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The First Snowfall!

Relay Reborn?

The first snow of the season fell on Saint Rose Thursday afternoon

Student Nicole Ravetto gets hit by a snowball thrown by fellow sophomore Doug Parry playing in the snow Sunday.


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By ASIA EWART Staff Writer Relay for Life: an event started by the American Cancer Society in 1986 that has since spread to 21 countries around the world, including the United States. For twenty four hours, participants walk however many miles they can to raise money for the ACS. The College of Saint Rose was just one of the many schools that took part in the event every year…until this semester began. There was initial confusion as to why this was, but a few voices refused to sit back and let Relay go without a fight. “During RA training, I found out that Relay for Life was going to be dropped, and it upset me,” said Andrew Sober, a senior Graphic Design major, and one of the driving forces on campus working to bring Relay back. “Last year, in April, I lost my father to esophageal cancer, and Relay was a way for me to honor him. From day one, I said that I would do what I can to not try to push it on Residence Life to get them to bring it back, but have a student run Relay for Life. That’s what it used to be.” Lindsay Reynolds, who is also a senior Graphic Design major, has been actively in touch with American Cancer Society representatives to learn what needs to be done to ensure the event’s revival. “I met with Jessica Giles (an ACS representative) two weeks ago about starting up the

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CAC (Colleges Against Cancer) again and she explained to me that the American Cancer Society […] has an extra chapter for universities specifically,” says Reynolds. The return of Relay for Life will begin with a series of steps from the on campus founding of CAC, to speaking with the Student Association, to finding an advisor. Sober and Reynolds plan to go about this like any other club would. “When Andrew first heard about [Relay not returning], he called me and told me, and I was livid…two years ago, I lost my friend Chris to leukemia, and when I learned that Saint Rose did something like this, it meant a lot to me,” said Reynolds. Saint Rose ended Relay for Life for a reason. “Relay for Life is supposed to be a campus wide event, but Res Life was the only club contributing anything. It was all through the RAs and staff,” said Sober. “They did all the fundraising and little events leading up to Relay. Over the years, there’s been such a large influx of people coming to this event, and we’ve raised so much money. But it got to be too much for Res Life to handle by themselves. Over the summer, they sent out a bunch of surveys to the staff and faculty asking for help, but only received about four or five replies. There was a board vote not to do it anymore after that.” Continued on Page A3


Interfaith Lecture on Marriage: An Interfaith Discussion. See Page A2

Zachary Williams reviews the “greasyspoon” Western Diner. See Page B11

Opinion: Is poker really a sport? See Page D17

PB and Jams held in the main lounge. See Page A4 - A5

Two writers opine on The Cons of Facebook. See Page C15

Senior profile on runner Macky Lloyd. See Page D19



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Interfaith Lecture on Marriage Held in Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary By THERESA TAYLOR Staff Writer The Sydney and Beatrice Albert Interfaith Lecture on Marriage: An Interfaith Discussion, met at the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary on Monday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. While marriage in general was certainly a theme, the questions on nearly everybody’s mind centered on same-sex marriage in the post weeks since the passage of New York’s Marriage Equality Act. This panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Peter Zaas, who is a professor of religious studies at Siena College. In the Jewish religion, Rabbi Beverly Magidson explained, the first command of the Torah is to be fruitful and multiply, and that has been taken to be an ob-

ligation, however, it is one that is only required of men and not women, because you cannot command someone to do something that endangers themselves, and, in the ancient world, both pregnancy and childbirth were quite dangerous. However, the rabbi stated that she felt it was safe to say that most women have a natural desire to have children. While in the Orthodox tradition, it is expected that one will get married, there are those who are asexual by nature. Scientific evidence brings us to different places than where the Bible takes us. In the Orthodox faith, homosexual relations were viewed as forbidden and unclean, in keeping with kosher law, just as it was a sin for a man to marry a woman, divorce her, and then marry her

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again. However, Jewish reformers supported gay rights, especially after the Stonewall riots, and traditional Orthodox values became balanced by the new, reformed ones. The view of homosexuality as an inherent trait, rather than a lifestyle choice, helped to change reformers’ views. Magidson, of the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home, added that, “Whatever [someone’s] sexual orientation, even in the Orthodox world, there is a call that while we don’t agree with homosexuality, we think nobody should be physically attacked for being gay, for being lesbian; nobody should be stigmatized and nobody should be harmed. A role of the interfaith community is to talk to one another and listen to one another.” Hudson Valley Professor Jai Misir, a Hindu, spoke on the subject of hate crimes directed at the LGBT community. Misir said that he believes that, “We have to speak up… nonviolence is love; we believe that we should love each other. We have that spark of divinity within us. The one thing that we all have is the soul, a supreme love that we are a part of,” adding that by not loving one another, we move away from the truth that is God. As far as samesex marriage from the Hindu perspective, it is accepted since, “We don’t love with the body.” Marriage is viewed as the, “union of spirits, and a spirit is not male or female.” Hinduism also believes that it is Karma that SUNSHINE OSELLA brings people together.

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Misir went on to cite the famous quote by the poet Walt Whitman, “In the faces of women and men, I see God.” Hindus support marriage equality, and were part of the civil disagreement during California’s same-sex marriage ban. The Reverend Christopher DeGiovine, representing the Catholic tradition, said interfaith marriage does not present a problem for Catholics. However, there are different dispensations that you need to get from the diocese in order to marry someone from outside the faith, since marriage is a sacrament, the union of two people. DeGiovine added that Catholicism has traditionally accepted the single life, where one is committed to pursuing God and holiness, as an alternative to being married. Speaking on issues regarding the Catholic Church and the LGBT community, DeGiovine said that, “The Catholic Church does not teach that because you are gay, you are going to hell. It teaches that, similar to the Muslim tradition, that you have a particular state in life from which you are being invited to live…a very sacrificial life in this world, and that is to refrain from sexual behavior. The difficulty then becomes ‘How does one society continue in that difficult distinction: that you are respected but invited to live a very difficult life?’ Unfortunately, the culture has not allowed even the most conservative Christian tradition to speak that kind of acceptance and tolerance and compassion of the LGBT community; to tell them that they are beloved of God.” In regards to violence and hate crimes against the LGBT community, DeGiovine said, “I think it’s very important that members of the interfaith community speak out against violence against any human being.” When asked what he would say to someone from the LGBT community who feels abandoned by their faith, DeGiovine said that, “This has happened many times and it always breaks my heart. I try to explain what it is that is not said by the Catholic tradition to this person, but at the end of the

day, if the distinction between the physical and the spiritual expression of love is not satisfactory, I would say to them that there is also the possibility that God is asking you to be a prophet in the Catholic community.” Islamic Iman Mokhtar Maghraoui said that loving mercy and merciful love encompasses Muslim beliefs, as well as knowing the divine better, and in turn, finding tranquility and serenity, particularly in the natural relationship and wombly love enjoyed between husband and wife. The Muslim position on gay marriage is that if there’s tranquility and love between two people, then this loving relationship between two souls and spirits is bound on a level beyond that of space and time, so that a physical relationship has no meaning. Two men can love each other in a spiritual sense, and do not need to come together sexually. A physical manifestation is not natural, therefore it would be harmful. “To be honest with you,” said Maghraoui. “I have still not encountered that experience within my community. If it were to happen, we would see that the person was counseled, reminding them of the important meaning of love on a spiritual level. Their feelings don’t have to be actualized in a physical way, and we would remind them of the consequences of actualizing that [homosexual] love.” However, Muslims view marriage with someone of a different tradition as acceptable, as long as the other person is a Christian or a Jew, or else that marriage is not permitted. As far as Muslim marriage in general, it doesn’t have to be in a Mosque as long as two parties consent, and there are witnesses, and it complies with the values of Islam. The theme of this twentieth year of the lecture series was tolerance in spite of one’s religious differences. While traditions remain divided, it was a chance for a much needed conversation on the views regarding the laws of marriage equality and same-sex people of faith.

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Relay for Life (continued) Continued from Page A1 “To hear that is upsetting,” said Reynolds. “For members of a board that run this school on passion, knowledge, and purpose and being a big community to do that, what does that say about us? It says we’re lazy; it says we have better things to do.” Reynolds and Sober are hopeful for the future of Relay for Life, especially with the incoming freshmen this year. “They’re involved; they’re great. To everyone coming in, realize that this is important and build it back. When I met with Jen Richardson and Joe Pryba, she told me that CAC was started by all freshmen,” says Reynolds. She also shared that many students didn’t know Relay needed that much attention. “They asked me why it was cancelled. They were like, ‘I didn’t know Relay

needed so much help. I thought you guys were fine.’ It just wasn’t known.” This feeling was shared by Kelley Tisinger, a sophomore resident student. “I was […] surprised to find out that Relay was

“I was unknowledgeable about the lack of support that it had.” Kelley Tisinger being cancelled. Like others, I was unknowledgeable about the lack of support that it had. I think people need to be more aware that it’s not coming back unless we take action. As someone that was a team leader at the Fulton County Relay for Life [in Glov-

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ersville] this is something that I have actively participated in and am passionate about.” Sober and Reynolds are looking for support from the students. “It’s about being together and helping those who have gone through it, and honoring survivors. We have students and teachers who have both gone through cancer and made it. To honor them would be a great thing,” says Reynolds. For the new Relay for Life club, the mission is not about raising large sums of money; it is about bringing awareness to the struggle with cancer that so many people go through. Sober and Reynolds are working hard to rebuild this event from the ground up, and hope that as Saint Rose is an academic community built on passion, students will do their part by supporting each other and the cause.


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Career Center

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Catholic Charities Disability Services: Full & Part Time Jobs 11/2/11 11-2PM in EAC Huntington Learning Center: SAT/ACT Tutors 11/3/11 11-2PM in

Seeking an Internship? Spring, Summer, or Fall? Don’t miss this event! Marketing, Business, Non-Profit, Human Resources, Finance, Legal, Communication! 11/10/11 7-8PM Lally School of Ed Touhey Forum

Information Session “Young Fed” Speaker Interested in working in the Federal Government? Opportunity to network & get info on 11/7/11 5-6PM Career Center

Crime Victim Sexual Violence Center: Volunteer 11/10/11 11-2PM in EAC

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Tuesday, November 1 1 p.m. Dr. David Rice Colliquium. Standish Rooms 5:30 p.m. All Saint’s Day Mass. St. Vincent de Paul Church 6 p.m. Chicago Style Workshop. Saint Joseph’s Hall 7 p.m. Outside the Box Meeting. St. Vincent’s Room 7 7 p.m. Adventure Club Meeting. SA Conference Room 7 p.m. Knight Skills: Advisement Day. Brubacher Hall 7 p.m. “Town Hall Meeting.” Starbucks Lounge 8 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. Yoga For Students. Hubbard Sanctuary 9:30 p.m. Guided Meditation. Hubbard Sanctuary. Wednesday, November 2 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Women Speaking Against War. Hubbard Sanctuary 4:30 p.m. Student Association Meeting. Standish Rooms 4:30 p.m. Chronicle Meeting. CCIM Viewing Room 119 5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Weekly Evening Mass. Hubbard Sanctuary 6 p.m. Women’s Initiative Meeting. Avila Hall 7 p.m. Knight Skills: Advisement Day. RCC Hall 7:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. BASIC Weekly Meeting. Hubbard Sanctuary 8:15 p.m. Spectrum: Workshop on Gang Violence. Standish Rooms 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Environmental Club Meeting. SA Conf Room 9:30 p.m. Candlelight Service for Dead .Hubbard Sanctuary Thursday, November 3 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. St. Baldrick’s Day. Main Lounge 9 p.m. Midknight Madness. Nolan Gym Friday, November 4 ALL DAY. Last day to withdraw from full-semester course. Registrar Saturday, November 5 ALL DAY. Windows and Mirror Exhibit. Hubbard Sanctuary Sunday, November 6 6:30 College Mass. St. Vincent de Paul Church Monday, November 7 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Best Buddies Fundraiser. Friendly’s on Central (need ticket) 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Young FED - FEMA Speaker. Career Center 5:15 p.m. Yoga. Hubbard Sanctuary 7:15 p.m. SEB Meeting. Saint Joseph’s Hall 8:30 p.m. SADD Meeting. Main Lounge Tuesday, November 8 ALL DAY. Advisement Day - NO CLASS. Meet with Advisor 8 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. Yoga For Students. Hubbard Sanctuary 9:30 p.m. Guided Meditation. Hubbard Sanctuary. If you have an upcoming event you would like to see in our weekly Calendar of Events, please e-mail



In the article entitled “Local Artists to Perform at Hudson River Coffee House” by Jaired Crofut which was published in the previous issue the artists referred to in the headline are, in fact, not local.

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Timeline of Good Times at ‘PB and Jams’ By REGINA IANNIZZOTTO Opinion Editor 1:00 – 0 sandwiches The smell of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches could not be missed on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 in the main lounge for PB and Jams. Coordinator Myles Clendenin and helpers, Chrissy Schlegel and Casey Elizabeth, have been planning this event since September. “It’s been slow, baby steps,” said Schlegel. 1:30 – 234 sandwiches While making sandwiches, students, faculty, and staff bonded over stories and jokes making it an enjoyable experience. Along with peanut butter and jelly, there was a table dedicated just to jelly sandwiches for those allergic to peanuts. “I’ve always felt some people couldn’t participate because they’re allergic and you don’t know if a homeless person is allergic,” said Clendenin. At the next table over, the group had iron-on logos available. The logo was designed by Soozey Walensky. According to Elizabeth, there were about 40 logos provided to those who brought their own t-shirt and it takes about five minutes for each logo to stick.

Joel Martinez waves to the camera.

thing he has accomplished with 1:42 – 356 sandwiches Moving the event to the main this event. She coordinates a lounge was a g r e a t mentoring program, which Clenidea, according to nu- denin takes part in. She asked the merous sandw i c h peer leaders to present programs, makers. Last y e a r , like workshops and community at the sanctuary, n o t service opportunities, for as many students came so the same people made sandwiches the entire time. Moving to the main lounge made it east h e ily accessible for students to p r o come through between classes. g r a m. According to Schlegel, the goal She said of 100 sandwiches was met afClendenin ter about a half hour last year was extremein the sanctuary. “I’m actually ly excited and glad I don’t have to make that came to her many sandwiches… it gives with PB and others a chance to make Jams for not some.” She felt this year only the prowas much more productive gram, but than last year and more acfor all of cessible for students to get Saint Rose involved since it was in as well. “I Myles such a main location. hope for celebrates! 2:05 – 507 sandwichit to conREGINA IANNIZZOTTO es (goal passed) tinue to Arleny Alvarez-Pebe bigger w i t h ña, Director of the more camp u s Office of Intersupport…and for cultural Leadermore faculty and ship, was present staff to participate,” she said. at the event with high words of Even faculty and staff got inpraise for Clendenin and everyvolved. Professor Jeff Kellert took time out of his day to come to the school and participate. He said he would give an hour and see how many he could make. He did not have classes and yet he still took time to come and help. 4:00 – 1,015 sandwiches Coordinating with the Women’s Initiative was a success in Clendenin’s eyes. The Women’s Initiative, along with Student Association, Student Events Board, HEOP, Office of Residence Life, and many others, donated supplies and went around to stores asking them to donate supplies and receiving gift cards for purchases such as bread. Myles celebrates One reason for the Women’s the great success. Initiative’s involvement was due to their connection to Equinox, an organization dedicated to proREGINA IANNIZZOTTO

viding social services to individuals and families in need around Albany. According to Women’s Initiative member Heather Thibdeau, they gave Equinox an estimate of around 160 sandwiches, since the goal was originally 500 sandwiches. “… When we told them we had over 300 sandwiches, they were blown away,” said Thibdeau. “The sandwiches were going towards the women's shelter services, and also the program they have for at-risk homeless teens…they were so grateful that the campus went through the effort.” Clendenin had a similar response when describing his experience delivering around 800 sandwiches to The Capitol City Rescue Mission and the Saint Catherine’s Marillac Family Shelter. “They were so

Volume 80 Issue 11 grateful,” he said. Later on, he saw on Facebook that Equinox posted a picture of the sandwiches and wrote a nice thank you underneath describing the hard work that was done and what a nice thing it was for Saint Rose to do this for the homeless and hungry. After a very sticky count of every sandwich made, the total came to 1,015 sandwiches. As an overall hope for the future, many said they wanted to see more sandwiches made and more people to help out, particularly faculty and staff.



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The Girls Next Door perform for the hard workers.

Heather Thibdeau doing her part.



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Some of the 1,015 sandwiches.

Matthew Stetler and Molly Shapiro making Just Jelly sandwiches for those with a peanut allergy.






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Chicken Joe’s Opens on Western Avenue By SCOTT LAWSON News Editor Chicken Joe’s owners John Sorbella and Joe Marini welcomed Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings and Councilman Anton Konev to its second location on 217 Western Avenue Thursday for the grand opening of their seventh location. Jennings cut the ribbon at the front of the store, welcoming the new business and customers to the restaurant. The new shop, with a decor similar to its other Albany location, opened its doors on October 14. The building features a 400-square-foot dining space, which allows for customers to sit down with their meals, unlike at the Yates Street location, where patrons either eat their food standing or take it with them. According to Sorbella, his family has been operating the restaurant since October 14, but he is planning to hire new employees. “We are looking to hire seven or eight people,” said Sorbella, which is around the same number of workers he currently has at his Yates Street store. The atmosphere is welcoming to both the customers and the workers. “This is one of the better places I have worked at, I actually enjoy coming to work in the morning,” said Sorbella’s son, Thomas. J.P. Calero, a full time employee of Chicken Joe’s, also loves working there. He likes the

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Albany Police Department Holds Community Policing Forum By MARY FRANCIS STOUTE Contributing Writer

The new Chicken Joe’s is located at 217 Western Ave.

Chicken Joe’s owners Joe Marini and John Sorbella flank Mayor Jerry Jennings at a ribbon cutting Thursday, October 27. people that he works with and the experiences that he has had since starting back in February. “I have met a lot of different


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Albany residents met with members of the Albany Community Police Advisory Committee Tuesday at the La Salle School. The forum allowed residents to share their concerns about their neighborhoods. The Albany Police Department hopes to fix these problems through community policing, which encourages the police to have an active role in issues that go on in the neighborhoods. Their goal is to eliminate crime and the fear of crime by inspiring and empowering the community to work together to improve the quality of life and to make Albany a safer community. Members of the Advisory Committee, which was formed in

September 2009, were appointed by the Common Council. The committee holds forums throughout the city so that voices can be heard from different neighborhoods. They hope this approach gets the public more involved and builds a relationship between the police and the community. The Neighborhood Engagement Unit works with the committee to monitor problems. Their job is to patrol different areas and interact with the community. The unit is made up of some 27 beat officers who are part of this unit and they work daily as a team. Lieutenant Michael Tremblay of the Neighborhood Engagement Unit helps with these efforts. “We work to engage the community, to play a more active Continued on Page A7


people,” Calero said. “Late at night is a good time.” Some may think that it is a little redundant having the locations so close together, however this is a traditional practice that Chicken Joe’s has used. In fact, this is not the end of the local expansion for the team of Sorbella and Marini. “If six pizza places can survive in one area, it can’t hurt to have two Chicken Joe’s,” said Sorbella. “We love Albany, we are looking to open two or three more locations in Albany and Troy,” said Sorbella. “It’s time to expand.” MARY FRANCIS STOUTE

The dining room at Chicken Joe’s.


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Community Policing Forum (continued) Continued from Page A6 and interactive role in problem identification and resolution, using a problem oriented policing philosophy. The goal is to come up with more permanent solution sets to neighborhood specific problems,” he said. Tremblay has seen improvements made through community policing. “Participation and feedback has been extremely high and has helped shape the course that the Albany Police Department has taken in the pursuit of true Community Policing,” he said. Pine Hills Neighborhood Association member, Mary Dugan, has seen improvements in the Pine Hills. She manages properties on Hudson, Hamilton, and Quail street and is optimistic about Albany Police. “I didn’t want to report any problems because of the lack of interest, but the police have improved by 200%,” Dugan said. “The police are interested in knowing what’s going on and they are responding to complaints.”  Students know that they are no longer able to get away with certain behaviors because of the presence of beat officers, she said. Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff, wants to get people to understand that their voices are being heard. “We have met with people who represent groups that are difficult to reach. We have groups that have never coexisted,” he said. Feedback from the community will only help to build relationships and improve the city. “There were trust issues between the community and the police department, but we are moving forward quicker than we anticipated” he said.

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South Manning Home Attracts Trick-or-Treaters By RACHEL ZEH Contributing Writer

chips. Beware if you’re walking past this spooky sight, you may hear some noises that will cause a Decorations are so elaborate fright. The creation of the display at one house on South Manning is a one day job that occurs two Boulevard that this Halloween, weeks before Halloween. Sykes some 600 kids are expected to seeks the help of three employees stop by for trick-or-treat. from The Party Warehouse every Passersby may have noticed year. In total, the display takes the homemade haunted palace about five hours to create. that sits at 100 South Manning The display attracts trick-orBlvd., but few know the history treaters from throughout the city. behind this extravagant display. Year after year parents drop their The house is kids off on the bouleowned by Jerry and vard strictly to see the Ilene Sykes who “Young children Sykes’ production. are also the propriThe display has etors of The Party and their parents really turned South Warehouse on come from all Manning Boulevard Fuller Road right a Halloween over the Capital “into here in Albany. Evdestination,” said ery decoration on District to enjoy neighbor Paul Antheir lawn comes drew Hackett. He has the display.” straight from The lived on South ManParty Warehouse. R. Mark Sullivan ning Boulevard for 27 Each year Jerry years and every year Sykes tries to create he looks forward to a new display for the community, seeing the display. adding at least one new attraction “It’s so visual, the kids go each year. All of the decorations crazy,” said Hackett. “He’s really are stored in the Sykes’ basement created a Halloween extravaganand are only brought out once a za.” year, just two weeks before HalIf you drive past their house loween. The displays consist of on Halloween day, motorists will lights, cob-webs, spiders, inflat- most likely find kids in costumes ables with moving objects inside sitting on their front lawn while as well as motion activated sound their parents take their picture in

The Sykes’ home is located at 100 S. Manning Blvd.

Jerry Sykes at his Halloween home. front of this Halloween masterpiece. What are this year’s must have costumes for kids? The characters from the popular doll series, Monster High, come in first place according to Carolyn Krajewski, store manager at The Party Warehouse. Friday and Saturday are expected to be big costume days at the story, said Krajewski. The community has taken a huge interest in the Sykes’ decorations. In fact, many who once lived in the neighborhood return every year to see the display. “Young children and their parents come from all over the Capital District to enjoy the display,” said R. Mark Sullivan, local resident and president of The College of Saint Rose. “Halloween is an event that stretches the imagination of children. Jerry RACHEL ZEH and Ilene bring joy


and fascination with Halloween sights and sounds to so many children in the Pine Hills and Albany.” Halloween isn’t just a holiday for the Sykes’-- it is also their wedding anniversary. They came to Albany 27 years ago and spent a large amount of time looking for a business. They bought The Party Warehouse and expanded it to 3,000-square-feet. Sykes said his Manning Boulevard home was actually the first house built on the boulevard in 1927. The couple has three children, all of whom have grown-up and moved out, never getting a chance to partake in this Halloween tradition. When Jerry Sykes grew up as a kid, a lot of Halloween activities were mischievous. Now, Halloween seems to be more of a happy celebration for Sykes’. The real purpose of putting on the Halloween display is the fun that comes out of it. “You try to do whatever you can to make the community more fun and enjoyable,” said Sykes.


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“Our News Now” with Alumna Shari Blanchard By MARISSA KILKENNY Contributing Writer It is uncommon to be young and successful in the television industry. It is also hard to come across people in this industry who want to be team players or leaders by choice. People in television would be intimidated by this, but not Shari Blanchard. This College of Saint Rose alumna’s strong moral values and drive have enabled her to maintain her poise at both News Channel 9 and throughout her day-to-day life. At the age of 25, Blanchard has progressed quickly in her career. Blanchard started in 2008 at the television station as a master control audio operator and then in 2010 landed her current position as the technical director at News Channel 9, Your News Now (YNN), in Albany. This job is not an easy one, sometimes Blanchard works anywhere from 3 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday through Monday, but she does acknowledge that it is gratifying. “Every day is different,” and that “work people become your family,” said Blanchard. One of these “family members” is Brendan Falco, operations manager

at YNN. He remembers when Blanchard had just started working at the station. They were getting ready to cover the governor’s address when she came into his office and said, “I want

“News sleeps for no one, the smallest thing could throw you off your game.” Shari Blanchard a part of that.” This illustrated to Falco that Blanchard had serious drive and as a result she earned the position she is in today. “She is extremely considerate and a tremendous team player,” said Falco. Although Blanchard has not been at Channel 9 News for a long period of time, she has witnessed many breaking news stories. She remembers the first major story being the presidential election of 2008 between McCain and Obama. It was an extremely controversial topic and event, not to mention the result was the first


Shari Blanchard and her parents at her Saint Rose graduation in May 2008.

African American President. It was then that Blanchard realized, “You have to go with the flow and roll with the punches.” “News sleeps for no one, the smallest thing could throw you off your game.” She said that you have to be on top of it all, and once that happens Blanchard finds satisfaction in knowing that she is informing the public of news not only in the Capital Region but in the world as well. Blanchard enrolled at the College of Saint Rose in the fall of 2004. In the beginning of her college career Blanchard wanted to be a journalist due to an inspiring high school journalism class and teacher. Once in a college level journalism class, Blanchard found new inspiration. Blanchard said, “Cailin Brown made me want to get into journalism, the desire to be a part of this world where every day would be different and be involved in life changing experiences.” Blanchard soon realized the writing style and high deadline demands of journalism were not for her, so her attention turned to TV. In her sophomore year at Saint Rose Blanchard enrolled in a basic TV editing course with Paul Conti, who was also her college advisor. After taking more courses with Conti, she looked to him for guidance. When it came time to graduate she was debating whether or not she should go to graduate school. It was Conti who saw her as a director. He also helped get her a part time job, as an associate producer at Channel 13, right after she graduated. “He was the one that helped me decide what I wanted to do with my life,” Blanchard said. Conti said that he remembered her, “calm demeanor,” which, he said, “you never see.” Also, she was able to make decisions quickly. Conti and Blanchard still keep in contact with one another. “Shari listened when I preached


Shari Blanchard with her husband, Robert Altieri. jobs don’t find you, you find the job,” Conti said. “It is rewarding as a teacher if they have a goal and get there” Blanchard grew up in Guilderland, New York. She is the youngest of her family and has two older siblings, a brother, Jonathan and a sister, Kristy. She reflects on the times she spent with her family labeling them as her “core group.” Blanchard remembers camping trips and always being with her family during her childhood. Another fond childhood memory is that the Blanchard family always had a dog. Their first dog was a German shepherd collie mix named Champ. She remembers him being protective as were all her other family dogs. Blanchard is still close to her family and even has her own dog now, Milo, a Great Pyrenees. As Blanchard advances in her

career she is also advancing in her life. She was recently married to Robert Altieri, her boyfriend of eight years. The two were married on October 8, 2011 at Indian Ladder Farm. Blanchard explains how he has introduced her to many things since they have been together, such as motorcycling. “He helped me to understand that when you’re with someone you care about, sitting back alone are some of the best times you’ll have,” Blanchard said. Blanchard sees herself in the next 10 years not only as a wife but as a mother. She would also like to move outside of New York, maybe to Idaho or Arizona. Blanchard hopes to stay in the communication field although she acknowledges it would be a lot to handle with a family. Blanchard states, “The hardest job is to be a parent.”

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“L’Angelus at The College of Saint Rose” Held at Jack’s Place Presented by Jazz Educators and MEISA, this show took place on Friday, Oct 28, 2011 in Jack’s Place in the CCIM. L’Angelus is a Cajun swamp band that originated in Lafayette, Lousiana. They now reside in Nashville, Tennessee. The Meishlunday and Route 263 also performed.


Matt Lisk leads his band, Route 263, in the song “Rye Whiskey.”


Dave Paul playing with The Meishlunday.


Siblings Katie and Stephen Rees, from the band L’Angelus, smile at each other on stage.

L’Angelus’s bassist Paige Rees.



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Frequency North: Seamon and Spiotta Start Off the Season With a Bang By SUNSHINE OSELLA Features Editor


Witty humor was brought to life through the words of writers Tobias Seamon and Dana Spiotta at The College of Saint Rose on Thursday, October 27. Frequency North is a visiting writers series, and this event kicked off the season with two charismatic writers. Daniel Nester, Associate Professor of English, organizes these events. A good crowd showed up to hear the readings of Seamon and Spiotta on Thursday night. Seamon and Spiotta are fiction writers who write in a vivid, descriptive style. Seamon, who read first, is the son of Saint Rose English faculty member Hollis Seamon. “Tobias Seamon, who actually attended Saint Rose, has a new book out, which follows The Magician's Study, which made a big splash a couple years ago,” said Nester. Seamon’s new book is called The Emperor's Toy Chest. Seamon lives in Albany and is a contributing writer for the online magazine, The Morning News. “Seems like I always wanted to be a writer,” said Seamon. “I always loved reading and my mother is a writer so becoming a writer always seemed very natural to me.” Seamon said that he is often inspired to write by other books, writers, movies or other artists. He said that he reads a lot of history and historical incidents often end up as part of his writing. “It's the truth that reality is stranger than fiction, so I get fascinated by historical incidents or details that seem too far-fetched to be real but really are how people truly lived, acted, dressed, etc.,” said Seamon. Seamon said that a key to becoming a writer is reading. He said to read as much as possible and on any and all topics that are of interest even in the slightest. “The same thing for actual writing; write as much as pos-

Spiotta and Seamon pose with each other’s novels. sible, every day if possible, on anything that crosses your mind even especially if it seems crazy,” said Seamon. “Even if the story, poem, or journalistic article doesn't end up being very good, it's excellent preparation for when the good ideas or pieces come along. Writing is like any other endeavor, practice helps.” Spiotta, who read second, is a passionate writer who has written three novels with a fourth to come out soon. She lives in Syracuse, where she teaches in the graduate creative writing program. “Dana Spiotta has had an awesome run of critically acclaimed novels--Eat the Document is a favorite of many of the English faculty, and Stone Arabia, which is just out, has been getting all sorts of great press all over the country,” said Nester. “She writes about family, rock stars, and popular culture. I'm just thrilled to have this internationally acclaimed novelist come to Saint Rose.” Spiotta said that she thought, at first, that she might want to write screenplays. “Later I fell in love with writing novels. In my twenties. I didn't publish my first book until I was 34,” said Spiotta. Spiotta said that when getting inspired to write, she usually starts with something she does not understand. Like a question of some kind. “I pay attention to what fascinates me,” said Spiotta. “I'm an obsessive person, so I get gripped by things. I think the novels begin with a very intuitive attraction to something. I write to try and figure it out, but also I want to try and shake it.”


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Spiotta said that she has lived in Upstate NY since 2002 and that she believes there are many interesting subjects for fiction here. She said, “I love the history, the odd juxtapositions. The eccentricity of Upstate is very liberating to me. Don't think you have to live in Brooklyn to be a novelist.” Spiotta said that she thinks

the details are what is important. “Stick to details, and don't be afraid of complexity. Big ideas some out of small details,” said Spiotta. “I think there are things about the world that you know and no one else knows. You should use your own specificity, your own odd way of seeing the world. Trust that you notice interesting things.”

Nestor said, “[Frequency North] will be a super night of fictioneers, fictionists, fictionauts. Whatever you want to call them, they will be fiction-tastic!” For more information about Seamon and Spiotta and their writing, visit their websites. Tobias Seamon: Dana Spiotta:

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High Octane People Fuel: Western Edition By ZACHARY WILLIAMS Contributing Writer Now I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been a little homesick the last few weeks. Well, maybe in hindsight “a little bit” wouldn’t aptly describe exactly how homesick I’ve been over the last few weeks. Maybe something more like “take all of the grains of sand in the Sahara Desert, the bottom of the ocean (all of them), Long Beach and your childhood sandbox, multiply them by a factor of googol, square that and you have about a quadrillionth of how homesick I’ve felt for a while”. It got bad there for a bit, yeah. Anyways, there are about two things that pull me out of the moody blues, and since people keep telling me that bear-wrestling is bad for my health, the one thing that I can still do is binge on diner food. Greasy spoon-type restaurants were a staple of my diet back home, and a restaurant could pride itself not on the diversity of its menu or the skill of its chefs, but rather by the framed photos of friends and family hang-

ing from its walls. The kitschy memorabilia and the smell of a grease-trap fryer bubbling away in the background, preparing a delicious heap of golden-brown French fries for a group of small

kind of budget I’m on, I will always hold a special place in my heart for that tender slice of Americana that is the diner. But since leaving home I’ve discovered a disturbing truth: Albany doesn’t have any diners. Or at least, outwardly it doesn’t – every restaurant I’ve seen so far here is some kind of haute cuisine or foreign place – not that that’s a bad thing; I’m all for diversifying one’s palate – or closed. This is a tragic thing, the fall of the family owned diner, but there are at least a few bastions of American his- The interior of the kitschy Western Diner. tory clinging on by the skin of their teeth. Take, for example, the Western con (Yes, it is real bacon, none but fervently-devoted eaters of all walks of life (albeit some of these Diner, located just a few minutes of that crunchy-granola vegetarwalks being more along the lines down the road from Saint Rose ian friendly nonsense here) and of hobbles, limps or shuffles). (2019 Western Avenue, to be pre- any combination thereof in adNo matter what kind of cuisine cise). It is an unassuming place, dition to breakfast sandwiches I favor at the time or whatever a simple stone façade behind a (Yes, you can order a Western… slightly-leaning road At the Western… On Western… sign, the diner itself Western-ception?) and all that. shielding the view Lunch and dinner is your choice of a run-down motel, of burgers, fried or steamed fish, the type of place you hot or cold sandwiches, wings see featured in B- and anything you can think of. grade schlock mov- None of it is stellar quality and I ies with names like don’t expect it to be anything for Dawn of the Brain- potential buyers to write home suckers: Part II and about. It’s diner food – it’s there the like. Its parking to taste good and fill you up, not lot, through normal to be foreign and complex. And in the end, that’s what it dining hours, can alternate between de- should be – comfort food. It’s serted and frantic, and something that makes you feel yet you can always good and damn the calories, it’s find one place to park a thick, juicy burger with melted there, which is good cheese and bacon, crisp fries on the side, a bowl of soup (canned for me, I guess. Dining there is or not) with saltines. It’s a plate standard fare for any of haddock the size of your head diner on earth. For with a lump of steaming macarobreakfast you have ni and cheese, breaded and fried the typical pancakes, to crisp perfection with dishes of ZACHARY WILLIAMS home fries, eggs, ba- tartar and cocktail sauce off to the The exterior of the Western Diner on Western Avenue.

No matter what kind of cuisine I favor at the time or whatever kind of budget I’m on, I will always hold a special place in my heart for that tender slice of Americana that is the diner.


side. It’s a warm interior with a long bar in the front where you can sit with an enamel mug of coffee and shoot the breeze with the staff once you’ve dined there a few times, even if it is a little kitschy-seeming with its all wood walls and part-stained-glass windows in the back (I eat at diners, not cathedrals, okay?). But diners are all about serving food that makes you feel better, and the Western does that. It fills a hole, however temporarily. It warms you up in the wintertime, or on a cool day, and gives you enough quick, greasy energy to make the last leg of that journey home or out of town. Bottom Line: People who love diners will like it here. Nothing revolutionary, but if you’re at a diner you’re not looking for the latest haute cuisine. Prices are reasonable, wait times can drag out a bit but that’s because it’s a somewhat busy place. Worth the price you pay. Just don’t think about the calories – but it’s a diner, you shouldn’t be thinking about them anyways.


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By CHRIS SURPRENANT Arts Editor What’s the worst thing about Paranormal Activity 3? How about the fact that it’s Paranormal Activity 1 and Paranormal Activity 2—18 years earlier, with the same scares. The thirdinstallment isn’t groundbreaking or original (not that the first two were either) and lacks any spookiness or surprises. Recalling the earlier films, the current installment focuses on the “found footage” of sisters Kristi (Sprague Grayden) and Katie (Katie Featherson) from 1988. Their mother Julie (Lauren Bittner) and her weddingvideographer boyfriend Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith) move into a brand-new house (in all its 80’s goodness) when predictably, strange things begin to happen. Dennis notices a strange symbol inside the girl’s closet, which he later finds out belongs to a witches’ coven. Kristi also has a disturbing relationship with her imaginary friend Toby. Unnerved, Dennis decides to film the family and see if he can unravel the mystery. After several upsetting events relating to a game of “Bloody Mary,” the family decides to stay with Julie’s mother Lois. No one sleeps well, noises are heard, and shadows appear where they are least expected. Awoken in the middle of the night by Lois moving around the house, Dennis investigates, only to be met with most unfortunate circumstances concerning the women in his life. Honestly, the film would have been really creepy if it hadn’t been shot in the “found footage” style. I’m aware that this is the hallmark of the franchise, but it just didn’t work for this particular story. It was distracting and didn’t allow for any suspense to be created. There is a particular scene in which a camera is mounted to a fan, allowing it to pan back and forth. The viewer expects something to come in to frame and be scared to pieces, but is let down


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when a white sheet falls to the floor. It’s not scary, but startling if anything. In comparison to the previous films however, Paranormal Activity 3 looks the best. It doesn’t appear to be cheaply made, and several different camera angles are employed. This mixes it up a bit from the stagnant positions the first two films took, involving the crowd. The execution is what ultimately derails an otherwise interesting back story for the previous two movies. Like most horror films, the acting is so-so. The focus isn’t on the actors, but rather the events that are taking place around them, so I’ll pardon them. The characters of Julie and Dennis, however, do not come across as the most competent parental figures. In one scene, the two are pictured smoking marijuana while their children sleep—and then an earthquake happens. Really responsible. Also, when tucking the girls into bed, Julie’s half-hearted comforting words don’t help the audience like her character. As was the case in the earlier chapters of Paranormal Activity, the only scare factors are swinging lamps, shadowy apparitions, loud noises and demonic facial expressions. Normally, that’ll do it for a horror flick. Sadly, swinging lamps were all the audience was given for ten minutes at a time, only to be met with an underwhelming payoff. Lamps swing in my house all the time and doors slam repeatedly. You don’t see me making a feature film about it. It’s called a drafty old house. It’s time to invest in some new insulation if swaying chandeliers disturb you that much. Don’t waste 85 minutes of your life and $8.50 of your savings on the same tired premise that made the first Paranormal Activity famous. The scares are scarce and the shock is schlocky. If you’re looking for a real thrill, I suggest taking a bus at 10 pm. Now that’s creepy.


The new horror film, Paranormal Activity 3, repeats the scares of the first two installments. However, the shock value is lacking, and even laughable at times.

Footloose for the 21st Century By REGINA IANNIZZOTTO Opinion Editor We all know the story of Footloose. Boy moves to small town. Boy meets girl. Boy falls for girl. Boy gets girl. The difference between this and regular movies is the plotline of the town laws. Due to a car crash that killed five high school seniors, one being the minister’s son, the town created laws against public dancing and drinking. Everyone knows the 1984 version with Kevin Bacon. We also know that remakes usually do not do the originals justice. However, the 2011 version of Footloose is surprisingly wonderful. Ren McCormick, played by Kenny Wormald, arrives from Chicago to Bomont after his mother dies of cancer

to live with his uncle. He meets Ariel Moore, played by Julianne Hough, the minister’s (Dennis Quaid) daughter. Once Ren finds out about the law against public dancing, he makes it his mission to fight it, and get the girl in the end.

It was a modern take on an older movie. In comparing and contrasting the original version and this version, I have found that there are obvious differences, but many similarities as well. Certain scenes that some may recall from the 1984 version are used in the 2011 version, such as the scene in which Ren throws away the pot given to him by an adversary and

ends up in the principal’s office. Another reused scene was shot almost word for word from the original; the scene where Ariel comes to Ren at work and tells him to meet her bad boy boyfriend, and that she “volunteered” to tell him. A major difference that neither hurt nor helped the new version was that of Ren’s mother. Originally, she was alive and trying to help him with the transition of Chicago to Bomont. Now, she has passed away from leukemia and Ren has to make the transition on his own from Boston to Bomont. One personal annoyance was Wormald’s accent. He was supposed to be from Boston, but his accent gave me more of a British vibe and I was not feeling it. Other than that, his acting was not half bad and his dancing really Continued on Page B13

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Continued from Page B12 showed at the end, not so much during the movie itself. Hough did a spectacular job. She is a lot prettier than the original Ariel, Lori Singer. She seemed to fit into the high school age group, which was a shocker when I found out she was 23. Wormald as well, upon finding out he is 27! My favorite character, however, was Willard, played by Miles Teller. He had many comedic lines and the faces he made were priceless. He was such a good choice when it came to casting. I did find that the girl that he was paired up with to play his girlfriend was a little out of place. I would never have pegged them to be a couple. They just seemed awkward together. Personally, my favorite part about the new Footloose was the fact that it did not try to be a completely different movie with a new take on the original, while trying to stage an extravagant musical. I was expecting huge dance scenes that looked completely unrealistic and seemed way too good to actually be fun, like Step Uptype movies. In films like those,

Kick off your Sunday shoes and go see the remake of Kevin Bacon’s beloved Footloose. The current rendition stars Kenny Wormald as Ren McCormick. the dance scenes are so overdone and overdramatic that the movie itself becomes irrelevant and it is just about the dancing. Footloose (2011) is not like that at all. It is just a slightly revised version of the original. The dancing during the movie itself was very minimal

Albany is J “Cole World” By EDWIN ESCOBAR Contributing Writer The J Cole concert at Washington Ave Armory was a success bringing in a packed house at the Armory in Albany, NY on Friday October 21, 2011. The anticipation of J Cole visiting the capital region brought a lot of hype and revenue for the area. J Cole had many fans coming from all over the country. Kasha Wingate managed to get hold of the tickets from Detroit. “There was no way I was missing this. It was on a Friday and I had no classes. It was a perfect opportunity,” said Wingate. J Cole, born in Germany, and raised in North Carolina started building towards his future in music after being given a beat machine by his mother as a gift. It all started from there. Jay-Z’s

Roc Nation signed J Cole in 2008. He was even a guest artist on the opening of The Blueprint 3. J Cole now has the numberone selling album in the country for the past two weeks. Fans of J Cole started forming a line as early as 1 p.m. to be assured a front row seat. The first opening act was performed by Saint Rose’s own Stephen Struss and the band Mirk. The band put on a great show just in time to warm up the anxious crowd with the songs “Stand Under” (unreleased), “Beautiful Music”, and “Renee”, the latter two both featured Mr. Cheeks. Struss described the event as, “well organized and fairly smooth.” He then went on to say, “The J Cole show was pretty successful. Cole himself is a very down to earth guy, very humble

until the end and, of course, the famous solo dance scene. This, I felt, was done much better than the original. With Kevin Bacon, it seems rather random, if you will. To me, it seems out of place and unnecessary. In the 2011 version, it may not seem necessary, and very talented.” J Cole came out with an opening note of his life story and how he started from nothing and is now a rapper, “This is a dream come true. You can do anything that you want, stick to it.” He made sure to please his crowd with hit singles “In the Morning” and “Work Out” that had the crowd ecstatic. J Cole even had the crowd involved in his music. He made sure his performance was interactive with his fans asking the fans to finish the verses as he cut the music off. During his performance of “Lights Please” J Cole had most of the lights off, but they were again illuminated when the crowd was asked to, “Put your lights up, lighters, phones, whatever you got.” J Cole put on an amazing show, and it’s guaranteed that many will ask for his return too. One fan stated, “I came from Orange County to see him perform and

but it makes sense. You can tell he just needs to let off steam and his gymnastics background in the movie really helps make it more of a gymnastics routine than an awkward dancing scene. The moral of the story is to stand up for what you believe and


do not let anyone tell you it is not possible. I think this movie was a very good remake, for the first time ever. It was just a modern take on an older movie. I absolutely loved it and I hope you do as well.


it was amazing. I would love to attend future events at the Washington Armory.” Washington Avenue Armory has been pumping this year and will continue to do so throughout the coming year. Foam Fest happened this past Friday; Dead-

Mau5 will be performing on Nov. 3, and Rick Ross and Maybach Group will perform on Nov. 4. Albany has been attracting many artists and groups to our area. Albany is now exclusively a part of “Cole World”.


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The View From Venus

Looking Back and Moving Forward By Grace O'Shaughnessy The Women’s Initiative The Saint Rose Women’s Initiative began as an answer to a question: Why are there no spaces for women’s issues to be discussed on campus? It can often be hard for women, particularly of college age, to identify what advocacy roles they can take. By coming together and discussing their experiences within the social-historical context of twenty-first century college life, ideas about how women can advocate for themselves and others becomes more clear. I was among the founding members of the Women’s Initiative. Teaching others about women’s issues taught me all the ways women embody feminism. Some women eschew the label, relegating it to a relic of 1960s bra-burning radicals (which, I should note, is a myth. They didn’t actually burn bras in the ‘60s). Through discussion, they often found that they had not yet realized the term “feminist” could encompass their feelings of oppression and desire for liberation. Others embraced it loudly, taking to the streets, the web, and the classroom to spread the women’s movement. In other words, we found that feminism is a big tent. Two cases embody the scope of this ideology. First, I can recall meeting a member of the Women’s Initiative several years ago who joined because she contracted the human papillomavirus (HPV) and felt that it was a huge women’s public health concern. She joined solely to promote this message and we embraced her. We affirmed that all issues had inherent worth and told her that she brought a dialogue to the table that many could not. Similarly, I remember a more radical feminist at one of our first events, a women’s resource fair. At this fair were various women’s health organizations that focused on reproductive justice issues.

One group represented a pro-life stance, another was pro-choice. While at the event, I saw a student raging against the pro-life representative, conveying what it meant to have a pro-life organizer at a historically Catholic college. I saw that energy as an opportunity and encouraged the radical to join the Women’s Initiative. The group offered a space for her to harness her rage. We discussed on a personal level what reproductive issues mean to women, and feminists, of all kinds. There were those that felt comfortable with the issue and those that didn’t. More than anything, it served to demonstrate how the Women’s Initiative could bring together a diverse group. I took my experiences of organizing groups around themes of social justice at Saint Rose to pursue a Master’s in Social Work in Nonprofit Management at Columbia University. Today, the struggle is different. I am faced with my feminist identity in ways I have never been. Simultaneously, my workload means I don’t have the time to lead and organize in ways that I once did and am not actively a part of a women’s community on campus. This is a difficult tension. Furthermore, living in New York City, amongst millions of people, I see how gender disparities are intersecting with class and race more than I ever have. It challenges me to think more critically and re-examine all of the assumptions I have had. The artist Chuck Close said, “I have been married for forty years. It’s not one marriage. By then you’ve had four or five totally different marriages.” This is exactly how I feel about feminism. As we get older, the concepts of our ideologies evolve, but that is no reason to discount the authenticity of what we think or what we have thought. The most important thing is to think critically and discuss widely. It is my hope that the Women’s Initiative is still and will continue to be that place for growth.


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The Horrors of Making Schedules By REGINA IANNIZZOTTO Opinion Editor Do I pick the 9 a.m. or the 10:25 a.m.? Do I want this teacher or that teacher? Do I want ENG or COM? Should I take this class over the summer or just get it over with now? If I take gym at a different school, I won’t have to do that stupid packet. It never ends. Every year, twice a year, we all sit down and imagine our ideal schedule. We schedule around our extracurriculars, our jobs, our friends, and particular teachers. In the end, I sometimes wish I could be given my schedule, like in high school. On the other hand, it is nice to have control of my own schedule and make my own decisions. That is – until I get closed out of my dream class (like freshman year when I got closed out of a really cool music class and had to take something stupid instead—thank you very much past upperclassmen). One thing that drives me crazy every semester is the hidden things we are never told about and have to find out through other students in our major. For instance, for education majors, we have to attend workshops (pointless workshops, I might add) about child abuse and other things to look out for in a classroom. No offense Saint Rose, but one work-

shop is going to do nothing for me, especially if I take it in the beginning of sophomore year so I will not remember anything by the time I graduate. Truth be told, I did homework in those classes. I hardly paid attention because I did not get graded on it. I know the basics and I know what to look out for, but not because of this workshop, but because it is a) pretty obvious to look into a sketchy situation regarding a student and b) previous teachers have included stories and lessons into their classes giving me firsthand accounts of these situations. Also, I had no idea what tests we are supposed to take to be certified. I still do not know. I took the LAST, but only because my friend said I had to, and it turns out I did not even have to because the rules are being changed in what tests we have to take. Thank you for making me waste somewhere around $90, if I remember correctly. I wish there was a piece of paper that listed every single thing I had to do before I graduate so I can just teach some elementary school kids how to do their ABC’s! If there is one of these magical pieces of paper, can someone point me in the right direction of it? I am assuming it is in Lally, but then again, we all know what happens when we as-

sume. So here is my advice to you freshmen, uninformed sophomores, transfers and whoever else this applies to: FIND OUT THE SECRETS OF YOUR MAJOR! Find out what tests you need to take so you can graduate and be certified to teach kids how to spell. Discover what pointless workshops you need to take that you will only forget in a week’s time. And most importantly, FIND A TRUSTING ADVISOR. If you do not believe your advisor, do what I do. Find one you do trust and believe, and get your advice from them. If you do not want to switch over because you think it is too much of a hassle, just get their advice, make your schedule, and get the okay from your “real” advisor. It is that time of year again. That time to ask all of the stupid questions that stress us out. Soon we will be refreshing the course description page every five seconds to make sure we do not have to go from our “ideal” schedule, to our “okay, but not ideal” schedule, to our “not super happy” schedule, to finally our “I’d kill myself if I have to do this” schedule. Do not go insane. Just cover all of your bases and find out what your major may be hiding from you.

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The Cons of Facebook

Deactivation Drama By ALISON LESTER Managing Editor Back in early August, I did something terrible that lasted for over three weeks straight. It was something so shocking and socially damaging that I cannot believe I have since recovered. That’s right, I deactivated my Facebook. I had been planning on deactivating my Facebook for a long time; I had daydreams of a world where people could no longer stalk my life while constantly updating me on how they woke up, went to work, and then went to bed. I did not want to go as far as deleting my profile as I realized I would probably one day have to reactivate it for various club and job-related reasons. I just wanted to take a break from the social networking giant that seemed to be consuming a large portion of my life. One night during a long car ride home, I pulled out my phone and decided to go for it. When I found and clicked on the “Deactivate your account” link, I was greeted by one of the creepiest things I have ever seen on the website. A page popped up which asked me, “Are you sure you want to deactivate your account?” It contained 5 pictures of me with some of the friends I communicate most with on Facebook. Above each of the pictures, it said, “[First name] will miss you.” Facebook’s sad attempt to guilt trip me into staying actually made me want to leave more; I could not hit the “Confirm” button fast enough. Feeling happy with my decision, I texted some of my closest friends to let them know that I had deactivated my account, and that the best way to contact me now would be by phone. Judging by some of the responses I received, you would


think I just told everyone that I like to eat babies for lunch. I got a slew of concerned and even angry text messages from people who told me that I had ruined our archived friendship (because the pictures, wall posts, and comments were all gone), that I would be out of the loop, and that I was destroying my social life. “Really? Because I’m talking to you right now,” I told one friend who claimed we would lose touch. The borderline insane reactions I got to simply deactivating my Facebook was reminiscent of the time I deleted my Myspace, back when Myspace was still popular. Everyone thought I was ruining my social life then too, but I managed to survive that break up considerably well. The fact that everyone was freaking out this much over a website reassured me that my decision to deactivate was a good one. The next few weeks were incredibly freeing as I remained stubborn. I had no idea who recently went from being “in a relationship” to “single” or who ate a turkey sandwich for lunch, and I liked it that way. Best of all, I found out who actually cared about what was going on in my life. Unfortunately, as I had predicted, I was eventually forced to reactivate my account in order to run a couple of Facebook pages. This has since caused me to relapse and update my profile on a regular basis, much to my own chagrin. I know I should probably embrace the fact that we live in a time where technology has made us constantly connected with each other and eager to know everything as soon as it happens. Instead, I cannot wait for when I can once again deactivate my Facebook account and be liberated.

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De-Friending Facebook By CHRIS SURPRENANT Arts Editor “Did you see that on Facebook?” Nope. “Oh, so you haven’t checked it today?” Nope, wrong again. Recently, I have not seen anything on Facebook, or checked it all. In fact, I have severed the lifeline that so many cling to in this day and age. I deleted my Facebook. Permanently. Why would one do such a thing, you ask? There are a number of reasons. As Betty White once said, “It sounds like a huge waste of time. I’m not going to say the people on it are losers, but that’s because I’m polite.” She is not wrong. When I was connected to the world, I was wasting lots of time. When I did not feel like reading 100 pages for any given class, I would hop on Facebook under the impression that the “news” on there really mattered. I would spend a good half an hour on the site before even cracking open my textbook. That was sick. I stepped back and asked myself what was so vitally important that I needed to spend that much time reading about the constant hygiene habits of some freelysharing friends. Nothing at all! Aside from the fact that Facebook was crippling my already rough time management skills, I realized that I was connected to a whole bunch of people, some of whom I barely knew, but only “friended” them to communicate with them for The Chronicle.

Those people have access to my personal photos, my likes and dislikes, etc.; they can see my life. I am sorry, but no thank you. Those are my memories, what significance do they have for strangers? That just adds to the “creep” factor. In the same vein, by using Facebook, you allow the company to use your photos and videos for its own use, such as ads within the site, such as “People You May Know.” Photos are still “owned” by the page owner, but permission is granted to Facebook to use it as it pleases. Once again, those are personal mementos that I do not want shared with anyone but those close to me. Privacy is also a huge issue for me. We all know how often it changes its privacy settings, so we have to remain vigilant! I find that a little absurd. When I was on good ol’ FB, I had everything set to private/only friends. However, I was informed that Facebook had changed once again, and that I should check my settings. Lo and behold, many of my preferences had been set to public. It is unnecessary for Facebook to intrude on my life in such a way. I wanted my settings private for a reason. What gives them the right to tell me what I want? Nothing; I am a human being in charge of my own privacy. Back off, Mark Zuckerberg. Coupled with the idea that Facebook can do what it wants with my information, I was also

disturbed to learn that it has a great effect on the mind. As reported by The Scientific American, a recent study was conducted that found a link between Facebook users and narcissistic personalities. In a nutshell, narcissists use the site for self-promotion, because it boosts their self-esteem through detached “friendships.” The study did not necessarily say that using Facebook makes one a narcissist, but it stands to reason. Honestly, we all post statuses to get a reaction from our “friends,” i.e. we want them to “like” what is posted. When someone comments or “likes” something, it is an automatic ego booster that says, “Yes! They like me! They really like me!” I am sorry but that is sick. I prefer to not have a narcissistic personality. Before someone tells me that Facebook is a great way to connect with people, I will stop and say I agree. The idea of Facebook is great, but its side effects not so much. Our grandparents have lived long, happy lives without social-networking sites and they seemed to have turned out A-OK. If you are at all interested in sharing this article, please call your friend to tell them about it instead of posting it as a status. After all, actually talking to a person might be a nice change of pace. They will like you for it.

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By STEPHANIE SANTIAGO Identity For the past 9 ½ years, I have been involved with the Girl Scouts of America and within those 9 ½ years, I have never heard of any Girl Scout troop accepting a transgendered child. While exploring GLSEN’s (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network) website, I came across an article that spoke about a local Colorado Girl Scout troop that took in a transgendered child who was denied entrance by another troop leader unaware of the organization's commitment to diversity and inclusion. The following is a statement from GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard about the Girl Scouts of Colorado's decision to welcome the child into the organization: "Families with transgender children have limited access to school or community resources that promote their child's healthy development. But yesterday, the Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomed a transgender child to join a local troop and become involved in its activities emphasizing empowerment, skills building and community service. “There is an outstanding need for promoting respect and inclusion in both our schools and communities. Nearly 64% of LGBT students are called names or

threatened at school simply because of their gender expression. In addition to ensuring safe and respectful schools, youth organizations like the Girl Scouts serve as significant forms of support for promoting the healthy development of children. We applaud the Girl Scouts of Colorado for extending their message of courage, confidence and character to all children who identify as girls." In my troop, we always accepted any girl regardless of gender identity. Most of them happened to be friends of mine and it was always a great time. No one ever thought of them as being different or unequal. We attended about every Girl Scout function we could get our hands on and went on being ourselves because that is what Girl Scouts gave us the freedom to do, express who we were. It is great to see that the Girl Scouts of America organization is accepting those of different gender identities into their troops. When reading articles such as these, it gives me great hope for the LGBTQ community because I believe little by little people are beginning to see how there is very little difference between being homosexual or heterosexual. I could not be any more proud to say that I am involved in an organization that is willing to open their arms to those who identify differently from others .

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Should the Game of Poker be Considered Sport or Not? The rise in popularity of poker is making people consider it a sport By JOSHUA NATOLI Staff Writer Through the past 10 years, the popularity of poker has been on the rise. Specials on sport networks have broadcasted hundreds of poker tournaments, the most popular being The World Series of Poker on ESPN. This surge in popularity has led to numerous online poker websites that have popped up over the years. Many players on various professional tours, such as Daniel Negreaau, Phil Ivey, and Chris Moneymaker, have become household names due to the popularity of the game. This game has become so popular that it has even been given the title of being a sport. A sport to me, and almost anyone else, can be defined as a competitive game that requires physical activity. Football is a sport, basketball is a sport, baseball is a sport, but poker? I don’t think so. However, I can see the argument being made for poker being a sport. Yes, you have to be on your toes and really use your head to

The World Series of Poker can be seen on ESPN Tuesday nights at 9:30 p.m. win. That can be very challenging, but chess is the same way. Is chess a sport? No. So why should poker be? I’ll admit it does take a lot of thinking to become a great poker player, but the whole game is played at a table with chairs. The International Federation of Poker has been accepted into

the International Mind Sports Association along with chess and bridge which is right where it belongs. Those games are in consideration for the Olympic Games. The ancient Greeks will roll over in their graves the day those games with no physical skills

Game or Shame? By ANDREW WILLIAMSON Contributing Writer As the World Series comes to a close, the football season has reached its midpoint and the hockey season is under way, my question is: what will happen with the NBA lockout? What will those of us who are obsessed with the pro game do? I am referring to those of us who only watch College Basketball during March Madness. We are the ones who grew up watching Michael and Shaq, Kobe and LeBron, following their every move and accomplishment. What will we do if the Lockout continues? I’ll try to speak for those of

us who will never find the same satisfaction or fulfillment watching any other sport other than an NBA game. It occurs to me that the NBA doesn’t have to worry about people like us. We will look forward to the upcoming NBA season whenever it finally takes place and as diehard fans we appreciate the game even with all its flaws. That is not something that can be promised or even expected from the casual fan. These fans watch an occasional game and probably the Finals in June. These are the fans that might not come back. But these are the fans who buy tickets to take their family to a professional game. These are

the fans that support arena concessions, purchase league merchandise, and contribute to the general economy that surrounds the game. We can all agree that we are still in tough economic times; unemployment is high and jobs are scarce. When the average American looks at the NBA lockout, they don’t care who is at fault, be it the owners or the players. They don’t care what the specific or technical differences are that neither side will give in on. All they know is that neither side, owners or players, are doing that badly in the greater


become events in the Olympics. The Olympics are about celebrating the athletic ability of different people in countries throughout the world in events like wrestling, basketball, and gymnastics. Sitting at a table playing cards for multiple hours is not what many would consider an ideal Olympic

event. If anybody has seen the movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, you know of the fake sports network created for the film called ESPN 8: The Ocho. This network featured events of the stranger sort that are on the borderline of being called sports. This is the niche that poker would fall in, along with paintball and darts. It would be good for poker so everyone knew where to watch it and ESPN could get back to broadcasting real sports. Speaking of which, if you happen to scroll through the channels and catch the World Series of Darts, watch it. I never would have thought watching two people throw darts on television could be so entertaining. This is not a hateful rant at all towards poker. I am a fan of the game and love to sit down with the guys and have a poker night, or maybe catch a few minutes of it on TV. I am just saying it’s in no contention to be considered a sport. I can see why there is such a push for poker to become a sport with the huge fan base, but hardcore fans need to realize that poker is just a game.


Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose was 2010-11 season’s MVP. scheme of things. When people are struggling financially, there is little sympathy for those who are quibbling over how many millions they are due. Basketball

may be more of a business than a game right now, but they don’t have to give their fans the business. Let’s tip off!


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Suck For Luck

The Race to get the first pick in the 2012 NFL draft is on By DAVID LEBLANC Contributing Writer Halfway through the football season it is evident that certain teams are not only fighting for the lead in their respected divisions, but for last place as well. Teams like the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts may just in fact be fighting for the first round draft pick. Some sports columnists have stated it as a race. They have coined the slogan “Suck for Luck”. But why would anyone actually be content with a losing record. After all, isn’t the main point of playing a professional sport to win? The teams who are fighting for sole possession of last place made their intentions clear, that they want quarterback Andrew Luck out of Stanford University. As we

can see, the quarterback is one of the most important positions on the football field. As seen in Indianapolis, when a quarterback goes down, it turns a play-off contender to a 0-7 team. Luck was reluctant to come out of college last year for the NFL draft. After a long process of debate, he finally concluded that he’ll play another year as a Stanford Cardinal. Luck is one of the most popular and awaited prospects since John Elway. Last year among the many awards that Luck was graced with was the runner up in the Heisman Trophy. He also was the Orange Bowl MVP, Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year, and an All American. Many sports fans disapproved of Luck’s decision to stay in school. There are many things that could affect his placement in this year’s draft. If he had gone


Stanford Quarterback Andrew Luck will most likely be the first overall draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

last year, he could have been as high as two, maybe even the number one overall. People look at the rookies who have entered this year as they begin to make their careers evident. With names like Cam Newton and Blain Gabbert, you can’t help but wonder where would’ve Luck fit in. Would he have been a stud or a dud? Regardless many things could happen in the season to come. What would have happened if he were to tear a muscle or break an arm? Would he go so high in this upcoming draft? Despite the critics, Luck stayed at his beloved Stanford University and is doing quite well. Being the junior captain, as well as the criticism, has seemed to only fuel him to succeed. Luck is having one of his most productive years as the Cardinals starting QB. Already throwing 20 touchdowns with a passing rating of 180.0, he is well on his way to becoming the number one overall pick. Some even question whether he is a Heisman candidate. Looking at Luck’s numbers, we can see that he is on pace to have the best year of his career. With only three interceptions, and already 1,888 passing yards, what can’t Andrew Luck do? Many teams want to find out. Some speculation has come about regarding this twenty-two-yearold phenom. It has been said that NFL teams such as the Dolphins and Redskins are looking to deal him right out of Stanford and into their uniforms. As Luck has already shown his fans, he can rise to almost any occasion. With the NFL being a quarterback driven league, Luck can just sit back and enjoy the ride. Will this young superstar be the next Drew Brees and Tom Brady? Only the future can tell. But as it is seen now, there is nowhere for this star to go but up.

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Cancelling the NBA Season Will Cause Long-Term Problems for League By SAM MAXWELL Staff Writer The NBA season is in jeopardy this season, as the players’ union and the owners cannot come to an agreement on the collective bargaining agreement. All games between now and the end of November are cancelled, and Christmas day games are next. At this point, the season is definitely in jeopardy. In my opinion, if the NBA loses more than half of the regular season games, it will take a very long time to re-gain the fans attention. While yes, there are diehards out there that will come crawling back to the NBA once the opening tip-off occurs, there are many fans out there that will just not come back for a while-me being one of them. One thing the NBA needs to realize is it’s not the NFL. When the NFL was in a lockout, it only made fans crave the game more, and want it to come back to us. The NFL lockout was like a bad break up: you want to be able to move on, and not care about your ex, but if they take you back, you go to them bright eyed and bushy tailed. If the NFL is the one that

got away, the NBA is the one you are not broken up about leaving. We watched the NBA because the teams in the big cities were good, and LeBron guaranteed the Heat will win every championship from now until 2027. Both of these factors made the NBA more popular than it ever was; we enjoyed watching it. However, if the season is cancelled, there will not be as many fans crying as there would have been if the NFL season was cancelled. Another thing the NBA has to realize is the league was rising in popularity, and was the most popular it had been in years. An article on sites statistics given from TNT saying it was their most watched season in their 27 years of NBA coverage. The NBA would be dumb to not come to a consensus, and take the league away from fans just when the popularity is rising again. If the players and owners cannot come to a conclusion, and the season is indeed cancelled, it may take a long time to regain its fans. The NBA is not the most popular sport in America, and it will not be able to rebound like the NFL would.


The big three of the Miami Heat might not have the chance to win their first NBA title together this season.

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Running for as Long as Possible


Senior Macky Lloyd looks to keep competitive running in the future By MICHAEL SMITH Staff Writer Senior Macky Lloyd is a three sport athlete here at Saint Rose. Lloyd competes in cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field. Lloyd has said in the past that his family has had a great influence on him, including his nickname. His full name is William Mackenzie Lloyd, the nickname Macky comes from his extended family. His mother’s side of the family has a tradition of making nicknames for each other by using an abbreviation of their middle names. Mackenzie was turned into Macky when he was little, and he has gone by that name ever since. Lloyd is from the town of Voorheesville, NY, not far from Albany. The only schools he applied to were Saint Rose and UAlbany. He said he was a very confident runner at Voorheesville High School. “I thought I was better than I was,” said Lloyd. He claimed to have good times, but that his problem was that he

ran terribly, he enjoyed the experience very much, adding that it didn’t bother him too much because he knows he will be back. Lloyd said he wants to keep running after graduation. He said he might COURTESY OF SAINT ROSE SPORTS INFORMATION OFFICE Lloyd made it to nationals during indoors last year redshirt in outdoor track this didn’t max out on his potential. spring. If he were His sister, Lauryn, played basket- to redshirt, it would allow him ball and rugby for Saint Rose’s to run on the outdoor track team conference rival, Saint Michael’s. next year when he attends Saint Lloyd said that his favorite part Rose’s graduate school for Childof Saint Rose is, “the small at- hood Education. mosphere: I know everybody, or When he finishes grad school, almost everybody by face.” He he would like to keep moving also added that he loves the stu- with a career in running. He says dent-teacher interaction. his times right now aren’t that He said that going to nationals great, but if he can get up to his last year on behalf of the indoor full potential he can hopefully track team was his best accom- get a small contract with a shoe plishment in athletics. company or a team in reference to “That was my goal since I local, competitive running teams stepped on campus as a fresh- that are fairly abundant in New man,” he said. York. Maybe even a chance to Lloyd added that although he run in the Olympic trials. Lloyd

Athletic Events for the Week Today Women’s Volleyball at Assumption 7:00p.m.

Friday Women’s Volleyball at UMass Lowell 7:00p.m.

Saturday Women’s Volleyball at Merrimack 1:00p.m.

NCAA East Regional for Cross Country in Boston, MA on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.


Lloyd has set multiple records here at Saint Rose. said he is hopeful that he will make a little money out of a career in running. When asked about what he would say to a student-athlete considering attending Saint Rose, Lloyd said that they give you the tools you need. “You get out of it what you put in,” said Lloyd. Lloyd has put a lot into it. He has been to nationals and he was second team all-conference in his

junior season in cross-country, for his work athletically. He was also named to the NE-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the spring semester, in honor of his work in the classroom.

Saint Rose Golden Knights vs. Syracuse Orange Tuesday November 8 at 7:00p.m. at the Carrier Dome Tickets on Sale Now at the Athletic Office $10.00: Game Ticket (No Transportation) $15.00: Game Ticket and Transportation (For Saint Rose Students) $20.00: Game Ticket and Transportation (Open to All)


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Cross Country Finish Ninth at NE-10 Conference Championship

By JACKSON WANG Sports Editor

finishing 54th. Brown took nearly two minutes of his personal best with a time of 26:39.49. The Golden Knights Men’s Two more runners finished in and Women’s Cross Country the top half of the NE-10 conferteams competed at the NE-10 ence championship for the Golden Conference Championships at Knights. Senior Dan Gargaro and Stanley Park in Westfield, MA on Junior Nathan Bub finished 63rd October 23rd. Both the men’s and and 83rd with times of 26:51.36 women’s squad finished ninth in and 27:24.42, respectively. the conference championship. The women’s team just missed “We went out there and com- finishing eighth by seven points. peted hard, however, the confer- Three runners finished in the top ence grew in leaps and bounds 50 in the 6k run: Sophomore Jorthis year with new talent com- dan Westcott finished 29th with a ing in and returning runners go- time of 18:58.98, Freshman Biing to a new level,” said Andrew anca Jordan finished 37th with a Rickert, head coach of men’s and time of 19:10.53, and Junior Liz women’s cross country. Dalla finished 48th with a time On the men’s team, Senior 19:22.37. Macky Lloyd broke his own “We have such a stronger school record finishing 18th of team then we did last year and the 165 runners with a time of our training was going really 25:08.73 in the 8k run. Lloyd was well,” said Junior Emma Cohen. not at full strength competing in “I thought we would at least get this race. fourth so it was a pretty big shock “He would’ve easily been when we ended up in ninth.” among the top five if he had been Four more runners finished healthy,” said Rickert. “The fact in the top 100 for the Golden that he was in as much pain as he Knights. Freshman Jess Ayotte was and he still ran like he did for and Junior Dana Welch finished the last two miles is remarkable.” 62nd and 66th with times of Next up to finish for the Golden 19:38.98 and 19:42.28. Freshman Knights was Freshman Ed Brown Molly Wellman and Junior Emma Cohen finished 72nd and 79th with times of 19:49.13 and 20:01.76. “Finishing ninth will definitely lower other team’s expectations of how we will do which I think is what we want,” said Cohen. “We would rather be the underdogs going in than having targets on our backs.” It was a bittersweet performance for the runners. The men’s side expected to finish in the top eight, while the women expected to finish COURTESY OF SAINT ROSE SPORTS INFORMATION OFFICE the top five. Still, Junior Nathan Bub finished 83rd multiple personal with a time of 27:24.42.

The women’s team had seven runners finish in the top 100.


bests were set in the same race. “It’s hard to complain as a coach when 88% of your runners achieve personal bests or season bests on the same day,” said Rickert. “I feel like we did about as good as we could, given the competition.” Last year, five runners from the women’s team finished under the time of 20:31 and took third place at the NE-10 Conference Championship. This year, eleven runners from the women’s team finished under the time of 20:33 and took ninth. The talent level has not only grown around Saint Rose, but also in the rest of the NE-10 conference. Next up for the Golden Knights will be the East Regional Championship held in Boston on November 6 at 1:30 p.m. “I know the team is looking to finish the season on a brighter note,” said Rickert. “We just need to believe in ourselves and run as a team.” COURTESY OF SAINT ROSE SPORTS INFORMATION OFFICE

Senior Dan Gargaro finished 63rd with a time of 26:51.36.

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