Monthly Archives: March 2012


March 28th

Academic & Career Planning- Co-op Internship Fair

Tilles Center



The Influence of Jewish Songwriters on the Speaker’s Own Poetry

Hutchins Gallery




Hillwood Commons Pioneer Room

12:30pm- 2:00pm


The Touching Story of Holocaust Survivor Charlotte Gillman

Interfaith Chapel



Post Idol Round 3

Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall


March 29th

Diversity BBQ

Hillwood Commons Outdoor Patio

12:30pm- 2:00pm


Softball vs. Dowling

Softball Field



Baseball vs. Caldwell

Baseball Field



Keyboard Club Concert

Great Hall



March 30th

Harry Potter Movie Series

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2


Hillwood Commons Cinema


Tilles Center Event: Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Tilles Center



LIU Chamber Singers

Interfaith Center



March 31st

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Seton Hill




Baseball vs. Mercy

Baseball Field



April 1st

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Lake Erie



Baseball vs. Mercy

Baseball Field



Songs by Long Island Jewish Composers

Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall

3:00pm- 5:00pm


April 2nd

Music Department Convocation: Professor Dale Stuckenbruck, Musical Saw

Hillwood Recital Hall



Senior Recital: Ellen Arciere, Horn

Great Hall



April 3rd

Riding the Rainbow/Writing the Rainbow: The Lyrics of Yip Harburg

Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall

6:00pm- 8:00pm


Senior Recital: Alexander Arellando, Cello

Great Hall



LIU Post’s website has a section dedicated to commencement information and updates.  On this site are a number of important dates, locations, and information regarding commencement exercises and events leading up to it. Also included is a graduation checklist both for undergraduate and graduate students. This checklist can be found at

Some additional reminders for seniors include:

Undergraduate Senior Week: April 24th-April 28th

Senior Week events include:

April 24th

Commencement Ball

April 25th

Mets Game

April 27th

New York City Dinner Cruise

April 28th

Six Flags Great Adventure

Senior Packages go on sale Monday April 2nd in Hillwood, Room 102.  The cost is $150 for the four Senior Week events. For complete information, contact Fernando Mendoza at


Diplomas will be available for pick-up in the Records and Registration Office beginning July 9th, 2012. Degree-noted transcripts will be available June 8th, 2012. All diplomas not picked up by August 15th, 2012 will be mailed to the address on file.


Caps, Gowns, and Graduation Announcements

From March 26th to April 27th, four commencement invitations can be picked up at the bookstore. Caps and Gowns are also on sale at the bookstore. Prices are as follows:

Undergraduate- $49.95

Graduate- $90.12

Doctorate- $108:58


College Rings

On sale in the bookstore on the following dates:

April 3rd and 4th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

April 5th from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m


Will be held on Friday, May 4th, 2012. The ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. Graduates must be on campus no later than 10:30 a.m. for graduation line-up. Line-up is done in alphabetical order. Room numbers may be found online on the Commencement section of the website.

Following the main Commencement Ceremony, there will be individual college/school ceremonies, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. A list of locations for these ceremonies can be found on the Commencement section of the website.


Dear Editors,

One feels illuminated to read in Alex Parker’s article, “Double Standards,” that “guys don’t just suck here, they suck everywhere.” Apparently Parker has divined the true nature of every man on earth! How could she have accomplished this herculean feat? It seems Parker overheard a guy at another college conversing with chums about his ‘romantic entanglements.’ Parker could not, in good conscience, argue with such indisputable evidence. Obviously guys “suck everywhere.”
Parker ought to be thanked, though, for sharing this important information. Without it, one would have remained blissfully ignorant that one is destined to live a life of ‘suckiness,’ as it were. Perhaps one might beg Parker’s indulgence and ask for a reprieve from this cruel and ignominious fate. Surely Parker, the paragon of perspicacity, who is able to divine the character of the entire male species through the chance overhearing of a stray conversation, is omnipotent enough to grant such a request.


Cecilie Nag 

“There’s No Business Like Show Business” is one of Irving Berlin’s many hit songs. The songwriter, who lived to be 101, might not be recognized by everyone, but when they hear his music, most Americans are likely to sing along. On March 22nd, Associate Professor of Theatre and Film John Koshel led an audience of students, faculty and visitors through Berlin’s career in a lecture filled with movie and music clips that highlighted Berlin’s more than 50 years of songwriting.

After applying to be one of 55 sites in the U.S. to host the traveling exhibit, “A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965,” LIU Post was selected to show parts of the nonprofit organization’s initiative by Nextbook, Inc. “I am so happy with the involvement from students and the community,” said Manju Prasad-Rao, the head of the Instructional Media Center and Coordinator for Exhibits in the Library,  After Professor Koshel’s presentation, seven vocalists from the LIU music department performed a selection of Berlin´s songs, accompanied by Professor of Advanced Theory and Piano Richard Iacona.

With hits including, “White Christmas,” “God Bless America,” and “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” Irving Berlin went down in history as one of the most popular American songwriters of all time. He was born in Russia but emigrated to the U.S. with his family after a house fire and settled in New York. At 14 years old, he ran away from home and got a job escorting a blind bar singer from one venue to another in Chinatown. Later, he became one of the top contributors in the music business by presenting one hit song after another throughout his 50 years of writing and composing.

“His songs are very sing-able,” said Professor Koshel, underscoring his statement by encouraging the crowd to sing along. Koshel described Berlin’s development with the changing technological times, starting with long tones at the time of no microphones in early 20th century and adapting to shorter words and an “as-we-speak” style of songwriting when the technology emerged.

Along with adapting to changes in the technological world, Berlin’s songs also work as an illustration of his lifetime. The composer made songs for both Christmas and Easter. His love for music started in his early years, during bar mitzvahs and holiday fun.

Along with an ear for music, he had an eye for business: Berlin retained the rights for his music and started his own publishing company. His songs, which he developed without ever being taught music, were played only on the piano black keys and were created during late-night and early morning hours. They were written towards “the mob,” or the ordinary people. Berlin liked to see them as “the ones who were always right,” Professor Koshel explained.

The lecture in the Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall attracted a crowd of students, faculty and visitors interested in paying a tribute to Berlin. The nearly hour and a half lecture and performance included important points of his career explained by Professor Kosher, along with clips from a couple of his famous songs, such as “Annie Get Your Gun,” “He Ain’t Got Rhythm,” and “Blue Skies”; It concluded with performances by Post students.

“It was really enjoyable,” said junior Psychology major Andrea Sieban. “It’s the kind of music we don’t hear too much, but I thought it had a good substance, and it was a nice experience.”

“A Fine Romance” continues with lectures and exhibitions, including a display of original movie posters from the LIU B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library’s Special Collections Departments and drawings and sketches by artist-in-residence at LIU Post Dan Christoffel. It is open Tuesday -Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and it ends on April 12th in the Library’s Hutchins Gallery at 12:30 p.m. A full schedule of events can be found at


Adrianna Alvarez

LIU Post students, faculty and staff can now text a librarian to receive answers to general reference questions right on their cell phones.

The Text-A-Librarian service is replacing Instant Message A Librarian, an instant chat service between users and librarians.  Associate Professor and Librarian Elizabeth Mezick said, “The IM service was not being used very much by students or faculty. Since more people are texting today, the Library thought a texting service would be a better alternative.”

According to a Nielsen Mobile survey, since 2003, texting traffic has seen a steady rise of 37 percent every six months.  The library staff took notice of the importance of text messaging earlier this month and adopted a service it felt would be most effective.

Students, faculty and staff can text questions regarding services and information about the library, how to search the library catalogue, how to locate Internet sources and questions regarding the selection of databases.  The questions are then sent to reference librarians at LIU Post and are answered during library hours within the same day.  If a question is sent while the library is not open, the question is saved and then answered the next day.  For questions that cannot be answered by text, users are encouraged to come to the library for assistance or to call the reference desk at 516-299-2305.

To begin using the service, students should text “askpost” to 66746.  A confirmation message will be sent to the individual’s phone.  Standard messaging and data rates may apply.  Then, save the number in your phone, and ask questions when necessary.  The Text-A-Librarian service will now recognize your phone.  For everyone who uses the service, your information is protected Text-A-Librarian does not display phone numbers, and each question generates an anonymous ID number to ensure privacy.

Text-A-Librarian is a quick way to get help, especially for those people who cannot seem to find enough time in the day to stop by the Library.  Mezick explained, “It provides another way for students to access assistance from the library in addition to the traditional methods of visiting or calling the library, as well as the library’s virtual reference services of email and chat.”

The Text-A-Librarian service was launched on March 8th, and people have already begun to make use of the program.  Several other libraries offer the same service. Text-A-Librarian was created by the award-winning mobile technology company, Mosio.

Ashley Abney, a junior Public Relations major, said, “I love the idea because I have to do my senior thesis next semester and cite journals.  It’s going to be helpful having a librarian so conveniently available.”  Other students, including senior Psychology major Adwoa Boateng, said, “The library is kind of out of the way.  So, this is a good service if I need an answer to a quick question.”


Freddie Schwartz     

At the March 6th Student Government meeting, the administration announced that the campus has exceeded its budget for this year.

“The campus has a budget of about $40 million, but the campus spent around $44 million,” stated LIU Post Provost Dr. Paul Forestell. Some students are concerned that this will lead to budget cuts or that it will negatively effect the campus.

Anketa Younge, a junior Science and Psychology major, said, “I’m worried that students will be affected financially and also the faculty members.”

Dr. Forestell explained that the budget is a non-digressional budget, meaning that the campus is required to pay certain expenses, including payroll, utilities and financial aid for students. The budget is decided upon by predicting the revenue and expenses the school will incur for the year.

One issue this year has been graduate enrollment, which is currently down around five percent. This adds up to a $3-4 million loss for campus income. Additionally, LIU Post had to hire more human resources personnel to cover legal work.

Dr. Forestell also said that increasing the student aid in scholarships, especially merit-based scholarships,  in order to raise the academic level of the school and bring in more students has added to campus expenses. According to Forestell, the amount of student aid has increased by 20 percent in the last five years.

While LIU Post faces budgetary issues, Forestell said that a new program will be introduced to the campus in Spring 2013. The Adult Completion program will allow people who never completed the required amount of credits to receive a degree. The program will be a blend of on-campus and online courses to aid those students who have families or full-time jobs.

Some students are still concerned with the budget issues and how it will affect them. “Hopefully, the school will figure out how to solve this problem,” said Jade Greco, a junior Biomedical Science major.

However, Forestell said that even though the campus has gone over the budget, financial aid will not be cut. “As long as students maintain good academic standing, their financial aid will be given to them,” he said.


Alex Parker

I’ve always thought that boys had no clue how our brains worked; that men really were from a different planet or something. But now I’m starting to think that they may understand us a little better than I had anticipated. Ladies, don’t worry, I’m not saying they completely get us and they’re going to get everything perfect. I know that will never happen unless we find ourselves cast in a Disney movie and even then the handsome prince usually messes up once or twice before getting it right.

Hear me out though. As I’ve stated in previous articles, us females have a lovely tendency to fall for the bad guy, the guy who essentially has a billboard screaming heartbreak over his head. They have to be doing something right, don’t they? If they weren’t, we wouldn’t get involved with them in the first place. Well, my friends, I’ve figured it out.  Those sneaky little you know what’s have figured out the way our minds work.

They tell us exactly what we want to hear. Those buffoons have mastered the female psyche. A few days of being told how beautiful (not pretty, because they know beautiful sounds better) and different we are followed by a few days of silence will drive us batty and we’ll keep coming back for more. Their genius doesn’t end there. They will come up with some profound excuse as to why we were ignored; some asinine tragedy occurred, a distant relative got sick; the list goes on and on.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll question it at first but end up telling yourself that you’re being overly critical because the guy had already told you how “wonderful” you are. And we will just do this over and over again until we lose our minds. It’s all a big heaping load of garbage.

Looking back, I should have listened to my dad when he told me that guys don’t mature until they’re about 30 or 32. I would have saved so much time and energy. Of course we are all convinced that we found that one in a million guy at first, it’s new and exciting. The chance of them actually being that remarkable is slim to none at our ages.

I don’t have much hope that reading this article or any of the previous ones I’ve written on similar topics will be of much help. They are true masterminds; every word is plotted and strategic. The best part about this whole thing is that girls are still under the impression that they have the upper hand. As a gender, females will continue to be stupefied by a pretty face and an elusive compliment. Sorry ladies, for now the power is theirs because we give it to them.


 Daniel Caccavale

The Republican primary race continues to push on and it still has no definitive winner. As each state holds its primary election and the tallies go up for Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul, the question is quickly shifting from who is the best Republican candidate to lead the country to who can beat President Obama in November? The even bigger question is; can he even be beaten? Of course no candidate is impossible to beat but do any of the four Republican contenders have what it takes to become President?

Part of the question relies on what the American public thinks of Obama going into Election Day. This isn’t looking to good at the moment since Obama has just hit an all time low approval rating of 46.8%, according to The numbers are not exact and could of course fluctuate over the next few months and alter the final election in November. But what about the Republicans; are they really up for the challenge?

America seems to still be unsure about that. Not one of the four major remaining candidates has a clear view of the finish line. Ron Paul, who is currently in last place, has yet to win a single state in the entire primary race. Why would he still continue to run this late without having a single state on his side? Of course he could bounce back and win a few but it probably won’t be enough to give him the nomination. What he can still do is be a spoiler. If Paul drops out, his loyal supporters will have to find another candidate to vote for. So by staying in the race he can at least take the few votes he will get and not have them handed to another candidate. For the rest of the candidates this just means fewer votes to go around, making every other vote count just a bit more.

And then of course there is Newt Gingrich, who is currently third in the race. Gingrich has won just a few states here and there. When the recent elections in Mississippi and Alabama occurred, Gingrich needed to come in better than third or dropping out would be a very real possibility. Although Gingrich didn’t win either state, he managed to pull in second place in both, keeping his hope alive just a bit longer. But even though he won second place, it still doesn’t give him a major push towards first overall. Gingrich made it clear from the beginning that he is in it for the long haul, so it doesn’t seem like he will be giving in any time soon.

So while Paul and Gingrich’s hopes hang on by threads, the two front runners are Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. A few months ago it seemed Romney had a clear victory and no one had ever heard of Santorum. Today, Romney is barely ahead of Santorum and the race is quickly tightening up. Santorum has been racking up the Deep South states such as Alabama, and Mississippi and other major states such as Kansas while Romney is picking up numerous other smaller states. Romney did pick up the majority of states in the Super Tuesday election but the battles in the more important states, such as Ohio, were so close it is almost impossible to tell that Romney had won at all. These states are considered more important because of the size of the population. The higher the population, the higher the number of delegates the state has. So states like Ohio, New York, California, and Texas are worth more than states such as Wyoming or Delaware. Santorum is quickly catching Romney and before long, Santorum could have the lead and a nomination if things continue in the same fashion they have been.

This brings it all back to the original question. Will one of these candidates be able to beat President Obama in November? The answer is still unclear. It is extremely difficult to tell at this point because things are so close at the moment. It does play in his favor that the Republican Party is so divided because if the party can’t pick a clear candidate then how will it ever agree to vote on the same one in the long run. But if Obama’s popularity continues to sink, then it may not look too good in November. It seems yet again that only time will tell what the outcome will be. For now the Republican candidates will fight for the first place spot, and Obama will fight for more popularity among the American people, but it will be the fight in November that will answer all the questions.


Cristina Foglietta

For seniors, graduation is quickly approaching. Students have mixed feelings about the big day when they truly enter the real world outside the comfortable gates of college.

I am only a junior and I already feel the pressure of finding a job and facing the “real world.” I have to admit, the thought of being a grown up really scares me and I feel like I’m not ready for it. Honestly, I don’t really want to grow up! I know I sound like Peter Pan, but it can be very overwhelming to leave childhood behind and become an adult with a lot of responsibilities.

Unlike comfortable college life, in the real world, you must buy and cook your own food when you want to eat. I bet the meals at Hillwood and Winnick sound pretty good now. Of course, you can always order take out or eat at a restaurant but how can someone straight out of college afford that? Most students are already thousands of dollars in debt the day they graduate with tons of loans to pay off.

Then don’t forget a place to live. Finding an affordable apartment in decent condition in a good neighborhood can be extremely difficult; especially if you do not have a job or form of steady income. This leads me to the worry most students stress about quite frequently….finding a job.

Several seniors seem to be feeling the pressure. “I am nervous about finding a job in this economy. I think I will find better job opportunities in Korea and should move back there,” said senior finance major, Sung Joon. “I’m really stressed out about finding a job,” said Senior Sharla Celestin, who is a social work major.

Some are not that worried about getting a job. “I’m sure I’ll get some job, it doesn’t have to be in my field. I’m a hard worker,” said senior Forensic Science major, Rachel Kurtz. “If I don’t get a job, I’ll live with my parents who will support me. They love me no matter what,” Kurtz added. “I can’t wait to graduate to relax and finally have free time. I really want to leave New York and travel to other countries,” said Kurtz.

Some do not feel the transition from school to work is much of a change. “The work is never over. When school is over, I have to get a real job,” said senior Maria Bivona, a Public Relations major.

The reality is that graduation is coming soon whether the class of 2012 is ready for it or not. One main reason most students attend college is to get a better job, which is supposed to pay more. It is the ending so many have waited their whole lives for. But will it all turn out the way one hoped? After all this is not a movie, this is real life. Will we get the happy ending we wanted?


Kathleen Joyce

If you haven’t noticed in the news lately, the subject of female contraceptives has been one of the largest trending topics surrounding the Republican primary. By August, President Obama wants to have health care providers cover female contraceptives. Many Republicans oppose this, causing many women activists to speak out against the Republicans running for president.


I’m all for free birth control and what not, but lately, women have been suggesting finding a contraceptive for men, and it’s not condoms. Use your imagination to figure that one out. But in the world of sex, what is safe and what isn’t?


Birth control: When taken the pill correctly, it has been proven to be 99.9 percent effective. The pill does not protect from sexually transmitted diseases. And as any woman knows, it’s easy to forget to take the pill. The pill must be taken every day on a schedule that goes by her menstrual cycle. The NuvaRing is similar to what the pill does, except it is inserted in the vagina and left for three weeks until a new one is put in. It is also 99 percent effective and it does not protect against STDs. Side effects for both are weight gain, nausea, vaginal infections, and erratic periods.


Condoms: The most effective protection against STDs is condoms. They are the most common contraceptive to use during sex, according to an FDA poll.  The use of condoms has decreased since many couples feel the sex isn’t comfortable with the condom. Many couples have tried the “pull out” method,which is what is sounds like – stopping sex before ejaculation. It is also known as the reversible method. Other reversible methods of contraception include IUDS and condoms. IUDS are copper containing devices that are surgically placed in the cervix. It’s a pain in the neck to have, but it is effective for up to five years. The bad news about pulling out is that it can lead to problems later for men such as erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. Also, the pull out method may not always be effective because pre-ejaculate fluids, commonly called “pre-cum,” contains semen and can lead to pregnancy.

Abstinence: According to Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and many religions, abstinence is the way to go. They are right – abstinence is the safest way to go, but is it the sanest? Many doctors have said sex is good for those to let out anger and stress. Many societies that ban sex before marriage experience more acts of rage, aggression, and murder according to the U.S. Conservative Policy Research. Many young adults feel the need to fit in, so having sex is a gateway to be accepted.


For all of us, it is important to be safe from STDs and HIV. Ladies, we should visit a gynecologist once a year, even if we are not sexually active, just to be safe. As for those interested in politics, get prepared to hear a lot about sex in the next few months. Women count in this election, and the more the Republicans hold back from contraceptives, the more likely they will lose out on women voters.