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VOLUME IV, ISSUE III
PACE UNIVERSITY, PLEASANTVILLE/BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NY
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2014
Administration Cancels Townhouse Day 2015 TAYLOR LONGENBERGER NEWS EDITOR
One hundred and sixteen students ﬁlled Lienhard Lecture Hall Tuesday night to discuss cancelling Townhouse Day at an RHA meeting, where Dean Lisa spoke about the univeristy’s decision.
An email addressed to townhouse residents was sent from Dean of Students Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo Monday morning, informing students of Townhouse Day’s cancellation. “Pace staff and administration is unable to support events and activities that might compromise student safety and violate our policies; thus, I am writing to inform you that Pace University can no longer support Town House Day,” Moscaritolo’s email said. Based on the exhibition of student behavior in previous years, the Dean of Students, the Director and Assistant Director of Residential Life, the Pace Pleasantville head of Security, and the Residence Director of the townhouses have
determined the event “to be a risk and safety concern for each student.” As Townhouse Day was originally started as an event to celebrate the end of the year and the beginning of spring, Townhouse Hall Council held a preliminary meeting to discuss the plans for a new tradition located at a different area on campus in order to celebrate the spring. Students joined the Dean of Students and the Townhouse Hall Council at the Residence Hall Association (RHA) on Tuesday to express comments and concerns regarding the cancellation. Any further information that is presented or uncovered regarding the Townhouse Day cancellation will be released to students in the near future.
Iron Workers Protest Outside of Pace University CHRISTOPHER D’ERASMO FEATURED WRITER CARLOS VILLAMAYOR MANAGING EDITOR Union picketers from the Ironworkers Local 40 Union gathered at the entrances to Pace Pleasantville several days last week. Protests were the result of alleged discrimination of the union workers by S&M Iron Works, based in Rock Tavern, NY, during the bidding process for the Pace Master Plan. The protesters stated that Kirchhoff Consigli Construction Management (KCCM)— Pace’s construction manager for the Master Plan—discriminated, through its subcontractor, against unions who tried to participate. Kevin O’Rourke, the union’s president, stated that M&S pays substandard wages to its employees, and offers no beneﬁts and no apprenticeship program. O’Rourke emphasized that an
apprenticeship program enables workers to acquire proper skills and develop their work into a career. O’Rourke also said that M&S brings in out-of-state workers, thus affecting local workers, many of which struggle to ﬁnd a job. The resulting confusion from these pickets caused the university to place signs reserving some entrances for the protesters and others for the workers. Protesters were asked to relocate to entrance two. The foundation for this protest goes back to when Pace hired KCCM to choose the construction companies that would be incorporated into the construction of the Master Plan. The workers from the union complained that KCCM was unjustly choosing non-union workers over union workers purely on a cost basis, shutting them out of the bidding process to land a spot on the job. The pickets and these allega-
tions caused Pace’s Ofﬁce of Administration to send out a blast email defending KCCM, stating that it did not discriminate with the Unions and in fact had open conversations with them. “KCCM employs on site for the project a mix of union and nonunion subcontractors,” the email read. “We anticipate that this multi-phase project will create more than 600 construction jobs of which more than half will be union jobs.” When contacted, S&M refused to comment. KCCM stands by their actions stating that there was a fair bidding process that resulted in those with the ability to do job the best and with the least resources winning the positions. In its email, the Ofﬁce of Administration said that in “these times of rising costs it is crucial that we select the most competitive bids in order to hold down costs. Pace is not raising tuition to fund this project.”
HAZING PREVENTION POSTERS
DRINKING TESTS AND APPS
One Greek member argues the posters that were made for National Hazing Prevention week, saying they were offensive. What do you think?
Take a look at a sophomore’s life through pictures. Heather Hayes is a communications student that is living her creative dream.
Starting in October, Pace will be supplying students iwth drinking tests, so that they may test their drinks for drugs Also in the works are applications to make students safer on and off campus.
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Pace Learns the Power of Words TAYLOR LONGENBERGER NEWS EDITOR Pace students gathered in Miller Lecture Hall on Tues night to discuss the power of words, an event hosted by Sigma Lambda Upsilon (SLU). Students were given a copy of Langston Hughes’ Poem “As I Grew Older” at the beginning of the evening allowing them
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that were marked during the ﬁnal reading of the poem. The room grew louder and softer through the reading as lines that impacted the entire room brought voices together. “I was expecting to hear similar parts of the poem relate to different people, but I was not expecting the overpowering reaction from one line,“ SLU member Jimenez said. “It was powerful to have the entire room coming together and understanding that those words could mean something different to everyone.” SLU member Elizabeth Acevedo’s spoken word was then presented which questioned the words that are used in daily life. Acevedo described the powerful change that occurred following her education and assimilation back into her home neighborhood. If she spoke in the vernacular tongue she was seen as “pompous and exclusive” but she is not unaware of the difﬁculties of her home neighborhood due to her education. She is still a “hustler,” able to see the struggle of those that did not receive the same education. Many participants in the event were greatly moved by the representation of the power that words have on each other. “I know that it was hard for me to come to Pace, be one of the ﬁrst in family to be educated, and then go home and feel excluded due to the knowledge that I had. I am not changed,” one SLU member said. “I am still the same person that I was, I still know what it is like to live in the bad part of town.” The event concluded with the addition of each participant’s words placed as if they were leaves on a tree mural. The words still attached to the tree represented the things that bring a person up, and those that were written below, as fallen leaves, were words that tear one down. “Raising awareness is so important. I am grateful that I attend a university like Pace that can host forums and programs where people can express their feelings in a safe environment,” Jimenez said. “It allows people to grow and share together.”
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TAYLOR LONGENBERGER NEWS EDITOR Student Government Association (SGA) met in Miller lecture hall Fri. Sept 26. Senators and students have ﬁlled the SGA committees (Elections, Programming, Budget Allocation Committee, Judicial Board, Constitution Committee, Unity Committee, Administrative Outreach, and Academic Affairs) as of last Friday. Caitlyn Kelly, from the Cen-
ter for Community Action and Research (CCAR), presented the upcoming events and opportunities available through the CCAR ofﬁce. Students that are interested in becoming involved with the community should reach out to the ofﬁce for more information. Shawn Livingston, Executive Advisor, told SGA that student organizations should expect an email from Rachel Carpenter about Kessel event planning for spring 2015 to assist in their BMS process this semester. A timeline
of spaces coming online for the spring and spaces on campus going ofﬂine should be provided within the email. SGA will be hosting a SGA “We Serve You” Barbecue on Oct. 11, on the Tennis Courts from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Students with comments or questions can ﬁnd the SGA ofﬁce located near the Higher One ofﬁce in Kessel Student Center and can also attend the SGA meeting this Fri Sept 26.
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Summer Master Plan Update with William McGrath CARLOS VILLAMAYOR MANAGING EDITOR In conversation with The Pace Chronicle, William McGrath, Senior Vice President and COO for Westchester, discussed the Master Plan’s progress over the summer, the plans for this and next semester, and some of the renovations scheduled for Pace’s Pleasantville campus. According to McGrath, this past summer the construction efforts focused on four things: the new environmental center, the renovations for Kessel, the pond, and the new road to the gym. The construction of the new environmental center was a priority, since its former location prevented the start of the work on Residence Hall A, known as Alumni Hall. Although construction of the environmental center was originally projected to be complete by the start of this semester, it was delayed because of last winter’s temperatures and conditions. However, McGrath said, this had no major overall impact on the Master Plan, and the center should be ready by winter break. The present adjustments to Kessel were also a main concern, because dining services had to be ready for the start of classes. Looking to the eventual consolidation of the Briarcliff and Pleasantville campuses, Kessel’s renovation is a top priority for the same reason. Choate Pond was a big part of the summer’s schedule, due to the large amount of work that went into dredging and draining it. According to McGrath, 7,200 cubic yards of mud had to be removed from the pond, 35 at a time—all of which was a noisy
and dirty process. In order to minimize impact to the pond’s environment, McGrath said, Pace hired a ﬁrm with expertise on such matters who trained the workers on how to carry on their work with minimal disruptions to the wildlife—such as a family of ducks whose ﬂedgling could not ﬂight, but eventually took off on their own. Additionally, he explained that as the pond’s water was drained, most of its wildlife ﬂed downstream to the Taconic River. Workers also had to move a few turtles, and a particularly big one was taken to Opperman’s Pond. Completion of work on Choate Pond has taken more than initially planned due to the manufacture of the pond’s new outlet control structure, which was late. The outlet control structure—its installation the reason why Miller circle closed last weekend—resembles a dam, and, according to McGrath, will allow the pond’s depth to be regulated and thus affect the formation of algae on its surface. The construction of the new circulation pattern to the gym had to be completed, McGrath said, in order to ensure the access of emergency services to all buildings. Looking ahead in preparation for winter, McGrath said that by the time winter break comes, the “shell” of Kessel’s expansion should be ready, which will allow for interior work to proceed over the winter. Likewise, the foundations and the ﬁrst ﬂoor’s exterior of Alumni Hall should be ready for winter break. Alumni Hall will then be built using modular units, McGrath said, which are large pre-fabricated sections that, once brought to Pace, will be connected to each other. This,
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Photo paceplvmasterplan.com The original projected start and dates for each construction project. The rest of this chart, including other projected dates and progress reports, is available at www.paceplvmasterplan.com.
McGrath said, will reduce on-site work. Along with Kessel and the new buildings, other parts of the Pleasantville campus will undergo changes. The new parking lot space beside Choate House will be available for faculty and also for students, said Aisha Moyla, Director of Administration and Communications. The area in front of Vineyard Building—behind Dyson Hall—is being transformed to accommodate a softball ﬁeld; since Pace’s current one is in Briarcliff. Willcox will also be renovated, as the Department of Media, Communications, and
Visual Arts expands with two new majors, digital journalism and digital ﬁlmmaking, McGrath said. A soundstage has already been completed on the third ﬂoor of Willcox as part of the renovations, Moyla said, and a new Mac lab and classrooms for the ﬁne arts program are also scheduled. Willcox gym will be split into two separate spaces: a lecture hall with 150 seats, and a multipurpose space, mostly for social events. As for next year, McGrath said that Kessel’s expansion should be ready to open in the spring. Two athletic ﬁelds, a baseball ﬁeld and a multipurpose ﬁeld—for lacrosse, soccer, ﬁeld hockey, and football—should
be completed during the spring semester. The new ﬁeld house and Alumni Hall should be ready for Fall 2015. Other new features still a long way off are Residence Hall B and a new Welcome Center. McGrath urged students to be careful around the construction sites, and stressed that construction workers are not allowed to talk to students, nor are they allowed on the residence halls. According to McGrath, this will be the most disruptive semester of the Master Plan construction. But the outcome for students and student life, he said, “will be fantastic.”
Dean Lisa’s Townhouse Day Letter to Residents Dear Town House residents: The safety, health and wellbeing of our students are a priority for us. University policies and procedures are in place to ensure the safety and security for the Pace Community. We are committed to improving the student experience and have developed new programs and initiatives to ensure that this happens. Enforcing policy will ensure that your experience is a good one. Pace staff and administration is unable to support events and activities that might compromise student safety and violate our policies; thus, I am writing to inform you that Pace University can no longer support Town House Day.
This event continues to be a risk and a safety concern for each student. We cannot condone the misuse and abuse of alcohol which can result in student injuries, hospital transports for alcohol intoxication, and sexual assault and harassment. In addition, there have been reports of vandalism and property damage. Town House Day was started to celebrate the spring and close of the academic year. We have had a preliminary meeting with the Town House Council leadership last week and they would like to start a new tradition at another location on campus where we can celebrate the spring in another way and ensuring university policy is followed. If you have questions about this
decision please join me and your Town House Council at the RHA meeting on Tuesday night at 9:30 pm in Lienhard Lecture Hall. If you have ideas on a new program or new tradition please do not hesitate to contact your Town House Council leadership. Sincerely, Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo, PhD AVP/Dean for Students, Westchester
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Going Without In College: The Struggle is Real KAYLA GRANIERO FEATURED WRITER Oh, that ﬁrst cup of Ramen of the semester. It really is something, isn’t it? To know it is going to be a while until you remember what actual food is supposed to taste like. How many days until Thanksgiving? As college students, with the exception of that three percent that can afford the full ﬁfty-six something thousand dollars per year, we are accustomed to going without a lot. Home cooking (unless you count the diner, which would be sad), sleep, free time, a clean bathroom, alone time, and other luxuries are what we would have at home. I am not sure if the infamous “freshmen ﬁfteen” weight gain is actually caused from excessive dining hall food, late night pizzas, and beer that we are all supposed to be consuming massively. I think that maybe it is actually caused from the binge eating everything we have ever enjoyed from our hometowns and mama’s cooking during breaks. Going home for Thanksgiving, in between semesters, and possibly more often if you are conveniently located close to Pace, is more probable to be the
cause of weight gain because of the, “Oh my goodness you can like, have food that you want. Like all of the time,” factor. You can have a closet and non-comical size refrigerator full of food and not have to walk any more than from the couch to the kitchen for what you desire. The grilled cheese and bread. Oh, the bread. The actual pizza that we all don’t want to pay real money for while we’re here, unless it’s after dining hall hours and we do not care because Domino’s delivers and Pizza Hut has stuffed crust. Unless you go to North Carolina like me where they do not understand what pizza even is. But that is a personal problem I have to deal with. I ﬁnd that the hungrier, more tired and stressed I am, my standards for food fall astronomically. “Going without” becomes, “I’ll take what I can get.” We may be in a state of delusion currently, being that it is still the beginning of the semester and we haven’t truly run out of dining money, food in our rooms, toiletries, etc. But don’t you worry, everyone, particularly freshman who are new to this way of life, you will soon understand the severity of the struggle of running out of everything. Have you ever taken a sham-
Photo from collegeproblems.org poo shower? You will. Especially for students who don’t have cars, or gas money, or money to buy anything when you take the shuttle and walk to wherever you want to go, college students are at a disadvantage. We pay/work/loan/do unspeakable things for the thousands and thousands of dollars that is our tuition. Most students have a job while at university. Even more have jobs in their hometowns for when class is not in session to save up
for the extra fees they don’t tell you about such as books, trips to the city, internship clothes, milk, etc. Any tuition remission, parttime grind, or if you’re fortunate enough to have a paid internship, is really just enough to keep your head aﬂoat. The experience is probably beneﬁcial to your growth and maturity but the revenue is probably just grease in the wheels of the next semester’s payment. It is never quite enough,
though, is it? I mean, it is not like we can all work full-time jobs while simultaneously having a full-time course load, being involved on campus, some semblance of a social life, and, sometimes, sleep. It is hard out here on our own but those breaks come faster than we think. Team up with your friends/ﬂoor mates for resources, take advantage of school sponsored saving graces like midnight breakfast, and Pace yourself with what you’ve got.
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Hazing Prevention Posters Bad Publicity for Greeks GABRIELA GIAMBRONE FEATURED WRITER Hazing is a common word when thinking about Greek life. Last week, Pace held “National Hazing Prevention Week.” With events held every night by faculty as well as Greek organizations, it brought awareness to the controversial issue. While I do think that this week was beneﬁcial, the accompanying promotional posters hung around campus were not. These posters were Disney inspired. One said: “But they said it was tradition” with a picture of a Disney princess with a black eye. The picture of the Disney princess was taken from a different campaign about domestic violence. Domestic violence and hazing are two completely different topics. Another issue that has been brought up within the Greek community is scaring off potential new members. These posters take on the assumption that hazing is a huge issue at this school. “If I was a freshman, and I
saw those posters, I would never want to join a sorority,” accounting major and sister of Alpha Lambda Sigma sorority Elianne Estevez said. “They’re so scary and put Greek life in a negative light.” Being in a sorority, I was personally offended by these posters. I love being in a sorority, and my sisters, and I’m sure every person in Greek life, would agree. I don’t believe these posters were accurate. They caught public attention in the wrong way, and could deter membership rather than help it. “I kind of was freaked out by these posters,” sophomore accounting major Christina Sassone said. “It almost made me not want to try and join a sorority.” These posters could have spread awareness or provided valuable information. Instead, all attention was focused on was how over-the-top they were. If the goal was to get people talking, it deﬁnitely worked!
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FEATURE LGBTQA Parents Redeﬁning the Modern Family GABRIEL SOLANO FEATURED WRITER Mark Brown, Director of Pace Athletics, and Shari Crandall, Associate Director of Training and Development, have a lot to say about being a parent, and, even more to say about being a parent in the LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Questioning, Asexual/Ally) community. These two Pace leaders discussed their stories of becoming parents and how they raise their children in an LGBTQA discussion group this past week. Both Crandall and Brown faced many struggles in their journeys to parenthood. Coming from the conservative state of Virginia, Brown met lots of opposition when he and his partner tried to become parents. “I heard the word no so many
times I thought it was my name,” Brown said about being turned away by adoption agencies. But Brown and his partner never gave up. When an adoption agency ﬁnally said yes, he had to wait 16 days before he could even bring his ﬁrst son home. Brown and his partner pushed forward and are now raising two boys. “Something happens when you become a parent. I changed as soon as I held my two sons,” Brown said. Crandall, too, never gave up. She and her partner explored many options. Crandall decided to choose the in-vitro fertilization, which enabled her to carry twins. She and her partner are now raising the children together. While support for same-sex parenting still meets resistance, statistics show increasing accep-
tance toward the lifestyle. According to a Pew Research study from last year, 64 percent of Americans believe that samesex parents are as effective as heterosexual parents, with the greatest supporters as women and millennials. A 2014 study of same-sex families at the University of Melbourne additionally showed that children of same-sex parents have above average health and well-being, according to The Washington Post. “We put our children in a supportive environment,” Brown said. A report by the Williams Institute of UCLA suggests that approximately six million children in America have a parent in the LGBTQA community. “The greater the challenge, the greater the reward when it comes to parenting,” Brown said.
Photo courtsey of Mark Brown Mark Brown’s sons with Margo Hackett and Yuni Sher, two members of Pace’s women’s basketball team
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Thirty Three Years in Greece and Counting ANDREAS CRISTOU SENIOR COPY EDITOR Dr. Nicholas Catalano’s renowned travel course “Greece: A Modern Odyssey” marked its 33 anniversary this past summer, making it the longest running travel course in the United States. This interdisciplinary course, which includes archaeology to zoology and a lot in between, aims to reference all the academic disciplines that have a meaning to classical Greece. Joined by Dr. Joseph Pastore, and a group of what turned out to be all girls this year, the 11-day modern odyssey began. “This course is orchestrated so that the students can search within themselves and see a huge socio-psychological transformation,” said Catalano, now in his 50 year teaching at Pace. The trip starts off with a weekend in Athens, where the students arrive at the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport and instantly step into a country with thousands of years of history, culture, life, art, architecture, and cuisine to offer. This weekend gives students the opportunity to see the city at the center of the Golden Age, visit the Parthenon and the Acropolis, explore Plaka to take in the Hellenic culture, and check out the new Parthenon Museum. “We try to recreate the life of a classical Greek,” Catalano said. “They lived an incredible cultural life; they celebrated, played sports, ﬂooded the agora, explored logic, reasoning, democracy, and so much more.” The weekend concludes outside of the city, where the students have the opportunity to visit Sounion, enjoy the Temple
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The 2014 group shot aboard the Louis Cruise Line excursion to the Greek Islands. This all-female group, led by Pastore and Catalano, traveled around Greece for eleven days.
of Poseidon, as well as the beach and, according to Dr. Catalano, the freshest seafood they’ll ever taste. Then, Monday, the students board the Louis Cruise Line ship for some of Greece’s famed islands. The ﬁrst stop is Mykonos with its famous windmills, and a glimpse of Greek island culture and nightlife. The next day, the students visit Ephesus, in Turkey, which contains the remains of an ancient Greco-Roman city dating back to 800 B.C., which served as a major trading center until it was abandoned in 350 A.D. From there, the students arrive in Patmos, the small island where it is believed St. John wrote the Book of Revelation. Wednesday brings the students in Rhodes for the day, where they have the op-
portunity to rent motorbikes on their way to the beach. The voyagers then head to Crete, where Dr. Catalano “tries to capture the essence of Minoan culture” with a visit to the Palace of Knossos, and then off to Santorini, where the students traditionally take donkeys up the mountain and learn about its mythical connection to Atlantis. This year, much to the dismay of the group, the cruise ship was unable to dock in Santorini and had to continue its course. The ﬁnal weekend concludes in Mycanae and Epidauros, ending the course in Nauplion, a Greek port city in the south, before the return. “As the course ends, the students become so embroiled in the fact that there is an alternate
lifestyle outside of the U.S.,” Catalano said. “They become Greek; they become believers in the high standards of existence in Greece and develop a whole new perspective of a life to be celebrated.” Dr. Catalano, who has spoken in front of both the Greek and Cypriot Parliaments on a number of occasions, has spent decades studying Greek history and culture, and even ﬁlming documentaries, including ones aired on the Discovery Channel. He tries to share with his students, year after year, just how much this European country has inﬂuenced the world. “Although in recent years, Greece has experienced a lot of negative publicity and troubles, the Greeks are still a very strong
and cultured people,” Catalano said. “This country has had such an impact on the international world, from the philosophy of Socrates, to the mathematics of Euclid, to Alexander’s quest to ‘Grecify’ the world and the development of democracies all over-there’s no other place like it.” Catalano urges the student body to join him on his 34 modern odyssey, and explore what the cradle of civilization is all about, from its ancient history to the present culture. Students are encouraged to register early, as historically this course has closed quickly. For more information, students can contact Dr. Catalano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Journey of an Artist: Cesar Winston Vera GABRIEL SOLANO FEATURED WRITER Cesar Winston Vera graduated from Pace in 2002 and is now the Coordinator of the Graphics Department on both the Pleasant-
ville and the New York City campus. He is also head of Document Services on both campuses. Most do not know, however, that he is also a very accomplished artist. Vera participated and founded the Pace Alumni Art Exhibit, an
opportunity for Pace alumni to showcase their work and be recognized. He has worked at Pace for the last 18 years, but in no way gave up his love for painting and fashion. “I knew I was an artist at 15,” Vera said. In his early teens, he became more and more passionate about his work, although his real passion was fashion. While attending the Fashion Institute of New York City, Vera learned the trait and what it took to make it in the world of fashion. “What I was most passionate about was fashion, but that changed when I realized how cutthroat it really was,” Vera said. Vera said that since the world of fashion is one of scrutiny and of judgment, one must be willing to take upon the sarcastic and highly superﬁcial life style. “I didn’t want to incorporate that type of energy with my art,” Vera said. Not wanting his art to fall in the mouths of people slashing it, Vera pulled away from the fashion industry. He left behind countless opportunities, even an opportunity to be interviewed by fashion designer Marc Jacobs. For Vera, it was not how it looked or whose name he’d be under, it was that art for him was part of his life. “My art to me is the only
thing I can truly say that has allowed me to survive,” Vera said. Vera is still showcasing his work and paintings. His art is available for viewing on his website www.cwvera.com, and he is a ﬁrm believer in supporting fel-
low artists and future ones. “I encourage future artists as I encourage myself,” Vera said. “You are not doing it for anyone else, be honest and as long as you like it that’s all that counts.”
Sophomore Caputures Life’s Moments on Older Lenses CRISTINA CUDUCO ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Sophomore communications student Heather Hayes has been capturing life’s moments with her camera since she was a child. “I have always had a love of art and photography,” Hayes said. “I remember being four, ﬁve-years-old, and taking a photograph of my parents in front of a lighthouse while we were on vacation. Being an only child, I suppose I became their designated photographer.” Hayes acknowledged that her art took off when she was in high school. By that point, she had
purchased her ﬁrst digital SLR (single-lens reﬂex) camera and had begun to play with her mother’s vintage manual focus lenses, which happened to ﬁt her modern model. Hayes was thrilled by this discovery and has not used digital lenses since, choosing instead to rely entirely on older lenses for their ability to capture light so uniquely. “I’m not well versed in ﬁlm photography, but I feel like I can capture the essence of it by using this ‘hybrid’ method of shooting with an older lens on a digital body,” Hayes said. Today, Hayes’s photography is heavily centered on portraiture and capturing raw human emo-
tion as best she can. “I think humans are such interesting subjects,” Hayes said. “In my opinion, photographs of people don’t just trigger emotions, but memories, and I’m quite nostalgic, so I appreciate that.” Hayes confessed that her love of all things art related would make it difﬁcult to choose just one career path in life. “I dabble in fashion design, music, and creative writing, so ﬁnding a profession that incorporates those hobbies would be fantastic,” Hayes said. “I could never go into a profession that didn’t have some sort of creative undertone. I would probably go insane.” The young photographer has also explored drawing, painting, and studio art, admitting that doing so has let her further her potential as an artist. Hayes is currently contemplating adding a second major in art to complement her studies in communications. “Art is my everything. It’s my therapy,” Hayes said. “There’s nothing more satisfying to me than creating something. Whether I’m writing a song or a short story, taking a photograph or drawing a portrait, I need to create to feel complete.”
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Digital Journalism Major Coming to Pace this Spring NIHAL AL QAWASMI FEATURED WRITER The department of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts (MCA) at Pace revealed a new undergraduate major, Digital Journalism, which will make its way onto campus this upcoming spring. The new major will introduce a variety of related courses, including digital newsroom, global newsroom, and digital storytelling - as well as a wide set of electives such as Arts and Entertainment Journalism and the Art of Anchoring. “It’s a major much more in tune with what journalism is becoming,” said Professor Robert Klaeger, chair of the MCA department. “It’s designed for students who want to enter journalism properly equipped for the ﬁeld as it is now and for what it is becoming.” In the past ten years, the way news is received, exchanged, and put out has rapidly changed. The Internet has played a tremendous role in the evolution of news reporting and news reading. Today, when something newsworthy
hits the ground, whether it’s coverage of leaked nude photos of eminent celebrities, or a humanitarian crisis somewhere in the world - news spreads like wildﬁre, and that is most notably because of the use of technology. Assistant Professor Kate Fink, who will be teaching Audio Reporting - one of the upcoming electives - believes it’s an important major to have because journalists should be more aware of the different formats in which people receive news. “There is such a big need right now to get journalists to think more about digital news,” Fink said. Digital news consumption continues to increase with more people acquiring their news via news websites and social media outlets such as Twitter. According to Pew Research, a signiﬁcant amount of regular readers of leading newspapers now read them on digital platforms. Fifty-ﬁve percent of regular readers of the New York Times say they now read the paper through their mobile device or computer, as well as forty-eight percent of USA Today readers. The new major is supposed
to help prepare students for the fast-changing industry and is believed to aid them in developing the necessary skills to becoming well-rounded reporters who are familiar with all of the different journalistic platforms. Jamina Spruils, a junior Communication Arts and Journalism major with a minor in Public Relations, said there is a potential switch to Digital Journalism because of its increasing demand in the workforce. “It’s important to have more communications-related majors because it gives us students more options and variety,” freshman Communication Arts and Journalism major Justine Germain said Among the 18 required credits (six courses) for this new major, only three courses will be available during the spring 2015 semester. At the moment, Digital Journalism will not be offered as a minor, but there’s a possibility it might be available next year, according to Professor Klaeger.
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Girl Most Likely to Watch Girl Most Likely CRISTINA CUDUCO ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR For those of you who actively watch Netﬂix, surely you have noticed the massive amounts of independent ﬁlms that quite often pop up as suggestions for your viewing. Chances are if you haven’t heard of some of these titles, whether via advertisement or word of mouth, they’re probably indie ﬂicks. These ﬁlms are often suggested to you because they are similar to shows or movies that you have watched in the past. While scrolling though Netflix recently, I realized that seldom do I watch any of the suggested movies trying to pry their way into my queue. Feeling practical-
ly guilty for neglecting this strong facet of Netﬂixdom, I decided to search until I found something interesting, and I came upon a ﬁlm with one of my favorite comediennes, Kristen Wiig. The title: Girl Most Likely (2013). The plot: Imogene (Wiig), a 30-something year old magazine writer, faces awkward situations, heartbreak, and disappointment, and must come to terms with the fact that she is not as “on top” of her life as she thought she was. After being subjected to what may very well be the worst week of her life, Imogene has to ﬁnd her own independence and happiness in order to get her life back on track. Girl Most Likely succeeds as a dark comedy by taking situa-
tions that many of us have gone through – in some capacity—and exaggerating them to a point of hilarity. While it is ill-advised, and possibly cruel, to laugh at another person’s troubles, Wiig makes it increasing difﬁcult to mufﬂe giggles due to her whiney character portrayal and ﬂare for physical comedy. Girl Most Likely also features well-known talents like Golden Globe Winner Annette Bening, There’s Something About Mary’s Matt Dillon, and Glee’s Darren Criss. I suggest that everyone go laugh at Kristen Wiig’s pain in Girl Most Likely, and look for other independent ﬁlms on Netflix. I promise they’re worth your time!
Top: Girl Most Likely is currently on Netﬂix under independent ﬁlms. It also premiered in the United Kingdom year. Watch as Imogene is forced to move back in with her mother, and suffer the consequences. Left: Stars of Girl Most Likely, from left to right: Annette Bening (Zelda), Matt Dillon (George), Darren Criss (Lee), and Kristin Wig (Imogene). Photos from imdb.com, nytimes. com, and seenitheardit.com.
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Choate Gas Leak Had No Adverse Health Effects KAITLYN SZILAGYI HEALTH EDITOR On the morning of Fri., Sep. 19, a gas line broke outside of Choate House. As I prepared to walk in the very direction of Choate in order to get food in Kessel before attending the Student Government Association Meeting, I wondered what the implications of this were. Were faculty and students going to have to use an alternative route to get around campus? Would buildings be closed? How did the gas line break? How would anyone have realized there was a gas leak? What health risks should the community worry about, if any? Heating systems of any kind can serve as the source of a gas leak. As the case may be, the gas line outside of Choate broke because a contractor who was working on the new parking area damaged the gas line with an excavator. Not long after, staff working in Choate House that morning began to exit the building. Buildings and Grounds as well as Campus Security were notiﬁed and responded immediately. “Buildings and Grounds immediately closed the valve supplying gas to the leak while Security called the Fire Department and Con Edison,” said Vincent Beatty, the University Security Director. “The leak was repaired that
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same day. All work at this site was temporarily halted as a ‘Stand Down’ was conducted with all parties involved to determine the cause of the incident as well as institute precautions to prevent a reoccurrence of the incident.” Fortunately, the gas leak was detected quickly here on campus, and buildings were evacuated quickly. The recommended
ﬁrst step in any such situation is, in fact, to vacate the premises as quickly as possible. If one were to be exposed to a gas leak for a period of time, they should also stand completely still. Monoxide poisoning, which can result due to extended exposure, “comes from inhaling enough of the gas that it replaces oxygen in the blood” according to WebMD. Standing still con-
serves the oxygen in the blood. One would then, of course, want to seek medical attention for treatment. Rest assured, such occurrences are not commonplace here at Pace, even with all the construction taking place. “This was the ﬁrst gas leak incident since construction began,” Beatty said. Even so, a gas leak can be
detected by an odd smell or by an onset of ﬂu-like symptoms which often arise through inhalation of gas. These symptoms include dizziness, fatigue, irregular breathing, nausea, headache, or disorientation.
Drinking Tests Being Made Available for Students KAITLYN SZILAGYI HEALTH EDITOR This October, drink testing kits will be made available on the Pace University Pleasantville campus. Intended to detect foreign substances (such as date rape drugs) in beverages, the tool was ﬁrst implemented by Pace New York’s Dean for Students Marijo Russel O’Grady. This tool comes in the form of a yellow card with two test panels on it, upon which a student must place a drop of their beverage onto both designated spots of the test, smear each gently, and wait until the beverage dries. Once the test dries and changes color, a code on the back of the card will tell you the results. Pace-Pleasantville’s cards will also feature emergency contact information for Campus Security and Dean for Students Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo. They will be made available to students in the Counseling Center, Health Services Ofﬁce, Residence Halls, and Dean Lisa’s ofﬁce. “We’ve not had any [cases of abuse due to drugged drinks] reported,” Bardill Moscaritolo said. “Does that mean it doesn’t
happen? Of course not. If it were to be reported, we would follow campus policy.” According to the Center for Women and Families, drug facilitated rape is especially prevalent on college campuses with the primary facilitator being alcohol. Pace University’s policy for handling sexual assault, stalking, and domestic/intimate partner complaints on campus includes taking immediate action upon receiving a report of the occurrence. The University is then meant to conduct an investigation, in which all parties are expected to cooperate. If any party within the investigation should fail to cooperate during an investigation, they are liable to undergo disciplinary action. Any retaliation due to the ﬁling of a complaint would also be met with disciplinary action by the University. Pace University also currently has a mobile app called “Just in Case.” Designed by mental health professionals and customized by universities, the app provides students with immediate and relevant resources should they face mental health obstacles or thoughts of suicide. There are also other useful tools which can help students,
in the case that they do not take advantage of this tool when it is offered. “Circle of 6” is a free app designed to prevent violence. The application has various icons which alert the user’s designated six friends of particular situations. The car icon releases an immediate SMS message which informs one’s Circle of 6 that this person requires a ride to get home safe immediately; this icon also uses a GPS to show the Circle of 6 their friend’s exact location. In addition, the application has a phone icon which immediate releases an SMS message to one’s six which reads “Call and pretend you need me. I need an interruption.” The chat icon informs the six that their friend is looking for information on healthy relationships and respect, and it also provides them with links to loveisrespect. org and whereisyourline.org. Last but not least, the app’s exclamation point icon includes pre-programmed national hotlines and local numbers which can be customized the app user. “It’s about students looking out for each other,” said Bardill Moscaritolo.
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BULLETIN BOARD There’s Still Time to Reigister for Homecoming! Tickets are still available for the following Homecoming events: Step and Stroll Show, October 9, 9:30 PM, Goldstein Gym, $3 Faces of Pace: Welcome Reception and Dinner, October 11, 4:30 PM, $10 General Admission, October 11, 11:00 AM, Free (those who register in advance will receive a Family Weekend t-shirt) *The Trip to Blazes and the trip to the Broadway shows are sold out
Graduation Station Smile and Say Cheese! It’s Senior Portrait time! The ﬁrst session of senior portraits will be held October 6-9 in Kessel Conference Room C/D at the following times: October 6; 10am-5pm October 7; 12pm-8pm October 8; 9am-5pm October 9; 12pm-8pm Register online at www.ouryear.com with the code 349.
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Programming Board Emails Want something included in the weekly programming board emails? Email SGA’s VP of Programming, Tameka Bazile, at email@example.com with any ﬂyers, information, or announcements you want included. All materials must be approved by SDCA before submission. Document Services Document Services is looking for a student employee to assist with operational services, such as printing, scanning, copying, and faxing. To apply, visit the eRecruiting website. Please include a resume, a list of days/hours available to work, and a Student Employment Application. Pace Makes a Difference Day Volunteers On October 18, students from all across campus will participate in a university-wide day of service. The day begins with check-in at 10:00 AM. Then, after a short introduciton, studetns will be sent to a service location across Westchester. After 2-3 hours, students will be brought back to campus. Last year, over 350 members of the community participated. Register on OrgSync, and make a difference in your community! Seidenberg Student Aid Seidenbery School of Computer Science and Information Systems is looking for a student aid. Work study is prefered, but not required. The job includes typing, faxing, ﬁling, copying, and answering phones. A high degree of discretion and judgment is requested. For more information, or to apply, visit the eRecruiting website. Please include a resume and Student Employment Applicaiotn. Pleasantville Volunteer Ambulance Corps If you are over the age of sixteen, you are elegible to join the volunteer ambulance corps of Pleasantville. There is no experience needed, and all training is provided. Visit www.pleasantvillevac.org to print out an application. Water Safety Instructor Athletics is looking for a Water Safety Instructor Student Aid. Responsibilities include assisting in the instruction of pre-assigned classes. A resume, Student Employment Application, and two letters of professional reference are required to apply. Applicaitons will be accepted until October 31. Apply on eRecruiting. Unity Committee SGA’s Unity Committee still needs a chairperson. If you are interested, contact SGA President, John Wrench, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important BAC Programming Dates Priority Event Request Deadline: October 27 Greek Events Request Deadline (All events): October 27 Willcox Party Applications Deadline: October 31 Non-Priority Event Request Deadline: November 10
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NCAA Division I Verdict: Guilty as Charged Pace Reacts to What Could be a Game Changer
NATALIA ALVAREZ PAGAN SPORTS EDITOR A perfect storm has been brewing over the last couple of decades as Division I college football and basketball has grown in popularity. While the NCAA and universities have been reaping the beneﬁts, the athletes decided that enough was enough. They wanted in. U.S. District judge Claudia Wilken ruled on Aug. 8 that “the NCAA’s limits on what Bowl Subdivision football and Division I men’s basketball players can receive for playing sports ‘unreasonably restrain trade’ in violation of antitrust laws,” according to USA Today. Additionally, an injunction was imposed stating that beginning in the 2016-17 school year, athletes in those two sports will have the opportunity to not only receive scholarships covering the full cost of attendance but also “deferred compensation” for the school’s use of their likeness, images, and names. This decision has been something that many have described as “a long time coming” whether it be athletes or administrative personnel. One such person is Pace’s Director of Athletics Mark Brown who spent 18 years at Old Dominion’s Athletic Department. “After being in a Division I school for so many years, I really got to see just how much pressure builds up over time,” Brown said. “I just felt maxed out with what I could do at Old Dominion.” One of Brown’s concerns with Division I is that is seems to have become more about the money and less about the stu-
dents, which is the opposite for Division II and III. But with plans to allow student athletes in these two sports to receive compensations seems to further this concern. Essentially this can create a have and have-nots situation, more so than already exists. The way the current system is set up there are the big school teams such as those in the Big10, a Rutgers or a Purdue, followed by a tier of schools, each on different levels. The new future rules will now further separate these teams even further. “I think the conference rules will probably be different for sure,” said Pace men’s basketball head coach Pat Kennedy, who spent 31 years as a coach in various Division I schools. “It really comes down to economics. Cost of attendance has increased across the board. The big BCS schools can always negotiate new TV deals, but the lower lever schools will have a tough time competing.” Kennedy also noted that since the NCAA Basketball tournament is a means of major funds for the NCAA, it essentially becomes the “golden goose” of the case, something the NCAA must protect at all costs. “If you begin to have this even bigger degree of separation between the conferences, then the bigger schools might not even want to play in the tournament, or it might become a more exclusive deal,” said Kennedy. “The NCAA has to make sure they keep everyone happy.” This opens up the doors to another pressing matter- if student athletes are allowed compensation, do they become school em-
ployees? An argument can be made that student athletes in these Division I programs are essentially employees given that they are making money for their respective schools. But for student-athletes it can be an empowering notion. According to Kennedy, transfers have already become a bigger deal. “If a player wants to move to another school for more money they should be able to,” said Kennedy. “It essentially creates a domino effect because then you’re going to have students probably having to pay taxes; they’ll have to get accountants.” “The complexity gets worse from there,” says Brown. “They would also need health care, a retirement strategy. In essence it becomes a situation where you are trying to assign value to the cost of attendance.” Another concern is this term of “amateurism”- the idea that student athletes are student’s ﬁrst, athletes second. This ideology, according to the NCAA, is meant to preserve the “academic environment.” However, it’s a philosophy that can be said to have long since been thrown out, seeing as Division I men’s football and basketball has become a business. “If you are playing Division I sports you are not an amateur anymore,” said sophomore guard Marcos Oliveira. “Many of those players are already playing at a professional level. The idea of amateurism is something the NCAA came up with so that they could get all the revenues and not reward the ones who truly deserve compensation: the play-
ers. After all, playing in front of thousands of people and generating millions of dollars seems pretty professional to me.” While it might seem like a professional level, for the NBA and NFL Div. I schools have essentially been used as the “minor leagues”- those drafted usually go off to the big leagues, although the NBA has the DLeague. Although it can be agreed upon that athletes should get compensation, not everyone agrees that it should come in the form of some Benjamins. Head football coach Andy Rondeau believes that this has become a product of greed, while head women’s basketball coach Carrie Seymour believes it’s a bit sad that a scholarship covering the full cost of living doesn’t seem to be a big enough beneﬁt anymore. “I know that 90 percent of students here would love to have a scholarship covering all their
costs,” said Seymour. “This new system really changes everything and essentially diminishes the value of the full athletic scholarship. It almost gives more power to the bigger schools. I would like to see things stay relatively the same with the NCAA still having the power to make decisions, but who knows where this goes at this point.” Despite all the concerns and questions this ruling raises, there is much left to be ﬁgured out before anything is put to play. While currently it really only affects Division I schools, it could eventually trickle down to the Div. II and III schools, according to Brown. “I keep thinking one day I might wake up and there will be a top 5 conference and then everything else just moves down to Division II,” said Brown. “But I think that’s really too pessimistic.” All that’s left to do is wait.
This Week in Athletics Women’s Volleyball vs. Adelphi Oct. 3, Goldstein Gym, 3:00 PM Women’s Volleyball vs. Mercy Oct. 4, Goldstein Gym, 11:00 AM Men’s Football vs. Liu Post Oct. 4, Ossining Field, 12:00 PM Women’s Soccer vs. Bentley Oct. 4, Briarcliff Field, 3:30 PM Men/Women’s Cross Country at Paul Short Invitational Oct. 4, Bethlehem, PA Women’s Soccer vs. Adelphi Oct. 7, Garden City, NY, 7:00 PM Women’s Volleyball vs. American International Oct. 7, Goldstein Gym, 7:00 PM
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Pace Bids Adieu to the Legendary Number Two NATALIA ALVAREZ PAGAN SPORTS EDITOR
JAMES MIRANDA FEATURED WRITER Humble. Talented. Iconic. Private. Legend. These are just some of the words that can be used to describe Derek Jeter, former shortstop of the New York Yankees. Pace students got a chance to not only reﬂect on Jeter’s career, but also show just how inﬂuential Jeter has been in their own lives. The Captain said goodbye in dramatic fashion (nothing new there) on Thurs., Sept. 25, by hitting a single in the bottom of the ninth that won the game for the Yankees, beating the Baltimore Orioles 6-5. “Wow, what a way to leave,” said sophomore accounting major James Obuchowski. “It’s not quite often you see a storybook ending like that to such a decorated career.” Despite rain in the forecast, the stars aligned for what turned out to be a beautiful, rainless night. “My initial reaction was of course it would have to end this way in his ﬁnal game,” said sophomore and communication arts major Gabriel Rivera. “From the all-time low to the all-time high,” Robertson was quoted saying in a New York Times article. But Jeter’s impact on Pace students hasn’t just been eliciting congratulations on the end of a career. Several Pace athletes have seen Jeter as a role model over the years.
Each person has taken something different away from watching the Captain over the years, regardless of where they come from. Despite coming from the west coast, senior catcher Natalie Gellos has looked-up to Jeter her whole life. Being a Mariners fan, Gel-
los remembers the day when she would try and imitate Jeter by ﬁelding groundballs like him, despite not being able to do it as ﬂawlessly as him. “I’d always try to jump up, twist in mid-air, and throw,” said Gellos, who is majoring in criminal justice. “Unfortunately I am not Derek Jeter.”
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Pitcher Dylan Mouzakes played shortstop as kid and mentioned how he would sit on the computer for hours to watch Jeter’s “mannerisms” in order to try and replicate him. Years later Mouzakes still sees Jeter as a role model but on a more “mental and off the ﬁeld”
said. “He never lets one play or one at bat affect him because he knows there will be another one. This was a valuable lesson to me as a pitcher. Sometimes you’ll have bad games but you can’t let that make you feel like you’re bad. But then you might also pitch a perfect game but that
aspect; Jeter provided him with a little dose of reality, showing him that there will be good days and bad days; you just have to keep marching on. “You will never see Jeter throwing a helmet or smashing a bat when he gets out because he knows seven out of 10 times he’s going to get out,” Mouzakes
Photo from fullycast.com doesn’t mean you should get on your high horse and get cocky.” Jeter’s mental toughness and humility taught Mouzakes to ground himself, something that he can take with him no matter where his path leads him. Teammate Josh Garran learned a lot from the little things that have left an impression on
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him. Seeing Jeter spend so many years in the spotlight Garran has learned that every little thing gets scrutinized and picked apart. Jeter taught him that no matter what you are ultimately in control of your own reputation by doing everything right both on and off the ﬁeld. “He also taught me to hustle at all times even if you are not the center of attention,” Garran said. Senior Jeanie Drury has a personal bond with Jeter as she was able to meet him brieﬂy over the summer during her internship with the New York Yankees. Drury describes how Jeter made it a point to introduce himself to her, “not as Derek Jeter, but as Derek.” “I think that, in itself, shows you the kind of person he is,” said Drury, shortstop for the Pace softball team. Jeter’s inﬂuence has spanned across all areas, from athletes to students. Jeter’s work ethic, character and embodiment can teach anyone. The retirement of Jeter not only means the end of an era, but also the end to last chapter of many childhoods. “Jeter was the one constant I could look forward to every baseball season since I was a kid and to know that I will never see him play again is hard,” said Rivera. “He is the embodiment of what you want out of a person.” All that’s left to say is thank you, for the memories, for the lessons and for many of our childhoods.
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