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The Pace Chronicle Volume I, Issue XI
Inside News.....................1,3 Feature.............2 Health......................4 Opinion........5-7 Entertainment.....9-10 Sports......11-12
Feature, page 2
Pace University, Pleasantville/Briarcliff Manor, NY
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
Budget Detailing 24 Hour Library in Progress
Tips for a NYC Commute
Health, Page 4
The Dukan Diet Setter Spotlight, page 12
Plans for the Mortola Library to be open for 24 hours are currently being planned out.
Keon Williams Entertainment, pg 10
Phi Kappa Tau’s Semi-Annual Hole in the Wall Dinner Erika Bellido Web Editor
The G-Spot, page 7
Condoms, Rubbers and Raincoats
Pace’s own Phi Kappa Tau fraternity raised $615 during semiannual Hole in the Wall Dinner in the Gottesman Room on Nov. 30. Hole in the Wall is an auction event that helps raise money for the organization’s philanthropy. The proceeds are donated to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Event-goers donate a suggested $5 at the door for entrance. There was food, performances, and most importantly, the auction. This year, performances included senior communications student Jenna Solomon, freshman communications student Joanna DeRosa, and freshman childhood education student Abigail Bucknor. Many of the student body, both organizations and individuals, went to show support for Phi Kappa Tau. Senior applied psychology student Olivia Sanborn though it
was good to see how supportive everyone was. “It’s nice to see the community come together for a cause. I went to support my friends in Phi Kappa Tau and my roommate Jenna, who performed,” said Sanborn. Towards the end of the event, a presentation was given by the brothers to inform their peers of what their philanthropy is all about. After the presentation, the auction began. The fraternity auctioned off gift certificates to local vendors, four New York Islander tickets, limited edition photographs and posters, and a gift basket from Captain Lawrence Brewing. Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is a non- profit, year- round center helping children and their families coping with cancer, sickle cell anemia, and other illnesses. The Camp is located in Ashford, Connecticut. For more information on the Camp and how to donate, visit www.holeinthewallgang.org.
Jemma York News Editor
Library staff members are currently completing a budget proposal detailing the costs associated with operating a 24 hour library at Pace. Associate University Librarian for Outreach, Planning and Development Steve Feyl is in the early stages of drafting the budget proposal. “We have the framework and we are gathering up the numbers,” said Feyl. The proposal must first be approved by the University Librarian. Feyl hopes to submit the completed proposal to the Office of the Provost by January. The Provost will ultimately decide whether to implement the 24 hour library. Feyl said, “Creating the proposal is a big step. I just want to make sure that when we take this step it is done right. We must make sure the infrastructure is in place so that the library remains safe and clean.” Feyl is working alongside Director of Safety and Security Vincent Beatty to determine the costs associated with preparing the library for running 24 hours. “Mortola is a big building,
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Photo from Pace.edu and there are a lot of areas for mischief. When you go 24 hours the whole building must be condensed into a smaller space,” said Feyl. All three floors of Mortola would not be accessible for 24 hours. At a certain point in the evening, everyone would relocate to the first floor which would be monitored by a security guard and gates may be implemented to block off the second and third floors. Beatty will soon consult with the Fire Marshall to determine whether using gates is feasible and meets fire code. If gates are not a possibility then alternatives, such as more staff, will be implemented. Gates would also need to be built around the service areas. The logistics of creating and monitoring a quiet study area on the first floor is still under consideration. Junior communications student Alexandra Oleander doesn’t think the library being open 24 hours would benefit students until the Master Plan is completed. “I don’t think many people would truly utilize a 24 hour library. It may be best to wait for the two campuses to be combined before you make the library 24 hours. This way people can simply walk back to their dorms,”
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Career Quick Tips
from career services
Carolyn Kleiman Career Counselor
I am working on my schedule for Spring and would like to do an internship. When should I start looking and do you have any suggestions on how I should set up my classes? I think it is great that you are planning ahead! Since you are already thinking about an internship, you can certainly start your search now! Last year from November through February, over 200 internships were listed with Career Services for Spring. As of now, Career Services has over 300 internships posted! Based on that, now would be a great time to begin your search. Employers typically look for an intern who can work 15-20 hours per week while attending classes. Most are flexible and work around your class schedule. However, if you can coordinate classes on certain days, this can work in your favor. For example, if you have two or three days per week that you are essentially free the whole day or if your classes are predominately in the morning or evening, this may make you be more marketable. While you are working on your class schedule, consider taking an elective or adding a concentration or minor. This is a great way to explore other opportunities, step out of your comfort zone and build your resume. You may want to enroll in a course that will give you knowledge or skills that may complement your current area of interest. For example, if you are a marketing student, you may consider a computer graphics course or a management major may consider a psychology course. As always, it is best to meet with a Career Services Counselor who can guide you through your search and help you target companies of interest.
With Pace’s close proximity to New York City, it is very common for students to get internships on Wall Street, in the Fashion District, or Rockefeller Center. However, getting to and from this city can be a challenge, due to traffic, weather, and the people you’ll encounter. But with some experience, and these 10 tips, you’ll learn how to make the commute a breeze and just enjoy your internship. 1. Wear comfy shoes on your walk: Ladies, we know that you spent a slightly shameful amount on those black pumps you’ve been dying to wear to work, but be warned; the city is not shoefriendly. While you may look like an intern-superstar in your high heels, it is never a good idea to wear them on your commute to work, whether it’s for two blocks or 20. There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, being that your arches, toes and heels will really start to resent you. It’s not going to improve your morning mood or your productivity at work if you’re limping around because you have blisters. Also, the city sidewalks are a dangerous place, full of holes, garbage, and the nasty stuff that pets tend to leave behind. Looking cute on your walk to work is not worth breaking a heel or soiling a pair of shoes. 2. Always be prepared for the weather: Although it may look sunny in the morning when you’re leaving for work, a lot can change while you’re in the office or even when you get out of the subway. Small fold-able umbrellas are not only cheap but they’re extremely convenient. Also, do yourself a favor and check out
www.weather.com before you leave your place, or you can easily download the weather.com app onto your smart phone. 3. Always check your subway seat before and after you sit: It may look like someone accidentally left their newspaper on the seat, but don’t be fooled. More often than not, under that newspaper is a big wet mess. The subways can get crowded and you’re often rushed into a seat, but always check it for water, trash, or other stain-guaranteed substances. Secondly, how much would you hate yourself for leaving your phone or iPod behind? Always take one last look before you get off the train or bus and make sure nothing fell out of your pockets or bag. 4. Bring chargers: We all know the sad truth about technology; a dead phone equals the end of the world. Yes, it’s a little sad that many people in our generation cannot survive without a phone, iPod, or iPad, but it’s reality. Being stranded in the city with no phone and no iPod can lead to some bad things. For one, if you are someone who is depending on your Google Maps App to get you to where you need to go, a dead phone could mean being lost for an hour. Or if you’re running late and need to send an email or make a call, a dead battery is going to be a huge inconvenience. To prevent a tragedy like this from happening, always make sure your phone or iPod is charged before leaving the house, and even bring an extra charger with you just in case. 5. Street Meat is OK: It’s understandable to be skeptical of street meat (those street ven-
10 Tips for Commuting Into New York City Colby Hochmuth
Entertainment Editor Colby.A.Hochmuth@pace.edu
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
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Photo from www.nyportraits.blogspot.com Commuting to New York City can be an exhausting trip, check out the tips below on how to make sure your commute goes smoothly. dors with smoke billowing out of the top, and various meats being served on a kebob). But once you try it, you will learn that it is actually indescribably delicious. If you’re in a bind for lunch and need something quick and cheap, street meat is by far your best option. 6. Arm yourself with Apps: New York City is a technologically-driven world, and if you want to keep up, you’re going to have to jump on the bandwagon. Useful apps like New York City Subway 24-Hour Kick Map and Exit Strategy can help you navigate the sometimes tricky subway system. The app CabSense will direct you to best, nearest corner from which to hail a cab, SitorSquat will direct you to the nearest bathroom, and the Central Park app will help you get in, out and around Central Park. You might want to think about asking Santa for an iPhone this Christmas! 7. Be skeptical about “free” samples: Who doesn’t love picking up a free sample off of a generous salesman? But here’s the catch, they might not be a salesman; they might be a psychopath trying to lure you in, get information from you, and cause you harm. Some free samples are legit, but be wary and use your best judgment. If you have a bad feeling or a hint of skepticism, it’s best just to opt out of the free sample. 8. Use eye-contact with caution: Growing up, we were all told it’s polite to use eye-contact and to not do so is rude. However, walking on the streets to work or sitting on the subway may not be the exact time you should be
making eye contact with people. It’s a huge city with people from different countries and cultures, and not everyone shares the American philosophy that eyecontact is acceptable. Eye contact with the wrong person can lead to a confrontation, uncomfortable conversation, or you might even incite rage out of a random lunatic. So just be slightly hesitant about flashing those lashes at the wrong person. 9. If the cross-walk light is red, don’t go: Yes, it is tempting to walk quickly across the street after the light stops flashing and turns red, but take advice from an near cab-fatality, just wait till it turns green again. You never know when a car will be turning onto the road or will come speeding out of nowhere and almost take you out. Not to mention that jogging across the street could lead to you tripping, dropping things, or (gasp!) spilling coffee on your outfit. 10. Have business cards on you at all times: A walk or ride to work could lead to many unexpected things, even a networking opportunity. As a college student and intern, networking is practically a full-time job. It is so important to always have a business card on you that has your name, number and email, so that you can whip one out and impress a future employer or fellow intern. Remember, your commute to your internship is only half the work. This city is unpredictable so be sure to always give yourself enough time to get where you’re going, and arrive at your internship composed and ready to kick some butt.
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What’s Making News Beyond Campus? Jemma York News Editor
WASHINGTON D.C. - The Labor Department said that the nation’s employers added 120, 000 jobs in November, after adding 100, 000 jobs in October. The unemployment rate now rests at 8.6 percent. November’s jobless rate was the lowest recorded since March 2009. Rates fell because more workers acquired jobs and roughly 315,000 workers dropped out of the labor force. The unemployment rate only considers people who are actively search for work. BEIRUT, Lebanon - High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations (UN) Navi Pillay called for international intervention to protect Syrian citizens from the government amidst cautions that the country is headed toward civil war. It is estimated that more than 4,000 people have been killed in nearly nine months since the uprising erupted against the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Pillay also said that at least 14 thousand people have been detained. Pillay told a special emergency session of UN Human Rights Council that, “In light of the manifest failure of the Syrian authorities to protect their citizens, the international community needs to take urgent and effective measures to protect the Syrian people.” Syria’s ambassador to the UN, Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui, said that the problem in Syria can only be solved internally. ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan’s Supreme Court banded Husain Haqqani, the former ambassador to the United States, from leaving the country on Dec. 1. The court commenced an investigation into a controversial memo that led to the diplomat’s resignation and has caused a political storm in the country. Haqqani was required to resign on Nov. 22 due to accusations that he had used the memo to pursue American assistance to “rein in” the powerful Pakistani military. Mansoor Ijaz, a United States businessman of Pakistani origin who publicized the existence of the memo, said Haqqani asked him to deliver it to Adm. Mike Mullen, then the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in May. Ijaz said the memo asked for United States help in organizing a possible military-led coup and promised concessions in return. Haqqani denies involvement with the memo. The Supreme Court announced that an investigatory commission would complete its review in three weeks.
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Plans for 24 Hour Library in Progress Continued from page 1...
said Oleander. Feyl addressed the importance of safe transportation to Briarcliff. “We would need to place a blue phone outside the library. If a student calls for a taxi at three o’clock in the morning, they need a safe place to wait outside.” Currently, the closest blue phone to the library is near Miller Hall. Included within the proposal are an upgraded security alarm and the implementation of security cameras both inside and outside. The plan also notes an increase in the amount of taxi cabs shuttling students back to the Briarcliff campus. Feyl also expressed concern for the “wear and tear of the building.” For example, 10 to 15 tables are replaced each semester. These
intangible items, including carpeting, “must be super durable to withstand 24 hour use,” said Feyl, “and the number of cleaning staff would have to increase.” “I am not opposed to a 24 Hour library,” added Feyl, Students would have the availability of a space and it’s a central location to work. It is a good resource in terms of having access to an additional space, I just don’t know if there is a more appropriate space.” Mortola Library has been operating until 2 a.m. “for the last five or six years,” explained Feyl. Originally it was only open until 11 p.m. Former Pace President David Caputo mandated the extension due to complaints from students regarding the early library closing and a desire for longer time
to study. “I definitely understand why students would want a 24 hour library, but I also question about the purposes and how students would use the library,” said Feyl. There are only three other schools in this area that have 24 hours libraries. Wagner College, Mahantanville, and Manhattan College either operate on a 24/5 or 24/7 basis. Mortola, under this budget proposal, would operate as a 24/5 for the first 12 weeks of the semester, and then transition to 24/7 for the remaining three weeks of semester. The 24/5 model would allow Mortola to be open 24 hours a day starting on Sunday morning through 11p.m. on Friday night. Both Mahantanville and Wager College utilize this system.
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The Diet of a Princess Go With Your The Dukan Diet (Even Kate Middleton is on it!) Melissa Recine
Health Editor Melissa.M.Recine@pace.edu
Celebrities are constantly weighing in on their favorite diets and it seems that a different celebrity is raving about a new diet that really works every month. Most people read about them, but don’t actually take the initiative to stick to these diets. But what if a princess used it? Kate Middleton and many French women are standing behind The Dukan Diet. Developed by French medical doctor, Pierre Dukan, this diet contains four phases that help people lose the weight and keep it off. Dr. Dukan says he created this diet so women did not have to give up the food they love or spend hours at the gym. Phase 1- Attack: This first phase zones in on the importance of protein. The goal is to “eat 67 low-fat high protein foods.” Examples are lean meats, seafood, fish, poultry, eggs, and fat free dairy products. Dr. Dukan explains that this phase should last between two and seven days in which the body will lose two to ten pounds. Additionally, it is necessary to walk for twenty minutes a day, drink six to eight glasses of water, and consume one and half tablespoons of oat bran, which keeps the body full and helps encourage digestion. Phase 2- Cruise: This is the hardest phase of the diet. During this phase, you will lose approximately two pounds per week until the goal weight is achieved. Continue eating all the protein foods from the first phase, but be sure to add 33 vegetables. Choose veggies with lots of vitamin and fiber, avoid the starchy ones.
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Photo from www.averagebutnot.com The diet changes every day during this phase, alternating between a day of only protein to a day of both vegetables and protein. Continue drinking six to eight glasses of water and increase the walking time to 30 minutes and the oat bran to two tablespoons. Phase 3-Consolidation: After reaching a goal weight, it is easy to gain all of it back. From now on, a typical day’s diet should consist of one serving of fruits, two slices of bread and one serving of cheese. You diet can consist of two servings of carbs twice a week. Luckily, there is an allowance of two celebration meals where you can eat whatever you would like. This phase will last five days per pound lost. So if you lost a total of ten pounds, then your consolidation phase should last about
fifty days. It seems like a lot, but it will help keep the weight off. Additionally, continue drinking six to eight glasses of water, walking 25 minutes per day and increase oat bran to two and a half tablespoons. Phase 4- Permanent Stabilization: This is the diet for the rest of your life. This phase consists of eating whatever you would like with three rules. Every Thursday, go back to the attack phase eating only protein foods. Also, consume three tablespoons of oat bran per day. Lastly, walk 20 minutes per day and always take the stairs. The Dukan Diet book was recently released and is the buzz around the celebrity world. There is even talk of celebs like Gisele and Jennifer Lopez trying it out.
“Go with your gut” is the old saying that our parents, teachers, family, and any sort of role model always told us. But is it true? Sort of. There is some truth behind going with your gut, but you should actually stop to weigh out the pros and cons of a situation. When to go with your gut: Moral issues: When morality is involved, our bodies automatically tell us what is right and wrong. Many times, our brain will try to justify the things that are wrong and thinking about them too much will actually make us go the wrong route. Spending Big: Think about all the times the phrase “Let me buy it before I change my mind” has been said. People have a tendency to over-think things, even those things they really want. When spending a lot of money on one particular thing, there are a million reasons that run through the mind as to why the purchase should not be made. But if you immediately want it so bad that you are going to buy it, then usually it is the right decision. Playing a Game: When playing a game, it is important to just go with intuition. Immersing the mind completely in a game will allow the brain to go on a sort of autopilot, making decisions without really thinking about them. Usually these choices end up being the winning moves. This is similar to taking tests. If we overanalyze our answers and second guess ourselves, we’ll usually end up changing the right answer to a wrong one. When to follow your brain:
Hiring: When seeking out an employee, it is important to think past the first impression gut feeling. Of course good chemistry is a plus, but focus on the person’s job skills and abilities when evaluating them for the position. Investing money: There is a difference between an occasional splurge and throwing four thousand dollars away at a casino. Think about the money and control the spending. That way, the loss is not as bad as it would have been if you had impulsively added money to the slot machine. Quitting: Everyone gets mad when at work and the first thing they think is, “I want to quit!” Now, wanting to quit and actually doing it are very different. Unless there is a potential job awaiting you in the near future, quitting your job could ultimately make you unhappier than you were while working there. Trust: When we care for someone, our gut instinct is to always have their back no matter what. But if someone continuously lets us down, it is important to think about the relationship and put up a little wall. Don’t let yourself trust that person too easily because it is likely that he/she will end up hurting you all over again. Going with the gut and listening to the brain are two very different things. We usually get a feeling about when we should do something and that is our gut talking. Other times, we toss things back and forth in our minds because we have to subliminally weigh the pros and cons to the situation. Using both of these methods is good, just be sure you use the right one for the right situation.
Europe Bans X-Ray Machines at Airports Melissa Recine
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Whether it’s for a broken leg or so the dentist can take a picture of your teeth, doctors always give patients big lead aprons so the radiation only hits the necessary part of the body when getting an x-ray. There are other ways, however, that the body comes in contact with harmful radiation, and Europe took the initiative to ban one of these ways. One of the newer security measures that many airports are taking include backscatters. Passengers must stand, lifting both their arms, allowing ionized radiation to show images of the body that permit security officials to have an accurate view of hidden weapons. This is considered much more reliable than a metal detector.
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For health reasons, Europe banned these backscatters and replaced them with millimeterwave scanners. The millimeter-wave scanner displays a similar image to that of the backscatter, but emits waves that do not cause cancer. The radiation given off from x-ray machines, however, is considered to be a carcinogen. The x-ray machines also have enough energy to alter DNA, causing cancer. The millimeter-wave machines do not have this ability. Both machines are said to have the same image results and cost roughly about the same amount to purchase. The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) claim that the x-ray machines give off incredibly low levels of radiation. They say that it is such a low
amount that it is almost impossible for it to increase the chances of getting cancer. Scientists are fighting those statements by explaining that even if it is a low level, the accumulation of radiation multiplied with the amount of people flying each day could potentially pose harm to the entire public. Senior communications student Andrew Bratton weighed in on the situation. “That’s tough. I feel that frequent fliers should find an alternate way so they aren’t frequently exposing themselves to this radiation. But for people who aren’t traveling that often, they should just go through it,” said Bratton. The information regarding the radiation emitted by the backscatter was given out by the government and the manufacturer.
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Want to Protect the Sanctity of Marriage? Ban Divorce. Ebony Turner
Featured Columnist Ebony.Turner@pace.edu
Like many citizens of the land of the free, I have been subjected to the media frenzy that is Kim Kardashian’s marriage and subsequent divorce. While I didn’t watch the full two-part special of her “fairytale” marriage, I could not help but be consumed with so much laughter after the TMZ report made its way into my Twitter timeline, announcing this 72 day marriage bliss would come to an end. The most interesting commentary introduced by the reactions of others was not the fact that they realized just how superficial and insincere the Kardashian family really is, but how much of a mockery has been made out of marriage by our generation and many before us. Meanwhile, in over 30 states, same sex couples are being denied marriage licenses on a daily basis - couples that have been together for five to 20 years. What is wrong with this hypocritical picture?
Rather than taking time and really getting to know the person we plan on spending the rest of our lives with, we fall in love with the ostentation of marriage allowing it to mask the incompatibility that is there. Imagine how selective, patient, and diligent we would be in our relationships if we knew that if we were to tie ourselves to this person forever, that there was no turning back? Imagine the absence of frivolity and introduction of respect that would be paid to the institution of marriage of divorce did not exist? Most supporters of banning gay marriage hold themselves to the belief that it taints the sanctity of marriage, and the law that states that it is supposed to be between man and women. However, the biggest threat to the sanctity of marriage is divorce. Divorce is responsible for breaking nearly one out of two marriages in the United States. Divorce is the reason why people get married for 72 days, knowing that they can have it ended, unbeknownst to their husband, for a
Photo from www.marriageafterinfidelity.net hefty price. Divorce has replaced love and honor as the safety jacket for marriage. Rather than working it out and searching for the love that was there when a couple first met, divorce is the first, and only, option. As a result of divorce existing, the ultimate argument catalyst, also known as a “prenuptial agreement,” serves as its plan B wingman. A prenuptial agree-
ment is equivalent to going into a GMAT that one barely studied for, constantly screaming on one’s way to the testing room that you are going to fail. Obviously, if failure is spoken into existence or even prepared for, then the energy of failure will hover over the entire marriage. If a couple spent years, rather than months, getting to know one another on a consistent level, monogamously, then the idea
of spending a lifetime together should not be an uncomfortable idea that needs to be prepared for by way of divorce or a prenuptial agreement. Why should you need to protect your assets from a person that, under God, you promised to honor, love and cherish until the day that you die? Does this promise not require an overwhelming amount of trust? We cannot say we are a nation of equal opportunity, and not allow same sex couples to have equal marriage rights because it is not morally sound. We, also, cannot deem a person’s sexual preference as morally unsound, and then allow a sex tape/reality star to concoct a faux marriage ceremony for profit and publicity and to make it to our television screens and nationwide magazines. If marriage is going to be protected from anyone or anything, it needs to be protected from those who are not taking this life-long commitment seriously. Do not legalize discrimination, illegalize divorce.
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The Arrogance Pace Earns Sustainability Rating – Keep It Up of Thieves Martin Totland
Opinion Editor Karl.M.Totland@pace.edu
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This weekend my iPod was stolen directly off of my desk in my dorm room. This incident made me think about something: you have to be a giant, arrogant, holier-than-thou egocentric to convince yourself that it’s okay to take someone else’s personal belongings. One weekend not too long ago there were several people over at the particular townhouse where I live. Some of them I knew; some of them I’d never seen before. Because I knew some of the people who came to visit me on the third floor, I trusted them to keep their own friends in check and thought that my belongings would be safe. Now, I don’t know if you know this, but girls (especially when intoxicated) have this strange inclination to discuss things, even the smallest matters, in private. Issues that would normally be best solved in the privacy of one’s own mind need some sort of counsel when spawned in an inebriated female mind. Why? I don’t know. So, two girls, one of which I knew, claimed they needed a minute in private to discuss some issue or other. Like a credulous idiot, I stepped out into the hallway and let them talk in peace in my room. A few minutes later, they emerged as if nothing had happened. I assumed their issues had been resolved and I went back into my room after bidding them adieu. I later discovered that
my iPod had vanished. I was angry both at myself and at whoever had taken my stuff. I partly blame myself for leaving two people in my room to their own (booze-soaked) devices. I probably shouldn’t have done that, but in no way does that excuse the infuriating arrogance of someone thinking they have a right to steal. If the perpetrator in question in fact did not convince herself that she had the right to my property, then she neglected the question entirely, which is equally upsetting. We are all responsible for our own behavior, at all times, and it doesn’t matter if you consciously choose to temporarily suspend yourself from a moral standard or fail to hold yourself to it in the first place: you’re still acting as if rules and common social etiquette do not apply to you. In the interest of full disclosure, and to be fair, I was able to recover my iPod through a helpful friend who had been present. However, the point isn’t whether or not I recovered my belongings. It could have been a half-eaten sandwich that was taken and I would probably have been equally upset. It’s the principle, not the item being taken. Here’s what I think: if you ever have a problem with someone else stealing from you, then you should never presume it’s okay to steal from anyone. If you in fact don’t have a problem with someone stealing from you, I’m pretty sure you don’t know what you’re talking about and no one should have to take you seriously.
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Pace recently became the first institution in Westchester County to earn a rating in a new program to encourage “environmental sustainability in all aspects of higher education.” Pace was given a bronze rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). I applaud the effort and say great job. Now, keep it up. The bronze rating was given to Pace for a few reasons. In a news release on Pace’s pressroom website, the reasons are listed as: the creation of a universitywide sustainability committee; a plan to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions; multi-million dollar investments in environmentally friendly infrastructure; future plans to convert Pace’s bus fleet to biodiesel, etc. There are other reasons listed too, but these are among the more significant. I absolutely approve of our
university’s efforts and I hope that the plans listed as “future plans” truly come to full fruition. Efforts in sustainability are incredibly important. In a time where climate change is an important political, economic, and environmental issue, the efforts of higher education can have a huge impact. Consider this: Pace has approximately 9,000 undergraduate students, 4,400 graduate students, and employs hundreds, if not thousands, of people. It’s also the largest school, and 13th largest employer, in Westchester. It’s clear that the combined efforts of such a large community will have an impact on the environment, be it positive or negative. The bronze rating is an important step in ensuring that it’s a positive impact. Pace is also the first higher education institution in Westchester to earn a rating from AASHE, with only two other colleges participating in the county. Pace’s rating sets an example for other schools to follow, and even outperform; this is not a
competition and the more large institutions outperform each other in sustainability practices, the better. You can’t lose. The university’s sustainability committee, GreenPace, has been responsible for gathering all necessary data and reporting to ASHEE. This committee was formed in 2008, the year I entered Pace. I know I could have heard more about it. One thing Pace could improve on is letting students know of their ability to participate in this; according to the website the committee is comprised of faculty, staff, senior administrators, alumni, and yes, students. I know from first-hand experience that there are students out there who would have positive contributions to Pace’s sustainability efforts, but who are probably unaware of this committee. Let students know about this. So, congratulations to Pace University for its recent rating. Keep it up and see if you (we) can do even better next time around.
Spending Suggestions for Pace’s $7m Operating Surplus Martin Totland
Opinion Editor Karl.M.Totland@pace.edu
In a recent article of Pace Magazine, titled “Pace’s Financial Resurgence,” we learn that Pace has a $7 million surplus in its operating budget for the fiscal year of 2011. With that in mind, I present some (highly dubious) spending suggestions for the higher-ups at Pace University. Townhouse Renovations: Living in a townhouse, I have the daily pleasure of fixing my eyes Photo from upon the decades-old, dirty car- www.justinchilders.blogspot.com pets in the rooms and hallways. Last semester, after a chair was ety would be an advantage, both broken in my house, all eight to morale and to stomachs (and housemates were charged $15 perhaps even general health!) each to cover the cost of a chair. I understand that it can be chalThat’s $120 for a chair that ap- lenging to cook for a large student pears to come from the 1960s body, but I also know it’s possiSoviet Union. Are you serious? ble. I was in the Norwegian navy, I would have less of a problem and each and every day a larger with that if the furniture in the group of people was served bettownhouse living rooms didn’t ter food with more variety. Better look like subpar IKEA furniture food might even result in better from the Cold War era. (And yes, classroom results, as healthier I know that the townhouses are bodies generally have healthier scheduled to be demolished and minds. rebuilt for Pace’s Master Plan, 24 Hour Library: I’ve heard but to my knowledge, the town- some whispers about this already. houses have been here since the It’d be great to have a library early 1980s.) that’s open 24 hours a day (perBetter Cafeteria Food: Stu- haps with limited hours on weekdents who live on campus (yours ends.) For nocturnal academics, truly) are quite reliant on the caf- like myself, it would be great to eteria in Kessel for daily suste- have the library open at all hours, nance. I try to cook on my own since the 24 hour computer lab as much as possible, but time in Goldstein Academic can get restrictions often make it very overcrowded at times (especially convenient to eat in the cafeteria. during finals) and the computers Some better food and more vari- up there, honestly, need some up-
grading. If anything, there could be extended periods where Mortola library is 24 hours, if not all the time. General Campus Beautification: Although our campus is unquestionably better-looking than the NYC campus, there’s a lot that could be done to improve the general aesthetics of the campus. The exterior of some of the lecture halls (Miller and Lienhard) could be freshened up, and Kessel could be repainted to look less dull. Improved Sustainability Practices: Pace UniversityPleasantville recently earned a “bronze rating in sustainability” by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). This is great. While on a roll, spend some money to keep it up and improve these practices. Make less of an environmental impact and more of a positive impact of students by setting a standard. Higher Wages: Increase wages for professors and other campus workers. Higher wages will attract better talent, and will ultimately benefit the students. Campus Bar: This is by far the most important thing Pace University can spend money on (I think). I have argued for the resurrection of the campus bar in a previous issue, and with this kind of dough to spend, we could have a totally bitchin’ campus bar. I even have a name for it: The Drunken Scholar. So there you have it: Seven suggestions for how to spend $7 million. Thank me later.
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Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
The G-Spot B : G D Condoms, Rubbers and Raincoats: y
Featured Columnist Ebony.Turner@pace.edu
Separation of Church and Hate: What has become of the Black Church
What is 40 Acres and a MacBook? Whether it’s the questionable news headlines on Fox or when we walk into Kessel and see all the same kids sitting comfortably on opposite sides of the cafeteria, it’s time to stop ignoring racial issues within our youth with our 40 acres and a Macbook - a modernized compensation for the world in which we are forced to live in. At some point or another, every black person has attended a church service, even if it was for that one Easter or Christmas service. This experience is exactly that, an experience filled with boisterous praise, attendees catching the Holy Spirit, and other people expressing their love for God in their own special, and at times frightening way. As a child, it’s the scariest time ever if you are not sent to children’s church, but entertaining nonetheless. As we get older, our perspective becomes clearer and we see how the church truly works, even some of the hypocrisy, bigotry, and greed that allows it to thrive. For centuries, the church has served as a safe haven and place of protection for the black community. Slaves turned to spirituals and Bible verses to make sense of the suffering they endured. We have all been raised to believe that the Church is the one place that offers all redemption and acceptance, with constant encouragement to come as you are. However, given recent allegations and court lawsuits that portray men of the cloth (see: Eddie Long) taking advantage of their position of priesthood, power, and affluence, and the black church being vocal advocates for banning gay marriage and the gay community, one wonders, is the black church really a platform for everything that is wrong with our world? Since I was a child, I was always perplexed at the idea of “offering” my money to God. The many pastors of my past, with the exception of my current one, always encouraged the people to give as much as we could so more “blessings could come down.” I scoffed, and still scoff, to this day at the idea of God needing my money in exchange for a blessing, especially since it is
very clear in the Bible that it is the character of man, not his bank account, that measured his worth of God’s grace. However it is this exact manipulation on the clergy’s part that is responsible for the phenomenon of mega-churches garnering in billions of dollars to be dispersed among them, not God. They misguide their people into believing that this money they are handing over Sunday after Sunday feeds their stock in blessings, and doesn’t ensure that their pastor can roll in with a new Maserati next month. It is even more frightening that not only do these men of the cloth use religion as a means of manipulation, but in the case of Eddie Long, sex, power, and affluence was used as well. Long was recently accused by four young men, formerly members of his church, of offering trips, cars, money, gifts, and even help with college tuition in exchange for sexual favors. These men, like most of the people who attend these mega-churches, came from low-income backgrounds and no father figure in their lives to guide them. Long not only pretended to play the role of a father in these young men’s lives to make them trust him, but after the trust was built he used money and exposed them to an affluent lifestyle to get what he really wanted. They were easy to be manipulated for ten years because they did not know any better, and did not want to give up a life they never had or a relationship they thought was genuine – a relationship that gave them “blessings”. After Long decided to settle out of court with the two victims for an undisclosed amount of money, members of his church decided to leave, not wanting the stigma associated with Long to reflect on them. After a large amount of former members
of Long’s church, New Birth, moved to Pastor Cleflo Dollar’s mega-church, Dollar came to the defense of Long in the most disturbing way possible. “When you have a wreck, you expect God and everybody else to forgive you. Don’t let the preacher have a wreck, now, then you’ll become self-righteous and judgmental…. You’ll leave the preacher when you’ve had more wrecks than him,” said Dollar. Not only does Dollar attempt to reduce Long sexually abusing four young boys to a “wreck,” but says that regardless of what he did, he still anointed by God and will go to Heaven regardless. This is insulting and degrading not only to the victims that were sexually abused, but to any one else who is deceived by people in positions of high power – not even people who are trained to teach the word of God see anything wrong with this behavior, thus eliminating a place for victims to turn to. “The mercy of God showed on you, but you couldn’t show it to the preacher?” The people in the audience applauded in uproariously, agreeing, and falling trap to this repetitious brainwashing Dollar infused into them. Thus it continues, even if a pastor rapes four innocent young boys, he is cleansed of his sins by the blood of the lamb because he is a pastor. This encourages ignorance; it feeds and breeds hate into our community and completely diffuses what the Church was meant to be not only for the world, but also for the black community. I encourage more people to leave these places of worship that do not adequately represent the love and acceptance that God wants for us; love and acceptance that the Lord doesn’t need money, gifts or sexual favors to provide.
An appreciation and look at the history of todays most common birth control method!
What’s The-G-Spot About? "College is run by sexual tension. Many of us like sex, have sex, and have walked in on our roommate having sex. Why ignore it? Let’s be honest instead. In college, learning doesn’t only happen in the classroom, it happens in the bedroom. Don't be shy, now, welcome to the G-Spot." - Gabrielle Davina You walk into the condom aisle at CVS and are inundated with choices - Trojan, Durex, or Lifestyles? Traditional, colored, or flavored? Latex or nonlatex? Ultra-thin, extra-large, or ribbed? Every year, we see advertisements for a new type of condom supposedly better than anything available before. From previous columns, it is no secret that I’m a huge fan of condoms. I don’t claim they make sex feel better or that they’re oh-so-sexy contraptions, but I like them because they’re safe, effective, and preventative of two things not welcome to the party that I call “my life:” 1. Babies (for now) and 2. Diseases (forever). If you think about it, condoms are pretty amazing. How crazy that such a simple thing can make life that much easier, nearly worry-free in regard to pregnancy and STDS? Condom-use is more popular and accessible now than ever before. Where did the idea for condoms come from, though? Who invented them? Guys, complain as you will about how you “can’t feel anything” and how you “can’t stay as hard” with one on, but realize this: condoms allow you to have sex with girls who otherwise wouldn’t agree to you putting your penis in their hoo-hah. If it’s between sex with a condom, or no sex at all, what would you pick? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Anyway, in appreciation of all the pregnancies and diseasetransfers that condoms have prevented over the years, I wanted to explore their history. The first known reference to a condom was a cave drawing in France dating back 12 to 15-thousand years. However often they were used then is unknown, but when the Catholic Church got super powerful around the fifth century, contraception use in general declined because it was considered sinful. Condoms were available in Asia only to the rich in the 1300s. The Chinese used lamb intestines and the Japanese used animal horns (how appealing). In response to syphilis outbreaks taking Europe and Asia by storm in the 1500s, a doctor named Gabriele Falloppio (who we could totally call “The G-Spot” as well) claimed he invented a disease-preventative device made of linen soaked in
chemicals, dried and then tied onto the penis with a ribbon. In the 1600s, references were made in literature and theological publications to these devices being used as contraceptives. This use must’ve caught on quickly because the Birth Rate Commission in England blamed “condons” (yes, spelled that way) for the decrease in birth rate by 1666. Fast forward through 1708 when British Parliament almost made condoms illegal (what the...?), by the end of the century condoms, much like the linen ones already described and ones made of “skin” (softened intestines), were sold everywhere from pharmacies to barber shops. People were really digging this baby-free/disease-free sex. Almost as soon as rubber itself was invented for the first time, condom companies caught on and the first rubber condom was created in 1855. For a while, skin condoms remained more popular because they offered better sensitivity. When latex was invented in 1920, it was game-over for all other materials used for condoms because of how cheap latex was. If it was that cheap and readily available in a few years before, I wonder if syph and gonorrhea would have been so prevalent among our troops in World War I? 400 thousand soldiers caught either STD from sexual trysts while fighting for our country. In the following decades, condom sales grew and the US and UK governments urged their use to their citizen, military and there were campaigns to get them into common practice all over the world. In 1957, Durex introduced the world’s first lubricated condom. Halle-lube-jah! (Too cheesy?) When AIDS came onto the scene in the ‘80s, condom sales got an even bigger boost. In 2005, the UN reported that 10.4 billion condoms were used worldwide. As technology has enabled the creation and manufacturing of non-traditional condoms—thinner, non-latex, textured, warming and cooling lubed—people have more choices than ever and much less of an excuse not to use them. Actually, there was a van giving out free condoms on campus last week, which gives you even less of an excuse. This column was written with information provided in Aine Collier’s book The Humble Little Condom: A History and Avert. org, an international HIV/AIDS charity. Bone safely, everyone!
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Songs of Holiday Cheer? Derek Kademian
Featured Reporter Derek.H.Kademian@pace.edu
Many people have been wondering what has happened to holiday music these last few years? It seems as though artists from all genres are making holiday albums and expecting them to sell. This season, for instance, artists like Justin Bieber, the Glee Cast, and even Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots have made their holiday debut. But are these albums meeting a receptive fan base? Bieber’s high-pitched vocal covers of holiday classics really change the way we listen to our holiday tunes. Instead of having our hearts warmed by the crisp voice and piano playing featured on classics like Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, or even Mariah Carey albums, we have pop songs
only suitable for tweens. Beiber’s Under the Mistletoe is not only selling, but it has remained in the “Top 20” since its debut in early November. The Biebs takes full advantage of his teenage heartthrob status and uses it to market the holiday album, bringing in millions of dollars. He has stated that he will be using this money to buy his parents their own island in Belize for Christmas. Other artists have typically used the holidays to make an album and give the profits to a charity. Alternative rockers The Killers have annually done this by making a holiday extended play (EP) that benefits the popular RED campaign. This year’s EP includes collaborations with Elton John who is also an advocate for the AIDS awareness campaign. Artists like these truly remind audiences
Photo from IndieRockCafe.com From Justin Bieber to the cast of Glee to Frank Sinatra, who are you listening to during Christimas? what the holiday season is all about giving. Bieber is not the only one
Children Reality Stars: “How Far is Too Far?”
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Featured Reporter Jaclyn.N.Abrahante@pace.edu
Child reality stars are a rising trend in reality television with popular shows like Toddlers & Tiaras and Dance Moms. But why are these shows so popular, and have the parents of these children crossed a line with their questionable parenting methods? Toddlers and Tiaras has become a reality success for TLC. Now in its fourth season airing Wed. at 10 p.m., the series continues to follow young pageant queens in the making and their overly passionate parents that make it all possible. From overly sexy swimwear to fake eyelashes, these pint size beauty queens showcase their talents at some of the most prestigious child beauty pageants in the country. And when it comes to winning, their pageant-crazed parents spare no expense, doing whatever it takes to make their child place in the competition.
With everything from hair extensions to $4,000 dresses, there are no limits in the race to become “Little Miss Perfect.” Most of these pageant contestant’s parents agree that they only compete in these competitions because their children love the experience. However, after watching these beauty queens prepare, it’s difficult to agree with that. As these little beauties prepare for different sections of the competition, the screaming and crying make the competition seem more like torture than fun for these girls, ranging in age from one to ten years old. Even though the parents of Toddlers and Tiaras put their children through torturous preparations for beauty competitions, the parents of Lifetime’s new series, Dance Moms, make these pageant moms look good. This group of Pittsburgh women enrolled their daughters in the Abby Lee Dance Company, led by the children’s coach
Abby Lee, who is considered to be more of a drill sergeant than a dance coach. Lee puts these tiny dancers through an intense four-hour daily boot camp, but coach Abby doesn’t only keep these girls in check, she keeps their moms in check too. While the show is essentially about these young dancing protégés ranging in age from six to 13, the main focus seems to be the over dramatic outburst of the contestants’ mother’s. Then again, it is only fair for these mothers to be able to release their anger after spending around $20,000 a year on classes, wardrobe, and travel for these little dancers. As for why these shows are so popular, it’s simply the intrigue of watching these children be forced to grow up before your eyes while their obsessive parents make participating in these competitions for their children into a career of their own.
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cashing in this season. Fox’s hit television show Glee has come out with an album as well. The
shows devoted following made it an easy item to sell, landing it ahead of Bieber’s album on the charts. The Glee cast revisits classics and puts their own style on it with their upbeat and cheerful sound. Outside of the pop realm, solo artist Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots took a crack at rocking around the Christmas tree. Fans of Weiland might be surprised at his attempt at sounding like Bing Crosby. It’s no doubt that the classics are the classics for a reason, and no offense to Weiland, but maybe some songs shouldn’t be revisited and redone. In a country that is plagued with an economic recession, and wavering values, let’s hope that artists can band together and not only create quality music but also celebrate the special Christmas season through generosity.
The Descendants is a Moving, Funny Film Martin Totland
Opinion Editor Karl.M.Totland@pace.edu
old Shailene Woodley does a remarkable job playing King’s oldest daughter, Alexandra King. Her character is a hormonally challenged teenager in rebellion to her parents who at first has difficulty dealing with her father again, after spending time in a boarding school. Woodley plays the part seemingly effortlessly. Her transition from troubled, unruly teenager to helpful, emphatic daughter happens a bit quickly, but that’s an issue more to blame on the writers and the director, Alexander Payne. Payne directed the 2004 comedy-drama Sideways and has
The first thing that strikes you about The Descendants is its simplicity and clarity. There’s nothing fancy, surprising or spectacular about it. It is a down-to-earth, moving and funny film about people dealing with tragedy and reconnecting with each other. Matt King (George Clooney) is a Hawaiian land owner about to sell off a huge tract of land that will make him and all his cousins very rich. When his wife has a boating accident and ends up in a coma and on life support, King has to deal with two very different, but equally difficult, daughters. In the midst of his despair, King learns from his oldest daughter that his wife was unfaithful before her accident. He decides to take his children along as he tries to seek out and confront his wife’s lover. Its simplicity and realness is great. Clooney does an ace portrayal as a father struggling, having to juggle several demands simultaneously. There’s nothing over the top; this is meant to be realistic, Photo from www.movieposter.com and it is. For its realism, it is all the again made a beautiful, moving, more moving. You can feel realistic, and at times pretty damn King’s pain when he rambles at funny, film. Payne is good at conhis unconscious wife, express- veying the comedy of everyday ing his anger and frustration. You life, even in the middle of a tragic sympathize when he tries to deal situation. with money-hungry family memThe Descendants is a fine, bers or explaining his wife’s im- funny, and moving film that will minent death to his daughters. transport you into the life of norHis stoicism is believable and mal people trying to cope with Clooney brings a lot of pathos to heartbreak and the struggles of a demanding character. alienation. Not to be missed. Not to be outdone, 20-year-
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How to Stay Classy This Holiday Season Torraine Humes
Featured Reporter Torraine.A.Humes@pace.edu
It’s that time of year once again; the point in the school year where you look back and think, “Wow, did I even do any homework this semester?” (Unless you’re a nursing major.) Either way, start packing up the necessities and disposing of all contraband in your dorm because it’s time to see the folks! Before you make the trip, there are a few steps that should be taken to maximize the winter break experience. Remember, a lot can go wrong in a month so it’s best to know do’s and don’ts of going home. Here are five tips on how to stay classy this Holiday season. (Note: It is assumed all readers are in fact classy to begin with.) Rule #1: Plan for “Family Time” Don’t be the jerk that came home and spent all their time with hometown friends. Yes, it’s a lot more fun to catch up with your friends than it is explaining to your mother that “a C+ is pretty good from this professor,” but
balance is key. Believe it or not, parents actually look forward their kids coming home for vacations. Therefore, make sure you allot some time to actually be seen. Even if you’re just sitting around the house watching Friends re-runs. Rule #2: Do not “dress for the occasion” A fatal mistake is trying to dress “festive.” Please throw all of your clichés about holiday attire out the window, into the middle of a busy street to get run over by a moving truck. It’s probably safe to say people aren’t still wearing ugly, chunky Christmas sweaters. However, there are other traps that people fall into. Please, please do not wear red or green to a Christmas party; it’s not cute (at all). Also, don’t wear bright colors or chaotic patterns either because they will blend in with the decorations. And girls, stay away from anything too tight or sparkly on New Year’s. Rule #3: Don’t Stuff Your Face The major mistake most people make during the Holidays is acting like they’ve never seen a
Photo plate of food before. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not mandatory to put on weight during vacation. Sure, you can indulge in foods you may not have on a regular basis, but by no means should it be a buffet free-for-all. It can be tempting when you haven’t had a home cooked meal in months, but portion control is
very important, especially when there are so many events to attend. So be wary, you don’t want to end up teetering your way back to campus. Rule #3: Don’t get drunk at family functions Even if you’re 21 or your family is just liberal with the drinking age, limit yourself. A glass of
wine per event is the rule, or an equivalent. It’s crazy-sloppy to get drunk around your parents. This rule stands at any age, no matter how boring it is to make small talk with an onslaught of distant family members. Falling on your face won’t help. Not very classy. Rule #5: Avoid confrontation This is probably the most important rule. After four weeks at home, the novelty tends to wear off. When you find yourself being annoyed by everything your parents, grandparents, and other family members do or say, just remember you’ll be back at school soon. College students spend three quarters of their life away from home, so to play nice for a few weeks wouldn’t hurt. Leave with the memory of a pleasant trip and not an episode of Maury. So when your mother says “you’re not wearing that to dinner” or your oblivious grandmother says “you need to get a girlfriend soon, you’ve never had one,” just smile politely. Hey, you can still have a knock-down/drag-out, that’s what the summer is for. Happy Holidays!
The Way Takes a Very Pleasing Route 5 Christmas Movies
You Have To See
Harrison C. Davies
Featured Reporter Harrison.C.Davies@pace.edu
With all the serious heavy motion pictures being produced lately, there is nothing better than a nice feel good inward journey film to help bring up one’s spirits. Notable actor and director Emilio Estevez of Mighty Ducks fame combines his talents in screenwriting, producing, acting, and directing to bring us a story revolving around a character brought to life by his real life father Martin Sheen and a profound journey he takes in The Way. Dr. Thomas Avery is summoned to France to retrieve the remains of his adult son Daniel (Estevez), who died in a heavy storm while walking the Camino de Santiago. Inspired by the expedition his son was taking before his death, Avery decides to complete his son’s journey with him. Avery cremates his son’s body and takes all his hiking gear, and then begins traveling the Camino de Santiago encountering many colorful characters and experiencing many cultural and odd occurrences along the way. What is so affable about The Way is that there is really something for everyone in it and there is absolutely nothing that the everyday reasonable person would or could find offensive. Estevez himself marketed the film as “pro people, prolife, - not anti-anything” which is exactly the course The Way takes with its array of important life lesson. Interesting enough although Sheen and some of his notable supporting actors including Deborah Kara Unger
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Photo from Arc Entertainment and James Nesbit are all experi- tle marketing, The Way truly only enced talents, most of the minor came to my attention because my roles in the film were filed by lo- parents Dr. John Davies and Dr. cal residents of the towns along Roxanne Davies traveled the very the Camino, which gives the film same journey exhibited in the film that rich authenticity very rare in in the summer of 2011 in honor of today’s day and age. The camera their 25th Wedding Anniversary. work keeps the action flowing Having seen all the pictures and nicely and the writing is top notch video my parents brought back and very believable. The Way al- with them, The Way was almost most even goes so far as to serve like watching the personal docuas a dramatized documentary of mentation of my parents comthe Camino, in which it gives ing to life for me in some sort of the audience a very true insight dramatic retelling, including the to those who have made this en- beautiful ceremony of The Botalightening journey. fumeiro at Cathedral of Santiago With the forth mentioned in de Compostela, which is one of place, it comes to a surprise to the finest scenes in any films this the reviewer that The Way is not year and is well worth the viewgetting the attention is so unques- ing time of the “very superior tionably deservers. With very lit- little film” film in itself.
With Christmas decorations increasing around town day by day, anticipation for the holiday season begins to grow stronger. Malls begin to be packed regularly, the air becomes colder (typically, but apparently not this year), and you get at least one ugly sweater to add to your collection. However, one aspect of the holiday season truly completes the feeling: the movies. Christmas movies are of the essence, some being classics we all love (A Christmas Story), gutbusting comedies (Elf), or horrors (Black Christmas). Here’s a list of some of the best holiday films to watch this season. The Nightmare Before Christmas: Tim Burton’s holiday classic combines the holidays of Halloween and Christmas in this musical fantasy. Jack Skellington stumbles upon the entrance to Christmas Town, where he becomes fascinated with the holiday, deciding
he wants to be Santa this year. Packed with comedy and eerie characters, this is one Nightmare to not be forgotten. Elf: Will Ferrell stars as Buddy the Elf in this Christmas comedy. After learning he is not an actual elf, Buddy sets off towards New York City to find his real dad. Christmas Vacation: The Griswold’s are at it for another Vacation this holiday season, delivering hysterical antics throughout this holiday favorite. It’s A Wonderful Life: This timeless classic follows the tale of George Bailey, and what life would be like if he had never existed. With tour guide Clarence, George sees the grim reality of a life without him. Remember, “every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” Bad Santa: One of the raunchiest comedies the Christmas season has ever seen. Bad Santa shows what it takes to be a seasonal mall Santa slash con artist. Co-starring the late Bernie Mac and John Ritter, this comedy is for the mature audiences with a raunchy taste in humor.
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Women’s Basketball Breaks Winning Record Susana Verdugo-Del Real
Sports Editor Susana.VerdugoDelReal@pace.edu
After a win against the Southern Connecticut Owls last Wed., the women’s’ basketball team ended their winning streak with a loss against the Saint Rose Golden Knights this past weekend. The Setter’s Northeast-10 (NE-10) conference game against the Golden Knights ended with the score 75-64 on Dec. 3. It was the first game that the Setters dropped this season putting Pace at 5-1 overall and 4-1 in NE-10 conference games. With the home court advantage, the Golden Knights started scoring early and playing an aggressive game that helped them hold the lead at the end of the first half, 41-26. Returning from halftime, Saint Rose kept scoring over Pace, closing the scoring the gap. Pace was never able to catch up, even if they were only a few points away. Despite losing, the girls put up a fight with senior political science and history student forward Brittany Shields leading the offense with 23 points and eight rebounds and criminal justice student and guard Carol Johnson contributing 18 points, six rebounds, and four assists.
Rituals In Sports Susana Verdugo-Del Real
Sports Editor Susana.VerdugoDelReal@pace.edu
Some athletes can easily be considered very superstitious with how they prepare themselves before games. But what does that mean, really? From an athlete’s standpoint, I have done, seen, and heard several athletes share their techniques, routines, or rituals that they make sure they go through to prepare and focus before a game. It’s as simple as a eating a banana, saying a certain prayer, listening to specific songs or playlists, wearing a headband, or throwing the ball around with a specific partner before warm-ups. It could even mean paying a visit to the bathroom stall to let everything out – more than once. In my case, I change into my volleyball warm ups and braid my hair first, into a perfect French braid all the way down and then adjust it into a side bun. Then I have to do my teammates, junior,
outside hitter/setter and elementary education student Nora Rugova’s hair, and then junior, libero and biology student, Elyse Rowland’s hair right after, exactly the same: a one sided French braid that goes down to the ear and then together in a ponytail, very high for Rugova and medium height for Rowland. Then I stand by the end line of the volleyball court and stretch until it is time to meet with our coach before warming up. It all has to be in that order. It’s become more than a routine. It has become a tradition, ever since our freshmen year for every game: home or away. Even Miami Heat professional basketball player, LeBron James, has his famous routine of throwing powder up in the air before his games. Ray Allen from the Boston Celtics has an even stricter ritual that starts with taking a nap from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., eating a meal of chicken and rice at 2:30p.m., and then he would shave his head and walk onto the court at exactly 4:30 p.m.
Michael Jordan would wear his University of North Carolina shorts under his Bulls shorts when he played in the NBA. Wade Boggs, a professional baseball player from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, was notorious for eating chicken before every game. NFL professional player Brain Dawkins from the Denver Broncos walks back and forth at the end zone before a game, speaking to no one other than a football. It all starts when you notice you do certain things before each game. At first, it’s never planned; it just keeps happening. It is only when you start to notice you do it all the time that you plan for it to happen, and voila: a ritual. It becomes part of an athlete’s preparation, such as practicing and weightlifting. Athletes get anxious if they don’t follow along with what they do on a regular basis. Athletes will do these ritual acts as if they have full control or have anything to do, physically, with how the game turns out or
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
Feature Setter Sports
Sports on the Side: Dirty Boots
Sports Columnist Christopher.J.Dudek@pace.edu
Ndamukong Suh, Reggie Evans, Matt Cooke, and A.J. Pierzynski can all proudly lay their claims to the titles of ‘dirtiest player’ in their respective sports. Each of these men were awarded the ‘dirty’ label for different reasons; yet they all walk through the court of public opinion with the same stench as if they were sprayed by skunks, lambasted by rotten fish remains, and bathed in five-dayold onions with a pinch of moldy bread for that burnt flavor. There is little debate that every one of these players is dirty in their respective sports, but at what point does their play cross the blurred line from aggressive to dirty? The simple answer to this question is when a player does something that is regarded as unacceptable by the collective legislative branch, which is the sports viewing audience, they get the “dirty” label. The athletes play the role of the House of Representatives, the fans play the Senate, and the commissioner of the sport crowns the player dirty by handing out a suspension for his or her actions. This decision reaches each branch far quicker than our parliamentary process, but it is a process none the less. Players determine who is a dirty player within their own analysis of film and game footage. But due to the bonds of athletes, the names of those who soil the game do not see the light of day until an offense too large to ignore occurs. When a situation like Suh’s decision to ‘stomp the yard’ ochow we end up playing – even though we all know it doesn’t! It just becomes a part of something that we all do. It is completely psychological, but to avoid blaming the outcome of a game or their own performance all because they did not do that certain ritual, they go through with it. They avoid it all together and not test it. What this really means is that all athletes get ready differently for games and pregame rituals are only a small token of what we have complete control of. Does it make a difference if they do it? Probably not. Will it help them, individually, to prepare them for a game? Definitely. Will they stop doing it if the outcome was not what was expected? Don’t count on it.
curs, players then alert the media as to why that action is not okay. What usually happens is that players of the sport are given a poll by Sports Illustrated asking which one of their brothers are considered the dirtiest players in their sporting fraternity. Or if it is really bad, then they go right for the microphone and make a straightforward claim to say “he’s dirty.” After that vote gets passed, fans read the polls and react to analysts calling out the deplorable actions of an individual. From there, fans make up their own mind regarding the individual player’s body of work and come to a conclusion. But here is the tricky part. Many fans are biased towards their own teams and against others as we all know. Because of the bias, the decision to give an athlete a “dirty” label often gets tied up in this part of the system. Fans will defend players on the fringe of being dirty like Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins and Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic because they’re Bruins and Magic fans respectively. In order for a player to unanimously make it through this part of the system, they have to do something drastic. Enter Suh slamming a member of the Green Bay Packers head into the turf repeatedly and following up with his Albert Haynesworth impersonation and you have no questions left as to whether or not Suh is a “dirty player.” Athletes and fans alike want good, clean, and competitiveness in their sports. But with dirty players out there, the line between being physical and being a dirty player gets muddier with every passing moment.
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Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
Men’s Basketball Brings a Win Home Susana Verdugo-Del Real
Sports Editor Susana.VerdugoDelReal@pace.edu
The men’s basketball team was able to bring home a win this weekend against the Saint Rose Golden Knights, 74-71, after losing this past Wednesday to the Southern Connecticut Owls, 6457. This placed the Setters 4-3 overall and 3-2 in Northeast-10 (NE-10) conference play. Pace took an early scoring momentum, attacking the ball from outside and on the paint, pushing and maintaining the lead 40-30 at halftime. The Golden Knights were close to tying with the Setters but the Pace defense never let up. Saint Rose fought to get ahead
and it made the game an intense, nail-biter that had the crowd on their toes. Sophomore marketing student and guard Denzel PrimusDevonish led the offense scoring 21 points, six assists, and four rebounds. Fellow sophomore computer science student and guard Kai Smith added 12 points. Graduate media and communications student and guard Kevin Clark contributed with 13 points while junior business student and forward Keon Williams led in rebounds with seven for the match.
Setter Spotlight with
Keon Williams Susana Verdugo-Del Real
Sports Editor Susana.VerdugoDelReal@pace.edu
Senior business management student Keon Williams transferred out of Iona College to Pace’s basketball and business program in fall 2010. After being out for his freshman year at Iona due to tearing his Achilles, Williams was able to gain eligibility to play basketball - a blessing in disguise. He has made a great impact and helped Pace as a leader in rebounds per game, as well as a reliable and consistent scorer on the paint. Pace Chronicle (PC): Why did you transfer from Iona? Keon Williams (KW): We had a good year at Iona and the coach that recruited me, Kevin Willard, got a better coaching job at Seton Hall University in the big east so I decided to leave. PC: Did you specifically intend on transferring to Pace? KW: I was looking at different schools but I came to Pace after speaking to coach Harter. He is such a good coach and has good plans for the program. It was a great opportunity athletically and academically. PC: How do you like it here so far? KW: I love it. It’s like everyone here is family. The staff and student body is like a family atmosphere and they make you feel like you belong here. PC: Why is business management your major? KW: I love making money and majoring in business management teaches you the principles and fundamentals needed to eventually start up and create my own business. PC: What are you short term goals?
KW: To graduate in May and earn my degree in business, to keep winning games for my teammates and make the Pace student body proud and win the NCAA tournament, as well as making the new athletic director proud. PC: What are your long-term goals? KW: 10 -15 years from now, I want to be able to look back on my college career and just be able to say it was a success and to stay in contact with my teammates. I want to say we won and did something great while we were here at Pace. PC: Before transferring, had you been at Pace before? KW: Yeah, Pace alumni and basketball player L.J. McGee is from New Jersey also and I came to watch him play. Also, when I was with Iona we came to a party up here before.
KW: It’s like a number I always wore since I was younger. Now it has more significance to me because of DJ; he was my roommate. He was close to the team and it helps me remember what a great guy he was. PC: How did you deal with losing your roommate entering your season last year? KW: It was tough because he went to Iona with me. My team and the campus provided a sense of comfort. Leaning on others helped me get through because everyone was so caring. PC: Last year you led the team in rebounds per game, do you pride yourself as a rebounder or is that something that needs to just be done? KW: I pride myself a rebounder but it is also something that needs to be done. It’s also one of the little things, which is big for the team.
PC: If you could change any rules in basketball, which one would it be and why?
PC: What are you expecting for the team as well as individually, for this season?
KW: I would allow more fouls so I wouldn’t ever foul out. Basketball is a physical sport so there should be more contact allowed.
KW: To keep working hard on the defensive end and getting better, keep improving day by day, to ultimately make it to the NCAAs and win it.
PC: Why do you wear #12?
Photo From CSI-Photo Pace Basketballball player Keon Williams, this week’s Setter Spotlight. PC: What is the most fun thing that has happened to you during your college life? KW: Probably the opportunity to go to Brazil with my team; we had a great time and we bonded, so we learned so much more about each other. We got to see a different part of the world and got to embrace and respect their culture. PC: What is the most embarrassing story that has happened to you because of basketball? KW: While at Iona, we were playing at Florida State and I got a defensive rebound and for a second I was about to go back and score on the basket but I realized it was our basket. No one really noticed except for my team. PC: What are you most proud of? KW: I’m most proud of the improvement that as a team we have made from last year to this year, and the season just started. I’m proud of coach Harter, his leadership and expertise; because it’s
helping us out a lot as well as the athletic department’s support they are giving us, as well as all the students for coming out to the games. PC: What is the best memory that has happened to you? KW: Everyday here is creating a new memory. Nothing specific but just everyday is great and I will cherish all of it. PC: Have you ever thought of what life would be like without basketball? KW: I try not to because basketball has allowed me to do so many things like travel the country, establish wonderful friendships that I will cherish for the rest of my life, and go to school. PC: If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? KW: Martin Luther King, Jr. PC: What quote do you live by? KW: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but rather by the moments in life that take your breath away”
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