The student newspaper of the Rider community since 1930 Volume 82, Issue II - Friday, September 30, 2011 10
Key AAUP negotiating session set for today
By Emily Landgraf on edge, but we had a meet-
email@example.com ing [Tuesday]. We had well
The faculty union offi- over 100 faculty. All were pre-
cers of the Rider chapter of pared, they said, if necessary [to
the American Association of strike]. The general sentiment
University Professors (AAUP) was, ‘We don’t want a strike,
are preparing for the possibility but we will if we have to.’”
of a strike vote if contract nego- If negotiations continue
tiations do not move forward without progress, there is a
today. chance that a strike vote will be
The AAUP represents called, Halpern said. A strike
Rider faculty, coaches and vote grants the union leaders
professional librarians, and authority to call a strike if they
the union’s contract extension feel it is necessary.
expires today. “If we don’t make progress
Negotiations between the this Friday, then we’re going
union and university adminis- to be looking probably to
trators broke down last Friday, have an emergency meeting of
according to Jeffrey Halpern, our members and talk about
contract administrator and what our courses are,” Halpern
chief grievance officer for said. “That would probably be
AAUP and a sociology profes- sometime next week. I’m still
sor. Halpern said that he had hoping, but I’m not very opti-
hoped the meeting would lead mistic at this point that things
to more progress. will go better.”
“Now, I’m always trying Halpern said Thursday
to be the optimist,” Halpern night that he expects that the
Photo courtesy of Rider AAUP
said. “I certainly don’t want current contract will be extend-
ed again no matter the outcome Dr. Jeff Halpern, chief negotiator of Rider’s faculty union (AAUP), speaks in the Fireside Lounge on
to prematurely put anybody
See Strike, p. 3 Tuesday on the status of its expiring contract. For updates visit www.theridernews.com.
TAG troubles: Rider tries to ease financial burden
By Rachel Stengel the 2011-2012 school year. These
firstname.lastname@example.org reductions equate to decreases in TAG
More than half of Rider students awards for individual students ranging
who received Tuition Aid Grants from $450 to $2,088, according to
(TAG) from the state of New Jersey O’Hara.
have experienced a decrease in their Rider officials were responsive to
award amount. the financial hardship concerning stu-
Of the 882 students who received dents and families.
TAG for the 2011-2012 school year, The financial aid budget for the
520 had their TAG award reduced by 2011-2012 school year was increased
26 percent from last year, but no stu- by $3 million over the 2010-2011 aca-
dent’s TAG was cut completely, accord- demic year, according to O’Hara.
ing to James O’Hara, vice president for Rider added an additional $1.1
Enrollment Management. million to the budget “because of the
TAG are variable, need-based difficult economy and the cuts in state
awards for New Jersey residents that aid,” O’Hara said.
can be used at approved colleges and The $1.1 million was derived
universities. According to the Higher “through scholarships, grants and dedi-
Education Student Assistance Authority cated funds for special circumstance
(HESSA), “nearly one in every three appeals,” Dennis Levy, associate direc-
full-time New Jersey students receives tor of the Office of Financial Aid said.
TAG.” Rider is optimistic that “TAG
The average TAG award has awards may be increased for the spring
Emily Landgraf/The Rider News decreased from $7,332 to $6,776 for See TAG, p. 3
See Jumpline, p. 3
Letter to the editor: Former MTV Getting to know
Crowd-pleasing star at Rider the goalie p. 11
Christie? p. 8 p. 5
2 Rider News Friday, Sept. 30, 2011
Students explore career options in Discovery Program
By Jess Scanlon pathways that they may choose an interdisciplinary approach
to follow as they explore their to academics, similar to those
Every year among the
future,” Donald Steven, acting utilized by the Baccalaureate
approximately 900 freshmen,
co-director of the implementa- Honors Program. For example,
a certain number enter Rider
tion of the Discovery Program seminars brought together the
University with no idea which
said. fields of science, political sci-
major to choose. For them,
In order to plan out this ence, environmental science
their freshman year will consist
pilot program, Academic Affairs and even sociology and com-
of engaging in different events
worked with the Student Affairs munication. However, partici-
and activities to help them
Office. pants did not spend their “week
narrow down a major through
“It really was a joint effort,” of discovery” entirely inside a
Rider’s new Discovery Program.
said Dave Keenan, Director of classroom.
Launched officially in the
Campus Life. Students went to Long
weeks before the fall semester
He also said that in his 16 Beach Island (LBI) to see how
began, The Discovery Program
years at Rider, he had never environmental science and poli-
is intended to help provide
seen a program where the two tics interact there. They attend-
undecided liberal arts students
offices collaborated like they ed a Broadway play, Memphis, Photo courtesy of Silvana Rubino
find their focus through inter-
did for the Discovery Program. and then were able to tour Members of the Discovery Program learned to connect their
Planning for the pilot pro- backstage after the show to see interest in theater to possible careers by attending Memphis.
“We want them to find
gram began in summer 2010 to all the different jobs involved in Seminar,” the course is lon- various areas of liberal arts.
their niche,” said Dean of
develop it. putting on a play. This multi- ger than the average freshman “It truly was a crash-course
Freshmen Ira Mayo.
“There were meetings, disciplinary approach will con- seminar and is more focused. in experiencing different areas
Mayo said that undecided
groups and subgroups,” said tinue through the year for the Students receive guidance from of the liberal arts,” Huang said.
freshmen sometimes experience
Ben Dworkin, adjunct assis- students. a mentor to help them pick a “The intentions of the
“anxiety about starting college
tant professor and director of “They will continue linked major, according to the Rider Discovery Week really shone
without a major” and that they
The Rebovich Institute for New courses during the fall semes- website. through. It allowed for hands-
“need more attention” for that
Jersey Politics. ter,” Mayo said. So far the program seems on experiences and the forma-
Dworkin was a “contribu- He went on to say that to be successful in its purpose tion of life long memories.”
The program participants
tor” in his own words, help- the multidisciplinary approach of emphasizing a liberal arts Rider hopes that it will
consisted of about 30 incoming
ing with the programming helps the students see a wide education to undecided stu- become a community for
freshmen, all of whom shared
and designing of the pilot. He variety of majors, and that par- dents. However Dave Keenan incoming freshmen, according
a lack of major. They arrived
became involved with the pro- ticipants would filter through is not ready to call it a success. to Steven.
on campus a week early in late
gram after Don Steven, the the varied information to help He explained that feedback and “We hope the students will
August for a week of interdis-
Provost and Vice President for them determine a field of study. review will be needed, and the discover that Rider is a wonder-
ciplinary seminars, trips and
Student Affairs asked him to do Another method is the year is just beginning. ful place to learn, that Rider is
so. specialized freshmen semi- Freshman Liz Huang, a caring community of friends
The goal of the Discovery
Some of the programing nar that they attend. Dubbed believes that the program gave and supporters,” Steven said.
Program is “to provide [unde-
included seminars that used “The Personal Development students a broad glance into
cided students] with a set of
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Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 Rider News 3
STrike Dr. Emmanuel Ahia, a
counseling professor in the
Department of Education’s
Continued from p. 1 Pushover?
graduate Counseling Services
of today’s meeting. Program, believes it is impor-
At present, negotiations tant to keep in mind that both It was a rough night for
are slow, according to both sides have the best interests of the public safety officers on
the union and the adminis- the university and the students duty Saturday when they
tration. Compensation issues in mind. were assaulted by a resident
have yet to be discussed, with “There are good people on student who was under the
both sides currently locked in a both sides — both the admin- influence.
stalemate over issues like gover- istration and the faculty union At about 2:11 a.m. while
nance, workload and the need — all mean well for the uni- investigating an alcohol vio-
for more full-time faculty. versity and for the students,” lation in Poyda Hall, Public
Robert Stoto, associate vice he said. “I think the professors Safety encountered a disrup-
president of Human Resources here are very student-orient- tive male resident. The offi-
& Affirmative Action and chief ed. They wouldn’t want to do cers went to visit the suspect
negotiator for the administra- anything to hurt the academic at his room in Poyda Hall
Photo courtesy of Rider AAUP
tion, is hoping that both sides and observed that he was
AAUP members listen intently to a status report on bargaining. development of our students.
will make progress today We have an administration that clearly under the influence.
Shown are Dr. Christian Carey, left and Dr. Chuck McCall, right. Shortly after, officers
“With the faculty labor is also very student-oriented.
agreement extension deadline tinue at our next meeting and faculty and students. That is the thing that links both noticed alcohol in his room
approaching, the University will include the important “Finding the right bal- the administration and us.” and received consent to
remains willing to continue issues of workload and advising. ance among what are essen- Dr. Daria Cohen, an asso- search the room after origi-
discussions aimed at reach- Given the significant challenges tially competing demands on ciate professor of Spanish, how- nally being denied entrance.
ing a new agreement with the that the negotiating teams face our limited resources is difficult ever, feels that the negotiations The suspect then began to
AAUP and we remain opti- in bridging their differences, and will be central to our dis- are creating a difficult environ- repeatedly push the public
mistic that this will be accom- this process is likely to take cussions as these negotiations ment for students. safety officers searching the
plished,” he wrote in an e-mail time.” move towards their conclu- “I’m especially concerned room. Lawrence Township
sent Thursday. The process will almost sion,” Stoto said. for my students because the Police were then called and
Halpern stated that nego- certainly take time, according Halpern says that while he school year has begun, and I feel the student was arrested for
tiations broke down last Friday to Halpern because compensa- is not overly optimistic about like this is a very uncomfortable disorderly conduct.
because the Administration tion has yet to be discussed. the situation, he has not given time to be going through all of Public Safety’s search
refused to meet the union team “We’re about to get into up on negotiations. this and that they deserve the revealed that the suspect was
halfway on the issues being dis- money, and that’s always spelled “We could have a break- best,” she said. in possession of suspected
cussed. Stoto disagrees. out as, ‘Well, gee, you’re going through on Friday,” Halpern Cohen said there is no issue marijuana, drug parapherna-
“During last Friday’s ses- to hurt the students because said Tuesday. “I would be the that trumps all the others in lia and alcohol. The student
sion, the union and the admin- you’re for more money,’” he happiest man on campus if we importance. was also charged with a nar-
istration discussed propos- said. “Our view on that is we had one, but if we don’t then I “I don’t think any one con- cotics violation.
als, which laid out common have to be competitive.” do think we will be looking at cern outweighs the other,” she
ground on a significant number Stoto said that because stu- more serious situations.”
dent enrollment has declined
said. “I think all the issues on
When discussing the issues the table are important. The
of issues,” he said. “While the
University was willing to con- slightly and because the need with the chief negotiators of negotiation has to go forth in
On Sunday at 10:02
tinue the dialogue to bridge to provide financial aid for both the union and the admin- good faith, and knowing that
p.m., a Westminster female
those differences that remained, students has significantly istration it is easy to forget both sides want what’s best for
commuter student called
the union chose not to do so increased, the university is try- about those waiting on the side- the students, and that should
Public Safety claiming that
and left the meeting. I expect ing to be fiscally responsible lines for details — our profes- not make it adversarial, but
she was receiving hurtful
that these discussions will con- to meet the competing need of sors. rather just fair.” anonymous phone calls.
The victim reported that
reduced,” sophomore Michele to assist them with possible times for a lot of families.” the person on the other line
Thorn said. “It was definitely a solutions. Rozanski and representa- was harassing her through
frustration for my family. There Last year, after the $500,000 tives of other private institu- these calls though the caller’s
Continued from p. 1 will probably be a drop in stu- cut to TAG, Rider offered tions collaborated with HESSA voice was unfamiliar.
semester,” according to O’Hara. dents attending private colleges one-year grants “to help offset and Gov. Chris Christie’s office Princeton police soon
Approximately 93 per- if the students can’t get money the annual decrease in TAG to find solutions for students arrived and there is an inves-
cent of Rider students require elsewhere.” awards,” Levy said. This year, said Levy. As a result, HESSA tigation under way. No other
some form of financial aid. In “Rider’s Office of Financial after the $750,000 cut to TAG, agreed to explain the basis for information has been report-
the past two years, New Jersey Aid is sensitive to changes in the university could not offer changes to TAG to students, ed at this time.
has cut $1.24 million in TAG affordability for students and such grants. Other solutions to and their families. HESSA will
parents,” Levy said. “We con- appeals from students and par- also propose a plan for mid-year
awards to Rider students, said Spider-man
Rider President Mordechai tinually monitor funding levels ents for grant funding from the TAG increases.
Rozanski in an e-mail to the from external agencies.” university were answered by the “President Rozanski and
A male staff member
faculty about Rider’s financial The university was able to Financial Aid Office. Flexible other not-for-profit college
complained of an irritating
status. make up the $500,000 lost after installment plans were estab- presidents are pushing for the
skin rash before reporting to
A total of $750,000 was cut the first cut to TAG through lished and the assessment of largest award possible to make
public safety that the rash,
by the state for TAG funding university-provided financial late payment fees was delayed. up the decrease,” Levy said. The
located on his hand, had
to students for the 2011-2012 aid, according to O’Hara. Other families increased their announcement from HESSA is
begun to swell.
school year. This figure is in Unfortunately, Rider could monthly installment payments expected in November.
On Sept. 19, at 10:47
addition to the $500,000 lost not make up the $750,000 or borrowed from additional Rozanski remains adamant
a.m., Public Safety was called
for TAG for the 2010-2011 taken after the second TAG sources to compensate for TAG in his pursuit of the reestablish-
to the general services build-
school year, said Levy. cut. But, accommodations were reductions. There is also a por- ment of state-provided financial
ing (GSB) to find the victim’s
“The financial aid expen- offered to families in light of tion of the budget allocated aid.
hand very swollen from what
ditures required to address the both drops in state aid. to address hardship appeals, “Rest assured, we will con-
was determined to be a spider
needs of our new and continu- “We worked with families O’Hara said. tinue to advocate for a restora-
bite. He claimed to have been
ing students was more than very early in the process, espe- Rider strives to work with tion of state funds and vigor-
bitten while at work in the
$1.1 million beyond what was cially with the freshmen,” Dean families and remain student- ously pursue our recruitment
GSB on Sept. 13. The victim
anticipated when we established of Students Anthony Campbell oriented. strategies in markets of demo-
is scheduled to see a doctor
this year’s budget,” the e-mail to said. “The unfortunate part of “The commitment is to graphic opportunity,” the e-mail
and Public Safety has filed a
faculty said. TAG is we didn’t know about students,” Campbell said. “We said. “We will also redouble our
report of the incident.
Students and families have the cuts until August [of 2011].” want to help students. Students fundraising efforts, particularly
felt the hardship of this finan- Award letters are typically come first. So obviously we will to grow scholarship support so
cial burden. sent out in May and sometimes try to manage other things in as to reduce our reliance on the Information provided by Director
“Last year, second semes- earlier, according to Campbell. order to make the money avail- operating budget for financial of Rider’s Department of Public
Students were directed to con- able to students. We under- aid.” Safety Vickie Weaver.
ter, my TAG was significantly
tact the Finanacial Aid Office stand these are tough economic
4 Friday, Sept. 30, 2011
Update: Kadyhrob indicted, new court date set
By Katie Zeck Superior Court judge set bail put the defendant, as well
email@example.com in the amount of $100,000,” as Rider, in the spotlight of
Lawrence Township resi- DeBlasio said. “He currently national news.
dent Tony Kadyhrob will remains in the custody of the Following his arrest,
appear in Mercer County Mercer County Corrections Kadyhrob appeared at his
Superior Court on Oct. 27 for a Center.” arraignment at the Lawrence
review of his charge of attempt- Kadyhrob was arrested by Township Municipal Court
ed abduction of a female stu- Lawrence Township Police on on April 4 at which Municipal
dent from Rider’s campus last March 29 after he allegedly judge Paul Cantanse banned
March. grabbed a 19-year-old female the defendant from the prop-
Kadyhrob was indicted by a Rider student as she was walk- erty of any educational facil-
grand jury for one count of sec- ing toward Z lot and told her ity in New Jersey and ordered
ond-degree criminal attempted to get in his car. The victim was him to produce a psychological
kidnapping and one count of able to yank her arm away, but evaluation before his April 12
third-degree luring of an adult he grabbed it again. According Mercer County Superior Court
on July 7, according to Casey to the affidavit of probable appearance.
DeBlasio, a spokeswoman for cause documenting the inci- Kadyhrob is not to be
the Mercer County Prosecutor’s dent, the victim was able to released from the corrections
Office. escape his grasp again and run center until that evaluation
The charges could carry a for help. is completed and confirmed.
penalty of five to 10 years in In the days proceeding the DeBlasio reported that there are
prison if convicted, DeBlasio incident, Kadyhrob was allegedy no records of an evaluation on
said. spotted on the campuses of file.
both The College of New Jersey Photo courtesy of www.archive.aweber.com
“After the grand jury deci-
and Princeton University. His Tony Kadyhrob of Lawrence Township was arrested last March
sion, Kadyhrob was arraigned
appearance, which resembles after attempting to abduct a female student. He currently re-
on Aug. 28 on his indictment
charges, at which time the that of Christopher Walken, sides in Mercer County Corrections Center while awaiting trial.
Winter classes on the fast track
By Matt Howell working and résumé develop-
any problems with the program,
McMullen said, “Students need
Green Film Series
The College of Continuing
Studies (CCS) has announced
Students who are interested
must meet certain requirements
to be aware of the format of the
class. Some wouldn’t be com- 2011-2012
that it will be offering eight in order to be able to take fortable with the intenseness of
different classes this winter for the classes. Prospective students the course.”
students who want to try to fin- must already have at least 45 “Some students really do
ish their coursework, improve credits completed and a GPA of like to be immersed in a sub-
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 6 p.m.
their GPA or graduate early. no less than 3.0. Those who can ject. For some students it’s too Economics of Happiness
Unlike the summer classes, meet the requirements have to much at one time,” he said.
which run for six weeks, the submit an application by Oct. The overall response from Tuesday, November 15, 2011 6 p.m.
winter classes are held for three 15. Applicants also must have a students seems to be positive.
weeks. All the classes being letter of recommendation from “I think it’s a great The Last Mountain
offered are three hours long, a faculty member at Rider. idea,” said freshman Daisy
and they are held four days a The courses will begin in Rivadeneira. “It seems like CCS Wednesday, November 16, 2011 7 p.m.
week. December with a preparatory is really trying their best to The Last Mountain
“The idea for a January seminar, which acts as an ori- make getting credits a lot easier
term came from students,” said entation. The seminar will dis- for students who don’t have the
Boris Vilic, dean of the CCS. cuss the benefits of business time to take classes during the Tuesday, December 13, 2011 6 p.m.
“Many other universities have etiquette, expectations in a cor- summer. They are trying to Bag It
winter semesters, so students porate environment and net- help out those who couldn’t
asked us if Rider could con- working. In addition to receiv- continue college at one point,
sider offering courses during ing information about various but now want to resume their Tuesday, February 21, 2012 6 p.m.
the winter intersession.” topics, the students will also education.” Human Footprint
Sophomore Stuart Kovacs be evaluated on how prepared
feels that a January term offers a they are for the seminar and the
lot to students in terms of free- value of their contributions.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 6 p.m.
ing up space in their schedules In January, students will Wasteland
for future semesters. attend The Shadow Experience Correction
“Winter classes would defi- where students will spend at Tuesday, April 10, 2012 6 p.m.
nitely be beneficial for getting least 25 hours with a career
ahead in credits,” Kovacs said. professional who will evaluate SoLa- Louisiana Water Stories
“I took a summer class and will them. A final seminar will be In our back-to-
probably be taking a winter held at the end of the course Tuesday, April 24, 2012 6 p.m.
class. They will help me have and students who were involved school issue, a The Vanishing of the Bees
less of a work load later so I can will share their experiences and
focus more on an internship.” complete a survey before they story in the Fea-
The classes include leave. tures section in- All films will be shown in the
Fundamentals of Drawing, Before CCS chose to hold
Sitcoms and American winter classes, they conducted cluded a picture Sweigart Auditorium (Rm.115)
Culture, Photography, a pilot program to evaluate stu- with discussions to follow
Music and Society, Political dent reactions to the classes.
of a beach. The
Film, Ethnographic Film, “The response was good,” beach pictured For more information, please contact:
Introduction to Psychology and said Matt McMullen, CCS
Theater Appreciation. graduate assistant. “People was not from Melissa Greenberg, Sustainability Coordination Manager
Not only are students able
to take these classes, they’re
enjoy the opportunity to either
get ahead or catch up on cred-
Madrid as the or Amanda Pinto, Graduate Assistant for Sustainability
also able to receive first-hand its.” caption claimed. Sponsored by the Energy and
experience in a professional According to McMullen, Sustainability Steering Committee
environment, a mentor-mentee some students enjoy this for-
relationship, connections out- mat.
side of the classroom, and net- When asked if there were
Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 5
Reality star helps Rider celebrate ‘90s
By Lisa Henderson story, at least on TV, would not
and Nicole Veenstra be finished. I wanted to finish it
firstname.lastname@example.org on a very positive note instead
email@example.com of just leaving and people say-
ing, ‘What happened to her?’
The saying “size doesn’t When I came back, it took so
matter” has been used since much. Imagine coming back
the beginning of time, but that to a house where you don’t
does not mean it is not still rel- feel wanted. It just makes you
Ruthie Alcaide, former Today, Alcaide has appeared
cast member of MTV’s The in commercials for alcohol Nate LaBrusciano/The Rider News
Real World: Hawaii and current awareness on the Armed Forces Geoff Keith left the audience
advocate for alcohol awareness, Network and travels to college wanting more after his show.
is a real life example of the say- campuses to speak out against
ing, measuring at less than five homophobia and hatred. Keith finds
feet when standing up straight. “I grew up in a foster home
On Saturday, Rider’s
Student Entertainment Council
with so much adversity . . . with
my own foster parents telling
hosted a ‘90s Dance in the
BLC’s Cavalla Room, where
me I wasn’t even going to make
it through college,” she said. “I
Alcaide made her second Rider never felt like I was the kind of By Lisa Henderson
appearance. person that people would hate, firstname.lastname@example.org
During the dance, Alcaide I just thought that I was mis-
Cheeks and ribs were sore
rapped original material and understood. So to come back
from laughter after the Student
organized a “booty-drop dance into that environment and still
Entertainment Council’s com-
contest,” during which stu- prevail was something that I
edy show featuring comedi-
dents competed for the title was proud of.”
an and actor Geoff Keith on
of “best-booty dropper.” She Adam Bouska/No H8 Campaign Alcaide continues to live a
Tuesday in the BLC Theater.
spent most of the time dancing Alcaide uses her Real World fame to speak out against issues sober life, speaking about issues
Keith is a Los Angeles
and interacting with students. such as the No H8 campaign, protesting Proposition 8. she feels are important to who-
native who starred on MTV’s
At the end, five students were ever will listen, whether it is
of Rider students may be too an ultimatum: spend time in Disaster Date for two seasons.
selected for a meet-and-greet students or adults. Whoever it
young to remember the tiny rehab or never return to the “Geoff put on a really
with Alcaide, and were given may be, her message remains
and wild 21-year-old girl when show. Alcaide opted to take the funny show,” said sophomore
half an hour to sit and talk with the same.
she first appeared on MTV, it chance to get sober, and came Alexis Keller. “Definitely one of
her privately. “I think in life, you don’t
did not take long for Alcaide to back to the house toward the the best we have had at Rider.”
Now, 12 years after The have to just do one thing,” she
make an impression. end of the season. Keith told tales of his past
Real World, Alcaide is speak- said. “I just wanna tell every-
During the first episode “When people see you, experiences, such as one girl-
ing about alcohol awareness one, do anything you wanna
of the season, she was found they think that you’re still in friend who was convinced she
and Lesbian Gay Bisexual do, don’t limit yourself. Have
unconscious and was later the same era as you were when was destined to be a mermaid,
Transgender (LGBT) rights. fun and get paid.”
hospitalized due to drinking. you were on TV,” Alcaide said. his “Greek god” roommate who
Although the majority
Her roommates offered her “If I had left at that point, my paraded through their shared
apartment in the nude and his
Smithereens step back into limelight dwarf friend whose large head
seemed to grow even larger the
one time they shared a joint.
original album was released in such as Gene Simmons and Cal “I loved the show,” said
1999. Ripken and even played catch senior Angel Fisher. “He should
“No one was interested in with Bruce Springsteen. definitely come back to Rider.”
original albums back then, so “I’ve been entrepreneurial,” Keith is at the beginning
to keep ourselves going, I came DiNizio said of his work. “I of an extensive college tour and
up with ideas: Beatles tribute had to be in order to survive hopes to be named “College
albums, a tribute to Tommy in this business all these years, Comedian of the Year” to help
by The Who,” DiNizio said. and sometimes you maintain gain recognition.
“It got to the point where the the course of what made you “I’ve already been named
guys in the band said, ‘No what you are but you sort of one of the ‘Hot Comics of
more tribute albums,’ and I take little detours to reinvent the Year’ by Campus Activities
said, ‘If we do Tommy for the yourself.” magazine,” he said.
label, they’ll finance an original DiNizio has worked at the Keith left Rider students
L to R: Guitarist Jim Babjak, drummer Dennis Diken, vocalist album.’ That’s how it came to Jim Beam liquor company, as with a bit of advice.
Pat DiNizio and bassist Severo Jornacion of the Smithereens. be, but it isn’t like we didn’t the on-air voice for Bally’s Total “If I wasn’t doing this, I
want to.” Fitness and acted in films such think I’d be miserable,” he said.
By Samantha DeVeau on the radio,” DiNizio said in DiNizio is as much a cha- as Singles and his own docu- “It’s lonely on the road. It’s a lot
an interview last week with meleon as he is a rock star, mentary, 7th Inning Stretch. He of airports and driving. But if
There he was, in a small Professor of Communications constantly reinventing himself. has also been a disc jockey, I wasn’t doing it . . . I’d prob-
destitute apartment on the Gerard Hirsch’s Feature Writing “About three or four years a trash collector and toured ably f---ing kill myself. So my
Lower East Side of New York class. ago, Pat was doing a film proj- around the country 300 days a advice would be to figure out
City, weeping as he listened to Now, almost 25 years ect for ESPN,” said Hirsch, year for 10 years. He has played something that you like, and if
The Smithereens’ first single on after their first single, the New who invited DiNizio to speak a hand in a lot of projects but there’s a way to make money in
the radio. “Blood and Roses” Jersey-based Smithereens are to his class. “It drew parallels his first love is always his music. it, try and do it.”
played in the background as back. Their newest CD, 2011, between rock stars and profes- “I’ve pretty much done it For more information on
Pat DiNizio realized that he is full of completely new mate- sional athletes and how they all,” DiNizio said. “I love what Geoff Keith, visit his website
and the Smithereens had finally rial while managing to keep the each wanted to be doing the I do more than just about any- at GeoffKeith.com, or visit his
made it. same Smithereen sound. other thing.” thing and I’m one of the lucky Twitter page at Twitter.com/
“I went to bed one night According to DiNizio, the For the documentary, few walking the planet that can GeoffKeith.
as a garbage man and woke up band had wanted to release a DiNizio interviewed people say I look forward to my job.”
the next day with a hit record new CD for a while; its last
6 Rider News Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 7
Fall films have cinematic shoes to fill
for a review of
Carbon Nation seeks solutions
ability as its thread. Eppolito, a sophomore psychology major
By Vincent Abbatecola The Lion King: 3D By Jess Scanlon
The screening was a decidedly low- who applied for the position after attend-
By key event. Many of the students present ing the on-campus job fair as a freshman.
Monica Jaramillo Carbon Nation, not to be confused were either science students or eco-reps Eppolito’s passion for the environment
Another summer has come and gone, with sound-alike carbonation, begins the — student workers with a passion for the dates back to high school, as she was vice
and has left us with an ample assort- - Part 1 (Nov. 18): In this first part of third season of the ESSC Green Film environment who help out at the Green president of her school’s Green Club.
ment of movies to discuss. From May the Twilight finale, based on Stephenie Series with a tongue-in-cheek attitude. Film series and other events. “I’m excited,” she said. “There’s a
to August, there was a healthy helping Meyer’s popular book series, Bella The opening documentary discusses One such student is Stephanie really good turnout.”
of many genres for a range of cinematic (Kristen Stewart, Twilight) and Edward solutions to a serious problem, and claims This was apparent, as the Green Films
tastes. Sci-fi thrill-seekers satisfied their (Robert Pattinson, Twilight) enjoy their that even if viewers do not believe that tend to experience low attendance, but
hunger with Super 8 and Rise of the Planet time together as newly-wedded husband humans are the cause of climate change, Carbon Nation drew between about 50
of the Apes; indie-fans were treated to and wife while venturing to Rio de Janeiro viewing this film will benefit everyone. students to the event.
Midnight in Paris and The Tree of Life; and for their honeymoon. It isn’t long before “Some films we show focus on just Chris James, a sophomore biochemis-
comic book fans took to some high-flying they must deal with the chance of a battle one topic, but Carbon Nation touched try major, attended for his organic chem-
adventures with Thor, X-Men: First Class against the ruling vampire group, the upon many different sustainability top- istry class. He enjoyed the film because
and Captain America: The First Avenger. Volturi. ics,” said Amanda Pinto, graduate assis- it did not just focus on environmental
Audiences shared a fond farewell to a very The Muppets (Nov. 23): When an tant for sustainability. “I think this was problems.
famous boy wizard, as they experienced oil tycoon Tex Richman (Chris Cooper, a good film to kick off this year’s Green “It showed how people are creating
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - American Beauty) discovers oil beneath Film Series because it gave [students] a solutions,” James said.
Part 2, the epic finale to the largest movie the Muppet Theater, Gary (Jason Segel, general understanding of sustainability Greenberg and Pinto spent the sum-
franchise in history. Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Mary (Amy and exposed them to many different issues mer researching films for the new season
It is now time for the fall movies to Adams, The Fighter) plan to stop him by surrounding it.” and contacting professors to urge their
arrive. In these next few months, audi- coronacomingattractions.com setting up a telethon to raise money and The film does indeed jump around students to attend. They also kept their
ences will be served many different stories, Gary (Jason Segel), brother to Muppet enthusiast Walter (voiced by Peter Linz) is hard at work with Kermit and Miss Piggy as save the theater. In order to make this from topic to topic. It begins with a audience in mind during this process.
including: Clint Eastwood’s latest film that they prepare for The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever, a plan they’ve concoted in an attempt to save Muppet Theater. happen, they must reunite the Muppets, cartoon about carbon dioxide, the gas “It was very interesting,” Pinto said.
delves into the history of our nation’s first The Notebook), who is a young staffer for Featherston, Paranormal Activity) and two dangerous outlaws, Jack and Jill, after who have separated over the years. considered to be the most prevalent green- “There were many more movies that
head of the FBI, a third outing with some a new presidential candidate, Mike Morris Kristi (Sprague Grayden, Paranormal they discover a disasterous power that With a diverse group of films coming house gas, and transitions to a Texas wind focused on issues in sustainability. I tried
Paranormal Activity, Part 1 to the finale of (George Clooney, Ocean’s Eleven). While Activity 2) were terrorized by the demon could destroy the world. out this fall, you might as well escape the farm that has revitalized a small town. to steer away from movies that were all
the Twilight saga, the long-awaited return on the campaign trail, Stephen learns all when they were children. J. Edgar (Nov. 11): Clint Eastwood impending cold weather and sample a few It then switches to an Alaskan hot ‘doom and gloom,’ or ‘boring’ or ‘dry,’
of the Muppets, Tom Cruise’s acceptance about the dirty side of politics. Puss in Boots (Nov. 4): Shrek’s faith- directs this biopic that will detail the different genres of cinema. This is only a spring that creates energy from a geother- which some documentaries in general can
of his next mission and Sherlock Holmes’ Paranormal Activity 3 (Oct. 21): ful feline friend gets his own film in this fascinating career of J. Edgar Hoover portion of what’s to come later this year. mal generator and later features numerous be.”
next twisty-turny mystery. This third installment of the unnerv- spinoff prequel. Puss (voiced by Antonio (Leonardo DiCaprio, Titanic), and will There are numerous other stories arriving other mini-stories. All of these together drjoyreviews.com
The Ides of March (Oct. 7): Based ing ghost story will take place 18 years Banderas, The Mask of Zorro), along with also peer into his private life as a possible to your screens that will surely be worth create a documentary that is more a
on the play by Beau Willimon, this film before the first two movies. The story his sidekicks Humpty Dumpty and Kitty homosexual. viewing.
Carbon Nation is a film about finding
patchwork quilt of information than a solutions to human-created problems.
deals with Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling, will dig deeper into when Katie (Katie Softpaws, must vanquish the villainy of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn cohesive story, using the idea of sustain-
Anderson Cooper pulls a 360° Students are raring and radio-ready
By Ashley Arizini New York Times. “I don’t think there’s By Megan Blauvelt by junior Jess Canose and underground hip hop and this season. Another highlight
anything wrong with wanting to work senior Joe Landolfi. The show throw in a lot of eclectic indie will take place this Sunday,
different jobs that show different sides of Have you noticed music is a tribute to all different rock and electronica from the Oct. 2 when 107.7 The Bronc
Anderson Cooper, a journalist who is you.” being played in Daly’s Dining styles of latin music. U.S. and overseas.” will officially be named the
best known for his CNN news program, Cooper’s debut show featured the late Hall? Or maybe a talk-show “With the help of Dr. In addition to the shows Lawrenceville Township com-
Anderson Cooper 360°, launched a new Amy Winehouse’s family. Her parents and featuring familiar voices? Rider Fontanet, we tried to com- that are broadcast, what would munity radio station.
syndicated talk show called Anderson on boyfriend talked about her passing and University’s 107.7 WRRC pile what students like in a radio station be without con- “The Bronc is definitely
Sept. 12. dismissed any rumors that have risen due The Bronc radio station has Spanish music into our own tests? One proud example is packed with a lot of exciting
This daytime talk show is a drastic to what the toxicology report may have been broadcasting student- radio show,” Canose said. “We Launch-A-Bronc, which is by things,” Mozes said. “It’s the
change from his serious prime-time show showed, such as traces of illegal drugs in run shows since the semester’s wanted to bring a little more far the biggest contest that aims students who drive the sta-
where he reports on breaking news sto- her system. start. latin culture to Rider.” to raise profits for Relay For tion.”
ries, and is often on location in some of So is Cooper the next Oprah Winfrey The station features about While the The Bronc wel- Life and the American Cancer Students who are inter-
the most dangerous places in the world. or Ellen DeGeneres? Ratings so far suggest 50 student-run shows that comes new shows, it also has Society. The station also hosts ested in getting involved at
In countless interviews, including those otherwise. His self-titled Anderson only ology.com, mtv.com, norn10.deviantart.com vary in content, from inform- successful returning shows. chances to win Bronc Bucks, WRRC The Bronc can con-
with The New York Times and USA Today, averaged 1.1 out of 3 in U.S. households, Mark Foster of Foster The People, Spencer Chamberlain of UnderOath and Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria. ing Rider students about One helpful returner is “Your hockey game tickets and other tact Brandi Lukas by email at
Cooper had stated that he was excited and 0.6 out of 3 in US women, according sports and on-campus events, Career is Calling,” hosted by various prizes. email@example.com.
to get started on his new project, which
allows him to showcase a different aspect
to HollywoodReporter. Others suggest
that there may be hope for Cooper’s show Fall music mini series: Week 2 to holding big prize contests
and exposing students to sev-
Rod Colon and Frank Kovacs.
In this show students are
On Sept. 21, The Bronc
partnered up with the Trenton Additional reporting by Lisa
of his personality. because his ratings may have been com- eral genres of music weekly. informed about networking Titans hockey team and will Henderson.
“Everybody has different sides to promised by the broadcast of the men’s
By Lisa Henderson General Manager John and employment opportuni- be broadcasting every game
them,” Cooper told reporters from The U.S. Open in the New York and Boston Mozes described more than a ties.
areas on the debut day. In a society where music in its entirety is quickly deteriorating, innovative projects like Foster The People, UnderOath and few new shows and contests “The show will help
Although initial ratings were shaky, Coheed and Cambria keep music fans craving more. Foster The People, an indie-pop band from Los Angeles, has quickly moved that listeners will appreciate. empower today’s students
Anderson may be a show to keep your eye its way up the charts within the past year. Itsa #1 single, “Pumped Up Kicks” has received continuous play and earned the band One such show is to reach their career goals,”
on. Future guests include Seth Rogen, nominations for “Best New Artist” and “Best New Video” at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. “Helena Beat,” the band’s “Sustainable You.” It’s no Mozes said.
Anna Faris and the stars of the reality upbeat second single, is accompanied by an odd and intriguing music video that opens its audience’s eyes to what a post-apoca- secret that Rider University Another notable show is
show, Sister Wives. With such a broad lyptic America could possibly be like. The band is currently in the middle of a mostly sold-out tour. has been making an effort to one that is hosted by Student
line-up it is possible that Anderson will Fans of Florida natives UnderOath have seen multiple changes to the band’s lineup this year, but the band has held onto its “go green” for a while now, General Manager senior
attract a wide spectrum of viewers, which Christian-metal roots. On Oct. 18, the band plans to release a triple-CD set entitled “Play Your Old Stuff,” which is a collection with new implementations Brandi Lukas. “The Brew with
would be beneficial to its ratings. of its most popular albums including brand new artwork, all for an impressively-low price. Those who have supported the band such as quench stations and Brandi” has been broadcast
Anderson is on FOX on weekdays at since its beginning view the CD set as a collector’s item. UnderOath is also currently touring and will reach the tri-state area in hand dryers. Therefore it is weekly for the past three years.
9 a.m. Whether you are returning from early October. only fitting to have a segment Lukas’ show features a broad
your 8 a.m. class or waking up to your Coheed and Cambria, hailing from Nyack, N.Y., has always been consistent with releasing new music for eager fans. 2010’s featuring sustainability join taste in music, which allows it
morning cup of coffee, turn on Anderson album Year of the Black Rainbow is the latest installment within a series of albums that are all inspired by the same concept — a the list of airing shows, start- to appeal to a wide audience.
and decide for yourself whether Cooper series of sci-fi graphic novels called The Amory Wars written by frontman Claudio Sanchez. The band released a sinister new track ing Oct. 22. Host Amanda “Every two-hour show I
should continue with his talk show or if entitled “Deranged” this month. The song was written for the upcoming soundtrack for Batman: Arkham City, a videogame set Pinto will lead listeners down play over 30 different artists,
he is better off sticking with his “day-job” for release on Oct. 18. the path toward going green. and you can expect anything,” Peter G. Borg/ WRRC The Bronc
CNN reporter Anderson Cooper’s new reporting on CNN. Yet another new show is Lukas said. “I’ll jump from Rider alumni Chris DiFrancesco and Mike Lovett and junior
Be sure to pick up next week’s copy of The Rider News for Part III of the Fall music mini series. “Buenos Dias Rider,” hosted Motown, to classic rock, to Bob Giaquinto are ready for broadcast.
show breaches a covers of topics.
8 Friday, Sept. 30, 2011
Letter to the Editor
Support for Christie is surprising
Balance needed As I sat in the audience at last week’s lecture (such as deficit spending and corruption) are
to prevent strike by Gov. Chris Christie and visiting Gov. Mitch
Daniels, I could not help but wonder: Where
problems comparable to those our nation faces
as a whole today and some of Christie’s policies
ven though the fall semester never seems to end soon were the political malcontents that have been so could help put us back on the track to success.
enough, it looks like students should get ready for the outspoken in their displeasure with our leader? I am not recommending that the modern
possibility of having the start of winter break feel even Since being elected in 2009, Christie has Republican platform start viciously cutting edu-
farther out of reach than it already is, due to the chance of a used his position’s line item veto to slash the cation spending by any means. I’m just saying,
faculty strike. state’s budget in the areas of public education Christie has produced results in the little time he
In last week’s issue of The Rider News, we wrote about and teachers’ benefits and pensions, just to name has been in office and people admire him for it.
the contract negotiations between the administration and the a few examples. Those students who received The last “Public Mind” poll conducted by
American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the Tuition Aid Grants based on academic merit may Farleigh Dickinson asked Republican voters for
union that represents professors, librarians and coaches. A con- have received less aid than their monetary value their nomination for their party’s candidate in
tract extension for the union expires today. There’s a chance for because of such budget cuts. It would therefore 2012. Ten percent said they would nominate
a second extension, but if a compromise isn’t found, a faculty be understandable for some in the audience to be Chris Christie with only Mike Huckabee and
strike could occur, something that hasn’t happened at Rider distressed because of some of Christie’s reforms, Mitt Romney garnering more nods. According
since 1974. but this was not the case. to the same poll, Christie jumps ahead of Obama
According to Dr. Jeffrey Halpern, contract administrator In fact, most of the audience actually seemed 43-40 percent, with a margin of error of +/- 3.5
and chief grievance officer for AAUP and associate sociology to favor Christie, even giving the governor a percent, in the race to acquire Independent vot-
professor here at Rider, the outlook on a decision being reached standing ovation after a particularly hard com- ers.
today does not look good. The four-year contract for the union ment explaining his stance on working with It is safe to say that people recognize Christie
expired on Aug. 31, and due to an extension, it had until today the New Jersey Education Association teachers’ on the national stage and respect what he has
to agree on terms of a new contract. Fortunately, a second exten- unions for education reform. Christie suggested done with our great state in trying to make it that
sion seems likely no matter how the negotiations go. If progress unions would remain “outside my office and look much greater. According to Christie, American
is not made, a strike vote could be called, according to Halpern. in the window” if they would not meet him in voters are searching for a politician “of stature
The last time a strike happened, it lasted about eight days the middle over certain issues. and credibility to look Americans in the eye,”
before an agreement was reached. If another strike was to occur The only time the audience seemed not to and he tells it like it is. In a soft Republican field
and last this long, the week of classes missed might have to be be completely pleased with Christie was when he for the candidacy nod, Christie’s up-front speech
made up. We’ve gone so long without a strike, we should take reiterated his intent not to run for president in may be what Americans crave more than Rick
cues from past negotiations to resolve the matter quickly. 2012. Perry’s picturesque features. Certainly Americans
If Rider faculty members did strike, they would not be alone I thought this reaction was unwarranted, as I have taken a cynical perspective regarding the
in choosing to picket. Cincinnati State University professors, had never seriously considered Christie a strong state of our economy, and Christie’s platform
another AAUP union, went on strike last Friday, but because presidential candidate. I must say he doesn’t quite of doubt and ambiguity would starkly contrast
the faculty felt the strike was doing more harm than good, they fit America’s aesthetic expectations but I believe Obama’s “hope” campaigns if Christie chose to
chose to return to work today whether or not a decision was he does, however, embody the American spirit. run in 2012.
made. Christie is, if nothing else, a straightforward,
Both sides need to remember that whatever happens, this tough-talking New York/New Jersey effigy that - Benjamin Smith
debate should be ultimately about the students. has captured the national spotlight before. The Class of 2013
According to Rob Stoto, associate vice president for human problems that have plagued New Jersey for years
resources and chief negotiator, Rider’s enrollment rates for this E-mail us at:
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is missed. Any missed class days would most likely be added to
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Christmas holidays and the start of winter break. A strike could EntErtainMEnt Editors Cathleen Leitch Matt Barron
cause the semester to end later, and perhaps push back finals, Lisa Henderson
which start on Monday, Dec. 12, and go until Tuesday, Dec. 20, Nicole Veenstra Faculty advisErs
cutting into time we could be with our families. Dr. Dianne Garyantes
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Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 Rider News 9
Are eBooks or books better when it comes to reading?
There’s nothing better than the smell of and eReaders. I understand the appeal of o v e r -
a newly bound paperback book. The aroma If it’s the eBooks. I do not want anyone to get lords,
of the dried ink on the crisp white pages is price you’re con- the impression that I am some bitter ending
a sensation to make any book nerd go crazy. cerned about, English major who throws dusty old civiliza-
Nothing could be better than a brand-new you shouldn’t be. books at little school children in an tion as we
book. Or could there be? Sure, eReaders attempt to educate those “illiterate know it
With all the technology in the world are expensive, but ingrates.” Like it or not, the process (though
today, real books just aren’t going to cut for the eReader, of buying physical copies of movies, one can’t
it anymore. Nowadays, new technology is it’s a one-time music and other forms of entertain- be too
being created every single day; therefore price you have to ment at a local store will, at some careful); I
it was only natural that something was pay. It’s like buy- eBooks: point, seem old in comparison to just don’t Books:
going to be made to replace physical books. ing anything else, Danielle simply downloading a product to t r u s t Chris
That’s where eReaders and eBooks come such as an iPod. Gittleman a variety of multimedia devices. It t e c h - Exantus
in. Hundreds of thousands of books, from It’s an expensive is a future I openly embrace; but it n o l o g y.
novels to textbooks, all lay within the palms purchase, but an individual could get so would be a completely depressing This fear
of your hands. There’s no need to go to the much use out of it that it practically pays world to live in without a book to extends to all aspects of my life, and
bookstore anymore — the store is there for for itself in the end. Most books are priced hold in my hand. the thought of it affecting anything
you to shop for books and download them at the actual retail price of the bookstore. I like my books like I like I pay money for freaks me out. As
at a push of a button whenever you want. However, there are always good deals avail- my women: physical. Terrible jokes much as I love my iPod, there have
If buying and reading books are now made able such as books for $0.99 to $1.99 that aside, there is a certain connec- been several times when all my data
this simple, quick and easy, why are so are just as good as the best sellers. tion between a person and a book, disappeared. I realize that there are
many people against switching to the digital If not being able to share books with one that cannot be replicated by a ways to back up the information,
books? your friends is something that you’re really Kindle or an iPad. It is the creak and essentially, all of it is probably
There are many benefits to switch- worried about, don’t fear. Most eReaders of the spine, the feel and sound of stored on my computer, but that
ing over to electronic readers. There is, come with a feature that allows you to share paper as pages are turned and the ugly fear of losing everything rears
of course, the ecological side — no more your downloaded eBooks with friends who gorgeous artwork that is featured on its head and having a tangible copy
buying actual books, which means saving have eReaders as well. It’s just the same as a book. It is all part of the experi- is more comforting. I can lose a
paper and trees. There’s also the ability to lending your friend an actual book, just ence of reading. There’s something book just as I can everything else,
save space. No more shelves upon shelves without the hassle of actually bringing it so emotionally cold when using but having something physical in
of books, stacked upon one another since to them. You also don’t have to fret about an electronic device to read; it just my hands reassures me that this is
there’s no other place to put them. EReaders that friend who never seems to return your doesn’t feel right. The best part of something that is mine, and that
are great for traveling, too. They fit right books. The eBooks return themselves to reading is purchasing a book or alone brings me piece of mind.
into your purse or backpack. There’s no your eReader after a certain amount of borrowing from a library. Part of the I realize that the points I make
reason to worry about a huge, bulky book time. There’s no need to stress about asking fun is perusing through the various in my argument probably won’t
taking up space and making things heavy. for the book back at least a half a dozen paperbacks and hardcovers and flip- apply to most people. An eBook
They just make things so simple. times. ping through pages to get a sample reader is a superior choice in terms
Not everything has stayed the same. If Overall, the future of technology is of what’s to come. That experience of holding as much content as pos-
this were true, we’d still be playing vinyls moving faster and faster every single day. gets lost in the convenience of being sible in a single item, and I can
on record players or have enormous cell Books are slowly becoming a thing of the able to click through a couple of see the appeal of holding a small
phones that didn’t even work well anyway. past, just like anything else in the world. pages to get to the content. and sleek device, as opposed to an
Things change for a reason — to make Don’t be the last one of your friends to Aside from mere emotional admittedly bulky book. The digital
life easier for people. That is exactly why finally convert over to eBooks and eReaders. “mumbo-jumbo,” I actually do have age has come, and I feel fine. I’ll just
eBooks should be accepted as quickly as any You’ll only regret it in the end and you’ll be a more concrete reason as to why be the guy in the corner reading his
other new technology. It’s as simple as that. missing out on so much. Think about the I hesitate to jump completely into stacks of books.
People don’t walk around with a boombox simplicity it could bring to your life. How digital content. I am absolutely par-
or a Walkman anymore. It’s all about iPods could you say no to that? anoid about losing everything that I - Christopher Exantus
and iPhones. Inventors are only trying to have. I don’t necessarily think that Junior English Major/Film Studies
make your life easier, and that’s why they - Danielle Gittleman our overreliance on technology will minor
have given us the great creation of eBooks Freshman journalism major eventually cause the rise of robotic
A Senior’s Suggestions
Know your surroundings when activities involve alcohol
Entering college as a freshman can be a stirring firsthand, do they comprehend how vulnerable life can last year and could happen again.
experience. Culture shock might be shared among be. Never take people in your life for granted because They say that college is the place where you dis-
students entering a new world, which is vastly differ- in the blink of an eye they can be gone. cover who you are, which makes students more prone
ent from their high school glory days. This change and Many people know of drinking and driving acci- to peer pressure if they have not discovered themselves
newfound freedom brings much anxiety and pressure. dents that claimed a friend or a family member. I knew yet. A. Armstrong once said, “If you don’t know who
Stresses derive from trying to fit in and make friends, two students from my graduating high school class that you are, a university is an expensive place to find out.”
joining the right clubs and the impractical amount of passed away because of car crashes involving alcohol, Living life on the edge can be appealing to some,
work professors seem to love giving out. Alcohol use is and they both occurred within the same month, which but it is crucial to make conscious decisions because
common among students, and with that in mind, it is was devastating to the community. Not to mention any your actions can affect the lives of many others. With
vital to drink responsibly, by knowing your limits. instances that have occurred on this campus as a result the increasing cost of tuition, wasting the chance for
It is OK to have fun, especially in college because of alcohol. My close friend had his license revoked and higher education in exchange for hangovers is not wise.
these are supposed to be the paramount years of his car taken away for six months as punishment for The key is to stay on course, and to ask yourself
your life; however, making conscious decisions is also drinking and driving. Driving under the influence is the reason you are in college in the first place. Usually
important. As George Eliot once said, “The strongest an issue that should not be taken lightly. little slipups add up to construct immense mistakes.
principle of growth lies in human choice.” Safety When it comes to getting home, especially if Remember, alcohol does not solve your problems, and
should not be undermined. you’re walking, it is important not to wander off alone. can actually cause more difficulties. As college students
Safety is sometimes shrugged off among young Having a friend or two with you is not a bad idea. To will soon discover, the choices you make can either
men and women because young people today believe the freshmen this year: be aware of your surroundings. help or hinder your success in college and in life.
that they are invincible and nothing can harm them. Random strangers you meet could prove to be danger- - Benjamin Moy
Only when people witness accidents, or even death ous and attempt to lure you into their car. It happened Senior journalism major
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10 Rider News Friday, Sept. 30, 2011
Field Hockey continues to roll over its competition
By David Nugent
‘Our team is getting
Rider (8-1) stretched its
winning streak to four straight stronger and stronger
games with a 3-0 victory at
Villanova (5-5) on Wednesday. each time out.’
The Broncs also posted their -Lori Hussong
fifth shutout of the season.
“Our defense is starting to scorer in high school, and Lehigh has dropped eight of its
jell and play lockdown defense, we knew she was capable of first 10 contests. The Mountain
which has been the trademark the same in college from her Hawks have also been outscored
of our program,” Head Coach midfield spot. Hopefully this 36-13. Through Saturday’s
Lori Hussang said. will spur her on to score more games Lehigh’s leading scorer is
Junior Marlaine Schneider often.” junior Kimberley Eng, who has
opened the scoring in the first One of the captains on the contributed four goals and two
half when she put the ball in team, senior Virginia Egusquiza assists.
the back of the net after the was happy with the perfor- Hussong knows it is time
Villanova goalie made the ini- mance the Broncs put on dis- to turn the page on Villanova
tial save. Junior Gabby Burgo play. and move on to Lehigh.
also scored in the first half for “I think tonight was one “Our Lehigh matchup will
the Broncs. Junior Ellie LaBar of those games we played as be competitive,” she said. “The
added the final goal for the team, as Rider field hockey is game will be intense and a good
Broncs in the second half. The supposed to do,” Egusquiza game to play before we start our
goal was the first of LaBar’s said. “We are getting better and conference play.”
career. better every game. We played Hussong sees the Broncs
“It was a really good feeling with passion and all of us gave getting better with each game.
scoring my first collegiate goal everything we had. We are real- “Our team is getting stron-
because I don’t often have the ly happy about the result of ger and stronger each time out,”
opportunity to take shots on tonight’s game.” she said. “We are working hard
goal in the game being a mid The Broncs are currently in to prepare for our conference
fielder,” LaBar said. the back half of a six-game road games. We know that we need
LaBar’s coach could not be Peter G. Borg/Rider University
swing. Rider shut out Bucknell to be at the top of our game
any happier for her. 6-0 Sept. 24 and defeated Lock when that part of the season Senior Megan Pisani pushes the puck past her opponent. The
“We are so happy for Ellie,” Haven 3-2 Sept. 25. rolls around.” Broncs look to repeat as NEC champions and to make another
Hussong said. “It’s been a long Rider next visits Lehigh run at the NCAA tournament by winning the play-in game.
time coming. She was a great (2-8) on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lotito with grace and continues to
improve, even as a senior. She’ll
be tough to replace.”
Broncs seeking second victory
Continued from p. 11 MENS SOCCER
After all is said and done
also know that we don’t get the though, Lotito just wants to By Melissa Kasiarz
main headline articles. Whether be a role model for younger
I have just gotten used to that is female athletes looking to con- Wins have been tough to
not something that bothers me. tinue their craft at the collegiate come by, and this past Saturday
My main focus as a goalkeeper level. was another example of that
is to not let the ball in the net. “Kids in high school still for the men’s soccer team. The
I wouldn’t change a thing.” hear about the players that have Broncs dropped another deci-
With the field hockey gone on to college,” she said. sion, this time to St. Francis
season underway, the Broncs “I know the goalkeepers at my (5-2-1) by a final score of 1-0.
have already set their sights on old high school either know me The Broncs remain optimistic,
the NEC championship and personally or have heard about though, as they try to secure
NCAA play-in. The Broncs me from my coach or other victories against Iona and
are currently 8-1 with a lone players, so I wouldn’t want to Fairfield this weekend
5-2 loss coming from Hofstra set a bad example. Also, I am a Junior goalie Jason
University. coach. I coach goal keepers for a Giordano, who made six saves
“We did have one bad loss, club team and I know that they in the game, blamed a sluggish
but that is a part of the game,” are at an impressionable age. It start and a few tough breaks as
Lotito said. “I can take the wins is my responsibility to ensure to why the Broncs could not
with the losses and I accept that they know right versus walk away with the win. Peter G. Borg/Rider University
them not as a defeat but rather wrong and are well prepared for “We struggled a bit in the Junior Dan Friga looks to help the Broncs turn around their
a lesson. I was scored on five college.” first half to get into the flow of misfortune on the field. The Broncs are currently 1-6-1 this year.
times. As you could imagine, As Rider is on its quest the game, but turned it around
that was not a great moment for for another impressive NEC in the second half and really “Both Iona and Fairfield will “I don’t see one of these teams
me. After reflecting on the loss, championship run, Lotito is put some pressure on them,” present us with a big challenge, necessarily as better than the
however, I was able to find what confident in herself and her Giordano said. “We hit the post as they are rated one and two other,” Giordano said. “They
was most important to change teammates to be able to play at and crossbar so a few inches respectively in the conference were both predicted to finish in
about our defense. I believe that the highest caliber possible. Just here or there and we might have preseason poll,” Inverso said. the top three in our conference
loss helped us the same way the as long as they play like a team, left with a win.” “Although Iona is favored so we expect a challenge, but
loss against Albany did last sea- they will be ready, she said. Last year Rider lost to St. to win the MAAC, we will we are looking forward to the
son.” “We know the level we Francis 3-0 at home. definitely give them a fight,” challenge in front of our home
Coach Hussong knows he need to be able to compete at, “We need to improve our junior William Daley said. crowd this weekend.”
has something special in Lotito, we know where our flaws were ability to keep possession of the “I think teams are underesti-
and knows that her replacement and we are willing and ready to ball and to compete for the full mating us and we’re going to
will have big shoes to fill after make the changes necessary,” 90 minutes of a game,” Head surprise a lot of them during
this coming season. she said. “As a team, we are Coach Charlie Inverso said. our conference games.”
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Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 Rider News 11
Between The Posts: Rebecca Lotito
By David Pavlak get the time in net.
email@example.com “I came into the season
as the second half or benched
This is part one of a four-part goalie,” Lotito said. “The fresh-
series on the goaltenders partici- man goalie was playing in front
pating in Rider Athletics. of me and I felt I deserved to
be the starter. What began to
The final whistle had just change that was the fact that
blown. The sticks flew into I didn’t give up. Every day at
the air, followed by the arms practice I came prepared to
of the celebrating team. The work my hardest. I knew from
scoreboard read 1-0 in favor of there on I had to play my
Rider. best. I went undefeated until we
The objective was accom- played Albany for the NCAA
plished. Rider had just won play-in game. In order for us
the NEC field hockey cham- to win the NEC again, we not
pionship against a tough only need a vivacious offense
Monmouth opponent. The but an impenetrable defense.”
goal was scored by then-fresh- That is not to say that
man Alicia Govannicci. More Lotito’s individual statistics are
importantly, though, was the to be cast aside. Last year, the
woman in the mask and pads Peter G. Borg/Rider University NCAA honored her on field
between the posts that turned Senior goaltender Rebecca Lotito has been a statistical dream for the field hockey team during ability with two commemo-
away the three shots that found the past two years. In her last season, she looks to lead them to another NEC championship. rative plaques: one for lowest
their way on frame. giate level. enough I would be able to get confidence.” goals-against average and one
Her name is Rebecca “My coach in high school the playing time that I felt I Lotito admits that there for most shutouts.
Lotito, or as her coaches and always pushed me to do more,” deserved. Also, I really liked was bit of a learning curve to Arguably one of the most
friends know her, “Tito.” As a Lotito said. “I joined a club what the school had to offer. head coach Lori Hussong’s and exciting games of the year
senior she now leads the Broncs team called The Edge and that Everything seemed to work per- Coach Dan’s style. last season for Lotito and the
onto the field for the last time, has made all the difference. I fectly.” “The pace of the game was Broncs was the NCAA play-
looking to repeat their NEC put in vigorous training hours Assistant coach Dan a little bit faster, but I would in game against Albany. Rider
championship run. For some- with my ultimate goal to play in Hussong, who works with have to say that the major dif- was unfortunately on the losing
one who plays so well in the college. Between the support of Lotito through all the games ference was adjusting to the side of the decision, as the final
net, it is surprising to know my teammates, my high school and practices as the goaltender coaching style,” Lotito said. “I score read 2-1. With the dis-
that it was just a matter of vol- coach and my club coach, I coach, has liked everything that had trained for four years under appointment of the loss came
unteering in middle school that knew that I would eventually Lotito has brought to the field other coaches, and when I came a renewed hope in this year’s
led her to be the new goalten- compete at the collegiate level.” hockey program. to Rider, I had to readjust to program to repeat what they
der. Her hard work and dedica- “She has learned what I Coach Lori and Coach Dan’s had accomplished last season,
“I was in middle school tion paid off. The next decision consider the key to success at style. After about two years I and then to take that final step
when I first started playing field Lotito would have to make was her position, which is com- was better adjusted and it has further.
hockey,” Lotito said. “One day, where she would like to try to munication,” Hussong said. “A made all the difference. I see the “Losing to Albany was a
the coach had said that our play. Living in Oceanport, N.J. good goalkeeper will orches- playing time I want to see and tough loss because we had such
eighth grade goalie was going to Lotito decided upon Rider due trate the field players in front I’ve become such a better player high hopes to make it into the
need to be replaced and asked to the competitiveness of the of her to limit the opponent’s because of it.” NCAA’s,” Lotito said. “I think
who wanted to try it out. I program. Lotito looked at the chances to score. Tito does this During the 2010 season that set the standard for this
didn’t like playing the field too challenge as an opportunity to very well. She is tall and aggres- in which the Broncs won the year. We are not allowed to
much so I figured I’d raise my showcase herself. sive and willing to learn, and NEC championship, Lotito slack off and be complacent
hand. It turns out that I was the “When I was looking for that is how she continues to get went 13-2 for the Broncs and with where we are. Every sin-
only one to raise my hand and schools to compete for I was better. Tito has a great person- allowed 10 goals through the gle person on this team knows
it’s been history ever since.” most interested in how I would ality and was appointed to be a whole season. Lotito was not that we need to work harder
Never quitting on being fit into the program,” Lotito captain this year. She is a hard the starter for the team at the every day and to expect more
a goaltender, Lotito continued said. “I knew Rider was a com- worker and encourages others beginning of the season though, from each other. Losing in the
playing in high school, where petitive D-I school, and I liked to work hard too. Her defense and it took some time on the play-in game could possibly be
her coach really helped her to that. I knew if I worked hard trusts her and that adds to their bench to really push herself to the best moment for this team
consider playing at the colle- because it gives us something to
work for, something to earn.”
Great Careers Begin Here When the field hockey
team is mentioned, Lotito is
usually left out of the conversa-
tion. Senior Virginia Egusquiza
and sophomore Sandra Penas
are the names synonymous with
the team due to the excitement
on the field. This does not faze
Lotito in the least, however.
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12 Friday, Sept. 30, 2011
The Broncs look to continue winning ways against Loyola (MD)
By Ben Smith Cottam knows this better Rider took an early 2-0 lead
than anyone on the team. Her off goals from a pair of sopho-
The women’s soccer team seven assists this season have mores, Bridgette Bartowski and
is off to the best start in its garnered her national attention Jennifer Meier.
15-year history, and expecta- as she is ranked 15th in the DSU was let back into
tions are at an all-time high. country in points per game. the game when it scored off a
The Broncs will travel to “I try to play aggressively rebound just 12 minutes into
Loyola University in Baltimore in games regardless of my rank- the second half to tie the game
M.D. Saturday in an attempt to ing,” Cottam said. “Sometimes at 2-2.
build on their impressive 7-2-2 I get frustrated if I’m not play- Cottam gave the Broncs a
record. ing well or can’t score, but this 3-2 lead with her eighth goal
“We’ve handled non-con- is a team game and I’m quite of the season. She would finish
ference play very well,” junior happy to assist my team mates with a goal and an assist.
Abi Cottam said. “We all had if it means we win.” After Delaware State was
high expectations for the team, Hounsome enjoys seeing able to tie the game and force
but hoping we will do well and Cottam in the lineup every overtime, junior Demi Mello
actually achieving what we have night. became the hero as she headed
are totally difference experienc- “It is exciting to see her in the ball into the net off a corner
es.” our offensive unit,” Hounsome kick, sending the Broncs bench
The team has not lost a said. “They make her a better into celebration.
game since playing in a forget- player and she makes them bet- Rider could not keep the
table 4-0 loss to La Salle nearly ter players.” momentum going against Holy
a month ago. The Broncs will be looking Cross (2-6-2), however. The
Head coach Drayson to add another victory in the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
Hounsome is proud of his win column this weekend when The Broncs were first on
team, but he also recognizes they take on Loyola (3-4-1). the scoreboard when junior
now is not the time to get “I think we are really pre- Claire Thompson found the
cocky. pared for conference play,” back of the net after Cottam
Peter G. Borg/Rider University
“The non-conference sophomore Carolyn Wiley was able to feed her the ball.
schedule really gave us all the said. “We have been working The Crusaders would Junior Demi Mello was the difference in overtime after she put
challenges I am expecting the hard each and every day since answer right back, however, the ball in the back of the net against Delaware State.
team to face when conference August, and the only thing we scoring six minutes into the the tempo of a game, con- again prove the other MAAC
play starts,” Hounsome said. need to help better prepare for second half. trol possession and then put a coaches wrong,” Wiley said.
“We have a very talented group conference play is to mentally “The challenges they’ve team away by scoring at crucial “Last year, they predicted that
of student-athletes, but as you focus and give it our all every faced have helped them work as times.” we would end ninth in the
know, in soccer talent alone time we step onto the field.” a team to deal with the adver- The Broncs strong first half MAAC and we finished fourth.
doesn’t win championships, This past week, Rider sity faced in matches,” said play has them ready for the sec- “This year, we are predict-
teamwork wins champion- defeated Delaware State (1-10- Hounsome. “They’ve learned ond half of the year. ed to finish sixth and our goal
ships.” 1) in overtime, 4-3. as a team that they can dictate “We as a team want to once is to win the MAAC.”
Ryan Thompson takes his talents to Italy
By Corey Donetz His time spent in the NBA D-League didn’t go to
waste, despite his injured ankle. He gained professional
experience, which will be vital to him going forward.
The road to success is a long one, and that is no “It was a great learning experience,” Thompson
different for Rider graduate Ryan Thompson. After said. “[I played] against older and stronger players, and
spending four years at Rider and last year in Utah [learned] how to slow my game down.”
playing for the Utah Flash of the NBA D-League, Despite limited playing time with the Flash,
Thompson has packed his bags and will be playing pro- Thompson posted very respectable numbers.
fessionally thousands of miles away from home with “Last year in the D-League I was hurt for the first
the Italian basketball team Centrale del Latte Brescia. half of the season with a broken ankle,” he said. “Then
Thompson will be used as a guard/forward and I finished up the year in April when we lost in the first
will continue to sport the number five he wore at round of the playoffs.”
Rider. Over 42 games, Thompson averaged 11 points,
Thompson received offers to play in other places in 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He also shot
Europe, but claims Belgium, Israel and Italy were the over 50 percent from the field. In the playoffs he aver-
best offers. aged 9.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and two assists per game.
“Teams that wanted me contacted my agent and Thompson graduated from Rider compiling 1,879
said they wanted me,” Thompson said. “[Italy] was just points, 734 rebounds, and 393 assists. He is also the
a great place to live, and was the best situation. They only player to ever finish in the top 10 for a career in
(Brescia) called my agent and they offered me a spot on points, rebounds and assists.
this team and I packed up and left in August.” Thompson feels he benefited greatly from playing
Jason Thompson, Ryan’s older brother who also all four years in college as opposed to some players leav-
graduated from Rider and currently plays for the ing early and declaring for the NBA Draft.
Sacramento Kings, is his number one resource both on “You get four years to learn how to play the game.
and off the court. It’s hard for some people going straight to the NBA,”
“He is my role model,” Thompson said. “[He] admitted Thompson. “[I’m looking to improve] my
always gives me the advice I need.” stock to get back in the NBA.”
Thompson says he has improved his game in every Brescia opens the season on Oct. 2 against Sigma
aspect since graduating from Rider, both mentally and Barcellona as Thompson looks to put the skills he
physically, but is still trying to improve every day. gained at Rider on display.
Ryan Thompson was a standout as a Bronc. Now “I have become a better shooter,” he added. “[I’ve]
he will look to continue his basketball career in Italy. improved my all-around game.”