Campus Gripes 2 (December 1, 1997)-by Thomas Donald Clarke
After last week's unmasking of the Politburo,er, Assembly, I will now
deal with the Ann Marie Adamsman, formerly known as the Kingsman. Now
I am in favor of having two school newspapers on this campus, but
under Ann Marie's leadership, the Kingsman is simply not a credible
In the November 19th issue of Kingsman, one of their editorial
cartoons accused the Excelsior of being in PHD's pocket. Obviously Ann
Marie Adams has never read my columns. I happen to like
her illustration of Stella Bard, though.
Additionally, Adams hasn't checked her own paper's finances. According
to an unnamed Politburo source, the Kingsman is supposed to receive
around $60,000 in funds, considerably more than the Excelsior's
I've also noticed that there's a steady stream of people leaving the
Kingsman. Recently, Mohammed Quadir (whom I should thank for exposing
the Politburo's crackdown on tape recorders), Lloyd Balch, Jose
Vasquez, and Managing Editor Carl Suares have left. There may be
others that we don't know about yet.
Then there's the mystery of Ann Mesquita. Ann wrote the front page
story in the premier issue of the Kingsman, "Kingsman Vandalized," but
she didn't appear on the staff list. A Rose Mesquita did appear on the
staff list in that issue. Kingsman Issue #2 was dedicated to bashing
the Excelsior's editor, Cheryl Felsenburg, in a story written by "Ann
Mesquita" called "No Comment." Ann Mesquita finally made the staff
list (where she still remains) and Rose Mesquita disappeared
According to Kingsman faculty advisor Anthony Mancini, the Mesquita
sisters are nothing more than pseudonyms of Ann Marie Adams. "I told
Miss Ann Mesquita herself to quit using that pseudonym," Mancini said
in a recent Newswriting class. Coincidentally, four Excelsior staff
members besides myself attend that newswriting class.
In addition to pseudonymous work making the front page and staff
boltings, Adams has threatened to sue Excelsior writers who write
articles about her that she doesn't like. She threatened to sue
Excelsior News Editor Sophia Allwood over her article "A Second Look
at Kingsman" (October 20, 1997). Adams also threatened to sue me over
my news story "Media Blitzed" (October 27, 1997). I don't know why
Adams found the story libelous. Everyone I know who read the story
thought it was unbiased and fair. And before her threats, I had no
disputes with Miss Adams.
The Kingsman's arts section is disturbing. The only music charts they
give are the R&B and rap charts, and they don't even credit where they
get their chart information from. In a multiethnic campus such as
Brooklyn College, shouldn't they also cater to the students who don't
like R&B and rap? Shouldn't they also try to reach out to the students
who like Z100, WKTU, and K Rock?
The Kingsman has also used sports statistics and graphics that appear
to be literally ripped out of the Excelsior's sports page. Just look
at the intramural stats and schedules in the November 12th Kingsman
and compare them to the texture and type of the intramural stats and
schedules in the November 10th Excelsior. Awfully coincidental, isn't
If Ann Marie doesn't clean up her act, then the Kingsman will go on to
spawn future racists, liars, and NYC Democrats.
Since this article appeared in print, Ann Marie sent her hatchet man
(and Carl Suares's replacement) Nigel Asregadoo to attack me over this little editorial. It appears she wants to start a race war over some argument she had last semester with current Excelsior editor Cheryl Felsenburg and former
Excelsior editor Debbie Wolf. Nigel's attack and my response are on
the Columns Index under Campus Gripes 3.
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