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					                      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
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                                                                             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.’’




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Summer not fun in the sun as students struggle to get internships
By JODI WEINBERGER
                                                                                                                                    ing connections and networking might be the best way to
Staff Writer
                                                                                                                                    get ahead.
                                                                                                                                      “Don’t be afraid to utilize your personal connections,” says
   Hours of searching. Preparing an original cover letter.
                                                                                                                                    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
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                    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.”
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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
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                                                                                           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.
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 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. It’s an actual island. I can look over the water
and see Eastchester bay and it’s just gorgeous because we are right over the water and I
                                                                                                                                              The current Gibson Cherry SG
have to cross over this little bridge every morning.
                                                                                                                                                model used for Guitar Hero II.
Tell us about the new class called “Moot Court” that you’re teaching next year.

It’s a well-known course that many law schools have and of course I participated in that
when I was in law school and won first place in local and national competitions. Basically
students get involved in a mock or “moot” case and start playing lawyer. It’s really fun, but
you learn a lot about legal principles and how that affects society and learning. That there
are two sides to every story is the hardest part.
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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.




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              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!
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             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.”
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‘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
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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
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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.




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                                                    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-                                               rcnjnews@ramapo.edu
    Since last semester, the                                              ate action to detect the build-
                                     problems. It turned out that         ings that still do not have online
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        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.
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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
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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-
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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
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   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.
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                                                                                                                 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.

				
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