VOL. 1 NO. 2 MAY 2009 TENTH AVENUE GUARDIAN Professor Jailed For Activism Serving John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY By Amanda Aponte proceedings, charges, and letters from the archdiocese, Barrios’ expression was not “You could incarcerate my body, but one of fear, but of pride. “I combined my you would never imprison my love for academic activism and religious activism peace and justice, because my conviction to impact society in a positive way,” he has made me free,” said Professor Luis said. Barrios as he reenacted his appearance It was a sunny day in Georgia, warm at the United States District Court in with a cool breeze, the type of weather that Georgia. entices a person to go out and take a walk. Barrios chairs the Department of Latin This was exactly what Barrios and his American and Latina/o Studies at John activist friends did. They took a one mile Jay and is a priest at St. Mary’s Episcopal walk straight into the military base of Fort Church on West 126th Street in Harlem. Benning. His entrance was nothing short of He is also a part of the SOA Watch, a a walk in the park, as he pushed his veteran grassroots activist movement against the friend, Al Simmons, in a wheelchair. School of the Americas. On November Barrios explained that the lack of 22nd, Barrios was arrested along with six security was nothing but carelessness on other SOA members for trespassing at Fort the military’s part, since they were only Benning, a military base in Georgia where guarding the fences because they were the School of the Americas is located. The worried about protesters. SOA is infamous for training Central and “Once you get in, you have good fun South American soldiers in the methods of there until they arrest you,” he said smiling. oppression and torture. “This is the purpose of civil disobedience, In March, three days before he was due and you do something with all the intention to report to the Metropolitan Correctional to violate the law, because you want to be Center for two months, Barrios described arrested.” his activism and his trial in Georgia. Barrios spoke passionately about his “We had a lot of fun that day,” Barrios mission, and explained that everything he Professor Luis Barrios. MANOLO DE LOS SANTOS said with a smirk as he took out a stack of papers. Flipping through pages of court Continued on Page 2 One Stop Copes With Volume the entire John Jay community as well. With around fourteen thousand students, both graduate and undergraduate, it’s a wonder that One Stop has been able to accommodate the needs of everyone in an orderly fashion. Even with the training and additional workstations, some students at John Jay, however, still PATRICK SCULLIN did not see any improvement. John Jay’s 2009 Model U.N. Delegation: David Sabatelle, Mike “It didn’t work,” said Alyssa Rodriguez, Peter Cella, Eva H. Hernik, Patrick Scullin, Stephanie Justine Zayas, a sophomore. Valerezo, Mark Benjamin, Marie Andree Barthelemy, Ama-Mariya “One Stop has the right intention Ampah, Norhan Basuni, and Geeta Gangadeen. UN Team Competes to help John Jay students, but it’s not effective. You have to go early in the morning if you want Rick Ashley and Amanda Mbadiwe in line. ELIZABETH BUCKNAM to get anything done.” “There definitely is room By Patrick Scullin world. Over 3,000 students from precautionary efforts to help as for improvement, such as more 29 countries and five continents By Jonathan Lin many students as possible in a hours and more available help,” On Saturday, April 11th a were there. timely manner. On particularly said Slajanna Jean, a sophomore sixteen member delegation from “The conference itself is One Stop in North Hall, the busy days, the five workstations Criminology major. “It would John Jay College of Criminal quite amazing from the very college’s consolidated student at the One Stop counter may be also help if One Stop listed all of Justice ranked, once again, among beginning,” said Eva Hernik, a services center, was particularly joined by a mobile cart and up its specific purposes.” the top 20% at the 2009 National three year veteran of our team. busy around the withdrawal to four additional workstations The lines at One Stop are Model United Nations (NMUN) John Jay has won an award for deadline. Although the system across from the counter. known to become overcrowded Conference held in New York. five consecutive years. This has improved over time— with “There is a lot of training and to extend past classroom My name is Patrick Scullin year marks our first ever position changes in both schedules and involved,” said Lam. “With the doors. At peak hours, the lines and I am the current President paper award, an award that services— students still feel that new CUNYFirst Project, we have have extended past room 1304N. of the United Nations Student only goes to the top 10% of the One Stop is not always up to par. to instruct our current One Stop “It’s the time frame that Association at John Jay (UNSA). competition. This is special since “It works in the sense that it staff. Staff members don’t just students do things in,” said I have been preparing for we accomplished this as a club. benefits the students because it come out of nowhere.” The Lam, in regards to the student this year’s conference since last Most delegations who win these consolidates the services,” said new CUNYFirst Project will be complaints. “It’s a large amount April and I am grateful that our awards spend an entire year in Nilsa Lam, One Stop Services replacing eSIMS as it is more of students doing things relatively team brought home three awards classes preparing. Coordinator. “It’s really a package user-friendly. at a crunch time. Students have for John Jay. The conference we that we deliver to students.” Not only does One Stop to understand that we’re all attend is the largest international Continued on Page 2 One Stop has taken have to deal with students, but human.” collegiate competition in the ART WORKSHOP WRITING CENTER SCHOOL SPIRIT HOMELESSNESS SUMMER MOVIES Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 2 BARRIOS doesn’t even know who the hell you are, trial, he was hit with the realization that his Barrios did not choose civil he’s joking.’” activism might have impacted his teaching disobedience as a life lesson, but as an had ever believed in brought him to that He was laughing hysterically as he career and worried that the administration action for change. His response towards moment. “I accept that I am a transgressor, climbed into the corrections bus. “I am would take it away. To his surprise the ignorance and indifference is the same with all intention,” he said proudly. “A going to call your daddy and tell him what students, faculty, and administration were response that he gave to Judge Faircloth. transgressor of violating any unjust law, you did to me, you arrested me, you’re not very supportive. “I came here because I wanted to be any unjust law is not a law, and you have supposed to do that, I’m a prince,” Barrios Barrios believes in the John Jay slogan, arrested; what I am trying to do, with my to disobey it.” recounted, laughing at the memory of the “Educating For Justice,” and that is what his intention to violate the law, is to bring the Next he described his annoyance MPs facial expressions. actions follow. Still, some were annoyed system on trial,” he said. with the judge. He could not believe But the trial did not have the same with Barrios, and the college did not pay “We go on record that there is something that someone of such authority remained atmosphere of lightheartedness, and his salary during his prison stay. called the School of the Americas, and indifferent to justice. In Barrios’ eyes Barrios sighed at the memory of the The priesthood was another sector what they are doing is wrong, and I have indifference, or being “neutral,” contributed anticipation and tension. According to of Barrios life which could have been a morally responsibility to go against it.” to the crimes committed by the School of Barrios, the protesters had to pay a fine and impacted by his activism. Usually Father Barrios wants the students to take his the Americas. return to Georgia for court on January 26th. Barrios’ radical beliefs on activism cause actions, not as a lesson in theory, but as an Barrios became angry as he recounted Since their actions led to federal offences, a bit of friction between him and the example of “taking the street.” his take on the SAO, “So when it comes and within federal court the protest was archdiocese. Surprisingly, though, they On March 25th there was a protest in to arresting people, torturing people, and considered a misdemeanor, they were only sent him a letter praying for him and front of the Metropolitan Correctional killing a person- No that is not acceptable,” given a trial without a jury. his cause. They commended him for his Center that addressed the mistreatment of he clenched his jaw and continued. The Honorable Faircloth was their morality even though they did not approve Barrios. According to a letter from David “I have a moral obligation to God and judge. Barrios portrayed him as a strict of his methods. C. Brotherton, Barrios had been thrown to society to go against that.” protector of the law rather than a judge When asked about his intentions in into a maximum security section of the Instead of being afraid when he was of moral obligation. All six members prison, Barrios smiled and laid out his two prison, denied communication, and held in arrested, he joked around with the MPs, including Barrios were found guilty. month plan. “I want close the school, and solitary confinement. who were Puerto Rican. Both of them On March 9th Barrios reported to the I am not going to pray, I am going to do Dr. Jodie Roure briefly explained the were around 18-years-old, and as soon as Metropolitan Correctional Center. Despite something. I am going to organize people events, and said that the prison’s defense Barrios found out they were Puerto Rican the price of his action, Barrios remains and give the prison system hell,” he said was that it was all “standard protocol.” he started to tease them. “‘I am going to committed to his cause. “It doesn’t matter leaning over his seat. Brotherton’s letter to the college call your father when I get out of here,” he the consequences. So if the consequence is “I see myself doing volunteer jobs in confirms this mistreatment, and states that said. “The MP’s eyes were wide, and he going to be prison, then I am going to go the chapel and giving a radical mass. I Barrios was denied medical attention for turned to his partner and said, ‘He’s going to prison, but we need to stop this,” said want them to understand that the prison is twelve hours, during which time he was in to tell my daddy,’” said Barrios. “His Barrios. a business, and they each have a price on an extreme amount of pain due to what was partner rolled his eyes and responded, ‘He When he got back to New York after the their head.” later diagnosed as kidney stones. UN friends not only from other parts of the U.S., but also from Europe. I will also from the situation in Israel and Palestine, the rights of Children in Armed Conflict, time employee, mother, or father. Mike Rodriguez looks back on his experience, “I This means that the students who cherish the beautiful and fun memories of Climate Change, Economics, Regional also really enjoyed working with students represented our school were considered gathering for dinner at 11:30 with the team, Trade and Integration, as well as the from other countries. I got to really value some of the best writers at the conference. as well as Professor Zommer’s Vitamin C applicable law for the two cases before the international opinion because this was Delegates Marie-Andree Barthelemy and packets.” ICTR. my first time ever working closely in an David Sabatelle won a peer nominated The sixteen member team was selected Mike Rodriguez describes his academic setting with students from other outstanding delegation award for out of a pool of roughly fifty students by experience, “The first committee session countries.” their tremendous work on the African faculty advisors Mathew Zommer, Jacques was overwhelming for a first-timer, The team was: Patrick Scullin and Development Bank Committee. Fomerand, George Andreopoulos and however, my partner did an exemplary Rennae Francis on the Security Council; In September I started advertising for myself. Because of the limited size of our job of calming my nerves and urging me Gabriele C. Ursitti and Mark Benjamin on applicants to join me and our executives team we selected the most qualified students to assert myself in the committee despite the ICTR; Eva Helena Hernik and Stephanie on the team (keep your eyes out for to proudly represent John Jay as delegates my inexperience. Once the conference Valarezo on General Assembly Plenary; universal emails). Those interested in the from Burkina Faso. We were represented got rolling, I was enamored with the Norhan Basuni and Mike Rodriguez on United Nations and in a great academic on seven different U.N. committees and as complexity of multilateral cooperation GA 1st; Beyi Polanco and Ama-Mariya challenge applied and endured a rigorous an independent advisory justice and clerk and the difficulty of achieving consensus Ampah on GA 2nd; Geeta Gangadeen and process to make it on to the team. It is a on the International Criminal Tribunal for support for a resolution.” Peter J. Cella on GA 3rd; Marie-Andree great experience and totally worth the Rwanda. In preparation for the conference Being a part of this team was Barthelemy and David Sabatelle on the effort. Eva Hernik reflects on her work we were required to extensively research voluntary, and took many hours of hard African Development Bank; and Jennifer with our team, “This experience has given the national, regional and international work and determination while being a Shim and Natalia Lysetska on the World me a new family at John Jay, tons of new policies of Burkina Faso on topics ranging full-time student, and, for some, a full- Trade Organization. TENTH AVENUE GUARDIAN Care of: Visual Arts Club Holds Workshop Department of English John Jay College of Criminal Justice By Jonathan Lin photograph to create a piece of art similar interesting and helpful [for] learning how City University of New York to the Obama Hope and Obama Progress to use Photoshop to create wonderful 619 West 54th Street #711 On March 12th, eighteen students pieces done for President Barack Obama’s pieces of work,” said Tracy Dong, one of New York, NY. 10019 initially met in room 1304N to participate in campaign. the two participants who remained for the firstname.lastname@example.org a workshop with Professor Bill Pangburn, Work was done to adjust a photograph entire workshop. “I would like to learn instructor of the Introduction to Drawing of William Jefferson Clinton, former more techniques that I can use to improve Contributors: and Painting course (ART 111). Students president of the United States. Some my artwork.” Amanda Aponte who attended this workshop were educated of the processes covered included using One work from Dong (“Girl and Elizabeth Bucknam in creating computer generated art using the computer to desaturate, brighten the Bunny”) and one from Karen Carbajal Masoud House Adobe Photoshop CS3 from 5:00 p.m. to contrast, and posterize the image. This was (“Firegirl”), the other participant who Jonathan Lin 7:00 p.m. a planned workshop for all participants, but remained for the entire workshop, will be Leslie Larson “My goal for this workshop is to to the Visual Arts Club (VAC), it was also used to promote the Visual Arts Club and Lauren Meyer basically have people interact in graphic something else. other workshops. According to Zayas, Yvette Pelaez arts, computer arts, and for them to not In addition to the members of the VAC, these promotions are used to “push the Patrick Scullin only be aware, but also create new skills new participants and members of other Visual Arts Club to the next level.” Karen Tabin and develop the ones they already have,” clubs appeared at the workshop as well. John Jay, which supports an Art Minor said Alyssa Justine Zayas, President of “The Keep A Child Alive Club, Poetry and an Art Department, does not have an Faculty Advisor: the Visual Arts Club and self-proclaimed Club, and the Asian Students Association Art Major. According to Zayas, the main Devin Harner “artivist” (art activist). were here,” said Zayas. goal of the Visual Arts Club is to push John “Art is multi-purposed and this “These clubs were here because not Jay toward the creation of this Art Major. We welcome letters to the editor and workshop was to help drive artistic only they’re interested, but they want to “I get asked that a lot, why John Jay,” stories relevant to the John Jay Col- innovation. You can use the stuff you learn implement what they learned to their club. said Zayas. “I wanted to show people lege community, to New York, and to here for other things.” So it’s kind of an art education, a hands-on that even though John Jay is for Criminal our nation and world. If you would Students were stationed in front of multipurpose workshop. We also had new Justice in itself, there’s more to it than that. like to write for us, then drop us a line. computers and followed the “fourteen students come today, approximately five or There is a lot more to John Jay than just step” process (as explained by the club six new people.” Criminal Justice, not only in the arts, but advisor, Professor Pangburn) for editing a “I think the workshop was really humanities as well.” 3 Writing Center Helps Students Help Themselves we’re always swamped, and we have less By Masoud House funding and less staff.” Still, the tutors work with great “Our job is to work with the students, proficiency, a literary version of Spartans not to do the work for them,” said tutor tackling an overwhelming workload and Angelica Blazina. still making it through stronger than ever. The room is off-white; every nook and Tutors themselves are hand-picked and cranny of the space available is used for go through a long path to becoming a full desks, chairs, or computers. At the front tutor. “It’s based on recommendation, you of the room, just a few feet ahead of the have to take a year course before you’re entrance, is the desk where I was promptly allowed to teach and tutor,” said Zully. greeted. Even late at night the room is “There’re two courses, varying types buzzing with activity. This is the Writing of grammar, varying types of teaching Center in room 2450 North Hall, directed skills, and public speech. It’s pretty, pretty by Professor Livia Katz, where students intense.” don’t come to have their papers simply These courses are not open to any edited or graded. They come to improve student either, but reserved for the tutors their writing style and thinking processes. through independent study, which earns “I’m taking it for English,” said Tracy credit. Raysor, a sophomore who has been coming Tutors receive additional training as to the Writing Center since the beginning well. “Everyone is training to work in Andrei Petrovitch and Katharina Rollins work on a paper. ELIZABETH BUCKNAM of the semester. “My trouble area is every discipline, tutors in training are not organizing my thoughts in my writing and allowed to teach the CPEs, and very rarely need to know we’re not doing their work. can get,” said Barnwell. “When you get grammar and mechanics,” said Raysor. will anyone see a tutor in training teaching Students come in here and they think we’re students who come in and say ‘I don’t want The Writing Center isn’t only for since they’re in training, they’ll really be being mean and assume we’re being lazy to be here,’ it’s just horrible. It can make an students with minors in English, or observing,” said Zully. and we don’t want to do our work and why hour session feel like forever.” students in the new English Major, as some But tutors aren’t just glorified students we’re repelling them, it’s because we’re not “To have a student come back and say commonly believe. with a knack for writing and simple in charge of interpretation, the process you thank you for the help, it always makes you Sitting nearby was long-time tutor and patience. Many are graduates, and, bring to us is the final product. We can help feel good,” adds Sejarto. supervisor Kennesha Barnwell, surrounded according to Barnwell, “more than half of you enhance it and make it better, but it’s “I had one at graduation, who dragged by other tutors Blazina and Roxanne the permanent staff have a Masters Degree, still up to you to interpret your assignment. me to meet her mom and dad and Sejarto, who’ve worked there for about or is working toward one.” It’s your work. We can’t write it for you.” grandmother, and her mom said, ‘you’ve seven years. Some have even gone into teaching, It doesn’t end there either. Often, like helped her so much’, and I was like ‘oh my During the times of the CUNY like Blazina. The transition from student police officers, the tutors find that they’re god, I feel so happy,’” said Barnwell. Proficiency Exam, mid-terms, and finals, to tutor is smooth, according to the tutors, never off duty. “Someone hands you a At the end of the day, through the long the tutors find themselves with more and Sejarto adds “you feel good, coming paper at the store and asks you to read it, workloads and difficult sessions, the group students and appointments than they can full circle.” or you’re walking home to the subway and seems to draw it’s energy from each other. handle. Sometimes they have to deal with someone hands you a paper because they As some tutors head home, many hug “We’ve had over a thousand students troublesome students, but experience recognize you,” said Barnwell. or kiss cheek to cheek farewells, saying come in for individual appointments. makes doing so easier. “It’s New York, you can’t miss that, goodbye until the next day. And for the workshops, we have seven When I first became a tutor, I guess there’s always something interesting,” “I’ve met some of my best friends from workshops a day, full with 30 people, 40 I was a little naïve. I was a little too nice Zully said, laughing. “We get the worst, the this staff,” Sejarto said excitedly, beaming people,” said Barnwell, shaking her head and she started coming with big piles of best, the crazy people, the perfectly sane a grin to her friends. as she leaned back in her seat. research, to leave them for me to read, so I people. We get the whole line.” “We’re all enjoying our time together “It’s absolutely impossible because could tell her what I read and tell her what All of the tutors gathered agree on one because it’s a great group of people to work the CPE, the exam, is happening now, but she should read,” said Blazina. thing. “When you get a student in here and with,” said Barnwell. “We’re definitely during testing time, mid-terms, and finals Barnwell added firmly, “Students Health Center Relocates In North Hall they want to improve, they’re the best you family.” By Yvette Pelaez check-ups, information about flu clinics, nutrition, health, and we give out smoke The location of the Student Health patches. We even have a private room Office has changed, but the same helpful for those students that need it for medical and necessary services are provided. The reasons,” said Reyes. center has moved to room 1292 North Hall, The new office does not seem as one floor down from its previous location. spacious as the old office, but the faces are “Hey, what do you need help with still the same. The room is filled with many today?” is the first thing students hear when different pamphlets on the wall. Every they enter the room for help. Baury Reyes, issue from HIV testing to weight control to a student at John Jay College who was pregnancy information is available. hired as a college assistant to work in the Not knowing anything about the Student Health Center, greets the students Student Health Center is very common as they enter the center. among students at John Jay. “I have only The services provided at the center are been there for band-aids and pads. I have consistent despite its new location. “We never really been there for anything else,” have the same services as always. We offer said senior, Shakera Ebanks. “I’d just rather Director Stacey Grant at the Health Office. ELIZABETH BUCKNAM HIV testing, STD testing, immunization go to my doctor.” shots, and we also offer over-the-counter “I only went there to hand in my to the health office because I don’t know low cost clinics and health insurance,” said medicine and condoms,” said Reyes as he immunization records in my freshman what they do there. They don’t really Reyes. handed a clipboard to a student who was year but I never went back again,” said advertise anything about it. If I knew what “Sometimes fifty students come in a signing up for the next HIV testing. Francisco, another senior at John Jay. services they had, I would probably go,” day, sometimes more, and sometimes less,” “Everything is confidential. The “I never felt the need to go back,” said said Lopez. said Reyes as he greeted the next student pregnancy tests given are so secretive I Francisco. However, the staff at the Health Student on line. don’t even know about them,” Reyes said, Many students are not entirely informed Center claim otherwise. Those students who do know about smiling, as he looked over at the health about the services or benefits of the health “We try a lot to inform everyone about these health services do take advantage center director. “We even have residential office either. Even students who spend a lot the center. We have tablings, where we set of them. Danny, who is a senior at John nurses that work here part-time every day,” of time at the college are not always aware up a table in the North Hall lobby and give Jay, does exactly that. “Yes I have gone said Reyes. of what the center offers. Eddie Lopez, a out information about the health center. there several times. I live on my own and I “We try to provide every service a senior at John Jay, and a part-time tutor We have health and nutrition workshops don’t have insurance, so I need those free student would need. We offer regular at the Writing Center, agreed. “I don’t go and we give out information about free or services,” said Danny. COMMENTARY 4 Urban School Spirit? Market Impacts Grads By Leslie Larson can find John Jay club rooms in North Hall By Lauren Meyer Dr. Ehrenreich’s insight certainly full of student clubs and organizations, suggests a troubling future for soon-to-be At state schools with large campuses, though each club targets a niche audience, It may have seemed as if everything graduates. Is this the reality for all, though? tailgating traditions, and championship not the student body as a whole. Some was done correctly. Degree? Finished it. For junior Danielle Charbonneau the future football teams, students deck out their call this the tribalization or iPodization of Internship? Did it. Connections? So many. holds unlimited opportunities. “I feel that dorm rooms in school colors, camp out all student life. Regardless of our immaculate resumes, given the amount of education I am going night to buy sports tickets, and tattoo their “Since John Jay is a commuter school, recent and soon-to-be grads continue to to have behind me and experience that mascots on their foreheads. students can use the club rooms to hang face a common dilemma, unemployment. I have, I will be able to find a job in this This isn’t really the norm at John Jay. out in between classes. At other colleges, How does one define this problem? field,” she said. “If I do not continue onto a It’s challenging to find school spirit in people might go to their dorms,” said Ming Perhaps it’s reasonable to attribute our master’s program, I do feel that I will have the City. Manhattan is not a college town. Zhang who works in the Office of Student job search struggles to the current economic a very hard time getting a job. The criteria John Jay students share their Upper West Activities and serves as Secretary for the climate. While multiple organizations have for this field are so specific.” Side location with professionals at Time Asian Student Association. admitted to negative financial forces, even And what of those walking away with Warner Center, Lincoln Center, Fordham Perez describes how her club sees a major businesses, like the New York Times, secondary degrees? “I feel that I have Law School and the rest of Manhattan. need to help bring about student unity since have settled into the industrial downturn gained so much knowledge in the graduate Once you leave North Hall or Westport “for commuter students it’s hard to feel with aggressive cutbacks. The Times has program here at John Jay even though it or the T-building you’ve left John Jay. that sense of belonging, many [students] threatened to close its cousin conglomerate, does not settle the fear of not being able to “School spirit at John Jay is close to are parents, work full-time, and are also the Boston Globe, unless nearly $20 million find a job,” said Amanda Rieder, a Criminal extinction,” said Kim Wei Goh, a third year students full-time” wrote Perez in their in cutbacks can be arranged. Justice graduate student preparing for John Jay student. “There is about 10% or club’s mission statement. However, this problem is hardly graduation in May. “All you can do is stay less of the John Jay population involved But beyond student clubs, what are the generationally specific. Dr. Barbara optimistic and make sure to build a network with school spirit, the rest come and go.” main sources of school spirit? I’ve got one Ehrenreich, journalist, author, and activist, in hopes that something will come along.” Goh also feels that colleges in the middle of word for you- sports. conducted a social experiment. By It can’t be all bad news. Perhaps the nowhere where only “deers and trees stare Larger state schools enjoy the luxury stripping the Ph.D. from her resume, she current economic situation paired with back at you” don’t have to compete with of successful, publicized sports teams to set out to explore the difficulties of white- the proliferation of job search web sites city options that entice students away. unite students and alumni. “The biggest collar professionals seeking employment. can be viewed as a positive challenge There is a “modest amount of school contributor to Rutgers school spirit is the Even though her resume represented how for soon-to-be graduates. As difficult as spirit,” explains Giancarlos Perez, a Rutgers football team,” says James Boyd, she did everything right, she still couldn’t it may seem to submit one resume into John Jay student and president of IVCF, Assistant Director of Public Affairs at land a job in her field. She recorded her cyberspace after another, maybe we can an evangelical campus mission serving Rutgers University, a college known for experience in her book, “Bait and Switch: embrace this challenge. “Internet-based college students. “John Jay students school spirit. The Futile Persuit of the American Dream,” employment searching makes people very have the potential for strong school spirit. Even Condi Rice once noted “we need a the sequel to her first book, “Nickel marketable over a wide range of areas. If Unfortunately, most of the students are too common enemy to unite us.” Sports provide and Dimed.” “My research on the book more employers use these search engines, I busy and never get the chance to cultivate a healthy sense of rivalry and competition showed me that college educated workers feel they will have more applicants and can that spirit.” that connects people. “External threats are extremely vulnerable to downward be more selective,” said Danielle. John Jay isn’t the only metro college promote internal solidarity, so a good mobility, and often end up in the kind of By returning to school and gaining new challenged to create school spirit. Other rivalry can go a long way,” Boyd adds. low-wage jobs I had done for ‘Nickel and skills, learning new languages, and landing urban colleges face the challenges of The John Jay Athletic Department did Dimed,’” she stated on her website. hard-to-get internships, students are engaging students when real-world not respond to my request for an interview, Although many would argue our shaping themselves into valuable assets. responsibilities distract them, and when an but athletics do not seem to be a unifying economy has been spiraling out of control Is it possible, though, that employers are exciting city tempts them elsewhere. force at John Jay like at other colleges. for years, Dr. Ehrenreich’s book was looking for something in particular? However, a metro environment While academics and research grants published in early 2005. So then, what Many young graduates are under the provides great opportunities for internships are great for the academic success of a other factors impact young graduates’ impression that they are the competition, and employment that a small town can’t college, there’s that je ne sais quoi element attempts at finding employment? “I was the person to beat when interview day provide. Matt Swift, a junior at Georgetown to healthy competition. “You’re not going amazed at the lack of jobs offered to arrives. And usually, they are. Universities University says that students at his school to get together to cheer on the science those in limbo between their bachelor’s and colleges are producing sharp young focus more on school work and getting department. When you can people together and master’s in New York City. It is professionals with new knowledge and good internships than they do lining up to to cheer on the football team, that’s key to becoming more apparent that in order to cutting-edge perspectives. buy football tickets. school spirit,” says Swift. gain employment, it’s necessary to obtain However, is this enough? Media “The city reduces school spirit because Though housing a college campus in a specialized degree beyond a bachelor’s conglomerates have suggested a return to there are so many competing factors. Manhattan is different, that doesn’t mean degree, which can be extremely time- school is a wise choice during this time of Our neighborhood isn’t just for students, John Jay can’t have school spirit. Sure, we consuming and expensive,” said Rachael global economic hardship. “I have always we share it with offices and families and may not have a football team, but we have Mong, a first year graduate student in the had the desire to change careers and get into professionals, there aren’t those student one of the most diverse, pulsating cultures Forensic Psychology program at John Jay. this field. It was only a matter of waiting for hangouts you see in the movies,” said around us. “I definitely feel that having an the right time and that time finally came,” Swift. College campuses in the city face This is New York– we may do it advanced degree will give me an edge said Erin Macura, a graduate student in the challenge of not having a gated campus differently, our school spirit may not be within this field. But I also feel that more the Forensic Mental Health Counseling to keep students and faculty in one place. reflected in mass quantities of John Jay and more these days, a master’s degree program who returned to school after six It can be hard to connect students sweatshirts– but we can still find a way won’t get you very far,” said Mong. years. But, she says, “The competition is without a clearly defined space, “there to make sure we’re part of the heartbeat Prior to graduate enrollment, did the extremely high right now with so many are no boundaries, anybody can walk of the city. There are three main ways: future appear bright, or still somewhat people having lost jobs. Inexperienced in or out,” says Nick Logothetis, who by contributing to the arts, helping the bleak for Mong? “I felt like I would have students are competing against seasoned commented based on his experience as a community around us through public no problem obtaining a job before I started professionals in many areas.” junior at George Washington University. service, and leaving here with a diploma graduate school. I was moving from New So then, an ultimatum: if these While John Jay students don’t deck and a drive to improve our own lives and Hampshire to New York City, and thought discouraging realities of financial fatigue themselves out in school colors, The John the life of the city. That’s true school spirit: the job opportunities would be endless. pose a dark and dramatic realization for Jay Office of Student Activities tries to giving back what we’ve received here at Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case,” she graduates, perhaps a return to school might foster school spirit. During the week you John Jay. said. just be that light at the end of the tunnel. Need Money For College? http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/scholarships.php 5 Video Games’ New Low Homeless Families Struggle By Karen Tabin not. They are crimes that should be taken By Masoud House get.” very seriously, but instead they are being “We have to check for contraband I am not someone who believes that used as a sick ploy to make money. “The rents are ridiculous,” said Maureen and weapons,” said his fellow officer, listening to Marilyn Manson or playing Aside from the utterly appalling fact Petersen, an officer of the Department of Gonzalez, as she checked the screen of an Grand Theft Auto can create murderers or that it has been made, it is shocking that it Homeless Services. “The high cost of rent incoming client’s bag. “All bags must go brainwash people into committing crimes. has not yet been shut down after its release is what a lot of people come here for.” through— if they beep, they get checked.” However, there are certain moral lines that in 2006. “Grand Theft Auto San Andreas” PATH— or the Prevention Assistance And while some may think this is a trivial should not be crossed, but unfortunately was removed from shelves because of a and Temporary Housing— is a temporary step, others would disagree. have been. A Japanese company, Illusion, sex scene buried within the game and was placement connected to the EAU: an “When I was at the Men’s Shelter by created “Rapelay” for release in Japan not allowed back on until it was removed Emergency Assessment Unit, under the Bellvue Hospital, a man tried to come in alone, which fortunately means that it is not from the game. How is it that Grand DHS, or Department of Homeless Services. with a machete,” said Petersen, a long- available in American stores. “Rapelay” is Theft Auto and other shooter games are Here DHS Officers and Employees take time employee of the DHS. “Had it up the a video game in which the player’s acting not deemed too violent for sale, but those care of a difficult task: trying to help sleeve of his jacket.” character is a convicted rapist who after same gamers can portray a predator and homeless families get homes. But it’s not After passing the metal detectors, serving his sentence for molestation, stalks virtually rape women? There is a certain easy. families reach the Processing Stage. Here and rapes his first victim again and then sick mental factor that coincides with rape With a rising cost of living— an effect they must put in their information and the rapes her family. That’s right, the object and to expose people to this is extremely of the nation-wide economic problems, reasons behind their homelessness which of this game is to rape, and it does not stop dangerous. Think about it, sex offenders many find that they don’t have enough leads to a temporary overnight stay while there. who are now out of prison can buy this money to keep up with rent, especially in an investigation is made on the client’s There are other horrifying aspects of game. This poses a great threat to society. New York. A 2006 New York University claims. After moving to Reception, more this game. If any of the women that you It certainly cannot do any good to the study concluded that households making information is needed to prepare the family are stalking see you, you die. The women world. You would not see a news story that about $32,000, or 80% of the median city- for the Family Worker who gives the family that you rape can become pregnant, and if shows a video of a woman being raped, so wide income, would not be able to afford a medical check. your character does not force her to have an it should not be acceptable to show it in a many of the apartments in the city. Next employees of the Diversion abortion your character dies. It seems that game, whether the people are real or not. Specifically the report stated that in a Department try to see whether there are this game states that the only way to stop While it was only meant to be span of three years there has been a loss of other ways for families to go without a rapist is to kill them. The player must released in Japan, it has shown up in other 205,000 apartments that would have been staying in the shelter system, but if things do certain things with the women in order countries. But thankfully there have been affordable to the median, and majority, are approved the family is given temporary to unlock other sick features. So, while some attempts to stop the circulation of salary of New Yorkers. Also, the median housing and a ten day placement. If they’re playing, the gamer is encouraged to rape the game. Ebay has banned it along with price of unsubsidized apartments increase found eligible, then the family will be as much as they can, because they will be The Amazon Marketplace in the UK, who 20% in this time— from $750 to $900. guided to Tier 2 Housing: an apartment. rewarded when they do. Like many other removed it from their site after two copies And it has increased since then. But if they are found ineligible according games, once you have completed it you are were found being sold. While it was “What makes it bad is that Guiliani to varying circumstances, then the family allowed a freestyle mode in which you can released in 2006, New York has only now had changed it all,” continues Petersen, may have to start the process all over do whatever you want with all that you have taken a public stand against it. The New referring to the state of her department. again. achieved and unlocked. In “Rapelay,” after York City Council has joined with the New Petersen, who has worked for the DHS In addition, guidelines and rules are you rape all three women, you can go back York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault for more than a decade, has seen plenty of constantly changing. “A lot of people and rape them however many times you and asked that all video game distributors changes. “All boroughs had EAUs, but he mess it up for others,” said Petersen. “One want. How is this right? In my opinion in the United States stop selling or refuse to converged them all into one, this one, and client can do something bad and it changes “Rapelay” is the most offensive game that sell the game. Let’s hope they listen. made it more hectic. That’s why a lot of everything for everybody else.” has ever been made. It promotes nothing What happened to the days when kids are displaced out of school. If they had One officer had an example. “[A positive; it only encourages some of the Pong was enough to occupy our minds for an EAU in each borough, it’d be better.” Family] can be at the end of their ten day worst crimes imaginable. hours? Why have we escalated to games “It’s the worst on kids,” another officer placement period, and it can be eleven at As April, and Sexual Assault Awareness with murder and rape? These games are adds, who asked to remain anonymous. night, and [they] can have kids; and they Month, passes it is important to remember being made for one simple reason: there is Standing next to a family of four, including have to get them out, instead of waiting till what it stands for. Sexual Assault Awareness a demand for them. a mother and her kids, the officer looks morning.” The officer shakes their head in Month is meant to educate people on how These companies know that if they on and frowns. “The process of [the kids] disapproval. Unfortunately, this is not a to prevent all types of sexual violence make a game like “Rapelay,” then it will going back and forth, the kids being shuffled rare story for those arriving at PATH. and raise awareness. With the creation be sold. I do not know why there is such a around, they might be in the Bronx, they Naturally, the process can cause tension and distribution of games like “Rapelay,” demand for these heinous games, but I hope might be in Brooklyn, y’know? It’s hard,” between employees and clients. “I don’t awareness and prevention become dulled, that we do not continue down the road we the officer adds. like working here,” said another DHS because the seriousness of the issues at are on. If we are living in a world where “It’s disgusting,” said one client, a employee who’d rather stay anonymous. hand are played down. These games make virtual rape is legally available, I fear what mother standing outside. She paces back “These guys are assholes. They make rape and murder a game, while they are will be in ten years. and forth, shifting side to side in frustration us feel like it’s us, like it’s our fault. But besides her friend. “I was just arguing it comes from up high. They’re the ones with him on how f***ed up it is,” she maneuvering everybody.” Want to learn to write for the newspaper? adds. “If we didn’t have no place to go, I wouldn’t be here.” There is no doubt that Occasionally tempers will escalate to the point of confrontation. Other times the children hurt the most. While standing the DHS officers find themselves dealing The English Department is offering the following journalism electives there, countless children stand by their with all sorts of situations. “It’s more for the Fall Semester 2009: parents and older siblings as late as eleven than just police work,” said Masullo, as o’clock, and beyond. “They’re missing out he keeps his eyes trained on the clients on school cuz they have to be here,” said entering the building. He grins and adds ENG233: “Introductory Journalism” another client. “That’s an ACS case but “We’re translators, babysitters, referees, what can you do?” everything.” The other officers smile Section 01: Section 02: Walking into the large stone building grimly, nodding in agreement. 1:55-3:10 PM Tuesday/Thursday 6:25-7:40 PM Tuesday/Thursday of the EAU, the first thing a family Whatever the case may be, one thing is encounters in the brightly lit building is clear: the city’s cost of living is rising, and not warm meals and blankets, but metal salaries aren’t following as closely. Worse, Prerequisite: ENG102 or ENG201 detectors, though some would consider it families, for various reasons that some are a necessity. “It’s different. Every day it’s responsible for and others not, are getting Professor: Alexa Capeloto different,” said Masullo, a DHS Officer caught in a web of problems that can’t be standing ready at the metal detectors. He solved until rents are stabilized and made ENG290: “Journalism II/Beat Reporting” takes a look at the monitors and shakes his affordable not just for the rich, but for the head. “Never know what you’re going to average New Yorker. Section 01: 6:25-7:40 PM Thursday (hybrid section requires weekly work online) Look for us in the Fall: Prerequisite: ENG233 www.tenthavenueguardian.com Professor: Devin Harner 6 Twitter Contributes To Collective Net Noise By Leslie Larson cousin or Office star Rainn Wilson.” “I read tweets by some major CEOs Skeptical of friends announcing “eating who communicate about trends and issues a ham sandwich,” Matthew Alexander in their industry,” said Alexander. “It’s like didn’t see the point of jumping on the I’m in on a private conversation they’re Twitter bandwagon. Alexander, a new having.” media editor for a cable news network, According to TechCrunch, a blog on updates his profile on Facebook, blogs online social networking, Twitter has on Tumblr, uses an internal professional over nine million users. While account networking site at work and connects with details are unknown, Hubspot, an internet colleagues on LinkedIn. marketing blog, estimates that between five He didn’t have the appetite for yet and ten thousand new Twitter users open another social network site. He first joined accounts everyday. Twitter to hate on it- until he started using There are those who tweet “drinking a it. “Twitter is not about accumulating Snapple” that nobody really cares about. friends and microblogging your mundane, But users also post up-to-date eye-witness minute by minute activities, Twitter is accounts on current events, like the attacks about SEARCH, I use Twitter as often as I in Mumbai or the USAir plane on the use Google,” says Alexander. Hudson. Twitter is unique since users can read “Tweets increasingly provide a platform comments, known as tweets, written by for citizen journalism; much like YouTube everyone from Zappos.com CEO to Britney does for video,” Alexander said. Spears. Tweets are short and to the point, a When the plane landed on the Hudson, ELIZABETH BUCKNAM maximum of 140 characters. While it has Janis Krums communicated on Twitter only been around for three years, Twitter about what he saw as a passenger on nearby available to comment, it is unclear who at do with recent school activities and instead gained recognition as celebrities like John ferry boat. Using his cell phone he tweeted the school is responsible for overseeing include random statements like “going to Mayer, Ashton Kutcher and even Barak “There’s a plane in the Hudson. I’m on the their profile. play in an all day VB tourney at John Jay Obama use it to communicate. People ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy.” “I think it would be nice for John Jay College” from one user. magazine even started a weekly column He then uploaded a photo of passengers to have a Twitter account to communicate John Jay could benefit from using to highlight what celebrities are tweeting standing on the wing of the plane. That with students. Pretty much every company, Twitter, suggests Alexander. In addition to about. photo ended up on many a front page the agency, etc. has a Twitter now, so why not event updates, he says, “colleges should The John Jay community seems next day. John Jay?” said Ghafoor. consider tweeting like they send text ambivalent to Twitter. Some see it as just Julie McAleenan, who analyzes CSI tweets an average of four times messages in cases of emergency.” E v e n another social network site. “I don’t use social media as an Account Executive for a day. Recent updates include “College John Jay students who don’t use Twitter twitter,” said Usman Ghafoor, a John Jay CareerBuilder.com, explains how Gen Job Fair in the Sports & Rec. Building” see the benefit of using it to communicate. student. “Personally, Facebook is enough Y relies on communication from Twitter to “Scholarship for Staten Island “I don’t use Twitter, but I think it would be for me, I don’t need Twitter.” for authentic information. “That can be Valedictorians” to “Fall 2009 Applications nice for John Jay to open it as an option to Twitter is clearly the next iteration of scary for some companies, though,” said now being accepted.” Students who opt- have,” said Jane Shekhtman, a third year online social networking because it removes McAleenan. in to follow CSI Twitter postings receive student at John Jay. barriers to entry present on Facebook and Colleges, much like companies, seem updates, much like the newsfeed on Hate it or love it, Twitter is a potential MySpace. Unlike Facebook or MySpace hesitant to embrace Twitter. The College Facebook. new communication medium to explore. where pages and profiles can be private, of Staten Island (or CSI) is one of the Unlike CSI, John Jay does not have a It’s immediate and open, and can be used Twitter comments are public. You can few CUNY schools managing a profile on profile on Twitter. If you search the term for more than announcing what you’re follow or respond to tweets made by your Twitter. Since the IT Department was not “John Jay College” the results have little to eating for lunch. Summer Movie Preview “Away We Go” (June 5th), a comedy about a couple searching for the best place to raise their first child and “The Hangover” (June 5th), a comedy about three groomsmen who lose the groom during a drunken escapade both look very promising. Also in June is the remake of “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” (June 12th), starring Denzel Washington By Karen Tabin and John Travolta. I think the highlight of the month will be when Shia LeBeouf and Megan Fox join with Optimus Prime again in the sequel “Transformers: Revenge of the With summer approaching, there are plenty of movies to watch out for. 2008 was a Fallen” (June 24th). blockbuster year for movies, and if all goes as planned it looks like this year will continue July seems to be the month that has a little of everything. With the return of “Ice Age” the fun. There are plenty of movies to be excited about this year, and many of the ones anyone who enjoyed that little squirrel’s fight to the death to save his acorn will no doubt you are most looking forward to will be out this summer. Here’s a list of what you should enjoy the third installment of the series, “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” (July 1st). keep your eyes open for. On the same day you can catch Christian Bale and Johnny Depp in “Public Enemies” The month of May has a lot of long-awaited action releases. Starting off the month, (July 1st), an exciting crime drama based on the real life story of when the Fed’s tried to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (May 1st), is highly anticipated, with its in-depth look into take down gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during the the rise of your favorite X-Men. For those of you who want their post-Oscar Hugh 1930s crime wave. Remember Sacha Baron Cohen’s hilariously brilliant performance in Jackman fix, Wolverine will definitely fulfill that. Another long awaited release is “Star “Borat”? Good news, you can catch him again in “Bruno” (July 10th) where he plays the Trek” (May 8th), with a promising cast that looks into Kirk and Spock’s earlier years. second of the three characters he portrayed on his HBO show “Da Ali G Show.” You can also catch Tom Hanks continuing his role as Robert Langdon in the “The Da For those of you who do not know this character, Bruno is an overly flamboyant Vinci Code” prequel “Angels and Demons” (May 15th). Austrian fashionista who comes to America. July’s climax will be the release of “Harry Now all you Terminator fans will finally get your wish with the much anticipated Potter and the Half Blood Prince” (July 17th). With the all-star cast returning for the sixth “Terminator Salvation” (May 21st) starring Christian Bale. May might have a lot of installment of the series, the excitement of the fans could not be higher. July will end action, but it has comedy as well. “The Brothers Bloom” (May 15th limited; May 29th with a good laugh when “Funny People” (July 31st) hits theaters. With a cast of, yes- you full) is a comedic crime movie starring Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody as the best guessed it- funny people, this movie sounds like a sure win. Nothing bad can come when con men in the world who take a beautiful heiress, Rachel Weisz, on the adventure of you put Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann together. a lifetime. If you have kids they will enjoy “Up” (May 22nd), a sweet and comical In August, when our solemn hearts are readying our goodbyes to summer, there will animated movie about an old man who is surprised when his home takes sudden flight due be some dramatic movies to match our mood, and others to pull us out of it. “Julie and to balloons tied to his house, and even more shocked when he discovers he is not alone. Julia” (August 7th), which stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, documents the life of Another one that both kids and adults can enjoy is “A Night at the Museum: Battle of the Julia Child. Okay boys, as I am sure that this will be of no interest to you, Paramount Smithsonian” (May 22nd). planned accordingly. With the success of the first one, they managed to pull even more stars into its already Grab your favorite childhood action figure and sit him next to you so you can both all-star cast. If you’re a fan of Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Amy Adams or Robin Williams, watch “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” (August 7th), starring Channing Tatum, Sienna I strongly suggest seeing this movie. Miller, Dennis Quaid and Marlon Wayans. Last year he was aging backwards, this year June is going to be the month that will make you laugh, with many comedies like he is killing Nazis, catch Brad Pitt in the Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” “The Proposal,” starring Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock (June 12th), which involves (August 21st), where Jewish-American soldiers try to scare the Third Reich by killing a marriage specifically arranged to escape deportation to Canada and “Year One,” with Nazis. If you liked Rob Zombie’s remake of “Halloween,” watch out for his sequel “H2: Jack Black and Michael Cera (June 19th), a story of two banished hunter-gatherers. Halloween 2” (August 28th). No year would be complete without having laughed your head off because of Will As far as the summer goes, there are many movies that are worth working that summer Ferrell, right? Last year it was “Step Brothers” and this year it will be “Land of the Lost” job for. If you are looking to laugh, cry, be scared, or a little of each, then there are movies (June 5th), where he, his assistant and a survivalist get sucked through a vortex and end that will meet your needs. So, remember these dates and don’t forget to save up for the up in an alternate universe where nothing is like it was back home. all too expensive concession stand. See you at the ticket booth.
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