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CONTROVERSY ‘Girls Gone Wild’ tour bus stops in Plattsburgh tonight By Gabrielle Bilik associate news editor

The downtown Plattsburgh scene is expected to be wild tonight — and not just the girls. Feminists and other opponents of the Therapy Night Club and Sports Lounge’s event refuse to

New program offers master’s in science By Amanda Bradford associate news editor

In fall 2011, for the first time, Plattsburgh State will offer a professional science master’s in environmental science. The program, which was approved only weeks ago, is designed to provide professional training in leadership and business skills for graduates looking to pursue environmental agency or private industry careers. “We saw a need out there,” Director of Earth and Envi-

ronmental Science Robert Fuller said. “There are a lot of students who graduate with degrees in environmental science or studies and go into careers where environmental regulatory agencies, for instance DEC or EPA, and eventually they come to a point where they need more advanced training.” The new degree is a 30-credit program: Nine credits in leadership skills, 15 credits in science coursework and six credits in an SEE GRAD, A7

be tamed. Girls Gone Wild’s tour bus will visit the bar to search for models to compete in “The Hottest Girl in America 2.” Gender and Women’s Studies Chair Simona Sharoni and students from SEE GGW, A10

Deficit claims first program

College saving $120K by cutting freshman course that encouraged involvement with first-year students By Matt Rosenberg editor-in-chief

More students enrolled in freshman experience classes in fall 2010 than in the fouryear history of the program. And they were the last

ones who will get that op- Faculty and staff, some of portunity for the foreseeable whom earned an $11,000 to future. $12,000 stipend, instructed As part of a decreased the courses. Last semester, 566 stustate allocation to the First Year Experience program at dents enrolled in the course, more than double Plattsburgh State, the 227 who signed freshman experiup in 2007, the proence classes have gram’s first year. been cut, saving “It’s frustrating the college about knowing it served $120,000. a lot of students,” The program ofDean of Students fered 32 sections of Matthews FRX 101 — a onceMatthews Steve said. “It’s on our a-week class of all freshmen discussing various shoulders to figure out a way topics on college life from to get them the information time management to alco- they need a timely fashion.” In addition to the stihol and on-campus events.

Graphic design by Matt Rosenberg/Cardinal Points Currently, students pay an annual intercollegiate athletic fee of $338. However, the proposed plan will increase that fee, making it as high as $523 by 2015.

5-year plan to raise intercollegiate athletic fee awaits state approval By the 2015 academic year, Plattsburgh State students could be paying a $523 intercollegiate athletic fee (IAF) on their college bill, a 50 percent increase from the current charge. The athletic department has proposed a plan that will increase the mandatory IAF by $35 each year for the next five years. The athletic department wants to move its salaries out of the Income Fund Reimbursable (IFR) account, or state account, into the intercollegiate athletic budget’s own private account. At a Student Association meeting, Athletic Director Bruce Del-

venthal said by doing this, the athletic department protects itself from any state cuts, leaving room for salary money for professors and others who are paid by the state budget. This will give the college more flexibility, he said. If salaries from the athletic department are removed from the state account, New York will no longer pay for the fringe benefit charges on the nearly $1.2 million that will be transferred. The athletic fringe benefit charge currently pays for employees’ pensions, security, health insurance, unemployment insurance and workers compensation insurance, said PSUC Budget Officer Clark Foster.


Students, faculty form task force to prevent sexual assault at PSUC

an issue on every campus,” Am said. University Police Assista Women who make false rape ac- Chief Jerry Lottie said the goal is cusations are rare. try to make it as easy as possib In fact, only 8 percent of rape for victims to report the crime. H reports are found to be false, ac- said incidents like this must b cording to sexual assault statistics. taken seriously and investigate Other statistics include 30 percent thoroughly. of rape victims actually report the There were two forcible touchin incident and 42 percent tell no one. reports made so far this year. On The bigger probvictim chose not lem is under-repursue the case an porting, Affirmative the other victim “As a campus, we Action Officer and case is still pendin need to be able to Sociology Professor In 2010, thre identify these folks Lynda Ames said. female studen and throw them This is one reareported bein off campus.” son why Ames, sexually assaulte along with a team on-campus. On of other PlattsLynda Ames report was lat burgh State facAffirmative Action found to be fals ulty members and Officer, Sociology UP Lt. Frank Salv students, has put Professor moser said. together the Presi“A vast majori dent’s Task Force of reports are n of Campus Sexual Assault. false reports,” he said. “Howeve The task force was formed at the false reports do occur.” end of the fall 2010 semester and The number of sexual assau incidents happening on the PSU began meeting this semester. They plan to meet a few times campus varies every year. In 2009, six on-campus an each semester to discuss ways they can better educate and em- four off-campus forcible sex o power students, as well as faculty, fenses were reported. In 2008, tw in an effort to stop sexual assaults on-campus and two off-campu on campus. “Sexual assault has always been SEE ASSAULT, A1 By Renee Cumm senior staff writer

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pends, a staff member fro the dean of students’ offi will now be moved to a d ferent, non-state-funded d partment on campus, hel ing total the $120,000 cut. Funding was also lost fo the distinguished faculty fe lows in the learning cente the CHAMPS class offered freshman student-athlet and the lone three-cred freshman experience cour offered through student su port services. Matthews said facul who teach those courses a seeking “creative ways”

“When it was in the state account, the SA did not pay the fringe benefit because it was not in an IFR account, it was in a state account,” Foster said. “Even SUNY Plattsburgh didn’t pay the benefits then, but the state of New York did out of another fund.” If salaries are transferred out of the state account, the IAF students pay will increase to cover the fringe benefit charge, which is predicted to cost $550,000, or 48 percent of the total salaries paid next year, Foster said. The proposed budget increase has been approved locally but is awaiting approval from system administration. SEE IAF, A6


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PSUC News Day of silence planned for today A Day of Silence will take place today. The day is intended to bring attention to and protest anti-LGBT name calling, bullying, and harassment.

Discover columnist gives science presentation in Yokum Hall today

A presentation, Parasite Rex, will be given by Carl Zimmer today at 12:15 p.m. in Yokum Hall room 206. Zimmer writes about science regularly for the New York Times and magazines such as Discover, where he is a contributing editor and columnist. He is the author of seven books, the most recent of which is The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution.

Film on Afro-Latino culture in ACC

A film showing, Afro-Latinos: The Untaught Story, will take place today at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Conference room of the Angell College Center. The film will focus on AfroLatinos in Central South America and the Caribbean and the story of their shared history that isn’t taught in history books. Following the film the sixth annual poetry slam will take place at 9 p.m.

Sunday Tiger Stripes paintball trip

A paintball trip to Tiger Stripes will take place Sunday, April 17. Tickets can be purchased at the College Center Desk in the ACC for $10. The bus leaves at 2 p.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m.

Hawkins hosts Mary Vrinitotis

A presentation, The Geography of Firearms: Private Guns and Public Health, will be given by Mary Vriniotis at 5 p.m. Monday, April 18 in Hawkins Hall room 153B. Vriniotis is from the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. Admission is free.

Film showing in Yokum Thursday

A film showing, Humpday, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Yokum Hall room 200. Two guys take their bromance to another level when they participate in an art film project. Part of the Center for Diversity, Pluralism and Inclusion Film Series and WRAP Session. Admission is free.

National PTA and Military Child Education Coalition Unite to Support Military Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to First Lady Michelle Obama’s and Jill Biden’s “Joining Forces” initiative, National PTA and the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) announced today that they will partner to engage military families and support the more than one million grade school-age military children. The partnership will work to build connections between military and civilian parents and students through programs and activities in highly military-impacted school districts. The two organizations will also work together to educate state PTA leaders on fostering a common understanding of military child education issues and communicate the role that they can play in supporting these families. Some of the key deliverables to the partnership include the development of a toolkit and guide for parents that describes the unique needs of military families and provide strategies and ideas for them to better engage military families. The toolkit will include a “Guide to Engaging with Military-Connected Parents” developed by MCEC. The partnership will also work to increase the number of schools nationwide participating in their parent and student engagement programs.

CP Corrections “Alumna helps 1st graders on grant,” from issue 7 contained fact errors. Jillian Facko is the project coordinator for the ABC project, not the executive director. The story implied the program focuses only on first-graders when, in reality, it focuses on all students in the Plattsburgh City School District. Facko began working for the organization in August 2010, not October 2010. The article also implied that Facko worked for Philosophy for Children when, in fact, this was not the case. The article also stated that the program received a grant of $593,697 from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The program did not receive this full amount, but a just a portion of it, with the rest of their money being made through fundraising. In “Climbing the ranks,” in issue 7, softball player Katie McNally was referenced without her first name when she first appeared in the article. Cardinal Points regrets the errors. If you see an error in Cardinal Points, e-mail

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Student helps Cambodia’s temple boys By Javier Simon senior staff writer

Many undergraduates toss out their papers after getting a grade, but Plattsburgh State senior Ilana Rubin recently kept her paper to present to scholars at the annual Northeastern Anthropology Association Council. Rubin spent last summer researching Theravada Buddhism in Cambodia. After exploring monastery temples, she became attached to Cambodia’s temple boys. “These boys gather at temples for food, shelter, education, comfort and anything they lacked in their communities,” Rubin said. Rubin said she believes the needs and conditions of temple boys reflect the needs and conditions of a broader Cambodian society. So, she decided to explore her theory by writing a research paper about Cambodia’s temple boys. “Cambodia is a beautiful place, but the government is not known for offering many social services to its people,” Rubin said “So, the temples are a great help to the people they serve — especially children and the elderly.” Rubin completed part of her research paper in Cambodia, where she joined other students at an ethnographic field school. Along with two Cambodian students, Rubin traveled to various Buddhist monastery temples throughout Cambodia. She interviewed monks and villagers to learn about their entire lives. She also

Gabe Dickens/Cardinal Poin Ilana Rubin decided to writer her senior seminar paper on the traditions and rituals of Cambodian monks and alter boys after spending the summer living with them.

participated in activities like alms rounds, a tradition where the monks and temple boys gather to ask for food throughout their village. Rubin also watched the temple boys clean the grounds and helped monks perform chores on a daily basis. After working in Cambodia, Rubin took her research back to PSUC. To complete her paper, Rubin studied temple-boy research that had been conducted by other undergraduate students from universities across the United States. After earning credit for ANT409, the course which requires anthropology majors to make a professional research paper, Rubin traveled to Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire

for the conference. At first, Rubin was worried about presenting her project among experts. “I was very nervous because I presented my paper two days after the association agreed to accept my paper,” Rubin said. “I practiced my presentation as much as I could — even as I was driving to the university.” However, she left her fears behind after scholars and presenters praised her work. “Another presenter at the conference said she wished she had my confidence,” Rubin said. Some of her professors believe her work is an example of what PSUC undergraduates are capable of. “Her project reflects the best of PSUC undergraduate research,” said PSUC An-

thropology Chair Debora Altamirano. Many of Rubin’s professo also admire her commitmen “Since I met her, I knew sh was a self-motivated stude dedicated to her work,” sa Anthropology Professor Am Mountcastle. Altamirano, who taught R bin multiple courses, said sh has been impressed with th quality of Rubin’s work sin she began teaching her at th introductory level in ANT10 “Ilana came into PSUC as stellar student,” Altamiran said. “She only got better.” Many of Rubin’s professo believe Rubin would continu to conduct high quality wo in the field of anthropology. “Rubin has many gre qualities that would ser her well no matter whe she goes in the future,” A tamirano said.

Armenian visits PSUC to learn American finances By Javier Simon senior staff writer

Plattsburgh State’s financing operations may soon be practiced at universities across Armenia. A visiting scholar from the country has been researching PSUC’s financing policies to help implement some of them into schools in his home country. Gabriel Balayan is the deputy rector at Yerevan State Linguistic University in Armenia, a position similar to that of Vice President for Administration John Homburger. He said he believes PSUC earns a large amount of money by charging students certain mandatory and optional fees like fitness center fees and parking fees. “Unlike state universities in Armenia, (PSUC) has many different sources of income,” Balayan said. He said some Armenian universities require students to pay only tuition to the college. Students pay private companies separate from the universities for other college expenses like textbooks, rent and access to computer labs. Balayan said he is impressed with how PSUC does business with companies like College Auxiliary Services. “CAS provides great services for the students at PSUC, and they organize on-campus events,” Balayan said. Balayan said he would like universities in Armenia to work with taxexempt companies that can provide benefits like merit-based scholarships for students. Balayan also said he would like Armenian schools to receive more aid from the government. As of now, there is no federal grant program in Armenia. In addition, he said he believes scholarships provided by the state are very minimal. “University students in Armenia feel as if scholarships barley cover tuition,” Balayan said. “Funding at the state and federal level is much larger in the United States than in Armenia.” Balayan said he also believes federal support makes college more desirable to students. “Universities in the United States are eager to serve students,” Balayan said. “Students can apply to different schools, scholarships and loans.” Balayan said even though Armenia is suffering under a bad economy, he plans to work with experts to implement new policies in the higher education system.

Facebook Photo Gabriel Balayan has traveled to Plattsburgh State to learn about finances from U.S. public schools in hope of bringing ideas back home.

“This project is all about ideas. Balayan is learning about the policies from our college, and we’re learning about policies of universities in Armenia.” Gregory Withrow Student Accounts Director Balayan said PSUC has a lot of freedom to establish its own regulations, despite being a state school. He said he admires the process in which the SUNY board of trustees and presidents of individual colleges work together to establish policies. The state has a lot more influence over state universities in Armenia, he said. “In the SUNY system, everyone’s decision is respected,” Balayan said. “Everything from the staff and on is regulated at PSUC. Armenia can achieve success within a reasonable period of time if some of PSUC’s policies are implemented at universities in Armenia.” He said he believes Armenain states lack effective regulation of universities,

despite their power them. He likes th PSUC follows many regulations an policies. “We have hundreds of written po cies which anyone can access,” sa PSUC Director of Student Accoun Gregory Withrow. Balayan said he intends to propo an end to some of Armenia’s high education policies. In Armenia, tuitio for state universities is more expensi than for private universities. He al said it’s harder for students to apply state schools than to private univers ties. “You can’t imagine how rigorou state universities’ admission exam are,” Balayan said. “I would propo private universities to ease enrollme exams.” Students in Armenia are mandate to pay fees to the school for missin class, something that doesn’t exist PSUC. “Under control of the former USS tuition was free and students we given a stipend,” Balayan said. “S paying a fee for missing class mad sense.” In working with Balayan, Withro has learned a lot about the differenc between U.S. state schools like PSU and Armenian public schools. “I’ve learned that, in many ways, sta universities in Armenia operate in th exact opposite way as we [PSUC] do said Withrow. Armenian state schools are pre sured because they pay the sam amount of taxes as private schoo Balayan said. Despite challenges, Balayan said h strongly believes he can help brin some of SUNY’s policies back home. “There are many other experts Armenia who are capable of workin together to change higher education Balayan said. Balayan is studying PSUC’s financin policies as part of an International R search and Exchanges project funde by the Carnage Foundation of Ne York. PSUC Assistant Director of Intern tional Student Services Catrillia Youn Withrow and others have helpe Balayan conduct his research proje at PSUC. “This project is all about idea Young said. “Balayan is learning abo the policies from our college, an we’re learning about polices of un versities in Armenia.”

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or career achievement. Four members of the Plattsburgh State community — students Jessica Bakeman and Erica Olmstead, and December 2010 graduates Josh Coons and Alison Lutz — were recognized for receiving this honor April 5. By the time he graduated with his degree in anthropology, Coons had been on the dean’s list for six semesters and won a second-place award at the Northeast Regional Sigma Xi Conference. He also had been a member of Sigma Xi, a scientific re-


search honor society; Omicron Delta Kappa, a leadership honors society; and the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. “Probably the most rewarding accomplishment I had is when I got a chance to (be a teacher’s assistant for) two different classes,” Coons said. “The first was teaching the required course for students that get the Presidential Scholarship at Plattsburgh State.” As a TA, Coons was in charge of a group of four freshmen and advised them on a national issues forum the students composed.

“Basically the forum consisted of faculty, distinguished local residents in the area and also students who sit on a panel and discuss topics that are important to them,” Coons said. “Later down the road, I got to see a lot of these kids, and they’re doing big projects of their on campus, so that’s been really rewarding for me, seeing that they used what they learned in that class and they kept learning and never looked back, and kept building on what they were doing.” Currently, Coons is working at University Police as an assistant chief, but he will be attending graduate school for a master’s degree in epidemiology. Lutz, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, has been working at an optometrists’ office. However, she recently found out she was chosen to teach English in France through the French Ministry of Education. She is a presidential scholar and a Killam Fellow and has spent the last two and a half years writing a book she is currently finishing up. “It started out as some-

and put effort into it beca you really like it.” Olmstead, a senior “You make your chology major, said she education what you surprised she received want it to be. I’ve award. seen a lot of times, “It’s such a prestig people expect award that it’s someth that you always hope y opportunities to get,” Olmstead said. “I m come to them, and you cross your fingers, they really need to you don’t get your hopes seem them expecting that you’ll get was very excited.” After taking a year off Erica Lynn Olmstead mstead intends to appl PSUC Senior graduate school to acq her doctorate in psycholo “You make your educa thing I was doing for pure therapy — totally cathartic. what you want it to be,” O I didn’t think it would go stead said. “I’ve seen a lo anywhere,” Lutz said. “Then I times, people expect op just kept writing, kept revis- tunities to come to them ing, and two and a half years they really need to seek th and 270 pages later there it out themselves.” Bakeman double majo was — a book.” Lutz said she was very fo- journalism and English cused in school because she is producing and directin was doing things she liked musical, “The Pride.” Am her many accomplishme and enjoyed. “I never really did anything Bakeman considers an A to win an award or get a good benefit she has arranged grade,” Lutz said. “I did it be- three years in Rochester cause I really liked it. I would most satisfying so far. Following graduat say if a student is motivated, it’s more important to be in- Bakeman hopes to conti terested in what you’re doing doing things to help o and feel like it has purpose people and make her hap “It was extremely rew ing, especially because theater performance and content of the performa had a lot to do with figh against the ignorance surrounds homosex ity and HIV/AIDS,” Bakem said. “It was a very e tional thing and the peop worked with were very sionate about it.”


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April 3 1 a.m. — Brinkerhoff Street — City Police arrested Marissa S. Bailey of 113 Brinkerhoff St. and charged her with the violation of the city noise ordinance. Bailey was released upon an appearance ticket. 3:10 a.m. — Margaret Street — City Police arrested Abdulaziz S. Alhallafi of 376 Margaret Street and charged him with the violation of the city noise ordinance. Alhallafi was released upon an appearance ticket.

5:40 p.m. — Macdonough Hall — University Police arrested Mamadou Diallo of 226E Macdonough Hall and charged him with third degree assault and second degree unlawful imprisonment. Diallo was held for arraignment at the City Court.

April 4 2:20 p.m. — off campus — A resident student reported that she was punched by an unknown female April 1 in the parking lot in front of College Suites. The student reported that she sustained a broken nose. A service report filed.

April 5 10:57 a.m. — deFredenburgh Hall — An employee reported locating a knife in the deFredenburgh Hall suite 41 bathroom. The suite was canvassed and the owner was located in room 414. The student was advised he could not possess the knife on campus and would be able to retrieve it from University Police before he returns home. A service report filed. 11:17 a.m. — Hawkins Hall — A student reported falling down some stairs in Hawkins Hall March 30 at 1:45 p.m. She said she went to the hospital a few hours later by private vehicle. The student sustained a sprained right ankle and possible soft tissue damage. The student indicated there was no problem with the stairs at the time of the fall. Injury reports and service were filed.

1:33 p.m. — Adirondack Hall — A resident student reported another bicycle had been secured to his bicycle in the Adirondack Hall bicycle room. The lock was cut and replaced with a University Police owned chain and lock. A service report filed. April 6 2:18 p.m. — Myers Fine Arts Building — A student reported cutting his finger with an Exacto knife during a class in Myers. The student was treated at the Center for Student Health and Psychological Services for his injury. Injury and service reports were filed.

April 7 9:24 a.m. — Macomb Hall — University Police received a report of minor damage done to a stairwell. It appeared that someone had scorched some metal with a lighter. A crime incident report filed.

10:13 a.m. — Hawkins Hall — University Police received a report that a cigarette disposal box was smoldering outside of Hawkins Hall. The box was doused with water.

No further action was necessary and a service report was filed.

12:46 p.m. — deFredenburgh Hall — Lock Shop personnel reported damage to a suite door lock in deFredenburgh Hall. The lock was repaired and a service report filed.

2:13 p.m. — University Police — A complaint was received from a resident student regarding unwanted text messages. The messages were not threatening in nature. Investigation is continuing. A service report was filed. 5:27 p.m. — Myers Fine Arts Building — University Police received a report from a resident student who was injured during theater rehearsal. The individual was taken to CVPH via taxi and a service report was filed.

7 p.m. — Yokum Hall — University Police staff participated in a discussion panel with members of the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity regarding the consequences of having open parties. A service report was filed. 10:54 p.m. — Court Street — University Police received an anonymous report of hazing occurring at a fraternity event. City Police checked the house and did not observe any hazing activities. The incident is still being investigated. A service report was filed. April 8 9:58 a.m. — Hudson Hall — University Police responded to Hudson Hall for vandalism that had occurred overnight. Words were drawn on the walls with paint and markers, a fire extinguisher was discharged for no apparent reason and a digital camera that was left in the lecture hall was tampered with. The area is currently being used as office space for a contractor. A crime incident report filed. 10:22 p.m. — Margaret Street — City Police arrested Joshua J. Preston of 41G Banks Hall and charged him with third degree unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal tampering. Preston was released upon an appearance ticket.

April 9 12:18 a.m. — Brinkerhoff Street — City Police arrested Lisa M. Patterson of 40B Wilson Hall and charged her with a violation of possession of alcohol under 21. Patterson was released upon an appearance ticket.

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Chemistry chair on board Chemistry Chair Linda Luck has been invited to science journal’s editorial board By Nancy Destiny staff writer

Plattsburgh State Chemistry Chair Linda Luck has accepted her prestigious invitation to join the editorial board of Analytical Biochemistry from Editor-in-Chief William B. Jakoby for a threeyear term beginning July 1. Analytical Biochemistry, one of the top journals in the biochemistry field, is an international journal publishing original material not published or submitted elsewhere on methods and methodology or related to biochemical investigation. “I am obviously aware of her reputation in the field and have valued her contribution in judging the merit of manuscripts submitted to the journal,” Jakoby said. Members become candidates by being nominated by associate editors of the journal based on their evaluation of expertise at its annual meeting. Candidates are chosen globally from scientists in the broad range of specific fields for which expert advice is needed, Jakoby said. Based on Luck’s research with studies on the human estrogen receptor and her experience with a number of biophysical methodologies in the sciences, Jakoby said she provides the journal with the expertise that is required in judging national and international submissions. Luck’s specialized methodology is nuclear magnetic resonance. She uses it to study the structure and function of a number of geneti-

Rob Mason/Cardinal Poin Linda Luck will begin a three-year term working on the editorial board of the academic journal Analytical Biochemistry where she will review others papers and studies.

into the journal, Luck said. She said she has been fas“I don’t think anyone cinated by chemistry since a has been more young age. “We live chemistry every day,” Luck said. influential in my life Luck has been published than this woman.” in Analytical Biochemistry Brittany Hinkle and numerous other jourPSUC student nals since she began publishing her work in 1989. cally engineered proteins and She thumbed through one binder containing reprints chemical materials. One area of study in which of her journal articles, pointLuck is an expert is steroid ing out different journal titles receptors, such as the pro- and topics she’s studied and tein estrogen receptor. She published. These included studies how it is structured Magnetic Resonance in and how it binds to normal Chemistry, Journal of Physiestrogen and estrogens in cal Chemistry, Biochemistry, the environment that may Biomolecular NMR, Biophyscause breast cancer. She is ical Journal and Organomealso developing a biosensor tallic’s, which include works based on electrochemistry to of hers cited twice by Nobel Prize winner Richard Ernst detect these chemicals. People in the field will do from Zurich, Switzerland. After publishing works for research, write up articles and send them to Luck. She will more than 20 years, Luck then send them to other ex- stays interested by coming perts in the field and ask them up with new ideas, methodto review the methodology ologies and research interand results. The field experts ests. Luck said she also presreport their findings to her, ents seminars worldwide, who then decide what goes including Ireland, France,

Germany, Croatia and Swi zerland. Luck also teaches kitche chemistry at PSUC. Th course introduces the st dents to the chemistry g ing on in the kitchen durin cooking. “I don’t think anyone ha been more influential in m life than this woman,” Bri tany Hinkle, an undergrad ate research student and a visee of Luck’s, said. “Whe considering all the doors sh has opened for me and all th time she spends one-on-on she has set me apart from m peers, on a path to makin my dreams come true.” She said she believes Luc deserved the position, but isn’t anything compared the work she’s already doin for her students at PSUC. “Her addition to the edit rial board of Analytical Bi chemistry, while it is a gre honor, pales in compariso to the lives she touches e ery day right here on cam pus,” Hinkle said. “She is ve dedicated to what she do

IAF: Increases will continue if necessary From Page One “By (increasing the IAF) over a fiveyear period, we’ll be able to absorb all of those state salaries within intercollegiate athletics,” Delventhal said. “That’s why we’re asking for an increase.” Delventhal said the athletic department has limited travel, reduced the number of games played, cut two positions within the department and is looking at cutting a third. Presently, athletes do not pay a higher fee than other students, but they do fundraise to pay for additional costs such as warm-up gear and extra trips teams may want to take. “I don’t feel it would be proper to charge the athletes an extra fee to be able to play on one of the teams,” Delventhal said. “There are a number of things at this college that students don’t benefit from directly that they pay for. That’s how society works. There are students here who don’t use the health center. There are students here who don’t

use the library.” Out of the 17 sports teams at PSUC, there are 18 paid assistant coaches and four non-paid volunteer assistant coaches. More than nine of the 13 teams have two or more assistant coaches. “If we’re forced to make some budgetary cuts, (assistant coaches) would be one thing that we cut,” Delventhal said. At the SA meeting, Foster and Delventhal said if the salary transfers are approved, they will not be an increase in ticket prices to help absorb the additional fringe benefit fee PSUC students will be expected to pay. “We’re not going to raise ticket prices,” Delventhal said. “The feeling is this just wouldn’t be the right time, and furthermore, the ticket prices have no impact on what we charge for the IAF.” However, Foster said the athletic department has increased ticket prices in the past. “We’re not going to be changing any of those fees (ticket prices),” Foster said. “We want to encourage attendance at

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those games.” Track and cross country runn Christina Smith said she thinks all st dents should pay the intercollegia athletic fee, but the additional $35 co should only apply to students who u the facilities and athletes because i something not all students use. “I think (since) everything else is g ing up too, this should just be on th (athletes),” Smith said. “Things cou be cut. We don’t need as many athletic but they are making cutbacks alread The training department isn’t getting much equipment; they don’t have sp cial tape to help the athletes. I unde stand that not everybody does spor but part of the athletic fee does help o the gym, which is open to all students At the conclusion of the five-ye plan, if budget cuts are continuing an the economy continues to worsen, th IAF may continue to increase. Howe er, if economically there are improv ments and cuts decrease, the IAF f may decrease as well.

12:30 a.m. — William Street — City Police arrested Gregory C. Dipietro of 105 Macomb Hall and charged him with disorderly conduct. Dipietro was released upon an appearance ticket.

10:16 p.m. — Wells Street — City Police arrested Zachary J. Klein of 41A Whiteface Hall and charged him with violations of possession of alcohol under 21 and the city open container ordinance. The individual was released upon an appearance ticket. To Read the full blotter, please visit us at

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Graphic design by Matt Rosenberg/Cardinal Points From the time the freshman experience class was first offered, the number of enrolled students more than doubled to 566 this past fall. The class was going to be entirely classroom-based in fall 2011, but the course has been cut.

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we don’t have an answer for that,” Hartman said. “The (CAs’) training will be better adjusted to fill that role. We’re looking to them to be more active peer educators.” Hartman said an unfortunate part of these programs is they don’t offer the credit incentive that got some students to engage in FRX programs. And the concern doesn’t stop there. Hartman is trying to determine the best way to reach first-year students in other residence halls in as effective of a way as offering a weekly class. “There’s been no definitive answer to that yet,” he said. “We don’t want to revamp our programming model completely, but I want us to revisit it. That conversation is going to continue through this semester and into the summer, and we’ll have a much clearer game plan for the fall.” Despite the FRX course cuts, Hartman said he is not anticipating much change in Whiteface and Wilson. But other budget-related changes the college will be facing in the coming weeks and coming years may not go as smoothly. The fact, Vice President of Student Affairs Bill Laundry said, is that the cam-

pus is going to be a completely different place than it is today. The cuts to the FYE program are just the beginning. “It’s discouraging, but it’s something we’re going to have to go through. Making these cuts is the medicine we have to take to shrink the budget. As an instructor for the course, Matthews sent his students to athletic events and plays — a way to get students interacting outside of their comfort levels. He was one of many, including Laundry, who instructed the course without the stipend incentive. “When you sign up do FRX, you know in your heart you’re going to become a bit of a mentor to those students,” he said. “It’s nice to have somebody outside of that world that’s in a professional or academic setting to lean on.” Laundry also is an advocate of being able to reach freshmen through residence hall programs in lieu of the FRX courses. It’s simply a situation where the courses cost money that he said the college can live without if it has to. “There is no magic bullet that’s going to save $3 million in a single shot,” Laundry said. “How we will tackle this deficit is in small increments, and this is one of those increments.”

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Cardinal Points has been honored by the Associate Collegiate Press and New York Press Association fo work done in 2010. The paper received an All-America ranking with five marks of distinction — a perfect ratin — for the first time in its history for fall 2010. In addition to this honor, Cardinal Points receive awards from the NYPA last week in four different ca egories. Here’s what the judges, members of the Arizon Press Association, had to say about Cardinal Points’ wi ners for spring and fall 2010 submissions.

Sports Section — First Place, Best Sports Coverage (Based on five issues from 2010) Judge’s comments: Each section appears well-planned an organized with a distinct centerpiece. The breakout boxe appear throughout, with helpful information. A variety o sports (MMA!) give the section broad appeal.

Matt Rosenberg — First Place, News Story (Based on article “Campus mourns death of international student”) Judge’s comments: From the first sentence to the las this is a sad but incredibly well-told tale. It hits all angle from the gone-too-soon student’s personality to the im pact on his roommates and school.

Kris Fiore — Third Place, Column Writing (Based on articles “Boycott SA election to protest wasting money” and “3 simple words men avoid telling other men”) Judge’s comments: Boldly examines topics others migh avoid. Not afraid to have an opinion and rock the boat Jeff Carpenter — Third Place, Photography (published Issue 11, spring 2010)

Judge’s comments: A classic softball celebration momen Good expressions, clean background. The dust risin from the field helps add urgency to the moment.

Student Association Soundoff A message from VP for the Arts Adrian Rockefeller

This Soundoff is from the desk of your favorite Senator, Edmund Adjapong. Many of you may not know that I am the Diversity Ex-Officio and what this position entails. Well, my job is to foster and create conversation about diversity and inclusion all across this campus. One good way to do that is by hosting events for students to attend and discuss issues that promote diversity on this campus. This is where The Diversity Committee comes in. The Diversity Committee, a new entity of the Student Association, has declared this coming week to be Diversity Week for SUNY Plattsburgh. There would be a different event every day this week, promoting diversity and social justice. The Diversity Committee hosted “The Truth Behind the Words” in March and there was a great turn out and even better discussions. We’re sure that our events this coming week will have the same turn out and even better discussions. The Student Association encourages all students to come out these planned events to have fun and to learn something new. The money that is used for these programs come out of your mandatory Student Association fees, so stop by and see how your money is being put to good use. Diversity Week April 18th – April 22nd Monday, April 18th Dropping the Stereotype 7PM-9PM Alumni Conference Room

Tuesday, April 19th The High Cost of Low Price 7PM Yokum 200

Wednesday, April 20th AKEBA & C.W.C Presents: Global Activism 7PM-9PM Cardinal Lounge

Thursday, April 21st The Fashion Committee Presents: Around the World in 60 mins 7PM-9PM Alumni Conference Room

Friday, April 22nd Silent Protest at Planned Parenthood Meet at SA office Time: 9:30

If you are interested in The Diversity Committee you are more than welcome to stop by one of our meetings, which are held on Mondays at 7PM in the Student Association office. Sounding Off, Edmund Adjapong


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Graphic design by Amanda Fruehauf/Cardinal Point Local businesses have come together to provide scholarships to students from Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton counties at Plattsburgh State to keep talent local.

North Country Scholarships keep students local By Gabrielle Bilik associate news editor

Freshman Kelsey Hanrahan could’ve gone to SUNY Potsdam. She could have gone to St. Michael’s College or even St. Lawrence University. She had a wide range of university options after graduating at the top of her class at Plattsburgh High School, but she chose Plattsburgh State. The deciding factor? A $2,500 merit scholarship through the North Country Scholarship Program that would be awarded to her every semester of her four years at PSUC. The program, which began in 2008, is offered to highstanding students coming to PSUC from Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton counties. The scholarships are funded by local businesses as a means of keeping talented local students in the area after graduation to help enrich the community. “Once they leave the area, it’s hard to get them back,” Faith Long, director for development of institutional advancement, said. “(The scholarship) enables them to really get involved though the community. It’s also a good way for them to make connections in the area.” A student’s academic standing for the award is calculated by their high school and SAT scores. Nineteen students were awarded the scholarship this year. Hanrahan received the Subway North Country Scholarship. Sixteen students were from College Auxiliary Services, Chartwells, Steven E. Fuller Excavating, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Giltz Family and Northern Insuring, Graymont

Materials (N.Y.) Inc., H.P. Hood student in the fall of 2011.” LLC, HSBC Bank, Edith Knapp, Long said businesses unLockrows, Lola and Raymond derstand they benefit ecoJohnson, Pepsi-Cola Bottling nomically from PSUC being Company Inc. and Ufirst Fed- here. By living and spending eral Credit Union. here, students feed many Two more scholarships local businesses. She said were given under the NCSP PSUC is also the second largtitle, funded by 37 other local est employer in Plattsburgh businesses. after CVPH Medical Center. Sarah Aubin, a recipient of This is their way of giving CAS’s award, said she would back, she said. have also chosen a different “When you build that sense school had it not been for the of community, people want NCSP. to come back,” NCSP Chair “I knew I wanted to stay in Scott Bombard said. “You this general can go a long area because way away, I grew up 10 but people “You can go a long minutes away, can always way away, but so I was only come home. people can always It’s important looking at schools as far to remember come home. It’s away as Canalways important to where your ton and one or roots are.” remember where two in Maine,” Students your roots are.” Aubin said. must live by “It was just certain stanScott Bombard simple to stay dards to keep NCSP Chair in this area the scholarbecause of my ship, includfamily and being a 3.2 cause I was offered the North grade-point average, full-time Country Scholarship.” student status and living on The North Country Schol- campus or commuting. Long arship, awarded at the begin- said this helps keep students ning of the academic year, is engaged with the campus. divided evenly between the “Without this scholarship, two semesters. I wouldn’t be able to live Scholarships are renewed on campus,” Aubin said. “It each year for of four years. makes it a lot easier to go to After the first year, funding classes when I don’t have to comes from a different pool travel to campus every day.” of money. Aubin, originally from “The student can re- Peru, sometimes finds it difceive the same scholarship ficult to maintain a 3.2 GPA. amount of $2,500 each year “I wasn’t really a studier for four years, but it is only in high school, and I could called the North Country easily get high Bs and As in Scholarship for entering first my classes without a lot of year students,” Long said. work,” Aubin said. “It’s obvi“For example, Subway will ously different here, and I’ve be giving the Subway North had to pick up my study habCountry Scholarship to a its a lot to be able to maintain different incoming first year a high GPA.”

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Hanrahan said she has found it hard to want to stay on campus since most of her friends are moving off. “My roommate decided to stay on campus with me,” Hanrahan said. “I’m lucky.” Both students are involved in extracurricular activities. Aubin participates in intramural softball and said she plans on starting a European handball team. “I think eventually I would enjoy joining a club or a sorority, but right now I’m just focusing on my classes and my GPA,” Aubin said. Hanrahan is in several clubs such as Club International and Hillel. She also attends Student Association meetings, goes to the fitness center and participates in different events on campus. “There are so many opportunities here and you don’t have to do everything, just find some things you’re good at,” Hanrahan said.

She said the NCSP has allowed her to pursue her college career at PSUC, letting her take advantage of many opportunities and get exposure to different things, which she said help her with networking. “It’s astounding how much I’ve benefitted already, and I’ve only been here a year,” Hanrahan said. “I’m getting a better education and thank goodness there’s someone willing to help. I find it unbelievably selfless that someone is willing to help this way.” Bombard, who is also the Sales Manager of Graymont Materials Group, said the amount of money can be difficult to donate, but his company allots it in its budget. “With the cost of education, everyone is a needy student, and I think every business is challenged in this economy,” Bombard said, “It’s quite a bit of money. Most of the businesses do it because

Photo illustration by Gregg Twergo/Cardinal Poin Whiteface Hall is the first residence hall on campus to test a completely co-ed floor With the building’s corridor style, males and females can easily live in the same ha

Whiteface Hall tests first co-ed floor, receives good reactions By Arthur Cleveland staff writer

Rob Mason/Cardinal Points Fumi Miura takes advantage of the recent windy weather by flying a large kite in the field behind Harrington Hall. Students have been spending more time outside to take advantage of warmer weather that hit Plattsburgh last weekend.

they realize it’s necessary fo them (the recipients) to be the community.” Bombard and the oth businesses involved are tryin to draw in more donors an encourage current partic pants to up their donations. “I know they’re lookin for more funding,” Hanraha said. “People will understan that there’s such a need for with the budget taking suc a dramatic dive. It’s threate ing our students and incom ing freshman, and I hope least the same amount people can continue to b helped, if not more.” Long said it’s significa that in tough economic time businesses are making the scholarships a priority. “They continue to suppo students and invest in th North Country,” Long sai “If we want to stay stron and vibrant, we need to co tinue to have that pool of talented workforce.”

Whiteface Hall has been running a new floor arrangement program on the seventh floor this year. Starting fall 2010, this new program, set up by Whiteface Residence Director James Sherman, will not have gender-specific rooming, but the floor layout will be coed. Sherman said it isn’t a set up where males are living with females, but it is a mixture of the rooms on the floor. Whiteface, unlike the high-rise suites of deFredenburgh, Hood and Moffitt halls, is structured as a corridor, allowing males and females to be neighbors down the hallway. The usual arrangement in Whiteface had always been females liveing on one half of the floor, and males on the other. Sherman said to the best of his knowledge, the seventh floor of Whiteface is the only floor in any residence hall on the Plattsbugh State campus to use a system like this. The idea came from Sherman, and he was the one who pressed for it. “Whiteface and Wilson tend to be a good place to try these things out,” Sherman said. “I mean, some college campuses have these sorts of arrangements, so I sort of asked if we could give this a try.” Jack Pneuman, the seventh floor’s community advocate, said he feels that it has been going well. “It has increased the community on the floor because instead of having a guys’ side

and a girls’ side, where they typically don have as much crossover, the floor has a l of crossover,” Pneuman said. Sherman said he used Whiteface becau the current freshmen will leave the dorm the end of the year, in case the idea hadn worked out. “There’s always — at least in high (education) — this sort of push to do the co-gender floors or gender neutral stu so this is a step in this direction,” Sherma said. He said students don’t have to wor about sharing a bathroom with someone another gender because each floor still h bathrooms specific for males or females. “I think feedback has been pretty pos tive, especially amongst the residents o the floor,” Sherman said. “They know th they are in sort of a unique situation.” Luke Brennan, a seventh-floor residen was happy with his floor. “I love it,” Brennan said. “I met a lot new people. We’re all boy-girl, boy-girl, s it forces you to talk to people, meet peop I wouldn’t normally get to know, and breaks the floor up nicely.” Brennan said there really hasn’t been an issue. “I mean, girls have to deal with boy stuff, and boys have to deal with girls’ stu but besides that, it gets along pretty wel Brennan said. Pneuman also said there weren’t any m jor issues involving co-ed floors. Amanda Wickers, another seventh floo resident, likes the arrangement. “Everyone up here is best friends,” she sai




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NYS Department of Education numbers show high school not preparing students properly for college By Renee Cumm senior staff writer

Some educators are skeptical as to whether high school students are prepared for college after graduation. One study by the Council of Independent Colleges, “How Well are Students Prepared for College— The perception Gap Between High School Teachers and College Professors,” determined almost one out of four college faculty members, compared to 12 percent of high school teachers claimed students are not prepared. A lack of academic readiness in high school, a shortage of flexible financial tools to meet the student’s needs, and/or a lack of reliable information and support, have caused high school graduates to be ill-prepared for college, according to the Center for American Progress official website. The organization suggests that colleges nationwide are now required to teach a more diverse group of college students. Students are coming from varied backgrounds, dealing with very different life circumstances. Colleges are having a harder time delivering a quality, flexible education that is also successful among the array of incoming college students. Plattsburgh High School Guidance Counselor Alan Feazelle said if a high school student has a 95 average, he or she is obviously more prepared for higher education than

Photo illustration by Gabe Dickens/Cardinal Points Some students said they feel high school hasn’t prepared them well for college. Standardized testing statistics on state administered exams, such as Regents in New York, reflect this sentiment.

a student with a 65 average. However, he said former state math requirements caused some major learning obstacles for high school students. “The state really messed up the (teaching) sequence,” he said. The former Math A and Math B high school systems simplified how some students learned high school math. Instead of taking algebra, geometry and trigonometry, some students were only being exposed to algebra one and algebra two. Algebra was divided up over the course of a couple years, and some students were not learning more college related mathematics such as geometry or trigonometry. Schools across the state had

By Nancy Destiny staff writer

The migration to Moodle has been met with mixed feelings from professors at Plattsburgh State. Starting this summer, PSUC will be using Moodle as a replacement for ANGEL. With ANGEL being bought by the Blackboard, a company that plans to phase it out completely by 2014, PSUC chose to change. Another reason Moodle was chosen was because it offers features similar to those found in ANGEL. It is an open source software, which will save the college $35,000 in licensing costs per year. Librarian Holly Heller-Ross said campus faculty have responded well to the Moodle training. More than 90 staff members have attended the required training workshops. Heller-Ross said they have even gone beyond that to at-

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to adapt to those state requirements, Feazelle said. Under the newly adjusted state guidelines for high school math, the sequence has allowed students to learn more advanced forms of mathematics, which will better prepare them for college. “We’ve now come back on track,” Feazelle said. “(However,) it’s going to take a couple of years to see results.” Some high school students get better scores than others, Peru Guidance Counselor Kim O’Leary said. Students who score well on tests and have good grades can take advanced placement or college courses. Students who take advanced

tend other recommended pates it is going well. training sessions on the spe“I believe it will be a better cial features Moodle has to tool than ANGEL,” Hart said. offer. He said he believes Moodle She said they are also par- is an excellent choice and will ticipating in faculty learning provide more opportunities communities run by Rebecca for local customizing, configKasper, director of the Center uring and control. for Teaching Excellence, and “There are usually some sending suggestions and sys- small hiccups whenever a matem requests about jor change is made, the program. Kasper but I think they are was unavailable for doing a good job of comment. making sure the de“All faculty schedployment goes as uled to teach this smooth as possible,” summer are experiHart said. enced online teachChris Martine, asers and all have Heller-Ross sociate professor of attended Moodle biology, is teaching training,” Heller-Ross said. a Web course on Moodle this “That’s critical for ensur- summer. He said the working that students have a good shops are helping to make experience and are able to things smooth, but it’s not meet their learning goals in simple to change over. online classes.” “I wouldn’t go so far as to Delbert Hart, associate call the switch easy,” Martine professor of computer sci- said. ence, said he hasn’t started “It’s going to take a lot of the change yet, but antici- work to move or recreate my

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placement classes will be more prepared for higher education. Also, students who have the option to take advantage of AP classes are likely to go to college after graduation, she said. “The (Peru School) District is being proactive that students graduate from high school having completed college courses,” she said. One PSUC student said she felt prepared for college because of what she learned in high school. PSUC freshman Sarah Gianni didn’t take AP classes. However, Gianni credited her former high school English class for rehearsing how to properly execute citations, as well as organize essays. Both of those skills have prepared her for

composing her papers at PSUC “Writing college papers is a difficult, but I knew it would different kind of challenge,” G added. However, another PSUC stu didn’t feel as optimistic about school. PSUC student Anna Mans said she often felt overwhe in high school, flooded with amount of work she was aske do. It wasn’t until her secon mester of college when she fo out she had attention deficit d der, which helped Mansfield b understand the academic obst she faced. “Teachers don’t speci enough on individual atten Mansfield said. Teachers ought to bring m methods into the classroom would focus more on helping dents with their individual w nesses, she said. “Students would be more cessful.” However, the New York State partment of Education is not se the results it would like to am high school students. There has been little impr ment toward student learning pared to what the board of reg was hoping to achieve, accordi the March 2011 press release. A cohesive curriculum sh across school districts will b sential to improving high sc education, State Commissione vid Steiner said in the press rel Teacher preparation, teacher e ations, and the ability to rem low-performance teachers will be necessary reforms to imp student learning. “We see serious and contin challenges,” Steiner said. “I thi is important to look in more d at those reform elements tha our judgment, are critical to ing the performance of studen

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ANGEL course sites because I have a number of them, but I think it will be worth it because the Moodle interface is so much nicer.” Martine said he likes that Moodle seems more modern than ANGEL, making it more intuitive for the user. “It’s almost like taking a course on Facebook, really,” he said. Elizabeth Bernat, assistant director of academic advising, said she is appreciative of all the help faculty have been receiving to change over to the new system. She said she agrees the migration to Moodle has been smooth so far. “Moodle training opportunities have been abundant, rich and extremely helpful,” Bernat said. “I have appreciated the enthusiasm of the IT and CTE instructors, as well as the creativity and paScreenshots of Moodle and A tience of fellow participants The change to Moodle (above) is smooth, most fauclty in the workshops.” say. Moving info from Angel (below) is the only issue.

SCIENCE: Program unique no master’s thesis require From Page One applied internship. All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in a science discipline, acceptable performance on the general portion of the Graduate Record Examination, official transcripts, a minimum grade point average of 3.0, a statement of purpose and three letters of recommendation. “If I could tell you what the degree is in a very short phrase, it’s leadership and business skills combined in science, an applied masters degree,” Earth and Environmental Science Professor Tim Mihuc said. The program deviates from most other master’s programs

because it does not require a thesis. “It’s a non-thesis degree program comprised of course work and a project as opposed to a traditional 100page master’s thesis based on your original research,” Fuller said. “The project is going to be largely a set of internships that students will do. So, if they were working in a company for instance, they might work at another company agency learning on the job, shadowing somebody who’s on a more advance level or working on a project that may increase their leadership skills. So it’s a substitute for a thesis.” Some of the internship

partners include the York Department of Env mental Conservation, th irondack Park Agency a regional private industry Because the program new, Fuller said he bel a small number of stud will enroll next semeste expects the program to g Right now, most stud said they weren’t even a of the new program. “It’s all brand new SUNY, and SUNY is d oping these program over in many campuse we’re part of a much b initiative in SUNY tow these professional degr Mihuc said. “We’re luck be able to participate, happy to participate.”


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What is the dumbest charge on your PSUC bill? John Bowden Junior Environmental Science

“Computer repair service because I have a mac.” Cassandra Thomas Senior Public Relations

“The dumbest one would be yearbook because I got a yearbook, and I wasn’t even graduating.” Damian Roman Senior Philosophy

“The $338 intercollegiate athletic fee, it’s the most expensive fee and has no bearing on the quality of my education.”

Jesse Rust Junior Accounting

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Is an unpaid internship fair for students?

Interns get unequal pay Lack of pay balanced for comparable labor by experience gained By Gregg Twergo staff writer

Equal pay for equal work. Not exactly about interns, but it’ll do. The work may not be perfectly equal, but you still put in your 42 hours per credit. So why aren’t you getting paid? I understand maybe not getting paid a full salary, but is it really fair for students to get no compensation whatsoever? The first argument I always hear, “Oh, you’re getting academic credit for it, why should you get paid?” True, but the time doesn’t line up. The time an intern is required to put into a three-credit internship equals the time spent sitting in a class room for three three-credit courses. Sure, there’s academic credit but at the sacrifice of the rest of that semester’s schedule. Also, it isn’t like the credit is free. Here at PSUC, that three credit summer internship is going to cost around $625. If it was paid, an intern would just be breaking even at minimum wage, giving him or her a chance to not be buried in debt. Of course, if taken while a full-time student the credits are absorbed into the tuition cost. But trying to balance a full-time class load with an internship? Well, the men in the white coats might as well come get you now. The next typical argument is, “It’s a good learning experience.” Again, correct. However, what about that new guy you just hired? Isn’t he going through practically the same learning experience too? The only real difference between a new hire and an intern is a degree. By the time a student feels comfortable enough to get an internship, they’ve taken all the core classes toward their degree, a similar degree to the new hire’s.

Both have the same basic knowledge, both have to learn the ropes of the job, both have to walk the line around the office, so why is one receiving a pay check and not the other? “It looks good on a resume,” another standby slogan of proponents. Once again, I can’t fault them for being wrong, just for being short sighted. A lot of things look good on a resume – good grades, Greek life, club memberships, SUNYAC championships and Twergo so on. Going through school, we’re told so many different things will look good on our applications/resume. It’s amazing more of us don’t have an anxiety disorder. Students already have to pay for so many resume boosters. Some – club memberships and SUNYAC championships – are more of a recreational booster, so there’s no reason for the student to pay for those. But internships are work, so it’d be nice for a little compensation. It’s not as though the government has set up some rules on compensation, or has it? The United States Department of Labor set out six factors, in the Training and Employment Guidance Letter 1209, to find out if a worker is a trainee or not. These guidelines have been applied to interns as well. If all six criteria are met, then payment isn’t required. The hook up is criteria number four: “The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the trainees, and on occasion the employer’s operations may actually be impeded.” How many interns are actually doing work that benefits the company they’re interning with? I’m willing to bet money, the money I won’t be earning from my internship, that the number is larger than those that are getting paid.

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Rape. One word nobody wants to talk about. Rape. Everybody knows it happens, and few want to hear about it. Even fewer want to talk about it. Yet, when it comes to supporting events that promote the most harmful of gender roles and clear the path for violence against women to continue, we’re ready and willing to spend our money and show our support. Against rape? Consider skipping out on Girls Gone Wild at Therapy Nightclub & Sports Lounge tonight. Rape is a terrible crime and a life-destroying reality for more than a quarter million women every year. Only more disturbing is the fact that the overwhelming majority of rapes go unreported. Interesting. I wonder why women’s expectations aren’t taken seriously. I’ll give you a hint — it starts with a “G” and ends with “irls Gone Wild.” Of the hundreds of thousands of women who are sexually assaulted every year,

these women are 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol, 26 times more likely to abuse drugs and four times more likely to contemplate suicide. Imagine the outcry if a bacteria or virus were to create numbers like that. Imagine a virus that affected a quarter of a million people. Now, try to imagine society engaging in events and behaviors that pave the way for the virus to spread. Do I think Girls Gone Wild will cause women to be raped? No. Do I think Girls Gone Wild reflects and promotes harmful social stereotypes that cause women to be degraded? Yes. Do I think these harmful social stereotypes are part of the reason for our country’s apathy toward issues of violence against women? Yes. In an indirect way, organizations like Girls Gone Wild grease the wheels and facilitate negligent social norms that encourage the dominance of men and the subordination of women. Rape is a problem caused by oppressive forms of mas-

By Pete Blackburn contributing writer

which he can achieve success in a future career. Those who would argue it’s un The difference between an in- fair not to pay an intern overlook ternship and a career is that an the intrinsic value of an intern internship is intended to instruct ship. They argue that services o ,while a career is pursued any kind should not be ex for financial reward. From ploited without reciproca an internship, the student compensation. While thi receives the skills and may be true of a norma employer-employee rela technical know-how of a tionship, the services o specific career field, but an internship reciprocate not the financial benefits compensation in a differ of his labor. His payment, ent way. instead, is the knowledge Blackburn If an intern complain of the career imparted by about not being paid, they should his internship advisor. While the unpaid internship reevaluate his or her position as an may, to some, seem like a form intern and consider getting a job of temporary indentured servi- However, if he or she complain tude, the potential experience to that the internship, consisting o be gained is a fair trade-off for a busywork and coffee-runs, ha lack of cash payment. The intern- failed to accommodate the acquisi ship, like an apprenticeship, is not tion of skills, then he or she every designed to provide direct finan- right to complain. Ideally, an in cial reward. But through training ternship should serve both the em and experience, the internship ployer and the intern. A bad internship is one tha provides reward. For centuries, the apprentice was an individual undermines the constructive in whose job, like the student, was to volvement of the intern. Stapling learn the array of skills required to making copies and ordering lunch should not be his or her primary be successful in a specific trade. This trade of service for skills is responsibilities. Learning, fore absolutely fair. How else should an most, along with experience and aspiring student learn the ways of a networking, should be. On the oth trade? How can it be expected that er hand, if the intern is slacking in an intern, without skills or knowl- his or her responsibilities, not only edge, receive payment for a job are they cheating the employer, bu which he has not yet learned? Yes, they are cheating themselves and some internships do include a sti- don’t deserve to be there. It’s arguable that if internship pend, but typically it is only enough were paid, the motivation o to cover the basic expenses. In fact, it would be unfair to the both the employer and the intern employer if full payment were re- would increase, leading to an im quired. Not only would he be pay- provement in productivity. Thi ing his intern, but he would be em- argument, however, undermine powering him with the skills of the the instructional function of the trade. We students cannot have the internship. Besides, if neither the best of both worlds. Therefore, by intern nor the employer are gen settling for technical savvy, the stu- uinely motivated to begin with dent gains access to the means by then what’s the point?

culinity. The ever-pervasive idea that men must express dominance over women in all walks of life, from the classroom to the bar stool, make it easier to ignore concerns of women. Most men don’t rape, but men commit most rapes. More than 99 percent of rapists are male. More than 90 percent of rape victims are women. Still think it’s not a men’s issue? Tonight at Therapy, Girls Gone Wild’s pornographers will be conducting a “talent search,” in an attempt to find what they deem to be the “hottest girl in America.” First of all, I don’t exactly trust the opinion of seedy old dudes who spend their time driving a van across the country filming drunk college girls getting naked. I’ll make my own judgments on what’s hot, thank you. Secondly, the connection between organizations like Girls Gone Wild and our society’s cultural attitudes toward rape and sexual assault are undeniable. Let me spell it out for you.

Girls Gone Wild has made millions of dollars through embarrassing and exploiting young women, who are often under the influence, depicted in erotic scenes as mindless sex addicts who bare themselves for their target audience of heterosexual men. By supporting them, you encourage the stereotype that women’s job is to serve the will of men, in the case of Girls Gone Wild, those who hold the camera. The idea that our society doesn’t take seriously the voices of women who are seen as sexual is reflected in the quote of a Toronto police officer. He said if women don’t want to get raped, they shouldn’t dress “like sluts.” I was unaware that it was the women’s job to make sure men don’t rape. And it’s not just men who are harmfully depicted. Girls Gone Wild, and other similar companies depict men as idiotic meatheads who need nothing more than a cup of beer in one hand and a cup of D-sized silicone in the other. Now, obviously I’m not

saying that by going to Ther apy tonight you are an idioti meathead who needs nothing more than beer and breasts You might not even like beer. Too often our society allow for the systematic degrada tion of women to an exten that it influences how women act, what women wear, who women talk to and where women feel comfortable be ing. It is a fear of sexual assaul that influences what women do on a daily basis. Going to see Girls Gone Wild shows allegiance to mindless portrayals of men and women in positions tha further separate the already imbalanced power dynam ics between the genders. Do yourself and those affected by sexual assault a favor and avoid Therapy tonight. While it may be anyone’ right to free expression to host an event, it is up to you to make the conscious decision to see through the surface-lev el allure and show a moral ob jection to a practice which, by sexualized depictions of men and women, further allow sexual assault to be ignored.


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FRX program sensible place to start cutting The first in the series of anticipated budget cuts is going to end up affecting a group of students who will never know the difference. The First Year Experience program will save $120,000 annually by cutting freshman experience classes, which 566 freshmen took this past fall. But what these courses offered to first-year students can be found in other places. Director of Residence Life Bryan Hartman told Cardinal Points that a lot of what first-year students can learn stems from returning students’ behavior. Without that, he said, the college’s retention rate would not be where it is now. That, coupled with the fact that earning one credit to take these classes was seen as an incentive, makes it an understandable choice to be cut to help the college’s budget deficit. There is no denying that out of 566 freshmen enrolled in the class, some of them probably learned something they didn’t know before. College can be overwhelming, and we understand that. But these classes don’t serve any purpose that can’t also be served by just going about the daily grind and utilizing other resources on campus. A big hit students will take by not having the option to take the FRX classes will be a lack of faculty inter-

action. Having various professors and administrators on campus teach these classes forces an interaction that might not otherwise be attained. But the fact of the matter is this: These students will encounter plenty of faculty in their first semester who can act as a guiding light. There are older students, resident directors, resident assistants and others who are able to help first-year students. The once-a-week meetings of FRX classes may actually end up providing less of an interaction than can be attained by simply coming across someone randomly and offering a friendly, “hello, how is your day?” We understand the inevitable budget cuts coming to the college are forcing difficult decisions. Money needs to be saved in many areas. Some we may not agree with, but this decision seems to be one that could have been made even without ever facing a budget deficit. The FRX program has expanded from 227 students in 2007, its first year, to more than double that this past fall, but it’s Cardinal Points’ concern, as well as others, that the increase had much more to do with the one credit students could receive than the experience. Freshman experience cannot take place in a classroom. It is a living experience.

Campus security in need of update to make PSUC safer Plattsburgh State is a safe school. No alarming crime rates or anything to raise an eyebrow at. However, there is a need for improvement. Most consider Plattsburgh’s security acceptable. We have blue emergency lights, there are access cards for the dorms and some classrooms, cameras in the dorm buildings and a few around the campus — but that is not enough. First, the cameras in the dorms are not monitored regularly (to my knowledge). The current system may record surveillance, but no one is watching to prevent crimes from happening if they were to occur. Recording is great, but it only helps after the crime, and only to a certain extent. The current system will alert someone if a door has been left open for too long, but it doesn’t alert them when a valid person allows someone else into the building. This could be harmless — or deadly. Second, why aren’t there more cameras in high-traffic areas? Surely the school would want to keep the campus secure for everyone, not just those living in the dorms. And why is there only door access on the dorm buildings and just Myers Fine Arts Building? Why can’t students have access

to the buildings of their departments like art students having access to Myers after closing time? Locking doors at night and on the weekends is a great and effective measure against crime and vandalism, but it also restricts students’ access to resources that may only be available in the buildings. Lastly, the lighting on campus could use a serious overhaul. There are countless spots on campus where it is pitch black at night because a bulb is out, the light is too dark, or there isn’t a light anywhere near them. And this is on the sidewalks and paths built for students to use. While I don’t mean to scare, I feel these issues need to be looked at by the school to ensure safety. We have University Police, but not much else. There may be plans to upgrade our systems, but these upgrades should have been installed yesterday. The technology has been available for a long time, and if security really is the No. 1 priority, then there should not be issues. When students file to leave on-campus housing and to the question, “What do you think of the security?” They answer, “What security?” You need to analyze this thing you call security. Rob Schulz PSUC Junior

Nazi enemies an overdone cliché stereotype By Arthur Cleveland staff writer

I’m a huge film and fiction buff. My collection of comics, novels, and films is pretty satisfying to say the least. And throughout my reading and watching, I’ve noticed several recurring themes. There are plenty that don’t bother me, like the love interest, the betrayal of a friend, things like that. I understand why they find their way into plots time and time again, but you know what is starting to get to me? The constant use of one stylistic choice for the villains or antagonists in a story — Nazi-based villains. Can we get a break from the Nazi hating? Now, before I get shredded by a mob of pitchfork-wielding readers, I’m not trying to say the Nazis weren’t evil. Anyone who says that the beliefs of their party weren’t vile and reprehensible is vile and reprehensible. I’m just annoyed with the fact that

in any in any game, comic, or movie I watch, the bad, evil, villainous organization always has the same look or feel as the Nazis. I get it, Nazi’s were really bad, but would it kill gamemakers to come up with an original anti-hero? Need proof? Let’s look at some of the shows out there. “G.I. Joe” is an early example of this. Look at “Cobra,” the series’ villains. They all have stylistic choices that are comparable to the Nazis. The jackboots, the red, white, and black logos, the parade marching. Hell, “Cobra Commander,” in one of his costume choices, has a Stahlhelm, a German WWII helmet, on his head. Now, that’s fine for a show that was made in the ’80s, but we have had 20 to 30 years of fiction between then and now. Now for a more recent example, the new release of the Xbox 360 and the PC, “Homefront.” The game takes place in a United States taken over by a revitalized and dominant North Korean Republic.

The thing is, the North Koreans in the game are nothing more than faceless Nazis. Nothing about them, save for the name of one commander, makes them even feel East Asian. That, along with the indiscriminate killing, mass graves and goosestepping nature of them makes them feel much more like Nazis than North Koreans. Other examples include Helghast in Playstation’s latest release, “Killzone 3.” They opt for the Cobra route of red, white and black flags and Nazi-pattern uniforms, but add in overtones of the Helghasts beliefs of racial purity. At this point, they aren’t even trying to hide who they are based off of. The enemy’s in these games are more than just depictions of fascists. One can only be called a Nazi if he or she follows the political theory of National Socialism. It’s a political party, not a political leaning. One can be as right wing as they come, wanting secret police and a single-party state with no freedom of speech, and not be a Nazi.

By Kristofer Fiore opinions editor

To Barry Bonds being convicted of obstruction of justice. It wasn’t the full monty, but can it please be enough to strip him of his records? Then again, with Bud Selig as commissioner, he’ll probably build a bronze statue of the guy with a needle in his rear. To Donald Trump currently standing as frontrunner of the GOP’s candidacy. I’m unsure if this is a relief or if it is terrifying. On one hand, it may all but guarantee a Democratic victory, on the other hand, what if.

To Louis Marinelli, the administrator of an anti-gay blog and Facebook group. Marinelli recently deleted the group and officially resigned

Once they add in the racism and talk of a “final solution,” then they are free game to be called a Nazi, and an overdone and boring enemy for a plot. Regardless, writers, game designers need to think of new villains. I understand it’s easier to just borrow from history, but they don’t need to all borrow from the same source. I would love a sci-fi or fiction piece where the bad guys are based on the Roman Legion instead of the Wehrmacht and the SS. I would jump for joy if the bad guys in the next dystopian future game I play depict the Inquisitional Spain Church in lieu of the Gestapo. We have beaten the “Nazis are bad guys” thing to death in our media. While they are a classic favorite target for the world’s hate, mine included, I would love for a new stereotype for the big, bad, evil guys. Hell, I’d be happy with anything, but another poorly thought-out fiction that just says “Lol, Pseudo-Nazis do bad stuff” again.

as administrator of his blog citing a complete change of heart, and newfound understanding of marriage equality as the reason.

To Bringham Young University asking Jimmer Fredette to take online classes. I wonder if it’s because of his professors stealing his homework and refusing to give it back. After all, that signature will be worth a lot one day. To pranksters who fooled USA Today and the Associated Press by creating a fake website designed to take a jab at General Electric. After it was released that GE would be paying not a single dime in income taxes and receiving a $3.2 billion tax break, despite boasting profits of $5.1 billion, the fake site declared that GE would be donating it’s tax break. In reality, they are still just a greedy corporation.

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Gabe Dickens/Cardinal Poin Girls Gone Wild will be at Therapy Night Club and Sports Lounge the same night as “Take Back the Night,” causing controversy for some in regards to the well-known videos.

GGW: Some upset about ‘Take Back the Night’ conflict From Page One Plattsburgh State’s Center for Women’s Concerns (CWC) are urging the business’ owners to cancel. The event coincidentally conflicts with Take Back the Night, an annual march to raise awareness for victims of sexual violence.

CONTROVERSY CWC President Liz Conlon said the route for the Take Back the Night march has been planned since last semester, but the presence of Girls Gone Wild has solidified its importance in the community. The route includes Margaret Street, marching participants right by Therapy and the tour bus. Sharoni agreed it is not an issue of competing events occurring at the same time. Sharoni issued a press release Thursday morning detailing Girls Gone Wild’s past scrutiny and her meeting with one of the owners and head of Therapy’s security Wednesday afternoon. “It’s funny how all of a sudden we’re getting all this attention for something controversial. We’re not getting the write ups for all the benefits we do,” Co-owners Jimmy Taber and Greg Larson said. They said reactions are positive for the most part — the Facebook event shows 300 people pledged to attend — but not everyone’s happy. Sharoni’s concern was what drove her to go speak with them personally. “I felt responsible as a parent and professor to see how much they knew about the charges of sexual

Gabe Dickens/Cardinal Points Therapy owners said Girls Gone Wild’s visit to Plattsburgh won’t be anything more than modeling auditions and will benefit local downtown businesses with the extra attention.

assaults and rapes that have happened on the bus,” Sharoni said. At the meeting, they discussed the possibility of bringing the 300 people who have said they are attending Take Back the Night by Therapy to make up for the lost business if they cancelled the Girls Gone Wild event. “I would have considered that, had she made arrangements ear-

lier,” Taber said, “I don’t know anyone who can organize a 300 plus person event in a day. Where have all these people been for the last seven months when we were holding benefits?” He has confirmed that the Girls Gone Wild bus will be parked outside the club. Taber said Therapy is not accountable if girls decide to

contact the company outside of the club. Vice President of the CWC Jamila Hinton said people who are familiar with Girls Gone Wild doubt that the event’s purpose is to promote modeling. “Girls get drunk and take off their shirts,” Hinton said. “They say it’s empowering for women when really it’s exploiting women’s bodies.” Secretary Jocelyn Cook agreed. “I think it’s sad they billed it as a modeling competition,” Cook said. “Everyone who knows of it knows that’s not really the best way to advertise it because it’s not truthful.” Sean Burke, treasurer and public relations representative of the campus organization No More, said Therapy’s attempt at generating business is understandable, but he disagrees with their approach. No More’s motto is “breaking the silence to end violence against women.” “It’s a poor choice of entertainment to bring to their club,” Burke said. “It perpetuates sexism and violence against women. Women are seen as objects.”

‘NO NUDITY ALLOWED’ Taber and Larson said the event’s goal is only to find modeling talent. The company is not bringing any girls to Plattsburgh with them and the club will not be allowing nudity. Larson, who has been to similar events at other clubs, said, “It’s not what you see in the DVDs. (In those), they’re in the bus and in hotels. You never see any of that in the clubs.” Some students said the event is

being handled tastefully. “I personally don’t think it’s th bad if girls are staying clothed PSUC student Matt Cohen said. it is a modeling competition li they’re saying, it could benefit th girls if they get their name out the and end up modeling.” PSUC student Josh Wasserma said he agrees and believes th event isn’t going to be what the a tual DVD portrays. “I think they went about it th right way, by getting Girls Gon Wild recognition, without it bein a typical video event,” Wassernma said. Students who are planning o going are still looking forward the event — nudity or not. “It’ll be very entertaining and e eryone is going to be there,” PSU student Eric Wolfson said. “I something new, and it’s a goo change of pace.” Hiroshi Oda said it’s exciting general because Girls Gone Wild so famous. Taber and Larson maintain th the attention attracted by the eve will help all downtown businesse not just Therapy. “You can pick it apart all you wa for all the negatives,” Taber said, “b Plattsburgh is going to benefit.”

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ASSAULT: Task force plans to coach all student organizations From Page One incidents were reported, according to UP Campus Crime Statistics. “It’s hard to say if there’s a change in trends (because statistics change every year),” Salvamoser said. The number of reported sexual assaults only represents a percentage of the actual number of crimes being committed oncampus. Not only are sexual assault crimes often times under-reported, but victims will leave school, Ames said. She said this only increases the risk of another victim being sexually assaulted by a repeat offender. “As a campus, we need to be able to identify these folks and throw them off campus,” she said. Every campus would like to believe it is protected from sexual assaults, but the facts suggest otherwise, Vice President Joe Biden said in a press release from April 4. The Obama Administration announced a guidance

plan in the same press release meant to ensure campuses will protect students from sexual assault crimes. The guidance plan will assist universities in their obligation under federal civil rights laws to prevent and respond accurately to the problem of campus sexual assaults. Part of the comprehensive plan was to send a letter to colleagues listing procedures for faculty to follow in case they are confronted with a sexual assault crime on campus. The Department Ames of Education also has allotted money to colleges in an effort to improve the response against sexual assaults on campus. Last fall, Ames, in hopes to educate incoming students, met with first-year student transition classes and talked to freshman about their choices if they were to ever come in contact with or fall victim to a sexual predator, she said. “Many students are completely naïve,” Ames said.

“We tell students to recognize what’s happening and show them how they can get help.” The task force will be looking over the history of sexual assaults on campus, review campus policies, discus new policies and then offer up a list of suggestions for the PSUC campus to President John Ettling. The team would expand the communication with student leaders, Greek organizations and other groups on campus. The team hopes to encourage influential students to stand up against anyone on campus who has sexually assaulted another student. Cori Jackson, director of PSUC campus activities and co-chair of the task force, said the team also hopes to educate female students about safer practices and encourage men to speak out. She said faculty and staff should be educated in the case of a sexual assault crime. The official campus policy on sexual assaults should also be pulled from the file and reviewed, she said. “Periodically, you need to Photo illustration by Gabe Dickens/Cardinal Poi examine everything you do,” A task force made up of faculty members and students began meeting this spring to she said. educate student groups about sexual assault and reform current policies.


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he By Chris Taylor ne staff writer ng an A lot of new things have happened for the Plattsburgh State lacrosse team this seaon son. Kyle Norchi became the new all-time to leader in points, the team has gone from an offensive force to a defensive wall and the ev- team is getting more respect, shown by the UC It’s od

amount of weekly awards stacking up for their players. Another new goal for the Cards (9-2, 2-0 SUNYAC) will be starting 3-0 in SUNYAC play. The team standing in their way—Brockport. Head Coach P.J. Kavanagh said he doesn’t know everything he wants to know about this Golden Eagle team, which is looking for their first win (3-7, 0-3).

“If history tells a story, they will be able to run with us,” Kavanagh said. “My understanding is that they have a great goalie and some skilled players.” Defenseman Mike Lind said conference games are the ones that will define the team’s season. “Every single game from now on is going to get closer and closer,” Lind said. “The games

have more meaning to them.” Lind said he is wary of Brockport see revenge for last year’s close game, which Cards won at home, 16-15. “Last year we stole one from them at end,” Lind said. “So we know they are g to be gunning for us.”


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Gabe Dickens/Cardinal Points Katie McNally gets set to hit off the tee during practice March 30. PSUC has 19 wins without hosting a game yet. Its first home game is today at 3 p.m., as it tries to improve on a 5-1 SUNYAC record.

PSUC finally returns home By Eric Gissendanner associate sports editor

Eager and confident. Those are the two words Plattsburgh State softball Head Coach Stephanie Zweig said best describes the mentality of her team heading into this weekend’s four-game home stand. After 22 games, PSUC (19-3, 5-1 SUNYAC) will finally play its first home games when the team hosts

Today’s opponent Fredonia 18-4 overall 6-2 SUNYAC 2nd place

When: 3 p.m. Where: Cardinal Park

a pair of doubleheaders against Fredonia (18-4, 6-2) today and Buffalo State Saturday. The Lady Cards were originally scheduled to have their home-

opener March 28 against Union, but poor field conditions and bad weather have kept the team on the road. Returning home, Zweig said, will help the team’s emotions. “It’s just going to be nice not to travel,” Zweig said. “We’ve been on the road so much that it’ll be a good change for everyone.” PSUC has been holding its own SEE SOFTBALL, B5

Track back in action after week off By Pat Moore staff writer

The Plattsburgh State track and field teams are set to return to action today at the MIT Spring Meet in Cambridge, Mass. after a week off. PSUC Head Coach John Lynch said both teams had a solid week of training and he’s excited to see intshow both teams perform this weekend. “At this point, we’re just

getting in a final few days of rest before MIT,” Lynch said. “Both teams look to be well-rested and ready to compete.” The Cards previously took part in split meets in the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton, N.J. and the Hamilton Invitational on the weekend of April 1. The Princeton meet saw several athletes earn late-season championship qualifications. Mike

Today’s meet

Opponent: MIT When: noon Where: Cambridge, Mass.

Heymann finished fifth out of 85 runners in the 5,000-meter run, with a NCAA-Provisional qualifying time of 14:30.05 in the event as the top Division III runner. Heymann

also earned the SUNYAC men’s track athlete of the week award for his performance. The Cards saw ECAC qualifying performances in the 10,000 meter run from Bobby Grimm (31:48.59) and James Biondi (32:14.92), each setting new personal best times. In the women’s 10,000 meter run, Kelley Driscoll SEE TRACK, B2

Gabe Dickens/Cardinal P Marc Plante throws last Thursday in a loss to Cortland. The Ca rebounded in their series against Fredonia, earning a sweep.

Cards headed back on road after losses By Matthew Hamilton associate fuse editor

Mother Nature has not been kind to the Plattsburgh State baseball team this season, and the past week has been no different. PSUC (10-15, 5-6) has played nine games since April 7 because of the harsh early spring weather in the Northeast. Now the Cards are headed to Brockport to take on the Golden Eagles (17-7, 6-4) after playing Oneonta yesterday in a double header originally scheduled for Wednesday. But as with last weekend’s hectic schedule, head coach Kris Doorey said he thinks playing Brockport with a short turnaround time will have a minimal effect on the Cards.

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Schedule Baseball Saturday @ Brockport (DH), Noon Sunday @ Brockport, Noon Tuesday vs. Clarkson (DH), 3 p.m. Thursday @ Oneonta, 3:30 p.m. Softball Friday vs. Fredonia (DH), 3:30 p.m. Saturday vs. Buffalo St. (DH), 1 p.m. Lacrosse Saturday @ Brockport, Noon Wednesday @ Williams, 6 p.m. Track and Field Saturday @ MIT Spring Meet, TBA

Standings as of 4/14 Lacrosse School


Cortland Plattsburgh Geneseo Potsdam Oneonta Brockport Oswego

W 3 2 2 2 0 0 0

L 0 0 0 1 2 3 3

Overall W 9 9 5 5 2 3 5

L 2 2 4 7 8 7 6

Softball School Cortland Fredonia Plattsburgh Oneonta New Paltz Buffalo State Brockport Geneseo Oswego Potsdam

SUNYAC W L 8 0 6 2 5 1 5 3 3 5 2 2 1 3 1 3 1 7 0 6

Overall W L 19 3 18 4 19 3 13 8 11 11 4 12 15 7 8 10 5 14 7 13

Baseball SUNYAC W L Oneonta 10 1 Cortland 8 1 Brockport 6 4 Plattsburgh 5 6 New Paltz 3 5 Oswego 1 8 Fredonia 0 8


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Stat Leaders Baseball BA (min. 50 AB): Pat Shaughnessy (.333) RBIs: Crockett Pack (14) Hits: Pat Shaughnessy (25) ERA (min. 10 IP): Mike Doughtie (0.69) Strikeouts: Paul Handy (19) Softball BA (min. 50 AB): Erin Jamieson (.455) RBIs: Brianna Clarke (17) Hits: Nicole Diemer (29) ERA: Ashley Marshall (0.67) Strikeouts: Ashley Marshall (122) Lacrosse Goals: Kyle Norchi (37) Assists: Pete Morgan (24) Points: Kyle Norchi (50) GAA (starter): Danny Caufield (7.69) SV % (starter): Danny Caufield (.621)

Cardinal Quotes of the Week “You really have to enforce it with the guys to be up for every play and that we are not out of it. You need to scratch out as many wins as you can” Crockett Pack Outfielder Baseball

“We’re just ready to go. Playing at home is the best feeling in the world.” Erin Florkiewicz Catcher Softball

“If you can’t look forward to a big challenge like that where you know it’s coming down to the end, or it’s tight, I don’t know why you’d be playing any sport in the first place.” Danny Roeser Outfielder Baseball (on upcoming games)

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Henkle adding to PSUC programs By Ashley McKenelley staff writer

Junior Scott Henkle sits in the audio lab in Yokum. He has to spend a minimum of six hours a week in the lab, on top of classes and being the sports and news director of PSUC’s radio station WQKE 93.9 FM, the “Quake.” No one walks by without saying hi to him, his explanation being that this department is a second home and family for many of its students. “We all spend so much time here it’s hard not to become close,” Henkle said. Henkle is the director of sports and news, a position he was appointed into the spring of his sophomore year. Henkle joined the “Quake” at the start of his sophomore year, after starting off as a DJ. He had the opportunity to call a few women’s hockey games, which got him his start on the sports end of the radio station. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Henkle went to The High School of Hospitality. It wasn’t until the summer before his senior year that he realized he wanted to pursue a career in radio. “I chose Plattsburgh because it had such a great audio program, and it also has an amazing HRT program, so I had something to fall back on if radio didn’t work out,” Henkle said. Having been the director for almost two semesters, Henkle has already made some changes that he is proud of. He has not only recruited and taken on a larger staff of about 15 people, he has also started having the “Quake” cover baseball and softball. Also, Henkle pushed for all of the equipment to be upgraded. Getting upgraded equipment his first semester as director is an accomplishment he is particularly proud of. His accomplishments did not come without a lot of work and all of the responsibilities that come with the position. Henkle has to organize the broadcasters, set up the two announcers,

Gabe Dickens/Cardinal Poin In addition to balancing school work, Scott Henkle is also the sports and news director of WQKE, vice president of Hillel, a teacher’s assistant and an audio assistant.

prepare the pre-game notes and hold weekly department meetings. For the news programs, he has to organize the daily news and have it ready for the broadcasters before each broadcast. “Scott is extremely organized, and he makes sure that everyone is equally involved in the program,” said Timothy Cluckey, associate professor of communications. Another responsibility is choosing what sport to cover when two multiple games overlap. Among the play-by-play coverage the “Quake” handles are men’s and women’s hockey and basketball, and now baseball and softball. If two games overlap, Henkle decides how important the games are and which one is more worth covering. Henkle also works in the sports information office and has been to almost every home game for every team this year. His favorite sport to cover is women’s hockey. Some of the goals that Henkle has for the rest of his time at PSUC include running for general manager

of the station. If he doesn’t get that, he will be applying for a different roll within the station. Henkle said he is ready to branch out from sports and become a little more versatile. For long term and career goals, Henkle would like to continue exactly what he is doing. He hopes to work at a radio station as the station’s news and sports director, a position he feels very comfortable with. Two radio personas Henkle looks up to are Jason Smith and Colin Cowherd, both ESPN broadcasters. Henkle said he looks up to both of them because of the emotion they show and their great personalities. Henkle said he knows he will have to work his way up to a director’s position, so while at school he is still working on his announcing capabilities. He works his craft on “Cardinal Sports this Week,” the radio sports show that he co-hosts every Friday at 3 p.m. The show is an hour long recap of PSUC sports games during the week and gives a preview of the weekend’s games. Two big projects the station is

“I feel like I’ve won a small lottery every time I get to work with him.

David Beirn PSUC studen

working on for next semester i clude starting a morning show an having the radio shows air onlin The morning show is Henkle’s b project, and he is actively talking DJs and working to get it started fo the fall. Getting the station online is department effort, and they are cu rently going through the procedur to get it online and help the viewer On top of classes, Henkle is also teacher’s assistant, an audio assistan director of the “Quake” and vice pres dent of Hillel, a Jewish club. “Scott is a good friend an knowledgeable of what he is d ing,” David Beirne said. “I feel lik I’ve won a small lottery every tim I get to work with him.”

TRACK: Scott getting closer to NCAA mark From Page One (38:11.04), Julia Warren (38.20.12) and Colleen Coon all finished with new record times in the event. The Hamilton meet featured dominant performances in sprinting events from PSUC. Nate Williams qualified for ECACs and won both the 100 and 200 meter dash events, in 11.02 and 22.41, respectively. In field events, Peter Hamm won the long jump with a mark of 6.68 meters. In the high jump, Dustin (1.93) and Devin Scott (1.82) went onetwo, with Dustin narrowly missing the NCAAprovisional mark of 1.99 meters. In the women’s 200 meter dash, Amy McCasland (26.31), Jennier Risler (26.54) and Mahalia Ewers (26.90) fin-

ished one-two-three in the event. Coach Lynch is hoping both teams can build on the success from the Princeton and Hamilton meets, and is looking forward to seeing more PSUC athletes earn qualifying marks. “We had a very good start to the season, and if we can continue to improve from that, we’ll be in very good shape when championship time comes around,” Lynchsaid. PSUC has already had one meet cancelled due to unfavorable weather this season, as the RPI Early Invite was rained out. The weather forecasts call for cloudy and windy conditions this Saturday at Cambridge. Though not perfect conditions, the Cards do not appear to be in any danger of missing the MIT meet. In the upcoming meet, Mike Heymann will be competing in the 1500 meter

Gabe Dickens/Cardinal Poin Lindsay Bonesteel practices pole vaulting during a practice on Tuesday, March 22. The Lady Cards are set to go to MIT this weekend after having a week off.

run, and will then be focusing on workouts afterwards in preparation for the 10,000 meter run and relay events at SUNYACs. Amy McCasland is set to try her hand at her first 800 meter run of the outdoor season,

with Jennifer Risler and Mahalia Ewers competing in the 400 meter dash. Dustin Scott will be competing in the high jump and various hurdling events. “It’s going to be fun seeing everyone competing

Erin Florkiewicz

Nick Travers

Florkiewicz was named SUNYAC player of the week last. Florkiewicz was 6-for-11 (.545 BA) while nationally ranked No. 15 Lady Cards went 3-1. She drove in six runs, one which was a game-winning RBI against New Paltz. She also homered twice against Oneonta.

Travers was named to his first-ever SUNYAC Player of the Week spot after tallying a combined nine points against St. Lawrence and Morrisville. The sophomore midfielder added a goal and an assist in an 11-6 conference win against Potsdam. He has 11 goals and 11 assists this season.

in all of these events th weekend,” Lynch sai “We’re definitely going be shooting for qualifyin performances from bo teams. I hope to see ever one consistently improv as the season goes on.”


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Pack works way into PSUC’s history By Dan DeFrancesco staff writer

“Seeing him work hard forced me to work hard. Everyone knows he has been around.”

Crockett Pack feels old. Odd, considering the 21-year-old senior isn’t even the oldest member on the Plattsburgh State men’s baseball team. In fact, the outfielder has a late October birthday, makDanny Roeser ing him younger than some of the juniors. PSUC Outfielder Age, however, isn’t the reason for the arrival of Pack’s early mid-life crisis. The Clifton In 2009, during Pack’s sophomore season, Park native is the only member of the Cards’ current squad who is playing in his fourth the Cards earned their first-ever playoff vicconsecutive season at PSUC. Senior Donny tory, an 8-6 come-from-behind win against Coolidge is also in his fourth year of eligibil- Fredonia. Before the win the Cards held an ity but took a two year hiatus to serve in the 0-14 all-time playoff record. Check. military. With that much experience, it’s no wonFour years ago, Pack felt the exact opposite der players young and old look up to Pack. as a member of a team that featured large nts (literally and numbers wise) and talented ju- Danny Roeser, who transferred to PSUC last year after having spent two years at Rocknior and senior classes. “I really felt like I was a little kid,” Pack said. land Community College, said he immediately looked to gain Pack’s respect in the “Everyone seemed so much older.” Now, that little kid has 72 games and beginning of the season. “Seeing him work hard forced me to work I three playoff berths in addition to a wealth of knowledge he has gained in his four years hard,” Roeser said. “Everyone knows he has been around.” donning the red and white. That work ethic is why Pack has seen so Get playing time as a freshman? ne Crockett played in 24 games and made 19 much playing time at PSUC, said Head Coach nt starts in his rookie campaign, mostly at sec- Kris Doorey. Originally considered a raw talent baseball wise, Doorey believes Pack has ond base. matured significantly during his four years. Check. in- Switch to a different position? “I believe we have gotten the most out of nd As a sophomore, Pack was asked by his his abilities,” Doorey said. “He has earned to switch to outfield after the ery second of playing time through bigteam had lost several to graduation. hard work.” toDespite having spent the majority of It’s no wonder why Doorey named forhis playing days on clay, Pack agreed Pack a captain of this year’s team s ato take a trip out to the grass, willing along with Roeser. The two approach ur-to play wherever the team needed the position with different styles and reshim. backgrounds. rs. “I was real nervous playing left Pack is a more laid back leader o afield,” Pack said. “I had never taken and is often approached by playDoorey nt,a pop up out there. The balls just ers with questions on what to si-seemed like they were flying. It seems so easy expect in different situations. Roeser, the transfer, is more of a vocal leader who can now.” nd Check. get the team going when they need motido- Adapt his game to help the team? vation. ke Even though he had no experience playing The two varying styles help ensure that at meoutfield, Pack did not commit an error during least one captain can communicate with all his first two years at his new position. Pack the players. For example, with 12 transfers said he prided himself on his defense due to on the 31-man roster, Roeser can relate to a the fact that the Cards’ pitching struggled at good portion of the team in a way that Pack cannot. times. That leadership has played a vital role “Defense is kind of what I strive my game in trying to get the Cards back above .500. on,” Pack said. Despite having a record breaking year in Check. 2010, in which the team went 30-10, PSUC Accomplish a first in PSUC’s history?


Gabe Dickens/Cardinal Po Crockett Pack is in his fourth year as a Cardinal. A player whom teammates look up t Pack has come a long way since the days when he “felt like a little kid,” at PSUC. He helped the squad win their first ever playoff game and is now striving for another.

struggled initially this season. With the team sitting at 5-8 after spring break, Pack said many of the younger players had pessimistic views on the remainder of the year despite having yet to play a conference game. “Newer guys think the whole seasons over,” Pack said. “You don’t give up on a season. We still have a lot of time to turn it around.” The crafty veteran turned out to be right. Since spring break, the team has gone 5-5. What might not seem impressive at first tells a different story at a closer glance.

PSUC swept conference rival Fredonia took two of three from New Paltz. Thre the Cards’ five losses were two and one defeats that came at the hands of Cortla a perennial SUNYAC powerhouse curre ranked 12th in the nation. “When it seems like we are not winn many games, you get into losing habits,” P said. “You really have to enforce it with guys to be up for every play and that we not out of it. You need to scratch out as m wins as you can.” If there is anyone who would know — would be Crockett Pack.

BASEBALL: Cards on road at Brockport From Page One

this season and their team . batting average is 64 points hig to save some arms in order to get than that of their opponents. through the minimum 41 innings However, Doorey said tho the team will play by Sunday. the Golden Eagles may have a l However, the Cards are beginmore offensive firepower they ning to prove that they are no lonsimilar to the Cards. ger a team with only a handful of Brockport was only one g quality pitchers. ahead of the Cards in the SU Over the last eight games, PSUC AC standings entering Thurs has allowed three runs or less sevmeaning the en times and one run or less five weekend series nts times. could have SU“Going into (Tuesday) we’d only NYAC playoff imgiven up 18 runs in 10 games so our plications down hisstarting pitching has really come the road. But the id.around (and) our roles have deCards’s chances toveloped and evolved as the season were hurt when nggoes along,” Doorey said. they were swept oth Starters Paul Handy, Bobby Piser Bu by Oneonta in two ry-and Tyler Greene are three players games Thursday. vethat have begun to solidify their “Right now we roles at the top of the rotation. still control our Over their last six games, Handy, own destiny and Piser and Greene have combined to this weekend will Gabe Dickens/Cardinal Points give up only four earned runs in 23 (l-r) Kris Cauchon and Pat Shaughnessy turn two against Fredonia last Sunday in an 8-1 victory. The Cards have a lot to say 2-3 combined innings. about that,” Doocompleted the sweep, but suffered one of their own Thursday in two games against Oneonta 7-2 and 5-1. And after a stretch of 10 games in rey said. “If we go which they scored more than three a smarter approach,” outfielder heating up and really putting things run every chance we get, that’s go- out and perform Ro ing to make me more confident that the way we are runs only once, the Cards’ offense Danny Roeser said. “Hitting is con- together.” tagious; one guy, two guys started One part of PSUC’s offense that I’m going to have run support and capable of we should be OK. If has also started to turn around. “We realized we needed to take hitting and then everyone started has been consistent this year is sac- that we are going to win the game,” go out and falter then we are g rifice bunts. Through April 10, the Burns said. to have to start looking for help Small-ball may be exactly what Cards were ranked 27th in Division But the Cards know what i PSUC needs coming into Brockport stake this weekend and are re III in sacrifice bunts with 26. “Since we talked to our players this weekend, a team that scored for the challenge. in Florida and said, ‘this is what less than four runs only once be“If you can’t look forward to a we are going to do because what tween April 3 and 10, a span of challenge like that where you kn we’ve been trying to do doesn’t seven games. it’s coming down to the end or The Golden Eagles have seven tight, I don’t know why you’d work,’ we’ve been pretty successPlattsburgh Brockport Clarkson ful at it,” Doorey said. “It’s worked players who have appeared in 15 playing any sport in the first pla (through Thursday) (Tuesday) for us the nine years we’ve been games or more that are hitting over Roeser said. Record Record 17-7 13-7 10-15 ERA ERA 3.60 5.49 4.57 .300 so far this season. Jake Colehere.” The first game of the series Team BA Team BA .305 .307 .238 And the small-ball style of play man leads the way with a .400 bat- start at noon Saturday in Br Opp. BA Opp. BA .241 .295 .287 hasn’t just produced runs it has ting average. port, with the second game of OBP OBP .409 .404 .319 helped the pitching staff. Brockport has also out-scored double header to follow. The t Slug % Slug % .385 .440 .304 “If I can see us pushing across a their opponents 129 to 81 so far game will start at noon Sunday.



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Gabe Dickens/Cardinal Poin Gary Butler continued to be an asset to the PSUC baseball team after he made the college’s hall of fame. The coach has been spreading his wisdom to PSUC players.

Players look up to hall-of-famer By Ja’Pheth Toulson staff writer

Baseball Assistant Coach Gary Butler played for Plattsburgh State 30 years ago. Now, the volunteer uses his experience for the game he loves to give back to his players. His mind for baseball got him inducted into the Plattsburgh State Hall of Fame. Butler said the Cardinals have more advantages today than what he had back when he played. Butler played with wooden bats instead of the present day aluminum bat. He didn’t have a batting cage or field house to work out in either. “We didn’t have a spring trip back then,” Butler said. “We didn’t have a field as elaborate as this.” These kids have better technology today, and the training methods are better. I just would have liked the opportunity to use these faculties that improved our game of baseball back when I played.” Butler said he played with only one coach, who had no assistance. Butler’s team didn’t have a pitching coach either.

“Somebody older showed you how to do it, or one of your contemporaries showed you how they were holding a curveball, and you just adapted to that,” Butler said. “I think we did more on our own to coach ourselves.” Twenty years ago, Butler coached against PSUC Head Coach Kris Doorey, when Doorey was a player. Now, Butler assists Doorey. “It’s a great opportunity for him to relay his experiences here as a player of what playing here has done for him,” Doorey said. Anytime we can get an opportunity to have someone like that around, we would like to have it. Doorey said having Butler on his coaching staff helps him in the process of having strong ties in the community of Plattsburgh and shows why baseball is important. “It’s great to have him around,” Doorey said. He has a tendency to put things in perspective for us. He’s basically our connection to the past of baseball.” Butler said it’s hard to pin-point players on the team who have the exact skills he played with. Good-skilled players who came to mind were pitcher Brian Burns, second baseman

Pat Shaughnessy and third baseman Donny Coolidge. “That’s an honor for me,” Burns said. “Coach Butler is in the Plattsburgh Hall of Fame.” Shaughnessy said Butler’s experience has helped him and his teammates become more aware of different aspects of America’s pastime. “Since he’s been around the game so long, he has all the inside knowledge that we can use in the game,” Shaughnessy said. “He thinks of stuff that we don’t really think of during the game.” However, it is not only experience that players gain from Butler. Butler delivers messages to his players differently than others on the coaching staff. Doorey said Butler also has a tendency to deliver messages in a different way than he does. “Definitely when they hear it from Coach Butler, it’s a lot different than getting yelled at by the coaching staff on a daily basis,” Doorey said. “He’s seen so much that he is able to relax a lot more than the coaches are, so when he explains something to the players, they

probably take it a little bit better than whe we yell at them about it.” Burns appreciates Butler’s on the baseb field. “Butler gives positive reinforcemen Burns said. After last Friday’s 3-1 loss to Cortlan Shaughnessy said the team was feeling dow Butler told the team to pick their heads u and change their swinging approach. Butler has proved to be tough on his pla ers as well. After a game in Florida, a disa pointed Butler had some words for the Card Burns said Butler walked on the Cards b and told his team they didn’t deserve to we Plattsburgh uniforms. “It kind of made everyone realize we weren trying as hard as we could,” Burns said. Above all, no matter what message Butl gives to his players, they understand it as wa to improve. Players appreciate the time, effo thought and passion he gives back to them. “Having Coach Butler around is a treme dous honor for me personally as a coach Doorey said.

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Cycling team becomes 4th in SUNY system By Eric Gissendanner associate sports editor

Two years ago, Plattsburgh State student Khary Ward wanted to continue cycling competitions while in school. After two years of organizing riders, contacting potential sponsors and traveling to races, the PSUC cycling team is an official club team with success in its inaugural season. “I actually tried to start the team back in 2008 but the school said it wouldn’t work,” Ward said. “But then I got together with Ashton Momot and we were able to get the team to a club status.” The 13-member coed cycling team races during the fall and spring, but each season differs by terrain. During the fall, riders race mountain bikes while nts the spring is raced on city streets. Ward said the team is consisted mainly of new racers. “Only Ashton and I have raced before this season,” Ward said. “Everyone else is new which I think helps because it makes everyone reen ally excited when they race.” Since most of the racers ball are new, they compete in the


Photo Provided (l-r) Khary Ward, Jeff Marvin, Ashton Momot, Noel Lomax and Jonathan Bray are all competing for the PSUC cycling team. The 13-member team is part of the new program, which began last fall and became the fourth SUNY team.

introductory division. For competitive cycling, there are six divisions: A, B, C, D, E and Intro. Ward and Momot have raced in the “C” or “B”

division. Those in the “A” division are primarily professional racers. PSUC competes in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling

Conference with teams from RPI, Harvard, the University of New Hampshire and the University of Vermont. The team’s closest race

was in Troy for the weekend of March 26. Because of the proximity, Ward said UVM is PSUC’s biggest rival.

PSUC also joins Oneo Buffalo State and Cortlan SUNY schools with a cyc team. Since the team is only geted to travel within a mile radius, many of the es are in New York or p of New England. The furt trip is to Yale University weekend. Four weeks ago, the t raced in the RPI Tour de for its first race of the sea Student Jon Bray was highest finishing Card placing third in his race. “It was the first race me,” Bray said. “There w a lot of spectators aroun and it was just really coo Bray said his passion biking comes from livin Rochester. “I bike on the street w ever I’m home,” Bray sa like to draft behind the b so that kind of helps m races I think.” To cover travel, h rooms, gas and food, Student Association gets $6,000 for the team school year. Ward said he exp the team to use $4,000 spring for its four races. team also receives spon ship from Mountain Ride

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SOFTBALL: Marshall, Lady Cards remaining dominant From Page One Tom Cohen/Cardinal Points Ryan Hastings looks for the open man against Potsdam Wednesday. The Cards look to keep their perfect record at home, which is now at 4-0.

LAX: PSUC’s youth not a worry for Kavanagh’s Cards From Page One After Wednesday’s 11-6 win against Potsdam, the Cards are 4-0 at home. Kavanagh said he is excited about the team’s impressive start to the season, but he is also not getting carried away. “We want to be cautiously optimistic,” Kavanagh said. Lind said people are worried the team will become overconfident because they are young. “A lot of people think that of a young team,” Lind said. “The close games keep us in check and tell us that we are not the best team we can be. We know we have a lot of issues that we need to fix but at the same time, we know we can get it done.” After a nine-goal week, Nick Travers was named SUNYAC Player of the Week, following in the footsteps of last week’s recipient and teammate, Kyle Norchi. The offensive players are getting awards, but midfielder Sean Jaquin said the team knows the defense has been the backbone so far. “We know that our defense is solid this year,” Jaquin said. “It’s nice to know that if we have a bad shooting day, we can still keep the ball out of our net.” Lind said the team’s good start to conference play has put pressure on the rest of the conference. “The way the playoffs work, you get three wins in SUNYACs, you’re almost guaranteed a spot in the playoffs,” Lind said. “When you go 2-0 in the begin-

ning, you put the other teams in a struggle.” Jaquin said despite the team missing a lot of shots against Potsdam, they are still scoring high enough to break down other teams. PSUC converted on 11 of 55 shots against Potsdam and 14 of 69 against Morrisville. “We have had some offensive struggles,” Jaquin said. “But we can still put up 11 points.” Jaquin said the win against Potsdam was a good measuring stick for the team, so they could see how they will stack up against the conference’s best. “It’s a good scale for what we can do up against the other teams,” Jaquin said. “We just gotta keep on rolling.” The Cards travel to Brockport for a Saturday game scheduled to start at noon.


Plattsburgh Brockport Record 9-2 3-7 9.5 Goals per game 14.4 GA per game 8.1 10.1 Shot % 28.8 33.2 .207 Man-Up Scoring .407 FO Win% .504 .476

on the road. In Florida, the Lady Cards went 12-2 and are 7-1 since then. The only blemish on the team’s conference record is a 7-4 loss in the second game at Oneonta. In that game, pitcher Heather Loughran suffered her first loss of the season after allowing six runs in 2 2-3 innings. Zweig said there was no concern about Loughran, though. “Heather just had one of those games,” Zweig said. “You’re not always going to throw a shutout. It was our offense that really had trouble in that game.” The Lady Cards were hitless through four innings, but Megan Price’s leadoff double in the fifth inning broke up Jessica Bartalsky’s no-hitter. PSUC catcher Erin Florkiewicz homered later in the game for her second big-fly of the day. Pitcher Ashley Marshall said that Florkiewicz is a big part of the team’s success. “She’s a major contributor on this team in a lot of ways,” Marshall said. “She’s great batting but really good behind the plate. I’m the calm one between us, and she’s the intense one that gets the whole team fired up.” Through six conference games, Florkiewicz is batting .400 with two home runs, six RBIs and four walks. The junior is also the team’s starting catcher and carries the duty of catching for Loughran and Marshall. Loughran and Marshall have been the only two pitchers to take the circle for the Lady Cards this season. Loughran threw a no-hitter earlier this season and has nine wins with one loss. Marshall leads the team, and SU-

NYAC, in nearly every pitching category. In addition to her teamhigh 10 wins, Marshall also leads the team with five saves. It is not rare for either Loughran or Marshall to start and close a game in the same day. “Heather and I have a great pitcher relationship,” Marshall said. “If she’s in trouble, I’ll come in. It just hasn’t worked out to where she has come in for me.” Marshall said that she personally relies on her rising pitch and her defense to get outs. Her 0.67 earned-run average is a SUNYAC low and the opposition is batting just .153 against the sophomore thrower. “My riser is my go-to pitch,” Marshall said. “If I’m throwing it well, it gets popped up or I get a strikeout.” And Marshall has a strong defense backing her up. In 587 chances, the PSUC defense has committed just 29 errors. The team has also turned six doubleplays. That solid defense is something that Zweig, Florkiewicz and Marshall all said needed to continue for success against the Blue Devils and Bengals.

On paper, PSUC and Fred are similar in many ways on offensive side. The Blue D are batting .330 compared to Lady Cards’ .303 average. Fr nia also has 46 extra-base while PSUC has 41. Outfie Katie Bartkowiak leads the t with a .430 batting average, home runs and 17 RBIs. M taining momentum, Mar said, will be a major factor fo ther team if they want to pull double-header sweep. “It’s really important for to stay focused between games,” Marshall said. “We’ve got to stay awake and stay ho A split or sweep with Fred would place PSUC in either or sole position of second p in the conference. Two lo would drop the Lady Card fourth. The task at hand, tho is playing disciplined softba around for the team and for fans Florkiewicz said. “We’re just ready to Florkiewicz said. “[Playing home] is the best feeling in world. We’ve been playing so so it’ll be nice to finally let home fans see what we can d



18-4 2.01 .330 .242 .404 .438


Record ERA Team BA Opp. BA OBP Slug %

19-3 1.36 .303 .204 .372 .409

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Record ERA Team BA Opp. BA

4-12 5.13 .272 .336 .342 .341


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seen, that several people come in and ask for information or just show that they are interPSUC student and leadership develop- ested in general in Greek life,” Bellick said. ment coordinator for Fraternity and SororStudents are also frequenting the office ity Life Tyler Bellick agrees that the biggest seeking of information about starting new misconception is that fraternities and so- Greek organizations. rorities are just social clubs. “Not all of them are willing to put in the “The reason for (the misconception) is time and effort once they realize that it is that there are some organizations like that, not something that just happens,” Swickbut I would say a majority of them do have a Duttine said. “It’s not like starting an SA purpose, which social life is just a small part club or organization; it is a process of apof,” Bellick, a brother of Phi Alpha Nu, said. plying and colonization.” While many of the Greek organizations Even though Greek life is expanding on on the campus are working to maintain the the campus, there are some students who values and goals associated with their orga- do not find their fit in any of the organizanization, sometimes there are events that tions available. fuel stereotypes. Carina Diaz, co-founder and former vice “When you become involved in a frater- president of Theta Nu Xi, the newest sorornity or sorority, you realize that if you do ity on the PSUC campus, is one of them. something wrong, it “In every organization doesn’t only go back to there is a certain woman just the organization that they are looking for, “For people outside that you are in, but it or certain values that are looking in, all they see goes back to Greek life,” really focused on, and I are letters. Some peoTiffany Probst, sister of didn’t think that there ple don’t even realize Delta Phi Epsilon, said. were any here at the time “For people outside that embodied what I the difference between looking in, all they see was about or who I wantfraternity letters and are letters. Some people ed to be as a woman.” sorority letters.” don’t even realize the Diaz said. Tiffany Probst difference between fraAlong with five other Delta Phi Epsilon Member co-founders, Diaz emternity letters and sorority letters.” barked on what she now With the swelling of describes as a “two year the Greek community, the Center for Frater- dream, an abstract thought,” to make Theta nity/Sorority Life has begun to implement Nu Xi a recognized sorority on the PSUC training, discussions and events to ensure campus. that those interested in, and associated with The ladies of Theta Nu Xi recently celGreek life have no shortage of informational ebrated their “Thetaversary,” marking their outlets to demonstrate what is acceptable first year on the campus. and unacceptable behavior within an orgaDiaz has also reported a spike in interest nization. in her sorority, but urges those interested in “I think it is important for students and Greek life to do their research prior to getother Greeks to know that inappropriate ting involved. behavior is not going to be tolerated in our “People come up to us and tell us they community and that there will be conse- want to join, and I tell them you need to do quences,” Bellick said. your research and learn about Greek life as a Aside from the addition of new pro- whole, and then you can start thinking about grams, traffic in and out of the tiny office the right organization for you,” Diaz said. on the outskirts of the Blue Room in the “You have to have an existing passion for Angell College Center has noticeably in- the values that a sorority or fraternity has. creased as well. You have to know the real commitment that “I noticed this semester, more than any I’ve comes with joining because it is for life.”

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As spring makes its anticipated arrival, students begin to feel rejuvenated. The Hacky Sacks and Frisbees emerge after being cooped up for months. While many are quick to leave the temperamental weather behind, maintenance and Plattsburgh State grounds crews are still feeling winter’s effects. “From now till June, much of what we do is repair the damage brought by winter,” Groundsworker Matt Miner said. Armed with saws attached to extension poles, Miner and company are busy trim-

ming overgrown and damaged trees. Other spring repairs include fixing roads damaged by ice, repainting parking stripes and cleaning up a harsh winter’s worth of litter. “When the snow finally melts, the property always needs tending to,” Miner said, “especially after this past winter.” The weather conditions are still raw as the crews prune each tree, but they are thankful to give the snow plows a rest. Because of the severity of the snowfall, the grounds crew was frequently called in at all hours of the night for plowing early on this year. “I got a phone call at 2 a.m.

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Bad boys fun, not for keeps By Nancy Destiny staff writer

Three divorces and 30

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fell in love, men f*** me as much now as they did back then. I was so in love with Michael. He sat across from ow,me in our high school Engteslish class, and all I could do was stare at his thick, chestOp-shoulder-length, nut brown mane. His eyes aid were honey bee brown and he engaged me several times isduring class. we I ponder now what he hewas thinking back then. I terwas thinking, “God, I’d love to ride this horsey.” But I ovesoon found out he was ridithing Rachel, the class whore. ity. The buzz going around outthe classroom was about a w,”party held at Rachel’s partoents’ house a few days bere-fore. Michael had been there, ngand it was a pool party. I heard the highlight of the evening was Michael swimhe ming in between Rachel’s gh legs and pulling her pantUC. ies down, coming up for air riwith them in his teeth. so I should have known nd then he was trouble, but hisI found the story exciting, ld-and I found Michael even untmore exciting because of it. ed A few days after the party, Michael came over to ry-me, smiling. He stood there etsin front of me, blocking my si-passage, and said, “I love ersyour eyes. Do you want to pe-come over to my house and hitlisten to records?” I bet I was grinning ear to ear when I almost choked 18 saying yes. tsMichael and I were going ansteady for more than a year tobefore I found out he was el-in the graveyard up the ofstreet from where I lived, . drinking Jack and f***ing Mary. I was bloody furious. I ended it with him and moved on. Since Michael, I suppose the men I have sought out had the same thing in common, they were bad boys


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— exciting, sexy bad boys. I’ve always had to end it with the bad boys in my life. They were fun, but they either couldn’t hold a job or abused me — they weren’t permanent man material. Oh, my men were indeed sex machines, but once we were out of bed, the fun stopped. I remember one man, whom I still miss on lonely nights. That man could work his thing all night long, hard-on after hardon, and I’d die before I would ever say stop. My point of all this is bad men are fun, but they’re not made for permanent relationships. Once I’m out of their beds, I need more than fabulous, all-nightlong, can’t-stand-up-butneed-to sex. And you will, too. Enjoy them for what they are worth, but don’t expect much more and don’t marry them. Dating the intellectual man is so much more rewarding out of bed, and he can be taught. Seriously, I date a different type of man now. No more bad men for me, but he isn’t the starchedwhite-collar stiff, either. He’s stiff all right, but not the dull, boring guy you might stereotypically find in the dating world. And a tip, listen carefully: The quiet ones are the sex machines in bed and know how to treat you right. Go figure. So if you’re standing in a room at a party filled with men, look around, set your cross hairs on the quiet one. He will f*** you all night and take you to meet Mom and Dad after you take a shower. If it’s a lifetime of joy you’re looking for, trust me, and don’t make the mistakes I made by picking bad boys. Jump on that quiet one and take him home. P.S., If you’re quiet and single, email me ASAP.

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Jaime Thomas/Cardinal Poin Associate professor of music William Pfaff spent a week with students at High Point University in North Carolina. Pfaff’s time was split between lectures and concerts, in an effort to share teaching methods with HPU faculty.

Composer travels to share music, teach By Matthew Hamilton associate fuse editor

“Ultimately, he wanted me to come down and teach two classes in two sections of his music theory class, so he The Composer-in-Residency Program could see how I did it,” Pfaff said. at High Point University is designed to This enabled Turner to stand back bring a living composer to music stu- and see how Pfaff taught the class with dents in order to provide them with a the techniques he’s developed. meaningful undergraduate experience. “I’m a great believer in student-cenBut for William Pfaff, associate pro- tered learning, and I’ve spent a decade fessor of music at Plattsburgh State, the using those techniques to be an effecprogram means much more. tive classroom teacher in music theory, “The most important thing is that it music history and all the courses I teach affirmed my complete dedication to here,” Pfaff said. the teaching approaches that I’ve develHe said he takes great pride in those oped, most significantly, in the last seven techniques, something he and Turner years that I have been here,” Pfaff said. discussed at length. Pfaff spent last week in High Point, Pfaff also worked closely with Turner N.C., giving lectures on music theory and students throughout the week to and appreciation, working on pieces rehearse the pieces he wrote for last that he composed for string instru- Friday’s concert. ments and performing a concert showPfaff said there were several rehearscasing his work. als during the week and opportunities J.W. Turner, assistant professor of for students to attend coaching sessions music at HPU, started the Composer- with Turner and Pfaff. in-Residency Program, while teaching “We reviewed one of my composiat Winston-Salem tions and worked on it State University in because I hadn’t ever North Carolina, but seen him play it. I’d “It was a real thrill for he was not able to only ever heard him do me to work and play do anything on a it on recordings. I also with him.” large scale because worked directly with a of budgetary conJ.W. Turner student conductor to cerns. Assistant Professor at HPU prepare one of my piecTurner brought es.” Pfaff to HPU as part The concert included of the new program — a first for the col- three faculty members, three students lege. During his residency, Pfaff worked and the student conductor. The pieces on collaborative music and shared his were written for string instruments, unique teaching methods with the mu- with Pfaff performing on the electric sic department. guitar. He began his week by giving guest Turner said the concert and the whole lectures in various music classes simi- week was an overall success, something lar to those he teaches in at PSUC. the students enjoyed. Pfaff’s guest lectures provided him “It was a real thrill for me to work and with an opportunity to showcase his play with him,” he said. student-centered learning techniques Turner said he learned a lot from and to pass those on to Turner. the experience.

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“What didn’t I get out of it?” he said. Besides the satisfaction of receiving warm reaction to his pieces at the co cert, Pfaff said his week at HPU provi ed him with much more. For one, Pfaff said, the week helpe him affirm that what he does in h classes at PSUC is significant, and h teaching strategies are genuine an transformational. Second, he said it helped realize th program at PSUC is providing its m sic students with a solid and integrate knowledge base. And third, the trip helped him com prehend that the music faculty at PSU are doing the right things in their clas es. “You go to another place, and yo come back, and you think, ‘You kno we’re on the right track, we’re doing th right thing, (and) we’re being respons ble and encouraging to our students their musical development,’” Pfaff said


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Tom Cohen/Cardinal Poin “The Crucible,” to be performed this weekend, is an adaptation of Arthur Miller’s novel of the same name. The play, traditionally set in the Puritan era, will be brought to the 20th century by the College Theatre Association

‘Crucible’ takes modern twist By Matthew Hamilton associate fuse editor

When Arthur Miller wrote “The Crucible” he was in the heart of the communist witch hunts led by Sen. Joseph McCarthy. To draw a parallel with the fear of communism he saw every day, Miller wrote a play about the Puritan witch hunts. Now, almost 70 years later, Miller’s work is being brought to the era he lived in by the College Theatre Association in this weekend’s showing of “The Crucible.” Steven Hebert, co-director of the play, said what makes

this showing of “The Crucible” unique is that it is set in the 1950s, rather than the Puritan New England time period, which shows the parallelism that McCarthy went through when Miller wrote the play. While the time period has changed, Miller’s work has not, meaning a literal witch hunt involving characters dressed in ’50s attire will take place on stage. “When it is set in the Colonial time period, witches are real, mystical beings,” said Emily Madan, CTA vice president and co-director of the show. “It’s based off communists, but we like the idea

that we’re in the ’50s, and they’re still talking about witches. It’s kind of absurd, and I like that it is.” But changing the time period doesn’t change the meaning of the play, Jason Amrhein, who plays Proctor in the show, said. “It deals with really intense emotions about sticking to your beliefs and staying honest and true to yourself,” Amrhein said. Hebert said “The Crucible” touches on things that are still relevant today, such as how Americans have connotations connected to certain groups. And not only does the play hold relevance in today’s society, but Madan said it is a history lesson as well.

“This show pretty much is our society,” she said. “It is written about us specifically, about our culture.” If anything, the play may be easier for audience members to relate to than Miller’s original work because of the time period this show is set in. “I think it would make it more accessible to the audience because, if we’re up there in Puritan costumes, it would seem more foreign,” Amrhein said. Madan agreed. “They are going to understand it more than they have understood it before,” Madan said. “It’s going to hit home more than a bunch of pilgrims in bonnets.” Because the show is more

accessible to a student audience, the emotions the play normally elicits from the audience may be amplified. Madan said that in “The Crucible,” the Proctor character is all about asking the question, “Have you ever done anything wrong and thought if you came to terms with it yourself it would go away?” — a question everyone has asked at one point or another. So when Proctor allows himself to be hanged to keep his dignity, that’s where the audience can relate emotionally. “I think every person in (his or her) life has done something that they are ashamed of, and it is sitting guilty in their stomach,”

Madan said. Hebert said the show play on everyone’s fear of not b ing accepted. Audience members ma not want to have their em tions played with, but mis ing the show may be a mi take. “I think it has the potenti to blow people away,” Am rhein said. “It’s intense.” The CTA’s presentation Arthur Miller’s “The Cruc ble” will be held in the Har man Theater in the Mye Fine Arts Building. Show will be performed April 1 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Apr 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets will b available at the Angell Co lege Center desk and at th door, $5 general admissio $2 for students.

Jaime Thomas/Cardinal Poin College Theatre Association members interact in the break room next to Hartman Theatre in Myers Fine Arts Building This semester, the College Theatre Association will perform a total of eight plays.

CTA ups play production Theater group takes huge leap, increases number of spring performances in 2011 By Kaitlyn Affuso staff writer

Once is not enough for the College Theatre Association, as there has been a tremendous increase this semester in the number of CTA productions. Typically, the CTA puts on one or two plays a semester. However, this semester it has undergone a change. Instead of producing the one or two shows it might traditionally feature, the CTA has taken on eight shows in the spring 2011 semester. When a select group of CTA members were asked if they wanted to showcase more plays this semester, they all yelled

“yes” in unison. The increase in shows was funded by the CTA’s ticket sales budget, as well as from funds provided by the Student Association. But funding isn’t the only thing the CTA needs in order for shows to happen — it requires venue space as well. This is facilitated with preparation. “If we plan far ahead, it’s easier,” Emily Madan, president of the CTA, said. The increase in shows was decided last minute. When the group asked Madan if putting on more shows was possible, she could not deny them. “I definitely said yes,” she said. “I said yes to everything.” To decide on a particular play, the association works as a group. “If someone has an idea for a show, they propose it, and we all vote on it,” CTA member Karen Cecchini said. Group members bounce ideas off of one another and learn from the experience as a whole. The CTA has yet to perform off campus.

Members said the closest they have bee to performing in the community w “Guerilla Theatre.” This consists of the acting on impulse and doing abnorm improvisation around campus, and the said they basically just confuse people. The association encourages involv ment from anyone and everyone. “My freshman year, there were 1 people maybe,” Madan said. “No there’s a consistent 40.” To join, one does not need to be m joring or minoring in theatre, and joi ing doesn’t necessarily mean acting. I volvement can include playing a role one of the plays, selling tickets, being o the tech crew or just sitting in the CT office and hanging out. “It’s really a family and a creativ board for expression,” CTA historia Brittany Glenn said. The next show will be Arthur Miller “The Crucible,” to be performed April 1 to 17. On May 3, students can catch th next show, “Acting with the Voice.”


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Marriage is a commitment, and movie genres are no different. They are both pledges one should never break — but “Arthur” does. “Arthur” is like a tall glass of whiskey: It makes audiences smile and laugh — some parts may even make them feel warm and fuzzy inside — but once it’s over, they’ll forget the quick one-liners and ask for more. The film follows the juvenile behavior of Arthur (Russell Brand), the spoiled, alcoholic heir to a billion-dollar business. He’s rich, and he’s never worked a day in his life. In an attempt to keep him out of the papers with another drunken arrest, his mother, nts Vivienne (Geraldine James), gives Arthur an ultimatum: Marry Susan (Jennifer Garner) or lose the money. n. His betrothed is a savvy businesswoman who would keep the family business afloat and ease the worries of investors. And though Arthur agrees to keep the money, he has second thoughts and attempts to break into the bluecollar world. ays This would have made for a hilaribe-ous movie if the plot ran the course as advertised in trailers, but the stoayryline becomes twisted, flopping mo-genres and losing its effect. ss- The second a movie deviates from is-the genre it intends, the full impact and message are lost. This is the unialfortunate fate of “Arthur.” m- What would have been hilariously well-fitted for a comedy is trudged ofthrough the mud as it attempts to

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Photo provided Russell Brand plays the leading role in “Arthur,” a spoiled boy and only heir to a billion-dollar business. His character steps up in the movie and searches for a job, while attempting to take care of himself for once.

add romantic and dramatic elements. The film had many funny moments that were well-executed. Arthur, a grown man, is taken care of by his nanny (Helen Mirren), who delivers many laughs as well. This aspect of the movie

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was by far its most impressive feature. However, as the film tries to tug at the heart strings of the audience, it falls apart. It fails in this regard because a comedy can’t also be a romance and a drama. It confuses viewers. It might have been recover-

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able if it had been done well, but the attempt at a love story was weak. The love in the movie seems onesided and insincere. The cast, for the most part, was well-selected. Brand and Mirren are a humorous duo, and Naomi (Greta Gerwig) was not without her own clever quips. But Garner is a poor choice as Arthur’s sinister fiancée. She doesn’t have an evil persona, and trying to force her into that role is a mistake. Though Garner is typically a topnotch actress, and though she does give a decent effort, her performance falls short. Garner’s scowls and attempts at a power-hungry wench are not at all believable. Garner does well in serious as well as light-hearted, girl-next-door types of roles, but she really had no business in “Arthur.” Perhaps driven by the alcoholism of the leading character, “Arthur” falls short of the grade-A film its movie trailers portray. If the genre were a car, it would be swerving all over the road, which would probably lead to a police officer pulling it over and asking the question, “What do you think you’re doing?” And if the plot were the driver, it probably would have been drinking. Though the message behind the movie is a positive one, “Arthur” doesn’t really deserve a place on the year’s best films list. Perhaps the drivers should map out their next project so it doesn’t get as lost as this one does.


Thursday’s new album filled with good beats By Eric Dixon staff writer

What do you do when something is out of your control? New Jersey-basement band Thursday attempts to answer that with their sixth album “No Devolución.” There are a lot of words to describe Post-hardcore bands: Scremo, emo, just plain noise. It would be hard to describe bands like Glassjaw, Hawthorne Heights or The Used as psychological or heady. Not that there’s anything wrong with loud guitar noise and screaming, but eventually there’s a need for a band to make something a bit more indulging. And that’s what Thursday delivers with “No Devolución.” The lyrics work to surround the album with a dense aura of powerlessness among the main characters in each of the songs. The band repeats this sentiment on a number of tracks such as “Past and Future Ruins” and “Millimeter.” These tracks explore dealing with suicide, the afterlife and the effect people have on the world after they die. “Magnets Caught in a Metal Heart” addressed the deep relationships that slowly become devoid of love that’s out of control of both partners, rather than dwelling with surface puppy love themes like emo bands tend to write about. “A Dark Forest” explores past memories that haunt the narrator. In “Open Quotes,” Geoff Rickly calls out fake people who derive self-image from passing trends. With “No Devolución,” Thursday takes listeners through a trip of diverse sounds that depart from and transcend the emo and screamo styles, so there is more to digest sonically than in “Full Collapse” and “War All the Time.” It may take a few listens to take

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everything in. Anyone who is familiar with past Fridmann-helmed Thursday projects (“A City by the Light Divided” onward) should expect a level of growth. While there’s nothing new about the thick layers of guitar, bass and drums, what is new is the album’s hints of keyboard, trumpets and flugelhorns, even accordion. Bright sounding piano tones show up in the opening of “Sparks Against the Sun” and church organ-like keyboard tones fill “Empty Glass, which offers a break from the saturated guitar sounds throughout the rest of the album. These instruments are not merely thrown together either. “Past and Future Ruins” starts with mellow guitar plucks and sparks of piano that slowly fills, and then drowns you in sea of angry, rhythmic drumming and distorted, kinetic guitar that really works well together. A track like “Fast to the End” engulfs you in a frantic, electri-

cal surge of high-pitched guitar, crashing cymbals and hypnotic bass riffs, layered with haunting vocals that conclude with jarring screams. It feels like being forced into a disorienting free-fall. While catchy, it’s still technically good. Vocally, Rickly comes across as both nonchalant and filled with regret, depending on the song, as he reflects on events that are out of his control. “Stay True” is a perfect album ender. In this soul-piercing track, Rickly sounds like he is giving fatherly advice to his son while fighting against relishing in his own past, yet begging him to stay true to himself. Thursday’s latest offering is more of a focused melodic attack on the senses. At times, it’s calm and airy, and at others, it’s a heavy and hazy experience, but at the end of the day, “No Devolución” is a mix of well-written stories and technical sound playing that allows the story to unfold in your head as you listen to it.

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over the past five years, enrollment has been up significantly,” Allison Swick-Duttine, director of fraternity/ sorority life & organization development said. “It went from about 6 percent several years ago to 11 percent this past year.” Despite the growing number of fraternity and sorority members on campus, outsiders may have altered perceptions of the purpose of Greek life, causing many students to have preconceived notions about the fraternal community. Whether these stereotypes are the result of over-exposure to National


Lampoon’s “Animal House” on network television or re-runs of “GREEK,” the Center for Fraternity/Sorority Life is working to de-bunk them. “A lot of the people who come in and want information about a fraternity or sorority don’t have the correct perception of what a fraternity or sorority is,” Swick-Duttine said. “A lot of students think the purpose is to have a social environment, where there is alcohol available all the time, and that is not the purpose,” SwickDuttine said.

Interest in fraternal organizations increases at PSUC



By Rachel Hislop staff writer

You’ve seen them. Their letters are stitched on the back of nylon track jackets or floating above the brim of baseball caps. They are everywhere. They are Greek letters. The Greek community at Plattsburgh State has grown significantly in the last two years, adding three fraternities, Chi Phi, Alpha Sigma Phi and Lambda Upsilon Lambda, and one sorority, Theta Nu Xi. More than 400 students on campus are involved with Greek life. “If you look at the long-term trends,

Pictured is a map of the fraternity and sorority residences in Plattsburgh.

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