COFFEE HOUSE POETRY NIGHT
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9.30.2010 A Publication by the Students for the Ramapo College Community XLI No. 3
Anisfield School Named New Home of Eastern Economics Association
Bans Four Loko
By S TEPHANIE NODA
President Mercer gave his State
of the College Address Wednesday
to address issues concerning the
drinking and overnight guest poli-
He labeled his address “The Good,
the Bad and the Ugly” of Ramapo
College, which students and facul-
ty gathered in the Sharp Theater to
"The Good" is Ramapo has
excelled in its national rank; "The
Bad" is the funding deficits the col-
lege faces, and "The Ugly" is stu-
dents have been abusing the alco-
holic beverage Four Loko,
prompting a discussion about pol-
Higher National Rank
Among the “good” that President
Mercer discussed in his address
were the people of Ramapo
College as a whole. With top
notch faculty, as well as the second
Nobel Prize Winner Delivers Economic Analysis
photo by Stefanie Mauro most academically highly qualified
Prior to his lecture, Paul Krugman joined Ramapo faculty for the new EEA homeʼs ribbon cutting ceremony. incoming freshmen class in
Ramapo’s 41 years of history.
“Only the 2005 freshmen class
was more highly qualified on aver-
age,” President Mercer said. “We
By MEGAN ANDERLE Krugman delved into the issue by analogizing have increased the size of the fresh-
Editor-in-Chief citizens’ spending habits to a “babysitting co- men complement by almost 20%
op” in which parents received “babysitting without compromising quality.”
Nobel Prize-winning economics expert Paul
coupons” every time they watched another fam- Mercer talked about Ramapo
Krugman provided members of the Ramapo
ily’s children. Parents who babysat could then College’s rank as an institute of
community with insight into how the econom-
redeem these coupons for their own babysitter. higher education increasing steadi-
ic downturn occurred, the current state and the
“What turned out was that the number of ly this year as well. The U.S.
future. The sold out event drew students, facul-
coupons that they were issuing to people was News & World Report ranks
ty, Board members and friends of Ramapo.
less than the reserve that people, on average, Ramapo fourth out of 49 schools
At the heart of Krugman’s lecture was how
wanted to hold,” Krugman said. “People want- within the Best Regional
frugal spending hurt the economy, the liquidity
ed to keep some in their dresser drawer, so it Universities Northern category.
trap that keeps the United States’ economy in
was actually hard to earn coupons by babysit- In regards to the budget, Mercer
its position and how Americans can help – with
ting, which made people even more reluctant to announced that Ramapo has
more spending – to solve the issue.
go out because they didn’t want to use their received a NFF grant of over $1.5
“We’re in a world that is characterized by par-
coupons.” million in order to renovate the
adox thrift,” Krugman said. “If everyone tries to
This analogy helped senior Daniel Reimel to microbiology research suite in the
save more, that means they spend less, and if
understand the economy’s complex problems. third floor of the G-building. The
they spend less, actually the unemployment’s
“He used a lot of good analogies to translate G-Building will also be receiving
going to rise. The economy’s going to shrink,
the material for the average person,” Reimel additional renovations in the near
and with a weaker economy, we’re building less
said. “The babysitting analogy completely future, as well as consulting the
incentive for businesses to invest. If everyone photo by Stefanie Mauro
tries to save more, the end result is we’ll do see ECONOMY on page 6 Paul Krugman urged spending to stim-
less investment for the future.” ulate the economy on Wednesday. see MERCER on page 6
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THE “New” Moodle Causes Student Concerns
Page 2 The Ramapo News Thursday, September 30, 2010
RAMAPO New Features and Designs Show Drastic Changes
NEWS By RACHEL WINTERMUTE
Moodle.Ramapo.edu, Ramapo College’s “It had to happen. The irony is that made.
Robert A. Scott
interactive course website, has recently Blackboard, the company that bought WebCT, “I cannot fully enjoy the benefits of the new
undergone significant site changes. also changed its appearance and now looks look of Moodle because there still appear to
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
(201) 684-7842 Avid Moodle users who have recently be glitches in the system that need to be
email@example.com logged onto the site in the past few months “I cannot fully enjoy the bene- addressed,” senior Natalie Howell said.
have noticed a substantial difference in the fits of the new look of Moodle Over this past summer, the college’s IDC
Megan Anderle layout, design and features throughout the because there still appear to be moved forward in the update process. The
pages. glitches in the system that need Moodle upgrades only cost about $1,000 and
Keri Ann Flaccomio Due to overwhelming criticism, Dr. to be addressed.” came with a wide variety of fresh features.
Valerie Scott, Ramapo professor and director -Natalie Howell, senior However, this upgrade is also the root of the
of the Instructional Design Center and the unfavorable new look. Fortunately, Moodle
rest of the IDC, is working on implement- more like Moodle,” Scott said. will be changing again to a more streamlined
ing a new version of Moodle that more “My professors really never used Moodle design that is very similar to its initial layout
Diana Stanczak closely reflects the original. These changes before this year, and I was always somewhat within the next month. The upcoming design
will hopefully be in effect within the next intimidated by it because people would say will be cleaner and easier to navigate, but still
Andrew Gould month. how confusing it can get,” junior Becky full of the complete set of features.
A & E Editor
“When [our department] first got Moodle, Penhaker said. “But this year, with the new In the future, Moodle is still due for yet
we experimented over a summer and loved changes, it seems easier to navigate. I another upgrade. Dr. Scott looks to the spring
it,” Scott said. “Then we added the staff and haven’t had a problem yet, knock on wood.” semester to hopefully update the current
In its first year, some professors only used Moodle 1.9 system to the latest Moodle 2.0.
Michelle Angelino “The honeymoon was soon the surface resources, such as simple links and That change will have less visual impact and
over.” files. Others took advantage of Moodle’s will focus more on the addition of even more
-Valerie Scott, director of the depth and relied heavily on the site for weekly useful features.
Instuctional Design Center submissions and quizzes. This is an ongoing process, as the IDC
“Moodle is still better than Luminis,” sen- attempts to keep Ramapo College at the cusp
Dan Sforza they were convinced.” ior Keryn Lemp said. “Breaking class assign- of the latest technological advances.
The Moodle program was new to the ments down week by week is a huge help For any questions regarding the information
Ramapo community in the summer of when dealing with the task of separating your provided, the IDC is located on the bottom
2009. It eventually replaced WebCT, anoth- classes.” floor of the Anisfield School of Business. You
er interactive site that was more expensive In general, the new website was a huge hit can also contact Ramapo’s Information
Around the Arch and less popular. Moodle can be used as an among professors and students alike. Technology Services (ITS) for assistance.
Four Loko: Worth the Controversy?
online resource by professors to update Although, as Dr. Scott reports, “the honey-
Viewpoints course files, forums, message boards, grades moon was soon over.” In short, problems in
and more. technicalities arose and changes needed to be firstname.lastname@example.org
By ELIS A S AXTON-LOPEZ “The biggest concern is that we’ve had almost four deaths on campus
Staff Writer as of the start of this semester,” Chang said. “We’ve had 19 hospitaliza-
CORRECTIONS Nicknamed “Liquid Cocaine,” Four Loko has become a call for con- tions due to intoxications, which is a little higher than average.”
Some students believe the policies to be irrelevant and do not find the
cern amongst officials on campus. Drastic measures such as banning
the beverage all together have been taken into account. beverage to be any different from other alcoholic drinks.
“I don’t think students will follow this at all,” freshman Dylan Caruso
Two photos of David Walton,
on the cover and page 6, were Four Loko is made up of four main ingredients: caffeine, taurine,
incorrectly attributed. They
guarana and wormwood — an active ingredient in Absinthe. The said. “As underclassmen, we’re not even supposed to drink alcohol peri-
were taken by Mike Jagendorf.
plethora of flavors, which tends to mask the actual taste of alcohol, od. Why would we follow the ban when we’re not supposed to have any
The photo on the back cover makes it a more desirable drink with its 12-percent alcohol volume and alcohol substances to begin with?”
was taken by Stefanie Mauro.
a drink that worries authorities.
Vice President of Students Pat Chang explained how wormwood oil,
POLICY an ingredient used in Absinthe, has been essential for surgeries in the
“If they didn’t have any anesthesia, they would just pour wormwood
Whenever necessary, The
Ramapo News will publish cor-
rections or clarifications in the onto you to numb you enough to do surgery,” Chang said. “So you’re
following issues. All correc- consuming a numbing agent and a hallucinogen, and an upper with caf-
feine, and then alcohol as a downer. That’s almost like asking for it.”
tions must be brought to the
attention of the editor as soon
as possible. The Ramapo With just five years after its debut, it has become the most abused
News strives for accuracy. In alcoholic drink among college students. Certain students on campus
find the drink to be enjoyable due to the low cost and fast fix that it
keeping with journalistic stan-
dards, pre-publication review
of any article, quote or editori- provides.
al is not allowed. Viewpoints “It’s so cheap,” student Brian Saffer said. “It gets you really drunk and
it’s perfect for kids our age.”
may be dropped off at SC-218 photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons
or e-mailed to
Consumption of the beverage on campus has attracted attention from Students and administration canʼt seem to see eye-to-eye
Ramapo News reserves the major news broadcasting channels such as Fox News and News 12. on the consumpution of Four Loko.
Through the recent ban on Four Loko at Ramapo, students are still
right to edit viewpoints for con-
tent, style and space.
puzzled as to why newly added policies have become so rash. Other students are actually in favor of the ban, fearing consequences and
health effects if they drink Four Loko.
Anonymous viewpoints will not
be accepted. “We’re not going to turn a blind eye to it,” Chang said. “This is very
serious because people are showing that they can’t handle this bever- “I just think it’s unnecessary and drinking something with that many
Paid advertisements are
age.” ingredients and content can’t be good,” junior Maria Salluisto said. “I
wouldn’t want to risk getting sick after some of the stories I’ve heard, and
accepted at the sole discretion
of The Ramapo News staff A Wake Forest study done last year showed that when alcohol is mixed
and are due no later than the
with caffeine, the risk of alcohol-related injuries are doubled. A suffi- with the ban, I just wouldn’t want to be anywhere near it.”
Monday of that weekʼs issue.
Rates are available by con- cient amount of Ramapo students have been sent to the hospital for
tacting the editorial staff by alcohol-related injuries these past few weeks, and Four Loko is said to
phone or e-mail.
be a major contributor. email@example.com
Thursday, September 30, 2010
THURSDAY’S CHILD TODAY IN HISTORY
Truman Capote The Flintstones
Author of the novel, premiered as the 1st prime-
Breakfast at Tiffanyʼs was time annimated show in
Bursar’s Office Promotes Welcoming Atmosphere
Employees Looks for Positive and Negative Feedback from Students
By REBECCA PENHAKER up a suggestion box outside their office where they welcome
Staff Writer comments and feedback students.
“We want the students’ positive and negative feedback,”
The Bursar’s Office is newly renovated, freshly decorated Chill said. “You never want to hear negative things, but we
and eagerly awaiting students feedback regarding their need feedback from students to improve. If there are any
‘user-friendly’ attitude. problems we want to address them.”
The Bursar’s Office is making a conscious effort to reach In an effort for students to view the Bursar’s Office in a
out to students and parents by having a welcoming atmos- more encouraging light and “drum up business,” a raffle has
phere and more personal approach when dealing with stu- been created to draw students into signing up for the elec-
dent finances. tronic refund.
“Our goal was to make a change to make students feel photo by Rebecca Penhaker Every student is eligible for the raffles that are sign ups for
more comfortable when they come see us,” Arthur Chill, User-friendly attitdue creates an open environ- the electronic refund, which began Aug. 31 and will contin-
Bursar’s Office employee said. “We believe we’ve accom- ment. ue until Oct. 14.
Walking into the Bursar’s Office, there is a new sense of gling to be heard. We’re always open and receptive to the
openness, a more casual and relaxed environment. The new “We’re taking people’s money,” Chill said. “We wanted to
office prides itself for its one-on-one communication where improve on the fact that someone is here to make payments.
students are able to interact face-to-face with the office’s We wanted them to have more pleasant surroundings.” -Arthur Chill, Bursar’s Office employee
cashiers, specialists, and managers—no more plexiglass Chill acknowledged that the Bursar’s Office is often high-
barrier getting in the way. lighted as being negative due to their fiscal responsibilities Two random winners will be chosen Oct. 15, and each win-
with policies and procedures, deadlines and students getting ner will receive $100 gift certificate where the student can
“Our goal was to make a change to de-registered. decide to collect Ramapo Bucks or Bookstore Dollars, or a
make students feel more comfortable Chill emphasizes that those are obligations and responsi- combination of each.
when they come see us.” bilities. Chill wants to use the raffle as an incentive for students to
-Arthur Chill, Bursar’s Office employee “We are always perceived as the bad guys. We’re doing sign up for the electronic refund.
what we are responsible for.” “It’s beneficial for students,” Chill said. “It’s faster and it
“People used to bunch up as cattle behind that window. However, Chill wants students to be aware that the eliminates the risk of it getting stolen.
Now when students come in, they say how it’s more per- Bursar’s Office is always there to help. We ran into a problem last semester where over 100 refund
sonable and they feel like we are paying more attention to “We are always here to convey the message that we are here checks were left in the mailboxes because no one checked.”
them,” Cashier Joann Conti said. to help. We’re always open and receptive to the problems a Chill hopes that this raffle enticement and new office
The main goal behind the renovation was to improve cus- parent or student may have and we make every attempt to design will help students see the Bursar’s Office in an
tomer service. Chill explained how the original layout was accommodate.” improved perspective.
less efficient and less friendly. According to Chill, the Bursar’s Office philosophy is that “It used to be ‘Oh gosh, I have to go to the Bursar’s Office.’
New RA Policies Bring Mixed Emotions Among Students
The plexiglass’ narrow opening made it difficult for stu- they always want to be helpful. Continuously trying to find But now it’s at least a friendlier place to be.”
dents, parents and faculty to communicate—regularly strug- new ways to improve customer service, they decided to set firstname.lastname@example.org
By VALERIE TORRIZO that the responsibilities have changed. doubt, write it out.” A no-warning policy is settle issues yourselves before you go to
Staff Writer Previously, RAs only were on duty in the now being enforced. complain to the landlord or police.”
A new contract has forced both Resident
office until 10 p.m. However, now they are
in the office until midnight. RAs and CAs
“When you give a warning, it gives judg-
ment,” says Diaz in response to the no-
“The job is drastically
Assistants and Community Assistants to
are “responsible for completing office hours warning policy. “That’s how we can change different.”
take on more responsibilities and duties.
However, many are questioning their exact
Monday through Friday,” according to the the environment.” -Linda Diaz, director of Res Life
contract. Many students have conflicting views on
roles and how much control they have over
Weekend duty is also a new responsibility. the merit in regards to the “no-warning” pol- Chelsea Clark, a first-year student, says, “I
Diaz also said that prior to this year, “There icy. Some say it encourages student-to-stu- honestly think it should just be a warning
“The job is drastically different,” said
was no such thing as weekend duty ever at dent communication and has students talk- before anything. Some people just enjoy
Linda Diaz, director of Residence Life.
Ramapo.” ing to each other to work out problems loud music. It doesn’t mean that there’s a
“The contract is extensive,” she added.
among themselves. party or something.”
Under the general statement of the
“We understand that they’re Diaz strongly encourages students to knock Another freshman, Erika Mandel, also
working for the school, but
Resident/ Community Assistant Job
on each other’s doors, rather than to pick up agrees. “Unless there is a significance
Description and Contract, RAs and CAs are
they’re not police officers,”
the phone and call Public Safety. This is amount of noise, there should definitely be a
“Full-time undergraduate students whose
mostly for the reason that it “builds student warning,” she says.
function is to act as a student advisor to the
residents in the college residence halls.”
-Jason Krisza, sga president community,” one of the major expectations Jason Krisza, senior and Student
for RAs and CAs. Government Association President, calls the
Policies and practices they are responsible
Any RA or CA will be on the “frontline David Romero, a freshman, agrees with new policy “horrific”. He disagrees with the
for in coherence with Ramapo College are
dealing with noise complaints, lockouts, and Diaz and believes that the no-warning poli- RAs patrolling the halls.
in the contract.
other similar incidents.” Contacting Public cy is helpful. “We understand that they’re working for
This year, rather than receiving a paycheck,
Safety is their secondary concern. Any “It not only facilitates student to student the school, but they’re not police officers,”
RAs live on campus free of charge. New
“incident he/she may witness that violates communication, but it also helps students he says.
perks also include single rooms and a
the student code of conduct such as alcohol develop communication skills to survive in Through Krisza’s eyes, RAs are further
Ramapo Dollar Waiver.
or theft.” society,” said Romero. “To me, it is a lot like alienating themselves from the students by
“We’ve definitely brought the job more
If they receive a noise complaint about a in the real world when people in different monitoring the noise levels in the halls.
mainstream,” said Diaz.
room, they are required to knock on that apartments or houses get into conflicts with email@example.com
Diaz, who was an RA in the past, believes
door. RAs and CAs are told that “When it each other. You are going to probably try to
Sigma Nu Alma-Mater Discusses Hazing Aftermath
Page 4 The Ramapo News Thursday September 30, 2010
Personal Experience Helps to Gain Insight Into Hazing Ramifications
ers, Larry. Every Wednesday night, Larry would go over the
By SAMANTHA ULLRICH
agenda of hazing for the week. “It’s about an environment and a cul-
“The resulting group think that we had was haze, haze, ture and the decisions that you, as
Erle Morring, an Auburn University graduate and Sigma haze, haze, haze,” Morring said. undergraduates choose to make in your
Nu member, came to Ramapo College on Friday to discuss Morring then introduced the audience to his “little” frater life.”
the ramifications of hazing on college campuses through nity brother, Blair. Having made a huge impact in Morring’s -Erle Morring, speaker
personal experiences. life, Blair was portrayed as compassionate, easy to get along example,” Morring said.
“Ladies and gentlemen, in less than three months, my own with and an all together, good guy. Morring encouraged students to focus on one small issue at
fraternity had two of its own pledge members dead; Blair “We weren’t really supposed to bond with our little broth- a time – change doesn’t happen overnight.
and Wesley,” Morring told his audience. er until he was initiated into the fraternity, but Blair and I did “If you have a hazing culture, I guarantee you aren’t going
This was Morring’s second time presenting “Hazed and things a little different,” Morring said. to get rid of that this year. It’s an intuitional change that
Confused” at Ramapo. Through real-life anecdotes, Morring Blair’s Story needs to take place,” he tells the audience.
spoke to his audience about the devastations he went As a pledge, it was Blair’s turn to check IDs at the door. Fraternity brothers and sorority sisters, along with other
through as a Sigma Nu leader. He began by introducing his Two boys approached the door that weren’t on the guest list, members of campus organization benefited from hearing
fraternity chapter, house and the pride he took in this male so Blair turned them away. A couple nights later, the boys Morring’s story.
organization. found Blair and beat him up. When Blair’s fraternity broth- “It was very emotional. you take from it that you have to
“It’s about an environment and a culture and the decisions ers found out this happened, they decided to “settle the make sure you’re teaching your members the right things
that you, as undergraduates choose to make in your life,” score.” and that the focus shouldn’t be on hazing it’s about the lead-
Morring said. “It’s boys being boys,” Morring said. ers and building better men,” Bill Flanagan, a brother of
The well-attended audience was made up largely of frater- A few weeks later, Blair went to a bar with a three of his Alpha Chi Rho, said.
nity and sorority members wearing their letters, along with pledge brothers, all of who were using fake IDs. Blair spot-
Ramapo students interested in what Morring had to say. ted two blood brothers of the boys he had gotten into a fight firstname.lastname@example.org
with a few weeks back.
“You need to think about leadership; “Little did the Mike know, someone or something hit Blair
think about communication.” in the back of his head. Blair was laying unconscious in the
-Erle Morring, speaker parking lot and when Mike threw his car into reverse, he
backed right into Blair. One hour later my fraternity little
“Well I think hazing is a real problem and I think it’s in all brother was announced dead,” Morring recalled.
institutions, not just Greek life.” Morring said. “I think peo- Blair’s father pulled the ring off his finger and threw it at
ple can learn from this message and learn from this story.” him. “Son, read me what’s on the top of that ring,”
Morring introduced the term “group think,” which he Blair’s father said. Morring replied, “Kappa Alpha.”
explained to be “the process by which a group makes bad or He said “You’re damn right son, that represents my frater-
irrational decisions.” nity, my values, my beliefs, my morals and your frat killed
“I think the ‘group think’ point was definitely valid, not just my son. Your frat killed my son.”
for fraternities, but for any large group,” Robert Scriffiano, In order to create an organizational change, the leaders that
president of Alpha Chi Rho said.“People start thinking with are causing the problems have to be addressed, Morring photo by Samantha Ullrich
gang mentalities and get carried away and start fraying from said. Erle Morring gives presentation on real-life anec-
the actual point of what they’re supposed to be doing," “You need to think about leadership; think about commu- dotes.
Yoga: Find Your Inner Peace and Increase Spiritual Growth
He said that this with the example of one of his frat broth- nication; think about a group, and use my chapter as an
By SAMANTHA ULLRICH
poses,” Smith said. done in a yoga studio, or simply at your desk, but both have
We’ve all heard of yoga and most of our favorite celebri- Today, many people, both men and women, practice yoga one thing in mind: to decrease stress. During meditation,
ties are doing it, but what’s all the hype about? This art form, as a routine for physical health and improvement. However, there is a decrease in catecholamine, the hormones produced
practiced by millions of people around the world, is very yoga is an “ancient path to spiritual growth, and originates by the adrenal glands in response to stress, according to
beneficial for the mind and body, but many of us are unsure out of India where Induism is practiced,” according to WebMD.com. Reducing this hormone in return creates a
of exactly what those benefits actually are. AllAboutSpirituality.org. Yoga has been practiced for over calm feeling.
The poses that seem, well, crazy, can be a major turn-off 5,000 years, and is still a very popular form of exercise Weight Loss
for many people, especially those who consider themselves today. It has also been said and studied that yoga boosts the
inflexible; but this mind-body exercise must be practiced. Flexibility metabolism and aids in weight loss. Dr. Ray Sahelian,
So have no fear if you’re not Gumby, those crazy poses, Although many people may not think this is a health bene- respected physician and medical writer, found that
which are actually called asanas, are not necessary for fit per say, the stretching of the muscles done during differ- researchers at Hampton University in Virginia reported that
beginners. ent asanas keeps the body healthy and agile. The practice of a program combining yoga and breathing exercises helped
Lucky for Ramapo students, yoga is offered every week safely stretching your muscles actually releases lactic acids teens shed unwanted pounds
right here on campus! Nancy Smith instructs yoga every in the muscles, which causes stiffness, tension, pain and (http://www.raysahelian.com/yoga.html).
Tuesday (excluding Election Day) from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in fatigue.
the York room, which is located in the Birch mansion. Muscular Strength Whether you practice yoga for the spiritual gratification, or
Smith’s love for yoga began when she was president of Many yoga poses are to be held for a certain number of to stay healthy, the benefits on the body are still the same.
Ramapo’s yoga club in 1999. She decided to become a breaths, which forces the yogi to concentrate on contracting “The benefits of yoga are that it connects your mind and
teacher, and in January 2001 Smith taught her first public his or her muscles for a period of time. For example, the body together through your breath.
yoga class here at Ramapo. plank, half moon, downward dog and camel best improve Yoga also decongests your entire body. It cleanses your
Personally, I was lucky enough to attend the first yoga upper body strength because they require one to support his blood, it decongests your organs, it oxygenates throughout
practice of the new semester this past Tuesday. or her own upper body, according to ACE FitnessMatters. your whole system and we move and stretch every joint,
Enya music played softly in the background and Smith’s When practiced correctly, however, all poses build core every ligament, and every muscle of the body in an hour of
soothing voice guided her yogis through a peaceful hour of strength, which also leads to better posture. a yoga class,” Smith said.
stretches and poses. Less Stress
“As you practice, you build strength in your body, and you Most forms of yoga focus heavily on breathing techniques.
should be able to go deeper, and deeper, and deeper into Practicing breathing techniques can prove beneficial during
your poses. But in the beginning, you need to be loving and aerobic activities such as running or biking because it email@example.com
compassionate to yourself, and allow yourself the time to expands lung capacity. However, most yoga forms use
enjoy the journey of eventually going deeper in those breathing as more of a meditation feature. Meditation can be
RASA Attempts to Recruit New Members
Page 5 The Ramapo News Thursday, September 30, 2010
By S TEPHANIE NODA
In order for students to engage in the new school year, the
Ramapo Admissions Student Ambassadors held a “RASA
Kickoff Social” last Tuesday in the Laurel Courts. The social
was a chance for students to consider joining the Student
Ambassador program in an informal way.
The RASA program is one of the driving forces behind
informing potential students about crucial information they
need to know in order to decide if Ramapo College is the
school for them.
“They do a good job of showing incoming students what
Ramapo’s about and what we have to offer,” senior Adam
Panella said. “They all work really hard and they’re a great photo by Amy Fezza
RASA put together a kick off social to encourage new students to join their program.
bunch of people.”
ing program to become an official Student Ambassador,” This large turnout of prospective new ambassadors was
“We used this social as a way to welcome Dovi said. “The event was very well attended. Students of all
our new members.” years got to interact with each other and share their Ramapo “They do a good job of showing incom-
ing students what Ramapo’s about.”
experience with each other. It’s very encouraging to see
-Jason Krisza, student ambassador Ramapo pride throughout all the students that are a part of
the Ambassador program at Ramapo College.” -Adam Panella, senior
As ambassadors, it is their job to take potential students on
“I decided to go to the meeting just to find out more,” fresh-
tours of the college by showing newcomers important loca-
man Elisa Saxton-Lopez said. “I was talking to the tour much larger than the Student Ambassador program had antic-
tions on campus, which include tours through the muliple
guides and they said it was a really fun thing to do.” ipated. All 35 new candidates were willing to show prospec-
dormitories, the Student Center, and the Bradley Center.
Talking about the responsibilities of a Student Ambassador tive students what Ramapo is all about. The Student
“The Student Ambassador Program is run through
was not all that RASA did at its kickoff celebration. After Ambassador program will continue grow in their contribu-
Admissions and is strictly a volunteer group,” Anthony
the initial meeting, catering from Jersey Boy’s, a local pizze- tions towards campus.
Dovi, coordinator of the Student Ambassador program said.
ria in Mahwah, was served to the potential ambassadors. A “Two or three years ago, we had about only 20 active mem-
“The students that come out for the organization volunteer
variety of games were also offered, which included rounds of bers, sometimes less for some of our events,” Krisza said.
themselves and their pride to Ramapo at events.”
Frisbee, bachi ball, wiffle ball and volleyball. “In the past year, we grew in leaps and bounds. It was defi-
The RASA Kickoff Social was meant to show potential
“We used this social as a way to welcome our new mem- nitely an overwhelming number of people at the social and
candidates the steps towards becoming an ambassador. Many
bers,” Student Ambassador Jason Krisza said. “We’ve been we’re really proud of that.”
students came interested in learning about the different activ-
Fraternities Let Loose During Male Revue
promoting the program and a lot of people wanted to get
ities that RASA provides and how they could become a part
involved. It was really a bonding experience and it was great firstname.lastname@example.org
of this organization themselves.
for the comradery of the group.”
“A record amount of 35 new students have entered the train-
Theta Phi Alpha Hosts Annual Fundraiser for Conference
By ELYS E TORIBIO going to be a different story.”
Staff Writer Contestants in the event are not given restrictions.
However, some members of Greek life find perform-
The Theta Phi Alpha sorority hosted its annual
ances to be demoralizing.
Male Revue fundraiser event last Thursday in Friends
“I think it was a disgusting display of brother-
Hall to a large audience of fellow Greeks and other
hood,” one junior member of a Greek sorority who
asked to not be named said. “All those guys doing
“It’s a fundraiser for us to get money for confer-
whatever they can to get first place, it’s demoraliz-
ences and our national convention that we try and go
ing. But it works, and it was interesting. [Theta]
to every year,” Xandra Wall, senior and president of
made a lot of money. A lot.”
Theta Phi Alpha said. “It’s always very good and a
Other organizations on campus beg to differ. The
lot of people always come out to support us.”
Women’s Center stands behind Theta’s performance
The girls of Theta Phi Alpha used on-campus adver-
tising, social networking and word of mouth to
“We recognize that it’s a college campus and even
spread information about the event. Their hard work
if it doesn’t send the most positive messages, it’s
seemed to pay off, evident by the large turnout.
something that they’re well within their rights to
The crowd in attendance this year had the opportu-
do,” Kat McGee, coordinator of the Women’s Center
nity to see members of various fraternities on cam-
said. “We’ll defend anybody’s right to free speech.”
pus let loose on stage with choreographed dance
Despite criticism from peers regarding the event,
numbers, lip syncs and humorous catwalks.
Theta Phi Alpha seems well on its way to meeting
“They have no other option,” Wall said. “If they
its fundraising goal. The large crowd in attendance
want us to come to their stuff, they have to do this.”
was a promising sign of things to come.
Tommy Bellucci, senior member of the Alpha
The organization is planning other charitable events
Epsilon Pi fraternity and participant in this year’s
for the semester, including a home run derby on Oct.
event, explains that he and members of other frater-
16 that will raise money for Breast Cancer research.
nities on campus are excited and not embarrassed to
“It’s something that’s really affected our chapter,”
be contestants in the talent show.
Wall said. “We’re really excited about it and we’re
“Male Revue’s always the best time,” Bellucci said.
hoping for a huge turnout.”
“I just love doing this, we’ve been stoked for the
past few days.”
Bellucci and his brothers competed in last year’s
event, but did not take home the grand prize. photo by Elyse Toribio
“We didn’t take our pants off,” he said when refer- Male contestants particpated in Male Revue to raise money.
ring to his loss the previous year. “This year, it’s
Octoberfest Aims to
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Mercer Cracks Down
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Unite Campus on College Issues
anxiously awaiting one of Ramapo’s hospitalized with a blood alcohol level of .4,
By VALERIE CANUBAS continued from page 1
Staff Writer newest annual traditions. In addition, which is five times over the legal limit. The
Ramapo alumni are coming back for this Finance and Capital Improvements student had reached this dangerous state by
One of Student Government Association’s drinking three Four Lokos in one hour, which
weekend, which I believe is an indicator Committee recommending to the Board of
main goals this year is to increase school Trustees to construct new floors and a 25- equates to 12 shots of tequila per can.
that our school spirit has increased. It’s
spirit on campus. Many other schools have thousand-square-foot addition. This project After citing the unsafe properties contained
good to see that even after students gradu-
football games or a homecoming weekend would have an allocation of about $54 mil- in Four Loko, Mercer announced the meas-
ate, they still have the school spirit to
for students to come out in their school col- lion. ures the college will now take in regards to
return to Ramapo for Octoberfest weekend.
ors and form bonds with one another. Three “Once completed about two years from alcohol violations. Four Loko and all other
I anticipate a great student turnout this
years ago, Octoberfest weekend was a tra- now, the schools of Theoretical and alcoholic energy drinks are now banned cam-
year. It’s going to be a weekend filled with
dition started by SGA to increase that Applied Sciences and Social Sciences and puswide at Ramapo starting Sept. 30.
free food, games and prizes for students Possessing Four Loko on campus will be con-
school spirit. Human Services will have facilities whose
and alumni. So stay on campus this week- standards are comparable to the excellence sidered an alcoholic offense.
With this being its fourth year, I believe
end and enjoy one of Ramapo’s biggest tra- of their programs,” Mercer said. Efforts are also being taken to increase
Octoberfest 2010 is one of the most await-
ditions. Although there were many good things to security on campus. The Bradley gate and
ed weekends on campus. As a sophomore,
be said about the improvements Ramapo south gate will close at 11 p.m., and the only
I’ve only had the chance to experience one email@example.com
has been making to campus, Mercer entrance available will be through the main
Octoberfest weekend, but just seeing the expressed that the budget is a topic of con- gate. Starting on Nov. 1, there will be four
student turnout, as well as the free food and cern. security attendants in residences from 11 p.m.
prize giveaways, at the event makes me Financial Woes until 6 a.m.
writing skills and
and my friends look forward to the week- The “bad” included financial situations Many students, like freshman Allison
end even more. the state faces, which is a several billion- Gutworth, were concerned about safety on
boost your resume.
Last year’s Octoberfest was rained out, dollar deficit. Mercer plans to deal with this campus.
but the events still went on, even though by raising revenues where he can and cut- “I heard there was an incident on campus
most of the festivities had to be relocated to ting expenses. There is also the issue of where this person brought a visitor who had a
the Bradley Center gym. Even with the limited public funding that needs to be criminal history,” freshman Allison Gutworth
Write for the
addressed. said. “That’s really unsafe and I don’t really
dreary weather, the event maintained a
“I know we’ve had a lot of going on as far feel safe being here if anyone can just come
decent Saturday-night turnout.
as education funding issues from the state, on campus and get into the residence hall.”
Even passing people in the hallways, I’ve
so I’d like to know what we’re planning to “These are all steps that we are taking to
heard talk about the excitement for this preserve the health and safety of our stu-
do with that,” sophomore Ysabel De La
weekend. Just the other day, I was talking Riva said. dents,” Mercer said. “They are not meant to
to my group of friends about the event and Beverage Control be punitive. They are obviously serious. The
they can’t wait to add another Octoberfest Mahwah police have expressed great concern
The “ugly” side, on the other hand, dealt
shirt to add to their collections. with issues in the student community itself. to me about the amount of time they spend
7:15 p.m., SC-218
This year, I’ve had the privilege of plan- “I have a prop for this one,” Mercer said, responding to calls at Ramapo College. We
ning out some of the events and I can’t as he reached into a plastic bag to pull out don’t want to lose their confidence and sup-
wait to enjoy the weekend and see how the a can of Four Loko, a popular alcoholic port.”
Krugman Envisions Economic Improvements
fourth annual Octoberfest turns out. energy drink.
First-year students and upperclassmen are One student, Mercer reported, had been
change the situation, Krugman said. time were better equipped to analyze the crises on the home
continued from page 1 “Everyone was wondering, ‘How could it be that we’re front.
made sense to me — it really broke down the issue. It was- trapped in a bad situation,’ rather than, ‘What would it take Krugman’s proposed solutions for the economy include:
n't over my head at all. He had a good sense of humor, not to get out of it,’” he said. “These are extraordinary times. keeping interest rates low and spending more to employ
cocky at all. He did put a couple people down, but that’s This is the worst crisis since the 1930s.” people and get private businesses out of debt.
okay." Krugman said the reason why the economy has not gotten Sophomore Mike Korman was fascinated by Krugman’s
any better is because the U.S. relies on federal reserves from point that the government should spend more.
“He was certainly controversial, by other countries that ultimately control U.S. money supply.
“The trouble is we got to believe it was always going to be
"The most interesting thing from the talk was the last ques-
tion, basically what the government has been doing in the
many standards, but he had incredible enough to stabilize the economy,” Krugman said. ”What we past to increase spending, is not really working now,”
logic that was hard to argue with and he should’ve known is it’s not that easy.”
What the government can do to alleviate economic woes is
Korman said. “The basic problem I got out of it is that the
government needs to increase demand and make people
was able to explain it in plain English.” to drive down interest rates to zero percent for a year, but spend."
-Lewis Chakrin, dean of Anisfield School of this is only a band-aid on a wound. Dean Lewis Chakrin appreciated that Krugman was ration-
“We get to the point where short-term debt is zero,” al in his arguments.
Business Krugman said. “Then what? The answer is, well, they could “He was certainly controversial, by many standards, but he
still go out and buy more treasury bills. They’ll say, ‘Well had incredible logic that was hard to argue with and he was
President Peter Mercer was also able to understand the credit you with more reserves,’ but then the banks just sit on able to explain it in plain English,” Chakrin said.
economy’s current state from Krugman’s lecture. reserves.” Krugman said that the reason why the economy isn’t recov-
“Even I don’t know that much about the economy and I The federal marketing committee faces a paradox; the “liq- ering quickly has to do with the public’s understanding of
understood it,” Mercer said. uidity trap” is a temporary solution that only intensifies the the issue. Most Americans, he said, feel that solving the
Krugman, a regular columnist for the “New York Times,” economy’s current condition. problems is long-term. He argues that the economy can turn
is a professor of economics at Princeton University. He “‘Liquidity trap’ is saying what the fed can do for its coun- around in about 18 months, if citizens change their mindset.
recieved the American Economics Association’s John Bates terparts is it can add liquidity to the economy that leads to a “I try to work on changing narratives to get people to
Clark medal in 1991. higher demand, but at a certain point, when the interest rate understand,” Krugman said. “A failure to understand the
Because Americans choose not to spend, there is less of a is zero — people are saturated in liquidity — it cannot do nature of the problem is keeping us stuck. My advice to you
need for products. Therefore, the problem is not supply; it’s anymore,” he said. all is try to get your elders to appreciate this. This is how
demand, which is costing workers their jobs. Regardless of Krugman, an expert in international trade, said that Japan you’re going to get a job when you graduate.”
this fact, there has been too much emphasis on why the and Chinas’ economies also fell victim to the liquidity trap.
Economists who paid attention to this phenomenon at the firstname.lastname@example.org
economy was dipping, and not enough action taken to
VIEWPOINTS Thursday, September 30, 2010
SGA President Seeks Plan for Culture Shift
Campus views are the sole opinion of their respective authors, submitted to The Ramapo News and in no way reflect the views of either The Ramapo News or Ramapo College of New Jersey.
To the Editor,
Thank you for publishing that article about
with a number of the sanctions faceted plan that addresses the perspective, I think the correct the “NYT” 20 somethings. I read that article
that the administration has pro- issues that are much larger than way to create this culture shift myself and found it infuriating and frustrating.
posed, I do have my regrets. I alcohol. Mercer said it himself is to create venues for students The problem with an opinion piece like that
think the changes in guest poli- today: “The students have too to enjoy themselves responsi- with the backing of “The New York Times” is
cies are just. Furthermore, much time on their hands.” bly. Whether this means the affect it has on the demographics that read
many of the increased sanctions Mercer then commented on enhancing student activities on it. Older generations might read it and start
are a result of our actions as his plans to do away with fresh- campus or providing outlets for looking down on us with disdain, and parents
students. men cars on campus next year students to take advantage of might start to see us as more of an encum-
By Jason Kri sza brance. I know I read that article and immedi-
While the policy changes may while offering no concrete the rich surrounding area is
SGA President ately started getting down on myself about
seem like the right thing to do plans on how to better the stu- irrelevant.
As a Ramapo student, I have on the micro level, on the dent services and activities. What is relevant is that, cur- how little I have succeeded in certain ways. I
mixed feelings after reflecting macro level they are incom- Hearing this, as a student with rently, these opportunities are am sure that I was not the only one who
on President Peter Mercer’s plete. Mercer spoke of the “cul- a vested interest in the future of seriously lacking both in quan- might have felt this way. The article might
State of the College Address. ture” at Ramapo, and how he the college, I am alarmed. tity and quality. A culture shift imply that our age demographic was negative-
I’m extremely proud of the wants to change it. I believe Without a serious plan, it is necessary, and I believe that a ly affected. I am just happy to hear someone
campus and its accomplish- these sanctions will do nothing seems as if the college is mak- holistic approach is necessary speak out about such an egotistical and unwar-
ments, and deeply troubled by to change Ramapo’s culture. ing policy changes without to create the vision that is ranted article. The article itself served no one
the alcohol and budgetary prob- I think that, in order for the looking at the bigger picture. shared by both students and but the author and only spreads vexing feel-
lems that we are currently fac- college to go through a major While I think changes in cam- staff. ings to everyone young and old.
Vote for Your Choice, Your Voice
ing. While I personally agree culture shift, the administration pus policy are necessary from So here is a thank you from some random
needs to come up with a multi- an administrative and safety email@example.com 20-something who feels the same way you do.
By Charl es agenda, further illustrating the divide between those
Truci l l o who are in favor of enlarging the responsibilities of
our government and those who wish to decrease its
To the Editor,
What is Nov. 2, 2010? Well if you don’t know, then size and limit its powers.
you should probably read this article. This year, the Throughout the current presidential term, the
I know that this is a week late, but I am a
second day of November is also the first Tuesday, Democrats have actively sought to fully enact their
member of the field hockey team here and I
which makes it Election Day: an important, regu- plans toward socializing healthcare within the
would like to let you know how disappointed
larly occurring event throughout the course of United States, against much protest from the
my entire team and I are about the article you
American history. Republicans. This election, a Republican faction
wrote regarding our game against Castleton
Since the birth of our nation, eligible, responsible called the Tea Party is emerging to strip votes from
Americans have cast their individual opinions to the Democratic base and elect hardworking, honest last week. In simple words, it was a disgrace.
make what could be the deciding vote toward select- officials who are determined to derail the Democratic It was highly offensive to read your words
ing a political official. As we rapidly approach machine, stop the progression of socialized medi- about how our team has “no chemistry.”
Election Day, candidates running for congressional cine and reduce our taxes. Also, writing about how we “blew every
seats in the mid-term elections have begun to Whether you find yourself for or against these opportunity we had” was downright outra-
aggressively push their agendas, run ads and hit the issues, now is the time to start formulating your geous. The fact that you mentioned all of the
campaign trail. opinions and preparing to make an informed deci- great plays Castleton made and how great their
These mid-term elections will serve as a litmus sion. At the risk of lecturing, it is an American duty chemistry was very degrading to read. Were
you writing the article for Castleton or
test for the approval of President Obama’s adminis- — as well as a privilege — to cast your vote and
tration and the government under Democratic con- influence the government. Placing our vote in elec- Ramapo?
trol. Both parties have begun devising strategies to tions is how we ensure that our voice will be heard Another point was that you were at the game
surpass the other, and either maintain a congres- in Washington. for 70 minutes and you only managed to get
sional majority, in the case of the Democrats, or re- As we rapidly approach the month of November, two pictures. You really portrayed our team in
take a majority of the House and Senate, as with the several campus organizations have begun initiatives a poor manner, and we are all very unhappy
Republicans. to register students on campus for the next election. with you and the rest of the sports staff. We
Republican analysts believe that if their party can Those who are not yet registered to vote should seek are not asking for a great article when we lost
win back a substantial amount of seats in Congress, out a campus organization such as the College a big game, but we just ask for your support
it may be as a promising indicator for the possible Republicans or Democrats, or pick up a voter regis- as a fellow Ramapo student. We also under-
election of a Republican presidential candidate in tration form at your local Department of Motor stand that we are plagued by injuries but we
2012. Vehicles. plan to overcome it as a team, and you should
Others in support of the Democrats feel that this In addition, those students who would like to vote recognize that instead of saying our season is
election should indicate public approval for the pres- but will not be available in their registered home over.
ident and his policies, and possibly solidify support districts on Nov. 2 can apply for and vote with a Hopefully the next time you cover a sport-
for a second term. mail-in absentee ballot by contacting the NJ ing event, you realize the hard work the team
Many issues are facing critical, firsthand approval Division of Elections. is putting in, and try to focus more on the
ratings, including Obama’s policies on the shift Those who don’t find themselves placing a vote on positive. We understand this is your job, but
toward universal healthcare through socialized med- Election Day should reconsider complaining about at the end of the day you are a Roadrunner too
icine, and brewing feelings toward the current future actions taken by the government and repre- and should be more supportive of us and the
administration’s policies on the war in the Middle sentatives in Congress. In turn, their actions will be rest of the athletic teams.
East the result of your conscious decision not to vote.
These issues are shaking the base of the liberal Thanks,
firstname.lastname@example.org Katie Bruno
E N T E RTA I N M E N T
Highly Acclaimed Poet Visits Ramapo
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Marie Howe Starts Off Semester’s “Readings at Ramapo”
BY DANIELLE REED AND
Ramapo College had the honor of having
Marie Howe, an acclaimed poet, kick off
this semester’s Readings at Ramapo events.
Professor James Hoch, director of Readings
at Ramapo, started the night by setting the
tone for the audience before Howe took the
stage with her powerful poetry.
Hoch introduced Howe by telling the audi-
ence about Howe’s impressive background.
She is the author of three volumes of poetry:
“The Kingdom of Ordinary Time” (2008),
“The Good Thief” (1998), and “What the
Living Do” (1997), and is the co-editor of a
book of essays, “In the Company of My
Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS
Howe’s poetry came to life
during the reading. As she
read, the room grew still and
heavy with emotion.
Howe grew up in a suburban area with a
very large family and is the oldest of nine
children. One of her closest siblings, John,
died in 1989 of an AIDS-related illness.
Howe’s painful past greatly influences her
poetry and the themes she chooses to write
about. Her three major works relate back to photo by Stefanie Mauro
different times in her life. Poet Marie Howe visited Ramapo on Monday and performed a reading of some of her works.
Howe’s poetry came to life during the read-
ing. As she read, the room grew still and
heavy with emotion, almost as if the audi- a creative writing workshop. She cites on her writing process and advice she
ence could shared Howe’s emotions. The On Monday, students were given the Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz as a major would give to other writers.
public was able to appreciate each piece of chance to attend a Q&A session in the teacher in her life. “There’s a lot to say about the process and
Howe’s work deeply as she elaborated on Trustee’s Pavilion at 4 p.m. with Marie During the interview Howe answered I write fiction, so she gave me a new per-
the meanings of each poem. She chose read- Howe, a local poet whose works are being questions regarding her writing style, and spective on the writing process,” sopho-
ings from each one of her poetry volumes. studied by several classes here at Ramapo specifically explained why she does not more Josh McLean said.
Howe’s insight allowed the audience to this semester. often use metaphors. Howe also treated the Q&A session as an
fully connect with her past and to her work. The session began with a brief introduc- “I liked the way she spoke,” freshman open forum where she discussed her work,
Howe’s technique allows her to write about tion of the poet by Professor James Hoch, Tiffany Liang said. “When she said, ‘To as well as the creative process and feelings
extremely personal issues with a discon- who then turned the stage over to Professor compare something with something else is behind her poems with students.
nected tone. Her talent enables her to steer Monika Giacoppe and finally Howe, the to take away from that thing,’ I thought that “I write 100 poems and keep two,” Howe
clear from the personal narrative and allows star of the evening. was really cool.” said when discussing how to deal with feel-
her to write as if she was just a guest in her Giacoppe conducted an interview with Throughout the interview and student ings of un-creativity.
own life. Howe’s poetry is able to take the Howe before opening the floor to the audi- questions, Howe discussed how many of One student brought up the poem
everyday tussle to another level of reality. ence for individual questions. Giacoppe her poems were inspired by her brother, “Without Music” and the confusion he felt
Her readings left the audience with normal, discussed Howe’s inspiration, as well as John, who died of AIDS. She talked about while reading it. Howe had him read the
everyday images ingrained in their minds in what inspired her to become a writer. the importance of focusing on the moment poem and then discussed the poem with
a completely twisted and new way. Howe “When I was your age I didn’t think I and how these moments are reflected in her several members of the audience who
brings to the surface that everyone struggles could be a creative writer,” Howe said poetry. expressed their view of the poem.
and suffers from tragedies but few can brave when discussing how she began her career. “Any art, whether it’s music or painting, The Q&A session ended around 5 p.m.
through it all, like she did. Throughout the interview, Howe dis- rock and roll, poetry wants us be in the and was followed by a poetry reading that
cussed that after she had started working as moment,” Howe said. began at 7 p.m. in the Trustee’s Pavilion.
email@example.com a high school teacher, she began attending Many of the students’ questions focused
Page 9 The Ramapo News Thursday, September 30, 2010
Queer Coffeehouse Creates Comfortable Environment
Page 10 The Ramapo News Thursday, September 30, 2010
By ERIK GAVILANES friendly crowd.
Staff Writer While the event’s top priority was to pro-
vide a safe and friendly environment for
The Women’s Center held its first coffee the LGBT community, there were still con-
house event of the semester last Thursday cerns that certain students may choose not
and played host to a night of fun, while to attend. “I know guys on campus that are
providing a warm and inviting environ- in the closet. I don’t know if they would-
ment for the LGBT community. “Our goal n’t come, but they’re not here right now,”
is mainly to get the LGBT community on said Devries. And while the struggle to
campus to come together for a night to just attend an event such as the Queer
relax, hang out, eat snacks and sing Coffeehouse may be greater for some indi-
karaoke,” Shane Hoff, senior and Queer viduals, the message remains the same in
Peer Service Coordinator at the Women’s reaching out those students.
Center, said. Anghy Chacon, a freshman, said, “People
The coffeehouse, which was mysteriously totally shouldn’t be afraid to come, just
because you come doesn’t mean you’re
“Where I’m from, people gay; everyone’s just being friendly.”
don’t really use the word Those in the LGBT community and their
‘gay,’ but coming here, it’s
straight allies are encouraged to attend, but
the invitation is for anyone.
just really accepted.”
photo by Stefanie Mauro
The Womenʼs Center held “A Night Out: Queer Coffeehouse” last Thursday. “These events are open to everyone. Just
The goal was to create a comfortable environment for the LBGT community. because its LGBT, doesn’t mean it’s just
-Alex Devries, freshman for LGBT,” Hoff said.
“Where I’m from, people don’t really use karaoke performance, like the one by We have a strong straight allies presence
missing coffee, featured games and snacks, the word ‘gay,’ but coming here, it’s just freshman Caroline Vicari. Vicari gave the and its open to people outside of Pride. If
as well as a karaoke setup. The focus of the really accepted,” he said. “People have kind of performance normally reserved for you are an artist that wants to perform or
night was clearly to create an atmosphere actually gone out of their way to say to me a close group of friends or a night out just like karaoke, check out our upcoming
in which one could feel accepted. Alex that their cool with it.” drinking. She excitedly sang along to events,” Hoff said.
Devries, a freshman from Michigan, found The atmosphere was such that it provided “Fergalicious,” while showing off her
Moe’s Southwest Grill Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary
that in the coffeehouse and in his overall the perfect opportunity for an uninhibited dance skills and ad-libbing chops before a firstname.lastname@example.org
Ramapo experience so far.
seat,” she said.
By ASHLEY DRAPKIN
Staff Writer “Since Moe’s was crazy busy they had
messed up my order and charged me for
On Saturday, Moe’s, a local southwestern the wrong thing as well as gave me the
restaurant in Mawhah, celebrated its five- wrong order. When I went up to them to
year anniversary with a day of raffles, live tell them they were really nice and really
music and giveaways. into making the customer happy,” said
Moe’s was filled with hungry customers Gina Anselmi, a Ramapo College student.
lining up to buy food, and as soon as one
group of people finished eating another “The turnout was perfect
replaced them right away. A few anxious
and just what I was expect-
ing or at least hoping for,
people even asked other customers if they
were staying for the performances or leav-
ing so that they would have someplace to especially during Maybe
sit. Rob’s set.”
“I had nowhere to sit and didn’t think I’d
be able to watch any of the bands perform
because every table was taken,” explained “They ended up giving me nine Moe’s dol-
Courtney Butch, an attendee of the event. lars and a free t-shirt,” she added.
“I ended up asking a few people if they Throughout the day, hundreds of cus- photo courtesy of Maybe Rob
were staying and luckily they were getting tomers were constantly circling through Maybe Rob, a band made up of Ramapo Students, performed at Moeʼs five
up to leave, and gave my friends and I a year anniversary celebration.
Moe’s. One of the bands that provided the “The turnout was perfect and just what I
entertainment was Maybe Rob, a band was expecting or at least hoping for, espe-
made up of Ramapo students. The band cially during Maybe Rob’s set,” Bieljeski
members include Rob Talolly (guitar), said. “The restaurant was packed, every
Craig Wolfe (singer), Frank Levering table and seat were taken. I couldn’t have
(rhythm guitar), Mitch Gorbunoff (bass), asked for more,” he added.
and Matt Romanchick (drums). Maybe From now until December, Moe’s and
Rob has performed at Moe’s a few other Bieljeski will be teaming up to put on other
times prior to the anniversary celebration. successful performances.
“I was surprised at the turn out, but it was “Overall we’re just trying to set up a nice
a good surprise,” commented Talolly about atmosphere where people can relax and
the amount of people at the event. enjoy some delicious food and listen to
Jeffrey Bieljeski, another Ramapo stu- great local music,” Beiljeski said.
dent, also played a role in the celebration. “Moe’s had a successful five-year
Bieljeski booked the acts at Moe’s and anniversary and hopefully many more to
photo courtesy of Flickrʼs Creative Commons organized the entertainment portion of the come,” Butch added.
Moeʼs is a popular Southwest style restaurant in Mahwah. day. He also ran the giveaways and made
sure everything went smoothly. email@example.com
Banned Book Night Unites Students Against Censorship
Page 11 The Ramapo News Thursday, September 30, 2010
By JULIANNE BRANDA
We’ve all heard of the three taboos: religion, politics and
sex. The subjects you don’t talk about in mixed company,
but are basically the basis of every thought and concept one
can imagine. It’s difficult to think of a book for people over
the age of ten that does not address at least one of these top-
ics. However, a lot of these books wind up getting banned,
along with the countless others that confront these issues at
Enter censorship. While it’s becoming less of a common
occurrence, especially on college campuses, Sigma Tau
Delta, Ramapo’s Literature Honor Society, held a Banned
Books Night to raise awareness about the scores of books,
including many that are now considered classics, that have
been banned in the past. The event was in accordance with
Banned Books Week, which was founded by the American
Library Association to call attention to this issue.
“As literature majors, we get mad
when a book is banned or censored, so Photo by Brendan Flanagan
this event raises awareness.”
Sigma Tau Delta, Ramapoʼs Literature Honor Society, sponsored a Banned Books Night to raise
awareness about classiscs that have been banned in the past.
read excerpts from their favorite banned books and to dis- opportunity to celebrate the fight against censorship and ask
cuss why they were censored in the first place. Some stu- people what they think,” Flanagan said. “We had a great
It is common knowledge that censorship affects television dents read the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Walt turnout for a late night event, and it was a great opportunity
and music, but we seldom think of it affecting the books we Whitman, which was likely banned for some of the homo- to talk, because people don’t do enough about censorship.
read in middle school and high school, like “The Great erotic themes and symbolism within the text. Other books, As literature majors, we get mad when a book is banned or
Gatsby” or even “James and the Giant Peach”. At one point such as “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, and even censored, so this event raises awareness, and it’s one small
in our history, these books were censored and removed from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, were censored step to enlightening more people. Plus its fun,” Cascey
the eyes of the public for mostly petty reasons, along with because of the allusions to Christianity and witchcraft. On mused. The event provided an excellent forum for students
blatantly “offensive” works such as “Lolita” and “A the politics end, George Orwell’s “1984” was excerpted. to all join together in honor of free speech and artistic free-
A&E Around Campus
Clockwork Orange”. When the night was over, Sigma Tau Delta’s president dom.
In honor of Banned Books Week, several Ramapo students Brendan Flanagan and secretary Caitlin Cascey were both
congregated in J. Lee’s around hot chocolate and cookies to enthused that the event had gone so well. “It was a great firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, September 30:
Female Friendly Funk Late Night Events
9:30p.m.-11:30 p.m. 9 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Laurel Courts Auxiliary Gym
Friday, October 1: Toy Story 3 Screening
Cartel and Saves the Day Concert 9 p.m.
8 p.m. Bandshell
Saturday, October 2:
9 p.m.- 11p.m.
Sunday, October 3:
2 p.m.- 6 p.m.
Powderpuff Football Game
Bonfire 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Bandshell
New York Film Festival Showcases Up-and-Coming Talent
Page 12 The Ramapo News Thursday, September 30, 2010
By ALMERRY MARTINS
On Friday, movie -goers everywhere excit-
edly welcomed the 48th annual New York
Film Festival. Ever since its beginnings in
1963, the festival has allowed avid film fans
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to watch the works of some of the best, new
and important filmmakers from around the The 48th New York Film Festival runs from Sept. 24 - Oct. 10.
The 17-day event showcases films chosen mittee also includes: Melissa Anderson, Lim, editor of “Moving Image Source &
by the selection committee, which is chaired contributor to “The Village Voice,” Scott Freelance Critic,” and Todd McCarthy, critic
by Richard Peña, program director of the Foundas, associate program director of the for indieWire.com.
Film Society of Lincoln Center. The com- Film Society of Lincoln Center, Dennis Opening night kicked off with the highly
anticipated drama, “The Social Network.”
Adapted from Ben Mezrich’s 2009 book
“The Accidental Billionaires,” director
David Fincher brings to life Aaron Sorkin’s
script on the founding of the global social
The film’s cast includes names like Jesse photo courtesy of Flickrʼs Creative Commons
“Hereafter,” a thriller, will close the
Eisenberg, who plays Mark Zuckerberg, the
FIlm Festival on Oct. 10.
co-founder of Facebook, Andre W. Garfield,
Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song, Max Eastwood’s adaptation of Peter Morgan’s
Minghella, Rooney Mara and Armie screenplay, “Hereafter.” With a cast headed
Hammer. “The Social Network” is set to by Matt Damon and Cécile de France,
release on Oct. 1. “Hereafter” is about a factory worker who
The event’s centerpiece, “The Tempest,” is somehow is able to communicate with the
based on the play by William Shakespeare. dead and begins questioning whether he’s
Both screenings for this movie will take been gifted or cursed after encountering
place on Oct. 2. This movie premiered at the three people affected by death in different
Venice Film Festival earlier this month. The ways. Hereafter is set to release on Oct. 22.
movie was directed and written by Julie For more information on the festival, and to
Taymor. Some stars of the “The Tempest” purchase tickets for upcoming shows, visit
are Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Djimon the film festival’s website at
photo courtesy of Flickrʼs Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickrʼs Creative Commons Hounsou, David Strathairn, Chris Cooper http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff/2010/.
“The Social Network” is the highly “The Tempest” is based on a and Alan Cumming. “The Tempest” is set to
anticiipated drama about Mark Shakespearean play of the same release on Dec. 10. email@example.com
Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook. name. Closing the event on Oct. 10 will be Clint
RAMAPO SPORTS Thursday, September 30, 2010
Women’s Volleyball Loses to Conference Rival This
By RYAN BUCHANAN win if they execute and control the tempo on near fullest extent to save the point and help
Staff Writer the court. Alison DeAngelo get the kill.
“We have to win the serve, receive and con- Ramapo scored a few noteworthy points at
The women’s volleyball team lost a tough trol the offense,” Lee said. “If we can control
game against New Jersey Athletic Conference our offense we have a good chance of being “If we can control our
offense we have a good
rival Stockton College last Thursday. The pretty successful.”
Stockton Ospreys were the top seed in the Around 300 people attended the highly
pre-season NJAC rankings, and they proved anticipated match. The crowd came armed chance of being pretty
themselves last Thursday, defeating the with vuvuzuela-like horns to blow whenever successful.”
Roadrunners 25-10, 25-16, and 25-18 in players such as Alison DeAngelo, Maura
-Bill Lee, Assistant Coach
three games in a best-of-five series. Burke, and Michelle Ferrari recorded an
Ramapo, seeded second before the season impressive kill. Someone often blew a horn
started, holds a 9-2 overall record despite the humorously in response to mishaps. scattered times in each game, but Stockton Women’s Volleyball vs.
loss, which was their first conference defeat. Lee recognized some of those mistakes that produced impressive sets and spikes all game. Montclair State University at
The game was heavily advertised through- led to Ramapo’s defeat. Stockton Head Coach Alison Walker 7 p.m.
out the Ramapo campus. From the Berrie “We had a lot of blocking issues, and when expressed pride in her team, who improved to
Center walkway to the Bradley Center, the they gave us opportunities we couldn’t get a 15-3 on the season.
ground was covered in messages written in good swing back,” Lee said. “We played as a team, Walker said. “Every Men’s and Women’s Cross
chalk saying “Bradley Center 7 p.m. vs. Setter Tiffany Fischer noted a weak spot single one of my players showed up to play Country Paul Short Run @
Stockton,” “this is gonna be huge” and “you during the match against Stockton. today.” Lehigh University
don’t wanna miss it.” The anticipation for “They were beating us around the middle,” Ramapo did not let the loss set them back
the game was widespread and even though Fischer said. “They’re a really good team.” as they earned three straight victories over
they lost the game was very entertaining. Fischer produced a strong game, manufac- USMMA, Baruch, and Wesley in the Baruch Women’s Volleyball vs.
Before the match, the crowd got to watch turing 23 assists. Her ability to make a div- College Tournament in New York City. College of Mount St. Vincent
the team practice in impressive and entertain- ing assist at nearly every given spot on the Their next match will be against Montclair @ Riversdale, NY at 11 a.m
ing spiking and setting drills, while high- floor creates an exciting style of play. One State University on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Women’s Volleyball vs.
energy pump-up tracks played on the public diving save in particular resulted in likely the Bradley Center. Saint Joseph’s College -
address system. most memorable moment of the match. Brooklyn @ Riversdale, NY
Assistant Coach Bill Lee feels the team can During the second match she dived to her firstname.lastname@example.org
Hard Knocks on Horizon for Braylon Edwards
at 12 p.m.
Men’s Soccer vs. Kean
University at 1 p.m.
Women’s Soccer @ Kean
By JEREMY KELLY him. There were four people in the car besides University at 1 p.m.
Staff Writer A league source said that if Edwards is Edwards. Two of them were fellow Jets
In recent years, the New York Jets have convicted of the new charge or pleads no teammates D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Women’s Tennis vs. The
threatened to overtake the Giants as the contest he could face a suspension under the Vernon Gholston. General Manager Mike City College of NY at 1 p.m.
more popular football team from East league’s personal conduct policy. Head Tannenbaum said that none of the players
Rutherford. They have undoubtedly become Coach Rex Ryan was reportedly “infuriat- would be charged. Women’s Field Hockey vs.
the more publicized team, and the newest ed” with the incident, and several of the The embattled wide receiver is no stranger Keystone College at 3 p.m.
Jets’ players have said that they were disap- to legal troubles. In the last eight years he
development from wide receiver Braylon
Edwards only adds fuel to the fire. pointed by Edwards’ “selfishness and disre- has been pulled over by police seven times Sunday:
New York police arrested Edwards in the gard” for the organization. Under the for speeding. The most recent speeding vio- Powder Puff Game at 1 p.m.
Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Jets lation occurred in October 2008 when he
early morning of Sept. 21 after registering
a blood alcohol level of 0.16—twice the cannot punish Edwards in a manner other was pulled over for driving 120 miles per Monday:
legal limit—on a Breathalyzer test. He has than what the NFL ultimately decides. hour in a 65 mph zone. In March 2009, Women’s Volleyball vs. York
been charged with driving while intoxicated Edwards was drinking with then-teammate College at 7 p.m.
Donte’ Stallworth the night Stallworth
and is due in court on Nov. 9 and could face
up to a year in prison if convicted. His dri- killed a pedestrian while driving drunk. Tuesday:
ver’s license has also been suspended. However, Edwards was not at the scene of Field Hockey vs. Montclair
At approximately 4:47 a.m. on Sept. 21, the crime. State University at 4 p.m.
police pulled over Edwards’ white Land Edwards played, but did not start, on
Rover on Manhattan’s West Side because of Sunday in the Jets’ game against the Miami Women’s Tennis vs. William
his tinted windows. They noticed a strong Dolphins. Despite sitting out the first quar- Patterson University at 6
smell of alcohol, and Edwards admitted to ter, Edwards caught a 67-yard touchdown p.m.
drinking. The Michigan native was then pass in the third quarter to help the Jets
arrested after taking the breathalyzer test. win. Women’s Soccer @
Edwards is currently on probation from an Ryan’s decision to keep Edwards active Manhatanville College at 7
infamous incident in October 2009, just garnered much criticism, with many people p.m.
believing that the team should have enacted
days before his trade from the Cleveland
Browns, when he punched local party pro- a stricter punishment to set an example for Wednesday:
moter Edward Givens at 2:30 a.m. outside other players in the league. Men’s Soccer vs. Drew
a club. Edwards was charged with misde- photo courtesty of Flickr Creative Commons University at 7 p.m.
meanor assault and would plead no contest Braylon Edwards played against the
to aggravated assault. However, the Dolphins on Sunday after getting email@example.com
National Football League did not punish arrested earlier in the week.
New York Football Teams Heading in Opposite Directions
Page 14 The Ramapo News Thursday, September 30, 2010
Jets Win Second Straight Against Dolphins While Giants Lose Second Straight Against Titans
By S EAN RITCHIE the defending champion New Orleans Saints top of the league in rushing defense. This Eli Manning proved that he was capable of
Staff Writer their first loss of the season in dramatic game cemented the fact that they are here to moving the ball down the field by throwing
overtime fashion, beating them 27-24. They stay. 386 passing yards, yet he lacked good deci-
The National Football League season is off were fortunate enough to be handed a second Michael Vick secured his starting role in sion-making, throwing two interceptions.
and running and week three did not disap- chance at a victory after the Saints missed a Philadelphia with three passing touchdowns The week leading up to the game did not aid
point. short field goal attempt that would have and a rushing touchdown. There was a great the play on the field. It was full of distrac-
Although many teams won crucial games sealed the game. Still, the game was very debate in Philadelphia over who should start tions by supposed trade demands from
this week, none were as big as the wins by promising for the Falcons, who are now tied in week three. Head Coach Andy Reid over- Brandon Jacobs and comments made by
the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas with the Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers turned his original stance on starting Kevin Antrel Rolle about the organization.
Cowboys. Only five teams in NFL history for first place in the NFC South. Kolb and decided to give the reigns to Vick. The supposed “Jersey B” Jets solidified
have made the playoffs after starting the sea- The Bears were able to beat the Packers in Vick is more famous for his off- the-field their Super Bowl hopes with a hard fought
son 0-3, so both teams knew the importance the closing minutes of the game due to a debacles than his performance on the field. win over the division rival Dolphins, win-
of picking up their first victory of the sea- fumble by James Jones. The Packers were Yet, he has resurrected his career and the ning 31-23. The Jets are proving to be more
son. Both Minnesota and Dallas stepped up favored at the start of the game, but the amazingly seems to be playing better than formidable than imagined this season. The
and resurrected their hopes for the season by Bears defense emerged as a force to be reck- he ever has before. defense held up even though injured Darrelle
winning. oned with. Brian Urlacher leads this impres- The New York Giants crumbled and unfold- Revis did not play due to a hamstring
Minnesota beat the Detroit Lions 24-10, sive defense, which is currently ranked on ed at the seams, losing 29-10 to the Titans. injury. Much like the Giants, the week lead-
but Brett Favre continued his poor play with ing up to the game was also filled with dis-
one touchdown pass and two interceptions tractions. Braylon Edwards was arrested for
in the win. The nail might have been placed driving while intoxicated after blowing a .16
in the Vikings’ season if not for Adrian in the breathalyzer, twice the legal limit.
Peterson’s impressive performance of 160 However, the Jets, under leadership from
yards and two rushing touchdowns. Favre Head Coach Rex Ryan, did not let this affect
needs to step up his play if the Vikings want their play. It also did not distract Edwards,
to have a winning record, let alone make the who scored a 67-yard touchdown on his first
playoffs. reception of the game.
Dallas handed the Houston Texans their The NFL season so far is filled with great
first loss of the season in a battle of the two play and intriguing storylines. Teams are
Texas teams. Roy Williams produced his coming out of nowhere to make statements
best game as a Cowboy, piling up 117 for their title hopes, and teams expected to
receiving yards and scoring two touchdowns contend are falling apart.
in the win.
On the opposite side of the spectrum,
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Former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson has continued his domi-
teams like the Falcons and Bears broke their nance in the NFL, emerging as one of the top players in the league. firstname.lastname@example.org
pretender tags and firmly put themselves in
the contender category. The Falcons handed
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Autumn of Carmelo: Nets, Knicks Interested in Acquiring Anthony
Page 15 The Ramapo News Thursday, September 30, 2010
Nets Not Out of Race to Land Star Forward Despite Proposed Deal Falling Through
By JAKE EDINGER Carlos Boozer, Derrick Rose, and Joakim
Staff Writer Noah. Anthony will most likely land on a
A rumored four-team trade that would have team that already has established superstars.
sent perennial All-Star Carmelo Anthony to After witnessing the “Summer of LeBron” it
the New Jersey Nets has been shot down. is not a surprise to see teams attempt to
Reports last week indicated that the Nets bunch stars together in order to take down
and the Denver Nuggets were close to reach- the three-headed monster of LeBron James,
ing a deal that would Anthony to New Jersey Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh in Miami.
in a trade would also include the Charlotte Whoever wins the new sweepstakes of
Bobcats and Utah Jazz. Originally, the Nets adding Carmelo Anthony, whether it is the
would have sent power forward Derrick Knicks, Nets, Bulls, or even the Clippers,
Favors, who the Nets selected with the third will add one of the league’s most dynamic
pick of last year’s draft, to the Nuggets along offensive threats and an established superstar.
with two future first round draft picks, one Anthony averaged 28.2 points per game last
of which the Nets received from the Golden season with the Denver Nuggets and has
State Warriors. The Nuggets would have averaged 24.7 points per game in his seven-
received Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko, year playing career. Anthony contains every
who is in the final year of his contract. The aspect of a great offensive game, ranking
Jazz would have acquired forward Boris Diaw only behind Kevin Durant and James in scor-
from the Charlotte Bobcats along with the ing last season. He is able to score from the
Nets’ Quinton Ross. photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons
field and from behind the three-point arc
The Charlotte Bobcats would have gained Carmelo Anthony, anxious to join a team that can build a dynasty, might while still maintaining a career 80.1% from
the Nets’ guard Devin Harris, who struggled have played his last game in Denver. the free throw line. Perhaps Anthony’s most
last season after posting All-Star numbers in dangerous threat is his ability to knock down
2008. The Nets attempted to acquire D.J son, expressed uncertainty about signing a New York Knicks. New Orleans Hornets’ mid-range jump shots at a seemingly auto-
Augustin from Charlotte to replace Harris, long-term deal with the Nets. point guard Chris Paul said at Antony’s wed- matic rate.
but the Bobcats wanted to keep the young On Monday, Anthony wore the Nuggets’ ding in New York that he and Anthony Adding Carmelo Anthony to a team already
point guard to play off the bench. powder blue and gold uniform and gave no should team up with Stoudemire in the Big equipped with another star will not only ele-
While the inclusion of Augustin did not indication that he would be traded. Apple. The Knicks seem to be Anthony’s vate each player’s numbers and play on the
seem to be a deal breaker, the Nets said that “I’m here, man,” Anthony said to the first choice because of his love for New York court, but it will instantly cause the team he
they would not go through with the trade Denver media. “I’m here today. Whatever the City, but the Knicks have few draft picks or chooses to be a contender for the playoffs
unless Anthony committed to signing a future holds, it holds.” players that would interest the Nuggets. and maybe a championship.
multi-year extension. Anthony, who enters Many people believe that Anthony wants There have also been rumors of Anthony
to join Amare Stoudemire and play for the going to the Chicago Bulls to play with email@example.com
End of MLB Season Opens Door for Intriguing Award Races
the final year of his current contract this sea-
AL Cy Young Race Will Show How Much Writers Value Wins Compared to Other Statistics
By CHRIS ARNDT second Cy Young. Halladay has a record of Josh Hamilton of the Rangers, Miguel season for the Rockies. Tulowitzki has a
Staff Writer 21-10 and has kept the Phillies in postsea- Cabrera of the Tigers, and Robinson Cano of .318 batting average during the season and
son contention along with former Houston the Yankees are three players certainly in has carried the Rockies late in the season
The race for the Cy Young, Most Valuable
Astros’ ace Roy Oswalt. Cardinals’ Adam contention for the award. Other possible can- with 15 home runs in September. Albert
Player, and Rookie of the Year awards are
Wainwright is right behind Halladay with a didates include Rays’ Evam Longoria and Pujols, who belongs in the MVP discussion
close with several pitchers and hitters deliv-
record of 20-11. Wainwright finished second Twins’ Joe Mauer, who won the award in almost every season, is having another
ering outstanding performances during the
in the voting last year and hopes to make a 2009. machine-like year with a .313 average, 42
stronger case for the award this season. The NL MVP race is extremely intriguing homeruns, and 117 RBIs. The Reds’ Joey
Several pitchers have won 20 games by
The MVP race has seen some familiar faces this season. Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez is Votto has become one of the league’s best
consistently tossing dominating outings.
mixed in with a few young stars this season. having a remarkable season, batting .340 hitters over the past few seasons. Votto’s
There was even a close race for the Triple
IThere is no clear-cut favorite in he AL, but with 34 home runs and 117 runs batted in. .325 average, 37 home runs and 111 RBIs
Crown for the first time in many years.
there are many that could receive the award. Troy Tulowitzki has also produced a stellar make him a strong candidate to win the
Although power numbers have steadily
decreased league-wide since the end of the
The Rookie of the Year award also has sev-
Steroid Era, several players have hit over 35
eral strong contenders this season. In the AL,
home runs, including perennial All-Stars
Tigers’ outfielder Brennan Boesch hit 14
Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera. The race
home runs and 66 RBIs, but his production
for the Cy Young and MVP are sure to come
significantly declined as the season pro-
down to the wire.
gressed. Neftali Feliz, who has become the
The American League and National League
closer for the Rangers, has recorded 38 saves
Cy Young Awards have come down to two
in 41 tries.
pitchers for each league. For the AL, C.C.
In the NL, a slew of rookies have
Sabathia of the Yankees leads the AL with 21
impressed critics. Braves’ Jason Heyward and
wins and has been the anchor of the Yankees
Cubs’ Tyler Colvin have had strong offen-
staff, which has been shaky at best after him.
sive and defensive seasons. However,
Felix Hernandez of the Mariners is also in
Giants’ catcher Buster Posey appears to be
contention. With a record of just 13-12 it
the frontrunner with his cannon of an arm
would seem that he would not have a shot at
and cleanup hitter-type numbers. Posey has
the award, but his outstanding 2.27 ERA and
belted 16 homeruns and driven in 64 RBIs
his overpowering stuff has kept him alive. photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons after the Giants promoted him at the end of
Hernandez also receives no run support from Despite his 13-12 record, Felix Hernandez leads the American League in May.
the Mariners, who rank last in baseball in innings pitched, ERA, and strikeouts and is a top contender for the AL Cy
nearly every offensive category. Young Award. firstname.lastname@example.org
In the NL the 2003 recipient of the award,
Roy Halladay, is looking to take home his
9 . 30 . 10
photo by Mike Jagendorf