December 10, 2016

Bright Future Ahead for Athletics

By Nicholas Tejeda Editor

During the Spring 2013 semester Carol Kashow, John Jay’s athletic director, was appointed to take over an athletics department that was in disarray. Just a month before she was appointed, both the men’s basketball team and the school’s rifle team were competing for the Conference Finals in their respective sports.

Since then the men’s basketball team have posted an 11-21 record against other CUNYAC (CUNY’s Athletic Conference) teams in the past two seasons. Records like these are not limited to men’s basketball, as most John Jay teams have had records below .500 since the 2012-13 season, numbers that do not impress John Jay students.

“It is definitely a missed opportunity that our teams do not perform well,” said Ajahnae Raven McClarke, a junior. “If teams play well, people will come out and support and school spirit will grow from that.”

John Jay’s sports teams are not performing as well as students would like, but the Department of Athletics and Recreation has looked to improve the program from the ground up to recover from the chaos left behind by former Athletics Director Dan Palumbo.
“It was a problem,” Kashow said. “When I came in the department was not much of a department, there was resentment and we had a lot of cleaning up.”

Kashow came to John Jay with a long and successful history in sports. From 1979 to 1991 she was the head softball and badminton coach at Drexel University. After coaching at Drexel she moved on to coach softball at Temple University from 1991 to 1997. She ended her coaching career at the University of Pennsylvania, where she coached softball from 1997 to 2003. Kashow also served as Hunter College’s athletics director from 2005 to 2008, and Hostos Community College from 2008-2013.

Senior goalkeeper Andrea Antoni, has played for the women’s soccer team under both Palumbo and Kashow. Antoni, who was recently named a CUNYAC all-star, says the difference between the two is night and day.

“As a freshman, my first impression of the athletics department was that it was unorganized, unmotivated, and unproductive. My biggest concern was that the treatment of teams was unequal. Fortunately, with Carol Kashow as the current athletics director, the goal is to provide John Jay Student-Athletes with a positive, Division One-like experience; each team in the department is given the same opportunities.”

The unfair treatment that Antoni mentions is one of the many accusations against Palumbo, who is remembered for providing a big chunk of resources to the baseball team. The team that he was also the head coach for.

Since she took over the John Jay program, Kashow has looked to change the culture of the athletics department. She has hired new coaches, new personnel, and emphasized recruiting quality players from around the country, who produce on the court and in the classroom.

Athletes have a support team of academic counselors they are required to regularly report to in order to maintain good grades.

“We believe that success in the classroom translates directly to success on the court and beyond,” said Brandon Fieland, the sports information director for the athletics program.

Fieland, who was hired by Kashow, notices the progress of the Athletics Department and the change of culture and philosophy within the program.

“Students have bought into the program’s philosophy of recruiting. They are succeeding in the classroom and competing harder than ever,” he said.

For John Jay students, this change is starting to show on the scoreboards. John Jay College had a heavy presence in the postseason in a variety of sports.

Men’s soccer defeated Baruch 1-0 in the quarterfinals to reach the semifinals, where they fell to the College of Staten Island. The women’s soccer team made it to the postseason for the first time in two seasons. Woman’s volleyball hosted their first playoff match ever after tying the program’s best number of wins in the regular season. They also made it to the semis, where they fell to Baruch.

John Jay athletes are also being rewarded individually within the CUNYAC. Graysen Carlson, a senior forward for the men’s soccer team, was named CUNYAC player of the year. Andrea Antoni and Kimberly Guzman of the women’s soccer team were named to the CUNYAC all-stars second team. Junior Richard Brienza of the men’s cross-country team was named Performer of the Year. Senior cross-country runner Tevin Brown was named a CUNYAC all-star.

Director Kashow is well aware of the challenge ahead of her and is up to the task. “The ultimate goal is to get all of our teams to the NCAA tournament. Are we there yet? No. Do I think we will be there one day? Yes. Becoming a good program is not an overnight process, but we come in here every day and we work harder, recruit better, and the results are beginning to show. Compare where we were five years ago and compare it now, and you will see that improvements have been made.”

John Jay’s Hidden Gem: The Rifle Team

By Steven Coccaro

Tucked away in the 4th-floor gym in Haaren Hall are a pair of metal doors that lead to a gun range where John Jay’s rifle team holds their practices.

The rifle team, which has been around since 1990, is one of four collegiate level teams in New York State; the others being United States Military Academy West Point, SUNY Maritime, and Canisius College, but only John Jay and West Point are NCAA-affiliated teams, with Maritime and Canisius being club teams.

John Jay’s Marksmanship Facility, the rifle range’s proper name, is divided into two halves: the “ready” and the “range” room. The ready room is where the team meets and their gear is stored. Two big safes, in the corner of the room, contain the team’s two different competition rifles both small bore that fire a .22 caliber bullet, and air, which fires a lead pellet.

John Jay’s facility is suitable for air rifle and air pistol shooting. The team runs dry practices with the small bore rifles that entail going through the three positions: standing, kneeling, and prone, used in competitions. The safes are open when the team is practicing. Soft ‘ba-ping’ sounds come from the next room.

“[The rifle team] was the reason I came here – I said I will be on that team,” said David Vegvari, 22, a graduate student at the college. He was a member of the rifle team for four years and the personal assistant to Coach Vincent Maiorino before becoming the assistant coach.

A door separates the range from the ready room. The range has five points; each point is where a shooter stands to be in line with the target box called the trap. Two target cards are hung up on the trap for each shooter.

“People always assume we shoot at cut outs of bodies, and I say no. We shoot at targets the size of fifty cent pieces from 33 to 50 feet away,” said Vegvari.

With the rifle team being the only NCAA rifle team in New York City and having won eleven championships, it is surprising just how unknown the team is in the college.

“I feel they don’t make it known, they don’t advertise it, and if they are then they aren’t doing it enough,” said Skylah Sanchez, 19, a Senior. While according to Vegvari, “The school doesn’t make an effort to hide the team, it’s on all the forms [for athletics.]”

Coach Maiorino has coached the rifle team for 14 years, winning 11 championships. This record is impressive for any team, yet this accomplishment is not as widely known as one would think. “There used to be posters in the lobby and around the elevators announcing when the team won a championship, but that hasn’t happened in a few years,” said Coach Maiorino.

One of the reasons the rifle team is not as well known as any of the other teams at John Jay is because it is not a spectator sport. Also, the team has to travel every weekend to other states to compete, and the one home match against Maritime is impossible to watch because the range is now packed with two teams. Lastly, shooting is a very slow, personal sport; there is no real action to see.

“The beauty of the sport is in the time spent taking each shot. Each shot is a competition in itself, because of that, one competition becomes sixty,” said Vegvari.

The idea that rifle is not a spectator sport is not lost on anyone,”[since] people can’t view it, that is why it is not as popular. If you are one of the best teams then you would want people to come watch,” said Sanchez.

With school shootings becoming more frequent lately, a question could be asked if colleges should have rifle teams. This question is on the mind of the coach. “There’s always a possibility for the school to withdraw support, but we show the better side of shooting with people who are trained in the shooting arts,” said Coach Maiorino. “The members have never been problems with the school as athletes or as students,” he continued.

Athletic Director Carol Kashow echoed the Coach’s words saying, “The rifle team members are very involved in school activities.” As for pulling support for the team, because of current events, there is little chance of that happening. “We like to treat each sports team the same. Students can die from playing other sports – that doesn’t mean we stop playing them,” said Director Kashow. As for students not knowing about the team, Kashow had this to say: “Every team has those that know about it and those that don’t, but as we continue to improve we hope that, with more media coverage, we’ll be able to reach more students.”

Even though they might not get the recognition that the other teams get, that does not seem to bother them. “We just want to be treated the same as every other team. The athletes shoot for the coach, but the team shoots for the school,” said Vegvari. “They tell us to compete, and then that is our job. The goal of competing is to win.”

Athletic Dept. Drafts New Staff

By: Ryan Durning

Staff Writer

The Athletic Department at John Jay College has overhauled their coaching staff this semester. Six of the 15 teams we have are being run by new coaches, including the men’s and women’s basketball, men’s baseball, and men’s and women’s soccer. These changes were implemented by Carol Kashow, the athletic director who was hired in the spring of 2013.

“When I came in March 2013, that spring I spent a fair amount of time evaluating,” said Kashow in regards to how she approached making changes. “Some teams weren’t having [an] excellent academic experience.”

The ultimate goal of the athletic department, in Kashow’s eyes, is providing a good experience to the student athletes that make up the teams at John Jay. If overall record is what she means in terms of experience, she might be right.

Five of the teams that have new coaches are coming off losing seasons in at least two of the past three years. The men’s and women’s basketball team both went 9-17 overall, the men’s soccer team went 4-14-1, and the Women’s soccer team went 4-15 in their previous season. The men’s baseball team went 7-25 earlier this year.

All told, these five teams have racked up 33 wins and 88 losses combined in the past year which equals a .272 win percentage. College of Staten Island has a .694 win percentage and Brooklyn College, which doesn’t have a baseball team like the other teams do, has a .641 percent. Even the City College of New York had a .410 win percentage and they had only one team with a winning record.

“It was a simple matter of having different philosophies,” said Kashow in regards to the replacement of men’s basketball coach Otis Fenn. “There are a lot of ways to skin the cat, so to speak.”

Kashow repeatedly made mention of making sure John Jay athletes have an excellent academic experience. Coupled with the underperforming year that John Jay teams’ had, replacing almost half of the coaches seems less drastic even if it might have rubbed a couple players the wrong way.

“[Fenn] was here since I first got here so I guess he wanted to finish it out with [us],” said Korede Griffith, a student athlete on the men’s basketball team. “The fact that he couldn’t probably hurt him, but he’s a proud man so he’ll be fine.”

While most of the team said they didn’t have any real problems with Fenn’s leadership,  some even went so far as to call him a cool person, they were focused on the future.

“I basically think she wanted to rebuild and he wasn’t a part of the process,” said men’s basketball player Darrell Robinson when asked about the coaching change. “[The new coach] is building a culture.”

Robinson’s culture remark is in reference to the fact that the new coach, Ryan Hyland, has the team doing conditioning and strength workouts already, something that Fenn apparently never had them do.

“He got us doing preconditioning,” said the 21 year old Griffith. “He has us meet together like once a week, it’s a good thing. [Fenn] wouldn’t have had this last year, we wouldn’t have been here.”

Former assistant coach of the women’s basketball team, Mike Williams, is heading up the preconditioning and weightlifting for the men’s and women’s basketball programs.

“Coach Molly [Light] and Coach Ryan [Hyland] are very eager, they just want to win,” said Williams. “It’s really a fresh start in the sense that they’re not here to play any games. Coach Molly, her overall goal is to coach D1, she knows that to do that she needs to start winning championships at this level.”

Williams said he believes that Kashow is getting off to a good start, and he stressed that when he was hired he made it clear that it was championship or nothing for him. The new coaching changes aren’t always resulting in a noticeable change towards creating a winning philosophy yet though.

The Men’s and Women’s soccer teams are still underperforming significantly. The men’s soccer team, under the leadership of Bradley Johnson, is 5-9. The women’s soccer team currently has a 2-12 record under new coach Casey Sommers.

Other teams with new coaches, like men’s baseball and the cheerleading squad, won’t have a chance to display a change from last season until 2015 at the earliest. Men’s and women’s basketball starts in November so for now the excellent academic experiences Kashow values are still a work-in-progress.

“I think they got to be more aggressive with it, I know they came in and wanted to change things a little bit slowly. That’s great but then this team is getting left behind, the other teams in CUNY are not making those steps,” said Williams about how the athletic department should proceed from here on out. “They did a great job fixing the gym floor, a fantastic job, but now lets get athletes in the gym.”

Bloodhounds Under .500, but Still Playoff Bound

 By Kevin Cruz


Coach Fenn in the middle of a huddle at a Men's Blooudhounds home-game.

Coach Fenn in the middle of a huddle at a Men’s Blooudhounds home-game.


The John Jay Bloodhounds Men and Women’s basketball teams are headed to the CUNYAC Championship tournament, despite both being under .500.

Even with the disappointing seasons, by their standards, both of the coaches think they can compete with any team.

The Bloodhounds are in seventh place out of nine teams in the conference with a record of 7-9 and overall record of 9-16.

In the preseason Men’s basketball Head Coach Otis Fenn told the John Jay Sentinel that he’d hope his team to improve on defense and that defense was the key to success, but hasn’t lived up to expectations. The Bloodhounds are fourth worst in the conference in points allowed.

The Bloodhounds have allowed 76 points per game to opponents this season compared to the 72.8 points per game, from a season ago.

The team has blown several second half leads, one of which came against Hunter College on January 29, which they squandered a lead in the final two minutes of the contest.

Coach Fenn thinks the team is better than what the record indicates. “I’m not pleased with our record. We are better then our record shows…we can’t finish games.” He added that opponents haven’t really beaten them this season, because the Bloodhounds have beaten themselves.

When asked why things haven’t gone the way they expected this season? Coach Fenn emphasized the missing of leadership.

“When you are missing two all stars [Isaiah Holman and Jamar Harry]…one who is an All-American [Harry],” said Fenn. “Those are two big missing pieces.”

The roster this season has been shuffled, as the Bloodhounds are not ending the season with the same team that they started with. Coach Fenn was really counting on having Jamar Harry for the latter part of the season, but Harry could not make his way back for personal reasons, forcing the Bloodhounds to continue to fight without him.

Coach Fenn also hoped that he would have guard Michael Howard this entire season, but, after two games, Howard was a no show for the remainder of the season. The Bloodhounds also lost Choban Cheema, Darell Robinson and Juniad Saeed this season. The Bloodhounds did add Calvin Ingram to fill in for the second half of the season.

The Bloodhounds’ co-captain Kendall Jordan thinks the team could have done better. “I’m very disappointed on how the season has turned out. We had higher expectations going into this season.” When asked what was different from last season to this season, Jordan blamed team chemistry as the key reason for some of the team’s failures. “The chemistry and communication has fell off and it has caused problems.”

Korede Griffith, the team’s second leading scorer, said the team has really been tested. He noted that the Bloodhounds had to fight through the season and have won some great games, but have lost some really ugly ones.

“This season has been a reality check and it has hit us every game,” said Griffith on why the team has not found the same success from last year. He had the same view as Kendall Jordan. “The chemistry was not there,” Griffith said. “We got the different pieces we need to win, but we just can’t put them together.”

The Lady Bloodhounds also have not met their own expectations this season, as they finished on to the sixth place in the CUNYAC conference. The Lady Bloodhounds hold a record of 6-10 in the CUNY conference and 9-16 overall.

Coach Ramirez, head coach of the team, is not content with just getting in the CUNY championship tournament. She believed her team could have done so much more this season. The amount of talent on this team is not reflective of the record the team has posted this season.

Coming into this season, Coach Ramirez believed her team would not finish lower then second in the conference. “I honestly believed at worst we would have the second seed. I expected big things this season especially from Jamecia Forsythe.”

Coach Ramirez, who is in her sixth season at the program, has posted her third best season since arriving at the program in 2008. Under her command, the Lady Bloodhounds have only posted two winning seasons in conference, but that does not stop Ramirez and her coaches from pushing for success.

“It’s frustrating and disappointing being in the sixth spot. We have been close to beating good teams, but it’s time to get it together.”

Like the Men’s team, the Lady Bloodhounds have gone through some roster changes through the season. Tamara Johnson, who is tied for the team’s third leading scorer, missed some games this season. The team has also lost Tiffany Rodriguez and Kaitin Fitzgerald for personal reasons.

The CUNYAC championship tournament gives the best eight teams from the conference the chance to be crowned conference champions. The John Jay Bloodhounds Men and Women’s teams go in ranked sixth heading into the conference tournament.

In the Men’s tournament, the rankings are:

1)    College of Staten Island

2)    York College

3)    Baruch College

4)    Brooklyn College

5)    Lehman College

6)    Hunter College

7)    John Jay College

8)    CCNY

In the Woman’s tournament the rankings are:

1)    College of Staten Island

2)    Baruch College

3)    Brooklyn College

4)    Lehman College

5)    Hunter College

6)    John Jay College

7)    CCNY

8)    York College.

College of Staten Island Men’s head Coach Tony Petosa, who is in his 23rd season at the college, has lead his teams to back-to-back championships in the CUNYAC. The CSI Dolphins are undefeated this season in conference play (16-0).

When asked about winning back-to-back championships Coach Petosa said he was “not impressed. The past means nothing it’s what we do in the present.” Coach Petosa said it wouldn’t be an easy road back to the championship, as there are some very good teams in the conference.

On the other hand, Coach Otis Fenn believes in his team’s ability to compete. “We will be in every game. There is not a team in CUNY we can’t beat.”

Coach Fenn would be really proud if his team could win a championship, especially this year. “It’s not so much for personal reason, but for the program itself. A championship would mean respect for the program and have people fear to play us.”

As for the women’s tournament, College Of Staten Island Woman’s Head Coach Tim Shanahan leads his Lady Dolphins into the CUNYAC tournament in the top spot.

In only his second season, Coach Shanahan has taken his team to the top of the rankings in the CUNYAC, improving the team’s record every year since he took over.

“It’s all about the girls…good to be the number one seed for the first time in seven years at the school. It’s a great thing, [but] the prize is winning the tournament,” said Coach Shanahan when talking about this season’s success. Coach Shanahan says it won’t be an easy road to the championship because the CUNYAC is so balanced that any given day any team can win.

Coach Ramirez has high expectation going into the CUNYAC tournament. “My expectations is to take the whole thing,” she said. Coach Ramirez said the team has come up short in many areas, but things came together as the season came to a close and other teams better look out for the Lady Bloodhounds.

CUNYAC Tournament takes place from Feb. 22-28. The Men’s Bloodhound head to Jamaica, Queens to faceoff against #2 York College on Feb. 22. The Lady Bloodhounds head to Brooklyn to face off #3 Brooklyn College on Feb. 23.

Female Basketball Player Breaks Records


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By Keyunna Singleton

Staff Writer

Jamecia Forsythe, of John Jay’s Women’s Basketball team, is set to have record-breaking season.

Forsythe, a senior and second year captain, is projected to surpass a 1000 points and 1000 rebounds for her career.She is 31 points and 78 rebounds away from the milestone.

The 21 year-old would be the first John Jay student, and the third female athlete in the NCAA CUNY conference to do this.Forsythe has played for the team since her freshman year and became team captain as a Junior.

“It hasn’t hit me yet that I’m going to be the first ever John Jay student to do this,” said Forsythe. “I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I can’t wait for it to happen.”

Nonetheless, her ultimate goal is to win a championship. Something she has targeted since becoming a Bloodhound.

“I want a chip first and foremost,” Forsythe said.

To reinforce the idea of winning into her team, she draws from Ian Terry for inspiration. Terry was the winner from season 14 of “Big Brother”, her favorite reality show.

According to Forsythe, Terry says, “If you can plan it and you can see it then you can have it.”

She refers to this quote to focus her game, especially when preparing to play against Baruch College. Baruch’s basketball team is the six-time CUNY conference champion.

“Someone has to stop them, why not us?” said Forsythe.

It’s been 21 years since John Jay’s women’s basketball team has won a championship and Forsythe believes that the opportunity is waiting for her.

Her mother, Joan Forsythe, is “delighted” by her daughter’s passion, though there was a time when it affected their relationship.

Joan Forsythe, a mother of four, refers to her only daughter as “Mecia”. “I did not always want Mecia to play basketball,” she said. “I wanted her to be regular.”

After seeing how much her daughter loved basketball, she wants to see her “go all the away.”

Forsythe’s mother used to worry about her daughter’s distant traveling and staying late at practices and games.

“She used to go alone,” she said of her daughter, while other parents would drop their daughters off and pick them up.

Because she had to work, often two jobs, Forsythe did a lot of traveling on the buses and trains by her self. Ms. Forsythe admits to asking her daughter not to go to practice at times.

Forsythe always declined. “She never, never, never missed a day even if it was cold or she was sick,” Ms. Forsythe said.

“Sometimes she would be so sore that she would have to eat in bed. But she always keep up with her school work,” she said.

Forsythe has been an excellent student since grade school. Graduating second in her class in junior high and high school, her mother finds her drive and determination admirable.

Back at John Jay, her coach Diane Ramirez says “I love her like she is my own daughter.”

Ramirez refers to Forsythe as “the hardest working student athlete I’ve ever had.”

Forsythe plans to continue her education at medical school after she graduates in May. She encourages anyone that has a goal in life to pursue it, no matter the obstacles. “If you have a love for something, don’t let anything stop it.”

A New Athletic Director to take Palumbo’s Post

By Keyunna Singleton

Staff Writer

In March, John Jay hired a new Athletic Director, Carol Kashow, to replace former Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach Dan Palumbo, and she has brought many changes to the department with her.

As The Sentinel reported last fall, Palumbo resigned as athletic director because he felt it was time for a change to the department and himself. One of the first things Kashow changed since becoming Head of the Department was upgrading the annual John Jay Athletic Banquet.

The Banquet is held in the gymnasium at the end of the semester when all sports are out of season. It usually takes place during community hour, which Kashow says makes it feel like a rushed event. According to Kashow, in an attempt to “make it special for the athletes and staff,” it was changed to a formal evening event. Guests were required to wear business casual attire. Among the special guests was an actual Bloodhound – the four-legged kind – from Florida, named Maddison.

Kashow has also created several resources for the student athletes. Sophomore basketball player, Amber Villegas, stated, “She is doing a lot for the athletes. She makes us feel important, like we are one of her main priorities.” In addition the program now has academic support for athletes, a service run by Danielle Rosario. According to Villegas, “we get to meet with someone that works in the athletics department to make sure we are doing well in class.” Student athletes said they appreciate this project, especially the ones who fear they may lose their eligibility to play.

Student athletes must maintain a 2.0 GPA to play. Some more ambitious athletes, such as 3-team player O’Shea Alexander strive for a GPA higher than that. As a member of the Men’s basketball, volleyball, and cross-country teams, Alexander has a busy schedule. Considered an all-around athlete, Alexander admits that before Kashow made Bloodhounds her pups, his main priority was “putting on a jersey and performing on Tuesdays and Thursdays.” Admiring Kashow’s aggressiveness, Alexander is pushing to be a better athlete on court and a stronger student in class. In addition, teammate Korede Griffith, who also plays on the men’s basketball, volleyball and cross-country team,  states that he too “is more focused and thinks more about classes.”

However, most students don’t play more than one sport and the majority of their time is spent hanging out with their teammates. Many athletes miss out on the opportunity to get to know other student athletes. So to address this issue, Kashow hosted the first annual student athlete orientation on Sept. 8. This event gave the athletes a chance to get to meet other players from other teams. Many of the athletes enjoyed the event, despite it being held on a Sunday, a few even posted pictures and videos on Instagram of activities that took place.

Some of the athletes are really excited about the addition of meal money to the program. Meal money is a stipend every student athlete receives to purchase food at away games. Despite this great addition, other athletes worry about game attendance. In the past not many athletic events got support from students on campus, sometimes the other teams rarely supported each other.

According to Kashow, the plan to increase attendance is by motivating the fans. In other words, “take the athletes to the people,” Kashow said. The Athletics Department is bringing the athletes to the students in a number of ways. One of which is by creating a Twitter and YouTube account.

To keep up with events and scores, follow the departments Twitter, @JohnJayAthletics and subscribe to the YouTube page, John Jay Athletics. Another way they plan on reaching the masses is by live-streaming some of the events.

Kashow says John Jay athletics was one of the first and only CUNY schools to receive a grant to live-stream ten of their events. The events will be displayed on kiosks throughout campus. Students can also view them on their smart-phones and computers. The first event to be live-streamed is a Women’s volleyball game on October 1. Kashow also mentions using sandwich boards to attract students’ attention. For students born after the internet, a sandwich board is two connected posters that hang in front of and behind a person that displays advertisements.

Using old inventions to get new ideas is one of the ways Kashow is trying to get things done. The goal for the department is “to be the first at everything,”said Kashow. For Kashow, the process to that goal will hopefully “give all the people using the facility a great experience along the way.”

How could a more successful athletic program help shape the reputation of John Jay? Only time will tell. As of now, Kashow wants all of John Jay to know, “we invite everyone to join us on this exciting journey to grow this program. I think it is a great program,” she said.


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Coach Fenn Has Eyes on Championship: High Expectations for Bloodhounds

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By Kevin Cruz and Jeffery Nunziato

Staff Writers

“Championship or bust” is the mantra of the John Jay Bloodhounds basketball team after falling short in last years CUNY championship game against the College of Staten Island.

Getting back to the title game will not be without its obstacles though, as the bloodhounds have to deal with the departure of star player Isiah Holman (guard), who led the team in 3pt. shooting last season, and the absence of Jamar Harry, who will be sidelined due to injury for the early part of the season.

Still, Fenn is looking for sophomore Kris Owens (guard), whom he described as “a tremendous scorer” and his three seniors to step up and fill the void.

Darryl Dennis, Oshea Alexander, and Antoine Long are the 3 seniors on the team. Dennis, a starter for the most of last season, scored about 9 points and recorded 4.3 rebounds per game —but Fenn is looking for him to improve on those numbers.

As for 6’7” Alexander, Fenn sees him as the enforcer on the floor along with 6’5” forward Kendall Jordan. Jordan was second in blocks only to Alexander last season. Fenn will have to count on the defensive prowess of Jordan and Alexander if they are to have any success in lowering their points against average.

The Bloodhounds gave up the eighth most points (73.8 ppg) out of nine teams in the CUNY conference but they also lead in scoring (74.3 ppg).

Fenn emphasized how important defense will be if they were to retain the success they had in 2007-08, when they won it all.

Fenn is hoping his core of players can hold the fort until Harry, the team leader, makes his return. Fenn said Harry is “the best player he ever coached and the heart and soul of the team.”

Harry is a CUNYAC All-American and elected an Atlantic District first, and second team All-Star for the 2012-13 season.


A New Chapter For The Bloodhounds

By David Cruz

Last year was the least successful season in the history of the Bloodhounds. When the 2012 came to a close, John Jay stood at 11-26, including a 2-9 record against the CUNY Atlantic Coast Conference.  Now it is 2013 and with it, came a new coaching staff with an influx of new players for a different approach to a new season. The Bloodhounds are under different leadership coming from the John Jay Alumni. In her coaching debut, Danielle Bonici has returned to the school to take over for Christina Perez and she has brought with her many of the lessons she had learned as an assistant coach.

Bonici was a four year starter for the John Jay Softball team and then spent one year as an assistant coach away from her school.  Coach Bonici is present at every single practice and the same is expected of the players, part of her accession to the Bloodhounds head coaching position is holding everyone on the team, players and coaches, accountable for their actions and how they are representing the team. “Last year was not so great so I was asked to come back when the whole thing came down”, she said. When she was asked what she thought of her new position, she responded by slightly dropping her head and grinning, “I love it.” With her grin only partially leaving her face she continued to say, “I really don’t consider this a job when I get to do what I love.”

Practices during the off-season have been held Monday through Friday with some practices running as early as 6 A.M., mostly to accommodate the student’s class schedule, Tuesday-Thursday practices could run about 3 hours long.

Brought in with coach Bonici are two new assistant coaches, both of whom are first time coaches themselves. Coach Carmen Pagan-Colon and coach Mariela Echavarria, have been brought in to shore up the staff and the two assistant coaches are also former players as well. Pagan-Colon comes as a standout softball player at Baruch College and coach Echavarria played for the Bloodhounds back in 2007.

The two assistant coaches have taken notice of what they have seen from their head coach and the attention to detail she brings to every exercise. “She is very well organized and knows the game better than anyone”, said Pagan-Colon “She helps the girls in their transformation from raw athletes to skilled ball players.” Her counterpart additionally praised Bonici and the job she has done so far. “Her passion and intensity shows in every game and in every practice and she’s shown her skills to make everyone a better at what they do”, said Echevarria.

Along with the new staff, there are a few new players on the team that should work in to the rotation to make up for the departed senior’s. Players like, Jasmine Guerra, Jamie Lam and Diana Rodriguez are all part of the youth movement.

The off-season has turned to the regular season and the time has come for the Bloodhounds to demonstrate what they were taught and prove that what happened last year would not continue this year. Coach Bonici addressed a couple of goals she had for the Bloodhounds at the seasons start, first of which was to improve the teams record against the CUNY Atlantic Coast Conference. The other important issue she wanted to address was to win as many games early in the season as they could and to not allow the close games slip away. It was something that happened a lot in the previous season to the Bloodhounds and she does not want a repeat.

The 2013 season is officially underway and the Bloodhounds stand at a record of 9-18-1, a higher winning percentage than this time last season. One player that can be credited for some of the success and the better start this season is Kalyssa Daley, with a batting average well over .400, the Junior has made an impression on her coaches.

During Practices throughout this season, she has been praised time and time again for her leadership qualities and her performance on the field. “It’s real simple, the focus of the team is to win a championship right now”, said Daley. “We’re looking for success every time we step out there.” Daley is in her third season with the ball club and all three seasons were spent at second base. The junior has had high praise for the new coaches as well, she mentioned that she started to notice how practices are more focused and the coaches are much more involved. “There is a real partnership between the players and coaches, in practices we have to get our act together because these coaches are not afraid to let us know when we’re not doing what is expected of us.”

Where this team ends up by the summer remains to be seen, but the concern of the entire team is to close the book on last year.

World Wrestling Fan Base at a Crossroads


April 7, 2013 marks World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) biggest event of the year, Wrestlemania 29. To be held in Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, fans from around the world will descend upon the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets for the hard-hitting, fast-paced, exciting action the WWE is known to deliver.

The main event of Wrestlemania has started to cause some controversy with fans. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will defend his title against number one contender and WWE’s biggest draw, John Cena. While this seems like the biggest marquee match-up in the WWE right now, fans are upset about the main event. The match is a re-match from last year’s Wrestlemania 28, and some fans are upset about seeing it again after it was promoted last year as a “Once in a Lifetime” match. Robert Williams, a life-long wrestling fan said, “If it wasn’t a rematch main event or that predictable as to who’s going to win I would be more excited.”

There is a general feeling that since The Rock is a part-time WWE superstar, John Cena is a lock to leave Wrestlemania 29 with the WWE Championship. This near certainty has other fans upset that they have tickets for WWE’s flagship show, Monday Night Raw, the next night. Nick Finocchio, 20, said, “If Cena wins, I will resent myself for physically going to the Izod center to see RAW.” However, avid Cena supporters are excited at the possibility of seeing him as WWE champion after not having the championship for well over a year.

Other members of the WWE universe feel that the WWE has let down its biggest fans when they created the matches for this year’s Wrestlemania. Avid wrestling fan and writer of the Cosblog, an on-line blog that discusses music, movies and wrestling, Marcos Cosme said “If [WWE] had created a great card with fresh matches then I might be thinking differently. But I feel that they are simply catering to their WrestleMania audience and not the wrestling fan base that they have the other 365 days.”

The Rock, known for his wrestling career and more notable film career, starring in such movies as GI Joe- Retaliation, Fast 5 and The Other Guys, returned to wrestling last year at Wrestlemania 28 to face John Cena in his second match since his return. The Rock was one of the biggest stars in the WWE from 1998-2003. He then became a part-time wrestler as he pursued his film career. He returned to the WWE as the host of Wrestlemania 27 in 2011, starting a yearlong rivalry with John Cena that culminated with the Rock defeating Cena at Wrestlemania 28.

John Cena has become the WWE’s main draw since his first WWE Championship victory at Wrestlemania 21 in 2005. Since then, Cena has become one of the most controversial superstars in WWE history. Due to his character being generally unchanged in 8 years, the WWE universe is often split when seeing Cena as he receives a reaction heavily mixed with cheers and jeers when he appears in front of the audience. Many people are upset that Cena will be in the main-event of Wrestlemania for the fifth time in the past eight years.

Despite the negativity, Cena’s merchandise sells more than any other WWE Superstar. He was also voted by the WWE universe as the 2012 Superstar of the Year, even though he had his worst year since his inaugural title run and former WWE champion CM Punk held the WWE Championship the entire calendar year. Also, Cena’s actions outside the wrestling ring, most notably granting over 200 wishes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the most in the foundation’s history, keep him a focal point of the WWE’s programming.

While many fans seem as if that they are uninterested in the main-event of Wrestlemania 29, other fans aren’t letting one match dictate their future of watching WWE programming. Rob Cossentino, a wrestling fan since 2000, said “If Cena wins, I’ll quit watching WWE… say so many people, but the next night on Raw all is forgotten and we tune in to the next new angles.” While The Rock and John Cena are the main attraction of Wrestlemania, the WWE has other stars like The Undertaker, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, CM Punk, Triple H and Alberto Del Rio that attract other members of the WWE Universe to its programming.

While there are some detractors, many fans are looking forward to attending Wrestlemania 29 and seeing the future of the WWE after the big event. While some fans feel that in order to keep a fresh product, the WWE needs to turn John Cena against his legions of fans and into a “bad guy” or heel, others believe that by having great, entertaining matches and interesting storylines, the WWE will always do great business.

Despite some hardcore wrestling fans being upset about The Rock and John Cena’s spot in the main event of the biggest wrestling event of the year, the past has shown that with one blockbuster storyline, those fans can be drawn right back in. Jesse James Jobin, who at 27 is a life-long wrestling fan that has become increasingly frustrated by the direction of the WWE as of late, said “Cena as champ again would bother me. For the last 15 years we’ve had the same 5 or 6 guys trading the belt. Enough is enough.”

Wrestlemania 25

Wrestlemania 25 (Photo credit: eschipul)

The only question now is what will the WWE have in store for its fans to keep them coming back for more? Looking at its past, the WWE always seems to come up with something.

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Palumbo Resigns, Stafford Assumes Duties As Interim Athletics Director



By Ahmed Jaradat


In a some what shocking turn of events, Dan Palumbo, who’s been the Director of Athletics since 2008, has resigned.

Thomas Stafford, the interim Vice President of Student Affairs has assumed his duties.

Palumbo, will stil remain the baseball coach as well as well as the Director of Special Projects. As director of special projects Palumbo will also be the special assistant to Stafford.

“I will be at as many sporting events as last year, if not more… I will be able to focus more on the student athletes.” said Palumbo.

The only difference in Palumbo’s job description is that he will no longer be handling budgeting and contracting but he still will be in charge of coordinating evens such as Homecoming.

He felt it was time for a change for the athletics department and himself. “I came in as a baseball coach. and I am defined by that and I will always be a baseball coach.

My strength is in the interaction with the athletes, now I have more flexibility to be involved with them.

I was very proud to be the athletics director of the best students in the nation but obviously an Ads work is a lot of meetings and office work. It takes away face time with the athletes and that is what I enjoy.” said Palumbo.

Palumbo was here to see the changes in John Jay over the years, and even though he is no longer the athletics director, his mission is still to provide John Jay students with a great college experience.

“My thing was and still is, connecting every department and I look forward to homecoming which will have eight departments involved as everyone appreciates each others missions.”

Palumbo thanked John Jay for the opportunity and looks forward to a continued relationship with the college.