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Subject:No more drama, Rider :(
Time:01:23 pm
Well, sadly--it looks like Rider has been hit with two more deaths in the past few weeks, Nick Costa and Alicia Lehman.
Here are the Rider News links for the respective deaths that I found:
http://comm.rider.edu/wordpress/2007/11/09/heart-attack-takes-life/ (Alicia Lehman)
http://comm.rider.edu/wordpress/2007/11/09/life-cut-short-after-hamilton-car-crash/ (Nick Costa)


And also about the recent bouts of racism that have hit Rider's campus:
http://comm.rider.edu/wordpress/2007/10/26/derogatory-facebook-message-prompts-reaction/
http://comm.rider.edu/wordpress/2007/11/02/lawrenceville-sga-vice-president/


All I can say to you current students is, think positive and hope for the best. Or maybe there is nothing I could say. Maybe I shouldn't be so Pollyannaish, and granted, this kind of drama is bound to happen anywhere, even outside of a college campus, but Rider has had more of its share of negativity in the past year. It's like a curse has come on that campus since I graduated(5/05).
It's too much already....
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onejacktwo
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Time:2007-11-19 08:32 pm (UTC)
I used to live with the girl who made the racist remarks. All I have to say that karma comes around, and it sure as fuck did. Thank god.

I also knew Alicia. It's not fair that bad things happen to good people. She was wonderful.
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cantgetenough
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Time:2007-11-20 02:04 am (UTC)
since i no longer go to rider or work for them or really care to censor myself...you lived with the emmie????

oh man. my greatest sympathies to having to do that for an extended period of time. and im not surprised that she was the one making the remarks. i dont believe her trying to play the innocent card either. haha. wow. karma is right.
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tangerinedream
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Time:2007-11-20 03:43 am (UTC)
haha. i was WAITING for that.

i just remember your first reaction to her. good god, it still makes me laugh.
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cantgetenough
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Time:2007-11-20 04:29 am (UTC)
yeah she makes an impression. its about time she gets put out there with negative press, i would hope she would finally learn from her mistakes. im just realllly not surprised and now im laughing even more about it. haha she gave us a lot of headaches that year.
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onejacktwo
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Time:2007-11-20 03:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I had to have an emergency move out after she had a freak attack in the middle of the night and threatened me and to break all of my shit. She chased some random kid down the hall and everything and campus security showed up at 4am. Boy, those were the college days. :)
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anybodyelse
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Time:2007-11-20 05:09 am (UTC)
What the freak?

Jesus Rider...get a grip.
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sugarrae11
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Time:2007-11-20 06:28 pm (UTC)
My sentiments exactly. Like I have said, as much as I miss Rider dearly, with all that it's going through, I'm glad I got out of there when I did. :)
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sugarrae11
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Time:2007-11-20 06:32 pm (UTC)
P.S. Just out of curiosity, I know that Dean Campbell was going to follow up on the charges, but do you guys know if there are any updates on the matter?

In my opinion, if the girl was so annoyed at the posts on her Facebook wall, that's what the Delete Comment button is for. Takes two seconds to do it. :)
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tangerinedream
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Time:2007-11-20 07:26 pm (UTC)
yeah, it seems like rider's been a magnet for tragedies and disasters since my senior year (fall 05 - spring 06). because, you know, having four students and a professor die over the span of one semester CLEARLY wasn't enough of a blow to my poor alma mater.

i read some horribly uneducated blog that addressed all the recent racist activity at rider. the blog entry (and we all know what viable sources of information THOSE are) was headlined something along the lines of "racism is alive and well at rider university" and essentially said that rider's a breeding ground for hatred. i was half-tempted to contact the woman who wrote the entry and, aside from pointing out that it's not like rider's the first college campus to be the victim of racism, tell her that such displays of hatred and intolerance are in no way indicative of the rider community values as a whole. but logic is lost on people who are determined to be all up-in-arms over things they don't understand, so i figured it wasn't worth the effort. you can't argue with stupid people, the same way you can't explain anything to people who are hell-bent on seeing only what they want to.

it's pretty aggravating to think that rider's getting kind of a rotten national reputation that's being fostered by the worst of what our college has to offer. never mind all the kids who are there on academic scholarships, who are working their asses off to graduate with as many honours as possible and the fact that it's consistently rated a top-tier school. or the numerous organisations on that campus that work to take care of the needy, promote tolerance and give back to the community.

and, because i'm not above tooting my own horn, how the rider news has won HOW many first-place regional awards, beating out certain ivy league school's student papers.

oh well.

Edited at 2007-11-21 08:41 am (UTC)
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