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OLGA MUKA/Cardinal Points After marijuana was legalized in New York for individuals over the age of 21, students on campus wondered if anything changed regarding the school’s policies.

Marijuana remains illegal for Platts student use BY ALEKSANDRA SIVOROVA Staff Writer

With the signing of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), or Cannabis Law, March 31, New York became the 15th state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults. Now that in the eyes of the state, the status of weed is similar to that of alcohol, is there more opportunity for leisure for the adult students of SUNY Plattsburgh? The simple answer is no. According to Mason Barber, Community Advocate in Whiteface Hall, students of the legal

drinking age are allowed to have and use alcohol in their rooms, but not cannabis. Even in the amount stipulated by law, even by students aged 21 and over. Larry Allen, director of Student Conduct, said the school has not yet received updated legal guidance regarding marijuana on campus because the law is so recent. The only change made to the Student Conduct Manual since the previous year was the addition of the word “cannabis” to refer to marijuana. Allen shared that the institution must abide by both state and federal law “and sometimes one law

trumps the other.” Additionally, as part of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) Amendments of 1989, the use of marijuana would not be permitted on any university campus. SUNY Plattsburgh cannot allow the use of marijuana on campus until it’s legalized on a federal level, despite New York State law allowing it. Alternatively, the school may choose to disallow cannabis use on campus, even if it becomes federally legal. “The campus can always go above and beyond the law; we can be more re-

strictive,” Allen said. Investigator Seth Silver of University Police said the recreational use of marijuana would be treated as a violation of the code of conduct, not the law. This means that if a student is caught smoking weed on campus, they would be in trouble with the institution, but not the law, assuming they are 21 or older. Even knowingly being in the presence of cannabis or paraphernalia would be considered a violation, as well, regardless of age. Marijuana l A5

Women march over Texas laws BY MIA MORGILLO Associate News Editor

On Sept. 21, 666 laws were passed in Texas. One of these prohibits physicians from providing abortions if they detect a fetal heartbeat, which will include embryonic cardiac activity, something that can occur as early as six weeks of pregnancy. Not only that, but the law permits citizens to create civil suits and sue anyone who “aids or abets” an abortion. This can occur from Texas resident to Texas resident, or even across state borders. Out of state residents can sue a Texan who aids someone in getting an abortion, and could also be sued for helping a Texan get an abortion. This is the Heartbeat Act. Journalism major Katie Kallamni was sad when she first heard the law passed. “We’re not going in the right direction. I’m prochoice, and this takes away people’s choice,” Kallamni said. On Saturday, Oct. 2, all

people are being called on to the National Women’s March in lieu of these new laws. The march will be held in at least every capitol for each state, and in many other locations throughout most states. For New York, there are currently 15 locations for the march, including Albany, with the closest being in Glens Falls. The marches will take place at 2 p.m., and addresses can be found on the Women’s March website. “I personally don’t support abortions, but I also think it’s a personal choice,” junior Kaeli Brack said. In 1973, Roe v. Wade ruled that the point after which a state is able to regulate abortion is “at approximately the end of the first trimester.” In 1992, Planned Parenthood v. Casey reaffirmed Roe v. Wade, declaring that the standard for abortion acess is at fetal viabiliability, when the fetus has the ability to survive outside the womb. Viability is usu- cardinalpts

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ally around 28 weeks, but can be as early as 24 weeks. Previous to this new Texas law, while many states had attempted, nowhere in the United States banned abortions earlier than 20 weeks of pregnancy. Emma Corbett, director of communications for Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts, spoke about the new laws as well as Planned Parent-

hood’s response. “Our colleagues in Colorado and New Mexico are already seeing people who have the means to cross state lines to get care,” she said. “There is going to be a real outsized impact on people in poverty, those who can’t afford to travel, communities of color, LGBTQ people. Let’s not forget that trans people can be pregnant, non-bianary people


can be pregnant, so it’s really important for people in the media to use inclusive language when we are talking about people who can experience pregnancy.” While those seeking abortions in Texas may feel trapped, “Here in New York, a patient from Texas or any other state that need to seek care is going to get the care that they need,” Corbett said.


“It’s always good to raise awareness,” said Kallamni when asked about the importance of the Women’s march in states other than Texas. Similarly, Corbett said, “We know for a fact that other states are looking at this law as a blueprint.”



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Art museum hosts yoga classes BY SYDNEY HAKES Staff Writer

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As students begin to reemerge into campus life, so do opportunities for free classes and activities provided by SUNY Plattsburgh. In collaboration between the Plattsburgh Art Museum and the campus fitness center, any student or staff member is welcome to join a free yoga class every Tuesday in the month of September at 10 a.m. Students and staff can find the event in the Nina Winkel Sculpture Court, on the second floor of the Myers Fine Arts Building. Tonya Cribb, the director of the Plattsburgh Art Museum, presented the idea to Group Exercise Director Connie Fesette hoping to bring more people into the space after being closed for three years. She hopes events like these can intermingle students of different majors who may not find themselves in the art building or fitness center. The Winkel Sculpture Court is littered with artwork and potted plants,

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Campus enjoys a mediative morning with Connie Fessette. and is virtually silent. It is a small space that Cribb said “should be a place of healing,” among a bustling campus lifestyle. The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. It’s a sanctuary to focus on the mind-body connection that comes with yoga. Everything about the space is organic — the natural lighting, tri-leveled flooring and an unstructured layout. For an hour, Fesette leads the class through beginner level poses along-

side ambient music. Student Ella Bard and Adjunct Professor for Adventure & Expeditionary Studies Stella BoolukosBrinker both attended the yoga event. They saw the event in the student digest email, and it was a welcome event after the loss of social workout classes due to COVID-19. While there was more time to workout, Bard pointed out, there were lost opportunities for classes, like spin and kickboxing that would

need specific equipment or another person for. “Instagram live brought fitness together for a while, but it began to slow down after a few months,” BoolukosBrinker said. “But summer brought more in person, distanced classes.” She said students should try these classes out at the beginning of the semester because the end of the semester gets overwhelming. The similar sentiment of trying a new fitness class when students have the time to do so was echoed by Fesette, who has been working at the college for eight years. She looks for new events and locations to involve students and staff who otherwise might now try them. The courtyard — with it’s glass ceiling looking up at blue skies — matched the zen qualities of yoga. Also excited to be teaching in person again, Fesette presented a case to why group fitness benefits more than following one virtually. YOGA l A5

Students happy for in-person semester BY MATTHEW WENDLER Contributor

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The fear that sparked from the pandemic has left quite the impact on people all over the world; however, life seems to now be turning more toward a semi-normal state. In late August, hundreds of students stepped foot on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus. These students consisted of both incoming freshmen and students returning to campus after spending more than half a year taking online courses. Many of the returning students are looking forward to the current semester. Junior entrepreneurship major David Harris feels great about the return, as the campus seems to have more life to it than it did during the previous semesters. “The energy here is definitely a lot more lively,” Harris said. “You see more people outside. People engaging with other people. I think it just brings new light to the campus after having such a very unfortunate series of semesters where we were online. It’s good to see the campus coming back to life.” Other students are just relieved that they no longer have all of their classes taught remotely. Junior business administration major Thomas O’Connor found it more difficult to learn and attend class through the use of online applications. “I know I struggled the past three semesters learning on Zoom,” O’Connor said. “I got very distracted. Coming back to campus really makes me focus better and will definitely improve my grades.” While many are happy about returning to campus, some students are still adjusting to the changes. The study habits one may have developed through remote learning may need to be altered as students transition back to in-person class sessions. It’s something that could take a bit of time to get used to. “It does take a little bit adjusting to as far as the studying and the learning believe it or not,” Harris said. “Your study habits could be a little different when you’re online because essentially everything is kind of at your disposal. Your disposal being your computer, but when you’re in-person, different professors are different with the way they give you your material.” Other changes made on the campus may be too different for some students, especially for in-coming freshmen. Junior English literature major Yancy Carter provides some

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Students walk to in-person classes near Feinberg Library on a sunny day. details on what she noticed while being back on campus. “There are a lot more people inline and they’re not used to paying with a card everywhere,” Carter said. “They’re still not doing cash here. Now they’re putting stuff on the keyboards and it kind of makes it hard to type sometimes.” For the fall semester, it has been decided that students who received the vaccine are allowed to roam around the campus outside mask free. The administration for the campus, however, are still mandating masks for students inside campus buildings regardless of their vaccination status. This mandate seems to have a mixed batch of both criticism and agreement. “We got like a 98% vaccination rate,” O’Connor said. “I think it should just be no more mask mandates.” Senior English major Carman Martinez fully supports the indoor mask mandate remaining in effect. “I want to keep them for as long as possible,” Martinez said. “It is about the only thing that’s protecting us and the only thing that’s giving us safety besides the vaccine.” One difference found among the views of many students is whether they should be concerned about the semester. Some fear that there will be a larger spread of a COVID-19 variant throughout the campus with so many people close together regardless of them being vaccinated. Others believe

there is nothing to worry about and that the whole semester will go by smoothly without repercussions. “You come to Plattsburgh and you expect the full college experience, but it might be more worrisome because I just know the Delta variant is here,” Carter said. “Hopefully, it doesn’t come to that. You have to always think positive.” Sophomore early childhood education major Colleen Alva makes note that the future of the semester is more thrilling and optimistic. “It’s a lot more exciting,” Alva said. “There are already a lot more inperson events and there are so many more people on campus. This is an opportunity to meet more people, which is always nice. Definitely looking forward to this semester.” The feeling of excitement and worry varies from student to student as it is unknown what the future holds. Things can change and turn for the worse or things can bounce back and return to normal. “You never know with the pandemic whether things are gonna go awry or if they’re gonna go positive again,” said Martinez. “I think for most people it’s a little bit sad and a little bit hopeful because you finally get to see actual people again.”



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Plattsburgh recalls MTV milestone BY HALES PASSINO Staff Writer

“Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll.” These were the first words uttered on MTV by co-creator John Lack. The iconic cable channel turned 40 this year. Feeling old, yet? Nostalgic musicophiles fondly remember when the network was simply a platform for music videos and breaking news in the world of music, presented by eccentric and comical VJs (video jockeys) like Mark Goodman and Nina Blackwood. The first music video to ever air on MTV was The Buggles’ wittily titled hit “Video Killed The Radio Star.” Long-time Plattsburgh resident, Justin Mull, missed its debut by a couple of years. “Once we moved to the [Plattsburgh] Airbase in 1982,” Mull said, “that was my first taste of cable and MTV.” Up until that point, all Mull had ever watched were Saturday morning cartoons. MTV changed the course of television for him. It was not only a new viewing experience but new exposure to top artists of the 1980s. My first thoughts were probably something like ‘What is this?’ or ‘What am I watching? Radio on TV?’” he said.

Dylan Lesniewski, a SUNY Plattsburgh graduate, was about four or five years old when he got a taste of MTV in the early 2000s. “One of my first memories was being in the mall and Rue 21 had three TV’s all showing the same thing,” said Lesniewski. The music video for No Doubt’s cover of “It’s My Life” had him awestruck. MTV respectfully gave a nod to many music genres, not just rock and roll. It’s specialty shows like “120 Minutes” shined a light on alternative rock whereas “Headbangers Ball” brought in a taste of heavy metal and “Yo! MTV Raps” handed the mic to hip hop. There came a point where MTV strayed from its path and stopped being just about the music. Since the mid-to-late 1990s, it has shifted more toward the reality genre. “‘The Real World’ was the one that made the breakthrough,” said Lesniewski, “and you still had music videos into the early-to-mid 2000s with TRL.” However, it became far and few between as the music content dwindled while the channel grew. Plattsburgh resident, Donna Ruggeri, doesn’t consider herself an MTV connoisseur, but she was easily impressed and amazed by the diversity and how much music was available. “The videos helped sell

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the music and made it fun to watch and dance to,” said Ruggeri. Ruggeri spoke of how she and her friends would buy albums, whether it was on vinyl, cassettes or CDs, based off what they liked listening to on the radio. MTV was a new medium to throw in the mix. “I liked being able to

watch the bands perform as if we were at a concert,” she said. “Then, in that case, the volume was never loud enough.” The parallels between the 1980s and today are uncanny. Back then, an artist could gain enough popularity if they had an attention-grabbing video, like Michael Jack-

son’s “Thriller” or Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Today, at least in the last couple of years, social media sites like TikTok, have had more influence on musical success than professionallyproduced content. Lesniewski didn’t mind what the channel has become, but he rarely seeks it out.

In his eyes, YouTube is the platform that has essentially replaced it as far as music videos go. However, the lasting impact MTV has had on pop culture and the entertainment industry is unmatched.


Buccaneers see hopeful season, win against Cowboys in season opener

neers high-powered offense. Brady threw four touchdown passes, including two to his longtime teammate Rob Gronkowski. Both Brady and Gronkowski are considered “old” for the game of football and there’s absolutely no reason they should still be this good at their age, but time has continued to be generous to them so far. The two offenses battled back and forth throughout the game, and it came down to the final seconds of the game to decide the winner. It was one of the most exciting season openers in a long time. With 1:29 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Cowboy’s kicker Greg Zuerlein gave them the lead at 29-28. But the Cowboys must have forgotten who they were playing against. Brady, who came into this game with 48 career game-winning drives, got his 49th when he led his team down the field to score a field goal with seven seconds left. The Cowboys had many opportunities to win this game, but they could not capitalize on the Buccaneers four turnovers. Both teams played sloppy at times, but both showed great promise for the remainder of the season. Fan bases of both teams should feel excited for the direction of their team. After this game, the Buccaneers are Super Bowl favorites in the NFC. Despite the Buccaneers obvious struggles within their defense, they are the team to beat in their conference so far. The anticipation for their season is either making a deep playoff run or playing in the Super Bowl once again. As for the Cowboys, their team looked better than expected on Thursday. It was hard to anticipate how well quarterback Dak Prescott would play, and he did exceptionally well. If he can continue this level of play for the remainder of the season, the Cowboys should be a playoff team.

BY CARLY NEWTON Associate Opinions Editor

Fall is here. The leaves are beginning to change color, the air is getting colder and football season is starting. On Thursday, Sept. 9, the NFL season kicked off with the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, taking on the Dallas Cowboys. It was a long anticipated game that was exciting from start to finish. One of the most noticeable differences between this year’s season opener in Tampa Bay and last year’s season opener in Kansas City was the amount of fans that were in the stadium. Seeing a packed stadium full of rowdy fans was a welcome sight and it made the atmosphere feel normal again. The game was historic for the legendary Tom Brady. Brady, 44, was starting in his 300th NFL game in season 22 of his career, several months after winning his seventh Super Bowl. And he looked as sharp as ever. The game began with a quick 3 and out for both the Bucs and the Cowboys. The first points of the game came with 5:23 left in the first quarter when Brady connected with Chris Godwin to make it 7-0 Bucs. The Cowboys led by quarterback Dak Prescott answered a few minutes later to tie the game up. Prescott, who suffered a horrific ankle injury early last season, was playing in his first game since, and he looked exceptional. As the game continued on, it was obvious that Prescott was becoming more and more comfortable throwing the ball and maneuvering in the pocket. Before the game began there were a lot of rumors about Prescott not being fully healthy. If that is true, then Cowboys fans should be excited for when Prescott is playing at 100%. He finished the game with three passing touchdowns, 403 passing yards and only one interception. His impressive performance, though, was not enough to overcome the Bucca-


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Stay safe this semester Welcome back, Cardinals! It feels like a breath of fresh air to be back in-person and on campus. After three semesters of battling online classes and meeting on Zoom, the pandemic has been an uphill battle. After the Pfizer vaccine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration on Aug. 23, an email was immediately sent to students. The email stated that all

students that may have either classes or participate in inperson activities must be fully vaccinated by Sept. 27, unless they apply for a medical exemption. Students who do not comply and have their proof of vaccination inputted in the SUNY system will face a penalty of being unenrolled and removed from campus life. While vaccinated students feel free from the shackles of

the virus, the looming threat of the Delta variant still hangs overhead. Continuing to wear masks indoors is a must this semester. While many students think they’re totally safe from this new variant, the Centers for Disease Control announced the Delta variant is more contagious and deadly within the unvaccinated population. Don’t think that being in college makes you indestructible.

Learning online was hard enough for all students. No one wants to go back to that dark place. With that, be smart and proceed with caution while attending parties and gatherings this semester. One night of fun shouldn’t ruin the health and safety of not only yourself, but others as well. If you’re not vaccinated, what are you waiting for?

‘Shang-Chi’ brings hope for cinema business BY CAMERON KAERCHER Contributor

The 2021 blockbuster season was barren, to say the least. Kicking off the summer: “F9,” also known as “Fast and the Furious 9,” or “F9: The Fast Saga,” horribly underperformed at just half the expected opening gross, bringing in $30 million that weekend. “Black Widow,” the latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, overcame the fact that it was available online the same day as its theatrical release. It earned $80.4 million on opening weekend, while still earning an estimated $60 million through Disney+ rental charges. After Marvel could not release any of their movies in 2020, the company is coming back swinging this year as the second of four films to be released in 2021 debuted this month. Simu Liu stars as the titular ShangChi, who is assimilating into modernday San Francisco under a name with just a few different letters. “Shaun” is trying to leave his dangerous father in the past. Xu Wenwu, played by Tony Leung, is the leader of the Ten Rings army and trained Shang-Chi from birth to become a perfect assassin. “ShangChi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” tells the story of a man who can’t hide from his past anymore as he returns to China to confront his controlling father. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been running since 2008, “Shang-Chi” is their 25th film, and it seems that there are no plans of stopping anytime soon. It has been two years since the MCU peaked with the grandiose “Avengers: Endgame.” After the dust settled, it

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seemed odd to pretend any other villain of the week could be as intimidating as the space tyrant Thanos. Why should audiences get invested in Marvel films going forward? To paraphrase Samuel L. Jackson in “Pulp Fiction,” personality goes a long way. The action itself is distinct from previous superhero movies as it embraces the Chinese character’s identity. Fight choreographer Andy Cheng clearly has fun in the first action set piece with handto-hand combat that embraces the work

of Jackie Chan. In a flashback sequence with Xu Wenwu and Ying Le, played by Fala Chen, their weightless aerial fight evokes Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.” These moments that evoke other films are done lovingly. It is clear that director Destin Daniel Cretton has a reverence for the eastern Asian action films that came before his work. He cultivates a strong sense of culture for the film while also ensuring that each character is fully fleshed out and given moments of humanity. “Shang Chi” is also one of the first Marvel movies to get color grading correct. The picture does not look like a greyed-out puddle; the go-to examples of boring MCU coloring are the airport fight in “Captain America: Civil War” and more recently, the reveal of Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock in the trailer for “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” A good majority of the film is set in a mystical forest, the greens are beautiful and are then complemented nicely with the hero’s royal red costume. In a revelation for box office returns, “Shang-Chi” fully surpassed expectations. The film earned an unprecedented $94 million in domestic gross. Even when compared to pre-pandemic years, this is the highest-grossing opening on Labor Day weekend. “Shang Chi” might not reinvent the wheel, but its moments of earnest characterization can overpower the CGI mess that all superhero films seem to need in a third act. Email CAMERON KAERCHER

Mario Kart ‘Double Dash!!’ is a blast from the past

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The year was 2003 and the Nintendo Gamecube was in its prime. Sunday mornings were filled with games like Sonic the Hedgehog, Spyro and especially Mario Kart. Mario Kart has been a staple game series for Nintendo since 1992 with the release of Super Mario Kart for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Since then, multiple games have been produced in the Mario Kart series, “Double Dash!!” being a favorite. “Double Dash!!” was a hit right off the bat. The graphics were the best Nintendo had ever produced at the time. “Double Dash!!” was absolutely beautiful, and it really showed for being a staple game for the Nintendo GameCube. The colors were rich, and there were no glitches in the graphics. The race tracks were created from dream material full of color and moving obstacles to make driving challenging. It immersed the player in a world that was incredibly light hearted and fun. Characters had great movements making them seem alive on the podium at the end of a race. Not only were the graphics amazing for 2003, the sounds and music really added to the fun factor of

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the game as well. Facial expressions, the voice acting and the down to earth comedy really added to the experience. Gameplay was what made this game an instant classic. The races were fast-paced and extremely challenging. All of the race tracks provide different difficulty levels players are able to select before the race begins. Players can also select two drivers for their kart. Each one of these characters are Nintendo originals like Mario, Luigi, Wario, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. Players have an almost endless amount of options to

choose from for each race. Not only do players get to choose two classic characters, they can choose whatever kart they want. Each Kart has different uses, so choose wisely. There are different speed levels for the races also them being 50cc, 100cc and 150cc. This was fast, faster and fastest when it came to race speeds, giving players other game options. The story in this game is fantastic for being a racing game. When players complete the campaign in this game players are rewarded multiple secret race tracks and karts, which

keep the game very playable after players finish the story. This really was a surprise because it was like a whole other campaign being given to players at the end of the game. This later helped keep the replay value of the game fresh and worth coming back to. The game is a must play if you are a Nintendo fan. “Mario Kart Double Dash!!” is high on the list of nostalgic kart racing games. Email JONAS WARD

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MARIJUANA Continued from page one

On Friday, Sept. 10, an email reminder regarding edibles — food products made with marijuana — was sent out to the entire student body by Patrick Rascoe, Chief of University Police. “Our hope is that you will not consume this drug but if you do, please be responsible,” the email said. The Student Conduct Manual may allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, with an authentic prescription, as it falls under medication. Student Conduct is aware that some

students use medical marijuana for cancer, anxiety, stress, pain, or other ailments, and promised to do their best in order to meet these needs. The question of cannabis on campus will continue to be discussed in greater detail throughout the year. The student body and faculty will be notified of any developments. So far, University Police have had few incidents related to the possession or use of cannabis on campus this year. At the moment, their primary concern regarding this issue is fire safety. In most campus buildings and residential halls, there are reminders that smoking is not allowed in any shape or form, whether tobacco, vape or

marijuana. The rule applies within 25 feet (7.62 meters) of the building. Additionally, there has been a tobacco restriction in place since Aug. 15, 2015, as per SUNY Plattsburgh’s TobaccoRestricted Campus Policy. This policy restricts any tobacco use, including smoking, to only certain parking lots on campus. This, however, does not apply to marijuana. Students are also asked to refrain from smoking on sidewalks along city streets, although they are considered “a public right-of-way.” Email ALEKSANDRA SIDOROVA

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Calming yoga is being offered every Tuesday for the month of September at 10 a.m.

YOGA Continued from page two “Especially with exercise, you feed off the energy of others in the room. That energy motivates everyone, and also holds accountability to someone who might [at home] decide to just not do it,” Fessette said. Fessette, who also instructs Zumba, hardbody, spin and kickboxing,

stressed the importance of giving oneself more than one chance when going to a new fitness class, “allow yourself to be a beginner.” She welcomes any student to come talk to her about any questions regarding classes, fitness, etc. To stay up to date on fitness center classes and events, follow the @plattsfitness Instagram. Email SYDNEY HAKES

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Womens soccer remains undefeated BY DREW WEMPLE Staff Writer

The Women’s soccer team collected its first win of the season this past sunday Sept. 5 vs. Russell Sage College. The Lady Cardinals traveled to Albany, NY, and after a scoreless first half, sophomore midfielder, Avery Durgan, and senior forward, Emily Frodyma, each put one goal in the back of the net in the second half to defeat the gators, 2-0. After battling the night before against RPI, in Troy, NY, in a double-overtime game that ended in a 1-1 draw, SUNY Plattsburgh’s women’s soccer team was able to put together a solid enough showing to win. “Going into[the game], we have two ties. We want the W,” Head Coach Tania Armellina said. “So I think you know kind of starting with that game and going in, it was like, ‘Okay can we correct some of the issues we had later in the RPI game, and come out Stronger.’” And it looks like they did, securing the W. “We were really trying to come out of the gates and control the tempo,” Armellino said. But after neither Sage nor SUNY Plattsburgh scored in the first half, there was work to be done to guarantee the Lady Cardinals would leave the State’s capital with one win. “I think for us it’s sometimes, unfortunately, kind of goes to half time, where there’s that talk of like, let’s look at this really what’s happening,” Armellino said. The team took that talk to heart, letting it fuel them for the second half. “We always do a little huddle before each half starts. We kind of just like, looked at each other and we’re like, ‘Guys, we’ve tied two games , we need a goal right here we know that we can do it,” senior forward Emily Froydma

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Senior midfeilder Allison Siedman hurdles deffender during a previous game vs. Castleton Univeristy where they tied 2-2. said. “Lets just go out there and get a goal first 5-10. They exceeded their goal, as sophomore forward Avery Durgam Scored at the 46 minute mark, assisted by Allison Seidman, a little over a minute after the start of the second half to put the Cardinals up 1-0. “I didn’t start off as I hoped. But once we went into the second half, I knew I didn’t want to tie again, and that we needed to have a win under our belt so I just worked hard,” Durgan said, “I feel like I have a lot of motivators on

the team that helped and encouraged me to push myself. So it felt really good after scoring a goal obviously. And I like that goal that helped us get the win.” Durgan, a returning sophomore, is getting her first real taste of collegiate women’s this season due to COVID-19. They played merely just one game last fall. So early on in this season, her and others in her position have had to make adjustments. “I think it was kind of slap in the face because we didn’t know what to

expect, ”Durgan said.” But it honestly was kind of nice too because there was a whole new group of girls that didn’t really get to experience it either, so we kind of all kind of came together and help weather other work.” After Durgan put the first goal in, there was no sense of compliance or the desire to play it safe. “We definitely wanted to keep attacking, I don’t think coach will ever tell us otherwise,“Durgan said. Then at the 82 minute mark, Emily Froydman

boxed out her defender in front of the goal, and chipped a well timed pass from Nora Fitzgerald into the back of the net. “Before the play, I was definitely getting frustrated because I had a couple opportunities where I was wide open, and I just missed or the goalie saved the shot,” Forydma said.” So I was definitely frustrated with myself before, and then coach took me off the field and talked to me, saying, “Listen, your strong, you can do this, get in there and score a goal.’”

That goal from Froydma would turn out to be the clincher as Sage College failed to score through the 90 minutes of play. Froydma also was awarded by SUNYAC the PrestoSports Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the week. “It definitely meant alot to me because I’ve never gotten something like that before. I went from being a sophomore and barley playing in some games to now. It definitely just showed all that hard work I’ve put in over the past couple years is paying off,” Froydma said about receiving the award. Overall the Lady Cardinals stay unbeaten, at 1-0-2 through three games, but Coach Armellino isn’t done. She, and the rest of her team, are taking this season one game at a time, making sure to focus solely on their upcoming game. “I don’t worry about next week. We worry about Union. We worry about being home, controlling that temp and building on everything we talked about in those first three games,” Armellino said. “You’re usually not rolling into your peak, you’ve got to hit it right. So that’s when we look at Union because we’re back home, it’s our game to control it’s where we train every day, and can we just continue to build on what we’ve already done.” The next time the women’s soccer team returns to the pitch saturday sept. 11 at 2p.m in Plattsburgh vs. Union College. With a trip to Middlebury College looming next wednesday Sept. 15


Women’s Tennis drops last 2 on road BY Garrett Collins Sports Editor

Women's tennis has ended a long road stretch in this early season that saw them face SUNY Oswego, SUNY Cortland, and last weeked they faced their final two teams on the road trip. Those schools being St.Michaels and Hartwick College. On Wednesday, September 8 2021 the Cardinals went up against St. Michael’s Purple knights looking to turn things around after losing to Cortland 7-2. Plattsburgh couldn't quite hit the mark in the first two rounds of doubles, until the duo of senior Bri Miller and sophomore Jacquline Svantner were able to squeeze out a 6-4 victory over Annie Serkes and Sarah Knickerbocker. This was Miller's third doubles win of the season, keeping her undefeated on doubles for the season. This was also Svantner’s third doubles win of the season, keeping her record at undefeated for the season on doubles. After closing out doubles with a record of 1-2, Plattsburgh once again only able to get one win during singles coming from first-year student Sophia Gottscall, who got her first singles win of the season against Sarah Knickerbocker in a two set sweep winning the first set with a close score of 7-5 but, made a statement in the second winning 6-1

combination with Svantner Wednesday. By the end of doubles, the Cardinals were able to land two single wins by senior Sarah Hoffner, who split the first two sets with Victoria Wilson going up 6-4 in the first set. Her opponent struck back in the second, winning the second set 6-1. Hoffner, however, made sure to leave no doubt on would win the match by taking the third set 10-5. This is Hoffner’s second single win of the season. The second win of the single matches came from Bri Miller, who capped off her big week with another in two sets against Jess Sexton winning both sets 6-1. After two disappointing trips on the road, the Cardinals aim to clean things up against Castleton University wednesday September 15. This is Plattsburgh s home opener and hopefully with a change of scenery back to a familiar court might help the Cardinals add a number to the win side Provided By BRIAN SAVARD of the column. Senior Sarah Hoffner Shines in win vs Harkick “Honestly, both matches were pretty close skill Two days later Friday, Sept 10 2021 the wise, but I think that connecting is crucial for a Cardinals traveled to Oneonta to take on Hartwick win”, said sophomore Nicole Svantner. College Hawks. Sophia Gottschall continued her Hopefully, the practice pays off wednesday and undefeated ways, with an 8-4 victory with partner the Cardinals can soar back to their winning ways. Bri Miller, who was able to add to her undefeatEmail Garrett Collins ed record as well, by adding a fourth win to her season total. Miller was also part of the winning


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Men’s Soccer School Oneonta Buffalo State Brockport Cortland New paltz Fredonia Geneso Plattsburgh Oswego Potsdam

Record SUNYAC 3-0-1 0-0 4-1-0 0-0 4-1-1 0-0 4-1-1 0-0 4-2-0 0-0 3-2-0 0-0 3-2-1 0-0 2-2-0 0-0 1-2-3 0-0 1-2-2 0-0

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Dakota Gilbert/Cardinal Points SUNY Plattsburgh menssoccer looks to keep their winning ways after a tough loss to RPI

Mens Soccer Drops one after strong first half in no-decision BY Liam Sample/Garrett Collins Staff Writer/Editor The Men’s soccer team game in Castleton was declared a no-decision due to inclement weather Wednesday evening. The Star time was moved back one hour earlier due to the threat of poor weather. During halftime, heavy thunderstorms and lightning picked up. A power outage occurred, followed by a delay and the eventual end of game. No decisions are only able to be made before 70 minutes of play, the game was called off after one half. During the game, the Cardinals came out aggressive, scoring two goals in the first 6;43 in the half. they would net two more and would head into break leading 4-0.

In no contest decisions, statistics from the game are nullified and teams records stay the same. The Cardinals would remain 2-0-0, and will travel to play Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute September 11 at 4 p.m. On Saturday September 11, mens soccer traveled to Troy to take on Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), after their no contest on Wednesday caused by severe weather in the area and power outages. The Cardinals looked to continue the run they had in the first half of the castleton game, where they led by a hefty 4-0 lead. RPI immediately went to work during the first half of the game, with Paul Silva scoring within the first 5:45 of the game. RPI outshot the Cardinals 8-2. The large margin of shot attempts in the second half could not only be seen on the stat sheet, but could

be seen on the scoreboard as the Cardinals were losing to RPI with a score of 2-0 at halftime. Team goal, shots, and assist leader, first year student Brian Coughlan scored a goal at 60:32 in the game clocking in his third of the season. The shots continued to fly for RPI as they would out shoot the Cardinals 6-2 in the second half. The final score of the game would end in a 5-1 rout handing the Cardinals their first loss of the season putting their record at 2-1. The Cardinals men’s soccer team looks to bounce back in their game at Middlebury College Sept.14


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Brian Coughlan Dylan Shalvey Chris Robertson Assists Brian Coughlan Jai Coker Yusif Okine

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Avery Durgan Emily Froyma Allison Seidman Assists Emily Froydma Allison Seidman Nora Fitzgereld

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

Record SUNYAC 3-1-1 0-0 2-4-0 0-0 1-3-1 0-0 5-0-1 0-0 4-1-0 0-0 1-2-1 0-0 0-4-0 0-0 2-0-0 0-0 2-1-2 0-0 4-2-0 0-0


School Record SUNYAC New Platz 2-1 2-0 Cortland 3-1 3-1 Plattsburgh 1-1 1-3 Oswego 1-2 1-2 Brockport 0-1 0-1 Fredonia 0-2 0-3 Geneso 0-0 1-0 Oneonta 0-0 2-0


130 58 44

20 18 11

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

Record SUNYAC6-2 1-0 3-5 1-0 4-5 1-0 5-3 1-0 8-2 0-1 2-4 0-0 3-4 0-0 1-6 0-1 4-5 0-1 2-3 0-1


Vollyeball looks to get back to .500 against Potsdam on the 15th.

Women’s Volleyball Earns one win in North Country Classic BY GARRETT COLLINS Sports Editor

The Cardinals were looking to make a statement last weekend in the North Country Classic, Which saw the Cardinals take on Clarkson, St. John Fisher College, SUNY Canton and St. Lawrence. Going into this weekend, the Cardinals were riding high and carrying an undefeated record beating Castleton University, Utica and Suny Poly. However, after the weekend, their record shifted from 3-0 record to a 4-3 record before taking on the Potsdam Bears wednesday Sept. 14 in Memorial Hall. The Cardinals Traveled to Potsdam to start off the weekend to take on clarkson. The first set was not what the Cardinals were looking for, only scoring nine times to the opponents 25. The second set saw the Cardinals start to find their groove and notch the highest score in the game for the team scoring 17 points against Clarkson’s 25. The third set once again found Plattsburgh scoring double digits. However, they were not able to stop Clarksons scoring, handing the Cardinals their first loss of

the season. Later on in the night, the Cardinals took the court vs. St. John Fisher. The Cardinals dropped the first set losing a close set 23-25. The second set proved to be the hardest one for the Cardinals seeing them score 15 points, which would amount to the lowest total for the cardinals all game. The third saw hope for the Cardinals to build momentum that could help the team find a win the next game. The Cardinals started the second half of the North Country Classic with a strong win over SUNY Canton winning all three sets, all by ten or more points. The first set saw the Cardinals pushing to put the events in Potsdam behind them taking it to Canton 25-9. The second set was much more of the same with the Cardinals once again beating Canton by the largest margin of the night, which was 18 points. Canton seemed to find their footing later on in the game giving it all they could in the third. But they were no match for the momentum that was created by winning the last two sets and Plattsburgh was able to finish off Canton by winning the final set 2514. Looking to finish the weekend with a.500 record was priority number one as the Cardinals lined up to take St. Lawrence to cap off the North Country Classic. Unfortu-

Volleyball won a tough game vs SUNY Canton this past weekend in the North Country Classic

nately for the Cardinals, they were not able to recreate the strong performance put on just hours earlier, losing all three sets. Despite not winning a set, Plattsburgh still put out a strong showing scoring double digits in all three sets. The first set saw the Cardinals fall 17-25. The second set was the lowest scoring one of the game for the Cardinals, only managing 15 points. The last set once again was one that was meant to help the Cardinals build momentum for their next matchup keeping the set competitive throughout, but still couldn’t muster up the win losing 20-25. Plattsburgh currently sits at 4-3 and look to go back to their undefeated ways in a SUNYAC matchup against the Potsdam Bears wednesday Sept. 15 at home.



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Mohammed takes risks, expands business BY FERNANDO DIAZ Contributor

Almost 7000 miles away from home, today on our campus there is a student leader who represents the values of hard work, adaptation, and passion. Her name is Ebtisam Abdulhadi Mohammed, born in Ethiopia and CEO of IV Solutions, a tech advertisement start-up. Mohammed’s childhood was filled with encouragement, support, education and values. The combined efforts of her family and friends are bearing their fruits. “I love to think about all of my childhood memories,” Mohammed said. “These memories are my own, and that’s what pushed me to create my personality and character. I have some amazing memories. Most of them are with my family, my siblings, my grandparents and my friends.” Family is extremely important for Mohammed. This foundation has created what Mohammed uses as the principles for her business, the “familybased business model.” She defines herself as an “open-minded and critical analyst who values time and freedom the most in life.” The educational experience Mohammed had in her high school years was very important to build up her character. “I wasn’t an attentive student but was more like a mediocre student that used to play more often than study. But my teachOLGA MUKA/Cardinal Points ers loved me a lot for my effort, discipline, Mohammed reflects on how her culture has helped shape her sense of and extracurricular.” Mohammed said. business ethics. “Although I participated in different clubs back in school, I was an active participant in high school.” she describes that her culture and family in the Environmental and English and LitBy being an international student, Mo- have made who she is now and shaped erature club the most. I was one of the top hammed had experienced a new world, her business ethics. 3 essay writers for four consecutive years

“My culture shaped me morally and ethically in handling my clients, my business partners, and running a business that enforces culture. I would say that my family plays a strong role in shaping my entrepreneurial behavior.” Mohammed said. “The moral, resource and financial support pushes me to take risks and generate new ideas in my business.” Coming to Plattsburgh is not a coincidence. Mohammed considers that this college is perfect for multiple factors, it is one of the best schools for business administration, a quiet and safe place, and lastly, a good bang for the buck. Currently, Mohammed’s company is working on “digital advertising for car tops,” after many projects, she said that there is room for improvement and growth. The goals and the opportunities are defined since Mohammed is also a “business analyst.” “I see the company making as many projects as it should and growing in its field throughout and of course multiplying our capital.” Mohammed said, “I see the business thriving especially because we are growing as a country and in demand of automation of systems and policies for implementing modern jobs.” Mohammed states that she is also a risk-taker, that is the reason she is working so hard toward her major in business administration, to take “calculated” risks and “branch out” her business.


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Retirement honored with meditation garden BY AARON HUNECK Contributor

The construction of the Lisa Lewis and John Ettling meditation garden in the north courtyard of Hawkins Hall is on track to be completed by the end of September. The project was created to honor 15 years of leadership and the retirement of former SUNY Plattsburgh president, Dr. John Ettling, and his wife, Lisa Lewis, a longtime adjunct faculty member in the college’s English department. The meditation garden is being built as a quiet, natural space for reflection and contemplation. The courtyard will be filled with diverse plants, shrubs and trees, along with several sitting areas. Ettling described the garden as “an opportunity in this fast-paced world, to stop for a minute, to unplug from all our devices, to sit and just think.” Signage on the doors to the garden will ask that people refrain from using technology and having conversations, especially when the space is being shared with others. “Social media exploded since I started working there, and it has transformed all of our lives really,” Ettling said. “It certainly had a profound effect on Plattsburgh’s campus life.” The College Foundation exceeded its goal of raising $100,000 for the project through donations from alumni, SUNY Plattsburgh faculty and staff, and local community members. The donations will cover not only the construction, but also the maintenance of the garden. The project was delayed for over a year as all nonessential construction was paused during the COVID-19 pandemic. A faculty/staff parking

lot on the northside of the building was occupied by a crane since the beginning of August, which was used to bring materials into the center courtyard of Hawkins. “It was exciting to work with Lisa and John to create something that will be beautiful, permanent and a true expression of their connection to the college,” Anne Hansen, vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the Plattsburgh College Foundation, said. “It will be the perfect spot to take a moment and pause, reflect on what one is learning or experiencing, or maybe even calm oneself before a big exam or presentation. A natural space like this garden can also be very supportive of individual well-being and healing.” A dedication ceremony is being planned for 2022 in order to give time for the garden to establish and thrive, but the courtyard will be open to all as soon as construction is complete.


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Criminal Justice Club brings together students and University Police BY BRAD PROCITA Staff Writer

The Criminal Justice Club is ready to roar back into action after COVID-19 made it difficult to do many in-person events last year. The group has set its sights on broadening the general understanding of the criminal justice system in a way that is sociable and interactive. In past events, the club has hosted visits from representatives of Customs and Border Patrol, who have brought in drug-sniffing dogs and demonstrated various procedures. Representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency have also come in to give a speech, and there’s even active shooter training. They have also participated in a shooter simulation, . Club members took a trip to a security facility and participated in simulated events of a “shoot, don’t shoot” scenario. The prop gun they used had a sensor as opposed to live rounds, and members had to make instinctive decisions if they were going to shoot or not. The club’s activities have proven to be useful to stu-

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Members of the Criminal Justice Club at the inaugural meeting.

dents from various disciplines, especially in fields related to criminal justice, providing them with reallife applications of their studies, networking opportunities, and access to resources. “The club is a great tool for students in the field to network and plan out their futures,” University Police

HOPE Continued from page B6 Canepa was playing music for the residents of the Lake Forest Senior Retirement community in Plattsburgh, NY when she met Munk. Munk never made it a point to tell people that he was a survivor of the Holocaust, but he did acknowledge it if it came up in conversation. His deep friendship with Canepa led to him sharing stories from his past and as she put it, “the writer in me was horrified and deeply moved.” With Munk’s consent, she wrote a seven-part series on The Sun Community News. But the story did not end there. The NPO, AuschwitzBirkenau Memorial Foundation, reached out to survivors of Concentration Camps and invited them for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland on Jan 27, 2020. Munk was allowed to bring one companion, and he chose Canepa. She then had the idea to ask Paul Frederick and his friend, Bruce Carlin to accompany them and film the documentary. Frederick had already sat down with Munk and videotaped an interview at the insistence of Canepa. Knowing the potential of this trip, Canepa

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Lieutenant Darren Barcomb, faculty advisor to the club and former member, said. “It’s very rewarding to see the outcome of their efforts as they venture into the career field.” The club has also helped members grow on a more personal level. “It helped me open up because I’m a very shy per-

claimed Frederick to be a part, who then reached out to Carlin. “You could feel the evil,” Carlin said, when asked about how he felt when he first walked into the camp. Canepa agreed with Munk’s statement of being in a cemetery, but to her, it was a silent journey back in time. She narrated how she met other survivors too; a lady who was a part of the twin experiments and lost her twin sister as well as the family of another survivor who backed out of the trip at the last moment. Frederick talked about his out-of-the-body experience: waiting at the back near the crematorium for 12 hours and removing the ashy mud from his boots back at the hotel, and then realizing that it is probably the ashes of the people. Vladimir Munk was 17 years old when he was deported to the prisoner camp in Terezin. He saw death, violence and hatred, but he also found love. He lost 37 relatives including his parents in the concentration camps. This man has been through hell and it was not that long ago. “Why me, why not the other?” Munk said. “We should watch carefully what is happening around us. It can happen anytime, anywhere.” He pointed out that not only can being a victim of violence occurs anytime, but so can becoming an instigator of said violence. All people are capable of descending into a spiral of aggressive hatred because it is so easy to


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son, I cannot do presentations,” Kiaria Vasquez, the vice president of the club, said. “It helped me put myself out there to speak in front of people because I literally couldn’t do that before.” Even if criminal justice isn’t your major, the club is welcoming to all perspectives and encourages

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them because it enriches the conversation. The club will even do collaborations with other clubs to bring different viewpoints. ISamantha Alvarez, the club president, plans on having group discussions about current events relating to the criminal justice system which has been and will continue to be a

hot topic for debate. She wants members to speak their minds. The club fosters a sense of community within because the advisor is a member of the University Police and that helps bridge the gap between the campus community and University Police. “I’d say it’s family because Barcomb has become such an advisor to me as far as internships or if I just want to stop by and say hi,” Alvarez said. “He even gave me a special breast cancer awareness university police patch and I’ll always remember that as the time I spent two and a half years as a member of this club.” Barcomb offers less of a police presence and more of an advisor presence. He will ask members of the club what their interests are and will try his hardest to bring in someone who can serve that interest, and he even offers ride alongs. Such steps and activities help foster a sense of togetherness within the group and elevate it from a club to a family.


hate. Holocaust denialism is still rampant so is the denialism of other ethnic cleansings. “I hope so. But I don’t know,” Munk said, when asked about whether things can change. History repeats itself, but who are humans collectively as a race if not a hopeful one? So, it is highly important, now more than ever, that the stories like that of Vladimir Munk are amplified. “Return to Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladimir Munk” premieres on Saturday, Sept 18 at 7 p.m. in the Strand Theatre, Plattsburgh, NY. There will be an additional screening Friday, September 24 at 7 p.m. After each screening, a Q&A with Vladimir Munk and the film’s producers, led by Emmy-nominated Mountain Lake PBS host Thom Hallock, will take place. Tickets for the documentary are available at or through the Strand box office. Admission is $20 per person for General Admission. The fee is $5 for students with ID or code SUNY-2021 if tickets are booked online.



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