April 23, 2014

New Kicks Equal Big Bucks

By: Donna Razawi

No taxes. No one to answer to. A weekly based salary ranging from $80 to as much (or even more than) $1,300. Spending money to make money? Wanna know where to sign up?

Many boys starting from the age of 11 and 12, are finding the buying and reselling of sneakers and brand name clothing to be a growing business.

Some students mentioned the fact that girls are not as predominant in the business. Kiron Mitchell, or KJ, a sophomore at John Jay, claims girls are only a part of the business in order to impress their boyfriends not because of their own interest in sneakers.

“Guys sell, because they love sneakers and enjoy the whole process. We don’t see that too often with girls,” KJ said.

As the search for employment becomes difficult and many are searching for ways to make pocket money, teens are starting to build their own businesses by buying and selling. This strand of entrepreneurship is “easy money” and most find it enjoyable.

Timothy Campbell, a senior who started his business at 17, explained how he gets a hold of his sneakers.

“It’s not difficult to actually get the sneakers, you just need money and connections,” he said.

Connections grow when you stay in the business for a long time and you make friends who work at stores. Then you can find the exact day a sneaker drops or how many are being made. Connections are what give you the upper hand.

Jorge Morales, a junior, has waited in line for the release of the Jordan Retro 7 Olympic, “The Love of the Game” sneaker. He once camped out from Thursday 9 am until Friday at 12 pm. Luckily it was in August so he didn’t need to worry about the cold. However it did rain.

While some people call it crazy, Morales explained, “Not only do you get to say you scored the hottest shoe—something rare—but you make money.”

The shoe sold for $163.85, but Morales later sold them for $450.

Some students who sell on the side claim their salaries range based on the number of released sneakers. During the colder months from November to February, sneakers are released the most.

Due to the holiday season, stores know it’s the giving season. More kids have some extra pocket money to spend on new kicks. Some of John Jay’s students have earned as much as $1,000 on just one sale.

Sophomore Kevin Paz, currently unemployed, said the cheapest thing he’s ever sold was $80 for a hoodie, he pocketed an easy $40.

KJ isn’t new to the business. He started in the seventh grade and he keeps growing with it.

“It’s a lucrative business, you don’t have to pay taxes” he said.

Those who do buy and sell explain that the business is easy when you’re smart about it. They follow trends and keep updated on who’s wearing what. Rappers, fashions icons, and all-star athletes can make certain brands famous. Most follow the A$AP crew, Wiz Khalifa, and Kevin Durant.

The criteria for a “good” sneaker to sell is the brand, history, and hype. Certain brands can bring in more money:a limited quantity is sold so the rarity of the sneaker is important. Popular brands include Bape, Jordans, and Supreme.

However, Paz argued,  you must know your customer and what they want to buy. Some sneakers are produced with a purpose; they commemorate a championship or are designed by a popular artist or basketball player. The “hype” refers to the popularity of the sneaker, how many people want it and overall the shoe being popular.

Besides connections, the way to get the hottest sneakers is by waiting in lines and winning raffles. Another way is by using the social media outlets, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay in the loop as to what’s hot and who’s selling what. Facebook groups like “NYC Buying and Selling,” and hashtags such as “kicksonfire” help create traction.

Those who sell the sneakers don’t do it just for the money.

Ajay Pahuja, a sophomore at John Jay, got his first pair of sneakers at 12. His father bought them, and from there he started selling. There’s no one to teach you how to sell or what to buy, but rather you learn on your own by trial and error.

“You have to love this. There has to be a point where you just loved your shoes,” he said.

Since there are no punch cards and no hourly wage, buying and selling isn’t a job, but rather a lifestyle. There is no destined time for everything but rather, you go about your day and the work part comes in; when you hear your friends talk about a new sneaker, the way you dress, and what you see on Instagram.

Is Violence Ever Justified?

By: Joseph M. Gomez  

On a bright, crisp October afternoon in New Jersey, the heated rivalry between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots resumed for the 2013 NFL season.  There was no drama unfolding on the football field. However, an unscheduled event that took place in the MetLife stadium corridors that became the event highlight, one which would generated controversy and spark a heated debate.

In American society, social norms have dictated how men and women are supposed to conduct themselves.  Traditionally, men have been told to never lay a hand on a lady.  However, is it fair for a woman to strike a man first and for that man to hit her in return?

Kurt Paschke, a 38 year old man from Long Island was caught on tape punching 26 year old Jaclyn Nugent, a female, in the face.  Paschke, who was a part of a group of Jets fans got in a heated confrontation with a group of Patriots fans including Nugent.  In the end, four individuals including Paschke and Nugent were charged for their roles in the altercation, they also received lifetime bans from MetLife stadium.

Their argument turned physical while in the corridors of the stadium, where punches were thrown.  On the video tape, Nugent was observed running towards the back of Paschke, she threw some punches which led to Paschke turning around and throwing a punch with his right hand into the face of Nugent.

So then, was Kurt Paschke wrong for hitting a woman in the face?  In an interview with CNN, Paschke’s lawyer, Bruce Barket had this to say, “Even a quick review of the video and just talking to a couple witnesses, you can see Kurt was defending himself and (he) shouldn’t have been charged at all and certainly won’t be convicted.”

According to Paschke’s attorney, his client was justified in hitting Jaclyn Nugent because he did so in self-defense.  Theresa Show, 21, a senior at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice says, “No, biologically men are stronger than women, and I think it’s wrong if men would punch back.  She added, “I believe men tend to be stronger.”

Show’s rationale, which can be disputed, is not necessarily out of the mainstream.  The view that women are physically inferior to men is a view that has been maintained across different cultures, religions and ethnic groups.

Another troubling case involving violence between a man and a woman occurred on a winter day in February 2011.  Oscar Fuller, 36, got into a dispute over a parking spot with Lana Rosas, 26.  What would result thereafter would come to surprise not just those involved and their families, but the entire City of New York as well.

Rosas, a woman, was standing in the street holding a parking spot for a friend in the Manhattan neighborhood of Greenwich Village.  Fuller, who was in his car and looking to park tried to take the spot.  When the two met face to face, a war of would break out which then lead to violence.

According to Fuller, when Rosas started hitting him, he threw a punch, hitting her in the face and dropping her to the pavement.  Rosas was knocked into a coma because of the incident and her family maintains that it was the force of Fuller’s punch that was responsible for her comatose state. Fuller denies this claim, saying that it was her head landing on the pavement which caused the severe injury.

Fuller was charged with misdemeanor assault, rather than the more serious charge of felony assault for which he was acquitted of.  However, Fuller was sentenced to a year in jail.

Wai Chen, 21, a senior at John Jay had this to say, “If a girl hit me I would not get mad, I would not have the same anger if a guy hits me.”  Chen argues that he could take the punch of a female and laugh it off but if he were hit by man it’d be a whole other story.

While there are those who believe it is wrong to hit a woman under any circumstance, and who argue that it is either immoral to strike a woman or that a woman cannot sustain a physical assault from a man, there are those who feel otherwise.

Take for instance Ken Leon, 23, a junior at John Jay College.  Asked what he would do if he was attacked by a woman, Leon said, “I don’t think I’ll hit a girl, if it gets to the extent that she keeps hitting me, I’ll lay one on her.”  He went on to elaborate a little more on what he believes is fair, saying “They want to go to war, they want to have the same rights, why shouldn’t they be treated as us.”

A view such as the one Mr. Leon has might come under attack as being a belief that only men might have.  Bianca Almeida, 24, senior at John Jay seems to have some of the same thoughts when it comes to male/female violence.  She said, “This system is made to benefit the woman… unfortunately the whole system is on the woman’s side.”

Almeida, who trained in combined martial arts back in her home of Astoria, Queens when she was a teen recalled occasionally hitting one of the boys in her class.  She joked that the chief reason she bugged him was because he could not hit her back.

In the lobby of John Jay College’s North Hall building, during the school’s community hour as students swarmed in and out of the building sat Professor and Dr.  Olivera Jokic.  Dr. Jokic, a professor of Gender Studies at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, was sipping on a cup of coffee she purchased at the nearby school breakfast stand and had several things to say regarding the issue of man/female violence.

When asked whether a man is ever justified in hitting a woman professor Jokic shot the question right back saying, “What do you think?”  In making her point she said is the use of reciprocal violence ever right.

The professor, who has a PH.D and two master’s degrees, one from the University of Texas and the other from the University of Michigan continued, saying “If a woman gets raped, should she have the right to rape the person that raped her.”  She then began to question and analyze why it is we as a society value and often feel entitled to certain things, “Why do we value football, parking spots and violence?”

She also believes that our society rape culture, Jokic explained it as, “A rape culture is one that blames the victims of violence that happens to them.”  She added, “We distribute blame and talk responsibility that men and women are different, that they have different relations to their bodies.”

Culturally we have rules, some written and many others unwritten that say how it is men and women must conduct themselves.  Maybe the answer to a violent act should not be another violent act in return, maybe we should consider not laying our hands on anyone.

 

Muscle Memory

By: Qendresa Efendija

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An Olympic diver, who has been out for an entire season, decides to enter the 1996 Olympics. It is a week before the games and she begins her training by closing her eyes for two hours everyday, visualizing herself jumping off the diving board. She enters the Olympics with a mental memory of her technique and leaves with a medal.

Stories of visual training float in the athletic world. For some athletes, their physical prowess compensates for a lack of mental focus. For others, developing rituals allows them to overcome a lack of physical ability.

Motor-memory, commonly referred to as muscle-memory, is teaching muscles how to repeat movements or techniques so that it becomes similar to a reflex.

Mickey Melendez, Athletic and Physical Education Counselor and NCAA Faculty Representative of John Jay College studied exercise science.

“Muscle memory is the idea that in order to give a skill permanence you would have to rehearse it numerous times,” Melendez said.

Melendez is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a fitness specialist. He is a sports psychologist consultant for youth, interscholastic, college and professional athletes. Melendez claims that it’s tougher for division three athletes to develop muscle memory.

“This method requires luxury, time, and the facilities. Division three athletes have no time to develop skills. They have class, they have jobs, and they probably don’t get enough time in the gym,” Melendez said.

He recommends athletes work on the physiological skills and preparation more than the physical skills. “Thousands of people can teach you technique but only a few can teach you how to focus and how to handle the emotional process of the game”

Martina Hot is the captain of the John Jay College women’s volleyball team. Playing volleyball for eight years, she uses rituals to maintain her high performance level.

Hot’s volleyball statistics include 612 kills, 418 digs and 158 service aces.

Hot reveals that before serving the ball, she has to smack the ball three times then bounce it three times. Her teammates have also pointed out to her that before she serves she always takes a step back before approaching forward.

Hot says athletes keep themselves sane by creating superstitions. Many student athletes, such as Hot, have developed superstitions to what they say, “get their heads in the game.”

Kalyssa Daley, second baseman for the John Jay softball team, explains her rituals that she claims adjusts her technique. She first steps into the batters box with her right foot and touches her bat to the plate. Daley then swings her bat to her shoulder and adjusts her glasses with her shoulder three times.

“Being a good athlete means calming yourself down,” said Hot. “Whoever is mentally strong is going to succeed at the end of the day.”

Katelyn Davis, from the women’s soccer team, uses music to get herself pumped and mentally ready. Her superstitions include jumping and touching the top of the goalie bar before the start of a game.

Hot watches an inspirational video from former National Football League player Ray Lewis giving a pre-game speech to mentally prepare herself before games.

“You need two things. Confidence and preparation,” Hot said.

From Melendez’s perspective, athletes like Hot can develop muscle memory psychologically by using sports skills such as mental imagery or visualization.

“There’s two ways to visualize a perfectly executed technique. Visualize another person doing it, like highlights on television, or seeing as if you are doing it in the moment,” Melendez said.

He describes the research studies he witnessed where people were taught visualization skills.

“They’re sitting in their chair visualizing their routine and they start to twitch and their heart rate goes up,” Melendez said. “They start to sweat because in their mind, they are rehearsing their skill perfectly.”

Melendez, who still plays competitively today, was a student athlete playing ice hockey at the Division I level as an undergraduate student and still uses visualization skills.

“As a hockey player, which is very technique driven, I spend a lot of time thinking and visualizing myself playing the sport and then I am making all the right moves in the games- the key is to visualize using the correct form.”

Melendez explained that the brain does not know the difference from playing and visualizing. Part of muscle memory is making the neuro connections so that the muscles don’t need to think as much when making movements.

For example, Hot hears her volleyball coach Eder Matheller tell her to “stop thinking” and “just do it.” This is because the movements as an athlete should become instinctual and based off of muscle memory.

According to John Jay Men’s Soccer Coach, Nathan Bell, with a master’s degree in sports psychology, “The visualization part of muscle memory is key but you have to spend more time in the gym.”

Bell comes from a coaching background with the New York Red Bulls and his own soccer club in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

He explains how division three athletes resort to visualization skills. This system is learned by monitoring and seeing movements, which your body then replicates.

Bell explained that movements and techniques should be learned in a stress free environment in order to increase effectiveness of muscle memory. For some athletes, it is all about keeping a psychological order in their rituals.

One of the captains of the Men’s Basketball team at John Jay, Kendal Jordan, has been an athlete for 15 years.

Jordan’s rituals occur when he shoots his foul shots. He rotates the ball, takes a deep breath, bounces the ball twice, takes another deep breath, and then takes his shot. Jordan explains that he needed a technique that would buy him time to relax.

“If I take my time, it works every time.” Jordan confesses that if his technique fails him, then his mental state is brought down along with his performance.

Bell included that for players like Jordan, the younger an athlete starts to play, the easier it is to create a memorized movement.

“If you’re trying to learn a new skill at 20 rather than three years old, you will pick up on instruction much faster at 20 but your muscle memory will build much slower,” Bell said.

Jordan watches repeats of basketball games to mentally prepare himself to play. Before he plays, Jordan listens to music that he feels helps him focus.

Bell claims that when watching someone play, who plays similar to oneself, it teaches the body how to move in that way. He explains the technique he uses, called “modeling a professional.”

“One thing I did with my team is that I sent a YouTube clip of one specific professional player to each team member to watch before a game,” Bell said.

Coach Bell’s visualization techniques are focused on making the player a better athlete and increase their mental capacity to play at a higher level.

“Obviously these videos of professionals play at a higher level,” Bell said. “But for a team member who is very passionate, I gave them a professional who will inspire them and show them the technique at the same time.”

African-Americans Evolving in Comic Books

By Alex Guzman

Can you think of a comic book or graphic novel whose central character is black?  Have you ever read of a black superhero that is not merely a sidekick, or an irrelevant character? Last month “Heroes in Black: Race, Image, Ideology and the Evolution of Comics Scholarship” was an event held at the CUNY Graduate Center on 34th Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan. Professor Jonathan W. Gray, an assistant professor of English at John Jay College lead this talk.

White characters, like Superman and Batman, are more prevalent in comics than black protagonists. There were differences in their upbringings and how they became superheroes, but almost all of them were white. Black superheroes, like Luke Cage, were not always painted in the best light. Even though Cage was the main character in his comic, he was born of the exploitation of black people in the film industry. He portrayed the archetype of the big buck.

“Early black characters faced moral quandaries [and were] placed under the gaze of white superheroes [and] popular culture,” Professor Gray said. Compared to the 1970’s, black characters now embody fewer stereotypes.

The African riots and the Black Panther movement heavily influenced Cage’s character when Luke Cage comics first came out. But after his disappearance for some time, he reappeared with the rise of Barack Obama as a state senator.

The new Luke Cage looked different from how he used to look in the 70’s, which gave off a less extremist image, according to Gray. His new costume helped him to better fit in as a member of society rather than being associated with a specific ethnic group. He was now integrated with the black working class, rather than the black power movement.

Gray quoted Scott Buktaman, who said that young scholars say that comics pay special attention to non-traditional superheroes. Gray also quotes Scott McCloud, who claims “universality of the cartoon image” as a “white, heteronormative, masculine subject.”

Gray spoke of neo-liberalism and the introduction of the first black comic book characters to appear on their own.

“In 1975, Marvel creates four iconic black characters,” Gray said. He speaks of the Black Panther, Storm, The Falcon and the aforementioned Luke Cage.

Gray remembered how, in one comic, The Falcon is fighting an enemy while Captain America watches. He claimed that this “endorses militant black masculinity, [which] mirrors and mimics that of the reader.”

Gray mentioned that many considered The Falcon who was the true hero of that comic. He explained how “this displacement of course is incomplete [because] The Falcon has never had his own comic book.”

Gray looked at his audience to read their reaction, and continued, “I began to see Superman as a punk, that Superman didn’t relate to replenishing the earth, like Huey Newton and other people did,” Gray said. “In essence, Superman is a phony and a fake. He never saved any black people in this country in any comic book stories.”

The last of Gray’s PowerPoint slides was of Luke Cage. In this interpretation, Cage was a more humanized multicultural member of society, and not so much a member of one ethnic group specifically, as he walked with his white wife, pushing his multiracial infant son in his stroller.

Professor Gray is teaching The African-American Experience: Comparative Racial Perspectives in the Spring 2014 semester.

New Vice President Elected to Student Council

By Melissa Kong

Staff Writer

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There’s a new vice president in town. On Oct. 2, John Jay’s Student Council elected Julio Torres as vice president to replace Salahdine Baroudi, who resigned early September.

Torres, 26 and a Global History Major, is a former active duty service member in the U.S  Army. He was the president of the John Jay Veterans Association, as well as a Senior class representative. To take up this new role, Torres had to resign from those positions mentioned above.

Though Torres already assumed the responsibilities as Student Council’s new vice president, the shift of the change has not yet been updated on the college Jay Stop website.

Torres joined Student Council because he felt he was the right man for the job saying there was a lot of work to do once there was a vacancy.

“I offered my experience and promised to do my best,” Torres said. “With my experience in the military I thought I could fill this role.”

In an email sent to the Sentinel, Baroudi explained the reasons for his resignation.

“Ultimately, what led to my resignation as the Vice President of Student Government was other responsibilities that, I felt, fell in more closer relation to my career interests.”

Baroudi later went on to reflect about his time serving as Student Council Vice President.

“I carefully considered my 2 years of working within Student Government, and the four to five month term as Vice President, and realized that I had completed a significant portion of my duties and objectives within the position,” said Baroudi.

As for Torres, he told the Sentinel of his broad agenda.

“My plans are to fill all committees available for student representation on campus, make changes to the Student Government Charter which will increase the efficiency of Student Governance within John Jay, assist the Student Council Representatives with their tasks and event planning, revise various reference material used by Student Government, formalize a John Jay homelessness initiative and have an ROTC information session,” said Torres.

One of the tasks that Baroudi had that still needs to be fulfilled is filling committee seats. The task is essential because it gives careful consideration to issues pertaining to college policies and other student related concerns on campus.

For Student Council’s President Clinton Dyer Jr. he stated, “I trusted in his ability,” he expressed that because of Baroudi 2 year Student Government experience, he had very high expectations.  One major expectation that Dyer had for the former Student Council Vice President was the fulfillment of committee seats which according to Dyer, Baroudi failed to do.

Though it isn’t ideal to have a student council member resign mid-semester,  Torres is optimistic about his new position.

“I hope to embody the Student Council motto of “Catalyst for Change,” said Torres.

“I hope to accomplish all of my plans while maintaining my GPA. I hope to assist homeless students of John Jay and replicate this effort throughout CUNY.”

Veterans at John Jay Explain The Pros and Cons of Service

 

By Simone Isaac

Staff Writer

 

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Tuition, sign-up bonuses and travel opportunities await those who join the military, but not everyone is suited for it said Welby Alcantara, John Jay’s Veterans Affairs Coordinator.

Alcantara, a Marine veteran, said the reasons vary as to why people join.”It is important to know one’s reason for joining the military.”

E4 specialist, Claudine Solomon, currently stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, said she joined the Army to provide for her family in a tough economy but does not plan to renew her contract.

“I was raised in Bed-Stuy,” said Latoya Clarke, 29.

Clarke joined the Army to show that good things can come from Bed-Stuy. After serving eight years on active duty, she is now a reservist recently deployed to Afghanistan.

Others join the Army so it can help them go to college.

32-year-old veteran Jason Spencer, a Jamaican immigrant, joined the National Guard because he wanted his college tuition paid. Horrified by post 9/11 rescue operations, he joined the US Army and served eight years receiving his citizenship in the process.

“I had feelings of patriotism after immigration,” said Yevgeny Gershman. A John Jay alum and Russian immigrant, Gershman enlisted with the National Guard before becoming an Army reservist.

Joseph Moore, a senior studying Security Management at John Jay, said that he joined the National Guard to protect his country post 9/11 because he, too, felt a sense of patriotism.

Adam Baumel, a sophomore and Political Science major also at John Jay, joined the U.S. Navy impulsively: “I wanted money for college, to see the world and to force me to grow up faster than I was in college,” he said.

Another benefit is traveling, a sentiment expressed by Moore and Alcantara. Spencer has been to Hawaii and Iraq.

Solomon said that salary is guaranteed twice a month despite sick leave absences.

“The basic salary sucks,” said Moore, “but the perks add up.” Benefits such as a monthly living stipend and free medical care add up to a better take-home salary.

A financial incentive, also known as a sign-up bonus, may be offered to join the military depending on the need of the service and the recruit’s specialty,  Alcantara and Gershman explained.

Low-interest-rate housing loans are available to military personnel, whether active, reservist or veteran. The Montgomery GI bill, established in 1944, provides tuition for college and graduate school for those who enlist. Spencer is now in college and Gershman has his Masters in Criminal Justice. Clarke can use her benefits to pay for her son’s college education or that of another family member.

Members indicated that one never leaves the service the same way he or she entered. Recruits learn discipline, loyalty, respect, sense of duty, courage, integrity, honor, and the determination to rise to leadership. Gershman attested that he lost his fear of public speaking.

Drawbacks to enlisting in the military can include emotional stresses from selfless service, for example, fear of death while deployed during wartime and separation from family for long periods of time. Baumel said that he missed both of his grandparents’ funerals and his best friend’s wedding due to military missions. Gershman said that one’s body belongs to the service. Vaccinations, including trial vaccines, are not optional.

Spencer, Clarke and Solomon said that they missed their children’s developing stages. These estranged relationships can remain for many years because sometimes the familial bonds are not repaired even after retirement.

While deployed, soldiers must develop a mental barrier to distance themselves from thoughts and memories of loved ones to keep themselves sharp on the battlefield.

The possibility for alcoholism, drug use, memory loss and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, are among other long term and potentially permanent effects of serving in the military. “My drinking increased when I returned, to numb the pain and cope with the insanity of war,” said Spencer.

However, these effects are dependent on several factors. One of which is the branch of the military one served in, for example, the Army, Coast Guard, Navy, Marine, National Guard, etc. Other factors include deployment, and whether the country is at war. Even the rank and specialty one has when enlisting is another factor- a surgeon will not be as easily exposed to combat action as a footman will.

Clarke and Spencer said civilians do not understand veterans, and readjusting to civilian life can be difficult. People seem to be so casual and care-free and don’t seem to understand the fragility of life. Spencer said, “Civilians don’t appreciate what they have because they have never walked in the shoes of military personnel or a veteran.”

All interviewees agree that one needs to be mentally and physically prepared, seize the opportunity if possible, prepare to be tested, remember that one’s body belongs to the service, and financial opportunities vary and can be generational.

Military personnel understand the emotional turmoil and trauma each may face. They support each other in various ways. Spencer primarily hires veterans in his restaurant.

Five of the seven interviewed emphatically said if they could go back in time, they would serve in the military. Moreover, they each gave words of advice.

“Go for it,” said Spencer. “Do as much as you can because you don’t know when you can check out.”

Gershman said to “consider motivation” and determine your preparedness to make the ultimate sacrifice of your life.

Baumel said to do research and carefully analyze what recruiters say.

Moore said to ask about experiences in the field, regardless of active duty, reservist or veteran. He said, “It is a lifestyle, it’s not a 9-5.”

John Jay Observes Domestic Violence for the Month of October

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By Jeffrey Nunziato

Purple floods the halls of John Jay as Domestic Violence Awareness events take place throughout the month of October.

October is known for Breast Cancer Awareness Month—where you’ll often see people wearing the color pink. John Jay held awareness for another issue, domestic violence of which, the color for Domestic Violence Awareness is purple. On Oct. 17, John Jay held a “Purple Day” where students and faculty got together to wear the color purple in some form or fashion.

Katherine Outlaw, the Program Coordinator of Leadership and Diversity, who works in the Office of Student Life, is part of the faculty heading the events. “I’m excited about it,” said Outlaw. “We wanted to honor the victims of domestic violence, raise awareness, and let people know that we are paying attention.”

This is not the first year that John Jay is holding events for domestic violence, but it is the first as a collaborative effort. There are three offices heading the events—the Office of Student Life, the Women’s Center, and the Office of External Affairs. Each office contributed a part to the cause.

Outlaw felt that working with other offices made things easier. “Collaborations are important. I think that when you work on a college campus students get into silos, but we want to open it up and make you aware of what others experience,” said Outlaw. “We want students to be involved.”

“Purple Day” was an event done to make people think. “I want students to see others wearing purple and think ‘why are you wearing purple?’ and to challenge people to think about how they interact with others,” Outlaw said. The color purple, representing Domestic Violence Awareness, is a way for students and faculty to get involved in the effort.

Done as a collaborative effort, the offices had the mezzanine lit purple in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness. The Office of External Affairs handled negotiations to have the lighting approved. “I think it brings it to another level,” Outlaw said. “The opportunity to do this and let people know that this is what’s going on.”

The Women’s Center paid for t-shirts that students could customize with domestic violence statistics. They were also handing out paper fliers with statistics of domestic violence along with purple ribbons that students could pin to their clothing.

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Elizabeth Yukins, who is Director of the Women’s Center, was also looking forward to the awareness events for domestic violence. “Those t-shirts, 50 of them, were gone in a few hours from people coming in,” said Yukins. “We’ve had over 100 people come in to either get a t-shirt or get a purple ribbon to wear.”

Among “Purple Day”, custom t-shirts and ribbons, the Women’s Center also held a bake-sale in the lobby of New Building on Oct. 17. At the beginning of November, the Women’s Center will be hanging t-shirts in the lobby of New Building. “Each shirt will have different colors, representing different issues of death or survival in relationship to violence,” Yukins said.

Both Outlaw and Yukins made it clear that the administration at John Jay was supportive of their efforts to plan the awareness events. Despite the numerous events going on at John Jay, including the movie filming that took up entire floors at a time, it was important to get space for the awareness events. “We started off a little late in regards to the events due to the other things going on in October, but we wanted to still show respect to the victims of domestic violence,” said Outlaw.

What drives these women to get involved with these kinds of events? Outlaw, who previously worked at the University of Arizona, was the coordinator of the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event that had to do with sexual assault. “For me, I’m also a Women’s Studies Minor, and so I always think about what my daily life is, how I can affect people, and how I can teach people in the process,” said Outlaw. “As a Diversity Coordinator that’s my job, but that’s also how I live my life.”

Being that Yukins is the Director of the Women’s Center, Yukins job is focused on being the supportive backbone for people who need help. “There’s a sense of doing what we can to assist students who struggle with personal issues in their lives,” said Yukins. “Whether that’s counseling, or advocacy, or raising the awareness of issues, it’s our job.”

 

 

Do you know where your wallet is? Daily Crime Log Shows Larceny Leads.

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By Taja Whitted

Staff Writer

Larceny is the most common crime committed at John Jay College with harassment coming in as second, according to the Daily Crime Log.

Larceny is classified as theft of personal belongings like phones, wallets and purses, containing credit cards, ATM cards, and even cash amounting to $1000 or more.

A total of 40 crimes were reported so far in 2013, as reports of crimes committed within the last 60 days are accessible to the public under the Clery Act.

“I’ve heard people say their stuff was stolen but not mine,” said Jonathan Garrido, a senior and political science major.

Garrido said that he never leaves his bag alone in the classroom.  Oftentimes though, he’d see students leave their bags around campus, and even forget cell phone chargers.

“I don’t mind leaving my stuff because the people I work with are pretty close,” said Nathalie Torro from the office of Testing and Evaluation.

Torro recalls a time when she once panicked because she left her belongings behind in her office.

“Once I left my wallet at my desk and my whole pay was inside, and it was left for the weekend so I panicked, but when I came back everything was there and since then I’m pretty comfortable,” she said.

Like Torro, other students don’t mind leaving their items around on campus.

Ordany Robles, a Forensics Psychology major, explained that towards the beginning of the semester she was uncomfortable with leaving belongings unattended, but began to feel more at ease as the semester went on.

She later elaborated that theft can also depend on seat location.

“But then again I also sit in the front,” Robles said, explaining that your seat preference provides less of an opportunity for your items to be stolen in the classroom.

John Jay is primarily a safe campus, compared to other schools, with the total amount of 40 crimes being reported for this year so far, compared to 64 incidences in 2012.

John Jay is not the only CUNY institution where larceny ranks high.

At Hunter College, petit and grand larceny totals 78, a decrease from the 2012 amount of 97. Its total reported crime amount so far for the year is 136, compared to 178 last year.

At Borough of Manhattan Community College, petit and grand larceny totaled at 82 recorded so far for 2013, which is a decrease from the 92 in 2012.

“The main concern here [BMCC] is theft; our students are careless and more than anything else often too trusting,” said Lieutenant and Assistant Director Glenville Mclarty of Public Safety.

Mclarty recalls situations when a student would ask another student to watch his stuff and then it would be that same student who slipped in a hand.

“Once the person comes back, they [the watcher] can say I don’t know,” he explained.

As for harassment reports, the most common threats are for professors dealing with a co-worker or students upset about grades.

Katrina Gomes, a public safety officer, senior and English major, explained that the threats can be verbal or through email, but are still considered as workplace violence.

“Most of the time a professor would file a complaint and they would look at it or investigate it, the system is to notify command, the sergeant and then if needed the peace officers,” Gomes said.

Public Safety officials advise students to be cautious and alert to what is around them.

If an officer sees an item left unattended, he collects the item and places it in the lost and found.

Although in that situation a student can return and believe his item was stolen. Many students know that they must report to public safety or an officer if they think something is amiss.

Both public safety officers Gomes and Glorivy Hidalgo confirm that the lost and found is filled with lost iPods, iPads, phones, clothes, and jewelry.

“We don’t like people to jump to conclusions so we check to see if its in lost and found first, and then from there the cameras,” Gomes said.

The Public Safety office keeps these items until they are retrieved. “Patrol is the biggest way we can prevent anything from happening,” Gomes said.

She explained that public safety officers are required to walk around the school, including exterior patrol, at least every hour.

“For instance if we find a homeless person on the campus we kindly tell them to cross the street because they are not permitted on campus,” she said.

Overall some students choose to carry their belongings with them at all times like Michael Lehurst, a senior and Political Science major.

“I like to observe a lot, everything’s on me and I trust no one,” he said.

 

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Center on Terrorism Begins Fall Seminar Series

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Martin Miller

By: Ryan Durning

Staff Writer

John Jay’s Center on Terrorism kicked off their series of seminars Sept. 20. A packed room of around 60 people showed up to hear guest speaker Martin Miller share his thoughts on a wide range of topics related to terrorism in a conference room on floor 6 of the T-building.

For about half an hour Miller, a history professor at Duke University, spoke about his background in the field, political violence, and the “terrorism age.”

The entire seminar lasted about two hours and included a Q&A session that was open to everyone in attendance. Miller was introduced by the director of the Center on Terrorism, Charles Strozier, who put the crowd at ease with a couple of jokes about Professor Miller’s “love of bluegrass music.” Strozier’s laid-back introduction belied the rest of the seminar though.

Miller peppered his time with short anecdotes that helped to relieve the pressure of such a serious topic. He received his PhD at the University of Chicago, and also visited the Soviet Union as part of his studies.

The audience, which consisted of older people with a sprinkling of students who appeared to be in their mid to late twenties, livened up during one particular anecdote.

“[I] was interrogated for hours,” said Professor Miller as he recounted a trip from the Soviet Union to Tel Aviv, with a layover in Damascus; where he was stopped in the airport by officials.

“I was crushed when they crushed my Cuban cigars,” he said.

A major focus of the seminar was Professor Miller’s recently published book, “The Foundations of Modern Terrorism: State, Society and the Dynamics of Political Violence,” from which he read a couple passages.

Miller referred back to it frequently during his 35 minute speech, considering this was his second time presenting at one of the Center on Terrorism’s seminars.

“It was appropriate to bring Professor Miller back,” said Professor Strozier. “We try to invite people who most recently wrote books because they are the cutting edge of the field.”

Professor Strozier also said the center tries to allow their students to “meet a variety of scholars” through these seminars, which have been ongoing every semester since 2002.

Miller focused on political violence, which is what the majority of modern terrorist attacks have been since 1988: the year that Pan Am flight 103 was bombed over a small Scottish town named Lockerbie.

“[Lockerbie] was the inauguration for the terrorism age” said Professor Miller as he listed a timeline of the major terrorist attacks that included the Oklahoma city bombing and 9/11. He also went on to say that these acts helped to ensure that terrorism had succeeded in making the threat of political violence a part of our lives.

The Q&A session was considerably longer in length compared to the speech; and at the beginning, the audience seemed tentative, with Professor Strozier asking two of the first three questions before others joined in.

Nonetheless, Prof. Miller said he enjoyed the seminar immensely. His first seminar was before he finished his book, and he jumped at the chance to return. “I received helpful comments the first time around,” he said. “I really can’t say enough good things.”

The audience steered the Q&A towards the contemporary Middle East , as well as a few mentions of the Tsarnaev brothers, who bombed the Boston marathon, which allowed for some semi-controversial opinions to come to light.

“The enemy could be us” said Professor Miller, concerning the fact that the country responding to an attack is not always the victim. “We’re reinventing the wheel,” was another jab at American foreign policy in regards to the redundant tactics used in the war on terror.

The Center on Terrorism does five Friday seminars per semester, and the next one is Oct. 11th. “People who are compassionately involved with the field of terrorism are here,” said Professor Strozier, as he pointed to a woman who works for the FBI.

The seminars offer networking opportunities, as a majority of the audience stuck around to chat over wine and some cheese and crackers.

Spring Trend Cosmetic Line

By: Denisa Durakovic

The weather is getting warmer, the bright colors are coming out, and the ladies are in better moods. The spring trend is a preview to the summer trend it is just in a slower production. Asit appears in magazines, fashion shows, and other catalogues there is a high trend for the light,bright, and vivid color green in clothing.

Cosmetic stores such as: Mac, Clinique, and Lancôme are very busy. There are several women entering the store empty handed and leaving the store with cosmetic products in their bags. Age is no problem when it comes to make-up; looking a few years younger, having healthier skin, and rewarding yourself is what every woman wants.

Mac manager Tariq Rashad at Willowbrook Mall, in Wayne, New Jersey, said, “spring trend colors are very soft, light, easy, and quick to apply. The matching effect with your eye shadow and nail polish seems to be one of the newest trends in the Mac beauty field.” There are cosmetics; concealer, foundation, bronzer, and eye shadows here that are so soft, that even while applying with just your fingertips you can feel the difference.

“It is very simple and fast for those who are in a rush” said Rashad, and for those of us females who want to look natural this looks like the time to go out and get those natural products. This make-up emphasizes neutral lips and glowing skin. “There are moments of major lashes and brows, but all of that is balanced by softly smudged in eyelinear” said Kara Madsen of Lancôme.

A few cosmetic brands such as Mac, Lancôme, and Clinique have all released or will release new products for the spring season. Mac has a new foundation that prevents from smudging, and yet it still helps your skin look healthier and natural. Tara Cioletti said “you don’t have to go and put on heavy make-up”, Tara also said “that it doesn’t have to be so dramatic; it can be a very soft and light neutral look.”

Maryellen Brock came back to find me after her purchase because she thought I was waiting for a makeup session and she said “that the lighter the make up the better it is for the face.” She also wished me the best of luck, and I thanked her.

I noticed how attentive the beauty consultants are to the individuals needs. Yet all the individuals got the same treatment. They all have very little make up on. They had little foundation, a little bronzer which was a light color, and very simple eye shadow that can be worn every day.

This spring trend seems to be vibrant, light in appliance, and very soft in texture. There are new cosmetics that hold up in 80% of humidity. This new product is available in Clinique locations. There are also new waterproof mascara’s and chubby sticks for the eyes and lips. The foundations have improved coverage, and better complexion; this new foundation helps conceal dark circles, dark spots, as well as skin discoloration.

Kara says “plums are in; bold lip which is a lip linear and gloss on top to keep it from fading out.” “The cosmetics give you a more settled look” said Katha Azad, another consultant. “The spring cosmetic transition has not come in completely but it is slowing popping up” she said. To get this look, Tariq says “all you need is the right foundation color, a very light eye shadow, a little bronzers, a little lip gloss and if you need to shape or color in your eye brows then use a mascara brush to do so.”

Both Madsen and Azad said “that it doesn’t all have to match; nails, clothing, and make-up don’t have to consist of the same colors. This spring season is all about looking bright and being yourself.”

Ladies feel free to make appointments if you’re satisfied with the beauty tips and if you want special offers says Jessica Mabey.

New collections that have been released by Mac will be shown during the middle of April. In these cosmetic beauty showings there will be very bright, limited life piece sets, colors such as pink, lavender, peach and several other light colors. “It’s on the bases of first come first serve”, states Jessica.

“You have to believe in yourself, own your own look,” said Tariq. This is very true due to the fact that many females feel insecure. Ladies you don’t have to copy the exact look to be recognized. It’s best that you just focus on what makes you feel brighter, better, and happier. Women don’t need all that dramatic make up on to be noticed. Just a little touch up is all that’s needed.