Issue 3 - Fall 2023

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Kehoe flood displaces admin. offices

The Kehoe Administration Building fell victim to a massive flooding incident caused by a pipe burst on the fifth floor at promptly 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18. This event has left campus officials, students and staff to scramble to keep operations running smoothly.

Kehoe is a 10-story building home to a multitude of campus’ essential administrative offices, including the Admissions office, Financial Services, Student Success and other departments that assist students and faculty with their campus needs.

The offices that have been severely impacted by the flood are Admissions, Academic Affairs, Budget & Financial Reporting Services, Global Education Office, Human Resource Services, Information Technology Services, Payroll Services, Regional Procurement Services, Registrar, Strategic Communications and Marketing and Student Financial Services.

Admissions Assistant Cheryl Jones was one of the staff that was affected by the flooding.

“I was alerted with the rest of the school that morning at 2 a.m. We had to cancel all appointments and high school tours. One student still showed up, unfortunately. Because our office line is connected to Zoom, we were able to work from home the next day,” Jones said.

Following the flood, Jones and her department were required to work from home until their department was temporarily relocated to Redcay Hall, an academic building on Monday, Sept. 27.

While some departments were able to get accommodated the next day, the Global Education Office student workers did not share that same fate.

Student employee Adeeb Chowdhury has been out of work since the incident.

“I got an email from my supervisor saying that the buildings flooded and we can’t come in. They’re working from home, but I can’t work from home. Most of my job entails being in person or in the office because I have a lot of office and secretarial duties. So with the building being closed, I can’t work my shifts,” Chowdhury said.

Chowdhury works at the Global Education Office, which handles international admissions, international student services and the study abroad

programs. Many student employees working for that department are international students.

“There’s a feeling of frustration from the other students that I work with. Most students from the GEO office are international students. As international students, we can’t work off-campus and we have to get by on-campus jobs and if we don’t have access to that, that’s very damaging to us,” Chowdhury said.

Due to immigration laws, if international students want to pursue a part-time job, it must be on campus in order to maintain their visas.

“A lot of international students rely on these oncampus jobs for money. Since the flood, we haven’t had an office, which means we can’t get paid,” Chowdhury said.

Despite the fact that this level of flooding hasn’t occurred in Kehoe before, there have been numerous warning signs over the past year that have alluded to this fate.

“This is not the first time I’ve seen water problems within the building. I’ve worked in Kehoe for two years – in that time there have been multiple leaks. Last May, there was a big storm and there were multiple spots around the office that began to leak. There was water literally pouring from the ceiling and the water was dirty. They had told us they fixed it and there wouldn’t be as much flooding anymore,” Chowdhury said.

Chowdhury wasn’t the only one who noticed past issues with the building’s plumbing.

Administrative Assistant Bonnie Boadway-Gonyea had to put up a large tarp in order to combat the consistent leaks in her office. According to Cheryl Jones, the tarp was still hung up and being used leading up to the flood.

“The tarp was up in her office for months, and she had several buckets to catch the leaky water,” Jones said.

Heather Haskins, the executive director of strategic communications and marketing, said: “No critical records or documentation were lost. There are no current estimated costs [for the repair of the building] but the emergency costs will be funded by a state fund. No student activities will be affected.”

While some operation has resumed, as of now, the first four stories of Kehoe are still under construction until further notice.

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The Admissions office has been moved to Redcay Hall, Registrar is in Ward Hall and Student Financial Services are located in the Angell College Center, right outside the Flynt Commons on the second floor. ALEKSANDRA SIDOROVA/Cardinal Points Bins gather water dripping from the ceiling as a result of pipes bursting on the fifth floor of Kehoe Administration Building Sept. 18.
ALEKSANDRA SIDOROVA/Cardinal Points Half of the 10-story Kehoe Administration Building got flooded, and the departments based there were either moved to a different physical location or operate online.

Sept. 15

University Police filed a sexual harassment complaint for an incident reported to have occurred Nov. 19, 2022 at 11 p.m. at the Men's Basketball House. The case was referred to Title IX.

Sept. 25

A Wilson Hall resident reported that someone had been in their room at 2:30 a.m. two nights before and moved their personal belongings around. A suspect was identified, and they admitted to the act. The resident's room combination was changed and a judicial report was filed.

Sept. 26

A campus-owned bike was reported stolen. The bike was found by the next day.

Read more about bike thefts on campus and the measures UP and the club Biketopia are taking to crack down on them. >>>

Weekly Memes

SA Senate approves club trip to Boston

The Student Association senate approved the Accounting and Finance Club’s request for $2,000 for an upcoming trip to Boston during its latest meeting Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Representatives of the club were present at the meeting to explain the request to the Senate. The $2,000 would allow for members –and nonmembers of the club to attend. Included in the cost will be lodging, transportation and necessary amenities for the trip.

Attendees of the Boston trip will be able to network with Plattsburgh alumni in Boston, as well as visit Harvard University. The trip will take place Oct. 26 through Oct. 28. The funding is expected to accommodate a total of 24 students.

The Senate also voted in support of Custodian Appreciation Week. The week would

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see the campus community appreciating campus custodians.

The senate voted unanimously in approval of the observation.

Senators closed by sharing what activities they were involved in throughout the week. Several senators shared they attended Community Night last Friday. Several others had no reports to share.

SA Senate Adviser Steve Matthews closed the meeting with a reminder for the

the future.

Cardinal Cupboard evolves

The Cardinal Cupboard, SUNY Plattsburgh's food shelf, has expanded greatly in size. It has moved to the space in Burghy’s Den that WQKE Radio used as its studio, in the Angell College Center.

The Cardinal Cupboard provides a safe resource for off-campus students to get food supplies such as canned goods, pasta and ramen. Since Michele Carpentier retired from her position as director of special programs last May, the Cardinal Cupboard is now maintained by Kristina Maguire, student outreach and support coordinator on campus.

Maguire previously worked as part of SUNY Plattsburgh’s Upward Bound program, which helps high school students prepare for college.

Kat Henry is a student who has worked the Cardinal Cupboard since last semester. Together, the two are responsible for ensuring that the pantry stays stocked and that students understand how to utilize it.

“We just got a huge donation recently,” Henry said.

The pair laid recently donated supplies — including but not limited to grains, canned food, condiments and boxed meals — out on a large table in the middle of the room, to be organized and added to the Cupboard.

The Cupboard is always accepting donations. Many of them come from local churches, departments on campus and staff, Maguire said.

Students can fill out a form and request supplies that they need. This could be anything ranging from hygiene to food products. Importantly, however, a student must be living off-

campus to take food from the pantry.

“It’s been an evolution," Maguire said. "At the start of the semester, funds were low and supplies were low. However, SUNY has just allocated funds dedicated to our food pantry.”

This "evolution" of the Cardinal Cupboard has allowed the pantry to expand as well as acquire more fresh food, Maguire added. Potentially, the Cupboard could use this new money to buy software allowing students to track what products they need online in addition to being able to pick up supplies according to the convenience of their own schedule, and expand its operating hours to be more convenient.

Looking forward, Maguire and Henry have hopes for the future of the Cardinal Cupboard.

“I would like to be able to see the Cupboard expand its audience and make sure we have enough for the community,” Henry said.

She also said that she would like to see stronger communication that allows students to register ahead of time if they feel they would need supplies.

“While our food items are available to offcampus students and, during extended breaks, to on-campus students, we want to help all students,” Maguire said.

Maguire emphasized her willingness to work with the student in need to ensure they have access to the resources they require.

Funding from SUNY and donations from students, staff and members of the community alike all work together to ensure that the Cardinal Cupboard is there for students in need.

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HAYDEN SADLER/Cardinal Points Work-study employee Kat Henry (left) and Student Outreach and Support Coordinator Kristina Maguire (right) pose side-by-side in the Cardinal Cupboard's new space. A recent food donation covers the table.
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Biketopia, UP take on bicycle thefts

University Police is leaving tags on bicycles students leave unlocked, in hopes of preventing bike thefts and bringing students’ attention to securing their bikes. Biketopia, a student club, also thinks students aren’t being as cautious as they should be.

Twelve bikes have been reported stolen since April 1, according to Inspector Steven Dube. Five of them have been recovered, but seven have not. The most recent bike theft — one of the campus-owned bikes — was reported Sept. 26 and found on campus the next day.

Biketopia gives students the opportunity to rent a bike for as long as they need it, under the conditions that they will maintain the bike and return it. Biketopia President Jonanthony Tarlen said the club rented about 10 bikes over the summer, mostly to international students. Two ended up stolen.

College campuses are hotspots for bike thefts.

“It was clearly our recognition that we’re kind of like a passthrough in this area,” Dube said. “And a lot of these people are stealing these bikes because it’s opportunistically available to them.”

This semester, Biketopia documents more information both about the bikes as well as the students who rent them. For the bicycles, this includes serial numbers, color, make, model and a photo. For students, this information includes their full name, student ID number and contact information.

“You’re going to be held accountable,” Tarlen said.

Tarlen’s own Cannondale bicycle was stolen last winter.

“It had gotten stolen within two weeks of me riding it, despite me having a $30 lock, because they got

lock cutters, they cut it and they stole it,” Tarlen said. “Whether you’re asleep, whether you’re in class, or you’re away from the bike, it will eventually happen. Don’t think you’re going to be the outlier.”

UP has been taking similar measures, encouraging students to bring their bikes to the station for registration and cataloging. At the end of

last week, there were more than 20 bikes registered in UP’s database.

Biketopia Treasurer Eirik Lavigne sees a larger problem that, in part, contributes to bike thefts — students don’t tend to have a vested interest in bike maintenance, which includes safety precautions.

Lavigne grew up surrounded by bikes and for the past seven years

has actively been working in his father’s bike shop back home near Potsdam, New York. He said the higher-end the bike, the higher-end the maintenance is.

“You got to look at it as an investment,” Lavigne said. “You want this bike for this whole semester. Twenty dollars for a U-lock isn’t going to take away, say, your meals for a whole week. It’s enough where you’ll be able to not spend another $200 to $300 on a new bike.”

Lavigne recalled renting a bike to a student who promised they would go to Walmart and buy a lock straight after — and they did, but by the time they left the store, the bike was gone.

“Just realize you’re riding school property,” Lavigne said. “The main thing that really does start to affect us after a while is you have a lot of people who want to take a bike out. We tell them, ‘Hey, pump the tires up every week so they don’t go flat’ — we tell them small little maintenance stuff they need to do, and then they never care about the bike.”

Lavigne and Dube recommend a metal U-lock, as opposed to a cable or chain lock. Dube said surveillance cameras have captured people cutting a cable lock with clippers and running away with the prize within seconds. To defeat a “simple lock,” all a thief needs is “simple clippers,” Lavigne said. These tips are also printed on the tags UP leaves on unlocked bikes.

“[A U-lock is] very tough to defeat — at least tough to defeat easily without a lot of commotion,” Dube said.

Lavigne locks his mountain bike with both and used to store it under his bed for the night. Some dormitories, like Moffitt Hall, have storage spaces designated for bikes. Lavigne recommends that students use two layers of protection like he does, locking both the bike’s frame and its front wheel.

Tarlen said UP’s tagging is an effective solution to the problem. Lavigne said the tags are “good for riders.” Dube said this method is the best way to alert student bikers to securing their bikes, as UP has no way to identify the owner of a bike unless it has been entered into their database.

“If UP is able to just walk by, look at it and realize it, anyone else can — and that’s the realization people have to get to,” Lavigne said. “UP isn’t doing this just to be annoying. They’re doing it because if they see it, someone else will see it.”

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ALEKSANDRA SIDOROVA/Cardinal Points Biketopia Treasurer Eirik Lavigne demonstrates how to lock a bike in the most secure way possible outside of Hawkins Hall. Lavigne locks the wheel with a thick cable lock and the frame with a metal U-lock.
ALEKSANDRA SIDOROVA/Cardinal Points University Police attached a tag to the handlebar of a bike left unsecured, alerting the owner.

African Unity hosts second Afro-Fest

With different business and a new e-board, African Unity: The African Student Association hosted its second annual Afro-Fest Sept. 23 at the Angell College Center courtyard from 2 to 5 p.m.

This event was created for student businesses to promote themselves and potentially get new clients. There were three hair businesses and one handbag business such as Hair by Jakira, Ebony Locs, Rosay Beauty Bar and K.Minitotes. Each business was set up at tables on the side with QR codes, their logos and some even demonstrating their skills by braiding hair in real time or displaying their business cards.

Newly-elected President of African Unity Hafsah Abdourahmane expressed how this event means a lot to her club, but it came with more stress than she anticipated.

“This is my first semester as president. I’ve been on African Unity since I was a sophomore, so I’ve been on it for three years,” Abdourahmane said. “The pressure was on me because this is only our second time hosting Afro-Fest so the first time was just an experiment. I feel like the second time has to be perfect, so it was a lot of weight on my shoulders. We have a great turnout so far even though it’s just starting up and we haven’t even had people perform yet.”

Before the performances took place, students were welcome to play a few games such as musical chairs, balance an egg on a spoon or use the inflatable jousting area as well as get popcorn or cotton candy. Each game gave students a chance to win a few select prizes from items to their dorms to gift cards and cash prizes.

The first performance was by African Unity Dance (AuSaaaa). This performance was high-energy and generated a strong crowd reaction

with students screaming for their friends and taking videos.

Student Samantha Ortega came out to show support for her friend and roommate Angelina Briggs, who danced for two of the three groups.

“Everyone is super friendly and super welcoming. It seems like a good place to meet new people and make friends., and of course, show up for my friend and support her performances,” Ortega said.

The second group to perform was High Voltage Dance Factory. While in previous performances HVDF hadn’t had a big crowd reaction, this time was significantly different. This performance created a big reaction for the dance group with students screaming “Mikey,” referring to the student who created HVDF five years ago as he danced alongside them.

The final group to perform was Spicy Island Tings. Although other groups had a good reaction, it was almost nonexistent compared to theirs. The crowd was visibly more

interactive for this dance group than the other two with students even getting closer to the performers and screaming for their friends. The performers also fed off this energy as they began dancing with more enthusiasm and character.

Also in a new position as adviser, former president of African Unity, Abieyuwa Uzamere is excited to see what this new change will do for African Unity this semester.

“It feels good to be back as an adviser. It feels really good to know that the board that I made as president is doing well, looking good. The crowd is really really good and I’m really proud of Hafsah and Jojo, so kudos to them,” Uzamere said. “I cannot wait for the rest of the semester to see what they have in store.”

CAs brings summer to September

Family Weekend at SUNY Plattsburgh consisted of events and activities for people in the community or family members of students and staff at SUNY Plattsburgh on Sept. 22 and 23. Ranging from Community Night to Afro-Fest, the campus was filled with new faces in familiar places.

Plattsburgh Community Advocates hosted ‘Summer in September’ an event filled with outdoor games. In Memorial Field from 1 to 4 p.m. students joined together to play spike ball, ultimate frisbee, flag football and volleyball.

Head CA for Mason, Kent and Macomb Halls Christopher Russell wrote over email, “We had a terrific turnout for the Summer in September program and were well received by the students that attended. We had a series of pickup volleyball games, as

well as ultimate frisbee going on very consistently throughout the program’s time range.”

Students enjoyed participating in the games and observers cheered for their favorite players. After the activities, folks got together for some drinks.

“We also gave out lemonade to students and families passing by on Friday and Saturday,” Kent Hall CA Deion Frimpong said. They served a variety of unique flavors, from strawberry to fruit punch and raspberry to, of course, lemon.

All around were smiles and laughs. “I think the students that came to the program had a lot of fun,” says Frimpong, “and I look forward to being part of more fun and exciting programs on campus.”

Frimpong also hopes that this event can be the beginning for future events like this. “I did enjoy the event. I feel it went really well. There was a good turnout, we were able to host many games including a long running volleyball match,”

Frimpong said. “I do hope there are more events like this in the future and hopefully with the help of the students we can make more events such as this happen.”

Russell wrote: “I have lots more fun ideas for programs that I want all Plattsburgh students to take part in! If anyone is interested, the majority of Community Advocate/Programming Advocate programs are constantly advertised @plattscampushousing, on Instagram.”

Residents are also welcomed to email him at with more ideas, events or activities that they would like to see in the residence halls.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 29, 2023
KIYANNA NOEL/Cardinal Points African Unity: The African Student Association pose for a group photo at the end of second annual Afro-Fest. CINARA MARQUIS/Cardinal Points Students play beach volleyball at the field behind Memorial Hall.
CINARA MARQUIS/Cardinal Points Kent Hall CA Deion Frimpong throws a frisbee with friends at the field.

Plattsburgh highlights Inuit culture

When walking around campus grounds, it is easy to spot all of the artwork that is on display outside of the buildings. However, there are still many more pieces to be discovered.

Currently on display in the Feinberg Library Quiet Room is “Our Environment, Our Land.” This collection highlights Inuit culture in the form of several forms of media, including prints, sculptures, and even a short film.

The collection gives insight into the life, beliefs, culture, and the connection to nature that the Inuit’s held, specifically those who

reside in Northern Quebec and the Nunavut province.

There is a wide variety of pieces on display that are not only interesting to look at, but to learn about, as the majority originates from the mid 20th century.

Karen Blough, the curator of the museum, volunteered to fill that position and help ensure the exhibit’s success. Blough had been reached out to by the museum director to put together a show regarding Inuit art, using Plattsburgh State Art Museum’s small collection of pieces. Her role in this process was to identify the objects and conduct thorough research.

“You can’t just say, ‘I’m just going to put all the Inuit art out there.’

You have to contextualize it,” Blough said.

Additionally, Blough helped formulate the structure of the show and determine which pieces would fit into the overall theme.

Also working closely on the exhibit was Tonya Cribb, the museum director.

“I’m the person that sort of brings the vision or big picture to our exhibits,” Cribb said. describing her own role. “We want to make sure the shows are inclusive.”

The preparation for the exhibit lasted over a year to ensure that could be accomplished.

Much like their initial origins, these pieces come from a mix of different owners. Some have been in the

possession of the school for many decades, and others have been borrowed from private lenders.

Blough said, “There is an increasing desire to put emphasis on nonWestern or European-derived art”, which is precisely why these pieces have been dug up from the school’s collection after all of these years.

The exhibit has had a wonderful reception so far with a great turnout from not only students and faculty, but the community as a whole. The gallery will continue to be on display until Dec. 8 and in line with the current hours of the library.

Community Night returns to campus

Friday, Sept. 22 marked the date for Plattsburgh’s annual Community Night.

Residents from Burlington, Vt. and the North Country came together to Hawkins Pond to enjoy food, music, live performances, lawn games and even a bouncy house. The event also welcomed the families of students as Friday was the first day of family weekend, which allowed the families of students to make their way onto the Plattsburgh campus and spend some quality time together.

The event started with SUNY Plattsburgh’s President Enyedi and town mayor, Christopher Rozenquest, welcoming attend-

ees to campus. This was followed by an exhilarating dance performance from the Spicy Island Tings. The audience had no shortage of excitement as soon after the first performance, High Voltage Dance Factory would deliver another thrilling performance that had people of all ages dancing with them.

After a raffle drawing for a prize the Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir led by Dexter Criss would deliver a powerful performance that would ring all throughout Hawkins Pond, the night would end with The North Country Underground Railroad organization presenting their Colors Of Freedom award to choir leader Criss for his great contribution to the

African-American community in the North Country. Community Night brought lots of energy and good vibes to campus. It was a great way to introduce many families and people from all around the area to some of the things the university can bring to the table. Community Night is one of the many events that took place this weekend including a family breakfast on Saturday morning at the Angell College Center, and a family run Sunday morning. If you couldn’t attend Community Night this year make sure to pencil it in for next year, as it is a guaranteed good time for all.


Clinton Dining Hall spreads joy

Chartwells presented a Joyful Event in the Clinton Dining Hall Sept. 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. This event had a special menu, DJ, photo booth, popcorn machine and more. At the entrance was a welcome wall where students could write what makes them feel at home on campus. Answers included: friends, clubs, beds, food, weather and even help from professors. Some other ways that make students feel at home on campus include community and belonging, the campus facilities and resources, and the opportunities for personal and academic growth.

This event happens twice a semester with the next Chartwells event being a Thankful event in November. They will have the same activities, except it will be a Thanksgiving dinner this time with all the traditional Thanksgiving favorites. Attending the Thankful event will allow students to enjoy delicious food and provide a chance to connect with others and create lasting memories.

Chartwells Higher Education is a company that provides catering for colleges. Plattsburgh has collaborated with Chartwells to offer registered dietitian nutrition services. Campus Dietician Sarah Yandow offers her services to all current students, athletes and staff.

Chef Laura Rathbun, who made the menu for the night,said that she and her team met with the campus dietician and agreed on the menu. There was an entire section for vegans and anyone with an allergy. Menu items were grilled cauliflower steak, sweet potato bar, roasted veggies with quinoa, cheese sauce, steak, carrots with tops, Nashville hot chicken sandwich on a toasted brioche bun with apple slaw and seared chicken skewers

There was an apple cider bar where you could dip your cup in caramel and sugar-cinnamon. At the Joyful event, there was a box containing different recipes you liked. Graduate student Mark Hatton shared his late sister’s famous corn salad as a way of honoring her. Mark is happy the university holds such significant events like Joyful because now he can memorialize her.

The Joyful Celebration tradition began because Chartwells wanted to bring the Plattsburgh community together. Not just campus students were invited to this event. People all around Plattsburgh of all ages come together to eat like a big family.

Mackenzie Mainville, Marketing Manager, said, “the team wanted an event to get everyone together, like a meet-and-greet, since COVID-19 had separated us for too long.” In front of the event were tables with information about JED’s Mental

Health Resource Center and dietitian tips that could be helpful to live a healthy lifestyle.

The event aimed to foster community, raise awareness about mental health and promote healthy living.

Mainville explained that they wanted to provide valuable resources and information to attendees, ensuring that they could take away something meaningful from the event. The tables showcased brochures, pamphlets and expert advice, creating an educational atmosphere for all those who attended. The event also featured live music performances by local artists,

adding to the festive atmosphere. Additionally, there were interactive cooking demonstrations where attendees could learn new recipes and cooking techniques to incorporate into their healthy lifestyles.

Alumna Megan McComb works for Overtime Events, the company that was hired to DJ and do a photo booth for the Joyful Event.

“It’s nice to see people having fun on a random Tuesday evening,” McComb said.

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KIYANNA NOEL/Cardinal Points “Dogs and figures” soapstone made by an unknown artist. KIYANNA NOEL/Cardinal Points “Migration” tapestry made by Winnie Tatya.
BY ELLA POLYNICE Contributor JAYSON GASTON/Cardinal Points Hawkins Pond is surrounded by a lovely crowd for Community Night. JAYSON GASTON/Cardinal Points
People at Community Night line up to get ice cream from Mr. Ding-a-Ling.


ALL WEEK: Our Environment, Our Land: Twentieth-Century Inuit Prints and Sculptures - Feinberg Library


Group Exercise:

- Pilates with Bella

- Traditional Yoga with Saanvi

- Hardbody with Abigail

Algonquin Hall

5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

All group exercise classes will be held in Algonquin Hall. Please bring water; clean and sanitize any equipment prior to and after use. Cleaner and sanitizer will be provided. Registration required for all group exercise classes. To register, visit: www.


Group Exercise events:

- Spin with Okiah

- Yoga with Connie

- Cross Cycle with Connie

-Hardbody with Grace

- Zumba with Kaylynn

Algonquin Hall

9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.

All group exercise classes will be held in Algonquin Hall. Please bring water; clean and sanitize any equipment prior to and after use. Cleaner and sanitizer will be provided. Registration required for all group exercise classes. To register, visit: www.


Group Exercise events:

- Spin with Nina

- Yoga with Nicole

- Pilates with Sophia

- Garba Dance with Mrudangi

Algonquin Hall

noon to 8:45 p.m.

All group exercise classes will be held in Algonquin Hall. Please bring water; clean and sanitize any equipment prior to and after use. Cleaner and sanitizer will be provided. Registration required for all group exercise classes. To register, visit:


Group Exercise events:

- Kickboxing with Connie

- Yoga with Grace, Jema, and Shawna

- Zumba with Kaylynn

-Spin with Dimitra

Algonquin Hall

noon to 8:45 p.m.

All group exercise classes will be held in Algonquin Hall. Please bring water; clean and sanitize any equipment prior to and after use. Cleaner and sanitizer will be provided. Registration required for all group exercise classes. To register, visit: www.IMLeagues. com/plattsburgh.


Group Exercise events:

- Spin with Olivia

- Yoga with Sydney

- Cycle and Core with Connie

- Hardbody with Grace

Algonquin Hall

noon to 8:45 p.m.

All group exercise classes will be held in Algonquin Hall. Please bring water; clean and sanitize any equipment prior to and after use. Cleaner and sanitizer will be provided. Registration required for all group exercise classes. To register, visit: www.

The Creative Destruction of Plattsburgh: From Village to City in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

A Slide Presentation by Emeritus Professor of History James M. Lindgren. 98 Ohio Avenue

6:30 p.m.

For more information call DirectoHelen Nerska at 518-561-0340


Faculty/Staff Pick-up Soccer

Memorial Hall Field

noon to 1 p.m.

This soccer event invites everyone at all skill levels to go outside and play soccer. For more information, email Dr. Glen Morello at

More information can be found on the SUNY Plattsburgh Calendar of Events. To have an event featured, email


December 22 - January 19

The Six of Cups card represents a feeling of hurt and sorrow. You may be going through a stage of grief, but don’t let this pain stop you from moving on with life.


January 20 - February 18

The Sage of Worlds card represents mastering a specific skill. Continue to pursue your skill or talent in order to be better.


February 19 - March 20

The Nine of Crystals card represents being close-minded and inflexible. Continue to focus on your goals, but try to be open to change.


March 21 - April 19

The Lovers card represents being united, whether it’s individually or in a relationship. Make choices that align with who you are.


April 20 - May 20

The Three of Worlds card represents taking care of yourself. Be mindful of the things you do and how they affect you.


May 21 - June 20

The Sage of Crystals card represents knowing and understanding your past and using it to motivate yourself. Continue to seek more information and create new perspectives.


June 21 - July 22

The Four of Worlds card represents discovering more of the unknown. Don’t be afraid to learn more about yourself and the world around you.


July 23 - August 22

The Child of Worlds card represents being grounded and secure. Continue to be independent and self-sufficient.


August 23 - September 22

The Four of Wands card represents hard work paying off. Continue to remain focused and positive in order to see the fruits of your labor.


September 23 - October 22

The Two of Cups card represents being emotionally and physically stable. Try to find a balance in your current situation and do what is logically best.


October 23 - November 21

The Ten of Wands card represents being overly stressed. Try to relax and take things slowly to avoid burnout.


November 22 - December 21

The Child of Wands card represents being impulsive and impatient. Try to remain calm and not to make irrational decisions.

ARTS & CULTURE 6 ▪ Friday, Sept. 29, 2023 ▪ Arts & Culture Editor Kiyanna Noel

This Week in Photos: Plattsburgh’s Family Weekend

A crowd forms around the Community Night performances

Friday, Sept. 22.

Read more about Community Night on page 5.

A volleyball game intensifies at Summer in September Friday, Sept. 22.

Read more about Summer in September on page 4.

Spicy Island

Tings dance at Afro-Fest Saturday, Sept. 23.

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Undefeated Cards pick up two SUNYAC ties

The Plattsburgh State Cardinals remain undefeated after earning two ties on the road against fierce SUNYAC competitors, the Brockport Golden Eagles (4-2-3, SUNYAC 2-0-1) and New Paltz Hawks (6-1-2 SUNYAC 1-1-1). The Cardinals now sit on a 5-0-3 record with a 1-0-2 record in SUNYAC games.

The Cardinals battled with the Hawks in a 1-1 tie Wednesday, Sept. 27. The scoreboard was put to work early with a New Paltz goal just five minutes in. Plattsburgh was quick

to respond as senior Jack Healy put the ball in the net at the 16-minute mark, assisted by junior John Hayes.

Jack Healy’s goal against New Paltz marks his third in just four games. That’s more goals in his last four appearances than in his first two seasons. This uptick in scoring has been crucial to the Cardinals record so far.

Plattsburgh State traveled to Brockport Saturday, Sept. 23 for a match that would ultimately end scoreless, 0-0. Headlining the action was junior Teddy Healy, who had four saves — he stopped every shot on goal from Brockport.

This marks his fourth shutout this season, and his second in a SUNYAC match.

This would mark the last conference match against Brockport, as it announced it was leaving the SUNYAC and joining the Empire 8 for the 2024 season.

These games saw Plattsburgh facing off against rivals from last season’s SUNYAC tournament. New Paltz finished within the top three conference teams for the past two seasons, and Brockport was right behind them last season at the fourth seed.

Cardinals host Senior Day

Plattsburgh Cardinals women’s tennis had an eventful weekend, taking home a win over the Division II St. Michael’s Purple Knights Friday, Sept. 22 and celebrating its seniors against the Farmingdale State Rams Saturday, Sept. 23.

The Cards took down the Knights in a nailbiter, with a final score of 4-3. Plattsburgh took home two of three doubles matches, with Nicole and Samantha Svantner winning 7-5 and Jacqueline Svantner and Hallie Hurwitz 6-3. Ava Carey and Jacklin Mitchell dropped their matchup 4-6. Platts-

burgh and St. Mike’s split singles play 3-3. Taking losses were Samantha Svantner 1-6, 1-6; Sarah Benowitz 5-7, 6-7 (1-7) and Jacqueline Svantner 4-6, 6-4, 4-6. Winning matches included Nicole Svantner 6-2, 6-1; Jacklin Mitchell 6-0, 6-2 and finally, to win the match, Ava Carey 6-4, 6-4.

The team, highlighted by seniors Benowitz, Nicole, Jacqueline and Samantha Svantner, came together Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Memorial Hall Tennis Courts. Family and supporters came to celebrate and congratulate them on their time at Plattsburgh. The team lost 2-7, but the day was bigger than the final score.

In the first doubles match, Nicole and Samantha Svantner played against Lien Collings and Natalia Furchel, losing 3-8. In the second match, Carey and Mitchell played against Amanda Jones and Mackenzie Gisler, losing 1 to 8. In the last match, Hurwitz and Jacqueline Svantner played against Gabriella Loria and Mikayla Demaria, losing 5-8.

The Cardinals’ lone wins came during singles play. Losing was Samantha Svantner 1-6, 6-7 (2-7); Nicole Svantner 7-6 (9-7), 3-6 and 0-1 (7-10); Jacqueline Svantner 1-6, 4-6; and Carey 6-7 (3-7), 2-6. Benowitz won her match 6-1, 6-1.

Nicole Svantner and Furchel ended the day with a lengthy singles battle. The match went into two tie breakers, but Svantner eventually lost 7-6 (9-7), 3-6 and 0-1 (7-10).

Each of this year’s seniors call Rockland County home, attending rival high schools. The Svantners attended Clarkstown South and Benowitz Clarkstown North.


drop two before conf. opens

The Cardinals traveled to Morrisville, New York to play in the Morrisville TriMatch Sept. 22. It faced the Morrisville Mustangs and Nazareth University Golden Flyers, dropping both games.

The Cardinals first took on Nazareth, where it played a total of four sets. In the first set, the Cards lost 19-25, but they came in the second set winning 25-22. The Golden Flyers took down the Cardinals in both the third and fourth set, winning 25-22 both times.

The Cardinals played hard in this match. Statistical leaders from the game include Darby Collyear with 12 kills; tying for aces are Emma Rivers, Jeannette Ashong and Katie Rachwal with two each; tying for blocks was Ashong and Collyear with three each; Rivers led with 19 assists; and Payton Zophy had a total of 22 digs.

After the loss to the Golden Flyers, the Cards went on to challenge the hosting Mustangs. The game started off with a 2624 win for the Cardinals. The momentum was short lived, as the Cards fell to the fast moves of the Mustangs, losing 22-25 in the second and 21-25 in the third set.

The Cards had hope and came back in the fourth set, winning 25-22. Ultimately, it lost in the fifth set with a score of 13-25.

Liya Girma led the team with 17 kills, Rivers led the team with three aces, Ashong led with four blocks, Kyleigh Ganz had a total of 19 assists and Girma had a total of 19 digs.

According to Ganz, this game was different from the other teams they have already played.

“I think we saw some competition that we hadn’t seen before in terms of competition and speed. I thought we handled ourselves very well given the circumstances, it was really nice to see those kinds of competitive teams before heading into SUNYAC play this weekend,” Ganz said.

This team has had a great start to the season and the first-years bring a lot to the court.

“I think they bring more to the table and they are a lot of fun to have. They’re really hard workers, and we are a very young team,” Ganz said.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2023 MSOC VB Friday, Sept. 22: TEN 4-3 WIN @ St. Michael’s Saturday, Sept. 23: M&W XC 2ND @ Ronald C. Hoffman Invitational TEN 2-7 LOSS vs. Farmingdale St. WSOC 0-0 TIE vs. Brockport *SUNYAC* VB 1-3 LOSS vs. Nazareth (M’ville Tri-Match) MSOC 0-0 TIE @ Brockport *SUNYAC* VB 2-3 LOSS @ Morrisville (M’ville Tri-Match) Wednesday, Sept. 27: WSOC 0-2 LOSS vs. New Paltz *SUNYAC* MSOC 1-1 TIE @ New Paltz *SUNYAC* Friday, Sept. 29: TEN vs Mt. St. Mary at 4 p.m. VB @ Brockport *SUNYAC* at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30: TEN vs. New Paltz *SUNYAC* at noon MSOC vs. Oswego *SUNYAC* at 1 p.m. VB @ Geneseo *SUNYAC* at 1 p.m. WSOC @ Oswego *SUNYAC* at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4: WSOC vs. St. Lawrence at 4 p.m. MSOC @ Morrisville at 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 5: TEN vs. Brockport at 3 p.m. in Binghamton
COLLIN BOLEBRUCH/Cardinal Points Jack Healy (15) is embraced by teammates following his third career goal at the Field House in a game against Union Sept. 16. COLLIN BOLEBRUCH/Cardinal Points (From left to right) Head Coach Kelci Henn, Jacqueline Svantner, Sarah Benowitz, Nicole Svantner, Samantha Svantner and Assistant Coach Alex Rine pose at the Memorial Hall Tennis Courts before the game Sept. 23.
MSOC > 10
VB >
TEN > 9
First-year Card Jacklin Mitchell stands undefeated with seven wins.





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They’ve known of each other long before Plattsburgh, attending middle school together.


Nicole Svantner is a major in childhood education and special education. Nicole and her sisters’ love for Vermont had an influence on their decision to go to Plattsburgh

“We love Vermont and Plattsburgh is closer to Vermont. We grew up going to Vermont,” Svantner said. “We committed early, so it made our decision pretty easy to play together.”

Jacqueline Svantner, also majoring in childhood

education and special education, played soccer her whole life, but a concussion led her to play a non-contact sport in tennis. She’s happy she gets to share the court with her sisters as Cardinals.

“I don’t know if me and my sisters originally wanted to go together, but I’m glad it worked out that way,” Svantner said. “We found this place that has all of our majors, and we get to play on the same team, so it’s a really unique experience.”

Samantha Svantner is a communication sciences and disorders major. Samantha got into tennis because soccer might have been bad luck for the Svantners.

“I saw my sisters get injured from soccer. I saw Jac-

quline get a concussion, Nicole tore her ACL, and then my younger sister tore both of her ACLs,” Svantner said.

Benowitz started playing tennis at a young age, and her mother had a big influence on that.

“I played almost every sport: soccer, dance, gymnastics and my mom played tennis growing up, so she put me in lessons when I was at the age of 5, I think,” Benowitz said.

She started at Ohio University. Both Sarah’s aunt and father went to Plattsburgh, and now she feels like she’s following in their footsteps.

Head Coach Kelci Henn, a former Cardinal, was hired at the same time this year’s senior class arrived. She’s

learned how to coach with them.

“We grew with each other. They worked out all of my kinks just as much as I worked out all of theirs,” Henn said. “We figured out what works and doesn’t work all through trial and error. We just figure it out as we go each day, and I think reaching this third year together we found our groove. I kind of know how they play, how they move, their tendencies, how they’re going to react to specific things, and they know what I’m going to say before I even say it.”


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STANDINGS TEAM SUNYAC OVERALL Brockport 2-0-1 4-2-3 Cortland 2-0-0 8-1-1 Oneonta 2-0-0 9-0-0 Plattsburgh 1-0-2 5-0-3 New Paltz 1-1-1 6-1-2 Buffalo St. 1-2-0 5-2-2 Oswego 1-1-0 2-3-3 Geneseo 0-1-0 5-3-2 Potsdam 0-3-0 3-4-1 Fredonia 0-2-0 4-3-3 STATISTICS GOALS # John Hayes, M 4 Brian Coughlan, F 3 Jack Healy, D 3 ASSISTS # Xavier Kamba, F 3 Frankie Palumbo, M 2 Eight players 1 SAVE PERCENTAGE # Teddy Healy, G .839
STANDINGS TEAM SUNYAC OVERALL New Paltz 2-0-0 6-3-1 Cortland 2-0-0 6-2-1 Oneonta 1-0-1 4-0-3 Geneseo 1-0-1 5-2-2 Oswego 1-0-1 4-1-3 Brockport 1-1-1 8-2-1 Fredonia 1-2-0 4-4-1 Plattsburgh 0-1-2 2-3-3 Potsdam 0-2-2 2-4-2 Buffalo St. 0-3-0 8-2-1 STATISTICS GOALS # Avery Durgan, F 3 Nora Fitzgerald, F 2 Ella Santomassimo, F 2 ASSISTS # Avery Durgan, F 3 Nora Fitzgerald, F 3 Four players 1 SAVE PERCENTAGE # Lauren Haley, G .788 Lily Bailey, G .556
STANDINGS TEAM SUNYAC OVERALL Cortland 1-0 11-2 New Paltz 0-0 10-5 Plattsburgh 0-0 7-4 Buffalo St. 0-0 10-6 Geneseo 0-0 4-6 Potsdam 0-0 4-7 Brockport 0-0 4-8 Oneonta 0-0 2-9 Fredonia 0-0 2-11 Oswego 0-1 1-9 STATISTICS KILLS # Liya Girma, OH 120 Jeannette Ashong, MH 80 Darby Collyear, RS 79
STANDINGS TEAM SUNYAC OVERALL New Paltz 2-0 2-0 Geneseo 1-0 3-1 Cortland 4-1 5-3 Oneonta 2-2 4-4 Oswego 2-2 2-3 Plattsburgh 1-2 5-3 Brockport 0-3 1-5 Fredonia 0-2 0-2 STATISTICS SINGLES # Jacklin Mitchell 7-0 Nicole Svantner 6-3 Ava Carey 5-4 DOUBLES TEAMS # Hurwitz & J. Svantner 5-2 N. & S. Svantner 5-2 Hurwitz & Benowitz 1-1 POINTS # John Hayes, M 8 Kamba, Coughlan, J. Healy 7 POINTS # Avery Durgan, F 9 Nora Fitzgerald, F 7 Ella Santomassimo, F 5 ATTACK ERRORS # Darby Collyear, RS 62 Liya Girma, OH 56 Iris Mulvey, OH/RS 30 Emma Rivers, S 213 Kyleigh Ganz, S 146 Payton Zophy, OH/L 37 Emma Rivers, S 24 Jeannette Ashong, MH 16 Liya Girma, OH 13 Payton Zophy, OH/L 218 Liya Girma, OH 136 Emma Rivers, S 75 DOUBLES # Samantha Svantner 5-2 Hallie Hurwitz 6-3 J., N. Svantner 5-4 SHOT PERCENTAGE # Brian Coughlan, F .375 Jack Healy, D .375 Franklie Palumbo, M .250 SHOT PERCENTAGE # Jillian Bezo, M .500 Avery Durgan, F .300 Claire Bottjer, F .200 ASSISTS # SERVICE ACES # DIGS #
COLLIN BOLEBRUCH/Cardinal Points Decorations at the Memorial Hall Tennis Courts included streamers, signs, and posters dedicated to each senior. COLLIN BOLEBRUCH/Cardinal Points Sarah Benowitz (left) and Nicole Svantner (center) reconvene and chat with Head Coach Kelci Henn (right). COLLIN BOLEBRUCH/Cardinal Points Junior captain Hallie Hurwitz aligns herself for a serve in her doubles match. She leads the team in doubles wins with five. COLLIN BOLEBRUCH/Cardinal Points Jacklin Mitchell (left) and Ava Carey (right) take a break during their doubles match to strategize. COLLIN BOLEBRUCH/Cardinal Points Ava Carey reaches across her body to return the ball during a doubles match. The first-year has played in every match so far. COLLIN BOLEBRUCH/Cardinal Points Plattsburgh Cardinals men’s lacrosse showed their support at the game, creating signs for every player. COLLIN BOLEBRUCH/Cardinal Points Nicole Svantner (back) serves to start the day off. She and her sister Samantha (front) have been doubles partners for years.

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Ganz went on to compliment her teammate Zophy, and said she and her teammates can have fun when playing, and it leads to playing well together.

“In general, Payton was amazing. I’m sure we all saw the stats, and that makes my job 10 times easier. Knowing that my teammates are working just as hard as I am makes the game more fun and a lot better,”

Ganz said.

Ashong is one of the strongest middles the team has. Ashong averages 2.75 defensive points per game. At the Morrisville Tri-Match, Ashong had a total of 14 kills, and earned 19.5 points from the tournament. According to Ashong, the team has connected really well.

“Right off the bat, you form connections, and I think that's really important for a team to do. We’re not just teammates, we are friends. So I think that's a really good factor,” Ashong said.

Ashong also had ideas on how the team can improve.

“I feel like we could have anticipated more. I think we did very well. We just haven’t


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The sixth-seeded Cardinals upset the Hawks, but were then knocked out of championship competition by the Golden Eagles.

“Brockport are a historically strong team. We lost to them last year, but we felt that we played one of our better games that day,” Head Men’s Soccer Coach Chris Taylor said. “A year ago, we felt like we were on top of Brockport for 89 of 90 minutes and we lost 2-1."

This respect is felt through more than just the coaching staff. Junior Brian Coughlan

played that many fast teams yet. We are getting used to that,” Ashong said.

The Cards are about to start conference play, and Ashong is looking forward to it “I’m really excited for conference play, because last year we didn’t do as good as we could have, so I’m really excited to go back and be better,” Ashong said.

Head Coach Kelsea Healis has been with the Cardinals for three years now, but before Plattsburgh, she worked with the Geneseo Knights.

from both teams. It helped them to know what's coming up in the SUNYAC.

“I felt we saw some good competition, especially with Nazareth. That is why I want ed to go to this tournament and I felt like it would be a good weekend before going into conference play. I think Morrisville came out a lot stronger than we had expect ed them to, especially with having beaten them in three last time and low in regards to numbers,” Healis said.

This team still has room for improve ment, and the team knows that after this past weekend.

“[We need to im prove on] making sure our positioning is a little more consistent in regards with our ball placement on offense, and our defense posi tioning along with our block,” Healis said.


TEN - The regular season concludes in 12 days, October 11.


WSOC - The Cards have recorded two ties in three SUNYAC games.


MSOC - Ted Healy and Jack Healy have played all 720 minutes in 2023.


“I’m always excited to play teams that I used to be a part of because it's definitely a more connected game I feel more involved with. It's nice to see the girls that I've worked with progress, but then also to see the girls that I’m working with now go up against it,” Healis said.

Last weekend, the Cards saw some good competition

The Cards kick off its SUNYAC games, to night, Friday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. It will make the trip to Brockport to take on the Gold en Eagles, and then the Cards will be taking on the Geneseo Knight, Saturday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. in Geneseo.

VB - Platts will go 33 days between home games, Sept. 2-Oct. 6.


XC - The team will travel approx. 780 miles to 5 different meets in 2023.

had two shots in the showdown with Brockport, and had nothing but respect for the tenacious defense.

“Them being one of the stronger teams in the league last year means that coming away with a tie is a good result. Especially since it was at Brockport,” Coughlan said.

Plattsburgh has been using its red-hot start to the season to keep its players motivated and looking forwards, where it knows it can continue to compete with the best teams in the conference.

“This is only our third SUNYAC game, so we have a lot to do,” Teddy Healy said.

“It starts with us. We tied a good Brockport team, we’re playing a very good New

Paltz team. Everyone is motivated, everyone is excited. There’s been a good energy at practice all week.”

Plattsburgh State will look to harness that good energy and remain undefeated in its upcoming matches. It will face the Oswego Lakers at home Saturday, Sept. 30. An out-of-conference match against Morrisville will signify a break in the SUNYAC action Wednesday, Oct. 4. The month will then see five consecutive SUNYAC matchups, starting with a game against Fredonia Saturday, Oct. 7.

Lauren Haley has been a bright spot on the women's soccer team this year. She recorded a shutout and a career-high 9 saves in separate games last week.


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Tennis picked up a 4-3 win against DII St. Michael's Sept. 22. The game was highlighted by a game-winning singles win by first-year Ava Carey.

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COLLIN BOLEBRUCH/Cardinal Points Mo Badjie (left) shares a chat with Head Coach Chris Taylor after a 2-1 win over Union College at the Field House Sept. 16. The Cards have gone 1-0-2 since, remaining undefeated in the SUNYAC. Email MICHAEL PURTELL COLLIN BOLEBRUCH/Cardinal Points Xavier Kamba (29) celebrates his goal against Potsdam at the Field House Sept. 20. Kamba, a first-year has made his mark on the Cardinals, standing second on the team in points with seven.
COLLIN BOLEBRUCH/Cardinal Points Liya Girma (4) and Katie Salphine (6) attempt to block a SUNY Poly spike Sept. 2. Email COLLIN BOLEBRUCH

Texas twins take over Plattsburgh

When they’re on the court together, Liya Girma and Darby Collyear are the loudest in the gym. A clutch kill will get them off their feet and in their teammate’s face. Jeannette Ashong, middle hitter, remembers being almost knocked off her feet after winning a point in one match. The Texans’ unique bond with one another bleeds onto the court, bringing electric energy and elevating the team.

Liya and Darby first crossed paths playing for MADFROG, a club volleyball team in Plano, Texas. Liya had been there for years, but Darby hadn’t joined until they were both 15 years old. An outside hitter and right side respectively, the two were a force to be reckoned with around the net. Their chemistry followed them home, where they immediately hit it off.

Though Liya was from Sachse and Darby was from Rockwall, a 30-minute drive apart, they made it work. When they stepped off the court, they’d have movie nights at friends’ houses, go shopping with each other and find time to go swimming together.

After years with the club, Darby had a difficult decision to make. Staying with MADFROG would hinder her opportunities to play at a higher level, and inevitably, she had to join a new team. Their connection was bigger than the sport, so of course, their friendship didn’t change. It didn’t hurt that the clubs were a block away from each other.

“It’s like, what, five seconds away? Yeah. It’s legit, like, down the street from MADFROG,” Darby said. “We had a few sad moments the day that I did leave, but it didn’t change anything with our bond.”

Both had plenty of college options in-state, but were itching for a change of scenery. Liya was hearing from Plattsburgh Cardinals Head Women’s Volleyball Coach Kelsea Healis almost every day, asking when she could visit, how she felt about college and other general updates.

“I love it so much I can still do it in school. It just keeps me

fit, it keeps me busy. If I’m not busy, I don’t do what I’m supposed to be doing,” Liya said.

“It’s my motivation for keeping myself going.”

When watching Liya’s tape, Healis was captivated by MADFROG’s right side. After getting her information from Liya, Healis was just as consistent with Darby.

Liya and Darby were each other’s wingwoman, wanting to see the other get recruited with the same opportunities. Healis liked their ability to communicate on the court.

Both of them loved their visit to Plattsburgh. Nowteammate Payton Zophy remembered their bubbly and talkative personalities.

Darby, an environmental science major, knew the surrounding Adirondacks would be a great opportunity to explore a different climate and learn new things. Liya knew a big school wasn’t for her, and the team felt inclusive when she met them.

As a data analytics and accounting major, Liya also liked that Plattsburgh offers a master’s program.

“[College] always was a thought for me. Growing up and playing club, for me, I didn’t want to waste all the time, energy and money that was put into me playing club for all those years, because it’s not a cheap hobby,” Darby said. “I didn’t want to lose the love that I had built for the sport.”

Liya came to her college decision first, and that might have been the deciding factor for Darby. They both would be Plattsburgh Cardinals.

This year’s first-year class is the most diverse in terms of home state in years — including Liya and Darby from Texas, KC Burke from California, Katarina Wagner from Washington and Katie Rachwal from Michigan.

To get better accustomed to college and life outside of Texas, Darby and Liya arrived on campus two weeks early. They begged Healis to live together. Healis typically wants her players to branch out, becoming closer with different players on the team. It’s also sometimes difficult to live with a friend, when you’re now under each other’s microscopes.

They pled their case, and they won — and so far, it’s been smooth sailing. The two weeks, they said, felt almost like a month. They’re great roommates, teaching each other how to work through their problems and promising nothing would tear them apart. Although, Liya doesn’t like it when Darby leaves bananas in the fridge so long they turn black.

The extra time they spent together helped them make themselves feel more comfortable in a new environment before school and the season started. Healis has really helped so far with managing their workloads. Her regular study halls make sure her athletes don’t fall behind academically.

Liya and Darby are two of many: first-year Cardinals make up eight of the 17 total roster spots. Upperclassmen have made a concerted effort to make the newcomers feel welcome. Jeannette, a


The Plattsburgh Cardinals women’s soccer team (2-33, SUNYAC 0-1-2) notched its second SUNYAC tie, 0-0, against the Brockport Golden Eagles (8-2-1, SUNYAC 1-1-1) Sept. 23. This tie was disheartening, differing from its stalemate with the Potsdam Bears. Although a loss won’t go on its record, the mood at the game could have passed for one.

Throughout the game, Brockport dominated Plattsburgh. Brockport’s bench was noticeably more lively than Plattsburgh. Brockport finished the game with 17 shots compared to Plattsburgh’s four. Brockport controlled this game from start to finish.

The game was physical. Players bumped stride-forstride as they tried to get possession of the ball. The saving grace for this game was undoubtedly goalkeeper Lauren Haley. Amidst Brockport’s aggression, her confidence never wavered, finishing the game with six saves. She was in the right place at the right time, saving Plattsburgh from adding another defeat to the loss column.

Plattsburgh then faced off against New Paltz Hawks (63-1, SUNYAC 2-0-0), losing 0-2 Sept. 27. Once again, it was outshot and outhustled.

In the first half alone, New Paltz had more shots, with 14, than Plattsburgh did for the entire game, with eight. The shot battle ended 8-22 in the Hawks’ favor. A lack of aggression has plagued Plattsburgh in its recent games. Haley matched her career high in saves, saving 9 of 22

shots. Haley’s goalkeeping heroics weren’t enough to survive New Paltz’s attack. This loss drops Plattsburgh to a record of 2-3-3 and 0-12 in the SUNYAC as it tries to bounce back on the road against the Oswego Lakers (41-3, SUNYAC 1-0-1) Sept. 30.


The Plattsburgh State Cardinals cross country teams both took second place in the Ronald C. Hoffman invitational hosted by St. Lawrence Saturday, Sept. 23. The Cardinals finished the men’s 8k with 51 points and the women’s 6k with 44. The only team to finish ahead of it was St. Lawrence.

In the men’s 8k, Noah Bonesteel was Plattsburgh’s first finisher. He earned a fourth overall

sophomore, remembers immediately becoming best friends with her teammates in her first year. She wants to make sure her new teammates feel not just welcome, but included in team decisions.

“I feel there were times where my voice wasn’t really being heard,” Jeannette said.

“I just make it a thing to form the one-on-one connections first, so they can know that I’m there to listen to what they’re saying.”

The first-years are around each other so much — at practice, traveling for games and living on the same floor — it forces them to bond. Just like they became friends with each other, Liya and Darby have made friends with their fellow Cardinals, having team meals, going to games together and hanging out on weekends.

“They bonded really early and quickly,” Healis said. “Also with their abilities on the court. For their communication, they’ve had good feedback. I think that contributed to the relationship with the team.”

Liya and Darby come as a package deal, often being called the “Texas girls.” They’ve even been confused for each other. They don’t mind being associated with one another. In fact, it's helped them make friends. That social connection translates to the court.

“We’ve had already a lot of time spent with each other. It just helps with us building more chemistry with one another and I think that’s something that our coach really wanted to stress,” Darby said.

When the Cardinals make a big play, everyone in the gym is going to know. Liya and Darby shout and jump for their teammates.

“You see them celebrate somebody else’s point more than their own,” Healis said.

“It helps bring a good example and it really pushes each other to be there for each other and be better for each other.”

The encouragement is positive feedback that filters back into everyone’s play. Jeannette said their energy spreads to everyone on the floor. They’re very passionate about it.

“We’re very aggressive when we make a good play — we’re going to make it be known,” Liya said. “When we started playing, everyone started doing that.”

The results have been phenomenal. The team currently stands at 7-4 heading into conference play. Liya leads the team in kills with 120, 40 more than the runner-up. Darby is second on the team in kills per set, with 2.03. Jeanette said they’re good at adapting to the higher level of play. Zophy said their execution can help the team to compete against faster-paced teams.

It’s been hard for Liya and Darby to miss the obvious differences between Texas and New York. Attending a men’s soccer game Sept. 16, the two found themselves freezing in mid-60s weather. They’re now aware of the importance of layers.

They got their first taste of snow in 2021, when widespread winter storms knocked out power and canceled school in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan area. They’re excited for pretty winter scenes, but rumors of frostbite keep them cautious.

They were also disappointed to find that Upstate New York had no Chiloso restaurants, which Darby called “Chipotle times 10.” They settled on Einstein’s between classes in Hawkins Hall and can often be found in the Tim Horton’s line. Darby’s looking forward to trying Hong Kong Jade Buffet.

They’re yet to try Michigans, and Liya’s discovered that poutine isn’t for her. They’ve found the community friendly, and haven’t been afraid to venture off campus — even if it means they have to use the shuttle. Liya noted that Darby is still looking for someone to retwist her braids, pointing to her untangled hair.



finish with a time of 26:39.

Finishing fifth was Graham Richard with a time of 26:48.

Jeremy Gundrum (17th, 27:21), Michael Brockway (18th, 27:28), Justin Kumrow (23rd, 27:52), Erik Kucera (25th, 28:22) and Sean Grady (41st, 30:26) made up the rest of the scoring finishers.

In the women’s 6k, Marissa Colvin was the first over the finish line for the Cardinals. She scored a 5th place finish with a time of 24:28. Not far behind her was Sarah Smith and Ginny Lucchetti, who finished next to each other at 13th and 14th place with times of 25:40 and 25:44 respectively.

Rounding out the top seven finishers was Lil-

lian Moran (17th, 25:54), Kayla Grant (21st, 27:11), Sophia Gambino (23rd, 27:36), and Jaylee Southwell (26th, 28:21).

Athletes who returned to this St. Lawrence course saw great improvement to their personal records. Colvin, Smith, and Lucchetti all posted improved times from last year in the 6k. In the 8k, Bonesteel, Brockway, and Kumrow set new career bests.

Next, the Cardinals will travel out of state to Westfield Massachusetts to compete in the James Earley Invitational Saturday, Oct. 7.

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‘The Gray Room’: Battle over borders

Last month, workers in Haiti resumed construction of a canal near the Massacre River that flows along the border of the Dominican Republic. This has prompted the Dominican Republic to close its borders over conflict on river access to the two historically combative countries.

Haiti has resumed building the canal to help alleviate a drought hitting Haiti’s Maribaroux plain. Dominican President Luis Abinader has stated that the canal will redirect the river’s flow of water, putting stress on Dominican farmers and the enclosing environment. Concurrently, the Haitian government has persisted that the building of the canal falls within their rights to Massacre River and they

have the fundamental freedom to use its natural resources.

The conflict between Haiti and the Dominican Republic is far from recent news. The river in question is one of the major sites of conflict between the two. Seventy-four, years ago the river was a scene of mass slaughter of Haitians that has been ingrained in the population’s collective memory, but often seems forgotten by the rest of the world.

It is estimated that between 9,000 and 20,000 Haitians were slaughtered in the Dominican Republic under the order of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo. The tragedy was nicknamed the Parsley Massacre because Dominican soldiers holding a sprig of parsley demanded suspected Haitians to pronounce the Spanish word for parsley —“perejil.” The word was difficult for native Haitian Creole

speakers, which unfortunately cost them their lives at the border. Dark times continued to follow for months and years after. Thousands of families were rounded up, tortured and killed simply for being Haitian.

Before this closure of the border, it was open for full passage both ways from Monday to Friday. Each day, the bridge that links the town of Dajabon on the Dominican side and Ouanaminthe is filled with waves of people bringing goods to the markets. The border closure has paralyzed a key economic lifeline for Haitians who buy and sell goods.

The closure also affects the millions of people who live in Haiti, but cross the border daily for work. Right-winged Dominican politicians and racist propaganda have stirred up a considerable amount of anti-Haitian sentiment

and prejudice against Haitians has become commonplace. Despite the hostility, large numbers of Haitians had continued to cross over the border to find work up until the border closure.

The Haitian government has responded stating that it has a right to the shared river and that construction is in line with a 1929 treaty. Currently, construction has continued and the border remains closed. Both countries will suffer economically and likely worsen the humanitarian situation in areas close to the border. Haiti is the Dominican Republic’s third biggest consumer and trading partner, putting an extra strain on their economic system.

Entering the era of entrepreneurs

SUNY Plattsburgh is filled with talent as well as entrepreneurs. Some of these student entrepreneurs come from all over the world and find themselves searching for services that they would normally find easily at home. Being in the North Country, a lot of these services aren’t available. The beauty of this student body is that you often could find something you need at an affordable price as well.

Enchanted by Bella is an independent hair business that is run by Isabella Perez. Perez, a senior computer security major, is a hair stylist who is in her senior year. She has been doing hair professionally for the last four years. As she began her college career, she started focusing more on her business as well as her studies, and has grown into one of the most successful hair businesses on the campus.

“When I was younger, I used to play with my friends’ hair all the time, braiding it and trying new styles until I actually became good at it,” she recalled, “people would tell me to take it more seriously because they thought I was good, so I did.”

Perez feels that being in Plattsburgh helped her meet some amazing clients and also built friendships in the

process. Recently, she began doing giveaways to expand her business across campus.

Plattsburgh helped her meet some amazing clients and also built friendships in the process. Recently, she began do-

ing giveaways to expand her business across campus.

As her senior year continues, Perez hopes to continue the success of her business well after her college years.

“Although my business

has nothing to do with my major, I do enjoy styling hair and hope to one day maybe own my salon where I don’t always have to come in but still be able to do hair,” Perez said.

Aside from personal care, the talent levels around campus are just as easy to find.

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SUNY Plattsburgh is filled with talent as well as entrepreneurs. Some of these student entrepreneurs come from all over the world and find themselves searching for services that they would normally find easily at home. Being in the North Country, a lot of these services aren’t available. The beauty of this student body is that you often could find something you need at an affordable price as well.

Enchanted by Bella is an independent hair business that is run by Isabella Perez. Perez, a senior computer security major, is a hair stylist who is in her senior year. She has been doing hair professionally for the last four years. As she began her college career, she started focusing more on her business as well as her studies, and has grown into one of the most successful hair businesses on the campus.

“When I was younger, I used to play with my friends’ hair all the time, braiding it and trying new styles until I actually became good at it,” she recalled, “people

would tell me to take it more seriously because they thought I was good, so I did.”

Perez feels that being in Plattsburgh helped her meet some amazing clients and also built friendships in the process. Recently, she began doing giveaways to expand her business across campus.

As her senior year continues, Perez hopes to continue the success of her business well after her college years.

“Although my business has nothing to do with my major, I do enjoy styling hair and hope to one day maybe own my salon where I don’t always have to come in but still be able to do hair,” Perez said.

Aside from personal care, the talent levels around campus are just as easy to find. Justin Duval, a junior from The Bronx, New York has a photography business that has taken off in the past year. Starting after the pandemic, Duval has been into photography since he got his first camera in 2021. Since then, he has been spending his free time traveling around New York City when he’s back at home taking pictures.


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Justin Duval, a junior from The Bronx, New York, has a photography business that has taken off in the past year. Starting after the pandemic, Duval has been into photography since he got his first camera in 2021. Since then, he has been spending his free time traveling around New York City when he’s back at home taking pictures.

“I don’t necessarily have a motive as to why I take pictures…if I see a shot that catches my eye I take it and it almost always is what I want,” Duval said.

Duval has his own Instagram page @visionary_jab and posts all of his work there with captions that fit

“I don’t necessarily have a motive as to why I take pictures…if I see a shot that catches my eye I take it and it almost always is what I want,” Duval said. Duval has his own Instagram page @visionary_jab and posts all of his work there with captions that fit what he’s depicting in his images.

“I try to always tell a story whenever I upload my work. The captions and the pictures have to go hand in hand so whoever’s viewing it could create their version of how they interpret.” Duval said. “I’m just giving a little context to help people expand on their own.”

Entrepreneurs are on every corner of campus and it’s a healthy way for students to interact with one another while creating a bond. Whether it’s getting your hair done for a night out or having your picture taken by someone with a professional feel, SUNY Plattsburgh’s campus is filled with endless possibilities thanks to these small businesses that keep the student body thriving.


what he’s depicting in his images.

“I try to always tell a story whenever I upload my work. The captions and the pictures have to go hand in hand so whoever’s viewing it could create their version of how they interpret,” Duval said. “I’m just giving a little context to help people expand on their own.”

Entrepreneurs are on every corner of campus and it’s a healthy way for students to interact with one another while creating a bond. Whether it’s getting your hair done for a night out or having your picture taken by someone with a professional feel, SUNY Plattsburgh’s campus is filled with endless possibilities thanks to these small businesses that keep the student body thriving.

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