Monthly Archives: February 2012


Paul Kalis

At around 7:40 a.m. on Wednesday, February 22nd, a student driver was turning into the campus’ East Gate, lost control, and hit a tree. Two students were in the car. The Old Brookville Police Department responded and dispatched two cars. Roslyn Rescue’s EMS was also on the scene. Public Safety responded with three vehicles and Post’s EMS. No one was transported to the hospital. There was damage to the car. Attempts were made to reach the Old Brookville Police Department and Public Safety. Both institutions declined to comment in order to preserve the privacy of the students involved.


Samantha McGarry

On the night of February 16th, love was in the air in the Hillwood Café. NAACP held a speed-dating event for students who were looking for love or just a friendship. Before the speed-dating started, NAACP got nine tables together and scattered  chocolate candy and tea around each of them. NAACP provided music and beverages to really set the ‘love’ atmosphere for everyone who was arriving to the speed-dating event. The rules of NAACP’s speed-dating were that a male and a female sat at the table, and after three minutes of conversation, the males rotated as the females stayed where they were seated. While the couples were getting to know each other, NAACP members handed out some refreshments to keep the couples comfortable.

Senior Vance Henry, a Radiology major who helped to make this event happen, explained why the NAACP wanted to hold a speed-dating event. He said, “Though Valentine’s day is over, NAACP wanted to do something for everyone to still help them out. It’s also a good way for kids to interact on campus and get to know each other.”

Students who attended the speed-dating event were also asked questions about how they felt while being a part of the speed-dating. When asked why she wanted to participle in NAACP speed-dating, junior Sociology major Ara Mcpherson stated, “It allows you to get to know people on campus better, those who you wouldn’t really normally associate with.”

When asked if they had ever participated in speed-dating before, freshman Broadcasting major Kendall Bruton and Mcpherson both explained that this was their first time. Bruton stated, “I want to meet some new people, new friends, and do something fun on a Thursday night.”  Friendship and getting to meet new people  were the main reasons many students attended this event.

Mcpherson said that she wasn’t really looking for a relationship but, rather, for more of a lifelong friendship. NAACP speed-dating really broke the ice for some people to get to know each other. The speed-dating event had 16 student participants. NAACP has held a few other speed-dating events in the past, but this one had the best turnout according to Mcpherson.


Dorianna Valerio

The three panelists who spoke at the lecture hosted by LIU Post’s Women’s Institute provided three essential tips to succeed: Invest in yourself, become a lifelong learner and respect the power of the dollar.

The lecture, entitled “Follow Your Passion: Reinvent Yourself and Your Identity,” was held in the Winnick House’s Great Hall on February 15th.  The setting was intimate: dim lighting, a few rows of chairs and the three speakers sitting close to the audience. No podiums. No microphones.

The invited guests, Karen McKenna, a career counselor, Rona Wexler, a vocational evaluator and employability expert, and Arlene Haims, a financial expert, detailed their tips for success.

The first tip they outlined is to invest time and energy into yourself.  In order to do this, McKenna stressed the importance of dedicating time towards figuring out what motivates you. Find out what it is that you want to do. If you’re having difficulty with this, take an assessment test. Assessment tests take into consideration your passions and interests and can set you in the right direction, she explained. Students can take assessment tests online or in the Career Services Office.

After figuring out what you want to do, invest time and money into it, McKenna continued. This may mean spending a little more money to take an extra class in what you want to do or saving up to take an extra course in the summer. “If you make all those investments, the time and the energy and the money, the result is a life well lived,” McKenna said of her tips.

Following that, Wexler advised the audience to become lifelong learners. “Becoming a lifelong learner means you take risks into learning things that aren’t in your comfort zone,” she said. However, Wexler’s message was more about how to be productive in searching for a career.

Wexler’s career tips include interning, networking and volunteering. “I advise people who are very experienced, as well as less experienced, to do volunteer work and find ways to make yourself visible.” To do this, Wexler recommends making suggestions and assisting team members anytime possible.

The final tip was to respect the power of money. This, according to Haims, is the method to achieving financial security.  Haims stressed the importance of paying yourself first, which means saving a portion of your money every month and committing to that savings plan.

Haims also advised paying your bills on time. Set up one day every month to pay your bills, she said. One of her tips really resonated with the student audience. When it came to the topic of deferment, she advised students against it. “I’m telling you to think two, three, four times before you do that, and the reason is that when you defer college loans, there’s still interest due, and you’re going to be paying interest on top of interest,” Haims added.

The power of money goes beyond affording material things, Haims said.  “It can buy you an opportunity; it can buy you time, so my suggestion is save your money and really think twice about what you’re doing.” She tied this up with an anecdote about knowing people who take on jobs solely because they need money. However, if you respect the power of money, according to Haims, you can afford to pursue the careers you want.

Another tip from the three panelists was to take advantage of all resources. “The alumni association at school is always a wonderful resource,” according to McKenna. Alums can put you in touch with people they know.

Another tip is to test out informational interviews. “It’s a very tried and true strategy. When you go on an informational interview, you are not looking for a job. So, ask good, intelligent questions,” Wexler said.

Finally, pay your credit cards on time. Poor credit history can influence an employer’s decision in hiring you, Haims said.

When the lecture concluded, students shared their views on the event. “I really enjoyed it,” junior Social Work major Audrey Thompson said of the lecture. She added, “It was very educational.”

Senior English Major Elizabeth Freeman also thought it was educational, adding, “I feel like I learned a lot about myself and what I need to do to work on my strengths and weaknesses.”

The LIU Post’s Women’s Institute hosts lectures, forums, workshops and seminars on issues affecting women. On April 18th, the institute will present speaker Virginia Russell, who will address the topic of “Pay Equity.”


Daniel Caccavale

On Thursday, February 17th, junior Film major Dontae Hawkins received the 2012 Black American Achievement Award from Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro. Hawkins was given the award “in recognition of your determination and perseverance in overcoming obstacles in your life and becoming the outstanding young man you are today,” as inscribed on the plaque he was given at his award ceremony on Staten Island.

Hawkins, now 20 years old, was involved in a tragic accident when he was only three years old, an accident that doctors said he would never fully recover from. Almost a decade later, he has proven them wrong. His choices after the accident led him to this prestigious award. “I was given the award because after my accident in 1994, I did not give into the adversity and the negativity that surrounded me, but, instead, I realized it was because of a miracle that I survived. I decided to do something important with my life instead of going the same route as the violence that led to my accident.”

Hawkins, who was not expecting to receive any kind of award, also said he felt “very honored to win the award because when I was nominated, I felt that I hadn’t really deserved it, but now that I’ve had a chance to look back at it, I’ve overcome a lot and hope that my story can help inspire others that are going through rough times or adversity.”

So, what is next for Hawkins? He is continuing his academic carrier at LIU Post with ambitions of being a filmmaker. He also hopes that he can continue to inspire those around him to overcome adversity and never give up.


Adrianna Alvarez

Pulitzer Prize winner, LIU Post alumnus and reporter at the New York Post Josh Margolin gave a lecture as a part of the Media Arts Department’s Food for Thought Lecture Series on Thursday, February 16th, during the Common Hour.  He discussed his journeys as a journalist and the different situations he encountered on his voyage toward the position that he holds today as a reporter for the New York Post.

Margolin attended Post from 1988-1992 as a Journalism major and was the Editor of The Pioneer.  During the lecture, he spoke about his internship with Newsday.  “A big story would break, and they knew I was willing to go out and get stories,” he said.  He was a single guy with a car, and they realized that, so Newsday would send him out.

He went on to stress the importance of deadlines and abiding by them, saying that it’s not about how smart you are, but, rather, about getting the facts of your story and having your piece in by deadline.

Margolin was determined to make his mark within the journalism field.  After graduating from Post, he sent out 145 resumes all over the country.  He received three interviews and one job offer, joking that the job offer he received was from the tenth largest newspaper in New Mexico.  He stayed there for about six months.  After time progressed and he made a couple of moves because of different job offers, Margolin settled in New Jersey for 12 years, writing for the Newark Star Ledger.

After taking some questions from students and realizing he had lost track of the original question, Margolin explained to students the importance of remembering their original questions.  He cautioned them to avoid getting caught up in what someone is telling you, as it is all too easy to do.  Therefore, he said journalists should always keep the original question in the back of their heads and refer back to it.

Margolin concluded the talk with advice for journalism students who are planning to enter the field.  He talked about using every tool that you have.  He mentioned that you should have a tape recorder and even went as far as to say that it is “essential” because it allows for more eye contact during an interview versus looking down at a notepad the whole time. He talked about remembering your job, which is to get the story.  Always keep pens, pencils and a note pad on you, he also reminded students. “A bad day for other people is a good story for us,” he joked.

Mekelia Channer, a senior Psychology major, attended the lecture and finds comfort in stories that each speaker tells about working with different people.  She says this gives her an insight as to what things may be like when she enters the working field.  She found it helpful when Margolin talked about always being ready for a story.  “Just be prepared with everything, whether it’s pencils, pens or a phone because, as a journalist, anything could happen,” said Channer.

Victoria Esteve, a junior Journalism major, said how she enjoyed the lecture.  “I think the lecture gave a good insight on what future career possibilities might be waiting for you outside of Post. It also gives you insight on how your career could look like.  You always need to be prepared because this isn’t a regular 9-5 job,” she said.  Esteve has attended most of the Food for Thought Lecture Series events that are sponsored by the Media Arts Department.  “I like how each lecture has had a different vibe to it,” Esteve said.

The Media Arts Department will hold its next Food for Thought lecture on Thursday, March 1st, at 12:45 p.m. in Humanities Hall. The guest speaker is Mercedes Vizcaino, the photography editor for All You Magazine/Time Inc.


Daniel Caccavale

Before every major election, the candidates spend countless hours preparing for debates. Candidates use these debates to show that their ideas are better than their competitors’ to show that they deserve your vote. But what do these debates really do? Are they even worth having?

The answer is not clear cut. It depends on who the candidates are, what the issues are, and what kind of debate it is. Lately, it seems that these debates are doing more harm than good. In the current Republican primary, we have seen several candidates have their chances at getting the nomination ruined by the debates. We have seen Rick Perry forget his own policies and Mitt Romney make a bet in the middle of a debate. Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain have both had to defend allegations of infidelity and Rick Santorum bluntly said that he disagrees with the current birth control system and then quickly tried to apologize for it. So why do we still have these debates in the first place?

We have these debates because it is the best way to get the candidates’ ideas out there. Without these debates, it would be very difficult for people to get a grasp of what a candidate is really like and what their policies are really trying to accomplish. These debates are possibly the best impression we can get of a candidate before an election. So even though they do make mistakes, and lately they have made plenty of them, it is important to look past these mistakes for a second and actually listen to what they have to say and see which one you actually agree with. However, these mistakes can’t be over looked so easily. After you have listened to their ideas, see who has made mistakes and see if the mistakes are really a huge deal. Let’s face it, no one is perfect by any means and mistakes will happen. If you can look past them, finding the right candidate is a lot easier.

But for the candidates, they have to be careful not to let the mistakes pile up because there are only so many mistakes that can be made before they reach the point of no return and they have just “mistaked” themselves out of an election.


Alex Parker

No one likes their significant other’s ex hanging around. Why would you? It’s sort of awkward. However, sometimes there is no way around it. They hang out in the same group of friends that you and your boyfriend/girlfriend do (that’s why dating within your immediate circle of friends tends to be a bad idea, besides the fact that you could also end up as the awkward ex!).

So here you are, hanging out with your friends and your boyfriend/girlfriend and in walks the ex, now what? What do you do or say? Does everyone else notice the peculiar look on your face? I guess it all depends on the type of relationship they have with, who is now, your spouse. I’m going to take this from a girl’s perspective, seeing as I am, in fact, a girl.

The worst thing that this ex-girlfriend could do is give my boyfriend a hug or kiss hello in front of my face. It’s just a respect thing; girls as a whole tend to be untrustworthy, especially to other girls. So rule number one, keep your paws of my guy; you had him, you lost him, and now he’s mine so back off.

If I know that you still call, text, and whatever else all the time, talking about your personal problems, chances are I’m not going to like you. What will make it way worse is if I know that you were not the nicest of girlfriends and treated him with less respect then he deserves. Now I’m really not going to like you and will most likely give you dirty looks and make you feel uncomfortable any opportunity I get.

If you maintain a respectful distance and don’t approach me like I’m the evil new girlfriend, then I will be friendly. I don’t want to be mean and make you uncomfortable but if I feel that it’s necessary, don’t doubt me, because I will not make it a fun time for you. I have no problem sharing my friends but I will not share my boyfriend.

I suppose the moral of this story is to treat my boyfriend and I with respect and don’t make your presence uncomfortable for us. If you do, I will be sure to return the favor.


Yana Nadelyaeva

Monday morning, it’s 7 a.m. and the alarm is ringing. The only thing which prevents my alarm clock from being thrown into a wall is the fact that it’s my cell phone. With an improbable effort, I push myself out of warm and cozy bed to start a new study week.

Usually I spend my weekends off-campus- at my friends places in Manhattan or Brooklyn. So my mood is getting worse already on Sunday evening, when I realize that it’s time to stop partying, relaxing, entertaining myself and others—having fun in general—and it’s time to come back to campus and get ready for another hard week.

But Monday morning seems to be even worse. I make my way to the shower in order to wake myself up and get at least a little energy to start a new day. But as usual there is something that adds more trouble to an already difficult morning, you can’t choose what to wear (because by accident you tear your tights or notice some spot on your favorite blouse) or you can’t find some necessary stuff for class. As for me, I have something like that every time! It seems that together with a ruthless alarm and disgusting morning, the whole world is against you!

It doesn’t matter how many hours I sleep, I am unable to start a day without a couple of coffees. Fresh and cool morning wind takes away the last signs of sleepiness and for the first time this morning, you manage to unscramble your thoughts; what classes you have today, what assignments you were supposed to do and so on. In the classroom you are getting involved in your classmates conversations; it could be about your weekend, some assignments, or a quiz. During common hour you grab more coffee and meet some friends. The second half of the day always passes quicker. Thanks God—it’s already evening! That hard Monday practically comes to the end.

Surprisingly, all other weekdays pass even faster and then it’s already Thursday evening and you are done with your school week. So, you are welcome to make new awesome plans for the coming weekend and relax!

I am just a freshman and can’t imagine how the things will be when I have an internship or part-time job. But I hope that a few more cups of coffee during the day and some advice from senior college friends will help me not to get into a real time management trouble and to cope with everything with a little less stress!



Kathleen Joyce

I was lucky, or unlucky, enough to grow up in a time where female pop stars ruled the world, in fact  pop music ruled the world. Between Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, and the Spice Girls, there were so many to choose from. I was more of a Britney Spears fan overall, but was she really the best role model to a young pre-teen girl about to experience puberty?

Pop culture saved me, but killed me at the same time. My mother was all for buying me all the new CDs that came out and having posters of the scantily clad pop stars in my room. I admired the music and I wanted to be just as beautiful as they were.  I knew deep down I would never look like Britney or be as thin as her, but I could imagine it and I did. What if I was that thin and people all over the world adored me and men wanted to date me? Well, I knew I certainly couldn’t dress the way they did since my parents would murder me and I wore a uniform to school everyday. It didn’t stop other girls from showing that they were trying to be sexy. I didn’t have that appeal or the confidence to even give the hint that I had it. I was a wallflower for a long time until I mustered up some confidence and courage. I decided to lose weight and I did lose a lot of it. And you know what, it didn’t make people notice me any more, in fact, I became more invisible because I was thinner.

I gave up on the sexy thing; I didn’t get my “groove” until my twenties. It didn’t take some pop idol to help me with that, it was all on my own. I had to accept myself as a person, decide who I wanted to be and who I really was. Yes, I could be sexy in my own way by not showing any skin, but by body language. I must say I think I’m doing an okay job. However, it doesn’t always work for all women. Many of my friends have slept with more men than I would rather say. But is that because of these pop stars we grew up with as our role models? Not that these girls came from shabby families, but television and pop culture definitely played a part. These depictions showed that girls who opened their legs could get whatever they wanted. The attention is what they wanted, but how long does that last until another girl comes along who is maybe “prettier” or has a “hotter body?”

This culture showed the world that women can be whatever people want us to be. Britney and Christina were young when they started and they were basically whored out by the media. Whatever you wanted from them, you got. Girls liked that these girls basically got popular for being beautiful and wearing scandalous clothing. Sure music was part of it, but not all their songs were hits. Sorry, but they weren’t. Surprisingly, the media has seemed to take hint of this. Pop acts such as Selena Gomez and Victoria Justice have become popular recently and I must say they are much better role models than the ones I had growing up. So to the future parents out there, watch out for who’s going to be popular next.


Daniel Caccavale

Before the start of last semester, Hillwood Commons upgraded some of its food service centers. One of the major changes was the addition of the new Starbucks. By now everyone has noticed it and many get their daily cup of coffee right here on campus. When people heard about the Starbucks coming on to campus, many were excited for its arrival.  The Pioneer investigated whether students are still happy to have it here now that it is a semester old.

Students still seem fairly happy about it. “I love it. I think they do a great job. The service is quality with a smile, and Starbucks coffee and coffee-based products are delicious. Thumbs up in my book.” said Junior Film major, Dontae Hawkins.

Senior Christie Cardinale agreed. “I’m happy with Starbucks because they’re open when I’d expect them to be closed. It makes me smile and warms my heart that they’re open when everything else is closed. I’m spending my meal plan rather than money at Starbucks down the road. Great for my budget as well.” For those who are concerned about their budget, the Starbucks does take dinning dollars and could be a good alternative instead of an off campus Starbucks.

However, no business is perfect and Starbucks still has room for improvement. Junior Photography major, Michael DiFilippo said, “I personally don’t buy Starbucks often but when I do there is always a line. The workers are very slow and socialize with each other instead of paying attention to what they are doing.” DiFilippo isn’t the only unsatisfied customer. Junior Art Education major, Briana Nussbaum, said that she is “not crazy about the service at this new Starbucks. The workers always seem unenthusiastic and work very slowly.”

So it seems that Starbucks may be a good thing but still needs some work. But according to Vincent Gentile, one of the Aramark managers in Hillwood Commons, there are a lot of changes that will be occurring very soon. “Beginning this summer, we will be renovating the Hillwood Cafe. Larger footprint, additional product offerings and food court layout. We are also in the very early stages of planning a renovation of the Winnick Center.”

As of right now, it is safe to say that Starbucks seems to be going over well, but still has some kinks to work out. It is also safe to say that big changes are on their way for the LIU Post dining services and maybe even work out those little problem areas that still need tending to.