The Pace Chronicle Volume III, Issue XXVI

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Pace Targeted By Union Over Labor Dispute


Tunnel Of Oppression: More Than Just A House Of Horrors CECILIA LEVINE


Photo by Carlos Villamayor

Picketers outside of entrance one protested against “Pace College”for hiring out-of-state subcontractors benefitting from local tax payer’s money.


On Wed., April 16, four people protested outside entrance one on behalf of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) regarding a labor dispute with

Pace’s Master Plan development. Both the protestors’ banner and flyers were strongly worded against Pace. The banner read “Shame on Pace College for Hurting our Community,” while the flyers the demonstrators were handing out

had the header “Shame on Pace College for Desecration of the American Way of Life” with the drawing of a rat chewing on a United States flag. The NRCC’s labor dispute, however, is not directly with Pace, but with one of the Master

Plan’s development’s subcontractors: ShawnLee Construction, a carpentry company based in Plainville, Mass. ShawnLee was hired by Kirchhoff-Consigli Construction CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 “UNION PROTEST”

Follow Up: SGA Comments On Cheating Allegations CECILIA LEVINE


Student Government Association (SGA) announced the names of its new e-board last Wednesday, April 16. Following the electoral debates March 25 and 26, candidates campaigned until Sunday, April 6 and voting stations opened that Monday. Some candidates were under investigation for violating SGA’s electoral policies, namely those that pertained to campaigning. SGA executive faculty advisor, Shawn Livingston, said that investigations are not atypical of elections.




“There are reported issues every year, some need investigation and some don’t,” said Livingston, who is also the Associate Director of Student Development and Campus Activities (SDCA). “This year’s judicial board handled the investigation much differently. Fairness and equitability was ensured.” Kelsey Laro, head chair of the SGA judicial board, three associate justice committee members and other students solicited by Laro herself, worked to obtain objective and unbiased opinions, according to Laro. The team spoke with those who reported the incidents, witnesses and those candidates being charged

with alleged accounts of violations. Despite the investigations, Livingston was very pleased with many aspects of this year’s election, in which 39 percent of the student body voted which is an 8.5 percent participation increase from 2012 and 2013. “There were very different types of students running this year. We had the more traditional students with [SGA] involved backgrounds and some other students with different leadership experiences,” said Livingston, who encouraged the candidates to take responsibility for their own platforms and to encourage their peers to vote. “Both [sets

of] candidates connected to different assets of the student population and so we were able to get more students aware and actively voting.” Though Livingston is the executive faculty advisor, this year’s legislative faculty advisor, Professor Paul Londrigan, stepped down. Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs, Cornell Craig, and Professor Howard Weishaus, who has previous experience as SGA faculty advisor, are in the running for the position. SGA’s newly elected e-board will have their first official meeting in the Lienhard lecture hall this Friday, April 25.

Swastikas and racial slurs ordained the removable, metal partitions that divided the Willcox’s unlit gym, just as the words themselves continue to do to people globally. Signs that separated students by skin color hung above the gym’s entrance; yet another platform for further segregation. Pace students followed the night’s tour guides up and down the building’s stairs as they watched their peers recreate scenes of prejudice and oppression, quickly escalating to violence and resulting in tears. Since its 2007 inception, The Tunnel of Oppression has served as a medium to address the complex issues of segregation, oppression and violence in a multifaceted approach, according to Vice President of Unity and Social Justice, Qadry Harris, who began his planning last November. This year, the Tunnel followed Pace’s university wide “50 Years” theme and incorporated some matters from half a century ago. “Sometimes [people] get really comfortable with oppression, and we forget how dangerous and serious it can be,” said junior childhood education major Abigail Bucknor, who also served as an actress in the event. “In a way, we shock people into realizing that this stuff happens every day”. The event offered six sessions split evenly between Wednesday and Thursday nights, in which over 200 individuals participated. Director of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs, Cornell Craig, and Associate Director of Student Development and Campus Activities, Shawn Livingston, attended as the night’s faculty advisors while students Kelsey Laro and Jon Calixto acted as the “tour CONTINUED ON PAGE 2





After successful individual seasons, two of Pace’s men’s basketball stars have been recognized by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Team. Get the scoop here!

Need help focusing on your homework? If your fix is the bookstore’s ‘Study Buddy’ pill, you’ll soon be out of luck. Find out why this aid is being taken off the market.

Your big break could mean spending big bucks, especially if you want to get academic credit. Our Opinion Editor dishes on paying for summer internships.

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Letter to the editor Congratulations on turning The Pace Chronicle into a paper worth reading. I had noticed and appreciated the editorial changes that Faculty Advisor Kevin Czerwinski refers to in his editorial in the April 9th issue, and had intended to write eventually. But the response to the drug testing article has moved me to do so now. As an alumnus, staff mem-

ber, and parent here at Pace, I am grateful for the objective and excellent news reporting of late. I was a student in White Plains during the New Morning days, too, post-Watergate, and also a journalism major, for a time. There was a feeling of obligation, really, to seek out and responsibly tell the truth. It is one of our most important and valuable freedoms, which, at best, can provide the

impetus for positive change. Thank you all for your efforts in bringing news to the Pace Community with new-found, 21st century, sense of integrity and professionalism. Patricia Saviano Program Coordinator, Lubin School of Business Class of 1990





















Photos by Cecilia Levine

The above images feature instances of oppression displayed in this year’s Tunnel of Oppression presentation.


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guides”. Among the skits performed were a domestic dispute between Ike and Tina Turner, a racial conflict between young African American females, a disabled student being bullied, a Jewish female taunted for her weight, religion and emotions and even an instance of gun violence. “Sometimes things aren’t as dramatic and are often times negative slights and comments,” said Craig, who has been working to perpetuate the Tunnel of Oppression since 2009. “The key point of the event is not to showcase a house of horrors, but for students to consider how they will react the next time they come across an act of oppression.” One more contemporary story was a reenactment of sophomore Rachel Aviles’ departure from her Christian high school where administration accused her of homosexuality and encouraged her to leave. Aviles was approached

by Harris who asked if her story could be incorporated into the script after hearing her share it publicly. Aviles’ skit struck a chord with many audience members, one of which was junior biology major Joselyn DeWitt. “[Aviles] is such an amazing person and to know she had to go through that kills me,” said DeWitt, who is Aviles’ roommate and considers Aviles to be her “twin”. “Thursday night I looked to the back of the room when she was on her tour and saw her break down into tears, and that made me more emotional than me watching the reenactment myself the night before.” Each session concluded with a debriefing period led by Craig and Livingston. Participants filled out surveys regarding their experience with the program and discussed what was most impactful to them. “You never know what people are hiding,” an anonymous participant said. “You don’t know who feels what. I think it opened eyes up to diversity, and for people to be aware of oppression.”

Harris speculated that not all participants necessarily understood the event’s educational objective, however, he feels that if the concepts resonated with one just one person, then for that one person the annual event is worth throwing. “[Tunnel of Oppression] absolutely has to continue as a tradition here,” said Harris, who claims to have faced “harsh and unfair criticism” against the event. “This is definitely the most well attended SGA program I’ve had all year and I think it’s been a staple since the [VP of Unity and Social Justice] position was created. I was really happy with the turnout, the product and actors worked hard; they were phenomenal.” Craig does not foresee the Tunnel of Oppression’s final years any time in the near future. “There is more work to be done,” Craig said. “There will always be someone who will not be benefitting.” The 2015 Tunnel of Oppression will be produced by Aviles, who will be serving as the next VP of Unity and Social Justice.


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SGA Update: New Officers Announced And TH Day Guest Policy Confirmed TAYLOR LONGENBERGER NEWS EDITOR

Top Row: President John Wrench, Executive Vice President Dan Garcia; Middle Row: VP of Finance Jessica Varghese, VP of Programming Tameka Bazile; Bottom Row: VP of Administration Edwin Rodriguez, VP of Unity and Social Justice Rachel Aviles

Newly elected SGA officers were announced on Monday, April 14 and will be inducted next week during the SGA meeting. This year’s Student Government Association (SGA) e-board held its last meeting in Lienhard lecture hall Fri. April 18. Area Director of Student Conduct, Matthew Landau, discussed the new rules for Townhouse Day. The guest policy states that Pace alumni may attend and only townhouse residents may sign up one non-Pace guest. Any Pace student attending must bring their Pace identification and driver’s license to present to security on Townhouse Day. Students will receive different colored wristbands depending on their age; one for those 21 and over and another for those that are not of drinking age. There will be at least one RA in each residence hall during Townhouse Day. Senate will vote on the Legislative Advisor for the 2014-2015 school year next week. Full time faculty members nominated for the position of Legislative Advisor include Director of Multicultural Affairs, Cornell Craig, and Dyson Professor Howard Weishaus.



Management (KCCM), Pace’s current Construction Manager. According to NRCC Representative Daniel Souza, ShawnLee pays its employees “at least half” of the Area Standard Rate, a rate that allows workers to support their families and pay their taxes. Souza also explained that, as an out of state business, ShawnLee harms the local community because job opportunities are going elsewhere.

Pace has an

obligation to the community to see that area labor standards are met for construction work...

“What if your parents didn’t get a job because there’s someone else from another state who is willing to work for half the pay?” Souza said. “That is basically what is happening here.” He added that, though Pace doesn’t make its tuition any cheaper, it still subcontracts underpaid workers.

“The [NRCC] believes that Pace…has an obligation to the community to see that area labor standards are met for construction work performed on their campus,” read the flyer handed out by the protestors. “[Pace] should not be allowed to [hide]…behind independent contractors.” Pace spokesperson Cara Cea denied the accusations made against the school. “KCCM has not discriminated against union participation in the construction project underway at our Pleasantville campus,” Cea said. “KCCM employs on site for the project a mix of union and non-union subcontractors.” Cea said Pace anticipates that the Master Plan project will create “more than 600 construction jobs, of which more than half will be union jobs.” “Pace and KCCM officials have engaged in active dialogue with union leaders, requesting participation of their member trade subcontractors,” Cea said. “KCCM received bids from union and non-union subcontractors and selected the most competitive bids to keep costs and tuition down for students.” She also emphasized that the university is not raising tuition to fund the Master Plan. KCCM and NRCC are currently in negotiations to review the labor situation in the construction at Pace’s campus, since ShawnLee “refuses to cooperate,” according to Souza.

Tunnel Of Oppression Highlights Personal Story: Rachel Aviles Moves On CECILIA LEVINE


While the Tunnel of Oppression serves as a powerful event for many students, it was a particularly memorable one for Pace sophomore Rachel Aviles, who relived an experience that haunts her to this day. This year’s Tunnel incorporated Aviles’ story, in which administrators at her private high school kicked her out because of her sexuality. Up until her senior year, Aviles attended a Christian day school in Connecticut, though she does not identify with the religion, or any. Following a class trip to Washington, DC, in which Aviles said she and other females held hands and called each other “wifey,” she received an email from the head of the high school requesting a meeting with Aviles and her mother. “When I got the email I was like, this could be it, this could be the moment I’m dreading,” said Aviles, who said that her actions on the trip were not uncommon amongst students at The Master’s School, as its small size fostered close relationships. The following day she and her mother were confronted by three administrative officials and one teacher who served as the chaperone on the class trip. The four

representatives questioned Aviles’ sexuality and accused her of being disrespectful towards the school’s values. The officials asked the junior where her heart was and if she knew what she was doing with her life. “My mom looked at me and was like, just tell them, you know what they want to know,” said Aviles, who was forced to look the officials in the face and tell them something that she had only recently told her friends and family. “I like girls,” she said. After much prayer and deliberation, administrators challenged Aviles and her mother with an ultimatum. “Withdraw, or we will expel you,” they said. “The dean was like, ‘I have to protect my community,’ and I was like, ‘since when am I no longer a part of that?’” said Aviles, who claimed to have been an involved and well-representing Master’s student. “I wasn’t trying to do anything intentionally, I was just being myself.” Aviles said the administration considered her sexuality to be a threat to that of other students’ and that some officials were concerned that she would turn her peers gay. Two weeks before classes were scheduled to resume Aviles submitted the paperwork necessary to attend another private school in

the area, where she was sponsored by anonymous donors. “Everyone knew why I was there, they read it in the papers and saw it on the news but I was a senior so I didn’t care about being new,” said Aviles, who was accepted along with her sexuality into the Watkinson School in West Hartford, Connecticut. Though Aviles was also coping with her parents’ divorce among other family problems, she was ultimately able to conquer the turbulent time, and even the Master’s School itself. “The Master’s School and Watkinson had a crazy rivalry. When I played for Master’s we defeated [Watkinson] during my sophomore and junior seasons but they beat us at every championship game,” said Aviles, who played lacrosse for both schools. The teams were tied on Master’s turf when a minute before half time Aviles sprained three of the four ligaments in her ankle. With her foot tightly wrapped and her determination at an all-time high, Aviles not only finished the game but was able to pull a win for Watkinson. “With a minute left I tapped [my opponent’s] stick. I sprinted down the field and scored the final goal. Then I collapsed and I cried, but I finally felt like I won,” Aviles said. “I shook my friends’ hands

Photo courtesy of Rachel Aviles and there was no animosity or hostility at all. People were just like, Rachel you deserve this.” With support from her friends, particularly former orientation leaders, and her peers, Aviles was able to gain a new perspective on her past. “At first Joselyn (Aviles’ close friend and self-proclaimed “twin”) recorded it and I couldn’t watch it; it made me so emotional. I lived it I don’t need to see it. “[The skit] was really weird to watch because in the moment I was being told that I was not okay, but from a third party perspective those people were not okay; they were the ones with the problem.

Seeing it helped me let go,” Aviles said. Though she hasn’t had any negative experiences at Pace, Aviles offered words of advice to those who may be struggling with their own self-acceptance, or who are in situations that may be similar to her own. “You’re not broken, you’re not the one who needs to be fixed,” said Aviles. “Remember that you are okay and it’s okay to be yourself despite situations like this.” As the future VP of Unity and Social Justice, Aviles hopes to use her story as an inspiration to mend the Pace community.


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Pace Bookstore Discontinues Sale Of Dietary Study Aid CHRISTOPHER D’ERASMO FEATURED WRITER

Photo by Christopher D’Erasmo According to Barnes and Noble’s corporate marketing specialist, the ‘Study Buddy’ product, which is not currently approved by the FDA was introduced to the bookstore by student demand.

The heavy workload of college life causes several students to panic about their assignments and tests. Most students have different ways of coping with their workloads, however, the Pace bookstore is selling a pill that claims to help with this stress. This pill, officially known as Study Buddy, will supposedly improve memory and increase concentration, focus, mental clarity and alertness. The top corners of the package even maintains that it is doctor recommended. The Pace bookstore sells the dietary supplements at the checkout desk for $0.79 after taxes. Although Study Buddy promises many benefits, there may be potential risks caused by the pill, as it has yet to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “No scientific studies are on this supplement to prove that [Study Buddy] does what it says it is supposed to be doing,” Associate Director of University Healthcare and nurse practitioner Karen Lolli said.


Without FDA approval, there is no proof that the pill actually works and it may be another scam. Based on what is printed on the back of the box it is evident that the amount of nutrients in the medication is vastly disproportionate to what someone should be consuming on a daily basis. The vitamins D3, B6, and B12 are all over 1,000 percent of one’s daily intake, with vitamin B12 coming in at 8,333 percent of a recommended dosage per day. These large dosages have many health consequences. Excessive amounts of these vitamins can cause, “subsequent damage to the heart, blood vessels, and kidneys, along with loss of control of bodily movements,” according to the U.S. Department of Health and Services website, National Institutes of Health. “There is no quality control. I would not recommend this,” Lolli said. Without quality control of this medication there is no evidence that the amount of vitamins stated on the box are exact. Thus, Study Buddy may be falsely advertising its product.

“[Study Buddy] could give off the impression that this will defiantly happen for everyone who takes it as prescribed,” associate professor of marketing Carl Malinowski said. “Also, “doctor recommended” gives the impression that the product is safe and effective.” Malinowski also stated that putting the pill in in the front of the package makes it easy to see at the last minute. After reviewing all of the facts about the medication one might wonder why such medication is being sold at the bookstore. “Study Buddy is a trend product that was selected for the store because of student interest,” senior corporate marketing specialist of Barnes and Noble Judith Buckingham said. Study Buddy was originally sold at the bookstore in response to student demand for something that would help them concentrate. For those concerned about the product and its potential health problems there is good news. According to Buckingham, the product will be discontinued in the bookstore.

Construction Causing Destruction: Why I Came to Pace TAYLOR LONGENBERGER NEWS EDITOR

Stone buildings, history of former residents and the central farm gave Pace a very cozy feel from the moment I first stepped on campus. The University’s historic atmosphere drew me in and appealed to my love for both art and history. Buildings like the Paton House and the barns of the Environmental Center made me feel like I had stepped into someone else’s life; a history that I was now able to live and expand upon. Since the construction of the Master Plan I was brought to the realization that the reasons that once ultimately encouraged my decision to attend Pace would not be completely preserved.

Although I agree that it is important to be as eco-friendly as possible, the construction that fits the feel of what the campus already is should be a priority. The giant, glass buildings that will soon be replacing some remarkable structures in the middle of the campus will diminish the charming antiquity of Pace. Alterations to Kessel’s roof and windows to match those of the new buildings will alter the rustic campus feel. Though there are ways to establish structure that are more modern without completely contrasting the existing campus, the Master Plan has not been mindful to those approaches. For example State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Photo by Bob Reece SUNY ESF Pace Pleasantville’s once quaint, country feel will soon be replaced by modern, glass buildings.

(ESF) has created a natural feel by including timber, yet has managed to remain environmentally conscious. I understand that it is im-

portant to evolve with the times, but I think that it is necessary to remember where we came from, especially with a campus that has so much history. I am saddened

to see the Pace campus destroyed for the sake of what modern beauty has been deemed, with its characterless sheets of glass.

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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Paying To Have A Job: The Summer Internship Struggle SARA MORIARTY

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It’s that time of year againtime to hunt for summer jobs or internships. Last year I was lucky enough to receive a paid internship over the summer, one that did not require receiving academic credit. I enjoyed my interning experience and learned more than I ever have in any traditional class, all the while getting paid several dollars above minimum wage. But the reality is that most internships are not paid. I understand that companies probably don’t have the funds to pay interns, but interning is work and people who can afford to hold down an unpaid internship over the summer are lucky. People who can afford to receive credit for an un-paid summer internship are luckier. I am currently facing the fact that I may not receive a paid internship this summer. As I wait patiently and nervously for emails and callbacks to schedule interviews, I know that there is a chance that people more qualified than me may get the few and far between paid positions, leaving me with the options of getting a job as a waitress or cashier…or taking an unpaid internship. The option of taking an unpaid summer internship may be out of the question for me, however. A part-time unpaid internship sounds reasonable enough, as I would have time to pick up a part-time job as well. But, many of these unpaid internships require travel expenses and academic credit (not all do.) I would love to get academic credit for my work over the summer, but, of course, there is a catch.


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If you want academic credit for your summer internship, expect to economically break even or break the bank.

Money. In order to take summer classes within Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, you need to pay for the credits. This is understandable, yet expensive, with credits for undergraduate summer classes at Pace costing $918 per credit. In order to receive credit for a summer internship, you also need to pay for the credits. To my understanding, internships are three credits. So, to get credit for a summer internship, a student will need to shell more than $2000. Last semester I asked an academic advisor for Dyson College about receiving internship credit. I was told that if an internship is completed over the summer, the credits must be paid for as summer credits and cannot roll over as credits for the fall semester. Thus an unpaid, for-credit summer internship would leave

my bank account in the negative. Travel expenses also need to be taken into account (although I do believe some internships provide travel stipends.) My advice to Pace students is to meet with your career counselor to discuss options for the summer; your counselor might clue you in on ways to get funding for internships or programs that offer funded internships. I would like the University to consider allowing credits received for summer internships to “roll over” and count as part of fall coursework. This would allow responsible, driven students to pay the same tuition price for the year and still be able to take on a 15-credit course load. The maximum credits one can take per semester is 18, so three of those would be taken over the summer, still leaving the student able to take on a full course load during the fall semester.

This would allow for students to be able to have a rewarding summer experience without paying on top of tuition for the fall and spring semesters. That being said, taking on an internship during the fall and spring semesters is completely doable, as many students are able to schedule accordingly to have time to travel to the internship. But I’d still love it if I could get credit for a summer internship without paying. My major is Communications, which requires that I complete at least one internship for credit. It would be convenient to spend my summer completely this credit requirement while also devoting my time fully to the internship and networking. I probably won’t be able to make as many connections or learn as much from being a grocery store cashier. Oh well.

Speak Up: Why Students Should Voice Their Own Opinions CARLOS VILLAMAYOR COPY EDITOR

One of the landmarks of the college experience is intellectual activity and inquiry. Indeed, ever since its inception back in the Middle Ages when the church developed the first universities, students were expected to argue the different sides to a question, and special emphasis was given to reason, logic, and argument. Nowadays we regularly hear talk about college being the time to learn to think for yourself, but modernity has put this idea in jeopardy. Sadly, the idea of a college education is often degraded to a mere transaction for a diploma

that allows young people to start a career. This degraded notion leads students to regard classes as obstacles to be finished with: get a good grade, and move on. Such an attitude conflicts with the idea of intellectual activity and inquiry, since students will often keep quiet or go along with a professor’s argument or perceived point of view to avoid conflict, stay on good terms with the professor, and get that much-desired A. Following the view of classes as transactions for good grades leads some students to withhold their opinions if they disagree with something a professor is saying, and thus opportunities to develop well-formed argument and have constructive discussions are lost.

I have heard students who said they wrote an essay on a topic just because they thought the professor may like the topic or agree with them. During class, one student told another not to argue with the professor and just “go with the flow.” Another time I heard someone say something along the lines of, “well you know what the professor thinks about this, so I said nothing.” We are left with intellectual laziness. People, and especially students, need to think, and part of thinking is reasoning and constructing arguments. Classes should not be seen as mere transactions or steps on our way to a diploma, they should

THIS WEEK’S PACE POLL Would you ever take an unpaid internship? Let us know!

be opportunities to exercise our minds, reflect, acquire knowledge, and, yes, skills; but whatever skill it is you want to develop, you need to be a good thinker. Don’t limit yourself to classes in your discipline, take advantage of Pace’s course diversity, both here and in the Manhattan campus. This is the time for us to take classes that will make us wellrounded individuals; classes that will broaden our intellectual, and physical, horizons; as well as classes that might teach us a thing or two about the world and its history, so we might become better judges and reformers of our current conditions.


As I was pacing across Shirley Beth’s Way on Thursday evening, I found scatterings of colored powder upon the bricks and concrete, stretching onto the grass of Miller Lawn, like a Jackson Pollock painting. I suddenly remembered DHOSA (Desi Heritage of South Asia) had hosted its second annual Holi festival earlier that same evening, where they, as Holi tradition dictates, threw colored powder at one another. Holi, also referred to as a festival of colors, was originally an ancient Hindu tradition that was meant to celebrate the arrival of spring and new life. According to BBC Religions, Holika was a female demon and a sister to Hiranyakashap, a demon king. Prahalad was Hiranyakashap’s son, but Hiranyakashap despised him because he worshipped the god Vishnu, the preserver of the universe. The king decided to kill Prahalad, but was unsuccessful in his various attempts. Therefore, he asked Holika to rid him of his son. Holika had a gift of immunity to fire, which had been bestowed upon her by the gods, so she snatched Prahalad and trapped herself with him within a fire. However, because Holika was using her gift for evil, her power was relinquished, and she burned into a pile of ash. Prahalad, having prayed and remained loyal to Vishnu throughout his ordeal, prevailed. To celebrate this legend, large bonfires are often burned during Holi. It’s important to note that, while Holi’s origins are based in Hindu religion, it is no longer considered a religious festival. In fact, it is celebrated by nonHindus throughout South Asia, though it is most common in India and Nepal. It is also growing in popularity throughout Europe and North America as a means of lighthearted celebration of spring, love, and colors. During Holi, characteristics such as caste, class, age, and gender are considered irrelevant. There is, at the same time, rivalry between the sexes, meaning there are competitions and games where the sexes compete against one another and publicly flirt. “We had this event in order to spread awareness on this festival and give a chance for everyone to get together and experience it as well. People from all different races and cultures come together to celebrate a South Asian festival,” said DHOSA’s president Sonam Patel, who explained how equality is emphasized within the festival. “When everyone is covered in these different colors it represents equality. Since everyone looks the same, there is no discrimination or racism.”

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The Ivory Tower: Favoritism To the Pace University Community: We must confess that we were pleasantly surprised by the fair amount of support and admiration you showed towards our last work. We were glad to have been proven wrong about the nature of this campus and this finding does give us a sense of hope and optimism for the future. Although our time here is limited, we can only hope that this positive attitude of progressive thinking sets the foundation for a cultural shift on many controversial topics that affect our campus. In the spirit of this idea, we plan to address the provocative topic of favoritism within particular offices and how it plays a role in student life. Yet we must warn you, this is not an article composed for the tender of heart. Allegedly, there is some book out there that claims “… whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light,” (Luke 12:3). We are here to encourage the entire Pace Community to SEEK THE LIGHT!! And in order to assist as humble servants in the process of bringing you out of darkness and into the marvelous light, we will speak about specific student experiences in relation to a certain office that claims to Strategically Develop College Aspirations. However, it is important to note that the confines of this particular issue goes beyond our personally experience. Yet, do not fret. We have received credible information on the topic from a certain ICE COLD student group (to which we have no affiliation) that helped us to seek the light. If you recall our first writ-

ing, you will remember that we claimed to remain as silent as the SPHINX. Although the Sphinx remains silent, it has a dominating presence that cannot be ignored and it casts a shadow of darkness over all those in its path. A particular administrator (who we will refer to as Johannes Agnellicus in our attempt to remain silent) who was generally adored by the student body had the presence of the Sphinx and although he is no longer with us, this particular office that claims to Strategically Develop College Aspirations still exists under the shadow that Johannes Agnellicus left behind. What do we mean by this? The answer is quite simple. Everyone knew that Agnellicus played favorites. If there was a soft spot in his heart for you, you would literally want for nothing. When new administration came in, it was a conscious effort not to play favorites; kudos to them for seeking to be fair and honorable (not to say that Agnellicus did not embody either of these virtues). However the issue of favoritism, like most issues, must be analyzed under the lens of distinguishing perception versus reality. In order to make this distinction, correct application of light is needed. But not just any light, what is needed is “The true light that enlightens every man…” (John 1:9). We have concluded that this office that claims to Strategically Develop College Aspirations is incapable of seeing this light because they are still in the shadow of Johannes Agnellicus. They are so cautious of being perceived to be playing favorites that often times, students deserving

of honors and rewards are passed over because these students’ successes may be interpreted as the office exhibiting favoritism. Case in point; a student group was recently told to stop co-sponsoring events with the Programming Board because it could be perceived as favoritism. It is important to note that all student organizations were extended the opportunity and encouraged to utilize the services of the programming board on numerous occasions. The critical question is, should one particular group be penalized for repeatedly taking advantage of the opportunity while others sit and watch? And more importantly, do we want to perpetuate a culture at Pace where we as students, staff, and faculty, are fearful to take action because we are more concerned with the appearance and perception of our actions; as opposed to the reality of them? Taking action or a refusal to do so because we are fearful of how said action will be perceived not only makes us cowardly, it makes us both dishonest and petty as well. We are certain that this is not the type of environment we want to create. Of course we have our own thoughts, opinions, and practical solutions to the problem at hand. However as always, we will remain as silent as the Sphinx – allowing this issue to be addressed appropriately by the future leaders of this student body. We will now retreat back to the high place of our throne and curiously watch as these events unfold. Yours Truly, The PHIlosopher KingZ

Registration Week, A Friend To None EMILY WOLFRUM FEATURED WRITER

‘Tis the season for frantic typing of CRN numbers and getting locked out of classes. Registration week can be any student’s worst nightmare, but for some students the path to finishing all those cores and AOKs is nothing compared to the most impossible feat of all—completing the major. As a former communication arts and journalism turned English and communications turned communication arts and journalism turned communications major, I have a bit of experience with the dreaded major courses. I’ve changed my major three times as a result. And, it’s not a matter of messing around. As a college freshman, I entered Pace with a whopping 37 credits. With my communication arts and journalism (CAJ) worksheet in hand, I saw a future filled with Radio News Production and News Editing. Yet, in my five semesters of registration, neither of these courses has been offered. Not to mention that the same three JRNs are offered semester after semester. This year, come registration week, I looked at a mere 9 classes, 24 credits, to complete my degree. But when I opened the beloved Schedule Explorer, a pathetic three of the mandatory 9 classes were being offered. I spoke to a few of my peers who were facing similar problems, all of whom had switched

out of the CAJ major due to the infrequency of classes. Even advisors and department chairs strongly recommended an aversion of the degree. What sense does it make that required classes never appear during a student’s undergraduate career? Do universities not profit enough without keeping students two full years just to finish a mere 24 credits? Fortunately, the CAJ major is undergoing major revision, but for many other students their struggle is just starting as they get locked out of classes, screwed with registration holds, and misinformed without updated major worksheets. A missed OSA deadline or frivolous parking ticket could cause a domino effect of complications, and even an extra semester of tuition bills. Advisors often make tentative schedules without these factors in mind, as students watch their pristine schedules fade as quickly as their desired classes fill up. Students then get thrown into a pool of TBA or 2 star ratemy-professors, and we all know those Course Evaluations haven’t changed a thing. Pace-willing, next year will be my last at this university, but unfortunately, much like the outcome of registration week, this hope and dream is quite uncertain. Good luck, my fellow Pace suckers. May the possibility of an increase in class size cap be ever in your favor.


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Pianist Lauren Alves, Defying Classic Roots DEREK KADEMIAN



If senior nursing major Lauren Alves ever comes up in conversation, chances are she will be referred to as “that girl who plays piano.” Though trained since the age of five and competitively renowned, her identifier still comes as a shock to her. “I like it, but I think it’s undeserved,” she admitted. “There are so many talented people on this campus, and I hear them play the piano, and I’m blown away. I’m just, like, jamming.” The Nu Zeta Phi sister and Eldred, N.Y. native claims that her introduction to the piano was somewhat by force. “When I was younger, I was running around the house with a playdate that I had and we were playing tag and my mom was

washing the dishes and she said, ‘Lauren, do you want to take piano lessons?’” Alves recalled. “She kept asking it every time I passed the kitchen, and so finally, I was like, ‘yeah, whatever, mom,’ and then the next week a piano teacher was there. “I’d never wanted to pursue it. I was forced to pursue it, and I hated it.” Regardless, throughout the rest of her adolescence, Alves would continue to play the piano in both her high school band and in the New York State Music Association (NYSSMA) competition. During the NYSSMA competiton, Alves scored a 99 at the highest level, performing Debussy’s “Clair de lune.” “I could have sent in a video to the state of me playing to go to All State Piano and I would have had a solo, but honestly, my anxiety at the time was ridiculous,” Alves said.

Alves would go on to use her piano playing as a method of combatting this anxiety, or as she put it, as “a stress reliever.” Though she refers to the feeling she gets playing the piano as somewhat euphoric, Alves admits that she prefers not to play for an audience. “I don’t like playing for anyone. That’s why I like playing when Kessel is empty,” she said. “I don’t like to play in front of my parents because they want me to play regular pieces, so I don’t really play a lot at home.” For Alves, her piano playing has been a personal journey, and one that largely emerged during her college years. She describes her sophomore year as “a turning point” when she began to not only enjoy the instrument, but write her own music. “I don’t like to practice pieces anymore. I’m over it,” Alves admitted. “I only do my own stuff. There’s no joy in practicing the

same part over and over just so it can sound really good in the future. I’d rather just jam.” This defiance of structured, classical music is reflected within Alves’ influences, which span from musicians as large as the Beatles to her dad’s friend, John, who plays as a hobby. “He can’t read music at all, so he just jams on all these instruments and is extremely talented,” Alves said. “He can play anything any time and make it sound good, and I always wanted to be like him.” Outside of Kessel’s Commuter Lounge, Alves’ “jamming” can be heard in New York City at “Play Me, I’m Yours,” a street initiative to promote music that places pianos outside for the public to play. “If there was anything I could do without worrying about making money it would be playing the piano,” Alves said.

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The Dream of the 90s is Alive in Portland(ia) CRISTINA CUDUCO COLUMNIST

Portland, Oregon: where young people go to retire; where flannel and corduroy roam free; where the tattoo ink never runs dry. For those of us not living in this seemingly chill West-Coast city, Portland may seem like a haven for the wacky side in all of us. In fact, I’d even go as far as to say that Portland seems like every club that Stefon ever recommended on Saturday Night Live’s (SNL) Weekend Update, rolled into one freaky little package. I never knew what it meant to laugh on the inside until I watched Portlandia. Honestly, it’s hard to laugh aloud when watching this show, as I find myself internally analyzing its extreme examples of outdated counterculture. Now on its fourth season, Portlandia is written by SNL alumnus, Fred Armisen, and executively produced by Lorne Michaels for the Independent Film Channel (IFC). The show follows Armisen and comedic actress Carrie Brownstein, as they effortlessly chameleonize themselves into a slew of recurring characters, from condescending hipsters, to aggressive feminists, extreme vegans, Harajuku girls, and overly enthused artisan curators with a fancy for birds. There is no demarcation to let the residents of “Portlandia” know where they’ve crossed the line into obsession. For the sake of clarity, I’m categorizing Armisen’s quirky and satirical sketch comedy under dry, subtle humor, a category under which I’d place The Office, King of the Hill, and (this may be a stretch) Arrested Development. Each season gets better as Armisen and Brownstein continuously take risks with the characters on this show. Somehow in four seasons the pair haven’t allowed Portlandia to spiral out of control into the wacky collage of clichés it could easily become. Simply put, not everyone is going to find Portlandia as undeniably funny as I, and many others, do. Portlandia is intelligent humor that can quickly become obnoxious to anyone if viewed in excess. It takes a strong person to tolerate a marathon of Portlandia’s nonsense. Whether you want to binge on a Portlandia marathon or dabble in just one episode, the first three season are available at your disposal on Netflix.


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Pace Men’s Basketball players Denzel Primus-Devonish and Jonathan Merceus are being awarded for their successful 201

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Setter Athletes Selected For Basketball Writers Team NATALIA ALVAREZ PAGAN SPORTS EDITOR

Seniors Denzel Primus-Devonish and Jonathan Merceus were recently named to the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Second Team. Both players have seen their efforts rewarded as they posted career numbers during their final

season at Pace. “I’m really honored I got this award,” said senior guard PrimusDevonish, who averaged a career best 15.2 points per game this past season. “I feel like all the hardwork over the four years wasn’t a waste. To get this award this year shows that I had a pretty good year and I am excited that someone saw that and awarded me for my play.”


While it is a great accomplishment, Merceus sees it from a different perspective, focusing on how this recognition affects Pace as a whole. “I’m glad I was recognized, not so much for myself, but just to bring some sort of recognition back to Pace Athletics,” said Merceus, who also posted a career high with 16.7 points and 8.5 rebounds

per game this season. “With the new coaching staff the program is definitely going in the right direction. This is just the start for Pace Athletics.” Both players finish with over 1,000 points scored during their time at Pace, with Primus-Devonish totaling 1,369 points, placing ninth in school history, followed by Merceus with 1,175 points,

who sits in 24 place. Primus-Devonish also ranks fourth in assists with 429, while Merceus ranks sixth in rebounds with 705. The pair will be honored on Tue., April 22 at the 81 NIT/ MBWA Haggerty Awards dinner, which will take place at the Westchester Marriot Hotel in Tarrytown, New York.

Softball Clinches Playoff Berth

Men’s Baseball

Apr. 23 @ New Haven Apr. 26 @ American Int’l @ American Int’l Apr. 27 @ American Int’l Apr. 29 v. Adelphi

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Men’s Lacrosse Apr. 25 @ Franklin Pierce

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Women’s Softball Apr. 25 v. Le Moyne Apr. 26 v. Le Moyne v. Le Moyne

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Junior business management major and setter softball shortstop Jeane Drury had 2 RBis in the Setters’ game 2 win.


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Pace’s softball team clinched a playoff spot in the NE-10 postseason. The team currently holds third place in the Southwest Division with a 9-5 division record (12-8 against NE-10, 15-19 overall). The playoff berth comes after the Setters split a series with the Molloy Lions in a non-conference

matchup on Friday, April 18th. “I knew we had a great team from the beginning of our fall season” third baseman Rachel McMahon said. “We really surprised a lot of people, and we have the potential to surprise a lot more.” Although Pace dropped the first game to Molloy, as the Lions powered their way to a 3-1 victory, the Setters came back to take game two with a 4-3 win.

The Setters have four crucial match-ups left with two division rivals; Southern Connecticut and Le Moyne College. “We definitely deserve to be in the playoffs,” McMahon said. Pace’s softball team will face Connecticut at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22 and Le Moyne on Friday April 25th and Saturday, April 26th all on the Briarcliff Field.


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Pace Alumna Supports Students From The Other Side Of The Desk CECILIA LEVINE


Wooden plaques recognizing Pace’s Hall of Fame inductees line the corridor that separates the athletic offices from the aerobics room of the Goldstein Fitness Center. In the bottom, right-hand corner of the wall closest to the meeting room is a familiar face, one that can also be seen at the front desk on Friday afternoons and unlocking the building some early Monday mornings. Dennis Carpenter, 2012 All American Club Football inductee of Pace’s 11th induction class, has reconnected with his Alma Mater. “I am very fortunate to be here,” said Carpenter, who served as a quarterback on Pace’s football team from 1969-1974. “It impresses me that Pace continued its beauty and commitment.” Though Carpenter was a student-athlete for four years, he finished his studies at Pace in a year and a half following his career on the team, when he graduated with a degree in elementary education in 1975. Since his departure, Carpenter noticed many changes at the University. Aside from the obvious renovation and vast increase in the student body, he noted one difference in event location. Though Pace now utilizes its football field for a variety of athletic events, Carpenter and the football team once held their practices on the Miller lawn. Despite the changes on campus, Carpenter still feels deeply connected to his roots at Pace. “It’s pleasant to be in an atmosphere with students and professionals at this point in my

Photos courtesy of Dennis Carpenter Alumna Dennis Carpenter supports his alma mater from the outskirts of the field. life,” said Carpenter, who was awarded Most Valuable Player in his freshman year and was also named to the National Club Football All-American Squad his junior year. “I love working here because I am so close to the athletes, I feel like I am part of the team.” Through his work in the Gold-

stein Fitness Center, Carpenter has been able to establish a relationship with many of the current Pace athletes, who he says treat him with the upmost respect. “I am very impressed by the quality of the character of the athletes,” said Carpenter, who since his 2006 retirement as a school teacher worked many

jobs, from driving a limousine to working for a moving company. “They are all respectful to their elders and pleasant to be around. They all work hard and take their sports seriously.” While athletes continue to pursue individual goals, Carpenter has hopes and aspirations of his own for Pace’s future.

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“Pace is starving for a good football season and I am hoping that it continues to grow another 50 years,” said Carpenter, who started working for the University in the fall of 2012. “If I could squeeze in another 20 years, that’d be cool, too.”


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One, two, three, four strikes you’re out, is the new rule that athletes and coaches hold by when it comes to concussions. At Pace, when an athlete reaches four concussions, their careers might very well be over. As concussions have become a growing concern over the years, technology and research have shed new light on the long-term dangers that the injuries can cause. Honesty and communication are two important factors when it comes to handling concussions. The athletes need to be honest with their trainers in order to identify possible concussions, as well as to know exactly how many concussions the athlete might have had in the past. “Telling the truth is always helpful,” head athletic trainer Barry Moriarty said. “Concussions are something you don’t want to risk, it’s your brain. But sometimes you get situations where kids don’t list all of their previous concussions, so you might think it’s their second concussion and it ends up being their fourth.” The distinction between two concussions and four is very important because four is considered to be the “magic number” when it comes to concussion limits. The vast research that has been done has found that longterm danger takes shape after four concussions. “Once a player gets their fourth concussion that’s when we really have to look at their situation and determine whether or not it’s safe for them to continue to play,” Moriarty said. “Now sometimes the players make it easy because they tell us beforehand, if

they get that fourth concussion they won’t play anymore.” The more concussions a person receives, the worse the symptoms become, and risk of longterm damage increases. The procedure at Pace goes as follows: the concussed have to go to the training staff as soon as possible, then a form is filled out in order to evaluate the severeness of the concussion based on the symptoms. The symptoms are rated from one to six, with six being the worst. Symptoms include sensitivity to light, dizziness, confusion, headaches, temporary amnesia, among others. In order to recover, rest is required, though in more serious cases the player is examined by a neurologist early on, usually getting an MRI or CT scan. In all situations the athlete sees the neurologist at some point, but those with more severe concussions meet with the neurologist sooner. Once the severeness of the concussion is determined, rest is the cure. How long the player is out depends on the symptoms and severeness. “It could be a couple days or it could be a month or two,” Moriarty said. “It really depends. But the protocol now is basically complete rest of the mind. There should be no TV, no video games, no phone, and no computer, not even class. Ideally you want to be in a dark room as well but that doesn’t always happen. After rest is taken, then the players go through a five-day exercise program to make sure that they don’t experience any more symptoms and are ready to go back to playing. The program is gradual, as workload is increased as the days go on. If all goes well, and the neurologists and trainers clear the

player, then the players can return to the field. Even when the teams are on the road, the trainers are still able to keep track of any concussions that might occur because they remain in contact with the trainers from the host school. While concussions are almost impossible to avoid, especially in high contact sports such as football and lacrosse, precautions can be taken in order minimize the risk. “Lacrosse players wear this sort of helmet cover over their helmet which gives them a bit more protection,” Assistant Athletic Director and head soccer coach Mike Winn said. “Some of the female basketball players were this sort of martial art mask, but in both cases they can only be used for practice. In soccer, however, you can wear protective headgear during practice and during the game. It certainly won’t stop players from getting concussions but it will help prevent it.” The dangers of having a concussion are very real, but a player might not always realize that until it actually happens, as it happened to softball player Rachel McMahon, who is a junior journalism major. “You don’t really think about these things when playing ‘cause you are in the heat of the moment, but once it does happen to you that’s when you realize how serious it actually is,” said McMahon, who recently suffered from two concussions she received while playing softball. “Thankfully it wasn’t anything too serious.” Concussions are bound to happen when playing sports, but it’s important to remember to be honest in these situations in order to receive the proper treatment.

Photo courtesy of William Scioscia Scioscia plans to follow in the footsteps of the men in his family, as he prepares for the police academy and hopes to work as a referee for lacrosse.

Senior Setter Spotlight:

William Scioscia


“What do you want to do when you grow up?” is a question asked more frequently than many college students would like, and often times individuals are unsure of the answer. Senior lacrosse player, William Scioscia, or Billy, to his friends, had his answer ready for delivery since the first time that he was posed the question. Police officer. “My grandfather was an officer and I’ve always looked up to him, so ever since I was little I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” said Scioscia, who is majoring in criminal justice. “I want to be able to help people, I don’t just want to sit behind a desk and take people’s money, you know, I actually want to give something back to them.” Scioscia has found himself trying to model his life after his grandfather’s, who taught the Somerset, New Jersey native to live a life of honesty. Though his grandfather passed away when Scioscia was just a child, he has never strayed away from his dreams and already has a plan for action and the first stop is the Essex police academy. Aside from police work, Scioscia hopes to remain involved with lacrosse—a sport he has been playing since the second grade.

“My father played lacrosse and that is one of his jobs now, so I was pretty much born into it,” said Scioscia, who hopes to follow his father’s footsteps and become a referee. “Now a lot of the referees actually end up being friends of my dad’s so I’ve known them since I was a kid, so it’s a little weird seeing them ref my games now.” Scioscia can’t help but feel a bit of disappointment as to the way his final Pace lacrosse season has gone, but is grateful for all the irreplaceable memories and friends he has gained. A family connection got Scioscia on Pace’s radar, as former head coach Dave Carty was another friend of Scioscia’s father. Scioscia was unsure of his future as a lacrosse player following a high school injury, but once he came to Pace he instantly loved it and knew it was the right fit for him. With a new program in place now, Scioscia has nothing but good things to say about the future of Pace lacrosse, one he hopes to remain a part of. “I think with the new coach [Tom Mariano] we are definitely heading in the right direction,” said Scioscia, who had a total of 31 goals and six assists in the 2013 season. “It’s only a matter of time before they become one of the power house teams.” In a couple of years Scioscia might even be a referee at one of Pace’s games.

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