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The weekly student newspaper of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York
Five Inducted Into Saint Rose Hall of Fame
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Eli Armstrong, Renae Ransdell, Sr. Agnes Rose Burton, C.S.J., Sr. Tess Wysolmerski, C.S.J., and Kelly Starr Daniel were all inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 15.
Annual Madison Street Fair Returns Local Bands Take Center Stage at LarkFEST By JAMES KENNEDY Contributing Writer
After a successful first run last year, residents and students of the Upper Madison Albany area can once again expect a day of fun filled events consisting of art, music, and attractions as the Madison Street Fair returns. During most of the day, the
Western end of Madison Avenue (between South Allen and West Lawrence Street) will be closed down on Sunday, September 27 as the event will run from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. “Our goal is to introduce people to the neighborhood and to upper Madison businesses,” said Ric Chesser, Executive Director of the Steamer 10 Theatre, who
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was heavily involved in organizing the event. “For some people it’s the first time, for others it’s a reminder that all these amenities are right here in the neighborhood.” Both many on and off stage events will be performed, which are all in an effort to revive the Continued on page A4
By LAUREN HALLIGAN Features Editor Over 80,000 people flooded Albany's Lark Street on Saturday, Sept. 15 for the 31st Annual LarkFEST, a one day street festival created to celebrate Albany
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and its artistic community. Two outdoor stages featuring regional and national musical talent capped Lark Street at Madison and Washington Avenue intersections, with hundreds of local Continued on page A5
Two separate house parties lead to four arrests. See pages A2
Doc Severinsen and The San Miguel 5, opens the Massry Center’s fifth season. See pages B10
Saint Rose pole vaulter aims for Rio de Janeiro. See page D14
The Moving Message 2012. See pages A7
A transfer’s perspective: How I got involved. See page C12
BINGO at Golden Knights’ home games. See page D14
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In Brief Four Arrested at Two Separate A Year of Service: House Parties in Pine Hills
By JACKSON WANG Executive Editor Four people were arrested Thursday night for serving alcohol to minors at two separate Pine Hills house parties. Just before midnight, police were called to 540 Hamilton Street for a loud party. When officers arrived, they found a large house party occurring where multiple people under the age of 21 were served alcohol. Joseph Ryan, resident of the house, was charged with Unlawfully Dealing with a Minor 1st, as well as ticketed for Unnecessary and Unusual noise, and Littering in a Public Place under the General City Ordinances. Just an hour later, officers re-
sponded to 468 Hudson Ave. for a noisy party where they arrested Alyson Best, 21, Clayton White, 21, and Dylan Gandy, 21, all of whom hosted the party. When police arrived just before 1:00 a.m., roughly 30 people could be seen and heard on the front porch. During their search, police discovered that several people were under the age of 21, which many were served alcohol. Best, White, and Gandy were charge with Unlawfully Dealing with a Minor 1st. They were also ticketed for Unnecessary and Unusual Noise under the General City Ordinances. All four from Thursday morning’s arrest were arraigned in the Albany City Criminal Court that morning.
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Saint Rose Offers Physical Education Classes for Preschool and Home-Schooled Children By JACKSON WANG Executive Editor The College of Saint Rose announced last Wednesday that they will be offering low-cost physical education classes for preschool and home-schooled children. Classes will be opened to children of all different ability levels. The program will follow a complete physical education program along with a large variety of activities in aquatics, basic skills, characters, fitness, games and sports, gymnastics, outdoor living skills rhythm and dance, safety and wellness. With a ratio of one teacher for
one to two children, each child will receive individual attention and instruction from Saint Rose students who are learning to become teachers. All children will be supervised by the chair of the Physical Education Department. Children between the ages of 3 and 14 will have a weekly class, which will be held on Tuesdays beginning October 2nd and run until November 27th from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the Saint Rose Events and Athletics Center. The cost of the program is $30. For more information, contact Dr. Neilson, chair of the Physical Education Department, at 518-4545248 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Experiences after Graduation By SUNSHINE OSELLA Executive Editor
It is hard to decide what to do after graduating from Saint Rose. Graduate school and following a career path are two options. For individuals interested in service to others, there may be some unique options. On Thursday, September 20, at 7 p.m. in the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary “Personal reflections from current and former full-time volunteers” will take place. This event is an opportunity for students to learn about the di-
verse volunteer opportunities that are available for post-graduation. Each of these oportunities have a focus to apply to all kinds of interests. Three will be four organizations represented on September 20, with some speakers that went to Saint Rose. The speakers and organizations at this event are: Americorps / VISTA: (Carolyn Stallard, St. Rose alum) Alliance for Catholic Education: (Kate Wilsey, St. Rose alum - live from San Antonio, Texas)
St. Joseph Workers: (Sarah Feeney) Good Shepherd Volunteers & Catholic Worker: (Meghan Kelly) Lasallian Volunteers: (Patrick Blythe and Trey Bradle) For more information, please contact: Fred Boehrer, Coordinator of Academic Service-Learning at boehrerf@.strose.edu or Joan Horgan, Campus Minister & "Reach Out St. Rose" Coordinator at email@example.com.
Orthodox Christian Student Gathering By JACKSON WANG Executive Editor Orthdox Christian students and friends from local colleges and universities will have an opportunity to meet other students and friends at “Getting Acquainted
Night.” The event, which will take place Thursday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m., will be held at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church. The evening will include ethnic snacks, a discussion to explore
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Family Weekend Calendar Friday - Sunday Friday, September 21 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Ellen Driscoll Exhibit Massry 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Legacy Reception (Special Invite Only) Massry, 3rd Floor 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Zumba for the Cure 2.0, Nolan Gym 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Hair of the Dog (Celtic Rock Band) Massry
Saturday, September 22 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Campus Store Open EAC 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Brunch with Dr. Szczerbacki, President’s Dining Room, EAC 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Fair and Entertainment Campus Quad Photo booth, Wax Hands, Short track Speedway Chair Massages, Air brush tattoos, Handwriting Analysis, DJ, Moon Bounce Student Clubs and Organizations Tabling 11:30 a.m. Myers Briggs Type Indicator Workshop (MBTI) Standish 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ellen Driscoll Exhibit Massry 1 p.m Global Studies/Study Abroad - Ann Wilkening Standish 1 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. St. Anselm - Plumeri 2 p.m. Mr. Wizard Show Lally, Touhey Forum 5 p.m. Liturgy - Saint Vincent de Paul Church, Corner of Madison Ave. and Partridge St. 5 p.m. Dinner on your own – Restaurant Partners 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Ellen Driscoll Exhibit Massry 7:30 p.m. The Saint Rose Camerata Concert Massry Throughout the weekend: – Buy One Ticket, Get One free Madison Theatre, 1040 Madison Ave. (check movie schedule) http://www.madison-theater.com Spectrum Theatre, 290 Delaware Ave. (check movie schedule) http://www.spectrum7.com Sunday, September 23 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Fall Brunch Dining Hall 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Campus Store Open EAC 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ellen Driscoll Exhibit Massry 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Jazz Ensemble Concert Massry 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Centennial Hall Tours Centennial Hall 6:30 p.m. College Liturgy Saint Vincent de Paul Church, Corner of Madison Ave. and Partridge St.
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Calendar of Events Tuesday, September 18 4:30 p.m. CREST Colliquium Lally Touhey Forum 5:30 p.m. Wmen’s Soccer vs. Adelphi Plumeri 6:30 p.m. Student Association Standish 7 p.m. G4G (Girls For God) Sanctuary 7 p.m. Theatre Guild Lima Basement 8 p.m. Yoga Sanctuary Wednesday, September 19 2:45 p.m. Conducting Online Job Search Career Center 3 p.m. MLA Style Workshop Academic Support Center 3:45 p.m. Environmental Club Community Service Office 4 p.m. SEB Standish 5 p.m. Mid-Week Mass Sanctuary 7 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. NYIT Plumeri 7 p.m. Spectrum Standish 7:30 p.m. BASIC Sanctuary Thursday, September 20 10 a.m. Thesis Statement Workshop Academic Support Center 6 p.m. Outreach Trips Interest Meeting Sanctuary 6 p.m. Women’s Initiative Main Lounge 7 p.m. Longterm Service, Year of Serice Info Night Sanctuary 7 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Southern Conn. State Nolan Gym 7:30 p.m. Kermit Hall Memorial Lecture St. Joseph Hall 7:30 p.m. Frequency North Standish Friday, September 21 ALL DAY. Family Weekend (See schedule to left) Time TBA. Personal Training Certification Weekend Class Lally 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Seminar with Dr. Ellen Moran Conference Room 10 a.m. Chicago Style Workshop Academic Support Center Saturday, September 22 ALL DAY. Family Weekend (See schedule to left) Time TBA. Personal Training Certification Weekend Class Lally 1 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Saint Anselm Plumeri Sunday, September 23 ALL DAY. Family Weekend (See schedule to left) ALL DAY. Upper Madison Street Fair Madison Avenue Time TBA. Personal Training Certification Weekend Class Lally Time TBA. Personal Training Certification One-Day Class Lally 6:30 p.m. College Mass St. Vincent de Paul Church Monday, September 24 3 p.m. The Revision Process Workshop Academic Support Center 5:15 p.m. Yoga Sanctuary 7 p.m. Outside the [BOX] Lima Basement If you have an upcoming event you would like to see in our weekly Calendar of Events please e-mail email@example.com.
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special Upper Madison culture that can only be found in Albany. Currently on schedule for the day is Frank Jacklitsch, a very talented singer who will be performing both Irish and Folk music, followed by “The Lost Radio Sounders”, performing oldies from the golden age, according to a press release by the event. Dancing events will soon be followed with performances by “The Capital Region Swing” and “Emmaus Youth” dancers, as well as the timeless tappers, and “Elderly” dancing group of seniors who will perform both tap and jazz routines. In addition, many other well-known bands from Saint Rose will also be performing, including Drew and The Grand Spectacular, as well as the Golden Knotes “A-Cappella”. There will also be other events off stage, including an exotic bike show that will offer many excit-
ing prizes and raffles. Also included will be various craft and art vendors, local food vendors, and a special area reserved for children. Local food venders include some local ice cream, Greek food, fried dough, pizza and other culinary delights. Art venders will consist of jewelry, handbags, mosaics, and used books. As a successful result last year with over 1,500 attendees, many businesses are also awaiting the positive impacts that the event brings. Brian Viglucci, an employee of BMT management, is one such individual whose management company looks forward to results. “The upper Madison Avenue street fair has been a huge part of the development of the upper Madison identity and neighborhood. The neighborhood association puts a lot of time, and money to put on and to continue to grow the street fair,” said Vi-
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glucci. “Our businesses, Juniors Bar and Grill, Café Madison, and The Point Restaurant and Lounge in the Upper Madison area have all had a very positive impact as a result.” And, he is not alone. Many businesses look forward to meeting and making new customers, who usually come back once they’ve seen what the Upper Madison neighborhood is all about. The Upper Madison Fair is also just one of the many successful events, organized by “B.U.M.P” (Beautify Upper Madison Projects), a group effort by many local volunteers and businesses. Their goal is to bring people to this very important and historic part of Albany, which is known for its diversity of families, students, and businesses. All proceeds will directly go to local neighborhood improvements such as bike racks, sidewalk planters, and many future
The sign against a light post that labels the Upper Madison Ave. community events. The largest sponsors of this year currently include Price Chopper, CDTA, and “All Over Albany”. Other sponsors include Metroland and a small business contribution by Hounds on The Hudson.
If you or anyone you may know is interested in learning how to become involved in this exciting opportunity, or if you would like more information, visit www.uppermadison.org.
HELP WANTED The First Church in Albany has a job opening for a parttime communications coordinator. Responsibilities include preparation of the monthly newsletter and weekly bulletins and promoting and coordinating communication both within the congregation and to the wider community through print, electronic communication and social media. The ideal candidate will have excellent writing and editing skills, familiarity with computer publishing programs and experience with website and graphic design. A complete job description is posted on our website @ firstchurchinalbany.org.
A poster on Madison Ave. between South Allen Street and West Lawrence Street for the Street Fair.
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LarkFEST Continued From A1
food and merchandise vendors tents lining the space between. With ideal fall weather overhead, the sea of festival goers on Lark seemed pleased with the setting as they drank and danced through the day-long event. Lark Street bars, such as Oh Bar and Justin's, ran specials throughout the day, and many cafés and gift shops embraced the extra business as well. “I think it’s a good thing for people to come out and see the local vendors,” said Saint Rose student Cynthia Crudale. Other festivities on Lark included a silent disco run by Bombers Burrito Bar, along with contests and activities for all ages along the street. Live entertainment being the main attraction at LarkFEST, local rock band Northern Faces hit the Western Ave. stage around noon to play for their hometown at one of its largest outdoor music festivals. The band was asked to play the show after performing an acoustic set on WEXT 97.7 FM, one of the event's major partners, an opportunity they were eager to accept. The group, formerly known as Around The World And Back, have only played a handful of shows as Northern Faces so far, and were delighted to make LarkFEST one of them. As young men familiar with the Albany festival, guitarist and vocalist Marco Testa said, “There could not be a better way to break in the fall than LarkFEST.” Northern Faces will be releasing a new record in late fall, from which they have already released the single “Under My Skin.” No official title has been determined yet for this album. Meanwhile, local group The City Never Sleeps played for a healthy-sized crowd on the Madison stage. The jazzy rock group took the opportunity, just before their last song, to make an official announcement to Albany that
their new band name will be Stellar Young. Saratoga band MaryLeigh and The Fauves were certainly a crowd-pleaser at the well-attended Albany event, playing a large variety of originals and covers. The group ended their set with Zeppelin's “Whole Lotta Love,” in which female guitarist Meagan Duffy showed her soloing skills. “I think there's a lot of good local acts,” said Taylor Gillis, a Saint Rose alum, and street vendor promoting his Troy-based art printing business Design It Together. Gillis was particularly interested in hearing The Lucky Jukebox Brigade, a local folkindie band, who has been getting a lot of recent attention. Jukebox The Ghost, one of the larger acts of the day, are a fun, poppy, piano-rock trio from New York City. With a dance-friendly setlist, Jukebox The Ghost were a crowd favorite at LarkFEST 2012. The group recently released a new record entitled “Safe Travelers.” Jillian Hochman, a longtime fan of the trio said she enjoys their music because “They're fun and happy, yet complicated.” Other acts at LarkFEST 2012 included Dirty Paris, Headband Jack, Graham Alexander, alternative rock singer Jed Davis, and local female rocker Erin Harkes, who included bagpipes in her act. LarkFEST 2012 headliners were 90s British pop rock band World Party on the Madison stage and soul musician Ryan Shaw on the Western end. The acts hit their respective stages around 4:30 p.m., and were both well received by the increasingly-inebriated Lark Street crowd. Upon his first time attending LarkFEST, 22-year-old Saratoga resident Chris Wildy, described it to be “absolutely insane,” referring to the crowds of people in the street. “I didn't expect it to be this chaotic, but it’s really awesome,” Wildy said. Albany Police Department were heavily present at the event,
Ben Thornewill of Jukebox The Ghost on keyboards.
A crowd gathered on Lark Street, mid-festival. thoroughly scanning the crowd, although not much action was taken in enforcing the new ban on outside alcohol. Overall, the staple Albany event went smoothly, with only minor setbacks. Appreciating the abundance
of music, art, food, and people at LarkFEST 2012, frontwoman MaryLeigh Roohan of Maryleigh and The Fauves took the time to acknowledge that “it's so awesome that Albany supports the arts in such a massive way.” Most
would agree that city efforts such as LarkFEST make Albany a unique and entertaining place to be, and the attention placed on the arts is appreciated by both residents and visitors.
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A visitor of LarkFEST looking at drawings at one of the vendors.
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Hats, bags, and jewelry were being sold at one of the vendors.
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Thousands of people could be seen all up and down Lark Street.
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A large crowd gathered outside one of the popular bars on Madison Avenue near the corner of Lark Street.
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Fans awaiting to see a live performance during the event.
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The Moving Message 2012
Walkers registering for the event behind the EAC.
A sign placed in the ground around the campus describing a person with communication difficulties.
On Saturday, September 15, students, faculty, and residents from around the Captial Region showed up to walk in order to raise awareness for communication difficulties that arise from brain injury, stroke and other neurologic conditions. Throughout the day, various prizes including craft items, art work, jewelry, baskets, movie passes, and products from businesses were raffled off to help raise support for this fund.
Students relaxing and getting their face painted on the campus green.
Information on the 3rd Annual Moving Message event.
Students showing off their face paints at the 3rd Annual Moving Message event.
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Doc Severinsen and the San Miguel 5 Bring Down the House at Massry Center By THERESA TAYLOR Staff Writer
There was a full house when Doc Severinsen and his band, The San Miguel 5, opened the Massry Center’s fifth season with a phenomenal performance on Friday, September 14. It was the “Wow!” moment that Massry Center Programming Director Sal Prizio had promised. Severinsen and his band were in full form, and treated their audience to a scrumptious evening of jazz, Mexican flamenco, gypsy and Latin music. The packed theatre erupted into standing ovations as the band performed selections that included many songs from their current CD, El Ritmo De La Vida, such as the sensuous “Libertango” and the rich and haunting “El Faro.” Severinsen’s playing remains as strong as ever. After the concert, he confided that his lips, back, legs, and lungs, and chest are as fine as they ever were, but that he does have some arthritis in his fingers; however, you would have never guessed this from his stellar performance. It’s been 20 years since he graced the stage with Johnny Carson. Severinsen was Carson’s only bandleader for his entire three decade tenure. Severinsen, who was born in Arlington, OR, is the son of a dentist (hence his name, originally Little Doc), who began playing the trumpet at age seven. He was so gifted, that the local high school recruited the young boy for their band. His gift for music was further recognized a few years later when he won a national contest. Severinsen started playing professionally while in high school, but it was after returning from serving in the Army during WWII that Severinsen began touring with the big band orchestras of Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. He eventually became a staff mu-
sician at NBC in New York, and some 13 years later, bandleader Skitch Henderson recruited him for The Tonight Show Band. Steve Allen was the host at the time, and the rest, as they say, is history. Severinsen, who retired to San Miguel, Mexico half a dozen years ago, had told his wife that he still intended to play the trumpet every day. It wasn’t long before a friend told Severinsen about a phenomenal band that was performing nearby, encouraging the legendary trumpeter to check them out. Severinsen soon started to play with them, putting those retirement plans on hold. Now touring in support of their latest CD, Severinsen shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Indeed, at age 85, he is still conducting symphony orchestras throughout the United States.
“Severinsen is a charming and witty host, who thoroughly engages his audience, peppering them with personal antidotes...” Theresa Taylor Severinsen told the audience that he loves guitarist Gil Gutiérrez, the one remaining original member of the San Miguel 5, and that he considers him to be his brother, recounting that he lost his own beloved biological brother a long time ago. Severinsen shared that having a kindred soul like Gutiérrez around has helped to fill that void in his life that his brother’s death had left. Gutiérrez, a described “guitar virtuoso,” has toured throughout Latin America, Spain, and the United States, performing with both international artists and orchestras. His diverse musical genres
include classical, jazz, and half hour. He then went on to uine interest as people recounted flamenco, among others, and say that she was always late for prior meetings in restaurants. He original compositions. Gutiérrez everything, and that they would inquired, “Did I have good table also composes scores for motion discuss this together at Thanks- manners?” He also talked about giving. topics such as college studies, pictures. After the show, Severinsen and mutual friends, and, of course, The San Miguel 5 also conWhen asked what insists of Grammy-winning vio- his honorary brother, Gil Gutiér- music. linist Charlie Bisharat who has rez, met with fans in the lobby of spires him the most in life, and performed on albums for bands the Massry Center, autographing what keeps him so young, Doc such as The Rolling Stones and CDs and even a trumpet. Sever- responded, “Music!” and it was Aerosmith, and who also com- insen took time to talk with the clear that his pace of life (el ritmo poses music for soundtracks for concert goers, and showed a gen- de la vida), is set by his passion. major motion pictures and television shows. Student day Student Festival Brooklynite basspasses only $15 passes only $26 ist Kevin Thomas, a Renaissance jazzist, has performed with the impressive likes of Luciano Pavarotti and Andre Bocelli, as well as being an established recording artist. The group is rounded off by Havana-born percussionist Jimmy Bluegrass Festival Branly, who is both a performer and a sound engineer. Branly’s multiple styles include Cuban music, rock, and fusion. Severinsen is a charming and witty host, who thoroughly engages his audience, peppering them with personal antidotes about his life and career, while remarking on what a good looking and smart crowd the Massry Center audience was. When Severinsen’s sisterin-law came in late to the concert, he jokingly responded to this by taking his band off what’s next stage, then reentering and beginning to play, with Severinsen chiding that he wanted to bring her up to snuff with what she had 87 Marshall St. North Adams, Mass. For tickets call 413.MoCA.111 or visit freshgrass.com missed during the first
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The New Normal: A Non-Traditionally Traditional Family Comedy By CHRIS SURPRENANT Arts Editor NBC might finally have a hit on its hands. Instead of cranking out a new workplace comedy, the network has expanded its horizons with Ryan Murphy’s The New Normal, focusing on the trials and tribulations of a gay couple and their surrogate mother. While its premise is seemingly “non-traditional,” The New Normal actually reinforces the idea of a strong family bond through its clever writing and irresistible characters. The series opens with Bryan and David (Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha) realizing that they’ve reached a point in their lives where they want to have a child. Upon deciding on surrogacy, they meet Goldie (Georgia King) who has her own complex family problems to overcome.
Goldie had her daughter, Shania, when she was a teenager, and was abandoned by her mother. Having nowhere to go, she was taken in by her bigoted grandmother, Jane (Ellen Barkin). Later, she finally married, only to find her husband cheating on her. Hoping to change her life for her sake and her daughter’s, she leaves her husband and chooses surrogate motherhood to finance her dreams of higher education. In the first two episodes, the storyline is finely developed. Rannells and Bartha portray an honest, endearing relationship that is a lot more believable than other television couples. For these two, opposites really do attract. Rannells’ Bryan is very fashion-conscious and over-thetop, while Bartha’s David is a football-loving everyman. The dialogue between these two is
Frequency North Back for Eighth Season By SUNSHINE OSELLA Executive Editor The College of Saint Rose offers many events that benefit the college and surrounding community. Daniel Nester, associate professor of English, organizes one of these events: the Frequency North Writers Reading Series. Frequency North, “…features an eclectic mix of writers in events that are meant to be what I call ‘general audience-friendly.’ You don't need to be an English major or writing nerd to enjoy the readings,” said Nester. Season 8 kicks off Thursday, September 20, with a reading by Saint Rose writing faculty to celebrate the launch of the College’s new Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. Nester said that this year, Frequency North is breaking out of its mold. He said that Frequency
North will be serving up some partnerships and co-presentations they have done in the past, as well as hosting an event that will be part of Social Justice Week, their first event at the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary. “There's something for everybody in this expanded schedule of events. We have a journalist who’s written about writer’s houses and the history of handwriting and penmanship –perfect for the National Day on Writing–a former dominatrix, two prize-winning poets–including one who’s an Albany native–a Catholic activist, a best-selling memoirist and novelist, the Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam and the return of Pitchapalooza. They’re funny, riveting, thought-provoking, entertaining, bombastic, spellbinding and great reminders of the importance of literature in our lives,” said Nester.
so sharply written that it barely seems as if they are acting. Bryan’s initial enthusiasm for a baby is perfectly contrasted by David’s apprehension. The show does not treat them as characters that viewers have never seen before, but rather as very familiar personalities. Their intimate moments are in good taste, and just as moving as other couples on television. Georgia King’s Goldie might be one of the best examples of motherhood shown on television today. Unlike many TV moms at the moment, she is not bitter about being over-worked, she is not snarky or mean-spirited, and she genuinely cares about her child. Her entire reason for accepting the position of a surrogate is so that she can one day be a role model to her daughter as lawyer. In that same vein, Goldie’s daughter Shania is one of the most lovable kids on TV. She’s quirky
and intelligent, and does her own thing, despite what others may think. Her mother supports her, though she might not always understand. The kind of love they have for each other is refreshing to see today in comparison to parents who always seem exasperated with their children. Though the main leads do a fine job with their material, the minor characters are somewhat problematic. Barkin’s “Nana” is extremely bigoted and, at times, crosses the line between relatively acceptable and downright shocking. To print some of her lines would be downright offensive, especially when taken out of context. Though she is played to reinforce the idea that there is a part of society that does not embrace differences, not only does she come off as uninformed, but rather just plain mean. Serving as a foil to Nana is Da-
vid’s assistant, Rocky, played surprisingly well by NeNe Leakes. Star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Leakes has surprisingly good comic timing. Her Rocky is inefficient, loud and inconsiderate, but vital to the show in order to stunt Nana’s racist and homophobic tirades. At one point, Rocky even tells her to, “…Take your Calista Gingrich hairdo and your racist mind back to the past or the south where they belong.” Ouch. While the series has a great set of characters, controversial or otherwise, its only problem is whether or not it can remain heartfelt without becoming overly sappy. The family moments come on as somewhat forced and preachy, but if it can manage a balance between heartfelt and hilarity, The New Normal might just become the new must-see show of the TV season.
The complete Frequency North Season 8 schedule follows. All readings are free and open to the public. All of the authors’ books are available in the bookstore. Thursday, September 20, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Kenneth Krauss, Daniel Nester, Hollis Seamon, Kaya Oakes and David Yezzi Rone Shavers and Barbara Ungar Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary, 959 Madison Ave., Standish Rooms, Events and Athletics Center Albany (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany Thursday, October 18, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Anne Trubek: National Day on Writing Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium, 985 Madison Ave., Albany Thursday, November 15, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Melissa Febos and Eduardo C. Corral Standish Rooms, Events and Athletics Center (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany Thursday, February 7, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam Standish Rooms, Events and Athletics Center (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany
Thursday, March 28, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Darin Strauss and Michael Meyerhofer Standish Rooms, Events and Athletics Center (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany Sunday, April 7, 2013, 2 p.m. Pitchapalooza! Returns Standish Rooms, Events and Athletics Center (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany Thursday, April 11, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Meg Kearney and M. Bartley Seigel Standish Rooms, Events and Athletics Center (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany
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September 18, 2012
Volume 81 Issue 5
Mike Birbiglia Makes a Strong Directorial Debut in Sleepwalk With Me By M. WILLIAM SMITH Contributing Writer
The life of a stand-up comedian can often be a difficult one. Many people don’t understand that concept, as they assume being paid to make jokes for a living should be the easiest job in the world. In theory, they’re not wrong. But comedians often spend days or weeks out on the road, away from their families, usually for very little money. This is something explored in other films like Judd Apatow’s Funny People or the 2002 documentary Comedian. However, Sleepwalk With Me, the directorial debut of professional comedian Mike Birbiglia, handles it in a way that at once feels more real and more relatable than those other films. I
am not a stand-up comic (I would most likely be terrible at it), but the themes Birbiglia explores in this film are universal. The film is based on Birbiglia’s one-man show of the same name, which was itself derived from his stand-up. As Birbiglia makes clear in the very beginning, everything you see in this movie is true (there are pictures of certain events during the credits to prove it). The film concerns Matt Pandamiglio (Birbiglia), a bartender who is unsuccessfully trying to do comedy on the side, and his relationship with his girlfriend of eight years, Abby (Lauren Ambrose). The main supporting cast is filled with memorable performances from character actors like James Rebhorn and Carol Kane,
and stage actors such as Cristin Milioti (known for her work in the Broadway musical Once). Better yet, the minor cast is like a haven for comedy nerds like myself, with Loudon Wainwright III (Undeclared), David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models), Kristen Schaal (Bob’s Burgers, 30 Rock), Marc Maron (WTF with Marc Maron), and Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show) making cameos throughout the film. I haven’t even gotten into just how funny the movie is, but well, it’s very funny. Birbiglia’s standup is always great and can be seen several times throughout the film, but the naturalistic dialogue, the cutaways to Birbiglia talking to the camera, and the elaborate fantasy sequences help to elevate
the film beyond the average comedy. Since he directs, writes, and stars in this film based on his own life, Birbiglia’s presence is very much felt throughout the film and he makes it work without feeling tired, as some stage-to-screen adaptations tend to be (this summer’s Rock of Ages springs to mind). Above all though, Sleepwalk With Me is surprisingly insightful. Whether it be the question of how life can be fulfilling or what it means to find love, Birbiglia seems to have a suitably charming, smart, and inspirational answer. The portrayal of Matt and Abby’s relationship is particularly strong, and provides a solid emotional arc throughout the film. The relationship between Matt and his parents is also handled
well, but those characters, while funny, are little more than caricatures. It’s not really a drawback, because again, they are funny, but it would have been nice if the same attention to character given to Matt and Abby could have been given to the parents as well. To put it somewhat bluntly, I loved Sleepwalk With Me. It’s a well-paced, well-structured film with believable, relatable performances and a lot of heart. Birbiglia could easily just go back to stand-up now that his movie is finished, and I hope he does, but I also hope another movie isn’t too far off. He has a unique voice that could translate well into more films, and I would love to see more from him. Final Grade: A
Chronicle Cuisine: Apple Crisp* Ingredients: • 6 cups thinly sliced apples (McIntosh or Cortland are best) • 6 tablespoons sugar • 2 tablespoons butter, melted • ½ teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • 6 tablespoons butter • 2/3 cup sugar • 2 tablespoons flour • 3 cups bran flakes with sugar-coated raisins
Preparation: Mix together apples, 6 tablespoons sugar, the melted butter, salt and cinnamon. Pour into greased 8 x 8 x 2 inch square pan. Set aside. Cream 6 tablespoons butter; add remaining 2/3 cup sugar and the flour and mix well. Add cereal and crumble together. Spread over apple mixture in baking dish. Cover and bake in moderate oven (350 degrees) for 30 minutes. Then remove cover and bake 15 minutes longer, or until apples are tender. Serve warm plain or with ice cream or cream! Serves 8.
*Recipe courtesy of staff writer Lauren Sears from The General Foods Kitchens cookbook. **Correction: At the fault of the Arts Editor, last week’s recipe for a Salmon BLT neglected to include a step where the salmon is coated in the wasabi/syrup mixture prior to broiling. Bacon and tomato are also added to the sandwich once it is completed.
A Cortland apple. Use these in Apple Crisp for the perfect dessert on a breezy afternoon. A little ice cream or whipped topping is the best way to top off this fall favorite.
September 18, 2012
Volume 81 Issue 5
Kickin’ It With KJ: I Can’t Believe You Watched That: Mixtapes on Mixtapes By KEVIN JACOB Staff Writer Hello all and welcome back to another edition of “Kickin’ It With KJ.” Recently we’ve been hit with a plethora of new mixtapes from Big Sean to Lil’ Wayne, and everyone in between. Some lived up to the hype where others failed miserably (I’m looking at you D4). So let’s get into it. A$AP MOB: Lords Never Worry By now I think it’s pretty safe to say that many, if not all of us, have some idea of who A$AP Rocky is. Now that we know what Rocky is capable of, he brings us the rest of the Mob who are very love or hate. Without a doubt, the only other members of the Mob who are that close to Rocky are A$AP Ferg and A$AP Twelvy. Nast isn’t bad either, but I didn’t think they really showed his true potential on the tape. I did like the tape a lot at some points. Tracks like “Thuggin Noise,” “Underground Killas,” “Work,” and, “Jay Reed” were all really dope tracks to me. The only songs I didn’t like were “Purple Kisses” where A$AP Rocky obviously steals SpaceGhostPurrp’s style and “Dope, Money, H***” by Da$h. After thoroughly listening to this project I’ll say that I’m impressed. It’ll be interesting to see if Rocky’s friends can come from behind his shadow and make shadows of their own. Rating: 8/10 Big Sean: Detroit When Big Sean’s debut album was released last year, I didn’t like it. I thought he had drifted away from the songs that made his past mixtapes great. He had some club bangers, but not much else. I’m glad to say that Sean has brought it on his new Detroit mixtape. The album opens with the banger, “Higher.” Other high-
lights of the album include,“24K of Gold,” “How It Feel,” and the bonus track, “Life Should Go On,” which is definitely the best song on here. The biggest fault of this mixtape is that doesn’t have the greatest beat selection, and a lack of lyrical tracks. The beat selection sounds really conventional on here; nothing really mind-blowing. Sean’s lyrical ability, which has gotten better, is nowhere near where it really should be. The mixtape is solid if you know what you’re getting into, but if you aren’t a fan of Big Sean then I don’t know if this is the place to start. Rating: 6/10 Lil Wayne: Dedication 4 Oh my. I don’t even know where to start. Many things come to mind, but I’ll choose the best answer: TRASH. If you remember, this guy used to be great, a lyrical destroyer. Everything he touched—and then he went to jail. We’ve been suffering ever since. His flow is terrible, punch lines even worse. With all of the negatives on this thing, do you think there would be anything positive about it? Surprisingly, yes. There is one thing, which is a verse that comes from J. Cole on the song “Green Ranger.” It’s a freestyle over the bad boy classic “Special Delivery,” and Cole spits some hard bars on this one. Then Weezy comes in and first off says “I’ll spit something short I don’t like this beat.” That beat is a CLASSIC. How he can’t appreciate it is beyond me. From an old Weezy fan though? He’s dead. Honestly, this guy’s career died when Sorry 4 the Wait dropped and continued with bull like Tha Carter IV and Dedication 4. R.I.P. Dwayne Carter. Rating: .5/10--The .5 is for the J. Cole verse alone.
Rigoletto (1993) By RACHEL M. BOLTON Managing Editor Does absence make the heart grow fonder when it comes to movies? I decided to test that phrase with my review this week. Rigoletto was a movie that I loved as a little kid. I thought that it was such a beautiful story and that I was “mature” for appreciating it. After finding out that the film was on YouTube, I wanted to rewatch it with a more critical eye, comparing the experience now to when I last watched this movie at around age eight.
“Rigoletto was a movie that I loved as a little kid. I thought that it was such a beautiful story and that I was ‘mature’ for appreciating it.” Rachel M. Bolton In the end, I decided that I still liked the movie. I wasn’t as madly in love with it with it as I was before. But it was enjoyable and I remembered why I loved it in the first place. Rigoletto (no connection to the opera) opens with a young girl reading a fairy tale to her younger brother. It’s about an elf prince who was banished to the world of men after he was disfigured with a cursed sword. The girl’s name is Bonnie and she lives in the Depression-era town of Castle Gate. Her family is one of the few that remain well-off and she loves to sing. The townsfolk are paranoid when the mysterious and wealthy man named Ribaldi buys Castle Gate’s lonely mansion at the same time people are losing their homes or farms. Bonnie’s mother, Margie, discovers that Rib-
aldi bought the mortgage on her house. Fearing that she will be evicted, Margie goes to Ribaldi to ask him to let them stay. He listens to her from the shadows and tells her that she can keep her house if Bonnie works for him. Margie is horrified to learn that Ribaldi’s face is deformed and doesn’t want her daughter to work for a monster. But not wanting to make her family homeless, Bonnie agrees to his offer. Bonnie discovers that Ribaldi has a kind heart beneath his damaged face and caustic attitude. He is a talented musician and she convinces him to teach her, so she can compete in the state singing competition. Ribaldi finds sneaky ways to help the other children in the town, and they become attached to him in return. However, the adults maintain the belief that Ribaldi is responsible for the latest economic troubles in Castle Gate, and their anger won’t stay bottled forever. Rigoletto is not a musical per say, but characters do sing in moments were you would expect it. It has four pieces of original music that are beautifully sung. Even if you hated this movie, you could love the music. There are other parts of this movie that I appreciate more now. The film does not pull punches when it comes to showing how the great depression put strains on families. The father of one of Bonnie’s friends is shown as a broken man after being out of work for two years. But it’s heartwarming to see him begin to build up his life again. The film does an all right job in foreshadowing. Some is more obvious than others, but Rigoletto is great at building tension bit by bit. The Chekov’s gun is there, and the movie was good in trying to hide it from you. Unfortunately, Rigoletto’s flaws were more obvious this time. The story is good, but
some of the dialogue and jokes were rather cheesy. Plus, I spotted two boom mikes, shame on you editors. Bonnie is meant to be pure of heart, but she is too perfect. She can be the voice of reason and a flawed character as well. The minor characters by comparison are well developed and more three-dimensional than she is. The characterization of the townspeople makes the climax more brutal. This brings me to my biggest issue with the movie; it’s one that I have had since my mom gave her opinion when I saw it as kid. I won’t spoil the climax or ending, but a genre savvy viewer will see it coming. Honestly, it’s one of those times where I wonder why the police didn’t get involved. This was produced by “Feature Films for Families,” not Quentin Tarantino.
“Bonnie is meant to be pure of heart, but she is too perfect. She can be the voice of reason and a flawed character as well.” The conclusion of the film is bit convoluted, but it has the excuses of being a fairy tale. To me though, it continues the problem with the ending. It’s not something that a child will notice, but I can’t get over it now. In the end, I do recommend Rigoletto. As a fellow reviewer pointed out, it’s a combination of Beauty and the Beast and The Phantom of the Opera and if you are a fan of either, you’ll enjoy this one. If you are like me and saw this movie as a child, it’s a good re-watch, although you may want to keep your nostalgia goggles on.
A Transfer’s Perspective How I Got Involved By LAUREN SEARS Staff Writer
College is a balancing act. Part of this balancing act consists of extracurricular activities. This week, clubs have literally taken over my schedule. I am involved in Student Association, Student Events Board, The Dean’s Student Advisory Council for the School of Arts and Humanities, and The Chronicle. Most clubs have picked committees, officers and representatives, and began planning multiple events. This week alone I have spent about six hours just with general body meetings, committees, and office hours! I found out about Student Association, The Chronicle, and Student Events Board during Transfer Orientation. At Orientation, the Transfer Team made it known to about 40 students and myself that getting involved in campus life was not only advised, but essential for a smooth transition. I received informational packets, flyers, and e-mails that explained what each organization stands for and what they do. After reviewing all the information, I decided before classes even began to become a part of these three organizations in some way, no questions asked. The opportunity to sign up for S.A., The Chronicle, and SEB came at the Fall Activities Fair September 4, 2012. This was my chance as a transfer to finally become involved here at Saint Rose. All S.A. Clubs were represented at the fair. As I walked into the
commuter lounge, I was shocked because there were clubs for everyone and for just about any interest. I went up to the S.A., The Chronicle, and SEB tables at the fair and talked to representatives from each organization. I asked each organization the Who, What, When, Why, and How to decide if they were a real option to participate in or not. The following day I was walking in CCIM when I saw a flyer looking for a COM major to volunteer for The Dean’s Student Advisory Council (DSAC) for the School of Arts and Humanities. Since I needed more information, I went ahead and talked to Professor Karen McGrath about this committee. To serve on this organization, one must be referred by a professional in the department of Arts and Humanities. DSAC is a great committee because it allows me to serve my department as a representative of the students to the council and the Dean. After all of these club commitments one would wonder how to balance school, social life and sleep! But honestly, it does not even feel like I have that many commitments because at the end of the day I am just an ordinary new student who cares about their school and wants to become involved. Also becoming involved has allowed me to meet some fantastic people who are quickly becoming friends. If you are a transfer student, my advice to you is to join any organization that interests you, that way you can become friends with people that you would otherwise never talk to!
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September 18, 2012
Volume 81 Issue 5
A Lookback at St. Rose
SAINT ROSE ARCHIVES
In 1955, four students were captured on camera at Triboro Hospital in Jamaica, NY (Long Island). From left to right, the nurses are Norma Szlias, Ann Roxbury, Dorothy Schlump, and Annmarie McKean. When there was a nursing program at The College of Saint Rose, students received clinical experience during their junior and senior years. They interned at numerous hospitals from around Syracuse to Long Island. These included Saint Mary’s Hospital in Troy, Syracuse Memorial Hospital in Syracuse, Triboro Hospital in Jamaica (Long Island, NY), Trudeau Sanitorium (Saranac Lake, NY), and Central Islip State Hospital on Long Island. They also interned through the Visiting Nurse Association of Albany and the Albany County Health Department. The nursing program began in 1932. In 1942, it was altered to accomodate the need for nurses during World War II. This excelled the learning process and allowed the students to take their exams in their junior year instead of their senior year. The program ended in 1960. (Courtesy of strose.edu and Reference Librarian Maria Kessler McShane)
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September 18, 2012
Volume 81 Issue 5
By KATHERINE BALAIKITIS Contributing Writer
continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims - as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.” Despite this, Egyptian protesters climbed the Embassy wall, tore the American flag into shreds, and replaced it with a black flag similar to the one Al-Qaeda bears. Fortunately, the staff at the embassy had already left and the Ambassador was out of town. The Cairo embassy tweeted that “This morning's condemnation (issued before protest began) still stands. As does our condemnation of unjustified breach of the Embassy." It seems, though, that the White House did not approve of this release, stating that: “The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government.” Unfortunately for the U.S. Embassy in Libya, the attacks were slightly
Ambassador Killed in Libya
September 11 is supposed to be a day of remembrance each year for all of the innocent souls that perished during the flight into the World Trade Center. Instead, the 11th anniversary was filled with more violence as the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in the city of Benghazi. As if this was not bad enough, the Obama administration’s statements also came under attack by a certain politician’s hasty (and uncalled for) remarks. Most people theorize that the attack was pre-meditated because it was on 9/11, but as far we officially know it all started on the internet (no surprise there) with a video that was posted to YouTube from the United States on July 2 of this year. The video, named “Muhammad movie trailer”, depicted the Muslim religion in a parody fashion. This is certainly an extreme case of “be careful what you post online”. Oh, the internet age. A while after the video was posted on September 11, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt released a statement about the insulting video. The Huffington Post reports that their statement read: "The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the
more fearsome than the vandalism in Egypt. That Ambassador, Chris Stevens, was killed along with three other Americans. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed that: "one of our State Department officers was killed." Also, Clinton later tweeted that: "Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of
“The violence overseas still continues, and what is worse is that most of the killings are done off the battlefield.”
Katherine Balaikitis others. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind." This is where the “certain politician” comes in - aka, Romney. His campaign released a statement two hours too early about the attacks, saying: "I'm outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in
Benghazi. It's disgraceful that the Obama administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks." Romney started to denounce the American embassy in Egypt for speaking against a provocative anti-Muslim film even though the embassy made the statement before any attacks had taken place. What Romney also did not know was that Obama himself spoke to the press in the White House Rose Garden almost immediately after they pronounced Ambassador Stevens’ death about how he strongly condemned his murder and the rest of the attacks. Romney’s whole chronologic order of when and what statements were released is way out of order. Honestly I cannot blame him; it can be difficult keeping up, but our leaders (present and possibly future) are expected to be perfect, so in that sense he failed. Romney himself received criticism and perplexed reactions from both sides of the spectrum his own and the Democrats. People were tweeting that Romney’s lash was ham-handed, inaccurate, irresponsible, and a bad mistake. The White House declared that "we are shocked that, at a time when the United States of America is confronting the tragic death of one of our diplomatic of-
ficers in Libya, Governor Romney would choose to launch a political attack." Some people are even going as far as saying how Romney’s extreme rhetoric is dismantling his campaign. Even after all that, Romney continued his stubborn attack saying that the White House had made a severe miscalculation. There hasn’t been this big of an embarrassment in the Republican Party since Todd Akin’s gaffe with “legitimate rape”. Even though Romney is the center of attention on this issue (in the bad sense), Obama has still not gone unnoticed. The targeting of U.S. diplomats could raise questions about Obama's policy toward Libya in the postGaddafi era as he seeks re-election in November. The violence overseas still continues, and what is worse is that most of the killings are done off the battlefield. I am not just talking about the tragedy in Libya, but right here in American politics. So far it seems that Romney might be doomed in now not only the international arena, but in the communications one. As we all know, communication between our leaders and ourselves is a key necessity in our nation’s normal flow. But if it is misused in any way, certain situations can become ugly fast. Just let it be said that the internet is an almighty source. Post responsibly.
Girl in St. Joe’s: “How much more can they say that I have to ignore?” Girl in St. Joe’s: “Serious question: is the Constitution the same as the Bill of Rights?” Guy in Dorm: “You know you love me. You want to bake babies with me - make babies with me!” Guy in CCIM: “Our kids won’t know what a VCR is. Our kids may not know what a DVD is by the time they pop out.” Girl 1 in St. Joe’s: “You should have heard what she was saying to me.” Girl 2: “She’s lying. I was framed.”
September 18, 2012
Volume 81 Issue 5
Golden Knights Pole Vaulter Aspires for 2016 Olympics By SHAWN BERMAN Contributing Writer
Aldrine Domalanta is not your typical collegiate athlete by any means. The freshman polevaulter from The College of Saint Rose is currently training for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Domalanta has worked hard to get to where he is now. He was first introduced to the sport of pole-vaulting as an eighth grader when he attended Susan E. Wagner in Staten Island. He was attracted to the sport right from the start and was very eager to get better at it. “I knew it was a very rigorous and athletic sport, but I thought flinging myself over an obstacle was really appealing.” He picked up the sport fast and, as it turned out, he was a natural right from the start. When he won his first medal, Domalanta said that he wasn’t happy with it and
that he knew that he could do better. As a freshman and sophomore, the Staten Island pole-vaulter set a school record for winning the Public Schools Athletic League indoor and outdoor meet, winning all four titles. He also broke his school record, smashing it by six-inches with a height of 13 feet and 6 inches. By the end of his senior year, he had reached a personal record of 14 feet and 2 inches. Domalanta knows that the road to Rio is a very challenging one. “I know it’s going to take me all four years to qualify,” he said “But I am prepared to do what it takes to reach my goal.” The automatic Olympic qualifying height is 18 feet and nine inches, and right now he is about four-feet shy of that mark. Training for the Olympics requires complete dedication to the sport. Domalanta has a very busy workout schedule to say the least.
On Sundays and Mondays, he starts off with a five-mile run. Then after that, he hits the weight room for a bit to get some squats in. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, he does sprints for a warm-up. Following his sprints, he then hits the gym again and gets in multiple sets to build up his legs and core strength. On Fridays, he slows it down a little bit and only does a light threemile jog. Finally, on Sundays, he caps off his exhausting workout schedule with swimming. “Swimming is my favorite,” he said “It works out every single part of your body and it builds your cardio like nothing else.” Not to be forgotten though, after every workout Domalanta completes, he then runs another five-miles as a cool down. As a pole-vaulter, Domalanta also has to watch his weight, and therefore, is on a very strict diet. He says that it is good that he is on a diet, because he is forced to
each spot on the card means. Two different ways exist to win: if a traditional single-line BINGO is checked, the student will be entered into the grand prize drawing for an iPad. This drawing will occur during a baseball game on May 5th at noon. In order to be eligible for the iPad, students must attend this game. However, there is another way to win as well. If students manage to check all of the boxes on the cards, they will be awarded a Golden Knights gift package. Even if a student fails to win, all who receive the card will be given a discount coupon to Paesan’s Pizzeria and Restaurant, the sponsor for this new program. However, the heart of the Sports BINGO card does not lie in the prizes. It is a way of boosting enthusiasm among fellow students and sports fans. By offering students something to converse about and discuss during the games, Sports BINGO can contribute to the enjoyment of attending games.
“It appeals to both the casual student as well as the former varsity athlete,” Assistant Athletics Director for Operations Scot Obergefell says. “It is designed to get students engaged and interacting with one another.” Obergefell has high hopes for this program, mentioning that if it is successful this year, the number of cards handed out each game will possibly increase and more sports may be covered. “We are hoping that each Sports BINGO Night will not only attract students that wouldn’t normally come to games, but also get them to stay longer to see if they win,” Obergefell says. With the chance of winning prizes, the opportunity to talk to other Saint Rose sports fans and students, and the thrill of coming out to support The College of Saint Rose Golden Knights, Sports BINGO is sure to heighten the excitement at home games this year.
eat healthy and to stay in even better shape. He tries to consume at least 5,000 calories a day, eating three big meals, and four small meals. Domalanta is currently focused on the NCAA Division II games in Birmingham, Alabama coming up in March. “I am taking everything one step at a time, and my short-term goal is to do well in the NCAA games and medal.” As of right now, Domalanta is dedicated to establishing obtainable goals. From there, he says he can build up and ultimately achieve his highest mark, which is competing in Rio in 2016. When asked what it would mean to him to qualify for the Olympics, he said: “It would be a dream come true. I always want to be successful in something that I love doing. I train a lot and I don’t want to see all my talent go to waste.”
COURTESY OF ALDRINE DOMALANTA
Domalanta has been training hard to reach his goals.
Sports BINGO to Start at Golden Knights Home Games
By ELIZABETH RAMOS Contributing Writer Sports BINGO is making its debut at Golden Knights athletic events at the College of Saint Rose this year. It will be featured during six home games covering a variety of sports: Men’s Soccer on September 25th at 7:00 p.m., Volleyball on November 6th at 7:00 p.m., Women’s Basketball on December 5th at 5:30 p.m., Men’s Basketball on February 6th at 7:30 p.m., Women’s Softballon March 23rd at 12:30 p.m., and lastly, Lacrosse on April 20th at 1:00 p.m. At these six games, a table will hand out cards to the first one-hundred students dressed in Saint Rose attire. Each of these cards will contain certain plays or events in the game, such as a goal by the home team. The back of the cards will have specific directions on how to play, as well as sports terminology to assist those not as familiar with what
COURTESY OF SCOT OBERGEFELL
An example of a Soccer Bingo card.
September 18, 2012
Volume 81 Issue 5
Championships or Bust
Tony Romo has been consistently scorned for his lack of championships. By SAM MAXWELL Staff Writer In today’s 24/7 news cycle, sports media personalities have many more opportunities to express their opinions over the airwaves than in the past. A rise in sports talk radio has brought a whole new plethora of topics for sports fans to debate about. One of the most recent debates I heard on the “Scott Van Pelt show” was the idea of the number
of championships you have determining your worthiness in the eyes of sports fans. The two athletes that were brought up were quarterbacks Eli Manning, and Tony Romo. Because Manning has two Super Bowl rings, more people would want to have Manning on their team over Romo. However, some sports fans believe that Romo is more talented than Manning, but just cannot put it together in the postseason, and has never had a great de-
fense. In three career postseason appearances, Romo has thrown four touchdowns to two interceptions. Also, there will forever be the botched extra point in 2006 against the Seattle Seahawks. Before I state my opinion, I realize this is an impossible argument to make, but I just think it needs to be said. In my opinion, Romo could easily have the same number of Super Bowl rings as Manning. If not for a miraculous catch by David Tyree, and a once in a lifetime throw to Mario Manningham, Eli would be sitting in the same boat as Romo. If you want to call both of those performances by Manning clutch, I have no problems with that. However, do not be naïve and think Manning had everything to do with those victories. Just because you have won a championship, especially in a team sport, does not automatically make your career more worthy of recognition than someone else with the same talent level that has no championships. Dan Marino is one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. He threw for 61,361 yards, and 420 touchdowns to just 252 interceptions. However, most fans are quick to say John Elway, and even Steve Young were better quarterbacks even though both had significantly worse statistics. So that begs the question, what separates Marino from Elway and Young? Elway won two championships, and Young won three (two as Joe Montana’s back-up). Yes, winning a championship is why professional athletes play the game, but championships should not be such a large standard by which a player’s career is analyzed. Would you rather have the career of Reggie Miller (Hall of Fame member, zero championships), or Robert Horry (will not be a member of the Hall of Fame, seven championships)? You could make the argument that Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, and Patrick Ewing were
better players than Kevin Garnett. However, ten years from now, which one of the four will be remembered as the best player? In a team sport, it is the team that wins the championship, not the individual. But unfortunately, if you have two résumés of players, the rings are all that anyone ever looks at, and I think that is unfortunate. It would be like looking at the résumé of a perspective employee, and only looking at the college he or she went to, and not looking at the other assets of the individual. You have to look at the whole résumé, and not just
one aspect, even if it is the most important. No player does it on his or her own. LeBron James did not win a championship without teaming up with two other superstars. Michael Jordan never won one without Scottie Pippen. And Eli Manning will never win one without a dominant defense. Just because a player was dealt a bad hand, and is on a bad team, does not make them any less of a great player than a player that is on a good team, and has good players around him.
Eli Manning is seen as one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks.
September 18, 2012
Volume 81 Issue 5
Five Honored at 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Eli Armstrong makes his induction speech. By JOSHUA NATOLI Sports Editor The Lally Forum was the scene for the 2012 College of Saint Rose Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony this past Saturday evening. Three former student-athletes and two long-time supporters would be celebrated on this night. Eli Armstrong was a standout on the men’s basketball team during the “pioneering years” when the Golden Knights were called the Saints. After moving to Bronx, New York from Antigua, he came to the College Saint Rose with full intent on transforming the men’s basketball team into something great. He became the first player in school history to record 1500 points and still stands ninth in all-time scoring with 1515 despite playing before the threepoint line was instituted. A major contributor to four consecutive
Kelly Starr Daniel poses with her brother and plaque.
Northeastern Athletic Conference Championship teams, Armstrong still stands second all-time in steals with 291 and 17th all-time in rebounding with 530. Former teammate Mike Long introduced Armstrong, telling stories the two share along with former teammates. Once Armstrong took the stage, he became overwhelmed with emotion, especially when reminiscing about a former teammate who had passed away. “I’m really overwhelmed,” the former small forward said. “I cannot express how I feel being inducted into the Saint Rose Hall of Fame.” Up next was former women’s soccer star Renae Ransdell. Ransdell was a key piece in the machine that transformed Saint Rose women’s soccer into the powerhouse we are so used to seeing now. She was a threetime Northeast-10 Conference All-League pick and a three-time
National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-New England selection. The third all-time leading point producer in school history, she stands fifth all-time in goals with 38 and fourth all-time in assists with 27 having graduated as the school record holder in the latter category. Ransdell, who is currently an assistant coach at Saint Rose, was the lone player up until 2010 to record double digits in both goals and assists in a single season. Cur-
help her former team by scouting opposing teams whenever the Golden Knights are playing in the area. The final student-athlete to be honor was Kelly Starr Daniel, whom was another standout basketball player. Daniel led the Golden Knights to three NYCAC Championships and three NCAA Tournament berths. An ECAC second-team All-East Region pick as a senior, Starr Daniel was a two-time NYCAC second-
and three-point field goals made with 84, and is fourth all-time in games started with 114. Daniel was brought onto the stage after being introduced by her brother and niece. She was very humble, speaking of her love of the school. “Saint Rose is a terrific school for student-athletes. It will always be special in my heart.” The two non-athletic inductees, and perhaps the most jovial, were Sr. Agnes Rose Burton and Sr. Tess Wysolmerski. The pair was recognized for their unwavering love and supports of all the Golden Knights athletic teams. It is said they have attended over 750 games in their tenure at the college. Wysolmerski took the stage by herself to speak on behalf of the two. Wysolmerski spoke of the love they share with the school, even making the men’s basketball team recite her “Father Time” pledge from the second level of the forum. Wysolmerski also took the time to thank everyone for their support. “We are heartened by your warmth and recognition. Saint Rose sports spirit is too deep for words; we have tried to live it.” On that day, five individuals became inducted in a school they gave all they could to, and still give today. They earned the honor of being called Saint Rose Hall of Famers. The case in the Events and Athletics Center now gets a little more crowded, as students will see the five new plaques in the hall for years to come.
Sr. Tess Wysolmerski accepting her award.
Renae Ransdell at the podium with Coach Gutheil.
rent women’s soccer coach Laurie Darling Gutheil introduced Ransdell to the crowd, becoming very emotional in doing so. When Ransdell took the stage, she too became very emotional in thanking her former coach, teammates, and all her family, saying; “Your support is what made who I am today.” Ransdell now lives in Connecticut, and continues to
team All-Conference pick and was named to the conference's All-Rookie team as a freshman in 1994. She still stands tenth among the college's all-time leading scorers with 1,377 points, is fifth in assists with 350, and sixth in steals with 278. Starr is furthermore 12th all-time in field-goal percentage shooting .451, despite playing as a guard,
Assistant Athletic Director David Alexander makes his closing remarks.