Monthly Archives: December 2011

0

December 14th

WCWP General Membership Meeting & Holiday Party

Pioneer Room

12:30 pm

 

December 20th

Advanced Visions 8: High School Artists of Excellence

Hillwood S.A.L Gallery

Running: December 20th to January 18th

 

Events Over Winter Break

January 7th

College Affordability & Financial Aid Seminar

Humanities Hall Room 119

9:00 am

 

Youth Camp Open House

Top of Commons

10:00 am

 

January 9th

Open House for the Dietetic Internship

Life Science Building Room 242

11:00 am to 1:00 pm

 

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

December 21st

Fall 2011 Term Ends

December 27th

Winter Term Begins

December 31st

New Years Holiday- No Winter Classes

January 10th

Winter Term Ends

January 17th

Spring 2012 Term Begins

0

Sandra Elien

The semester has come to a close. Have you had time to go over what you wanted to achieve this semester? Have you met your goals? Well, one can only imagine the number of objectives we’ve set out to accomplish. But, how successful are we in achieving these aspirations?

Graduate students, as well as others, are relieved that the semester is over. Some might agree that most graduate students’ goals consist of maintaining a well-balanced work ethic in order to stay on top of school work and extracurricular activities. In spite of these general assumptions as to the aspirations, the Pioneer took a look at what graduate students on campus had to say. Daniel Lindenmeier, who is pursuing a Master in Business Administration degree, said that one of his goals this semester was to “keep [up] with my classes while working for IT and balancing between the two.” Although this seems like a practical goal, do you think he met it? Lindenmeier affirmed that, “I would definitely say so it worked out well.” Lindenmeier also added that this semester, “[I wanted] to keep up with current events in the business field since I graduated with a B.S. in Information Technology.” Has he met that objective? “I definitely feel like I met that goal with a lot of help from professors here.” This semester, Lindenmeier also had other tangible goals, such as “keep[ing] myself organized.” Like his other goals, Lindenmeier believes that he “did a lot better in that too.”

Other graduate students have laid out different objectives to be accomplished this semester. For example, Tristan Barsky, a student pursuing a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Research in Psychology, said that “orienting myself to the university” was a primary goal. Barsky added, “I’m from Montreal, and I never lived in New York.” Does he think he has achieved his goal? “Yeah, I think so. [It was] easy to get through because it’s all centralized in one campus.” Another goal Barsky shared was that he wanted  “to meet academic expectations of a doctoral program, since I went directly for my doctorate after my [undergrad].” With regard to his progress in meeting that goal, Barsky said, “I’ve been pretty successful in completing coursework and doing everything effectively.”

Other graduate students agree that excelling in school is a priority. Gabe Jiang, an Accounting major at the Master’s level, said that his major this semester was to “get a higher grade point average because my grades were not good last semester.” On assessing whether he achieved his goal, Jiang stated, “I think I did a better job this semester, and I also found a part-time job.” Kaiqi Wu, another graduate student studying Management Engineering asserted that this semester, he “wanted to finish his thesis” after going through repeated revisions. Has he met his goal? Wu said, “not yet…I hope so.” As can be seen, setting personal goals allow individuals to find themselves and are important for time management. In need of a more balance life? Get a fresh start next semester! The choice is yours.

0

Katrina Florio

As the winter season sets upon the C.W. Post Campus, students can look forward to scenic snowfalls, chilly weather, and, unfortunately, cold and flu season. With the potential for germs to spread rapidly throughout residence halls and classrooms, it is imperative that sick students seek medical attention. The health professionals at the Student Health and Counseling Center, otherwise known as the Infirmary, can assist students with their medical and psychological needs.

“If we can handle what students have with the resources we have here, we do,” stated Sylvia Barton, R.N., the Associate Director of Medical Services at the Student Health and Counseling Center. “If not, we have three local hospitals nearby that we can send you to.”

Housed in the basement of Life Sciences/Pell Hall in Room 154, the Student Health and Counseling Center is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter and summer sessions. It is staffed by primary care physicians, a gynecologist, a psychiatrist, counselors and nurses, all of whom are bona fide, experienced medical professionals.

Primary care doctors at the Student Health and Counseling Center examine both ill and injured students, diagnose their conditions and treat them with medications if they are able to. If students require more thorough examinations, the doctors on campus refer them to local specialists who can better care for them

“We have limited medications here. We are a dispensary, not a pharmacy, so we dispense the medications that our doctors require,” stated Barton. “We don’t fill prescriptions if you bring them to us from other doctors; we aren’t a pharmacy. But, most medicines we have here cost less than the co-pay you’d pay at a pharmacy.”

In addition to the primary care physicians, the gynecological staff assists female patients with routine exams and provides birth control prescriptions and condoms if needed. For students who do not have insurance or do not wish to use their insurance for certain tests, such as pregnancy blood tests or throat cultures, Barton says that students may pay cash for the tests, and nothing regarding the tests will be sent to their homes. “Everything is confidential here,” she said. However, these tests must be paid for upfront, and they must be paid for via cash or check, as the Infirmary is not equipped with a credit card or debit card swipe machine.

As for students who are suffering from academic or personal stress, relationship troubles, depression, anxiety, low self-confidence, nutritional dilemmas, or are suffering in the wake of a rape or an assault, among other troubles, counseling services are available to offer assistance to students to help them work through these hardships.

According to Barton, the most common reasons students find themselves in the Infirmary are because “they think they have colds, and in the winter, many of them get rhinitis [an inflammation of the mucous membrane in the nose] because of the dry, winter weather. We also see stomach viruses, especially last winter when it was going through the dorms.” She continued, “We’ve also seen more complicated conditions, like asthma and things of that nature.”

While the services at the Student Health and Counseling Center are extensive, many students on campus have little knowledge of the Center’s existence, particularly commuter students who rush to and from campus throughout the day.

“I didn’t even know we had an infirmary, and I don’t know where it is,” said Filomena Pascarella, a senior Elementary Education major.

Other students are aware that C.W. Post has an infirmary, but they have rarely, if ever, utilized its services. “I know that the school has an infirmary, but if I were sick, I would go to my regular doctor because that is more convenient for me,” said Nicole Mylonas, a senior Marketing major.

A junior English major in Professor Ryden’s Creative Nonfiction class, who wished to remain anonymous, added, “I went there like once for condoms. They’re cheaper there.”

Despite this, however, Barton insists that many students walk through the Student Health and Counseling Center’s doors each semester. “It used to be chaotic,” she said. “That’s why students need to make appointments to see the doctors now. But, you don’t need an appointment to see a nurse.”

While it would seem that the Student Health and Counseling Center does its best to aid students, junior Allyson Reynolds, a Childhood Education major, begs to differ. “The Infirmary is not good at all,” she said. “I went there my freshman year because of a pain in my stomach and a cough. They told me it was a sore throat and that my stomach hurt from coughing. I went home later in the week to my doctor to find out that I had a stomach ulcer and mono. I will never go back to the Infirmary.”

For students who are under the weather and can’t get home to their own doctors or counselors, however, the Student Health and Counseling Center may be a good alternative, especially during finals week.

“If you’re having test anxiety, especially now, during finals, you should come see a counselor. There’s no reason to be so stressed that you’re pulling your hair out,” said Nurse Barton. She also reminds students that flu vaccinations are available for $10 in the Infirmary and that it’s not too late to get them.

For more information about the Student Health and Counseling Center, you may visit the office in Room 154 of Life Sciences/Pell Hall, or you may visit the website at

http://www.liu.edu/CWPost/StudentLife/Services/SHCC.aspx.

0

Jaclyn Goldstein

Throw away your plastic water bottles and replace them with your reusable water containers instead because Post is continuing its installments of hydration stations throughout the campus.

In October, the Pioneer featured efforts that were being made to make Post a more sustainable campus.  So far, there have been two hydration stations installed at the Pratt Recreation Center and one recently installed in Pell Hall.  A hydration station is a touch-free bottle refill system that also purifies the water.   Elkay, a company that installs the stations, reports that more than 150 colleges and universities have installed them.   If installing these stations was not enough to encourage students to use reusable water containers, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education claims that several colleges, including Stony Brook University, New York University, the University of Maryland, and Stanford University have banned bottled water in their dining halls.

Associate Professor of Geography Dr. Scott Carlin has his students collect information, such as the costs and benefits of the systems, and pitched the idea to the Provost.  “This is part of a national movement,” affirmed Carlin.   “We are just starting to see these appear on college campuses.  They will become a much more obvious part of daily life in just a few years.  We should call attention to the fact that, as a campus, we are ahead of the national curve (and Long Island’s curve) in installing these devices.”

The hydration system keeps track of how many bottles have been refilled.  So far, there have been just over 19,000 containers refilled in the Pratt and 1,637 in Pell Hall.  The stations not only reduce the use of plastic bottles, but they also save students money so that they do not have to buy water bottles at machines or campus stores.

In the future, Carlin and his students hope to see the hydration stations installed in each of the main buildings on campus and eventually in the dorm buildings.  Senior Childhood Education major Helene Bruckner is a student in Professor Carlin’s Conservation of Natural Environment Resources course.   “We need to come together as a community and take the first steps towards becoming more sustainable because we are the future,” Bruckner stated.  Bruckner is among many students of Professor Carlin’s who are collaborating to make our campus more eco-friendly.

Senior Geography major Abrom Shepard was part of the hydration station project last semester.  “I feel that the hydration station is probably one of the best investments Post has made to prove that it is aiming for a more sustainable campus.  I feel proud to have been a part of the project and hope to see more installments on campus.”

0

Paul Kalis

On December 1st, Showtime, the network that debuted hits, such as “Dexter,” “Californication,” and “Nurse Jackie,” participated in a World AIDS Day celebration. As a part of its marathon, the documentary “Sex in an Epidemic,” by Media Arts Department Professor Jean Carlomusto was aired.
“Sex in an Epidemic” is a historical account of the varying social, sexual and political reactions to the disease’s spread and the way it transformed how Americans thinks about sexual practices, with the creation of the “safe sex” concept.
“The documentary has resonance,” said Professor of Media Arts and Director of the Television Center Jean Carlomusto. “We are talking about HIV prevention at a time when over 50,000 new cases are happening every year. That doesn’t have to be. The drugs can make you sick; they can cause complications, and they are going to be a lifelong hassle to maintain your drug treatment.”
World AIDS Day, established in 1988, is held yearly on December 1st. It is an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against HIV, to show their support, and to commemorate those who died. According to World AIDS Day, an estimated 33.3 million are infected with HIV worldwide. It is one of the most destructive pandemics in history, which has led to over 25 million deaths.
“One of the reasons I made this tape was for my students,” said Carlomusto. “I don’t think it is easy to imagine how bad it was not too long ago. I got the idea for the project when I started working as a volunteer at Gay Men’s Health Crisis in 1985. I used Final Cut to cut this piece and that is exactly the technology I teach. The camera is similar. The technology that I work with is essentially the technology I teach advanced students.”
C.W. Post Information sent out a campus-wide email on December 1st, informing  students and staff about the showing. However, Showtime is not available on campus; a subscription is necessary. Subsequent airings will continue on Sho 2, Showtime Showcase, and Sho Women throughout December and January.
“I am pleased that Showtime chose to air it,” said Carlomusto. “Because the film has some sexual content, it was a little bit harder to get onto a PBS. My only regret was that not everybody has Showtime. My distributor, Outcast Films, arranged the deal. They showed it to Showtime; Showtime expressed interest and gave me a letter of agreement. Basically, my job once I got that letter of agreement was to secure the rights and to get all the necessary insurance for it to air on cable. It was a summer of hell. I love the creative part of making films, but if you are going to show a documentary, especially for broadcast, you have to make sure that you have proper licensing for your footage.”
Although Carlomusto had the idea to make the documentary since 1987, she did not actively start making the tape until about seven or eight years ago. Much of the material came from her archives.
“It’s a pleasure to work with someone who follows her passion and gets to pass it along to her students,” said Adjunct Professor of Electronic Media and Coordinator of the Television Center, Katherine Betka. “After all these years, I am still learning from Jean. I am sure our Broadcasting students feel proud that their full-time faculty members work hard in their fields and get to show their work on such a big platform.”

0

Dorianna Valerio

The Long Island University rebranding is well on its way, with a new logo set to debut next semester.  Aside from the logo, L.I.U. will have a new social media identity, new merchandise and an expansive ad campaign, which will take effect on January 1, 2012.

The University rebranding, which became public after the Pioneer first reported on the issue on November 2, 2011, has been widely talked about by students, alumni, faculty, staff, administration members, and others.

While this semester is nearing its end, L.I.U. prepares to unveil the University’s new image within a matter of weeks. However, due to conflicts between the marketing and launch schedule and the Pioneer’s printing deadline, the new logo is not available, said Rita Langdon, the Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations for the C.W. Post Campus.

Apparel and other merchandise, such as, but not limited to, mugs, book bags and baseball caps, will feature the new L.I.U.- Post logo and will be available at the start of the semester, which is January 17, 2012.

The merchandise will be sold in the campus bookstore and on the Barnes and Noble website. “The bookstore will provide a nostalgia section with ‘C.W. Post’ apparel for interested patrons, such as alumni,” said Langdon.

The semester will begin with a brand launch party, which, according to Langdon, will be an event hosted by the Provost’s office for students, faculty and staff members. The party will be hosted during common hour and will introduce the new logo and promotional items. The campus will give out free t-shirts and prizes with the new logo. No exact date for the event was provided.

As for attending the event, senior Sociology major Josh Stieglitz said he wasn’t sure he would; however, he added, “The changes really don’t affect anything. It’s just going to be something missing.”

Beginning on the first of the New Year, the new University logo and images of students will be seen in Times Square, Herald Square, the Theater District, Long Island Rail Road platforms, L.I.R.R. cars, New York City subways, bus shelters in Suffolk and Nassau Counties, newspapers, kiosks in area malls and in high traffic areas.

The ads will feature the success stories of students and alumni from all of the L.I.U. campuses, said Kim Volpe-Cassalino, the Assistant Vice President for Public Relations for Long Island University. “[The ads] will capture the promise of an L.I.U. education and provide a strategic framework in which to highlight student achievements, celebrate faculty in their roles as scholars and educators and reinforce the notion that every unit of the University is an integral part of one of the largest private universities in America,” Volpe-Cassalino added.

According to the information provided to the Pioneer, Post’s social media and web pages will feature key elements of the branding campaign, including links to TV commercials, print ads, campaign-themed interactive elements and the new logo.

As of January 1, 2012, the new social media sites will be www.facebook.com/LIUPost and www.twitter.com/LIUPost . The LIU website will have the new logo on every page, and student and alumni success stories will be added to top-level pages.

As for physical changes to the Post Campus, “The school colors will remain gold and green, and the east and west gate signage is scheduled to be updated during the spring semester,” said Langdon.

In a statement, Provost Dr. Paul Forestell said, “L.I.U. – Post is proud to share its growth and quality education through a forward-looking and impactful branding campaign.”

0

Chantell Moore

The Office of Residence Life sponsored a gingerbread house-building event on Tuesday, December 6th, at 8 p.m. in the Hillwood Fishbowl. The event was another way for students to earn points for their dorms for the cereal bowl competition.

The competition is a series of events that students who dorm can participate in. Each event earns them points. At the end of the year, the dorm with the most points is awarded a trophy.  This event involved members from each dorm making a gingerbread house from scratch.

The Fishbowl was packed with students trying to earn points for their dorm. It was competitive to see who could make the best gingerbread house. Students were provided with supplies to make their gingerbread houses, including cardboard (to place their houses on), graham crackers, food coloring, frosting and candy for decorating.

The event was packed; 100-plus students filled the fishbowl and worked together in groups. They were also being timed. In the last 10 minutes, everyone picked up the pace to finish and add the final touches. When it was over, all the gingerbread houses looked great, and it looked as if everyone had a good time.

Arianna Livereri, an R.A. in Queens Hall, said, “We are here to get more students, both on and off campus involved in student activities. The event is really a good way to get people involved and for students to meet new people.”

For Catherine Andrade, a freshman Forensic Science major, it was an enjoyable thing. “It was fun. It was strenuous because we didn’t have much time,” said Andrade.

Kassandra Thomas, a junior with a dual major in Art History and Fine Arts, also enjoyed the gingerbread hous- building event. “It was fun and interesting. It was messy. It definitely tasted good,” said Thomas.

The yearly event was a big success with the students. It was a way to let loose, have fun, and ring in the holiday season.

0

Paul Kalis

“Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, cheers; I drink to that. Yeah, yeah…”

No, Rihanna, there wasn’t a party at the bar, but on December 1st, there was one in the Journalism 1 class taught by Adjunct Professor Roberto Soto. Soto brought in a homemade wine to celebrate the birth of his new grandson. Cups, enough for each and every member of the class, which included minors, were placed on the front desk. No one walked out of the classroom, as students were able to help themselves to a drink and pose for class photos and a video, Soto included, which were later uploaded to Facebook by students.

“He didn’t force anybody to drink,” said junior Journalism major Victoria Esteve, who is in the Journalism 1 class. “Half of those people were under age. It was his own wine, too, like soda wine. Technically, he didn’t pour the wine, but he brought it in and enough cups for everybody. His daughter had just had a baby boy. He was overwhelmed with joy, and he wanted wine. He was like, ‘I don’t want to get in trouble for this. I am going to put the wine down, and I will bring the cups out, and you do what you will with that.’ Even though I didn’t learn anything in the class, he was a nice guy. I know he works at other campuses. I hope this doesn’t follow him.”

Students were informed the following week that, after an investigation, Soto was fired, abandoning his classes just days before finals began. After multiple attempts by the Pioneer to contact Soto, he responded, but he would not comment about the incident. There are 32 students in this History of Journalism class, who are depending on getting a good grade in the class.

“We feel really bad for the students,” said Chair of the Media Arts Department Barbara Fowles. “Sandra [Mardenfeld, Director of the Journalism Program] and I are trying to fix it. I can’t talk about the details of the personnel matter, but we are going to meet with the students and work out some kind of resolution, so they can get a fair grade. That’s the main concern for me.”

Mardenfeld has taken over Soto’s Journalism 1 class for the rest of the semester.

“Like any other class I teach, my primary concern is always to give the students a positive educational experience,” said Mardenfeld. “That’s what I intend to do with this course, despite my brief tenure in it.”

The Pioneer has been informed by numerous professors contacted for comment about this incident that a gag order, an order by a court, government, or private institution, restricting information or comments from being made public, has been put in place to prevent them from speaking with the Pioneer about this incident.

The Pioneer contacted the Student Press Law Center about the gag order.  “At the college level, a place that is supposed to be all about academic freedom and the open exchange of ideas, it’s pretty damaging to be known as a haven for censorship,” said Executive Director of the Student Press Law Center Frank D. LoMonte in response to the Pioneer’s inquiry. “It makes people wonder, justifiably, what else the school is hiding. Keeping unpleasant information out of the newspaper is something we associate with North Korea or China or Libya. That’s not the company that any institution of higher education should aspire to keep. In the absence of news coverage, people are just going to indulge their imaginations and speculate, and it’s so much better for the integrity of the institution simply to get out in front of the story and deal with it honestly.”

According to Public Safety, the University recognizes that students are adults and expects them to obey the law and campus regulations. Only those of legal drinking age (21 years of age or older), may be permitted to possess or drink alcoholic beverages on campus.

“The University is investigating an incident involving alcohol that occurred in a classroom on December 1st,” said Dr. Paul Forestell, Provost of the C.W. Post Campus, in a statement released on December 7th. “The University has strict policies regarding the use of alcohol on campus and prohibits its distribution to, or use by, minors. While we are unable to discuss personnel issues regarding individual employees, we are committed to ensuring that alcohol policies are strictly enforced, as well as to meeting the educational needs of our students.”

New York Alcoholic Beverage Control Article 5 § 65-C states that it is lawful for minors to possess and taste alcoholic beverages in class when required for instructional purposes (such as a wine tasting class). This course must be licensed or registered by the state education department. A person under the age of 21 years old may also possess any alcoholic beverage with intent to consume if given by that person’s parent or guardian. Furthermore, according to the New York State Liquor Authority, one may be held liable for damage to property if it is damaged by minors who drank after alcohol was administered. That person may also be held responsible if the minor hurts himself after obtaining the alcohol.

“I was worried about my grade, but not anymore,” said a junior Broadcasting major who is in Soto’s Journalism 1 class. She asked the Pioneer not to publish her name because of concern about her final grade. “The bottle wasn’t in the class photo. He wanted a class photo just to have it. Honestly, I wasn’t offended by it, but I didn’t think it was the right thing to do, seeing as he is a grown man knowing the rules of the school. Even if we are all over age, he would have still gotten in trouble. Nobody said anything about it [when it occurred]. Nobody really hesitated to take what he was offering us.”

Following the incident, students discussed what happened on social media networks. Senior Matt Saur tweeted as NYMoot: “True just found out a journalism professor at my college brought in alcohol to class, and he was fired. Wish I was in that class =/”

“I believe that Professor Soto is a good man who just got a little carried away,” said junior Public Relations major Marisa Anziano. “He wanted to celebrate the birth of his first grandson with the class, which is a nice thought. However, he handled it in the wrong way. The whole situation made me uncomfortable, but, at the same time, he never forced anyone to drink the wine. Those who participated acted independently. It is an unfortunate circumstance, but I feel like administration handled it correctly.”

0

Alex Parker

Well folks, it’s that time of year again. Everywhere you look people are starting to put out their Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanza decorations, and the stores started bombarding us with the holidays weeks ago. Some gifts are easy to buy, like my little brother is getting some kind of remote control car/boat/helicopter, my sister is getting clothes, and the list goes on and on. But what do you get your boyfriend/girlfriend? If you have been together for a significant amount of time that may be an easy question, but what if this is a new relationship?

How much is an appropriate amount to spend? Is he/she getting something for you too? Where do you even begin? This is completely nerve-wracking. For starters, if you’re unsure if the gift giving is going both ways and don’t want to feel unprepared, perhaps you should bring it up. If you feel uncomfortable asking, stick with something small and inexpensive. I’m not saying to run to your nearest vending machine for a toy. Something like a funny tee-shirt or something with a favorite sports team on it isn’t a bad idea.

I happen to take a lot of pride in my gift-giving abilities. One of my favorite little things to give is a stocking filled with the recipients’ favorite kinds of candy. It’s very inexpensive and it’s a cute to give if you and your guy/girl aren’t too serious. I used to give one to my ex-boyfriend every year and he loved it.

It’s a tricky balancing act; you don’t want to feel stupid if the gift is not reciprocated, and you don’t want to feel awkward if he/she gets you a gift and you didn’t get one for him/her. It’s not always easy to come right out and ask if you’ll be exchanging gifts. You could always try a more subtle approach; just ask what he or she asked Santa for this year and see.

0

Daniel Caccavale

We are now almost half way through December 2011 and January 2012 is right around the corner, which of course means the election is even closer than we all think. The lead up to the Republican primary is in full swing, getting very intense, and the candidates are acting like children. Don’t you just love this time of the year?

In a recent debate in Iowa, a mini side-discussion occurred on stage between candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, names we are beginning to become accustomed to hearing in connection with political mistakes. Perry questioned where Romney stood on a particular healthcare matter, and Romney told Perry he was wrong but instead of ending it, Romney did something that, in all likelihood, has rarely if ever, happened during a political election. Romney offered Perry a $10,000 bet to prove him wrong. Perry wisely did not accept, but the fact is Romney still had the guts to turn a political debate into a gambling session.

Of course there is the chance it was a joke bet, we all do that at some point, but what if it wasn’t? Let’s not kid ourselves, both candidates have enough money in their bank accounts and would have no problem coming up with the money to cover the bet. But it is the lack of professionalism involved in the matter that is of concern. Who wants a president who makes a random bet, joke or not, with another political figure just for calling his views into question.

Let’s focus on Rick Perry for just a second. He is a candidate who doesn’t need any more political mistakes during this election. He has already been known as the candidate who can’t remember his own policies, and is now one of the most hated people on YouTube. His anti-gay video had now received over 300,000 dislikes in just under 750,000 views. To put this in perspective, it crushes the older record of dislikes set by Rebecca Black for her ‘Friday’ music video, which received over 10,000,000 views and only just over 250,000 dislikes. At this point in his campaign, Perry isn’t in a position to question anything. He needs to just sit back, answer the questions he is asked, and hope for the best.

Mitt Romney, on the other hand, is a different story. He has been the front runner in the campaign for quite some time now. This event will probably change that. It is fairly upsetting to think that people who hope to be the next president of the United States of America can just make bets with one another, joke or not. While it could have been a joke, Romney seemed fairly serious in his offer, and even extended his hand to shake on the bet. He did so with a smile on his face that seemed like he knew he caught Perry in yet another embarrassing moment. I, however, think the joke is on him. In an economic crisis, the only time the people want to hear a candidate throwing that kind of money around is if he is donating it to the debt crisis.

Yet another mistake made by a Republican candidate as we get yet another week closer to the primary. At this point it is anyone’s guess as to who will really take the primary, but if all of them keep messing up, I think it is clear who will win in 2012. So to all the Republican candidates out there, here is a bit of advice. Focus on the people and the election, not on humiliating yourselves or your competition. It will only hurt you in the end.