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Orientation Leader Selection and an OL’s Experience


Student-Run Clinic Works Toward Circus Animals Ban CARLOS VILLAMAYOR COPY EDITOR

PHOTO FROM SDCA Pace’s 2012 Orientation Leaders enjoy the yearly boat cruise on the Hudson River. TAYLOR LONGENBERGER NEWS EDITOR

Orientation Leader (OL) selection took place at the Pace Pleasantville Campus, this past weekend The applications for OLs are released before Thanksgiving, “that way students have time to discuss the job with their families over the break,” Director of Stu-

dent Development and Campus Activities (SDCA) Rachel Carpenter said. “It’s a big commitment to give up your summer to be an OL,” Carpenter said. “We understand that some students have to think about family obligations or commitments and summer internships or jobs that they could be missing if they decide to take the position.” Staff and faculty submit OL

Nominations to SDCA throughout November and December. These recommendations do not give students a greater chance at being accepted; rather nominated students are placed on an email list that would remind them of applications being due. This is the same for students that put their email down for interest in an OL position at the campus involvement fairs.

“I want someone that is selfless, someone that wants to help others, be there more than just for themselves, and always know how to find answers—even if they have to ask someone else, because ‘I don’t know’ is not an acceptable answer,” Carpenter said. “I think CONTINUED ON PAGE 2


Coach Takes Healthy Approach To Upcoming Season CECILIA LEVINE


Goal posts on either side of the snow-encrusted football field serve as a reminder that, despite the wintery weather, the 2014 football season will inevitably present itself. Until then, the Pace football program’s new head coach, Andrew Rondeau, has shifted the team’s focus from the physics of winning to winning physiques. “Focusing on winning games will only serve as a distraction from what is within our control,” said Rondeau, who hasn’t been




able to shake football from his bones since his childhood. “The team is focusing on getting stronger, faster, and leaner.” As of late January, the Pace Football Team has embraced its coach’s new approach to the off season. The point-based system allows the eight, subdivided teams to earn points for themselves through a series of conditioning and weight lifting competitions. The benefits of the program, namely greater team unity and weight loss, will ultimately translate to a stronger performance on the field. Rondeu has invited play-

ers to take ownership of their bodies and concentrate on achieving a lean body mass. “Lean Body Mass is quite simply everything (muscle, blood, skin, bones, and organs) but your body fat,” said Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Michael Bohlander, whom Rondeau described as being a scientist of his field. “On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays the team has ‘Fit Club,’ a low-impact, cardiovascular workout that helps burn fat.” Three times a week, athletes who are above the body fat norms for their specific positions wake

up with the sun to participate in a 45-minute power-walk geared toward pushing their heart rates into the fat-burning zone. This low-impact workout allows the players’ hearts to work at about 70 percent of their maximum rate without putting stress on the players’ joints. “We want to have people attain the lean body mass appropriate for their position,” Rondeau said. “They should be as lean, strong and quick as they can be.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 7




A Pace student shares her experience studying at sea in this weeks ‘Carpe Diem’ column. Find out more about the Semester at Sea program and how you can study abroad, too!

We’ve all heard the parking nightmares, and they’ve only gotten worse with the snow. Our Opinion Editor dishes on the parking situation at Pace and offers suggestions on how to avoid a nasty citation.

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The new Pace Environmental Policy and Practice Clinic (Clinic) is working with a group of New York State citizens who seek to ban the use of exotic animals by travelling shows. Under the umbrella of the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies (Academy), the Clinic, led by faculty and ran by students, is developing a public education campaign as part of the Academy’s on-going efforts to get New York State (NYS) to pass a bill banning animals such as elephants and tigers from travelling entertainment. Professors John Cronin and Andrew Revkin, Senior Fellows for Environmental Affairs and Environmental Understanding at the Academy, respectively, lead the Clinic, which debuted this semester as a learning community, and works as a real-world organization would, taking up clients and working on different projects directed towards sustainability and nature conservation. “The main emphasis of the clinic is to educate the public and the student body on the treatment animals receive at circuses, and make it known that there is a proposed law to ban the use of wild animals,” Cronin said. “Students will develop a social media campaign and use it to bring attention to the circuses coming to NY in the spring, and hopefully spread the word through NYS to increase awareness of the bill.” “The Clinic is a unique opportunity because it replicates the world in which we hope to work as professionals,” junior personal and social psychology major Nadya Hall, who is part of the Clinic, said. Bob Funck, a member of the Committee to Ban Wild & ExCONTINUED ON PAGE 3



Yankee’s legend Derek Jeter announced that this upcoming baseball season will be his last. Pace reacts to the shortstop’s career and final games.


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Cancelling and postponing classes: Pace administrators take into account the safety of the commute and the safety of the community when making a decision to cancel or postpone classes based on weather conditions. Often, administrators will try to make a blanket decision that will go into affect for both the Pleasantville and NYC campuses. Road conditions require extra time for plowing and salting. Weather forecasts are to be used to make earlier decisions about cancellations and prevent issues with transportation. (Office of the Provost) Master Plan update: Construction has been moving along with the new Environmental Center scheduled to be finished in May. Currently, the applications to receive building permits for Kessel renovation and the construction of Residence Hall A have been approved. (Dean Lisa)




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that they should be good communicators…this is a big one, service oriented, willing to share themselves with others, and openminded to new experiences and people.” There are typically 14 OLs for the summer, but this number may vary from year to year depending on the applicants and the known student enrollment for the coming year. The number of OLs hired is very comfortable at 14 but can be as little as 11. With less than 11 OLs it becomes more difficult to manage the incoming class in small and personalized orientation groups. There are not a specific set number of male or female OLs but there is usually a percentage based on the applicants. Usually there is a higher female applicant number than male applicant number. There have been years where this is reversed, but overall the importance is placed on the quality of the application and performance during the OL selection process than the quantity of male or female students. This year there were 21 students that applied for the OL positions. Three of these applicants were previously OLs. On average, roughly 20 percent of OLs reapply from one year to the next. The selection process only lasts one day, but involves a combination of group process events as well as an interview. The three different categories (group process, interview, and applications) are all coded and rated for each person on a point scale. The score overall is cumulative and is what is used to help determine who will be accepted as OLs. “We want someone that is not just average but goes above and beyond in all,” Carpenter said. “That being said, people get nervous and we do know that, but performance is key!” Students accepted to the OL position attend summer train-

DegreeWorks: Pace will begin using DegreeWorks, an audit system which allows students to gauge their educational progress and make plans for future semesters. Considered to be the “largest technical project the university has undergone,” an anticipated 100 online programs are anticipated for Sept. 2014. Training will be made available for advisors, faculty, and staff. (Jim Curran) Bus schedules: Pace shuttles average about seven thousand miles per week and have an annual budget of $1,674,000. The recent change in the Pace bus schedule was made in accordance with the MetroNorth train schedule, whereby two additional buses to the Pleasantville train station were added in the morning and evening. Next year, an additional shuttle bus will be added, and, with the eventual removal of the Briarcliff campus, there will be a potential increase in shuttles to train station and NYC campus. (Transportation)

ing and all four orientation sessions. At each orientation session OLs are required to participate in programs and are responsible for students and each other. It alternates between the sessions which OLs work with student groups and which they work with family programs and youth programs. As an example, if there are 14 overall OLs then 3 OLs could be placed with family and youth programs and 11 could be placed in student groups. Students that have held the position of an OL can attest to many experiences and many remember the months over the summer with cherished memories. “Being an Orientation Leader has positively affected my college experience for several reasons,” junior adolescent education major Halle Champion said. “It has provided me with multiple leadership trainings. It has also allowed me to grow as a person. Being an OL and working closely with the other offices on campus has allowed me to meet all sorts of faculty, staff, the Provost and even President Stephen J. Friedman. I have grown to know how I work and what it is like to have a demanding job. I have loved being an orientation leader.” The compensation received by the OLs includes personal coaching as well as trainings for leadership roles, and training trips. They also receive free housing for June and July with the addition of a couple of meals a week. During the orientation days the OLs receive breakfast, lunch, dinner, and some snacks. There are also the perks that are often associated with the job, such as the Pace apparel and accessories. OLs receive a stipend that is divided into paychecks that is equal to roughly $1,900- 2,100. “The pay is good, but the way the payments are set up makes it look like it isn’t,” junior history and political science major Ashley Lora said. “We get paid on a Pace Payroll until the end of December. This is so that OLs fulfill all duties outlined in their contract (no judicial record, keeping the good name of Orientation, and showing up to

support org programming). Honestly, and most OLs will agree, this isn’t a job that you do for the pay. You get much more from the experience, much more valuable than money and swag. Don’t get me wrong, the pay is an added bonus.” Some students that are OLs after the summer session become Week of Welcome (WOW) leaders during the fall semester and attend “50 Days and 50 Nights” events. These students show examples of engaged students on campus and help promote campus life to the freshman that were in their orientations. It is a separate job and for this reason some OL’s that are also Resident Assistants (RAs) have a more difficult time being a WOW leader when they have to also fulfill RA obligations. “Students can’t be a first year RA and OL in the same year because they need to be able to relax from one to the next, said Carpenter. “Needing to balance the requirements towards the end of the summer for an OL and the beginning of the semester for an RA can be very stressful. We don’t want to set students up for burnout.” Students that become OLs typically gain an experience that they will remember for a lifetime, whether it is a family of other OLs or an ability to find themselves. “I was an OL during the summer of 2012,” senior media communications major Amanda Villavicencio said. “I decided to become an OL because I always heard it was a great/fun experience. Although I was an OL for only one summer I would recommend the job to other students. It isn’t an easy job and requires a lot of time dedication but once orientation begins, it is all worth it. Being an OL has given me one more great college memory that will last a lifetime I learn a lot; not only how to work with other but, also about myself.” Students give up their summers for a job living on campus, but previous OLs share that to them it is so much more than just a job.


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Pace Library Introduces Phone Charging Lockers CHRISTOPHER D’ERASMO FEATURED WRITER

Cell phone charging lockers have recently added to Mortola Library. These secure locations allow students to continue working, knowing that their phones are safely being charged. The entire locker is made of a solid layer of steel at least oneeighth of an inch thick. With the added weight of an all steel body and steel locks, breaking into the lockers undetected will be impossible. The lockers’ manufacturer, Go Charge, is used by many corporations. “Even the NFL is a client of Go Charge,” Associate University Librarian Steven Feyl said. The new lockers have coded systems that the students create on their own and reuse to access their phones. “In order to operate the lock you first press the C button,” Feyl said. “Then you type in the four digit code of your choice and press the key shaped button to lock in the code.” When a code is locked in a red light will flash in the lower right side of the punch code pad. This symbolizes that the locker is locked. These lockers are designed to charge a phone as fast as a charge from a wall outlet. After an hour or two, or when a student may want to leave the library the code can be punched in to retrieve the phone. If the locker is reopened in order to check on the phone, the lock will have to be reset every time that the locker is opened the lock disengages and forgets the code, so that the next person can use the chargers. If a student were to forget their password they would not


otic Animals Acts, explained that there are two key issues behind the bill. “First, you have to consider that these animals move in broad ranges in the wild, and they are shackled, inside small boxes, for long periods of time with travelling circuses,” Funck said. “The training process subjects these animals to abuse, and unnatural behaviors are expected from them.” An example of alleged abuse is the use of bull hooks in the training of elephants, which includes sinking the metal hook into an elephant’s sensitive skin to execute an order. The second key issue is one of public safety. “These wild animals are unpredictable, there are many cases

need to worry about retrieving their phone. “Only select personnel have an override key, if a student forgets their code,” library systems analyst Erik Jantzen said. Even if the power goes out the students will still be able to retrieve their phones. The locks are battery operated and even if the battery were to die the override key has the power to open the locker. The charging stations are designed to charge all different phone makes and models. Each of the ten lockers is capable of charging all android phones. The odd number lockers are also capable of charging older iPhones from the 4S down while the even number lockers are also capable of charging the iPhone 5 and newer iPhones. In addition to charging phones, the bottom two lockers are also capable of charging tablets. Designed large enough to fit an entire backpack inside they are more than capable of housing the largest of tablets. Along with being able to charge a wide variety of modern phones the charging stations have the ability to adapt to new port designs. The new lockers have ports that are interchangeable, so if a new charging port came out for Android or the iPhone, the charging station would be able to remove an obsolete port and replace it with the new one. For students looking to use these new charging ports they can be found behind the library help desk and in also in the commuter lounge. Mortola’s charging station is currently up and running and the one for the commuter lounge will be installed later this semester.

where they have attacked their trainers and the public, resulting in injuries and deaths,” Funck said. “Some years ago a chimpanzee attacked a woman in Connecticut and almost killed someone else.” According to the New York Senate website, the bill (Bill S5971) “restricts the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and shows; prohibits the use of any wild or exotic animal that was traveling in a mobile housing facility thirty days before the circus or show” and “establishes civil penalties for violations.” The bill focuses on a certain group of animals defined as dangerous by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, such as elephants, lions, bears, tigers, and primates. Amy Paulin introduced the bill in the New York State Assembly, and George Latimer in the New York State Senate. Funck, along with his wife, Louise, have been involved in is-

PHOTO BY SAVANNA JUENGERKES The brothers of Alpha Chi Epsilon and the sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon pose following their dinner.

Benefit Dinner Raises Funds And Awareness For MS EMILY WOLFRUM Dozens of Pace students gathered in Gottesman room Saturday night with the common purpose of enjoying food and music, and raising awareness for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Hosted by the brothers of Alpha Chi Epsilon (AXE) and the sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon, the dinner was held in honor of members of both organizations touched by MS. “Both of our organizations have had alumni recently affected by the disease, and with March being MS Awareness month, we really wanted to give back to the alumni who gave so much to us,” senior history major and AXE brother Andrew Linthwaite said. Despite their initial goal of raising one thousand dollars, a total of $1,642 was raised. All proceeds will go to the National MS Society and contribute to their efforts in researching and treating MS, as well as providing

support and resources for individuals and families affected by the disease. The majority of the funds were raised prior to the event through the society’s fundraising website from online donations. “Our original goal was set prior to the creation of the online website,” Linthwaite said. “None of us could have expected the support that we received. It was truly outstanding.” Guest speakers Ann-Marie Johnson of the MS Foundation and Delta Phi Epsilon alumnus Deveney Zebrowski, both afflicted with MS, gave speeches at the end of the event. Zebrowski, who was diagnosed during her undergraduate career at Pace and quoted her organization as a major source of support in her battle with the disease, received a standing ovation. MS is a disease that attacks the nervous system with no explicit cause or cure. Both Johnson and Zebrowski described feelings of numbness and “pins and needles” as early symptoms they

experienced. Linthwaite and junior physical therapy major Carla Ayoub of Delta Phi Epsilon MC-ed the event, introducing each act punctuated throughout the night. Glee members, sophomore business major Rodiel Galvez and senior communications major Patrika Cheston, opened with Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up.” “AXE asked us if a few members from Glee would be willing to sing a song for [the event], and we knew we had the perfect song for the occasion,” Galvez said. “It was [originally] a solo and we rearranged it to make a duet where our voices could accent each other and it came out great.” Musical performances were also given by sophomore communications major Ryan Shields and junior communications major Joanna Derosa, and a strolling performance was done by the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha. For more information about MS or to donate, visit

sues regarding animal welfare for many years. In 2007 they were successful in getting Westchester Medical College to adopt alternatives to the dissection of live dogs in one of its programs. The Clinic’s involvement follows the relationship between the Academy and Funck. In 2009, Funck approached Michelle Land, Director of the Academy, about partnering to get Westchester County to ban large wild animals from entertainment acts, such as the Royal Hanneford Circus, at the County Center. “I agreed to help them to propose policy solutions to the Westchester County Board of Legislators and the County Executive’s office,” Land said. “We didn’t get very far with Westchester, so we turned our efforts to a statewide ban on the use of large wild animals in traveling shows.” For Funck, the biggest obstacle for the bill is educating the public.

“Few people understand what circuses entail, there is the training, the travel conditions, and a real public safety issue,” Funck said. “We have nothing against circuses, they are capable of providing entertainment without these animals.” He went on to mention Cirque du Soleil and the Big Apple Circus as examples of successful circuses without exotic animals. However, Funck is conscious of the difficulty of convincing people, especially families with little kids, of not going to the circus. Still, he thinks children’s experiences with pets can point them in the right direction. “Children know dogs get treats to do tricks, if they thought dogs would get beaten to do the trick, I think they would be disturbed,” Funck said. According to Cronin, student involvement is important because students are part of the age group targeted by circuses.

“The circuses don’t want students’ minds to change, students will have families one day, as such, they can choose whether or not to go to circuses that support cruelty,” Cronin said. “We believe that, on this issue, students can be more effective that faculty,” The next step for the bill is to be scheduled in the agenda for the agriculture committee hearing. “But this,” Funck said, “requires voters to reach out to their representatives to bring the bill to the committee.” If successful in the agriculture committee, the bill would then be brought to the Assembly and the Senate. “Based on their address, people can look up their Senate and Assembly representatives’ contact information at the NYS website [] under the Legislative section,” Funck said. You can follow the Clinic’s activities on Twitter, @epolicypace.



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


Three words: Semester at Sea (SAS). This innovative approach to study abroad, offered by the Institute of Shipboard Education and sponsored by the University of Virginia, prides itself on being the “coolest campus on earth”. Imagine lugging your belongings into a seven deck, 590-foot ship where you meet new people, learn from world-class faculty and travel to between eight to fifteen different countries. Pace students have taken advantage of the SAS experience in the past, including junior marketing major Jessica Szczechowicz who participated in a Semester at Sea Voyage during the fall 2013 semester that stopped at fifteen countries including Spain, Russia, South Africa, Cuba and the Bahamas. “I was impacted the most by the people that we met not only on the ship, but also in port. I met some truly amazing people while on the ship, from inspiring students my age to the passionate professors that I had and even got to know our academic dean on board who was an astronaut,” Szczechowicz said. “In port, I had numerous conversations with locals all throughout our travels which helped me to learn much more about the culture of the countries that we were visiting.” Part of the SAS mission statement is “to use global engagement as an educational tool”. Last October, the program celebrated fifty years since its first departure into a new model of international education and sixty thousand students participating in the program. On board, there are 75 courses of study across different disciplines, and a set of Global Comparative Lens Series courses to choose from. There are Field Labs or in-country educational trips, and faculty-led trips open to the whole shipboard community. SAS credits are fully accredited and are transferable through the University of Virginia Szczechowicz’s favorite class was Sociology of Gender and Society.

“We were required to complete port observations for the countries that we visited which encouraged us to write about anything that we may have witnessed in our travels that pertained to gender,” Szczechowicz said. “From the discussions that we had in class, I was able to be much more aware to the gender inequalities that surrounded us which I think was a very worthwhile lesson”. Taking the Atlantic Exploration Voyage Fall 2014, the Around the World Voyage Spring 2015 or the Northern Europe and Africa Voyage Summer 2015 will still be similar to overseas oncampus study in that following extracurricular and co-curricular activities, among others, will be offered: Students of Service, Student Programming Board, exercise, music, dance and theater groups, cultural clubs, Model UN, LGBTQA groups, Intramural sport tournaments and Greek Life. Szczechowicz shared one of her favorite memories from the SAS voyage, when she visited Cuba, “Our first day there we had to attend educational lectures at the University of Havana, which was interesting, but, the best part about that was meeting all of the Cuban students who went there. When we first arrived, we were given a speech about how happy they were to have us visiting their school and their country before they invited us to climb the famous stairs up to campus.” Szczechowicz said. “When we turned around and began the procession up the stairs, they started to play John Lennon’s ‘Imagine.’ At this point we were already getting to know the Cuban students, so the lyrics just seemed perfect for the situation because in that moment it did seem like ‘the world could live as one.’” Packing also proved to be an essential lesson to be learned. “One very important thing to think about while packing is to bring versatile clothing because you will be wearing a lot of the same things over those 4 months for various different occasions – whether it be a day on the ship or for a day’s adventure in port,”

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY JESSICA SZCZECHOWICZ (Top) Jessica at the Berlin Wall in Germany; (Bottom) Students climbing the stairs to University of Havana in Cuba while the song “Imagine” was being played. Szczechowicz said. Semester at Sea is four months of new cultures and developing new perspectives, better understanding of the world, hands-on learning in each country on the itinerary and access to organizations like National Geographic, TEDX and the Clinton Global Initiative. “I absolutely positively recommend Semester at Sea to anyone who loves to travel and wants to be immersed in a global educational experience. As long as you allow yourself to make the most out of the voyage, it will be an incredibly life changing event.” Szczechowicz said. “My world perspective has most certainly been impacted by this trip and I

feel much more educated about cultures that before this voyage I knew little to absolutely nothing about! You will make friends with some truly amazing people, hopefully become totally enveloped in the experiences that you have both on and off the ship”. The program fee covers “tuition, room, board, SAS Field Labs, premium travel health insurance and e-mail account”. The Institute of Shipboard Education offers four million in financial aid every year and their website provides a comprehensive list of scholarships for prospective students ranging from full tuition Presidential Scholarships to Need-based Grants and WorkStudy. International students can

also apply for scholarships. To apply to Semester at Sea, students, as well as adults through SAS’s life-long learner option, have to fill out an on-line application. Deadlines are on a rolling basis and it is encouraged to apply one year in advance. Interested students are encouraged to stop by the Study Abroad Office, or visit, to inquire more about this opportunity. If you have studied aboard and would like to offer other students study abroad and travel related tips please e-mail sj84783p@ with your name, major, study abroad program and tip.




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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

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Hey, everybody, welcome back to the second semester at Pace University. This is Alice Altshuler with the continuation of my column from last semester. I missed Pace over semester break. I had a great holiday and most recently I celebrated my 22nd birthday, on February 17th. I went to New Jersey and hung out with my parent’s friends and got some amazing presents. How was everyone’s vacation over the holidays? I am really happy to write for the Pace Chronicles again. I hope you all have a great hard-working semester. Good luck with everything, until next week when I write my next article.


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“Spiritual but not religious people are especially prevalent in the younger population in the United States,” Alan Miller of CNN’s Belief Blog said. Seeing as this seems to be the case, I decided to investigate what the difference between being spiritual or religious is. According to Miriam Webster dictionary, the term religious is defined as “believing in a god or a group of gods and following the rules of religion,” while spiritual is defined as “of or relating to a person’s spirit; of or relating to religion or religious beliefs; having similar values and ideas; related or joined in spirit.” There are several different ways to define spirituality, while religion seems fairly straightforward. Writer Austin Cline’s article “Religion vs. Spirituality” defines each term a bit more clearly, in regards to real world application. He asserts that “Religion describes the social, public, and the organized means by which people relate to the sacred and the divine while spirituality describes such relations when they occur in private, personal, and even in eclectic ways.” There are several issues which arise with the concept of spirituality. For example, there are those who believe spirituality is a copout, not a real form of belief at all. Alan Miller makes the claim, “The trouble is that ‘spiritual but not religious’ offers no positive exposition or understanding or explanation of a body of belief.” He later says, “At the heart of the spiritual but not religious attitude is an unwillingness to take a real position. Influenced by the contribution of modern science, there is a reluctance to advocate a literalist translation of the world.” John Wrench, a junior studying philosophy and religious studies here at Pace, wrote in his own blog, “the spiritual movement describes itself to me as agnosticism gone wild-- an attempt to skirt responsibility and instead, introduce indecisiveness and a faux-intellectualism to ironically compensate for the lack of thought.” Furthermore, it may be that religion’s formation, and perhaps reason for thriving throughout generations, is that it attempts

to create order out of chaos, while spirituality has less social requirement being that it entails a more individualistic perspective. On the other hand, there are those who, for various reasons, would rather not identify with any particular form of organized religious thought. Alan Miller makes the point that “It seems that just being a part of a religious institution is nowadays associated negatively, with everything from the Religious Right to child abuse, back to the Crusades and of course with terrorism today.” In addition to such human rights concerns, there are several expectations which come with a religious institution, some of which an individual might feel are unnecessary or might be unwilling to follow. Best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert, writes in her own spiritual memoir that “I think you have every right to cherry-pick when it comes to moving your spirit and finding peace in God. You take whatever works from wherever you can find it, and you keep moving toward the light.” It is because of such aforementioned arguments that Austin Cline discerns, “the valid distinction is between spirituality and organized religion.” Here at Pace, there are students of religious faith, students who identify with spirituality, and those who do not identify with a higher power at all. Senior philosophy and religious studies major, Qadry Harris, lives by the quote, “Be spiritual, not religious. Spirituality is the individual’s attempt to connect with the absolute, to come to grips with life’s most difficult questions. Religion is a man-made dogmatic institution designed to control the masses.” Given that we live in a country which protects our first amendment rights to freedom of religion, any view of religion or spirituality cannot be considered any less than any other. However one chooses to believe is a matter of personal choice. Yet, neither religion nor spirituality is something which should be considered passively, for it is a lifestyle choice. One might want to consider, honestly, why they believe the way they do and whether they do feel they can live in accordance with that belief, no matter the final decision.


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Student Activity Fees: Get Your Money’s Worth SARA MORIARTY OPINION EDITOR

All undergraduate students, both commuters and residents, pay a student activity fee, which is $101 per semester. You don’t necessarily have to be on campus 24/7 and highly involved in organizations and activities to see your money in action. But being involved and active on campus is a guaranteed way to make the most of the student activity fee. Those involved on campus certainly see their money by going to events; from fashion shows to pizza gatherings, it is, for the most part, fairly easy for students to get their money’s worth of activities out of the activity fee. “It’s your money. It gets spent on a lot of cool things that people don’t take advantage of,” sophomore psychology major Eric Medina-Rivera said. “If you want to see your money get put to good use, then go to events.” Medina-Rivera is the treasurer of Psychology Club and a senator for the Pace Drama Alliance. The bottom line is that if you don’t make time to go to events, you are missing out on what your much of your activity fee is going toward. “It can be a struggle to be involved, especially for commuters,” Medina-Rivera said. “But you need to make the time and

want to go to events.” Sungi Clark, Vice President of Finance of the Student Government Association (SGA), expressed a similar view. “It depends on how involved [students] are. If they go to events, they will see money,” Clark said. However, there are ways to have a say in how the money is spent even if you are not involved on campus, or lack the time to go to events held throughout the semester. Commuters who have any issues at Pace can go to the Commuter Advisory Board (CAB), with those concerns. CAB can submit requests for funds for beneficial events or items on behalf of commuters, thus allowing those who may not be on campus all that often to have a say in how their money is spent. The Student Government Association can also submit Budget Management System (BMS) forms on behalf of anyone at Pace. A prime example of this SGA representation involves the issue of the pool sticks in the commuter lounge. The pool sticks were horrible, making it a difficult task to play pool. Most of the commuters and residents who spend time in the commuter lounge were aware of this dismal situation. To solve this, SGA, on behalf of those who frequent the

THIS WEEK’S PACE POLL How do you think your student activity fee should be spent? Club events? Individual requests? Campus beautification and improvements? Let us know! ...And then head to a Budget Meeting to make it happen!

commuter lounge, submitted a BMS form to request funds for new pool sticks. (As one who can commonly be found in the commuter lounge, I would like to express my appreciation for this SGA representation.) Commuters who may not have time to stay after classes for events can therefore see some of their money at work by playing pool between classes. The activity fee paid by all goes wherever it is approved to go by the Budget Allocation Committee (BAC). Organizations on campus can put in a request for funds for events that can benefit the entire student body and that do not exclude anyone. “No organization is allowed to request money for something that is not open and beneficial for all of Pace’s population,” Clark said. Again, while it is possible to have a voice in the matter of activity fee spending whether you hold are involved on campus or not, it is a good idea to take advantage of all the events Pace has to offer. This is a surefire way to get your money’s worth of campus activity. For more detail on how BAC meetings and budget requests work, take a look back at the article “What happens at budget meetings: the breakdown,” on the Pace Chronicle website.


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Pace Winter Parking Proves Difficult For Students SARA MORIARTY OPINION EDITOR

Parking complaints are fairly common at the Pace Pleasantville campus. The snow has not helped, and there very well may be more inclement weather and parking woes before this winter ends. The parking lots were plowed, but like most roads throughout Westchester, icy conditions and mounds of snow remain an issue. “It sucks,” sophomore accounting major and commuter Besan Bashjawish said. According to Bashjawish, people have been disregarding parking rules and parking etiquette because of the messy, snowy conditions. “People take up two spots, especially by the library and behind Lienhard,” Bashjawish said. “It has not been a good week for parking.” Other students have complained about getting citations during or right after snowfall. Some believe that Pace Security should be more lenient when it comes to parking infractions during snowstorms. Pace Chronicle web editor Andrew Linthwaite was certainly

PHOTOS BY (LEFT) BESAN BASHJAWISH AND (RIGHT) ANDREW LINTHWAITE (Left) Snowy road conditions have apparently led some to disregard common parking courtesies; (Right) Much to the dismay of Pace students, parking citations are still given out in poor weather conditions

annoyed a few weeks ago when he cleared snow from his car only to discover a parking ticket on his windshield. Parked overnight at the Briarcliff campus during a storm, Linthwaite felt that he wouldn’t receive a citation due to the dangerous weather conditions preventing him from leaving the campus safely. He was wrong. Parking citations do still happen in snowstorms. “We overlook minor stuff,

but if [students] are disregarding rules, we will give citations,” Director of Security Vincent Beatty said about parking on Pace grounds during inclement weather situations. According to Beatty, students should avoid infractions such as blocking fire lanes or parking in handicap spots no matter how messy the weather makes the parking lots on the Pleasantville and Briarcliff campuses. Basically, it’s a good idea to

follow parking rules as much as possible to avoid finding a citation buried under mounds of snow on your windshield. Beatty suggested that, should bad weather lead to bad parking situations, students should park and leave their cars in Lot T, in the townhouse Lot O, or in the parking lot next to North Hall. These lots should be clear to park, and those staying over in Briarcliff are better off leaving their cars in one of those men-

tioned Pleasantville lots during weeknights. As for the people taking up extra spots because of messy parking lots, it might be a good idea to allow for extra time to find a safe and spot instead of leading to a chain reaction of parking out of the lines, as the picture sent to me and taken by Besan Bashjawish clearly shows. The picture was taken in the lot behind Miller. The winter will end eventually, but parking citations will not.

keep their metabolisms in motion. Food logs (to measure appropriate carbohydrate, fat, and protein intake) and biweekly weigh-ins help in tracking the team’s overall and individual progress. Given the transition Pace’s football program is experiencing, there are inevitably mixed emotion among the players. Junior cellular biology major and offensive lineman Matt Digby divulged that many players turned to him for insight due to prior experience. “I transferred in last year and noticed there were a lot of aspects that were undermined, or not emphasized enough,” Digby said. “This program is what we need; Coach Rondeau brings structure, which is what we were lacking.” The early-morning, structured workouts help to kick-start the athletes’ metabolisms as well as foster unity and competition among team members. However, Digby feels that Fit Camp is more than just a means of a new workout; rather it is a healthier mindset. “It’s a better approach to make us better overall athletes and will enhance our performance,” junior business major and running back Blair Wynn said. “I think more people are buying in every week.” “Fit Camp has given us a start to the day on the right foot, if you will,” Digby said. “We do things more competitively which brings out the competitive nature within players and will make us better, all-around athletes.” Some Pace students feel that student-athletes should hold the

importance of academics to the same caliber as that of athletics. “When you’re on a team but your grades are below average, it makes it seem like you’re only here for the scholarship, and that you don’t care about the experience or the actual degree that you’re here to earn,” junior marketing major Maltha Romano said. High concern for academia has proven to be an imperative characteristic of what contributes to wellrounded, college athletes. “Some teachers give [athletes] the upper hand and will let them take a test early or miss class if they know that they have a game,” senior psychology major Ashley Boga said. “It’s not fair to the rest of us if they don’t take the class seriously.” Pace does not stack scholar-

ships, thus deeming athletic scholarships and academic grants mutually exclusive. Because many players receive academic subsidies as opposed to athletic scholarships, their investment to the athletic team could be jeopardized. Rondeau’s point-based system addresses both educational and academic integrity. “The first week there were ways around some of the old systems,” Digby said. “For example, some players would swipe into mandatory study hall but nobody would make sure we actually stayed and did our work, so players would fool around or leave.” Coach Rondeau periodically texts his players with motivational messages that encourage them to compete off the field, in all realms of life. He feels that in the overall

scheme of things, consistency is key. “American culture says ‘win’, but we really just want to get better,” Rondeau said. “We’ll be good when we’re good, but we have to keep on this path.” Coach Rondeau’s players attest to his theory that consistency prevails. “We are starting to see results,” Digby said. “I think that if we keep this up, we can count on at least a couple of wins.” Rondeau hopes that Pace’s football program will soon contribute to the vibrancy and livelihood of the Pace campus. Pace Football is making valiant efforts to “Strive For Excellence” by refusing to settle for mediocrity.


Players are also required to attend weight lifting sessions three times a week, which are scheduled in accordance with their academic schedules. “We utilize Olympic training techniques to help increase power and explosiveness,” Bohlander said. “Our weight program is centered around ground based, multijoint movements and focuses on improving our postural strength through core work and flexibility/ range of motion to help reduce injuries.” Tuesdays and Thursdays are the lighter days for the athletes, in which they focus on speed and agility training. In addition to the new workout routines, Rondeau is dedicated to ensuring that the players’ diets are effective in keeping their metabolism on high alert throughout the day. “We want to educate [the players] as to the right way to go about [weight loss],” Rondeau said. “In the past, players cut their nutritional intake to twice a day to try to achieve a certain weight.” Infrequent eating has the opposite effect when attempting to shed excess weight. If the body is unsure of when the next meal is coming, then the metabolism will consequentially slow down. By eating six times a day, alternating between snacks and meals, the players will


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Smoothie of the week:

Mango Peach



Ingredients: -1 peach, sliced -1 mango, peeled and diced -1/2 cup vanilla soy milk (regular soy milk works just fine) -1/2 cup orange juice, or as needed

Directions: Place the peach, mango, soy milk, and orange juice into a blender. Cover, and puree until smooth. Pour into glasses to serve. *for garnish, raspberries and strawberries pair well*


ENTERTAINMENT Ellen Page Comes Out A reflection of what’s hot in entertainment from the perspective of Pace student’s versus that of one eccentric writer



Last week at the Human Rights Campaign’s “Time to Thrive” Conference, actress Ellen Page openly admitted for the first time, that she is gay. Over the past several years, the press has questioned the 27-yearold actress’ sexuality on numerous occasions, but there was never any evidence to prove it. “I’m here today because I am gay. And because…maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility,” Page said to the crowd. Over the past several years, other celebrities like Jim Parsons, Anderson Cooper, and Frank Ocean have also come out, hoping that the media and fan base would accept them for who they truly are. “I can say that it’s warming to see other famous people such as Ellen coming out with her sexuality because slowly as times goes on it’s okay to be who you are,”

junior nursing major and President of Pleasantville’s Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Edwin Rodriguez said. “I was surprised when I found out, I never really questioned it in the first place though, but I’m glad she [came out],” senior psychology and anthropology major Alanna Accinelli said. “It’s important that you accept who you are. She always seemed awkward in heterosexual roles, so I’m happy to see that she’s happy.” My Two Cents: The idea of someone coming out has become a right of passage in the gay community. It’s a milestone because of the amount of courage it takes to do it. Celebrities can often serve as a voice for the people and when we see them owning up to themselves in the public eye, it can give others the same courage. I’m a big fan of Ellen Page, I think between Juno and Inception she won me over as both a leading actress and supporting actress. Her audience is primarily younger, more specifically in the teenage crowd so I think her coming out could convince some of

PHOTO FROM ABC NEWS Ellen Page announces her homosexuality at the Human Right’s Time to Thrive Conference last week. her fans that there is enough support and love out there that they should also come out. In the all-boys Catholic High School that I attended, homophobia was a frequent topic that plagued the hallways. Some of my closest friends there were ‘in the closet’ throughout the entire time

they were there. This was because of the amount of ignorance and idiocy that enveloped the student body. I’m not saying that if Ellen Page had came out when I was in high school my friends would have came out, but the speech she gave was so inspiring that it might’ve helped them deal with their secre-

cy, loneliness and accepting themselves for who they are. I think that if she hadn’t came out during that speech it still would have been an inspiring speech and the fact that she’s finally comfortable with herself and was willing to talk about it in a public space was great to see.




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What if you lost the ability to hear the music you love? Would it be gone forever—or could you find a way to get it back again? As her JBFC residency comes to an end, filmmaker Lindsey Dryden joins us to discuss her intimate, perceptive documentary about deafness, music, and the incredible human brain via the actual experiences of a dancer, a pianist, and a music critic.

Q&A Lindsay Dryden and Brian Ackerman

Filmmaker Lindsey Dryden has been in residence at the JBFC since Feb. 9, filming, editing, and doing postproduction work on her new documentary, Plié. Dryden was nominated for Best New UK Filmmaker (London’s Open City Docs Fest) and Best Female-Directed Film (Sheffield Doc/ Fest) in 2012, for Lost and Sound. Before starting to make films independently, she worked on TV documentaries for BBC, The History Channel, and others. This program is made possible through The Kathryn W. Davis Fellowship for International Understanding Through Film with support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the National Endowment for the Arts.


In July 2013, Netflix premiered its second original series: Orange Is the New Black (OITNB). The move to create original programming has proven successful for the on-demand streaming service. Interestingly, shows created exclusively for online viewing purposes (i.e. House of Cards and Hemlock Grove) are becoming more popular than shows created exclusively for their host’s competitor, Hulu. Inspired by the real life struggles of memoirist Piper Kerman, OITNB follows the life of Piper Chapman, a bisexual female charged with carrying drug money for her former girlfriend, Alex Vause. Chapman deals with the

PHOTO PROVIDED BY JAKE WILLIAMS Sophomores Jake Williams, guitarist, and Mickey Azirov, lead vocalist, are going viral for their acoustic covers of mainstream music (Check out their channel, AzirovMusic, YouTube).

Artist Spotlight: Mickey Azirov and Jake Williams DEREK KADEMIAN


If you are passing through the third floor of Dow Hall, you may be able to hear the acoustic performances of sophomore finance major Mickey Azirov and sophomore communications major Jake Williams. But in case you’re not one of the few people that live near them, they post their songs to their YouTube channel, AzirovMusic, which is currently going viral. The pair has been receiving quite a bit of attention for their acoustic covers of popular songs, both indie and mainstream pop. Their satirical cover of Rebecca Black’s song “Saturday” is at almost 4,000 views while their rendition of Panic! At the Disco’s “The End of All Things” is nearly at 8,000 views. The group formed when the

two were arbitrarily paired as roommates last fall - and they’ve been collaborating ever since. “I already had my own YouTube channel when Jake and I became roommates,” Azirov said. “[Jake] is great at photography, filming, and music, so we just decided to start making these cover videos together.” Williams started playing guitar in middle school and Azirov started in high school. Even though one is from the outskirts of Connecticut and the other from the Bronx, the two have managed to find some common ground through Jason Mraz, John Mayer, and several other indie rock bands. Since then the two have made seven videos, totaling 21,000 views. Although their covers range between popular indie rock titles and pop, may paint them up as a bunch of softies, but it is in

fact quite the contrary. “I have a couple acoustic projects and I’m in a hardcore band back home,” Williams said. “One of my favorite bands is The Devil Wears Prada [a metalcore band].” Armed with only a Cannon T3I, a Blue Microphone, and two acoustic guitars, the boys’ DIY project has become something that they never expected. One of the most unexpected moments was a harsh lesson in online music piracy. “Once our cover of “Saturday” started gaining some attention, we found out that someone from the United Arab Emirates stole our song for one of his own videos,” Azirov said. After the realization occurred they contacted YouTube to report the copyright infringement, which ultimately resulted in the user having to take down the video.

“The crazy part was that it wasn’t the first time this guy had done this,” Azirov said. “We contacted a few of the other artists he had ripped off as well, the guy had 10,000 subscribers, and meanwhile we barely have 200. I’m not sure if I’m mad that he tried stealing it or honored that he liked it that much.” Williams plans on pursuing a career in music, photography, or both, while Azirov remains certain that he’s bound for the world of finance. “I’d love to be a singer songwriter for a living, but I think finance is more realistic and secure, though I’ll definitely keep it as a side project,” Azirov said. When you visit Azirov and William’s YouTube channel, AzirovMusic, don’t forget to hit “subscribe.”

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constant presence of her ex-girlfriend in the same prison as she, as well as the stress that her sentence is causing in her relationship with her fiancé Larry. Quite frankly, I am in no way surprised at all of the attention this show has garnered. Its originality is refreshing, its characters are versatile and entertainingly complex, and the diversity and talent of the cast, and therefore the situations that are allowed manifest throughout the series, all culminate to make this show a hit. To a lot of Pace students, the show has become somewhat of a summer treat, with the first season premiering July 2013, and the second set to premiere in June. Netf-

lix even releases the whole season at once, allowing viewers to wrap themselves into blanket burritos and binge watch the entire show in a matter of days - or hours. I feel that the success of OITNB can be attributed to many relatable angles that its plot implements. These elements include the struggles of LGBTQI people in the prison community, the burden of being the loved one of someone incarcerated, and the dangers of every day prison life. Lauren Alves, a senior nursing student and OITNB fan, appreciates the representation of LGBTQI people and their struggles on screen. “I loved the show, obvious-

ly,” Alves said. “I like how Netflix took on a show like this and I think there needs to be more shows about real women and their struggles.” Like Alves, junior communications major Eboni Edwards enjoys the inclusion of gay characters as just that: characters. “The show is funny, and they do the gay part pretty accurately, but for the most part it’s unrealistic,” Edwards said. “Women in jail are nuts, just like men…security should be tighter.” Those who have yet to watch the show have nonetheless heard much about it. “I haven’t seen it yet, [but] I’ve heard it’s good, and touches on

some controversial topics,” senior psychology major Kay Lanza said. “It’s bringing the female prison system to light, which I haven’t seen before, and the cast is mostly female, which is a huge shocker considering there’s always a very small female to male ratio in movies and shows.” OITNB creator, Jenji Kohan, has made a tough but loveable female cast, which is unsurprising, as her expertise has been proven successful through her other work in Showtime’s Weeds, Tracy Takes On, and Gilmore Girls. What OITNB is doing for women on screen is great, and what it’s doing to my free time is wonderful as well.


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Jeter: “2014 season will be my last,” Pace reacts JAMES MIRANDA FEATURED WRITER

One of New York’s legendary athletes will retire from Major League Baseball (MLB) after the 2014 season as the New York Yankees’ captain and shortstop. Derek Jeter said in his statement released on Wed., Feb. 12 via Facebook, “The one thing I always said to myself was that when baseball started to feel more like a job, it would be time to move forward.” Even rivals are disappointed by his sudden statement. “As a Boston Red Sox fan, I have the most respect for Jeter because he’s an amazing player and has been the face of the [Yankees] since he started playing shortstop with them,” freshman accounting major James Obuchowski said. “I was pretty upset, but at the same time he’s had a wonderful career.” Jeter is completely respected amongst all baseball fans and his announcement was both startling and saddening. He’s been idyllic and has been an impact on many young baseball players’ lives. He has had a successful career in sports’ toughest market and is about to come out unscathed. “A generation is now over,” said freshman business undecided major Joe Casarella, in reference

to baseball losing two greats in back-to-back years. “[We] had the Core Four with Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, and Jeter; after this year it’s basically all over, time for a new generation.” Just last season the Yankees lost Rivera, as he too retired. Rivera is statistically baseball’s greatest closer with 652 regular season saves and is what many consider to be the main reason as to why the Yankees have their World Series championships from 1996, 19982000 and 2009. Rivera is also the all-time postseason leader in saves (42) and ERA (0.70). Casarella, a baseball player himself, grew up watching Jeter. “He meant a lot,” Casarella said. “I’m a New York Mets fan, to be honest, and the only players that I respect from the [Yankees] are Rivera and Jeter. I thought [Jeter] was the classiest player that I’ve ever seen play.” The Yankees’ goal every season is to win another championship. It only seems fitting that Jeter would win his sixth ring in his last season as one of the Yankees’ most famed players. “I hope not,” Obuchowski later said in reference to a possible Yankees World Series victory. “But they definitely stand a good

PHOTO FROM THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES Long-time Yankee, Derek Jeter, retires, and Pace’s baseball fans are saddened, yet supportive. chance just like how the Baltimore Ravens won in Ray Lewis’s last year.” Ever since Jeter’s retirement was announced ticket prices have soared. The New York Times reported that Jeter’s final Yankee Stadium appearance was starting at $26. In nearly two hours of his announcement the price had risen

by 350 percent. “I was sad when I found out about Jeter. I couldn’t believe it,” said Yankee fan and freshman education major Nancy Tavarez. “[Jeter’s] the greatest shortstop of all-time.” There is no easy way to justify what or who Jeter is, the only thing people can say is that he is

the classiest player to play in any generation. From the Mr. November shot in game four of the 2001 World Series to his 3,000 career hit landing in the stands in leftcenter field Jeter defined a generation of baseball and stands taller and just as tall as the others he is compared to.



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PHOTO FROM PACESETTERSATHLETICS.COM With playoff hopes and a new head coach, Pace’s Men’s Lacrosse team looks to turn things around in the upcoming season.


Snow blanketing the ground, cold winter air blowing outside: it certainly doesn’t seem like the time to be playing spring sports, but the Setters won’t let Nature stop them from starting their season. “It’s been interesting; the weather certainly hasn’t made it easy for us,” said Head Coach Tom Mariano, as he prepares for his first season of lacrosse at Pace. “Half the time we don’t even know where we are going to practice. It’s been a day-today kind of thing. We’ve only been able to play on a full-field twice.” Having to play on indoor fields for almost all of the preseason can be tough, but Mariano believes it’s not something to worry over. “There is really nothing we can do about it,” Mariano said. “I think it certainly has affected everyone considering we have to make some adjustments, but at the end of the day you really just have to do the best you can with what you have.” Playing indoors because of the weather is not the only adjustment that the lacrosse team has had to make this season. Having a new coach has completely changed the mindset of the players, giving them a new perspective while also challenging them to excel each and every day.

“Last season we weren’t really on the same page,” said sophomore middle Frank Buffalino, a finance major in the Lubin School of Business. “We had a very individualistic mindset; we weren’t really working as a team. Things have changed with Mariano though. We are all on the same page; we are all dedicated.” Coming from a position as assistant coach and defensive coordinator for The Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse (MLL), Mariano expects nothing less than to win, and it’s that mentality that has been instilled into the players. “We have a completely new system, new approach, and a new attitude this season,” said junior defender T.J. Bonci, who is majoring in criminal justice. “We are looking to finish stronger this season, as it seems that there has been a sort of losing trend the past few years.” That trend that Bonci referred to is the fact that the lacrosse team has lost all of their final games for the last eight seasons, with the Setters losing their last four games in 2012 and 2011, and their last six last season. “It was tough to watch, especially with the home games because that’s when we had our family and friends come see us,” said Bonci, who recorded 33 groundballs in 14 games last season. “It sucks not being able to finish out strong.” But with a new attitude, the focus is now on winning “re-

gardless of how tough they are” as put by Buffalino. “We give 110 percent during practice so that when it’s game time it gets a little easier. All our coaches really push us hard during practice because they know there is a lot of potential. They know how great we can be.” Practices have gone well so far according to the team, with more focus being put on the little things. “We’ve really been working on some of the smaller aspects of the game such as ground balls; all the little things that make our game stronger,” said senior Timothy Izzo, who last year recorded 54 saves while finishing with a 3-2 record as a goalie. “Having worked in the MLL, Mariano will show us videos of professional players and then we’ll take bits of pieces of how they do certain things and incorporate that into our game.” Beside practices, the lacrosse team has also done some community service, giving them some time to bond as a team. “We’ve been playing basketball with special needs kids and it’s really great because it really gives us the opportunity to see how life should be lived,” said Buffalino, who scored a total of six goals last season while playing in 12 games. “I think it certainly makes us feel better being able to give back to the community. I believe that you get what you give, so if you do something good you’ll get something good in return. From a team standpoint

it’s really brought us together, and it’s helped us both mentally and physically.” The standards have been set high, as the Setters hope to make the playoffs and get to the National Championships. But because of that new winning mentality, the players seem confident that they will be able to achieve their goals. “We definitely have a sort of division I type of mentality when it comes to competition,” Buffalino said. “We expect to win, you know. We start off the season playing against last year’s champs, Le Moyne College, but just because they won last year doesn’t mean that we can’t beat them this year. If we play as a team, we should be able to shock everyone. It all starts with that first game, and getting a win.” Both Izzo and Bonci hope to bring some “prominence to Pace” by making it to the playoffs this season. “I think it’s been about 15 years since we won the Conference and about seven or eight years since we made the playoffs, so we definitely want to try and bring Pace back to the playoffs and really make our school proud.” The team will play their first game of the year on Sat., March 8 at Le Moyne College, followed by the first home game on Thur., March 13 as the Setters face Dominican College at 3:30 p.m. The complete schedule for the 2014 season can be found at

so we know that while it is nice to be ranked where we are, we still do have to play our best every game.” Another thing that the team won’t get too concerned over is the amount of wins that they get this season. Of course, they hope to top the 33 win mark that they achieved last season, but ultimately the team understands that each game has to be taken one day at a time. “33 wins was another huge accomplishment for our team,” said Pepe, who hit .286 last season, along with a five game hitting streak. “Anytime you win 30 or more games in a college season it’s a big accomplishment. We would love to get there again and win more than 33 games. We just stay focused day in and day out and work hard to prepare us to win as many games as possible once the season starts.” Success is the goal, with Viegas saying that the team “strives to win every game.” While some teams strive to win the championship, Manning believes that it’s important to focus on the first goal, which is to make the playoffs, before worrying about winning championships. “Last couple of years it’s been win the division and then lose in the first round,” Manning said. “Our first goal is to try and get in the playoffs, try to win the NE-10 division. After that it’s up to how we play moving forward. If you play well against the other teams in your conference then you will get the chance to make it in to the playoffs. Our conference is stacked, so we just need to go out there and play well and go as far as we can.” Much like with lacrosse and softball, Nature has not been very cooperative when it comes to preparing for the start of the season, something Manning finds to be a bit of an issue. “It’s certainly a challenge because having to play indoors you try to replicate that ‘in-game’ feel and it’s not easy,” Manning said. “There are certain things you need to work on that you can’t really do inside. We haven’t been able to go outside and work on fly balls, and that’s a big part of the game. It’s been tough compared to the last two or three years.” The Setters begin their season on Sat., March 1 as they take on Bloomfield College. After two more road games, the Setters return to Pace for a three-game weekend series against Merrimack College on Sat., March 8 and Sun., March 9. Check out for the complete schedule as well as upcoming events and promotions.


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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “We don’t really pay much attention to the rankings because, in the end, you still have to play all of the games.” --Sophomore outfielder Michael Viegas




The Pace baseball team looks to make another run at the playoffs this season, after finishing with a record of 33-17 in 2013, the second most wins in Pace history, while also making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1985. Although they were unable to make it past the first round, senior David Pepe still considered it to be an “awesome” year. “Making it to the regional tournament was an unbelievable experience that we will never forget,” said Pepe, an infielder and outfielder majoring in management. “It was something that we were proud of as a team because it was one of our goals in the beginning of the year and we accomplished it.” Head Coach Henry Manning saw the team making the playoffs as “a really good thing” but believed that the team “ran out of gas” towards the end. “Last year we had a very good offensive team, we were able to score a lot of runs. We actually lead the conference in hitting [The Setters finished the season with 514 hits and scored 295 runs]. Our offense carried us throughout the season. Once we got to the playoffs though, we really weren’t able to hit as much. Pitching and defense wins ball games and we just ran out of

PHOTO FROM PACESETTERSATHLETICS.COM The Pace baseball team has high hopes for the upcoming season. pitching in the end.” The pitching situation seems to look brighter this season however, as Manning says he is “comfortable with the pitching depth we have.” “If everyone stays healthy, then I think we are in pretty good shape,” Manning said. A gain in pitching is certainly a good thing, especially when

the offense seems to be an entirely different situation. “We lost a good number of guys from last year that really brought a lot to our offense,” said Manning, who enters his 14 season as head coach. “I think we lost about four or five guys. So we need some of those new guys to come in and step up.” Looking ahead to the new

season, the Setters were voted to finish third in the Southwest division in the preseason coaches’ poll. The team however, chooses not to worry about it. Sophomore outfielder Michael Viegas sees the pre-season rankings as “motivation to do better and to prove to ourselves and everyone that we are a great baseball team.”

Pepe believes that pre-season rankings “don’t mean a lot.” “We don’t really pay much attention to those rankings because in the end you still have to play all the games. In baseball any team can be beaten any day CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 “BASEBALL PREVIEW”

Playoff Hopes Still Alive For Setters Basketball Season NATALIA ALVAREZ PAGAN SPORTS EDITOR

A 19 point performance from senior Denzel Primus-Devonish helped carry the Setters to a 69-51 win over the Panthers of Adelphi University. On Sat., Feb. 22, the Men’s Basketball team pulled Pace within one game for the final playoff spot in the NE-10 Southwest Division. The Setters opened up the game with a 17-0 run, giving them a 17-3 lead within the first eight minutes of the game. Adelphi was limited to 1-for18 shooting during that period. Though the Panthers rallied to pull within eight points, the Setters were able to keep them away, going into the half with a

32-22 lead. Pace continued its offensive run with a 26 point lead midway through the second half. A win on Tue., Feb. 25 against Le Moyne College, followed by a loss from Adelphi would result in a playoff spot for Pace. “It’s certainly an interesting situation,” graduate assistant coach Kevin Clark said. “It’s very exciting for our group of guys, especially with it being Coach Kennedy’s first year. We have to treat this next game like it’s already a playoff game.” The women’s team was also in action on Saturday, as they took an 87-50 loss against Adelphi University. Freshman Kristen Dodge reached double figures for the

third time in the last four games, but it wasn’t enough, as Adelphi took advantage early, leading 23-4 in the first half. The Setters fought back, but Adelphi was

“We have to treat this game like it’s already a playoff game.” able to keep them away. Both the men and women took on Southern Connecticut State on Wed., Feb. 19, with Dodge leading the way for the

Setters with a double-double, winning the game 70-60. Southern Connecticut opened up the game with the lead, but the Setters were able to pull ahead, as Shanice Allen scored three triples to give Pace a 23-19 lead with 6:56 left. The Setters lead the Owls 35-28 going into the half. A three-point play conversion from Yuni Sher gave Pace a ten point lead beginning in the second half, but the Owls rallied with a 19-4 run, giving them a 49-46 lead with 10:55 left. The Owls continued to fight back, but a lay-up from Dodge put Pace ahead for good, as they followed with a 17-4 run, leading them to the victory. The men’s team took a 94-69


loss to #9 Southern Connecticut, despite a 30 point performance from Kai Smith, a career high for the senior guard. Smith also went 6-6 from three-point range, while senior Jonathan Merceus scored 17 points, followed by sophomore Jaylan Mann with 10. The Owls took a 16-7 lead early on in the first half, and although Pace was able to cut down the lead to 19-13, the Owls scored the next 12 points in the final minutes of the first half, ending the half with a 47-28 lead. Both teams will face Le Moyne College on Tue., Feb. 25, with the women’s game starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.