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April 2010

WWE NXT

By Justin Murphy
April 28, 2010

In February 2010, WWE decided to end its four year run with their version of the ECW brand, and replaced it with a new concept: 8 rookies and 8 pros. The prize for one rookie: the chance to be the next breakout superstar in the WWE. This…is NXT.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

By Justin Murphy
April 28, 2010

In 2007, Super Mario Galaxy was released to the general public. It was the Wii’s definitive Mario platform game, being its answer to the Gamecube’s Super Mario Sunshine and the N64’s Super Mario 64. So it naturally had big shoes to fill, but it did. It has since become one of the Wii’s best received and best selling titles. Its use of new power-ups, ways of travel, and puzzles combined with what already made Mario fun in 3D made it even more fun. And now, on May 23rd, we get the next installment: Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Monster of Fifty-Nine Moons

By Marc Rosen
April 22, 2010

Two days after the first day of school,
The principal gets another screaming phone call:
“Why is that MONSTER still in my child’s class?!’‘

Two days after the first day of school,
The principal gets another red-faced visitor:
“Why isn’t that FREAK in a retard home?!”

Join Dowling College’s Long Island Horseshoe Crab Network to Track Population of Essential Animal for 8th Year in a Row

Help Preserve Critical Species
April 22, 2010

In an effort to protect a species that has survived the mass extinction of dinosaurs, the Long Island Horseshoe Crab Network, headed by Dr. John T. Tanacredi, Chairman of the Department of Earth and Marine sciences at Dowling College, will conduct the eighth year of an inventory of Horseshoe Crabs (HSC) at 64 sites on Long Island from the tip of Montauk to the tip of Brooklyn.

Take Graduate Classes in Creative Writing, English, and Social Studies at Dowling College

Non-Matriculating Students Welcome
April 22, 2010

Dowling College is proud to announce the redesign of its Masters in Liberal Studies Program (MALS) to focus on Social Studies, Literature and Creative Writing. With tracks in Social Studies and Literature/Creative Writing, the revised program will be open to non-matriculating students who wish to take one or more graduate classes as well as students seeking the full, 39-credit Masters Degree.

Professor Interview: Kevin McDonnell

By Ramona Sav Nolan
April 21, 2010

Kevin McDonnell is a Computer Science Professor at Dowling College. The following interview will give its readers an insight into Dr. McDonnell’s interests and life experiences.

One of my favorite quotes has to be this line attributed to Abraham Lincoln: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” I wish more people would follow this advice!

Alice in Wonderland: Is is so Wonderful?

Written by Adam Kohler and Justin Murphy
Compiled by James Browning
April 20, 2010

“Tim Burton has been known for making many good films which are always big in the artistic department. Also nowadays, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter (Burton’s domestic partner) appear in all of his movies; and Danny Elfman more often than not will compose the score. But sometimes it can be a gamble when he reimagines things. For example, when he directed Batman, it was almost universally praised and was Burton’s first huge box office success. On the other hand, his vision of Planet of the Apes left a lot to be desired. This film seems to be a little in the middle.”

The Last Song

By Dana Basile
April 20, 2010

I am, and always have been, an avid Nicholas Sparks fan. I feel his books tell the kind of love stories we all dream of, the kind of love stories we see in the movies and hope that maybe, just maybe, we can one day experience. The majority of us yearn for the kind of love that rocks our world, that changes our lives, the kind of love we don’t want to live without, the kind of love that is found in his books The Notebook or Nights in Rodanthe.

Dowling College Men’s Lacrosse and The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation

April 17, 2010

After watching a team known for their unyielding defense and quick attack men walk over their opponent in an important conference match, it’s hard to imagine them having anything other than a “tough as nails” attitude. However, the 34 members of the Dowling Men’s Lacrosse team, once again, proved they’re more than just a hardened group of student athletes, as they officially adopted a child through The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation on Saturday, April 3rd.

Haiti Relief Efforts

By Alex Pernier
April 17, 2010

On January 12, at 4:57 PM, a 7.0 Earthquake hit just outside of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti ‘s capital, causing widespread devastation. The earthquake flattened much of the overpopulated capital and neighboring cities, leaving behind hundreds of dead victims. The focus immediately turned to the two million displaced and affected Haitians who, overnight, had lost their homes, their livelihoods, and, more importantly, their family members. An important emphasis was placed on those injured, children and women. Many non-governmental agencies based in Haiti, including Mercy Corps, started filling the void left by the near collapse of an already weakened central government.

Upcoming Events: Spring Cotillion and Latin Night

By Stephanie Sandoval
April 15, 2010

Dowling students should look forward to a couple of events as the end of this semester approaches. Dowling’s La Familia invites all of you to their annual Spring Latin Night, “Tropical”, which will be held in the Ball Room on April 22nd, starting at 7:00 p.m. You will have the opportunity to see performances by La Familia and a live musical performance by Carlito Arias y su Banda Tipica. The club’s advisor, Prof. Salvatore Dionisio, hopes to see the Dowling Community take part in this event.

Dowling’s Best Kept Secret: The Tutoring Center

By Kathleen Scott
April 14, 2010

The Tutoring Center is located at RC 333. Free Tutoring is available for both undergraduate and graduate students in various academic subjects.

We also offer assistance with writing research papers and can help you improve your organizational/academic skills (time management, note taking, and preparing for exams).

All you have to do is either go to Student Services (RC 101) or call 244–3141 to make an appointment. Finals are coming, so get ready…. And Stop in Soon!

Third Annual Dowling CEC School Supplies Drive

By Ramona Sav Nolan
April 13, 2010

Dowling CEC (Council for Exceptional Children) is holding their 3rd annual School Supplies Drive; your donations will likely be given to The Helping Hands Rescue Mission in order to support their patrons for the beginning of next school year. . Last year CEC collected almost 400 items for the Roosevelt School District in Nassau County. With your support, CEC seeks to double their donations this year.

Professor Interview: Edward Tholl

By Ramona Sav Nolan
April 13, 2010

Edward Tholl is a Literacy professor at Dowling College. The following interview will give its readers an insight into Prof. Tholl’s interests and life experiences.

Favorite quote: “Despite whatever odds in life I may have to face, my expectations are always high. I believe it is about winning and being a winner—being the best you can be, on the court and in life. I want to instill that attitude in the individuals I encounter.”

Bowser’s Inside Story

By Justin Murphy
April 13, 2010

For over twenty years, millions of people have controlled Mario and Luigi to stop Bowser and save the Princess. Although some are content that way, many people have been clamoring for the Koopa King to finally get a game of his own, and last September, they finally got their wish.

WWE: Jack Swagger as World Heavyweight Champion

By Justin Murphy
April 12, 2010

For those of you who are familiar with WWE but not with what happened recently, here’s the rundown.

A Night of Dining and Dancing

By Peter Rice
April 6, 2010

On Friday, March 12, 2010, the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), an organization dedicated to offering a combination of awareness and current information in the field of special education, held what is expected to become an annual Ballroom Dinner Dance. Balloons guided Dowling’s guests into its beautifully decorated ballroom. As they approached their destination, visitors were greeted by one of the CEC board members, as they signed in, or paid the twenty dollar cover fee. Each guest was dressed in formal attire, as the evening sun gave way to the night sky.

Student Spotlight: James P. Wagner

By Marc Rosen
April 6, 2010

You might see him hanging around the cafeteria, or at a Chess Club meeting, or a Spoken Word club meeting, and dismiss him as just another geek with glasses, but you’d know you were wrong about this 23 year old grad student the moment he opened his mouth to speak. Dr. Gidding, one of James’s favorite professors, said “James is a prolific and determined writer, with great curiosity and persistence. I admire all of those qualities, and can’t wait for him to break into the big-time. I have no doubt that he will.”

Sonic and SEGA All Stars Racing

By Justin Murphy
April 5, 2010

Upon first looking at this game, it is easy to see why some people would be skeptical about another Sonic racing game. While a Sonic game about racing seems like it would work, it has failed in the past. Sonic Drift and Sonic Drift 2 (the former waiting over 10 years before seeing a US release) were rather obscure and had annoying controls.

Spring 2010 Employment Fair

Are you looking for part-time work this summer? Visit Career Services to find out if YOU are eligible for a PAID internship opportunity. The Career Services Center of Student Services is located in Racanelli Center, Room 101 on the Dowling College Rudolph Campus in Oakdale. You may also call (631) 244–1137 for more information.

Classy Easter Treats

By Arianna Johnson
April 5, 2010

After diamonds, chocolate is a girl’s “second best” friend. It seems that chocolate is associated with most holidays such as Valentine’s Day and, especially, Easter. Ever since we were little kids, the Easter bunny has come around to leave us little chocolate treats and other candies in plastic eggs. However, as we age into adults, we like to have something a little more fancy and decadent than your ordinary pastel-colored M&M.

Wrestlemania XXVI Results

By Justin Murphy
April 5, 2010

Well, I previously predicted that Wrestlemania XXVI Predictions would be an overall good Wrestlemania. Was it good? Yes. Was it the best Wrestlemania ever? Not by a long shot. Let’s go over what happened.

Flight

By Marybeth McAvoy
April 5, 2010

They drop one by one.
Small feathers rustling
Against the fierce wind.
Braving the snowfall.
A taste of freedom.

Lights in a Dark Tunnel

By Michael Osborne
April 5, 2010

There is a man huddled against a wall. A feeble man with white-chalk skin. His skin exposes his endoskeleton structure, and his strength wanes each time he musters the energy to get up. His nails are long and dark brown, resembling those of an animal, and his hair is bushy and meshed. In his past, he was a highly-esteemed fellow who was respected because of his works, a man who knew his occupation inside and out.

Hope Springs Eternal

By Fred Henning
April 5, 2010

Spring time is here and a young man’s fancy turns to love, whether it be a lady, a man, or even a raccoon. This past week has brought us St Patrick’s Day and the vernal equinox, all holidays of life. The following week will bring us Passover and Easter, the holidays of death. This explains why we Irish can never see the good in life for very long.

Feed Me, I’m Irish

By Arianna Johnson
April 5, 2010

When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, most people only care about where they can get their green bagels and free beer. Besides the fact that the holiday holds much more in the area of religion than just a reason to get drunk, most forget about the delicious traditional food that comes along with such an occasion.

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