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Students Fight Hunger by Making Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches See Page A9 for More Photos from the Event
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Is Saint Rose in Violation at CCIM? By LAUREN SEARS Staff Writer
There has been speculation lately about the Center for Communications and Interactive Media (CCIM) from students, faculty and staff. However it’s not the kind of speculation one would expect . In fact it’s quite negative. The building has been open since the Spring of 2010. As most students know, in order to enter the academic part of the CCIM, you must enter through connecting doors from the lobby. To enter the CCIM from the outside, there
is a handicap button for people who need it. How are disabled students able to have access from the lobby to the academic part of the CCIM if there is not a button inside the lobby to allow handicap access? According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) an individual with a disability is defined as: A person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of Continued on Page A7
Students and Professors Celebrate 4th Annual National Day on Writing By JOURNALISM I
Students made over 2,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the Capital City Rescue Mission . By REGINA IANNIZZOTTO Opinion Editor A peanut butter and jelly sandwich may seem like a quick snack to some, but to others it is an entire meal. For the third year in a row, PB and Jams has surpassed
their goal by donating over 2,000 PB and Jelly sandwiches to the Capitol City Rescue Mission. The event took up the entire main lounge of tables with music playing in the background and conversation happening all over. The event was one that could not be
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missed upon walking by. In 2010, the goal was 100 and 500 were made. In 2011, the goal was 500 and 1,015 were made. This year, the goal was 1,500 and 2, 146 were made. Exceeding this Continued on Page A8
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Handwriting – putting pen, pencil or Sharpie to paper – was a focus of the 4th annual National Day on Writing celebration Thursday at The College of Saint Rose. The morning and afternoon hours were bustling around the main lounge at the Events and Athletics Center where fifth graders from the Pine Hills Elementary School visited in the morning and Journalism students gauged
the community’s take on handwriting into the afternoon. The attention to handwriting, in a world of digitized everything, was designed to underscore the work of the day’s keynote speaker Anne Trubek. Her next book, “The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting,” is scheduled for release in 2014. Trubek told The Chronicle that her curiosity about handwriting first began when her secondContinued on Page A10
Ann Wilkening retires after 22 years at Saint Rose. See pages A4
Kickin’ It With KJ: New, Old, and Everything in Between. See pages B13
Men’s soccer falls short in last home game of the season. . See page D19
Sociology professor commutes from Chicago. See pages A5
Staff writer Katherine Bakaitis gives her take on the second presidental debate. See page C16
Women’s volleyball finishes off weekend strong. See page D20
News A2 Saint Rose Not Adopting Federal Shopping Sheet The Chronicle
By JACKSON WANG Executive Editor For high school seniors, making the choice on which college or university to attend can be one of the toughest decisions they might make in their life. When students make such an important decision, a lot of factors come into play, such as campus life, academics, maybe sports, and of course, money. For some students, the cost of attending a particular institution can be the final step to finalizing their decision on whether they go or don’t go. To make prospective students’ and their family’s decision easier, the U.S. Department of Education announced last month that more than 300 institutions have voluntarily adopted the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet for the 2013-14 school year. “Our goal is to help students arrive at school each fall less worried about how they will pay for college, and more focused on how they will complete college,”
said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a press release by the department. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the Shopping Sheet is a financial aid award letter in a standardized format to help students understand their costs of attending a specific institution. The Shopping Sheet also helps students and their families compare financial aid packages from different institutions so they can make smart decisions on investing in higher education. Currently, The College of Saint Rose is not one of the 316 institutions that have voluntarily adopted the Shopping Sheet. “We haven’t decided to adopt the Shopping Sheet yet,” said Steven Dwire, Director of Financial Aid. “But we do [have] many of the same components.” Just like the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet, Saint Rose’s version also shows the tuition, housing, meals, books, supplies, transportation, and other educational cost. Both shopping sheets,
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loan. The media borrowing is the typical amount of money students borrows in Federal loans for their undergraduate study. One of the reasons Saint Rose haven’t adopted the Federal Shopping Sheet is because the refund policy at The College would change. Dwire believes the reason the U.S. Department of Education put out the Shopping Sheet is in respond to the for-profit sector. A small number of institutions would make promises to incoming student, in which the institution could not fulfill, making students not happy and transfer. But the credits the students took at that particular institution wouldn’t transfer anywhere else, which meant the student wasted time and money at that certain institution, said Dwire. “I can’t say that in two months we won’t adopt it,” said Dwire, hinting on the Federal government possibly federally mandate the Shopping Sheet in the future. But Dwire believes Saint Rose’
version is the best fit for the institution right now. For junior Carina Mahar, Saint Rose’s shopping sheet made her process a lot easier in choosing which school to attend. “It made it easier to compare costs [of each college],” said Mahar. But the cost wasn’t what made her come to Saint Rose. Mahar did like the loan options The College offers with their shopping sheet, which many of the school she applied to didn’t offer. “It made it more clear and how cost will play out in my future,” said Mahar. Whether or not Saint Rose decides to adopt the Federal Shopping Sheet, Dwire said the financial aid office will always be there to help student better understand the costs. “If a student decides to come to The College of Saint Rose, we sit down with the student and tell them what we can offer them,” said Dwire.
also show the grants and scholarships offered, and then a net cost of what the students might pay, along with work options, loan options, and other options. “The only two things we don’t
“We haven’t decided to adopt the Shopping Sheet yet. But we do [have] many of the same components” Steven Dwire have is the loan default rate and the median borrowing,” said Dwire. The loan default rate is the percentage of borrowers entering repayment and defaulting on their
The College of Saint Rose will continue to use their version of the shopping sheet.
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Seven Arrested Outside Washington Armory Foam Party On October 18th Albany Police arrested seven people after a large crowd outside the Washington Avenue Armory began to fight APD officers. The Armory was hosting a form party that had reached capacity. At 10:00 the entrance of the building became overcrowded and created a problem were several of the people waiting in line needed assistance from police and Armory employees after being crushed into the barricades. The crowd of nearly 2,000 was dispersed by APD. However, several attendants fought back against the police. During the fight, three officers were injured. The first two were treated at the scene, while the third was taken to the Albany Medical Center due to bleach like liquid being tossed
in his eyes. The seven arrested were: David Briggs, 20, of 1057 Washington Avenue Albany was charged with Riot 2nd and Resisting Arrest. Matthew O’Connell, 19, 515 Loudon Road Loudonville was charged with Riot 2nd and Resisting Arrest. Michael Saracena, 19, of 107 Sunset Terrace Troy was arrested and charged with Riot 2nd. Tyler Blake, 21, of 34 Foxglove Way Ballston Spa was charged with Disorderly Conduct. Shannon Dunn, 21, of 40 Ridgeview Patterson was charged with Disorderly Conduct. Nicole Walker, 18, of 1755 River Road, Ravena was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest.
Alex Young, 19, of 3214 Capital Street, Allentown (PA) was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Possession of a Forged Instrument. All were arraigned in the Albany City Criminal Court. The Washington Avenue Armory released a statement that they deeply regret the incidents that occurred outside the building on October 18th and are taking serious, immediate action regarding the entry procedure processes as well as other measures to keep patrons, public safety officials and the neighborhood safe during The Armory’s events. The Armory will also require additional security at these style events to further reiterate their commitment to safety.
Man Arrested for Using Stolen Cell Phone to Lure in and Rob Victim
Clinton Avent, 20, was arrested by Albany Detectives for robbing a woman on Lincoln Avenue earlier in October. Avent, of 201 Kent Street was arrested after he used a stolen cell phone to get the victim to meet with him by pretending to be the
owner of the phone on October 7th. When Avent met with the victim, he and another suspect stole her purse. Avent was also displaying a black handgun, with which the victim was hit in the side of the head.
Avent was charged with Robbery in the first degree and two counts of Robbery in the second. He was arraigned on October 11th and sent to Albany County Jail.
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Tuesday, October 23 12 p.m. Provisions - Interdisciplinary Collaboration Standish 2 p.m. Wicked Ticket Sales SEB Office 2 p.m. Comma and Semi-Colon Workshop Academic Support Center 4 p.m. MAPS ALB 109 6:30 p.m. Student Association Standish 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Fancy Fest St. Joseph Hall 7 p.m. G4G (Girls For God) Sanctuary 7 p.m. Theatre Guild Lima Basement 8 p.m. Yoga Sanctuary 9 p.m. Wicked Ticket Sales Wednesday, October 24 3:45 p.m. Environmental Club Community Service Office 4 p.m. SEB Standish 5 p.m. Mid-Week Mass Sanctuary 6:30 p.m. Stepping Through the Darkness; Living the Journey of Refugees and Immigrants 7 p.m. Spectrum Standish 7:30 p.m. BASIC Sanctuary Thursday, October 25 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Safe Zone Training Intercultural Leadership Office 3:30 p.m. Mind, Body, and Spirit The Counseling Center 6 p.m. A Reading and Book Discussion Lally Touhey Forum 6 p.m. Women’s Initiative Main Lounge Friday, October 26 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Kidsfest Campus Green 5:45 p.m. Engelke Farms Trip St. Joseph Hall 6 p.m. Orgullo Latino St. Joseph Hall 7 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Southern Connecticut St. Nolan Gym 7:30 p.m. Saint Rose Chamber Choir Concert Saturday, October 27 12 p.m. Rocktoberfest Campus Green 1 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Franklin Pierce Nolan Gym 2 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Bentley Plumeri 7:30 p.m. St. Rose Camerata Massry 9 p.m. Zomebie Quarantine EAC 10:30 p.m. Late Knight Costume Party Sunday, October 28 6 p.m. APA Style Workshop Academic Support Center 6:30 p.m. College Mass St. Vincent de Paul Church 8 p.m. Haunted EAC Main Lounge Monday, October 29 5 p.m. Chicago Style Workshop Academic Support Center 5:15 p.m. Yoga Sanctuary 7 p.m. Outside the [BOX] Lima Basement 8 p.m. Halloween Trivia St. Joseph Hall ANY student can join The Saint Rose Chronicle The Chronicle is published weekly on Tuesdays during the academic year and once during the summer months. The Chronicle is published at the facilities of The Daily Gazette of Schenectady, NY.
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Ann Wilkening Retires after 22 Years of Dedicated Service to Saint Rose By ZACHARY OLSAVICKY News Editor
The phone rings on Ann Wilkening’s desk; a quick glance, and it’s back to the conversation. It would be easy to see a gesture like that and dismiss it as nonchalance—after all, it’s understandable when someone takes their foot off the petal in their last week of work. But for Wilkening, as it’s been for her 22 years at the College of Saint Rose, it’s simply a matter of using what she describes as her best asset—“people skills.” Friday saw Wilkening’s last day at the College after working in a number of roles for the school. Her career at the College began in 1990 when she took a position as an administrative secretary at the School of Education. She served in that role for ten years before accepting a position as Assistant Director of Academic Advisement, where she helped to bring an estimated 200 transfer students to the College every year. Her past seven years were spent in the Office of International Studies, where she served both as director of the College’s Study Abroad program and, later, Director of International Studies. Interest in study abroad programs has increased dramatically in her time at the school—when she began working in academic advisement, she oversaw study abroad students, of which there were only six participants. But between 2000 and 2005, interest in study abroad programs increased enough that it became part of the Office of International Studies. Wilkening credits the change with an increase in students’ travel experiences before college. For international students, Wilkening served as a gateway to both the Saint Rose community and the culture of the United
States. Before students arrive, Wilkening would send students information about American culture—“little norms that we’re used to,” she said. Housing also presents a challenge for international students, as the College offers no on-campus living for graduate students, so Wilkening would help students to find apartments and overcome what she termed the “first obstacle” to studying in the U.S. Working with international students also taught Wilkening to speak slowly, as normal American dialogue can be too rapid for students struggling with language. She also realized that her Boston accent, suppressed but not entirely gone, could be helpful—America, she said, is “full of accents,” which helps international students to feel comfortable with their accents. Although Wilkening’s role involved serious work, such as processing visa documents, she forged strong bonds with international students. Keiko Mimuro, a graduate student in the College’s communications department, became close to Wilkening through a graduate assistantship with the Office of Community Service. “I have a lot of memories with her and I think I want to be like her,” said Mimuro, “always smiling, positive, and caring.” Her fondest memories of Wilkening involve simple conversations about jewelry, fingernail painting, and Wilkening’s children and grandchildren. “Every time she tells me about her granddaughters and sons,” Mimuro added, “she smiles like I have never seen. I can tell she is a sweet grandma as she is a sweetest person.” “She helped students who had any kind of problem—homesickness, landlord issues, opening a bank account, or getting an immunization,” said Colleen Flynn Thapalia, Director of Interna-
Ann Wilkening tional Recruitment and Admission at the College. “Anything big or small that a student needed—if it mattered to the student, it mattered to Ann.” Thapalia and Wilkening worked together closely, providing support and assistance to international students—and each other. Wilkening once nominated Thapalia for a campus service award, and gestures like that made Thapalia feel “valued and appreciated.” She also credited Wilkening with building a “foundation” for the
College’s new globalization initiative, calling it “quite a legacy.” While working at the College, Wilkening also studied part-time to earn her Bachelor’s degree as part of the school’s Experienced Adult program. Her acceptance to the program came as a surprise—it was ‘given’ to her, as it were, by her four children and husband as part of the Wilkenings’ 20th wedding anniversary. Now that she’s retired, Wilkening plans on spending more time with her children, three of which
also graduated from the College, who are scattered across the U.S. She’ interested to see how retirement will change her marriage after 44 years, as her husband also retired over the summer. Wilkening plans on “total retirement” for the foreseeable future, keeping her options open and giving herself time to discover what she wants to do—until, as she puts it, she figures out “what I want to do when I grow up again.”
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A5 Frequent Flyer Commutes to Saint Rose toTeach October 23, 2012
By LAUREN HALLIGAN Features Editor “It’s not all that odd,” is what Saint Rose sociology professor Frank Fitzgerald says about his roughly 800 mile work commute. “Yes, I live in Chicago and fly to Albany weekly where I am a full [time] professor who teaches sociology and chairs the department of sociology and criminal justice,” said Fitzgerald. He’s been going about this routine for the past 15 years. “Although my weekly commute may appear unique, and is certainly unusual, I can assure you that I often meet fellow airborne academics who are doing the same sort of thing.” A professor at the college since 1974, “About 15 years ago, I moved my residence to Chicago because my wife took a position in the sociology department at Roosevelt University. I have continued at Saint Rose because I have tenure and love the place,” said Fitzgerald. Originally from Chicago, Fitzgerald attended graduate school in New York City. One weekend after obtaining his master’s degree he set out on a camping trip to the Adirondacks, but ended up in Voorheesville’s Thatcher Park. With no plans of applying for a job that weekend, Fitzgerald and his gang were getting breakfast across from the New York State Employment Offices, decided to walk in, and “everything kind of fell into place real quick.” This semester, aside from being chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Fitzgerald is teaching four classes at a total of 16 credits. Fitzgerald has taught at the college for 38 years total. Fitzgerald said he is often asked if he also teaches in Chicago, to which he answers: “No, there’s no time to. Saint Rose is not a part time job.” A typical work week for Fitzgerald consists of flying from Chicago to Albany on Tuesday,
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teaching on Tuesday and Wednesday night, attending meetings each Wednesday and Thursday, and finally flying home on either Thursday or Friday. On the weekends, and Monday, he works from home, through email. While not traveling by plane, Fitzgerald's preferred modes of transportation are bike and foot. He travels to and from airports by a combination of these, as well as by buses and city trains in Chicago. This adds another hour on each end of the commute. Essentially, “... I spend more time traveling to and from airports than I do in the air,” said Fitzgerald. For his nights in Albany, Fitzgerald says that he “mooches” off of friends and relatives, and that he always has either a couch or bed somewhere. Although he does own a house in Albany, he rents it out, but occasionally stays there if it is vacant. In planning his weekly flights, Fitzgerald considers flights from both O'Hare and Midway airports in Illinois, into Albany International. From these airports, Fitzgerald reported that he flies Southwest Airlines and United Airlines “almost exclusively.” In regards to frequent flyer benefits or special treatment, Fitzgerald says he receives “none whatsoever,” although he does accumulate frequent flyer miles. Surprisingly, buying plane tickets is something Fitzgerald does only about four times a year, when major sales occur. He has several alerts set to tell him when that is, because it changes every year. “I watch ticket prices carefully,” he said. In the past several years, ticket prices have escalated, but by watching sales carefully Fitzgerald reports to have paid as low as $140 for a round trip. The most he ever paid for a round trip flight was $350. On average, his weekly flying expense is $220, which comparably could be similar to what some people pay each week in gas for a driving commute. When stuck with a bad week, he uses frequent flier miles to
cover the expenses. With flight times differing each week, picking flights “depends on price and schedule,” he said. Direct flights are preferable, but not always possible, according to Fitzgerald. While he “occasionally” runs into weather problems, Fitzgerald claims that it is “less frequently than you would think.” Weather issues he’s run into in the past have usually been on the way back home to Chicago. Proudly accumulating a fantastic attendance record, he reports being late to class a few times,
“I have continued at Saint Rose because I have tenure and love the place” Frank Fitzgerald and having missed a class only once or twice in his 38 years teaching at the college. All of Fitzgerald’s students have his cell phone number, which they are given on the first day of classes, after he explains his unique situation. With his Iphone and Ipad, “I’m wired,” said Fitzgerald. “Email makes it easy, ” he said, adding
that “most decisions are made through my email rather than face to face these days.” In addition to the normal airport security routine, although a very seasoned flyer, Fitzgerald still refuses to go through the metal detector scanners, with a skepticism that in 15 years or so, medical consequences will arise. Instead, Fitzgerald says he would rather be pat down. While one might think these miles traveled would wear a person down or cause them stress, “I find it mostly boring,” said Fitzgerald. He usually sleeps or reads during the one and a half or two hour flight. As an active member of an editorial board, Fitzgerald writes and publishes, but says that the airplane is “not a conducive atmosphere” for that type of work. Fitzgerald writes academic articles for “Science and Sociology,” and for the past year and a half he’s been working on writing a play. His not-yet-titled play is about a retired veteran returning home, to find that his 18 year old daughter is in the Marines. Fitzgerald says he uses playwriting as “a different forum for discussing social issues,” and that his ultimate goal is to one day have it produced. While Fitzgerald has written shorter plays in the past, even having a shorter version called “The Oddity” produced in Chica-
go last April, he has never before taken on a project of this magnitude. In writing his play, Fitzgerald often talks to men in uniform at the airports for insight, reporting that they are usually willing to talk. “We have interesting conversations,” he said. Although Fitzgerald swears it's not that uncommon, from an outsider's perspective “I travel from Chicago to Albany a few times a year and even that takes a lot out of me,” said communications student Kaitlyn Jasnica. Traveling frequently as a volleyball player as well, “I couldn't imagine doing this every week for a whole year, and I'm a seasoned flyer,” Jasnica said. When still residing in the state he works in, Fitzgerald used to have a 10 minute walking commute. “That was really nice,” he reflected. Content with his current situation, however, Fitzgerald noted, “The only real difference is the boring commute.” “I love my job. I love Saint Rose,” said Fitzgerald in regards to why he stays at his job, despite the mileage from home, calling it a “great place to work.” After nearly four decades at the job, he acknowledges that he may be close to retirement, but until then, Fitzgerald plans to continue with this unique scenario and schedule and continue teaching, commute and all.
A United Airways plane at O’Hare airport in Illinois. Fitzgerald most frequently flies out of O’Hare or Midway and takes United or Southwest Airlines.
News Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk A6
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The walk took place on Sunday, October 21, in Washington Park. 15,000 people were expected to attend and the hope was to raise one million dollars.
A team of Saint Rose students who live in Brubacher Hall.
Individuals of all ages showed up Sunday to support the fight against Breast Canncer.
Registration took place at 10 a.m. and the walk officially began at 12 p.m.
Members of team “Pink Pearls for the Girls”.
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Americans with Disabilities Act Continued From Page A1 such an impairment. This would include individuals in a wheelchair, or a legally blind person. Since The College of Saint Rose is a school and is a open campus they must comply with Title 3: Public Accommodations. Title 3 states “…they also must comply with specific requirements related to architectural standards for new and altered buildings; reasonable modifications to policies, practices and procedures; effective communication with people with hearing, vision or speech disabilities; and other access requirements.” Other access guidelines are outlined in Section 4 of the ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and facilities. Section 4.1a states: “At least one accessible route complying with 4.3
shall connect accessible building or facility entrances with all accessible spaces and elements within the building or facility.”
“There needs to be some sort of feature in place that would allow someone in a wheelchair to better access the rest of the building.” Blaise Bryant Also within Section 4.7a, b, c it states Doors: “at each accessible entrance to a building or facility, at least one door should comply
with 4.13, within a building or facility, at least one door at each accessible space shall comply with 4.13, each door that is an element of an accessible route shall comply with 4.13. The CCIM could be potentially in violation of the guidelines that were just stated. Students have spoken and had statements to say when asked about the missing handicap button in the CCIM. “I never noticed the lack of a handicap button until I had to carry bags to The Chronicle office,” said Regina Iannizzotto. “I got into the building fine but when I got inside, I had to put everything down…hold it with my foot and pick everything back up. It was an unnecessary hassle and I can only imagine what someone with a disability has to go through just to get into the building. It’s not fair.”
The front doors of the CCIM has a handicap button. “There needs to be some sort of feature in place that would allow someone in a wheelchair to better access the rest of the building,” said Blaise Bryant. “The card access points should also be put down lower, for example, the ones where the studios are locat-
ed, those are very high.” Saint Rose Facilities was contacted via email for the past few weeks to release a statement for this story, but have yet to respond back. The Chronicle was also not able to get an answer from a lawyer.
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Continued From Page A1 goal by over 500 sandwiches was an accomplishment felt by all contributors of the event. At 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, 1,000 sandwiches were already stuck together, packaged in a clear sandwich bag, and placed into a cardboard box. Throughout the event, Student Association committee members were making runs to Price Chopper for more supplies. “I’m happy SA took it under their wings,” said Student Association Director of Special Interest Groups Lori Blosser. “It’s amazing. I didn’t think in an hour we’d have 500 sandwiches.” In the center of the room was a pile of loaves of bread and on a separate table consisted jars upon jars of peanut butter and jelly. For those allergic to peanut butter, there was a “Just Jelly” station available and a separate box
available for those sandwiches. “I thought it was very kind of them to provide me a jelly station, most people do not go out of their way to accommodate someone who is nut free,” said transfer student Lauren Sears. To make the event more interesting, both The Girls Next Door and The Golden Notes sang songs for the volunteers, and then proceeded to make sandwiches. In regards to The Girls Next Door’s Liz Corey, Freshman SA Committee Member Maria Dimarzo said, “I have chills.” When their set ended, she said, “That’s all they did? I want more!” Shirts were sold for $3 each to be donated to the Rescue Mission. The shirts said “Sticking together to fight hunger.” Student Association Director of Social Activities Myles Clendenin, the founder of the event, has been in charge for the past two years. This year, due to stu-
Lori Blosser making one of the 2,000 plus PB and jelly sandwiches.
News dent teaching duties, he handed the event over to the Community Service Committee, which SA President Danielle Serrano and Blosser are in charge of. Arriving with 15 minutes left of the event, tears wet his cheeks when he heard the news that over 2,000 sandwiches were made for the Rescue Mission. “I was truly amazed by the outcome of the amount of sandwiches made by Saint Rose students. I started the PB and Jams program 2 years ago and it was great to see not only the amount of student participation increase, but the amount of sandwiches increase too.” The committee left the last four sandwiches for Myles to make giving them the final number of 2, 146 sandwiches – 646 more sandwiches than their ultimate goal. “It just warms my heart to see a student group, like the Student Association, take a longtime dream of mine and transform it into an amazing cause. I am nothing but proud!” Positive comments were heard throughout the main lounge. Junior Committee Member Jessica Parker said after making about 120 sandwiches alone, “It’s a good cause.” Sophomore Committee Member Priscilla Ly said “I did it last year and it was fun. I’ve been here since noon and have gone through 10 loaves of bread.” SA Executive Assistant Justin Whittaker helped with the purchasing of supplies and helped make sure the event went efficiently. “[The event] surpassed our goal and I think everyone involved had a good time. I think we advertised it well enough.” In hopes for the future, Whittaker said, “Next year, it will be even bigger. I think we should aim for 3,000 sandwiches.” Clendenin has similar hopes for the future. “My ultimate goal is to break a world record and make one million sandwiches. I’m serious. I want to make one million sandwiches someday.” Senior Tour Guide Lyssa Merle was giving a tour through the EAC during the event for two different groups of high school students from Queens, N.Y. and
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Myles Clendenin, founder of the event, making the final sandwiches.
The aftermath of PB and Jams on Wednesday. Bronx, N.Y. All of the students at the conclusion of their tours asked if they could be brought back to the event to make a sandwich. “I brought them over and they stayed and made one sandwich each,” said Merle. “It surprised me that they even asked and when I brought them over, they really got to see what Saint
Rose was all about. I couldn’t stop smiling!” Every year, the PB and Jams event gets bigger and better. With the goal being exceeded every year and even Saint Rose hopefuls joining in on the process, the event can only continue throughout the years.
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The Golden Notes performing during PB and Jams in the commuter lounge on Wednesday, October 17.
Students kept track of the progress made throughout the day.
Even the Golden Knight was there to cheer on the students on Wednesday.
SA Executive Assistants Justin Whittaker, Matthew Ramirez, and Patrick Burke taking a break.
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grader at the time was struggling with handwriting. Her book will offer a “lens to look at how technology is changing writing,” she said. Individuals who spoke with Journalism students shared stories about how handwriting is, or isn’t, a part of their lives. For Professor David Rice, his preferred instrument for writing by hand is a pen, but not just any pen. “I only use the Pilot G3, it’s the smoothest pen on the planet,” said Rice, who teaches English at Saint Rose. His students submit their assignments electronically and that’s how he responds. When it comes to handwritten work, Rice still scribbles out the grocery list, notes for his daughters and letters to family. The grocery list and notes are still handwritten by librarian Katherine Moss, who mostly uses computers. She remembered how important handwriting was when she was in school. “My teachers would take me out of the class and make me write in the hallway because my handwriting was so bad. When I would go up to the board my teachers would tell me to go sit down because my handwriting was too poor,” Moss said. Now, given the choice, she would bring a laptop to meetings. The task of letter writing is also a manual project for Christine Farfan, who prefers the personal approach when contacting family home in Colombia. The 20-year-
old uses a pen because it’s more comfortable than pencils, which she said give her blisters. The right writing tool is a big part of the choice for many students, a number of whom are fans of the seemingly ubiquitous Sharpie. Social Work major Mary Uboldi, types most of the time, but when she puts together her “to do” list or writes notes to colleagues on the Student Events Board, she reaches for the permanent marker. “I really love writing with Sharpies,” said Uboldi, a 21-yearold senior. The Sharpie was mentioned often on Writing Day. Kiersten Beckford, 19, colorcodes schedules for her classes and doodles throughout class to stay focused. She especially likes writing bubble letters with Sharpies for making homemade birthday cards. Lacrosse player, Patrick Sunday carries a black Sharpie at all times and reserves his cursive for his signature. He said his handwriting suffers after summer break. Employed students in retail and at restaurants use handwriting frequently. At her job at a local café, Communications major Joanna Clark, uses a pen to take orders in person and over the phone. The same goes for 18-year-old Suzie Hogan, who also serves food. “Not only do I use my handwriting for homework and papers, but also at my waitress-
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ing job. It is important that my handwriting is legible for my coworkers,” Hogan said. “I take pride in all my writing, no matter what it is and no matter what kind of technology I use, it does not effect the way I write.” Taking notes, homework and doing her work at Game Stop all require Elizabeth Tryon to use handwriting. “The things I write down are things I could never remember if I were to type them,” she said. “For example, I can’t type out notes in class with technology, I just can’t remember.” When it comes to tackling school work, approaches vary. “Technology just makes everything easier because it is easier to manipulate and duplicate information,” said Christopher Healy, an accounting grad student. Besides a bit of note taking for classes, he uses Microsoft Excel and Word for his course work. He doesn’t need a calculator or pen because the computer does it for him. For in-class work, traditional note-taking is preferred. Education major Kiersten Beckford, 19, uses handwriting for note taking in class and for her sign language homework. “I only use my computer when I have to write a paper,” she said. “I am a faster writer than a typer,” said Laasia Brown, a 21-year-old Sociology major. “If you write it down, you can take it anywhere,” Brown noted. Joe Caccia, a sophomore, said: “I use a pen more than I use technology to write.” Matt DeBiase, 22, and a Psychology major, thinks a notepad is more convenient to bring to class than a computer. Lauren Yarber, 19, writes in her planner and on sticky notes. She favors a pen with pink ink for her leisure writing, but for the longer projects she says, “I can’t handwrite a 20-page paper, so I type it.” In her job in Student Affairs Imani Carrasquillo, 26, uses a pen more than a computer, but in her work as an MBA student, it’s the
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Old typewriters on display for National Day on Writing.
Journalism one student, Alex Korcz, interviewing English Professor David Rice. computer. When Communications Sciences and Disorders major Krystal Bartles works with children with autism, she uses writing as a visual aid to provide a sequence of events. Another CSD major, Kaitlyn Brooks, 24, finds that writing on the board is an effective strategy in her work. Amanda Prinz, a junior, and Rebecca Malboeuf, a grad student, use handwriting frequently: for lesson plans, notes to self, planners, journals, letters and class notes, and they use pens, sharpies, highlighters and crayons. “I learn and process better” when using handwriting, Malboeuf said. In the athletic training area, Jessup Pierce, assistant athletic trainer, said that he uses the required black ink to write injury reports, treatment notes, insurance claims and rehab logs. Letter writing to her brother in boot camp helps 19-year-old Bri-
anna Scparta with her spelling. But writing by hand can be a messy business for many, like Elizabeth Venizelos who said the smudges from pen ink are bothersome and holding a pen cramps her hand. Another benefit of handwriting, would be an improvement in children’s grammar usage, said Vicky Allaman, a graduate student. “Pen and paper doesn’t autocorrect,” said Allaman, who also questioned the effectiveness of SmartBoards. “When we get that big solar blast and we have to lose technology, then what are we going to do?” The following students contributed to this story: Blaise Bryant, EJ Carella, Mike Grundig, Alyssa DeGilio, Eddie Kadhim, Lauren Klose, Alex Korcz, Sam Maxwell, Kaylee Pagano, Sam Short, Mike Smith, Dan Stawarz, Saeda Thomas, Jourdan Thompson, Tori Walters-Lemenze and Becky Wisniewski.
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Student Association Profiles Student Association Director of Special Activities Myles Clendenin “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne Graduation Year: 2013 Major: Childhood Education/ Special Education Dual By REGINA IANNIZZOTTO Opinion Editor
Student Association Director of Special Activities Myles Clendenin is a Childhood/Special Education Major with a concentration in English. He oversees two of the largest clubs on the Saint Rose campus. One club is MEISA, and the other is the Student Events Boards – which provides events like themed bingo, comedians such as Ralphie May, and trips such as upcoming Wicked. Clendenin is in charge of the Fall and Spring Activities Fairs where the clubs of Saint Rose can come together to gain mem-
bership. He is also in charge of the blood drives each semester, which was said to be a huge success with its ‘dino’ theme this Fall semester. Each semester, there are music events that Clendenin takes leadership with: Harvest Fest and Rose Rock. Harvest Fest this year has turned into Fancy Fest, and Rose Rock will provide the Saint Rose community with music from a popular artist which students may vote for. Choosing this position in SA was a big decision for Clendenin. As a big supporter of events, Clendenin wanted to take charge in the planning position for students. As well as his SA position, Clendenin has spread his positive spirit all over campus. He is
an RA, a tour guide, a blogger for the PR Office, and is currently student teaching. “How do I do it all? A POSITIVE ATTITUDE!” In the small amount of spare time, Clendenin reads comic books, watches cartoon, plays video games, watches movies, and most importantly, naps. Clendenin undertakes the responsibility of PB & Jams, making it bigger and better every year. His favorite memory at Saint Rose was last year’s PB & Jams. Students surpassed their goal of 500 and made 1,015 peanut butter and jelly, as well as just jelly, sandwiches for numerous homeless shelters in Albany. “At the end of the day, I care about the students at this college and I want to make sure they… have a great time.”
Student Association Director of Special Activities, Myles Clendenin.
Student Association Director of Special Interest Groups Lori Blosser “The only life worth living is one that you’re really passionate about.” – Glee Graduation Year: 2013 Major: English / Adolescent Education By REGINA IANNIZZOTTO Opinion Editor
Student Association Director of Special Interest Groups, Lori Blosser.
Being involved on campus is a major part of Student Association Director of Special Interest Groups Lori Blosser’s life. Being an English Adolescent Education major is just one of the many traits that make Blosser unique – or it could be her obsession with headbands with bows; she is never seen without one. Blosser oversees the non-academic clubs and make sure they are following policies and proce-
dures, as well as managing their budgets. Blosser is co-chair on the community service committee with Student Association President Danielle Serrano and plan events such as Shed Your Clothes, PB and Jams, and many other events on campus. Blosser decided on Student Association to “gain leadership kills and … meet new people because of all the clubs.” Meeting new people is her favorite part of the job. Choosing to be the Director of Special Interest Groups was not a very difficult decision, since she held the position last year. “I wanted to continue doing it this
year because I love working with my clubs and helping people.” In her spare time, Blosser enjoys hanging out with friends and relaxing in her bed, as well as singing. Her favorite memory from Saint Rose was Fall CLASSIC. Blosser said the bonding time she had with the board was so much fun and she liked meeting other Saint Rose students. “It also helps our board grow and become closer!” Being part of SA has had a positive impact on Blosser. “I love that I become involved on campus… I met some amazing friends because of it and it has shaped my college experience.”
Arts B12 Meet the New Paranormal Activity Sequel, the Same as the Old Paranormal Activity Sequel The Chronicle
By M. WILLIAM SMITH Staff Writer The Paranormal Activity series has been a studio executive’s dream franchise. They’re incredibly cheap to make: you don’t have to pay big-name actors, you don’t have to buy good, expensive cameras, and you don’t have to spend money on complicated special effects. Plus, the films are able to shoot fast enough to have a new film out every year. And of course, the movies make a lot of money.
“They seem to understand the limitations of the format, and that results in the two finding creative ways to get around them.” M. William Smith What’s great, then, is that the films have been surprisingly consistent up to this point. The first Paranormal Activity film was a standard haunted house thriller, but took advantage of the found footage format to put a relatively new spin on the genre. The second film was essentially a retread of the first, but expanded the mythology in interesting ways that paved the way for Paranormal Activity 3, undoubtedly the best in the franchise and one of my favorite horror films of the last few years. Paranormal Activity 3 mixed the mythology of the second film with the consistent scares of the first film, while experimenting with different aspects of the found footage format. When it was announced that
Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the directors of the third film, would also direct the fourth, I was excited to see how they could further the series and see if any of the questions raised in the previous films would finally be answered. And though Paranormal Activity 4 mostly plays it safe, there’s enough good in this film to recommend to the people who were already going to see it anyway; non-fans may find less to appreciate here. The film picks up five years after the events of Paranormal Activity 2, and follows a family unrelated to the one featured in the previous films. When the neighbor kid across the street has to stay at their house for a couple of days, weird things start happening around the house and to the young adopted son, Wyatt. If you’ve seen the other films, you know the drill. Alex, the teenage daughter, and her boyfriend, Ben, set up cameras around the house to capture footage of the weird events, but nobody will give them the time of day until it is too late. Unfortunately, the film does not expand the mythology in the way the second and third films did, and is mostly reliant on scares that were done better in previous entries in the franchise. It does leave the viewer with a few more questions, which may one day be answered in Paranormal Activity 5 (or 6… or 7… or 8). What Joost and Schulman do right is to continue their experimentation with the found footage format that they did in the third film. They seem to understand the limitations of the format, and that results in the two finding creative ways to get around them. In the third film, which took place in 1988, a time when video technology was not nearly advanced as it is today, the best scares in the film came from the ingenious idea to put a camera on a rotating fan,
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In the fourth film of the popular horror franchise Paranormal Activity, sometimes it’s more about what the audience doesn’t see. The film is not necessarily as innovative as its predecessors, but it’s still good for a few scares. giving the viewer a full view of the entire room, creating a more suspenseful and more rewarding scare. In this film, they push the limits even further, and utilize
“What I like about this franchise, and about this film in the franchise, is that it understands that what you don’t see is usually much scarier than what you do see.” techniques like web chats between Alex and Sam or a room
illuminated by the light of an XBOX Kinect to give the franchise something it hasn’t seen before. What I like about this franchise, and about this film in the franchise, is that it understands that what you don’t see is usually much scarier than what you do see. Throughout each film, the main force at work is left to the imagination of the viewer, creating a more discomforting experience than simply showing the monster early on (for an example of a film that does not understand this rule, see Insidious. Or don’t. Seriously, that monster looked like Darth Maul). By building this feeling of tension throughout the film, the viewer can usually count on a more rewarding experience.
Ultimately, though, very little of consequence happens in the film until the very end. Fans of the franchise should enjoy it. People who have never liked the franchise will not. It’s as simple as that. I look forward to seeing what the fifth film can bring to the table, and I hope Joost and Schulman stick with it, as their style has been the best thing that has happened to this franchise over the course of the four films. In terms of the quality of a horror franchise over the course of several sequels, right now Paranormal Activity has a better batting average than most, and with any luck, that will continue over the next installments. Final Grade: B
Arts B13 Kickin’ It With KJ: New, Old, and Everything in Between
October 23, 2012
By KEVIN JACOB Staff Writer Welcome all, to another edition of Kickin’ It With KJ. I’ve been busy the last couple of weeks but it’s good to be back with another edition of the column that everybody loves. In the past couple of weeks, some really consistent mixtapes and albums have come out and there’s even been some miscellaneous singles that I’ve been enjoying as well. So let’s get into things.
Freddie Gibbs: Baby Face Killa Gangsta Gibbs drops another consistent mixtape on us with Baby Face Killa. To me, Freddie Gibbs is really only one of the last Gangsta rappers left. With a rapid fire flow, Gibbs kills tracks such as “BFK” and “Still Livin’,” but he also has a better slow down flow on tracks such as “Bout It Bout It” (which if this doesn’t get Gibbs radio play while staying true to his style, I don’t know what will) and “Boxframe Cadillac”. He’s very diverse with his songs, having tracks like “Kush Cloud,” which is unlikely combination having SpaceGhostPurrp and Krayzie Bone join him and that satisfies the stoner crowd. He’s also got some real Jazzy slowed down tracks such as “Krazy” with Jay Rock and Jadakiss and “Walk in with the M.O.” with Dom Kennedy, which will appease Hip-Hop purists. Gibbs is a pimp and very reminiscent of, to me at least, Snoop because he still brings that hard gangsta persona but can also give you that almost G-Funk smooth vibe from his music. I hope for Gibbs’ debut album to come soon because, if it sounds anything like this mixtape, it’s gonna be a hit.
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Retro Su$hi: Kung-Fu in Japan As you may recall, a while ago I wrote a column regarding the Atlanta collective Two-9 and their awesome mixtape “Two9 Forever”. Well a group within the Two-9 Mecca Retro Su$hi released a new mixtape on us called Kung-Fu in Japan. I was a bit skeptical at first, but after listening to this thing for a while, I can tell you that it’s made a great impression on me. The whole tape has a pretty chill vibe to it and tracks such as “Cool Kong,” “Progress,” and “Zonin” are all really funky, almost Organized Noize-sounding cuts. My personal favorites off of this one are “Mattress/They Know” which is produced by Two-9’s own Curtis Williams and “Toot$” which is a hard-hitting soul track produced by the groups own CEEJ. “Toot$,” to me, is the most lyrical track on the whole project, so if you’re into more of the lyrics than the beats, you may want to check that out. Two-9 is actually going to be at the A3C Festival in Atlanta this weekend. This could be the step to really having Two-9 blow up. You heard it here first.
MellowHype: Numbers The group within Odd Future has finally released their full length official debut. As a fan of Odd Future for a while, it’s great to see Hodgy and Left Brain release this album, and it doesn’t disappoint. The album starts off with “Grill” which is an eerie Houston influenced beat and has Left Brain spitting probably one of his best verses on it. The chorus gets a little annoying by the end, but it’s a solid start.
Since Freddie Gibbs offers up a pretty solid new mixtape with Baby Face Killa, hopefully his new album will be just as good. Hodgy seems to have stepped up his rhymes on the project and it’s evident on tracks such as “P2 (where Earl Sweatshirt delivers one of the best verses of the project),”Untitled L,” “Snare,” and “GNC”. Left Brain really shines throughout the project though advancing his sound greatly contributing great beats such as “65/ Breakfast” and “Brain” which has easily one of the best beats on the album with the brilliant horns it has. Although there are some tracks that I could live without such as “Leflair” (the chorus is close to unbearable), and “Break” I thought the album was great and really shows how much stronger that Odd Future is really getting. Congrats to MellowHype on a job well done.
Quick Snippets on Some Other Projects Quick Snippets might soon be included to the column permanently just to give some fast facts on projects that I don’t have a really big insight on but the people may care about.
MGK: Lace Up
On his full label debut, you can’t argue that the kid can rap. But the production behind him? Yikes.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: The Heist
I’m not gonna even lie. I just hated everything about this album. For some reason, I just can’t get into Macklemore. I don’t know why.
Trash Talk: 119
If you’re into hardcore punk, then let me tell you, this is the album you should be listening to. So raw and intense in its content, Trash Talk kills on their new album.
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I Can’t Believe You Watched That:
Mouse Hunt (1997)
October 23, 2012
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By RACHEL M. BOLTON Managing Editor
cheese from the traps, and to turn all of the brothers’ attacks against it back on them, despite being How much trouble could one about three inches long and lacklittle mouse be? Apparently, quite ing opposable thumbs. a lot in the 1997 film Mouse Hunt. Mouse Hunt is set in a retro fifThis film has a simple premise: ties world that suits the plot well. two brothers try to get rid of the Best of all, the actors are full titular creature. But, the fun is of ham. As Ernie, Nathan Lane how complex and ridiculous the doesn’t chew the scenery; he eats measures the two parties go to it, and even finds a way to sneak eliminate the other. I saw this film in a “Hakuna Matata.” Lars is when it first an entertaining came out in and “Mouse Hunt is my man-child, theatres. It has the brothers do favorite subgenre of have great coaged well and I believe that it is comedy, black— and medic chemisan underappretry. it’s as black as it can ciated gem. The mouse, Mouse Hunt get for a family film.” as obnoxious is my favoras it is, is cute ite subgenre and you do feel Rachel M. Bolton of comedy, bad that the two black— and it’s buffoons are as black as it messing up his can get for a family film. It begins home. Thankfully, this is not one at the funeral of Ernie and Lars of those movies with a talking Smutz’s father, played by Nathan animal in it. The mouse “speaks” Lane and Lee Evans respectively. to the audience with is antics. UnThe two brothers accidentally like the gopher in Caddyshack, drop the front of their father’s the mouse is either a real mouse casket and the body ends up fly- of CGI. ing through the air and then down The film also has the joy of into an open sewer drain. Christopher Walken as a deThe brothers are left with their ranged exterminator who believes father’s decaying string factory, that the mouse is listening to him and soon learn that they are also speaking. William Hickey plays now the owners of a large di- the Smutz father, better known lapidated house. Due to recent as Uncle Louis from Christmas problems in their personal lives, Vacation. The mouse is not the Ernie and Lars have nowhere else only crazy animal here; of course, to go but the house. Shortly after a mouse has to be chased by a they arrive, they find out that that monstrous feline named Catzilla. house was designed by a famous I highly recommend Mouse architect, making it extremely Hunt. It’s hilarious, the jokes are valuable. The brothers begin ren- clever, and the physical humor is ovating the house, except that the builds and gets more outrageous previous resident does not want as the movie continues. Verbal them to. humor is sneaky and it takes a The mouse is not an ordinary few times to catch all the jokes. rodent. It is deviously clever, and, It’s available on Netflix stream as Ernie phrases it, “Hitler with and it will be a good watch for a tail.” It finds ways to steal the this weekend.
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Where’s the History on The History Channel: And the “Learning” on TLC By BRIAN HUBERT Contributing Writer Way back in the ye olden days of the 90’s, The History Channel actually featured shows that involved history, from World War II documentaries full of old newsreel footage to Civil War and Revolutionary War documentaries that made very liberal use of digital video effects back when they were new and exciting. Back then; The History Channel was the place to go for history on television. If you have turned on The History Channel in the last few years, you will notice that is not the case anymore. Today’s History Channel has moved the pawnshop from the wrong side of the tracks into our living room, while serving it up with a big side helping of Ice Road Truckers, Swamp People, and Larry the Cable Guy. Viewers looking for George Washington, Abe Lincoln, FDR, and Martin Luther King Jr. have to turn to the network’s sister channel, H2, buried deep in the cable lineup. It is unlikely anyone will make the effort to find it. Not too long ago, an executive from the network’s parent, A & E Entertainment, boasted in an article in the New York Times Business Section about the channel’s new slogan, “History Made Every Day” and how it reflected a change in direction for the net-
work; A change that has seen a cast of founding fathers and Civil Rights leaders replaced with a lineup of pawnshop proprietors and alligator hunters. The executive was also quick to point out how this change led to great ratings success. The cable reality game is not limited to the History Channel. Perhaps more troubling is the Case of TLC, which once stood for The Learning Channel. Now, the goal of TLC could not be further from learning. This network, once known for its nature and travel documentaries, has turned to public humiliation as a form of entertainment. In the 1700’s, public humiliation was a form of punishment for the town drunk who had his neck locked in the pillory for the night. Unable to move, he would be subject to the wrath of the townsfolk who would hurl insults and the occasional vegetable in his direction. Today, public humiliation is not a punishment. Instead it is comical and is something ordinary people will go through to be on TV. One the worst examples of this is TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo. This reality show features the exploits of a rural Georgia family whose young daughter is trying to be in a local beauty pageant. I have have never watched this show, or ever
plan to, but it seems amazing to me how willing people are to give up their dignity and any sense of privacy they have to have their 15 seconds of fame on reality TV. The fact that one of the contestants is a child only makes the “exploitation” part worse. What will happen to this child when the lights fade and the cameras leave? The contestants do not realize they are not “stars” in the traditional sense. Instead, the corporate media titans who own these networks view them as cogs in the reality TV machine of unscripted, raw, cheap–to–produce programming that costs a fraction of the comedies and dramas that filled prime time television slots in the 90’s. Despite the continued exploitation of adults and children by these television titans, there is a way to enact change. It is your remote. Turn it off, read a book, go to a museum, or maybe just watch some football instead. There have been some great NFL games so far this season with the Giants, Bills, and even the Jets, all in the hunt for the playoffs. If enough people quit watching, ratings will decline, the networks will lose advertising dollars, and profits will shrink. Dollars and cents lost, that is a strong message in the native tongue of television executives.
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Pens of Pride A Week of Compassion and Rainbows
By SHANELL HANNA Identity This past week at Saint Rose has been quite eventful. With many clubs on campus raising awareness to issues like domestic violence and finding a cure for breast cancer, it was nice to see to how involved the students at Saint Rose are. However, during this busy time there was another issue that was being brought to people’s attention. This week was Ally Week, a week when people take a stand to fight against bullying of those who identify as LGBT and vow to support them. To raise awareness for Ally Week, Identity (the gay–straight alliance club) made posters to inform students of what they would be doing to honor the week. During the week, Identity did tabling events where students could sign their names to show that they were allies. Appropriately, the students signed their names in an array of colors, seeing that the rainbow is a well-recognized sign of support for the LGBT community. As a member of the LGBT community, I was more than hap-
py to sign to show my support. Students also showed their support by sporting rainbow ribbons, which were given to them by Identity members. Along with the ribbon came a card which gave supporters a better understanding of what it meant to be an ally and how their support was greatly appreciated. But of course, being an ally means more than just signing your name and wearing a rainbow ribbon. It means that you are vowing to make a change so that everyone regardless of sexual identity can lead happier and safer lives. Seeing that many things are being brought to people’s attention this month I was pleasantly surprised that a weeklong event has received an equal amount attention and a great amount of support. It is fair to say that Ally week here was successful and hopefully the future holds more successful efforts as we move toward making the world a safer and happier place – not only for the LGBT community, but for everyone. For anyone interested in joining, Identity meets Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. in the Lima basement.
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The Second Presidential Debate, A Few Stabs, A Few Lies, A Few Still Confused By KATHERINE BAKAITIS Staff Writer President Obama and Governor Romney head-butted once again, with greater force, in the second presidential debate on Tuesday, October 16th. Straight out of the gate, Obama pursued his GOP challenger with more vigor and gusto, a strong contrast to his performance in the first debate. The president managed to sway at least some of the Democrat’s confidence back. Romney’s main goal was to remind voters that Obama has failed to live up to this promises in 2008, while Obama sought to hold Romney to his conservative pledges. This debate was actually somewhat funny at times (actually, anything was funnier compared to the sad performance given to us in the first debate). At one point or more, the two candidates physically got in each other’s faces. Romney actually approached the president to bellow “You’ll get your chance in a moment, I’m still speaking”. Romney, and Obama at times, attempted to interrupt the moderator, Candy Crowley, but she proved to be tougher that Jim Lehrer, putting both boys in their place. Not only was the drama flourishing on stage, but it was heating up in the audience where Romney’s son, Tagg (great name), actually wanted to “take a swing” at the president for calling his father a liar. He was joking, naturally, when he admitted this on radio, but some people have taken the comment a little far out of context. Most people were saying how it was a racist slur, telling that “Obama boy” to mind his place. Tagg Romney probably did not mean the comment in that way, but talking about assaulting the president is no joking matter. What has turned into a joking matter is Romney’s “binders full of women” comment. One can just imagine Romney saying, in reflection of Silence of
the Lambs, “It puts the lotion on its skin or gets put in the binder again!” You just know somewhere during that part of the debate Bill Clinton was shaking his head in approval of this “binder”. Speaking of women, both candidates have taken to courting them for their vote. Though it is pretty clear Obama is winning this group, it is not stopping Romney to spew lies to lure women to his side. During the debate, Romney announced that "In the last four years, women have lost 580,000 jobs.” This math is simply incorrect. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has concluded that the number of payroll jobs for women has declined by 82,000 jobs since February 2009. Even if calculated from January, the number is 283,000 jobs, not 580,000. Romney was probably using an out-of-date number based on data from March when the GOP primary was finishing up. Despite Romney’s outdated figures, the fact still holds that jobs were still lost. Obama is being criticized for saying Romney has endorsed a 2012 Arizona law on immigration that dictates "law enforcement officers could stop folks because they suspected maybe they looked like they might be undocumented workers and check their papers". Obama also went on to say how Romney thought this could be a “model for the nation”. In fact, Romney endorsed a different immigration law that was passed in 2007, which requires employers to electronically check the immigration status of their employees. Probably one of the biggest topics touched upon in the debate was Obama’s response to the embassy attack in Libya. Once again, Romney claimed that Obama did not call the attack an “act of terror” until fourteen days after the tragedy, and, once again, Romney was (correctly) told otherwise. This time, it was not the fact-checkers after the debate that caught Romney’s lie; it was the
moderator, Candy Crowley, that told Romney what’s what (breaking every rule in the moderator’s handbook). Immediately after Romney’s statement, Candy corrected him by saying that the president actually did call it an act of terrorism during a press conference in White House Rose Garden the day after the attack. Obama struck back at Romney by criticizing his response as well; "While we were still dealing with our diplomats being threatened, Gov. Romney put out a press release, trying to make political points, and that is not how a commander in chief operates." The debate about energy proved to be a fierce topic on Tuesday. Neither candidate probably won over the environmentalists. Obama proposed “natural gas”/hydro-fracking (not good for water), and Romney wants to drill for oil in Alaska (an even worse proposal). Romney did not seem to understand how drilling could be a bad idea, “only a few birds died”, and hydro-fracking has the potential to set water on fire. It looks like we might need to pick the lesser of two evils. The topic of energy was not always painful to listen to. Obama proposed alternative energy and "most importantly, we're also starting to build cars that are more efficient. And that's creating jobs." Lies were spewed, topics were skipped, and lines were talked over – not very statesmen like, but politicians have abandoned that a while ago. There is no doubt that this debate certainly has jumpstarted (if only a little bit) the race to the White House. Both candidates are virtually neck and neck in the polls, and unless something drastic happens between now and November 6th, it looks like this race will not be won by a landslide. Let’s hope these candidates will not just talk change, and do it.
Guy in Centennial: “If we play ‘Call Me Maybe’, I’m leaving the band.” Guy in Centennial: “You love me because I’m difficult and you want to change me.” Guy in Centennial: I’m the best virtual skateboarder in the world.” Girl in EAC: “Why is he shoved unerneath the stairs like Harry Potter?” Guy in Centennial: “If I pop my collar, I’m gonna have to change my name to Chad or something.” Guy in Massry: “I always cut my nails because of guitar, but I forget about my toes.” Guy in Massry: “That song reminded me of your life. Dissonant and awful.” Guy Walking: “Cricket is the worst sport ever. It’s worse than baseball.” Guy 1 in CCIM: “What varsity sport were you in high school?” Guy 2: “Bowling.”
Guy 1 in CCIM: “I choose Canada.” Guy 2: “No Canada.” Guy 1: “Maple Syrup!” Guy 2: “Vermont has maple syrup.” Guy 1 in Main Lounge: “What size are you?” Guy 2: “Size awesome.” Guy in Main Lounge: “It’s a dance craze. It’s like the hokey pokey only Korean.” Girl Walking: “Hurry up!” Guy: “I’m only as fast as the Saint Rose internet!”
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The Environmentalist Organic Eating Done Right By COURTNEY CARR Environmental Club It is no surprise that different words or phrases make people think or feel different things. For example, if someone read the words “class canceled” chances are that they would become 10 times happier than they were before they read the words. Following this logic, when someone hears the words “organic food” some people are instantly put off to the idea and will not give it a chance just because of the connotation the words give off. With this in mind, it is my belief that everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but it is also my belief that organic food can taste good and, if done well, it can be straight up delicious. As most sweeping statements, like organic food being delicious, require proof I will talk about the nearly 90 people that came to the Environmental Club’s Organic Appreciation Day event. Organic Appreciation Day was held on October 15 in the Main Lounge at 7 p.m. and was organized to get people excited about organic eating options. As feeding 90 people is no small task, members of the Environmental Club cooked over 6 pounds of pasta, prepared 60 meatballs, made both cookies and brownies, and tossed a salad. Everything that the club served
was organic, including the salad dressing and sweet tea that was served throughout the event. People that attended were shocked to find that eating organically can actually taste good and because of this, all of the food was gone within just two hours. When the Environmental Club is not around to make students healthy and organic food, it is important to know that eating this way is easy to do on your own. Most grocery stores in the area have organic food sections in which daily staples can be found to swap out in your diet. Also, important to note is that in the produce sections of grocery stores anything with a ‘9’ in front of a ‘PLU’ is organic. If that does not make sense to you, here is an example: 4011 would be regular bananas, but 94011 would be organic bananas (I may or may not have worked in a market once). Although I know it may be nearly impossible to convert people into broadening their food choices, the Environmental Club would just like everyone to keep an open mind. Like with our stance on energy conservation, we are suggesting baby steps when trying to change daily habits. Instead of opting for a chocolate cookie, why not try eating an organic one – after all, the 90 students that attended Organic Appreciation Day were brave enough to do it (and they liked it).
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D18 Sports Yankees Struggle to Put it Together in Postseason The Chronicle
By NICHOLAS BUONANNO Staff Writer The New York Yankees ended their long season against the Detroit Tigers this past Thursday, getting swept in the American League Championship Series. Although the Yankees ended the regular season with a good streak and first place finish, once the post season started the team just could not hit the ball well especially with runners in scoring position. The Yankees barely hit enough to win close late games in the first round of the playoffs against the Baltimore Orioles. Veteran outfielder Raul Ibanez kept hitting clutch game-tying and winning home runs to help the team gain the lead to advance. In the American League Division Series the Yankees had good pitching performances from their starters and bullpen in order to keep the team close in the game
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to give them that chance to come back and win. After the Yankees beat the Orioles, the team still could not hit the ball and were not able to get any offense going. They blew many opportunities to hit runs in against the Tigers, leaving many runners in scoring position. Eight hitters on the Yankees had a batting average of .250 or less, when that many hitters are playing that bad it makes it hard to win baseball games. Players like Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher did not even crack the .200 mark. Granderson lead the Yankees in homeruns in the regular season with 43 but in the post season only hit one homerun and had three hits total. Nick Swisher only had five hits total in the postseason in 30 at bats. The highest paid New York Yankee, third basemen Alex Rodriquez, was the biggest post season upset for the team. Alex
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Alex Rodriguez’s struggles seemed to be at the center of the Yankees downfall.
Curtis Granderson’s strikeout totals also contributed to the Yankees postseason failure.
A healthy Derek Jeter was one of the few things keeping the Yankees alive.
struggled all postseason only getting five hits in 25 at bats. The Yankees ended up going as far as benching their star player. Even though many other hitters struggled, Alex Rodriquez’ hardships seemed to get the most attention since people expect him to play and be the team’s clean up and power hitter. Even with benching Alex Rodriguez, the team’s
backup third basemen veteran Eric Chavez had zero hits in 16 at bats, which just added to the list of players who could not produce any hits or runs against the Tigers. Not only was the whole team playing bad against the Tigers, Yankee spirits seemed to go down after team captain shortstop, Derek Jeter, went down fielding a ball against the Tigers. Derek Jeter
was carried off the field with a fractured ankle and was unable to finish the playoffs. The captain had the most hits in the regular season and also had the highest average in the postseason, batting .333 before his injury. No one on the team could help pick up from the loss of their top hitter, which almost made impossible for the Yankees to win any games.
D19 Golden Knights defeated by Stonehill at Home
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By SHAWN BERMAN Staff Writer In their final home game of the regular season, The College of Saint Rose Men’s Soccer team suited up and hosted fellow Northeast-10 Conference rival, The Skyhawks of Stonehill College. The College of Saint Rose generated an 18-12 shot advantage and produced eight corner kicks, while only giving up a pair to Stonehill College. Both The Golden Knights and Skyhawks recorded seven shots-on-target, but Stonehill capitalized the most with their opportunities to score, despite Saint Rose’s ability to dominate the pace of the game throughout several stretches of it. This game was truly a matter of inches and potential threats for The College of Saint Rose, which
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could have changed the final outcome for them. At the 19:35 mark in the first period, junior forward Jacob Sand had a look at an open goal, but was cleared away at the last second. Then three minutes into the second period, freshman midfielder Massimo Smiroldo just missed on a free kick that rattled the crossbar. The game remained at a 0-0 tie going into the second period, until senior midfielder Jonathan Hope drove home a loose ball for the Skyhawks at the 38:29 mark, giving him his second goal of the season. Junior midfielder Kevin Gilmartin also recorded his third assist of the season on that same play. 95 seconds later, Stonehill scored again when sophomore midfielder Tyler Brondyk chipped a through ball from freshman forward Drew Montano into the top right, giving Brondyk
Alan McCann pushing the ball down the field against the Skyhawks.
his third goal of the season, and a 2-0 Skyhawks lead. The College of Saint Rose responded to this deficit at the 23:37 mark when junior forward Jacob Sand headed home a cross from Smiroldo, making it a 2-1 game. This was Sand’s first goal of the season, and Smiroldo’s second assist of the season. However, Stonehill scored twice in the 74th minute, to make it a 4-1 lead. Sophomore forward Cam McDonough scored his first goal of the season on a header. Montano also charted his second assist of the game on that play as well. 25 seconds later, Montano scored his third goal of the season when he converted on a cross from freshman midfielder RJ Aprile. Additionally, this was also Aprile’s first assist of the year. Smiroldo rounded out the scoring for The Golden Knights when he scored his third goal of the season on a cross from freshman midfielder Martin Schlegel to make it a 4-2 game. Furthermore, Schlegel also tallied up his first assist on that play. Senior keeper James Taber recorded three saves for The Golden Knights, giving him 38 saves on the season. Looking ahead, The College of Saint Rose travels to Manchester this Tuesday to take on 15th ranked and Northeast-10 Coference rival, The Penmen of Southern New Hampshire University. The Penmen are currently 12-3, and 8-3 in conference play. Game time is set for 4 p.m.
Junior Jacob Sand scored his first goal of the season against Stonehill.
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Sports Golden Knights Finish Off Weekend Strong
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The Golden Knights fended off two opponents during their road trip this past weekend. By JOSHUA NATOLI Sports Editor The College of Saint Rose Golden Knights Volleyball team set out this past Friday and Saturday to take on two opponents on the road. Their first stop took them to Waltham, Massachusetts to face the Bentley Falcons in a Northeast-10 conference matchup. The Golden Knights came back to win three sets to one after falling back 1-0 after the first set. Freshman hitter Kelsey Lace was the leader on the offensive side of the Golden Knights, tallying twelve kills. Junior hitter Alex Gagliano and freshman hitter Carissa Dube each contributed eight kills. The Golden Knights also remained strong on the defensive
end. Gagliano finished with nine blocks, over half of the teamâ€™s total fourteen blocks. Sophomore libero Katy Daniels had a matchhigh 27 digs. The Golden Knights made a short run in the first set against the Falcons, scoring six out of seven consecutive points, but still failed to take the first set. In the second set, Gagliano led the Golden Knights offense in the second set, generating four kills. The Golden Knights buried the Falcons, tying the match at 1-1 after a 5-0 scoring run. The Golden Knights had to hold off a late Falcons run in the third set after being only one point away from victory. Saint Rose closed out the match on a kill from Gagliano set up by sophomore Tori Daniels. After the match, the Golden Knights stayed in the area to
head to Easton, Massachusetts for another league match against the Stonehill Skyhawks the following Saturday. The Golden Knights routed Stonehill 3-1, less than 24 hours after leaving Bentley with a win. Sophomore setter Arian Wilson helped the Golden Knights in many ways, tallying 29 assists, five service aces, eight digs, four kills, and two block assists. Freshman hitter Kelsey Lace had thirteen kills to go along with ten digs while Gagliano put up twelve kills. Katy Daniels anchored the defensive line with 22 kills. The first set could have gone either way until the Golden Knights broke away on a 4-0 scoring run after the score was tied at 18. Lace and Gagliano powered the run with three kills
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between them. Wilson closed out the set on a service ace. During the second set the Skyhawks battled back, creating a large lead. They secured the lead the whole way through the set, turning aside four straight points scored by the Golden Knights towards the end of the match. The Golden Knights snatched back the third set, riding Wilsonâ€™s four service aces and five kills by Lace. Saint Rose scored
seven unanswered points in the beginning of the set, along with another 7-0 run at the end. The Golden Knights ended all hope of a Stonehill win by building a large eleven point lead in the fourth set, ending the contest. After this road trip the Golden Knights return home to face Southern New Hampshire this Friday at 7:00 p.m. The match is also scheduled to be streamed live on gogoldenknights.tv.
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Katy Daniels buckled down the Golden Knights on the defensive end.
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Tori Daniels helped the front line out with numerous assists.