POSTGAME INTERVIEWS | In a match that pit two of the top teams in the City University of New York Athletic Conference standings, it was the College of Staten Island that secured a 5-4 win over visiting Lehman College, thus giving CSI the conference’s Regular Season Championship at the CSI Tennis Complex.  CSI, who also honored seniors Aziza Jurabaeva and Viktoriya Volkova prior to the match, lifted the team to 6-2 overall at 5-1 within the CUNYAC, while Lehman fell to 4-11 and 3-3 within the CUNYAC.

The win by the Dolphins put them a full game ahead of both Baruch College and Brooklyn College in the standings, and avoided the potential for what could have been a five-way tie for first place in the standings. The Championship carries with it the No. 1 seed in the upcoming CUNYAC Postseason Tournament and gives CSI a first-round quarterfinal bye.

The hard fought game ultimately came down to a heated battle at the No. 3 Doubles position.  Before that, Lehman won a lop-sided, 8-0, decision at the No. 1 spot, as Sacha Espiritu and Lizaveta Markouskaya were able to soar past CSI’s team of Volkova and Tristiana Adragna.  But CSI got even a few minutes later one step lower, where Samantha Maizer and Katherine Villarroel paired to turn back LC’s Celine Figueroa and Alana Bierman, 8-1.

That shifted eyes to the No. 3 position where CSI’s duo of Hannah Bruschi and Mariah DeGuia squared with Joana Rosario and Leslie Juanacio.  After early spars, it was the Lightning team of Rosario and Juanacio that got red-hot, scoring four straight points to go up by a commanding, 5-1 margin.  But CSI slowly started to chip away, and pieced together points and attacked the net furiously to wear down the Lightning.  The play was enough to turn the table, and CSI scored seven straight points to win the flight, 8-5.

That set CSI up with a one-point lead going into singles and it would ultimately hold up.  CSI went up 3-1 on Adragna’s win over Figueroa at No. 3, 6-1, 6-2, but again Lehman countered higher in the lineup.  Espiritu in the top spot rolled by Maizer 6-0, 6-0, to make it 3-2.  Down again at No. 4, Jurabaeva was able to wear down LC’s Bierman by a 6-1, 6-0, count, but just moments later, Markouskaya was able to dispose of Volkova at No. 2 by scores of 6-1, 7-5.

Down 4-3, Lehman needed to win both the Nos. 5 and 6 flights to take the match, and they got one accomplished when Yohara Molineros was able to get past DeGuia by 6-3, 6-4, scores.  Again, attention then turned to the last flight left where CSI’s Katherine Villarroel was tangled with Rosario.  Villarroel was able to score a 6-2 win in the first set, and then caught fire late to score the final three points in the second set to win 6-3 and give CSI the overall 5-4 victory.

For CSI, the Regular Season title is their first since 2013, when they ended up winning the CUNYAC Postseason Championship as well.  For now, the Dolphins will wrap up with three-straight non-conference matches before getting set for the postseason.  First up will be their home finale against Rutgers-Camden at the CSI Tennis Center on Sunday at 12pm.

[video, galleries] CSI’s 4th Annual Dolphin Cove Residence Hall Move-in Day

Families help CSI students move in to Dolphin Cove

STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE – Back to school time is here — at least for college kids moving into the dorms at the College of Staten Island (CSI) in Willowbrook.

CSI kicked things off Sunday with its fourth annual Dolphin Cove Residence Halls move-in day.

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On hand, dressed in full chef attire, were Dr. William J. Fritz, CSI president, and his wife, Dr. Bonnie Fritz. They were both meeting and greeting students near Dolphin Cove underneath a tent while preparing homemade waffles from Fritz’s family recipe. Each waffle was cooked on Fritz’s antique collection of waffle irons.

CSI President Dr. Fritz and his wife Bonnie Fritz making waffles

One of Fritz’s irons was his grandmothers, and it dates back to the 1880s and 1890s, he said. Some of them are designed to cook on a wooden stove and others on gas; he prefers the former.

He said he expected to serve anywhere from 200 to 300 people on Sunday.

“Some (college) presidents carry in luggage or do other special things,” he said. “I said, ‘I’m going to cook waffles.'”

CSI’s residence halls are at full capacity with a total of 450 students living in the dorms. A total of 240 students were set to check in Sunday, said Jennifer Borrero, vice president for student and enrollment services.

“The parents are excited that their kids are growing up and the students feel that they really have this opportunity to live away from home in a work and learning environment that’s conducive to being successful in college,” she added.

[youtube][/youtube]Dylan Couverthier, a freshman from Bushwick, Brooklyn, is hoping to do just that. Dressed in a Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving’s jersey, it came at no surprise to find out that he also happens to be a walk-on shooting guard for the men’s basketball team.

Although an undecided major, at the moment, he said he’s leaning toward studying physical therapy in case being a professional athlete doesn’t pan out.

Alongside him was his overjoyed family in celebration of what he called “a new chapter in my life” at a place where the school colors, his new teammates and fellow classmates all make him simply want to smile.

“The campus, and everything that comes with it — It’s just beautiful,” he said. “Everything has fallen into place.”

This story by Jon Reyes was published by on August 21, 2016 and is reprinted here with permission.



CUNY Board Appoints William Fritz President of College of Staten Island

The CUNY Board of Trustees appointed Dr. William J. Fritz President of the College of Staten Island.

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York today appointed Dr. William J. Fritz, an internationally renowned field geologist, as President of the College of Staten Island. Dr. Fritz has been serving as Interim President of the College since August 2012. Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly recommended Dr. Fritz to the Board, which gave its unanimous approval.

Board of Trustees Chairperson Benno Schmidt said: “Dr. William J. Fritz is an outstanding administrator, prominent scholar and researcher with an impressive track record of collaboration with faculty and a commitment to student success. He has demonstrated exemplary leadership at the College of Staten Island.  He believes deeply in the College’s mission of offering its students access to a high quality education.  He will continue to bring great distinction to an institution of vital importance to Staten Island, our City and our State.”

Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly said:  “In the two years that Dr. Fritz has served as interim president of CSI, he has set a bright course for the future.  Among many other achievements, he has established a School of Business, School of Education, and a School of Health Sciences. Under his leadership, CSI has opened its first residence halls, has made significant progress with its advancement efforts, and has played a leading role in statewide initiatives such as CUNY 2020 and Start Up NY.  CSI’s profile within the borough and throughout CUNY has been sharpened; the college enjoys warm relations with many external partners.”

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An Afternoon with Groucho!

Award-winning actor Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York, and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast paced 90-minute show full of hilarity.

An Afternoon with Groucho will be performed on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 3pm at the College of Staten Island’s Center for the Arts (CFA) Williamson Theatre.

Celebrate the madness and music of the one and only–Groucho! This two-act comedy consists of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes, and songs including “Hooray for Captain Spalding,” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.” The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style.

Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Eric Ebbenga, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo, and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo, Marx foil, Margaret Dumont, and MGM’s Louis B. Mayer.

The show is ideal for all ages.Tickets are $25, 20 and can be purchased in person, by phone, by mail, and online through the CFA Box Office, 2800 Victory Boulevard, 1P-113, Staten Island. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm; Saturday, noon to 3pm; 718.982.ARTS (2787),

Frank Ferrante – (Groucho) is an actor, director, and producer described by The New York Times as “the greatest living interpreter of Groucho Marx’s material”.

Animal Crackers and A Night at the Opera co-author Morrie Ryskind called him “the only actor aside from Groucho who delivered my lines as they were intended”.

Discovered by Groucho’s son Arthur Marx when Frank was a drama student at the University of Southern California, Ferrante originated the Off-Broadway title role in Groucho: A Life in Revue (written by Arthur) portraying the comedian from age 15 to 85.

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CSI Men Take Home CUNYAC Swimming and Diving Championship; Women Place Third

The College of Staten Island men’s swimming and diving team won their first CUNYAC Postseason Championship in nearly a decade today, taking home the conference’s championship final on the final day of competition at Lehman College this afternoon.  CSI scored 971 points, 79.5 more than second-place Lehman College for the championship victory.  The CSI women placed third on their side of the ledger, scoring 607 points as Baruch College took top honors with 973 points.

Winning the postseason championship meet has proved difficult for the Dolphins in the past, despite winning four Regular Season titles and appearing in six NCAA Division III National Championships since their last postseason title, but the Dolphins made good today, and led wire-to-wire at this year’s championship, which began Thursday at Lehman.

It was a fitting end for the Dolphins, as true to form, they took home every first-place finish today.  First to the finish line was Timur Rakhimov, who earned the first of three gold medals for him today in the 1,650-yard Freestyle, cruising in at a time of 18:31.53, almost 23 seconds faster than the rest of the pack.  Freshman Stephen O’Driscoll earned valuable points as well, finishing fourth, just missing a medal of his own.

Next up for CSI was another winner of three gold medals today, junior Danila Novikov, who punched through a time of 1:59.38 in the 200-yard Backstroke to win that event.  Chris Pinto placed fourth in the event with a great personal time of 2:13.75, while Sergio Miranda placed right behind in fifth place.  One event later, Novikov made it two-for-two, winning the 100-yard Freestyle with a time of 48.29.  Freshman Derek Villa placed fourth in the same race, earning valuable points.

CSI wasn’t done there.  Rakhimov then won his second gold with a 2:13.20 faring in the 200-yard Breaststroke, winning by over seven seconds, and in the men’s next event, Yury Zimarev posted an over 11-second win in the 200-yard Butterfly with a time of 2:03.00, as O’Driscoll came in fifth in the same heat.

Finally, with the meet in hand, CSI ended things fittingly with a first place run in the 400-yard Freestyle Relay, raced by Zimarev, Rakhimov, Novikov, and freshman Tim Sweeney.  For CSI it was their 19th first-pace finish out of 20 meet events.

CSI Head Coach Michael Ackalitis, who took over the squad midway through the 2011-12 season, was awestruck by his team’s performance today, and was incredibly proud of his team after the meet.

“We knew it would be a close race going in, but our goal was on consistency and hard work,” he said.  “We knew we could do something special and do something that this program hasn’t done in some time.  We did exactly what we needed to do and it’s a testament to the hard work and determination of our guys.  They didn’t just deserve it, but they earned it out there.”

CSI posted 971 total points.  Lehman took the silver, scoring 891.5 points, while Baruch finished third with 711 points.  Brooklyn College finished fourth at 549 points, followed by York College with 293.5 markers.

For the Dolphins, the Championship win is their fifth in program history but their first since 2005, back when they won four Championships in a row.  Now, with the Regular Season and Postseason Championships unified, CSI will focus on the Metropolitan Swim Championships in two weeks.


Over on the women’s side, the team had plenty to cheer about.  The Dolphins earned a medal in the 200-yard Breaststroke, where sophomore Dakota Dawkins earned silver with a 2:35.65 performance.  Freshman Samantha Escobedo narrowly missed medaling, placing fourth in the heavily-contested 100-yard Freestyle, coming in at 1:00.52.

Distance swimmer Kelly Walsh placed fifth in the 1,650-yard Freestyle, with Hunter Dawkins placing eighth and Caitlin McLoughlin 10th.  Walsh was also tops for CSI in the 200-yard Backstroke, placing seventh overall with a time of 2:45.90.  Lauren Overeem placed 9th there as well.

Overeem finished eighth and Jessica Pifalo 9th in 200-yard Butterfly competition before CSI finalized with a seventh and eighth place showing in the 400-yard Freestyle Relay event, the final one of the day.

Baruch won the event outright with a total of 973 points.  Hunter College took second place with 881 points, followed by CSI (607), Brooklyn (452), John Jay (356), Lehman (269) and York (14).

CSI Dolphins Flash Store Now Open!

The College of Staten Island is now selling official CSI Dolphins merchandise available now through its flash store.

The CSI Flash Store is an online marketplace where you can buy limited edition Dolphins gear at just a fraction of the retail price shipped right to your door.

The store includes shirts, jackets, hats, backpacks and more and is available here or by visiting us online at:

You have to hurry though!  CSI’s Flash Store is only open from Friday, January 24 till Monday, February 3.  Quantity is limited and once the Flash Store is closed, the opportunity for purchase is over, so don’t delay!

Make a Splash in a Flash with CSI’s Flash Store and show your Dolphins Pride!