The 2010 Pawscar Awards

The votes are in, the ballots have been counted, the people (that’s you) have spoken. So without further ado, we present you with the 2010 Pawscar Awards.

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Almost 150 nominees; 13 categories and 1 write-in. No commercial breaks or fancy music to cut off long, teary speeches. Today, we present you with the 2010 Pawscar Awards (think Oscar, but with Paws). If you didn’t get your vote in on time or have a bone to pick (that’s right, we went there) with the winners, we encourage you to take it to the comments. We welcome your suggestions and feedback, but please keep it polite. Nobody likes a sore loser, after all. We’re talking to YOU, dubious write-in Choate House dungeon.

Additionally, this will be our last themed summer issue, so thank you for checking in on our A to Z’s, freebies, volunteering, and more. We’re off next week for the last time before we resume weekly issues on September 2. Keep your eyes peeled.

Now let’s get on with the show!

Best Pizzeria

Nothing may be “as American as apple pie” but there’s nothing as “New York” as pizza pie. Whether you’re waiting three hours in line at Grimaldi’s or three minutes for that Ellio’s in the microwave, somebody reading this is eating, about to eat, or has just finished a slice of amore. The Pawscar for best pizzeria goes to…>>Read more

Rosella’s, a hop, skip, and a jump from our NYC campus, and in PLV, a tie between Lucio’s and Pizza Hut. That’s right, Pizza Hut. Looks like “America’s Favorite Pizza” is, in fact, a fact.

Now put the frozen pizza down and head on over to one of these local pizzerias!

Best Sweet Eats

We all need a little pick-me-up every now and then, and it’s best when it comes in the form of sugar. Let us whisper sweet somethings in your ear, as we present the Pawscar for best sweets shop to… >>Read more

Crumbs Bake Shop in NYC (and a select few additional locations) and RocnRoe’s Pop Shop in PLV.

Not sure why they call it Crumbs because the cupcakes are so good you’re not going to even leave a trace of a crumb. With dozens of cupcakes to choose from including  fan faves like Cookies and Cream, Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Cup, Grasshopper, Coconut, Red Velvet, and more, you’re probably going to leave with a bunch of them. And good thing there’s a best seller collection taste pack. In case you’re rushing over there, the August Cupcake of the Month is S’Mores.

Part retro candy shop, part old-fashioned ice cream parlor, RocnRoe’s is a 50’s-style malt shop that’ll give you a taste of the good ‘ol days:  From Mallow Cups and rock candy to jukebox classics to more than 20 flavors that include Cookie Monster and Oreo Bomb, RocnRoe’s is the place to go.

Best Student Organization

With more than 100 student organizations at Pace, we were thinking everyone would have different answers. Well, we were wrong, and it’s obvious you guys have your favorites. The Pawscar for favorite student org or club goes to…

ASPIRE (Alumni, Students, and Professors Influencing Recruitment and Enrollment) on the NYC campus and a tie between the Criminal Justice Society and Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) on the PLV campus.

Stay tuned for more info on Pace’s student organizations and clubs in the coming weeks!

Best Hidden Gem

Let the Bling begin. We asked you to tell us about your favorite diamonds in the rough, and since “Secrets, secrets are no fun. Secrets, secrets hurt someone” you shared yours. So the Pawscar for best hidden gems goes to…

60 Wall Street Atrium.

Think of the 60 Wall Street Atrium as an indoor public park. A wifi spot. A deli, newsstand, and ice cream parlor with some tables for a lunch date or hanging out. A place most people don’t know anything about. A…well, hidden gem.

And 60 Wall was just one of the bunch of hidden gems you guys picked out. There were no repeats, so no clear winner, but some of our favorites include the Choate House Dungeon (if it actually exists!), St. Margaret’s House Thrift Shop on Fulton Street, shabby chic brunch spot Danal on Fifth Avenue between 12th and 13th streets, and the PLV Campus Nature Trail.

Best Place to Volunteer

Last month we had a whole issue on some of the greatest places to volunteer in NYC and Westchester, but it looks like we left out some of your favorites. The Pawscar for best place to volunteer goes to…

Relay for Life in PLV and a range of NYC homeless shelter projects including Sylvia’s Place, WIN (Women in Need)Homes for the Homeless, and hours spent volunteering at shelters with New York Cares.

Every year, Pace hosts the American Cancer Society’s signature event, Relay for Life, on the PLV campus. Student, faculty, staff, and the community gather overnight to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. The 2010 Relay for Life of Pace University raised $40,000.

In NYC, you picked Sylvia’s Place, an emergency overnight shelter for LGBTQ youth; WIN (Women in Need), which provides housing, help, and hope to New York City women and their families; and Homes for the Homeless, which provides homeless families the opportunity to move out of the shelters and live independently.

Best Bookstore

While clicking away on is fine and dandy for a too-rainy-to-even-leave-the-house day, there’s nothing quite like going through book aisles and rummaging the shelves to find what you’re looking for. And let’s not even get started on the smell of a bookstore. The Pawscar for best bookstore goes to…

Both campuses united for Barnes and Noble. It was pretty much a landslide.

The only other bookstore that picked up more than a few votes was the NYC-famous Strand Bookstore, known for its 18 miles of books.

Best Cheap Eats

You can bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow…we’ll be bringing our dollars to some of the places you voted for best cheap eats. From hot dog carts, trucks, trailers, and kiosks, to falafel frenzies and dollar dumplings, we’re pretty sure money can buy you a little bit of love. The Pawscar for Favorite Cheap Eats goes to…

Falafel cart on 53rd Street and 6th Avenue (the $5 Halal on Ann Street and Nassau came in second) in NYC and in PLV, 7-Eleven’s burrito rollers, taquitos, and Slurpees are fast, convenient, and pretty amazing, so you say.

Best Place On Campus

We asked you what your favorite place on campus was and it seems like the majority of you in NYC are spending your time in the same place, whereas in PLV, you’re all over the place. One thing’s similar: you both like to take in the fresh air. The Pawscar for best on-campus hang out goes to…

Choate Pond in PLV and the Mortola Courtyard in NYC

Best People Watching

Forget watching TV. America’s favorite hobby is watching people. So here’s looking at you…or us. The Pawscar for people-watching goes to…

City Hall Park

Coming in as runners-up are the balcony at Grand Central Terminal (Gossip Girl style) and pretty much everywhere at Kessel (the patio, benches between there and Miller, and the back of Dining Room A) in PLV. Now you know where to see and be seen.

Best Parks

With millions of acres of parkland in New York State, the million dollar question is: Which park? Click on through and you’ll find out that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Or is it? The Pawscar for best park or green space goes to…

Central Park and Prospect Park!

 With more than 1,700 parks and playgrounds in New York City alone, there were a lot of options, and students from both campuses favored these great parks. Spanning 1,428 acres between the two of them, so it looks like it’s not a “concrete jungle” after all, Alicia Keys.

Best Professor

We always brag about our exceptional faculty and it turns out you agree with us. Looks like there are a whole stock of A+ teachers here at Pace. And the Pawscar for favorite professor goes to…

Bill Offutt in NYC and Margaret Fitzgerald in PLV.

William “Bill” Offutt, PhD, is Pace famous for many reasons: He’s an associate professor of history, is the guy behind the famous Dyson Houses, and serves as a faculty adviser for the Pforzheimer Honors College.

If you’ve taken law or criminal justice courses on the PLV campus, chances are you’ve had Margaret “Fitz” Fitzgerald, JD, who not only teaches several of these courses, but also is a sponsor for Alpha Phi Sigma and Criminal Justice Society and Alpha Chi so-sponsor.

Best Coffeeshop

It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee, Pace! We don’t want to the bearer of bad brews, so instead we’ll spill the beans on the best, well, beans in town… Alright, enough of that. And the Pawscar for best place to grab your cup of joe goes to…

Dunkin’ Donuts

Well, it looks like America does run on Dunkin’ after all, as Dunkin’ Donuts was a definite favorite on all campuses. In NYC, environmentally-friendly fair traders think coffee picked up some nods. Additional runners-up include: Jean Jacques and Dragonfly Cafe in PLV and Grounded Organic Coffee & Tea House and Patuca in NYC.

Best Homework Hotspots

Nobody really LIKES to do homework, but it’s all about the atmosphere. Homework in Hawaii? Not the worst thing in the world. Homework holed up in your room? You could do better. The Pawscar for best homework hotspot goes to…

Miller Lawn in PLV and Water Taxi Beach in NYC.

Pace students like to take their inspiration from the great outdoors. So grab your books, your netbook, and your number two pencils and take it outside.

Best Write-In

We asked you to write in any of your favorites that we may have forgotten. While most of you chose to forgo this question, we did get some interesting responses. The Pawscar for best Pawscar Write-in goes to…

…the person who wrote in Favorite Eco Center Animal. While this was an anonymous survey and we have no idea who you are, your answer “the fat chicken that looks like it’s wearing pants!” had us laughing our pants off.