THE RAMAPO NEWS THURSDAY A publication by the February 1, students for the 2006 Ramapo College community Diversity Convocation sparks discussion among students, faculty XXIX No. 1 By MICHELE DONOHUE AND KATIE science major Sarah Costello at the first forum HAY session Thursday in the Women’s Center. “They The Diversity Action Committee (DAC) sched- went to something about diversity and what uled open forum sessions that encouraged stu- came was murder.” dents and faculty to react to the speaker at the The forum sessions were set up by DAC after First Annual Diversity Perspectives the presentation prompted some students and fac- Convocation held in Friends Hall on Jan. 24. ulty to question the speech and images provided Some students and faculty had mixed reactions by Feldman. One of the most talked about pieces to the presentation “The Other Gaze: Images, at the forum was a video Feldman played made Bodies, and Spaces of Violence” by guest speak- by American solders in Iraq, showing rapid-fire er Professor Allen Feldman, a New York images of mutilated Iraqi body parts and smiling University professor and anthropologist. military forces touting guns to the song “Die Feldman used images to convey violent contexts MF Die” by Dope. to the Catholic and Protestant struggles in “It was a struggle to make a connection and it Northern Ireland, the American period before was a challenging talk, but it was good for stu- civil rights and the present war in Iraq. dents,” said President Peter Mercer about the “Conflict and struggle around identity has gone debated topic. “Most of the world makes judg- on for centuries,” said Kay Fowler, co-chair of ments by the use of force to implement things. DAC and professor of women’s studies and liter- The processes are similar to reduce [others] to ature. “How do we process with out desensitiz- elevate themselves. We are all prey to letting our ing ourselves? We have a different violence worst impulses to dominate.” because we shield our eyes.” Some questioned at the open forum sessions if Carolyn Herring But some people that attended the convocation the connection to the diversity topic was strong President Peter Mercer gave open remarks for the first Diversity sponsored by the President’s Office, DAC and enough or if students would shut down to ideas Convocation and called students to be “fully engaged human beings.” the Board of Trustees felt there was large discrep- presented by Feldman because of the violent ancy between what they thought the presentation imagery. was about and the actual presentation. “We should challenge ourselves, but it is hard,” Campus groups unite to celebrate African Ancestry Month “Students seemed bored for an hour and then he said Kathryn Zeno, assistant professor of mar- see CONVOCATION on page 6 showed people dying,” said sophomore political keting. “We’re used to having a little bow on This week in By AMMA IS LAM was an official organization here at Ramapo. He elaborates on exactly what the improvements The Ramapo Staff Writer However, regardless of all the hard work, the fear should be of the union, “We need to show our stu- that one day BSU won’t have any active members dents that BSU doesn’t just mean African News... What does African Ancestry Month represent for is beginning to take its toll. American students coming together, but all people Ramapo College? For the Black Student Union, it of the Black Diaspora,” said Gillette. entails what seems to be a neverending struggle of “In order for out priorities to have an Gillette hopes, for the future, that BSU will have unification. actual impact on our student body, a strong council of people who are more in tuned How about this The BSU originally formed to signify a united those involved have to take it with each other than they are now, having people weather? Read about front of the different organizations such as Ebony seriously.” come for the greater good of BSU. But, when our unusual winter on Women, The Caribbean Club, Organization of asked what’s the future of BSU considering the African Unity and others. track the union is on now, he said: “What is more page 5 However, the unity has yet to “kick in” and “stay likely to happen is the BSU will not be as strong -Jaquair Gillette, Brothers Making a in,” said Deshawn Cook, Senior Advisor of OAU as it should.” He said, “It’s hard to have any type Difference (BMAD) President since fall of 2006, who also holds one of the Cook states, “In five to 10 years, I can see the of movement with out a sufficient amount of peo- The Roving Reporter Financial Chairs of the BSU. BSU membership numbers dropping. With the ple dedicated.” The truth was harsh, but real. wants to know which “People would rather party and things of that lack of participation, we feel there aren’t as many Ashia Turner-Warren, vice president of OAU, a celebrity you’d like to in nature than coming to our events on campus and quality people who are able and willing to step up senior here at Ramapo, was blunt with her out- being an active member of the BSU” Cook con- to a leadership position.” look: “I think our generation is now self-centered. a compromising video on tinues. “Our biggest challenge used to be getting Jaquair Gillette, president of Brothers Making a People are less concerned with unity and more page 4 the College to accept and just approve the BSU, Difference (BMAD) and spokesperson for BSU, concerned with self preservation.” now our main challenges are getting members to said unions now should have the same “black OAU has been apart of Ramapo College for be active and stay active.” unity” mentality that they did in the 60s. years, but is also struggling to retain members. Now that it’s finally The original BSU students would stay up past 2 “In order for our priorities to have an actual cold, check out winter a.m. making sure to have all the paper work impact on our student body, those involved have see BSU on page 6 requested by the college completed, ensuring BSU to take it seriously,” said Gillette. fashion on page 11 Ramapo Friday, Feb 2 Saturday, Feb 3 Sunday, Feb 4 Read about the indoor High High High track team’s fantastic Weekend 39 38 25 season on Low Low Low page 18 Weather 22 14 10 Page 2 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 1, 2007 News Flash Candidates Crack The Lid on Campaign Giuliani raised $1.3 million in the closing weeks of 2006, The Pasadena, Calif.-based bakery chain, known for such War Chests most of it coming from New York. He also received $2,100 gourmet pretzels as the Wetzel’s Original and Cin-A-Yum, checks from Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens and his has been sold for an undisclosed price to Levine Leichtman By DAN MORAIN wife, and Andrew Littlefair of Clean Energy, Inc., a Pickens’ Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm. Los Angeles/Washington Post Wire Service holding in San Diego. An investor group that includes film producer John Davis, Additionally, Countrywide Financial Corp. chief executive prominent A-list Hollywood lawyer Jake Bloom and WASHINGTON — Former New York Mayor Rudy Angelo R. Mozilo, and venture capitalist William E. Simon Northwest Airlines Chairman Gary Wilson made the deci- Giuliani opened what is sure to be a year of frenzied presi- and Simon’s wife each gave Giuliani $2,100. Simon is a long-time friend of Giuliani and was the GOP nominee for sion to sell after seeing their investment increase 11 fold dential campaign fund-raising by disclosing Wednesday he since 1997. had $1 million on hand in his quest to become the California governor in 2002. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, another ``When you invest in a company and you have other peo- Republican nominee, while presumed front-runner Sen. Republican candidate, won’t be required to file a campaign ple investing with you, there comes a time when you need to John McCain of Arizona had $472,000. But they and the rest of the field likely lag far behind Sen. finance disclosure until April 15. Romney is a multi-mil- cash out your investors,’’ Davis said. ``The company still Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. Clinton is believed to have lionaire who gained his wealth as co-founder of Bain has a lot of growth left in it, and it’s going to do great over amassed in excess of $14 million, although her report had Capital, a $40 billion investment and venture capital fund. the years.’’ not become public as of late Wednesday. Among other To win the governor’s office in 2002, Romney spent $6.3 Wetzel’s has used its investors’ business and entertainment Democrats, freshman Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois had million of his money, almost twice what he raised from other connections to make its way into theaters, malls and the $516,000 in his Senate account, money that he could use for donors. He also dipped into his personal wealth when he ran Disneyland and Disney World theme parks. Wilson is a for- his presidential run. Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 1994 against Sen. Edward mer top Walt Disney Co. director. The son of the late bil- reported having $4.9 million in his Senate account at year’s Kennedy, D-Mass. Romney still lists a debt of $3.1 million lionaire Marvin Davis, John Davis produced such hits as end. from that campaign, though he owes the money to himself. Among the other candidates, former Iowa Gov. Tom ``Daddy Day Care,’’ ``Dr. Dolittle,’’ ``I, Robot’’ along with Federal officeholders and candidates were required by law the upcoming Eddie Murphy film ``Norbit.’’ to file campaign finance reports detailing the amounts they Vilsack, a Democrat, reported having $396,000 in the bank after raising $1.13 million in December, an amount he had The purchase of the pretzel-maker marks the third fran- had in the bank as of Dec. 31. But presidential hopefuls who set as a goal for his first month as a presidential candidate. chise acquisition for Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, made their intentions known after Jan. 1 won’t be required to file reports until April 15. Vilsack tapped two Los Angeles billionaires: Eli and whose other investments include the Quizno’s sandwich Campaign finance experts cautioned against reading too Edythe Broad gave him $3,200, and Ron Burkle gave him chain and CiCi’s Pizza, Inc. Chief Executive Lauren much into the reports released Wednesday, given that public $2,100, as did Steven Kirsch, founder of Propel Software in Leichtman called Wetzel’s ``a highly recognizable brand’’ campaigning is only beginning. Not all candidates were the Silicon Valley. that the firm will continue to expand. required to file reports, and some, including Obama and A handful of others filed reports earlier. Sen. Sam Wetzel Chief Executive Bill Phelps and namesake Rick McCain, had not yet held major fund-raising events. Brownback, R-Kan., reported transferring $575,000 from Wetzel, who will stay with the company, started Wetzel’s in Obama is not scheduled to announce his candidacy until his Senate campaign account to his presidential account. 1994. The company took its name from taunts children slung Feb. 10. He plans to venture to Los Angeles in February for Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., had $141,000 in his Senate cam- at Wetzel on the schoolyard, as in ``Hey Wetzel, you pret- a political gala hosted by entertainment moguls David paign account as of Dec. 31. zel!’’ Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Stephen Spielberg. Among Now, he has the last laugh. The two head a company with the GOP candidates, McCain raised $660,000 for his presi- Pretzel Chain Salts Deal $60 million in systemwide sales and 200 stores in 30 states, dential bid. That was boosted by another $1 million from his Senate account. After expenses, he had $472,000 banked. By ASHLEY SURDIN an operation they expect to build even bigger. McCain received $2,100 checks from former FBI director Los Angeles/Washington Post Wire Service ``We’ve had many offers over the years, but many of those Louis Freeh, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, would have been a strategic buyer,’’ Phelps said. ``And Patricia Nixon Cox, one of President Nixon’s daughters, and The story of Wetzel’s Pretzels has taken a new twist that that’s not what we wanted. This option allows us to keep the Carly Fiorina, former head of Hewlett Packard. has its investors rolling in dough. people here, grow the people and grow the business.’’ THE RAMAPO NEWS A publication by the students for the Ramapo College community Denise Wojdyla Contact us at: Editor in Chief The Ramapo News Robert A. 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Carroll. “Having an ‘in’ gave me an advantage over the rest Beefing up a resume. “Itʼs particularly imporant for people in any of the applicant pool so I would recommend seeking out All to create a professional looking e-mail in the hopes of kind of news organization or media because connected friends or family whenever possible.” landing a coveted internship. itʼs very competitive.” Carroll was lucky to run into a friend who arranged an Five minutes later an e-mail comes back. interview for her but there are many other ways to find The deadline was two weeks ago. internships. Welcome to the world of summer internships. Sometimes using a search engine such as Google is a good The stress of securing an internship can be eased with the way to come up with a list of potential organizations, said -Edna Negron, Associate Professor of Journalism help of a career counselor from the Cahill Center or from Negron. of Electronic Publishing and Head of the Professor Edna Negron, head of the Communication Arts Websites such as Craigslist, Mediabistro and Communication Arts Internship program Internship program. MonsterTRAK are becoming more popular for employers to “Overall, the sooner you can get going on your internship list internships on. These career-geared sites will not only search the better it is,” said Negron. “It’s particularly impor- isn’t. narrow down the search, but also offer tips for writing a tant for people in any kind of news organization or media Sophomore Brittany Carroll interned for a public relations resume or successful interviewing. because it’s very competitive.” firm last summer where her main responsibilities were lim- But what it boils down to is preparation, according to Her experience in the media makes Negron the perfect can- ited to photocopying and faxing. Negron. didate to give useful advice for struggling students. However, Carroll benefited from her time there. “I would say early preparation, be clear about what you “If students are preparing for spring and summer intern- “The opportunity was successful in narrowing my career would like to do, research, and know where, more or less, ships they should start looking now, and the best way to interests,” said Carroll. “Research shows that 85 percent of you would like to do your internship,” said Negron. “You start looking is to consult with their professors in their con- companies use internships and similar experiential educa- have to be proactive. centrations,” said Negron. tion programs to recruit for their full-time workforces,” says Internships may be a requirement for Communication Arts Professor Profile: “Weiss” up about Law and Society Peter Vogt, a career coach, on the MonsterTRAK website. students, but the benefits are great, even if the internship But due to the competitive nature of the job market, form- By JODI WEINBERGER happy to include other groups and they want everyone to Staff Writer be happy and comfortable at work. Other people feel that they don’t want anything out of the ordinary and anything Professor Jillian Weiss has been a professor at Ramapo that is unusual, or a person who is different is interfering College since 2004. She teaches primarily Introduction to with their work, so I have to go very slowly and be very Law and Society, Social Research with Computers and patient with them. But I enjoy doing it because it opens Contemporary Issues in Law and Society but is very excit- people’s eyes to something that they didn’t understand ed about taking on two new courses, Moot Court and before. Women and the Law, next year. She spends a lot of her I must have given 50 of these, so it’s not as exciting as time researching in the area of transgender workplace poli- the first time, whereas teaching is always exciting to me. cies but plans to brush up on her classical piano so she But still it makes a huge difference in society and it makes can perform for her friends in the summer. room in these big corporations for them to understand that not everyone has to be the same to be successful. Why di d you swi tch from practi ci ng l aw to What woul d you l i ke to see happen i n terms of teachi ng? our soci ety’s vi ew of transgender i ndi vi dual s? Jodi Weinberger Professor Jillian Weiss is now a teacher who is I always wanted to be a teacher. When I got out of col- I’d like people to make an effort to understand the fact that always excited to teach, versus training people in lege, I wanted to go on to graduate school for teaching. everyone has the right to succeed in society regardless of large corporations about transgender issues. My parents said they wanted me to go to law school, and whether they are conventional or unconventional and that to aspire to certain things, even the story that I told you if I went to law school they’d pay for it. Otherwise I was people learn to accept others regardless of their differences. before, about not being encouraged to go into teaching but on my own. So I decided to go to law school. encouraged to go into law. If I had been raised a girl I They insisted that being a lawyer was a much better pro- The fol l owi ng i s a quote from the arti cl e “Ni ght think it would have been exactly the opposite. Especially fession than a teacher, but actually I really didn’t like prac- to Hi s Day”: The S oci al Constructi on of Gender when I was involved in that, which was in 1979, a point ticing law all that much. You have to have a certain kind by Judi th Lorber (Femi ni st Fronti ers, p. 41) at which there were very few female lawyers and mostly of personality, and I didn’t find that I did. female teachers. Now there is much more of a gender bal- I went and got a Ph.D from Northeastern University. I “Jani ce Raymond, a radi cal femi ni st, feel s that ance in both professions of teaching and law, but I think went back to school in 2001 and I got the degree in 2004 transsexual men-to-women have advantages over that’s an example of the way in which girls are encouraged in Law, Policy, and society. femal e women because they were not soci al i zed not to strive for a career or those kinds of goals outside to be subordi nate or oppressed throughout l i fe, ” the family. Even today, even though things have changed a What i s i t l i ke trai ni ng i n l arge corporati ons can you respond to that? lot and now its 2007, but still girls are encouraged not to that know nothi ng about transgender i ssues? go for those things. I think that the way that boys and girls are raised is very It’s very interesting, and I get a lot of different reactions different. The fact that I was raised as a boy means that I from different kinds of people. Some people are very was encouraged to partake in certain kinds of activities and see WEISS on page 7 Page 4 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 1, 2007 R o v i n g R e p o r t e r “Which celebrity would you like to see in a sex tape?” Question by Jodi Weinberger. Photographs by Vladimir Panov. “Kristin Kreuk, “Angelina and the hottest girl Brad Pitt.” - - on television.” -- Jonelyn Planillo, Grace Delacruz, junior sophomore “Natalie “Orlando Bloom.” “Jennifer Love Portman.” -- -- Carly Lussier, Hewitt.” -- Steve Carl Sposato, sophomore Wheeler, senior senior FYS Profile: Letinski leads the community and passes the puck By LAURA IZZO Caucus and able to network with student Staff Writer Joining Freshman Caucus was one of the leaders from all over the country. best decisions I made here at Ramapo. I With a semester of college behind them, have made a lot of good friends through it So, aside from student government, what the class of 2010 is already making big and it has helped me feel part of the are some of your hobbies or interests? plans for the spring semester. Freshman Ramapo Community. Matt Letinski is no exception. Not only I like to surf, snowboard and play on the does Matt play hockey for Ramapo College, What are you guys planning for caucus in Ramapo College Roller Hockey Club team. but he also plays an integral role in the the spring semester? I am also very interested in current events Freshman Caucus. Matt looks forward to making the most of his college experience The spring semester for Freshman Caucus and politics. and growing as a student leader. is going to be a very busy one. We are plan- ning on holding three events. The first event What is your major? Do you have any How was your first semester at college? is a Valentine’s Day Semi-Formal February idea what career you’d like to get into? Was it everything you expected it to be? 11 at 9 p.m. in Friends Hall. The second event will be a poker tournament with an I am a Business Finance major. I would My first semester at Ramapo went very XBOX 360 as the grand prize. Our most hopefully like to pursue a career as an well. I enjoyed meeting new people and the important event we are organizing is the investment banker. Daniel Jean new freedoms of living away from home for Freshman Matt Letinski enjoys plan- Caucus’s Annual Leadership Conference the first time. College was everything I ning events for Ramapo students. for the incoming freshmen, which will be You are a busy guy, but are there any expected it to be and more. It is a lot differ- held in March. other clubs or activities you look forward ent than high school, which I like. to trying this semester? What are you most looking forward to in You attended a leadership conference for What is your favorite memory from the the spring semester? Caucus recently. What was that like and Not right now. I have my hand full with fall semester? what did you take in or learn from that Freshman Caucus, SGA and the Hockey This semester I’m looking forward to con- trip? My favorite memory from the fall semes- tinuing to meet new people and being Club. ter has to be Founder’s Day. I was on the involved in Student Government. Yes, I was fortunate to be selected to attend committee that organized all the events for a leadership conference over break in All in all, what quote or phrase best sums the day. So it was good to see that all our I hear you are a member of the Freshman Daytona Beach, Florida. The conference you up? hard work paid off and that students Caucus. What was it like getting involved and the weather were great. I was able to enjoyed the day. with the caucus last semester? pick up new ideas on planning events for “College is what you make of it.” Page 5 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 1, 2007 Not a winter wonderland for Ramapo students this year By AMANDA RINALDI been able to wear a larger variety of clothing. Sophomore Staff Writer Kristen Norbut hated bundling up and enjoyed having extra When will Mother Nature make up her mind and pick a sea- time in her T-shirts. son already? “I love that I haven’t had to be bundled up everyday in my Up until a few weeks ago everyone was experiencing one winter clothing. I can still wear my cute shirts out at night of the warmest winters in U.S. history. What are students to and be comfortable and then other times wear a nice sweater do when the weather fluctuates from 70 degrees to below and not be to hot,” said Norbut. “I think this weather is per- freezing the next? fect.” This weird mess of weather affected Ramapo students in Temperatures in the upcoming week are expected to drop many ways. For the campus’ skiers and snowboarders, the down to as low as 18 degrees on Tuesday while the high will weather forecasts have messed with their heads. Over and be 35 degrees on Friday, with a bit of snow in the mix. If over, weather stations talked about a snowfall that did not the meteorologists are finally correct with their snow pre- come until this week. The few times snow fell it came in a dictions, this will make a lot of Ramapo students very tiny patch of flurries that annoyingly froze to car wind- happy. shields. A large number of students such as junior Jason Paster, are Sophomore Lauren Rary, has been skiing ever since she upset that there is yet to be a big snowstorm. was five and was devastated that this was the first winter “I wish it would snow so we could have a day off from where she won’t be able to ski down the Campgaw moun- classes,” said Paster. “I count on a snow day every once and tains due to the lack of snow. a while as an excuse to not get out of bed.” “Winter is my favorite season because I love to play in the Despite the fact that there may be mixed feelings about this snow. My family and I always take a ski trip to the winter’s crazy weather, one can only hope that things will Campgaw Mountain, which is why I was so excited when I even themselves out and this coming summer will be perfect was accepted to Ramapo because now I can go whenever I beach weather. like,” said Rary. “Except for this year because it’s too warm Dave Spangenburg to ski, which makes me extremely sad.” On the other hand, some of the more fashion-conscious stu- December gave everyone a taste of the effects of dents are excited about the warm weather. Because it has global warming, as did the beginning of January taken so long for cold weather to finally come, students have with a record high of 70 degrees on Jan. 6. Do you want to be a guitar hero? By ROBERT ENG Staff Writer Of course you do, and now you can. Playstation 2’s high- ly popular video game called “Guitar Hero” puts you in the spotlight to play your favorite songs on a plastic guitar con- troller. This guitar controller is shaped like a Mini Gibson SG gui- tar with colored buttons placed on the first five frets on the neck, a strum bar like on a regular guitar, and a whammy bar. To play a note, that player must hold the correct color but- ton that is displayed on the screen and press the strum bar on time. The score is based on the accuracy and timing when playing the notes of the song, which affects the “Rock Meter” in the game. Although gamers love this addicting reenactment of cover- ing Jimi Hendrix solos or rocking out heavily to Lamb of God and Avenged Sevenfold, there is a mixed feeling from musicians towards the validity of Guitar Hero. “I think people are actually going to give up picking up a real guitar and learning how to play it, just because Guitar Hero is more satisfying and easier to learn,” said six-year guitarist Nick Andriuolo. It’s clearly evident that the game is a lot of fun, but which would a child prefer to play if he or she had the choice, with no background in music? Would a kid really put in years of hard work and practice to master the real thing? Or would a kid prefer to play along with his or her favorite songs and within minutes be able to successfully enjoy playing Guitar Hero? “If kids play Guitar Hero first and see how easy it is, they Some fans of the popular video game Guitar Hero hope that young players will pick up the instrument might get discouraged when they actually try to play the after playing. same songs on a real guitar,” said two-year guitarist, Joe Dipalma. “Unless they’re really dedicated, they’ll most game almost right away, but with an actual guitar it proba- increases finger strength and speed for musicians,” said likely quit the real thing and continue playing the game.” bly takes years to be noticeably good.” nine-year guitarist Michael Vivenzio. Since learning a real guitar isn’t as easy as learning how to On the other hand, maybe the growing popularity of Guitar “Playing Guitar Hero can maybe help with faster fingers, play Guitar Hero, non-musicians strongly believe children Hero will lead to the increase of children and teens buying and possibly a better tempo,” added Andriuolo. will learn Guitar Hero way before they learn to play the real real guitars with a new interest to learn it. Also, some musi- Does playing Guitar Hero actually make a person a guitar thing. cians believe that playing Guitar Hero can enhance their per- expert? Let’s just say that it makes a person as much as a “Guitar Hero is just a lot more fun from the start,” said formance in playing a real guitar. guitar expert as Dance Dance Revolution develops a profes- Ramapo student Chris Barbarino. “You can pick up the “I like Guitar Hero a lot. Not only is it a fun game, but it see GUITAR HERO on page 8 Convocation: DAC forums Page 6 The Ramapo News BSU: Looking towards the future Thursday, February 1, 2007 continued from page 1 continued from page 1 everything. And it’s not there. ” years, but is also struggling to retain members. F owler and other faculty members expressed disappointment that F eldman did not “The retention rate of members has dropped extremely due to students not as try to provide a context for the Iraq video or provide a warning before showing the passionate,” Turner-Warren said. “Our struggle is to get students to want to be gruesome images. aware of the African American community.” “It was in your face and not closed well, ” said Miki Cammarata, acting associate Unfortunately, the NAACP is also struggling to acquire members. All three dean of students who e-mailed her staff afterward. “I basically apologized if they were members of BSU agreed you don’t reap the financial benefits of being apart of disturbed by the images. ” organizations such as the NAACP, and that people are looking for financial sta- Attending faculty hoped that students would attend the future meetings to help each bility. Turner-Warren further explains, “Those who do have stable careers don’t other make a connection to the presentation and diversity issues. want to loose them for the unity of African Americans.” “This is a conversation that needs to go on and on and on in all contexts, ” said BSU has come a considerably long way from its initial foundation. The union F owler. “We have had provocative speakers in the past. Now we have to work on what has mentored hundreds of youth in urban cities, provided events here on campus comes next. ” to enlighten students and still have fun and set the tone for black unity. F eldman began the presentation using the tranquil 17 century painting “The Girl However, with all of this accomplished, outside of its leaders, the BSU has yet with the P earl Earring” by Danish artist Johannes Vermeer to illustrate how a gaze to have a consistent foundation of active member’s working towards a collective with another person constructs a “unique singularity and potential for communica- effort for the better good of the union and all the organizations consisting of it. tion. ” What will it take? F eldman then tried to tie together ideas of violence and dehumanization through images, such as a postcard of a Minnesota lynching. He used accounts of Northern Ireland P rotestant and Catholic feuds that extended to “doorstep murders” when talk- ing about violence within two groups that are almost indistinguishably different. “You are taking someone’s identity and using it against them, ” said F eldman. “It is an attempt to make a conversion of the body through murder. ” The convocation was presented in part as a response to New Jersey’s call in 2004 for colleges to address demographic changes and last semester’s biased crime incidents on campus. Homophobic statements written on residential housing dry erase boards and racial symbols left in the frost on parked cars in a string of seemingly unrelated crimes prompted Mercer to send campus-wide e-mails condemning the acts of discrimination. The most recent incident, where an anti-S emitic statement was scrawled in a class- African Ancestry room, evoked student groups to re-evaluate diversity on campus. “We have encouraged S tudent Government to serve on DAC committees and sub- Month Celebration committees, ” said S GA P resident S tephen Cucchiara. “Our organization is also made up of a diverse group which enables us to stay in touch with several different areas of campus. ” Although both Mercer and Trustees Chair Thomas Zelante mentioned the crimes in opening remarks, F eldman failed to address the campus specific incidents because of time constraints. F owler mentioned that after the convocation F eldman was “unsettled” with not hav- ing enough time to explain image contexts and encouraged students to e-mail him February 1 February 23 with any questions. Opening Banquet Book Reading and Signing The first diversity convocation sparked some debate, but it will not be the college’s Edwidge Danticat last. Sharp Theater - 1 p.m. Robert A. Scott Student Center - 5 “Diversity is not a one shot deal, ” said Zeno. “It’s a journey. It’s a process. There p.m. is not going to be a guidebook to diversity. ” February 1 February 25 “Winds of the Spirit: Haitian Vodun “Faces of America” Art” One Person Show Presented by Yale University profes- Sharp Theater - 8 p.m. sor Dr. Robert Farris Thompson February 27 Sharp Theater - 8 p.m. “Empowerment through Art, Media and Business: A Local and Global February 8 Look at African Americans Who Have Black Maria Film Festival Changed the World” Closing Event Alumni Lounges - 5 p.m. Sharp Theater - 2-5 p.m. African Ancestry Month events will February 12 be coordinated by the Womenʼs Book Discussion: “The Dew Breaker” Center, the Office of Student by Edwidge Danticat Activities/Platinum Series and York Room in the Mansion - 12:45 Ramapo College Clubs and adminis- p.m. trative office. For more information, contact the Womenʼs Center at 201-684-7468 Dave Spangenburg February 16 Professor Allen Feldman used various images to illustrate violence and dehu- Black Art Auction and Tea manization. Trustees Pavillion - 7 p.m. Follow-up Sessions at the Womenʼs Center Thursday at 1 p.m. and Friday at 12 p.m. Page 7 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 1, 2007 Weiss: snowboards and teaches Guitar Hero: ARockin’Good Time continued from page 3 continued from page 5 children and teens buying real guitars with a new interest to learn it. Also, How did you get into snowboarding? some musicians believe that playing Guitar Hero can enhance their per- formance in playing a real guitar. My son is 15 now, and when he was about 6 or 7, I would take him skiing. But then he “I like Guitar Hero a lot. Not only is it a fun game, but it increases finger wanted to do snowboarding with his friends. But I didn’t want him to take the lessons alone strength and speed for musicians,” said nine-year guitarist Michael because one time a ski instructor, who was like 16 or 17, just left him on the side of the Vivenzio. mountain by mistake. So now I was like, “Okay, I have to learn to snowboard.” You get “Playing Guitar Hero can maybe help with faster fingers, and used to it after a while. Now I’m pretty good, I’m not as good as he is. He’s really, really possibly a better tempo,” added Andriuolo. good. Does playing Guitar Hero actually make a person a guitar expert? Let’s just say that it makes a person as much as a Why is there such confusion between gender identity and sexual orientation? guitar expert as Dance Dance Revolution develops a pro fessional dancer. There is a confusion between gender identity and sexual orientation because gender identity This means you won’t hear too many people bragging is a fairly new concept to most people whereas sexual orientation, the idea that you’re about their shredding skills on Guitar Hero. And, it is safe attracted to a particular sex or person, that you want to be with a particular person romanti- to say that although some musicians believe play cally, they’re used to that. But the idea that a person may feel that they are of the opposite ing hours of Guitar Hero can improve some gender to the one they were assigned at birth, that’s really new and so most people don’t aspects of playing a real guitar, it doesn’t compare really know the difference, they don’t really focus on it. to practicing for hours on the real thing instead. So you live on an island? I just moved with my partner to City Island, which is an island off of the Bronx and it’s great. I have the beach there and sail boats. 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Page 8 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 1, 2007 Britain’s Poisoning Probe Wraps Up; Charges May Follow By KIM MURPHY In an interview in his London office Wednesday, rant near Piccadilly Circus that was later found to Los Angeles Washington Post Wire Service exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky said he have significant traces of polonium 210, the pro- met with Lugovoy a day before Litvinenko was gram said. poisoned. Berezovsky formerly employed both The restaurant was the same one at which LONDON — British police said Wednesday they Lugovoy and Litvinenko and believes the Russian have concluded their investigation into the poison- security services were behind the poisoning. Litvinenko met Italian contact Mario Scaramella ing of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, ``Mr. Lugovoy, who now is suspected to be the on Nov. 1, but Scaramella told the BBC that the and handed the file to prosecutors for a decision on killer, he was sitting in this room in front of me, polonium had been found at a table other than the whether to file charges. and we drank wine with him. And he had not less one at which he sat with Litvinenko. Though authorities refused to disclose their find- chances to poison me in this office where we are Lugovoy’s attorney, Andrei Romashov, said his ings, people close to the family said they believe present now than to do the same in the hotel, put- client has not been informed that he is anything the authorities are leaning toward suspects in ting polonium to a cup of tea of my friend Russia as the probable perpetrators. Alexander,’’ Berezovsky said. other than a witness. He said Lugovoy, who trav- ``From my understanding, they know where and He said he has a ``more or less clear answer’’ to eled to London with his family on the trip at which who and how. They know exactly what happened,’’ why he was not targeted for poisoning, but has he met Litvinenko, would never have knowingly said one source, who had not been formally briefed pledged to the police that he will not discuss the exposed his family. ``It is absurd to think that a on the police findings. case in detail until the investigation is concluded. person who wants to commit such a serious and Prosecutors have said they will review the results ``I think the main point for the British govern- of the detectives’ work and determine whether it is ment today is that until they find all the rings of socially dangerous crime, would bring his entire appropriate to file charges. But if the file does chain, how it happened, starting from the place family, wife and children, along. This doesn’t make identify suspects in Russia, authorities there have where the polonium was taken until it reached the sense,’’ Romashov said. already said it would be impossible under Russian cup of tea of Alexander, no one British is able to Russian officials have also launched an inquiry in law to extradite them to Britain for trial. feel protected,’’ the businessman said. ``The prob- the case and have discussed traveling to London to Litvinenko, a former colonel with the Russian lem now is whether this government is able to pro- interview witnesses. A number of Russian citizens security services who resigned and became a dissi- tect the population of this country from the same dent in London, was killed with a massive dose of plot again.’’ charged or suspected of crimes in Russia have radioactive polonium 210. The poison appears to Many in Russia have suggested that Berezovsky sought political asylum in Britain, including have been administered Nov. 1 in a cup of tea he could have poisoned his friend in an effort to dis- Berezovsky, and Russian investigators have sig- drank at a London hotel with two businessmen credit Russian President Vladimir V. Putin. naled their interest in questioning some of them as from Russia, Andrei Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun, The BBC ``Panorama’’ program reported last part of their own probe. both of whom had former ties to the Russian secu- week that authorities now believe Litvinenko may rity services. have been poisoned not once, but twice, and may Both have denied any role in Litvinenko’s poi- have received an additional dose two weeks before soning and have said they consider themselves vic- his Nov. 1 meeting at the hotel. Litvinenko met Times staff writer Sergei L. Loiko in Moscow con- tims in the case. Lugovoy and Kovtun on Oct. 16 at a sushi restau- tributed to this report. Milton wants you to join The Ramapo News! Mondays and Wednesdays, 7 p.m. SC-218 Page 9 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 1, 2007 AFT GRADUATE SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP $1,000 scholarship funds come from the Ramapo College members of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 2274 The purpose of this scholarship is to provide recognition from AFT members for outstanding academic achievement and to encourage post graduate scholarship. Special consideration is given to students seeking careers in teaching or other academic areas. Applicants can send the following materials to the AFT office (G-230) by 2:30pm March 22nd to be considered for the scholarship: A letter of application that includes a self-statement about graduate plans and career goals, Transcripts of all college work to date, including records from institutions other than Ramapo College, Two letters of recommendation from Ramapo AFT members (faculty, librarians, professional staff – ask if they’re a member) sent directly to the AFT office. A copy of the letter of acceptance from an accredited graduate institution. Letter of application, transcripts and letter of acceptance should be submitted together in a large envelope addressed to the “AFT Scholarship Committee.” Send (or bring) packet to the AFT Office (G-230) What is the American Federation of Teachers? The AFT is a trade union representing over 1 million workers in education, healthcare and public service. The Ramapo Local of the AFT represents over 500 of our faculty (full-time and adjunct), librarians and professional staff. Member contributions made this scholarship possible. The scholarship will be awarded at the Honors Convocation, April 11 @ 3pm. Recipient will be notified in advance by mail. Questions should be directed to Judith Pernot x7108. A R T S & E THE T E RINTMOVIES,NMUSIC E NMORE! Page 10 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 1, 2007 N AI M T LATEST AND The Superbowl: Call it sports or entertainment? BY: DYAN CORNACCHIO religiously, that is-it’s definitely drink; the game is fun some- Staff Writer about the commercials.” times,” said Juell. “But it’s In previous years Aerosmith, played up by advertisers and it’s An estimated 70,000 people are Britney Spears and Justin more well known for the com- expected to fill Dolphin Stadium Timberlake have all played at the mercials.” in Miami Gardens, Fla. on Feb. 4 Half-Time show. This year’s will For Degraw though, the Super to watch the Indianapolis Colts feature Prince and the commer- Bowl is just as much about the go against the Chicago Bears in cials set to air during the game game as it is the social aspect. what is becoming one of the most are already generating huge “We have a party at the fire- highly-anticipated Super Bowl buzz, particularly one starring house, everyone gets together games in recent years. But what Spears’ ex-husband, Kevin and we cook and watch the about the viewers at home? Federline, for Nationwide game,” said Degraw. Today it seems there is an ever- Mutual Insurance along with an While some students may have growing divide between the peo- animated Coke advertisement. parties to watch the game, others ple who watch the Super Bowl “It’s a big money-maker,” said do not even watch at all, insisting for the game itself and those who Maria Cifelli, senior. “It’s huge it is too hyped. watch it for its entertainment for advertisements.” “Personally, I think the Super value, mainly the Half-Time Last year approximately 90 mil- Bowl is overrated. It’s just a show and the infamous commer- lion people worldwide tuned into football game,” said Cifelli. cials. the big game, yet people seem Last year’s Super Bowl ran “It’s more than just about the The Colts will face the Bears in this years anticipated. divided over whether it was for over 47 minutes of ads and this game,” “The game is an after- the sport or the commercials. year promises to devote even headed to the Bowl. It is a move ing lineup makes it seem as thought like, ‘“Oh by the way it’s One of the biggest groups of peo- more time to commercials and that is truly historic and already though the majority of people the game.”’ said R. Andre Perry, ple to watch the game are college promotional features. So, even if being touted as one of the biggest watching the Super Bowl this a Ramapo College professor who students and for them it seems to you watch the game because of a and most poignant events to hit year will be avid sports fans, but teaches the course Media, Sports, be more about the social/enter- love of football, it is clear that the sports world to this date. according to many that is simply and Society. tainment aspect of it all. today the Super Bowl is not just Along with that, you have star not the case. As far as the game itself is con- For Ramapo senior Melissa about the sport, something all and fan-favorite Colts quarter- “I think the serious sports peo- cerned, one of the biggest issues Juell, the game is more of an fans seem to know. back and AFC Champion Peyton ple are in it for the game,” said making news is the fact that after afterthought at the Super Bowl “Basically, when it comes to Manning in the mix. So, the fact Ryan DeGraw, senior. “For the 41 years, two black coaches parties she attends. the Super Bowl, it’s everything that this game is already ground- day to day people though-the (Lovie Smith of the Bears and “I’d rather concern myself with but the game,” said Perry. breaking and includes a promis- folks that don’t follow sports Tony Dungy of the Colts) will be the people there, the food and Female friendly funk, hit among students BY: KATIE HAY “Long Way,” “January,” “Make Staff Writer “This event is to empower Me Hate You” and “The Small The third annual Female women through music,” said Things.” Burns was inspired to Friendly Funk took place in J. Smith. “Our goal is to show write “The Small Things” by the Lee’s student lounge on Jan. 25. women that they don’t have to book The Lovely Bones, written Four musical artists performed listen to misogynistic musical by Alice Sebold. original female-empowering lyrics.” “I really enjoyed Joanna’s per- music. About 50 people attended the formance,” said Katie Mulligan, The entirely female line-up con- event, while immersing them- junior. “She used her talents of sisted of Joanna Burns, Amanda selves in various types of vege- playing the piano and the guitar Duncan, Jesse Poland and tarian food, coffee and tea. The to capture the audience.” Ramapo’s own Lindsay Sanchez. coffee house that was set up Duncan’s Acoustic/Folk/Pop The performers were brought in allowed for an intimate feeling. sound was popular among the by senior Kate Brown and sopho- The first performer was Burns. crowd. She sang a variety of more Samantha Smith, who both She had a Blues/Folk/Rock/Pop songs accompanied by her guitar work at the Women’s Center. style to her music. She played and mandolin. Some of her According to Brown, this is the both guitar and piano while songs were “World at your first time there has been an all singing her own lyrics. She Fingertips” and “The Walk of Lindsey Sanchez shows talent at Female Friendly Funk. female show. played about six songs, including Shame.” She had the audience sing along to her cover of Paula guitar was rushed to the stage. each others’ acts and made it a Abdul’s, “Straight Up” and her Poland is currently working on a point to mingle with the audi- own song “Love I Have for You.” full-length album that will be in ence. Burns and Duncan She demonstrated female stores in the spring. brought along CD’s that students empowerment with the lyrics “If The final artist of the night was could purchase for $3. you can’t stand the heat/then get Sanchez, a Ramapo freshman. “All of them were so amazing out of the kitchen/this girl’s about She performed many cover songs that I even bought both CD’s,” to raise the flame.” Her energy including The Spice Girls said Aislynn Linthwaite, sopho- allows for her positive message “Wannabe” and Nsync’s “Bye, more. to emerge into her fans. Bye, Bye,” and she also sang a The Women’s Poland had more of an few of her own songs including “Rebound” and “The Hollywood Center will hold Indie/Alternative feel to her music. She began writing songs Effects.” Sanchez brought out a two more shows when she was 16 years old about lot of freshman support, includ- on: topics such as insecurity in ing friends from her hometown. females and ex-boyfriends. She “When I saw the posters hang- Feb. 22 and performed songs entitled “Pilate” ing around campus, I wasn’t sure March 22 and “Build a Moon.” During her what to expect,” said Mulligan, “but I was pleasantly surprised. at 8:00 p.m. performance, Poland’s guitar string snapped, yet she continued All of the performers stayed in J. Lee’s singing acapella until another throughout the night to listen to Don’t miss it! Joanna Burns started the show off with”Long Way.” Page 11 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 1, 2007 ‘Baby, it’s cold outside’: surviving the weather in style BY: SARAH SWENSON we keep the coziness factor yet lined inside with sheepskin. Staff Writer live our lives in this blistering They are moderately priced, and cold? By purchasing a pair of come in all different shapes and With the harsh weather hitting coveted and fashionable winter styles. They have been the boot us at full force, it’s officially boots. Who says you have to of choice for years, and will time to reinvent the blah winter sacrifice comfort for style? most likely continue to be. wardrobe into something more The boot trend this winter is UGGS do the job well, but original and distinctive. essentially about ease and com- sometimes having what no one Ultimately, what do we want as fort, with a Native American else has is fun and unexpected. college students? Ideally, to be flair. These boots tend to be When I walk around campus, I comfortable and warm but also flat, no higher than one inch, tend to notice many girls look- to appear fashionable and edgy. with neutral soft colors. Tan, ing exactly the same in their Wearing winter boots can be chocolate, beige and chestnut UGGS (and the way they wear tricky. They can either make or are earthy tones and are surpris- them), which is why I introduce break the outfit – especially ingly flattering for all. two other styles into the mix. when it is so chilly outside and UGGS are the ultimate choice For the person that wants the we want nothing more than to for the fall and winter months, comfort yet unique look of stay inside under the covers of given their versatility and wear- something different, one could our cozy beds. But, once we get UGG boots are a must have staple item in any wardrobe. ability. UGGS are a suede boot try Mukluks. They are a winter up, the question is this: how can boot that is a hybrid mélange of trendy version as the Mukluks skinny jeans, leggings, or tights. UGGS and moccasins. They are would be the winter boots by Another fresh way to wear these a much more luxurious version Report. Not pricey at all, these boots is by either dressing them of the typical winter boot. They boots are the most affordable for up or down. Jeans and a tunic have a more dramatic style to the typical college student. look effortless with boots, as them, and are for the trendier Plus, they have an added wedge does a tight turtleneck under a more fashion-forward person. of three inches, which can do jumper worn with tights. Similar to the UGGS, Mukluks wonders to minimize flaws and Layering is also key, a look that are also lined inside with sheep- accentuate the goods we want to is trendy yet practical for these skin and are hand made by show off. These boots are super cold months. Native Canadians. They also snug and comfortable with Of course, there are other boots have tiny beads sewn on the quilted nylon on the outside and that fit the trend quotient. There front and top of the boot. The lined with a faux-fur on top. are numerous styles, brands and boots hit an inch or two below The boots also have adorable prices to choose from. Just the knee, and are the definition pom poms that give it a younger remember, when walking of warmth and luxury. By far, edge that appeals to college stu- around campus or anywhere these boots are the most expen- dents. Why not wear it now else, comfort and warmth is sive, yet so worth it if you will when we are young and can imperative. Although, finding a keep them and wear them for wear most anything? fashionable boot ups the cool seasons to come. How are these boots worn? factor by 10 degrees this winter! The Mukluk the priciest boot but has unsurpassable quality. A cheaper, although just as The most modern way – with Annie’s Idol Breakdown: the good and the bad BY: ANNIE DAVIS Minneapolis, Minn., on Jan. 16 “Baby Got Back,” while trying for his third Idol audition and he left the audition room bro- Staff Writer at 8 p.m. Like every year, there to dance and enthusiastically finally got his ticket to ken-hearted and empty handed. were a number of strange peo- waving her large derriere, while Hollywood. A total of seven Also left with no ticket to And it starts. Last week, the ple that auditioned. One unfor- singing “I like big butts and I people made it through to Hollywood was Jonathan. season premiere of American gettable contestant was an cannot lie.” After rejecting her, Hollywood. Following these auditions, a Idol season six aired on the Fox African-American man who hair dresser, who resembled network. There were still a wore a red, white and blue Taylor Hicks, was escorted out number of strange contestants Uncle Sam outfit, topped off of the audition room for trying who came out to audition in the with a patriotic hat. In addition, to touch the judges’ hair. The hopes of becoming the next this man donned punching 6-foot-4 inch Anna Kirns made American Idol. gloves and sang an operatic her way through to Hollywood Each contestant auditioned for song. Needless to say, this after her powerful rendition of the three infamous judges. Uncle Sam impersonator did not Arethra Franklin’s hit On the left sits Randy make it through to Hollywood. “Respect.” Cowell tried to say Jackson, who is known for his Another young man auditioned something against her, but phrases such as “You’re going for Idol and sang in a raspy, Jackson and Abdul growled at to Hollywood!” “It was a’ight” rocker voice. Upon being chal- him. Jordan Sparks, who sang and “dawg.” lenged by Cowell to sing an “Because You Loved Me,” was In the middle sits the lovely ABBA song, the man searched also among the seven contest- Paula Abdul, known for her for people who knew some ants who made it through to fashion statements, her erratic lyrics. He quickly learned the Hollywood on the second day in behavior, and kindness to the song “Dancing Queen.” Seattle. The last contestant auditionees. Last Wednesday, Unfortunately, Cowell was still went by the name of Red the second night of Idol, an not impressed. By the end of The infamous three return for a sixth season of the hit show. because of his bright red hair, interview of Paula Abdul was the audition day, 17 people had and possibly because of his red removed off the air. This video made it through to Hollywood. Cowell stated, “It looked like On day two in Seattle, the neck. His high pitched singing can be found on YouTube.com The second night of Idol audi- she had been caught in a net.” rainy contestants did not let up. was described by Cowell as under the title, “What is Paula tions were in Seattle, where a The same day, Simon told one Two strange boys became “sounding like a one year old.” Smoking???” In the interview, rainy day predicted much of the of the other contestants that he friends while waiting on line. American Idol with be airing Paula seemed giddy, laughing at auditions to come. Two was “one of the worst people on Kenneth had confidence that he auditions from all over the nearly every question. extremely large women with the show.” On a happier note, was going to become the next United States for weeks to Finally, the infamous Simon glasses and poor singing voices a brother and sister both sang American Idol. He proclaimed come. Stay tuned for outrageous Cowell sits all the way to the were both denied access into their way into Hollywood on that he had been compared to auditions, outstanding talent right of the audition table. Hollywood. Contestant Melissa the first day. Thomas, a gas Nsync band members Justin and many hysterical comments Cowell is known for his biting Starvos sported light pink arm attendant with a large afro and a Timberlake and Lance Bass. from the judges while the remarks and brutal honesty. coverings and a dress that suit, that looked like it had After Kenneth’s hideous rendi- search for the next American American Idol kicked off in looked like an apron. She sang come from the ‘70s, tried out tion of “Tearin’ Up My Heart,” Idol continues. Long ago when our parents wanted added artwork, pictures and colored to hear a band’s new music, they wax to go along with the great went to the music store and bought a music. Bands are using this to vinyl record. These large, cumber- include more than just a 12-song some, fragile pieces of wax were album when fans buy their new around for years and have seemingly record. Even though an album might become obsolete after the invention be sold on the internet for hundreds of CDs and mp3s. of dollars, the bands never see a While most people have forgotten dime of this profit, and remain true about records, there is a growing to their passion for the music they number of people that are involved play. Music is an art form, and vinyl in the increasingly popular trend of takes this practice one step further in record collecting. This hobby has adding a visual and collectable ele- been around since the rise of bands ment to the experience. like The Beatles and The Grateful Dead, that have inspired large col- lections. During the mid to late 80s, the hardcore and punk rock scene resurrected this trend after releasing albums on limited colored vinyl, sometimes with different cover art or packaging. This idea has grown and many bands have numerous versions of their albums released for special occasions, tours or online pre-orders. While the idea seemed to start when bands wanted to give their vinyl a little more artistic quality, it has blown up in recent years. Hardcore bands in the late 80s such as Gorilla Biscuits, Judge and Turning Point began releasing records on clear, green and yellow vinyl, which seemed to spark a prac- tice that has gotten crazy in recent years. Some of these albums are incredibly difficult to find, and most collectors are always on the look out for older releases by classic hardcore bands. Not only do underground punk and hardcore labels release vinyl, but many well known groups are doing the same, such as Coheed and Cambria, Saves the Day, NOFX, Thursday and Weezer to name a few. More popular bands’ material is usu- ally fairly valuable, especially if it has been pressed on colored vinyl or has alternate artwork. The larger record labels are starting to recog- nize that people are still interested in this once dead medium, and many of the bands are still interested in hav- ing their music pressed onto wax. The real “mania” in collecting begins when people start chasing down every version of a particular album, some being worth hundreds of dollars due to their rarity. Record trading forums can be found easily on the internet, and Ebay has become one of the largest places to find rare and out of print records. For example, a regular copy of an album on black might be worth only $10 or $15. A version that was exclusively sold at a record release show could be worth around $50 or more, depending on the band. The color combinations have also gotten incredibly intricate, with some records being clear, swirled or hav- ing multiple colors split through the vinyl. Alternate artwork has also got- ten popular. Many bands choose to have different covers made for an album while on tour or performing at a special festival. Due to all of these variations, a record purchased at a show for only $10 might be worth three times as much on Ebay, even within a few weeks time. When it comes down to it, the best part about having a large vinyl is the Page 12 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 1, 2007 Sweet Shin’s music: their latest album BY CHRIS MATTIELLO hand, is an example of a suc- Staff Writer cessful experiment, carried by It’s up for debate whether or lyrics with incredible imagery not The Shins wanted the posi- and depth. “So help me/I tion of Indie Rock Heroes that don’t know/I might just give was thrust upon them. the old dark side a try,” Nowhere have they claimed Mercer sings on a cold and they wanted to do anything but isolating synth track. make good music, and unless The rest of the album is par your favorite movie is Garden for the course for The Shins. State, it’s not likely you’re “Turn On Me” and “Girl looking to The Shins to change Sailor” are both wonderful your life. pop songs that each offer a In the past, The Shins have good case for being the been accused of being dull and album’s second single. boring, and at times on 2003’s “Black Wave” is another Chutes Too Narrow, these crit- piece of evidence for those icisms had their place. Four who feel The Shins are too years later on Wincing The boring, but it’s a welcome Night Away, the band cast break at the tail end of the aside any preconceived album. notions that fans or critics cre- The Shins got away with ated. murder on Wincing The Night “Sleeping Lessons” opens the The Shins released their latest and so-called best album, Wincing the Night Away. Away. By all rights, any album with a slow build from band’s experimental album or girl. cycle that the song puts you the claw hammer on an album soft synth to the hardest rock synth album should be the “Phantom Limb,” the in. of cats, fish and puppies. It’s The Shins have ever done. On easiest to dismiss. However, album’s first single, has so “Sea Legs,” the album’s not so much a bad song as it is the bouncy pop song this ends up being The Shins’ much going on at once that longest song, is also the track a poor choice of a song. The “Australlia,” singer James best work to date. Even if your not sure where to focus that falls the hardest. Here, intrusive bass and careless Mercer shows that he’s no they don’t want to steer the your attention. It’s an aural The Shins attempted a depar- drum beat tips the song in longer holding back and dis- Indie Rock warships, they’ve blitzkrieg of indie-pop that ture from standard fare, trying multiple directions, making it plays range that made only shown they’re certainly more lesser bands would have to create the musical love impossible to find your sea brief cameos on previous than qualified to take the turned into an embarrassing child of Beck and Sting. legs, and has you seasick, releases. “Pam Berry,” a third wheel. mess, but The Shins weave Remember being in third hanging over the edge of the track interlude, is a minute of masterfully. You have no grade and taking the CATs ship tossing up your brunch Dick Dale guitar hovering Rating: B+ choice but to sit back and be and having to find which until it ends. over the vocal equivalent of a immersed in the gentle spin object didn’t belong? This is “Red Rabbits,” on the other warm hug from a large-chested Movie Review: fairytale or history? BY CHRIS CHAVARRIA movie begins with the pair being The climax is as shocking as it is Staff Writer brought to a remote and distant scary and the characters are sur- Last year had a less than stellar military outpost to live with prisingly very realistic. turnout for adult fantasy films. Ofelia’s stepfather, the cruel and Special mention should be given M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady in overbearing Captain Vidal (Sergi to Maribel Verdú’s portrayal of The Water was poorly reviewed, López). Ofelia, growing up in the housekeeper, who nearly as was Eragon, which was almost this time of severe conflict and steals the show when she’s on unanimously panned by critics. strife, turns to fairy tales as a form screen. Her story is as com- Based on these outcomes, it’s easy of escape. pelling and poignant as any in the to imagine that the world is a bit Once the plot begins to take off, film. hesitant when Guillermo Del one could hardly blame Ofelia for The only exception to this Toro, the director that brought us wanting to escape. Captain Vidal omnipresent humanity is Captain Hellboy and Mimic, decides to does little to comfort his new wife Vidal, who seems as villainous as make a fairy tale set in historical and stepdaughter, as he holds any apple-poisoning witch or context. strict and cold control over the child-eating troll. He is unex- Yet for whatever reason, Del household. Ofelia’s mother is pectedly sadistic and his constant Toro’s latest film Pan’s Labyrinth late in her third trimester and cursing and inhumanity are reason is his best to date, and it rests bedridden due to complications enough to avoid bringing children comfortably as the best fantasy with her pregnancy. With the to the theater. His penchant for film since Lord of the Rings. The exception of the house servants, torturing and killing rebels just film combines realistic characters Ofelia is alone in her life. So shows that despite its fairy-tale and a thrilling, relatable story with when fairies lead Ofelia to meet a Ofelia encounters the satyr for the first time. elements, this is definitely an fantastical imagery and camera- faun right out of classic myths, we adult fantasy film. The greatest flaw in this his own people. work. Not a single moment in see little reason to question it. The film is at once terrifying, approach is that the real world is Though Del Toro supplies a fair the movie seems boring or unim- This is where the film truly depressing, wonderful, exciting so depressing and painful that the share of beautiful imagery, even portant. While there are dark and shines; the faun tells Ofelia of a and redeeming. I genuinely con- audience longs for more fantastic that wonderful setting has its disturbing moments, turning away princess who wandered away long sider it the best film of 2006, and and mystical content. There are share of horror and pain. The tri- would be unthinkable. ago, entering the world of humans would encourage any and all read- few kind or honorable human als that Ofelia faces are intense, At times, the horrors of both the and losing all memory of her pre- ers to attend a showing while it is beings, save the captain’s house- yet she shows amazing courage real world and the fantasy world vious life. The faun claims that still in theaters. Initially a limited keeper, Mercedes (Maribel and determination in fighting on. seem too much for the film’s 12- Ofelia is this princess reborn and release, the film has expanded to a Verdú), and his doctor (Alex It would be criminal to spoil the year-old heroine to handle. instructs her to complete three nationwide release as of Jan. 19. Angulo). The captain is persist- details of her quest, but suffice it Young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) tasks if she wishes to prove her- The only remaining hurdle is that ently unkind to Ofelia and her to say that nearly every moment is and her pregnant mother Carmen self worthy to return as royalty. the film is shown in Spanish with mother berates her love of fantasy spectacularly suspenseful. (Ariadna Gil) are unfortunate From this point on, two stories are English subtitles, but to deny as childish notion. This world is The story builds beautifully, as enough to live in Spain in 1944, a told; Ofelia’s attempts to complete yourself a spectacular film filled with brutal gunfights and Ofelia approaches her goal, her period after the Spanish Civil War her tasks and return to the world because of a little reading would disgusting torture as the captain’s mother approaches her pregnancy where rebels are still fighting the of fairies and fauns, and Captain be a shame. cruelty only intensifies as he real- and the Captain’s battle with the fascist regime. Even worse, the Vidal’s constant battles with the izes the rebels are being helped by rebels reaches its breaking point. rebels in his territory. Rating: 4 out of 4 Stars Page 13 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 1, 2007 Fine Italian cuisine close to campus BY BROOKE KAWECKI some of the dishes had an extra expect to get much pesto. standard fettuccini pasta tossed Staff Writer touch, making them exclusive to The other entrees at the table in a white wine and garlic sauce Northern New Jersey is filled Café L’Amore. The pizza, which were all very delicious. The topped off with clams. Thanks with reasonably priced Italian is known to be their specialty, salmon, which was the evening to my father, who basically restaurants that serve delicious was fair, but not exceptional. I special, was nicely cooked and orders the same dish every time food. Café L’Amore, located at ordered the Selvatica, which was served with fried bananas on the we eat Italian, I was able to try 455 Ramapo Valley Road in made with pesto, tomatoes and side. This was a rather eclectic the pasta, which was also nicely Oakland is another local Italian cooked, as were the clams. restaurant that can be added to Dessert was next, but not any- the unending list. thing spectacular. We tasted The face of the building was their chocolate cake and pineap- welcoming, as you walked in the ple sorbet, both which were entrance and saw the wood- nothing beyond their expecta- Seafood pasta, a tasty dish burning oven, you knew the food tion of being two generic and would be authentic and scrump- commonly served desserts. local it could be a nice place to tious. Starting off with an appe- There was also a sliced cake roll dine as long as your expecta- tizer, the fried calamari was at our table that was tasty. This tions are not too high. The decent, but a bit salty. However, was something a little different restaurant did have a very large it was very crisp on the outside than the other standard desserts menu and everything was rea- and tender on the inside, making on the menu. All the desserts and sonably priced. At the end of the it an overall good first dish. The coffees were light and satisfy- night the bill came out to be breadbasket, something that is ing. about $30 per person, including commonly overlooked, was also The service at Café L’Amore the tip. The atmosphere was surprisingly tasty. Although the was a bit disappointing. To start, casual, yet appropriate and peo- Cafe L’Amore has a cozy yet casual dining atmosphere. ple of all ages come to dine calamari was good, I thought the they lost our reservation, but bread was better. fresh mozzarella. It was tasty touch in my opinion, but very they were still able to seat us there. Café L’Amore is a good All of the dinners were excel- pizza, yet I barely remember flattering. The chicken dish I within a few minutes. None of standard Italian restaurant that lent. The group I was with, con- tasting any pesto. Despite the tasted was the Pollo L’Amore. It the meals got mixe up, but the gave me an average experience. sisting of five people, chose a lacking quantity of the ingredi- was a chicken breast topped with wait staff and the overall atmos- Nothing was terrible, yet noth- wide range of entrees. We had ent that I was craving most, the ricotta cheese, eggplant and phere in the restaurant was not ing was outstanding. If in the chicken, pizza, salmon and pizza, was pretty good. If I was spinach. This was also a very as pleasant as I would have area, I may go back to Café pasta; everything you would ever around the area again and unique dish. I had never had it hoped it to be. L’Amore, but I think my second find at a typical Italian restau- really wanted pizza, I would def- before, however it turned out to All in all, café L’Amore is not visit would have more to do with rant. The food was good, every- initely consider ordering from be quite a delight. The pasta that a place that I would travel far to the delicious breadbasket than thing was cooked very well and Café L’Amore. I just would not was ordered at my table was a go to for a meal, but if you are anything else. Do you have any questions? Are you in need of advice? Advice columnists Dana and Crysta are back and want to help. Email them at RCNJNews@ramapo.edu to tell them what is on your mind! Page 14 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 1, 2007 P O I N TS V IEW 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. Dropping a Chatlog: Futbol, not in America Bowl Shuffle ‘07.” But on your point, that’s when you hit three baskets in a row, right? TechnicalBowel: Can Soccer Spice burn his the reason why soccer will never be big here. NBA Jam wasn’t making that up? daily salary of $10,000? The undead only If we’re banning dodgeball in schools there’s fear fire and crosses. Also, do we know what no way we’re going to get soccer hooligans TechnicalBowel: Typically, yes. The only time team recruited soccer’s lord and savior? I rolling ignited barrels full of whiskey down that doesn’t occur is when there’s Chaos in imagine there’s going to be a lot of buyouts. stadium stairs and charging onto the field the Windy City, but thankfully Michael Jordan The MetroStars got turned into the Red naked and headbutts to the chest. fixed that. Keep in mind, hockey players, Bulls, and I’m hoping other companies follow notorious for punching anyone with more suit. Let’s see the Kansas City Starbucks vs. TechnicalBowel: Hey, that’s not fair. teeth than them, never really go to town with The Dallas Funyuns. Headbutting other players might be pretty their sticks. Though it might just mutually By CHRIS MATTIELLO and CHRIS tough, but we have basketball players beat- assured destruction. A cold war in ice hock- ZdneGvsHedbuts: The LA Galaxy becomes CHAVARRIA ing fans into pulp. ey, if you will. the LA Milky Ways. ZdneGvsHedbuts: So David Beckham is get- ZdneGvsHedbuts: Ron Artest was trying to ZdneGvsHedbuts: Hockey players are burly TechnicalBowel: There you go! They can ting $250 million from Major League Soccer save the sport. He’s our generation’s Mike lumberjacks of guys, it seems they’d rather even keep their logo. In the Red Bulls’ to play in America. In a related story, no other Jordan. Spacejam? More like FACEJam! pull your jersey over your head and punch defense, the MetroStars is a painfully awful MLS players will be getting paid this year. your head to gravy than take an easy way name. I imagine they bought the team so TechnicalBowel: Ugh. You know, soccer’s out. I mean, they have knives on their feet. we’d never have to hear “MetroStars” again. TechnicalBowel: Honestly, they’ll have to just unlucky. Two different sports being Why we haven’t seen more roundhouse shut down half the teams to support that for called “football” is too much for your average kicks in hockey, I’ll never know. Hey, remem- ZdneGvsHedbuts: The MetroStars were even one year. I’m pretty sure that’s more human being. Naturally we prefer good ber the old Genesis classic “Mutant League done as soon as it was revealed they’d be money than MLS has made since its incep- American football, not that froofy foreign Hockey?” Three things the NHL needs are from both New York AND New Jersey. Why tion. crap. You don’t see the French tossing a chainsaws, sharks under the ice, and goals not just combine the Palestinian and Israeli pigskin around, the concept is too dirty for that eat you. Olympic Soccer teams while you’re at it? ZdneGvsHedbuts: Is Beckham good or their evolved “never showering” culture. Now, considering they’re throwing away a something? All I know is that he’s married to TechnicalBowel: That requires we start build- quarter billion dollars on this guy, maybe they a Spice Girl. I only follow American football. ZdneGvsHedbuts: When is Shaq going to ing robots, raising skeletons and finding out should just take the big leap and rename the Real, manly football. bring some of his Shaq-Fu to the basketball where all the trolls are hiding. Last time I MLS to Major League Beckham. Or court? Never, because basketball is a terrible checked under a bridge I got bottled by a Beckham League Soccer. TechnicalBowel: I think it’s less that he’s sport. I can’t even be insulting and sexist and hobo and woke up in a shopping cart. One GOOD and more that his name isn’t some call it a women’s sport because the WNBA is of my kidneys had been replaced with a soup TechnicalBowel: At least the team name. awful nonsense like “Ronaldino.” And for folding like a Trapper Keeper. can and I was stitched up with rat hair. Also, NY/NJ Beckhams. David and The Beckham, he gets a nice, safe environment those man-eating demon goals sound fun Beckhams. to play in instead of road flares and molotov TechnicalBowel: You can’t blame Shaq for until the NHL wastes its yearly budget in two cocktails being thrown at him. The that. Shaq-Fu was banned from the NBA games because they explode every time ZdneGvsHedbuts: The whole team has to Europeans sacrifice their children over World after shoddy programming forced O’Neal’s someone scores. But I always liked the idea change their last name to Beckham. It’s like Cup games; I wouldn’t want to be around. free point to miss Sett-Ra and kill a six-year- that people who LOSE a fight get a longer The Ramones, but with soccer and much old boy. penalty. better looking. ZdneGvsHedbuts: Okay, actually I don’t fol- low American football. All I know is Tom ZdneGvsHedbuts: And then they put netting ZdneGvsHedbuts: Who would win in a fight: TechnicalBowel: I think half of that is implied Brady has a great butt and the Bears are around the basketball court to protect fans Soccer Spice or an undead right wing? when you say “Like the Ramones.” doing pretty good so I’m hoping for “Super from flaming balls. I mean, balls do catch fire The Insider: A New Year Bringing More Problems By STEPHEN CUCCHIARA SGA President Internet has been a major prob- lem at our institution. Complaints have ranged from because of a malfunction in an uninterrupted power supply (UPS), 11 servers sustained services and restore them as soon as possible. SGA will be working with the Have an the slowness of our internet, to limiting of usage of websites serious hardware errors includ- ing the main mail server. This Director of Administrative Computing and Critical opinion? such as Youtube.com. This has led to the shut down of most Systems, Donna Singer, in proven to be a problem due to Internet communication tools hopes to establish a “hot line” the amounts and types of aca- all over campus. service for all residents on cam- demic work being conducted Most of the online services pus. The goal is to provide a by faculty and students. have been restored, but there 24-hour service for issues that Although these issues have are still areas of campus arise concerning Internet prob- been addressed by making sev- (Cypress, Mulberry, Village lems for all residents. After the eral increases of bandwidth, Apartments, radio station and resident contacts the service hot upgrading firewalls, and pro- some residence halls) that are line, the issue will be reported A new year usually means a new start. It gives people a viding more flexibility in using websites, our woes have not ended. About two weeks ago, functioning with little to no online service. The new semes- directly to CCIS as to when and where the problem is occurring. If you are still having computer Voice it in chance to accomplish new ter has begun in earnest, aca- goals and leave older issues in the past. Although many people accessing our e-mail turned out to be a frustrating experience demic projects and papers are being assigned, and there are problems, we ask that you con- tact SGA by e-mailing The Ramapo because the processing was still Internet problems. SGA@ramapo.edu or coming are enthusiastic to start a new year, most members of the Ramapo College community substantially slow. No more than two days later, all Internet At this past Leadership Coalition Meeting, many stu- to the Student Government Office (SC-223). We will then News! services were down. To make dent leaders addressed the issue report your problem directly to have not been happy due to the matters worse, the “Add/Drop” and asked that the Center for CCIS. malfunctioning of our school’s deadline was nearing and stu- Computing and Information Internet and computing sys- tems. dents could not make any changes due to the service Systems (CCIS) take immedi- email@example.com Since last semester, the ate action to detect the build- problems. It turned out that ings that still do not have online Page 15 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 1, 2007 P O I N TS V IEW 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. Empathy has a long way to go Vegetarianism: not just a fad or trend By STEVE CRISPINI and arthritis. By SARAH COSTELLO I am writing this as I believe many on cam- Our current meat industry is a major The purpose of this article is a desperate plea pus are not truly aware of what the vegetar- threat to the environment and wastes In today’s world it sometimes gets frustrat- to all those people of a ‘mature’ age to not ian diet entails. Vegetarians eat no animal of massive amounts of food and resources. ing to think of all the –isms we face. Every forget an –ism that we students constantly any kind. This means no chicken, pork, fish, time I turn around, it seems like there is a face that sometimes people may forget beef, or any other meal that once had a cen- new group lobbying for my attention so I about: ageism. Age discrimination is real, Scientists estimate that animals must be fed tral nervous system (a biological pre-requi- know how they are discriminated against. A and if you think you haven’t been a victim of up to 10 kilograms of grain to produce just 1 site for feeling pain and suffering.) The fol- very wise woman once told me that all it, you’re probably wrong. Age discrimina- kilogram of meat. The world’s cattle alone lowing are the reasons why I am a vegetari- oppressions are linked. However, it was not tion is something that many college students consume a quantity of food equal to the an, and why I believe eating meat is harmful until last week that I realized the impact of face, be it driving in their cars or applying caloric needs of 8.7 billion people – more to you and to others. that statement at the diversity convocation. for jobs. I feel I have most dealt with age dis- than the entire human population on Earth! Yes, diversity convocation. It seems odd crimination when simply talking to “adults” Seventy percent of all the wheat, corn and The amount of meat we consume is that I would feel discriminated against at a who basically view me as (to quote Britney other grain produced goes to feeding live- unhealthy and unnatural. diversity convocation, but I did. This past Spears) “not a girl, not yet a woman.” stock. Given the current hunger crisis that Wednesday, I, along with many of my peers, We are fortunate at Ramapo to have some Compare every major trait of a carnivore to plagues our world, a meat-heavy diet is was deeply offended by the remarks made by professors who begin their classes by saying that of a human’s, and you will find we are harmful and immoral considering the Chairman of the Board of Trustees Thomas things like “I don’t think I am smarter than much more similar to herbivores (organisms immense amount of global resources Zalente. Zalente spoke about his experiences you. I simply have been alive longer and that eat plants). Our teeth are much more required to support it. with diversity in his life, telling the crowd may have had more experience, but that does like a rabbit’s than a cat’s: our canines are (most of whom were students) that our gen- not mean you have none.” However, not all vestigial, meaning that they are a degenerate The animals we eat suffer unnecessarily. eration should feel “lucky” to not have faced of our faculty and staff have that attitude. and useless feature. A carnivore’s intestines the oppression that many people of his gen- And sadly, the diversity convocation was not A far cry from the way animals are killed are short and straight, to allow quick diges- eration faced. He listed specific examples of the first time in my career here that I felt like and eaten in nature, we confine our food to tion of meat; however our intestines are long oppression from the past including African pens in which they can barely move, and I was addressed in a condescending manner and piled much like an herbivore’s and meat Americans being banned from certain restau- pump them full of hormones to artificially simply because of my age. thus decays and rots in our intestines before rants and hotels and relatives of friends who stimulate their growth and keep them from Obviously, Ramapo is not immune to the it can properly digest. To say a meat-based had survived the Holocaust. catching disease that is rampant in the facto- issues of the real world, and this is certainly diet is natural is to simply be unaware of the While it is obvious that things have ry farms. Not only does this cause immense one of them. However, I hope that the chair- science that states otherwise. Even mon- changed, and I mean no disrespect to anyone pain and suffering for the animals, but it is a man’s remarks make us all a little more con- keys, who are closer to carnivores than who lived through that time and dealt with dangerous way for us to consume meats. scious of how we address people. Our words humans, consume only a small percentage of those issues, I take offense to the implication New scientific reports point towards are incredibly powerful tools that we can use meat in their diet. The unnatural amount of that our generation doesn’t have to deal with processed-meat as a cause for certain types to build people up and also knock them meat many Americans consume has been oppression. We certainly don’t have it easy, down. We must be conscious of how we use linked to serious problems such as: obesity, of disease, for instance. and if it wasn’t obvious through the hate our words and take into consideration that heart disease, cancer, diabetes, colon cancer That is why I am a vegetarian. crimes that took place on campus last semes- we all have different life experience. We ter, it should be clear when you speak to members of the queer community, many of should not make generalizations about any Common finals cause problems for students whom have been victimized because of their group regardless of race, gender, religion or By T. J. DAVIS sexuality. Those same African Americans age. who were once banned from restaurants and So, in conclusion, I want to again implore hotels still sometimes have to deal with own- those in our community who have the bene- fit of more years of life experience. I am It is now a new year and we are back at process more check-out extensions. ers and patrons who will stare at them like always open to listening to you speak about Ramapo for another semester of learning. I 3. This is a real kicker. On each final, one they do not belong. And I too have friends experiences of your life because I feel that am very sure that many people at this school must score at least a 40 or else they won’t who have relatives that are left with a tattoo who took a math course last semester are pass the class. This would hold true if the of a number on their arms, the daily reminder there is so much to learn that can influence still reeling from the common final. This is final was 70 percent of the grade or more (I of the horrors they faced as they struggled to my future. When you are done, I hope that one of those inefficiencies as well as hassles ran the calculations). It’s only 25-30 percent survive the Holocaust. you will listen to people of my generation that has unfortunately plagued Ramapo, and of the final grade though, which means that So is my purpose in writing this viewpoint talk about our experiences. I think you may the people who are disadvantaged by this are even if you do really well on the rest of the to belittle Zalente for his remarks? Not at all. be surprised at how much you could learn. the students. tests and you just get below the cutoff on the For all those who don’t know what the common final, you still fail, even when all Sincere thanks for the members of Tau Delta Phi common final is: All people who are taking the grades add up to a passing grade. a certain math course in every section of said I have heard too many stories of students By ANTOINETTE DASHKO course (ie: all the people taking Math who did really well in their classes, only to W/Apps) must take their test in the same have their GPA brought down immensely by I am a Bergen county resident but I am it upon themselves to perform an act of room and said test is proctored by the con- the common final. I myself was averaging a not affiliated with Ramapo College in any kindness so sweet that I couldn’t help but veners of the mathematics department. This B in that course, but the common final sank way. That’s why I found it all the more write. The fellows assembled a monstrous is just plain wrong for several reasons. my grade down to a D+. I say this problem touching when one of your campus frater- basket of baking goods and they knew 1. Sections of a course have different teach- is not the fault of the students. It is the prob- nities reached out to my family during cri- what they were doing. The only thing ers with different styles of teaching, as with lem of a math department that is run with an sis. I am divorced with two children and missing was a cookbook!! In addition, the any other department, whether it is psychol- iron fist by Berger and Viglino. Stage IV cancer. My illness has forced me ogy or environmental science or history. I think that as a New Year’s resolution for members took up a monetary collection. to leave work causing all kinds of financial Why should your final have to be adminis- 2007 and as a service to future generations All of their generous gifts were delivered tered by someone who had most likely never of Ramapo students, math finals, like any woe. Recent radical surgery has left me recuperating and more or less house to me at my home before Christmas. taught you nor have had any encounter with? other final, should be administered at the bound. Gentlemen, I commend you on your That does not make sense. appropriate class meeting time during finals In December I was contacted by Jimmy thoughtful efforts and your generosity. 2. The common final is held the week after week and the same person who taught you Kaounis and Daniel Lavagna, members of Your kindness is appreciated more than finals, which really complicates student’s all those months should be allowed to you can imagine. I will think fondly of schedules and adds to stress. It also is bad administer the test. Tau Delta Phi Fraternity. Led by Jim and for residence life, who ultimately have to Dan, the young men of this fraternity took you each time I mix a batter of cookies. Page 16 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 1, 2007 Ramapo Sports Page 17 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 1, 2007 Cohen’s Corner: Bears & Colts gear up for Super battle in South Beach By MICHAEL R. COHEN can be passed on. In the NFC constantly threw into double Staff Writer Championship, Drew Brees coverage. Even Tom Brady, the found open receivers all over the once invincible quarterback of So it is that time of the year field, including Reggie Bush, the Patriots, only threw for 232 who went 88 yards for a touch- yards, including a gut-wrenching again. The end of another foot- down. EDGE: Colts. interception to seal the deal for ball season is here, and fans will Indy. Grossman is in for a long now have to endure cold winter Bears run offense vs. Colts run night. EDGE: Colts. Sundays, without anything to defense: Ball control will be watch until baseball season important for the Bears if they Special Teams: The Bears have begins. Meanwhile, there is one have a lead late in the third one of the best special teams in more game to play, Super Bowl quarter. The Bears had tremen- football. Rookie Devin Hester XLI. Peyton Manning and the dous success running the foot- has returned six punt/kickoff Indianapolis Colts have finally ball over the last two seasons. returns for touchdowns. He has made it to the big game after Thomas Jones became a house- tremendous speed, and teams years upon years of playoff fail- hold name in the title game, run- have to game plan especially for ures, take on the suspect ning for 123 yards against the him, because he can turn a game Chicago Bears, who used Saints. Jones is a game changer, in the Bears favor. The Colts defense and special teams to and takes tremendous pressure coverage team struggled last beat back a weak NFC despite of the much maligned week against the Patriots, as the poor play from quaterback Rex Grossman. Over his last two Pats started just about every Grossman. years, Jones ran for 1335 and possession at their own 45 yard 1210 yards, respectively. The line. Bears kicker Robbie Gould Colts run offense vs. Bears run Colts quarterback Colts defense has been awful is developing into one of the Bears Quarterback Rex defense: Peyton Manning. against the run. Simply put they leagues clutch kickers, convert- Grossman. How the Colts small offensive are the worst team in football ing on 88.9 percent of his field line does against the Bears big against the run, yielding 173 goals. The Colts, however, have front seven, will be the key yards per game. In the playoffs, their version of closer Mariano match-up in this game. The however, the Colts dug in Rivera in kicker Adam Vinatieri. Colts had the 18th ranked rush- against opposing running backs, Vinatieri, was responsible for ing offense in the league, as holding Larry Johnson to 32 being the difference in all three rookie Joesph Addai emerged as yards, Jamal Lewis to 56 yards, New England championships the true replacement to Edgerin and Cory Dillon to 48 yards earlier in the decade, and is James, rushing for 1081 yards. rushing. The Colts defense has arguably the greatest clutch However against the Ravens and felt disrespected by the media kicker in NFL history. EDGE: Patriots, Addai was held to just and the league, and made it a Even. 95 yards in both games com- point to stop the run in the play- bined. The Bears have the sixth offs. Can they do that again for Coaching: Colts coach Tony ranked rush defense, yielding one more week? EDGE: Bears. Dungy has a chance to exorcise 99.4 yards per game. With some of his own demons. After Hunter Hillenmyer, Adewale Bears pass offense vs. Colts being dismissed from the Tampa Ogunleye, Alex Brown, and the pass defense: This is probably Bay Buccaneers following the return of Tank Johnson on the the biggest mismatch in the 2001 season, the Bucs went on front line, the Colts will have to Super Bowl. Rex Grossman is to win the Super Bowl with find other means to move the arguably the worst quarterback John Gruden as their coach the ball. EDGE: Bears. to ever start a Super Bowl. Even following season. Dungy is due if he wins this game, for this trip. He has had great Colts pass offense vs. Bears Grossman’s job probably won’t teams in Tampa and pass defense: This is another Cornerback Nathan Vasher. Kicker Adam Vinatieri be secure going into next sea- Indianapolis, and never broke great match-up. Peyton Manning son, considering his inconsistent through until this year. Bears has made a career of being the and mediocre play. For example, coach Lovie Smith has done a league’s best passer, averaging against the rival Packers on New great job resurrecting one of the 4,176 yards passing per season, Year’s Eve, Grossman complet- league’s most dismal franchises. and is a great in-game manager. ed 2 of 12 passes for 33 yards, In three seasons, Smith has However, his struggles in the and admitted that he was dis- brought two division titles and a postseason are well documented tracted by the pageantry of the Super Bowl berth to Chicago. and continued this year when he holiday. If he’s distracted by He is severely underpaid, and threw six interceptions in three that, imagine how distracted he the Bears better re-sign him, or playoff games; he has to stay will be about spending a week someone else will. EDGE: composed in this the biggest in Miami. The Colts pass Even. game of his career. The tandem defense has been motivated to of Marvin Harrison, 1366 yards stop opposing offenses no matter Intangibles: The Colts have receiving and Reggie Wayne, what the cost. The likes of Rob everything to play for in this 1310 yards receiving, is one of Morris, Cato June, Garry game. If Manning wins, he will the most lethal in football. As Brackett, Dwight Freeney, and have to be considered as one of for the Bears, they are notorious Bob Sanders have made things the greatest quarterback of all for creating turnovers. The man miserable for opposing quarter- time. Plus, Tony Dungy is due responsible in Brian Urlacher, backs. Trent Green threw for as well. EDGE: Colts. who is terrific in pass coverage only 107 yards in the first round. with 3 intercpetions this season. Former MVP Steve McNair Prediction: Colts 34, Bears 16. The one glaring weakness is the Half-Back Thomas Jones. Linebacker Cato June. could not avoid pass rush, and fact that the Bears secondary Ramapo Sports Page 18 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 1, 2007 Team chemistry key for 5-0 Roadrunners in sweep of Bible By MICHAEL R. COHEN done,” remarked Coach signs of life, they could close Staff Writer Vanderbeck afterwards, “He has things out. been working his tail off, and is Bible would stick around It is never easy being unbeaten, the ultimate team player.” throughout the contest, at one but when a team has good chem- From there the Roadrunners point they almost had the game istry, and works extremely hard, continued their dominance. Tom won. With the score tied at 28, it almost always pays off. Kohler delivered a spike that Glerum, spiked the ball past The Ramapo College Men’s gave Ramapo a 26-12 lead. Ramapo’s Richard Alvarado for a Volleyball team is off to a flying Minutes later, J. Steinhauer 29-28 Bible lead. The Chargers start in 2007. 5-0, coming into capped the victory as he pushed were one point away from win- Wednesday night’s game vs. the ball back over the net for the ning, but that one point never Hunter College. 30-14 win. came. Todd Elsasser dropped a On Saturday afternoon, the Game two was not as easy, spike to tie it at 29 to force a Roadrunners completed another however. Lancaster Bible got out overtime. Later Mat Scott, had sweep, their fifth straight this to a fast 8-4 start, as Bible’s Dave David Spangenberg his only kill of the day to give season, beating back the feisty Dixon delivered a kill to the sur- Players wait to make a play on a Lancaster Bible Serve. Ramapo a 30-29 lead. Bible young Chargers of Lancaster prise of the Ramapo defense. The would then tie it when Ramapo Bible, 30-14, 30-27 and 35-33 in Roadrunners pinned their ears ball into the net, 23-18 Bible. Roadrunners one Bible point over shot the ball out of bounds. overtime. back, and began to make a come- However, Witford and the rest away from going to Game four, Again Bible would have the In game one of the series, the back. The Roadrunners began to of the Roadrunners picked it up. but the resilient Roadrunners lead at 31-30, but Dixon muffed Roadrunners had an easy time of force the Chargers into mistakes. Ramapo’s Elvis Cabrera had a would not back down. the spike, and Ramapo was back it, doing away with the Chargers Balls bounced off the hands of huge kill that tied the game at 23 The Chargers appeared to be in the game. Witford dumped a in a crisp fifteen minutes. Chargers, spikes landed out of a piece. From there the pulling away with the game, after kill on the Bible defense, 32-31. Ramapo’s Shane Donohue domi- bounds, and soon it was a one Roadrunners took control. Dave Glerum, 11 kills, dropped a Witford would later make the nated around the net. He made a point game 12-11. Witford came back with a spike spike past a diving Ramapo biggest play of the game, when key block to give the But, the Chargers kept suc- of his own to give Ramapo a 27- defender for the 19-14 advan- he dived and saved a potential Roadrunners a 6-2 lead, and later ceeding at putting distance 25 lead. Another serve bounced tage. Like game two the kill, keeping the ball alive for added two of his six kills on the between them and Ramapo. off of the fists of Bibles’ Jason Roadrunners fought back. They Chris Anderson’s spike and a 33- day, to give the Roadrunners a Jason Henry-Ruhl dropped a Dixon giving Ramapo a 28-26 tied it at 19, after Bible could not 32 Ramapo lead. Bible would tie fast 10-5 advantage. spike for a 14-12 advantage. lead. Donohue would then cap it get away from their own mis- it up once again after Scott failed With the Roadrunners dominat- Later Dixon delivered again to off with a spike and the winner takes. Dave Dixon bounced a to get the ball over the net into ing, Senior Jordon Roland cap- give Bible the 19-15 lead. The 30-27. serve off of his fists; Andy Read Bible territory. tured his 2,000 career assist that Roadrunners were making mis- Game three was a close call for punched the ball back toward his Ramapo would not have to gave Ramapo a 14-5 lead. He takes themselves. Brendan the Roadrunners. They were on own bench and out of bounds. make another offensive play to was congratulated by teammates, Witford had a tough game. His the brink of possibly losing their Ruhl smacked the ball into the win. Bible served two balls out of and the crowd who gave a nice spike was too hard, and it landed first game in a series this season. net. It was obvious that the bounds, as the Roadrunners round of applause. out of bounds, giving Bible the Three different times at the end Chargers were getting nervous walked away with a 35-33 victo- “Jordon has been getting it 21-16 lead. Later he bounced the of the game, were the when the Roadrunners showed ry and a series sweep. Jackson’s Roadrunners putting together a special Winter Men’s Volleyball By ANTHONY INFANTE 3:16.47. made up of over twenty athletes, ference meets all under Coach Staff Writer The Roadrunners also have five half of which are freshman. The Jackson, and he looks to continue is back at the members qualify for the ECAC women’s indoor track team is to work hard, and make the team Bill! “Go hard or go home.” (Eastern College Athletic made up of almost all freshmen the best they can possibly be. That’s what track head coach Conference)such as Matt St. with only a few sophomores and With the help of his assistant Come and see Mike Jackson tells his team. Germain, who clocked in at 23.10 in the 200 meter dash. juniors. The youth of the team is not a coaches and hard work Coach Jackson can make the Ramapo the three-time Coach Jackson has been the head track coach for three years This is great for giving Ramapo problem at all in Coach Jackson’s track team certainly one to defending ECAC recognition at a conference meet, eyes. He feels the team has plen- remember. at Ramapo, and has accom- and they hope to perform well. ty of time to grow and mature, Champions plished so much in such a short time. This season there have The track team prepares for its and he said they are gaining plen- LIVE. been ten different school records biggest challenge, which is on ty of confidence this season as set by the track team. February 19, in the NJAC they excel each week. The accalades include Nicole Championship. Coach Jackson has made sure Saturday: The event will take place in that his team is thoroughly pre- D’Elio was the first ever woman Toms River on third Monday in pared and is in their best possible New Paltz.......Noon to Pole Volt at Ramapo in December; Juliana DeCosta set a February. The team to beat is condition for each meet. Jackson Polytechnic.....3:00 record at the high jump, and TCNJ (The College of New is personally involved in the Sophia Davis set a record in the Jersey) who has never lost a recruiting process for the team, championship. If the and runners must meet his rigor- Wednesday: 60 meter dash at 8.37 seconds at the Seton Hall Open. Roadrunners can win it will be ous training demands if they Mt. St. the school’s second track cham- wish to run at Ramapo. In the New Balance NYC pionship. Another accomplishment, Vincent.............8:00 Gothom Cup, Josh Simmons broke a school record and DIII Coach Jackson feels very which deserves recognition for ECAC record in the 500 meter strongly that the Roadrunners the track team is their ability to dash with a time of 1:06.74. have a chance at winning the maintain excellent grade point Also rookie Linda Puntasecca championship this year. It would averages while still competing ramapo.edu broke a school record in the certainly be a great accomplish- highly at the collegite level. Track Head Coach Mike 1,000 meter run with a time of ment for the team. The track team has broken Jackson. The men’s indoor track team is records and sent athletes to con- Ramapo Sports Page 19 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 1, 2007 Despite injuries, men still top in NJAC Rookie coach moves forward By PATRICK MURRAY Even at 4-15, Women’s Coach still Staff Writer takes positive look on first season. With five games remaining in their 2006-2007 regular season, By RICH COLLYER A: I would say probably two the Ramapo Men’s Basketball Staff Writer years. I feel I have most of the team looks forward to battling components that I need, it’s just a injury woes while holding onto a matter of developing the young First year Head Coach Jill share of first place in the NJAC. players to their potential. I think Fischman and the Ramapo Originally picked to finish third we could probably use a go-to Women’s Basketball team cur- in the conference behind William player who we can give the ball rently stand at 4-15, but don’t let Paterson University and Rutgers- when the game is on the line, and the numbers fool you. They have Newark, Ramapo has hushed the also some size down low. Like I lost nine games by 10 points or critics with a 15-4, good enough said though, when the freshman less not to mention narrow for first place in the NJAC. The become juniors in two years I defeats to William Patterson, 66- Roadrunners have posted a 6-2 think we will make some noise. 62 on January 13 and 61-56 to conference record with wins Q: What coach, past or pres- New Jersey City on January 24. against both teams picked to fin- ent, would you say had the Recently, Coach Fischman was ish ahead of them. biggest impact on your life? nice enough to sit down with the “In the beginning of the season A: Well, the way I look at it, I’ve Ramapo News and answer a few it’s [pre-season poll] a bit of a had some positive coaches and questions. motivator,” said Coach some negative coaches. What I Q: Please explain how you McBreen. “At this point, we’re try to do is take something from started in coaching and how so distracted by injury that it’s all of them. I take things that the you got here to Ramapo. not even a thought.” positive coaches did and use A: Well I’ve been coaching for Usually the turning point in the them with my team. I take things the last 10 years now and I got season, the Phoenix Cactus Jam from the negative coaches I’ve my start as an Assistant Coach Tournament provides a great had and try to make sure I never for an AAU team called the New bonding period for the team. do them. Jersey Monarchs out of With only basketball to focus on Q: Well, who have been some Belleville. While there I coached during the trip over winter break, of the positive coaches? Nicole Louden who went on to Coach McBreen explained that it A: I would have to say Jeff Auburn University and was the would not be uncommon in the Jasper at Pascack Valley High star of Adam Zagoria’s book past for team to make a great School and Joanne Moseley who She’s Got Handle. After that I surge over the second half of the I worked under with the coached high school basketball at season. Monarchs. I’ve been lucky Clifton, Milburn and Belleville. Instead, an injury during the enough to work with some really From there I became Assistant tournament would set a trend for great coaches. Coach at Caldwell College. After the rest of the season. Q: What coaches on a national Vladimir Panov one year there I became Assistant Over the past several weeks, level do you look to the most? Ahmad Mosby, and several of his teammates have suffered Coach here at Ramapo. Last year injuries have been the biggest A: I think that the way Pat through an injury riddled year. Despite that, the when there was vacancy for story for the Roadrunners most Summitt has run her program at Roadrunners are in 1st place in the NJAC, with a record of Head Coach I was promoted. valuable players. Omar Alston, the University of Tennessee is 15-4. With three games left at home, fan support would be a Q: What has been the most Assad Shaakir and Ahmad unbelievable. I would have to say huge “emotional” lift to the club. important thing you learned Mosby have all been hit with the I also think that Vivian Stringer Ramapo hosts the Gothic decided in the final minute of this year? injury bug through the course of at Rutgers is an excellent coach. Knights of Jersey City in the sea- play. Five different games have A: Patience and communication, the season. As of January 27, Senior Kelly son’s finale on Senior Day. been settled by four points or because this year I’ve been learn- “The team hasn’t been the same Bartz has lead the team with 204 Despite the successful season, less. This exciting brand of bas- ing as I go. The team this year is even with these guys back in the points, as well as connecting on the lack of student support con- ketball was described as “fortu- very young and my seniors have line-up,” Coach McBreen more than 30 percent of her tinues to be a problem at home nate” by the Head Coach. had three coaches in the last four explained. three-point field goals. Senior games. Sometimes it is better to be lucky years. I really like the communi- The team hasn’t been getting the Keona Palmer is also providing “With such a beautiful facility than good but this is a true testa- cation I have with the seniors. same production since the steady leadership with 159 points like the Bradley Center, I thought ment of team perseverance. We bounce things off each other injuries. Alston averaged 18 scored and shooting .344 from the last problem we’d have was With three weeks to go in the and see what works best. points and 15 rebounds per game the field. As for the younger to fill the seats,” said Coach season, McBreen called on his Q: With your record being as it before being de-activated but has players, freshman Beth McBreen. team to be more focused now is, will you continue playing the dropped to 15 points and 10 Weinmann has led all rookies The “Ramapo Rowdies” were than at any other time during the best five or will you look to see rebounds per game upon return- with 87 points and has started in once out in full force for basket- season. He emphasized that there what the underclassman can ing. Shaakir, who made an imme- 11 of the women’s first 18 bas- ball games, but have been quiet was a great commitment that do? diate impact on both the inside ketball games. over the last several seasons needed to be made for this team A: We have 14 players and like I game as well as perimeter shoot- The women conclude their despite the team’s enormous suc- to finish the season strong. said, we have such a young team, ing when he entered the line-up seven-game road trip at Rutgers cess. The final three home games “Championship teams make so everyone plays. Not to men- has shed away from contact and Newark on February 7 and will of the season, which are all in- sacrifices,” McBreen said. tion most of my players are has not been as aggressive going return to the Bill to end the sea- conference match-ups could If the Roadrunners can get banged up now that we’re down to the basket since injuring his son on a three game homestand make or break the season. healthy, they can accomplish to end of the season so everyone shoulder, according to McBreen. starting February 10. “It’s such an emotional lift to goals. Getting it all right in the gets minutes. But even if that Still, the Roadrunners find weren’t the case, we are not by themselves atop the conference have a full house to play in front last few weeks is key for the of, and what better time to jump team to make noise in post sea- any means throwing in the towel. with Jersey City University, who I would never consider that. handed the Roadrunners their on the wagon than now,” said son play. Coach McBreen. Q: How far away is your team most recent loss. Fittingly, from winning the NJAC? A number of games have been Ramapo Sports Page 20 The Ramapo News Thursday, February 1, 2007 Roadrunners 5-0 after sweep of Lancaster Bible Kings of the Court Men’ Basketball (15-5) in the midst of NJAC North Title race with Rutgers- Newark and Jersey City. Super Bowl XLI Exclusive More on Page 19. Preview Inside. Volleyball photo Courtesy of David Spangenberg. (From Left to Right). Kurt Backlund, Dan Sempkowski (middle) and Chris Anderson celebrate a point during their sweep of Lancaster Bible on Saturday afternoon. The Roadrunners improved to 5-0 with that victory, the record they carried into Wednesday nights game vs. Hunter College.