New Rochelle, NY (February 2012) – Inspired by an elective course that they took in iPhone/iPad applications development, two talented and enterprising undergraduate students majoring in computer science at Iona College have taken their idea for a new music app to the marketplace.
Nicholas Krzemineski ’12 of White Plains, who will graduate this June and Sean O’Shea ’13 of Monroe, New York are encouraged by the initial market response to the iTraxs app they developed in the classroom. Available for purchase on the Apple Store for $.99, iTraxs allows the listener to select songs and other music from their music library on their iPhone and play only their favorite parts. The user can listen to the edited music before adding it to their iTraxs library.Read more
Machado, who leads the nation in assists, is widely expected to be named conference Player of the Year at the MAAC Postseason Awards Show on Thursday, March 1st at the National Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA. Machado finished the regular season averaging 10.1 assists per game.
Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year will also be announced Thursday in Springfield.Read more
Iona defeated Fairfield 77-72 Friday night. With the win, the Gaels have clinched the the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season title for the first time since 2001. Sean Armand led all scorers, getting all 17 of his points in the second half with 15 of those points coming in the final 8 minutes of the game.
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The Iona College men’s basketball team (22-6, 13-3 MAAC) hosts Fairfield (17-11, 12-4 MAAC) at the Hynes Center on ESPNU at 9 PM. The match up features two teams at the top of the MAAC standings both vying for the top seed in next weekend’s conference championship.
With a win tonight, Iona can clinch a tie for the MAAC Regular Season Championship and the No. 1 seed in the tournament next weekend. Iona has not won a MAAC regular season since 2001.
As a team, Iona’s 83.11 points per game average ranks No. 1 in the NCAA. The Maroon & Gold has scored just seven more than No. 2 North Carolina through 28 games, The Gaels have reached 90 points in 10 of team’s 28 contests this season while also posting 89 and 88 in wins over Maryland and Richmond.
Iona maintained its national lead in assists per game after 23 assists vs. Nevada. UNLV ranks No. 2, just under an assist per game less than the Maroon & Gold. The Gaels have recorded at least 20 assists in 16 games this year two more than last season’s total.Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY – The Iona College community welcomes men’s basketball alumnus, Stanley Hill ’59 ‘95H, to campus this weekend. In addition to speaking engagements with student leaders, Hill will be honored with the first ever “Trailblazer Award” by the athletics department at halftime of the men’s basketball game vs. Fairfield University this Friday night (Feb. 24).
In the winter of 1956-57, during Hill’s sophomore season as a guard for the Gaels, his team found itself on the front-lines in the battle for racial equality. The Gaels were scheduled to meet the University of Mississippi in the All-American City Tournament in Owensboro, KY.Read more
The United States ranking on international testing of high school students dropped in 2010. New York State recently won a $700 million Race to the Top grant which required school systems to include a significant percent of teacher evaluation on their student test scores. Governor Andrew Cuomo has threatened to withhold state aid from districts that do not reach agreements on a teacher evaluation process. Comments by school personnel in Westchester highlight why teacher evaluation is such an elusive goal. Teacher unions are opposed. Administrators have been quoted in the press as saying the money they are allotted to receive will be insufficient to allow the schools to reach the required standards.To illustrate, in Westchester and Rockland 31 districts will get less than $50,000 and 8 will get nothing. School board members lament they will have to deal with collective bargaining issues. In the meantime President Barack Obama has given l0 states (not New York) a waiver from the No Child Left Behind's demanding requirements.Read more
Gary Stern has a good primer on how local school districts are dealing with Cuomo's tax levy cap: School districts struggle to explain tax cap.
The first thing that school districts want their communities to understand about the state’s new tax cap is that it isn’t really a tax cap. What it does is limit how much a district’s tax levy can go up. That’s the total amount a district raises in taxes. But the cap does not limit how much property-tax bills — what you pay — may go up.
Exempt from the tax-levy cap are expenses such as pension costs and voter-approved capital costs.Read more
The Iona Gaels are playing University of Nevade-Reno live on ESPN2 as part of the ESPN Bracket Busters Games.
The game is being broadcast from the Hynes Center at Iona College in New Rochelle.
UPDATE: I went over there to watch the second half live. It was packed. I noticed all the coaches were wearing bow ties and I was like "what is up with the bow ties?" When I got back I saw a tweet from ICGaels which explained the whole bow tie thing. Hint, it's about prostate cancer.Read more