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XLI No. 1
9.16.2010 A publication by the students for the Ramapo College community XLI No. 1
Nine Years After 9/11
Village Incident Draws Scrutiny from Officials
photo by Stefani Mauro
Flags representing each victim killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 were displayed at Ramapo Collegeʼs Arch as the nation looked back on how the
world has changed over the past nine years.
By MEGAN ANDERLE consequences increase with each violation. After
Editor-in-Chief three violations, students are suspended from campus
and parents are notified.
Masses of students and visitors congregating out- “There’s always an issue of underage and public
side of the Village warranted 52 alcohol and noise- drinking in every school year,” Mercer said. “It’s not
related violations on Aug. 31, officials said. Mahwah
Police arrived at the scene, to disband groups and
unrealistic. It occurs at virtually every other col- 3-Day Forecast
deal with a few unruly students. President Peter But to administrators and Public Safety, the most
Mercer issued a statement the following day via e- Fri
alarming aspect of the night wasn’t just that alcohol
mail, threatening to make the campus dry. was involved; it was the sheer number of people in High 74
Administrators are talking to students to figure out the Village – an estimated 400, according to Vincent Low 55
what is best for the community as a whole, Markowski, director of Public Safety.
Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Patrick “I’ve never seen that number of people in the Sat
Chang said. Moving forward, Mercer said on Sept. 7 Village at night before,” Chang said, who has High 74
that he doesn’t foresee Ramapo becoming a dry cam- worked at Ramapo for more than twenty years. Low 55
pus, despite the e-mail he sent on Sept. 1. “Every parking spot was filled.”
“I don’t think we’re going to change any of our Eight Mahwah Police officers arrived by midnight Sun
policies,” Mercer said. “If there was a significant on Aug. 31, as there were not enough Public Safety High 77
increase in this sort of behavior, we would establish officers on duty to control the crowds. Low 51
it in new policies, such as making residences dry if Mercer said he hopes to keep the lines of commu-
photo by Jolie Lang
nication open with students in wake of the incident. An estimated 400 people
The policy that currently stands is that underage “I sent a broadcast email (to the community), met were in the Village the night
drinking is not permitted, nor is alcohol allowed on with students and am having SGA come over for of the incident.
designated “dry” areas of campus. Fines and other dinner to let everyone know that we take these see VILLAGE on page 6_
Local Farmers Market Promotes Sustainable Living
Page 2 The Ramapo News Thursday, September 16, 2010
“Historical Location Brings Back Original Farming Community”
By S TEPHANIE NODA
Gone are the days when one can walk down the street to
the corner market and pick up a carton of milk from the
nearest mom-and-pop store. In a nation where suburbia
dominates, all the essential food and products that we con-
sume comes from distant, monopolizing chain supermar-
kets. Instead of buying into this globalized market, other
options are available. Ramsey’s Farmer’s Market is an
alternative way to buy your daily necessities from local
Ramsey’s Farmer’s Market is located next to the Ramsey
Train Station on Main Street every Sunday until Oct. 31.
The Farmer’s Market brings in 27 different vendors that
offer a variety of locally produced food and products. The
location of this market was chosen to support the farming
“I was the president of the Ramsey Historical Association
and one of things we wanted to promote is the link with
the town which was once a farming community,” market
manager Nancy Boone said. “When the train station came
to Ramsey, the farmers in local towns would bring their
crops to the train station, so I thought ‘wouldn’t it be nice
to keep on promoting the history of this farming commu-
nity and have a farmer’s market?’”
photo by Stephanie Noda
Out of 26 different vendors, Farmer Jim Matarazzo awaits market on-goers to purchase his crop.
Ramsey’s Farmer’s Market promotes the idea of sustain-
able living. Antoniette Koshykar, owner of Buena Vista has been produced locally, and all proceeds go directly to Farmer’s Market fresh produce as well as grocery items,”
Soapery, specializes in making homemade shampoos and the individuals that produced the food. Jim James, site manager of the Mahwah Center for Food
soaps that don’t use plastics. Her “Solid Shampoo” comes “When you go to the supermarket, half the produce Action facility, said. “Generally, we don’t get fresh vegeta-
in the form of a bar of soap but provides buyers with a comes from China or Mexico,” Farmer Jim Matarazzo said. bles on a daily basis, so we get this once a week from the
salon-quality product without the need for wasteful plastic “Food in supermarkets might be a week to ten days old Ramsey’s Farmer’s Market. We can service to about 15
bottles. before it gets to the customers. If you go to farmer’s mar- families in a day; on Mondays, we can service as many as
“You’re reducing your carbon footprint by buying local- kets, it keeps your own farming community thriving and 20-22 families. It’s an added treat that we generally don’t
ly,” Koshykar said. “Then you’re reducing your carbon the food is also much fresher. Most of this stuff we picked have in our food packages when we distribute them.”
footprint further by buying from business that manufacture yesterday and brought it here today. It’s just healthier for “One of the concepts I had was the idea was paying it for-
locally. It’s nice to see small business that can flourish and you.” ward,” Boone said. “If you’re doing well, why not be able
thrive, especially in this environment.” Ramsey’s Farmer’s Market takes advantage of this thriv- to share your good fortune with others? It’s all about giv-
All the products and food sold at the Farmer’s Market are ing community to help the less fortunate members of the ing back and spreading the word.”
produced by their vendors at numerous stands. The food communiy. The Farmer’s Market regularly donates nonper- To find out more about Ramsey’s Farmer’s Market, visit
sold at the market not only includes fruits and vegetables ishable items to the Center for Food Action, an organiza- http://www.ramseyfarmersmarket.org.
but homemade baked goods as well. Tables of homemade tion that brings food to the poor. Many farmers also donate
bread, chicken pot pies, quiches and even goats’ milk fresh produce that has not been sold throughout the day. firstname.lastname@example.org
cheese can be found throughout the market. All of the food “Every Monday morning, we receive from the Ramsey’s
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Students Expect School Spirit, Hopes Fall Short
Thursday, September 16, 2010
By ELYS E TORIBIO
Admitted students are encouraged to pose for a picture with
Ricky the Roadrunner on their orientation day. Throughout
the summer, the soon-to-be freshmen visit the campus and
stock up on Ramapo gear from the school bookstore.
Come move-in day at the end of August, families cheer
on first-year students as they pass through the arch and
shake hands with President Mercer, a Ramapo College tra-
So why does all the school spirit seem to fizzle out once
our Roadrunners cross the arch?
“All that Welcome Week stuff, I got three pamphlets
about it, it was just thrown at me,” freshman Suzanne
Hochberg said. “But once Welcome Week ended, I don’t
really know what’s going on on-campus. The enthusiasm
for getting people to go to stuff just faded out.”
Countless events are organized and promoted by Student
Affairs throughout the semester. An entire wall of the
Student Center is dedicated solely to reminding students
photo by Elyse Toribio
Freshmen Cara LaPolla and Cara May are among many other freshmen with similar concerns.
about upcoming events, in addition to the activities calen-
dars that are distributed across campus. true college experience, when a better alternative is getting Ramapo has not been what she expected. Donovan said, “I
“Through technology, social networking, Facebook and involved in clubs and extracurricular activities. wasn’t so much disappointed as surprised at the amount of
everything, the most impacting way of getting people out “When we’re talking about school spirit, let’s talk hon- craziness at night. But then again I’ve never been to col-
is still word of mouth,” Pat Chang, associate vice presi- estly,” Chang said. “If you’re talking about the opportuni- lege, so I guess that’s to be expected.”
dent for Student Affairs, said. ty to drink and then create damage, then this is not the One freshman did not even consider Ramapo as an insti-
Getting the word out about different events on campus place for you and no, we don’t have that kind of spirit tution with a lot of school spirit before even arriving on
Shuttle Terminated Due to Costs and Unruly Behavior
does not seem to be the issue. Instead, Chang said he
believes the problem of poor school spirit may lie in the For freshman Jessica Marie Donovan, who has wanted to Jon Burns said, “To be honest, I didn’t see it as a school
increasingly popular belief that partying and drinking is the attend the college since her junior year of high school, that’s really invested in stuff like that.”
“Students are Left to Come Up With An Alternative form of On-Campus Transportation”
By S AMANTHA ULLRICH Finance said. “This was not a practical allows students more free time on Tuesday At least one student is going to miss the
Staff Writer solution because our public safety officers’ and Thursday nights. According to the on- shuttle service.
Ramapo College’s on-campus shuttle main responsibility is to protect the safety campus shuttle ridership statistics from “It was really nice because then kids
service will no longer be available to stu- of our students.” 2009 to 2010, Tuesday night provided trips weren’t resorting to driving drunk across
dents starting this semester due to costs, The college has sustained state aid reduc- for 3,362 riders and Thursday night racked campus when it gets as cold as 5 degrees
environmental impact and educational con- tions year after year. This decrease has made up 3,002 riders. The other days of the week outside,” Senior Brian Luba said.
cerns, officials said. the college reevaluate the services that only reached a total of 1,800 combined. While Public Safety does not see the
Ramapo College’s Public Safety might be candidates for cutbacks or elimi- “I think that there are significant courses shuttle service returning in the future,
Department sent out a mass email on Sept. nations. students naturally take that allow them to Echols Tobe and Markowski met with
1 informing students of the cancellation of “The total cost associated with this serv- have Fridays off, so in a sense the schedule Krisza to discuss transportation alterna-
the nightly shuttle service. School and stu- ice is about $25,000 per year,” Echols does lend itself to increase activities on tives.
Tobe said. Tuesday and Thursday nights, primarily
“This was not a practical
dent leaders, including Presidential Cabinet,
Public Safety, and the Student Government The costs linked with running the service Thursday nights, because students aim to
Association decided to cancel the service covered staffing, maintenance of the vehicle
and overall cost of Public Safety having to
have those Fridays off,” SGA President
Jason Krisza said.
-Dorothy Echols Tobe,
“It was really nice because drive the vehicle when scheduled drivers did The shuttle also causes excess pollution
then kids weren’t resorting to
not show up. that the American College and University
Additionally, there have been discussions President’s Climate Committee (ACUPCC)
driving drunk across campus with student leaders about student learning strives to have its members reduce. Krisza said this might be something stu-
when it gets as cold as 5 and education on campus. The college’s
class schedule affects a student’s leisure
College President Peter Mercer signed the
ACUPCC in November 2007 and has since
dents would want to take over again.
“As it is now, there are no alternatives.
degrees outside.” hours. taken immediate action in reducing green- Public Safety won’t staff it and the school
-Brian Luba, senior house gases and increasing environmental seems like it is trying to cut ties with the
“As it is now, there are no awareness on campus. Since then, Ramapo shuttle. I think the next and only logical
alternatives. Public Safety College has been looking for ways to step would be for students to staff it,”
won’t staff it and the school
because of the lack of money available, achieve carbon neutrality and reduce the Krisza said. “It would also prove students
environmental footprint. actually want this service.”
seems like it is trying to cut
increases in the college’s carbon footprint
and students’ class schedule. “We’ve been talking over the past two or
ties with the shuttle.”
“The campus shuttle was started initially three years with environmental interest peo-
as a student run initiative. Over time, stu- ple about its impact and rider ship so that email@example.com
dent drivers proved unreliable and the
-Jason Krisza, SGA President was a major thing,” Chief Vincent
staffing was then transferred to our depart- Markowski, director of public safety said.
ment of Public Safety,” Dorothy Echols “And cost, again, looking for ways that we
Tobe, chief planning officer, VP Admin & Ramapo offers fewer classes on had to look at where were spending
Wednesday and Friday mornings, which money.”
Semi-Annual Club Fair Encourages Students To Get Involved
Page 4 The Ramapo News Thursday, September 16, 2010
“Clubs Overcome Fiscal Economic Year”
By DEANNA DUNS MUIR events to help them gain exposure, such as
Staff Writer Battle of the Bands, a national event, and
More than 100 students congregated
The organization spotlights educational
under the C-wing overpass to learn about
and networking opportunities to students
different clubs available on campus at the
aspiring to be a part of the music industry.
semi-annual Club Fair.
Members’ career goals range from perform-
Though many different organizations on
ing artists to producers.
campus have fizzled, club fairs are the
“This year our focus is on getting recog-
vehicle for some to maintain their follow-
nized and raising awareness of our club”,
ing over the years. Through pamphlets, fly-
Vice President Rosanna O’Brien said.
ers and other informational tools, clubs are
“A lot of people want to make it in the
able to promote their values.
music industry, but as we are in college it is
“We may be one of the longest standing
continuously changing, new business mod-
clubs,” Co-President of Campus Crusade
els are discussed at our meetings with the
for Christ Lauren McDonald said. “We photo by Deanna Dunsmuir acknowledgment of copyright issues and
allow freshmen to continue their faith as Students explore different oppurtunities the club fair has to offer. the rapid growth of music downloading,”
they make the college transition to living
The OrgSync website is a student accessi- “Last year we went to Boston, the hotel MEISA member Jeff Lambert said.
on a campus.”
ble tool in which clubs register and update and food were paid for by the college. We Although clubs’ budgets are declining,
Organizations are finding other ways to
their profiles with regard to upcoming visited Massachusetts Museum of Modern Club Fair still shows promise.
reach out to students.
“Our leadership training program has all of events. SGA contributes club success to the Art,” John Bonacolta, treasurer of the
the clubs get together and use OrgSync,” website and therefore encourages others to Visual Arts Society said. “This year we are
Eager CAAFYE Adviser is Up for the Challenge
SGA Commuter Council Speaker, Jeremy make use of it as well. hoping to do the same.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Dela Cruz said. “Club turnout was pretty However, certain budget cuts for this fis- Among new and emerging clubs is the
good this year.” cal year may have some club officers wor- Music Entertainment Industry Student
ried about expected upcoming events. Association, who said they would feature
“Newest Addition Jennifer Kim Shares Her Goals and Expectations for the Community of Ramapo”
By NICOLE ALLIEGRO
Jennifer Kim is the newest Ramapo faculty member, join-
ing the Center for Academic Advising and First Year
Experience (CAAFYE) team as a professional adviser.
After spending eight years in Boston, Kim said that when
she was ready to return back to her home state of
New Jersey this year, Ramapo College was a perfect fit.
In addition to Ramapo’s liberal arts curriculum and the
school’s accessibility as a state-funded public college, Kim
said there are many things that attracted her to the position.
“It still feels like a small environment,” she said of the
She said that getting to know the students and faculty has
been a “true pleasure.“
“I will try to find my niche. I’m looking
forward to understanding the Ramapo
-Jennifer Kim, CAAFYE adviser
photo by Nicole Alliegro
“Joining the CAAFYE team has been a great experience.” Jennifer Kim is happy to be apart of a well-rounded community such as Ramapo.
As Kim has only been working at Ramapo for less than a Before Ramapo, Kim attended Mount Holyoke in South relate to her students. “I’m looking at this experience as a
month, she said there is still a great deal she needs to learn Hadley, Massachusetts, where she studied media and society. first year student and also a transfer student,” she said.
and experience. After earning her Master’s degree in sociology at Brandeis All in all, Kim said she feels that Ramapo is well-round-
“I’m really eager to get to know my colleagues a bit more,” University, Kim stayed at the school, acting as assistant ed and is happy to be a part of the community.
Kim said. director of academic advising, coordinator of Interdisciplinary “There’s some really outstanding classes and faculty that are
She also hopes to get involved on campus more and inter- Majors and cofounder of the Sophomore Year Experience. here to support students,” she said. “We really are here to
act with the students, since she feels this is the core of Here at Ramapo, however, Kim is eager to take on new support [students] in any way we can. We take their feedback
Ramapo College. responsibilities. Apart from the general duties of advising, seriously.”
“I will try to find my niche. I’m looking forward to under- including assisting students with their course selections,
standing the Ramapo student.” graduation requirements and career goals, Kim said that all
Kim wants to encourage students to take advantage of study advisers will now be following a group of first year students
abroad programs, experiential learning and any other oppor- until each declares a major. Kim believes she can bring an email@example.com
tunities that are offered to enhance their college experiences. interesting outlook to this initiative and will be able to
Page 5 The Ramapo News Thursday, September 16, 2010
Ramapo Climbs U.S. News Rank to #25
Page 6 The Ramapo News Thursday, September 16, 2010
By REBECCA PENHAKER teachers know me well enough to be able to write a letter like
that for me,” Junior Alyssa Tummillo said.
The one-on-one teaching technique is what separates
Ramapo College continues to earn respect from surrounding Ramapo from the competition.
schools, being ranked number 25 by U.S News and World “The most important thing about Ramapo is that the facul-
Report for the Best Regional Universities, North category. ty wants to teach you, which is so rare in higher education,”
Competing against the top schools in the region, like Chang said. “The faculty at bigger institutions does not want
Villanova University, The College of New Jersey and to teach. They are rewarded for doing research and pub-
Quinnipiac University, Ramapo stands out in the ranking cri- lishing-not teaching undergraduates.”
teria for its small class sizes and offering “hands-on experi- Ramapo still has faculty and staff that have been around
ence,” according to the Princeton Review. since the college opened their doors in 1969.
“During my first school tour, (as a prospective student) I “That says a lot about an institution when people keep
took great notice of the small class size. I knew, for me per- coming back,” Chang said.
sonally, I didn’t want to be in a 300 person lecture hall. I Chang and his wife have lived on campus for the past 21
don’t think I would be as involved as I am if I went to a big- years, maintaining an open door policy to faculty and students
ger school,” Valerie Canubas, SGA senator-at-large said. alike.
Ramapo is no stranger to being ranked at the top of “We expect students to have fun, explore, be responsible,
America’s best colleges list. In 2003 Ramapo was ranked and to be good citizens,” Chang said. “We are all here for
number two for the Top Public Comprehensive Colleges in the students to experience and learn.”
the North. Then in 2006, it attained that sought after number photo courtesy of Ramapo.edu Canubas views this new rank as a great opportunity for
one ranking. Due to vaious qualities, Ramapo College stands Ramapo to gain more respect not just as a school, but for the
When Ramapo was moved into a different category in 2007 out from other New Jersey schools. state of New Jersey as a whole.
since adding more graduate degrees to the school’s program, “When people see Jersey Shore, they automatically assume
there was slight hesitation and concern as to how Ramapo all of New Jersey is like that. This shows that the media
“We have no intention to become a university. We know
was going to measure up to the other leading schools. doesn’t always match up to reality,” Canubas said.
we can be a really good college,” Chang said.
“We were a little scared of being with the big boys. It was Ramapo’s main goal is to be the ultimate support system
When calculating, the college rankings are broken up into
a whole new ball game,” Associative Vice President for for its students. And regardless of outside pressures to change
five weighted sections: Faculty resources (20 percent), student
Student Affairs, Patrick Chang said. the mission of Ramapo, it will continue to remain true to its
selectivity (15 percent), financial resources (10 percent), grad-
However, with Ramapo consistently climbing in the stand- small school mentality.
uation rate performance (7.5 percent; for National Universities
ings of being one of the premiere colleges, the future for Canubas admires Ramapo for being able to progress and
and National Liberal Arts Colleges only) and alumni giving
Ramapo is looking more promising each day. gain more respect without losing sight of what the school
rate (5 percent).
“Ramapo is a special place, and I don’t think we realize yet represents.
With Ramapo’s student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, students
how great we are,” Chang said. “For such a young school it “Ramapo doesn’t try to be anyone else. It’s not trying to
are able to develop a more intimate and personal relationship
feels great to get this kind of recognition.” be Rutgers. It is unique in its own self. Ramapo rises to its
with their professors.
One of the pressing questions Ramapo encounters is being own expectations.”
“Next year I’ll be graduating. Junior year is an important
asked when they plan on becoming a university. However,
year. You have to start asking for recommendation letters for
administration does not see that for Ramapo’s future any time
Most Ramapo Students Feel There Isn’t
internships and future job opportunities, and I feel like my firstname.lastname@example.org
52 Violations Were Warranted in the Village
Continued from page 1 School Spirit
Continued from page 3
things seriously,” Mercer said. “From a students’ “Certainly a lot of the misbe- “I know a lot of the schools down south that have a lot of school spirit, every-
perspective, the meas-
“My ultimate concern is the stu- havior is by non-students,” Mercer body paints their chest and stuff,” he said. “I didn't expect that here, but I did
dents.” said. “I don’t know if it’s an issue expect a certain degree of spirit.”
Student Government Association ures taken were unwar- of them getting invited on to our The real issue here may not be that there’s a lack of opportunity to get
ranted and excessive.”
President Jason Krisza, who has campus, but certainly the perpetra- involved and support the school, it may be that a majority of Ramapo students
met with Mercer on a few occa- tors are often not part of our com- view school spirit a bit differently than others.
sions to discuss the issue, said he -Jason Krisza, SGA munity.”
wants to represent the students as President Markowski encourages students email@example.com
best he can. to take some responsibility when
“SGA is extremely proactive,” night for everyone, Senior Gina they invite guests to stay with
Markowski said. “We talk to them Anselmi said. them and to do their part in mak-
on a regular basis to try to figure “The next day after getting an e- ing the campus safer.
out how to deal with this. Our mail I talked to one of my room- “We need the students to partner
concern is to keep our students mates and she said that there were with us,” Markowski said. “Part
happy and safe.” fireworks going off in the first of the security and safety comes
Krisza said he understands how quad. I couldn’t believe that peo- from the students themselves.”
students felt that night as they ple were being that stupid,” she Although the beginning of the
were corralled out of the Village. said. semester has caused a lot of hub-
“From a students’ perspective, Though Public Safety asks for bub, Chang said that the campus
the measures taken were unwar- Mahwah police’s reinforcement is “far calmer” than in past years.
ranted and excessive,” Krisza said. often, the reason why they came Both Krisza and Mercer attribute
“From a law enforcement perspec- on Aug. 31 was out of the ordi- the sizable number of loitering
tive, they were necessary. Most nary, Mercer said. Markowski said students to the warm weather and
students believed they weren’t that the groups were cooperative friends reconnecting after three
doing anything wrong.” once police arrived. months apart. Classes and
Senior Cara Smith did not feel “It was not an unruly group,” extracurricular activities also had-
she was doing anything wrong. Markowski said.”There was no n’t started yet.
“A few of my friends actually disciplinary action taken, but “As the weather gets cooler and
got in trouble Tuesday night; not most of the residents don’t want students get back into the swing
because they were underage, but them there – they waited four of things, this will cease to con- photo courtesy of Ramapo.edu
because I was standing outside and years to live there. There are peo- tinue,” Krisza said. School spirit leaves freshmen worried about their time spent at
apparently I wasn’t even allowed ple living there who have to get *Ashley Drapkin contributed to Ramapo.
to stand outside,” she said. “It was up in the morning,” this article.
ridiculous how everyone was get- Another issue administrators face
ting in so much trouble for even are the guests who visit campus,
standing outside.” many of who were in the Village firstname.lastname@example.org
Another issue is a small group last week, posing a safety threat.
of disorderly students ruining the
VIEWPOINTS Thursday, September 16, 2010
Ground Zero Mosque: A SGA Wants to
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Question of Controversy Represent You
But he did “think” of building over a cemetery – For those that are returning, I
he’s been rallying for the building’s construction for would like to welcome you back to
awhile now. He even refuses to relocate the mosque another year at Ramapo. For new
elsewhere. He needs to pick a side; either stick to his students, I would like to welcome
convictions and press for the mosque near ground you to the Ramapo community. My
zero or stop making ignorant comments. He must name is Jason Krisza, and I am the
like the attention he receives. Student Government Association
While refusing to pitch a different location, the (“SGA”) President.
imam claims to remaining “open-minded” about the The SGA serves to be the persistent
issue. voice of the students to administra-
“We are exploring all options. Everything is on the tion. This column is a conduit for
table,” Rauf said. By JASON KRISZA
me to speak to the campus body at
If he doesn’t want the mosque in another location, SGA President large about the issues facing the
what other options are there? What else is on the school, and hopefully get them engaged in the solution.
table? Either it’s built or it isn’t. A strong leader While this may be the first edition of the paper and the semester is quite
would stick to his convictions, but the imam seems young, we have not been without significant excitement over the past few
By MEGAN ANDERLE to be having second thoughts. Or he’s just trying to weeks. Both the student body and the administration alike seem to be
Editor-in-Chief keep the cameras on. The latter is a more likely rea- focused on the issue of alcohol. In the wake of these incidents we as stu-
son for why he would make so many contradictions. dents ask, why is this year so different from previous ones? What is caus-
The imam said he wouldn’t have proposed placing While many find the most important issue to be ing the administration to be so concerned? What is going to happen next
a mosque near where the World Trade Center fell if about whether the mosque is built or not, a point of in terms of on campus policy?
he knew it would cause as much controversy as it concern is that the imam is representing his view- Over the past few weeks I, along with other members of SGA, have met
has. points with statements that are either absurd or with administration, including President Mercer and Chief Vincent
How is it possible that the imam was truly unaware wishy washy for the sake of press attention. Markowski and asked them. I have ascertained that there are two major
of the controversy this would create? Talk of the issues facing the campus this year that differentiate it from the past: the
mosque’s construction prompted Florida Pastor Terry email@example.com number of serious alcohol-related hospitalizations and the number of seri-
Jones to threaten burning copies of the Quran, spark- ous incidents involving off campus visitors.
ing even greater controversy across the United In my opinion, this issue is larger than what is going on at Ramapo. I
Have an opinion?
States. don’t think that this has anything to do with a “rowdy” freshman class or
Nine years after the 9/11 attacks, Americans are weak policies in place. I think that this is a culmination of economic and
still mourning the loss of their loved ones. It’s been social conditions, which have resulted in a situation that has a detrimental
Make your voice
less than a decade — the effects are still reverberat- effect on campus life as a whole.
ing — and the imam has the audacity to say he did- With regard to the severity of underage binge drinking, it has been noted
n’t see this one coming. by Professor Nabil Nahra, that in times of economic recession the
“I would never have done it. I’m a man of peace. I American people consume more alcohol. According to a study by the
mean, the whole — the whole objective of peace Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor
work is not to do something that would provoke con- Surveillance System, “binge drinking increased substantially during eco-
troversy,” Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf said. nomic downturns.”
Send a letter
It’s clear the imam likes the media attention and It can be noted that we are currently experiencing the greatest economic
was fully aware of the repercussions of his proposal. decline since the Great Depression. As these trends show, this specific
How could he not be? His modest proposal makes issue is not one that can be solved by introducing stricter policy. Rather, I
to the editor:
America a target to Muslim extremists who may believe the proper application of our current policies will result in a posi-
consider the building’s construction a cue to attack tive outcome for all.
again. I believe that the number of issues involving off-campus guests are esca-
Soon after the imam’s claim that he didn’t realize lating due to increased guest volume rather than a decline in guest quality.
the uproar the mosque would cause, he said that the It is my assumption that this escalation can be attributed to the high levels
area is not hallowed, provoking responses from offi- of unemployment among recent college grads, a problem striking the
cials like the state GOP leader. entire nation.
“It is absolutely disingenuous as many have said As a result of my meetings, the administration is already looking at ways
that that block is hallowed ground, with strip joints to more stringently monitor the flow of traffic in and out of the campus.
around the corner with betting parlors. Let’s clarify I can assure you that our concerns as students have not fallen on deaf
that misperception,” Rauf said. ears and I will continue to fight for our rights. While there have been
Is he serious? Almost 3,000 lives lost; one of rumors of the administration enacting sweeping changes, such as making
America’s greatest tragedies, and he denies ground the campus dry, President Mercer has assured me that this is not the direc-
zero as “hallowed land.” He had to have known tion he wants to take. However, if these incidents continue to occur
what he negative press attention he would receive President Mercer will be forced to enact significant changes.
at 7:15 in SC-218.
when he made that comment. The administration and SGA are continuing to work toward a practical
Soon after, the imam made a statement that implied solution that benefits both parties in this matter. If you would like to part
that ground zero is in fact a hallowed land, contra- of this discussion, please feel free to attend SGA meetings on Tuesdays at
dicting himself. 1 p.m. pm in the Alumni Lounges, stop by the office — SC 233.
“To me it is a cemetery. I would never think of
building something on top of a cemetery,” Sullivan firstname.lastname@example.org
E N T E RTA I N M E N T
Alex Masket: A Young Artist with a Fresh Perspective
Thursday, September 16, 2010
BY GEOFF KIDDOO his childlike sensibilities, allowing his art
Staff Writer to effectively ignore the boundaries of the
creative world. Although he is severely
Remember making art in the first grade? It autistic and barely talks, Masket’s artwork
was a new form of expression, with young speaks volumes.
minds taking full advantage of the lack of New to the art scene and completely self-
rules. 23-year-old Alex Masket still lives in taught, Masket held his first exhibition just
that world. Currently, the Berrie Center is last year. Now his pieces can be found in a
displaying his work in the exhibition enti- number of galleries in New Jersey and
tled “Alex Masket: A View with a Room”. New York.
The show continues through Oct. 6. One can see that Masket has found his
Even though Masket’s body has evolved niche, and within that niche he’s incredibly
into that of a grown man, he has retained versatile. Using colored duct tape, bits of
paper, Legos, and numbered and lettered
stickers, he transforms canvases into his
On one wall, there is a progression of
canvases decorated with lettered stickers,
with thick coats of paint on top and under-
neath the letters. Up above are the works Photo by Anya Kougasians
with “warm letters” in which oranges, reds, Alex Masket: A View with a Room will be on display in the Berrie Center
pinks, and yellows are used liberally. The until Oct. 6.
viewer’s eyes then work their way down
the canvases to the cool letters, consisting overall form. Seen from a new perspective, Containing only approximately thirty
of blues, grays, dark greens and deep pur- the overwhelming details coalesce into a pieces, the exhibition is an easy walk.
ples. The final piece contains black letters fairly simple framework. Since the Berrie Center is never overrun
on a black canvas. There is one separate room in the exhibi- with people, there’s enough space to get
Each work has a unique life of its own, tion, clearly set apart from the rest of the lost in the art.
which can reveal itself differently depend- pieces. Walking into this room feels like Un by an art world that can be cruel and
ing on the viewer’s distance from the can- walking straight into the mind of Alex unforgiving, Masket makes art solely for
vas. The viewer should take a few steps Masket. The walls are covered in lumines- the joy of creating. For those looking to
back to look at the wholeness of his pieces. cent duct tape, with no particular design gain exposure to modern expressionistic
From afar, one can see the patches of paint, structure. It is comparable to a New York art, the exhibition is a great place to begin.
City sidewalk with its boldness and lack of
As the Weather Cools, Networks Turn Up the Heat this Fall
the solid duct tape in geometric shapes and
Photo by Anna Kougasian
Masket uses unique mediums to self-consciousness. email@example.com
express himself through his artwork.
By DANIELLE REED gymnastic skills, Marti easily makes the The Event own job, Meghan works to discover who
Staff Writer team, but soon realizes she must learn how “What will you believe?” is the central killed the victims of the accident that
to survive the competitiveness on and off idea of the upcoming thriller series “The wrecked her career. Her investigation
As fall approaches, it is time to take a the mat to keep her spot. Also staring forces her to reexamine her own life and
Event”. A group of strangers cross paths as
look at the new shows premiering this sea- Ashley Tisdale, Matt Bar, Heather the relationships that her career-oriented
Sean Walker (Jason Ritter) unknowingly
son across all the major networks. Hemmens, and Robbie Jones, “Hellcats” ambition has destroyed. “Body of Proof”
unearths a government conspiracy while
Covering a range of genres, there is likely premiered on Sept. 8 and airs on airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on ABC, the premier
searching for his missing fiancée Leila
to be something for every viewer. Here is a Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on the CW. date has not yet been announced.
(Sarah Roemer). As more and more evi-
sneak peek at some new series making
S#*! My Dad Says dence of the conspiracy is uncovered, mul- Running Wilde
their debut in the upcoming weeks.
Based on a popular Twitter feed and a tiple lives are affected by the information, “Running Wilde” is a series about the
Hellcats book of the same name by Justin Halpern, including U.S. President Elias Martinez reunion of two childhood sweethearts.
The newest show on the CW, “Hellcats” “S#*! My Dad Says” is a highly anticipat- (Blair Underwood) and the leader of a Steven Wilde (Will Arnett), is an immature
demonstrates what happens when cheer- ed comedy coming to CBS this fall. This mysterious group of prisoners, Sophia wealthy playboy who is focused only on
leading and academics are forced together show details the opinionated ideas of foul- Maguire (Laua Innes). “The Event” pre- using his money to get what he wants. In
in the life of one average college student. mouthed father Ed Goodson (William miers Sept. 20 and airs Mondays at 9 p.m. strong contrast to his materialistic lifestyle
Marti Perkins (Aly Michalka) is a pre-law Shatner). Often politically incorrect, Ed on NBC. is his former sweetheart, Emmy Kadubic
scholarship recipient, attending Lancer voices his opinions to anyone around, Body of Proof (Kerri Russell), who leads a life as a liberal
University in Memphis, Tennessee. A including his two sons Henry (Jonathan humanitarian who is focused on her 12-
“Body of Proof” is a perfect combination
down-to-earth girl from a working class Sadowski) and Vince (Will Sasso). When year-old daughter, Puddle. When Wilde’s
of mystery, suspense, and medical drama.
family, Marti is dramatically impacted Henry can no longer pay his rent, Ed offers Oil, Steven’s family owned company,
Dr. Meghan Hunt (Dana Delany) is a tal-
when her scholarship is canceled. Without him a place to stay, leading to the compli- begins planning an expansion that threatens
ented neurosurgeon soaring to the top of
the scholarship, Marti realizes that the only cated relationship of this father and son her home, Emmy steps up and attempts to
her field. When a car accident destroys her
way to continue her academic dreams is to duo. Also staring Nicole Sullivan, “S#*! change Steven’s ways.“Running Wilde”
career, Meghan returns to work as a med-
earn another scholarship by becoming a My Dad Says” premiers Sept. 23 and airs premiers Sept. 21 and airs Tuesdays at 9:30
ical examiner, determined to uncover the
member of Lancer’s renowned cheerlead- Thursdays at 8:30p.m. on CBS. p.m on Fox.
truth behind what actually happened.
ing squad, the Hellcats. Using her “retired” firstname.lastname@example.org
Blurring the lines of detective work and her
HerCampus.com aimed towards Ramapo“Collegiettes”
Page 9 The Ramapo News Thursday, September 16, 2010
By JULIA NELSON
Last Tuesday, Ramapo College
launched its own branch of the
hit online magazine
Hercampus.com. HerCampus is
targeted towards college-aged
women and features entertaining
and informative articles about
everything a girl needs to know
about college life. Now that
Ramapo has its own page on the [photo courtesy of hercampus.com
site, students are able to read HerCampus is an online magazine for women that has partnered with “Seventeen
fun, fresh and exciting articles Magazine” and New Balance.
written by RCNJ students.
The articles on Windsor Hanger and Annie page on HerCampus, said,
HerCampus.com cover a variety it all.” Wang. The three met at Harvard “Writing for HerCampus is very
of topics such as style, health, Megan Anderle, a junior, is the University while running the informal, and you can really
love, dorm life, career and Campus Correspondent for the campus lifestyle and fashion bring your personality into it
world. The stories are written Ramapo page on HerCampus. magazine. When they expanded and have fun with the articles
with passion and witticisms that Like the founders of the online the magazine online, they you write. Each week we cover
are “laugh-out-loud” hilarious; magazine, Anderle felt that giv- received huge waves of readers six topics, which range from
it’s very easy to lose track of ing college women an online and were offered partnerships Spotted on Campus, which is
time on HerCampus.com thanks outlet for reading about relative from several companies. something interesting that catch-
to the engaging style of the arti- and contemporary college topics Kaplan stated, “We realized we es your eye at Ramapo, to
is necessary and were hitting on an unmet need- Campus Celebrity, someone you
cles. Like to write?
Samantha Ullrich, a junior and compelling. She decided to for an online hub for college know who has accomplished
writer for the magazine stated, bring HerCampus to Ramapo women, and a career launching something great.”
“I think it’s great that Ramapo is students in order to broaden her point for the nation’s top student As Kaplan stated, Come to our meetings
getting involved with writing experiences and to give journalists- and we sought to HerCampus.com is a Monday and Wednesday
HerCampus.com. It’s almost women tips about college life. address this need on a broader, “Collegiette‘s guide to life.” She nights in SC-218.
like a Vogue magazine cus- Anderle said, “I want them to be national scale.” said, “We hope women will gain
tomized by gender, age range educated, like I put an article up Kaplan, Hanger and Wang won a valuable resource through Her
and campus. Whatever a college about recipes; I want them to a business plan competition at Campus, as well as a source of
girl needs to know about fash- use my recipes. I’m looking for Harvard with their idea and offi- entertainment and procrastina-
ion, fitness, cuties, must-haves, them to be entertained and get cially began HerCampus.com in tion!
Lettuce Eat Healthy Fashion for the Fall Season
and more, HerCampus.com has information out of it.” September 2009.
HerCampus was originally cre- Freshman Kristen Garafano, email@example.com
ated by Stephanie Kaplan, another writer for the Ramapo
By MAGGIE SCARPELLI eggs or egg whites and flavorful that you might just of classes or a night out. from the AMC series “Mad
Staff Writer ByJULIANNE BRANDA
any three toppings, all want them all — are avail- Then you can move on to Men” and presented full
wrapped up in a 12-inch able for 50 cents or more. some of-the-moment skirts, tailored jackets,
Want a healthy bite to eat
tortilla. They also have a great pieces that may eventually chunky knits, cat-eye
not too far from campus? The change of weather
The Lettuce Inn is a great section on their menu called
The Lettuce Inn, a popular always introduces new fads go out of style for a little glasses and straight-legged
way to start off your day on “Lettuce Wrap It,” with a
café in Ramsey, offers a bit (but if you love it, wear pants. If Sandy from
the right track. Their break- variety ranging from a to the fashion scene, and
variety of nutritious it! Don’t feel constricted “Grease” is not your style,
fast wraps are such a California Wrap, to an with fall quickly approach-
yummy way to eat healthy Oriental Chicken Wrap, to a
ing there will be no short- by the so-called “rules” of you can still add a skirt
Located in the center of
first thing in the morning Vegetarian Wrap. My age of cute trends to warm fashion). with some volume to a
Ramsey’s business district,
and get you going for the favorite is the scrumptious Animal prints, which tight t-shirt and a belt to
The Lettuce Inn is just eight up the cool autumn nights
day ahead. California Wrap, which
minutes from campus. ahead. have been a staple on the rock this look. Or you can
The café’s lunch and din- includes romaine lettuce,
Surrounded by great stores While flipping through an runways for several sea- pair a fitted blazer with
ner options are my personal grilled chicken, smoked
and salons such as Lush sons now, were once again skinny jeans, a t-shirt and
favorites. Building your bacon, tomatoes, avocado,issue of “Vogue” or “In
Salon, Sunset Tan, Nail spotted all over Milan run- some cute accessories to
own salad or wrap is so mozzarella cheese and Style” may incite reactions
Galaxy and Starbucks, the
easy and you get to be in ranch dressing. of “Who would actually ways. While not everyone look polished yet edgy.
café will turn your quick
control. Whether you’re looking to
wear that?”, the truth is may feel comfortable Whatever your style
lunch into an enjoyable
You pick from one of four sit down for a meal or grab drowning themselves in mantra may be, there is
afternoon outing. anyone can! The key to
kinds of lettuce: iceberg, a quick snack, you’ll be
The setup is similar to that rocking a trend is to adapt animal print from head-to- something for everyone
mesclun, romaine or able to find something at
of Subway: you select your it to your own personal toe like Rihanna, cheetah this fall. But if you prefer
spinach; then four crisp top- the café to suit your needs.
meal — either a breakfast print in small doses is still not to be a slave to the
pings: avocado, bean You can either dine in the
style and remember to
sandwich, salad or wrap —
sprouts, broccoli, carrots, “green” environment or incorporate only the things chic and fashionable. Try a fashion gods, wear whatev-
and wait on the ordering
chickpeas, Chinese noodles, bring food back to campusthat you feel comfortable leopard print bag or scarf er you would like, just
line. As you make your way
croutons, crumbled egg, when you’re on the go. to spruce up your classic make sure that it is “you”.
down the line, you choose in.
cucumbers, olives, red look.
from a supply of fresh top-
onions, sesame seeds, toma- firstname.lastname@example.org To kick off the season,
pings and ingredients. All make sure you invest in The retro-look was dis- email@example.com
toes, walnuts and many
of the selections are quickly played on runways in pret-
more; then pick a tasty some basics like skinny
made to your liking. ty much every fashion cap-
dressing: balsamic vinai- jeans and plain long-
Breakfast is a new addi-
grette, blue cheese, Caesar, sleeved t-shirts that are ital for fall. Designers like
tion to the menu. You can
Italian, parmesan pepper- versatile and can be Louis Vuitton, Prada and
build your own breakfast
corn, ranch and many more. Marc Jacobs all took cues
wrap from your choice of dressed up for either a day
Additional toppings — so
Page 10 The Ramapo News Thursday, September 16, 2010
The 2010 MTV VMA’s: Pop-Culture History in the Making
By ERIK GAVILANES
The commercials leading up to the
2010 MTV VMA’s promised viewers an
unforgettable moment in history. They
promised that every year something
instantly memorable and shocking would
happen, leaving everyone talking the next
day. What viewers got instead was a reaf-
firmation of who the heaviest hitters are
in contemporary pop music.
Lady Gaga took home a total of eight
Moon Men, including Video of the Year Photo Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons
for “Bad Romance”, but more important- Justin Bieber was popular with fans of all ages at Sundayʼs award show.
ly, she firmly established that she is the
single most important name in pop at the
The Jersey born Chelsea Handler hosted the Machine was a very welcome change
moment. The elaborate and frequent cos-
the show and mostly fell flat on her face. of pace with a performance of “Dog Days
tume changes, the political and social
Her opening monologue was especially Are Over.” Kanye closed the night with
stands she made with the troops accom-
rough to watch if you aren’t a fan of her the premiere of a new song “Runaway
panying her (several men and women dis-
work as she mostly just touched on popu- Love” that was masterfully executed with
charged for their homosexuality),
lar subject matter rather than telling a lone keyboard in the center of the circu-
announcing the title of her next record on
jokes. The low-point for Handler was an lar stage.
stage (Born This Way, belted out at the
Photo Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons
elaborate set up for a bit which refer- The highpoint of the night had to Lady Gaga walked away with eight
top of her lungs). All of it was welcomed
enced last year’s Kanye/Taylor debacle involve the current queen of culture, Moon Men at the 2010 MTV VMAʼs.
by the adoring public as we hung on to
that ended with her simply punching a Lady Gaga. We were treated to a surprise wasn’t the shocking or interrupting
every word she uttered and ever stoic
stagehand/prop in the chest and scream- presenter, an “If I Could Turn Back moment we had planned on not planning
glance she gave.
ing “My award!” Time” outfit wearing Cher who went on for, but it was a historic moment at the
Justin Bieber, winner for best new artist,
Elsewhere, the combination of Katy to say that she used to get thrown off of end of another Video Music Awards that
was the other name at the forefront of the
Perry and Nicki Minaj presenting the best MTV for wearing outrageous costumes, a gave us our yearly glimpse into the cul-
awards. Also a performer of the night,
male video and best hip hop video awards clear indicator of the times and foreshad- ture of popular music.
Bieber arrived at the outdoor stage to
was a charismatic treat. Eminem opened owing the inevitable outlandish outfit that
screaming throngs of age-appropriate
the show with “Not Afraid” and “Love Lady Gaga would be wearing as she took firstname.lastname@example.org
(and some not) fans as he took the stage
the Way You Lie” which featured special the stage to accept the award. So, as
and went through a medley of his own
guest Rihanna. Usher gave a very lip Gaga walked up the stairs wearing a dress
work before capping it off with a drum
synced performance of “OMG” before a made of meat, we got to witness the past
From the Streets to the Stage, the Illz is a Hip-Hop Sensation
dazzling light show, while Florence and and present of musical provocateurs. It
By ALMERRY MARTINS
From the streets of Hudson County, N.J. to the stages
of local venues, new hip-hop artist The ILLZ arrives to
make his mark on the contemporary music scene.
As an adolescent, the now-24-year-old Delgis Jose
Mustafa Rodriguez developed a passion for hip-hop,
drawing inspiration from artists such as AZ, Mobb
Deep, Nas and Wu-Tang Clan.
Unsatisfied with the music world at the time, ILLZ
decided it was best to cut himself off from the scene
After a much-needed vacation, ILLZ — with a new
perspective and a new encyclopedia of music — and
music stumbled upon each other, once again.
“The Pursuit LP,” an 11-track digital album, was
Photo Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons
The Illz performing at a local venue.
released on Dec. 15, 2009 and presented by two major
music blogs, 2DopeBoyz.com and DJBooth.net. His ideals and morals are clear in songs such as:
ILLZ worked nonstop both in and out of the studio to “Dreams of Life & Beth,” in which he says, “I’m the
make it a warmer summer for his fans this year, releas- one that decides/ when everything is finished. So when
ing new material from his latest production, “In tough times roll in/ and everything’s against me/ I
Between Video Series,” weekly up until July 27. promise Imma give it all I got/ until I’m empty/ And
Attempting to prove that simplicity is the highest form when I see all hope is dying/ I won’t stop I promise to
of sophistication, ILLZ teamed up with Hot Mop Films keep trying.”
and director Kristopher Rey-Talley to bring this eight- Listeners can experience his music for themselves on
track series to life, using vivid video content to accom- Oct. 4 as Jabari and Good*Fella Media present
pany each song. Tonite…Rap Rocks! at Crash Mansion, located at 199
The project was digitally packaged and made available Bowery, New York, N.Y.
for download on Aug. 24, via TheILLZ.com. When all is said and done, ILLZ puts on the type of
Photo Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons ILLZ’s dedication to his art is what makes this project show that leaves you wishing you’d own the venue, just
Delgis Jose Mustafa Rodriguez, also known as much more unique than his previous one and others sur- to personally ask him for an encore.
The Illz. facing on the Web. Song after song, bar after bar, ILLZ email@example.com
belts out relatable lyrics filled with emotion.
Page 11 The Ramapo News Thursday, September 16, 2010
Apple Unveils Latest Upgrades, Introduces New Software
By NICOLE MAZEWSKI playlist menu and the remaining battery
Staff Writer life. Both the Shuffle and the Nano are
offered in five colors: silver, blue, green,
Have you noticed a change in your orange and pink.
iTunes? Along with the launch of iTunes According to an Apple Store employee
10, Apple has just released updated ver- at the Garden State Plaza, the ultimate
sions of their most popular products. college tool is still the thirteen inch
Apple’s iPod Nano is revamped- sporting MacBook Pro. Over the summer, the
a new sleek design and all touch screen Apple Store ran a cross promotion, offer-
front, allowing users to easily view their ing a free printer and iPod Touch with a
music collection. This player is slightly purchase of a computer. Many students
bigger than a shuffle and is able to clip took advantage of this offer, especially
onto clothing, perfect for the new with all the software capabilities and new
pedometer and Nike + iPod features, updates.
which is separately sold software that Betsy Klein, a sophomore Visual Arts
tracks workout information to the iPod. major, said that her professors
The iPod Touch was unveiled with two recommended that she get a MacBook
built-in cameras, perfect for the new for her contemporary arts classes. “I got
FaceTime application. This great feature my Mac BookPro last summer, and I love
allows users to smile at friends living in it. I haven’t encountered any problems
other states, or blow a kiss to significant with it so far.”
others studying abroad. Through a Wi-Fi Wondering what “Ping” is on your
network, users create accounts and chat iTunes? Apple has developed the
with others, right on their iPods. “Facebook of the music world.” Ping is,
Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons
The iPod Shuffle has been updated to Last week, Apple released the new touch screen iPod nano.
according the Apple site, “A social net-
include the new VoiceOver feature. This work for music that lets you follow your
what music they’re talking about, listen- favorite artist is listening to? Ping allows
announces the current song and artist, favorite artists and friends to discover
ing to, and downloading.” Simply create you to see their favorites and makes rec-
your own free profile on Ping to get ommendations based on your style. This
started. Users are able to access Ping as new feature puts the public out there
a social network site, and continuously even more; but in today’s not-so private
feed off of the Recent Activity Page. world, this app is a popular trend. Users
This page shows what your friends are are essentially building a community out
listening to, anything they have just of their music styles and choices.
downloaded, and any other posts they
share. Artists post on Ping too; they can firstname.lastname@example.org
post pictures, updates on shows and new
music and recommend things to their
You don’t have to worry about down-
Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons loading another app for your iTouch or
Ping is a social networking application specifically designed for music. iPhone either; Ping is built right into the
Colbert Offers Warm Reception For Troops With Two-Night Special
iTunes app. Want to see what music your
By ERIK GAVILANES resses serving cold beer, and green grass still in Iraq, and the idea that all of our In all, the message of the night was clear.
Staff Writer for the troops to rest their feet on after such troops have been asked to win the war over Americans should be rewarding returning
a long time spent in the arid middle east. and over again, going as far as calling this troops with appreciation and understanding,
Stephen Colbert spared no expense last The returning troops were clearly the the “War that Cried ‘Over’,” before moving while not being satisfied with calling this a
week to provide a warm welcome for his
Viewers were asked time and back to the idea of sacrifice. Viewers were true and definitive “end” to this war. Katie
time again to simply recog-
studio audience of troops recently returning asked time and time again to simply recog- Sutton, a sophomore at Ramapo College,
from Iraq. After President Obama
nize the sacrifice made by
nize the sacrifice made by these men and said “What made me happy was seeing that
announced the end of combat forces in Iraq women, a sacrifice so few of Americans the troops were happy. I think it’s impor-
late last month, Colbert announced his two- these men and women, a sac- have, or would ever, make. tant that we recognize and reward what
night special that aired on September 8th rifice so few of Americans Vice President Biden also pushed the idea they’ve done,” in reference to the special
have, or would ever, make.
and 9th to honor the services of men and that we must recognize what our troops episodes.
women in the military. From the onset, in have done for America in serving overseas. The occasion was perhaps best summed
which Colbert arrived in a tank and was main focus, but a good portion of the show “If you know someone that served or is up by Colbert himself, “I’m not going to
played out by the Army Fields band that was made to emphasize the remaining non- serving, mow their lawn, babysit for them, debate this war” he said in his crazed pun-
were live in studio, the whole show echoed combat troops left in Iraq and those still do anything, just show them that you dit character before declaring in a more sin-
the same basic statement throughout: the stationed in Afghanistan. A side-by-side understand,” Biden urged the viewer. cere tone, “Tonight is for the troops.”
celebration of America’s returning troops. live feed of both non-combat troops in Iraq In the interview with General Ray
“Been there: Won That: The and combat troops in Afghanistan was Odierno, the U.S. military commander in email@example.com
Returnification of the American-Do shown to the audience as Colbert joked, “If Iraq, he reveals that the troops in Iraq are
Troopscape,” the special’s full title, fea- you can tell the difference between a non- still receiving a combat pay.
tured a hot dog vendor serving the troops combat troop and a combat troop, then Biden was not spared questions regarding
who revealed himself to be Vice President you’re the president of America.” the troops still overseas and acknowledged
Joe Biden, a “Conflict Analyst” in former A regular segment on the show, The Word, that “This is a significant milestone, but
New York Yankee great Yogi Berra, wait- also focused heavily on the 50,000 troops we’re not there yet.”
Craigslist Says It Has Permanently Taken
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Down U.S. Adult Services Ads
By CECILIA KONG they focused on Craigslist because it is the largest classi- unmoderated adult content, do not assist law enforcement
Washington Post fied site in the world. They added that other, smaller online and do not engage in best practices.”
Staff Writer ventures should be pushed to follow Craigslist’s lead. Craigslist is shielded by the Telecom Act of 1996, which
“Websites escape liability when an ad on their site results absolves it of liability for the content on its sites. Some
WASHINGTON - Under pressure from law enforcement in rape, prostitution and even death,” Rep. Jackie Speier, legal experts say, for instance, that Craigslist could not be
and Congress, Craigslist said Wednesday it had permanent- D-Calif., said. “Our priorities are out of balance and perpe- held liable for the actions of a New England man who
ly taken down its adult services ads on its highly popular trators are taking advantage.” killed a woman he had contacted through the site.
classified site in the United States. Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing But some lawmakers questioned whether the need to pro-
The move is the first of its kind for a company that has and Exploited Children, noted that each year about 100,000 tect children overrides the need to protect free speech.
become not only a place to buy used furniture and find boys and girls become prostitutes. “Internet services have “Speech in the form of postings that incite violence against
apartments, but also a symbol of a free-speech, no-limit made it possible to pimp these kids, offering them to children is not protected speech,” Rep. Christopher Smith,
Internet. Yet even Craigslist ultimately yielded to the com- prospective customers with little or no risk,” he testified. R-N.J., said.
plaints of advocacy groups who say the firm’s websites are But Craigslist officials warned that blocking the ads
being widely used in the global sex trade of women and would only push the sex trade further into the shadows.
children. “Those who formerly posted adult services ads on
The San Francisco company complied, but not without Craigslist will now advertise at countless other venues,”
hinting at what the actions of government officials could said William “Clint” Powell, a director of customer service
portend for the future of the Web. and law enforcement at Craigslist. Though they were invit-
After state law enforcement officials asked Craigslist to ed to the hearing, the firm’s chief executive, Jim
eliminate adult ads earlier this month, the company Buckmaster, and its founder, Craig Newmark, did not
replaced those listings with a single word: “censored.” It attend.
later dropped the label, but not before prompting protests Unlike most of Craigslist’s classifieds, which are free, the
from free-speech advocates. firm charged for adult ads, which gave it the ability to hand
Craigslist officials, who testified Wednesday at a House over credit card information to law enforcement when
Judiciary subcommittee hearing on child sex trafficking, crimes occurred. Craigslist had made about $30 million off
did not address calls to shutter adult services ads on some adult listings so far this year, said a report released before
Craigslist sites outside the United States, where they con- the hearing by the Advanced Interactive Media Group.
tinue to run. Powell noted in his testimony that in a White House
Still, the company’s decision was applauded by advocacy meeting earlier in the summer, Obama administration offi-
groups that said Craigslist had become a massive online cials said they considered Craigslist to be a model com-
marketplace for sex predators. pared to “the countless other venues that currently host
These groups and state law enforcement officials said
photo by Anya Kougasian photo by Stef Mauro
“A View with a Room” exhibit will be on display at the Berrie Ramapo womenʼs tennis picked up their first win of the season against the John Jay
Center until Oct. 6. College of Criminal Justice team.
RAMAPO SPORTS Thursday, September 16, 2010
Women’s Soccer Wins Jersey City Tournament Women’s
Bruno is scoring, Melissa Demko is with them now.”
By S EAN RITCHIE
Staff Writer scoring, [and] Melanie Pupo is scoring. Ramirez also believes that one of the
Saturday we play the number two team in keys to winning is team chemistry.
to Earn Win
The Ramapo women’s soccer team is the nation, but I think we are going to be “The team chemistry is excellent. We
poised and ready for another successful ready for them because playing the tough picked four captains (Demko, Bruno, Pupo,
year. teams is definitely going to help.” and Alison Arnold), who are really trying
The season may not have started as they Melanie Pupo is leading the team with to keep the team together because that is
would have liked; they posted a 1-3 record five goals and two assists. She is followed so important to the on the field play.
through the first four games. Yet this did by Demko with four, Bruno with three, and One of the reasons why Spain won the
not deter their goal to be one of the top Britney Harraka with two goals. All of World Cup, besides playing good soccer, is By JUS TINA S LACHTA
teams in the New Jersey Athletic these players are seniors, which is a real because they all got along so well.” Staff Writer
Conference. They followed up the sluggish attribute to the leadership on the team. With the season off and running the It is that time of the year again.
start with a good showing in the Jersey The senior leaders are not the only players Ramapo women’s soccer team is looking School mode begins and the love
City Tournament, where they evened their that are stepping up this year, as the team towards a bright future. The team seems to of a racket and a net come into
record to 3-3. is filled with a lot of youth as well. be coming together at just the right time play. For many, tennis is just a
Head Coach Arnie Ramirez is a firm “They are doing great,” Ramirez said. as NJAC play approaches. game, but it’s more than just that
believer of playing tough out of conference “Annmarie Paskovich is starting for us at “I am really satisfied,” Ramirez said. “I for Ramapo College women’s
teams before reaching in conference rivals. right full-back. Jennifer Stone as a stopper think we have a good combination of tennis.
“I always like to play difficult teams is doing an excellent job. Stephanie freshman, sophomores, a couple of juniors The Ramapo women’s tennis
before we start the NJAC,” Ramirez said. Andolino is really stepping up as well.” and the seniors that are doing really well.” squad held their third home game
“If we play teams that were really good we Ramirez is looking ahead to a bright The team returns to action at home this past Friday against John Jay
are going to learn something from those future. Many of the top teams that they Saturday, where they will start NJAC play College of Criminal Justice. The
games. If we play teams like Old Westbury could not keep up with in the past are now against TCNJ. They continue NJAC play Roadrunners took home a 9-0 win
that we beat 11-2, we are not going to on their radar. Wednesday, where they will go back to to improve their record to 1-1.
learn anything.” “I think we can keep up with these teams Jersey City to face New Jersey City The goals and expectations are
In the midst of tough competition, now,” Ramirez said. “I think we have the University. set high for the Roadrunners. The
Ramirez is getting contributions from players that can keep up with The College women’s tennis team at Ramapo
many of the team’s senior leaders. of New Jersey, Rowan, and Richard firstname.lastname@example.org has been working hard through the
“The girls that are supposed to be scoring Stockton. Those teams went to the preseason to build team bonding,
are scoring now,” Ramirez said. “Kimberly NCAA’s last year. I think we can compete team morale, and physical
Men’s Soccer Suffers First Defeat of Season
conditioning. Even though some
players from last year have left,
Head Coach Raza Baig puts an
emphasis on having a solid team
that is growing stronger. With two
“If we play a full 90 min-
By CHRIS ARNDT when they are on the field. A great factor good additions to the team, he
Staff Writer in their success is their ability to commu- hopes to see a winning record this
Ramapo’s men’s soccer team suffered
utes, we can play with nicate with each other on the field. season.
their first loss of the season at the hands anyone.” Nobody ever seemed to be out of
position, and if so there was always some-
Ramapo women’s tennis strives
to keep working hard in order to
of the Eastern Connecticut State Warriors DJ Pinton, Head Coach one to put them in the right spot. This achieve their goal of winning the
by a score of 2-0.
team is going to be dangerous all season New Jersey Athletic Conference.
The first half of the game was dominated
long and will be able to keep up even However, getting there will not be
by the Roadrunners, who kept the Warriors Santaniello, who leads the team with 9 with the toughest of opponents. easy. Rival The College of Nersey
on their toes with a vicious offensive goals, did not score. Ramapo defeated SUNY Westbury at has a sound foundation and are
attack. The game remained scoreless at the Head Coach DJ Pinton saw some posi- home yesterday to improve their record to working just as hard to achieve the
half, but Ramapo seemed to have an edge tive signs for his team despite the loss. 5-1. They will look to improve to 6-1 same goal.
over ECS. However, junior keeper Carl “If we play a full 90 minutes, we can when when they face The College of New Baig touched on the importance
Appel led a strong Warriors’ defense with play with anyone,” Head Coach DJ Pinton Jersey Saturday. of stamina. No matter how good a
nine saves to shut down Ramapo’s said. “ECS was a good test for us. They
“Practices are intense this
player is, it will put a burden on
offense. are a regionally ranked team, and I felt like their skills and abilities if they
season. People are fighting
Both teams appeared to be well condi- we had a very productive first half.” cannot keep up. Therefore, he is
tioned but executed different styles of play. The Roadrunners are led this year by
for spots every day. We
stressing to improve the stamina
The Warriors were a defensive minded team captains Jim Clemente and Francis Carr, of the players. If they can achieve
who remained as a unit and swarmed to
the ball, while Ramapo used an attack first
who set the tone both in practice and on have good chemistry as a that, having a good season will be
team and we expect to win
the field. a greater possibility.
mentality to try to strike first. “Practices are intense this season;
every game no matter who
The Ramapo women’s tennis
Early in the second half, sophomore people are fighting for spots every day,” have a lot to look forward to -
the opponent is.”
Cory Tobler slipped a goal past freshman Carr said. “We have good chemistry as a practices, games, and the confer-
keeper Stephan Monaghan to put the team and we expect to win every game no ence. They will look to keep their
Warriors up 1-0. Later in the half fresh- matter who the opponent is.” Francis Carr, Midfielder/Forward
momentum going at home against
man midfielder Luke Capezzone found the Even though they suffered their first Rutgers-Newark on Monday.
net and cemented the Warriors victory. loss, Ramapo has still had an impressive
Eastern Connecticut’s win improved their start to the season. The Roadrunners email@example.com
record to 4-0. already have a lot to be proud of after firstname.lastname@example.org
This loss marks the first time this sea- winning the first four games of the sea-
son that the Roadrunners were shut out son. The roster is full of talented players
and the first time that star forward Rob from top to bottom, which is evident
Opening Week in NFL Offers Plenty of Surprises, Controversy
Page 14 The Ramapo News Thursday, September 16, 2010
By JAKE EDINGER to keep up their torrid pace.
Staff Writer Entering the season as favorites in their
respective divisions, the San Francisco
The National Football League season 49ers and San Diego Chargers each were
kicked off Thursday with a rematch of last upset by division opponents.
year’s NFC championship game between The New York Giants also showed why
the Super Bowl champion New Orleans they could be a force in the NFC by
Saints and Minnesota Vikings. The Saints pounding the Carolina Panthers in the first
won 14- 9, holding Vikings quarterback regular season game in the New
Brett Favre to 171 yards and containing Meadowlands Stadium. Hakeem Nicks
All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson to caught three touchdown passes to neutral-
87 yards on the ground. The Saints, led by ize Carolina’s defense. Dropped passes
quarterback Drew Brees, look to get back from the Giants’ receivers made the game
to the Super Bowl and proved Thursday close, but Panthers’ quarterback Matt
night that they have the fluent offense and Moore threw three interceptions to bail out
turnover-happy defense to do just that. the Giants. Moore’s poor decisions could
Five years ago the New England Patriots lead to rookie second round draft pick
won the Super Bowl two years in a row, Jimmy Clausen taking over signal calling
and they took a step to returning to their photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons
Wes Welkerʼs quick return from a knee injury inspired the New England
previous success by defeating the Monday night’s game featured the Giants’
Patriots to start the season with a convincing victory over the Bengals.
Cincinnati Bengals 38-24. The Bengals, roommates - the Jets. After much hype
who added wide receiver Terrell Owens to Bowl contenders, but they were derailed by reversed as replay showed that Johnson did from their HBO television show Hard
join Chad Ochocinco as one of the more the young Houston Texans. The Colts not have possession after he hit the ground Knocks the Jets looked to bully Rex
dominant receiving duos in football, were were 15-1 against the Texans going into in the back of the end zone. The Bears won Ryan’s former team, the Baltimore Ravens.
picked by many to make it to the Super Sunday yet where unable to stop running the game 19-14. However, the Ravens proved that they are a
Bowl. However, they were out played by back Arian Foster, who ran for 231 yards Fellow NFC north rival and Super Bowl forced to be reckoned with, beating the Jets
the Patriots’ defense and embarrassed by rushing and scored three touchdowns in contender Green Bay Packers defeated the 10-9 in a defensive standoff. New wide
Tom Brady’s offense. Houston’s 34-24 win. Philadelphia Eagles 27-20. Although receiver acquisition Anquan Boldin proved
Patriots’ wide receiver Wes Welker The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears also Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw to be a valuable addition for Baltimore by
returned from a season ending knee injury played Sunday in what proved to be a two interceptions after only throwing grabbing seven receptions for 110 yards in
in 2009 and looked like he was never devastating loss for the Lions. After losing seven in 2009, the Packers defense stayed his debut.
injured, catching eight receptions for 64 quarterback Matthew Stafford with a hard-nosed and contained the dangerous The Jets look to face the Patriots next
yards and two scores. The Patriots looked shoulder injury during the first half, they Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who week, which should be a classic AFC East
as fluent as they were during their recent lost the game in controversial fashion. replaced starter Kevin Kolb after he left the battle. Week one has been controversial as
championship year as the Bengals still With seconds left backup quarterback game with a concussion. Even though well as exciting, and the best part is there
struggle to be a consistent threat in the Shaun Hill threw what seemed to be a running back Ryan Grant will miss the are 16 more weeks to go.
American Football Conference. game winning touchdown pass to wide remainder of the season with an ankle
Much like the Bengals, the Indianapolis receiver Calvin Johnson, but the play was injury, the Packers still have enough talent email@example.com
Colts are also in the discussion of Super
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PIT @ TEN Titans Titans Steelers Titans Titans Titans
SEA @ DEN Seahawks Broncos Broncos Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks
MLB Playoff Contenders: Yankees, Phillies... and the Reds?
Page 15 The Ramapo News Thursday, September 16, 2010
By JEREMY KELLY been a prime example of MLB ineptitude. They the San Francisco Giants for first place in the been successful for the majority of their 49-year
Staff Writer had not had a winning season since 2000, and NL West. They had a 6.5-game lead on Aug. history. They have had only three playoff
have not made the playoffs since the strike- 25, but that lead has quickly slipped. After the births, and have never advanced past the first
While the National Football League has got- shortened 1995 season. The Reds expanded their Padres went on a ten-game losing streak that round. It wasn’t until 1996 that they finally
ten underway again, the Major League Baseball lead on the Cardinals after a good stretch in stretched from the end of August to early reached the postseason, but they have not been
season is winding down. However, the playoff August in which they went 19-8. This allowed September, they lost three out of four to the back since their last appearance in 1999. Now
picture is quite muddled and uncertain, with the Reds to rise six games ahead of their divi- Giants. The Padres now have a one game lead they can finally be poised for a playoff run. The
several unexpected teams emerging as the fron- sion rivals. However, the Reds have lost eight over the Giants in the division. Rangers went 21-6 in the month of June, and
trunners in their respective divisions. of their last 12 games. Their upcoming road trip Also in the West, the Colorado Rockies are following a six-game winning streak, the
When looking at the New York Yankees, it’s that stretches nine games and goes through only two games back, and they host both San Rangers are currently nine games ahead of the
not surprising to see them in first place in the Houston, Milwaukee and San Diego makes it Francisco and San Diego in the final weeks of next-closest club, the OaklandAthletics.
American League Eastern Division. Coming off possible for plenty to go wrong to Dusty the season. With these facts in mind, it’s virtual- The Minnesota Twins have christened their
their 27th World Series championship in 2009, Baker’s team. ly anyone’s guess on who will come out on top new home, Target Field, with a run for a second
the Bronx Bombers have the league’s best record For most of the early part of the season, the in this division. consecutive division title in the AL Central.
of 88-57. However, their playoff spot is far San Diego Padres have had a decent lead over In the AL West, the Texas Rangers haven’t Despite playing alongside, as well as behind,
from secure. They are currently only one-half of the Chicago White Sox for first place, the
a game behind of the Tampa Bay Rays, who Twins have turned up the heat in the final weeks
were the AL champions in 2008. The Rays past of the season. They went 18-10 during August,
the Yankees in the standings after beating them and have won 11 of their last 13 games to
last night. ascend to a seven-game lead over the White
In the National League East, the Philadelphia Sox. Yet with a three-game series in Chicago
Phillies, despite claiming the title of National beginning on Wednesday, the momentum may
League Championships two years in a row, shift.
have been fighting an uphill battle with the The playoffs begin on either Oct. 6 or 7, and
Atlanta Braves for most of the season. But after the World Series will begin on Oct. 27. It will
a summer trade with Houston for ace pitcher be the first time since 2001 that a team from
Roy Oswalt, the Phillies are 29-13 since the National League will host the World Series,
August 1 and are currently two games ahead of and in a season that’s been filled with unpre-
Atlanta. Their remaining games are against divi-
dictability, there’s no telling which teams will
sional opponents, but the winner of the NL
rise and which teams will fall with the Fall
East could very well be decided on Sept. 20-22
when the Phillies host a three-game series photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons Classic coming our way.
against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park. ,JoeyVottoʼs powerful bat has put the Reds in good shape to earn a rare firstname.lastname@example.org
Locker Risks NFL Fame and Fortune to Return for Senior Year
For nearly a decade, the Cincinnati Reds have postseason appearance.
By ALMERRY MARTINS ready for the season, with his guys
Staff Writer knowing that he’s going to be back to
help them get to where they want to be.”
Jake Locker had everything on the table When asked why Locker “decided to
any young athlete may dream of. pass up on the instant millions he would
The chance to go pro before graduating have earned next spring had he entered
college, the multi-million dollar con- the NFL Draft, Locker supported his son.
tract, the top rating in his quarterback “Every time it gets to the subject of
position in this year’s NFL Draft, poten- money, I tell people he’s not about that,”
tial endorsements, and the fame. Locker said. “I know it’s hard to believe
He also had options that led to a tough when you’re talking millions of dollars,
decision that would take many of us but he’s never been about that.”
much more time than it took Locker to In the first two games of his senior sea-
decide on. With a month in advance to son, Locker is 1-1, completing 42 of his
his deadline to declare for the draft, 70 attempts for 555 yards, five touch-
Locker drove himself to the football downs and no interceptions, with a rating
offices to inform Coach Steve Sarkisian of 150.18. Saturday will be a showdown
and offensive coordinator Doug between the Huskies and the University
Nussmeier that he had unfinished of Nebraska Huskers.
business to take care of in the University If Locker goes out and performs the
of Washington. way he did against Syracuse for the
After informing his coaches, he released photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons remainder of the season, the talk of him
a press release through the Washington Jake Locker turned down a chance to make a multi-million dollar contract being a Heisman Trophy candidate will
athletic department on that led to high in the NFL to return to the University of Washington for his senior year. only continue to grow. Everything that
season-tickets request. All of Huskie was on the table before his decision will
nation was glad to have their main 14-0 season in which he threw for 1,603 return. still be there, only this time he will be
canine back, even if it was for one more yards and 25 touchdown passes with After his decision was made public, able to do it with his graduating pack
year. While there are many who doubt three interceptions. Dave Mahler of 950 KJR in Seattle behind him.
his decision, Locker firmly stands behind Ever since then, he’s earned merits such interviewed Jake’s father, Scott, who The ‘W’ on his helmet will stand for
his choice. as Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (2007), approached Locker’s quick decision as a much more than Washington, and all his
Born in Bellingham, Washington, he’s Freshman All-American (2007), and positive. peers will regard him as the warrior that
had the ‘W’ that’s on his helmet imprint- Honorable mention All-Pac 10 (2009). “I think it’s great, especially from came back to win for them.
ed on his life since birth. Six miles Closing out the season last year vs. Jake’s standpoint just so you know the
north of his hometown, in Ferndale, 19th ranked California, Locker completed questions can be done and people can quit am artins5@ram apo.edu
would be where Locker would begin to 19 of 23 passes for 248 yards and three speculating about what he’s going to
build his football resume. As a senior in touchdown passes and ran in two scores, do,” Locker said. “And everyone will
2005 he led Ferndale High School to the giving the Huskies a 42-10 grand finale know and I think it will be easier for
Class 3A State Championship after a and maybe an edge on his decision to him to focus on the task at hand getting
9 . 16 . 10
Ramapo womenʼs tennis
has high hopes
for fall season.