THE RAMAPO NEWS
A publication by the
March 22, 2007 students for the
XXIX No. 7
Love may be blind, but event opens eyes to abusive behaviors
By MICHELE DONOHUE “It can happen anywhere. It could happen
Staff Writer to any one,” said McGee, a Ramapo gradu-
ate and first year Pace University law stu-
The term “love” is used for just about any- dent studying women’s rights and environ-
thing. Puppies. A new car smell. Ice cream. mental law.
British comedy. A significant other. Students interacted with questions McGee
But what about yourself? posed about what constitutes as warning
Students gathered in SC 137 Tuesday for a signs of an abusive relationship, like giving
discussion called “I Love Me” that raised presents.
awareness about domestic violence and “When [abusers] don’t address problems in
abuse. Women’s Center Graduate Assistant a relationship, but give you gifts, that rein-
Katherine McGee spoke to students about forces the inequality in the relationship,”
how to handle abusive situations, whether as said McGee. “What does it say about power
a supportive friend or in a relationship that in the relationship?”
may be violent. While presents singularly do not determine
The event was sponsored by sororities Erin Quigley whether the relationship is abusive or not,
Omega Phi Chi and Delta Phi Epsilon and Women’s Center Graduate Assistant Katherine McGee asks students to raise their McKee described other situations that
the Women’s Center. hands to demonstrate what they think abuse is. should raise questions and may hint toward
“I feel strongly about domestic violence future abuse.
and my organization, Omega Phi Chi, is Escobar, who helped coordinate the event. by domestic abuse and the pain violence
strong about women,” said senior Alexandra Sorority sisters in attendance wore black to inflicts on not only women but also their see ABUSE on page 5
signify mourning for all the women killed families.
Bringing the Darfur genocide home to the states
By KAREN RIVERA tragedy a genocide, because of the horrific piness.” The club has plans to start rallying local
Staff Writer war tactics that the Janjaweed have used on Furthering the complexities is the fact that town councils to take a stand on the issue and
the peoples of Darfur. Darfur is one of the largest countries in work their way up towards state legislation,
Continuing to make their presence known, “[We want] to make it an issue that every- Africa and has a wealth of oil fields that said Simon. They also want to start working
the Save Darfur Committee has now taken one knows about,” said President Andrew could help jumpstart the economy. The CIA with local high schools and colleges
more steps to bring the Darfur conflict—the Simon, a senior. World Fact book reported that the country statewide to start their own groups to help
“worst humanitarian crisis in the world,” The violence has shocked many around the has a 1.6 billion barrel oil-supply reserve, but raise awareness.
according to the United Nations—to the eyes world, with reports of rape, destruction of vil- cannot utilize the resources with the constant By garnering support from local areas, it’ll
and ears of the Ramapo community. lages and other condemnable violations of violent turmoil. give more of a foundation for politicians to
Located in western Sudan, Darfur has been human rights. The violence has not subsided even with the pay attention to change the situation, Simon
the battleground between the Janjaweed, an Adding to the issue has been the over- deployment of UN peacekeeping forces. said.
armed government-funded militia group, and whelming refugee crisis. The UN has esti- “Nothing can be done until people start car- “We need to visualize and take part … get
land tribes that live in the area. Since 2003, mated roughly two million people have been ing,” said Vice President Steve Pardalis, a the slightest feeling what they’re feeling [in
Darfur has been victimized by what the mass displaced as a result of the violence, most junior. “I believe the media covered the Tom Darfur],” said Simon. “Americans do care,
media calls “ethnic cleansing” or “genocide.” notably in the neighboring country of Chad. and Katie scandal about 25 times more than and once they see, they’ll come together …
The United States has been one of the few “They have no hope for life,” said Simon. the Darfur crisis… you can’t just sit by.” [we’re trying] to touch upon people’s hearts.”
countries to take a stand and call the Darfur “They’re not able to live with any sort of hap- What started as a ripple in Simon’s world
quickly became a wave that is now gathering
strength around campus.
The Save Darfur Committee just became an
official club this semester and is holding
events that continue to promote awareness,
one of their many goals. They will be holding
an all-day event today, aptly titled Darfur See what students say
Awareness Day, in the Fishbowl and the about housing ... 4
Student Center to keep students informed, by Meet Professor William Mitchell ... 3
handing out fact sheets and selling T-shirts. Dropping a Chatlog ... 6
The day will end with a short documentary A preview of the 2007 Yankees ... 14
about Darfur at the Female Friendly Funk at
8 p.m. at J Lee’s, a musical event co-spon-
sored by many socially-conscious groups on
Karen Rivera campus.
Ramapo-based Save Darfur Committee is longing to step outside the cam- And this is only the beginning, according to
pus boundaries to spread its message. Simon.
Page 2 The Ramapo News Thursday, March 22, 2007
Defiant Bush Says Rove and Miers Won’t Talk in Public
By RICHARD B. SCHMITT and RICHARD A. SERRANO a collision course unlike any in recent years. Openly department released 3,000 documents offering an unusual
Los Angeles Times/Washington Post Wire Service defying a subpoena has little precedent. look into how the eight presidential appointees were pushed
WASHINGTON — Inviting a showdown with congres- Congress could vote to find whomever refused to com- from office.
sional leaders over the firing of U.S. attorneys, President ply in contempt, but the case normally would be prosecuted Bush also firmed up his support for Attorney General
Bush on Tuesday refused to make White House political by the Justice Department, according to Beth Nolan, a White Alberto R. Gonzales, amid rising calls for his resignation.
strategist Karl Rove available for public questioning under House counsel during the Clinton administration. ``I’ve got confidence in him,’’ Bush said.
oath. Nolan said Congress also could choose to use other pow- The roles of Rove and Miers in the removal of U.S. attor-
The president did agree to allow lawmakers to interview ers if an official refused to cooperate. These include with- neys have drawn attention in recent days as the White House
Rove and former White House counsel Harriet E. Miers in holding funding for an agency or refusing to approve admin- and Justice Department offered shifting explanations of how
private, but the concessions failed to placate Democrats, istration nominees for executive positions that require and why the prosecutors were replaced. Last week, the
who have accused the White House and Justice Department Senate confirmation. White House said the idea originated with a proposal by
of dismissing eight federal prosecutors for political reasons. Although it would give Democrats a rare opportunity to Miers two years ago to replace all 93 U.S. attorneys as part
The House and Senate Judiciary Committees readied question Rove, who has become a lightning rod for admin- of a post-election housecleaning. Officials said Rove vague-
plans Wednesday and Thursday to authorize the issuance of istration critics, Bush’s proposal drew complaints from ly recalled knowing about the proposal, and thinking it was
subpoenas for Rove and other officials. Bush said his staff many in the party. a bad idea.
would oppose the subpoenas, setting the stage for a possible ‘’We will move forward to authorize subpoenas for cur- E-mails made public last week indicated that Rove also
constitutional confrontation in which past and current mem- rent and former White House and Justice officials, as well as had raised the issue of replacing some or all of the prosecu-
bers of the White House staff could be held in contempt of documents,`` said House Judiciary Committee Chairman tors. The White House later backtracked on whether the idea
Congress. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich. The committee ‘’will take what- originated with Miers and said it could not be sure who first
Bush, speaking to reporters in the early evening after ever steps are necessary and within our congressional proposed it.
returning from a trip to Missouri, criticized Democrats for authority to get to the bottom of what has become a horrible Besides Rove and Miers, who resigned in January, the
trying to ``score political points’’ He urged them to accept mess that is undermining American trust in our federal crim- White House offered to arrange interviews with deputy
his offer of private interviews with Rove and Miers, and he inal justice system.`` White House counsel William Kelley and J. Scott Jennings,
pledged to release all White House documents related to the Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate a deputy White House political director.
firings. Judiciary Committee, said: ‘’It is not constructive and it is White House counsel Fred Fielding said the White House
``These extraordinary steps demonstrate a reasonable not helpful to be telling the Senate how to do our investiga- was prepared to offer Hill investigators communications
solution to the issue,’’ Bush said. ``However, we will not go tion or to prejudge its outcome. between the White House and the Department of Justice,
along with a partisan fishing expedition aimed at honorable ``Testimony should be on the record and under oath. and communications between White House staff and third
public servants. That`s the formula for true accountability.’’ parties, including members of Congress or their staffs, on
‘’It will be regrettable if they choose to head down the Moderate Republicans indicated they wanted to give the the subject.
partisan road of issuing subpoenas and demanding show tri- White House proposal a chance in the hope of avoiding a Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said the offer of docu-
als when I have agreed to make key officials and White protracted battled. ments excluded some of the most relevant information,
House documents available,`` he said. ``I would prefer to have the interviews in public, but it is including communications solely among White House per-
Bush denied that the firings were politically motivated or more important to get the information promptly than to have sonnel.
attempts to shut down corruption investigations of months or years of litigation,’’ said Sen. Arlen Specter, R- ``This is giving us the opportunity to talk to them but not
Republicans or to speed up probes into Democratic wrong- Pa., the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee. ``If we giving us the opportunity to get to the bottom of what really
doing. are dissatisfied with the information provided in the manner happened here,’’ Schumer said. ``We obviously will present
‘’The Justice Department, with the approval of the White offered by the president, we can always issue subpoenas.’’ a counteroffer to them that will be far more complete and far
House, believed new leadership in these positions would The exchange came the same day that the Senate over- more extensive.’’
better serve our country,`` Bush said, describing the moves whelmingly approved legislation that would strip the Justice
as ‘’normal and appropriate.`` Department of the authority to appoint interim U.S. attor- Times staff writer Richard Simon contributed to this report.
The administration strategy appeared to set both sides on neys without congressional oversight and a day after the
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AROU N D THE
Gone but not forgotten: Ramapo hosts grief teleconference
By JODI WEINBERGER nate to be able to act as a site for this teleconfer-
Staff Writer ence again this year.”
The Hospice Foundation of America will hold For more than a decade, this program has pro-
its fourteenth annual teleconference today in SC- vided an opportunity for health care professionals,
138 to continue educating health care professionals funeral directors, educators, social workers and
and families on issues affecting end-of-life care. bereavement counselors to share and exchange
The program, “Living with Grief: Before and ideas and obtain continuing education credits,
After Death,” will run from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. according to a press release.
and will reach more than 125,000 people in 2,000 The teleconference, moderated by Frank Sesno,
communities via webcast and live satellite. professor of media and public affairs at The
Professionals and community members are invited George Washington University, will explore cur-
to attend the free broadcast and stay for a half-hour rent theoretical perspectives on loss and grief as
discussion facilitated by faculty and staff following experienced by persons throughout a life-limiting
the teleconference. illness and by survivors after the death. Sesno
“The Hospice Foundation of America’s annual will also focus on areas where understandings of
teleconference is always a rich resource for profes- grief have been challenged.
sionals and for families trying to learn more about HFA, a non-profit organization, acts as an advo-
grief and loss,” said Dr. Kathleen Fowler, Woven Memories, by artist April Scott. The four-foot tapestry is com- cate for the hospice concept of care through
Ramapo’s site coordinator and a professor certified pised of clothing from people that died in Harry Hynes Memorial ongoing programs of professional education,
in thanatology. “The school of Social Sciences Hospice in Wichita, KS. The art will be on the cover of the book public information and research on issues relating
and Human Services of Ramapo College is fortu- “Living with Grief: Before and After Death,” being released March 23. to illness, loss, grief and bereavement.
Professor Profile: Dr. William Mitchell takes a stab at genetics
By ROBERT ENG just say ‘biologist’ because I’ve worked can’t we regenerate heart muscle after a
Staff Writer with so many different things and that heart attack or re-grow a damaged joint
shows that I worked on lots of different from arthritis?
Doctor William Mitchell, associate profes- things because it’s a very general term.
sor of genetics, has always been passionate Where else have you taught?
toward plants and animals since he could What do you feel is the greatest thing
remember. His love for science only grew about the science program at Ramapo? I’ve taught in quite a few places. I was a
stronger as he studied zoology in Rutgers summer faculty member in Rutgers New
Newark, genetics in the University of Here doing research with students. Brunswick and Rutgers Newark. I was a
Connecticut, and plant biology in Rutgers full-time faculty member at New Jersey City
New Brunswick. He also had post-doctor- What do you and your students do during University for a year. I also taught as an
ate positions in both Rutgers New research? adjunct in Bloomfield College and Hudson
Brunswick and Louisiana State University. County Community College. I also used to
Now at Ramapo College, Dr. Mitchell Students can perform research on the proj- teach as a graduate student in the University
teaches the second half of biology for ect that I’m working on, and my projects of Connecticut and Rutgers Newark.
majors and genetics. have changed over the years. They can
work on the project that I have, either for Why did you choose to teach at Ramapo? Dr. Mitchell’s scientific research is
What made you pursue the science field credits or no credits. I like the fact that there are small class sizes opening up a large can of worms.
professionally? We recently have something called the TAS and I like the other biology faculty and the
research honors. This requires a year of chemistry faculty that we work very closely
I really loved biology and I was good at it. research with a faculty member. The stu- with. In fact, we work closely with all of the hobbies?
I felt if you love something and have a nat- dents have to make presentations of their faculty and the TAS. So that was an attrac-
ural aptitude for it, that’s always good. I work. Right now I’m working with the tion. Of course I’m fond of all faculty in the When I was in Louisiana, I took some
started out with animals because I thought regeneration of body parts in worms. The college, but when I first came here I only dancing classes. That was ancient history
that basically was the featherweight to go to students are looking at the regeneration knew about the science faculty and the TAS. but I took some dancing classes and I got
at first, but then I realized that I really liked process. I also like the fact that the students have a hooked. So I like to dance. I’m a big
plants and so I started working with plants. We remove a small portion of the tail of the good background before they come here. I dancer. I do swing dancing and country
Right now I’m working with animals and worm and then we watch it grow back. In had some students do very well after leaving dancing. I go out dancing about twice a
plants. fact, you can take a really small section of here. A lot of them went to medical school week. That’s my big hobby.
the worm and grow both the head and the and graduate school.
If you weren’t in science, what would you tail. These are special worms. These are The class size here is great. In the labora- Do you have any advice for the students
be doing? fresh-water worms and live in water and tories for biology we can only have 20 stu- at Ramapo?
they eat fish food. Of course in nature they dents, because of the safety concern we have
My field really is education, but if my spe- would eat dead, decaying things. They’re in the laboratories, and there are only so I think students, whether they’re taking sci-
cialty wasn’t science, then I don’t know. I about a couple inches long and about the many stations where you can set up. In lec- ence courses or not, should try to enjoy the
like a lot of things. I like history and music. diameter of the lead in a pencil. They’re tures we have about 40 students. It’s always courses and get as much as they can from
All kinds of things, but science is the big tiny little things. But you remove the tail nice when there’s a small number, but biol- them and not just do what they have to do to
thing. and it grows back. ogy is a big major with bio-informatics, bio- get by, because when you leave here, you’re
What we’re trying to do is look for gene chemistry, environmental science and inte- going to need that little extra something.
Do you have a specific area of science that expression changes that occur during that grated science studies. They add up and that And that’s important. It’s also important to
is your favorite? time. Since they’re so good at regenerating, makes up a lot of students. enjoy your classes. You pick your field for
we’re trying to figure out that if they’re so a reason and you should enjoy it.
When people ask me what I am, I usually good, then how come we can’t do it? Why When you have free time, what are your
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R o v i n g R e p o r t e r
“What is the most stressful thing about housing?”
Question by Jodi Weinberger. Photographs by David Spangenburg.
a f r a i d o f u p s e t-
ting other people
fourth person for
“Not being able to
“There are a lot pull up your
of people you “ I l o s t m y p a p e r- friends, the proxy
would want to work and they forms and all the
live with, but not tried to de-house surveys, finding
many people you me.” the right people to
could live with a ~Christina live with.”
whole year.” Harris, ~Bergitte Antoine,
~Dane Boggio, Senior Sophomore, &
Freshman Sophie Okolo,
FYE Profile: Mockert deciphers the meaning of balancing
By LAURA IZZO Being a naturally outgo- ward to spending more time
Staff Writer ing person, I found it easy outdoors on Ramapo’s beau- Right now, I am heavily involved in Freshmen
First year student Christine Mockert is enjoy- to strike up conversations tiful campus as well as at the Caucus and SGA (Student Government
ing college life to the fullest. From volunteering and meet new people. I Ramapo Reservation. This Association) on campus. At the becoming of
her time at Pony Power to taking care of the also got used to living on semester, I am doing service last semester, I went to the club fair and saw
Freshman Caucus’s finances, Christine knows my own. As for the class- learning for my Social Issues several clubs that I was interested in, but
how to keep herself busy. The future high es, I was able to organize class [at] Pony Power, in haven’t found the time to actively take part in.
school history teacher balances her academics my time to finish my which I will be volunteering These include the History Club, the Literature
with extracurricular activities and shares her assignments by the due my time at “Three Sisters club, and the newspaper. I hope that in time I
optimism with everyone she meets. dates, so I was able to Farms.” While there, I will will be able to get more involved in other on-
find a happy medium be assisting in therapeutic campus activities, but right now, my main
How is your second semester at Ramapo between schoolwork and riding sessions, as well as focus is doing well in the classes I am taking
going so far? How is it different from your doing things for fun. taking care of the horses and and maintaining a high grade point average.
first semester? Overall, my transition since I grew up in an urban
from high school to col- environment, being outdoors I know you are the treasurer of the fresh-
My second semester is going very well. I am lege was easier than I has a real appeal to me. man caucus. What are some of your respon-
enjoying my new classes and professors. I expected it to be, which I sibilities as treasurer? Would you consider
have grown more familiar with my surround- am very happy about. What is your major and running for a position in SGA?
ings and the goings on around campus. I feel Jossie Eusebio
career you’d like to pur-
that I am more involved with the school. I’ve What was your favorite Freshman Mockert lives for the sue? Being a treasurer involves several things. One
also been able to continue establishing new part about last semester? moment, but loves the past. responsibility is keeping all of the Freshmen
friendships, while forming stronger relation- I am majoring in History Caucus’s financial accounts in order. With the
ships with the friends I made last semester. I don’t think I could pinpoint a favorite part of with the hopes of parlaying that into a career in upcoming Leadership Conference, which will
last semester. Everything was new to me, teaching high school. I’ve known at early age be taking place on March 28, I had to make
What was it like for you making the transi- which was exciting. I guess meeting new peo- that I wanted to teach. My mother is a teacher sure that we had enough money in our budget
tion from high school to college? Was it dif- ple from different backgrounds was a lot of fun, and my father majored in History in college. So for food, prizes, and other materials the caucus
ficult or easier than you expected? as well as getting involved with campus activi- I guess it’s in my blood to become a history will need for that day. Not only do I work with
ties. teacher. the financial aspects of caucus, but I also assist
I must admit, when I first came to Ramapo, I Freshman Caucus Speaker Ryan Shapiro and
thought that it was going to be hard for me to What are you looking forward to most this What clubs and organizations are you Secretary Alison Conlin with whatever they
adjust. I was nervous about living away from semester? involved with on campus? Are there any need help doing. I am actually running for a
home and making new friends. But after about you’d like to join in the future that you
a week on campus, I realized I would be fine. With spring approaching, I am looking for- haven’t gotten a chance to explore yet? See FYE on page 5
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Abuse: Finding power after trauma FYE: Classy lady with a love for ‘Grey’
Continued from page 1 Continued from page 4
“Abusers are most often characterized as who might be using that information. senate position in the upcoming SGA election. both of them.
sweet talkers and charmers,” said McGee. “Be conscious of what you are leaving about Hopefully every one will come out to vote on
“They start off phrases with, ‘If you love yourself,” said McGee, who recommended stu- April 3, 4, and 5 to support all the candidates. Do you have a favorite TV show right now?
me you will.’” dents that might feel as though they have a
McGee mentioned that abuse is not just a stalker to make a logbook of when they see the Tell me a little about yourself. What are some I have two favorite TV shows right now- Grey’s
problem for women, even though domestic person. “It’s going to be a lot more persuasive of your favorite hobbies or pastimes? Anatomy and Heroes. I enjoy Grey’s Anatomy
violence against women constitutes 73 per- than just ‘I see this person on campus all the because of its story lines as well as the relation-
cent of family violence victims. Women time.’” Like most people my age, I enjoy listening to ships between the different characters. The situa-
were “84 percent of spouse abuse victims But some people in abusive relationships music, hanging out with friends, reading the clas- tions that the characters are put into make for
and 86 percent of victims of abuse at the might not feel like they have someplace to turn. sics, as well as going to see the latest movies with great drama, which I love. In my opinion, its one
hands of a boyfriend or girlfriend” in 2002, Even though over 15 million violent crimes my friends. In high school, I was heavily of the best shows currently on television. Heroes
according to the U.S. Department of were reported to police between 1998 and 2002, involved in the school musicals and going to is about people discovering they have certain
Justice. the justice department estimated that 17 million Broadway to see the latest shows is a passion of powers (invisibility, regeneration, mind reading,
Although family abuse is more likely to hap- more incidents were never reported. mine. Right now, I am dying to see Spring to name a few) and how they deal with it. I think
pen in the home, abuse by a person that is not “It is a big issue that people don’t feel com- Awakening. the show explores not only the supernatural, but
family member 46 percent of the time is in a fortable talking about but we’re doing it in a human behavior and how it feels to be different
public place and “about a quarter of the violence comfortable place,” said sophomore Elyse What celebrity, actor, or famous person do in society.
against the offenders’ friends or acquaintances Palumbo. you admire most or identify with?
between 1998 and 2002 occurred at a school or
According to the justice department, “Among What quote, phrase, or motto best sums you
college,” according to a justice department I really admire Angelina Jolie and U2’s Bono for
non-reporting victims of boyfriend/girlfriend up?
report. their work with charities. They are using their
violence, 33.8 percent said they did not report
“As a community we have an obligation,” said fame for a good reason- to get news coverage of
the incident to police because it was a ‘pri- “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll
McGee about raising awareness on campus. things they believe are important. Bono’s ONE
vate/personal matter.’ An additional 10.6 per- die today.” These words were spoken by actor
“That is why abuse is allowed to go on for so campaign as well as his RED campaign were
cent indicated ‘fear of reprisal,’and 16.9 percent James Dean. He believed in living everyday to
long.” made up to try and help stop AIDS in Africa.
stated they wanted to ‘protect the offender.’” the fullest, because no one knows what will come
McKee brought up that even some reality tel-
McGee suggested that if a friend might be in tomorrow. I think it’s a good philosophy to live
evision shows depict dating abuse, like relation-
an abusive relationship it is best to keep the line Angelina Jolie is a Goodwill Ambassador for the by, because it makes every day special and new,
ships on the MTV series The Hills. On the
of communication open. United Nations High Commission for Refugees. because while it’s important to plan for your
show, Heidi does not break up with her
“Being that life line to someone is one of the In this capacity she has traveled to places such as future, you must take time to enjoy all the oppor-
boyfriend, Spencer, even after he blamed their
greatest things you can do,” said McKee. Sierra Leone, Namibia, Kenya, Cambodia, and tunities we are presented with today in order to
problems on her and disregarded that he
McGee urged students to talk to someone who Pakistan, because she knows the press will fol- live life to the fullest.
brought two Playboy models to her job at a
can help on campus if you or a person you low her. By doing this, she has shown the world
know is in an abusive relationship. The the conditions in which refugees are living in. Interested in getting an FYE profile? Contact
“That is a prime example of how in pop cul-
Women’s Center offers advice and counseling They are both trying to promote awareness and Laura Izzo at email@example.com for more
ture there is a man isolating a girl from her
and keeps matters confidential unless there is a social change and for those reasons, I admire details.
friends,” said McKee, who recommended peo-
ple walk away from abusive language or songs, threat of immediate danger from the abuser.
like the term wife-beater or Akon’s “Smack Students can also call extension 7222 to talk to
That.” a Sexual Assault Response Team member that
McKee also mentioned how popular websites, is trained to help when there is an assault.
like Facebook, make it easier to stalk someone “You are not a sexual object,” said McGee.
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Dropping a Chatlog: Charity in the red
BonoVoyage: Obviously. I mean, I think who can proudly claim she has read that half of the $18 million came from
$100 million dollars would have been through all of “Choke.” To reach that Bono and friends alone.
way better going to, I don’t know, AIDS market they should have asked Chucky
research as opposed to billboards and boy to write a book called “RED.” They ProBono: Which still begs the question
full page magazine ads that force me to could sell pins that say, “I read RED” so as to why Bono didn’t just donate $80
see Bono’s dumb mug. you can correctly identify your potential million to AIDS research and $20 mil-
mates. lion to billboard ads saying, “Bono gave
ProBono: I, Bono, am such a philan- $80 million to AIDS research, just so
By CHRIS CHAVARRIA and CHRIS thrope that I support charity events BonoVoyage: I am Jack’s raging sense you know.” It’d be a lot quicker for one
MATTIELLO around the world. I do not do this so of philanthropy. thing. Though knowing Bono we may
BonoVoyage: We at Dropping a that I, Bono, receive praise for my, need to reverse those figures.
Chatlog would like to congratulate Bono, contributions to this world and its ProBono: I am Jack’s desperate
Bono. His Red campaign, which raises less fortunate. The Bono does not do attempt to win a Nobel Prize for filtering BonoVoyage: It’s not that simple.
money to combat AIDS and other dis- this for fame or acclaim. As Bono “The charity through soulless corporations. People like us who are too greedy and
eases, especially in Africa, has raised Bono” Bono, I wish only to help others. inconsiderate to donate $100 million to
$18 million dollars. BonoVoyage: I am Jack’s disappoint- AIDS research just can’t wrap our
BonoVoyage: Have you ever noticed ment with the fact that people actually heads around a genius like Bono. That
ProBono: I’ll begin the clapping now. that his face forms a perfect landing listened to a guy named Bono on this would be like getting into a discussion
Everyone, please be aware, it will build pad for a fist? one. on astrophysics with Carl Sagan or a
in intensity, so please do not jump the drum lesson with Neil Peart.
gun. ProBono: I have noticed that. And while ProBono: In Bono’s defense, it isn’t all
it may get my attention, it doesn’t make his fault. Part of the problem is the ProBono: I wonder if Bono and friends
BonoVoyage: We’d also like to congrat- me want to buy a gaudy American advertising. We all love Chris Rock’s can claim that the $100 million spent on
ulate him on spending $100 million on Express card or an overpriced Motorola racial commentary and hilarious por- Red advertising counts as charity. It
advertising it. phone. The charity should have been trayal of marriage, but do we respond was part of their attempt to raise
that you get to sock Bono in his ugly when he says “Use Red, nobody’s money, after all.
ProBono: I retract my statement mug and half the proceeds go to chari- dead”? Of course we don’t, because
regarding jumping the gun. ty. Really, all the proceeds go to chari- that slogan is awful nonsense. BonoVoyage: For tax considerations?
ty. Earn your reputation Bono, you Bono’s crack lawyer crew has already
bum. Let’s be honest, the dude spent BonoVoyage: I’d say it’s up there with figured out how to write-off every pur-
BonoVoyage: It’s great to see all those
$100 million trying to convince every- “When Clinton Lied, Nobody Died.” chase of Aviators.
red cell phones, iPods, shirts and
one he’s our 21st century Jesus in a
American Express cards are flying off
crappy outfit with an overrated band. ProBono: Perhaps more logical con- ProBono: I imagine he somehow actu-
nections. Fast food gift cards that say ally makes money off of that. He gets
BonoVoyage: I’m sick and tired of “Use Red, get Fed.” Cheese compa- $100,000 each year for buying the
ProBono: This is why they need to
celebrities pushing their politics. Listen, nies with the slogan “Use Red, here’s earth’s supply of wraparound eyewear.
leave the charity work to non-profits.
Sean Penn, I want to see you act. I spread.” Fictional characters could
Hell, they can’t even make back their
don’t care what you think of the presi- endorse it, “Use Red, lest Judge Dredd BonoVoyage: You know who else has
money spent on advertising, much less
dent. Green Day, I don’t want to hear punch your head, make you dead.” No to wear sunglasses 24/7? Cyclops. And
actually help the fight against AIDS. It’s
your music or anything you have to say one denies The Judge. “Use Red, he’s a superhero. By that logic Bono =
pretty amazing that the companies
so shut up please, thank you. Scarlett Johansson gives you...bread.” hero.
managed to fail on every front.
ProBono: Oh, definitely. I don’t give a BonoVoyage: I would love Scarlett ProBono: Hero or VILLAIN? Captain
BonoVoyage: This, of course, is not the crap about the Dixie Chix’s opinion on Johansson to give me bread. Plus, America’s dead now, Marvel finally
first thing Bono has ruined. He has a the war, unless of course they decide to she’s a great example of a damn good offed him in what is probably a hamfist-
sort of an “inverted Midas touch” where strap bombs to their ample bosoms and actress that doesn’t run her mouth ed attempt at social commentary. I
everything he touches becomes annoy- give the president a big ol’ hug. Or if about what world issues we should be don’t see Bono stepping up. Wait a
ing and dies. Sunglasses, iPods, music they change their name to the Chixie backing. minute. Who fought Captain America?
and Spanish all come to mind. Dix. Communists! And Bono’s pathetic char-
ProBono: Yeah, Scarlett Johansson is ity attempt is named...oh no.
ProBono: True. I’ve suffered severe BonoVoyage: That would be a great busy covering Tom Waits songs, which
damage to my retinas because I am not name for a feminist punk act. already puts her music career above BonoVoyage: Ladies and gentlemen,
going to wear sunglasses like I’m some the aforementioned Green Day and we at Dropping a Chatlog, being big-
kind of Bono. I also can’t say “Vertigo” ProBono: Well I think we know our next Dixie Chix. Although I wouldn’t mind time celebrities and all, feel it is our
without thinking of one of the most bor- project. You know, I’m surprised that her running her mouth, she has a great duty to take up a cause and cram it
ing music videos I’ve ever seen. Apple got behind this whole Red thing. mouth for giving bread. Frankly, down your inferior throats. Folks, we
They’re pushing the “Geek Chic” and Scarlett Johannson giving me bread need you to donate money to the war
BonoVoyage: It’s an interesting com- red iPods don’t match any of their com- makes more sense than the campaign on Bono.
mentary on our society that celebrities puters. What Mac user wants an iPod where Bono and Oprah buy Red prod-
feel the best way to get us to donate that doesn’t fit with their “E-Motif”? ucts together. Is there anything more ProBono: Bono has been outed as a
money is to get us to shop. surreal? They might as well have an ad figurehead for the Red Skull’s efforts at
BonoVoyage: As a Mac user I can say where Kanye West kisses Ann Coulter global domination. In the name of
ProBono: It might have been a better certainly not I. I don’t even wear cloth- then looks into the camera and says, Captain America’s Shattered Shield,
idea to have all of those celebrities just ing that won’t match my MacBook in “Bugs Bunny doesn’t care about this must not come to pass!
donate a portion of their Scrooge fear of clashing when I go to Starbucks Martian people.”
McDuck moneybins to an AIDS charity, and try to pick up girls who are brows- BonoVoyage: Please place your dona-
rather than just plastering their faces all ing the Chuck Palahniuk section. BonoVoyage: I could totally see Bono tion in an envelope and slip it under the
over billboards and TV ads. Although and Oprah skipping down the streets of door of the newsroom. Or, buy the spe-
that leaves those poor, underprivileged ProBono: Ah yes, nothing more attrac- Chicago and barging into a Gap and cial MAUVE versions of The Ramapo
companies high and dry. tive than a mousy-faced girl with demanding everything Red that they News, hitting newsstands next week.
square glasses, a hoody and no butt have. In fact, there’s a good chance
Page 7 The Ramapo News Thursday, March 22, 2007
A R T S & E THE T E RINTMOVIES,NMUSIC E NMORE!
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N AI M T
YouTube: Freedom of speech or copyright violation?
By DYAN CORNACCHIO order the video-sharing service that it may be infringing on copy- “One of the posted videos that able, for free, to the public or
Staff Writer YouTube to pay it more than $1 right laws and has begun pulling made YouTube so popular was not.”
What happens if you miss an billion in damages for some and deleting videos due to copy- ‘Lazy Sunday,’an SNL sketch; However, New York Institute of
episode of your favorite televi- 150,000 videos that Viacom right infringement. Many users but NBC ended up making their Technology senior Jonathan
sion show or want to watch your claims it owns and YouTube users seem to be conflicted over own account on YouTube so that Sussman thinks Viacom needs to
favorite music video? What about have shared,” said Lessig. whether or not the site is commit- they would be in control of their back off and let users do and post
if you just feel like watching a YouTube is a web site that made ting a crime and if Viacom is content that was posted online. If whatever they choose.
clip from one of your favorite Viacom could make a compro- “I think they have the right to
movies or watching a good com- mise it would be the best solution. post whatever they want,” said
mercial? Chances are you may do Both MTV and YouTube are two Sussman. “I think it’s just a user
what thousands of other people media powerhouses, and they created site and the users justify
do when they log on to could be even stronger if they what goes on there and that it’s
www.youtube.com and simply worked together rather than try to just the nature of the site.”
search for whatever it is you’d tear each other down.” Google and YouTube are cur-
like to see. It’s likely that you’ll While NBC may have set up rently going over Viacom’s suit
find what you’re looking for. their own account on the video- but continue to claim they are
However, this extremely popular sharing web site, Viacom seems innocent. In a statement given to
web site is currently receiving a interested in simply removing all the New York Times (in the arti-
huge amount of controversy con- content. This is a move that some cle “WhoseTube? Viacom Sues
cerning the material posted by its students, like Ramapo junior Google Over Video Clips” by
users and the copyright violation Danny London, feel is justified. Miguel Helft and Geraldine
issues that are going along with it. “I think that Viacom is justified Fabrikant), Google’s associate
Viacom is one of many compa- because our entire society is general counsel for intellectual
nies coming down hard on the based around the premise that property, Alexander Macgillivray
Google owned Web site for vio- people’s original ideas, art etc said the site has done nothing
lating copyright laws stating that belong to them, and that they can wrong concerning copyright
users are posting programs owned do what they want with it (within infringement.
by the company without its YouTube is best known for its mixture of outrageous clips. reason),” said London. “Of “We are confident that YouTube
explicit permission. And accord- course, this should have some meets and exceeds its legal
ing to an article in The New York a name for itself by allowing doing the right thing by suing the limits. We shouldn’t have to keep responsibilities,”said
Times, titled “Make Way for users to post videos that other company. paying someone rights to listen to Macgillivray.
Copyright Chaos” by Lawrence people can watch and comment “I think that it’s a tough call in an song from, say, 200 years ago - In the end, only time will tell
Lessig, Viacom is now taking on. In fact, the company’s slogan that NBC had a similar problem but as long as the originator of the what the future holds for the
YouTube to court. is “broadcast yourself.” Yet these when YouTube first started,” said idea is around, they should have video-sharing Web site.
“Viacom asked a federal court to days, it seems the site is aware Ramapo student Grace Helbig. the final word whether its avail-
Vintage Clothing: Everything old is new again
By SARAH SWENSON such a clothing piece almost renowned designers have Halloween? Why not ooze selection varies. It’s the type
Staff Writer makes you feel like it was espe- pieces in their collections that classic Hollywood glamour and of shop to keep checking back
cially waiting there for you, yet no matter how old they get, will find a Marilyn Monroe-esque to every week. Who knows
Vintage clothes tend to be never go out of style and are
ingrained with the past history dress? Or why not go as a when you’ll find a designer bag
stereotyped as synonymous to utterly timeless. Finding that
of the former wearers. twenties flapper, or as a mod for $5 or less! Located in
the fashion crowd, specifically vintage Chanel bag for a frac-
Then, there are the trendsetters Londoner during the swinging Pompton Lakes, NJ.
models, celebrities and stylists.
Surprisingly vintage is avail- sixties?
able and affordable, especially If purchasing something old Backward Glances: A vintage
for the financially-stricken col- and used makes you nervous, shop around since the 1980s.
lege student. The trick is to why not start slow. There are Every teen in Central Jersey
know where to shop and what tons of shops that sell beaded flocks to this store’s unsurpass-
to search for. evening bags or vintage jewel- able selection of vintage tees of
Vintage. The word is defined ry. Ease your way in, not out. all calibers and styles. Located
as, “the class of a dated object Whether you like vintage or on 43 Broad Street in Redbank,
with reference to era of produc- not, it is here to stay. It is an NJ.
tion or use.” In other words, alternative and most definitely
everything old is new again, unpredictable way to shop. Resurrection: Any girl’s idea
and essentially, in style. of heaven, stocked and
Vintage clothing caters to all Here are a few vintage shops crammed full of vintage design-
different styles and personality to keep an eye out for: er clothing. Many celebrities
types. and socialites go to this fashion
For the off-beat rocker (male Screaming Mimi’s: A vintage haven, to be dressed and dolled
or female) there are band tees Over-sized glasses are a great accessory for spring. clothing staple that has been in the most famous of design-
and worn in 80s style skinny outfitting New Yorker’s for ers. Very expensive, although
looking for designer relics so tion of the cost is priceless. years. Known for their excel- worth it just to go in and get
jeans. One can even find old- Wearing something old, some-
they can stand out and purpose- lent selection of clothing, along ideas. Located on 217 Mott
school beat up Nikes if they thing new, something borrowed
fully not wear “the dress of the with unique jewelry, bags, Street NYC (in Nolita).
look in the right place. and something vintage is now
moment.” They would rather shoes and sunglasses. Be fore-
Then there is the girl looking considered the look du jour.
for that one-of-a-kind dress for
have a much more eclectic and warned, because of their great The Family Jewels Vintage
individual style. These fash- N’est pas? pieces the prices are high. Clothing: Known for their
that special event, and doesn’t Then, there are the rest of us,
ion-forward thinkers normally Located on 382 Lafayette amazing selection of costumes,
want to look typical and homo- when in the mood love to scav-
gravitate towards prominent Street, NYC btw E. 4th St. and vintage clothing, jewelry and
geneous. Finding a vintage enge, bargain shop and look for
designers who have withstood Great Jones St. handbags. One of the less
dress in the perfect style, color unique items. Vintage can be
the test of time, such as Emilio expensive vintage stores locat-
and size is a very satisfying
feeling. Being able to obtain
Pucci, Yves Saint Laurent (ysl), inexpensive, fun and really spe- The Salvation Army: Known ed in the city. Located on 130
Chanel and Gucci. These four cial. Dressing up for for their cheap prices, but their W. 23rd Street NYC.
Page 9 The Ramapo News Thursday, March 22, 2007
Are you jonesing for a cup of joe? Here’s where to go
By KAITLYN HAY AND are drawn to this café, is located both lunch and dinner and has prices ranging from $4.50 to
BROOKE KAWECKI in the rear of the café and is sur- anything that anyone would be $9.45 for a quiche and soup com-
rounded by white ceramic walls craving. The atmosphere is both bination. Some cool drinks that
with sculptures built in to them. relaxing and unique as they offer they offer include a great green
This cool, casual and one-of-a-
Each table is like it’s own mini both indoor candlelit dining as tea latte, frozen hot chocolate, hot
kind café located in Edgewater,
cave as the ceilings are caved in well as an outdoor dining area for chocolate, coffee and a mixture of
NJ is a great place to go on a date,
to make you feel as though you visits in the warm weather. Their chi teas. For dessert they have
out with a group of friends or out-
are dining within a glacier. location is perfect for a quiet delicious chocolate chip and oat-
with some family members. The
Although the atmosphere is so night out with some friends or as meal raisin cookies, as well as
atmosphere is what the major
intruiging, the food at Café a place to dine after you go to a coffee cakes. The atmosphere is
appeal of this chic café is. When
Archetypus is also excellent. concert or event at Giants relaxed with events like poetry
you walk in, you enter into a
They serve everything from sal- Stadium or the Meadowlands. nights, as well as musical per-
ads to pizzas to the most outra- They offer everything from wraps
geous ice cream sundaes. Then, to pizza to traditional Greek dish-
Cozy and serene cafe setting
you can finish it off with some es for dinner. Make sure to leave
tea, they have an assortment of
soothing tea or special coffee. room for dessert because Eros has
cookies and brownies that will
This café is at a great location and many delicious cakes, pies and
satisfy any sweet-tooth’s craving.
is open on the weekdays until sorbets just to name a few.
Homemade gourmet muffins are
midnight and the weekends until
always fresh and waiting to be
1 a.m. BeanTowne Gourmet:
consumed by any breakfast lover.
This coffee house is located in
Open mic nights and musical per-
Java’s Brewin’: Allendale, NJ. They are open
formances are always taking
This specialty coffee place can be seven days a week with varying
place here too. It’s a great stop for
found on The Franklin Turnpike hours. They serve a variety of
Sunday breakfast or a casual cup
in Mahwah, NJ. They have a quiches, wraps, salads, soups,
huge selection of food that is very desserts and specialty coffee and
One of many tasty sundaes Sip a green tea latte in peace
inexpensive. The food varies tea. All of their soups are home-
dimmed dining room where all After Athens-Eros Café:
from veggie sandwiches to grilled made and they are constantly formances. BeanTowne is perfect
the tables are lit with candles. Located in Rutherford, NJ, Eros
cheese to Italian wraps. Also, adding more to their menu. Some for a nice evening out with a
You can either choose to eat in Café is the perfect place for some
they offer soups and parfaits in of the unique soups include group of friends for dessert or a
this section, or, if you don’t mind great food or some peaceful cof-
three flavors; tropical fruit, melon pumpkin chowder, carrot ginger quick weekend lunch with a spe-
the wait, you can eat in the cave. fee and dessert. Inspired by the
and strawberry/banana. Along with coconut and pea with mint. cial someone.
The cave, the reason many people Greek culture, this café serves
with 20 varieties of coffee and They are moderately priced with
Gamer’s Edge: Is Electronic Arts good for gaming?
By JUDD GOLDENBERG on the James Bond movie, gamers have criticized their
Staff Writer Electronic Arts secured the rights servers, which require going
In the video game world, if one to any game featuring James through pages of terms and condi-
publisher is king, it’s Electronic Bond. Since 1999, none of the 9 tions with every different game.
Arts. Known as EA, this publish- Bond games made by EA went on Additionally, EA has had a histo-
er is known for their ability to to sell as much as Goldeneye. ry of shutting down fan-made
break into a different crowd of “Honestly, I don’t really play game modifications and they
gamers, such as sport fans. The that many games by EA,” says came under fire for using online
Madden NFL games, EA’s flag- freshman Alex Korduletsch. “I tracking for in-game advertising
ship series, has had the best sell- remember playing Harry Potter in Battlefield 2142.
ing video game in 2006, 2005 and when I was 12. But I’ve heard Out of all the criticism about
2003. In 2004, when Grand Theft bad things about their employ- EA, the biggest complaint many
Auto: San Andreas (published by ment history.” This is in refer- gamers have is that every year
Take-Two) was the year’s best ence to an infamous post by the games come out with minimal
selling game, Madden was sec- spouse of an Electronic Arts differences. Often gamers pay
ond. In 2007, they intend to pub- employee. Written anonymously $50 a year for a sport title, just for
lish one third of the hundreds of on a blog, the poster claimed that the purpose of a change in team
games scheduled to be released the average hours of an employee rosters. These kinds of changes
this year. So what’s the prob- were 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. with no can be done through an online
lem? pay for overtime. This eventually update to the previous year’s
Among a large group of gamers, resulted in two class action law- game, which would barely cost
there is a strong dislike for EA. suits, which were settled for any money.
Many people believe that this is $15.6 million and $14.9 million The point can always be made
because the one on top is always each. that you can’t blame a business
loathed the most. Similar to cor- The Madden NFL series has made over $2 billion in revenue. In the current generation of for wanting to make money. The
porations such as Walmart, Exxon the competition, NFL 2K never er who can release a video game games, a video game’s online problem is that in many cases, the
or McDonald’s, is the business managed to bring in the money featuring NFL players, teams, or component is just as important as larger a company becomes, the
hated because they are the biggest that Madden did. In 2004, NFL stadiums for the next five years. its single player. In this regard, less originality is left in its prod-
or because of how they reached 2K5 was released for $20, less In addition to buying out licens- many feel as if EA has lagged ucts That’s why in the same way
the top? than half the price of Madden ing, EA is notorious for purchas- behind. Originally, they refused that moviegoers shouldn’t only
Since 1999, Madden had compe- 2005. For the first time, the NFL ing game developers and buying to release their titles through see the bigger summer block-
tition in the football market. The 2K series outsold Madden. In out the rights to make games fea- Microsoft’s Xbox Live service. buster, it’s important for those
NFL 2K series, made by Sega, response to this, EA reached an turing certain characters. For EA eventually agreed but only on who play video games to support
had a following that stretched exclusive agreement with the instance, after the enormous suc- the condition that they host their independent game developers.
back to the Dreamcast. Despite NFL, becoming the only publish- cess of Goldeneye a game based own servers. However, many
Page 10 The Ramapo News Thursday, March 22, 2007
Music Review: Punk rock still living
By CHRIS MATTIELLO where Leo works his fingers where Leo stamps his feet on the album is extremely average Bomb” and “Annunciation
Staff Writer across the entire fretboard. Leo, the wooden boards with an compared to the strong start that Day/Born On Christmas Day.”
Let’s get this straight: The who puts on an incredible live acoustic. The song sounds like Living boasts. “The Unwanted Though the music on both
Pharmacists are not The Clash show, could easily wake the it should be accompanied by a Things”is the last track on the tracks is up to the high stan-
and Ted Leo is no Joe Strummer. crowd band of old men playing a album that stands out as some- dards that Leo sets, the lyrics
That’s not to say that Ted Leo from an in-between sets lull induce cringes. “Bomb. Repeat.
doesn’t make a perfect spiritual with just the beginning licks Bomb.” is a mostly spoken-
successor to Strummer. He’s and could likely work them into word rant about jet fighter
smart, maybe a little bit too a frenzy by the end. bombers that is significantly
smart for his own good, but he Living begins with a triple more embarrassing than it is
understands the music he wants threat of songs that includes inspiring. These tracks are bad
to make, and can play guitar “The Sons of Cain,” “Army enough that they make a solid
probably a little bit too well to Bound,” and “Who Do You case for re-burning the entire
be described as a “punk gui- Love?,” where Leo’s signature album after purchasing it just so
tarist.” falsetto that many were exposed that these tracks aren’t there. It
While Living With The Living to through his internet-loved would certainly make the album
might not be his best album, it’s cover of Kelly Clarkson’s flow much better.
probably his most ambitious. His “Since U Been Gone.” Hearing Still, Living With The Living
songwriting was always top what Leo can do with just three is a fine album. It’s more hit and
notch-keep in mind this is the chords should be required lis- miss than most Ted Leo albums,
Ted Leo’s latest CD may gain more attention amoing fans.
man who wrote a beautiful song tening for anyone who thinks but it’s still much more hit than
about eating disorders. Now, he that punk is dead. It also offers washboard, jug and the spoons, thing special with its ska back- a lot of what’s out there. If the
understands how to weave his a guitar solo, a flourish that, at so don’t be surprised when you beats and crunchy melody. music industry was fair, Ted
words to fit his own terms and this rate, our children will view hear the fun tin whistle inter- On Living, Leo dives into the Leo would be famous by now.
his audience’s expectations. as a musical artifact. lude. Leo shows he can finger a political rock field. Sure Ted Leo’s name doesn’t
Listening to the first ten sec- “La Costa Brava,” despite it guitar just as well as he can wail Unfortunately, he dives head carry the weight of a Joe
onds of “The Sons of Cain,” you clocking in at six minutes, is a away on it. first into the shallow end. Sure, Strummer yet, but give him
can’t help but hear the slick riffs sweeping, radio-friendly track Not every song is a keeper Leo’s politics are smarter than some time. He might just sur-
of The Clash, but in a delicious- that hits its crescendos at all the though. “Colleen” doesn’t have Green Day’s, but that doesn’t prise us all.
ly American suit and tie. It right times. “A Bottle Of a single memorable second dur- prevent his beliefs from ruining
works like a warm up song Buckie” is a punk hoedown ing its three minutes. The end of the tracks “Bomb.Repeat. Rating: B
Movie Review: Abs and stabs grab audiences
By CHRIS CHAVARRIA scene is meant to imitate the perhaps the only chance that the childhood is easily summed up as Headey) shows great strength
Staff Writer graphic novel’s particular appear- movie has of attracting a sizable “exactly the same as all other and tenacity. Gerard Butler lets
Ads and promotional material ance. The effect lends an even female audience, as all of 300’s Spartan children.” And even out a roar for every line that
for 300 displayed from the start greater epic feel than the story nearly two-hour length seems there, the Spartan life is essen- would rival most lions. The
exactly how its content would alone could muster. like an attempt to simulate the tially seen as a series of violent issue here is not a lack of talent,
play out. Every trailer released but simply that the movie has no
was a menagerie of pumping interest in being praised for its
beats, over-abbed warriors and depth and symbolism.
half-naked women. It might This is perhaps where the per-
seem strange for a movie about sonal preference comes in: if
an epic Greek story, because such you want to see spectacular bat-
films are often full of political tles between powerful armies,
intrigue and dramatic emotional with limbs sliced and faces
moments. But 300 announces smashed, set to hard music and
right from the start that the with breathtaking visuals, the
depths of Spartan politics largely film is a joy to watch and the two
consist of a swift kick down a pit. hours pass by in a moment.
And it is that same straightfor- Going in with those expectations,
ward approach that the film uses the only part of the film that
for its full duration. You cannot drags is the drama going on in the
go into this movie expecting Spartan political sphere, and that
more than brilliant visuals and section is brief. For those that
ultra-violent scenes. want a deep human drama that
It is not the first of Frank makes them think, the focus on
Miller’s comics to be translated King Leonidas leads the Spartan army into battle as they prepate to right the Persian army. style and lack of substance will
for the big screen. Equal in style That’s quite a claim when one effects of testosterone. events. It does not seem neces- seem nauseating. The film can-
over substance to 300 was Sin realizes the exact scope of this The film can hardly be consid- sary for them to tell more than not be criticized for not meeting
City, a mix of gritty noir-style epic – it details the battle ered a classic due to this, its that, but strict critics will lament standards that it never intended to
storylines that consisted largely between 300 Spartans and a hyper-masculinity and dedication the virtual absence of back-story. meet, but at the same time it is
of tough-guy dialogue and out- Persian army that numbered in to action scenes and fight chore- To say that the dialogue is large- objectively not a film that will go
right brutality. Just as Sin City the hundreds of thousands. To ography over character develop- ly just a display of toughness and down in history.
was praised for its distinct visual add a further epic feel, each ment and plot exposition. The power is not to deride the film’s
style, 300 shows once again that member of the Spartan army is story is extremely simple and cast. Dilios (David Wenham) is Rating: C+ from a purely criti-
dedication to visual effects can spectacularly chiseled, so much straightforward, and the only appropriately scummy and trai- cal perspective, A+ from a per-
drastically change mood and so that one begins to believe they character details we learn are torous, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) sonal perspective.
impact. 300’s environment is can stand strong against a nearly those of the Spartan King is as regal and godlike as possi-
largely green screened, as each endless stream of enemies. It is Leonidas (Gerard Butler), whose ble, and even Queen Gorgo (Lena
Page 11 The Ramapo News Thursday, March 22, 2007
Q & A with D and C: Down in the dumps
By DANA POLI and CRYSTA JARCZYNSKI
Do you have
Dear Dana and Crysta,
I haven’t really felt like myself lately. I just feel really down all the
time. I never really want to go out or be around my friends for very
long, and it’s becoming harder and harder to concentrate in class and
while doing homework. I’ve talked to a few of my friends about how
I’ve been feeling, but mostly they just tell me to cheer up and feel bet-
ter. This doesn’t help at all, sometimes it just feels like no one really
knows what I’m going through. Should I see a professional about
this? Could it be something serious?
- gloom and doom 101
DP: God, don’t you just hate it when people tell you to “buck up”?! that you may need to speak to a psychologist. No big deal, nothing to
Sounds to me like you could have a case of the mid-semester blues. be scared or ashamed about.
However I’m only getting part of the story here so it could be some-
thing more serious. Consider how long you’ve been feeling this way CJ: There are actually counseling services on campus so you would-
and how often you experience these feelings on a daily basis. n’t necessarily have to find a doctor or spend money. You can find
information about the Counseling Services at
CJ: Yes, this time of the year is really difficult. During the fall http://www.ramapo.edu/studentlife/healthcounseling.html. They
semester everyone is excited to be back and the weather is nice. have trained psychologists you can talk with confidentially. If these
Then, before you know it, Thanksgiving break is here and there is feelings get worse don’t be afraid to seek help.
one final push until the end of the semester and winter break. Then
spring semester starts and it’s already cold. The excitement seems to DP: For now just try to take it one day at a time, and don’t let the
wear off quickly and spring break feels like an enternity away. “optimists” make you feel even worse because you aren’t chipper and
However, Dana might be right. You might just be down lately. full of sunshine. Like Crysta said, if the feelings get worse or you
Hopefully it will start getting warmer soon and nice weather might start to experience suicidal thoughts and tendencies then don’t be
cheer you up. afraid to make an appointment with the counseling center on campus.
And take it from a true pessimist, things will get better. So cheer up!
DP: However, when you return from spring break if you’re still feel- Just kidding…
ing blue, then you might want to consider speaking to a counselor
about your feelings. Sometimes depression can start off seemingly
innocent and somehow transform into a huge emotional problem that We don’t bite, send us your problems at
is completely out of control. You don’t want to end up in an out of RCNJNews@ramapo.edu with the subject:ADVICE
control place. Don’t start freaking out, just take into consideration
American Idol: The good and the
By ANNIE DAVIS was hot, baby.” Paula Abdul ing, “That was a mess for me.” struck.” Glocksen belted out sing.” Jackson was blown away.
Staff Writer was moved to tears by Abdul thought that he was trying Ross’s 1968 song, “Lovechild.” On Lakisha’s performance, he
DooLittle’s performance, saying, too hard, saying, “Worry less The judges felt that her perform- remarked, “That was sensation-
American Idol has narrowed the
“This is it for you.” DooLittle about trying to fit in.” Cowell ance was wishy-washy. Cowell al.”
contestants down to the final top
has won the approval of the gave no room for kindness in his said that he wouldn’t be remem- Cowell did not enjoy Stephanie
12, consisting of 6 girls and 6
bering her song, saying, “It was Edwards’ performance or Chris
boys. Each contestant sang a
ok. You can’t say much about Richardson’s performance.
song by lead Supreme, Diana
it. It was a little bit forgettable.” However, the other judges had
Ross, and was given instruction
Young boy Sanjaya Malakar mixed feelings about what these
on their singing by the diva her-
thought highly of Ross’s expert- contestants brought to the stage
self. Ross’ credentials are per-
ise, saying of Ross’ instruction, that night.
fect for Idol. Starting off the
“It’s like having Van Gogh teach Last and certainly not least was
first round of finals was Brandon
you how to paint.” Malakar 17-year-old Jordan Sparks.
Rogers. Cowell detested his
sang Ross’s hit, “Ain’t No Ross immediately identified
performance, commenting, “It
Mountain High Enough,” and Spark’s greatness as a singer,
was a complete letdown. The
Ross told him to put some feel- saying, “To me she has star qual-
dancing was terrible. [There
ing into it, saying, “Get your ity, an inner light.” Cowell
was] no originality. It was
soul in there.” thought that after her perform-
absolutely not good enough,
Crowd favorite, Phil Stacey did ance of “If We Hold on
a good job, and Jackson agreed. Together,” Sparks had earned her
Jackson agreed with Cowell,
Jackson thought that Stacey put way in Idol, saying, “You have a
saying “You came out like you
it down with his performance chance at being in the finals.
had reverted back to a backup
and that he was the best perform- On the results show Wednesday
singer.” Also, Rogers forgot
ance of the boys, saying, “You night, Brandon Rogers left Idol,
some of his words as he was
get the boys award for the night. and was the first contestant of
caught up in the moment busting
The vocals were hot.” the Top 12 to go. Rogers was
Idol Contestant Brandon Rogers got the boot this week. The next idol contestant, thrilled that he had the chance to
Next, Melinda DooLittle got
Lakisha sang Ross’ “God Bless be a part of Idol and does not
encouragement from Diana
judges yet again. Cowell even critique, saying outright that the Child.” All three judges plan on ending his dream any-
Ross. Ross said that she was
compared her to singer Gladys Sligh had mangled Ross’s song, concurred that Lakish definitely time soon. Tune in next week at
confident that DooLittle would
Knight in her ability. saying, “You turned a beautiful is Idol material. Simon told her Tuesday 8pm to hear the 11
get a good reception for her
Then, afro-haired Chris Sligh song into a complete, utter ruin. that she’s got the juice to be an remaining Idol contestants fight
song, saying, “I think the audi-
sang “Endless Love” with a dif- I didn’t like it.” Idol, saying, “You’ve got it. their way to “Idol-dom” and
ence will feel it, I did.” Well,
ferent feel to it. Sligh got less Fourth up was rocker chick [That was] outstanding.” Abdul Wednesday at 9pm to hear the
they most certainly did, or at
than perfect reviews for his Gina Glocksen, who described felt the soul that Lakisha has results of the vote.
least the judges did. Jackson
singing by the judges. Jackson her awed reaction to superstar when she sings, saying, “Your
said he liked it, saying, “That
said that it was jumbled up, say- Diana Ross as being “star- heart comes through when you
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Ken’s Power Play: Wild rush for final spots in East
By KEN SMITH goals this season and he’ll scored two goals for his new
Staff Writer make the already potent team in his last game and
Sabres even better. Atlanta is already boasting
Here we are, a week after
The second place Devils are Ilya Kovalchuk, Marian Hossa
the NHL trade deadline and continuing their style of play and Slava Kozlov. They will
we’ve been able to see how and still winning just like be extremely dangerous in the
the new players have affected always. They didn’t acquire playoffs out of the three seed.
their new teams. any players over the deadline, Here is where the uncertain-
The Eastern Conference instead shipping out extra ty begins. The Ottawa
boasts some of the best teams defender David Hale to the Senators and the Penguins are
in the entire league as well as Flames for a draft pick. The separated by only 1 point
a much closer race for the bot- Devils still have the best here. However, it will be the
tom playoff spots. It’s an goalie in the league, maybe Penguins coming out as the
exciting conference with, per- best in the history of the 4th seed. They are such an
haps the most exciting team to game, Martin Brodeur. exciting team to watch.
watch, the Pittsburgh Second-year forward Zach Between Sidney Crosby, who
Penguins. There’s also the Parise is ripping it up this sea- will be the next Wayne
Buffalo Sabres who have been son, leading the team in goals Gretzky, Jordan Staal and
amazing all year and the con- with 28. The Devils haven’t soon-to-be Rookie of the Year
sistent New Jersey Devils missed the playoffs since Evengi Malkin, you have one
who are (surprise!) going to 1996 and have won 3 Stanley of the most potent offenses in
win the Atlantic Division Cups in the last 11 seasons. the league. They’re stronger
again. So where are these Never forget about the Devils. at goalie this year and their
teams going to land? The Thrashers are a team defense is playing well behind
The aforementioned Sabres that made a splash at the trade Sergei Gonchar. They are
are a virtual lock for the top deadline and will make anoth- going to surprise a team or
seed in the conference. The er one in the playoffs this sea- two in the playoffs.
only team even close to them son. They made trades to get Next are the Ottawa
is the Devils but it doesn’t defenseman Alexei Zhitnik Senators, the best team to
seem like they’ll have the from the Flyers, giving them never win the Cup. The
ability to catch up. The Sabers an excellent veteran defender, Senators are always in the
even made a big deal for the and forward Keith Tkachuk playoffs but they never win it
deadline picking up Dainius from the Blues, who will all. Don’t expect this to be the
Zubrus from the Capitals. probably be the best acquisi- year for them but they are still
He’s a veteran winger with 22 tion of the deadline. Tkachuk a very good team. They have
an all-star lineup with Dany
Heatley, Jason Spezza and
Daniel Alfredsson but it does-
n’t seem like they have the
drive to fight through the dif-
ficult playoffs that the NHL New Jersey’s Cam Janssen and Toronto’s Wade Belak duke
has. it out in a 90 second fight during a recent Devils-Maple
The Tampa Bay Lightning Leafs game. Janssen was targetted after a brutal hit on
are one of those teams that Leafs star Tomas Kaberle that got him suspended for 3
you can never be too sure of. games.
Yeah, they’ve only got 78 threat they really needed. He are probably done for. They
points. They’re sitting in the will rub off on all the other have a ridiculously difficult
six seed and will stay in that players on the team and the schedule from here on out.
spot for the playoffs, which Islanders should be tough to The Hurricanes have a similar
should place them against the beat in the playoffs behind a schedule, as do the Rangers.
Thrashers should everything rejuvenated Rick DiPietro in The Canadians seem to have
go right. That will be the goal. the easiest games in front of
series to watch. The league’s Who’s going to be in the them but they’ve struggled
leading scorer Vincent eighth spot? This is going to lately. The Rangers will be
Lecavalier and the extremely come down to the very last getting Brendan Shanahan
quick and dangerous Martin game. The Toronto Maple within the week so I’ll have to
St. Louis team up to make the Leafs, Montreal Canadians, go with them as the eight seed
Lightning a scary team to Carolina Hurricanes and the in the East. However, these
face. They can go on a run at New York Rangers are vying teams are playing each other
anytime. We’ll see if the for this coveted spot. an awful lot during these last
Thrashers are ready for them. The Maple Leafs are very few games so keep an eye out
In the seventh spot, there’s inconsistent, though they have for some great scraps as they
the obligatory New York team a pretty good team. The battle for the last playoff spot.
in the playoffs. The Islanders? Rangers, Canadians and There’s going to be some
What a comeback these guys Hurricanes fall into the same great games coming up soon
have had since last season. category as the Leafs. and you absolutely can’t miss
They got even better during Who’s going to get it togeth- the best postseason in sports
the deadline, making probably er and make the final push for as 16 teams fight tooth and
The Rangers have a lot to smile about lately. The Blue Shirts
the biggest deal when they got the eighth spot? nail for the glory of the
who looked dead a month ago, have shot up to the seventh
slot in the Eastern Conference. Can they keep it up? Ryan Smyth from the Oilers. Looking at the schedules for Stanley Cup.
Smyth gives them the scoring these teams, the Maple Leafs
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Questions abound for 2007 Yankees Norton puting up great stats
By PATRICK MURRAY Houston Astros. Pinch your- in the rotation by the beginning By JACKIE SWIERC team’s pitching coach and she’s
Staff Writer selves Yankee fans Andy Pettitte of the season, his health and Staff Writer also been my individual pitching
is back in the rotation. determination pending of course. coach since middle school,” said
The story over the past several Another familiar face to the After fitting in nicely for the Last year the Ramapo College Norton. “I go to her camps and
years says that Yankees should Yankees is Mike Mussina who second half of the season, Bobby Softball Team came close to win- clinics, so I pitch all year long.”
win it all. All the talent, all the was re-signed for two more Abreu starts his first full season ning a championship title. This In season, Norton mentally pre-
super-stars, what’s stopping years. The Moose has been as as a Yankee. He will be playing year they are ready to bring it pares herself at practice the day
them? close to consistent as the Yankees right field where Gary Sheffield home. before each game. “I get ready
Apparently that story hasn’t have had in the pitching depart- played before injuring his wrist With a pitcher like junior, Katie for each team we play the day
changed. The Bronx Bombers ment over the past six seasons on a freak collision at first base. Norton, the Roadrunners have a before when I’m with the team at
are in a drought of sorts. They and he’ll be back for what many If not for that play, Abreu could good reason to be optimistic for practice,” said Norton. “We all
haven’t come near a pennant think will be his final two major still very well be apart of the the 2007 season. get in the right mind set and we
since their historic 2004 collapse league seasons. Phillies or another team. In 2006, Norton recorded a 1.79 know what we have to do to
and more importantly haven’t Mussina posted a 15-7 record in Sheffield now finds himself in ERA in her 25 appearances on win.”
been in reaching distance of a 2006 with a 3.51 earned run aver- Detroit as part of the defending the mound. She recorded 90 Off the mound, Norton’s
World Championship since their age. It is uncertain where he will American League Champions. strikeouts in 125.1 innings achievements continue in the
loss to the Florida Marlins in fall in the newly constructed Although the addition of Johnny pitched, ending with a 13-5 win- classroom. In 2006, Norton was
2003 World Series. pitching rotation, but consider it Damon a year ago was a huge loss record. Norton pitched nine named as a member of Ramapo’s
The 2006 season was up and a luxury for Mussina to be change for centerfield at Yankee complete games while starting Dean List. As a history major
down. The reigning MVP in Alex thought of as a possible number Stadium, the true changing of the 17. Her accomplishments were with a minor in education,
Rodriguez needed an umbrella at three starter. guard may be this season. For the recognized when she was named Norton will graduate in 2008
home to shield himself from the In order to make Giambi the full first time in over a decade Bernie to the NCAA Atlantic Region with hopes of becoming a
showers of boos from the crowd. time DH, the Yankees added Williams may not be a Yankee. All-Tournament Team. teacher. “I might eventually turn
The so-called Yankee iron-man, Doug Mientkiewicz who has He may not be a Major League So far this season, Norton has a to coaching too,” said Norton.
Hideki Matsui, missed over four made a reputation of being a sure Baseball player at all in fact. 1.05 ERA with a 4-1 win-loss Due to inclement weather, the
months due to a broken wrist suf- handed, defensive first baseman. Though manager Joe Torre want- record. She hopes to continue her 2007 season looks like it is going
fered on an attempted sliding The move will go unnoticed but ed Bernie in Spring Training, success while always keeping the to be delayed. “The snow is
catch. Randy Johnson seemed to besides adding Andy Pettitte, Williams declined and made it team’s success in mind. “I go killing our schedule,” said
be more of a liability than an ace, Mientkiewicz will be one of the clear that he would only report if into each game and do whatever Norton. So far, the Roadrunners
never appearing as lights-out as smartest moves of the off season he was guaranteed a spot on the I can to help the team,” Norton have only been able to play in
originally advertised. for Bombers. team. He was not, so for the first said. “We want to win the NJAC Florida over spring break where
On the upside, Derek Jeter was In a chess-match maneuver, the time since 1992, Bernie Williams and be successful like last year.” they finished 9-3. “Florida went
looking like a favorite in the Yankees signed Japanese pitcher is not a part of the Yankees in Norton has been playing soft- well. All three of us in the pitch-
MVP race, rookie sensation Kei Igawa. Perhaps one of the Spring Training. ball for as long as she can ing rotation threw really well,”
Melky Cabrera fit in almost too most unnecessary moves of the The Yankees should find them- remember. “I have been pitching said Norton. “It was nice because
perfectly in the Yankee line up, winter, the Yankees signed Igawa selves in the thick of another two since middle school. Both of my we were always together for
and Chien-Ming Wang was even after the Red Sox landed Japan team AL East Divisional race. brothers play baseball and my team bonding and toward the end
talked about in Cy Young con- league stud Daisuke Matsuzaka. The Blue Jays could pretend for a dad is a baseball fan,” said we really clicked and came
tention. A mediocre showing in Spring while this season but the Red Sox Norton. “We’re a big baseball together and went on a 6-0 run.”
In the end, a massacre in Boston Training leave many wondering and Yankees still have a strangle- family.” Norton attended Mt. St. So what does the rest of 2007
just before the playoffs would be where the steep priced signing hold on the AL East. Like years Dominic High School in hold for the Ramapo College
the last high the Yankees would will leave the pitcher come April past, the sky’s the limit for New Livingston, NJ, where she also Softball Team? Through dedica-
feel in 2006. A destined Tiger 1. York. Look for the same close, participated in soccer and basket- tion and perseverance, the opti-
ball club took care of the Yankees The perpetual question mark for heated battles in Fenway and the ball. However, it was softball mistic pitcher hopes to take it
for an all too familiar feeling of the team is Carl Pavano. Since he Bronx and look for a familiar that proved to be her specialty, as game by game and get stronger
elimination in the ALDS. Jeter became a Yankee he has been result. The Yankees will take the she was named to the 1st Team as the season progresses. Norton
would be robbed of an MVP either injured or has failed to live division, as usual, but certainly in All-Essex County and 2nd Team said, “Once you know what it
award, Cabrera would inevitably up to the expectations fans and a closer race than dictated by the All-State. feels like to be in the World
lose his job back to Matsui for the organization had for him. final standings of last season. Norton pitches year-round in Series, you want to get back there
the playoffs and for 2007, and Pavano is expected to be a starter preparation for each spring sea- so much more.”
Wang’s stellar pitching through- son. “Maryann Goodwin is our
out the season would go unwar-
Despite the disappointing finish The Snow is melting and Spring is now here.
in 2006, much is to be looked Get out to the ball game starting this weekend.
forward to in this coming season.
Perhaps the bright lights and
insurmountable pressure of New
Softball takes on USSMA this Saturday at
York kept Randy Johnson from Noon.
his intimidating form that was so
feared in years passed. In a move
to help out both parties, the Lacrosse meets Mahattanville at Noon on
Yankees traded Johnson back to
Arizona where the Big Unit once
To fill his roster spot, the
Yankees acquired an old friend
Volleyball vs. Vassar Wednesday 3/28 at
via free agency. The lights out 8:00
performer for so many playoff
games is back in New York Will Alex finally make some friends? Will Jeter defend A-
where he played the first eight Rod when he gets booed? We’ll soon know when the 2007 Baseball vs. West. Conneticut at 3:00
season kicks off April 2 in the Stadium. The Yankees play
seasons before signing with the
the cellar dweller Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the opener. Wednesday 3/28.
Page 15 The Ramapo News Thursday, March 22, 2007
Baseball off to great start at 11-3 Softball is on fast track
By RICH COLLYER the game out and we won 10- allowing six hits and just one By RICH COLLYER the Ramapo offense.
Staff Writer 3. run. Jordan Descefano Staff Writer Strong pitching was once again
In game two was Joe pitched the last two innings the trend when Ramapo beat
Abruzzo who pitched great in and struck out four. The Ramapo softball team Bendictine 3-0. Heather Camb
Beautiful weather, girls in
Virginia. Joe was dealing We exploded offensively led opened their season in Florida was the hero this time throwing a
bathing suits, white sand,
again as he also went five by Nick Sbarra and John with a 9-3-road trip. Good hitting complete game five hitter.
relaxing all day and partying
innings allowing four hits and Callendrello as we posted 11 and even better pitching high- Offensively, Laura Cascino led
all night. These are the rea-
two unearned runs. Tim Gaven runs. This was by far the most lighted the trip. the way with a 2-3 day adding an
sons that most college stu-
led the way with 3 hits and satisfying win we had down The season opened with a game RBI.
dents go down to Florida on
Jordan Descefano, Nick there. against Rhode Island College. In game two, Norton’s complete
spring break. During spring
Sbarra, and Justin Rabinowitz We had the momentum going The girls showed they still had game gave the Roadrunners a 6-0
break this year I also made the
had two of their own. Joey our way the next day when we some rust to shake as they victory over McDaniel. Norton
journey down the Florida with
Cacchiola capped it with a played St. Mary’s. The result dropped the game 2-1. Despite allowed just two hits and struck
the rest of the Ramapo base-
homerun, we won 16-2. was surprising to say the least. the loss the Roadrunners got a out four. Offensively Katie
We came back the next day From the looks of things this strong pitching performance Donnelly, Beth Choma, Marilee
The weather was definitely
ready to go after the sweep. was going to be our easiest from Katie Norton who pitched Farmer, Leah Mondadori, Tara
beautiful and the sand was
We played against Fitchburg game. We had our best pitcher the whole game and allowed only Eagle, and Kelly Schriber all had
white but as for the rest of that
State. On the mound was going, and their pitcher proba- two runs. Offensively Katie two hits a piece.
stuff not quite. Replace the
Timmy Seiden. Personally I bly couldn’t break glass. The Donnelly, Michele Rossi, and On the final day of the trip
girls in bathing suits with
wasn’t sure how he was going Ramapo pitching came Beth Choma had two hits each. Ramapo opened the day with a
three other teams at our hotel.
to do, because he had been through as the Florian The Roadrunners bounced back 12-4 crushing of Carleton. The
Replace the relaxing with run-
hurt and had not pitched. He Wouters was lights out, strik- later that day behind Marissa route was led by Laura Cascino
ning and pitching. And the
looked good out of the bullpen ing out 10 over six innings. Marino’s complete game. Marino (2-3 3 RBI) and Beth Choma (2-
closest thing we had to a party
in Virginia and it carried over Offensively, however, we allowed six hits and just one run. 4 4 RBI). Marissa Marino and
was watching Borat.
to Florida. Tim pitched six struggled. Our hitters were Danielle Labriola’s sacrifice fly Heather Camb handled the pitch-
Don’t get me wrong though,
innings allowing just two hits just trying too hard and before in the 5th inning proved to be the ing duties holding Carleton to
the trip was well worth it. The
and zero runs. Justin you knew it, the score was 2-2 winning run in Ramapo’s 2-1 five hits and four runs.
fact that I could actually go
Rabinowitz led the way offen- in the ninth. In one of the victory. The final game of the trip saw
outside and play baseball with
sively going 4-5 with two strangest endings I have ever The ladies returned to action the Ramapo winning a laugher 12-1.
no sleeves on was a great feel-
RBI. Joey Cacchiola pitched seen, Ramapo pinch runner next day, once again dropping the Katie Norton and Heather Camb
ing. Also adding to the enjoy-
the last three innings and we John McGuckin (sprained first of the two games. Katie held Smith College to just one
ment was the fact that we went
were able to hold on 6-3. Now wrist and all) scored the win- Donnelly went 3-4 as Ramapo run. Laura Cascino and Danielle
8-2. Last year was fun, but the
we knew we could go on a ning run when the pitcher lost to Geneseo 7-5. Labriola each had three RBI to
5-5 record soured it.
roll. threw a wild intentional walk. Like the first day however, the give the Roadrunners their ninth
This year we were running on
The next day we returned to We all exploded out of the Roadrunners bounced back with win.
all cylinders; the hitting was
play Defiance College. dugout like we had won the a victory in the second game. The Roadrunners return to
great and the pitching was
Pitching for us was freshman World Series. Marissa Marino once again went action this Saturday at noon
Mike Murano. Mike carried After the drama of Thursday, the distance this time allowing when they will host USMMA in
But it all didn’t start that
his Virginia success over and we were set to play a double- zero runs as the Roadrunners the home opener.
well. The first game we played
down there was against Ohio pitched 5.2 innings, allowing header against MCLA. beat Hendrix College 6-0.
Wesleyan. Pitching for us was two hits and four unearned Starting Game One for Ramapo was paced by Marilee
junior Florian Wouters. Flo runs. Gary Miller had 3 RBI Ramapo was Chris Stanisce, Farmer’s 3-4 day.
has great stuff, but he didn’t and it looked as though we who once again pitched well On Tuesday the Roadrunners
have it on this particular night, would run away with it. But allowing just four hits and returned to play the Coast Guard.
we fell into an early 6-0 hole. Defiance lived up to their zero runs over six innings. Katie Norton and Heather Camb
The offense never really got name and tied the score in the Shaun Hanrahan went 4-5 and combined to limit Coast Guard to
going until it was too late and 6th. We came right back, as Jairo Jimenez added four just three runs in the 9-3 victory.
it looked like a football score Gino Gallagher (2-3) singled RBI’s as we won easily 13-2. Beth Choma was 3-4 with four
as we lost 18-6. I’m not going and Nick Sbarra followed with Joe Abruzzo pitched Game RBI including a homer. Also
to lie the first thought that an RBI triple. Matt Raimo and Two, and did not have his best adding three hits were Lauren
came to my head was “here we Joey Cacchiola closed out the stuff; but he found a way to Cascino and Leah Mondadori.
go again.” Last year was very 7-5 victory. win. The rains came and short- The next day Ramapo returned
similar all the momentum in At the halfway point of the ened the game, we won 6-3. to play Penn State Behrend.
the world stopped when we trip we were sitting pretty. We The last day of the trip, we Despite Katie Donnelly (3-4),
lost the first game in Florida. were 4-1 in Florida and 7-2 took on Washington and Beth Choma (2-3), and Ginny
Luckily I was wrong. Day overall. At this point we all Jefferson College. We were O’Brien’s (2-3) offensive output,
two saw us playing a double- knew that we could really do trying to do something that the ladies dropped the game 7-3.
header against Penn State something great. had never been done. A 9-1 On Thursday, the Roadrunners
Altoona. Starting for us in Our next game was a familiar trip. Unfortunately we weren’t won a real nail biter behind the
game 1 was junior Chris foe. Westfield State. able to pull out the victory and pitching of Katie Norton. Norton
Stanisce. Chris had missed We had played them last year the trip ended on a sour note. threw a complete game one hitter
some time due to a death in and they beat us soundly. I can’t be upset with the beating Simpson College 1-0.
the family, but he looked as if We didn’t just want to win whole trip because of one The lone run came in the 4th
he hadn’t missed a beat. He we wanted to embarrass them. game. We accomplished alot when Michele Rossi led off the
went five innings, yielding Starting for us was Jesse to start the season. The pitch- inning with a double and scored
just five hits and allowed three Bartley, the captain of the ing has been great and no one on a Marilee Farmer RBI single.
runs. Leading the way offen- pitching staff, who had been has a bigger smile on his face In game 2 of the doubleheader,
sively were John Callendrello battling arm problems. I was than our pitching coach Jan the Roadrunners upended
and Jairo Jimenez who had really rooting for him because Koslowsky. He always knew Carthage College 7-2 behind
he’s a great guy, a great leader. we were capable. Now we just Marissa Marino’s complete Ramapo’s Beth Choma
three and four RBIs respec-
Jesse put out a virtuoso perfo- have to let the momentum take game. Marilee Farmer and Laura waits to make a play on the
tively. Danny Mulligan closed
mance with six quality innings us. Cascino each went 2-3 to pace ball at first base.
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P L AY
Defending NJAC Softball Champions
off to a 9-3 start, while Baseball team
has eleven wins in their first fourteen
Photo Courtesy of Ramapo.edu
Marissa Marino (left) and the Softball team are off to a great start this season with a record of 9-3. They host USSMA in the home opener, Saturday. Gary
Miller (right) and the baseball team are off to a flying start. The Roadrunners return to Ramapo next Wednesday to open the home schedule against