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neurotransmitter, Gaba. A surplus of Gaba may well be cognitively damaging and could also have lasting impacts on our personality, according to a study by neuroscientist Joseph LeDeoux. “We do know that synapses between neurons are filled with neurochemicals, one of which is Gaba,” said Robak “and when the two substances are taken together the combination causes a heightened production of [Gaba].” Sometimes, those athletes mixing alcohol and benzodiazepines were sent home by their respective coaches while on the road, according to one source, due to excessive inebriation. Although some athletes did

The Student Government Association (SGA) held two debates in which candidates presented their platforms to the voting student population on March 25 and 26. It seems as if there is a rift between the cohorts and individuals running, as demonstrated by the campaigns. Both debates opened with soft-ball questions regarding the candidates’ platforms and personal backgrounds. Presidential candidate John Wrench provided a response and was the first to broach the elephant in the room. “You need to know what each individual wants as well as what [the students] want,” Wrench said. “Most people do not run for SGA in groups.” A set of five candidates who refer to themselves as “SQUAD” have decided to campaign together, and resemble something of a political party. Vice President of Administration candidate Pavan Naidu and Vice President of Unity and Social Justice Joe Artoglou, two of the SQUAD members, cited each other’s experiences to boost their collective reputation during the debates. Former Vice President of Administration Harrison C. Davies feels that this is unorthodox for an SGA election. “I think that there’s a clear division between a group that’s running on the same ticket, and the six remaining candidates have all proven themselves to be great assets to the Pace Municipal,” Davies said. “I want to see people coming from different professional backgrounds of involvement, wherein SQUAD seems to be more of a group of friends with good intentions.”

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Photo by Alexa Lauro The Pace Chronicle followed up with Athletic Director Mark Brown to address recent allegations that two lacrosse players had failed drug tests.

CECILIA LEVINE

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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. While Brown and his staff maintain that the institution’s drug policy has been mostly successful in preventing major substance abuse among athletes, current and former Pace athletes pose that this may not be the case. One current athlete, whose athletic eligibility was threatened

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due to substance abuse, shared this observation. “Drug tests make people do worse drugs than they would normally do,” said the anonymous source, who requested that their identity be concealed for the protection of the team. “People that would normally just do pot, which stays in your system for longer, do drugs like [cocaine] and [MDMA] because they don’t stay in your system for as long.” The athlete recalled many instances in which team members would engage in alcohol consumption and recreational drug use on nights before competitions, with neither substances appearing on long-term tests. The source claimed that the athletes would pair alcohol with benzodiazepines, a dangerous combina-

tion, causing heightened inebriation. “I’m sorry but I have no knowledge of any of the accusations you mention. What I can reiterate is that we have a testing policy that is co-authored by the National Center for Drug Free Sport, approved by our university and it is stronger than most other universities. The policy was developed with an emphasis on student wellness and encouraging healthy decision making,” said Brown on Sunday in an email to The Pace Chronicle. According to former psychological substance abuse counselor and current Chairperson of Pace’s psychology department Dr. Rostyslaw Robak , mixing alcohol and benzodiazepines causes an overproduction of the

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BREAST CANCER WALK

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

TACO TUESDAY IS NOT ENOUGH

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Even rain couldn’t keep the sisters of Nu Zeta Phi from hosting their 11th annual Small Steps for a Big Cure Walk-A-Thon this past Saturday. Pictures inside.

In honor of Women’s History Month, Pace University hosted a panel of successful, leading ladies to show off their success in a male-dominated workforce.

Pace prides itself on diversity, but its international students find little to boast about. The Pace Chronicle dishes on the lack of opportunities for international students in Pleasantville.

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SGA Meeting Update 3/28 TAYLOR LONGENBERGER NEWS EDITOR

Student Government Association (SGA) met in Lienhard Lecture Hall Fri. March 28. Sasha-Gay Scott spoke on behalf of the Week of Welcome (WOW) Committee and the proposed idea of incorporating the Involvement Fair into the Orientation and Week of Welcome process. Scott explained that bringing the Involvement Fair to Convocation could improve first year student involvement by promoting organizations at an event that all first year students are required to attend. Concern was voiced regarding preparation for tabling at

the event but it was also voiced that the addition could potentially make convocation a larger event that the entire campus attends. Constitution committee will meet on Tues. April 1 at 9pm in the SGA office to vote on finalized amendments. A University committee has been formed in order to alter the smoking policy on campus. In Pleasantville, the policy states that smokers must stand 50 feet away from any building, where as on the New York City Campus, smoking has been banned completely. The Committee has discussed three options for the Pleasantville campus: remain

with the same policy of 50 feet, ban smoking on campus, or create a phase out plan that (unless NY state changes legislature) will slowly remove the allowance of smoking on campus. Official organization status for Commuter Advisory Board (CAB) in SGA was approved. There are now two official organizations of SGA, Resident Hall Association (RHA) and CAB. Both organizations represent student body that will always be a part of campus. SGA elections will be held the week of April 7 through 11; they will be conducted online and at designated voting stations.


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not use substances covertly, others made sure that not even the drug tests would be able to pick up on the chemicals that were still accumulated in their systems. In one instance, two football players underwent a procedure called an “oil change” and outsmarted the drug test. “[An oil change] is when you urinate and then insert a catheter and fill your bladder back up with someone else’s clean specimen,” the source said. “Nursing students did it for them.” Multiple sources with direct knowledge of the event confirmed that nursing students assisted the players in the process. Both current and former deans of the nursing school were unaware of the occurrence. “This is the first time that the incident is being brought to the department’s attention,” Dean of the College of Health Professions and Dean and Professor of Lienhard Harriet Feldman said. “It is a violation of academic and nursing conduct and had the department known at the time, it would have moved to dismiss the students.” A former football player noted that on the freshmandominated team, it was the upper classmen that were using both recreational and performance enhancing drugs. “There was a very small sect, maybe five kids, that juiced and did cocaine,” said the former football player, who added that prior to playing for Pace he dabbled in recreational substances but was conscious to remain clean and faithful to the university’s drug policy. According to the source, those who tested positive for banned substances served their suspensions and ultimately worked their way back onto the team. Because Pace’s drug testing policy is co-authored by the National Center for Drug Free Sport and approved by the University, Brown believes that makes it stronger than those of other universities. Though some studentathletes have proven proficient at cheating the system, Brown claims to have found no tangible evidence of a substance problem. “An overwhelming majority of students exercise good judgment and never have an issue with these tests,” Brown said. “I only see occasional positive tests thus proving our policy to be effective.” Though Brown chooses to publicly support Pace’s procedures, it seems as though his views are not in alignment with the University’s. “I hesitate to voice my personal opinion as I don’t feel that it is relevant,” Brown said. “I don’t have the ability to change institutional policies.” Brown does, however, have the authority to enforce them.

Photo by Taylor Longenberger The Student Government Association candidates faced off in two debates last week, one in Gottesman (pictured above) and the other at Pace Perk.

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There were many points during the debates in which SQUAD was referenced as one entity, however, presidential candidate Kristina Vukaj sentiments that the distinctive beliefs and backgrounds of each member is one of the team’s strongest suits, and can already see SQUAD to be a unifying force at Pace. “SQUAD is a cohesive unit that was brought together to reach out to more people and we are embodying unity through our differences,” Vukaj said. “Therefore, it should not matter whether we are running as individuals or as a unit because ultimately, the students will decide.” As the debates progressed,

questions proved to be harder hitting for some candidates. While Vice President of Finance candidate Jessica Varghese spoke of the struggles of getting through 50 BMS forms in a single night, her opposing candidate Luiz Ribiero Filho, admitted that he knew very little about the BMS process. Diversity is going to become the strong suit of the new e-board candidates, no matter which set of students win the election. Wrench boasts of starting the Philosophy Club in his freshman year, while Presidential candidate Kristina Vukaj is on the team opening a “Pace Mart” in the Mortola Library, and Filho has worked for a small-hedge fund. Many candidates cited transparency as one of their goals as a member of SGA’s e-board, but

communication quickly became another key topic of the debates. “We need to use effective, personable communication to hold each other to higher standards,” Executive Vice Presidential candidate Dan Garcia said. Vice President of Administration candidate Edwin Rodriguez wants to encourage clubs to communicate and develop relationships with Pace’s faculty by inviting staff members to attend organizations’ weekly meetings. In regard to Pace’s Master Plan and the many inconveniences that it has posed to students, Filho said the lack of parking on the Pleasantville campus would be one of the major points of his platform. Additionally, candidate Tameka Bazile for Vice President of Programming believes in creating programming that works in

conjunction with the construction, as opposed to trying to eliminate factors. “I want everybody to be proud that they go here,” said Vukaj, who hopes to push students to take advantage of the opportunities that Pace provides them with. The loudest applauses during Tuesday’s debate came in response to Candidate Rachel Aviles for Vice President of Unity and Social Justice. Aviles cited her own experiences of oppression in high school due to her sexuality as inspiration to run for the position. “We’re all human beings at the end of the day,” Aviles said. “I believe in using that to bring us together rather than to tear us apart.” SGA elections will be held from April 7 to April 11.

Mortola Library Collects Cell Phones For NCADV TAYLOR LONGENBERGER NEWS EDITOR

The Mortola Library staff is collecting cell phones and other electronic devices that will be used to raise money for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). “It is a way to recycle your old phones while helping those that are in some very bad situations,” Interlibrary Loan Librarian Sheila Hu said. The NCADV partners with Cellular Recycler in collecting select digital electronics and cell phones. The money that is received from the sale of the refurbished cell phones is used to support programming that helps prevent home violence. Cellular Recycler is a nationwide cellular recycling program with the mission to keep valuable cellular equipment out of landfills. The duo promotes a healthy Earth as well as a safe home environment for all. “Volunteering to prevent domestic violence is something that touches me. Helping those that have been objectified feel empowered is a very worthy cause,” said Rose Gillen, Head

of Research and Information Services in Mortola Library. “I have a great interest in promoting women as strong figures.” The library has previously held cell phone collections in order to gain awareness of the environment and other similar worthy causes. Due to March being Women’s History Month, the library staff decided that in addition to their book display they would create a collection in order to aid in the prevention of domestic violence. “For me personally, I think that it is important to help other women in situations that they may not be able to get out of or handle themselves,” Gillen said. “Providing aid for those less fortunate is a passion that I feel should be shared with Pace students.” The collection box is located on the counter at the library circulation desk. The program ensures that the donated phones and devices will be wiped clean of all information and that a tax credit may be received for the donation. For more information regarding the collection, students can contact Rose Gillen or Shiela Hu in Mortola Library.

Photo by Taylor Longenberger Students can find this sign in Mortola Library and drop off used phones.


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

THAT’S ONE HECK OF A RESUME SIMONE JOHNSON COLUMNIST

Want an internship in Chicago or California? What about gaining experience in China or England? The Queen would have a lot of advice for students, that is, the Intern Queen. In 2009 at the age of twenty-four, Lauren Berger launched InternQueen.com. Her experience in successfully completing fifteen internships during her college career strongly influenced the creation of this platform, which helps college students navigate the terrain of finding, applying for and participating in internships around the country and globally. “Internships are a chance to learn about the industries you want to go into” she said during an interview on digital platform MAKERS. With internships come mistakes, lessons learned, insight and clarity, opportunities, mentorship, friendship, cultural awareness, the chance to gain soft and hard skills, and one remarkable resume. When applying for a job, however, global experience changes the game, and here are five reasons why students should intern abroad: 1. Earn Academic Credit Join the experience economy and become wealthy! Even though many internships are unpaid, the trade-off is gaining transferable credit overseas and earning awesome experience currency. This type of wealth takes you to new places, people, ideas, ways of living and builds a useful skill toolbox. 2. Your Resume Will Stand Out In a TIME article “Global Internships: The New Key to Getting a Job”, David Lloyd, founder of Intern Group, which helps young adults find internships in countries around the world, said “the kids who will be successful today are those that take themselves out of their comfort zone and develop a global mindset.” He continued to explain how students with experience abroad are highly sought after by employers. “This means going beyond simple study abroad programs to employment in a foreign country that will build a young person’s contacts and context.” If a student is interested in interning abroad, but it’s not quite feasible during his or her time in

college, interning abroad after graduation is an option. 3. Global Networking Building and maintaining personal and professional networks, both professional and personal is important in general. Benefits of this include getting advice from different perspectives, support, referrals and leads to many different opportunities. Imagine that on a global scale. 4. Practice Language Skills Don’t fret! The foreign language courses students are taking in college are not in vain. Employers are looking to hire people who can speak more than one language. Being bilingual in English and Spanish is in high demand as Spanish is the most spoken nonEnglish language in the United States. According to the Pew Research Center’s 2011 American Community Survey, “37.6 million people age five and older speak Spanish at home”. Following Spanish, the Center reports “Chinese, Hindi, Urdu and other Indic Languages, French or French Creole and Tagalog”. Check out the Critical Language Scholarship, a U.S. Department of State study abroad program that provides funding for students to travel to other countries and learn critical need languages. 5. Improve Problem Solving and Social Skills Many students face personal and academic challenges. According to Greek philosopher Epictetus “it’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” Getting out of your comfort zone and into a new environment with different cultures, languages and customs can be intimidating. However, the experience can give students the chance to evaluate and improve their adaptability to change, decision-making, and problem solving skills, in addition to being confident in expressing themselves, articulating well and communicating well with others. Visit pace.abroadoffice.net, the study abroad and financial aid offices to learn more about interning abroad. In addition, students can research opportunities by checking out Global Links Abroad at http://www.globalinksabroad.org/ or Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), two programs partnered with Pace.

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Photos courtesy of Rachel Aviles (top two) and Alejandra Sotomayor (bottom) Members of both Alpha Lambda Sigma (top) and Nu Zeta Phi (bottom) participated in the walk.

Nu Zeta Phi Hosts Charity Walk-A-Thon OLIVIA ZUCKER

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The sisters of Nu Zeta Phi at Pace University hosted their 11th annual Small Steps Towards a Big Cure Walk-a-thon to raise money and awareness for breast cancer last Saturday. Cosponsored by Nu Zeta Phi and the University Pan-Hellenic Council, the event featured a threemile walk which lead participants from Pace’s Pleasantville campus to the Briarcliff one. Pace students, including several fraternity brothers, showed their support by sporting pink shirts and accessories. Meaghan Biggs, a Pace sophomore who has had a close experience with breast cancer sported a pink shirt and bracelets. “The mother of my childhood best friend, Katie Lamarre, is a breast cancer survivor. Growing up, she was basically my second mother. I probably spent as much time with her as my own mom,” Biggs said. Unfortunately, Biggs’ experience is one story among many.

Approximately one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer at least once in their life, according to the American Cancer Society. “In the beginning, we didn’t know if she was going to get worse,” Biggs said. “There was always that worry that [the cancer] would spread.” Biggs’ experience with Lamarre was her first exposure to any type of cancer or any terminal illness in someone she was close to. Because of this, she says, Lamarre’s sickness was a serious trauma for Biggs. “Seeing how sick she looked was absolutely devastating,” Biggs said. “She did chemo, and I would see her losing her hair and losing weight, and it was the first time I’d really experienced seeing that.” Biggs’ experience is a relatively lucky one, however, for Lamarre has been cancer-free for two years. “She’s essentially cured right now. She looks just like she did before she got sick,” Biggs said. Although Lamarre is in re-

mission, sadly Lamarre’s mother, Nancy Graham, contracted breast cancer last year. Graham’s cancer has spread to her bones, which unfortunately is incurable, but can be treatable, according to the American Cancer Society. Genetics can also be a risk factor in contracting breast cancer, they say. “It makes me worry so much for my friend because breast cancer is genetic,” Biggs said. “Molly [Lamarre’s] chances of getting breast cancer are so much higher because both her mom and her grandmother have had it.” It is because of this risk that Biggs, among many others, have organized to raise funds and awareness about breast cancer. “I think it’s definitely so important to educate people about the risks and what they can do to prevent breast cancer,” Biggs said. “We’re all at risk—our moms, grandmas, sisters, our friends, everyone. It’s just important to know how you can help yourself and other people.”


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Panel Showcases Female Leadership; An Equal Form of Leadership CECILIA LEVINE

MANAGING EDITOR

There are women who accept the traditional role of a housewife, leaving finances to be managed by their male counterparts. These women may embrace comedian Lynn Koplitz’s ideals of the 1950s in which she discussed the paradigm of a woman, someone who “cooks, cleans and avoids a beating”. Then there are women like Koplitz who actively pursue careers. Some have been discriminated against simply for their gender, but still they have persisted. In honor of Women’s History Month and Pace’s 50th anniversary, Pace hosted a panel of four women, each of whom shared stories of the challenges they have conquered and addressed stereotypes that colleagues and family members used against them on their journeys to becoming highlevel executives in the business and academic worlds. “I get pretty impatient when I hear people talking about female barriers,” said Marsha Gordon, who graduated from Pace in 2006 with a doctoral in professional studies. “Hearing people say that it’s a man’s world is a turn off.” Gordon, now current President and CEO of Business Council of Westchester, is one of many remarkable women who have risen to the top despite what has customarily been a male dominated culture. “There were once limited [career] options for women,” Pace’s Dean of College of Health Professions and Lienhard Nursing School Harriet Feldman said. Feldman, who recently celebrated 50 years in nursing, has had a vibrant career in higher education as she’s served as Pace’s interim provost, the department chair and dean for other universities, and co-founded and edited national nursing forums. Pace’s first accounting class had 10 men and three women in 1903 and now, 60 percent of the university’s students are female. Panelist and Associate Vice Chancellor for Government Relations at The State Univer-

Photo from Pace University Alumni Page Pictured above, a panel met in Butcher Suite to discuss opportunities for women in a male-dominated workplace. sity of New York Stacey Hengsterman, revealed that one of her biggest regrets was not furthering her education. Still, she landed a leadership position in an institution of higher education and like her co-panelist, Pace’s Dean Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo, attributed her success to a male figure. “My father always told me to be something, to have a profession,” Hengsterman said. The motivators for some women often posed as deterrents for others, hindering their growth within their careers and negatively affecting their self-esteem. In honor of Women’s History Month, CNN profiled 10 women who represent female mentors, working to better the world for other women. Laura Bates, “Sexism Slayer”, created an online forum for herself and friends to document their rapidly expanding collection of both covert and explicit, gender based encounters. “Not all men are cut from the same cloth, most are very supportive [of women],” said associate management professor Dr. Theresa Lant, who successfully petitioned against her elementary school principal for the right for girls to wear pants in the fourth grade. “But still, [females] have

these experiences.” The reality is that women are faced with biological tendencies like menstruation and physical components of child rearing that consume a significant amount of time. Lant recalled one encounter with another female following the birth of her son. Upon preparing for a job interview at the University of Chicago, Lant was advised by the secretary to do her best to make sure that her interviewers would not know of her recent motherhood. “Within the 10 hour interview process, I had requested one or two 30 minute slots to pump [breastmilk],” said Lant, who explained that the retention of breast milk can be excruciatingly painful for any new mother. “I was told that I could do it in the privacy of the women’s bathroom which implied that having a baby may indicate to my interviewers that I was not interested in my career.” Lant’s story is only one example of how femininity can impose hindrances on a woman’s career. While being a woman should not automatically mean that there will be barriers, some physical burdens pose as limits unfamiliar to men, but are ones that all females do encounter.

In some underdeveloped countries, menstruating girls skip up to a week of school each month due to lack of finances necessary in providing hygienic essentials as basic as a change of clothes or a sanitary napkin. “Stigma Stopper” Laurie King of The CNN 10 founded 50 Cents. Period. to raise awareness about the issue through education. Although the females of the United States are not deterred by the same limits as those in Nicaragua or India, there are implicit biases that have cornered themselves into the minds of all likeminded people. “Perceptions and attitudes develop and so cognitively some things don’t fit into certain categories, causing discomfort,” Lant said. “It’s very natural and human. It’s not that people are bad, but it’s just how we process things and need to be more aware of it.” Hundreds of women have made their ways into the higher rankings of corporate America, while their husbands take on the roles of stay-at-home dads. These men care for the children as their wives serve as bread winners, continuing to fortify and expand their careers. Just as women continue to break the gender barriers, men are doing the same and are

becoming established constituents in fields like nursing and education. Modern society has learned to embrace equality, yet is still learning how to optimize the contributions of individual men and women. Although there may be wide gaps in the gender differences, those discrepancies may pose as resources to be recognized by both individuals and corporate organizations. “We should learn how to tap into those resources,” Lant said, “rather than trying to turn women into men.” Despite theological beliefs or scientific theories of evolution, it is indisputable that procreation would be impossible without equal contribution from men and women. The same idea transcends into the workplace as both genders can offer certain skillsets. However, it has become difficult for modern society to ignore those innate physical implications and psychological processes that femininity supports, thus deeming female leadership the weaker form of leadership. Being a female ultimately is life as we know it and ignorance is but a choice.

Pace Model UN Team Prepares For Upcoming Conference JOSEPH TUCCI

FEATURED WRITER

Pace’s Model United Nations team is one of the oldest and most prestigious organizations on campus with over 25 years of excellence The team is led by faculty adviser Professor Paul Londrigan. “The team has become an integral of Pace University’s identity,” Londrigan said, “and frequently depicts our university in a very flattering light, on both the national and international scale.” Pace’s Model UN team is assigned one country by the conference to represent out of the 192 that are possible. This semester, the team is representing Bolivia.

Weeks prior to the conference, the teams research their assigned country’s political position on issues like poverty, human rights and national security. The Model UN conference has the students debate other teams from around the global in order to solve an issue posted to their country in a global context. This gives students the opportunity to practice political leadership in an attempt to solve important issues of our day. “[Model UN] is a substantial time commitment and I think that in order to reap the benefits of it, participating as a class member first is the best method to doing it,” Londrigan said. The three-credit course POL

(303A), takes students around the country and all expenses are covered by Pace. Past conferences were held in places such as North Carolina, Atlanta, and Manhattan. This year’s conference is the National Nations Model United Nations conference, which is held in Manhattan, and is set to take place on March 30 to April 3 this year In addition to the final conference, the team also attempts to visit the permanent mission of the country, which is of group of people from a sovereign state who reside in another sovereign state in order to improve foreign relations between the two respective states, they are representing in the United Nations during the spring semes-

ter. A panel of real diplomats and government officials will be present for the students to question and interact with. The Model UN experience is open to all students and majors, not just those of political science. The organization covers a broad range of other topics, like creating a more sustainable world by protecting the environment and dealing with nuclear weapons. Students also get the opportunity to hone their debate, strategy, and public speaking skills, which are important regardless of what field they wind up in. “The best thing students get out of it is just that it’s a very formative experience,” Londrigan

said. “Because it’s difficult, and because it’s sort of stressful at times you really have to confront yourself and deal with stress and time constraints, I think that really prepares people well for leaving college.” Pace’s team has twice won the Outstanding Delegation Award at the United Nations National Conference twice, and Distinguished Delegation and Outstanding Delegation Award at the Southern Regional Conference. Model United Nations room is open for all on Wed. from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm in Choate House. Professor Londrigan encourages all who are interested to “Come knock on my door.”


OPINION Among Other Things

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College is about finding ourselves, and learning from any and all experiences. Here, I’ll examine the implications behind anything and everything- from classes to relationships, from Twitter selfies to selfrealizations… among other things.

Relationship Labels: A Discussion SARA MORIARTY OPINION EDITOR

Recently, my boyfriend asked me if we could be “official.” I didn’t want to define my relationship in the beginning because I didn’t think I wanted anything serious. I wanted to have fun without falling too deep into a trap of feelings that I thought would possibly restrict me in the future. Considering college is a time of great uncertainty (at least for me), I had decided that I would rather not be held down in case other opportunities arose. But I changed my way of thinking. He had already been acting like a boyfriend to me in many ways, and I had already been acting a bit like a girlfriend. In the weeks prior to our becoming “official,” I had been telling family and friends (who relentlessly inquire about my social life) that he was “my guy I’m basically dating, but I don’t even want a serious relationship with him, but he’s nice.” I would go on to say that he buys me food a lot and I get him food once in a while, so I was going with it. All of this information was more than enough description for something that wasn’t even “defined.” My mother would fire back at me with more questions, saying things like “Would you be hurt if he was seeing someone else? Is he? Ya sure? Do you even like him? Because I don’t think you like him. Are you seeing anyone else? Would he be mad?” No, I wasn’t seeing anyone else. Yes, I would have been hurt if he was seeing other people. We did spend a considerable amount of time together, after all. However, I would have blamed myself and just left because there was no mutual spoken agreement made stating that neither of us could date/hook up with/flirt with anyone else. In other words, the relationship wasn’t defined. I couldn’t let myself get mad at the guy if he strayed from me when I wasn’t even his. (He didn’t, by the way, this is just hypothetical.) Undefined relationships can thus be a trap. After all, feelings are feelings whether or not they are defined or labeled. Some people are against defining relationships for fear of being too constricted by society’s standards of what a relationship has to be. Some couples want a relaxed and carefree relationship and feel that a definite label would take away from the relaxed nature and take a step toward “serious relationship.” This is what I thought I wanted, and

I admit that there can be merits to this type of relationship, especially if it is a long-distance one. That being said, feelings can be just as strong as they would be if defined. By going the undefined route, people are still defining themselves. The terms and conditions of some “undefined” relationships, in my opinion, invoke just as much as a “defined” relationship. The only difference is that, in some undefined relationships, the rules, or lack thereof, aren’t discussed at all. The unspoken aspects of carefree flings can become sources of stress that people wanted to avoid in the first place by avoiding labels. But, I can’t blame anyone for clicking “agree” to the terms of use without at least perusing them. Undefined Relationship Conditions: Parties involved may be susceptible to developing strong feelings for other parties involved. Feelings do not have to be reciprocated in any fashion. This may result in ‘hurt feelings’ for one or more parties involved and/or the ending of contract between parties. Families of either party shall not be involved and do not have to be made aware of contract. Parties are not required to remain in contact/communicate every week. No party involved shall be held responsible for ‘hurt feelings’ and/or any other emotional damage. In case of “hurt feelings,” ice cream and emotional support from friends shall be sought. Defined Relationship Conditions: Parties involved may be susceptible to developing strong feelings for other parties involved. Feelings should at any given point in relationship be spoken of and possibly reciprocated. If not, lack of communication may result in voiding the contract, i.e. breaking up. This may result in ‘hurt feelings’ for one or more parties involved. Both parties involved may be held responsible for ‘hurt feelings’ and/or any other emotional damage. In case of “hurt feelings,” ice cream and emotional support from friends shall be sought. There is a serious aspect whenever feelings for someone else develop and whenever a lot of time is spent with someone of interest. Defining a relationship is another way of stating that there are hopes for being of a more serious nature and hopes for being together for a longer period of time. A relationship doesn’t necessarily have to be defined for this to happen. It is just important to remember that feelings are feelings, whether they are labeled or not.

Photo courtesy of Carlos Villamayor International students on Pace’s Pleasantville campus are not provided with equal opportunities as those on the NYC campus; Carlos Villamayor speaks up!

Taco Tuesday is Not Enough CARLOS VILLAMAYOR COPY EDITOR

Every now and then I hear my friends joking about how the Pace NYC campus gets more attention than Pleasantville’s. We international students feel very much the same way, however, there is little humor in the matter. It is easy to understand why there is a much a higher number of international students in NYC compared to Pleasantville/ Briarcliff. Back home in Mexico when I was thinking of which Pace campus to attend, the city had an obvious appeal. I thought of all the Manhattan-based movies and television shows that I had watched and all of the cultural opportunities that the Big Apple has to offer. It is the city, after all. Yet once I compared the communications programs in both campuses—and the cost of dorming in lower Manhattan—I chose Westchester. Still, there shouldn’t be such a big difference; you would expect Pace to offer similar opportunities to international students in both campuses, right? Through much frustration I have found that it is not so. Last November the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) held International Education Week, which included programs celebrating student diversity and international studies, among other activities. However, there were only activities in Pleasantville for one day, and those activities were no different than the typical study abroad fair stripped of any events promoting international student engagement.

ISSO doesn’t provide international students with recreational opportunities; it doesn’t even provide the basics. According to the Pace website, the ISSO is “available to work with students to answer questions about immigration regulations and process the paperwork necessary for traveling, employment authorizations, and other immigration-related services.” Though its main office is located in the NYC campus, the ISSO has one here in Kessel. Since I came to Pace in fall 2012, however, there has not been a permanent advisor in Pleasantville. A temporary adviser visits Kessel twice a week just in the afternoons. Given the number of international students, it does make sense for a Pleasantville advisor to not spend too much time on campus, but the schedule still is deficient. As international students need a signature from the travel advisor before going out of the country to return home or vacation with family, tracking down the advisor can be very tricky. For example, the week before Spring Break, the advisor was only supposed to be in on Tuesday since she had to be at the law school as well. But then, students were notified that the advisor was sick and she would not be on campus. Granted, you shouldn’t wait until the last week, but, if for whatever reason a student couldn’t make it prior, he or she would have to miss class and rush to the city campus. And the situation doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon. As of April 1, the tempo-

rary advisor will no longer work at Pace, further reducing service availability. Another example of the ISSO’s deficiencies is its lack of workshops and programs for Pleasantville students. This March the ISSO hosted a tax workshop –at the NYC campus, in the middle of the day on a Tuesday. Given the seriousness of taxes, there should have been a workshop for Westchester students, but there were none. I had to miss three classes to be able to attend the workshop. The ISSO did not even bother to schedule the workshop on a Friday or some other time that worked for students who had to travel to Manhattan. Then, there are Optional Practical Training (OPT) workshops, opportunities for international students to get a job and stay in the country after graduation. As such, the ISSO offers several OPT workshops to help students fill paperwork and meet the requirements. All such workshops are held in NYC. The low volume of international students in Pleasantville does not mean that there are none, just a fewer amount in comparison to NYC. If Pace continues to attract international students, the university should consider expanding programs like the International Education Week to students in Pleasantville. International students should be more widely recognized by the administration. Already we are in the diaspora and so basic opportunities for students should be of equal opportunity to all.


OPINION

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014 PAGE 7

College Cheaters Miss More Than Just Test Answers GEORGE DE FEIS FEATURED WRITER

A few days ago, I was reflecting on my college experience to date, and I realized that there has been a basic similarity in almost every one of my previous classes. Cheating. This isn’t new. Cheating has been happening since the inception of testing. And, no matter how hard an institution tries to eliminate it, students will find ways to get around the rules and attain good grades without doing the required work. It’s as if, for certain students, understanding what is taught in class is not important, and the only part that is of any importance is the end result, or the final grade. But, you’re not going to college just to get good grades. You’re going to college to learn and grow, and good grades should

be a byproduct of that. “When a student is afforded the opportunity to continue their education—an education that places them in a position to pursue a dream career or other ambitions not possible without a college degree—they have an obligation to do so honestly,” Professor of composition and rhetoric Andrew Stout said. “Academic dishonesty of any sort is unacceptable and inexcusable, and truly tarnishes the student’s integrity.” Unfortunately, the presence of cheating doesn’t only tarnish the student. “Colleges and universities build their reputation upon trust and truth, violations of such standard undermine public faith in academia and the credibility of institutions,” Professor Emeritus in Residence of the Lubin School of Business Joseph Pastore said. I have been in classes where

I would finish my test feeling good about how it went, get up to hand in my work, and literally see phones and notebooks on almost all of the desks. It’s just unbelievably upsetting knowing that I put in the work to earn my grade, while others cheat their way through and manage the same, or better grades than I do. It’s not fair to me and all of the other students, who abide by the “Academic Integrity” clause, that a certain few can just go to class, learn nothing and still walk out of the class with an excellent mark. The presence of cheating makes comparison of students within classes very difficult. “I suppose we are all hurt whenever there is a shortfall in the integrity of a learning environment and surely to the extent a given student is in competition with other students for academic standing; such students are hurt by

those who cheat and succeed in elevating their grade point average,” Pastore said. So, how often does cheating really happen? “I see cheating probably at least once every test,” sophomore environmental studies major Jessica Alba said. “It does take away some of the quality of the honest work I do. If I get an A by working hard, and everyone else gets A’s by cheating, my accomplishment doesn’t look as good anymore by comparison.” When I was younger, my dad would constantly remind me and my siblings that if we put effort into our school work, that’s all that mattered. But that’s just not true. You can’t outwork, or outsmart students that don’t abide by the same rules as everyone else, because when it comes to the test, they will have the upper hand. But, the question still remains.

Why do cheaters cheat? “Aside from instances of misunderstanding, I suppose most students engage cheating in response to an inability to understand the material, a failure to study sufficiently, and/or because they have an overwhelming and stressful ambition to succeed as measured by their grade point average and not necessarily by what they have learned and understand,” Pastore said. Maybe, students should start valuing the material they learn rather than just the grade that they receive. So this is a message to all you cheaters out there. After college, when you are trying to find a career, you will need more than just your grades. You will need an understanding of the concepts that were taught to you in your classes and you can’t find that on your transcript.

What the WiFi? Pace Wireless Internet Not So Connected CATHARINE CONWAY

HEALTH & BEAUTY EDITOR

Yes, we live in a first world country, and yes, the Pace community is overall very privileged, despite our incessant complaints. Since we are provided with certain amenities, like washing machines, air conditioning and wireless internet, is proper function too much to ask for? To my frustration this concept was challenged when I returned to

Hillside after Spring Break last month. After a long day of planes, trains and automobiles all I wanted for was to unpack and unwind with some Netflix. Once I was finally settled in, my MacBook Pro refused to connect to the Wireless Internet. It been working fine before vacation; was something wrong with my laptop? Oh no, Pace_Secure was gone. Yup, completely wiped from the face of the wireless network leaving Pace_Open and Pace_Wire-

less my only remaining options. After numerous attempts at plugging my username and password into the allotted field, my heart sunk as I was faced with failure. Not all students are tech savvy, myself included, and it’s difficult to try to re-register all devices without messing something up even more. So I decided to wait another day to see if the problem would fix itself. So here I am, a full week later, still chained to the Ethernet cable that I surrendered to one week

ago. Even after my trip to Tech Support in Willcox to “fix” the Wi-Fi problem last Friday, there is still no solution. So what’s the deal, Pace? Ever heard of the phrase, “Don’t try to fix something that isn’t broken?” A Tech Support employee informed me that the reason for changing the Wi-Fi around is to try to match the intercampus wireless networks, so that when students travel between the campuses there will be no issues with

their internet connection. So okay, I get that, but wouldn’t it have been a better idea to wait until the students are off campus so that the changes don’t affect their school work? Ultimately, all I got from the Tech Support Help Desk was an apology and a detailed explanation, and I guess that’s better than nothing. I am now proficient at the waiting game so Pace Wi-Fi, shots fired.

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Riddle: How does Bill Gates enter his house? Answer: He uses “Windows.” • A “twillionaire” is a tweeter with one million or more followers Registration for the Fall Semester begins April 12th for undergraduate students!

Upcoming Events Come join the Computer Club on Wednesdays from 12:15 to 1:15 in G300 in Goldstein Academic Center. FREE PIZZA will be served. Any questions? Contact Patrick Prescott at pp40879p@pace.edu NO MEETING APRIL 2nd- Career and Internship Fair April 9th- Internal Security Auditing with speaker Glenn Siriano of KPMG

Fall 2014 Registration is coming soon! Want to sharpen up on your workplace skills? Consider taking... CIS 121- Advanced Word Processing CIS 122- Advanced Spreadsheet Skills CIS 133- Social Media Applications Don’t forget to schedule an appointment with your advisor!

If you would like to learn more information about the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems contact Patricia Brogan at pbrogan@pace.edu.


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HEALTH & BEAUTY

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014 PAGE 8

Registration for Obamacare ended March 31; Is Pace covered? ANDREAS CHRISTOU COPY EDITOR

The final deadline to enroll for health care coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, was March 31. Among the website malfunctions of healthcare.gov, stories of health care plan changes, and law changes this new act has brought in, many students on campus remain skeptical about what exactly Obamacare does and whether or not it is the right choice for them. Students are covered during their tenure at Pace, whether it is through university health insurance or their family’s own plan. “Obamacare should not be conflicting with health care plans of current students,” Associate Director of University Health Care Karen Lolli said. “All fulltime students are charged with a mandatory university health care plan, that can cover them for their time at Pace, and that they can choose to waive should they already have a plan under their parents’ name.” The university’s health care plan meets the criteria for health care exchange plans. Addition-

ally, a Pace committee is currently negotiating the plan with other insurance companies in an effort to provide a wider range of options. Lolli and a variety of campus representatives, including university healthcare staff, compose the committee in charge of this. Graduating seniors, however, are still unsure of how Obamacare will impact their health coverage. Recent college graduates have three health care options remain covered by their parents’ health care package, until the new legally allowed age limit of 26; receive coverage from an employer; or enroll in another health care plan, following the expiration of university health care (Aug. 15 following graduation). The termination of the university’s package is classified as a “qualifying event”, which would allow a graduate to buy into an exchange plan, or based on income guidelines receive a government subsidy for health care. A recent survey of 75 Pace students revealed that 81 percent of students are under their parents’ health insurance and plan on remaining under it following graduation, while 19 percent

ObamaCare opens up the gates for students to invest in their own health care plans.

have plans to enroll in an alternate plan. Obamacare is different from prior health care packages in that it urges students to take initiative in signing up for their own health care plans. It moves away from previous trends of college gradu-

ates not wanting to pay for or not having any health coverage. “One thing students do need to realize is that it is mandatory that everyone have health insurance, and come income tax time, those who do not will be fined,” Lolli said.

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Pace is working with insurance agencies to ensure its students are covered with a plan that meets the Health Care Act’s criterion and will help students to enroll in an appropriate plan following graduation.

Post-Spring Break Depression Plagues Back To School Students CATHARINE CONWAY

HEALTH & BEAUTY EDITOR

Leaving the sunny beaches of beautifully exotic islands to come back to the snowy, windy, and rainy weather can bring a cloud over the remaining time left of the semester. This cloud, commonly known as Post Spring Break Depression (PSBD), makes the backto-school lifestyle difficult to adjust to. Senioritis and cabin fever are

just a couple of examples of illnesses that society has created to fit the symptoms of a certain time of year. PSBD is such a societal creation. That black cloud is defined as “the realization that you have to go back to doing the same ole ‘stuff’ after a week in paradise,” according to Urban Dictionary (a site made to define societal slang terms). This unfortunate series of emotions may make going back to

school and doing homework a bit of a challenge, especially when the schedule of partying all night long and sleeping until 2 p.m. just isn’t in the cards any more. Mariesa Cruz-Tillery, a staff psychologist at the Counseling Center, provided professional insight on this topic. “Post Spring Break Depression is not a diagnosis,” Cruz-Tillery said. “It’s nothing that permanent – just a slump.” Sometimes, the anticipation of

a vacation and the sudden emptiness of its closure can affect students. “[Students] look forward to Spring Break and to go somewhere nice and warm. Then they come back to the big cold slap of reality,” Cruz-Tillery said. However, if students are having trouble getting back in the swing of things, the services of the Counseling Center are available. “The Counseling Center is always here to help students adjust

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with whatever they need. We are happy that students feel comfortable enough to come to us. Especially with our new Relaxation Room, we are encouraging students who need time away to relax and unwind to use our new facilities,” Cruz-Tillery said. To make an appointment with the Counseling Center, call (914) 773-3710. They are located on the second floor of the Administration Building of the Office of Student Assistance.


ENTERTAINMENT

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014 PAGE 9

Writer Anne Shaw Invited For Poetry Reading At Pace TAYLOR LONGENBERGER NEWS EDITOR

Photo courtesy of Anne Shaw

Anne Shaw read from her new book Dido in Winter at the Pace Pleasantville Campus in Lienhard Hall 25 on Tues. March 25. Shaw is the author of Undertow (Persea 2007), winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize, and Dido in Winter, (Persea 2014). Shaw’s reviews and poems have appeared in Harvard Review, Denver Quarterly, The Kenyon Review, New American Writing, The Los Angeles Review, and Black Warrior Review. Chicago is her current home, where she attends the School of the Art Institute studying sculpture. Shaw explained the poems within her book Dido in Winter are based on the Ancient Greek

and Roman Dido, the first Queen of Carthage. She took on the Character of Dido in order to see from new perspective in her poems. “Dido is such a strong mythological figure and I loved her as a character,” Shaw said. “I think that mythology and folk lore are something that is always in the back of someone’s mind after having exposure.” Through an ornate and lyrical poetic voice Shaw read aloud “Small acts of defiance break like sticks” from Dido in Winter. Following the reading, she opened the floor to questions about her process and her life. Many of the questions pertained to her style of writing and her steps of editing. She began by emphasizing the importance of keeping a notebook and looking for inter-

esting things to record and have forever. “Everyone has stuff in the back of your mind that you want to use some day,” Shaw said. “Having them all ready for when you need them is a great tool.” Revision and editing processes are not set in stone for Shaw. The details in her works are sometimes reworked only a few times and other times may take years to fully complete. For every poem it is different in terms of the amount of time that she spends on it. “The poem is done when you leave it alone and it leaves you alone,” she said. “Be patient and just keep writing, you will know when it sounds right.” To learn more about Anne Shaw or to read her poetry, visit her website, which shows her sculpture work as well.

Artist Spotlight: Conor Whelan, Musician Outside the Box BRETT KURPIT

FEATURED WRITER

Many students publicly identify with the mainstream, pop-culture music, deeming it rare to find a student who speaks of loud and abrasive music as their first passion. The intensity and unconventionality of progressive metal has fueled Pace student Conor Whelan since his childhood, as it gave him something to identify with. Whelan, a senior criminal justice major, began playing guitar at eight years old and has been working on mastering his technical and dynamic skills since. “My step-dad gave me one of his guitars, and I fell in love with it,” Whelan said. Whelan was brought up listening to classic rock from his parents, but eventually transitioned into different sub-categories, such as metal and post-hardcore. He cites bands such as Killswitch Engage, Animals as Leaders, and Lamb of God as his main influences growing up. “I was in a band in high-school and we played mostly metal. I really love the technical work in that genre of music, and I haven’t ever gone away from it,” Whelan said.

Along with receiving guitar lessons up until he was 17, Whelan annually attended a summer music program called National Guitar Workshop. The program helped students work on their skills in whichever direction they wanted. Naturally, Whelan chose to attend mostly metal seminars. Currently, Whelan has stopped playing in bands, and has altered his focus on solo work. Surprisingly enough, he discovered a newfound interest in jazz music. “One of the professors at Pace, Dr. [Nicholas] Catalano, took our class to a jazz club in New York City,” said Whelan. “After hearing some of the live bands, I gained a lot of respect for jazz and started playing it myself.” Whelan, whose father brought up the idea of charging people for lessons, has also recently begun giving guitar lessons to his roommate. Although he feels that there is not enough interest for him to be charging, what Whelan has found was an unexpected challenge when revisiting the foundation of music. “I started giving [my roommate] simple, open-chord diagrams and I’m showing him the basic mechanics,” Whelan said.

While he doesn’t currently play in any bands, Whelan still enjoys jamming with anyone who’s interested, and is even planning on collaborating with his roommate. “My roommate and I were both into dubstep, and I thought it would be an interesting idea to converge the genres of dubstep and metal together,” Whelan said. “It’s a lot more difficult for me from a technical perspective, but it’s fun.” Whelan believes that learning any instrument is beneficial in various ways, such as using music as a form of expressing oneself and as a healthy escape mechanism. “I love playing music because when I’m playing, I’m not thinking of anything else,” Whelan said. “Also, being able to play an instrument, whether it’s guitar, piano, whichever, helps you gain a lot of knowledge and a new perspective for music in general.” Whelan’s identification and empathy with metal and music in general is genuine and earnest. He proves that music should not be discredited or put in a box because of its exterior, but instead be dissected and analyzed for what it really is: art.

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Conor Whelan poses in his townhouse bedroom, where he’s been known to teach a few guitar lessons and jam with other musicians.

What on earth is Earth Month? By Brando Brandini

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 Thank you to the support of all student organizations and departments that have been a part of Earth Month! Including… Campus Culture & Academics Subcommittee Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies Pace Law School

Student Development and Campus Activities Health Care Unit Physical Plant N.A.T.U.R.E Club

Environmental Studies English Department Department of Fine Arts Center for Community Action & Research

Seems like everywhere we look, there are new initiatives to be green. But what does it mean to be green and how can we achieve it? Since 1970, the United States has celebrated Earth Day on one day, April 22nd. Here at Pace University however, it is not just about a day of honor, but a month of festivities. There was a time when Pace did not recycle and a time when the environment was not considered, but slowly and surely, things are changing. The year 2014 has been an exciting and important one for the Pleasantville campus. From the grand development of the new Environmental Center to the discussion of food waste and car idling between faculty, staff and students, the focus has clearly shifted to the environment. I will like to say to you all, first and foremost, get ready for April 2014. The Pace University Environmental Center will be organizing its 11th Annual Earth Month, a time of celebration and activities that have included tree planting ceremonies, poetry readings, special lectures, field trips, art exhibits, debates, music, and much more! Stay tuned for an Earth Month Calendar to be released very soon! Or visit pace.edu/dyson/earthmonth to download the calendar.


SPORTS

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014 PAGE 10

Men’s Basketball Looks To Fill Old Hoops With New Recruits NATALIA ALVAREZ PAGAN SPORTS EDITOR

Photo from (top two) Journal News and (bottom) The Star Ledger

From top to bottom: Mike Demello, Vic Jusino, and Jared Pearson

One chapter in Pace basketball has come to an end as the men’s team will look for new slots to fill. The Setters may have finished the season with a 7-19 record, but Head Coach Pat Kennedy considers it to be a huge accomplishment, considering that the team was picked to finish last in their division. “The fact that we didn’t finish last shows that we overachieved” Kennedy said. “We had a lot of close loses but we also had some outstanding wins. I really would love to have this group of guys for another year but unfortunately we have to move on and form a new team.” Denzel Primus-Devonish, Jamaal James, Chris Frank, Kai Smith, Ahmad George, and Kevin Berardini will be graduating come May. Along with two other players who did not get their scholarships renewed, this leaves Kennedy and his team with many gaps to fill. Despite the setback, Kennedy expresses optimism when looking towards the future of the team. “The first year will basically be just everyone trying to get acclimated to each other and getting to know the coaches and the other teams we play against, but I think come the second year we can really take a huge step forward,” Kennedy said. One of the bright sides of having so many spots open is that plenty of scholarship opportunities also become available for prospective student athletes. The Setters have already signed four players, with each

one contributing a necessary skillset to the team. Kennedy and his team have brought on local players from the New York and New Jersey area in hopes of forming a team that represents the vast talent within the tri-state area. “Coming here I inherited a lot of players from various parts of the country,” Kennedy said. “But there are certainly a lot of talented players around this area and we want to bring in as many as we can.” White Plains resident Mike Demello was Kennedy’s first recruit from Westchester County, as he comes over as a future guard for the Setters. Averaging 17.7 points per game his junior year, Demello also shot 43 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line. “Demello has had a terrific career so far and we really think that he’s going to be a great addition to the team,” Kennedy explained. Forwards Vic Jusino and Jared Pearson, from Jersey City and Irvington, New Jersey, respectively, are a couple of 6-8 players who Kennedy believes will the team a slight edge. “In Division I you usually see teams go after those players with height,” said Kennedy, who spent thirty years of his career coaching Division I teams. “Not all schools here in Division II really have those types of guys, so for us, being able to sign those two gives us an advantage.” Jusino averaged a doubledouble with 10 points and 10 rebounds per game his junior year. Ranked as the 45th high school senior in New Jersey by the NJ Hoops Publication, Jusino helped lead St. lead St. Peter’s to

a 23-7 record last season. Pearson averaged 19 points and nine rebounds per game his senior year, which helped lead him to First Team All-Country Honors. Currently ranked as the eight best postgrad player in New Jersey by the NJ Hoops Publication, Pearson was also named to the Second Team All-Area and Third Team All-State. The final signing so far has shooting guard as Kyle Menard from North Rockland High School in Thiells, New York. Two guards and two forwards give Kennedy a strong foundation for the team, but there is still a bit more work to be done. Kennedy plans on signing another guard and another shooter - two critical positions that will help give the Setters more power on the court. Negotiations are currently going on with three more players, as Kennedy expresses hope that the signings will be finalized later in the spring When looking for prospective students, Kennedy makes sure to find players who know their position well, along with four critical factors. “To me, the most important feature when scouting players is accountability,” Kennedy said. “You have to know that each player will give it their all each and every day no matter what. You need to be able to rely on them. The second thing is having a good character, and third is a positive attitude. Then, I would say skill level would be the fourth thing.” It’s certainly a building process, but it seems that Kennedy and his team are headed in the right direction.

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Pace Legends Honored At Hall Of Fame Event NATALIA ALVAREZ PAGAN SPORTS EDITOR

Pace athletics saw its past, present, and future come together for one night, as the 2014 Pace Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place on March 28 at the Willow Ridge Country Club in White Plains. Teams and individuals were honored, including Dr. Joseph Pastore, Jr., who was named the fourth recipient of the Peter X Finnerty Leadership Award for his 40 years of dedication and service to Pace. Pastore has served the University in a variety of roles, from dean of the Lubin School of Business (1976-1980) to University Provost (19851991), remaining a strong advocate for the athletics department throughout his tenure at Pace. “It feels wonderful,” Pastore said. “I am incredibly honored and grateful for this recognition, but I stand here today representing not only myself but many others who work tirelessly to help better their community.” The 1984-85 women’s basketball team was then presented with the first-ever Team of Distinction Award, which was created to recognize Pace varsity teams that have achieved unparalleled success in a particular season. A team record 28 wins lead the ’8485 team to capture the NCAA Division II East Region champi-

onship before falling to Hampton College in the national quarterfinals. The team featured five 1,000 points scorers, including Jennifer DiMaggio, the program’s all-time leading scorer. Four individuals were also inducted into the Hall, bringing the total number of members to 50. Former football player Tom Grega, former volleyball player Kory Langley, former baseball player, current coach Henry Manning and former lacrosse player Joe Vuotto were each honored. “I’m not a public speaker so I was a bit nervous, but it’s certainly the greatest honor of my life,” said Grega, who played for Pace from 1969-72. “I never imagined that one day I would be standing here after being inducted to the Pace Hall of Fame.” Grega is best remembered for what has become known as “The Play” when he fought off tackles to score the game winning touchdown against Westchester Community College his freshman year. The Setters won their firstever Met Bowl Championship the following week, helping pave the way for the program to earn varsity status. Langley, who helped lead her team to four consecutive seasons of 30 or more wins, guided the Setters to the Sweet 16 in 199697 and to the Elite 8 in 1998. Her success showed both on the court

and in the classroom, as Langley is the program’s all-time leader in digs. She was also named to the GTE Academic All-District Second Team in 1998. Manning, who returned to Pace in 2000 as an assistant coach before taking over as head coach the following year, becomes the 11th baseball player inducted. He joked that his son had hoped to get a Frank Thomas autograph when hearing his father was to be inducted to the Hall of Fame, only to have his hopes dashed when being told it wasn’t the MLB Hall of Fame. “It really feels quite special to be able to go down in Pace history like this,” said Manning, who holds the school freshman record for most hits and runs scored. “Going up there wasn’t too different from addressing my team so it was rather enjoyable.” Vuotto was recognized for his excellence as Pace’s top goalie during the late 1990s. He helped lead the Setters to the 1999 Northeast-10 Conference title, earning tournament most valuable player honors along the way. The department’s successes have helped pave the way for an exciting future that is sure to bring many more memories. “The school has only gotten bigger and better since my time here, and I think that it’s only going to continue to grow from here,” Grega said.

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