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SPORTS: Women’s basketball looks for A&E: 100 years of jazz in the NJAC bid ~ page 13 THE RAMAPO NEWS Berrie Center ~ page 8 A publication by the students for the Ramapo College community THURSDAY, February 11, 2010 XL No. 13 Snowed In photo by Michael Jagendorf A snowstorm that brought up to 20 inches of snow to parts of New Jersey closed Ramapo College on Wednesday. As of late Wednesday night, the storm also delayed todayʼs opening until 11 a.m. for offices and 11:15 a.m. for classes. High Hopes for ʻRamapo Rumorsʼ Despite Mixed Reviews By JILL GRIMALDI bridge between the Ramapo student popula- answers to their questions,” said Noelle and monitor what is being asked,” Nocera Staff Writer tion and Ramapo’s administration. Nocera, SGA secretary of personnel. said. “Once a rumor is posted, I bring it to “This joint initiative between SGA and the Students can “friend” Ramapo Rumors on Pat Chang's attention, and we will conduct A Facebook page called Ramapo Rumors, administrative staff to help quell rumors was Facebook by searching “RamapoRumors the proper research and talk to the correct created by SGA and some of Ramapo’s pro- inspired by the rumors that bubbled up after Ramapo SGA.” Students can then post ques- people in order to find out the answer.” fessional staff, was launched earlier this the incident in the Village last semester,” tions that they have on the Ramapo Rumors SGA students, rather than Ramapo profes- semester. said Associate Vice President for Student Facebook wall and someone from SGA will sional staff, have been chosen to manage The page, which currently has more than Affairs Pat Chang. respond with an answer. Ramapo Rumors in order to make the page 100 friends, aims to put an end to false infor- “We wanted students to feel as though they “I am the administrator of the Facebook mation spread across campus by creating a have a place to voice any concerns get group, which means I facilitate the questions see RUMORS on page 6 Ramapo Among 100 Most Affordable Colleges Page 2 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 11, 2010 TCNJ and Rutgers Still Top Two In New Jersey By DIANA STANCZAK More than 500 public four-year colleges and financial aid, including tuition, room will result in an increase in selectivity of Staff Writer were analyzed for Kiplinger’s list. In order and board, mandatory fees and books. Out- admitted students – an aspect where to narrow the list down, the schools were of-state rankings were calculated by using Ramapo has the edge over Rutgers. Ramapo College has made a name for first judged on academic quality, including out-of-state tuition fees. Kiplinger’s website lists Ramapo’s admis- itself among public institutions of higher SAT/ACT scores, admission and retention Since Ramapo’s debut on the list five sion rate at 46 percent, whereas Rutgers learning nationwide due to its inclusion in rates, student- faculty ratios and four and years ago, application rates have been admits 56 percent of its applicants. The the February 2010 issue of Kiplinger’s College of New Jersey has a 42 percent Personal Finance Magazine on its list of the admission rate. “100 Best Values in Public Colleges.” This is Ramapo’s fifth consecutive year on “I chose Ramapo based on the facts that even though I the list, and the college has advanced in ranking from No. 66 to No. 49 in the nation for in-state tuition and fees. was torn between a few “Our continued ascension in Kiplinger’s confirms the message that we have been schools, Ramapo was the conveying to prospective students: that least expensive.” Ramapo provides a high quality education - Daniel Dewnig, freshman at an affordable cost,” said Christopher Romano, director of enrollment manage- ment at Ramapo. “In accordance with our five year Strategic Enrollment Management Plan, we This is Ramapo’s fifth consec- are looking to stabilize our first-year class utive year on the list, and the at around 900 students. This will allow us College has advanced in rank- to accommodate the incoming demand of first year students to live in residence and ing from No. 66 for No. 49 in photo cortesy of Ramapo.edu Ramapo continues to climb the college rankings, providing students with a match with the current resources we have the nation for in-state tuition top-rate education for a relatively competitive price. available to provide the high quality educa- tion that we have been providing,” Romano and fees. said. six year graduation rates. steadily rising. According to Romano, there Senior Kristen Potanka said, “In my last According to Kiplinger.com, “No school has been a 9.7 percent increase in the total semester having applied to graduate school, Ramapo is one of three public New Jersey is a bargain if it skimps on quality.” number of applications Ramapo receives. I have learned Ramapo truly has excellence colleges that made the list, trailing behind Freshman Daniel Sewnig said, “If you’re “Our goal is not to only increase the quan- in our educational reputation. Many of the The College of New Jersey (No. 23) and getting the same quality at two schools but tity of the applications, but the quality of schools are impressed with such a back- Rutgers State University (No. 48) for in- one is less expensive, you’re going to want the applications and the incoming first-year ground I have gain in my years at state tuition and fees. For out-of-state rank- to go there. I chose Ramapo based on the classes,” Romano explained. Ramapo.” ings, Ramapo is in the middle of the two, fact that even though I was torn between a “Last year, we were able to increase the Ramapo has also been named to the U.S. with The College of New Jersey ranked No. few schools, Ramapo was the least expen- applicant pool by 20 SAT points and we News and World Report’s 2010 list of Best 5 and Rutgers University ranked No. 38. sive.” would like to see that trend continue as Master’s Universities in the northern Ramapo is currently ranked No. 20 for After trimming the list down to about 120 well,” he added. United States at No. 27. out-of-state value. schools, Kiplinger’s then focuses on cost Higher application rates and SAT scores THE RAMAPO NEWS: STAFF, CONTACT & POLICY A publication by the students for the Ramapo College community Charlie LaPlaca & Joey Lewandowski Contact us at: Co-Editors-in-Chief The Ramapo News Telephone: (201) 684-7842 Megan Anderle Morgan Balog Robert A. 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Flaccomio, John Fraze, Andrew Gould, Jill Grimaldi, Lauren Haag, Julianne Ilaria, Michael Jagendorf, Kevin Johnson, Bryan Kaminsky, Jeremy Kelly, Tara Paid advertisements are accepted at the sole discretion of The Ramapo News LaFemina, Michele McKenna, Sharon Meyer, Huma Munir, Diana Stanczak, Matt staff and are due no later than the Monday of that weekʼs issue. Rates are Thompson, Marissa Torr, Amanda Valenti, Melissa Veloz available by contacting the editorial staff by e-mail. ARCH AROU N D THE GivesMeHope Sparks Shift to the Positive Thursday, February 11, 2010 Anti-‘FML’ Website Provides Optimisim By KERI ANN FLACCOMIO negative.” FMyLife became popular by February created GivesMeHope to get people to stop Staff Writer Sproul attributes this high percentage to the 2009, with a book release following in June posting about the incidents that ruined their media’s focus on negativity in advertising. of last year. The site currently receives 1.7 days, and instead start posting about things For generations, the adage “misery loves “In order to sell products,” he said, “is con- million hits per day. that made them. company” has played out in real life. In this stantly trying to convince us that who we are FMyLife allows users to make short anec- On the About the Site section of age of technology, people flock to the and what we have is inadequate…It keeps dotal posts about one-of-a-kind negative GivesMeHope, Spartz and Montero wrote, Internet each day to use blogs and social us in a constant state of feeling deprived and daily experiences. Others can vote on “We’re tired of hearing about what’s wrong networking sites—such as Facebook and believing the world is violent and selfish.” whether the user’s life is as terrible as they in this world…GMH is where people share Twitter—to share their experiences with claim, or if the user “totally deserved it.” with the world their most hopeful, uplifting others and receive feedback. As a result, the “...[O]n average, 80 percent Posts follow a formula that starts with moments and allow others to draw strength Web has given rise to a battle of optimism of the thoughts Americans “Today,” and ends with “FML,” undoubted- from their experiences. It’s like Chicken have in a day are negative.” and pessimism on certain sites. ly ending on a negative note. Soup for the Soul—the 21st Century, Studies have shown that humans have an Emerson Spartz, 22, worked with his Twitter-style version.” average of 60,000 thoughts a day and that a - Prof. Robert Sproul fiancé, Gaby Montero, 22, to create a Posts on GivesMeHope start with a topic majority of them are negative, drawing peo- response to FMyLife in May 2009. This sentence in bold, followed by an explana- ple to “downer” messages to which they can response came in the form of a similar blog tion of a related inspirational occurrence. relate. One Web site that allows for the perpetua- site called GivesMeHope. The site’s tagline Users can comment on the posts, vote on “I saw a study about a year ago,” said tion of negative thoughts is FMyLife.com, a reads, “Like FML, but for optimists!” whether they “love this,” and share the con- Robert Sproul, convener and assistant pro- communal blog created on Jan. 13, 2008 by Spartz is president and CEO of tent on Facebook and Twitter. The following fessor in the Social Sciences and Human Maxime Valette, Guillaume Passaglia and MuggleNet—a Harry Potter fan site he cre- is an example of a post on GMH: Services department at Ramapo College, Didier Guedj. It is the English version of ated when he was 12–years-old, and “My softball team was having a car wash Guest Lecturer on Soviet and Polish History “that found that, on average, 80 percent of their original French Web site, Vie de Montero is the founder of DailyCute.net and the thoughts Americans have in a day are merde. co-founder of Givoogle.com. The couple see GMH on page 6 By SAMANTHA ULLRICH Countries engaged in anti-Semitic but Professor Bemporad brought light to Excerpts from poems and newspaper Staff Writer behaviors, causing Jews to feel increas- how the Soviet Jews were treated by the articles from the Yiddish paper, ingly unwelcomed citizens. However, Polish,” junior Matt Danko said. Oktiaber (meaning, October,) were pre- The Center for Holocaust and during the early 1930s, the Jews of Bemporad discussed that Jews were sented by Professor Bemporad. A Soviet Genocide Studies and the History Club Jew wrote in an article published in welcomed Professor Elissa Bemporad of February of 1937, “In Poland, if you hit Queens College to campus Monday, to a Jew, steal from him, and even kill him, speak about the lives of Soviet Jews you become a national hero.” before the Holocaust. The segregation even extend- Students and guests gathered to hear Bemporad present her lecture titled “Nazi Germany and Anti-Semitic ed to universities in Poland Poland in the Eyes of Soviet Jews.” that introduced “ghetto benches” where Jewish stu- “We all know how the Jews dents were forced to sit. were treated by the Nazis dur- ing the Holocaust, but “I think Professor Bemporad was try- Professor Bemporad brought ing to dispel the view we have of the light to how the Soviet Jews Soviet Jews, having been under siege in were treated by the Polish.” the late 1930s,” said Michael Riff, pro- fessor and director of Holocaust and photo by Smantha Ullrich genocide studies. Professor Michael Riff welcomes Elissa Bemporad to the campus for her The lecture concluded with questions - Matt Danko, junior lecture on Soviet Jews before the Holocaust. from the audience in which Bemporad answered based upon her knowledge. Bemporad explained the history of the Russia and other territories comprising considered inassimilable to the Polish; She gave the audience a fair understand- Jewish community in Russia, the Soviet the Soviet Union, for the first time in they were unable to fit into Polish cul- ing of how Jews were treated prior to Union, and Poland before the history, were legally emancipated and ture. Jewish integration was also denied the Holocaust. Holocaust. Jews were forced to live in living under the regime of the Soviet by Polish leaders at this time. The seg- “I have benefitted from this lecture. It the Pale of Settlement, a region of Union that made serious efforts to com- regation even extended to universities in gave me a new perspective on a differ- Imperial Russia, along its western bor- bat anti-Semitism. Poland that introduced “ghetto benches” ent part of Europe’s Jews. I left knowing der, in which the permanent residence of “We all know how the Jews were treat- where Jewish students were forced to more than I did going in,” freshman Jews was allowed. ed by the Nazis during the holocaust, sit. Rebekah Schogel said. Page 4 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 11, 2010 Roving Reporter “Whatʼs the most cliché thing about Valentineʼs Day?” Question and Photographs by Erica Buchman “Having a friend or “Proposing.” “The little candy hearts “Giving someone a “Getting a box of family member as your with the words on them rose.” chocolates.” valentine.” -Kristen Obolsky (Sweethearts).” Sophomore -Jesus Mercado -Mary Ransegnola -Alex Jones -Annie Smith Junior Junior Junior Sophomore SGA Creates Haiti Relief Student Planning Committee Group Discusses Ways to Aid Country, Including “Hearts for Haiti” and Candlelight Vigil By AMY FEZZA events to benefit Haiti are events he would Americans who claim that the Haitians do Imagination: The Art of Haitian Master Staff Writer attend. not deserve U.S. aid, but I believe they are Hector Hyppolite” is now open in the not informed about Haiti’s true history, and Pascal Gallery at Ramapo College and “I acknowledge... Ramapo College students, faculty and the deep structural, economic and political continues through April 21. staff are doing their part in aiding the vic- causes of Haitian poverty,” Augis said. Hyppolite painted postcards for the tims of the Haiti earthquake disaster that Americans who claim that Freshman Sara Gordon said her first reac- American marines visiting Haiti, and his struck Port-au-Prince three weeks ago. On Jan. 12, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake the Haitians do not deserve tion was of shock. “It was something I couldn’t comprehend, decorative architectural painting brought him to the attention of DeWitt Peters, struck the country leveling buildings and U.S. aid, but I believe they and I just couldn’t grasp it.” founder and director of the Centre d’Art in killing hundreds of thousands, leaving are not informed about Gordon is also an SGA Delegate and will Port-au-Prince. Haiti’s true history, and the those that survived without food and water. help with furthering fundraisers to con- “We should give statistics, Deaths are estimated to be over 150,000, tribute to Haiti relief. as reported by the Haitian Health Ministry. deep structural, economic “That would be a great experience for stu- According to The European Union and the and political causes of dents to be able to give back. It will really donate money and bring more attention to the Haiti Pan American Health Organization, there make them more aware of what’s going on are over 200,000 deaths and roughly 1.5 Haitian poverty.” in Haiti,” said junior Maholy Torres when million homeless and injured. informed of all the fundraising Ramapo is people’s struggle so this In response, SGA created the Haiti Relief - Erin J. Augis, sociology professor doing. doesn’t happen again.” Student Planning Committee. The group “I suggest that we have more awareness met for the first time last week to discuss like the events SGA is holding so people ways to offer aid to the victims. “I like these fundraiser ideas and I hope understand the true magnitude of what - Freshman Valerie Canubas Fundraisers such as “Hearts for Haiti,” a people come out to support them like I happened in Haiti. We should give statis- Pre Valentine’s Day fundraiser, was held plan to,” Howard said. tics, donate money and bring more atten- on Feb. 9 in the Student Center. Flowers, Decades of poverty, environmental degra- tion to the Haiti people’s struggle so this Many students and faculties like candy, and singing cupids were sold and dation, violence, economical instability doesn’t happen again,” said freshman Gorewitz and Augis are happy to see will be delivered to dorms on Sunday, Feb. and broken government are all contribut- Valerie Canubas. Ramapo helping with the Haiti relief. 13. ing factors to Haiti’s title as the poorest “My first reactions were shock and deep Ramapo College’s student government is Also, a ‘Candlelight Vigil’ will take place nation in the Americas. sadness and I hoped for charity, organizing still discussing different ways to aid the on Feb. 12, for the one-month anniversary Ramapo College sociology Professor Erin and teaching,” said C.A. Professor Shalom victims of the Haiti earthquake. If you of the earthquake. This will occur at the J. Augis has a Ph.D. in Sociology and spe- Gorewitz, who visited Haiti years ago. have any suggestions on what else they can Arch, and in case of inclement weather, cializes in African Studies. Augis said that Gorewitz is involved in developing the do, contact Student Government inside of Friends Hall. There will be music the country’s history “points to the coun- College’s institutional relationship with Association in office (SC-223). For further and candles. The time will be announced. try’s long legacy of struggle.” Selden Rodman and others in the Haitian information on how to help Haiti you can In the aftermath of the earthquake, many Augis commends Ramapo’s efforts, and art world. Ramapo’s Rodman Collection is contact Wyclef’s Haiti foundation at students and faculty have commented on the widespread humanitarian achievements one of the few remaining samples of http://yele.org/ and the American Red the dire issues Haiti faces. by the U.S. and many other countries. Haitian art. Cross at http://redcross.org/. Vincent Howard, a junior, felt like the “I acknowledge the existence of different If you are interested in art, the “Mystical Students Take ‘Red’ Pledge For Women Page 5 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 11, 2010 Women’s Center Observes Heart Association Day By JILL GRIMALDI some heart attack symptoms that occur Laura Hahn, the Women’s Center employ- one they lost to heart disease on a red Staff Writer more often for women than for men. ee responsible for organizing the event. paper heart. Students and staff could also Since many of these symptoms can be To advertise Ramapo’s observance of pledge to be heart healthy. The hearts On Friday, the Women’s Center observed attributed to stress, heart disease in Wear Red, an e-mail was sent out to fac- were displayed next to the table. Wear Red for Women, a day devoted to women is often overlooked. ulty and staff and a Daily Digest Campus EMTs were also present to give raising awareness about heart disease in A heightened awareness of the symp- announcement was made. free blood-pressure screenings. women. The Women’s Center set up in the “I would like to urge everyone, not just fishbowl, providing students with infor- women, to go for their check ups and mation about the disease. monitor their cholesterol and blood pres- Heart disease is currently the No. 1 killer sure,” Hahn said in reference to her goals for women in the United States. Wear Red for the event. for Women Day is sponsored by the “Working in the Women’s Center, one of National Heart Association and is my biggest passions is women’s health,” observed nationally each year on Feb. 5. she added. “I think it’s important to make people aware that they are very easily at risk. I Heart disease is currently like that the American Heart Association No. 1 killer for women in the has this day, specifically for women.” Although many students stopped by the United States. table over the course of the day, not many were wearing red. “I would have worn a cute red dress or According to the U.S. National Library something if I had known about the of Medicine, the symptoms that women event,” said sophomore Emily Page display when having a heart attack are McDonald. “I wish there had been posters often different from how doctors up or something.” describe. photo by Carolyn Herring Still, many students stopped to take Although chest pain is the most common Student volunteers take a break from spreading heart disease awarenes- notice and learned something from the heart attack symptom in women and men, sand pose for a photo in the ʻfishbowlʼ area outside the Womenʼs Center. information provided. women can also have a heart attack with- “This event showed me I need to start out having any chest pain; women also toms of heart disease is important, along The Go Red table, which was staffed by living healthier,” said sophomore Rosa often lack the radiating left-arm pain that with a commitment to prevention. Women’s Center employees and volun- Gomez. “I’m going to start watching what is commonly associated with heart “Many don’t know that just going for teers, featured giveaways like red dress I eat and exercising more regularly now, attacks. checkups, slightly modifying your eating pins that represented the campaign’s logo. because I want my heart to stay healthy.” Need to Get Out of Mahwah? Study Abroad Fatigue, nausea, headaches, muscle habits or not smoking could decrease the Those who contributed encouraged stu- spasms and shoulder and jaw pains are chances of having heart disease,” said dents and staff to write the name of some- By HUMA MUNIR dents, European students and international Staff Writer students in the class and they get a fully inte- grated experience,” said Lisa Lessware, a Students gathered for the Study Abroad Kingston University of London representa- Fair on Monday to learn about study abroad tive. options for this year. The fair featured many different international programs. “What we have here is faculty from The fair represented almost Ramapo who lead programs every summer 45 countries with over 200 or [full] semester as well as foreign institu- opportunities for students. tions that come to represent their institutions and external organizations that focus in study abroad,” said Ben Levy, director of Many students shy away from study abroad study abroad at Ramapo. programs because of financial reasons. The fair represented almost 45 countries, “A lot of students feel [cost] could be an with over 200 opportunities for students to obstacle but there are a lot of resources out study abroad during the fall, spring or even there besides their financial aid,” said Levy. for a full year. If a student is currently receiving financial There were representatives from institu- photo by Huma Munir aid, the aid transfers to the study abroad pro- tions such as Kingston University of Representatives offered students brochures, applications and information. gram. Levy also said that there are many London, University of Limerick in Ireland scholarships available at Ramapo and out- and Northumbria University in England. courses taught in English as well,” said the opportunity to branch out and give me a side institutions that are available to students Company representatives included Laura Pfeifer, an ISA representative. better understanding of people as a whole studying abroad. International Studies Abroad (ISA), Studio “I like ISA. They have good programs,” and seeing how the other side lives,” said Some students are interested in studying Art Centers International (SACI), Counsel said Alexa Glynn, who is interested in study- Remsas De La Rosa. abroad for the sake of cultural and linguistic in International Educational Exchange ing in Italy. The organizations and institutions present enlightenment. (CIEE), American West Study Abroad and ISA also offers over $60,000 in scholar- at the fair targeted students of all majors, “I would really like to get an accent out of many more. ships every year. Students are encouraged to from the humanities to the math and sci- it,” said Steve Keloy. “We offer 14 locations, 33 cities, anywhere go online and fill out applications for grants ences. For further information, visit the Office of in Spain, Europe, Latin America, [and] and scholarships. “We are a British University so American Study Abroad in ASB 213. Morocco. We are pretty much all over. We “I am looking at France. I am very inter- students have a real advantage coming over offer a lot of language courses but also ested in the program. I think it will give me to the U.K. They get to meet the British stu- Rumors Website Lets Butterfly Wings Page 6 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 11, 2010 SGA Clear Up Facts Scholarship to Help a Continued from page 1 Non-Sister Out as aware of what happens on campus, in order to provide the student body with more approachable. informative answers. “We have purposefully decided to choose Student reactions to the page are mixed, By LAUREN HAAG do the same or want to help. It’s a great students to act as spokespeople for from enthusiastic to dismissive. Staff Writer idea; I wish I came up with it. They beat us Ramapo Rumors,” said Chang. “We “I don’t think I’ll ever use it,” junior Ali all [Greek organizations] to it,” said junior believe the student body will trust them Mellilo said, “I’m glad it’s there for the Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority will Anthony Cascio, a member of the Inter- more, since they don’t have to worry about students who want to though.” begin offering a “Butterfly Wings Greek Senate. their classmates simply feeding them the “I’ll probably use it,” said sophomore Scholarship” this semester. The $200 The members of Theta Nu Xi established company line.” Vicky Blume, “You hear a lot of crazy scholarship will be awarded to a qualifying rules and regulations for their scholarship. Beyond serving as a method for getting rumors around campus, and we really have female student at Ramapo, or for study A quality applicant possesses dedication to information to students, this group is also no way of knowing if they’re accurate abroad by a matriculated student. their organizations tenets. The applicant a way for students to communicate infor- unless you’re on SGA so I think this is a The student must be a female without must also state how multiculturalism is mation to the administration. good way to get the information out Greek affiliation, who satisfies the organi- important to her everyday life, or what “Many times students hear about events there.” zations’ values of multiculturalism, sister- studying abroad will mean to her. before we do, since it often takes awhile The people behind Ramapo Rumors are hood, higher education, and passion. The The applicant must maintain a minimum for incident reports to get onto our desks,” hopeful that this project will take off, even winner will receive not only the scholar- GPA of 2.5 as well as state why they have said Chang. “This Web page will provide a though few questions have been posted ship, but also an appreciation dinner during chosen to pursue higher education. more direct way for students to alert us to thus far. Founder’s Week, which occurs the week of “We wanted the scholarship to go to some- any major incidents that happen on cam- “My only concern right now is that it is April 11. The details of the celebration din- one non-Greek to break the barrier on cam- pus, so that we can respond as quickly as not being utilized as much as I would ner are still pending. pus between Greeks and non-Greeks, and to possible.” like,” Nocera said. “I feel that this initia- “This is something our organization does fight the idea that Greeks look out for “This is also an excellent teaching oppor- tive will enhance the Ramapo community nationally in efforts to fulfill our motto of Greeks only,” Nieves said. tunity that can be used to educate students because this will cut through all of the scholarship and service, as well as represent “Ways we [Greek organizations] try to on Ramapo policies and procedures,” exaggerations and answer student’s ques- the positive aspects of Greek life. It’s some- enhance Ramapo College academically is Chang said. tions, so that campus rumors can finally thing that is truly important to us,” said through events we hold like academic pro- SGA representatives who answer the stop at Ramapo Rumors.” Dara Monasch, alumni member of the grams about time management and study GMH Site Combats queries on Ramapo Rumors need to be sorority. sessions. We also try to bring the campus well versed in the Ramapo system, as well “We’re just starting and it’s hard to get the together for Greeks and non-Greeks with word out. The campus administration isn’t Meet the Greeks, talent shows, regular used to it; we are the first and only Greek events; they’re for everyone,” said senior Rampant Negativity organization awarding a scholarship to a Allison Balcof, member of the Inter-Greek Ramapo student directly,” said senior Senate. Yesenia Nieves, president of the chapter. “We’ve all wanted to make more of an The “Butterfly Wings Scholarship” was impact, and we need to. The scholarship is the created and fundraised by a Ramapo a big step,” Cascio said. organization to be awarded to a Ramapo “It is a great fact that an organization is student. really working towards unifying the cam- negative posts like the ones on fmylife.com “[No organization] until now can pride pus in a new way. Normally it is believed Continued from page 3 because they feel as though they can relate themselves on being the first to start a that Greeks are segregated, because the to them more than positive posts. Loughrey scholarship for Ramapo College. If they scholarship is awarded to someone non- to raise funds to buy some new jerseys. points out, though, that there comes a time can do it, we can do it,” said senior Greek- it is a wonderful prospect to connect While free donations were accepted, not to move away from the downers and look to SháQuan Holmes, Inter Greek Senate all campus life,” said junior Mitch many people were coming to support us. All something new. External Vice President. Gorbunoff, senate president of SGA. of a sudden, a homeless man came up to us “FML was interesting for a while,” he said, “It’s a positive change that I hope creates “The scholarship will show the campus and gave us 78 cents and said, ‘I don’t have “but I realized that a lot of people were just an influence. Anything positive in an aca- that Greek life truly supports academic much, but I hope that this helps a little.’ posting random things that they didn’t par- demic way is always a good thing,” said excellence. People have misconceptions People who have little, but still give a lot, ticularly like about their lives. After finding Jonathan Velez, the graduate assistant for that Greek organizations don’t give back. GMH.” GMH, I realized that it’s much more enter- fraternity and sorority life on campus. They’re doing great and this is going to be Sproul encourages the idea of GMH and taining to read about the things people do as “It’s a small step in the right direction, but great for Ramapo, and Greek life itself,” praises the site as a much-needed dose of random acts of kindness.” one that will have a lot of impact. If they said senior Desiree Pena, president of the positive energy. “Anyone can post an FML saying that they can do it, other organizations will step up to United Cultural Greek Council. “We, as a society, need a paradigm shift,” stubbed their toe or something,” Loughrey he said. “I think we are very cranky and it added, “but it takes something significant to also becomes addictive. One very bright justify posting on GMH. Acts of kindness a light in some terrible darkness has been the la GMH are much harder to come by than wonderful response to the tragedy in the instances that make you want to swear.” Haiti… Sometimes it takes a real crisis to Loughrey and Harris do not feel that peo- get our attention and, perhaps, to show us ple will start using the term “GMH” in how good and empathetic we can be,” place of “FML,” because GivesMeHope is Sproul said. not yet very well-known and because a cul- Anthony Harris, a Ramapo senior and ture focused on negativity for centuries men’s outreach coordinator for the does not change overnight. Women’s Center, thinks that people are Sproul however, optimistic as always, has drawn to negativity as the result of a power hope. issue. “I so hope it catches on,” he said, “because “It’s easier to focus on the negative than I do believe people want to be happy and the positive because the positive in your life need models and opportunities to see that you control,” he said. “However, the nega- they are already complete and can do pro- tive, for the most, you may not be able to foundly positive things and—critical in change because it’s something you cannot this—that those things will make them control.” happy more than all the ‘stuff’ we have Ramapo sophomore Dan Loughrey thinks been taught to ‘need’ or the changes we photo by Keri Ann Flaccomio that people have a tendency to lean toward Sophomore Dan Loughrey checks the GiveMeHope Web site every few days need to make in ourselves.” to read some uplifting posts and put himself in a good mood. VIEWPOINTS Thursday, February 11, 2010 Learning Life Lessons Play Your Part to Change Campus views are the sole opinion of their respective authors, submitted to The Ramapo News and in no way reflect the views of either The Ramapo News or Ramapo College of New Jersey. via Louisiana Football Ramapo for the Better a big way. capital projects and establishing new The more I thought about it, though, majors. The Student Trustee also the more I realized that the mentality serves as an advocate for the college that Sean Payton and the rest of the at the community and state level. In Saints brought to the game on Sunday years past, Student Trustees have night is how I should approach life in done this by working with State offi- general. Things aren’t always going to cials to avoid cuts to colleges that led go my way. I’m going to face big odds to tuition increases. and there will be opportunities where The Student Governor, on the other I’m, at best, a long shot. hand, sits on the College’s Board of Like many of you, I’m three months Governors and Alumni. This position from graduating and starting real life. plays a major role in the fundraising While our economy and the job market efforts of the institution to help create have improved slightly over where more opportunities for students at they were a year ago, it’s still a hyper By TOM NG Ramapo and to offset the costs creat- By JOEY LEWANDOWSKI competitive place for us to get a foot in SGA President ed by state cuts. Co-Editor-in-Chief the door, let alone land a full-time pay- It is important to note that the Super Bowl XLIV may not have had a ing job. Are you tired of tuition increases? Student Trustee and the Student come-from-behind, game-winning Are you interested in raising money Governor both help to ensure that the drive as time ran out as its two most for our institution? Are you looking to student perspective is heard among recent predecessors had. It had a I need to create my own make a lasting impression on Ramapo administrators and other board mem- greater storyline, though: it gave the version of an onside kick. I College? Are you ready to make a dif- bers. However, these students are also need to take risks and Katrina-ravaged city of New Orleans a ference? expected to make decisions that not Super Bowl victory in its first appear- The Student Trustee and Student only benefit the student body, but also ance in the big game. gamble when I feel it’s Governor positions are two of the benefit the long-term interests of the appropriate. The Saints came into the game as a most influential, prestigious and college and all of its constituencies. four-point underdog and beat Peyton important positions a student can hold Those students who fill these posi- Manning, the greatest player I’ve ever on campus. They are also both open to tions serve two-year terms. The first seen play the game. How’d they do I need to stand out somehow. Sure, any student planning to be at Ramapo year acts as a training year, where the that? I see three reasons: (1) The Saints I’m happy with my résumé (an intern- College for the next two years. student serves as the Alternate made no mistakes. (2) Nawlins coach ship where I did work I’m very proud As a former Student Trustee, I Student Trustee or Alternate Student Sean Payton played to win and (3) of, extracurricular activities and good understand the impact these roles can Governor and has the opportunity to Colts rookie coach Jim Caldwell grades) but other graduates I’m com- have on Ramapo College and on the attend all major board meetings and played not to lose (which meant he was peting against are going to be just as student lucky enough to serve in these learn from the sitting Student Trustee too conservative when it mattered qualified – if not more so. positions. The problem solving, nego- or Governor. They may also vote in most). I need to create my own version of an tiation and leadership skills that one the trustee or governor’s absence. The I thought about these things on my onside kick. If I play it conservatively develops in these positions are next year, they serve fully and mentor ride back to school on Sunday night. I like Caldwell and the Colts did, if I run incredibly valuable in any future the future student board member. thought about how Coach Caldwell the ball on third-and-goal in a situation endeavor that students face; whether I sincerely hope that any student played things too conservatively two where I need a touchdown to keep my you plan to be a future corporate interested in these positions or inter- weeks ago when the Colts beat the Jets team in the game, I won’t make it. I executive or a high school teacher ested in helping Ramapo to continue – and did so again tonight. I thought won’t succeed. (like me), the experience of a Student its growth as a premier institution in about how Sean Payton (and, really, I need to take risks, and gamble when Trustee or Student Governor will pre- New Jersey considers applying. Do it the entire Saints team) played a looser, I feel it’s appropriate. I can’t sit back pare you for life. for your future. Do it for the institu- more fun style of football, and how and expect the world to come to me; I For this reason, I encourage any stu- tion. Most of all, do it to be the that worked to perfection against Indy. need to take control of things on my dent interested in these positions to change you wish to see at Ramapo Sure, if the onside kick at the start of own. That means applying to jobs early come to the SGA (SC-223) or Student College. the second half had been recovered by and often – even ones I don’t think I Development office (second floor of the Colts, we’d probably be looking at two-time Super Bowl MVP Peyton can get. the student center) before Feb. 19 to sign out a petition. Want to know more? Stop by SC-223 or the But most importantly, I need to Manning right now, hoisting the remember to have fun and not take The Student Trustee serves on Lombardi Trophy for the second time things too seriously. And, should I get Ramapo’s Board of Trustees and has a Student Development office before Feb. 19 in four years. Except Payton’s gamble a job I’m happy with, I can’t forget to full vote on the board on nearly every worked, the Saints got the ball back celebrate – my own Bourbon Street major issue the college faces, which and momentum swung toward them in bash. includes setting tuition, establishing for a petition. Got an opinion? Come and be heard. Monday and Wednesday nights in SC 218 ARTS & E N T E RTA I N M E N T Frank Vignola’s Hot Club Pays Homage to Gypsy Jazz Thursday, February 11, 2010 BY SHARON MEYER Julien Labro on the accordion. The Hot Club began by playing a moderate taking turns each song, astonishing the Staff Writer Vignola has be known to put together some paced piece, which then escalated into an crowd as their fingers played the instru- of the greatest musicians to create a sound upbeat tune, bringing the audience to sud- ments at the speed of lightning. Last Friday, Feb. 5, Ramapo celebrated unlike any other. den applause. The Hot Club also stopped mid-song to 100 years of Django Reinhardt and gypsy Stan Meyers, Jazz at the Berrie Center’s Most of the tunes played on Friday were pose for a picture, which showed a side of jazz with a legendary performance by Frank regular emcee, hosted the evening. derived from Reinhardt’s original music. their sense of humor. Vignola’s Hot Club in the Berrie Center on On the note of humor, Vignolo proceeded campus. to introduce the only song with vocals that Reinhardt was the first hugely influential they would play in the set. jazz figure to emerge from Europe and They began to play a song called ‘PS I remains one of the most influential Love You,’ looking around at each other as Europeans to this day, as stated by numer- to who was going to take the lead on vocals. ous online biographies. They all broke out in a spoken word ‘PS, I Vignola is a leading proponent of love You’ at each break in the song. The Reinhardt’s gypsy jazz style of playing. He audience responded with a huge roar of has assembled a top-notch quintet for a sear- laughter. ing tribute to one of his earliest musical Lynn Dymond, a resident of Palisades Park influences, Reinhardt. and a big fan of Vignolo, said Friday’s per- After studying at the Cultural Arts Center formance marked the sixth time she has of Long Island, Vignola began to build his seen The Hot Club perform. career, touring with Madonna, leon “He is great, absolutely amazing every Redbone and Ringo Starr. time!” said Dymond. She heard of the In 1988, Vignola became the leader of his band’s Ramapo appearance on WBGL - a famed Hot Club of France tribute, which radio station from Newark. forged the way for the many Django Hot photo by Michael Jagendorf Rebbeca Feynberg, a student at Ramapo, Club groups that followed, as stated in his Frank Vignola and the Hot Club performed in the Berrie Center on Friday, sat front row during the performance. When biography. honoring Django Reinhardt, the first hugely influential European jazz figure. asked about her thoughts on the perform- Modern Guitars Magazine has quoted, ance, Feynberg said, “It was magnificent, “Vignola lives in a music world without “When you go home, tell all your friends The set included ‘Tears,’ a Reinhardt orig- incredible.” boundaries. He and his group dial into what they missed tonight,” he said. inal, and other songs like ‘Rimsky To end the performance, Vignolo asked the music from all over the planet and wrestle, After a brief introduction, Meyers wel- Korsakov,’ ‘Sounds of Silence’ and ‘Gypsy audience for requests, in which many cajole, and seduce it into a harmonious and comed Vignola and the quintet to the stage. Mania.’ responded, “Play ‘Tiko Tiko’ ” or “Play sometimes quirky melting pot.” The band wasted no time by plugging in “ ‘Brazil,’ which was recorded by Rein- ‘After You’ve Gone.’ ” The members of the quintet include Vinny their instruments and beginning to jam. hardt in 1952, appeared on his last record,” After the last song was played, the band Raniolo on Guitar, Gary Mazzaroppi also Even though they had driven 13 hours from said Vignolo as he tuned his guitar to the unplugged their instruments and headed known as “Lord of the Low Frequencies” on Kentucky to play at Ramapo on Friday, the key of the song. outside the auditorium to sign their CD and Ramapo Professors Present Their Own Creative Work Double Bass, Zach Brock on Violin and entire band was full of enthusiasm on stage. Each member completed their own solos chat with their fans. By FRANCESCA BARATTA bring us to a pace and a time and allow us to left us all on edge in the middle of her short writing skills. “A Weekend in Greece,” Staff Writer experience that space and time through her story and the readings proceeded. Professor about saying goodbye to a girlfriend he met tone and attention to detail.” Samaras followed with 20 minutes of his while working for TWA (Trans World On Feb. 8, 2010, the first session of the “Hidden Works” showed this great atten- unique and humorous poetry. Airlines), and “The Divorce Clerk,” Readings at Ramapo series was held in the tion to detail. It is a dramatic monologue Samaras likes to write poetry to introduce inspired by his work processing divorce York Room at 1 p.m. Unlike previous writ- about a woman who is in some kind of men- himself to the audience. For this, he read applications for his priest father. “[The ers, these presenters did not have to travel tal institution, and her short story showed “Google My Name,” a poem describing the divorce applications] were the saddest far to read their work. Ramapo’s own teach- the woman telling the tale of how she was lives of all the other Nicholas Samaras of things I’ve ever seen,” Samaras said. ers, Professors Nicholas Samaras and Sasha placed in an asylum. the world. Both professors have their own creative Troyan are the first poets and fiction writers In her description of her life as a nanny, the The recipient of many fellowships and talents and yet both of their works captivat- that will be coming to Ramapo to share their woman describes the other character’s awards, he is now working on two new ed the audience. great work. clothes and environment with such detail books of poetry, the second of which is The next on-campus poetry reading will be As the director of the Readings at Ramapo that the audience could clearly visualize called “The Kidnapped Child.” on March 1 . The next day, the graphic nov- series, James Hoch introduced these them. Drawing the reader even more into Samaras read a poem from the second half elist Alison Bechdel will be reading from respected writers that he knows personally; the story and seemingly giving her charac- of the book called “Escaped: Kidnapped her works, including “Fun Home,” an auto- they all work together. He said that it is ter more credibility was Troyan’s lovely Child Shoplifts Across Country,” which biographical graphic novel about growing interesting having teachers present their British accent. explains in hilarious detail the exact way to up a lesbian in a family run funeral home. work because the students “get to hear what “Troyan’s voice coincided with the archi- shoplift to remain undetected. For all who are interested, there will be a they do creatively.” tecture and time with her story,” junior During his readings, he stopped to give out discussion of the novel in the Women’s Troyan was the first to read from one of her Johanna Colbath said. Freshman Jacqueline many pieces of advice that correlated with Center on Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. The 25 copies of short stories, “Hidden Works.” She is the Thomas agreed, also adding, “I thought his poems. This advice ranged from words the book are free at the Roadrunner Center author of two novels, “The Forgotten Troyan’s writing had a great fluidity to it about love lives (“Don’t date women in (only take the book if you’re really interest- Island” and “Strangers in the Morning.” and every writer should strive for that. I other countries. Long distance never ed in coming to the discussion). Hoch complimented her work as he said, would really like to take a class with her. ” works.”) to different exercises that future “Her work is utterly transporting. Few can After 15 minutes of that reading, Troyan authors and poets should do to explore their Esposito’s Offers Some Class Page 9 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 11, 2010 Dear John Captivates in Time for Valentineʼs Day By AMANDA VALENTI Friendly staff makes it a pleasant bite out and the By MELISSA VELOZ Staff Writer cooks are more than happy to cater to your specific Staff Writer requests. When you walk into Esposito’s Pizza and Restaurant, “No matter what request I have; strange and weird as Dear John opened nationwide in theaters on Feb. 5. The located at 425 Forest Road in Mahwah, you are greeted it may be, they always make it perfectly,” said Dennis romantic drama was “absolutely amazing and even better than with the restaurant’s beautiful Italian-styled walls. It is Karayel, a frequent customer of Esposito’s. the Notebook,” said Vanessa Sanchez, a Montclair State like eating in a small Italian villa with delicious pizza to Though not known for their desserts, a few varieties of University student, who watched the film entirely with tears match. cakes are available for an after meal sweet-tooth fix. falling from her face. Being located only ten minutes away from the Ramapo Parking at the restaurant is not the best, so carpooling The romantic drama follows the story of a new couple. John, College campus makes it very convenient for students. is the best way to go. Only a few spots are offered in the a soldier, meets and falls in love with Savanna within two Traditional items such as grandma pizza, calzones, front, so side parking will most likely be necessary. weeks of seeing and getting to know each other. In the course stuffed breads, large salads and a variety of other Italian Once the smells of Italian cooking hit your senses as of these short two weeks, you cannot help but fall in love with favorites decorate the menu. you walk through the door, the two minute walk will their relationship as well. An Esposito favorite is the grandma pie. Thin crust have been worth it. During this time, John meets Savanna’s neighbor Tim and his focaccia bread with a hint of garlic is complimented If you enjoy a glass of wine with your meal or a cold autistic son Alan, who are very close to Savanna and her fam- with sweet crushed tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. beer with your pizza, you should know that the restau- ily. John is not the only one who meets someone very close Each bite is an Italian delight in your mouth. The crust rant is BYOB. If a fountain drink is more your style or and dear to his significant other: Savanna also meets John’s is thin enough so it does not take away from the other you are under age, they offer free refills. dad. ingredients, but rather compliments them. Customers cannot go wrong with any item they choose After a great deal of drama and tension between John, For around $13 plus tax, two people can finish one on the large menu. Even their soups will tickle your Savanna and other characters, their relationship is weakened grandma pie. This affordable delicacy is a treat to the taste buds. and John unfortunately has to return back to active duty. taste buds. With the large variety Esposito’s offers, almost every- Although John’s deployment forces him to report back to If customers are looking for variety, Esposito’s also one will be satisfied with something on the menu. duty, he and Savanna keep in touch through many detailed let- offers different types of pizza, including grandma by Being only ten minutes away from campus and costing ters. He even comes to visit her whenever he can. the slice. between $6 and $10 per person, it is very practical for a Throughout the rest of the course of the film, John and The overstuffed, cheesy calzones are a delicious meal college student. Savanna struggle through the hardships of distance and emo- for one or two people, depending on hunger. Their Buon Apetito! tions. Every scene is powerful and the story really manages large salads are a lighter way to enjoy the products of to pull you into the plot and the characters. Esposito’s. John is played by Channing Tatum and his performance is The restaurant also offers food for pick up. Simply OVERALL incredible. Not only does he portray his character well but he calling in any order with a wait of no more than 20 min- GRADE emphasizes the emotions that his character feels in a very utes makes it convenient for those who need to get back to homework. B believable performance. Like Tatum, Amanda Seyfried (Savanna) also plays her part quite well. Honestly, her performance is shocking, mainly because she is well known for playing a ditzy character in Mean Girls. Seyfried definitely shows her versatility on the screen with this performance; this is one of her best acts by far. Overall this is an A+ film. You will cry, love and experience so many powerful emotions that you’d think you are involved in the movie yourself. “Dear John” is definitely worth the time and money to go see in theaters. OVERALL GRADE A+ Who Will Win the Battle for the Oscars? Page 10 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 11, 2010 1991. Up was selected in favor of Sean Penn won Best Actor last year for actor gets the nod for Best Actor or By MATT THOMPSON Fantastic Mr. Fox – which many felt his role as the gay politician, Harvey Best Supporting Actor, it opens the Staff Writer should have been included on the now Milk and Heath Ledger was nominated eyes of many leading to future big time expanded list of ten. Had Mr. Fox been for Brokeback Mountain in 2005. roles. Secondly, a Best Picture win may It’s Oscar season again and the nomi- nominated, it would have marked the Also worth noting is this is Freeman’s lead to a surge in the box office for the nees have gone public. The list con- first time two animated films were Best fifth overall nomination and his third f i l m . tains numerous no-brainers, but there Picture nominees in the same year. nomination for Best Actor. If Avatar wins this year, we may see were also some questionable decisions. The other noteworthy snubs for Best Matt Damon looks to be the biggest the run in theaters well extended into It seems as though it’s the same old Picture seem to be Star Trek and snub for Best Actor as he played real March. Lastly, the Academy Awards story with the Oscars – little to no sur- Invictus. Star Trek seemed to be a long life whistleblower Mark Whitacre in a give much needed appreciation to the prises. We are here to give a rundown shot in the first place, but Clint role praised by critics. best films of the year. of the top three categories: Best Eastwood must be reeling as this is the Best Actress was surprisingly thin in Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress. second remarkable film in the past two A-Listers. Sandra Bullock got nominat- First up is Best Picture. The Academy years that has gotten snubbed by the ed for the Blind Side and Meryl Streep decided to switch it up this year, going for Julie and Julia, but besides that the with ten nominees instead of the usual other nominees are virtual unknowns. five. Avatar, now the world’s highest Carey Mulligan is up for An grossing film, headlines the star-stud- It seems as though it’s the Education and Gabourey Sidibe for ded list. Featuring groundbreaking 3D same old story with the Precious. Helen Mirren rounds out the list with a nomination for The Last Oscars - little to no surprises. technology and a touching story; peo- ple have been flooding the box office in Station. Although Mirren won an Oscar anticipation of seeing the film. It’s not in 2006 for Best Actress in The Queen, hard to see why this was picked. she hardly qualifies as an A-lister. The rest of the blockbuster nominees The nominees are decided on by include The Blind Side, District 9, Up Academy. Gran Torino was snubbed AMPAS, which stands for the Academy in the Air and Inglorious Basterds, all last year, creating a public uproar. of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. which grossed at least $100 million The Best Actor nominees were pre- Criticism has been rampant in recent worldwide with ticket sales. dictable and tedious. Jeff Bridges is years as many of the voters are preva- Lesser known films, but equally able likely the favorite to win as he leads lent in the entertainment industry lead- to win include An Education, Precious, the pack for his critically acclaimed ing to the belief that the most important A Serious Man as well as war thriller role for Crazy Heart. The rest of the films with large crews end up getting The Hurt Locker. bunch includes George Clooney for Up nominated. Perhaps the most surprising nominee in the Air, Colin Firth for A Single There are a number of different intan- was Pixar’s hit, Up. The film became Man, Morgan Freeman for Invictus and gibles when thinking about why the only the second animated film in histo- Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker. Academy Awards are so important. ry to receive an Oscar nod for Best The nomination for Firth in A Single First and foremost, it brings exposure Picture. The other nominee was the Man follows a trend in recent years of to the directors, producers and movie Disney classic Beauty and the Beast in homosexual roles getting rave reviews. stars involved in the film. When an John Travolta May Lose More Than His Hair With His New Film By JULIANNE ILARIA fiancée, and seems quite content. He is really no chance from the beginning. Staff Writer just trying to make ends meet, dream- In case you were hoping for a classi- ing of his chance to move higher up the cal Hollywood structured story, you are With all due respect to John Travolta, ladder at his workplace, exchanging his bound to be disappointed. The film I think it would be apropos to say bad job of doing petty jobs like changing goes up and down and back and fourth, films happen to good people. Upon license plates for big wigs. abandoning all film clichés, but not leaving the movie theater, it’s safe to Sure the kid’s got potential, because really in a good way. say one may be wondering if Travolta why else would his super important Overall, this movie was a huge waste has turned to desperate measures in boss trust him with the dire task of, I’m of time for anyone who was expecting terms of accepting acting roles because still not sure—either saving the something of substance. I suppose if the story is no gem. world—or wiping it out. He is clearly you watch it with a grain of salt and The story of a low ranked agent not cut out for this kind of job, and strictly the mind frame that it is ridicu- named James Reese (Jonathan Rhys instead of reminding him of that, or lous and accepted it for what it was (an Meyers ) working for the government making fun of him, Travolta does over the top thriller) you wouldn’t feel takes a different turn when Wax (John worse: he tries to mold him into his so ashamed. Travolta) joins him to take down a ruthless killer of a partner, but the kid’s Although, if you do take it the slight- cocaine ring—and everything else in got no hope. est bit seriously, there’s something their way. However, Travolta does his kicking wrong there. I give this film a “D” in Travolta is back in action, except this ass scenes with finesse, and is unques- terms of plot and content because time with about an extra hundred tionably the only good part of the frankly it was just all over the place. pounds packed on, a goatee, and a bald whole movie. Sure, his stunt double got The director could have cast the best head. Travolta definitely fits the cate- a rigorous workout, but at least the actor in the world as the lead and I gory of a madman, reeking havoc in his action scenes were worthwhile, ones doubt it would have saved this film. unorthodox manic way such as scream- that often featured Travolta double fist- The movie seemed to boast Travolta’s ing, cursing, and carrying quite a col- ed with guns. weapons more than the story itself, and lection of guns throughout the film, Personally, my favorite scene was in that is a clear sign that something is and of course blowing lines on Parisian which Travolta led an intense car chase definitely lacking. Even worse: the set- trains every chance possible. But trust down a Parisian highway. His car of ting was Paris, but somehow the only me, he’s the “good” guy. choice? A 2010 Audi. His nemesis’? A population seemed to be made up of OVERALL However, we dig deeper into the story 90’ something Volvo. Not so fair. Of Arabs and Asians. And they were all GRADE: course, Travolta also hung out a of his the villains. Hmm… when we see things from Reese’s per- car window over a hundred miles an D spective. He seems to live a normal life; he has a nice home, a beautiful hour shooting something that resem- bled a cannon, so I guess there was A Chorus of Storytellers Tells A Great Story Page 11 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 11, 2010 ments by human voices that are barely audible and The end of “Stand Still” fades into “Summer Fog.” By JOHN FRAZE seem to be an adult teaching a child to speak or read. If the rest of the album is slow and ambient, this piece Staff Writer The track is otherwise instrumental. is certainly one step away from moving backward, not The Album Leaf is an experiment ambient post-rock “Perro” bleeds into “Blank Pages” adding a drum to say it is a bad song in the least. Another instrumen- group from San Diego, California. Their latest machine’s beat to the ever evolving synthesizer piece. tal only track, it truly does illustrate a ‘summer fog’ release, “A Chorus of Storytellers”, is the effort’s first Slowly throughout the song strings come and go giv- and a lighthouse and steamboat, among other things. release featuring a full band. ing way to a very post-rock sounding guitar and bells “Until the Last” follows in the wake of “Stand Still” “Perro”, the first track on the album, fades in with a to compliment the drum machine. as yet another awesome instrumental track. light static overpowered by a synth using a simple “There is a Wind” picks up again heavily with the “We Are” and “Almost There” revive again the use progression and gradually adding more and more synthesizer but with real drums this time, and harmo- of lyrics and harmonized chants which compliments body. Behind all of this are some sort of announce- nized vocals. This song conjures a very dreamlike what the band is doing perfectly. “Tied Knots” creeps state, and the lyrics fit the instrumentals perfectly: up with the same static that “Perro” came in with, cre- “There’s a wind behind everyone that takes us ating a musical sandwich. The song takes it very through our lives.” slowly and casts off the album with more elaborate After a moment with lyrics, the song breaks into instrumentals than it came in with. Finally the song instrumentals and slowly begins to incorporate back- slowly fades the album out back into the static from ground, chant like lyrics. whence it came. “Within Dreams” starts off with more drums machine beats and a slowly building chorus of instru- mentals that gains momentum and by the middle of the song becomes a progressive ambience of strings, guitar, bass and a beautiful backing synth. This is another fully instrumental track. “Falling from the Sun” seems to be a more vocally based song but still incorporates the symphony of instrumentals from previous tracks. Continuing on with the dream sequence that is “A Chorus of Storytellers,” the song’s lyrics again invoke a very dreamy state with harmonized, repetitive, chanting vocals: “We’ll find a way, yes we’ll find a way, yes we’ll find a way to fall.” “Stand Still” is yet another beautiful, ambient, instrumental piece. This type of track is truly the OVERALL essence of bands that create music like this. The intri- GRADE: cate drum beats paired with the eloquent strings is A- enough but the guitar and backing synthesizer contin- photo courtesy of Google Images ue to add to the experience. Concrete Jungle is Thought Provoking and Inspiring By TARA LAEMINA without knowing the lyrics you can still feel the emotion and Here is a little background information to understand her Staff Writer meaning running through the song. This is Nnekas singing mix of soul and rapping that create a unique, unforgettable style and it definetly sets her apart. style. A new breakout singer-songwriter may have hit the U.S. “Showing Love” shows off Nnekas rap skills, that she does Her German-Nigerian heritage clearly has an influence on Nneka, has been popular in Europe since 2005, now she not just have a soulful voice. Africa is a reggae toned song is her music. Nneka grew up in the Delta region of Nigeria and finally has a chance in America with her release of, another song about how the world needs to move and stop moved to Germany to further her education at the age of 19. “Concrete Jungle.” blaming others. Nigeria has a rich culture in embracing music and Germany Just because this is her first U.S. album does not mean you “Why do we want to remain where we started? And how was able to show Nneka a new perspective on life, love and should feel like you are missing out. “Concrete Jungle” is long do we want to stop ourselves from thinking?” The everything in between. The mix of opposite cultures was more of a collection than a brand new album. It takes her Africa lyrics will give you a different perspective on the able to shed light on the politics, and personal mindsets that breakout songs from her pervious five albums and compiles state we are in. shaped much of her song writing. them. Nneka is able to take a stance on an issue or the world with- Her website may sum her up best, “When your heart is as Nneka is often compared to Lauryn Hill, Sade and Erykah out slamming it in your face. She has enough emotional big as your Afro, when your talents stretch from teardrop Badu. Stars like Lenny Kravitz want her to open for their intensity in her lyrics and voice to make you aware of how soul-singing to freestyle rapping to a first-class degree from shows. she feels. a top Continental university, when you’ve got so much to The album ranges in sounds from reggae inspired, to hip- say about so much, then you are in it for the long haul.” hop, to soul, to pop. Nneka has an album that will not disappoint fans of soul With the vast array of mixed genres, each song has its own and music fans in general. She brings in a fresh sound that flavor. They pleasantly go together in a harmonic way, each has not been heard for a while. It is a good start to a career with their differences yet still cohesive. in America when your first album is filled with hits. This “The Uncomfortable Truth” is one of the lead singles from alone is enough reason to check the album out and see what “Concrete Jungle.” Yes, these songs, like some others, do all the buzz about. talk about God, but do not let that discourage you. It is not If the audience goes out and buys this album they will have the focus of the song and it really just talks about what many all of Nnekas breakthrough songs. There is no need to worry of us are thinking. It is about the contradiction we all have in that you missed the previous five. “Concrete Jungle” has the our lives. How we should be moving forward, instead of liv- type of music you can keep on all day, it is sure to be a pleas- ing this toxic lifestyle. er for a long time. “The Uncomfortable Truth” has lyrics like, “Your system is a joke, no heart in it, it’s choking us to death.” It shows her feisty side, a side that may appeal to many in a time like this. OVERALL Her lyrics are truthful, with a beat that draws you in. GRADE: Heartbeat has a soft piano and other drums joining to slow- ly build up to the chorus. The chorus still is not heavy, but a A slow intense buildup makes it feel big. You cannot ignore Nnekas voice that adds to the meaning of the song. Even New Program to Be Page 12 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 11, 2010 Offered for High Schoolers By ANGELA DI MARI has been with Ramapo College for 18 Staff Writer months, explains that the participants “will need to prepare statements on the basis of Ramapo College will introduce a new the Country they are studying. and the posi- Want to write for the Ramapo News International Studies Institute this summer tion they take. They will learn to work for interested high school students. closely and intensively in groups and apply but feel like you have no time? Due to a strong student interest and an real data to hypothetical yet real problems.” uncertain budget for the Governor’s School Ramapo is aiming high, and expects that this year, a similar program through CIPL students will gain an appreciation of living was developed through the College’s Center and non-living systems, enriched personal Join the club. for Innovative and Professional Learning. awareness and understanding, personal The new RCISI program will continue as responsibility and a set moral stance, and a an intensive learning experience developed reorganization of what could be to come. for the purpose of stimulating intellectual This new program is currently advertised Every Monday and Wednesday, abilities, teaching positive self-image and through electronic and paper mailings to challenging capabilities through personal schools. About 30 students are expected, 7 p.m. in SC-218. involvement and the open exploration of and they will live on campus for two weeks thoughts this summer. Available to rising high school juniors and “There will be meetings dealing with fun seniors, now open beyond just NJ residents, stuff, there will be a farewell dance,” Geller the program will consist of multi-discipli- said. nary learning through courses that cover There will also be much more, including an topics such as human rights and law, global alumni BBQ, talent show, and even Tango. environment and resources, international Geller is also looking for two paid assis- trade and economics, and international pub- tants, preferably Ramapo students. lic health. They must have an interest in International The program also consists of workshops studies, and a plus would be if they are and seminars. The participants will have the already International Studies Majors. opportunity to learn negotiations and diplo- They must be serious about the academic macy through stimulation in which they will content “but good role models for the prepare country briefs and be assigned spe- fun/camp councilor aspects as well,” Geller cific problems. said. Dr. Jeremy Geller, who is the director, and RAMAPO SPORTS Thursday, February 11, 2010 Eineker Gives Women’s Basketball Hope for NJAC Bid By MICHELE McKENNA playoff appearances. His most recent took a big step towards being more “The decisions kids make now in col- S taff Writer coaching venue was for FDU-Florham. competitive. lege will drive the rest of their lives and Eineker earned amazing achievements “This year we are continuing the trend. it is a rewarding experience to be part Only two years into his career at at FDU including setting the best win- The kids have worked hard and continue my kids’ lives,” he said. R amapo C ollege, C oach Michael ning percentage in school history, pro- to improve daily,” he said. Eineker has brought the women’s bas- ducing 18 season wins, a program high, Currently, the team is fighting for the ketball team to the cusp of the NJAC and three appearances in the ECAC last spot in the NJAC playoffs. They playoffs. Before Eineker, R amapo Championship Tournament. are competing for the best conference struggled with a 4-21 record overall and “Personally, it was tough to feel like record with R utgers-Newark. Both no conference wins in the 2007-2008 we had developed the FDU program to a teams are currently tied at 2-8. season. point where we would be competitive “I don’t know when the last time the After Eineker’s coaching debut last every year and then to come to Ramapo women’s team made the NJAC’s but I year, he brought the team’s overall to start over,” he said. “However, in know it’s been a while,” Eineker said. record to 10-15 and earned them four the long run I believe we can have great Eineker notes that his team is young conference wins, their best season in success here and the people and players and is working very hard. “Any post three years. here have been terrific.” season experience would be important “I came to Ramapo because I thought Eineker was drawn to all the positive to us,” he said. we could turn the women’s basketball When asked how he would get the program around,” said Eineker. team there, Eineker said the team needs Mike Eineker always had a passion for “I came to Ramapo because to defend harder and handle the ball bet- basketball. He played for Bloomfeild I thought we could turn the ter. He admits the rest of their confer- women’s basketball program High School. He then went on to play ence games will be a tough stretch. at Caldwell College. After transferring “We need to play real well and see if to Montclair State University and grad- around.” we can steal one of these games in order uating from there in 1995, he quickly to make it to the NJACs,” Eineker said. got a jump start in the field of coach- - Mi ke Ei neker, head coach Off the court, Coach Eineker enjoys ing. the sport of golf. His has a wife and His first job was in 1995 as an assis- things Ramapo has to offer. “Ramapo two boys, Patrick, 4 and Declan, 2. tant women’s basketball coach at provides a terrific education, a beautiful “My family has been a true blessing Princeton University. He also was an campus, great facilities and competes in but they have also destroyed what was a assistant coach at Lafayette and Boston one of the top conferences in the pretty good golf swing, ” he said. University. His first head-coaching gig nation: the NJAC,” Eineker said. Eineker has a passion for basketball, photo by Michael Jagendorf was at Bloomfield College where he led After last season, the Roadrunners are but mostly he is rewarded by teaching Eineker hopes to lead the Young Roadrunners Hope for Success in Future the women’s program to two CACC definitely looking towards success. “We life skills to young adults. Roadrunners to an NJAC bid. By MARIS S A TORR senior Jon Lindenauer came in third place in the place with a mark of 4.99 meters (16’4.5”). In the Staff Writer 3,000-meter with a time of 9:05.44. 55-meter hurdles, she took home eighth place in As for the women, on Friday, sophomore Maura 9.38. In the high jump, she finished in 11th place Both the men and women’s indoor track and field Burke placed 40th overall in the 60-meter hurdles by overall, posting a personal best, 1.47 meters (4’10). teams had success at their meets last weekend. clocking in at 9.68. Rookie Michelle Favre took Coach Jackson gave credit where credit was due. “All three meets are meets that we can have success home a fifth place finish in the pole vault when she “Maura Burke is having an outstanding season. She at. We’re two weeks before the conference champi- cleared 3.60-meters (11’9.75”). Her mark was a has had personal bests in hurdles and pentathlon. onships so it’s a big weekend for us. There are many NCAA provisional mark and she was the top divi- S he has really improved since freshman year. people that have not had their best performances yet, Michelle Favre, a freshman, has been athlete of the so I’m looking forward to the meets this weekend,” week three out of four times. She was ACA provi- Coach Mike Jackson said. “We have a very young team. Every day sional qualifier in the pole vault and number nine in that goes by, we grow even more.” They delivered. On Friday at the New Balance the country in pole vault in division 3, and she’s the Collegiate Invitational in New York, sophomore top freshman.” Jamar Pierce earned an ECAC qualifying time. The men’s team has been successful as well. Pierce finished the 400-meter run in 41st place with - Mi ke Jackson, head coach “Kyle Price is also having an outstanding season. a time of 50.35, also setting a personal best. He’s the reigning conference champion from cross On Saturday, the second day of the meet in New country and continuing a great season. ” York, senior Kyle Price set a new school record. sion three athletes in the event. In the NJAC, there have been a number of school Price finished the 800-meter run in 26th place when On Sunday, Burke placed third in the 55-meter hur- records broken. They have had a host of ECAC qual- he clocked in at 1:57.43. dles in 9.04. She also came in fourth place, while ifiers. In the men’s NY/NJ 4x400-meter relay, made up of setting a personal best in the 500-meter dash. She “We have a very young team. Every day that goes Pierce, Price, senior Jake Stass, and rookie Eugene clocked in at 1:24.13, just .07 shy of beating the by, we grow even more.” Warren, Ramapo finished seventh overall and second school record. Up next for the Roadrunners is a trip to in their heat with a time of 3:24.99, which was Sophomore April Kaiser placed sixth in the 55- Middletown, Conn. for the CTC Championships on enough to qualify for the ECAC Championships. meter hurdles in 9.23, a personal best. Rookie Feb. 12 and 13. On Sunday, at the DeSchriver Invitational hosted Desiree Reese had a very successful day placing in by East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, three events. In the long jump, she came in seventh Look at Team USA for Vancouver Olympic Games Page 14 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 11, 2010 By KEVIN JOHNSON Another bright star on the American team is Apolo Anton Staff Writer Ohno. Ohno is an accomplished short-track speed skater with an impressive Olympic record. In the 2002 Salt Lake With the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver right around City games, Ohno won gold in the 1,500 meter, and then the corner, the United States looks to improve upon their followed it up with another gold medal in the 500 meter at medal count of four years ago, when the games were held the 2006 games in Turin. in Turin, Italy. Ohno looks to continue with success in Vancouver, as he The United States looks to draw from experience, and will be participating in the 500 meter, 1,000 meter, 1,500 hopes to improve on their performance this year. The meter, and 5,000 meter relay. Americans have fallen short of Germany in both gold The United States has also assembled contenders for Gold medals and total medals during the last two winter games. in both Men’s and Women’s Hockey. The Germans are once again the favorites this year in The women’s team, since the addition of Women’s Vancouver, but the United States has a very promising team Hockey to the Olympics in 1998, has traded gold medals assembled. with Canada. The United States won the first gold medal The games are set to begin on Friday, Feb. 12, with the tra- for the event in 1998, and the Canadians have won the other ditional Opening Ceremony. The events will continue for two in 2002 and 2006. the next 16 days, concluding with the exciting Men’s The American women, led by 26-year-old Captain Natalie Hockey Gold Medal Game on Feb. 28. Darwitz, expect to find their strongest competition in The games feature a total of 86 events in 15 different cat- Canada again this year. egories. The men’s tournament is expected to offer more parity, as One of the most dominant athletes on the United States there are many strong teams assembled. The two teams that team is women’s skiing sensation, Lindsey Vonn. Vonn is stand out are the Canadians and the Russians, who have coming off the best year of her career in 2009, and is the formed all-star rosters. The strength of the rivalry formed favorite to win hold in her two strongest events, Women’s by NHL superstars Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Downhill, and Super Giant Slalom. Capitals and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins Vonn set an American single season record in 2009 by should be on full display when these two teams meet for capturing nine world cup titles in the year. She also elevat- photo courtesy of Creative Commons national pride. Apolo Ohno hopes to add more medals to his col- ed her career world cup medal count to twenty-eight, mak- The American team is not considered a favorite to win the lection in Vancouver. ing her the second most successful American skier behind tournament, but they have won in the underdog role before. only Bode Miller with thirty-one metals. Veteran Captain Jamie Langenbrunner and goaltender Ryan Vonn is currently day-to-day though news broke The expectations were set high for Miller in Turin, but he Miller will head the American squad. Wednesday that she bruised her right shin while training on fell short of expectations by shamelessly spending the With only a few days remaining until the start of the Feb. 3 Olympics partying with no focus on becoming a champion. Olympics, fans of the great tradition can finally rejoice in America looks to draw on the success of Vonn after an Miller will have the opportunity to make amends with his the games arrival. The Opening Ceremonies begin on Feb. abysmal performance by the skiing phenom Bode Miller in country this winter by participating in the Men’s Downhill, 12 at 6 p.m. on NBC. NBA: Cavs, Lakers Leading the Pack into the Break the 2006 Games. Super Giant Slalom, Super Combined, and Slalom events. By JEREMY KELLY fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Many expected this title to go to the Boston Celtics, who Staff Writer were NBA champions in 2008. They appeared ready to ful- The Atlanta Hawks do not have a particularly storied fran- chise. Their only NBA championship came in 1958, when fill that title as they began the season 23-5. But injuries to Throughout the first half of the 2009-2010 NBA season, they were the St. Louis Hawks. But thanks to the inspired Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce have derailed their track, as it’s been fairly difficult to pinpoint the league’s best teams. play of Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford, Atlanta is third in they are only 9-12 since Christmas Day, and have fallen to Part of the reason has been that several teams have only had the East with a record of 33-17, which includes a 4-0 record a select number of games in which they had full rosters. against Boston. Regardless of circumstance, several teams have defied Few expected the Oklahoma City Thunder, just two years expectations to become legitimate contenders, others removed from their former home in Seattle, to be possible haven’t delivered as well as critics have expected, and one threats in the West. Behind Kevin Durant’s 29.7 PPG, the team has set a new standard for NBA futility. Oklahoma City has won six straight games to rise to sixth The Los Angeles Lakers, champions in 2009, currently in the conference. Durant has also become one of only a have the Western Conference’s best record, at 40-13. few players in NBA history to score at least 25 points in at However, some may attribute this strong start to favorable least 25 straight games. scheduling. Other progress reports include: the defending Eastern Seventeen of L.A.’s first 21 games were at home, as they Conference champions, the Orlando Magic, are second in went 18-3 to begin the year. But injuries to Pau Gasol, Luke the conference at 35-17, the Utah Jazz have won nine in a Walton, and most recently, Kobe Bryant, have shown that row to rise to third in the Western Conference at 32-18, and this team has plenty of depth, which has helped them dur- the Dallas Mavericks hold a two-game lead over their divi- ing more difficult stretches. sion rivals, the San Antonio Spurs, and are fourth in the Bryant recently overtook Laker great Jerry West as the West. franchise leader in career points. The All-Star festivities take place this weekend at Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets, last season’s second- Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It begins, Friday, seeded team in the West, have proven to be more than a Feb. 12, with the Celebrity Game and the Rookie match for the Lakers. Challenge. Saturday features the Taco Bell Skills Despite a stretch at the end of December when they lost Challenge, the Foot Locker 3-point Contest, and the Sprite five of six, and the recent injury to Carmelo Anthony, Slam Dunk Contest, along with the presentation of the TNT Denver is 2-0 against the Lakers, the team they lost to in All-Decade Team. The All-Star Game will take place on the Western Conference Finals last year. Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on TNT. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won their last 12 games, Only the best will be left standing at season’s end. Who and they own the league’s best record at 42-11. Against the can we expect to play their best ball when it matters most? doubters, they have shown that their highly publicized off- Will the surprising teams keep the momentum, or will the season trade for Shaquille O’Neal has paid dividends. That, photo courtesy of Creative Commons veteran teams with championship chemistry surge ahead? along with Lebron James leading the league in points per Kevin Durantʼs breakout play for Oklahoma City Time will tell. game (PPG), has made Cleveland the team to beat in the has given them new life in their new home. East. Young Stars On the Rise Around the NHL Page 15 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 11, 2010 By ANDREW GOULD with the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers for Staff Writer the eight seed with 59 points, but the Rangers have needed more games reach that mark. With the football season concluding and the base- Much like the Devils, the Rangers struggle offen- ball season still two months away, now seems like sively. In his first year on the Rangers, Marian the perfect time to give some attention to the biggest Gaborik has bounced back from an injury-plagued sport getting the least air time. season to lead the team with 35 goals scored. The NHL season has just about hit the halfway However, the next highest scorer is Ryan Callahan mark, and there has been plenty of action to indicate with 15, so they are relying too much on Gaborik to an exciting second half. The San Jose Sharks and carry the load. Chicago Blackhawks appear to be the strongest The Rangers also made a trade, picking up veteran teams in the Western Conference. For the Sharks, center Olli Jokinen from the Calgary Flames. center Joe Thornton leads the NHL with 58 assists, Jokinen only has 12 goals this season, but he has typ- and Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley both stand in ically scored around 30 goals a year. the top five in goals scored. Goalie Evgeni Nabokov With 23 wins in 58 games, the Islanders are already has allowed only 2.25 goals per game. three victories away from matching their dismal win On top of the Central division with 81 points and a total from last season. Although they still have a 38-15-5 record, the Blackhawks have a bright future long way to go, the team can at least be excited by ahead of them with Patrick Kane at right wing. At the prospect of their new young star, John Tavares. age 21, Kane leads the team with 22 goals and 40 Selected with the first pick of last year’s draft, assists. They have run into a tough stretch though, Tavares already is already one of their best players winning only one of their past four games. despite only being 19 years old. The expectations Led by young star Alex Ovechkin, the Washington attached to Tavares have been monumental, but he Capitals have dominated the Eastern Conference, has shown glimpses of success that help make the currently sitting on top with a 41-12-6 record and a Islanders’ hopes seem warranted. comfortable 27-point lead in their division. The league will be on hiatus from February 15 to 28 Ovechkin has put forth a strong case for MVP so far, so players can represent their home countries in the leading the league with 42 goals and 86 points. photo courtesy of Creative Commons 2010 Winter Olympics. Sidney Crosby hopes to lead his Pittsburgh The New Jersey Devils are having a strong year too In a sport with a large amount of international play- Penguins to another Stanley Cup championship. with future Hall-of-Famer Martin Brodeur leading ers, it is refreshing to see players eager to participate the way with a .917 save percentage. However, they goals scored. He provides the Devils with the extra in the Olympics without ownership refusing to allow have not scored much this year, ranking 25th in the spark they needed to propel them to a run at the them to participate in fears on hurting the franchise. NHL in goals scored. To help correct this stat, the Stanley Cup. It will be interesting to see how players perform Devils acquired Ilya Kovalchuk from the Atlanta The New York teams have been as successful so far when the season continues since they are essentially Thrashers. this year, as both the Rangers and Islanders are playing a longer season before the playoffs Kovalchuck, a 26-year-old left-winger selected first behind in the playoff picture. The Rangers are tied approach. Saints Win First Super Bowl in Honor of the Big Easy in the 2001 draft, ranks seventh in the league with 31 By JAKE EDINGER until the Super Bowl where they were tested with going into the second half, with the score 10-6 in Staff Writer their Freeney, their best pass rusher, injured. favor of the Colts. As momentum was swinging in favor of New The Who captured the essence of the Super Bowl Super Bowl XLIV featured two of the best teams in Orleans late in the second, the Colts held the Saints with their halftime show even though the British band the NFL and the end result shocked many NFL fans. on fourth and goal. This gave the Colts momentum has probably never even held a pigskin. The Saints and their hybrid passing offense defeated After this performance with the Colts ready to the great Peyton Manning and the Colts. receive the second half kickoff the Saints kick an Both the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts onside kick, which caught the Colts on their heels played nervously in the first quarter, which is natural enabling the Saints to recover the ball. considering half the country is watching their every In the third quarter the Saints threw a screen pass to movement. Many of the players made simple mistakes such as Saints Marques Colston having a pass go through his The entire year their pass defense hands and hitting him directly in the face. Early in the was fine, until the Super Bowl where game the Saints tested the Colts stellar offensive line they were tested with their Freeney, lead by Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday. their best pass rusher, injured. The early blitzing by the Saints emphasized Sean Payton’s game plan to pressure Manning early giving him no time to properly react. Pierre Thomas in the red zone giving them the lead in Also in the first quarter the Colts running back the game. Joseph Addai showed great field vision and provided The momentum swung to favor the Saints and in the the Colts offensive with a spark. The Colts jumped to fourth quarter wide receiver Lance Moore made an an early 10-0 start. exceptional effort on a two-point conversion, which The Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney injured his gave the Saints the lead 24-17. right ankle in the AFC championship two weeks ago The play that will be remembered in Super Bowl against the New York Jets. As of the second quarter XLIV is Tracey Porter’s pick six of Peyton Manning the injury didn’t seem to be slowing him down, but as with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. the game progressed it was clear the ankle wasn‘t The final score was Saints 31 Colts 17. even close to 100 percent. The New Orleans Saints received their first Super The Saints finally revealed their scheme in the sec- Bowl win and the Big Easy’s heart was lifted from the ond quarter as they targeted the Colts weak pass photo courtesy of Creative Commons catastrophes of Hurricane Katrina by a couple of defense. This was the dagger that pierced the Colts Saints running back Reggie Bush had 63 yards in Saints. their Super Bowl victory. heart. The entire year their pass defense was fine, RAMAPO SPORTS SLAM DUNK Roadrunners look ahead to the NJAC tournament. photo by Michael Jagendorf LaQuan Peterkin slam dunks near the end of the first half in the 82-62 victory over Montclair State University on Feb. 6.