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Pace University, Pleasantville/Briarcliff Manor, NY
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Pace Model UN Team Receives Excellence Awards
Photo from Pace Model United Nations Model United Nations is a class and club designed to simulate the United Nations.
Taylor Longenberger News Editor
The Model United Nations Pleasantville team participated in the Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference held in Atlanta the weekend of Fri. Nov. 22 to Sun. Nov. 24. The Southern Regional Model United Nations (SRMUN) Conference’s theme for this year was “Beyond 2015: Reshaping the Millennium Development
Goals for an Empowered Future.” This theme covered a wide range of topics including the advancement and implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention treatment strategies, securing free, equal and cooperative access to freshwater resources, and examining the impact of terrorism on the economic growth of developing nations. The Pleasantville Model United Nations (MUN) team represented the Kingdom of Spain and the Kingdom of Jordan. While over a thousand other
colleges attended the conference, the Pleasantville MUN team was involved in the three daylong debate offered at the conference. Students that participate on the team most commonly are part of the MUN course. The United Nations class is a threecredit course, which prepares the students for debates and international issues. Many of the students involved in the conferences, as well as the club, have taken the course. The MUN club allows students that have previously taken the course to
participate in the club in order to continue in the program, and also serves as an opportunity for students that plan on taking the course in the future. “Because of the nature of the class many of the students are already aware of international issues. That being said it is not imperative to success in this class,” said Professor Paul M. Londrigan, the advisor for the Pleasantville MUN team. “After all, this is university class and as such is designed to educate students, essentially as long as the
student has a desire to learn and succeed anyone can participate.” Throughout the class, students are prepared for the conference through mock debates, learning the rules and procedures of the conference, researching and writing on the team’s assigned country and the position that it holds on national issues, practicing negotiating tactics Continued on Page 3
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Zeta Phi Beta Educates Pace Community About Diabetes Tamara Bonet Feature Editor
There are several life threatening diseases that the public is educated on, but one in particular touches close to home for a few students. The Gamma Upsilon chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority hosted Sugar Rush, a diabetes
awareness event to educate their fellow peers on the effects of sultry indulgences. November is American Diabetes Month, serving as a time to grab the attention of others before the holidays. “Sugar Rush was an event that was created to inform others about our sugar intake and how we can balance or lesson it,” senior marketing and advertising
major Winifred Tyson said. With the intent of having an interactive discussion, Zeta Phi Beta came up with the idea of structuring the event as if it were an AA meeting. Attendees went around the room introducing themselves and confessed their guilty pleasures that stood strong in sugar and sweets. After everyone was introduced, they watched an informative video
on sugar consumption, and were able to see how much sugar was in their favorite foods and how much they should take in “Our goal was to educate the Pace community on how much sugar they consume,” Tyson said. Diabetes plays another part in Zeta Phi Beta’s event as it is its chapter’s philanthropy. “One of my sisters has a sibling who has been diagnosed
with Juvenile Diabetes,” Tyson said, “and it’s a cause near and dear to her heart.” Juvenile Diabetes, also known as Type 1 Diabetes, is di-
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Photo provided by Winnie Tyson Isamar Pion stopped by Zeta Phi Beta’s Juvenile Diabetes tabling and showed her support for the Juvenile Diabetes Walk.
Zeta Phi Beta Educates Pace Community About Diabetes Continued from page 1 agnosed in children and young adults, when their bodies do not produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes, also known as hyperglycemia, is when blood glucose (sugar) levels rise. Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes, according the American Diabetes Association. But one cannot forget that diabetes is a growing disease, and individuals are being diagnosed every day with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. One diabetic student mentioned that she’s thrilled that
organizations are taking a stance on the topic and bringing awareness to it. However, she did mention that the university should do more by encouraging Chartwells to make dining a little easier by providing for diabetics with nutrition facts at each food station. “Little things like this can help the diabetic community feel more supported and healthy while on campus,” one diabetic student, whose name is disclosed for privacy concerns, said. She went on to say that it’s disappointing that diabetes isn’t being talked about on campus, especially since the numbers are growing in families across the nation. Fortunately, Zeta Phi Beta is making that change by
bringing awareness to the disease. Earlier this month, Zeta Phi Beta had a tabling event to promote awareness for the Juvenile Diabetes walk. The organization has taken the initiative to bring awareness of the disease to campus through their efforts, and there is more to come. Tyson spoke about others she is close with who have diabetes. Although it isn’t Juvenile Diabetes, she does have a heavy family history of diabetes on both sides. She went on to say that it’s an issue that is not talked about a lot, making it even more important to educate the university community on.
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Setter Spotlight: Jennifer Crespo Where Smarts and Selflessness Meet
Photo Provided by Jennifer Crespo Jen Crespo is what residents call a maternal figure, but is also someone who does her job to ensure residents are growing as individuals.
Tamara Bonet Feature Editor
Some individuals go off to college, graduate, and leave until it’s time for a reunion. Well, this wasn’t the case for one resident director who has been a part of
Pace since 2002 “Momma Jen”, more commonly known as Jen Crespo, serves as the maternal figure of North Hall, although her main role is RD. RDs come in an array of personalities, some a little rough around the edges while others are disguised as nurturing,
parental figures for the students from both near and far. Nevertheless, Momma Jen takes on the latter. “A lot of my residents last year called me [Momma Jen] because they felt I provided them with a sense of love and care that a mother would,” masters in mental health counseling student Crespo said. But like any other adult, she made sure that each resident was also treated like an adult and not a child. Doing this provided a boundary and sense of respect, fostering rapport with residents, and teaching them life skills and discipline when needed. Fortunately, discipline and respect isn’t the only thing Crespo provides her residents; she also does a little work in the kitchen. “I learned how to cook eight years ago, the summer of my junior year of college,” Crespo said. “I love to cook everything now, and once you perfect certain staple items, following any recipe comes so easy. Now I add my own twist to old recipes.” Chicken Parmesan was the first thing Crespo learned how to make and she says it’s something she loves to cook. She also dabbles with other recipes. “I feel like everyone loves when she cooks,” junior information systems major Patrick Prescott said. “I remember coming back from class and the lobby and stairway would smell like food. The smell alone can put a smile on your face.” Not only does Crespo cook
for her staff and residents, but she has also participated in culinary competitions. At this year’s homecoming celebration, Jen won the Chili Cook-off with a dish that guests kept coming back for. She also won Nu Zeta Phi Sorority’s Cake-Walk competition with a homemade chocolate cake with Oreos (in the batter, not on top) and homemade Oreo buttercream icing. Aside from being a motherfigure to the North Hall community, she is also the type of person who does what she loves, professionally. During her time at Pace, Crespo took on the world of applied psychology, and graduated from Pace in 2006. Crespo has been a Pace student for nine years, four of which were as an undergraduate and five were as a graduate student. To some, this may appear as a lengthy amount of time, but working full time and getting an education was something Crespo knew she had to do. “I’ve been a Resident Director for two years, and before that I was a full time Pace employee in Westchester and New York for five years in Special Events,” Crespo said. Now, Crespo has a few other things up her sleeve. Aside from her academics, Crespo has an amour for France and its culture. After seeing the Eiffel Tower on TV at the mere age of five, she says she “fell in love” and told her mom that’s where she wanted to go. During high school and college, she studied French (a total of eight years) and went to
visit France in high school. After falling in love with the country, she had the opportunity of studying abroad in Paris, France. “I studied abroad in 2005 and I lived there all summer,” Crespo said. “It was the best experience of my life. I even dreamt in French before I left.” That is only one element of Crespo’s past. The others, she chooses not to bring into the present. “If you know me, then you know a lot about me, but there are two things not everyone knows,” Crespo said. “I was a Tomboy from ages 11-15. I would only wear men’s clothing and sneakers from Structure (which is now male Express). Another thing would be that I have never played a sport in my life, however I do love watching football.” Crespo is an avid Jets fan, Putting all things aside, this is really about is her impact on the Pace community. Since Crespo is the RD of North Hall, it’s only right to recognize her for her accomplishments. “I think she [Jen] is an invaluable resource to her residence,” Prescott said. “She especially makes the freshman feel welcome and included in day-to-day activities.” Prescott says he’s one of many students who probably feels the same way about ‘Momma Jen’. He went on to say that Crespo is a great role model and she has truly not done herself justice.
Pace Model UN Team Receives Excellence Awards
Continued from page 1 through role playing, as well as making practice speeches. Pace Pleasantville received an Honorable Delegation for the Kingdom of Jordan and a Distinguished Delegation for the Kingdom of Spain. The awards received show excellence in representing the assigned countries in debate, leadership, compromise, and problem solving throughout the conference. Both of the delegations of the Kingdoms represented also were awarded “The amount of growth that students experience at these conferences cannot be quantified,” Londrigan said. “So many new ideas, so many new things learned about oneself and others.”
Pace New York City (NYC) attended a similar conference in Washington DC in October. The team from NYC is run very similarly to the Pleasantville team in that MUN is a course that students are able to take. The course allows students on both campuses to become engaged in the international world through learning about the issues of today. “Participation in Model United Nations provides a student with knowledge about the world, research and writing skills, public speaking confidence and policymaking savvy,” NYC MUN advisor Professor Matthew Bolton said. “These skills are transferable to many professions, whether in public service, the private sector, or advocacy and activism.” Bolton lead his students in the conference receiving some of the highest awards for their delegations. The teams repre-
sented the Argentine Republic, the Kingdom of Denmark, and the Republic of Kenya. Some of the topics discussed at the Washington DC conference included supporting entrepreneurship, promoting maternal health in developing countries, prevention of an arms race in outer space, achieving sustainable energy for all, and enhancing international cooperation on the implementation of counter terrorism. The importance of knowing about the issues of the world as well as how they affect people shows the impact of programs like the MUN. “Some of the most pressing threats to our lives and livelihoods are global in scope- climate change, transnational terrorism and organized crime, economic inequality,” Bolton said. “They affect us whether we understand them or not. But if we can grapple with their causes and meaning we can engage in
actively seeking solutions, rather than be passive and be buffeted by change.” Bolton and the students that participated for the NYC team described how important they felt it was to be involved in such a program as the MUN one here at Pace. “We have students from all majors and schools taking MUN. MUN is great for everyone because it teaches you to think and be concise,” one of the team leaders for the NYC team Kelsey Rebecca Mcghee said. “It teaches you research skills, public speaking skills, teamwork skills, and most importantly it teaches you a lot about how you work as a person. It has taught me that I am a team player, who doesn’t necessarily enjoy being in front of a crowd but works great one on one.” The importance of reading the news and educating oneself about the issues of today is one
of the greatest reasons for the MUN course and conferences that are held. “It is important to educate yourself about what is going on in the world from another perspective because it will help you develop an understanding of how others think, behave, and act,” said Jacqueline Keller, one of the team leaders for the NYC team. “Educating yourself everyday could be as easy as opening the New York Times international section or briefing yourself on the news from foreign news sources.” Students that are interested in becoming part of the MUN and discovering more about the world through a course that will lead one to expressing ideas and issues of many countries around the world can contact either Professor Paul Londringan for the Pleasantville campus or Professor Matthew Bolton for the NYC campus.
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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 column gives in-depth accounts of her days at Pace. For more information on SLC or the Lunch Buddies program, stop by the Setter’s Lounge on Wednesdays or visit their website www.successfullearningcenter.com.
People Who Come and Go Alice Altshuler Featured Writer
In my life, I have had so many people come and go. Whenever I meet a new person who I really like, I am afraid to get close to them because I feel like they may end up leaving me. I have had that happen to me a lot in the past year. It really makes me sad, and I don’t like how that happens. Have you ever felt the same way? Have you ever had someone you like ever leave you before? If you have, you understand how I feel. Whenever I meet someone, I am afraid to get too close because I don’t want to end up hurt and become really sad. That’s the way I feel this week. You just have to learn to deal with it, and that’s how life goes on. However, the people I met here at Pace University are really special to me. I am really happy I get to know them, and they aren’t leaving me which makes me feel really good. And, I am happy to be writing in the Pace Chronicle.
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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 everything- from classes to relationships, from Twitter selfies to self-realizations… among other things.
To Selfie or Not to Selfie... Sara Moriarty Opinion Editor
“Her? I unfollowed her. She takes too many selfies,” my 16 year old cousin said other day, in regards to a mutual friend’s Instagram account. “She does, but she’ll keep posting similar pictures of herself every day. She gets a lot of likes and comments,” I responded. Opinions on today’s selfie culture differ, and there are technically no right or wrong answers to the selfie questions. How many selfies are too many? When is the appropriate time to take a selfie? Is there a line to altering your face with Instagram filters? These are not yes-or-no questions. Selfie is the Oxford Dictionary word of the year. According to oxforddictionaries.com, a selfie is “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website: occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself everyday isn’t necessary.” The example of word usage made me laugh. I happen to agree with it. A selfie every single day is in bad taste. That’s why my cousin and I sometimes go through our Instagram accounts together and judge people based on how many selfies they take per week and on the quality of said selfies. This judgment, however, does not make us any better than the excessive selfie-posters. In fact, it makes us hypocrites. I am guilty of partaking in the occasional “Selfie-Sunday” for no reason other than the fact that it’s Sunday and my makeup looks good. I have absolutely no authority to judge others on what they post and how often when I have the option to simply unfollow them on my Instagram account or, better yet, just not use Instagram so much. Still, I judge. Often, when others or I post a selfie, it is not for any special reason. Often, people are just bored and perhaps looking for an excuse to procrastinate their homework for a little bit longer. Instead of doing anything meaningful or productive, they watch the “likes”
and comments roll in. I am guilty of this; the selfie-post is a very easy way to procrastinate and temporarily raise self-esteem. But, the selfie is ultimately futile. That isn’t the real me on the screen, I’ll think to myself after posting a selfie on a lazy Sunday. The front-facing camera makes my skin look clear, as does the Instagram filter. The filter makes my eyes look brighter and my jewelry sparkle. Do the people liking my photo actually like me in real life? If I saw them in person on that same Sunday, would they compliment my makeup, or is that interaction saved for the internet and the internet only? This is my problem with casual selfies and for selfies posted too often (which, in my opinion, is more than two posts a month.) Selfies are simply a distraction from real communication with people. They are a fast way to raise self-esteem for a matter of minutes, only to feel the need to post another selfie soon in a vain attempt to get more “likes” and false recognition of physical beauty. This cannot substitute for true self-confidence. Interaction between humans is undoubtedly altered by social media on the internet. This is an issue that can be discussed much further. But for now, I’ll keep the discussion to the selfie. A selfie is fine for the occasional life-update or for a fun event or trip. But a selfie every day seems more like a cry for attention. A “hey! Look at me! Acknowledge my existence, even if I haven’t talked to you or seen you in years! #Nofilter because I’m naturally pretty!” This is wrong, at least in my opinion. The excessive selfie promotes self-centeredness. Photo filters and other tools promote the clear skin and sparkling eyes that are simply unattainable in real life. Even a #nofilter photo can be falsified as the front camera on iPhones, in my opinion, are low quality and grainy which serves to make my skin look clearer than it would on another camera So, put down the camera and look around at something besides your digital newsfeed, maybe compliment someone’s makeup in person instead of online.
Photo from Center for Community Action and Research Facebook Page Students pose after volunteering to help paint a school during Make a Difference Day last year, one of many volunteer opportunities at Pace.
Volunteering: Give Back and Gain Experience Sara Moriarty Opinion Editor
It’s that time of year againthe holiday season. Whether it is through volunteering or giving spare change to Salvation Army Santas, it is a time to give back to our communities and be thankful for all that we have. But being thankful and giving back should be a year round occurrence. Thankfully, Pace offers many volunteer opportunities almost every month. The Center for Community Action and Research at Dyson College (CCAR) is available to Pace students to provide opportunities to students to volunteer in a variety of places. “People should volunteer because it opens their eyes to new experiences and opportunities,” program coordinator for CCAR Caitlin Kelly said. “Volunteering gives you a chance to develop new skills that you might not get in class or in internships. Volunteering allows you to get involved in the community and give back.” On top of that, Kelly also made sure to mention that volunteering is fun and a fantastic way to meet new people, whether the volunteering is hands on or advocacy based. “There’s a lot of different ways to get involved. We [CCAR] do a lot of civic engagement, and we get students together to discuss issues,” Kelly said. I have volunteered at Pace and outside of Pace, and I can vouch for all of Kelly’s points.
Volunteering has provided me with ways to practice working with many different types of people. This is something that I’m sure will help with any career I choose to go into. But, the most important aspect of volunteering is the fact that the community is being helped in some way. I actually regret not partaking in more volunteer opportunities in my few semesters here at Pace. It feels really nice to spend a Sunday helping others instead of the usual lazy Sunday wallowing in homework and a hangover (not that I ever have hangovers, but I’ve heard this is how many people spend their Sundays). Volunteering is a lot more productive than spending the entire day sleeping. It’s something to look into, and I plan on spending more weekend days working for others next semester instead of napping or planning my next night out. CCAR has events throughout the semester, many of which occur for part of the day on Saturdays, with transportation provided. Weekday volunteering also is held by CCAR. For example, the Student Learning Center Lunch Buddies program happens during 12 AM- 1 PM on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Pace students who participate in the Lunch Buddy Program sit with Successful Learning Center students during lunch, providing friendship and social interaction. CCAR also helps individual students and organizations at Pace connect to community partners.
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“We help students find commitments. We meet with students and help set up arrangements, such as working with Pets Alive,” Kelly said. For a completely “immersing experience” in volunteering, students may want to consider taking part in Alternative Spring Break. This year, seven to eight students from the Pace Pleasantville Campus will spend Monday through Thursday of spring break in the Rockaways to assist with Sandy recovery. According to Kelly, there is still much work to be done before the Rockaways are fully recovered from Superstorm Sandy. The trip, free of cost for students, will allow students to work hands-on with recovery alongside students from the Pace New York campus and other activists. Interested students should contact Caitlin Kelly. The selection process and information sessions begin in February. There are also a few awards to look into if you or someone you know is very involved in volunteering, such as Project Pericles and the Jefferson Award. Sometimes volunteering can be just as reenergizing as that midday nap. If interested in volunteering or in applying for Alternative Spring Break, contact Caitlin Kelly, Program Coordinator of CCAR Pleasantville. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, follow CCARPLV on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and their blog found at ccar.blogs.pace.edu for updates on volunteer opportunities.
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The Problem with Keeping ‘the Holidays’ PC
Carlos Villamayor Copy Editor
The other day I was walking up to my room when I saw the Grinch’s mischievous face staring at me from a poster for the upcoming ‘Holiday Party.’ At the time, I only shook my head. That certainly was not the first time I have encountered political correctness (or PC) as the winter holidays approach. I noticed it during the first winter I spent in the United States; signs, cards, and professors would emphasize “Happy Holidays” over “Merry Christmas.” It has even spread outside the U.S., at least in Mexico, when people say “felices fiestas” instead of (yes, the song is right) “feliz Navidad.” I am not accusing anyone of anything. I am not acquainted with school policy in this regard. At first sight, the goal of PC does not sound too bad. If you say holidays instead of Hanukkah or Christmas, you allegedly avoid some students
Photo from pleasantries.com Some find that a generic and politically correct approach to the holiday season might not be the best approach. feeling excluded, ignored, misrepresented, or something along those lines. But I think this is the wrong approach.
Political correctness, at least concerning the celebration of winter holidays, solves the problem of lack of representation by repre-
senting no one at all. Students, instead of being offered the chance to witness the celebration of each of the holidays and discover what
they mean, descend with the rest of society to celebrate the vagueness of the “holidays.” Thus, the holidays can mean anything and end up meaning nothing. If a demographic is not being represented, the problem is not fixed by not representing anybody at all. Justice should mean an equal opportunity for people to celebrate and present their different celebrations and beliefs to the general public (or student body). My point is not that there should not be a Holiday Party; this draws students from different backgrounds together and can be good, but it should not be a sort of screen to avoid or overlook the particular traditions. My point is that there should be a Christmas party, there should be a Kwanzaa party, there should be a Hanukkah party. In the very likely case I have omitted a reader’s particular holiday, I want to apologize for my ignorance, and invite that person to write to the Chronicle telling us about it.
Sweating it Out: Heaters Create Discomfort for Residents Cecilia Levine
Photo from Alphenblick.at The sauna-like temperatures found in Pace’s dormitories are far from relaxing.
There is nothing quite as frustrating as not being able to locate the cool side of the pillow. The majority of my nights at Pace this semester have incorporated a new unintentional bedtime ritual. It begins by removing my makeup, showering and brushing my teeth – all standard procedures. Everything after that is unnecessary and goes as follows: kick covers around a whole lot until they end up on the floor, refill water bottle, get up to make sure that the air conditioning is on high – it is - and that both windows are open – they are. It is at this point that I make the both logical and conscious decision to sleep on the floor because the cold ground is far more appealing than a sweat infused bed. For some reason Pace feels that it is necessary to pump the
heat of the Sahara Desert into students’ dorms. While an ideal heating system would allow students to regulate desired temperatures, which can be done in the townhouses, most other dorms are regulated by a mass control system. The obvious issue at hand is that students are overheated. It prevents them from get a good night’s rest and waking up is often accompanied by swollen and blood shot eyes. Many students have yet to switch from summer to winter bedding. Getting dressed in the morning makes students make fools of themselves as they leave the dorms wearing short sleeves but once they get outside the temperature can be as much as thirty degrees cooler. The underlying issue is that this is incredibly wasteful. Not only is Pace pumping too much heat into the dorms, which can
pose as both financial and environmental issues, but students are opening windows which allows the heat to escape. Only one third of the heat being pumped into the dormitories is necessary for warming purposes. Additionally, when students leave their dorms the heat is still running. Shouldn’t there be a switch to turn it off? Our parents always taught us to shut off a light when we are not using it and turn off the water when we brush our teeth. Heat is no different. If we are not in our rooms then heat is not essential. It’s unnerving to consider that a large portion of the money that we dish out to Pace goes towards funding the personal saunas that were once our sleeping quarters. If Pace plans on cranking the heat of the condensed suns of the universe into our dorms then can they set aside some of that oil towards the cold shower water?
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Pace Holds First Annual Pace for Kids Dance Marathon Cecilia Levine
On Friday, Nov. 22, students prepared themselves for a different kind of weekend party. Instead of heading up the hill for the usual Friday night festivi-
ties at the townhouses, students made their way down to the Willcox gym. “24 hours in a day; 12 hours to save a life,” the motto stated. Pace’s first P4K Dance Marathon benefitted the children of the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, and was spearheaded by Student Development and Campus Activities Center (SDCA)
and Children’s Miracle Network. Caity Kirschbaum, SDCA coordinator, has close connections with the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, as her brother was a resident when he suffered from internal bleeding. Pace’s Dance Marathon was the first one to benefit Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. The night started out by intro-
ducing some of the families that would be benefitting from the profits of Pace’s Dance Marathon. The children were given opportunities to tell their stories and express gratitude towards the Pace community. P4K stayed true in its promised 12 hours of dancing, as students conducted a structured morale dance, intermittent raves, dance parties,
performances and games. Although the crowd began dwindling around 11 pm, the intensity of the night only continued to increase as students fought exhaustion with the final goal of $20,000 in mind. The goal was reached the week following P4K. Pace plans on holding an annual P4K Dance Marathon in years ahead.
Health & Beauty Young, Broke, and Fabulous Catharine Conway
Health & Beauty Editor
Beauty, these days, is something difficult to master. With so many products fighting for your attention, it can be hard to figure out which one is right for you and at the right price. While some stores endorse brands such as Urban Decay and Smashbox, which make my wallet ten pounds lighter, I have found that other local drug store products like L’Oreal and Maybelline are just as good. Take, for example, your basic face items. I have found that a BB cream is better than a regular foundation. It does not clog your pores and is very easy to apply. My favorite is Rimmel BB Cream for only $6.99. It comes in three different shades and has personally cleared my face of all blemishes. To perfect the face look, I suggest a mineral powder. It is easy to apply and does not have that “cakey” look that can come with some combinations of creams and powders. My favorite mineral powder is Bare Minerals, which is $27 a pop. However, for a smaller price, I recommend L’Oreal Bare Naturale Gentle Mineral Makeup for $14.99. It is a cheaper alternative while still achieving the lightness of a mineral powder. Now onto the eyes. To succeed in a beautiful and long-lasting eye makeup look, there are a few essentials needed. First off, you need an eye shadow primer. My favorite eye shadow primer is the $1 Sheer Eyelid Primer by e.l.f. Cosmetics. I found this at Target and I couldn’t have been happier. This primer allows you to apply any color of eye shadow and it lasts over 12 hours. Next, you need eye liner. Personally, I use pencil for my lower lid and liquid eyeliner for my top eyelid. While searching around Walgreens in Thornwood, I found a $5 package of e.l.f Cosmetics with a black eye pencil and two liquid eyeliners, coffee and black – the perfect find! To finish off the eyes, I like Covergirl Lash Blast Waterproof Mascara for $8.99. It doesn’t clump and makes your eyelashes stand out. Finally, the lips are my favorite part. I like to go a few different ways with my lip color. I first start with a lip liner – a few shades lighter than my lipstick. It makes the color pop, in my opinion. For a fair price, I prefer Rimmel Lip Liners for $6.49. They have a large variety of colors and each match one of their lipsticks that range from $5.49-6.99. However, for a quick on-the-go look, I like Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain for $9.29. It is soft with beautiful pigment. For less than $50, you can have all of the products you need customized to your preferences. All of this you can find at your local drug store.
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Are You Happy?
Students Gauge their Comfort at College Catharine Conway
Health & Beauty Editor
The idea was drilled into the minds of students at orientation that the first six weeks of school are crucial, especially for those who dorm. Studies show that during those six weeks, students decide whether their school of choice is right for them. In order to help students decide, Pace University created the program 50 Days and 50 Nights. This program provides events every day and every night so students will always have something to do to stay busy and involved. However, even with this wonderful program, students still decide to leave Westchester. Freshman football player Nick Poulimas decided very early on that Westchester was not for him. “I decided to transfer to Pace’s New York City campus because I wanted to save money by commuting from home in Long Island rather than spend the money on campus housing,” Poulimas said. Reasons for leaving vary from student to student. Some are financial reasons; some are just that Pace isn’t the right fit for them. A freshman psychology major preferred her opinions about the campus to remain anonymous. “When you go to other universities, Pace doesn’t look anything like them. The buildings here are not as grand and the campus is miniature compared to others. I
Photo by Catharine Conway You can only learn so much from college tours and brochures. Sometimes it takes a semester for a student to see if their school is the right place for them. want to go to a university where it has more of a ‘college’ feel instead of a suburb one.” When asked if she liked the activities provided by Pace, she was even less enthusiastic. “There is nothing to do here. Days are filled with classes and then at night, there’s nothing. The weekends are even worse. The only places to go are the townhouses and those get old after
about 30 minutes. If you aren’t of age and don’t have a fake ID, you cant really do anything.” Attitudes like these provide students with an overwhelming dilemma. A lot of stress and anxiety can come with changing schools after they just made one of the biggest changes in their life. However, a lot of stress can be relieved with changing one’s environment. College involves a great deal of
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soul searching and Pace would rather have their students peaceful than overwhelmed and unhappy. This is the time in student’s lives to figure out where they want to live, what they want to study or not study. This is the time for experiments full of trial and error. Students have the option to try different things and see what feels right. No matter what, Pace will always be here.
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Body and Mind FIG Offers Residents a Healthy Perspective Catharine Conway
Health & Beauty Editor
Every Tuesday in the basement of Hillside House on the Briarcliff campus, students participate in the weekly yoga sessions provided by the Body and Mind FIG (First Year Interest group) that resides in Hillside. The yoga room is fully equipped with the tools for the students to fully experience yoga and all its benefits. Also on Thur., they have Pilates, which is a form of strength training. Professor Jane Collins sponsors the FIG and provides students with healthy ways of living. Freshman environmental studies major, Haylei Peart attends the yoga and Pilates sessions every week. “Before [yoga] I feel excited. It’s something to look forward to. During and after, I feel relaxed and calm. It’s a good stress reliever,” Peart said. A few weeks ago, Dr. Collins
Photo by Catharine Conway With the stress of final exams just around the corner, students can benefir from the many relaxing elements of yoga and Pilates offered at Hillside House on the Briarcliff campus. introduced a meditation session least five minutes at a time with you in the relaxed mindset bein substitute to yoga when in- eyes closed. fore even beginning,” Peart said. structor Lauri was unavailable. “Meditating before yoga enWhen asked to compare both It involves deep breathing for at hances the experience as it puts yoga and Pilates, Peart found it
difficult to decide which she preferred. “Yoga is more of deep breathing and stretching while Pilates is strength training, however I like them both equally,” Peart said. “They are a nice way to relax and an alternative to traditional gym workouts.” Dr. Collins introduced smoothie and juicing workshops to expand students’ horizons on easy ways to get daily nutrients. She provides residents with a Vita-Mixer and leftover ingredients from the workshops to make on their own. Students have found them very beneficial when living a healthy lifestyle. While these workshops are held through the Body and Mind FIG, any resident of Hillside House can participate and create their healthy and delicious concoctions. Students who would like to participate in the events provided by the Body and Mind FIG, can just take the Pace shuttle over to Briarcliff and start living life with a new healthy perspective.
Miley Cyrus A reflection of what’s hot in entertainment from the perspective of Pace student’s versus that of one eccentric writer
Photo from EOnline.com Is Miley completely over the top, or is Miley just being Miley?
Miley Cyrus, previously known by many as Hannah Montana, has clawed her way back to the spotlight after a dry spell that
lasted several years. Her newfound attitude and the self-assurance may rub some of her fans the wrong way, while others think it’s just the way she wants to express herself. Since the beginning of the year when the buzz for her album Bangerz started, she’s taken on an
entirely different persona. From a new hairstyle to her infamous performance at the Video Music Awards (VMA’s), she’s ditched the Hannah Montana act and has fully embraced her new lifestyle. “I really liked her new album, I always thought the whole Hannah Montana was kinda whack, but
her new music is entirely different and has broken down barriers in the pop world,” business major Peter Russo said. Bangerz has received generally mixed reviews because of the drastic change in style, but some feel that it legitimized Cyrus and her utter disregard of what anyone thinks of her. “The change is definitely a good thing, I wasn’t on board with it at first because she didn’t show us how she’s changed as a musician, but now that we have a new album from her I think it gives her a lot more credit,” sophomore nursing major Kimberly Mitts said. My Two Cents: Ever since last year, Miley Cyrus has completely reinvented every aspect of her stardom, regardless of whether or not it’s positive. Even though some of it brands her as pop’s newest bad girl, it isn’t necessarily a negative connotation. Some parents may feel it’s her obligation as a young female to set an example for her audience but ever since she ditched Disney, it really isn’t her place. The world of entertainment is a filthy place with heartless corporations trying to make a buck, and in the words of Justin Timberlake (this might be out of context), “one day you’re screaming you
love me now, the next day you’re so cold,” which can be a metaphor for the way the public views celebrities. Cyrus is trying to one-up the next person and she’s accomplishing it the same way Madonna and Britney Spears did by using a similar shock factor. I generally agree with her change in style, it’s somewhat original and that’s what she needs to get a legendary status. The moral dilemma I find myself in is whether or not I can appreciate her understanding of being successful. It’s become a terrible stereotype in the pop world that a woman needs to use her sex appeal to gain fans. Sinead O’Conner, one of Cyrus’ inspirations, wrote an open letter to Cyrus a few months ago, in which she demonized Cyrus for strictly using her sex appeal to get herself back on the map and to promote her music. I completely agree with this, there are plenty of legendary female musicians that hardly use their sexuality to further their career, which in my opinion a lot more respectable. Cyrus has a lot of potential, she has a decent voice, and she has some of the best producers in the music industry to back her up. Who knows what the future holds for Cyrus, one thing is certain though, some where in America Miley Cryus will still be twerkin’.
Entertainment This Week at the
JACOB BURNS FILM CENTER 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.
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Pace Drama Alliance Holds Variety Show Sara Moriarty Opinion Editor
Pace Drama Alliance (PDA) recently hosted their first performances in Woodward Hall at the Briarcliff campus. The Variety Show, which PDA members plan to hold annually, showcased student talent from writing and directing to acting and singing. The show was held earlier the month of Nov. 18 and 19, and was cosponsored by Alpha Chi Ro fraternity and VOX literary magazine. It consisted of two original plays by LeeAnn Reynolds and Dante Plush, monologues, and a musical number. “It’s nice to have PDA getting their name out there, using the theater in Woodward Hall, and seeing a lot of talented kids,” sophomore psychology major and PDA member Eric Medina-Rivera said. The writing talent of freshman education major LeeAnn Reynolds was showcased with a performance of her original play, Gnats. “It’s very cool seeing others getting enthusiastic over the performance and seeing my characters come to life,” said Reynolds. “I would definitely participate again; this is supposed to be an annual thing. We put together this show in about two weeks, and I’m proud of everybody.” According to PDA members, the preparation process was intense, but worth it. Spectators enjoyed the Variety show performances.
Photo by Sara Moriarty The Pace Drama Alliance poses after their first performance in the Woodward Hall theater on the Briarcliff campus. “It was very entertaining. Slowly But Shirley was a good one,” said sophomore communications major Steve Cosentino, referring to the original play by junior Dante Plush. “Hopefully there will be more to come.” PDA members are planning on holding more variety shows in the future, and are excited to be have been able to use the theater in Briarcliff. “I am extremely enthusiastic to be having our first performance in the theater ever,” sophomore
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.
atrical experience is needed. Some of the actors performed with little or no experience, while others acted throughout elementary and high school. Acting isn’t necessary, however; several PDA members work behind the scenes for stage crew or work writing instead of performing. “If you’re interested in expressing yourself in an open and judgment-free environment, PDA welcomes any and everyone,” Ochere said.
Artist Spotlight: Shianti Bratcher
Jean-Marc Vallee. 2013. 117 m. R. USA. Focus Features.
criminal justice major and PDA member Meaghan Biggs said. “I look forward to doing it again every year.” Pace Drama Alliance president senior applied psychology major and director of the Variety Show Angeline Ochere also spoke of the theater, saying that it is “what makes Briarcliff unique.” She hopes that the Master Plan will incorporate some sort of theater in Pleasantville to allow for a “theatrical outlet” for students. To join PDA, no acting or the-
Photo provided by Shianti Bratcher This painting by Shianti Bratcher shows viewers her street style mixed with expressionism and pop art.
Junior psychology major Shianti Bratcher is an up-incoming muralist, with a voice that needs to be heard. Growing up in Harlem,
Bratcher always had a craving for the arts. As a child she used drawing as a form of communication in situations where she didn’t necessarily feel comfortable. Bratcher worked with the organization Groundswell during high school, which provides youths with an outlet to create murals on the walls throughout their community. After
a feud between mother and daughter, Bratcher was told to pursue a career that would be more profitable. “I wanted to go to art school but my mother felt I would struggle, but now that she sees how successful I’ve become she wishes she was more supportive,” said Bratcher. Because of her relentless artistic spirit, Bratcher refused to give up a passion that she cared so deeply about. So she decided to put her skills to work. “Instead of using my art as hobby I decided to use it more as a source of income,” Bratcher said. Bratcher started making art on the side by providing custom work for tattoos, clothing, and paintings, but her side job just started picking up this past summer. “I did a mural with Sophia Dawson last summer in Cyprus Hills and ever since then she’s been like a mentor for me, she was the one who got me in the mood to start selling my work,” Bratcher said. Dawson and other artists helped Bratcher price her work. Now she has made quite a bit of change with some pieces pulling in over $300. It isn’t all about the money for
her; she feels a strong connection to her work and the people who influence it. “I’m a big fan on Keith Haring and Picasso, but recently I’d say Banksy is my biggest influence,” Bratcher said. Her pieces generally reflect some sort of empowerment issue. “I prefer to make paintings for social change, usually about police brutality or knowing your rights, I think it’s important for art to have a deeper meaning, that’s what makes it art,” Bratcher said. Two weeks ago, the infamous street art spot Five Points, located in Long Island City, was painted over, leaving many admirers upset. “I’m devastated that they would do this, it was a monument to hip-hop culture. It was something that we could call ours; I would see it whenever I rode by on train. It bothers me a lot because people dub street art as graffiti or vandalism, which isn’t the case at all, it’s an outlet for self-expression. I’m not going to lie, I cried,” Bratcher said. Bratcher does custom work for all types of clients with different kinds of backgrounds. Those interested can contact her at her email at email@example.com
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Men’s Basketball Wins Two Games in a Row Natalia Alvarez Pagan Sports Editor
Starting off the season 0-4, the men’s basketball team got their first victory of the season on Tue., Nov. 26, in a thrilling overtime win over Southern Connecticut State, winning by a score of 80-78. They followed that performance with another victory on Sat., Nov. 30 when the Setters took on the Georgian Court University Lions, scoring the most points so far this season with their 90-75 victory, improving their record to 2-4. The Owls had control of the game for most of the first half but the Setters chipped away, eventually taking the lead briefly, before the Owls came back and ended the first half with a lead of 45-38. In the second half, the Owls took the lead early once again, but the Setters fought back, taking advantage of a couple of free
throws to pull them within two points. With just a few seconds left in the game, Nick Johnson tied the game up at 70-70 to go into overtime. The Setters kept the momentum going, taking an early lead. A jump shot from Michael Mallory gave the Owls a 78-76 lead, but Jaylen Mann came back with the go-ahead three point shot for the Setters, while a free throw from Johnson sealed the victory with 10 seconds left in the game. Being the first win of the season, Coach Pat Kennedy knew that it was a very important one. “Considering all of the hard work and effort our players have put into the preseason, this is a very important win,” Kennedy said. “It’s a team win.” Assistant coach Kevin Clark agreed, stating, “The team grew as basketball players and learned how to pay better attention to detail.” The Setters continued with their second win against the Li-
Photo from Stockton Photo Inc. Setter Jonathan Merceus is pictured above from the game on Nov. 26 against Southern Connecticut State. ons on Sat., with Pace having its 23 against Southern Connecticut Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. first dominant game of the sea- State, and 24 against Georgian The women’s team goes on son, having a lead throughout the Court University. the road, looking for their first whole game. The next game for the men’s win of the season as they take on Jonathan Merceus led the Set- team will be at home against Dominican College on Tue., Dec. ters in points in both games, with Adelphi University on Wed., 3 at 7 p.m.
Revamped Softball Team Looks Ahead To 2014 Season
Photo from PaceSettersAthletics.com The Pace University softball team is looking forward to their 2014 season.
Natalia Alvarez Pagan Sports Editor
Finishing off last season with a record of 14-24, the Setters look to their new recruits as well as returning players to try and turn things around for the 2014 season. The 2013 season saw a lot of inconsistencies for the Setters, with their losses either being very close games or blowouts.
“Most of our games were really close last year and it stinks that we lost the close ones,” said junior short-stop Jeanemarie Drury, who had the highest batting average of any position player last season with an average of .345. “We did not get the right hit at the right time or the defensive plays that we needed. I think that our pitching was not as consistent as it needed to be last year and that hurt us. We just did not play as solid as we could have.” Drury’s comments seem to
agree with the statistics for the 2013 season. The Setter’s pitchers allowed opponents to score 200 runs over the course of 38 games last season, while Pace scored 132 runs. Opponents got 308 hits compared to the Setter’s 270 hits; while in terms of batting average the Setters had a collective .274 average, while opponents slugged their way to a .311 batting average. While the gap between the statistics is not that wide, Drury believes that there are areas where
the Setters can further develop. “We have to improve on getting the job done with runners in scoring position and getting those runs across the plate,” Drury said. The Setters feel like they are in a much better place with eight new players joining the team for the upcoming 2014 season. “It’s made us a lot more competitive that we have been in the past because we have a variety of depth in different positions,” said Coach Claudia Stabile in a recent Coach’s Corner interview.
Along with the new recruits, junior Caitlin McCann returns to the mound after being sidelined last season with a hairline fracture in the femoral neck of her hip. McCann comes back ready to pitch and excited for what the forthcoming season will bring. “I’m thrilled to play this upcoming season,” said McCann, who had an 11-5 record for the Setters in the 2012 season. “I’ve been working since the injury happened to prepare and better myself for what’s to come in the spring.” Having finished the fall practice season with a record of 5-2, a time in which the team, according to head Coach Stabile, is able to do “things that we aren’t able to do outside prior to the first few games,” the Setters are feeling confident going into the 2014 season. The fall practices give the team the chance to work on their base running and throwing, among other things, as well as give the team a chance to play together before the start of the season. “We have a really talented group of girls and we’ve started to gel really nicely already,” McCann said. The softball season officially kicks off on Sat., March 1 at 1 p.m., when Pace takes on Bowie St., with the first home game for the Setters on Sat., March 22 at 12 p.m. against St. Anselm. The complete schedule can be found online at pacesettersathletics.com.
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SPORTS THIS WEEK IN SETTERS SPORTS MEN’S BASKETBALL Wed. Dec. 4 Adelphi 7:30 p.m.
SWIMMING/ DIVING Fri. Dec. 6 Pace Invitational 5:00 p.m.
SWIMMING/ DIVING Sat. Dec. 7 Pace Invitational 10:00 a.m.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Sat. Dec. 7 @ Le Moyne 12:00 p.m.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Sat. Dec. 7 @ Le Moyne 2:00 p.m.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Tue. Dec. 10 @ American Int’l 5:30 p.m.
MEN’S BASKETBALL Tue. Dec. 10 @ American Int’l 7:30 p.m.
Changes to Come for Pace Football Team Jonathan Alvarez Editor in Chief
In the wake of a winless football season, Pace Athletics has announced that the football program will be undergoing changes for the upcoming year. Pace Athletics Director Mark Brown announced on Nov. 22 that Chris Dapolito will no longer serve as the head football coach for the Setters. “Institutionally, the decision was made necessary,” Brown said. “With the campus consolidation project, there is an interest in getting the best football program we can have.” Prior to being promoted to head coach in February 2010, Dapolito served two years as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. According to his biography found on the Pace Athletics site, he “has been able to assemble one of the finest coaching staffs in Division II football that includes former players and coaches at every level of football” while also holding the title as one of the youngest head coaches in the country. Despite his credentials, as head coach, he was only able to lead the Setters to one winning game during the four seasons he led the football program. Pace announced that a national search for the new head coach has begun and will be expecting a large turnout of applicants. “When you go into those things you never know what type
Graph by Jonathan Alvarez The overall Setter’s football season scores, along with past years, can be found collected together in the table above. Data was collected from the Pace Athletics website records. of pool you are going to attract,” said Brown, who has already received well over 25 applications. “I would hope the pool produces quality candidates that have head coaching experience, specifically division two head coaching experience.” Brown feels another factor plays an important role in the selection of the new head coach; having someone familiar and known to the area. Brown hopes for a smooth transition and is expecting to get the new coach by about mid-January. “I think what happened in the past is important to acknowledge, I don’t like dwelling on the past from an institutional perspective, it is good for the students,” Brown said. “I feel like we made so much progress on issues surrounding the field. We
just need to find the right head coach and coaching staff.” Along with the new head coach, the football program is expected to also see changes in the recruitment and coaching staff. “The head football coach will come to Pace with a specific strategy and skillset and will surround himself with a staff that will help him concentrate on each area,” said Brown, explaining the reason changes are expected. “The recruitment strategy will definitely change.” Brown feels optimistic that the program will attract some great candidates. He would also like to bring three to four candidates to the campus so they can meet some of his constituents; so it can be a more rounded decision.
“We have a tremendous team, from all the assistant athletic directors and coaches. We just have to keep the perspective focus on moving forward. We are gaining more momentum,” Brown said. “I know we can have a competitive football program, but we haven’t had enough success on the field to maintain a status quo.” Even with the football’s winless performance this past season, Brown feels confident that Pace will see an improvement both on and off the field “I would like to have, and we will have, a football program that the entire campus will be proud of. I am convinced with every fiber of my being we will put a football program to keep students here on the weekends by providing a variety of pro-
grams,” Brown said. Not only does the athletics department feel confident with the recent change in leadership, but some of the football players themselves also feel it was the right move. “I think this coaching change is good for our team. I think we needed a change because it just wasn’t working for us,” Setter’s quarterback and criminal science major Brian Beeker said. “I think getting a new coaching staff and a whole new athletic facility will change the culture around here for the better. [With the recent changes in coaching for basketball and lacrosse] I wasn’t quite sure if the coaches [for football] would change. But I think the team is very excited for this change and hopefully this will turn the program around.”
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