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FRIDAY, April 16, 2021



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Plattsburgh students lose faith in DEI BY MATAEO SMITH Co-News Editor

Given the disclosure of a racist comment posted on Facebook by a SUNY Plattsburgh Administrator last May, students of color have found difficulty maintaining their trust of the diversity office. A 2014 graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh, troubled by a racist post that appeared on Facebook last May, reached out to the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Michelle Cromwell and the president’s office to share her concerns. The alumna, who requested anonymity out of fear for her safety, said she received no response from the office. The original post, published on a local resident’s Facebook page, addressed the George Floyd killing saying, “He needs a good ol fashioned lynching.” In the reply section to that post, an administrative

employee of SP responded that, “LOL 1 less to deal with.” That exchange the alumna to try to determine if the user who replied had any relationship with the college. In that process, she discovered the poster was Rebecca Barnes, an administrative assistant of the Health and Wellness Department. Once that was clear to her, and having no response from the diversity office, she turned to the college’s Facebook account’s inbox to message and inform the admins of Barnes’ comment. Sophomore Cassey Acevedo was “extremely disappointed“ in the SUNY Plattsburgh Diversity Incidents Response Education and Communication Team’s handling of Barnes statement, which consisted of a private exchange among the team and Barnes to discuss how her words could cause harm to the community. The situation could have been handled

differently,” she said. “Most of the time when things like this occur the school elaborates on what happens, and pushes it under the table.” Acevedo said she had lost her trust in SUNY Plattsburgh’s ability to help its students of color after learning of the Facebook reply. The subtle response of the college gives her reason to believe that many other faculty members share Barnes’ views. Coincidentally, Senior Ezekial Kempster speculates the same, as he has watched SUNY Plattsburgh defend those who’ve made racist comments. “A school that can make space for people who will spew this type of hatred without consequence is sending the message to its marginalized students that there is no space for them,” he said. “We can’t continue this cycle of racist comments being made/racial violence happening and then having some little

panel about it where white faculty members speak and the campus community just sits back not getting listened to.” The ordeal has created a disconnect because students feel that the attempts of rectifying the situation made by the university is disingenuous or just falls on “deaf ears” said a Plattsburgh senior who asked for anonymity to protect their job on campus. The Senior said they would not feel comfortable reporting any incidents on campus, whether it be of discriminatory,racist or violent nature on this campus, because the university and it’s administration had made it clear to the Senior over the years that they are more concerned with avoiding a scandal rather than the safety and well-being of their students, especially those of color. DEI l A2

In-person graduation brings mixed feelings BY ADEEB CHOWDHURY Associate FUSE Editor

Seniors express mixed feelings about graduation after SUNY Plattsburgh announced plans for an in-person commencement ceremony April 9. Student reactions ranged from questioning the logic behind not allowing parents; to being grateful for the opportunity to walk across the stage at all. An SUNY Plattsburgh press release outlined the plans for smaller, inperson commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 15 in the Field House. Graduates will be given an event time according to their major. Individual ceremonies are tentatively scheduled for 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. An additional 6 p.m. online ceremony will be held for those unable to attend in person. According to the press release, the ceremonies


As the semester concludes its eleventh week, the college store began selling caps and gowns to graduating seniors. “will include elements of the college’s traditional commencement events” and “will be available by livestream for all to view via the college’s website.” A recording of the cere-

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monies will also be available online afterwards. Numerous seniors were anxious they would have to graduate college via Zoom, their fears intensified by news that other

universities in New York State had opted for a fully online ceremony. “Literally all I wanted was a chance to walk across the stage in person,” Senior Chrysa Ra-


bideau said. “That was the bare minimum for me. I knew we wouldn’t have a totally traditional ceremony because of the circumstances, but the fact that we can at least graduate


in person is enough.” In accordance with state and county health department rules, in-person attendance at the commencement ceremonies will be limited to the Class of 2021 graduating seniors and graduate students. All attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours. Campus facilities will not be open to guests or spectators. Safety guidelines such as masks and social distancing will be maintained as well. “As a first-generation student, I know the milestone that graduation represents,” President Alexander Enyedi said in the press release. “I want to acknowledge how challenging this year has been for everyone. Each of us, students, faculty and staff have navigated the pandemic and done so much under the most challenging conditions.



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Detective Burghy does not have anything to report this week.

COVID-19 Hiking requires reservation Tracker



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As many of Plattsburgh’s avid hikers may know, The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Adirondack Mountain Reserve has piloted a new reservation system beginning May 1 and lasting through Oct. 31. The new, no-cost system will apply only in Keene trailheads accessed through the AMR gate and the Round Mountain and Noonmark Mountain trailheads accessed through AMR lands, with reservations only available up to two

weeks in advance. This system does not apply to all trails in the Adirondack Park, but will apply to popular trails such as Indian Head, and some high peaks such as Gothics and Upper and Lower Wolfjaw. Hikers can sign up through the Hiker Reservation web portal, hikeamr.org. When the system was announced by the DEC on Instagram, controversy began in the comment section. Fans of the trails shared their worries about reservation availability and time restrictions, while others expressed pure frustration and disbelief.

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This college’s resilience and drive has shown what Cardinal Strong means and now is the time to celebrate.” Cardinal Points reached out to President Enyedi for further comment but did not receive a response. However, not everyone has begun celebrating. Some students have questioned and voiced frustrations regarding the limitations surrounding the ceremony. “There are some aspects of the plans that just don’t make sense or haven’t been explained very well,” Senior Audra St. Onge said. “Most people have access to vaccines now. Parents can show a negative COVID test before attending the ceremony too. The fall semester is starting just a few months after graduation and that’s supposed to be fully in-person, so I don’t see why parents aren’t allowed at the ceremo-

With the new system being called into question, the DEC was quick to respond with another post that elaborated on why the new system was so necessary. “It’s dangerous,” Their Instagram caption said. “Illegal parking along Route 73 and dangerous turn-arounds from drop-offs near the AMR property have created unsafe road conditions.” The AMR trailhead parking lot has 70 spots available for reservation, and is accessible between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily with the exception of overnight parking. Reservations

will need to be made regardless whether hikers arrive by foot, bike or vehicle, alluding to the larger problem at hand. “With the increasing number of visitors to trailheads accessed through AMR, exacerbated in 2020 by New Yorkers looking for a nature break as a respite from COVID-19, DEC and AMR are working together to promote sustainable recreation and protect public safety,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “I think it’s an effort to manage an overloved resource,” Kimberly Coleman, of the center for earth

ny. People can go to football games, but can’t go to graduation?” When asked whether she believes the Student Association should take the initiative to advocate for the lifting or reconsideration of these limitations, St. Onge said it should definitely take measures to determine how the student body as a whole feels about these limitations. “If enough people believe these restrictions should be reconsidered, the SA should advocate for us,” St. Onge said. “Maybe there should be a survey sent out to students to see how people feel. I don’t think the ceremony plans should be finalized before that.” Though other students have also voiced their disappointment along similar lines, some have viewed these restrictions in a more sympathetic light. “It’s unfortunate that we can’t bring two parents for sure, but I think we should still be grateful,” Senior Michelle Simmons said. “The numbers [surrounding COVID-19 cases] aren’t really great right now, so we can’t be expecting too much.” Others also pointed out logistical

and environmental science at Plattsburgh, said. She explained that there are four typical environmental management strategies; increase supply, reinforce the resources, limit use and modify visitor behavior. This could mean expanding trail access, rebuilding trails or enforcing stricter guidelines. Sophomore Cal Seeley, an expeditionary studies major, discussed the first hand effects he saw over the summer while working in Keene Valley with the Adirondack Mountain Reserve. ADK l A4

difficulties that would emerge if these restrictions were to be lifted. “Some people don’t realize that if every student brings two parents each, that’s a whole lot of people. And we can’t really handle that right now,” Senior Jazz Roberts said. “I really wish my mom could see me graduate, but I completely understand why these restrictions are necessary right now. I had hoped things would be much more sorted out in terms of the pandemic right now, but clearly that hasn’t happened.” Despite the disappointment of not being able to have their parents attend, some have chosen to focus on the bright side given the complicated circumstances at hand. “Yeah, my mom was not pleased when she heard the news,” Rabideau said, laughing light-heartedly. “But I told her that at least I get to actually walk across the stage, and I think she understands. I think that’s the best way to look at this situation.” Email ADEEB CHOWDHURY cp@cardinalpointsonline.com

the Senior said. ”It makes it hard as a student to utilize these resources meant to protect us when we have no actual examples of justice ever occurring. The school has Continued from page one been confronted with multiple popular social media The four years they have spent at SUNY Plattsburgh posts outlining some of the most toxic and problematgradually eroded the senior’s hope for improvement re- ic aspects of their campus and chooses to turn a blind eye every time.” garding students of colors’ safety. “The university has chosen to stand by and protect an employee who has made atrocious racist comments, Email MATAEO SMITH while supplementing their apathy with poorly written cp@cardinalpointsonline.com blanket statements reinforcing their ‘diversity’ policy,”


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Friday, April 16, 2021

This Week in Photos: Adirondack Photos By Olga Muka

Above: A drone image on top of the Pok-O-Moonshine fire tower overlooking the Adirondack mountains and nearby lakes.


Above: SUNY Plattsburgh student calmly canoes down the Raquette River. PHOTO PROVIDED BY AUDRI WALWORTH

Above: Walworth sits on a rock at Lake Colden.

Above: SUNY Plattsburgh students rest at a look-out point before continuing to ascend Pok-O-Moonshine.


Above: Walworth poses at the top of Alqonquin Peak.

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Spadinger competes in final season BY JONAS WARD Staff Writer

Bella Spadinger, a senior business administration and accounting major, plays for the women’s softball team at SUNY Plattsburgh. Spadinger is a hardcore player on the team, and she looks forward to a good challenge. “On the field, I would say I am resilient and determined, but I like to have fun too.” Spadinger said. Spadinger has always been an active athlete. She remembers from a young age that she loved playing softball. Over the years, she has found that softball became her niche sport. “I can’t remember how I got into softball,” Spadinger said. “I have been playing since I was four, but I have loved it since I started playing even from that young of an age.” Spadinger has a tightknit team. Her team looks out for each other during practice and also during games. Her team exudes fun personalities on top of taking care of each other. “I look up to my teammates and my teammates look up to me,” Spadinger said. “We have a team where we always have everyone’s back and are willing to help each other no matter what. It’s important to have a team culture that is welcoming and fun and where everyone can express themselves.” Spadinger’s softball season has been altered

because of the ongoing pandemic. Comparing this season to past seasons, many things have had to change to allow her team to keep playing. “The season has been shortened to playing half the teams that we normally play,” Spadinger said. “Instead of playing every team in the SUNYAC, we now are playing four teams instead of the eight teams that we would in a regular season. This year, the team was unable to go to Florida for spring training, which is where they play multiple games and get some experience before going into regular league play. Spadinger, who lost her junior season to the pandemic, is grateful for the opportunity to have a senior season. Spadinger is going to be graduating soon, and she is excited for her future. “I am excited to have one last season and I couldn’t be happier to have the teammates and coaching staff that I do this year to finish up my last season,” Spadinger said. Emily Nagle, one of Spadinger’s best friends, formed a great friendship while playing softball. “I met Bella my freshman year here at Plattsburgh,” Nagle said. “We were on the same team and once we started spending time together we became inseparable.” Nagle explained that Spadinger has a welcoming aura. She says that Spadinger is friendly and

ADK Continued from page two He observed that trails “were way over their capacity, human feces literally in the middle of the trail, undesignated campsites and other illegal camping, trampled alpine vegetation as well as accelerating trail erosion caused by the massive increase in foot traffic.” Seeley is not upset with the people coming to hike the trails in the Adirondack, but he is frustrated with the “lack of infrastructure, education and outreach programs that are available in the park.” A fellow student in the expeditionary studies program, Ben Koblensky, agreed with Seeley that the park needs to do a better job of teaching ‘leave no trace’ practices. Leave no trace is a set of outdoor ethics that involves the promotion


Senior Infielder Bella Spadinger started playing softball at age four. Now she plays as a cardinal in her final season.

somebody to look up to on the team. “Bella has a very vibrant personality, she brings the energy up in any room,” Nagle said. “She is also a very loyal friend who would do anything for her people. I absolutely look up to Bella

of outdoor conservancy. There are seven principles of leave no trace; planning and preparation, traveling and camping on durable surfaces, the proper disposal of waste, leaving what you find, minimizing campfire impacts, respecting wildlife, and being considerate of other visitors. The two week period for reservations was repeatedly mentioned as “crucial” for maintaining some sort of fairness in the system. Additionally, it forces trail users to plan ahead, looking at what the weather will be like, thinking of the equipment needed, and looking up the rules and regulations of the AMR, according to Seeley. When the equity of the system was brought into question, it was unanimously agreed that there are unaddressed issues. “Unfortunately, issues of overuse and gentrification have always been prevalent in mountain towns and only gets worse with the influx of traffic. As more tourists flock to the mountains, locals begin to

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as a role model, especially on the field. When she steps on the dirt you know it’s game time and every player should aspire to play like her.” Nagle explained that Spadinger faced many challenges on the softball team. She described

Spadinger as a motivated and dedicated player who has come far since she started playing. “Bella has worked and dug her feet into the dirt all four years here at Plattsburgh,” Nagle said. “She has faced a lot of adversity that I praise her for

lose access to the trails,” Koblensky said. Coleman’s concern comes from a stance on the accessibility of the reservation system after seeing the trends of inequity made prevalent during the pandemic due to increased online interactions. “If you don’t have great broadband, you don’t have the technology to access an online reservation system, then you’re essentially excluded. So, yes, I see equity issues,” said Coleman. Overall, there is a general sense that while this system stands to address what seems like just a parking problem, many of the underlying issues are being left unaddressed. Seeley stresses this point heavily, first bringing up the fact that the ratio of park visitors to rangers is nearly 93,000 to 1. Seeley argued that “ancient or non-existent trail design is to blame for extreme trail erosion within the Adirondacks,” which should be able to withstand the current use, according to the trail theory. “In general, I would say that COVID has

getting through. Bella is a strong and independent woman who deserves all that she works for.”

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highlighted an infrastructure problem rather than an overuse problem,” he said. All around, those who have made subjects of the environment, infrastructure management and justice their profession and passion, are agreeing that reform and education are going to be essential in fixing the greater problems at hand in the Adirondack trail system. “Eventually, the DEC will need to face the larger problem at hand: an almost non-existent Park infrastructure that is nowhere near capable of handling 12.4 million visitors annually,” said Seeley. For those looking to continue to enjoy the joy brought about from the nature and beauty of the Adirondack Park, please do so responsibly this summer, and adhere to park guidelines, rules and regulations.

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Ivy Carrasquillo smiles as she recieves her first dose of the Moderna vaccine from SUNY Plattsburgh nursing student Adrianna Moran inside Memorial Hall.

Memorial Hall hosts vaccine clinic for students BY JOHANNA WEEKS Staff Writer

As the world slowly receives more vaccines to reach herd immunity, SUNY Plattsburgh has contributed to this by offering a vaccination clinic for any students. SUNY Plattsburgh’s Health Center Staff and Director Dr. Katheleen Camelo set up vaccination sites on campus. On April 6, the first day college students were eligible to receive the vaccine, the health center offered students the opportunity to get the first dose of the Moderna vaccine at Memorial Hall. “We need to beat this virus, and the best way to beat it is to stop it in its tracks and get people vaccinated, so we’re not spreading it and it’s not mutating,” Camelo said. At the testing site Tuesday, all 470 available slots were filled by SUNY Plattsburgh community members. Camelo said the event was “immensely success-

ful” and she encourages students to get vaccinated. “It’s a very safe vaccine and it’s very effective,” Camelo said. “We want to get students back to face to face classes. We want them to be healthy. We want them to be able to go home and not spread the virus to their families. We just want things to be back to normal.” The campus vaccination sites are helpful for students. According to Nick Lawler, a junior at SUNY Plattsburgh, “The vaccination was easily accessible on-campus.” He explained that he thought it was a good idea to receive the vaccine. “I was nervous about receiving the vaccine today, but I wanted to take this opportunity,” Lawler said. Camelo worked with Clinton and Essex County Health Departments and the University of Vermont CVHP to make these vaccines available to students. “As soon I knew students were eligible I reached out to my partners who immediately offered vaccines to the college students,” Camelo said. “There is a lot of research that’s been done on this and it is a very safe vaccine.”

Camelo has been involved with each step of the process and has been ensuring that students know about the availability of the vaccines. “We will survey our students to see how many are vaccinated and how many want the vaccine. Then we’ll start doing our own clinic,” she said. “This is just the first wave of vaccines.” Students who have not signed up have the chance to visit an on-campus vaccination site in the future. Another vaccine clinic was set up April 8 for students with 200 slots available. “It’s very convenient having this site on campus, it’s the only reason I got it,” Tom Austin, a senior at SUNY Plattsburgh, said. “I think it’s important for students to be vaccinated because it’s safer for everyone.”

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James Charles says ‘Bye Sisters’ BY ALEXA DUMAS Opinions Editor

Is becoming famous all it’s cracked up to be? Social media can be a powerful tool when used correctly. Having a platform and becoming an influencer is a new concept with the birth of social media. Gaining millions of followers, having the “perfect” persona and living a luxurious life is something that anyone could envy. Influencers look like they have the perfect life on the internet, but in real life, they can be dangerous and predatory. James Charles, the 21-year-old beauty YouTuber, rose to fame in 2016 after becoming the first male ambassador for the CoverGirl makeup company. With more than 25 million subscribers on YouTube and more than 27 million followers on Instagram, Charles’ posts consist of makeup tutorials, challenges and collaborations with celebrities. This massive following on social media allowed him to launch his Sister’s Apparel merchandise and cosmetic line with Morphe, a popular makeup brand in late 2018. As recently as April, Charles has been accused of predatory behavior toward underage boys online. In February, the first accuser, a 16-year-old boy who goes by Isaiyah, stepped forward on the popular social media platform, TikTok, and stated that Charles privately messaged him nude photos and asked for pictures in return. The first accuser felt uncomfortable with the situation and posted the message receipts on TikTok. The video was taken down due to violating guidelines. Isaiyah, who goes by @ Isaiyah13 on TikTok, then tweeted his response to the videos stating, “James we both know I blocked you, you never asked for my age. After I told you I was 16 you proceeded to ask me for nudes and said it didn’t matter. You called me hot and said ‘I wish the timeline could speed up so you can be 18.’”

After the first accuser came out, three more boys under the age of 18 called out Charles for grooming them online. The new reports surfaced once again on TikTok but were immediately reported. The videos depicted Snapchat messages similar to the ones the first accuser released. Charles then trolled the boys in their comment sections for lying about their ages when he first messaged them. It is still unknown how many victims are out there. On April 1, Charles released an official apology video to the accusations titled “holding myself accountable.” With almost 7.5 million views, Charles talks in a quiet, hushed voice, unlike his booming personality, and addresses two of the claims against him. “I owe a massive apology to anyone that I’ve hurt or anybody that I’ve made uncomfortable with my actions,” Charles said in his video. “I also want to say I’m sorry to my friends, family and fans who have to watch any other one of these videos because you shouldn’t have to. This is really embarrassing.” The statement claiming that Charles’ situation is “embarrassing” shows how unapologetic he really is. The video feels to have a more sympathetic tone toward the creator, instead of the victims that he hurt. Charles’ quick apology led to an outrageous statement concerning his reasoning for the situation. “I finally came to a conclusion,” Charles stated. “It sucks and it’s ridiculously embarrassing to admit this, but I think I have to; I’m desperate.” Desperation should not lead someone to target underage children, nothing should. That is truly predatory behavior. “I do understand that with these videos coming to light, it’s really looking like I’m actively searching for younger people to be in a relationship with,” Charles claims. “I want to say first hand, that it is absolutely not the case.” This statement made by Charles is contradictory to a

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comment he made on the popular influencer, Jake Paul’s podcast “Impaulsive” last July. Charles stated, “I’m not physically attracted to older guys, which sucks. I’d date the absolute youngest, 18 or 19 that looks a little bit older.” The evidence against Charles hasn’t made big news, besides pop culture and celebrity drama websites. Morphe, the company with which he partnered for his cosmetic line, has not issued a statement to condemn Charles’s actions and repeated behavior. However, the “H3 Podcast,” hosted by YouTuber Ethan Kline, and the “Fremenies” podcast, hosted by Kline and social media influencer Trisha Paytas, have been active voices of concern

within the YouTube and TikTok communities. The “H3 Podcast” channel on YouTube alone has four videos, each spanning almost two hours, dedicated to Charles’ predatory behavior and calling him out on his actions. “This is a predator who has successfully manipulated his fans who are incapable of critical thought because they are too young,” Kline stated on his podcast April 2. “He should not have a career. He should not have a YouTube channel. He should not have social media. He should be in jail and kicked off the internet.” Kline, a strong opposer of Charles, even went as far as to state, “It’s a pandemic of sorts. We’ve got the James Charles pandemic of 2021.”

It goes without being said, influencers who use their platforms to do more harm than good should not be allowed on social media. Charles should be banned from social media. His predatory behavior should not be allowed to continue. It has gone on for too long. “You can get on camera and upload an apology video while you say sorry a million times all day long, but the only way to show and prove that you are sorry is through action and change. I am going to change,” concluded Charles in his apology video. Hopefully, his promise is kept. Email ALEXA DUMAS cp@cardinalpointsonline.com

Students hope for normal semester BY NATALIE ST. DENIS Associate Opinions Editor

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After another long, pandemic-ridden semester, many students are looking forward to the fall semester. President Alexander Enyedi sent an email to students with a generally optimistic lens of what the fall will look like. The email served as a sigh of relief to many, as the weight of COVID-19 was slightly lifted. Although, we aren’t out of the water yet. Incoming SUNY Plattsburgh students remain optimistic, despite the uncertainty around how the pandemic may attempt to dampen their college experience. “I think I’m optimistic that people will be vaccinated and that we’ll have in-person classes, which is going to be new because I’m mostly virtual right now,” incoming freshman adolescent education major Anne Cook said. SUNY Plattsburgh students took the trek to Hawkins Hall or any inperson class at all for granted. It may have taken a pandemic to realize

that in person classes are a large part of the normal college experience. New students come to college eager to walk around campus to classes instead of rushing through the sardine-packed halls of high school. “I hope I have in-person classes so I can start it off with a normal experience and hopefully be able to experience actual college activities and meetings and gatherings and stuff like that,” Cook said. Along with all the optimism is a shred of doubt. New students like Cook worry about how strictly the COVID-19 procedures like distancing and masking are followed in new locations, like Plattsburgh. Overall, SUNY Plattsburgh has remained relatively diligent about following the recommended protocols. This could be the reason many returning students, like freshman accounting major Haley He, aren’t worried for the fall semester. “I’d say I’m feeling kinda positive because most people are getting vaccinated right now and if we just social distance

and wear masks during the fall we’ll be alright I guess,” He said. He mentioned that most of his friends are vaccinated and he plans to get his vaccine in the summer. He hopes this will allow for more club opportunities on campus. Socializing through events like Greek life and clubs on campus is another extremely important aspect of college life, especially early on in a student’s college career. Freshman gender studies major Alexis Putnam is looking forward to more social opportunities in the fall, since she missed out on some due to the COVID-19 restrictions. “I’m just excited for more clubs and stuff to be offering in-person stuff rather than on Zoom so you can actually meet people and talk to them in-person,” Putnam said. In-person classes also offer the opportunity to socialize with new people. Putnam says her schedule for the upcoming semester is still a little unknown in regards to what will be offered in-person.


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Friday, April 16, 2021

‘Concrete Cowboy’ saddles up on Netflix


The western is a classic American genre of filmmaking. Cowboys, riding into a town overrun with outlaws to restore order, were staples of cinema at the turn of the 20th century, but they were whitewashed. John Ford’s, “The Searchers,” one of the most iconic westerns and a film that has been numerously acknowledged by the American Film Institute as one of the greats. Yet, the paint by numbers portrayal of the Comanche people, a nation of Native Americans whose territory used to make up present ZOE NGUYEN /Cardinal Points day Texas, as ruthless sav-

ages. The blatantly racist dialogue like “living with the Comanche ain’t living” makes it difficult to fully enjoy today. There were also some casting choices that were inherently racist. The protagonist, Ethan Edwards, was inspired by a black man named Britt Johnson. However, the filmmakers decided to cast star John Wayne and avoid staying true to representation. The latest Netflix original, “Concrete Cowboy,” is the latest in African Americanled westerns that contribute to a more inclusive genre. The film is based off of “Ghetto Cowboy” by Greg Neri, which is in turn inspired by the Fletcher Street

Stables. This real-life nonprofit organization was founded in 2004, and focuses on providing animals to local youth to care for and build relationships with. Caleb McLaughlin stars as Cole, a teenager with a tumultuous relationship with his Detroit high school. The first thing heard in the film is a message from his principal telling his mother that they cannot have him in attendance anymore. She decides to drive Cole to Philadelphia, in order to live with his estranged father Harp, played by Idris Elba. COWBOY l A8

Inappropriate ‘Spongebob’ episodes cut BY CARLY NEWTON Staff Writer

Two episodes of the cartoon “Spongebob Squarepants” were recently removed from syndication due to the potential offensive content. One episode that had gone unaired was about a virus that was thought to be insensitive, due to the real-life COVID-19 pandemic. The second episode removed was believed to have a storyline that was inappropriate. The virus episode, “Kwarantined Krab,” is set at the Krusty Krab, the main restaurant in the Spongebob universe, when a health inspector identifies a case of the “clam flu.” This results in the characters at the Krusty Krab needing to quarantine. This sounds a little too familiar in today’s age. “The ‘Kwarantined Crab’ centers on a virus storyline, so we have decided to not air it due to sensitivities surrounding the global, real-world pandemic,” Nickelodeon said in a statement to Deadline news. The second episode removed was, “Mid-Life Crustacean.” In the episode, Mr. Krabs is brought along by Spongebob and Patrick on a “panty-raid” where they break into a woman’s home and the characters steal her underwear. To their surprise, the house belonged to Mr. Krabs’ mother. This epi-

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sode first aired on Nickelodeon on Jan. 24, 2003 and was a classic episode. Its removal is both disappointing and upsetting. “Spongebob Squarepants” premiered in May 1999, and has since become a household name around the world. Many children have grown up watching “Spongebob Squarepants,” and have continued to admire and be entertained by the characters of

Bikini Bottom. Jaiden Varmette, a freshman childhood education major, and Lisette Linares, a junior political science major, are two of those people who grew up watching Spongebob. “I thought the episode [MidLife Crustacean] was funny and I didn’t think anything beyond that because it was a kid’s show designed for kids. It wasn’t meant for people who over-

analyze everything,” Varmette said. “There was no reason to remove this, but then again things will continue being canceled during this day and age because of ‘cancel culture.’ The littlest things offend people.” The decision to remove the classic episode “Mid-Life Crustacean,” was not a good decision. For more than 18 years, Nickelodeon did not see an issue with

children viewing this episode. Why is it such an issue now? “Spongebob Squarepants” is obviously meant to be humorous and is not meant to be a teaching tool for any child. If that were the case, they would have to remove any episode that featured a boat driving underwater because it’s not “factual enough.” SPONGEBOB l A8

Plattsburgh recalls Phish performance


Staff Writer

More than 20 years ago, Phish swam to Plattsburgh. The improvisational ensemble, consisting of members guitarist and lead vocalist Trey Anastasio, drummer Jon Fishman, bassist Mike Gordon and keyboardist Page McConnell, cultivates an array of electric, jazz and psychedelic rock-oriented sound. Phish keeps the traditional 1960s jam band style alive and kicking. After meeting and jamming in a dormitory at the University of Vermont in 1983, Anastasio, Fishman and former guitarist Jeff Holdworth posted flyers around to recruit a bassist. Gordon answered the ad and the rest is history. Some of their best known songs include “You Enjoy Myself,” “The Divided Sky” and “Tweezer.” Phish is highly regarded for making sure no two shows are the same. Their dedicated fanbase are referred to as “phans.” In 1996, Phish played at the decommissioned

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Plattsburgh Air Force Base. The event was known as The Clifford Ball, which was the first festival the band put together. No one knew what to expect that one August weekend. “The Clifford Ball symbolizes many things,” Dwayne Boyd, a phan who attended, said. Boyd traveled to the concert with his girlfriend and

two friends, all compact in a tiny car with camping equipment. They endured the trip in the name of musical exploration, he adds. Roughly 70,000 to 85,000 fans attended. The audience was four times the size of Clinton County and Plattsburgh became New York’s ninth-largest city that weekend, as mentioned by Ryan Ran-

dazzo in an article on nysmusic.com. What did it mean for a popular band on the scene like Phish to play in a small scale area like the North Country? If anything, it inspired phans to travel to places they otherwise might not consider visiting. It also allowed those who were unfamiliar with Phish to catch a glimpse of their culture.

Janet Lavoie, a long time Plattsburgh resident recalls Volkswagen Beetles and vans flooding the Northway. “I had to walk to work because of the traffic,” Lavoie said. “People camped outside of my office window at Jeffords Steel & Engineering.” She recalls the phans’ friendly demeanor and could listen to Phish’s

music from her porch at home near the base. “Not all of the stereotypes are true,” Boyd said. He also believes this fanbase can have truly positive effects when they move into an area to concentrate their collective energy. Gary Eisenberg, another phan who attended The Clifford Ball, described the event as magical. “No one knew what to expect,” Eisenberg said. “Anything could happen.” When the music wasn’t playing, Eisenberg wandered the grounds to hang out with folks, twirl juggling sticks or throw a frisbee around. Boyd would create spontaneous art projects between sets and remembers his girlfriend painting a scene of an aquarium on his back. “Though there were plenty of drugs around, people were there for the music,” Eisenberg said. “This wasn’t about being f*ck*d up.” Eisenberg has been to a few other Phish shows throughout the years, but this one is still his favorite. PHISH l A8

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Students must get vaccinated The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted life and made society reshape what normalcy is. Masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing are all terms that created the “new normal.” Almost a year later, receiving the COVID-19 vaccine can help stop the spread and protect others from the deadly virus. Without receiving the vaccine, life simply cannot move forward. Receiving two doses of Pfizer and Moderna, or even one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can not only protect recipients from the virus, but can also protect others who have an increased risk of illness. Two weeks after receiving a second dose, recipients are fully vaccinated. However, safety precautions should still

be followed, since others may not have access to the vaccine. According to the CDC, “Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine also helps keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.” Stopping the spread of COVID-19 may stop the spread of other illnesses, so getting the vaccine should be in the public’s best interest. Additionally, the CDC states, “A growing body of evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people are less likely to be infected without showing symptoms (called an asymptomatic infection) and potentially less likely to spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to others. However,

further investigation is ongoing.” This is a positive outlook for the future of the pandemic. Recently, the SUNY Plattsburgh campus received doses of the Moderna vaccine for students on campus. Hopefully, the campus will receive more doses to ensure that the student body is fully protected from the virus. This could be the start of more activities, as well as the return of in-person classes. As a campus, SUNY Plattsburgh must be safe and healthy for a return to normalcy. Students must take advantage of vaccination opportunities in order to have a regular college experience. Get vaccinated for the safety of others, and for yourself.

ready for a class. But in the grand scheme of things, many would choose in person classes over the simple luxury of being able to roll over, grab the computer, log-on to Zoom and only hear maybe half of what is being said. Continued from page six In person classes are certainly an aspiration, but the main “For me it’s pretty much 50/50. A lot of the professors that goal is to simply get out of this burdening pandemic for now. I’ve talked to in my department specifically aren’t sure if Once that is achieved, a normal college experience will hopefully return. they’re gonna be in-person or not,” Putnam said. Being trapped behind a screen, trying to absorb a degree Email NATALIE ST. DENIS through a computer has certainly been a challenge. It’s simcp@cardinalpointsonline.com ple to wear pajamas and turn on a laptop, opposed to getting


COWBOY Continued from page seven He is one of the many concrete cowboys in the film, Cole learns to become one as the story progresses. Cole recognizes this as something that is out of the ordinary and resists this community at first. Upon moving to Philadelphia, he connects with his former friend Smush, played by Jahrrel Jerome. Smush is a drug dealer and tries to bring Cole in on his business. Jerome is the stand-out with a cool air that was not present in his previous performances. His last film role was a supporting

performance in the Oscar-winning “Moonlight.” Jerome proves himself yet again as a phenomenal actor, giving his character a tightrope to walk between likability and pier pressure. He never veers too far into one section, and thus performs as a real person, instead of a stereotyped kid whose life has been consumed by drug culture. At the core of the film, McLaughlin’s star performance is great. While the nerdiness he tapped into for his role as Lucas Sinclair in “Stranger Things” is not visible, he is still just as likable. As he is beginning to clean out stables, his grit is never verbally acknowledged, but is visible through the way he holds himself. The way he grimaces when the contents of the shovel tip over onto his sneakers make him a character impossible not to root for.

SPONGEBOB Continued from page seven For Linares, “Spongebob Squarepants” has had an impact on her daily life. Linares said that she references it a lot; including one episode where Spongebob and his best friend Patrick are laughing in class about the humor of numbers. “Anytime I can, I reference Spongebob. My brother just turned 25 and I told him ‘what’s funnier than 24? 25,’” Linares said, while laughing. “I think it’s funny, and I don’t really see anything wrong with the episode. A lot of things are being removed lately so I’m not really surprised by it.”

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Linares also said she doesn’t remember or didn’t see any episodes being inappropriate while watching them. She also said she would definitely watch the virus episode that was removed and noted that it would be interesting for children to watch it and relate to it. “I hope they release it, like how would they portray it?” Linares said. As of now, the “Kwarantined Crab” episode does not have a release date and it’s unknown whether it’ll ever be released. Hopefully, Nickelodeon does not decide to remove any more “Spongebob Squarepants” episodes that they suddenly deem inappropriate. Removing more episodes would be a disservice to a new generation of children who won’t get to watch and experience the classics.

burgh. Around 3:30 in the morning, after the first night of The Clifford Ball, the band held a surprise set on the back of a flatbed truck. The flatbed was decorated with candles Continued from page seven and Christmas lights, and circled through the field and parking lot, bringing together The band is rather symbolic for some. Iconic career highlights for Phish like phans who were yet to fall asleep from the the “Flatbed Jam” happened here in Platts- night before and awaken others with sweet, melodic music. It was an innovative mo-


All of these great performances, including future James Bond star Idris Elba, are grounded in a realistic and believable sense of location. The horses walking down the street of Philadelphia would be treated as quirky by a lesser filmmaker. Here, co-writer and director Ricky Staub puts enough faith into his actors to deliver quality performances. “Concrete Cowboy” may lack the shootouts of any other westerns, but it is a sweet coming of age story that gives voice to those who were marginalized in the past by old Hollywood.

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ment that inspired future festivals. “Phish reminds me not to take life too seriously all of the time,” Boyd said. “Festivals let fans unplug from reality for a short time and live in a fantasy for a weekend.” Email HALES PASSINO cp@cardinalpointsonline.com


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Weekly Tarot Reading BY RIVER ASHE Staff Writer

This week’s reading comes from the Daemon Tarot by Ariana Osborne. This deck features dark but strangely beautiful ink sketches of various daemons, Lords of Hell and a few witch-related things as described by Jacques Auguste Simon Collin de Plancy’s “Dictionnaire Infernal.” All card meanings have been interpreted from the guidebook sold with the cards. Aquarius (Jan. 20— Feb. 18) pulled Ribesal. This week, you are being asked to avoid suppressing emotional responses to problems or situations that are presented to you. While logic is important, you also need to learn to consider the emotions of yourself and others involved before making a decision. “Take care not to invest so much in learning as to become cruel and unfeeling,” Osborne said. Pisces (Feb. 19—March 20) drew Astaroth. Negative things have happened to you and it is OK to occasionally remind others of your circumstances. You should beware of “milking” the situation for pity or attention, even subconsciously, as it will seriously affect others’ perceptions of you. “But when we dwell on a slight — real or imagined — to the exclusion of all else, we will eventually lose the sympathy of everyone,” the author wrote. Aries (March 21—April

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19) pulled Beyrevra. Logic is your greatest weapon this week, so be sure to use it and not allow yourself to be overcome by fears and anxieties. “Faced with frightening information he did not understand, Collin de Plancy sought to show his ‘demon’ in a weaker light —a horrible creature but one that could be overcome,” Osborne noted. Taurus (April 20—May 20) drew Andras. This week, you are being reminded that you are not the only person in the world, and that the lives of other people do not revolve around you. Do what you want, but beware of your impact on others. “Andras is a perfect exam-

ple of risk versus reward, especially when the ‘reward’ is harming others,” the guidebook said. Gemini (May 21—June 20) pulled Torngarsuk. Even though things may get difficult, focusing on the positives and silver linings will help you get through whatever the universe has to throw at you. You are a strong, amazing person and you will get through this. “Although Torngarsuk is, by all accounts, a benevolent deity who very often will assist the angakkuqs in healing those who are ill, many Inuit traditions also focus on the power of positive thinking to combat ill health,” the author noted.

Cancer (June 21—July 22) drew Scox. Someone is trying to pull the wool over your eyes, and charm or scam you into doing something you do not want to do. Be aware of the sickly sweet people in your life and exercise caution in how you navigate their demands. “We should always be wary of deals that seem too good to be true,” the author said. Leo (July 23—Aug. 22) pulled Mammon. Being ambitious and wanting things is important to get anywhere in life, but this card warns you to avoid avarice and only gather what you need at any given time. A small “tiny” amount of greed can mo-

tivate you, but “unfortunately, it’s very seldom that there is such thing as a ‘tiny’ bit of greed,” the guidebook warned. Virgo (Aug. 23—Sept. 22) drew Abigor. This week, you are being asked to focus on teamwork and building loyalty both inside and outside your normal circle. Being trustworthy is key to being able to trust others. “When we are not fighting alone, gaining the love and loyalty of our team may make all the difference,” the guidebook said. Libra (Sept. 23—Oct. 22) pulled Sabbat. This week, you are being asked to go back to your roots and focus on traditions and family. The comforting

nature of where you come from may be invaluable in combating the stress of everyday life. “Surround yourself with family and like-minded individuals,” the guidebook advised. Scorpio (Oct. 23—Nov. 21) drew Eurynome. Stop holding on to things that are long overdue, and learn to let go. Allowing yourself to be rid of these needless burdens will open you up to new opportunities and memories that will help you heal. “Move on to a new cycle,” the card encouraged. Sagittarius (Nov. 22— Dec. 21) pulled Zaebos. Romance and comfort are in your stars this week. A current relationship will be filled with extra affection or a new relationship will blossom, and both emotional and physical comfort will be found by all. “Zaebos causes people to fall deeply in love,” Osborne said. Capricorn (Dec. 22—Jan. 19) drew Cali. Feminine energy is strong in the forecast for this week, be it your own or a powerful woman in your life. Look at these women with caution and do not judge them, or yourself, if that is the case, harshly for the decisions they make and the image they put forward to maintain their power. “Cali is representative of an essential and amazing force in our lives: that of change,” the booklet said.



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Pomerance orchestrates drive-in BY EDDIE ROCK Contributor

More than 600 — that is how many articles Benjamin Pomerance has written for Lake Champlain Weekly, a weekly magazine that covers The North Country. The topics range from interviews, to concert reviews and previews, to the history of the Lake Champlain area. Pomerance began writing for Lake Champlain Weekly his senior year of high school when he gave the magazine a press release of a show he was participating in at Strand Center Theatre. This led to him writing a few articles for them — the rest is history. Over the years, Pomerance has interviewed several famous musicians, actors and athletes. Right before the pandemic, in 2020, he interviewed William Shatner. “William Shatner, I had been told, and warned, was notoriously difficult to interview. So I’m thinking ‘Okay, how do I get William Shatner to speak to me?’ Because I was told ‘You have 10 minutes and then he’s done. And if he’s not done by that point, we’re gonna come on the line and cut you off,’” Pomerance said. Pomerance thought to himself, “how do we get past this?” He started researching William Shatner and found he was born, raised and attended college in Montreal. “I said ‘Okay, well maybe he has some stories about the old days,” Pomerance said. “Well I hit the jackpot because

I began the interview and I said, ‘We’re gonna talk about Star Trek of course in a little bit. But Mr. Shatner, I want to start by talking about what you recollect from your days growing up in Montreal.’ It was like opening the floodgates, I didn’t have to ask another question for the next half an hour because he told me story after story after story.” Pomerance went on to explain some of the stories that William Shatner told him. “It’s stories like those that are the fun ones because it humanizes the person, we’re not writing obituaries here,” Pomerance said. “These are people who are flesh and blood and have a lot of interesting real life stories to tell beyond a recitation of their top 20 hits or their top 20 movies or theatrical roles. It’s trying to find the right question to elicit those stories that is one of the most challenging aspects of this and one of the most rewarding.” Last Summer, Pomerance organized a series of concerts here in Plattsburgh called ‘Curbside at Harborside.’ “Where it came from is, being both a music writer and music junkie, I was missing concerts something wicked. Covid ended live music and that to me was one of the many tragic aspects of the pandemic. And I figured that I was not alone, that there were a lot of people who were missing the live music experience and all that it brings,” Pomerance said. “My parents and I went across the lake to Vermont to see a drive in movie one night. We went and it seemed to be this great, safe socially distant setting. The next day, we’re on our back porch, my mom and I are talking,

and the topic came up of ‘Well, drive in movies are nice. What about drive-in concerts?’ And this was before all the big names started doing drive in concerts, we were just thinking, ‘wouldn’t that be cool.’” After emailing the Plattsburgh mayor and gaining his permission, Pomerance began to email several musicians. He asked wheather they would be interested in performing on the concert series for a percentage of the gate fee that concert goers would be paying per carload. Pomerance was surprised when several groups responded saying they would like to perform for the concert series. “One of the things I wanted it to be, and it became this way, was to have the most diverse possible variety of genres of music,” Pomerance said. The concert series included The Adirondack Jazz Orchestra, blues legend and hall of famer Joe Louis Walker, bluegrass band Beartracks and High Peaks Opera. Much like the drive-in movie theater that inspired Pomerance, concert attendees pulled up in their cars and watched the concerts from inside their vehicles or in a chair outside. The series’ sound engineer even set up an FM transmitter so that concert goers could listen via the radio in their vehicle. “It was unusual and it was unconventional, but it worked,” Pomerance said.



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Student Art Spotlight

Brianna Forkey

S t ud io art m a j or wi t h c o n c e n t r a t i o n s i n oil paint in g a n d c h a rc o a l d r a w i n g Brianna Forkey is a graduating Senior at SUNY Plattsburgh, majoring in Studio Art. Her academic concentrations focus on Oil Painting and Charcoal Drawing, with her most recent work revolving around the theme of “timelessness.” These pieces focus heavily on ambiguous environments that are not restricted to a set location or period in time. These quiet, empty settings create an atmosphere of mystery, which evoke the feeling of solitude and longing.

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Birdies fly in Badminton Club BY ALANA PENNY Managing Editor/FUSE Editor

The four members of the Badminton club begin to set up their net in the Memorial Hall gym. It’s 2:30 p.m. Friday, so they’re sharing court time with the basketball teams. They get out their rackets and shuttlecocks and they’re ready to go. The Badminton club was created by Aadya Bagul, a third year biomedical science major with minors in neurobiology and chemistry, in spring 2019. She started it because she played on her high school’s badminton team all four years and missed it when she got to SUNY Plattsburgh. Riley Savastano, a freshman adolescent geologic education major, joined the club after his friend Sean told him about it. “I like that I got to meet two new people and getting to play badminton gives nostalgia back to when you get to play random games in gym class,” Savastano said.

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Sean Vogl also joined the club for the gym class nostalgia. He enjoys the casual environment it provides. “It was really fun [in high school] so I thought I might as well do it in col-

lege too,” Vogl said. “I just texted a friend when I found out the club was a thing and we just wanted to play badminton like we did in high school again so it is super fun.”

Members of the club play singles and doubles games. They relay, which is playing a game without keeping score, and play games where they keep score. Bagul hopes to make the

Dionne navigates virtual instruction

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Louise Dionne instructs keyboard courses in the piano technology classroom. Before the pandemic she performed in nursing homes when she wasn’t teaching or spending time with her son. BY TYLER DAWSON Contributor

Between juggling being a mother and piano instructor, Plattsburgh alumna and current Professor Louise Dionne has found the pandemic troublesome. As a member of the music faculty since 2001, Dionne is the instructor of the group keyboard courses in the piano technology classroom. Dionne has also been an applied piano instructor in the Plattsburgh area for more than 25 years, teaching all levels and ages. The first ball juggled was home life. Dionne found work and everyday life to be a “huge adjustment and isolation rather difficult in the beginning.” Usually spending quite a bit of free time performing for nursing homes and shows, Dionne used to provide an hour of classical music in three places for people that were almost like family to her. “Applied students are so enthusiastic and never missed class or anything of the sort,” Dionne said. Discussing the change to remote learning, Dionne said teaching remotely was difficult because students didn’t have keyboards at home.

“I opted to save time and give them two early assignments on YouTube concerts and do their write-ups,” Dionne said. “Get them done and when we get back in person, resume playing the keyboard together.” Professor Dionne is a mother on top of her instruction on and off campus. “My son had to do the same as me. Everything was a big change,” Dionne said.“You don’t get the same experience from home as you do at school. Kids really need that hands on learning.” She prefers her and her son to be in person for class rather than be virtual. “Covid took a huge toll on everyone and it’s sad,” Dionne said. “I feel so bad that this has happened, because look how it affected all of us.” Dionne said she is proud people have really made an effort to come to class, given that they have masks and all the restrictions. This situation almost has “rekindled some of the students’ love for the subject matter because they were prevented from doing what they loved.”

club an official sports team before she graduates in two semesters. To do this the club would need at least 20 committed members who attend weekly. She said she has been

working hard to get their name out there, writing something in the student digest every week. Her favorite part of being involved is playing. “I did this solely for this reason so I could play, get the energy out. Its also nice meeting new people,” Bagul said. She said most students join the club with little to no badminton experience but she enjoys teaching them. “I enjoy teaching them how to hit and things, although its very basic,’ Bagul said. “I thoroughly enjoy teaching. It’s a learning process for me too, to explain it when it comes naturally to me.” The club meets every Friday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall Gym. They may move outside soon as the weather gets nicer. “If you enjoyed doing random things in gym or even just any activity, it’s an hour of moving around so it’s super fun,” Savastano said.



HAMLET Continued from page twelve Last week, The Ophelia Perspective was finally released on Youtube. Normally, the play would have been released in March, but this play specifically, required more time for cinematographer and editor Benjamin Jones to film and edit, because the play was virtual instead of on a stage in person. Not only does the play switch perspectives, it has dance scenes from stage manager Autumn Knight, an iMessage conversation between Ophelia and Hamlet and a “To Be or Not to Be” game show. Benjamin Jones, who is also a musician, composed an original score for the play in order to avoid paying heavy royalty fees for using someone else’s songs. Originally, the play was only going to be aired through the weekend, from April 9-11. Now, the play will be up for the remainder of this week, and potentially until the end of the semester. This was decided to allow students another opportunity to check out the play for anyone who missed it or wanted to watch it again. With The Ophelia Perspective, we get to see Ophelia’s side of things, since Hamlet tends to overlook its female characters. For example, Hamlet doesn’t go into much detail about Ophelia. Readers only know the gist of who Ophelia is- the girlfriend of Hamlet (until they break up) who lost her mother when she was ten and who is constantly manipulated by the men in her life. The near-modern-day spinoff starts off with Ophelia seeing a therapist for the first time. When the therapist asks her if she would be okay with taking medication she refuses

right away. As the play goes on, things start to unfold that allow the audience to understand why she declines so quickly, why she’s seeing a therapist in the first place and why her therapist eventually has to place her in the building as a psych ward patient. Now that the play is done, Shwartau says she feels somewhat lost but happy to complete it. Other crew members have noted how they feel about the play’s completion as well. Lighting Designer and special education major Amanda Rice said her favorite thing about the play was The experience itself of managing a production in the time of a global pandemic where all around the world theatres and shows are being delayed or canceled. “Through all the ups and downs, we were still able to work together as cast and crew to help each other learn and grow. In this time of uncertainty there is always one thing I’m certain of and it’s that the bonds and new information we all learn from each other and from the show will help us grow and support our next projects and ourselves as actors and crew members,” said Rice. Knight, who is a graduating senior and theatre major, also saw the play as challenging but successful. “It was amazing to finally have this film released. It was a lot of work recording scenes and making sure the filming process followed Covid guidelines. It was also stressful because we were on a schedule and we wanted to make sure everything was filmed in case we had to go back home,” said Knight, “I am happy with the final product.”






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Shakespeare spin-off premieres on YouTube BY CHRISTYN PETTWAY Staff Writer

THE305 has decided to keep The Ophelia Perspective on YouTube for another week- a spinoff play from Shakspeare’s Hamlet told from Opelia’s perspective. SUNY Plattsburgh’s THE305 class is a 3-credit production workshop class for theatre and production majors. Every semester, the class does one to two different plays. Laura-Jean Schwartau, creator and co-director knew she would have to make the play virtual because of COVID-19. Before even coming up with the idea for the play, Schwartau knew she didn’t want it to be a Zoom play. “It’s like the people sit at their desk and read a play and you can tell they’re looking at their lines you know? And they’re just sitting there,” she said. She didn’t want people reading from a script, she wanted movement- because “movement conveys communication”. The cast for the play was determined last semester. Every student was allowed to come to and audition. There were two audition sessions: one in-person and one virtual. Those who were auditioning had to roleplay an improvisation of one of the play’s characters based on a scene given to them as well as reading part of the Hamlet text aloud because the play includes lines from the original play. It wasn’t mandatory to have already read Hamlet. During callbacks, Shwartau and student co-director, Mason Barber roles were decided based on stage chemistry between different auditioning students. The upcoming THE305 class met eight times before this semester started to read and analyze the original Hamlet. As a team, they discussed how each character would act and what their personalities would be like. Since the beginning of the semester, posters were displayed on campus, teasers for the play were put out on social media and mentioning of the play was in the Student Digest as well as in a radio interview with WNBZ-FM, a Plattsburgh broadcast radio station. HAMLET l A11

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