The Pleasantville Bar Crawl

The Pleasantville Bar Crawl is an annual tradition that takes place every year for seniors to celebrate graduation and go out one last time together.

The bar crawl starts at 11am and ends with everyone at Paulie’s Bar at around 8pm. You can expect a bunch of intoxicated seniors running around Pleasantville from bar to bar as their official farewell to village outings.

Seniors are aware to not get out of hand or too intoxicated, but they are also trying to go out with a bang one last time.

“Bar crawl is gonna be huge this year. It’s mostly seniors but I know of some juniors who I’m friends with that are coming too. I’m not trying to black out, but I’m also not trying to be sober haha. I probably won’t come back to Pleasantville for a few years at least and I don’t know when the next time I’ll see all of my friends will be since we are all going separate ways after graduation. Bar crawl is a time to celebrate our four years together and everything we have accomplished along the way,” Senior Julian Bonilla said.

Pleasantville bars host bar crawl every year for seniors and are ready to take on the chaos.

This year, bar crawl will take place on Wednesday the 11th and will start at 11am. If you are a senior you’re expected to go out and join the fun and celebrate your time at Pace with your fellow graduates.


Fake it ’til you make it [to 21]

A recent study I’ve conducted has shown that out of 65 surveyed students, 40 of them use fake IDs. When fake IDs are involved, many people are as well. The person in possession of the ID, the bar/club that accepted the fake ID, and the police.

Of the 25 people who don’t have a fake ID, 12 of them are because they are now 21+, seven of them use a real ID of someone who isn’t them, five of them are waiting until they’re 21, and only one person uses someone else’s fake ID.

Every Thursday is a bar night in Pleasantville for Pace students. And on weekends, Pace students either go to city bars, or other Pleasantville. Many students who are underage attend these locations, but easily get in with their fakes. For many bars, it’s hard to detect which ID is real and which is fake. Many times, this is a problem because colleges have a diverse set of students from different states; also, the IDs that are being given, scan under black light.

The Pleasantville police sometimes takes action after a certain time of the night, usually past 11:30. They will stand at the door and check if IDs are real through their system. By this time though, most students are already in the bars.

So why do people use these fakes? And is it ever going to stop?

“I think people use fake IDs because there is such an emphasis in our generation to go out and get drunk and party. The fact that the drinking age is 21 makes it hard for people younger than that to party, so they acquire fakes. I personally think it’s inevitable to stop people from [drinking prior to 21] because people will always try to find a way around the bat to get in,” Junior Ashley Kenny, 21, said.

Ultimately, the main issue with fake IDs seems to be the safety at risk of underage kids in bars. They might get too intoxicated and not be able to get home safely. If students who are underage are caught with fake IDs, they are usually confiscated, and sometimes arrested. However, many students are willing to take this risk to “have a good time.” Personally, no matter how troublesome the situation is, I think it’s impossible to keep 100% track of and under control.fake

What Are the Most Popular Places in PLV for Students?

In a survey conducted of 70 students, I asked what places in Pleasantville students like to go to the most. Whether it’s for food, a weekend outing or other recreational purposes, students shared their favorite places to visit…

#1 Paulies Bar

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27 students said that Paulies bar was their favorite place to go on the weekends. They expressed since it’s one of the only bars in Pleasantville, there are always people there and it’s always a good time.

#2 Sals Pizza

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18 students said that Sal’s Pizza was there favorite place to get a slice of pizza and hang out with friends.

#3 New Sun Nail

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14 students said their favorite place to go was to New Sun Nail Salon. New Sun offers a number of services from manicures, pedicures, massages and facials.

#4 On’s Chinese 

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9 students said ON’s Chinese food was their favorite place to get a bite to eat in Pleasantville. 5 of these students expressed their favoritism for the restaurant because they deliver to the dorms.

#5 Jacob Burns Film Center

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2 students said that the Jacob Burns Film Center was their favorite place to go to on the weekends to see new films that are playing at the center.

Making a Connection

Michael H. Finewood is the Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Science here at Pace-this is also his first year at the college. Finewood  lives in Pleasantville. The point of this blog is to talk about connections between Pace University and Pleasantville.Who better to interview then someone who is personally connected to both communites.

Professor Michael Finewood. Photo by Tajah Ware.

I started the interview off by asking Professor Finewood to identify the program he’s apart of here at Pace and explain it. Finewood started the interview by stating that he is the Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Science-as stated previously.  He explained that the department he is apart of is new but the programs have been around for awhile.He  also explained that environmental science is more hands on and physical whereas environmental studies is more on the social science side of things.  Both of these degrees incorporate the other in some way. According to Finewood”In the field of Environmental studies and Sciences what we want are well rounded students. Who understand the environmental systems and understand the human systems that are part of those environmental systems and then understand how to deal with environmental challenges.” He spoke on the fact that we as a society are currently faced with a lot of environmental issues and because the students who major in this field will address, hopefully, these issues they need to be multi-disciplinary. According to Finewood “It’s our hope that in our program we’re developing these kind of multi-faceted scholars, activist or scientist who can go out into the world and manage resources and solve problems.”

I then asked Professor Finewood  what connections he thinks Pace University and Pleasantville have when it comes to help saving the environment or maintaining safe and clean water- Finewood studies water. He said” We aren’t really engaged with Pleasantville all that much. Students may go down there to go to a bar or eat at a restaurant but it’s not like we have this direct connection. I think Pleasantville see’s themselves as separate from us.” He then goes on to say that we are connected to Pleasantville by the eater-which sounds suprisingly  philosophical but is true.Finewood and I both agreed that there are obvious connections we, Pace University, share with Pleasantville but that these connections could be better.  Finewood went on to say the following, “Pleasantville and Pace have not done as good a job as we could working together.” In turn I asked Professor Finewood what he thinks could be done to bring the two communities together. Finewood believes volunteer work would be a great way to bring Pace and Pleasantville together. He said, “Pleasantville right now deals with a water issue- it flood all the time because of Saw Mill Creek. So what if we got students going down there and helping to clean up that creek or do kind of service activities?”.  Volunteerism could very well be the first step in brining these two communities close together.

Speaking with Professor Finewood was enlightening. To hear someone else say that the connection between Pace and Pleasantville could be stronger is comforting . Pace and Pleasantville aren’t completely disconnected but there is still a lot of work to be done to bring these two communities closer together.

Bar Time

(Due to many students being underage, their ineligibility to legally attend bars has led me to not name anyone interviewed in the article. Thirty students were interviewed, but the best responses were chosen.)

In large state schools, it’s easy to find parties anywhere in or around campus. On the other hand, at Pace University, it is a lot more difficult to find a place to “chill out” and “hang with the friends.” Due to the 76% outcome of my past survey about how many people use certain bars in town, I asked around about the Pleasantville bars and received various responses.


The first bar, and the most visited was Paulie’s. One guy said, “It’s the worst place ever. Honestly, it’s a place where people just go to hook up or get trashed for $5.” This person felt strongly towards Paulie’s as he mentioned prior experiences he had at the bar. He stated that, even as a college student, we should have standards as to where we drink. Another response was from a girl who stated, “It’s so much fun. I go out almost every Thursday just to hang out with my friends. I never drink too much, just enough for me to enjoy myself and dance with my friends.” She was a Paulie’s regular and ignores the comments others say by stating, “It’s honestly what you make of it.”


The next bar was The Thirsty Scholar. This was a newer bar to most people. Many responses were similar. One girl stated, “It’s a fun place to have a chill night out. You could be a few drinks deep or be completely sober and it’s just fun to be in.” Many students like the set up of the bar. They mentioned how the dart board, multiple televisions, and pool table allowed you to have sober fun if you weren’t drinking.


A lesser visited bar was Foley’s. Speaking to a 2001 lacrosse alumnus last week, he told me that Foley’s used to be the best place to go when he went to Pace. On Friday nights that’s where everyone went. He used to bar tend there and students flooded the bar. Fast forwarding to today, when asked about Foley’s, many people called it, “The old man bar.”


Last, but not least, is Michael’s. A whopping 100% of 30 students who have visited Michael’s said they loved it. “Michael’s is the best. Sometimes it can get really full, but most of the time it’s just right. They have theme nights, decently priced drinks, and a good atmosphere,” a guy said. For only a $5 charge at the door, many students are willing to pay this to get into Michael’s and enjoy their night.

It was interesting to hear what student’s opinions were about local bars in Pleasantville. It is evident that a large portion of bars’ revenue comes from Pace students. Unfortunately, many students are underage and use fake IDs to get into these bars, which is going to be my next research assignment for my upcoming blog. So STAY TUNED.

Jacob Burns Film Center

The Jacob Burns Film Center is an independent art house located in Pleasantville. I’ve been to the  Jacob Burns film center a couple of times. I went to see a movie there and received a student discount. After this I began to wonder if there were any other connections  The Jacob Burns Film Center had with Pace University.


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*this photo was taken off the Internet.*


I recently spoke with  Lori Zakalik-an employee at Jacob Burns. I decided to speak with her because I curious to know exactly what connections Pace University has with the Jacob Burns Film Center.  Besides the student discount  the Jacobs Burns Film Center  also emails professors and offers them,and their students, free tickets to certain screenings and events. Pace professors have also participated  in Q&A’s for films and events in the past. According to Lori” for the second year in a row we are holding a sreening of a Pace student documentary. This year’s screening will be on Tuesday, May 10.” I thought this was pretty cool, a local independent art theater screening the documentary of a Pace student.  One of the last connections between Pace University and the Jacob Burns Film Center  is that Pace actually piloted a class at the film center.  The class is titled Contemporary Film At the Jacob Burns Center. According to Lori, “the class comes to see a film at the Burns every Tuesday and then writes about it.”  The class was created this semester.

The connections Pace University has with its surrounding community is beginning to make itself more clear. I originally didn’t believe Pace had many connections in Pleasantville but I’m starting to see I was incorrect. For example, the connection between the Jacob Burns Film Center and Pace is deeper than I originally thought. Jacob Burns is in away a forum for Pace Students. They are able to watch films and attend events at the center. Classes are beginning to be be held at the center and a Pace student’s own film will be screened at the Jacob Burns Center. It seems as if the connection Pace has with the Jacob Burns Film  Center is only beginning.