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The Quill, Apr., 2014
Vol. 21, No. 5
See The Quill online at www.centenarycollege.edu/thequill
Go, Centaurs?
By Dan Casserly
In the fall 2014
semester, Centenary College
will be changing its mascot
from the Cyclones to the
Centaurs. The college’s administration, faculty, professors, and donors all agreed
to changing the mascot to
the Centaur, the mythical
Greek half-man-half-horse,
after hearing an equestrian
student’s passionate argument
to change the name.
The change from the
Cyclones to the Centaurs
made perfect sense to them,
they said. Centenary Col(Continued on p. 3)
​ y Sarah DeGeorge
Want a burrito with
a side of guacamole? How
about some tacos with a side
of chips?
Chipotle has plans
to start a pilot program in
which “depots” or small
scale stores will be opening
up on campuses across the
country. Centenary College’s
campus was chosen as one
of the campuses to test this
new business venture in
hopes that these depots will
be welcomed by the biggest
consumer demographic of
their company: high school
and college students.
With the convenience of fast food, but the allure of high quality products,
Chipotle has become a hot
spot for those that fall within
this age bracket.
This addition to
Centenary College will open
by August of 2014 for the fall
The Chipotle depot
will be placed in the Lackland Center cafeteria where
the dessert area is currently
located. In an attempt to fit
the depot within the cafeteria,
the administration agreed that
Chipotle held more interest to
students than dessert. The choice for Chipotle to
be placed in that designated
area came with the fact that
it would require the least
amount of removal of barriers
or partitions, and it gives an
ample amount of counter
space for the assembly line.
The construction of
the Chipotle depot may cause
the Lackland Center to be
cramped, as tables and chairs
will have to be removed
during the construction,set
to begin in mid-April. Some
may find that seating may be
limited during the construction timeframe which is set to
begin in mid-April.
Chipotle will be
honoring Centenary’s meal
plans, and they will count
as a swipe, instead of actual
money being exchanged.
An example of a swipe meal
would consist of a taco, burrito, or salad and a small soft
drink. Those who do not have
a meal plan should plan to
bring cash.
The program hopes
to bring Chipotle’s philosophy of free-range, farm fresh
foods onto campuses to promote healthier eating choices,
while offering food that many
already love.
Chipotle to come to
campus by fall ‘14
Unpublished Salinger manuscript found in library stacks
By Jessica Lordi
This week, an unpublished novel by reclusive
author J.D. Salinger was
found in the stacks of the
campus library. Eric Stratton, a senior, found the
manuscript by accident after
getting lost while looking for
the bathroom.
The manuscript, entitled The Last and the Best of
the Peter Pans, seems to be
a continuation of the life of
Salinger’s most famous character, Holden Caulfield. The
story follows Caulfield after
the events of The Catcher in
the Rye. No further details
have been released, as archi-
vists and literary experts have
been checking the manuscript
for authenticity.
Salinger’s last book
was published in 1963. Until
his death in 2010, he lived an
intensely private life in Cornish, New Hampshire, rarely
submitting to interviews. Rumors circulated for years
that he had a safe full of complete, unpublished stories, but
this is the first evidence that
he had indeed been writing
for 60 years after withdrawing from public life.
How the manuscript
got to the library is unclear.
No record exists of Salinger
ever lecturing at Centenary,
or even being in New Jersey
at any point in his life.
The most prominent
theory is that a fan broke
into his home and stole the
manuscript, but the details of
its journey to our library are
still unclear.
In a conversation
about how the manuscript
could have gone unnoticed
for over 40 years, one
student theorized, “No one
ever goes back there. We
could have a Gutenberg
Bible in that section, and no
one would ever know.”
Wedding bells will be ringing
in the Quad this September
By Jaclyn McCormack
A duo of Centenary alumni, will be joining hands in matrimony on Saturday, Sept. 27,
2014 at Centenary College. The pair, not being able to agree on a venue, finally decided they
wanted to be wed where they fell in love.
The circus-themed ceremony will start at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow at the same
location immediately afterward. All students and faculty members are invited. Guests will be
required to wear a wig upon entering. Colorful and outrageously styled wigs are encouraged.
Any guest wearing a wig will be granted access to the three open bars located on campus.
The reception will include a complete circus performance.
First, the best man will make his speech before eating fire. Then, the rest of the
groomsmen will “clown around” for a while. Then, the bridesmaids will walk a tightrope and
fly through the air during a trapeze routine.
Tents and decorations will be set up in the quad the day before, so students may need
to walk an alternate route. There will be elephants, lions, and camels delivered to campus that
morning. Students will NOT be permitted to pet or feed these animals. However, camel rides
will be available to guests from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
The lion tamer, who will also be officiating at the ceremony, will dazzle the audience
by persuading his feline to jump through hoops.
Cocktail hour will include circus-themed snacks such as peanuts, popcorn, cotton
candy, and cracker jacks, starting at 5 p.m. Each guest will receive a ticket upon arrival. At
the end of the reception there will be a drawing. The guest with the winning ticket will be shot
from a cannon. The bride and groom are extremely excited and look forward to sharing their
big day with you. Congratulations, Cleopatra Melonsworth and Bartleby Duckpuddle.
Shakira to Rock the Quad
(Continued from p. 1.)
lege’s equestrian prowess
was a major reason cited.
Another reason for the
change is that the Cyclone
costume is a little too confusing and ambiguous to actually decipher what it is. Is it a blue pizza with eyes
or an inverted blue ice cream
in tights? When visiting
schools come to our college,
we want others to see that
our students mean business,
whether on the playing field,
stage, or in the classroom.
There is not a more
powerful and majestic image
than the Centaur, and it suits
our student body perfectly.
Now our students, parents,
friends, and visitors can feel
the intimidation embodied
nary College plans to tackle
a new challenge and is in
the developmental stages
of adding a football team to
their men’s sports. Through a
donation from an anonymous
donor Centenary will be able
to start the program in 2015,
with the goal of fielding a full
varsity team by the following year. Not only will the
college be adding a football
team but also a new 5,500
seat stadium.
Get a private college
education at a
public college price
By Kathryn Nieves
With rising
college tuition prices, many
students are worried about
how they will pay for their
education. In an effort to
keep school affordable, the
Centenary administration has
been looking into a discount
for students on their tuition.
Following in the
footsteps of other private
institutions in New Jersey,
the school will offer a special
opportunity for freshmen
entering in the fall. The discount will allow students to
save $22,000 on their yearly
tuition, paying a rate that is
competitive with most public
universities in the state.
Certain qualifications have to be met in order
to receive the discount.
Incoming students must
have at least a 3.5 GPA upon
graduation from high school.
They must meet a composite
score of 27 on the ACT or a
combined SAT score of 1300
between the math and critical
reading sections. Students
must be in the top 10 percent
of their graduating class.
Students who apply
through rolling admission
will not be considered for the
discount. Only early action
applications submitted before
November 15 will have a
chance at receiving the opportunity.
The administration
has suggested that students
who apply for, and receive,
financial aid through FASFA
will still be eligible for the
discount. The opportunity
will be renewed for the student’s tuition for their four
years at Centenary.
As of now, current
and transfer students will not
be available for the discount.
The fall semester will be the
first time the tuition reduction
will be offered.
According to officials, the point of implementing the tuition discount is to
help students attend college
and receive a degree without
outrageous loans after graduation.
April Fool!
By Juan Arias
Centenary is in for a Latin heat wave this semester when Colombian pop star Shakira
will be at Rock the Quad (RTC)! The star will be taking time off her busy schedule as a judge
on NBC’s hit show The Voice to join the lineup for RTQ this year.
She will perform two of her most recent chart toppers including “Can’t Remember to Forget
You,” and her other single “Empire,” both part of her self-titled album. Following the star are
Moosh & Twist: OCD, who performed last year.
“Centenary Cyclones, get ready for the best Rock the Quad yet,” said Maria Castner who leads the planning committee for this event. Few details have been released, due to
security issues. Following her performance Shakira will be holding “Hips don’t lie lessons” for
those interested in learning dance tips from the star herself. She will have an album signing and
a meet and greet with her fans in the Student Activities Center.
“I can’t wait to meet her,” said Emily Walker director of Student Programs. President
of the College Dr. Barbara Lewthwaite is expected to make an appearance on that day to introduce the pop star on stage. Look out for fliers and other posts on the Cent life social networking
accounts for updates and see everybody at WTQ on April 25.
By Joseph Bartolini
Centenary College
plans to tackle a new challenge and is in the developmental stages of adding a
football team to men’s sports.
Through a donation from an
anonymous donor Centenary
will be able to start the program in 2015, with the goal
of fielding a full varsity team
by the following year.
With it will come a
new 5,500 seat stadium. Centenary has not had a football
team since the early 1900s
when it was coeducational
before it became an all-girls
institute, but when an anonymous donor offered a large
sum of money to start up a
football program the college
administration jumped at the
opportunity. After months of
research and planning they
decided to go through with
the project and are excited
to see how the student body
will react after revealing their
intentions. For its inaugural
season of 2016, the athletic
department has already sent
letters to high schools across
New Jersey announcing the
inception of football at Centenary College. The program
will offer more opportunities
for student athletes throughout the state to attend college.
In the near future
there will be artist renderings of the new stadium, and
the coaching staff will be
announced. More information will be released in the
upcoming months
Snooki and Jionni Will
Return to Centenary
By Jonathan Steinberg
MTV producers have recently opened up about season 4 of their hit series Snooki and JWoww, and the company
has confirmed filming an episode at Centenary College. While
this may not be a surprise to some, many students don’t know
that Snooki’s fiancé, Jionni Lavalle graduated from Centenary
in 2012.
While there are no details about what the episode will
entail, it is expected that there will be debauchery and drama
in the episode. Rumors have speculated that Snooki will accompany Jionni on a tour of his alma mater through the course
of the episode. There have been no comments from either
Snooki or JWoww on this exciting manner but we can expect
an episode filled with laughs that Centenary students will understand. Could you imagine Snooki walking through the old
dorms? Eating at the cafeteria? Sharing a Twin XL bed with
Jionni? The episode is just crying out for laughs and what better place to do it than Centenary College.
There is no decision about whether the couple’s baby
will appear on campus. The couple will most likely have to
hire a sitter during the filming of the episode and who knows
what kinda problems would tie into their college visit.
Aside from the episode, Jionni and Snooki’s visit to Centenary will cause a shortage of pickles and a chance for Snooki’s
signature WAH to be heard all around campus.
Everything you’ve read to this point is part
of our annual APPRIL FOOL issue. Gotcha! From this point on, you can trust us.
Op-ed page
The Quill is the
student newspaper
of Centenary College,
Hackettstown, NJ
The Quill will
publish letters to the
editor; however, such
letters must not be
libelous and must be
signed and in good
taste. We will refrain
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Address your
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The Quill, Box 1066
or you may email to
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Kathryn Nieves
Juan Arial
Joseph Bartolini
Chris Bello
Queena Bergen
Heidi Calabrese
Dan Casserly
Jaclyn Clark
Darah Degeorge
Morgan Haller
Jessica Lordi
Jaclyn McCormack
Genesis Medrano
Jonathan Steinberg
Faculty Advisor:
Prof. Debbie Lev
(The Quill also welcomes
among the student body
who may contact Prof.
Debbie Lev through
campus email.)
The Shaming of Sexuality and Abstinence
“The Internet does not dictate my life. My sexuality is not some sort of blackmail to be used against me,”
wrote recently-revealed 18-year-old porn star Bella Knox from Duke University.
The story has been unfolding in the media for weeks. A fellow student discovered her identity and informed the entire campus about it. It’s hard not to go online and see posts of people supporting her move to pay for
her college education through pornography or others slamming her for her decision.
Knox’s choice is an extreme example of cultural questions: Why did this go viral? Why are people so
concerned about what others do?
A term frequently tossed around today is “slut-shaming” or the act of judging people for their sexual past.
The issue revolves around the idea of women “asking” to be sexually assaulted by their form of dress or even
someone who has willingly gotten physical with several partners. A variety of psychological studies have been conducted on the topic, offering explanations such as women using it as a sublimation of sexual jealousy.
A study at Cornell University presented two groups of women with a fake scenario describing a woman with 20
sexual partners versus the same woman with only two. In both groups, the women (even women who had more
than two partners themselves) declared that the scenario of a woman boasting 20 partners described someone not as
emotionally stable, competent, and warm as the one with fewer partners.
It all goes back to high school gossip, spending homeroom, Monday morning, talking to friends about who had
slept with whom at the party over the weekend. It’s something that branches out to colleges, where people scoff at
students doing the dubbed “walk-of-shame” after a hookup. The question remains: why do we care so much about
the sexual pasts of others?
Opponents of shaming are fighting for the right for people to be unjudged about their participation in sexual acts, for a person’s business to remain their business. But it’s not just sexually experienced individuals receiving
the judging eye; it also falls to the sexually inexperienced.
Moving past the coverage of people hanging out at the Jersey Shore, MTV has recently pitched a new
subject for a reality show: Virgins. Aimed at a generation of sexually-aware high school students, the show would
follow, and mock, individuals choosing to wait before engaging in sex.
According to some students MTV reached out to, they felt ridiculed by the production team. They became
embarrassed by their choices to wait until they felt ready. Their feelings translate into a form of sexual bullying that
is sometimes swept under the rug, the newly coined “virgin-shaming.”
In the same way that “easy” is associated with negativity, “virgin” has fallen down that path, with people
connecting it to traits like “prudish” and “overly religious.” Young people begin throwing around the word to insult
their friends. It seems that boys, more often than girls, are made fun of for not swiping their v-card, and it is assumed that there is something “wrong with them.”
Openly abstinent celebrities seemed to be mocked for their lack of experience by the media and even
sometimes by their fan base. At the same time, a star with open sexuality is subjected to judgment from the public.
Society is sending mixed messages about engaging in sex: it’s not okay to have it, and it’s not okay not to
have it. So, either way, everyone loses.
Instead of demoralizing someone’s decisions, people should focus on their own. Just because someone
else’s choice does not match yours does not make them any less a person. Everyone should embrace the ability to
make their own choices about sex, regardless of whether it means engaging or waiting.
There are many who are openly against Knox for her involvement with pornography. But that is her decision. No one forced her into it. She felt it was the right choice for her life. Her decision is not causing harm to
anyone, so why can’t people just let it go?
Everyone has a right to privacy. Sex is a choice, and no one should be shamed for finding the option that is the
right individual one.
Kathryn Nieves, editor
When a dress, and the act of giving,
can make a dream come true
By Gabrielle Bing
“I remember the first
dress I ever gave out. It was
to a young girl who came
with her sister and they found
a blue, sparkly Cinderella
dress. She was so thankful
and so happy,” SamanthaDavis said, adding the organization also gave the girl a
matching tiara and shoes. “It
touched my heart.”
“Little things can
make a big difference.”
This is the slogan of
Becca’s Closet, an organization created by Rebecca Kirtman, to provide prom dresses
to young girls who are not
able to afford their own.
Becca’s Closet is a national
organization that features
chapters in 36 states including six in New Jersey, one of
which is located at Centenary
College, the only college in
the state to feature a chapter
of Becca’s Closet.
It was created in
South Florida when Kirtman
recognized a real need for
girls who could not afford
their own prom dresses.
She collected dresses and
distributed them. Kirtman
was killed in a car accident
in 2003, according to the
Becca’s Closet website. Kirtman’s parents then became
frontrunners for the organization and continued it in her
“Our mission is
to continue her vision and
dream of helping others,”
Becca’s Closet website says.
This project came
to Centenary College as part
of a service-learning project
for Prof. Kristen McKitish’s
freshman class in the spring
of 2008. McKitish remains as
the advisor of the Centenary
College chapter of Becca’s
Closet and considers it to
be, “a fantastic community
service-based organization.”
When the Centenary
chapter was in its early days,
it ran multiple dress drives to
collect dresses. Since then,
the College has distributed
more than 400 dresses to high
school girls in need. Becca’s
Closet collects gently-used
and current dresses to distribute. The organization accepts
donations year-round and
also accepts accessory and
shoe donations.
The Centenary
College chapter of Becca’s
Closet is headed by Davis
and Alexandra Lentini. Davis
has been president of the
chapter since last year. This
is Lentini’s first year acting as vice president of the
chapter. Davis’s interest in
the group started, she said,
when her First Year Leaders
introduced her to the organization. She said that Becca’s
Closet, “gives a lot back to
the community, which is one
of Centenary’s core values.”
Lentini’s interest
in the organization started
after her cousin, who was a
student at Centenary at the
time, recommended it to her.
She decided to get involved
by going to the club meetings
and the open houses. Lentini
said that this is still the best
way to be involved with
Becca’s Closet.
Prof. McKitish can
recall a favorite Becca’s
Closet memory of hers, when
a father and his daughter
came to the college seeking
a prom dress. The girl had
recently lost her mother and
the father said that this is
something her mother would
have done with her.
“I get goose bumps
when I think about it,”
McKitish said. She added
that finding a dress through
Becca’s Closet, “is a very
special experience. When
our students are able to make
a connection, it’s fantastic,”
McKitish said.
She added that the
Centenary chapter of Becca’s
Closet serves a diverse group
of people and that some travel from out-of-town to avoid
being recognized. McKitish
said she has so many heartwarming stories from being
involved in Becca’s Closet.
“You can’t teach something
like that in a classroom,” she
Davis and Lentini
also have favorite memories from working with the
organization, mainly from
being involved with the open
One of Lentini’s
favorite memories is when a
girl came to an open house
this past spring. The girl
came with her mother and
younger sister looking for
a dress for her senior prom.
Lentini said that the girl tried
on at least 15 dresses before
falling in love with a red
“The look on her
face was priceless,” Lentini
Becca’s Closet has
open houses throughout the
spring when girls can come
to find dresses or people can
drop off dresses to donate. Lentini said that the
group plans to expand the
chapter and is “always looking for new members.”
Davis and McKitish
both said they feel that the
organization is a nice way to
pay it forward.
“The entire organization was built on one girl
recognizing a need in her
community,” McKitish said.
The good and the bad
By Joseph Bartolini
E-cigarettes are a growing trend across the country, and thousands of smokers have
made the transition from tobacco. This new alternative to smokers has helped countless smokers drop their bad habit, but these new e-cigarettes have health officials concerned. An increase
in underage use of these e-cigarettes has been documented and, according to an article by
Sabrina Tavernise in the New York Times, “The share of middle and high school students who
use e-cigarettes doubled in 2012 from the previous year, federal data shows.” Professionals in
the health field find this new alternative as a gateway to smoking for youth, and Tavernise also
noted,” One in 10 high schools students have tried an e-cigarette in the last year, according to a
national survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up from one in 20 in 2011.”
Health officials believe an increase in marketing contributed to the surge of users in the past
year and feel the e-cigarette companies are directly targeting the youth with a variety of flavors
ranging from apple to strawberry in their product line. Putting the youth aside, e-cigarettes
have given a number of Centenary College students help in quitting smoking tobacco. A junior
majoring in Mathematics said, “I’ve been smoking e-cigarettes for about a month now, and
it was the best decision of my life. Not only am I saving my lungs, but my wallet has seen
significant improvements as well!” Could E-cigarettes be a safe and productive way to “kick
the habit”?
Internships open
windows in students’ lives
In social media
By Juan Arias
Working for Mama’s
Restaurant and Café Baci
last semester, I experienced
first-hand what it is like to
maintain a business’s image
through social media.
I did not plan on
interning with a restaurant or
anyone in the food industry,
but this amazing opportunity
was offered to me when I was
recommended by a former
professor of mine because
of previous public relations
work that I had done for a
local coffee shop.
Through this experience, I‘ve met some of the
nicest, most accommodating
people I’ve had the pleasure
to work with. Going in, I
was very nervous and did not
know what to expect. Right
from the start, I felt like I was
a part of the Mama’s family,
as everyone was so welcoming and encouraging.
My role as an intern
was to enhance the restaurant’s presence through social
media. The restaurant already
had a Facebook and Twitter
account when I started, and
the Facebook account seemed
very active, unlike the Twitter
account which lacked interaction, and consisted of links
and random promotions.
I not only managed
both social network accounts
but also created a Mama’s
Instagram and Pinterest account.
My goal was to give
followers a visual experience
of what the restaurant had to
offer by posting events and
promoting various aspects of
the business.
I learned a lot about
the ways the restaurant business is changing through
social media.
One of the many
challenges I faced was gaining a sufficient amount of
followers. Through promotion on campus and constant
tweets and Instagram posts,
I was able to gain 30 followers on Instagram and add
to Mama’s growing Twitter
I also found it difficult to find a target market
for the vegan and gluten-free
food that Mama’s is known
for. By using hashtags, I was
able to promote the restaurant
to the community that checks
the vegan and gluten-free tag.
Another challenge?
Resisting the free samples of
menu items from the friendly
Last semester, my
work with Greene’s Beans
gave me a boost into the
world of running social
media for a functional business. Through this experience, I was able to go from
promoting with a group to
promoting by myself for an
actual company. This gave
me a greater sense of control
of projects without having to
rely on others.
Working for Mama’s
Café Baci was a great experience that taught me a lot.
While I had no plan to work
in the restaurant business,
Mama’s was a great start in
following my plan to work
with social media. The staff
was very helpful, and they
were easy to work with for
my first solo project in Public
Relations. I really hope that I
was able to promote Mama’s,
and I hope that my next project will be just as successful.
By: Sarah DeGeorge
In independent film production
By Guy Wokwitz, January
graduate, Communication
Last semester I had
the privilege of interning
at Troma Entertainment, a
long-running American independent film production and
distribution company. Troma
was founded by Yale graduates Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz in 1974 and has
released cult classics such as
The Toxic Avenger and Class
of Nuke ‘Em High. During my time at
Troma I became familiar with
the traditional 9 to 5 work
hours and office environment.
The Troma offices are located
in Long Island City, New
I spent the majority of my time doing public
relations work. Most of their
interns are film majors.My
editorial internship meant
I would be writing press
releases, making phone calls,
and working with independent theatres to book screenings of Troma’s latest film.
I took it upon myself to also
work on their social media
presence. Their YouTube
page has a fair amount of
traffic daily, but was not easy
for fans to navigate. I worked
with Jess Mills, director of
international affairs, to spruce
the page up.
. I was also given
complete control of their
Instagram account and within
an hour had gained over 150
new followers. What I did
was look up Troma on Instagram to find fan photos that
had been posted. It seemed
that after each photo I com-
mented on, Troma was gaining a new follower. Troma’s
presence was already on
Instagram, but fans were not
aware of an official account.
Now, fans can connect with a
member of the Troma team,
even if it is just an intern.
Another thing I
was able to help with was
copyright infringement issues
and licensing fees. I knew
of a skateboard company
that used the Toxic Avengers
likeness without permission,
I forwarded the information
to Matt Majordes, director
of Troma Team video, who
reached out to have the product pulled. The product was
already out of production,
so there was not much they
could do about it. However,
I knew of a professional
skateboarder, Corey Duffel,
who was a fan of The Toxic
Avenger. I reached out to him
on Instagram and Twitter and
forwarded all information to
I was able to
facilitate conversation
between both Troma and
Corey Duffel, concluding in a
Toxic Avenger/Corey Duffel
skateboard which is in the
works now. The two began
discussing licensing fees and
which graphic they would
like to use on the board. This
is something I would have
never expected to happen at
I was also able to
have a little fun at Troma.
From time to time they will
send interns out to deliver or
pick up products like DVD
shipments or duplicates. All
expenses are covered by
Troma and it gives you the
opportunity to explore Manhattan a little bit.
Troma also gets
their interns involved in
creating original content for
their websites and YouTube
channel. I created a screening
schedule on Photoshop for
Troma’s newest film Return
To Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1,
which is doing a screening
tour now. The schedule was
posted on Troma’s Facebook,
Twitter, and Instagram, as
well as Lloyd Kaufman’s
personal Twitter page.
In addition, I helped
create at least three short
films that were uploaded to
the Troma YouTube channel.
The videos were spoofs of
original Troma scenes, made
by interns with virtually no
budget whatsoever. We used
products such as Alka-Seltzer
and vinegar to create fake
toxic goo that would foam
out of your mouth. The effects we were using in these
short films were the same
effects Troma uses in their
Overall, I had a
wonderful time interning with
Troma. I would absolutely
reccomend this internship
to other students and hope
that some will look into the
opportunity. I felt as though
my skills were utilized and
recognized every day that I
worked in the office. Even
after the internship ends
through Centenary, I plan
to continue to help Troma
the best I can, whether it be
through home or at the office.
Alternative spring breaks
remain part of
Centenary’s mission
Centenary College
students planned to participate in the United Way Alternative Spring Break program
last month,.
Each year, students
across the United States
choose to volunteer for
the United Way Alternative Spring Break program.
Centenary students are no
exception and are eager to get
involved in volunteer work
in order to contribute to the
welfare of the community
and help improve the lives of
local families.
Volunteering students had the opportunity to
get involved with the Boys
and Girls Club of Newark, working with children
between the ages of 3 to 15
years old.
In volunteering with
the Boys and Girls Club,
Centenary students were
charged with learning to
lead, help with, and program
activities for the children. In
addition, there was involvement with after-school
programs set around tutoring,
education, recreation and
games. By being a part of this
program, students develop
skills in team-building and
leadership necessary for life
both in and out of school.
Last year, Centenary students worked with
the Boys and Girls Club of
Newark, as well as victims
of Hurricane Sandy. The
college sent seven students
to the club and to the Jersey
Shore to help the community
rebuild after the devastation
of the storm.
Community service is an integral part of
Centenary College and the
institution’s longstanding
commitment to developing
future citizens through cocurricular initiatives. In fact,
Centenary College was the
first college in New Jersey to
mandate community service
as a graduation requirement.
Centenary offers a
large number of volunteer
opportunities for its students
to partake in. Centenary’s
community service projects include “Community
Plunge,” a day-long volunteer
opportunity held at multiple
locations for first-year students. Students also traveled
for seven years on a Disaster
Relief Project, in which they
worked in New Orleans to
help rebuild areas that have
suffered devastation from
Hurricanes Rita, Gustav and
Alternative Spring
Break is just one example
of Centenary’s relationship
with the United Way. In
addition, Centenary College
has a United Way Women’s
Leadership Center housed on
its campus. In addition, John
Franklin, CEO of United
Way of Northern New
Jersey, was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane
Letters from Centenary College.
“This is another
wonderful opportunity to
work with the United Way
and help children realize
and achieve their potential,”
says Dr. Barbara-Jayne
Lewthwaite, president of
Centenary College. “This
is the second year that our
students are embarking on
this journey and I hope that
Centenary will continue to
be involved with this initiative for years to come.”
Am I on yet?
Thanks to dining hall
and Facilities staffs, life
went on, despite crazy
winter weather
By Chris Bello
Over the past month,
Centenary experienced some
of its wildest snowstorms.
Classes were delayed or
cancelled numerous times.
Many people could not even
make it here because of bad
road conditions.
The dining hall
did not have a full staff. Of
about 34, only seven were
able to make it in the morning, and most of them left
around noon time or else
they would not be able to
get out of the parking lot. A
third of the staff was missing
the whole time, causing late
night to close at 11 instead of
All this would
make it seem as though the
cafeteria would crack under
pressure of needing to feed
over 200 people, but that is
far from the truth.
Some staff members
came to work with a sleeping bag and toiletries and a
change of clothes. They did
it of their own accord. When
staff members had trouble
getting their cars out of the
parking lot, students went
out of their way to help get
their cars clean and out of the
parking lot.
Plenty of the
scheduled menus had to be
changed, as well. Much more
simple food, according to
Linda Gonia, director of the
dining hall, had to be made,
such as chicken nuggets and
cheesburgers. Pizza had to
be cancelled for lunch, but it
did make the list for dinner,
and in a remarkable effort,
the vegetarian and gluten free
food were put into one meal.
Linda also said that a lot of
this would not have been possible if Facilities had not been
such great help. When the
dining hall staff got here at
6:15 a.m., the parking lot had
been paved completely and
when it all came undone (it
snowed hard all day), Facilities staffers paved the parking
lot over and over again. “I
have to commend them on
that one,” Gonia stressed.
Gonia added that everyone
felt rewarded--that they had
overcome the odds.
“It was tiring and
stressful, but it was like,
‘Yeah, we did it,’” she said.
Project to
provide professional clothing
Centenary College’s Ladies & Gents club
is partnering with the Career
Development Center and
Residence Life to create a
closet and give our students
the opportunity to obtain
professional attire for the
upcoming career fair or any
other event pertaining to a
professional matter. All items
will be dry-cleaned before
signed out by a student.
The group has noticed that some students are
not aware of the appropriate
dress code for their first job
interview, career fair, or internship, and this opportunity
will assist as a guide and a
way to save money on buying
new suits, shirts, etc.
We are asking all
staff that can to please donate
any business professional
pieces of clothing to help our
students look professional
and presentable when they
go out as Centenary College
students to future employers. We all get get one
shot at a first impression.
Let’s work together to make
sure our students leave great
impressions. Specifically we
are looking for:
Men’s: Suits, Slacks, Blazers,
Dress Shirts, Belts, Ties
Women’s: Suits, Dress Pants,
Blazers, Shirts, Blouses,
All donations are
greatly appreciated. Please
look for marked donation
bins in Brotherton, the Cafeteria, and on the first floor of
Ferry, or stop by Residence
Life/The Care Development
Center to drop off items.
spring clean
Story and photos by Jessical Lordi
At last! The cold, grim days of winter seem to finally be behind us! The Groundhog Day loop of
terrible, miserable, soul-chilling weather has been broken, and we’ve all come crawling out, blinking in
the sun, shedding our down coats and snow boots. Spring has sprung. Thank God.
In fact, the only remnants of winter are the quickly blackening piles of snow still in the parking
lot. They’ll probably be there until May, getting even dirtier. This winter has passed, but it made us all,
well, dirty.
Trash was left out in the open: half-empty cups abandoned to freeze; a pile of sunflower seeds,
left incongruously outside Founders Hall. What really annoyed me was a snowdrift outside the library,
which was used to put out cigarettes. I think smoking is gross to begin with, but seeing ground-out cigarette butts in the snow, staining it with tobacco, is beyond the pale.
I know this was a harsh winter that took its toll on us. Cleaning up just doesn’t seem important
when you can’t feel your extremities, and the wind is making your eyes water so badly you can’t even
see. But now that the sun is out for the first time in months, I think we should all participate in a little
spring cleaning.
Learning about
addiction through
the eyes of addicts
By Jonathan Steinberg
The Student Counseling Center and student
Melissa O’Mara have teamed
up to bring an Addiction
Recovery Speaker Series on
campus. Each week, a different speaker recovering from
the likes of drugs and alcohol
speaks for an hour. These
speakers represent all ages
and different addictions. The
program runs for10 weeks
and has been going on since
the beginning of the spring
The event is open
not only to Centenary students but also anyone in the
area. The final week will be
a one-time showing of The
Anonymous People and will
be presented on April 23 at
7:30 at the Bowtie Theatre in
Mansfield, NJ.
Each week is just
as invigorating as the next
as speakers talk about their
experiences as an addict. The
talks are completely raw and
sometimes brutally detailed.
“One of the main
goals is to remove the stigma
of being in active addiction
as well as people in long
term recovery. The stigma,we
learn, needs to be removed
because it is the ones who
have been to the bottom
who are the most effective at
spreading awareness and a
solution,” said Mel O’Mara,
the founder of the Addiction
Recovery Speaker Series.
She was the first of
nine speakers to talk about
their lives as addicts. Her
touching story, From the
Streets to Law School was
enough to grip students and
friends to come back each
week. The speakers are
friends of hers, who come
from all over the tri-state area
to speak at the college. “They
all come from different walks
of life,with the common
purpose of helping people
afflicted by addiction, those
affected by addiction or whohave no idea about addiction
and recovery,” said O’Mara.
Each meeting has
had 20 to 30 people and will
probably grow as the semester continues. Students are
encouraged to come on Tuesday nights at 8:30 in the SAC
for the rest of the semester.
Studying Beyonce or trying to be her?
By: Morgan Haller
You’re browsing through the course listings for next semester when your eye catches
the name. What in the world is Beyonce’s name doing in the course catalogue? Rutgers University of New Jersey has the answer. Known as “Politicizing Beyonce,” the
course offered by the New Brunswick campus focuses not on the pop star herself, but rather
the critical analysis of gender, race, and sexuality. The triad of subjects within the
class will also include sub-topics such as the ulterior meaning of songs such as the popular
“Drunk in Love.”
While courses such as Sasha Fierce’s are offbeat, they are by no means brand new.
“The Sociology of Hip-Hop: The Urban Theodicy of Jay Z,” a program offered at Georgetown
University, focused on Beyonce’s husband.
Other courses encompassing celebrities include the popular “Lady Gaga and the
Sociology of Fame,” offered in 2009 at the University of South Carolina, as well as a course
that dates back to 1997 at the University of Amsterdam, titled “Madonna the Phenomenon.”
As the anomaly of celebrity courses continues to gain in popularity, who knows, maybe one
day you’ll find yourself studying Sasha Fierce at Centenary.
B J Ward poetry reading at Centenary
By Sarah DeGeorge
What do Greek mythology and New Jersey have in common? Many may not know,
but for those who follow B.J Ward and his poetry, the two are found in combinations in many
of his poems.
Centenary College hosted B.J Ward on late last month for the Centenary Reading
Series, funded by the Cultural Heritage Commission. The event included an little backgroundabout his work, as well as a reading of many of his poems from his new book “Jackleg Opera:
Collected Poems, 1990-2013” which was available for purchase during the event.
B.J Ward, an instructor at Warren County Community College, and also a Warren
Hills alumnus, is a lifelong New Jersey resident, and this, along with his family, and
mythology, are the inspiration for many of his poems. The Star-Ledger gave Ward the distinction of being one of the “Ten Dynamic Jersey Artists Not Named Springsteen” who are “making a difference,” citing his poetry’s “music and physicality.”
“We are in New Jersey, and the landscape of this state is B.J’s muse,” said Centenary Prof.
Jared Harel.
Ward offered to read some of his favorite poems over the years, which included
“Building Codes” which discussed the corruption of New Jersey’s politicians, or “Mythology
in the Shop-Rite” which paid homage to the local Washington, New Jersey supermarket with
mythological connections, and which shed light on the troubles of receiving the proper
discount for a bag of chips (a situation many can relate to).
“I remember being in high school and hiding my love of poetry, but now it is a part of
who I am,” he said.
A question and answer session followed the poetry reading for those who wanted to
understand Ward’s experience as a poet.
“Once you hand in a poem, it is no longer ‘your’ poem; the poem isn’t truly the
poem, but the writing and feelings that went into it are,” said Ward.
A small reception, followed by a book signing occurred after the reading. BJ Ward also
hosted a community poetry writing workshop.
The Arts
Really Rock the Quad
What a Blues
Bash it was
Flyer credit: Denzel Henderson
By Juan Arias
Rock the Quad
(RTQ) is right around the
corner, and the Cyclones are
ready for one of our largest
music events yet!
The Campus will
be filled with artists such as
Moosh & Twist: OCD, who
performed last year, Inside
Our Universe: I.O.U and
some who made their Centenary appearance at a previous
Open Mic Night.
RTQ will take place
on Friday, April 25 from 3:00
to 8:00 p.m.
“ I enjoy researching
music, so it wasn’t too much
of a task finding these bands;
YouTube is a great tool in
the process of planning,”
said Maria Castner, a junior
at Centenary and the mind
behind Rock the Quad and
the Open Mic music events
on campus.
This year, changes
were made based on students’
feedback provided by surveys. Castner had students
take surveys during the
Presidents picnic/barbecue
last year to really learn what
students wanted concerning music genres and band
ideas. A majority of the votes
demanded Hip-Hop as their
genre of interest, and cover
bands were very popular as
“I believe this will
be the best music event so far,
thanks to our students putting
their best effort forward,”
said Emily Walker director
of Student Programming.
There will be a barbecue accompanied by a photo booth,
an outdoor bouncy house, a
cotton candy machine, and
other treats. Activities this
year include henna tattoos, tie
dye bandanas, art murals, and
“I managed this
event last year, so I have a
better vision of how to organize it to make it as stunning
as possible for the students,”
said Castner. While collabo-
rating with Student Activities,
Castner also worked with
Denzel Henderson, a senior
at Centenary who designed
the save the date flyer for
RTQ. “When designing the
flyer I was really aiming to
create something eye-catching, with an edgy feel to it,
and I’m pretty confident that
RTQ will be a success,” said
Henderson. Micheal Clinton,
a freshman at centenary will
be conducting a video advertisement and social media
coverage, Clinton said, “As a
freshmen, this will be my first
time at RTQ, and I can’t wait
until April 25th!”
Rock the Quad will feature
the previously mentioned artists and other surprises; Castner looks forward to creating
a planning committee for this
event as the date gets closer
and for future music events,
to better involve t
By Dan Casserly
The weekend of
March 21 and 22 held the
fifth annual Blues Bash at
Centenary College put on by
Joe Hirsh Productions. On
that Saturday, the 22nd, the
program showcased highenergy, funky blues by the
headlining act, The Royal
Southern Brotherhood, such a
high level of funk that many
in the audience left their seats
and opted for dancing in the
isles or standing closer to the
Nikki Armstrong, accompanied by electric guitar,
bass, and drums, set off the
night with her Tribute to the
Ladies of the Blues show.
The band was loose. Armstrong moved a bit like Mick
Jagger, the older-version,
but still had some flavor and
energy. She ended her band’s
set with “Ball and Chain” by
Janis Joplin, but let’s be honest, only Janis can do justice
to that song.
The Bob Lanza Blues
Band was up next, and they
were introduced as “a band
that plays until all the pain
goes away.”
At first, I did not
know what this meant or
what to expect. They opened
up with high-energy, and the
musicians were very tight and
Bob Lanza played
a “violent lead guitar,” as
I heard someone describe
his style. The bass carried
them and did not overplay.
The drums were where they
needed to be. But a unique
aspect I had never seen before was a harmonica player
and saxophone player playing
in unison or in call and
response style. Minutes into
their first song, I understood
what was meant by the introducer’s statement.
The headlining act,
The Royal Southern Brotherhood, brought the sounds of
the swamp to Hackettstown. In the US South,
where music is king, having the last name Neville or
Allman is synonymous with
blues/rock/funk music. Percussionist and soulful singer,
Cyril Neville formerly of the
Neville Brothers, was
dressed in a shimmering
gold vest, gold head wrap,
and gold top hat.
Devon Allman, son
of Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers, played a
heavy wah-wah funk guitar. Guitarist Mike Zito
switched between lead and
rhythm guitar with some
excellent chops.
Finally, bass player
Charlie Wooten and
drummer Yonrico Scott fed
off each other like the
Allman Brothers of the early
Wooten and Scott
played a 10-minute drum
and bass solo, which is now
in my top-10 of coolest live
music feats. Wooten’s bass
solo was orchestral and Jaco
The Royal Southern
Brotherhood brought out the
best in the audience and was
called back for an encore of
The Allman Brother’s
“Sweet Melissa” and The
Rolling Stone’s “Gimme
Shelter.” About five hours
of live music for a $25 ticket,
money well spent.
Classsic film review:
The Arts
Paris, Texas: by a German director, location:
Texas--a universal story
By Chris Bello
When one is told
the basic plot of Paris, Texas,
it seems simple: a wanderer
with a troubled past, tries to
reconnect with his estranged
wife and son.
However, this is far
from your typical road trip
film. Directed by legendary German director Wim
Wenders with a screenplay
by Sam Shepherd, it is
chock full of thoughtful and
heartfelt moments, while also
being stunning: beautiful
landscapes and atmosphere.
But the best part
of Paris, Texas is how its
German director so seamlessly blends the themes he
uses often in German films
into an American film, which
perfectly showcases how
human beings, regardless of
race, ethnicity and gender, all
share the same problems in
our lives
We are introduced
to our drifter-protagonist
Travis in the desert. Unlike
a lot of others of his ilk, he is
not a handsome fellow. He
is a wiry man in his 50s with
ragged clothes, makeshift
shoes and a baseball cap that
does not advertise a famous
baseball team.
When he collapses
and is sent to a hospital made
out of trailers, the doctor
calls Travis’ brother, Walt.
As Walt learns of this sudden news (it is important to
note that he looks surprised),
he tells his wife, Anne, that
he must travel to Texas to
get Travis and we learn that
Travis has not been seen in
four years. We then learn that
this is a family with broken
ties. A family that loves one
another but is very distant but
not by force but by unexpected and twisted events. When
Walt finally finds Travis (after
he escaped from the hospital), the meeting between the
two is very awkward, making
it very far from the typical
family reunion seen in many
other films. Even Travis
possibly finds it odd, because
almost immediately after the
reunion, he flees yet again.
This reveals a huge lack of
trust. It shows that Travis is
a completely different person
from the one we’ve seen.
However, this is
only a third of the film’s
plot. The next part is about
Travis connecting with his
son, Hunter, who Walt and
Anne had raised on their own
since Travis disappeared.
Immediately, Travis feels
out of place, even though he
is always welcome in this
house. The only one that
seems to have no trouble
talking to him is Anne. In a
sense, Anne and Travis are
similar because they are both
foreigners in a different way.
Because of this, they understand each other. It is possible xenophobia plays into
this. (Anne has a French accent.) An excellent example
of this is when Travis wants
to walk home with Hunter
after picking him up from
school. Instead, Hunter takes
a ride home with his friend,
whom he probably feels more
comfortable with than his
own father.
The final act is best left
under wraps. It is the longawaited revelation of what
happened to the relationship
between Travis and his wife,d
and the answer is a satisfying
and a heartfelt one.
. It seems this Wim
Wenders film could have
been placed anywhere, in any
country. It is what makes it
such a great film and a timeless one.
Art of Motion Dance Theatre: From Shakti
photo: Lois Greenfield
The Centenary
Stage Company (CSC)
annual Dance Fest continues through April 11, with
the talents of The Art of
Motion Dance Theatre and
moe-tion dance theater. The
Lackland Center will be
the center for dancers and
families from and around
Hackettstown to congregate
for two fantastic shows and
a free Day of Dance Workshops open to the public.
The Art of Motion
Dance Theatre (AOMDT)
will stun audiences with
its show “Legend, Myth &
Nature” on Saturday, April
5 at 8 p.m. The AOMDT
is a repertory company
based in Ridgewood, NJ,
performing original works
by artistic directors Lynn
Needle, Olivia Galgano and
guest artists Kent Lindemer
and M.A. Taylor.
Hailing from
the Nikolais and Ballet
Russe legacies, Needle
and Galgano have created
works defying logic. The
multidisciplinary company
features elaborate handmade costumes, conceived
and constructed by visual
and performing artist Annie
Hickman. AOMDT was recently featured in the Wall
Street Journal, and was
hailed by Out and About as
“absolutely fantastic”.
A collaborative
project, led by Needle
and Galgano, will include
Centenary dance students
partnering with breast cancer
survivors to perform in a
piece entited “BRCA1/Genome,” named after the gene
mutation that can lead to
breast cancer. Students will
dance to music composed by
Dr. Linda Marcel, professor
of music at Bergen Community College. Dr. Marcel wanted to unite
science with music and have
music be reflective of the Genome pattern in breast cancer
patients. Dr. Ruth Grauert, a
1935 graduate of Centenary
College, will be the lighting designer for this project.
Grauert, who returns to
campus after 78 years will be
honored at a special alumni
reception at 6:30 pm, prior to
the show. Interested alumni
can contact Deana Cynar at
Alumni Relations at 908-8521400 x 2250 or by e-mail at
[email protected]
moe-tion dance
theater returns to close out
CSC’s Dance Fest on Friday,
April 11, at 8 p.m. moe-tion
is a contemporary modern
dance company based in New
Jersey. Under the artistic direction of Maureen Glennon,
the company is dedicated to
experimenting and creating
new forms of expression. It
seeks to promote an inclusive
vision of the arts through the
language of modern dance,
painting, sculpture, photography, literature and live
music creating productions
that expose the community
to multiple art forms in one
moe-tion dance
theater’s mission is to present
a wide range of programs that
educate, enrich and entertain
including people of all ages,
backgrounds and abilities. To
further this mission, Glennon
will also be hosting a Day of
Dance including FREE workshops open to the public for
ages 14 and up, focusing on
modern dance, improvisation,
and musical theatre dance
from 9:00 am-1:00 p.m. on
Friday, April 11. Reservations
required: call the box office.
Day of Dance participants
will receive a coupon to
purchase a $10 rush ticket to
that evening’s performance.
moe-tion will also incorporate local high school and
college dance students in one
of their collaborative community pieces.
All Dance Fest
tickets are $20 for adults,
$17.50 for seniors/students,
and $10 for children under
12. A Flex Pass to attend all
three performances is available for $37.50. Dance Fest
is sponsored in part by the
North Jersey School of Dance
Tickets may be
purchased online at www.
at the CSC Box Office in The
Lackland Cente, or by calling
908-979-0900. The Box Office is open Monday through
Friday, 1-5 p.m.
The 2013-14 season
of performing arts events at
the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through
the generous support of the
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on
the Arts, and CSC sponsors,
including Premier Sponsor
Heath Village Retirement
Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional
Medical Center, The Holiday
Inn in Budd Lake, and Fulton
Bank, Bronze Sponsors The
Blanche and Irving Laurie
Foundation and Wells Fargo
Bank, and Centenary Stage
Company members and supporters.
The Arts
Prof. Debbie Lev’s Interpersonal Communication class viewed
Two Family House, a film about prejudice, ambition, and
fidelity, among other things relating to how we communicate.
It starred Michael Rispoli and Kelly Macdonald.
Here is one review: Instead of an Easy Way:
Two Family House
By Sunwoo Lee
Although the movie
touches on a lot of other
important qualities in life,
I couldn’t help but notice
the biased views toward the
people in different groups
from yours. I think Two
Family House sharply points
out that what prejudice looks
like in real life. Thinking of
the word prejudice (especially about another groups of
people or races like appeared
in the film), people tend to
think that only bad and evil
people have it. However, the
reason prejudice is so dangerous and damaging is because
every normal person has that.
Look at Buddy, and his wife
and gang. They are just normal people, gathering around
and chatting with each other.
They eat, they work, and
they talk. It’s not like they
are some kind of devils who
are against other groups of
people. They are normal
people who have friends and
family. But they do stereotype others. They make hasty
decisions about other groups
of people and consider them
weird, according to their own
standards. About the Irish girl
who had a black baby, they
keep saying the most prejudiced things.
I’m not judging them here.
What I’m trying to say is that
the movie is brilliant to catch
just how common this kind of
prejudice is. The noticeable
thing is that Buddy’s friends
are saying things about Mary
without realizing what they
are doing. Again, they are
normal people. They are just
a bunch of close friends looking out for each other. Take a
look at Buddy’s wife. She is
kind of nagging her husband
through the entire movie, but
she is just a normal housewife who wants to make sure
her family is okay. She is
basically a warm person, who
even helped Mary having a
baby. But all of this shows
just how easy it is to commit prejudice. Yes, commit.
It really hurts whom it is
toward, yet is so easy for all
of us to commit. That is what
I saw in Two House Family
that I wanted to talk about the
Then Buddy got out of this
prejudice and happened to
really meet Mary as who she
was. During the process, he
lost his marital fidelity (or
gave it up). He ended up
falling in love with Mary and
started meeting her behind
his wife’s back. I don’t want
to say it was understandable
or defend him, mentioning
how Buddy’s wife was holding back his dreams. But I
want to focus on how good
Buddy and Mary are together.
It was nice to see they finally
had found someone who
they can really talk to. Back
to prejudice, this shows that
we can miss out on so many
things because of prejudice.
As the movie pointed out
something that I have been
thinking of lately, I could
relate with it and appreciate
it more. We meet literally lots
of people in our lives, each of
whom is from another group
and places. When put in a
situation like this, we usually
go for prejudice because it
is such an easy way to shape
our opinions about others.
How about a little less of that,
and a little more bothering to
know other people?
Paying homage to vinyl
in the art of the DJ
By Dan Casserly
There was a time in
the heyday of vinyl hip-hop,
late 1970s to mid-1990s,
when the DJ (deejay, disc
jockey), was the backbone of
the ensemble.
The DJ was the
foundation that allowed for
the MCs (master of ceremonies) to control the microphone and rap over the music
that the DJ supplied.
This new type of
music was made without the
conventional instruments
we expect from a live band.
Rather, two turntables, a
mixer, and some microphones
were the only tools used.
This new genre of music, hiphop, quickly gained popularity and would influence a
whole generation.
The DJ stood behind the
MCs, much like the drummer of a band, and produced
the instrumental music that
would be rapped over.
To create a beat, the
DJ would allow one vinyl
record to play a measure of
a steady drum pattern called
a “break.” Once this fragment of sound played, the
DJ would quickly slide the
cross-fader on the mixer and
have the same fragment, the
same break, cued up on the
second record and then allow
that record to play.
While the break on the
second record would be playing, the DJ would be spinning
back the first record to find
the exact spot of where that
break began, to play it again
once the second record’s
break expired. This phenomenon is called beat-juggling.
Sounds tricky and con-
fusing. But that was one of
the strongest appeals of turntablism. The constant movement of the hands of a good
DJ was almost hypnotizing.
The DJ needed focus to make
specific parts of records play
without missing a beat or getting out of the groove so the
party would keep dancing.
However, the physical
manipulation of vinyl records
that was done by the DJ is a
lost art in the world of hiphop music today.
Amateur DJ and vinyl
enthusiast DJ ShaneStokes
says, “There is something
about a DJ who spins vinyl
that greatly adds to the lore of
DJing. It’s much more fun to
watch and is all around a better viewing experience and in
most cases a better listening
Today in hip-hop, the
DJ merely has to tap on buttons and download MP3 files
to get a precise, digitalized
instrumental track for the
MC to rap over, taking away
from the fun of searching for
vinyl records at thrift shops,
grandparents’ attics, and
yards sales.
“Having a laptop
setup and uploading MP3s
definitely made DJing a lot
easier. The Technic 1200s
(top of the line turntable)
required work, practice, and
creativity, but new DJs opt
for digital equipment that is
easier to use. The DJ using
digitalized techniques rather
than analog, compromises
sound quality, takes creativity
away, and becomes ‘GuitarHero-esque,’ ” says DJ and
hip-hop enthusiast Rory Cas-
Working DJ Jonas Koep
says, “There is nothing like
touching the turntables,
controlling the tempo of vinyl
records, and matching up two
different beats. That natural
crackling of vinyl can’t be
reproduced digitally.”
But you don’t see
DJs showing up at a club
with a heavy crate of dusty
records. “Records warp,
scratch, bend, and break. The
needles may skip from the
slightest movement in the
DJ booth. The pros of going
digital are that DJs across
the world from one another
can share music. There are
more options digitally, better
programs to download and
sound-effect buttons to press.
What have DJs become if not
glorified jukeboxes?” says DJ
Searching out great
records to play was once a
crucial part of the hip-hop
movement. But like other
elements of hip-hop like
break-dancing, graffiti, and
clean rapping, vinyl DJing is
soon to be a thing of the past.
DJ ShaneStokes says,
“Vinyl DJing is at the very
base of hip-hop and the hiphop culture.”
Some say “Hip-hop is
dead.” With the founding
elements quickly withering
away it is a fair accusation. But the new-school,
all-digitalized DJ needs to
remember and pay respect to
what started it all, two vinyl
turntables, a mixer, and a pair
of steady hands.
The Arts
Centenary College
Theatre Department
Senior Thesis presents
comedy variety show
Centenary students standing L to R: Dominick DeMatteo
(Spring, TX), Megan McGill (Pompton Lakes, and Alex Kays
(Sparta). Sitting, clockwise from top left: Michael Bade
(Hackettstow.n), Victoria Pulido (Washington), Dominick
Garatino (Byram), Angelina Taystra (Washington), Tom Farber (High Bridge), and Alex Poage (Berkeley Heights) Photo:
Rob Horn
Campus radio station and TV
studio: great places to express
Centenary’s best
kept Secret: the WNTI
radio station and TV studio. Centenary offers
plenty of opportunities to
reach not only the campus
but the surrounding community. The campus TV
studio provides courses
which teach each step of a
production team including
directing, camera, audio
and being in front of the
camera as talent. Students
learn what goes on behind
the scenes and even create
their own shows, such as
Campus Razzle headed by
Samantha Aflalo.
Not only does the
TV studio have its own
time slot on channel 6, but
WNTI offers the same kind
of broadcast reach into the
community being played
every day. Students can create their own radio shows and
be broadcast during a specific
time slot as are Michael Scholer and Jeff Perchuk with
the Sports Buzz.
“It’s what you put
into it; it’s a better opportunity than most people have,”
junior and commuter Michael
Scholer said. Taking an interest in more than the usual,
it’s easy to get involved
with either studio. The only
requirement is to have a true
drive for broadcasting and
of course to “Have fun; it
should be smooth sailing. If
you’re not having fun, you’re
in the wrong place” says Jon
Lewis Broadcast manager.
Reaching out, learning broadcasting skills and
interacting with other students is not only a good way
to get involved at Centenary
College but a great way to
start off a career. Interested
students are more welcome to
reach out to Communication
Professor Matt Mendres and
Bone marrow charity
held this month
You May Save a
You might do that
by signing up with “Be the
Match Foundation.” The registration process is painless
and easy and can result in a
life that can be saved. How
Centenary College senior Alex Kays (Sparta) precan you make a difference?
sented his senior thesis in March with a night of comedy and
Come to the “MJ
songs inspired by some of his favorites in entertainment. Who & David” Fun Volleyball
I Am included original skits in the style of Saturday Night
Live, an improvisation portion modeled after Whose Line Is It Match at 6 p.m. April 10, at
the John M. Reeves Student
Anyway?and a concert portion including songs by top
performing artists in pop, country, alternative and classic rock Recreation Center where
women’s volleyball head
and more.
The full cast and crew of Who I Am included Michael coach Dinu Dan and former
Bade (Hackettstown), Jenna Black (Hackettstown), Tom Far- Centenary volleyball star
ber (High Bridge), Dominick Garatino (Byram), Haley James alumna Jelena Markovic
(Jefferson Township), Alex Poage (Berkeley Heights), Victoria will play against Centenary
Pulido (Washington), Angelina Taystra (Washington) and Dil- faculty and staff.
The cost is $3, and it
lon Wheetley (Las Vegas, NV) with Alex Kays (Sparta) direct- will include music, giveing, Megan McGill (Pompton Lakes) assistant directing, and
aways and prizes.
Dominick De Matteo (Spring, TX) acting as stage manager.
The event is in
honor of two friends of the
College, Mary Jane Barry
and David Turrisi-Chung.
All event proceeds go to
“Be the Match Foundation”
(Robin Roberts Bone Marrow
According to the
Foundation, “Every four minutes, someone is diagnosed
with a blood cancer like
leukemia. For many patients
a marrow transplant is the
only life-saving treatment their only chance for a cure.”
Through the largest registry
of potential bone marrow
donors and cord blood units
in the world, the Foundation
offers support, education and
guidance to patients and their
families following diagnosis.
Those who attend
are also asked to participate
in the Registry through a
simple cheek swabbing
process to determine if they
are a bone marrow match for
Mary Jane Barry or David
Turrisi-Chung or another
person registered with “Be
the Match Foundation.”
“This event is one
that I amvery passionate
about,” says Dan. “It has the
potential to make a difference and save the life of one
of our own or someone else
who is suffering from a blood
cancer. The impact that it
can have is powerful. Please
join us on April 10.”
For more information, contact Dan at
[email protected]
edu<mailto:[email protected]>
The Arts
Centenary Stage: Free staged reading of The Merchant of Venice
led by Broadway vet Randall Duk Kim
seated: Randal Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso, Photo Credit Pat Lancian
Randall Duk Kim
- winner of the OBIE Award
for Sustained Excellence will
lead a staged reading this
month at Centenary.
The ever-popular
reading series at Centenary
Stage Company, Great Authors Out Loud, is coming to
a close for the season with a
work by one of the masters
of theatre and the English
language itself with William
Shakespeare’s most complex
play The Merchant of Venice. Kim and Anne
Occhiogrosso once again
lead a cast of actors in this
free staged reading event on
Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m. in
The Kutz Black Box Theatre
allowing the audience to
learn more about one of the
most controversial works in
theatre history, Shakespeare’s
unforgettable tale of mercy,
justice, generosity and greed. After years of
persecution for his religious
faith, Shylock finally gets
his chance for revenge. The
merchant Antonio cannot
pay his debt, and Shylock
demands his due: a pound
of flesh. To save Antonio’s
life, the resourceful Portia
must triumph in the courtroom – but at what cost? The
Merchant of Venice weaves
together humor and pathos
in a spellbinding, suspenseful drama that Shakespeare
categorized as a comedy.
Together with
Charles Bright, theatre luminaries Kim and Occhiogrosso
founded the classical Ameri-
can Players Theatre (APT)
in Spring Green, Wisconsin
in 1981, and have worked
together for 35 years.
Kim began his early
career with the legendary
Joe Papp and the New York
Public Theatre’s Shakespeare
Festival, and continued to
perform leading roles at some
of America’s finest regional
theatres. He has been seen on
Broadway in Flower Drum
Song, Golden Child, and
The King and I, but perhaps
is most recognized as The
Keymaker in the film Matrix
Unloaded, and the voice of
Oogway in the DreamWorks’
animated film Kung Fu
Kim’s TV and film
work includes the BBC Special Prisoner in Time, Anna
and the King, Memoirs of a
Geisha, Ninja Assassin, and
where she coaches individuals in audition preparation,
character development and
script analysis for film, television and theater.
Director Anne
Occhiogrosso has received
national recognition for her
work with APT. She is an acclaimed director, dramaturge,
acting coach and actor, whose
primary focus has been classical theatre with a special
emphasis on the works of
William Shakespeare.
The Great Authors Out Loud
Series, sponsored by Fulton
Bank, will be held Sunday,
April 6th at 3 p.m. in the
Kutz Black Box Theatre in
The Lackland Center.
She has also taught
at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting and the New
York Shakespeare Festival
and currently works with
Classical Productions, Inc.
Admission is free, but reservations are requested. Patrons
interested in attending should
make reservations by calling
the CSC box office at (908)
979-0900 or visit the website
at centenarystageco.org. The
presentation will be followed
by a lively discussion with
the audience and artists.
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After the fall:
a lesson learned
Equine moment
By Tina Grubelic
I was in the barn
getting ready for my lesson,
which I was really excited
about. It was like any other
day at the Centenary College
Equestrian Center, and on
that Thursday Oct. 10, 2013,
I was looking forward to riding a blanket Appaloosa pony
named Aspen. I had heard
from my friends that he could
be fast at the trot, though.
I did not let that
bother me because I am very
determined and strong-willed
when I am faced with something new and interesting.
When it was my
turn to mount in the ring, I
thought to myself, “I can do
this. I am a very experienced
rider as well as determined
to get anything done.” Once
I mounted, I felt fine walking around the ring once for
the warm-up. Then after the
warm-up, we trotted going
to the left. At the trot, Aspen
was quick, but I could still
control his speed. When I
could feel him picking up
speed at the trot, I gave and
took with the reins to slow
him down. He finally did a
controlled trot for me down
the long side. Finally, I
rewarded him by patting his
After we were
finished trotting, it was time
to canter. This is when the
lesson took a turn for the
worst. When it was my turn
to canter, I made Aspen do
a forward trot, squeezing
with my lower leg. Then
at the corner of the ring, I
moved my outside leg behind
the girth and made a clucking noise with my tongue.
Instantly, he went in to the
canter. Going to the right, he
was fine, and I was keeping
my seat, going with him. But
tracking to the left was different.
When I was going to
the left, something happened.
Starting out trotting, I was
doing really well. But then,
when I came to the corner I
tried to step Aspen up to the
canter in the same way as going to the left. I did two different things after asking for
the canter, in this direction. One mistake I made
was that my reins were too
long. Then I panicked once
I realized it. After I tried to
collect my reins back up, I
made a noise because I panicked, which scared Aspen.
The last mistake I made was,
I bounced on his back which
irritated him. Finally, he sent
me flying through the air and
I landed on my right hip and
then rolled onto my left side.
After the fall, I was
really afraid to ride again.
It scared me because I was
nervous that it would happen
again. In the end, my friend
was there for me to lean
on. She helped me get my
confidence back to try again,
but on a different pony. After
that ride I was sore, but it felt
great to get back on and ride
Riding will always
be a part of me that nobody
can take away. That experience taught me something:
When you fall, you have to
get right back up. Don’t be
You cannot give up
doing something you love
and are passionate about.
Keep trying, because you will
succeed and maybe learn a
lesson like I have.
Men’s lacrosse:
a prime spring team
By Daniel Graham
A month’s worth of
games have already gone by
for our spring teams, and so
far we can say that all our
Cyclones have been making
As many of us
know, most of the early
regular season games consist
of playing non-conference
opponents, and they do not
affect anyone’s position in
the CSAC standings. These
first several games serve as a
warm-up for the conference
games played later in the
season. And that’s where we
are now.
The one team that has
stood out among our spring
teams is the men’s lacrosse
team. The CSAC preseason
poll had the Cyclones at number two, the highest placement for a Centenary spring
team this season. To the
outside observer, a placement
like that means that there are
potentially big things in store
for men’s lacrosse here in
Hackettstown. However, it’s
a lot more complicated than
“[To be ranked
second], it should [motivate
us],” says men’s lacrosse senior Steve Orsini, number 27.
And in case anyone was wondering, the team ranked number one in the poll was the
Cavaliers of Cabrini College.
Steve had a lot to say about
the conference preseason poll
leaders. “Cabrini’s Cabrini;
they’ve won the conference
for the last 13 years.” That’s
right, 13 consecutive years.
In case that wasn’t
enough, Orsini went on to say
that Cabrini is ranked second
in the country.
Time out! If we
look at this logistically, the
Cyclones are ranked second
in the CSAC conference and
Cabrini is ranked second
nationally in the NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse realm.
With that in mind Cabrini
appears to be top dog, whichever way you want to look at
He went on to elaborate on Cabrini’s strong pedigree, from their national rank
to their coaching and strength
of schedule. “[Cabrini’s] a
strong program; they’ve been
around a lot longer than we
have. We’re just hoping to,
you know, do our best and
play hard and walk out of
there with some pride and
dignity, knowing that we
gave it a shot.” Centenary saw a large
exodus of players last season.
In all, eight seniors left the
team making a lot of holes
for 2014. Head coach Matthew Klank’s response was to
recruit. Five freshmen were
picked up by the Cyclones,
and Orsini has seen progress
made with them already, and
took the time to mention a
few in particular. “Ryan Groft
(#15)… he’s always in the
weight room working hard.
…Sammy Dee (aka Sam
Nickelson, #9), he’s a great
guy… overall he’s there, he’s
a very focused kid.”
With all the pre-season speculation behind them,
Steve Orsini wants everyone
to know that his team is ready
to honor that number two
ranking by setting their goal
to be one-two with Cabrini
by season’s end.
“Coming in second
and playing in the CSAC
championship is an accomplishment; That’s our goal
every year… just being able
to make it that far and, you
know, say ‘Yeah, we played
in the CSAC finals,’… that’s
a good and big accomplishment, and I would say that’s
the team goal for the year.”
With that being
said, it looks as though the
Cyclones are aware of their
competition, obstacles, and
boundaries. For 2014, the
goal is to lay the foundation,
get every single player playing at their competitive best,
and if all falls into place, the
sky’s the limit for this team
in the near future. One more
thing, if anyone wants to take
a peek into next year, keep
in mind that there are only
two seniors on the team this
year: Orsini and number 40,
Brandon Rossi. The core of
the team will only be slightly
altered, which is justmore
reason to cheer on the Cyclones for the next several

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