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PSUC starts weekly testing BY JOHN CHURCH Contributor
The fourth week of the Spring semester at SUNY Plattsburgh is in full swing, and so is COVID-19 testing. Just last Wednesday, 987 students were tested for COVID. However, things have changed since last semester and students can expect COVID testing to be a bit different for the spring semester. Similar to fall 2020, SUNY Plattsburgh will be conducting COVID-19 testing throughout the entire semester. This time around testing will be held each week rather than biweekly. Testing is mandatory for all faculty, staff and students who will be on campus. “We believe the test is very safe,” says Cathleen Eldridge, director of Environmental Health and Safety at SUNY Plattsburgh. “There have been very few problems with testing students and there is almost no wait at all to get the test. The process is much smoother and much more effective this semester.”
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Alumnae speak out about hackers BY OLIVIA BOUSQUET Co-News Editor
Former SUNY Plattsburgh students Michael Fish and Nicholas Faber pleaded guilty Feb. 8 for hacking into social media accounts to steal nude images from women. Faber admitted that from 2017 to 2019, he worked with Fish to access the school email accounts of women college students and then used the information to gain access to the victims’ social media accounts. Faber pleaded guilty to computer fraud and aggravated identity theft. He has agreed to pay $35,430 in restitution to SUNY Plattsburgh, which was allocated when trying to identify compromised accounts, reviewing computer servers access logs, resetting passwords and notifying students and parents. Fish pleaded guilty to computer hacking, aggravated identity theft and child pornography offenses. According to University Police Chief Patrick Rascoe, he received a complaint last year from TESTING l A3 the Library and Information Technology Ser-
vices (LITS) about suspicious activity on an unnamed student’s account, which showed her account’s IP address being accessed from Canada. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and State Police cyber crimes unit took over the investigation Mar. 4, 2019 and was concluded about a week later thanks to the extensive help at LITS staff, Rascoe expressed. “We set up Duo on the student’s account, it wasn’t widespread here at that time here on campus, but that was what really prompted us to finally change over to Duo,” Rascoe said. There was no hacking into email accounts, but Fish and Faber socially engineered their way into accounts by guessing password reset questions. They were then able to reset the victims’ social media accounts. Katie Lein, a 2016 SUNY Plattsburgh graduate, received one of these calls from University Police in spring 2019. They asked her if she changed any of her social media account passwords during certain times and helped her set up Duo.
According to Rascoe, the FBI left University Police tasked with contacting the victims who had been hacked to get general information and help them set up Duo. Despite some challenges of Duo, like repeatedly having to login or student’s not having cell phones nearby, Rascoe believes everyone is “well-protected” now. An anonymous SUNY Plattsburgh alumna, who was contacted by University Police about being hacked, knew Fish from greek life events when attending her undergraduate program in 2015. She also lived near Fish during her graduate program from 2017 to 2018. She did not know Faber. “A University Police officer told me if the FBI finds any incriminating photos that they could see me in, they would contact me. They never did,” the anonymous source said. The source did notice her email account kept getting login errors, but she never noticed getting logged out of Snapchat.
Shine On! gets NASA downlink BY Mataeo Smith Co-News Editor
The cancellation of the SUNY Plattsburgh Shine On! Program’s 2020 conference featuring a NASA astronaut inspired the editorial board to “go big” for 2021. Following a 30-page proposal to NASA containing 18 letters of support from politicians, local meteorologists and SUNY Plattsburgh professors, Shine On! was approved to host a downlink with the NASA international space station during mission 65 as a part of its virtual 2021 conference: “Look To The Stars” Shine on! decided to name science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs the theme of its conference last year with an impetus to address the gender gap within the STEM field. Given the unexpected commencement of the pandemic, Shine On! decided to continue its mission pertaining to STEM for the 2021 conference with the inclusion of a young male audience. Keeping the theme was important for Shine On! Chairwoman Chrysa Rabideau because it speaks to the organization’s mission of teaching young women how to pursue their dreams and become successful. The
organization received exuberant support from the community with letters of support coming from local figures like SUNY Plattsburgh President Alexander Enyedi, New York Representative Elise Stefanik and WPTZ Meteorologist Gib Brown. The conference date is currently undecided given the unpredictability of NASA’s schedule. Participants would be able to communicate with NASA only when the astronauts’ time available. The estimated date
is set between March and April of this year. Planning the conference without an official date proved to be difficult according to Rabideau. However, she said with the confirmation from NASA tightly woven under her belt, it’s easier to step back and have a sigh of relief because the worst part is over.
The STEM field pertains directly to the values of Shine ON! interest to inspire young minds surpass the bare minimum in life. “STEM takes character,” Rabideau said. “It takes problem solving and that’s one of our core values. We wanted the North Country to learn more about STEM and we wanted to do that by showing them what kind of character it takes to be part of the STEM industry.” “Look To the Stars” will include workshops like “Beam Me Up Scotty,” a look into the technology behind NASA’s space suits facilitated by Pearl Physical Therapy Owner Elizabeth Pearl and “Communication and the Weather,” with NBC-affiliated television station WPTZ meteorologist Caitlin Napoleoni—one of the 18 people to write a letter of support to the Shine On! proposal. “There’s a ton of super smart people working up there,” Shine On! Committee member Emily Slattery said. “That’s what we want to showcase. We want to show that it’s not easy to get people in Space, but you can use character strengths and apply them to a stem career.” Email MATAEO SMITH email@example.com
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SA discuss student activity BY ADEEB CHOWDHURY Associate FUSE Editor
The SA meeting on Feb. 17 saw the appointment of three new senators: Laman Hanifayeva, Amy Imbaquingo and Carter Mosher. The freshly approved leaders took the oath of office and officially joined the Student Association. Each expressed their eagerness at being able to represent the student body. “It’s honestly amazing to be able to lead and support the student community here at Plattsburgh,” Mosher, a freshman majoring in marketing and international business, said. “I’m looking forward to helping my fellow students in whatever way I can.” “Every semester comes with new changes and challenges and I will work with the rest of SA to find solutions that best fit the needs of the community,” Imbaquingo said. SAREEM JABBAR/Cardinal Points
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Feb. 20 University Police recieved a motor vechicle accident call outside of Defrendenburgh Hall. The driver was ticketed for following too closely and driving with a suspended resistragtion.
Feb. 21 Two students in MacDonough Hall were reported with alcohol under the age of 21. The students were referred to Student Conduct violations and recieved charges.
Feb. 22 University police recieved a call about on-campus students harassing the caller. The matter was resolved with communition and no further actions were taken.
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Memorial Hall offers group exercise BY JOHANNA WEEKS Staff Writer
University Police responded to a firm alarm actiAfter Memorial Hall Fitness Center vated in Macomb Hall by a central heating plant reopened Feb. 15, faculty are remainfrom marijuana smoking. The student was referred ing aware of the risks of COVID-19. to the Student Conduct. Memorial Hall Gym has opened its
doors and is mandating safe, socially distanced exercise by offering group Three students were found smoking marijuana in exercise courses to SUNY Plattsburgh car in Lot 18 by UP officers conducting foot patrol. students. Due to the pandemic, new reAll students have recieved judicial charges. strictions and limitations have been implemented regarding capacity and sanitation. Campus community members are required to wear face masks and socially distance while at the gym. Students are given a sanitizer and asked to sanitize the station and equipment before and after use. The new capacity limit is 33% to allow students to safely follow social distancing guidelines. “As far as last semester, the Fitness Center and all our group exercise courses went really well,” Connie Fesette, the group exercise director who is a registered dietician and certified to coach kickboxing, group exercising and spinning, said. “I was so proud of [the students]. They wanted
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While Lein did not know Faber, she was also acquainted with Fish from greek life events and even attended graduate school at Albany Law together for a semester. Lein and the anonymous source, described Fish’s character as a “stereotypical frat boy” who liked to flirt and sleep with women. “There’s a lot of anger toward someone I thought I knew, even though I didn’t really trust him,” Lein said. “I never thought he could betray my trust that much. I knew, maybe, he wouldn’t be there to pick me up if I called. I knew, maybe, he wouldn’t have
it to continue, and they knew how important it was. I think the facility is as clean as it’s ever been.” There are five types of in-person group exercise classes including, yoga, hardbody, cardio/core/yoga, spin and bootcamp, now available for students to register 24 hours in advance. Each class is limited to 14 students. All group exercise classes will be held within Memorial Hall gym, except for spin classes, which will be held inside Algonquin Hall. Students are required to sign up through the app ‘IMleagues’ or at www.imleagues.com/plattsburgh. This will make contact tracing possible, if need be. The gym is open from 9 a.m to 9 p.m Monday through Friday, and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Students are required to complete a daily health screening form before entering the gym and must participate in weekly pool testing. Group exercise courses are an option for people to exercise and be a part of an activity within the campus community. SUNY Plattsburgh sophomore Maddy Taylor is a thrower for the track and field team and regularly
my back if someone was being creepy toward me at a bar. I knew I couldn’t trust him that way, but I would have never thought he would steal my personal information, sell it, violate me and treat me literally as a commodity.” There were other victims who were too emotionally attached to the case to speak about their experiences. Lein felt “a lot of guilt” about everything that happened. Once the story began to spread last year, Lein noticed more attention was focusing on what the women should have done differently rather than condemning Faber and Fish. When she saw posts online blaming women for keeping the intimate content, Lein said it was “shocking” and
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Imbaquingo, a senior in the communication sciences and disorders program with a minor in Spanish, expressed similar sentiments to Mosher. To all three senators, it is clear what those changes and challenges currently are: the hampering of student activity and involvement due to the COVID-19 crisis. “Living in a global pandemic has taken a toll on all of us and it certainly is affecting the campus community,” Hanifayeva, an international student from Azerbaijan studying biomedical sciences, said. “We haven’t had any big in person events in a year, most clubs can’t hold in person meetings, our annual events have been cancelled, and this has made most students not want to join clubs or get involved with campus. It is stressful and even more difficult to be taking online classes, trying to learn the full course over zoom meetings.” Hanifayeva said. The importance of extracurriculars and community engagement is clearly a priority for the senators, who know first-hand the benefits of such involvement. Mosher notes that he has been engaged in student government since high school and is familiar with the significance of positive leadership. Hanifayeva, too, highlighted her involvement with numerous organizations at SUNY Plattsburgh, such as Club International, Finance Board, Biomedical Club, Chemistry Club and the Theta Phi Alpha sorority. “It is definitely a struggle trying to operate the same way as before with social distancing and pandemic friendly guidelines,” Imbaquingo said. “But we still find new ways
goes to Memorial. She has gone to the gym once this semester and expressed some concerns about how well the staff are enforcing the guidelines and if the students are going to follow them. “It’s a little more lenient, I feel like, than last semester,” Taylor said. “They are not watching to see if people are cleaning [equipment] or if people are working out in groups.” However, she thinks the reopening of the gym will be beneficial for her. “My mental health relies a lot on working out,” she said. “It’s a motivator as well. I feel like the rest of my day is more productive as I workout.” Freshman Nicole Shocker was unable to go to the fitness center last semester and expressed her excitement to start using the fitness center when she has time. “I feel like it’s a good idea to reopen the gym so students have the opportunity to go and exercise or participate in a group activity,” Shocker said. Email JOHANNA WEEKS email@example.com
“appalling” to read the hurtful comments. “Society spends a lot of time focusing on the things that a person should or shouldn’t do in order to not be harmed, rather than putting the focus on the people who are causing the harm,” Title IX Coordinator Butterfly Blaise Boire said. “Anytime that an individual is engaging with any sort of expression of their body, whether it’s through photos or messages, and they are present and making informed decisions, that’s their business.” The victims of Faber and Fish may find solace after their sentences date June 9 and March 19, respectively. Boire expressed the transparency of the college was a valued asset in
keeping the community involved. In a recent email to students, SUNY Plattsburgh President Alexander Enyedi said he was “pleased to see these cases brought and the guilty pleas filed.” “I am happy to share my version of things in the hopes that it makes somebody else realize that is not their fault, that they are not to blame for this,” Lein said. “It’s OK to talk about these things. It’s OK to share this. It’s OK to love yourself and your own body. It’s OK to have naked photos, and it’s OK to not have naked photos. I just hate the stigmas surrounding all this.”
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to connect with students and members of the SUNY community.” The senators offered their visions for growing student involvement even in an environment characterized by restriction, isolation, and distancing. They believe that despite such conditions, fostering a healthy, active student community is certainly a possibility and should be among the primary goals of the SA this semester. “The main priority is to provide events and opportunities for students to participate in, because we haven’t had many,” Mosher said. “We need to design these events in a way that’s safe, but also enjoyable.” “We all have a responsibility to respect the guidelines and each other by staying safe in these trying times. The more we try to be cautious following the COVID friendly guidelines means we will have a better, safer, and more allied campus,” Imbaquingo said. Essential to the SA’s plan for moving forward is not just making sure such events are available, but also that students are aware of what opportunities they can participate in. “We need to make sure the students know about the available clubs we have,” reminded Hanifayeva. “SA encourages students at these times to reach out for help, use the resources available, and join clubs even if they are online.” Echoing the central mission and purpose of the SA, Hanifayeva said, their goal is to ensure good mental and physical health, safe environment, academic excellence, diversity, and educating the SUNY community on current events. Email ADEEB CHOWDHURY
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This Week in Photos: Testing Photos By Audrey Lapinski
Steve Matthews prepares COVID-19 pool tests at Algonquin Hall.
Students can register for a test on SUNY Plattsburgh’s website by accessing the “COVID-19 Campus Updates” tab. From there by clicking the “COVID-19 TESTING FOR STUDENTS & STAFF” side tab, students will be able to register for a test. Students will then be asked to create an account, enter their banner ID number and provide health insurance information. Students and faculty will need to remember their information to log into their SUNY COVID-19 testing account prior to being tested. From there, students are required to complete a series of screening questions. Weekly testing will be held at Algonquin Dining Hall Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students and campus employees are asked to schedule a day and time that they will be attending the pool testing. Once this is completed, students will receive a digital ticket that will grant them admission into Algonquin Dining Hall. Students are required to be tested each week at their scheduled time for the rest of the semester. Before attending the screening test, students are required to follow a set of instructions to ensure that test results are as accurate as possible. Students and faculty are asked to not brush their teeth or use mouthwash three hours prior to the test. They are also instructed to not eat, drink, smoke, vape or use any smokeless tobacco products 30 minutes prior to testing.
Students who fail to follow these instructions will either have to wait longer for their test, or they won’t be able to take their test and will have to come back at another time. Upon arrival at Algonquin Hall, students need to have their phone, student ID, banner ID number and their COVID-19 test account information on hand. Students should have their digital tickets open on their phones as well. From there students will be asked to answer a series of health screening questions. So what exactly can students expect this semester? Is the test faster, is it more effective? And most importantly, is the test safe? Generally, the testing process itself is quick, easy and painless. Lines are short, testing is quick, and most are safe. “The only problems we’ve really encountered are tech problems,” Eldridge said. “Students tend to forget their personal devices sometimes, so we have chromebooks at the testing site so that students can sign into their accounts. But other than that we’ve had no problems.” Only a handful of students are let in at a time to be tested. Algonquin has eight testing tables scattered throughout the dining hall. Students are required to wear a mask and socially distance themselves when inside.
Students are then sent to a designated testing table. At the tables, students are instructed by two attendants. They are asked to put their phone or device away, sanitize their hands and open the test kit provided to them. From there, the two attendants will give further guidance on how to administer the test. “I would say I feel pretty safe,” freshman Sam Carter said, “The testing process itself is pretty straightforward. There’s really not much of a wait for the test either. Everything is well set up, and socially distanced. I think it’s a pretty good system.” “Screen testing may be inconvenient,” Carter said, “but it’s a necessity and it keeps people safe.” Freshman Nicholas Helmer said testing is sometimes inconvenient because he lives off campus. “It’s handy and it’s better than nothing. If I had COVID, I’d want to know.” Students are encouraged to make every effort to attend their scheduled time slot. If students cannot make the day and time they scheduled, they must attend an alternate date and time for the same week.
“COVID-19 testing is not an option for students and staff,” Eldridge said. “It’s a requirement, and there will be consequences for those who do not show up for tests. You will not be able to attend classes and you will not be allowed on campus. The vaccines are still relatively new, and vaccinated individuals will continue to get tested weekly. So it shouldn’t be an excuse to not be tested.” Students are still required to comply with social distancing restrictions and failure to do so will result in disciplinary action. Students must wear masks, refrain from participating in prohibited gatherings and avoid crowded places when possible. “Right now parties are the main reason we have positive cases on campus,” Eldridge said. “If you are partying, we will catch you.” Email JOHN CHURCH firstname.lastname@example.org
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SUNY Plattsburgh sophmore Hannah Ruberto studies for her psycology classes in Feinberg Library.
Psych program gets re-accredited BY ALEXA DUMAS Opinions Editor
As many students count down the days until their undergraduate degree is complete, some may decide to continue to pursue
higher education. SUNY Plattsburgh offers multiple graduate programs, which includes the recently re-accredited psychology master’s and certificate program. “It’s a training program
to be a certified school psychologist in New York State,” Laci Charette, associate professor and school psychology graduate program director, said. “They receive training in assessment, intervention,
consultation and counseling to eventually work as a school psychologist.” The graduate program is for students who want to become a psychologist, specifically for a K-12 public school. Students noted
that the Plattsburgh program is different from most colleges because they experience hands-on learning in the first semester. “What really drew me to this program is that you are placed in a school your first semester as a school psychology grad student,” Christine Leerkes, a first-year school psychology graduate student, said. “Not all programs do that. They usually wait for the second year to have a practicum experience. It has been great to be in a school from day one.” Not only has the professional experience been important to students in the program, but the classes have also been beneficial. Classes such as assessment and consultation help students develop skills that are needed in the field. “I really like our assessment course,” Grace Kelly, a second-year school psychology graduate student, said. “We learn different assessment tools that school psychologists use to assess students with their academics and their
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cognitive functioning because we work with determining their eligibility for special education services. This helps determine what students need using those tools.” Recently, the school psychology graduate program was accredited for the second time since 2008, which sets the program at the highest level compared to others. The National Association of School Psychologists, or NASP, issues the accreditation to programs based on a set of criteria. The Plattsburgh programs met the guidelines twice, which allows students to receive state and national certification in the field. “There are ten NASP training standards and we met them through our course work and our training opportunities,” Charette said. “The accreditation is important to our graduate program and it ensures our graduate students are getting training to be an effective school psychologist. PSYCH l A5
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Elizabeth Kocienda, Maddy Taylor, Journey Myricks and Bliss Rhoads running during track and field pracitce in SUNY Plattsburgh fieldhouse.
PSUC spring sports begin practicing BY OLIVIA BOUSQUET & MATAEO SMITH Co-News Editors
SUNY Plattsburgh student-athletes experienced many unknowns about competing and practicing since the beginning of the pandemic, but Tuesday brought some positive news for cardinal athletes. In an email from SUNY Plattsburgh President Alexander Enyedi, he announced the return of spring sports. This included baseball, softball, track and field, women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s lacrosse. SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras announced the decision Tuesday at a press conference in SUNY Oswego in consultation with the 10 SUNY presidents in attendance—with
Enyedi being among them. Soon after, the SUNY Presidents were advised by the athletic director and faculty of their individual college. “The decision involved a lot of people,” Athletics Director Micheal Howard said. “We all provided our advice to the chancellor and the president and then the decision was made to go forward.” Fall and winter sports, like basketball and volleyball, have been practicing, but Enyedi’s email did not give them OK for schedules and intercollegiate competition. Student-athletes and coaches are required to socially distance and wear masks at all times when not actively competing. No spectators will be al-
lowed to attend sporting events, but it is subject to change in accordance with state, SUNY and health department guidelines. “[The coaches] are able to actually contribute now, which is really nice,” Track and Field captain Aislyn McDonough said, about her return to semi-normal practices. “You do get more one-on-one attention from them just ‘cause the pods are so small, so that’s another benefit from [pod practices].” Teams have been doing pod practices, which is a smaller group of teammates to allow for ample distance and reduced contact. McDonough practices three times a week for an hour with her pod, but it’s “difficult to fit everything
into an hour.” Along with short practices, the track and field team was not allowed to use any equipment, which reduced contact and cleaning of each individual piece of equipment. “We’re into the second week now, which were pods split in half, doing drills and stuff,” Jordan Kastanis, a senior on the women’s basketball team, said. “We have to stay six-feet apart, no contact and get temperature checks before we start. We make sure that we fill out our daily COVID screening and then there is the pool testing every week. So, hopefully next week we can start scrimmaging and doing contact stuff soon.” According to McDonough and Kastanis,
they feel the rules and regulations SUNY Plattsburgh has put in place for sports has made them comfortable to continue practicing. But for the two upperclassmen with years of pre-pandemic collegiate competition experience, they are trying their hardest to help recruits and underclassmen get the best experience possible. “The captains have been organizing a lot of team bonding virtually, just to try and get to know the underclassmen a little bit better, so it can be more comfortable for the day that we do combine,” McDonough said. “We’ll try to do small outings as safely as we can just to get that team environment back. Like, we’ve played pictionary and we
are doing bingo this week. We are trying a bunch of virtual things on Zoom to stay connected.” Once spring sports begin to move forward, athletes, coaches, officials, media members and game-day personnel are expected to wear a mask, except for the athletes who participated in the sporting event. “I’m happy for the underclassmen that they get to play a little bit, so they don’t come in next season then are like ‘wow I haven’t done organized basketball in a very long time,’ so I think it’s good,” Kastanis said.
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PSYCH Continued from page four They’ll be prepared to be working in the field because they are being trained under those standards.” Some of the standards that the graduate program is assessed on are the structure of the program, data-based decision making, consultation and collaboration, direct and indirect services, as well as diversity and ethics. These qualifications allow for students to be well-rounded in the field of school psychology in order to apply for employment. “Because our program is accredited, it’s basically saying that they’re holding their students to a very high standard and they’re achieving very successful results,” Celine Houle, a second-year school psychology graduate student, said. “We have a very high pass rate, a very high hire rate out of college.” The hire rate for the career field is higher than most in the school setting. The reaccreditation in the graduate program has prepared students for their future in the school psychology field. “School psychology is a much-needed field,” Kelly said. “All that I ask for in a career would be that I make a
NEWS difference in children’s lives.” With the current success in the program, students find that the accreditation allows for a more marketable status to employers. Without the recognition of the NASP, it would be harder to become hired. “Jobs are definitely looking for that,” Houle said. “They appreciate that you go to an accredited program just because they know exactly what the program has to offer based on those guidelines and the standards that SUNY Plattsburgh meets by having that accreditation.” The reaccreditation of the program was not a singular effort. Everyone involved in the school psychology graduate program played a role in the process. “Earning accreditation for our graduate program really takes the work of the campus administration, our psychology department, our faculty that teach in our school psychology program, and our students,” Charette said. “Our students were really involved in the accreditation process as far as they assisted with the site visits, and are willing to volunteer to help us meet criteria that we need to meet in order to obtain accreditation.” The program’s accreditation is not only important to SUNY Plattsburgh, but it is also important to the students. Without the accreditation, there wouldn’t be as many students involved in the program. “I definitely picked the program because it was accredited,” Houle said. “I also picked it because it guar-
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antees that these professors are going to go the extra mile for you, and I’ve certainly found that to be true. I’ve been very fortunate in the program that I have picked.” The professors were also recognized for their effort in the process as well. The students in the program would not succeed without the guidance of the faculty in the department. “The professors put so much work into what they do and so much care into educating their students,” Kelly said. “I think that was recognized with the accreditation process.” Not only have the professors been important in the accreditation process, but they have been helpful to students during the pandemic. “I’ve been so impressed with how flexible the professors have been in both the modality of our classes, in adjusting to fit the needs of our cohort,” Leerkes said. “They are still providing quality education in these difficult teaching times. They’ve been very adaptable to meet everyone’s needs.” With bright futures ahead, the second accreditation of the school psychology graduate program reflects the strength of the students and faculty at SUNY Plattsburgh.
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‘iCarly’ stirs up nostalgia on Netflix BY NATALIE ST. DENIS Associate Opinions Editor
The smash hit sitcom “iCarly” was a memorable part of many childhoods. The show features a group of friends from Seattle, Washington that created their own comedy webshow. Carly Shay and Sam Puckett took the world by storm with their quirky skits, with the help of their cameraman, Freddie Benson who didn’t do much except stand behind the lens swooning over Carly. The premise of the show sounds simple. But looking back on it now, the show was really just a bunch of nonsense. But the nonsense somehow worked. It worked so well that one of the show’s specials received 11.2 million viewers. “iCarly” had a whopping six seasons, and the main reason for the show’s ending was due to the lead actress Miranda Cosgrove, who played Carly, leaving for the University of Southern California. The show definitely had some moments that made you say what the f*ck? There’s online speculation that “iCarly” exposed the rumored foot fetish of producer Dan Schneider. He somehow seemed to work feet into multiple episodes. Viewers can find feet on Carly’s older brother, Spencer Shay’s shoulders and even small faces on Carly and Sam’s toes. Critics of Schneider emphasize that the clues were overlooked. In an article with a women’s journalism website, babe.net, Special Projects Editor Harry Shukman wrote about the odd theory that sparked rumors online. He asked why the ex-Nickelodeon producer hasn’t had his #MeToo moment. “Youtube conspiracy videos say scenes of characters appreciate touching each other’s feet, drawing on each other’s feet, even pouring ketchup on each other’s feet, should be interpreted as clues,” Shukman wrote. “Those troubling Dan Schneider rumors haven’t gone away.” Schneider made frequent tweets attempting to engage fans. In 2009
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Schneider tweeted: “Pic! Carly tickles Sam’s very unusual toes! If you have a moment, will you please NAME Sam’s toes for us?” Schneider was fired from Nickelodeon in 2018 due to his alleged behavior toward young actresses in his other shows “Victorious” and “Zoey 101,” as well as “iCarly.” Actress Jennette McCurdy, who played Puckett, opened up about her struggles of having an eating disorder throughout the show in an article she wrote as a guest writer for the Huffington Post in 2019. “At 14, I was cast in the Nickelodeon series ‘iCarly,’ and by the time I was 15, the show was starting to get popular. The stress of having to be ‘on’ all the time got to me. I became even more fixated on food and my body,” McCurdy wrote.
It’s sad to think that a show Gen-Z loved while growing up had secrets and hidden meanings embedded in the episodes. Even though the original “iCarly” fans are grown up, Gen Z still experience excitement in seeing the show on Netflix. There may be times when viewers should keep a subtle eye out for the feet content and other innuendos, such as sexual or violent images, that were missed while viewing the show at a younger age. But this new Netflix release nevertheless, still generates a nostalgic feeling for the generations who watched when they were younger. “iCarly” was a feel good show and it will still hopefully always serves that purpose, despite the limited number of seasons Netflix made available for streaming. Netflix only included two seasons out of the six. Many fans turned to Twitter to express their
frustration. “Girls don’t want boyfriends, girls want all 6 seasons of iCarly on @Netflix_PH ????” tweeted @_ninadino. This tease from Netflix has fans spiraling, especially because of the potential “iCarly” revival. Miranda Cosgrove posted an Instagram post of her next to Nathan Kress, who played Benson, and Jerry Trainor, who played Carly’s older brother, Spencer. Behind them reads “iCARLY SET 1.” Since adding the series to Netflix Feb. 8, it quickly became number two on the “popular titles” page. The original fans can’t seem to get enough of the nostalgia the series produces. “iCarly” has a special place in the hearts of Gen-Z, and nothing can replace it. Email NATALIE ST. DENIS email@example.com
‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ rewrites history
The film is not a direct biopic of either leading man, but an illuminating history lesson. Rather than running through Fred Hampton’s growth as a political leader, the story jumps to the late 1960’s, as he is already setting up food programs for underprivileged kids in the Chicago area. As for O’Neal, we observe him from a somewhat detached perspective. The film is not trying to moralize his role as an informant, but instead figuring out what pushed him to this point. Kaluuya’s performance has already received nominations from the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild, and rightfully so. As he addresses the crowds of people throughout the film, any pretense of performance melts away. His rough, hearty voice is not an uncanny duplication of the real Hampton, but an evocation of his spirit. There is power in his words, almost gospel-like at times which is further emphasized by speaking behind a church altar at one moment. For so long, the Black Panther Party was labeled as a dangerous and militant group.
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Last fall, Fred Hampton, the deputy chairman of the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party, was featured in “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” Sadly for the historical drama, there was no proof that Hampton had actually been in the courthouse. His presence was a pure fabrication for dramatic purposes, which is problematic for a film being sold as a true story. The story of “Judas and the Black Messiah” is sadly all too real. Lakeith Stanfield stars as William O’Neal, who at the start of the film is a lowly car thief. When he is brought in for impersonating the FBI, he is offered a deal. O’Neal had to infiltrate the Black Panther Party’s Chicago chapter, headed by the aforementioned Fred Hampton, this time played by Daniel Kaluuya. O’Neal eventually works his way up the totem pole and becomes the organization’s chief of security. However, if audiences understand the biblical reference being used in the film’s title, there will be no surprises on how the story ends.
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‘The Woman in Cabin 10’ talks mental health, anxiety BY CARLY NEWTON Staff Writer
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Laura “Lo’’ Blacklock, a 32-year-old travel journalist, finally gets a big break in her career. The big break comes in the form of a cruise-liner on the Scandinavian coastline, called the Aurora. But when the luxurious yacht sets its course through the Norwegian Fjords, Lo soon realizes that she is onboard with a murderer. Ruth Ware’s “The Woman in Cabin 10,” is a mystery-thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Once started, it’s hard to stop. Readers will find themselves flipping through the pages impatiently waiting to see how it ends. Lo gets the opportunity of a lifetime. She was asked to take a trip on the Aurora and tasked with
writing a story about her experience on the yacht. Days before Lo was set to leave, her flat was broken into while she was asleep. Before the burglary, Lo had already been taking medication for her anxiety. After the burglary, she experienced flashbacks regularly and suffered from insomnia. Her mental state had declined and she dealt with post-traumatic stress disorder. On top of that, she was facing relationship troubles with her boyfriend, Judah. In “The Woman in Cabin 10,” it’s apparent early on that Lo is struggling with her mental health. She is suffering from mental health issues and needs help, but doesn’t reach out for it. PTSD is a serious disorder that affects millions of people each year, and can be treatable with therapy and medications. The symptoms of this dis-
order can vary. It’s important to get help as soon as possible when these symptoms are experienced for any length of time. A New York Times article, “The Pandemic Brought Depression and Anxiety. Reaching Out Helped,” is helpful to anyone who may be struggling in their current life. In the article, David Cates, a clinical psychologist and behavioral health consultant, said, “Acknowledging that something is wrong is the first step to addressing a problem.” After this step, it becomes easier to figure out the root of the problem. David Cates also said, “When someone else acknowledges their difficulties, whether one-onone or in a public forum, it can make it easier for us to acknowledge our own.” COPING l A8
The Weeknd stuns, sparks memes BY NATALIE ST. DENIS Associate Opinions Editor
R&B singer The Weeknd kicked off the Super Bowl LV’s Pepsi Halftime Show sitting in a vintage car, as a figure came down, wearing all white with glowing red eyes, from the ceiling. With its arms raised there was a choir that sang his hit song “Call Out My Name.” A bit creepy off the bat. Then, the camera pans to the large choir, all replicas of the figure who drifted down in front of The Weeknd. As he transitions into the next song, the audience can finally get a clear glimpse of his face— which isn’t bandaged, bleeding, or botched with plastic surgery. It is completely different from what has been all over his social media during the past few months. Some viewers thought that he was truly undergoing facial surgery, which is not unexpected
from Hollywood stars. This was all part of the storyline of his latest album, “After Hours.” In an interview with “Variety,” the Canadian singer explains, “The significance of the entire head bandages is reflecting on the absurd culture of Hollywood celebrities and people manipulating themselves for superficial reasons to please and be validated.” This is a real issue in the world of fame and it doesn’t take a celebrity to notice. Even fans are familiar with the pressure to get plastic surgery in the entertainment industry. Some even take to twitter to discuss pop culture icons and their facial work with the #celebrityplasticsurgery tag. The dancers surrounding The Weeknd during his halftime performance were bandaged and masked. Their presence throughout the show depicts some-
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thing of a cult group. This image could be conveying the way all celebrities feel stuck together in the center of fame, where they are forced to conform to a specific appearance. The 31-year-old may have seemed like an interesting choice to some. The Weeknd hasn’t been in the music industry as long as some past performers of the halftime show, like Jennier Lopez and Shakira in 2020, Maroon 5 in 2019, or Justin Timberlake in 2018. But the audience was quickly reminded of the numerous hits The Weeknd has had since 2015. Among the hits were songs, “Starboy,” “The Hills,” “Can’t Feel My Face,” “I Feel It Coming,” “Save Your Tears,” and TikTok hit, “Blinding Lights.” The Weeknd’s songs show off his talented vocals which includes his ability to hit high notes and hold them for long
periods of time. But this seemed to leave him out of breath during the performance, and may have been the reason he didn’t dance much. Christian Schneider, a freshman hospitality management major, noticed his lack of movement. “I know he’s not really a dancer or anything,” Schneider said. “But I feel like he could have done a little more choreography because I feel like for a lot of the time he was kind of just standing there singing, and there wasn’t much to see.” His performance quickly gained traction on social media, following the almost 15-minute show. At one point during his performance, The Weeknd appeared to be walking through a lit up tunnel, looking lost, and held a camera very close to his face. HALFTIME l A8
Woodstock music festival revisited
BY HALES PASSINO
From Aug. 15 to Aug. 18, 1969, nearly half a million free-spirited souls from all walks of life gathered on a small dairy farm nestled in Bethel, N.Y. It was crowded. It was filthy. It was lacking in food and facilities. Humidity, pot, wood smoke and body odor pervaded the air. People couldn’t hear their own thoughts between all of the music, an intercom calling for people, maybe the occasional argument and lots of laughter. There’d be someone tripping to the left of you and a couple to the right making love. Woodstock became one of the most influential festivals in American music history and hippie counterculture. Woodstock was originally supposed to be “three days of peace and music,” but ended up being four. Popular artists from folk and rock genres performed at all hours of the days. On Friday, Aug. 15 at 5:07 p.m., Richie Havens was the first performer to hit the stage. A pregnant Joan Baez finished off the first night at 12:55 a.m. Day two featured the funk and jazz fusion of Santana, the jam band essence that is the Grateful Dead, as well as rhythmic punk rock from The Who, Joe Cocker and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young appeared on day three, while Jimi Hendrix concluded the festival day four. The 1960s had a lot to unpack as the times were a-changin’. The baby-boomer
generation was determined to leave behind uptight ethics from the 1950s. An 18 year old had permission to drink alcohol and die in war, but couldn’t vote until they were 21. During this decade, civil unrest and racial injustice were prevalent. Tragic events like the Vietnam War and assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and American minister and activist Martin Luther King left many in a frenzy. It was a time for people to band together and rebel against a system that seemingly made no sense. Those who attended Woodstock were able to forget about the existing troubles of the world for a while and get lost within the music. However, the real beauty was the sense of unity established there as it strengthened the Civil Rights Movement and anti-war protests. In an interview with NYC artist Suze Rotolo, said it best, “Talk made music, and music made talk.” Every generation has their own critical issues that they face. The current generation lives in great uncertainty with the global pandemic looming over. There is also the continual fight for civil rights and equality shown in movements like Black Lives Matter and pride marches within the LGBTQ+ community. Through it all, music continues to be a saving grace and expressive protest tool. Songs such as Green Day’s “American Idiot,” Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name” and Public Enemy’s “Fight
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the Power” promote going against the status-quo. Live music is undoubtedly good for the soul. COVID-19 has put a stop to it for the time being, but there are loopholes to sustain the itch for a concert fix. In the comfort of one’s own home, virtual concerts allow fans to access live performances on devices like phones or laptops. Some may be free of charge, while others may require the purchase of tickets ahead of time, much like a live performance. Artists such as Melissa Etheridge and Diplo offer free virtual concerts, while Adam Lambert and Justin Beiber
perform for a small fee. Reliving or experiencing past concerts or festivals can easily be done through YouTube, which is quite possibly the closest thing there is to a time machine. This makes the audience feel something, such as nostalgia. Though there may not be any in-person contact between these two methods of musical experience, there is still a strong sense of community and connection that can be accessed virtually.
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Celebrate your voice on Student Press Freedom Day What are the benefits of a student-run newspaper? Some students find the significance of reporting on important issues on and off-campus, while others gain writing experience and see their work published. It is Cardinal Points’ mission to serve the SUNY Plattsburgh student body while keeping students informed and connected. Feb. 26, 2021, is Student Press Freedom Day, which is an initiative from the Student Press Law Center. It is a day where student journalists unite to talk about pressing challenges such as targeting and censorship of student journalists, journalism in the time of COVID-19, racial justice and civics education. “Journalism Against the Odds” is the perfect theme for 2021, which brought the struggles of student journalists to light. While students from around the country had to quickly adapt to campus shutdowns and online learning, student journalists were reporting on it. Not only have COVID regulations been covered, but in-
MOVEMENT Continued from page six In this film we see FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, played by Martin Sheen, addressing an auditorium of agents saying that they are “the single greatest threat to our national security.” While the film does not shy away from the violent altercations with the Chicago Police Department, that is not the
COPING Continued from page seven So reaching out to friends and family in-person or over the internet is a good way to start for anyone who is struggling. There’s a good chance a family member or friend feels the exact same way. Nobody should have to struggle alone. Despite her deteriorating mental state, Lo decided she still wanted to take the trip on the Aurora. The yacht is owned by a man named Richard Bullmer. Richard built his fortune from the ground up and that left an impression on Lo. After getting aboard the Aurora, Lo was taken to her cabin, which was cabin number nine.
focus of the film. Hampton wanted to mobilize his community and unify them under one voice. It should be his legacy, and this film provides him that. The film was written and shot in 2019. Considering the racial reckoning America has had in the last year, this story feels so timely. With such a historical movement going on, one would expect director Shaka King to finish with a postlude of modernday footage in a way that Spike Lee has done in the past with films like “BlacKkKlansman,” and “Da 5 Bloods,” but King
She was in awe of the place, but she was exhausted. She forced herself to stay awake and shower so she could attend the dinner and presentation later that night. Lo chugged a glass of gin, her new method of coping, then got ready for the dinner. As she got ready, she realized that she didn’t have her mascara. Trying to find some mascara, Lo left her room and knocked on the neighboring cabin door, or cabin number 10. A flustered young woman answered and gave Lo a tube of mascara in a hurry, then shut the door in her face. After the puzzling encounter, Lo headed to her room, finished getting ready and left. At dinner, she met other journalists
HALFTIME Continued from page seven The Weeknd seemed to be singing to it. This part of the show was very chaotic and almost dizzying to viewers, which sparked many memes online. Viewers were quick to come up with creative memes of this clip. On Twitter, Ashley Flanagan tweeted: “what my friends see in their ring doorbell when I show up to their house #super-
formation about the highly anticipated 2020 presidential election and the racial injustices that sparked protests across the world were reported on in student publications. The freedom to produce a publication like Cardinal Points is something that many students may take for granted. Without the freedom of speech, it would be difficult for the staff to report ethically and honestly. Student journalists don’t get enough recognition for the work they do for the campus community. Student Press Freedom Day should be celebrated. Student journalists work tirelessly to report on current pressing issues and bring the news to students across their campus. Cardinal Points is no different. The ability to adapt and chase a story is a unique quality that can only be found in student journalists. It can’t be emphasized enough that campuses need student journalists. Without their dedication to providing the truth about pressing issues on campus, who would?
bowl #PepsiHalftime.” Andrew Koenig, a dad who watched the performance, tweeted, “What I see when my kids wake me up in the morning #TheWeeknd #SuperBowl #PepsiHalftime.” A more serious topic surfaced the media after The Weeknd’s performance. People online have criticized The Weeknd’s lack of political commentary on
avoids that convention. It would be a great film if it was personal through the tremendous performances. However, the evocation of the era elevates the film to becoming socially and historically minded. 2021 is still young, but “Judas and the Black Messiah” will endure throughout this year and it should not be forgotten.
and saw Richard Bullmer in person. When the dinner was over Lo, drunk, went back to her cabin and fell asleep. Hours later, a loud splash in the water abruptly woke her up. Startled, Lo ran onto the veranda just in time to see a woman’s hand reaching out of the water, or so she thought. At this point, Lo realizes that the girl in cabin 10 has gone missing. To her surprise, Lo is told that cabin 10 had always been vacant. As Lo tries to make sense of the girl’s disappearance, she becomes tangled up in a web of lies and deceit. She is pushed to her breaking point, questions her sanity and puts her own life at risk to unravel the mystery of the woman in cabin 10. In order to solve the mystery of Aurora,
the Black Lives Matter Movement. Although he does actively support the movement and even donated $500,000 in June, he didn’t seem to reference or speak out about the topic during this halftime show performance. Schneider mentioned he felt a little disappointed regarding this issue. “I mean he definitely could’ve done more and I think a lot of other performances in the past, like in 2016 with Beyonce and Bruno Mars,
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Lo must overcome her own personal demons and be the strong woman she always knew she could be. Ruth Ware’s “The Woman in Cabin 10,” is a must-read for anyone who enjoys mysterythrillers with great characters. Lo Blacklock is a great character that many readers may be able to relate to, cheer for and become attached to throughout the book. Readers should be ready for a story that will captivate them. “The Woman in Cabin 10,” will keep everyone guessing what happens next.
they did do a lot more,” Schneider said. Schneider was referring to when Beyonce performed a song celebrating Black empowerment called “Formation.” The Weeknd’s performance felt a little subpar compared to those prior, but he was able to showcase his talents to the millions watching. “I liked how it was very different and I like how he didn’t have a lot of dancers with him at all times like a lot of people do. He kind of
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made himself the star of the show and he didn’t need anyone else to do that for him,” Schneider said. The Weeknd’s halftime performance showed audiences that the basic standard of performance doesn’t make a show memorable. Following an album storyline, commenting on social issues and sparking memes online is the route for a show to remember. Email NATALIE ST. DENIS firstname.lastname@example.org
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Yemiru works for women’s rights across globe BY ALANA PENNY Managing and FUSE Editor
Ethiopia Yemiru was the first international student to apply to SUNY Plattsburgh as a gender and women’s studies major. She later added a second major, psychology, and a minor, economics. “I knew I wanted to work with women. I knew I wanted to work on equality and to make a social impact. But, as I started speaking with my advisor, jobs with just a gender and women’s studies degree were not that many, especially if I planned to go back home later on.” She wanted to add something that would go hand in hand with gender and women’s studies, and when she took psychology 101 with Katherine Dunham, she fell in love. “Ethiopia is very intelligent, and also thorough in her work,” Dunham said. “She is a dedicated student and values her education tremendously. She has excellent oral and written communication skills.” Yemiru was a teaching assistant for Dunham’s psychology 101 course last year. “She had performed very well in it and in her other psychology classes, and had the professional skills to be an excellent teaching assistant,” Associate Professor of Psychology Katherine Dunham said. Yumiru said her greatest accomplishment so far has been giving it her all. I have done all that I can
with what I was given, like I’ve been involved,” Yemiru said. “I’ve tried, and used my time and opportunity that I was given to the fullest. I am a CA, and of course, my grades aren’t that bad either.” She was the social media intern for the Title IV office last semester and used to tutor at the learning center. She also used to be the president of Global Initiative for Gender Issues and was on the executive board of African Initiative. She is currently the president of Triota honor society, the gender and women’s studies honor society and a member of Psi Chi, the psychology honor society. “This may sound odd, but she is like a warm summer day. Things are bright, warm and comfortable as soon as she enters the room,” Dunham said. In her free time she likes to listen to music and spend time with friends. “I don’t really have hobbies now that I think about it, that will be my next adventure,” Yeriru said. Music is my life. I just like to sit down and listen to music. I’m a huge J Cole fan.” Soyam Mamo, a senior management information systems and business administration major with a minor in computer science, has been friends with Yemiru, or ET as she calls her, since they were in sixth grade. They went to the same middle school, separate high schools and then came to SUNY Plattsburgh together. Mamo said
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Ethiopia Yemiru is the president of Triota, the gender and women’s studies honor society, a member of Psi Chi, the Psychology honor society. Last year, she was the Title IV social media intern, tutored in the learning center, the president of Global Initiative for Gender Issues and on the executive board of African Initiative. when they hang out they like to stay in, watch movies and sleep. We literally do everything together,” Mamo said. Mamo said Yemiru is multifaceted, strong, dependable and passionate about the things she cares about. “She grew up right before my eyes for sure,” Mamo said. “A lot of her good qualities I’ve seen blossom over her four
years here and I feel like the experience she got here from SUNY Plattsburgh for sure made her focus on the good things that she had and made her shine in the best way possible.” Yemiru said the big community of international students and students from Ethiopia made SUNY Plattsburgh a nice school to go to. “One of the things I like about Ethiopia is sometimes you’ll say some-
thing and you can see she’s thinking,” Connie Oxford, associate professor of gender and women’s studies and chair of the gender and women’s studies department said. “She always thinks before she speaks and shes articulate, and I think she’s incredibly thoughtful.” Yemiru is currently working on applying to graduate schools across the U.S., Canada and Europe, to study public policy.
“I would say [my long term goal is] to have some sort of impact for women and women’s rights,” Yemiru said. “Especially back home and the whole of Africa in general. Before I pass away I have to make some change and impact.”
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Wise balances lacrosse, job preparation
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Justin Wise interned at International Business Machines last June. He will work there after graduation as an accounting analyst. BY JONAS WARD Staff Writer
Senior accounting major Justin Wise is a men’s lacrosse team leader who recently finished an internship at IBM. After he graduates, Wise has a job lined up as a Global Business Services Federal Sector Accountant. Wise started a six month internship at IBM In June
of 2020. During the internship, he was also taking online classes that following fall. “In June of 2020, I started a six month internship from June 2020 to January 2021 working full-time at IBM as an Accounting Analyst in their International Global Financing Department while also taking 3 classes online in the fall,” Wise said. “I was also offered and accepted an extension of my co-op working on a part-time basis in my new role [GBS Federal Sector Accounting] from January-May and then will start
my full-time role in May when I graduate.” During his internship, Wise was also dedicated to his lacrosse team. He dedicated a lot of energy to his team, alongside his schooling. “To me, a leader on our team is someone that puts the team first and represents our team in the correct way,” Wise said. “They’re also someone the team respects, looks up to and the team has all their trust in them to lead and steer the team in the right direction. Being a team leader does not mean you’re better than everyone else, it means your team trusts you to do what’s best for the whole team and they will follow you.” Max Burgio, one of Wise’s best friends, has known him since first grade. They have played sports together throughout their childhood, and they ended up going to college at the same time and both played lacrosse. Burgio’s father was Wise’s first baseball coach when he was younger. “He is one of my best friends and one of the nicest people I’ve met,” Burgio said. “He’d do just about anything for his friends and as a teammate there is no one I would else I’d rather have next to me on the field.” When Wise is not studying or playing a lacrosse game, he loves to unwind with his friends on campus. Since his freshman year, he and his friends have come to favor a certain pastime, video games. “My favorite free-time activity has got to be playing the video game NHL with my housemates Walter Saraceni, Kyle Dodge and Matt McAlpine,” Wise said. We’ve been playing it together since our freshman year and we are very competitive people and hate to lose, so things get pretty heated as you can imagine.” Andrew Hauk is Wise’s lacrosse coach. He has been a mentor for Wise since he joined the team his freshman year. Hauk said Wise is selfless. “Justin always puts others before himself,” Hauk said. It doesn’t matter if you are a senior or a freshman, he treats everyone the same way and holds his teammates to the same high standard that our program demands from our players. He truly is a great role model for all of our younger players to aspire to be like when they are the future leaders of our team.”
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Junior BFA major with a double concentration in drawing and ceramics
My name is Mollie Ward and I’m a junior BFA major with a double concentration in drawing and ceramics. My current pastel drawings focus on the soft forms of the figure and through color, I want to create an abstract representation of the experiences of myself and those close to me. In ceramics, I am interested in the connection between form and function. I draw inspiration from the figure, whether explicit or abstract. I’d like for my ceramic pieces to be useful and beautiful, and to be enjoyed and used in one’s space. Trying to uncover my understanding of myself and my relationship with my body drives all the work that I do and I hope to create work that is equally personal and engaging to the viewer.
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Arts Council connects students, visual artists BY CHRISTYN PETTWAY Staff Writer
Last Monday, graphic designer and printmaker Katie Garth, was the guest for the Campus Arts Council’s Visual Artists Series. Hosted by SUNY Plattsburgh’s very own professor Diane Fine, Monday’s zoom session allowed students to learn about professional artists and life events that led them to their careers. Katie Garth recently received her master’s of fine arts, or MFA, from the Tyler School of Art and Printmaking last May. She is an interdisciplinary artist with drawing and print-based practice. During her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Garth studied graphic design, book arts and printmaking, working as a letterpress printing assistant. After graduating, she became a full-time graphic designer, putting out her work for five years until she attended graduate school. Garth’s most recent exhibition features the art and poetry from her book “Best Laid Plans.” She said the book is a narrative empathizing with the impulse for escapism while also examining what is lost by withdrawing into oneself. “Within a childhood story about my personal tendency for order,” Garth said. “I consider the merits of planning, asking for what each of us may be preparing and noting how familiar objects and mundane rituals provide their own enduring appeal.” The exhibit is a reading room, resting room and installation all in one. With much of Garth’s art, she likes to use different approaches like “enticing color and references to everyday mundane materials…in this way, language continues to inform the work even in non-narrative forms.” Garth uses “mundane materials” such as posted notes, memo pads, socks, etc. combined with poetry to get her point across to her audience. Students who attended the zoom art lecture found that they could connect with Garth. Winosha Steele, a senior and BFA Art major, found that she connected
with Garth because she is an artist who also incorporates poetry into her art. “It was very beautiful to see a whole new perspective and take on these two mediums becoming a cohesive body of work,” Steele said. “The most interesting takeaway for me has to be the way she allowed her art to evolve into different creations over time.” Maria Tibold, another senior, who is a BFA major of Photography with a concentration in Graphic Design, also connected with Garth since they are both graphic designers. Tibold sees Garth’s art as “neat and tidy” as well as relating to Garth’s “loose illustrative style.” Others enjoyed Garth’s art lecture simply because of her personality. Cheryth Youngman, a senior and an English Writing Arts and English Literature double major, who saw Garth as “incredibly warm and approachable” or Mollie Ward, a junior majoring in BFA Drawing and Ceramics Concentration who saw Garth’s Q&A answers and insights as helpful and “appreciated her openness.” Garth didn’t just share her art during the zoom lecture, she also introduced the Quarantine Public Library to everyone who attended. She explained that this new website was created because of the current pandemic for users all over the world to print work by established artists and other creations in the comfort of their own homes. Garth said this “punctures the virtual barrier to hold art in their hands at a time when we can not gather collectively to view it.” The site has been visited by users in more than 70 countries and now has over 100 visual artists, poets, researchers illustrators and other practitioners, including Fine, as well as having more than 2500 Instagram followers. Garth ends the lecture with a message to artists: “I hope that you’ll notice when someone believes in your work and keep them close, and maybe get to pass along that favor for someone else someday.”
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M.I. Devine, guest co-curator of the exhibit, wrote a book called “Warhol’s Mother”.The exhibit is filled with quotes from his book that surround the artwork displayed on the blank white walls. Each line and word is an attempt to speak for the artwork it surrounds, Devine said. “I just wanted to make more people aware of pop-art and show that it’s just as important to art as other types,” Devine said. The exhibit highlights a wide range of pop-art, from street-style art to arts and craft type paintings. Amy Guglielmo,who co-curated the exhibit with Devine, said it was easy for them to get work for the exhibit because of how many people wanted to donate and contribute. She also said how there was a lot of experimentation and said the most difficult part was putting the pieces together .Guglielmo said she also loved the pieces of writing surrounding the exhibit. “I think it’s all really impactful and has a sense of humor and whimsy and playfulness,” Guglielmo said. The exhibit took approximately six to eight weeks to come together and open, according to M.I. Devine. Amy Guglielmo said it was a little more challenging to open the exhibit in a pandemic but she never doubted it could happen. “I recently went with my girlfriend as a little date and we both fell in love with the artwork,” Michael Eskander, an undergraduate student, said. “The words surrounding the paintings were my favorite part of the exhibit because I felt that it fitted with the artwork it was next to.” The exhibit is open until March 12th and events for the showing will be announced. Divine said he plans to do more events and projects in the community and campus in the future.
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Weekly Tarot Reading BY RIVER ASHE Staff Writer
This week’s reading comes from the Kryon Oracle deck by Lee Carroll. This set of cards is full of abstract, beautifully symmetrical art and profound meanings. According to the website (www.kryon. com), Kryon is a “loving angelic entity” originally channeled by Lee Carroll in 1989. The meanings of the cards have been interpreted from the Kryon Oracle Cards booklet sold with the deck. Aquarius (Jan. 20—Feb. 18): Benevolent Change. The changes you make this week are going to cause a domino effect and ultimately create an atmosphere of goodness and happiness. There is contentment in store for you — you just have to trust the process. Carroll interprets Kryon as saying “The changes you make today are not only going to create more changes, but also more benevolence.” Pisces (Feb. 19—March 20): Helping Others. You can’t help others as much as you want to without selfreflection and becoming comfortable with who you are as a person. Self-work must come before investing the effort into someone else, and you will be provided a chance for inner reflection this week. “I want you to know that we help each other through how much we have worked on our own self-worth,” Carroll writes.
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Aries (March 21—April 19): Intuition. You keep thinking too much, and ignoring the cry of your heart in favor of the logic of your head. Intuition is not linear thought, but instinct. And it is your instincts that you must trust this week. As Carroll states in the book, “You can’t think your way into loving more.” Taurus (April 20—May 20): One with Everything. Focus on reconnecting with nature and your environment, be it a special interest or a place you love to go. The closer you are to the places that ground you, the closer you are to yourself. The booklet states, “ Breathe… and relax in the idea that everything that exists is part of who you are.”
Gemini (May 21—June 20): Compassionate Action. This week, you will be asked to act on the compassion that you feel. Simply feeling it is no longer enough; the situation will require intervention, and you must be strong. “Compassionate action asks you to be involved with the action of a higher consciousness of wisdom around situations that used to simply be an emotional reaction,” Carroll says. Cancer (June 21—July 22): Here as Family. You may feel hopeless and existential this week, wondering what your purpose in life is and whether you are pursuing the path you are meant to be taking. Breathe deeply and relax; just by existing and living your life, you have fulfilled
your reason for being born. The rest is up to you and your happiness. Carroll interprets this card as saying “You are not here by accident, but here as family.” Leo (July 23—Aug. 22): Claim Your Power. You are important in the grand scheme of everything, even if you do not see how, and your place in the web of people who know and love you is irreplaceable. This card urges you to know that “What has happened in the past does not then control what will happen in your future,” according to the guidebook. Virgo (Aug. 23—Sept. 22): Joy. This week, remember that the reason for living is happiness. The world may seem dismal and grey, but your smile is crucial to making everything
just a little brighter. You don’t have to suffer to earn your place in life. “When you lose your inner child, when you lose joy, you begin to die,” Carroll said. Libra (Sept. 23—Oct. 22): Help from Spirit. Do not be afraid to reach out and ask for help without shame. You have a network of people and resources at your fingertips and you are allowed to use them, even if it seems like doing so is cheating. Even the most powerful people in the world have help. This card says, “expect this help, and it will be shown to you.” Scorpio (Oct. 23—Nov. 21): Family Forever. This week, you will be reminded that you are not alone, and that family is not just by blood. Your found fam-
ily, your friends and mentors, are just as important. This card also references potential spiritual family, whether with God or members of a similar faith. Kryon is interpreted as saying “Therefore, no matter who you think you are, you are always with family— forever.” Sagittarius (Nov. 22— Dec. 21): Benevolent Energy. You are in control of your life and destiny. Connect with your surroundings, and you will find yourself full of creative energy looking for an outlet. Focus on your goals and you will find your natural goodness helping you achieve them. Carroll writes, “You are always a soup of benevolent energy, so, in actual fact, this card is now asking you, ‘What would you like to create?’” Capricorn (Dec. 22— Jan. 19): Eternal Energy. Though you may have lost a loved one, be reassured that they have not gone completely. Their energy resides in this world still and will be there to comfort you when you miss them. This card wants you to know that, “Pulling this card is a wink from those loved ones beyond the veil whom you have lost. They are with you now and want you to feel their warm embrace.”
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Pop art exhibit opens in Burke BY JEREMY BINNING Staff Writer
Pop for the People, a pop art themed exhibit, opened Feb. 15 in the Burke Gallery. It features art from famous pop artists like Andy Warhol as well as artists from the Plattsburgh area. POP l A11
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