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The Saint Rose Chronicle April 12, 2011

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Serving The College of Saint Rose Community in Albany, New York

Saint Rose Security Officers Sworn-In Saint Rose Security Officers receive training in order “to better serve the college with the highest standards of ethics, integrity, community interaction and professional conduct.”

Welcome Myers Middle School Students! On Thursday, April 14 you may see kids walking through campus so be sure to say “Hello!” They are touring our campus and getting a taste of what it's like to be in college.

Dennis McDonald Responds to Rose Rock Concerns By RICH AVILES Executive Editor

Rebecca Hosie

From left to right: Sergeant Peter Rozonewski, Sergeant Corey Polesel, Corporal Jill Agnew, Corporal Isaac Paul, Sergeant Andrew Gravell, Director Steve Stella, Lieutenant Fred Whitney, President R. Mark Sullivan

By REBECCA HOSIE Recently, there was a swearing-in ceremony for the first Saint Rose security guards to be appointed as private college public safety officers. President Mark Sullivan administered an Oath of Office to Corporals Jillian Agnew, Isaac Paul, Sergeants Corey Polesel, Peter Rozonewski, Andrew Gravelle, Lieutenant Frederick Whitney, and Director Steven Stella. The Lieutenant and Director have Police Officer certification so they were exempt from the Campus Public Safety Officers

course. However, the two officers who received the ranks of Corporal and the three current Sergeants had to complete the course in order to become certified. The certificate from Zone Five Law Enforcement Academy provides the most up-to-date training in New York State and furthered their education. This course incorporates part of the Basic Course for Police Officers: Private college campus security officers are appointed pursuant to the Education Law and are required to successfully complete a course of instruction in public and private law enforcement ap-


proved by the New York State Municipal Police Training Council. Private college campus security officers must also meet the licensing and training requirements for security guards. According to President Sullivan, the training enables the “first line supervisors to better serve the college with the highest standards of ethics, integrity, community interaction, and professional conduct.” He goes on to say that “the appointed officers are all of good character and have excellent service records with the


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Professor John Esposito hosts Islamopobia discussion. Page A4

Ian Benjamin reviews gypsy-punk Gogol Bordello. Page B8

Neighborhood Watch protects local community. Page A6

Photo spread of the Arts and Humanities Symposium. Pages B10 and B11

Vice President of Student Affairs Dennis McDonald held an open forum during a recent Student Associations meeting to give Saint Rose students a chance to ask questions or voice concerns they had regarding this year’s upcoming Rose Rock. In attendance were representatives of campus wide clubs, along with other students who were

prepared to find out why the administration decided to move the ever popular Rose Rock event from its customary outdoor location to the Nolan Gymnasium. McDonald opened the discussion with an explanation of the administration’s reasons for deciding to change the venue. “From where [the students] sit it’s a wonderful experience and its fun,” said McDonald, “but from where I sit and where Rita Continued on page A3

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Vice President of Student Affairs Dennis McDonald



Knights place fourth at Mike Bello The Freshman Perspective: Entertaining the Masses. Page C11 Invitational. Page D15

Campus community responds to Rose Rock relocation. Page C12

Thomas Stamas discusses UConn winning the National Championship Page D14


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Saint Rose Security Officers Complete Course Continued from page A1 college.” Sullivan said that he “was thrilled they accepted the challenge.” Of the students and community he asks that they “respect and work with the officers” and “know that they protect us.” Now that the officers have more official authority, the work they do should be more effective. Director Steve Stella stated that “the excellent cooperation with the other area colleges and police departments was crucial to the success of the on-going program. In late May, four more officers are slated to attend Session Three at

the Zone Five Academy. The skills that the officers receive from this training will improve public safety at the college.” In the audience were fellow security guards, friends, law enforcement officials and family. Dawn Agnew, mother of Corporal Agnew, was excited to be there for her daughter. Agnew adds that “it feels great” to be sworn-in and recognized. Mary Van Deer was also there to support her brother, Sergeant Rozonewski. Rozonewski said “it’s rewarding” being on the campus and working to keep everyone safe. He is a retired Albany Police Officer who has been at the college for six years now.

Rebecca Hosie

Left to right: Lieutenant Fred Whitney, Director Steve Stella, Sergeant Andrew Gravelle, President Sullivan, Sergeant Peter Rozonewski, Corporal Isaac Paul, Sergeant Corey Polesel and Corporal Jill Agnew.

The simple ceremony commenced by stating the purpose of the event. Ensuring the public safety of the students, as well as

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the people in the community, is a very important aspect of the college. The College of Saint Rose partnered with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University of New York at Albany, Russell Sage College (University Heights

Corrections The caption for the picture of the CCIM crash taken by Antonio Caban which was part of the articel entitled “Distracted Driver Damages Wall on Campus” is incorrect. The picture was taken on Monday afternoon not Wednesday, as is stated. The picture of the CCIM and the front wall which includes the plastic jersey barriers and reflective tape was taken by Kelly Pfeister The author of the article entitled “Grammy Nominee Wows Sold Out Massry Crowd” is spelled “Darren Boysen”, not “Darron Boyson” as the by-line states.

Managing Editor Teresa Farrell Class of 2011

Photo and Layout Editor Ian Benjamin Class of 2012

Arts Editor Chris Surprenant Class of 2014

Assistant Editor Marissa Crary Class of 2011

Opinion Editor Leigh Ward Class of 2013

Advertising Manager Megan Caffrey Class of 2011

Copy Editor Emily Robertson Class of 2012

Sports Editor Scott Lawson Class of 2014

Web Editor: Chris Pappis

Executive Editor Rich Aviles Class of 2011


Association) and Hudson Valley Community College in one of the first Campus Public Safety Officer Academies in New York State. The swearing-in took place on Thursday, April 7, 2011,

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Rose Rock Questions Answered Continued from page A1 [Mclaughlin] sit it’s unnerving, scary, and frightening because we’re seeing from a distance what’s happening on the lawn. And we’re seeing some of the potential for injury and harm that occurs.” In the past there have been numerous activities on the lawn during the concert that have been deemed dangerous and have in fact led to lawsuits against Saint Rose. McDonald brought this concern to the rest of the administration and suggested the event be held indoors permanently. “We’ve been concerned with Rose Rock for a number of years…Last year I went to the cabinet and asked them to approve moving Rose Rock indoors permanently because of some of the issues we’ve had in the past years at Rose Rock that have resulted in injuries and actually have resulted in some lawsuits against the college ” said McDonald This idea wasn’t approved at the time, and Rose Rock went on as planned even with the concerns. This year, however, plans have changed due to the Kegs and Eggs fracas. The fallout due to those events has been extensive and has included the cancelation of the University at Albany’s Fountain Day, as well as festivities being held as far away as Cortland. McDonald and the Saint Rose administrative board waited to see what action SUNY would take in response to Kegs ‘n Eggs. When the decision to cancel Fountain day was made McDonald said there was “not very much discussion” amongst the board members when it came to moving Rose Rock inside this year. “The issue really isn’t with our students. The concern was that with Fountain Day cancelled and the knowledge that Rose Rock is

happening and would be an outdoor event that I couldn’t guarantee that we wouldn’t be inundated with people from off campus to come to this free concert on our lawn...I was very concerned about that.” said McDonald. This decision was made without the input of the general student body or of representatives of the Student Association, the college entity which plans the event. The lack of the student input was concerning to many students at the meeting, including Saint Rose junior and 2011 – 12 SA president-elect Ann LeghornMcCracken. “It’s very upsetting to me that the administration didn’t take into consideration what the students had to say,” said LeghornMcCracken. “If there has been students that agreed with the sentiment of the administration it would’ve been OK I think.” Some students expressed beliefs that the decision to move the event indoors was a form of punishment for the participation of

Saint Rose students in the Kegs ‘n Eggs events. Saint Rose freshman Blaze Bryant found this information out while reporting a story for his journalism 1 class. He agreed with other students when they said they felt punished for something they weren’t involved in. “If there were no Saint Rose students involved in that Kegs ‘n Eggs riot I definitely see this as a punishment,” said Bryant. “I just don’t see the fairness in [this decision].” Another reason mentioned by McDonald was noise spillage into the surrounding neighborhood. This was an issue in the past and the volume was turned down. According to continued complaints from neighbors, this didn’t solve any problems. According to McDonald, at each Rose Rock people have been calling in noise complaints from as far away as Ontario Street, Quail Street and even Manning Boulevard. “We have people on that day

The Saint Rose Chronicle who drive to those streets to monitor noise and it is actually quite loud and quite disturbing,” said McDonald. Sean Wendell, an acoustics expert at the Massry Center for the Performing Arts stated that an event such as Rose Rock is best held outdoors mainly because you don’t have to worry about indoor acoustics, which can be very difficult to work with if the conditions aren’t right. Wendell also weighed in on the traveling of sound waves to the surrounding area. “A low-end [frequency wave] is what will travel,” said Wendell. “The real high frequency waves head right towards [the EAC] and then dissipate.” Students voiced a concern about their own safety in the crowded gym during a concert. Saint Rose student Kate Headd felt as though a crowded gym would make it difficult to leave the venue and also endanger the students’ safety. “I don’t see the gym being packed with 800-plus people being safe what-so-ever,” said Headd. “The stage will be taking up a significant amount of room plus whatever activities


being held that day. Those items in there blocking a lot of the free room I feel really uncomfortable about how safe that’s really going to be.” Rose Rock not only has been a place for musicians to present their talents to their peers, but also has been host to many vendors who have been quite successful over the years. Saint Rose music student Lloyd Smith felt as though holding the event inside will be detrimental to this experience. “As a music student I view [Rose Rock] as an opportunity for not only music students, but other students on campus to showcase original music, to get themselves out, and connect with fans,” said Smith. “It’s also a great time for vendors to come out and I don’t think the gym is going to be conducive to that environment.

Ian Benjamin Assistant VP of Student Affairs Rita McLaughlin and VP of Student Affairs Dennis McDonald listen to student concerns Thursday.

news A4 The Saint Rose Chronicle Professor John Esposito Speaks at Saint Rose About Islamophobia By ALISON LESTER Staff Writer On Monday April 4, Georgetown University professor John Esposito spoke at The College of Saint Rose on the topic of “Islamophobia and the Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century.” Esposito is a professor of religion, Islamic studies, and international affairs at the University. Some examples of Esposito’s other career achievements are that he has served as a consultant to various agencies, such as the U.S. Department of State, was a president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, and is currently the vice president and president-elect for the American Academy of Religion. Prior to his main lecture, Esposito gave shorter lecture called “An Informal Conversation” in

the Touhey Forum at 1:15 p.m., which was attended by various Saint Rose faculty members and students. He was introduced by Dr. Michael Brannigan, Saint Rose’s Pfaff Endowed Chair in Ethics. “He’s written over 30 books,” said Brannigan. “His most recent, ‘The Future of Islam.’” Esposito began the short lecture by jokingly telling the audience that it would be one of the greatest experiences of their lives. He talked briefly about how he originally had no desire to study Islam, especially since he was close to graduating and just wanted his degree. However, Esposito was persuaded to take a course in Islam. This course inspired him, and while initially there weren’t many jobs related to his area of study, the Iranian Revolution jumpstarted general interest in Islam, and therefore jumpstarted his career.

The main part of Esposito’s short lecture was about how many Americans are only familiar with extremist Muslims, and have the “Guilty until proven innocent” mentality towards them. He described the post 9/11 climate as “McCarthy-like” towards Muslims, and compared it to how Japanese-Americans were viewed and treated after the attack on Pearl Harbor. According to Esposito, a significant number of Americans believe that all Muslims are violent, can’t be loyal to the United States, and shouldn’t have certain civil rights. Esposito’s “An Informal Conversation” ended with a Q & A, during which he emphasized that “A fraction of a fraction of a fraction of the 1.5 billion Muslims in the world are extremists.” The “Islamophobia and the Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century” lecture, which took place at 7:30 p.m. in Saint

April 12, 2011 Joseph Hall’s auditorium, is a part of the Sidney and Beatrice Albert Interfaith Lectureship Program and the Constance Vickery Series in Ethics in Leadership. This lecture marked the first time the Program and Series has come together for an event. While “An Informal Conversation” had a decent sized audience, the main lecture received a much larger audience that filled the entire auditorium, as well as the balcony seats. The crowd consisted of Saint Rose students, faculty members, and many interested people from the general public. Fr. Christopher De Giovine, the Dean of Spiritual Life at Saint Rose, introduced the lecture. “This is a great opportunity for us here at the College,” said De Giovine. “It’s an important part of who we are at The College of Saint Rose, and an important part of our mission.” De Giovine added how the College has spent the last 20 years trying to build interfaith relationships. Dr. Khalid Bhatti, a board member of the Sidney and Beatrice Albert Interfaith Lectureship Program, spoke next, and introduced Esposito to the

Volume 79 Issue 23 audience. “He’s a professor who believes in interfaith understanding, and building bridges,” said Bhatti. As Esposito spoke at the podium, he introduced the subject of Islamophobia, which he referred to as “A growing social cancer in the United States.” While those who attended “An Informal Conversation” earlier in the day heard some of the same information, Esposito elaborated more on what causes Islamophobia, and how he believes it’s worsened by the media. Esposito also shared how major polls in 2010 showed that 4 in 10 Americans feel prejudiced against Muslims, and more than 4 in 10 admit they know little about Islam. Esposito stressed the importance of the next generation of religious leaders knowing each other’s faiths. “Local religious leaders determine the next generation,” said Esposito. He added that the challenge is not just to the leaders; Muslims and nonMuslims alike face the challenge of a new understanding of pluralism. “We often compare our ideals to someone else’s negative reality,” said Esposito.

Staged Readings Readings of “Bitter Brunch” and “Figment,” two plays by English graduate students Jennifer Austin and Anne Dantz will be held April 19 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Theatre next to CCIM. Georgetown Professor John Esposito

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Calendar of Events Tuesday, April 12 1 – 4 p.m. Pie Your RA. Campus Quad 3:30 - 5 p.m. Glass Ceiling Discussion hosted by the Women’s Initiative. Touhey Forum 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. CRAAB! Speaker JoEllen Welsh PhD Presents: “Diet, Aging & Breast Cancer”. Registration required by calling (518) 435-1055. St. Joseph Conf. Rm. 7 – 8:30 Bridging the Gap: A Discussion With In Our Own Voices About the I Am Gay Campaign and How It Impacts Our Campus. Hosted by IDENTITY. Hubbard Library 8 p.m. Panel Discussion: Running a Record Label, with Louis Apicello, Matthew Loiacono and Alex Muro. CCIM 119, The Viewing Rm. 8 p.m. MEISA Presents: The Terror Pidgeon Dance Revolt and Rich Aucoin $3 w/ID $7 w/o. Jack’s Place in the CCIM 8 – 9 p.m. Yoga for Students. Hubbard Sanctuary 9 p.m. Meishlunday opens for “swamp pop” band L’Angelus. Justin’s, 301 Lark St. Albany, NY Wednesday, April 13 12 – 2 p.m. Relay Races sponsored by IDENTITY. Campus Quad 4:30 p.m. St. Rose Chronicle Meeting. CCIM 119 6 – 9 p.m. Relay for Life Bank Night. Main Lounge 7 p.m. The Meishlunday open for “swamp pop” band L’Angelus. Jack’s Place in the CCIM 7 – 8 p.m. SADD club meeting. SA Conf. Rooms 8 – 10 p.m. Karate Club meeting. Lima Basement Thursday, April 14 4 p.m. Environmental Club Meeting. 950 Madison 5 – 8:30 p.m. Take Back the Night Rally. Campus Quad 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. ANNUAL DRAG SHOW. hosted by IDENTITY. Will be hosted by the drag queen Diabolique. Cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, Will include student performers Prizes will include 2 $100 Visa Gift Cards. St. Joseph’s Auditorium 7:45 – 9:00 p.m. Identity Weekly Meeting, Standish Rooms 8:30 p.m. Philosophy Club. Main Lounge 8:30 – 3:30 p.m. English Symposium. Standish Rms. Friday, April 15 8 – 10 p.m. Garage To Glory II: Singer Songwriter Edition. Finals. Jack’s Place in the CCIM Saturday, April 16 Sunday, April 17 7 p.m. MEISA Show: Earth Program, Scientific Maps & We Are Generic. Jack’s Place in the CCIM Monday, April 18 6:30 – 8 p.m. Monday Yoga for Students. Hubbard Interfiath Sanctuary 7 – 8 p.m. Zumba Class. Standish Rooms 7 – 9:30 p.m. Fishing for Literature. Sponsored by the English Club. Main Lounge Tuesday, April 19 7 p.m. Staged Readings of “Bitter Brunch” and “Figment,” two plays by English graduate students Jennifer Austin and Anne Dantz. Campus Theatre next to CCIM 8 – 9 p.m. Yoga for Students. Hubbard Sanctuary 8 – 9:15 Music Entertainment Game Show. Sponsored by SEB. St. Joseph Auditorium If you have an upcoming event you would like to see in our weekly Calendar of Events, please e-mail Ian Benjamin at



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Children’s Wellness and Fitness Fair to Be Held at Saint Rose By ALISON LESTER The Children’s Wellness/Fitness Fair, which used to be held in the Event and Athletics Center’s lobby, will be held this year in the Nolan Gymnasium. A separate event from the Adult Wellness/Fitness Fair, the Children’s Wellness/Fitness Fair was conceived approximately ten years ago by Dr. Ann Neilson, the Chair of the Department of Physical Education. Neilson believes that children’s wellness and fitness is just as important to learn about as adult’s wellness and fitness. “If

you start with children, you can change the society,” said Neilson. The Children’s Wellness/ Fitness Fair is also related to the course Physical Education for the Elementary Classroom Teacher, where mostly Early Childhood Education majors work with preschool children. The purpose of the Fair is to educate attendees on a variety of topics related to children’s wellness and fitness, such as nutrition, germs, personal safety, fire safety, and health concerns like asthma, leukemia, and autism. “Wellness is about preventing problems,”

said Neilson. As the Physical Education’s Department says on their Saint Rose webpage about children’s programs, “Here at the College of Saint Rose not only do we care for our student's fitness and well being but also those of the young children in the Capital Region.” Originally having 6-8 tables, the Children’s Wellness/Fitness Fair is hoping to have 20 this year. “There will be hands-on activities for children, and factual information for adults,” said Neilson. The Children’s Wellness/Fitness Fair will also be a half-hour longer than it used to. Some examples of the various organizations that will be present at the event are the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, Ronald McDonald House, and the New York State Department of Health. “It is important to see what is available in our own communi-

Midtown Neighborhood Watch Aims to Create a Safer Community By JAMES WILSON Contributing Writer Let’s face it, there are some areas of Albany that just aren’t the safest places to be around. Yes, it is very common to see an Albany Police Dodge Charger on certain corners, but what about the places where they aren’t. The Albany Police Department does get a good amount of support in the Pine Hills Neighborhood. With such a diverse mix of college students, families, and homeowners there is a lot going on 24 hours a day. The Midtown Neighborhood Watch program involves patrols by college students, resident volunteers, and long time neighbors associated with the Albany Police Department. The program’s message is simple: keep the Pine Hills area residents feeling safe and secure. The Midtown Neighborhood Watch program’s job is to report any suspicious activity and any unsafe conditions.

The program gets a majority of their support from the APD, the University at Albany Police Department, and The College of Saint Rose Security.The program currently operates out of The College of Saint Rose Security Headquarters located on the corner of Partridge Street and Hudson Avenue. Midtown Neighborhood Watch believes that safety can

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be drastically changed if neighbors work together with local city agencies. Volunteers for the program receive training from the Albany Police Department. They are taught how to correctly solve any issue, and how to effectively report any potential problems to the Albany Police Department. There are a total of 45 security guards that patrol The College of Saint Rose campus. There are a minimum of seven to twelve officers patrolling around the campus at all times. “Our first priority is to protect and serve the students, faculty and school property comes second,” said College of Saint Rose Security Guard Pete Rozonewski. “Students rely on us, and we rely on them to let us know if something is wrong.” Saint Rose senior Matt Milella has no problem walking the streets of Albany. “I always see cop cars and security guards around, never re-

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ty,” said Mary Naples, an adjunct professor in the Department of Physical Education. “And to meet some of the people who work in it.” Members of the Saint Rose community will also be present at the event to help educate attendees, such as students from the Physical Education for the Elementary Classroom Teacher class and Clowning class. Those studying clowning will have 4 stations to provide entertainment during the latter half of the event. “It gives college students something to learn too,” said Neilson, who emphasized that the event isn’t just limited to children and their parents. Dr. Neilson’s graduate assistant, Jessica Layton, has helped to plan this year’s Children’s Wellness/Fitness Fair by contacting different agencies and individuals who will be showcasing events.

Layton also helped expand and move the Fair into the gymnasium by adding 10 new exhibits.”It encompasses the whole idea of wellness,” Layton said. “All different areas of wellness are represented.” The Children’s Wellness/Fitness Fair, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19. The Adult Wellness/Fitness Fair will be held the day before from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the suggestion of some parents involved, the Children’s Wellness/Fitness Fair is occurring during the local public schools’ spring breaks so that more children will be able to attend. Public schools have been notified about it. “I hope the people attending will learn how to keep themselves safe, healthy and happy,” said Naples.

ally have to worry,” said Milella. “It’s important to always be cautious while out.” “The one thing that I could recommend to students is to always be aware of your surroundings,” said Sergeant Peter Rozonewski. “Students and residents need to be aware at all times, everyone can’t just be walking around with their heads down while on a cell phone.” The Midtown Neighborhood Watch program isn’t the first of its kind. Back in the eighties the

Guardian Angels tried to stop the crime that the police couldn’t. Curtis Sliwa was the leader of the Guardian Angels. “We are role models for people who want do positive things for our community,” said Silwa. Guardian Angels and the Midtown Neighborhood Watch program both shared a common goal. They both weren’t only about keeping are streets clean, but they were about pulling together for the common concern of community safety.

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National Poetry Month By IAN BENJAMIN National Poetry Month was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to facilitate awareness and appreciation of poetry within the United States. The month is held simultaneously and in conjunction with National Poetry Writing Month, also known as NaPoWriMo, which encourages the writing of a poem a day in celebration of the poetry. Here at Saint Rose courses offered which include poetry as part of their curriculum are ENG 105, ENG 114 and ENG 206. To coincide with Poetry Month the Frequency North Visiting Writer’s Reading Series included a performance on Thursday march 31 by slam poets Jeanne Verlee and Eboni Hogan (see the video on www.strosechronicle. com). Outside the campus, the local organization Albany Poets will be hosting the 2011 WordFest: 10 Years of Poetry, Music,

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Poetry Month Word Search By IAN BENJAMIN

Art and Spoken Word. The starting event will be a 12-hr. Open Mic starting at 7 a.m. on April 16. The event will be held at The

Linda Performing Arts Center at 339 Central Ave.

Word Bank 2011 Albany Word Fest April Halperin Wayland David Kaczynski KC Orcutt Poetry and the Creative Mind President Bill Clinton Robert Hass The Linda Walter Dean Myers Academy of American Poets Daniel Nester Rita Dove Strose Poetry and Prose

Eboni Hogan Jeanne Verlee Langston Hughes Poetry Month Psycho Cluster F**k Robert Pinsky Tham Francis Albany Poets David Fey Frequency North Kathi Appelt Patricia Smith Upstate Artists Guild

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B8 The Saint Rose Chronicle The Summer Switch: Catchy Summer Tunes By REGINA IANNIZZOTTO Staff Writer After finding their guitarist at a bonfire, Tony Pitkin and Ian Dorset formed The Summer Switch, a band that is becoming known for their incredibly catchy song lyrics. Their band is made up of Ethan Rose (guitar), Ian Dorset (guitar), Tony Pitkin (vocals), Mike Gouvalkis (bass), and Shane Foley (drums). Hailing from Albany, the band has worked together to create songs like “Headfirst”, a slower tracks from their self-titled album, The Summer Switch. Their new album is a collection of songs that really prove their passion for music. Recording in the studio with the Record Company in Esperance, NY, they said, was a memorable experience. Some days the band laughed and some days they cried. “We cried so hard some days,” said Tony Pitkin when describing his experience. As for the songs themselves, every member contributes. On some days one band member will come in with an idea and everyone works off it, and other band members follow suit. “We…write our songs like a jam band.” In the end, they form great songs with lyrics that get stuck in the brain. “We just wait until we feel something that’s right and keep molding it once we find a groove that works,” explained Pitkin. “It’s a very constructive environment when

we’re writing new things.” When learning about new bands, I like to get an idea of what the bands think of themselves and what their own goals are. We can all assume that it is to make people happy with their music, but is that really it? How does the band see itself? What are their opinions of themselves? “Our ultimate goal is to create pop-punk music that doesn’t just sound like every other band on the scene…We try to show our colors.” And boy, do they. With every song sounding different, it makes sense that Pitkin describes their album as a “mash of different influences.” For comparison, they bear a slight resemblance to bands such as Brand New and Taking Back Sunday. “This could be the best thing that ever happened or the worst thing to ever get trapped in,” these lyrics are from “The Fast Song”, and the name says it all. Intrigued? How about, “We both know the game’s been set” from the song “CPR”. Still intrigued? Then run over to iTunes! Their album is available today! If you don’t take my word for it, see what all the great buzz is about on iTunes. You will not be disappointed. If you visit their Facebook page, you’ll even find a link to vote for The Summer Switch in the Warped Tour Battle of the Bands. They would love the support. So on three, go vote. Ready? One, two…three!


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Album cover for The Summer Switch’s self-titled album, The Summer Switch.

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Devin Keenholts Members of The Summer Switch: Mike Gouvalkis, Tony Pitkin, Ian Dorset, Shane Foley, and Ethan Rose.

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Gogol Bordello Doesn’t “Break the Spell,” They Cast One By IAN BENJAMIN Photo and Layout Editor All around you bodies moves and as the bright lights flicker— perhaps firelight?—over the gyrating multitude you glimpse brightly colored bandannas, tribal tattoos on half-naked bodies and bottles ofalcohol. The air is permeated with the light smell of smoke. The crowd’s perspiration rises into the air above you, as do their voices, shouting words in some foreign language. It sounds as if the entire crowd is singing, yelling, noisemaking. Above, the voices mix with the drums, guitar, cymbalsand accordion to compose riotous music. The song builds, and builds and then, just on the edge ofdissonance, dissipates. As one, you exhale. Strangely, you’re not in

the Ukraine, nor are you in the midst of a party in the middle of a Roma encampment at an afterparty; you’re in Clifton Park, at Northern Lights, and you’re at a Gogol Bordello concert. The nine-member gypsy-punk band Gogol Bordello played a show to a sold out crowd at Northern Lights in Clifton Park. The well-known music venue hosts major acts—upcoming shows include Taking Back Sunday, Yellowcard and Guster—in a highly confined space. Although it is always an iffy business ascribing labels to a band’s sum musical output, if any one band can be called such, then Gogol Bordello is the headlining act of the gypsy-punk genre. As the genre suggests, much of Bordello’s music is Gypsy-influenced, evident in their heavy reli-

ance on traditional Roma instruments such as the accordion, tambourine, accordion and fiddle, as well as their heavyreliance on vocals. Yet this music also relies heavily on dub and bass guitar, giving it a punk twist. The night’s playlist was composed almost exclusively of new songs. This new material came from Gogol’s most recent album, Trans-Continental Hustle, which was released April 27 of last year and was produced by Rick Rubin. The audience that attended this concert cannot be described as anything other than varied. Although varied in many other respects, Bordello was particularly able to attract a highly age-varied audience. While there were not quite as many retirees as college students, it was not a very large

Russian violinist Sergey Ryabtsev and Russian accordianist Yuri Yemeshev.

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Gogol Bordello’s most recent album Trans-Continental Hustle. gap. There were also a few elementary age kids—progressive parents perhaps? Despite the highly varied audience Gogol was able to excite, if not incite, this crowd. Unlike other acts which have recently played Northern Lights Gogol did not aim to provoke their audience by spitting or vulgar exclamations; instead, with such songs of subjugation and resistance as “Break the Spell” Bordello aimed to invite their audience into the fight against oppression, Roma or otherwise, in their own lives. “Just because I came from Roma camp on the hill, They put me in a school for mentally ill. Opa, opa deedeeda All their lies about Roma.” Gogol Bordello’s “Break the Spell”

Frontman Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello.

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Gogol’s stage act, as is the aim, fits with their music. The eclectic mix of tawdry jewelry, tassels,bandannas and gaudy clothing is highly reminiscent of Eastern Europe, to the point where one questions whether there is any authenticity in the act, despite the origins of some of the band members. And is, per usual, none was so curiously at-

tired during the concert as Eugene Hütz, the charismatic, heavily-accented, energy-of-an-overwoundwind-up-toy front man. Hütz was costumed in a set of necklaces, a lack of a shirt and ripped, patched and worn jeans—talk about perpertuating Eastern European stereotypes. Yet, by the time Gogol Bordello came to their most notable single “Start Wearing Purple”, from their 2005 album Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike, I, and undoubtedly the rest of the audience had begun to feel a sense of catharsis; it was as if somehow, by attending this concert, we too had foughtfor the Roma, fought for the underdogs in their world strike. For more information on the band or to where their ongoing tour will bring them see

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On Friday, April 8 the Arts and Humanities Department held their Arts and Humanities Symposium in the Main Lounge. Clubs which fall under the umbrella of Arts and Humanities were present including PR Club, English Club, Philosophy Club, Women’s Initiative and The Chronicle. Music was provided by several independent musicians, The Saint Rose Brass Quartet (David Paul, Rich China, Kyle Salcedo and Andrew Durand) and the a capella group The Golden Notes. Ian Benjamin and Kelly Pfeister of the The Chronicle chronicled the event.

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Ian Benjamin People attending the Arts and Humanities Symposium

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Ian Benjamin Members of English Club

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Ian Benjamin Left to right: Audrey Mackey of Philosophy Club. Madalyn Dethomasis of Women’s Initiative.

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Kelly Pfeister Members of Public Relations (PR) Club

Kelly Pfeister Left to right: Katherine Wilhelmi next to Chronicle members Teresa Farrell, Ian Benjamin and Scott Lawson.

From left to right: student Madalyn DeThomasis and Dean Lorna Shaw

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America: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back By LEIGH WARD Opinion Editor Just when I think I can be hopeful for the future of America, I’m seriously mistaken. After watching and reading reports on the now resolved budget issue, I’m skeptical that America can relieve itself of, for lack of a better term, stupidity. I’m not into politics, mostly because I know children in elementary school who can resolve issues in a more civil manner than grown men and women can. However, when it will essentially be in the hands of our generation to pick up the mess being made now, I get incredibly worried. Although I said that I’m not interested in politics, I do like to know what is happening, even if that means the government potentially shutting down. Who would have that in America, land of the free and home of the brave, we’d almost rub shoulders with anarchy, and all over a really simple issue. For those who are unfamiliar

or unaware of what the government shutdown was about, the infographic to your right explains most of it. According to CNN, “One of the major, immutable sticking points appears to be government funding for reproductive health facilities, such as Planned Parenthood’s family planning clinics. Republicans are vehemently opposed to any agreement that doesn’t include the slashing of all federal funding (~$300 million/ year) for women’s health care centers under Title X — a public health program signed into law in 1970 by Richard Nixon.” The best part of all of this is when Maryland Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards felt she had no choice but to resort to quoting from a White Stripes song in order to drive her point home. Being a huge fan of the now extinct White Stripes, hearing that she quoted lyrics from “Effect and Cause”, I admired her excellent use of musical genius to stick it to the house floor. Even if she didn’t mean it, her

choice to use those words to describe the current situation made it easier to understand, especially to someone like myself who doesn’t understand the political

technicalities. Since we’re on the topic of pop culture references in politics, I’ll round this out with a quote from Mean Girls, with a Leigh Ward

The Washington Post twist: “I wish the federal government could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy.”

The Freshman Perspective Entertaining the Masses By CHRIS SURPRENANT Arts Editor Since being in college, I’ve found that my social life is not as active as it used to be. I’m not much for parties, and I’m not one for doing work or laundry on Friday night. So, what’s a bored college student to do—on a fixed budget no less? I’m sure like many of you, my weekends often consist of hanging around in a friend’s basement or, well, hanging around another friend’s basement. I was, and still am A-O-K with that. However, college asks us to abandon what we used to know and start fresh. If you’re car-less and feeling brave, you may want to take the

good old CDTA Number 10 to Crossgates and see a movie. That theater always has something interesting playing, so if nothing interests you, well you’ve got a problem. It may not be your ideal way to spend a night, but really, would you rather be working on Calculus? Let’s say the movies aren’t your thing. It’s always a good time to be a mall-walker (jumpsuit optional) and people watch. If you’ve got a bit of a creeper personality, this should be a real hoot for you. Just sitting on a bench in the middle of the mall, you can be sure to find some interesting people. Personally, I like to find the most “unique” person I can, and attach an entire

story to them, like what they’re doing at the mall, where they’re going afterwards, or whether or not they’re from this planet. Is it childish? I like to think of it as exercising my imagination. If you decide that you’re not feeling a bus ride up Western Avenue, we have the luxury of attending a college where there is always something going on. Every weekend, starting on Thursday nights, Brubacher hosts the “Knight Club.” If you don’t want to stay holed-up in your dorm, take a walk on down to State Street. It’s a great place to just hang out, play some games, or shoot some pool. It beats staring at re-runs of The Nanny, trust me. Now this may be unpopular,

but why not try reading a book? Since coming to college, I’ve heard more times than I can count, that people just don’t have the time to read anymore. If I’ve got some free time on a weekend, I like to pick up the book I started in September and thumb through a chapter or two. Of course, we all would like to assume that we would have better things to do, but reading is always a great way to pass the time. Again, if you can’t stand hearing Fran Drescher’s voice another minute, pick up a book. When you and your friends find yourself bored, and thoroughly through with videogames, what should you do? Sometimes with technology overload, we

can never figure out what to do with ourselves once we’re bored with it. Want a suggestion? Play some cards. Any game will do. For anyone with a really competitive streak, or anyone who likes to win, a few hands of Rummy are sure to cure the monotony of the night. These are just some suggestions, but they’re really not all that bad. If you find that you’re just not that into parties, you might as well give these a shot. They’re a good way to pass the time, and you won’t feel like you were wasting away in your room all weekend. But hey, if you’re not willing to try, I suppose you could always tune into Nanny Fine and Mr. Sheffield.

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SheWanted It By MADALYN DETHOMASIS The Women’s Initiative At this point in time, I’m sure that many Katy Perry and Kanye West fans, as well as other pop music listeners have heard the most recent release from the duo titled, “E.T.” Many of us, from Women’s Initiative heard it too; and many, no, actually most of us are pretty pissed off about it. The song inspired such a negative reaction and response from us due to the imbedded meanings within the lyrics. Most notable, are those found in the chorus. After West invites us to step in to “the fantasy” and abandon our sanity, Perry spends the first verse in fearful fascination and fixation with the foreign alien ‘other.’ From there it only gets worse. The chorus begins, “Take me, Take me,” “Wanna be a victim,” “Ready for abduction,” She sings. Let it sink in. Want to be a victim? Ready for abduction? Are you serious? Hell no I don’t want to be anyone’s victim. I don’t want to be taken and not in my wildest dreams would I ask to be abducted. There’s something really, seriously wrong with that statement, besides the fact that Kanye, Perry and I don’t share the same definition of a fantasy. That statement romanticizes, glamorizes and erotizes concepts of female helplessness and powerlessness. Along with making the role of the victim look desirable to children, young girls and women alike. The fact that my ten-year-old cousin will sing this song out loud in public with all of her friends makes me want to vomit. It also reinforces victim blaming. It would be nice to believe that we, as a society, have moved

past the time when the ways in which women dress determined whether or not they wanted to engage in sexual activity, but we unfortunately haven’t. Singing that someone actually wants to be a victim in a fictitious pop song only reinforces and feeds into the cultural belief that some women actually did want to be a victim or raped, and further, want to be actively victimized. I was honestly surprised when I first started looking up criticisms to the song, that these ideas were not even mentioned in many main stream online reviews. Instead, the focus was on the music video, or the criticism came from the fact that it sounded too much like another song. I only found sparks of outrage from independent, personal blogs. Even more outraging. There are several different ways to sing about “filthy” fantasies and our objection to “E.T.” is in no way related to them. Rihanna’s hit “S&M” is a perfect example of this. No one wanted to be a victim in her lyrics and no one wanted to be abducted. What makes “E.T.” different is that it places several pretty serious issues of rape, victimizing and violence against women in to the context of desire in the form of light, catchy pop music. It normalizes these concepts and therefore lessens their seriousness. I get that it’s a catchy song, and when you’re dancing to it, it may not seem so bad. But the reality is that it’s disgusting. Women really are victims, they do get adducted and it’s not desirable to watch the story on the news the next morning. Perry and West have done some pretty outrageous things, but singing a song with the theme of rape and abduction in the form of romantic, sexual desire defiantly tops their act.


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UConn Wins National Championship Huskies Outmatch the Bulldogs in Houston By THOMAS STAMAS Staff Writer Three weeks, seven rounds, and 67 games later, the Connecticut Huskies are national champions. Yes, March Madness is now officially over as the Huskies took down the Butler Bulldogs 53-41 for the national title. It was one crazy year for sure, with Cinderella stories, and bust-

UConn Huskies celebrating after winning the National Title

NCAA or NBA? By JACKSON WANG Staff Writer Stay in college or go to the NBA? Many college basketball players might be asking themselves that question as the college basketball season comes to an end. Some will go to the NBA, while others stay and continue to develop their skills as a basketball player in college. One player that has been making news is Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger. After the loss to Kentucky, Sullinger said he will be an Ohio State Buckeye next year and will not be putting his name in the NBA draft. Sullinger, a freshman, was projected to be a top five in the NBA draft. He also won the 2011 Waymen Tisdale award, which is given to the nation’s best freshman player. Sullinger said that he is a man of his word and will be coming back next year. Many athletes have said in the past that they would be returning to their college basketball team,

but later changed their mind and entered the NBA draft. For example, after winning the 2005 national championship, Sean May, Raymond Felton and Marvin Williams said they would come back, but later changed their minds and entered the NBA draft. Unlike Sullinger, Duke’s point guard Kyrie Irving will be entering the NBA draft after one year in college basketball. Irving missed about two-thirds of the season due to a foot injury, but is still projected to be a top five pick in the NBA draft. Duke fans aren’t too worried about Irving leaving because top recruited Austin Rivers will be coming in next season. Rivers is the top high school prospect in the nation. Rivers could have entered the NBA if he wanted to, but decided to play at least one year for Coach Krzyzewski. Rivers is the son of NBA coach Doc Rivers and could potentially be a future NBA star. Kentucky coach John Calipari will most likely be send-

ed brackets. With no number one or two seeds left by the time the Final Four rolled around, everyone’s brackets were surely ripped to shreds (Fun fact: not a single bracket entry on had all of the final four teams picked correctly). This was probably one of the most memorable of NCAA tournaments since the magical run of the George Mason Patriots back

See the rest of this story on D15 ing another player to the NBA. Freshman point guard, Brandon Knight, will most likely enter the NBA draft after one year in college basketball as well. Knight is projected to be in the top ten of the NBA draft this year. John Calipari has been known for having one year college basketball players. Last year, Calipari had three freshmen enter the NBA draft, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, and Patrick Patterson. All three players were drafted in the first round of the NBA draft. North Carolina freshman forward, Harrison Barnes, could also enter the NBA draft. Barnes is projected to be a top five draft pick. But don’t worry UNC fans, Tyler Zeller and John Henson announced they would forgo the NBA draft and return to Chapel Hill next season. And how could we forget about some of the other dangerous players from the NCAA tournament this past season? Kemba Walker hasn’t announced his decision yet, but Walker could enter NBA draft. Walker has a national championship under his belt and is also projected as a top ten draft pick. If a college basketball player

is projected to be a first round draft pick, then they should consider entering the NBA draft. If a player is projected to be a second or third round pick, then they shouldn’t even think about going to the NBA and return to school to develop their skills. BYU guard, Jimmer Fredette, could have gone to the NBA after his junior year but instead decided to return to college. Fredette won the 2011 Naismith Award,

which meant he was named the national player of the year. College basketball players that are expected to be drafted within the first ten picks of the NBA draft should enter the draft. The players who will be drafted within the first ten picks will be guaranteed to make at least $1 million the first year and the first overall pick in the draft could make as much as $4 million or more in their first year in the NBA.

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UConn Story continued from D14 in 2006. VCU shocked the world and showed that they indeed belonged in the tournament by riding the 11th seed status from the first four all the way to the Final Four. Not only did they win, they won by an average of 12 points per game, including a 10 point win over top seeded Kansas. Despite coming up short against Butler, the Virginia Commonwealth Rams sure proved the entire nation wrong and shocked the world with their historic run. Butler made it back yet again to the championship game but again came up short, this time to the Huskies. The Bulldogs shot a dreadful 18.8 percent from the field while only putting up 41 total points for the game. Certainly not a performance worthy of a champion as

it is almost impossible to win any game with those kinds of numbers. But the Huskies didn’t play a great game themselves as they shot just 34.5 percent from the field and only putting up 53 points for the game. But fortunately for UConn, it was enough to secure a national title. Kemba Walker earned MVP honors for the Final Four as he led the Huskies throughout the entire tournament. Despite the stellar performance of Walker, this year’s title game was the most painful to watch in recent memory. Never before have I seen two teams play so out of sync in a title game. Both teams could never find their stroke as the entire game was plagued with missed shots, turnovers, and all-around low


ENDICOTT, NY – The College of Saint Rose men’s golf team finished fourth among 12 competing school’s at the Mike Bello Spring Invitational that concluded Saturday evening at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott. The Golden Knights stood fourth after round one, but were unable to gain enough ground to propel themselves into the top-three. American International College edged host Le Moyne College by one stroke to take the overall team title. The Yellow Jackets finished with a score of 605, while the Dolphins were in at 606. Bentley University took third with a score of 619 and Saint Rose followed in fourth at 625. Senior Kent Graham of American International edged junior Matt Horton by two strokes to grab medalist honors. Graham

posted a two-day total of 147 (7572). Horton put together a solid all-around effort on the course, as he took home First-Team AllLeague honors in October. Horton wound up with a 149 after carding a 76 on Friday and a 73 Saturday. Freshmen Seth Adams and Chad Baxter also put forth solid efforts. Adams ended up with a 155 (80-75) to finish tied for 15th, while Baxter totaled a 159


scoring. If it wasn’t for a last second three-pointer, we would have had a halftime score of 19-19. That’s both teams scoring under 20 points, only 38 total. I’ve seen a team on their own put up more than 38 in one half on more than one occasion this year. For both teams to play that badly throughout the duration of the first (and second) half is just astounding. This game was a case of neither team truly “showing up.” They both have tremendous talent and were worthy for their title shot, but they gave fans a game to remember for the wrong reasons. While both teams deserved to be in the game, they clearly did not perform to their own (and anybody else's) expectations. But, sloppiness aside, the Huskies still played a better game than their opponent, and for that they can now call themselves national champions.

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(78-81) in the second start of his rookie campaign to tie for 21st. Additionally, freshman Jason Mink chalked up a 162 (79-83). The Golden Knights are scheduled to close out the Spring portion of their 2010-11 slate at the Yellow Jackets Golf Classic that is being hosted by American International College on Monday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 19. The 36-hole event is being held at Springfield Country Club.

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Golden Knights Set Three Records at George Davis Invitational

Tom Killips Junior Macky Lloyd shattered school and meet records with his time in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the George Davis Invitational. By CHAD COOPER Contributing Writer LOWELL, MA – The College of Saint Rose men’s and women’s track and field teams combined to break three school records at the George Davis Invitational on Saturday. Saint Rose got the day off to a good start in the track events as junior Macky Lloyd won the 3,000 meter steeplechase in a Saint Rose record time of 9:14.47. That mark took better than 22 seconds off the previous Golden Knights standard set by Mark Delfs in 1993 and furthermore represented a meet record in the event’s eight-year history. The Golden Knights continued their record setting day in the javelin where freshman Megan Fuchs delivered a throw of 32.80 meters (107’ 7”), eclipsing the previous school mark by 0.4 meters. A third Saint Rose record went by the wayside when freshman Soroya Hudson leapt far-

ther than any Golden Knight had before in the triple jump, covering 11.50 meters (37’ 8.75”) to finish third. Hudson had a good showing overall, claiming a fifth place finish in the long jump as well with a bound of 5.15 meters (16’ 10.75”). Saint Rose earned their second event win of the day in one of the final heats. In the 200m dash, junior Ryan Saunders paced the field with a time of 22.48. Also enjoying a good meet for the Golden Knights was sophomore Umar Hasan. Hasan demonstrated his prowess in the hurdles, finishing third in the 400m event and fourth in the 110m distance with times of 55.44 and 15.82 respectively. Saint Rose has next weekend off before heading to Princeton, NJ on April 22 for the Larry Ellis Invitational. The event gets underway at 6:00 pm.

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