actors chosen for film adaptations too. The romantic chemistry usually transfers from pages to screen without a flaw. “Safe Haven” has more to offer than just a love story. Without giving too much away, we see the pain of a lost parent, a family being healed through the chance to try again, the benefits of a fresh start, and surprisingly for these types of films, a underling thriller plot line that’s sure to have you on the edge of your seat. Additionally, without further spoilers, the plot twist will have you in tears and shock (if you have not previously read the book)/ The film follows Katie (Hough), a young woman who in the thrilling opening scene. is seen fleeing from her home onto a bus headed to Atlanta. This immediately has viewers hooked and leaves a lot to be discovered as the film progresses and reveals more of her background. Katie departs from the bus in the small town of Southport in North Carolina with the intentions of starting a new life and never looking back to her old one. She lands a job at a local restaurant which eventually leads to her meeting Alex (Duhamel), the local general store owner and young, single, widowed father of two children. Following typical Sparks fashion, their romance is filled with mutual reluctance at first as Katie fears her past catching up with her and Alex still grieves over the death of his wife. The plot thickens further as the film flashes to Katie’s psycho cop husband as he tries to hunt her down through abusing the criminal justice system and frequently drinking hard liquor from a water bottle and he arrogantly antagonizes people. Katie’s past eventually catches up to her just as her picturesque seaside family live begins settling with Alex and his children. This part of movie is filled with intense scenes usually not seen in Sparks’ works. “Safe Haven” brought forth beautiful scenery from the small town atmosphere and it moved along with a leisurely pace much like slow, easy rate that matches the seaside, relaxed feeling of the setting. Hough and Duhamel had natural sparks flying throughout the duration of the film and the other supporting roles were endearing and likeable (except for the crazy husband). Even the bitter, anti-romance type would have found some moments adorable, especially with the interactions with the films young stars who played Alex’s children. Once again, Sparks and his time had wonderful timing by releasing “Safe Haven” during Valentine’s season. The movie is perfect for a girls night out or a cute date movie! It has few differentiations from the novel and is sure to leave you feeling a little hopeful during this romantic month. Photo courtesy of: safe_heaven.jpg

Leaked White House Immigration Bill storms news media Ali Sewalt A&E Editor

Currently, The White House is circulating a draft of an immigration bill that would create a new visa for undocumented immigrants that are living in the United States. This would allow them to become permanent, legal residents within an eight year time frame, according to a report published by CNN. The bill will include more security funding and requires business owners

to adopt a system for verifying the immigration status of new hires within four years. President Obama’s bill would create a “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” visa for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Huffington post states that the bill would entail that immigrants pass a criminal background check, submit biometric

information and pay additional fees to qualify for the new and updated visa. The bill reserves the right to deny access to immigrants who have served more than a year in prison for a criminal conviction or were convicted of three or more crimes and were sentenced to a total of 90 days in jail. Crimes committed in other countries that would prevent immigrants from legally entering

the county would also be ineligible. USA Today reported that immigrants facing deportation would be eligible to apply for the visa. Immigrants would also be eligible to apply for a green card within eight years, if they learn English and U.S. history and government. Following this, they would be able to become full United States citizens. Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, described the draft bill as a “very moderate” proposal. He welcomed the path to citizenship but felt that not enough attention was being paid to the future of immigration and all of the changes we might experience. ABC News reported early on in the development that a spokesperson for the Obama administration stressed that the administration bill was neither final nor an attempt to derail a reform effort by a group of Democrats and Republicans in the Senate. White House spokesman Clark Stevens told USA Today that, “ We continue to work in support of a bipartisan effort, and while the president has made clear he will move forward if Congress

fails to act, progress continues to be made and the administration has not prepared a final bill to submit.” There has been some criticism from leading voices in the Senate group working on a bipartisan bill. They feel as if it was a mistake for the White House to draft its own legislation without seeking GOP input. It is common consensus from this group that Obama’s input will be “dead on arrival” through Congress’s eyes. The draft still lacks the foundation of what is necessary for something of this nature. It is crucial that a plan is developed to conduct and alter the legal immigration system to better handle future flows of immigrants. This would explore expansions of some visas or a guest worker program to gain residency. It is most definite that changes will take place regarding this structure as President Obama has promised such during his reelection. He has made immigration a top priority and will take initiative if Congress fails to act. -Photo courtesy of abcnews. com

Nazareth starts Facebook Featured calendar: “compliments” page

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Sam Strain Etc. Editor

Monday, February 18: Metal Monday 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 20: Tea time 4:00 p.m. If you haven’t noticed, Naz has recently gotten a little friendlier. Within the past few weeks, the creation of the Facebook account “Naz Compliments” has created a place for Naz students to share some positive energy. Scrolling through the page, one can see great examples of friendship, love, and admiration – it truly makes people’s days, and has made campus a little brighter. To join in the fun, simply search Naz Compliments and send them a friend request. Once they approve your request, you’ll

be able to send them a Facebook message whose body is the compliment you intend and who it is intended for, and they’ll post it anonymously on the Naz Compliments Facebook page. If Naz Compliments is friends with the person, they’ll tag them in the post so they’ll be notified of your message. With almost six hundred friends only a few weeks after its inception, its likely that you and Naz Compliments have some good mutual friends (and if not, tell your friends to request them!). It’s absolutely true that some

kind words can improve someone’s day drastically. If you’ve got something to say to someone at Naz that you care about, don’t keep it to yourself! Naz Compliments is a great, fun space where you can anonymously declare your love for that someone special, let your friend know that someone cares about them, or simply compliment someone’s outfit! Send Naz Compliments a friendship request and get ready to share the love – it only takes a few words to make someone smile.

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Cinemagram app: the In the Instagram for videos


Sam Strain Etc. Editor

If you’ve joined the iPhone/ SmartPhone revolution, you know that there is a never-ending

stream of applications begging for you to spend your money on them. The apps that tend to

do best among college students, however, are the ones that are free. If you love free apps, cool image filters, and awesome effects, you should check out the new app, Cinemagram, that is to videos what Instagram is to photos. With Cinemagram, turn your captured videos into short, seconds-long gifs, using an easy interface whose slider bars allow you to select exactly what part of your video you want to use. After selecting your clip, you can then add effects – you can choose to animate only certain parts of the video, can choose to make the video run backwards, forwards, or in a loop, and can add some hipster filters! Some suggestions: make water seem to flow backward, write and then watch it un-write, make only one person in a video move while everyone else seems frozen, or throw something and make it seem to fly back into your hand! After you’ve wasted some time creating one of these awesome short videos, you can easily share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or through email. Check it out!

Nazareth hosts annual formal event

“Design in the Working World” The Nazareth Alumni Graphic Design and Illustration Exhibit in the Colacino gallery enters its final weeks. The exhibit which features the illustrative works of Nazareth graduates and continues from now until March 1st. GOOD WORK: The Illustration Art Invitational is the current exhibit being featured in the Arts Center Gallery and features 56 of some of the most famous illustration artists. The artists chose their favorite work that they’ve done and a copy is being exhibited in the show. This featured invitational is open from now until March 1st. “Just Imagine,” the next featured show in the Arts Center Callahan Theater, is a multi-media show featuring Tim Piper, a performer known for performing music made famous by the Beatles. The show takes viewers through an imagined final performance with John Lennon and is coming to Naz on February 23.

In the community:

Laura Sestito Editor-in-Chief As is tradition, Nazareth College hosted a formal for all students at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Rochester on February 9, 2013. The event, which went on from 7:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m., featured dinner, music, party favors and a photo wall that was available for all students to participate in. The theme of this year’s formal was a “Masquerade Ball.” Dinner, which was provided by the Hyatt, was the option of chicken, steak or vegetarian lasagna. Dessert included the options of chocolate cake, carrot cake or cheesecake, all of which were offered to students in a buffet-style presentation. Students were offered a variety of favors to take home with them, including sunglasses with the Masquerade Ball logo on the side, Mardi Gras beads, colored masks and a photo taken at the provided photo booth wall. One

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of the more popular features of the formal, the photo booth wall featured a backdrop, props and a red carpet for students to stand on and formal-goers could take as many pictures as they wanted with their friends as a memento of the evening. The entire album is available online for students to tag or print and the link is

available on the official Nazareth College Facebook page. The evening went almost entirely without a hitch, with the exception of a false fire alarm which thankfully turned out not to cause an issue. Regardless, the Hyatt staff was prepared in the event of an actual emergency even though no evacuation turned out to be necessary. The event was a great place for Nazareth students of all grades to interact with each other and enjoy an evening out with friends. The event turned out over three hundred guests and, as it is hosted annually, will likely continue to be included as a traditional event for students to enjoy throughout their time at Nazareth. -Photo courtesy of Nazareth College Facebook page

Local Eight-year-old Sings Anthem Twice In One Day – In Two Cities: Bayley Morrison of Macedon takes her talent to Buffalo to sing the Canadian and American national anthems before the Buffalo Sabres game and follows her performance by singing the National Anthem before the Rochester Americans hockey game. Gas Prices Continue To Jump: The national average for gasoline increases 12 cents during the week of February 16th and is up 42 cents since last month. The average national price is currently $3.67 a gallon. Concerns are rising as March is typically the time during the year when gas demand increases and the possibility for gas to rise over $4.00 a gallon for the national average is a possibility.



Super Bowl champ Ray Lewis retires Pat Monachino Staff Writer

Super Bowl Champion Linebacker Ray Lewis announced to the world on Jan. 2, 2013 that he is going to retire from the National Football League at the end of the year. It seemed like the perfect story line of the year and it was on everybody’s minds when the playoffs began. The Ravens and Superbowl MVP quarterback Joe Flacco were almost perfect while they won Super Bowl XLVII with a score of

34-31. What is even better is that Ray Lewis got to do what many athletes dream of doing, but never get to do. He gets to retire winning it all, and will go out on top. Talking about his Super Bowl win and retirement, Ray Lewis said, “It’s no greater way as a champ to go out on your last ride with the men that I went out with, with my teammates, and you looked around this stadium and Baltimore, Baltimore, we

coming home, baby. We did it!” Lewis joins many other athletes of the NFL and other leagues to do this feat, and avoids being on the opposite end: Ending a career while coming close, but losing, or never winning at all. Let’s take a look at a few stories to compare: NFL: Let’s go back to 2006 and Super Bowl XL. Jerome “the Bus” Bettis was back in his native Detroit to face the Seattle

Seahawks. Bettis had an impressive 13 year career already having 13,662 total rushing yards, 200 total receptions, 1,449 receiving yards, and 94 total touch downs as a running back. When the Pittsburgh Steelers won Super Bowl XL, Bettis was on the podium with the trophy and said, "It's been an incredible ride. I played this game to win a championship. I'm a champion, and I think the Bus's last stop is here in Detroit." NBA: Former center Bill Russell for the Boston Celtics holds the record for most NBA Championships by one player (11, all for the Celtics). It seems fitting then that his last NBA game was a win in the 1969 NBA Championship game against the Los Angeles Lakers. After the Celtics won the championship the team returned to Boston, except without Russell who had effectively retired from the NBA. Even though he was scrutinized by the fans and media in Boston, by leaving the Celtics without a center and coach (as he had been

a player coach since the ‘96/‘97 season), he went out on top. MLB: Joe DiMaggio is one of the greatest center fielders of all time. He played for the New York Yankees from 1936-1951, with three seasons (1943-1946) spent in the military. He had been on 13 All-Star teams, three MVP awards, held the record for a 56 game hitting streak, and was a nine time World Series champion by the end of the 1951 season. His 56 game hitting streak is considered unbreakable by many involved in Major League Baseball. The ‘51World Series was between the Yankees and the Giants (at the time still in New York). The Yankees won in 6 games and DiMaggio announced his retirement December 11, 1951. Ray Lewis’s career was one of excitement, entertainment, and controversy. In the end, he would go out as one of the greatest linebackers of all time in the NFL. Like many of these other athletes he would go out on top. He can say that in the last game of his career, he did not get beat. He won. He would retire a winner, and nobody ever will be able to take that away from him. -Photo courtesy of storify. com

Nazareth’s mens hockey team ends its first season with senior night Ali Sewalt A&E Editor Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 marked the conclusion of Nazareth College Hockey’s home games of their first season. Although our Golden Flyers lost to Utica with the final score of 5-2, it was no doubt an exciting game since Nazareth students, as well as the Rochester community, came out to watch the final home game. Before the start of the game, the hockey team, the patrons and the fans in the Monroe Community College Sports Centre honored the Golden Flyers’ sole senior, Ben Waldman. Waldman previously played for the SUNY Fredonia Blue Devils where he saw much success. He is also a 2008 graduate of Pittsford Sutherland High School. He has been honored twice as SUNYAC Player of the Week in 2010-11. Ben also excels in golf, earned all-state honors and helped his team to three Section Five titles. He celebrated senior night with fans, family, and his parents in attendance. Ben Waldman has certainly made a name for himself as the captain of Nazareth’s fledgling team, which is sure to hold a promising future. Regarding this season and the team’s future, Ben stated, “The season this year has been exciting to say the least. Being from Pittsford with a first year program like we had this year has been a special experience. Coach Roll and DeMichiel

have done an amazing job recruiting a brand new team and also making it come together so well. Nazareth is going to have a great hockey team in years to come, with the winning mentality of the coaches and personal drives of the players they brought in, I can see a great future for this program.” As for the closing home game, the first period remained scoreless but saw Ed Zdolshek, the goalie, make 15 saves. The game picked up in second period as Utica scored three times and took the lead, the first being in the first 33 seconds of the period. As the next period progressed, Utica scored another

goal making it a 4-0 lead. The game took on new excitement as Nazareth’s Golden Flyers caught up with late goals in the third period, the first being from Packy Jones. The first goal was followed by a final, exciting goal from Tom Seravalli with just :02 seconds left in the game. Nazareth will close out their regular season games as they take on

the Neumann Knights in Aston, Pennsylvania. As the season concludes, it is clear that Nazareth fought hard at their first season. Encompassed of Hobart, Elmira, Manhattanville, Utica, and Neumann, the division is perceptibly difficult and is by no means comprised of any easy wins. -Photo courtesy of



Signing and trading your team into contention Pat Monachino Staff Writer

For baseball enthusiasts like me, free agency can be one of the most wonderful times of the year. Players either choose to remain or leave for bigger and better things (usually more money or a contending team). With all of what has happened this offseason and with pitchers and catchers going to spring training on February 11, I will look at and examine the moves of five teams which will, probably, make the most difference in the league this upcoming season. Toronto Blue Jays: The Jays seem to be tired of finishing in the bottom half of the AL East and spurred an entire revamp of their roster this offseason. They traded for three All-Stars when they acquired starters Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, and shortstop Jose Reyes from the Marlins. They also acquired a fourth when they

traded for and extended a contract to the 2012 NL Cy-Young winner and knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey. Free Agent signings of veteran infielders Mark DeRosa and Maicer Izturis and outfielder Melky Cabrera give Toronto the depth they need to be productive at just about every position. Returners Jose Batista and Rajai Davis in the outfield, with Edwin Encarnacion at designated hitter, they have a lineup which is finally competitive (on paper) against the rest of the AL East. Kansas City Royals: The third place finish last year still was not good enough for the new management of the Royals. They have a young core of good players with Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas leading them, and to balance out the hitting the Royals traded for three reliable starting pitchers in James Shields, Ervin Santana, and Wade Davis. However, ex-

pect the big story this spring training to be centered around their non-roster invitees who include former big name major leaguers Miguel Tejada, Xavier Nady, Willy Taveras, and Dan Wheeler. If they can compete productively, the Royals may be able to sneak into second place and a potential wild card spot this season. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: The biggest free agent hitters of now the past two offseasons, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, have both been signed by the Angels. If the Angels can get the same production which Hamilton has had since coming into the league, and the production they expected from Albert Pujols last year, with the hopefully continued success of Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout, then the Angels have one of the most dangerous lineups in the MLB. This contains the

threat of hitting a home run every single night. Expect the Angels to finish on top with the Oakland Athletics in the AL West (as the Rangers had a disappointing offseason this year), losing much more than what they gained. Atlanta Braves: The signing of BJ Upton, and the trade for his brother Justin, were the big moves for the Braves. These are two All-Stars who will bring production day in and day out. If it were any two other players than the Upton brothers then the Braves, who lost Chipper Jones to retirement and traded away third baseman Martin Prado to the Diamondbacks for Justin Upton and starter Tommy Hanson to the Angels, would be having a mediocre offseason. The acquisition of third baseman Chris Johnson as a part of the Upton deal keeps the Braves from needing to fill out the rest of their infield and still keeps them productive. Expect the 2013 Braves to be back in the postseason this fall, and expect them to get there with a bang. Los Angeles Dodgers: The Dodgers’ spending spree behind the money of a group which includes former Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson began last summer and has not stopped. Last summer the Dodgers acquired Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, and Josh Beckett all from the Red Sox, and also acquired shortstop Hanley Ramirez from the Marlins. This offseason they have looked more like the New York Yankees’ spending on the number one available pitcher Zack Greinke, along with relievers J.P. Howell and Brandon League. The Yankees have proved before that spending a lot of money does not necessarily ensure a championship, but the Dodgers will certainly be better than they were last year and could definitely find themselves in contention in the weak NL West. Photo courtesy of operationsports. com

Men’s volleyball starts off the year undefeated Laura Sestito Editor-in-Chief

Nazareth College’s men’s volleyball team, who are last years defending national champions, have started off their season right with an 9-0 undefeated record. Currently, they are sitting in the number two position in the national rankings, up three spots from their earlier position according to the National Volleyball Coaches Association. The team’s first match was against Cazenovia, a first-year team, and was won in a threeset match. Nazareth freshman Bobby Beeman, Coulten Every, Chris Mahan and Tim Zyburt lead the team in kills and with their combined efforts earned Naz 41 kills with only six attacking errors. Freshman Chris George lead in assists, earning 22 followed by sophomore Nick McDonagh who completed 14. The following week, the team competed in the 2013 Golden Flyer Invitational which included teams from Southern Vermont, Elmira, Emmanuel,

MIT and Medaille College. On Saturday, February 2, Nazareth went undefeated, taking on Southern Vermont who was defeated in three sets and went on to beat Medaille later that day, who they also overtook in just three sets. The following Sunday, Nazareth was matched up against Emmanuel, who they beat in three sets and MIT who they overcame in a 3-2 win after five sets. Senior EJ Wells-Spencer was named the MVP of the tournament and sophomore Luke Lawatsch and freshman Grant Levermore were also named to the All-Tournament team. Naz earned a fifth-ranked spot in the national rankings at the end of the tournament. Nazareth competed in away games the following week, traveling to Medaille College in Buffalo to play against New York University, Vassar College and Bard College. All three teams were defeated in a 3-0 three-set match, giving Naz another un-

defeated tournament record at the UVC Crossover tournament. The end of the event brought Nazareth to an overall 8-0 record with seven of the eight victories being sweeps. The men’s team is off to

the best start it’s had in the program’s nine-year history with the defeat of Elmira college on February 13. The game, which was won in four sets, marked a break in competition as the team had an idle weekend from Febru-

ary 16-7. The team resumes play again on February 20 at home against Hilbert College in what hopes to continue to be a stellar season for the undefeated team. -Photo courtesy of athletics.

The Art of... Fashion Noelle McElrath-Hart Columns Editor

Fashion itself is an art. Being able to strategically put together an outfit that reflects both the person I am and the person I want to be is a skill I have been working on for years. Fashion has become less of a hobby over the years and more of an everyday habit that has been engrained in me after much practice. The definition of fashion is not to put on a formal dress every day. It also does not mean buying new clothes as soon as a trend is available and never wearing the same piece of clothing again. There are plenty of small and simple ways to not only wear what you are comfortable in, but how to discover

your own style to show off to everyone else. Get inspired. There are plenty of great places to become inspired by fashion. If you see a great skirt and top combination in Vogue, make sure to figure out why you like it in order to find similar pieces. Pintrest is a great place to view what other people are wearing and see how small details can make an outfit. Remember: Just because you cannot afford the designer outfit does not mean you cannot use it as inspiration. Sites like Polyvore and The Hunt make it easy for people to find cheaper alternatives to great styles with items you may already own. Start small. Even if you are the type of person who would rather be comfortable in sweatpants and a hoodie all day, there are plenty of little things you can do to make yourself more presentable…Instead of putting on sweats, try wearing leggings and

an oversized sweater. It has all the comfort of a hoodie, but is a little more special. If you do not have time to do a messy bun, try putting in a sparkly or flowered headband as a simple accessory. Show off your style. You have a great outfit that you love. Go ahead and show it off! Make excuses to take pictures with your friends when you are especially looking nice, and put them on Facebook for the world to see. Take some pictures of a great hairstyle you worked on and pin it to Pintrest for others to use for inspiration. If you are serious about fashion, then start your own blog through sites like Tumblr and Blogspot. On my blog, I make a variety of entries, from hair tutorials to trend predictors to movie fashion. Keep in mind that if you start a blog be sure to stay consistent with entries; no one likes a no show. Guys can be fashionable, too. Style is not limited to one gender. Guys have just as much opportunity to be fashionable without losing their masculinity. Believe me, girls notice when a guy dresses nice. Guys can always throw on an open buttonup over a plain white tee shirt and jeans for something different than gym shorts and sweatshirts. Photo courtesy of vogue. com

Money State of Mind Giancarlos Molina Staff Writer In this day in age, we are bombarded with various promises through advertisement. “Take this supplement, you will obtain superman strength!” or “Buy these Nike sneakers, you will jump higher!” As we know, 99.9 percent of the time, these promises are lies and can never be fulfilled. But what if I told you can become a millionaire in 10 years without working a single day? If you invested $10,000 in the Apple Company in 2003, your stocks would have appreciated to $1,000,000.00. As students, most of us do not have the luxury of having $10,000 at our disposable. However, most of us do have $1,000, or can obtain it quickly. If invested in Apple for 10 years, that $1,000 grows to $100,000. Not too shabby. In general, Investing your money can be one of the best decisions you ever make throughout your entire life. By investing in global companies can increase your standard of living for not only yourself, but for others as well. These companies provide jobs to the greater population throughout the world. Of course, as investors,

we do take an inherent risk by investing our money within the stock market. Several unusual macro events may cause the economy to enter a recession and severely impact the stock market. If you are not interested in taking any risk or want to minimize it, there are several other types of investments which can guarantee you your money back. However, they also do not offer the lucrative capital appreciation that you receive when investing your money in a company, like Apple, which is listed in the stock market. Bonds are a type of investments where the investor loans his or her money to either a company or a government in order to finance a project or pay their debts. In return, the investor receives his or her money back, plus interest. As mentioned before, these types of investments do not offer jaw-dropping returns. However, as opposed to investing in the stock market, chances are higher that you receive your money back. In the end, “a safe dollar is worth more than a risky dollar.”

Student Art Corner: Nemo Edition

Winter photos by Melisssa Stio

My Life as Freshman Melissa Stio Staff Writer So the spring semester here at Naz is in full swing. With all the essays, projects, and assignments piling up, Spring Break cannot come fast enough. I really should be working on my research paper for Italian 305, or doing something else that is a little bit more productive than watching The Office, or hiding under my heated blanket. I read somewhere that young adults are some of the most stressed-out people—if you know any music majors this is indeed a fact. I look back on my first “My Life as a Freshman” entry and realize I truly was the embodiment of the starry-eyed freshman, in awe of all new things. The first three months as a student here were a whirlwind of emotions, experiences, and homework. While the emotions, experiences, and homework has not slowed down at all, I feel much more ready to take on the challenges I once was fearful of early in September. When I was told that I have to spend next spring in Italy, I essentially panicked. While I am still nervous for my first real time being away from home, I feel more ready to board

that plane. I do still love this school like I did when I arrived on move-in day. I went for a walk through the snow-laden cam-

pus and couldn’t help but grin at how quiet and beautiful it all was. It was just the sort of peaceful walk I needed, even though the pile of things I have needed to take care of has only grown by the day. Considering all of the assignments I have had so far, this semester has been off to a pretty good start. I have a really good feeling about my classes this semester, too. I have a better understanding of how college works, though it is only my second semester. I make to-do lists,

I find time to take naps, I know my way around, and I finally feel like a Golden Flyer. Since September, I have learned much more than I expected. I learned why having an early registration slot is beneficial. I have come to acknowledge that it is okay to miss the days of yore. I have learned that it is acceptable to get help, be it from your professor or best friend down the hall. I have learned how valuable time is with those you care about. I have learned about how Naz Delivery is one of the best things that has ever graced this campus (seriously, it’s like the school is encouraging me to be lazy). My life as a freshman so far has been a wonderful time and I definitely do attribute it to everyone who makes up Nazareth College. I do not think the transition would have been so smooth if I had chosen to attend Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla. I feel so comfortable and welcome here at Nazareth and I would not change one thing even if I had to start back with orientation weekend. Photo courtesy of

Hayley’s Healthy Habits Hayley Johnson Staff Writer End Your Sugar Addiction! The term “sugar addiction” may sound a little strange, but it is certainly real! Being dependent on sugary foods is actually similar to a drug addiction in that they are both easily formed habits. Too many sugary foods can lead to diseases like obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Sugary calories are swiftly absorbed by our bodies, and cause a chemical release of endorphins in our brains. So, in the short-term, sugar makes us happy.... and then we crash. We are not capable of digesting unhealthy sugars at a fixed rate, so our bloodstreams are overwhelmed. Simultaneously, we crave more sugar, generally resulting in unhealthy binges. However, all of these negative effects are derived from refined, processed, white sugars, not the natural sugars we can get from foods like fruit. We need a certain amount of glucose in

order to have energy, so the nutritional value of apples and oranges is not comparable to that of brownies and ice cream. In fact, in order to break a sugar addiction, replacing things like baked goods, sweetened cereals, and soda with fruits and vegetables is the first thing you should do. Raw foods are full of complex carbohydrates (natural

sugars) rather than simple carbs, so they digest slower. By doing this, the brain is not signaled to crave more. Additionally, healthier foods provide us with vitamins and minerals, of which processed foods are completely devoid. Sugary energy drinks may provide you with a boost, but it will only be temporary.

Meanwhile, healthy fruits, vegetables, and grains will give you long-lasting vitality. Another way to break a sugar addiction is to be wary of sugars listed under different names. Foods like candy contain fructose, dextrose, sucrose, maltose, and brown rice syrup. The important thing to remember is that all of these names mean added sugarthat is, the sugars are not naturally occurring, so they are chemically added. Raw nuts, whole grains, plain yogurt, peanut butter, lean proteins, and other lowsugar foods help combat sugar cravings by filling you up with protein and stabilizing your blood sugar. If you begin to substitute these foods for anything sugar-laden, you will be on your way to breaking the sugar addiction that so many students have, yet do nothing about! Photo courtesy of

My Life as a Senior Laura Sestito Editor-in-Chief

Since I bored everyone with my sentimental rant about time moving too fast in my last MYLAAS article, I feel that this time it’s appropriate for me to take a different route. Namely, instead of being sentimental I’m going to be totally honest and say that I cannot wait to graduate and for the madness to be over. The truth is, after four years of working really hard, I’m just exhausted. Practically everything that I’ve done in my life leading up to this point has been preparation for this final moment that, yes, I’m graduating and yes, I’m going to be a big grown-up-type-person (aybe. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here…) and the end is in sight! Shouldn’t that make me more motivated to finish strong? Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely care about how my last semester grades are because I will be a perfectionist and a gogetter until the bitter end. However, my priorities have become a bit skewed due to the fact that a) I have a job to take at the end of the year where I’m currently working part time and I certainly do not want to let that fall by the wayside b) I am in charge of this lovely newspaper with which you have in your hands and/or are reading online (you know we have an online edition right? Shameless plug, I know) and c) I am also attempting to enjoy my senior year with my friends.

There has been a steady progression throughout my college career where it has become more and more important for me to manage my time wisely because, without said management, there is no way I would get anything done. Freshman year was a time of hand-holding and “ugh do I really have to read ten pages in this chapter for homework tonight?” (silly, silly naïve freshman that I was), followed by sophomore year “hey, where did my free time go?,” continued with the unwelcome shock of junior year of “panic and how on earth am I going to get this all done?” And now here I am, senior year, with 18.5 million things to do (slight exaggeration) every night with the energy and/or motivation to do little of it. Which is terrible, I know! But after, oh, seventeen years in some sort of school-like environment, I’m just burnt out. It used to be horrifying to picture my unstructured and unknown life that exists after I’m completely done with schooling, but now that I see it? It’s hard to stay focused. Regardless, I am going to do my best to stay on track. When senioritis is hitting me at my worst I just have to remember all the work I did leading up to this and I can’t let that go to waste. There’s no sense in living for the future (or the past, for that matter) and forgetting to enjoy what’s going on right now, no matter how exciting the future may look.




Reading Days By the look of this campus, everyone is in desperate need of a break.

Virtual Matchmaking (Tinder) It makes stalking that much easier for everyone.

Siblings Weekend You might not have been able to stand them when you were with them 24/7, but you know you miss them.

Slow Naz Deliveries Sorry, we did give you a chance!

Beyonce/Destiny’s Child The Super Bowl is finally back to bringing pop super stars to the stage. Super Bowl Commercials From funny to gross to ridiculous, they are what everyone talks about the day after. Grammy Season Music brings everyone together.

35 Minute Super Bowl Blackout Technical difficulties on the most watched broadcast? Really? Beyonce Illuminati Theory Who comes up with these theories? Hockey Ending Before it Starts We will barely have enough time to get back into it.

S’winter Blues Reading List

Naz in the Snow

So, the weather’s not great, and the semester seems like its starting to drag. This halfway between winter and spring season is the perfect time to put your life into persepective with some depressing books relax and read some great books. We suggest the following titles:

The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under-maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational--as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.

Lord of the Flies - William Golding

William Golding's compelling story about a group of very ordinary small boys marooned on a coral island has become a modern classic. At first it seems as though it is all going to be great fun; but the fun before long becomes furious and life on the island turns into a nightmare of panic and death. As ordinary standards of behaviour collapse, the whole world the boys know collapses with them— the world of cricket and homework and adventure stories—and another world is revealed beneath, primitive and terrible.

Crime and Punishment -Dostoevsky

Through the story of the brilliant but conflicted young Raskolnikov and the murder he commits, Fyodor Dostoevsky explores the theme of redemption through suffering. Dostoevsky provides readers with a suspenseful, penetrating psychological analysis that goes beyond the crime — which in the course of the novel demands drastic punishment — to reveal something about the human condition: The more we intellectualize, the more imprisoned we become. Crime and Punishment is now one of the most famous and influential novels in world literature. - All summaries and images courtesy of

Have a lovely S’winter!

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The Gleaner, Volume 88, Issue 6  

The student newspaper of Nazareth College of Rochester