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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014
SGA ELECTION SPECIAL
Pace Bids Farewell To Caity Kirschbaum TAYLOR LONGENBERGER NEWS EDITOR
Caity Kirschbaum will be leaving her position as Coordinator of Student Development and Campus Activities (SDCA) on Fri. March 28. Starting this spring, she will be serving as Manager of Fundraising and Community Relations for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. As a Pace University alumna and faculty member, Kirschbaum has spent the last seven years at Pace, making it her home. “I have mixed emotions of sadness and excitement as I embark on a new chapter of my life,” Kirschbaum said. “I will miss the day-to-day student interactions that I have working here. I like being able to see that the effects of my work shown through the students that come into my ofﬁce. As a student that was looked out for, I like being one of the SDCA staff that is here to look out for students.” Kirschbaum was a commuter student during her undergraduate years who worked in the SDCA ofﬁce in order to stay active on campus. She explained that she was the type of student that came to Pace with the high school mentality, but soon realized that she didn’t “want to make the same repeat of the last four years,” she wanted “to make the most of [Pace].” Working with the orientation
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pus. Wrench pointed to the table. “This is what I want to do,” he said. Wrench further explained how the conversation taking place between the newspaper editor and the ordinary, uninvolved students epitomized his vision for Student Government Association (SGA) next year. Wrench noted the comfortable setting in which the students
Insufﬁcient meal card funding is a problem that many students at Pace face, forcing them to get creative when it comes to budgeting their money. Eating less, skipping meals, or buying cheaper, unhealthy food are all helpful in keeping the meal card money intact. Although there are methods of budgeting one’s meal plan while eating healthy in the dining hall, students may just not be aware of them. “You can get spinach, grilled chicken, and vegetables from the hot foods section for only $7.79. At the same time you can also get one of the combo meals for $7.99,” Food and Services Director Andrew Castellon said. These combination meals contain a sandwich (varying from hot or cold), a bag of potato chips, and a 16 ounce drink. These healthier choices cost roughly the same as the unhealthy meals that students eat while thinking they are saving money. “A soda, burger, and fries can cost you $7.79. Water is also cheaper at $1.39 versus soda at $1.85 (20oz. bottles),” Castellon said. The ﬁgures are further against the “cheaper meals” in that the price of a burger can rise as much as two dollars when you order double meat and cheese. In a survey questioning of over 50 Pace students if they feel forced into eating less healthy food to save money, 62.5% of men and 88.8% of women said yes. Eating unhealthy foods for a long duration of time causes both short and long term effects that several students may already have. “Junk food is high in sodium and low in nutrients. Junk foods give you a quick rush but then a crash. On top of that by not get-
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Photo provided by Caity Kirschbaum After spending seven years at Pace, Kirschbaum will begin working for the Maria Fereri Children’s Hospital.
staff, Kirschbaum came to her position as Coordinator of SDCA and while maintaining her position, also completed a masters in Media and Communications this past May. “Thinking about leaving Pace is never easy, but I could never think about leaving if I wasn’t go-
ing somewhere that I could make a difference,” Kirschbaum said. “Hopefully P4K [Pace for Kids] was able to link my passions for Pace and Maria Fareri’s Children’s Hospital together.” When Kirschbaum was a sophomore at Pace her brother, Chris, suffered an aneurism that
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Let’s Talk About John Wrench For President (And Then Elect Him) EMILY WOLFRUM LAYOUT EDITOR
Every A to B conversation can be broken down into a simple formula: statement and response. You approach your friend or professor with a problem; they listen, and then provide feedback. A conversation is had. This process is effortless and effective, yet opportunities for conversation are missed every day, namely within our student
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body and its government. How often do students feel as if they do not have a voice, or fail to see a response when their needs have been expressed? Like this basic formula, presidential candidate John Wrench’s platform is simple—gauge student needs (statement) and organize a committee to address them (response). Essentially, let’s open up the conversation. Wrench proposes within his presidential statement the
implementation of a “studentdriven advocacy program,” an effort which reaches beyond the formality of senate and budget meetings, and, quite simply, talks to the students. I spoke to Wrench about this idea one night while he was working at the Pace Perk in Briarcliff. Simultaneously, a fellow editor of mine was speaking to a table of snacking students for an article, asking them about their ideas and needs on cam-
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ting the nutrients that your body and brain needs, you are not able to be as proﬁcient in your studies,” Associate Professor Chairperson of Undergraduate Nursing Martha Greenburg said. She explained that if you want to still get food from the grill section and eat healthy there are alternatives. “Eggs and omelets are healthy brain food and are cheap -- the protein feeds your brain and feeds you for hours,” Greenburg said. A new iPad kiosk now sits outside the main entrance to Kessel adjacent to the cash register. This kiosk digitally displays all the meals offered on all the cafeterias at Pace. It displays the nutritional value and calorie content of the Even though there is a price section, there are no price listings directly shown for any of the food options. Whether or not students are making healthy or unhealthy food options, they are still worried about hitting zero on their meal plans. Based on a survey taken by 50 pace students 86.7% of men
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014 PAGE 2 and 77.8% of women believe that their meal plans are not enough for them to eat three meals a day. According to the dinning service guide, there are several options to choose from if you’re a residential student. They go from the platinum plan at a total of $2,325 (including $200 Flex dollars) to the blue plan which offers $1,200 total a semester (including $100 Flex dollars). If you are a commuter you receive $175 each semester (including $25 Flex dollars). If a student were to eat at Kessel three times a day seven days a week on the platinum plan you would have to maintain a daily average of $18 or $6 per meal. Those students on the blue plan it have $9 a day or $3 per meal. While this may sound like an impossible challenge, these ﬁgures are based on the assumption that students are eating at Kessel three times a day from the beginning of the semester to the end of the semester with no interruptions. This type of eating habit is rare, as most students don’t eat in that cafeteria as often as the numbers suggest. “The meal plans are based on the average food that students
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take. That students who dorm full time should get the silver plan or higher,” Executive Director of Auxiliary services Mary Lieto said. Due to the fact that the different meal plans are based off the average eating habits of different groups of people, students should pick the meal plan that best ﬁts their eating habits. Choosing the right meal plan not only helps prevent students from running out of funds, but also having to ask fellow students for funds. In another recent survey of 50 Pace students, 66.7% of male students have at one time asked a friend or stranger to pay for their meal, 89.5% for all female students as well. This constant begging can eventually have a complicated effect on morale. “Receiving help or any kind of gift can actually hurt someone’s self-esteem if a person feels that they have no other option.” Professor and Chairperson Department of Psychology Rostyslaw Robak said. However, this is not the case for everyone as only a few students are likely to suffer severely from the mental effects.
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malformation (AVM), an abnormal connection of the arteries and veins in the brain. The doctors explained that he was the youngest case they had seen in the region, and, due to the complexity, said he had a ﬁfteen percent chance of survival. Chris underwent eight hours of surgery with two different procedures, and remained in the hospital following the surgery for two months. Today, Chris is alive because of the team of doctors and nurses at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. “I always knew I wanted to give back to Pace and to the hospital and now I will be able to do that,” Kirschbaum said. “Finding your passion is not always where you expect it, but when you do ﬁnd it, run with it and make the most of everything that you do!” Many students and faculty are both saddened and excited for Kirschbaum’s new role at Maria Fareri. Sophomore communications major Rachel Avilez acknowledges her personal grievances, yet wishes Kirschbaum only the best in her future endeavors. “I’ve worked closely with Caity and these opportunities have allowed me to get to know her on such a personal level,” said Aviles, who has considered Kirschbaum to be a mentor. “Maria Fareri’s hospital is lucky to have her, Pace will miss her, and, most importantly, I know that she would never leave Pace unless an opportunity to challenge, and push her would arise so I wish her luck on this next adventure of her life.” It is expressed by many that Kirschbaum will be missed but will be able to expand her generosity to more people in her new
“Of these students only some will be less resilient to stress which, might have an effect on grades. To most people it will have a small or minimal effect,” Robak said. Within the recent survey taken of over 50 Pace students it was asked if begging for food had an impact on their morale and grades. It showed that 70% of men said that it affected them, while only 10% of women admitted to being disturbed. If students feel that they are running low on funds they can always put more money on their cards. At any time in the semester a student can add $400-$750 to their meal plan. Even if students believes that he or she will not use all the extra funds it will still roll over to the next semester; even spring to fall. If students feel that they cannot afford to buy these options they have the opportunity to talk with ﬁnancial aid. “Financial aid bases help on meal card funds on a need basis situation,” Lieto said. This means that students on ﬁnancial aid who receive the Bronze plan at $1700 total including Flex dollars ($4.67 a meal for a three meal a day seven days a week) are able to add more funds
to their plan for free if ﬁnancial aid deems them in need of assistance. Many students at Pace believe that the price of food at Kessel is overpriced. “We cannot compare to Walmart or Costco. We have to prepare the food and pay for staff,” Castellon said. He explained that these expenses are what cause the drastic differences in the price of food and drinks. Some still believe that there should be a larger meal plan for those who don’t want to try and budget their eating habits or for athletes who have to naturally eat more. Such a meal plan could cost between $2,800 and $3,000. These plans would allow students to spend $8.27 or $9.35 respectively on a meal and the numbers are based on students eating at Kessel three times a day, seven days a week. If students wish to have this as an additional option in the meal plans they can ask for it by going to the dining advisory board or by emailing auxiliaryservices@pace. edu. Students also have the option of seeking out a manager or going to auxiliary services if they have a complaint.
position. Ashley Lora was able to connect to Kirshbaum through her close work with SDCA. “Caity was great at her job -not because she was a hard worker, but because she can relate to the students. Caity was a Pace student before her position in SDCA,” the junior history and political science major said. “She knows the ‘Pace Struggle’ and is able to communicate and relate to students at Pace. Like many students, orientation was what sparked Kirschbaum’s passion for Pace, which did not go unnoticed early on. “I ﬁrst met Caity at her very own orientation and I immediately knew this young woman would make an impact at Pace,” Associate Director of SDCA Shawn Livingston said. “Four years later and after having subjugated herself as an ofﬁce employee for us all four years we offered her a full time position as our Coordinator. “Caity has left an impression on so many in her time at Pace. Unarguably we know how much the entire community will miss her dedication, wit and customer service. I will miss her too -- but I wish her nothing but the absolute best. I knew in 2006 and today that Caity will continue to be an asset to Pace and anyone else in her future.” Halle Champion is yet another example of a Pace student who Kirschbaum has impacted greatly. When Champion attended her orientation, Kirschbaum urged her to become involved in SDCA. Further, she applied for the position and was hired where Kirschbaum became her boss through her junior year and during her time as an orientation leader. “[Kirschbaum] was an excellent boss who not only pushed me to do better but she even put me in my place when I needed some guidance,” the junior adolescent
education major said. “Caity has become a mentor for me and she has continued to encourage me to be the best that I can be.” While Kirschbaum is busy helping and impacting others, her colleagues and associates are deeply moved by her capacity to learn and dedication to her work. Director of SDCA Rachel Carpenter ﬁrst met Kirshbaum in the summer of 2010 when she served as a leader in the summer orientation program. “I was so surprised she had just graduated a few weeks before, Carpenter said. “Caity immediately impressed me with her maturity, professionalism, thoroughness, and ability to rise to any challenge. It was evident to me she would go above and beyond for the program and for the ofﬁce.” Carpenter noted that Kirschbaum ofﬁce served as a “classroom of life,” and the two, comfy chairs are often occupied by students, debrieﬁng from their day or seeking advice. Like many, Carpenter has established a personal relationship with Kirschbaum and considers her to be her pop-culture twin. “She is someone I always look forward to discussing the latest episode of a series on television, she appreciates when I send her articles related to conversations we have in between all of our meetings and projects,” Carpenter said. “She will be greatly missed - but I am so incredibly proud of her and happy for her!” Those who know Kirschbaum may best relate to Ashley Lora “While Caity’s new position is a big gain for her, it is a greater loss for the Pace community.” As a new window of opportunity in Kirschbaum’s career has just been cracked, Pace’s doors will always remain open for her.
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A Pace Chronicle Exclusive:
Greek Life, Uncovered. “Is Greek Life for me?” is a question tackled by many students across the country. Although only 13% of Pace’s students choose to “go Greek,” the community remains a dominating social circle on campus. Some are adamantly opposed to its controversial rituals while others fervently support the traditions. The Pace Chronicle has done some research of its own - myth busting, if you will. Without further ado, Greek Life, uncovered.
Fact or Myth? Joining a fraternity or sorority will help you in the work world. “Going Greek, like any other organization on campus, can help you in the real world. You get experience and amazing leadership skills. One thing I know from my organization is that I received information from past sisters who mentored me on how to get jobs and what to look into.”
“When you’re going through the process and after you get your letters, responsibilities are just thrown at you and you have to learn how to make meetings, plan events, get organized... It also teaches you respect and authority; it’s basically another class.” -Sonia Vazquez, Sigma Iota Chi
-Christine Vega, Nu Zeta Phi
“Simply joining an org does not mean it will benefit you. While it is nice to have more connections, if you have what you need to succeed, you will. It is very important to note that the work you do within a Greek org may prepare you for realworld challenges, as there are many positions and activities that will be connected to different careers and crucial professional skills.” -Joseph Robinson, Alpha Chi Rho
Being a local organization is of no benefit to you long-term. “As a part of a local chapter, I believe that being local has many benefits. There is so much history of my fraternity on this campus because we only exist here. Most alumni stay around the area and are always coming around to help out. Being local allows you to keep great connections with everyone in your organization and maintain that strong brotherhood or sisterhood long after you graduate.”
“A local organization is just as beneficial as a national. You have a bond with your sisterhood and have sisters who will help you in the real world as well.”
“There are so many benefits. Being in a local organization provides a sense of closeness among your sisters because everyone who wears your letters has done the same things as you. It’s a family.”
-Christine Vega, Nu Zeta Phi -Melissa Grossman, Alpha Lambda Sigma
-Chris Arnold, Alpha Chi Epsilon
Your grades will suffer if you join a Greek organization. “Your grades only suffer if you let them. Most fraternities and sororities promote getting the highest grades. There is even a requirement to be an active member. Grades among these organizations are very high.” -Mike Saia (pictured) and David Fischer, Delta Kappa Epsilon
“Everything is about balance. I have always said a Greek organization won’t get you your degree or good grades, your grades will always be dependent of your work and your commitment to them. Time management is definitely key.” -Drea Mayorga, Omega Phi Beta
“When I pledged, my grades went up. Last semester was my best semester [academically] and I was president of my organization. You have a support system of people to study with. If you go to the library, you’ll see our letters everywhere. Things in motion stay in motion. When you’re keeping busy, you get things done.” -James Ward, Phi Kappa Tau
It is difficult to remain friends with people outside your organization. “Many friends go into formal recruitment or the recruitment process and decide they don’t belong in the same organization. Although they do not wear the same letters across their chest, does not mean that they can no longer stay friends, sometimes it even brings them closer together.”
“Being friends with people outside of your org is only difficult if you make it that way. As a whole, the Greek Community is very open and reaches out to many people. Once you are in your org you are not bound by it, you are encouraged to branch out and be friends with whoever you want to.”
“I still have a lot of the same friends who are one not in my organization or not even Greek. It is all about acknowledging that we might have different walks in life, and it’s okay. It is about acceptance and understanding one another as well as, embracing each other’s differences.”
-Nicole Telepun, Delta Phi Epsilon
-Chris Arnold, Alpha Chi Epsilon
-Drea Mayorga, Omega Phi Beta
Going Greek changes you. “YES! It does, it basically makes you realize what you’re made of and how far you can go to get what you want. Before this, I was barely involved, now I have all these positions in other clubs and organizations. It just changes how you look at everything.” -Sonia Vazquez, Sigma Iota Chi
“I’m still Melissa. I’m still me. If there’s any change, it’s been for the better. Now when I think of things, I don’t only think of myself. I think of my sisters.” -Melissa Grossman, Alpha Lambda Sigma
THIS WEEK’S PACE POLL What do YOU think? Does joining a Greek organization change a person? VOTE ONLINE AT PACECHRONICLE.COM IF YOU HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL COMMENTS OR THOUGHTS, SEND A LETTER TO THE EDITOR AT PACECHRONICLE@PACE.EDU
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Professor Spotlight: Vox Magazine Advisor Dr. Deborah Poe CATHARINE CONWAY
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With over 13 years of editorial experience, Dr. Deborah Poe was the ideal candidate for Pace University when searching for a Faculty Advisory Editor for Vox Arts and Literary Magazine. In addition to teaching, Vox added a creative outlet that Poe brought to the students at Pace. “[When I started on the Vox staff], it looked very, very different,” said Poe, who received her undergraduate degree in English with minors in Marketing and French from Texas A&M. “It looked more like a yearbook and fashion magazine combined than a literary magazine. We decided to take it in a new direction. I help students bring the magazine to life, but the students are the ones who run the magazine.” Poe ﬁrst started teaching at Pace in the fall of 2008 “I feel very fortunate all the time because that was the fall that the economy tanked. I had lots of friends who were called in for job searches and those searches were canceled because people didn’t have the funds anymore,” Poe
said. Prior to her time at Pace, Poe worked for Microsoft as an editor for its programming management ﬁeld. Between the 1999 and 2002, she traveled around the world making the content for Microsoft websites. However, the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001 prompted a new direction for Poe. “I decided that life was too short, and I applied to Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington for their Masters of Arts and English,” Poe said. “During my time there, I was also volunteering for Richard Hugo House in Seattle and editing for other magazines in the area,” Poe said. Halfway through her time in Washington, Poe realized that she needed more education and began applying for Doctoral programs. “I got into the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. I also got into the University of Binghamton at SUNY, which offered me funding to be a teacher while I was getting my doctorate, so I decided to come to the east coast,” Poe said. Since being at Pace, Poe has published four books. 2008
birthed the ﬁrst of three poetry collections, Our Parenthetical Ontology. In 2010 Elements was pubslished and then her 2012 novella, Hélèle. and one co-edited book of ﬁction criticism create her current pile of literary works. Between Worlds: An Anthology of Fiction and Criticism, co-edited with Ama Wattley was published in 2012 and her most current poetry collection, a close meditation on death, is in the works. “A lot has happened since I’ve been at Pace, and for me, writing is a friend,” Poe said. “I’ve said to people that my babies are my poems and stories because I don’t have children. Life can be very difﬁcult or lonely or hard and can be ﬁlled with challenges, and writing really helps me negotiate human experience and to connect with other human beings throughout literature in the world,” Poe said. To Poe, writing has turned her life into a more “wondrous place,” in which she makes sense of human interactions extending to the community through her work. “There is so much going on in the world, with you and your peers, and reading veraciously make our persons so unique.”
Photo courtesy of Deborah Poe English Professor Deborah Poe is also the faculty advisor for Vox Literary magazine, a publication of student writing and artwork.
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New Relaxation Room Opens In Pace Counseling Center BRETT KURPIT
Pace has installed a new Relaxation Room at the school’s counseling center. The room was installed early this spring semester to help students improve their emotional health in various ways with the aid of stress-relieving activities, such as using a Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) lamp, massage chair, biofeedback machine, and even a Buddha board. “The idea of a relaxation
room came from our director, Dr. Rosa Ament,” Coordinator of Consultation and Outreach Dr. Mariesa Cruz-Tillery said. “We researched how other schools approached stress-related issues and went from there.” By using the Relaxation Room, students can edify their energy, mood, and state of mind. The SAD lamp, for example, provides much needed sunlight for those struggling with seasonal depression and low energy levels during the winter. While the room’s massage
chair is externally relaxing, the biofeedback machine helps control one’s involuntary functions, like heart rate and deep breathing. The machine uses games to distract students and assist them in improving their awareness of mind and body. “After using the biofeedback machine, students will improve their ability to gain control over their internal stress,” Cruz-Tillery said. Both the biofeedback machine and massage chair bring relaxation to students, but Cruz-
Tillery says the room’s Buddha board gives them a chance to express themselves in whichever way they choose. Based on the concept of Zen, the togetherness of body and mind, the board allows students to release their emotions through drawing, which may help give them some clarity. Students do not need to be a client of the Counseling Center to use the room. A session in the Relaxation Room is limited to 30 minutes, and students will need to complete a brief introduc-
tory workshop prior to using the room. In addition to the Relaxation Room, the counseling center released an app called “Just In Case”, which plans to provide students and staff with mental health information and offer support routes via a brief questionnaire. The Relaxation Room is available on Mondays and Thursdays. To make a reservation, call the Counseling Center at 914-773-3710.
Fordham University Mumps Outbreak Cautions College Campuses OLIVIA ZUCKER
Thirteen students at Fordham University’s Rose Hill campus in the Bronx and Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan have been tentatively diagnosed with mumps. College campuses, with the abundance of people in close quarters, are the perfect breeding ground for communicable illnesses. Although students must be vaccinated for measles, mumps, and rubella in order to attend Fordham, university ofﬁcials said in a statement that vac-
cines are not always 100 percent effective. No Pace students have been diagnosed with mumps, but university health care is aware and prepared for any possible outbreak. “We’ve not experienced an outbreak of mumps here in Pleasantville. We are aware of the mumps outbreak, especially in the [New York] city campus,” Associate Director of University Healthcare and Family Nurse Practitioner Karen Lolli said. “It’s something that we are on top of and aware of, and something we are monitoring for all
students that come to university health care.” Mumps is a contagious illness that typically begins with fever, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, and swelling of the salivary glands, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC recommends that anyone diagnosed with or believed to have mumps should be isolated, and contact with others should be minimal. Like Fordham, Pace also requires students to be vaccinated to attend the school. With contagious illnesses such as mumps, it
is best to err on the side of caution. However, Lolli is assured that Pace is well prepared for any possibility of an outbreak. “We would follow the CDC’s as well as the Department of Health’s guidelines, and deﬁnitely recommend the student to be isolated. If the student was capable to travel home, they would be encouraged to,” Lolli said. “For a resident student, we would speak with residence life and arrange to have the student moved to a separate room. Any students, like a roommate, who might have been directly exposed, would be notiﬁed immediately.”
To prevent the spread of any communicable disease, students are encouraged to wash their hands often, clean items that are frequently touched, and avoid contact with anyone who might be infected. According to the CDC, most people with mumps recover fully. However, rare complications can occur, especially in those who have reached puberty. “If you experience any symptoms or have been exposed, you should either come to university health care or see your own provider,” Lolli said.
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In Defense, SGA President Dan Adjei Paces His Progress CECILIA LEVINE
“Out of sight, out of mind” might as well be the motto for the Millenials. To those students ﬁdgeting on the edge of their seats waiting for word of Dan Adjei’s big move, don’t count on it. As his presidential term comes to a close, he continues to face rumors accusing him of being a ﬁgurehead in Pace’s Student Government Association (SGA). Shortly after Adjei won the votes of his peers, I sat down with him to work on a feature piece for The Pace Chronicle to help shed light on Pace’s new, student advocate. Almost one ﬁscal year later and many students, including sophomore psychology major Josh Imasuen, still wouldn’t be able to pick out Adjei in a crowd. “Is it Mark?” asked Imasuen upon being challenged to recall only the ﬁrst name of the SGA president. No, Adjei has not been entirely socially checked-in with his peers. And no, the fruits of his labors are not ready for immediate consumption. This has aroused suspicion towards SGA within the Pace community. However, the accused do-nothing-president has been working tirelessly to establish a foundation for student leaders to expand upon in years to come. “Coming into ofﬁce I thought I’d be dealing with [students] and getting the job done quickly,” Adjei said. “I thought I’d be more visible for students but I realized the job was more administrative and external.” Meetings with Pace’s Provost, Dr. Uday Sukhatme, University President, Dr. Stephen Friedman and Dean of Students, Dr. Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo, occupied much of Adjei’s time. When he came into ofﬁce he had four goals – bridge the gap between the Pleasantville and Briarcliff campuses, increase faculty and student interaction, create a 24/7 study space in Briarcliff and implement the new student-teacher evaluation system.
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were speaking and how easily their requests could be met. Mere cafeteria conversation could truly assess student interest, so that the plans of SGA would be customized for the diverse body they serve. In speaking with Wrench, even in a relaxed environment like the Pace Perk, I noticed a pattern in his responses within
The problem with our generation is that we rely so heavily on instant gratiﬁcation that we don’t understand why these changes aren’t happening overnight. Paired with a “strong opinioned faculty,” the modiﬁcations that Adjei and his team are looking to execute will likely happen over a longer span of time. “There is a necessary skill set for presidential candidates,” management major ﬁnance minor and SGA Vice President of Finance Sungi Clark said. “They need to have a foresight in what’s going to happen in ﬁve or ten years.” One of the ﬁrst things that this year’s SGA board did with their faculty advisor, Shawn Livingston, was sit down to discuss major goals and how to tackle them. Among the many that Adjei targeted was bridging the gap between students and faculty. This includes a common student-faculty lounge, student-faculty athletic competitions and more efﬁcient Blackboard services in which faculty course evaluations will be posted within Pace’s Blackboard circle thus eliminating third party sites, like Rate My Professor. However, that has been a 12 year conversation. “There is a gap in the way that the vast majority of the way in which that faculty, staff and administration conduct business and the way in which students, the Millenials, conduct business,” said Livingston, who in addition to serving as SGA’s faculty advisor is the Associate Director of Student Development & Campus Activities (SDCA). Livingston and his team have a mission to advocate for the students while leveraging procedures of administration. They serve to ﬁll the gap in communication between the two parties. “You might do something as an e-board member and it’s quickly done and made public to the student body,” Livingston said. “It doesn’t matter what I did and they like that because it was quick and they saw the results. But if I take a really long time and possibly only break the ice or begin to understand why Pace wants or does
something a certain way, it is more than likely that students don’t validate that because it’s not public, or fast enough or tangible.” Much of what SGA has been doing this year has been a painfully slow process, even for those involved. 2/3 of Adjei’s time in ofﬁce has been spent creating a student survey which will hone in on speciﬁc issues for the next SGA e-board to carry out. Like much of the construction going on for the Master Plan, groundwork is being laid for future students in ofﬁce and classrooms alike. The mound of dirt sitting on potential parking spaces is not a fair representation of strides being made and the mud and lack of sidewalks only pose as an inconvenience. But next year the architectural skeletons will take form and the year after they may look like structured buildings. “What’s visually out there to see is nothing,” said Livigston, “and a sentiment that we could have done a better job of [publicizing] what we were working on; and we’re ﬁxing that.” Next year SGA plans on having a newsletter sent directly to the student mailboxes, a material representation of projects and goals being developed. “I may not have been as communicative as I could be and I apologize,” Adjei said. “I’m about to leave and this may not affect me but I’m working on making Pace better for future students.” Sukahtme attended the SGA/ Budget Allocation Committee (BAC) meetings for the ﬁrst time under Adjei’s presidency because of the relationship that the two have harvested on behalf of the students. In years to come, SGA will already have this established relationship to work off of in more effectively exploring student grievances. Last years’ SGA goals were more immediate and short term. Former SGA President Mel Londono implemented a better presence on campus by starting the signature event Midnight Breakfast and establishing an SGA logo which they marketed themselves by during elections. They identi-
ﬁed two student problems through an administrative task force, one of which was accounts of larceny in the library solved by the installation of cameras. But she still agrees that it is not the individual SGA team that makes the difference, rather the culmination of the year to year strides. “A lot of what SGA does is behind the scenes with very heavy transitioning,” Londono said. “When I was transitioned I got a binder with a post-it note that said ‘Good luck!’” And so I thought we needed to make sure the next e-board was more prepared with guidance.” Londono and her team were the ﬁrst to come up with the idea for each new e-board to build upon
the last year instead of restarting each September, and that’s exactly what Adjei and his team have been doing. “An impact is an impact,” Londono said. “SGA is not to be recognized for whether you notice an immediate change or not. People want crazy results but the e-board members are students themselves just trying to better the lives of their peers.” If SGA were a Facebook page there may not be a little red number that appears for every change that the team has made. Leave the instant gratiﬁcation to social networking and instead, keep in mind an important folk lesson learned; slow and steady wins the race.
our A to B conversation. He inferred a rich understanding and genuine knowledge of every idea, and sought to provide a both comprehendible and intelligent solution. He displayed a very equal and generous effort in listening and responding to each problem no matter how seemingly trivial, a quality which will undoubtedly translate to his effectiveness as president. These listening and responding skills are reﬂected in Wrench’s other platform points,
namely the extension of library hours and a solution to the diminishing ﬁnancial aid options for students. In speciﬁcally addressing these two student-proposed issues, Wrench shows an understanding for the needs of students and a proactive interest in responding to them. Further, this acknowledgement provides grounds for discussing these issues, initiating conversations which otherwise may not have taken place.
Stepping outside the campaign, just talking to John (and I use his ﬁrst name here with endearment) is an interaction many students can attest as being effortless. His speech perfectly combines clarity and brilliance with a very personable and relatable ease, so that his vast knowledge and deep thought is understood but not boasted. John genuinely engages with the students around him and cares about them as people, going out of his way to greet them
and ask them about their day. He is rational and unbiased, treating each problem individually and with great attention. It is because of this compassion and charisma that he channeled the largest write-in response during last year’s SGA elections. I, like many at Pace, have the distinct honor of calling John a friend, and it is with great pleasure that I urge all students to call him their president.
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SGA ELECTION PRESIDENT
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My name is Kristina Vukaj and I write to you with hopes of becoming your 2014-2015 President. I am 5’8”, Albanian, and hard working. I do not want to waste your time, so I will make my points quickly and effectively. Most people will tell you I’m on campus way too much for a commuter and there’s not a day that the library janitor walks by me and I don’t greet him. I am a person who lives for others, who believes in hard work, and who wants a more integral role in helping this university reach its potential. A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way, one whose courage to fulﬁll a vision comes from passion, and one who empowers others. I can be this leader for you. My freshman year I saw a need to recognize high achieving students who were transitioning from high school, so I founded our local chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, the National Honor Society for First Year Students. Throughout my time at Pace I have maintained a 3.9 GPA, while juggling multiple responsibilities. I am a ﬁve-time Delegate on the university’s winning Model United Nations team, and a member of the Setters Leadership Program. This past semester, my senior team and I founded Pace Mart, a convenience store/café coming to Mortola Library this April! Pace Mart will create more internship opportunities for business students, more student jobs, and enable community development by keeping more students on campus. You might ask what I plan to do, but the purpose of SGA is to be a body that serves the students; that means you call the shots around here! How many times have you been promised something that you never got? We all recognize the gaps between the NYC, Pleasantville, and Briarcliff campuses, the gaps between commuters and dormers, issues being faced by student orgs, or the possibility that our current needs are being compromised to fulﬁll the future master plan. I have been listening, and I am still listening. I want to make a difference, even if it is only in the world that we live in. Help me make that difference and vote for Kristina Vukaj as President.
I never thought I would attend Pace University, I fell in love when I came for orientation, and since then I have seen myself and my campus grow. As a freshman, I became involved with student organizations through the founding of Philosophy Club, my initiation in a Greek organization, and later as a Senator. I believe that I have a well-rounded view of Pace and my investment in the student body forces me to seek ways to make the student life on this campus better. I take Student Government very seriously as it is one of the best settings to make the campus life on Pleasantville even better, I also am interested in tackling projects at Pace that would beneﬁt all students as well as making their voices heard. If I were to be elected as President of the Student Government Association, I have several goals that I think I would be responsible for: 1. To install standing committees or working groups, made up of senators, to tackle student problems at Pace University. 2. I would like to shift the function of the Student Government over to a more proactive system. I believe that the Student Government should be focusing on student advocacy and problem solving more than act as a second, student-run SDCA ofﬁce. 3. I would personally push for the installment of 24-hour library hours in Mortola Library; there is a large student push for this and it would make sense that if Pace supports academic success. 4. I would like to start a student driven advocacy program which would go out into the student population and interview them concerning changes they want at Pace, instead of sending out automated surveys to Pace email. The best way to reach students is to sit down with them and ask them what they need from the university. I would then request that these students come to Student Government as see their concern discussed, hopefully this would encourage new student leaders to emerge from the Pace population. 5. I would ﬁght to keep ﬁnancial aid options for students considering the cuts to Federal Work Study. I hope that we may be able to give new options to students who are struggling to stay at Pace.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Helping others has always been a main focus or at least a value that I have stood by throughout most of my life. Going out my way or going above and beyond what is asked of myself is something that I strive to do each and every day, no matter how small or big the task might be. I have a great deal of determination to help others succeed regardless of who they are, or what they do. Through my leadership experiences on campus and volunteering experiences throughout the country, I have a true understanding of what giving back to the community is all about. I am conﬁdent that I can most certainly give back to the student body, because it’s not just the organizations that I’m a part that motivate me, it’s the everyday students that I interact with and get to know that push me to be the best I can be. My name is Dan Garcia and I am a sophomore Applied Psychology major and I am ready to be your next SGA Executive Vice President.
VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE
LUIZ RIBIERO FILHO
As a member of the football team, I have been able to develop a range of important skills that will assist me in a multitude of areas throughout my life. In particular, football has taught me the importance of setting goals for myself, goals for a group of people, and proper time management and organizational skills. Football has provided me with a better understanding of teamwork, and the value of respecting, listening and incorporating other individuals’ ideas and opinions. When I joined the football team at Pace, I was a freshman, and thought it would be difﬁcult to dedicate myself to my team and my schoolwork in an unfamiliar environment. I have and continue to give to my commitment to my team, achieve high academic standing and maintain relationships with many people on campus in my social life. Alongside my leadership and football experience, I have a great understanding of the ﬁeld of ﬁnance. I previously worked for a small hedge fund called Bedford Oak Advisors in Mt. Kisco, NY. While working there, I assisted in inputting trades and performing market research. I also monitored supply levels, managed orders and effectively communicated with clients, traders, and advisors on a daily basis among other tasks. I am currently interning for a company called Argus Information and Advisory Services. My experience within the world of ﬁnance is continuously expanding, and becoming the Vice President of Finance is a way I can assist the Pace community with my skill set.
My name is Jessica Varghese, and I am running for your SGA Vice President of Finance for the 2014-2015 school year. As an introduction, I am a junior majoring in Finance and Accounting and I am a Resident Assistant in Hillside/ Howard Johnson. I am currently a ﬁnancial delegate, and have been for the past two years. Being a ﬁnance delegate, part of my responsibility includes making sure all of the student activity fund is used properly. I was also the senator for DHOSA for the past two years. I am incredibly hard-working, dedicated, and involved. I hold the knowledge that this job requires. This university is experiencing changes, with both the Master Plan and the ﬁftieth anniversary. I believe that I can see our organizations through these changes. I want to improve communication with different organizations. I want to make people feel welcome at BAC meetings. This is our students’ money, and they should be aware of the different changes our student government is making. Finally, I want us to become efﬁcient and economically aware. We, as students, are given a set budget. However, I believe that we can make the most of it, despite the changes our university is experiencing. With my guidance, I think that our student government can move with the changes. Our organizations will get more information, and they will be prepared. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.
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VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMMING TAMEKA BAZILE
Some things are all about preparation...you study for exams you know you wouldn’t do well on without preparing. You exercise for a marathon you know you wouldn’t perform well in by preparing. You practice dancing and singing for a show so you can be comfortable on stage when performing. It’s all about preparation and how well you prepare. I prepared myself this year in my position. I tried, made mistakes, sometimes failed but I am happy to say that most of the time, I succeeded. I worked hard with my current E-Board to shape what Programming Board is and what the committee will continue to be for years to come. I am glad to say that I left a footprint in the sand and I hope to leave many more in the upcoming school year. I am ecstatic to say I fulﬁlled many of my goals with the programming position this year and that I have received praise for the efforts I have made. Last year, I urged you to allow me to help make your drawer full of memories. I lead by example and I pride myself in always traveling off the beaten path but ending up at the same destination. I mean, isn’t that what this is all about? Making your own noise, following your heart and ﬁlling up a drawer full of memories before we get to that diploma? I will always encourage the Pace community to live this way, not because that is how I live but because it is the right way to live. We are all here for the same thing but the way we get there should differ as greatly as we do. I know your drawers are getting a little full but I am hoping there is space for a couple more memories. The same way I am hoping that there is space for one more year as your Vice President of Programming. You know I can do this! You know I have prepared! And with adequate preparation, the prospect of failure diminishes. With that, I end with the same quote that helped me win the position last year: “All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.” -Aristotle
DONIKA BRUCAJ Pace University is the home of Opportunity. Don’t just take my word for it, look at the numbers: U.S. News Top 5 in the nation for placing people in internships, Forbes Top 20 colleges in the country that will make you rich, and over 2,800 alumni hold executive level positions in their companies. There’s countless statistics proving that Pace is truly the home of excellence. But behind that excellence that we all desperately desire to achieve, lies experience. What would college be without the experience, inside and outside the classroom? Sure, a prestigious job is what we all strive to gain out of the hard work we put in, but why not celebrate ourselves and our community as we achieve academic excellence. After all, the journey is sometimes better than the destination. Students should be able to look back at their years at Pace and reﬂect on endless fun and fascinating activities and events hosted on the Pleasantville campus itself. Pace Pleasantville is home to a great variety of people, be it residents or commuters, people involved in Greek life, student athletes, and faculty with hands on experience. We need to work as a team to channel that diversity and create a uniﬁed community, one that does not segregate the commuters from the residents, the Greek life from the Non-Greek life, athletes from non-athletes, and the students from the faculty. A community that is whole. A community that screams PACE PRIDE! Pleasantville has endless potential and it’s time we ﬁnally utilize it. We’re already making huge progress with the Master Plan, but we must remember not to sacriﬁce the comfort of our students during the process. As a commuter, I feel I represent a huge amount of unheard voices of people too discouraged to speak up. If elected Vice President of Programming, I promise to change that. I, Donika Brucaj, your friend, colleague, and mentor, promise to represent the student body to the best of my ability in an effort to make life on the Pleasantville campus more engaging and entertaining. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and with your vote, Pace can ﬁnally reach its full potential and become the whole provider of our happiness, excellence, and success. I am truly grateful for the countless opportunities I’ve been given at Pace and hope to give back to you, the student body, as much as I can if given the chance to serve as Vice President of Programming!
VICE PRESIDENT OF ADMINISTRATION PAVAN NAIDU
Pace has taught me so much over the few years that I’ve been here. I made CAP’s dean’s list, and Pace’s dean list two semesters in a row. I did Model United Nations and received an outstanding delegate award for actively involving members to create stronger dialogue and better resolutions to issues. I believe I can use the traits I have acquired to be your Vice President of Administration. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to see.” I think together, we can change the world we live in, and that is Pace Pleasantville. If I am granted the privilege of joining the SGA board, my number one priority will be to satisfy the needs of the student body. Pace University has enormous potential to have better school spirit. It has enormous potential to be recognized as a school with incredible pride. Let us actualize this potential by discussing ways we can create better opportunities for students to not only succeed, but enjoy their time here. Together, we can bridge multiple gaps along with the transition phase Pace is currently going through, to ensure students’ needs are being met. This can be achieved through a multifaceted approach by addressing concerns such as, student and administrator relations, the Pleasantville and Briarcliff isolation, and dormers and commuters’ relations. We can change this by changing the social structure. As Vice President of Administration, I will work to be a liaison between you, the students, and our administration. By creating more collaborated events, we can effectively create cultural diffusion and mitigate issues between Briarcliff, Pleasantville, and commuters. By hosting events on each side of campus, we can create a more holistic Pace University. Commuters do not receive the same beneﬁts as dormers. By creating events and opportunities for commuters and dormers to come together we can create a better Pace University. If you elect me as your Vice President of Administration, I promise I will give you everything I have in order to make Pace University the best environment for us. This is our college, our time, our life. Let us be the change we want to see. Thank you.
EDWIN RODRIGUEZ Becoming part of the SGA Executive board is an opportunity to allow me to impact and improve the atmosphere of the community at Pace University. I am looking forward to assisting all organizations on campus and students to empower them to further their organizations and hopefully bring new ones to the community. A main priority in this role would be improving communication within organizations including marketing of events, compliance with regulations, and the transitioning of executive boards. I will be entering my senior year of my academics in the University and I have always been involved here at Pace since my ﬁrst year. First, I got involved becoming President of North Hall and being recognized as Hall of the Year with my executive board. As semesters went by I started to become more active in the community by becoming a member of organizations, working in different departments such as Residential Life, Student Development and Campus Activities and Athletics, as well as going to conferences about student leadership to enhance myself and Pace. All these opportunities I have been offered have given me a better understanding of the University and how SGA, as well as the student body as a whole, functions. I look forward to utilizing ideas of past executive board members along with bringing forth new impressions that future students will use and build off of to implement their own ideas.
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VICE PRESIDENT OF UNITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE JOE ARTOGLOU My experience here at Pace has had a tremendously positive impact on my view of life. Originally I came here primarily to be a member of the football team and had a very apathetic approach to academics. After leaving the football team for medical reasons, I have been able to open my eyes to see all the resources that are available to us as students. Pace University and the community around us has given me the opportunity to work three jobs at the World of Weezee, 7-Eleven, as well as a tutor in the Center of Academic Excellence. Along with employment opportunities, giving back to the community is something that was made very painless by the amazing people at Pets Alive Animal Shelter, The Atria, as well as the World of Weezee. I have learned to time manage and prioritize by working 60 hours a week as a Bio-Psychology major. I would love to close the gaps between all students through services such as giving back and raising the reputation of excellence of the student body. As Vice President of Finance for the Peace and Justice Society, I have gained experience in both the E-board as well as developing awareness for Social Justice. If elected for Vice President of Unity and Social Justice I will challenge students to become leaders and spread awareness on the importance of unity and justice on and off campus of Pace University. Strength lies in numbers, and we can accomplish goals and take action more efďŹ ciently with all students on board for this mission! As part of a larger team of students hoping to be part of SGA, our primary concerns are to make sure the students voices are represented correctly and to make sure we can come together as a Student Body to leave a legacy for the future generation of Pace students.
RACHEL AVILES The ideals of Vice President of Unity and Social Justice are ones that are personal to me. I would like to start by sharing personal experience to elaborate why. My name is Rachel Aviles and when I was a junior in high school I experienced a case of discrimination based on my sexuality; an injustice, easily described. A simple difference, that makes me no less of a human being, was reason enough for administration to ask me to withdraw from my local private Christian school, the summer before my senior year. This experience taught me a very important lesson. Our society, both local and across country, does not understand the value of a human being. More importantly, we, individuals who make up our society, do not know how to treat each other. My experience equipped me with motivation to protect other students who are prone to experience discrimination based on what makes them different. As an individual running for Vice President of Unity and Social Justice, I value honesty and character. I value empathy, understanding and respect. Despite the classiďŹ cations that society separates people into (class, race, sexuality, religion, ability etc), I believe these values are necessary to living amongst each other, not only in a safe and supportive community, but also society. I want to use this position to focus on these values and make them basic fundamental expectations for other human beings. I want to bring awareness, but also provoke movement. I want to actually bring the diverse people of our community together, and hopefully decrease the separation between groups of people. My name is Rachel Aviles, and I am currently a sophomore part of the Dyson School of Arts and Sciences. I am running for Vice President of Unity and Social Justice and I am asking for your vote.
Voting will take place in an online election process. Polls open Mon. April 7 at 10:00 a.m. and close Fri. April 11 at 3:00 p.m. Voting stations are scheduled to be located April 7-11 in both Mortola Library and the Kessel Student Center. Voting will be administered by Vote-Net and can also be completed online. All students will receive an email solicitation on Mon. April 7 with full voting details and instructions. These same instructions will be on posters located near the voting stations and available 24 hours on the SGA Elections webpage.
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Get Involved! Pace University Club Meeting Dates and Times 808s (Step Team)
African Students at Pace
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Future Educators Association
Thursdays @ 9:00pm
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Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting
Gay Straight Alliance
Lubin Business Association
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Sunday @ 8:30 PM
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Pace Perk (Downstairs in the Briarcliff Cafeteria)
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Organization of Latin American Students
WPAWâ€“ Pace Radio Station
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Wednesday @ 12:15pm
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Sunday @ 6:00 pm
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Student Government Association
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Pace Athletics Makes Sports Documentary
The Pace Athletics Department has created the documentary The Season, which follows the lacrosse team through its 2014 spring season. Directed by the Athletics Communications Assistant, Chad Cooper, The Season gives a candid look into the nuts and bolts of the team, such as how they prepare themselves for games and the impact of the hard work of the athletes. “We had seen a couple videos of bigger Division I schools doing the same thing and we kind of said to ourselves, ‘we can do this too’,” Cooper said. The documentary began its ﬁlming over winter break. Cooper and his crew have been interviewing players and coaching staff to give viewers a third person perspective. Cooper described that the decision for picking the lacrosse team mainly layed with logistical factors. “We would have liked to work with another spring sport but [the baseball and basketball] teams take extended trips out of state,” said Cooper. “It’s hard to tell the story of the season when you can’t see the whole season.” Media communications students Ryan Shields and Arianna Denully have assisted in the video project. “I am the editor for The Season. I receive all the footage from the past week or two, which in-
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cludes practice, interviews, and game footage,” Shields said. “I then piece it all together to what you see on YouTube.” Cooper admits the project would be difﬁcult to complete without the help of Denully. “I have to give a huge shout out to Arianna, she watches every single clip of video from practice, games, and interviews, then writes down how long that clip is, what’s in that clip and if there’s anything in that clip that we can use and where it starts,” Cooper said. “It isn’t an easy job and we’re all very grateful for her help.” Each part of the documentary is released every two weeks. “We can try to plan ahead but
it’s live sports and the season is still unfolding,” Cooper said. “I don’t want to sound too artsy, but the season is a living thing in itself and you don’t know what’s going to happen next, so we’re just telling the story of what’s happening.” Cooper is additionally using his knowledge of social media and connections to gain more attention. “We use social media and tweet to major lacrosse organizations; we even got a couple of organizations to favorite it,” Cooper said. “Luckily, when working with lacrosse, they’re already proactive within their community; so if you tell three of their alumni they’ll tell another 10 people, who will tell
another 20 people.” If The Season turns out to be as successful as Cooper hopes, he is considering doing a similar documentary for fall sports as well. “I’d deﬁnitely like to do something in the fall if this is successful,” Cooper said. “As of right now, the idea is there, but we haven’t formalized anything yet. There are a lot of logistics that go into planning something like this.” The Pace Athletics program releases a new part of The Season every two weeks and will release the sixth and ﬁnal episode May 8. Head over to Youtube.com/user/ PaceAthletics to catch up on the latest episode of The Season.
Artist Spotlight: Alexa Lauro, Dorm Room DJ CECILIA LEVINE
European rave culture has swept westbound across the Atlantic and brought with it a new digital art form of musical expression. Teens and twenty-somethings are trading in Coach bags for Coachella tickets, reveling in the trance that house music leads on. Alexa Lauro is just one representative of the inﬂux of female DJs that have been encroaching on the predominantly male industry. Miniature turn tables on the18year-old’s desk are the only indication that she has been swallowed by the rave sensation that’s taken the music industry by storm. Betty Boop stickers adorn the wall above her bed while pictures of family and friends neatly line the edges of her closet door frame. Lauro transforms her unassuming dorm room into a musical utopia and the neighbors don’t seem to mind. “I ﬁnd myself sitting in class and thinking ‘I just want to practice’,” she said, “and I’ll lock myself in [my room] and just blast it. Like, everyone knows when I’m playing my music they’ll just walk in, they want to be a part of it.” The Park Slope, Brooklyn, native hides under an olive-green beanie and hipster-chic glasses. She searches for the right words, careful not to come off as boast-
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ful as she discusses her growth as a DJ. She ﬁrst experienced this new music scene when she shadowed her cousin, DJ Vitale, two years ago at the Highland Ballroom in lower Manhattan. “I remember watching the crowd from the DJ booth,” said the former pharmaceutical employee. “[DJing] looked so cool and I wanted to try it.” She purchased the equipment and programs necessary in the weeks that followed, and embarked on a journey that would become her private getaway. “The people who go to all the raves are just so friendly,” Lauro said. “They’re also all on [MDMA], but they’re there for one reason – not to ﬁght. At clubs you’ll see a lot of ﬁghts but at raves and EDM festivals you’ll just see a lot of love.” Eminem makes the case that “music can alter moods and talk to you” in his rap song “Sing for the Moment.” Many studies have proven that music has the potential to promote healing among the sick and increase the well-being of the healthy. Lauro describes herself as an ordinarily shy person, but when she sees that people are enjoying her music it gives her conﬁdence. DJ Lex blends her own mixes of house, hip-hop, and trap music, yet still enjoys the heart-felt, Indie-Pop songs of Lana Del Rey.
Photo courtesy of Alexa Lauro She admires artists such as R3hab and Calvin Harris, both of whom she met and spent time with backstage. Nervo, a female twin DJ duo, inspires her the most. “I feel like female DJs are up and coming,” said the freshman, who has yet to declare a major. “My dad thinks I’m just going through a phase and for me, this seems to be a longer one. And even though [DJing] is a hard career, there aren’t enough girl DJs,
so it can be an advantage.” Lauro has been in talks with Paulie’s, a local bar, about spending a night in their DJ booth. “I just want to make sure people have a good time,” Lauro said. While DJ Lex will be busy inquiring as to whether or not the crowd is in fact having a good night, her audience is likely searching for her response to the only appropriate question of “Where Brooklyn at, Lauro?”
Given what I know of the world, I really shouldn’t be shocked by the atrocities of human cruelty showcased in Blackﬁsh, the 2013 documentary on the whales at SeaWorld. In all honesty, animal cruelty has never been a topic I’ve followed too closely, that is until I saw this ﬁlm. Blackﬁsh examines some of the most dangerous incidents involving trainers and orcas in the last 40 years of SeaWorld, bringing to light the consequences of keeping this species in captivity for the sake of proﬁt. The documentary mostly focuses on the life of performing killer whale Tilikum, who is responsible for three deaths and countless injuries. Blackﬁsh director Gabriela Cowperthwaite creates a confessional of sorts in which the sailors responsible for the capture of Tilikum and other orcas, as well as former SeaWorld trainers, may repent. While it is refreshing to see so many people on ﬁlm admitting to their past errors, we must recognize that such a liberty is only awarded once all afﬁliations with SeaWorld are severed – they are no longer on the payroll, so now they can talk. The efforts made in exposing 40 years of cover-ups did not go unnoticed or unrewarded. Although the ﬁlm has only grossed roughly two million dollars, it has risen in popularity thanks to Netﬂix streaming and has been a trending topic on social media, which has allowed it to stay in the public’s attention since its release in July of 2013. The overall attendance rate at SeaWorld dropped by ﬁve percent and the park reported $15.9 million in losses for 2013. It is unclear whether these losses are due to the Blackﬁsh’s exposure of Tilikum dragging his trainers to the bottom of the pool, or merely high ticket prices attributed by SeaWorld CEO James Atchison. Blackﬁsh has also inspired lawmakers to join the ﬁght against the captivity of Orcas: On March 7, the Orca Welfare and Safety Act was proposed, which outlaws killer whale shows. Under the bill, violators could face $100,000 in ﬁnes as well as six months in jail. I’m very excited for all of the attention this ﬁlm has received. It’s extremely well made and forces viewers to see a reality of orca shows that isn’t always addressed: it’s unsafe for the orcas and the humans. At certain points, Blackﬁsh made me physically sick from anger and grief. While any number of you may think this to be an exaggeration, I assure you the images in this ﬁlm are enough to wrench the heart of anyone. Blackﬁsh is still available for instant streaming on Netﬂix. I won’t guarantee you’ll enjoy what you see, but it’s worth the watch.
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Pace Announces 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees JAMES MIRANDA FEATURED WRITER
Pace Athletics announced its 2014 Hall of Fame inductees in late Jan. The athletes are Tom Grega (Football), Kory Langley (Volleyball), Henry Manning (Baseball), and Joe Vuotto (Lacrosse). “This year’s class is a great representation of athletics alumni who were very successful as student-athletes at Pace and went on to achieve success in life,” Assistant Athletics Director Zach Dayton said. This is Pace’s thirteenth class induction. Collectively, Pace has 46 members present in its Hall of Fame. Each member holds their own entitlements through their respective sports teams through multiple winning titles and a Pace legacy. “I think the Pace Athletics Hall of Fame is an integral piece
in recognizing the many distinguished student-athletes, administrators and coaches that have made a lasting impression on the department and the university as a whole,” said Dayton regarding the Athletics Department’s effect on the community. “It is one of my favorite events throughout the year. It has been exciting to be a part of the growth of the event over the last three years.” Tom Grega, held multiple positions on the football team from 1969-1973, but earned his recognition as the tight end. In a game against Westchester Community College, Grega caught a pass from quarter back Dennis Carpenter and completed a 63-yard touchdown that helped win the game. This instance, formerly referred to as “The Play” allowed the Setters to clinch a playoff berth and lead them to a win in the 1969 Metropolitan Bowl. Kory Langley played for the
volleyball team from 1995-1998 yet was an integral constituent of many teams that both contended and won in multiple tournaments and title games, including the Sweet 16 (1996-1997) and three straight NCAA Division II Tournaments. The team under her watch played to a sparkling .798 winning percentage translating to a record of 134-34 over four years. Langley has collected a host of accolades in her career. In 1998, she took home the NE10 Player of the Year award and ranks amongst top ﬁve in hitting percentage, kills, aces, and sets played. Additionally, Langley holds a current all-time record for digs (2,182). Henry Manning, currently the head coach of the baseball team, played for Pace from 1987-1990. In his playing days, Manning took control of the game from behind the dish at the catcher’s position. He won the Pace Let-
ter of the Year in 1989-1990 thus fortifying himself as one of the school’s most famed catchers. He played on multiple All-Star teams such as the NY State Division I All-Star First Team in 1990. Manning’s resume speaks for itself as he ranked within the top ten in categories such as hits (232), homeruns (23), RBI (130), and runs scored (140). He spent nearly seven years in the Chicago White Sox minor league system where he reached Class AAA. Joe Vuotto served as the lacrosse team’s goalie from 19972000. He garnered a host of hardware, winning Pace Athletics Male Athlete of the Year in 1999-2000, a NE-10 Tournament MVP in 1999, and NE-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 2000. In 1999, Pace won the Lacrosse Conference Championship. Vuotto earned three straight NE10 All-Conference selections
with second team honors in 1998 and ﬁrst team honors in 1999 and 2000. Vuotto has the best career goals against average (8.06) in Pace history. The Pace Athletics staff and community take great responsibility and pride in their work towards the Hall of Fame Ceremony. “My staff and I are instrumental in the planning, preparation and implementation of the Athletics Hall of Fame each year,” Dayton said. “Development and Alumni Relations has been really helpful in the growth of the event over the past three years as well. The induction ceremony is increasingly becoming an event that alumni and friends of the department look forward to each year.” The ceremony will be held on Fri., March 28 at 6:00 p.m. at Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison, NY.
Senior Setters Spotlight: Women’s Soccer Player Fatima Ba NATALIA ALVAREZ PAGAN SPORTS EDITOR
Hailing from the dry and dusty climate of Mauritania, a country in northwestern Africa, soccer player Fatima Ba’s home country has allowed her to ﬁnd her own way in life. When she moved to New York about six years ago, Ba was excited to know that she could get many more opportunities here than she could back in her home country. However, that doesn’t mean that the transition was easy. According to Ba, it was a huge culture shock. “Having lived over there, I feel people will have the idea that America is supposed to be like what you see on television,” said Ba, an accounting major with a minor in ﬁnance, currently enrolled in the ﬁve year program. “But when I actually got here it was very different than what I had imagined.” Ba’s preconceived notions of America included an image of rich white Americans who get through life rather easily, “throwing money on the ﬂoor.” But she quickly learned it wasn’t like that at all. “It seems kind of stupid now when I think about it, but that’s what I thought it would be like,” said Ba, “but very quickly I realized it’s a very capitalistic society. You have to work hard for everything; you need to pay the bills for everything, which sucks.” That capitalistic thinking and having to work hard for everything makes American society a bit more individualistic, something that Ba ﬁnds very different from her country’s ideals. Whereas people here tend to just look out for themselves, Ba explains that back in Mauritania there is more of a communal feeling.
“It’s a very rural society where people really share more things with one another,” Ba said. “Everyone really shared their work with one another, they worked together, you know, it wasn’t just in the workplace.” Another challenge that Ba faced as she made her transition to American culture was the fact that she did not speak any English. When she came over to the United States, she knew how to speak Sulani- her native language-, Wolof, French, and Arabic, but not knowing English made her ﬁrst few months rather difﬁcult. “I was taking three periods of ESL (English as a Second Language) everyday, but it was really hard because my sister and I were the only ones who spoke any sort of African language,” said Ba, who has two sisters, with Ba being the middle child. “All the other kids were Asian or Hispanic so they at least had other people that they could talk to in their language. “I remember that I wasn’t even able to go to class most of the time because I was just so lost, I didn’t know where to go. And then my parents would get a call from the school saying I cut class, but it wasn’t that I cut, I just didn’t know how to get there. It was very frustrating because I couldn’t even ask anyone for help.” Ba didn’t let that stop her, however, as her language barrier was the precise thing that motivated her to learn English. She was determined to learn the language as quickly as she could, and with much perseverance and hard work, she was able to do just that. Although the transition from Mauritania to New York had its challenges, Ba came with an “open-mind” which allowed her to embrace change, knowing that she had many more opportunities here. “Like I said, I was kind of lost
in the beginning, but once you get your foot in the door then all of the other doors open up,” Ba said. “For example, I was able to get an internship with E&Y [Ernst & Young, an accounting ﬁrm] my senior year of high school and that ended up opening all these doors for me. I found what I wanted to do and I know that I wouldn’t have gotten that opportunity in my home country.” That internship, which was preceded by a high school business program that gave Ba a taste of what the real corporate world was like, has given Ba a sense of direction for her life, as she hopes to work for E&Y after graduation. As someone who wants to travel the world, Ba appreciates the organizational structure and universal language that comes with accounting. “I just love how structured accounting is,” said Ba, who hopes to stay in New York for a few years before venturing off to other parts of the world. “You can take an accounting course, you can earn your CPA and you can go anywhere with that. You don’t have to relearn anything if you go to another country, it’s something that transcends on a global scale.” High aspirations are within reach for Ba, thanks to her many years of soccer practice, which have allowed her to develop several skills such as networking, realizing goals, and learning to overcome adversity. The path to the soccer ﬁeld began when Ba was twelve years old, as she began to watch games on her television, becoming more and more interested in the sport after previously dismissing it, believing that it was “stupid.” “When I was younger I didn’t really appreciate it because I just thought it was a bunch of people running around, kicking a ball,” said Ba, who transferred over to
Photo from Stockton Photo Inc. Pace after two years at a junior college. “But after I actually started watching it a bit more, it began to look a bit more interesting. And then I started to go outside and play and it was fun. “I would play with the boys in the neighborhood and I was always looking for ways to get better. If I saw one of the players do something that I didn’t know how to do, I would go outside and practice it until I got it right.” Having ﬁnished her last season of soccer at Pace, Ba expresses mixed emotions, deeming her ﬁnal weeks a “bitter-sweet” ending. “It sucks because you wish
you could go that extra yard, but at the same time I am happy that I can now focus on other things besides soccer,” Ba said. “But soccer is a part of me.” A self-proclaimed tomboy, Ba is excited for what the future holds, but plans to stay involved with soccer in any way that she can. “I plan to continue to play since I am not ready to hang up the cleats just yet,” Ba said. No matter where Ba ends up, it is clear that her love of soccer and accounting are sure to bring her to new heights.
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Softball Splits Double Header; Franklin Pierce Sweeps NATALIA ALVAREZ PAGAN SPORTS EDITOR
Pace ball took the ﬁeld Sunday afternoon, March 23rd as the softball team took on St. Michael’s University, while the baseball team faced off against Franklin Pierce. Both teams competed in doubleheaders, with softball taking the second game, beating the Purple Knights 10-0 in ﬁve innings after losing an 11-9 contest in the ﬁrst game. Baseball on the other lost both its games, as Franklin Pierce won the ﬁrst game 8-3, followed by a 10-1 win in the nightcap. After a tough loss in the ﬁrst game of the doubleheader, the Setters came back knowing that they couldn’t afford to lose both games. “The ﬁrst game was a tough loss, but warming up for the second game we had a new intensity and there was no stopping us” said junior second baseman Lana Buchbinder, who hit a couple of homers in the ﬁrst half of the doubleheader. “We went out onto the ﬁeld with conﬁdence and let everything fall into place. For us it isn’t about getting that big hit or play but instead about being consistent every time you come to the plate and making sure to do your job on the ﬁeld.” Freshman Nikole Larm shared
Photo from Stockton Photo Inc. Pictured above, freshman catcher and third basemanNikole Larm, who had a total of 6 RBIs in Sunday’s double header
Buchbinder’s disappointment after losing the ﬁrst game, but that only motivated the team to work even harder to get a win the second time around. “We started strong and we were determined to ﬁnish strong” said Larm, who had a total of 6
RBIs for both games. Two blow-out losses pushed back Setters baseball as they saw their record fall to 3-9, while softball stands at 3-11. Senior Ian Wukitsch described the losses as a “tough weekend” but expresses some optimism
looking ahead. “We cannot dwell on this weekend and the negatives, we have to move forward towards the rest of our season and continue to work hard” Wukitsch said. Next game for the softball team is scheduled for Thursday, March
27th as they take on Adelphi for a 3:30 matchup at home. Baseball will hit the road to face New Haven on Wednesday, March 26th before heading back home to face off against Mercy College on Thursday, with ﬁrst pitch scheduled for 3:00pm.
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