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The “N-Word”: Pace Athletics Reacts CECILIA LEVINE
The “N-Word” has come to serve a dual purpose in the English language. It conjures up thoughts of oppression and persecution yet is used in the vernacular as a term of endearment by those who should, by all accounts, be offended. Charged with bigotry and dripping with hatred, the “NWord” is but a common part of the lexicon of the current generation whose parents and grandparents fought so ferociously for the equality of African Americans. It is a word that many lyricists and athletes have welcomed as an acceptable constituent of American culture. The “N-Word” recently made headlines in the National Football League (NFL) when records of harassment involving offensive linemen Richie Incognito and Jonathon Martin of the Miami Dolphins surfaced. Then last month, reports indicated that the NFL was considering penalizing those who use racial slurs, speciﬁcally the “N-Word”, on the playing ﬁeld. “Here you have a word with such a horrible connotation,” said Pace University men’s assistant basketball coach Nat Harris, a biracial American who has had
Photo by Alexa Lauro Sophomores Addison Casey (line backer) and Brenton Fitzgibbon (tight end) of Pace’s football team
Student Committee Pushes To Make Pace Smoke-Free PALOMA MARTINEZ FEATURED WRITER
A committee on campus was established in efforts to change Pace’s smoking policies. “We have put this committee together because of complaints from students at SGA meetings,” Employee and Labor Relations Manager of Pace’s Human Recourses Anna Vidiaev said. So far, the committee only has one active, student member and has conducted its ﬁrst meeting. Vidiaev explained that the
Russian Military Presence in Ukraine Worries Nations and Students CARLOS VILLAMAYOR
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committee’s purpose is not to ban smoking, rather, to review the existing policy and see if any changes should be made. However, they need more students to voice their opinions on the ban so that can come to a decision. The changes will effect each campus differently as there may be more smokers on one Pace campus than another. According to a survey taken last week, some students have voiced that they believe that smoking is a problem on campus even though 35 out of 40 Pleas-
antville students polled don’t smoke. 27 of the 35 say that they sometimes smoke cigarettes in social situations. 8 of those 35 only smoke when stressed or anxious. “If smoking is banned right now it wouldn’t affect me but eventually it probably would because sometimes when I get stressed at the library I like to go out and smoke a cigarette, “sophomore communications arts major Kayce DeTemple said. Other students feel that it is still an unfair rule to implement.
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“I think that the intentions are good but that it’s wrong for them to put restrictions like that on people our age,” junior psychology major Jill Ferro said. Although the legal age to buy cigarettes in New York is 18, not everyone chooses to smoke. Therefore, alterations to the smoking rules on campus are being considered to better beneﬁt everyone on all Pace campuses. According to Vidiaev the committee is not going to make a decision without input from more students.
Tensions have sustained for Ukrainians globally ever since the Russian invasion of Crimea on Feb. 28. The citizen movement that overthrew now ex-President Viktor Yanukovych began last November, with people in Kiev protesting his broken promise to enact a trade agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties to Russia. Earlier this year Ukrainian citizens suffered from violence decreed by their own authorities in an effort to stop the protests. Now Russia’s presence in Crimea is straining the temporal Ukrainian government. “Putin got scared once he saw he had no control over Ukraine, so he attacked,” said Mia Momot, sophomore political science major and native of Ternopil, Ukraine. On March 3, Russia’s foreign minister said troops had been deployed to Crimea in order to protect ethnic Russians in the area from Ukrainian “ultranationalists.” Others point out to the Russian military bases in Crimea, vestiges of an agreement following Ukraine’s separation from Russia, as an important factor in Russia’s tactic. Eugene Robinson from The Washington Post suggested that Russian president Vladimir Putin sent the troops out of belief that Russia’s bases may be under threat. Some moves by the new Ukrainian government may have been seen as provocations or dangers, such as the repeal of a law that made Russian Ukraine’s second ofﬁcial language. Since this took place, as Tablet Magazine reported, Ukrainians have rejected the move and expressed solidarity toward Russian-speaking Ukrainians. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 “UKRAINIAN CONFLICT”
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Students across campus glanced down at their phones last week to see a Facebook friend request from ‘Pace Love Bugs.’ How does this site compare to the others? You decide.
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However, as of last Thur., March 6, the Crimean parliament had formally asked Russia’s government to be re-admitted into the Russian Federation. If Russia accepts this request, the people of Crimea would vote on secession from Ukraine on March 16. “We don’t want to see Ukrainian land go to Russia. Nobody wants to be a part of the Soviet Union and be slaves to Russia,” Momot said. According to sophomore applied psychology major Anastasiya Baltsevych, what is ultimately at stake is whether Ukraine will submit to Putin or become a free democracy. “People aren’t receiving enough pension money and there are no opportunities for Ukrainian students,” said Baltsevych, in regard to living conditions in Russia. “Ukraine has lived in a bubble, under the inﬂuence of Russia, and Russia is not willing to let go.”
Baltsevych was born in Chernivtsi, a city in Western Ukraine, and moved to the United States with her family when she was seven. Her parents own an international trade business, and she believes that, were Russia to gain the upper hand in Ukraine, her parents’ business would be at risk. Momot said she keeps track of both Russian and Ukrainian media since misinformation abounds. “My mom and I are constantly checking the news, we are worried because our family is still in Ukraine,” Momot said. “We want to make sure we are getting the right information because of the media war spreading lies about military.” A third Pace student directly affected by the Russian-Ukrainian conﬂict is sophomore Nataliya Borysyuk, a native of IvanoFrankivsk, Ukraine. Her plans for this summer were cancelled due to the tension in her homeland. “My parents grew up under the Soviet Union, it was a relief for them when Ukraine became independent,” Borysyuk said. “Now
Ukraine’s freedom is at stake.” Associate Professor of Finance Ronald Filante said Russia’s status as a petro-state grants it a huge power and inﬂuence over Ukraine and other European countries, such as Germany and Poland, since these nations depend on Russia for crude oil and natural gas. He feels this is partly why Western nations haven’t taken concrete economic measures against Russia’s military move, and also why the U.S. is pushing to make reﬁned products and natural gas available for exportation to Europe. “In the meanwhile, Russia’s inﬂuence will get weaker,” Filante said. “In 10 years, Europe would probably tell the Russians they don’t need them.” Borysyuk’s mother is Russian, while her father is Ukrainian, which goes to show that there is no inborn hostility between Ukrainian and Russian citizens. Rather, it is an issue of political interests and power; interests that run the risk of ignoring the voice of a people who for over a decade have been wanting to live in their own skin.
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SGA AND BAC MEETING UPDATES 3/7 TAYLOR LONGENBERGER NEWS EDITOR
Student Government Association (SGA) and the Budget Allocation Committee (BAC) met Fri. March 7 for their weekly meetings in Lienhard Lecture Hall. The constitution committee will vote on the donation amendments of the constitution. It was brought up at the SGA meeting that the $10,000 donation for Pace for Kids (P4K) left many students and Pace board members unhappy. Changes to the constitution have yet to be voted on, but the options proposed are: the cap of for donations cannot exceed $1,000, there will be no donations, or there will be no cap, but donations are acceptable. The vice president of programming’s report proposed the idea of having a vice president of programming position for every organization that would meet with SGA. The student involvement on campus has decreased and in creating programs that will draw attention, the hope is that involvement will increase. The Peace and Justice Society was voted an ofﬁcial organization in the senate. The organization can now vote and participate in senate. The organization discusses international topics as well as hunger and debt throughout the globe. Activism is part of their mission and goal on campus. P4K was approved for the fall philanthropy event during the BAC meeting. The event was proposed as a unifying experience for Pace as a whole and has evolved into a “Pace Tradition” in the last year.
Drug Test Failures Call Athletic Policies Into Question EMILY WOLFRUM LAYOUT EDITOR
Recent allegations that two members of the Pace men’s lacrosse team had tested positively for “street drugs” last week have brought into question the logistics of the university’s drug testing policies. “A few of the lacrosse players were caught using [recreational drugs],” an anonymous source said. “They were temporarily suspended and have to take weekly drug tests.” Both players who are alleged to have failed the test declined comment. Pace Athletic Director Mark Brown was unavailable for comment. “I know other programs where if you even think about doing drugs, you get kicked off the team,” head men’s lacrosse coach Tom Mariano said. “If [Pace’s drug policy] were up to me, I think a lot of people might not like it.” Pace’s Athletic Drug Education and Testing Program requires that athletes who have tested positively can be “retested at any time within 30 days of the initial testing date” and “deemed ﬁnancially responsible for any necessary costs for the retest.” Athletes who test positively are additionally suspended from a minimum of 10 percent of regular season games. All student-athletes are required to read the Drug Education and Testing Program and sign a consent form, in order to participate in and receive scholarship for Pace athletics. This program is in accordance with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and its policies. “Student-athletes are responsible for anything they ingest,” the NCAA drug policy pamphlet reads.
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Athletes who do not follow Pace’s Drug Education and Testing Program are suspended from game play.
The same Pace Drug Education and Testing Program describes the way in which drug tests will be administered and how student athletes will be notiﬁed. “[The Athletics Department] tells you the evening before through a text, phone call, and email, and you go in at 6 a.m. and ﬁll out a bunch of forms and wait for them to call you in,” said senior cross country runner Keith Collazo regarding the drug testing process. “Then you piss and someone literally watches [you]. And, your pee has to be a certain pH, and if it’s not they make you run around the track and sweat, so it can either be really quick or really long.” However, Pace’s drug program also states that student-athletes can be tested without prior notiﬁcation. “…all student-athletes may be subjected to no notice testing,” the Program reads. “Student-athletes will be responsible for reporting to the designated testing site within thirty minutes of no-
tiﬁcation. These procedures are set forth to protect the integrity of the process.” Additionally, the program states that student-athletes may be tested under suspicion by the Director of Athletics or any sources deemed reliable by the director. “When you’re a student athlete, you can be tested at any time,” Mariano said. He noted the many beneﬁts of participating in college sports, despite the arbitrary drug tests. “You have kids on scholarship. That’s a beneﬁt,” Mariano said. “There are a lot of perks, like the alumni community and connections.” An anonymous lacrosse player begged the question of Pace athletes who were not on scholarship, and therefore “not a liability to the school.” “As an athlete, you’re representing Pace and your team,” said freshman lacrosse player Brandon Donnellan, who feels that the athletic drug policy is fair. “How can you compete at your best
when you’re taking drugs?” The NCAA website speciﬁcally lists the negative side-effects of banned drugs to an athlete’s game, in addition to the disadvantages of alcohol and tobacco use, which are only banned for riﬂe sports. “No one can prove that drugs are beneﬁcial to you; in fact, studies show that it doesn’t help you at all,” Mariano said. “You’re choosing to take a drug that could kill you.” The Pace athletic drug policy adheres to NCAA standards, but places any additional penalties for athletes at the discretion of the coaches. A second positive drug test will result in the athlete’s dismissal from the team and ineligibility to participate in other collegiate competitions. “[Athletes] have a freedom of choice, not freedom of consequences, and at Pace, those consequences are clearly laid out,” Mariano said. “Follow the rules, or don’t play.”
Lack of Student Interest Endangers Pace Pleasantville Foreign Languages BRETT KURPIT
Enrollment in foreign language courses have been on the decline in recent semesters. Certain foreign language majors and minors at Pace may be discontinued in the near future. The university claims that due to an overall lack of interest, they may no longer be able to offer certain foreign language courses. According to the Chairperson of the Department of English and Modern Languages, Dr. Bette Kirschstein, it’s nearly impossible to keep a foreign language if the interest isn’t sufﬁcient. “Pace has established a standard of 12 students as the minimum limit in a fully enrolled courses,” Kirschstein said. “Costs cannot be covered with-
out that number, however there have been exceptions. A potential growth in the ﬁeld, ongoing demand, and appropriate faculty are all considered.” Dyson undergraduate enrollment has generally been strong in the past few years, but that enrollment increase does not carry over into foreign languages. Pace has been forced to only offer language majors and minors at the New York City campus. That campus has 3,438 new undergraduate students this year, as opposed to 1,288 in Pleasantville, which is why New York is able to offer the foreign languages. Kirschstein believes that this is a smart way to sustain students with a more vast variability of courses. “By consolidating these majors on one campus, we can offer
a greater variety of courses and provide students with opportunities to interact in the language. This is both pedagogically better and economically efﬁcient,” Kirschstein said. Some students, however, ﬁnd it difﬁcult to live in Pleasantville and commute to the city. “The New York City campus isn’t as easily accessible for students, obviously due to its distance and limited transportation,” junior marketing major John Cattani said. “It could become a struggle to attend classes on a consistent basis if someone is majoring in a foreign language.” There are languages that have not been as lucky as those that are accessible in the city. Chinese, for example, has not gained enough interest to be offered as a minor in Pleasantville or New
York. If the introductory course, Chinese 101, does not fulﬁll the requirement of 12 students this fall, it will be cut altogether. 100-level French, Italian, and Spanish culture classes will continue because they consistently attract a large number of students, but the minors for those languages will only be offered in Manhattan. Kirschstein suggested that in addition to transferring or commuting to the New York City campus, studying abroad is a viable solution as well. “Studying abroad for a semester is an excellent way to learn a foreign language and immerse oneself in a foreign culture,” Kirschstein said. “Since the minors require 12 credits of language, we encourage students who wish to minor in French
Studies or Italian Studies to study out of the country.” While there are ways for Pleasantville students to work around this system, the same cannot be said for professors. Unfortunately, if the interest does not show a potential for growth in the near future, teachers may lose their jobs. By not having 12 students enrolled, Pace cannot cover the costs of a professor’s salary, among other needs. At this point, continuing foreign language at Pace falls on the students. The outcome of this issue will be a result of supply and demand. If the student body wants to maintain these majors and minors, the demand will show, and the classes will come back. If not, many foreign languages at Pace may be on their way out.
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Carpe Diem Travel Abroad An inside look at studying abroad; from education overseas to off-campus and anything in between
EXPLORING THE BIG ISLAND SIMONE JOHNSON COLUMNIST
Faculty, students and more than 30 international management majors are packing their bags and preparing to ﬂy 4,826 miles to Ilha Grande, Brazil for the popular Pace Travel Course “Producing the Documentary”. The group of 42 will discover learning through adventure, as they will be experiencing locations such as the colonial town of Paraty and the city of Rio de Janiero from Mar. 14-24. “I pick a story ﬁrst, then location,” media communications and visual arts professor and travel course leader, Dr. Maria Luskay. “There’s a story in Brazil with the upcoming World Cup” This year, the story will follow the 2014 World Cup. However, the primary focus of the class is to document Brazil’s efforts to limit environmental and social harms as the country braces for a huge inﬂux of sports fans and tourists, lured by the upcoming soccer tournament as well as the 2016 Summer Olympics. Dr. Luskay’s travel courses have delivered three award winning documentaries, all of which aim to promote awareness about environmental conservation and sustainable resource management. Previous ﬁlms include”¡Viva La Tortuga!”, “Seeking Sustainability One Shrimp at a Time” and “Battle Behind the Bottle”. Professor Andrew Revkin, who teaches environmental-science communication and documentary video courses, is also leading the trip and has featured student’s work on his “Dot Earth” blog in The New York Times. “I want students to know how to produce a real story,” Luskay said. “I want them to know the difference between documentary and reality television. Students are impacted in a variety of ways. Some students have never traveled abroad before; some have never been to Brazil. What’s special about this is that Dyson and Lubin are going together, so you have the
creative students and the business students”. Claudia Green, professor of management and Director of Hospitality and Tourism on the New York City campus, is also traveling to Brazil with her students studying international management. She has spent a lot of time making connections in Brazil so that students can interview government ofﬁcials, business owners, community activists and locals about their thoughts on Brazil’s preparations. Students have been researching and contacting potential interviewees through social media in their time leading up to the trip as they have been. They have also created a blog to inform the Pace community about their experience, and have already started piecing together a story. Theresa Williamson, founder of a Rio de Janiero based non-profit organization, Catalytic Communities, which empowers the city’s informal favela communities, was recently interviewed by the students via Skype. She discussed the relationship between the World Cup and Summer Olympics, the cities they will be held in, and how people in positions of power push their own visions in the name of preparing for the large sporting event. “In the case of Rio, this involves primarily mass displacement, “ said Williamson, “either through forced evictions, consensual relocations or gentriﬁcation”. These kinds of issues, as well as the World Cup’s impact on the environment, are what students will investigate further during their spring break in Brazil. Students are encouraged to show their support by liking, following and interacting on this travel course’s blog, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram networks. “Social Media doesn’t work if you’re not social,” Luskay said. More information about @ pacebrazil2014 and social media links can be found at http://pacebrazil2014.wordpress.com/
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Photo by Camille Marino Pace librarians, Steven Feyl and Sarah Burns-Feyl, celebrate their 11th wedding anniversary this year.
A Pace Love Story For The Books CAMILLE MARINO FEATURED WRITER
When Steven Feyl arrived for his job interview at Pace’s Mortola Library in 2001, he never could have predicted that his future wife would be the one conducting the interview. Sarah Burns-Feyl, Assistant University Librarian for Instructional Services, and Steven Feyl, Associate University Librarian (Mortola and Graduate Center Libraries, are among the many librarian couples in their circle of friends. “Steven thinks it’s because we’re both quirky,” Sarah said, “but really it’s because we share the same interest and passion.” The Feyls admitted that there were no sparks ﬂying when Steven interviewed for the position. Common ground was established between the two when Steven revealed stories of his road trips across America in hopes of making it to nine baseball games in 10 days. Their passion for baseball became the initial reason for igniting their ﬂame. On the East Coast, the clear division between Yankees and Mets could be the “make or break” factor of any relationship. “Just out of curiosity I asked him, ‘Yankees or Mets?,’” Mrs. Feyl said. She was relieved to discover that he, too, was a Mets fan.
Steven wooed his co-worker slowly after both had developed chemistry while on the job. The pair acknowledges their ﬁrst “ofﬁcial” date as the time that they saw Moulin Rouge followed by “a very, very buttery Salmon” prepared by Steven himself. The experience led the two lovebirds to the roof of his Bronx apartment where they shared lemon spritzers and each other’s air. “He made the ﬁrst move on the fourth of July; we went to Tarrytown to see the ﬁreworks and he reached over and grabbed my hand. There was never one speciﬁc moment that I knew he was the one; it was multiple moments when everything just felt right,” Mrs. Feyl said. Steven’s intuition is what clued him in to the genuine compatibility between himself and his wife. “You know it’s the right person when you’re with someone and there are no games,” Mr. Feyl said. “When you don’t have to worry if they like you or if you’re interesting enough, you can just tell that they love you for you.” The couple has decided against having their own biological children, however, Pace students have not failed in substituting in this department. The Feyls feel as if the students, especially those working in Mortola, are their own.
“When we watch them grow from a freshman to a successful man or woman, it feels like we played a part in that,” Mr. Feyl said. “It’s very rewarding.” As much as the Feyls attempt to separate work and leisure, the couple has a difﬁcult time leaving the university out of their conversation. “We try to only discuss work on the commute home, which is about an hour, and then when we get home and it still continues to come up in conversation,” said Mr. Feyl as his wife nodded in agreement. The couple will be celebrating their 11th wedding anniversary in November. Like the majority of their relationship, their proposal was also baseball related. The two pit-stopped at the renowned baseball ﬁeld featured in the ﬁlm Field of Dreams while road-tripping to Kentucky. With Steven on the pitchers mound, and Sarah on home base, he threw the ball to her and waited anxiously for her response. “It was amazing, I looked down and he had written, ‘Sarah, will you marry me?’” Mrs. Feyl said. The two tied the knot in Saratoga, NY with hints of baseball décor. Steven and Sarah will recognize their 13th year as an ofﬁcial Pace, faculty couple next year.
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Professor Spotlight: Dr. Weishaus, A Diamond In The Rough BRETT KURPIT
It’s rare that a professor would remember the name and face of over 20,000 students, yet recalls each and every one. It’s also uncommon to see a full-time professor successfully balancing teaching and unparalleled involvement in extracurricular activities. Dr. Howard Weishaus proves to be the diamond in the rough. “I truly wish that there was one more hour in the day,” Weishaus said. “I’ve done a lot, but I could always do more.” Weishaus, who graduated from Columbia University with a master’s degree in history, started teaching at Pace in 1998 when his wife discovered an advertisement for the position in The New York Times. Through his outstanding instruction and involvement at Pace, the prized Professor has been awarded multiple honors including a yearbook dedication (2004), a three-times honoree of The School of Education honoree, and accepting the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Faculty in 2004. Additionally, he is currently nominated for the Keenan Award for Excellence in Teaching, a prestigious honor in which the results will be given at this year’s commencement. None of these achievements should come as a surprise, as
Weishaus’ teaching method compels students to listen, learn, and relate. “I like to use hypothetical situations to galvanize critical thinking, which I think we need more of,” Weishaus said. “It helps students think outside of the box, and creating scenarios that directly affect their lives generates a sense of empathy.” While the subjects of history and political science prove to be dry and boring to several students, Weishaus believes that having a good sense of humor contributes to a productive discussion. “Whenever a student makes a comment, I like to reply with positive phrases, such as ‘excellent point,’” Weishaus said. “If we’re all laughing and enjoying ourselves, I notice that more people open up and contribute to the conversation.” By connecting the past to the present, Weishaus gives students a reason to care about both domestic and foreign issues. He also uses metaphors and phrases (many of which he coined himself) to provide a deeper insight into where our society has been, and where it is headed. Though Weishaus initially engages the discussions with his students, he prefers not to lecture entirely on his own. “I enjoy having students that contribute their own thoughts and feelings without me interfering,”
said Weishaus. “I consider myself as the quarterback; I’m just trying to move the ball down the ﬁeld.” Weishaus has also been to almost every home football and basketball game since 1988. By showing his support, he gains a sincere connection with his students. “I ﬁnd that getting to know the student-athletes can carry over into the classroom,” said Weishaus. “I think that they can identify with me and become more motivated because they know that I understand them and care about their issues.” In addition to his involvement in his students’ athletic activities, Weishaus has always been involved with student government, dating back to when he was in high school. Political science has always been Weishaus’ favorite subject, and he is currently writing an encyclopedia on the United States presidents, with the help of several other professors. The soon-to-be 75 year old has no timetable for retirement in his near future. He says teaching gives him a purpose, and that education can change, inﬂuence, and inspire people. “As John F. Kennedy said, ‘My boat is so small, and the ocean is so large.’ I’d like to think that I’ve positively affected many peoples’ lives, and I wish to do that for as long as I can,” Weishaus said.
Photo by Brett Kurpit Professor Weishaus has been teaching at Pace since 1998.
Women’s History Spotlight: Caitlin Kelly OLIVIA ZUCKER
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Finding a young woman so dedicated to inclusion, equality, and giving back is extraordinary, but for Caitlin Kelly, it’s second nature. Kelly, program coordinator for the Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR), is committed to raising awareness for social issues such as income inequality, disability awareness, and women’s empowerment. Additionally, Kelly and CCAR match students with community service opportunities, both within and outside of Pace. “It’s really important to put yourself in other people’s shoes and get outside of yourself and your understanding of other people’s experiences,” Kelly said. “Volunteer work gets you into a group or a mindset you wouldn’t normally get to be in on a day-today basis.” Kelly’s dedication community outreach began with her Jesuit high school and college education at Georgetown University, which placed a heavy emphasis on giving back to the community. She was also a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a community service sorority that focused on making a positive impact on both a large and small scale. Her recent projects include
“Alternative Spring Break”, a program where students participate in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in the Rockaways during their vacation time and “Take Action”, a program which CCAR raises awareness about different social issues each month. Between advocating for social justice and rebuilding her community, Kelly also ﬁnds time to teach and avidly participate in Irish dance. She has been Irish dancing for 25 years and received her teaching certiﬁcation in Ireland in 2011. Kelly has taught women and men of all ages at an Irish dance summer camp. With Kelly’s guidance, one of her classes on stage presence quickly evolved from focusing on posture and charisma to encouraging positive body image and self-worth. “I realized these young girls were being so hard on themselves, so I wanted to start a movement to empower them and make them feel like they don’t have to compare themselves to one another,” Kelly said. “I wanted to create an environment of respect, and I wanted them to realize that everyone can learn from each other.” Her commitment to positive change was fostered by her family of resilient and giving women, those closest to her; her mother and sister. “I come from a family full of
strong women,” Kelly said. “It’s really inspiring to see not just how they survived, but thrived, through obstacles and have still been able to remain so positive and generous.” Along with her family, Kelly draws inspiration from prominent and positive female ﬁgures in the media, such as Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o. “When Lupita came to America from Kenya, she wasn’t affected by the layers of oppression women face here,” said Kelly, referencing one of Nyong’o’s interviews. “I’m curious to see how she’s going to move forward, because she doesn’t feel she has to question her talent.” Kelly’s commitment to social justice and equal opportunity has shown her not just how far women and other oppressed members of society have come, but how long the road is ahead of them. Still, Kelly remains optimistic. “I think the recent feminist movement is about living your life to the fullest, and having access to all the opportunities to do that,” Kelly said. “Women are not the minority. When women have access to education and more opportunities to grow, it leads not only to a stronger economy, but a better world and better opportunities for all people.”
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CHRISTIANITY ON CAMPUS KATIE SZILAGYI COLUMNIST
Christianity is “the most widespread [religion] and has the largest number of adherents”, according to novelist Hutson Smith, writer of The World’s Religions. Being that the purpose of my column is to bridge the gap between cultures and belief system at Pace, I feel that it is most appropriate to examine the basic beliefs of Christianity and its presence on campus. Within Christianity, there are three main divisions; Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy and Protestantism. This article addresses nondenominational Christianity and the basic teachings of Christian scripture. For example, Christianity is a monotheistic religion, in that its followers believe there is only one true God. Furthermore, believers recognize Jesus as the Son of God sent to deliver people from death and sin, and that Jesus’ ultimate message was to love God and, of course, love one’s neighbor as one’s self. “Christians believe in justiﬁcation by faith--that through their belief in Jesus as the Son of God, and in his death and resurrection, they can have a right relationship with God whose forgiveness was made once and for all through the death of Jesus Christ,” BBC’s webpage on basic Christian beliefs reads. Christians believe in a Trinity (God as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). “…that God took human form as Jesus Christ and that God is present today through the work of the Holy Spirit and evident in the actions of believers,” BBC’s webpage said Christians communicate with God through prayer, both in congregations and individually. They are baptized once in their life in order to join the faith as a sign of their commitment. At a certain age, generally seven or so, people in some Christian denominations can begin receiving communion, a celebration of Jesus’s Last Supper, during which he broke a loaf of bread and divided it amongst his disciples, telling them to eat it for it was his body. Another key element of this faith is the belief in the afterlife. Christianity has a presence in several places at Pace, one of which being Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU). On Org Sync, CRU describes itself as “an international, nondenominational Christian organization that connects people to God through a relationship with
Jesus Christ and provides resources and opportunities for spiritual growth.” CRU President Lindsay Burgess explained the mission of the religious organization. “CRU is for people to have a one-on-one relationship with God,” said the junior journalism major, “for people to be comfortable expressing their faith, and to inspire others.” Part of the organization’s attempt to fulﬁll this mission presents itself in their weekly meetings, where each person in attendance shares a story about one good event which took place during their week. The members pray for each other when they are experiencing stress or hardship. “A lot of people on college campuses experience depression and don’t know where to turn to,” said Burgess in reference to Christianity on campus. She considers CRU to be a family, community and a support system for anyone who might be feeling down and alone. “I want [CRU] to be a nice, open platform for people,” she said. “Love is the main thing we want to teach, and that the Word can be applied in practical situations.” CRU aims to involve people who do not consider themselves to be members of the Christian faith through extending personal invitations, informing students about ongoing events and by inviting guest speakers who can address a broad range of universally relevant life topics. The themes of Christianity that CRU seeks to implement include love, faith, joy, community, gratitude, involvement and selfimprovement. Burgess believes the annual philanthropic event, Operation Christmas Child, set a good example for helping others. “I felt we needed to do more outreach and hold quality events,” she said. Christianity is practiced across the globe on multiple continents and in several countries, states and universities which extend to Pace, as demonstrated by CRU and the many practicing Christians on campus. In addition to CRU and other religious organizations, our campus has a remarkable Philosophy and Religious Studies department which offers courses on various religions and theologies. One never knows how an experience might impact his involvement and interconnectedness on campus, no matter how daunting the diversity between students may appear.
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Photo from CBSNews.com Juan Pablo Galavis, the anti-boyfriend, teaches us all a lesson in lying and slut-shaming on The Bachelor.
How ABC’s Worst Bachelor Can Be The Best Lesson For Women EMILY WOLFRUM LAYOUT EDITOR
As if a show with a premise such as The Bachelor’s doesn’t regress the women’s movement enough, this season we met Juan Pablo Galavis, perhaps the most disgusting man to ever be voluntarily handed twenty-seven women on network television. Monday night, Juan Pablo got his happily potentially after when he gave Nikki the nurse his ﬁnal rose instead of the show’s typical wedding proposal. But the winning lady was hardly of interest to audience members, who squirmed through an hour and a half of the bachelor’s inappropriateness. Numerous fans have made comments about the treatment of the girls by Juan Pablo, speciﬁcally Claire, who ﬁnally (sort of) stuck up for herself on the season’s ﬁnale. Off-camera, Juan Pablo allegedly made an unspeakable, sexual comment to Claire that made her feel both disrespected and degraded. The comment, however, was quickly dismissed when the bachelor told her about their hypothetical children. Juan Pablo would later reject her, breathing a sigh of relief. Earlier in the season, when Claire seized her opportunity for a late night ocean rendezvous, Juan Pablo eagerly agreed, an act he would later claim was only to spare her feelings. The bachelor ultimately scolded Claire for her behavior, reminding her of the image it might convey to his daughter Camila. She would continue to ﬁxate on this “crucial mistake” for the rest of the season.
Hold on. There is something seriously wrong with this picture. A man and a woman consent to late-night ocean romping, and somehow the woman is out of line? But that wasn’t the only time Juan Pablo’s actions didn’t match his words. Frequently, when women would attempt to make the next move—a “beso”—the bachelor pulled away, concerned about how his daughter would feel about him kissing multiple women. I suppose such a keen awareness for your daughter would be a responsible mentality were it not for the fact that nearly every other woman already had the pleasure of much more than a little kiss. Was he using his daughter as an excuse to shun the ladies he liked less? Probably. But, regardless of his genuine or fraudulent intentions, the bachelor’s appearance was far from child-appropriate from the start. Doubts about the decency of Juan Pablo ﬁrst arose on the initial group date, one that featured a partially nude photo shoot for shelter dogs. Despite viewers’ personal opinions regarding bearing one’s body, it was difﬁcult for any television watcher to see several of the girls struggle with their own discomfort with the situation. As Juan Pablo coaxed the ladies into taking it all off, one couldn’t help but wonder what he might think of a dashing man such as himself smooth-talking his precious Camila out of her clothes. The only thing this Venezuelan hottie lacked more than social tact was a personality. It’s hard to tell
if his deﬁciency in having quality conversation was due to general disinterest in the girls or mere unintelligence. Sharleen seemed to notice this from the start, noting a missing “cerebral connection,” a mentality that labeled her as odd among the other girls. Despite being Juan Pablo’s clear favorite, only making-out and snuggling on a yacht wasn’t quite enough for Sharleen, whose doubts led her to quit. Andi the lawyer would also quit after a fantasy suite encounter so miserable that she called him an asshole the next morning. It truly is no wonder that two of the ﬁve women who got to know him best chose to leave on their own accord, or that so many of his prospective lovers were so eager to throw him under the bus in the “Women Tell All” special. Admittedly, America was very excited when Juan Pablo was announced to be this year’s bachelor. But that excitement was quickly thwarted at the realization that his charming good looks did not reﬂect the man he was inside. So, ladies, do not let a man make you feel guilty or shameful about initiating intimacy, especially if he’s visibly on-board from the start. If his mother says he’s rude, graciously take the hint and leave. And, please don’t accept or make excuses. If there’s anything that we learned from this season, it’s that those little white lies we tell to spare someone’s feelings— “I have a boyfriend” or, in his case, “I have a daughter”—are not “okay.” Be genuine to others and to yourself, and above all, see beyond his accent and his abs.
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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 selfrealizations… among other things.
Photo by Cecilia Levine An anonymous studented expresses their disappointment in their peers in a post on the Pace Confessions’ Facebook page
The NFL Ban of “N-Word” ANTI-BAN
PRO-BAN LINDSAY BURGESS FEATURED WRITER
Honestly, sometimes I don’t know how to react when someone uses the “N-Word.” It’s kind of complicated, actually. I myself have personally used the “N-Word” on rare occasions. But I’ve only used it when I was angry or when someone was acting ignorant beyond belief. I avoid that word at all costs now though. It’s offensive and you never know whose listening to your conversation. I went to Peekskill High School in Westchester, NY but not everything in Westchester is a white, picket fence. At Peekskill High School people used the “N-Word” as a friendly term to greet a friend so I didn’t think much of it when African Americans greeted each other that way. I transferred to Pace from Iona College in New Rochelle where it’s predominantly white. I loved Iona but so many of the students there were stuck up and it wasn’t something that I was accustomed to. When I came to Pace, however, I felt much more welcomed. Pace is big on celebrating diversity on campus and there are a lot more African American students here - believe me. Organizations like Black Student Union (BSU) and SOCA were nonexistent at my other school, which is why I like going to these organizations’ events. I personally have never dated anyone outside of my race but maybe that’s because other races have never approached me in that way. I would love to date someone outside of my race but the opportunity has never presented itself. I’m just enjoying the single life as of right now, but
I have friends of all nationalities and I love it because I learn so much from them. When someone outside of my race uses the “N-Word”, it just seems more offensive than when an African American uses it. I don’t know why. I don’t think anyone from any race should be using this word, but look at all of the rappers we consider to be respected today. Jay, Kanye and Lil-Wayne use the “N-Word” in various songs; this generation is full of followers nowadays, so if celebrities use it, young people use the word as well. In an interview with Oprah, Jay-Z justiﬁed using the word because he said, “people give words power and for our generation…what we did was we took the power out of that word. We turned a word that was very ugly and hurtful into a term of endearment.” That still doesn’t change what the word itself means, where it comes from and the intentions behind the original meaning are still offensive to many people. Out of respect, people shouldn’t use it. Whether you say the “NWord” with an “er” attached at the end or without it, it all sounds the same to me. As an African American, I ﬁnd it offensive no matter whose mouth it’s coming from. I have told people not to call me that but occasionally I didn’t say anything because I was more shocked than anything hearing it from another race. I understand that most students use the word without malicious intentions and also that it’s more socially acceptable to use the word in this day and age. However, the use is not justiﬁed.
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“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me.” Well, the National Football League disagrees. As of late Feb., the NFL’s Competition Committee has been talking about penalizing players for the use of the “N-word”. As we all know the word itself is very controversial as it was initially used to insult and banter slaves. Richard Sherman, cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks, thinks that the ban is unfair. “Its almost racist, to me,” Sherman said. “It’s weird that they’re targeting one speciﬁc word. Why wouldn’t all curse words be banned then?” Sherman, who knows what its like to be in “game mode,” is a perfect example of acting differently during a game than in everyday life. When the Seahawks beat the 49ers at the NFC Championship Game back in January, Sherman was criticized for the way that he celebrated after the game, in which he gloated and made a choking gesture in the direction of the losing opponents. People called him ignorant, amongst other things, even though there was nothing wrong with the way he acted. Outside of football, Sherman graduated from Stanford with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and went back to school to pursue his Masters. A person with an education background doesn’t deserve harsh criticism; and neither do the rest of the athletes in the NFL. It’s almost like there is some sort of negative connotation toward the people who choose to
use the “N-Word.” People probably assume that these athletes are ignorant, just like they assumed that Sherman was. Fans, especially the young admirers of professional athletes, don’t need to know what their heroes are saying on the ﬁeld. It is more likely than not that the younger American generations have had previous exposure to offensive language because it has become something that society is immersed in. “I think that they are trying to enslave us,” senior Pace basketball player Ahmad Williams-George said. “They are trying to police a word that we changed. The word is going to be changed to ‘friend’ in the dictionary one of these days.” Chances of the deﬁnition being changed to “friend” might be far fetched, but this deﬁnitely is not the ﬁrst time that an offensive word has been stripped of its negativity. The “B-Word,” that was originally a synonym for “female dog,” now is used as a derogatory term towards women. Some females may argue that this word has been altered to mean a powerful woman. Not all words are what they seem and the focal point should not be on their misuse. Above all, athletes can claim that, in the heat of the moment, a player has no control over their speech or actions. There is only one goal in the mind of an athlete during game time and that is to pull a win. No one plays sports just to have fun on the ﬁeld and lose every game. If that were the case, then anyone could be a professional athlete. Rather, professional athletes are paid for the skills that pertain to the athletic industry, and language is something that should fall by the wayside.
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‘Boyfriend Material’ SARA MORIARTY OPINION EDITOR
“Don’t worry honey, you’ll meet someone in law school,” my mother said to me one day over winter break. I was binge watching HBO with a cup of hot chocolate, un-brushed hair, and a baggy hoodie that absolutely did not match my Christmas-themed pajama pants. Gee, thanks mom. Meet someone in law school? Give up on “ﬁnding” someone in my undergraduate years? Yep, that’s one way to temporarily hurt my selfesteem. I’m fairly certain I posted an Instagram selﬁe later, seeking some superﬁcial solace for my hurt ego. “Finding someone.” It’s not that I was looking for anyone in undergrad at Pace. In fact, I wasn’t looking for anyone at all, thinking that if I just lived my life and focused on what mattered to me, someone would come to me one day and sweep me off my feet and buy me pizza. I believe that no one should actively seek a signiﬁcant other. Instead, people should actively seek to meet new people and get to know people before actively pursuing someone who piques their interest. But, my mom made a good point. In law school, she reasoned, I would be sure to meet a guy who is attractive, well educated, smart, and a hard-worker- all qualities parents look for in the signiﬁcant others of their children, and all things that these children should also, theoretically, be looking for. The underlying point is that this “perfect guy” is hard to come by in the undergraduate setting. Girls complain on campus time and again that the “good, attractive guys” are taken, gay, drug abusers, or ust uninterested, especially on this campus with a slightly offkilter male to female ratio (which is roughly 40:60). Some girls, amidst complaining to friends and family about the lack of reasonable soul-mate candidates, succumb to the lifestyle of occasional meaningless hookups. The guys at college are rowdy and looking to have fun, many moms would say. A guy worth dating long-term with a stable job, a lovely apartment, and some sort of master’s degree, will come along at some point in the future. Maybe my mom is right and undergraduate girls shouldn’t get their hopes up . But….maybe my mom is wrong. Romance comes when least expected…right?
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Professor Angela Legg Presents Research on “Bad News Delivery” TAYLOR LONGENBERGER NEWS EDITOR
Psychology Club and Paragon House hosted a presentation by Angela Legg, PhD, and her research in “Bad News Delivery” on Wednesday in Lienhard 20. Legg is a new professor in the psychology department who also is in charge of the Social, Health, and Relational, Positive Psychology (SHARPP) Lab. “Bad News Delivery” is the way in which a person plans to relay another person bad news. It is common for people to ask, “Do you want the good news or the bad news ﬁrst?” The social psychology of bad news delivery deals with the way in which the “giver” of bad news presents the new information and the way in which the “receiver” of bad news responds. People often ﬁnd themselves as the bearers of bad news; whether they are doctors, teachers, boyfriends, or girlfriends. Every person has a different way of presenting information and there are many factors that affect the way news are told. Legg’s ﬁrst example was a relatable one. “First the doctor told me the good news: The doctor was going to have a disease named after me—Steve Martin.” “The experience of getting bad news is a bit evasive and everyone seems to think they are an expert,” Legg said. “You can search on Google and ﬁnd many people giving advice for the best way to break up with someone, or the best way to ﬁre someone, but ultimately they are only talking from personal experience.” The order of positive to negative news differs depending on the person and their subjective
situation. It is anxiety-provoking for both parties involved. The correspondent typically builds up anxiety until the point of releasing the bad news, where the receiver experiences the most anxiety upon gathering the information. Legg described four different ways in which people choose to relay bad news. The ﬁrst is “Blended News Delivery”, which incorporates good and bad news into the conversation, assuring the receiver that there are still good things. “The PEWTER Model” was developed by Kathleen KeefeCooperman, a Pace university Alumni, and is most common among counselor-client relationships. It is an acronym which stands for Preparing, Evaluating, Warning, Telling, Emotionally responding and sympathizing with the receiver, and Regrouping. “The Mum Effect” emphasizes ways to avoid giving the bad news such as waiting for things to change or resorting to the use of indirect communication. Lastly, “The Sandwich Model” incorporates the technique of giving some good news in the beginning of the conversation, following up with the bad news, and then wrapping everything in what would seem to be a neat bow by giving the receiver more good news, or the silver-lining of the situation. Legg has conducted three studies through the University of California-Riverside (UCR) in which the ﬁndings explored the differences in the parties when exchanging good and bad news. The ﬁrst study, “Communication Alignment,” questioned whether one could give news in a way that alters others or change the way the giver reports the bad
Photo courtesy of Angela Legg Angela Legg of Pace psychology department’s SHARPP Lab
news. In general, the research showed that receivers wish to have the bad news ﬁrst and it really depended on many circumstances for the giver. “In my studies I typically ﬁnd that 75 percent [of receivers] report that they wanted to hear bad news ﬁrst,” Legg said. The second study at UCR focused on personality traits of the receiver and the bad news was the personality traits that they were lacking. “Does Order Matter,” looked at the receiver’s responses after learning good news ﬁrst and also after learning bad news ﬁrst. More frequently than not, when participants of the study learned of bad news and then good news, they were less likely to remember the bad news and were not as encouraged to change. Legg ex-
plained that the participants that heard the good news last had more positive moods and “reported worrying less about the bad news.” In study three, the form of communication was tested in which the giver had the option to either email the receiver or confront them in person to express the bad news. People that decided to email started with the good news and then told the bad news. The people that decided to speak the news in person started with the bad news and then ended with the good news to leave on a high note. The study showed that even more than the good-bad order, “they preferred bad news sandwiches when giving news in person—good news, bad news, good news.” Teacher-student delivery of bad news is difﬁcult and sugar
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coating is often counterproductive due to positions of power. Legg explained that many students misinterpret kindness as a means to debate. “You have to get outside of your head and see from both perspectives. Being aware of the other person’s reactions and feelings is a key part in bad news delivery,” Legg said. “Because I am so invested in students, I want them to do well and in giving them bad news I don’t want the message to get lost. I use the bad news solution sandwich to tell students what the issue is and then how they can ﬁx the problem.” Legg plans to continue the research that she conducted while at UCR through the Pace SHARPP Lab.
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Artist Spotlight: Stacy Wells, Voice Of A Campus
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A bite-sized taste of the Netﬂix menu
CRISTINA CUDUCO COLUMNIST
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As a production student, video maker, and a woman, I’m enthralled when I ﬁnd female ﬁlmmakers who have been successful in ﬁlm – an industry that, quite frankly, hasn’t been so welcoming to ladies behind the camera. In honor of Women’s History Month, I’ve decided to spotlight writer/director Lena Dunham, creator of the 2010 ﬁlm Tiny Furniture and HBO’s hit series Girls. After watching both her ﬁlm and television series, however, I’ve realized that there’s much more to Lena Dunham’s ﬁlmmaking than just painfully real representations of young women on screen; her characters are ones that I identify with as both a “twentysomething” myself and a college student, soon to graduate. Before her stint with the premium channel, Dunham proved her writing and directing abilities with her ﬁlm Tiny Furniture, which garnered much attention, even earning Dunham the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. Tiny Furniture, which many regard as a prequel to Girls, follows Aura, a college grad, as she faces the struggle of personal and professional failures upon coming home from school. Aura deals with her pretentious overachieving sister, her selectively inattentive mother, and ﬁnding a middle ground in keeping her friends from college and rekindling old friendships ﬁzzled out by the distance of school. I found this ﬁlm to be hyperrealistic to the point of squirming discomfort. I am not a yet a college graduate, but I can empathize with Aura’s situation simply by remembering what it was like for my own sister to come back from school. At one point, not so long ago, I was the pretentious overachieving kid sister, rubbing my high school successes in the face of someone who was simply too old and did not care enough to bite back. My parents’ focus was on me – picking a good college, setting a prom and graduation budget, getting me to and from practices. For a while, I think, my sister may have felt she no longer had a place in a house that had so easily kept going despite her absence. Just as it happened for Aura and her family, played by Dunham’s real sister and mom, my family was able to get to a comfortably dysfunctional place where we could cohabitate as well as accept the differences age and distance had fostered. I believe Dunham’s work of representing young women on screen is fantastically accurate and should get a bit more credit. If you haven’t watched either Girls or Tiny Furniture, I suggest you do. They’re available on HBO GO and Netﬂix respectively.
If you have ever been to a Pace sporting event, or the yearly convocational ceremony, there’s a strong chance that you have had the pleasure of hearing Stacy Wells sing. The senior English and publishing major has been performing ever since she was four years old, in various competitions large and small. “My mom said I would stand on chairs and rock out to Barney,” said Wells of her childhood. Growing up in Beacon, New York, she performed at local talent shows and at their minor league baseball team’s games, The Renegades. With no professional training, Wells relied upon inﬂuences from her family to hone her style. “My grandparents live with us and my siblings are much older than me, so my range of inﬂuences is sort of random,” Wells said. “I grew up around the typical 90s music like Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi, and Whitney Houston, but my grandparents would play Tom Jones all the time, so there was a lot of diversity in my house.” Not only did they inﬂuence her musically, they are also one
of the biggest inspirations in her life. “My grandmother fell ill when I was a kid, she had surgery that restricted her from singing, but she would tell me that I should sing for her because she can’t,” Wells said. “My little cousins and nieces always tell me I’m famous for singing in the shower, they’ll always hang around outside and they pretend it’s a mini concert.” Wells has performed at many events, such as various talent shows and dozens of baseball, softball, and football games throughout her Pace career. But her experience doesn’t just stop at Pace, she’s also auditioned for a few television series. “I tried out for the television show Glee once, obviously it didn’t work out, but it was still a really cool experience,” Wells said. If her career in publishing doesn’t pan out, she wants to pursue professional singing and possibly try out for her favorite television show, The Voice. Having younger nieces and cousins has made her realize the importance of music and how it impacts them, especially in early developmental stages. “I think music is one of the most important things you can teach a child, I love seeing my
Photo courtesy of Stacy Wells cousins react to my singing, they just become entranced and it brings them such joy, it’s shame that schools are constantly cutting back on their music programs,” Wells said. “I would
love to teach underprivileged kids about music, the last thing I want to do is live a selﬁsh life; God gave me this gift and I want to use it to help other people.”
Pace Students Dabble In Social Media KAYLA GRANIERO FEATURED WRITER
Pace students have created social media accounts as outlets to share their thoughts and experiences, sometimes anonymously, with peers. 50 random students were surveyed on their opinions of which pages they ﬁnd relevant, which ones they don’t, and why they feel that way. About half of the ﬁfty people who were surveyed about Pace social media expressed that they follow these pages because they are funny and allow them to share their feelings about their life that are speciﬁc to Pace. Findings suggest that students from both Pleasantville and Briarcliff campuses feel that Pace Confessions is the most preferred social media network that connects Pace students due to its “convenient to access” for students on this campus. “[Pace Confessions] talks about the juicy tidbits of the campus that only Pace students could understand,” freshman nursing major Kirk Pineda said. Some students have choose not to engage in the speciﬁc Pace University pages because of the negative effect it can have on those individuals mentioned in the posts and the fact that there is no regulation on submissions. Students have found, through much trial and error, that the pages will publicly post any submission.
Other students agree that it’s the open forum of the pages that have the propensity to ostracize others without any sort of repercussions. Followers of these accounts ﬁnd the candid nature of Pace’s social media sites to be both a positive and a negative aspect of these pages. “[Social media] is not good because rumors start that way,” sophomore Political Science major Patrick Dooley said. Words like, “scandalous,” “cruel,” “fake,” “repetitive,” and “cyber bullying” were used to describe peoples’ caution and abstention when using social media. In general, students use, post, and share these pages with a harmless mentality and desire to connect with other students on another level. Students get embarrassed by what people write about them without any right to track down who wrote about them due to the anonymity. Those mentioned in posts are usually tagged in comments left by someone they know who saw the post. People referred to on these sites either comment back with an interest or disgust in the opinions expressed in the post. “There is no point in expressing feelings for someone this way,” said an anonymous student, “because even if the mentioned party is interested, anyone can comment back as if they had posted it.” The social media aspect of this generation’s communication
Photo from Pace PLV Confessions has been implemented into pages associated with Pace University students. Some students follow the Pace-centric accounts, while others choose not to do so or have never heard of the accounts. Some pages that Pace students have admitted to using or viewing on a regular basis are Pace Confessions and Pace Lovebugs which are Facebook pages, as well as @ PaceGirlProblem, @PaceProblems, and @PacePains, which are on Twitter. Some students don’t follow the less popular accounts because they don’t remain active with posts. Freshman communications
major Ashley Beutham feels that those who follow Pace-pointed social media accounts are simply that, followers. Additionally, fourteen percent of those surveyed voted that they don’t use any form of Pace centered social media. However, all students agree that if posts are pointing out a particular person, it could create far more damage than any of the communal humor it was aiming toward. The question to consider is whether or not these social networking sites will further unite or divide the Pace community.
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a successful coaching career that included time with NBA’s Orlando Magic. “For some African Americans it was the last word that they heard before they were hung.” To many, the “N-Word” is used in situations bereft of any racial conﬂict as it has morphed into a term of endearment. To others, the word remains a smoking gun. Pace’s defensive back and junior criminal justice major Kyle Oltman chooses to stay away from the term, which he considers a “racial word”. The “N-Word” yields a perplexing situation when used interracially. “It’s almost, kind of a rule that a person of color can call another person of color [the “N-Word”] but a white person says it and it ﬂips and becomes negative,” Harris said. “It’s a very confusing game being played.” As if it were a psychological coping mechanism, African Americans seem to have spun the racial slur into something more palpable. Just as African Americans were once ridiculed for stereotypical character traits, such attributes have morphed into fashion statements; main stream means of self-expression. Take afros, for example, which have revolutionized from an au natural
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014 PAGE 10 style amongst African Americans to a vogue of the disco era. So too, the “N-Word” has followed a very similar process. “The word is used as a means of expression and acceptance among certain groups,” Harris said. “Divide that by education and history and the quotient is what leaves certain people unclear of rules of the word, others in full acceptance and others feel that it’s off limits.” However, Pace linebacker, Ken Aboasu, feels that the new rule will put African Americans at a disadvantage due to its commonplace use in some social circles. “There is no control over what athletes say on the ﬁeld,” junior accounting major Aboasu said. “[Black athletes] shouldn’t be penalized for saying a word that’s not insulting to anyone else but himself.” Although Aboasu was raised in an environment where mention of the “N-Word” was appropriate, not everyone deems it to be fair game. As of late, conﬂict of interest has come about in sports regarding the word’s subjective meaning. “People see the word in a different light,” said Pace offensive line coach Darnell Stapleton, who appeared in 14 games [12 starts] for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008. “It’s all about perception.” Often times, the same players being trash talked on the ﬁeld are
warming up to songs in which 60 percent of the lyrics contain the “N-Word” itself. The word carries an apparent double standard as it is wrought between harassment and leisure. “An athlete was once playing a song containing the word in the locker room,” said Harris “and when I confronted him it was apparent that he did not even realize the potential controversy at hand.” Policing language places more responsibility on athletic ofﬁcials as their liability has expanded from athletic rulings to moral ones as well. Being that the consequences of words are not necessarily tangible or immediate, the implementation of the NFL’s 15-yard penalty is aimed at bringing the severity of the matter to the forefront of the athletes’ minds, as opposed to principal penalization. “What’s happening here is an examination of consciousness,” Harris said. “People are being held accountable for what they say and all we are asking is that [athletes] remain aware of the negative meaning of the words that they use on the ﬁeld.” Language ﬁlters fade in moments of intense emotion. As in sports when the brain is focusing on getting the ball swiftly across the playing grounds, quick disruption can cause for subconscious words to arise. “The players in the NFL are
professionals,” Stapleton said. “They are better at managing their language on the ﬁeld.” The issue at hand is whether or not a rule being considered in the NFL should transcend the league and be applied at the collegiate level. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has various implications depending on the sport. In soccer, profanity is a yellow card and if player directed, it is a red card. In lacrosse, cursing is an automatic penalty. Pace’s athletic department uses a social media monitoring tool called Fieldhouse Media, which detects any profanity on the accounts of the Pace athletes. “You have to have a standard,” Associate Athletic Director and Head Women’s Soccer Coach Mike Winn said. “Rules are good because there is so much information out there and everything you do is public.” Paces Athletics monitors its players’ social media accounts in the name of education. By tracking language and content, coaches and ofﬁcials seek to prevent athletes from making detrimental mistakes that in the long run may jeopardize their careers. The purpose of Fieldhouse Media is to ensure that Pace athletes are aware of the ramiﬁcations that come with offensive public disclosure. Although there are no consequences for the athletes, the department feels that Fieldhouse
Media will help to protect the overall image of the players and the league. Seemingly, Pace athletes are in agreement with the athletics department that offensive language and racial slurs have no place in athletic competition, despite varying subjective implications. “[‘The N-Word’] is unprofessional and shouldn’t be used in sports,” senior global marketing management major and member of the Pace Basketball team Denzel Primus-Devonish said. “It’s the wrong way to get into opponents heads.” Assistant Pace Men’s Lacrosse Coach Rob Cornetta felt similarly. “There is no room for tolerance in any game for racial, ethnic or any type of slurs,” Cornetta said. “Whether it’s meant to be serious or as a joke it’s just not necessary.” In spite of modern interpretations of the “N-Word”, athletes and students are being further educated on its contextual implications. In 2014, people are still trying to understand where we are with the word. As for Pace and the NCAA, it is a whole different playing ﬁeld. “If the rule is going to be implemented in the NFL then they should have it in college too to prepare [athletes] for the next level,” Stapleton said. “But we’ll see what happens.”
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A Mental Game: Setters Softball’s Caitlin McCann NATALIA ALVAREZ PAGAN SPORTS EDITOR
Regarding baseball, and consequently softball, the mentality of the game is probably of the most important aspects as pitchers ﬁgure out the best pitching sequences while the batters are left guessing. It’s as much of a science as is anything, and pitcher Caitlin McCann loves it. “It takes a lot of focus to play softball, especially if you’re a pitcher,” said McCann, who has been playing softball from the age of six. “Over the years I’ve learned that you always need to keep calm and have a straight face. It doesn’t matter if you have given up twelve runs or zero; you always need to keep the same face out on the mound.” The psychology major minoring in journalism shows favoritism to the mental part of the game. “You need to be diligent,” McCann said. “It takes a lot because you’ll be focusing for ten seconds and then you kind of have a little break as you set up for the next pitch, and then you go at it again. So it’s important to just have that same mind-set throughout the game.” The importance that she places on the psychological side of the game is something that she will take with her as time goes on. Currently in her third year at Pace, McCann hopes to stay in the New York area for a couple of years after graduation, before heading back home to California, where she hopes to open her own private practice. “I am currently in the ﬁve year program here at Pace, so I still have a couple of years left,” said McCann, who is originally from San Mateo, California.
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the opposing pitcher would hit a player from the other team in retaliation. If that happens now you just get a warning and hope it doesn’t happen again. You also see guys jogging to ﬁrst base instead of sprinting and that’s not how it should be done. You have to run it out.” Another thing that Wukitsch ﬁnds exciting about baseball is the history, believing that every ball player has at least one funny story from their lives to share. “I think that aspect makes it a lot different than other sports,” Wukitsch said. “As far as funny stories from my experiences go, I mean, it’s not really appropriate for the newspaper, but it’s always funny when one of the players is hung over and then he ends up
“I’ve always loved that one-onone interaction with people, and that’s something that I want to be able to do on daily basis but in a deeper sense. I guess that’s kind of the rough draft of my future.” McCann’s family and experiences have both played a huge role in the shaping of her personality as well as her desire to help others. Her parents, James and Jennifer McCann, both “brought something different to the table” according to McCann, with her mother teaching her how to interact with others, while her father made sure she stayed levelheaded. “My mom was all about being outgoing and talkative, you know, sort of just ways to form relationships with other people,” said McCann, who also has a younger brother, currently a senior in high school. “My dad on the other hand, he just made sure that I always thought before I reacted, that I stayed calm in all situations.” As a student of the Notre Dame, all-girls, Catholic high school, McCann was able to take part in a student retreat her senior year, not knowing that her life would be forever changed. Hearing speakers talk about how everyone always hid behind a certain mask, McCann found that she couldn’t quite agree. “Of course, being the big talker that I am, I went up to one of the speakers after the seminar and I told them that I’ve never felt the need to be anyone but myself,” McCann said. “I’ve always felt like I’ve been at peace with who I am. Not that I am saying I am perfect, because, trust me, there are plenty of ﬂaws, but I’ve just always felt good being the person that I am.” One would think that the re-
Photo courtesy of Caitlin McCann For pitcher Caitlin McCann, it’s all about the mentality you possess. sponse from the speaker would The Lord of the Rings and Star always have something that you be the life-changer, but in reality, Wars, movies and books have can pursue.” “My mom for instance, she’s it was one of the other students been a way for McCann to exthat really helped spark Mc- pand her knowledge, as she has thirty years older than me and found ways to relate with certain one day she kind of just decided Cann’s love for psychology. that she wanted to learn to surf, “One of the girls at the semi- ﬁctional characters. One of those characters would and I think that’s great,” McCann nar came up to me and she said I had given her hope that she can be Scout, from her favorite book, said. “It’s always good to have some sort of goal, it keeps you feel that way someday as well,” To Kill A Mockingbird. “I always felt like I could young, and it gives you someMcCann said. “That really hit me. I mean, here was this girl that relate to Scout in a certain way, thing to look forward to.” For now, McCann plans to I didn’t really know, but she was especially during the trial scene,” saying that I actually inspired McCann said. “I just felt like lay it all on the ﬁeld as she hopes her to be a better person. That’s she was always kind of search- to reach the postseason with her ing for something. And while I teammates. Looking ahead, she something I will never forget.” Describing herself as a “clos- don’t necessarily think that I am is excited to see where the meneted nerd”, with some of Mc- searching for something in my tal game of psychology will take Cann’s favorite movies being life, I think that it is important to her.
hitting a homerun.” Wukitsch’s love for baseball is everlasting, as he plans on remaining involved with the sport somehow after he graduates from Pace. Majoring in communications, he has some options open for him. “I deﬁnitely want to continue to play baseball for as long as I can” Wukitsch said. “I know I will deﬁnitely be playing summer ball with my friends, but after that it’s still kind of up in the air. I might try and sign with one of the independent teams. I do have a couple of job interviews lined up right now as well. I am kind of just waiting to see where it will take me. “If staying as a player doesn’t work out then I probably would want to go into the media side of it. Either be a sports writer for a paper or something, or even perhaps go into broadcasting on the
radio.” Looking back at his career at Pace so far, with just one season left to play, Wukitsch believes he still has some unﬁnished business. “I would say my career so far here feels incomplete because we haven’t won yet,” said Wukitsch, who despite not having won a championship was able to make history as the Setters won their ﬁrst-ever NE-10 Southwest Division Title in 2012, after having been picked to ﬁnish seventh out of eight teams by the NE-10 Coaches Preseason Poll. “Winning the division for the ﬁrst time was a phenomenal experience, especially because I think we did it on Senior Day, and one of our best pitchers, Mike Tamburino, pitched a complete game for us. “But winning has been something that I’ve wanted for my entire life. I don’t care if I go 0-4
in a game and strike out all four times, as long as we win, that’s all that matters.” When it comes to his most memorable moment at Pace so far, the feeling of being close to the ultimate goal of winning a Championship is what wins out in the end. “Last year we qualiﬁed for the NCAA Division II Baseball Tournament, and I remember it was me and like seven or eight other guys at the townhouses and we were watching the regional berth online,” Wukitsch said. “We thought we might be like the seventh or eighth seed, so everyone had their hands over their heads. But we ended up being the ﬁfth seed and it was such an amazing feeling. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many guys crying. We were all going nuts, I’ve never been happier.” Despite all that Wukitsch has
accomplished during his time at Pace, there is really one thing that he wants to be known for when it comes to his legacy. “Being a winner,” Wukitsch said. ¬The Setters started off their season with a 12-6 loss to New Haven on Friday, March 7. They then headed off to Yaphank, New York for a double header against Merrimack College. Pace defeated the Warriors in the ﬁrst game of the double header by a score of 16-2. Merrimack took the second game by a score of 2-0. Pace (1-2) will go up against Dominican College for their next game on Tuesday, March 11, followed by a trip down to North Carolina to face off against Dowling College. The ﬁrst home game for the Setters is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 22, with ﬁrst pitch at 12:00 p.m.
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Senior Setters Spotlight: Ian Wukitsch NATALIA ALVAREZ PAGAN SPORTS EDITOR
Although some may see “America’s pastime” as a boring sport, considering football and basketball are the fast-paced alternatives, there are still those who can truly appreciate the competition, and senior inﬁelder/ outﬁelder Ian Wukitsch is one of them. His passion for baseball can be seen as he sits in the reception room at Goldstein Fitness Center with a Knicks hat on his head, as he describes baseball as a “beautiful game” that is “far beyond any other sport.” Wukitsch has grown to really appreciate the mental aspects of the game, ones that challenge and excite him every day. “I also played basketball because it was an easy sport to play alone, you could just shoot some hoops, but once I realized that I absolutely sucked at it, things kind of switched,” said Wukitsch, who currently has the sixth highest all-time batting average in the Division II era, just a few points shy of .300 with .292. “But now I deﬁnitely prefer baseball. Everything about it is just awesome, you know, making plays the right way, hitting the ball well. “The ﬁeld always looks nicely cut, the uniforms are clean. There is nothing like playing with a group of guys that all share a common goal. You get to be a
part of the same thing.” Although basketball ended up being Wukitsch’s ﬁrst love when it comes to sports, the hustle and bustle that comes with baseball just can’t compare. Players such as Derek Jeter, Pete Rose, and Dustin Pedroia have inﬂuenced the way in which Wukitsch plays the game. All three of these players “play the game the right way, they play with a lot of intensity and a lot of heart,” Wukitsch said. Having these three players as role models helps paint a better picture of what kind of player Wukitsch is. “I love the way the game used to be played—with intensity and emotion,” Wukitsch said. “That’s how I play the game now, a lot of hard-nose baseball. I always make it a priority to make sure that my uniform is the dirtiest at the end of each game. I think it shows that you are someone that really hustles; it shows your hard work.” Being a fan of some of the more old-school players, Wukitsch acknowledges that the game isn’t quite the same anymore. “If a pitcher hit a batter you would always see the batter go after the pitcher with such intensity” Wukitsch said. “And then CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 “SENIOR SPOTLIGHT”
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