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friday, sept. 17, 2010

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news editor bryan bergeron

Students, professor receive national, worldwide honors

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By Renee Cumm staff writer

Plattsburgh State students stood and clapped with a thunderous roar for PSUC Associate Professor of Biology Chris Martine, as he stepped on the stage to receive the Charles Edwin Bessey Teaching Award from the Botanical Society of America (BSA) in August, biology student Elizabeth Lavoie said. Martine was one of only two professors worldwide to receive such an honor. “When I received the call that I had won, I was shocked,” Martine said. Martine wasn’t the only one recognized by the BSA, however. His students Lavoie, Sasha Dow-Kitson and Alex Scharf were also recognized by the organization, as the three students were awarded the BSA research award of the summer. Only three other students nationwide received such an award. In addition, Lavoie and fellow student Jillian Post were two out of a possible 25 people to be named Young Botanists of the Year. The nomination process for these awards is highly competitive, Martine said. The students had to put a great deal of time in writing their proposals. Their botanical research had to be extremely valid in order to even be accepted, he said. Since he began teaching at PSUC, Martine had been a major force behind the students’ success. “I worked really hard, along-side Martine,” DowKitson said. “He was there every step of the way with my proposal.” Martine has been teaching biology at PSUC for five

Graphic design by Tim Cook/Cardinal Points Troops in Iraq have officially ended combat missions, but this is unlikely to affect the ROTC program at PSUC.

Withdrawal not affecting ROTC By James Milano associate news editor

Valentino Cinotti/Cardinal Points Biology professor Christoper Martine recieved worldwide teaching honors this summer, while three of his students were given nationwide awards for research.

years. Throughout this time, his students have won the Young Botanist award three years in a row. They have also created the first Botany Club in the nation. The chapter allows students to connect with other researchers and scientists, Martine said. “(The club is) not just for students with a 4.0 (GPA),” Dow-Kitson, who is also the clubs treasurer said. “You can get various experiences,” by being part of the club. Lavoie said she joined the Botany Club on a whim, and soon found herself wanting to make Martine proud of her. “He wanted me to win,” she said. “He would go the extra mile to make sure that I succeeded.”

Lavoie said she would have been upset if Martine hadn’t won the teaching award. In fact, it was in part due to Martine’s help that Lavoie was commended for her botany research. For 22 days, she, Martine and PSUC Professor of Biological Sciences Daniel Vogt, lived “out in the bush” in the Australian Northern territory, where they discovered a potentially new breed of eggplant solanum during a research expedition, Martine said. This potential new breed was discovered after Lavoie performed genetic tests on the plant and realized its unusual reproduction process. The plant is a “model” for the evolution and repro-

duction strategies of this (Solanum) plant. It has redefined the way a plant can reproduce, Vogt said. One particular species of the plant called “Solanum Sejunctum” is located only on a mossy rock in Australia and is now in the PSUC green house, Martine said. Another particular species called “Litchfield” is most likely a new breed, but is still undergoing research. This research project was just one of several handson projects that Martine and his students have been working on. Martine hasn’t been teaching at PSUC long, but his students have continued to excel in their botanical and scientific capabilities due to his teachings. “You can thank (Martine) for that,” Vogt said.

ARRESTS: Situations dangerous From Page One with selling alcohol without a license. Gutierrez declined comment. Griffith, Beckles and Van Wert were all also charged with selling alcohol without a license. Foote was charged with resisting arrest. Charges were also filed against a 19-year-old and a 17-year-old for possession of alcohol under 21. They were unable to be reached for comment by press time. The youth offenders’ cases are sealed because of their age and the lower level of severity of the crimes they are being charged for. Those accused of illegal sale or possession of alcohol were charged for not complying with the alcoholic

“We do investigations 365 days a year, and these were obviously dangerous situations that we investigated.” Desmond Racicot Plattsburgh City Police Chief beverage control laws, which requires those who sell alcohol to obtain licenses for the sale of any alcoholic product. PREVENTION While some students are able to drink in moderation, it is a choice some incoming students cannot handle, Lt. Patrick Rascoe said.

Even though there have not been deaths associated with drinking recently, Rascoe said the police need to stay vigilant. Students create many dangerous situations when hosting parties by blocking exit doors, boarding up windows with plywood and overcrowding apartments, he said. Rascoe cited incidents in the past where people died as a result of alcohol consumption. The chances of rape also increase due to the overconsumption of alcohol. Both Racicot and Rascoe declined to comment on the chance of more raids occurring. “We do investigations 365 days a year,” Racicot said. “And these were obviously dangerous situations that we investigated.”

Combat missions in Iraq officially ended on August 31, but this withdrawal is unlikely to affect the 25 ROTC students here at Plattsburgh State. “Really, it’s not going to change the way we do anything,” head of the reserve officer training corps (ROTC), Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Goodfellow said. “We’re teaching them to be leaders who are adaptive and that can operate in any given environment or situation” Even though combat missions have ended, about 50,000 troops remain in Iraq as consultants, or “non-combat troops.” And while the deadline set for the complete withdrawal of troops, which was established by Bush administration, is 2011, according to the American Free Press (AFP), U.S. military experts expect troop presence to exceed that date. Goodfellow agrees with this prediction, citing active military bases that date back to the Korean War and WWII. Due to this, he said he assumes that there will be a military presence in Iraq for the foreseeable future. “I don’t have a crystal ball, but I’d bet a week’s pay on it,” Goodfellow said. And although combat missions have ended in Iraq, there will still be a need for troops to occupy the military bases in the country, Goodfellow said. He said he reminds his cadets there is still a war in Afghanistan, and there is a possibility that they could deploy there, as well as to Iraq. However, until the cadets complete the ROTC program they cannot be deployed, With that said, for those that

have graduated from the program, there is a chance that they could go into combat in their future, Goodfellow said. The most recent U.S. casualties in Iraq were not caused by insurgents but by an Iraqi army regular after a brawl erupted inside an Iraqi compound. The altercation left two GI’s dead and nine wounded. Despite these latest combat deaths student senator Samuel Dorsey believes the withdrawal was the right choice. “I think that if we stayed there more and more there would be no push and shove to tell the Iraqi government to get its act together,” Dorsey said. Another attack occurred at the Iraqi army 11th division headquarters in which U.S. GI’s opened fire. This incident has led some to question whether the soldiers’ role in Iraq is going to change over from military operations to one of peacekeeping, even with the Army’s history of completing humanitarian missions, which include missions in Haiti. “I do not think this is a political ploy,” Dorsey said. “Will they eventually be engaged in some combat operations? Most definitely yes.” And while their role has supposedly changed from one of combat to one of peacekeeping consultants, Goodfellow said the soldiers in Iraq are still soldiers and that they know how to complete the mission at hand. “They call themselves soldiers. You can call them nation builders, you can call them consultants, whatever term you want to use. They’re going to do their job, whatever the mission is,” Goodfellow said.


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