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Master Plan Affects Future Of Environmental Center

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The Environmental Center is being moved behind the Goldstein Fitness Center and Jim Eyring, Assistant Director of the Environmental Center, accepts the changes as nature too is ever-changing.



Pace’s farm at the Environmental Center has been the heart of the Pleasantville campus since the 1760s, but changes will be made to the historic landmark after the Master Plan is complete.

Jim Eyring, Assistant Director of the Environmental Center, has witnessed and played an integral role in the changes that occurred to the Environmental Center for the past 35 years. He attributes the inception of the Environmental Center to students who contributed during the 1960s and 1970s.

“Pace students in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s – they’re the ones who really saved the farm,” Eyring said. “They started the first Environmental Center. I’ve been here 35 years now, and we’ve all added our bits and pieces. But those early people are the ones who really founded it.”

Despite his modesty, Eyring has made some dramatic improvements to the Environmental Center. His passion for farm animals, wild animals, and birds of prey inspired him to build both the chicken coop and the hawk pens with his own two hands. Among their other contribu-

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Townhouse Day Guest Policy Changes, Event Expected To Run As Usual CECILIA LEVINE


The Townhouse Day policy no longer permits non-Pace students to attend the annual event as per an email that Area Director for Student Conduct Matt Landau sent to Townhouse residents last Wed. April 9. Each resident is still permitted to sign up two Pace alumni, who will be verified through the alumni office. The policy change is due to incidents regarding nonPace students that were visiting the Townhouses this year, and Pace faculty and staff hope that




the new policy will help to protect the safety of the participating students and alumni. Student organization treasurers approved $6,391.56 for Residence Hall Association (RHA) month and Townhouse Day at the Budget Management System meeting delegated by Vice President of Finance Sungi Clark on Fri. Feb, 7. The money comes from the $101 student activities fee that students pay as part of their semester finances and so, all Pace students are invited and encouraged to participate in the event. According to Debbie

Levesque, Assistant Dean for Community Standards, Townhouse Day has been an annual event for over 20 years, but originated as an event only for the townhouse residents, all of whom were of legal drinking age at the time. The event has come to incorporate more students and the legal drinking age has changed. Now, Townhouse Day serves as an important constituent of Pace traditions. Although Townhouse Day has become one of the most highly anticipated events for students on Pace’s Pleasantville campus, its antics have accumulated multiple


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accounts of property damage, alcohol related injuries and write ups. Still, faculty and staff are reluctant to give up the annual tradition and instead seek to make the day as safe as possible. “Security is stationed at various points around campus and is on high-alert throughout the day,” Executive Director of Safety and Security Vincent Beatty said. Additionally, Townhouse Resident Assistants and Resident Directors from all of Pace’s dormitories will be working in shifts to monitor student behavior. In the past, activities such as inflatable slides, a foam pit, photo booth,

jousting pit, and food were provided for students to enjoy. “We are not encouraging or promoting the use of alcohol. Is it happening? Yes, and anyone who says otherwise is stretching the truth,” Associate Director of Student Development and Campus Activities Shawn Livingston said. “[SDCA] provides food and activities to bolster the environment. We are not providing activities to subsidize behavior with alcohol.” Townhouse Day will be held on Sat. May 3 and the University will provide safety to those who choose to partake in the festivities.



Whether you are one or not, we all know the plights of those who call themselves nursing majors. But is the curriculum really supposed to be this impossible?

What better way is there to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project? The sisters of Nu Zeta Phi and the brothers of Alpha Phi Delta host Military Mayhem.

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From “Student Government Unanimously Votes...” courtesy of senior applied psychology major Joseph Ludovico The Pleasantville Lab School and Successful Learning Center (SLC) are two separate entities. Neither program is non-profit. The Lab School is within the school district, where the SLC is its own company. The purpose of the petition was to spread awareness and open communication - the petition was specifically for the lab school not SLC. The draft of the resolution letter written by Wrench was specifically for the Lab School and had nothing to do with SLC. SLC is staying on campus. Caitlin Kelly spoke specifically about the Lab School, not SLC as the article stated.

Letter to the editor In Response to ‘Student Gov. Unanimously Votes...’ The SLC would like to thank the student body for their concern about our students. Since we began on the Pleasantville campus in January 2011 we have been overwhelmed by Pace’s commitment, generosity and kindness towards our students. After reading the latest edition of The Pace Chronicle, we realized there were some misunderstandings we wanted to clear up. Although we serve students from the Pace Lab School, we are not affiliated with their program. The Lab School is for students under the age of 21 and is overseen

by the Pleasantville HS faculty under the auspices of the Pleasantville School District. The Successful Learning Center is a private organization dedicated to serving all adult students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Orange, Rockland and Westchester Counties. We will miss our Pace Pleasantville family during the Kessel Student Center renovation, but we are excited and thrilled to say Pace has graciously found a home for us on the White Plains campus so we can continue to offer great classes

while the building is under construction. We would like to thank Pace and the student body for their commitment to our students. We look forward to continuing our work with the fantastic CCAR next spring to provide opportunities for Pace students to work and volunteer with the SLC. We hope you will come visit us in White Plains at the Pace Graduate Center next semester! Melinda Placanica Successful Learning Center Director, Administrative Affairs

Pace Mart Opens In Mortola Library JOSEPH TUCCI


Mortola Library’s new convenience store, Pace Mart, officially opened for business on Mon. April 7 Pace Mart, located on the first floor across from the bathrooms, is open from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. on most days, with the exception of Friday it closes at 11 p.m. and Saturdays when it closes at 8 p.m. The shop’s process originated as an idea that marketing professor Dr. Kathryn Winsted pitched to her students. It required intense planning by the team, who met at least once a week during the fall semester. It also required the team to meet with and gain the support of multiple groups including the librarians, auxiliary services, and the managing team of the Pace Perk Café. The managing team ultimately gave the team the loan they needed to start their business. “It was very arduous, long, and tough. At the beginning a lot people didn’t support it. The librarians were worried about it,” said Mitch Farrell, one of the founders of Pace Mart. “A lot of people and a lot of the staff especially, were really confused about it. A lot people didn’t think it would happen, at least not this year.” Pace Mart offers a variety of

items essential to the life of any college student, including but not limited to cookies, coffee, cupcakes, condoms, Claritin, Five Hour energy, non-alcoholic beverages drinks and household necessities. Its coffee and baked goods are exclusive to Pace Mart, when compared to other stores on campus, because they are imported from small bakes hops in the Pleasantville area that specialize in their products rather than mass production. The chocolate chip, sugar, and oatmeal raisicookies are courtesy of Enrico’s Bakery and the coffee is brewed using Double Barrel Roasters equipment and coffee beans. “We like supporting small businesses, because I personally find that they try harder to make a better product since they’re so small. It’s not just like ‘we have to make a bunch of these’; they are more tailored to your needs,” Farrell said. Pace Mart offers competitive prices to those of Kessel, the Briarcliff cafeteria and the bookstore. Currently the store only accepts cash, but is expecting to able to accept credit and debit cards by the end of this week. Even after cards are available as a payment method, Pace Mart will not be ac-

cepting Pace One cards. However, starting in the fall, it is planning to accept new “dog dollars” which function similar to flex dollars. Dog dollars will allow students to load money on cards that can be spent around campus in locations like Pace Mart and the bookstore. “It’s kind of a toss-up, because if we’re on the meal plan we have to pay Chartwells money, and our prices go up.” Farrell said. Besides just the products, Pace Mart also offers students employment opportunities. Pace Mart currently offers a salary of $8.00 an hour for clerks, with a 25-cent pay raise per semester. “It’s preferred for business majors, because you grow and get an internship technically if you become senior manager, but if you’re really dedicated to it and feel like you can really make a difference we definitely want to hear from other majors.” Farrell said. Students are encouraged to check out the Pace Mart next time they are in the library, and if they’re in need of a snack, drink, or dorm supply. And those searching for on-campus employment can email their resumes to Dr. Winsted ( or Kristina Vukaj (kv75928p@pace. edu) for consideration.


Student Government Association (SGA) met in Lienhard lecture hall Fri. April 11. The Kessel Student Center will be open on a 24-hour basis for finals studying beginning 7 am on May 11 until Friday, May 16 at midnight. As funding has

not been approved for the 24hour use of the library, Kessel will be available instead. Security will be increased and Chartwells will be providing free coffee and tea that will be available when food services close and will not be replenished until the morning. Senate made nominations for the Legislative Advisor for the

2014-2015 school year. Constitutional amendments were presented to the Senate for discussion. Comments and concerns addressed by senate will be brought back to Constitution Committee. Senate will vote on the reviewed amendments next week. New SGA officers were announced on Monday April 14.


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Struggling Nursing Students Blame Department For Difficulties CECILIA LEVINE


Nursing 250 students gathered outside of Leinhard Lecture Hall to review for an upcoming exam last Tues. April 8. Many students currently enrolled in the Gerontological Nursing course feel that they are well on their way to failing and one student, Jasmine Giordini, even created a petition against the class; Giordini was unreachable for comment. Other students, including junior Edwin Rodriguez, claim that the faculty and staff are to blame. “Straight-A students are getting low B’s and a fair amount of students are on the cusp of failing,” said Rodriguez, who is a nursing major and a psychology and women’s gender studies minor. “I’ve spoken to many professors and even Dean Lisa, but they kept saying that I could do more; it makes it seem like something is wrong with me.” Gerontological nursing is a class that explores the concepts of healthy aging and has a clinical on-sight lab component, in which students work in elder care facilities, or hospitals.


chinchilla, and a screech owl. “The museum was always a dream of ours,” Eyring said. “Angelo and I would sit over coffee and discuss what our dreams were [for the Environmental Center]. We were very lucky that a very generous benefactor made a contribution to make that possible.” Pace’s Master Plan calls for the museum to be lifted and relocated to the pathway near the Office of Student Assistance. Additionally, the farmhouse will be elevated and the goats and sheep will be relocated. “It’s sad, it’s 35 years of effort. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t pain me, but I’m looking forward to the future,” said Eyring regarding the expected changes. “We’re going to have a new agricultural building. I’m looking forward to having more goats and sheep. We’re going to have a new pasture and a pavilion with a sheltered roof where we can hold outdoor classes.” Eyring’s attitude towards the Environmental Center is influenced, he says, by the way he views nature—not stagnant, but ever changing. Because of this, he remains positive about the Environmental Center’s future. “Some people look at nature as a photograph. I look at it as being a motion picture. Sometimes it’s a slow moving motion picture but it’s constantly changing,” Eyring said. ““Hopefully the Master Plan will fulfill the needs of the university. We’ve educated over a million students. I’m looking forward to the next million.”

The students are split into two classes; one taught by Dr. Sharon Stahl-Wexler and the other by Dr. Stephanie Allen. Some students in Stahl-Wexler’s class feel that they are being graded more harshly than those in Allen’s half of the class. One student added that following a recent exam, Stahl-Wexler placed all graded exams face up on the desk, where the student saw “a lot of 63.87 percentages.” Any mark lower than 77 percent is deemed failing by the nursing department. “Some people really worked hard right up until the test. When I hear from them that their grades were not even close to passing, I know how they feel. It’s kind of hard,” said one student, who is passing the course. “At one point I was one point away from a 77. You’re competing with yourself and you’re just like, what’s my other option if I fail?” Senior nursing major, Lauren Alves, passed the class her sophomore year and agreed that students may have better success depending on which professor teaches the course. “I didn’t study that much. My professor was awesome and the

tests were fair. The papers were graded fairly,” Alves said. “I heard that one time a professor said ‘If I had graded this I would have given you a much higher grade.’ There’s a big difference in the professor so if the majority is failing then that’s insane.” Before the exam review, Dr. Martha Greenberg, Associate Professor and Chairperson of Undergraduate Department for Lienhard, assured students that there are no discrepancies in the grading policies between the course’s two professors, and dispelled the rumor that 80 percent of the class is not failing. Greenberg added that those students who are failing or are not earning the grades that they want are not to blame the department. “Education is a two-way street; the department provides students with many different resources and they must bear the burden of doing what they must do,” said Greenberg, who said that many students improved in their grades when they listened to the suggestions of the faculty and staff, which were as simple as completing the chapter readings. “There were some students who

showed up to the first day of class with the shrink wrap still on their books.” For the four-credit course, Greenberg said that students should be studying three hours per credit for every exam and assignment. The nursing department also provides other resources such as exclusive tutoring for nursing students and one Saturday program in which a test-taking expert worked with students on time management, stress, math review, and National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) style questions. Every student was encouraged to come to the event, which was offered on two separate weekends to accommodate everyone. Additionally, of the tests administered to the nursing students are constructed based on the NCLEX, which helps the department to see who is really fit for the program and will prepare students for the exam upon graduation. To better help students feel more comfortable with the material, the department gives nursing students surveys to help faculty and staff gauge which areas need the most attention.

“We listen carefully and try very hard to address what [students] say. We are there for them and give them a proper audience to help them the best we can to be successful,” Greenberg said. Despite the nursing department’s vast efforts in guiding its students to success, Rodriguez still felt that some of the questions on the exams were unclear and led to misinterpretation. He said that although the review was helpful, it was something that should have been done sooner. “[The faculty and staff] were willing to go over the exam, but it shouldn’t have taken so much complaining from the students to accomplish,” Rodriguez said. “I did feel that the review was effective because we went over the different things we should focus on and the staff gave us good pointers.” One of the nursing department’s main goals is to graduate successful students, according to Dean and professor of the College of Health Professions Harriett Feldman, and the rigorousness of the nursing program serves to graduate skilled and well-educated health care professionals.

Nu Zeta and APD Host Military Mayhem Auction SARA MORIARTY OPINION EDITOR

The Alpha Phi Delta (APD) fraternity and Nu Zeta Phi sorority (NZP) hosted Military Mayhem on Thurs. April 10. All proceeds, which came to over $200, went to the Wounded Warriors Project, APD’s national philanthropy. Veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces were auctioned off to Pace students. “Military officers fight for our country, and we want to give back,” sophomore education major and new sister of Nu Zeta Phi Kathryn Trujillo said. “Wounded Warriors is one of Alpha Phi Delta’s philanthropies, and all of the money raised tonight goes toward injured military officers.” The auction started with six military officers who attend Pace, including an officer and first semester Pace student named David Hampe who has been on medical discharge from a branch of the armed forces. “This is definitely a great cause. I’m a medical discharge veteran myself, so I know what it is like to be severely injured and to have to go to others for help,” Hampe said. “I couldn’t be happier to support such a cause.” Louis Fortes, a 23 year old sophomore at Pace and marine, has also dealt with injuries- specifically a herniated disc that required neck surgery and fusing his spine. Fortes said that he was stationed in North Carolina for two years, but was never deployed because of his injuries. “It’s nice to go to this event and to support troops, especially

Photo by Cecilia Levine

Nu Zeta Phi and Alpha Phi Delta auctioned off some of Pace’s military veterans. Pictured above are David Hampe (U.S. Army), Louie Fortes (U.S.M.C.), Dan Duque (U.S. Army), Balbino Rodriguez (U.S.M.C) and Ronny Stecher (U.S.M.C.)

Wounded Warriors,” Fortes said. “If it was any other circumstance, I might feel uncomfortable being bid on for a date. But, since the money is going toward the Wounded Warrior Project, it’s awesome.” The bids for dates with the veterans and two NZP sisters ranged from about $10 to $40 dollars each, with sisters of Nu Zeta and brothers of APD hosting and running the auction. “It’s a great feeling helping a brother out regardless of what branch they serve,” said history

major Balbino Rodriguez Bocelli, who was also in the armed forces and raised money by auctioning a date. The purpose of the date auction, again, is to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project- but that does not mean the dates don’t have to be serious ones. Domenica Esteban, a Nu Zeta Phi alumnus, allegedly met her husband at the auction. She and her current spouse graduated Pace in 2006, and they proved that bidding on a date with a military worker could potentially become more than just

going out for a good cause. APD brothers are proud to have sponsored this event and raise money for their philanthropy. One of the military vets in attendance at the event is a brother of the fraternity, and his brothers were proud to be able to support the cause. “We love our country and we support it, and so we support the troops,” senior criminal justice major and Alpha Phi Delta brother Patrick Schreiner said. “Without America, there would be no APD.”

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An inside look at studying abroad; from education overseas to off-campus and anything in between


After graduating from Pace in 2012 with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in sociology, Fulbright Scholar Hannah Tall booked a flight to Bogotá, Colombia. When Tall first heard about the Fulbright U.S. Student Grant as a freshman, she knew she had to learn more about the opportunity. “I remember going to the Study Abroad office around April, and I heard about it in passing as an opportunity to go abroad after graduation,” Tall said. “I went on to do my own research about the program that summer, and it was on my radar as an exchange opportunity ever since.” The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program, which awards U.S. citizens grants to study, teach, research or explore a talent in another country, and nonU.S. citizens to do the same in the United States. Recent graduates, teachers, creative and performing artists, professionals, scholars and groups are welcome to apply. Tall received the U.S. Student Grant to be an English Teaching Assistant at La Universidad Militar Nueva Granada. “One of my passions is travel and another one has been working with young people. So applying for Fulbright was my way to lend my skills to young people abroad,” said Tall, now New York Program Manager at STOKED, a New York City and Los Angeles based non-profit fostering youth development through action sports. Applying for a Fulbright grant takes focus and determination as the application process is rigorous. Among other factors, selection is based on quality and feasibility of the grant proposal, academic or professional record and personal qualifications. “It was challenging, inspiring, fulfilling,” Tall said. “A journey, nothing like I expected, but I would not change any part of it.” Tall taught English to university students, military personnel and individuals on weekends. “I worked to support the professors with curriculum development and facilitated and maintained a conversation club at the school. For my side project, I initially proposed to start a student club,”Tall said. “I wanted to start a sports club, but that didn’t work out. That was not the need. So, what did I do? I went with

my gut.” Tall observed a lot of hunger and homelessness in Bogotá. She also noticed that there was not a strong service-learning culture at La Militar, especially around issues students really cared about. “I asked my students what some issues were that they were concerned about. What were some things that they saw that they’d like to see change? What did they want to learn more about?” Tall said. “One of the reoccurring things we discussed was the habitantes de la calle (or homeless population) and how they were everywhere.” From these conversations, Tall’s civic engagement imitative was born. She phoned an organization called Fudación Pocalana and soon she and her students were participating in weekly meal delivery service events called Midnight Runs. “Volunteers gathered to make, and deliver food to homeless people in various parts of the city,” said Tall, “Pocalana also created a unique space where volunteers also had time to get to know the people who they were helping, sit down, hear their stories and connect with them. They were able to better understand the issue that they complained about from the other side of it”. Tall’s experience as a Fulbright Scholar abroad impacted her in many ways. It confirmed to her that she wants to engage with all of her interests. “My time in Colombia allowed me to reflect on how I want to use the skills that I have in psychology, civic engagement, travel, education and non-profit work, to create some meaningful opportunities and change for young people,” Tall said. Still not sure about applying? Award benefits include round trip transportation to host country, room and board covered and accident and sickness health benefits. In some countries, book and research allowances, midterm enrichment activities and full and partial tuition are awarded. Fulbright is a great option for a student that cannot study abroad during their undergraduate study. Tall encourages interested U.S. and international students, especially juniors and seniors, to seek a mentor and apply. “Reach out to former recipients to get questions answered. It’ll give you some of the best insight as to whether or not this program is for you (which it is).” Tall said. “It’s for anyone that’s open to learning and growing.”




Photos courtesy of Fulbright participant Hannah Tall 1) Typical plate from the coast- Mojarra (fish) with Arroz coco (coconut rice) and vegetables. Barranquilla, Colombia; 2) Hannah Tall in front of Muelle de Puerto Colombia. This dock is currently broken in half, but was important because it was the site of Colombia’s first Maritime port. Town of Puerto Colombia, Colombia; 3) Street art that’s saying “BYE RACISM” in Cartagena, Colombia; 4) Typical street snack found in Cali, Colombia. To the left, chontaduro, typically eaten with honey and salt added to it. To the right, champus- a drink made from local fruit, lulo, pinapple and corn.


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Pace Students Practice Pilates In And Out Of The Gym CATHARINE CONWAY


Photo courtesy of Lauri Nemetz Yoga and Pilates instructor Lauri Nemetz demonstrates a handstand before class.

Pace’s own Yoga and Pilates professor, Lauri Nemetz, taught the weekly Pilates session, on Thurs. April 10 at 9 p.m. Nemetz has been a professor at Pace for over eight years, teaching both Yoga and Pilates in the Aerobics room of Goldstein Fitness Center and now hosts more classes in the Body and Mind room, located in the basement of Hillside. The class usually hosts an average of 15 students, but due to the unusually low attendance, Nemetz altered the class for its two participants. “I don’t usually put [Yoga and Pilates] together because Pilates is more intense, but I want this session to be more fun for you guys,” said Nemetz, who was able to focus on assisting the two students with their form and technique. Sophomore psychology major and football player, Jimmy Myers, was one of the class’

two participants and attends Yoga and Pilates sessions every week. Participants range from football players like Myers to Pleasantville Campus students. Nemetz ended the modified session with a full body relaxation cycle, starting from the toes and traveling up to the facial muscles, transforming the body into a fully relaxed state within ten minutes. Nemetz, who is an expert in the anatomy of the body and has a Master’s in dance move therapy, is also an associate teacher at Anatomy Trains, a company that focuses on improving stability, coordination, and resolve long-standing compensations in postural and movement patterns. She began teaching in the Hillside studio when the former storage room was transformed into an aerobics studio last spring. “When I came to Hillside as a Resident Director, the room in the basement was being used for storage and some students had pushed aside boxes to do some

yoga,” Residential Director and Pace graduate student Samantha Bassford said. “So during the summer of 2013, Residential Life and Dyson School of Arts and Sciences funded the project to transform the storage room into a Yoga room.” The beginning of the project began with painting the Body and Mind logo on the largest wall. The addition of the portable faux wood flooring was continued as summer project to add better cushioning to the floor when performing Yoga and Pilates exercises. The Body and Mind room be transferred to accommodate the modifications of the Master Plan, and classes will run as usual. If students are not able to attend the 9 pm sessions of Yoga and Pilates on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Hillside, there are 5:15 pm sessions available to the Pace community in the Aerobics room in Goldstein Fitness Center.

Students Research Connection Between Chartwell’s and CAFO SIMONE JOHNSON COLUMNIST

Members of the Food Justice Team handed out a survey to Pace students regarding the nutritional value of cafeteria foods at the University. 88 percent of participants said that they want healthier options at Pace and 77 percent expressed concern for the treatment of the animals that would be fed to them. Alexandra Catalano, Alyssa Boas-Vilas, and Maricielo Gomez are three freshmen who are working on a research project on possible connections between Chartwells and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) or what they rename, Confined Animals Fighting Oppression. The paper is for the Environmental Policy Clinic, a program within Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. The clinic fosters civic engagement and professional development by enabling students to work on policy issues around

water, animal rights, climate and community sustainability. “[CAFO] congregates animals, feed, manure and urine, dead animals, and production operations on a small land area. Feed is brought to the animals rather than the animals grazing or otherwise seeking feed in pastures, fields, or on rangeland,” The environmental Protection Agency said. According to the girls’ research thus far, there is no direct connection between CAFO and Chartwells, a food supplier for grades K-12 and higher education institutions. However, during a meeting, the head of Chartwells, Andrew Castellon, informed the team that Tyson is the university’s chicken supplier. “Tyson tends to work with CAFO companies,” the group said. “We hope to inform Chartwells about this and we trust that they will listen to us and help us find better suppliers.” Catalano, Boas-Vilas and Gomez have also had discussions

with the head of Chartwells on the New York City campus, Tyrone Ellen. During both meetings, the team asked questions about the kind of food served on campus, explained their passion for healthy food and discussed how they envisioned the future of food at Pace. “We want to make it clear we are not attacking Chartwells, we are working with them,” said Boas on behalf of her team, that continuously emphasizes how their vision is linked with Chartwells. Bard College in Annandaleon-Hudson, New York hires Chartwells as well. Recently, the three girls Skype called two Bard students and the Dean of Social Action, Paul Marienthal to discuss Bard’s healthy and sustainable food practices. One initiative, which the Food Justice Team described as having “revolutionized food policy on the Bard Campus”, is the1.25 acre student-run sustainable organic farm, of which Marienthal is also the Farm Director. “This works to develop local

food culture in the fields and on the plate is not only a lesson for us as consumers, a call for responsibility, but is also a direct way to improve the institutional buying habits of large-scale food companies like the one at Bard,” says the farm’s website. The Food Justice Team is collaborating with the Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR) to look into sustainable food strategies for Pace, and Goomez hopes to emphasize that this is a student driven initiative. Students from colleges and universities around the country have taken action to address and change the quality and sources of food served in their cafeterias and dining halls. The Real Food Challenge is an example, where thousands of students have started campaigns to get “real food” on their campuses by the year 2020. The Real Food Challenge, which provides a campaign toolbox for students, resources for food professionals and faculty,

strategy retreats and campus visits and workshops define real food as “food which truly nourishes producers, consumers, communities and the earth. It is a food system-from seed to plate--that fundamentally respects human dignity and health, animal welfare, social justice and environmental sustainability”. The Food Justice Team enourages students to be more informed about what they are eating, which, as they pointed out, is difficult since most of the food on campus is labeled with price and not nutritional facts. “We don’t think our dining service provider should be changed,” said Boas-Vilas, who hopes to carry on the project even after this semester. “There should be certain revisions”. Chartwells was unavailable for comment. Learn more about the Food Justice Team and their work by visiting http://epolicypace.blogs.

Your chance to be heard at a student focus group! Pace has recently launched an incredibly important initiative focused on enhancing the student experience for all Pace students. Under the umbrella of the ‘Student Experience Action Team (SEAT), we have over fifty staff, faculty, students, and alumni engaged in exploring initiatives that will improve your academic and social experience at Pace. There are many excellent programs already in place, and various groups have convened to review what is currently working well, and to assess where the gaps and opportunities may be. The intent is to determine what changes we would like to make for implementation in fall 2014. The student voice is fundamentally important in this initiative, as it is in any piece of work that impacts students. If you have ideas, suggestions, or would like to find out more, please e-mail Sue Maxam at or Adèle MacKinlay with your thoughts.

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Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems Did you know? • Riddle: Why did the duck stick his leg into a computer? He wanted to have webbed feet. • A normal human being blinks their eyes 20 times per minute on average, while a computer user only blinks 7 times per minute. Blink NOW! •

Registration for the Fall Semester begins April 21th for undergraduate students!

Upcoming Events Come join the Computer Club on Wednesdays from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in G300 in Goldsteing Academic Center. FREE PIZZA will be served. Any questions, contact Patrick Prescott at Meeting Topics: April 16- FAA NextGen and Virtual Radar via Software-Defined Radio April 23- Career Services Overview w/ Svetlana Kotlyarenko April 30- Counter-Strike 1.6 LAN Party

Interested in taking a Seidenberg course? Consider… CIT 110- Introduction to Information Technology Enhance your understanding of Technology. (Also fulfills the Foundation and Writing-Enhanced course requirements.) CIT 351- Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Learn about mapping technology, Google maps, and so much more. CIT 397T-Topic: From Telemedicine to Telehealth: Opportunities for IT and Collaboration Find out about the emerging world of Telemedicine Don’t forget to schedule an appointment with your advisor! While you’re registering for Fall, register for Summer also!

Fall 2014 Registration is coming soon! If you would like to learn more information about the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, contact Patricia Brogan at


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Roommate Selection: Randoms vs. Friends KAYLA GRANIERO FEATURED WRITER

Well, it’s that time of year again: housing and room selection. While most students have already picked a roommate, suitemate, or townhouse community, or have chosen to take a chance with random roommate, there are some things to be considered before moving back in this autumn. I have found on this campus that most upperclassmen make the naïve mistake of rooming with people that they’re really close with. This is insane. Most people come back with, “Oh, it’ll be great! He/She is like my brother/ sister!” Did we all collectively forget that we don’t live with our families anymore for a reason? I love my family, I also remember how annoying it is to constantly be in the presence of people who care about you to the point of smothering. When I go home, I have my loving family for a few weeks. When I visit my hometown, I have my amazing friends for short periods of time. When I go to Pace, I have a long-term roommate that I’ve set up rules and agreements with.


Photo from Your “best friend” isn’t going to feel awkward bringing home lots of people if you, yourself, have been one of those friends huddling in her/his dorm room for all hours of the night last year. They aren’t going to know it bothers you to blast loud music at 10:30 a.m. (when I am sleeping on the weekends) because that’s what you do whenever you hang out with them. Basically, when you hang out with your friends, you’re on a mind and life vacation. But when you go back to your dorm room after a full day of classes, meetings, presentations, and events, you’re back to reality and probably just want to sleep.

Thursday through Saturday nights are usually a lax state for most Pace students. But it’s more difficult to tell your roommate that you don’t want her/his boyfriend/girlfriend to spend the night when you used to hang out with them until 3a.m. You don’t have ground to stand on the way you would with a random roommate or someone not as close to you that sees you studying until 1 a.m. and then crashing, someone who knows it would be a huge burden to have a guest over on a Tuesday night. And for commuters who are becoming residents this fall, rooming at Pace is not, I repeat not, a twenty-four hour slumber party.

You still have to wake up at decent hour most days, be okay with your roommate getting up earlier than you, go to class, accept your limited amount of alone time, and mature a lot in terms of not getting all of what you want, i.e. compromises. You are both paying for that room; this means that you both have an equal say in what goes on. Remember this, don’t be embarrassed to speak up, make rules clear before you move in. Finally, realize that unless your best friend has lived with you for an extended period of time before, like more than two weeks straight, they are probably not the best person to be confined to for at least a semester.


Sororities, fraternities, clubs, and even Pace itself spend months planning events that cost thousands of dollars on social events that are on school grounds in efforts to grab students’ attention. Many of these events don’t get the expected student turnout, and Bass At Pace, hosted by the International Fraternity Committee (IFC) is yet another example. Flyers were posted around campus for a number of weeks prior, only to reschedule the event due to poor weather last week. But despite the lights, 10 thousand watts of bass and the DJs, the turnout was still quite low. Bringing life to the event seemed to be a difficult task for the DJ to accomplish, as the few students that did show up seemed to be sitting on the benches looking at their phones and only stayed briefly. Some might argue that the lack-of-audience was due to the poor structure of the event and vague time frame, which gave students six hours to make a brief appearance. “I’m disappointed in my Pace community for their lack of support, but I am very grateful for those who stayed,” said DJ of Delta Waves and senior marketing major David Hoff, who spins alongside partners, Keith Collazo and Pace alumnus CJ Lipscomb. There are several other events on the campus that revolve around music semester to semester, many of which are held in the Willcox gym. Last spring two of the DJs held a similar event called

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The budget allocated for the “spring concert” event totaled $2,327.55.

Willcox house and was also hosted by IFC, but had a much better turnout due to the three-hour time frame and indoor venue. Bass At Pace, however, pumped beats through the air traveling across campus rattling dorm rooms on the sunny, Saturday afternoon. Thus, students had access to the music wherever they were. The extravaganza, which was fashioned after main stream mu-

sic festivals, was scheduled on the weekend and so some students, almost half being commuters, were away enjoying their time off. With such a large portion of Pace’s student body absent from campus it is not difficult to see why such an event had a low turnout. “It wasn’t a success in numbers, although people truly realized the potential of what this

event could be for years to come,” DJ and junior business management major Adrian Baez said. Even though Bass At Pace had the potential to be a party to remember, the flyers are likely the most memorable asset to the gathering. Instead this event and its poor attendance will be classified with preceding Pace events as yet another good idea.

If you’re currently reading this article, you’ve probably noticed that our newspaper has done a lot of growing in the last semester. Our staff is covering heavier topics and attempting the type of stories that real, professional newspapers do. Over the past few weeks, it has come to the staff’s attention that the topics we are reporting on are less than pleasing to the students directly involved. Students frequently request that their names or quotes be withheld in situations where they may be presented in a negative light (namely drug-abusing athletes and rule-bending candidates). I urge these individuals to acknowledge that, just like our student newspaper, we now exist within the professional world. Most students are above the legal age of 18, and are, therefore, adults. The actions and decisions that we make henceforth are those of a mature and capable mind, and we should be held accountable for those actions. Many students believe that because they are still in school, they are able to behave however they please, that mom or dad will write a letter to the principal and be able to pardon them for their childish wrongdoings. I firmly tell you all that this is not so—that just as my staff and I are responsible for the things that we publish in this newspaper, you all, as the student body, are responsible for the decisions you make and whatever reputation those decisions may establish for you. The decisions we make now do affect us for the rest of their lives, and yes, potential employers have the right to be privy to those things. So, if you are unhappy about they way that you appear in a news article, I strongly urge you to reconsider your own actions and own up to your mistakes with humility and integrity. For it is not the newspaper staff’s fault that you were caught smoking weed or cheating the system. You wrote that story.

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The Ivory Tower: Diversity, Or Lack Thereof, On Campus To the Pace University Community: Our last work received a significant amount of interest, in which we are exceedingly humbled. Only time will tell whether or not our talents continue to be celebrated; especially when we take on the task of tackling tenacious topics, that when talked about thwart the mind and body with a terrible sense of crippling anxiety. We are by no means a prophet, yet we predict that we will not be received as well this time around. However, if we were to let this foretelling prevent us from addressing this issue of injustice, we would be as cowardly as those we plan to address. Pace University claims celebrate social justice and diversity. We do things like make the university theme centered on justice, we have a director of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs, and this year, we even allowed our student body to elect some lunatic to the SGA E-board as VP of Unity and Social Justice. It appears as if we are making a sincere effort to confront social justice and diversity issues; however, appearances are not neces-

sarily reality. Pace claims to be diverse, yet most of our minority young men are here primarily for athletics, we can count the minority representation in our staff and faculty on our hands, and rumor has it that several semester ago under the direction of a former associate director of a department (that may or may not be responsible for housing) a staff of domiciliaRy AideS was altered due to having too many minorities on the staff and the reasoning was that this was not representative of the Pace Community. Critical Question: would the same procedure have taken place if the staff consisted of all W.A.S.P.? But I digress. The last thing I want is for readers to fall into the trap of thinking diversity only pertains to race relations. In our humble opinion, the most important aspect of diversity to embrace is diversity of opinion; which Pace also claims to welcome with open arms. The truth is we have been hoodwinked on this matter. The culture at Pace is that it is acceptable to have an opinion, even a controversial opinion, as long as it is popular opinion.

To validate this claim, we will tell you a story about a student’s interaction with a particular office that claims to Strategically Develop College Aspirations. Last semester, a student created an original program where he solicited the services of a group that celebrates all aspects of life and promotes this in their approaches to addressing issues such as pregnancy on college campuses. The student was told that if he did not accommodate the services of another organization with an opposing view point to promote diversity of opinion, he would face disciplinary actions and a possible law suit. This appears as if this was done with noble intentions to promote justice, yet we have already seen that appearance is not necessarily reality. This particular organization that bullied the student into getting their way has been on this campus many times and has to our knowledge never invited a group with an opposing view point to offer diversity opinion. This was one of the greatest cases of hypocrisy. Secondly, should a student that has an opposing view point

be forced to accommodate others that fundamentally disagree with them at a program they designed? Think of what this campus would be like if every time Omega Phi Beta hosted a domestic violence event and BSU hosted Black History Programs the office forced them to accommodate a Neo-NAZI group that claimed men should be permitted to hit their wives and thought that Blacks are an inferior group. This idea seems ridiculous when the scenarios presented appear to be black and white morally; however when topics such as rights to life and reproductive rights gets brought up, things get dicey – and when things get dicey, Pace reinforces the idea that you can have passion and zeal for a cause, as long as that cause fits into the box of the status quo here. This is the type of student that is successful when working with this particular office that claims to Strategically Develop College Aspirations; the student that is a puppet and is content to dance on strings at the command of their masters. Those that are courageous enough to express individuality and go against the grain are mocked, ridiculed,

and even threatened into submission. Now to our knowledge, the student that was forced into this situation of accommodation (to whom we have no affiliation) had no intention of banning the opposing group from campus. He is an advocate of free speech and expression and feels that any group should be given a platform; if you disagree with the platform, you do not have to listen. However he thinks it is very foolish to force any student to host the services of a group that they fundamentally disagree with on basic principles. He also thinks it is foolish of Pace to only enforce the idea of diversity of opinion when it is convenient for the University. The question becomes… is this Justice? And is this campus truly diverse? Again, we will remain silent as the SPHINX and allow this question to be addressed by future students because clearly, this student is far ahead of his time. We will retreat to the high ground of our throne and watch as these events unfold. Yours Truly, The PHIlosopher KingZ

Confessions Of A College Student Working In High-End Retail OLIVIA ZUCKER


Photo courtesy of Olivia Zucker Teavana employee, Olivia Zucker, briefly feigns happiness for the camera.

Do you love being treated like a sub-par human being? Do you want to make a competitive minimum wage salary? Do you like convincing people to spend money on products they don’t need? Do you want to experience all this while wearing an apron? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then high-end retail may be right for you. I’m not one to use unnecessary hyperbole, but working at the affluent Westchester Mall might just be as treacherous as the ninth circle of hell. I’m not exaggerating when I say if I had a choice between getting punched in the face or going to work, I would gladly take a swift right hook to the mouth. For the past ten months I’ve been working at Teavana, a specialty loose-leaf tea store that was purchased by Starbucks last year for $620 million. Teavana carries over 100 different varieties of loose-leaf tea, all with names that sound like they came straight out of a soap opera— Dragonfruit Devotion, Blueberry Bliss,

Strawberry Blush Rosé, among others—a long with a bevy of merchandise that you can use to brew, store, and steep your tea in every conceivable way. Teavana products are indeed a luxury good; as a sales associate, several hundred dollar transactions on cast iron teapots and pounds of tea are not at all uncommon. High priced goods attract a certain type of customer. The one percent. The life ruiners. In my time working at the Westchester, I’ve noticed a particular trend that people who are spending large amounts of money feel that they’ve bought the rights to be as nasty and offensive as they please. I’ve been called “a disappointment to my parents,” after I told a customer I’m a student at Pace. Another customer berated me for being “too nice” when I asked if there was anything else he needed help with. I’ve been yelled at, insulted, and personally criticized by customers—and this is just while trying to help them get a teapot set. One parent blamed me when their child smashed a teacup on the ground. I’ve also gotten told off by more entitled eleven-year-

olds than I care to acknowledge, after telling them they need a parent with them to try the tea samples. I could go on. Don’t get me wrong. I deal with a fair amount of lovely customers who are a pleasure to work with. I got into retail because I truly enjoy interacting with and helping people. I just have this radical idea that, even though the customer is always right, I still deserve to be treated like a human being and not just an emotional punching bag. It upsets me that I dread going to work, not because of the job I have to do, or the sales scripts I have to memorize, or even the fact that mall employees are not exempt from the mall’s $9 parking fee (which is more than my hourly wage), but because I don’t enjoy being spoken down to while I’m trying to provide a service. If every customer could practice a little humility and respect, the lives of retail workers would improve by a ridiculous amount. A little kindness goes a long way in every aspect of life, and shopping for luxury items should not be an exception.

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Pace Alumni Offer Advice at Communications Event CARLOS VILLAMAYOR COPY EDITOR

Public Relations Editors and Producers (PREP) student organization and the Media Communications and Visual Arts department hosted the annual Connections in Communications event in the Willcox gym on Tues. April 8. The event started 14 years ago under the direction of associate professors Maria Luskay and Michelle Pulaski Behling of the department. It served as an opportunity for current students to network and acquaint themselves with alumni from Pace’s communications and media program. “Students hear from alumni with real life experience and learn about their field. It’s not a text book, it’s a bit more intimate,” media and communications graduate Tamara Bonet said. Victoria Alegria, a junior communications and media major and member of PREP, said the event used to be a panel, but now students get to talk to the alumni personally. The opportunity for a one-on-one talk was the highlight of the event because students can talk to people with the jobs that they want, according to Luskay.

Pace undergraduates received advice and information from the alumni that they can use upon graduation. Pace alumna Michelle Birch said the event allows students gain a perspective on the media and communication industry. “Do as many internships as you can; it’s not only about what you want to do for your career, find out what you do not want to do,” Birch said. “Your most important network is right here at Pace, with professors, staff, and fellow students.” Samantha Bassford, who graduated from Pace in 2012 as a dance and communications major, felt that the University’s media and communication department is already a great resource for students. “The [communications] program as a whole prepares you for the field,” said Bassford, who currently interns at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. “Employers are surprised by Pace students’ skill-sets and work ethics.” Alumna Tarah Aponte, who works for Dressbarn’s corporate office, said Dr. Paul Ziek, a professor in the department, played an important part in her attaining

Photo by Carlos Villamayor Students gathered to hear advice from professionals in the field of media and communications. an internship in New York City while attending Pace. Additionally, the stories shared by the alumni provided students with a context of what they can do within their fields and where job opportunities may be hiding. “Just because you are in communications does not mean that you have to stay within the field,” Pace alumna and former Coordinator of Student Development and Campus Activities (SDCA) Caity Kirschbaum said. “You can

go as far with it as you want to.” Among the alumni who attended the event was Jonathan Quartuccio, who during his undergraduate years changed the school’s newspaper from a monthly to a weekly circulation. Quartuccio, who now works as an editorial supervisor for NBC Sports, advised students to get involved in campus and take advantage of every opportunity presented. Some of the most common

advice that alumni gave was for students to take every internship and job opportunity that they may be offered, remember names and send thank you notes and be willing to help with everything; even those things outside your position. Alegria said that this year the attendance doubled, and that PREP and the media and communications department are considering running a smaller version of the event during the fall semester.

Injured Pace Athletes Continue Exercise In Art PALOMA MARTINEZ FEATURED WRITER

Student athletes are often perceived by society as being hard-partiers and poor students. However, Shannon McKenna and Lauren Foballe, both former Pace soccer players, defy the aforementioned stereotype. When the girls suffered separate injuries, they united in the same passion to escape the pain. McKenna is from Florida but returned to her childhood state to play for Pace. While she admitted that her first season was difficult and emotionally draining, McKenna figured that the second year would be better. Unfortunately, she tore her meniscus in a tournament during the spring season and second semester at Pace. The junior journalism major missed the rest of the season, preseason in August and a majority of the fall season due to surgery and upon her return, realized that she didn’t hold the same sentiments towards the sport as she once did. “When you’re a freshman you think that you can just put up with it and that the rest will be fun but I was still miserable,” McKenna said. “It started out as something I loved and became a job that I

(Left) Photo courtesy of Lauren Foballe; (Right) Photo courtesy of Shannon McKenna hated going to every day.” Foballe’s early retirement was also injury related but instead submitting to surgery as McKenna did, she made the tough decision to quit the soccer team to let her body heal. “It was clear if I wanted to play I would be very limited or have to get surgery, go through rehab and get in shape while missing half of the season,” said Foballe, who originally played soccer in Glastonbury, CT. “It was selfish but I just couldn’t watch

from the bench and have my last year of soccer be like that.” The 21-year-olds didn’t let their decisions bring them down, rather, they escaped the physical pain through art. McKenna was introduced to painting here at Pace where she took a class with her roommates just for fun but then realized how much she really enjoyed it. “It’s fun, it kind of just distracts you from life,” said McKenna, who credits her new-found passion to Professor Rispolli who

encouraged her to see art in a new way. Foballe has always had an eye for art. She has been painting and drawing since her early childhood and even went to a private school that had a heavy emphasis in the arts. Initially Foballe wanted to go to school for her hobby but her mother convinced her otherwise. However, the senior criminal justice major didn’t let her career choice get in the way of her passion and still continues to draw when she can.

“I like painting and drawing mostly but I like ceramics and ink too. I like to use acrylics and water colors for painting,” Foballe said. McKenna and Foballe both hold honors awards and GPAs over 3.5. The two girls aren’t the average jocks and they proved that even though it was tough to juggle school, soccer, and work, it was possible. Now they have expanded their passion for sports to an appreciation for the arts.

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When asked if they watch documentaries, an overwhelming majority of Pace students asked responded with a crisp and clear “no,” followed by a nervous “don’t judge me.” Documentaries cover a wide array of topics and provide knowledge on a variety of subjects, from biographical exposés to sensitive topics hoping to spur social change. They know the benefits and yet they don’t watch. Maybe it’s a lack of time; balancing anywhere between nine and 21 credits, positions in organizations, jobs, social lives, and the ever fleeting hours allocated for sleep, it is no wonder why so many students have claimed to have no time for the informative flicks. And yet, most people have access to televisions, in their rooms or otherwise, as well as laptops and subscriptions to instant streaming sites like Netflix, HBO, and Hulu. Many students make time for How I Met Your Mother marathons and the newest episodes Game of Thrones, but neglect that which is likely educational. “It just seems like there’s a million and one other things to watch on TV or online,” senior biology major David Fischer said. “TV and movies are for winding down.” For those who are informed, the overwhelmingly negative and often one-sided controversies that many documentaries have created have not helped the situation of their popularity. Examples include the anti-SeaWorld sentiment that has reemerged thanks to 2013’s Blackfish, or the worrisome pre-

Photos courtesy of Cristina Cuduco dictions made over world water supplies in Blue Gold (2008). “Documentaries have garnered a negative reputation as examples of muckraking,” senior psychology major Kay Lanza said. “They manipulate reality with special effects and music to incite certain desired emotions in viewers.” From those who do watch, suggestions for viewing have been made. “It’s important for viewers to know where the information is

coming though, to know if what they’re being told is biased. And if they don’t know they should do their research,” junior psychology major Emily Blakely said. “I like documentaries,” Blakely continued, “I’m just never sure which ones to trust.” However, it may not only be a distrust of the subject matter, but also a disconnect between this generation’s college students and that which is intellectually stimulating.

“Twenty or thirty years ago we would’ve had more of a grasp on world knowledge,” graduate student Ryan McPartlan said. “Overall our generation lacks intellectual fortitude. We have a lot of resources and good educational opportunities that aren’t used as widely as they should be, documentaries being just one example.” Which goes back to the nervous “don’t judge me” comment made anonymously by more than

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one student. Those who wish to seek fascinating thought-provoking documentaries need not look farther than their laptop these days. Hundreds of documentaries are available for those with subscriptions through Netflix, Hulu and HBO. Free documentaries can be found on YouTube and television networks like PBS, The History Channel, and the National Geographic channel.


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Lacrosse: The Setters made a second-half comeback after being down 5-2 at halftime, as senior William Scioscia helped lead Pace with eight goals. With six unanswered goals in the second half, the Setters were able to tie up at the game 8-8. Tied later at 10-10, the match went into over-time, but the comeback fell short as Merrimack scored the winning goal with around one minute left in the game, ultimately winning 11-10. Softball: The softball team took two out of three in their weekend series against American International College. Caitlin McCann had the start for both games on Saturday, giving up six runs in the first game as the Setters lost 9-6, but coming back to pitch a complete game where she allowed just one run as Pace won 2-1. Junior catcher Hana Wright homered twice on Sunday’s game as the Setters won 7-4.

Baseball: Also playing a three game series over the weekend, the baseball team lost two out of three against Le Moyne. The Dolphins took the first game by a score of 8-2, but the Setters came back to take game two by a score of 3-1 as junior Jonathan Chudy tossed 7.1 innings, while allowing one run and four hits. Pace lost a close one on Sunday as Le Moyne won 4-3.

Photos from Stockton Photo Inc. (Top) Junior Jonathan Chudy; (Middle) Junior Hana Wright; (Bottom) Senior William Scioscia


Superstitions can seem like silly rituals to outsiders; but to athletes, they are a normal part of everyday life. Whether it’s wearing the same pair of socks to each game or saying a little prayer before your at-bat, superstitions can be much more than just quirky doings. Usually the customs arise in coincidental situations in which an athlete performs well, and then the ritual becomes obligatory in their mind. Pace softball player, Rachael McMahon, has a tradition of her own. “It’s a bit weird, but I always have to take an even number of practice swings before every game,” said McMahon, a senior journalism major. “I’ve been doing it since I was twelve, I think. It’s kind of hard to explain but I guess it sort of just happened and I ended up sticking with it.” Junior football player Joseph Roman mentioned that he has to listen to the same song before every game, which began after a stroke of luck many years ago. “For me it’s ‘M.I.A.’ by Avenged Sevenfold, that’s what helps me get ready,” said Roman, who is majoring in accounting. “I think I started listening to that in high school. I had a good game and I just rode the wave.” One of the good things about these superstitions is that it

helps each athlete get into their own “zone,” as said by junior football player Brian Beeker, a criminal justice major. Beeker listens to music by rapper Drake in order to prepare, showing how two similar routines can turn in opposite directions. While these quirky practices seem to evolve out of nowhere, they have stuck with these athletes for a long period of time, seemingly providing them with a certain level of comfort. Their superstitions become an important part of a routine that works for them. Seeing as sports can be quite unpredictable as many elements are out of the athletes’ control, it can become a little overwhelming for athletes to cope with the pre-game stress levels. Some athletes utilize superstitious rituals as something that they do have control over and so when they fail to carry out the custom, anxieties levels can rise. “I always have to put everything on my right side before I go and put it on my left side,” said senior soccer player Paloma Martinez, who is majoring in journalism. “I remember one time I didn’t do this and I got really anxious, so it’s definitely something that I just have to do all the time.” While it can be argued that these superstitions are just trivial notions that don’t do much, they serve a mental purpose for athletes providing them with confidence.

Junior basketball player Margo Hackett, a childhood education major, always tries to have fruit before every game, with bananas being her preferred choice, as she believes they give her “the most energy.” Teammate Lovisa Hagberg, a criminal justice major, looks to music and a good breakfast to get herself ready for a game. Eating bananas and listening to music certainly doesn’t give these two players superstrength before their games, but it does give them more confidence because they believe in what they are doing. These routines and superstitions are not just something that individual athletes use. Sometimes entire teams have a certain routine that they have to do together before every game. The women’s basketball team for instance always sits in the same seats when they board the bus for away games and also gather together to eat their pregame meal. Once again, these rituals allow players to have a certain consistency that makes them comfortable, before enduring the unpredictable waters of game-day. Athletes’ beliefs in their own routines allow them to believe that they will perform well in the game, and as the saying by William Arthur Ward goes “if you can imagine it, you can achieve it.”


The fantasy that movies, books, and games provide is serves as a way for audiences to escape reality and experience imaginary situations. That sense of fantasy is found by many with sports, making the activity much more than just another form of entertainment. Sports can cultivate intense emotion, leaving lasting impacts on people’s lives and opening up a whole other world that not everyone can see. “I cannot explain my passion for [soccer],” said accounting and finance major and Fatima Ba, who plays for Pace’s soccer team. “But what I most love about the game is its ability to unite people from all over the world with different life experiences for one common goal.” Ba grew up in the Mauritania, Africa where her interest in sports started at nine-years old. She said that during her time in the undeveloped country, she learned invaluable skills such as teamwork, discipline, persistence, drive and commitment. The Setters’ pitcher, Josh Garran, shares the same passion for sports as Ba. “My passion and love for baseball definitely comes from all the memories I’ve made playing the game,” said Garren, who is a criminal justice major. “Baseball is a game of life, it has taught me responsibility and matured me throughout the years. If it was not for baseball, I would not be who I

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am today.” Garran grew up in Old Tappan, New Jersey, and has been playing baseball since kindergarten. His dad was his coach until eighth grade and inspired him to study criminal justice. Sports may provide skills and lessons, but they can also provide unforgettable opportunities for athletes. Last summer, Garran was able to play with the official team of Cooperstown, New York, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. “I came together with a team of kids from all over the country coming from all different D-I and D-II colleges. You really learn a lot meeting [players] from Alabama, Colorado, Arkansas. They were all so different from anyone who I’ve ever met,” said Garran, who walked away from the experience with life-long friends. Pace’s wide receiver, Wanye Haynes, claims to have developed many of his characteristics just by playing on an organized team, in which he learned the importance of a strong work-ethic. “[Sports] taught me about leadership because I was in a position where I was the coach’s son so everyone kind of thought I was not playing fairly,” Haynes said. “I had to show them that it was not unfair and that I was actually a good player, so I had to take leadership and control the team.” Both fans and players have utilized sports as an opportunity for growth in which athletics has actually become a part of them.

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