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Letter to readers – Week of 9/30

October 26, 2010

Dear readers,

As we have previously done in the past, the campus magazine will continue to inform and educate students, faculty and staff on the news occurring outside of Long Island University.  If you haven’t read the Post Bottom Line until now, here is a brief synopsis about the publication. CW Post students cover an array of topics. We discuss everything from news, features, fashion, and sports to entertainment, current events and opinions.

At the Post Bottom Line, we believe it is important for students in college to be aware of the outside world and not just the bubble of our very own campus.  Everyone for that matter should be caught up on the most recent election poll, if a natural disaster happened, or if a federal law was passed in Congress.  This is what we intend to do for you.  We will inform you of the latest news, and you don’t even have to buy Newsday or the New York Times.  You can pick up this magazine, which will be inserted in the Pioneer at the end of every month.

Moving onto the fun-filled, first issue of the Post Bottom Line.  Our news section features the most recent update on the Gulf oil spill.  Not to mention, Boeing just announced a new plan for people interested in traveling to outer space.  Is exercising as healthy for you as you think it is? Turn to page five to check out the latest in nutrition.  In the sports world, professional baseball leagues are facing a tough decision on the MVP of the year.  While in politics, the state of New York is also facing a tough choice in its governor race.  To complete this edition of the magazine is a fun page of your horoscope for the month of October!

We also look forward to your comments and questions or even suggestions for future topics and articles.  So enjoy the first issue of the magazine this semester.  We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed producing it.  Until next time, ciao!

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Blast Off to Space

October 26, 2010

Space travelers, your ship has arrived…well almost. The Aerospace Corporation, which provides information on launch vehicles, satellite systems and space technology, announced its plans to enter the space tourism industry. According to a Boeing news release, Aerospace and a company called Space Adventures Ltd. reached an agreement last week to sell seats on Boeing spacecrafts to space tourists.

Space Adventures Ltd. is a Virginia-based company that currently works with the Russian Space Agency to fly tourists to the International Space Station. Since 2001 they have brokered flights for seven people, three of whom were Americans. The International Space Station is a stay of seven to fourteen days. Space tourists often agree to be part of research studies, which cut down on the cost of their ticket.

Vice president and general manager of Boeing’s Space Exploration division, Brewster Shaw, acknowledged the success of its new partner saying, “By combining our talents, we can better offer safe, affordable transportation to commercial spaceflight customers.”

The CST-100 can fly on multiple launch vehicles including Boeing airplanes. The Spacecraft seats four astronauts who will fly the ship, and the remaining three seats will be sold to those who can afford the ticket price.

Boeing is not the only Aerospace company looking to enter the space tourism market. Sir Richard Branson founded Virgin Galactic in 2003, part of his Virgin group empire. The company built Spaceship One, which was the first privately funded spaceship to be constructed.

Virgin Galactic already has over 80,000 individuals making down payments on future spaceflights. Virgin will sell seats on its spaceships for $200,000, however the price is predicted to fall to $20,000 by 2015 when they expect to launch their first commercial flight to space.

Boeing and Space Adventures are trying to combine with NASA and other international space agencies, but needs NASA permission due to governmental air space.

As of now Boeing is planning their first civilian passenger flight for 2015. The price of these flights used to range from $20-30 million. Fight prices now, will depend on astronaut crew rotation schedules.

The New Woman: All Asses Were Not Created Equal

October 26, 2010

Levi’s ad for Fall 2010 tells us to go forth and move forward with jeans as a new democracy.  The new democracy meaning that every ass is not created equal; we must stop believing they will ever be united as one.  Not only do we all need our very own personal shopper to help us find the perfect pair, but it is high time that all of us start to accept our bodies – legs, stomach, nails, hair, every wrinkle and freckle.  Brands like Levi have even begun recruiting an army for this philosophy: “Bring us your skinny tomboys, your curvy girls and all girls in between.  We believe that hotness comes in all shapes and sizes…”

Now I have to admit it took me a while to actually believe this about my own body but I finally got there. And I am proud to say, so is the fashion industry…but slowly…very slowly.

To be clear, just because the fashion industry is beginning to embrace curvier women on the runway and in high-fashion magazines, does NOT mean that “real” is the new sexy.  Real has always been sexy; that will never change no matter what anyone tells you.  Ask the guy next to you.  My ex fell in love with me nails undone, hair greasy, one sock off, food in teeth, with the small patch of cellulite on my outer, upper thighs.   Some genuinely enjoy that painted on tan, non matching hair extensions, acrylic look, but those aren’t the guys we should be dating now…should we?  Men like that end up on reality shows that consist of going to the gym, tanning and doing their laundry.

However, mags that feature supposedly “real” women, like Scarlett Johansson or Christina Hendricks from Mad Men, are not actually the “real” that you work or go to school with or see even on the street.  The average woman today is around 5’5” and weighs 160 pounds.  Scarlett doesn’t look like a size eight to me.  So, to stand politically correct, magazine and runway models are now being featured as curvaceous, full-figured, and busty.  To be non politically correct, we are now turning the pages of our favorite fashion and beauty magazines to see what they are technically known for as plus size models with a nice set of jugs, motherly hips and – as Levi formerly stated – an array of different-looking asses.  Even though that may not be what’s average or real; that is the new sexy.

This summer, Glamour and Elle magazine dedicated their entire June issue to loving your body as is.  “Every woman of every body type, should be able to stand up and say she’s beautiful,” Jennie Runk a plus-size model at 5’10” weighing around 180 pounds said in Glamour.  This “bathing suit for every body” issue staunchly celebrated supreme self-assurance.  It made Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive actually want to go swimsuit shopping.  I don’t know about that but it was unusual (in a good way).

Their message is that no one body-type is more exquisite than another.  When Glamour interviewed Crystal Renn, author of Hungry – a memoir about her experiences with starvation to become a “straight-size” model – she said it is important to show body diversity on the runway.  “Women will accept themselves when they see more body types.  This is the new normal.”  And it’s a trend that even the most prominent brands are succumbing to.  Don’t believe me?  Check out Prada for Spring 2010.  Their models were curvy, curvy, curvy.  Even our favorite Victoria Secret Angel, Alessandra Ambrosio, was featured as “curvier” for the spring fashion shows.  “If I know I’m healthy, that’s all that matters,” Ambrosio said. (If that woman’s skin turned green, she’d still be hot; I don’t care what anyone says).

Designers even celebrated the new “curvy aesthetic” at Fashion Week this fall.   In Milan, designer Elena Miro decided to break away from the emaciated look to take on the notion that beauty should never be restrictive.  “The important thing for the designer is to be able to present a different kind of beauty, both in marketing and in the media,” said Miro on http://www.huffingtonpost.com.

As college students, we are forced to always dig deeper, to look at the bigger picture and to subject ourselves to an independent way of logistics and assessment.  Don’t be naïve.  If you don’t love the skin you’re in then do something about it, but be real.  I know I will never be a twig.  As soon as I accepted that, I started to enjoy what I’ve got.  Going to the gym and eating healthy was just as important but in a different way, a more realistic way.  As Leive says, “Be the woman you should always have been, and everything else follows.”

Rivalry at It’s Best

October 26, 2010

Yankees suck.  Well, at least in my opinion, but that’s my Boston instincts kicking in I guess.  But any New York sports fan would say that the Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots all suck too.  I guess it just depends on where you’re from, or where you grew up, or if you’re a sports fan at all.  There has always been a rivalry though.  New York and New England are continuously in competition; whether it involves sports, politics, or the culture in general.  Regardless of whether you’re a true Yankee or devoted Bostonian, I still think we should respect one another.  Sure we can banter and exchange snide remarks, but at the end of the day, we need to agree to disagree.

Sports are what usually cause the most arguments and fights between the two areas.  It’s always the same story: Yankees vs. Red Sox; Jets vs. Patriots; Knicks vs. Celtics, and the list goes on.  But going to a school in New York filled with Jets, Giants, Mets and Yankee fans, it’s tough for a Boston girl to hear news about her home teams.  So take a minute to read about the New England sports scene for a second.  And as stated before, if you don’t agree, just respect my opinion.

The home opener at Foxborough Stadium was extremely rewarding for the New England Patriots.  The team overcame the first opponent of the regular season and easily defeated the Bengals 38-24.  The second game was not so enlightening.  The Pats were run-down by the Jets who anticipated the offense and made quick, sharp plays that eventually led to a New York win, 28-14.  Once again, this was a tough game to watch in New York since I am obviously not a Jets fan.

Moving on, the first two games are not the most vital news or interesting piece of information about the New England football team.  The buzz circulating the sports press and media outlets is the extended contract Tom Brady signed with the Patriots.  Upon this agreement, the third ranked quarterback in NFL history, according to ESPN News, will receive $18 million for an extension of four years with the Patriots.  Currently, this makes him the highest paid player in the league.  However, the contract has not been filed with the NFL yet.

This also brings competition to other, extremely talented players in the NFL- Peyton Manning being one of them.  Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, “intends to make his quarterback the NFL’s highest paid player,” as he stated to the Huffington Post newspaper.

But what makes a player so valued and worth so much money?  I think it all comes down to a statement recently made by wide-receiver Randy Moss in a memorable post-game press conference.  “No people, it’s not football, it’s a business. When I get in my car every morning, I’m not going to play football, I’m going to work.”  It’s true.  For these men on the field, that is their job.  They are here to work hard, play tough and win for their team, coaches and fans.  If they don’t do their job, their salary’s affected by it.

So don’t be bitter New York fans.  Even though Tom Brady’s worth the most in the NFL doesn’t mean other players aren’t more talented or better at the sport.  It’s all a business.  It all comes down to how much money each team has and the amount the owners and the league are willing to put into the players’ contracts.

It will be interesting to see how the contracts for other, already highly paid players (Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, and Brett Favre) will turn out especially heading into the end of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA), which expires at the end of this season.  One thing is for sure; Brady has definitely set the bar for NFL players’ salaries.

Since that was a small blurb focused on New England’s football team, there should be no hurt feelings.  Just a simple fact that the Patriots’ quarterback is the highest paid NFL player…that’s not to say that New England is better than New York.  But as was mentioned before, let us agree to disagree.

Each issue a new sport, player or team will be featured in this section of the magazine.  Feel free to send comments or suggestions about the articles or if you want a specific topic to be discussed. We’d appreciate any response.  You can contact us by emailing cwpstpnr@gmail.com.

 

Who Would You Vote For: The Billionaire, or the Other Guy?

October 26, 2010

Carl Paladino, the multimillionaire. That’s all the media seems to report about the man who is only a few points behind Andrew Cuomo in the polls to become the next New York Governor. But why is Paladino’s bank account the focus of Cuomo supporters, and the media?

 

Known as the Tea party Candidate, Paladino, 64, bought his first major office building in 1978. Drawing on a $500 line of credit and borrowing from co-investors, he started his real estate empire.   He also served as Chief Executive officer of Ellicott Development Company. Paladino is also a senior managing partner in the law firm of Paladino, Cavan and Quinlivin, a firm that specializes in corporate and real estate law. In 1999 he was honored by the city of Buffalo as Buffalonian of the year and in 1993 as Alumnus of the year by St. Bonaventure University. Paladino is currently running on a republican ticket. However, he was a registered Democrat from 1974-2005.

 

In the new liberal America, being a business man and becoming successful in a country that prides itself on capitalism, is evil. Since when did capitalism become a dirty word? Since the liberal congress took over and told the American people to sit back for 99 weeks, and collect unemployment while the government focused on the hope and change they know is best for you. New York leans so left, the thought of a republican, as in the words of Paladino, “Taking a baseball bat to Albany” is surely causing an uproar amongst the very far left.

 

On September 23rd a New York Times online columnist wrote, “Carl P. Paladino a Buffalo multimillionaire who jolted the Republican Party with his bluster and belligerence, rode a wave of disgust with Albany to win his party’s nomination for governor of New York….” Such strong words as belligerence and disgust should be used cautiously.  However, this columnist comfortably threw them in the article to paint a picture of a Conservative monster.  This wave Paladino rode in on is not disgust, but a wave better known as (cue the villain music) The Tea Party! Rallying up this group, which formed in 2009, is the worst fear for anyone on the opposing side. Made up of Americans, not just Republicans, but Americans of all political parties, who are tired of being overtaxed, overworked and underpaid. The same New York Times columnist continued to say that Paladino, “energized Tea Party advocates and social conservatives with white-hot rhetoric and a damn-the-establishment attitude.” But maybe that’s the wake up call New York needs.

 

I’m not a political analyst or a politician, but even I can see the past two governors took a bite out of the Big Apple, and it was more than they could chew. Former Speaker of the United States Representatives, Newt Gingrich was quoted saying, “If you want to rebuild jobs in New York state, Carl Paladino is the only choice in the election.

 

I’m not stating Carl Paladino is scandal free, and I’m sure if you follow politics you know about the other reason why “squeaky clean background” democrats are up in arms about him trailing Cuomo just enough to stay in the running.

 

A strong emphasis on the word allegedly, Carl Paladino is being accused of allegedly forwarding offensive e-mails to his friends in the construction business. Though Paladino admitted in some of the emails he is being accused of sending are authentic, others aren’t, and the site that broke the story has been accused of email scandals such as this in the past.

 

What I find the most amusing about his scandal is how involved mister scandal himself Governor Paterson became. Paterson wanted all contracts with Ellicott Development Company examined for any morality clauses that would allow the state to revoke them. However, they wound up having no such clause allowing the state to cancel, and Paterson later announced they would be honored.

 

A Constitutionalist, and a man who’s not just a politician but runs a successful business as well, Carl Paladino, by many Republicans, is seen as a breath of fresh air they will not be taxed on. However, if you feel your hard earned money should be taken out of your paycheck and spent on the unemployed New Yorkers who are too good to stand at the register in a supermarket for minimum wage, then vote for Andrew Cuomo, the other multimillionaire candidate.

 

 

Most Valuable Player Award Goes to…the Best Team?

October 26, 2010

Even in this, the “Year of the Pitcher” both the American and National Leagues are seeing the closest races for most valuable player in recent memory.

In the National League, reigning MVP Albert Pujols remains at the top of the list but will he hold his title for a second year? His .311 batting average (5th), 42 homeruns (1st), 116 RBI (1st), .412 OBP (2nd–through the weekend) are enough to warrant a good amount of first place votes. But it’s not just his name atop these lists nor is his team atop the NL Central Division, an uncontrollable but possible costly flaw in his third consecutive run for NL MVP.

There is another first basemen, Joey Votto and his Cincinnati Reds were unstoppable after the All-Star break and currently hold a commanding 7-game lead on the St. Louis Cardinals.  Votto has been nothing short of impressive in his third full season in the big leagues.  Batting .326 (2nd) with 37 homeruns and 111 RBI, he sits third in these categories and leads the league with a .426 on-base percentage. Yet the edge goes to Votto not because of his personal stats but the number of his team’s wins. Clearly if St. Louis wasn’t the dominant team that it has been roughly for the past decade, although Albert Pujols still might have won but the race wouldn’t have been unanimous, like it won’t be this year.

Demonstrating this was Carlos Gonzalez or “CarGo” of the Colorado Rockies. In the past few months he has become a dark horse to win the award.  This is partly because he leads the league in batting (.341) and is in second with 114 RBI and fourth in homeruns (33). Unlike most players, Gonzalez is one of the only players in either league to have a shot at a 30 – 30 season (30 HR – 30 stolen bases) where he is just five stolen bases away. His name has become more recognized in the battle for MVP because the Rockies went on a ten-game win streak in the month of September. Although the team has cooled down Gonzalez has not as his numbers continue to climb.

The American League also has a tight race for MVP. Josh Hamilton of the resurgent Texas Rangers will lead most writers’ ballots because of his impressive numbers.  However he was recently injured and while he still leads the league with a .361 batting average, his 31 homeruns are tied for fifth and 97 RBI drops him out of the top ten. His hopes to win are not necessarily over as his numbers will roughly stay the same as he will probably miss most of the remaining weeks of the regular season. On the contrary, his team’s eight game lead in the West allows the Rangers to rest Hamilton so he will be prepared for the playoffs.

The leading contender, Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, who seeks his first MVP award as he leads the league in RBIs (126), tied for second in homeruns with 38 and holds a .328 batting average. Miggy’s numbers are more than adequate to garner this award as is his remarkable turn-around from last season’s alcohol and anger related meltdown, which has proven to teammates and writers that he is everything he was hyped to be. Yet his Tigers are eliminated from the playoffs with Minnesota clinching the division a week ago.

It will be interesting to see how the MVP voting will go down in both leagues as playoff races couldn’t be tighter and players couldn’t be counted on more. Yankees second basemen Robinson Cano, who has had a career season, should get more notice being the one constant in the star-studded line-up. While he doesn’t lead the league in any categories he has been a vital part of the Yankees success this season.

With so many contenders vying for the crown, personal stats cannot be the sole voting factor. Yes, they play a huge part but the most intangible stat would be the contribution to team wins. Unless a player has a phenomenal year where there are no other challengers the real winner is the guy on the best team.

No One Saw This Coming

October 26, 2010

A rematch of last season’s World Series is no longer possible because the San Francisco Giants ousted the Philadelphia Phillies and the Texas Rangers defeated the reigning champion New York Yankees.

At the beginning of the season no one would have imagined this match up. The Rangers are making their first World Series appearance, after winning their first two playoff series’ this season. This is only their fourth time in the postseason, each time before falling to the Yankees in the division series.

But this is a different Texas team than you’re used to. They don’t rely solely on their hitting and ability to score runs, although they can, their starting pitching has been phenomenal the entire year. One pivotal move was acquiring starting pitcher Cliff Lee from the Seattle Mariners at the July trade deadline, beating out the Yankees for his services. Although Lee didn’t fair well in his first few starts, he has since settled down and continued his domination in the postseason. Lee is now 7-0 with a 1.26 ERA with three complete games, seven walks and 67 strikeouts in 64.1 innings.

But Lee is not their only dominant hurler. C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis and Tommy Hunter have proven themselves worthy especially against two of the best teams in the majors (Tampa Bay Rays and the NY Yankees). Wilson pitched well in both series’ and Colby Lewis clinched game six against the Yankees, being virtually un-hittable. Hunter has been the only weak link in the rotation but has pitched well enough to keep the team in the game. Rookie closer Neftali Feliz, who lights up the radar gun with a 100+ mph fastball, has done exceptionally well so far in his first playoff appearance.

Coincidentally the Giants are also in the same boat, riding young pitchers in their first post season. Number one starter, Tim Lincecum, and Matt Cain, are atop the rotation with Jonathan Sanchez and rookie Madison Bumgarner rounding it out. All have pitched well through the postseason, keeping the team in the game. There is one difference however, the Giants have played more close games this postseason than any other team while Texas has routed most of their wins.

Will the battle tested Giants be able to overcome the high powered Rangers lineup and ace Cliff Lee?

The answer is most likely no and here is why. First Cliff Lee has been outstanding and Lincecum has had struggles through the course of the season. Also, MVP candidate Josh Hamilton leads a Texas offense that not only can score with a long ball but play small ball and run the bases better than any other team. They are a mix of power and speed, not to mention their defense is superb at practically every position.

Another reason is because unlike Texas’ offense, that if given the chance will blow you away; the Giants simply don’t have enough fire power to compete, which will cause them to rely on their pitching. While this has been good, they have not played an American League team since late June. The difference between the two leagues is the designated hitter slot (AL) while the pitcher bats in the NL. This is important because it adds the bat of Vladimir Guerrero to the Texas line up when at home while it really won’t help the Giants in the long run.

This is not to say it will be a sweep because as the past series’ have shown the Giants are a resilient and determined bunch. Led by rookie catcher Buster Posey and a break out post season performance by Cody Ross, if the Giants can quiet the Texas bats they have a shot at winning.

Unfortunately for fans in the Bay area, this looks like the Rangers year. They have the pitching and the bats. They can play small ball or long ball but ultimately, it will come down to who can prevail in the clutch.