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Letters From The Locker Room: Coffey Loses Mother, Wins Games BRETT KURPIT



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These are the words Andrew Coffey will live by for the rest of his life. They are the words that Pace’s second baseman heard from his mother when she was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer in November 2012. Lana Lawrence, Coffey’s mother, lost her battle with cancer on August 11, 2013. He had already watched his grandmother succumb to brain cancer shortly before his world would be spun upside down, yet again. “I couldn’t help but break down and fall to my knees,” Coffey said. Coffey, who transferred to Pace from Marietta College in Ohio prior to this year, grew up loving the game of baseball. He was better at it than most sports, and his passion to play and compete at second base grew with age. However, if it weren’t for his mother, he says, he might have given up on the sport. “My mom came to all of my games when I was a kid, and she pushed me to be great in anything that made me happy,” CofPhotos courtesy of Andrew Coffey (Right) Andrew Coffey’s locker is as dedicated to the memory of his mother as he is, displaying pictures of her as well as his number 5 jersey.


Student Government Unanimously Votes To Keep SLC On Campus EMILY WOLFRUM LAYOUT EDITOR

A petition to keep the Successful Learning Center (SLC) and Pleasantville Lab School on campus was brought to the attention of the Student Government Association (SGA) during Friday’s meeting. On April 4, junior philosophy major John Wrench made a motion to draft a resolution that would keep both programs on Pace’s Pleasantville campus indefinitely, which was approved by SGA. The motion was in response to a petition drafted by senior applied psychology major Joseph Ludovico. The Pleasantville Lab School




and SLC are non-profit educational programs that enable students with cognitive disabilities to become exposed to the collegiate environment and attend university-inspired classes such as money management, history, and art. Both programs rent space in Kessel Student Center for their activities, some of which include Pace student participation. For example, SLC students are involved in the Lunch Buddies program, which meets Wednesdays in the Commuter Lounge, and provides Pace students with the opportunity to meet and interact with them. However, as a result of limited campus space next year from

the Master Plan, the programs were told they would be unable to return. “We’ve been informed that there are space and facility issues due to the renovations and it doesn’t seem like we will be able to remain on the Pleasantville campus,” Program Coordinator of the Pleasantville Lab School Mike Voron said. “We are still in discussions with the university, and a lot of people are working on it. I don’t have any comment on the situation. I don’t want to create a challenge to anybody.” This news prompted Ludovico to form a petition on behalf of the Pleasantville Lab School to keep the SLC students on campus. He received roughly

three hundred signatures from Pace students, which he presented at Friday’s SGA meeting. “Pace has decided that due to space issues, probably from construction, that these students can’t come here anymore next semester,” said Ludovico, who is a senior applied psychology major. “The lab school students are a great group and they all love attending Pace.” Ludovico added that roughly 20 Pace education and psychology majors have internships through the programs. Wrench feels that the unanimous decision to support Ludovico in his petition is one of the best things he’s seen SGA do. “I think that we dedicated

ourselves to encourage people and help them to develop on this campus where they normally wouldn’t be able to come and enjoy themselves,” Wrench said. Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR) Program Coordinator Caitlin Kelly attested to the opportunities that the programs provide. “[Students’] friends and siblings go on to college and they’re left behind,” Kelly said of the SLC students. “SLC helps the students get a full college experience that’s more accessible for students left out of mainstream education. I really hope whoever is in charge will give [SLC] the space because they’re an important part of the pace community.”




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What do competitive swimming and homeland security have in common? They’re both passions that senior swimmer Kaitlyn Lynch possesses. Read her story.

We wrote, you responded! Find out what the Pace community had to say about last week’s highly controversial issue.

The Choate Art Gallery featured a new kind of exhibit last week. Pace junior John Robb presented interactive art about art to teach students what designs really do work.

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Master Plan Affects Summer Orientation TAYLOR LONGENBERGER NEWS EDITOR

Master Plan construction will change the locations of orientation programs this upcoming summer. Many orientation activities will utilize Miller Hall, Willcox Hall, and Goldstein Academic classrooms, as well as Goldstein Fitness Center instead of Kessel Student Center rooms, which will be under-construction over the summer. The Pace Bookstore will also be temporarily relocated during the summer session to one of the classrooms in Miller. Current students have voiced concerns that the Master Plan would change the way Pace is seen, and orientation for many was a huge part of what drew them to the campus. Shawn Livingston, Associate Director of Student Development & Campus Activities, explained how the feel that Orientation has will remain the same. “Students that are coming for orientation don’t know any different,” Livingston said. “We promote how we make students feel, Pace excellence, and customer service which can be done




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the value of a Pace degree, for you, me, and anyone that ever went here.” As the Master Plan will increase the population of student residents on the Pleasantville campus, it will also require an increase in staffing. New buildings and their corresponding programs will require the hiring of new student positions within the resident halls. With 24-hour service being a main concern, positions for new resident assistants and student office managers in resident halls have been proposed. “With construction, generally there is growth with growth,” Livingston said. “As an enrollment driven university, the campus is expected to grow based on the incoming draw of students seeing the growth of the campus.” The Master Plan will be affecting students and faculty but to each person the effects have taken different sides. In terms of orientation, everything will continue to happen per usual, just with a different setup to accommodate the growth of the campus.

Dr. Dan McAdams Presents New Book KAYLA GRANIERO


in any location on campus.” Master Plan brainstorming and think-tank sessions reviewed student life on college campuses in order to find what was most important. Generating a hub, or a localized area for students, events, and performing arts, is meant to increase student involvement and campus activities. With a central area for events and programs that students will have to walk through to get to the other side of the campus, the plan is to force students to see what is happening on campus. “Maybe the Master Plan will dictate a change in the culture, one that creates a larger sense of community,” Livingston said. Some current Pace students question the value of the Master Plan based on the current appearance of the campus, while others look in a more futuristic light at the goals that the plan hopes to achieve. “I absolutely think the Master Plan is worth it,” Livingston said. “Gratification is not always immediate. Looking at longerterm goals is ultimately beneficial for Pace as a whole. When the process is done it will raise

Northwestern University’s department chair of psychology and professor, Dr. Dan McAdams, held a lecture on his recent book, The Redemptive Self at on the Pleasantville campus last Thurs., April 3. The renowned educator began his talk with what his research boils down to, generativity. “Generativity is an adult’s concern for, or commitment to, the well-being of future generations,” McAdams said. Generativity score, a numerical figure, is calculated based on adult participation in activities such as family involvement, continued education, volunteer work, moral development in children and the self. The professor expressed that the “personal narratives,” or stories of peoples’ lives, are what dictate who they are; they become their narrative identity. For his research, McAdams conducts life story interviews and derives his conclusions based on six key components: Life chapters, key scenes, important characters, future script, beliefs and values, and life theme. “Imagine your life, as if it were a novel,” McAdams said. The guest speaker also shared an anonymous story which exemplified what he called, “redemptive sequence.” This is when a person shares an emotionally negative incident in their life that ended up having a positive effect.

It’s not about immediate, ironic gratification; it’s about the years later in life, turning it into a learning experience. According to McAdams, there are five themes of a life story and redemption. The first is early advantage, which are those who were fortunate enough to have a great teacher or mentor growing up, or those having more money than most in their area. The second is the suffering of others; this is when people talk about other peoples’ problems very often. People feel “sensitivity to injustice.” Moral depth and steadfastness, redemption, and future growth and pro-social engagement follow as the last three themes. The lecture then touched on how America differs in what it most identifies with, in terms of the redemptive narratives. According to research, America’s favorite redemptive narratives are about recovery, liberation, upward social mobility, and atonement. “It was interesting as a psychology major who hopes to help people navigate to see their stories and mold them into stories of redemption; specific research for the specific cultures and different subspecialties was fascinating,” said senior psychology major Foluso Soniregun, regarding discussion pertaining to Americans and gender differences. McAdams then plugged his new book, George W. Bush and the Redemptive Dream. The book expounds upon the struggles that

our former president experienced that most Americans are unaware of. His book talks about how Bush tried constantly to be like his father, George H. W. Bush, and consistently failed to do so. After the lecture Professor of Philosophy Lawrence Hundersmarck, PhD, Dyson Dean Nira Herrmann, PhD, Associate Dean of Dyson Adelia Williams, PhD, Chair of the Psychology Department Ross Robak, PhD, New Assistant Professor Angela Legg, PhD, and Director Linda Anstendis, PhD formed the panel that discussed different viewpoints of The Redemptive Self based on the professors’ varying areas of expertise. The crowd also brought up that Americans approach generativity in a different way. Anstendis bounced off of McAdams’ idea that Americans have to volunteer because their government is lacking in that way. “We tend to be the heroes in our own story,” said Anstendis, speaking on how Americans take initiative to their generativity. “When you share your story you share to the other [person] the most personal part of you,” Hundersmarck said. The discussion then took a turn towards narratives correlating with different levels of intimacy; intimacy was stated to be what comes of gossip. “I find that there’s a lot of gossip at Pace,” Dr. Hermann said. There was roar of laughter among the audience of Pace students and faculty.


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Time Will Tell: An Undergraduate Research Study SIMONE JOHNSON FEATURED WRITER


Student Government Association (SGA) met in Lienhard lecture hall Fri., April 4. Results of Office of Student Admissions surveys were presented and have been reviewed in order to increase student satisfaction in the areas of IT, transportation, security, mail services, etc. The Student-Faculty involvement in surveys may be presented at the next SGA meeting. A motion to formally make a resolution to keep the Lab school active on the Pleasantville campus indefinitely was approved. SGA will be drafting a resolution for later review. Pace Faculty-Staff Conference was held to discuss annual reports and salaries. SGA elections will be held this week, April 7 through 11. Nominations for Legislative Advisor will take place on April 11.

A current student-faculty undergraduate research pair is focusing on the preventive measures being taken to protect coastal municipalities in Westchester County and New York City from rising sea levels. Laura Sorrentino, a senior environmental studies major and Angelo Spillo, Director of Pace’s Environmental Center, hope their research project will raise awareness and educate the Pace community about the implications and actions being taken towards a serious climate change issue not too far from campus. The research pair started contacting city and county officials last summer, inquiring about preparation plans for, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, sea levels rising more than three feet by 2100. “Initially we started research in Westchester municipalities” said Sorrentino, “asking what

their plans were, if they had any plans at all, and how they projected these plans would work in the future.” Earlier this year the team shifted its focus to New York City and the $20 billion dollar proposal Mayor Bloomberg introduced during his last year in office. The proposal included ideas about building elevated cities, improving electrical systems and protecting food supply and distribution. “One thing that stuck out to me was the amount of money being spent,” Spillo said. “It showed on Bloomberg’s part he was definitely dedicated to doing something. It’s not a popular thing to do; when you tell your constituents we’re going to spend twenty billion dollars on rising waters, they’ll be like what?” Sorrentino and Spillo plan on sending Mayor Bill de Blasio a letter, asking whether or not he will continue with Bloomberg’s proposal, and how high of a priority rising sea levels are on his list.

“Mayors are concerned with what can I get done in a short period of time and how can they keep their constituents happy.” Spillo said. “If I have a short span left in office, I don’t know if I’m going to the local municipalities, especially with the economy the way it is now, and say hey people we need to spend 10 million dollars on rising waters that are coming ten, thirty years from now, not a popular political stance. But, if they don’t make that stance, what happens forty years down the line?” The two discussed the scenario that coastal Westchester municipalities and New York City, especially Manhattan, are seriously impacted by rising water, and inquire to where the metropolitan’s twelve million residents will go. They continue by highlighting how much New York City relies heavily on underground infrastructure and what that could mean if precautions are not taken. “We really care about, not just the environment, but the well-be-

ing of where we live. I mean, this is our backyard.” Sorrentino said. “It’s kind of upsetting to know there’s such severe issues going on and most likely there’s not going to be anything done about it. You know, you wait until it directly affects you and then at that point, you’re kind of screwed.” “Research is beneficial to a student’s undergraduate education mainly due to the exposure they get working on a topic related to their field of study” said Program Coordinator for Division for Student Success, Jonathan Hooker. “These students have gone on to publish research in scientific journals as well as attend national and international conferences sharing their discoveries. This will greatly help them in any post-graduate work either academic or professional”. Those interested in attending the undergraduate research program showcase should contact Jonathan Hooker by Monday, April 21 at (212) 346-1962 or

Briarcliff’s Dow Hall And Its Residents Are Falling Apart JOHN ROBB


Pace sophomore Addison Casey was sent to the hospital to get stitches after slipping on a loose tile on the second floor of Dow Hall late Saturday, March 29. Casey was running through the halls of the University’s residential hall on the Briarcliff Campus when a floor tile became loose and he slipped. He ran straight into the wall as the tile cut him on his stomach. “He ran at least ten laps around the building before he fell,” an anonymous Dow Hall Resident said. “By the time [Resident Assistant John Schwartz] got there, Addison was on the floor.” An ambulance was called and Casey received eight stitches on his lower stomach. “He was running and joking around,” sophomore communications major and Dow Hall resident Brianna Connelly said, who witnessed the incident. “[The cut] was bad; it was pretty deep too.” Dow Hall is one of the older buildings on campus, as it was originally a mansion later turned into a boarding school. Eventu-

ally the building was turned into Briarcliff Junior College in 1904, then afterwards into Briarcliff College. The rich history and unique look of the building bring character to Pace University’s Briarcliff campus. “I think it’s a great building for a residence hall,” the anonymous resident said. “I like the variety.” Students joke that it is “haunted” by the ghost of Mrs. Dow whose portrait hangs next to the staircase, but there are more than apparitions that come with the building’s old age. Many students hold gripes about the condition of the building that is over 100 years old. “The [staircase] railings are falling off,” Connelly said. “Someone’s going to fall.” The fourth floor of Dow Hall is abandoned and closed off to residents because it is considered a safety hazard. The doors are locked and the only way to go up is with the permission of campus security. The state of this floor brings some skepticism of the residence hall to the residents. There are complaints from residents about the functionality of the community bathrooms as

Photo courtesy of Addison Casey Addison Casey displays the stitches he received after falling in Dow Hall in late March.

well as the pipes that can be heard through the walls of the building, but incidents like Casey’s are considered uncommon. “It was abnormal to say the least,” the anonymous resident said. “Most complaints are from clogged toilets and roaches.”

In comparison to other dormitories at Pace University, residents say that Dow Hall is not irregular in the frequency of repairs. The townhouses have maintenance requests more frequently, but the causes are more commonly at the fault of the residents rather than

for regular maintenance. Although Dow will eventually be replaced by dorms that are a part of the Master Plan, until then, the neglect of the historical building may need to be addressed.

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


Literature and music professor Dr. Nicholas Catalano will lead Pace students on an 11 day travel course to Greece in late May. “Greece has been a huge part of my life,” said Catalano, who fell in love with classical Greece in college and was the writer and producer for Around the World: Greece, an hour long program televised on the Discovery and Travel channels in 1990. The travel course veteran has spoken before the Greek Parliament and led “Greece: A Modern Odyssey,” for 32 years, the longest-running travel course in the United States. The course offers students the opportunity to learn about Greek literature, history, astronomy, architecture, and politics. As students prepare to embark on this journey, textbooks turn into real life when the group first explores Athens, to relive classical Grecian lifestyles in a modern way. Some stops include the Acropolis, which Catalano described as the pride of Athens, the National Archeological Museum, the Temple of Zeus, the Greek Isles, and a country strongly connected with Greece’s identity, Turkey. “Greece had four hundred years of Turkish occupation, so there is a lot of Turkish influence,” Catalano said. “There are currently 3,000 excavations of Greek ruins on the west coast of Turkey, which used to be a part of classical Greece.” Perhaps one of the most appealing parts of the trip is the four-day Louis Hellenic Cruise to the Greek Isles and Turkey, with stops in Ephesus, Mykonos, Crete, Rhodes, and Patmos. Many of the islands belonging to the Land of the Gods have deep roots that connect to Greek mythology, important in the country’s history; Eos and the goddess of the Dawn, Santorini and the legend of Atlantis, and Delos – the birth place of Apollo, Zeus’ son. Stories and culture are preserved in and around the landscape, which make for one incredible learning experience. “The Parthenon is a fusion of sculpture and myth. The building exudes so much force,” said Catalano, describing what resonates with him from more than two decades of traveling to Greece. “I enjoy Plaka too, it’s a huge section devoted to outdoor restaurants, clubs, and boutiques.” “Greece: A Modern Odyssey” has long been changing students’ lives. “I even had parents calling me asking, ‘what did you do to my son? He was majoring in accounting and now he’s majoring in philosophy,’” Catalano said. Dr. Catalano plans on leading the odyssey again in 2015.

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Pace Sophomore Balances School And Ice Skating OLIVIA ZUCKER


It started with a birthday party. An ice skating birthday party was the inception of years of dedication, practice, and sacrifice that would take her all over the world—first introduced amongst party hats and balloons. Tamaki Sasa, a sophomore applied psychology major and synchronized ice skater, had her first exposure to what would soon become her greatest passion when her friend celebrated her seventh birthday party at an ice skating rink. “I saw all the figure skaters at the party doing their tricks, and I just wanted to be them,” Sasa said. “I started taking figure skating lessons a year later.” The San Francisco native honed her skills and began her foray into synchronized skating after meeting one of the girls on the team and watching them perform. “I watched them and I fell in love,” Sasa said. Synchronized skating consists of a group of about 12 skaters on the ice, and combines elements of both ice dancing and figure skating. One of the most well recognized synchronized skating teams in the country, the Skyliners, is based in the tri-state area. “I first found out about the Skyliners when I was 13, at my first national competition. I saw the Skyliners perform, and I was mesmerized,” Sasa said. “I went home and watched all their videos and tried to memorize all their footwork. Then my friend who introduced me to synchronized skating moved to New York to be on the Skyliners, and I was like, this is it.” Sasa tried out for the Skyliners during her senior year of high school, flying all the way from San Francisco to New York for

Photo courtesy of Tamaki Sasa California native Tamaki Sasa perfoms with the NY based synchronized skating team, the Skyliners. her audition. Once she made the team, Sasa flew out once a month to attend practices. However, the reality of being on the team did not jive with the fantasy she had dreamed of. “Being on the Skyliners wasn’t what I expected at all,” Sasa said. “It wasn’t like sunshine and rainbows and let’s just skate because we love it. It was so competitive. It was vicious. If you made a mistake, you’d get cut and be put as an alternate. It was so frustrating.” After arriving at Pace for her freshman year, Sasa was juggling schoolwork, a job, a social life, and a rigorous and demanding practice schedule. “The physical strain, plus classes, plus being away from home—it wasn’t a good mix,” she said. Sasa and the Skyliners traveled around the country for national competitions, competing in Paris for the French Cup, and in Fin-

land for the Junior World Championships. To achieve such great opportunities, however, Sasa had to make substantial personal sacrifices. “I was always missing things on campus—events, time to study, field trips, and class. I thought, ‘what am I doing this for?’ I loved it, but at the same time it was hard going to practice all the time, and feeling like skating had became more of a chore. It wasn’t something I enjoyed anymore,” Sasa said. “I couldn’t handle the competition. While the other girls were really excited, I was pure nerves and anxiety. I would count down the minutes until we went on. I hated all the pressure to perform well.” After deliberate consideration, Sasa made the difficult decision to quit the Skyliners in favor of a more balanced, well-rounded college experience for her sophomore year. In the process, however, she

learned essential knowledge about herself. “I feel like I kind of found myself, as cheesy as that sounds. Growing up, skating was all I did. With this experience, I realized I am not just a skater,” Sasa said. “This year, there’s so much more that I’m doing with college life. I have time to do more things that could help me in the long run. I feel like I’m more prepared for my life after college, because skating isn’t going to be forever. I’m in a more realistic setting for myself.” However, she isn’t ready to put away her skates for a long, long time. “I still do ice dancing once a week. It’s a good compromise. I’m at the point where I actually enjoy myself while I’m on the ice. I’m not dreading every minute of it like I was last year,” Sasa said. “I never really want to stop. I’ll never be ready to say goodbye to skating forever.”


The Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Lubin Business Association (LBA) cohosted Pace’s eighth annual Bingo Night where they raised a combined $1,285 last Tues. April 1. The Make-A-Wish foundation is the philanthropy for all institutional members of Division II athletics. “[All proceeds] are used to help grant children dying of cancer the ability to do one thing that they have always wanted to do,” sophomore marketing major Kaitlyn Siriano said. The event served as not only an opportunity to unite Pace students, but as one to make a difference. “We are happy to have cosponsored with LBA this year,” sports marketing major Sara DiGiovanna said. “Everyone seemed to have a great time and we had a much bigger Greek life community than before.”

The Goldstein Gymnasium hosted the event which served as an opportunity to win hundreds of dollars’ worth of prizes through friendly competition and over free food from Lucio’s and Frank and Joe’s Deli. The game itself involved multiple variations to the Bingo in which participants would at times have to create a T, L, X, or U on the boards that they purchased. The first one to complete the task would call “Bingo” and win the prize. While most freshmen and those unfamiliar with the event might assume that the prizes would be small and insignificant; that assumption could not be further from the truth as allotted money was used to purchase expensive rewards. “[LBA] gets a $2,000 dollar budget from Pace each year to buy anything we think students would want,” Siriano said. Throughout the event students had the opportunity to win beats

Photo by Christopher D’Erasmo head phones, $200 gift cards, a Chrome cast kit (to turn your television into a mart TV), and the grand prize, a 22 inch flat screen television. Even with these pricey prizes, the cost of attendance was low. For one bingo card cost $3.00 and a group of two or more cards were

$2.50 per card. Yet for all this potential to win huge prizes, the turnout was low compared to last year’s event which had double the number of participants. This year there were several winners, but those who didn’t will just have to wait next year.


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ALS Hosts Annual Talent Show CATHARINE CONWAY


Alpha Lambda Sigma (ALS) held its second annual “Almost Anything Goes Talent Show” and raised $700 last Thurs. April 3. All proceeds went to their main philanthropy, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, which aims to cure and prevent HIV/AIDS in children and educate about the disease. Emceed by sophomore ALS members Sara Genova and Rachel Aviles, the show kicked off with a full and attentive audience. With eight performances from a variety of groups, the night went smoothly and was filled with cheers, laughter, and excitement. Acts ranged from solo rap artists to group lip syncing, com-

plete with matching red bow ties and suspenders. The panel of three judges included sophomore Christian Ruiz, ALS alumnus Laeh YangDiPietro, and Martin Hall Resident Director Vinnie Birkenmeir. Third place was awarded to The Young Crows, and the Tumblr Weeds received second place. Both groups performed dance routines to a mash up of pop songs. First place went to sophomore English and communications major Taylor Longenberger, who performed a modern dance to the song “My Immortal [Band Version]” by Evanescence. “Dancing has long been a passion of mine, so when I was asked to participate in the ALS talent show I immediately said yes,” Longenberger said. “It was an uplifting experience to be a part of an event that had such a

Meagan, Kiera (23 months), and Shawn Livingston

wonderful sense of community and was for a great cause.” ALS President Kendall Cheney added that the annual event is always very successful and attracts and audience from all different backgrounds. “It was sweet for alumni to come back and watch us put on a talent show that every single sister since our founding has put on for their generation of Pace. It was awesome to introduce my big as a judge because last year she was the one hosting it,” Aviles said. “I hope in the future, my pledge class, the Alpha Gammas, will be able to perform their own song and dance.” ALS encourages everyone to participate in their talent show next spring, and support the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS foundation through future fundraisers.

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SDCA Plays Matchmakers:

Shawn and Meagan Livingston CECILIA LEVINE


Each day at 5 p.m., Associate Director of Student Development and Campus Activities (SDCA), Shawn Livingston, makes a Bline from his office to his daughter’s day care, and then back to the Briarcliff campus. Although Livingston spends much of his time on Pace’s property, only some of it is work related and the rest is devoted to his family. “When I leave work, I don’t feel like I’m still at work,” said Livingston, who lives in Dow Hall with his wife, Meagan and their 23 month old daughter, Kiera. While students bury themselves in their books, the Livingstons are tending to a family, which can be traced back to the

couple’s early days in the SDCA office. Shawn first spotted Meagan on his way to the fax machine back in 2006, right before summer orientation where Meagan was interning for her second summer. “The first time I saw her I said to myself, ‘I have to get to know this girl,’” Livingston said. The couple became well acquainted through the long hours that they spent together during orientation, upon which they found many commonalities. He studied elementary education, and so did she; neither ended up teaching. She was a volleyball player, and so was he. Meagan introduced Shawn to her circle of friends, one of whom was his fraternity brother during his undergraduate time at SUNY New Paltz.

After two months of dating Shawn and Meagan moved in together. “When you know, you just know,” said Shawn, who popped the question on Valentine’s Day of 2008. “Our parents told us that we were crazy but we were like, ‘Guys, we know what we’re doing.’” Shawn and Meagan exchanged vows in June 2010 and moved onto the Pace campus when Meagan was five months pregnant. “The University really takes care of us,” Shawn said. “We are fortunate and blessed.” The proud parents plan on moving out one day, but until then, Dow Hall residents should continue to keep noise to a minimum.

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Dr. Nicholas Catalano, A 50-Year Balancing Act ANDREW LINTHWAITE WEB EDITOR

Some professors fail to find balance in what they want to achieve and what they ought to accomplish. Dr. Nicholas Catalano may spend a great deal of his time on tour promoting his books, writing columns, working with television studios, sailing, or riding his motorcycle, but he has never taken for granted his role as an educator. Dr. C, as he prefers his students to call him, is most commonly recognized on campus for his profound devotion to the English and music department. Now celebrating his 50th year at Pace, clearly there is something to Catalano’s profession that keeps him coming back. “It’s a cliché to say it, but it’s always been about the students,” Dr. C said. “It’s all about watching students grow, and in doing that, growing with them and learning from them.” While many professors make this claim throughout their tenures, Professor Catalano’s notion appears unmistakably sincere. Perhaps this can be attributed to his unique privilege as a longstanding contributor for Pace surrounded by a culture that is constantly in motion. “One of the problems when I first came here was that a lot of my ballplayers and kids had to go to Vietnam, and some of them didn’t come back, and that was agonizing,” Catalano said. “What is particularly distressing these days is that more and more I get emails and phone calls about students that are not here anymore, and that’s really tough for me to take; why? Because for me, they’ll always be eighteen years old.” Catalano, who arrived at Pace Pleasantville just after its conception, is responsible for the formation of many clubs and organizations that are cherished today, including the football team, campus newspaper, and Glee club. Recently, he fronted the creation of a music minor on campus, for which he teaches all of the courses. “When I came up here, there was nothing going on and I wanted to be involved in many differ-

ent kinds of disparate activities,” Catalano said. His interest in immersing himself in a variety of spheres can be traced back to his decision to become a professor. “I wanted to do a lot of different things, and how can you reconcile that need to be eclectic with the fact that you have to make some sort of living?” Catalano asked. To his undergraduate self, the answer would become a revelation. By pursuing a career in education, its inherently tangible nature and established schedule of events would make it possible for an energized Catalano to experience all he ever wanted. “It’s not like you’re doing one career,” Catalano said of teaching. “When you do it, you can do many careers.” In addition to Catalano’s work teaching English and music, his travel course to Greece is currently the longest running in the country. Although his hefty resume features degrees in both math and English literature, Catalano has shown little reservation in evolving toward other subjects. “If there’s anything that sort of identifies me, it’s doing many different kinds of things,” Catalano said. Dr. C doesn’t just teach the arts to his students, but accurately embodies everything they initially stood for. In spite of what the basic material might suggest to its audience, he makes it abundantly clear that there is a greater purpose beyond his lectures than what a standard academic course may present. Catalano is scheduled to teach both Early World Literature and Jazz in the upcoming fall semester. For those very few hours in a week, students have an exceptional opportunity to digest a lost relic of the past. They can be subjected to spheres of inspiration that highly prioritize humility and respect for their own purpose now. Make no mistake about it, Professor Catalano’s astounding gift to inspire and motivate students reflects how a scholarly institution ought to perform.

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Young, Broke, and Fabulous Dorm Bathroom Cleanliness CATHARINE CONWAY


Imagine this scenario. It’s a Friday night, otherwise known as Townhouse night, and a crowd of bumbling girls comes waltzing into their respective dorm with more than a few drinks in their systems. They try to continue the party in their rooms, but their bodies begin to reject the alcohol. With only a limited amount of bathrooms and stalls in the communal style buildings, accidents tend to happen. The end all-be all result is that the next morning or even a few days later when the new school week begins, our university janitors have to deal with the unpleasant mess. God bless those wonderful people, always cleaning up after students day after day. Some would say that it is their job to clean up after the residents. However, others would say that it takes a very special person to handle the mess of college students on a daily basis. But how could the daily mess be forgotten? All of the hair in the showers, forgetting to flush the toilet after taking care of business and putting trash in the garbage can are just a few examples of how college students “take care” of their environment. A normal child learns to flush a toilet as a toddler. I am sure that serious offense would be taken if someone referred to a student as a toddler. No wonder buildings like Dow, New Dorm, and the Townhouses are so popular. They have their own bathrooms paired with a shower and lots of counter space. What a deal, huh? The only draw back with those situations is that the residents have to clean the bathrooms themselves. But that’s not such a bad thing. The invention and creation of Scrubbing Bubbles and the college section of Bed Bath & Beyond really helps out the college generation in the cleaning department. So all in all, here are some suggestions. 1. Girls, pick up the hair. It will make a pleasant experience for all involved. 2. To the general public: Flush the toilets. Use the trash room for food and otherwise. Use good judgment when out enjoying the weekend’s festivities. All residents and every Resident Assistant on campus will be eternally grateful.

“Oil Changes” Put Athletes’ Health At Risk CECILIA LEVINE


Recent revelations that former Pace football players attempted to avoid detection on University- administered drug tests yielded a wide variety of emotions on campus, ranging from shock and embarrassment to disbelief and denial. Almost lost in the pile of breached contracts and fraudulent test results that have accumulated on the desks of deans and athletic officials, is the fact that the aforementioned group of players put their health at risk by undergoing a practice known as an “oil change”. The procedure, which was administered by university nursing students, required athletes to urinate so that clean urine could be filtered in to their empty bladders through a catheter. When Dean and Professor of Lienhard Dr. Harriett Feldman and Associate Dean for Administration Dr. Gerrie Colombraro were alerted of the incidents two weeks ago when they addressed their former students’ actions in The Pace Chronicle, they were able to provide insight regarding the health risks associated with the procedures. “You must absolutely know that the urine is indeed not contaminated by anything. Accurate medical history and lab work are

what will determine if the urine is clean,” Colombraro said. While the athletes may have avoided detection as the provided urine was indeed bereft of any banned substances, it is difficult to say as to whether or not it was sterile. “Urine is only sterile while inside of the body. Once it leaves the body it may be clean, but it is no longer sterile,” Colombraro

“[The nursing department] works hard to inculcate professional behaviors into all learning experiences. It is unethical to use skills as a health practitioners in ways that are unethical to do.” said. “The transfer of urine must be done through closed system catheterization.” The overall procedure must be sterile from start to finish. The environment must be sterile, the skilled professionals must wear gloves and all urine being transferred must remain in sealed ampules at all times. Had the urine supplier been ill or carried a certain type of cancer that affects the kidneys, then the recipient likely would have contracted the disease. Further, catheterization

is a process only to be administered by skilled professionals. “[The nursing department] works hard to inculcate professional behaviors into all learning experiences,” Feldman said. “It is an unethical thing to use skills as a health practitioner in ways that are unethical to do.” From scrubs to social conduct and vigilance of cheating, nursing students are required to adhere to department policies. One current nursing major, Mary Alice Hall, feels that the actions of her former peers may reflect poorly on their respective departments. “Nursing is a maturing force which promotes healing delivered by bearers of integrity. To participate in the reckless charade

“I still think that the reason why we kept losing was because [athletes] were too busy trying to flush drugs out of their systems.” of ‘oil changing’ underscores the nursing discipline. We nursing students should be defending our future license with a fierce ardor and not imperil our efforts,” Hall said. Colombraro noted that nurs-

ing is a life and death profession where the actions that one taken, or not taken, will ultimately make a difference. “It also shows these nursing students are not the swiftest of individuals, nor the most competent, so for those of you who received the oil change I hope for the sake of your urethra and bladder that no damage was done!” Hall said. One former football player who has since graduated from Pace agrees with Hall, speculated that the efforts made by his teammates to rid themselves of banned substances may have transcended onto the playing field. “I still think that the reason why we kept losing was because [athletes] were too busy trying to flush drugs out of their systems,” said the source, who added that he accompanied his roommate on a trip to purchase the necessary supplies for the procedure and then witnessed it. Other former football players, their friends and one residence assistant were not willing to come forward but were able to confirm that the procedures were not a rare occurrence in some years that Chris Dapalito’s was the head football coach. “No unfortunately I’m not aware of [catheterization] and I probably don’t want to comment either, I’m sorry to hear about it,” Dapalito said.

Delta Phi Epsilon Hosts Second Annual 65 Roses Event CECILIA LEVINE


Delta Phi Epsilon’s co-hosted its second annual 65 Roses event with University Panhellenic Council (UPC), in which the two organizations raised a combined $3,598 dollars on Sat., March 5. All proceeds went to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the sorority’s philanthropy. The $5 dollar event opened with a speech from Westchester County resident, Danielle Nicosia, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis (CF). According to Delta Phi Epsilon’s website, CF is a disease that coats the nervous system and digestive tract in a thick, mucus lining, making breathing and digestion difficult. CF is one of many illnesses still with no cure. “I hope one day ‘C.F.’ will stand not only for Cystic Fibrosis, but for ‘Cure Found,’” Nicosia said. Guests were provided with dinner and a show as they enjoyed an Italian buffet and were entertained by performers such as sophomore singer and guitarist Ryan Shields and Pace’s step team, The 808’s. One other aspect to the event was a raffle, in which baskets of candy and gift cards were awarded to the win-

Photo by Cecilia Levine The sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon gathered to raise funds for one of their philanthropic efforts, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. ners. Council (IFC) President Griff with donations and a lot of non“We raffled off 80 items,” Timoney felt that this was one Greeks are this event as well, Chapter President Nicole Tele- of the best Greek events this se- which is great to see.” pun said. “We even had to get a mester. The sorority plans on hostgambling license.” “There was a high turnout ing the even again next year and Telepun added that over 100 from every Greek organization will be doing more fundraising guests were at this year’s event and each council,” Timoney throughout the month of April and Pace’s Inter-Fraternity said. “Emma Katz did a great job for Relay for Life.

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OPINION A Universal University ARE YOU THERE, GOD? IT’S ME,


Throughout history, people have written about the effect that higher education has on one’s religious affiliation and sentiment. Some Pace students feel that they can contribute to the texts while others remain largely unaffected. “Before college, I didn’t really go to church,” freshman global marketing major Diego Caro said. “Now that I’m in college, I think about it less because I have less time to think about it and go to church.” One of Caro’s peers agreed that religious affiliation is like real estate; location, location, location. “I wouldn’t really say I had a religious experience at Pace. My experience depends on where I am,” Camelia Pierre, international business management major said. “When I’m with my dad, I am forced to go to church, every service, but I don’t believe in church anyway. I do believe in God.” Pierre felt that college students are too preoccupied and busy with academia among other obligations to think too much about religion. “What College Did to My Religion,” was an article by Philip E. Wentworth that described Wentworth’s own experience in the early 1900s. Part of it explained how his religious mentor warned him against attending Harvard, telling him he should indulge in an education more akin to seminary school. With this cultural and religious background firm in his mind, Wentworth left for Harvard certain he could harmonize his religion and education. He was wrong, and eventually he gave up on pursuing the ministry. In 2003, the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California Los Angeles began a study entitled Spirituality in Higher Education. The conclusion explained, “While [students] have high ambitions and aspirations for educational and occupational success, and college is the means by which they believe they can realize their goals, they are also actively dealing with existential questions.” However, other findings suggest that students use the knowledge learned in their religion to challenge that of their professors. So, while not all students’ religious or spiritual preferences are affected by their time in college, there seems to be a tendency for students to stray a bit from religion during their years in higher education. This could, of course, be due to the fact that students are encouraged to question, challenge, and forge their own beliefs, spiritual and nonspiritual, in order to build their own lifestyles and be self-sufficient, stable-minded individuals.

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Letters to the editor In Response to ‘Drug Test Failures Reveal More’ “When a pair of Pace men’s lacrosse players failed a drug test last month, the manipulation of banned substances among other athletes was exposed. Athletes have long been manipulating detection through creative and unhealthy methods, much to Athletic Director Mark Brown’s dismay.” In response to a recent report in The Pace Chronicle pertaining to drug usage on campus, I’d like to take this opportunity to clarify our department position on this topic. As an NCAA Division II member, Pace University student-athletes are subjected to year round drug testing. To supplement the NCAA testing program, Pace has implemented its own drug education and testing program that is administered by The National Center for Drug Free Sport. In the rare case of a failed test, counseling and medical support are provided to ensure the student’s safety as well as a disciplinary component, that is above and beyond the university policy. Our recent data shows that virtually all of our student-athletes are choosing a safe and healthy lifestyle. Our institutional policy is designed to encourage safe, wellinformed, and healthy decisionmaking. We feel that frequent education and testing is a pro-active approach to help keep our studentathletes safe. I do however want to take this opportunity to remind the campus community about our wonderful group of committed student-athletes who represent our institution. Our 2014 graduating class has

contributed to the following over the past four years • Academics: 1,104 Academic Award honorees; six team academic winners; two Academic All-District recipients; one Scholar All-American; 3.04 average GPA • Athletically: Five NCAA tournament appearances; 11 individual conference titles; one NCAA tournament Regional Final appearance; 58 All-Conference players; 22 All-Region players; three All-Americans; three Conference Players of the Year • Community Service: Over 2,000 hours of community service performed and over $18,000 raised for charitable organizations. Our department will continue to work with our Student Athlete Advisory Committee and Captains Council to address any of the concerns put forth by The Chronicle. Our top priority is to provide an effective education component for our student-athletes that is enforced through a stringent testing system.

Mark Brown Director of Athletics

When I first took over as the faculty advisor for The Pace Chronicle I knew that the newspaper had problems. There hadn’t been any real news in the paper for years and the stories that were appearing were poorly written fluff. If you have picked up an issue of The Chronicle during the last six weeks, though, you’ll notice that has changed. There is actual news in the paper. There are stories that are the result of intense reporting and hard work. There are also thought-provoking stories and stories that are of interest to the entire Pace community. I couldn’t be prouder of the work these kids are doing. The effort is obvious in the results and the staff deserves to be recognized for what they have accomplished. While I am proud of their work, particularly that of managing editor Cecilia Levine, it would seem that others are not. I am told that there has been a great deal of grumbling in regards to a story that ran in last week’s issue about several student athletes who were attempting to cheat NCAA-mandated drug tests. It was brought to my attention that some students were trying to intimidate Levine, threatening her as a result of the magnificent and well-reported story she wrote. This was very disappointing, especially since we had to get security and several school officials involved. The parties involved should probably have spent a bit more time looking in the mirror and accepting the consequences for their actions. Nothing stays hidden for long in this day and age. Someone is always watching, ready to report, whether it’s a national network, a student newspaper or a citizen journalist. To think that their initial actions in trying to cheat a drug

test wouldn’t be uncovered at some point is naïve. What Levine did was simply report. She was fair and evenhanded, making sure to cover every angle. She and The Chronicle had no ax to grind with the aforementioned athletes or the athletic department. The same story would have run had it been members of the administration or a dean who had done something wrong. News is news, regardless of who is making it. So rather than being upset with this story getting out, be upset with the fact that this story had to be written in the first place. I was a student at Pace back in the 1980s and the school newspaper at the time was called New Morning. We tackled issues that weren’t always popular and the administration wasn’t always happy with what we wrote. We got under then chancellor Dr. Edward Mortola’s [the gentleman for whom the library is named] skin more than a few times because we had written stories that weren’t particularly flattering for the university. Over the years, the newspaper changed names several times and had gotten away from being a real newspaper. I’m confident, however, that the Chronicle staff, guided by Levine, will continue to produce well-reported and interesting stories – both positive and negative – through the end of the semester and beyond. Rather than being chastised for “blowing the whistle” on a few knuckleheads, Levine and her staff should be recognized and praised for a job well done. The First Amendment is alive and well at Pace and a few embarrassed students won’t be able to change that. Kevin Czerwinski Faculty Advisor, Pace Chronicle Class of ‘87

In Response to ‘Let’s Talk About John Wrench for President” As the first editor-in-chief of The Pace Chronicle, I learned plenty about objectivity in news articles but something seemed out of place during the latest Student Government Association (SGA) Election Special. For the upcoming SGA executive board, the Pace community has the option of electing one of two presidential candidates. The Pace Chronicle’s SGA election edition published an article, which started on the front page, mainly spotlighting one candidate but nothing about fellow candidate, Kristina Vukaj. Before graduating in May 2012, I had the opportunity to get to know Kristina in a political science class. In this class, I witnessed a then-freshman speak her


mind, and with confidence, about an array of topics that involves the University or on a national level. She wasn’t an average Pace student. With that in mind, I recruited her to join the award-winning Model United Nations team and with only a couple weeks to prepare. Being part of Model UN, she effortlessly handled the research, negotiations, public speaking, and workload, which I believe are qualities for an SGA president to require. The work paid off as the team won first place against dozens of international colleges and universities. Kristina would go on to be a founding member of Alpha Lambda Delta, the National Honor Society for First Year Students, as well as the Setters Leadership

Program. She’s now helping establish the Pace Mart convenience store in the Mortola Library, which will bring food and jobs to Pace students. Kristina’s involvements on campus are commendable, and let’s remember she’s a commuter. I’ve known many commuters who would come to class then head back home, and I say this as a former member of the Commuter Advisory Board. Despite what she’s done, Kristina wants to continue to serve the Pace community as their SGA President and will do so while listening to students’ views on any issue, from the Master Plan, parking, transparency for or from student organizations, and more. Ultimately, the current stu-

dents at Pace get to decide their next SGA e-board. For this year’s elections, I see many great candidates who are ready to do greater things for the University. For me, Kristina is more than ready to fulfill the role of SGA president and talk to people such as President Stephen J. Friedman or Senior Vice President and Chief Administration Officer Bill McGrath to the good folks within Student Development and Campus Activities. In the end, I congratulate the effort the outgoing SGA e-board accomplished and hope the incomers succeed with the needs for the students. Michael Oleaga Class of ‘11

From “Panel Showcases Female Leadership...” Article stated that Dr. Harriet R. Feldman had completed 50 years in nursing. However, she will not have completed this until next year. Article incorrectly stated Dr. Feldman edited a national nursing forum. Feldman was, however, editor of the journal Nursing Leadership Forum, and prior to that, Co-founder and Co-editor of the journal Scholarly Inquiry for Nursing Practice.


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An Open Letter Regarding This Weekend’s Willcox Events To the Pace University Community: Normally, we refrain from resorting to mediums such as newspapers to express our ideas. You may be accustomed to hearing our distinguished voice at on campus programs and at your weekly SGA meetings. However, regarding the issue of JUSTICE – or lack thereof that we plan to address here, we will remain as silent as the Great SPHINX of Giza. This past Saturday, a certain ICE COLD student group (to whom we have no affiliation) hosted a social gathering in Willcox Gym. Approximately 300 students and outside guests were in attendance to experience a unique blend of urban and con-

temporary sounds. Yet we are not writing you to give a tasteful update about the on campus social setting. We are writing to inform you of a clear cut issue of hypocrisy and concerns of student safety. About half way through the events of the night, several female students came out of the gym complaining that a young man was walking around with his genitalia exposed and brushing up behind several members of the females in attendance. The security officers that were on the scene attempted to escort the young man out of the building. However they halted the process when the young man began to projectile vomit in the middle of the only route into which students

were being admitted. The student remained in the path way for almost an hour before he was transported to the emergency room. Shortly after he was transported, a physical altercation erupted between several Pace students that resulted in blood being spattered on several surfaces throughout Willcox. Security responded by shutting down the party and demanding that everyone evacuate Willcox gym. This gave those involved in the physical altercation a prime opportunity to continue and escalate the situation outside. Now to our knowledge, security is required to be in attendance at every late night function on campus and is paid a handsome additional fee in order to provide their services. Yet the critical

question is what service are they actually providing? To our knowledge, no investigation to this obvious case of sexual assault and indecent exposure is being conducted; and whenever there is a possibility of exposure to blood borne pathogens, a strict procedure is supposed to be followed that sterilizes the environment immediately. To our knowledge this did not occur until the following day. If we are required to have security at these functions, should they not be held to higher standards? Should they not be capable of escorting dangerous individuals out of a social setting without exposing the entire population to other’s bodily fluids for extended periods of time? Should security not be

required to deescalate a physical struggle without ending an event early and pushing the issue outside? We are logically inclined to conclude that the question we should be asking ourselves is should security be required to be present at all if this is what they bring to the equation? This sounds like a problem that needs to be addressed by the Pace Community as a whole. However, it would be unjust for us to provide you with my solution seeing as how our time here is limited. As stated before, we shall remain silent, like the SPHINX, and watch as these events unfold from the high ground of our throne. Yours Truly, The PHIlosopher KingZ

What you see is not what you get: Facts a tour guide won’t tell you EMILY WOLFRUM LAYOUT EDITOR

“Building for the next 50 years,” reads the fence around our campus dirt pile. Beside it are photos of smiling Pace students, most of whom have had to find a new parking spot and paid a 10 percent increase in tuition as a result. For any current Pace student, their first visit to the Pleasantville campus was probably a memorable one. Many city students are attracted to the suburban environment, while others appreciate the quaint, old buildings and Choate pond. The brochures showed us what to expect, and aside from the yearly layer of green pond scum, our expectations were met. The campus matched the one we signed up for, at least for the first few years. In fact, only current freshmen were even given warning about the Master Plan prior to enrolling. For the rest of us, the news came through rumored small talk last year, only becoming real once a major parking lot was closed. And, while juniors and seniors can reminisce of the good old days before the Master Plan, freshmen and incoming students can look forward to spending their college years near caution tape and power drills, just waiting until all of the shiny new features they’ve been promised are actualized. With the Master Plan underway, and the worst part yet to come, the sad shell of a campus that incoming students see today

Photo by Emily Wolfrum Whether or not the dirt pile (pictured above) is here when they arrive, incoming freshmen can expect chaotic construction their first year. is only a glimpse of the hell they can expect in September, and it seems as though every accommodation the school tries to make simply misleads new students further. Prospective student tours still begin at Kessel Student Center, which will be closed the day after graduation and unavailable for event use throughout the next academic year. Current organizations have been urged to utilize space in Briarcliff, but warned not to get too comfortable as the campus won’t be Pace’s for much longer. Although incoming students are aware of the Master Plan, tour guides are confronted with the issue of pitching the vision of the closed parking lot and pile of dirt to students still considering Pace.

During Preview Weekends, Admitted Students Days, and other visits, Welcome Center Manager Kaitlin Elliot informs students and parents of the Master Plan prior to any tours. But is a pre-tour briefing really enough? Would you sign away $50 thousand with only the security of a few computer simulations to calm your apprehensions? Under current campus conditions, I certainly would not have. As a sophomore, I barely want to stay. “When I used to give my tours, I tried not to attract attention to the giant pile of dirt on campus,” junior applied psychology and human relations major Francesco Blandino said. Blandino, who has since left his position as a campus tour

guide, emphasized that his resignation was not the result of addressing construction in tours, but rather “other things.” In addition to the headache of construction, tour guides cited the quality of cafeteria food, drugs and alcohol, and Internet connection as difficult talking points with prospective students and parents. “If a parent asks ‘do you think the food is good?’ we’re told to answer honestly,” an anonymous tour guide said during Saturday’s Admitted Students Day. But this honesty only goes so far. The same tour guide later stated, “We won’t go into detail, but say that we have options. You’re not allowed to say bad things, only show it in a positive light.” Tour guides are instructed in

training to accentuate these positives, which include free laundry, wireless printing, and security. Besides, students will learn what to do when their laundry is stolen or their Internet won’t connect soon enough. “All the time I’ve gotten asked about drugs, how the girls are, what happens here, and you have to deflect the question,” said another tour guide. “You have to say, ‘I wouldn’t know’ to appease the parents, but students get upset because they know it happens.” Tour guides may have to follow a script, but everyone will know the rumored truths that Pace students have begrudgingly accepted as normalcies, and, before long, experience them first hand. So, newcomers, take that tour with a grain of salt, or dirt.

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As the Cookie Crumbles... A bite-sized taste of the Netflix menu

Epic Culture Shock Through the Eyes of An Idiot Abroad CRISTINA CUDUCO COLUMNIST

I’ve been a fan of travel shows for as long as I can remember. Whether it was Rick Steves’ Europe or the tours of Samantha Brown, or the mystifying and uncommon adventures in Globe Trekker, if it was travel related, I’d be watching it. So it was no surprise that I listened to my colleague’s suggestion to watch An Idiot Abroad on Netflix this week. The British travel documentary series, produced by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, follows actor and radio personality Karl Pilkington’s adventures around the world. Being unsophisticated and possessing no regard for political correctness, a devout fear of change, and relentless ignorance, Pilkington is sent off to some of the most strange and admired places around the globe. According to its producers, this show is both an expensive practical joke and a social experiment. Throughout the three seasons of Idiot Abroad, Pilkington is forced out of his comfort zone as he visits notable sights and hidden treasures in a number of countries, including China, India, and Brazil, among others. In the style of the show, the host spends weeks overseas in different lands only to come back at the end of the season and share what he’s learned. The final episodes of each season involve Pilkington coming home and recapping his adventures to Gervais and Merchant, with the end result hopefully being new knowledge and acceptance of the world outside of England. I can very easily call An Idiot Abroad a humorous way of tackling the daunting task of learning about different cultures. It can be said that viewers pity Pilkington’s sense of displacement in the face of these exotic cultures, while simultaneously love the awkwardness of it all. An Idiot Abroad made me laugh with its classic Gervais style of intelligent humor at someone else’s expense. The executive producer even says, “[Karl] is a round, empty-headed chimp like moron”; but a loveable moron indeed. This has gained a special place on the list of my favorite travel shows. It’s fantastic as well as fascinating, heartwarming as well as hilarious. An Idiot Abroad is a program worthy of your viewership. Seasons 1-3 are currently available on Netflix.

Photos courtesy of John Robb Junior John Robb (left) created a unique exhibit that allowed students to interact with design concepts and test their aesthetics (right).

Choate House Art Gallery Gets Interactive DEREK KADEMIAN


It all starts with an idea, a plan to build something that helps improve on an original thought. This week junior media communications major John Robb did just that and it is on display for everyone to see, and to add to, in the Choate House Gallery. Robb’s solo exhibition requires participation from all parties as he created, Design That Works. The six-piece, minimalist show explains what exactly goes into making smartphone apps as well as everyday utilities, as simple as a pair of scissors. “The piece with the mug and scissors was actually supposed to be a joke,” honors program student Robb said. “I laid out instructions and features explaining the product, but in reality they’re all primitive things that don’t really


fey said. “Having her growing up was invaluable; she was the backbone of my life.” The chemotherapy eventually prevented Coffey’s mother, who was in hospice at the time, from attending his games. Lawrence, however, still managed to do something for her son, who was playing summer baseball with the Greenwich Cannons, a junior legion team. When Coffey was playing shortstop in a game that summer, his entire family, including his mother, appeared in the crowd during the fifth inning. “I was so overwhelmed, I stopped the game entirely to run up to her and tell her how strong she was,” Coffey said. “I will never forget that moment.” Coffey now wears number 5 on his jersey because it was his mother’s lucky number. He firmly believes that everything happens for a reason, and that experiences like this will only make him stronger.

need explaining because it’s human nature.” After attaining an educational grant through Pace’s honors program, Robb has spent the past year culminating his vision to bring it to reality. Though working in app development for and KenKen (a puzzle game), Robb has been able to hone his edge when it comes to minimalism and functionality. “One of the most interesting parts about this line of work is that you have to target specific audiences and what appeals to them” Robb said. Which was the main function of one of Robb’s pieces that included the use of objects pertaining to specific demographic or personas. For instance when Robb chose college kind demographic he lists important items that most college students use the most; a

smartphone notebook and various other objects. Whereas where he chooses the a more mature audience like a Hedge Fund Manager, the only items are a pair of ear buds, two smartphones and pack of gum. Robb’s other pieces include similar themes although they are more interactive. One of these focuses on the use of iterations, which is the process of fixing or tweaking a product while it’s still in development. He layered 3 dry erase boards, foam and pieces of paper that features various minimal shapes like a circle or cube. The viewer is then invited to interact with it by drawing with markers so they can improve the shape or how they would give it a purpose. “I wanted to make it into an evolving process” Robb said, “I’m really excited to see where

people take it and see how many times they edit or decide to change something.” His other pieces include the use of projections and other things that make you question functionality and design through an interactive medium, which is rarity for exhibits at the Choate House Art Gallery. “It’s really exciting to have a show like this in the gallery,” art Professor Kathryn Marohn said, “We tend to have a lot of similarities in the shows we have here, but John’s work is very different because its hands on and involves the viewer more directly.” Even though the majority of Robb’s work will be taken down within the week, Professor Marohn is certain that at least one of his pieces will be featured in Student Show, which starts next week.

ways said, tough times don’t last - tough people do.” Bats may crack and cleats can get scuffed, but Coffey’s

Photo courtesy of Andrew Coffey mitt remains tough, as he catches every curve ball thrown his way. Still, through it all, he chooses to “stand tall.”


“I’ve known Andrew for a while because our families are friendly,” said sophomore finance major Chris Ragusa, who refers to Coffey as his cousin. “In all of this he’s just kept his head up, he kept going to college and didn’t let [his loss] affect him. It just shows that he’s so strong, and motivated.” Add dedicated to the list, as well. During Lawrence’s chemotherapy treatments, Coffey would make the nine-hour drive from Ohio back to Greenwich, Connecticut to support Lawrence every weekend. “I wouldn’t change a thing,” said Coffey, who relied heavily on faith and positivity to get him through the turbulent times. “My mother was everything to me. I wish I could have switched places with her, but that wasn’t God’s plan.” Taped on the back wall of Coffey’s locker in Pace’s field house are three pictures that remind him who he’s really playing for. “I think God gives his hardest battles for his toughest soldiers,” said Coffey. “As my mother al-


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Senior Setters Spotlight: Swimmer Kaitlyn Lynch NATALIA ALVAREZ PAGAN SPORTS EDITOR

Domestic terrorism is not a common fear for most, but for swimmer Kaitlyn Lynch it’s a growing concern. Lynch majored in psychology and minored in criminal justice during her undergraduate years, but an introductory course in homeland security her senior year ignited a spark that led her down a different road. “I kind of did a big flip-flop my senior year but my advisor let me know it wasn’t too late,” said Lynch, who believes that domestic terrorism doesn’t receive enough attention as international terrorism does. Experience as an intern with the Bronx County Supreme Court, among others, has helped Lynch prepare for her future goals. But for now she just wants to get her foot in the door. “I don’t really have any career goals at this point in time other than just getting a job to start my career,” said Lynch, whose guilty pleasure happens to be watching crime shows such as Law and Order. “I went to both Career Fairs and I feel pretty confident after talking with the U.S. Marshalls and others. I’ve been able to get a lot of hands-on experience that has really helped me confirm that this is what I want to do.” Although it might not seem like it, Lynch actually spent most

of her academic career being homeschooled. While at times it was challenging for her, especially early adolescence, if she had to do it all over again Lynch would not have changed a thing. “[Being homeschooled] really helped me prepare for college,” Lynch said. “From a young age I had to learn how to handle a college course load while also balancing other activities. Without it I don’t know how I would be able to handle the work load at Pace.” The swim team in Lynch’s hometown of Vallejo, California, provided her with a social outlet that allowed her to hear about the everyday struggles of high school students. One would never assume that swimming didn’t initially come easily to Lynch. It was not the sport that challenged her, rather, it was her fear of drowning. “It’s kind of funny because now I love going into the deep end and just laying down there at the bottom of the pool,” Lynch said. “My coach now always has to tell me to get out so I don’t scare the lifeguards because they might think I’m dead.” Overcoming her fears turned out to be one of Lynch’s greatest achievements, as her success as a college athlete has flourished. Recently she was named NE-10 Female Swimmer of the Year, while also acquiring the NE-10 Winter Scholar-Athlete Sport of Excellence Award. Lynch broke a NE-10 Championships record

Photo by Alexa Lauro Senior swimmer Kaitlyn Lynch is testing the waters of a future in homeland security. in February when she finished the 50-yard freestyle event with at 24.17, which helped lead her to three gold medal wins. However, her success didn’t come easy, as Lynch acknowledges feeling unmotivated during the beginning of the season. “It was hard, I really didn’t expect much out of this season because I was just getting so frustrated with myself,” said Lynch, who was also named to the NE-10 All-Academic Team for the third time in her career. “I wasn’t getting the times that I wanted so I

would have like, these breakdowns in front of my coach. I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere. But after our training trip in January I just felt so much better. I felt like I was doing well and I really got pumped up. I ended up performing a lot better than I could have ever imagined.” All of Lynch’s successes meet her at the end of her last lap while she makes a final departure from Pace. “It’s a bitter-sweet ending because swimming has always been my escape,” Lynch said. “It’s

what’s helped me get through these four years. My teammates have been incredible, they’ve been like a family to me and they’ve really made me feel so comfortable here, especially because I am not from this area. But I know that I will always be involved with swimming one way or another.” All of Lynch’s experiences have helped prepare her for the next chapter, as she will soon embark on a quest to help her country become a safer place to live, both under the water and inside of her country’s borders.

Gym Regular Ariana Speziale: A Love Affair With Fitness CARLOS VILLAMAYOR COPY EDITOR

A little over a year ago before she came to Pace, Ariana Speziale was invited by a friend to start working out at the gym. Following her workout that day, she couldn’t walk. Yet, she showed up at the gym again the next day; her love affair had begun. “You become obsessed with the soreness that comes after working out,” Speziale said. “It is the feeling that you got something out of your activity.” And that’s some activity indeed. Speziale’s fitness regime includes a 45 to 90 minutes workout six days a week—she leaves Wednesdays off due to her class schedule—: legs on Monday; shoulders and arms on Tuesday; cardio and abdomen on Thursday; legs on Friday; shoulders, chest, and triceps on Saturday; and back and biceps on Sunday. In addition to this, she maintains a careful and regulated diet, focusing on high amounts of proteins, moderate carbs, and low fats. However, this sometimes conflicts with her fascination for chocolate chip cookies. At the beginning, Speziale was concerned that her new obsession with bodybuilding would lead her to become a bulky, stereotypical female bodybuilder;

however, she realized that this doesn’t have to be the case. The bodybuilding she has in mind preserves a feminine shape. Speziale wants to take her bodybuilding to the next level and eventually compete, although she thinks this won’t happen until her junior year. She looks forward to getting involved with the National Physique Committee (NPC), particularly in the bikini division, and hopefully winning a trophy. What keeps the eighteenyear-old going is the progress she sees in herself; a progress that she’s conscious does not happen right away. However, Speziale admits that every once in a while there are times she feels tempted to give up. “There are people who just try to bring you down; but what matters is what I think, not what they think,” Speziale said. “This is my choice, I am not doing it for anyone else but me.” Back at home, when Speziale started, her parents thought bodybuilding was something weird for her to do. Now, however, she considers them her biggest supporters; she even has influenced them into making healthier choices and staying physically active. She thinks it funny that, while at home others saw her bodybuilding as somewhat odd, here

at Pace people think it’s something cool. Indeed, people approach her at the gym and ask her advice—if they’re doing the exercise right or what food may be best for them— advice she is happy to give. In fact, assisting others is something Speziale sees in her future, as she hopes to become a certified personal trainer this summer and start working as one. But the gym is not Speziale’s only love. For the Long Island native, there is also the beach and the ocean she grew up surrounded by. In fact, this partly contributed to her choice of becoming a licensed lifeguard after taking a special course at her high school. When you see her doing perfect leg-raises at Goldstein gym, Speziale may seem all about discipline and strength. And though she is, she also strikes a balance with what her friends refer to as a motherly instinct, which may transcend to her major, nursing. “I constantly try to put others before me, she said. “I want to make sure everybody is alright.” A subject of Speziale’s nursing major that she has thoroughly enjoyed is anatomy, which she connects to bodybuilding. “Something great about studying anatomy is that I began to understand why my body felt a certain way during a workout,” she said. “I started to see how

Photo by Carlos Villamayor Ariana Speziale flexes in her second home, Goldstein Gym. things work in my body, why this muscle moves this way and why such exercise causes such reaction.” Among the people she admires are Bella Falconi, a fitness model whom she describes as her

“biggest motivation,” and Greg Plitt, also a fitness model. For now, Speziale wants to stay in shape year-round and be happy, as she works toward her goal of winning a competition during her junior year.

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