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they do,” Farrington-Centonze said. The part-time spin instructor feels that the best to increase team membership is by reaching out to high school coaches to search for talent on their teams. Farrington-Centonze holds her athletes to a higher standard than that of 2013, when Pace finished last as a team in three meets. She hopes for her team to consistently finish in the top

Each year, the Goldstein Fitness Center is besieged with nervous high school seniors, deciding their future education plans and determining whether or not Pace is the right place for them. Pace Preview Weekend, an event for accepted students highlighting the Pleasantville campus and all it has to offer, will take place Sun. Mar. 9-Mon. Mar. 10, and again Sun. Mar. 30-Mon. Mar. 31. “This is a great weekend for accepted students to come see Pace and get a feel for what the Pleasantville campus is all about,” Admissions Counselor and Preview Weekend Coordinator Thomas Breitfeller said. Preview Weekend kicks off on Sunday morning with a Welcome Fair for all accepted students, allowing these students the chance to become acquainted with the organizations and associations that embody the Pace community. During this period, there will also be prospects for students to get a tour of the Pleasantville campus, and to take a shuttle for a tour of the Briarcliff campus. The continually developing Master Plan will be introduced to the prospective students and their families. The next segment is a program that will include an alumni speaker and student speaker sharing their experiences, followed by groups breaking out for lunch, individualized for their schools. “This is a great opportunity for students to speak with professors and learn the specifics of what their school offers,” Admissions Assistant Mary Louise Santoli said. The accepted students will then have the opportunity to partake in something new to Preview Weekend, the chance to attend two twenty minute break-



Photo by Cecilia Levine Students create signs with their own convictions at Omega Phi Beta’s “SlutWalk.” One reads, “I’m not asking.”

New Cross Country Coach Brings Change In Approach BRETT KURPIT


Lindsay Farrington-Centonze has been hired as the new head coach of the Pace Cross Country program. Farrington-Centonze previously worked as a personal trainer for Equinox Fitness Clubs in Scarsdale, NY and expects to use her modern and innovative training methods to significantly improve physical strength. Her approach focuses less on running, and more on weight training, which is a considerable dif-




Pace Preview Weekend To Host Students ANDREAS CHRISTOU

Last week Omega Phi Beta (The Betas) hosted its fifth annual “Week of Illumination,” a week-long, series of events dedicated to shedding light on issues that affect women globally. Each event addressed a separate issue and took on a different theme, pertaining to each of the five senses. Wednesday’s program introduced Pace to the “SlutWalk”, a protest against rape culture. “Rape culture stresses that in cases of sexual or domestic violence, blame is on the victim,” said the Beta’s in their opening presentation. In Jan. 2011, a Toronto based university held a campus safety informational in which a police officer said, “…women who don’t want to get raped probably shouldn’t dress like a slut.” The incident sparked the first ever SlutWalk, which quickly flooded streets from Argentina and Brazil to Singapore and now, Pleasantville. “Tonight’s theme is taste,” senior business management major, political science minor and Omega Phi Beta President Drea Mayorga said. “The event is about your taste in what it is that is considered a slut.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 3


ference from previous coaches. “I have a lot of experience in training with running,” the former college runner and New York University graduate said. “My instruction is special in comparison to other running coaches because of my knowledge in weight training. Believe it or not, running more than three times a week can be dangerous and increase risk of injury, so I like to incorporate different exercises that work all muscles, rather than training repetitively and risking an unnecessary injury.”

The newly appointed coach faces an uphill battle in terms of recruiting, since the men’s team currently sits at four runners for the upcoming season. In order to compete in meets, the men and women’s teams will each need to have at least five runners registered. FarringtonCentonze is confident, however, that she will be able to meet those requirements. “I want to recruit as much as I can, while still being selective. I want good runners and students who are passionate about what


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out sessions. Some of these sessions include, receptions for the Pforzheimer Honors College and the Challenge to Achievement at Pace (CAP) Program, Athletics and SDCA, Career Services and Study Abroad, and Residential Life and Campus Safety. The first day of programs will end with a presentation by SDCA on “Life at Pace: Beyond the Classroom” which will segue into the overnight component of the weekend. Often times the overnight experience during Pace Preview Weekend is what sways uncertain prospective students towards commitment to Pace. “None of the other schools that I applied to offered the overnight experience,” sophomore accounting major Joseph Goldpaugh said. “It gave me a real feel for what dorm life was all about.” Prospective students can choose to stay the night with a host student to get a taste of what dorm life is all about. Current students who host preview students

along with the police still need to follow procedure.” Parking Lots with Snow Many students have complained that plows have been hitting their cars while in the parking lots. “If plows are hitting cars, not one student has reported an incident,” Beatty said. In all parking lots there are security cameras in place. If there is any type of vehicle issue within the parking lot the cameras can be removed and looked over, which is what would occur in the event not only have the opportunity to gain housing points, but also have the opportunity to share personal experiences with their guests. “You, the students, make up Pace, you are the ones that can share your experiences,” Breitfeller said. The concept of a weekend for accepted, yet uncommitted, students is not a common practice found in many schools. “I attended Cortland and they did not have anything like this - my first experience was orientation,” Breitfeller said. “I think the great thing about this is that Pace offers [Preview Weekend] for students who are interested, but have not yet made their decision.” Pace students and faculty both agree that Pace’s Preview Weekend is a helpful experience when it comes to the overwhelming decision process. “Preview Weekend gives students a hands on experience,” junior biology major and Resident Assistant (RA) Yarlie PierreLouis said. “At orientation, nobody is here except incoming freshman, but Preview Weekend

that a plow had hit a car. “The cameras do overwrite themselves on a weekly basis though so if a student were to report and file an incident it would be in their best interest to do so as soon as possible,” Beatty said. With the amount of snow that has accumulated in the last month there have been more plows in the parking lots and less parking availability due to the piles of snow. The security offices and the security vehicles contain shovels if students need them to shovel their cars out of the parking lot.

gives a hands-on experience, and students get to know what really happens on a college campus.” The Preview Weekend experience will conclude with a taste of the educational aspect, in which prospective students will attend classes, based on their school of preference. Potential nursing students, for example, will be treated to hands on labs simulating emergency, operating, and birthing room settings. Whether it is through Alumni, Students and Professors Influencing Recruitment and Enrollment (ASPIRE), or through Residential Life, host students are encouraged to become involved in this special weekend. “I’ve spoken to so many [families] on the phone that are excited about Preview Weekend,” Santoli said. “I’m looking forward to meeting those people and hope that this weekend seals the deal for Pace.” All Pace families start out as individual families but ultimately, Preview Weekend is a contributing factor in what makes those individual families switch over to the Pace family.


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Events Planned For 2014 Pace Senior Week TAYLOR LONGENBERGER NEWS EDITOR

Senior Celebrations Committee has gained more senior student involvement in planning this year’s Senior Week. Senior Week has been scheduled for May 18-23 and will end with the commencement ceremony and graduation of the senior class. “Senior week is for remembering the good times at Pace,” Assistant Director of Student Development and Campus Activities (SDCA) Niki Fjeldal said. “We want the last week before students graduate be full of things that they want to do and things they will enjoy. Today students don’t have as much of a sense of togetherness as a class, and I realize that many students want to be able to spend time with their close friends and do things in smaller groups rather than with the entire graduating class, but the input of the seniors has helped us decide which events to include in senior week for those that are interested.”

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This year’s seniors voted in favor of returning to Foxwood’s Resort and Casino, a trip featured in previous Senior Week festivities.

A survey was sent out to senior students asking which events they would be most interested in having during senior week and just over 100 students


responded. Results indicated that the two events that students were most interested in attending were a trip to the Foxwoods Resort and Casino and a trip to a winery.

The schedule of events for senior week begins on Sun. May 18 with a wine tour of a local winery. The winery that will be used has yet to be decided, but

the committee hopes to announce the location soon. The following day is a tentative barbeque either on Shirley Beth’s Way or at the Townhouses. On Tuesday, those who are interested have the option to attend a trip to Foxwoods located in Ledyard, CT. The trip to the casino will be an overnight stay with the return to campus on Wednesday. The next day, Thursday, will involve a series of awards that will be given out to members of the graduating senior class. Commencement ceremonies on the Pleasantville campus will occur on Fri. May 23. Although the planning for senior week is still in the process of being finalized, the events that have been planned thus far have been decided based on the feedback from the current seniors. Students that are interested in learning more about Senior Week, or adding their own input into the discussion for planning events, should contact Niki Fjeldal at


The Beta sisters felt that this type of activism could be appropriate for Pace’s Pleasantville campus. Both males and females were encouraged to partake. “I am here to see why women are viewed in certain ways and to see what the different ways that slutiness is viewed,” junior marketing and advertising major Christian Ruiz said. “I am here to support The Betas; this is a very interesting topic to me.” The SlutWalk required participants to take action by putting an end to slut shaming through education and engagement. Activists created posters with words of their own convictions to match those of the victims that hung on the walls of Butcher suite. The Betas then proceeded to lead the event’s participants in a walk around Kessel in which they carried their signs and chanted, “Blame the system, not the victim!” and “1, 2, 3, 4, we won’t take it anymore!” “It’s really empowering to see how the Pace community has responded to our events this week,” Mayorga said. “One student posted a screenshot to Instagram in response to a patronizing tweet about women and how this type of negativity should not be posted to social media.” Participants agreed that The Week of Illumination was successful in its purpose to expose the bigger picture of the way in which women are treated in society. “At Tuesday’s event, ‘Under the Influence’, my eyes were

Photos by Cecilia Levine opened to how women call each other [The B-Word],” freshman education major Jasmine Amaro said. “I learned how some words are used in passing, like how a guy doesn’t always wear a teeshirt but when he does it’s a ‘wife beater’”. Other events focused on how society judges the words

that are heard and the social interpretation of language, or the condescending meaning of what is seen in the media and how people tend to let it pass them by without question. Thursday’s event, “Scars”, marked the end of the Week of Illumination. “Our final event was about the different scars that women

have,” Mayorga said. “From domestic violence and cancer to emotional scars, we don’t want women to define themselves by them or let their scars deter them from reaching their dreams.” The Week of Illumination proved to be an emotional and moving experience for participants.

“There is no way someone could come to these events and not walk away without getting something out of them,” Amaro said. The Betas plan on hosting the sixth annual Week of Illumination in Feb. 2015.


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


Earlier this semester, 55 students traveled to Italy through Trinity College’s Study Abroad program. Among the 5 students from Bates College in Maine was John Durkin. The 21 year old from Rye Beach, NH was a junior economics major, Asian studies minor a linebacker on the college’s football team. On Feb. 20, Durkin went missing after he and a group of friends went to Sloppy Sams, a bar in the Campo de Fiori section of Rome. “It is with much sadness that the Durkin family informs you of the loss of John Nolen Durkin,” a relative wrote on a Facebook event page, “and thanks everyone for their support during the past few days.” Durkin’s body was found in a rail road tunnel; he was reportedly hit by a train. Italian authorities have not released anymore details surrounding his death. “This is a heartbreaking moment for our community and for so many people who knew and loved John,” Bates College said in a released statement, “we are profoundly sad and share the tremendous grief of his family”. Durkin’s football coach, Mark Harriman, also remembered him “the Bates football family is deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and teammate John Durkin. John’s commitment to excellence in all phases of his life was inspirational to the other members of the squad and a major factor in the team’s success over the past three years.” Trinity College as well as Bates College are offering counseling to their students. Safety is a top priority while studying, volunteering or working abroad. Going abroad is about discovery and exploration, it’s important to have a fun, transformational experience. However, it is also equally important for students to stay safe and make wise decisions. Many school websites and study abroad articles encourage students to thoroughly research the country he or she will travel to and take time to learn about the culture, customs, laws, history and current social and political issues in and around the country. Reviewing travel blogs and forums like Thorn Tree on Lonely Planet or Trip Advisor are also helpful. While abroad, students should be aware of their surroundings and review a map of the specific location, country and region they will be staying in. Taking time to find out local emergency numbers, police stations, hospitals,

nearest cab companies and the location of and contact information for U.S. Embassies and consults in the area will also be beneficial to the student’s experience. Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), is a service provided by the U.S. government. Students who sign up will “automatically receive the most current information we compile about the country where you will be traveling or living. You will also receive updates, including Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts”. Important travel documents like valid passports, visas, forms of identification, airplane tickets, credit cards, driver’s license, itineraries and health insurance should be kept in a safe place. During the preparation process make two photo copies of the documents, one copy for yourself and one for a parent/guardian or friend in case they are lost or stolen. A student can also scan the documents and e-mail them to him or herself. Students are urged to embrace study abroad as an opportunity to explore, learn and grow, however, within the context of safety and wise decision making. Emily Ramos, senior hospitality and tourism management major, shared a study abroad tip after returning from Semester at Sea last semester. “Some tips I would give are to join any social media groups that the school has to connect with students and share similar feeling and thoughts before getting there,” Ramos said. “When I was abroad I sent a postcard to myself from every country or city I was in as a way to document what I did in the place and then being able to relive it when I get home and anytime after that. I would also suggest to anyone traveling to keep a journal of the memories you make and the connections you have along the way because looking back that is what makes your trip so amazing! Last but not least, I would advise someone studying abroad to forget who they are at home, do things you would never do back home, befriend people who you would normally ignore at home because everyone has an amazing story to tell and that’s what makes the experience so special”. Visit http://studentsabroad. for a more, in-depth look into safety precautions and being prepared before going abroad. If you have studied aboard and would like to offer other students study abroad and travel related tips please e-mail sj84783p@ with your name, major, study abroad program and tip.

Photo courtesy of SDCA The first year of Week of Welcome, WOW leaders posed for self shots that are displayed on the Week of Welcome page on the SDCA website.

Week of Welcome Leaders Provide Refresher to Incoming Students TAYLOR LONGENBERGER NEWS EDITOR

Week of Welcome (WOW) leaders undergo the application process this week in order to welcome the incoming freshmen class in the fall. The main purpose of WOW leaders is to welcome new students in the fall and provide them with a safe and easy transition into college life. “When students come for orientation, they remain in the middle phase of still being a high school student and not really knowing how to be a college student,” Assistant Director of Student Development and Campus Activities Niki Fjeldal said. “As soon as orientation is over many forget what they have learned about Pace and the campus. Week of Welcome tries to give students a refresher before the semester begins.” Incoming students have previously been required to attend one session of summer orientation prior to the start of their first semester. With the addition of another required attendance for the first week, before the semester starts, students are able to get another view of the campus before they are thrown into classes. “Many students often wonder why they are required to attend both the Orientation and Week of Welcome programs,” Fjeldal said. “Extensive research shows that students who participate in

programs like these are more successful during their first year of college. Orientation and Welcome events provide students with the opportunity to meet people, become familiar with their new surroundings, and learn about the academic and social norms or the University before classes even start. They are designed to complement one another and contribute to your success.” Very similar to orientation, incoming students are broken up into groups lead by a current Pace student and attend a week full of daytime programs. Some of the programs include campus tours in which students are able to ask questions and learn where their classes will be. Based on surveys collected from the students that participated in the WOW program last year, roughly 90 percent of the students expressed that the WOW program was “very useful.” The main reasons that students selected for the program’s success were being able to meet more new people, and having better campus awareness, with knowing where their fall classes were. Orientation Leaders (OLs) who are not Resident Assistants (RAs) become WOW leaders in the fall after they return back to campus from their break in August. However, students who are not OLs may apply to be WOW leaders during the fall. Last year, Pace hired roughly 32 WOW leaders for the fall,

including the majority of the 14 OLs that were hired. This year there were between 35 and 40 applicants for specifically the WOW leader position. “I look for someone that is genuine, knowledgeable, and personable to be a WOW leader,” Fjeldal said. “They need to be able to get along well with others and have genuine Pace Pride.” On Wed. March 5, online applications for WOW leaders were due, and those applying participated in a group process program. As part of the requirements to be hired, students must meet Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements as well as a judicial check. Group process applicants then undergo an interview on Fri. March 7 and will receive offer letters for the position on March 14. If accepted for the position as WOW leader, students move in the week before the semester begins. As compensation WOW leaders receive a $150 stipend and the Pace apparel that goes with the job. “Being an OL and a WOW leader has given me a sense of belonging and purpose,” junior history and political science major Ashley Lora said. “Students confide in me to help them make the most out of their experience.” Students that have positions such as WOW leaders also gain experience through leadership and the knowledge from training sessions both before and after the summer break.

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The 86th Academy Awards was a night filled with surprises but some of the award recipients were as predictable as they come. This years nominations had a wide variety between slaves, operating systems, AIDS, outer space, and many more - so one can imagine how difficult it was to make the final decisions on who would walk away with what. Derek Kademian and Brett Kurpit decided they would weigh in on who should have won awards and who will most likely win awards in the top five most popular categories.


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Director Steve McQueen celebrates after accepting his Best Picture Oscar for 12 Years a Slave.

Spike Jonze’s latest film starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, and Amy Adams was personally my favorite film of the year. Like I had stated in my predictions last year, I’m a softy when it comes to Joaquin Phoenix and the fact that he teamed up with one of the most brilliant directors of our time was truly a game changer. Phoenix had to perform incredibly emotional scenes as a monologue, and he did it so well that there were times that you were convinced that Scarlett Johansson was in the room with him. Between cinematography, original score, screenplay, production design, and the talent’s performances, I don’t see how this isn’t a top contender. Unfortunately, this year is going to be tough for an idea that’s as original and quirky as Her to snag the Best Picture Oscar. For mainstream audiences, Her will be forever tagged as “that movie where the guy falls in love with Siri,” and it’s a shame. 12 Years a Slave took the lesson handed down from last year’s Best Picture winner, Lincoln, to heart. People love historical films, especially when they’re directed by visionary directors like Steve McQueen. Payne is known

for pushing the limits on what an audience can handle visually, as displayed through his film Shame (2011). I thought 12 Years A Slave was definitely the most important film out of the nominations because of its vivid depictions of how slaves were treated and how that’s a piece of our country’s history that’s swept under the rug. It definitely wasn’t my favorite film of year, but the Academy has been known for picking its Best Picture winner based upon the issues they address.

BRETT’S PICK: 12 YEARS A SLAVE I think that there is simply too much momentum in favor of 12 Years a Slave winning Best Picture. Gravity has a chance, but it has a lot going against it. If it won, it would be the first 3D movie to win best picture, and the Academy members typically have gone against science fiction films in the past (E.T., Avatar, etc.). Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave was an excellent portrayal of American slavery, and it informed audiences of the horrific inhumaneness in the United States not too long ago. This is the most important film of 2013, and it’s more visually outstanding than the other nominees, though that argument could be made for Gravity.



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Alfonso Curon won the Academy for Best Directing, along with 6 other Oscars that night for his film Gravity.




Until I saw Dallas Buyers Club, I always thought that Matthew McConaughey was just some bro that got lucky in Hollywood for his six-pack abs and golden locks. But he proved me wrong with this film and his other astounding performances from 2014, including The Wolf of Wall Street and the HBO series True Detective. There were parts of the film that were hard to watch, as we saw his character Ron Woodroof start to deteriorate right in front of us. With three previous nominations under his belt, hopefully this will be Leonardo Dicaprio’s year. Between his character’s charisma, drug use and his upscale con man attitude, his performance had something for everyone to enjoy (everyone over the age of 18, at least). His graphic portrayal of big shot Wall Street executive Jordan Belfort has raised the bar for any spineless young men that work in the industry, that one day if they work hard enough, they can be just as sinister. I’m really pulling for DiCaprio this time around; the guy deserves it.

I’m partial to DiCaprio winning Best Actor because of the notable amount of times he’s been snubbed. He was incredible in Django Unchained last year, and it’s a shame Christoph Waltz was picked over him for Best Supporting Actor, considering Waltz played an identical role in Inglorious Basterds. Though I’m confident that Leo will win an Oscar, I doubt it will be this year. DiCaprio gets a lot of screen time in The Wolf of Wall Street, but his character isn’t one that would typically get the victory. McConaughey gets the nod here after receiving a Golden Globe, Critics Choice, and Screen Actors Guild Award for starring in Dallas Buyers Club. This role was a career-best for him, and his bold portrayal of a man diagnosed with AIDS is exactly the type of role that wins this category.






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CATE BLANCHETT (BLUE JASMINE) DEREK’S PICK: CATE BLANCHETT Time and time again, Cate Blanchett has proven herself to be one of the best dramatic actresses, but her role in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine gave her skill a new sense of purpose. Through Allen’s direction, Blanchett was able to show her more comedic side. There wasn’t anything necessarily side splitting, but it made viewers aware that even a dramatic actress can be funny at times. She’s been known for her role sin Lord of the Rings, Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and her Oscar award winning performance in The Aviator, which were all very dramatic. If she doesn’t win this time around I would be very surprised.


This is probably the easiest prediction, as Blanchett was projected to win since Blue Jasmine was released back in August. If you compare her performance to any of the other nominees, it’s clear to see that this isn’t even close. If I had to choose a runner-up, I’d say that Sandra Bullock has next highest chance because she holds her own in a movie that relied heavily on her performance. Still, this one goes to Blanchett.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR JARED LETO (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB) DEREK’S PICK: JARED LETO - a modernized compensation for the world in which we are forced to live in. time to stop ignoring racial issues within our youth with our 40 acres and a Macbook sel and see all the same kids sitting comfortably on opposite sides of the cafeteria, it’s Whether it’s the questionable news headlines on Fox News or when we walk into KesWhat is 40 Acres and a MacBook?

From the talent’s perspective it seems that Jean-MarcVallée’s Dallas Buyers Club is the powerhouse this year and Jared Leto’s performance definitively adds to that. Similar to how McCaunghey had to drastically lose 40 pounds for his role, Leto had to do the same, and the same time, becomes a cross-dressing drug addict. Ever since his morbidly depressing role in Requiem For a Dream, Leto has become very selective in the roles he takes on and it’s within good reason. This is Leto’s return to film since 2009.

BRETT’S PICK: JARED LETO SHOULD HAVE WON: MICHAEL FASSBENDER Michael Fassbender’s portrayal of a slave owner disturbed and deeply affected audiences. Though the Academy likes actors who physically change drastically, Fassbender’s overwhelming abusiveness and malicious performance should not be overlooked. I don’t think he’ll win because of the momentum that Jared Leto has gained this award season, though I wouldn’t be surprised if Fassbender pulled it out. Leto has won every major award thus far for playing a transgender AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club. Similarly to McConaughey’s, Leto’s physical transformation gets him an advantage, deservedly so. His role as Rayon was perfect for him, as he delivered a fantastic and heartrending performance. I’d say it’s an 80 percent chance he wins.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS LUPITA NYONG’O (12 YEARS A SLAVE) DEREK’S PICK: LUPITA NYONG’O Before I rip into Jennifer Lawrence, I just want to make it clear that I am a fan of some of her roles, I think she has a lot of talent and she’s a great example of people pursuing their dreams in Hollywood, but, seriously? I really don’t see how she’s deserving of an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, it was by far the most sub-par performance of her most recent roles. Anyone who’s grown up on the east coast and has had a few acting classes could have done an equal performance. We should also consider the fact that she’s 23 years old and that she isn’t going to go away anytime soon, so why not just let Nyong’o have it this year? Lupita Nyong’o’s performance was astounding, though not from the perspective of techniques, but more towards the shoes she had to fill. Nyong’o played the role of a slave women who is treated horribly by co-star Fassbend-

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Lupita Nyong’o accepts her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 12 Years a Slave.

er and the way her character develops throughout the story was almost too real to watch at times. I think that regardless of whether or not she walks away with an Oscar, she is definitely one of the breakout stars of 2013, similar to how Jennifer Lawrence rose to fame two years ago.

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BRETT’S PICK: JENNIFER LAWRENCE Nyong’o’s part in 12 Years a Slave was incredible, to say the least. She was amazing in every scene she was in in, but she’s also going up against Jennifer Lawrence, who’s exploded in the past year as a public figure. Nyong’o absolutely deserves the Oscar, but the ratings the program will get if J-Law gives another speech are a factor to consider. Hopefully the Academy makes the right call and gives the Oscar to the newcomer, but don’t be stunned if Lawrence comes out on top again.

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The Texting Dilemma


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Currently, I’m waiting for a text back from a guy I’ve been kinda-sorta seeing. I don’t necessarily enjoy texting him (or most people for that matter). I don’t know why we even bother with this form of communication. Texting a friend is fine, but texting a crush or a date is a stressful, modern-day struggle that shouldn’t be. The way men text is often a bit annoying. Certain texts or Facebook messages can be unwanted or even pathetic. A text from a guy is often either too forward or not forward enough. Texting is not inherently a problem, however. Getting to know the person behind the words on a screen-- that is the problem. This generation relies far too much on this petty form of communication in attempts to learn about someone without having to actually face them. An interest is more likely to be sparked in a casual conversation with a group of friends in the cafeteria than in a text from someone whose last name you don’t know. Talking in person can allow people to get to know each other in a way that absolutely cannot be conveyed through words on a screen. Thus, for me at least, texting someone of interest only stops being an annoyance after I have had several in-person conversations with said person. I do enjoy texting people, but only after I get to know them in person. Once I actually like someone as a person, I will text more quickly and without rolling my eyes and one-wordanswering the sappy messages and bad pick-up lines that guys have sent me in the past. The traditional rule, from my understanding of conversations with my mother and aunts (all of whom existed in a world without texting), is that a phone call should be made by the man a few days after he has taken you on a date. This, to me, seems fairly straightforward. A date, a phone call, another date….or no phone call, no second date. Simple. This old way involves discussing mutual interests over dinner, gauging reactions and physical cues, and generally enjoying someone else’s company before calling them a few days later. Today, this method can easily be lost, but it can also easily be kept. Texts can be used to get to know someone, but shouldn’t be the only way.

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Pictured above is Martin Hall, a fairly typical residence hall located in Pleasantville. Some students are wary of living in Pleasantville because of the continuing construction.

Students Weigh Fall 2014 Housing Options SARA MORIARTY OPINION EDITOR

The Master Plan’s further construction on the Pleasantville campus has influence on some students’ dorming decisions during this campus transition. Draws of the Briarcliff campus include its distance from classrooms and construction. Many students claim that it has a “homey” feeling; a place for students to relax away from the classrooms. There is also the Perk Café, a convenient way to enjoy a midnight snack exclusive to the Briarcliff campus. With that being said, the thought of being a bus ride away from classrooms and events is also considered a downfall of the soon-to-be-lost Briarcliff campus. “In Pleasantville, everything’s closer,” sophomore childhood education major Christine Latorres said. “But I live in Briarcliff, due to construction reasons. I don’t want to live around the construction.” Lattores, who has lived on both campuses, is probably not the only student with this view. She enjoyed being close to classrooms and events on Pleasant-

ville, but appreciates the perks of Briarcliff. “Housing is a lot better on Briarcliff,” sophomore applied psychology major Melissa Adolphe said. “Next year is the last year for the Briarcliff campus.” Aldolphe makes the point that Briarcliff will close soon. Besides that fact that construction won’t be a nuisance on Briarcliff, some may want to take advantage of Briarcliff for the simple fact that the time to do so is limited. Pace University is unique because of its separate campus for residents, and some may want to experience the unique campus before it is no longer run by Pace. The time to live in the allegedly haunted Dow Hall or to chill on the couches in the common rooms of New Dorm suites is now. Escaping construction sounds, loss of some parking in Pleasantville, and the chance to experience something different before the campus changes dramatically thus makes Briarcliff a more viable living option for some students than in previous years. Some students, including Adolphe, also argue that rooms in Briarcliff are more comfortable and nicer to live in. Opin-

ions often differ on dorm room comfort. As a resident of Dow, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere with a communal restroom. I also wouldn’t want to live anywhere without access to the Perk, which is going to eventually make the move to Pleasantville but, for now, will remain in Briarcliff. Being able to hang out in a common room and shower in a full shower are small luxuries that I do not take for granted and that I appreciate very much. These luxuries can also be found at the townhouses, but, again, some students seek to avoid construction, leaving Dow or New Dorm as the best housing options for them. There is also the ordeal of finding enough people to live in a townhouse, which could be a struggle. Despite the construction and great loss of parking, Pleasantville dorming still has plenty of advantages. If friends stay over on a weeknight they can park overnight on the Pleasantville campus, something that cannot happen on Briarcliff because of the need for specific Briarcliff parking permits. Waking up late for class isn’t as much of a problem on Pleasantville as it is in Briarcliff,

and living on Pleasantville makes going to late night events or club meetings more convenient. Aldophe and Latorres are residents of Dow, a building with three floors of residence space, two of which consist of suites connected by bathrooms. The second floor of Dow boasts wood floors and fairly large windows. People in Dow are generally happy living there, taking advantage of proximity to the cafeteria, the Perk, and the bus stop, which is very close to the front of the hall. Although Dow Hall is a bus ride away from classrooms and Pleasantville events, Dow residents probably do less walking than the average Pleasantville student, due simply to bus proximity. Classes are a short walk away if you live on the Pleasantville campus; students can roll out of bed ten minutes before class starts and still be on time. This simply isn’t possible living on Briarcliff. If a Briarcliff student misses their bus, it is probable that they will also miss their class. Basically, anywhere Pace residents live will have benefits and downfalls. It is up to the students and residents to make the most of a campus in transition.

THIS WEEK’S PACE POLL Where do you plan on living next year? Townhouses, Martin, New Dorm, Dow, etc.? Let us know!



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Photo from (Left) Fields are labeled for the Supreme EX Brand Seed they use. (Middle) Genetically modified rice is shown. (Right) A poster is held for the California “Right to Know” Campaign.

FoodYou Design Forum Takes A ‘Fresh Look’ At GMOs SIMONE JOHNSON COLUMNIST

Can GMO’s be a part of our vision for a sustainable, equitable, and healthy world? Eighty to one hundred Pace students and community residents packed Butcher Suite on February 26, 2014 to attend Pace Academy for Applied Environment Studies’ 2013-2014 FoodYou Campaign Bioethics Forum XX: Feelings, Facts and GMOsA Fresh Look. The event was co-sponsored by Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and Dyson College for Arts and Sciences. Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace, Andrew Revkin, moderated a notable panel including Pamela Ronald, Professor at the Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center at the University

of California, Davis, Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, Jason Czarnezki, Shelly Boris, a chef at the Garrison Institute and creative director and executive chef at Fresh Company and Nathanael Johnson, a San Francisco-based food journalist who writes the “Thought for Food” column at Within the wider food movement, many issues are being addressed such as fair wages for farmers and farm workers, food insecurity in poor and minority neighborhoods, declining sales in the dairy industry, concentrated animal feeding operations and food sovereignty violations in other countries around the world. Labeling GMOs is another movement. The California “Right to Know” Campaign advocates for consumer awareness and calls at-

tention to the negative health and environmental effects of GMOs, all of which can be found on their website. They have loudly voiced their concerns to government agencies that are involved with food policy and the companies that are pushing against labeling. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “genetic engineering is the name for certain methods that scientists use to introduce new traits or characteristics to an organism. For example, plants may be genetically engineered to produce characteristics to enhance the growth or nutritional profile of food crops”. “After last year’s successful water awareness campaign, we agreed as a team that food was the direction to take” said Caroline Craig, Pace Academy’s Research Associate, “food helps us

sustain life and is so closely related to the health of our environment. We realized that the community had a lot of unanswered questions about GMOs and the cloud of debate around them”. Many Pro-GMO advocates point to GMO fear-mongering and the technology’s identity unfairly connected to acquiring power and money, strongly affecting a negative public perception of GMO food. “There’s no such thing as “GMOs” - that’s a cultural construct,” said Nathanael Johnson, answering a follow up question via e-mail. “There are genetically engineered plants that really are designed to make the world a better place. And there are genetically engineered plants that are mostly designed to make a lot of money for a big corporation. Flood resistant rice for the poor shouldn’t be lumped together

with herbicide-resistant soy”. During the panel discussion, Professor Ronald, also Director of the Laboratory for Crop Genetics Innovation and Scientific Literacy, emphasized asking the important questions when it comes to food, farming and genetic engineering. She discusses her thoughts and work developing flood resistant rice for farmers in India and Bangladesh further, in a short video titled “GMOrganic, A Botanical Love Story”. Today as innovative technology expands more and more into different facets of life, the benefits and consequences of GMO food is surely a discussion to have. Keep the conversation going. Visit for more information, including access to a recording of the live streamed event.

Delta Phi Epsilon Hosts Eating Disorder Vigil For ANAD Week KAYLA GRANIERO FEATURED WRITER

In recognition of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) Week, Delta Phi Epsilon (ΔΦE) sorority hosted a Vigil against eating disorders on Fri. Feb. 28. ANAD is of the two philanthropies that ΔΦE supports, the other being Cystic Fibrosis. The purpose of the event was to promote the self-esteem of young people who are pressured by high expectations in the media. The night’s event opened with a few words from ΔΦE’s ANAD co-chairs, Danielle Wisdon and

Paola Lombordo, to educate the audience on how common eating disorders are in society, even though they may be unforeseen. “The whole point of ANAD week is to bring about awareness of these very real and very common, destructive diseases,” ΔΦE’s Public Relations correspondent said. “The [vigil] is to promote acceptance of others and ourselves; having a positive body image and living a healthy lifestyle is the priority of this week of events.” Included in the night’s program was a YouTube video created by ΔΦE entitled, “Be-YOUtiful.”

The presentation recalled accounts of real women who have learned to accept their sociallydeemed imperfect features, including being curvy and more full-figured, and to love themselves despite what the media and society dictate. Additionally, the video revealed the statistics of the pressure on young people to maintain a certain weight. “81 percent of 10 year olds are worried about becoming too fat,” was among the many numerical indicators of the range of females that eating disorders reach. “There was a good message behind the vigil,” freshman busi-

ness major Patricia Kerrigan said. “The video really resonated with me.” Following the video, organization members encouraged the audience to engage in a moment of silence for those who have fallen victim to an eating disorder. The events that made up ANAD week began with a cosponsored Around the World dinner with the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) to promote awareness that people in all cultures are equally affected by eating disorders. Other food-oriented events, such as wing eating competitions and pie throwing games,

were staggered throughout the rest of the week. Placing the food in fun contexts served to convey the message that food isn’t the enemy. ΔΦE continued on Monday with “Mirrorless Monday,” in which the members hung tin foil signs with inspirational quotes around campus to promote a higher self-esteem among women. Thursday was the organization’s last event before Friday’s Vigil brought ANAD week to a close. The Beauty Bash, hosted in the Setters Lounge, included popular make-up products to encourage females to always put their best face, and foot, forward.



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Little league sports serve a variety of purposes for young athletes. In addition to presenting an opportunity for socialization, they test players’ skills by allowing athletes to discover their talents in many athletic corners. Senior Timothy Izzo stuck to all three sports that he participated in as a child. “I played hockey up until I was in eighth grade,” said Izzo, who admits that ice hockey is in fact his true love. “I was on select and elite teams my whole career.” Facing the ice for the first time at four years old was Izzo’s first step into the athletic direction. His career as an athlete was encouraged by his father, a lacrosse coach. “My father was one of the main contributors to starting the youth program in my town,” said Izzo, who started lacrosse at the age of eight. “So that was definitely something that I wanted to be a part of. Once I got to the sixth grade my father was coaching an older team and I wanted to play for him. However, the only way I could play for him was if I played the goalie position, because that was the only spot that

was open at the time. But that’s my position now, so I would say it worked out.” The third sport Izzo participated in was football, which gave Izzo the opportunity to learn different skills. Upon entering high

“...the only way I could play for [my father] was if I played the goalie position because it was the only position open at the time... I would say it worked out...” school, Izzo realized that three sports was becoming cumbersome. “I knew three sports would be too much to balance so I decided to pick two,” said Izzo, who attended St. Joseph High School, in

his hometown of Trumbull, Connecticut. “Lacrosse was an obvious choice because my father was the head coach at the high school, but I ended up choosing football over hockey. I was the starting defensive end my junior and senior year. I won a state championship in football my senior year and was all conference.” Having played under his father for quite some time, Joseph Izzo has had quite an influence on his son, teaching his him to “fight for everything” that he wanted; “to never give up.” Additionally, he developed a strong sense of family community, something that factored in to his decision to come to Pace. Although he started off at Franklin Pierce University, Izzo realized that being far from home was not ideal. “I was just unhappy at Pierce,” said Izzo, who transferred over to Pace after his sophomore year. “The area was very rural in the backwoods of New Hampshire. I loved the school and the people, I have nothing bad to say about it, but it just wasn’t the right fit for me. I came to Pace for the education. I heard nothing but great things about the business school and the environment on and around the campus. When I

came to visit I fell in love with the campus and the surrounding area.” Izzo is also a member of the Pace swimming and diving team, which has allowed him to remain active during the offseason. “I’ll do anything to stay active, honestly, I hate just sitting around,” Izzo said. Izzo has continued on his sports related path and hopes to remain involved despite his graduation in May. “I studied sports and recreation management at Pierce, and I am continuing here at Pace by taking more business oriented classes,” Izzo said. “After graduation I am hoping to work in the sports field, maybe do like front office management or something like that. Really anything that will just allow me to be around sports, because it’s what I love.” Izzo and the rest of the lacrosse team are scheduled to get their 2014 season underway on Sat., March 8, as they take on last year’s NE-10 Champions Le Moyne College. The Setters’ first home game is scheduled for Thur., March 13, where they will face off against Dominican College at 3:30 p.m.


third percentile this season. Farrington-Centonze described cross-country as a sport that builds up a large amount of self-discipline and dedication. She believes that joining the team can guarantee a healthier life, both on and off the racecourse. “Cross-country is a team sport, but, at the same, time it’s very individualized,” FarringtonCentonze said. “Your teammates can’t help you in a race or help you improve; only you can.” Farrington-Centonze is a firm believer that the self-discipline that comes from running transcends the sport. The effort that is put forth by the individual will carry over into other aspects of life, such as academics and social groups. “In general, running helps create a healthier, better version of yourself,” Farrington-Centonze said. By the time that the season comes around, it should be clear to see if Farrington-Centonze’s different approach will bring the results that the cross-country team has needed for quite some time. As for now, the interest in the team is growing, and that’s a good place to start.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Cross-country is a team sport, but, at

the same, time it’s very individualized. Your teammates can’t help you in a race or help you improve; only you can.” --Coach Lindsay Farrington-Centonze



Opening Series For Softball Ends In Split NATALIA ALVAREZ PAGAN SPORTS EDITOR

Despite the cold weather and snow lying on the ground, the first pitch of the 2014 softball season was thrown on Sun. afternoon, March 2, as the Setters opened up their season on the road against Wilmington University. Pace (1-1) ended up splitting the doubleheader, with the Setters taking the opener by a score of 4-2. Wilmington (1-1) won the second game 5-4. The Setters started scoring early on in the game, as freshman catcher/third baseman Nikole Larm hit a solo homerun to left field in her first collegiate at-bat. Sophomore Miranda Pedersen tied the game up for Wilmington in the bottom of the third, tying up the game 1-1. The game remained tied until the sixth inning, when Pace broke away by scoring two runs with four hits. Catcher Hanna Wright’s single to right center allowed freshman outfielder Shelby Yung to score from third. With the bases loaded after two singles from Larm and freshman Alicia Marino, with senior Kimberly Duffy at third pinch running for Wright, the Setters got in another run as senior Rachel McMahon received the walk. An unearned run scored by Yung on a passed ball finished the scoring for the Setters in the

Photo from Stockton Photo Inc. McCann’s complete game helped lead the Setters to a 5-4 victory for their season opener. top of the seventh. Wilmington tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh, as they loaded the bases with just one out, but Pace was able to escape the jam by only allowing one run to end the game. Junior Caitlin McCann pitched a complete game for Pace, earning the win after allowing five hits, two runs (one earned), three walks, three strikeouts and one home run.

Wilmington scored first in the second half of the doubleheader, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. The Setters responded in the top of the second though, scoring two runs of their own thanks to a couple of errors from Wilmington. Pace took the lead in the top of the third, scoring two more runs to put the Setters ahead 4-2. Larm and junior Natalie Gel-

los performed a double steal, with Larm scoring the go-ahead run. Duffy’s single to right field scored Gellos for the fourth run. The Wildcats responded with a run of their own to cut the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the third. Two errors by Pace in the bottom of the fourth allowed the Wildcats to take the lead. Both teams remained hitless after the fourth, with Pace hav-

ing just one base runner in the bottom of the fifth. Pace is off until their West Coast trip beginning Sat., March 15 as they head out to California to take on Cal State Chico. The first home game for the Setters is scheduled for Sat., March 22, with first pitch at 12:00 p.m. Head over to for the Setter’s complete spring schedule.

Career Highlights

Did you know? 1. 2/3 Seidenberg students receive full-time job offers before they even graduate. 2. Alaskas is the only state that can be typed using only one row of the QWERTY keyboard. Did you try it!? 3. 24 hours of video viewing is uploaded every minute on YouTube.

Upcoming Events Wednesday, March 5 from 12:15-1:15 in G300 FREE PIZZA

This week the Computer Club will be connecting via video conference to the Pace Computing Society in NYC for a discussion on technical interviewing with alums Jose Diaz Gonzalez (SeatGeek) abd Drew Climino (Been Verified) who will share pro tips with current students. Any questions? Contact Patrick Prescott at

Oz Michaeli Class of ‘09, Game Developer, Owner of Spiralstorm Games ( “Most people have to decide between work and play, but when you’re a game developer like me, they are one and the same. My Seidenberg education helped me learn the skills I need to adapt in this constantly changing industry.”

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