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FRIDAY, May 7, 2021
VOLUME 104 - ISSUE 12
SA announces spring 2021 election results
Photos provided by Ahmed Metwaly and Kathleen Gill
Students Ahmed Metwaly and Kat Gill (left to right) were elected the positions of SA President and Vice President respectively May 4 following the SA election.
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DEI office offers solidarity for Chauvin verdict BY JOHANNA WEEKS Staff Writer
SUNY Plattsburgh’s Diversity, Equality and Inclusion office offered solidarity following the Derek Chauvin verdict for the killing of George Floyd. Students could attend hybrid solidarity spaces or attend releasing spaces and counseling sessions from April 21-27. In addition, the H.U.B offered an in-person and virtual drop box for community members to anonymously share their feelings and perspectives. The H.U.B will print out the responses and include them with the notes from on-campus students. “Although I find hope in the verdict, I still feel that a guilty verdict cannot change the fact that George Floyd — and Breonna Taylor, Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo and too many others — should be alive today,” Michelle Cromwell, vice president for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, wrote in an email sent out to the SUNY Plattsburgh community. Listening sessions of-
fered students the opportunity to join members of the community and openly talk about their perspective. Students could freely join listening sessions via Zoom led by counselors Allsun Ozyesil and Kristina Moquin. According to Ozyesil, mental health counselor and student outreach coordinator, “Holding the space is symbolic. It’s meaningful to have permission to express yourself, to cry, laugh or get angry.” Ozyesil expressed that holding listening sessions is important for students because it provides a safe space. “Providing a space where students can feel secure and safe enough to express their feelings is something we strive for, especially when there has been such a tragic event.” The H.U.B, as well as the DEI office, was able to offer students multiple solidarity spaces and ways to express their feelings. “It was really important for any groups on campus to come together and offer spaces for students, so I was really happy to be
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Black Lives Matter and an LGBTQ flag hung in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion office, as a sign welcomes in students. a part of that,” Moquin, licensed mental health counselor, said. The solidarity spaces have been encouraging white staff to offer spaces and show their support. “I think there’s been
this call to action for white staff to step up,” Ozyesil said. “The spaces I’ve attended have featured those really important conversations, it focused on the students and staff of color and their stories.
It was also for white community members to show support.” Dante Greene, a SUNY Plattsburgh student, attended the listening session April 27. Greene expressed he realized the
need for these spaces and understood that the community should come together to support each other.
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SA ponders textbook fees BY ADEEB CHOWDHURY Associate FUSE Editor
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The SA meeting April 28 saw a presentation and discussion regarding an issue most students are all too familiar with — the excessive costs of college textbooks. Senior Assistant Librarian Malina Thiede of the Feinberg Library and Open Educational Resources intern Katie Sheehy delivered a presentation outlining this rapidly worsening problem. They pointed out that according to the Bureau of Labor, textbook prices have risen by almost 1000% in recent years and that individual textbooks can cost between $200 and $400. “It’s very worrying that textbook prices have been skyrocketing like this recently,” Thiede said. “65% of students skipped buying or renting a textbook because they’re so expensive.” They discussed other concerning statistics regarding the effect of textbook prices on learning and performance, citing a survey by popular textbook publisher, Cengage. According to the survey, 43% of students surveyed skipped meals because of textbook costs. 70% took on a part-time job and 30% had to take fewer classes. The presentation included a Sticky Note activity in which students can talk about how high textbook costs affected them. The notes included experiences such as “I got a lower score on a course than I would have because I could not afford the textbook” and “I had
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to reach out to other students for pictures of the textbook pages.” SA Senator Alexis Larreategui voiced her agreement, sharing her own experiences with the issue. “Textbook costs really affect a lot of students, including myself,” Larreategui said. “Having to pay hundreds of dollars for books every single semester is really stressful. Many students aren’t even aware of this issue until they start college.” Sheehy and Thiede proposed a solution to counter this trend: Open Educational Resources, or OERs. Their presentation described OERs as being “teaching, learning and research resources that are openly licensed which permits free-use and repurposing by others.” Such resources include full courses, books, learning games, tests, quizzes, lectures and multimedia — all available online. “OERs provide the perfect opportunity for students to learn and perform without having to worry about expensive textbooks,” Sheehy said. “They’re free, accessible and easy to use.” Their presentation reported that switching a class of 100 students from using traditional textbooks to OERs could save up to $30,000 in total cost. It could save students nationwide up to a billion dollars every year. In 2018, $8 million was invested in SUNY and CUNY institutions for the adoption of OERs. According to estimates, $9.5 million have been saved for more than 76,000 students in more than 2,800 newly converted course sections.
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“I feel like it’s an improvement and it is much needed,” Greene said. “It helps in this time when we’re separate, and I see the benefits of students coming together.” Moquin emphasized the importance of being able to offer spaces and opportunities for “students to express themselves and connect with other people.” Tragic events and the way people are able to connect has been changed because of technology. It allows students to connect with counselors through Zoom. “Social media has in a way changed what it means to be a bystander. When technology and social media
Sheehy and Thiede also provided a link to the SUNY Plattsburgh OER Research Guide, a web portal containing information regarding OERs as well as links to access them. The website provides information about various sources of free or low-cost books, such as OpenStax, Open Textbook Library, Project Gutenberg and LibriVox. Also included are links to various multimedia sources, like TED Talks, Free Music Archive, Creative Commons Search and the World Digital Library. The Research Guide invites students to “use OERs to study for a competency exam, supplement your assigned course materials and learn about a new subject without purchasing an expensive textbook.” The invitation is also extended to faculty members, who can “adopt OERs for classes to reduce or eliminate textbook costs for students, customize course materials for students, and create OERs that reflect how and what they teach.” Faculty and students can also work together to co-create OERs to reuse as teaching and learning materials for others. “Students can help make other students aware of OERs too,” Sheehy said. “We have an Instagram page where you can share our posts and give us a shout-out. You can also just let your friends know about this wonderful resource and make things a little easier for them.”
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weren’t as popular there wouldn’t be this expectation to take a video for documented proof,” Ozyesil said. Technology and social media have been essential in keeping people accountable for their actions, especially in the key witness having a cellphone recording of Flyod’s death, according to Moquin. May is mental health awareness month. The DEI and H.U.B student services also offered a virtual wellness week for students May 3-8. This included counseling sessions, meditation and movie nights. The DEI and H.U.B provide the campus community with spaces to come together and technology has improved and assisted the process. Email JOHANNA WEEKS firstname.lastname@example.org
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Treasurer Shreshth Kumar Coordinator for Academics Surabhi Parte Coordinator for Activities Laman Hanifayeva
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Coordinator for Arts Pilar Balader Coordinator for Clubs and Organizations Bailey Dell’Erba Coordinator for Student Affairs and Diversity Ohemaa Owusu-Poku Senators Lisette Linares, Oscar Saldivar, Mac-Olivier Lalanne, Omar Saldivar, Sophia Griffiths, David Rakhymzhan, Rucha Shinde, Lakshay Tiwari, Carter Mosher, Bryden Creegan, Meklit Mulualem, Belle Morley, Bryan Torres, Tsion Assefa, Vladamiere Perry and Aissatou Lo
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This Week in Photos: Semester Recap Photos By Dakota Gilbert and Olga Muka
Above: Nursing students work at the vaccination clinic in Memorial Hall and pose together for a group photo. Below: Sean Grady enjoy the hot week by playing spikeball at Memorial Field with friends.
Below: A softball player warms up her arm throwing before moving into intense drills to prepare for the season.
Below: Baseball player Stephen Bryant practices swing before stepping up to the plate.
Below: Roomates Ann Beauchamp, Izzy Dashnaw and Kristen Boerke doing homework by the river to soak up some of the sun.
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Barber inspires, supports track and field teammates BY JONAS WARD Staff Writer
Janyll Barber is a double major at SUNY Plattsburgh and also on the women’s track team. Her majors are Fitness and Wellness Leadership and Nutrition. She is a competitive player on the track team and also loves to support her friends. “I would say I’m selfless, but very competitive,” Barber said. “I think my teammates look up to me, the Plattsburgh State track team is a very supportive group. We all cheer each other on and support one another.” Barber’s track season has been affected because of the pandemic like a lot of student athletes. Her team has had to make changes to continue practice during the pandemic. “It has been hard to train and I miss being able to be a whole team, since we have to practice in small groups,” Barber said. Aislyn McDonough is a good friend of Barber’s. They are both on the women’s track team and she enjoys having Barber as a teammate. McDonough believes Barber is a great role model for new team members.
“She sets a good example for the younger athletes that come on our team,” McDonough said. “Everyone just looks up to her on the team because she is just such a hard worker, she is a great teammate, she will always be there for you, she puts in so much extra work behind the scenes. She really sets a tone for a lot of the other athletes.” McDonough believes other teammates look up to Barber for support. Barber is always willing to help out friends when they reach out. “I have never heard her complain before, she is told what to do and she does it,” McDonough said. “She doesn’t say any if, ands or buts. Her work and performance is so obvious during and outside of practice.” Nicholas Jones, the head track and field coach, thinks Barber is a purposeful athlete. “Janyll is a quiet, but intense studentathlete,” Jones said. “You are more likely to see her lead by action than with words. Janyll is very dedicated and does everything with a purpose.” Jones knows that Barber is supportive of the team. He notices her kindness and personality to the oth-
er teammates regulerary. “Janyll is a huge role model on our team,” Jones said “Her quiet focus could be intimidating, but as soon as her teammates have a conversation with her, they are more than comfortable. She has a big heart and demonstrates kindness regularly. These attributes have helped Janyll to elevate those around her.” Jones believes that Barber’s personality is what makes her so great. He likes the way she treats her teammates and he knows that Barber will be successful academically during the rest of her college career. “I would say that Janyll’s determination is pretty unique,” Jones said. “ Being a college athlete is no easy task. There are so many things to balance and our season typically goes from mid-October to late-May. Janyll has found a way to be extremely successful academically and athletically all while working multiple jobs.” Email Jonas Ward firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cards lose double header to Red Dragons BY GARRETT COLLINS Contributor
The Cardinals looked to continue the strong pitching that was apparent during the end of the third inning and into the second game against the SUNY New Paltz Hawks. Behind the arms of pitchers Chase Blazak, David Ghiloni and Andrew Vie, the Cardinals were able to split their double header. The cards were looking to ride their last win into another when Cortland came into town. Coming off of a low scoring loss of 1-2 to Oneonta, Cortland opened the first inning with a two-run lead on the Cardinals putting them down 2-0. The Cardinals however, showed up on defense in the second and the third inning pitching two shutouts keeping the game close and uncomfortable for Cortland. Plattsburgh’s inability to make contact with the ball however, would show to be their biggest problem. Throughout
the fourth, fifth and sixth, Plattsburgh surrendered only one run per inning. Their inability to match those runs in those three innings made a win for the game out of reach. The seventh inning was when the wheels fell off on the Plattsburgh defence, allowing five runs to make sure there would be no comebacks late in the game. The Cardinals would fall to the Red Dragons 0-11 in the first game of the double header. In the second game the Cardinals looked to fix their offensive attack by getting a well needed run in their first inning keeping the game at a comfortable 3-1 score. Two runs were given up by Plattsburgh in the second and the third inning. With the Plattsburgh offense not being able to match runs made by Cortland, the game had gone from a close one to the Cardinals facing a fourpoint deficit down 5-1. Plattsburgh responded by scoring a run in the fourth,
but Cortland’s additional three runs in the fourth inning kept the lead on Plattsburgh with a score of 8-2. With another threerun inning from Cortland in the fifth, the game had started to feel completely out of reach. Plattsburgh was able to notch three runs in the sixth inning, but another three-run inning by Cortland in the seventh made sure the Cardinals couldn’t get any closer to Cortland. The Cardinals would end up losing in the second of the double header 5-15. The Cardinal’s inability to match Cortland’s runs early in games was what hurt them the most. They were able to keep the game tight until the defense couldn’t keep Cortland at bay by the fifth and sixth inning. The Cardinals look to bounce back in a double header against the New Paltz Eagles on May 6.
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Right-handed senior pitcher Chase Blazak this season. Blazak is one of the three pitchers of the Cardinals who helped the Cardinals split their double header.
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Gabbie Hanna plays victim to criticism BY ALEXA DUMAS Opinions Editor
Drama-seeking and narcissistic are two of the best words to describe internet personality Gabbie Hanna. Recently, Hanna has been harassing internet personalities online for seemingly no reason. As the month of April came with a bang, so did the downfall of Gabbie Hanna. After making her debut on Vine in 2013, Hanna moved her platform to YouTube in 2014 after her popularity declined on the app. Her spunky and blunt personality drew a younger audience to her videos. Since then, Hanna has pursued a career in storytelling videos, music, art and most recently, poetry. Hanna’s music career is mediocre at best, but she has released two EPs and various singles. Her 2018 song, “Monster,” became a meme after an interview with the popular Genius channel on YouTube. Genius conducts “behind the lyrics” style videos with music artists to hear the background of their most popular songs. Hanna, unfortunately, sang the word “monster” so loud it blew out a microphone, distorting the sound. The meme rose in popularity in summer 2019. Unfortunately for her, that wasn’t the last of the memes — it was just the beginning. Hanna’s first art and poetry book, “Adultolescence,” debuted in 2017 with mixed reviews. While her poem, “Anxiety,” was relatable to her audience, poems like “Link in Bio,” “Filler,” “Concealer” and “Relative” were a laughing stock to the internet. Twitter user @moanbarkfart tweeted on April 20, “i just wanna ask gabbie hanna what the hell is THIS???” Pictures of the poems were attached to the tweet to explain how truly outlandish the poems were. Hanna responded to the backlash with a tweet stating, “i still can’t believe i wrote a funny, engaging, thematic poetry book about sexual assault, mortality, childhood abuse, mental illness & suicidal ideation as my first release — and all people cared to share was ‘link in bio’ and ‘family is relatives.’” If Hanna took a step back to review her own work, she’d see how terrible it truly is. YouTube book reviewer, Rachel Oates
made a three-part video series to review “Adultolescence” in 2019, where she pointed out obvious flaws with structure, style and voice. Oates stated that “poetry is subjective” at the beginning of the video, and explained how she disliked the book, but did not attack Hanna personally. Oates’ biggest problems with the book were based on Hanna’s lack of knowledge in writing free verse poetry. Hanna released a second poetry book in late 2020 titled, “Dandelion.” This book featured new poems and art, as well as exclusive bonus pages. Hanna even went out of her way to send a copy to Oates to review on her channel, which was a surprise to her. “She told me she wanted the book in the hands of people who loved poetry and she included me with those kinds of people,” Oates stated in her Oct. 26, 2020 video. “Thank you to her for recognizing me.” The video titled, “Gabbie Hanna Sent Me Her New Poetry Book,” Oates states how Hanna has grown to face criticism of her work. However, the rest of the video shows how Hanna’s poetry has declined in value, but her talents could be redirected to works of fiction or even her artwork featured in the books, Oates said. “I have to give Gabbie a lot of credit for reaching out to me and for sending me her book, even though I critiqued her last book pretty harshly,” Oates continued. “I think it shows growth and maturity, and a willingness to take criticism.” Almost six months after the video was released, Hanna recently started harassing Oates on Instagram and Twitter. The videos attacking Oates are harsh and paint Hanna as the victim, even though she was the one who started the drama. “She’s not a f*cking artist. I don’t care about her f*cking opinion because she has no accomplishments in the arts, or has proven to me that she is actually intellectual enough to understand art,” Hanna stated on her Instagram April 19. “I accept my criticism from talented, smart people, not abusive, toxic, exploitative bullies on YouTube.” The statement Hanna made was hypocritical. How can you willingly send someone a book to review, then call them abusive when they don’t like your poetry? It is safe to say that Hanna is not in
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the best mental headspace to be dealing with the internet currently, especially after calling out various other YouTube personalities for seemingly minor incidents. The biggest of the drama has to do with internet personality, Trisha Paytas. Hanna invited Paytas on her video podcast, “Burnout,” in February. Paytas was
an unlikely guest since Hanna spread a rumor in 2018 that Paytas has an STD to their ex-partner. In the episode, Paytas is noticeably uncomfortable with Hanna as she hashes out her mental problems. Paytas then urges Hanna to seek professional help for these issues. DOWNFALL l A8
Caitlyn Jenner considers governor run BY CARLY NEWTON Staff Writer
Another year, another celebrity announces they are running for political office. The most recent celebrity to kick-start their bid for higher office is Caitlyn Jenner. On April 23, Jenner, 73, revealed on Twitter that she was running for governor of California. “California has been my home for nearly 50 years. I came here because I knew that anyone, regardless of their background or station in life, could turn their dreams into reality,” Jenner tweeted. “But for the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people. Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision.” Recently, a petition was signed by 2 million people in California to force a recall election of Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom. Jenner, a Republican, former Olympian and reality star, is planning to take advantage of California’s shaky governorship and run during the recall election. Jenner’s notoriety and fame may give her a solid chance at winning and being elected the next governor of California. This unfair advantage is exactly why celebrities should not run for any political office. However, Jenner, who publicly came out as a transgender woman in 2015, would break many milestones if she were to be elected governor. Though Jenner is transgender, she stated that she opposes biological boys who identify as transgender, competing in girls’
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school sports, in a TMZ interview May 2. This controversial comment has caused outrage from transgender activists, such as actor Elliot Page and Equality California, an LGBTQ+ non-profit, who don’t want her to speak for the rest of the community. A May 4 ABC news article revealed Jenner is running on a platform to combat “big government.” Jenner is overseeing a promise to open up schools and businesses in California. “California, it’s time to reopen our schools, reopen our business-
es, reopen the golden gates, so I don’t care if you’re a Republican or a Democrat. I’m ready to be governor for all Californians,” Jenner said in her ad campaign May 4. Jenner is currently getting more publicity than any other candidate and even more than current Governor Gavin Newsome. This is no surprise considering her fame. It is more respectable when a candidate running for office works their way up to gain popularity over the course of a campaign. When there’s a candidate
like Jenner, most people already know who she is, so her chances at being elected is greater. Meanwhile, other lesser-known candidates have to work twice as hard for people to know their name. Celebrities like Jenner could overshadow hard-working candidates, especially candidates who would better serve the community to which they have been elected, like current governor Newsome. It is also worth mentioning that any celebrity that is elected to political office could bring unnecessary distractions
like family drama and keeping up with social media. Jenner, who was married to Kris Jenner for 24 years, is familiar with petty drama. Jenner helped raise Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, while also having two children, Kendall and Kylie, with Kris Jenner. Over the years, the Kardashian family has been a big sensation in the pop-culture world, gaining over 1.9 million viewers of their show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
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Odenkirk throws punches in ‘Nobody’ BY CAMERON KAERCHER Contributor
When an actor plays specific type of character for a long time, it is difficult to get a job playing something other than that. For example, when one mentions Tom Cruise, it would make sense to think of his leading action roles in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise or “Jack Reacher,” or “Top Gun.” Few people would think of his grotesquely hilarious turn as Les Grossman in “Tropic Thunder.” This unexpected casting choice is known as “playing against type.” A new action thriller finds Bob Odenkirk playing against type in “Nobody.” Odenkirk stars as Hutch Mansell, a father stuck in a rut, trying to leave a life of contract killing in his rearview mirror. The suppression of his darker times are lost on his friends and family as they see him as somebody who needs to be more masculine. A random home invasion one night unlocks the hidden rage of Mansell as he un-
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leashes this hidden fury against those who threatened his wife and children. Odenkirk got his start on the comedy show “Mr. Show” with David Cross, then earned multiple Emmy award nominations on “Better Call Saul.” The “Breaking Bad” offshoot finds Odenkirk playing Saul Goodman, a fast talking lawyer who is willing to
do anything for his clients. These two roles did not establish him as an action star, but this film does. The first scene establishes that this is not the Bob Odenkirk of years past with his five o’clock shadow, a bruise under his eye, and he is slowly dragging on a cigarette. Maybe he is entering the second phase of his career and it will bring
more action to his resume. It is a great performance apart from the surprise of a funny guy playing an action hero. He has some amusing one liners and a great physicality when the violence hits. While there were some stuntmen used for the fights, Odenkirk did train for two years leading up to the film’s production. His fighting starts off
as rough as anyone else’s father would be, but once the plot kicks into gear, so does the choreography. Produced by David Leitch, the fighting sequences take after the Keanu Reeves-led “John Wick” franchise in which Leitch also worked on. When the punches start to fly, the camera stays back and lets the audience see
the action. This new wave of action directing is so refreshing after the horrible shaky-cam phase action films went through in the 2000s. All of these elements combine together to create a genuinely entertaining film. When there aren’t any bones to be broken, the film is still enjoyable. Christopher Lloyd (“Back to the Future”) plays David Mansell, Hutch’s father, a grouch that ends up being helpful in unexpected ways during the climax. The Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA rounds out the cast as Hutch’s lost brother who only communicates solely through radio. His iconic voice is very well utilized. “Nobody” is ironically memorable thanks to a phenomenal Odenkirk playing against type. It is a marketing miss by Universal to not hold on to this film for another month or so until the weekend of June 20, it would have been a perfect Father’s Day premiere.
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Pandemic affects Academy Awards BY NATALIE ST. DENIS Associate Opinions Editor
The 93rd annual Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, had the lowest audience to date. Only 9.8 million Americans tuned into the ceremony April 25, which was more than a 50% decrease from 2020. The lack of viewers could be attributed to the fact that many Americans missed the opportunity to view films due to the pandemic, which shut down movie theaters. The Oscars were originally scheduled for Feb. 28, but due to the pandemic the show was delayed until April. Despite that, the show went on. In fact, the show went on a little too long, as it always does. The Oscars have always struggled to stay within their allotted three hour air time. In 2019, the ceremony lasted almost four and a half hours — the longest in its history. This year the ceremony was more than three hours long. Regardless, the night showcased the talented people of Hollywood. History was made when Chloe Zhao became the first woman of color to win an Oscar for directing. Zhao also received the most nominations in a single year, more than any other woman in Oscar history. Yuh-Jung Youn won Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Minari.” She was the first Korean actor to win any Oscar. The diversity seen at the Oscars this year
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was a much needed change from the past. Previous movements against the ceremony were prevalent on social media like, #OscarsSoWhite. The Academy Awards always advocate for diversity, but this is rarely put into action. This year showed the potential the ceremony has to include more diversity, but it can still do better. Throughout the long night were a few laugh-worthy moments to keep things lively, like Daniel Kaluuya’s awkward speech tribute to his mother in atten-
dance. Kaluuya played Fred Hampton in “Judas and the Black Messiah”’ and won Best Supporting Actor. When he gave his speech, he seemed to run out of things to say and appeared nervous. “Celebrate life, man,” Kaluuya said. “We are breathing, we are walking, it’s incredible. My mum and my dad, they had sex. It’s amazing that I’m here! So I’m going to celebrate that tonight.” The cameras showed his mother in the crowd mouthing, “What is he talking about?”
His sister laughed and covered her face. The night concluded with an awkward upset. Chadwick Boseman, known for his role in “Black Panther,” passed away last year after battling colon cancer. Boseman was expected to win best actor for his role in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” But instead 83-year-old Anthony Hopkins, who starred in “The Silence of the Lambs” received the award for his role in “The Father.” OSCARS l A8
Morrison’s legacy lives on in lyrics BY HALES PASSINO Staff Writer
He was “The Lizard King,” and he could do anything. Jim Morrison was a true poet in the music industry, and it’s debatable whether he belonged in that environment. Morrison was best known for his time as lead vocalist with Los Angeles rock band, The Doors, alongside keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore. The Doors were considered kings of the acid rock genre with their dark and revolutionary sound of the late 1960s. In 1993, Rolling Stone magazine even ranked them 41st on the list of “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” Some of their most sucHANNAH DOWNS/Cardinal Points cessful albums include
the 1967 self-titled album “The Doors” as well as “Strange Days,” which was also released in 1967. The 1971 studio album “L.A. Woman” was the last to feature Morrison before his untimely demise three months prior to the release. The Doors explored deep roots of blues and psychedelia subculture, especially within songs like “Light My Fire” and “The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat).” SUNY Plattsburgh graduate Angela Weller first listened to The Doors back in middle school, after watching Oliver Stone’s 1991 homage and biographical film “The Doors,” starring Val Kilmer. “Jim’s onstage persona is just complete anarchy and I love it,” Weller said. “He’s
just an insane person.” His alcoholism, drug frenzy, nomadic mindset and chaos were a lethal combination, which made him a real rock and roll stereotype. Weller is also familiar with Morrison’s softer side — his poetry. His words still have a way of turning people upside down and inside out to this day. This is also reflected in The Doors’ music. Though Plattsburgh resident Allen Canepa respects their work, he feels as though Morrison and The Doors were praised much more than they should have been. “He’s an idol and the band is the first taste of weird rock and roll for most people,” Canepa said.
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Students need mental health break The spring semester is finally coming to an end. The unconventional 20202021 school year has caused mental and emotional burnout for most students. The stress of the pandemic, the move to remote learning and the limited social interaction has deeply affected the way students view education. Anxiety, depression, loneliness and increased stress levels are the largest mental health struggles that college students have been facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some students find this burnout to be challenging to their academics. Online and Zoom classes create a wedge between students and professors, which is a bond some students need to succeed. A survey by Boston University was conducted to test the pandemic’s mental health
affects on college students in 2020. Out of 33,000 college students across the country, anxiety and depression is rapidly increasing. In the research article it states, “The survey further reveals that 83% of students said their mental health had negatively impacted their academic performance within the past month, and that two-thirds of college students are struggling with loneliness and feeling isolated — an all-time high prevalence that reflects the toll of the pandemic and the social distancing necessary to control it.” This high percentage of negative mental health impacts is deeply concerning. Some universities, however, allotted mental health days for students because most spring breaks were cancelled. SUNY Plattsburgh did not give students this op-
DOWNFALL Continued from page six “There is no excuse,” Hanna claims in the episodes. “Mental health is not an excuse to barrate people online.” If only Hanna took her own advice. Following the release of the video, Hanna blasted Paytas and spread false information yet again. Paytas, who has been recently diagnosed with mild schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder, posted various TikTok and YouTube videos begging Hanna to leave them alone due to their mental health. Ultimately, Paytas blocked Hanna on all social media. “I’m not sure what I even did to Gabbie in the first place,”
GOVERNOR Continued from page six Jenner is no stranger to celebrities running for office either. Maybe she even got the idea to run from her former son-in-law Kanye West. West, who is currently divorcing Kim Kardashian, ran for president in the 2020 presidential election. According to a Nov. 7 BBC news article, West accumulated 60,000
Continued from page seven Watchers took to social media to express their frustrations. “I loved the intimate setting of the Oscars this year and was impressed that the pace felt GOOD. But dear lord the end was a flop. And now knowing it was all to set up for a tribute to Chadwick which didn’t even come to fruition....that feels so cheap and dirty by the producers,” tweeted @mediocrehuman1 on Twitter. Boseman’s brother, Derrick Boseman, had an optimistic opinion in an interview with
TMZ. He said Boseman wasn’t one to put too much value on the Oscars anyway. An Oscar would have been an achievement, but never an obsession. The film industry should be commended for their efforts on screen but also for the extreme precautions they dealt with while filming during a pandemic. Actors had to go through temperature checks upon arriving to set everyday and often had to get tested for COVID-19 multiple times a week. The pandemic also forced
MORRISON Continued from page seven “They hang on to an ideal of The Doors being better than they were.” Music sounding good and music resonating with someone are two entirely different perspectives. Listeners like Canepa long for songs that they relate emotionally. For him, The Doors feel empty. However, “Roadhouse Blues” from the 1970 studio album, “Morrison Hotel,” is one Doors tune that is memorable for Canepa. “It has heart and soul,” Canepa said.
Paytas pleaded to Hanna in her April 27 video. “I can’t take on anyone’s mental health crisis right now because I’ve been going through it. I just want no communication with you. I don’t want to talk, I don’t want to be friends and I don’t want you talking about me. I’m done talking about you.” It can be stated that the internet is tired of Hanna’s manic and toxic behavior. Her attacks come out of nowhere and only pose the question: where is Hanna’s support system? With that question in mind, it will take only a matter of time before the internet finds the true answer behind Hanna’s behavior. Her attention seeking behavior will only be her downfall.
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votes out of 160 million votes that were cast. This pitiful attempt at a bid for the presidency was embarrassing for the United States. Everyone who meets the requirements should be able to run for president, but that doesn’t mean everyone should run for president. West is one of these people who shouldn’t. In a presidential campaign that included both Donald Trump and Joe Biden, West’s bid did not make much sense. In a Billboard article written Nov. 6, it was noted that West’s campaign was probably nothing more than promoting his brand.
tion, which could have benefited those falling behind on schoolwork. SUNY Plattsburgh should have taken students’ mental health into consideration this semester, instead of straining them for 15 weeks. Wellness days could have helped students take control in this bizarre situation, but instead the college left students helpless. If future pandemic issues arise, wellness days should be provided. After surviving the tumultuous semester, it is important to take time for yourself. Take a hike, read a book, listen to music, paint and do crafts, watch a movie, hangout with friends and anything else that can take your mind off stressors. All students deserve a break after the semester, so treat yo’self!
Running for any office, especially the office of the president, should not be used as an attempt to garner more attention, money or fame for yourself. It deserves much more respect than a publicity stunt. For the sake of California, hopefully Jenner takes the role seriously and does not use it to “further her brand.” The voters deserve better than that. Email CARLY NEWTON email@example.com
society to reinvent the ways in which entertainment is consumed. The public relied on streaming services to keep up to date with new movies. Consumers around the world may have had at home movie nights with their friends virtually, instead of going out to see a movie in the theaters. Watch party apps like “Teleparty,” previously known as “Netflix Party,” allows viewers to watch a movie on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, or Disney+ and share the link for friends to join. The movie is synced for all to view and there is a sidebar chat function. According to TVTech, 25 million people took part in
“They had the chance to shine.” If anything, Morrison was a star that burned too bright and didn’t truly share the limelight while he was alive. Morrison was the lead of the band and his bandmates were rarely recognized. “Being a lyricist is cool,” Canepa said. “But who’s actually making the music?” Morrison had a short run in this world. After recording “L.A. Woman,” Morrison took time off from making music to go be with girlfriend Pamela Courson in Paris. In July 1971, she found him dead in the bathtub in their apartment at 6 a.m. His official cause of death is listed as heart failure; however, rumors still circulate,
some sort of watch party during the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the entertainment industry as a whole made strides in showing how adaptable the industry is, even during a pandemic. The Oscars was an opportunity to showcase this talent. Along with that, strides were also made in diversifying the nominees and winners. The Academy Awards still has a long way to go. The talents of minority groups should be showcased and not left in the shadows while white men steal their spotlight. Email NATALIE ST. DENIS firstname.lastname@example.org
as an autopsy was never performed on him and Courson’s story kept changing. The mystery remains. This led to his unfortunate membership in the infamous 27 Club, a group of musicians who have all passed away at the age of 27. Other icons in the 27 Club include Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse. Morrison’s defiant soul leaves behind quite the legacy. His prose was a powerhouse in a generation undergoing vast amounts of societal change . Email HALES PASSINO email@example.com
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Disc golf course opens BY MATAEO SMITH Co-News Editor
Whether it be a hobby or professional endeavor, Disc Golf offers entertainment for all. A nine-hole, standard three Frisbee golf course has been designed in the fields behind the field house, beginning only south of the parking next to Temple Beth Israel, folding over the service road, along the waterway, alongside Chip Cummings Field and back out to the parking garage toward the west of the field house. Disc Golf is played similarly to traditional golf according to Recreation Sports and Programs Director Melissa LaMere. She said the game is open to all skill levels. Discs, pencils, scorecards, and sanitizing spray is available at the storage box near the first tee for students who do not have their own materials,” LaMere said.“The course is available for open use, and periodically the Recreation Department will host events such as tournaments and instructional lessons. The course is open year round. I personally have played a few times, and admit I need more practice.” Disc Golf is played
like conventional golf, however with circle golf plates rather than balls and clubs. One toss, or “stroke,” is checked each time the plate is tossed and when a punishment is caused. The objective is to play each opening in the least strokes conceivable. The player with the most reduced all out strokes for the whole course wins. The opening is finished when the disc stops in the golf basket. Players are instructed to never throw when players or other park users are within range. Students who choose to play are encouraged to always give park users the right of way. And to be aware of their surroundings and environment at all times. “I’ve been playing disc golf for about six years, and competitively for the past three,” disc golf player Jose Deondarza said. “It’s a great recreational outdoor activity that challenges me to do better every time I go out. It’s also a sport that I can do with my sons, who are 16 and 18 now. The camaraderie in the sport is great, and the level of competitive tournament play has been amazing fun.” Deondarza first picked up disc golf when he was
Chancler creates ‘Nature Concert Series’ BY THOMAS BOUCHARD ing made it challenging to set up a concert, Contributor more specifically to set Rose Chancler’s goal one up in person. Chanwas to become a col- cler got talking with the lege professor and be a board and brainstormed concert pianist. Chan- ideas on what they can cler’s first job was at a do. They decided inUniversity in Alaska in stead of doing five to six Fairbanks, and she was concerts a season which the only professor pia- is one every 2 months, nist there. It was a great they decided to do one first experience and she every month and put it loved it. Afterward, she online for free for people was fortunate enough to watch. It gave a platto get a job at the Uni- form for artists to play. versity in Iowa. Even It got artists from across though it was a great the country together to job, she left because she provide concerts online. wanted to do something Even with the concerts different. “It is not what being free, they took a I was wanting in life.” shot at it. They tried to She ended up moving to see how long they could Upstate, NY and she cre- go with the money they ated the Piano by Nature had left over from the previous seasons. MiracConcert Series. This series presents ulously, they received some of the highest cali- a ton of donations from ber, intimate and piano- the people watching based concerts at the the concerts. The donaHistoric Hand House in tions were nothing outElizabethtown, NY. The rageous, but it was just Historic Hand House is enough to pay the artist. an important historic At the end of the season, and architectural re- if there were more donasource during the 19th tions left over it would century. Since 2018, it be split up with all the has grown substantially artists. The pandemic has afand includes year-round fected so many indussolo and chamber mutries and individuals sic concerts, with peraround the world, espeformances highlighting cially the music induslesser-known twentieth century works and un- try. Social distancing usual instrumental com- and the stay-at-home order made it almost imbinations. The summer before the possible to set up a conCOVID-19, Chancler men- cert in-person. Howevtioned “It was one of my er, The Piano by Nature best summers for play- Concert Series created a ing gigs, and the most great platform online for money I made. I felt like artists around the counI finally achieved some- try to be part of, and it thing” at that point, it has been received very had taken her 15 years. well. Sometimes the best Then COVID-19 hit, and ideas are the most abwith a short time frame surd ones that should there was nothing and not work. that great momentum she had was gone. All her plans for the sumEmail THOMAS mer were in shambles. BOUCHARD The stay-at-home order, email@example.com and the social distanc-
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looking for something active to do with his sons, who were 10 and 12 at the time. He had seen the disc golf course and baskets in Cadyville, before and the Town of Plattsburgh let individuals try out a set of discs for free, so the family gave it a try. When the City of Plattsburgh hosted a doubles tournament in 2017, Deondarza and his
children didn’t hesitate to enter. Thirty teams, divided across three divisions pertaining to competitive players, community players and players partnered with a business or agency, went head-to-head on the fields of Cadyville Recreation Park. Deondarza said Disc Golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Ac-
cording to The Professional Disc Golf Association, 70,000 new members have registered with the organization via its website within the past three years. The top players can earn 10,000 in prize money at a tournament. Professional Disc Golf Player Paul McBeth, a 5 time world champion, signed a $10 million, 10-year contract with Dis-
craft Feb. 24. Deondarza taught his sons that Disc Golf can be treated as a hobby or a passion. He said its up to students to pick which game they would like to play.
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Virtual play festival held BY CHRISTYN PETTWAY Staff Writer
Friday and Saturday, the SUNY Plattsburgh Theatre Department held its first annual 10-Minute-Play Festival. Although the entirety of the event lasted for almost two hours, it consisted of seven plays. The theatre department has wanted to hold a studentdirected play festival for the past few years, and were finally able to carry one out this semester. The festival was created as part of “Join The Jubilee,” a nationwide festival that lasts all year long for unrepresented, marginalized groups of people. Some of these groups consist of deaf artists, non-binary artists, artists of color and others that apply. Each play was selected from the New Play Exchange, a platform that places writers, readers and theatre artists together. These plays were then directed by THE416, a class that focuses on the theory and practice of theatre direction, giving student directors first-hand experience in working directly with a living playwright. The 10-Minute Play Festival aimed to showcase the hard work of student directors while also providing them with the fun challenge of directing a complete, one-act play in only 10 minutes. 10-minute plays aren’t something SUNY Plattsburgh created. For auditions, students could either join the Zoom auditions over the course of the several evenings they were held or instead had the option to submit a video audition. Castings were decided over Zoom. Students in THE416 served as directors for these plays. Each director was responsible for scheduling their own rehearsals with their cast members. Professor Erika Guay and technical director Ben Wright helped by making sure each student director had all the materials they needed for their play, which included ring lights, phone
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stands, green screens, scarves, makeup and fishing line. Like real-life directors, THE416’s student directors all met with Stage Manager Thomas Bouchard for tech rehearsals in order to go through light and sound cues needed for each individual play. Shawna Mefferd Kelty, the professor of THE416 who also served as festival director, made sure all of these things were provided for her students. As festival director, professor Kelty guided the entire process of making sure these plays were carried out successfully. The first step was contacting each playwright and negotiating contracts. Kelty found ways to connect her student directors with the playwrights, made sure student directors stayed on schedule by coordinating meetings and sending out emails, and collaborated on forms of promotion like posters, graphics, programs and ticketing. Extensive promoting for the 10-Minute Play Festival was done through flyers on campus, student digest advertisements, social media posts, and outreach emails and invitations to SUNY Plattsburgh’s alumni and
other campuses. With the help of Kelty handling all the background work and with each student director taking charge of their own plays, the first annual 10-Minute Play Festival was held live over Zoom on April 30 and May 1 at 7 p.m. each night. To join the Zoom, students were required to purchase a free ticket for the day they planned to attend through tickets.plattsburgh.edu, SUNY Plattsburgh’s online ticketing office for campus events. After ordering, students could then click the Zoom link in the festival description to join the play festival. A program for the plays was provided in the Zoom chat. The first play of the festival, Mina, Dina, Tina, and Bean’s Completely Average Pandemic Pod Powerpoint Party, written by Hayley St. James, is directed by Student Director Mason Barber. The second play, The Next Step, written by Rachel L. Strayer, is directed by Student Director Brady Terry. Terry, who is currently in his junior year as a theatre and music major, searched “dark humor” on New Play Exchange for the
play he directed because he saw it as a good starting point. “I lucked out because this one ended up being incredibly thought-provoking and really caught my attention with how relatable and genuine it is while also making people laugh in an uncomfortable sort of way.” The play consists of a deep conversation between a man and a dead body. The third play, CareLEss, written by Jackie Martin, is directed by Student Director Anthony Sardella. The fourth play, Confirmation Bias, written by Nick Malakhow, is directed by Student Director Angel Martinez. Martinez is currently a senior theatre major who’s planning to graduate in the fall. This play is about two men who end up in the same place to meet with a psychologist; Chuck, an openly gay man and the other guy whose name remains anonymous. The anonymous man is very suggestively in the closet about his sexuality. “When offered the opportunity to direct a scene of my choice, I wanted a facet of my identity to approach the work. It had to be LGBTQIA driven,” said Martinez. The fifth play, Stories of Color, written by Jodi Antenor, is directed by Student Director Jhada-Ann Walker. The sixth play, Innumerable, written by Hayley Haggerty, is directed by Student Director Caleb Eugley. The last play, 1900’s Women Bonding, written by Catherine Weingarten and directed by Student Director Emma Kay Caton. Although the 10-Minute Festival was held live for two days, all seven plays are available on the SUNY Plattsburgh Theatre Department Youtube channel. Students can access the full festival on Youtube until May 7.
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Student Art Spotlight Melissa Common Senior hospitality management major minoring in business and photography
Friday, May 7, 2021
Photography has always been a huge passion of mine. I started by mainly taking nature photos such as sunsets, f lowers, landscapes, etc. but it was only just a hobby of mine at the time. As I got older, I began venturing more into photography by getting my own camera, doing research, exploring other types and styles of photography and taking some of the photo classes here at Plattsburgh. I’ve expanded my capabilities and knowledge about photography so much over the past few years and I have the wonderful photo professors and TAs to thank for that. I hope to continue learning and developing my photography skills well after graduation and to someday start my own photography business.
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Weekly Tarot Reading BY RIVER ASHE Staff Writer
This week’s reading comes from The Divine Feminine Oracle deck by Meggan Watterson. This vibrant, beautiful deck contains 53 goddesses, saints and powerful figures from religions and cultures ranging from Mary Magdalene to Sappho to Kali. These cards have been designed to offer a view on any situation. All card meanings have been interpreted from the guidebook sold with the deck. Aquarius (Jan. 20—Feb. 18) pulled Amaterasu, the Goddess of Light. Through all of your selfdoubt, low self-esteem and anxieties, you have withdrawn from the outside world and exist in a safe shell of your own making.You are safe to come out, even if your mind is telling you not to. The people you love miss you. “She doesn’t truly see herself and the beauty of her light until she’s drawn out of herself,” the author said. Pisces (Feb. 19—March 20) drew Pope Joan, the Pontiff of Possibilities. Your doubts and anxieties are holding you back from accomplishing your goals. Let this card be the nudge you need to take a step forward and realize that the only way you can truly fail is by not trying. “The possibilities are limitless, because the soul is limitless,”
the guidebook said. Aries (March 21—April 19) pulled Shekinah, the Presence of the Divine Feminine. Though you may be going through some difficult times in life right now, Shekinah asks you to remember that the light you are seeking is inside of you. You are made of it, and you are allowed to love it. “We can experience the light we are. And that can be enough. That can be the miracle and the answer we actually need,” Watterson stated. Taurus (April 20—May 20) drew Teresa of Avila, Our Lady of the Interior Life. This card is calling you to go on a journey of self-exploration and to discern your own motives behind your actions. The more you know yourself, the more comfortable you will be, though the road to get there may not be easy. “She asks us to move that inner truth out into the world with confidence and conviction,” the guidebook said. Gemini (May 21—June 20) pulled Brigid, the Goddess of the Eternal Flame. The dark times are almost over and the sun is approaching. You have made it here and now you can rest knowing that this storm is mostly behind you. Your strength and courage are marvelous to behold. “Brigid reminds us that the darkness never lasts,” Watterson stated. Cancer (June 21—July 22) drew Rabi’a, the Queen of
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Saintly Women. Whether you realize it or not, you have been expecting compensation for your affection, either physical or spiritual. True, real love is found when you release expectations and allow yourself to love for the sake of it. “Each time we are able to love someone or ourselves without conditions to that love, we arrive at this altar within us,” the author wrote. Leo (July 23—Aug. 22) pulled Thecla, the Prophetess of True Power. This is your life to live and the only one you’ve got, so stop letting other people call the shots and decide
who you are going to be. You are your own person. “We are not bound by anything except the dictates of our own soul,” Watterson wrote. Virgo (Aug. 23—Sept. 22) drew Khadījah, the Mother of Believers. This card asks you to realize your own self-sufficiency and ability to provide for yourself. You have felt dependent on others until now, but just know that you are more than capable of sustaining your own life and taking care of yourself. “We can cultivate the capacity we have to create more and more freedom for ourselves,”
the guidebook said. Libra (Sept. 23—Oct. 22) pulled Saraswati, the Goddess of Self-Knowledge. You have been feeling stuck in a creative rut lately, but that is about to change. Remember that the process of creation is not about the end result but about your love of the journey. “Our art should be judged not on popularity, but on its power to transform us,” Watterson said. Scorpio (Oct. 23—Nov. 21) drew Diana, Queen of the Wilderness. This is your call to temporarily leave your electronics at home and take a walk through the woods. If you
happen to find a mud puddle, channel your inner child and delight in making a mess! You are in desperate need of inner peace. “Answers sometimes need to come from the basic desire of the body to feel grounded here on earth,” the guidebook stated. Sagittarius (Nov. 22— Dec. 21) pulled Enheduanna, the High Priestess. You are being called to embrace every part of yourself, virtues and flaws, and become the powerful force of nature you are destined to be. Love freely, love recklessly, love without second guessing, and you will be happy. “She is the limitless love and the inexhaustible power that moves through us when we merge with the soul,” the author said. Capricorn (Dec. 22—Jan. 19) drew Saint Brigid, Our Lady of Exalted Light. Now is the time to let go of your unhealthy relationship with material things, whether a lifelong collection taking up too much space or a box of trinkets that you simply can’t bear to throw away. Remember what they signify, but do not be afraid to let them go. The extra space will bring you peace and comfort; “So that you have the sacred space to remember just how much you have when your soul is loud and ever present within you,” Watterson stated.
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Haby helps students BFA stuck in quarantine
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BY TYLER DAWSON Contributor
Businesses owners and professors in the area have been affected drastically this past year. Most businesses have changed harshly by either being fully closed due to restrictions, redesigned, or even moving locations. Wanda Haby is no exception. Haby, a SUNY Plattsburgh faculty member and H&H Music Studio business owner, is finding herself busy during these unprecedented times.While teaching at the university, Haby is also running her own business and volunteering at the isolation and quarantine dorms. She helps students get what they need whether it’s bottled water, meals, magazines, and even treats. “I bought a whole bunch of ice cream at Sam’s for them,” Haby said. “Just a few things to make them feel better while being stuck in a little room for however long the CDC tells you.” Both Haby’s teaching and personal life have been affected by COVID-19. She planned on getting married in May of last year and it has been postponed until her fiance can cross the border again from Canada. “Because of his job, we have not seen each other since last Saint Patrick’s Day,” Haby said. COVID has affected Haby’s teaching as well. “I have a strict seating chart,” Baby said. “I make sure they wash their desks, and no congregating.” Professor Haby also discussed that she is referring
her students to services and having appointments to just talk to them personally.Over the past year, students have found themselves grasping for motivation and really struggling mentally from the pandemic, the new way of life, and their home situations. “In the beginning of the semester, parents were concerned with their kids’ living situations and classes,” Haby said.“The university is doing everything they can to keep the students safe.” Haby is now extremely flexible with deadlines for her students. She said if they need more time, dates are moveable. This past year, Professor Haby had even received the award for Exemplary SUNY Faculty Member for Online Teaching. It was the only award given to a Plattsburgh Staff member. Haby also juggles her own local business. H&H Music pre-COVID had over 130 students and music families coming through for lessons. “People were driving for hours just to take lessons here,” she said. Seven teachers were working independently out of the studio. Whether it was drums, voice, piano or strings, H&H Music had it. All schedules were full with Wanda specifically having 62 private students at the same time. The studio helped prepare students for university auditions, state music festivals, America’s Got Talent auditions, etc. Several of the studio’s students were accepted
in schools such as Crane School of Music, Berklee College of Music, and even the Juilliard Conservatory. Haby worked with students with disabilities in particular. “For some of them, they have told me that this is one of the only things they look forward to every week,” she said. The studio was doing outstanding until COVID hit, but H&H Music is still closed after months due to entertainment restrictions and distancing guidelines. “We used to do four recitals a year, and students learn how to be professional from these to build self-confidence. This year, that has all been lost.” The studio used to do community service around the area. “It is truly heartbreaking that the service they provided to their students is all gone,” Haby said. In this unprecedented time, local faculty and business owners are taking a large portion of the blow from our new reality. Haby and local business H&H Music are just one instance of lasting effects of this global pandemic. Hundreds of people are still struggling everyday in the area, whether it be a student, business, or professor. Lives have changed for better or worse. With vaccines rolling out every week and students now allowed to get them, the end of COVID could be near.
Artists faced challenges this year that didn’t exist in past years due to COVID-19. Some studio spaces were appointment only, so students had to sign up in advance to use the space. Some studios didn’t have appointments, but students had to respect each other’s space by coming back another time if someone was in the studio they needed. There was also a supply shortage. Many supplies that are widely used like black frames ran out in local stores. Some materials students needed were produced in other countries where they weren’t shipping things out because of COVID-19. Each student faced a unique set of challenges with their pieces. Shannon O’Brien, a BFA art major with a concentration in photography and compliments in drawing and sculpture, created a sculpture that included two cathode-ray tube televisions, one in a suitcase, with dvd players attached playing a video on a loop 24/7. “I’m never going to use DVD players again, only tvs after like, 2010 for this gal,” O’Brien said. “Seeing it all up really makes a difference because when you’re buying the stuff, spending like $500 on frames and mats it’s like, ‘holy crap this is a lot of money.’ But then I see it all up there and I’m like, ‘oh it’s worth it.’” Art students must go through an application process to qualify for the BFA. There are a few coursEmail TYLER DAWSON es they must complete firstname.lastname@example.org before they can apply,
but some students apply as early as spring of their freshman year. Those who aren’t accepted can apply every spring. The application includes a review of their work by the art faculty. Students must show they have grown and will continue to grow conceptually, ideologically and skill wise to participate. Candidates take a BFA course their senior year, which teaches them about the curating side of the art world and keeps them on track for the BFA exhibit. The show really helps us experience first hand what it’s like to be a professional artist,” Jade Nguyen, a BFA art major concentrating in photography and graphic design, said. Most of the pieces are for sale. Each student works with a sponsor, a professor in their concentration who helps guide their creative process, gives critiques and helps them manage their time. The work BFA students show is influenced by all their years of school but all made in their senior year. “It’s good because it helps us learn, especially if we’re going to grad school, and be more aware of time management. It’s a lot of trying to juggle different pieces,” Liz Feeley, a BFA art major concentrating in ceramics, graphic design and printmaking. This was the first year the artists put up their own work. This required them to frame, mount, set up lighting, and anything
else their piece needed to be perceived correctly by viewers. This required a lot of measuring and hammering. They got everything up and on display in the three days before the exhibit’s opening. “I wondered if people were walking through thinking these people know what they’re doing meanwhile we’re like, ‘what is happening?,’” Feely said. “Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were just intense hammering upstairs and downstairs.” The opening was mostly over Zoom, but professors and friends who go to SUNY Plattsburgh were allowed to attend in person. Although local students were disappointed their families who live nearby couldn’t attend, it allowed students who live far away, such as international students, families to see the opening. Even after the pandemic they plan to continue streaming the opening like this. “[There are] so many mediums, so many different kinds of work,” Chairperson of the Art Department and associate professor of art, Sue Lezon said. “That is something we are so proud of. Our students are doing their own work and not copying something from the history of the medium. They are learning and doing their own thing. Everything they have done has led up to this point.”
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BFA students exhibit artistry BY ALANA PENNY Managing and FUSE Editor
Paintings, illustrations, digital art, sculptures and photographs sit strategically placed about the Myers Lobby Gallery and the Joseph C. & Joan T. Burke Gallery. Eleven students have worked all year to curate their best work to be displayed in the BFA Exhibit, the capstone project for Bachelors of Fine Arts candidates. The exhibit opened April 17 and will stay open until May 15. BFA l A11
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