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Harassment by Construction Reported EMILY WOLFRUM EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Two construction teams on campus have repeated conduct training following a sexual harassment report ﬁled in early September. A Pace University female student, who requested to remain anonymous, reported two incidents of catcalling, winking, and staring near Paton House and while walking to Kessel Student Center. “In my four years here, I’ve never had a problem, I really haven’t,” the student said. “So, I didn’t want to seem like that student who was causing problems. That’s why the ﬁrst time, I let it go.” She acknowledged that it was only after the second incident, and with the encouragement of a friend, that she decided to formally report the harassment. “I was walking to Kessel, and they were just staring as I’m walking by, eyeing me up and down, and as I walked by, they smiled at me and one of them was raising his eyebrows at me,” she said. “I was just glad I wasn’t alone this time because I told my [friends] and they didn’t believe me.” The incidents were reported to Rachel Carpenter, the Assistant Dean of Assessment and Planning
Rumors have circulated that Townhouse Day is under review for cancellation due to events that occurred last year, including a sexual assault. Students have voiced complaints that cancelling Townhouse Day is a violation of the students’ rights due to the use of the student activity fund and the ﬁnances provided from the Student Government Association (SGA). With the new Townhouse
A female student has spoken out, saying that construction workers sexually harassed her as she walked to Kessel Student Center. and Director of Student Development and Campus Activities. Because the female student could not identify the individuals who had harassed her, she was asked to pinpoint the locations on campus in which the events occurred. The student was also contacted by Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo,
Dean of Students, who had her ﬁll out an Afﬁrmative Action form. “We keep a listing of [the construction workers] names and the vehicles that they’re driving, and each one of them is given on-thejob training about the conduct on campus,” Executive Director of Safety and Security Vincent Beat-
ty said. “We’ve tried to keep all of the construction workers on one side of the campus to cut down on the possibility of this. They’re told not to go in buildings, to use facilities, or the cafeteria.”
enforcement and policies that have already caused student issue potential cancellation of Townhouse Day is just as equally not taken lightly. “RHA [Resident Hall Association] and the university’s main goal has always been the students’ safety, while hosting a fun, enjoyable day to celebrate the ending of another great year,” President of RHA Stephanie Jacovino said. “We understand that many students look at Townhouse Day as a day to celebrate. However, we have always looked upon
Townhouse Day as an event of happy, healthy, and clean enjoyment, and we do the best that we can to stress a day free of drugs and alcohol.” Many students look at Townhouse Day as a way to celebrate during the spring after a stressful year. Townhouse day has been a tradition that has been going on longer than many staff members have been employed. “RHA is doing everything in our power to make sure that students enjoy their spring semester,” Jacovino said. “We would love to carry
on the tradition that we have created, and work towards a smarter, safer Townhouse Day. However, we understand the hesitation that planning another Townhouse Day brings.” RHA, along with advisors and representatives from various departments around campus, are in the process of resolving the issues with Townhouse Day. An announcement with a ﬁnalized decision regarding Townhouse Day should be released to students in the near future.
Students Participate in Climate March SARA MORIARTY FEATURE EDITOR
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Greek organizations within the NALFO council allowed students to view and understand why “gear” is worn during recruitment in their event, Exhibition 101.
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Shane Bitney, producer of the award-winning documentary Bridegroom, visited Pace University and gave some words of hope to students and faculty.
About 400,000 people made their way to New York City this past Sunday to have their voices heard in the People’s Climate March. Pace students from both Pleasantville and the New York City campuses were among the historic crowd. Many groups from around the world and over 300 schools and universities were represented at the march. All had a common goal: to voice their concern about climate change in the hopes that political leaders will take notice. The date of the People’s March was scheduled to be the same week as the UN Climate summit, which took place on September 23. UN secretary Ban Ki Moon took part in the march. The march in New York was a part of the global People’s Climate campaign, which was established to bring awareness to the issue of climate change. Pace students walked alongside schools including Yale, Penn State, the Mountain School, and over 300 others. In solidarity, the students and some faculty from the schools marched while many chanted, “What do we want? Climate Justice! When do we want it? Now!” Caroline Craig, Research Associate at the Pace Academy of Environment, was inspired by the energy of the march. Pace’s presence at the march was important to “honor the University’s environmental legacy and set the tone for campus culture,” according to Craig, who attended the march with students. The climate march coincides with a new campaign of the Pace Academy—the Generation Energy Campaign—that will devote time to studying energy for a greener future. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 “CLIMATE WALK”
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“We dared leaders, polluters, deniers, and indifferent spectators to think of their most dreaded Fword. ‘Future,’” Craig said. She hopes that the march resonated with students and that they will bring some of the energy to Pace’s campus to continue to work for a greener world. Students agreed that the cause of combatting climate change is worth marching for. “There was nothing but good vibes and amazing people from all over the country who wanted to share their views,” sophomore Haylei Peart, who attended the march, said. “It was deﬁnitely empowering knowing that there
are so many people out there willing to march to bring awareness to the environment.” People from many organizations and many parts of the world came out to march for climate justice. From nuns and monks to high school and college students, everyone sought to have a voice.
“It’s possible, sometimes necessary, to cross the lines and join hands.” “We don’t all come from the same political parties, or even agree on the same solutions or strategies for climate change…At the march, you could be a hunterconservationist, vegan-philan-
thropist, or student-ventriloquist; there’s a sense of solidarity that transcends all of that,” Craig, said. “Among many other things, I hope that the students learned that it’s possible, sometimes necessary, to cross the lines and join hands.” The Community Center for Action and Research and the Pace Academy for Environmental Studies helped to organize Pace’s participation in the march. About 20 students attended from both campuses with Pace shirts and posters to voice their concerns for the environment and their passions for creating a greener world with cleaner energy. “There was not one piece of trash on the ﬂoor,” Peart said about the march. “I think that says a lot.”
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TAYLOR LONGENBERGER NEWS EDITOR Student Government Association (SGA) met in Miller Lecture Hall, Fri. Sept 19. John Wrench, SGA President, collected senator involvement preference for the newly established committees (Elections, Programming, Budget Allocation Committee, Judicial Board, Constitution Committee, Unity
Committee, Administrative Outreach, and Academic Affairs). Students interested in becoming school representatives are still also needed and will be voted on in the coming weeks. The Honors College has determined through research that the program has positively affected the campus in terms of retention, growth, on-campus involvement, and GPA maintenance. With the new school year,
the SGA constitution will be reviewed, revised, and updated to represent the current year and students when the Constitution Committee is established. 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.
Correction: In April and May of 2014, the Pace Chronicle misidentiﬁed student Balbino Rodriguez as a U.S. veteran. This student is not a veteran as conﬁrmed by ofﬁcials on campus.
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Exhibiting Gear with NALFO in Exhibition 101 TAYLOR LONGENBERGER NEWS EDITOR Pace students gathered on Miller Lawn Thursday night for the National Association of Latino and Fraternal Organizations’ (NALFO) presentation of Exhibition 101. “Exhibition 101 shows what our appearance throughout the process means to us and allows prospective members an expectation and knowledge of what it will be like to be a part of our organizations,” Omega Phi Beta President Iqra Mir said. “[By] dressing up, we are showing our choice and
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Although records are kept on the workers and their vehicles, construction teams arrive while security guards are not at the entrance booth, leaving no way of checking who is coming on and off campus, according to Beatty. Instead, all construction workers are to check in at the visitor’s trailer across from North Hall. Article XIII of the standard Pace University Consultant/Vendor Agreement, mandates that each consulting company “and its subcontractors, employees,
pride in going through the process in order to become the best person that we can from it.” Each organization presented a “line,” or pledge class, dressed in gear that followed their own speciﬁc set of morals and cultural values. The members of the organizations emphasized the reasons they dress in uniform during the process as a sign of commitment and discipline. “It is not always fun and games,” Mir said. “You are joining an organization because you are dedicated and committed to the message and that is something that does not change whether you
and agents shall comply with all Pace policies and procedures… and security policies.” They are, therefore, to adhere to the Pace University Guiding Principles of Conduct, including Article XXII, which prohibits consultants/vendors and their inferiors from “conduct[ing] themselves in a manner that would be considered lewd or indecent by the University.” The resulting consequences for those who are not in compliance with these principles is not clearly laid out within the document. However, both the female student and Head of Security, Beatty, acknowledged a “threestrike system” for handling any misconduct.
are going through the process or whether you are an active member.” Greek organizations belonging to the NALFO Council, consisting of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/ Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Incorporated (SLU), Lambda Upsilon Lambda (LUL), and OPB, allowed students the opportunity to view and understand why “gear,” or costuming, is worn during their recruitment process. Photographs of the gear were prohibited during the event and description of the attire has been respectfully excluded. However, the organizations emphasized the uniformity and what their gear means to them. “Our roots and the plight of our people is what makes our organization so important to me. The philanthropy [Providing Access To Higher Education Initiative] clicked with the morals, characteristics, and qualities that I feel very strongly about and have shown me what I want to be in the world,” LUL member Jaiden Johnson said. “These men are the only men that I have ever been able to get close with; they are my family and my support.” All of the organizations have a speciﬁc motto that coincides with their own morals and allows for a common understanding of how they are choosing to live together. Whether their motto is “Sirviendo y Educando A Traves de Nuestra Diversidad” (Serving and educating through our diversity), La Undida Para Sempre (Unity Forever), or Hasta La Muerte (Until Death) each organization is very passionate about their reason for membership and all that they have been able to accomplish. “I am very passionate about my organization because it exposed me to a group of individuals that pushed me to be who I am,” NALFO president and SLU sister Alyssa Jimenez said. “These are the women who had similar goals as myself and inspired me to make a difference, encouraged me and connected me to roles of leadership on and off campus.”
“If there are three incidences with any of the construction workers, they are removed from the job site permanently,” Beatty said. “It could be a safety violation--if they were told to wear safety equipment and they didn’t wear it, misconduct like this,… driving erratically on campus. It’s three strikes of anything.” While Beatty said that the University would personally remove a repeat offender regardless of this rule, the female student felt this measurement to be imbalanced. “What bothers me was, okay, I was only whistled at or gawked at, but had I been grabbed and pulled behind a pile of dirt, would that be a strike, or would
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that have been taken more seriously?” the student asked. “To me, harassment is harassment whether you’re getting grabbed or getting whistled at or getting spoken to improperly, harassment is harassment.” Beatty stated that he was unsure if any background checks had been done on the construction workers by the company, but that he planned to look into the matter further. A project representative from Kirschoff-Consigli Construction Management could not be reached for comment. “This is not something we take lightly,” Beatty said. “The minute we found out about it, it was addressed and handled rather
quickly. This is not acceptable behavior.” Although the student stated that she was mostly pleased with the way her case was handled, she admitted that it had affected how comfortable she felt on campus. “I used to leave my car parked behind my building and walk everywhere, now I drive to my classes, so it has changed [how I feel],” the student said. “This is our home for the semester while we’re here, and I wouldn’t tolerate someone standing outside my front door and whistling at me and I don’t think we should tolerate that here either.”
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SDCA’s New Coordinator of Student Development ALEXIS NEUVILLE FEATURED WRITER Although she’s been here for a year, Christine Bogulaski recently made the switch to the Student Development and Campus Activities (SDCA) Ofﬁce. Currently, she works as the Coordinator for Student Development, aiding students and hoping to further develop their activities on campus. Through this position, Bogulaski gets to work with many different students. Primarily, she
works with non-Greek organizations, helping them understand programming and how to effectively run their organization. “I’m so proud of how students come in with their ideas, and they’re ready to go full force to follow them,” Bogulaski said. Some students have come forward with new ideas for clubs. “And it’s only week three!” Bogulaski said. “Seeing the excitement about really pushing ideas forward, and seeing how much students can do makes me
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really happy. It’s not like that at every institution, so that’s pretty awesome.” Last year, Bogulaski worked for Pace as the Residential Director in Dow Hall. She says that her residential background helps her see the needs of the commuters that she now works with. Immediately following graduation from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, Bogulaski applied for the position of a Residential Director at Pace. “I went home that day, I interviewed, and remembered telling people that Pace reminded me of my college,” Bogulaski said. “I remember having that familiar feeling, and it seemed like a good ﬁt. That’s what helped me realize that this is where I was going to be.” In exploring all the different ﬁelds of higher education, Bogulaski realized that student affairs was one that she was naturally drawn to. She especially enjoyed working with the freshman orientation. “Getting to be a part of the different weeks the ﬁrst year students have is always a huge thing I love. I think it’s partly because I remember my freshman orientation,” Bogulaski said about orientation at Marist College where she studied during her undergrad-
Left: Bogulaski with her Dow RA staff last year; Top: Bogulaski (right) with students at a Residential Life conference in March. uate years. Due to campus construction, Bogulaski’s position began in Martin Hall, where SDCA was relocated for the summer. “We had some good fun with it because it had the residential furniture. I had a bed frame without the mattress, so I used it as a shelving space,” Bogulaski said. “But I’m really excited to see how this place grows as one campus with so many of the changes going on.”
Bogulaski hopes to get involved in different areas on campus, such as Pace 4 Kids and Relay for Life. “I’m excited to help students with putting their events on and getting things prepped and ready. It’s a bit of a learning experience for me too,” she said. Students can now come visit her in her new SDCA ofﬁce in Kessel and enjoy her blue velvet chairs, which are a favorite part of her ofﬁce.
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Pace Renews its Waterways with Choate Pond SARA MORIARTY FEATURE EDITOR Soon Choate Pond will be back with more features than ever before, according to Professor Angelo Spillo, Director of the Environmental Center, and Bill Link, director of physical plant. Currently, Choate Pond consists of a large mound of dirt, some muddy grooves with water, and plenty of construction materials. But it all serves a purpose. The large mound of dirt in the middle of the Choate Pond site will be an island once the pond is reﬁlled. The old island in the pond had been worn away from years of geese treading on it, so this is one feature that will be restored. “The pond is being recreated,” Spillo said. “There will be features to attract wildlife, from birdhouses to wood duck houses.” Students have reported seeing dead turtles on campus, but Spillo reports that the organisms in the pond—including the turtles— have been moved to a stream on campus. Students even witnessed a large snapping turtle being moved from the pond as it was
being drained. The new home for these animals—a renewed Choate Pond— will likely be cleaner and will maintain its full depth. New features will allow for cleaner water to ﬂow into the pond. A stream that ﬂows in front of North Hall has been day lighted. The stream, which was artiﬁcially covered for years, has been exposed and a rock bed has been placed in it. This stream drains from nearby wetlands and will act as a natural ﬁlter for runoff from the parking lots and from North Hall. The natural ﬁltering will prevent litter from making its way into the pond. Speciﬁc plants to be planted around the pond will be chosen by a wetlands consultant. These will also contribute to the health of the pond and the ecosystem. The pond, which is fed by springs, will be allowed to reﬁll naturally once construction within it is done. Of course, the reﬁll process will depend on rainfall and other factors. An internal pond feature will allow sediment to “settle out” where the water enters, according to Link. These “sediment bays” and an outlet control will allow
Photo courtsey of pace.edu for the pond to maintain its full depth of 14 feet. It is the hope of Link that these new features will keep the green algae from once again covering the pond. Choate pond will also be
slightly expanded, with a path running around it for all members of the Pleasantville campus community to enjoy. As stated in one of the latest Master Plan updates, Cho-
ate Pond’s “reshaping” has been completed, and “stabilizing of the pond shelves” is the next step. The pond will begin reﬁlling with rainfall.
Your Friendly Campus Chaplain: Sister Susan Becker KAITLYN SZILAGYI HEALTH EDITOR On Friday afternoon, the Student Government Association (SGA) was called into session at 12:16 p.m. As per usual, this meeting began with opening remarks by Sister Susan Becker, Pace’s campus Chaplain. She began with a gentle word of advice to this year’s Senators. “There are four ways that you, as leaders, are going to be invited to show up. We’re invited to be warriors [go-getters, action takers], teachers [mentors], healers [listeners], and visionaries [think creatively],” she said. “All the Senators are here because, in some way, you are visionaries. As you go through leadership, consider how you and your peers show up. Did you show up as a warrior, teacher, healer, or visionary? A little bit of each?” Sister Susan was invited to this campus a few years ago by Professor John Agnelli, who was the Director of Student Development and Campus Activities at the time. She came to Pace not knowing what to expect, having never been given much of a description as to what her role would be on campus. Today, she has designed, and continues to redeﬁne and add to her integral role as Campus Chaplain. “I can say I want to be approachable, ‘user friendly,’” Sister Susan explained. “Here at
Pace my role is pastoral counselor.” It’s no secret that living in an age of constant technological advancement and instantaneous communication, students and young professionals tend to be burdened by various forms of external distraction. It seems difﬁcult to disconnect from the responsibilities and to-do lists we have to fulﬁll. Sister Susan portrays a deep understanding of such concepts, thoughts, feelings, and conﬂicts Pace University students face on a daily basis. “I think the amount of external stimulation we are subjected to on a college campus--or anywhere else, for that matter--whether it’s calls or texting, etc., robs us of moments of real quiet when we can think,” she said. In an effort to help students and faculty ﬁnd these moments of real quiet, Sister Susan often advises students and faculty to set aside small periods of time, even so little as ten minutes, to go for a walk or simply sit in silence. Providing a space for such quiet, once a month, a group of faculty and students gather behind the townhouses after classes for meditation, guided by Sister Susan herself, for “twenty minutes of letting go of expectations, fears, worries, and all the stuff we walk about with all day.” In addition to silent meditation, Sister Susan has also hosted spirituality-based discussions on campus, among a myriad of other
Photo courtsey of pace.edu activities. One such discussion regarded Separation of Church and State as a topic. She also plans to hold Catholic Communion on Tuesday afternoons during common hour this semester. “[Spirituality is] a process, journey, endeavor to deepen our relationship with God, The Ulti-
mate, the One, however, we think about a higher power, with others, and with ourselves,” she said. “As our connectedness grows, so does the circle of creation is included…If a person is really engaged in the process, it shows up in the way he or she lives, in choices he or she makes.”
Sister Susan’s presence on campus has shown an affect upon students and faculty. When asked about Sister Susan, sophomore communications major Gabriel Solano replied simply, “As small as they come, has no connection to how mighty they can be.”
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P4K Dance Marathon Kicks Off at Pace Perk DANDRE CHERY FEATURED WRITER Students at Pace ﬂooded into the Briarcliff campus’ Perk Café this past Tues., Sept. 16 for the Pace 4 Kids (P4K) kick-off event, a prelude to the 12 hour dance marathon hosted by the organization in November. The dance marathon is well recognized as student representatives attended a dance marathon leadership conference in Chicago this past summer, hosted by the Children’s Miracle Network. On behalf of P4K, those select students presented the family engagement workshop at the conference. “We really connected with the patients and the families and that’s because of the hospital itself,” said Stephanie Trupel, P4K logistics director and student representative at the conference. “They are not treated as patients that come and go, they are treated like family. It kind of reminds you where we are, what we are doing and why we’re doing it.” The P4K philanthropy fundraises and donates to the beneﬁt of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. Despite being a developing organization, Pace set a precedent that other university dance marathons will try emulate. “It’s amazing how that happened so quickly,” said Caity Kirschbaum, Assistant Manager of Marketing and Community Relations at Maria Fareri Chil-
dren’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center and P4K advisor. “Statistically, in order to make a change on a campus you need four years, but I’ll take one. Pace is small, but we’re mighty, we get things done.” The motto for P4K is “we dance for the kids who can’t.” As the kick-off event commenced, P4K was introduced along with the executives of the organization. An opening video was played giving insight into Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital along with P4K’s involvement. According to P4K’s Facebook page, last year they ofﬁcially raised over $30,000. “The money we received last year and the future years are going to pay for a patient-friendly, outdoor jungle gym,” Kirschbaum said. “A playground for kids that are going through chemotherapy that are allowed to be outside for a little while.” Performances by students followed the video. Those acts included: singing, guitar playing, beatboxing, and step and stroll. The event had the same kind of upbeat atmosphere that is prominent at the dance marathon. “I’m a believer that everyone can shake and groove it if they try,” P4K advisor Sam Brassford said. “We’re still in the works for the night of stuff but we are deﬁnitely doing more stations this year-- a lot of interaction with the patients themselves. Their children are smiling, they’re going through the scariest time of their
Photo courtsey of Samantha Bassford The Hillside/Howard Johnson RA staff at last year’s P4K. Clockwise: Chantel Jagnanan, Jessica Varghese, Samantha Bassford, Megan O’Connor, Adriana Arias, Jordan Jones- Brewster, Raven Walters, Ryan Shields. life and they don’t even realize it because of how great the staff is there and the surroundings.” Returning this year are patients of the hospital to the dance marathon. P4K executives are hoping for a greater turnout with
patients and participants this year. “This is one of the things that you’re actually able to make a difference in the lives of sick kids and that is one of those things that you can’t get everywhere, which is really great,” Kirschbaum said.
“We’re talking to a lot of patient families and they are so excited to come to P4K and they don’t even know what we’re talking about yet.”
A Movement’s New Leading Lady: Rachel Simon GABRIEL SOLANO FEATURED WRITER
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The Department of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity at Pace University has hired Professor Rachel Simon as its new Assistant Director and LGBTQA Coordinator. Simon ﬁrst got her start at Pace in 2011 as an adjunct professor in gender studies. She has always appreciated the beauty in engaging with students by challenging their understanding of sexual identity, talking to them, and gaining an insight of their life at Pace. The role of Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs isn’t just a new job or position, according to Simon. This is an opportunity for her to help increase visibility of and advocate for the LGBTQA
community at Pace. “I feel that the campus has always been accepting, but not encouraging,” Simon said of the climate on campus. By means of more educational programs, and working very closely with the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Simon wants to create a physical space for the gay community on campus. Coming from a background where she relocated frequently to cities including Dallas, Cleveland, Buffalo and Washington DC, Simon feels she has her feet deeply planted here at Pace. She is an advocate in Pace’s push for equality and acceptance, tackling most things that she feels are hindering the students from really understanding and experiencing the world around them. Some changes she would like
to see on campus include better recognition of identity. “I feel a lot of bisexuals on campus are invisible,” Simon said. “I’m worried that the name GSA doesn’t really adhere to all kinds of people, what if you don’t classify yourself as being gay or straight, is that it for you? Are you not welcomed?” Nonetheless, for Simon it’s important that the LGBTQA community come out and help in making Pace’s campus recognize their existence and authenticity. For more information on Simon and her efforts in the Department of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity, visit an LGBTQA lunch discussion group on Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
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Bridegroom Producer Visits With a Message of Hope “I hope that, by sharing my story, it inspires people to be who they are and to do what makes them happy” SARA MORIARTY FEATURE EDITOR
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Tom Bridegroom is no longer with us. But his partner, Shane Crone, is. Bridegroom and Crone lived and worked together in LA for six years, and had hoped to get married- legally- at some point in the future. Unfortunately, that day did not come soon enough for Bridegroom and Crone. A misstep led to the death of Bridegroom. Now, his and Crone’s stories are leading to a new outlook on life for many people across the world. Pace University got the chance to hear their story last Monday, September15, in a completely ﬁlled Miller Lecture Hall with special guest Crone. The Center for Unity and Equality (formerly the Center for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs) funded the documentary showing, and Pace students got the chance to ask Crone questions after the showing. Crone is sharing their story of love amidst discrimination at universities across the United States in an effort to ﬁght for equal treatment of gays. The love story gives faces to the issue, thus allowing for people to think more deeply about the problem of discrimination of the gay and lesbian community. Crone wants people to “open their hearts and minds.” Their story has inspired many; with Bridegroom, Crone has been able to give hope to many people who are struggling with their identity and facing dis-
Top: Crone and Bridegroom pose together before Bridegroom’s death; Middle: The poster for Bridegroom, which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Film at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival; Bottom: Shane Crone stands with Pace faculty members Andrew Stout, Rachel Simon, and Cornell Craig
crimination. “I hope that, by sharing my story, it inspires people to be who they are and to do what makes them happy,” Crone said, “because life is short and unpredictable.” From a life being cut short to the uncertainty of being accepted by family members, the story of Crone and Bridegroom gave students an idea of just how short and unpredictable life can be. “I never imagined the story would resonate with people like it has,” Crone, a native of a small town in Montana, said. Cornell Craig, Director of the Center for Unity and Equality, believed that the documentary would be beneﬁcial for the Pace community. “The ﬁlm addresses relevant topics that are present in our Pace Community,” Craig said. “It addressed ideas of sexual identity, understanding difference, and the acceptance of one’s identity by family, friends, and the community.” Crone has been touring across the United States for about eight months after working for 10 months to produce the documentary. Prior to the documentary, Crone released a YouTube video titled “It Could Happen to You.” It quickly went viral, reaching millions of people. Crone ﬁgured that a documentary would reach more people, and he was right. Bridegroom became the “most funded ﬁlm project in the history of crowd funding” on Kickstarter. The ﬁlm premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was also shown on the Oprah network. Teary-eyed Pace students were thrilled to be able to view the documentary and speak with Crone. “I felt a lot of love from everyone here,” Crone said about the students at Pace. Pace faculty agreed that viewing Bridegroom and talking to Crone was a worthwhile experience. “Shane’s visit to campus is the highlight of my career as an educator,” Professor Andrew Stout, who arranged for Crone to visit Pace, said. “To witness the positive and truly caring fashion in which he interacted with students was astounding—it’s an educator’s dream to see students so moved and engaged.” Crone stayed after the movie to answer questions from students and faculty members. He gave hugs, autographs, and a message of hope to all who spoke to him and all who listened. “I was honored to be asked to come to Pace,” Crone said. Bridegroom is available on Netﬂix, and “It Could Happen to You” is on YouTube.
As the Cookie Crumbles... A bite-sized taste of the Netflix menu CRISTINA CUDUCO ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Around this time last year, the popular streaming service, Netflix, premiered yet another Original Series, Derek. The show stars Ricky Gervais as the titular lead, a 50-year-old care worker at the Broad Hill Home for the Elderly, and follows his daily adventures with his senior-aged charges. Compassionate and loyal Derek, along with his coworkers, played notably by An Idiot Abroad’s Karl Pilkington and Kerry Godliman, struggle against prejudice and budgets cuts as they care for the sweet and quirky residents at the home. The troubles of aging, mental illness, social acceptance, and love are explored throughout both seasons. Filmed in the same “mockumentary” style that brought fame to both Gervais’s The Ofﬁce as well as its American adaptation, Derek is a ﬁctional show meant to resemble a true documentary. While I haven’t watched the thousands of items available for streaming on Netﬂix, I’ve decided that Derek’s combination of dark comedy and heart wrenching drama make it truly one of a kind, and possibly my favorite show of its genre on the site. Every episode is jam-packed with situations that not only make viewers reﬂect on their own lives, but appreciate what they have. Gervais shows what many call a sweeter side to his demeanor in this comedy, by playing a character whose sole purpose is to make others happy-- his charges, his friends, and strangers included. Although Derek is branded as a Netﬂix Original, it must be mentioned that the program did appear in the United Kingdom on BBC 4 before it made its way to the streaming website. Both seasons of Derek are available for streaming on Netflix.
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 PAGE 8
The Repercussions of Reconstructing our Roads KAYLA GRANIERO FEATURED WRITER Returning to Pace this semester as a sophomore had me thinking of all of the changes students have to get used to with the construction. With the rerouting to classes, dining options splitting in half, virtually no commuter lounge, and no lovely chickens to wake you up on your way to class, it was easy to see that this semester was going to be vastly different from the previous year. These aspects of our campus, that may seem simple, are truly being missed now that we are without them. Playing pool in the commuter’s lounge while hanging out with friends is no longer a common pastime among us in the Student Center. Going without the mailroom and mailboxes conveniently located in Kessel only adds to hassles we did not have to endure pre-construction. Getting to class at Miller in
ﬁve minutes without walking across Timbuktu and not having to take a trip to OSA to get a workout at the gym are becoming fond memories for those of us who do not enjoy the extra mandated exercise. I realize that Pace is doing all of this for the greater good of the campus, but these hikes for food, class, and events are getting to be just a bit too much. Don’t get me wrong, I am not blaming the University for wanting to better our campus with a more updated college look and feel. I’ve seen the Master Plan and its intended, completed look, and it seems incredible. I believe this campus will be amazingly accommodating and functioning fully at the end of construction. However, this transition period is engulﬁng these freshmen students who are adapting to college life, away from their families, with an unfamiliar and challenging course load, encour-
agement to join clubs and get involved. My heart goes out to the freshmen students. The Pace they are coming to know isn’t the one I represent. The complaining word around campus has been that we pay all of this money for this new and improved campus that most of us will never see fully completed. Some of you may not know that all of this construction is being paid for through donations and outside investors. It has nothing to do with our tuition or fees. You may then start to wonder why our tuition has gotten more expensive if none of it has anything to do with the Master Plan. If it is completely separate funding, why are we being asked to sign our souls over to more loan ofﬁcers to ensure an even longer sentence of debt post-graduation? We are paying an ungodly amount of money to “invest in ourselves” for a loud, inconve-
nient, eyesore of a campus. I think that I will feel a lot better about the state of affairs when I start to see some actual, functional progress on campus. So Upperclassmen, let us never forget our charming campus for what is was.
And, freshmen, let us brave our way towards a sustainable campus with fantastic buildings and a bright future, so long as we survive years of construction in the meantime.
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ABC’s Racially-Driven Fall Comedy Line-up CRISTINA CUDUCO ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
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This fall, ABC (channel 7), is premiering three new primetime comedies that follow families of races less represented on TV. The ﬁrst show in the lineup, Black-ish, starring Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Laurence Fishburne, follows a middle class African American family living in the suburbs as they begin to realize that they may have lost a bit of their own culture over the years. The second, Fresh off the Boat, is a situational comedy loosely based on the early life of chef and food personality Eddie Huang. Fresh off the Boat chronicles Huang’s Taiwanese family as they move from Washington D.C’s Chinatown to Orlando, Florida, in pursuit of their own American Dream. The style of this show is akin to the comedy series Everybody Hates Chris. ABC’s third sitcom in its fall lineup is Cristela, a comedy that follows its titular character’s struggle to ﬁnd a balance between being a career-driven post law-school grad and the expectations of her traditional Mexican family. Many already anticipate a certain level of controversy to follow these racially driven shows. Junior accounting major Fiana Sandy was not impressed. “These shows give audiences the opportunity to be entertained by some of the struggles that minorities feel each and every day. Maybe ABC feels they’re bring-
ing recognition to the struggle of minorities, but they’re just using them as pawns in the media industry,” Sandy said. However, senior psychology major Emily Addams believes ABC’s move to be a good one. “I don’t think there are enough minorities on TV. There are barely any lead characters of color, so maybe these shows with ABC can be a stepping stone for the future,” she said. As Addams mentioned, this could be a step in the right direction, so can be cited the example of Modern Family, ABC’s hit comedy that premiered in 2010. The show features a large family comprised of a gay couple and
their adopted daughter, an interracial couple, and a somewhat conventional family, all of whom are related. While ABC’s move may have good intentions behind it, audiences must ask why there is a sudden need to normalize races on TV, and why this network ﬁnds it necessary to make the race of its characters the focal point instead of just including more characters of color in non-racially driven scenarios. Perhaps this is in fact ABC’s way of tackling the lack of diversity head on, by making it apparent that their new characters are indeed different than the traditional sitcom cast.
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Cristela, Black-ish, and Fresh off the Boat will join Modern Family on ABC’s Fall line-up.
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 PAGE 9
CLASSIFIEDS: Homecoming Events
Register online at pace.edu/homecoming Thursday October 9 Step and Stroll Show 9:30 PM, Goldstein Gym Friday October 10 Think Pink Fashion Show 8:00 PM, Willcox Gym Trip to Blazes 9:00 PM, Bus Pick-up Saturday October 11 Homecoming Extravaganza 12:00 PM, Miller Lawn
Celebrate! 9:00 PM, Parking Lot D
Martin Hall Council The Martin Hall Council is looking for members to serve as executive board members and section representatives. Email email@example.com to ﬁnd out how to join. Martin Hall residents only, please. Mortola Library Mortola Library is looking for a part-time Interlibrary Loan Assistant. This is a non-work study position. To apply, visit the eRecruiting website at pace.experience.com. They will be accepting applications through November. Environmental Center The Environmental Center is looking for a part-time Animal Keeper. Responsibilities will include feeding, cleaning, and medical care for the animals at the Environmental Center. Applications will be accepted through November. Campus Activity Assistant The ofﬁce of Student Development and Campus Activities is still looking for Campus Activity Assistants (CAA’s). Responsibilities would include program development, administrative duties, leadership training, and other assigned task(s). For more information, visit the eRecruiting website at pace.experience.com or email Christine Bogulaski. Associate Justice If you are interested in being an Associate Justice for the Student Government Association, email SGA Executive Vice President, Dan Garcia, at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Pace 4 Kids Volunteers Needed The Pace 4 Kids Dance Marathon is looking for volunteers to help with planning and events for Maria Fareri’s Children’s Hospital. Contact Joselyn Dewitt for more information on how to get involved. IT Committee The IT Committee is looking for at least two more students. If you would like to be on the committee, contact VP of Administration, Edwin Rodriguez.
Important BMS Programming Dates
Sunday Priority Event Request Deadline: October 27 October 12 Apple/Pumpkin Picking 11:00 AM, Bus Pick-up
Greek Events Request Deadline (All events): October 27 Willcox Party Applications Deadline: October 31
Broadway Shows 11:30 AM, Bus Pick-up Non-Priority Event Request Deadline: November 10
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Artiﬁcial Turf Causes Discussion Over Player Injuries DANDRE CHERY FEATURED WRITER CHRIS WALKER FEATURED WRITER As a part of the Pace University Master Plan, a new multi-purpose turf ﬁeld will be constructed. Commencement of the ﬁeld transformation is scheduled for this winter, with completion listed for the summer of 2015. This turf ﬁeld, to be accompanied with a new ﬁeld house and a turf baseball ﬁeld, will be the home for the Setter’s football, women’s soccer, women’s ﬁeld hockey, and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. “For us we did a lot of research into our product. The turf is Monoﬁlament, which really resembles the grass surface,” Mike Winn, Head Coach for the women’s soccer team, said. Artiﬁcial turf ﬁelds have become a part of sports over the years, thanks in part to its lowmaintenance requirements. However, its use also raises some concerns because of its hardness and traction. Concussions, friction on the ﬁeld, and ankle injuries are some of the concerns that surround turf ﬁelds, which have been brought to life with the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Canada is the host country, home to many stadiums with artiﬁcial turf. Nearly 50 top players have signed a petition and threatened legal action if the matches are not played on grass, according to a
recent BBC Sports article. There are some positives however, since artiﬁcial turf is more cost-effective than grass and easier to maintain for a longer time. “Turf gives you more opportunities for practice and games,” Winn said. “Wear and tear is not a signiﬁcant issue as it is with grass ﬁeld. Also, being in the Northeast, it gives us the opportunity to get out on the ﬁelds earlier where typically we weren’t able to get out on our ﬁelds until mid-March. Depending on the weather, we’ll be able to get out there mid-January [to] beginning of February.” The women’s soccer team has had their own share of injury history on turf ﬁelds. During a game versus Mercy College on Sept 8, the team had two players go down with signiﬁcant knee injuries. Sophomore forward Delaney Williams suffered a torn ACL, but did not attribute her injury to the ﬁeld’s surface. “It was kind of just a freak thing that happened,” Williams said. “I prefer to play on turf. It’s more ﬂat and it’s easier to play on.” Despite injury concerns, players seem to be excited over their future home. “I’m psyched that we’re getting a turf ﬁeld at the campus because that also means we’ll be able to do a lot more,” senior center midﬁelder Jill Farrow said. “We’re able to play games in the rain, we’re able to practice at night with the lights and we’re going to have a nice, maintained ﬁeld.”
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Before and After: Pace’s new athletic ﬁelds will be made of artiﬁcial turf, with a new ﬁeld house. Both the football ﬁeld and the baseball ﬁeld will be made of the material, and will host sports such as lacrosse, soccer, football, ﬁeld hockey, and baseball.
Last Week in Athletics
Name: Aisha Chauhan Sport: Soccer Position: Goalkeeper
Women’s Volleyball lost to Southern Conn. September 23 with a score of 1-3
Women’s Soccer lost to Assumption September 23 with a score of 1-3
Chauhan was named the Corvias ECAC Division-II Women’s Soccer Rookie Player of the Week. As goalkeeper, Chauhan stopped all ﬁve shots she faced, helping the team go 2-0 for the week
Men’s Football lost to Southern Conn. September 20 with a score of 10-32 Women’s Soccer won against Merrimack September 20 with a score of 2-0 Women’s Volleyball won against Holy Family September 20 with a score of 3-1
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Women’s Soccer won against American Int’l September 17 with a score of 2-1
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Mo’ne Davis: Heading Towards the Major League? JAMES MIRANDA FEATURED WRITER This summer, most college students were vacationing, interning, or working and waiting for school to start. Meanwhile, a 13-year-old girl named Mo’ne Davis found herself on ESPN, pitching in the Little League
World Series. Davis, a Philadelphia native, isn’t the ﬁrst girl to play in the Little League World Series. In fact, she and Emma March from Vancouver were the seventeenth and eighteenth girls to play in the Little League World Series this year. However, Davis is the ﬁrst girl to earn a win out of ﬁve pitch-
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ers all-time. She pitched a complete game shutout, struck out eight, and only allowed two hits against Nashville. “I was very inspired by [Davis] during the Little League World Series,” said Natalie Gellos, a senior and a catcher/ﬁrst baseman on Pace’s softball team. “The fact that she is a pitcher, which is a very stressful and demanding position, is even more remarkable, and, quite frankly, because she is a girl, there was even more scrutiny on her. I thought she handled the media attention very well and that speaks a lot about her character and maturity level.” After just one dominating start, Davis gained recognition of stars like Los Angeles Angels’ outﬁelder Mike Trout. She would participate in numerous interviews and later meet the Philadelphia Phillies team. All of this leads into what used to be considered a feeble thought; can a woman play professional baseball? With what Davis has accomplished on the diamond, this sentiment has drawn mixed opinions. Generally, people do not see it happening. “I wish I could say yes, but I don’t think so,” Gellos said. “This not because I doubt the physical ability of women, but because… you don’t see many women playing baseball during or after high school.... For the most part, [girls] are forced to switch to softball.” Ironically, Gellos played baseball until high school where she had to take up softball. At 11-years-old, playing on a baseball All-Star team, she was told she was “not bad for a girl.” Gellos didn’t take offense, but realized the separation. Both Gellos and Ryan Mihalkovitz of Pace’s baseball team compared the issue to that of Jackie Robinson as the ﬁrst African American Major League Baseball Player. “The ﬁrst woman to play in the MLB would have to have some serious mental toughness, no question about it,” Mihalkovitz would later say. “She would have to have the same fortitude that Jackie Robinson possessed.” So far, Davis has not expressed interest in an MLB career. Instead, she hopes to play for UConn basketball and the WNBA.
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Pace Welcomes New Swimming and Diving Coach JAMES MIRANDA FEATURED WRITER The new school year brought in a new head coach for the Pace swimming and diving crew. Coach Dan Allen becomes the fourth head coach in the 12 years since the program started. Allen grew up in southern Indiana and took up swimming as a competitive sport when he was very young. He attended Indiana University his freshman year before transferring to SUNY Geneseo where he competitively swam all four years in Division I and III, respectively. Allen says his passion for the sport “runs in the family.” “I think the only reason I got into swimming was because my older brother was taking swimming lessons and I wanted to do what he was doing,” Allen said.
“It’s funny, my mom used to take [us] down to a local college pool and he was doing swimming lessons and I told my mom, ‘I want to do swimming lessons,’ next thing I know, I got really into it. Loved it.” Allen passed all his swimming lesson levels at 4-yearsold and made a swimming team at age ﬁve. Out of high school, D-I schools like Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, and Indiana University heavily coveted him for his accomplishments. To list some off, he ﬁnished third in New York State for freestyle in his senior year of high school; he made Junior Nationals and was qualiﬁed for the US Open. “Literally, swimming’s been in my blood ever since I was 4-years-old,” Allen said. Allen formerly coached at his Alma Mater Geneseo for four and
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a half years. He then took a D-II job at Salem International University. In 2010, he coached at Buffalo State College. According to the Setters Athletic website, in his four seasons, his teams broke 55 records, and he has led some to championship rounds as recent as last year with Buffalo. Allen has two philosophies, one regarding academics and the other to his coaching persona. While at Buffalo, his men’s team averaged a GPA 3.0 or higher in 5-of-8 semesters while the women did so in 7-of-8 semesters. His philosophy on academics is key, so if his students don’t want to pursue a career in swimming, they have something to fall back on. “What really intrigued me [about Pace] was the academics,” Allen said. “The athletic department really sold me on athletics here. I think [Pace] has a strong athletic background. I think the department knows what they want as far as a team.” Allen sees potential and improvement to come. “I look at this team and I think they have potential to be better than what they are,” said Allen, in reference to his teams. “Our girls’ team right now is very competitive. The guys’ team kind of lacks the numbers, but we’ll get better with recruiting. A couple of years from now, I think we’ll push forward towards the top of
the NE-10.” Allen believes he is coming into a unique situation at Pace because he’s a new coach and having his swimmers and divers to
buy into his philosophy will take some time. He expects his team to put in the work and believes his teams will be able to excel in the NE-10.
Practice Rules Allow Players to Balance This Week in Athletics NATALIA ALVAREZ PAGAN SPORTS EDITOR New rules regarding pre-season preparation for men’s and women’s basketball have been put in place by the NCAA over the course of the last couple years. Now, college teams across the world can start their practice two weeks earlier than before. Start time for practice was also changed, as before the rules stated that practice could not start until 5 p.m. on the Friday closest to the date Oct. 15. Now teams are allowed to decide work-out times at their own discretion, giving them more power to balance student-athletes’ academic and athletic life during the preseason. “We hold practice Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting at 6:30 a.m.,” said Pace men’s basketball head coach Pat Kennedy. “Now the guys can practice in the morning and attend their classes without any problem.” The Setters will take advantage of this new opportunity as they prepare for their season opener on Nov. 15.
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