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The Bamboozle: A Reporter’s Bittersweet Account

By Emily Dalrymple

The ferris wheel and large crowd on Saturday. Photo from thebamboozle.com

The ferris wheel and large crowd on Saturday. Photo from thebamboozle.com

The Bamboozle is a 2-day festival held at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This year, the festival was sponsored by the Wonka candy company, State Farm Insurance, Zumiez, and several others. The weekend featured two promising headliners – Fall Out Boy and the return of No Doubt.

For this reporter, Bamboozle has become a tradition. I have been making my way down to the festival for four years now. This year was definitely a change of pace. The festival was set up in a different manner than the last few years. Stages were moved around and the overall layout of the festival was a lot smaller. Stages were cramped together and there was often an overlap between bands.

Thomas Dutton of Forgive Durden with Greta Salpeter

Thomas Dutton of Forgive Durden with Greta Salpeter

Saturday night, I watched Forgive Durden perform “Razia’s Shadow” and was surprised that I could easily hear Third Eye Blind playing on the nearby stage. Forgive Durden did not disappoint though. “Razia’s Shadow” is a concept album featuring various singers from other bands. Rather than attempt to sing all of the vocals themselves, Forgive Durden brought a few of their famous friends with them including Greta Salpeter and Bob Morris of The Hush Sound, Dan Young of This Providence, Casey Crescenzo of The Dear Hunter, and Fred Mascherino of The Color Fred.

International Superheroes of Hardcore. Photo by Jered Scott, taken from altpress.com

International Superheroes of Hardcore. Photo by Jered Scott, taken from altpress.com

Saturday also featured some other special guests. Cobra Starship brought All Time Low’s lead singer Alex Gaskarth on stage. New Found Glory disguised themselves as superheroes and played under the alias “International Superheroes of Hardcore.” The band played heavy metal songs about wearing seatbelts and their own favorite superheroes. Toward the end of their set, the band accidentally revealed their identity and played two cover songs.

International Superheroes of Harcode after they revealed their identity.

International Superheroes of Harcode after they revealed their identity.

The biggest special guest of the evening was Journey. After months of internet buzz that the eighties rock band would be making an appearance, the festival’s creative director Linc Thomas brought Journey out as the unidentified special guest. They played four songs and had attendees ranging from teen to adult singing along to all of the words.

One of the highlights of Bamboozle is the ability to meet members of your favorite bands whether they are doing a featured autograph session or if they are just walking around the festival checking out their friends. Shwayze, The Cab, Boys Like Girls, and Fall Out Boy are just a few of the bands who had their own featured autograph sessions. One of the strangest features of the day was the autograph signing by internet sensation Chris Crocker – only famous for screeching “Leave Britney alone” in a YouTube video.

While Fall Out Boy was the featured headliner of the day, there were other bands who made more of a presence. Gavin Rossdale, former lead singer of Bush, was one of the best performers of the day. I expected to only hear his solo material, but Rossdale fulfilled my wish and played two popular Bush songs. His performance was dead on and was definitely the highlight of my day.

Fall Out Boy had the last performance of the day, ending around 11:30. Their performance was good, but nothing new or memorable. As I left the venue that evening, I was tired, but eager to see what was in store for Sunday’s performances.

I made the decision to leave for Bamboozle a few hours later on Sunday. The morning did not feature any bands that were of particular interest. Sunday was also rainy and cold. When I arrived, the mood of the day was different and thousands of people tried to stay warm and avoid the rain in ponchos.

I ended up only seeing 4 bands on Sunday – 3OH!3, Sum 41, Rise Against, and No Doubt. 3OH!3 was not as interesting or as fun as I had hoped. After listening to some of their songs, I expected more energy and more fun. Maybe it was my own fault. After all, I wasn’t very happy in the rain.

Sum 41 was excellent. I did not know what to expect and after Deryck Whibley announced his level of intoxication, I was hesitant to expect anything exceptional. Luckily, the band sounded great, but ran over time by ten minutes. This wouldn’t be bad except that it proceeded to put the entire event behind.

No Doubt

No Doubt

Rise Against was not really a band that I would have wanted to see on my own. I can say that they were good and as far as I could tell, those around me definitely enjoyed their set. I was waiting for No Doubt. When Rise Against ended their set, I inched up toward the front of the stage just to see a band that I had been waiting to see for as long as I remember.

Gwen Stefani. Photo from thebamboozle.com

Gwen Stefani. Photo from thebamboozle.com

No Doubt did not disappoint. After singer Gwen Stefani announced that this was only their second show together after five years, it opened the door for them to make mistakes. But No Doubt did not make a single mistake that night. The band was flawless and seemed like they had never stopped performing. Stefani was all over the stage, even climbing up the side and running out into the audience. No Doubt was definitely a great way to end the weekend.

Now the title makes reference to the weekend being bittersweet. After all the fun I had, this reporter’s car wouldn’t start and I was stranded in New Jersey for the night. The next day, I met a very nice and funny cab driver by the name of Joe. I explained the situation to him and he left me with one of the best quotes.

“You got bamboozled at the Bamboozle.”

Can Silva’s Performance Really Derail Fans?

By Emily Dalrymple

On April 18 during UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) 97 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Brazilian born Anderson “The Spider” Silva had a poor performance. There is no doubt in the mind of any UFC fan that Silva was sub par and his performance was lacking in all necessary elements of a successful (and exciting) fight.

Anderson The Spider Silva. Image courtesy of Yahoo! Sports

Anderson "The Spider" Silva. Image courtesy of Yahoo! Sports

In Silva’s 5 round, 5 minute bout against Thales Leites for the middleweight championship title, the crowd booed, the crowd cursed, and they began to chant for Georges St-Pierre, the current welterweight champion and Canadian born hero. During the fight, Leites appeared to fall on the ground every time Silva struck. Silva was unwilling to jump to the ground, appearing to only want victory by a standing knockout.

Silva has been the current middleweight champion since Oct. 14, 2006. He is known to have an arsenal of knockout power including high leg kicks, punishing knees and Muay Thai skills. He has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a black belt in Tae kwon do, and a black belt in Judo. So why was Silva’s performance so weak?

Now there are reported rumors that in Silva’s post fight interview, his translator and manager, Ed Soares, gave his own version of what Silva had to say. According to Cagewriter, a Yahoo! Sports blog, Soares translated that Silva was apologetic after his fight. The Fight Network has translated Silva’s answers to say that he did not apologize; he felt that he performed to his ability and that the fans could boo, because after all, they are the ones who pay his salary.

UFC President Dana White has expressed concern over the event. He said that he was embarrassed and that he even thought about leaving the arena.

So what does this all mean for the UFC? If top contenders are giving poor performances, how long will fans continue to pay for tickets that range from $75 to $800? The solution to this problem lies within the fighters themselves. If there are more poor performances during the upcoming events, fans will start to tune the industry out.

UFC 98 promises two highly anticipated events. Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machido are currently both undefeated in their UFC careers and are fighting for the light heavyweight championship. Matt Serra and Matt Hughes will also fight. This fight has been anticipated since their grudge match played out on The Ultimate Fighter 6 television series.

While Silva has had an astonishing career, it is up to him to prove that he deserves this title. When his next fight is announced, many fans will be waiting with eager anticipation for Silva to fight the way he used to. If Silva fails to perform, White may be forced to consider his future within the UFC.

Students React to the Devastation in Italy

By Emily Dalrymple

On April 6, a devastating earthquake hit central Italy, specifically the city of L’Aquila, 75 miles northeast of Rome, leaving thousands injured and homeless, and several dead. A university dormitory was among one of the many buildings collapsed.

According to Reuters, many of the victims were students at L’Aquila’s university. A fireman from the port of Pescara who came to help rescue efforts collapsed in tears after unearthing the body of his stepdaughter, a L’Aquila university student.

Relief workers dealing with the destruction. Image from talkingpointsmemo.com, courtesy of European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre

Relief workers dealing with the destruction. Image from talkingpointsmemo.com, courtesy of European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre

Alyssa Longobucco, a Marist sophomore currently studying in Florence, said that many parents were unsure of the devastation and were frantically trying to reach their children.

“It was terrible to hear that several students were killed in the earthquake,” said Longobucco. “What made it hit home more was how many people didn’t know exactly what happened in the US and called panicking about their children.”

“The haziness of the situation made a lot of people back at home panic.”

According to an article from BBC News, Luigi Alfonsi was residing in a collapsed dormitory.

“We managed to come down with other students but we had to sneak through a hole in the stairs as the whole floor came down,” student Luigi Alfonsi said.

“I was in bed – it was like it would never end as I heard pieces of the building collapse around me.”

According to redcross.org, the Italian Red Cross has set up mobile kitchens that can provide 10,000 meals a day run by a team of 46 staff and volunteers.

“I know there have been a couple of blood drives organized, but as far as anything else, I’m unsure,” said Longobucco about the efforts made by her school to help out in this crisis.

The day after the earthquake, Reuters reported that at least 235 people were killed. Authorities estimate that 17,000 people have lost their homes. Many people have been living in tents while rescue shelters have been constructed.

Alex Resnick, a Marist junior, has received little information about what is happening in L’Aquila. Students studying abroad in Italy are receiving about as much information as those of us in the United States.

“I know from various television channels and news sources that throughout the course of the recovery people were forced, and probably still are, to live in tents,” said Resnick. “Many people were found alive hidden in the rumble, but many people were also found to be dead.”

An Inspiration to Fight Against Pain

By Emily Dalrymple

Lindsey Kinel's profile picture from goredfoxes.com

Lindsey Kinel's profile picture from goredfoxes.com

It is minutes before the game is supposed to start and Marist College softball player Lindsey Kinel, 21, finds various parts of her body being taped up. Her wrists are tightly wrapped in pre-wrap and sports tape. This will continue on for the next fifteen games of the season.

Kinel suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. According to medicinenet.com, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints. An autoimmune disease occurs when the body’s tissue is mistakenly attacked by their own immune system. RA is a progressive disease that has the potential to cause joint destruction and functional disabilities.

An example of arthritic joints. Courtesy of medicinenet.com

An example of arthritic joints. Courtesy of medicinenet.com

Kinel is a softball player from East Hartford, Connecticut. When she came to Marist freshman year, she was recruited as a catcher. Because of the RA, she has since been moved to the third base position and has also decided it is in her best interest not to catch again. As a senior, Kinel hit her first home run this season. She has undertaken a series of different treatments over the years, from shots to painkillers, in order to decrease the pain and to enjoy her favorite game.

“Now every six to nine months, I have to go into the hospital and I get an infusion,” said Kinel. “You go in for the day and you have an IV all day.”

“Two weeks later you go in and have the same thing done.”

RA can be debilitating in several different ways. Because RA causes inflammation of the joints, it becomes difficult to bend, various joints swell up, and the pain can be overwhelming. When Kinel tells people that she plays softball while going through this pain, it surprises and motivates them.

“I was a camp counselor,” said Kinel. “They know that I play softball and go to school, they like look up to me to go to college and try to play sports.”

Kinel has found herself in a role model position for the past few years. She is a camp counselor, she coached girls’ softball ages 9-12, and she knows that she influences these young girls.

When asked what she thought about being a role model, she said: “I kind of like it, I feel like I’ve done a good thing with my life.”

Kinel said the hardest part about finding herself in a role model position is being watched by the girls. Sometimes the girls try to add her as a Facebook friend, but she has to reject them.

“I think that’s the hardest part,” said Kinel. “When you know that they’re watching, you have to watch what you say and do because you know that they’re taking every little thing that you do into perspective.”

Kinel and Casamento. Courtesy of Casamento and facebook.com

Kinel and Casamento. Courtesy of Casamento and facebook.com

Kinel’s friend Kristen Casamento has seen her struggle and believes that she can do anything.

“I could absolutely see Lindsey as a mentor in the future because she has been through a lot and she can help other athletes out that have this crippling disease,” said Casamento.  “She is a positive person and can definitely help anyone out.”

Kinel would like to continue to coach softball and wouldn’t mind if people knew her story, but she doesn’t think she could ever be the kind of person who would try to be a motivational speaker.

“I would want people to know the arthritis side of my story just to know that it is possible [to play sports,]” Kinel said. “I wouldn’t mind having an article in a magazine or something along the lines of that.”

“Someone can pick it up and read it and know that they can get through it because at one point, I was really bad,” Kinel said.

Kinel’s struggle has not always been successful. There was a point in her softball career that the arthritis could have stopped her from playing.

Kinel before the "science prom." Courtesy of facebook.com

Kinel before the "science prom." Courtesy of facebook.com

“Last year the Marist doctor told me that I was no longer going to be allowed to play because he thought that the arthritis had affected my neck to a point where if I slid, it could be catastrophic,” Kinel said.

Casamento remembers how Kinel was unable to play during her junior year. “I know how much that hurt her,  Casamento said. “She always wanted to play so bad but she knew that she couldn’t.”

Kinel said that at the time, she was not feeling any pain in her neck. She decided to get a second opinion from various other doctors and was eventually able to continue playing on the team.

Casamento is proud of Kinel for continuing to play, even if it meant that she would have to take a risk.

“This is probably the last couple of months she can play softball and she is proving that she is not going to let anything bother her,” Casamento said. “This is the best she has ever played and she is happy.”

Kinel’s story can be motivational to anyone who thinks that a disease can keep them from succeeding. She has persevered through the pain just for her love of the sport.

“I know that I can get through it and still be successful, still graduate,” said Kinel. “I never have to quit because of this.”

Students Travel to Mexico Despite Safety Fears

By Emily Dalrymple

The drug war in Mexico had caused many students to cancel their spring break plans in order to ensure their safety. But what happened to those who still had to make the trip because financially, canceling the trip would have been devastating?

Phil Vallone, a Marist senior, made the trip to Acapulco with several of his friends and housemates.

“We stayed at the hotel during the day and did not leave until later at night when we would take cabs straight to the clubs and come right back from there,” said Vallone. “Other than going out to the clubs, we did not leave the hotel property much.”

According to the New York Times, the impetus for the drug war began during the 2006 campaign of President Felipe Calderon. He received threats from drug cartels which fueled President Calderon to send the army into the streets to fight the drug cartels. Fighting has been heavy around the Mexico border, especially in the city of Ciudad Juarez.

Map of cities with high drug violence. Courtesy of washingtonpost.com

Map of cities with high drug violence. Courtesy of washingtonpost.com

The Juarez cartel is battling with rivals from the northwestern state of Sinaloa for the control of smuggling routes into Texas. 5,000 troops were sent into Ciudad Juarez just last month, according to Reuters.

“I wasn’t too concerned because Acapulco isn’t a border city and that’s where most of the violence was,” said Vallone. “I felt pretty safe when traveling around the area.”

One of the top drug cartel leaders is shown here after his arrest. Courtesy of telegraph.co.uk

One of the top drug cartel leaders is shown here after his arrest. Courtesy of telegraph.co.uk

According to Reuters, Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora said that the death toll has dropped by 25 percent in the first three months of this year from the last quarter of 2008. 1,600 people have been killed thus far from January to March.

Many who traveled to Mexico over spring break made themselves aware of the possible danger before embarking on their trip.

“I watched a few news stories on the situation and read the government warnings as well before leaving,” said Vallone. “It was nothing like it was portrayed on the news.”

Gamer’s Unite for Charity

By Emily Dalrymple

Gaming for Hope will take place on April 4 in the James J. McCann Recreational Center. Students, Poughkeepsie residents, and all others are invited to play games from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Those under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free and donations are welcome.

This year, donations and any money earned will go to Child’s Play. “Child’s Play is a charity run by Penny Arcade, and donates video games and gaming materials to sick children in hospitals across the country,” said Joseph Donohue, Computer Society president. “This gives them some much needed distraction from the everyday rigors they face.”

Various gaming consoles that one will see at Gaming for Hope. Courtesy of freecentra.co.uk

Various gaming consoles that one will see at Gaming for Hope. Courtesy of freecentra.co.uk

Participants can play games on systems such as PS3, XBOX 360, Wii, and any other student donated systems. If someone doesn’t want to play video games, there are also a series of board games available. If a participant brings their computer along, they can enter a computer tournament.

Jake Rotunno, a Marist senior, has frequently attended the event in past years. “Everybody brings their video game systems, TVs and computers to the gym and we all play video games for 12 hours straight,” said Rotunno. “We also buy raffle tickets for prizes like computer monitors and XBOXes.”

Donohue said that the raffle prizes will be an XBOX 360, a 32 GB iPod Touch, and a 23″ Samsung Monitors. Participants are encouraged to buy raffle tickets because all of the proceeds will also go to Child’s Play.

Turnouts are usually quite high for the event. “Usually it’s about 500 people,” said Rotunno. “Lots of people show up every year, from local colleges like Vassar and also Marist Alumni that are in the area.”

“A ton of people show up from off campus. It’s an extremely community oriented event with local sponsors,” said Donohue. This year’s sponsors include Dragon’s Den, Digsby, and Bawls Guarana Drinks.

Definite games to be played this year include: Halo 3, Madden Football, Gears of War 2, Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Soul Calibur 3, Rock Band, and Marvel vs. Capcom 2. Gaming tournaments are often set up at the event and the big winners of the day will receive prizes.

The Computer Society is hoping for an even larger turnout this year. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own equipment to allow for even more fun and positive interaction.

The "old school" Nintendo NES. Courtesy of retrolution.dk

The "old school" Nintendo NES. Courtesy of retrolution.dk

“There is almost always something for people to do, to jump in on a casual Smash Brothers Brawl match or play old school games on the NES like Contra and Ninja Turtles,” said Rotunno.

Stephen Lynch Returns!

By Emily Dalrymple

Stephen Lynch is returning to Poughkeepsie, NY on April 17. He will be performing at the Bardavon Opera House with the Three Balloons Tour. He is promoting the release of his new comedy album “3 Balloons.” Lynch performed at Marist College in 2003.

Courtesy of stephenlynch.com

Courtesy of stephenlynch.com

According to stephenlynch.com, Lynch is “a musician trapped in the body of a comedian.” Lynch blends music with comedy, playing the guitar as he sings about future dead grandparents (inheritance money!), drugs, or ridiculous breakups.

Mike Strong, a Marist graduate, actually introduced Lynch on the night of his Marist performance.

“He was really low maintenance, walked in carrying his guitar, and just hung out while we were setting up the McCann Gym,” said Strong.

Laura Monroe, also a Marist graduate, was pleasantly surprised with Lynch’s act in 2003.

“I remember laughing until I cried, to be honest,” said Monroe. “He was totally offensive, crude, and filthy, just what every college kid needs to unwind on a Friday night.”

The tour is being presented by Comedy Central who is renting the Bardavon for the night. Lynch has performed three Comedy Central Specials. His first special is one of the highest rated specials in Comedy Central history.

Strong appreciates Lynch’s humor.  “I personally thought at the time, and still think he is hilarious,” said Strong. “I think he has a great knack for not always picking the obvious route for a joke.”

Courtesy of stephenlynch.com

Courtesy of stephenlynch.com

In 2006, Lynch appeared as the lead character, Robbie Hart, in the Broadway rendition of The Wedding Singer. He was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor.

Lynch also likes to use the audience for ideas. “It was packed and people were really excited and very responsive: laughing, yelling, and offering ideas when he asked for them,” said Monroe of his 2003 performance.

The Bardavon Opera House. Courtesy of flickr.com

The Bardavon Opera House. Courtesy of flickr.com

Tickets are currently on sale for $29.50 for all seats. The Bardavon seats 2,000 people. Tickets will be expected to sell out if it is anything like his 2003 performance at Marist.

“I would absolutely see him again, even though it’s not necessarily the kind of act I’m normally interested in. I also remember that he did a long meet and greet after, and that people lingered forever,” said Monroe.

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