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Split In Two
2-day affair
By Olivia Tattory
Some of this year’s
graduates may not walk with
their classmates in May as the
commencement ceremony is
now split.
accommodate College of
Continuing Studies (CCS) and
graduate students, Rider has
separated the Lawrenceville
commencement ceremonies
between these two groups
and regular undergraduates.
The ceremony for CCS and
occur on Thursday night while
the one for undergraduates will
remain on Friday. The Princeton
campus has always had its own
Several factors played a role
in this decision and according
to Christine Zelenak, director
of the office of the president
Volume 77, Issue XIII - Friday, February 9, 2007
turns up
the heat
By Jeff Frankel
With temperatures dipping into the single digits at
night, the Lawrenceville SGA
addressed the issue of heating
problems in residence halls and
Greek houses this week.
Sophomore Joshabel De
La Cruz, the diversity chair of
Lawrenceville SGA and a resident advisor in Gee Hall, said
many of her residents have been
complaining about not having
Photo illustration by Karly Hamburg
enough heat in their rooms.
This year’s Lawrenceville campus commencement ceremony will take place on two days. CCS The problem may be
and graduate students will walk Thursday night while undergraduates will walk Friday morning. caused by the students’
and executive assistant to the Last year’s commencement number of people attending cluttered rooms, which may
president, the idea of having ceremony in particular was what graduation ceremonies in block the intakes that circulate
two separate ceremonies was prompted the Commencement recent years, the possibility of the air, said Mike Maconi, direcnot a new one.
Committee to consider an inclement weather would make tor of Facilities Management,
“There were several factors alternative approach for future it difficult to accommodate all who was at Tuesday’s Senate
that led the Commencement years. The rain forecast that graduates and their families meeting addressing the mainCommittee to explore separate day would have moved the if the ceremony were moved tenance concerns facing the
commencement ceremonies as ceremony inside, allowing each indoors.
an alternative format,” Zelenak student only two tickets for In addition, because many “If you have something
CCS and graduate students work blocking that passage getting
said. “It had been considered guests.
up there, carpet or a lot of
for a number of years.”
Because of the growing
See Graduation, p. 4
furniture, you’re just hurting
yourself,” he said.
Rooms on the top floor
and at the ends of the hallway
get the least heat, he said. That
Literatures. “There are many
is because the University has
initiatives to internationalize,
baseboard heat that must be
and this will be part of that
piped from the basement.
“If you’re at the end of a
The program will be open
hall, like [room] 300 or 301,
to all students, regardless of
you’re at the end of the heat
major or year.
system,” he said. “All the heat
“We don’t want to turn
on campus is baseboard heat
anybody away,” said Stephanie
- hot water heat. Unfortunately,
Polak, associate director of
the hot water gets air-bound
Residence Life. “If you’re just
and air gets into the system.”
looking to have exposure to
The idea of installing space
other cultures, there is no
heaters in the room, brought
reason why you shouldn’t be
up by the Tech and Web
able to live there.”
Development Chair, Kalvin
According to Polak, the
Thompson, was shot down
residence hall that will be
by Maconi. Maconi said the
utilized for this program has yet
to be determined. The choice of Starting next semester, a new international residence hall, University is at its limit for
the building will depend on its which has yet to be determined, will allow foreign and domestic electrical output.
students to live together and share their cultures.
The cost of a new source
number of vacancies, she said.
But Residence Life has participate in the program until go anywhere until they know of power is $1.5 million,
while the cost of updating the
determined that the program they know which residence hall where that anywhere is.”
will be in a standard residence will be selected.
will heating system would be
hall and not in Lincoln Hall or “Students are very loyal to choose the best residence $750,000 for each residence
hall, said Maconi.
the New Building, Polak said.
their own residence hall,” she
that said. “It’s going to be hard to
See Culture, p. 4
See Senate, p. 3
students might be reluctant to drum up people wanting to
One residence hall, various cultures
By Steph Mostaccio
Imagine being in a
foreign country for the first
time, unaware of everything
from the language to the food to
the specific cultural expressions.
A feeling of anxiety would most
likely overcome students who
are studying abroad and find
themselves in this situation. However, students now
have the opportunity to reduce
some of the uneasiness involved
in venturing into an unknown
Starting next fall, students
will be able to participate in
Rider’s first international
residence hall program, which
will house approximately 50
international and domestic
“This is really important
for the whole University,” said
Stephane Natan, associate
professor for the Department
of Foreign Languages and
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2 Friday, February 9, 2007
Security Briefs
‘Sparkling’ paintings dazzle art gallery
By Jess Hoogendoorn
A two-car collision led
to a hospital visit for one
woman. On Monday, Feb. 5,
at 12:25 p.m., a car accident
occurred on Poyda Drive. A
female resident student in
car one pulled out of the
parking lot onto the road and
struck car two, occupied by two
sorority members.
The first car had damage to the front bumper, left
front fender, the driver side
door and the left wheel. The
second car had damage to
the left front tire and front
bumper. When Lawrence
Township Police responded,
one victim complained of
head and neck pain and was
transported to the hospital
via ambulance.
Oh that smell
When a female staff
member in Ziegler smelled
the possible odor of marijuana, she knew exactly what
to do — she called Public
Safety. On Friday, Feb. 3, at
2:14 a.m., the staff member
detected an odor in the hallway, identified the possible
source and called it in. When
Public Safety knocked on the
door, the male student who
lived in the room answered
and the smell became even
more apparent. Seven male
visitors were also in the room,
all of whom appeared to be
Public Safety asked to
search the room and was
declined. It was then that the
resident of the room asked to
be given a “marijuana strike.” Lawrence Township Police
were called and the suspect
handed over a glass pipe. The
police observed the smell of
alcohol on the underaged
males. A more detailed search
by the police found possible
marijuana residue in plastic
The male resident was
placed under arrest for
possession and underage consumption. Even more, the
University has brought up
charges for unauthorized
use of an illegal substance,
the use of paraphernalia,
alcohol violation and violation of the smoking policy.
The other seven guests will
receive notices of Persona
Non Grata.
Information provided by Director
Rider’s Department of Public Safety
Vickie Weaver.
In last week’s issue, Nilsa
Britto should have been
labeled as a senior in the
caption of a photo taken in
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W. Carl Burger shared
more than just his watercolor paintings with students in
the Bart Luedeke Center art
Feb. 1. He also shared his
insights about art and
society, and his style, influences
and thoughts during the paint
ing process.
Fine Arts Professor Harry
Naar introduced Burger as a
“true supporter of New Jersey
art.” According to Burger,
New Jersey harbors good art.
However, much of it is kept
“under wraps,” he said. “[I] want museums to
do something about the great
talent that is in New Jersey,”
said Burger. “New Jersey is like
a volcano ready to burst.”
Burger is an artist who
has already burst. His works
are often described as “expressive, animated and sparkling,”
according to Naar.
Art impacts people and
society, said Burger.
“It’s art which makes us
what we are today,” he said.
“[Without art] you’d be
nothing but a raw savage eating
raw meat.”
The watercolors currently
in Rider’s art gallery are all
abstract paintings of landscapes
in New Jersey. They are all new
works by Burger and are priced
Photo by Stephanie Nardi
Sophomore Brittany Diego admires W. Carl Burger’s artwork in
the BLC art gallery. It will be on display until Feb. 22.
between $6,500 and $8,000. Burger’s artwork will be
displayed in the gallery until
Thursday, Feb. 22.
Burger explained his use of
large paper, which is not typical
for a watercolor artist. These
large pieces are expensive but
help an artist get noticed, he
“You’ve got to think big,”
said Burger. “Every artist, of
course, secretly desires to be
acknowledged by museums.
Let’s face it, museums want it
big these days.”
However, Burger said that
he always needs to have a plan
before he begins a painting in
order to avoid mistakes and
waste expensive supplies.
“There is nothing more
intimidating than a big white
piece of paper in front of you,”
said Burger. “You have to have
a plan ahead of time. You are
really dealing with a lot of
The New Jersey artist has
an abstract style, but he did not
always paint in such a way.
“When you’re young, at
least I find this generally speaking, you do gravitate toward
wanting to imitate something
you see in front of you,” said
At first, Burger felt abstract
painting was “a little too much
accident.” However, later in his
life he said he realized that he
did not want to be “too literal.”
He wanted people to focus on
the elements in his painting.
Burger said he loves painting
and is perhaps a little egocentric
because he wants people to take
notice of him.
“I am 81 years of age and
I’d like to leave some kind of a
little mark behind,” he said.
Burger also encouraged
young artists to talk with
other artists about their work
and to use various colors and
techniques because “variety is
the spice of life.”
Burger also feels strongly
about galleries censoring artists
who have produced controversial pieces.
“Controversial ideas lead to
progress — remember that,”
said Burger. “We need artists
because it is the artists that
are the rebels. Look at history
­— it’s always the artists who
stick their necks out and a lot
of them were burned at the
Students seemed impressed
with Burger.
“He had some great insights
into art and society today,” said
freshman Sean Donato. Burger does not just paint
with watercolors. He also
creates collages and drawings,
some of which are political. The
political paintings, according to
Burger, deal with overpopulation and the Catholic Church’s
philosophy on procreation.
“Art to me is refinement,”
said Burger. “There’s intellect to
art. To me art is big, you should
love art with a capital A.”
Major donor
Anne Sweigart
dies at age 92
Anne Brossman Sweigart,
an alumna, trustee and donor
whose name is immortalized
as the home of Rider’s College
of Business Administration,
passed away on Thursday, Feb.
1, at the age of 92.
Sweigart, who graduated
from Rider in 1934, boasted a
long-lasting connection to her
alma mater. In fact, Sweigart
made one of the largest gifts in
the history of the institution.
As a thank you for her generosity, Rider rededicated the
9-year-old College of Business
Building to Sweigart in 1997.
Rozanski called Sweigart “a
great friend and generous alumna who will truly be missed by
the entire Rider family.”
Upon graduating from
Rider, Sweigart worked her way
up from telephone operator to
President, CEO and Chairman
of DandE Communications,
Inc., of Ephrata, Pa. DandE,
which was formerly known as the
Denver and Ephrata Telephone
and Telegraph Company, is a
company founded by her father
in 1911.
Photo courtesy of Public Relations
The College of Business building was renamed Anne Brossman Sweigart Hall in 1997.
According to a press release,
Sweigart was known as a “pioneer of modern telecommunications in Pennsylvania.”
Sweigart was an honorary
Doctor of Laws recipient in
1995 and a member of Rider’s
Board of Trustees from 1995 to
2004. A memorial service was held
Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Holy Trinity
Lutheran Church in Ephrata,
Pa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Anne
Brossman Sweigart Charitable
Foundation, P.O. Box 757,
Ephrata, PA 17422. To offer
condolences, individuals may
visit: www.gravenorhomeforfunerals.com.
2/8/07 10:12:18 PM
Friday, February 9, 2007 3
Woman’s struggle resonates through history
With five sets of tears and tributes,
actress Maxine Maxwell depicted the
black woman’s struggle spanning the
past 150 years. The dramatic monologues, “Echoes
of the Past,” kicked off Black History
Month in the Bart Luedeke Center
Theater on Thursday, Feb. 1. The
Student Entertainment Council (SEC)
and the Black Student Union organized
the event. Maxwell embarked on her journey
through time, first portraying Henrietta
King, an aged slave recounting the story
of “what it could have been like to be a
slave.” The character of King took the audience to her childhood, when she suffered
permanent injuries for eating a
peppermint stick that belonged to a
Mistress. The other monologues included
Sojourner Truth, an antislavery activist; Ida B. Wells, a journalist and
crusader against black oppression;
Elizabeth Eckford, a teenager who
integrated Central High in Little Rock,
Arkansas; and Winnie Mandela, a South
African civil rights leader. By Zahra Jaferi
Continued from p. 1
Thompson, who has had
experience in heating, he said,
believes otherwise.
“Space heaters are the
best idea because I believe it
can be more energy efficient
than the ceramic heaters,” said
Maxwell used a different background narrative and varying costume
pieces for each character. Maxwell concluded with verses from
a poem by Alice Walker, who often
referred to women in black history. Maxwell’s performance opened
students’ eyes to the black woman’s toil
to achieve equality.
“I was able to put myself in their
positions,” said freshman Stephanie
Detrempe. “It really touched me.”
Junior Uchenna Duru had a similar
“It was phenomenal,” she said. “Her
performance was amazing, the way she
connected to the audience and the characters.” Duru added that the black women
Maxwell portrayed changed the status of
women today.
“These powerful women were able
to impact the current state of women in
America, various countries in Africa and
the world at large,” she said.
Jamiyl Mosley, area director of
Residence Life, shared the students’
positive experience. Maxwell was “very
talented,” and her performance was an
“enjoyable experience,” he said. Maxwell has also inspired audiences
on other occasions.
He lives in an apartment in
Hill Hall that is always cold, he
“I live on the end room and
it is very cold all the time,” said
Thompson. “I have put in for
many help requests and the first
one was sort of brushed aside.
They looked at it and said it was
broken and said they would fix
it, but never did.”
Facilities did give his room
Photo courtesy of Public Relations
Actress Maxine Maxwell shared the black woman’s effort to achieve equality
throughout history in the Bart Luedeke Center Theater on Thursday, Feb. 1.
When SEC Multicultural Chair
Marie Baker went to see Maxwell
perform at a convention this fall,
she said Maxwell was the only person who got a full-house standing
Maxwell, a native of St. Louis
and a graduate of Webster University
Conservatory Theater of Arts, is
currently a member of the New
York Foundation for the Arts, Young
Audiences and Arts Connection in the
a ceramic heater, but that
caused even more problems, he
“They gave me the ceramic
heater and as soon as you turn
the ceramic heater on, it shuts
the breaker off and [we] lose
power,” he said.
For rooms that are too cold
or, in some cases, too warm,
Maconi has a solution for some
rooms that have a valve to
New York area. She has appeared in
numerous plays, including Cross Currents
and Funnyhouse of a Negro.
Maxwell stresses to her audiences
that anyone can make a difference.
“When we look at people who are
very courageous in history, we think that
there is something special about them,
that they were able to make choices to
have the world be different,” she said.
“We can make those kinds of choices
too.” lem,” he said.
“It’s important to take the
avenues given to us to give
feedback to these departments
on campus, to please contact
Facilities if their rooms are
having problems,” Barbati said.
“At the same time, don’t settle
for being uncomfortable. You
pay too much money to feel
adjust the flow of hot water
through the heater.
“Every room does not have
this valve, so I don’t want you
all…to go back to your room
and throw up the heat covers,”
he said.
Lawrenceville SGA Vice
President Nick Barbati hoped
the session with Maconi was
helpful for Facilities so they can
get to the “root of the prob-
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4 Friday, February 9, 2007
Continued from p. 1
Photo by Karly Hamburg
The night was full
of comedy, laughs
Junior Catherine Clark sits in the hot seat for a chance to win
$50 during Tuesday night’s Student Entertainment Councilsponsored comedy game show, “We Can Make You Laugh.”
The comedians pulled out many tricks to get the contestants to laugh, and if they couldn’t, the contestants walked
away winners.Three out of eight participants took home the
prize.The remaining prizes were donated to charity.
Continued from p. 1
a full-time job Monday through
Friday, the traditional Friday
morning commencement made
it difficult for all to attend.
“The committee therefore
felt the need to explore
alternative approaches to
accommodate these students
by planning a commencement
event with their work schedules
in mind,” Zelenak said.
Although this idea seems
feasible for some, Felecia
Bourjolly, a CCS liberal
studies major, would still prefer
to walk with her undergraduate
“I do understand the
logic in it in making it more
convenient for people who have
day jobs,” Bourjolly said. “But
when I came to Rider, I was told
I would march with everyone
else. I don’t know why [CCS
students] should be separate.”
An off-campus ceremony
at the Sovereign Bank Arena
was considered for a short
period of time, until committee
members “quickly rejected” the
idea because of the tradition
of commencement on campus
grounds, Zelenak said.
All graduate and CCS
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students were polled in a survey
given this past fall.
An overwhelming number
of student, 76 percent,
responded in support of the
proposal, and only 8 percent
responded that they did not
have a preference.
Although the majority of
CCS and graduate students are
pleased with the new ceremony,
professors of both graduate and
undergraduate classes may not
be so content.
According to Donald
Steven, provost and vice
president of academic affairs,
“faculty are not required to
attend both ceremonies. They
can attend one or the other.”
Dr. Kathleen Pierce,
professor of graduate education,
also teaches undergraduate
courses. Pierce does not agree
with the commencement
separation and although she
would like to attend both
ceremonies, says she won’t
because she will not have a
department to sit with during
the Friday commencement.
Conversely, Dr. Sandra
Stein, professor of graduate
education, said there are both
advantages and disadvantages
to the change.
“Both ceremonies will be
shorter,” Stein said. “It will
also allow [the professors] to
hall to accommodate the
community right before room
selection, which is Monday,
April 16 and Tuesday, April
17. Residence Life staff will
then reveal the chosen residence
hall, which will enable the
students interested in the
program to select that
That is the selection
process for Fall 2007. In Fall
2008, Residence Life might
need to free space for the new
international students and
other domestic students
interested in the program.
“If we have to, we’ll relocate
people, but we don’t want to do
that,” said Polak.
Participation in this
program is on a first-come,
first-served basis since space is
According to Joseph
International Programs, there
are about 130 international
Lawrenceville and Princeton
campuses. These students
come from various countries,
including China, Spain, France,
Poland, India and Venezuela.
According to Natan, Rider
plans to include as many
different cultures as possible in
the program.
“We will try to make a very
balanced match,” he said.
Several activities designed
to help domestic students
learn about the different
cultures included in the
program will occur in the
residence hall throughout
the year. Some of the activities include Foreign Language
Club events and foreign film
students will learn more about
different cultures when they are
immersed in them every day.
“There are so many intangibles you can learn about other
people, from how they live on a
daily basis and the stories they
tell each other in the rooms and
in the lounges,” she said.
Students agree.
“It’s not just learning in the
classroom, but in your living
environment too,” said senior
Muriel Robinson.
Senior Deborah GilbertRogers also said daily
interactions with people
from different cultures are
“It’s one thing when you
talk to them on the street and
another when you live with
them,” she said.
Freshman Arielle Baez said
the international residence
hall program would not only
build awareness about different
cultures but also reduce racism.
“It will help break the
boundaries between people,”
she said.
However, Polak said
she has found that domestic
students generally do not
want to live with international
“It takes a lot of extra
energy to be a roommate of an
international student,” she said.
“You feel obligated to take them
to the mall, give them a tour of
campus [and] show them where
everything is.”
But the reluctant students
might have their interest piqued
when they hear about the extra
credit involved.
According to Natan,
the Department of Foreign
Languages and Literatures will
raise the final grade for students
who live in the international
residence hall by half a grade.
For example, if a student’s
course grade were A-, it would
then be changed to A.
An international residence
hall also provides the incentive of better communication
skills, which is crucial in many
careers, according to MacAde.
“Developing the kinds of
skills that we need to communicate effectively with people from
different cultures is becoming
more and more essential,” he
said. “It’s going to be a skill
that employers will look for in
An informational meeting
for this pilot program will be
held on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at
4:30 p.m. in Fine Arts 309.
“We’re all very curious to
see how many students turn out
and what they think about the
whole idea,” said Polak.
‘When I came to Rider, I was told I would march with
everyone else. I don’t know why [CCS students] should be
do things with the graduate
The format for both
ceremonies will be the same
including the presence of the
president, provost, deans,
trustees, faculty and staff.
“The uniqueness of each
population” will be recognized,
Zelenak said. Class speakers
will be selected from among
the graduating students in
each commencement and the
honorary degree recipient of
each event will be asked to
speak at the ceremony.
“Each ceremony will have
its own class speaker, to further
personalize each ceremony,”
Zelenak said.
In the event of severe
weather, each student will be
provided with four tickets,
instead of the two with past
commencement plans.
Although this is true,
Melissa Vidam, a secondyear graduate student in
the community-counseling
- Felecia Bourjolly, CCS student
program, says she is not a fan
of the decision to separate the
two ceremonies. In fact, Vidam
will be unable to participate in
the graduate commencement
for her own graduation in May
of 2008.
“Due to my job as a graduate
assistant I cannot participate
in the graduation ceremony
for graduate students,” Vidam
said. “I run senior week, which
begins May 9 [through] May
11. I was told I can just walk
with the undergraduates on
Friday, which I would prefer to
do since I work so closely with
all of them.”
During a time when the
unification of the University is
on the administration’s agenda,
this separation has raised
questions among the faculty.
“We’re one university, we’ve
spent enough time apart,” Pierce
said. “[Graduation] is really
about celebration for the whole
community. We don’t have any
ritual where we’re united.”
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Friday, February 9, 2007 5
Rumba for a Cause
Campus community raises roof, funds for Mercer County mentors
By Jessica Demetriou
When sophomore Tina Limbo went to the Rider
Rumba Dance-a-thon last Friday, she had no idea how
much fun it would be to dance for six hours straight.
“All the lighting gave the dance floor a great effect
and the deejay played some really good music,” Limbo
said. For the first half of the night, winning wasn’t a
matter of how long you danced, but how well you
danced. Limbo said she hesitated to enter the limbo
contest, but her friends told her she was born to do the
limbo because of her last name.
“I won a $50 gift certificate to Sotto Ristorante
and Lounge in Princeton for winning first place in the
Limbo contest and later I also won a gift certificate to
Cold Stone Creamery just for dancing well,” she said.
Limbo was more than happy to come out and
dance at the Rider Rumba, because it looked fun and
she had a lot of friends to dance with.
“By the end of the night I wasn’t tired of dancing
at all,” Limbo said. “I was psyched to be there.”
Limbo said the children from Big Brothers Big
Sisters were also at the event, and she was glad she got
a chance to dance with them and see who was really
benefiting from the event. “The kids were very polite and very excited to
be there,” Limbo said. “They were playing a lot of
games and having a great time. The people that put
this together must be extremely caring and incredibly
Co-coordinators and sophomores Cara Giovinazzo
and Danielle Phillips said they couldn’t be happier with
the way the first Rider Rumba turned out, which was
sponsored by the Lawrenceville SGA.
“This is one of the best charities out there to help
underprivileged children,” Giovinazzo said. “We are
really trying to get the awareness out there.”
Giovinazzo said the $5,600 raised by the end
of the night would be going toward improving the
mentoring programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Mercer County. “I hope this is an event we can continue in the
future and it will just keep getting bigger and better,”
Giovinazzo said.
Freshman Danielle Gizzo, who learned about the
event through Emerging Leaders, said she decided to
volunteer her time coordinating the event as well, in
the hopes that she could be a part of raising money
photo by Karly Hamburg
Junior Mark Messer, left, shadows Justin Timberlake’s dance style as junior Taliah Ausby and senior Steve
Payne try to keep up as they dance to N’SYNC’s “Dirty Pop.” The Rider Rumba raised $5,600 last Friday.
for such a good cause and get different clubs on both
campuses to gain awareness.
“I think it was really a great turnout,” Gizzo said. “Greek Life really stepped up and supported us, as well
as a lot of the other students on campus.”
Gizzo said all the prizes, which included overnight
hotel stays, Stress Factory comedy club tickets, a private
airplane ride and a WPST studio tour, were donated. The majority of prizes were given away to people
who won different contests or showed off impressive
dance moves. Grad student Dan Jacobs and senior
Steve Klemchalk went arm-in-arm and used their own
original dancing skills to win the first contest of the
night, a dance-off to the “Cha Cha Slide.”
“Winning the first prize was very entertaining to
say the least, especially since I was doing the ‘Cha Cha’
with Steve,” Jacobs said. He plans to give his McCarter Theatre tickets away
to someone who would appreciate them more.
“I didn’t come for the prizes,” Jacobs said. “I came
out because this is a good cause and I don’t mind making a fool of myself dancing.”
When the prizes had been given away by raffle
tickets, which students received at the beginning of the
night, the announcements for the highest donations
were called. The second-place prize of an exotic dream
car rental went to Phillips, who raised $490. The
biggest donation of the night was from Junior Laura
Vendetta. For her efforts she who won the coveted
nine-day Caribbean cruise by raising more than $900.
“I basically just asked all my friends and family for
their support in raising the money and they really came
through for me,” Vendetta said.
She said this will be the first cruise she has ever
been on. The real dilemma is in choosing who she will
take with her.
“There are a lot of people who helped me raise the
money so it’s going to be a tough decision,” Vendetta
Black history: celebrating two prominent leaders
By Azariah S. Santoli
In celebration of Black History Month,
The Rider News will highlight one to two
prominent figures in black history each
week during the month of February.
Marcus Mosiah Garvey was a publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, black
nationalist, Jamaican national hero and
the founder of the Universal Negro
Improvement Association and African
Communities League (UNIA-ACL).
The group’s main focus was to “unite all
people of African ancestry of the world
to one great body to establish a country
and absolute government of their own.”
Garvey was not a believer in black
supremacy. Garvey believed that blacks
needed to understand and grasp the
importance of their African ancestry.
He focused on influencing blacks to
“take back” their homeland and disregard European colonial powers. He is
widely known for his Back-to-Africa
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Marcus Mosiah Garvey
movement, which encouraged many to
return to the motherland. His teachings inspired other movements such as
the Nation of Islam and the Rastafarian
movement. Garvey, with his UNIA
group, was credited with the largest
movement of people of African descent.
With more than 1 million followers, the
UNIA had more people than the Civil
Rights Movement.
Huey P. Newton was an inspirational leader and the co-founder of the
Black Panther Party, a black nationalist
and racial equality organization formed
during the late 1960s.
Growing up in Oakland, Calif.,
Newton saw the profound brutality
and injustice of police against blacks.
Educated by college studies of law,
he influenced his followers to exercise
their rights to bear arms. He and his
Black Panther followers would roam
the communities where police brutality
and injustice toward blacks was prevalent to prevent further abuse. Through
the Black Panther organization his goal
was to realign economic policies in
the United States to benefit struggling
people of all races.
In 1967, Newton was stopped by an
Oakland police officer who attempted to
disarm him. Shots were fired, killing the
officer and wounding Newton. With a
bullet wound, Newton was handcuffed
Huey P. Newton
to a hospital bed and beaten by police
who blamed him for the officer’s death.
Newton was sentenced for voluntary
manslaughter. It was during this time
the FBI allegedly began to end the organizations started by Newton, including
food drives and sickle cell disease tests.
In 1989 he was shot and killed, allegedly
by a drug dealer in the same community
where the movement thrived. 2/8/07 9:59:23 PM
6 Friday, February 9, 2007
A ‘Wicked’ time on Broadway
CIS takes care of show business
the audience hears — and what a voice. Theater Review
Not knowing any of the words or
By Lauren Varga
being familiar with the show’s soundtrack
can sometimes make it hard to understand
because of a singer’s vocals or because
With $15 and my Rider I.D. in my
loud orchestra music. However, I
back pocket I headed to the Bart Luedeke
Center. Tickets for the hit Broadway musi- was impressed with the clarity and sharpcal Wicked were to go on sale at 11 a.m. At ness of Kassebaum’s voice.
10:45 a.m. the line was 23 students deep, The actors changed the image of
and I sighed with relief that I had arrived the Wicked Witch during the two-hour
show with their first-class performances.
On Thursday, Jan. 25, students took The characters were sincere, especially
a trip to New York to see Wicked on Elphaba, to the point where one felt sorry
Broadway for only $15, courtesy of the for the Wicked Witch and was angry with
Student Entertainment Council (SEC). Glinda’s eventual betrayal.
The price also included transportation to Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the
West, played by Julia Murney, performs
the Big Apple.
Stop-and-go traffic never seemed so with Glinda in multiple duets throughout
exciting; with every inch forward I was the show. Their voices mix wonderfully
on my way to see my first Broadway show with each other. In fact, the two actresses
— ever. And what a good show to see for were so in tune with one another it was
hard to differentiate between the two
my first experience.
At 7:40 p.m., our bus pulled up in characters at times. But again, the clarity
front of Gershwin Theater. With extreme of their vocals and pronunciation of words
excitement, I made my way into the made it easy for the audience to identify
theater and to my seat. From the worker the characters based on the lyrics they
who scanned my ticket to the usher who sang.
showed me to my seat, everyone seemed as Glinda played the stereotypical blonde
as the script directs her to. In fact, during
ecstatic as myself.
The basis behind Wicked is to give a the song “What Is This Feeling?” Elphaba
clear picture of the incidents leading up to is writing a letter to her parents and
the death of Elphaba. The audience also describes Glinda as simply, blonde. Glinda
learns of how the tin man, scarecrow and continues to round out her “blonde” charlion came to be. The mini-plots within acter by making up her own words and
the main storyline made the performance having ditzy moments.
more interesting and also added a comical Laughter was not missing from the
performance. From Glinda’s “blonde”
As the lights went down and orchestra moments to the comedic differences
music filled the theater, I knew this would between her and Elphaba, both actresses
be a show to remember. Glinda, otherwise ensured the crowd was kept in hysterics.
known as the Good Witch, is played by Elphaba’s sarcastic comments also resulted
Kendra Kassebaum; her voice is the first in laughs from the audience. Although
It has been an interesting year for
singer-songwriter Lisa Bouchelle.
The Pennsylvania native, selfdescribed as “Sheryl Crow with a little
more intensity,” has performed with the
likes of Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon
Jovi (“the Jersey scene has been so good
to me,” she admitted), has appeared in
trendy clubs throughout Philadelphia and
will be releasing her first album later this
Her next big show? Sweigart
As strange as that may sound,
Bouchelle’s mini-concert, to be held
Monday, Feb 12, at 6 p.m., is part of a class
project for the Computer Information
Systems (CIS) Business Graphics course.
Students who take the upper-level class
spend the semester designing brochures
and Web sites for a client; usually, the client is an imaginary one found in the back
of the textbook. This year, the class tossed the textbooks to tackle a real-life client — in this
case, Bouchelle. Dr. Drew Procaccino,
who teaches the course, worked with
Bouchelle and her manager to set the
project in motion, she said.
“My manager knew Drew, and
they thought it would be a good idea,”
Bouchelle said. “It was actually a thing we
really needed and at the same time it was
a good fit to Drew’s class.”
Procaccino has done similar projects
with his CIS classes before, but this is the
first time he’s ever mixed his class with the
entertainment business, he said.
“I’m always doing non-profits [with]
the city of Trenton, developing a database
Missed your chance to see Wicked?
SEC will be sponsoring a trip to BroadPhoto copyright Universal Pictures
way to see Mary Poppins on Thursday,
In a scene from Wicked, Elphaba makes one of her magical appearances. Students
March 8, at 5:30 p.m. Ticket informarecently had a chance to see the show for $15 on a trip sponsored by SEC.
tion will be available soon.
The Shins rise above
their indie rock roots
The first song that stood out on
Wincing the Night Away was a gimme,
in that it already transcended its roots to
By Markus Stegers
become a smash hit. “Phantom Limb,”
Rock ’n’ roll is evolving into an art which you may know from some alternaform through which new bands can make tive rock stations, is a brilliant song that
a name for themselves, largely thanks to has a catchy melody. It is also a pleasant,
the acceptance of what they call indie family-friendly song that you could wake
rockers. The Shins are no exception with up to. Already a popular download on
the release of their new album, Wincing iTunes, this is certainly an above-average
the Night Away. This CD promises origi- song on an above-average CD.
nal music ranging from hip-hop loops to Another track, “Australia,” is an
psychedelic Hawaiian folk and has been upbeat song that stays fast-paced up until
declared by The Shins as their experimen- the end. This song will keep you grooving
tal CD. With its ambitious sounds, this is as you let loose on the dance floor. If you
just the thing that should keep listeners are in the mood to “drop it like it’s hot,”
guessing as to what each song will sound this is the song for you.
What stands out about this album is
Led by singer, songwriter and that every song brings something new to
guitarist James Mercer, The Shins are the table. There are no songs that sound
slowly and steadily rising into elite status; too much alike on this record. However,
they has already released one hit single, for those who like hard and heavy rock
“New Slang,” from their first album. music, this might not be your cup of
Joined by guitarist/keyboardist/bassist tea because the sounds of each song are
Martin Crandall, bassist/guitarist Dave relatively mellow. It is good for those who
Herandez and drummer Jesse Sandoval, are looking for a quality album that is not
Mercer and the gang managed to break too outrageous. The only weakness is that
away from being labeled just indie rock to the songs are sometimes too mellow. You
making it onto mainstream radio.
might start dozing off if you happen to
By Jess Decina
their characters are polar opposites,
both Elphaba and Glinda have the full
Lighting is an important aspect of
this show. One thing that stood out was
the green spotlight used on Elphaba. The
performer was colored in a green makeup but the green spotlight really added
to her image. Other lighting helped the
audience focus downstage on a soloist,
while upstage other performers changed
the scenery. Before the audience members knew it, the next scene was before them.
The set design is both unique and
creative. The stage is shaped like a clock’s
gears while upstage is a board designed as
a full clock. The reverse side of the clock
panel is the face of Oz, which moves and
is incredibly lifelike.
Special effects were very much a part
of the show, which helped the audience
feel as if it was directly involved with all
the action. Flying monkeys soar through
the air on strings, Glinda is brought down
and raised up in a pendulum, which symbolizes her bubble, and rain falls from the
sky, but not literally. It was a special effect
— a very good special effect.
Although I paid only $15 to see the
performance, I’d pay the going rate for
Wicked on Broadway any day. If you
haven’t seen it, you should, because it’s a
once-in-a-lifetime experience. And when
SEC sponsors its next trip to Broadway,
get in line early so you get a chance to
experience the excitement.
[or] brochure,” he said. “The idea of pulling in clients, I’m a big fan of that. Lisa’s
was kind of cool because she’s just starting
and needs the help.”
Bouchelle calls the course a “win-win”
situation: the students gain experience
working with a real client, and Bouchelle
will acquire materials that she can use to
promote her shows and her upcoming
album. In fact, Bouchelle recently visited Procaccino’s class to see some of the
designs for herself.
“It was interesting to see variations
on the designs [and] all the different ways
they put the same information into their
presentations,” she said.
Procaccino is a firm believer in the
hands-on experience, he said.
“I could have just grabbed some project from the back of the textbook but
this was something more lively,” he said.
“It made a great deal of difference for the
motivation of the students.”
Lawrenceville campus next week won’t be
anything too fancy, just “an acoustic, intimate gig,” she said. She and Procaccino
have opened the event to both campuses, though it will benefit Procaccino’s students the most, he said.
“This just makes it a little more
personal versus an academic venture,” he
said. “This is a good extra avenue to get to
know her a little bit better. [It’s] a scaled
down version of a show she would put on
at any club.”
The venue and the audience will certainly be new experiences for Bouchelle,
but she doesn’t mind.
“If people are into the music and can
share the music, that’s what matters to
me,” she said. “At this stage in my career
Singer-songwriter Lisa Bouchelle will be
showcasing her acoustic guitar talents in
Sweigart Auditorium Feb. 12 at 6 p.m.
it’s not that everyone knows who I am, so
it’s just cool to work at so many different
With a little help from students,
Bouchelle will soon have the business
blueprints for launching her career. And
Procaccino’s students will have had their
first taste of the entertainment business.
“It’s been fun, but it’s been a lot of
work,” Procaccino said. “Maybe one day
if her tour gets more successful, she can
come back as a paid act.”
‘Children of Men’ offers world of change for mainstream films
Film Review
By Paul Szaniawski
CD Review
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Photo by Mark Weiss
Photo copyright Sub Pop Records
The Shins released Wincing the Night
Away on Tuesday Jan. 23.
listen to the album straight through.
Overall, the record is good if you are
not looking for hard rock, and the album
should meet listeners’ expectations. This
record is a step forward for rock ’n’ roll
and provides hope for other indie rock
artists. However, it is unfortunate that not
all rock enthusiasts will buy this album
because it does lack the traditional aspects
of rock that we have grown to love. People will enjoy this album because
it shows the continuous growth of an
indie rock band that made it the hard way.
It’s just a quality CD that is worth every
The phrase “children of men” has two different meanings. It may
need to be analyzed, but that’s exactly what this film does. Children
of Men makes viewers question their very own world. This is largely
because it takes place in the not-too-far-off future. The setting really hits
home and gives the film a realistic feel. In the world of 2027, terrorism
has made England the only country safe enough to live in without widespread chaos. All immigrants are sent to containment camps. Disease,
anarchy and destruction devastate the world. This may sound like a
bleak future but from the film’s start, it is evident there is no future.
Children of Men’s beginning is the first hint of its original writing.
Theo (Clive Owen) squeezes through an overcrowded coffee shop of
people frozen by what they see on television. A newscast reveals that
someone named Baby Diego was killed for not giving an autograph.
How can a baby even give autographs? Why would someone want a
baby’s autograph?
It’s not for another minute that the viewer learns that Baby Diego
wasn’t actually a baby, but the youngest person in the world. He was
born in 2009. Since then, women mysteriously cannot give birth or get
pregnant. The human race is infertile. Oh, and that coffee shop gets
blown up as soon as Theo leaves. The English government blames the
attack on F.I.S.H., a group of rebels fighting for immigrants’ rights and
Theo, a simple nine-to-five daily-grind office worker, is the main
character. He could not have been cast any better. Similar to Sin City,
Owen finds himself in an originally written and critically acclaimed
film. Unlike Liam Neeson or Hugh Grant, Owen isn’t well-known to
Photo copyright Universal Pictures
It’s up to Clive Owen and Julianne Moore to change the world in
Children of Men, which was released everywhere on January 7.
American audiences, which makes the role fit better.
Children of Men also stars another brilliant British actor: Michael
Caine (The Cider House Rules), who plays Theo’s retired hippie friend
Jasper. American audiences know him as the kind elderly gentleman, and
the part fits him well.
The film also stars Julianne Moore (Hannibal) playing Julian, the
American ex-wife of Theo and F.I.S.H. terrorist organization leader. It’s
awkward at first to hear a character speak without the English accent,
but it soon makes sense. It doesn’t take long to see how well Julian’s and
Theo’s dialogues mesh together because of the contrast. Both Julian and
Jasper create a strong emotional connection and make the audience feel
for them. They help to establish the film’s mood.
Mood is the only aspect that can parallel Children of Men to any
other movie. The overall feeling of the film and what resonates to the
viewer resembles that of War of the Worlds and Signs. The similarities end
there. Nearly every plot twist is shocking, yet the film doesn’t have a pace
like that of a thriller or action flick.
Theo gets sucked into Julian’s plan to change the world. The unfolding of the plot is an interesting ride that hooks audiences’ eyes and
brains. More important is how Children of Men appeals to the heart,
having everyone hoping that Theo and the world will survive as if the
film were reality. Grasp on to those seats, because this film really does
suck viewers in.
Nearly all films that take place more than 20 years in the future
have flying cars or some other kinds of ridiculous advancements. There
is nothing far-fetched at all in this world. The other characteristics of
the setting are dramatically different from contemporary society. Along
with the concept of women not having babies, the government issues
suicide kits and some of England’s immigrants are slaughtered rather
than deported. The film’s real beauty is how its military scenes, hate and chaos-filled
world make viewers question their own contemporary surroundings and
the status quo in the theater’s parking lot. Just don’t leave before the end
so the title’s double meaning can finally make sense.
Its originality right through to the ending makes Children of Men
the best movie you never heard of.
2/8/07 9:30:52 PM
8 Friday, February 9, 2007
Split graduations O
dds are the paths we have taken that led us to Rider
have been different. You may have walked into Rider
perhaps as a shy and anxious freshman, now leaving
as a confident leader ready to take on the challenge of the real
world. Or maybe you transferred, capitalizing on a new opportunity and a chance to fulfill a desire for further knowledge.
Perhaps you came from the corporate world in pursuit of an
MBA. Amid all this diversity, there is one day that traditionally
brought the entire Lawrenceville campus community together
— commencement.
But that is about to change, big time. The decision to split
graduate and CCS degree-giving into its own separate ceremony
has merit — and some shortcomings. Even though 35 percent
of 191 undergraduates polled by The Rider News don’t care
about the separation, we believe it is important to consider
the implications. The timing of the graduate and CCS student
graduation will allow those with full-time jobs to attend the
ceremony at 5:30 p.m., without having to take a whole day
off from work. And maybe it will shorten the length of the
overly long undergraduate ceremony. But in the grand scheme
of things, will a few minutes make a real difference? And if it’s
easier for working people to get to an evening event than a midday one, isn’t that also true for many parents of undergraduates?
These reasons seem a little thin.
There are others justifying what the administration promises is a fundamental change for the better. In case the ceremony
is moved indoors because of bad weather, each graduate would
now be able to have four guests instead of two. Additionally, a
member of each graduating class will address his or her respective commencement ceremony, allowing for a more personalized
program. But to better understand the value of the change, one
undeniable question remains ­— is a separation for logistics or
convenience worth sacrificing the spirit of unity that Rider has
worked so hard to cement?
The journey in college creates enough memories to last a
lifetime. But the feeling of accomplishment goes beyond the
rush of adrenaline when walking across the stage at the commencement ceremony to receive your degree. It’s about celebrating the milestone with the family who helped you through the
hardest days and cheered you on in your successes. It’s about
sharing this achievement with your peers who are also graduating with you.
Yet this new tradition for graduation will have a lasting
ripple effect. Take into account that 15 percent of undergraduates and 29 percent of graduate and CCS students polled do not
agree. Some even wrote emphatic objections on their polls.
Faculty face an even bigger predicament. Professors will
have to choose which ceremony to attend even though they may
have students in both ceremonies they are close to.
The more important question to consider spears the heart
of this matter. What happened to the “one university” theme
the administration has been pleading for students, faculty and
community to adopt? Working to bring the Lawrenceville and
Princeton campuses closer together is a prominent step in the
right direction in supporting this ideal. However, dividing the
commencement ceremony is likely to undermine the goal.
This weekly editorial expresses the majority opinion of The Rider
News editorial board and is written by the Opinion Editor.
Quote of the Week
“You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may
think of it as the ticket to the
good life. ... Think of it as your
ticket to change the world.”
— Tom Brokaw
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Editorial Cartoon by Mike Carlo, Matt Cohen, Casey Jost and Vincent Leggio
Letter to the Editor :
Senate applauds OIT’s e-mail fix Nov. 28, 2006, was a symbolic day for
many student leaders here at Rider. It was on
that date, following a monumentally frustrating
Thanksgiving break without Webmail, that the
Student Senate raised its voices louder and more
profoundly than at any other meeting in recent
times with the demand of no more Internet
headaches and no more excuses. Fast forward
to this past Tuesday’s Senate meeting, in which
Carol Kondrach, associate vice president for
Information Technologies, made her return to
the very same venue she faced in the fall.
This time, though, a deservedly warm and
appreciative reception greeted the OIT representatives, and problem solving replaced the previous hostility and resentment. Within the two
months spanning the meetings, Kondrach and
her staff had successfully doubled the amount of
bandwidth available to students and, of course,
launched a state of the art Webmail service
whose features are mind-bogglingly impressive.
The change in attitude by the Senate was the
result of unparalleled work shown by the department in meeting student satisfaction.
This feat was not accomplished without
remarkably hard effort and dedication, and for
that I would like to, on behalf of all those who
use the new Webmail service, thank Carol and
Tim Fairlie for redefining student service. The
response time in achieving the Internet upgrades
was unbelievable to most, and unfortunately has
gone unappreciated by some. It is true that there
are kinks to work out within the new Webmail
service, but much of those require students to
simply call the OIT help line or visit the help
desk in Moore Library.
Still, though, the continued commitment
to bettering our already-great, new mail service
is quite prevalent, and the opportunity for OIT
to hear our feedback is available. I urge you all
to please take those steps. I would, in closing,
also especially like to thank the Student Senate
for stepping up and representing its constituencies fantastically in this effort. The present and
future students at Rider are better off thanks to
Senate’s work.
Nick Barbati
Lawrenceville SGA Vice President
Editorial & Managerial Board
Executive Editor
Opinion Editor
Business Manager
Jamie Papapetros
Debra McCandless
Managing Editor
Sports Editor
Leo D. Rommel
Jung Kwon
News Editor
Delivery Manager
Stephanie Mostaccio
Assistant Sports Editor
Paul Mullin
Associate News Editor
Photography Editors
Copy Editors
Enterprise Reporter
Faculty Advisers
Mike Caputo
Lauren Varga
Jeff Frankel
Features Editor
Paul Szaniawski
Entertainment Editor
Jess Decina
Karly Hamburg
Stephanie Nardi
Olivia Tattory
Advertising Managers
Karl Holzer
Sara Keegan
Kelly Mangan
Nicole Southern
Dr. E. Graham McKinley
Dr. Thomas Simonet
Beth Rumbel
Kerri Weidler
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Friday, February 9, 2007 9
Letter to the Editor:
Paris has beautiful delights to offer
separate the
and CCS
Don’t Care
Don’t Care
The data from 240 students were collected by
Jamie Papapetros in association with The Rider News.
How very sad for Leo D. Rommel (Editorial,
Rider News, Feb. 2, 2007). While he went all
the way to Paris to confirm his tired old stereotypes about the French, he missed out on the
opportunity of a lifetime to dispel those very
myths and to broaden his very narrow horizons
in the process. Did you not, Mr. Rommel, go to the magnificent Orsay Museum and stand two inches
from some of the most stunning works of art
seeing, for example, the broad thick strokes of
paint upon a Van Gogh canvas? Did you not
climb the spiral steps to the magical 13th-century Sainte Chappelle and hear the oohs and
aaahs of the tourists in front of you as they
emerged upon a jewelry box-like kaleidoscope
of color glittering from the dozens of stained
glass windows? Did you not go to a concert, a
play, a marionnette show where French children
delight in their favorite puppet characters? Did you not take your eyes for a moment
off the dog droppings you seemed to find in
your path (I have never had this problem in my
many visits to Paris), lift your gaze upward and
realize that you were standing in front of buildings whose architects and craftsmen, without
the benefit of modern tools, carved some of the
most intricate and beautiful and lasting works
of art on every street, in every arrondissement in
Paris? Did you not bite down upon a “religieuse
au chocolat,” oozing with butter cream, the
mere thought of which makes my mouth water
even now? The next time you go to a foreign country,
learn a few phrases of greeting in the language of
the people, reach out your hand and say “bonjour,” “hola,” “guten Tag,” and I guarantee you
will begin the process of making new friends,
learning more than stereotypes could ever tell
you and enriching your life beyond the “alcohol
in vending machines” and “pornography on
Channel 10” you found such delight in as you
traveled thousands of miles to this country. After all, how would you feel if a Japanese
tourist here expressed outrage that you did not
speak immediately in Japanese to them? After
all, Mr. Rommel, you were the foreigner, the
guest in this country. You are still young and
have a chance to build bridges that have been
damaged between peoples and cultures through
stereotyping. Please give the French another try, this time
with an open heart and mind. I know you will
not be disappointed. I wish you joy in your
studies as a college student, and much broader
horizons ahead. Dr. Mary Poteau-Tralie
Associate Professor of French
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Trip to New Orleans for American Studies course strikes harmony for two campuses:
Passion of music in the city of jazz comes alive for students
Being a music major doesn’t automatically mean we know everything
there is to know about music. People
assume that music majors dedicate a
good percentage of their time talking
about Beethoven and Debussy. The
truth is we need a break from the music
world once in a while, too. Practicing
in a jail-cell sized square of concrete
can drive anyone crazy after a few
Princeton campus students are
required to take a course on Music
History since 1900. Contemporary
music isn’t just about Christina Aguilera
and Justin Timberlake. It’s about the
birth of jazz and its influence on people
like Stravinsky and Schoenberg. It’s
one thing to talk about the different
stages of jazz, and it’s a whole other to
experience nearly every type of jazz in
six consecutive nights of New Orleans
Have you ever heard of Zydeco? I
didn’t until I went on this trip. If country and R&B had a love-child, Zydeco
would be the jazzy result. This form
uses accordions, washboards, drums
and guitar. It’s the type of music you
can’t help but get up and dance to. The
same evening, we headed to a bar to
hear Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque
Singers blast out on his trumpet. The
close quarters made it difficult to really
see the band, but it was the type of
music you could sip a cup of coffee to.
Even one of our own, Will Floyd, took
the microphone to scat out a tune with
Kermit. The following evening, we waited
in line to hear Trombone Summit:
four trombones, a
piano, a bass and
drums. This was
the type of jazz that
I typically think of
when I hear the
term “jazz.” Each
instrument got its
own time to shine Gina
with a solo. It was Molinari
a sit-down event, from
but this jazz expePrinceton
rience left much
to be desired for
my personal taste.
Instead, my interest was piqued
with the following night’s performance
from Trombone Shorty at Snug Harbor.
Composed of five men under the age
of 25, these guys knew how to work
a room. They had it all: talent, stage
presence and the fortunate luck of
being attractive men. Troy “Trombone
Shorty” Andrews wowed the crowd
with his trombone, trumpet, piano and
drumming skills. Every band member
switched instruments for the last song
to confirm the suspicion that these
guys were brilliant musicians.
To take in so much culture and
jazz and history in seven days was a
lot, but we all walked away from the
trip retaining a lot of memories. Even
the Westminster kids can say that they
learned a lot from this trip, because
jazz isn’t about musical knowledge.
It’s about passion. It’s about camaraderie. It’s about the love of the music.
Apparently even Katrina couldn’t kill
the soul that emanates from good ol’
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When I arrived in New Orleans, it
was very difficult to see the images we
have grown to associate with the Big
Easy post-Katrina. Most of New Orleans
from a tourist’s perspective has been
repaired or at least cleaned up. Still, the
city is a long way away from being the
place it once was. A place once known
for its culture, music and food is now
better known for its corruption and
crime statistics.
We were staying in the French
Quarter, near the infamous Bourbon
Street, a place rather untouched by flood
waters. Our trip would center on traveling to local restaurants, bars and nightclubs experiencing the true flavor of New
Orleans music and cuisine. Our itinerary
included New Orleans hot spots such as
Vaughn’s, Rock ’n’ Bowl, Snug Harbor
and Antoine’s. It was hard to refrain
from asking bartenders and locals about
their “Katrina stories,” and though they
were so grateful to have us spending
money and patronizing their businesses,
they couldn’t help but comment on how
things have changed. Only one-third of
the people have returned to the city, and
there seems to be no timeline in sight for
the displaced homecoming.
The word “hurricane” is not always
frowned upon when in New Orleans,
especially when visiting Pat O’Brien’s. This New Orleans landmark is credited with inventing the rum delight, the
Hurricane, as well as the accompanying Hurricane glass. The food in New
Orleans is some of the freshest, most
unique cuisine in the continental United
States. Seafood dishes are on every menu
and are a Big Easy favorite. We were able
to experience everything from a classic
po’ boy sandwich
to a meal at the
oldest restaurant in
America, Antoine’s.
If we did get the
urge to snack, we
would head over to Karson
the local joint Dé- Langenfelder
jà Vu for one of its from
famous burgers.
The music we
heard was unlike
anything you could find in the jazz section of your Best Buy. The music we
heard was soulful; it had passion and
a tone it could only get from being
belted in its birth city. Jazz musicians
were just happy to be home; you could
hear it in their voices, and their instruments and see it on their always-smiling faces. Remember the name Troy
“Trombone Shorty” Andrews, look him
up on iTunes, buy his CD. It’s hard to
put into words, but trust me.
Dr. Sullivan, our trip organizer, has
a true passion for New Orleans and jazz
that is very contagious to his students.
Aside from the tacky souvenirs and crazy
pictures, the thing that I will take away
from this experience is the resiliency of
the New Orleans people. Through everything they are still smiling, still singing
and still cooking. They take pride in
showing off their culture and way of life
that can never be lost or taken away. A
bartender on Bourbon Street summed it
up best when he said, “When life hands
you lemons – make hard lemonade.”
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10 Friday, February 9, 2007
Continued from p. 12
Scores/Records (* denotes conference games)
Men’s Basketball
(12-11, MAAC 6-7)
Iona 69, Rider 57*
Marist 79, Rider 78*
Women’s Basketball
(1-22, MAAC 0-12)
Iona 64, Rider 59*
Fairfield 73, Rider 57*
(9-6, CAA 3-2)
Rider 37, Clarion 9
Continued from p. 12
cough, and Galloway looked a
bit edgy.
At that moment, I thought
to myself, is Nathan Galloway
nervous to talk to me? Doesn’t
this man know his role? He’s
supposed to be cool and
relaxed. I’m supposed to be
biting my nails. Get it right,
This is Nathan Galloway
for you, folks. A little Scarface
mixed in with a lot of Sleepless
in Seattle. On the wrestling
mat, he’s a demon. Off it, you
couldn’t meet a better guy.
“I think being who I am has
helped me fit in with my new
teammates,” said Galloway, a
transfer to Rider from Penn
State in the 157-pound weight
class. “My loose, laid-back personality fits in well with the
character of the team. They
like me and I like them. Rider
has been good to me.”
And thus far he has been
good to Rider. One day after
arriving on campus, Galloway
joined the team and won two
wrestle-offs to earn a starting
spot. Easy as 1-2-3.
Extensive research (OK,
just a quick Google search) has
led me to the conclusion that
the buildup about Galloway’s
wrestling ability is not made
up. Galloway was a three-time
PIAA Class AAA champion
at State College (Pa.) High
School before joining the
Nittany Lions in 2002, where
he tallied a 90-54 record (147 last semester) and qualified
for the NCAA championships
three times.
He also has this insanely
effective move – it’s called the
cement mixer. When an opponent gets foolishly aggressive
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Friday, Feb. 9
M/W Swimming & Diving
at MAAC Championships
M/W Track & Field
at Rider/Lafayette Winter
Women’s Basketball
vs. Niagara, 5 :30 p.m.*
Men’s Basketball
vs. Manhattan, 8 p.m.*
at No. 3 Iowa State, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10
M/W Swimming & Diving
at MAAC Championships
Sunday, Feb. 11
and swarms in underneath,
Galloway says, he catches his
head and arm, rolls underneath them and comes up on
top. Sounds simple, I know,
and maybe not even that big
of a deal, but I dare you to go
through it, then report back to
me on how you feel.
“If a guy shoots in on me
and I get in the right position,
I can end the match against
just about anyone in the
country in 30 seconds,” said
Galloway. “It’s my signature
move. Everyone knows about
it and they know it’s coming.
They’re just not completely
sure when it’ll come.”
Sort of like income tax
To put it briefly, Galloway
is a big bundle of trouble for
anybody that faces him – on
Saturday, Galloway won by
fall in merely 46 seconds over
Clarion’s Nick Billips – and
his aura of dominance could
work like chicken soup for an
insanely talented yet bangedup Rider wrestling squad that
has been fighting the injury
bug of late.
“We’re depleted,” said
Galloway. “We have guys with
some unfortunate injuries.
The coaches never want to
prepare for injuries, but with
me around, they have someone reliable to plug into the
Academics played a role in
Galloway’s decision to come
to Rider. He will be pursuing
a business degree at Rider in
conjunction with taking the
one class he needs to receive
an Information Sciences and
Technology degree from Penn
State. He is also scheduled to
graduate in December, meaning that he has only one semester left of eligibility to wrestle
– this one.
“I know it’s not a lot of
Women’s Basketball
at Loyola, 12 p.m.*
Men’s Basketball
vs. Canisius, 2 p.m.*
Tuesday, Feb. 13
at Hofstra, 7 p.m.*
And more sports...
Rider junior outfielder Tiffany
Day-Neutill was selected to
the Preseason All-MAAC
team. Day-Neutill started all
52 games for Rider as a sophomore, batted .335 and led the
team in runs scored (32), RBIs
(20) and doubles (12).
time, but when I’m done at
Rider, I want to be remembered as someone who
helped the team win,” said
Galloway. “I want to be an
All-American. I also want to
see guys like [Don] Fisch and
T.J. [Morrison] become AllAmericans.”
I then pointed up at the
wall behind him, the wall with
the plaques of the 11 wrestlers
who came to Rider and earned
All-American honors.
“Yeah, I want to be up
there,” he said.
I want you to be up there,
Mike Kessler at 149 pounds
made it 9-7, senior transfer student Nathan Galloway recorded
another major decision at 157
pounds for an 11-9 Rider lead.
Umbehauer followed that
up two bouts later with yet
another major decision to put
Rider ahead for good, 15-12.
“[Umbehauer] has probably been our most consistent
wrestler all year,” said Taylor.
“He’s currently ranked No. 1
in the conference [in his weight
Morrison was again a big
contributor for the Broncs,
although in a slightly different manner than a year ago.
After compiling an 11-2 lead,
his opponent was disqualified
for stalling, giving Morrison
the win by default to put the
Broncs up 24-12 with just one
bout remaining.
Now winners of two in
a row, the Broncs traveled to
Clarion, Pa., to face the Golden
Eagles, another team they had
triumphed over last season. And
it would be no different now, as
Rider led from start to finish en
route to a 37-9 win.
In a match filled with big
decisions that went the Broncs’
way, Fisch got things started
with a major decision that
put Rider up 7-0 in the second bout. After a victory by
Kessler put the Broncs up 10-0,
Galloway pinned his opponent
for a 16-0 Rider lead.
“[Galloway] came up with
another pin, so any time we
catch that, it’s a good thing,”
Taylor said. “He and [Fisch]
both looked very good at
Galloway, a transfer from
Penn State, has been impressive
for Rider, winning five of his
six match-ups as a Bronc dating
back to the CAA Duals.
“Getting [Galloway] was
a real blessing because that
helped us at a weight class
where we needed help at that
time,” Taylor said. “Had we not
gotten him I think we would
have been in real trouble.”
Freshman Mike Miller won
by forfeit at 184 pounds to put
Rider up 25-3, and Morrison
followed that up with a pin
of his own, giving the Broncs
an insurmountable 31-3 advantage.
Following its match against
Iowa State tomorrow, the team
will then journey to fight
nationally ranked Hofstra, certainly the Broncs’ most fearsome conference opponent and
a big rival. And if a No. 6 ranking wasn’t enough, the Pride
also boast a recent 18-17 win
over the former No. 1 team in
the country, Minnesota, which
remains the Golden Gophers’
only loss.
“It can be a scary thing,”
Taylor said in reference to the
Top 10 rankings. “We’re trying to get [the team] not to be
scared and to look at it like an
opportunity to hopefully beat
some of their kids and use that
to build our confidence going
into nationals.”
2/8/07 9:28:24 PM
Friday, February 9, 2007 11
Broncs face must-win situations this weekend
By Kristie Kahl
This is it. It’s now or never
for the once surging, now struggling, Rider ice hockey team.
The Broncs (12-15-2
overall, 3-9-2 Mid-America
Collegiate Hockey Association
[MACHA], 10 points) are currently second-to-last in the 10team MACHA standings with
just two games to play. They
are one point behind seventhplace Seton Hall and three
points behind sixth-place St.
Joseph’s, meaning that they
need to win out and have both
of those teams – and eighthplace Lafayette, which also has
10 points – lose.
The teams that occupy the
top six positions by the conclusion of the regular season
qualify for the postseason.
The team recognizes that
winning two in a row and having all three of those teams lose
is far-fetched. But regardless, it
remains focused on the task at
hand, and to keep playing like
they have all season.
“We need to treat this weekend as any other,” said freshman
forward Matt Metzger. “If we
don’t, we can stress ourselves
out too much and make it hard
on ourselves to perform on the
ice. We all want to make it into
the playoffs, but we need to
Continued from p. 12
who entered the game with 23
more three-pointers than anyone in the MAAC, made six of
his eventual eight three-point
baskets in the first half.
As a team, Marist made 16
of 32 three-point tries.
“When a team makes 16
three-pointers, it’s hard to
recover from that, but we didn’t
quit,” said Rider Head Coach
Tommy Dempsey, whose team
is now in a seventh place tie
with Canisius. “[Marist] was in
a really good rhythm and it was
one of those nights where we
could have been blown out, but
we played with a lot of pride
in the second half and almost
pulled off a great win.”
A win over heavily favored
Marist would have been uplifting for Rider following the startling events of two days earlier,
when the team made national
headlines for all the wrong reasons by losing to previously
winless Iona, 69-57, the last
Division I team to collect its
first win of the season.
Against Iona, junior forward Jason Thompson kept the
020907p11.indd 3
take it one game at a time and
play like it’s any other game.”
The fact that Rider is in
such a predicament is surprising
when it started the season 5-21, including convincing wins
over MACHA foe Lafayette
and in-state rival TCNJ. But
the team went into a free fall in
mid-November and in spite of
playing better since the turn of
the calendar year, it still finds
itself on the outside looking in.
“I think we underachieved
ourselves, and expected to see a
few more wins,” said sophomore
goalie Bobby Kovarovic. “We
lost games that we shouldn’t
have, so we’re a little disappointed in our performance.”
The must-win games are
this weekend against league
rivals William Paterson and
Wagner. Neither game looks
to be easy. Wagner, which is
undefeated and untied in the
league (13-0-0), is in first place.
William Paterson, which is in
fifth place with 19 points, has
already secured a playoff berth.
“We have to win both of
our games this weekend,” said
Kovarovic. “It’s going to be
tough because they are two of
the best teams in the league,
and these games will be our two
best games of the year.”
In the past weekend, Rider
faced off against Scranton and
archrival Lafayette. The team
was defeated by the Leopards,
4-3, but came back to overtake
Broncs in the game early by
scoring 18 points and grabbing eight rebounds, but he was
limited to just 28 minutes of
action because of foul trouble.
After the teams swapped leads
13 times, Iona, down 45-41,
pulled ahead for good with a
15-3 scoring run with 4:10 left
to play. Rider never recovered.
“Whether we’re playing
the first place or the last place
team, we try to focus on Rider,”
Dempsey told Rider Sports
Information after the game.
“We didn’t play well today.
We’re more focused on that
than it being Iona’s first win.
The way they’ve been playing,
they could have six or seven
wins by now.”
More troubling was the
absence of senior Terrance
Mouton, the team’s second
leading scorer and the only true
point guard on the team.
According to an article
published in the Feb. 6 issue of
The Times of Trenton, Mouton
did not play because he was
suspended for an altercation
during practice the night before
with redshirt freshman Patrick
Mansell. The story states that
Mansell did not make the trip
to New Rochelle, N.Y., while
Mouton traveled with the team
Photo by J.P. Krahel
Freshman forward William Washer (21) and team captain Sean Levin (22) compete for a loose
puck against the boards in a Jan. 26 home game against The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). After
a 5-2-1 start, the Broncs now stand at 12-15-2 and three points out of a playoff spot.
Scranton, 8-4.
“It was a little disappointing when we lost to Lafayette
because a win against them
would have made the playoffs
that much more realistic,” said
Metzger. “To see us take our
bad game against Lafayette and
put it behind us like we did
[against Scranton] was clutch
and we made it count.”
In spite of the grim circumstances, the Broncs remain
“We can’t focus on one part
but did not dress.
Freshman guard Ryan
Thompson was inserted into
the lineup in place of Mouton.
However, in spite of his obvious talent, Thompson reportedly struggled in the unfamiliar position and fell into foul
trouble early.
“It was a decision that had
to be made,” Dempsey told The
Times of Trenton in regards to
the suspension. “I got some
feedback from my assistants,
but ultimately it fell on me as
the head coach. This is my program now. I have to make those
decisions and I have to live with
the consequences.”
Iona, the defending MAAC
champions, were led by sophomore forwards Devin Clarke
and Justin Marshall, who scored
19 and 12 points, respectively.
The Broncs look to return
to their winning ways this
weekend when they host a pair
of home games against conference rivals Manhattan (Friday,
8 p.m.) and Canisius (Sunday,
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of our game because if we do
that, we can run the risk of
overlooking something else,”
Metzger said. “Play hard, play
smart and play physical. Do
all the little things right to win
the game. As simple as it is, the
little things can go a long way.”
“I think teams are going
to underestimate us because
of our record,” Kovarovic said.
“They’re going to think it’s an
easy win, but we’re going to
come out and surprise them
with our performance.”
Against William Paterson
tonight, the team will celebrate
Senior Night by honoring its
lone senior, forward Chris Peer.
The team hopes the emotion
from that will help inspire it to a
startling win over the Pioneers,
who had little difficulty with
Rider earlier in the season when
they won at home, 5-1.
Rider will take on Wagner
at home in the Loucks Ice
Center the following day at
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This year’s FYE Shoot Out
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12 Friday, February 9, 2007
On a Roll Again
Rider overcomes injury bug, wins three in a row
By Paul Mullin
It’s a tough schedule. The
head coach admitted it himself
at the beginning of the year,
and it has certainly played out
that way so far.
The problem is, it doesn’t
get any better, even if there are
only four matches left in the
But it might be a little
easier with a dose of confidence
on your side.
Despite a season marred
by injuries and a few disappointments, the wrestling team
remained on track with wins
over Rutgers on Jan. 31 and
Clarion on Feb. 3, giving it
a three-game winning streak
going into its match against
the No. 3 Iowa State Cyclones
tomorrow in Ames, Iowa.
Photo by Karly Hamburg
“In one week, we will wrestle two teams in the top six in Freshman Matt Bradley (133-pounds) became one of many Broncs to go down with injuries this
the United States,” said Head season when he suffered a concussion during Rider’s trip to the CAA Duals on Jan. 19-20.
Coach Gary Taylor. “I would
much rather have some wins season that saw them go 4-5 in it’s a turnaround, but a lot of it
This time around, it started
going into those two matches the first nine contests before a has to do with hitting the top off in the Scarlet Knights’ favor,
than losses coming in, so in that surge of life found them at the people.”
as they jumped out to a 9-0
sense I am happy we have been Colonial Athletic Association
Then came the match at lead. Junior Don Fisch gave
able to turn it around and get (CAA) Duals on Jan. 19-20, Rutgers, a team the Broncs Rider its first points with a
some wins under our belt and where they won three out of defeated 26-15 at home a year major decision at 141 pounds
get our confidence back up a four matches against confer- ago behind a pin by sopho- to close the gap to 9-4.
After a win by sophomore
more Doug Umbehauer at 174
ence teams.
These two victories give
“I think we are wrestling pounds and a technical fall by
the Broncs five wins in their a bit better coming out of it,” junior T.J. Morrison at 197
See Wrestling, p. 10
last six matches, resurrecting a said Taylor. “And in that sense pounds.
Iona, Marist deliver surprising blows
By Leo D. Rommel
Photo by Karly Hamburg
Senior guard Terrance Mouton produced 12 points
and seven rebounds against Marist on Feb. 5, but
did not play in a loss to Iona two days earlier.
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Following a weekend that included a fight amongst teammates, an
embarrassing loss that generated
national headlines and a heartbreaking one-point defeat at home, Rider’s
once promising chances of earning a
first-round bye in the opening round
of the upcoming MAAC tournament
are suddenly on life support.
Thanks largely to the superb
play of Marist senior guard Will
Whittington, who scored a careerhigh 32 points, and the play of backcourt mate Jared Jordan, who poured
in 18 of his own, Marist escaped
Alumni Gym on Monday with a
surprisingly exhilarating 79-78 win
over Rider, who has now lost two in
a row.
Down by 15 points midway
through the second half, Rider showcased its trademark toughness by
fighting back with an 18-5 scoring
run – eight points by freshman guard
Ryan Thompson and four by junior
center Jason Thompson – to cut the
lead to a mere two points with 2:53
to play. But the rally was eventually
offset by Jordan, who sank a jumper
and two free throws to push the lead
back to five with 1:29 to go. A successful free throw try by Whittington
with seven seconds left sealed the
“As well as Will Whittington shot
the ball in the first half, we needed
every point and every play in the
second half to hold on,” said Marist
Head Coach Matt Brady, whose team
is tied for first place in the MAAC
with Loyola and Manhattan. “[Rider]
made so many shots in the second
half it was like watching the Phoenix
Suns play.”
In the first half, however, it was
Marist (17-7 overall, 9-4 MAAC)
that best resembled the NBA’s hottest
team. After Rider (12-11 overall, 6-7
MAAC) took a slim two-point advantage following a 13-6 run, the Red
Foxes answered forcefully with a 17-2
run to surge comfortably into the lead,
42-29, by intermission. Whittington,
See Basketball, p. 11
Leo D. Rommel
A proven
heard what Nathan
Galloway was all about.
He’s the total package, powerful and vigorous
and on the mat, as mean as
a character played by Tim
Curry. A tremendous specimen specifically equipped
with the strength of a Mack
truck but the quickness of a
Porsche. Flawless and tough,
a vanquisher, I was told over
and over again by my friend.
When I grew annoyed with
all the adjectives he used to
describe Galloway, he substituted them with the cutesy,
cheesy cliché “hard like a
“Like a Chevy?” I asked
“Exactly!” my friend
All right, who is this
guy? Why haven’t I seen him
before? I didn’t even know
he went here. I didn’t get
an e-mail, a postcard, a text
message or anything. All I
know is that Bell E. Flopp has
seemingly worked his magic
and put a new beast on the
team and I’m nowhere near
the action.
I have to meet Nathan
Galloway face-to-face. I have
to see what all the fuss is
The other day I did, and
when he strolled into the
wrestling office smiling and
in good spirits, I thought to
myself, this is him? This is
the guy who can pick me up
and hand-toss me like pizza
dough? Look at him. He’s
shy, yet without even speaking, he’s charming. I don’t
think I could sniff out an
ounce of meanness in him
if I got a hound dog to do it
for me.
Galloway sat down in
the chair right next to me.
Twitching his leg, he looked
at me. I looked back. Then
he coughed, not the kind of
cough you would see in a
NyQuil commercial, but a
light cough, short and quick.
It sounded like a nervous
See Galloway, p. 10
2/8/07 9:37:02 PM