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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Pace Celebrates 50 Years of Film with Festival Derek Kademian
The first Pace Film Festival was held this past weekend throughout campus in celebration of the 50 anniversary of the Pace Pleasantville campus. The eight-hour event spanned film culture starting in the 1960’s, and the selection of films varied for a wide range of audiences. Pace was given the land to build in Pleasantville in 1963 so to commemorate its 50 anniversary; Dean Susan Herman felt it was important to commemorate the historic anniversary. The festival started off with films like Mary Poppins (1964) and Lilies of the Field (1963), and ended with The Life of Pi (2012) and Jurassic Park (1993). “We chose films that were influential on culture and politics during their time...Lillies of the Fields was the first time an African American was able to play a lead role…Jurassic Park was the first time Computer Generated Images (CGI) were used,” Professor Corinne Sager said. Sager, who is in charge of the media communications masters course Special Topics in Media Communications: Corporate DeContinued on Page 9
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“Pace Celebrates 50 Years of Film with Festival”
Pictured above, a red carpet leads to Gottesman where a gala was held following the film festival.
Levesque Appointed to Assistant Dean for Community Standards and Compliance Taylor Longenberger News Editor
Debbie Levesque, the current Director of Housing and Residential Life, has recently been appointed as the new Assistant Dean for Community Standards and Compliance, effective Jan. 16, 2014.
Levesque has held a position at Pace for more than thirty years. She has held positions in admissions, as the Director of Housing and Residential life for the last 27 years, and will now hold the newly created university-wide position. In announcing Levesque’s change of position to the Residential Life Staff the Dean for Students, Dr. Lisa Bardill Mos-
caritolo, explained that Levesque has been a great asset to the division of student affairs. “She has made an impact on many students and staff while in this role and we know she will continue to do so in her new role,” Dean Bardill Moscaritolo said. As Assistant Dean for Community Standards and Compliance, Levesque will report to
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both Dean for Students for Pace Westchester Campuses, Bardill Moscaritolo, as well as the Dean for Students for the New York City Campus Marijo RusselO’Grady. “Marijo and I are thrilled that she will be transitioning to this role,” Dean Bardill Moscaritolo said. “We are confident in Debbie’s knowledge experience, and relationships on campus to help
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us develop community standards offices on both campuses. This will help us ensure that we are in compliance with certain state and federal laws.” Levesque is sad and excited to be changing positions but hopes that her new position will Continued on Page 2
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Pace is promoting the empowerment of women in traditionally male roles. Find out more about this intiative and how it benefits men and women alike.
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Students posed with Alpha Chi Rho’s very own Santa during common hour to raise money for Relay for Life.
Alpha Chi Rho Gives Back With Santa Wells Brown
The Alpha Chi Rho (AXP) Fraternity has given fundraising a holiday twist this year. The brothers have spent the past few weeks raising money for various non-profit organizations. Currently the organization being fundraised for is the American Cancer Society: Relay for Life. AXP supports various philanthropies such as the Autism Society of America, Habitat for Humanity, Children Voice Foundation and Feed the Children. They also participated in Relay for Life last year, where they raised $4,600 and were the top organization for fundraising at Pace. “We are hoping to raise at least $10,000 for the upcoming Relay
for Life this coming spring,” junior communications major, Vice President and Philanthropy Chair of Alpha Chi Rho Joseph Robinson said. “Not too long ago, some of our alumni mentioned taking pictures with Santa and emailing them to students.” AXP executed that plan on Wed. Dec. 4. During common hour they hosted “Pictures with Santa” in the Kessel Student Center for a second time that week. The brothers expected to have a good turn out and to raise a fair amount of donations. And with much surprise and excitement, students filled the surrounding area, donating to take a picture with Santa. “Well, Joe came up with the idea and I kind of volunteered myself to be Santa,” senior accounting major Richard Wilson said. “At first I was a little nervous, but we raised a good amount of money. It was a sur-
prising experience, I enjoyed it.” The students who were taking the pictures enjoyed it as well. “I did it for the cause. I’ve always have a soft spot for kids with cancer,” junior nursing major, Anasia Campbell said. “I enjoyed it; it was like reliving my childhood”. By the looks of it, organizations are bringing positive vibes to campus during the holidays. “Santa” says that it was a wonderful feeling, seeing different faces and their smiles. He also said this is a wonderful way to raise awareness and funds for charity. Alpha Chi Rho and “Santa” attended the annual Phi Sigma Sigma Holiday Bazaar that was held on December 8, 2013. The brothers were able to make $61 at the Bazaar, totaling in $119 in donations over the last week. Robinson says they plan on doing this fundraiser again next year.
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Phi Sigma Sigma’s Holiday Bazaar:
Bringing the Community Together Through Shopping
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The annual Phi Sig Holiday Bazaar provides students and the surrounding community with an opportunity to experience multiple vendors in one consolidated space.
Tamara Bonet Feature Editor
Holiday shopping has begun and students all over campus look for ways to get that special gift for their loved ones. One organization, Phi Sigma Sigma National Sorority hosted their annual Holiday Bazaar on December 8th just
in time to fill that need. “The bazaar is a tradition for our chapter,” senior accounting major and President of the Delta Omega Chapter, Courtney Dillon said. “One of our alumni created the event nine years ago and it’s one of our annual events.” But the bazaar isn’t what some may think it is. Though there are unique crafts, there are vendors for all types of individuals from candles to clothing, and even the famous “Jam Man.” Taking place on
a Sunday, Phi Sigma Sigma takes advantage of the community to involve them in a tradition they hold near and dear to their organization. “We do collect donations for the National Kidney Foundation, which is our national philanthropy,” Dillon said. The Special Events Committee of Phi Sigma Sigma began planning this holiday fun-filled event during the summer to make it what it was on Sunday. With a committee of eight sisters, Special Events
Chair, Maria Lane, was able to develop a strategy for this year’s event and a little more. “The event is not only open to the Pace community, but the neighboring towns as well,” sophomore biology major and Special Events Chair, Maria Lane said. “We go into the local community to advertise and it attracts a larger crowd, especially since it is holiday shopping.” By working with one of their alumni, also the creator of the event, Maria and her committee work with her to build their vendor list. Many vendors are recurring, like the Jam Man, but also other merchandise. The committee ensures that there is a variety to serve the needs of attendees by capping the number of vendors for each category, for example there may only be six individuals selling jewelry. But that’s not all. “A woman contacted me personally and her husband recently had a kidney donated and she really wanted to be here,” Lane said. “She sells hand-painted glass, so we really have a variety of unique vendors, in addition to their stories. The impact is overwhelming and you can really feel it when you speak to them.” Students who attended range from newcomers to alumni, each finding something unique for that special someone. It’s also an opportunity to purchase something
for yourself without breaking the bank, since many vendors discount their merchandise for students. “I’ve attended for the past three years,” senior education major, Charlie Link said. “I didn’t do any holiday shopping this year, but I did do some personal shopping.” Regardless of the type of shopping, it’s the impact Phi Sigma Sigma leaves for the campus and the people who benefit from it. The impact left on campus, the vendors, and community is what Lane hopes to be overwhelmingly strong. “I think it’s a great event that’s different and not only gets the campus involved, but the local community,” Link said. And the community is exactly who the member of Phi Sigma Sigma want to target. With the 10th Anniversary only a year away, there’s much to prepare, including expanding their evergrowing vendor list. Maria Lane expressed their interest in reaching out to other towns near Pace to invite next year. They plan on staying in their Wilcox location, but having a unique turnout next year. For more information about the Holiday Bazaar or to recommend a vendor, please contact Maria Lane at email@example.com.
ePortfolio Enhances Student Résumés Christopher D’Erasmo Featured Writer
ePortfolio is a website where students can upload all of their achievements, academic papers, and anything else that makes them stand out amongst thousands when looking for employment. However, more than a few might be wondering why would it be needed or why Pace even offers it. According to academic technology supervisor Samantha Egan, ePortfolio in unique in what it provides. “ePortfolio is important because it’s a place for students to gather their course work, co-curricular activities, and personal materials, all in one place,” Egan said. “The vast amount of data that the site can hold for you is far beyond what can be put on a resume.” Resumes, a piece that can make or break one’s career goals,
are limited to only one page, but that’s nothing ePortfolio cannot fix. It was created as an online database with the sole purpose of helping people stand out from an ever growing sea of competition. It does this by bringing the standard one page resume into the 21st century. On a personalized ePortfolio, users have the ability to download any assortment of material that defines who they are and why employers should chose them for the job. Lists of achievements, such as being an honors student or making the Dean’s list are simply one example. But listing accomplishments are not all that can be done; if a student chooses to create a video, they can embed that on their page. Also, awards in nonacademic regions are noteworthy to potential employers. Those who are or have once been an athlete are able to post their position and achievements online as well. Since employers look for candidates who work in a team, this may further boost their
opportunity. ePortfolio is by no means limited to anything. One could easily put down hobbies, community service, past jobs or internships, or anything else that they believe will make them stand out from the crowd. Unlike most other professional websites, users are able to completely customize their web page to fit their needs. If there isn’t a page for someone’s many interests, it’s easy to create a new one. There is also an option to delete or hide pages that don’t have any needed content. What makes this tool all the more interesting is that users are not limited to words like in a normal resume. There is the ability to embed photos, slideshows, and presentations that give depth to the user’s mission. There are quite a few ways to arranged external media to fit a variety of needs. And don’t forget that video; it could very well be one’s 30-second pitch. “ePortfolio is a great tool for student to have,” senior interna-
tional management and marketing major Diego Chalco said. “Due to increased competition in the job market, it is also a necessity.” With that in mind, ePortfolio is far more than an online portfolio. It is a valuable resource to help students stand out from competition and is available for Pace students, for free, for life. Today’s job market has a shortage of quality jobs and a surplus of candidates trying to obtain the same job. During a job fair, employers are bound to receive up to hundreds of resumes for the same position. According to the Huffington Post, employers spend an average of six seconds reviewing each resume until they move on to the next. Such levels of competition for job positions require candidates to do something that make them stand out from everyone else. ePortfolio is one of the best ways of doing just this. But even today, like many career building resources, ePortfolio continues to advance with technology and the needs of its users.
“There are new features that Mahara (ePortfolio) will be adding over the summer,” Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications Visual Arts Dr. Michelle Pulaski Behling said. “One of the new features will be the ability to have a skin or background for each page, allowing for a more customized look.” For those who wish to learn how to use ePortfolio, there are several ways to get assistance. “Workshops are held throughout the semester, usually in classes with an e-tern or by setting up an appointment,” Dr. Pulaski Behling said. “There are also online tutorials which are available on the Pace website.” Dr. Pulaski Behling went on to say that there is even an annual ePortfolio contest held on campus. To enter, simply log into ePortfolio and click the link provided. For more information on how to use ePortfolio or to set up an appointment, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Samantha Egan at email@example.com.
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News Levesque Appointed to Assistant Dean for Community Standards and Compliance Continued from Page 1 create greater opportunity for an even larger family. Although she has enjoyed her position as Director of Housing and Residential Life and the people that she has had the privilege of working with, she is glad that she will still be able to work with them in her new position. “Every hardship or great thing provides an opportunity,” Levesque said. “I have said many times that I have the best job in the world because I get to see so many people use the opportunities that present themselves in order to become better people and to create a larger family in residential life. I love working with students, parents, other Pace staff, and just getting to know everyone.” The new position of Assistant Dean for Community Standards and Compliance Levesque will be in charge of creating more of a college community in the beginning for both the New York City Campus and the Pleasantville Campus. Small businesses and community organizations are becoming a large part of Pace and this position will aid in the progress of further integration. “With Pace Pleasantville celebrating fifty years this year, it makes me think…I have seen what we have become in the last fifty years, and hope to see part of what the next fifty will be,” Levesque said. “I want to be able to leave us in the best shape we can be in. It has been a blessing to work with so many partners and to bring a community together to solidify everyone as a whole.” Levesque is very eager to continue working with residential life and be create more connections with both on campus and off campus communities. She is looking forward to remaining part of the family she has been a part of for the last 27 years “I love Residential Life so much, working with all of the students and staff has given me a million opportunities and has given me a wonderful experience,” Levesque said. “Working closely with both Deans will be a wonderful experience. They are two of the most selfless people that I have ever met.”
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Holiday Meditation Ends Semester With Self Finding Taylor Longenberger News Editor
Sister Susan Becker led a holiday meditation behind the first row of Townhouses on Dec. 3. The holiday meditation is now the third meditation session that Sister Susan has led at the Townhouses. Many students have attended each of the sessions and despite the weather conditions have enjoyed an experience of stress relieving self-finding. Sister Susan began the meditation by explaining how many students find great stress in the coming weeks due to the ending of the semester. She started by saying that by sitting aside just once in a while to get away from the stress and lift some of the worry away, one’s mind can be refreshed and one can experience a sense of rejuvenation. “With the holidays rolling in, many find that going home to be with family can be stressful as well. Taking time like this to be with yourself and know what it is that you want out of a situa-
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Students may look forward to more sessions with Sister Susan in the Spring semester and the incorporation of her guided experiences in some of the events as well.
tion can help relieve some of that stress,” Becker said. “I am very glad that we can have these sessions because, even though I meditate all the time, a group meditation has a different experience and having these sessions forces me to be able to have that experience.” The idea of “letting go of the stressors and having them float away” was one of the main things that Sister Susan’s meditation fo-
cused on. “The weight being lifted and the body being free” was how she described the experience of ridding the body of the stress that can be stored in the back, neck, and shoulders. Lifting this “weight of stress” off of the body provides one with a clearer mind and one that can be more prepared for finals and the holidays that are to come. Sister Susan was very grateful
for the students that came out to support the meditation and add to the experience, and whether the students were asked to be there or they came on their own accord, many of them enjoyed the experience. Students may look forward to more sessions with Sister Susan in the spring semester and the incorporation of her guided experiences in some of the events as well.
Initiative To Promote Women In Leadership
Photo from Examiner.com “Women and men alike shouldn’t have to fit a particular ‘gender leadership mold.’ I want our students to feel empowered to be themselves,” Carpenter said.
Taylor Longenberger News Editor
A new Women In Leadership Initiative is being created on campus. The goal for the initiative is to create a greater push for women to become more involved on campus and learn the importance of leadership. Kelsey Laro, Executive Vice President for Judicial Compliance, is involved in creating this campus wide student organization, which is focusing on the empowerment of women on campus. Rachel Carpenter, Director of Student Development and Campus Activities, is creating a link outside of this student organization that will be tied into the idea of promoting women in leadership. Carpenter has created ties with the Eileen Fischer Leadership Institute (EFLI), which is based in Irvington, and is an organization that promotes leadership in young women in middle school and high
school, through self-empowerment, connections with others, and activism within their community. EFLI has recently been interested in broadening their horizon to gaining partnerships with local colleges and universities in order to encourage leadership in college women as well. “I hope that college women today can grow to be confident in their own unique styles of management and leadership,” Carpenter said. “We are developing students who will be working in an increasingly interconnected world. We cannot escape the importance of how we relate to others in the workplace. I want all of our students to graduate with strong interpersonal skills.” Pace hosted an interactive discussion exploring Pace’s leadership climate for women, which included female faculty, staff, and some of the students. One of the goals was to determine the desired actions or outcomes that would promote women leadership on campus. Results that can be found from discussions like this one can
show what will help in guiding the direction of future participants and partnerships between EFLI and Pace. Overall knowing what the students, staff, and EFLI want out of the program will provide a better base to creating an organization. Carpenter explains the roles of men and women and how they do not need to fit into a specific role tag, but instead feel empowered to do something for themselves and for others. “In fields that may be more representative of male perspectives, I want our female students to feel empowered to use their natural feminine leadership abilities, Carpenter said. “Women and men alike shouldn’t have to fit a particular ‘gender leadership mold’. I want our students to feel empowered to be themselves or at least be educated to discuss the topic of feminine/masculine leadership. Only by understanding ourselves, can we begin to communicate what we need (as women) to succeed.” The idea of creating more in-
volvement on campus is definitely an underlying idea in the creation of the organization, but it is not just that general. The idea that there are already very strong and powerful women leaders on campus, whether they are faculty and staff or students, creates the urge for them to come together and discuss and mentor each other. People working together have greater opportunities for advancement. The idea of creating a group of these women that can easily be there to help one another as well as any other person that may find interest in gaining experience in leadership is why the organization hopes for great success. “I would like to create a task force of women on campus to plan programming, host discussions, partner with the community, and explore topics that are relevant to women, feminine leadership, empowerment, and mentoring. While all genders require this kind of nurturing, I feel it is especially important NOT to water down this kind of discussion so it is relative to everyone,” Carpenter said. “I don’t want to alienate anyone, as men are welcome and encouraged to join these conversations, but I would like to see us focus on specific areas within leadership and empowerment.” The collaboration with EFLI and the campus organization is still in the developmental stage. The hope is that it will soon be up and running. The aim is to provide students with the opportunity to benefit themselves and others through the knowledge of leadership and promoting the campus as a whole with involvement.
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Among Other Things
College is about finding ourselves, and learning from any and all experiences. Here, I’ll examine the implications behind anything and everythingfrom classes to relationships, from Twitter selfies to self-realizations… among other things.
Catholic School Bonds Are Like No Other Sara Moriarty Opinion Editor
I have sisters. They’re not biological. I’m not in a sorority. For years, every morning, we said our prayers before the homeroom teacher scanned the class to check attendance and skirt lengths. We complained about homework, going to class or Mass on an empty stomach, and having to change out of our Uggs. Every afternoon, we congratulated and complimented each other on good test scores or well-done art projects, all the while dreading the short walk from lunch to religion class. I’m talking about Catholic school, and I’m not sure anything could compare to or replace the immediate bond I have with anyone who went through Catholic schooling, especially those who went to my high school, Academy of Our Lady of Good Counsel in White Plains. I speak with a bias, of course, because I never went to public school growing up. I wouldn’t change this fact. Now, I go to Pace, which has no religious affiliation. I remain close friends with several of my Good Counsel girls, and I am always happy to see any of my old schoolmates. I go back to visit my high school from time to time, offering college advice to any girl who seeks it and, of course, joking with old friends and teachers about the days spent in high school. I still feel at home on that White Plains campus, and the sense of community and welcoming atmosphere is something that I hope never changes. This sense of community goes beyond my campus, though. The Catholic School bond is a special one, which reaches farther than your particular school and classmates. Anyone who went to Catholic school understands “the struggle” of getting detentions for wearing the wrong socks, having to memorize stories in the Bible, wearing a uniform, high academic expectations, volunteering, and so much more. I can talk to someone who went to Catholic school (whether it was coed, all-boy or all-girl) for hours, comparing experiences and forming friendships based on that understanding of how unique our educations were. I’m thankful I went to Catholic school, and especially thankful I went to Good Counsel. Those girls are talented, successful, understanding, and are always there for each other even if they haven’t spoken or weren’t the closest.
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Power in Numbers: Staying Safe at Parties Sara Moriarty Opinion Editor
As the semester draws to a close, some Pace students will be making plans to party next semester, or perhaps planning one more night hanging with friends on campus to celebrate the end of finals and the end of the semester. But this partying calls for precautionary measures. The Pace guest policy states that guests should be with their host at all times. Common sense should also make this clear, especially when there is alcohol involved. The Pace guest policy states “Residents assume all responsibility for the actions of their guests and must accompany them at all times. This means your guests are not permitted to wander the residence halls or areas of your Townhouse without you; nor may they remain in your room, unaccompanied, when you
are elsewhere.” Allegedly, fights have broken out in the townhouses involving guests who were apparently not under the control of or not with their host. The easy solution to this problem is to follow the guest policy and stay with your friend at all times. Granted, staying with your guest might not be the easiest thing to accomplish at parties or even just hangout sessions. The guest policy, I assume, is made to prevent people from getting themselves and others into dangerous shenanigans. But the idea of sticking with your friend is not exclusive to guests who aren’t Pace residents. All students who choose to go out should plan beforehand and should have a “buddy.” As corny as it sounds, the “buddy system” is a very good thing. I spoke to non-resident sophomore criminal justice major Mackie Ferguson, and she agreed completely. Ferguson, as
an occasional guest in residence halls, complies with the guest policy. But Ferguson and I also have policies of our own to add. “The buddy system is important. Keep your phone on you at all times,” Ferguson said. This advice of keeping your phone on you sounds pretty simple, especially for men. But women’s fashion does not always allow for being able to keep your phone on you at a party where it might even be inconvenient to carry a purse. I know from experience that women’s jeans don’t always have pockets (a fact that irks me to no end, but I’ll save that rant for another time). I have been to parties with my one pair of jeans that does have pockets, and inevitably some of my pocket-less skinny-jean and bootyshort clad friends will ask me to hold their cell phones while they dance. My answer is always “no.” I won’t hold anyone’s cell phone.
Keep your phone on you at all times, and make sure any guest you have or friend you are with has a phone and a way to contact you should you get separated. This brings me to the next point, and the main point of the Pace guest policy. Always know where your friend is. Easier said then done, sure. But that’s what cell phones are for. Have a safe meet up place, and open communication. If you, a friend or guest is planning on having more than a few drinks, let it be known. Have some sort of plan of action and talk about it with your friends beforehand. “Have a friend of sound mind at all times,” Ferguson said. These people are the ones who will help fend off/rescue their other friends from any mishaps that may occur. Above all, try not to wander off alone, and try to prevent your friends from doing so.
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Gift Giving Is Stressful, But It Shouldn’t Be
Photo from BGVllage.com Holiday shopping can be very stressful for college students who lack shopping money.
Sara Moriarty Opinion Editor
“I love Christmas. But it is stressful,” sophomore biology major Sandra Gomes said. Some students share this sentiment. The commercialism of the season gets to students, and, at least among students I spoke to, the pressure of finding gifts for family and friends seems to be the main cause of stress during the season (not counting finals that end a few days before
Christmas). But please keep in mind that Christmas is not about gifts. Giving should not be a stressful aspect of the season. Finals should probably be where the December stress lies. Still, holiday giving seems to cause a bit of anxiety. “I have no money. Being so broke all the time, it’s stressful deciding what presents to buy, and having to pick and choose what people to buy for,” Gomes said. I concur with Gomes. I never have any idea what to buy and for whom. Instead of going to the mall or perusing Amazon.com,
another option is to save some money and make presents. But making presents might not be any easier than buying… especially when the present is expected to be something homemade and heartfelt. That requires more effort and creativity, or perhaps baking skills (which I lack). For a few years, I will openly admit, I’ve resorted to running down the street to Walgreens around December 22 to buy fuzzy socks and lip-gloss for everyone (except my youngest brother, who is happy with a snow globe or even a dog toy). Don’t judge me harshly,
though. Who doesn’t love fuzzy socks? And my brother really does appreciate a good dog toy, but I suppose you’d have to live in my house to understand that one. I’m not the worst, either. At least I shopped a few days before Christmas. Last year, my other brother rode his skateboard to CVS on Christmas Eve at 8pm to pick up a gift for me and for our parents. The gift was two bottles of shampoo and a chocolate bar. The family was quite happy with that. I may or may not have also taken up the art of re-gifting over the years as well. My goal this year is to stop the last-minute shopping madness and think about what I can do that will really make my family and friends happy and appreciative. It’s already December 7, though, so maybe I should start on this plan soon. So, don’t stress about gift giving; you are probably better at it then my brothers and I are. Personally, I refuse to shop on Black Friday, or even think about gifts until December starts. “Shopping is stressful. I hate Black Friday with a passionpeople are vultures,” sophomore criminal justice major and Black Friday retail worker Mackie Ferguson said. The shopping experience really doesn’t sound that joyous. But sophomore business major Sharon Veliyathu reminded me of the joys of Christmas. “I love seeing my family, and having my cousins over. I love decorating the tree, and the Christmas party with the whole family is a lot of fun,” Veliyathu said. Veliyathu focuses on the good aspects of Christmas. She doesn’t face financial stress during Christmas time. “We do Secret Santa in my
family. This way, we only have to buy a few gifts, so I don’t face financial stress,” Veliyathu said. This would be one of the reasons Secret Santa remains popular between family and friend groups. Only having to buy/create one or two presents instead of seven is surely a good thing. But, in my opinion, this almost makes Christmas shopping more difficult. Last year I got my roommate as my Secret Santa person, and I couldn’t keep it a secret so I blatantly told her I would be getting her something. For people like me who have trouble keeping secrets from their best friends or the people they live with, Secret Santa might not be the best option. Again, Christmas is not about gifts, and students should not stress over what to buy. But for those of you who still will stress over gift giving, I’ll give you some of my advice for this year (which may or may not involve late-night convenience store runs.) When in doubt, get your boyfriend or guy friend a nice novelty t-shirt. Guys (and girls) seem to appreciate those. Personally, one of my brothers enjoys a good t-shirt very much, so I’m giving him a Pace Chronicle shirt, which I received for free. But the money doesn’t matter; this kid really appreciated t-shirts and will just be happy I got him something. Don’t know what to get your mom? Frame a picture. Find an old picture of you and your siblings, and maybe take a new one, and make a nice 8 by 10 print in a classy frame for her new office. Moms seem to love photos of their kids. Don’t know what to get your best friends? Sorry, can’t help you there. I’m still trying to figure out what my friends would like.
Health & Beauty Young, Broke, and Fabulous Holiday Shopping on a Budget Catharine Conway
Health & Beauty Editor
With the struggles that come with financial aide and student loans, students may find it hard to arrive home with an armful of presents for the family during the holidays. But fear no more, for there are solutions that any student can use to fit their lifestyle. To avoid impulse buys and extra add-ons, shop online! There, students can find extra coupons that make purchases even lighter on the wallet. Also, prices may decrease with time, so staying updated as the deadline of the holidays gets closer is recommended. Use Social Media! Twitter and Facebook are the perfect places to find the right deals at the right time. Certain businesses may give special coupons to customers just for finding them in special areas on the Internet. Ever use Groupon? There, students can find limited time coupons that could land them with the best gift for that special someone. Create DIY presents! Make set of coasters with Instagram pictures, paint a camera strap for Mom’s favorite camera, or even put studs on the annoying sister’s iPhone case. Make homemade cards instead of shopping at Hallmark for the family to save money. However, the best gift students can give when they are home is time. Do extra chores around the house, visit the grandparents more than once, and help cook the holiday meal alongside the family. While students are away at school, all parents want is to spend time with their kids. Holidays are the time for family, friends, love and laughter. For college students, any gift is the perfect gift because it came from the heart.
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Journey Through the Healthy Holiday Dinner Catharine Conway
Health & Beauty Editor
Holidays can come with a multitude of stressors – family drama, depression, and a large array of demands for shopping, baking, cleaning, and entertaining. One of the more common things brought by the holidays is over-eating unhealthy foods made
by loving mothers welcoming their loved ones home. However, those delicious goodies can leave unwanted baggage when students arrive back to school. Want to stay away from the calories upon calories that partner with the jolly and cheer? Follow along the journey through the holidays to enjoy the time at home while keeping the waistline unchanged.
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1 (14 oz.) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk, divided 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips 2 tbsp. unsweetened dark cocoa powder 1/4 tsp. instant coffee granules 1 tsp. vanilla extract, divided 3/4 cup peanut butter chips 1 tbsp. peanut butter 1/4 cup salted, dry-roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
Photo from MyRecipes.com Preparation: 1. Line an 8-in. square baking dish with wax paper. Place 9 tbsp. milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Add chocolate chips, cocoa, and coffee. Microwave at HIGH for 1 min. or until melted. Stir in 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Spread into prepared pan. 2. Combine the remaining milk, peanut butter chips, and peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH for 1 min. or until melted. Stir in remaining 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Spread evenly over chocolate layer, and sprinkle with peanuts. Cover and chill 2 hours. Cut into 25 squares.
Preparation: 1. Cook bacon in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings in pan. Crumble bacon; set aside. 2. Add Brussels sprouts to the bacon drippings in pan; sauté 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir in cooked pasta; cover mixture, and keep warm. 3. Combine milk, flour, and broth, stirring well with a whisk. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Gradually add milk mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk until well blended. Cook for 6 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly. Stir in 1/4 cup cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Pour sauce over pasta mixture, tossing to coat. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese, nuts, bacon, and pepper; serve immediately.
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Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Fudge •
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1/2 cup (4 oz.) soft goat cheese 1/2 cup (4 oz.) fat-free cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup (2 oz.) grated fresh Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup finely chopped seeded tomato 2 tbsp. thinly sliced green Continued from Page 1 onions 2 tbsp. chopped fresh sage 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 16 jalapeño peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded (about 1 1/2 lbs.) Cooking spray 2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
Preparation: 1. Prepare grill to medium-high heat. 2. Combine first 7 ingredients in a bowl, stirring well. Spoon about 2 teaspoons cheese mixture into each pepper half. Place pepper halves, cheese side up, on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Grill peppers 5 minutes or until bottoms of peppers are charred and cheese mixture is lightly browned. Carefully place peppers on a serving platter. Sprinkle with cilantro.
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12 oz. uncooked penne (tubeshaped pasta) 3 cups trimmed, halved Brussels sprouts (about 1 lb.) 1/4 tsp. salt 2 bacon slices 1 cup 1% low-fat milk 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour 1 (14-oz.) can fat-free, lesssodium chicken broth 1 tbsp. butter 3/4 cup (3 oz.) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided 1 tbsp. chopped hazelnuts, toasted 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Smoothie of the week:
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Health & Beauty Editor
Ingredients: 1/2 cup pumpkin puree 1/2 very ripe medium-sized banana (preferably frozen) 3/4 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt (ex. Oikos 0% fat Greek vanilla yogurt) 1 tbsp. honey 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract 1 cup crushed ice
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Combine ingredients in a blender or Vita-Mix container. Cover tightly. Blend until smooth and ice is completely crushed. Good for two servings. Per 8-10 ounce serving: Calories 167, Calories from Fat 5, Total Fat 0.7g, Cholesterol 2mg, Sodium 74mg, Carbohydrate 34g, Fiber 3.1g, Protein 6.6g Photo from HealthfulPursuit.com
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Pace Celebrates 50 Years of Film with Festival Continued from Page 1 sign, was the one responsible for picking the films and arranging the event. Some films like Willy Wonka (1971) and Mary Poppins were picked so that they could reach a more youthful demographic, to attract people from Pleasantville who might have children to come to the event. This was one of the highlighted objectives to the Film Festival: to bring in people not only from inside the Pace community but from the local area as well. “50 percent of the students at Pace are commuters, so we thought it would be a good way
to get them to come and spend time on campus,” Sager said. Local residents found themselves at the event through advertisements featured on their local patch websites, a social media campaign, and advertising in local businesses. “If we bring enough people in this year, it might be easier to get people to return…if we do it again,” Dyson master’s program student, Katharine Spina said. Future plans for an annual film festival are still in the works, but if they go accordingly, Pace will host a festival that primarily focuses on student made films. Courses like Producing the Documentary and other production courses could use it
as an outlet for screening their films to friends and family. “There’s a lot of work that would have to be done because you’d have to set up a call for entries, deadlines, who would be judging it…,you’d also have to figure out a way to bring in more people, possibly bringing in celebrities,” Sager said. This year’s festival included work from a graduate film course that presented their film at the Red Carpet Gala that concluded the event. The gala offered the screening of the film, a buffet, and networking opportunities in which students could relax and enjoy the event with friends and family.
Photo by Taylor Longenberger Sophomore Taylor Longenberger adapts several different impressionism and pop art techniques.
Artist Spotlight: Taylor Longenberger Derek Kademian
Most people stop painting after their childhood days of watercolors and finger paints, but sophomore Taylor Longenberger is embracing it. The English and communications major and art minor has been painting and expressing herself through various mediums since as far back as she can remember. Longenberger started by playing the violin in high school and danced competitively for 15 years. “I started dancing when I was three and I danced up until I was 18, but here I’m just not interested in the style that the dance team performs, I actually taught tap dancing classes for about 4 years,” Longenberger said. Ever since her departure from dance she’s needed a new outlet for her self-expression. “I didn’t start taking art classes until I was a junior in high school, I really regretted not taking more because I enjoyed it more than anything else,” Longenberger said. Ever since she took her Painting One course last year, it’s inspired her to pursue earning a minor in Art. “I love painting and if I can receive academic acknowledge-
Photos from PaceMCAV Instagram Students gather in Gottesman room for the red carpet gala as a part of the Pace Film Festival.
ment for it, I figured why not?” Longenberger said. She looks to legends like Renoir and Vincent Van Gogh for inspiration. “A lot of my work is like his, he doesn’t like to blend colors as much and you can see the brush strokes he makes, which I like,” Longenberger said. When she’s home on breaks, she cam frequently be found at a coffee shop where she’s been getting a bit of attention from people passing by. “I’ll be painting there sometimes and then I’ll turn around and there will be a bunch of little kids standing there watching me paint, it’s kinda strange but it’s also really adorable,” said Longenberger, amidst laughter. According to her, it’s actually brought in a bit of business; people will be walking by and will approach her about painting something for them. “I can make anything between $50-100 for a piece, I think I could ask for more but I’m unsure,” Longenberger said. From time to time, she posts different paintings on social media sites like Facebook and people inquire about the pieces and offer money, bringing in more revenue. Whether or not one may appreciate painting, Taylor’s style, which switches between impressionist and pop art, leaves room for anybody to enjoy.
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WPAW Hosts Eighth Annual Open Mic
Farrah Lopez 405 Manville Road, Pleasantville
Philomena Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith about Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn’t allow for any sort of inquiry into the son’s whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England, Lee meets Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son. Stephen Frears. 2013. 94 m. R. UK. The Weinstein Company.
Dallas Buyers Club Matthew McConaughey delivers a critically-acclaimed performance as a Texas cowboy who discovers that he is HIV-positive and has a month to live. Unwilling to give up, he takes matters into his own hands, but this means joining forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts. Their shared struggle for dignity and acceptance is a uniquely American story of the transformative power of resilience in the early days of the AIDS crisis.
Pace University’s WPAW radio station held their seventh semi-annual open mic night, on Thur., Dec. 5 at the Briarcliff campus. The open mic night included nine scheduled performances with anticipated drop-ins, free food catered by Vianna, and a 25 dollars gift card giveaway trivia game via Twitter. The Pace Perk at Briarcliff was set up with tables, purple and white decorations, and a DJ. The event was meant to showcase and promote talent in the Pace community and locally, filled with bands, slam poetry, singers and comedians. Some, like Cornell Craig, Director of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs, made reappearances. Craig, who attends every year, performed two poems. One of the poems was directed at students and focused on being an authentic, unique individual. The other poem was about the Ohio River or “River Jordan,” and he connected it to his experience in Ohio, where he grew up, and Cincinnati, where he has a house, along with a historical racial segregation and slavery context. His second poem paid homage to Nelson Mandela, who passed
Photo by Danielle Huebner WPAW’s open mic nights features Pace students performing in Briarcliff’s Pace Perk Cafe. away earlier in the day. But along with the serious performances were those who specialized in humor. Senior media and communications major Michael Rossi also performs at every open mic night. Found pacing in shirt and tie, waiting for his time, he took the open mic night as an opportunity to practice his stand up as a comedian. “I want to pursue open mic as a career. Best thing to do is to pursue it at a college,” Rossi said. “I’ll get up in front of people and overcome nerves until I have a nice flow and make sure that I am not being repetitive and talking about the same subject.”
After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America. Alexander Payne. 2013. 110 m. R. USA. Paramount Pictures.
ticipating. Villavicencio has attended the open mic night every semester since she was a freshman. In her experience, open mic night has been WPAW’s greatest event of the semester and many students look forward to it. As a graduating senior, Villavicencio feels it will be a difficult departure from WPAW and the Pace community. “WPAW has been a big part of my college life and I will definitely miss this,” Villavicencio said. WPAW plans to have another open mic night in the spring semester to continue the tradition and celebrate budding talent on campus.
Tamara Bonet Feature Editor (Fall 2013)
Jean-Marc Vallee. 2013. 117 m. R. USA. Focus Features.
There were some local bands that performed different styles, ranging from Saw Mill, an acoustic guitar and singing act, to Ourselves, a heavily amplified alternative rock band. The event usually has about 150 people in attendance, according to Judy Acosta, president of WPAW and biology and psychology double major. But this open mic night had a fewer number of attendees than previous years. Amanda Villavicencio, senior vice president of WPAW and media and communications major, suspects that other events or a busy finals schedule could deter some from coming out and par-
During my time at Pace, I spent much of my time looking for something different, yet productive. I found myself involved heavily in my major, but never the newspaper. For one reason or another, I wasn’t sure what it would lead me to. But this time, it was different. I never understood why I didn’t contact staff members of the then Paw Print. At the time journalism was my major and I knew I needed clips (articles) for my portfolio. After starting my own blog a few years back,
I got back into the habit of writing, resulting in my creativity to surface. So since then, I blog every so often, allowing me to build my own portfolio, if you will. But flash forwarding to today, I’ve grown into a different person and I can thank my experience with The Pace Chronicle for that. Being a senior is already stressful since many of are in the process of searching for full time employment (or at least should be). For me, it’s a little different. Throughout my time at Pace, I went the extra mile to make the
most of the very generous lump sum of money used towards my education. After joining the Chronicle staff, I allowed myself to meet amazing individuals, learn the ins and outs of campus life, getting down to the nitty-gritty. And if it weren’t for an awesome staff, including my guest writers, I wouldn’t have been able to pull off all that I have. There’s nothing like texting a fellow student to pick up a story because you want to encourage them to strive just the way you did, in a way that will benefit their college career later on. Enthusiasm. Dedication. Drive. These are three words that describe who I am when it comes to my interests. Obviously I love to write and I’m pretty darn dedicated to the trade, approaching it with enthusiasm, and being driven to go the distance. Working with such a dedicated staff has enabled me to really understand my style and continue to grow as, not only an individual, but a professional. (We have to learn it from somewhere, right?) But enough is enough and
let’s get down to it. Take advantage of all the opportunities that Pace has to offer. It may seem silly, but it has really changed my view on life, especially on campus. And even though I joined the staff rather late in the game, I’ve learned so much about myself since September that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. Core values that some take for granted are revisited when you take part in an activity that you are passionate about or just have an interest in, for whatever reason. Being a senior isn’t easy, but it’s even harder when you’re thrown into the world mid-year when employers really aren’t looking to hire. Fortunately, that hasn’t stopped me. Yes, it’s a little emotional, but at the end of the day, it’s an accomplishment that I’m proud of and can say I did something great and now I plan to use it for the greater good. For the lack of a better phrase, I’ll be “Controlling the Spin” sooner than I anticipated. Beautifully yours, Tamara D. Bonet
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Photo from Stockton Photo Inc. Setter Jonathan Merceus is pictured above from the game on Nov. 26 against Southern Connecticut State.
Pace Basketball Teams Lose Close Games Natalia Alvarez Pagan Sports Editor
It’s been a tough season so far for both basketball teams at Pace, as both teams suffered close losses on Sat., Dec. 7. The men’s team saw their record drop to 2-6 as they lost a tough game against Le Moyne, in which they lost in double overtime by a score of 87-79. Le Moyne
improved its record to 5-3. The Setters took off towards the end of the second half, as they had an 11-4 run at the 9:16 mark to take a 56-54 lead. But with both teams unable to capitalize on opportunities late in the game, the game went into overtime with the score knotted at 67-67. Ultimately it was Le Moyne that came out on top. But in the end it was a game that Coach Kennedy believes can be used “to build on”,
despite it being a “heartbreaking loss.” Looking over to the women’s team, their game was also a close lose, as Le Moyne won by a score of 54-50. The Setters now fall to 0-8, while Le Moyne improved its record to 7-1. Junior forward Lovisa Hagberg, one of the new additions to the team this year, stated that it was another tough loss for the Setters in a game that they should have won.
“We played fairly well but fell short in the end and made some bad decisions on offense and defense which let Le Moyne come back in the game and win,” said Hagberg, who scored five points in her first game of the season, as she had been sidelined by an ACL tear on her knee. The Setters had the lead going into the final minutes of the game, but the Dolphins went 4-for-4 on the line in order to take the lead and win the game.
Still without a win, Hagberg believes that the team needs to “make individual corrections” while also playing at a more “focused and mature” level in order to be unstoppable team they believe they can be. The next game for both teams will be on Tue., Dec. 10, as they take on American Int’l on the road. The next home game for the women’s team is on Sat., Dec. 14 at 1 p.m.
Volleyball Season Ends In Disappointment Natalia Alvarez Pagan Sports Editor
The Pace Volleyball team finished their season on Nov. 15 with a loss to Merrimack College, ending their season with a record of 4-26. With high hopes set at the beginning of the season, the Setters look at this end with disappointment and a bit of shock. “Honestly, this was completely unexpected,” freshman business major Miki Carver said. “We all had such high expectations individually so to end the season like this, completely shocked us.” Head Coach Karrin Moore expressed a desire to have finished the season with more wins, but chooses to look at the bright side of things stating that she was “happy with how hard the girls worked on and off the court.” and that “our record doesn’t show the work ev-
eryone put in.” Looking at the team roster, it can be seen that all the players on the team this season where either freshman or sophomores, and one can’t help but wonder if that ended up being a factor. “It’s hard to say if having upper class men would have helped our season or not, but having more girls playing in positions they were used to would have been more helpful,” Moore said. Carver sees things a bit differently, saying that the team’s youthfulness was “definitely something to be taken into consideration.” “We really came from all over the place, so we didn’t have as much time to really build that team chemistry,” Carver said. But now with one year under their belts, the Setters look to the spring as a time where, according to Coach Moore, they can work to “refine their individual skills and learn to work well as a team.” The Setters will also look to new recruits, such as Sydney Leck-
er from Chatfield High School, to join the returning players in order to bring more talent and versatility to the team. Lecker was signed to a nation-
al letter of intent for the 2014-15 academic year and is someone that Coach Moore believes will “be a solid player who will help us offensively from day one.”
For now, the Setters will continue to build team chemistry, while honing their skills as they wait for the 2014 season.
Photo from PaceSettersAthletics.com Pace’s Women’s Volleyball team finished their 2013 season with a record of 4-26.
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From The Pool And Beyond, Swimmer Looks To Help All Jonathan Alvarez Editor in Chief
For some, it can be hard sometimes to know exactly what to do in life, especially at a young age. But once figured out, it can turn out to be something quite special. Swimmer Adam James can relate to this. At a young age, James has already accomplished much, having joined the U.S. Coast Guard Academy back in 2011. “I always wanted to serve,” said James, who took a break from school his sophomore year in order to train in New Jersey. “I think that we live in a country with many opportunities and I just wanted to do something to give back, and I think that serving my country is the least I could do.” With his father having been a police officer, and both of his grandfather’s having served in World War II, James’ family played an influence on his decision to join the Coast Guard. “Both my grandparents served this country and I want to be able to do the same,” James said. “I really look up to both my dad and my mom, and all of them serve as my influences.” The Coast Guard has provided James with the opportunity to serve his country, among other things. “One of the things that I enjoy about being a part of the Coast Guard is all the opportunities that I have had so far,” said James, who has been stationed in California, and is currently stationed in New Haven. “I’ve got-
ten to meet a lot of people that I otherwise would have never had the chance to meet. I also find that being a part of the Coast Guard, it’s a lot more structured than college. People have a lot of respect for one another and it has really helped me prepare for the real world.” But the real world can get quite stressful at times, having to juggle different things at once, but James has been able to manage, as he is a student athlete studying criminal justice, while also helping others. “It can be very hard balancing everything, I have school and swimming and then on the weekends I work, so I really don’t get a break,” James said. “Come Dec. 13 it’s going to be two years since I joined the Coast Guard and I’ve learned to balance both lifestyles. But I have no regrets, it’s worth the sacrifice.” One of the sacrifices that James has had to make since joining the Coast Guard is giving up his peace of mind. Seeing that he could be called upon at any time, he has to be ready for any situation. “That is certainly always in the back of my mind, the fact that at any second I might have to leave can certainly be daunting,” James said. “However, it’s a commitment, and you have to be ready at all times. I’ve gotten used to it, and there are certainly many benefits that come with the job, so it’s worth it. I chose to be here.” Aside from being a member of the Coast Guard, James has also been working as a lifeguard for the past six years at his hometown of Plainville, Connecticut. “I’ve always been around the
water, so becoming a lifeguard was kind of just a natural progression,” James said. “I really like helping people and being a supervisor now I get to really help out my colleagues and just be able to respond to anything that might happen.” From the waters of Plainville to the waters at Pace, James brings that selfless attitude wherever he goes, something that teammate Timothy Izzo has noticed during his two years as a Setter. “Adam has been a wonderful team mate,” Izzo said. “He has shown great leadership and dedication to the team. He is seen as a role model by all of us considering all he has achieved at such a young age. Before Pace I personally had no swim experience and Adam was always there to lend a word of encouragement or show me how to properly do something to help me achieve my best in the pool.” With all that he does, James plans on carrying that selfless attitude into his profession, as he hopes to take the skills that he has learned from his years of lifeguarding, as well as being on the Coast Guard into the world of police work. “I really want to go into police work,” James said. “I want to start off as a cop, like my dad, because you have to start somewhere. But I want to eventually work my way up to be a detective.” For all that he does, James has always had a passion for swimming, an activity that he has been doing for the past decade. “You kind of see this water theme going on with all the things I have done,” said James
Photo courtesy of Adam James Setters swimmer Ada James joined the U.S. Coast Guard Academy back in 2011. jokingly. “It’s interesting because I struggled through swimming when I was younger. But in the seventh grade I started swimming in school and it just felt right. I love being around the water, I love fishing so it just seemed like a natural fit for me.” Not only does James enjoy being in the water, but he also enjoys the bond that being on a team brings. “Being on a team forms in you this sense of brotherhood, you know that you can count on these guys no matter what,” James said. Being a senior, James’ time at Pace is dwindling down, but he sees bright things ahead for the Pace swimming team. “I think that our team is very
exciting, they’re always breaking some sort of a record,” said James, who obtained himself two season best times for both the 100 with a time of 50.50, and in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:49.72 at the Northeast-10 Conference Championship last season. With the last few years of experience under his belt, from the Coast Guard to his swimming days at Pace, James gets ready for the next chapter of his life, feeling confident and prepared. “I wouldn’t change a minute of the experiences I’ve had at Pace and working with the Coast Guard,” James said. “I’ve felt like everything that I have done has helped me get ready for the real world.”