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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Halloween Edition

Dow Hall Hauntings Opinion Page 6

Rumours have plauged Dow, with some of death and paranormal activty, The Chronicle dishes out.

Meditation News Page 3

Finding serenity within the stressful college life can be tough, but Sister Sue finds a way to help students take a breather.

Step n Stroll Entertainment Page 9

While the Step N’ Stroll competition is no stranger to Pace, this year’s event made history. Find out how in The Chronicle’s coverage.





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Football Sports Page 8

Horace Greeley Features Page 3

Scientists News Page 4

Pace Athletics weighs in on the Homecoming football game and the importance of campus traditions.

Not only does Marks Hall house the Welcome Center, but also the alleged ghost of presidential candidate and journalist Horace Greeley.

Gender disparity in the computer science field reaches the Seidenberg School. The Chronicle shines light on the topic.

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RHA Builds Leadership Among Residents

Tamara Bonet

Feature Editor

While walking around campus, there is much to consider in terms of involvement and leadership. One organization, the Resident Hall Association (RHA) has brought the seven residence halls together under one institution. RHA is an organization that is geared to build involvement amongst resident students on both the Briarcliff and Pleasantville campuses. Within the organization there are many traits that create a more vibrant, yet motivating environment. RHA President, Christine Vega has taken ahold of the reigns and has brought attention to this resident centered organization. “Our goal is to build membership and empower community,” RHA president and senior criminal justice major Christine Vega said. With the attendance of all seven residence halls, RHA has an active membership of at least 40 students involved in hall council. Its’ national organization, the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH), and the chapter on Pleasantville recognize all stu-

dents as being a part of RHA. However, in order to receive all of the benefits (i.e. housing points) it is highly suggested that students become active within their own residence communities. But it isn’t all fun and games either; leadership plays a large role in RHA and that’s not something the organization gives up on easily. “Many students get involved in Hall Council and become eboard members of RHA, Resident Assistants, and members of other organizations as well,” Vega said. “It is really an opportunity that we provide for students, even commuters.” Due to their national by-laws, commuters are technically not allowed to be members of RHA, however, they are permitted to attend events. The organization is currently in the process of building a plan to bridge the gap between residents and commuters, for example by partnering with the Commuter Advisory Board (CAB). Another way that RHA gains the attention of commuters is through some of their more prominent events, such as annual movie nights and RHA Month. RHA Month is dedicated to programming for resident students and the campus community. Each resident hall is responsible for organizing an event to pro-

Photo provided by RHA Above, students enjoy a night of trivia while in competition to win a cash prize of $200 during RHA’s annual Think Fast Trivia Game.

mote to the entire campus. One of the more well-known events is Townhouse Day, which typically takes place at the end of April. “One of the most beneficial parts of Townhouse Day is that it allows students to interact with peers who they don’t normally see around campus,” townhouse president and senior business management major Ryan Valdez said. RHA plans on hosting the Harry Potter Leadership seminar, an event that combines fun and skill

FIGs Send First Years to Salem Tamara Bonet

Feature Editor

Pace introduced a new initiative at the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year. First Year Interests Groups, otherwise known as FIGs, have been designed with the resident in mind to help with the transition from high school to college. During summer orientation, first-year students were surveyed and offered a few choices of their interests. By selecting from a list of categories that were of interest to them, students were then placed with other students who shared similar interests. These selections were different community interests that were assigned to the different residence halls on both the Pleasantville and Briarcliff campuses. Some of the FIGs include extreme sports and multicultural diversity. “My section is multi-cultur-

al based,” Resident Assistant and junior biology major Yarlie Pierre-Louis said. “At the beginning of the semester, I hosted a tasting event with food from different cultures—French, American, Indian, etc. It gave residents a chance to try a different cuisine.” By grouping students in a community with others of similar interests, Resident Assistants (RAs) are able to target activities and ideas to their audience. However, some older residents and RAs are skeptical as to whether or not the program is really beneficial. A concern was that many students were unaware that they were residing in a FIG hall, or a specific section. This can pose the issue of whether or not students are getting the most out of their first year, a worry that RAs are trying to combat. Most recently, the FIG program tried to branch out to the community through a trip to Sa-

lem, Massachusetts. On Oct. 20, residents boarded a bus to Salem, where they visited the town and saw a reenactment of the Salem Witch Trials. “Valley, North, and Dow students were invited for the day trip,” senior information systems major Hannah Cherian said. “In the spirit of Halloween, we decided to go because a lot of media surrounds it. We thought it would be a good idea to bring students to this interesting location.” The bus full of students enjoyed the day’s many activities. Throughout the day, the group walked around Salem and went on ghost tours, which Cherian said gave insight to the history of the town. This was also the first trip for the FIG program, and is not anticipated be the last. First year students that wish to learn more about the FIG program or find out which FIG they belong to are encouraged to contact their Resident Assistant.

into one house of wizardly wicked students. This idea stemmed from their parent organization, NACURH. “The Harry Potter Leadership seminar was taken from NACURH and applied to college campuses,” Vega said. “Students will learn about themselves based off of the houses within the Harry Potter series. It’s very interesting and is a great way to build involvement.” Whether placed into Slytherin

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Greeley’s Ghost Resides in Marks Hall Jonathan Alvarez

Editor in Chief

Residing in Marks Hall, the Welcome Center aims to give prospective students an informative guide to the Pleasantville campus, although these tours may leave out information; such as Choate House was used as a sanitarium and presidential candidate Horace Greeley died within the walls of the sanitarium. Horace Greeley (February 3, 1811- November 29, 1872) was an influential American newspaper editor who founded the New York Tribune and also served as a reformer, politician, and outspoken opponent of slavery. However, the fall of 1872 proved to be tragic for Greeley, as he lost his wife Mary Greeley who passed away due to terminal illness weeks before the result of the presidential elections. Greeley ran for Presidency in 1872, but was defeated by Ulysses S. Grant. After his loss, Greeley fell ill and checked into Dr. Choate’s Sanitarium. Built in 1867, the Choate House was constructed by shoemaker Samuel Baker, and would later become the residence of Dr. George C.S. Choate. Later on, Dr. Choate added a wing to the house in order to be used as his private sanitarium for wealthy patients who suffered mental and nervous disorders. It is at this location where presidential candidate Horace Greeley would later check in to due to his illness. Greeley, who owned a farm in nearby Chappaqua, passed away at the sanitarium weeks after check-in. Later in 1896, Dr. Choate would pass away himself. The sanitarium stayed open for another decade. In 1909, Anne Hyde Choate, Dr. Choate’s widow, had a section of the original Choate House moved to it’s now present location. Mrs. Choate resided in the house, which was pulled and moved from the original lo-

cation inch by inch via teams of horses, till her death in 1926. The house would later have different private owners till it became the residence of Wayne C. Marks. An alumnus of the Pace College in New York City, Marks went on to present the residence as a gift to Pace, resulting in Pace open a branch in Westchester. Pace named this building Marks Hall. “It’s a fascinating part of history. We had a national figure die here,” Associate University Librarian Steven Feyl said. “We live in a very historical area. It may be a cliché, but if we don’t know where we come from, we don’t know where we are going in the future. We have come a long way from that small school that resided in just three buildings; this huge expansion with the master plan allows students to understand that they are also part of Pace history; which holds a great historical significance.” Although Greeley’s death in Choate House had been described in texts like Mount Pleasant by George Waterbury, Claudine Waterbury, Bert Rui and New Castle: Chappaqua and Millwood edited by Gray Williams; the exact location of his deathbed within the house remained unclear. However, in an article of The Sun dated November 30, 1872; the room in which Greeley passed away in is described as “a large one on the northwest of the first floor of Dr. Choate’s house.” A small layout of the room is included in the article which shows a large rectangular room housing a fireplace. Looking at Choate House, there are no large rooms located on the northwest side of the house. However, although no blueprints of the original Choate House were found, it can be inferred that Marks Hall use to be attached on the northwest side. As described in Opportunitas: A History of Pace University by Marilyn Weigold, Mrs. Choate “had the sizeable wing her husband constructed moved to its present location [Marks Hall].”

Based off observation, the south side of Choate seems to have old and complicated architecture, while the north side is smoother and appears to be renovated. This then explains the strange sightings in Marks Hall. “Many years ago, a security guard came up to me one time and said that he saw a mysterious figure on the third floor near where the fire escape is located. He went on to investigate, but no one was there,” said Mathematics professor Peter Knopf, whose office resides in Marks Hall. “The joke is that it is Horace Greeley’s ghost wondering the building.” Though the ghost stories haven’t been proven to be true, the legacy Horace Greeley has left remains to play a significant role in the history of Pace, especially with the 50 year anniversary of the Pleasantville campus. The New York Tribune building, which was home to the newspaper Greeley founded, is now One Pace Plaza and served as the home to the foundation of Pace University. Ironically, he died in the sanitarium portion of Choate House, a building that is now also part of the Pace University. “I think it is very fitting that there is interest in Horace Greeley at this time we are celebrating the 50 year anniversary at Pleasantville,” said history professor Marilyn Weigold, who wrote Opportunitas and served as the university historian. “Greeley was a great reformer and was a person who made a difference in his life time. Here at Pace, there has been an ongoing commitment on preparing students on becoming contributors to their communities in the future. For that reason, I’d like to think of him as a sort of role model for Pace students.” As of now, it seems that Horace Greeley spent his last days residing in what is now Marks Hall. There are two large rooms within Marks Hall that contain fireplaces; however the building has received renovations that make it difficult to determine the


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Depicting Horace Greeley on his death bed, the image showcases a fire place of what is beleived to be a room within Marks Hall . exact whereabouts of Greeley’s deathbed. According to the Sun article mentioned earlier, his last words include, “I know that my Redeemer liveth—it is done,” and

also “I died before I was born.” Regardless, students can pay a visit to the historical site and also try their chances with running into Greeley’s ghost.

Students Encourage Self-Exploration with Sister Susan Nadya Hall

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Sister Susan Becker led her second meditation session behind the first row of townhouses on Wed. Oct. 23. Ten residents came to join her and nestled themselves among small candles in the grass and a glowing fire pit. Students braved the drop-

ping temperatures by bundling in blankets and sweatshirts to hear Sister Susan Becker’s calming voice lead them deeper into their minds. Her soothing tone guided listeners through deep breathing and then onto a meditative state. Within this state, Becker directed the group to explore a space inside of themselves where they were most comfortable. She explained it was entirely unique

to the individual: shape, color, texture, and size were all determined by each participant as they discovered who they were on the inside. Next, she directed participants to recall their earliest memory and find a representation of that memory within their space. Again she asked them to dig into their memories, this time to consider an individual whom

influenced their lives positively. She then encouraged students to leave an important message for the individual. Each step of the journey brought participants through their thoughts, stressors, and hopes with intermittent periods of silence to be alone in thought. She spoke of a space within ourselves that holds our memories, good and bad, and the essence of

who we are. “Some call this space the soul, or spirit,” said Becker, who informed the group after they had ended the session. All students present agreed that another session should be held sometime in November to experience another one of Sister Susan Becker’s self-exploratory journeys and find relief from their everyday stressors.


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P4K Pushes Students to Dance and Save Lives Taylor Longenberger

News Editor

Pace will be hosting its first ever Pace 4 Kids (P4K) Dance Marathon to benefit the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. A small, ten-person committee of students and staff created the idea P4K. Caitlin Kirschbaum, Student Development and Campus Activities (SDCA) Coordinator, proposed the idea to benefit the Marie Fareri Children’s Hospital in order to aid the hospital’s goal to “make all children happy and healthy.” The hospital helps premature babies, newborns and teenagers in all units of the hosptial. “It’s the best worst place you could ever have to be,” Kirschbaum said. “I wish that no child would need to go there, but if they have a serious medical condition or emergency it is the best place for them to be.” The P4K committee initially wanted to help the hospital with the knowledge that Kirschbaum has personal ties to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. During Kirschbaum’s sophomore year at Pace her brother Chris suffered from an aneurism that lead to a medically induced coma. Chris had gone out shoveling and sledding one snowy day with his friends and when it began

to get dark they started to worry. Soon after he got home he was complaining of his head hurting and seeing double. “As soon as he started vomiting we knew that it wasn’t just a headache,” Kirschbaum said. “We knew it could be a concussion or worse. We called the ambulance to bring him to the hospital.” Upon concluding the severity of Chris’ condition, it became necessary for Chris to be transferred to he Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. “I remember the fear and shock in my mother.” Kirschbaum said, “All she kept asking was ‘Is he going to be ok?’ The nurses couldn’t say for sure but I knew as the oldest I had to step up and be there for her and for Chris.” The cause of the problem was a cerebral arteriovenous malformation (AVM), an abnormal connection of the arteries and veins in the brain. The doctors explained that he was the youngest case they had seen in the region, and due to the complexity, they had said he had a fifteen percent chance of living. Chris underwent eight hours of surgery with two different procedures, and remained in the hospital following the surgery for two months. Today Chris continues life because of the expert team of doctors and nurses at the Marie Fareri

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This is the first year for the P4K that will benefit the Marie Ferari Children’s Hospital. The theme for this year’s Dance Marathon will be NEON!

Children’s Hospital. His family members are extremely grateful that he is still here with them. P4K is just one way to give back. The organization was officially established at Pace last spring when faculty and student government members came together to discuss the idea. “There was a lot of excitement in the room,” Kirschbaum said. “We wanted to create a philanthropic unity event in the fall to correspond with the Relay for Life in the spring, that way students become more involved in seeing what Pace can come together to do for a good cause earlier in the year.” In its first year running, P4K has hosted pre-events that involve

students working to help make the lives of the children happier. During Pace Makes a Difference Day, construction paper stars were created by students to send to the Maria Fareri Children’s Hostpial for patients to color while their parents fill out paperwork upon arrival. “I’ve been to the hospital so many times,” SDCA marketing intern Briana Finelli said, “and every time you meet a child you realize this is why you are doing this.” The theme of the marathon will be neon and aims to involve people through dance to benefit the children at the Maria Fareri Hospital. There will be presentations

from children and families that have been touched by the hospital and many of these families will be participating. The speakers will explain their stories and why they are so grateful for the hospital’s help and support. “I want other people to know why we are doing this,” Finelli said, “that’s why after people see what this is all about I think they will really care and the event will become a staple for the Pace community.” The goal for the Pace community is to raise $20,000 to donate to the hospital. Teams or individuals can sign up to fundraise and get involved in the dance marathon which will be held on Nov. 22 & 23 in the Wilcox Gym.

Seeing Like a Woman in the Seidenberg School

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Now, what was once a job mainly done by men, has progressively incorporated more women into the field.

Taylor Longenberger

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The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems has seen a smaller percentage of women in the population of students than it has men. According to the Office of Student Assistance (OSA), it is still too early to determine the exact number of graduating males and females from the Seidenberg School. In general there are more males than females in the school, so the numbers are expected to

reflect that ratio for graduation. With technology as the fastest changing and biggest part of everyday life for many students, male and female, the Seidenberg School encourages students to hop on the train to learn more about the technology they use. Senior informations technology major Gina Pittore and senior information systems and quantitative business analysis major Hannah Cherian are two of the few female students that will be graduating from the school this spring. “When you think about it, technology is really the forefront of everything,” Pittore said. “Our

world revolves around it and I can go into virtually any market I want to.” Although technological jobs have been mainly performed by men, the field has progressively incorporated more and more women. “In fact, I once got asked by a male student on the first day of class ‘if I was intimidated that I was the only girl in the class,’” Cherian said. “At times it has felt a bit intimidating; solely on the fact that sometimes I have been the only girl in my class. But I also see it as rewarding because it sets me apart from the norm and although it may be challenging at

times, I take it on as a learning experience. I’ve had to work extra hard to prove to myself that I am just as capable of performing the same as the males in the classroom.” With many students thinking more with the times and the age of technology, the Seidenberg School has grown in size. The low number of students in the school gives the program a community-like feel as opposed to an impersonal institution. “…it is great to have the same people in most classes as we all support each other,” Cherian said. “In my four years of being a Seidenberg student, I have definitely been challenged but I am grateful to be in a school with wonderful professors who really are passionate about the study of information technology.” Through the Seidenberg School, there are many opportunities to become involved and advance in networking and research. Females that take advantage of these research opportunities and internships stand out. “I am currently part of the Undergraduate Research Program,” Cherian said. “I am working with Dr. Constance Knapp and our topic of research is Data Mining in Customer Analytics. I had the opportunity to take

Database Management with Dr. Knapp and we would discuss data mining and other techniques organizations use alongside predictive analytics, and we decided to do research together! This is a great program and I am definitely learning how to conduct research, something very different from outside the classroom and internships.” Internships and jobs in the technology field may seek females to enhance the diversity of their staff. Each company is different, but the experience of the Seidenberg School for males or females helps to prepare for the real world. “It is very unlikely to find females in this field so I do think that could have set me out from the other candidates. I feel like if anything as a female intern in technology, working with all men, you’re almost expected to prove yourself more,” Pittore said. “Ultimately when it comes down to being successful in an internship environment ignore gender and just work hard! It pays off, trust me. Two days ago VIACOM extended my internship into the spring! You never know what opportunities are going to present themselves if you apply yourself correctly!”

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My Day at Pace Alice Altshuler is one of the many students at Pace who is able to enjoy the college experience through the Successful Learning Center (SLC). SLC, according to its website, is a program that enables students with disabilities to meet and interact with other college students and become exposed to the collegiate environment. On Wednesdays, students in SLC come to Pace and spend time with other students through the Lunch Buddies program. It was through this program that the Chronicle’s Editor in Chief, Jonathan Alvarez, met Alice and learned of her future aspirations of becoming a journalist. When Jonathan promised to publish her writing in The Pace Chronicle, she immediately began typing away at a nearby computer and assured him she would have her article submitted the next day. Alice kept her word, and the following article is an in-depth account of her day at Pace. For more information on SLC or the Lunch Buddies program, stop by the Setter’s Lounge on Wednesdays or visit their website

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I have been at Pace in a program called the Successful Learning Center for about two months. I started in summer school and it has been a great experience for me and keeps getting better and better. I am gradually making friends here with the Pace students. They have lunch with us and I really enjoy hanging out with them. Today October 21st I played Connect Four with two students, Dominique and Danny. I beat both of them. When I played Connect Four today it made me think of my old school because I was thinking of an assistant who used to cheat playing games but I beat the Pace students fair and square. I think today was the most fun day I have had since I started coming here. I cant wait to spend a whole year here and looking forward to more fun days to come with more friends. I enjoy the classes and it is good to come here and hang out with fellow Pace students.

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Among Dow Hall: Residents share their ghostly tales Other Things Sara Moriarty

Opinion Editor

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 self-realizations… among other things. Sara Moriarty

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A few nights ago, a normal Wednesday night, I received a Facebook message from a boy whom I had only met once. This boy happened to be the boyfriend of a good friend of mine. I immediately found this strange. Usually, any Facebook messages I receive past 1 a.m. are from guys who are either friends with me or who are only looking for some kind of late night hook-up. My friend’s boyfriend’s messages to me started off with a funny reference from a story I had told him, to which I responded with the ever-so-overused “lol.” He then said “I’m drunk. Sara, let me tell you something.” Uh oh. I thought to myself. Should I even bother responding? Probably not. But I didn’t need to respond, because he messaged me again. “Ok,” he said. “Don’t tell my girlfriend.” Oh goodness… I thought to myself. Oh no… Stop messaging me… I feared the worst. “I’m very drunk,” the boy continued. This surely won’t end well now, I thought. “and.......... I love my girlfriend. SO much. She’s such a good girl. Really. A genuinely good person and such a good girlfriend.” I responded with something along the line of “omg the truest of loves how adorable!” “Seriously I love her a lot djalngan (I don’t know what that word was supposed to be) i just felt the need to tell someone lol it amplifies my love when i drunk” My fear of this boy attempting to cheat on my friend had completely subsided. Even in his intoxicated state, he was a completely faithful boyfriend, proclaiming his love through Facebook messages. These are the kinds of relationships people should be in-relationships where trust, faith, and love exist no matter what kind of state the couple is in past 1 a.m. Although I’m still not quite sure why I’m not allowed to tell his girlfriend. Oh well, she’ll know now. Cheers to a good relationship.

Enter Dow Hall and you’ll see a large fireplace and a grand staircase with paintings of an old woman—allegedly Mrs. Dow— seen on either side as you’re walking up to the second floor. Many Dow Hall residents and other Pace students have heard legends of Mrs. Dow and her hauntings. There was an alleged fire on the fourth floor in the early 1900s, and the people who died in the fire, including Dow herself, still haunt the old mansion. The fourth floor is off limits to students. Many don’t believe the legends, or at least don’t believe that hauntings still occur. “I don’t think Dow Hall is still haunted. Maybe shortly after the fire happened, but not anymore,” sophomore business major Mercedes Williams said. Several other students I spoke to did not believe that there are or ever were any spirits in Dow Hall. But I scoured Dow Hall searching for haunting accounts from students, and I found what I was looking for. The stories ranged from innocent, friendly spirits sightings to feelings of dark energy. “Acknowledge Mrs. Dow, and you’re safe. Say ‘hi’ and ‘bye,’” said senior biological psychology major Tyler Duncan as a word of advice to those living in Dow. Apparently Mrs. Dow doesn’t like it when people disrespect her. Junior communications major Cookie Cudoco shared her sister’s story. “When my sister was a freshman at Pace in about 2006 or 2007, she insulted the portrait of Mrs. Dow. She then fell down two steps in the main lobby. It was only two steps. She broke her ankle. She went to the hospital and the doctor said it looked like she fell down the whole flight of stairs. But it was only two steps,” said Cudoco, whose sister is convinced Mrs. Dow was the cause of the injury. There are more recent accounts of hauntings if that one doesn’t spook you. “Sometimes me and my roommate hear knocking on the outside facing walls,” freshman nursing major Tiphany Cruz said. The residents of the room believe it is spirits that knock on the walls. The knocking is just the first of several haunting occurrences in Cruz’s suite on the second floor of Dow Hall. “I was taking a shower. My soap case was on the corner of the shower. I turned around. It wasn’t there. It was on the back of the toilet seat. Mrs. Dow definitely moved it. She was probably just saying hey,” said Cruz, who doesn’t believe the spirits in her room are malicious. Cruz and her friends also

Photo by Sara Moriarty It is said that students who look into the eyes of the painting or make fun of Mrs. Dow will fall down the stairs and injure themselves. spoke of things such as closet doors randomly opening, and possible chairs moving. Her suitemate shared more haunting experiences. “The closed closet door would randomly open,” freshman nursing major Valerie Baltsevych said. I looked at the closet door, and it wasn’t in a position where any wind from the windows would cause it to open,” Baltsevych continued. “My boyfriend feels an energy every time he’s here. People come into my room and start to feel sick and lightheaded. I first just thought maybe all college dorms feel like this.” Once Baltsevych mentioned the light-headedness people allegedly feel in her room, I began to feel it too. The room felt heavy and my head did feel light. Perhaps there is some kind of pipe running through her wall that makes the room’s air a bit different than the rest of the building. And, I’m not sure I would have even noticed the difference in the room’s air and in my head unless it had been brought to my attention. But, after standing in the room with my friend, who also claimed that her head felt a bit light and the air heavy, I am con-

vinced a spirit exists there. Baltsevych had one more haunting account from the same shower where Cruz claimed her soap case moved. “In the shower, you will feel someone open the door, but no one is there,” said Baltsevych. It is notable to mention here that there is not one but two locked doors to get through to access the shower…it’s not an easy task to open both unnoticed. Another tale of haunting also came from the second floor of Dow Hall. “There were four or five of us, and we were sitting facing the door. It was cracked open. We saw a five or six foot dark figure, all black, walk by. Everything in Dow hall echoes. But there were no echoes, and there was no one outside. But me and a few other people saw it. I think it was something worse than Mrs. Dow, I think it was a dark spirit,” freshman criminal justice major Travis Rivera said. Sophomore information systems major Rich Gordon also claims to have had encounters with unfriendly spirits, but he may have provoked them. Remember when I mentioned the fourth floor is off limits? “I’ve had experiences where

it feels weird. Last year, I had an old picture from the fourth floor in my room. The picture was of an old lady with faces in the background. It would just fall on the ground. This happened about four or five times. No windows or doors were open or anything. It would just fall,” said Gordon, who also mentioned that the picture was not in a position where it could easily fall or be shaken by wind. Gordon went on to say he left the picture behind in his old room, for the next resident. He doesn’t know what became of it. He just didn’t want it anymore. A lesson from Gordon might be to refrain from disrupting spirits. “I think old buildings have spirits. I try not to piss off the spirits by leaving trash in the halls and things like that,” Cudoco said. After hearing all of these accounts of ghosts, and having a ghostly experience of my own, I believe that Dow Hall is full of spirits. But, haunted or not, residents of Dow Hall need to remember that we must respect the historic old building. It does not belong to us…. and the spirits might just remind you of that.


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Pace Students Speak About Promiscuous Halloween Costumes Sara Moriarty

Does Her Get-Up Get You Up?

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“I am so pro slutty Halloween costumes,” sophomore education major Jack Quinn said. But, of course, Quinn is biased. “I am a man and enjoy looking at slutty girls. [Halloween] gives them an excuse to be slutty for one night. It’s not a religious holiday, you don’t need to be classy.” “Slutty,” in this context, is defined as just looking provocative. People –especially girls- are notorious for taking Halloween as an opportunity for going out in little more than lingerie and bunny ears (reference the Halloween costume party scene in the Mean Girls movie for a quick overview). These very same girls may dress in jeans and a hoodie nearly every other day of the year. But Halloween is generally seen as a time to put on a façade of sex appeal… or perhaps take off the façade of conservatism and respect. The same can go for guys. At Pace, however, opinions on the matter differ. “It’s ok to be what you want to be, but you should still respect yourself no matter what day it is,” sophomore information systems major Rich Gordon said. Halloween is about pretending to be someone you wouldn’t normally be. It is often presumed that this “someone” needs to wear significantly less clothing. But the Halloween alter ego can still look just as respectable as your normal self. You can still have fun being covered. But, some still think it’s fun to show more skin than usual. “Be as revealing as you want, but put some effort into it. Be creative,” said sophomore exploring major Anabel Perez-Valdez on Halloween costumes. Creativity is, historically, an imperative part of Halloween. I am an advocate for making your own costumes or recycling your mother’s outlandish fashion choices from the 1980s. Halloween should entail a bit more than just running to Party City and picking up a “naughty nurse” or “sexy French maid” outfit. A costume should certainly be more than wearing black lingerie and throwing on some cat ears. At least take the effort to draw a pair of whiskers. Still, the fact is that society’s idea of Halloween for young adults is one of wearing next to nothing, and I cannot blame people for conforming to this trend.

Derek & CeCi Make A Sex Column Derek Kademian

Photo by Sara Moriarty “Wait make sure you can see my abs.” Halloween is considered by many to be an acceptable time to show more skin than usual. Addison Casey demonstrates this as a shirtless Cupid.

Photo from TheJaneDough. com The Halloween scene from the movie Mean Girls demonstrates the socially accepted provocative costumes versus a creative yet conservative costume. “Some guys will argue that there are costumes made to ‘liberate women.’ In actuality, men are making costumes to appeal to women and women buy into it,” sophomore Patrick Dooley said. There is something to this, but some will argue that women put more pressure on themselves to be noticed among a myriad of the scantily-clad at that evening’s Halloween party. “I like to show some skin on Halloween, but I don’t dress too inappropriately,” sophomore criminal justice major Mackenzie Ferguson said. “Girls like to be noticed.” The same goes for some men. Sophomore communications major Addison Casey claims to be putting effort into his costume this year. He is a man looking to be noticed. “I’m trying to do something with my shirt off, “ Casey said. “If you look at the history on my

iPad, you’ll see a search for sexy men costumes.” But, women and men often like to be noticed everyday- not just on a fun holiday. I have my hoodie-and-leggings days, sure, but for the most part I like to dress to look attractive, yet still covered appropriately. My take on everyday dressing does not change on Halloween. In other words, I wouldn’t be caught in a costume titled “sexy witch.” But, I also wouldn’t judge the girl in the “sexy witch” costume because it is easy to succumb to societal pressure to be that “sexy girl,” and is admittedly a great feeling to be noticed- even if it isn’t for the most innocent reason. Women and men should have fun, and at least consider wearing a bit more clothing than the “naughty nurse” costume entails, with a bit of effort and creativity thrown into their costume choices.

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We all have our own secret fantasies. Some people dream of a basic three-some while others wish to have their testicles chained up and strangled. With Halloween just around the corner, it may be possible for you to fulfill some of those fantasies. “Role playing spices things up and adds a new element to the regular old romp,” senior information technology major Matt Oelsner said. “Since everyone is already dressed up it’s not like people are going out of their way to do something a little kinky.” Halloween is no longer associated with acquiring candy from strangers and running around on a sugar high until parents cut off the supply. The custom of dressing up takes on a scandalous twist upon entering middle school and after that, the threads dwindle by the year. Come college, the highly anticipated holiday is focused on obtaining other types of booty, maybe from a slutty pirate or one of those German beer girls. Luckily for the lucid minds of the sexually intrigued, it is socially acceptable to get into character both on the streets and between the sheets. “People subconsciously choose their costumes based off of a fantasy that they want to live through,” junior finance major Donald Dudley said. “Guys like to dress up as strong and masculine

figures while girls pick the sluttier and more seductive costumes.” Even when engaging in a regular conversation, people tend to fully embrace their costumes. This does not necessarily mean that a French Maid will throw on an accent with the fishnets or that a Baby One More Time look-alike will refer to herself as Britney. However, the costumes do allow people to expose a little bit more of their subconscious sexuality. “I feel like people change out of their costumes at Pace,” Dudley said. “It’s rare that you see people in the houses staying in their costumes the entire night.” Although many may be slightly hesitant to carry out their sexual fantasies even on a night when it is deemed appropriate, others fully embrace their wild sides on any other ordinary day. “I’ve role played before and I like it,” senior business management major Ryan Crowe said. “She was a cheerleader for my high school’s football team, I was a wide receiver. One day after a game we both still had our uniforms on and we just went with it.” Whether you happen to spot your favorite, childhood superhero prancing around in barely-there shorts or a Lara Croft look alike bobbing for apples, consider making this night different from all the other nights.

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Real Setters Set Their Own Standards Cecilia Levine

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Teenaged girls in China assess the girth of their thighs with a tape measure to stay within the socially accepted confines of thinness, Mauritanian African women engage in overeating in hopes of packing on the pounds for their husbands and girls in India grow their hair out as long as it will continue to sprout from the roots. Females all over the world are experiencing the inescapable pressures of society to simply fit in. Here at Pace, it seems as though girls have established their own expectations of beauty and socially acceptable appearances to keep up with. “18-22 years old is the last phase before you come and adult,” senior marketing major Steve Druan said. “People are already outside of their comfort zone just by being in college in its own right, so it’s easier for them to fit in then try something out of their comfort zone.” The need to feel accepted at Pace is driven by a heightened sense of self-awareness for those struggling to define themselves before being thrown overboard into the waves of reality outside of college. Even though females are searching for their own iden-

tity, the social expectations tend to override the eccentricity that they are looking to achieve. “I didn’t start doing my hair and wearing make-up until I got to college,” applied psychology graduate Christina Rodriguez said. “In high school I never did my hair and never wore makeup but once I saw all these girls all dolled up I started to feel the need to step up my game a little bit.” The search for individuality has been surrendered to the push to conformity. Kessel has taken on the guise of a fashion show, where girls strut around in tight jeans and the pricey bags. “Girls in the same sorority all

From Left to Right: Photos provided by Taylor Watson, Marelina Ortiz, and Emily Wolfrum Many Pace students’ fashion sense is dime a dozen. These three girls are of the few who choose to rock their own looks. look similar,” said another anonThe pressures that peers put everyone is perfectly congruent ymous source. “Everyone in the on one another to present them- then there is no room for beauty. same cliques dress and act the selves in a certain manner are The need to feel accepted is oversame.” far greater than what the media whelming, especially at a school The individuality that people can achieve because of the real- this small. Apparently at Pace in are looking to achieve can be istic comparisons. Because ev- order to feel beautiful one must found only within the rights of eryone puts so much emphasis conform to the ideas of beauty their clique as a whole. When on appearance it is only natural provided by peers. The goal here polled, 75% of Pace students felt that those who do not share the is to be remembered, not overthat conformity to groups over- same values attempt to squeeze looked. Whoever said that being rules individuality of students. themselves into the cookie-cutter thin is the only way to be pretty is “I think that there is an ex- molds that have been predeter- a liar and the person that deemed pectation, but only that people mined for them. boots and scarves the only viable put on themselves,” senior com“You have Greeks, athletes, fall fashion is closed minded. munications major and criminal the bar girls and the stoners,” seBeing beautiful and feeljustice minor Brenna Crowe said. nior finance major and psychol- ing beautiful are two separate “I’m perfectly fine going to class ogy minor Mike Metesan said. schools of thought. Pace is one, in a sweatshirt and sweatpants “People are almost afraid to be prove it wrong. everyday with no makeup on but themselves.” some girls would never do that.” Imperfection is beautiful. If


Hudson Stage Company Brings 4000 Miles to Pace Derek Kademian

Entertainment Editor

The Hudson Stage Company, a group that performs out of Woodward Hall at the Briarcliff campus, will put on Amy Herzog’s play 4000 Miles this week. “We’re always looking for exciting new voices,” producer and professor Denise Bessette said. 4000 Miles is an off-Broadway play that follows Leo, played by Jacob Perkins, as he copes with the loss of his best friend on a cross-country bike trip. He then seeks his grandmother for comfort in New York City. 4000 Miles was a nominee for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was named Time Magazine’s #1 Play of 2012. The Hudson Stage Company consists of Bessette, Dan Foster, and Olivia Sklar. Even though, according to Bessette, they have been known to sell out numerous shows when they have a production, not many

students are aware of their presence. “We don’t really see many Pace students attending, but we offer a significant discount of $25 a ticket, which is really good for an off-Broadway play,” Bessettte said. Regardless of the lack of attention from the student body, Bessette is confident in the play’s success because of the level of talent. “I really like this role because it’s a great blend of comedy and tragedy so it allows me to stretch certain muscles and not be locked into one type,” 24-year-old Jacob Perkins said. Seeing as though Perkins is only 24, this might cause doubt in his experience, but Bessette insists that he is quite the professional. “I’ve done one film before but mainly I enjoy the stage, there’s just something about hearing the breathe of the audience when they react to certain actions, it’s

really exciting.” Perkins said. The talent doesn’t end there, Bessette herself has been a professional actress since 1978 and has extensive list of credentials of performing art schools so the stage is truly her home. The one thing Hudson Stage is unsure of is how long will Woodward Hall be their home. With the groundbreaking ceremony for the masterplan, Briarcliff campus may not be owned by Pace for much longer. “We aren’t sure how this is going to impact us but we are very eager to continue our presence at Pace no matter what,” Bessette said. 4000 Miles will be performed in Woodward Hall from Nov. first to 16. They offer a student discount of 25 dollars for Pace students, senior discount of 30 dollars and a general admission of 35 dollars. For more ticket information head to Hudsonstage. com

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12 Years A Slave Based on the true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. Steve McQueen. 2013. 133 m. R. USA. Fox Searchlight.

Photo by Samantha Finch Organizations compete in the third annual Step and Stroll Show in the Goldstein Athletic Center. Derek Kademian

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All is Lost Academy Award winner Robert Redford stars in this open-water thriller about one man’s battle for survival after his sailboat is destroyed at sea. Written and directed by Academy Award nominee J.C. Chandor (Margin Call), the film is a gripping, visceral and powerfully moving tribute to ingenuity and resilience. J.C. Chandor. 2013. 100 m. PG-13. USA. Roadside Attractions.

Last Thur. marked the third annual Step and Stroll event held by the Student Development and Campus Activities (SDCA) office. Hosted by the director of Greek Life, Robert Thomas, organizations strutted their stuff to see who had the best dancers on campus. For those who don’t know about step and stroll, the two are different forms of dancing. Stepping is an American dance form cultivated by African American fraternities that encompass rhythmic synchronized dancing, clapping and stepping, without music. Strolling, which African

American fraternities also created, is more focused on a routine built around a specific song and is typically done at parties in a line. What makes the competition so difficult is that the SDCA selects a dozen songs that aren’t usually danced to and are only given a week to practice them. For instance they chose top 40 tracks like “Roar” by Katy Perry and “Clarity” by Zedd, and a mystery song that they didn’t hear until the night of the event, forcing improvisation. “This year’s mystery song proved to be quite challenging because we selected “Boyfriends Back” by The Angels, which was a hit song 50 years ago, commemorating Pace’s 50th Anniversary,” Thomas said. Lambda Upsilon Lambda (LUL) Fraternity won first place

in the stroll competition and a 1,000-dollar prize, while Alpha Phi Alpha came in second winning 500 dollars. Alpha Phi Alpha also won first place in the step competition, winning an additional 1,000 dollars. “It feels amazing, it is the first time we have won since being established at Pace. We worked so hard on the routine and practice, so to see the work pay off it’s very rewarding,” senior communications major and President of LUL Jonathan Calixto said. The Step and Stroll show is the biggest in the Westchester County, attracting outside teams as well as organizations that aren’t usually associated with this style of dancing. “It’s typically a ‘cultural’ (I don’t like calling it that) fraternity event but any organization can

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compete,” Thomas said. This year barriers were broken with the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) organization competing for the first time. “Even though we didn’t win this year it doesn’t mean we can’t win in the future, so I really hope we compete again,” junior nursing major and President of the GSA Edwin Rodriguez said. Regardless of who won and lost, the event leaves a lasting impact on the Pace community. “The show is a great way for students to get their organizations name out there, it’s also an opportunity for their members to bond because creating a step or stroll performance is just like team building, it’s a project that everyone needs to work together for it to be successful,” Thomas said.

Enough Said Enough Said is a sharp, insightful comedy that humorously explores the mess that often comes with getting involved again. A single parent, Eva (Julia LouisDreyfus), is dreading her daughter’s impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) - a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), but this new friendship just may mean the end to her new romance. Nicole Holofcener. 2013. 93 m. PG13. USA. Fox Searchlight.

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American Horror Story: Coven A reflection of what’s hot in entertainment from the perspective of Pace student’s versus that of one eccentric writer Derek Kademian

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Spoilers Ahead – Ed. American Horror Story has returned for its third season with sequences even more gut wrenching than before, making it an American Disturbing Story to say the least. “I definitely think I was more disturbed than scared, but there was a few times that I jumped,” senior Criminal Justice major Stephanie Vargas said. The show’s format is treated as a mini-series, completely changing the plot and setting every season with the only connection being the title and the use of flashbacks. Previous seasons were set in the Hollywood hills plagued with murders throughout the 1900s until present day, and a corrupt insane asylum, two controversial topics that have been relevant in American culture. But this season they’re diving into the dark arts with a coven of witches. Led by Academy Award winning Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates, the coven is a struggling group of women, which is dwindling in numbers with every episode. Though the idea of conjuring demons and cutting throats may seem scary to some, others disagree. “As of now the first season is definitely the best one, it was more realistic because it was based on

actual events,” Vargas said. American Horror Story is known for making topics that aren’t usually regarded as ‘horrifying’ hold an essence of creepiness. Last week’s episode touched upon the topic of incest, a topic that made some students feel uneasy. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, it was disturbing, but American Horror Story is addicting so I just kept watching,” senior applied psychology major Alessandra Scalia said. Even if students aren’t necessarily jumping out of their seats from a fright, it doesn’t mean they can’t get scared in other ways. “I really enjoy the camera work this season, the angles describe the mood of the scenes well and it creates a sense of uneasiness,” senior media communications and visual arts major Lisa Musillo said. My Two Cents: Back in 1973 The Exorcist defined a generation of horror fanatics, making a head doing a 360 turn and a demonic voice coming from a little girl the scariest thing that anyone had come out with. In fact, at the time it was banned from a lot of theaters because people felt it endorsed the Devil. Nowadays it just isn’t making the cut. You need to add a sense of reality for people to grasp your message, whether its films like Paranormal Activity or Hostel, there’s this added feeling of reality. Creator Ryan Murphy is well aware of this fact. Every season he sneaks in topics that aren’t neces-

Photo from FX Network American Horror Story returns for its third season with it’s primary focus being the persecution of witches and black magic. sarily scary but definitely add edg- what topics Murphy will exploit actors but that doesn’t mean it’s a iness. In season one it was abor- this season. bad thing. The show is known for tions, bondage and murders, the From an esthetic stand point; its eeriness and they’re sticking second season was about bashing they aren’t going into uncharted with what they know. Catholicism and we’ve yet to see waters between similar tones and

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Monthly Award Allows Athletes to Shine

Photo from Cross Country runner Sara Digiovanna and Setters Football player Cameron Davis were recognized as Athletes of the Month for their accomplishments and dedication.

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The Athlete of the Month Award is something that has been around for a long time, and for years it has provided a platform for the very best athletes to be recognized for their talents, hard work, and endurance. For Pace athletes, this award allows athletes from any sport to gain some recognition for their excellence in a given month, even if it’s one of the less popular sports on campus.

That was the case for sophomore cross-country star Sara Digiovanna, who was the female Student-Athlete Advisory Commitee (SAAC) Athlete of the Month for September. Digiovanna was recognized after putting up some big numbers, including having one of the fastest times for any cross country runner in four years, with a time of 19:37 back on Sep. 14, when the cross country team competed at the Long Island University Post Invitational. “Being named athlete of the month was pretty exciting,” said

Digiovanna, who also posted a time of less than 19 minutes in two 5K runs. “Cross country isn’t a sport people really care or know much about so it was nice to see that my hard work wasn’t forgotten.” Another student that was recognized for the month of Sep. was junior wide receiver Cameron Davis, who had 22 receptions for 340 yards, resulting in three touchdowns for the Setters in their first four games of the season, while also posting career highs with 10 receptions for 133 yards and one touchdown in the

Sep- 28 game against Merrimack College. While this is a great opportunity for athletes to get recognized, it’s also good for students, faculty, and other athletes on different teams. “I think the ‘athlete of the month’ is a great idea because it gives people on campus and in other sports information on athletes that may not be on their team,” Digiovanna said. This award allows any athlete to be recognized, giving students the opportunity to learn about different athletes on campus as

they see their accomplishments. It can also promote a healthy rivalry between teammates, as junior marketing major Priscilla Modesto suggested. “As these athletes gain recognition for their accomplishments, it can also create some healthy competition between teammates, and push them to want to be the best they can be each week,” Modesto said. Students can vote for the athletes of the month by tweeting their picks to the Pace Athletics twitter account.

Swimming at Pace, From New Zealand Waters Natalia Alvarez Pagan Sports Editor


Swimmer Georgina Goulding, also known as “Georgie” is a fierce competitor with a passion for the environment. She’s always been someone that has enjoyed being outside, seeing as she enjoys competing in competitions such as the Tough Mudder race, which is a militaristic style competition involving plenty of obstacles and challenges. “My first Tough Mudder race was in August of this year” Goulding said. “I like doing them because they are a great challenge and give me something to train for that is fun.”

When she’s not testing her physical or mental strength, Goulding enjoys more peaceful activities such as skiing. Growing up in New Zealand, Goulding has grown to appreciate the beauty of nature, which has led her to the decision of majoring in Environmental Studies here at Pace. “I’ve always had an interest in the environment, so it was a good fit for me” said Goulding, who also has a minor in history. “Pace has a very good environmental program, so I knew that this is where I needed to be.” “At this point I would really like to do my MPA in non-profit management at Pace grad school, and then eventually I would love to work for World Wildlife Fund or Greenpeace” Goulding said. With an interest in the envi-

ronment around her, Goulding has seen the differences between New Zealand and New York, in her four years in America. “America is a lot larger population wise, New Zealand only has about 4.3 million people” said Goulding, who currently holds the Pace record for the 200-yard butterfly. ( “There are also a lot more options here in terms of education, employment and food. I actually love the food here; it’s not the same as back home.” Better educational opportunities are part of the reason why Goulding decided to come to America, with the other being her love of swimming. “The main reason I came here was because of the swimming program” said Goulding,

who learned to swim at the age of seven, while at the age of eight she began club swimming. “I looked at a few other schools but ultimately I felt like Pace was the best fit for me. I also wanted to be part of the Environmental Studies program here.” Goulding’s father has also helped her along the way, helping her get to where she is now. “My father is a huge inspiration to me” Goulding said. “I wouldn’t be swimming or at Pace for that matter if it wasn’t for his support and motivation.” Goulding and the rest of the women’s swimming and diving team can be seen on November 10th at their meet against Assumption and Le Moyne College.

Photo from PaceSetters Georgina Goulding not only is a fierce competitor, but also has a driving passion for the environment.

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SPORTS Pace Athletics Builds on Homecoming Tradition

Photo from Delaney Wallace (RB) scored two first half touchdowns, which earned him Homecoming MVP honors as the Setters lost to Assumption College 55-21 in the Northeast-10 Conference.

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new doors for the athletics department. “I think the athletics department will be the mainstay of the university once the facilities are complete,” Stabile said. Director Brown also feels that the master plan will lead to better results for the athletics department and Pace University as a whole. He also feels that there is room for more progress in regards to athletics. “There is always room for growth. I feel the campus consolidation will aid,” Brown said. “There’s room for improvement. Our students athletes need to be invested in the campus so that our campus can be invested the students.” Athletics will continue to look for more ways to improve the department in hopes to engage students further than they have done so before. “We’re constantly evaluating what we do as a department,” Brown said. “I think we’ve laid foundation for things to build upon.” Students can catch the Setter’s next football game on Saturday, Nov. 2 against Stonehill College, which will take place in Easton, MA. Live updates of the game can be found on the Pace Athletics website.

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Setters fell to Assumption College with a final score of 21-55 at last Saturday’s Homecoming game. Delaney Wallace (Moorestown, NJ) was able to score two touchdowns for the Setters in the first half, garnering the Homecoming MVP Honors, however Assumption ended up prevailing in the end. The Setters are now 0-8 overall and 0-7 in the NE-10. While Pace Setters did not win the homecoming football game, Pace Athletics commemorates the spirit of Homecoming and all the meanings it brings to Pace University. “I love Homecoming,” Director of Athletics Mark Brown said. “I love all the alumni events we have. It’s great to see old friends come and reunite. It may seem like the same thing, but we turn out 25 percent of our population.” Homecoming marks a yearly tradition at Pace University that showcases campus pride and engages the entire campus with multiple events and the big Homecoming football game. “We’re trying to build on the tradition,” Brown said. “Part of the reason I came here was to

help the university grow. It’s like my life’s work if you will. I’m motivated to help make some progress.” This past year, the athletics department has seen many changes and new additions. These changes include the hire of new coaches, new faculty, updated website and promotions, and the announcement of new sport teams for Pace (Women’s Lacrosse and Women’s Field Hockey). “I think over the last few years in particular, there have been a lot of wonderful accomplishments,” said Head Softball Coach Claudia Stabile, who has also become the newly appointed Associate Athletics Director for Student Success and Services this year. “I think [the new changes] are an indication to the commitment behind Pace Athletics.” Stabile believes homecoming serves not only as a celebration of students on campus, but also as a reconnection with the past. “It’s almost like an alumni day,” Stabile said. “There’s a lot of excitement. It gives us an opportunity for the old and new to come together and share our experience at Pace. Although times are different, a lot of it is the same.” Although traditions of the past continue with homecoming, the start of the master plan opens

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