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Part of The Circle: Vol. 66 No. 9 - February 16, 2012


The student newspaper of Marist- ColleQe
Thursday, February 16. 2012
Marist doesn't quite 'Pack the House'
Staff Writer
This year's Pack the House
night was a night of firsts for the
Marist women's basketball pro-
gram. The team itself took care of
business, defeating the Fairfield
Stags 60-54 to earn sole posses-
sion of first place in the MAAC
conference standings. The atten-
dance, however, was for the first
time in the five-year history of the
Pack the House initiative, not a
The lack of a sellout ends the
Red Foxes' claim as the only
school in the NCAA to sell out
Pack the House night for four
seasons. Marist was also
the first non-major conference
school to win the national Pack
the House crown last season.
An under-capacity crowd of
2,692 is nothing to scoff at for a
women's basketball team from a
small private college in Pough-
keepsie, but when compared with
the four years prior, in which
Marist was able to sell out the for-
merly titled McCann Center with
crowds of 3,000 plus, many were
left disappointed. Coming off last
season's national championsJ:iip
award for Pack the House, expec-
tations were high, but it was not
meant to be this year.
"I think it leads to some compla-
cency, and people think it takes
of itself,"
the Marist College Center for
Strudler said. "I think there's a
small tendency to not feel like you
need to do as many creative pro-
motions to spread the word, and I
think there needs to be that re-
Fans in the student section channel Pack the House's prom theme as they cheer on
the Red Foxes In their battle against Fairfield for
place in the MAAC conference.
stands tall
shortly before game time Friday night. His presence, a staple
big games,
added to the
atmosphere in the new Mccann Arena.
minder that people don't want to
just go because it's Pack the
House; people want to go because
there's going to be something ex-
citing happening."
This year's theme was "Pack the
Prom," which encouraged stu-
dents to make the prom experi-
ence their own. The night was
complete with bow tie and· tiara
giveaways to students, and was
capped off by a king and queen
and even a slow dance at halftime.
Although the theme seemed to be
well-received by some, including
much of the Marist staff and even
Marist head coach Brian Giorgis
who donned a tuxedo, it seemed
that the prom concept did not
click as well with students as
themes in years past, such as last
year's superhero theme.
"I love the idea of themes for
Pack the House but the 'Pack the
Prom' there just did not resonate
how we would have hoped,"
Marist Student Booster Club
President Patrick Dillon said.
"Some people bought into the idea,
but many did not. Fatigue was
probably the biggest challenge we
Strudler agreed, and believes
that re-evaluating the theme for
next year will be important to get
more of a student turnout at the
game. He said he will be looking
for more student input when plan-
ning out the theme next year so
students can feel like the theme is
their own, rather than one just
thrust upon them.
Despite the lack of a sellout, the
McCann Arena was
possibly as
loud as it's been since its opening
this fall, rivaled only by the
Marist students come together against hazing
News Editor
On Sunday, Feb. 12, 128 students
gathered together
take a stand
against hazing practices and rituals.
Dominated by mostly sororities and
fraterniti~s, with a few athletes rep-
resenting their respective teams,
students assembled into the cabaret
at 7 p.m. to discuss the very real
dangers of abusive and forceful haz-
Sponsored by SGA and Club
fairs, Travis T. Apgar came and dis-
cussed his own personal relationship
with hazing, as well as addressed
other serious, and most often deadly,
situations that have arisen due to
hazing. Apgar is the Associate Dean
of Students at Cornell University
and has traveled across the country
promoting students
take anti-haz-
ing pledges.
Hazing is .defined as "any activity
expected of someone that joins or
participates in a group that humili-
ates, degrades, abuses or endangers
them, physically or mentally, re-
gardless of a person's willingness
participate," according to the Na-
tional Study of Student Hazing.
Theta Delta Chi and Alpha Phi
Delta were the two main fraternities
at the event, with Sigma Sigma
Sigma and Kappa Kappa Gamma as
the two main sororities at the event.
Though the mood was oftentimes
light and relaxed, the seriousness of
the topic was never forgotten. The
seminar was interactive, with Apgar
encouraging students
when given the chance. Apgar used
real-life examples where hazing rit-
uals and practices have cost stu-
dents not only their mental, physical
and emotional well-being, but their
lives as well.
fact, 20 percent of
students arrive at college having al-
ready been diagnosed with mental
illnesses. Apgar explained how most
hazing incidents only exacerbate
these illnesses.
order to prove
the audience
that he understood this topic more
than he let on, Apgar shared his own
personal history with hazing, stat-
ing that it cost him his chance to
play collegiate football.
Apgar also used modern-day ex-
amples where students have died
from alcohol poisoning after being
drink much more than hu-
manly safe as a part of initiation.
This begged him
ask the question:
After a night of harmful hazing tac-
tics, why do some students get to
. wake up, and others do not?
The National Study of Student
Hazing put together a survey of
11,482 students, both male and fe-
male, and between ages 18 and 25.
the study, 64 percent of
females reported to have experi-
enced hazing, as compared to 36 per
cent males. Of the 11,482 students,
7 4 percent of them experienced haz-
ing through participation on a var-
sity sport. 73 percent of them also
experienced hazing through Greek
life rituals.

Thursday, February 16, 2011
Thursday, 2/16
Swimming/Diving MAAC Championship
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
MAAC Championships
Friday, 2/1 7
Swimming/Diving MAACChampionshlp
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
MAAC Championships
Women's Basketball @Canlslus
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
SPC Movie: "The Muppets"
10 p.m. to 11:30 p._m.
P.A.R. 346
Saturday, 2/18
Swimming/Diving MAAC Championship
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MAAC Championships
SPC Movie: "The Muppets"
10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, 2/19
SPC Broadway Trip: "Memphis"
9 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Women's Basketball@ Nlagra
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, 2/21
ELG Workshop: "Transltlonal Lead-
ership" with Melissa Lulay
Jennifer Unterbrink
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
P.A.R. 346
SGA Speech Night
9:15 p.m. to 11 p.m.
P.A.R. 346
Wednesday, 2/22
SGA "Meet the Candidates"
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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Staff Writer
This week, this article will be tak-
ing a different direction, primarily
because I don't have access to any
security stories due to a last-minute
scheduling conflict. Instead of doing
what we usually do, let's look ahead
into the future. We have a lot to look
forward to this semester. Here's a
highlighted list of things to get ex-
cited about.
The Hunger Games Theatrical
"And may the odds be ever in your
favor ... " I just got chills typing that
phrase. Imagine hearing it in sur-
round sound in a cr,owded movie
theatre, with Jennifer Lawrence on
the silver screen and a gaggle of
.adolescent girls crying their eyes
out wearing Team Peeta and Team
Gale shirts. Stop. I'm too excited.
Honestly, I never really believed in
the Hunger Games hype until I
started reading them out of bore-
dom. Four days later, I had read
three books, participated in more
than one screaming match with
other people who have read them,
and developed a full-fledged crush
on Katniss Everdeen. I'm going to
marry that girl. You just watch.
Edltor-l~lef: Phlllp Terrlgno
Emily Berger
News Editor: Monica Speranza
News Editor:
Opinion Editor: Casey Fisk
A&E Editor:
Melanie Lamorte
Jeremy Lin
Carmelo Anthony was out, but is
coming back this weekend. Amare's
kneecaps look they're going to ex-
plode out of his leg every time he
tries to make a post move, but will
be back as of Feb. 14. Mike D'Antoni
has been on the hot seat so long that
I'm surprised his suit pants haven't
developed a burnt hole in the rear.
But they'v~ won the last few games
in a convincing fashion? What?
How? I'll tell you how! Jeremy Shu-
How Lin! After high school, he re-
ceived exactly zero scholarship
offers, but managed
walk onto
Harvard's team. After college, no
professional basketball teams ex-
presseo. any interest in him and at
first he was dropped by two other
NBA teams. Somehow, he ended up
on the Knicks. And somehow, he
was receiving MVP chants in the
Garden the other night. I am on the
Jeremy Lin bandwagon. Come join
Springtime at Marist
This next sentence cannot be
stressed enough: There is nothing in
this world more glorious than
Springtime at Marist. It's a time
when we all collectively forget we're
still in the world of academia and
temporarily pretend we're all at a
really terrific summer camp, a sum-
mer camp where there's day drink-
ing and wiffleball and Adirondack
chairs as far as the eye can see.
Where there are the freshest man-
goes and DizzyBat and cheeseburg-
ers and beer.
Plus, there are
sundresses, which are always just
lovely to see.
Barstool Blackout Party
This is not something I'm personally
looking forward to. Similar to most
of your grandfathers or boring un-
cles, bright lights, loud noises and
provocative dancing intimidate me.
But for the rest of you, this is ab-
solutely something to be excited
about. The event's first party is
tonight, so rage on!
Just kidding. I don't think I'll ever
say I'm looking forward to gradua-
tion. The real world can keep its
jobs, families and responsibilities.
I'd like to stay here, unemployed,
and move back into Gartland where
I can blissfully spend my remaining
days on a stoop while listening to
baseball games on the radio. But
alas, that probably isn't going to
happen. Let's just make the most
out of springtime.
Disclaimer: The Security Briefs are in-
tended as satire and fully protected free
speech under the First Amendment of the
Sports Editor: Eric Vander Voort
Zach Doo-
Galasso, Lisa Glover,
Lampman, Ganin Marchetti, Brittany
Dan Scofield
Copy Chief: Marygrace Navarra
Copy Editors: Michelle Costello, Mtchelle
Corsentino, Christina D'Arco, Samantha
Knoebel, Taylor Mullaney, Nguyen Pham,
Bridget Rasmusson,
Lifestyles Editor: Rachael Shockey
Photography Editor: Jon O'Sullivan
Graphics Editor: Dayna Vasilik
Web Editor: Brendan O'Shea
Advertising Manager: Katie Berghorn
Faculty Advisor; Gerry

THE CIRCLE • Thursday, February 16, 2012 •
Page 3
From Page One
'Pack the House' falls short of expectations
opener against Villanova, which
Villanova head coach Harry Per-
retta said was "as loud as UConn."
"It's tremendous," Giorgis said of
the atmosphere. "Unfortunately I
got too riled up, a little too excited
down the stretch."
The crowd noise at the beginning
of the game seemed to affect both
teams, as neither team made a
field goal until 4:35 into the first
half. Marist seemed especially af-
fected, and the Red Foxes didn't
hit their first shot from the floor
until almost seven minutes into
the first half.
"When you have a crowd like
that, and you know it's for first
place, I don't care who or what you
are," Giorgis said. "These are still
college kids in a big moment with
a huge crowd, and especially our
kids I thought would be a little
nervi)Us, but they used that en-
ergy on the
end to at
least not let them score."
The crowd was able to propel
Marist to an enormous win, which
vaulted them past Fairfield into
first place in the conference, with
a one game lead over the rival
Senior forward Brandy
Gang had a big night for the Red
Foxes, dropping 15 points to lead
all Marist players.
Gang was
playing in her fourth and final
Pack the House night, but she re-
alizes that for the players it's just
another basketball game.
feels great, but we have to
come into this game like any other
game, and not take it too
Gang said.
Sophomore Casey Dulin also
played a strong game from the
point guard position, dropping in
14 points to go along with fiv~ re-
bounds, five assists and three
steals. The win was a big one for
Marist, who now has a strangle-
hold on first place in the MAAC,
barring an enormous slip up down
the stretch.
Shooter eyes the dance team as they line up for pre-game activities. The dance team
cheered on Marist from the student section
entire game and performed a half-
time routine as well.
Students take stand against hazing
From Page One
Speaker Travis T. Apgar spoke to an attentive audience In the cabaret
night on the dangers of
in college. Apgar spoke about his
negative ex-
periences with hazing and the impact and consequences it has on students' lives.
students made their
into the cabaret. they were encouraged
sign the pledge
practices. New York
enact anti-hazing laws.
As a member of the fraternity
Alpha Phi Delta and the President of
the class of 2013, Paul DiBlasi does
not think hazing is an issue at
"Hazing is not a problem
Marist campus. This was more of a
prevention program, rather than a
problem-solving one."
Sophomore Marissa Proctor, an ac-
tive member of Kappa Kappa
Gamma for the past year, stated
that she was never hazed as a part of
her initiation into the sorority.
''KKG follows both a fraternity and
campus wide policy that is very strict
abouttheconsequencesofhazing. In
no way, as a new member last spring
or an active member for almost a
year now, do I feel that KKG has ever
violated that policy," Proctor said.
Sophomore member and Philan-
thropy Chair of the fraternity Alpha
Phi Delta, John Campoli, said that
the club takes anti-hazing policies
very seriously and believes hazing
practices reflect negatively upon the
'Well, we don't permit hazing at
all," Campoli said. 'We feel as
are other, more effective ways in es-
tablishing a bond amongst our broth-
ers. Although Greek organizations
often fall under a stigma in which
hazing does occur, we do
best to
break away from it. Any form of haz-
ing, either physically or mentally is
Though hazing is not a serioiis
threat to most fraternities and soror-
campus, Student Body Pres-
ident Andrew Paulsen feels as
anti-hazing policies need to be
stressed more so students in all aca-
performance, social or athletic
clubs and teams fully understand the
seriousness of
thlnk hazing is a serious issue,"
"As a college campus,
need to be
and making
that this never hap-
pens on our campus. We pride our-
selves on the true community we are
a part of. We are a part of a commu-
nity where hazing has no right to
SGA is working to bring anti-haz-
ing policy awareness to a part of the
civility campaign that they have
started. This campaign works to
bring all students from all different
clubs and organizations together to
promote empathy for one another.
One of the ways that this cause res-
onates with the civility campaign is
that for $10, students can buy shirts
that bring awareness to ending haz-
ing. This message of civ:µity and re-
spect is something many of the
fraternities and sororities are stand•
"All active members actually
signed the annual form at our last
meeting agreeing to never take part
in any activity that could even re-
motely resemble hazing of any kind,"
said Proctor. 'We pride ourselves
highly on treating everybody exactly
how we as si~ters would want to be
If students have any questions or
concerns about hazing, they are en-
couraged to look to outside sources.
Reporting hazing is a major factor in
reducing the number of hazing re-
lated injuries and deaths. Students
can report hazing to the school by
reaching the appropriate offices, like
college activities or student govern-
ment. Two additional resources for
students to reach out to include going
online and checking out http://haz- or calling the Na-
tional Anti•Hazing
1-888-668-4293. Students are also
encouraged to learn state laws on
what Good Samaritan
laws are in place to protect students
and save injured or dying students by
contacting emergency services after
having witnessed hazing practices.

Technical error causes Vassar admission~ gaffe
News Editor
On Friday, Jan. 27, Vassar ad-
missions made live its new web-
site for early decision applicants.
Within the first half hour, 122
high school seniors logged on and
saw a congratulatory message
about their acceptance. Seventy-
six of these acceptances were an
error, causing disappointment for
applicants who had thought they
were accepted.
According to Vassar Info News,
it was a little over two hours be-
fore the mistake was corrected
and the misled students were con-
tacted via e-mail. The college sent
out apology e-mails and the presi-
dent, Catharine Hill, made a
statement: ''We are terribly sorry
about the confusion and disap-
pointment the erroneous informa-
tion posted online caused the
students. Our admissions process
is a careful deliberation over sev-
eral months, so it is so unfortu-
nate to have this communication
error happen at the end of that
process for some of our early deci-
sion candidates. We understand
how very upsetting this is for where they would see an individ-
those students who viewed the in-
ualized letter that reflected their
accurate decisions that we posted
online, and we are very sorry to
have added to the overall stress of
the college admissions process for
these students and their families."
''My staff noticed the error as we
monitored the applicants logging
in to the website to check their ad-
mission status," said Dean of Ad-
mission and Financial Aid David
Borus. "We have personally con-
tacted all of the affected appli-
cants and offered to help with
their college search process in any
way we can."
Bret Ingerman, vice president
for computing and information
services at Vassar, told The Circle
that the cause of the error was a
technical glitch with the new web-
"A programming error caused
the affected applicants to be
shown the wrong website when
they logged in," Ingerman said.
"They were mistakenly pointed to
a test website which was display-
ing an acceptance letter. Instead,
they should've been pointed to the
produ<!tion version of the site
admission status."
Ingerman added that Vassar
began using the new system after
"most of [Vassar's] pe~r schools
began using similar systems."
They had not had any problems
since this incident.
Mistakenly accepted students
have been given a consolation in
the form of a refunded application
fee of $65, but loss of"an applica-
tion fee was not the only, potential
consequence. A father of one of the
declined students said in an NBC
article that the erroneous accept-
ance letter included a link by
which accepted students could
withdraw all other college appli-
cations, but his daughter did not
click the link.
[sic] students had withdrawn
other college applications and has
any issues reinstating them, we
offered to call those colleges,"
Borus said. "So far none of the af-
fected applicants have told us
they need help to get an applica-
tion reinstated."
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Marist IT department debuts Aurasma
technology, plans to demonstrate again
Attention Circle readers:
Members of Academic
Technology will be at locations
campus this week to
demonstrate the full capabili-
ties of the
Marist Auras

Thursday, February
16, 2011
Socially awkward is so in this season
or even struggled to live with them,
Circle Contributor
socially awkward people are an in-
escapable facet of our society. While
The characteristics are far too they may carry the best intentions,
common-the unsettling grin, the conversations with them tow the
uncomfortable fine line between painful and Chi-
breathing, and the frenetic fleeing nese water torture. However, in a
at the thought of any social interac-
recent article published by The
tion. Whether you have been forced Huffington Post, these types of kids
to listen
them in class discussions really flourish at Marist.
It has finally been confirmed: It's
just you, it's the whole Marist campus. Phew.
A list compiled by Inside College
ranked Marist among 45 of the na-
tion's best colleges for socially awk-
ward students. It seems Marist
students are surprised to read this
distinction, especially with the min-
imal criteria included in the list. It
doesn't imply that we are a campus
composed entirely of clones of Shel-
don from ''The Big Bang Theory."
ad, it should be regarded as a
compliment. We have built a wel-
coming community for all types of
personalities--even those who can't
seem to pick up on common of social
Ever since Mean Girls, Lindsay
Lohan's last piece of reasonably de-
cent work, the term "clique" has re-
connotations in our lexicon. How-
ever, cliques are an undeniable fact
of life, especially at Marist. What
makes our campus
though, is the acceptance of such
cliques and their recognized territo-
ries. The budding fashion connois-
seurs practically own Donnelly;
athletes stay confined to McCann in
their gym shorts; and the talented
musicians seem unable
rise out of
the Student Center dungeons.
Despite the fashionistas making
everyone look like a Kmart Blue
Light Special shopper and the ath-
letes sucking up valuable gym time,
these cliques don't set out to deci-
mate one another. Instead, they
help foster a comfortable environ-
ment for the socially awkward. We
don't expect to find them pumping
iron or doing bar slides at Rennie's.
We don't expect anything from
them for that matter.
The Marist campus, regardless of
its different cliques, is one big com-
munity. The socially awkward
flourish here not because they're
the most recognized people at
Union Square on a Saturday night.
They flourish because they can find
their own group of people, feel com-
fortable with them, and develop
great relationships without being
judged. The heavy breathing and
disjointed conversations might not
always be the most pleasant, but as
long as they feel welcome and
happy here, you won't hear a com-
plaint from me. For all we know
everyone else is socially awkward,
not us.
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Is Posner a poser or cooler than you?
Circle Contributor
Mike Posner was chosen by the
Student Programming Council to
come to the Marist campus on April
29 as the special performer for our
Spring Concert. Although some are
looking forward to the event, the
general response from Marist stu-
dents has been unfavorable.
Most students claim that they
don't even know who Mike Posner
don't really know of him,"
freshman Jennifer Rescigno said. "I
only know that one song that he
Francisco Cruz, student employee
of College Activities, agreed.
"I don't really listen to his music,
so I don't think I'm going," he said.
Transfer student Davis Charles
thinks Marist could do better.
"He's alright," Charles said. "We
should have somebody
Tyga, [but] not him
has he made
Other students who don't know
much about Posner
showed a little
more enthusiasm to the news.
"I'm not really a big fan," said
Aindrui Farrington, a member of
the swim team. "But I guess it's cool
that he's coming here. I guess the
school is doing a good job trying to
get famous people to come here."
"I do know he is and I've actually
some of his songs with-
out knowing it," Brenda Cabrera
Each student offered his or her
own list of pref erred artists for our
Spring Concert: Wiz Khalifa, Sam
Adams, Beyonce.
"If we could afford untalented
artists like 3OH!3 and Mike Posner,
don't see why we can't join our
money together and get someone
good like Drake and Chris Brown,"
said Jonathan Avila.
On the other hand, there were
two students whose enthusiasm
and happiness about the Mike Pos-
ner concert were hard to miss. Amir
Cardoza, the young man who sug-
gested Posner, wasn't afraid to
show his excitement.
"I think it's going to be fantastic!"
he said. "I'm going to be in the front
two hours early, singing his
the Marist Singers shares Car-
doza's -excitement.
"I'm excited, because
think he's
a good artist," Grant said. "I actu-
ally saw his video
Youtube, and
I think he's cool!"
Essence and Amir broke out
Posner's appearance
hardly highly anticipated but hopes are high he will surprise.
"Please Don't
One student, Gabriela
stated the
reason because
most peo-
ple aren't excited that they don't re-
ally know what is going on.
''They should [spread awareness)
to get more people to go
thing," Hinojosa said. "I find out
about things the day of and the cal-
Students have made it clear that
they want better known
perform. Hopefully, SPC and Col-
lege Activities take note of students'
reactions and contact an artist that
would make at least the majority of
the Marist student body excited and
singing one of Posner's songs endar doesn't have the right times
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Thursday, February 16, 2011
Massie shares his fondest Marist memories
Former Chief Public Affairs Officer,
mien Massie worked here for 17 years.
Staff Writer
A few weeks ago, the Marist com-
munity learned that Timmian
Massie, then Chief Public Affairs
Officer, would be embarking upon a
new journey as the Director of Cor-
porate Giving at Watson Pharma-
ceuticals in Parsippany, N.J. Massie
spent 17 years at Marist but now
his future is headed in a new direc-
According to the company's mis-
sion statement, Watson Pharma-
ceuticals is "a leading integrated
global pharmaceutical company en-
gaged in the development, manu-
facturing, marketing, sale and
distribution of generic, brand and
biologic pharmaceutical products."
Massie is leading a global philan-
thropy program through which he
aims to engage more community in-
volvement, one event being the 2012
March of Dimes March for Babies in
April and May. The challenge is
new and exciting for the determined
Massie wore many hats during his
time at Marist. Aside from being the
Chief Public Affairs Officer, he
taught courses as an adjunct lec-
turer and led groups of students
overseas through the Marist Inter-
national Program.
was almost like a reflex for him
to admit that what he misses most
about Marist is the students.
''Whether it was teaching a class
or helping with hundreds of re-
sumes and cover letters, ~r just sit-
ting in the office to chat about
careers and life, Marist students
were very generous with their time
and confidence to discuss issues
that ranged from light-hearted to
very serious," he said.
Moments that stick out in his
memory include, "taking students
abroad and watching them gaze at
the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
when we were the only ones there,
and having them tell me these trips
changed their lives."
He is still in contact with several
current students and several hun-
dred alumni whom he considers to
be friends and family.
For many, Massie was a Marist
brand image.
The demands of his job increased
over the years.
"My involvement extended well
beyond media relations; being a
one-person shop often led me to
work 80-hour weeks, including
weekends," he said.
No matter what time it was - day
or night - the students could always
count on Massie to be tweeting
away the latest news, whether it
was a victory for the women's bas-
ketball team, an internship oppor-
tunity, or an important event going
on in the media.
He takes his job home with him,
and that's one of the characteristics
that make him such a one-of-a-kind
Massie is an active member of the
Hudson Valley. In April, he and his
husband, Pete Clark, will receive
the Family of the Year Award from
of Dutchess
County. They gracefully accept this
award with honor, being the very
first "non-traditional" family to re-
ceive this award. He remains on the
board of several organizations, in-
cluding the Dyson Foundation, St.
Francis Hospital, Miles of Hope
Breast Cancer Foundation, New
York State Newspapers Foundation
and Marist Brothers Esopus.
Massie has maintained close rela-
tionships with the students he
taught and mentored at Marist Col-
For the graduating seniors, he of-
fers a few closing words of advice:
"Do good for others. I believe in
you do things for others
out of the goodness of your heart,
that goodness
will come back to you
a hundred fold. And think posi-
tively. Not everything will go your
way, but when you believe in your-
self and others, and think posi-
tively, that attitude will shine forth
from you. That's the type of person
people want to hire, to be around, to
befriend. As my friend Helen Roth-
berg says, play well with others."
MTV'S MADE tryouts come to Marist campus
Staff Writer
Do you dream of becoming a movie
star, singer or to simply score an
amazing internship in the city?
When MTV's MADE producers
came to Marist College on Feb. 8, .
those were the exact types of
dreams that they planned on mak-
ing come true for one student.
the show MADE, MTV finds
one person who they "make" into
anything that person wants to be.
Past episodes have shown geeky
boys becoming ''ladies' men" or shy
girls becoming confident cheerlead-
Although most of the episodes that
have run in the past have been
about teens becoming famous or
more confident, rumor has it that
MTV is going in a different direction
for this next episode.
According to student Kerianne
Caprara, ''MTV is going in a differ-
ent direction this year. They're look-
ing for college students who have
career related dreams such as find-
ing internships."
The auditions that took place on
Feb. 8 had about one hundred and
twenty people audition in only two
Unfortunately, not all students
were able to audition.
However, according to Vice Presi-
dent of Student Affairs, Deborah Di-
Caprio, "MTV's casting producer Al-
ison Labanoski says that there is a
chance that MTV will come back to
audition more people at Marist very
During auditions, students had 15
to 20 minutes to pitch their idea to
the MTV producers of what they
wanted to be "made" into.
DiCaprio said that "if MTV be-
lieves that someone from Marist
College was creative and intriguing
enough, they will come back and au-
dition that student again."
However, this second audition
may be a bit more challenging, as it
will require the student
to audition
in front of a camera:.
This has not been the first time
that Marist College has received a
visit from MTV.
Because of Marist College's close
distance to the city, MTV has come
here many times in the past to give
students audition opportunities to
achieve their dreams, DiCaprio
"They will definitely come back for
other auditions, I'm sure. They usu-
ally do," she said. ''This is just a
great opportunity for the Marist
students and I'm glad MTV decided
to come here once again."
Only time will tell if one Marist
College student will be closer to
achieving his or her dreams with
the help of an MTV callback.
Lucid dreaming offers nighttime adventures
Staff Writer
A person can do absolutely any-
thing in a dream. This includes fly-
ing, having walls made of ice
cream, or having a relationship
with the hottest celebrity in Holly-
However, only certain people
have mastered the
of lucid
dreaming, where a person can fully
control what happens in their
According to Marist College Psy-
chology of Sleep Professor Otte, "We
have 90-minute sleep cycles. This
means that we dream several times
a night because we dream every 90
Otte also mentioned that during
dreams, the brain pulls images from
memories or current situations that
we have been in recently. Because
the brain is more active when it is
asleep, these images that the brain
pulls from memories can also be
completely random. This is why
many dreams don't make sense and
seem slightly odd. In order to make
what happens in your dreams not so
random but under your control, you
can follow the following techniques
from psychologist and leader in the
study of lucid dreaming, Dr.
Stephen LaBerge.
The first step that LaBerge rec-
ommends is to start a dream jour-
nal. This means that every time you
wake up, you should immediately
write down everything that you re-
member dreaming about.
The second step is to continually
give yourself "reality checks." In
order to do this, you should set your
alarm on your watch or phone to
·ring every hour or so during the
day. As soon as the alarm rings, you
push two fingers into your wrist and
prove to yourself that this is not a
dream because you cannot push
your fingers through your wrist.
"By continually checking your
waking reality, you are priming
yourself for greater self-awareness
in dreams," LaBerge said.
The third step is to say in your
mind multiple times before you go
to sleep that you will have a lucid
dream. Although your roommates
may find you a little strange for
doing so, LaBerge also recommends
quietly chanting these statements
until you feel like you could fall
The last step is about visualiza-
tion. You can only do this technique
once you feel like you could fall
asleep at any moment and are ex-
tremely relaxed. First, think of an
image that you saw in a past dream.
However, this time you should
imagine a different ending to the
dream. As you do this, think to
yourself that you are dreaming.
Eventually, you
will fall asleep. This
should help you attain control of
your dreams.
These techniques for lucid dream-
ing do not always work immediately
and should be practiced multiple
nights in a row in order to gain con-

Thursday, February 16, 2011

The intramural profile of freshman Jon Malloy
A focused Malloy makes
one-handed catch, as other players watch in anticipation.
Circle Contributor
I sat down on a green sofa located
in the second floor of Marian Hall,
awaiting Jona~han Malloy, a fresh-
man student majoring in business
administration who is ac~ively in-
volved in the Marist intramural
sports program.
I was reviewing
my notes, I noticed a slim figure rac-
ing towards me - it was Jon.
He apologized for being late and
then ran off towards his dorm and
returned a few minutes later,
flushed and out of breath.
He was accompanied by his
friends and with his silly sense 'of
humor, he shrieked into my tape
recorder, ''This is so cool! I am talk-
ing into a tape recorder."
Malloy, an active and outgoing
student, is a member of four intra-
murals: Ultimate Frisbee, 1'ad-
minton, floor hockey and soccer. He
said that Ultimate Frisbee and bad-
minton are his favorites.
"I've played Frisbee for forever,
[and] the people at badminton are
really nice and they're really chill
and it's a lot of fun."
Malloy didn't try out for varsity
sports, "because I didn't think I was
good enough," he jokingly said.
Maybe it has to do with the fact
that he wants to maintain his 4.0
GPA and is already involved in so
many clubs and organizations.
"Oh yeah. It's a lot of intramurals
that take up a ton of time, but [it is]
definitely worth it because it helps
de-stress ... you get to meet people
you wouldn't necessarily meet oth-
erwise," he said.
Although the period to join intra-
murals has ended, John recom-
mends those who are tentative
about joining an intramural in the
future to do so.
''My motto has always been 'what
would you do if you weren't afraid?'
you're afraid of joining an intra-
mural sport, don't be, and join be-
cause you'll meet new people and
you may or may not lose 500 lbs."
His experience with the intramu-
ral sports program has been so re-
warding that he has set goals to
become the full-time commissioner
of the Badminton League and to
take over as captain of the Ultimate
Frisbee team.
you aren't sure whether you
are going to enjoy an intramural
and you want to try it any way, you
should definitely try it because you
can always just never show up
again," he said. "And you get prior-
ity points, which is awesome."
Malloy has earned 36 priority
Home Depot distributes smoke alarms and fire safety information
Features Editor
Home Depot held a fire safety
event on Friday, Feb. 3, scheduled
to run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to ed-
ucate students about fire safety pre-
They distributed free Code One
smoke alarms to students, and the
brand Kidde donated 100 dual car-
bon monoxide and fire alarm units
to the fire department through
Home Depot.
By 1:20 p.m., the first round of 100
Code One smoke alarms had been
given out to students, parents and
locals alike, according to district
manager Bob Wickkiser.
The event continued past its
scheduled ending time, and he pre-
dicted that a total of about 140
smoke alarms would be distributed.
The Code One smoke alarms are
expected to last approximately five
years and come with a battery in-
reached Wickkiser, because it was
Fire extinguishers and other still very recent up to this point.
smoke alarms were also available
After learning about the incident,
for sale.
Saunders and Wickkiser communi-
Considering the task that some cated with one another and came up
students face of moving to an off-
with the idea that became the fire
campus residence while managing safety event.
personal finances, store manager
Saunders described his thoughts:
Roger Saunders said that this is "What can we do to help so this un-
"one less thing [those students] fortunate event doesn't happen
have to worry about."
The event was a joint effort be-
The fire safety booth was prepared
tween Saunders and Wickkiser.
with fire safety handouts, which in-
It all began when Wickkiser spot-
eluded prevention tips and a 'Home
ted a customer buying two cases of Safety Checklist.' The list included
9- volt batteries, which is an unusu-
reminders about checking batteries,
ally large quantity for a single cus-
planning fire exits and properly
tomer. Each case contains 12 packs equipping one's home for a fire.
of six batteries.
Wickkiser said "let's give back to
He talked to the customer, who the comrimnity at this point.''
was an official from Marist, pur-
He recognized that sometimes
chasing the
batteries for
a amidst so many other things, a fire
precaution "doesn't
to mind.''
Wickkiser gave the customer a 50
Cashier Sue Upton said that sales
discount, but news of the of fire safety products have been
Fairfield Avenue fire had not yet the rise after the fire evoked in-
llllltwy .......
SmokeAla m
These Code One
alarms were di&-
free of
creased student awareness. She was
clearly shaken up talking about the
"I have grandchildren almost that
old," she said, regarding the stu-
dents who died
Jan. 21.
Lying proves no match for the penmanship test
Staff Writer
"Everybody lies!" exclaimed Jim
Ca.rrey in the 1997 comedy Liar
Liar. Unfortunate as that is, he
was completely right. People in re-
lationships lie to each other, kids
lie to their pa.rents, and as surpris-
ing as this might be, students even
lie to their teachers.
However, all of the "good liars"
may not be as invincible as they be-
lieve they are. This is because no
matter how good of a liar someone
is, their subconscious reveals when
they are lying the second they write
something down.
Handwriting not only reveals
whether a person is lying or not, but
also can reveal how a person is feel-
what their personality is like.
According to
at Haifa
University, ''Physical properties of a
person's handwriting can point to
whether he or she is dishonest or
Analyzing a person's handwriting
is called graphology. Graphology is
about 90 percent accurate, and the
few who study it have to study for
years to detect every detail of the
human subconscious in a person's
However, there are a few basic
tricks that can help you decide
whether someone is lying or not
when they write something down.
The first basic step to detect lying
in someone's handwriting is to
check the spaces between words in
a person's script or print, and the
spaces between letters in a person's
print. When a person has large
spaces between their words or let-
ters, it is one sign that they have
been hiding something.
The second step is to analyze
whether the last letter in a person's
words touches other letters or
curves upwards. When a person
does this, it means that they are
feeling defensive about something
that they have been thinking about.
The third step is to see how a per-
son's sign
ature compares to their
print. A person's signature portrays
what the writer wants people to
think about them. When a person
prints, however, it shows who they
truly are.
Lastly, be sure to check a person's
handwriting when they write
straight down. An example of this
would be how a person writes the
lower case letter
a person is
feeling guilty or bitter about some-
thing, the end of that straight-line
slope will curve upwards. The
higher the curve, the guiltier the
writer is feeling about something.
According to researcher Gil Luria,
"Lying requires more cognitive re-
sources than being truthful. You
need to invent a story, make sure
not to contradict yourself. Any task
done simultaneously, therefore, be-
comes less automatic."
So next time you believe that
someone you know is lying, be sure
to take a little peek at what their
handwriting looks like. People are
not always as good at lying as they
would like to think.

Thursday, February 16, 2012
'The Vagina Monologues' celebrates V-Day at Marist
Circle Contributor
Editor's note:
Molly Sloan, a
Marist College senior, was kind
enough to write this guest column
The Cit'cle.
Sloan, the show's
producer, gives us an inside look
into working on this well-known
performance with a sensitive title.
I learned the hard way that talk-
ing about vaginas with your boss is
not as easy as it may seem. Here's
the setting. rm at my internship in
the city and my boss, a Marist alum
who likes to keep up with campus
ongoings, asks me what I have
planned for this week.
''I'm producing 'The Vagina Mono-
logues' this weekend," I tell him.
Cue the standard awkward re-
sponse. He's surprised at my blunt
delivery, and that was my intention.
I know l'ye got him hooked at the
mention of the v-word. He wants
more information.
I struggled to compose one sen-
tence that encompasses everything
that the V-Day
playwright Eve Ensler's "The
Vagina Monologues" stand for. "It's
actually kind of difficult to explain,"
I say.
won't let it go.
"No, Molly," he says. ''You're the
one who dropped the 'v-bomb,' you
have no choice but to explain your-
So I begin talking and then stop
abruptly, trying to collect my
thoughts. How do I say that it is
something that makes a difference
to women all over the world without
making it sound like a completely
corny, juvenile thing? Because ''The
cacy, counseling and forensic nurs-
ing to victims of crime in Dutchess
But it's not just about raising
money for a good cause. It's about
raising awareness. It's about get-
ting students to talk about these
kinds of issues.
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Vagina Monologues" Is a collection of performances
Marist students, the
an anti-domestic violence
Vagina Monologues" is anything
but. The show is full of messages of
female empowerment and self-love.
All the money we raise goes to an
organization dedicated
ending vi-
olence against
This year the
beneficiary is Poughkeepsie's own
Crime Victims Assistance Program,
organization that provides advo-
I've learned that at Marist, when
you say the word "vagina," people
either physically flinch, make a face
or stare at you like you have said
the most offensive word possible.
And when you add "monologues"
the mix, you face even more con-
fused reactions.
"What, so it's a bunch of girls talk-
ing about their periods for an hour?"
a guy friend asked me recently.
Girls who haven't seen the show
ask that same question. To clear up
the confusion
and for all, "The
Vagina Monologues" features (gasp)
one mention of tampons in the 90-
minute performance and that, my
friends, is it.
To give an idea of the range of top-
ics covered, some of my favorite
monologue titles are "Hair," ''The
Flood," ''The Little Coochi Snorcher
That Could" and ''My Angry
It's not all fun and vagina games,
though. There is a striking balance
between the lighter-hearted mono-
logues and the more serious ones. It
is simultaneously entertaining and
"The Vagina Monologues" pushes
people, women and men, out of their
comfort zones, challenging them to
see vaginas differently. And after a
bit more reflection than I antici-
pated, that's exactly what I ended
up telling my boss. I stepped out of
my own comfort zone. I felt great. I
felt awkward. I felt empowered.
Come see ''The Vagina Mono-
logues" in the Cabaret Friday, Feb.
17 and Saturday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m.
Admission is a $5 suggested dona-
tion. The event is sponsored by the
Honors Program. There will also be
a delicious bake sale at each per-
Reznor and Ross score 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'
Staff Writer
The tagline for David Fincher's
adaption of the globally renowned
thriller ''The Girl With Dragon Tat-
too" reads, "what is hidden in snow,
comes forth in thaw." How appro-
priate then that Nine Inch Nails
frontman Trent Reznor and English
producer Atticus Ross return to
score the anxiously awaited film
after their previous, multi-award
winning work on ''The Social Net-
work" propelled the duo back into
the spotlight, mirroring this theme
of sullen transformation. Like the
ancient whispers and sunken se-
crets littering the novel/film, Reznor
too holds a life of hidden scars and
darkened memories. A notoriously
destructive heroin addiction, crum-
pled romantic affairs
suicide attempts blot Reznor's early
musical career with blatant land-
mines of creative distress-- ulti-
mately tarnishing a majority of
truly artistic/musically addictive
works. However, it seems that after
many years of maturation, both
Reznor and Ross have finally
learned how to direct these agoniz-
ing recollections
near perfection.
''The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"
soundtrack is a transformation
album- a two decade late, coming of
The album cover
Trent Reznor
Ross's new
age work that not only outdoes its
predecessor, but also unearths the
blistering sound and immersive
draw that had been buried beneath
carpets of ice deep within its cre-
ators subconscious.
From a bird's eye view, this new
release will seem structurally fa-
miliar to "The Social Network"
OST-- both employ heavily stereo-
filtered pieces that add an unex-
plainable level of drama and
anxiety to traditionally uneventful
scenes. However, unlike the "Net-
work's" strict melodic directions,
''Tattoo" spreads its rhythms thin,
opting for an atmospheric direction
that shies away from any graspable
movements. With over three hours
of spacious, imperceptible material,
even the most avid ambience fan
will find themselves overwhelmed
and potentially frustrated with an
album that is ultimately more of the
the rewards of at-
tentive listening outshine the more
noticeable downfalls of passive
succeeds most is
in its diligent attention to detail.
Tracks like "Perihelion" and ''With
The Flies" slow burn through frozen
terrain, forming numerous trails of
vaporized circuitry while still re-
taining a distinct identity via
Reznor and Ross's obsessive pro-
duction. An unidentifiable blurb
here, a grotesque synth piece there-
- each time a track borders on repe-
tition, a distinct mutation is added,
making it so that even the 50th lis-
ten yields a rewarding discovery.
With this new focus on subtlety
comes a hands-off audio-visual re-
sponse-- where as "Network" di-
rected the listeners through musical
progressions that mimicked the
emotional weight of it's correspon-
ding scene, ''Tattoo" allows the lis-
tener to construct their own visual
compliments from the provided
building blocks of whispered misdi-
Along with a noticeable step-up in
terms of construction, ''Tattoo" fur-
ther distinguishes itself in terms of
emotionality. Sure, ''The Social Net-
work" had its bleak moments, but
when compared to Stieg Larson's
tale of rape, murder and abuse,
these scenes shrink in embarrass-
ment. Likewise, Reznor and Ross's
score goes much darker, taking the
form of a spanning organic spec-
trum slowly resonating between
haunting tranquility and turbulent
chaos. "An Itch" incorporates dis-
tant police sirens and soul screech-
ing effects as a means of building
instant intensity, while "Later Into
The Night" masks barely audible in-
halations behind a wall of ambi-
ence, resulting in an unshakable
feeling of being watched. "The Sec-
onds Drag" even borrows from the
Hans Zimmer track "Rachael's
Quest" from the 2002 horror classic,
''The Ring," a nod that further por-
trays this release as a demonstra-
tion of active terror.
No, its not meant for everyone.
There are certainly more inviting
works out on the market that re-
frain from intimidating the listener
with both volume and direction, but
regardless, ''Tattoo" still remains
one of the most magnificent musical
scores of all time, bringing further
energy to a genre that is so often
swept under the table.

Coachella lineup announced
Circle Contributor
The Coachella Valley Music and
Arts Festival located in Indio, Calif.
recently announced a lineup many
are regarding to be one of the great-
est live sets of all time. With The
Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and
Snoop Dogg as headliners, it's no
surprise tickets sold out within
hours of going on sale.
Coachella has been gaining an in-
creasing amount of popularity over
the past few years .. In 2010, tickets
went on sale on a Friday and 11,000
stubs were sold by the following
Monday. The following year, 55,000
tickets were sold within the same
time frame. To help accommodate
more people, this year's festival will
take place over two weekends, April
13-15 and April 20-22. The week-
ends will feature identical lineups.
Coachella was founded in 1999 by
Goldenvoice Productions and fea-
tured performances from Tool, Rage
Against the Machine, Beck, The
Chemical Brothers and Jurassic 5-
a lineup that set the bar pretty
high. Still, year after year, the festi-
val has continued to book the best
artists of alternative, hip-hop, indie
rock and electronic music, such as
Weezer, Beastie Boys, The Shins
and LCD Soundsystem.
While Coachella is known for
booking current artists on the rise,
nostalgia is always guaranteed to
attract attention. Hip-hop icons Dr.
Dre and Snoop Dogg, headlining
Sunday, April 15 and 22, are an
even more epic choice than last
year's Sunday headliner, Kanye
West. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg
teamed up in 1992 to record Dr.
Dre's solo album, ''The Chronic,"
which is often regarded as one of the
most influential albums of the 90s.
The legendary rock band Radio-
head, performing Saturday (April
14 and 21), also generates some
feelings of nostalgia. Radiohead
withheld performances and inter-
views for nearly eight months fol-
lowing their eighth studio album,
"The King of Limbs," released in
February 2011. Lead singer Thom
Yorke revealed that part of their ab-
sence was due to the fact that they
were trying to figure out how this
more electronically-based album
would translate live. "Now that
we've figured out how to play it
live," he told Rolling Stone, "that
creates an energy we want to pur-
Coachella attendants will be
among the few that get the privilege
of seeing this "energy" -- tickets for
the band's current tour are nearly
impossible to get in the U.S. Al-
though Yorke performed in 2010,
playing his solo album, "The
Eraser," in its entirety, people were
slightly disappointed with the ab-
sence of Radiohead. Fans will be
pleased that two years later he is re-
turning with the rest of the band.
The Black Keys, a more current
group on the rise, are performing on
Friday (April 13 and 20). The well-
established blues-rock/punk-blues
duo played last year's festival as
well as in 2009. Since last year, the
group released their seventh studio
album, "El Camino," which will add
something new to this year's per-
formance. Some were disappointed
with the group's 2011 performance:
the band was 15 minutes late and
the large screens projecting their
performance weren't turned on until
four songs into the set. Surely they
will make sure everything runs
smoothly this year.
addition to bringing back old
acts, the festival is known for book-
ing artists on the rise. Modest
Mouse, The Roots, Jack Johnson,
Black Eyed Peas, The White
Stripes, Death Cab for Cutie, Arctic
Monkeys, The Decemberists, Silver-
sun Pickups, Lupe Fiasco, The Ting
Tings, B.O.B. and Florence and the
Machine are some names who made
it big after performing at Coachella.
Some artists booked for Coachella
2012 that have been attracting at-
tention over the last year include
M83, Explosions in the Sky, The
Weeknd, Real Estate, A$AP Rocky,
AraabMuzik, A VICI! and Azealia
With so many amazing artists per-
forming different stages at the same
time, Coachella attendants always
have a problem deciding which
show to attend and are often forced
to miss out on some of their favorite
artists. Maybe this year's additional
weekend can help solve that prob-
Thursday, February 16, 2012 •
Oscar picks for 2012 awards
Staff Writer
The Oscar's would be nothing
without its lineup of extrodinary
nominees, running the gamut fn>m
comedy to action and adventure to
drama. Below, I break down some of
the more noteworthy categories.
Best Picture:
''The Artist"
"The Descendants"
"Extremely Loud
''The Help"
"Midnight in Paris"
"The Tree of Life"
''War Horse"
Having already won a Producer's
"The Artist,
a film
about a silent movie star worried
that the introduction of taking pho-
tographs will force him into obliv-
ion, is the favorite to win Best
Picture at this years Oscars.
Best Actor:
Demian Bichir, "A Bettter Life"
George Clooney, ''The Descen-
Jean Dujardin, ''The Artist"
Gary Oldman, ''Tinker Tailor Sol-
dier Spy"
Brad Pitt, ''Moneyball"
Clooney one of the moving forces
behind "The Descendants," a film
about a wealthy father attempting
to re-connect with his two daugh-
home the Oscar for her.role as one
of the most misunderstood women
in Hollywood.
Kenneth Branagh, ''My Week With
Jonah Hill, ''Moneyball"
Nick Nolte, ''Warrior''
Christopher Plummer, "Begin-
Max von Sydow, "Extremely Loud
Incredibly Close"
This a ward will most likely go to
Plummer, who starred as a gay man
who decided to come out later in life
the film "Beginners." This would
be Plummer's first Oscar and would
mark a lifetimes worth of achieve-
ments, including a role in "The
Sound of Musjc.
Best Supporting Actress:
Berenice Bejo, "The Artist"
Jessica Chastain, "The Help"
Melissa McCarthy, "Brides-
Janet McTeer, "Albert Nobbs"
Octavia Spencer, ''The Help''
Although it is more than likely
Spencer will be taking the award
home for her role in "The Help," due
to her winning a Golden Globe this
past January, I'm pulling for Mc-
Carthy here. To see a woman
best supporting actress Oscar for
her turn in raunchy comedy would
be the ultimate sign of female em-
powerment and that girls are just
as funny, if hot more hilarious, than
Best Animated Film:
ters after his wife suffers a tragic "A Cat in Paris"
boating accident,
but he also di-
rected and co-wrote this year's "The "Kung Fu Panda 2"
Ides of March," a political drama
"Puss in Boots"
starring Ryan Gosling, Paul Gia-
matti and Clooney himself.
Best Actress:
Glenn Close, "Albert Nobbs"
Viola Davis, ''The Help"
Rooney Mara, ''The Girl with the
Dragon Tattoo"
Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady''
Michelle Williams, "My Week
With Marilyn"
While Meryl Streep and Viola
Davis are the two frontrunners for
this race, I'm rooting for Michelle
Williams in this category. Having
harbored an obessision with the life
and legacy of Marilyn Monroe since
the eigth grade, I would love noth-
ing more than to see Williams take
While "Rango" has been slated to
the award this year, I was and
forever will be a fan of 11Shrek.11
Other categories being spotlighted
at this year's show include Cine-
matography, Art Direction, Cos-
Documentary, Editing, Foreign
Makeup, Music,
Short Film, Sound, Visual Effects
and Writing.
Make yourself a bowl of popcorn,
gather around the
and catch the
84th Annual Academy Awards on
ABC Sunday, Feb. 26 at
The 'Material Girl' makes her star-studded comeback
Circle Contributor
Superbowl XLVI-Giants, Patriots,
and Madonna? When I first learned
that Madonna had landed the fa-
mous gig of the Superbowl halftime
show, I definitely had some reser-
vations. She's been around through
the decades, but could she still pull
off a successful show? Needless to
say I was eager to see what Madge
had up her sleeve this time around.
And thankfully, I was pleasantly
Not a stranger to reinvention, the
53-year-old found a way to keep her-
self relevant to the 111.3 Million
viewers Sunday night, by fusing the
hottest artist of the 1980's with the
at the halftime
Super Bowl XLVI.
chart toppers of today. Celebrity
cameos from the likes of LMF AO,
Nicki Minaj,
and Cee
Green made the former pop icon
come out on top, livening up her
medley of ancient hits with the rel-
evance of her younger counterparts.
While the halftime show did accom-
plish its goal of peaking my interest,
there were definitely some aspects
of the perfoPmance where the mate-
rial girl fell short. It was obvious
that Madonna lip-synced most of
the time. The whole Trojan War
theme was also lost in translation,
it is the 21st century after all .. It
was clear that the eye-popping per-
formance was served to distract the
audience from the big pink elephant
the room-- an aging pop-star, per-
forming way past her prime.
Lastly I picked up on some bloop-
ers. After taking a second look at
the show I noticed that Madonna
most took a tumble, and
cessfully put in her two cents by
flipping the bird to cameras. And
who could forget Cee Lo Green's be-
dazzled choir gown? I think that
outfit speaks for itself. Now that I've
picked apart the 12-minute per-
formance, I can successfully draw
my conclusions. Say what you want
about Madonna, but love her or hate
her, she knows how to put on a
show. She's iconic and has contin-
ued to be so successful because she
knows how to reinvent herself,
without losing that image of being
the ''Material Girl" the world fell in
love with. Though I was not com-
pletely blown away by the perform-
ance, it still deserves a half-hearted
thumbs up. Madonna definitely de-
livered, and we certainly got more
than we bargained for.

Thursday, February 16, 2012
Launch into Leap Day with leaptastic celebrations
Staff Writer
It only occurs once every four years
and adds an extra day to our year. So
why not spend that extra day of the
year celebrating?
Leap Day, Feb. 29, according to, which was
introduced more than 2000 years ago,
makes our year 366 days instead of
365. The extra day keeps our calen-
dar in alignment with the Earth's
revolutions around the sun, which
takes 365.242199 days. The extra day
every .four years allows us not to lose
any hours throughout the years.
Since the introduction of Leap Day
in 45 BCE, Leap Day traditions have
been developed all over the world to
celebrate this unusual day. One of the
oldest traditions
from Ireland, the
Leap Day Proposal. Every four years,
St. Patrick allowed women to propose
to men. Ladies, why not honor the
Irish tradition and take a leap by ask-
ing out that guy that you have had
your eye on?
Leap Day can be celebrated by
anyone, not just Leapeans (those
born on Leap Day). Those who are
leapless can find ways to celebrate
Leap Day and to create new Leap
Day traditions.
Try throwing a Leap Day party
to celebrate the day. Have a party
that is frog-themed with frog deco-
rations, or frog themed foods, such
as frog cupcakes or fun, amphibian
activities. For those who can, serve
the Leap Day cocktail, created by
the Savoy Hotel in London to cele-
brate the Leap Day tradition of re-
verse proposals. According to "The
Savoy Cocktail Book," it is "re-
sponsible for more proposals than
any other cocktail ever nfixed."
Hosting a movie screening of the
film, "Leap Year," is also
way to celebrate the extra day and
to watch one of the oldest tradi-
tions play out. The movie follows
Anna (Amy Adams) as she travels
to Ireland to propose to her
boyfriend on Leap Day.
You can also celebrate this day by
finding ways to commemorate the
year. Creating a time capsule that
could be opened up next Leap Day
is an excellent way to see how life
has changed in the past four years.
Making a time capsule can become
a great Leap Day tradition for all.
Take advantage of this extra day
that happens only every four years.
Make your day as leaptastic as you
can, and make new Leap Day tra-
ditions worth celebrating every
four years.
to celebrate leaping.
Giants' Super Bowl win sparks football spirit in Tri-State Area
Staff Writer
The football left Tom Brady's finger-
tips and gasps echoed throughout the
domed-walls of Lucas
Stadium. A
pass that seemed to float for eternity fell
unsuccessfully to the blue paint of the
end wne. The Giants had done the im-
possible, for a second, beating the
New England Patriots to become cham-
pions of Super Bowl
''lncompletef' announced NBC's Al
Michaels after a last-second hail-mary
attempt by the Patriots. "And the Gi-
ants, given last rites by many in De-
cember, are the Super Bowl champs in
Followed by a cascade of confetti and
media attention, the Giants and their
Manning, took
the stage to receive what every profes-
sional football
strives for all season
long: the
Lombardi Trophy
What followed the night-long celebra-
tion by most was a continuation of what
been referred to as Super Bowl
''fever:" mobbing of city streets, college
campuses chanting and living rooms
filled with cheers and
of victory.
By Monday morning, sporting goods
stores such as Modell's and Dick's were
selling Super Bowl apparel "faster
a New York minute," said Marist Col-
lege sophomore Pat McGinn.
"First thing on Monday morning, we
win for
headed over to Modell's to
a Super
Bowl champion shirt and pennant," said
McGinn, a life-long Giants fan and sup-
we had gotten there an hour
later, we would have been too late for
this stuff. The entire state of New York
over this
the game was more
just a game for the student body at
Marist College. With Super Bowl gath-
erings going on throughout the
college itself planned an extravagant
in the Cabaret. Hundreds
of students showed up, mostly in Giants'
blue, to watch their
take the
tory over the rival New Englanders.
''It still feels like a dream. You can't
make this up, especially after the first
Super Bowl win over the Patriots," said
Demetri Louca, a sophomore who
a large group of students at his
off-campus house. ''Honestly, it was the
game of football I have ever
seen. My appreciation for the game
and the
One of Louca's friends and a party at-
tendee agreed wholeheartedly. ''It was
crazy, man. People were
through our campus just screaming
Giant pride," said Nocera, a New Jersey
native and devoted Giant fan. ''I can't
even imagine what a loss would have
done here. Hearts would have been
At the University of Massachusetts-
Amherst, the losing side didn't take the
end result so well. While Giants
were overjoyed with their hard-fought
some Patriot fans took to the streets
in forms of student mobs and riots. After
hours of firecrackers
smoke and
pepper balls and fighting crowd resist-
dispersed nearly 1,500
ple Sunday night after the game.
Fourteen arrests were made, 13 of
which were UMass-Amherst students.
Whether a supporter
losing side, much of the Northeast be-
came emotionally invested in Super
BowlXLVI. Although most of the coun-
try was watching for the million-dollar
commercials and an intense football ri-
associated with New York
and New England found a new sense of
attachment to their
But in the Northeast region of the
United States, football hasn't always
a top priority in the lives
sport fans. College football, which has
flourished in most other parts of the
failed to grab at-
tention recently in the Tri-State area.
Compared to the football-rich southern
states, where tailgate smells and fight
song anthems linger throughout the
year, the Northeast had little to offer
football lovers before
Bowl win by the Giants.
The oollege football experience at big-
time state universities such
Oklahoma, Ohio State and Florida
ates a close-knit atmosphere of fandom
and support. State universities like Rut-
gers and Syracuse, have attempted to
recreate this in New Jersey and New
York, but their inconsistentcy have held
them back from
the next
oollege football exposure.
the world-cllampion Giants
team, profes.qjonalorganizationsincluding
the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills
New York State
home. But without
a national
fan loy-
alty and
for which
and Bills (6-10),
in the
East division, failed to make
comparison, the state of Texas
has become known for just that. With
professional teams in Dallas and
Houston, in addition to numerous big-
time college football programs within
borders, Texas has become a
football-lover's paradise.
Texas native and Dallas Cowboy fan
David Welsh put that into perspective.
''We are known for our football,
high school to profes-
sional leagues," said Welsh, a 48-year
old public relations director and die-
hard football fan. 'Tm happy for the
Northeast and what they had during
this Super Bowl. Maybe they
to catch up with the rest of this foot-
ball-loving nation now."
After the Giants' 21-17 victory
it may
be true that Super Bowl fever has
reached its highest temperature yet.
Deriving from one of the biggest
markets not only in the country but
internationally, the Giants
win was
exactly that: a giant win.
result of
the victory, according to New York's
mayor Michael Bloomberg, Monday's
parade drew an estimated one million
people with one third of that number
coming to the city outside of New
addition, the city profited
close to $38 million from the parade
Thanks to the underdog story of
this year's team and a growing,
dedicated fan base that will
only see Its numbers Increase
after the thrilling victory, you
can be sure the Giant blue won't
be fading away any time soon.
Addressing the densely crowded
streets of Giants fans on Monday
morning, defensive end Justin Tuck
spoke out about how much the support
meant to this team in getting the vic-
''We made it here by believing in each
other. We believe in every guy on this
Tuck said to the roaring crowd
of blue. "Honestly, we wouldn't be here
today without your support."
Considered one of the underdogs of
the postseason from week one against
the Falcons, the Giants reeled off
against Atlanta, Green Bay and San
Francisco before their magical fourth-
quarter comeback against New Eng-
Now that the long journey to getting
the championship ring
over, the
Super Bowl fever
begin to fade
within the next few weeks. However,
thanks to the underdog story of this
year's team and a growing
fan base that
only see its numbers
increase after the thrilling victory, you
can be sure the Giant blue won't be
fading away any' time soon.
was a great win for not only the
team but for the New York area,"
Louca said emphatically while watch-
ing the fourth-quarter highlights.
just put New York football back
on the map."

Thursday, February 16, 2012 •
Discover Marist campus's secret sanctuaries
Circle Contributor
Marist students. are well aware
that we have one of the most pic-
turesque campuses on the east
coast, characterized by the scenic
view of the Hudson River and
like the library, the Rotunda and
the Hancock Center.
Hidden spots include a se-
cret window in the back of
the library around the
stairs, and a secret hallway
in the student center.
However, escaping the cold and
studying for exams often takes
priority over stopping to explore
Marist for its aspects that make
the campus unique.
I enlisted the help of some very
and asked them, ''What is your fa-
vorite spot on campus and why is
it unique or unusual?"
Students shared insight about
their go-to spots. Many enthusias-
tic students were excited to di-
vulge their secrets and are eager
to get outside to visit their
vorite spots once the warm
weather hits.
Students love the peaceful tran-
the Hudson River. When
the weather gets warm, the docks
are the place to go to get some
time away from the chaos of
classes and dorm living, or just to
relax and get some sun.
Likewise, the sanctuary by the
freshmen dorms, the courtyard
behind the Hancock Center a.nd
the field behind the dining hall
are quiet places students slip
away to when the sun is shining
and class is out for the day.
On the other hand, if you're
looking for adventure, head down
to the riverside.
"There's an old tunn:el under-
neath the train tracks where I
think some bats may live- I would
love to explore it sometime," said
junior Nick Homler.
For beautiful views of the river
without getting too close, junior
Stephen Azierski says that the
hill in front of the Library (the
"Marist beach") and the Midrise
wall are perfect spots. Be on the
lookout for sunbathers or Frisbee
games here in the spring!
Although the campus offers
spectacular scenery and outdoor
retreats, many students focus on
hidden gems within the walls of
Marist College.
Senior Grace Andruskiewicz
laughs about the location of the
music department, adding
can never find it-it's kind of like
we're in a dungeon."
The almost hidden location of
Upperclassmen have plenty
ideas for students seeking relaxation
on campus.
the department makes it perfect
for students to get away and lose
themselves in creative expression.
Other hidden spots include a se-
cret window
in the back of the li-
brary around the stairs, and a
secret hallway in the student cen-
ter. A group of juniors eagerly re-
vealed that if you turn right at the
bottom of the stairs leading to the
dining hall, you can follow the
hallway to a stairwell that will
take you to the second floor.
Probably one of the most charm-
ing but least recognized Marist
structures is the Greystone Build-
ing, located between Marian Hall
and the Library.
"I love Greystone!" junior Mick
Kastner said. "I never get to go in
there, but it's etched on my class
ring because it's so beautiful."
Greystone was the College Li-
brary for 35 years before James A.
Cannavino was built in the 1960s,
reminding us how much our
school has changed and grown
since its start.
Although coursework and col-
lege life can be demanding and
stressful, students should take
care knowing that our campus has
so much to discover and explore--
indoors and out! Take time out of
your day
investigate your cam-
pus and see what you can find.
Sexual Healing: Banish bashfulness with Bedsider confessions
Lifestyles Editor
Bummed that you had a sexless
Valentine's Day? Humiliated that
you singed your partner with hot
candle wax at the end of your
Valentine's date? A new app on
Facebook that features users' most
entertaining sex mishaps might
offer a perfect remedy to your bit-
terness. Bedsider Confessions was
launched last week by http://Bed-, an interactive, online re-
source for people searching for the
birth control method.
The Confessions app is meant to
motivate Bedslder's audience to
demand that their birth control,
like their sexual encounters, im-
prove with experience.
Such a resource may not seem
too flashy or innovative to us at
Marist, what with a Rite Aid full
of rubbers within walking distance
from campus. But male condoms
are not for everyone, and everyone
not only deserves access to birth
control, but to birth control that
makes them happy. Bedsider's
highly accessible and aesthetically
appealing website offers honest in-
formation on just about every
method imaginable (including
ones like the "pull-out method,"
which physicians often neglect to
even mention to patients). The site
also features videos of real-life
users reviewing each contracep-
tive; helps users find local places
you can do damage like this, Bedsider wants to hear your embarrassing stories.
to purchase birth control or book a
consultation; offers a reminder
service to users who worry about
forgetting to take care of their
birth control or attend an appoint-
videos that dispel common sex
myths; and features a weekly sex
column called "Frisky Fridays".
The Facebook app is another en-
deavor on their part to make sex-
ual health education fun and sexy.
"Bedsider and the Ad Council
have partnered to create a ground-
breaking, first-ever national mul-
timedia campaign designed to
reduce the rates of unplanned
young women," said staff writers
at "As an
extension of their successful PSA
campaign launched in November
2011, this app will remind women
that despite awkward moments,
they would never give up on sex
and they shouldn't give up on con-
traception either."
The Confessions app is meant to
motivate Bedsider•s audience to
demand that their birth control,
like their sexual encounters, im-
prove with experience.
serves as a reminder to all of us
that nobody's sex life is silky and
effortless like the intimacy we see
on TV (especially this time of
year). Your stories of third-degree
rug burn, mystically disappearing
condoms and accidental anal pen-
etration are no cause for shame.
The more we are willing to divulge
our erotic mishaps and laugh
about them-thus assuring our-
selves and others that we are not
personally defective-the better
we feel about continuing to work
on a tricky sex move, a birth control
method or an especially slippery,
condom-unfriendly lubricant.
Story-sharing through Bedsider
is quick and discreet. Once you
"like" Bedsider's Facebook page,
you are allowed access to the Con-
fessions wall and a text box in
which you can share your own sex
confession. The confession must be
140 characters or less and must
not contain profanity or
ing information about another
person. Users are given the option
to post
or to post via
their Facebook profile (the activity
will not show up on your Face book
Like other Facebook wall posts,
users may comment on other con-
fessions, but in place of the stan-
dard "Like" button is a purple
"LOVE!" button. Posts that re-
ceive the most "Loves" are fea-
tured on the "Fan Favorites" page.
Right now, that page includes con-
fessions like "Tried to join the
Mile High Club ... emergency land-
ing was a mood killer," "She took
all of her clothes off but left her
socks on-and insisted that they
stay on!" and "That awkward mo-
ment when both cats join you in
bed ... "
Everyone wins when we resolve
to embrace the clumsy, dirty and
often sticky side of sex. Laughing
off bedroom blunders can enhance
intimacy and trust between you
and your partner, encourage your
confidantes not to feel awkward
about their own sex lives and offer
something for the people who are
shunning sex around Valentine's
Day something to smirk at.


Thursday, February 16, 2012 •
Tell-All Tips for the Informed Intern: Demonstrating your passion
Managing Editor
General Tip: Everything hap-
pens for a reason, regarding
opportunities to show what
you are capable of doing.
When you are faced with these
opportunities, you must al-
ways find a way to stand out
to get the most out of your in-
Our early years in college are
filled with partying and making
friends. But senior year, students
abruptly remember why they
came to college. One of the ways
that students get themselves
ready for futures that will foster
their interests 1s pursuing in-
Proving that you will go above
and beyond the other Interns
and do whatever
the office
needs from you in order for
them to succeed is what wlll
get you a Job at the end of
your Internship.
For each internship you choose
there should be a genuine reason
behind why you want to make an
impact in a particular business.
You should want the jobs your
bosses have, or want to pick up
the skills of the people around
your bosses as an intern, and you will
repaid when you move up In rank.
you have established from work-
ing there). My general advice this
week is to make sure that at your
inter'"nship, the people who .mat~
ter know how much you want to
be in that industry, and how
great you'd be at the job you
want. If after completing the in-
ternship you realize you don't
want a career in that indu
the experience will still, most
likely, be hugely helpful in deter-
mining your ideal
career path ..
Changing the direction of your
career goals is a process most col-
lege students need to go through
in order to discover what they
truly want to do.
Once you know your direction,
the passion YCW show for the
subject and proJ~cts
you is what will separate you
from the other interns. Right
now, I am competing with more
than 30 other interns where I
am, but I have found a way to es-
tablish my niche there, and now
I am getting personally re-
quested for segments with a pro
duction team at the Rachael Ray
Show. Proving that you will go
above and beyond the other in-
terns and do whatever the office
needs from you in order for them
to succeed is what will get you a
job at the end of your internship.
Also, that passion will help you
gain a good relationship with
your bosses, which will help in
any kind of networking you will
need to get a job. The connec-
tions made now are what will
give you an advantage over any-
one else trying to get the same
joba you seek.
In the end, when you're done
with your internship, make sure
you feel positive that you made
an influence on your prospective
field, and know that you've made
a connection with your bosses.
Next time they are trying to fill
an open position they will re-
member you and your hard work.
I must say that- at any intern-
ship, every day won't be the
most intriguing, and some as-
signments will be tedious. How-
ever, when you reach that one
project that makes you prove
yourself and you feel you did
your very best, it will give you
an amazing feeling about the
overall experience. Knowing that
in the end it will all be worth it
will get you through the tasks
that every intern must perform
Every intern can relate when it
comes to doing things like get-
ting coffee and other jobs you
don't fe'el like doing. Think of it
as your rite of passage, and your
torch will be passed. Then you'll
have your own intern to send out
for Starbucks.
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Thursday, February 16, 2012 •
Page 13
The Fox Trot
Quick hits of the
week in Marist athletics
The Marist men's tennis team suf-
fered their first loss of the spring
season on Saturday, losing 7-0 to
undefeated Columbia.
Marist's only victory of the day
came in a doubles match, where
Matt Himmelsbach and Joris Van
Eck defeated Columbia's
cura and Winston Lin, 9-8.
Despite the loss, the Red Foxes
were still picked to finish first in
MAAC by the
Poll in Monday. They are the four-
time defending conference champi-
ons and have won 10 MAAC
Tournament Championships in past
14 seasons.
The women's team was also picked
to repeat as MAAC champions, re-
ceiving 60 points in the polls. The
Red Foxes return most of their top
players from last year's team, and
are in pursuit of their fourth
NCCAA Tournament appearance in
the last six seasons.
Track and Field
The Marist men and women's
track and field teams competed in
the Valentine Invitational over the
weekend, at Boston University.
Both teams saw several runners
earn personal bests in their respec-
tive races.
On the men's side, Arquimedes
DelaCruz ran a personal best in the
3,000-meter race. DelaCruz
s time
of 8: 1 7 .11 qualified him for next
while also placing him in second
place in the program's record books.
Jesse Aprile also earned a per-
sonal best, with a time of 7 .23 in the
60-meter dash. Aprile also ran sea-
son-bests in the 200-meters (22.89)
and the long jump (6.11).
Other notable performances in-
cluded Ken Walshak, who finished
the 5,000-meter race in 14:47.78,
and captain Thomas Lipari, run-
ning the mile
The women's team saw Michelle
Gaye continue her impressive fresh-
man season, breaking the school
record in the mile, with a time of
Gaye's time broke the year-old
record, set by Brittany Burns at the
MAAC Championships. The time
qualified Gaye for the ECAC Cham-
pionships mile race. It is the second
ECAC qualifier that Gaye has
earned this season, as she had al-
ready qualified for the 3,000-meter
The 1,600-meter relay team of
Christine Coughlin, Briana Crowe,
Colleen Meenan and Jackie Gam-
boli finished with a time of 4:11.68,
winning the sixth section of the
Both teams will compete in the
MAAC Championships on Feb. 17,
at the Amory in New York City.
Pack the Prom Photospread
Le~ The Marist student section gets their hands together in cele-
another Marist basket.
Right: Members of the Dance
dance with students during the Halftime slow dance. Middle
Marist cheerleaders cheer their Red Foxes on to victory. Middle
Head Coach Brian Giorgis watches his team intensely from the
Bottom Left: Kelsey Beynnon drives to the hole against a Fair-
defender. Bottom Right: Corielle Yarde celebrates the team's vic-
as she runs off the court with her teammates.

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Baseball preview: Foxes go on road to find identity
Sports Editor
April showers and May flowers
may still be weeks away, but the
new-look Marist baseball team is
ready for spring.
After starting practices Jan. 2 7
and taking advantage of the unsea-
warm weather so far in
2012, the Red Foxes are set to start
their season this weekend. The
Marist team that lost four players to
MLB draft will travel to
Buies Creek, N.C. for a three-game
set against Campbell to open their
2012 campaign. The teams will play
one game on Friday at
p.m. and a
doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. on
The Red Foxes
will start the sea-
son with
road games before start-
ing the MAAC play at home on
24. The month-long stretch
of road games will be primarily
played against southern schools,
with two trips to Virginia and the
Coastal Carolina Tournament in
South Carolina.
The schedule could prove to be a
challenge for Marist, playing sev-
eral highly-rated teams going into
the season. On March
the Red Foxes will play two games
against the Virginia Cavaliers,
semifinalists in last
World Series. Other foes include
Old Dominion, Ohio State, Coastal
Carolina, Toledo, Radford, Albany
and Fordham.
"It's a challenging schedule, but I
think it's good," head coach Chris
Tracz said. ''We're a team that's
going to have to find our identity,
find our style and the way that
we're going to play. Finding out who
we are through adversity is going to
be huge. There's going to be some
bumps in the road, some highs and
Tracz, in his third year as head
coach, said that it is the time to ''let
jobs be won" and establish a lineup
and pitching rotation.
For the players, playing the first
month on the road can be difficult
but it's also a good experience.
''The beginning of the season is al-
ways fun," senior Eric Heimrich
said. ''It can be a bit of grind, but we
come back here all ready to go for
the conference season."
MAAC play will start on March
Jake Rifkin (32, above), Mike Orefice (right, above) and the Marist baseball team
have been able to take advantage of good weather
prepare for the 2012 season.
against Manhattan at McCann
Baseball Field. The conference looks
to be filled with parity going into the
2012 season.
The Red Foxes were selected to
finish fifth in the MAAC coaches'
poll, but their
53 points is only eight
points behind predicted first-place
finisher Canisius. In Baseball
America's MAAC preview, Marist
was picked to finish first.
lost a core part of their
group," Tracz said, "so it brings
everybody back to. the pack. It's
probably the deepest the league has
been in the 10 years that I've seen
it. Every weekend's going to count;
every game is going to be impor-
Last year the Red Foxes went
overall and
in conference,
ending the season in fifth place, one
spot removed from the MAAC tour-
nament. The
35 wins is the second-
highest total in program history.
This year's squad will have to fill
in the gaps left by
draft class that
tied a program record with four
players being selected in the MLB
draft. Mike Gallic, Jon Schwind,
Ricky Pacione and Eric Alessio were
all selected and played minor league
baseball last summer.
Gallic, Pacione, Schwind and
Bryce Nugent, who was a senior as
well, accounted for four of the top
five batting averages on the team
last year.
"It's tough to lose that kind of pro-
duction on the mound and position-
ally," Tracz said. "But at the same
time guys have been working from
last year to be in a position to take
those opportunities."
Eric Heimrich will lead the Red
Foxes' offense in 2012. Last season,
the senior from Yonkers hit
games, hitting three home runs
and driving in
to earn first-team
all-conference. He was selected for
the same a ward in the preseason
voting. this year.
Tracz said he plans to use Heim-
rich, who was mostly a designated
hitter last year, more in left field
this year.
Other core returners include first
baseman Mike Orefice and short-
stop Zach Shank. Ben Luderer, a
senior who has gone through two
shoulder surgeries, is healthy and
will get the nod at catcher. Redshirt
Mark Stuckey returns
from a back injury and will see time
at second base and center field.
Tracz said that freshman infielder
Alec Petrone is
"a guy that can pro-
duce at the top of our order and
sound defensively." Petrone is one of
10 freshmen for the squad.
"I don't think we're going to be as
explosive offensively but that does-
n't mean we can't be more efficient.
will be kind of a different look
to us, a different style, but I think
in the end the production could be
fairly similar."
The pitching staff will be spear-
headed by team captain Chad Gal-
lagher, Brett Houseal, Chris Bielak
and Dan Zlotnick.
''Those guys are to be our
core four," Tracz said "It's just a
matter of figuring out what roles
they're going to
fill behind Chad."
Gallagher went
last season with a
ERA and a
56 strikeouts.
"He's a guy we're going to look to
in game one of every series to be
able to put us in a position to win,"
Tracz said.
Gallagher said the rest of the ro-
looking strong as well.
"Overall it's looking pretty good,"
the southpaw out of Southboro,
Mass. said. "We have four or five
guys who can potentially start over
the weekend, and that's always a
good problem to have. The bullpen
is really shaping up too."
The weather has been kind to the
Red Foxes, as warm temperatures
and a lack of rain or snow have al-
lowed for several intersquad scrim-
mages at McCann Baseball Field.
"I'm feeling really good, and the
team is feeling really goad," Gal-
lagher said. ''We've put ourselves in
good position going into the season.
Getting outside and getting in live
work on the field has been huge."
Softball preview: Great expectations for Foxes
Staff Writer
In 2010, the Marist softball team
ended its season with a 10-35 over-
all record. Last year, after being
picked seventh in the conference
preseason poll, the team made enor-
mous improvements, finishing with
record, the winningest sea-
son in pr:ogram history.
Needless to say, expectations are
high for the 2012 season. The Red
Foxes return all of their starters
from 2011 while adding several
newcomers who are expected to
make an instant impact. Head
Coach Joe Ausanio said it is valu-
able to have so many returners.
"I think the big thing for us is that
we didn't lose anyone last year," Au-
sanio said. ''We have the whole
team coming back and we added
three freshmen who are going
to be
significant contributors to our
The returning veteran leadership,
combined with the addition of new
talent, will certainly benefit Marist.
matchups against three of the Top
25 teams in the country, including
California, who finished fifth in the
College World Series last year.
''This year, we have a little bit
tougher schedule than last year, so
it's definitely going to be more of a
challenge for us. But I think, in
preparation for the MAAC tourna-
ment and the MAAC schedule, it's
going to be a great thing for the
kids," Ausanio said.
While the non-conference sched-
ule will have tough tests for the Red
Foxes, Ausanio knows that the
team's conference opponents should
not be taken lightly, even though
the team has been picked second in
the MAAC preseason poll.
"Everybody from one to nine can
win a game in this conference," Au-
sanio said. "Even though some
teams may have been picked near
the bottom, they can beat any given
team on any given day. It is defi-
nitely a conference that is getting
better at softball, and that's great to
Ausanio said he would like to see
more consistency. There were times
last season where the Red Foxes
would look one way in one game,
then look completely different in an-
''We could come out one day, beat
a very a good team, and then the
next day we would get eight-run
ruled," Ausanio said.. "Making sure
we have consistent at-bats, making
sure our pitchers are consistent in
the zone, those are the little things
that you have to work on and try to
get better at every day."
The Red Foxes have worked hard
this offseason to make sure that
those types of games do not happen
again this season. For co-captain
Megan Lamoureux, the way to fix
that problem is simple.
''This offseason, we have really
been working as a team to make
sure we are consistent. When every-
one is on the same page, we play
better, and everyone is definitely fo-
cused on the same goal," Lam-
oureux said.
With the recent stretch of warm
weather, this off-season has been
particularly beneficial for Marist,
which has been able to practice out-
side in the winter for the first time
in a long time.
''The nice weather has really been
great," co-captain Lindsay Durant
said. ''To be able to get a head start
on playing outside has been really
helpful for the team. It's preparing
us early on for this season, and that
is huge."
With the season ready to begin on
Feb. 18 with a doubleheader against
Norfolk State, the Red Foxes under-
stand how important this season
could be, not just for this team, but
also for the program. Senior co-cap-
tain Nicole De Virgilio, who was
named to the All-MAAC First Team
last season, knows what a perfect
ending to her career would look like.
"I want a ririg," DeVirgilio said.
"And I know that is what this team
wants too. We have all picked up
right where we left off last season,
and now we have more motivation
to be even better."

Thursday, February 16, 2012 •
Page 15
Women's basketball sw~eps weekend games
difference in the game was the first.
also the play of Brandy and Kelsey
Staff Writer
turnovers and the 22 points off
"Coach stressed that we couldn't inside defensively has caused a
The Marist women's basketball
team reasserted its dominance with
wins over Fairfield and Siena this
The Red Foxes took over sole pos-
session of first place with a 60-54
win over Fairfield, which gives them
not only a full game lead over the
Stags, but also the tie breaker, as
they have won both head-to-head
Balanced scoriftg was again the
theme for the Red Foxes on offense,
as Marist had seven players who
scored at least seven points, led by
Brandy Gang with 15 and Casey
Dulin with 14. Marist also got a
huge spark off the bench from
Emma O'Connor who had seven
first half points to go along with
three steals
"It was a huge lift, because both
teams at the time were having trou-
ble scoring, and all of a sudden it
was that little run and Emma was
a big part of that run," Marist head
coach Brian Giorgis said. "She's the
one kid on our team that's been in
the gym late all this week working
with the coaches and I couldn't be
happier for her to come in and make
that type of contribution."
Marist used a 16-6 run at the end
of the first half and the beginning of
the second half to open up a 38-27
lead after the game had been low-
scoring and close for most of the
first half.
Fairfield kept things
tight for the rest of the contest, but
could never get within six, which
was the final margin of victory.
"We were so pumped up for this
game all week; we wanted to win
and didn't want to lose and of course
we want to keep winning all of our
games and stay in first," Dulin said.
Turnovers were the key in this
game, as Marist won the turnover
battle 17-9, and the points off of
turnovers battle by an astounding
22-4 margin, meaning the Red
Foxes were capitalizing on Fair-
field's mistakes.
"There was great shooting, great
defense, nice passes; it was just a
great game. I thought the biggest
turnovers versus their four, and our rest on the win against Fairfield, so number of turnovers. Even though
ability to defend the arc," Giorgia we had
come out strong against people have scored, shooting per-
Siena," Gang said. "We knew that centages haven't been as great in-
Marist's defense was also solid. they were going to be a good team side and we've taken away some of
Defensively, the Red Foxes com-
and we just took it at them."
the inside
game. I think this year
pletely shut down Fairfield, espe-
stat in this game, mw-
individual performances are getting
cially on the perimeter. The effort ever, was once again turnovers. out-shined by the team, which I
as always was spearheaded by soph-
Marist turned 21 Siena turnovers love."
omore guard Leanne Ockenden and into 26 points, compared to just five
Marist's next two games are in
both Fairfield guards had bad points off of turnovers for the Buffalo this coming weekend, when
shooting days, which came as a re-
Saints. Marist also had a total of 13 they take on Niagara and Canisius.
sult of Marist's lock down defense.
steals, including at least two from A win in both contests would clinch
The Red Foxes held Alexys each of its starters.
a share of the MMC Regular Sea-
Vazquez, who is the top three point
"Right now we're playing good son Championship, which would
shooter in the NCAA in terms of team defense," Giorgis said. "Yes, give Marist the number one seed in
percentage, to 0-5 from three-point Leanne is our stopper, but we
the MMC Tournament, seeing as
land. Fairfield's other guard, De-
switch a lot and we know that she's they have the tie-breaker over sec-
siree Pena, was held to just three of been a steady constant, but I think ond place Fairfield.
10 from the field.
''We just have to keep our momen-
tum going, stay confident and just
play our game, and hopefully we do
that on Sunday," Ockenden said.
Despite coming off of the emotional
win over Fairfield on Friday, the
Marist women's basketball team
suffered no letdown as it defeated
Siena, 75-51. The win moved the
Red Foxes to 12-1, who are now two
games clear of second place Fair-
field, who was upset on Sunday
Senior Brandy Gang led the Red
Foxes with 20 points and senior
Corielle Yarde added 15 of her own
to pace a Marist team that had five
of its six starters in double figures
''People are starting to see that if
you want to take away a person on
our team, you have to take away
five people; the five people that are
on the floor," Giorgis said. "Our top
six people have all had games of at
least 16 plus, so we don't know
who's going to do it, but somebody
always seems to do it."
Against Fairfield, Marist got off to
a slow start, but today they scored
eight points in under three minutes,
and never looked back from there.
The Red Foxes then used a 16-5 run
late in the first half to open up a
double digit lead, which they would
to a 20-plus point lead as
the game
Yarde had a
big second half with 12 of her 15
coming in the final 20 minutes, after
Gang had paced the offense in the
The Marist women's basketball team
two huge victories this past weekend,
defeating Fairfield and Siena. The victories opened up a two game lead
the MAAC
conference standings. Emma O'Connor (above) played a big role In the win over Fair-
field off the bench, scoring seven poirrts and adding three steals and
rebounds as
well. Marist clinches the regular season title
two wins this weekend in Buffalo.
Water polo takes on ranked teams
Circle Contributor
The Marist
water polo
team headed to the West Coast
this past weekend where it com-
peted in the Triton Invitational,
hosted by UC-San Diego. The Red
finished the tournament
with a record of 1-3, recording a
win over Sonoma State while
falling to UC-Irvine, UC-San
(twice, once non-invitational) and
Long Beach State. The three
losses were all against nationally
ranked opponents who presented
quite a challenge for a young
Marist squad that was picked to
finish third in the MMC Presea-
son poll.
was really pleased with the
team's performance, playing
against a top 20, top 15 and top 10
team," coach Ashleigh Huckins
The Red Foxes defeated Sonoma
State by a score of 9-7, giving them
their first win of the season.
Marist, now 1-7 for the season,
battled back from a 2-0
the game remained close through-
out. Alison Hamby,
saulniers and Hannah Levien each
chipped in with two goals for the
Red Foxes while Jessica Hamby,
Kelly Kline and Jaclyn Puccino
added a goal apiece. Marist trailed
5-4 at halftime, but managed to re-
gain the lead 8-6 entering the final
frame where they held off a mad
rush by Sonoma for their first win
of the season.
In their first game of the week-
end, the Red Foxes fell to UC-San
Diego by a score of 9-4 on Friday
night. Marist trailed by scores of 2-
0 and 3-1 in the second quarter
and managed to cut both of those
deficits in half, but simply couldn't
get over the hump. San Diego then
opened up a 5-2 lead at halftime
and cruised the rest of the way to
the victory.
Rebecca Thomas made 14 saves
over three quarters of action for
the Red Foxes.
#6 UC-Irvine, Marist
did not have enough firepower to
keep pace with Irvine as they con-
trolled the game throughout, win-
ning by the wide margin of 16-4.
Puccino, Kline, Mackenzie Maynes
and Shelby Rinker scored for the
Red Foxes.
As for the match against #14
State, the Red Foxes
battled throughout, but fell short,
losing by a score of 9-6. The game
was tied at five with 2:35 remain-
ing in the third quarter, but the
Marist attack went missing and
mustered just one goal over the
final 10 1/2 minutes of the match.
Puccino and Hamby each scored
two goals for the
Red Foxes, while
Yury Chavez and Alison Hamby's
sister, Jessica. contributed a goal
apiece. Thomas also made 10 saves
in net for the Red Foxes.
The final match of the weekend
was a rematch with the #18 UC-
San Diego squad. This time
around, the Red Foxes fell short
once again by a score of 8-4. Alison
Kline, Maynes and Chavez
all scored a goal for Marist and
recorded 10 saves.
remained upbeat about
the team going forward despite
their struggles in California.
"This team is one of the mentally
toughest I have seen at this point
in the season. They understand
we are playing a tough non-confer-
ence schedule and have embraced
it. We made some early season
mistakes, but remain a mentally
tough team overall."
Up next, the Red Foxes will travel
to Lewisburg, P.A. to take part in
the Bucknell Invitational this
weekend. The team will play
Princeton and Hartwick on Satur-
day with Brown and Gannon on
the docket for Sunday.
Also of note for the Red Foxes
were two MMC award winners.
Sophomore Rebecca Thomas was
named defensive player of the
week and freshman Alison Hamby
was named freshman of the week.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012
Page 16
Red Foxes to finish season in comfort of Mc Cann
Sports Editor
After going over a calendar year
without a road
win, the Marist
men's basketball team finally won a
game on an opponent's home floor
last Thursday against St. Peter's.
The Red Foxes dominated the Pea-
cocks by a score of 66-4 7. Junior
Devin Price scored 18 points in the
first half and finished with 20 as
Marist completed the season sweep
of St. Peter's.
was a good road win," head
coach Chuck Martin said. "It was
good to sweep a team."
Sophomore center Adam Kemp
said the win helped the team's con-
''It was huge," Kemp said. "We had
some close games on the road, some
games that we could have won, and
we just hadn't broke through yet.
was just really big for our confi-
dence to pick up a road
win, prove
that we can do it, and just kind of
help get us out of the slump."
The Red Foxes took their new-
found confidence to New Rochelle on
Sunday to take on preseason fa-
vorites Iona. After falling down by
16 in the first half, Marist stormed
back to take a five-point lead in the
second half. The Gaels came back to
Peace Corps
Information Session
Thursday, February
Manny Thomas (above) drives against Manhattan. The Marist men's basketball team
took on MAAC foe Loyola (Maryland) in the Mccann Arena last night. Because the
game took place
late for this iss.ue, go to for the full game story.
win 83-7 4.
many mistakes in critical moments
Price and freshman Chavaughn and they're just too good to make
Lewis each scored 20 points in the those mistakes. Iona is arguably the
best team in the league and we
"We played well in the Iona game," played them really, really well."
Martin said, "we just made too
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January, the Red Foxes have shown
improvement thus far in February.
"I think we're growing up a little
bit more," Martin said. "Shot selec-
tion, understanding how to run an
offense, understanding how to de-
fend for 40 minutes, 35 seconds
each possession. Freshmen are
starting to turn the corner and are
becoming sophomores, sophomores
becoming juniors, that's kind of the
biggest thing. Focus and concentra-
tion has been better in practice and
certainly has been better in games."
Aside from this Saturday's Brack-
etBusters matchup at Maine, all of
the Red Foxes' remaining games
will be played in the McCann
Arena, where Marist is 7-3 this sea-
"It's definitely nice to be able
finish out at home," Kemp said. 'We
played some of these teams real
tough on the road. It11 be real nice
to finally be at home for a while."
Martin is hoping fan support will
make a difference in the team's
games down the stretch.
"Having the support of the com-
munity and the student body really
helps, if we can get everyone to
come out and support these guys
the next few home games, I think it
could make a huge, huge difference.
in a win or a loss."